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#TrumpRussia / No collusion,.don't ya know?
« on: Yesterday at 10:56:49 PM »
There's absolutely no evidence out there that Trump colluded with the Russians

1) Except the, ‘Russia, if you’re listening, thing. 

2) and the Manafort thing, 

3) and the Flynn thing, 

4) and the Papadopoulos pleading guilty thing, 

5) and the Roger Stone thing, 

6) and the Cohen thing, 

7) and the Kushner thing, 

8) and the Carter Page thing, 

9) and the Jeff Sessions things, 

10) and the Wilbur Ross thing, 

11) and the JD Gordon thing, 

12) and the Erik Prince thing, 

13) and the James Comey firing thing, 

14) and the Russian hacking/Wikileaks thing, 

15) and the bro-love between TrumpPutin thing, 

16) and the Russian propaganda machine favoring Trump thing, 

17) and the DJT "I have zero ties to Russia!" thing, 

18) and the Eric Trump "we get most of our financing from Russian banks thing", 

19) and the Donald Trump Jr. "Our portfolio is made up of a disproportionate amount of Russian money" thing, 

20) and the DJT "I sold a $60 million mansion to a Russian oligarch known for money laundering for $120 million that he never once lived in" thing, 

21) and the Trump business ties with Putin's favorite sports athlete Fedor Emilianenko thing, 

22) and the Trump International Corporation's mysterious private server connection to Alfa Bank, Russia's largest commercial bank thing, 

23) and the Special prosecutor being named thing, 

24) and the I won't release my tax returns thing, 

25) and the Ivanka Trump's vacationing with Putin's girlfriend thing, 

26) and the 2013 Miss Universe Pageant in Moscow thing, 

27) and the Trump companies business ties to Felix Sater, a criminal felon indicted for stock fraud scheme with the Russian mafia thing, 

28) and the FL Group Icelandic hedge fund with massive ties to Putin being heavily invested in Trump Soho thing, 

29) and the Rex Tillerson/Exxon ties to Russia thing, 

30) and the Russian ambassador at Trump Tower sneaking in and out thing, 

31) and the Trump tried to roll back Russian sanctions the minute he got elected thing. 

32) Other than that, there's absolutely no reason to suspect anything. 

Wait there’s more, 

33) And the money laundering thing. 

34) And the sex hush moneythe minute he got elected thing. 

32) Other than that, there's absolutely no reason to suspect anything. 

Wait there’s more, 

33) And the money laundering thing. 

34) And the sex hush money payoffs thing. 

35) And the signing of the proposal for Trump Hotel Moscow thing. 

36) And the meetings in the White House with Russians thing 

37) And the firing of Sally Yates thing. 

38) And the hacked States voting thing. 

39) and the meeting with the Russian lawyer about “adoption” thing. 

40) And then the lying about it with a statement crafted by the White House thing. 

41) And the Deripaska sanctioned yet entering the USA on a diplomats visa thing. 

42) And the changing the GOP platform on Ukraine to be more favorable to Russia thing. 

43) And, the ‘mother’ of all things: not implementing sanctions which passed the Senate 98-2 and House 419-3 in violation of the Take Care Clause (Article 2, Section 3) thing. 

44) And the Russian banker giving money to NRA to support Trump thing 

45) And the Russian intelligence is now peddling a fake Trump tape to sow new chaos in American political discourse thing. 

46) And the David Bogatin buying Trump properties for over $6mil with no verifiable income and tied to Semion Mogilvich, who is so successful at money laundering he gets the name "The Brainy Don" thing. 

47) And the Trump Taj Mahal being fined $10 mil for not adhering to money laundering laws thing. 

48) And the Rudy Giuliani thing. 

49) And the "sanctioned) heads of all 3 Russian intelligence agencies allowed into US to secretly meet with CIA director Pompeo and DNI Coats, days before Trump blew off sanctions" thing. 

50) And Misha Flynn's "US-Russia nuclear proliferation in the Middle East" thing. 

51) And the, ‘I love Wikileaks’ thing. 

And the, ‘Rusher’ Lester Holt interview thing. 

52) And the, Jeff Sessions, I didn’t meet with any Russians, but he did, thing. 

53) and the Russians at the National Prayer Service thing 

54) and the Felix Sater thing 

55) The Kilimnik thing. 

56) And the Simon Kukes thing. 

57) And the yucking it up with Russians in the Oval Office after firing ‘nut-job’ Comey, and thinking it was over, thing. 

57) And the wild-eyed Devin Nunes bogus memo run, but the Conservative FBI is somehow the problem, thing. 

58) And the Rob Goldstone talking to Mueller thing. 

59) And the Gates, in negotiations with Mueller without his lawyers, thing. 

60) And the Bannon won’t talk to Congress, but is going to talk to Mueller thing. 

61) And the meetings with Putin without an American recorder present thing. 

62) And the defending of Putin when O’Reilly calls him a killer thing. 

63)And the “Won’t release White House visitor logs” thing. 

And the "Don't keep visitor logs at Mar-A-Lago" thing. 

64) And the Kushner asking for a direct line to the Kremlin at the Russian Embassy thing. 

65) And the “Putin and I discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking, and many other negative things, will be guarded and safe” tweet thing. 

66) And the Deutsche Bank records thing. 

67) And the House majority leader, McCarthy says to colleagues in 2016: ‘I think Putin pays’ Trump and Ryan says “No leaks. . . . This is how we know we're a real family here." thing. 

68) And the firing of Preet Bharara thing. 

69) And the Russians getting a “no bid” contract to build our embassy there-so they can assure electronic surveillance 

is embedded carefully-thing. 

70) And the attempt to discredit a career spy, held in high regard in the intel community, to discredit the dossier thing. 

71) And the revealing of sensitive material about Syria/ISIS to the Russians thing. 

72) And the refusal to release the Democrats’ memo, cleared by intel agencies on security grounds, after releasing the ‘flagged’ Republican memo, thing. 

73) And the Roman Abramovich, Russian steel owner (with whom Kushner met with several times according to his *revised* security clearance application) has docked his ship off the shore of Florida, when Trump was at Mar-a-Largo, thing. 

74) And Americans keep learning about Putin-Trump conversations from the Kremlin (Putin said he and Trump “spoke about the Palestinian-Israeli settlement.” on the phone today. No readout yet from White House) thing. 

75) And for the 8th time Kremlin (not the Administration) told us Trump spoke with Putin by phone thing. 

AND we learned that Putin told Palestine that Trump told him he could negotiate on America's behalf, thing. 

76) And the Trump takes two abandoned 747s off of Aeroflot's hands for the next Air Force One, relieving the Kremlin of its $750 million obligation to Boeing thing. 

77) And the German Woman at the Center of the Manafort Case with Russian contacts who may have serve as the strawman for illegal lobbying in the United States thing. 

78) And the Russians giving the NRA money thing. 

79) And releasing the Nunes memo thing. 

80) And the refusing to release the Democrats rebuttal memo thing. 

81) And the trying to discredit the FBI thing. 

82) And the forcing McCabe out thing. 

83) And the ‘my lawyers won’t let me testify’ thing. 

84) And the ‘my taxes are under audit so I can’t release them’ thing. 

85) And the Alex van der Zwaan lying to prosecutors about a conversation with Rick Gates thing. 

86) And the charges against Richard Pinedo in exchange for cooperating thing. 

87) And now Mueller is investigating Manafort for promising Calk a WH job in exchange for a $16M personal loan thing. 

88) And the per NBC, Trump has told friends he'd be in trouble if Paul Manafort "flipped" on him thing. 

89) And the Kushner Security Clearance being held up by the Mueller Investigation thing. 

90) And the Dem memo that confirmed that both the F.B.I. and D.O.J. made extensive showings to justify all four FISA requests thing. 

91) And the son-in-law had to have his security clearance removed thing. 

92) And the China, UAE, Israel, and Mexico plotting how to manipulate the son-in-law thing. 

93) And the Hope Hicks refusing to answer the questions of the Intelligence Committee thing. 

94) And the Roger Stone lying to Congress about WikiLeaks thing. 

95) And the 20 Gates indictments dropped by Mueller for cooperating thing. 

96) And the changing the Republican platform thing. 

97) And the not authorizing NSA to do *anything* to prevent hacking of Midterm Elections thing. 

98) And the Hope Hicks’ ‘White Lies’ and quits thing. 

99) And the Kushner gets his Security Clearance downgraded because he dealt with Russia thing. 

100) And the Nunberg decides to comply-after he adamantly wasn’t gonna comply-to the Mueller subpoena thing. 

101) And the Kremlin wanted Tillerson instead of Romney thing, 

102) And the Trump’s demand for a Kremlinesque Military Parade thing. 

103) And the George Nader (UAE foreign agent) thing. 

104) And the Trump asking witnesses what they discussed with Mueller thing. 

105) And the firing of Tillerson thing. 

106) And the vindictive firing of McCabe thing. 

107) And the congratulating Putin for ‘winning’ a sham election after Putin poisoned and framed his opponent thing. 

108) And the alleged mobster Felix Sater ‘told family he knows he and POTUS are going to prison’ thing. 

109) And the Trump Fundraiser, Elliott Brody’s offer to help lift sanctions on Russian Firms thing. 

110) And the Corallo attorneys couldn’t represent Trump due to conflicts of interest thing. 

111) And the Rick Gates contact with Alex van der Zwaan (an associate of Paul Manafort with ties to the Russian intelligence service, GRU) in 2016 thing. 

112) And the Malloch being served with a subpoena to appear before the grand jury thing. 

113) And The Kremlin revealed that Trump proposed inviting Putin to DC during the March 20th phone call thing. 

Reminder: there was zero mention of the Russian nerve agent attack on British soil nor any warnings to Russia to stop attacking our infrastructure thing. 

114) And the Attorney Alex van der Zwaan sentenced to 30 days in prison for lying to investigators who were looking into Trump campaign chairman, Paul Manafort thing. 

115) And the Cohen got raided by the FBI thing. 

116) And the Dana Boente’s handwritten notes after talking to James Comey thing. 

117) And the Trump's personal lawyer was working out of the Squire, Patton & Boggs law offices, who just HAPPEN to be lawyers for Cambridge Analytica, AND are main lobbyists for Russia's Gazprom oil company thing. 

118) And the letting Bolton in the White House without security clearance. 

119) And the Trump asking Comey to consider investigating the "pee tape" allegations in order to "reassure Melania" that they were untrue thing. 

120) And the Cohen lied about going to Prague in the summer of 2016 thing. 

121) And the back channel assurance to the Kremlin there would be no new sanctions thing 

Politics / #fakepresident cult followers fucked in the head
« on: Yesterday at 05:20:25 PM »

For Robert Jeffress—the pastor of 13,000 member megachurch First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, the host of the daily radio program Pathway to Victory, and a member of President Trump’s evangelical advisory board—nuclear war can’t come soon enough.

“God has given Trump authority to take Kim Jong-un,”Jeffress’ statement read in part, as he went on to say he is “heartened to see that our president…will not tolerate any threat against the American people.”

“When President Trump draws a red line, he will not erase it, move it, or back away from it,” Jeffress added. “Thank God for a president who is serious about protecting our country.”

The Washington Post notes Jeffress has long been a Trump supporter, first becoming convinced Trump would win the president election after the two shared cheeseburgers from Wendy’s in Iowa. Jeffress has repeatedly vocalized his belief God chose Trump, and has invoked that belief as a justification for a wide range of policies that could be at best described as human rights violations waiting to happen, including the proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

#TrumpRussia / Comey: GOP Has No Values, All #fakpresident Cult
« on: Yesterday at 09:23:42 AM »

Former FBI Director James Comey was a registered Republican for most of his life, but now he believes "the Republican Party has left me and many others."

"I just think they've lost their way and I can't be associated with it," Comey said in an interview on the ABC News podcast “Start Here,” adding that he no longer considers himself a Republican.

He said he believes the Republican Party began to change during the 2016 presidential campaign and has continued to change with President Donald Trump in office. It wasn't until he was fired by Trump that Comey started to focus more on politics and realized, "These people don't represent anything I believe in.”


Trump’s use of identity politics, Rubin told me in an interview for the latest episode of POLITICO’s Off Message podcast, “is a dead end for the party. It’s a dead end because it’s immoral and anti-American to base an entire political movement on one racial group, and it’s a dead end because that’s not America and [what America] is becoming.”

For Rubin, author of the Washington Post’s “Right Turn” blog, it’s been a fast trip from conservative apostle to apostate.

Rubin was hired in late 2010 to be a forceful conservative presence, the counterpart on the right to the Post’s liberal blogger, Greg Sargent. But since Trump’s election, she’s been one of the president’s most strident critics, attacking him multiple times a day as an “arrogant fool” and “flat-out racist.” In the process, she’s becoming a leading voice for a group of conservative intellectuals who don’t fit comfortably in either political party.

Before Trump, she says, being a conservative meant embracing American exceptionalism, forceful moral leadership of the world, promotion of the free market and “fiscal conservatism, which now is a hoot,” she said. “Conservatism, as opposed to Republicanism—and I think that’s an important distinction—was really about a temperament as much as a substantive list of issues. There was a certain modesty in approaching government … a certain humility about governance and a reliance on the structures of the Constitution to keep central government from getting to be too powerful.”

Rubin, who published a break-up letter to the GOP in May 2016 after Trump secured the Republican presidential nomination, says it’s the party that left her: “I don’t think I have changed at all.”

She’s not happy with Ryan, either—she thinks he has betrayed his principles in backing Trump. In fact, when I ask her to point to any member of the Republican leadership she views as a conservative leader, she’s stumped.

And it’s not just about the leaders.

“Republicans have permanently eliminated themselves from credibility to govern,” Rubin said. “You can’t be willing to sacrifice core American values for the sake of a tax cut and be deemed to be worthy of trust going forward.”

Click here to subscribe to the full podcast and hear Rubin’s take on the engagement with Syria and the reader responses that make Rubin say “we do have a mental health problem in this country.”

Fresh to journalism just over a decade ago after ditching her career as a Hollywood studio labor lawyer to move to Virginia in search of a community whose politics better aligned with her own, Rubin pitched a story to The Weekly Standard in the run-up to the 2008 campaign about how Mitt Romney was running as a very different kind of conservative than he was as governor of Massachusetts, and the betrayal some longtime supporters of his felt. She knows that in the age of Trump, that kind of debating about conservative principles seems quaint, as does a midlife switch to journalism that actually took off after that one article, leading her first to Commentary and then to the Post.

Take a guess, stupid "conservatives."

You should be ashamed of yourselves but of course "conservatives" are incapable of shame. You are idiots. You are liars. You are worthless traitor scum and what you have done to this nation will cost you all.

Politics / #fakepresident's Investigative Colonoscopy
« on: April 10, 2018, 07:44:46 AM »

The image of Michael Cohen as a super lawyer was always laughable, and even the Trump fan club recognized that Cohen was a particular flavor of attorney: The Fixer. His desire to cast himself as a real-life Ray Donovan made him a kind of overwrought, grunting thug character destined for the cutting-room floor in even the most lurid soap opera script. 

Cohen, though, should be understood as an almost perfect metaphor for the Trump era, the Trump White House, and everything else in orbiting this president like the hot chunks of waste spinning around the central oscillator at a sewage treatment plant. He truly brings it all: the shoddy, hair-trigger temperament, the indifferent education and understanding of the world outside of dalliance-cleanup duty and real estate branding deals, the malfeasance, the petty corruption, general shitheel behavior, the impulsivity, the tantrum-as-negotiation style, and the overall sketchiness of the Trump administration. 

Like Trump, his enablers, and supporters, Cohen thought his position as a Trump inner circle member would protect him indefinitely. He believed, after so many years of getting away with every kind of shenanigan at Trump’s behest, that the facts would never matter, the music would never stop, and the party would never end. Again, he’s a perfect metaphor for this administration. 

Then the FBI came knocking. Imagine that moment, when he realized that they were going to raid his office, home, and hotel room. It was one thing for Cohen to pay Stormy’s $135,000 hush money payment from his home equity loan. “Happens all the time!” “Common practice!” “Trump never even met her, I’m just really generous!” (For you Trump readers, that’s called sarcasm.) 

It’s quite another when the most experienced and determined federal prosecutors are giving you an investigative colonoscopy. If you think for one moment there’s nothing dodgy and damaging against Trump in the files of Cohen, think again. 

Suddenly, Michael Cohen, the bag-walking, dick-swinging swagger-monkey wannabe thug attorney and consigliere for Donald Trump’s far-flung penile enterprises is scared. If Cohen had a lump of coal in his ass the moment those search warrants arrived, he could have popped out a diamond. He realizes how deep this hole can become if he doesn’t roll over. He doesn’t have the resources to defend himself, and Trump isn’t exactly known for paying his bills in the first place. Cohen is scared, and he’s not alone. 

What has to strike absolute error into Trump at this moment is the fact that the Southern District of New York, acting on a referral from Robert Mueller, was able to obtain extraordinarily broad authority and was granted search warrants that may even penetrate attorney-client privilege.

Trump must know this may be one of the most dangerous moments in his entire life, not just his presidency. The likelihood is that Mueller and the FBI are now in possession of the Black Books of Trump, NDAs from enough of Trump’s various affairs, that you can staff a 12-pole strip club with plenty of girls left for the Champagne rooms. It’s only speculation at this point, but it’s quite likely that Cohen was the keeper of many of Trump’s lending documents, contracts, business arrangements, and the Kryptonite of Trump’s fragile self-worth: the long-sought tax returns.

It’s an open secret and has been for quite a while, but Trump isn’t worth $10 billion. As one of my hedge-fund friends (an actual billionaire) said of Trump in 2015, “He’s a clown living on credit.” For Trump to have the public learn that he may not be as wealthy as he has continued to claim as the central element of his branding would hurt him more than if Mueller then proved he took sacks of cash and a foot massage from Vladimir Putin. Collusion with the Russians is nothing compared to having his baroque finances revealed. Trump would rather be known as a traitor than as someone who isn’t one of the Masters of the Universe.

This is, of course, another one of those moments where Trump may listen to the devil perched on his shoulder and simply burn the entire Department of Justice to the ground. He is obviously unable to retain counsel skilled enough to control his constant verbal dysentery, even when his yammering puts him in enormous legal peril.

Cohen was one of Trump’s most vulnerable and dangerous keepers of secrets. If Trump had a brain, he would have been terrified this moment would come. Cohen simply lived in a state of idiot hubris that it wouldn’t.

#TrumpRussia / "Witches" Who Hunt #fakepresident
« on: April 10, 2018, 07:33:26 AM »


The Dunning-Kruger Effect:

Some believe that many of those who support Donald Trump do so because of ignorance — basically they are under-informed or misinformed about the issues at hand. When Trump tells them that crime is skyrocketing in the United States, or that the economy is the worst it’s ever been, they simply take his word for it.

The seemingly obvious solution would be to try to reach those people through political ads, expert opinions, and logical arguments that educate with facts. Except none of those things seem to be swaying any Trump supporters from his side, despite great efforts to deliver this information to them directly.

The Dunning-Kruger effect explains that the problem isn’t just that they are misinformed; it’s that they are completely unaware that they are misinformed. This creates a double burden.

Studies have shown that people who lack expertise in some area of knowledge often have a cognitive bias that prevents them from realizing that they lack expertise. As psychologist David Dunning puts it in an op-ed for Politico, “The knowledge and intelligence that are required to be good at a task are often the same qualities needed to recognize that one is not good at that task — and if one lacks such knowledge and intelligence, one remains ignorant that one is not good at the task. This includes political judgment.” Essentially, they’re not smart enough to realize they’re dumb.

And if one is under the illusion that they have sufficient or even superior knowledge, then they have no reason to defer to anyone else’s judgment. This helps explain why even nonpartisan experts — like military generals and Independent former Mayor of New York/billionaire CEO Michael Bloomberg — as well as some respected Republican politicians, don’t seem to be able to say anything that can change the minds of loyal Trump followers.

Out of immense frustration, some of us may feel the urge to shake a Trump supporter and say, “Hey! Don’t you realize that he’s an idiot?!” No. They don’t. That may be hard to fathom, but that’s the nature of the Dunning-Kruger effect — one’s ignorance is completely invisible to them.


A blue wave is expected to sweep in Congress in the midterm elections and recent polling data shows the tide is still rising.

13 congressional districts have shifted in the Democrats favor ahead of November's midterm elections, according to the Cook Political Report, with Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney's New York district and Rep. Dave Loebsack's Iowa district moving from likely Democrat to solid Democrat.

This is yet another sign that the blue wave could look like a tsunami in 2018.

While President Donald Trump's approval rating has risen in recent weeks, ticking up from 38 percent to 40 percent since January. Trump's popularity boost is likely due to a shift in focus from deeply unpopular Republican proposals on health care and taxes to the economy, tariffs and Stormy Daniels. That is in addition to Republicans closing in on Democrat's early lead in generic polling on the question of which party voters would support for Congress.

Still, though, Trump's popularity is historically low at 40 percent — the lowest of any modern U.S. president — and Republicans continue to trail Democrats on the generic ballot by eight points, which the Cook Political Report says is enough to erode the GOP's advantage from favorably drawn districts and endanger their majority.

Here are some reasons Democrats could win the race for Congress:

The Enthusiasm Gap

A new report suggests Democrats enjoy a wide voter enthusiasm gap. According to a new CNN/SSRS survey, 51 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters said they were "extremely" or "very" enthusiastic about voting in November, compared to 36 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning voters. Young voters, Trump's weakest age group, have a significant interest in the 2018 midterm elections, and overwhelmingly disapprove of Trump.

This enthusiasm gap has been glaring in off-year and special elections all cycle, including last month in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District, where Democrat Conor Lamb won a special House election in a district Trump had carried by nearly 20 percentage points in 2016. Turnout was especially high in Pennsylvania's special election: about 228,000 votes had been counted. That equals 62 percent of the 370,000 votes cast for presidential candidates in the district in 2016, according to data from Daily Kos Elections and analyzed by FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver.

Turnout was equally high in December's special Senate election in Alabama, in which 64 percent of presidential-year turnout sent turned the Yellowhammer State blue for the first time. That was an impressive win for Democrats, though one with extenuating circumstances.

A surge of Republican retirements make the GOP map tougher

Retirements are often a strong indicator for which direction a party is heading, and so far, the field continues to go downhill for Republicans, who will be defending twice as many open seats this fall as Democrats.

Of course we would not.know that from the aggressively intolerant representatives here, but there are the likes of Tony Campolo, Ron Sider, Jim Wallace, Rick Warren, Reverand Gregory A. Boyd

Fundamentalists confuse religion and politics, conflation of sexual morality with religion, and unholy and insatiable power grabbing. There are sane, non-fundie Evangelicals, like Boyd, who advocate spending energy on relief of suffering and bearing witness to injustice rather than being the moral guardians of the country.

To identify the Kingdom of God with the kingdom of man is idolatry. Evangelical impose their will on others are evil.


Your cult leader is still under investigation for treason.


A top fundraiser for President Donald Trump received millions of dollars from a political adviser to the United Arab Emirates last April, just weeks before he began handing out a series of large political donations to U.S. lawmakers considering legislation targeting Qatar, the UAE's chief rival in the Persian Gulf, an Associated Press investigation has found.

George Nader, an adviser to the UAE who is now a witness in the U.S. special counsel investigation into foreign meddling in American politics, wired $2.5 million to the Trump fundraiser, Elliott Broidy, through a company in Canada, according to two people who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter. They said Nader paid the money to Broidy to bankroll an effort to persuade the U.S. to take a hard line against Qatar, a long-time American ally but now a bitter adversary of the UAE.

A month after he received the money, Broidy sponsored a conference on Qatar's alleged ties to Islamic extremism. During the event, Republican Congressman Ed Royce of California, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, announced he was introducing legislation that would brand Qatar as a terrorist-supporting state.

In July 2017, two months after Royce introduced the bill, Broidy gave the California congressman $5,400 in campaign gifts — the maximum allowed by law. The donations were part of just under $600,000 that Broidy has given to GOP members of Congress and Republican political committees since he began the push for the legislation fingering Qatar, according to an AP analysis of campaign finance disclosure records.

Broidy said in a statement to AP that he has been outspoken for years about militant groups, including Hamas.

"I've both raised money for, and contributed my own money to, efforts by think tanks to bring the facts into the open, since Qatar is spreading millions of dollars around Washington to whitewash its image as a terror-sponsoring state," he said. "I've also spoken to like-minded members of Congress, like Royce, about how to make sure Qatar's lobbying money does not blind lawmakers to the facts about its record in supporting terrorist groups."

While Washington is awash with political donations from all manner of interest groups and individuals, there are strict restrictions on foreign donations for political activity. Agents of foreign governments are also required to register before lobbying so that there is a public record of foreign influence.

And by "we" I mean WE, THE PEOPLE who will kick your lying, stupid asses.


On Tuesday, in preparation for his phone call with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin, President Trump was given a briefing paper directing him to condemn Russia’s poisoning of a double agent on British soil and NOT to congratulate Putin on his rigged election. (“DO NOT CONGRATULATE,” read the all-caps, but apparently still too subtle, instructions.) Instead, Trump went the other way. He decided not to mention the awkward attempted murder and did congratulate Putin.

Republicans have responded to this episode with outrage. But their indignation is directed not at a president who has once again demonstrated his bizarre, deeply rooted affinity for Putin. Instead, they are angry that we know about this episode at all. “I don’t agree with congratulating #Putin but bigger outrage is this leak that could only come from someone in @POTUS inner circle,” says Marco Rubio. Former Bush administration press secretary Ari Fleischer complains, “Who leaks this stuff? This WH still is disloyal to the president and to each other. What a mess.” White House chief of staff John Kelly “is furious over the leak,” reports Politico. A Republican aide gripes to Axios, “It is a disservice to the president when every single thing and every single thought gets leaked out … I don’t understand why people don’t get that. It’s not fair to the president, to his agenda, and to those who work hard every day to move the ball down the field.”

It is obviously natural to want the White House to avoid leaking. What’s unnatural is the Republican belief that the leaking, rather than the subject of the leaks, is the underlying problem.

The predominant theory of the case in Republican circles, as I argued recently, is that Trump is an innocent man who acts guilty for no apparent reason. This explains their fixation with his tweeting, which is the safest and most common aspect of the Trump president for Republicans to question in public. Twitter is an open-access channel into his mind, into which Trump constantly feeds unfiltered confessions that defeat their efforts to spin on his behalf. Republicans are trying to make the case that, say, Andrew McCabe was fired for legitimate violations of FBI policy, and then Trump writes a tweet making it seem quite evident that he was fired because Trump personally hates and wants to discredit him.

Ed Rogers, the Republican lobbyist and America’s worst columnist, has a new column noting that Trump is doing more things that make him seem extremely guilty, like hiring lawyers who want to shut down the investigation and cozying up to Putin over and over. “Trump constantly does things to make himself appear guilty,” observes Rogers. “Let’s not even talk about his ‘congratulatory message’ to Russian President Vladimir Putin.”

Why does Trump constantly say and do things that make him look guilty? Occam’s razor would offer one explanation. The Republicans have a different one.

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