AMERICAblog NewsAMERICAblog News http://americablog.com A great nation deserves the truth // One of America's top progressive sites for news and opinion Fri, 22 Jun 2018 18:31:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.6 Womp womp, Trump staffers complain of DC dating blacklist http://americablog.com/2018/06/womp-womp-trump-staffers-complain-of-dc-dating-blacklist.html http://americablog.com/2018/06/womp-womp-trump-staffers-complain-of-dc-dating-blacklist.html#respond Fri, 22 Jun 2018 17:39:09 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144504 While today’s episode is mostly an update on Trump’s horrific child-separation policy, and the fact that Trump immigration officials have lost the information that identifies who many of these kids belong to, I start the show with two stories about karma. The first: Trump administration officials report that they can’t get dates in Washington, DC […]

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While today’s episode is mostly an update on Trump’s horrific child-separation policy, and the fact that Trump immigration officials have lost the information that identifies who many of these kids belong to, I start the show with two stories about karma.

The first: Trump administration officials report that they can’t get dates in Washington, DC because everybody hates them.

Next, I talk about soybean farmers in the Midwest, who were solid Trump voters, and who know are seeing their life’s work being flushed down the toilet because of Trump’s growing trade war with Canada, Europe and Asia.

And finally, I conclude with a discussion of a new Associated Press poll that shows even Republicans want to see Trump impeached if he dares pardon himself. (Stephen Miller photo by Gage Skidmore.)

Here’s the excerpt on Trump staff dating woes:

And here’s the excerpt on the latest horrors of the child-separation policy, that these kids may never be reunited with their parents:

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Donald Trump’s Kiddie Concentration Camps http://americablog.com/2018/06/donald-trumps-kiddie-concentration-camps.html http://americablog.com/2018/06/donald-trumps-kiddie-concentration-camps.html#respond Mon, 18 Jun 2018 20:28:29 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144500 Donald Trump’s policy of taking immigrant children away from their parents and sending them to kiddie prison camps has enraged the public, and is even causing an outcry from Republicans in Congress, former GOP administration officials, and even Laura Bush. In today’s episode, I explain what’s really going on here, what the policy is now […]

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Donald Trump’s policy of taking immigrant children away from their parents and sending them to kiddie prison camps has enraged the public, and is even causing an outcry from Republicans in Congress, former GOP administration officials, and even Laura Bush.

In today’s episode, I explain what’s really going on here, what the policy is now and was under Obama, what the law really says, why Trump is lying when he says he has no choice but to tear these families apart, and why I still have hope when I see just how badly this fiasco is blowing up in Trump’s face.

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“Trump may be the most corrupt businessman in America” http://americablog.com/2018/06/ep-100-trump-may-be-be-the-most-corrupt-businessman-in-america.html http://americablog.com/2018/06/ep-100-trump-may-be-be-the-most-corrupt-businessman-in-america.html#respond Thu, 14 Jun 2018 19:50:28 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144493 Washington Post opinion columnist Paul Waldman joins us in today’s UnPresidented podcast to discuss Trump corruption, North Korea, Canada trade, and the breaking New York Attorney General suit against the Trump empire. This is a 5-minute excerpt of the 66-minute episode. Premium patrons can listen to the entire episode, and support our podcast, here.

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Washington Post opinion columnist Paul Waldman joins us in today’s UnPresidented podcast to discuss Trump corruption, North Korea, Canada trade, and the breaking New York Attorney General suit against the Trump empire.

This is a 5-minute excerpt of the 66-minute episode. Premium patrons can listen to the entire episode, and support our podcast, here.

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders invokes the Bible to defend putting immigrant kids in prison camps http://americablog.com/2018/06/sarah-huckabee-sanders-invokes-the-bible-to-defend-putting-immigrant-kids-in-prison-camps.html http://americablog.com/2018/06/sarah-huckabee-sanders-invokes-the-bible-to-defend-putting-immigrant-kids-in-prison-camps.html#respond Thu, 14 Jun 2018 19:35:35 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144489 Trump White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders today invoked the Bible to defend the Trump administration policy of putting children of immigrants in prison camps. CNN’s Jim Acosta had asked Huckabee about a report that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had claimed earlier today that there was a justification for this policy in the Bible. […]

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Trump White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders today invoked the Bible to defend the Trump administration policy of putting children of immigrants in prison camps.

CNN’s Jim Acosta had asked Huckabee about a report that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had claimed earlier today that there was a justification for this policy in the Bible.

Huckabee pretended to not know what Acosta was talking about, then she reiterated the claim that the Bible somehow justified the administration’s abhorrent imprisonment of thousands of immigrant children in prison camps.

When Acosta asked Huckabee how she could invoke the Bible, she got snippy, then another reporter called her out (you can just hear in the background another reporter telling her it was a “cheap shot”).

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Peace in our time. The details of Trump’s disastrous North Korea summit. http://americablog.com/2018/06/peace-in-our-time-the-details-of-trumps-disastrous-north-korea-summit.html http://americablog.com/2018/06/peace-in-our-time-the-details-of-trumps-disastrous-north-korea-summit.html#respond Tue, 12 Jun 2018 23:27:34 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144485 The naysayers are wrong. Donald Trump got every concession he wanted in the summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un: A photo opp that guarantees him coverage in every paper in the world. Cliff and I dissect the summit, and explain why it’s as bad as everyone is saying. In todays’ UnPresidented podcast, Cliff Schecter […]

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The naysayers are wrong. Donald Trump got every concession he wanted in the summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un: A photo opp that guarantees him coverage in every paper in the world. Cliff and I dissect the summit, and explain why it’s as bad as everyone is saying.

In todays’ UnPresidented podcast, Cliff Schecter and I discuss the details of the Trump-Kim summit — what happened, and what it means.

This is a 6-minute excerpt of the 53-minute episode. Premium patrons can listen to the entire episode, and support our podcast, here: www.patreon.com/posts/ep-99-peace-in-19410113

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Fox News’ Shep Smith blasts Trump’s North Korea summit: “Kim Jung-un got it all, for actually doing nothing” http://americablog.com/2018/06/fox-news-shep-smith-blasts-trumps-north-korea-summit-kim-jung-un-got-it-all-for-actually-doing-nothing.html http://americablog.com/2018/06/fox-news-shep-smith-blasts-trumps-north-korea-summit-kim-jung-un-got-it-all-for-actually-doing-nothing.html#respond Tue, 12 Jun 2018 23:08:52 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144475 Fox News’ Shep Smith blasted Donald Trump today for a North Korea summit that, Smith says, didn’t actually accomplish anything. “Kim Jung-un got it all,” Smith told his viewers on Fox, “for actually doing nothing.” Smith then went on to list Kim’s crimes, from jailing over 100,000 political prisoners, to torturing and murdering his own […]

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Fox News’ Shep Smith blasted Donald Trump today for a North Korea summit that, Smith says, didn’t actually accomplish anything.

“Kim Jung-un got it all,” Smith told his viewers on Fox, “for actually doing nothing.”

Smith then went on to list Kim’s crimes, from jailing over 100,000 political prisoners, to torturing and murdering his own citizens, imprisoning children for the alleged crimes of their parents and grandparents, and committing crimes against humanity.

Smith is a frequent critic of Trump, not afraid to call out Dear Leader when the rest of the GOP, and Fox, establishment refuses to speak up and out. Still, calling Trump out to this degree on Trump’s big day is a big deal.

It’s going to be interesting to see over the coming days whether Trump’s lie — that something substantive actually occurred in Singapore, beyond the US unilaterally disarming in order to secure beachfront property in North Korea for a future Trump hotel — bests the truth. It often does.

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Trump approval below Reagan’s and Obama’s http://americablog.com/2018/06/trump-approval-below-reagans-and-obamas.html http://americablog.com/2018/06/trump-approval-below-reagans-and-obamas.html#respond Mon, 11 Jun 2018 14:45:02 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144466 Donald Trump’s approval rating remains mired in the low 40s, far below where Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama were at this point in their presidencies. In the latest Gallup poll, shared by historian Kevin Kruse on Twitter, Trump is at 41% approval versus Reagan’s 45% and Obama’s 47% at similar dates in their presidencies. But […]

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Donald Trump’s approval rating remains mired in the low 40s, far below where Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama were at this point in their presidencies.

In the latest Gallup poll, shared by historian Kevin Kruse on Twitter, Trump is at 41% approval versus Reagan’s 45% and Obama’s 47% at similar dates in their presidencies.

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But the numbers are even worse when you consider that Trump inherited a strong economy from President Obama. As David Frum noted, it’s a far different story than what Obama and Reagan had: “At the equivalent points in their presidencies, Obama was contending with the worst recession since the 1930s, and Reagan with the 2nd worst.”

In other words, Trump’s numbers are being helped by the strong economy that Obama gave him, while Reagan’s and Obama’s were hurt by the weak economies they inherited — yet the latter two presidents were still far more popular than Trump.

For anyone claiming otherwise, Kruse noted that you can’t compare apples and oranges — in other words, you can’t compare the numbers from different polling firms. Rather, you have to look at the same firm’s numbers over time. And Gallup, the firm he chose, was there polling all three presidents.

So the next time you see Trump supporter Jeffrey Lord, who was fired from CNN for tweeting a Nazi salute, quoting an Alt Right conspiracy Web site claiming that Trump is actually beating Reagan and Obama, now you know the truth.

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Paul Begala says Mitch McConnell is guilty of “borderline treason” http://americablog.com/2018/06/paul-begala-says-mitch-mcconnell-is-guilty-of-borderline-treason.html http://americablog.com/2018/06/paul-begala-says-mitch-mcconnell-is-guilty-of-borderline-treason.html#respond Thu, 07 Jun 2018 21:09:13 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144461 Democratic strategist Paul Begala, who played a key role in helping get President Clinton elected to the White House in 1992, joins us for a free-ranging discussion  about the Trump era and whether America can survive the unprecedented attacks on our norms and democracy itself. Paul talks in particular about Mitch McConnell, and how he […]

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Democratic strategist Paul Begala, who played a key role in helping get President Clinton elected to the White House in 1992, joins us for a free-ranging discussion  about the Trump era and whether America can survive the unprecedented attacks on our norms and democracy itself.

Paul talks in particular about Mitch McConnell, and how he singlehandedly sold our country out when we needed him most, at the onset of the Russia election hack. And he examines what Democrats (including himself) did wrong in 2016, and how we can fix things going forward, such as reaching out to Trump voters without selling our souls, and promoting a concrete positive message for the midterm elections (Paul details a health care “contract with America” that he favors).

Paul Also talks about our chances in the fall elections, and his thoughts on impeachment. This is a good one, I know you’ll enjoy it.

This is a 14-minute excerpt of the 73-minute episode. Premium patrons can listen to the entire episode, and support our podcast, here.

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Women won big on Tuesday http://americablog.com/2018/06/women-won-big-on-tuesday.html http://americablog.com/2018/06/women-won-big-on-tuesday.html#respond Thu, 07 Jun 2018 14:32:50 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144454 Democrats (and progressives) had a huge victory on Tuesday in the biggest primary day before the 2018 elections, and among those who won big: women. A record number of women are on the ballot this year, and a lot of them are winning. Here’s a bit more from HuffPo: More than 500 women have so far […]

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Democrats (and progressives) had a huge victory on Tuesday in the biggest primary day before the 2018 elections, and among those who won big: women. A record number of women are on the ballot this year, and a lot of them are winning. Here’s a bit more from HuffPo:

More than 500 women have so far filed to run in primaries this year, according to the Center for American Women and Politics. That number represents a 67 percent jump from 2016. More than 110 of those women have won their races, 30 of them in California alone. Most of the women running are Democrats, although one-third of Republican women running have also won their races.

Yet despite the unprecedented number of female candidates, they still only represent about 23 percent of all candidates running nationwide, Lawless noted. “That’s not much different to the proportion in previous election cycles. Men are motivated to run for office too, and that’s why we’re seeing such a crowded primary.”

Let me walk you through a few of the most-notable female candidates on the ballot this fall, along with links for you to donate to their campaigns. If we’re going to take back the Congress in November, we need to support good candidates NOW. So here is my certainly-not-all-inclusive list of candidates of note who either won their primaries Tuesday, or are simply kick-ass women we need to support in November:

NEW JERSEY: Former US Navy pilot Mikie Sherrill is running for Congress from New Jersey in the open seat being vacated by GOP Trump protégé Rodney Frelinghuysen. She won her primary Tuesday night, and she’s the real deal. Donate here.

NEW MEXICO: Deb Haaland won her primary Tuesday, and is set to become the first Native American woman to ever serve in Congress. Donate here.

TEXAS: Veronica Escobar is set to become the first Latina congresswoman from Texas. Donate here.

ARIZONA: Kyrsten Sinema is running for the US Senate, and would be the first openly-bisexual US Senator. Donate here.

IOWA: Abby Finkenauer won her primary on Tuesday, and will be the youngest woman elected to Congress if she beats Tea Party Trump-supporting GOP congressman Rod Blum this fall. Donate here.

KENTUCKY: Former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath is running for Congress as a Democrat from the 6th district in Kentucky. McGrath just won her primary last night. Now let’s take her across the finish line. Donate here.

NEVADA: Jacky Rosen has the best to unseat a Republican US Senator this fall, in her battle against TrumpCare architect Dean Heller. Donate here.

Please do give to these candidates. The only way we’re going to win this fall is by supporting our candidates now, today. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for us to win back the Congress this fall. Our entire strategy for stopping Trump, and putting America back on the right path, depends on it. Please help.

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How Democracies die, with guest Will Bunch http://americablog.com/2018/06/how-democracies-die-with-guest-will-bunch.html http://americablog.com/2018/06/how-democracies-die-with-guest-will-bunch.html#respond Mon, 04 Jun 2018 22:30:20 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144450 Writer Will Bunch joins us for a discussion of how Trump is following the playbook of a number of dying democracies around the world, from Europe to South America, and what we can do to stop him, including impeachment. This is an 8-minute excerpt of the 69-minute long episode. Premium patrons can listen to the […]

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Writer Will Bunch joins us for a discussion of how Trump is following the playbook of a number of dying democracies around the world, from Europe to South America, and what we can do to stop him, including impeachment.

This is an 8-minute excerpt of the 69-minute long episode. Premium patrons can listen to the entire episode, and support our podcast, here: www.patreon.com/posts/19249922

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Roseanne Barred http://americablog.com/2018/05/racist-roseanne.html http://americablog.com/2018/05/racist-roseanne.html#respond Tue, 29 May 2018 23:22:18 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144446 In today’s UnPresidented podcast, Cliff and I take a break from interviewing guests, and instead rant, rant, rant on our own. Today’s topics include Trump’s bizarre Memorial Day tweet, the Orange One’s latest conspiracy theory and his attempt to discredit the results of the upcoming midterm elections, Roseanne’s racism, the dissolution of the social contract […]

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In today’s UnPresidented podcast, Cliff and I take a break from interviewing guests, and instead rant, rant, rant on our own.

Today’s topics include Trump’s bizarre Memorial Day tweet, the Orange One’s latest conspiracy theory and his attempt to discredit the results of the upcoming midterm elections, Roseanne’s racism, the dissolution of the social contract under Trump, the high cost of health care (for dogs and people), Trump and ZTE, Missing Melania (or Melanie, as it were), and Stephen Miller: Closeted Heterosexual.

Here is an 11-minute clip about Roseanne and the social contract. You can listen to the rest on our Patreon page by becoming a $5/month subscriber. Thanks.

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My dog Sasha fell suddenly ill http://americablog.com/2018/05/my-dog-sasha-fell-suddenly-ill.html http://americablog.com/2018/05/my-dog-sasha-fell-suddenly-ill.html#respond Thu, 24 May 2018 23:48:47 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144437 My dog Sasha fell suddenly ill this week, and after 48 hours in the animal hospital has already racked up $3,386 in medical bills, with another $1,000 or so estimated for each additional night at the vet. I’ve set up a GoFundMe page, in case folks have the means to help me defray some of […]

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My dog Sasha fell suddenly ill this week, and after 48 hours in the animal hospital has already racked up $3,386 in medical bills, with another $1,000 or so estimated for each additional night at the vet. I’ve set up a GoFundMe page, in case folks have the means to help me defray some of the unexpected costs.

Today, for the first time all week, Sasha showed some energy while I was visiting her, and even barked at a skateboarder! She’s still however not drinking or eating, and is being given water IV and food via a tube through her nose. Nonetheless, we’re hoping if she continues to improve that they’ll release her tomorrow (Friday). (But that will only happen is she starts eating on her own.)

By Friday, Sasha’s medical bills should be over $4,000. Thus, I’m asking folks for whatever help you can give us to help defray the costs of Sasha’s treatment.

It all started Monday morning when Sasha, a ten-pound Yorkie-Bichon mix I’ve had for 8 years now, refused to eat breakfast or drink any water. That afternoon I noticed she had thrown up, and then discovered that she had been throwing up all day. I called the vet, and rushed her to the animal hospital. The vet gave her some anti-nausea meds, ran a blood test and an ultrasound, and said it was likely duodenitis (a condition similar to pancreatitis, where your GI tract gets so irritated that it just shuts down). The vet said to take her home, try to feed her later, and come back the next day if she refused to eat and/or threw up again. Well, she refused to eat or drink, AND threw up all night. Tuesday, I admitted her to the animal hospital, where she remains.

Sasha is still not eating or drinking, and has been nauseous and listless all week with vomiting and diarrhea, but she finally perked up for the first time when I visited her today. That’s why I’m hopeful that maybe tomorrow she’ll be well enough to leave.

Her first visit, for the blood work and ultrasound before I took her home, was $354.  But on admitting her, the hospital took a $1,500 deposit to cover the estimated cost of $1,500 for one night and $3,000 for two. The estimate was pretty accurate, as we’re now up to $3,386 (including the first visit) as of Thursday afternoon. At the bottom of this page I’m including a copy of Sasha’s in-patient bills to date. If she gets released Friday, I’m expecting the total bill will be around $4,300. If they have to keep her until Saturday, then we’re looking at over $5,000.

Thus, I’m setting a goal of $4,500, taking into account the donation processing fees. If Sasha’s bills are lower, I’ll lower the goal (and/or donate any excess donations to Washington, DC’s “Humane Rescue Alliance” (the renamed Humane Society). And if her bills go higher, I’ll raise the goal accordingly.

Your donations will go 100% to paying for Sasha’s medical treatment for this illness.

Let me please thank you in advance for any assistance you can offer. It’s difficult to ask for help for something like this, and I never imagined the costs could be so high or add up so quickly. Sasha is my everything, so there was no real choice but to get her the help she needed. Nonetheless, I’m a bit shell-shocked by all of this. But at least she’s getting better, and that’s all that matters.

Thanks for all the morale support from my friends on Twitter, and thank you in advance for any assistance you can offer towards helping me pay Sasha’s bills.

Again, you can find the GoFundMe page here. Thanks again.

JOHN ARAVOSIS
Washington, DC

Below are Sasha’s in-patient bills to date:

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Sarah Kendzior on how the media enables the Trump kleptocracy http://americablog.com/2018/05/sarah-kendzior-on-how-the-media-enables-the-trump-kleptocracy.html http://americablog.com/2018/05/sarah-kendzior-on-how-the-media-enables-the-trump-kleptocracy.html#respond Thu, 24 May 2018 17:49:33 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144432 Author Sarah Kendzior (“The View from Flyover Country”) talks to us about how the media continues to enable Donald Trump, and how they/we can more effectively confront the Trump “kleptocracy.” Here is an 18-minute clip from today’s UnPresidented podcast interview with Sarah: Sarah is an expert on the former Soviet republics (also known as the […]

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Author Sarah Kendzior (“The View from Flyover Country”) talks to us about how the media continues to enable Donald Trump, and how they/we can more effectively confront the Trump “kleptocracy.”

Here is an 18-minute clip from today’s UnPresidented podcast interview with Sarah:

Sarah is an expert on the former Soviet republics (also known as the “stans”), and she also provided an interesting comparison of the Trump autocracy with the modern-day dictators of the former Soviet Union — and she talked about how lessons-learned from challenging those dictators could be used to confront Trump. We also had an lengthy discussion about political hagiography, and the importance of not treating politicians, of either party, as gods. And finally, we wrap up with a discussion about the North Korea fiasco, and then Sarah’s book. Overall, just a great talk. Sarah is simply fascinating. We know you’ll enjoy this one. (Photo credit: C-Span.)

Above is a 18-minute excerpt of the 78-minute long episode. Premium patrons can listen to the entire episode, and support our podcast, here.

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One of the funniest Trump videos ever http://americablog.com/2018/05/one-of-the-funniest-trump-videos-ever.html http://americablog.com/2018/05/one-of-the-funniest-trump-videos-ever.html#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 18:45:39 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144428 One of the funniest Trump videos ever. Or your money back. Enjoy. This is tremendous. pic.twitter.com/cNA8zaJEnm — John Aravosis (@aravosis) May 22, 2018

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One of the funniest Trump videos ever.

Or your money back.

Enjoy.

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Russia swung the election to Trump http://americablog.com/2018/05/russia-swung-the-election-to-trump.html http://americablog.com/2018/05/russia-swung-the-election-to-trump.html#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 14:17:02 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144418 Former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, finally admitted what most of us already suspected: Donald Trump didn’t really win the election, Russia did. In his new memoir, “Facts and Fears: Hard Truths From a Life in Intelligence,” Clapper gives a scathing analysis of Trump’s victory (well, loss) against Hillary Clinton, and the role Russia played […]

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Former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, finally admitted what most of us already suspected: Donald Trump didn’t really win the election, Russia did.

In his new memoir, “Facts and Fears: Hard Truths From a Life in Intelligence,” Clapper gives a scathing analysis of Trump’s victory (well, loss) against Hillary Clinton, and the role Russia played in the 2016 election. According to Clapper, Trump wouldn’t have won the election without Russia’s help:

“Of course the Russian efforts affected the outcome. Surprising even themselves, they swung the election to a Trump win. To conclude otherwise stretches logic, common sense, and credulity to the breaking point. Less than eighty thousand votes in three key states swung the election. I have no doubt that more votes than that were influenced by this massive effort by the Russians.”

The Russians swung the election to Trump.

And but-for Russia, Hillary Clinton would now be president.

But it’s actually worse than that. As Clapper notes, Trump has remained “aggressively indifferent” to the news, and then fact, of Russia’s interference. At the very least you had soft-collusion (my term) with Russia — Trump Jr., and Trump himself, making clear that they welcomed Russia’s help. And at worst, they were knowingly part of a criminal conspiracy to defraud the American people of one of our most fundamental rights, the right to vote.

Donald Trump is mortally afraid of the Mueller probe because he fears, rightly, that the growing evidence of collusion with Russia calls into question his electoral legitimacy. And he should be. Even had Team-Trump not actively colluded with the Russians (I think they did), Russia still got Trump elected, and Trump’s victory is still, thus, tainted.

It’s bad enough that Trump “won” by losing the popular vote — a metric that in nearly every country in the world would spell loss. But Trump won the presidency of the United States due to the intervention of a foreign enemy, and one he welcomed (“Russia, if you’re listening…”) Had Hillary Clinton been elected under similar circumstances, let’s imagine how that would have played out:

1. Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell would have said from day one that Hillary wasn’t legitimately elected, and they would have attempted to block the swearing-in until the American people could find out what “really” happened.

2. Trump would have declared himself the winner, and the GOP would have rallied around him. They’d have even held their own swearing-in, and set up their own White House in exile, if not openly-challenging Hillary’s right to occupy 1600 Pennyslvania.

3. The Republicans would have stopped all legislation, and nominations, until the American people could be assured that a Russian spy wasn’t working out of the Oval Office.

4. It would have been non-stop “Treason” hearings on the Hill.

5. The GOP would have called for Hillary and Kaine to step down and be replaced by a member of the other rightfully-elected party (Paul Ryan).

6. And the electoral college would have been gone by now had two Democratic presidents in two decades been elected after having lost the popular vote.

And finally, if Democrats said “no” to any of this, there would have been well-orchestrated riots in the streets. Eventually, some in the Democratic establishment would have urged Hillary to step down “for the good of the country.”

So what are we going to do about it?

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Stop Devin Nunes http://americablog.com/2018/05/stop-devin-nunes.html http://americablog.com/2018/05/stop-devin-nunes.html#respond Tue, 22 May 2018 22:09:35 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144415 One of the most effective, and dangerous, Trump allies is House Intelligence Chair Devin Nunes. Nunes, for reasons unknown, has put his career on the line — and our safety — in order to derail the Mueller investigation and save Donald Trump, to hell with finding out what Russia actually did to undermine our election. […]

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One of the most effective, and dangerous, Trump allies is House Intelligence Chair Devin Nunes. Nunes, for reasons unknown, has put his career on the line — and our safety — in order to derail the Mueller investigation and save Donald Trump, to hell with finding out what Russia actually did to undermine our election. And he’s at it again.

At the end of this Nunes Update I’m going to ask you to contribute to the campaign of Nunes’ Democratic opponent, Andrew Janz. But first a bit more background.

NUNES LIES ABOUT UNMASKING

Now, you may recall that Nunes is the good fellow who in March 2017 ran to the White House to brief Trump on new evidence he “found” that Obama administration officials had “incidentally collected” and “unmasked” Trump campaign officials. In fact, the White House “found” the information, gave it to Nunes, who then held a press conference claiming “he’d” found it, and then Nunes ran to the White House to brief them on the information they had surreptitiously given him. It was all a huge scam. In the end, there was no smoking gun, and Obama official Susan Rice it was determined did nothing wrong.

NUNES LIES ABOUT HIS SECRET MEMO

Nunes’ next stroke of genius to release the much-ballyhooed “memo” about the FBI secretly surveilling former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page AFTER Page left the Trump campaign. Page, you’ll recall, had all sorts of creepy Russia contacts before and during the campaign, and the FBI was concerned that he was a Russian asset. In an effort to brand the entire Trump-Russia investigation as tainted, Nunes claimed that the warrant used to spy on Page — the FISA warrant — was inappropriately issued. We were told, falsely, that the warrant was based on the Steele dossier, when in fact, the Steele dossier was one small part of the larger presentation to the FISA judges (who were all Republican appointees). We were also told that the Steele dossier had been debunked — it hasn’t been — and that the dossier was the entire basis of the Trump-Russia investigation — it wasn’t. Trump-Russia began when Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos bragged to an Australian diplomat in London that a Russian intermediary told him the Russians had hacked emails relating to Hillary Clinton. Papadopoulos and the Trump campaign didn’t even bother informing the FBI. Once the Nunes Memo was finally made public, all of Nunes’ claims fell.

NUNES LIES ABOUT RUSSIA’S ELECTION INTERFERENCE

Then Nunes, as head of the House Intelligence Committee, issued a “final” report on Trump-Russia, without interviewing scores of key witnesses. The “final” report determined that Russia had no intent on helping Trump win the election. In fact, everyone, including the GOP-run Senate Intelligence Committee, agrees that the Russians tried to help Trump win.

NUNES LIES ABOUT TRUMP CAMPAIGN BEING INFILTRATED BY AN FBI SPY

And now, Nunes is feeding Trump’s descent into paranoia by claiming that Trump’s election campaign was infiltrated by an FBI spy — it wasn’t. What happened was that the FBI, while investigating the accurate reports that the Russians had infiltrated Trump’s campaign, used an outside information to speak with the potentially-compromised Trump campaign officials to see what the Russians had been telling them. Ironically, the FBI didn’t want to approach the Trump campaign itself, lest word got out, and it appeared right before the election that “the FBI was investigating Donald Trump,” even though, in fact, the FBI was investigating Donald Trump. (Yes, you are correct, the FBI had no such concerns about publicly announcing, repeatedly, that it was investigating Hillary Clinton.)

So, Nunes started demanding that the FBI release the name of its confidential informant. The name finally did leak. That could have a number of impacts:

1. The man is ruined as a future FBI informant.

2. The man’s life could be at risk.

3. Future potential FBI informants are going to think twice about the FBI’s promise to keep their names secret.

4. And more on point, future potential FBI informants interested in turning state’s evidence against Donald Trump are going to think twice about the FBI’s promise to protect them.

And now, because of course Trump got involved, claiming repeatedly (and falsely) that the FBI embedded a spy on his presidential campaign, and demanding that the FBI investigate its own investigation, the FBI is having to sit down with Nunes and fellow House Republican Trey Gowdy on Thursday, where the FBI will provide access to secret documents about the information. No Democrats are invited. No Senate Republicans are invited. Just Nunes the Red and Trey Gowdy, who used to be nuts (he of Benghazi fame), but now that he’s retiring seems to have found a modicum of sanity, so Gowdy is the wild card here.

One additional benefit to Trump of all of this: Nunes can then brief Trump and his defense team, so they’ll know what information the FBI has on Trump.

WE MUST DEFEAT DEVIN NUNES IN NOVEMBER

As I said at the outset, Devin Nunes is Donald Trump’s most effective ally in Congress. Nunes has made it his mission — for reasons no one has quite figured out (is Nunes himself compromised?) — to derail Mueller’s Trump-Russia investigation. And we need to make it our mission to defeat Devin Nunes at the ballot box in November.

One thing folks need to understand about elections. Yes, we need to vote on election day. But we also need to get involved NOW to ensure that Democrats win and Republicans lose in November. That means donating to  good progressives who are taking on bad Republicans, like Andrew Janz taking on Devin Nunes. They need your support now — not ten days before the election, now. Andrew Janz is a great progressive taking on a god-awful Trump-Republican. In addition to be no fan of treason, Andrew Janz is pro-choice, pro-immigration, pro-healthcare, pro-Dreamers and pro-DACA, pro- gun control and pro-education. And Janz is giving Nunes a run for his money. Please donate and support Janz’s campaign now.

STOPPING TRUMP STARTS WITH STOPPING THE GOP CONGRESS

As Devin Nunes’ interference makes clear, one of the best ways to stop Trump is by stopping his enablers in Congress. By getting rid of Devin Nunes, and taking back the House and possibly even the Senate, we not only stop people like Nunes from running interference for Trump, we also take over the reins of power, and the subpoena power that comes with it. That means that every Trump-related controversy that arises — from his ongoing graft, to his leaks of classified info to the Russians, to, most importantly, his election collusion with Russia, the Saudis, the Emiratis and more — all of that can and will be investigated by Democratic-run congressional committees. But that will only happen if we win. And we will only win if you help.

So please donate to Andrew Janz’s campaign to defeat Treason-Weasel Devin Nunes. And thanks.

JOHN

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GOP campaign consultant John Weaver on John McCain & the GOP Stockholm Syndrome under Trump http://americablog.com/2018/05/gop-campaign-consultant-john-weaver-on-john-mccain-the-gop-stockholm-syndrome-under-trump.html http://americablog.com/2018/05/gop-campaign-consultant-john-weaver-on-john-mccain-the-gop-stockholm-syndrome-under-trump.html#respond Mon, 21 May 2018 17:19:15 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144410 John Weaver is a longtime GOP presidential campaign manager (McCain 2000 & 2008 (for part of the campaign), Huntsman 2012, Kasich 2016) who, rare among campaign operatives, also nearly worked for the Democrats in the 2000s. A vocal Never-Trumper, John spoke to us today about John McCain and the “Stockholm Syndrome” grasp that Donald Trump […]

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John Weaver is a longtime GOP presidential campaign manager (McCain 2000 & 2008 (for part of the campaign), Huntsman 2012, Kasich 2016) who, rare among campaign operatives, also nearly worked for the Democrats in the 2000s.

A vocal Never-Trumper, John spoke to us today about John McCain and the “Stockholm Syndrome” grasp that Donald Trump has on today’s Republican party. John also talked to us about just how rare it is for a presidential campaign to have any foreign contacts at all, let alone the 75 contacts with Russians that Donald Trump’s campaign had, and then hid. We also talked to John about impeachment, which he favors if Mueller catches Trump with the goods, and his views of Karl Rove and Matt Schlapp. After John left, Cliff and I discuss North Korea, and Trump’s meltdown this weekend over his delusion that the FBI “infiltrated” his 2016 presidential campaign (they didn’t).

John rounds out our recent deeper-dive into the Never-Trump movement.

Hope you enjoy. (Image of John Weaver courtesy of C-Span.)

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It’s time for a somber national discussion about [INSERT LATEST MASS SHOOTING HERE] http://americablog.com/2018/05/its-time-for-a-somber-national-discussion-about-insert-latest-mass-shooting-here.html http://americablog.com/2018/05/its-time-for-a-somber-national-discussion-about-insert-latest-mass-shooting-here.html#respond Fri, 18 May 2018 15:39:06 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144407 This story, first published years ago, was inspired by some American mass-shooting long-forgotten. Sadly, we are forced to republish it on a regular basis. It’s time to have a somber national discussion about the [insert shooting tragedy here] tragedy. Before we get started, let’s go over a few basic ground rules. 1. In the wake of […]

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This story, first published years ago, was inspired by some American mass-shooting long-forgotten. Sadly, we are forced to republish it on a regular basis.

It’s time to have a somber national discussion about the [insert shooting tragedy here] tragedy.

Before we get started, let’s go over a few basic ground rules.

1. In the wake of the __________ tragedy, it’s time for us all to come together as a nation and not assign blame. This is not the time, for example, to talk about how it’s easier to purchase a gun in America than it is to vote, or buy French cheese. I fact-checked the graphic below, it’s for real:

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And I quote White House spokesman Jary Carney, speaking about the murder at Sandy Hook school in Newtown, Connecticut of at least 18 young children:

“I’m sure [there] will be rather a day for discussion of the usual Washington policy debates,but I don’t think today is that day,” Carney said.

Fortunately, President Obama’s subsequent statement was better.

GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan was true to for: “[Now] is not the time to jump to some conclusion [on legislation].”

Then there’s Trump White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders: “The only person with blood on their hands is the shooter. This isn’t a time for us to go after individuals or organizations.”

2. And we won’t tolerate any second guessing of the Second Amendment right to carry assault weapons, or questions about how the Framers could have possibly envisaged an assault rifle over 200 years ago, or why a “hunter” needs six thousand rounds of ammunition, or kevlar, or smoke grenades to kill a pheasant.

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Open -carry gun owner at JC Penney store in Utah. What could possibly go wrong?

3. While the shooter may have been inspired by political fliers showing the victim in cross hairs, or may have come unhinged by inflammatory rhetoric about how said victim was coming for the shooter’s guns, discussing such motivation at this sensitive moment would be completely inappropriate. Not to mention, disrespectful to the __________ victims.

Sarah Palin showed US Rep. Gabby Giffords' district in crosshairs shortly before Giffords was shot in the head and nearly killed in an assassination attempt.

Sarah Palin showed US Rep. Gabby Giffords’ district in crosshairs shortly before Giffords was shot in the head and nearly killed in an assassination attempt.

4. If the tragedy involved someone flying a plane into a government building, or for that matter blowing up a government building, now is not the time to discuss people like Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity or Donald Trump (no names, please), or Republicans generally (no political parties, please), incessantly trying to convince their audience that any government official, agency, or entire branch of government is evil and/or “un-American” and/or out to get them or our country or our freedom.

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5. And definitely don’t mention the Republican party’s frequent claim and/or insinuation, including suggestions from the GOP candidate himself, Mitt Romney, that the sitting Democratic President is a socialist, which in American parlance actually means “communist,” which actually means “Soviet,” which was America’s deadliest enemy out for our utter destruction.

Sure, it would be entirely understandable why someone would take up arms against a Soviet takeover of the United States, but a Democrat said something mean once about a Republican’s dog, or something, so aren’t both parties really to blame, thus making the charge moot?

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Tea Party rally. The Islamic symbol at the bottom right of the poster is a nice touch. Ira Bostic / Shutterstock.com

6. Never, ever mention the NRA.  Sure, they’ve proven themselves, time and again, incapable of passing laws that effectively keep guns out of the hands of crazy mass murderers, but that’s no reason to blame them for the _______ tragedy because it’s just too early to cast blame on anyone other than the shooter, who was obviously crazy, and thus this month’s anomaly.

Now, let’s discuss for a moment the race of the shooter and the race of the victims.

7. If the ______________ tragedy involved angry white men opening fire on brown people of faith, this is definitely not the time to replay clips of bombastic commentators and politicians getting white men in places like Kansas whipped into a frenzy over Manhattan’s zoning criteria for non-Christian houses of worship.

8. But feel free to discuss if all brown people, and thus the shooter, or his victims, were Muslims – sorry, I meant to say “radical Islamists.”  And even if neither was a Muslim, make sure you discuss that point incessantly – Muslim, Muslim, Muslim, Muslim – so as to eventually sow suspicion in the public’s mind as to whether there really is a Muslim angle to this story.

9. Speaking of which, this is not the time to discuss the more general fear mongering around words like “Muslim,” including the ongoing, successful, attempt by Republicans to convince their base that our dark-skinned former President is one.

Okay, I think we’re ready now to discuss the ______________ tragedy.

First off: It is entirely acceptable for a Republican to opine that the tragedy could have been averted had the victims all been armed (please disregard previous tragedies where armed police officers, or members of the military, were themselves injured by the shooter).

Second: Poignant, but ultimately meaningless, gestures such as lighting tragedy candles at nighttime vigils, and posting anti-gun petitions on Change.org, are to be encouraged.

Finally: Clutch your pearls, and all together now, ask the purely rhetorical question: “How could this happen?”

Forty-eight hours after the shooting, return to talking about Trump’s tweets and the latest Kardashian wedding until the next shooting occurs, then refer to point 1 above.

PS: If the victims of the ___________tragedy were black, ignore the above restrictions and take up a collection for the shooter’s defense fund.

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Guest Ohio Democratic party chair David Pepper on gerrymandering reform & his time with Putin http://americablog.com/2018/05/guest-ohio-democratic-party-chair-david-pepper-on-gerrymandering-reform-his-time-with-putin.html http://americablog.com/2018/05/guest-ohio-democratic-party-chair-david-pepper-on-gerrymandering-reform-his-time-with-putin.html#respond Thu, 17 May 2018 17:17:17 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144402 Cliff and I talk with Ohio Democratic party chair David Pepper. Our discussion includes: Ohio’s recent successful gerrymandering reform; David’s extensive Russian background, the three years he spent working with Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg, and his impressions of Putin; Russian election interference and how the Ohio case sadly mirrors the confusion and disinterest that […]

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Cliff and I talk with Ohio Democratic party chair David Pepper.

Our discussion includes: Ohio’s recent successful gerrymandering reform; David’s extensive Russian background, the three years he spent working with Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg, and his impressions of Putin; Russian election interference and how the Ohio case sadly mirrors the confusion and disinterest that Trump is showing the issue at the federal level; about a series of Ohio scandals that should help Democrats in November; and more generally a discussion of key Ohio races taking place this fall. And finally, David talks about his new book, “The Wingman.

Below is a 10-minute excerpt (about gerrymandering and Putin) of the 75-minute long episode. Premium patrons can listen to the entire episode, and support our podcast, here.

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Support LGBT hero Zach Wahls http://americablog.com/2018/05/support-lgbt-hero-zach-wahls.html http://americablog.com/2018/05/support-lgbt-hero-zach-wahls.html#respond Wed, 16 May 2018 23:27:59 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144398 As a straight college kid with two lesbian moms, Zach Wahls famously spoke out in favor of gay marriage before the Iowa House of Representatives back in 2012, when he was only 19 years old. Zach gave an amazing speech, you can check it out here. He then went on to lead a campaign, as a former […]

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As a straight college kid with two lesbian moms, Zach Wahls famously spoke out in favor of gay marriage before the Iowa House of Representatives back in 2012, when he was only 19 years old.

Zach gave an amazing speech, you can check it out here. He then went on to lead a campaign, as a former Eagle Scout, to successfully pressure the Boy Scouts to drop their gay ban. Zach is the real deal. He was there to help us when we needed him. And now he needs our help in return.

Zach is now running for the Iowa State Senate, and I’d like to ask you to support his campaign for a seat held by a Democrat who is not running for reelection. You can donate to Zach here.

Zach Wahls

If we want good Democrats, we need to elect them AND find them young, and get them involved in the political process early on. And they don’t get any better than Zach. I’ve gotten to know Zach over the years, and he’s an amazing young man who is going to go far in progressive politics. His top three issues for this race are health care, education, and workers’ rights. The primary is in just three weeks, and then the general election is in the fall.

No one is more deserving of our help than Zach. He was there for the LGBT community when most kids his age were worrying about final exams. Please join me in returning the favor by helping elect Zach to the Iowa State Senate. This guy is going to go far, so long as we help him. Please donate $25 or more to his campaign. And as this is a local race, your donation will go a LONG way — you can actually make a difference in electing the next generation of progressives. Support Zach now.

And do take a minute and watch Zach’s speech, at only 19 years of age, before the Iowa legislature. It’s still one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen. I think you’ll agree.

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