U.S. deficit jumps 17% in 2018 – CNN

I guess making America great again costs a lot of money, especially money that goes into the pockets of the very wealthy. The tax cuts, if you want to call them that, or aimed mainly at the rich. Once again the voodoo economics, trickle down economics, has made the Republicans drunk with spending. This is a party that when it was not in power made President Obama’s life miserable. Remember the sequester’s when half of all non entitlement spending was cut in half? Yes we have a different Republican party now. One that doesn’t care if we make deals with Russians to win an election. One who doesn’t care about its brethren in Puerto Rico. One that doesn’t care about working class Americans. One that doesn’t care in letting each individual have the right to good medical care. That’s the new Republican Party and I hope it’s not for you.

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Mike Pence and the Trump administration’s complicity in downplaying Russian election interference – Washington Post

Each time I hear someone say they want Trump impeached I think about a president Pence and then I realize that he is as complicit As Trump. He will go down with Trump. He was in charge of the transition when they fired unceremoniously Chris Christie when he was no longer needed. These are dogs and they will fight each other and they will go down. I have no respect for them.

The concept that the president of the United States is the president of all the people seems to have been lost on the Trump Administration. He only speaks to his base and Pence is complicit. Let us not ever forget that Pence is complicit.

China did not want Trump to be president, Mister Pence, it was Russia.

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Stephen Miller’s Hometown Rabbi Berates Him In Scorching Holiday Sermon – Huffington Post

It’s like someone walked into Central Casting and said I need a villain, the most villainous of villains. Well Stephen Miller certainly looks the part. Hand Stephen Miller certainly behaves the part. Stephen Miller should be ashamed of himself and I am so proud of his Rabbi for calling him to task on the holiest day of the Jewish New Year Rosh Hashanah.

Not to jump to another holiday but during the Passover Seder the story tells of how Pharaoh is tested by Moses and the plagues and each one makes the pharaoh’s heart harder and harder. me thinks that Stephen Miller is just like the Pharaoh and relishes in the fact that people are finally paying attention to him even if it’s not in a good way. I don’t know the man but I have seen many of his kind and they become harder and harder as time goes on. Let’s not forget that this is the architect of tearing families apart for political gain. There are still some 600 children who may never ever see their parents again because of the United States of America and its government. If we were not the most powerful Nation on Earth the words War crime would be being shouted from the roofs. Stephen Miller is a war criminal even if we’re not at War.

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White House policy adviser Stephen Miller is a descendent of Jewish immigrants to the U.S. (Leah Millis / Reuters)

Obama slams ‘crazy stuff’ coming out of Trump White House, hits politicizing of Justice Department – NBC News

I’m in constant pain so I have issues with sleeping. I slept a little bit later this morning than normal. I turned on the TV expecting the normal chaos created by the Trump Administration and instead I thought I was having a dream. There was President Barack Obama making one of his amazing speeches. What a way to wake up! He mentioned the t-word by name and called out all of the terrible policies of this Administration. He told us that our vote means something, he gave us the Hope for Change.

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Former President Barack Obama speaks in Illinois on Sept. 7, 2018.NBC News

There’s a big tell in Trump’s latest defense of Donald Jr. – Washington Post

I have a couple of things to say here. First and foremost, ignorance of the law does not excuse you from the law. The defense that is being melted for Donald Trump Jr is that he didn’t know it was against the law to get opposition research from a foreign country. I am not a politician but if a foreign adversary came to me while I was running a campaign the first thought would be to go to the FBI and not to say I love it. They keep saying that collusion is not a crime. Yes there is no statute that uses the word collusion. But collusion describes a series of events that lead to getting into a crime.

But what’s more telling is the fact that this President is seemingly throwing his son under the bus. the reason that Rudy Giuliani doesn’t want Trump to have an interview with the special counsel is because he knows he’s going to lie. This tweet clearly states that he knew nothing about it but we know that this man is a stickler for details and would not have had a meeting during his campaign that he did not know about of this importance.Granted he has the pardon power and granted his supporters will forgive anything from this president but unfortunately for this President his hardcore supporters are about 30 to 35% of the population, not enough to win an election.

As an aside, it’s ironic how all of these Republicans who I could not stomach listening to, including Ruth Marcus, have now come out against this president. It is heartening that they understand the country security is more important than anyone presidency. I just wish members of Congress that have an R next to their name would grow a spine and start defending our country and The Oaf they swore. unfortunately, I believe the prospect of the elimination of the capital gains tax is more important to them then our country’s security. Capitals gains tax is levied on mostly very rich people and that’s their donor base.

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Rick Gates, testifying in Manafort trial, admits to affair, London apartment – NBC News

I have to admit that Donald Trump has made life more interesting, not in a good way but more interesting.

In October of 2016 I hate it what the FBI director did to Hillary Clinton but then when he stood up to Trump all the progressive started liking him again. then there are the never Trump Republicans somewhere which who have switched either to independent or Democratic party status. And now here comes with Gates. Rick Gates was a swampy a creature as the Swamp has ever produced. He worked with oligarchs and let’s not forget he is the Protege of Paul manafort. So no, he is not someone that I am enthralled with. He’s telling the truth to save his skin and that he had affairs or stole money from his boss or the Myriad of other things that are going to come out in this trial, it still does not negate the fact that he is a swamp creature.

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Rick Gates, a former campaign aide to President Donald Trump, departs federal court in Washington in December 2017.Joshua Roberts / Reuters file

At President Trump’s hotel in New York, revenue went up this spring — thanks to a visit from big-spending Saudis – The Washington Post

The emoluments Clause of the Constitution prohibits this. It even says princes of foreign countries in it. How much clearer can it be? Donald Trump Jr andnd his family is in violation of the Constitution of the United States and for that reason alone should be impeached.

the only reason we know anything about this is that Trump does not own the hotel but only runs it, and I understand very badly for investors. In a letter to these investors the general manager wrote jubilantly how although the Saudi Prince did not stay at the hotel the Entourage did and this gave them a boost of 13% in the first quarter, a quarter which has been in the last 3 years a losing quarter for this hotel.

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Trump International Hotel in Manhattan is the one remaining Trump-branded hotel in New York. (Houdek Vladimir/Associated Press)

Russian firm indicted in special counsel probe cites Kavanaugh decision to argue that charge should be dismissed – WashPost

Of course the the Supreme Court choice of trump once nothing more than to have the special counsel disappear. So it makes all the sense in the world that the accused Russians involved our siding Supreme Court nominee Kavanagh in their bid to get out of the crimes they committed. Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh would be a blight on our judicial system and would remove rights from minorities, immigrants, lgbtq, pro-choice and the list goes on and on.

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Trump’s Lawyers, in Confidential Memo, Argue to Head Off a Historic Subpoena – The New York Times

For a failing newspaper the New York Times sure has it’s shit together while probing deep into this dark and brooding White House. Let’s face it these are not confidential memos but rather Public Relation documents put out so that when they try to say the president is above the law they can point to these false documents and say look here it is.

Representative Adam Schiff of California said it best, this President, no president is above the law. And Donald Trump above them all it’s certainly not above the law. He and his corrupt family have infested the White House like roaches or termites. There will be a cleansing and just like Jimmy Carter came after Nixon an unlikely president will be our next leader. Who would have thought that the Great and Mighty Nixon would be replaced by a peanut farmer from Plains Georgia. Basically an unknown quantity on the political scene and yet he became president.

I watched Bernie Sanders last night on Bill Maher. I was not and have not been a Bernie Sanders supporter. I was all in for Hillary Clinton from the beginning hell I was all in for Hillary Clinton in 2008 until she withdrew her candidacy. And as much as I think that nominating someone of my own faith, a Jew, is a mistake I guess the same thing could have been said about nominating Barack Obama, an African American. Bernie makes sense for these times and if we’re going to Unite the Democrats we need to do it with someone who doesn’t seem bought in any way shape or form and Bernie Sanders is that. I never thought I would say this.

Just one more thing, just in case you think he’s got a great legal team, they cited the wrong federal statute for obstruction of justice in this so-called confidential memo.

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President Trump’s lawyers have privately laid out a broad view of his constitutional powers in their fight to keep him from being forced to testify in front of a grand jury in the special counsel investigation. Credit: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Prosecutors in Michael Cohen case piecing together shredded documents from raid – NBC News

I am a blogger, and I am in no way a reporter. So what I say is purely speculation. But I can see in my head what must have happened in the minutes as the feds swarms into Michael Collins offices and homes. Shredding of documents must have been frenetic. So it’s not much of a surprise that the federal authorities are having problems putting the shredded materials back together. Unfortunately for Michael corn, who by the way is a terrible attorney, the federal government has Apple resources back together shredded documents. A good attorney would never have documents that needed to be shredded before a federal raid.

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Michael Cohen leaves federal court in New York on May 30, 2018. I believe Michael Cohen will have a lot more police officers looking at him suspiciously liking this photo in the future. Shannon Stapleton / Reuters