The National Rifle Association was a “foreign asset” for Russia during the 2016 election, an 18-month investigation by Senate Finance Committee Democrats finds. The NRA sought, with much enthusiasm, to help Maria Butina and Alexander Torshin insinuate themselves into right-wing circles on behalf of Russia, and NRA officials knew that Butina and Torshin were linked to the Russian government. Butina emailed NRA officials that the 2015 Moscow visit by some NRA leaders was important because “many powerful figures in the Kremlin are counting on Torshin to prove his American connections.”
The report finds that when Butina asked about which U.S. politicians she would be able to meet at NRA events, NRA staff provided her with a list, and “NRA resources appear to have been used to pay for membership and registration fees to third party events for [Torshin and Butina] as well as to arrange for transit to and lodging for many of those events throughout 2015 and 2016.”
Infrastructure Week was cut short today by Donald Trump after 4 minutes. Donald Trump walked out of his meeting with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi and headed for the Rose Garden with pre-printed “Mueller probe by the numbers” fact sheets and charts.
“I want to do infrastructure,” Trump claimed, “but you know what, you can’t do it under these circumstances. So get these phony investigations over with,” he commanded.
Shortly after the petulant child that was somehow voted in to office finished his newest unhinged tirade, Pelosi and Schumer held their own press conference, in which they admitted that they were ambushed by Trump.
“We had hoped that we could give this president the opportunity to have a signature infrastructure initiative,” Pelosisaid, “For some reason — maybe a lack of confidence on his part that he couldn’t match the greatness of the challenge before him — … he just took a pass.”
Today’s showboating is further proof that Trump is running scared. Now that his arguments are losing in court and his taxes and desperate financial situation, along with possible criminal activity, might be revealed for all to see.
Monday afternoon, a federal judge ruled that the House has the legal rights within its constitutional powers to review 10 years of Donald Trump’s financial records. In addition, U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta declined to stay that decision pending Trump’s appeal because he doesn’t think they have a case that could prevail if appealed.
As of this morning, Trump’s lawyers have formally submitted their appeal of Judge Amit Mehta’s ruling that requires his accounting firm turn over his personal financial records to the House. The best part about the appeal is that the chief judge of that court is none other than Merrick Garland. Yes, THAT Merrick Garland.
It is worth noting that the three judges to hear the appeal will be randomly assigned, so Garland might not hear the appeal. If the decision of the judges ends up being reviewed by the full court then Garland will definitely have a hand in the process. Regardless, having witnessed one of their own fall victim to the hyper-partisan destruction of norms and traditions that pretty much brought Trump to the White House, the judges that are assigned will most likely have some thoughts about the situation.
Following last evening’s Fox News town hall with Pete Buttigieg, any potentially open mind of a run of the mill Fox News viewer is being slammed shut today by a parade of Fox News miscreants. They roll out the red carpet to gain credibility with skittish advertisers, and Democrats pretend they don’t understand the broader Fox News mission. Then the smearing begins after all is said and done.
Want examples of that smearing? Here is a taste:
Fox & Friends, the Fox morning show beloved by President Donald Trump, devoted significant time on Monday to undermining Buttigieg’s presentation.
The candidate received a warm response from the town hall attendees; Kilmeadebizarrely claimedthe crowd was enthusiastic only because it was stacked with his friends and relatives.
Buttigieg is a gifted communicator; the programsliced and dicedhis town hall answers into a clip reel of disjointed quotes which the co-hosts warned prove he is a “very progressive” radical. “He had some interesting comments last night, sounds like a nice guy, but do you agree with his policies?” co-host Ainsley Earhardtsaid at one pointbefore rattling off a misinformation-laden litany of Buttigieg’s purported positions
Even the most gifted political salesman doesn’t stand a chance on Fox. Sure, they might hand over a block of programming on a Sunday night, in a ploy to dupe advertisers into thinking Fox News can’t possibly be that toxic if “even Democrats” decide to appear.
Please, Democrats… Stop wasting your time on Fox News. Don’t fall into the trap any more.
If you have not heard already, this past Friday our current President, Donald Trump, took his would-be military parade turned would-be Veterans Day military parade and now morphed it into Donald Trump commandeering Washington, D.C.’s, Fourth of July fireworks celebration to move its location, add “entertainers,” and insert himself into the festivities.
The tentative plan is for President Trump, being the greatest and most important thing to ever exist in the United States of America, to grace the nation with a speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial, turning a long running non-partisan event into yet another platform for Trump to lie into a microphone. Who will he lie about and what will he lie about? We don’t know, and neither does he: The man is incapable of staying on script.
Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio, like so many other Republicans with high ambitions, spends the majority of his days blurting our to any microphone in range of his lofty principles and ideals. Never does it ever amount to much of anything. What he says typically is contradictory to his own prior legislative votes and activities. He always ends up solidifying the view that he is a shell of the person he tried to make himself look like during that train-wreck of a presidentialcampaign he had a few years back.
Senator Rubio is now at it again in the wake of the push to hold William Barr in contempt for lying during his appearance last week in front of Congress. Back when the president was Barack Obama and the scandal du jour was something calledFast and Furious, Rubio seemed principled.
“I think it is outrageous that any attorney general, Republican or Democrat, refused to comply with Congress’ constitutional right to hold them accountable and the Justice Department accountable. I would say that if this was a Republican.”
JUST KIDDING!! He wouldnotsay that if this was a Republican.
When the drums stated pounding last week and Dems started calling to hold Barr in contempt for his lies, Rubio respondedon Twitterby making it clear that, when he was faking principles in 2012, he was only talking about a certain kind of contempt of Congress, and a certain version of Congress’s constitutional right, and a certain subset of “accountable.”
“If like Eric Holder William Barr ever authorizes a program like #FastandFurious that gives drug dealers guns subsequently used to kill a U.S. agent,lies about it & then refuses to provide Congress information, he should resign.”
Ah, ok. It was a non-transferable deal. Only valid while Barack Obama was President. Ok, Marco. Now, please stop talking in public for a while. Be spineless in the privacy of your own home.
Alligator found during traffic stop. Photo from Charlotte County (FL) Sheriffs Office
By: TDF Staff
A Charlotte County, Florida woman has some explaining to do after she pulled a live alligator out of her pants during a traffic stop.
The unnamed woman was pulled over for unspecified reasons earlier in the day and when the deputies asked her if she had anything else on her, she replied by retrieving an alligator from her pants — because it is Florida.
Upon further search of her vehicle, it was discovered that she had 41 three-striped mud turtles in her vehicle. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has taken over the investigation.
As is the standard with most right-wing members of Congress, there is an obsession with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that is almost at unhealthy levels. Today we learned what was already assumed, Senator Rick Scott of Florida, the Lex Luther of US Politicians, has got a case of the AOCs and the trolling finally caused him to get owned by her.
On Monday, Scott tried to come for Ocasio-Cortez and herGreen New Dealagain on Twitter. Scott was initially attacking New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker’s plan to combat the nation’s rampant gun violence with anational gun licensing program, which is a tad ironic because some of the mosthigh-profile mass shootings in history occurred under Scott’s watch in Florida.
Scott then went on to slam Ocasio-Cortez, asking if she would “make us register every time we buy meat” if the Green New Deal passes.
While the snide “meat registration” comment is right in line with the things that get the right wing based revved up, AOC was quick to let him know she wasn’t having any of it:
William Barr this morning decided to fully torch his credibility in defense of Donald Trump, joining a long line of Republicans who have done the same to their own credibility. During the Attorney General’s appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Lindsey Graham asked him “Did you have a problem with the way Comey handled the Clinton email investigation?”
The era of Trump sure has caused so many Republicans to have selective amnesia. Vote them all out. Also, Barr needs to be held accountable for lying under oath this morning. Republicans, do the right thing and stop the “party over principle” thing that has poisoned you over the last few years.