House Republicans know they have a big problem, but they don’t know who to blame. In order to figure that out, they’ve decided they need an autopsy to determine the
I’ve been wanting to comment on the weirdness of experiencing all the usual holiday frivolity during these very abnormal times. Just the other day, news broke of greenhouse gas emissions accelerating like a “speeding freight train” at practically the same moment Trump announced a plan to open up nine million acres of land to oil exploration. And in a chilling display of authoritarianism, the Republican legislature in Wisconsin voted in the dead of night to strip away power from the newly-elected Democratic governor. Meanwhile, bells continue to jingle and car antlers continue to sprout. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. It’s just a juxtaposition I find interesting.
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Sometimes violence gets rioters what they want — but for some surprising reasons.
Everyone knows that Donald Trump will try to blame Democrats if he shuts down the U.S. government. But Democratic leaders in Congress are having none of it. House Democratic leader
While in attendance at the 2012 Republican convention, Sen. Lindsey Graham said the quiet parts out loud.
“The demographics race we’re losing badly,” said Sen. Lindsey
We begin today’s roundup with Adam Raymond at New York magazine and his roundup of GOP Senators dismissing the serious and credible allegations against Donald Trump regarding his possibly criminal activity:
On Friday, the Department of Justice called Donald Trump a felon. The extraordinary claim came in a sentencing memo about his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, who helped Trump commit suspected campaign finance violations by paying off two women who claim to have had affairs with the now-president.
On Monday, Senate Republicans had their chance to weigh in on Friday’s bombshell. Would they condemn Trump, now an unindicted co-conspirator in Cohen’s crimes? Would they turn a critical eye toward his extramarital affairs? Or would they find a way to blame it on anyone but the president? Yeah, that’s the one.
At USA Today, president of the Constitution Society Caroline Fredrickson puts it all in perspective:
Let’s all say it together: The president of the United States has been credibly accused of committing a felony. […] We can now add this sordid episode to the list of alleged unethical and illegal activities on the part of the president, his associates and his campaign staff. The president may rant and rave on social media about witch hunts, but the charges are piling up and, apparently, so is the evidence. Prosecutors do not file charges like this unless they can back them up. […]
The first two years of Trump’s presidency saw a Republican-led Congress seemingly more interested in giving the president an out than holding him accountable. It’s time for a change.
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady on Monday released a revised end-of-year tax package that includes tax relief for victims of recent natural disasters, delays or repeals several Obamacare-related taxes, and jettisons the extensions of many expired breaks that had been included in an earlier bill.
The bill …
That doesn’t bode well for tougher security topics.
OK, barring any outbursts (haha!), maybe we’ll try to catch up with Jared’s treason. But there’s no telling where any particular day could lead us, anymore. Not that there ever really was, but it’s getting seriously crazy out there, these days.
I’m sure something typically ridiculous will interrupt us at some point, but that’s what makes the collapse of democracy such fun.
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Fridays are beginning to mean something again, as the pace of Mueller filings picks up. ‘Tis the season! Luckily, we had Greg Dworkin with us to round things up. But first, we go around the world in 80 seconds, give or take a few. Important happenings in Germany, in the UK with respect to the (non-) Brexit, and in Japan. But enough about the rest of the world! Let’s talk about us! No one will take the job as Trump’s chief of staff. What a surprise! Comey speaks about his speaking. That and the early weekend’s other developments had people talking about how things were falling apart, and where it all might end up. None of these dangers kept Trump quiet, of course. So Armando joined us to examine his latest outburst. Even Monica Lewinsky got in on the act. We took a pass on lingering over whose money was (and still is) behind it. On the assumption that Satan invented trolling, this seems appropriate. Don’t let anyone tell you campaign finance crimes can’t be serious crimes. And, you’ve heard about eggs and making omelets? Well, sometimes norms have to be broken to save the ones that are left.
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