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Democrats Will Go Forward With Barr Contempt Vote Despite DOJ Threat to Deny Them All Access to the Mueller Report

Plus: "Offending religious feelings" in Poland, Trump tax returns, the latest "heartbeat bill," Denver's mushroom measure, and more...

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Partisan posturing around the Mueller report continues to suck up all the air in Washington. The House Judiciary Committee was planning to vote this morning on whether Attorney General William Barr should be held in contempt for not yet giving them the full, unredacted Trump-Russia report prepared by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team.

Then the Department of Justice (DOJ) pulled its own power move. In a letter to the committee last night, Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd said DOJ would ask President Donald Trump to invoke executive privilege over the full report if the representatives go through with the vote.

Boyd called lawmakers' actions "a transparent attempt to short-circuit the constitutionally mandated accommodation process and provoke an unnecessary conflict between our branches of government. They are also counterproductive."

Citing "unreasonable demands" about access to the report and "the Committee's precipitous threat to hold the Attorney General in contempt, Boyd said that"the Attorney General will be compelled to request that the President invoke executive privilege with respect to the materials subject to the subpoena"

"It's a sharp escalation of the ongoing dispute between the committee and the Justice Department, which spent the day Tuesday negotiating over the House Judiciary Committee's subpoena for the entire Mueller report and underlying materials," writes Rebecca Kaplan at CBS News.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said the vote will proceed as planned.


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A Polish woman is facing prison time over artwork that depicts Jesus and Mary with rainbow halos. Police there are accusing Elżbieta Podlesna of hanging posters with the image in the city of Płock. "Now she could face two years in prison for offending religious feelings," reports CNN. Her lawyer told the station that the images weren't meant to insult or desecrate a religious image and Podlesna "has not admitted to committing the crime."


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The New York Times takes a deep dive into Donald Trump's 1980s and 1990s finances, finding things "far bleaker" than was previously known:

The numbers show that in 1985, Mr. Trump reported losses of $46.1 million from his core businesses — largely casinos, hotels and retail space in apartment buildings. They continued to lose money every year, totaling $1.17 billion in losses for the decade.

In fact, year after year, Mr. Trump appears to have lost more money than nearly any other individual American taxpayer, The Times found when it compared his results with detailed information the I.R.S. compiles on an annual sampling of high-income earners. His core business losses in 1990 and 1991 — more than $250 million each year — were more than double those of the nearest taxpayers in the I.R.S. information for those years.

Over all, Mr. Trump lost so much money that he was able to avoid paying income taxes for eight of the 10 years. It is not known whether the I.R.S. later required changes after audits.

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  1. Partisan posturing around the Mueller report continues to suck up all the air in Washington.

    Hell, those creatures live off the posturing.

    1. Hello.

      Didn’t Trump right a book about his losses and his comeback?

      Awesome work NYT.

      1. True, but many voters only hear that Trump, living in the lap of luxury, paid no taxes for eight years while they live in hovels and get by on scraps from the garbage bin at Cheddars, unemployed and working two jobs, and -if female- being groped at work with absolutely no consequences to the male patriarchy.

        1. If only we could return to the extravagant luxury of the Obama years…

      2. Didn’t Trump right a book about his losses and his comeback?Awesome work NYT.

        They’re just alt-writing it.

    2. Partisan posturing around the Mueller report continues to suck up all the air in Washington.

      Happy days are here again!

      1. I can’t breathe!

  2. It’s a sharp escalation of the ongoing dispute between the committee and the Justice Department…

    It’s not even an election year. Pace yourselves, assholes.

  3. Now she could face two years in prison for offending religious feelings…

    Damn Sharia Law.

      1. Sharia vs. Maria is a porn I would watch.

  4. “A Polish woman is facing prison time over artwork that depicts Jesus and Mary with rainbow halos.”

    Ooo. Now do Mohammed.

    1. That might actually be allowed in Poland. But it should be allowed everywhere.

      1. >>>That might actually be allowed in Poland

        maybe by the Polish…

    2. We could all use a little more color in our graven images.

      1. Rainbow is the sign of the covenant with Noah anyway.

        1. Noah was gay?

          1. That would explain why he kept building colorful arcs.

            “Oh, you meant “ark,” like with a k at the end? What is that? Seriously, has anyone seen an ark before? Wait, it’s a what? How big? With a hammer?” [faints]

          2. Noah was gay?
            Yes, new research speculates he filled his ark with same sex animals, Passenger Pigeons, Dodos, Unicorns, etc.

            1. Given how many non-satirical illustrations I’ve seen featuring two maned lions, it’s not really a “new” belief.

              1. Because illustrations in children’s books are always indicative of institutional theology.

            2. That’s actually the best end of the world story I’ve heard in years. Thank you!

          3. Not gay exactly. Just showing a dude some respect.

  5. Over all, Mr. Trump lost so much money that he was able to avoid paying income taxes for eight of the 10 years.

    Either he made risky business decisions that didn’t pay off or he’s a tax cheat. Which is more offensive to libertarians?

    1. I wouldn’t find either offensive. No one should be paying income taxes, and everyone absolutely has a right to start a company and have it fail. Let the dumbass who keeps lending money to that individual take the risk.

    2. Trump finding a way to avoid paying taxes actually makes me like him a little more.

    3. Don’t you guys remember the garage sale he had at Trump Tower when he lost so much money he couldn’t live in his gold encrusted penthouse with his hot wives anymore? Me neither.

      1. I do remember this one.

        Garage_Sale

    4. If he lost a billion dollars, then he didn’t have net income and shouldn’t owe taxes. Is NYT suggesting otherwise?

      1. Well, the wealth tax is now part of the political debate, so…

    5. cheer tax cheats and business risks.

    6. Or he used standard depreciation formulas and purchased failing businesses for their on-paper losses.

      1. Lefties hate that Trump had his tax team utilize perfectly legal tax strategies to avoid giving our massively bloated government more money then he had to.

        1. Hate is not how you spell jealous.

          1. Why would they be jealous? Half of Obama’s cabinet actually owed taxes and didn’t bother to pay them.

    7. Taxes are for little people not libertarians

      and anyone in real estate as much as Trump is a complete moron if they pay taxes. WTF is the point of distorting the tax code in that direction?

  6. The Democrats, I think, have some form of low-functioning autism.

    1. You’re not the first to notice how contemporary leftism/post-modernism/post-post modernism/whatever the hell it’s called resembles autism:

      https://mattforney.com/feminism-mens-rights-autism/

    2. too much credit for the functioning.

    1. MARKET CRASH!!!1111!!!1 /Boehm

      1. Exactly.

        DOW Jones Friday, May 3 at 4pm: 26,502
        DOW Jones Wednesday, May 8 at 12pm: 26,035

        For some reason, the stock market is not cooperating with the MARKET CRASH Narrative idiots like Boehm are pushing. Every day the stock market drops a bit, people buy more cheap stocks and the market moves back up a bit.

        1. The point is to keep saying it until one day you’re finally right. Then tell everyone how prescient you are.

  7. The numbers show that in 1985, Mr. Trump reported losses of $46.1 million from his core businesses — largely casinos, hotels and retail space in apartment buildings. They continued to lose money every year, totaling $1.17 billion in losses for the decade.

    I’m not exactly sure how this is supposed to be a revelation. Anyone who was alive during that period knows that Trump was on his ass in the late 80s and early 90s. It’s why he got so much attention when he finally clawed his way out of it by the end of the decade.

    1. Dems were so successful in 2016 that they want to use the same winning arguments in 2020.

      1. Recycling old newspaper articles from the Reagan era may remind everyone how wonderfully decadent everything was at the time.

  8. Had the best call w/this lovely family & my attorney @msbkb who just won release for their loved one Jeffrey in Miami – he served 22 years of life sentence for low level drug case.

    If Trump’s the one who did it, Jeffrey should refuse. Shame on Kardashian. Hashtag:#RESIST

    1. Omelette, eggs, etc
      His continued unjust incarceration is necessary to preserve the narrative.

    1. “A video by left-wing Pennsylvania lawmaker Brian Sims has been deleted from Facebook because he offered to pay for his followers to find the identity of pro-life activists praying in front of Planned Parenthood.”

      1. Apparently a couple of the commenters at the Glibs site know Sims through mutual friends, and they confirmed how much of an asshole he really is.

          1. I don’t post there, but if they have an edit button for comments, they’re farther along than Reason.

      2. I think you could just ask them. I know people through Church who pray in front of the Denver PP, and they don’t hide their identity particularly.

      3. I note that he wasn’t banned for that. Cute.

    2. Militantly pro-choice dudes creep me the fuck out.

      1. they are the ultimate misogynist since they want to get their women pregnant and force them to have abortions.

        1. Killing their babies is a part of women’s health. Why do you hate women so much you don’t want them to be healthy?

      2. word.

    3. Brian Sims — he’s openly gay and was raised Catholic. It’s clear from his videos that he has some major issues.

      1. Maybe he should give up the butt fucking

        1. That’s all that defines him anymore, sodomy and daddy-issues. If he gave that up he’d disappear.

      2. What’s also clear is his giant head with a tiny face. He may have steroid issues.

  9. Trump May Redefine Poverty, Cutting Americans From Welfare Rolls

    As anyone who has read Mr. Buttplug or Rev. Kirkland’s posts knows, people on welfare overwhelmingly vote Republican. So Drumpf is going out of his way to punish his base.

    #PoorPeopleVoteRepublican

    1. Data shows the SSDI scamsters are overwhelmingly low-rent Trump rednecks in WV and KY.

      1. Didn’t you get banned for kiddie porn?

        1. No. That is a lie Trump-tards tell to run classic liberals away.

          1. Ok “Moneyshot.”.

            You might have some credibility if you hadn’t spent the last decade tossing Obama’s salad and lying about bets you never paid.

          2. Then, if you don’t mind me asking, why were you posting as Moneyshot? Using a burner isn’t something innocent people normally do.

            1. Because he’s lying.

            2. That’s some bullshit sentiment. This isn’t a defense of PB, but this idea that “Why were you hiding if you weren’t guilty” is a bullshit stance.

            3. I lost my password.

              I know the Trump-Retards here prefer some good ole Alex Jones CT but a lost password was the cause (I found it in a browser I seldom use).

              I don’t know about you but I don’t write down passwords for conservative chat-rooms I visit (although I was IP banned from BratFart.com.)

              1. Palins Buttplug and Sarah Palins Buttplug and all his other socks keep “losing their passwords”.

              2. Oh.

                You’re no longer claiming that a right-wing admin banned you without justification? OK then.

                I guess my #UnbanPalinsButtplug campaign was misguided all along. ‘Twas simply a forgotten password. Oops!

                1. Grr, now things are getting even more confusing!

                  According to “moneyshot” — who we all know was Mr. Buttplug’s spiritual successor — the following things happened:

                  “Conservatives campaigned to have the Buttplug banned.”
                  “For all I know some conservative asswipe in IT made an editorial decision on his own.”

                  (See this discussion for quotes.)

                  1. This is a complicated issue, I don’t blame you for some confusion. But you’re a smart person. If you can keep at this you might even be able to use this as your senior thesis topic.

                  2. Gotta admit, I actually do prefer the Alex Jones CT that he was banned to a lost password.

              3. You’ve been losing passwords a lot recently. Maybe up your meds so you don’t forget?

      2. Exactly.

        When recent American Presidential elections are broken down by voter income, the Republican candidate dominates among the lowest brackets. Then as you proceed up the economic ladder, you find that the more money people have the more likely they are to vote Democrat.

        #IveBeenPayingAttentionToMrButtplug

      3. “Data shows the SSDI scamsters are overwhelmingly low-rent Trump rednecks in WV and KY.”

        Data shows turd lies every time he posts.

        1. Except when he posts about child pornography. He seemed to be really knowledgeable about that.

  10. San Francisco is banning the use of facial recognition technology by city authorities.

    BUT I BET CORPORATIONS CAN USE IT ALL THEY WANT IN AN EFFORT TO VIOLENTLY SELL ME THINGS.

    1. Damn it! Get your butt in there and buy something or the rug-rat gets it!

  11. Two-thirds of pregnancy-related deaths are preventable, say federal health officials.

    …if only they’d pass so-called heartbeat bills. Or not pass them. One of the two.

  12. Denver high school shooters are revealed to be a young GIRL and an 18-year-old boy

    The teen’s social media pages indicate that he is an avid guitar player, youth theater actor and registered Democrat who has on occasion expressed disdain for Christians, criticized President Donald Trump and praised former President Barack Obama…A combination of factors, including revenge and anger, spurred the attack, the Denver TV ABC affiliate reported, citing law enforcement sources. One of the suspects had reportedly been bullied over gender identity.

    Aaaaand that’s why this is going to get memory-holed quickly–the shooter is a hardcore leftist and his accomplice is a tranny. Same thing happened with the shootings at Arapahoe High School when it came out that the shooter was a Democrat.

    1. It’s already forgotten.

    2. Principals, not principles.

    3. What… shooting in Colorado?

      1. audio of some mom being scared for her kid was on the radio, but it didn’t even make Drudge … strange

    4. There was a shooting? Never heard about it.

      1. The shooters were transgender and leftist so of course you didn’t hear about it.
        Modern journalism is about deciding which facts the public shouldn’t know because they might reflect badly on Democrats.

    5. It is interesting how little I heard of it. I honestly found out through a “thoughts and prayers” e-mail at work. And I live in Colorado.

    6. Also living up in NoCO and the only reason we heard anything is that our school district sent out emails about it and said counseling will be available for students if they want it. Funny that they didn’t close school like they did a few weeks ago when there was a ‘credible threat.’

  13. Some Republicans are falling out of lockstep with Trump on trade.

    It’s not just unfavored interests being negatively affected.

    1. They must be anarchists or suffer from TDS. It’s the only explanation.

      1. You left off that they were RINOs the whole time.

        They were never in ‘lockstep” with Trump on trade.

        1. So now the “real republicans” are for tariffs and trade restrictions? You’re a funny guy.

          1. Republicans are not what you think they are. Many “Republicans” are okay with huge government budgets. There are also plenty of fiscal conservatives.

            The GOP is in the process of integrating blue collar American workers into their Party. Managed trade will be the norm until Libertarians become the #2 national political party.

            There are very few national political parties that are for free market.

            1. I get that. Republican is a political party, not an ideology. What’s funny is your use of “RINOs”.

  14. A Polish woman is facing prison time over artwork that depicts Jesus and Mary with rainbow halos.

    Well, no wonder. *Everyone* knows God intends those halos to be gold leaf.

    1. Yeah the only multi colored Judaeo-Christian iconography allowed are Dreamcoats.

    2. There were a lot of green rainbows used in iconography.

      At once I was in the Spirit, and I saw a throne standing in heaven, with someone seated on it. The One seated there looked like jasper and ruby, and a rainbow that gleamed like an emerald encircled the throne. – Revelation 4:2-3

      The Noachian covenant
      Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind.
      So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.
      – Genesis 9:14-17

  15. Big hotel chains are determined to infiltrate the Airbnb-style homestay market.

    They’ve given up on regulatory capture options so soon?

  16. Is everything a trap?

    Everything has a cost, often hidden.

    1. The tender trap being the costliest.

      1. You misspelled Tinder

  17. The IRS and the income tax are tyranny.

    Get rid of both.

  18. The latest Congressional Budget Office report says the federal deficit is up 38 percent over the previous year in the first seven months of fiscal year 2019.

    The Con Man is the King of Debt.

    1. And he has a #TinyMushroomDick.

      1. That is what the bitches say.

        Ask John or LovesCons.

        1. Poor Sarah PB, child porn purveyor.

    2. He turd! Find any more kiddy-porn?
      It was a pleasure when they threw your ass out the door.

      1. It says it wasn’t banned; it just lost its password. Should be easy to prove one way or the other: banning gets all old posts memory-holed.

    3. The house controls the purse. Who controls the house?

      1. The new house that began Jan 2019 hasn’t passed a single budget or spending bill, you moron. You’re the same idiot who says the new 2008 House was responsible for the decade long Bush Financial Collapse. Bush sent Paulson in to beg the new House to pass TARP to save the country.

        1. No one cares what you think. You’re a child-pornographer who lies about your leftist agenda. The funny part is that you’re so stupid that you think a single person believes anything you say.

        2. “”same idiot who says the new 2008 House was responsible for the decade long Bush Financial Collapse.”‘

          That a very gross mischaracterization of my position. But I can’t expect you to be honest about it.

          Who voted for TARP in the house? Democrats voted 172 to 63 in favor, Republicans voted 108 to 91 against it.

          1. TARP didn’t CAUSE the Financial Collapse, you GOP hack. It was an effort to prevent total catastrophe (whether it did or not is irrelevant).

            1. “TARP didn’t CAUSE the Financial Collapse, you GOP hack.”
              No, you lying piece of shit, it simply made it worse.

              1. IIRC, the main cause the collapse was giving people loans for homes that would not have been eligible otherwise.

                1. That, and when people started noticing that the bonds based on these loans were way more risky than previously thought, Sarbanes Oxley “mark to market” rules basically made them completely worthless instead of merely worth less.

            2. I have never said it did. Ever. Nor am I republican. You are wrong on both counts.

              The fact is democrats voted for it. You can give a reason as to why they did that. That is fair. But you can’t give a reason why they did it without acknowledging that they did it.

        3. Sarah Palin’s Buttplug
          May.8.2019 at 10:14 am

          Hey turd! Find any more kiddy-porn?
          It was a pleasure when they threw your ass out the door.

  19. Hypocrites will be out in force. It was ok for Holder to not show because he was sticking it to the republicans. But for Barr not to show is a crime.

    1. And vice versa?

      1. This, every President in my life time has asserted Executive privilege and the other party has bitched and whined until their guy gets in. And then they all do their best Emily Litella impression.

      2. “”And vice versa?””

        Of course!!

      3. In Barr’s case, given that most of the redacted material is grand jury testimony, ALL of Congress has zero right to see it. The group of Congresspeople, that Gang of 8 nonsense, DID see it.

        Would you trust Nadler to keep grand jury testimony out of the press? Me neither.

        1. They want to leak it so they can continue the trial in the court of public opinion.

          Let Congress take it to court. They will get shot down because they have no right to grand jury testimony. If they did get a copy they will leak want they want, and then say the people do not have a right to see the full report.

          On the other hand. I would almost like to see them get the full report and give it to the press. Then they will be in damage control for the next two years from the fallout of making the grand jury testimony public.

  20. “Donald Trump’s tax records reveal he lost more than $1,170,000,000 in 10 years”
    […]
    “Before he was President of the United States, Donald Trump was a boastful businessman making millions building and running hotels and casinos. But a new report has found Trump might not have been the business success he claimed to be.”
    https://metro.co.uk/2019/05/08/donald-trumps-tax-records-reveal-lost-1170000000-10-years-9440415/

    Which means he’s a big poopyhead and stole the election from that witch.
    But if he’d have made a lot of money, he’s be a big poopyhead who stole the election from that witch.

    1. “”from that witch.””

      You mean that woman who wasn’t prosecuted because they claimed they could not prove criminal intent?

      1. But prosecuting Trump for “obstructing” justice in an investigation he had every right to simply end but didn’t = slam dunk by the same group.

        1. They don’t know what obstruction is. They are just parroting their mentors from 24 hour news channels. If they did they would have known that deleting emails under subpoena was obstruction.

      2. Obstruction isn’t destroying 33,000 subpoenaed emails, smashing phones, and losing SIM cards, obstruction is an angry tweet.

    2. So he might get even more votes now that we know he’s not an evil multi billionaire?

      1. He just can’t lose. Everything he does is right. He’s right, I am tired of winning.

        He pissed away so much money in the 90s he had no choice but to be a Democrat back then.

        2020 is coming… Dun, dun, duuuuh.

    3. “Donald Trump’s tax records reveal he lost more than $1,170,000,000 in 10 years”

      That’s nothing. The US government loses $1.1B every 9 hours or so, and they don’t seem to pay ANY taxes!

      1. Hey, Government is just the debt we accrue together.

    4. Everybody already knew he’d been through bankruptcy proceedings. This is like announcing that Bill Clinton once had sexual relations with an intern.

      Trump was never my hero in real estate, but being able to come back from bankruptcy like that–especially amid the Indian casino boom–is impressive.

      Incidentally, far as I can tell, Nancy Pelosi never made anybody a dime. Watching somebody like that who’s never made a dime for anybody go after Trump for having lost his money decades ago is rich.

      1. Well, she has made at least two people many dimes – – – – –
        In 2014, CRP reported Pelosi’s average net worth in 2014 was US$101,273,023 having ranked 8th out of 25 wealthiest members of Congress
        According to Roll Call, Pelosi and her husband hold properties “worth at least $14.65 million, including a St. Helena vineyard in Napa Valley worth at least $5 million, and commercial real estate in San Francisco

        1. Didn’t she marry that money?

          I thought it was her husband who was the rich guy.

          Far as I know, she didn’t do a thing to earn that money. She’s a public servant.

          1. I thought there was some article that mentioned that it was not insider trading when congress persons did it, and that some legislators had made good money investing in companies about to be affected by pending legislation. And I thought Ms. Pelosi was mentioned by name.

  21. Donald Trump from the apprentice season 1 premier. The most insulting part of all this is everyone thinking that people who support or voted for Trump don’t know who he is or he somehow tricked them into thinking he’s something he’s not. He’s probably the most transparent and open President we’ve ever had. He’s a used carsalesman.

      1. This was particularly amusing:

        Pruitt says he does not have the tapes and has signed a nondisclosure agreement, but he tells NPR that the comments he was referring to were racist in nature and included remarks about African-Americans and Jews. Pruitt says that Trump’s language was not a reflection of the culture of the crew and that at times, there would be an “audible gasp” from those who heard the comments.

        After the Access Hollywood tape, are we really supposed to believe that some hard-left, resentful studio employee with access to those tapes wouldn’t have released them to TMZ or CNN by now if they actually existed?

    1. And someone who actually likes America and wants to do what he can to weaken the Deep State that is destroying the USA.

      1. And you just bought a piece of shit used car with a blown head gasket from the Con Man.

        1. It’s better than linking to kiddie pr0n.

        2. Unlike you, I know that when a car does not run right and don’t buy lemons.

          Trump will get my vote in 2020 as he is the best President in over 80 years.

          MAGA!

        3. “”And you just bought a piece of shit used car with a blown head gasket “‘

          The choice was between two piece of shit used cars with blown head gaskets. One was not prosecuted because the government said they could not prove criminal intent before the election, one after the election.

          1. I note your disgust with both Trump and Hil-Dog. I have no issue with that. I just hate the Trump Fellatio Team (Sevo, John, LovesTrumpsTinyMushroomDick1789, etc)

            1. Sarah Palin’s Buttplug
              May.8.2019 at 11:13 am
              “I just hate the Trump Fellatio Team (Sevo, John, LovesTrumpsTinyMushroomDick1789, etc)”

              Poor loser turd, poor loser.
              You lost, and few things make me happier, loser.

        4. Sarah Palin’s Buttplug
          May.8.2019 at 10:38 am
          “And you just bought a piece of shit used car with a blown head gasket from the Con Man.”

          No, turd, the con man you bought that from was termed out in 2017.
          Loser.

    2. Don’t bring me into this.

      1. You’re the “best.” Trump is the “yugest.”

  22. “NYT: Under Trump, Wages, Jobs Have Improved More for Clinton Backers”
    […]
    “The drop in unemployment and the modest rise in wages since President Donald Trump took office has benefited supporters of Hillary Clinton more than his, according to analysis by The New York Times.
    Wages have increased overall since Trump took office, but the median weekly earnings have increased slightly more for Clinton supporters over Trump supporters, 2.9 percent to 1.8 percent, according to The Upshot.”
    https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/trump-wages-jobs-improved/2017/09/05/id/811684/

    Which proves he’s a big poopyhead who stole the election from that witch! See?

  23. The New York Times takes a deep dive into Donald Trump’s 1980s and 1990s finances, finding things “far bleaker” than was previously known:

    I for one cannot wait until the NYT is placed next to The Enquirer at grocery stores, where it belongs. That and multiple reason staff finally their dream jobs working for that Lefty rag.

  24. The Justice Department’s Inspector General is investigating possible criminal activity by the FBI in its applications to the FISA court to do surveillance on the Trump campaign. New information became available yesterday about how that investigation is progressing. Of particular interest is the applications to renew those FISA court applications.

    “In the last application, the FBI said it didn’t believe that Mr. Steele directly provided the information in the Yahoo News article, even though Mr. Steele had admitted in U.K. proceedings in spring 2017 that he had briefed the reporter.

    . . . .

    “In the last renewal application, dated June 2017, the FBI continued to state that it believed Mr. Steele’s information “credible,” given that his “previous reporting” had been “corroborated and used in criminal proceedings.”

    —-Wall Street Journal

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/watchdog-probes-fbi-reliance-on-dossier-in-surveillance-of-trump-aide-11557275757?

    This is interesting for a couple of reasons.

    1) The FBI stated in an application to the FISA Court that Steele wasn’t the source of a public leak to a journalist–even after Steele Steele admitted that he was the source.

    2) The FBI stated in a an application to the FISA Court that Steele was a credible source–even after the FBI severed their relationship with Steele because he had lost all credibility.

    For those of you who can’t put two and two together, the FBI doing surveillance on a political campaign is serious business, and it appears that the FBI’s justification for doing so was utter bullshit.

    1. I would be utter surprised if any FBI heads roll. The smart ones who participated and have enough time for retirement, will.

      Nothing will happen to the FISA judges who allow the government to run all over the Constitution. To be fair, evidently their was some push back by a judge or two on granting the warrants.

      1. I suspect the reason the Democrats in the House are trying to go after Barr is because they want to discredit him in the court of public opinion ahead of the findings he reports when the Inspector General’s report on this is done–in addition to other ongoing investigations into what the FBI was doing and why.

        I might have agreed with you about the likelihood of anybody at the FBI being held accountable for this, but now that the Democrats in the House are smearing Barr’s personal reputation, he has an incentive to vindicate himself by holding the responsible parties accountable. The Democrats in the House are making it personal.

        1. Sounds like something Democrats would do.

          Lefties have been trying to undermine our constitution via bureaucrats for decades. To have their gains in the FBI and DOJ come tumbling down when the Democratic Party needs them most, really are signs of their demise.

          Benchmarks against Socialism in the USA recently include gun rights making a huge comeback and the GOP being very close to the 2/3 states they need to convene an Article V Constitutional Convention of the States.

          Thank God, the Founders set up this nation to be a Republic.

    2. Who’s gonna arrest the FBI? They have all the gunz.

      1. The people or person responsible may no longer be at the FBI.

        Looking at you, Mr. Comey.

        Comey already publicly admitted that he knew the Steele Dossier had been financed by opposition research when the FBI submitted the applications.

        1. Though I question that. I was discussing this a bit with John yesterday, but the idea that this is a single point of failure, i.e. Comey, is largely a means for the FBI to protect it’s own ass by creating a scapegoat.

          1. A scapegoat is often thought of as a patsy, someone who isn’t necessarily the person who perpetrated the crime. If Comey is guilty of doing whatever he’s accused of, he won’t be a scapegoat.

  25. Two-thirds of pregnancy-related deaths are preventable, say federal health officials.

    Georgia just banned almost all abortions, declaring that “unborn children are a class of living, distinct person” that deserve “full legal recognition” as “natural persons” under Georgia law.

    Georgia’s doing it’s part to lower the number of pregnancy-related deaths.

    1. Republicans learning from Lefties with regard to saying FYTW and knowing that any lawsuits will take years to work through the slow ass appellate system.

      First Trump owns Lefties and now this!?!

    2. Spending more money should solve the problem. Spending more money on women who can’t afford better prenatal and postnatal care is what libertarianism is all about!

  26. “The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled that the Trump administration can continue to enforce a policy requiring some asylum-seekers to remain in Mexico while their cases are processed.

    The ruling from the San Francisco-based appeals court places a stay on a preliminary injunction on the asylum policy issued by a lower court.”

    —-The Hill

    https://thehill.com/latino/442625-court-rules-trump-admin-can-continue-policy-requiring-asylum-seekers-remain-in-mexico

    A recent ruling from a California judge that prevented the Trump administration from returning asylum seekers to Mexico to wait for the hearing to approve their asylum status has been overturned.

    This ruling only applies while the merits of the case itself are awaiting a ruling, but until they get a ruling on the merits of whether returning asylum seekers to Mexico while they await trial is kosher, the Trump administration can continue to do so.

    I see no reason why making asylum seekers who present themselves at our border with Mexico wait for their trial in Mexico should be unconstitutional if the country from which they’re supposedly fleeing persecution is not Mexico.

  27. “A Polish woman is facing prison time over artwork that depicts Jesus and Mary with rainbow halos.”

    was anyone actually offended?

    1. And why are religious feelings so different? What if I’m highly offended by this woman’s arrest? Does no one get charged with a crime for that?

  28. From the pregnancy death article:

    “Public health officials have been grappling with the knowledge that the U.S. continues to have one of the highest maternal death rates despite being one of the biggest economies in the world. It also has an implicit racial bias as black and American Indian/Alaska Native women were 3 times more likely to die than white women.”

    *facepalm* I’m pretty sure medical professionals don’t care what race you are when they decide whether to accept your money for treatment

    1. for certain groups of people its not a lack of care, its a lack of caring on their own part. as the old saying goes “you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink”

  29. appreciate the efforts of KimK.

    1. For sure. It’s good to see a celebrity combining their position of cultural power, with actual ground work, not just complaining on twitter, to do a good deed.

      Really, props to her. Sadly, she worked with Trump on this, so she is still in a state of great sin.

  30. “On Tuesday, the [President of Mexico] said he would reject any support provided by the U.S. under a plan known as the Merida Initiative, which has provided $3 billion in security assistance to Mexico since 2008. He said he wants the funds to be channeled to foster growth and employment in southern Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador—places that account for most illegal migrants to the U.S.”

    They want to reject our money?

    Coincidentally, cutting off that aid entirely is exactly what I would have proposed. Maybe American libertarians and leftists in Latin America can see eye-to-eye on some issues!

    1. “”He said he wants the funds to be channeled to foster growth and employment in southern Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador””

      For some reason that reminds me of our aid to Somalia back in the 1990s. We were air dropping goods only to have Adid’s guys grab it and force people to work for him for food.

  31. Elżbieta Podlesna of hanging posters with the image in the city of Płock

    Well, Płock you too!

    1. Is that on Kronos? Cause it sounds like it would be on Kronos.

  32. Go ahead: make the argument that Trump isn’t successful.

    When you make arguments like this, you’re already wrong.

    1. It will lead to cognitive dissonance when Trump is reelected.

  33. “It’s a sharp escalation of the ongoing dispute between the committee and the Justice Department, which spent the day Tuesday negotiating over the House Judiciary Committee’s subpoena for the entire Mueller report and underlying materials,” writes Rebecca Kaplan at CBS News.

    Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said the vote will proceed as planned.
    ——–

    I’m not certain if someone posted this before but Nadler had a different opinion about grand jury reports when Bill Clinton was president.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfJ9ECJOWng

  34. Over all, Mr. Trump lost so much money that he was able to avoid paying income taxes for eight of the 10 years.

    In other words: WINNING 🙂

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