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Eric Ladd
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Posted: 02 April 2018 at 2:46pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

 Mark Waldman wrote:
Dowd resigning - obviously it would seem he doesn't want to be part of this..


There is another possible reason that I have seen put forth. Back on December 2nd of last year a Tweet on Rump's account said, "I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI". There was more to the Tweet, but the problem is that the Tweet indicated Rump knew Flynn had lied to the FBI and he still went to Comey and told him to back off of the investigation. The very next day, Dowd claimed that he wrote that Tweet. It seems odd that a lawyer would go onto a client's Twitter account and make an incriminating statement like that, but Dowd claimed to have written the Tweet. At this point, we can assume he made this claim in order to prevent Rump from incriminating himself.

Now that Mueller is starting to call people to council he could very easily call Dowd to testify and put him into a very tight situation. If Dowd did not write the tweet and Mueller specifically asks him about it then Dowd has to either lie and say he did write it or he has to tell the truth and incriminate Rump. He would not be able to claim attorney-client privilege because he publicly stated he wrote the Tweet. So the easiest way to avoid being put between a rock and a hard place is to stop being Rump's lawyer. I'm sure there were points of disagreement for Dowd and his client, but this point could also be a reason why Dowd left.
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Posted: 04 April 2018 at 1:08pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

In Oregon now, seems to be a lot of people upset about Trump attacking Amazon and stuff. Stocks losing value with some. 
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Posted: 04 April 2018 at 1:25pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Among Trump's various flaws is a predilection for doubling down when things go wrong. The stock market clearly doesn't like his tariffs or the possibility of a trade war. Now that China has demonstrated it will respond in kind, things are likely only going to go one way (though we are seeing a big bounce on Wall Street this afternoon).

In terms of the Amazon criticism, I'm not so worried. He's criticised other individual companies by tweet before and it's resulted in a temporary blip in the share price and then everyone moves on, including Trump. If he wants to change the law regarding online retailers, he should just get on with it, rather than shouting about it on Twitter.
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Posted: 06 April 2018 at 1:19pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Lo and behold, Trump has now floated the idea of $100 billion more of tariffs against China and the Dow Jones is down close to 3%.
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Posted: 07 April 2018 at 12:07am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

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Posted: 07 April 2018 at 7:48am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

It might be amusing if 45's harassment is the catalyst that causes Amazon to finally develop their own delivery system internally instead of using the U.S. Postal Service. Especially if Amazon offers delivery of standard parcels to users too. Everyone knows how reliable the Post Office is*.... how happy would the USPS be if people started using AmazonMail (tm pending)?

*Actually, the USPS is pretty good, but we only hear the bad reports... and those can be really nasty. But who knows if Trump wants USPS shut down too? Maybe he WILL put the sloths in charge of it...
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Posted: 09 April 2018 at 2:38pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

The FBI have raided the offices of Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen.
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Posted: 09 April 2018 at 4:57pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

oh boy
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Posted: 09 April 2018 at 8:20pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Trump angrily denounces the FBI raid on his lawyer’s office as “an attack on our country and all  we stand for.”

Never heard him get worked up like that about the Russians! Go figure.

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Posted: 09 April 2018 at 8:34pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

A) Mueller’s out by the end of the week 
B) the US will bomb the absolute shit out of Syria no later than Wednesday to divert attention away from him canning Mueller
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Trump angrily denounces the FBI raid on his lawyer’s office as “an attack on our country and all  we stand for.”

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Pearl Harbor, 9/11, Russian hacks....  THOSE were attacks on our country.  THAT is going after the guys who ignored an attack on our country and is/was (possibly?  probably?) assisting in it.
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Posted: 09 April 2018 at 9:54pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

It's Monday. This feels like it's going to be a roller coaster of week. 

Sessions, Rosenstein, and Mueller all seem like it's only a matter of time before Trump unleashes his wrath on them.

Brian, my fear is that you're absolutely correct about Syria. He's been itching for a war since day one, and this presents an "opportunity" for him.
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Posted: 10 April 2018 at 9:11am | IP Logged | 13 post reply

Brian M. - if Trump (or Sessions) fires Mueller, Trump's next act may as well be to start packing up his bags and children to leave office. The writing on the wall would be in neon green and billboard sized on the side of the Lincoln Memorial. The obstruction of justice and presumed acknowledgment of guilt would force Congress to begin impeachment proceedings... they just couldn't ignore it.

That's part of why the FBI was not dispatched by Mueller... so even if he's fired, there's still some other agency digging into Trump's dirty work.

This stagecoach is running uncontrolled downhill towards that cliff, and even the occasional turns and twists aren't going to stop its fall... merely delay it. That dirty S.O.B. is in BIG trouble, and his endless tweets of denials and claims of "Fake News" can't do anything about it.
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Posted: 10 April 2018 at 9:31am | IP Logged | 14 post reply

 Eric Sofer wrote:
...The obstruction of justice and presumed acknowledgment of guilt would force Congress to begin impeachment proceedings... they just couldn't ignore it...


I wish that were true. I used to believe we really did have a system of checks and balances, but the past year and a half has proven to me I was delusional about that.

Trump bragged he could shoot someone in Times Square and get away from it. Considering everything he has gotten away with so far, I think he really would get away with such a thing. Congress facilitates his nonsense, it hasn't done a damn thing to stop him. I doubt they'll truly do anything if he fires Mueller but give lip service.
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Posted: 10 April 2018 at 11:28am | IP Logged | 15 post reply

Matt, you may be right. But I think that the Republicans couldn't condone an actual (and obvious, and stupid) criminal in the White House; they can't hitch their wagon to a black hole. I could be wrong - Americans have overlooked some tremendous failures and flaws - but I think business ties would start to strangle some Congress critters a bit too much.
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Posted: 10 April 2018 at 4:04pm | IP Logged | 16 post reply

I googled "Hitler reacts to Michael Cohen raid" but all the results were about Trump.
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Posted: 11 April 2018 at 9:30am | IP Logged | 17 post reply

Paul Ryan is done.

He secured a $1.5 trillion tax cut for his 1% overlords, including the including the Kochs. Those were the people he represented, not the 99% of Americans he was supposed to represent in "The People's House."

Good riddance to this spineless hypocrite.


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Posted: 11 April 2018 at 11:37pm | IP Logged | 18 post reply

Wow....


LINK!


I wonder who the unnamed congressman is? Wow.
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Posted: 15 April 2018 at 10:07am | IP Logged | 19 post reply

Slimeball? Yes, what dignified, presidential language:


This is like Bizarro World. Heads of state and heads of government are supposed to be diplomatic, dignified, etc. If I were a head of state, who perhaps wanted a trade deal with 45, I would not want to be dealing with a person who, if negotiations turned sour, might call me a slimeball.

When is he going to grow up? I bet you his staff, and Pence, are shaking their heads constantly. 
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Posted: 16 April 2018 at 3:04pm | IP Logged | 20 post reply

Michael Cohen's third client is Sean Hannity?


Wow.


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Posted: 30 April 2018 at 8:43am | IP Logged | 21 post reply

People are flipping out because a lady (*comedian hired to roast*) said how she felt about people who suppress and manipulate the truth at an event about celebrating free speech.


Sanders earned that little scorcher... on a daily basis, she misleads the country in the most flagrant ways. Anyone upset by the roast isn't paying attention to the ones doing the REAL harm.

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Posted: 30 April 2018 at 10:03am | IP Logged | 22 post reply

Yes, you can make one or two mistakes on one 'side' and have them equal a thousand plus on the other... that's why sides are dumb ultimately. I don't think most 'conservatives' have actually been conservative for the past thirty or more years anyway, their 'side' is mostly about something else or even plain ridiculous fantasies that work only on their pieces of paper built on leaving out half the information and half the people usually.

That press dinner gala and all the attention it gets pretty much is just going to reinforce the reactionary alt-side loosely aligned behind Trump and /or the Republican party that's left... the insider swamp on lurid display. They would simply invent stuff to be outraged over if someone hadn't said anything risable, plus cook up more insidious conspiracies by taking everything and anything out of context.

So I guess I'm saying going to the far end of a plank is not the best way to balance things. As hard as it might be to not name-call back... who is the competent adult?
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Posted: 30 April 2018 at 10:42am | IP Logged | 23 post reply

Kathy Griffin's Twitter feed on the correspondence dinner and reaction seem right on the money to me.
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Posted: 08 May 2018 at 1:12pm | IP Logged | 24 post reply

Well, Trump just burned all our allies, who worked very hard to structure this nuclear deal with Iran. Oil prices have been rising and are at a 3 year high.


Getting out of the Iran deal is going to hike oil prices further. Who stands to benefit the most with the increase in oil prices? Russia and Saudi Arabia.

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But it was a bad deal, Charles, and if there’s one thing Trump knows, it’s deals. 🙄
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