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  1. Chuck Schumer ✔@SenSchumer Senator Lindsey Graham is trying to organize a letter of Senate Republicans promising not to convict President Trump under any circumstances. Before the House even completes its inquiry. Senator Graham is pushing Alice-in-Wonderland justice. First the verdict, then the trial.
  2. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, 1 of the '3 amigos' on Ukraine, resigns Energy Secretary Rick Perry, described by colleagues as one of the "three amigos" on U.S. policy on Ukraine, informed President Donald Trump on Thursday that he plans to resign, according to two senior administration officials with direct knowledge of the matter. A day of departure has not been determined. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, did not provide an immediate explanation on why he was leaving. Perry, who was Texas' longest serving governor and ran against Trump for president in 2016 before joining his administration, has not been accused of any wrongdoing. He also has insisted that actions he took regarding Ukraine were intended to advance U.S. interests in the region – namely addressing government corruption and encouraging American companies to do business there. In recent weeks, Perry has repeatedly knocked down suggestions that he planned to resign, including telling the Wall Street Journal in an interview published Wednesday that he planned to still be in the job on Thanksgiving. Read more: https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/energy-secretary-rick-perry-amigos-ukraine-resigns/story?id=66344000
  3. Gabriel Sherman of Vanity Fair reported, “Meanwhile, Trump’s biggest booster seems to be having doubts of his own."This morning, Sean Hannity told friends the whistle-blower’s allegations are “really bad,” a person briefed on Hannity’s conversations told me. (Hannity did not respond to a request for comment). And according to four sources, Fox Corp CEO Lachlan Murdoch is already thinking about how to position the network for a post-Trump future." https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/09/madness-at-fox-news-as-trump-faces-impeachment-lachlan-murdoch
  4. President Trump’s two sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, who were born into wealth and work at a company their grandfather founded, have spent the last few weeks contending for the title of World’s Least Self-Aware Person. First, one of them goes on TV or Twitter and attacks Hunter Biden for trading on his father’s name, brushing aside their own histories of doing the same. Then the other one goes on TV or Twitter and wags their finger at Joe Biden allowing his son to profit off his name, never mentioning that their sister and brother-in-law are senior White House officials whose companies are raking in cash as they help craft U.S. policy. With each appearance, the irony and sanctimony are ratcheted up. The brotherly competition reached its apex Wednesday night when Don Jr., who became an executive vice-president at his father’s company at the age of 23, appeared on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show and said this: “When you’re the father and your son’s entire career is dependent on that, they own you.” Don Jr. won. He is the World’s Least Self-Aware Person — a man who shares his name with the president and routinely profits off his father’s position in the White House is criticizing someone else for being “dependent” on his father. Where would Donald Trump Jr. be if his name was not Donald Trump Jr.? Probably not on TV. Not giving $50,000 speeches. And certainly not anywhere close to the White House. http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/10/donald-trump-jr-attacks-hunter-and-joe-biden-for-nepotism.html
  5. Maybe, but it depends on how many people committed crimes, for all we know, the whole Trump administration is corrupt.
  6. It might goes as long as Whitewater or Benghazi, it's too early to tell.
  7. Well, that won't matter, because the Senate will be watching the polls under a microscope. It will go the way the people want it to.
  8. badlatitude

    Dropping Like Flies, Now There Are Just 2 Amigos

    Turning state's evidence would be hard any other way.
  9. Please see the Constitution for the rules covering an impeachment. Trump gets his opportunity to defend himself in the Senate, the biggest liar in politics on earth, will be able to call witnesses when his trial comes up. BTW, the secret meeting loophole was put in place by Republicans looking to hang Hillary Clinton. She was found innocent 9 times, I doubt Trump will be as lucky.
  10. Then someone had better double their SS protection.
  11. That's okay with me. When this is done, Dog will have to look up his old friend Happy Jack, to find the best cruise bargains for his ride out of town.
  12. Sorry for the late reply. I agree with you, the only way Trump goes down in the Senate is by 100% absolutely solid evidence of a crime. Even then, there will Senators who refuse to accept the truth. I have news for them, if there is a high preference for conviction the public backlash by an electorate solidly convinced he needs to be removed, will be like a drone hitting the Senate like an Afghanistan wedding party.
  13. badlatitude

    That letter .... Hey Trumpists your boy is bonkers

    As evadent. that would be Eisenhower era teachers.
  14. GOP colleague assails Lindsey Graham's sign-on letter to acquit Trump as 'dumbest' idea ever South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is in overdrive to protect his own 2020 reelection chances even as he criticizes Donald Trump's disastrous withdrawal of troops from Syria. So Graham floated the idea of sending a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi pledging that the Republican caucus would never vote to remove Trump from office. In other words, Senate Republicans would take a pledge prejudging their vote before seeing really any of the evidence Democrats have turned up in a cascade of interviews from career public servants. Frankly, the idea kind of flopped. Sure, Lindsey needs to bear hug Trump on the way to reelection, but it's a pretty terrible idea for any vulnerable Republican senators facing reelection in tougher states like Maine, Colorado, or Arizona. One GOP senator anonymously told The Hill it was “one of the dumbest ideas I’ve ever heard from Lindsey," adding that it could "backfire" if there weren't enough signatures supporting Trump. It would also put some of Graham's fellow 2020 senators in the position of facing Trump’s wrath if they don't sign on (because Trump’s just that dumb). That surely wouldn't help the caucus. Even some unlikely characters stepped forward to question the wisdom of such a letter, including Sens. Jim Risch of Idaho, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, and Roy Blunt of Missouri. Wow, really going over like a lead balloon there, Lindsey. Graham pitched the letter during a caucus lunch and is following through with trying to get signatures. If that letter never sees the light of day, you can bet it's because the lack of GOP support would be embarrassing for Trump. But if it does surface, it's just one more thing to tar the GOP caucus with for putting party over country. Graham acknowledged that his latest brainchild didn't get the greatest reception. “Some people didn’t like the approach and I’m taking their concerns under advisement. And I’ll do what I need to do,” he said. In other words, he'll do what he needs to do to get reelected—everyone else is on their own. https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/10/17/1893131/-GOP-colleague-assails-Lindsey-Graham-s-sign-on-letter-to-acquit-Trump-as-dumbest-idea-ever
  15. badlatitude

    That letter .... Hey Trumpists your boy is bonkers

    English teachers are like that. letters written like an 8 year old by a 74 year old man, somehow rankles the shit out of them.
  16. A couple of thoughts, first, these are cold war era bombs that require airplane delivery. Second I believe that a code is required to activate the nukes, but there are plenty of terrorists that would love just the plutonium. Third, if Trump did give Erdogan the nukes, what's to stop NATO from wiping them off the earth? Last. how would this affect Trump's relationship with Evangelicals? They certainly would not want Israelnuked under any circumatances. President Donald Trump’s Middle Eastern crisis is only just beginning. His NATO ally Turkey has gone rogue and invaded Syria. So what happens to the 50 US thermonuclear warheads stored on its soil? Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan last month declared he wanted nuclear weapons: “We have Israel nearby, as almost neighbours. They scare others by possessing these. No one can touch them.” And, given his nation’s rapidly deteriorating relationship with the West, the US stockpile could prove a tempting shortcut to becoming the region’s second nuclear power. “They tell us we can’t have them.” he told a party meeting last month. “This, I cannot accept.” Meanwhile, all those US nuclear devices remain locked up on Incirlik air force base — despite years of escalating Turkish internal and international turmoil. And we’ve already seen a dress rehearsal for their seizure by Erdoğan’s followers. But Mr Trump seems oblivious to the fact these nuclear weapons could soon be held hostage against him. “The United States will aggressively use economic sanctions to target those who enable, facilitate, and finance these heinous acts in Syria,” Mr Trump warned today. “I am fully prepared to swiftly destroy Turkey’s economy if Turkish leaders continue down this dangerous and destructive path.” Turkey was once a solid international citizen. It has been a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) since 1952. Sitting as it does on the crossroads of Europe and the Middle East, it was regarded to be a vital staging post for nuclear bombers during the Cold War. It had recently begun the process of joining the European Union. And it was such a trusted ally that the United States even agreed to sell it the advanced and ultra-secret F-35 stealth fighter. But that relationship with the West appears to be rapidly drawing to an end. Since his election as President in 2014, Erdoğan has been leading his nation down an authoritarian Islamist path. News organisations have been shut down. Journalists, academics, lawyers and teachers have been arrested and jailed. An intensive purge of the public service has also seen many dissidents imprisoned. Then, shortly after surviving a 2016 coup attempt, Mr Erdoğan discovered a kindred spirit in a previous rival — President Vladimir Putin. State-sponsored rhetoric has been rising against the United States and its Western allies ever since. Much more at the link: https://www.news.com.au/world/middle-east/deadly-diplomatic-challenge-turkey-holding-50-us-nuclear-bombs-hostage/news-story/1a89583915a67a51546a1f1f47c396e9
  17. badlatitude

    That letter .... Hey Trumpists your boy is bonkers

    A third grade letter from a president is unusual. I’m glad that it gives scholars an opportunity to compare it with other presidents.
  18. badlatitude

    That letter .... Hey Trumpists your boy is bonkers

    Turkish president Erdogan 'threw Trump's Syria letter in bin' Source: BBC In the letter dated 9 October, and sent after US troops were pulled out of Syria, Mr Trump told Mr Erdogan: "Don't be a tough guy. Don't be a fool!" Turkish presidential sources told BBC Turkish that the letter was "thoroughly rejected" by Mr Erdogan. On the day the letter was received, Turkey launched a cross-border offensive against Kurdish-led forces. <snip material about letter> In response, Turkish presidential sources said: "President Erdogan received the letter, thoroughly rejected it and put it in the bin." Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-50080737
  19. badlatitude

    That letter .... Hey Trumpists your boy is bonkers

    Source: Reuters MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin on Thursday questioned the tone of a letter sent by U.S. President Donald Trump to his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan, which it called highly unusual for correspondence between heads of state. The White House on Wednesday released the Oct. 9 letter, in which Trump urged Erdogan: “Don’t be a tough guy” and “Don’t be a fool!” “You don’t often encounter such language in correspondence between heads of state. It’s a highly unusual letter,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call. Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us
  20. They are just making empty threats. They know better than anyone that when the time is right, and they actually have been handed a case with evidence, they will have no choice to stand up and decide. Dog included.
  21. Actually, it is obstruction of justice, and Lindsay Graham as a military lawyer is quite aware of the consequences of attempting that.
  22. KEY POINTS -- U.S. retail sales fell for the first time in seven months in September. -- The report could raise fears that manufacturing-led weakness was spreading to the broader economy. -- The U.S. government said retail sales dropped 0.3% as households slashed spending on building materials, online purchases and especially automobiles. U.S. retail sales fell for the first time in seven months in September, raising fears that a slowdown in the American manufacturing sector could be starting to bleed into the consumer side of the economy. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that retail sales dropped 0.3% last month as households slashed spending on building materials, online purchases and especially automobiles. The decline was the first since February. Data for August was revised up to show retail sales gaining 0.6% instead of 0.4% as previously reported. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast retail sales would climb 0.3% in September. Compared with September of last year, retail sales increased 4.1%. "While this is by no means conclusive evidence that the consumer is wavering (after all, the upward revisions reduce the impact of September's declines), it nonetheless reinforces our ongoing concern that a spending retrenchment will ultimately trigger a more durable slowdown," wrote Ian Lyngen, head of rates research at BMO Capital Markets. .... Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/16/us-retail-sales-september-2019.html