It all comes tumbling down

Talk of impeachment up to this point has been a big waste of time.  All the money Tom Steyer has spent on his campaign to impeach could have been better spent on any other cause.   


Everyone knows you can’t impeach a sitting President without votes from the President’s party and as long as Republicans believed Trump would give them what they wanted his job was safe.   Now all of that is finally starting to change.  Now Republican’s are having to admit there is a limit to the amount of crazy they can defend by turning a blind eye to the Liar in Chief.

Robert Costa and Phillip Rucker write in today’s (Dec. 12) Washington Post

A growing number of Republicans fear that a battery of new revelations in the far-reaching Russia investigation has dramatically heightened the legal and political danger to Donald Trump’s presidency — and threatens to consume the rest of the party, as well.

So now we see the tide is finally starting to turn as it eventually had to because no matter how crazy Trump and his base can be, members of Congress will ultimately side with their greed for power and desire to keep it.  As soon as Trump threatens their individual kingdoms, he’s toast.

You can read the entire article in a pdf  here or at the Washington Post. here.


38 thoughts on “It all comes tumbling down

  1. Beto O’Rourke frequently voted for Republican legislation, analysis reveals

    Review of his six-year record in Congress shows Democrat frequently opposed own party, and supported bills that boosted the fossil fuel industry and Trump’s immigration policy

    Beto O’Rourke’s spirited run for the US Senate in Texas last month has prompted powerful voices in the Democratic party establishment to tout the outgoing Texas congressman as a 2020 presidential candidate who, as the party’s standard-bearer, would offer a vision of America contrasting against that of Republicans.

    However, a new analysis of congressional votes from the non-profit news organisation Capital & Main shows that even as O’Rourke represented one of the most solidly Democratic congressional districts in the United States, he has frequently voted against the majority of House Democrats in support of Republican bills and Trump administration priorities.

    Capital & Main reviewed the 167 votes O’Rourke has cast in the House in opposition to the majority of his own party during his six-year tenure in Congress. Many of those votes were not progressive dissents alongside other left-leaning lawmakers, but instead votes to help pass Republican-sponsored legislation.

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  2. Opinion
    How You Can Help Fight the Information Wars
    Silicon Valley won’t save us. We’re on our own.

    The Russian trolls have been really good customers of Facebook, Google and Twitter.

    That’s the key takeaway from reports released this week by the Senate Intelligence Committee on efforts by the Russian agents to spread fake stories and discourage Americans from voting.

    Let’s be dead clear: Purveyors of propaganda used these powerful platforms exactly as they were designed to be used. It should not surprise us that what happened was entirely avoidable and pretty much in plain sight of those who ran the platforms.

    Now we know that the tech companies were not particularly helpful in trying to work with government investigators to unravel the mess, asserting that they were in the dark about the situation, both as the deception was happening and well after it was pointed out to them.

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  3. Facebook’s Data Sharing: 5 Takeaways From Our Investigation

    You are the product: That is the deal many Silicon Valley companies offer to consumers. The users get free search engines, social media accounts and smartphone apps, and the companies use the personal data they collect — your searches, “likes,” phone numbers and friends — to target and sell advertising.

    But an investigation by The New York Times, based on hundreds of pages of internal Facebook documents and interviews with about 50 former employees of Facebook and its partners, reveals that the marketplace for that data is even bigger than many consumers suspected. And Facebook, which collects more information on more people than almost any other private corporation in history, is a central player.

    Here are five takeaways from our investigation.

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  4. As Facebook Raised a Privacy Wall, It Carved an Opening for Tech Giants

    Internal documents show that the social network gave Microsoft, Amazon, Spotify and others far greater access to people’s data than it has disclosed.

    For years, Facebook gave some of the world’s largest technology companies more intrusive access to users’ personal data than it has disclosed, effectively exempting those business partners from its usual privacy rules, according to internal records and interviews.

    The special arrangements are detailed in hundreds of pages of Facebook documents obtained by The New York Times. The records, generated in 2017 by the company’s internal system for tracking partnerships, provide the most complete picture yet of the social network’s data-sharing practices. They also underscore how personal data has become the most prized commodity of the digital age, traded on a vast scale by some of the most powerful companies in Silicon Valley and beyond.

    The exchange was intended to benefit everyone. Pushing for explosive growth, Facebook got more users, lifting its advertising revenue. Partner companies acquired features to make their products more attractive. Facebook users connected with friends across different devices and websites. But Facebook also assumed extraordinary power over the personal information of its 2.2 billion users — control it has wielded with little transparency or outside oversight.

    Facebook allowed Microsoft’s Bing search engine to see the names of virtually all Facebook users’ friends without consent, the records show, and gave Netflix and Spotify the ability to read Facebook users’ private messages.

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  5. Michael Flynn’s judge just struck a potent blow for the rule of law

    If it wasn’t a monumental waste of time, I’d watch some Fox News today to see all the reactions of the majority of talking lemmings who predicted Flynn would walk out free and vindicated from his sentencing hearing. The reality hasn’t changed, with just a few exceptions, nothing but shit comes out of the mouths of Fox News hosts and guests because they are always talking out their asses.

    Judge Emmet G. Sullivan saw it coming.

    The veteran jurist presiding over Michael Flynn’s sentencing had seen the filing by President Trump’s former national security adviser alleging that he was essentially tricked into lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia. No doubt, he had seen Trump’s false claim that the FBI concluded that Flynn “didn’t lie,” yet “tremendous pressure” was being put on him.

    And Sullivan likely had seen all the chatter in the Fox News echo chamber about the alleged “perjury trap” special counsel Robert S. Mueller III had set for Flynn — an attempt to discredit the entire investigation. If the judge accepted the recommendation from prosecutors not to sentence Flynn to prison time because of his cooperation, Flynn would be free to leave the courthouse and hold a news conference claiming he had been set up.

    But Sullivan was having none of it. First, he required Flynn to acknowledge repeatedly that he accepted a guilty plea and took responsibility for making false statements. The judge then struck a potent blow for the rule of law.

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  6. Opinions
    MSNBC babysits White House press briefing

    Personally, I’m very glad to see this. I’m also surprised MSNBC is on the bleeding edge. The MSM has given Trump 10 lifetimes of free media. It’s about time they start acting responsibly.

    MSNBC seems to be applying a great deal of consideration to how it handles the increasingly infrequent briefings conducted by White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. As we noted here in November, the cable-news channel has distinguished itself from its two main competitors by covering a number of breaking stories instead of providing live coverage of Sanders saying things after receiving questions from reporters.

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  7. @Jmach1P: I thought I heard a big sigh of relief from Democrats across the nation after that meeting with Trump. I still have mixed thoughts and emotions about her being Speaker.

    What I’ve resolved myself to is that she does have the institutional experience to do the job AND now she’s working against a combative president. Her experience will work very well against the rookie brat boy president.

    She also is in Act III of her career. I think she wants to go out in a blaze.

    So far, so good. It all depends on how well she includes and supports the new progressives in the freshman class in Congress.

  8. Tech Companies Dragged Feet on Russian Interference Data, Reports Say

    Facebook has become Fakebook, Google has become Foolgle and I don’t know what Instagram has become because I’ve never used it. Twitter should be called Fritter for allowing that big orange blob of fried dough to tweet and endless stream of lies and hate.

    SAN FRANCISCO — When lawmakers asked YouTube, a unit of Google, to provide information about Russian manipulation efforts, it did not disclose how many people watched the videos on its site that were created by Russian trolls.

    Facebook did not release the comments that its users made when they viewed Russian-generated content. And Twitter gave only scattered details about the Russian-controlled accounts that spread propaganda there.

    The tech companies’ foot-dragging was described in a pair of reports that the Senate Intelligence Committee published on Monday, in what were the most detailed accounts to date about how Russian agents have wielded social media against Americans in recent years.

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  9. My advice to progressives: Don’t back down

    A reductive, but not incorrect view of the Democratic debacle in the 2016 elections holds that when President Trump took office, centrists lost the present and leftists lost the future. In 2020, Democrats will have a new opportunity to either reach backward for the Obama era, or to lay the foundation for a bolder, progressive future. Deciding which goal to pursue will likely become the chief party fault line as the 2020 primaries approach. My advice to progressives: Don’t back down.

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  10. It’s high time for media to enter the No Kellyanne Zone — and stay there

    Lies are coming at the American public in torrents — raining down on them everywhere they turn.

    A report prepared for the Senate Intelligence Committee, and obtained by The Washington Post, made that breathtakingly clear over the weekend. The intentional spreading of disinformation on every platform — from Facebook all the way to PayPal — should frighten everyone who cares about democracy.

    One place that truth can prevail is in the reality-based news media, where editorial judgment comes into play.

    That means it’s more important than ever not to give falsehoods a megaphone there.

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  11. We’re all looking for the best source of news. With the state of journalism in flux, it is hard to know who is the best to follow.

    One thing for sure, in times of trouble like now, all of the liberal media is trying its best to do its best. It all boils down to where they get their revenue.

    I reconnected to M$M recently through YouTube TV because I keep seeing good reporting and commentary coming from MSNBC which I had boycotted for 5 1/2 years. I have to admit it is better than the early days of the Bush administration when it was about all we had outside the bedrock liberal media.

    Having said all that, I believe there is, no has to be, something better. Something that stays true to the mission of the 4th Estate. I’m excited about the future of The Correspondent founded by Jay Rosen and I hope it lives up to its promise.

    This is in no way a slight against the mainstays in my orbit: Democracy Now!, The Nation, Truthdig et. al., but shit has gotten very real in a very short time. We need the first team of the best journalists out there fighting the good fight.

    BTW, fuck trump.

  12. The Year Justice Caught Up With Trumpworld
    In 2018, impunity came to an end.

    Ever since the 2016 election, it’s been common for some people to refer to whatever year we’re in as a synonym for dystopian weirdness. (Last year, for example, CNN’s Jake Tapper tweeted “Peak 2017” about a headline saying, “US ambassador denies own comments, then denies denial.”) The world has felt continuously off-kilter, like a TV drama whose writers developed a sudden fondness for psilocybin. Last month astronomers at Harvard wrote that a strange oblong space object “may be a fully operational probe sent intentionally to Earth vicinity by an alien civilization,” and it barely made a ripple in the news. There was simply too much else going on.

    Amid this ceaseless barrage, things many of us have taken for granted have been called into question, including the endurance of liberal democracy, the political salience of truth and the assumption that it would be a big scandal if a president were caught directing illegal payoffs to a pornographic film actress. Often it feels like in American politics, none of the old rules still apply.

    But in 2018, they did.

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  13. Sen. Barbara Bollier changes party affiliation to Democrat, says Republican party ‘morally not going where my compass resides’

    Mission Hills Sen. Barbara Bollier this morning officially changed her party affiliation from Republican to Democrat.

    Citing “frustrations that have been ongoing for nine years,” Bollier said Wednesday that the inclusion of anti-transgender language in the party platform had proved a breaking point for her.

    “Morally, the party is not going where my compass resides,” Bollier said. “I’m looking forward to being in a party that represents the ideals that I do, including Medicaid expansion and funding our K-12 schools.”

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  14. It’s Time to Demystify Russiagate

    There have been endless, bewildering plot twists, but essentially it’s a corruption scandal—one that should bring down Trump’s presidency.

    Russiagate is, essentially, a political corruption scandal. Sure, it’s a big, juicy, fascinating, disturbing corruption scandal, and in theory it should bring down Donald Trump’s presidency, even if that may be a pipe dream as long as Republicans control the Senate. But it’s just a corruption scandal. In our media culture, however, it has become so much more than that.

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  15. How to create a leaderless revolution and win lasting political change

    The gilets jaunes movement in France is a leaderless political uprising. It isn’t the first and it won’t be the last. Occupy, the Arab spring and #MeToo are other recent examples of this new politics. Some of it is good. Some of it is not: a leaderless movement, self-organised on Reddit, helped elect Donald Trump. But leaderless movements are spreading, and we need to understand where they come from, what is legitimate action and, if you want to start one, what works and what doesn’t.

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