50 thoughts on “The Dossier”

  1. taking a break at page 17 of testimony…. too early in the a.m. and not enough coffee or covefe for legalese critter style.

    in the meantime here’s news from cbs via msn:

    Democratic Pennsylvania Rep. Brendan Boyle is unveiling a bill called the “Stable Genius Act” that would require all presidential candidates to undergo a medical exam and publicly disclose the results before the election.

    The Stable Genius Act is an acronym for the Standardizing Testing and Accountability Before Large Elections Giving Electors Necessary Information for Unobstructed Selection Act.

    Boyle’s measure would require nominees of each political party to file a report with the Federal Election Commission certifying that he or she underwent a medical exam by the Secretary of the Navy, which he said must contain the exam’s results.

    “The President believes he is a ‘stable genius.’ I do not,” Boyle said in a statement. “Before voting for the highest office in the land, Americans have a right to know whether an individual has the physical and mental fitness to serve as President of the United States. While it is necessary to take the current President’s concerning behavior seriously and I support legislation to address these ongoing concerns, I believe we must also be proactive and do all we can to ensure a situation like this does not arise again.”

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  2. wapo: Federal judge says DACA can’t end while lawsuit is pending

    A federal judge in San Francisco issued a nationwide preliminary injunction Tuesday blocking the Trump administration’s decision to phase out a program that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation.

    The injunction by U.S. District Judge William Alsup says those protections must remain in place for the nearly 690,000 immigrants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program while a legal challenge to ending the Obama-era program proceeds.

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the decision to terminate the program on Sept. 5 and said no renewal applications would be accepted after Oct. 5. Under the administration’s plan, permits that expired after March 5 could not be renewed.

    But Alsup ruled that while the lawsuit is pending, anyone who had DACA status when the program was rescinded Sept. 5 can renew it, officials said.

    The judge did not rule on the merits of the case but said the plaintiffs would suffer irreparable harm if the Trump administration ended DACA before the legal dispute is resolved.

    “Plaintiffs have clearly demonstrated that they are likely to suffer serious irreparable harm absent an injunction,” Alsup wrote. “Before DACA, Individual Plaintiffs, brought to America as children, faced a tough set of life and career choices turning on the comparative probabilities of being deported versus remaining here. DACA gave them a more tolerable set of choices, including joining the mainstream workforce.”

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  3. Sessions probably called his staff in to see what authority allows a federal judge to issue a Tempovary injunction against the administration’s stupidity.

  4. Flate….. Came thru the Ice with frozen colors thanks to never going out of the house the whole time…… Kids were down from NYC and all was well……

  5. The Fusion testimony was more interesting to me.

    Did anyone see the clip on last night’s news re: Russian birth tourism?  The women like Trump condos in FL to hang out it in while they wait to give birth to “American” babies.    The world was a much different place and I think it’s time to ditch that portion of Article 14, birth tourism by Russians and Chinese being good enough reason for me.

    A Russian once told me to never trust Russians.

    The news clip stated they could find no connection between Trumpco and the company that arranges the birth trips, but…Trumpco is benefitting from it. I hope someone looks at those Visa applications. We’re they truthful about being pregnant? If not, the kid goes on a watch list now, and, no chain migration for mom when he/she reaches the age of majority. If so, then shame on who ever is reviewing the applications and it needs to stop now. The Russians and Chinese are using our laws to their advantage; close the friggin’ door to those weasels.

  6. nbc news: Florida dropped from offshore oil drilling plan after Republican governor intervenes

     

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Trump administration said Tuesday it wouldn’t allow oil drilling off the coast of Florida, abruptly reversing course under pressure from Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

    Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said after a brief meeting with Scott at the Tallahassee airport that drilling would be “off the table” when it comes to waters in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean off Florida.

    The change of course — just five days after Zinke announced the offshore drilling plan — highlights the political importance of Florida, where President Donald Trump narrowly won the state’s 29 electoral votes in the 2016 election and has encouraged Scott to run for the Senate.

    The state is also important economically, with a multibillion-dollar tourism business built on sunshine and miles of white, sandy beaches.

    Zinke said Tuesday that “Florida is obviously unique” and that the decision to remove the state came after meetings and discussions with Scott.

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  7. the guardian: Honduras tsunami alert after 7.6-magnitude earthquake in Caribbean

    An earthquake of magnitude 7.6 that struck in the Caribbean sea on Tuesday was felt across northern Central America, briefly prompting a tsunami warning for disaster-hit Puerto Rico and the British and US Virgin Islands.

    The US Tsunami Center later cancelled the alert but warned some parts of Honduras and Belize were still at risk from waves of up to a metre.

    The quake – which hit at 10.52pm local time – rattled windows in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa roughly 323 miles (519km) to the east and was felt at least as far north as the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, but no damage was immediately reported.

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  8. Hey Craig…  you’re getting a bit touchy in your older years…  🙂

    I didn’t mean you personally in that housebound pundit comment…  I meant exactly what I said…  D.C. pundits…  all of them.  And if something doesn’t interest me… I don’t bother with it… least of all make multiple comments on a thread.

    Hope everyone here stays healthy!

    will try to read the dossier later…

     

  9. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said after a brief meeting with Scott at the Tallahassee airport that drilling would be “off the table” when it comes to waters in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean off Florida.

    That’s all it takes to get SFB’s admin to change its mind – a brief meeting at the Tallahassee airport?  Scott’s side of the conversation was probably about like “Do this and you’ll lose Florida in 2018 & 2020.”  Zinke’s was probably , “OK.  We won’t.”  I think that would qualify as a brief meeting.

  10. And the Royal offspring Poobah. That’s a fertile field for pundits- at least for those that chase trends. May not have much to do with US politics, but we know how interested you are in them. 🤯

  11. Although I have asked this question often…..I have never gotten an answer.  How did all these people end up with Russian connections.  I think that Mueller will find collusion or whatever the legal term is and I think SFB is at the center.

    Donald Jr doesn’t breathe without his father’s knowledge

     

  12. Pogo, think i’ve admitted here before I am addicted to The Crown, feel guilty about it but I’m warming up to Liz. It’s the only distraction that gets me away from consuming every bite of Trumpgate (this scandal needs a name, and I know that ain’t it, but haven’t come up with anything).

  13. KGC, when U.S. banks quit loaning money to him, he turned to dirty Russian money and has thrived on it ever since.

  14. Ms Cracker, I have thought that same Q. The only answer I have come up with is that the group did not self-assemble around trump. Rather, they were all individual weasels doing their weasel-ish russhun deals. One day putin had a brain spark, and decided to unite all those traitors’ efforts to please him into a single office. He then chose the Oval Office. And that is how the trump campaign began.

    It may not be just so, but it answers all the Qs and I haven’t seen any counter-evidence.

  15. I had to renew my NM driver’s license today and it is another insult to citizens.   I can tell you how many humans were sent to DHS because of immigration issues during my brief renewal. Three.  I had to have a passport, social security card and two proofs of residency to get my license renewed.   I have a clean record, but for many?  Let me see your papers!   Sad truth…no one cares if I drive properly, safely.   Just a US citizen checkpoint.

  16. Fun conspiracy theory if the day:   Wouldn’t it be just like the Russians to play the long con?  Who is actually funding these women to give birth in the US?  After being properly indoctrinated into Russkie ways, do they attend grad school and work in the US, only to run for office some day?

     

  17. Pretty pointless to let Porky Norky’s athletes compete in the Olympicd, too.

    He gets what he wants; a feeling of power and more propaganda to feed his own people (in lieu of food).  He will not give up just nukes.  He will not change.  Basically, they gave the tantrum-throwing toddler a big cookie to behave while company is at the house.

  18. I cannot find any information on the fbi interviewing bannon about the ruskie investigation.   Just a curious fact…is he the leaker?  An unkempt mole?   He is a key to the data piece of the election heist.

    Meanwhile, the commander-in-thief asks for the repugs to quiet sneaky Feinstein.

  19. Any russian aim would be ideally to paralyze US govt.   first support these guys, then support the other guys a bit and see if you can’t get an utter lack of cohesion [ sort of a schizophrenia]  in the face of a foreign threat of some sort or another,

    foreign policy in disarray…….unrest in the streets…..money panic……rich guys buy everything……oh well

  20. “…Trumpgate (this scandal needs a name, and I know that ain’t it, but haven’t come up with anything).”

    craig, sure wish they’d drop that “gate” and lock it.

    trumpdump

    trumptrash

    putrumpskin

    ????

  21. wapo: Mueller adds veteran cyber prosecutor to special-counsel team

    Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has added a veteran cyber prosecutor to his team, filling what has long been a gap in expertise and potentially signaling a recent focus on computer crimes.

    Ryan K. Dickey was assigned to Mueller’s team in early November from the Justice Department’s computer crime and intellectual-property section, said a spokesman for the special counsel’s office. …..

    Dickey’s addition is particularly notable because he is the first publicly known member of the team specializing solely in cyber issues. The others’ expertise is mainly in a variety of white-collar crimes, including fraud, money laundering and public corruption, though Mueller also has appellate specialists and one of the government’s foremost experts in criminal law.

    [….]

    Mueller’s work has long had an important cybersecurity component — central to the probe is Russia’s hacking of Democrats’ emails in an effort to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system and help Trump win. The original FBI counterintelligence probe was launched in part because a Trump campaign adviser was said to have told an Australian diplomat that Russia had emails that could embarrass Democrats, and in July 2016, private Democratic messages thought to have been hacked by Russia began appearing online.

    Mueller also is in possession of information from Facebook about politically themed advertisements bought through Russian accounts.

    Legal analysts have said that one charge Mueller might pursue would be a conspiracy to violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, if he can demonstrate that members of Trump’s team conspired in Russia’s hacking effort to influence the election.

    Some in the legal world had wondered why Mueller had not previously tapped a cyber prosecutor to join his team.

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  22. FBI releases internal memos from week of James Comey’s firing: ‘We all miss him’

    The FBI released two internal documents from the week of James Comey’s firing.
    One is the statement from Attorney General Jeff Sessions announcing the dismissal as well as appointing Andrew McCabe as acting director.
    The other is a letter from McCabe later that week, addressed to FBI staff.

     

    The FBI on Wednesday released internal memos circulated to its staff around the time of former Director James Comey abrupt firing.

    The documents were released through an official FBI records Twitter account.

    The first page is a brief statement from Attorney General Jeff Sessions from May 9, the day Comey was dismissed.

    In the statement, Sessions said President Donald Trump “has exercised his lawful authority to remove James B. Comey, Jr., as the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.” He also named Deputy Director Andrew G. McCabe as acting director.

    The second document is a letter from McCabe to FBI staff, sent on May 12 after what he described as a “tough week” of adjusting to Comey’s absence.

    “We all miss him. And I know that he misses us,” McCabe wrote.

    He called on the staff to stay focused on the mission of the agency, despite the recent upheaval.

    “So please — hang in there. As men and women of the FBI, we are at our best when times are tough. Please stay focused on the mission, keep doing great work, be good to each other and we will get through this together,” he said.

  23. Congressional Republicans trying to derail Russia investigations seem to forget they too can be charged with obstruction of justice.

  24. Just got a CNN news feed notification that of the 500 coal jobs that have been created (which BTW is about 1%) since SFB took office, 370 of them were wiped out between now and June 1 with the closing of the Mepco 4 West Mine on the PA-WV border.  It is the 4th largest employer in Greene County, PA (A shithole that Mrs. P lived in for 20 years). Coal’s coming back, alright – along with wooden nickels and muskets.

  25. Yet another lesson from Watergate history: Senator Baker was very careful behind the scenes in dealing with Nixon, who tried to lure him into strategy talks regarding the investigation. He did not want to get caught up in an obstruction of justice case. I am not seeing some of these Trump defenders on Capitol Hill showing such an intelligent awareness of the dangers in crossing that line.

  26. Pogo, GOP lawmakers colluding with WH to stop investigations. Doesn’t get more obstructive than that.

  27. Poobah, that’s pretty obvious to you and me.  To the GOPers doing it, I doubt it’s that clear.

    BTW here’s a link to that CNN article about the “coal is coming back – not” story.

    From the article:

    “[Blair] Zimmerman (Chairman of the county commissioners and a retired coal miner) said another mine in the county closed two years ago, and it’s been apparent for sometime that the industry wasn’t going to bounce back to its former strength.

    “Coal is still a good product, but natural gas is a big factor. It’s cheaper and it’s cleaner,” he said.

    “The county, traditionally a Democratic stronghold, went strongly for Trump in the 2016 election, with 68.4% voting for Trump and only 28.2% for Clinton.

    “They voted for Trump because he said he’d bring back coal. It’s not happening,” said Zimmerman, a Democrat. “There’s not been any significant change in the industry since he’s taken over.”

    ’bout sums it up, I’d say.

  28. KGC – I hope somewhere, some place, there is one or two people who have recorded all, or a lot of the jingles, songs, parodies and what not from the Watergate era.  So much was creative and wild.  There was one man who would hear some testimony or statement from the WH and within minutes then turn out a song using a current hit music for the background.

    Life is looking good for SFB and his gnome and cult followers.  To find out why critters are trying to kill the investigation is to look at their supporters money flow.  Stupid from South Carolina who was absolutly against SFB suddenly changed his attitude.  There seems to be a Russian money flow to a supporter and to him.  Nunes and Rorhobacher are deep into debt with the russkies.  Of interest is Issa giving up.  Perhaps he thinks by dropping out he will not be looked at. Hehehe

    sent from my Linux computer

  29. Time for Democrat hard ball on Capitol Hill: Send your own criminal referrals for investigation of GOP lawmakers obstructing justice.

  30. Halfway thru the fire and fury book……..a most valuable tome…..as so many non-fox commentators are fond of saying these days:

    It rings true.

  31. nunes, he’s devon a mealy mouthed congresslounger by day; by night he’s Ivan, a rat eating at America’s vitals.

  32. Ms Pat, If you don’t like Traitorgate, hows about

    The trumputin Plot ?

    The UnAmerican Affair ?

    The Red House ?

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