A.M. Links: Trump's Approval Rating at 40 Percent, South Korean President to Meet Kim Jong Un's Sister After Winter Olympics Opening, George W. Bush Says There's 'Pretty Clear Evidence' Russia Interfered in 2016 Election

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    New poll: President Donald Trump's approval rating now stands at 40 percent.

  • "The Republican-led Congress is set to vote Thursday on a two-year budget deal that would include massive increases in military and domestic spending programs, reflecting an ideological shift for a party whose leaders long preached fiscal conservatism but have now embraced big spending."
  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke for over eight hours on the House floor yesterday in opposition to a budget deal that does not address immigration.
  • South Korean President Moon Jae-in plans to meet the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un following the opening of the Winter Olympics.
  • George W. Bush: There is "pretty clear evidence that the Russians meddled" in the 2016 presidential election.
  • Bermuda has banned same-sex marriage just one year after legalizing the practice.

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  1. President Donald Trump’s approval rating now stands at 40 percent.

    The highest of any president.

    1. Hello.

      “House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke for over eight hours on the House floor yesterday in opposition to a budget deal that does not address immigration.”

      Where she proudly gushed about her grandson allegedly claiming he was brown like Antonio.

      Quite the bigoted story there, Nancy.

    2. Do you know who else always had a high approval rating?

      1. Snoop Dogg?

        (can you answer your own questions in this game?)

        1. Crusty does sometimes, but do you really want to be like Crusty?

          1. I just got my WWCD bracelet and now you’re going to shame me into throwing it away, aren’t you?

            1. In most cases, the answer to “What Would Crusty Do?” is “draw startlingly realistic penises all over the nearest wall.”

              1. I had no idea Crusty was a marine…

      2. Yo’ mama?

      3. Jesus Christ?

  2. The Republican-led Congress is set to vote Thursday on a two-year budget deal that would include massive increases in military and domestic spending programs…

    Something everyone can enjoy!

  3. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke for over eight hours on the House floor yesterday…

    …before someone finally called Life Alert.

    1. I admit, I was impressed. I would have thought it more likely that Hillary could run a 100 yard hurdle race.

    2. She actually just spent the previous 10 hours in plastic surgery, so she literally couldn’t sit down without breaking her skin.

  4. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke for over eight hours on the House floor yesterday in opposition to a budget deal that does not address immigration.

    DACA: Democrats Against the Citizens of America.

    1. ^ This

    2. DACA: Deliberate Accelerant to the Cardiomyopathy of Asshats

  5. South Korean President Moon Jae-in plans to meet the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un following the opening of the Winter Olympics.

    To put his moon in her jae, if you know what he means.

    1. Yang & Yin, 2gether 4ever.

    2. Riiiiiight… he’s probably got a bunker full of “sister” look-a-likes just like there are for him.

  6. George W. Bush: There is “pretty clear evidence that the Russians meddled” in the 2016 presidential election.

    W is driving hard to redeem himself in the Wokesphere. Let’s see if it works.

    1. When I want an opinion on an intelligence report, I think George W Bush!

    2. George W. Bush should have started painting earlier…same as Hitler. /Godwin done right

    3. Well, if HE says there is clear evidence, I don’t guess we need to see any at all!

  7. “””””George W. Bush: There is “pretty clear evidence that the Russians meddled” in the 2016 presidential election.”””

    And Iraq has WMD’s

    1. If Hillary had won, it would have been in the shape of a mushroom cloud.

    2. And how many elections did America meddle with during your presidency dumb ass? And I’m not talking spamming and trolling internet message boards mind you, I’m talking full on coup d’etat (Iraq, Afghanistan) or just flat out sending millions and openly trying to swing an election (Ukraine comes to mind).

  8. George W. Bush: There is “pretty clear evidence that the Russians meddled” in the 2016 presidential election.

    See? Even the previous holder of the title Worst President Ever (until Drumpf earned that distinction in mere months) cannot deny it.

    MAGA = Mueller Ain’t Going Away

  9. Bermuda has banned same-sex marriage just one year after legalizing the practice.

    The old Bermuda-try-then-angle-away.

  10. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke for over eight hours on the House floor yesterday in opposition to a budget deal that does not address immigration.

    Here’s the text: “Jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs…”

    1. To be honest, I didn’t think she had eight hours in here, without spiralling of on some ischemic tangent.

    2. The snippet I heard was all about how “dreamers” are our future. Apparently there are an awful lot of them which the Dems can use as bludgeons in the Resistance.

      I honestly don’t know how these gasbags do it. I don’t think I could speak coherently on any single topic for more than ten minutes.

      1. which the Dems can use as bludgeons in the Resistance.

        I don’t think she understands that, as young people who’ve grown up in America, all the “DREAMers” care about is snapchatting their sext messages or whatever.

        1. Dang… they really ARE Americans.

      2. The snippet I heard was all about how “dreamers” are our future.

        By this Pelosi meant the future of the Democrat party. She couldn’t care less about America’s future.

        1. It might be possible to change that if Republicans would stop being so openly hostile to them. Immigrants should be a natural consistency for immigrants who are often socially conservative and hard working and self-motivated. But most republicans seem set on pushing them into the hands of the left.

          1. Immigrants should be a natural consistency for immigrants

            Woops, for Republicans, that is.

          2. Hm…. there must be some reason Democrats are trying to court immigrants for votes.

            You mentioned socially conservativism and hard working which are not lefty traits.

            1. Because they want votes and it’s an easy block to get as Republicans often go out of their way to appear nativist. It’s not like anyone cares the opinions of the voter, just that they get the vote.

          3. Not really an argument for or against, but I have little faith that immigrants of any stripe are particularly resistant to ‘free’ stuff.

            1. Indeed. Voting to get something for nothing is the American way. It seems they’re assimilating swimmingly.

            2. Do you think the bigger problem is immigrants or natural born citizens? Because as far as I tell, they are outnumbered significantly. And Rural Appalachia being a welfare state didn’t seem to happen from immigrants moving in the last 30 years.

  11. George W. Bush: There is “pretty clear evidence that the Russians meddled” in the 2016 presidential election.

    Notice that he didn’t specify who they were meddling in favor of. He also said: “Whether (Russia) affected the outcome is another question,”

    1. If there’s anyone out there worth listening to, it’s George W Bush.

      1. “Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.”

        1. That there is the finest Yale liberal arts education money can buy.

          1. Don’t presidents all have speechwriters now? Why didn’t Bush use his?

            1. Oh, he did. His ‘folksy’ misspeaking was likely scripted at least some percentage of the time.

    2. So… a big giant nothingburger.

  12. Pot. Kettle. Black.
    There is incontrovertible evidence that the US has meddled in elections around the world.
    It’s very hard for me to be concerned.

  13. Don’t read the comments to the Bush comment at Politico.

    I guess now Bush is a-otay now!

    Man. Trump has them all scurrying if this is what it’s come to.

  14. Ty Cobb, director of HRC Global, said: “Despite this deplorable action, the fight for marriage equality in Bermuda will continue until the day when every Bermudian is afforded the right to marry the person they love.”

    “Despite”? Try “Because”, schmuck. Besides, you’re a Cooperstown zombie. Go back.

    1. The previous Ty Cobb would like to spike the face off of this Ty Cobb while sliding into second…

    2. Ty Cobb?

      ‘I don’t care if he ain’t got no hands’? That Ty Cobb?

      1. Damn! I knew Ty Cobb was an asshole, but that’s just crazy. BTW, it’s “got no feet”, not “no hands”. Link one Link two

  15. reflecting an ideological shift for a party whose leaders long preached fiscal conservatism but have now embraced big spending.”

    The GOP are just Bible-Beating Democrats now.

    1. I’m generally on your side, but sometimes I think your straight white cis-male privilege prevents you from seeing just how terrible things are for marginalized communities. The modern Republican Party is much worse than “Bible-Beating Democrats.” For one thing, they’ve almost unanimously embraced white nationalism, as demonstrated by their choice of Mr. “Build a Wall” to lead the party.

      “Bible-Beating Democrats” running things would indeed be scary for LGBTQ people like me, but at least undocumented Americans would not live in fear of getting deported. And the #GOPTaxScam would not have been passed. And we’d finally get some common sense gun safety legislation. And Net Neutrality would not have been repealed. And……

      1. Man you are good.

        Better than sex.

      2. The best troll at H&R!

        1. Man, standards around here have really declined.

          1. I can’t think of a time when the standards were really all that high, though.

      3. I must admit your trolling is top notch when you stick to your bases. Good one. Made me chuckle.

    2. There is no ideological shift. Team Red has been this way for quite some time.

      1. “Reagan proved that deficits don’t matter”
        – Dick Cheney

  16. “The Republican-led Congress is set to vote Thursday on a two-year budget deal that would include massive increases in military and domestic spending programs, reflecting an ideological shift for a party whose leaders long preached fiscal conservatism but have now embraced big spending.”

    “Now”? NOW? Is that word really necessary in the last sentence? Did we get to a debt of $21,000,000,000,000 without the GOP’s help?

  17. “The Republican-led Congress is set to vote Thursday on a two-year budget deal that would include massive increases in military and domestic spending programs, reflecting an ideological shift for a party whose leaders long preached fiscal conservatism but have now embraced big spending.”

    For goodness’ sake, it’s an election year. What’d you expect?

    Meanwhile, Reason staff trashed the GOP’s attempt to cut $1.022 trillion in entitlement spending because of the things that bill didn’t do.

    $772 billion of it directly from Medicaid.

    https://www.cbo.gov/publication/52849

    Can’t have it both ways.

    1. Quit being so naive, Ken. Both parties suck.

      I know there are plenty of GOP hacks here at H&R though.

      1. Naive? I think you spelled “cynical” wrong.

        1. the GOP’s attempt to cut $1.022 trillion in entitlement

          This didn’t happen.

          Unless by “GOP” he meant Rand Paul and a few others.

          1. So you admit it happened with some of the Republicans.

            Next.

            1. There might be three Republicans that care about federal spending left.

              Maybe.

              Problem is they care more about an abortion police state and your “papers”.

              1. Some Republicans care more about abortion, domestic spying and your “papers” than spending cuts…true.

              2. One has to be born before one can enjoy the right to privacy. Or, anything else.

                1. Yup. The mother has to make sure a baby is born before it can enjoy a right to privacy.

    2. They’re left-liberals, they’re left-liberals, a million times again, they’re left-liberals.

      Welchie Boy, Gillespie, and the gang LOVE welfare. They want to follow the western European model of cutting defense spending down to basically nothing in order to support continuously increasing welfare spending (never mind that this philosophy is already a proven failure).

      Having said that, the republicans who are voting in support of ending the sequestration and jacking up defense spending are 100% in the wrong. We need ACROSS THE BOARD SPENDING CUTS, including defense, the Deep State, welfare, and everything else.

      1. Simple Mikey sharts;
        Siri hears, and, speech-to-text,
        Posts to Hit and Run

        1. Got damn, son, he just got told!

          In haiku form, no less!

          1. Citizen Crusty
            Speaks back and forth to himself.
            A fucking loser.

            1. Simple Mikey doesn’t have room in his tiny brain for the idea that multiple people think he’s dumb. Sad!

              1. Not multiple people. Just tulpa.

                (Am I doing it right?)

    3. The Democrats are the only hope for baby otters. Bush said so.

      1. Otters can be pretty vicious.

        Just saying.

        1. Otters are members of the weasel family, and no member of the weasel family has any fucks to give.

        2. vicious……..and delicious.

    4. The obvious conclusion that I am drawing from this is that the GOP leadership considers the fiscally conservative wing to be unimportant and powerless.

      Which leads me to ask: is there any meaningful amount of Republicans that are truly fiscally conservative? Probably not.

      1. Oh you can find fiscal conservatives, just not in the Republican party.

      2. The obvious conclusion is that elected politicians sell out to their constituents, and what they’re constituents want is OPM.

        We shouldn’t expect elected politicians to be any more fiscally conservative than the voters who elect them. Treating politicians of any party as if they’re ideologically consistent in the face of what their voters want is absurd.

        Our mission has always been to convert the heathen to our cause. There aren’t enough of us yet to get what we want in an election year. It’s always going to be tougher in an election year–because swing voters are less ideologically consistent than others and yet they’re the ones who typically decide the outcome of an election. If swing voters were impressed by ideological consistency, they woudln’t be swing voters.

        1. Yup. The truth is that the 3 biggest federal money siphons are social security, medicare and the military.

          Old people vote and refuse to allow cuts to all three of these federal expenditures.

      3. GOP leadership might as well be Harry Reid all over again if you ask me.

  18. “New poll: President Donald Trump’s approval rating now stands at 40 percent.

    The only real chance the GOP has of keeping the House after November is if Trump is somehow secretly seen as a uniter rather than a divider. If congress comes together and does an immigration deal (unlikely), that might help, but given the record of how poorly the president’s party tends to fare in the first midterm after he assumes office, I still expect to see the Republicans lose the House–even if the election is a referendum on Trump and his approval ratings improve.

    The odds of the Democrats taking the House, meanwhile, roughly approximate the odds of Trump being impeached. I’m not sure Speaker Pelosi could survive as Speaker without impeaching Trump. I doubt she’ll have any choice.

    Surviving impeachment would likely bolster Trump for 2020, but the fit’s probably gonna hit the shan come 2019. It’s prolly a good thing if we won’t be negotiating a budget in the middle of that. Imagine a president negotiating with his formal rivals for the nomination in the senate on the budget even as they’re deciding whether to remove him from office.

  19. Bermuda has banned same-sex marriage just one year after legalizing the practice.

    Buzzfeed blocked here. Probabaly for my own good.

  20. ‘I WAS HARASSED’ Golfer Paige Spiranac reveals she’s had blackmail and death threats over her sexy Instagram posts

    https://goo.gl/fyhLHx

    I fucking hate moralists do-gooder Aborto-Freak types.

    Paige is smoking hot. Where have Playboy and their big payouts for hot women gone?

    1. You may not be very smart, but at least you make up for it by being hella creepy.

      1. Sure. liking hot chicks is “creepy”. You know, before all you conservative types invaded the libertarian party we used to be libertine too. Now that the Aborto-Freaks and anti-immigrants have infested the party it is just a sorry-ass junior version of TEAM RED!

        1. Liking to look at attractive ladies is fine, but making a big deal out of drooling over them in a public forum is school on Sunday. Were.. were you not aware that you’re a dirtbag? It seems like someone should have pointed that out to you before.

          1. I think that it was well known even before PB became a rape apologist.

        2. Easy to be pro abortion when you’re safe from the abortionists forceps.

          1. You really squeezed that one out.

      1. You are a bad bad Mrs.
        In them skin tight britches
        Runnin’ folks in ditches
        Baby about to bust the stitches, yeah

  21. New poll: President Donald Trump’s approval rating now stands at 40 percent.

    Even with 90%+ negative “news” coverage. //winning

    1. Much like the stock market, if you don’t like the number, wait till tomorrow when it changes.

    2. Exactly! Even the left cannot avoid the reality that Trump is getting even more popular than winning a presidential election.

      The left fudges the numbers but even those numbers are going up.

      MAGA!

  22. George W. Bush: There is “pretty clear evidence that the Russians meddled” in the 2016 presidential election.

    Speaking of people who know something about being “selected” not “elected”. //sarc

    But seriously George, the best thing you ever did as president is go away when your terms were up. Please do that again.

  23. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke for over eight hours on the House floor

    A house record. The previous was set in 1909…by Nancy Pelosi.

    Joking aside, it is intriguing watching Team Blue die on this hill. I think the average independent will see this as any self-respecting Republican candidate will portray it, Team Blue caring more about illegal immigrants than American citizens and legal immigrants.

    1. I think “dreamers” or whatever are a pretty sympathetic group of illegal immigrants. I would think that holding up the budget bill for reasons having nothing at all to do with the budget would be the outrageous thing they are doing. But what do I know?

      1. I think “dreamers” or whatever are a pretty sympathetic group of illegal immigrants.

        True, their parents committed the actual crime. I think that these kids should get to stay, but they should not get put in front of people who are going through the legal process to become citizens.

        I would think that holding up the budget bill for reasons having nothing at all to do with the budget would be the outrageous thing they are doing.

        Bro, do you even emote?

        1. These kids are committing a crime too. Every day they are inside the USA illegally.

          They know they are not legally inside the USA and they refuse to follow the rules to become citizens.

        2. If those kids get to stay, there is really very little standing left to say that we shouldn’t just grant amnesty to anyone who’s capable of wandering across the border though. It’s just America saying that, yeah, you broke the law but since you’re a preferred group that will be ignored. The irony being, of course, that this particular preferred group are Mexican citizens.

          As I occasionally ask, should all citizens of all country’s be considered American citizens or is it just Mexicans in particular?

          We literally already know that nothing will be reformed in the wake of amnesty, no matter how much the talking heads assure us it will happen. We know this because it didn’t happen any of the other times blanket amnesty has happened. Why expect different this time in particular?

          1. It is funny that it took Trump and his popular position on immigration reform with zero tolerance on illegals to get Democrats talking about concessions.

            I am not sick of winning yet.

    2. Team Blue caring more about illegal immigrants than American citizens and legal immigrants

      How much more evidence is really needed to show that this is in fact exactly the case? The democrats calls lawbreaking foreigners “Dreamers” and native born American citizens “Deplorables”.

      The message they’re sending sure seems pretty loud, clear, cut, and dried to me.

      1. They don’t care about illegals or Americans. They care about winning elections, and courting the immigrant vote is a very valid way to do it.

        1. Pretty much this. They don’t give a shit about anyone unless that group can be used to gain or cement power. Observe how Democrats threw their traditional base under a bus in favor of groups that literally stand in opposition to their traditional base.

          Unions are almost ubiquitously Democrat, yet Unions traditionally loathe immigrant labor. Gee, I wonder why Republicans are veering left?

    3. Many ‘independents’ will probably be swayed by the 24/7 all-negative coverage of Trump in basically every mainstream news outlet outside of potentially Fox.

      1. Mission accomplished.

  24. “George W. Bush: There is “pretty clear evidence that the Russians meddled” in the 2016 presidential election.”

    And the evidence is overwhelming that Bush is a straight up retard.

  25. Bit of a bombshell became available yesterday on the Steele story:

    “The Grassley-Graham referral also drops the stunning news that Mr. Steele received at least some of the information for his dossier from the Obama State Department. The letter redacts the names involved. But the press is now reporting, and our sources confirm, that one of the generators of this information was none other than Sidney Blumenthal. GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy, who has seen the documents, told Fox News “that would be really warm” when asked if Mr. Blumenthal is one of the redacted names.

    Mr. Blumenthal has declined comment to several media outlets. But our readers will recall that he is a long-time Hillary Clinton operative whom President Obama barred from an official role at State but was later discovered to have sent her policy and political advice via her private email server. This revelation raises questions about the degree to which the Clinton team was involved in the Steele-Fusion effort from the beginning.”

    —-WSJ

    https://tinyurl.com/ya26q6jz

    To be painfully obvious, the Hillary Clinton campaign was one of Steele’s sources.

    1. **Patiently awaits subpoena’s, indictments and prosecutitons.**

      1. Don’t hold your breath waiting for the FBI investigation of itself by way of Mueller to indict anybody at the FBI.

        Whatever else happens, I think we can safely assume that the FBI will exonerate itself.

        1. Institutional crisis averted! Faith in governance restored!

      2. Well, it’ll be a great way to practice patience.

    2. To be painfully obvious, you’re approaching this story with at least as much bias, so why should anyone care what you have to say?

      1. Because Ken has a history of making a logical assessment based on presented information?

      2. Ken writes good stuff.

        Tony writes garbage for garbage people.

    3. its part of the circle of self confirmation bias I noted yesterday. make the circle big enough and the lie becomes believable since the true source is hard to find.

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