Trump’s Russia Collusion; We’re Just Filling In The Details

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From Shaun Mullen at The Moderate Voice:

There is a glimmer of hope even as Donald Trump destroys the government, undermines our core values, tries to divide us with hate and fear mongering, further isolates America from the world community and becomes increasingly unhinged.

This is because we are at the point in the movie known as the Russia scandal where the plot, star and supporting actors are well known even if the ending is not. Beyond the Right Wing Noise Machine, an increasing number of policy makers and mere mortals like you and I now not only believe that Russia interfered in the 2016 election for the purpose of electing Trump, but his campaign — and the Global Village Idiot himself — eagerly participated in that effort.

Does this bring us any closer to impeachment or forced resignation? Not necessarily, but the path to those outcomes is clearer and the possibility that Trump will not serve out his usurped-by-cybersabotage four-year term improves with each new gut-wrenching revelation.

The case against Trump has been made; we’re just filling in the details and waiting for the next round of indictments from Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

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Charlie

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From Green Eagle:

So, Charlie Manson finally kicked the bucket.

Charlie had sort of loomed over us for most of our lives, an infamous, creepy, horrible and yet somehow attractive figure who etched himself permanently into American culture by acts he incited over two days in the sixties.

What has occurred to me in thinking about it is how Charlie, in a strange way, was a symbol of a much more innocent time.

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The Case for Superdelegates Is Stronger Than Ever

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From Jonathan Bernstein:

Leading Democrats from Tim Kaine to Bernie Sanders are waging a war against superdelegates as part of the Democratic presidential nomination process. But ditching them would be a gigantic self-inflicted error.

The case for the supers is stronger than ever in the era of celebrity candidates and foreign interference in elections, regardless of what the populists and good government folks believe. In fact, the supers are part of a solution to all kinds of potential breakdowns in the modern nomination system. Democrats would be foolish to throw them away.

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Cult 45: Trump Voter Would Ask Trump To Verify What Jesus Said

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From Frances Langum:

CNN had another Trump supporter (no, CNN, they are Republicans. Republican Trump supporters. Don’t you dare call it Trumpism) panel and one of the participants let loose this doozy:

“If Jesus Christ gets down off the cross and told me Trump is with Russia, I would tell him, ‘Hold on a second. I need to check with the President if it’s true.'”

One woman on the panel rolled her eyes, and the other two women made that big smile deer-in-the-headlights face rather than disagree.

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Trump Job Approval Went Down After His Asian Trip

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From Ted McLaughlin at jobsanger:

Trump and his supporters welcomed the trip to Asia, because they thought it would make him look presidential and would improve his job approval numbers. But the trip, regardless of Trump’s bragging about it, was far from a success — and the public knows it.

His job approval numbers actually went down after the Asian trip.

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Dear Donald Trump, We’re Not Afraid of You

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From North Carolina pastor John Pavlovitz:

Yes, in countless ways I deeply fear the near irreparable damage you’re doing to the country I call home and love dearly, and to the people who live and raise families and do work and dream dreams here.

I am incredibly fearful, but make no mistake, Donald Trump—I am not afraid of you.

I am not afraid of you, because even with the greatest seat of power, you are a spectacularly small man.

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‘Rich Corporations’ Benefit Middle Class

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From Principled Perspectives:

I can see debating the merits of the GOP tax plan. By why the railing about the rich? This mindset is particularly bizarre in regard to corporations. How do “rich corporations” grow? By catering to the middle and lower classes (statistically speaking). They grow through mass market products.

We have successful business corporations to thank for the fact that we have the rich assortment of choices relating to home mortgages, college tuition, groceries, medical care, and all the other myriad choices corporations give us, including job opportunities. Historically, people couldn’t even dream about having all these opportunities to “balance”. We have successful business corporations operating in a relatively free market to thank for that. The simplistic political demagoguery that pits “us against them” ignores the fact that the corporation is an alignment of individual interests that benefits all. What we call “the economy” is an integrated entity, not a disintegrated zero-sum. People grow wealthy in America primarily by starting, building, running, and investing in great entrepreneurial businesses. Investors, employees, and consumers grow along with the corporations. The “very richest, largest, and most profitable corporations” are truly middle class institutions.

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You Thought There Was Anything New Under The Sun?

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From driftglass:

Many of my old comrades from The News Blog days have long since departed for Purity Angel Elysium. Over the years (shit, I mean decades) I have heard from a few of them, them every now and again, mostly during the administration of Barack “Worse Than Boosh!” Obama, and almost exclusively to chastise me for being a bad and unworthy Libtard.

Ah well. I’ve been thrown out of better places. I’ve been called worse things. They seem happy up there in paradise, secure in their own self-regard, surrounded by the like-minded and removed from this grimy, elbows-deep-in-the-imperfect world. And what more should one want for old friends than they find a little happiness in this old universe?

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Fox News Struggling To Attract Younger 60-75 Demographic

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From The Onion:

NEW YORK—Frustrated over its inability to penetrate the more lucrative market, Fox News is struggling to attract viewers in the younger 60-75-year-old demographic, sources reported Monday. “Despite pulling big numbers with the 76-to-90 crowd, there’s a lot more we can do to draw in that coveted 60-to-75 audience,” said Fox News acting CEO Rupert Murdoch, adding that the company’s long-term health was in jeopardy if it didn’t revitalize its aging viewer base by appealing to younger, more hip seniors.

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Trump Voters Celebrate Huge Tax Cut for Everyone But Them

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From Andy Borowitz:

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Jubilant Trump voters on Thursday celebrated the prospect of a gigantic tax cut that will benefit everyone but them.

Across the country, Trump supporters were overjoyed that, after months of gridlock and wrangling, the man they voted for was about to make Americans other than them wildly richer.

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