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    Trump Canceled G-7 At Doral In Response To Republicans’ Wavering Support: Reports

    The president on Sunday afternoon suggested he decided not to hold G-7 at Doral because of Democrats and the news media. Could a breaking point finally be close with Republicans when it comes to slurping Trump?

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    Mick Mulvaney’s Missteps Draw Scrutiny From Trump Allies

    President Donald Trump’s acting chief of staff went on television Sunday to defend his boss in effusive terms. He ended up making a new problematic comment. Rumor has it Mulvaney has been on thin ice with the White House, and this latest debacle won't help his cause.

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    Trump Considering Leaving Hundreds Of Troops In Syria After All: Report

    The U.S. negotiated a short cease-fire this week to stop the fighting in Syria, but the deal was largely seen as a win for Turkey. Which, in turn, lead to this....

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    Justin Amash Rips Trump For Shuffling Troops, Treating Them As ‘Mercenaries’

    Trump boasted that he’s “bringing soldiers home” the day after Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced that all troops pulled from Syria are going to ... Iraq. Perhaps "home" became Baghdad and nobody had been informed. Just a guess.

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    Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre Reportedly Led To String Of Attack Plots

    The Anti-Defamation League said its nationwide count of anti-Semitic incidents remains near record levels. Hmm, I wonder what our White Supremacist-in-Chief has to say about that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirby101 View Post
    What a pathetic excuse for a human being he is.
    He’s like a male anglerfish. He’s so devoted to suckling at the bloated monstrosity of Donald Trump’s presidency that his ability to survive apart from the horrific beast he’s parasitizing has atrophied.

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    Republicans to push for censure of Schiff in probe

    For only the fourth time in U.S. history, the House of Representatives has started a presidential impeachment inquiry. House committees are trying to determine if President Donald Trump violated his oath of office by asking a foreign country to investigate a political opponent.
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    House Republicans are expected to push a vote Monday on a resolution to censure Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, one of the panels investigating impeachment. Republicans, who are a minority in the House, are taking issue with how Schiff is conducting the investigation.

    "The very least we can do is censure him," the House Republican leader, California Rep. Kevin McCarthy, said on Fox News Channel's "Sunday Morning Futures."
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    This, if true, is not good

    Mark Zuckerberg Has Quietly Recommended Campaign Hires to Pete Buttigieg

    Facebook Inc. chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg has privately recommended several potential hires to Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign, a rare example of direct political involvement from one of tech’s most powerful executives.

    Earlier this year, Zuckerberg sent multiple emails to Mike Schmuhl, Buttigieg’s campaign manager, with names of individuals that he might consider hiring, campaign spokesman Chris Meagher confirmed. Priscilla Chan, Zuckerberg’s wife, also sent multiple emails to Schmuhl with staff recommendations. Ultimately, two of the people recommended were hired.
    The emails between Zuckerberg and Buttigieg have come to light as Zuckerberg faces unrelenting attacks from politicians from both parties over such issues as misinformation, privacy, election meddling and bias. Zuckerberg is scheduled to testify Wednesday before the House Financial Services Committee on Facebook’s impact on the financial services and housing sectors.

    Zuckerberg used to make political contributions more frequently, including to former and current House speakers Paul Ryan and Nancy Pelosi in 2014, but he hasn’t made any political donations or endorsements to specific candidates in the 2020 election cycle. In June, he gave $5,000 to Facebook’s PAC, which contributes to both Democratic and Republican candidates.
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    Russian top diplomat warns Greeks of facing same fate as Kurds

    “We warned the Kurds that the Americans would abandon them. And here in Rhodes, I can personally warn the Greeks to think about whether a similar fate awaits them,” said Vladimir Chizhov, Russia’s Ambassador to the EU.

    Speaking at the International Forum of Dialogues of Culture in the Greek island of Rhodes, Chizhov criticised the extended defence agreement signed between the US and Greece during a visit in the region of US State Secretary Mike Pompeo earlier this month.

    During that visit, Pompeo also slammed Turkey for its drilling for hydrocarbons in the Eastern Mediterranean, calling the country’s actions “illegal” and “unacceptable”.

    “I think it was a mistake, but this is my personal opinion. Of course, you should ask the Greeks about the reasons why such a decision was made. But I do not rule out that they did so amid tensions between the United States and Turkey. However, this does not mean that this decision is well weighed from a perspective point of view,” he told TASS news agency, according to Greek media reports.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    Bernie Sanders struggles to rebound: Staffing, strategy, health Current and former aides acknowledge Elizabeth Warren has outpaced the Vermont independent.
    Sanders is in 4th place in Iowa. He has some work to do. And he still needs to do it in a way that won't give him another health crisis ... I don't think his candidacy could survive a 2nd hospitalization.

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    So Russia and Turkey plan on redoing the Ottoman empire? Whole thing has me spooked that good O'le Vlad wants this so he can eventually make head way into Europe. Didn't he recently support the Polish Election winners campaign?

    The weird thing about Tulsi is that she was the one that outed herself. Secretary Clinton said nothing about it being her directly. Given what Putin said and her friendship with Assad, yeah I can see her being used to further his goals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SquirrelMan View Post
    Sanders is in 4th place in Iowa. He has some work to do. And he still needs to do it in a way that won't give him another health crisis ... I don't think his candidacy could survive a 2nd hospitalization.
    This. If he was smart he would be working with Warren and I guess grooming either Rep. Cortez, or Rep. Omar for a run in a few years. Yeah this will have a lasting impact for good and ill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkspellmaster View Post
    So Russia and Turkey plan on redoing the Ottoman empire? Whole thing has me spooked that good O'le Vlad wants this so he can eventually make head way into Europe. Didn't he recently support the Polish Election winners campaign?

    The weird thing about Tulsi is that she was the one that outed herself. Secretary Clinton said nothing about it being her directly. Given what Putin said and her friendship with Assad, yeah I can see her being used to further his goals.
    If I was a candidate and someone told me, with or without evidence, that I got a positive review from Russia or the NRA or something, I'd freak out. I wouldn't get angry at the messenger. Tulsi's anger is misdirected.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    If I was a candidate and someone told me, with or without evidence, that I got a positive review from Russia or the NRA or something, I'd freak out. I wouldn't get angry at the messenger. Tulsi's anger is misdirected.
    Agreed! This is a weird reaction from her.

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    So disgusting.

    While the Kurds are reporting casualties, "plenty of Turks have been killed because of conflict on their borders," according to @POTUS. "You have to look at both ways.”

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    U.S. Is Quietly Reducing Its Troop Force in Afghanistan

    KABUL, Afghanistan — The United States is already reducing the size of its troop force in Afghanistan despite the lack of a peace deal with the Taliban, at a time when President Trump has expressed reluctance to remain engaged in costly wars abroad.

    In a news conference on Monday, the top American commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Austin S. Miller, confirmed that the size of the American force in the country had already quietly dropped by 2,000 over the last year, down to roughly 12,000.

    Other American and Afghan officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss details of the plan, said that the eventual force size could drop to as low as 8,600 — roughly the size of an initial reduction envisioned in a draft agreement with the Taliban before Mr. Trump halted peace talks last month. Rather than a formal withdrawal order, they are reducing the force through a gradual process of not replacing troops as they cycle out.

    A senior Afghan official said the Afghan government had signed off on the reduction. Officials would not discuss other details of the drawdown, including any specific timeline for it.
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    Trump is talking and he's really going off the deep end. Saying things like 'The Emoluments Clause is Phony', 'We never agreed to protect the the Kurds', and he's still defending using Doral for the G7.
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    On this date in 2014, "Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day" ran a profile of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, who grew widely unpopular and earned the moniker “Governor Ultrasound” after he signed some of the harshest anti-abortion legislation in the country back in 2012. McDonnell was considered to be a possible pick on the GOP ticket as a vice-presidential candidate, but quickly fell from grace in a bribery scandal where he and his wife accepted lavish gifts from a tobacco lobbyist in exchange for using the governor’s profile to promote the lobbyist’s snake oil alternative-tobacco products. As he had to fight tooth and nail to end up serving hard time in federal prison on a variety of appeals in courts, his career is almost definitely over.

    On this date in 2015, we published our original "Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day" profile of former Minnesota Congressman John Kline, who didn’t just oppose the Student Loan Forgiveness Act in 2014, he proposed a plan to balance the federal budget by raising Stafford Loan rates to cover the difference. Kline, not coincidentally, has deep pockets flush with cash from "for profit" universities, and has then turned around and hosted "job fairs" in his district that make it look like he cares about employment, but really give disproportionate amounts of space to those diploma paper mills to pick up more business from desperate young people looking for jobs. John Kline also wasted time pushing forward legislation to take Ulysses S. Grant off of the $50 bill and replace him with Ronald Reagan, voted for the Terry Schiavo Incapacitated Persons Bill, and has co-sponsored "War on Christmas" legislation to recognize the importance of Christmas and Christianity. He has twice voted to defund Planned Parenthood, voted to defund ACORN based on partisan hack James O'Keefe's fraud, and even voted against disaster relief funding for Hurricane Sandy. Kline's response to the CIA's report on torture being an ineffective and immoral tactic was to claim the report was "completely partisan" and grumbling that not enough Republicans put ink into it. Kline, after seven aggravating terms in Congress, retired in 2016, and is not terribly missed.



    In 2016, 2017, as well as in 2018, "Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day" profiled the U.S. House Representative from Ohio’s 4th District, Jim Jordan, a brain dead lunk who is now serving in his sixth term in office. Prior to that, he spent twelve years as a member of the Ohio state legislature. Jordan's background prior to entering politics was as a national champion as an NCAA wrestler who eventually became the men's wrestling coach at Ohio State University (which OSU has a fanatical following, frankly, in the state, more on this later). Jordan's career in the Ohio state legislature was spent trying to strip welfare and the social safety net out from those in need of government assistance, and after winning the primary for his Congressional seat in 2006 to replace the retiring Mike Oxley, has been all but guaranteed re-election every year in Ohio's 4th, a district that has voted Republican in all but 16 years since the Civil War ended. Jordan was one of the original founders of the House Freedom Caucus in 2015 that orchestrated the downfall of former House Speaker John Boehner, stemming from an disagreement that the two had over the debt ceiling limit way, way back in 2011. If you're wondering, yes, Rep. Jordan was thus one of the main hindrances into getting an agreement on the debt ceiling passed, refusing to work with his own party to do so, and the inability of the GOP to produce one with control of the House is why Standard and Poore's lowered the United States credit rating for the first time in our nation's history.

    We’re going to put this in perspective… John Boehner, of all people, refers to Jim Jordan as a terrorist.

    And when it comes to committees... well, Jim Jordan first came onto our radar on the day the then-GOP-controlled House Oversight Committee badgered Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards after the release of the Center for Medical Progress' fabricated "sting" video, interrupting her 19 times in a 5 minute span. He turned up to utterly embarrass himself while trying to harangue Hillary Clinton during the Benghazi hearings, eventually being called to the carpet for his egregiously incorrect take on the investigation by the collective Beltway media, and after FBI Director James Comey decided there was no precedent or charges that could be pressed against Hillary Clinton for her e-mail server, Jordan turned on him and accused Comey of helping "cover up the cover-up" which sounds as paranoid and ludicrous as you're thinking.

    But perhaps that's not as paranoid and ludicrous as the interview Jim Jordan gave to Tony Perkins, the leader of the anti-gay hate group, the Family Research Council on April 30th, 2013, where he started insisting there was merit to the government conspiracy that the Obama administration was trying to "buy up all the ammunition" as part of a plan to negate the 2nd Amendment and limit the freedom of gun owners.

    Yeah, that really happened. But it's little surprise that Jordan would say something like that around Tony Perkins, after all, in April of 2012 Jordan was telling Perkins the importance of registering Evangelical voters to get them to vote against President Obama was akin to the Union Army winning the war to stop slavery, or Americans in World War II going to Europe to beat the Nazis. Ah... Godwin's Law. Never gets old.

    And that's not all... after the faux "IRS Scandal" that the GOP worked itself into a frenzy was investigated, and no wrongdoing was found, he continued to demand investigations at taxpayer expense, saying:
    I guess what we're getting at is Jim Jordan is an extremist fiscal conservative, provided the money being spent isn't being wasted on partisan witch hunts that only exist to throw red meat to lunatic conservatives.

    Jordan aligns himself legislatively with the House Freedom Caucus on their most extreme positions, and has gone from whining about presidents using executive orders, to defending Donald Trump for using them. That might be because Rep. Jordan likes that it screws over people who would dare to sign up for medical insurance through the Affordable Care Act, which Jordan STILL insists isn’t constitutional (in spite of the Supreme Court twice ruling that it was).

    At least Jim Jordan hasn’t been bailing on town halls in his district. Naw, that would be wrong, and deny him the satisfaction of telling his constituents to go f*** themselves for expecting the government to provide them with any sort of security on healthcare, or doing anything to stop industrial giants from polluting the environment. But, y’know, doing it while cowering behind a police officer while he blew off everyone who asked a question, because apparently his wrestling skills aren’t what they used to be.

    A lot of interesting coincidences also popped up with Jim Jordan in 2018. The first off is that one of his former aides, Wesley Goodman, was an Ohio state legislator up until the time he was caught having sex with another man in his office, and then dozens of individuals came forward, some underage, to report being sexually harassed by Goodman. And then a report came out that Goodman had sexually assaulted an underage boy while working for Jordan in Washington at a Family Research Council retreat, and the whole thing got hushed up.

    But what’s that you say? That’s just a former staffer of Jim Jordan’s. It’s not like that he would ever be caught up in such a scandal and cover up a sexual assault. To that, we say… OH RLY?
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    Over the summer of 2018, reports surfaced that while Jim Jordan was working as an assistant coach in the wrestling program at Ohio State University, a team physician, Richard Strauss, was sexually assaulting dozens of students over several years. And when asked about it, Jordan denied having any knowledge of any such sexual abuse taking place. You’ll never guess what happened next… multiple wrestlers came forward who said that they were aware of the abuse, brought it to the attention of Jim Jordan, and he just laughed it off as normal everyday locker room shenanigans. Further, as more wrestlers came forward, some reported being contacted by former Ohio State coaches on behalf of Jim Jordan asking them to make public statements to defend him from the controversy. And of course being involved in a coverup of sexual assault means that Jim Jordan received special attention and praise from Donald Trump. Because of course.

    Now, in some eras of American history, a scandal like the one Jim Jordan is involved in one be enough to force his resignation, and the president wouldn’t be coming to talk about how great he is. However, we’re in the darkest timeline, and thus a man suspected of being involved in not one, but TWO DIFFERENT coverups of sexual assault could be re-elected with 65% of the vote.

    And so it is that Jim Jordan has become one of the most predominant gas-lighters in the modern Republican Party, turning every minute of the time he gets to speak in House Oversight Committee hearings into a farce, and when that’s not enough, to run onto cable news to further the misinformation being spread on behalf of Donald Trump. Here are but some of his worst moments in the past year and a half or so:



    What is becoming more and more clear is that Jim Jordan is a shameless partisan hack living in a fantasy world, and that there is no bottom for how low he’ll stoop to prop up a corrupt, racist, anti-democratic, and utterly incompetent Republican Party.
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