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Back, Early September
About me: background, credentials etc.
Update: Nothing until Thursday when Trump comes back from the UN meeting in NYC.
From what I am hearing on MSNBC, and what makes sense, is that he will not resign and will force Trump to have Kelly fire him. If that happens this WaPo headline will have been proved to be wrong.
Commentators on MSNBC are also saying that this could be an "air clearing" meeting and that nothing will change for now.
What I haven't heard is the chance that Kelly set this up on his own and something far more drastic is in the works if it turns out that, as one person has speculated, Kelly was the author of the anonymous letter to the NY Times.
Wash. Post Quotes
The Kavanaugh confirmation is a festival of misdirection and ugliness - E.J. DionneGOP pushes for swift hearing as Kavanaugh accuser discusses terms for testimo
Why Is Michael Avenatti Involved Now?
But Whelan was in communication with at least one Republican member of the committee this week, and that member told associates he was aware Whelan’s theory involved the home of a Kavanaugh classmate near the Chevy Chase Country Club.
Matt Whitlock, deputy chief of staff to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R.-Utah), directed people to Whelan’s Twitter feed on Wednesday in a tweet of his own and later deleted his tweet.
“Keep an eye on Ed’s tweets the next few days,” Whitlock wrote
After Whelan unveiled his theory Thursday evening, Whitlock deleted the tweet, explaining that he “didn’t want to promote” anything that “dragged an unrelated private citizen into this unfortunate situation.”
“I had no idea," Whitlock added, "what Ed was planning.”About where Orin Hatch is coming from:
Donald Trump, Brett Kavanaugh and “hostile sexism”: A concept that shapes our moment - Chauncey DeVega
Republican elites are also defending Kavanaugh, with Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, going so far as to say that even if the rape allegations were true they might be excusable: "I think it would be hard for senators not to consider who he is today". Once again, per America's tradition, culture and habit, elite white men are protected from the consequences of their behavior. Toxic white masculinity is encouraged in America. White men are infantilized, while black and brown men and boys are pathologized. Salon
Smearing Anita Hill as “nutty and slutty” worked wonders in the ’90s, so conservatives are doing it all over again
No surprise who Trump liked to pal around with:
New book excerpt: Trump urged (football player and accused sex offender) Roethlisberger to escort Daniels to room instead of bodyguards
Sept. 21, 2018
Not to miss: Trump just walked back his controversial order to declassify Russia investigation information
It's a good thing Trump doesn't read. I doubt anyone will let him look at this Salon article. Why? Hmm... take a look yourself.
Sept. 19, 2018
Absorbed in self-adulation and grievance, Trump was blind to a stunning array of problems, some in plain view from the CIA stage: the failings of a national security adviser he’d insisted on hiring despite warnings; the existence of a larger agency workforce beyond this clapping, self-selected crowd that would be profoundly disturbed by his vainglorious performance; the fragments of intelligence being assembled several floors directly above him in Russia House that would help expose a web of connections between his campaign and Moscow, and feed into investigations that would threaten his presidency.Trump’s ability to see these perils was impaired by his own unfamiliarity with the norms of governance, his insecurity and self-regard. Other presidents had varying levels of these traits, but none had ever possessed such a concentrated combination. These qualities had been on display from the start of his campaign. But now, against a backdrop that symbolized the profound burden of presidential responsibility, his shortcomings seemed suddenly and gravely consequential.
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Sept. 17, 2018
My Daily Kos story is about somene whose name everyone will soon know: Christine Blaisey Ford research alcoholism, addiction, post 9-11 trauma, and more
Sept. 16, 2018
Here's an article wth a manure truck load of profanity:
Sept. 15, 2018
One Russian insider whom I cannot name has emphasized that Trump is merely a tool to Putin’s determination to cause chaos in America.
As long as America stays locked within its domestic political turmoil, its role on the world stage is diminished and, reciprocally, Russia’s is enhanced. This analyst suggests that, if Democrats win the House of Representatives in November, Putin will release such damning information on Trump that the new Democratic House will be forced to draw up articles of impeachment.
With a Senate that may still lack a two-thirds majority to convict given the Republicans are expected to hold onto more than a third of the seats, such a release would tie up the United States in domestic knots for at least a year and a half, perhaps two — right up until 2020.
This political immolation would be Trump’s last service as a stooge of Putin’s.Under the Radar: The CEO of retail conglomerate L Brands, which owns Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works, announced at a leadership summit in Columbus on Thursday that he “won’t support this nonsense in the Republican Party” anymore. Ohio billionaire and longtime Republican donor Les Wexner says he is officially done with the party, and was prompted to leave after former President Barack Obama visited the state.
Letitia James wins the New York attorney general primary. She could be the first black woman ever elected to the job (and possibly take on Trump).
Sept. 13, 2018
My Daily Kos story for today
Sept. 12, 2018
This was my original story. I wrote it last night but thought of a better subject (above)
Not online - I posted the editorial below instead