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The Biggest Threat To America's Democracy

By The Reverend Published: March 25, 2017

At some point, conservative media members risk becoming accomplices of the Trump administration's efforts to obstruct justice in an FBI investigation seeking to determine whether members of Trump's campaign, and/or Trump himself, coordinated with Russians to commit treason against the United States.

Despite the sworn testimony on Monday from James Comey and Admiral Michael Rogers stating that neither had seen any evidence validating Trump's ridiculous claim that Obama spied on him and his cohorts...and neither had anyone at the Justice Department...the fake news folks refuse to accept that sworn testimony....continuing to push a phony and fact-free narrative which, I think, borders on wilful obstruction...

Republican congressional investigators expect a potential “smoking gun” establishing that the Obama administration spied on the Trump transition team, and possibly the president-elect himself, will be produced to the House Intelligence Committee this week, a source told Fox News.

That was from Foxian James Rosen on Thursday....which was then followed by the echo chamber....

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That Went Well

By The Reverend Published: March 24, 2017

The Reverend two days ago...

What would the....optics be if Ryan is forced to pull his own bill? Just sayin' here so don't hold me to it.....I'm guessing that Ryan will appear weak, appear as if he doesn't know what the hell he is doing..

...if Ryan pulls the bill...it occurs to me that those Americans paying attention will think that House Republicans might just be in total disarray, incapable of even uniting their own damn selves behind something they voted to do some 60 times in the past...when none of those 60 separate votes counted.

Reaction by the dickish Stuart Varney to Paul Ryan and Donald Trump's decision to pull the bill this afternoon without a vote....

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The "We Don't Care" GOP Healthcare Plan

By The Reverend Published: March 24, 2017

The House vote on the AHCA, scheduled to take place yesterday, was postponed to today.....because Republicans do not have enough votes to pass it. Here's what the House will consider today in a bid to win over enough votes to pass the bill and then send it over to the Senate where the chances of it's passage are slim-to-none....

In a bid to coax support from conservatives, House leaders proposed a fresh amendment — to be voted on Friday — repealing Obama's requirement that insurers cover 10 specified services like maternity and mental health care. Conservatives have demanded the removal of those and other conditions the law imposes on insurers, arguing they drive premiums skyward.

I'm just a bit surprised that "House leaders" didn't offer a plan to deport poorer Americans who have need of health insurance....declaring it a national security issue threatening the economic security of the 1%. I mean, think about it. How can the 1% ever feel entirely secure with their multi-millions when poor Americans will always pose a threat to that economic security with all their demands of having a "right" to health coverage?

Anyway, according to what I'm reading this morning, some 32 House Republicans are planning on voting no today....and Donald said this is it.....if the AHCA doesn't pass today in the House....he's "moving on". To a grand jury, perhaps? Impeachment proceedings? Donald didn't say.

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A Presidency In Crisis: Week 9

By The Reverend Published: March 23, 2017

It just keeps getting better and better...

Federal investigators are examining whether far-right news sites played any role last year in a Russian cyber operation that dramatically widened the reach of news stories — some fictional — that favored Donald Trump’s presidential bid, two people familiar with the inquiry say.

Operatives for Russia appear to have strategically timed the computer commands, known as “bots,” to blitz social media with links to the pro-Trump stories at times when the billionaire businessman was on the defensive in his race against Democrat Hillary Clinton, these sources said.

The FBI is looking into whether fanatic-sites like Breitbart and InfoWars "played any role" in "a Russian cyber operation". Give that a bit of thought...and then after you finish reading here, go to the McClatchy link....there's more.

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It's The Crime AND The Cover Up

By The Reverend Published: March 23, 2017

The following helps to explain why GOP House Intelligence Chair, Devin Nunes, intentionally released classified information yesterday meant to create a distraction. More on that after this bombshell drop from CNN last evening....

The FBI has information that indicates associates of President Donald Trump communicated with suspected Russian operatives to possibly coordinate the release of information damaging to Hillary Clinton's campaign, US officials told CNN.

This is partly what FBI Director James Comey was referring to when he made a bombshell announcement Monday before Congress that the FBI is investigating the Trump campaign's ties to Russia, according to one source.

One law enforcement official said the information in hand suggests "people connected to the campaign were in contact and it appeared they were giving the thumbs up to release information when it was ready."

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Let's Make A Deal....Or Not

By The Reverend Published: March 22, 2017

The problem with the "establishment elitists" who have all but destroyed America, according to you-know-who, was that they didn't know how to make deals. They were bad negotiators, or just "stupid",....but if Uncle DealMaker won the election against Crooked Hillary, he would show the country what it's like to have a real DealMaker, a Successful Businessman, in the White House making terrific and tremendous deals. Believe me.

And 46% of voters did believe him, punched his ticket, and stood back to await the "so much winning" part of those promises. Well, Uncle Donnie has now had a great opportunity to prove his negotiating and deal making chops....with fellow Republicans in the House. Depending on which media flavor you've selected today....it's so hard to choose which version of a news story you want to hear nowadays.....either Uncle Donnie knocked the phucking cover off the ball when he sat down with House Republicans yesterday and again this morning...or NBC has it right....

Yesterday morning, we wrote that 17 House Republicans opposed or leaned strongly against the GOP health-care plan that's scheduled for a vote Thursday. Then President Trump visited Capitol Hill and appeared to threaten GOP lawmakers, saying that they could lose re-election in the 2018 midterms if they vote against the GOP health-care bill, NBC's Leigh Ann Caldwell writes. After that visit, the number of Republicans opposing or leaning strongly against the legislation grew to 27, per NBC News' count — when Trump and GOP leaders can't afford more than 21 defections.

Let's see if we can discover Trump's secret to successful deal making, check that, terrific deal making, from what NBC has reported. Before Uncle DealMaker met with Republicans only 17 House members planned on voting against the Trump-Ryan AHCA proposal. After Trump's terrific and tremendous deal making skills were exercised, in what surely was an amazing and tremendous display of master crafting, 27 House Republicans said they opposed the piece of...legislation.

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The Still Not Winning Report

By The Reverend Published: March 22, 2017

Not winning...

Sears, once the monolith of American retail, says that there is "substantial doubt" that it will be able to keep its doors open.

Company shares, which hit an all-time low last month, tumbled more than 5 percent before the opening bell Wednesday.

Sears employs...wait for it....140,000 people. But Trump says he saved 4000 Carrier jobs, so, you know.

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Democrats Should Walk Away From Tainted Gorsuch Nomination

By The Reverend Published: March 21, 2017

I watched a part of today's Judge Gorsuch hearing. He's quite the talker. Quite a talker, that is, who doesn't really say anything. There's no reason to pay much attention to the Gorsuch hearings. He's a pro-corporation, pro-religious-discrimination, pro-torture, judge, who despite all his blabberings today about precedent....will vote to repeal Roe at the first opportunity. The guy is not a Heritage Foundation favorite without good reason.

One of the Village discussions concerning Gorsuch's nomination is...what will Senate Democrats do? Will Democrats provide the 8 votes necessary to avoid a filibuster....or will Mitchy have to go nuclear....and eliminate the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees?

Those are the wrong questions. The question is: why are Democrats even participating in the Gorsuch hearings? Political phucking correctness?

Last March, Senate Republicans, metaphorically, told Obama and Senate Democrats to go phuck themselves over expecting to get a hearing for Merrick Garland, let alone an up or down vote. So, going along with Republicans by attending hearings for Gorsuch is just surrendering to the new confederacy. That's not resistance, that's capitulation.

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Properly Punishing America's Poorest

By The Reverend Published: March 21, 2017

Even though the Congressional Budget Office scoring of the Trump-Ryan AHCA projected some 14 million Americans would lose Medicaid coverage next year...and even though that same CBO score projected another 12 million would lose Medicaid coverage by 2026.....for the new confederate army whose freak fly flies under the moniker of the Freedom Caucus....the AHCA just didn't go far enough in punishing poorer Americans.

So, Donald met with representatives of the new confederate House army to see if there were other ways to punish the poor that, if included, could win over the votes of those who liberals often refer to as, well, inhumane savages. And wonder of wonders, there were two changes that would more efficiently, and thoroughly, punish the poor...that Donald agreed to include in his Affordable Hellish Care Act....

The changes include two measures that conservative Republican Study Committee members won at the White House on Friday: allowing states to require Medicaid recipients to work and allowing states to choose a Medicaid block grant over the cap system in the current bill.

Which proves when savage heads come together as one, there are always new and fresh ideas that come forward on how better to punish America's poor. The requirement to "work" to get Medicaid is a pre-emptive, forward-looking idea because those who currently are beneficiaries of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion...already work, already have jobs. And those expansion folks will automatically lose Medicaid next year.

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Better Than Expected

By The Reverend Published: March 20, 2017

James Comey today....

"I've been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI as part of our counterintelligence mission is investigating the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. That includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts."

There we have it. The DOJ is, in fact, investigating whether or not "individuals associated with the Trump campaign" were coordinating with "Russia's efforts" to make Donald Trump the president of the U.S.

As expected, committee Republicans, not all, but many, sought to push the Q&A session in the direction of something, something, Obama wire tapppps. Many Republicans went after the media, just as Trump does. Almost all Republicans, even after Comey's early claim in the session that the DOJ is investigating the Trump-Russian connection, tried to make the leakers of damaging information to the Trumpers the central quest of the hearing.

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