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McCain takes down tRump

Looks like McCain has had just about enough.

From WaPo: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/02/17/john-mccain-just-systematically-dismantled-donald-trumps-entire-worldview/?utm_term=.8f3996da2faf

John McCain is increasingly mad as hell about President Trump. And on Friday, he went after Trump — hard.

During a speech at the Munich Security Conference in Germany, the Republican senator from Arizona delivered a pointed and striking point-by-point takedown of Trump's worldview and brand of nationalism. McCain didn't mention Trump's name once, but he didn't have to.

And even considering the two men's up-and-down history and the terrible things Trump has said about McCain, it was a striking display from a senior leader of a party when it comes to a president of the same party.

In his speech, McCain suggested the Western world is uniquely imperiled this year — even more so than when Barack Obama was president — and proceeded to question whether it will even survive.

“In recent years, this question would invite accusations of hyperbole and alarmism; not this year,” McCain said. “If ever there were a time to treat this question with a deadly seriousness, it is now.”

Message I got from my senator re: Sessions appointment

I sent both of my senators a letter about opposing Sessions. This response seems like nothing more than an f-you. Guess who I will definitely not be supporting in 2018.

Dear Mr. Lord,

Thank you for contacting me regarding the confirmation of Senator Jeff Sessions as United States Attorney General. I appreciate you taking the time to write. It is an honor to serve you in the United States Senate and I hope you will continue to write with your thoughts and ideas on moving our country forward.

On February 8, 2017, with my support, the Senate voted to confirm Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General by a vote of 52-47. He was officially sworn in on February 9, 2017. Senator Sessions has served as a Senator for the state of Alabama since 1996 and previously served as Alabama Attorney General. Article II of the Constitution requires that the President obtain the advice and consent of the Senate on Presidential appointments.

Senator Sessions has had an impressive legal career and has a profound commitment to upholding the rule of law. I have had the opportunity to work with him in the Senate and witness firsthand his strong record of bipartisanship. I am confident in his ability to serve as the chief law enforcement officer in the country.

Again, thank you for contacting me, and do not hesitate to do so again when an issue is important to you.


Cory Gardner
United States Senator

Damning reports emerge of Trump campaign's frequent talks with Russian intelligence

Source: The Guardian

The Russian influence scandal engulfing the White House deepened dramatically on Tuesday night with reports that some of Donald Trump’s campaign aides had frequent contact with Russian intelligence officials over the course of last year.

A report in the New York Times came nearly 24 hours after the national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was forced to resign over conversations with the Russian ambassador to Washington and misleading statements about them to the press and vice-president Mike Pence.
Trump knew for weeks Michael Flynn misled over Russia contact
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The New York Times report cites four current and former US intelligence officials who are unnamed and who conceded they had “so far” seen no evidence in the intercepted phone communications that Trump campaign officials had cooperated with Russian intelligence in Moscow’s efforts to skew the election in Trump’s favour. The officials do not explain what, in that case, the contacts were about.

A CNN report said “high-level advisers close to then-presidential nominee Donald Trump were in constant communication during the campaign with Russians known to US intelligence”.

Despite the uncertainties, the reports are threatening to the Trump administration on a number of levels....

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/14/donald-trump-campaign-russia-intelligence-contact

I like the analysis section about how this hurts the administration in various ways.

What will the Don give Melania for Valentines?

Just speculating here:

Diamond earrings + divorce papers?

Mink stole + lots of verbal abuse?

Gold necklace + orders to stay away from the WH?

How will the 9th circuit rule, and what about the SCOTUS?

Pretty sure the 9th circuit will uphold the ban. Anyone see any reason they would not? I think they understand that giving in to tRump would set a dangerous precedent. However, if (when) it goes to the SCOTUS, that is a completely different story. I can see an even split.

How likely is war with Iran?

Personally, I don't think nearly enough time has elapsed since Iraq. No one has forgotten how awful that war was or that it was premised on a lie. So the WH might be salivating over the idea of war, but you can be damned sure that congress is going to put the kybosh on those plans.
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