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Messages - el jefe

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the icing on the cake is that the question wasn't even addressed to trump.  it was for netanyahu.  trump interrupted to make an ass of himself.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Comey
assuming these reports are all true, the evidence that trump intended to interfere with a federal investigation is not plentiful so much as ubiquitous.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Comey
trump's reckless stupidity has stopped scaring me and gone back to just making me laugh uncontrollably.  i feel like it's the summer of 2015 again.
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more than enough gop senators seem disinclined to cut medicaid
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Politics and Current Events / Re: corbyn won
"labour surging in the polls"

I didn't think that was a thing labour did. 
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another republican gerrymander struck down.  this time in NC.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/05/22/supreme-court-strikes-down-north-carolina-maps-congress/100855582/

eta:  NC's congressional delegation is 10/13 republican, despite the state being close to 50-50.  a redrawing could take 3 or 4 seats away from the gop (that they didn't deserve...).  keep in mind, the redrawing will happen with a democratic governor involved now.  you know, the guy the gop legislature keeps trying to strip of his power because they are crybabies.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
Can you ask an historian for me?
fixt
I thought he did that on purpose

eta: considering taking my like off his post and giving it to you instead
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so basically it's like he said "I haven't leaked the fact that the intel came from israel" ...?
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tell your man.  he's the one who sometimes shows up with conservative media tropes.
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I don't mind catching bits of it here and there.  I like revisiting my assumptions from time to time to make sure I'm not kidding myself.  watching fox usually reaffirms my impression of them as partisan propaganda, worse than most of the other tv news outlets, who fox ironically accuse of being the real propagandists.  msnbc is probably as bad as fox.  that's about it.
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I like that mccain never mentions putin and lavrov without reminding everyone that they are old kgb creeps who have people killed and muzzle the press, etc.

good to guard against hypernormalization of them
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https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/05/21/us/politics/republicans-watch-their-step-in-a-slow-retreat-from-trump.html?_r=1&referer=https://politicalwire.com/

on the Sunday talk shows, several key republicans made measured criticisms of the president's actions.  they were all careful not to personally insult him (probably to avoid being the subject of 48 hours of twitter tantrums), but all acknowledged the seriousness of the situation and added their own points.  rubio agreed with others that there is potential obstruction of justice here.  chaffetz wondered why trump complained to the russians about the former fbi director, rather than about russian meddling in our election.  mccain ranted about the russians being in the Oval Office, the disclosures of top secret information to them, and expressed bafflement at trump calling comey a nutjob.  that meeting really bugged him on every level.

highlight was rubio's fatalistic remark: "The people got what they voted for."
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
:pwned:
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I mean that's a move in the right direction
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
this matters as much as it matters whether the president wears a flag lapel pin or properly performs a fake salute to his guards

people who care deeply about symbols are known as idiots
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
I don't care about people shouting at them and insulting them in town halls.  that's what their tea party friends did to democrats.  payback's a bitch.  and I certainly don't care about congressman brat's indignation that no one gave a shit about his sermonizing.

but running people off the road and even putting signs in the congressman's own yard is obviously going too far.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Jabba Is Dead
seems to have inherited his father's tendency toward vindictiveness.  fox news was basically the left's punishment for watergate.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Jabba Is Dead
lol
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so, at the moment his advisers are trying to get him to intelligently handle russiagate and the special counsel, he stumbles his way into two new legal problems:  failing to cough up the giuliani memo in violation of a court order, and making an arms sale to saudi arabia that was possibly illegal.
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women aren't even allowed to work there, right?
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
I don't give a fuck if Donald Trump bows, Presidents shouldn't be bowing to monarchs, especially Islamic theocrats.  Fuck that guy.

ETA: They shouldn't be curtsying either. 
I don't care, it's just a polite diplomatic gesture.  no one thinks we are subordinate to the Saudi king.  the only noteworthy thing here is that fox news lost its shit about obama bowing, and then falsely reported that trump didn't do the same thing.
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public testimony by comey before the senate intel committee is definitely going to happen now.  they had requested he come testify.  he said he would only do it if it were all public.  that seemed to cause some hesitation for them.  but now they have apparently agreed.

http://fox6now.com/2017/05/19/former-fbi-director-james-comey-to-testify-in-open-session-before-senate-intelligence-committee/

it will happen some time after memorial day.  for non-yanks, memorial day is 5/29.  so you have at least a week and a half to get your popcorn.
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yeah I've felt like nyt and wp have been making out in public lately.  I'm fine with it though, because they're doing a lot of good work.  they should merge.  call the new company The Liberal Media.
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fox news was on in the restaurant where we just ate dinner. 

they were reporting that the russia "scandal" (their quotation marks) is just a bunch of hysteria by democrats and the mainstream media.

they're not wrong that the non-murdoch media is piling on, nor that the democrats are loving this scandal.  they may even be right that the scandal will turn out not to be as bad as the democrats are hoping. 

but their suggestion that the scandal had no merit seemed a little questionable, given that we already basically know flynn broke a couple laws, and several other members of trump's inner circle have at least been caught lying to investigators about meeting with the russian ambassador.  oh and btw trump himself basically admitted to obstruction of justice on national television.

but imo the most misleading thing was that they made no mention whatsoever of the fbi investigation and the special counsel.  at least not in the hour stretch I caught (part of some panel show and then part of tucker carlson), of which about half was spent on the russia ""scandal"".  that's a pretty serious lie by omission.  they leave the viewers with the impression this is all just noise from democrats and the media, without mentioning the criminal investigations and the very real legal jeopardy trump and his people are in.  special prosecutors often get presidents impeached and always do serious damage to their presidencies.