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  1. 1 JER
    July 11, 2017 at 8:10 pm

  2. 3 pkayden
    July 11, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    And remember the brouhaha over President Obama talking about arugula? Scandalous!!

  3. 4 magapie
    July 11, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    And a TAN suit. TAN! (Never mind he looked fabulous in it.)

  4. 8 arapaho415
    July 11, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    GE TODville, THANK YOU NerdyW for this tweet — the comments are great too.

    Haven’t scrolled through all of them, but here’s a sampling:


  5. 9 Dudette
    July 11, 2017 at 8:32 pm

  6. 12 99ts
    July 11, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Posted on the dead thread – I’m out of touch with the world

    It cannot be stressed enough – the reaction from republicans if ANYONE with the slightest relationship to the Obama Administration had acted in the way of Trump jnr & associates. Impeachment would have started.

    Everything they accuse others of, is what they would do and do do themselves.

  7. 13 Dudette
    July 11, 2017 at 8:45 pm

  8. 14 Dudette
    July 11, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    • July 11, 2017 at 9:31 pm

      “Andrew Wright, a professor at Savannah Law School who was associate counsel in the White House Counsel’s Office under former Democratic President Barack Obama, said he thought Trump Jr.’s agreeing to meet with someone to discuss an illegal act would be enough to trigger a conspiracy charge.” (Reuters)

  9. 16 Dudette
    July 11, 2017 at 9:09 pm

  10. 18 Nena20409
    July 11, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    GE, TODbots.
    As it is known, No Condition is ever permanent.
    GOP sold their Philosophy, Ideology, Commonsense & Love of Country for POWER & Dominance. It started in 1968. It is not sustainable. Unfortunately, it has been destructive for nearly 50yrs.
    Civil Rights In the 1960s.
    Election of a Noble Black President in 2008.
    Hence, The Final Insane Act= #TrumpRussia.

    • July 11, 2017 at 9:39 pm

      But Twumplings just wanted to be fwends with Putin. And now he is his ONLY fwend.

      July 12, 2017 at 8:34 am


  11. 21 GGAIL
    July 11, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Thanks NW

  12. 22 Nena20409
    July 11, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    Pardon me.
    But D-Kos has Good info on Elections locally.

  13. 23 Nena20409
    July 11, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      July 12, 2017 at 8:35 am


    • 25 catrst
      July 12, 2017 at 10:06 am

      This never leaves my mind. May all those that decide to go along with the injustice and malice find some form of it in their own lives until they come to a right way of thinking of their neighbors as as valuable as themselves. Also our neighbors are not our clan. They are much much more than that.

  14. 26 Nena20409
    July 11, 2017 at 9:50 pm

  15. 27 Nerdy Wonka
    July 11, 2017 at 9:51 pm

  16. 31 Nerdy Wonka
    July 11, 2017 at 9:57 pm

  17. 34 magapie
    July 11, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Oh please, oh please, OH PLEASE! But worth remembering that His Royal Orange Majesty, Fuckface Blubber von Clownstick has slime-ed and slithered his way out of horrible disgusting behavior ALL OF HIS LIFE. Massive business failures, sexual assault, fraud, negligence, adultery, pathological lying, etc. etc. Oh yeah, not to mention that he is a wealthy, powerful, old white man. 60MM of our fellow citizens were duped into voting for this P.O.S.! The pressure must be RELENTLESS.

  18. 35 JER
    July 11, 2017 at 10:47 pm

  19. 36 GGail
    July 11, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    I have to hand it to the NYTimes reporters. They’ve done a great job with timelines, emails, etc. which debunk statements, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,… from DonJr.

  20. 37 Dudette
    July 11, 2017 at 11:11 pm

  21. 38 globalcitizenlinda
    July 11, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    who is rhona graff?

    for those who don’t know, this was the lady who was mentioned in Don Jr.’s email;

    she is the homegrown demagogue’s personal “gate-keeper”;

    she has worked for him for 30 years;

    she confidant, takes his private phones, sets his appointments and travel schedule;

    she decides whether he should take meetings and calls from friends, family, current and potential business associates;

    hint : learn this name (rhona graff) and her profile included here because she will be a key player in the Russian scandal ;

    she has the rolodex and day planner;

    she knows where the skeletons are buried and the thugs who make up his life;

  22. 41 Dudette
    July 11, 2017 at 11:53 pm

  23. 42 whenpamelawandered
    July 12, 2017 at 12:00 am

    https://tericarter.wordpress.com/2017/07/10/8-years-of-suffering-under-obama/ Telling it like it is.. No news to TODObots, but a keeper. ❤️

  24. 43 Dudette
    July 12, 2017 at 12:23 am

  25. July 12, 2017 at 12:39 am

    Goodnight TOD ….

  26. 45 arapaho415
    July 12, 2017 at 12:58 am

    So many frustrating things about American politics now, especially the GOP treasonous oligarchs, but a byproduct of our political dysfunction is that we as a nation are not progressing — FUBAR’s #MAGA envisions the way things were 60 years ago, and meanwhile…

    If the US had something similar to Japan’s maglev, you could get from Los Angeles to San Francisco in just over an hour…

    GOP leaders see benefit only in lining their own pockets, see no benefit for investing in things that would improve the lives of our citizens. 😦

  27. 46 arapaho415
    July 12, 2017 at 1:02 am

    Here’s more on FUBAR Jr…

    And this made me LOL:

  28. 47 Dudette
    July 12, 2017 at 1:02 am

  29. 48 Dudette
    July 12, 2017 at 1:03 am

  30. 51 Dudette
    July 12, 2017 at 3:35 am

  31. 52 Dudette
    July 12, 2017 at 3:36 am

  32. 53 Dudette
    July 12, 2017 at 3:39 am

    I’m so annoyed. No freaking way they lost to that group of scrubs. Ugh!

  33. 54 Dudette
    July 12, 2017 at 3:40 am

  34. 57 Dudette
    July 12, 2017 at 3:41 am

  35. 58 Dudette
    July 12, 2017 at 3:42 am

    So cool! I tried it; it works! 🤓

  36. 59 Dudette
    July 12, 2017 at 3:43 am

  37. 60 Dudette
    July 12, 2017 at 3:45 am

  38. 61 Dudette
    July 12, 2017 at 3:45 am

  39. 62 Dudette
    July 12, 2017 at 3:46 am

  40. 63 Dudette
    July 12, 2017 at 3:47 am

  41. 64 Dudette
    July 12, 2017 at 3:47 am

  42. 65 Dudette
    July 12, 2017 at 3:48 am

  43. 66 Dudette
    July 12, 2017 at 3:49 am

  44. 69 Dudette
    July 12, 2017 at 3:53 am

  45. July 12, 2017 at 4:33 am

  46. July 12, 2017 at 4:47 am

  47. July 12, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Massive Iceberg Breaks Off From Antarctica

    One of the largest icebergs ever recorded has just broken off from Antarctica.

    The iceberg is larger than the state of Delaware.

    “The iceberg is one of the largest recorded and its future progress is difficult to predict, it may remain in one piece but is more likely to break into fragments,” said Adrian Luckman, a professor and lead investigator with the MIDAS project. “Some of the ice may remain in the area for decades, while parts of the iceberg may drift north into warmer waters.”

  48. July 12, 2017 at 8:36 am

  49. July 12, 2017 at 8:46 am

    First, the legislation would need to guarantee continued payments for ACA subsidies that reduce enrollees’ cost-sharing—removing the administration’s threat of sabotage. This guarantee would not actually add any costs to government spending because these subsidies are already being paid. But resolving the uncertainty would lower premiums significantly: The nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that premiums would be 19 percent lower with guaranteed cost-sharing payments.

    Second, the legislation would follow the model of states like Alaska and Maine that reimburse insurers for high-cost enrollees. In Alaska, this so-called reinsurance recently lowered premium increases from 40 percent to less than 10 percent. Similarly, Maine implemented a reinsurance program in 2011 for the state’s pre-ACA individual market that helped reduce premiums by 20 percent in the first year. This is not hypothetical or abstract; it is a solution that works in the real world.

    • July 12, 2017 at 8:48 am

      If the legislation provided this reinsurance for 2018 and 2019, senators working together in good faith could easily find $8 billion in savings to pay for it. CAP presents here just two options:

      ***When there is a generic version of a drug, Medicare could eliminate beneficiary costs for the generic drug and increase costs for the brand drug. Congress could also speed up discounts for brand drugs for beneficiaries in the doughnut hole. These two policies would save $32 billion over 10 years, according to the CBO.

      ***Reform payment for health care to pay for value and quality. For instance, when he was a member of Congress, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price sponsored legislation to reform Medicare payments for care after discharge from the hospital. Under Price’s bill, Medicare would pay a fixed rate for a bundle of services over a period of time, allowing providers to share any savings. CBO estimates that such bundled payments for post-hospital care would save about $10 billion over 10 years.

    • July 12, 2017 at 8:49 am

      Third, the legislation could use carrots to encourage insurers to enter markets where there is a single or no insurer. With respect to counties that were underserved as of June 1, insurers that enter such counties could be exempted from the health insurance tax. The government could offer a Guaranteed Choice Plan in areas where there are not sufficient choices, particularly in rural areas. People in underserved counties could be allowed to buy into the Federal Employees Health Benefit Program (FEHBP).

    • July 12, 2017 at 9:32 am

    • 83 whenpamelawandered
      July 12, 2017 at 10:57 am

      “a sicker pool of customers”. Because we are ‘customers’ first, a ‘pool’ rather than living, breathing, struggling humans, seeking a better life. So why would anybody really want to help us?

  50. July 12, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Maddow pointed out, and all the MSM should..

    the Russians could have used that meeting with Jr., Kushner and Manafort to Blackmail Dolt45.

    What else do they have that they can blackmail them with?

  51. July 12, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Sherrilyn Ifill exposes the absurdity of Trump’s election integrity commission
    Jonathan Capehart July 11 at 10:16 AM

    “We don’t have a problem of too many people showing up to vote. We have a problem of too few people showing up to vote.”

    Leave it to Sherrilyn Ifill to succinctly expose the absurdity of President Trump’s election integrity commission. As president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), Ifill is supposed to protect the right to vote from suppression efforts. Her job became more urgent after the Supreme Court invalidated a key provision of the Voting Rights Act in its 2013 Shelby County v. Holder decision.


  52. July 12, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Trump Jr collusion admission leaves Kushner exposed
    Rachel Maddow points out that Republicans are likely to try to undercut the Trump Russia investigation and the admission to collusion by Donald Trump, Jr., but the risk of how Russia might coerce the Trump administration with what else it could reveal adds urgency to Robert Mueller’s mission.

    • July 12, 2017 at 9:29 am

      Investigators at the House and Senate Intelligence committees and the Justice Department are examining whether the Trump campaign’s digital operation – overseen by Jared Kushner – helped guide Russia’s sophisticated voter targeting and fake news attacks on Hillary Clinton in 2016.

      Congressional and Justice Department investigators are focusing on whether Trump’s campaign pointed Russian cyber operatives to certain voting jurisdictions in key states – areas where Trump’s digital team and Republican operatives were spotting unexpected weakness in voter support for Hillary Clinton, according to several people familiar with the parallel inquiries.

      Also under scrutiny is the question of whether Trump associates or campaign aides had any role in assisting the Russians in publicly releasing thousands of emails, hacked from the accounts of top Democrats, at turning points in the presidential race, mainly through the London-based transparency web site WikiLeaks, .

  53. July 12, 2017 at 8:55 am

    NYTimes Trump Jr. reporting ‘not closed by any measure’
    Mark Mazzetti, Washington investigations editor for the New York Times, talks with Rachel Maddow about the story of Donald Trump, Jr. meeting with Russians and what questions remain to be investigated.

  54. July 12, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Trump Jr. scandal puts his father in greater risk on obstruction
    Barbara McQuade, former U.S. attorney, talks with Rachel Maddow about what laws Donald Trump, Jr. may have broken in colluding with Russia, and what further legal legal jeopardy his father may be in as a result of this meeting’s revelation.

  55. July 12, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Russia enjoying great success with Trump in White House
    Rachel Maddow notes that Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak is stepping down with a tremendous record of success as Russia’s wish list from America is seeing favorable progress under Donald Trump.

  56. July 12, 2017 at 8:57 am

    Trump Jr. scandal hurts White House, US image
    Michael McFaul, former U.S. ambassador to Russia, talks with Rachel Maddow about how Donald Trump, Jr.’s admission of collusion with Russia hurts his father’s image and the United States by proxy.

  57. July 12, 2017 at 8:59 am

    I really did enjoy Larry O last night , explaining how Kushner shoulda just stayed his azz in NY. If he had, he wouldn’t be facing jail time for the lies on the Security Clearance Form. You could tell that he was enjoying it too…LOL

  58. July 12, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Some Dare Call It Treason
    by Nancy LeTourneau
    July 11, 2017 2:42 PM

    A little more than a month ago, Mike Lofgren wondered why so many in the press were reluctant to use the “t” word when it comes to the Trump campaign’s relationship with Russia. With the release of the email chain between Donald Trump, Jr. and Rob Goldstone setting up a meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya, there are those who are using the word “treason,” and it’s not just reporters.

    Tim Kaine: “We’re now beyond obstruction of justice…this is moving into perjury…and potentially treason.” pic.twitter.com/DikxAnWykC

    — Axios (@axios) July 11, 2017

    Given that Senator Tim Kaine has a reputation as a scrupulously honest politician and is the opposite of a bomb-throwing extremist, this is something to take seriously.


    What we now know is that since early June, at least these three members of the Trump campaign not only agreed to meet with someone representing the Russian government who was prepared to share “very high level and sensitive information” about Hillary Clinton, they also knew that Moscow was prepared to “support” Trump in the election. That makes almost everything they’ve said about the Russian investigation over the last few months a lie. For example, here’s Don Jr. about two weeks after the meeting with Veselnitskaya occurred.


    Former Watergate prosecutor Nick Akerman says Trump Jr. emails are “almost a smoking cannon.” Told me “there’s no question this is treason.”

    — Gabby Morrongiello (@gabriellahope_) July 11, 2017

  59. July 12, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Something else we’re not hearing much about…confirmation hearing for FBI Director nominee, Christopher Wray.

  60. July 12, 2017 at 9:14 am


  61. July 12, 2017 at 9:25 am

     Meet the Vote Suppressors and Conspiracy Theorists on Trump’s ‘Election Integrity’ Commission
    Forty-eight states have refused to fully comply with the commission’s request for voter data, but the order has already sown chaos at state election offices.
    By Ari Berman


    The latest addition to the commission is J. Christian Adams, who served alongside von Spakovsky in the Bush Justice Department. Their boss, Bradley Schlozman, said he wanted to “ “gerrymander all of those crazy libs right out of the [voting] section.” Adams was “exhibit A” for the improper hiring and rampant politicization that occurred during the Bush years, according to former voting-section chief Joe Rich.

    Today Adams is best known as the leading figure behind the New Black Panther Party conspiracy theory. He accused the Obama administration of “a hostility in the voting section and in the Civil Rights Division to bringing cases on behalf of white victims for the benefit of national racial minorities.” Since he left DOJ, Adams has been suing states and counties to force them to purge their voting rolls, as Mother Jones reported—a preview of the types of suppressive tactics the Trump DOJ is prepping and the commission will no doubt recommend in its report.

  62. July 12, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Who Dished the Dirt on Donald Trump Jr?
    by Nancy LeTourneau
    July 12, 2017 8:00 AM

    While we’ve all been focused on the collusion story, Kevin Drum has been wondering who it was that dished the dirt on Donald Jr. That is an interesting question.

    The New York Times has now run four stories on this topic for four consecutive days. Let’s take a look at how they described their sources.

    July 8th — “according to confidential government records described to The New York Times” and “according to interviews and the documents, which were outlined by people familiar with them.”

    July 9th — “according to three advisers to the White House briefed on the meeting and two others with knowledge of it.”

    July 10th — “according to three people with knowledge of the email.”

    July 11th — no reference to sources

    The only one that gives us any clues is the July 9th story that came from White House advisors. It could be that those advisors are responsible for all four stories or that different people leaked on different days. But even if people inside Trump’s White House are only responsible for one of these stories, that is huge.

    • July 12, 2017 at 10:31 am

      I just think it’s the Russians leaking this story, tightening the screws for more favorable action. You’ve noticed a heightened effort from WH to pressure the House to ease up on sanctions passed by the Senate. The Kremlin has a LOT on this family and is prepared to be brutal when necessary.

  63. July 12, 2017 at 9:31 am

  64. July 12, 2017 at 9:37 am

    I also miss those days of being proud of our President…and being able to get a good night’s sleep.

  65. July 12, 2017 at 9:38 am

    This should continue to keep Democrats motivated.

  66. 110 arapaho415
    July 12, 2017 at 9:39 am

    GM TODville.

    For those of you who have seen television coverage of #JuniorGate, is this point being addressed?

    In response to:

    Also, I was unable to identify via Google whether or not conspiracy is a federal felony… does anyone here know?

    • 111 Dudette
      July 12, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      It has to be conspiracy to commit a particular federal crime – like a campaign receiving anything of value from a foreign govt. Didn’t have to actually receive anything, proof that he tried to do it is enough. [I’m paraphrasing from what I heard on NPR yesterday. They actually mentioned a 2nd federal crime that I can’t recall at the moment.]

  67. July 12, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Is this a reason why Republicans won’t take this as seriously as they should? Another method of voter suppression?

    • 113 Dudette
      July 12, 2017 at 12:08 pm

      Damn, we could do great things if people the people who can vote actually do vote! Ugh, this just burns me up!

  68. July 12, 2017 at 9:43 am

    The plot thickens dear Holmes: Details in Junior’s emails align with parts of the Trump-Russia dossier:

  69. July 12, 2017 at 9:43 am

    July 12, 2017 at 9:45 am


  71. July 12, 2017 at 9:54 am

  72. 123 desertflower
    July 12, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Well, morning everyone. Another day. I’m a little confused now as to what to say about the healthcare bill. Help.

  73. 124 desertflower
    July 12, 2017 at 10:12 am

    I almost choked on my coffee. In a good way:)

    • 125 desertflower
      July 12, 2017 at 10:14 am

      I can’t even tell you how shocking this is. Ducey is a Koch puppet…..but we are a Medicaid expansion state ( the ONLY good thing evil Jan Brewer ever did) and he will have to run for re-election next year, so there’s that. Still, wow.

  74. 127 desertflower
    July 12, 2017 at 10:16 am

    and so many other reasons

  75. 128 desertflower
    July 12, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Free to Die or Go the the Poorhouse Plan

  76. 130 desertflower
    July 12, 2017 at 10:19 am

  77. July 12, 2017 at 10:26 am

    The book is being printed in Italy!! The best print artisans!!

    View this post on Instagram

    The print quality of this book is phenomenal.

    A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on

  78. 132 JER
    July 12, 2017 at 10:37 am

  79. July 12, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Today is National Net Neutrality Day of Action: Do not adjust your sets!
    Internet websites today will demonstrate how the web will look if net neutrality regulations are reversed. Requesting comments
    to the FCC/Congress before current rules are overturned. Under Trumputin the FCC has proposed a reversal of regulations.

  80. July 12, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    The Trump team’s habit of lying in public about its contacts with various official and unofficial emissaries of the Russian government is problematic on its own terms, but especially troubling because it raises the possibility that American foreign policy could be influenced by the fear of blackmail.


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