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I still think it's so weird that these supposedly disgusted Republicans who are resigning or not seeking re-election, prefering to "eat their own livers," aren't simply voting with the Democrats to end this mess. Even the "moderate" Republicans would rather fail at their jobs than support their own institution.

On another note, I suppose others have noticed that that butler from Mar-a-Lago, coincidentially named "Butler," is testifying that he loaded boxes of document onto Trump's airplane before the FBI raid. Perhaps I missed something, but doesn't that mean that there's an airplane-load of documents still unaccounted for?

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Dirk, regarding the stolen docs: A scary thought, indeed, and I believe that the National Archives folks have previously said that there are still some missing. Supposedly our spy agencies and the DoD won't even acknowledge that some are missing, due to the sensitivity of their contents.

I have long thought, since news of the missing docs came out a few years ago, that trompy would leverage them in some fashion: either to sell them to another country in exchange for money or other assistance (maybe election interference again) or as a Get Out of Jail card here (is that why Garland took so long to name Jack Smith?) . I still believe that he's using them for nefarious purposes one way or the other.

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Regarding some of the missing documents, I found it very "coincidental" that some of Putin's close associates started having fatal "accidents" - falling out of windows, etc. My bet is that Putin learned from some of the missing documents just who among his circle was cooperating with the CIA. This is just one of the dangers that TFFG poses, just one. He wants to lock those of us on this thread up. Get out your check book and make some donations.

And, yes, those Republican politicians fleeing instead of staying and fighting. They aren't really serving the nation by doing that. No "Profiles in Courage" there.

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I also wonder about the death of Ivana Trump. She fell down the stairs in her NYC apt and broke her neck ???

There was no inquest that I read about and she was buried quickly and quietly.

She was an internationally acclaimed skier - huh?

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A bit of Elizabethan history comes to mind:

Ivanna’s death from broken neck after a fall down the stairs reminds me of the death of Amy Devereaux, the wife of the Robert Devereaux, Queen Elizabeth I’s favorite courtier and love interest to whom she gave lots of financial assistance to raise his status and make him more suitable for a royal relationship…. Even though Devereaux, who wanted to marry the Queen, was already married. He basically abandoned his wife.

The court approved coroner said the cause of death was a broken neck resulting from a fall down the stairs. But additional notes of the coroner also found deep gashes into her skull … she had been hit with some large blunt object. No charges were ever brought.

How convenient …. Amy, who may have known of her husband’s affair with QE, was now quieted and out of the way. Though the coroner listed her death as accident, the public thought otherwise …. The affair between the Queen and Devereaux ended with Devereaux being barred from court. Current scholarship suggests an operative of the intelligence network run by William Cecil, the Queen’s enforcer, murdered Amy to coverup the affair and/or free Devereaux to marry the Queen. Amy, like Ivana, was buried quickly so further questions could not be asked, much less answered.

16th and 21st century deaths of politically connected and inconvenient wives suggest opportunities for political mischief in a police state.

Vote Blue in November.

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I have never heard any details about Ivana's death. So, thank you for that, Jennifer. And while I avoid unsubstantiated conspiracy theories, I began seeing donald as a wanna-be "Godfather" during the 2016 race. In the years since, I have come to believe that he is a killer, even if he hires others to do it. What he has said recently is that he would love to take care of his opponents in putin fashion. I believe he wants to have people bumped off and anything else he wants to and not be bothered with any law enforcement. The Seal Team 6 scenario certainly appeals to him very much. And millions of Americans still want him to run/ruin our country again. It just blows my mind to pieces!

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I remember an interview with candidate Trump before he was President where, in defense of Putin’s reputation as an assassin of enemies, he casually said, “well, our country does it, too.” I SO wished the interviewer had asked him, “what about you yourself. Have you arranged killings?”

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He says it out loud, embedded in word salad, but only an idiot could miss his points.

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Absolutely on the godfather style of politics … why people admire and support him… there’s the rub!

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Thanks for reading my post …. But I have a correction to make and apologize for the error … I should have written “Robert Dudley” as the queens paramour and husband if Amy rather than Robert Devereaux (the car of Essex, who led the Essex Rebellion against the Elizabethan court run by the Puritan Cecils (William and then an Robert), who instituted oaths of loyalty to the Church of England and enormous fines for those who did not attend church services (20 pounds a month, equivalent to a years salary for school teachers).

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There are many many parallels between the kind of administration Trump is saying he will create and the reign of Elizabeth I: Elizabethan England was a police state, where torture was actively carried out not only to quash rebellion but also to quash any criticism of Elizabeth’s reign (ie., free speech). Her hatchet man William Cecil (elevated to Lord Burleigh by the Queen) and his side kick Francis Walsingham effectively ran a police state with spies everywhere (in homes, schools, churches, businesses, theaters, publishers) to root out not just political critics but also religious opponents of the Church of England (Catholics, , atheists, critics of the graft and corruption of the state church, for starters). Church attendance was required. If you didn’t go, you had to pay a fine. The Church of England, under Cecil’s direction, forced Catholics to attend Protestant services, Trump had claimed he will do much the same: fire any government employee who is not MAGA approved. Plus his alliance with Christian nationalists, who want to give people to church, suggests he will follow along with their demands to require people to attend church, ban abortion, punish LGBTQ people,.

Vagrants were hanged under both Henry VIII and Elizabeth I …. If you were stopped on the street and could not identify your “master” you could be imprisoned and/or hanged. Under Henry VIII, 50,000 people were executed for vagrancy. People had to be too busy to complain. This control technique will be Trump’s mantra as Christian nationalists claim that slavery was ok in the Bible so it is not bad. They not only want to force you to go to church but also to live the life they decide is best.

Reading A good history of Elizabethan England will provide many many points of comparison between what was known as “the golden age of England” but we now recognize as a police state and Trump’s vision of the US under his rule and his MAGA hatchet men, such as Steve Bannon, Peter Navarro, etc. and of course, punishment for speaking out against him will be met with punishment, perhaps torture and prison … at least get Musk to banish us from X.

And remember that what followed Elizabeth was the Puritan take over of the government under Charles I, which brought Oliver Cromwell to power. A study of his reign reveals the perils of religious extremism.

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I have a couple of thoughts on Jennifer's essay:

First, religion is commonly the public face of authoritarian regimes. I don't believe Elizabeth was any more spiritually inclined than TFG is. She did have to defend her reign, and the opponents to her succession masked the issue as Catholic vs. Protestant. Europe, and especially the Pope, didn't want to see any woman on the throne. Unfortunately for them the choices were Mary Tudor, Elizabeth Tudor, or Mary Stuart (Queen of Scots). There's a great movie about this called "Anonymous." It's liminally about who wrote the material attributed to Shakespeare, but subliminally about the politics of the time.

My other thought is the similarity between the Crusades and the Iraq war, basically a quest for wealth cloaked in religious zeal in the 11th century, as the fight for democracy in the 20th. I don't have the energy to write out all the similarities, but I will do in a day or two.

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Thanks for the history about Amy Devereaux.

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It actually was Amy Robsart Dudley who fell down the stairs and broke her neck, conveniently for her spouse Robert Dudley. Robert Devereux's wife was named Frances; he was the stepson of Robert Dudley and both men courted Elizabeth I. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amy_Robsart

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So on June 3, 2022 Trump employee Brian Butler says he helped to load documents on Trump's Escalade to be taken to the airport and flown to Bedmininster.. Then in early July Ivana dies "accidentally" and is buried, not in a Catholic cemetery, but, strangely, on Trump's Bedminster golf course. (Catholics usually want to be buried in a Catholic cemetery).The narrative put forth was that cheapskate Donald Trump had Ivana buried on the golf course for tax reasons. Horse puckey! I'll bet Ivana's got top secret company in her resting place.

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Well she’s buried in private property so the chances of anyone other than DT and his kids getting to the grave are very low … plus he got a tax break because he created the cemetery there.

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Do you think Smith or the FBI will get a warrant to exhume her?

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Ivana's coffin needs to be disinterred. I find it near impossible to believe that a thin, liposucted, 70 year-old socialite weighed enough to require 10 pallbearers to carry her coffin. Which, by the way, allegedly held cremains, not a body.

There's a lot more in that casket than Ivana--or what's left of her. What better place to hide documents that someone doesn't want to see the light of day, than to have them buried in an unmarked grave? What I don't understand is how the 3 older offspring allowed TFG to dishonor their mother in this way.

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Your point about what is in that coffin is well taken …. 10 pall bearers for a box or cremains …???

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From what we've seen, the 3 older offspring have a moral and ethical sense identical to their dad's.

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Correction to my post: I should have written Robert Dudley, not Robert Devereaux …. Dudley was the queen’s lover and the husband of the Amy Robsart, whose death after falling down stairs and suffering a broken neck has long been viewed with suspicion. Dudley was the Earl of Leceister.

Devereaux was the Earl of Essex; and he was the leader of what is now called the Essex Rebellion, which aimed at getting rid of the queen’s counselors William Cecil and then his son Robert.

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He is likely to repeat previous “accidents”

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Mr. Melanoma will continue to try to wreck everything the majority of us regard as good, and right, and true -- until can't do anything.

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I certainly see the correlation but I believe you've conflated Robert Devereux, 3rd Earl of Essex, with his stepfather Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. Both men courted Elizabeth but it is Dudley's wife, Amy Robsart Dudley, who "fell down the stairs" and died of a broken neck. Robert Devereux's wife was named Frances.

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Yeah....someone needs to look into that one.

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Photos of Ivana's grave show that it is disappearing into the weeds. It should be searched. What an outcry that would have, but I believe his twisted mind is capable of that.

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Convenient, wasn't that?

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Needed for burial on the golf course.

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One down, 74 million to go. Internecine, extranecine, whatever.

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I remember reading she resorted to alcohol, for the reason many do.

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Buried off to the side of the course in the weeds at Bedminster. Marked with a small not even two foot stone marker which will soon be covered by the grass and weeds. https://twitter.com/MailOnline/status/1690467736403456002?lang=en

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Somebody needs to spill the beans…

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Just because we are paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get us. Will make some donation$ today.

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I made some yesterday. Ruben Gallegos in Arizona, as suggested by Thom Hartman (I think; might have been Robert Hubbell)

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I've been giving him a small monthly donation for many months, as requested by Mark Kelly.

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We are NOT paranoid.

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That's an old bumper sticker saying "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you."

You are 100% right; this is justifiable threat assessment, not paranoia.

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Ally, I'm happy to be reminded of the days of our youth, and the culture and the counter-culture.

And speaking of bumper stickers and paranoia, I keep wondering if it might be a good idea to remove our political bumper stickers from our back bumper. We still have a Bernie sticker on our Prius. We'll be driving through Missouri and Arkansas in a few days. Just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to ...

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No? We're just gonna continue to be f'd.. even harder than what's happening presently in various (R) dominated states,.that's all. The manure-spreader is in motion. You might say we're being "prayed" upon. Please kneel, here comes your turn..., it's #45.

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I always thought he resembled a dump truck.

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Apparently congressman who step out of line and don’t vote the way Trump wants are threatened by MAGA extremists. Mitt Romney hired a security detail for his family. Most congressmen can’t afford to do that

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What you are saying, Nancy, is that Trump has turned us into a Banana Republic. It's unbelievable. The whole basis of the democratic process is the peaceful transfer of political power: one person, one vote, majority rule. That phenomenon in the entire history of the world first took place here in the U.S. on March 4, 1801 when Pres. John Adams relinquished the presidency to Thomas Jefferson. They were bitter political rivals who later resolved their differences and died on the same day, July 4, 1826.

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“The whole basis of the democratic process…… one person, one vote, majority rule. ”

I only wish this was true. Just ask Hillary Clinton. The electoral college thing needs to go, be terminated, dumped in the trash, put in the shredder.

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There's a crapload of stuff in the Constitution that needs a revision. What we need is for the southern states to secede again so they don't get the chance to obstruct the revisioning process. Similar to 1865 passing of the 13th amendment.

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What you say is true, Richard, but it's not the whole story. There's been an argument about who gets to vote since the inception of our country. Although the majority was willing enough to shed the monarchy, not so much the aristocracy. There has always been a quarrel over whether everyone should have a say in government or only landowners (read the 1%). We're still having that argument.

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Thought experiment: would we prefer to be governed by a relatively few well-educated and very wealthy corporate moguls -- or by a great many relatively poor people who have had some education?

Our founding authors probably contemplated exactly that scenario. But I think they wanted to get our system up and running before experimenting with democratic majority rule by us unwashed masses.

My opinion has been that I would prefer majority rule by our fellow ordinary citizens. Money talks, and with all the dark money sloshing around, the voices of reason are being drowned out. I would rather debate with the folks who live around here, instead of hoping that the vast sums of money spent by political campaigns on advertising will prove to be worthless. Years ago I believed that the vast majority of good-hearted American people would be incorruptible. I still hope that will prove to be true.

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Richard, regarding the missing documents, I quote here from Joyce Vance's "Civil Discourse" column today that "Trump is arguing that when the National Archives tried to get documents back from Trump, the requests were illegal because they were 'politically motivated and driven by the Biden administration as a weapon against President Trump.'"

Is it just me who find Trump's arguments in his defense ludicrous? HE can politically motivate his followers all day long to distrust Biden, but how dare anyone try to discredit HIM.

He is such an adolescent, whining, psycho-brat and I'll never understand how his followers excuse his inane words and behaviors.

As they say, he can dish it out, but he sure cant take it,

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It's not just that there's still a stash of stolen Top Secret docs in his control, he's being allowed to meet privately with other authoritarians like Orban just last week (unbelievably with docs there). As a now supposed private citizen that there haven't been follow-up raids to retrieve them, additional surveillance or other measures to protect our national security are beyond the pale. In my own father's day who held full Q and TS clearances for many years if anyone had tried such a stunt, much less so in-your-face-come-get-me bold, they'd have been hauled away long ago. The DOJ, FBI, Jack Smith & team have to know things we don't,...or we must surely pray they do.

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Those who pray to ward off deadly peril are soon known as "martyrs." Anyone have other suggestions, if the polls continue to show the would-be fuhrer leading Uncle Joe in all the "swing states" that are actually the only ones that count (thanks to the Electoral College) by October, other than buying the biggest guns on the market? I'm highly resistant to that idea (though raised as a hunter and as comfortable as anyone should be with firearms), but will decline to trudge to the cattle-cars under my own power. I have little faith in the efficacy of the ten or twelve $27 contributions I can afford, in the face of the megamillions at the disposal of Charles Koch, Sheldon Adelson's widow, Leonard Leo, and their ilk. (Recommended book, of the "how we got here" genre: Nancy MacLean's "Democracy in Chains.")

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Amen and Amen!

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Making donations is good and important. Equally important is giving our time!!

Postcarding, letter writing, phonebanking, texting, knocking on doors, ballot curing - you pick! Don't have a "home group" yet?

Here are four "homes" for ways to get involved. Please, pick one!!

* https://markersfordemocracy.org/

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Yes, we can!!!

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Good work. Thank you.

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Reply to Richard Sutherland - Threats of political suicide if Republicans don’t follow the whims of a would-be dictator on day one, why do so many cave?

Senator Lester C. Hunt (D) Wyoming chose real suicide in response to Joe McCarthy and other Republican Senators' threats in 1954. The threats were to make his run for another term into (just) political suicide by revealing his son was arrest for soliciting sex from an undercover male police officer but they resulted in his very real suicide.

Back in the early 70s I still had hopes for my old party to clean their own house when needed (Censuring Joe McCarthy, surgically removing Spiro Agnew before letting Nixon know he would lose an impeachment vote, and the ones that had made the critical difference in getting Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts passed. Besides honorable Republicans I’m descended from Senator Margaret Chase Smith’s “Declaration of Conscience” was always in back of mind but a bit short on context.

A few checks with Wikipedia helped me with the timing and surrounding events and conditions to enable a clearer vision of why people did what they did at certain times (not earlier). For instance I couldn’t understand completely why a Professor I’d end up talking to in a café after classes had seemed to work so long for Joe McCarthy before rejecting him so completely. It now seems he supported him for about 3 years before he started the excesses Senator Margret Chase Smith described in her speech 112 days after McCarthy’s Lincoln Day speech (also delivered in Wheeling West Virginia)

See https://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/common/generic/Speeches_Smith_Declaration.htm

“…When Smith rose to deliver her fifteen-minute speech in the Senate chamber, McCarthy sat two rows behind her. Smith began her brief remarks by denouncing the fact that some members were turning the Senate into "a forum of hate and character assassination." She called for a renewal of "the right to independent thought" and a return to the principles of the Republican party as "the champion of unity and prudence." Her party should base its opposition to the Democrats on "proved cases" rather than "unproved charges." Smith concluded with a five-point "Declaration of Conscience," in which she was joined by six Republican colleagues.

After Smith finished, although she had not mentioned McCarthy by name, she fully expected him to respond. Instead, McCarthy quietly left the chamber. A few senators spoke in praise of her remarks, but for the most part the Senate remained silent, fearing to engage McCarthy in further recriminations. The mail, however, showed an eight-to-one approval for Smith's stand. Newspaper editorials endorsed her position, and numerous organizations awarded her recognition for her courageous stand in favor of civil liberties against the politics of fear. The next time that President Truman came to the Capitol for lunch, he invited Margaret Chase Smith to join him. "Mrs. Smith," he told her, “your Declaration of Conscience was one of the finest things that has happened here in Washington in all my years in the Senate and the White House…"

Margaret Chase Smith, and the Professor I spoke with a few times, both were concerned about “communists” and “sympathizers” (which I believe included exaggerated fear in some of any people who had looked into any form of communism before rejecting it as unworkable, and especially for any that tried to implement it by force). As I understand it, it was the implied use of force by American Communist Party members that led to the passing of the otherwise Constitutionally questionable Communist Control Act of 1954. That made sense to me as a way to ban actual party members (whom were expected to subscribe to the use of force) from positions in the Government (though FBI Director J,Edgar Hoover opposed it since he would rather have them easier to identify than if they went undercover).

Now for the other events of the time between Joe McCarthy’s Feb 9th 1950 speech, Margaret Chase Smith’s Declaration of Conscience and Joe McCarthy’s censure in 1954.

Her speech was delivered June 1, 1950, in Wheeling West Virginia 112 days after Joe MCarthy's Lincoln day speech in Wheeling in which he seemed to started the tactics Margaret Chase Smith spoke against. My Professor friend had mentioned that he had left when McCarthy went off the deep end (looking back, that seems 3 or 4 years after starting to campaign for his Republican race for the Senate in 1946, though it could possibly been in 1944 when McCarthy was a Democrat).

The world changed, though just 24 days later when North Korea invaded South Korea

I think that made it hard to go lightly on any known communists or any painted as even slightly interested, no matter how much their loyalty our country and the rules of democracy outweighed any interest in communism. Robert Oppenheimer is an excellent example (a great reason to pay close attention to the last third of the movie).

In his case, they simply revoked his security clearance as the most effective way to isolate him. We used him and many others because of their benefits to our efforts, knowing well enough about his social and intellectual contacts, as long as they needed him (and people like him), before shutting them out, and to me driving some into supporting our real enemies.

I’d be interested in what really tipped the balance against the best known example of extreme dirty tactics, McCarthy, in 1954. Was some of the less remembered background beyond Joseph Welch’s famous, “Have you no sense of decency..” quote , such as the mistreatment of Oppenheimer, or did the June 8 1954 suicide of Senator Lester C. Hunt have so much more impact with other Senators that the public knew less about?

See https://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/minute/Senator_Lester_Hunts_Decision.htm

“…No one associated with the Senate in 1954 would ever forget the trauma of that tragic day. The event influenced a classic work of American political literature, Allen Drury's Senate-based novel Advise and Consent. Working on the book when he learned of Hunt's suicide, Drury changed the plot to have his character, Senator Brigham Anderson, commit suicide in the face of lies about his moral conduct by his tormentor, a thinly disguised Senator McCarthy.

Later in 1954, still reeling from the shock of Hunt's death and McCarthy's brutal tactics, senators voted overwhelmingly to censure the Wisconsin senator. Within three years, chronic alcoholism claimed McCarthy—closing the chapter on this anguished era…”

It makes me see some hope in the poor attendance projected (less than 100) the Republican Retreat at the Greenbriar Resort in West Virginia (about 250 miles south of Wheeling where Joe McCarthy spoke in February and Margaret Chase Smith replied in early June of 1950. Maybe some of them (or those not attending) will consider similar Declarations of Conscience

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Senator Margaret Chase Smith. Yes. She was the principal speaker at my graduation from Whittier College in 1965. Also with her? Richard M. Nixon and Bob Hope, who had great fun teasing Nixon who was at that time a private citizen. It looks as though the Senate and the House have "lost their way."

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Richard, agreed. They could vote with Ds and do something. Now that they are leaving, they will surely be replaced by someone who is a wing nut MAGA. The party of death has demonstrated its total lack of courage. I did smile at the Lector/liver quote as it does demonstrate how truly awful the House rats are.

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I happened to turn on Fox this morning - they had on their ' legal expert ' Gregg Jarett - who went on and on about the document case being just like Biden having documents - that it was a weaponized justice department going after trump for documents he had every right to have, he could declassify and keep anything he wanted etc

He conveniently omitted Butler's new testimony, the fact that the former guy failed to return the doc when asked and did not in fact have the right to any documents - some belonged to the Archives.

So a fox viewer watching knows nothing about what HCR just wrote - what we all have learned by being attentive to the information that is being revealed. This partially helps explain how trump has the support he does. An unedcuated or rather a misinformed consumer is their best customer !

Now we have Musk denigrating Biden -

democracy is in peril

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I find it chilling that so many "cave in." There must be profound arm twisting, "kompromat," threats to life and loved ones, et al. I wonder why they don't band together and let the public know what is happening.? What terrifies them? If Trump and his minions have this power, then they all are god-forsaken.

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There are several different types of threats: physical, informational (corruption and scandal blackmail), and financial (getting primaried, loss of campaign funds, loss of billionaire backers, lost of RNC support), both of the latter leading to loss of position, power, and wealth. Not sure which is predictably more scary for an American Congressperson.

Suspect the threats tfg is more apt to use today have gradually evolved from the classical NYC real estate mogul type of physical threats and criminal/salacious kompromat (divulging of corruption; hotel and party videos; honey pot porn & underage sex a la epstein), to increasingly include the less risky for tfg but very effective financial bullying of candidates via huge free megaphone given to tfg by msm for ~ last 9 years, and his growing personal control of the RNC, legislature, and judiciary, and a better knowledge of how to wield the reins of power in US government institutions.

As for his greater success controlling republican congress persons, it may be a combo of their greater susceptibility to blackmail (due to their striking hypocritical behaviors vis-a-vis a religious base), their frequency of associating with other compromised and compromising republican dominos, and tfg's growing control of the financial basis of the RNC, not DNC.

The MSM HAS learned a fair bit about being played, but by the very nature of commercial news (and human newspersons), they can't help themselves, and remain major suckers for tfg 's draw: if it bleeds it leads, and with tfg, raw meat is reliably on offer, seasoned liberally with disinformation. Red Meat Disinfotainment for the Foxes.

Surely, tfg has the predator's fine tuned sense for weakness, and the experienced bully's understanding of who can be pushed and with what buttons.

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I remember United Flight 93, how the passengers didn’t cave, instead rising to stop the hijackers anyway they could.

We were supposed to fly out of Tampa that beautiful blue sky Tuesday morning but saw all the airplanes landing as we got within 15 minutes of the airport. It took until Friday to get a flight back to California. But we chose to fly 5 more times before the end of the year, ready like many others to do the same if anyone dared try to hijack a flight we were on.

My 78 year old WWII SPAR Veteran mother-in-law wondered if she would be in the way or could help in some way. My Veteran wife and I suggested she could use pillows and blankets to cover movements or pass them on to people to wrap their arms as protection against the things like the box cutters they used as everyone able rushed them. She was fired up and ready to ride as often as we could.

Just wish the members of my old party would respond as willingly against the threats the new powers in the party try to use to keep them in line.

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No courage? Perhaps. But, by not opening their mouths and securing a # in the retribution (R) authority disposition list, they are still relatively free to cast their vote any way they feel like it. Just keep your mouth shut and you don't expose those cavities. And, by all means, avoid those who would stick you with some truth serum.

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They aren’t thinking about R v D, they & their staff who read their mail are thinking how can they protect their families from the kind of INSANE hammer and chair wielding MAGAt assaults that Trump has incited and continues to ramp up.

The high profile types are already experiencing the survival mode thinking that will soon enough come to all, if MAGAts win the elections.

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Already sold. You didn't think the Saudis actually bankrolled Jared to the tune of 2 billion for free, did you. Another of his epic mid-East deals like getting the countries who had no idea of fighting with each other to sign a peace agreement. I use that same brilliant logic to get my cat to eat meat.

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Laughing.

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Whatever his motive, the retention was inarguably purposeful. Not by any means a case of an inadvertent mix-up he was eager to rectify.

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Absolutely. I believe even Hur admitted that in his testimony before Congress.

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Perhaps orban's visit is just this...$$ for information to help the "trumpet's" financial woes?

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Nahh Orban just wanted to meet Alena Habeena in the Mar-A-Lahgo Epstein chapel. Sorry.

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ahh "Erin", just like the words in the song sung bbby George Thorogood.. "I can tell right away" you're "bad to the bone"... re: your response.. :))

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Not only docs Trump absconded with, but all the Presidential Act electronic docs the Trump admin hid/deleted on private apps/devices (on official devices they are automatically collected) - and paper docs Trump/ his admin destroyed in full sight and behind the scenes. There were archivists collecting stuff off the floor and out of the garbage and taping them together.

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And His Heinous is getting national security briefings again now.

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Such briefings would, in a sane world, be treason. But let us suppose that they will feed him inaccurate information and watch for it to pop up overseas.

“His heinous” is a good one, with a double entendre even.

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So noted, Stan. Well wordsmithed.

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He is truly becoming demented. Here's a very good video on that. It's 18 minutes, but it's obvious he's in very bad shape after 7 minutes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuZw_8mM6xE

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AAA+ on that. A hynee-wiper for sure...(R)(R)(R)(R)(R)rrrrrrrr... (flush hard.. it's a long way to FLA). Septic-ly speaking.

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How is something so inconceivable possible?

Even in the "new normal" of that post-Drumpfian State of Lawyers, the U.S. of Absurdistan...

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Bronwyn, I like that. "His Heinous."

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Perhaps they'll ve formatted graphic novel-style, in Comic Sans, with a map of Russia and other countries, along with a caricature of Dark Brandon with glowing eyes saying "RUSSIA IS BAD. KIM JONG UN IS BAD."

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Whoa! I missed something. How does he get national security briefings?

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He’s not getting them yet. It’s a courtesy extended to the nominee. I suspect they will give him some briefings, but maybe (hopefully) nothing sensitive.

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Well, President Biden's immediate predecessor failed to provide the President-elect with that information, so there is precedent for failing to provide information to insure a smooth transition of power.

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I just read an an article yesterday in the Atlantic about the security briefings. He should get none or nothing that is useful to him.

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Who is “they” who could or would give him anything?

You would think the indictment over documents retained and justice obstructed would be a hint it is a bad idea.

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"Launched by President Harry Truman in 1952, intelligence briefings for presidential nominees are designed to ensure a smooth transition of power and to prepare a prospective commander in chief for office. The briefings are not required by law."

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/trump-get-intelligence-briefings-classified-documents-criminal-trial-rcna142385

https://www.politico.com/news/2024/03/07/biden-intel-briefings-trump-00145651

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His mind is going. This video provides a clear, compelling explanation. You don't even have to listen to more than 7 minutes to see he's quite demented.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuZw_8mM6xE

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Absolutely correct, Lin -- let's not forget the Secret Service comms that were wiped post-Jan 6.

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They had to retrieve documents from the toilets too!

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Doug Gagne - "I have long thought, since news of the missing docs came out a few years ago, that trompy would leverage them in some fashion: either to sell them to another country in exchange for money or other assistance (maybe election interference again) or as a Get Out of Jail card here (is that why Garland took so long to name Jack Smith?) . I still believe that he's using them for nefarious purposes one way or the other."

See this Thom Hartmann article:

𝐷𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑙𝑑 𝑇𝑟𝑢𝑚𝑝 𝑛𝑒𝑒𝑑𝑠 𝑚𝑜𝑛𝑒𝑦. 𝐴𝑝𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑙𝑦, 𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑦 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑑𝑜𝑐𝑢𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑠 𝑇𝑟𝑢𝑚𝑝 𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑙𝑒 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑊ℎ𝑖𝑡𝑒 𝐻𝑜𝑢𝑠𝑒 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑚𝑖𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑛𝑔. 𝐼𝑛𝑐𝑙𝑢𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑏𝑖𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑟 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑟𝑎𝑤 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑙𝑙𝑖𝑔𝑒𝑛𝑐𝑒 𝑎𝑏𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝐴𝑚𝑒𝑟𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑠𝑝𝑖𝑒𝑠 𝑖𝑛 𝑀𝑜𝑠𝑐𝑜𝑤.

𝐴𝑟𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑦 ℎ𝑖𝑠 “𝑔𝑒𝑡 𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑗𝑎𝑖𝑙 𝑓𝑟𝑒𝑒” 𝑐𝑎𝑟𝑑?

𝐼𝑡’𝑠 𝑎𝑠 𝑖𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑚𝑒𝑑𝑖𝑎 𝑑𝑜𝑒𝑠𝑛’𝑡 𝑤𝑎𝑛𝑡 𝑡𝑜 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑛𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑜𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑏𝑖𝑙𝑖𝑡𝑦 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑎 𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑚𝑒𝑟 𝑝𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑖𝑑𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑐𝑢𝑟𝑟𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑐𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑖𝑑𝑎𝑡𝑒 𝑖𝑠 𝑎𝑐𝑡𝑢𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑦 𝑎 𝑡𝑟𝑎𝑖𝑡𝑜𝑟. 𝐵𝑢𝑡 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑠𝑖𝑑𝑒𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑓𝑎𝑐𝑡𝑠.

https://hartmannreport.com/p/why-wont-our-media-say-donald-trump-868

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Ron -- I just read it. I haven't opened any of the links provided in the article. I wish he and others would adopt Prof Richardson's style of including references in her Notes section. All the same, if what we are all speculating about is even just partly true, he and co-conspirators should be Rosenberged after a fair trial. Of course that will never happen, but perhaps that's how history will treat him, should the truth ever emerge decades from now.

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Doug, I am completely missing what "Eisenberged" means.

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Oops! In my haste to be clever I wrote the wrong name. I meant 'Rosenberged'. Thank you Ally -- I'll correct my post.

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Ha!

Didn't think I'd see a reference to Julius & Ethel here, Doug. Ethel Rosenberg in particular was a victim of Cold War hysteria, and her name still reverberates as a tragic example of how Justice can be terribly distorted by inappropriate zeal in high places.

And if I may add a cruel irony, none other than Roy Cohn was involved in the prosecution at some level.

Finally, I would add that the Rosenberg case, viewed through the prism of our current times with a sort of 20/20 hindsight, provides a chilling warning. In 1951, there was real anti-semitism floating in the air, waiting to be charged. Today, the targets are different---the immigrant, the homeless, those of other than heterodox sexual orientation or identity---but the atavistic bloodlust remains, just waiting for match to be struck to tinder

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Doug, your intent was clear, because that was what I flashed to. Specifically, the horrific photo that was taken as they were executed.

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Hah! And I don't even subscribe (although I once did.)

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They went to Bedminster, where coincidentally Ivanna, (after ‘falling down some stairs’ —how strangely Putinesque…) was interred in a newly permitted burial plot. Time to do subterranean scoping of this area and possible access tunnels.

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I was worried even when he was President that he was leveraging material for blackmail and pressure-/for his business transactions and for self-preservation. Who knows what he is doing with them now? Fortunately he probably doesn’t have the concentration to comprehend complex info himself, but he may have henchmen interpreting for him and the next dictator may be smarter in their corruption than Trump.

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Again, the national security issue isn’t the physical documents per se, it is the information on the documents!!

Once the chain of custody has been compromised, all that information sublimates into the internet where it circulates forever, until it is milked of every iota of effective intelligence.

At this point it is likely too late to avert such informational/intelligence harm, and the sole remaining value to finding the documents is to attempt to establish culpability (and if possible prevent further compromises; though not possible if tfg is reelected). They are merely the gun on the floor after the bodies are cold.

The harm to national security is almost surely non-interdictable, and while initiated years ago, it will continue to ripple decades into the future.

But there is no undo for compromised secrets, as all of you know.

Heads will continue to roll. Assets can’t trust US handlers to keep them safe.

America will operate in a comparative dark for a long time, thanks to electing a kleptocratic/mobster.

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Trump is a cancer on democracy. His attitude regarding the classified documents is treasonous in my opinion. With the wheels of justice moving frustratingly slow.

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I agree with you about the large exit of disgusted republicans. Why not vote their conscience. When they leave, they are leaving openings for more like Greene, Jordan, Gaetz etc. All we can do is hope that the vacancies are filled with more democratic not demoncratic people.

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The first rule of the modern Republican Party is that conscience is forbidden. A. Vindman? Liz Cheney? They were regarded as criminals.

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The repub party is gone, it's all Maga now.

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LINDA FORCE: Add a “T” to MAGA [MAGAT] and you get a phonetical of maggot. Why are Republicans so afraid of Trump? I can’t figure this out. Why are they ALL in lock-step with him. Must be cool-aid served at his golf courses.

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Because they are cowards. The are afraid he will yell at them or worse that he will turn his goons loose on them. Not a single spine or honor or concern for the fate of the country and the constitution. They rather see the country destroyed rather than fight from within.

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They must be terrified for the safety of their families and are hoping to quietly bow out without poking the MAGA bear.

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Or worse, make up a foolish nickname for them /s

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We've seen this pattern before, and know that it really goes ugly. A tragic flaw (?) that our species so often falls for it.

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He's tapped into the underlying fanaticism in the Republican Party. Putting Trump and MAGA in charge (oh they took charge) may be the political equivalent of Jonesville "cool aid". Election 2024 will show how much damage is incurred. With so much party gerrymandering, I'm afraid though a lot of the "same faces" and more may show up next Congress, hopefully with Dems holding more political power. USA needs them! God knows what American international political reputation will then be.

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Some states have redone districts to a more equal status.

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The real Kool Aid is the compulsion to dominate, and also the circular thinking of cult dynamics.

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Maybe they don't want to be shot.

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I thought of that, too, they're leaving politics instead of staying and fighting because they are afraid of TFFG's base and fear for their lives and safety.

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Richard:

Are you familiar with the term, "Nantucket sleigh ride"?

It comes from the old whaling days. Once you put the harpoon in, hang on! It's the eighteenth century version of the dog that finally caught the car.

Vince S

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Well, that's certainly stirs some graphic images, a completely out-of-control ride. To be sure, it's apt in this case - a 2nd Trump presidency could spell doom for the republic. I never cease to be amazed and dumbfounded as to how such a low life could in fact wield such power and influence when everyone knows what a completely flawed person TFFG is. Where does the repair start?

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Richard:

You know the answer. It's the penitent's prayer. "It starts with me," or something of that sort.

You know the drill. Recruit, train, and field volunteer canvassers and good, reliable candidates -- local, state, and federal. Make a whole bunch of phone calls between now and November. Get your friends and acquaintances on board. Look for opportunities at your local-level Democratic Party offices.

What is that old labor cry? "Don't mourn -- organize!"

Those are the biggies.

Now let me refer you to a project that I think has potential to make a difference if our Democratic leadership in the House is willing to undertake it. Please see the Daily KOS diary entries at https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2024/3/6/2227962/-Republicans-own-goal-blunder-in-the-House

Representative Matt "Firebrand" Gaetz may have just handed us a gift.

I don't think there is any rule that says that one must rescue one's opponent when he falls into the trap of his own making. Of course, we can always sympathize later with the poor SOB who runs the ball into his own goal.

I would like to hear your opinion.

Vince S

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Snakes sometimes catch their tails and eat themselves (yes, I looked that one up for some reason in the past.)

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Mitt Romney said as much.

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Yet they created this beast.

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And whiffed on not one, but two chances to impeach the angry cheato. He has had MANY enablers.

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I would think that by leaving they would be in even more danger because they're weakening the Republicans in congress and Trumps power.

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Oh but to get Lauren to quit is worth it. You didn't actually think that when they were quitting their responsibility that they would suddenly develop spine and morals and do the right thing. Nope, gutless but they WILL take credit in their area for all the good things Joe and the dems did in the last 4 years.

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I had two dogs, a springer, and lab and both loved the water. I would throw a stick out into the pond, and the lab would leap in, swim out a good distance, grab the stick and swim back. Half way back the springer would swim out, grab the stick and bring it the rest of the way. I suppose this could be considered a doggie relay, but I see it as one dog doing all the work and another getting the credit. Infrastructure bill comes to mind.

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lol that is too good

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Karen, LOL picturing your dogs 😆!

Sad and true what you wrote RE infrastructure . . .

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Buck just did a bit of a barn burning the other day announcing his immediate departure without so much as pre-advising Johnson. Right wing Liz Cheney was forced out, having participated in the Jan 6 investigation, and been at it ever since. 30% of Republicans may be shed their voting preferences for this round. There is likely a pay off for Dems and Biden in all this.

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Karen, how many times have you heard of the threats endured by those speaking against trump? Trump is basically a mobster and his “family” (like the “tourists” visiting the capitol building) will take care of any opposition.

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Regarding the mobster aspect, in The Godfather there is a scene where the don says take care of it. He doesn't say kill anyone or rough them up-just take care of it. His henchmen know what he means. The don could say that he never said to kill anyone. Same with trump. He never really said the word riot but he sure implied it and his followers thought they knew what he wanted done.

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Perhaps he used to say, “Be there. It’ll be wild!”

But now, “There will be a bloodbath!”

When someone tells you they “want to be a dictator”, and it appears they are assembling the means, BELIEVE them.

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People keep saying his bloodbath was taken out of context. Maybe so, but I have never heard of people losing jobs because of out sourcing being called a bloodbath. Getting a pink slip doesn't equate to that. Trump likes to use violent terms, execute Millie, shoot looters, send military to round up vermin (WWII concentration image?)Fight, Fight, Fight. Didn't he mention violence if he didn't win?

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The plane probably went to Moscow.

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I can't rule it out. At least that some of the information arrived there in some form. Trump has repeatedly shown more respect for foreign tyrants than for his own country or its Constitution.

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This is the virtual age, everyone! It makes NO difference where the physical documents are, once you have lost control of the chain of custody for long enough for a document to be photographed!

At the time I would have considered all those documents probably compromised as soon as tfg had unsupervised access. But once he attempted a coup, there’s no ‘probably’ left.

I am sure that every such document was compromised and I am sure that heads of our assets continue to roll.

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You make a good point, except it merely leads to another mystery. If Trump was keeping the documents in order to sell their contents, why, in this virtual age, didn't he simply copy the docs, then return them with a smile? He's a treasonous, demented packrat, hoarding everything in reach...

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Good question, Dirk, a couple glib answers come to mind, such as: “he’s not clever enough to know his own best self interest, when tag-teamed by his ego and narcissism”, et c. But on reflection I expect 1) he played loose with confidential documents all his presidency (be interesting to see i) a timeline of the date stamps of these documents, & ii) the associated topics) and 2) didn’t trust the people who supported his devices not to turn him in for treason.

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(But expect & hope some daring and ambitious counter intelligence officer made sure some of these documents were seasoned with subtle tracer facts and misinformation.)

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Thanks for adding to what already seems like an old comment and I like your observations. I think you're correct on both points, most especially in that he "played fast and loose" with his entire presidency, apparently by not knowing or wanting to know how it was supposed to work. His motivations may be very simple -- he recognized that the documents were a portable asset, and his entire life has been about acquiring and hoarding assets. He may well have little idea of what to do with them, except maybe sell them, and even then he probably doesn't have much idea what they're worth or how to deliver them.

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Remember he met with the Saudis shortly after, regarding golf’s LIV Tour.

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They're petrified. Both physically for their families; and financially. That's why they won't call out the outrageous undemocratic leanings of Trump and his cabal of advisors.

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Interesting, isn't it? Dems get threatened all the time by MAGAts but they still stand up for the truth and do their jobs.

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But we also know, this WILL change once it looks like we have a dictatorship...

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Yet because of their cowardice, Traitor and his followers will only be more emboldened and those fleeing will be even more vulnerable.

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RE: Republicans resigning and not seeking re-election, how curious it is they aren't standing up for the country against Trump. Exactly.

The real problem is even these so-called Moderates would vote for Trump as our Hitler any day of the week, and always will. They are only resigning now, sulking, because they know it went too far--their masks were ripped off by a desperate Trump as he fights off all these lawsuits--and they realize they'll be out of power next year. They own this, every last bit of the mess.

I will never forgive the Republican Party for their craven cowardice and greed. Never. I blame them even more than Trump. He's the symptom, they are the virus. Until we clean the system out of these Wanna-Be authoritarians who pretend to be patriots we will struggle as a country.

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Yes. I have been wondering what Trump traded to get his bond covered, and to whom. It is quite scary given how aggressive Putin is, to think of him selling him or any one of a number of enemies of the state our secrets. If it is found that he has done that he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

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Seth Abramson, who write “Proof,” talked about just this last weekend.

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According to CNN “Butler told CNN how he unknowingly helped Nauta deliver boxes of classified information from Mar-a-Lago to the former president’s plane in June 2022 – the same day that Trump and his attorney were meeting with the Justice Department at Mar-a-Lago about the classified documents.” June 2022. Ivan’s Trump mysteriously falls down her stairs and dies July 14, 2022. The ex-wife is buried at Bedminster Golf Club. Yeah, that’s normal. I agree the doc were probably photographed. But the physical copies?…………I bet they sleep with Ivana.

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Ivana's ashes are probably with daughter Ivanka. And it was all a ruse to bury the documents where it can't be exposed without public outrage about digging up a so-called burial site. Clever, but sick.

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I do believe the FBI needs to raid Bedminster.

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I've read that one faction wanted to do a comprehensive raid on all his properties but they were blocked by Republicans and Trump loyalists within the agency and the DOJ.

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Not anymore. Since Don didn't have the money to pay E. Jean, that airplane was Seized to be sold and was stored in that same warehouse in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Good luck finding it.

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Really? TRULY? I've always loathed that plane. A clumsy metal cylinder lumbering through the sky with his name on it in huge letters. He's still taking short rides in a convoy of armored cars, though.

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Really? He can't fly around in his plane anymore!

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Dirk, watching The Godfather movie recently, I was struck by the actions of the people he granted favors to and the persons who were part of his organization. The actions that he requested started out small, relatively inconsequential, and slowly became more illegal (the boiling frog analogy). The first punishment for not being sufficiently “loyal” to 45 is being primaried by a person deemed more compliant. If you survive the primary, then you and your family are publicly called out as a threat to 45, with the resultant death threats to you and your family. It’s a wonder that any Republicans run for national office. Look what happened to compliant Mike Pence.

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I could never figure out why Pence, whose very life was threatened, remained a Republican and actually tried to run for office.

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Progwoman, to me, his actions are similar to those of the people who volunteered to go fight the Crusades. They knew that they had a good chance to be killed, but believed that their actions would advance the cause of Christianity.

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He thought his undying fealty to Traitor would position him to become President. When will people wake up to the fact that no one is safe in Traitor's orbit? No one. Now even the RNC is being unceremoniously destroyed and the employees replaced by loyalists. Will that wake up and shake up their world enough to vote blue? Hoping, but think not.

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Why isn’t Trump in jail?? He is obviously a security risk. He is also promising and already gives aid to Russia, a country we are essentially at war with. His followers are already attacking election workers and actively trying to intimidate voters. Yet, he gets everything he wants from the courts, even though he constantly attacks them. The kid in MA who released documents went right to jail.

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Due process must be followed especially when the accused is a nominee for president. The “kid” who leaked the documents went to prison after his rights were protected by due process. If we don’t follow the rule law and throw people in prison we do what Orange Menace wants to do. We descend into the realm of dictators ourselves.

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There is a different due process for those who can raise tens of millions of dollars to file really bogus appeals in order to delay justice, or avoid it completely. There is a different due process when member of the Supreme Court and other members of the courts who seem to owe loyalty to the accused. There seems to be a different due process when the wife of a Supreme Court justice has been totally supportive of an effort to overthrow a settled election. There is something called Equal justice before the Law! This is not happening.

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Write letters to your local newspaper. Demand they publish the true unbiased news not the constant barrage of right wing propaganda. Reading the news or watching it on TV, one gets the impression that a savior is running against a doddering old socialist or president.

I’m so happy that the Democrats are finally pushing back.

I wish Garland had been less cautious and quicker with the investigations and indictments.

But you can see what happens when the indictment is sloppy. It’s thrown out by the judge as in the Giorgia case where three counts were thrown out. (In federal court this could have been modified but not in Geargia law)

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Let's see if Fanni Willis can keep her job and get the trial up and running. She is allowed to modify the charges to fit the law, but it really isn't necessary.

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Giorgia law requires a new indictment from the grand jury which would take time. Of course they can go ahead with the rest of the charges.

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That’s using the law to abuse and corrupt. Of course if you have money you can protect yourself better.

Don’t forget that the voters voted these people into office. They then appointed unqualified and corruptible judges. We must unite and get out the vote to make changes. We must start at the local level

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"Supposedly disgusted Rupublicans"

These are the people who made Dunning Kruger famous, Dirk.

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I have wondered the same thing about those boxes of missing documents. It’s not a stretch of the imagination to learn they are in Putin’s hands. In return for a goodly sum of money and promises to support his candidacy. Sounds like appropriate front page news doesn’t it? Headline: Where are our Classified Documents, Mr. Trump?!?

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I've read recently that Jack Smith is pushing so hard on the Trump stolen documents case because he has solid proof that Trump has sold highly sensitive, top-secret documents to foreign entities. He knows he has a case.

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"In 2020 there were plenty of red flags around Trump’s plans for a second term."

* In 2016 & 2020 there were plenty of red flags around Trump’s plans. Still are. Figuratively and literally.

"I still think it's so weird that these supposedly disgusted Republicans who are resigning or not seeking re-election, preferring to "eat their own livers," aren't simply voting with the Democrats to end this mess. "

*I still think it's so weird that these Republicans, Moderates, Progressives, Independents supposedly disgusted with Trump aren't simply voting with the Democrats to end this mess. Hint: the differences between the candidates/parties are more significant than any similarities.

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You are much more thoughtful than I was in my response to the current crop of "I give up" RepulbiKans. I am a member of the crowd that believes that some of those documents that are from said banker's box that left Merde a Lardo are buried on the first green at Bedminster.

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WOW Ally!! I didn't think of that!! I think you are onto something there!

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I can not criticize Representative Buck, Senator Sasse, and others who threw up their arms and walked away. I exited the G.O.P. in 2018 when Justice Kavanaugh was confirmed. I think people like Representative Gallagher, Senator Flake, et many al. have decided to step back and let the fascist demagogy burn out with the implosion of the G.O.P.

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As Trump drumpfs the G.O.P., these men and women remain ready to step back in and re-build the Party, though others who have stuck it out as good Republicans (e.g., Senator Murkowski). These latter Republicans may resent those who left only to invoke their right-of-return. Whatever happens, we all know that urgent electoral and campaign finance reforms are required.

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Thank you @HeatherCoxRichardson. Your LFAA's are so important for a society at a crossroads between democracy and kleptocracy.

One major issue that has not been well-explored are the remarkable differences in key Presidential appointments -establishing a governance leadership team. I recently talked about it in https://bomdia.substack.com/p/justice-league-versus-larceny-league.

To summarize, the Biden/Harris Cabinet is defined by intelligent, experienced, capable people with established careers in public service. From Dr. Janet Yellin to Dr. Miguel Cardoza, to Pete Buttigieg -these are people that are leading through vision and integrity.

The former Trump/Pence Cabinet is defined by corruption, a lack of ethics, and incompetence. Betsy DeVos -who thrives on student loan debt and interest payments like a vampire thrives on blood. Rick Perry -who struggled to remember three things at once. Wilbur Ross and his nefarious self-enrichment dealings with Putin. Ryan Zinke and Halliburton. Bill Barr "the Cover-Up General." The Trump Cabinet was a criminal organization, not a team of people dedicated to improving the life of the average American. Aside from self-enrichment, most of the agency heads despised the agency they were tasked to lead.

The difference in leadership is stunning -and I don't know if many are talking about it. It's not just the President/VP -it is the entire team that is important.

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You know it is bad when Barr, a trump shoe licker (until he said something disagreeable) suggests that security? meetings which trump is now allowed to attend not include everything. Personally, I think he should be excluded. He thought it as a good thing to do to Biden.

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There is no law requiring that Guilty Donald be given the president's daily updates or other classified materials prior to the election. That's always and ONLY been a courtesy.

Given that he's been indcted for mishandling documents and removing them from the secured areas they were required to be, and then hidng them after he was asked to return them, it would be the height of foolishness to consider him a safe risk. Give him the children's entertainment placemat from a Bob's Big Boy instead - he won't know the difference.

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If it is a rule, it has to be one of the most stupid rules ever. Give updates to a person like trump who is vindicative, and he loses? We know how he behaves when he loses.

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Yeh but like most of the other rules and regulations from the 19th century, an assumption was made of gentlemen's honor.

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Besides that, he isn't "the candidate" until the convention has ratified him.

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Your words made me happy.

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So true Karen. I'd like to see the DOJ force Trump to register as a foreign agent. (Of course, there are many more things I'd like to see AG Garland and the DOJ do -but they aren't conferring with me).

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Garland is playing a form of Neville Chamberlain role. Playing the nice guy, don't rock the boat, doesn't want to seem partisan. Now all of these court trials will most likely continue beyond the election, and trump will pardon himself and his merry men. Trying to be bipartisan and assigning Hur to determine Biden's culpability obviously was a fail of gigantic proportions.

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Very true. The fact that Hur still is employed by the DOJ is an epic fail.

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BBC Radio News yesterday said he'd resigned.

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He resigned but wouldn't swear that he wouldn't be part of the Trump administration in the future.

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Indeed -perhaps he'll join criminal Trump's defense team (provided he enjoys work as an unpaid volunteer).

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You can't fire me, I quit.

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I thought he quit so he can testify as a civilian. Sounds sneaky to me.

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Yes- you are correct. I thought on the basis of the misrepresentational narrative in his report -the DOJ would have fired him -however he did resign.

Perhaps he'll be replacing Alina in defending criminal Trump or in the appeals process.

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More thenlikely looking for a job in tfg’s administration if he is elected. 🤬

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He is not.

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Indeed. Likely going to join the Trump unpaid volunteer defense team.

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George:

Hah!

Why not, indeed!

Obviously, now that Mr Trump has secured the Revanchist-Confederate (formerly Republican) nomination, declaring him to be a foreign agent is a mite awkward, but it is certainly an open question.

Time for a couple of letters to my senators.

Vince S

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Do your senators listen??

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Kristin:

We are about to find out.

Vince S

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Trump should be barred from security briefings at least until the trial regarding stolen classified documents is over - providing there is a "not guilty" verdict. There is also the matter of yet more documents loaded on to a plane bound for points unknown. The mystery of what they contained and where they are also should be addressed before DT is allowed any more access to secure material. Setting these conditions may provide DT and his lawyers some incentive to stop dragging their feet, and stop holding our nation's security hostage.

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Something wrong with an insurrectionist leader, voter suppression and voter fraud in 2020, on top of the national secrets he refused to return...He should not be allowed to run for anything to do with our government. Where is the anger in our country? TFG should not have Secret Service paid for by our taxes! He is trying to destroy us. He and his maga party are dangerous, anti-democracy traitors to America and need to be detained until all trials are over. Serious losses of citizenship should be considered for anti-American behaviors. TFG is a dangerous man and should be detained immediately for crimes against his country. WTF.

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Pensa, the people who support fpotus believe he is their Messiah. I don't see any other way to explain why my normal (I thought) friends are behind him 100%. Believing in an imaginary sky pilot sets the stage for believing that "he and only he" can "save" the country.

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My FBF living in SC and I haven't talked in years because of trump. I finally called her in relation to a possible scam on her brother's email address. her last words (after a really nice catch up conversation) was no politics. I guess she is officially a trumper.

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There is a simple explanation if those “friends” are white people, and it would not be an anomaly, statistically.

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There is a simple explanation if those “friends” are white people, and it would not be an anomaly, statistically.

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White retired cops...

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There was a comment on another site by a former secret service man. He thought trump was totally sound in mind. I asked when did he put in his time.

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Well, as a therapist who studied cults and Hitler most of my life, I can honestly say that brainwashing (neurolinguistic programming) is a dangerous tool and can be used to help people get over addictions and through difficult mental health issues. When used negatively, it can lead people to commit atrocities like Charles Manson, Mussolini, Hitler, Koresh. The only way to help those who are able to be helped is to stop the propaganda messaging. Why allow trump, fox, bannon, etc. to continually gaslight our people? Lies and propaganda are authoritarian tactics and I would think our government would have stopped this long ago. It is the dark shadow of freedom of speech. To have it requires tolerance and trust in others. We have a problem.

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Why is Trump allowed to attend security meetings? Because he is the RepubliCONs nominee?

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"The Trump Cabinet was a criminal organization, not a team of people dedicated to improving the life of the average American. Aside from self-enrichment, most of the agency heads despised the agency they were tasked to lead." Yes, George, and the next one will be so much worse. Thank you for the excellent analysis. Shared.

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The ‘Emergency Powers’ Risk of a Second Trump Presidency | WIRED

https://www.wired.com/story/donald-trump-emergency-powers/

“What’s concerning to legal experts are the special powers that would be available to Trump that have been available to all recent presidents but have not typically been used. Should Trump decide to go full authoritarian, he could utilize what are called “emergency powers” to shut down the internet in certain areas, censor the internet, freeze people’s bank accounts, restrict transportation, and more.

Utilizing laws like the National Emergencies Act, the Communications Act of 1934, and the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), he would be able to wield power in ways this country has never seen.”

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My hair is starting to smolder.

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OMG (and I pray She is tough).

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Good article. Scary.

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Thank you MaryPat!

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