Giuliani associate flips on Trump, says he threatened Ukraine to investigate Biden or lose aid – Salon.com

I know that we can all personally understand that bringing trust and loyalty into our friendships is how we keep our friends. The same can be said about business dealings. It turns out the guy who claims to have written the art of the deal doesn’t understand these basic rules about interacting with human beings.

Trump nose the two Giuliani Associates but has denied knowing them. There are so many pictures of him with them and his kids with them eight bags belief to say that he doesn’t know who they are. But then of course whenever people get into a bind Trump says he barely knew them, Michael Cohen, Paul manafort, and I have a feeling this list is going to go on and on.

Impeachment is based on a vague notion of high crimes and misdemeanors. What the GOP is trying to make you believe is that there must be a real crime for there to be an impeachment. In fact, I am sure you will have heard until you are nauseated impeachment is a political act, not a legal one. But if there is an illegal act involved that’s just a cherry on top of the Sunday. And the testimony released today clearly says that both people in the state department and the defense department were scurrying to try to figure out how to obey orders which were illegal by Trump. Money is specifically given by Congress to Ukraine. Congress has the power of the purse. The president cannot use that money to get dirt on his political Rivals despite the fact that that’s how he won the presidency in 2016. unfortunately for him a candidate for the presidency and the sitting president are two different animals and fall within 2 set of very specific guidelines and rules. look it’s more than clear that if a Russian comes up to a candidate and they say I have dirt on one of your opponents you shouldn’t say great I love it especially if it’s in the fall. But that’s an error that the Federal election commission would get into. If the president of the United States says that money cannot go to a specific a lie because he needs dirt on one of his opponents oh, that’s not good not even if it comes in October. Trump is in a heap of trouble and the Republicans don’t know what to do about it. Once again trumps lack of building relationships in a trusting and loyal manner come back to bite him. I wonder how long before his Twitter feed starts spewing language right out of The Sopranos regarding Lev Parnas?

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The Daily Beast: Senior State Adviser: Pompeo’s Silence on Yovanovitch Attacks Absolutely Killed Morale

I want to make one thing perfectly clear. If you are not following the state department’s downfall in the last 3 years you would not be aware that this is a calculated attempt to hollow out our ability to deal with foreign Nations. Steve bannon wants the state department to become toothless because an unstable state department will cause a weakening of the United States and will allow for someone like Trump, a would-be dictator To hold on to power. This was started with Secretary of State tillerson, an ExxonMobil executive, someone so close to Putin that it is believed Putin put his name into Trump’s ear as the nominee.

Now we have Pompeo, the man has really drank the Kool-Aid. First he went to the CIA and destroyed the morale there and now he is at the state department to do the same thing.

We don’t have ambassadors in so many countries that we don’t have the governmental memory necessary to deal with these countries. And now we’re watching State Department officials one-by-one resign because of their anger at how the state department is being run. when you lose someone who’s worked for 37, 42 or even longer years in the state department you don’t replace them with someone else, there is no one else to replace them. To add to the trouble at the state department is that applications to become foreign Service officers are down by two-thirds. people don’t trust our government to back our diplomats across the world. I remembered that being a diplomat was always one of my greatest desires but because I was very close to my parents I could not go to work in a foreign country. I did do translations at the UN in the summer from English to French and vice versa. To watch what is happening to foggy bottom is so disheartening. we have played into Putin’s hands so well that he might as well be the puppet master of our country.

First he went to the CIA and destroyed the morale there and now he is at the state department to do the same thing.

We don’t have ambassadors in so many countries that we don’t have the governmental memory necessary to deal with these countries. And now we’re watching State Department officials one-by-one resign because of their anger at how the state department is being run. when you lose someone who’s worked for 37, 42 or even longer years in the state department you don’t replace them with someone else, there is no one else to replace them. To add to the trouble at the state department is that applications to become foreign Service officers are down by two-thirds. people don’t trust our government to back our diplomats across the world. I remembered that being a diplomat was always one of my greatest desires but because I was very close to my parents I could not go to work in a foreign country. I did do translations at the UN in the summer from English to French and vice versa. To watch what is happening to foggy bottom is so disheartening. we have played into Putin’s hands so well that he might as well be the puppet master of our country.

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This picture is the perfect metaphor for the hollowing out of our state department. There’s just no one to go to the podium.

Bill Maher on Trump’s Bad Week: ‘The Gang That Couldn’t Do Treason Straight.’

This was one of Bill Maher’s best shows, Even though or despite the fact that Danielle Pletka that was there,

He ended the show by offering Trump $1000000 of his own money and promising to raise a billion dollars from Hollywood and ordinary people to get Trump to resign. this would make Trump an actual billionaire which is something that would be really great for him. Would love to see him step down and maybe we can raise five hundred million dollars to get Pence to quit.

This has been a difficult week for all of us. The news does not stop. It’s like a fire hose hitting you and pushing you and pushing you and pushing you. I have to turn it off off and now because it’s overwhelming. I need my sanity and right now we’re living in insane times.

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Corporate Taxes Based on CEO Pay: The Public Opinion Context – Gallup

Whether it’s Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren or basically anyone running in the Democratic primary They make the Republicans look so out of touch with what Americans believe. Now we just need to get Americans to vote in their own interests. The typical Trump voter was hurt by his policies over the last three years. Meanwhile the 1% has done remarkably well.

Gallup polling is usually very conservative so this pole is actually more telling.

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Trump’s GOP Allies Are Livid at His Inaction on Turkey’s Assault on Kurds in Syria – The Daily Beast

I was fortunate to be in an AP English class at Miami Beach Senior High School called “The Absurdist Vision”. It was taught by a professor Moses who have been a professor at Harvard. I bring this up because all of the absurdist literature I read during that semester did not prepare me for the Trump presidency. I think the thing that did prepare me better was perhaps the Superman comics that I used to read when I was around 10. Very much like in Star Trek mirror universe, Superman would travel to bizarro world where everything was backwards. So I have to thank the Superman universe for at least giving me a little bit I’ve noticed as to what I was going to deal with when I was 65.

Trump knows that he’s done wrong by abandoning me the Kurdish troops. Trump knows that the Kurds fought valiantly side by side with American troops to clear that part of the world of the Isis caliphate. Trump knows got the Kurds currently have over 10,000 Isis fighters in captivity. Trump knows all this and so does the GOP that seem to be never ending supporters of his. Today he said that the Kurds never fought in Normandy!

Where did he get that?

In fact the courage were very busy during World War II mounting an operation known as 1943 Barzani revolt. This took place in what is known now as Iraq. This revolt took play stream most awards. I wonder who in the Trump administration told him about this? I’m sure as the days go by we will find out. But claiming that one group or another did not help us in some past war is not how things work. Germany is our Ally but they did not help us during World War II actually they were our foe.

Japan is our Ally and actually they did not help us during World War II they were our foe.

Italy is our Ally but actually they did not help us in World War II they were our foe.

See how this works and perhaps somebody should explain this all to the current occupants of the White House because he has his head so up a part of his body, I’m not going to mention that it’s ridiculous. The Kurds have been our allies for the last 20 years that we’ve been at war in the middle East and to abandon them now because of the Turkish and Russian dictators demanding it from Trump is the same as genocide.

What happens to the Isis prisoners that the Kurds currently hold? This is not going to be a popular thing I’m going to say but I truly believe that Trump thinks that he can get out of his impeachment thing if we have a 911 like attack on the Homeland. Anyone who’s watched this transactional ass in the white house will I know that this is not outside of the realm of his scheming to keep himself in power.

I hope Lindsey Graham can sleep at night for his defense of the undefendable Trump.

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Saudi Arabia Says Iran ‘Unquestionably Sponsored’ Attack On Oil Facilities – NPR

Since my teenage years, and I am 65, the kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been a thorn in the side of the world. I remember when they formed OPEC and then shut off the fuel supply to the United States. I remember standing in lines trying to get to my college classes type of hat the gas needed to get me there. They have been bad players from the beginning and they continue to be so. They are cruel to their people and let them live in poverty even though the royal family lives in luxury that most of us cannot even comprehend.

Let us not forget Mohammed bin Salman, the current Prince of Saudi Arabia ordered the murder of an American journalist, we will not forget khashoggi.

And so now in order to start a pot Saudi Arabia says that Iran definitely sponsored this attack on their oil facilities. Were they a name sponsor or just one that wanted to be in the credits? They can’t point to Iran as the launcher of the missiles because they were launched from Iraq granted Iran has a lot of reasons to do this to Saudi Arabia but it is not enough of a reason for us to jump into a war once again in the middle East and make more generations hate us well into the future.

this is hard for me to say because I really despise them haven’t but Trump is actually doing the more measured in response to this incident. we have oil reserves in the United States that are kept specifically for this kind of strategic need. Trust me the Saudi Arabian government is going to use all its wealth to rebuild a refined race. And in the meantime do United States is going to make some extra much-needed dollars on the foreign trade front.

The Saudi Arabians are well-known to say they will fight with a ran with the last American soldier’s blood.we have sent him so much in military prowess why aren’t they using it themselves? Why are they doing a proxy war in Yemen? Why do they want the United States to shed blood of our soldiers before they even put their toe into the pool?

The world right now is a tinderbox and resembles what history has shown us the world look like prior to Major Wars. I know I don’t have the appetite for a war and I am sure that the majority of the American people do not as well. If Benjamin netanyahu is actually taken out of office and Israel I see a little bit of the marched War slowing down because we might finally have a breath of fresh air from an election.

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Washington Post journalist Jamal khashoggi who was murdered by the crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman

Attacks on crucial Saudi oil sites threaten to renew Gulf tensions – NBC News

If Trump and Kushner were not in bed with the Saudi Prince I would think that this may have been an attack orchestrated by the US. Overnight the United States became the largest reservoir of oil in the world. Prices of oil have gone up by 15% overnight. This is going to cripple the Saudi economy.

I don’t think that Iran had any reason to do an attack on the Saudis right now. The US was in talks to soften sanctions on Iran that Trump and post. Iran’s economy needs this influx of much-needed cash. But then of course Trump negotiates buy a tweet. It’s funny, for a man who campaigned saying that President Obama was too open about troop movements and the search, Trump seems to be an open book if you just follow him on Twitter. This is not a way for our government to be run but of course I think everybody in this country sees that. May we make it until 2021 and I hope he actually leaves office.

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Wyden Slams Republican FEC Commissioners for Blocking Probe of NRA, Possible Campaign Finance Violations – Newsweek

I hope alarm bells are going off all over the country and ringing loudly in Washington. Our democracy is being attacked and the present administration is walking mean it. They understand that they’re cozying up to dictators means that dictators want Trump to stay in office. This is not a conspiracy theory at all, this is being done in plain sight by Trump. His love affair with Putin, Kim jong-un and even the leader of China Ximakes these people want him to remain in office. What better way to keep him in office but to rig the election.

I watched last night the Democratic chairman of the Federal election commission almost apoplectic almost be apoplectic regarding the fact that her fellow commissioners of the Republican persuasion refuse to look into anything that has to do with Russia and election interference. This is only inviting more interference by every single dictatorship that Trump has weirdly embraced. I think that if you see him getting close to start dealing with Iran it’s because he knows Iran has the ability to rig our elections as well and he doesn’t want any of the players who will attack our democracy in 2020 not be on his side. There should be no his side there should only be the site of America, the United States of America.

There should be no his side there should only be the site of America, the United States of America.

If this is #MAGA2020 I want nothing to do with it.

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Maria Butina, leader of a pro-gun organization, speaks on October 8, 2013 during a press conference in Moscow.

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MSNBC Anchor Ayman Mohyeldin Pushes Back on Kelly O’Donnell After She Scolds Him On-Air Over Immigration – The Daily Beast

I’m not sure how Kelly O’Donnell sees the world. perhaps it’s because she has flaming red hair and comes from a country where immigrants are no longer attacked. let’s take the wayback machine a hundred years and see how Irish immigrants were being treated at the time by the US. I think that she was protecting are turf at the White House Press room. But I don’t know why anyone would need to anymore since the only time you hear from the White House is one a fat, sweaty, screaming old man stands in front of a helicopter and just blurts out whatever is on the top of his head. most of it is lies, isn’t that strange, most of what we hear from the White House are lies. So Kelly O’Donnell you should apologize to Ayman Mohyeldin since the countries his people come from are continuously attacked by a lying White House.

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Ayman Mohyeldin and Kelly O’Donnell from a screenshot of MSNBC