Saturday, April 29, 2017

TRUMP BLAMES THE CONSTITUTION FOR HIS PROBLEMS IN THE FIRST 100 DAYS.

CLIMATE MARCH CRUSHES TRUMP RALLY IN TURNOIUT

David Gergen said Trump's speech was the most divisive ever given by a US President. And Gergen is pretty mild.

RAW STORY REPRINTS SINCLAIR DOSSIER ON TRUMP PAYING HACKERS

Raw Story takes up from the Guardian by citing court documents that spell out the meeting in Prague by 4 Trump operatives and their Russian counterparts. The Trump operatives gave assurances that they would pay the hackers.

On CNN, General McCaffrey said that Obama fired General Flynn for mental health reasons.

WHY IS TRUMP HOLDING A RALLY FOR HIMSELF?

Seriously. Do you remember President Obama holding rallies for himself in a non-election year? I remember him holding events to explain his policy on something or another. How sad Trump needs a rally.

MAY 1 RISE UP! MARCH. SLATED FOR 200 CITIES.

TRUMP HAS ISSUED MORE EXECUTIVE ORDERS THAN TRUMAN.

CLIMATE MARCH-HUGE SUCCESS FROM THE CAPITOL TO THE WHITE HOUSE.

Sweltering weather. Doonesbury is right--Trump accomplishment--Sales of Arts Supplies. "I can't believe I am marching for the Facts."

NOT MAD MAGAZINE

Trump declares that May 1 should be "Loyalty Day" and urges everyone to pledge allegiance. American flags must be flown on all government buildings in the United States. 

I can only think this is Bannon's idea since he knows May Day is international labor day.

TODAY IS THE PEOPLE'S GLOBAL CLIMATE MARCH

Here in D.C. Bill McKibben is the chairperson. March wherever you are.

Yesterday the EPA erased the climate change page from their website. Earlier in the week,the Energy Department erased mention of climate change on their website.

Yesterday, Trump signed an executive order to allow drilling in the Arctic and on both coasts, reversing the Obama decisions.

Earlier last week the Trump administration felt it was too "sensitive" to make public the oil spills--already--at the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Friday, April 28, 2017

TWO GRAND JURIES HAVE BEEN CALLED FOR FBI INQUIRIES.

SEBASTIAN GORKA ABOUT TO LEAVE TRUMP WH.

Linked to a Hungarian neo-Nazi party and having his academic credentials questioned,this week the White House claimed he wasn't allowed to attend meetings.  Now the WH is telling reporters that they want to decide how and when they throw Gorka out the door.

MANAFORT-LINKED FIRM REGISTERS AS FOREIGN AGENT

This is strange. AP reports that Mercury LLC registered as a foreign agent for the pro-Putin Ukrainian party but that Manafort did not . The head of Mercury LLC is one Vin Weber--remember him. 

But Manafort himself contemplated registering as a foreign agent but his spokesman said Paul Manafort has consulted with the FBI and hasn't decided yet.

Watch this space because a break will come from odd things like this.

MENSCH: BORIS EPSHTEYN PAID RUSSIAN HACKERS FOR TEAM TRUMP AND FSB.

The website Patribotics says that a Connecticut court revealed that Team Trump paid the hackers. Louise Mensch asserts that recently departed Trump aide Boris Epshteyn was the paymaster.

The story goes back to the server at Trump Tower which Mensch claims relayed messages back and forth to Russia and that packets of info were picked up by Trump individuals every day. 

Epshteyn's lawyer has responded to Mensch but in a very ambiguous way and not in an aggressive defense of Epshteyn. 

It will be interesting to find out how accurate Mensch turns out in the whole process.  Where she has been ahead of other news outlets has been on the hacking that when far behind the DNC. She was vindicated in part by the Senate intel committee talking about the bots flooding the emails of swing voters. This was beyond the DNC hack.

The fact Epshteyn lasted in the White House until last week should give one pause.

NBC HAS LEARNED THAT TRUMP DID VET FLYNN BEFORE OFFERING NSC.

So the Obama is to blame for Flynn collapsed when Andrea Mitchell found out that even with his security clearances that Flynn was indeed vetted by the Trump team--something Sean Spicer denied this week.

Rachel Maddow has done excellent reporting on the Flynn case, showing Congress even sent Pence in January a letter com paining that Flynn worked for Turkey. Flynn's lawyers also alerted the Trump people that Flynn would have to register as a foreign agent even before he was chosen as NSC chief.

Yesterday, Jeff Sessions went on a series of talk shows where he claimed Flynn was vetted but it is difficult to pick up things like Flynn getting paid by foreign governments. 

The thing smells. And the President on down are covering up. But why?

TRUMP IN INTERVIEWS BLAMES OBAMA FOR FLYNN.

Obama fired Flynn and the DOD sent three letters to him warning Flynn to ask permission to receive foreign money. Even still, a new administration usually does their own vetting even if a candidate already has top security clearance.

Why would you keep the story in front of the news?  Most observers believe the White House is in a panic over the Flynn affair because they knew for over a month before canning him.

The questions I have about Flynn revolve around a trip to Europe and visit to Cambridge Analytica in Britain. What did Flynn do there ? Cambridge Analytica is partially owned by the Mercer family and acted to micro-target voters in swing states. So far we have not burst the bubble of the bots targeting voters in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin. 

The Fact that Russians paid for Flynn to lobby for Turkey--is that a payoff for services rendered to Russia?

We are still left with the question of Russia and the elections and the separate question of Russia funding for the Trump empire. Both put Trump at risk.

Inquiring minds still want to know how this proceeds when both the House and Senate investigations have skeletal tasks. Remember 43 staff worked on Benghazi.

MADDOW: TRUMP AND PENCE KNEW ABOUT FLYNN WORKING FOR TURKEY.

Key element here is that Russians paid for Flynn's acting as foreign agent for Turkey.

GUARDIAN REPORTS: TRUMP CAMPAIGN PAID FOR HACKERS BUT THEY WERE UNDER PUTIN'S CONTROL.

SESSIOINS RECUSES HIMSELF FROM FLYNN TROUBLES.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

HOUSE DOESN'T HAVE THE VOTES ON RYANCARE,PULLS BILL.

TRUMP SAYS LIKES TRUDEAU AND PIETO SO HE DECIDED TO STAY IN NAFTA.

Canadian Broadcasting reports that Trudeau had to pull over into a parking lot and take the call. He had two aides in D.C. who said Bannon was putting Trump up to this so that they could pressure Congresspeople from states negatively affected by NAFTA to do what they wanted to mark 100 days.

CARL BERNSTEIN: FLYNN CENTRAL TO TRUMP COVER-UP.

SEAN SPICER BLAMES OBAMA FOR NOT VETTING GEN.FLYNN

This repeats Chaffetz line but is demonstrably false as Rep. Cummings released 3 documents today that shows Flynn was warned by the Obama Administration about accepting funds from foreign sources.

Josh Marshall today has a piece about how the Trump White House fears where true Flynn story will go.

WE ARE STILL PART OF NAFTA.

Steve Bannon wrote an executive order for Trump to sign declaring the US would withdraw from NAFTA. Trump got some brushback from his own administration. So today Trump called Justine Trudeau and President Pieto of Mexico and told them we were still part of NAFTA.

The German foreign ministry responded to Governor Perry,the new head of the Energy Department saying he wanted to re-negotriate the Paris Climate Accords. The Germans said "this is absurd."

None of the 100 Senators who were briefed on the North Korea situation could figure out what this briefing was meant to say. 

Trump released his new Tax Plan by issuing a one-page triple-spaced sheet of talking points. It would increase the national debt by $5 trillion and would benefit only the superrich--those worth more than a billion.

As of this hour,Paul Ryan doesn't have his next attempt at Trumpcare written up. AARP and The AMA have ravaged it. Democrats are threatening to shut the government down if it even comes to the floor. It isn't even clear whether it would receive a vote in the Senate if it did pass.  Keep the pressure on.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

FOX NEWS POLL: Only 36% WOULD RE-ELECT TRUMP.

RESIST! CALL YOUR CONGRESSCRITTER AGAINST TRUMPCARE 3.0

The House is whipping the votes for Friday. The new version of the bill strips all the Patient rights from Obamacare except for Congress and its families. It also creates High-Risk pools for those with previous conditions. The early estimate is that 24 million will lose their healthcare and another 25 million will not be able to buy healthcare because true premiums will soar. Again Paul Ryan is trying to take advantage of the chaos here in town to slip this by. Don't let him and call your congress person even if she or he has the rights opinion. This worked last time. Make sure it works this time.

Monday, April 24, 2017

HISTORIANS ON TRUMP'S 100 DAYS "UTTER FAILURE".

Robert Dallek, historian of LBJ, is even more cutting saying Trump couldn't even be an intern at true White House.

AFTER CRITICISM,SENATE INTEL ADDS TWO STAFFERS.

JOSH MARSHALL SAYS TRUMP FOLDING LIKE A CHEAP SUIT OVER WALL.

THE THREE MOST POPULAR INSTITUTIONS OR PERSONALITIES

According to the Wall Street Journal:

Number 1--Barack Obama
Number 2--Planned Parenthood.
Number 3--The FBI.

TRUMP BRAGS HE HAS HIGHER RATINGS THAN 9-11. A SIMILAR DISASTER.

ENTIRE SENATE TO GO TO WH FOR KOREA BRIEFING.

OH GREAT, SENATE INTEL INVESTIGATION WITHOUT FUNDS OR STAFF.

TRUMP WON'T FIRE SPICER BECAUSE HE GETS GREAT RATINGS.

TRUMP SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER FOR INTERIOR TO REVIEW ALL OF OBAMA'S HISTORICAL MONUMENTS

The move is unprecedented that any President's invocation of the Antiquities Act be questioned.  This involves everything from Stonewall Inn  to Bear's Ears in Utah. I would expect the new Interior head to question the monuments like Haymarket Square in Chicago,Harriet Tubman's house,as well as the northern Maine forest.

Critics of the move vow legal actions to prevent any move from Trump to de-designarte any of the monuments.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Saturday, April 22, 2017

YIKES! JACK NICOLSON IS 80 TODAY

RYAN TELLS GOP CONCENTRATE ON KEEPING GOVERnMENT OPEN,FORGET HEALTHCARE

Josh Marshall examines Trump's threat to withhold Obamacare subsidies unless he gets wall funded. Josh says it is a loser but that Trump doesn't understand how weak his position is.

TRUMP TO HOLD BIG RALLY ON HIS 100TH DAY

Does anyone remember a President who did this--especially when he hasn't done anything?

THOUSANDS ALREADY GATHERED AT DC SCIENCE MARCH

And I'm drinking cafe cubano in my Finca Viglia mug direct from Havana. My wife returned last night from a week stay in Cuba.

Friday, April 21, 2017

THE MARCH FOR SCIENCE

Tomorrow is the march for science--any kind of science and the following Saturday will be the march for the climate. 

Today's New York Times have beautiful photos of icebergs floating by Ferrytown, Newfoundland. This isn't supposed to happen. I read John Kerry's oped in the Washington Post why he is optimistic this coming Earth Day. He traced his involvement from the first Earth Day when there was no EPA until the day he signed the Paris Climate Agreement--amazing progress over 40 years but the time is running out. 

Scott Pruitt announced the war against coal was over. He actually went to a coal burning power plant that the EPA has found pollutes the equivalent of a few thousand cars per year. Senator Blount of Missouri said that to have an EPA director who sued the EPA all the time was amazing. Amazing Indeed.

But the broader attack on science is throughout the Trump administration. All science grants that have already been approved are suspended. So you have to hear celebrities tell NPR which cures for diseases are threatened. Maria Shriver tells you that it is alzheimer's . Do we know whether Joe Biden's Moonshot on Cancer is still alive? I bet not.

It is incredible that the United States now consciously decides to cede scientific leadership to other countries. This was our pride since Benjamin Franklin. 

Small things like the special visas for the tech industry negatively impact us.
We still don't know how bad the Bully Budget will be for science but the early numbers are catastrophic. 

Only a few scientists have the stomach for fighting back like Michael Mann. The plight of science and science teaching in this country is not even covered by the media. You only get to hear about climate change on the late night comedy shows. Certainly not in the major media.

Hopefully tomorrow will be a start for all those people who love and respect science. Get out and march!

HOW TO MAKE 100 DAYS SUCCESSFUL

Take everybody's healthcare away. The new Zoombie Trumpcare is worse than the bill that got rejected. Remember the CBO scored the second to last bill. And found that 24 million would lose their health insurance. While the GOP claims they have no bill yet, they want a vote on Wednesday. The outlines for the bill would be far worse than the original. Bob Costa in the Washington Post estimates that the same 24 million would lose their healthcare and a similar amount would lose their healh insurance because they won't be able to afford it--premiums would skyrocket. 

The Trumpcare bill would get rid of the protections of the Affordable Care Act on pre-existing conditions. States would be allowed to opt out of what guranatees were afforded by the ACA and could adopt "garbage" insurance. 

As in the past,there has not been a single hearing about its affect on healthcare in this country. The sole reason to pass this bill is because Trump has nothing to show for his first 100 days. And Paul Ryan is desperate to give the wealthy a whopping tax break. 

But within a week,the Republicans have to fund the government and that now is off because Trump's Budget director is trying to cut a deal with Democrats that the Trump administration will pay the subsidies for health insurance if they vote for the Wall. Senate Republicans don't want to vote for the wall. 

Nefarious or incompetent--or both? The events of the past week have been depressing. Should we be confident that the GOP can't get their act together?

But remember those congress critters who want to take health insurance away from millions of people are those in our society who have the best healthcare for life paid for courtesy of the American tax payer.  I think the proper response is to kill all those who vote for the bill. For millions it is a life or death situation. Maybe make it the same for Congress. 

THE NEW LINE ON TRUMP AND RUSSIA

The FBI now says that Russia tried to "infiltrate" the Trump campaign through its advisers aka Carter Paige. This is to get out of the collusion rap.

UK POWER GRID COAL FREE TODAY.

Mnuchin Says Exxon WILL NOT RECEIVE WAIVER FOR RUSSIA.

YATES AND CLAPPER TO TESTIFY BEFORE INTEL CMTE IN MAY

PRESIDENT OBAMA TO REAPPEAR IN CHICAGO APRIL 24th.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

SENATE INTEL CMTE TOLD OVER 1,000 RUSSIAN TROLLS

Spreading disinformation against Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania during the end of the presidential campaign.

REUTERS: PUTIN-LINKED THINK TANK HAD PLAN FOR US ELECTION

The Institute for Contemporary Affairs, a Russian think tank closely linked to Vladimir Putin, had a detailed plan to move the 2016 Presidential election toward Trump's way. The Reuters story was based on documents confirmed by three former and two current intelligence officials. 

Rachel Maddow continued her investigations on the Russian issue by focusing on Eric Prince's role in the Trump transition and his meeting with Putin's envoy in the Sychelles. She also covered what the Exxon-Rosneft deal means for Russia and Exxon-Mobil's bid for a waiver from the Russian sanctions.

Rachel Maddow's stories have caught the eye of RT, Russia's propaganda arm. 

Chris Hayes playing catch-up focuses on the New Yorker story about how the intelligence community was asked to back engineer intelligence to make Trump's attack on Obama seem realistic and how they failed.

It was also reported that Mitch McConnell's Superpac received funds from a pro-Putin Ukrainian for the last election.

Louisa Mensch now reports that Flynn went on a treason tour first to Cambridge,England and to other parts in Europe transmitting messages to Russian agents about future US policy.

It has also been reported that Rudy Guiliani wanted to turn on Trump but that the feds turned Rudy down because it was said they had enough on the President already.

BILL O'REILLY OUT AT FOX.

EXXON ASKS WAIVER TO WORK ON THEIR RUSSIAN OIL DEAL.

PEW: TRUMP 39% APPROVAL

JASON CHAFFETZ WILL NOT SEEK RE-ELECTION.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017

NORTH KOREA TO TEST MISSILES WEEKLY

After Trump boasted he did better than Obama and Clinton with the North Koreans.

TRUMP AND RUSSIAN MONEY

Josh Marshall writes today about Mr. Dearlove's statements in the UK publication Prospect about Trump's loans from Russia. Dearlove was the homer head of MI-6. He surfaced as the Brits are taking victory laps as the first intelligence group to nail down Trump and Russia's connections.

ELECTION MACHINES STOLEN BEFORE GEORGIA SPECIAL ELECTION.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

CLAUDE TAYLOR SAYS GERMAN INTELLIGENCE CONFIRMS THE QUID PRO QUO OF TRUMP-RUSSIA DEAL.

CATER PAIGE SAID TO TAKE TRUMP TAPE TO MOSCOW IN JULY.

Take it for what it is worth. Louise Mensch reports that the Intel community believes Carter Paige took a tape to Moscow in July where Trump promised a change in policy if Russia would help in the hacking of Clinton. Mensch says that Manfort,Epsteyn and Paige  met together to plot this.

On Friday, Kruschev's granddaughter who is a policy type on Russia told CNN that Putin has moved on and that he has the "goods "on Trump which he will not hesitate to use.

Later Carl Bernstein said that the White House is in a panic because they do not know how far the Russian story goes.

Outside Observers believe that this week will see tangible developments in the Russia story.

TRUMP HAS REQUESTED HE RIDE IN THE ROYAL CARRIAGE WHEN IN ENGLAND.

TRUMP'S EASTER GREETING

He asks via Tweeter that someones investigate who is paying the demonstrators.  He also says our military is just rebuilding.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

HAPPY EASTER!

Jesus is on the mainline,tell him what you want. 

Treat yourself to Ry Cooder at www.littlegreenfootballs.com for his rendition of Jesus Is On the Mainline. And Ry plays as great but he does look a little long in the tooth.

NORTH KOREA TRIES AND FAILS TO LAUNCH ROCKET.

DECENT TURN OUT AT NATION'S ANTI-TRUMP TAX MARCHES

At the D.C. gathering,the program had people working at the minimum wage talking about how they still need taxpayer funds to survive. The thrust is more on income equality than Trump releasing his taxes.

AFTER THE BOOM-BOOM: GALLUP:TRUMP APPROVAL 39%.

MY BASEBALL CARDS ARE DYING.

Yesterday Bob Cerv died at over 90. He had hit 36 homers in Kansas City before becoming a Yankee. And Roy Sievers died,the first baseman for the Washington Senators and the card you tried to trade. By Guys.

NEW WARS

The Trump administration has sent dozens of troops to Somalia. This is the first time we have been there in a decade.

The Trump administration has promised to send 250,000 troops to Syria.

The Trump administration has escalated our military activities in Yemen.

The Trump administration has waived human rights considerations to selling weapons to Saudi Arabia,the UAE, and Egypt.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

FBI GOT FISA WARRANT ON CARTER PAIGE LAST SUMMER.

SEAN SPICER: HITLER DIDN'T GAS HIS OWN PEOPLE. HAPPY PASSOVER.

SUSAN COLLINS MAY RUN FOR THE GOVERNOR OF MAINE IN 2018.

ROSNEFT MAY TAKE OVER CITGO.

PRESIDENT OBAMA TO MEET ANGELA MERKEL IN MAY

He is to participate in a panel discussion on democracy to herald the anniversary of the Reformation.

The same month Trump will visit Europe for his first trip abroad.

WH HAS PROBLEM PULLING OFF EASTER EGG HUNT--NO JOKE.

GAO TO INVESTIGATE TRUMP TRANSITION AND RUSSIA.

The CIA was alerting key Senators that the Trump campaign was coordinating efforts with Russia in March of last year.

Spanish authorities at the Request of the FBI arrested mega-spammer for his role in creating the spam used in the 2016 election.

CHRIS CHRISTIE LEAST POPULAR GOVERNOR AT 25% APPROVAL

Brownback is at 27%.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

JOSH MARSHALL REPORTS

Trump withdraws his tax plan and is now searching for one that the GOP can accept.

GALLUP AFTER SYRIA: TRUMP APPROVAL: 40%.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

ONLY 1 UTILITY IN 26 STATES WOULD RETAIN COAL UNDER TRUMP RULES.

NYT: INSURERS SHOULD MAKE SMALL PROFIT THIS YEAR ON OBAMACARE.

Paul Krugman wrote about this months ago but The Times had an article today that demonstrated that this would be the last year insurers would lose on Obamacare and that next year the market would stabilize and then major insurance companies would make profits from thereon out.

SHUCK AND AWE.

It is clear that Americans like to blow things up. Brian Williams called the Tomahawk missiles beautiful as they were fired off. The Washington Post loved the idea of bombing a Syrian airbase. The neo-conservatives supported Trump and General Keane said that Trump sent a message to the world. What that message is--is anyone's guess. 

Did you get the shot of the briefing room? The Trump team made it look like Obama overseeing the bin Laden raid. Some wag circled the figures in green and red to symbolize Goldman Sachs and those that owed Goldman Sachs money.

The Pentagon said the raid was limited and that no others would occur. They also released a press release that they were investigating whether Russia was behind the chemical weapons attack on the Syrians. Previously the UN had certified that 95% of the chemical weapons had been destroyed. Now the Wall Street Journal and Bob Kagan blames it all on Obama.

A couple of facts. We did notify the Russians beforehand and personnel and equipment were removed from the scene. We did not destroy the Sarin containers at the airbase nor did we destroy the runways. For $60 million Trump got the Photos that he was a man of action. But that's about it. One missile attack does not make a policy.
 I am glad it was proportional and obviously it did not change the political equation one whit.

It seems to me that it showed how weak the United States is at this moment. That a cruise missile attack can generate a debate over meaning. It is clear to me that the United States can not generate another Iraq War anytime soon. There doesn't seem to be the stomach for it.

We are in a hot war in Afghanistan,Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Somalia not to mention where our special forces are. Before the Syrian strike,the week before saw several casualties there of American soldiers. 

Retired Generals complained that Trump declared the strike as "within the national security interest of the United States" when it wasn't. And many congresspeople insisted he get the permission from the Congress before any next steps. We've been through this before with no resolution.

We will have to wait for a policy statement from Trump in the days ahead.


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

REP. CASTRO TOLD WOLF BLITZER ALOT OF PEOPLE ARE GOING TO JAIL OVER RUSSIA.

Keith Olberman sais the reason no one wants Flynn's testimony is that the new special unit of the FBI already has the goods on Trump.

TODAY WAS SUSAN RICE DAY ON RUSSIA

The Republicans tried to make "unmasking" the issue in the Russia scandal and said that it was all Susan Rice's fault. Josh Marshall put this in perspective in his read out of the Trump administration's ham-fisted attempt to change the narrative.

The good news is that the major media is not buying it. Rand Paul decided to go in on this story that Susan Rice "unmasked" the names of those Trump people talking to the Russians for political purposes. Susan Rice appeared on NBC to be interviewed by Angela Mitchell and methodically explained the process and that she could not unilaterally do this or circulate the info. The right said it was a softball interview. I suggest they grill her on #Benghazi!

If that doesn't do the trick,there is Clinton Cash trying to revive the issue of Jon Podesta's brother having a contract to represent a Russian bank. He giot about 25K out of this. Or Hillary Clinton giving away the uranium to Russia--something 11 agencies had to sign off on and she had no role in.

Carter Paige says he doesn't like being labeled a spy, while the Russian spy called him an idiot.

The Eric Prince African adventure relates to the hair-brained scheme of trying to get Russia to back away from Iran in exchange for the lifting of sanctions.  This idea was floated by Michael Ledeen in the Wall Street Journal and you should be aware. The Bannon faction believes Russia is the most reliable ally in a war against radical Islam. And that securing their cooperation is the most important thing the United States can do.

That explains some recent stunts such as Rex Tillerson explaining we don't want to topple Assad in Syria and Trump welcoming the Butcher of Cairo,President Cessi to the White House and saying he is doing a "fantastic job"

Meanwhile Assad gassed civilians in Syria and Cessi has killed or jailed 1,000s in Egypt.

POLITICO: GORSUCH HAS PLAGARISM PROBLEM

Apparently Neil copied a chapter in his book on euthanasia and cribbed someone else's work in a law review piece.