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    From the New York Times' coverage of Trump's spontaneous decision to tell Russia's foreign minister and ambassador about top-secret Israeli intelligence:

    "In private, three administration officials conceded that they could not publicly articulate their most compelling and honest defense of the president: that Mr. Trump, a hasty and indifferent reader of printed briefing materials, simply did not possess the interest or knowledge of the granular details of intelligence gathering to leak specific sources and methods of intelligence gathering that would do harm to United States allies."

    On the same subject, a Reuters report Wednesday morning quotes a source who's heard from White House officials that Trump will only read preparatory material if his name is in it:

    "National Security Council officials have strategically included Trump's name in "as many paragraphs as we can because he keeps reading if he's mentioned," according to one source, who relayed conversations he had with NSC officials."

    Politico had the following about the Israel mess:

    "But several advisers and others close to Trump said they wouldn't be surprised if Trump gave information he shouldn't have. One adviser who often speaks to the president said the conversation was likely freewheeling in the Oval Office, and he probably wanted to impress the officials. "He doesn't really know any boundaries. He doesn't think in those terms," this adviser said. "He doesn't sometimes realize the implications of what he's saying."

    And that's supposed to be a defense of the president!

    Conservative New York Times columnist Ross Douthat sums up the situation aptly:

    Read the things that these people, members of his inner circle, his personally selected appointees, say daily through anonymous quotations to the press. (And I assure you they say worse off the record.) They have no respect for him, indeed they seem to palpate with contempt for him, and to regard their mission as equivalent to being stewards for a syphilitic emperor.

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    Doin' the Lambeth Warp New: DISSENSUS - THE NOVEL - PM me your email address and I'll add you

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    at this point, i'd believe that as much as anything else.

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    Daily Mash contains more facts per paragraph than any other UK newspaper.

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    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local...=.b970c164f3ea

    Trump's Kleptocracy under investigation

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    Hey come now, 'kleptocracy' implies theft. Those bribes were gifts!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Tea View Post
    Hey come now, 'kleptocracy' implies theft. Those bribes were gifts!
    Sorry, my bad.

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    Competing narratives on Ossoff ATM. He's at - to + 5% in the polls.

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    OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE BABY!

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    You all know of this by now, still warrants a post:




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    prediction:

    - sessions is being set up as a fall guy, either quits or is fired...not because he violated law by colluding with russians and lying about it, but because he recused himself from involvement in all investigations related to russia and is now unable to help trump.
    - trump appoints a new attorney general who isn't recused from all things russia.
    - new AG fires mueller and/or declares there's nothing to see here on the russian investigation and shuts it down altogether.
    - if all else fails, trump tries to pardon himself and inner circle (aka, the family).

    one would imagine, under normal circumstances, congress would be outraged if all that happened and call for immediate impeachment. but republicans have been such spineless wimps and pushovers (or just self interested) so far that i wouldn't count on it.

    EDIT: i know everyone is tired of reading these types of articles at this point but we need to remind ourselves: this. is. not. normal. http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2...?event=event25
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