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  # 2158001 11-Jan-2019 10:40
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"Trump privately has raised doubts about whether his photo op appearance in Texas will prove persuasive for members of Congress"




Desperate. I think the emergency thing is next

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  # 2158354 11-Jan-2019 15:16
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Note the date here, folks - January 10th. This isn't old news.




New York Times January 10. By Maggie Haberman and Nicholas Fandos


Michael Cohen, Trump’s Former Lawyer, Agrees to Testify to Congress


WASHINGTON — Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s former personal lawyer who implicated him in a scheme to pay hush money to two women claiming to have had affairs with him, said on Thursday that he had agreed to testify before a House committee next month and give “a full and credible account” of his work for Mr. Trump.


Mr. Cohen’s decision to appear before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Feb. 7 sets the stage for a blockbuster public hearing that threatens to further damage the president’s image and could clarify the depth of his legal woes. Mr. Cohen, a consigliere to Mr. Trump when he was a real estate developer and presidential candidate as well as informally when he was president, was privy to the machinations of Mr. Trump’s inner circle and to key moments under scrutiny by both the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, and federal prosecutors in New York.


He could soon share many of them on national television under oath. But potential constraints emerged almost immediately on Thursday when the committee’s chairman warned that Mr. Cohen most likely would be barred by Mr. Mueller from discussing matters related to Russia.


“In furtherance of my commitment to cooperate and provide the American people with answers,” Mr. Cohen said in a statement, “I have accepted the invitation by Chairman Elijah Cummings to appear publicly on Feb. 7. I look forward to having the privilege of being afforded a platform with which to give a full and credible account of the events which have transpired.”


In August, Mr. Cohen pleaded guilty in federal court in Manhattan to tax fraud, making false statements to a bank and a campaign finance violation. In court, Mr. Cohen said that violation was the result of payments he made at the behest of his former client to a woman who was prepared to go public during the 2016 campaign about an affair with Mr. Trump years earlier.


Since then, Mr. Cohen has spent more than 70 hours with federal prosecutors in Manhattan as well as with Mr. Mueller, who is investigating Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election and Mr. Trump’s campaign. In November, Mr. Cohen pleaded guilty to an additional charge — lying to Congress about how long negotiations for a Trump Tower project in Moscow went on in 2016.


That cooperation has earned him the ire of Mr. Trump, who has called Mr. Cohen a “weak person.” The president said he did nothing wrong regarding the campaign finance charge, and he accused his former lawyer of lying to prosecutors to try to get a reduced sentence. In court filings, prosecutors have not named Mr. Trump, referring to a “candidate for federal office” and “Individual-1.”


Asked during a visit to the border in Texas whether he was concerned about Mr. Cohen’s plan to testify, Mr. Trump told reporters, “I’m not worried about it at all.”


The subjects and level of detail that Mr. Cohen will be able to go into in public remain to be seen. Mr. Cummings said he was consulting Mr. Mueller’s office to ensure that he did not hinder its efforts, and that the special counsel’s team had indicated some areas — including interactions with Russia — that would most likely be off limits.


“I want to make clear that we have no interest in inappropriately interfering with any ongoing criminal investigations,” Mr. Cummings said.


Lawmakers of both parties have sought to protect Mr. Mueller since he was appointed. That is likely to be a key theme of the Senate confirmation hearing next week for Mr. Trump’s nominee for attorney general, William P. Barr, who could soon oversee the Mueller investigation. Democratic lawmakers on the Judiciary Committee sought assurances from Mr. Barr on Thursday that he would not interfere with the investigation as it wraps up. But they left private meetings with him saying that they would need a public pledge during his hearing.


Mr. Cummings said in a brief interview on Thursday that he had known Mr. Cohen would testify for some time and had spoken with him when arranging the hearing.


“He’ll have a chance to tell his side of the story, and we’ll have a chance to question him,” he said. “The American people deserve that.”


In a CNN interview in December, Mr. Cummings compared Mr. Cohen’s appearance to that of John Dean, President Richard M. Nixon’s White House counsel, in 1973 before a special Senate committee investigating the Watergate scandal. Mr. Dean implicated himself, top administration officials and the president in a cover-up of the 1972 break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters.


“This is a watershed moment,” Mr. Cummings said, invoking Mr. Dean, who he said “changed the course of America” with his testimony.


It was unclear whether Mr. Cohen’s agreement to testify before the Oversight Committee would preclude appearances, in public or private, before other House panels.


The newly installed chairmen of at least two other panels have said they want to speak with Mr. Cohen about his work on behalf of Mr. Trump. Representative Adam B. Schiff, Democrat of California and the Intelligence Committee chairman, said in an interview last week that he was in touch with Mr. Cohen’s lawyer about a possible appearance.


In a statement on Thursday, Mr. Schiff said he was glad to see Mr. Cohen would appear in public, but would press ahead in trying to secure a private appearance before his own committee “in the near future” to discuss matters related to Russia. Senator Richard M. Burr, Republican of North Carolina and the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he too had an outstanding request for Mr. Cohen to come before his investigators.


Democrats won back the House last year promising to hold Mr. Trump and his administration to account and have begun laying the groundwork for a long run of investigations targeting his administration’s policies and ethics lapses, Mr. Trump’s businesses and his campaign’s interactions with Russia. Mr. Cohen’s appearance in public, before national television cameras, will begin to fulfill that promise, but is likely to be only the first in a string of public testimony that could prove damaging to the president.


Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio, the top Republican on the Oversight Committee, was not pleased with the announcement. Democrats, he said, had wasted no time in using the committee for “political theater rather than legitimate oversight.” He also pointed out that Mr. Cohen had already “admitted to providing intentionally false and misleading testimony to Congress” once before.

Any fool can make money, but it takes a special person to earn the respect of respectable people.


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  # 2158388 11-Jan-2019 15:22
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Any fool can make money, but it takes a special person to earn the respect of respectable people.

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  # 2158390 11-Jan-2019 15:35
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A construction crew works on replacing a section of the border fence near Tijuana, Mexico, on Wednesday. Since Mr. Trump took office, no new miles of barriers have been built but some existing barriers have been replaced.CreditGuillermo Arias/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Any fool can make money, but it takes a special person to earn the respect of respectable people.

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  # 2158405 11-Jan-2019 16:33
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NY Times - White House Considers Using Storm Aid Funds as a Way to Pay for the Border Wall


Jan. 10, 2019


McALLEN, Tex. - President Trump traveled to the border on Thursday to warn of crime and chaos on the frontier, as White House officials considered diverting emergency aid from storm- and fire-ravaged Puerto Rico, Florida, Texas and California to build a border barrier under an emergency declaration. ...



Stealing money from genuine emergencies to pay for a bogus emergency of Trump's own making.


Another truly dreadful Trump idea - but par for the course.   frown



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  # 2159424 11-Jan-2019 19:15
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Don’t Show Mexico This Video of Trump From 2004 We Found
The Daily Show

Very short, but very funny

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  # 2159425 11-Jan-2019 19:20
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Shock: Even Fox News Fact-Checked Trump's Lie-Riddled Immigration Speech

Ok, this one is long, and not funny. It's interesting to hear Fox News to fact-check Trump. Some Trump supports calling this Fox news piece a "hit job"


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  # 2159520 11-Jan-2019 22:18
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A play on one of my favourites from The Guess Who, 1970.

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  # 2159565 12-Jan-2019 07:54
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I would say "these idiots are in for a surprise", but surprise implies intelligence.

When did red-necks get pro-Russia

From the Youtube video "The Depolorable Choir- No SMOKIN’ gun"

Do not watch it, as it'll just encourage them, and possibly monetize them. From Alabama of course.


"No there ain't no smoking gun
and you can't place a spy just to find one
Attention Mr Mueller
Better round up all your friends
I think it's real apparent
where the real collusion is
put handcuffs on Mrs Clinton for that fake dossier
She got that from Steele and Russia
and Trump she tried to frame

so giddy on up
so giddy on out
there's a new sheriff in town
and you and yours are going down.

I think the real question
is what they're try to hide.
It's in the 30,000 emails
no one can seem to find
but we'll get all the answers
when the cards come undone
and something tells me
and it might smell like uranium (From the poster WTF??? but congratulation for rhyming "uranium"

So bye bye bro Obama and crooked Hillary
Homey Comey, Sally Yates
and General Flynn will be set free!
And don't forget Brennan
and crappy crappy Clapper
They all will be behind bars
Happily ever after

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  # 2159572 12-Jan-2019 08:22
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Trump supporter's red herring

"The story stems back to the 2015 book Clinton Cash, an investigation by Breitbart News editor-at-large Peter Schweizer. A chapter in the book suggest a pay-for-play scheme between the Clintons and Russia, accusing them of transferring uranium in exchange for donation money.

According to our previous story, in 2007, a Clinton Foundation donor, Frank Giustra, sold his company UrAsia, to another — Uranium One — and unloaded his personal stake in it. The merged company kept Uranium One as its name and was based out of Toronto.

Though it was based in Canada, Uranium One has mines, mills and land in Wyoming, Utah and other U.S. states equal to about 20 percent of the U.S. uranium production capacity. It’s actual production, though, is actually a smaller portion of the uranium produced in the U.S., at 11 percent in 2014, according to

Under the terms of the deal, UrAsia shareholders kept a 60 percent stake in the new company until June 2010, when Russia’s nuclear agency, Rosatom, completed purchase of a 51 percent stake.

But the deal had to be approved by multiple U.S. agencies first, including the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States, or CFIUS — on which the U.S. Secretary of State sits.

The committee approved the proposal, and in 2013, Russia assumed 100 percent ownership of the company and renamed it Uranium One Holding.

The deal, however, was not Clinton’s to approve alone. The CFIUS panel also includes the attorney general and the secretaries of the Treasury, Defense, Commerce, Energy and Homeland Security, as well as the heads of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

The claim makes it seem like Clinton had the power of vetoing or approving the deal, which she did not.

Clinton has said that she was not personally involved and, in a New York Times article, then-Assistant Secretary of State Jose Fernandez, who represented the State Department on the panel, said Clinton 'never intervened' in CFIUS matters."

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  # 2159574 12-Jan-2019 08:46
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More hysterical Trump rants ...




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  # 2159579 12-Jan-2019 09:24
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I guess Trump doesn't realize that the wheel has revolutionized the carrying of things.

Most things, including drugs, are no longer carried by walking people.

Many people who carry things even use things that float or even fly!

For people who want drugs and don't mind walking, there are opioids sold by friendly doctors and drug stores.

Ain't technology grand!

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  # 2159583 12-Jan-2019 09:37
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CNN - Trump on federal workers' pain: 'I can relate'


President Trump said many of the federal workers who can't pay their bills agree with him "100%."



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  # 2159617 12-Jan-2019 11:23
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NY Times - This Shutdown May Become the Longest Ever. How Did Trump Get Here?


Someone needs to gently explain to the president that, going forward, he might want to adjust his negotiating strategy.


By The Editorial Board


The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher. It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section.


Jan. 10, 2019


... The president’s inability to reach some sort of deal rests heavily on several basic failures of understanding by him and his team.


These include:


  • 1. A failure to grasp how divided government works.
  • 2. A failure to understand the costs of playing only to the base.
  • 3. A failure to understand Nancy Pelosi.
  • 4. A failure to understand shutdown politics.
  • 5. A failure to understand how the government works.

Bottom line:


Mr. Trump loves to boast that he leads with his “gut.”

He really can’t be bothered with all the humdrum details of governing, remaining proudly ignorant of how anything works in Washington - the presidency, the Congress, the Constitution.

That’s left him in a standoff for which he was wholly unprepared.




EDIT: My emphasis


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  # 2159623 12-Jan-2019 12:07
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Even the mild-mannered New Zealand Listener is tired of Donald ...






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