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December 8, 2018


Dec. 15, 2018
Elements of victory 2020, Part 1: Get the best celebrities, by Hal Brown

Dec. 14, 2018

A story to keep an eye on: 
Secret grand jury hearing — reportedly tied to Mueller — forces officials to clear an entire floor of a DC court building

Dec. 13, 2018

Dec. 12, 2018

I did a double take when Mika Brezezinski said this on Morning Joe. I had to memorialize it in my own Tweet.

Dec. 11, 2018

New column on the differences between Presidents Obama and Trump as shown in their Tweets.

Nancy Pelosi gets the quotes of the day:

Moments after returning to Capitol Hill after an Oval Office standoff with President Trump, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi questioned Trump’s manhood and said the border wall was a matter of masculine pride.
“It’s like a manhood thing for him. As if manhood could ever be associated with him. This wall thing,” said the California congresswoman.
Pelosi (D-Calif.) made the remarks in a Democratic caucus committee meeting, which were recounted by an aide present who was not authorized to comment publicly. She told colleagues that she was “trying to be the mom” in the room while Trump and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) bickered about the coming funding showdown.

But she described Trump’s admission during the 17-minute on-camera tete-a-tete that he would be “proud” to shut the government as a political triumph.

Dec. 9 & 10, 2018 

An Open Letter to Republican Members of Congress: Wake Up! by Hal Brown

Dec. 8, 2018

 UPDATED CHB story: Tumpology: Trump's compartmentalization works against him

Dec. 7, 2018

 CHB story: Tumpology: Trump's compartmentalization may work against him

In response to Tillerson explaining that basically Trump is dumb as a post here, this is what Trump oour classy president Tweeted.
Dec. 6, 2018

Related to the Rudy story below, he did it again omitting a space between collusion and So, thus creating a link to a domain available from Somolia,, which Lawfare bought, and redirects in a split second to The Russian Connection page of their excellent website. Even in this Tweet Rudy isn't making sure there are spaces between all his sentences.

Dec. 5, 2015

This isn't a big enough story to put on Capitol Hill Blue, but it is interesting:

Rudy Giuliani made a small mistake with unanticipated consequences when he left the space out in a sentence in a Tweet. He created a link to a then non-existent website G-20.In. A man named Jason Velazquez, a digital marketing director from Atlanta, noticed it and realized it was a domain in India which he could buy for $6.00. He did this, originally putting up the simple message "Donald J. Trump is a traitor to our country," but now he is adding links to articles.

Amazingly, as of this writing the Tweet along with the mocking comments has not been deleted. You can read them here.

Note that Giuliani didn't put spaces between two other sentences but this just was sloppy Tweeting with no untoward consquences.

Click above to see the new website.
The link about Michael Flynn above goes to a Reddit page. I hope Mr. Velaquez uses his newly polular domain for something more interesting than merely links to Reddit.

Rudy's Tweeted saying Twitter is run by "card carrying anti-Trumpers" in response and blamed Twitter rather than admit it was his error. He threw in a blast against Time Magazine for good measure. 

"Twitter allowed someone to invade my text with a disgusting anti-President message. The same thing-period no space-occurred later and it didn’t happen. Don’t tell me they are not committed cardcarrying anti-Trumpers. Time Magazine also may fit that description. FAIRNESS PLEASE"
This is from the Washington Post article about the Tweet: "Carrying out the prank only took 15 minutes, said Velazquez, who bought the domain for an entire year. He shared what he had done on Twitter, writing, 'Rudy didn’t separate g-20 from .in so ya boy bought the domain.' 'I wanted something . . . bold,” he said. 'Certainly, something that [Giuliani] would not want to be linked from his tweet.' At most, Velazquez thought his stunt would get a 'few hundred retweets' and then be absorbed into the Twittersphere, but by early Wednesday morning, Giuliani’s tweet containing the link had about 45,000 likes and nearly 17,000 retweets." The Washington Post also points out in another article that Giuliani is Trump's cybersecutiry advisor, and suggests he take a refresher course. Excerpt: "Unsurprisingly, a lot of people are making fun of Giuliani on Twitter. His error is an elementary one for someone who is charged with advising the president on cybersecurity issues, and who presumably charges private clients large amounts of money for his cybersecurity expertise. Republicans are gearing up to renew their claims that Twitter, Facebook, Google and other services are biased against conservatives. Their political opponents very likely will use Giuliani’s mistake to try to undermine these accusations on the Hill. Still, it isn’t all that surprising that Giuliani fumbled the claim. The higher levels of U.S. politics notoriously have plenty of aging men who do not understand technology very well, even while they have enormous power to shape it."
It remains to be seen whether Velazquez will maintain the website himself or sell it. I assume that it is worth more than $6:00 at present.

Dec. 4, 2018

 Check these out:

Uh Oh, watch out Trump:
D.C., Maryland begin seeking Trump financial documents in case related to his D.C. hotel

This is a good article by Amanda Marcotte from Salon (with the link to the Alternet republication to avoid Salon's intrusive unavoidable ad for a credit card)

Bush Sr.'s brand of conservatism paved the way for Trump — here's the real reason right-wingers hates hearing it

From the UK, Trump abandons world leaders: 

DONALD Trump was caught saying “get me out of here” as he strolled off stage at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, leaving the Argentinian President Mauricio Macri stood on his own. The Republican firebrand was supposed to pose for a picture with Mr Macri and other world leaders but walked off the stage. Hilarious footage shows Mr Trump shaking hands with the Argentinian President before he wandered off. Mr Macri looked sheepish and perplexed after President Trump deserted him.

Why Did the FBI Raid the Home of the Biggest Alien Truther?

Dec. 3, 2018

Dec. 2, 2018

Somebody should put the main points from this on a few 3x5 cards for Trump to read:

Putin’s Media Roasts Trump: ‘Should Spit‘ on him and the United States

Dec. 1, 2018

On a heavy news day what with Bush 41's death and Trump returning from the G20 to face the news that Mueller's hounds are howling at his doorstep, this is a below the fold Capitol Hill Blue column.

The heavyweight 2020 fight could be Tester vs. Christie.

Check out this video: 

Trump Greets Argentinian President Mauricio Macri, Promptly Walks Off Stage

In video captured during this weekend’s summit in Argentina, Trump is seen strolling up to Argentinian President Mauricio Macri, shaking his hand briefly, then wandering away.
Macri can be seen gesturing for Trump to return before an aide chased after the U.S. president to get his attention. Both presidents were scheduled to take photos together with other world leaders, according to The Guardian.
As Splinter News points out, this is not Trump’s first time walking away aimlessly; nor is it his second, nor his third.

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