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I would change that sentence in the third paragraph to “High profile meeting ‘between’ nuclear wielding ‘leaders’ with questionable states of mind…”


The Washington Post is reporting that Trump was given key talking points for his call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday and that he disregarded just about all of them. He was not supposed to congratulate Putin on his allegedly unfair and undemocratic reelection win — his notes even had “DO NOT CONGRATULATE” in all caps — and yet he did. And he was supposed to condemn Russia’s alleged role in the nerve-agent attack on a former Russian spy in Britain, and yet he did not.

The episode crystallizes Trump’s tendency to eschew basically any expert guidance — even on issues of huge import. That certainly has implications for U.S. relations with Russia and for efforts to combat Russian interference in U.S. elections. On the latter, Trump has declined to take a harsh tone and has even suggested that he believes Putin’s denials. But, more immediately, it has huge implications for Trump’s impending meeting with Kim.

Trump’s penchant for off-the-cuff diplomacy and policymaking has been on full display during his presidency. High-profile meetings with nuclear-weapon-wielding dictators with questionable states of mind, though, tend to require intensive preparation and adherence to scripts. Experts generally tell you that you should go into such meetings knowing how they will turn out, one way or another. Failure to anticipate and successfully guide the conversation could have dire consequences, both from propagandistic and militaristic standpoints.


More crazy times in Trumpville. I guess another firing is on the way


President Donald Trump is apparently fuming over a leak to the media about how he ignored advice from his national security advisers warning him to avoiding congratulating Russian President Vladimir Putin on his election victory during a phone call on Tuesday.

CNN reported Wednesday that Trump asked several allies and aides on Tuesday night whom they believed to be responsible for the leak, adding that it could only have come from a select few individuals with access to sensitive national security information. The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman cited a White House official who said leaking such information “is a fireable offense and likely illegal.”



Battle of the bunnies


You may recall Mike Pence’s well-documented homophobia, which includes signing off on Indiana’s openly discriminatory “religious liberty law” and his opposition to the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. On a separate note, you might be aware that Pence’s wife and daughter, Karen and Charlotte, respectively, have illustrated and written a children’s book about the family’s famous pet bunny, Marlon Bundo. And on Sunday, John Oliver unveiled his plan to troll the vice president’s family on Last Week Tonight by putting out his own children’s book about Marlon Bundo, in which the “BOTUS” (“Bunny of the United States”) is gay. (The audible version features the voices of Ellie Kemper, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and RuPaul.)

As of yesterday, the New York Times reports, A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo is sitting pretty at No. 1 on both the Amazon and Audible best-sellers lists, beating out pre-orders of James Comey’s forthcoming autobiography about his storied career, now No. 2. The Pences’ Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President is currently at No. 4 on Amazon.

This is more than just an ingeniously successful troll, as all proceeds for The Last Week Tonight book will go to The Trevor Project and AIDS United. (Apparently, only some of the proceeds from the Pences’ book will go to a worthy cause, an organization fighting human trafficking.) Charlotte Pence, for her her part, seems to be rolling with the punches, telling Fox Business Network, “We have two books giving to charities that are about bunnies, so I’m all for it, really.”



Everyone’ is talking about whether Democrats can take control of the U.S. House of Representatives and about the record number of candidates running for the 435 House seats up for election this fall.

Less noticed is the same phenomenon at the state level. In November, 6,066 state legislative seats are up for grabs, and more candidates — particularly on the Democratic side — are running for state legislative seats than have in decades.

With an unpopular president to run against and historic numbers of candidates running, Democrats are trying to win back the 900-plus seats they lost in state legislatures during the Obama administration. Voters still need to cast their ballots, but again, you can’t win if you don’t run.


It used to be over 1000 seats lost but a long long way to go to recover, but 1 seat at a time and most importantly people get off your ass and go vote!!!!!!



If there’s one thing you should know about Donald Trump’s new National Economic Council director, Larry Kudlow, it’s that virtually all of his economic predictions have been wrong. If there’s another, it’s that he freaking loves tax cuts and thinks they should be doled out every day of the week that ends in ‘y.’ Unfortunately for ole Kuddles, Democrats feel quite differently about the matter, and with the Senate having already blown through its once-per-session budget-reconciliation bill, the odds of Team Trump delivering another historic tax cut in the near-term are about as likely as those of Donald Trump Jr. killing it with the ladies now that he’s newly single. But, according to The Wall Street Journal, Kudlow is not going down without a fight.

The great thing here is that not only is Kudlow suggesting that the president—who routinely trashed Barack Obama for using executive orders before embracing them post-election—put another tax break on the table less than three months after the passage of the last one, and without a vote from Congress, but that the measure he’s zeroed in on [ adjusting capital gains for inflation] will almost exclusively benefit the rich. (Just over 50 percent of Americans own stocks, with 92 percent of stocks owned by the top 20 percent of the country.) In other words, it’s only been a few days, but someone is already earning major brownie points with the boss.


Trumpcorp at his best –kiss his ass get a job, work for Faux news get a job from Trumpcorp.


Yeah Parkland students!


More people view the National Rifle Association (NRA) negatively than positively, according to a new poll.

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds 40 percent of respondents view the NRA negatively, compared with 37 percent who view the organization positively.

This represents the first time since before 2000 that more people have viewed the NRA in a negative light than in a positive light in the poll.

It also reflects a stark change since the question was asked in an April 2017 poll. In that poll, 45 percent of respondents said they viewed the NRA positively and 33 percent said they viewed the organization negatively.


Their unhinged attacks are backfiring. Hey Republican assholes take a look at the marches this Saturday!


This kind of mindset is mirrored in the Republican Party and its supporters today. Show them statistics about how gun control ended mass shootings in other countries. They will say it didn’t. Nothing matters.

So where do we go from here? Will there be a breaking point where conservatives finally say that they have gone too far? What would that even look like, if not the young survivors of a mass shooting? To be honest I have no earthly clue, and I am not particularly hopeful that it will get better any time soon. Conservatives, who constantly are crying to allow the free marketplace of ideas to win out, are unwilling or unable to simply allow these kids to voice their own beliefs. They also seem genuinely convinced that no sane person, even one who just lost 17 friends to gun violence, would ever be pro-gun control. Or maybe they’re full of shit. Who knows. But if we ever emerge from this collective fugue state we have found ourselves in, I hope we never let these assclowns forget what they said about these kids.


You kill enuff kids, it eventually moves the needle in spite of the NRA.


Add my F rating from the NRA 🙂


Bernie is a cosponsor


Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) introduced a bill Wednesday aimed at dramatically increasing the affordability and reliability of health insurance plans available on the Affordable Care Act marketplaces.

The legislation, called the Consumer Health Insurance Protection Act, would offer people buying health insurance on their own more financial assistance ― and allow more people to qualify for that assistance. Nobody would have to pay more than 8.5 percent of income on premiums.

Warren does not envision this new plan as an alternative to more ambitious proposals. She remains a co-sponsor of the single-payer legislation introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

But as Warren made clear in a January speech before the consumer group Families USA, she understands that enacting a single-payer plan would be difficult ― and that, as a result, private insurance probably won’t disappear overnight. And so she also wants to focus on what can be done right away to subject the industry to the type of stringent consumer protections she has already successfully championed in the financial sector.

“So long as private health insurance exists, we should require these companies to provide coverage that is at least as good and priced as reasonably as the coverage offered by our public health care programs,” Warren said in January.

Sanders is actually a co-sponsor of the Warren bill, as are Democratic Sens. Kamala Harris (Calif.), Maggie Hassan (N.H.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) and Tammy Baldwin (Wis.).


Of course I should have stayed away from the comments in Brainwrap’s diary at DK. This one made me laugh but I refrained from commenting there: “I hope Sanders will learn from this that you can have both long-term goals (M4All) and more immediate plans (ACA 2.0). It sounds like Warren has learned that lesson. Good for her.”

As if Bernie (or Warren) doesn’t know all about pushing for ultimate long-term goals but accepting short-term compromises that help people. What those DK people never learn is that you only get the short-term compromises by aggressively pushing for your long-term goals.

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