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I will no longer post stories on Daily Kos because I am now a regular columnist on Capitol Hill Blue.
Nov. 15, 2018
Nov. 14, 2018
These are the photos not used in the Capitol Hill Blue version
You can watch the entire Rachel Maddow segment, "Stench of EPA officials indictment scandal reached Jeff Sessions" here.
The House could vote to create a “Special Select Committee on Russian Election Interference” and put Mueller and his team on the case as lead investigators. Alternatively, lawmakers could simply subpoena Mueller’s work product and hire him to complete any unfinished report with whatever material he already has.
Indeed, the only thing that might prevent an appointment of Mueller to helm a congressional investigation along the lines of the current Russia probe would be Mueller’s own reluctance to take that job.
If he did take the position, though, there would be a critical constraint on Mueller’s power: He would no longer be able to seek indictments from a grand jury.
Nov. 10, 2018 : Breaking:
TRUMP'S LYING EXPOSES MANY DISORDERS
‘Real low energy’: Critics pile on after Trump cancels visit to U.S. military cemetery outside Paris (WaPo)
EXCERPTS: But the sight of dignitaries arriving at other (WWI memorial) sites outside Paris, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, led some foreign policy analysts to speculate the U.S. commander in chief just wasn’t up for it. “It’s incredible that a president would travel to France for this significant anniversary — and then remain in his hotel room watching TV rather than pay in person his respects to the Americans who gave their lives in France for the victory gained 100 years ago tomorrow,” David Frum, who served as a speechwriter to former president George W. Bush, wrote in tweets. Trump is actually staying at the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Paris.
Trump was in France in body but appeared unenthusiastic in spirit. The White House said Chief of Staff John F. Kelly and Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, would attend the Belleau ceremony in the Trumps’ absence, but Frum suggested Trump could have tried to scramble a motorcade to keep his schedule.
Nov. 9, 2018
VOX Exclusive: Trump loyalist Matthew Whitaker was counseling the White House on investigating Clinton
Nov. 8, 2018
KellyAnnes's husband, lawyer George Conway Slams Trump In Op-Ed: Attorney General Appointment Is ‘Unconstitutional’(and I just heard Lawrence Tribe explain the same thing).
Nov. 7, 2018
Good news overall even with the disappointments of Beto and Stacey. My previous home states of Michigan and Massachusetts saw wins for Democrats and progressive ballot measures. Michigan now has a Democrat as governor and legal marijuana. Massachusetts passed a progressive ballot measure and Elizabeth Warren easily won. Of course in Oregon we had a win with a full term for Kate Brown and the progressive ballot measures going the way we wanted them to.
Nationally the pundits are talking about what Democratic control of the House will mean, but as important is what is about to happen with the Mueller investigation. Bloomberg reports that now that the election is over we can expect more indictments and possibly a report to Congress.
My sense is that Mueller knows he has to move quickly before Trump moves to derail the investigation by firing Jeff Sessions. Trump may act impulsively ignoring advice, even admonitions, from his lawyers that any steps he take to thwart the Mueller investigation could be used against him in an obstruction of justice charge.
If indictments hit literally close to home, that is, in his family, any attempts to shot down the investigation will be such blatant obstruction that even some Republicans might cry "foul."
Even if Mueller is fired and the investigation is closed once there are indictments chapter and verse of the charges are public. The resolution is in the hands of the court. If Trump's new Attorney General then tries to drop the charges he would do so at his peril since this would scream "political coverup."
Nov. 6, 2018
Here’s another essay based on the understanding of psychology from my training, from being a psychotherapist for over 40 years, and ongoing reading in the field.
Nov. 5, 2018
Today’s Daily Kos essay: Why Trump has a legion of truthers who believe his ludicrous lies.
Nov. 4, 2018
Ever wonder why liberals and conservatives vote the way they do? It turns out they might literally be wired differently.
Nov. 3, 2018
Nov. 2, 2018
Nov. 1, 2018
|"Mike" Murphy is a Republican political consultant. He advised Republicans including John McCain, Jeb Bush, John Engler, Tommy Thompson, Spencer Abraham, Christie Whitman, Lamar Alexander, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Until January 2006, he was an adviser to Mitt Romney. Murphy resigned his position with Romney when his former client John McCain made it clear he would also pursue the Republican Presidential nomination in 2007 and 2008; Murphy decided to be neutral in the contest between them. Murphy is a vocal Republican critic of current U.S. President Donald Trump.|
What the British are reading today: Trump press conference - LIVE: President says stones thrown by migrants 'will be considered firearms' by US troops
Perhaps the aliens checked us out and decided we were too primative to visit: