US Politics January 2018: "You All Just Got A Lot Richer"

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"POTUS pulled into Trump International Golf Club at approximately 8:51 am."

http://publicpool.kinja.com/subject-pool-report-no-1-happy-2018-1821689279

maura, Monday, 1 January 2018 14:53 (eight months ago) Permalink

"Because POTUS started his day at Mar-a-Lago, the NBC News tracker tells your pooler this is his 117th day at a Trump property as president. It is also his 91st day at a golf club as president."

maura, Monday, 1 January 2018 14:54 (eight months ago) Permalink

he better have a wicked short game by now

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Monday, 1 January 2018 15:08 (eight months ago) Permalink

one of the best thread titles

Joan Digimon (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 1 January 2018 15:13 (eight months ago) Permalink

an index of "enemy" behavior super-relevant to digital discourse to be on the lookout for in 2018

https://www.mediamatters.org/blog/2017/12/29/5-things-emboldened-far-right-trolls-2017/218935

reggie (qualmsley), Monday, 1 January 2018 15:24 (eight months ago) Permalink

I use Social Media not because I like to, but because it is the only way to fight a VERY dishonest and unfair “press,” now often referred to as Fake News Media. Phony and non-existent “sources” are being used more often than ever. Many stories & reports a pure fiction!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 30, 2017



hard to pick from among the president's recent solomonic pronouncements but I'd guess this one will be most predictive of the tone of his interventions in our glorious new year

Newb Sybok (Doctor Casino), Monday, 1 January 2018 15:33 (eight months ago) Permalink

i also enjoyed his proclamation that stocks would have dropped 50% if hillary had been elected, a figure presumably sourced from his alternate self of earth-2

pee-wee and the power men (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 1 January 2018 15:43 (eight months ago) Permalink

a transdimensional council of infinite Trumps *would* explain how he can square citing the opinions of "many people" with the overriding and indelible fact that he is the only person in the universe

Newb Sybok (Doctor Casino), Monday, 1 January 2018 15:51 (eight months ago) Permalink

one of the best thread titles

Yes--file away "Many stories & reports a pure fiction!" for possible future use.

clemenza, Monday, 1 January 2018 16:25 (eight months ago) Permalink

a transdimensional council of infinite Trumps *would* explain how he can square citing the opinions of "many people" with the overriding and indelible fact that he is the only person in the universe


doc we’ve cracked his fucking thing wide open

time for some game theory

*double-fists craft beer and adderall, starts 700-part twitter thread*

pee-wee and the power men (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 1 January 2018 16:31 (eight months ago) Permalink

this is a good read to start off the new year:

https://lawfareblog.com/why-trumps-war-deep-state-failing%E2%80%94so-far

it looks at trump's attack on institutions in his first year, and finds that for the most part, they've held up.

...A number of factors have contributed to the edifice’s relative durability in the face of Trump’s personality and overt aspirations.

The first is that Trump has been checked more effectively by institutional constraints than many commentators acknowledge. Jack Goldsmith has made this point repeatedly—and he is clearly correct. Congress, which has enabled Trump in many respects and been lackadaisical about confronting his worst predations, has nonetheless checked him in other ways. The Senate intelligence committee’s Russia investigation has been a serious undertaking, and the legislature really boxed in the president with the sanctions legislation it passed last year. Sessions is still attorney general because Republican senators made clear that they wouldn’t tolerate his removal. And while support for Mueller on Capitol Hill has ebbed of late, when Trump made noises about firing him over the summer senators of both parties reacted strongly. (Trump has more recently disclaimed any intention of removing Mueller.) Some of us would like Congress to do a great deal more than it is in the way of protecting institutions, but it’s important to appreciate that it has not, in fact, done nothing.

More robust responses have come from the courts, the press and the bureaucracy. The ever-present factor of Trump’s unpopularity with the public—and the resulting political mobilization of forces to oppose him—has further reduced his room to maneuver.

Karl Malone, Monday, 1 January 2018 18:47 (eight months ago) Permalink

the legislature really boxed in the president with the sanctions legislation it passed last year.

But he never did what they compelled him to do, did he?

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 1 January 2018 20:31 (eight months ago) Permalink

it blocked his quid to Putin's pro quo

El Tomboto, Monday, 1 January 2018 20:35 (eight months ago) Permalink

a fine example of congressional quidblock, if you will

El Tomboto, Monday, 1 January 2018 20:38 (eight months ago) Permalink

ha

sympathy for the tasmanian devil (Ye Mad Puffin), Monday, 1 January 2018 20:46 (eight months ago) Permalink

The first few weeks of the Trump administration raised the question of the degree to which Trump’s malevolence would be tempered by his incompetence. In the first year of the Trump presidency, the answer to that question was that incompetence did a lot of tempering.

Never changed username before (cardamon), Monday, 1 January 2018 22:05 (eight months ago) Permalink

TAX BILL: Trump’s legislation includes provision that makes it harder for all future presidents to eliminate a multibillion-dollar tax loophole that enriches Trump’s top adviser & the former Wall St firms of Trump’s top aides https://t.co/X3zVlBmJhj

— David Sirota (@davidsirota) January 1, 2018

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 16:19 (eight months ago) Permalink

a little New Year cheer

In private meetings:

Trump keeps asking for tariffs — on steel and aluminum, in particular. He wants a trade war, and has for many years. His economic and diplomatic advisers persuaded him to delay trade actions in 2017.

Those advisers recognize that the day of reckoning will come in 2018, regardless of whether economic adviser Gary Cohn and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson — who advocated restraint — stay or go.

Cohn and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin successfully persuaded Trump not to do anything rash while tax reform was being negotiated.
Trump also saw the advantage of trying to use that as leverage with China to get help on North Korea. He said yesterday in an interview with the N.Y Times: "China's hurting us very badly on trade, but I have been soft on China because the only thing more important to me than trade is war. O.K.?"

And he tweeted yesterday, in response to Chinese ships secretly delivering oil to North Korea: "Caught RED HANDED - very disappointed that China is allowing oil to go into North Korea. There will never be a friendly solution to the North Korea problem if this continues to happen!"

NEW: Look for Trump to take action on trade in the next month. It probably won't be next week, so as not to disrupt the afterglow of the tax cut. But nothing is final.

Trump still wants his wall, and tighter restrictions on legal immigration. He's a true believer on this stuff, and knows intuitively that it keeps his base stoked.

Trump seems most interested in discussing military options on North Korea in these meetings. He is surrounded by advisers who share his concern about the rogue state, but not his fixation on a military strike.

https://www.axios.com/trump-unchained-2520671086.html

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 16:27 (eight months ago) Permalink

He would save so much time money and energy yet still reap the benefits if he just tweeted that the wall has already been built and immigration and violent crime are dropping at record rates.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 16:37 (eight months ago) Permalink

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/01/us/politics/trump-businesses-regulation-economic-growth.html

Some businesses will essentially be able to get away with shortcuts that they could not have under a continuation of Obama-era policies. The coal industry, for instance, will not have to worry about a regulation, overturned by Congress and Mr. Trump, that would have protected streams from mining runoff.

cool

(•̪●) (carne asada), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 16:38 (eight months ago) Permalink

Democrats are doing nothing for DACA - just interested in politics. DACA activists and Hispanics will go hard against Dems, will start “falling in love” with Republicans and their President! We are about RESULTS.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2018

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 17:27 (eight months ago) Permalink

He just...says whatever he wants, huh. I will be completely unsurprised when he finally gets around to tweeting 'I am literally a phone. Sad!' or somesuch.

Bobby Buttrock (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 17:32 (eight months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shTC8VcsmNQ

(•̪●) (carne asada), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 17:34 (eight months ago) Permalink

oh those wacky hispanics

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 17:34 (eight months ago) Permalink

democrats in ‘interested in politics’ shocker

pee-wee and the power men (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 17:36 (eight months ago) Permalink

it's so sad the Democrats won't sell out all of their ideals in their entirety for a compromised deal that helps a few thousand people who have been unfairly put at risk by the GOP and their idiot president by agreeing to a set of ridiculous ideas, including a border wall and stricter immigration laws, that hurt many times more people, for some ephemeral symbolic gain even though the bulk of the political benefits go to the GOP. Not that the GOP is being political, because they are not. Not at all.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 17:45 (eight months ago) Permalink

"Caught RED HANDED - very disappointed that China is allowing oil to go into North Korea. There will never be a friendly solution to the North Korea problem if this continues to happen!"

"a friendly solution"??? fwiw, when the United States threatened an oil embargo on Japan in the 1930s, the Japanese government saw that as no different than threatening them with war, which prompted them to plan and execute the Pearl Harbor attack.

A is for (Aimless), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 18:00 (eight months ago) Permalink

president biff is just mad china wont do his homework for him anymore so its time to fite

officer sonny bonds, lytton pd (mayor jingleberries), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 18:15 (eight months ago) Permalink

He gets all his negotiating advice from The Sopranos

Evan, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 18:32 (eight months ago) Permalink

DACA activists and Hispanics will go hard against Dems, will start “falling in love” with Republicans and their President!

Fairly accurate, considering Trump's understanding of "falling in love" is "grudgingly allowing Trump to fuck you repeatedly, having no better viable option for the time being"

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 18:50 (eight months ago) Permalink

in the year....two thous^aaaaaaaand^

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 18:57 (eight months ago) Permalink

sorry, can't stop reading that quote in the Conan O'Brien "Year 2000" style, with the addition of ridiculously overemphasized finger square quotes for "falling in love"

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 18:58 (eight months ago) Permalink

Thank you @realDonaldTrump for preventing US commercial airlines from crashing in 2017. Your active participation monitoring the flight patterns and safety regulations was greatly appreciated. In 2018 could you please turn your efforts toward preventing wildfires and hurricanes? https://t.co/yYq49PzZpX

— Bryan Cranston (@BryanCranston) January 2, 2018

(•̪●) (carne asada), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 19:07 (eight months ago) Permalink

orrin hatch out

mookieproof, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 19:10 (eight months ago) Permalink

thank you for that excellent news

sleeve, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 19:11 (eight months ago) Permalink

Franken resignation official

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 19:15 (eight months ago) Permalink

deets, NYT

Senator Orrin G. Hatch of Utah, the longest-serving Senate Republican, plans to announce on Tuesday he will retire at the end of the year, rebuffing the pleas of President Trump to seek an eighth term and paving the way for Mitt Romney to run for the seat. Mr. Hatch intends to announce his decision Tuesday afternoon via a video announcement, according to two Republican officials briefed on the plans.

Mr. Hatch, 83, was under heavy pressure from Mr. Trump to seek re-election and block Mr. Romney, who has been harshly critical of the president. But Mr. Hatch, who emerged as one of the president’s most avid loyalists in the Senate, decided to retire after discussing the matter with his family over the holidays. The veteran senator was also facing harsh poll numbers in Utah, where 75 percent of voters indicated in a survey last fall that they did not want him to run again.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 19:16 (eight months ago) Permalink

Revenge of The Romney!

Never Learn To Mike Love (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 19:19 (eight months ago) Permalink

escape, hatch

Newb Sybok (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 19:22 (eight months ago) Permalink

Orrin should do nothing but post about weed for the rest of the year.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 19:29 (eight months ago) Permalink

that trump/romney pic is iconic

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 19:35 (eight months ago) Permalink

You misspelled 'nightmarish' but that's okay and here's why.

Bobby Buttrock (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 19:37 (eight months ago) Permalink

trump's face in that pic has always reminded me of

http://www.mtv.com/shared/promoimages/bands/p/primus/video_stills/wynonas_big_brown_beaver/640x480.jpg

Newb Sybok (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 19:43 (eight months ago) Permalink

The prospect of Senator Mitt Romney is a big blow to Trump. It'll be yet another Republican senator who will say mean things about him, while still voting for everything on his agenda

— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) January 2, 2018

mookieproof, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 19:43 (eight months ago) Permalink

xp -- I was thinking nightmare Aphex Twin

WilliamC, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 19:45 (eight months ago) Permalink

In other news, Will Sommers has been tracking in almost real-time how the train collision conspiracism has been sluicing thru the Maga Chud outlets to get to less unresponsible channels

Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft is already spreading conspiracy theories that the GOP train crash was domestic left-wing terrorism pic.twitter.com/C2scZnrSe1

— Will Sommer (@willsommer) January 31, 2018

Crazy Display Name Haver (kingfish), Wednesday, 31 January 2018 23:44 (seven months ago) Permalink

alex jones is already on the case too

my parents are coming to visit on friday and if this comes up in any way i'm going to fucking snap

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 31 January 2018 23:47 (seven months ago) Permalink

I grew up mere minutes from Crozet VA

sleeve, Wednesday, 31 January 2018 23:51 (seven months ago) Permalink

been there, super nice place

tobo73, Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:01 (seven months ago) Permalink

can't imagine why anybody would wanna think the left was behind the train crash, GOP politicians don't like to admit they were outsmarted by liberals......

fuck you, your hat is horrible (Neanderthal), Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:06 (seven months ago) Permalink

it's the train part that has them suspicious

difficult listening hour, Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:08 (seven months ago) Permalink

all those associations with the Finland Station, you see

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:26 (seven months ago) Permalink

standing athwart history yelling CAR

difficult listening hour, Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:30 (seven months ago) Permalink

Hahaha

Retiring Rep. Gowdy "has found himself butting heads in recent months with Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes and other pro-Trump Republicans who have hinted at corruption at the FBI" https://t.co/irndalAsKM

— Tim Mak (@timkmak) January 31, 2018

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:39 (seven months ago) Permalink

transcript of Nunes hearing for anybody who wants to read it: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aYJN_lURy1knKe3I20OhoU9XOnDBBnu1/view

I'll probably get another 5 pages in before I have to put it down in rage

fuck you, your hat is horrible (Neanderthal), Thursday, 1 February 2018 01:05 (seven months ago) Permalink

It can't be a lefty conspiracy because: What the fuck were a bunch of small-government rugged individualist Red Staters doing on subsidized public transportation anyway? Surely they ought to have been traveling in a fleet of coal-rolling F150s, or at least Suburbans.

I'm my own emotional support animal (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 1 February 2018 01:15 (seven months ago) Permalink

Well, we survived January at least.

The Harsh Tutelage of Michael McDonald (Raymond Cummings), Thursday, 1 February 2018 01:21 (seven months ago) Permalink

Shhh, someone will notice that there are still a few hours left in the month and take that as a challenge.

Senior Soft-Serve Tech at the Froyo Arroyo (Old Lunch), Thursday, 1 February 2018 01:23 (seven months ago) Permalink

finished reading the transcript of the Nunes hearing.

want to hurt many many people. Nunes isn't actually doing much more than being a chairman in the meeting, but most of the talking (from Democrats) falls on deaf ears. it's obvious what this is - we'll watch it play out like the Iraq War narrative did.

fuck you, your hat is horrible (Neanderthal), Thursday, 1 February 2018 01:27 (seven months ago) Permalink

memo dropping tomorrow per reuters

Pumpkin Soup and Mandy Patinkin (Hadrian VIII), Thursday, 1 February 2018 01:41 (seven months ago) Permalink

fuck this place

Pumpkin Soup and Mandy Patinkin (Hadrian VIII), Thursday, 1 February 2018 01:42 (seven months ago) Permalink

better still, fuck those cretins and leave this place a better place

A is for (Aimless), Thursday, 1 February 2018 01:44 (seven months ago) Permalink

Hey, what has the Kush been up to lately?

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 1 February 2018 01:56 (seven months ago) Permalink

xp - yeah, except the great majority of trump supporters are like Americans in general, to whom "millions of new jobs" has approximately the same meaning as "more than a few new jobs". innumeracy is ascendant.

A is for (Aimless), Thursday, 1 February 2018 01:59 (seven months ago) Permalink

the unwillingness of editors - because let’s be honest, that’s who is ultimately assigning these angles - to see the phenomenon klion outlines is especially odd given that long and staten island are both not far from manhattan!!!!

maura, Thursday, 1 February 2018 02:09 (seven months ago) Permalink

better still, fuck those cretins and leave this place a better place
― A is for (Aimless), Wednesday, January 31, 2018 8:44 PM (eighteen minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

true enough, feeling defeated and hopeless today though, and mad at myself about that, too

Pumpkin Soup and Mandy Patinkin (Hadrian VIII), Thursday, 1 February 2018 02:10 (seven months ago) Permalink

the state of the uniom is not strnen

reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 1 February 2018 02:33 (seven months ago) Permalink

MR. QUIGLEY: [...]When you, as the majority, conceived of doing this memo for release to the body and to the public, the preparation, the thought of doing it, the consultation of it, was any of this done after/during conversations or consultations with anyone in the White House? Did they have any idea you were doing this? Did they talk about doing this with you? Did they suggest it? Did you suggest it to them? Did you consult in deciding how to go forward with this before, during, and after this point right now? I yield.

THE CHAIRMAN: I would just answer, as far as I know, no. [...]

MR. QUIGLEY: Mr. Chairman, does that mean that none of the staff members that worked for the majority had any consultation, communication at all with the White House?

THE CHAIRMAN: The chair is not going to entertain --

MR. QUIGLEY: I yield.

THE CHAIRMAN: -- a question by another member. Do any other members wish to be heard? Your time has expired.

MR. QUIGLEY: Does that mean just questions you don't like or questions in general, sir?

the balls on these people

Pumpkin Soup and Mandy Patinkin (Hadrian VIII), Thursday, 1 February 2018 02:38 (seven months ago) Permalink

BREAKING: Discovered late tonight that Chairman Nunes made material changes to the memo he sent to White House – changes not approved by the Committee. White House therefore reviewing a document the Committee has not approved for release. pic.twitter.com/llhQK9L7l6

— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) February 1, 2018

Nerdstrom Poindexter, Thursday, 1 February 2018 03:13 (seven months ago) Permalink

Seems pretty illegal

hoooyaaargh it's me satan (voodoo chili), Thursday, 1 February 2018 03:20 (seven months ago) Permalink

I don't know how big a revelation this is, but I kind of feel like his tweet could have been "BREAKING: I wrote a letter."

Moodles, Thursday, 1 February 2018 03:22 (seven months ago) Permalink

god, things keep unraveling. wtf

Karl Malone, Thursday, 1 February 2018 03:23 (seven months ago) Permalink

nu thred plz

I'm my own emotional support animal (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 1 February 2018 03:29 (seven months ago) Permalink

it's still January for 90 more minutes here

fuck you, your hat is horrible (Neanderthal), Thursday, 1 February 2018 03:34 (seven months ago) Permalink

The Hill are the first I've seen run anything about the Schiff tweet, so peruse for updates: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/371756-schiff-accuses-nunes-of-sending-trump-edited-memo

fuck you, your hat is horrible (Neanderthal), Thursday, 1 February 2018 03:37 (seven months ago) Permalink

haha whoa

flappy bird, Thursday, 1 February 2018 05:07 (seven months ago) Permalink

FWIW rumor mill on Twitter is hitting some interesting overdrives. Guess we'll see.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 1 February 2018 05:13 (seven months ago) Permalink

Go on...

flappy bird, Thursday, 1 February 2018 05:18 (seven months ago) Permalink

Eh. No way to predict anything so better to just wait on word.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 1 February 2018 05:19 (seven months ago) Permalink

i mean just link it

YouTube_-_funy_cats.flv (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Thursday, 1 February 2018 05:21 (seven months ago) Permalink

Devin Nunes' pee tape edit now features HRC.

Moodles, Thursday, 1 February 2018 05:22 (seven months ago) Permalink

he made it on jibjab

maura, Thursday, 1 February 2018 05:23 (seven months ago) Permalink

Meantime, useful Mariotti thread

1/ Today the @nytimes published this piece discussing Mueller’s interest in the highly misleading statement crafted by Trump and his aides about the Trump Tower meeting. https://t.co/47MXCVjBmp

— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) February 1, 2018

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 1 February 2018 05:31 (seven months ago) Permalink

Go on...

Keep in mind, no one knows anything and nothing matters anymore anyway, but I've come across everything from rumors of Wray resigning in protest to accusations that Nunes forged Schiff's signature (?) to unnamed sources in the intelligence community ominously if enigmatically predicting that "shit is about to get real."

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 1 February 2018 05:47 (seven months ago) Permalink

Not to mention that in the afore linked Times story you've got that former Trump cat Corallo explicitly stating he thought Hope Hicks was obstructing justice.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 1 February 2018 05:49 (seven months ago) Permalink

tbf, shit hasn't been real for over a year now...

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Thursday, 1 February 2018 05:49 (seven months ago) Permalink

Seriously, I could go for a little reality.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 1 February 2018 05:51 (seven months ago) Permalink

actually it's been extremely real

flappy bird, Thursday, 1 February 2018 05:51 (seven months ago) Permalink

It's been ... something.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 1 February 2018 05:54 (seven months ago) Permalink

Why do I get the impression that the Mueller investigation has the WH staff as jumpy and upset as a sackful of cats?

A is for (Aimless), Thursday, 1 February 2018 05:59 (seven months ago) Permalink

Trump likes to grab cats.

Never Learn To Mike Love (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 1 February 2018 06:03 (seven months ago) Permalink

they'll be fine i think

flappy bird, Thursday, 1 February 2018 06:04 (seven months ago) Permalink


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