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Rachel Maddow Warns That Trump Is Deteriorating At An Alarming Rate Due To Impeachment – Politics USA

Donald Trump has always been an unstable and erratic person, but Rachel Maddow pointed out on Monday night that he appears to be deteriorating at an alarming rate as the impeachment process ramps up. The MSNBC host said, “As this impeachment proceeding goes forward and does not slow down and continues to turn up more negative information about the president and his behavior, we are seeing some even weirder than usual behavior by the president.”
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Ivanka Trump Pretends Daddy Is Fighting For American Workers – Crooks and Liars

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Barbie, er, I mean Ivanka Trump (sorry, all that plastic gets me confused sometimes) appeared on the Fox Business Network where Trish Regan asked her the softball question of what her thoughts were about her daddy abut to be impeached.

Ivanka’s well-scripted and well-rehearsed reply was to the effect that it was all about priorities, and how her Daddy’s priorities were about fighting for the American workers and to improve the life of every person living in this country.

Now, I could go on and write forever about the stagnant job growth, the shrinking of wages, all the layoffs…

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Giuliani Associates Won’t Voluntarily Comply With House Impeachment Requests – TPM

Two of the south Florida businessmen who helped Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani with his pressure campaign against the Ukrainian government don’t intend to voluntarily comply with House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry requests, the Miami Herald reported Monday.  Both Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman don’t plan to respond to the House’s Monday deadline for documents and will not appear for testimony on Thursday and Friday this week.....
Meghan McCain Rips GOP’s ‘Feckless, Unpatriotic Cowards’ In Scathing Takedown – Huffpost
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Meghan McCain Rips GOP’s ‘Feckless, Unpatriotic Cowards’ In Scathing Takedown – Huffpost

Meghan McCain added her voice to the growing chorus of conservatives condemning the Trump administration’s decision to step aside as Turkey gears up to invade Syria ― a potential death sentence for the Kurdish fighters who have been an American ally in the battle against ISIS. “Right now we’re just saying we’re just going to leave (the Kurds) and abandon them,” the co-host of ABC’s “The View” said Monday. McCain blasted as “feckless, unpatriotic cowards” fellow Republicans and current White House officials who were “mad that President
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Which Democratic Presidential Candidate Was Mentioned Most In The News Last Week? – Five Thirty Eight

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Former Vice President Joe Biden is still getting the lion’s share of media coverage relative to other candidates, according to data from the TV News Archive, which splits cable news coverage across the three networks we monitor — CNN, Fox News and MSNBC — into 15-second clips, and Media Cloud, a database of online news stories. Biden’s share of cable news clips and online news stories decreased from last week, but he was still mentioned more on cable news than every other candidate combined.

Much of the recent coverage of Biden emerged in response to news of President…

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From all-in Trumpers to the lone critic: The four GOP factions on Trump and Ukraine – The Washington Post

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Republicans in Washington are coalescing around President Trump as he faces an impeachment investigation over allegations that he used his presidential authority to get Ukraine to help him politically. But there are cracks.

1. The all-in Trumpers

This group defends Trump at all costs. But the more serious these allegations get, the more they are resorting to factually misleading or incorrect statements about the allegations, and/or unproved theories, and/or discrediting the anonymous whistleblower, and/or focusing on the Democratic face of the investigation, House Intelligence…

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POLITICO Playbook: Who in the White House will take the fall – POLITICO

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SNEAK PEEK … THE PRESIDENT’S WEEK … Monday: THE PRESIDENT will participate in a welcome ceremony for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Virginia. He will have lunch with VP Mike Pence…

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GOP Uses Impeachment To Fleece, 'Fundraise' – Crooks and Liars

GOP Uses Impeachment To Fleece, 'Fundraise' – Crooks and Liars

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Follow the Ameros!

That didn’t take long:

“Republicans are latching onto conservative outrage over the push to impeach President Donald Trump — and turning it into a 2020 fundraising bonanza. Trump’s reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee on Tuesday sent an array of fundraising emails inviting conservatives to donate and join the ‘Official Impeachment Defense Task Force,’ which was described as a group ‘made up of only President Trump’s most LOYAL supporters, the ones committed to fighting for him, re-electing him, and taking back the…

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Schiff: Intel IG Is Completely Stymied By OLC Opinion Protecting Trump – TPM

Schiff: Intel IG Is Completely Stymied By OLC Opinion Protecting Trump – TPM

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Thanks to a Justice Department opinion, the intelligence community’s inspector general does not believe he has jurisdiction over the whistleblower’s complaint that’s thrown the House into an impeachment investigation, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) said Thursday.

Rather, because the DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel deemed the President not to be a part of the intelligence community, he is above investigation from the inspector general, Schiff suggested during testimony from Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire.

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Whistleblower Complaint Also Raises Concerns About How WH Handled Ukraine Call – TPM

Whistleblower Complaint Also Raises Concerns About How WH Handled Ukraine Call – TPM

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The explosive whistleblower complaint at the center of Democrats’ impeachment inquiry raises concerns about more than just an apparent “promise” President Trump made during a call with the president of Ukraine in July, The New York Times reported.

According to two people briefed on the complaint who spoke to the Times, the document also raises concerns about how the White House handled its records of the call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The whistleblower reportedly points out several White House officials who observed Trump’s behavior and could…

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DNI Mcguire Doesn’t Deny That He Spoke To Trump About Whistleblower Complaint – Politics USA

DNI Mcguire Doesn’t Deny That He Spoke To Trump About Whistleblower Complaint – Politics USA

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Under questioning, the acting Director of National Intelligence, Joseph Mcguire did not deny that he spoke to Trump about the whistleblower complaint.

When asked by Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) if he spoke to Trump about the complaint, Mcguire answered, “My conversations with the president, because I am the Director of National Intelligence, are privileged and it would be inappropriate for me because it would destroy my relationship with the president in intelligence matters to divulge any of my conversations with the president of the United States.”

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California sues Trump over climate-warming tailpipe emissions rollback – Boingboing

California sues Trump over climate-warming tailpipe emissions rollback – Boingboing

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California and 23 other states are suing to stop the Trump administration’s shocking legal reversal of states’ authority to set their own rules on climate-warming tailpipe emissions.

Proud to be in California today.

States joining the California lawsuit include:

• Colorado
• Illinois
• Maryland
• Massachusetts
• Nevada
• North Carolina
• New Mexico
• New York
• Oregon
• Washington
• Wisconsin
• Pennsylvania
• Michigan

From Coral Davenport at the New York Times:

The lawsuit represents the starting gun in a sweeping legal battle over states’ rights and…

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Rachel Maddow Busts Corey Lewandowski As A Criminal And Crushes His Hopes Of A Senate Seat – Politics USA

Rachel Maddow Busts Corey Lewandowski As A Criminal And Crushes His Hopes Of A Senate Seat – Politics USA

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Rachel Maddow said on Tuesday night that former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski revealed himself to be a criminal liar during his House testimony.

The MSNBC host pointed out that either Lewandowski lied to special counsel Robert Mueller or he lied to the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

Either way, the former Trump campaign manager lied under oath, which is criminal behavior.

“Being under oath to Congress and being under oath to the FBI – you can’t tell different stories without criminally lying in one of those circumstances,” Maddow pointed…

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PA GOP State Senator Arrested On Charges Of Possessing Child Pornography – Crooks and Liars

PA GOP State Senator Arrested On Charges Of Possessing Child Pornography – Crooks and Liars

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Another upstanding Republican with his personal demons. And of course, he went to an evangelical college — that trajectory is almost predictable by now. Via the Morning Call:

A Pennsylvania state senator was arrested Tuesday on child pornography possession charges, the state attorney general announced.

State Sen. Michael Folmer, 63, R-Lebanon, was charged with sexually abusing children, child porn possession and criminally using a communication facility. Bail was set at $25,000, but it wasn’t immediately clear if Folmer posted it.

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Ex-GOP Rep Says Corey Lewandowski Just Gave Dems The First Article Of Impeachment Against Trump – Politics USA

Ex-GOP Rep Says Corey Lewandowski Just Gave Dems The First Article Of Impeachment Against Trump – Politics USA

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While Corey Lewandowski tried to turn Tuesday’s hearing into a political circus – with the help of the Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee – a former GOP lawmaker says what he really did was give Democrats the first article of impeachment against Donald Trump.

During a discussion with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, former Republican Rep. David Jolly said Lewandowski outed himself as a liar, but he also gave the committee some major ammunition in their ongoing impeachment investigation.

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Huge House Investigation Launched Into Trump Scheme To Blackmail Ukraine Into Investigating Biden – Politics USA

Huge House Investigation Launched Into Trump Scheme To Blackmail Ukraine Into Investigating Biden – Politics USA

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A huge three committee investigation has been launched into the Trump/Giuliani scheme to blackmail Ukraine into investigating Joe Biden.

Chairmen Eliot L. Engel of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Adam B. Schiff of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and Elijah E. Cummings of the Committee on Oversight and Reform sent the following letter to the White House and State Department demanding records on Trump’s scheme:

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The Chairmen wrote, “A growing public record indicates that, for nearly two years, the…

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Paul Horner, the face of fake news, dies a lonely death – Salon

Paul Horner, the face of fake news, dies a lonely death – Salon

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Paul Horner, the 38-year-old “satire” writer was found dead last week after a short, comet-like career of producing fake news, some of which may have very well influenced President Donald Trump’s 2016 electoral victory. Local authorities — who discovered him in his bed — suspect a drug overdose as cause of death, surmising no foul play, CBS News reports.

He — or someone using his fake byline of “Jimmy Rustling” — was still publishing to abcnews.com.co as recently as September 15.

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Republicans Start Freaking Out As Their Donors Are Exposed – TYT

Republicans Start Freaking Out As Their Donors Are Exposed – TYT

Subscribe to The Ring of Fire: https://www.youtube.com/theringoffireRepublicans aren’t happy that Democrats are releasing the names of people and businesses who support Donald Trump, pretending that they don’t know that this information is public record and anyone with an internet connection has access to it. They are pretending to be outraged because they know that they could be next, and that scares them. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.

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Morning Digest: GOP holds historically red North Carolina district in do-over special election – Daily Kos

Morning Digest: GOP holds historically red North Carolina district in do-over special election – Daily Kos

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GA-Sen-A, GA-Sen-B: Investigative filmmaker Jon Ossoff, who narrowly lost the famous 2017 special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, announced on Monday evening that he would vie for the Democratic nomination to take on Republican Sen. David Perdue next year.

As he did when he ran for the House, Ossoff kicked off his campaign with a high-profile endorsement from Rep. John Lewis, the legendary civil rights leader whose congressional office he once interned for.

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Trump fires John Bolton's moustache – Boingboing

Trump fires John Bolton's moustache – Boingboing

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President Trump this morning fired John Bolton, his national security mustache. Trump cited various disagreements with him over policy.

I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House. I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore. … I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning. I thank John very much for his service. I will be naming a new National Security Advisor next week.

After his firing, Bolton immediately tweeted that he had tried to resign last…

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