A New Record

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  1. 1 cos
    November 16, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Hello NW and TOD. Thanks for all that you do to maintain this site NW.

  2. 3 Judith Fardig
    November 16, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    YAY for COS and yay for ACA enrollments! Today was depressing with the House passing their #TrumpTaxScam bill and accusations about Al Franken. I survived my MRI but figure there is a fairly high chance my biopsy on Tuesday will come back distressing. Yuck! My mom had breast cancer twice 17 years apart, so this isn’t really a surprise. Maybe I am borrowing trouble by immediately jumping to worst casr scenario. Thanks for letting me vent.

  3. 45 JER
    November 16, 2017 at 4:39 pm

  4. 46 JER
    November 16, 2017 at 4:47 pm

  5. 48 whenpamelawandered
    November 16, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    From AltNPS: 45 minutes ago

    “Attn: The Trump administration has reversed the ban on elephant trophy imports. They have agreed to allow the remains of elephants killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia to be brought back to the U.S., a reversal of an Obama-era ban. Please consider calling your representatives at (202) 224-3121.”

  6. November 16, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Who would benefit from a tax break for *private* aircrafts? Yet the bill eliminates/reduces SALT deductions (among other things).

    • November 16, 2017 at 5:25 pm

  7. 51 Allison
    November 16, 2017 at 5:23 pm

  8. November 16, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    Seems like there are a number of people who should be subjected to an ethics investigation. I wonder how many people are represented in these payouts.

  9. November 16, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    That’s how it is for most people who are arrested; not to mention that they typically serve their arrest behind bars, not in the comfort of their homes. Nor are they able to earn an income to support their families while they are incarcerated.

    U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson denied the request, filed Wednesday, which complained strict home confinement had caused “great burden on his family and hardship to his wife.”

    Wu also requested Gates receive permission to leave home during Thanksgiving and Christmas and meet with clients in the northern Virginia area “in order to continue to earn an income so that he may support his family.”

    • 55 whenpamelawandered
      November 16, 2017 at 6:32 pm

      Reality bites. Ask any single parent about time restraints, challenges and being able to get it all done, all the time. For years and years and years.

    • 56 whenpamelawandered
      November 16, 2017 at 6:51 pm

      Oh yes, and a Wah, a Wah, and a WahWahWah. Poor rich folks. Caught being cheaters, crooks, felons and treasonous arsewipes. Happy thanksgiving mofo.

    • 57 Sandy1110
      November 16, 2017 at 7:01 pm

      They need to quit the damned whining.

      At least he IS home.

      They just want everything to go on as normal. Boo hoo.

    • 58 arapaho415
      November 16, 2017 at 7:43 pm

      GE SWBG.

      Speculation on Twitter that Rick Gates moved most of his assets to wife (something that Manafort did in early October), so yeah, no sympathy here for anyone who aided and abetted the #TrumpCrimeFamily.

  10. 59 No Child Left Behind
    November 16, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Paging Dr. Maddow…

    A total of 210,000 gallons of oil leaked Thursday from the Keystone Pipeline in South Dakota, the pipeline’s operator, TransCanada, said.
    Crews shut down the pipeline Thursday morning, and officials are investigating the cause of the leak.

    This is the largest Keystone oil spill to date in South Dakota, said Brian Walsh, a spokesman for the state’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

    • 60 arapaho415
      November 16, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      GE NCLB.

      The state regulator which will be voting on Monday is Nebraska (not South Dakota where the “spill” occurred):

      From the article:
      “LINCOLN, Neb. — A decision on the last major regulatory hurdle for TransCanada (TSX:TRP) in its nine-year quest to complete the Keystone XL pipeline will be made next week.

      The Nebraska Public Service Commission says in statement that a vote on the application will be held during its meeting on Nov. 20.

      Approving the project would allow TransCanada to gain access to holdout landowners’ property using Nebraska’s eminent domain laws.”

      Not sure what Molly McKew refers to here, but FYI…

  11. 62 whenpamelawandered
    November 16, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    “”I rise with a heavy heart to join in opposing this mean-spirited, reckless bill.

    “Mr. Speaker, thirty years ago, I was elected to fight for and to serve the people of my district. Today, they are calling and begging for us to slow down and to do this the right way.

    “In their heart of hearts, the public knows that the safety net will be used to pay for this reckless corporate tax cut.

    “Taxpayers know that this shameful bill destroys the hopes and dreams of too many as it robs poor Peter to pay wealthy Paul.

    “You see, Mr. Speaker, you cannot hide the truth from the sick, the elderly, and disabled for whom this bill may mean life or death.

    “You cannot hide the truth from middle class, working, and immigrant families who need every penny to make ends meet.

    “You cannot hide the truth from teachers who try to lend a helping hand and students who struggle to get an education.

    “And I for one refuse to hide the truth about this bill’s attack on the separation of church and State.

    “Mr. Speaker — as we abandon our constitutional duty and sacrifice our moral authority — I fear that history will not be kind to us.

    “This bill is a shame, a disgrace, and honestly, Mr. Speaker, it breaks my heart. I urge each and every one of my colleagues to vote no.” –Representative John Lewis (D) Ga. speaking on the House floor before todays tax vote.”

  12. November 16, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    • 66 arapaho415
      November 16, 2017 at 7:49 pm

      Everyone outside of the #TrumpCrimeFamily are honing their gymnastic skills so they’ll be ready to flip to #TeamMueller when the time is right (which is imminent):

  13. November 16, 2017 at 7:08 pm

  14. 68 No Child Left Behind
    November 16, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    Surprise, surprise!

    From WaPo – A director at the DHS resigns after past comments criticizing blacks for ‘laziness, drug use and sexual promiscuity’ came to light

    The Rev. Jamie Johnson, the head of the Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships, made the remarks during appearances on conservative radio shows over the last ten years before he was appointed in April by John Kelly, then the head of the Department of Homeland Security.

    Acting DHS Secretary Elaine Duke has accepted Johnson’s resignation, acting DHS press secretary Tyler Q. Houlton said in a statement. “His comments made prior to joining the Department of Homeland Security clearly do not reflect the values of DHS and the administration. The Department thanks him for his recent work assisting disaster victims and the interfaith community.”

    • 69 arapaho415
      November 16, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      Here’s the Buzzfeed story which prompted this completely unqualified bigot to resign

      • 70 pkayden
        November 17, 2017 at 8:17 am

        Interesting how Trump finds unqualified bigots to put into high level positions. Shows who Trump is that he finds these kind of vermin.

  15. 71 catrst
    November 16, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    Judith, I am holding you in the Light. May your head and heart rest over the holiday and take just one day at a time. Praying for the best news also.

    • 72 Judith Fardig
      November 16, 2017 at 9:28 pm

      Thanks so much, Catrst!

      • 73 99ts
        November 17, 2017 at 7:45 am

        Hello Judith
        Sending all best thoughts from the land down under. I’ve been helping a friend this week through similar tests and understand just how stressed one gets regardless of the results and outcomes. Look after yourself and may all the best outcomes be yours.

  16. 74 JER
    November 16, 2017 at 7:34 pm

  17. 75 JER
    November 16, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    • 76 Sandy1110
      November 16, 2017 at 9:13 pm

      To paraphrase Jay Bulworth (the movie character), ticking off some rich donors: “How much f*cking money do you NEED?”

      • 77 Sandy1110
        November 16, 2017 at 9:18 pm

        Adding: Do the middle-class Trumpsters think it’s going to rub off on them or something? Because the beneficiaries of this windfall aren’t going to become ‘job creators’, and definitely not of those mythical coal jobs.

        They didn’t want to listen to the black President, who told them they needed to adapt to the jobs of the future.

        Nope, they sat and waited for Trump to spew the bullshit they wanted to hear…that those disappearing jobs will just be brought back. Never mind reality.

  18. 78 Jey
    November 16, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Judith, sending you my best wishes, hoping for good news on Tuesday. Feel free to vent away. There is always a lot of love here for you.

  19. November 16, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    Like an idiot… I posted this on the last thread… because… IDIOT.

    Al Franken…….

    I have some problems with everyone having a knee-jerk reaction to this, and the story itself.

    The photo was bad & stupid. Kissing her was bad and stupid, and there should have been some discussion during the rehearsal, which is what they’re for. But in the photo you can clearly see air and shadows between his hands and her – if you’re looking at it on your phone, make it bigger, so you can see… (She also contradicts herself with her “Turning her head” “as written” as she claims, since she admits to coming up with the idea of not kissing him and turning her head to get a laugh..so it apparently wasn’t written on the page. Yes, that’s a nit I’m picking, but to me, it seems an important one, perhaps since I’m an actor and know how the process works, and since she claims to being groped without her permission while sleeping – yet he’s clearly not touching her – nor her kevlar vest. Yes, it’s horrid, and I’d be pissed AS FUCK. But I’d be more pissed they thought the photo would be funny at *her expense* – which is the entire problem how women shouldn’t overreact when being the butt of someone’s demoralizing humor – and no it’s not funny – and no we shouldn’t be okay with it. EVER.)

    But he has stepped up like no one else thus far who’s been accused, apologized, explained that he gets it, and fully supports an ethics investigation into his own actions, even though it happened before he ran for office, and

    This ≠ Roy Moore, Donald Trump, etc, hunting and assaulting CHILDREN, masterbating in front of females, taking a 14 year old girl to his home, taking her top and pants off and actually groping her through her underwear, and hunting young teens at the mall. To give this the same weight is insulting and diminishes the other victims. Yes, I’ve experienced unwanted sexual advances that I didn’t invite, nor ask for. Some were HORRID and I was definitely assaulted, but many, while bad, unwanted, and uncalled for, weren’t anywhere near sexual “assault”, nor would I claim they were. Perhaps it’s me personally… but I don’t think it’s black and white.

    • 81 whenpamelawandered
      November 16, 2017 at 8:35 pm

      It’s an ass-brained attempt to prove “both sides do it” … Al Frankenstein has been very direct and straightforward during the early days of questioning, so they will go after him fast. I’m seeing posts that it’s even badly photoshopped, for what it all worth

      • 82 whenpamelawandered
        November 16, 2017 at 10:58 pm

        No, no, no, that stupid spell check got right past me, no way would I ever call Al Franken that. I’m so sorry, NW, please delete if you like. 😶😐 sad MP

    • 83 jacquelineoboomer
      November 16, 2017 at 10:18 pm

      With you, Tally, on these thoughts.

  20. 84 arapaho415
    November 16, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    GE TODville.

    “Collusion” was released today, and here’s an excerpt from the book (apparently a long read, haven’t read it yet, but may be of interest here):

    Article which references this book:

    mentions this:
    “And Russian fertilizer magnate Dmitry Rybolovlev bought the Florida mansion for a staggering sum of $95 million in 2008—despite Trump having paid just $41 million for the property four years prior.”

    And of course, Rybolovlev is in the news today because:

    Here’s another excerpt from @LukeHarding1968’s book:

  21. 85 Jey
    November 16, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    A little disappointed to read about Franken … but I agree with Tally.
    Oh boy … I wonder who’s next?

  22. November 16, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    Question…do you think that Franken should should resign

    • 87 FoxfireTX
      November 16, 2017 at 8:31 pm

      At this point, no I do not. The question is whether there will be other incidents that come out. As we all know, usually these are not one time behaviors. But I am hoping in this case it was. Based on what she has said, it appears he was angered by her rejection and sought to demean her throughout the remainder of the trip which is horrible. That said, this does not appear to rise to the level we have seen from the GOP or Weinstein. If so, I’m hoping he will be censured by the Senate Ethics Committee, will teach a good lesson to other men about how to handle these types of allegations, and move forward. I agree with Tally that there is difference between this, which I would term harassment, and assault. But both are intended to and demean women. Not what I want for my daughter or granddaughters. And I think it is FAR WORSE that he did this while she was sleeping, whether he actually touched her or not. To do this when she was at her most vulnerable is disgusting. I like Franken but will never think of him the same again.

      And I will add, one of the things I always appreciated about PBO was his care in how he touched women, regardless of the circumstances. He always maintained some distance even when hugging women friends and supporters to ensure he did not violate their personal space or put them in an uncomfortable position. It is both smart and respectful.

      • 90 COS
        November 16, 2017 at 9:30 pm

        Al issued a sincere apology and is taking responsibility for his actions. I respect that. He did not try to blame the victim or call her a liar.

    • 91 Judith Fardig
      November 16, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      No. tRump is still in office despite doing far worse!

    • 93 idon
      November 16, 2017 at 10:49 pm

      No. Rachel played the statement of Tweeden regarding the rehearsal of a kiss that was in the skit. Tweeden was offended not assaulted by the gross manner in which Franken put his slobbery lips on her lips and then slipped his tongue into her mouth. Yes it was gross and offensive and she let him know it at the time. But it wasn’t sexual assault or sexual harassment.

      Tweeden says she accepts Franken’s apology. I think she didn’t expect a Senate ethics investigation and that Franken would call for it along with every DEM and GOP senator. I doubt she’s going to be willing to give testimony under oath.

    • November 17, 2017 at 1:31 am

      No. What he did was stupid, but it wasn’t illegal, and nothing remotely close to hunting and molesting children, or “assaulting” someone. The kiss was scripted. You have a conversation during rehearsal to establish your boundaries. As for the photo – he’s not touching her.

      The Right’s attempt to paint this as the same as Moore, Trump, Weinstein, etc…… is ridiculous.

    • 97 nathkatun7
      November 17, 2017 at 3:49 am

      NO! He has, in my opinion, he has sincerely apologized for his stupidity and bad humor in this one incident. There is no evidence that he has a pattern of molesting, harassing and disrespecting women. To try to make this one incident equivalent to the allegations leveled against Roy Moore, or Donald Trump, is blatantly dishonest.

    • 98 pkayden
      November 17, 2017 at 8:37 am

      Not after I heard his sincere, heartfelt, detailed apology for his inappropriate behavior. He took full responsibility for what he did, made no excuses and didn’t try to smear his accuser at all. And he’s willing to submit to an investigation by his fellow Senators. Plus, his accuser has stated that she forgives him and understands that he made a mistake. I hope his constituents give him a break. He is in no way comparable to Trump or Moore.

  23. 99 Sandy1110
    November 16, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Serena and Alexis got married tonight in New Orleans at the Contemporary Arts Center. Vogue will have exclusive rights to the official wedding photos.

    I’d post Tweets if I knew how!

  24. November 16, 2017 at 9:43 pm

  25. November 16, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    For some levity

  26. 108 mtmarilyn
    November 16, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    If I had a daughter I would want her to be like this young lady. I believe she is our future President,

  27. November 16, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    Judith, Hope you see this. ((((((JUDITH)))))). You will definitely be in my thoughts and prayers. I hate that I cannot post comments on TOD on my iPad. I’ve tried everything possible. Well, no, haven’t tried making an appt. at the Apple store and getting help. Guess I should do that.

    Re Al Franken. I agree with Tally. Wanted to cheer as I read her comment. ‘Nough said.

  28. November 16, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    Palate cleanser

  29. 115 JER
    November 16, 2017 at 10:38 pm

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      November 16, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    • 117 JER
      November 16, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    • 118 JER
      November 16, 2017 at 10:56 pm

  30. November 17, 2017 at 12:24 am

    Goodnight TOD ….

  31. 120 desertflower
    November 17, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Morning everyone…Judith, so sorry to hear you have to now be a warrior for yourself and your health….you have been a warrior for all the rest of us for so long. My good, positive thoughts are with you always. You will do this. Hugs to you.

    My limited time here lately is because my dear Sadie got very sick last weekend. Thought it was gastrointestinal yuk, but it turned out to be much more serious than that. We made the decision to put her down on Wednesday after her momentous battle. Another brave warrior and beautiful gentle giant. My family was there with her and she was surrounded by love. She even managed a last kiss for me. We were blessed to have her in our lives for those 2 1/2 short years, but she is ok now.

    Once I get my bearings again, we have other battles to fight and win…democracy is at stake. Eyes are opening. Together, we will win this battle.

  32. 138 desertflower
    November 17, 2017 at 8:07 am


    Exclusive: How an alleged fraudster in Panama, working with Donald Trump’s daughter, helped make Trump’s first international hotel venture a success. The broker was in business with a money-launderer and two criminals from the former Soviet Union. Then he fled.

  33. 139 desertflower
    November 17, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Shocking, I know.

  34. 140 desertflower
    November 17, 2017 at 8:10 am

  35. 143 Dudette
    November 17, 2017 at 8:12 am

  36. 144 Dudette
    November 17, 2017 at 8:14 am

  37. 145 Dudette
    November 17, 2017 at 8:14 am

  38. 146 Dudette
    November 17, 2017 at 8:16 am

  39. 147 desertflower
    November 17, 2017 at 8:17 am

    More shocking news

    • 148 pkayden
      November 17, 2017 at 8:25 am

      The focus of the Republican tax reform bill is not to help middle class or working class folk. It is strictly to help the wealthy and mega rich who do not need any more money in their pockets. Trickle down economics is a myth.

  40. November 17, 2017 at 8:17 am

    *I’m* absolutely loving it.

  41. 150 Dudette
    November 17, 2017 at 8:21 am

  42. 153 desertflower
    November 17, 2017 at 8:22 am

  43. 156 JER
    November 17, 2017 at 9:26 am

  44. 159 desertflower
    November 17, 2017 at 9:34 am


  45. 160 desertflower
    November 17, 2017 at 9:37 am

    For my Sadie. We shared this in her room on that horrible night. Rest now, beautiful girl.

  46. November 17, 2017 at 9:45 am

    The GOP and their faux indignation on supposed attacks on their honor…. give *me* a break!!!!

    • 163 desertflower
      November 17, 2017 at 9:48 am

      Which is what this tweet was addressing

      • November 17, 2017 at 9:55 am

        I was just getting ready to post this, desertflower. And I agree.

        This whole writing the bill behind closed doors where even many of *their* the members have no input, then saying the Democrats don’t want to cooperate is so underhanded. I hope that once again, there will be at least 3 or more Repubs with a conscience — or even an agenda if that makes it happen — that will defeat this bill.

      • November 17, 2017 at 9:57 am

        • 166 0388jojothecat
          November 17, 2017 at 11:30 am

          Hatch DOES have a “STINKING” career working for the wealthy ONLY! Vote in lock step against the poor, middle class, veterans….I wish Sen. Brown was more forceful and calling Hatch BULLSHIT!

  47. 167 desertflower
    November 17, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Meanwhile, people making between $10,000 and $75,000/year get a TAX INCREASE. $10,000….is POVERTY WAGES, yet Republicans think these people need an increase in taxes to pay more for wealthy breaks. WTF!

  48. 168 JER
    November 17, 2017 at 9:59 am

  49. 169 JER
    November 17, 2017 at 10:10 am

    @thehill 1 minute ago
    Fox News poll: Obama more popular than Trump in Alabama. http://hill.cm/MsAWL7c

  50. 170 arapaho415
    November 17, 2017 at 10:34 am

    GM TODville.

    Dem Senators weigh in on last night’s stealth move by Senate committee:

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