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Messages - el jefe

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who does he need to look tough in front of, and why?

otoh, the drawbacks of getting trump pissed at him again are obvious
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how is this leak convenient for sessions?
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yeah, it was worded mildly.  don't know whether that means he wasn't serious or whether it was serious and he was just veiling or sugarcoating it.  I tend to think though, that if you say that, in that context, you know what you're saying is coming across as a threat.  and if he said it and didn't immediately apologize or take it back, then I think that means he wanted it taken as a threat.
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Comey has said in recent days he believed Rosenstein "acted dishonorably" and could not be trusted.

interesting.  hadn't known that.

still, I think rosenstein's appointment of mueller, and standing by him and his investigation, is ultimately pretty important and good for the country.
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sessions threatened to quit if rosenstein were fired.  that is an important show of solidarity, which tends to reinforce the rule of law.  and it's something I'm not sure everyone expected.  after all, sessions is a racist and rosenstein is a jew.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/sessions-told-white-house-that-rosensteins-firing-could-prompt-his-departure-too/2018/04/20/911ca994-44c7-11e8-bba2-0976a82b05a2_story.html?utm_term=.8c177f18eb58
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and former Navy SEAL
ARE THE DEMOCRATS JUST DOING THIS BECAUSE THEY HATE THE TROOPS?

we report, you decide!
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gowdy definitely did the second one with the nunes memo, which was a big part of why it fell flat for trump and nunes
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
guessing the money spent on the lawyers will be small compared to dnc's overall budget
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
It's a political move to put this sort of thing in the press and keep Trump's merry band of morons on the legal defensive, and if it ever gets to discovery lol
exactly

eta: also, the standard of evidence in torts is lower (preponderance of evidence) than in criminal cases (beyond a reasonable doubt).  so even if mueller's investigation doesn't lead to impeachment or indictment for trump or anyone else (beyond those already charged), it could still result in damages, orders, injunctions, settlements, etc. that negatively impact trump.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Removing Assad
Turns out air strike campaigns are largely worthless, at least this particular incident didn't murder a bunch of civilians
for certain chemical weapons, directing military campaigns and inspection / disarmament regimes against them is a big waste of time and money anyway*.  any chemistry student can make sarin in his basement with readily available supplies.  and any lifeguard can get you chlorine.  so even if you do succeed in destroying or seizing all a given bad guy has, they can make more, easily and without being detected.

not all of that is true of all chemical weapons.  e.g., VX and the novichuk agents are hard to come by, iirc.  but I believe assad mainly uses the cheap and easy agents.

eta: *in the sense that a determined bad guy can simply make more.  not a waste of time and money in that I believe using chemical weapons must have a punitive cost.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Removing Assad
that's what the US-Russia deconfliction hotlines are for, right? Tipping off the Syrians?
that and avoiding wwiii.  but you can't do one and avoid the other.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
holy shit
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neglect of the elderly is a big problem.  ockham's razor.
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American Greatness seems to be a bunch of mindless trumpism.  they say they reject "globalism", which is the Trumpists' nonsensical lumping together of everything that isn't nationalism.
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The Conservative Renaissance Has Begun

Go home Washington Post, you're drunk.
tbf, they're just guilty of giving a platform to this guy
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Christopher Buskirk is editor and publisher of the website American Greatness and co-author, with Seth Leibsohn, of "American Greatness: How Conservatism, Inc. Missed the 2016 Election & What the D.C. Establishment Needs to Learn
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prognosticators (who admittedly have spent the last year and a half wondering whether they really know anything) consider her a decent possible contender for a primary challenge against trump in 2020.
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regardless of whether she's unhappy with trump this week, whenever Nikki Haley gets attention, Coulter has to piss on her.  she calls her an immigrant, even though she isn't.  Haley is however the child of immigrants and has a more "ethnic" background than she lets on.  and to Coulter and people like her that is both an "immigrant" and bad.
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Ann Coulter calls her an immigrant in 3...  2...
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Removing Assad
I feel like US interventions in the Balkans were actually pretty successful, all said and done.
also, the first gulf war was basically a clean, positive success.  unfortunately, its results are lost in the mess bush junior created with his needless follow up.

there won't be greater nato involvement in syria than we already have, because russia thinks of their military bases there as their last major outposts beyond the old USSR and won't back down as a matter of national pride.
The first Gulf War was one nation launching an unprovoked attack on another. Intervention was limited to kicking them out and restoring the status quo. I don't see it as the same thing at all.
I didn't think it was comparable.  I'm just coming up with examples of where a US-led military intervention was constructive, in case anyone is categorically doubting that they can be.
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yeah, but it might ebb before people vote
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yeah but there are other polls showing the national generic ballot narrowing
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Removing Assad
I feel like US interventions in the Balkans were actually pretty successful, all said and done.
also, the first gulf war was basically a clean, positive success.  unfortunately, its results are lost in the mess bush junior created with his needless follow up.

there won't be greater nato involvement in syria than we already have, because russia thinks of their military bases there as their last major outposts beyond the old USSR and won't back down as a matter of national pride.
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the Conclave of Talls is having a meeting to determine whether his conduct was sufficiently short in spirit to justify confiscating about 4 inches of his height
aye
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
he got a rebound from antitrump republicans when he managed to deliver the tax cut.  and now I suspect he's getting a rebound among his core supporters - who he'd been starting to lose - because he delivered his promised trade war.