37 thoughts on “News/Politics 5-22-18

  1. Looks like the messaging from Democrats and Never-Trumpers is failing to sway the public.


    “If “it’s the economy, stupid,” as James Carville argued a generation ago, then Democrats may be heading into a midterm trap. A new CBS/YouGov poll shows Americans getting more enthusiastic about economic growth, and crediting Donald Trump more with the expansion:

    Nearly 2 in 3 Americans think the nation’s economy is in good shape, and most of them believe President’s Trump’s policies are at least somewhat responsible for that. More Republicans rate the economy positively than do Democrats.

    As Congressional primaries continue and Americans look ahead six months to their midterm votes, Mr. Trump looks like a positive factor among Republicans, 7 in 10 of whom say they’d prefer a candidate he backs — but the president’s influence is limited to his own party. More Independents say they’re less likely to support a candidate backed by Mr. Trump.

    There’s still plenty of nuance in these numbers, but they’re moving in the right direction for both Trump and the GOP. Four months ago in the same polling series, only 46% of respondents thought Trump had made the economy better, with 54% disputing that contention. This poll didn’t ask the question in the same way, but Trump’s support has ticked up, especially in “strong Trump supporter,” going from 18% to 23% in the intervening period.

    Much of this appears to be a shoring up on the Right, though. In January, 48% of Republicans called themselves “strong Trump supporters,” but that number is 57% in the latest survey. It’s ticked up slightly among independents too, going from 14% to 16%.”


  2. Ricky – I’ve been reading the arguments you and AJ have been having about Comey, but haven’t really decided what I think about him yet. (I must admit that in my current state of dealing with grief and my new life, I have lost my taste for certain political matters. I’ve joined DJ in the State of Denial.) Here is an article from World that I recently read, by a man who was an FBI agent for many years. Does this change your mind at all about Comey? Is the author mistaken on any of this?

    “Breaking the rules
    Jim Comey’s disregard for FBI norms shows he doesn’t have ‘the right stuff’ ”


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  3. A new twist.


    “The sordid story between the Trump White House, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation/ Department of Justice reached a new level last week: there reportedly was a spy working the campaign. The asset appears to have tried to establish relationships between Sam Clovis, George Papadopoulos, and Carter Page—all members of the Trump team—in the hopes of gleaning information from them; all of this occurring under then-President Obama’s DOJ/FBI.

    The New York Times and Washington Post had extensive stories on this, though there was some linguistic gymnastics concerning the words spy and informant – spy vs. informant to be more accurate. Now, Axios reported tonight that this informant, who is rumored to be longtime CIA operative Stefan Halper, tried to infiltrate the Trump administration after the 2016 election. The president’s trade adviser, Pete Navarro, is said to have recommended him for a job:”


  4. Her first job will be to purge the malcontents.

    And another glass ceiling broken.


    “President Donald Trump led the swearing-in ceremony for the first female CIA director in the agency’s history on Monday, calling it “a ceremony like few will ever have again.”

    Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath.

    “They love you,” Trump said as officials and agents applauded Haspel during the ceremony. “They respect you. They respect you too.”

    “Gina is tough, she is strong” and “will never ever back down,” he said.

    Haspel, a career officer, won Senate confirmation last week after a contentious process that focused on her role in the CIA’s use of overseas prisons to torture suspects in hopes of gleaning information on terrorism after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

    Haspel, in her own remarks, noted that it’s been more than 50 years since a career officer has led the agency. She pledged to represent rank-and-file agents. “For me, being director is about doing right by all of you,” she said.

    She also took in the historic moment, saying, “I stand on the shoulders of heroines who never saw acclaim” and pointing to two girls — ages 6 and 8 — in the audience.

    “We did it,” Haspel said.”


  5. Another spy? This is starting to feel like third world/banana republic type nonsense.


    “At least one additional government “informant” attempted to infiltrate the Trump campaign under President Barack Obama, former Trump campaign aide Michael Caputo revealed exclusively on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” Monday night.

    “Let me tell you something that I know for a fact,” Caputo told host Laura Ingraham. “This informant, this person that they tried to plant into the campaign — and even into the administration, if you believe Axios — he’s not the only person who came at the campaign. And the FBI is not the only Obama agency who came at the campaign.

    “I know because they came at me,” Caputo added. “And I’m looking for clearance from my attorney to reveal this to the public. This is just the beginning.””


  6. Kizzie, I would encourage you to read Comey’s book. It will help you understand his job and the challenges and tough choices he faced. Most of the book is not about Trump and most of the tough choices were not about Trump. Comey is clearly not perfect, but he is intelligent and he is honorable. Those attributes are in short supply right now.

    I have read many articles like the one you posted attacking Comey from the Right. There are probably as many attacking him from the Left. They haven’t changed my view of the man.

    A number of people (Ryan, Comey, Rosenstein, Wray and others) have been put in impossible positions by recent events. I respect all of them for doing their best to serve the country doing thankless jobs for a people incapable of understanding what they are doing and what is at stake.


  7. Where’s the beef?

    Or is Mueller ignoring certain crimes for political reasons?


    “In the year since the start of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, one thing has been notably absent: a public indictment of any Russians for the hacking of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

    Mueller has charged President Trump’s former campaign chief, secured guilty pleas from several individuals in Trump’s orbit and indicted 13 Russians for an elaborate plot to leverage social media to influence the American electorate.”


  8. Ricky,

    ” I respect all of them for doing their best to serve the country doing thankless jobs for a people incapable of understanding what they are doing and what is at stake.”

    So all the lies (which Comey’s book is full of), cover-ups, set-ups, and flat out un-.American activity to undermine a duly elected president is OK, ‘cuz they’re good people?

    We understand what they are doing and what’s at stake. They’re committing in many cases criminal acts. It’s treasonous and a serious threat to our democracy. We see it quite clearly.

    But hey, Ricky’s cool with that because, well, it’s Trump……

    You should be ashamed of yourself.


  9. Comey wasn’t put into any “impossible position” that justified any of the stuff in Kizzie’s linked article. And even if so, “honorable” is doing the right thing despite being in some position or other. However, Trump idiot cult moron Trumpists, so there’s that argument, I guess.


  10. doing their best to serve the country doing thankless jobs for a people incapable of understanding what they are doing and what is at stake.

    …he posts with a straight face. I know it’s not good to be a cultist true believer, but this is getting awkward.


  11. Triggered.

    And the flood gates are opening. With the IG report a week out, the offenders are starting to leak in order to lessen the blow.

    Another liar in FBI leadership gets exposed.


    “Emails Suggest the FBI ‘Triggered’ CNN Story on Steele Dossier
    “Flood is coming”

    “Whew boy. This has not been a good few days for the “any suggestion the FBI was out to damage Trump is conspiratorial kookery” crowd.

    Chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Sen. Ron Johnson, requested information from FBI Director Christopher Wray Monday.

    Emails referenced in the request suggest former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and a “sensitive matter team” were intimately aware of CNN’s possession of the Steele Dossier before Trump was briefed by Comey.

    Further, emails sent by McCabe to senior FBI officials with the subject line, “Flood is coming.” A flood? What about a Crossfire Hurricane? “CNN is close to going forward with the sensitive story…The trigger for them [CNN] is they know the material was discussed in the brief and presented as an attachment.”

    McCabe’s email was sent two days after Comey briefed Trump. And two days after McCabe’s email, CNN ran their story.

    We know, based on a DOJ IG report, that McCabe leaked sensitive information to the press and then lied about it. It’s what got him fired.”


  12. More lies from Comey and McCabe are exposed…..

    Further confirmation that they all needed to be removed.


    “Newly revealed e-mails show that former Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI) deputy director Andrew McCabe was keenly aware of CNN’s internal understanding of a secret briefing about the infamous Steele dossier, days before CNN published any stories on the matter. The e-mails, which were obtained by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), also reveal that top officials used coded language to refer to the salacious and unverified allegations made by Steele.

    Former FBI director James Comey briefed then-President-Elect Donald Trump on January 6, 2017, on at least one unproven allegation contained in Steele’s dossier, which was jointly funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. CNN broke the story about the dossier briefing on January 10, 2017, touching off a firestorm of hysteria that culminated in not just the firing of Comey by Trump, but the eventual appointment of Department of Justice (DOJ) special counsel Robert Mueller.

    Comey claimed that he was compelled to brief Trump on the dossier because “CNN had [it]” and was “looking for a news hook.”

    Hours before Comey briefed Trump, FBI chief of staff James Rybicki e-mailed staff that Comey “is coming into HQ briefly now for an update from the sensitive matter team.” Just as the same officials dubbed the Clinton e-mail investigation the “mid-year exam” and the anti-Trump counterintelligence investigation “Crossfire Hurricane,” they also used various phrases using “sensitive” to refer obliquely to the dossier.

    Two days after the briefing, on January 8, 2017, former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, who earlier this year was fired and then referred for criminal prosecution by the DOJ inspector general for repeatedly lying about media leaks, wrote an e-mail to top FBI officials with the subject, “Flood is coming.”

    “CNN is close to going forward with the sensitive story,” McCabe wrote to Comey, Rybicki, and two others. “The trigger for them is they know the material was discussed in the brief and presented in an attachment.” He did not detail how he came to know what CNN’s “trigger” was for publishing the dossier briefing story.

    Although the January 10 story from CNN also claimed that Trump was presented with a two-page summary of the dossier, which was not part of the official intelligence community assessment given to Trump, Comey himself later claimed that he did not give the two-page document to Trump, raising questions about whether McCabe himself was a source for CNN’s assertion that Trump had been given the entire two-page document during the briefing.

    Shortly after sending his e-mail to Comey and other FBI officials, McCabe e-mailed then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and her deputy, Matthew Axelrod. McCabe used the subject line “News” in his e-mail to the DOJ officials.”


  13. Kizzie, I was simply trying to give an honest response to you, and I think you would enjoy Comey’s book. However, since I inadvertently provoked the Trump Cult into a frenzy, let’s poke that hornets’ nest again by posting one of The Cult’s favorite conservatives:


  14. Anyone notice Ricky’s kind of a one-note guy? There really is content in Kizzie’s article, not to mention others that AJ has posted. But examining that stuff makes you a cultist prone to frenzy (me too, I guess, even though I didn’t and wouldn’t vote for a man as despicable as Trump). That stuff can be dismissed by…going into a frenzy, crying “cultist!” and declaring it’s the end of the Republic as we know it. Evan McMullin’s tweet, with a couple minor tweaks, could have been posted at pretty much any time in the past 40 years and been equally as true.


  15. One of the techniques of the Trump Cult to normalize Trump’s bizarre, ignorant and dishonest behavior is by saying it is pretty much the same as other Presidents who have served for the last 40 years. A growing number of people believe this falsehood. That is why I said this morning that our public servants are serving people who do not understand what they are doing or what is at stake.


  16. Well if Cohen is guilty of crimes, he should be held to account. But the same goes for Comey, McCabe, Brennan, and the rest.

    But you still have nothing on Trump.


  17. Sounds like willful ignorance is a thing amongst the Never-Trump crowd.


    “Scandalous Media Bias: There have been two major ongoing investigations involving President Trump. One is looking into whether Trump colluded with Russia. It’s borne no fruit. The other involves abuse of power at the highest levels of government to hurt Trump and is producing damning evidence by the bushel. Guess which one the press is ignoring?

    National Review reporter John Fund relates an interesting story. He was waiting to go on the air and struck up a conversation with another prominent reporter in the network’s green room.

    Why, he asked, aren’t reporters actively investigating the suspicious activities at the Justice Department and the FBI regarding the Trump/Russia and Hillary/email investigations?

    Fund says the reporter “bluntly told me ‘There’s only room for one narrative on all this. And it’s all about Trump.’ ”

    You might think that reporters are chasing facts wherever they might lead, and “speaking truth to power,” especially when that power involves the CIA, FBI and Justice Department.

    Instead, it’s all about the “narrative.”

    And when it comes to the Russia story, the only narrative the press will consider is that Trump somehow colluded with Russia to steal the election from Hillary Clinton. Or if not that, he did something illegal or improper that Special Counsel Robert Mueller will ferret out.

    Anything that doesn’t fit this narrative gets dismissed as conspiracy talk, fueled by conservatives and Trump supporters, to distract attention from the “real” story.”

    Denial isn’t just a river in Egypt…….


  18. Cohen isn’t going to “flip” on Comey, McCabe, Brennan, Ryan, Obama, Seth Rich’s killer or the pizza pedophiles. If he cuts a deal with prosecutors, it will be to provide info on one person.


  19. The real origination of this scandal.


    “The Trump-Russia investigation did not originate with Carter Page or George Papadopoulos. It originated with the Obama administration.

    Exactly when is the “late Spring”?

    Of all the questions that have been asked about what we’ve called the “Origination Story” of the Trump-Russia investigation, that may be the most important one. It may be the one that tells us when the Obama administration first formed the Trump-Russia “collusion” narrative.

    See, it has always been suspicious that the anonymous current and former government officials who leak classified information to their media friends have been unable to coordinate their spin on the start of “Crossfire Hurricane” — the name the FBI eventually gave its Trump-Russia investigation.

    The Original Origination Story: Carter Page
    First, they told us it was an early July 2016 trip to Moscow by Carter Page, an obscure Trump-campaign adviser.

    As we’ve observed, that story became untenable once a connection emerged between the Bureau’s concerns about Page and the Steele dossier. The dossier, compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, portrayed Page’s Moscow trip as seminal to a Trump-Russia conspiracy to hack Democratic email accounts and steal the election from Hillary Clinton.

    It turned out, however, that the dossier was a Clinton-campaign opposition-research project, the main allegations of which were based on third-hand hearsay from anonymous Russian sources. Worse, though the allegations could not be verified, the Obama Justice Department and the FBI used them to obtain surveillance warrants against Page, in violation of their own guidelines against presenting unverified information to the FISA court. Worse still, the Obama Justice Department withheld from the FISA court the facts that the Clinton campaign was behind the dossier and that Steele had been booted from the investigation for lying to the FBI.

    Origination Story 2.0: George Papadopoulos
    With the Page origination story cratering, Team Obama tried to save the day with Origination Story 2.0: Papadopoulos did it. In this account, George Papadopoulos, an even more obscure Trump-campaign aide than Page, triggered the investigation by telling Australian diplomat Alexander Downer, in May 2016, that he’d heard from a Kremlin-connected academic, Josef Mifsud, that Russia had thousands of emails potentially damaging to Clinton.

    But this rickety tale had the signs of an after-the-fact rationalization, an effort to downplay the dossier and the role of Obama officials in the genesis of the probe. There were curious questions about how the twentysomething Papadopoulos came to be meeting with Australia’s highest-ranking diplomat in the United Kingdom, and about how and when, exactly, this Australian information came to be transmitted to the FBI.”


  20. I believe Trumpers like to call this The Swamp:


  21. More on Obama’s attempted set-up.


    “The Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs released new emails on Monday night that allegedly show that Obama administration officials coordinated with each other to help CNN run a damaging story on President-elect Donald Trump based on salacious and unverified information contained in a politically-motivated dossier financed by Trump’s political enemies.

    The emails, obtained by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), show that the Obama-era officials used coded language to refer to the Steele dossier. The following timeline of events and communications were in the committee’s letter:”


  22. How many ways is Broidy connected to Trump?


  23. Now….. about that “blue wave”……….. 😲

    I love their excuse/reason as well.


    “A new poll released on Monday from a left-leaning news publication showed that the Democrats are paying dearly for their disastrous week last week where they lied about President Donald Trump’s comments regarding violent MS-13 gang members.

    The Reuters Poll revealed that the double-digit lead that the Democrats held over Republicans last month in generic ballot voting for the 2018 midterms among registered voters is now completely gone as Republicans have opened up a six-point lead over the Democrats.

    The poll, for the week ending on May 20, shows Republicans at 40.7 percent with Democrats falling down to 34.5 percent. This is the first time Republicans have taken the lead in Reuters’ poll in approximately a year.”


  24. I did say we were going to need another porn star to distract nevertrumpers and the media from Stormy. But it looks like they’ll settle for a bunny instead. ;–)

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  25. Ben Shapiro has guts, and Organized Perversion continues to recruit well.

    Ten years ago I discovered half the country favors perversion. In the last two years I have discovered that the other half favors dishonesty and idiocy.


  26. One of my former Sunday School students looked at the Gallup chart posted @ 9:01 and noted that perversion is actually on the decline among those age 73 and older. He was always very observant.


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