Monday, December 10, 2018

Have An Excellent Monday

work by Polish street artist NeSpoon




CNN - Reporter Breaks Down Stunning Number Of Contacts Between Trump Campaign And Russians

Morning Joe - Axios Asks - How Involved Was President Donald Trump With Russia?

SNL - Weekend Update - Trump Calls for End to Mueller Probe

Goalposts

The Palmer Report: Robert Mueller moves the goalposts on Donald Trump yet again by Bill Palmer

Kelly

Guardian UK: John Kelly is just the latest victim of Trump's dumpster fire of calamities - The chief of staff is fired or retired or whatever. The only certainty is that another enabler has been brutally tossed aside by Richard Wolffe
Fire someone, obviously. If there’s one thing Trump knows how to do, it’s pretending like he knows how to wield power in front of the gawking media. It worked pretty well on The Apprentice, projecting the image of power onto the boss of a small-time real-estate business with multiple bankruptcies.

Nick Ayers

Guardian UK: New setback for Trump as Pence aide Nick Ayers turns down chief of staff role
Donald Trump’s first choice to replace John Kelly as White House chief of staff has said he will not take the role, creating fresh uncertainty in the top tier of the Trump administration.

Risks Everywhere

NY Times: Wall St. Ignored Signs of Trouble for Months. Now It Sees Risks Everywhere
“Every eye is going to be focused on every piece of commentary on this trade deal,” said Rick Rieder, chief investment officer of global fixed income at BlackRock, which manages over $6 trillion in assets. “Because the impact on growth is so significant.”

A Criminal Presidency

NY Times: Surviving a Criminal Presidency - No one is above the law in America. By Charles M. Blow
But beyond all that, we now have an actual, and one assumes provable, crime. A federal crime. And the president is its architect.

The Market On Monday

  Good morning. At 9:20 a.m. ET DOW futures are -24 and the price of oil per barrel is down. The market is poised to open moderately lower.

CNN: SoftBank IPO; Carlos Ghosn indicted; Huawei and markets By Ivana Kottasová

Friday, December 07, 2018

Weekend!

  Enjoy the weekend, see you bright and early Monday morning.

work by Denise Regan

Encircling

The Atlantic: Mueller’s Memos and the Alleged Lies of the Trump Lieutenants - The sentencing documents offer the clearest signs yet of how investigators are encircling the president. by Natasha Bertrand

The Memo

Document Cloud: United States Of America Vs Michael Cohen

Rural

538: Trump Is Only Popular In Rural Areas By Nathaniel Rakich and Dhrumil Mehta

Solid As A Rock

NY Times: Trump Blasts Tillerson as ‘Dumb as a Rock’ After Former Secretary Criticizes President

Lordy, Lordy, Lordy

  Hey, let the old guy have his little dream hallucination. He's beyond ready for a serious mental health intervention, so just humor him, he still has his finger on the button.

The Hill: Trump says approval rating would be 75 percent without Mueller By Jordan Fabian

'Wicked Game'

Chris Isaak

Trump's Favorite Things!

A Randy Rainbow Song Parody

MSNBC - Donald Trump Lashes Out On Twitter Ahead Of Big Day In Russia Probe

Tillerson

The Daily Beast: Rex Tillerson: I Had to Stop Trump From Doing Illegal Things - The ex-secretary of state also reiterated that ‘there’s no question’ Russia interfered in the 2016 election. by Pilar Melendez

William Barr

The Atlantic: Trump Picks a Washington Insider as His Next Attorney General - William Barr served in the role under President George H. W. Bush from 1991 to 1993 and has been critical of the Russia probe. by Elaina Plott

Heather

What a joke.

Salon: Trump picks former Fox News host Heather Nauert as next UN ambassador - Nauert has spread conspiracy theories about Benghazi and suggested a swim class for Muslim girls was “sharia law” by Igor Derysh

The Onion - Revlon Releases New Functionless Translucent Gel For Women Who Don’t Need Makeup

The Onion: Revlon Releases New Functionless Translucent Gel For Women Who Don’t Need Makeup

Telescope

Scientific American: The World's First Space Telescope - 50 years ago, astronomers launched the Orbiting Astronomical Observatory, whose descendants include the Hubble, Spitzer and James Webb telescopes By James Lattis

Read This Article

  Seth Abramson is in the very top echelon of those who understand Trump-Russia and the investigation. Read this article.

Salon: Author and attorney Seth Abramson on why Mueller “will ultimately be victorious.” Part 2 of 2 - Author of “Proof of Collusion” on how “one of the most infamous scandals” in American history unfolds from here by Chauncey DeVega
"This situation is scary because the president of the United States is fully compromised by multiple hostile foreign nations. What that means is that, at this point, the foreign policy of the United States, at least as it comes out of the executive branch, is effectively an ideological vassal state of our enemies. There is no reason for us to be confident that any decision made by Donald Trump on the question of foreign policy is being made with the best interest of you and your family in mind."

Have An Excellent Friday

Ivan Aivazovsky 1817 - 1900




Morning Joe - John Brennan - President Donald Trump Showing Us He's Incompetent

Morning Joe - No White House Plans For Confronting Robert Mueller Report: Atlantic

Stephen Colbert - Are We Proud Of Him For Not Ruining A Funeral?

Toast

The Palmer Report: “Jesus take the wheel” – Donald Trump’s handlers admit he’s toast by Bill Palmer

Ted Malloch

Guardian UK: Trump aide's appearances on RT channel are focus for Russia inquiry - Ted Malloch, a Trump campaign adviser, has been questioned about his relationship with the Kremlin-controlled broadcaster
...RT, which US intelligence authorities have called Russia’s principal propaganda arm.

Mueller Today

Guardian UK: Trump launches Twitter offensive before Mueller filings on Russia inquiry - President rails at ‘conflicts of interest’ ahead of disclosures to court about ex-presidential aides Manafort and Cohen

Starvation In Yemen

NY Times: U.S. Tax Dollars Help to Starve Children - The famine in Yemen could become the worst the world has seen in a generation. By Nicholas Kristof
He is an eight-year-old boy who is starving and has limbs like sticks, but Yaqoob Walid doesn’t cry or complain. He gazes stolidly ahead, tuning out everything, for in late stages of starvation the human body focuses every calorie simply on keeping the organs functioning.

Hypocrite In Chief

NY Times: Making President Trump’s Bed: A Housekeeper Without Papers - At the president’s New Jersey golf course, an undocumented immigrant has worked as a maid since 2013. She said she never imagined she “would see such important people close up.”
During more than five years as a housekeeper at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Victorina Morales has made Donald J. Trump’s bed, cleaned his toilet and dusted his crystal golf trophies. When he visited as president, she was directed to wear a pin in the shape of the American flag adorned with a Secret Service logo.

Because of the “outstanding” support she has provided during Mr. Trump’s visits, Ms. Morales in July was given a certificate from the White House Communications Agency inscribed with her name.

Quite an achievement for an undocumented immigrant housekeeper.

The Market On Friday

  Good morning. At 9:25 a.m. ET DOW futures are +21 and the price of oil per barrel is up. The market is poised to open slightly higher.

CNN: Why the stock market is freaking out By Matt Egan