An Honest Leader

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  1. October 25, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Good Afternoon, Everyone 🙂

  2. October 25, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    I despise these people..

    Immigration detention in sight for girl with cerebral palsy in Texas

    A 10-year-old girl who has lived in the U.S. since she was an infant could be bound for a detention center now that has she recovered from emergency surgery in South Texas.

    Rosamaria Hernandez, who has cerebral palsy, underwent gallbladder surgery this week at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi.

    Her mother, Felipa Delacruz, said her daughter was medically released about 8 a.m. Wednesday but because of her lack of legal immigration status is likely bound for an immigration detention center somewhere else in Texas.

    Attorney Leticia Gonzalez told the Caller-Times she is working with the hospital and federal immigration agency to allow the girl to instead be released to the family’s custody.

    “She is not the typical 10-year-old,” Gonzalez said. “We are hopeful Border Patrol sees the bigger picture here.”

    • 3 sherijr
      October 25, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      They are sick and at this point I am ready to consider them evil. There seems to be no end to the tragedies they’re willing to perpetrate. I don’t know how this isn’t – this immigration mess they’ve created & all the horror visited by ICE – isn’t being investigated by the UN at the very least.

  3. 4 Nena20409
    October 25, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Congrats, Rikyrah on your Solid Au ⭐
    Thanks, NW for a Great New Post with an awesome Tweet!
    Pres Obama is indeed, Honest, Kind, Learned, Intelligent, Firm, full of Integrity, Wisdom, etc.
    {{{ ❤ Chips ❤ Danny ❤ }}}
    ❤ ❤ ❤ TODville Community.

  4. 5 Nena20409
    October 25, 2017 at 3:51 pm

  5. 7 Judith Fardig
    October 25, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Hard to get back in the fray after 3 weeks hiking and reconnecting with friends in New England. Acutely aware other people never get a break, so I will resume advocacy. Missed you all while I was leaf peeping.

    • 8 Nena20409
      October 25, 2017 at 3:59 pm

      Welcome Back, Judith 🙂

    • 10 CEB
      October 25, 2017 at 4:04 pm

      So glad you had joyful relaxing days away from the fray for awhile. Even warrior queens like you need to step back to renew and re-connect to remind yourself that much of life is still beautiful as you care for yourself😊

      • 11 Judith Fardig
        October 25, 2017 at 4:24 pm

        Thanks, CEB! Current task – looking up and publicizing all ACA navigator help events in Portland. We are our brothers’ keepers and our sisters’ keepers.

    • 12 whenpamelawandered
      October 25, 2017 at 4:52 pm


    • 13 GGAIL
      October 25, 2017 at 7:32 pm

      Welcome back Judith! You were missed.

      Are you Fired Up & Ready to Go?

    • 14 57andfemale
      October 26, 2017 at 9:24 am

      This isn’t just a marathon, it’s a relay or we’ll all burn ourselves out. I took a break, too, although I’ve missed all of you terribly. Lots of work issues, health issues for Mr. 57, and very bad pain issues for me. But I continue to engage, fight, do whatever I can. But I need my TOD family to recharge!

  6. 15 Nena20409
    October 25, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    • 16 misspat
      October 25, 2017 at 4:11 pm

      Harry Truman said “The bucks stop here.” He is supposed to be the Commander-in-Chief. How long is this charade going to go on?

    • October 25, 2017 at 5:37 pm

      It was your generals, wasn’t it?

    • 18 pkayden
      October 26, 2017 at 7:22 am

      How convenient that he tries to shift the blame from himself to others. This is a man who isn’t fit to be in the White House.

    • 19 57andfemale
      October 26, 2017 at 9:25 am

      And he called it “MY” military. I wanted to reach through the tee vee and strangle him.

    • October 27, 2017 at 1:57 pm

      Wow. I have a feeling that the top general brass don’t have ANY respect left for the Blamer-in-Chief.

      That being said, I think that Trump has indeed given free reign to the military. He has been too lazy AND too coward to assume the WORK and the RESPPONSIBILITIES of the Commander-in-Chief.

      Worst President in history, by far. Unbelievable.

  7. 21 Nena20409
    October 25, 2017 at 4:09 pm

  8. October 25, 2017 at 4:12 pm

  9. 23 Nena20409
    October 25, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    • 24 pkayden
      October 26, 2017 at 7:25 am

      It’s good that the world can see how awful this idiot really is. No empathy. No compassion. No self control. Absolutely disgusting. He shouldn’t be making any further condolence calls since he has nothing comforting to say to those who are bereaved.

  10. 25 No Child Left Behind
    October 25, 2017 at 4:50 pm

  11. October 25, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Conservative leaders asked Paul Ryan today if DACA or Obamacare subsidies would be part of a year-end spending deal.

    Ryan said CSR payments wouldn’t, but DACA would.https://t.co/swcKSi8iAm

    — Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) October 25, 2017

  12. 28 desertflower
    October 25, 2017 at 5:12 pm

  13. 29 desertflower
    October 25, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    He wants you to know he’s smart. Very smart. Went to an Ivy League school. So smart. Dickhead.

  14. 30 JER
    October 25, 2017 at 6:45 pm

  15. 31 JER
    October 25, 2017 at 6:45 pm

  16. 32 JER
    October 25, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    LIVE NOW: Gold Star father Khizr Kahn speaks at National Constitution Center – http://abcnews.go.com/live/video/special-live-3?cid=share_twitter_widget

  17. 33 JER
    October 25, 2017 at 6:57 pm

  18. 34 JER
    October 25, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Barack Obama and Charleston’s Bill Murray golf together again in Va.
    …Hey, isn’t that … former president Barack Obama and comedian Bill Murray, hitting the links together at Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va., on Tuesday? …

  19. October 25, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    from the article

    The partisan brinkmanship that has all but derailed the Russia investigations launched by the Senate Judiciary Committee and House Intelligence Committee leaves the Senate Intelligence Committee panel the lone panel where both parties appear committed to carrying out a bipartisan inquiry. But even that committee’s chairman, Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), has hesitated to defy Trump. At a news conference this month, he refused to endorse the conclusion by US intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to help Trump win election.

  20. October 25, 2017 at 8:15 pm

  21. 38 amk for obama
    October 25, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    all those checks & balances now have an entirely different meaning. literally.

  22. 39 sherijr
    October 25, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Informative resignation letter (5 pages) from a 25 year employee of the EPA: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3538076-EPACoxlet.html

  23. 40 JER
    October 25, 2017 at 10:19 pm

  24. 41 JER
    October 25, 2017 at 10:29 pm

  25. 42 Mtmarilyn2
    October 25, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    I think I fixed my problem. I can post again.

  26. 43 jacquelineoboomer
    October 25, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    And thank you, “No Drama” Nerdy, for this post! Love ya!

  27. 45 Mtmarilyn2
    October 25, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    Does this work.

  28. 46 amk for obama
    October 25, 2017 at 11:13 pm

  29. 47 amk for obama
    October 25, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    and outta here.

  30. 49 jacquelineoboomer
    October 25, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    And ol’ Bill Clinton was a Rhodes Scholar, “back in the day.”

    • 50 pkayden
      October 26, 2017 at 7:44 am

      Unlike Trump, there was no question of their intelligence and pedigree. Trump speaks like a child and his tweets are full of grammatical and spelling errors. There is no evidence that he had a first rate education.

    • October 26, 2017 at 8:26 am

      These people *earned* their way in. No doubt, 45’s father paid his way in… and probably paid for his degree.

  31. 54 jacquelineoboomer
    October 26, 2017 at 12:00 am

  32. 55 arapaho415
    October 26, 2017 at 12:36 am

    GE/GM TODville.

    I’ve been remiss and haven’t been here for the past couple of days 😦 , but when I saw this, just had to share.

    Could not have happened to a better person — we Obots will never forget or forgive this *dick* for calling PBO one over the broadcast airwaves.


    • October 26, 2017 at 7:38 am

      Good morning all. #karma indeed. My immediate reaction was same as yours. Even before he called PO “dick”, he always seemed slimy to me.

    • 57 pkayden
      October 26, 2017 at 7:42 am

      Which explains why he sucked up to Trump during the election cycle. Birds of a feather, flock together.

    • 59 amk for obama
      October 26, 2017 at 7:43 am

      Obama and his admin’s complete contempt for cable noise knowthing pundtwits got just justified. The entire tevee and movie industry is brimming with scums and turd is the prime example.

    • 60 99ts
      October 26, 2017 at 7:47 am

      So now we know why Halperin was smiling so much with trump on the campaign trail.

      And MJ on MSNBC without Halperin today – is 100% anti trump. They even had a RWNJ on ranting about the wonder of the tax Reform (well actually tax cuts) & held him to account that what he was saying just would not work. I may have missed it – but did not hear a word about Hillary & that dossier.

      • 61 arapaho415
        October 26, 2017 at 8:22 am

        GE 99ts.

        Thanks for the Morning Joe update.

        Though I know there’s a lot to dislike about Joe Scarborough, I used to watch (the end) of that show back when I had a TV (airs from 3am-6am on the US west coast, so only saw the last hour [or less] back then).

        He would often mention how fiscally and militarily reckless GWB was, so it’s no surprise that he’s peeved with the grotesque evil currently occupying the WH.

        But man, oh man, he and Mika didn’t help by treating grotesque evil as an honored celebrity, a person of integrity, during the campaign. 😦

        • 62 99ts
          October 26, 2017 at 4:05 pm

          Hello arapaho

          Like every other media pundit – MJ & team had much to do with electing insanity into the WH and for the past 9 months they have continued with the “both sides” & attacking HRC on a regular basis. I don’t watch all the time but was stuck by the difference when Halperin was absent. Last remaining trump supporter on the show – last one scared of what the monster might tweet about him.

          Seeing as the republicans & the media attacked Weinstein non stop, they have opened the floodgates & can no longer defend their own.

    • 63 Nena20409
      October 26, 2017 at 2:12 pm

      This Perv called Pres Obama a Pus*y on an XM Radio Show before he was LIVE on Morning Joke & called Pres Obama a Dick. Karma loathes Ugliness. This time, MSNBC & NBC can’t hide. He will eventually be fired. Not after Mika B. raved, ranted, RIGHTLY so on Weinstein & made it Unacceptable for her to continue her Book contracts w/a Weinstein Book Firm or something.

  33. 64 amk for obama
    October 26, 2017 at 7:44 am

  34. 66 amk for obama
    October 26, 2017 at 7:56 am

    rethugs’ cancerous corruption of all institutions – from judiciary to executive to military to law enforcement – for decades and the result is the price americans are paying now and probably forever.

    • 67 amk for obama
      October 26, 2017 at 7:58 am

      I left out the fucking press.

    • October 26, 2017 at 10:17 am

      it has been a lil more than 50 years since the CRA and the VRA has been passed..it was not easy to bend that arc towards Justice…i think of the 1000s of blk folks who were lynched and all the other atrocities and indignities my people have suffered….this slide back scares me to no end….esp with the courts…i think of the Pettus Bridge…and the courageous men and women who continued to cross that bridge..knowing that they might be beaten or worse…and i say to myself…Have their Courage…..have their tenacity…be strong…..

  35. 69 desertflower
    October 26, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Happy Birthday, Hillary Clinton. Enjoy your day. Morning everyone:)

    October 26, 2017 at 8:01 am


    • October 26, 2017 at 9:40 am

      Sue, I’m sorry to hear about the pain you’re going through. I hope all goes well with your examination and I’ll keep you in my prayers. 😇♥

        October 26, 2017 at 10:49 am


    • 80 Mtmarilyn2
      October 26, 2017 at 11:26 am

      Prayers for you Sue!

        October 26, 2017 at 5:48 pm


  37. 82 desertflower
    October 26, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Shocking, isn’t it? (Not)

  38. 83 desertflower
    October 26, 2017 at 8:25 am

    Swamp rot needs to go.

  39. 84 Allison
    October 26, 2017 at 8:29 am

  40. 85 desertflower
    October 26, 2017 at 8:32 am

  41. 86 desertflower
    October 26, 2017 at 8:34 am

  42. 87 desertflower
    October 26, 2017 at 8:37 am

    My sister:)

  43. October 26, 2017 at 8:38 am

    This little girl has cerebral palsy. She was about to have emergency gall bladder surgery.
    But Trump and his goons have to prove something first.

  44. 91 desertflower
    October 26, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Wake up, America. Wake the hell up!!

    • 92 99ts
      October 26, 2017 at 4:17 pm

      hello df – well this is how the GOP wins elections – unbelievable – and here were the bernie fans complaining about not being able to vote in californian primary – shame they don’t attack that which is true voter supression.

      Thought of you today – my google doodle is showing – “teachers day 2017”

  45. 93 desertflower
    October 26, 2017 at 8:43 am

  46. October 26, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Peter Baker‏ @peterbakernyt

    Abortion rate fell by 25 percent in the US from 2008, study finds, citing improved contraception

    4:58 AM – 24 Oct 2017
    41 replies 667 retweets 977 likes

  47. 96 JER
    October 26, 2017 at 8:57 am

  48. October 26, 2017 at 8:58 am

    About them messing with the 401ks:

    I believe that they will try.
    BUt, I believe that they will fail.
    This concerns the middle class and is the heart of the IGMFY group.THEY are Republicans because of taxes and money. You phuck with that, and they will come for you.
    These folks will not have guns or abortion or the little Baby Jesus ,or other shiny objects thrown at them.
    For the same reason why the local tax deduction is no longer floated..
    There are close to 50 GOPers from these states, and these Reps would be committing career suicide

  49. 98 desertflower
    October 26, 2017 at 9:00 am


    • October 26, 2017 at 9:02 am

      I’m so disgusted that this great man has been made a pariah, an untouchable. I hope he wins his lawsuit BIG TIME.

      • 100 desertflower
        October 26, 2017 at 9:30 am

        Me too. I have a feeling things will work in his favor when all is said and done. His protest is grounded in reality and came from a pure and good place.

        • October 26, 2017 at 11:13 am

          I tend to agree. Joe Madison always reminds: Difference between a moment and a movement is sacrifice. When speaking about CP, he then talks about the sacrifice he has/is made/making.

  50. October 26, 2017 at 9:00 am

  51. 103 amk for obama
    October 26, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Women made this happen while the men covered up. Kudos to these brave women.

  52. 109 desertflower
    October 26, 2017 at 9:06 am

    If he’s supposed to be so smart, how come he sounds like a bumbling idiot? Rhetorical question

  53. 112 amk for obama
    October 26, 2017 at 9:07 am

    I posted this before. She is so articulate.

    • 113 CEB
      October 26, 2017 at 10:23 am

      And the children shall lead them: I hope her device has been marketed and is in use. Her work shows that there have been answers all the time (the first thing is to not allow this to happen), but the damn republican govt. to save a few coins and the fact that they care nothing for people who are struggling committed murder and are still getting away with it. All of these meetings to talk about what everyone knows to be true and nothing being done about it.

  54. 114 desertflower
    October 26, 2017 at 9:08 am


  55. 118 amk for obama
    October 26, 2017 at 9:15 am

    morning df. hbd today? where is the cake beer single malt?

  56. October 26, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Republicans are starting to notice another big problem with their tax plan

    I’ve written before about problems with the provision of the Republican tax framework that President Donald Trump touts as good for small businesses.

    This tax break would ensure that people who own so-called pass-through businesses would be taxed at no more than 25% on income from those businesses, unlike wages, which may currently be taxed at rates up to 39.6%.

    A major problem with this proposal is that most small businesses wouldn’t benefit. More than 80% of tax filers with small-business income are already taxed at rates of 25% or less, so only the wealthiest business owners, who currently face high tax brackets, would get a tax cut.

    And many of the businesses getting the tax advantage wouldn’t be small. The president, who would surely contest the idea that his own businesses are small, would get a big tax break from this provision.

    But now another problem with the proposal is starting to get attention in Congress – a problem that will make this provision a huge mess even if you like the idea of a big tax cut for business owners.

  57. 128 whenpamelawandered
    October 26, 2017 at 9:22 am


  58. October 26, 2017 at 9:22 am

    I’ll say it again…

    Kelly saw nothing wrong with SEPARATING PARENTS AND CHILDREN IN CUSTODY!!

    Think on that.

    Uh huh
    Uh huh

    New York Times this morning;
    This past summer, the Trump administration debated lowering the annual cap on refugees admitted to the United States. Should it stay at 110,000, be cut to 50,000 or fall somewhere in between? John F. Kelly offered his opinion. If it were up to him, he said, the number would be between zero and one.

    Mr. Kelly’s comment made its way around the White House, according to an administration official, and reinforced what is only now becoming clear to many on the outside. While some officials had predicted Mr. Kelly would be a calming chief of staff for an impulsive president, recent days have made clear that he is more aligned with President Trump than anticipated.

    • 130 57andfemale
      October 26, 2017 at 9:45 am

      This canonization of Kelly from the left (before he fantastically blew it over La David Johnson) was always absurd. He deported with glee at DHS. He said women in combat would “lower” standards. He’s been a GOP sociopathic monster his entire career. It sickens me to watch the left canonize everyone who makes one decent utterance. We waste time, energy, and proper framing when we forget – even for an instant – who are enemies are.

  59. 131 JER
    October 26, 2017 at 9:23 am

  60. 133 amk for obama
    October 26, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Couple kept apart by strict father marry 40 years later.


    what? I can be sentimental too.

  61. October 26, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Well, this looks like pay dirt to me. Or BOOM as we say in the business!!

  62. October 26, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Dave Weigel Retweeted
    Gabriel Sherman‏Verified account @gabrielsherman 37m37 minutes ago
    WOW: Frm NJ assemblyman, who dated O’Reilly victim, says Fox and O’Reilly worked together to dig up dirt on accusers

  63. 137 GGAIL
    October 26, 2017 at 9:28 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our beloved Desert Flower!
    Wishing you a day and year of love and laughter 🎂

  64. October 26, 2017 at 9:33 am

    A GRAND HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our very fabulous desert flower!! It’s been such a pleasure to share mornings with you over the years.

    I hope your day and new year are filled with bliss and all the things your dear heart desires. CHEERS!!

  65. October 26, 2017 at 9:38 am

    The Steele Dossier Looks More Credible Than Ever
    by Martin Longman
    October 25, 2017


    There’s no evidence beyond what we already knew to suspect that Steele had an incentive to skew his reports. And Steele’s behavior is certainly curious if he thought he was working in close cooperation with the Clinton campaign. For example, when he felt that the information he was providing to Fusion GPS was too explosive to leave to them, he made the decision to contact the FBI:

    Steele dutifully filed his first incendiary report with Fusion on June 20, but was this the end of his responsibilities? He knew that what he had unearthed, he’d say in his anonymous conversation with Mother Jones, “was something of huge significance, way above party politics.” Yet was it simply a vanity to think that a retired spy had to take it on his shoulders to save the world? And what about his contractual agreement with Simpson? Could the company sue, he no doubt wondered, if he disseminated information he’d collected on its dime?

    In the end, Steele found the rationale that is every whistle-blower’s sustaining philosophy: the greater good trumps all other concerns. And so, even while he kept working his sources in the field and continued to shoot new memos to Simpson, he settled on a plan of covert action.

    The F.B.I.’s Eurasian Joint Organized Crime Squad—“Move Over, Mafia,” the bureau’s P.R. machine crowed after the unit had been created—was a particularly gung-ho team with whom Steele had done some heady things in the past. And in the course of their successful collaboration, the hard-driving F.B.I. agents and the former frontline spy evolved into a chummy mutual-admiration society.

    It was only natural, then, that when he began mulling whom to turn to, Steele thought about his tough-minded friends on the Eurasian squad. And fortuitously, he discovered, as his scheme took on a solid operational commitment, that one of the agents was now assigned to the bureau office in Rome. By early August, a copy of his first two memos were shared with the F.B.I.’s man in Rome.

    “Shock and horror”—that, Steele would say in his anonymous interview, was the bureau’s reaction to the goodies he left on its doorstep. And it wanted copies of all his subsequent reports, the sooner the better.

    • 150 57andfemale
      October 26, 2017 at 9:53 am

      So Steele himself said that he gave the info to the FBI? I’ve heard it was the Clinton campaign that gave it, and others who might have given it.

      Understand, Comey knew this months before the election. He wouldn’t make the investigation public because it might affect the election. But the HRC bogus email story helped flip the election.

      The left canonized him when he stood up to Trump. And thank you for that, Mr. Comey. But we give them all too much credit, while they continue to do severe damage.

  66. October 26, 2017 at 9:43 am

  67. 153 Eveingeorgia
    October 26, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Isn’t it amazing how, one by one, all of PBO’s accusers have been brought low? Just wow.

    • 154 amk for obama
      October 26, 2017 at 9:48 am

      yup. waiting for the last scum to be kneed and thrown behind bars.

    • 155 CEB
      October 26, 2017 at 10:38 am

      I thought the same thing when I saw the news about Halpern. No one is talking about Steve Kroft anymore either. Remember how rude he was to PBO in all of those interviews then his sex scandal was uncovered? PBO knew not to waste his time with vengeance because he knew it was all to distract him from doing his job. Plus, he is a grown-ass man who knows who he is, is confident withi himself and has nothing to prove. Dignity and light, going high when others go low are difficult to do when one is assailed on all sides, but in the long run it is the best move. I keep thinking of the scripture that says “vengeance is mine; I will repay, says the Lord.”

  68. October 26, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Senate committee splits as Trump behavior warrants scrutiny
    Rachel Maddow reports on how congressional committees are splitting along partisan lines in the Trump Russia investigation even as new revelations show Donald Trump’s behavior warrants a closer look by committees like the Senate Judiciary.

    Blumenthal hopes committee split speeds up Trump investigation
    Senator Richard Blumenthal talks with Rachel Maddow about the unprecedented nature of Donald Trump interviewing potential U.S. attorneys and what partisan divisions within the Judiciary Committee mean for the Trump Russia investigation.

  69. October 26, 2017 at 9:52 am


    Alarm over disease as much of Puerto Rico still lacks clean water
    Rachel Maddow reports on a frustrating run-around in trying to get answers to questions about the spread of the bacterial infection leptospirosis from lack of clean drinking water in Puerto Rico.

  70. 158 JER
    October 26, 2017 at 9:59 am

  71. October 26, 2017 at 10:01 am

    *Sahil Kapur brings us what rank and file members of the Republican caucus are saying about their party’s tax cut plan.

    “We don’t know the brackets,” Representative Chris Collins of New York, a Trump ally, told reporters after a Republican conference meeting Tuesday. “We don’t know where we are on estate taxes. We don’t know where we are on” the state and local tax deduction — a contentious issue for members like Collins from high-tax states.

    “We don’t know where we are on the size of the child tax credit,” he continued. “We don’t know, we don’t know, we don’t know, we don’t know, we don’t know.”…

    One member of [the Ways and Means] committee, Representative Dave Schweikert of Arizona, responded succinctly when asked what issues are still outstanding: “All of them.”

  72. October 26, 2017 at 10:01 am

    This “journalist” spent an entire election cycle trashing an accomplished woman who should be POTUS. I’m going to bed now to sleep on this. https://t.co/SWFSdiiiy6— Donna Edwards (@DonnaFEdwards) October 26, 2017

  73. 161 JER
    October 26, 2017 at 10:04 am

  74. October 26, 2017 at 10:09 am

    On taxes, Americans aren’t buying what Republicans are selling
    10/26/17 08:40 AM—UPDATED 10/26/17 08:43 AM
    By Steve Benen


    A New York Times report explained yesterday, “The Republican tax plan is a bit like having a baby to save a failing marriage. With divisions roiling the party, the prospect of a once-in-a-generation bill to cut taxes on businesses and individuals increasingly appears to be the last, best hope for a fractured establishment desperate to find common ground and advance an effort it has long championed as the pinnacle of Republican orthodoxy.”


    Fewer than a third of Americans support Donald Trump’s tax-cut plan, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday, as the U.S. president went to Capitol Hill looking for Republican backing for his proposal to slash tax rates for individuals and companies.

    A new Fox News poll, released late yesterday, offered a variety of results on taxes, but among the findings was evidence that 78% of Americans are “frustrated” that “the wealthy are paying too little in taxes.” Another recent Fox News poll found that 59% disapprove of lowering taxes on corporations.

    The entire Republican gambit is predicated on the polar opposite conclusions.

  75. 164 CEB
    October 26, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Another sexual predator has been forced to “step back.” Mark Halpern, the ABC then CNN, correspondent who called PBO a “dick” and was hyper-critical and offensive toward PBO during the entire 8 years is out. Halpern, it turns out is the actual little dick that was acting like a big one to numerous women. More and more, it is brave women stepping up and bringing their abusers to account. These powerful and influential men have preyed on them and been an over-all asshole to anyone that they thought were subordinate to them, and each day they are finally being outed and taken down after, in some cases, decades of abuse. I hope that the women who have been preyed upon by the predator-in-chief, will be able to get the support that they need to once again come forth, be believed and defended so that this disgrace can be removed. Everyday that he is in the WH extends the pain of all survivors of abuse. Too have to see his image, hear people talk about him everyday, and to see him on the world stage with the power to harm millions must be so sickening, and I am sure has triggered many. Many are living the ultimate nightmare of helplessness in the wake of knowing that for more than 62 million of their fellow citizens, many of whom are women, are fine with a self-confessed sexual predator holding the highest office in the land and in much of the world.

  76. 165 CEB
    October 26, 2017 at 10:16 am

    I have to give a lot of props to Ronan Farrow. It was his determination to get the story out about Weinstein that started the cascade. NBC told him no, he had to pay for videographers out of his own pocket, and he stuck with the story until he found a media outlet (kudos to The New Yorker) that would get the story out. The brave women had a trust-worthy ally in Ronan. I hear that now all kinds of media outlets are courting him. I hope he lands somewhere that has integrity and will allow him the resources and the space to do such life-changing work.

    • 166 jacquelineoboomer
      October 26, 2017 at 10:44 am

      Agree. I also think his mother Mia Farrow helped him proceed, behind the scenes. (Yes, because I’m a mother of a son, of course, and I always “credit the mother” – Ha!)

  77. 167 amk for obama
    October 26, 2017 at 10:18 am

    and yet this woman was pushing garbage against a man who was the very antithesis of these scums for years. hypocrite.

  78. 170 amk for obama
    October 26, 2017 at 10:19 am

  79. 171 desertflower
    October 26, 2017 at 10:29 am

    It’s a start. Better not be ALL they do

  80. 172 desertflower
    October 26, 2017 at 10:33 am

    1970’s gold. What a waste of taxpayer $$$…add to that the private soundproof booth for Pruitt (WTF is THAT for???) the private jets, and the rest of the grift….congrats, America. The swamp monster is in the Oval sucking the public dry. Idiots

  81. 174 desertflower
    October 26, 2017 at 10:35 am

    shout out to the white guys in the back

  82. 177 desertflower
    October 26, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Talk about a conspiracy theorist wack job….that would be Rep Paul Gosar (Nutjob-AZ) Someone unseat this mf’er please!

  83. October 26, 2017 at 10:47 am

    In 2010, I ended my review of Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s Game Change with “these guys really, really hate women.” https://t.co/CW86kv9bEB— The Rude Pundit (@rudepundit) October 26, 2017

  84. October 26, 2017 at 10:49 am

  85. October 26, 2017 at 10:49 am

    The mayor of San Juan wants to void the $300M contract awarded to a tiny Montana company to help rebuild Puerto Rico.

    Here’s why: pic.twitter.com/ZSUfSDp6yC

    — Splinter (@splinter_news) October 25, 2017

    Here’s Trump-donor-financed company that won a $300m Puerto Rico contract apparently threatening the mayor of San Juan https://t.co/LPAZAVy36G

    — Scream Thielman (@samthielman) October 25, 2017

    We’ve got 44 linemen rebuilding power lines in your city & 40 more men just arrived. Do you want us to send them back or keep working?

    — Whitefish Energy (@WhitefishEnergy) October 25, 2017

  86. October 26, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Puerto Rico’s financial oversight board is moving to install an emergency manager at the island’s state-owned utility amid criticism of a $300 million contract it awarded to a small Montana energy firm for work on the territory’s crippled electrical grid.

    The board said Wednesday that it intends to appoint Noel Zamot, a retired Air Force colonel and member of the oversight panel, to oversee daily operations of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority.

    The decision comes as House and Senate Democrats called for an investigation into the utility’s agreement with Whitefish Energy. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) pledged to examine the grid-rebuilding efforts at an upcoming hearing of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, which she chairs. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz on Tuesday told Yahoo News that the contract should be “voided right away.”…

    Whitefish and the utility struck an agreement on Sept. 26, six days after Maria swept through, without a formal bidding process. About 80 percent of customers still have no electricity.

    Under the contract, Whitefish is charging $330 an hour for a site supervisor and $227.88 an hour for a “journeyman lineman.” The cost for subcontractors, which make up the bulk of Whitefish’s workforce, is $462 per hour for a supervisor and $319.04 for a lineman.

    “PREPA has made clear it is not equipped for the enormous task of quickly restoring the Island’s power,” Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.) said in a statement, using the acronym for the utility. “The Authority’s dubious decision to contract with a small, inexperienced and obscure company further underscored the need for intervention.”

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called the contract with Whitefish “highly suspect” and urged inspectors general to investigate…

  87. October 26, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Georgia, HEADS UP

  88. October 26, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Baby steps….

  89. October 26, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Repeat after me…

    They would sell their mother to Lucifer for those tax cuts.


    Putting aside principles, Graham says, ‘I’m trying to get taxes cut’
    10/26/17 10:06 AM
    By Steve Benen
    In a rather dramatic speech on the Senate floor this week, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) declared, “There are times when we must risk our careers in favor of our principles. Now is such a time.”

    The Arizona Republican, in remarks that were intended as a rebuke to Donald Trump, added that officials’ principles and obligations “are far more important than politics…. Acting on conscience and principle is the manner in which we express our moral selves and as such, loyalty to conscience and principle should supersede loyalty to any man or party.”

    As Vanity Fair noted, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) seemed sympathetic to his colleague’s concerns, but only to a point.

    “I like him a lot,” Graham said on Wednesday when asked about Flake’s speech. “I think it’s a loss to the Senate. I share some of his concerns about what the president said, about the way he behaves. The election is over. I’m focused on results, and that’s why I’m here. I’d rather not be a constant critic. I’ll stand up when I need to, but I’m trying to get taxes cut.” […]

    Graham, as you may recall, once described Trump as a “jackass” and an “idiot,” but now that they’re working together to deliver a gigantic tax cut to corporate America and the rich disguised as tax relief for the middle-class, he describes the president a little differently: “He’s a dealmaker, and he’s extremely flexible,” Graham told The Washington Post,

  90. 187 Dudette
    October 26, 2017 at 11:12 am

  91. 190 No Child Left Behind
    October 26, 2017 at 11:50 am


  92. 191 Dudette
    October 26, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Happy Birthday desertflower!!! 😘😍❤️💋

  93. October 26, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Scott Brown: more complaints surface over behaviour of US ambassador to New Zealand
    Ambassador said to have been ‘culturally insensitive’ at party in Samoa and is alleged by one woman to have stared at her breasts

    It was a balmy 32 degrees when the US ambassador to New Zealand, Scott Brown, touched down in Apia, the capital of the South Pacific island nation of Samoa.

    Brown had flown in with his wife, Gail Huff, in July for a party to celebrate 50 years of the peace corps in the country. It was his inaugural visit to Samoa – of which he is also the official US representative – and one he was looking forward to.

    The party was intended as the climax of the ambassador’s trip, a night of celebration. People were in high spirits. They were offered beer, wine, champagne and local hors d’oeuvres, including slices of taro topped with palusami, spring rolls and chicken skewers.

    But something went wrong that night. As one attendee describes it, something was “off” and the party is now at the centre of a US state department investigation over the ambassador’s conduct toward two women.

    Brown admitted on Wednesday that he was being investigated by officials who had flown to Wellington to interview him.

    • 200 misspat
      October 26, 2017 at 2:26 pm

      Pervert sent another pervert to make us look bad. Sending an fornicator to the Vatican too. So much winning!

  94. 201 JER
    October 26, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    LIVE NOW: House Minority Leader Pelosi holds weekly news briefing – http://abcnews.go.com/live/video/special-live-10?cid=share_twitter_widget

  95. 202 Dudette
    October 26, 2017 at 12:06 pm


  96. 204 Dudette
    October 26, 2017 at 12:13 pm

  97. 207 Don
    October 26, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    This is the same Mark Halperin that called President Obama a “dick” on the Morning Joe show, and everyone on the panel had a good laugh too.

  98. 210 Dudette
    October 26, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Please share this everywhere!

  99. October 26, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Lindsey Graham Trades Principle for Influence
    by Martin Longman
    October 26, 2017


    The apparent and surprisingly abrupt demise in Steve Bannon’s influence offers a major potential opening for neoconservatives, many of whom opposed Trump’s election precisely because of his association with Bannon and the “America Firsters,” to return to power after so many years of being relegated to the sidelines. Bannon’s decline suggests that he no longer wields the kind of veto power that prevented the nomination of Elliott Abrams as deputy secretary of state.

    I can only imagine how Bannon feels about seeing neoconservative stalwart Lindsey Graham positioning himself to have the ear of the president:

    Three times in a single day last week, Senator Lindsey Graham’s cellphone rang. The first time, President Trump called about the health care fight in Congress. The second time, the president thanked the senator for defending his honor on television. Then Mr. Trump rang seeking more intelligence on health care.

    Mr. Graham — Republican of South Carolina and a one-time target of the president’s barbs on Twitter — has transformed himself into the Senate’s Trump whisperer, shrugging off the White House chaos, personal insults and deep ideological differences in exchange for Mr. Trump’s ear.


    Graham recently injected himself into the health care debate, which is an area where he has previously shown little interest and less expertise. And it’s true that these recent calls pertained to health care and not foreign policy. But Graham is establishing trust and a working relationship which he will attempt to use in foreign policy going forward.

  100. 213 Dudette
    October 26, 2017 at 12:20 pm

  101. 214 Don
    October 26, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Happy Birthday DesertFlower, may all your dreams come true!

  102. October 26, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    A Coordinated Attack on the FBI Has Begun
    by Nancy LeTourneau October 26, 2017


    In the tweet above, the president basically insinuated that the FBI had colluded with the Russians and the Democrats to produce the dossier, and so I’ve suggested that it is very likely that they will be the next target. Take a look at how that was affirmed when Tucker Carlson interviewed Rep. Nunes (who has reversed his recusal from the Russia investigation) last night.

    Their conversation focused completely on the role of the FBI with the Steele dossier, and is loaded with distortions and lies. Carlson even went so far as to ask, “So is there anything more terrifying than the prospect of an armed rogue agency?” Think about that. An interviewer refers to the FBI as “an armed rogue agency” and a member of Congress simply nods in agreement. Apparently the long knives have come out.

    At the root of all of this is the assertion made in Trump’s tweet that the FBI paid for the Steele dossier (they considered doing so, but didn’t) and whether they actually investigated its assertions (gasp!) One thing that has been missing from most of the discussion about all of this is that when the dossier was shared with Sen. John McCain last December, he immediately turned in over to the FBI. As Martin has written, they already had it because it had been given to them by Christopher Steele. But the point is that it wasn’t just Democrats and the FBI who were concerned about what he was finding.

    These attacks on the FBI, along with John Solomon’s lies and distortions about the fact that they investigated a racketeering scheme involving a Russian nuclear official, are designed to undermine the agency that was initially involved in investigating the Trump/Russia connection as well as Robert Mueller, who has taken it over as the independent prosecutor.

  103. 216 Dudette
    October 26, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    No Means No Everywhere

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