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Trump's reaction to the news that Cohen was taping him: "I can't believe Micheal would do this to me."

https://twitter.com/AlliemalCNN/status/1...6000241664

Ahhh, that's some sweet schadenfreude. Also, per CNN, there are more tapes that the FBI has seized.

https://twitter.com/AnneClaireCNN/status...5999600641
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It's pretty fucking hilarious to think that someone who deliberately fostered a culture of compulsive backstabbing and finkery in his orbit and regularly repays loyalty with indifference or betrayal is shocked that one of his associates fucked him over.
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(Yesterday, 12:56 PM)Dent6084 Wrote: Trump's reaction to the news that Cohen was taping him: "I can't believe Micheal would do this to me."

https://twitter.com/AlliemalCNN/status/1...6000241664

I totally believe the GOP reaction to this will be to cast Cohen as a weasel for recording private conversations, completing glossing over what the recordings contain.
My karmic debt must be huge.

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(Yesterday, 01:10 PM)Richard Dickson Wrote: I totally believe the GOP reaction to this will be to cast Cohen as a weasel for recording private conversations, completing glossing over what the recordings contain.
Absolutely. They'll go into "Oh, poor Trump" mode, which is their funniest mode IMO.
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What's the worst thing that could be on those recordings? Trump suggesting they use campaign funds to pay her off? What could possibly move the needle at this point?
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Is this the Playmate who was paid to have an abortion? I can't tell all these gals apart.
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Karen McDougal was Playmate of the Year. She just had an affair with Trump.

Shera Bechard was the one who was paid to have an abortion. Which, to answer fuzzy's question - is that. I maintain that paedophila or abortion are only two things left.
home taping is killing music
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Well, also, if he did use campaign funds as hush money to cover up one of his personal scandals, that's kinda grade-A illegal right there.
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(Yesterday, 01:43 PM)boone daniels Wrote: Karen McDougal was Playmate of the Year. She just had an affair with Trump.

Shera Bechard was the one who was paid to have an abortion. Which, to answer fuzzy's question - is that. I maintain that paedophila or abortion are only two things left.

I wish I believed there was a line that Trump could cross. I just don't anymore. Maybe an underage boy would do it?

Meanwhile, Zuck seems to be in it up to his elbows: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/rya...gc#4ldqpgc

In a vacuum, fairly benign. But you can easily start connecting dots.
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(Yesterday, 01:46 PM)commodorejohn Wrote: Well, also, if he did use campaign funds as hush money to cover up one of his personal scandals, that's kinda grade-A illegal right there.

Yeah, but it sits in that 'Trump being Trump', 'I'm happy he used my donations for that', 'Everyone does it!' category of grade-A illegality that glides from his back. Somehow, by virtue of doing it so often and covering it up so cack-handedly, Trump has made himself immune to being charged with financial crime, and I think he feeds off of being revealed to be a liar.
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Oh, sure. But it'd be one more for the pile and something that is definitely, inarguably illegal no matter how many people try to pretend it's no big deal. It'd certainly be a conversation-stopper any time someone tries to pretend that the special counsel's investigation should wrap it up because they haven't found any evidence of criminal activity by the president himself.
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I don't believe that the pee tape is real.

I do believe there are tapes with Trump with clearly underage girls, and a big reason it hasn't come out yet is because even possessing such a tape would be a federal crime.

Michelle Goldberg has a good piece about one of the reasons the Republicans are covering SO HARD for Trump is not just fear of the base, but the knowledge that if the NRA has been compromised, they're all fucked:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/20/opini...collection
home taping is killing music
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I don't think there's one thing that pushes him over the line. It's going to be an accumulation of things.
My karmic debt must be huge.

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*slight derail*

I watched The Ghost Writer last night and now I can't help but see a weird parallel between the character of Lang and Trump.

*carry on*
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My concern is that the guy has proven to be SO corrupt in so many different ways, and SO goddamn sloppy about all of it, that the constant stream of revelations plays to his base and even some moderate Republicans as "There's no way this is all real, it's gotta be the Liberal Media/Deep State/whatever just making shit up to try to nail him on something, anything they can think of."

It's an argument from incredulity, and a self-serving one to be sure, but it's convincing in its own way if you have a desire to believe it in the first place.

I mean, what are the odds the same guy colluded with a foreign power to win an election, cheated on his third wife with a porn star and paid for her silence with campaign money, locked children up in internment camps, and is on tape having Russian hookers pee on each other? No one is THAT corrupt/evil, it's got to all be liberal lies!

And that's the thing. The more outrageous the accusations against him, the more convinced the Right is that it's a marker of how well he's doing. "Man, Trump's really got the Illuminati scared now! Look at the crazy shit they're accusing him of!"
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Yeah maybe it's not so much that there's *no* pee tape as it is that there isn't *one* tape of Trump engaging in illegal sexual contact. Just like the Fredo thing- it's pee tapes all the way down.

I look forward to Trump's defense.

"She looked 18."

"Mr. President she had pigtails and braces."

"Well she looked like one of those 18 year olds who was roleplaying a younger girl.  To me.  If that was me on the tape.  Which it wasn't.  Fake news.  Have you seen the job numbers for the blacks?"
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(Yesterday, 02:51 PM)analog olmos Wrote: My concern is that the guy has proven to be SO corrupt in so many different ways, and SO goddamn sloppy about all of it, that the constant stream of revelations plays to his base and even some moderate Republicans as "There's no way this is all real, it's gotta be the Liberal Media/Deep State/whatever just making shit up to try to nail him on something, anything they can think of."

It's an argument from incredulity, and a self-serving one to be sure, but it's convincing in its own way if you have a desire to believe it in the first place.  

You might be close. NPR had yet another "Let's talk to a Trump voter" segment on this week. The voter's response to the shit going down in Helsinki and after? 


She said she's sick of all the news, regardless of the source. The economy is good and Trump's done a lot of good stuff that no one's talking about, and that's all that matters to her.

The usual head-in-the sand, hey-as-long-as-my-privilege-is-intact-it's-all-good bullshit
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Child abuse from ICE:

https://thinkprogress.org/inside-the-ice...ce=twitter

Quote:Children are sleeping on floors and being cussed out by guards, subsisting on meager rations of beans, crackers, and tortillas that leave them feeling ill, and passing the nights sleeping on floors under bright lights in a converted Walmart in south Texas.

The new reports of harsh physical conditions, humiliating psychological abuse, and basic deprivation at the so-called “Casa Padre” facility in Brownsville, Texas, come almost a month after President Donald Trump took symbolic steps to quash public outcry over his family separation policy aimed at punishing and deterring migrants.

The children and parents who swore out hundreds of affidavits to attorneys appealing the United States government’s treatment of migrants have mostly fled violence in Central America. The conditions in which they find themselves today in the world’s richest and most powerful country shock the conscience — and almost certainly violate the conditions of the legal settlement that’s bound American officials in treatment of minors in immigration detention for decades, lawyers say.

In many cases, the only bathroom the children are allowed to use is located inside their holding pen.

“There is a security camera in the room which points to the bathroom” in the cell where a 17-year-old from Guatemala named Noe is being kept with a dozen other boys, he said.

“There is no privacy. It is dirty and they don’t clean it,” reported a Guatemalan boy named Erick. “The room is always cold. The guards took my sweater. I sleep on the floor. There are 3 mattresses, but the boys from Honduras have taken them,” he said, adding that those other boys threaten to stab him if he falls asleep.

“The guards call all the Guatemalans ‘burros’ or stupid or they say we don’t understand anything,” Erick said.

Victor A., 17, fled Honduras after his mother was killed. With his father in jail and his mother’s killer still lurking, he told lawyers, he decided to seek safety in the U.S. After officials gave he and the other boys in his cell food, “everyone got sick.” The building is kept very cold and the lights are never turned off. “Last night, there were 10 of us kids in the room, but only 3 mattress pads available,” he told lawyers.

“When I told the CBP officer that my mother was killed, they made fun of me and said I was ‘weak.’ I didn’t feel comfortable after that sharing my fear,” Victor said. After a friend didn’t pick up when he made the one call he’s allowed per week, the guard near the phones told him, “This is it for you. You’re fucked.”

Such disdainful or outright abusive treatment from detention guards appears to be the norm. Fatima O., a mother from Honduras, says that when she told guards her daughter had soiled herself they refused to provide her new underpants for several days. Another mom named Daise reported that guards “yelled at my daughter a lot,” “made fun of her,” and “would not let her sleep and kicked her to keep her awake.” Another, Mayra S., said she begged guards for clean water and “officers told me to shut up.”
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(Yesterday, 02:19 PM)boone daniels Wrote:
Michelle Goldberg has a good piece about one of the reasons the Republicans are covering SO HARD for Trump is not just fear of the base, but the knowledge that if the NRA has been compromised, they're all fucked:
And it has become clear that the NRA is compromised as fuck.  Call me a cock-eyed optimist, but I don't think the organization exists in 5 years.  They're in the process of being revealed as largely (if not primarily) a front for foreign governments to funnel cash into US elections.  That is already as big a scandal as US politics has ever seen.  But the most damning part of the story is just underneath that; which is that the NRA was specifically chosen by Russia to be its puppet because they had determined that a strong gun lobby was detrimental to America's political health and standing.  Putin wouldn't be propping up an organization unless he thought doing so would weaken the country as a whole.
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These kiddie internment camp guards need to be outed. I want to see faces and names.
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Yeah, no shit. Why can't twitter throw a shit fit over them?
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Don't worry. I'm sure Congress will hold a hearing soon about Benghazi.
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Harvey Levin of TMZ is a pro-Trump guy, but TMZ somehow has an exclusive on a Mueller subpoena:

http://www.tmz.com/2018/07/20/manhattan-...ler-trump/

Quote:Kristin Davis, the Manhattan Madam who went to prison and was connected to former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, is being subpoenaed in the Robert Mueller investigation ... TMZ has learned.

Davis worked for former Trump aide Roger Stone for a decade, and had numerous interactions with Stone and Andrew Miller -- who ran Davis' campaign for Governor and who was subpoenaed by Mueller a month ago.

Sources familiar with the matter tell us, Davis' lawyer is negotiating the scope of the subpoena with Mueller's team.

As you know, Stone was referenced in the indictments last week of 12 Russians who allegedly meddled in the 2016 election.
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(Yesterday, 03:36 PM)ChrisW Wrote: Don't worry.  I'm sure Congress will hold a hearing soon about Benghazi.

I laughed.  Then I got sad...
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Important note on Trump and Tucker Carlson’s Montenegro/NATO complaints:

https://mobile.twitter.com/nycsouthpaw/s...0810451968

   
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(Yesterday, 03:46 PM)Iron Maiden Wrote: Harvey Levin of TMZ is a pro-Trump guy, but TMZ somehow has an exclusive on a Mueller subpoena:

http://www.tmz.com/2018/07/20/manhattan-...ler-trump/

Tucker Carlson claimed a similar "exclusive" the other night on his show -- that Tony Podesta is allegedly another one of the five Mueller immunity-offers.
"These guys are pros, Michael. They're gonna push the tension 'till the last possible moment before they strip."

 
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A convicted former sheriff is seeking a pardon from Trump because he thinks he's a political prisoner:

https://www.dnj.com/story/news/2018/07/2...799542002/

Quote:Convicted former Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold is now seeking a pardon from President Donald Trump. 

Arnold pleaded guilty to wire fraud, honest services fraud and extortion in January 2017 for illegally profiting from inmates at the Rutherford County Jail in Murfreesboro through the sale of electronic cigarettes from his JailCigs business.

Arnold contends he's a political prisoner who never took tax dollars in operating a business that provided a product to inmates, according to his letter. Arnold sent a copy of the letter to The Daily News Journal, and it arrived Friday afternoon.

"Mr. President, we wholeheartedly believe that we were following the law and did nothing illegal," Arnold's letter states. "We made sure that no public money was involved at any level, and we believe we were providing a needed service that didn't exist previously."

The 42-year-old former sheriff is serving a 50-month sentence that counted time served at a minimum security federal prison camp on Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He's scheduled to be released May 14, 2020.

Prosecutors asserted Arnold deserved his sentence because he failed to provide honest services for Rutherford County taxpayers by not being transparent about JailCigs or sharing a cut of revenues with his local government from the sale of electronic cigarettes.
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Imagine missing out on the first steps, first words and first birthday of your child because of Donald fucking Trump:

https://apnews.com/9288d777cf6f46478b4e7..._medium=AP

Quote:A baby who was separated from his father at the Texas border five months ago is back with his family in Honduras.

Johan Bueso Montecinos arrived in San Pedro Sula on Friday and was reunited with his parents on a government bus. They were taken away for processing.

The 15-month-old became the embodiment of the Trump administration’s policy of separating immigrant children from their parents when The Associated Press detailed his appearance in a U.S. courtroom.

Captured by Border Patrol agents almost instantly upon arrival, Johan’s father was deported and the boy remained in U.S. custody at an Arizona shelter.

Over the next five months, he would take his first steps, speak his first words and have his first birthday. His parents would miss it all.
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https://mobile.twitter.com/HorsleyScott/...7576206341

   
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https://crooksandliars.com/2018/07/high-...-out-miami

Also, an excerpt from a paywall article at Financial Times:

Quote:An alleged Kazakh money-laundering network channelled millions through apartment sales at the Trump SoHo; a Russian oligarch bought a Palm Beach estate from Trump in 2008 for $95m, more than double what Trump had paid for it four years earlier; in Florida, 63 Russians, some with political connections, spent $100m buying property at seven Trump-branded luxury towers, Reuters established. The money was not exclusively from the former Soviet Union: at the Trump Panama, some of it allegedly belonged to Latin American drug traffickers.

Hmm, it's almost like Russian criminals gravitate towards Trump properties... like he... does business with them, or something!
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Something to consider about this Cohen/DJT audio tape issue...


Quote:Maddow said that Trump’s lawyers leaking the tapes mean that they serve his own interests.

“Don’t get your chain yanked on this one,” she said. “President Trump’s lawyers found out this tape existed. For obvious reasons they realized it may be a pretty ugly thing. So today the president’s lawyers themselves appear today have leaked the existence of this tape to get out ahead of this story… You should know the reason we got those headlines is because the president’s legal team decided you should see this story today. They did it themselves.”
video at link

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/watch-r...tape-leak/

Is this another attempt at distraction from the DJT/Putin treason?
I used to be with "it", but then they changed what "it" was. Now, what I'm with isn't "it", and what's "it" seems weird and scary to me. -Grandpa Simpson
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^ Although on Lawrence O'Donnell's show less than an hour later, we had former U.S. Attorney Harry Litman saying that this tape very likely wasn't leaked by Trump's people, and sorta indirectly pooh-poohing Maddow's take on the matter, which was interesting. That said, Maddow's take makes a lot of sense, but we'll see how the federal judge rules on the "privileged" status of the Cohen-tapes, here.
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