Trump Defends Son's Meeting as 'Opposition Research,' Obamacare Replacement Effort Gets Even More Confusing Somehow, Emmy Nominees Announced: P.M. Links

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    In France, President Donald Trump defended Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer during the campaign as "opposition research."

  • Once they struggled to present alternatives to Obamacare. Now Republicans have too many alternatives.
  • Apparently Hillary Clinton ally and pundit Paul Begala thinks President Donald Trump should consider bombing Russia in response to their election meddling. That might sound crazy, but Russia wouldn't be able to interfere with other countries' democratic processes if the entire world were a smoking, radioactive crater. That's some next-level strategy!
  • Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala was pulled over by police and they didn't really have a decent explanation why they ran her tag in the first place (she was not accused of any traffic violations). The body cam footage of the encounter has gone viral.
  • A federal court has overturned the 2015 corruption conviction of former Democratic New York State Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver.
  • The Emmy nominees were announced today. The Leftovers and Legion were robbed. Robbed!
  • Fresh Kid Ice, founding member of 2 Live Crew, a rap group near and dear to supporters of the First Amendment, has died at age 53.

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  1. In France, President Donald Trump defended Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer during the campaign as “opposition research.”

    That’s right, Mr. President. Don’t let those Frenchmen talk you into surrendering.

    1. Hello.

      Everyday I thank the Lord Lou Reed is still with us.

      1. You thank the Lord Lou Reed who is still with us?

  2. The Huffington Post is doing what Hillary Clinton never did: they’re putting on their Jane Goodall hat and going on an anthropological tour of that dark, vast, mysterious, and potentially deadly expanse of America that lies between Interstate 5 and Interstate 95. They’re charmingly calling it “Listen to America: a HuffPost Road Trip”, as the first part of what is allegedly a new and less rabidly partisan direction.

    First stop on the great expedition: St. Louis, Missouri, the Gateway to the West. Here’s hoping they don’t meet some horrible fate like falling in a tar pit or getting eaten by cannibals!

    1. Or worse, eating St. Louis-style pizza.

      1. dude. Imo’s fucking rocks.

      2. At first, I thought this to be a joke. My brief research indicates that, apparently, I was raised on St. Louis-style pizza.

        I swear to God if I discover pizza with noodles and meat sauce on top is a thing, I may have to murder someone.

        1. If Jeff Sessions had a decent bone in his body he would be enforcing some sort of anti-“how dare you call this Midwestern vomit pizza?” law.

          1. I see no problem with officers hopping the fence of someone’s backyard and firing a dozen rounds to dispatch three hot dogs with ketchup. Any innocent bystanders should’ve known better.

      3. Scott,
        Thin crust pizza rocks. And it’s better for you then the Chicago style casserole.

      4. Hmm. When I was in Chicago, all the local family Italian places had the thin, crispy crust pizza cut in squares. Looked like this:

        http://www.chicagopizzaproject…..zeria.html

        Great stuff.

        1. When I was in Chicago, all the local family Italian places had the thin, crispy crust pizza cut in squares.

          The culture is decidedly St. Louis-style friendly. I think it has to do with finger foods and silverware and/or the ability to capably support several inches of toppings.

        2. they migrated from STL

          1. I don’t think so. I haven’t had pizza in St Louis, but Chicago pub-style pizza doesn’t have the ‘Provel’ cheese or super-crispy cracker crust.

      5. All of God’s pizzas are pretty good. I was actually disappointed with how normal and good Imo’s was when I finally had it. It had been hyped up as so disgusting, and then I got a cracker with bunch of meat on it. I was okay with it.

        1. JUST NO PINEAPPLES OR CUCUMBERS.

          1. Pineapple + pepperoni rules. Obviously, you’re either high or not high enough, to know what the fuck you’re talking about with pizza.

            Never seen cucumber as a topping, but if you’re gunna go there, zucchini would seem to be better match with cheese and pasta sauce.

            Mushrooms are the real tragedy on pizza, no flavor is ever improved with that mushy taste of decomposed weather stripping.

            1. Oh pipedown. You must be new around here. Little secret: Lotsa pop culture references around here andi if it’s gonna go over your head – swoosh! – best you hang around here a little longer.

              Oh and…

              I’m Italian.

              And no. Pineapple isn’t a fucking proper topping no matter what you say.

    2. Interesting. Won’t do them much good if all they do after is head back into their bubble with a few new stories of the great expanses though. Really, if they want to make a difference they need to change their hiring policy and get some new blood into their news room.

    3. How quickly we forget Hillary’s “listening tour” of the mysterious interior of New York State, most of which in fact lies west of I-95. She probably figured she learned all she needed to know about America as a senator.

      1. And her van trip to Iowa, where she held mini-town halls with all varieties of folks (who just happened to be democratic party staffers). And disguised herself at a fast food place so she wouldn’t have to interact with the commoners.

        1. She even ate at Chipotle!

      2. “”She probably figured she learned all she needed to know about America as a senator.””

        That statement assumes a level of caring about people Clinton does not have.

    4. Roll’em up, honky lips!

    5. Maybe they can FINALLY visit my hometown, since they’ve done half a dozen articles slandering it over the years.

      editor’s note: we have maybe a dozen klan assholes who live 20 minutes outside of town in the woods, and who occasionally put up billboards that say shit like “Diversity is a Code Word for White Genocide”. The fact that we can’t legally stop them from renting billboards has lead to MANY publications, including HuffPo, to write MANY stories about ‘The Most Racist Town in America” – and yet, for some odd reason, they can never find the time to actually visit for their exposes on a bunch of bigoted rubes they’ve never come within 500 miles of.

      They have no problem pointing out that the town is 95% white, and speculating on the horror show it must be for that other 5% who inexplicably continues living there…they just can’t be bothered to actually meet or speak to any.

  3. Hello. I’M HERE FOR THE BEST TRUMP FELLATIO EVAH

  4. In France, President Donald Trump defended Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer during the campaign as “opposition research.”

    If Trump was actually a Stalin/Hitler clone he’d just kill Donny Jr. to make a point to the plebs.

  5. Reposting from earlier because it’s what America needs: Kid Rock hints at potential run for Senate, because WHY THE FUCK NOT.

    1. “A troubled man for troubled times.”

      1. Kid Rock is Batman?

        1. The closest we’ll get. [stares into sunset]

          1. [stares into sunset]

            You’ll go blind if you do that too much.

            Wait…are we still doing euphemisms?

        2. We had our superhero, but he is gone, buried under a pile of tape measures.

          1. Bill Belichick is still with us.

    2. Is it too early to fill out a Dwayne Johnson/Rob Ritchie 2020 ballot?

  6. Once they struggled to present alternatives to Obamacare. Now Republicans have too many alternatives.

    If the insurance lobbyists could cobble together all their wishlists into Obamacare, I’m sure they can do the same for Trumpcare.

  7. Once they struggled to present alternatives to Obamacare. Now Republicans have too many alternatives.

    Lots of options, very little substance. (I imagine)

    1. You’ll be sick of all the options, they’re so great.

    2. I think the best way to turn many people against Obamacare is to enforce it. Don’t have insurance? We’ll apply your tax return check toward the fine.

  8. Clinton family ally Paul Begala on Wednesday evening seemingly suggested President Trump should consider bombing Russia in response to the Kremlin’s meddling in the 2016 election. … “If I was Trump, I would be mad because it has tainted his victory.”

    You know who else had a tainted victory?

    1. Lance Armstrong?

      1. Beautiful.

      2. The perfect answer on so many levels.

  9. Apparently Hillary Clinton ally and pundit Paul Begala thinks President Donald Trump should consider bombing Russia in response to their election meddling.

    Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Russky-stan…

  10. Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala was pulled over by police and they didn’t really have a decent explanation why they ran her tag in the first place (she was not accused of any traffic violations). The body cam footage of the encounter has gone viral.

    *ahem* Fuck. The. Police.

  11. Paul Begala thinks President Donald Trump should consider bombing Russia in response to their election meddling.

    I liked him better when he was played by Chris Kattan.

  12. Trump should consider bombing Russia in response to their election meddling

    Dems aren’t exactly helping their case against firing up another war.

  13. Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala was pulled over by police and they didn’t really have a decent explanation why they ran her tag in the first place (she was not accused of any traffic violations).

    Florida Man’s tax dollars will soon be funding an exemption database that will allow police to get instant alerts when running a plate on who not to pull over.

    1. Why wasn’t she driving around with government plates? Or because she was black they must have assumed she stole car?

      1. State-Attorneying While Black.

      2. If it’s like here in Colorado the King’s Men (and Women) can remove their license plates from the state’s database so the plebes can’t find them. Because…FYTW?

    2. If you can’t fabricate solid probable cause to pull over a black person, you shouldn’t be a cop, anyway. We have standards, here.

  14. Now Republicans have too many alternatives.

    Probably due to tee many martoonies, emirite?

  15. The Emmy nominees were announced today. The Leftovers and Legion were robbed. Robbed!

    Halfway through Leftovers and I’m still waiting for the apparent good shit. I mostly started watching cause I was hypnotized by Justin Theroux abs.

    1. Halfway through the first season? The series? The third season?

      The first season is its own thing. That thing may be your thing, but it becomes a very different show once they leave the book and go full Lindelof.

      1. The series. I’m in the second season. I haven’t been particularly wow’d (‘cept for those abs) nor has my mind been blown.

        Season 1 ending was creepy af — but that doesn’t do it for me.

        That Iris DeMent intro song tho is lit.

        1. The show never gets better than that opening credits + song.

          If “Lens” doesn’t knock you on your ass, the show’s probably not for you. Though I should be clear that the show’s not about blowing minds, more about reducing you to a mess.

    2. I was hypnotized by Justin Theroux abs.

      And he wrote Tropic Thunder.

      *swoon*

      1. And he was the villain in Wanderlust, his finest role.

        1. Wrong. The true villain in that movie is dirty talk.

          1. erection selection heh

    3. I watched like 5 episodes when it came out. I was convinced nothing would ever actually happen so I stopped. I heard that in like season 3 or whatever, you actually get some kind of explanation, but who cares? The entire story and premise was stupid from the beginning and nothing about the show was any good.

    4. “international Assassin” will be the litmus test for whether or not you should continue watching into season 3. I loved it, but then again I also liked the Tony Soprano dream episodes

  16. The Leftovers and Legion were robbed.

    The Leftovers, admittedly, this season was not terrible. I couldn’t get my interest up for Legion. WHERE WAS WOLVERINE? WHERE WAS CAPTAIN AMERICA?

    1. YOU SAW X’S WHEELCHAIR, WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT??

    2. Legion was a weekly mind-fuck. Superfun.

      1. If you want mind fuck, I recommend Twin Peaks. It’s like Lynch saw Legion and said “hold my beer.”

        1. funny. gracias.

        2. It’s like Lynch saw Legion and said “hold my beer.”

          I doubt Lynch ever watched Legion.

        3. No, Noah Hawley watched Twin Peaks. Then David Lynch came back after watching Legion, The Leftovers, Lost, and The Sopranos’ dream sequences (all very Lynchian), and said “Hold my acid”, and now we get to watch a show where I was mesmerized watching a man sweep a floor for 2 minutes

    3. The Leftovers, admittedly, this season was not terrible.

      ORLY? Because season 1 was pure shit.

  17. Fresh Kid Ice, founding member of 2 Live Crew, a rap group near and dear to supporters of the First Amendment, has died at age 53.

    (Moment of Silence)

    1. Pussy ain’t nothing but meat on the bones, suck it out, fuck it out leave it alone – 2 Live Crew

      They were true greats of that era. Miami Booty Bass lost a god today.

      Bushwick Bill better not die anytime soon.

  18. A federal court has overturned the 2015 corruption conviction of former Democratic New York State Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver.

    Someone just now realized this was a Democrat?

  19. Dear Leader on the Russian lawyer that met with Jr.: “The lawyer that went to the meeting, I see that she was in the halls of Congress. Also, somebody said that her visa or her passport to come into the county was approved by Attorney General Lynch…Now maybe that’s wrong, I just heard that a little while ago, but I was a little surprised to hear that. So she was here because of Lynch.”

    Jesus Christ, so that’s what Lynch was talking about with Bill Clinton when she met with her old boss on the plane. How to trip up Dear Leader by tying Dear Leader Jr. to a Russian lawyer that he’d never heard of. Does the perfidy of the KKKLINTONS know no bounds?

  20. Apparently Hillary Clinton ally and pundit Paul Begala thinks President Donald Trump should consider bombing Russia in response to their election meddling.

    What do you think James Bond’s role would be in this scenario?

    1. Shaken, not stirred?

      1. That was my baby nickname.

    2. Seize the ISS with the help of a beautiful, and willing, Scottish astronaut.

      1. Nice.

        I think he would roger Huma into giving him some information.

    3. Meet with Ivanka to straighten things out?

  21. Hillary Clinton ally and pundit Paul Begala

    Clearly, the voice of calm, rational sanity.

  22. This WWI History Podcast is Better Than Any Textbook

    For this “war to end all wars” that resulted in more than 17 million deaths and 20 million injuries, I particularly want to understand how people can bring themselves and their societies to such lows of death and destruction. I want to understand how they survived those lows, how they resisted those lows, and how they showed humanity in the face of them.

    It seems I’ve found a (mostly) kindred spirit in Dan Carlin, host of the long-form award-winning podcast Hardcore History and creator of the recent six-part World War One series “A Blueprint for Armageddon.”

    I give Carlin the vaunted “Crusty stamp of approval.”

    1. It’s mushroom-shaped, isn’t it.

        1. Hence the scarred palms.

    2. I second that Crusty, Dan Carlin is an A+ podcaster.

      1. Let us press our stamps of approval together!

        1. You just want to find out if docking is a real thing, don’t you.

          1. He wants to find out if sounding is a real thing.

        2. Don’t do it, Half-Virtue! Crusty just palmed a Chinese finger trap.

          1. Thanks I couldn’t think of a reason to not do it… wait they cured AIDS right?

      2. I finally agree with the masses.

        His series on the Persians was straight balls.

    3. Hardcore History is great. I tried to listen to his other podcast, but his political and social commentary is just so conventional it’s not worth listening to.

  23. Tomorrow is Bastille Day. Also: Scott’s birthday. Not as bad growing up as being born Christmas Day, fortunately.

    Who is this ‘Scott’ person. Is it Tulpa’s new screen name?

    1. Not as bad growing up as being born Christmas Day, fortunately.

      It’s not the being born on Christmas that was so bad, it was the getting crucified just before the Easter weekend that sucked. I heard Jesus had bought a new Easter suit and everything.

  24. Fresh Kid Ice, founding member of 2 Live Crew, a rap group near and dear to supporters of the First Amendment, has died at age 53.

    (pours out champagne on the ass of twerking women)

  25. Remembering Henry David Thoreau and Civil Disobedience

    I heartily accept the motto, ‘That government is best which governs least’; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe ? ‘That government is best which governs not at all'”

    “Government is at best an expedient.”

    “Government itself, which is only the mode which the people have chosen to execute their will, is equally liable to be abused and perverted.”

    And so on.

    1. Perhaps more importantly for libertarians, he pioneered rocking the shit out of a neckbeard.

      1. And Crusty rocks the shit out of the little neckbeard on his little head.

      2. The one thing that unites us anti-uniters.

  26. A federal court has overturned the 2015 corruption conviction of former Democratic New York State Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver.

    (head->desk)

    fuck i was telling someone just yesterday that “Sheldon Silver rotting in jail is one of the few things that makes me have hope for the world”

  27. Apparently Hillary Clinton ally and pundit Paul Begala thinks President Donald Trump should consider bombing Russia in response to their election meddling.

    Best never[that person] vote ever!

  28. Man who tried to have sex with a motorbike is spared jail

    Kevin Chapman had downed two litres of cider and taken a cocktail of tablets before pushing over the Suzuki 600cc, performing a solo sex act and then grinding it.

    Ha.

    1. So the bike affirmed consent?

    2. Bukake bike v. creamcycle

    3. To be fair, if it were a person, the GSX-R – or “Gixxer,” as it’s colloquially known in motorcycle circles – is the type who’d go to a house party, get blackout drunk, sneak into the bedrooms to pilfer the homeowner’s valuables, then the next day accuse half a dozen male partygoers of rape.

  29. Fresh Kid Ice, founding member of 2 Live Crew, a rap group near and dear to supporters of the First Amendment, has died at age 53.

    What, an obituary for a 2 Live Crew member but not Liu Xiaobo?

    1. fwiw someone posted about it in the a.m. and everyone said fuck china.

  30. Teacher pleads guilty to sending sex fantasy letters to student

    A former Pennsylvania high school teacher has pleaded guilty to sending a female student sexually explicit love letters and text messages.

    Thirty-six-year-old Heather Montero, a former teacher at Emmaus High School, faces one to two years in jail when she is sentenced this fall

    Jail.

    1. Without pictures I don’t know how aroused I’m supposed to be.

      1. Personally, she had me at ‘sexually explicit love letters”. Clearly, you’re not the sapiosexual that some of the rest of us are.

  31. >>>”opposition research.”

    would “i dunno, he was probably nailing the chick” be better?

  32. Team Trump Hunts for ‘Traitors’ While the President ‘Growls’ at the TV

    In the White House, and among the president’s outside allies, the question was the same one that has animated Trump’s staff throughout the seemingly unending string of damaging Russia stories: who leaked it?

    The news sent many of President Trump’s closest advisers, confidants, and aides into a state of frantic finger-pointing and evidence-free speculation over who could have possibly been among the “three advisers to the White House” who ratted Junior out to the Times.

    Tight ship you’re running there, Donnie.

    1. As entertainment, the fumblings of the Trump administration, combined with the useless hysterics of its most vocal enemies, have already far surpassed my wildest expectations.

      1. Yes. Those two reporters have the best job, because all they do is wait for the 6,000 people who work at the White House to text them some gossip.

      2. Compare this with the humorless jackboot efficiency we could have been burdened with.

      3. As entertainment, the fumblings of the Trump administration, combined with the useless hysterics of its most vocal enemies, have already far surpassed my wildest expectations.

        Really, at this point, we should have foreseen it as the next logical step from The Apprentice, Big Brother, Survivor, etc.

        Baseless preditions: 3rd year we get a sex tape and midway through the second term somebody transitions genders.

        1. >>>Baseless preditions:

          Tiffany and Bannon. Your choice which.

    2. Are you people actually retarded?

      They keep doing this, over and over again, long articles with lots of people’s names that the article is about, but absolutely zero peoples names who actually said anything– ‘a source said’, ‘White House aides talk about’, and masses of ‘could be’s, ‘might’, and ‘it’s speculated that’s.

      And you just lap it up, like flies at shit,

      And none of it is real.

  33. does heaven provide freedom to be as nasty as you wanna be?

    1. Awkward embrace? Who does Trump think he is? Joe Biden?

    2. And to think, millions of White American women voted for him. I hope they’re happy that they didn’t vote for some elitist feminist harpy bitch that would have put someone on the SC that would actually have defended their right to choose.

      1. Well, their right to control their body at least as far as the government is willing to allow them; that being exclusively the ability to terminate a pregnancy.

        Now, if that woman wants to put a drug into their body WHOA BOY you’ve gone a bridge too far.

        Lets try to keep their rights limited to insignificant little things like ending a human life. We can’t have them deciding what else they might want to do with that body of theirs.

        1. Democrats are better on drug laws too. You can’t really dispute that anymore.

          1. You must have missed Obama going after those California medical dispensaries.

            1. He probably just didn’t care, although it’s hard to get more prohibition than Sessions it’s true. Oddly enough though, after 8 years of Democrat AG it’s all still illegal. Go figure.

          2. What???
            Hickenlooper still won’t admit it was a good idea here.
            Obama raided more pot places than bush did. He also laughed when asked if he was going to change policy.
            Vermont’s bill had a license scam for their legalization bill, where you had to go to the government every year for a license to grow your own pot.
            go fuck yourself.

          3. They are slightly less terrible, if we want to call that “better”. But they aren’t even speaking the same language as us anymore. We don’t support the drug war because it’s wrong for anyone to be locked up for the victimless crime of getting high, and we recognize that potentially violent black markets arise from prohibition. They say “We need to change drug laws because they impact minorities disproportionately”, as though it would be acceptable if it impacted everyone equally, or primarily hurt whites. They also say “Let’s legalize it so we can tax it”, which in our opinion inevitably results in higher and higher sin taxes as is the case for cigarettes, producing another black market and thus making criminals out of nonviolent people. Not to mention the cronyism of their legalization bills, which are better than the status quo but are worth calling out

            It speaks to our increasing inability to ever get on the same page with the left even when we kind of agree

    3. cuck
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      1. But Macron did reassert his dominance later…

        Macron was seen smacking his wife on the bottom by reporters during the walk through the monument, to her surprise.

        I’m usually okay with PDA, but something about spanking in public is just deeply unsexy.

  34. Remember when the democrats got some opposition research on Trump from a former British intel officer?

  35. The Leftovers and Legion were robbed.

    How dare you mention those two shows in the same breath. One is great and the other is complete shit. I think you know which is which.

  36. “Uhh… also these windows are really dark. I don’t have my tint meter.”

    Pulled over the state’s attorney with no cause. Jesus.

    1. You’ve got mail!

    2. To be fair, a brown SA is unusual in FL. Unusual makes the LEO mind suspicious. Suspicion leads to fear of not going home tonight. Fear of not making it back to the crib leads to hot lead, cold blood and a paid vacation.

      1. What I don’t understand is why they both agree that it was a legal stop. It wasn’t a legal stop by my understanding of Florida traffic law.

    1. Once I got used to the voice, it was actually pretty soothing.

    2. “ooh wait, here comes Lee Marvin. He’s always drunk and surly.”

    3. Ha, I love that song. That was one of my dad’s favorite musicals so I grew up with it. I love that Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood sing.

    4. It also has something for libertarian discussion- at the end Lee Marvin’s thesis is that to stay free you have to stay ahead of civilization. Once civilization arrives and the city forms, the rules come and then its time to move on.

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