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Judge Rules Obamacare Unconstitutional, Endangering Coverage For 20 Million

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      This could be a blessing in disguise. Since Democrats have regained control of the House, they can pass a universal single payer health insurance program to replace the ACA.

      I have maintained every since the ACA was enacted that it was unconstitutional, and the Supreme Court actually ruled that the main part of it was unconstitutional in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, when the majority ruled that the government violated the Commerce Clause of the Constitution by requiring individuals to purchase a product from a private market. It was a strange ruling because the court upheld the individual mandate because it was a tax, and Congress has the constitutional power to impose taxes.

      The inconsistency of the ruling is that the court essentially said that the government had the power to impose a tax on something that the same court ruled was unconstitutional.

      I think Roberts' intent was to send the law back to Congress to pass as a tax, which the only way to do so is to enact a universal single payer plan. It appears that no one in Washington D.C., Democrat or republican, understood what Roberts was trying to do.

      Now, we are left with no other option. Yes, we can challenge the current ruling of the lower court in Texas, but the safe thing to do is for a Democratic House to pass a universal single payer law, and challenge Mitch McConnell to kill it in the Senate, which would make 2020 even more likely that Democrats will take control of the Senate and the White House.

      https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/judge-rules-obamacare-unconstitutional-endangering-coverage-for-20-million/ar-BBQYzbj?ocid=spartandhp

      A federal judge in Texas threw the health coverage of some 20 million Americans in limbo by ruling Obamacare must be scrapped because Congress struck the penalty for failing to obtain insurance coverage.

      The invalidation of the landmark 2010 law is certain to send shock waves through the U.S. health system and Washington after a midterm election seen in part as a rebuke to Republican efforts to tear down Obamacare.

      “Wow, but not surprisingly, ObamaCare was just ruled UNCONSTITUTIONAL by a highly respected judge in Texas,” President Donald Trump wrote in a tweet celebrating the verdict. “Great news for America!”

      The decision will be immediately appealed, said California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who led several blue states in intervening to defend the ACA. It could ultimately become the third major Obamacare case to be taken up by the Supreme Court, which has twice voted to uphold the law.

      U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor, a George W. Bush appointee in Fort Worth, Texas, issued the decision gutting the law in response to a lawsuit from 20 conservative-led states that sought to have the Affordable Care Act tossed out. They successfully argued that the mandate penalty was a critical linchpin of the law and that without it, the entire frameworks is rendered unconstitutional.

      “In sum, the Individual Mandate ‘is so interwoven with [the ACA’s] regulations that they cannot be separated. None of them can stand,’” O’Connor wrote.

      The decision came a little more than 24 hours before the sign-up period for 2019 Obamacare coverage is set to close — and roughly a month after voters upset over Republicans’ efforts to repeal and replace the ACA swept House Democrats back into the majority. O’Connor did not issue an injunction, leaving it unclear whether the Trump administration can continue to enforce the ACA in the near term. Obamacare enrollment will continue up to the Saturday deadline, administration officials said.

      "We expect this ruling will be appealed to the Supreme Court. Pending the appeal process, the law remains in place,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

      Seema Verma, the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, who oversees Obamacare's insurance marketplaces, tweeted late Friday that Obamacare exchanges are still open for business and that open enrollment will continue. "There is no impact to current coverage or coverage in a 2019 plan," she wrote.

      Democrats late Friday decried the decision as reckless and urged an appeals court to overturn it, while also tying it to the GOP’s broader efforts to eliminate the ACA.

      “Republicans want to gut healthcare. It’s not a talking point, it’s not an exaggeration,” Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) tweeted on Friday. “For ideological reasons, and because many can’t stand that it’s named Obamacare, they are causing millions to feel anxiety and possibly suffer. Shame on them.”

      Republicans zeroed out the mandate penalty as part of their 2017 overhaul of the tax code, after failing throughout last year to repeal and replace the ACA in full. The penalty is slated to disappear next year.

      The ruling puts the Trump administration and Republican lawmakers in a bind. They've promised to save the health law's pre-existing condition protections if the court threw them out, but for years they've been unable to agree on an alternative that would maintain the law's stringent safeguards.

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      NRA Ties To Russian Operatives Draw Growing Scrutiny From Congress

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          Why has the NRA cozyed up to Russia?.
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          Now that Maria Butina has plead guilty to conspiracy to forge a Kremlin bond with the NRA and U. S. conservatives to turn the election toward Trump, more focus is being directed toward the National Rifle Association due to the contacts she cultivated with them.

          Some members of the Senate Intelligence Committee have become very suspicious of claims that the NRA have made that they didn't get any additional funds from the Russians.

          The House Intelligence Committee, which will be chaired by California Rep. Adam Schiff, has plans to investigate “two major threads” regarding the NRA. "Those include whether Torshin and Butina were part of efforts to establish a backchannel to the Kremlin, and whether Russian money was flowing into the NRA for the purpose of supporting Trump’s election.

          Mark Follman and Dan Friedman give us the report from Mother Jones today.

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          As questions mounted last spring about two Russian operatives with ties to the National Rifle Association who tried to cultivate the Trump presidential campaign, the NRA made a rare public disclosure: The gun group said it had received about $2,500 from Russian sources. That included a single contribution “of less than $1,000” from one of the operatives, Alexander Torshin—a high-level official from Vladimir Putin’s party who federal prosecutors say directed a conspiracy by Russian agent Maria Butina to influence American politics. The NRA said the money was dues for a “life membership” paid by Torshin, who years earlier had forged connections with NRA leaders.

          After the United States sanctioned Torshin and other Russian officials in April, the NRA reiterated in response to a Senate inquiry that Torshin had made no other contributions and was “not a member of any major donor program.”

          But members of the Senate Intelligence Committee remain highly skeptical of NRA claims that the group did not receive additional funds from Torshin or other Russians. “We don’t believe them,” a Senate source told Mother Jones, noting the NRA gave Torshin the kind of VIP treatment typically reserved for big donors. The intelligence committee is one of two Senate committees with ongoing investigations into the possibility that additional Russian money flowed through the NRA. Two probes into NRA-Russia matters are also ramping up in the House as Democrats prepare to take control of the chamber in January.

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          The House Intelligence Committee, soon to be chaired by California Rep. Adam Schiff, plans to scrutinize “two major threads” regarding the NRA, a committee aide said. Those include whether Torshin and Butina were part of efforts to establish a backchannel to the Kremlin, and “whether Russian money was flowing into the NRA for the purpose of supporting Trump’s election.”

          Butina, who was charged in July with conspiracy by federal prosecutors, finalized a plea deal and has agreed to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia. Investigators on Capitol Hill will be watching closely to see if she shares information contradicting any NRA claims in documents the group has provided to Congress, a second Senate source said.

          As Mother Jones previously documented, Torshin cultivated ties with NRA leaders for years, attending six NRA annual conferences between 2011 and 2016. Now, additional photos we uncovered show Torshin hanging out with top NRA leaders both publicly and privately during the group’s annual conference held in Houston, Texas, in May 2013—including during lucrative fundraising events. Torshin posted the photos online around the time of the conference, though it is unclear who took them. They show Torshin at a gathering with NRA leaders in a hotel suite, at an NRA fundraising dinner and auction, and attending a ceremony for elite “Golden Ring of Freedom” donors giving at least $1 million, whose trappings include custom gold jackets and an NRA “liberty bell.”

          Torshin with the NRA’s “liberty bell” in Houston in May 2013

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          Among other NRA leaders, Torshin is pictured in Houston with then-outgoing president and current board member David Keene, who traveled to Moscow later that fall and again in 2015 to attend events hosted by Butina’s own fledgling gun group, the Right to Bear Arms. Also appearing with Torshin in the Houston photos are incoming NRA president James W. Porter and then-NRA operations director Kyle Weaver, who worked under NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre, as the Trace reported, including overseeing grassroots fundraising. Torshin also hobnobbed with top Ring of Freedom donor Joe Gregory and former Republican House Majority Leader and longtime NRA ally Tom DeLay.

          Keene first became friendly with Torshin in 2011 at the NRA conference in Pittsburgh, and he hosted Torshin at the subsequent 2012 conference in St. Louis, where Torshin said in a tweet that he and two unidentified companions were treated as “guests of the highest level.” When Keene traveled to Moscow in fall 2013, he spoke enthusiastically at Butina’s gathering about the NRA and the Right to Bear Arms “working together,” noting that he had hosted Torshin over the past three years in the United States.

          Among the high-profile speakers at that NRA 2013 conference in Houston was future Trump national security adviser John Bolton, who at the time served on the gun group’s international affairs subcommittee. At Keene’s request, Bolton recorded a video address that fall talking up gun rights, which was used by Butina’s group for lobbying in Russia.
          Bolton’s security clearance is on the list of issues the House Oversight Committee expects to investigate next year, according to a committee staffer. The committee wants to know whether Bolton disclosed his role in the video used by Butina and any related contacts he might have had with foreign nationals.

          It is legal for foreign citizens to donate to causes in the United States, but federal law bars them from directly or indirectly contributing money to US political campaigns. That includes a ban on donations to political action committees. According to a report by McClatchy in January, the FBI has been investigating whether Russian money flowed illegally through the NRA into the 2016 Trump campaign, which the NRA backed with at least $30 million.

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          From right: Torshin, DeLay, Keene, and Porter at the NRA conference in May 2013
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          The NRA did not respond to requests for comment.

          According to NRA publications, the organization raised at least $1.7 million during the 2013 conference in Houston, including “a record $500,000” at the banquet and auction attended by Torshin. Soon thereafter, the NRA’s LaPierre hailed the gathering as “the biggest celebration of American values.” Torshin was presented with the gift of a rifle while there, according to a report in Rolling Stone. The Russian operative had also tweeted from report in Rolling Stone. The Russian operative had also tweeted from Houston that the NRA welcomed him with “thunderous applause.”

          (Mother Jones and the Trace have teamed up to investigate the NRA’s finances and political activity. See more of our reporting.)

          https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/12/nra-r...

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              “I am the absolute best at not doing crimes,” President Trump declared. “Way better than any previous president—some of whom I’m not even sure were born in this country. But I am very American and very not guilty of absolutely everything. That’s what the investigation says.”

              Trump then described how he did the investigation. He put the absolute best mind on it—his own—and then to make sure he was independent, he tried to forget he knew himself. He said that was very hard since he is “the most famous person in the entire world.” Trump then showed off the magnifying glass he used for the investigation as well as his “detective hat”—a deerstalker cap.

              https://babylonbee.com/news/trump-releases-findings-of-own-independent-investigation-most-innocent-president-ever

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              A Self Inflicted Wound That Will Never Heal

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                  To say that watching the world eat itself alive with the machinations of an old archaic political mindset is frustrating would be an understatement of global proportions. The world is full of idiots and those idiots cling to the old world, the ways of the past. Old and greyed political mindsets and attitudes openly dismissing the world of the contemporary.

                  Some of those politics are born of a stagnant racism that never went away but managed to give the appearance that had indeed gone away. In fact those who needed those prejudices to exist merely cultivated those old prejudices to appear less disgusting than what they are.

                  In Europe those old prejudices and hatreds have been on display as 'Neo-Nazis' once again openly display their ignorance. Nazism lost once and it will lose again.

                  In the UK the Brexit debate and continued mess has only highlighted a decayed and decrepit colonial mindset that has corrupted the contemporary with the idea of leaving a long held union with Europe. The Brexit vote was carried out with a population to idiotic to even contemplate the brevity of such an extreme decision. That too has been given the dose of reality that was really needed prior to anyone casting a vote. As of now the chances of a deal to leave being struck falls between little or no chance as people now argue about what type of Brexit they voted for.

                  The truth that is often seen as an offence to Brexit voters is the fact they didn't know what they actually voted for. People will claim they knew exactly what they voted for and those people lie to themselves. The promises and the protracted reality are two very different things.

                  All the while a massive betrayal of an agreement is currently ongoing in the form of undermining the Good Friday Agreement. Those within the British Politic are not bothered about their ongoing and unabashed betrayal of a peace agreement that has one of the most successful peace agreements in the world today.

                  But British arrogance and ignorance is rampant and on the march goosestepping all over anything and anyone who defies the lies of populism and the lies of Brexit.

                  And now we have come to the stage were those most rabid extremes of the right have decided to try and bring their own Prime Minister down in a vain attempt to install one of their own. By 9.00pm GMT the world will see a party at war with itself expose its factions that reside between the once great dream of an Empire and those who are caught between those revisionist historians of the hard right.

                  One MP Priti Patel actually claimed that should the Irish block any moves by Brexiteers then the use of food shortages should be implemented.

                  Just a reminder that it wouldn't be the first time the British starved the Irish people into submission by using food as a form of Genocide.

                  But that's what we are dealing with as of the time I write this post.

                  The Prime Minister will survive this vote of confidence, of that I have no doubts. Then it will be more of the same extremes making utterly stupid comments such as one British MP who was under the impression that anyone in the UK can get an Irish Passport.......

                  We may retain a weakened Prime Minister but the whole sorry mess will continue. Here's the thing, either Brexit happens or the Good Friday Agreement that brought stability to the North of Ireland survives........

                  Both can't exist and one will die in this ongoing after effect of the a self inflicted wound that may never heal.


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                  Breaking The Code In The War On Truth

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                      Breaking The Code

                      In The War On Truth:


                      FreePatriot.org reported in 2016: "An 18 year-old Egyptian Christian girl

                      being hurled to her death by Muslims" A complete, blatant fabrication.

                      In 2016, radio host Michael Savage borrowed a National Enquirer story and reported,

                      and many right-wing news outlets repeated, the claim that Supreme Court Justice

                      Antonin Scalia had been murdered by the CIA, President Obama, and a $2,000. hooker.



                      The Comet Ping Pong pizza shop, in Washington,D.C.. A 2016 news story prompted a

                      man to fire a rifle inside the shop as he attempted to "self-investigate" a conspiracy

                      theory that Hillary Clinton was running a child sex ring from there. (AP)

                      By Ray Cunneff

                      December 11, 2018

                      It's difficult to say exactly when the 'war on truth' began but it goes well beyond 'fake news'. It most likely started gradually, accelerated by the rise of social media, when politicians began realizing that "facts don't matter" nearly so much if you present a compelling narrative that supports existing prejudices.

                      That concept was reinforced by the apparent success of "doubling down" on a lie, expressing an outraged belligerence while expanding the false narrative beyond its original scope to the Josef Goebbels "big lie" told forcefully and frequently enough until perception becomes reality. In our new anti-truth era, no lie is too big, too implausible, or too vile not to be believed by alarmingly large numbers of people.

                      Photo of actress in makeup for "Ash vs. Evil Dead" used as anti-liberal pro-Trump tweet.

                      "A lie can travel around the world before the truth can put its pants on."


                      And when lies based on false narratives are judged to be too abhorrent for most people to accept, they are instead disseminated in 'dog-whistles' and nudge-nudge, wink-wink code.

                      Breaking the Code:

                      Public Services are Socialism

                      Men know what's best for women

                      Slavery wasn't really so bad

                      God wrote the Constitution

                      & Other Lies


                      "Privatize" means "Monetize"

                      "If you're not rich, it's your fault" - Herman Cain


                      "If you can't afford it, you don't deserve it"

                      "If you touch my 'Pro Life' sign, I'll kill you"

                      "To get rich, you have to be making money while you're asleep".


                      You would have to work for decades to earn what some CEO's make in an hour

                      Lower Taxes, Fewer Services, Higher fees


                      The amount of energy necessary to refute bullshit is an order of

                      magnitude greater than to produce it.



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                      Accused NRA's Russia Connection (Spy) Appears To Reach A Plea Deal.

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                          Last January, the people learned that special counsel Robert Mueller was investigating whether the National Rifle Association (NRA) was being used as a connection for Russia to give Donald Trump's 2016 campaign money. Since then, a number of Russians have been identified as having contacts with the NRA.

                          Now the alleged Russian agent, gun activist Maria Butina, who aligned with the NRA and has been in custody since July of this year, wants to change her not guilty plea to one of guilty. It appears she has reached a plea deal.

                          She is charged with "conspiracy and failing to register as a foreign agent," and Federal prosecutors have filed with the court to have a date set for her change of plea hearing.

                          Prosecutors say they have “resolved” a case against a woman accused of being a secret agent for the Russian government, a sign that she likely has taken a plea deal.

                          The information was included in a court filing Monday in the case against Maria Butina. Her lawyers and federal prosecutors have asked for a court hearing as soon as Tuesday morning.

                          The documents did not provide details about the resolution.

                          Prosecutors allege Butina, 30, gathered intelligence on American officials and political organizations. They said she used her contacts with the National Rifle Association.

                          She is charged with conspiracy and acting as an unregistered foreign agent for Russia.

                          Butina’s lawyer says she is a student interested in American politics and and better U.S.-Russian relations.

                          https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/woman-accuse...

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                          Top House Dems Raise Prospect Of Impeachment, Jail For Trump

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                              As recently as 1989, oddly enough when President George H W Bush was in office, the American government captured the leader of Panama's government, charged him with drug trafficking and put him in prison in Florida, where he remained until his death in 2017. In 1989 Panama was a sovereign nation.

                              The Rule of Law? The premise of the rule of law is that no one is above the law. Yet our government is debating if a sitting president of The United States can be indicted. Robert Mueller has spent the last 18 months investigating the president for possible treason, but the press and many in the government are questioning whether the president can be indicted if Mueller's investigation concludes he has committed crimes.

                              The discussion around whether a sitting president can be indicted is based on a Justice Department policy that goes back to the Nixon administration, not the Constitution.

                              Article I Sections 2 and 3 states that the impeachment proceeding involves the House impeaching an official, and the Senate convicting them and removing them from office. However, these provisions do not preclude officials from being liable for criminal charges. In fact paragraph 7 of Article I Section 3 clearly provides for "...indictment, trial, judgment and punishment, according to the Law", and it DOES NOT require an official to be removed from office first.


                              Impeachment, as a political process, has no impact on the criminal process, and the Constitution does not exclude ANYONE from indictment for crimes.

                              Article I Section 2 Paragraph 5

                              5: The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.

                              Article I Section 3 Paragraphs 6 and 7

                              6: The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.

                              7: Judgment in Cases of impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.

                              Article II Section 4

                              The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.


                              https://www.yahoo.com/news/dem-illegal-payments-impeachable-offense-trump-ordered-151619617--politics.html

                              WASHINGTON (AP) — Top House Democrats have raised the prospect of impeachment or the real possibility of prison time for President Donald Trump if it's proved that he directed illegal hush-money payments to women, adding to the legal pressure on the president over the Russia investigation and other scandals.

                              "There's a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office, the Justice Department may indict him, that he may be the first president in quite some time to face the real prospect of jail time," said Rep. Adam Schiff, the incoming chairman of the House intelligence committee. "The bigger pardon question may come down the road as the next president has to determine whether to pardon Donald Trump."

                              Rep. Jerry Nadler, the incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, described the details in prosecutors' filings Friday in the case of Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, as evidence that Trump was "at the center of a massive fraud."

                              "They would be impeachable offenses," Nadler said.

                              In the filings, prosecutors in New York for the first time link Trump to a federal crime of illegal payments to buy the silence of two women during the 2016 campaign. Special counsel Robert Mueller's office also laid out previously undisclosed contacts between Trump associates and Russian intermediaries and suggested the Kremlin aimed early on to influence Trump and his Republican campaign by playing to both his political and personal business interests.

                              Trump has denied wrongdoing and has compared the investigations to a "witch hunt."

                              Nadler, D-N.Y., said it was too early to say whether Congress would pursue impeachment proceedings based on the illegal payments alone because lawmakers would need to weigh the gravity of the offense to justify "overturning" the 2016 election. Nadler and other lawmakers said Sunday they would await additional details from Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference and possible coordination with the Trump campaign to determine the extent of Trump's misconduct.

                              Regarding the illegal payments, "whether they are important enough to justify an impeachment is a different question, but certainly they'd be impeachable offenses because even though they were committed before the president became president, they were committed in the service of fraudulently obtaining the office," Nadler said.

                              Mueller has not said when he will complete a report of any findings, and it isn't clear that any such report would be made available to Congress. That would be up to the attorney general. Trump on Friday said he would nominate former Attorney General William Barr to the post to succeed Jeff Sessions.

                              Nadler indicated that Democrats, who will control the House in January, will step up their own investigations. He said Congress, the Justice Department and the special counsel need to dig deeper into the allegations, which include questions about whether Trump lied about his business arrangements with Russians and about possible obstruction of justice.

                              "The new Congress will not try to shield the president," he said. "We will try to get to the bottom of this, in order to serve the American people and to stop this massive conspiracy — this massive fraud on the American people."

                              Schiff, D-Calif., also stressed a need to wait "until we see the full picture." He has previously indicated his panel would seek to look into the Trump family's business ties with Russia.

                              "I think we also need to see this as a part of a broader pattern of potential misconduct by the president, and it's that broad pattern, I think, that will lead us to a conclusion about whether it rises to the level to warrant removal from office," Schiff said.

                              In the legal filings, the Justice Department stopped short of accusing Trump of directly committing a crime. But it said Trump told Cohen to make illegal payments to porn actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, both of whom claimed to have had affairs with Trump more than a decade ago.

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                              Fox Pundit Tucker Carlson Turns On Trump: "Incapable, Unable To Focus"

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                                  Tucker Carlson is usually quick to go after critics of President Donald Trump on his nightly Fox News show.

                                  But in a new interview with conservative Swiss magazine Die Weltwoche published on December 4, 2018, , the Fox Prime Time “Tucker Carlson Tonight” host called out Trump himself for his boastfulness and for failing to keep his promises to voters.

                                  His chief promises were that he would build the wall, de-fund Planned Parenthood and repeal Obamacare, and he hasn’t done any of those things,” said Carlson, per The Washington Post.

                                  Carlson said he’d “come to believe” Trump’s role was “not as a conventional president who promises to get certain things achieved to the Congress and then does.”

                                  I don’t think he’s capable,” Carlson explained. “I don’t think he’s capable of sustained focus. I don’t think he understands the system. I don’t think the Congress is on his side. I don’t think his own agencies support him. ”

                                  Carlson said it was “mostly” Trump’s fault that he hadn’t been able to deliver on his pledges, because “you really have to understand how” the legislative process works and “be very focused on getting it done.” He pointed to Trump's failure to gather a competent core staff at the White House, or in his cabinet noting that the "revolving door" which is innately a source on instability now shows signs of coming off its hinges and that is "downright dangerous."

                                  Trump “knows very little about the legislative process, hasn’t learned anything, hasn’t surrounded himself with people that can get it done, hasn’t done all the things you need to do so. It’s mostly his fault that he hasn’t achieved those things. He clearly does not take the job seriously,” he added

                                  Instead, Carlson suggested Trump’s role had been “to begin the conversation” on issues such as immigration — which the conservative TV host has frequently and fervently railed against but that this was "hardly the stuff that builds a proud legacy."

                                  See: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/12/06...

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                                  https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/tucker-carlso...

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                                  Trump Dictates Reality

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                                      Trump Dictates Reality

                                      It Is What He Tells Us It is

                                      “This is not a well man, Don. This is a guy who honestly believes that he can

                                      change the fabric of reality and make the law go away by tweeting at it”.


                                      By Ray Cunneff

                                      December 7, 2018

                                      "Just remember, what you are seeing and what you are reading is not what's happening. Just stick with us, don't believe the crap you see from these people, the fake news."

                                      - President Donald J. Trump addressing the Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention in Kansas City, Mo. July 23, 2018


                                      Have you noticed? Trump seems to believe that he can simply dictate the news like an emperor surrounded by scribes taking dictation. He is constantly telling reporters "this is the story". "Take this down...".

                                      CNN’s Don Lemon closed Friday night's show with an appearance by former Republican political strategist Rick Wilson, author of "Everything Trump Touches Dies", who recapped a wild day in which special counsel Robert Mueller revealed court filings that include new details about the ties between "Individual #1", Trump’s inner circle, and Russia.

                                      President Donald Trump started the day in a fury, but ended it by declaring himself cleared of all wrongdoing (in the third person).
                                      Totally clears the President. Thank you!
                                      12-7-2018

                                      Except for that little part where the US Attorney’s Office says that
                                      you directed and coordinated with Cohen to commit two felonies.
                                      Other than that, totally scot-free.

                                      I just cannot state strongly enough how totally dishonest much of the Media is.
                                      Truth doesn’t matter to them, they only have their hatred & agenda.
                                      This includes fake books, which come out about me all the time,
                                      always anonymous sources, and are pure fiction.
                                      Enemy of the People!


                                      Don Lemon asked, “OK, Rick, so there were a lot of tweets but they ended with this one: ‘Totally clears the president. Thank you.’ I mean, is he talking about Obama? Is he talking about Bush? I don’t know. But him?”

                                      “I’m not sure Individual #1 understands exactly how the law works,” Wilson said, referring to the president by the term used in the filings. “Because just wish-casting yourself and saying ‘Oh, I’m cleared now, it’s all good’ is, you know, Donald Trump 'fabulism' writ large. This is a guy who clearly spent the day in a growing state of anxiety and rage. I mean this morning was some classic rage tweeting. And you’ve got to imagine they were trying to beat the door of the John down trying to get the guy out so he’d stop tweeting this morning.”

                                      Lemon then showed 14 angry tweets from the president all sent on Friday.

                                      “This is not a well man, Don. This is a guy who honestly believes that he can change the fabric of reality and make the law go away by tweeting at it,” Wilson said. “There’s a lot of things today that are going to accrue in the assessment of Donald Trump including the fact for the first time the Department of Justice has said that Donald Trump asked his minion, Mike Cohen, to commit felonies. This is an ugly, bad, no-good day for Donald J. Trump.”

                                      Wilson later teed off on Trump over his mistreatment of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, of whom Wilson said Trump is jealous. Trump had tweeted that Tillseron was "dumb as a rock" and "lazy as hell".

                                      “Look, Rex Tillerson negotiated deals as the CEO of Exxon that where the rounding error was greater than every penny Donald Trump has ever made in his entire life,” he said. “This is a guy who is absolutely a globally recognized business leader as somebody who led a gigantic multinational corporation successfully. This is not some two-bit Manhattan grifter who puts his name on building and goes bankrupt every five years. Trump is always jealous of business success and makes him mad.”

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                                      Opinion: VOTER FRAUD? TRUMP GETS IT ALL WRONG!

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                                          In every election, the people are assailed by loud voices from those who insist that voter fraud threatens the legitimacy of our American Democracy. Critics respond by claiming that voter fraud is exaggerated and cannot be backed up with ample evidence; but dismissing voter fraud means not seeing that fraud does happen, even if it is rare.

                                          While illegal gerrymandering and other forms of voter suppression DO occur, and have been found to happen most often by the Republicans in charge, Trump has associated voter fraud as an activity engaged in by Democrats; but as this years' midterms have pointed out, actual voter fraud happens due to the activities of the Republicans.

                                          Gail Collins gives us a look at how Trump gets it wrong and why voters in some "Red states" are being cheated.

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                                          Midterm Election Update From The Department Of Irony

                                          Republicans have been warning us about the danger of voter fraud for ages. And now it does appear that a major congressional race was impacted by that very type of evil-doing. Feel free to chortle/snort/howl at the moon when I tell you the accused fraudsters are Republicans.

                                          The fictional version of voter fraud involves sinister characters — possibly illegal immigrants! — showing up at the polls repeatedly, perhaps disguising their nefarious intent by wearing different hats or an occasional false mustache.

                                          “In many places, like California, the same person votes many times … Millions and millions of people,” said Donald Trump. He’s been running on this theme since he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton. We will not even bother to envision what Election Day would look like if millions and millions of extra voters were standing in line.

                                          There’s also Trump’s more recent argument that voters should have to have special IDs because “if you go out and you want to buy groceries you need a picture on a card. You need an ID.”

                                          Image result for voter id cartoon

                                          People, where do you think this came from?

                                          A) Traumatic childhood experience in which he treated his class to ice cream at the ballpark and told the vendor to “just send the bill to my Dad.”

                                          B) Atlantic City incident when he tried to buy a bag of Doritos with a promissory note.

                                          C) A bad dream in which he had to shop on his own in a store full of badly dressed people.

                                          Beats me. Anyway, Trump appears to believe the only reason he has ever lost an election was phony voters. Remember his theory that the New Hampshire primary was flooded by thousands of people “brought in busses” from Massachusetts? In the real world, this sort of thing is approximately as common as the Asian Crested Ibis.

                                          “We don’t see voter impersonation fraud anywhere in the country because it would be such a dumb way to steal an election,” said Richard Hasen, the author of “The Voting Wars.” When he was researching his book, Hasen said, he looked for a good example of multiple-voting and never found one.

                                          Really, candidates of the future, if you want to steal an election just find ways to keep the other side from participating. You could try tweeting threats. (“Cheat at your own peril.”) Or simply using the whole voter fraud issue to make it more difficult for people to register, and more self-conscious about how they’ll be treated if they show up at the polls.

                                          For Republicans, all this has the convenient effect of discouraging people who are young, poor or minority from taking part in the system. Democrats are not really into the game. We would like to believe this is because of a firm belief in an open political process. But it’s probably also because, short of putting all the polls in fifth-floor walk-ups, there’s no easy way to keep elderly white men from voting.

                                          As the midterms approached, Trump tweeted a warning that “Law enforcement has been strongly notified to watch closely for any ILLEGAL VOTING.” And what do you know? There really did seem to be a case of possible election-stealing in a congressional race in North Carolina.

                                          It involved a couple of counties with large African-American and rural populations, and the victim was the Democrat. Dan McCready, the Democratic candidate, is the party’s new dream red-district combo: Ivy League college graduate/Marine, who found faith while fighting in Iraq and was baptized in water from the Euphrates River. People thought he had a chance, and on election night things were close, very close. But the Republican candidate, Mark Harris, a conservative former pastor, seemed to be about 900 votes ahead. McCready conceded.

                                          Then — whoops — it appeared those counties had been the site of some extensive “ballot harvesting.” This happens when supporters of one candidate go out and encourage people to request absentee ballots, which they then reap like so many rows of soybeans. Sometimes they help a voter fill out a ballot. Sometimes, if a voter doesn’t seem to be following the preferred line, they lose said ballot on the way to the mailbox.

                                          Suffice it to say that investigations are underway. North Carolina actually has a very open election system and chances are pretty good that the authorities will figure this all out. “In most states if this was going on you wouldn’t be able to see it,” said Jason Roberts, a professor of political science at the University of North Carolina.

                                          This is one of the many moments when we give thanks that there are so few close elections in New York.

                                          Several morals to this story, people. One is that Donald Trump is wrong about everything. (“All you have to do is go around, take a look at what’s happened over the years, and you’ll see. There are a lot of people — a lot of people — my opinion, and based on proof — that try and get in illegally and actually vote illegally.”)

                                          O.K., not a shock. But feel free to notice that Trump has never bothered to mention any concern about absentee ballots. “It’s the absentee ballots that are most ripe for fraud,” said Roberts. “People have been saying that for years.”

                                          Meanwhile in North Carolina, the Republican State Legislature is hard at work on a constitutional amendment to require voter IDs.

                                          https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/05/opinion/trump-w...

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