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Brian Miller
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WTF?

Let’s try this again. 

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That guy’s not wrong, team. 
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When Trump blatantly breaks a law, it'll be a rap. All his talk is cheap at this point.... he just likes to run his mouth. Embarrassing for this country.

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Even with redactions I don't see anyone feeling the necessity for mea culpas. The report doesn't totally exonerate by any stretch of the imagination.

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Mueller did not conclude that the president committed
a crime. Instead, in its 448 pages of legal analysis
and supporting evidence, his report detailed “multiple
acts by the President that were capable of exerting
undue influence over law enforcement investigations,
including the Russian-interference and obstruction
investigations.”

“The incidents were often carried out through one-on-
one meetings in which the President sought to use his
official power outside of usual channels.”

“The President’s efforts to influence the
investigation were mostly unsuccessful, but that is
largely because the persons who surrounded the
President declined to carry out orders or accede to
his requests,” the report said.

I have completely given up on anyone who can read
these statements and be left with unblinking loyalty
and continued goose-stepping.
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Mueller: I can't conclusively determine whether he committed a crime. If I was confident that there was no obstruction of justice, we would say so.
The president tried to influence this investigation but failed because his aides ignored him. The investigation established that the Russian government worked to secure a Trump victory and the Trump campaign expected to benefit from Russian efforts.
Trump: Total exoneration.


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What Fred said! I would note that many people don't consider their goose-stepping to be goose-stepping and that makes a huge difference.
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Beyond that, it’s plain to see obstruction or the suggestion of obstruction happened. Mueller states it, it’s just that he left it for congress to bring the charges against him. 

Look at it this way: no innocent person says, “my presidency is over. I’m fucked.” upon learning there’s a special council investigating you. 
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My big take away from today's news on the Mueller Report...

Mueller wrote, “If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, however, we are unable to reach that judgment.”

Hopefully Mueller will be able to speak about this in detail before a Congressional committee.  Smart questions will allow him to lay it out clearly for the American people.

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Look at it this way: no innocent person says, “my presidency is over. I’m fucked.” upon learning there’s a special council investigating you. 

As the Daily Show put it, that's what you say when there's a witch hunt and you're the witch. 
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So Trump introduced tariffs on aluminum and steel in January 2018, which he extended to include the EU in June of last year. Economists said it would hurt the US economy, but Trump said he loved tariffs and they were great.

A few weeks after the tariffs expanded to include the EU, the EU responded in kind by introducing its own tariffs on US products. Among the affected goods were bikes made by Harley Davison. Harley Davison decided to move production outside the US to avoid the tariffs. At the time, Trump accused Harley Davison of using the EU tariffs as an excuse to move production overseas.

This is what he tweeted at the time: "Surprised that Harley-Davidson, of all companies, would be the first to wave the White Flag. I fought hard for them and ultimately they will not pay tariffs selling into the E.U., which has hurt us badly on trade, down $151 Billion. Taxes just a Harley excuse - be patient!"

He then went on to threaten Harley Davison with extra taxes, writing :

"A Harley-Davidson should never be built in another country-never! Their employees and customers are already very angry at them. If they move, watch, it will be the beginning of the end - they surrendered, they quit! The Aura will be gone and they will be taxed like never before!"

Then in August, he said that plans for customers to boycott Harley Davison were 'great'.

Harley Davison has now announced a 27% drop in profit and said that US tariffs on raw materials have contributed to higher costs for the company.

So what is Trump's take on this now? His tweet today:

"Harley Davidson has struggled with Tariffs with the EU, currently paying 31%. They’ve had to move production overseas to try and offset some of that Tariff that they’ve been hit with which will rise to 66% in June of 2021.” @MariaBartiromo So unfair to U.S. We will Reciprocate!"

Selective memory?



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On a related note, Trump's administration has reached a deal to lift tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada (and Mexico)...


Once more, Trump creates an issue then takes credit for fixing what he created. *sigh*

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Trump now holds nation's infrastructure hostage and cops out of a leadership meeting to discuss needed legislation because the dirty truth about him is about to come out.


Donald “I don’t do cover ups” Trump - the man who payed off a Playboy model and porn star to stay quiet, and who’s personal fixer is going to prison for said cover up.

How proud the GOP must be of their big baby standard bearer.

-C!
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The thing is, what did Pelosi expect to happen, after holding a press conference minutes before the meeting and accusing Trump of a cover-up? She had to know that there's no way that he'd just sit there and take it. He's well-known for acting like a petulant child - so the other takeaway from all this is that Pelosi was also not really interested in infrastructure talks and intentionally sabotaged them ahead of time.
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Vinny, she treated him like Clinton and Nixon who both did not let the investigations and hearings disrupt the day to day operation of government and creation of new legislation. I would say she continues to give him rope to hang himself with.
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True, Clinton handled it much better (can't speak about Nixon since I wasn't really around for that). But I don't recall if Newt Gingrich held a press conference blasting Clinton minutes before a scheduled face-to-face meeting with him.
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I agree that Clinton never weathered Gingrich publicly blasting him prior to a meeting to hash out a bipartisan approach to spending, but I think there is enough prior behavior to assume Clinton would have handled it very differently. I would also fall back on the fact that Gingrich and the GOP were fighting a morality battle instead of trying to determine if actual crimes were committed.
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No disagreement on either point. I just see the press trying to frame yesterday as solely Trump's fault, but I don't think it's quite that simple. Pelosi is playing a dangerous game which could backfire if she's not careful. She intentionally goaded Trump into taking the bait of walking out of that meeting, which gives him more fodder for victimhood - and that's been his MO since taking office.
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It's a one-side horrible thing. They are out to get him.

So one sided that Mueller refused to make a decision one way or the other on whether he had obstructed justice. So one-sided. Which was then categorised by Trump as total exoneration. Which, to be fair, was not a one-sided representation of a multi-faceted issue...

...because it was a genuinely false comment.
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Trump planned his tantrum in advance, he even had some signs made up just for the occasion -


Pelosi is two steps ahead and Trump is just stumbling.

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..... which is so ridiculous in so many levels, since Manafort is
estimated to be forfeiting $36,000,000.... the infestation actually made
money.

If Trump were actually concerned about taxpayers, he’d be behaving
very differently, from his presidential actions to his redecorating the
White House to his good trips.
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...oddly Trump forgot to list the number of convictions and years of sentencing as a result of the investigation?
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There's a Mastercard ad in there somewhere.
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I've noticed that people who support Trump will often say about someone who doesn't; well, you just don't like him. I don't understand where this liking or not liking plays a part in political voting, which are really hiring, decisions... at least not in a mature world. Does it matter for instance if you need an operation that your surgeon be likable? If your home is broken into do you consider if the burglar might be a likable one? So why does it mean anything if Trump is or isn't likable? It seems like something entirely beyond the subject at hand to me, like all the attention about his or anyone else's hair-dos (and donts). Oddly though a lot of the Trump people will say how they just never 'liked' Hilary Clinton, they saw a lust for power in her eyes and presumably were unsympathetic to this mostly projected on quality, something up to interpretation. Remember Michael Dukakis looking a bit awkward in a helmet on a tank, or Howard Dean and his inauthentic rallying 'whoop'? Perhaps because it often takes such incredibly superficial, even entirely subjective, flaws sometimes for a Democrat to be criticized they project onto Democratic voters that they are being similarly fickle toward their Republican standard-bearer?

Well, let's see, who did everyone like if not Jimmy Carter? That's as close to Mister Rogers as the U.S. can get for a president. But was he actually any good? Could he do the job and work with the existing systems and routines? Not really unfortunately. Wonderful person but as an outsider with limited experience he was not really able to accomplish much of anything outside foreign relations and statesmanship, which you'd expect of someone likable. Except for exceptions; this doesn't seem to be a great trademark of president Trump, so perhaps even on an objective scale he isn't really so likable, or else it really doesn't seem to be a plus or minus for the job if he is in fact very likable.

One job where likability does count is in a salesman, a pitch man... or at least someone who can pretend like they're your pal, on your side, has your point of view and needs in mind. You aren't going to find a real sour puss doing well at telling you how great a product or service is. Trump uses that word great a lot, tells you that things can be great, will be great, just buy in and believe, have confidence (and if you don't you aren't giving him a chance) so maybe he's not so much likable as a salesman? How is it having a salesman for your leader? Do you feel like he is out there selling the American dream, or is he selling something else, himself, team Trump, to you? Is it about what the U.S. and democracy is or is it more a branding exercise about how popular and likable this brand is over that other brand?

I really just don't care about liking or not liking the people we are empowering to run things for all of us. All I want is someone competent, someone with experience and a solid track record, not loads of sales pamphlets and glowing biographies written by paid professionals. I want someone who doesn't have to sell themselves to me so much, doesn't have to kiss babies and have their name on balloons even maybe; did any of that ever really win a vote? If so it seems a very silly standrad to go by. I want someone who has a solid resume, can point to work they've done in the past that would apply to the position in question. Call me goofy but I could even dislike the person for whatever superficial reason, despise their hair cut or the way they pronounce certain consonants, but if I otherwise respected them and thought they could do the job well, they'd get my vote.

Maybe I just miss Andy Rooney. He used to deliver thoughts like this on 60 Minutes, could at his best cut through a lot of hot hair and hype and get down to those brass tax, and with a dash of humor. I kind of wonder what he might've had to say about some of the current political circus we're living through? Jeanne Moos and Jake Tapper are making tries at this on CNN, but they were long ago branded the Clinton's news network so it's more preaching to the converted there. 60 Minutes was one of the last shows most people seemed able to stomach... you could imagine Rush Limbaugh and Rachel Maddow viewers alike tuning in. I don't think there's anything like that around still today if it's no longer 60 Minutes.

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