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 11 
 on: July 19, 2018, 01:59:14 am 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Im2Sexy4MyPants

yes america should go to war with russia

over fake bullshit

it would sure fix the global warming Grin

 12 
 on: July 19, 2018, 01:56:13 am 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Im2Sexy4MyPants
i like a good soap

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xyPFfozPDE

 13 
 on: July 19, 2018, 01:35:44 am 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Im2Sexy4MyPants

 Grin

 14 
 on: July 19, 2018, 01:21:23 am 
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 15 
 on: July 19, 2018, 01:19:36 am 
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(click on the cartoon to read a hilariously funny story)

 16 
 on: July 19, 2018, 01:18:39 am 
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 17 
 on: July 19, 2018, 01:18:25 am 
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 18 
 on: July 19, 2018, 01:16:38 am 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Im2Sexy4MyPants
Every US president before Trump has been friendly with Putin. This outrage machine is confusing as hell










hahaha more fake news propaganda bullshitshit
nice try Grin

 19 
 on: July 19, 2018, 12:28:24 am 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Kiwithrottlejockey

from The Washington Post…

Former FBI director Comey urges votes for Democrats this fall

In a tweet, the former Republican argued that Republicans have not provided an adequate check on the president.

By JOHN WAGNER | 7:22AM EDT — Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Former FBI director James B. Comey testifies before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., on June 8, 2017. — Photograph: J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press.
Former FBI director James B. Comey testifies before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., on June 8, 2017.
 — Photograph: J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press.


JAMES B. COMEY, the FBI director fired last year by President Trump, is urging voters to support Democrats in this year's congressional elections.

Comey, until recently a Republican, argued on Twitter on Tuesday night that the GOP, which controls both chambers of Congress, has failed to provide an adequate check on Trump.

“All who believe in this country's values must vote for Democrats this fall,” he wrote. “Policy differences don't matter right now. History has its eyes on us.”




Trump and Comey publicly sparred in recent months as Comey conducted a publicity tour for his book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership, a 304-page tell-all that describes Trump's presidency as a “forest fire” and portrays the president as an ego-driven congenital liar.

Trump responded by calling Comey an “untruthful slime ball” and praising his decision to dismiss him in May 2017 in an act that has been under scrutiny by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

Comey was highly critical of Trump's performance earlier this week during a joint news conference with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin at their summit in Helsinki.

At the news conference, Trump appeared to side with Putin over the U.S. intelligence community, which has concluded that Russia interfered the U.S. election in 2016.

“This was the day an American president stood on foreign soil next to a murderous lying thug and refused to back his own country,” Comey wrote afterward. “Patriots need to stand up and reject the behavior of this president.”

A Republican for most of his adult life, Comey recently said he now considers himself an independent.


__________________________________________________________________________

John Wagner is a national reporter who leads The Washington Post's new breaking political news team. He previously covered the Trump White House. During the 2016 presidential election, Wagner focused on the Democratic campaigns of Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley. He earlier chronicled Maryland government for more than a decade, a stretch that included O’Malley's eight years as governor and part of the tenure of his Republican predecessor, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. He came to The Post from The News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he served as the paper's Washington correspondent, covering the 2004 presidential bid of Senator John Edwards and the final years in office of Senator Jesse Helms.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/former-fbi-director-comey-urges-votes-for-democrats-this-fall/2018/07/18/7c2b7d1c-8a77-11e8-8aea-86e88ae760d8_story.html

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 on: July 18, 2018, 05:13:27 pm 
Started by Kiwithrottlejockey - Last post by Kiwithrottlejockey

from The New York Times…

Critics of Trump Have a New Word in Their Vocabulary: Treason

Never in anyone’s lifetime has a president engendered such a wave of discussion
about whether his real loyalty was to a foreign power over his own country.


By PETER BAKER | 3:54PM EDT — Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Protests outside the White House on Monday night after President Donald J. Trump's news conference with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia in Finland. — Photograph: Tom Brenner/for The New York Times.
Protests outside the White House on Monday night after President Donald J. Trump's news conference with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia in Finland.
 — Photograph: Tom Brenner/for The New York Times.


WASHINGTON D.C. — After 17 months, three weeks and six days of Donald J. Trump's tumultuous presidency, some of his fellow Republicans had finally had enough. “The dam has broken,” Senator Bob Corker, a Republican critic from Tennessee, said on Tuesday.

But has it really broken and if so for how long? As Mr. Trump scrambled to patch any holes on Tuesday by reimagining his extraordinary news conference with Russia's president the day before in Helsinki, Finland, the question was whether he had reached a genuine turning point or simply endured another one of those episodes that seems decisive but ultimately fades into the next one.

For the moment, at least, this time did feel different. After seeming to take President Vladimir V. Putin's word over that of America's intelligence agencies on Russian election meddling, Mr. Trump was being accused not only of poor judgment but of treason — and not just by fringe elements and liberal talk show hosts, but by a former C.I.A. director.

In a presidency without precedent, mark another moment for the history books. While the accusation of treason has been thrown around on the edges of the political debate from time to time, never in the modern era has it become part of the national conversation in such a prominent way.

To the president's defenders, this all sounds like another eruption of what they often call Trump Derangement Syndrome. That he drives his critics to such extremes, they argue, says more about them than it does about Mr. Trump. As the president backtracked on his deferential comments at Monday's meeting with Mr. Putin and asserted that he really does accept that Russia intervened in the 2016 election, allies assumed that this, too, would blow over.

But the list of Republicans rebuking the president included not just the usual suspects like Mr. Corker, who has been a frequent critic and plans on retiring when his term is up in January, but friends of the president like the former House speaker Newt Gingrich, who called his performance in Finland “the most serious mistake of his presidency,” and the conservative editorial page of The Wall Street Journal, which called it a “national embarrassment”.

Even some of the normally friendly folks at Fox News expressed astonishment, including Neil Cavuto and Abby Huntsman, whose father, Jon Huntsman, is Mr. Trump's ambassador to Moscow.

While Republican leaders like Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Speaker Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin trod more carefully on Tuesday, focusing their fire on Russia rather than the president, they were seeking ways to demonstrate their distance, perhaps with new sanctions on Moscow or hearings to grill members of the Trump administration.


Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin on Monday at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland on Monday. — Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times.
Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin on Monday at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland on Monday.
 — Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times.


And Republicans were eager to latch onto Mr. Trump's retreat to avoid a confrontation. “I wish he had said it in front of President Putin and the world yesterday, but yeah, I take him at his word if he said he misspoke, absolutely,” Senator Rob Portman of Ohio said on Fox News.

That Russia would become the third rail for the party of Ronald Reagan is a sign of just how far politics have shifted under Mr. Trump. Republicans once denounced President Barack Obama for suggesting that he would have more “flexibility” to work with Mr. Putin after his re-election; now Mr. Trump treats Mr. Putin as a trusted friend.

And that was too much for John O. Brennan, the former C.I.A. director who had already emerged as one of Mr. Trump's most vocal critics. He called the performance “nothing short of treasonous”. The late-night hosts Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel also invoked treason on their shows. The front-page banner headline for The New York Daily News declared “OPEN TREASON”.

Max Boot, the former Republican who has become one of Mr. Trump's sharpest critics, noted in a column on Monday in The Washington Post that accusing him of treason was once unthinkable. No longer. “If anyone is ‘the enemy of the people’, it is Trump himself,” he wrote.

Mr. Trump returned to the White House on Monday night as protesters outside the gate shouted, “Welcome home, traitor.” Even Dictionary.com trolled the president, tweeting out a definition: “Traitor: A person who commits treason by betraying his or her country.”

It later said that searches for “treason” had increased by 2,943 percent. By Tuesday afternoon, the word “traitor” had been used on Twitter 800,000 times and the word “treason” about 1.2 million times.

Even some opponents, however, expressed caution. “The word treason is so strong that we must use it carefully,” Eliot A. Cohen, a former State Department official under President George W. Bush and a longtime critic of Mr. Trump, wrote on Twitter. “But that press conference has brought the President of the United States right up to that dark, dark shore.”

Mr. Trump fired back by calling Mr. Brennan a “very bad guy” in an interview with Fox News. Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, likewise dismissed Mr. Brennan. “This is coming from the guy who voted for the Communist Party USA candidate in 1976,” he wrote on Twitter. “Give me a break.” Mr. Brennan has acknowledged voting for Gus Hall, the Communist candidate in 1976, as a rebellious young man “signaling my unhappiness with the system,” but never considered himself a Communist.


John Brennan, a former C.I.A. director, accused Mr. Trump of treason after Monday's meeting with Mr. Putin. — Photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times.
John Brennan, a former C.I.A. director, accused Mr. Trump of treason after Monday's meeting with Mr. Putin.
 — Photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times.


Mr. Trump's supporters said the president's adversaries have gone off the deep end. Lou Dobbs, the Fox Business Network host, said on Monday night that Mr. Trump's opponents overlooked times when Mr. Obama tried to influence foreign elections, apparently referring to moments such as when a former aide worked against the re-election of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel.

Mr. Dobbs said Mr. Trump had made great progress in foreign policy by crippling the Islamic State and holding unfair trading partners to account. “I mean, these are fools who are prattling off their complaints today about the way he conducted himself in a joint news conference with the president of Russia,” Mr. Dobbs said. “It's idiotic.”

Representative Matt Gaetz, Republican of Florida, seconded him. “I would completely agree with that,” he said. “We all ought to start rowing in the same direction. Let's get everybody to work. Let's do the great things that the president has fought for the American economy so that we can beat our competitors on the battlefield rather than in sniping at each other through the media.”

Treason is listed by the Constitution as one of the specific justifications for impeachment along with bribery and other undefined “high crimes and misdemeanors,” as the framers put it. “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort,” the Constitution says.

No sitting president has ever been formally charged with treason, nor for that matter have many other Americans since the days of Aaron Burr or the political leaders who defected to the Confederacy during the Civil War. The closest was former President John Tyler, who sided with the South against the Union and was elected to the Confederate Congress but died before taking his seat. Franklin Pierce, another former president, was a Southern sympathizer and sometimes accused informally of treason.

Mr. Trump's critics reach for words like treason and traitor because they, like others, are searching for an explanation for actions that are so different from those of his predecessors. Other presidents, including Mr. Obama and Mr. Bush, sought to build good relations with Mr. Putin's Russia, but none seemed so willing for so long to overlook hostile Russian actions or side with Moscow over the agencies of their own government.

Whether this leads anywhere remains unclear. Past moments that seemed decisive, like the “Access Hollywood” tape and Charlottesville, came and went. For now at least, hurling the treason charge seems more about making a point than making a case in a courtroom or impeachment hearing. But it is an explosive word to use and that by itself suggests how fraught this moment in the nation's history has become.

Mr. Brennan said on “Today” on NBC News on Tuesday that he understood how charged the term was when he used it, but said that the events justified it. “I'm sure Ronald Reagan listening to what Mr. Trump was saying could not believe it and is rolling over right now unfortunately in his grave,” he said.


__________________________________________________________________________

Peter Baker is the chief White House correspondent for The New York Times covering President Donald J. Trump. He previously covered the presidencies of Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Mr. Baker joined The Times in 2008 after 20 years at The Washington Post. He began writing about Mr. Obama at the inception of his administration, through health care and economic debates, the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, the re-election campaign and decisions over war and peace in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria. During his first tour at the White House, Mr. Baker was a co-author of the original story breaking the Monica Lewinsky scandal and served as The Post's lead writer on the impeachment battle. During his next White House assignment, he covered the travails of Mr. Bush's second term, from the Iraq war and Hurricane Katrina to Supreme Court nomination fights and the economy. In between stints at the White House, Mr. Baker and his wife, Susan Glasser, spent four years as Moscow bureau chiefs, chronicling the rise of Vladimir V. Putin, the rollback of Russian democracy, the second Chechen war and the terrorist attacks on a theater in Moscow and a school in Beslan. Mr. Baker also covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He was the first American newspaper journalist to report from rebel-held northern Afghanistan after September 11, 2001, and he spent the next eight months covering the overthrow of the Taliban and the emergence of a new government. He later spent six months in the Middle East, reporting from inside Saddam Hussein's Iraq and around the region before embedding with the United States Marines as they drove toward Baghdad. He is the author of four books, most recently Obama: The Call of History, an illustrated history of the 44th president. A native of the Washington area, Mr. Baker attended Oberlin College.

• A version of this article appears in The New York Times on July 18, 2018, on Page A1 of the New York print edition with the headline: “The Word ‘Treason’ Enters the Debate”.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/17/us/politics/trump-critics-treason-putin.html

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