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Donald Trump's Promises On The Economy Are Just Bizarre
December 15th, 2017, 04:36 PM

Seriously, what the hell is he talking about? This is a complete sentence he said this week about the economy:

"I am here to tell you we will never let the bad things happen with respect to our economy."

"The bad things"? What does he think we are, three-year-olds? Does anyone believe this?

Later on, he said this:

I say that, also, to our great Cabinet. And they've done a great job. A lot of things have happened. Nobody's done the job that we've done.

When government loosens its grip, there is no summit we cannot reach. Our tax cuts will break down, and they'll break it down fast -- all forms of government, and all forms of government barriers -- and breathe new life into the American economy. They will unleash the American worker; they will tear down the restraints on discovery, innovation, and creation; and they will restore the hopes and dreams of the American family.

Millions of middle-class families will win under our plan.

I do not know where to begin, except to say I'll bet Steve Mnuchin's "team" wrote this last minute--and told each other that the words were "Reagan-esque."

Hey, we need to keep videos of this weird behavior, because it's going to fall down the Republican memory hole faster than Donald can eat a fried chicken leg.

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Putin's Puppet Thanks Putin For Being Nice To Him On The Phone
December 15th, 2017, 04:36 PM
Putin's Puppet Thanks Putin For Being Nice To Him On The Phone

On Thursday Trump and Putin spoke on the phone for around ten minutes without national security adviser H.R. McMaster. Donald was euphoric that the Russian president praised Trump on the U.S. economy.

It's interesting that the Russians made the U.S. aware of this phone call first and not the Oval office.

Much of what Putin told the media about the call could have been uttered by Trump himself.

Putin said Trump had "fairly serious achievements"

"Investor confidence in the American economy, which means that they trust what President Trump is doing in this area."

Then the Russian strongman said it was "espionage mania" surrounding the investigations into Russia's election hacking.

"It's delirium, it's madness," he said. "This is all dreamed up by people who are in the opposition to Trump so as to make sure that everyone thinks that what he's doing and working at is illegitimate."

On MSNBC, Andrea Mitchell and her panel were flabbergasted that Putin has so easily manipulated Trump.

Mitchell discussed Putin's annual news conference in which the backslapping took place.

Mitchell said, "That the call was in-part Trump thanking Putin for praising the Trump economy and the economic advancements in the U.S. in Putin's four-hour annual news conference yesterday. That's pretty weird."

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Bill Browder: We'll Know 'Quite Soon' If Trump Actively Colluded
December 15th, 2017, 04:36 PM

Financier Bill Browder talked with Willie Geist on Morning Joe about Putin, the Magnitsky Act, and whether Trump was an active colluder.

"My lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, was killed --I should say, tortured to death in a Russian prison in 2009 for uncovering a massive Putin Russian government corruption scheme. They killed him effectively as my proxy," Browder said.

"They killed him because he worked for me, and that's a big responsibility. He was 37 years old. He left a wife and two children after being tortured to death. And so, on the day when i learned of his murder, the day after they killed him, I made a vow to his memory and his family and myself to make sure I would go after the people who did it. I've spent eight years doing that, which resulted in legislation making asset freezes."

Geist asked him to sketch out the amounts involved.

"I believe that Putin is the richest man in the world. I believe that he personally is worth $200 billion. and I believe that people around him, let's say the top 1,000 officials in Russia, are worth a trillion dollars," Browder said.

He said the money isn't kept in Russia, but the U.S. and London.

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Trump Attacks FBI On His Way To Address Them: 'It's A Shame What's Happened' To Them
December 15th, 2017, 04:36 PM

On his way to the FBI Academy to give a speech to new graduates, Trump began a bizarre off-the-cuff-press gaggle by immediately attacking the institution, saying it was in very sad shape and he would rebuild it.

MSNBC cut to Trump, the Fox News president, as he delivered a doozy of an opening salvo.

Trump said, "Well, it's a shame what's happened with the FBI, but we're gonna rebuild the FBI, it will be bigger and better than ever, but it's very sad when you look those documents. How they've done that is really, really disgraceful."

Whatever Trump sees that supports him on his state sponsored Fox News propaganda cable channel, like the private text messages from Peter Strzok, which he called documents, he instantly channels to the press, trying to legitimize their absurd ramifications.

He'll do anything to smear Robert Mueller's special counsel and the entire FBI to protect himself from what they may find during their Russian investigations.

Trump continued, "You have a lot of very angry people that are seeing it."

The "angry people" all appear on Fox News, Fox Business Network and their imitators in the right wing media complex and on Capitol hill.

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Is Lyin' Ryan Planning On Retiring?
December 15th, 2017, 04:36 PM
Is Lyin' Ryan Planning On Retiring?

Could it possibly be true?! Is Lyin' Paul Ryan actually planning on retirement?! This post from Politico says that it is:

Tinkering with the social safety net is a bold undertaking, particularly in an election year. But Ryan has good reason for throwing caution to the wind: His time in Congress is running short.

Despite several landmark legislative wins this year, and a better-than-expected relationship with President Donald Trump, Ryan has made it known to some of his closest confidants that this will be his final term as speaker. He consults a small crew of family, friends and staff for career advice, and is always cautious not to telegraph his political maneuvers. But the expectation of his impending departure has escaped the hushed confines of Ryan’s inner circle and permeated the upper-most echelons of the GOP. In recent interviews with three dozen people who know the speaker—fellow lawmakers, congressional and administration aides, conservative intellectuals and Republican lobbyists—not a single person believed Ryan will stay in Congress past 2018.

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A Big Chunk Of Fox News' War On Mueller Just Fell Apart
December 15th, 2017, 04:36 PM
 A Big Chunk Of Fox News' War On Mueller Just Fell Apart

It turns out that FBI agent Peter Strzok, Fox News’ poster child for anti-Trump bias in the Mueller investigation, has it in for some Democrats too.

If you’ve turned on Fox News lately, you know that agent Strzok, who was removed from the Russia investigation once some anti-Trump sentiment in texts was revealed, has served as a convenient vehicle for the Trump lapdogs to claim that the entire investigation has been discredited. Even though they have never come up with any evidence that Strzok’s work was tainted.

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'Everyone Knows There Was No Collusion,' Insists Man Who Colluded
December 15th, 2017, 04:36 PM

The press talked to Trump briefly this morning before he left for a ceremony at the FBI Academy. He seemed a little... nervous as he rambled about how he absolutely, nope, never colluded with Russians, never talked on the phone to them, it was all a Democratic hoax!

"Let's put it this way. There is absolutely no collusion. That has been proven," he insisted.

"When you look at the committees, whether it's the senate or the house, everybody -- my worst enemies, they walk out, they say, there is no collusion but we'll continue to look. They're spending millions and millions of dollars. There is absolutely no collusion. I didn't make a phone call to Russia. I have nothing to do with Russia. Everybody knows it.

"That was a Democrat hoax. It was an excuse for losing the election. And it should have never been this way where they spent all this millions of dollars. Even the Democrats admit there's no collusion. There is no collusion."

Then he began to ramble. The real criminal is Hillary!

"We've got to get back to running a country. What we have found and what they have found after looking at this, really, scam, they found tremendous -- whatever you want to call it. you're going to have to make up your own determination. But they found tremendous things on the other side. When you look at the Hillary Clinton investigation, it was, you know, I've been saying it for a long time.

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WATCH As Trump Judicial Nominee Can't Answer Basic Legal Questions
December 15th, 2017, 04:36 PM

Trump's habit of nominating woefully unqualified people for high judicial positions met with a sharp rebuke last night, this time by a Republican Senator from Louisiana, John Kennedy. He seemed as fed up as the rest of us with Trump's embarrassments.

Source: Business Insider

One of President Donald Trump's nominees to serve as a US District Court judge struggled to answer basic legal questions during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in which a top Republican senator inquired about his qualifications.

Nominee Matthew Spencer Petersen was part of a panel of nominees being interviewed on Wednesday. In one clip, the Republican Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana asked the panel to raise their hands to answer the question, "Have any of you not tried a case to verdict in a courtroom?"

Petersen appeared to be the only person to raise his hand.

Kennedy then peppered Petersen with additional questions that seemed to get progressively basic.

"Have you ever tried a jury trial," Kennedy asked Petersen. "I have not," Petersen replied.

Kennedy: "Civil?"

Petersen: "No."

Kennedy: "Criminal?"

Petersen: "No."

Kennedy: "Bench?"

Petersen: "No."

Kennedy: "State or federal court?"

Petersen: "I have not."

Kennedy: "Have you ever taken a deposition?"

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Mike's Blog Round Up
December 15th, 2017, 04:36 PM
Mike's Blog Round Up

Rob Hoffman: Other Presidents have made mistakes, but Trump is in a class by himself.

Hecate Demeter: Quit trashing white women.

Ed Brayton: Republicans are making a fuss over two FBI agents' anti-Trump text messages, but there's really no there, there.

Yellowdog Granny: The week in images.

Blog round-up by Infidel753. To recommend a post, send link to mbru [at] crooksandliars [dot] com.

Wise Words From Charles Barkley, Alabamian
December 15th, 2017, 04:36 PM

Before he became one of the great basketball players of his time, Charles Barkley was a son of the Alabama soil. He went home to help Doug Jones pull off his upset victory against Roy Moore in this week’s special Senate election. Here’s what he had to say on CNN after Jones was declared the winner:

This is a wake-up call for Democrats. Democrats, I told Mr. Jones this, and I love Doug, they’ve taken the black vote and the poor vote for granted for a long time. It’s time for them to get off their ass and start making life better for black folks and people who are poor. They’ve always had our votes and they have abused our votes .. This is a wake-up call for Democrats to do better for black people and poor white people.

Professional Democrats were not nearly as insightful. They overlook some of the most critical lessons of this election, including this one: They might not have won this election at all if Alabama Republicans like Richard Shelby had not encouraged voters to write in other names rather than vote for Roy Moore. As of this writing, the number of write-in votes is greater than Jones’ margin of victory.

In other words, Democrats were rescued by a conservative Republican politician. How often is that likely to happen?

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