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« Reply #16260 on: June 16, 2019, 08:43:43 PM »
^expanding a little on the text in that:

Israeli Town Named After Trump Appears to be Fake News

"The founding of the town of “Trump Heights” (Ramat Trump) was greeted with great fanfare. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and American Ambassador David Friedman held a deluxe ceremony to celebrate the new town in the Golan Heights which President Trump officially recognized as part of Israel earlier this year. Trump himself thanked Israel for the honor in a celebratory tweet.

But according to an article in the Israeli daily Ha’aretz and multiple reports in the Israeli press, it’s more Potemkin village than Trump Heights. No actual town or village has actually been founded at all. It appears to be little more than a PR stunt to curry favor with the President who continues to openly support Netanyahu as the country moves toward new elections in September. No money has been budgeted for the new town. Nor is there specific location. Indeed, there’s no commitment to build a town at all. The decision will be left to the government that takes power after the next election. In the words of Israeli journalist Barak Ravid: “A settlement by the name of “Trump Heights” or “Ramat Trump” doesn’t exist. It my exist in the future but the Israeli cabinet still hasn’t even decided to do it. For now there’s only a sign.“

The head of the Golan caucus in the Israeli Knesset, Zvi Hauser went even further: “Anyone who reads the fine print of the ‘historic’ decision understands that this is a conceptual decision. There is no funding. There is no planning. There is no location and there is really no committed decision.”

The ceremony seems to be an effort to further burnish the current government’s bond with President Trump who loves nothing more than a ribbon cutting ceremony with his name is shiny gold lettering. The decision to build a town may be taken later. Or it may never happen at all. For Trump the fine print doesn’t seem to matter."


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« Reply #16261 on: June 16, 2019, 08:55:57 PM »
GOP in disarray as budget impasse threatens shutdown, deep cuts — and default

"Senate Republicans and the Trump administration are struggling to reach an agreement on a path forward on critical budget and spending issues, threatening not only another government shutdown and deep spending cuts but a federal default that could hit the economy hard.

GOP leaders have spent months cajoling President Trump in favor of a bipartisan budget deal that would fund the government and raise the limit on federal borrowing this fall, but their efforts have yet to produce a deal. And the uncertain path forward was underscored a few days ago at the Capitol, when a budget meeting between key Senate Republicans, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), and senior White House officials left out Democrats, whose votes will be imperative to avoid a shutdown and an economy-shaking breach of the federal debt limit.
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Trump and Congress face a trio of difficult budget issues. Congress must pass, and Trump must sign, funding legislation by Oct. 1 to avoid a new shutdown. They need to raise the federal debt limit around the same time, according to the latest estimates. Failure to do so would force the government to make difficult decisions about which obligations to pay, and could be considered a default by investors, shaking markets and an economy already showing some signs of alarm.

And by year’s end, they also need to agree on how to lift austere budget caps that will otherwise snap into place and slash $125 billion from domestic and military programs.

Senate Republicans and the administration thus far have not agreed on how to proceed on any of the issues, making it all but impossible for them to enter into substantive negotiations with Democrats. That has left the Capitol in a state of suspension over what the coming months will hold."

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« Reply #16262 on: June 17, 2019, 01:19:12 PM »
Wonkette:

Mitch McConnell Hates Democracy Because It's 'Socialism,' Who Knows, It Made No Sense

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"We get that conservatives think the Green New Deal or Medicare For All are all gross and socialist. But McConnell is also classifying voter enfranchisement as part of the "socialist agenda."

MCCONNELL: They plan to make the District of Columbia a state. That'd give them two new Democratic senators!

No, DC statehood means that the taxpaying American citizens who live in the District would have representation in the Senate. DC has a population greater than Wyoming and Vermont and is gaining on Alaska. But DC is also 49 percent black, which is why McConnell assumes that any senators the new state elected would be Democrats. He's a cynical piece of garbage who opposes DC statehood because it would weaken his grip on a majority. Republicans love to screw over DC -- defunding abortion clinics, needle programs, and homeless shelters. This is more of the same.

McConnell's also not crazy about other not-quite-white people having Senate representation.

MCCONNELL: They'd make Puerto Rico a state. That'd given them two more Democratic senators.

Seriously, they haven't held any elections yet. Susan Collins is a senator from Maine. Nothing's certain. Democrats could run a Puerto Rican Martha Coakley. McConnell is just straight up telling us that he doesn't think people should have Senate representation if they are going to go and do something stupid like elect Democrats.

MCCONNELL: This is full-bore socialism on the march from the House.

Nothing he's mentioned so far is socialism. And why is he framing it like an old 1940s newsreel: "Socialism ON THE MARCH!" McConnell is a lot like Trump in that he projects his worst impulses and beliefs onto others. He thinks Democrats only act for their own gain because that's what he does. He can't comprehend anything else. This type of sociopathy isn't going to clear up overnight once Trump is out of office. We need to put everything we have in removing McConnell."


Politico:

McConnell downplays Trump's foreign election help comments

"President Donald Trump's comments on accepting foreign dirt in 2020 may have put some distance between him and Republicans in Congress.

But seemingly not with Mitch McConnell.

Speaking with Fox News' Laura Ingraham on Thursday night, the Senate majority leader spoke with exasperation over the backlash the president has received for saying he would hear out foreign assistance if offered in the 2020 election. McConnell portrayed the comments as a nonstory, saying Congress had legislative agendas to focus on.

"They just can't let it go, Laura," McConnell said. "I said weeks ago, case closed. We got the Mueller report, the only objective evaluation that will be conducted." [...]
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« Reply #16263 on: June 18, 2019, 04:05:46 PM »
Trump suggests the wrongfully convicted Central Park Five are guilty

"Donald Trump has again suggested that the wrongfully convicted teenagers in the Central Park Five case are guilty, and has declined to apologise for taking out print ads in 1989 that called for their execution.

The case has been thrust into the limelight again with the release of Oscar-nominated director Ava DuVernay’s Netflix series When They See Us, a fictionalised re-examination of the affair that gripped New York in the late 1980s.

Before any of the five teenagers, all black or Hispanic, had been tried over the brutal rape of a white woman in Central Park, Trump, then a Manhattan real-estate tycoon, took out full-page newspaper ads calling for the death penalty to be reinstated in New York state.

Those involved in the case later said Trump’s ads had a significant impact on the trial and contributed to the wrongful conviction.

The prosecution relied heavily on videotaped confessions, which defence lawyers argued were coerced.

In 2002, after the boys had spent years in prison, a serial rapist named Matias Reyes confessed to the attack. His DNA linked him to the crime scene. The convictions against the five were vacated and the city settled a multimillion-dollar lawsuit.

On Tuesday, as Trump headed to Orlando to launch his campaign for re-election, he was asked by reporters if he would apologise for his role in the saga.

The president responded: “Why do you bring that question up now? It’s an interesting time to bring it up. You have people on both sides of that. They admitted their guilt. If you look at Linda Fairstein, and you look at some of the prosecutors, they think that the city should never have settled that case. So, we’ll leave it at that.”


I'll bet he's never once apologized in his life. I'll bet he has a policy of never apologizing no matter what, thinking it a sign of weakness, and that "little people" are unworthy of it anyway.
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« Reply #16264 on: June 18, 2019, 05:26:27 PM »
Now you know why Todd's such a devoted fan.
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« Reply #16265 on: June 18, 2019, 07:01:05 PM »

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MCCONNELL: This is full-bore socialism on the march from the House.

Nothing he's mentioned so far is socialism.

     No, I think he's right. Voting is socialist, democracy is socialist. Not all statists are democrats but all democrats are statists.

     Mitch hates socialism because it leads to democracy, or the other way, either way. Whatever, he's connected the right dots.
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« Reply #16266 on: June 19, 2019, 01:17:38 PM »
Hope Hicks refuses to answer questions about Trump White House, lawmakers say

"Hope Hick, a former aide to President Donald Trump, refused to answer questions Wednesday about her time working in the White House as she testified behind closed doors before the House Judiciary Committee, lawmakers said.

Hicks, 30, testified before the panel for about seven hours. A transcript of the session was expected to be released within 48 hours.

Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island, a member of the panel and of Democratic leadership, told reporters Wednesday as the hearing continued that Hicks was not answering questions about working in the White House, which he said was preventing Congress from doing its oversight work.

“She has answered some, and mostly she is hiding behind the facetious claim of complete immunity about anything to do with her service in the White House," he said.

“The president's lawyers are directing her not to answer any questions even as we are recounting stuff she told to the special counsel," Cicilline added. “This will be the beginning of what I presume will be litigation.”

Heading into his office amid Hicks's testimony in the afternoon, Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., told reporters his committee could "destroy" the White House doctrine of absolute immunity in court, but said he hadn’t decided yet if they will make Hicks the “test case.”

"Hope Hicks answered some questions. She gave us a lot of good information. The White House asserted so-called absolute immunity, which is ridiculous and which we’ll destroy in court," he said.

From inside the hearing room earlier in the day, Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., another member of the committee, tweeted: "I am watching Obstruction of Justice in action, as @TheJusticeDept is objecting to everything that Hope Hicks wants to say during her tenure in the White House. The Administration's position is absurd & they will lose in court. What is the @realDonaldTrump Administration hiding?""

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« Reply #16267 on: June 19, 2019, 01:20:37 PM »
Trump administration threatens furloughs, layoffs if Congress doesn’t let it kill personnel agency

"The Trump administration is threatening to furlough — and possibly lay off — 150 employees at the federal personnel agency if Congress blocks its plan to eliminate the department.

The Office of Personnel Management is preparing to send the career employees home without pay starting on Oct. 1, according to an internal briefing document obtained by The Washington Post. The employees could formally be laid off after 30 days, administration officials confirmed.

The warning of staff cuts is the administration’s most dramatic move yet in an escalating jujitsu between Trump officials and Congress over the fate of the agency that manages the civilian federal workforce of 2.1 million.

Even as House Democrats and some Republicans signal that Congress is not going to break up the 5,565-employee department, the administration is moving forward in defiance. Trump appointees paint a dire picture of a corner of the government in financial free fall and failing to carry out its mission. They want a commitment from Congress by June 30 to agree to disband the agency — or they say they’ll be forced to trim staff.
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The proposed breakup would pull apart OPM and divide it among three other departments.

Most of its functions would move into the General Services Administration, the government’s real estate and procurement arm. OPM’s backlogged security clearance system already is shifting to the Defense Department, through legislation previously passed by Congress.

OPM’s leadership would shift from an agency director to a Senate-confirmed deputy in the GSA and a position within the White House budget office responsible for federal workforce policy that the president would appoint.

The plan to dismantle the agency was the brainchild of a senior career official at the budget office. Weichert, a private-sector executive focused on improving business operations before she joined the Trump administration, has committed to it with a vengeance.

She’s told her staff that she is “planning to play chicken with Congress,” according to three officials familiar with the comments.

Critics say she is deliberately starving the agency in order to kill it.

“This is not a proposal that says, ‘How do we prop up OPM so it carries out its mission?’ ” said Jeffrey Neal, former personnel chief at the Department of Homeland Security and now a senior vice president at ICF, a consulting firm. “It’s more like pushing it over the edge so it fails.”

Dozens of employees have quit or retired in recent months amid the uncertainty.

The administration has been laying the groundwork for more than a year to kill the department and merge its functions, and it has asked Congress to approve the transfer.

But the bold plan, the first time in modern history that a large federal department would disappear, has no buy-in from Democrats on Capitol Hill and their allies in the labor movement, who are smarting from more than two years of confrontation with President Trump’s get-tough, anti-union policies.

“After realizing they were not going to prevail on the merits of the proposal,” Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.), chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee’s panel on government operations, said in an email, “the Trump Administration is taking 150 federal employees hostage unless we consent to a plan that has no rationale and is nothing more than a political gambit to give the White House control of our long-standing merit-based civil service system.”
[...]

But House Democrats are moving quickly to block Weichert. The House Appropriations Committee passed legislation last week that would forbid the administration from spending any money to “reorganize or transfer any function” from OPM or enter into any agreements to shift work currently done by the agency. The legislation also provides $43 million for the next fiscal year to make up for lost revenue from the security clearances.

That legislation has yet to clear Congress."

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« Reply #16268 on: June 19, 2019, 06:15:24 PM »
Trump's UN pick under fire for spending 300 days away from current post

"The Trump administration’s nominee to be the next US envoy to the United Nations has come under congressional scrutiny for absenteeism after spending more than half her time as ambassador to Canada away from her post.

Kelly Craft was asked why she spent more than 300 days outside Canada since she took the position in Ottawa in October 2017. In one two-month period between March and May in 2018, Craft was absent from her post 45 out of 54 days, according to Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate foreign relations committee.

“I find this staggering amount of time away from her post very troubling and an abdication of leadership,” he said.

Craft insisted that all her trips were taken according to state department regulations and argued much of the time was spent negotiating a trade deal with Canada and Mexico in Washington.

However, an investigation by Politico showed that a private jet registered to Craft’s husband, a US coal magnate, and used by the ambassador, made 128 flights between the US and Canada during a 15-month span of her tenure in Ottawa.

Seventy of those trip started or ended in Lexington, Kentucky, Craft’s home state. Some of those visits coincided with events there, including the Kentucky Derby and an interview at a basketball stadium named after her husband.

Menendez said that there were discrepancies in her account and suggested some of her social media posts suggested she was away from post at times not officially recorded. But he said that the committee could not make a judgment without a full report from the state department."

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« Reply #16269 on: June 20, 2019, 03:13:39 AM »
Trump's UN pick under fire for spending 300 days away from current post

"The Trump administration’s nominee to be the next US envoy to the United Nations has come under congressional scrutiny for absenteeism after spending more than half her time as ambassador to Canada away from her post.

Kelly Craft was asked why she spent more than 300 days outside Canada since she took the position in Ottawa in October 2017. In one two-month period between March and May in 2018, Craft was absent from her post 45 out of 54 days, according to Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate foreign relations committee.

“I find this staggering amount of time away from her post very troubling and an abdication of leadership,” he said.

Craft insisted that all her trips were taken according to state department regulations and argued much of the time was spent negotiating a trade deal with Canada and Mexico in Washington.

However, an investigation by Politico showed that a private jet registered to Craft’s husband, a US coal magnate, and used by the ambassador, made 128 flights between the US and Canada during a 15-month span of her tenure in Ottawa.

Seventy of those trip started or ended in Lexington, Kentucky, Craft’s home state. Some of those visits coincided with events there, including the Kentucky Derby and an interview at a basketball stadium named after her husband.

Menendez said that there were discrepancies in her account and suggested some of her social media posts suggested she was away from post at times not officially recorded. But he said that the committee could not make a judgment without a full report from the state department."

Right up Trump's street.
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« Reply #16270 on: June 20, 2019, 04:13:20 AM »
Right up Trump's street.

As is another cabinet secretary, Elaine Chao (transportation), using her office to enrich herself and her family. The most corrupt administration in history.

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« Reply #16271 on: June 20, 2019, 07:33:32 AM »
     The truth about Chernobyl? I saw it with my own eyes…

Even as radiation spewed out of the plant from the burning reactor core, local people told John and me how they had seen Communist apparatchiks in the area spirit their families to safety in Moscow while the residents were being urged to carry on as if nothing had happened.

    What would Trump have said about "such fine reactors"? Would the radiation be good for us, something not to be prejudiced about?

    The thing is, why would Trump not lie about a nuclear crisis when he lies about everything? If he opens a crevice in the "Fake News" propaganda to allow that news of a catastrophe isn't fake, what then? When all the Foxists have to watch real news on CNN and monitor what the Times and wire services report because they need to know what's true, what then then?

    For an administration founded on lies from before it took power, telling the truth is not an easy option. The administration doesn't even know how much truth they've denied with their lies. Who would be in charge of keeping track?
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« Reply #16272 on: June 20, 2019, 10:52:28 AM »
The Atlantic:

The White House Is Nowhere Near Ready for Impeachment

"Trump’s advisers believe that impeachment is inevitable: Though Speaker Nancy Pelosi has spent weeks rebuffing House Democrats who want to open proceedings, the party's base will force her to eventually relent, they reckon.

Yet Trump's White House seems wholly unprepared for the legal and political whirlwind that could be coming its way. Inside the building, there are no signs that aides are girding for a fight. There's no war room in place, and no meetings under way to prepare for the possibility. The in-house lawyer who was most steeped in the nuances of the Russia investigation, Emmet Flood, recently left. One of the only people stewing over impeachment may be the president himself—even as his reelection-minded advisers want him focused on anything else.

Impeachment troubles the president’s team on several levels. For one, it would divert Trump from the core economic message that Republican operatives want him to deliver as his reelection bid intensifies. If cable news is covering it, Trump will be watching, tweeting, and talking about it. What’s more, some of the president’s outside advisers worry that a motivated corps of Democratic investigators, armed with subpoena power, might unearth disturbing new material. In his nearly two-year-long probe, Special Counsel Robert Mueller stayed within a distinct set of guardrails: sticking to contacts between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign and possible obstruction of justice on Trump’s part. A Democratic-led impeachment probe could be more wide-ranging, venturing into private business dealings that Trump deems off-limits.
[...]

Impeachment is nothing Trump wants, in any event, people close to him say, believing that even a failed attempt would be an indelible stain. “I don’t think any reasonable person wants to be impeached,” said Republican Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana in an interview. But if it is that serious a concern for the president, he hasn't mobilized his White House to counter the possibility with any gusto. (One White House official said it’d be a mistake to draw conclusions from the lack of proactive planning. It's more a sign of chronic disorganization in the West Wing than anything else, said this person, who like others I talked to for this story spoke on the condition of anonymity to talk more freely about internal dynamics.)

Should the Democrats open impeachment proceedings, Republicans insist they won’t be flat-footed. They would try to undermine the case by flagging what they see as hypocritical behavior on the part of Democratic lawmakers leading the fight. One Trump campaign adviser cited House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, who according to a recent Politico report has tried to persuade Pelosi that impeachment is necessary."

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« Reply #16273 on: June 20, 2019, 02:37:16 PM »

     Impeachment won't fail. Trump won't have a response to the charges that will be brought on obstruction. If he had a response he could prevent impeachment by refuting Mueller.

     Mueller unmistakably made an impeachment referral wrapped in a report to the AG. No wonder Barr is pissed. He's been outflanked and all he could do is offer his pathetic exoneration. He beshitted his reputation for a MAGA hat?
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« Reply #16274 on: June 20, 2019, 04:03:44 PM »
The New York Times Asked the Democratic Presidential Candidates the Same 18 Questions. Here Are the Boldest Answers.

"On Wednesday, the New York Times published a collection of interviews with 22 of the 23 Democratic presidential candidates (Joe Biden declined to participate). Each candidate was asked the same 18 questions, and while most of their answers simply restated previous positions or avoided any real substance, some ventured away from boring politician speak and offered new or at least interesting answers.

Here is our pick for the boldest answer to each question.[...]


Biden cites old southern segregationist senators as examples of civility


Biden Is Now Demanding That Cory Booker Apologize for Saying That Segregation Was Bad

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« Reply #16275 on: June 20, 2019, 04:06:25 PM »
The ‘Wife Guys’ of the 2020 presidential race

"When asked recently to name his personal hero, Beto O’Rourke responded with “my wife” — and he probably thought he’d nailed it. A noncontroversial answer, endearingly personal, good for the women’s vote. Plus, since O’Rourke got in hot water this spring for shirking his parenting responsibilities while pursuing higher office (his spouse, Amy, raises the kids “sometimes with my help,” he clumsily said), here was a chance to show how much he appreciated her, and he also cited his kids and parents.

Former congressman John Delaney must have had a similar thought process, because he, too, told the New York Times that his wife was his hero when he answered the same questionnaire, which was distributed to all Democratic presidential candidates. And so did Seth Moulton. And so did Jay Inslee. And so did Steve Bullock.

All of them: “Personal hero: My wife.”

No names. No description of who she is or why he finds her heroic, just my wife. (In videos that accompany the text, some candidates do elaborate on their admiration.)

If you’ve knocked around the Internet enough recently, you might have stumbled on a “Wife Guy,” one of the many savvy gentlemen whose personal brand is defined and propelled by his heart-on-sleeve proclamations of love for his wife. Behold how much he loves her curves, as evidenced by his many Instagram posts about loving her curves. Behold how he helps with housework, and then publicly announces he has helped with housework. Behold all of his wifely love, and then behold him, loving her.

There’s a refreshing element to this: Who doesn’t like seeing spouses love each other? There’s also an element that is, eeeugh, just a little bit much. Does anyone really need so much credit for upholding basic marriage vows?

At any rate. Who knew the Democratic primaries would turn into a bunch of Wife Guys, trying to stand out in field packed with female candidates by assuring everyone that they, too, support women. Or, one woman, at least. Wife!
It would be mean-spirited to poke at these men who surely do admire their wives. But all the responses, en masse, start to make you think.

Being a candidate’s spouse can be a thankless job, defined by either holding down the fort at home or vamping as the warm-up act on the trail. It’s a supporting, subservient role. It’s a role defined by putting your own plans on hold: Michelle Obama had a thing or two to say about this in her 2018 memoir, and Ted Cruz’s wife, Heidi, once recalled her young daughter warning her that Cruz’s campaign was “a bad deal for you.”

No female candidates who completed the questionnaire named their husbands as their heroes, by the way. (And Pete Buttigieg did not mention his husband.) Make of that what you will. What I make of it is that the women worried that doing so would make them look too retro and potentially weak — which is a whole other column. The men, however, hoped that wife-adoration would help package them as sensitive feminists.

Did it? I don’t know! I keep thinking of this scene in “The Wife,” in which Glenn Close begs her novelist husband, who is about to accept his latest big literary prize, not to thank her, as he usually does, for being so supportive. It doesn’t elevate her, she insists. It panders to her and to his audience. It only reinforces the perception that she’s the laundry-doing helpmate and he’s the benevolent genius.

A candidate declaring that his wife is his hero has the unintended consequence of making it look like the person he admires most is the person who makes his own life easier, by handling the drudgery that his important dream requires.

A candidate insisting that his wife is more heroic than him has the unintended consequence of making one wonder why he never suggested that she should be on the ticket instead.
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As a matter of fact, not a single male candidate — not Bernie Sanders, not Julián Castro, not Pete Buttigieg — mentioned a single female political hero. Some female candidates did: They mentioned Shirley Chisholm and Harriet Tubman. But none of the male candidates had anything to say about women they admired for their leadership, intelligence or political acumen."

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« Reply #16276 on: June 20, 2019, 05:11:26 PM »
Trump's UN pick under fire for spending 300 days away from current post

"The Trump administration’s nominee to be the next US envoy to the United Nations has come under congressional scrutiny for absenteeism after spending more than half her time as ambassador to Canada away from her post.

Kelly Craft was asked why she spent more than 300 days outside Canada since she took the position in Ottawa in October 2017. In one two-month period between March and May in 2018, Craft was absent from her post 45 out of 54 days, according to Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate foreign relations committee.

“I find this staggering amount of time away from her post very troubling and an abdication of leadership,” he said.

Craft insisted that all her trips were taken according to state department regulations and argued much of the time was spent negotiating a trade deal with Canada and Mexico in Washington.

However, an investigation by Politico showed that a private jet registered to Craft’s husband, a US coal magnate, and used by the ambassador, made 128 flights between the US and Canada during a 15-month span of her tenure in Ottawa.

Seventy of those trip started or ended in Lexington, Kentucky, Craft’s home state. Some of those visits coincided with events there, including the Kentucky Derby and an interview at a basketball stadium named after her husband.

Menendez said that there were discrepancies in her account and suggested some of her social media posts suggested she was away from post at times not officially recorded. But he said that the committee could not make a judgment without a full report from the state department."

Given the caliber of Trump appointees, perhaps we should want them to stay away from their jobs.

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« Reply #16277 on: June 20, 2019, 05:12:54 PM »
     Impeachment won't fail. Trump won't have a response to the charges that will be brought on obstruction. If he had a response he could prevent impeachment by refuting Mueller.

     Mueller unmistakably made an impeachment referral wrapped in a report to the AG. No wonder Barr is pissed. He's been outflanked and all he could do is offer his pathetic exoneration. He beshitted his reputation for a MAGA hat?

Trump has no need to respond to the charges. He has the GOP Senate caucus.

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« Reply #16278 on: June 20, 2019, 06:31:04 PM »
Trump has no need to respond to the charges. He has the GOP Senate caucus.

     The Senate can remove an impeached President, they can't unimpeach him by not removing him. In the eyes of the country the disease has spread to them, they are accomplices.
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     Trump Approves Strikes on Iran, but Then Abruptly Pulls Back

As late as 7 p.m., military and diplomatic officials were expecting a strike, after intense discussions and debate at the White House among the president’s top national security officials and congressional leaders, according to multiple senior administration officials involved in or briefed on the deliberations.

Officials said the president had initially approved attacks on a handful of Iranian targets, like radar and missile batteries.
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