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I wonder if Trump's wrath has the same force behind it that it used to have. He may be a paper tiger these days.

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I hope so, Robbie. One sign might be the G-7. With Trump insisting that Putin would be there, Merkel said she wouldn't be coming (due to the virus, of course).

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Trump Salutes Enemy.
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This a quote from Trump that an esteemed attorney, Lawrence Tribe, posted on Twitter.

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Trump said, “In the fields and jungles of Vietnam, they delivered a swift and swiffian, It was swift and it was sweeping like nobody’s ever seen happen. A victory in Operation Desert Storm, a lot of you were involved in that. A lot of you were involved. That was a quick one.” OMG

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Laurence Tribe should know better. Here is the quote in context, from the transcript of the speech:

In a few moments, we will bear witness to awesome aircraft representing every major military conflict over the last 75 years. These planes once launched off massive aircraft carriers in the fiercest battles of World War II. They raced through the skies of Korea’s MiG alley. They carried American warriors into the dense fields and jungles of Vietnam. They delivered a swift and swip…you know that, sweeping … It was swift and it was sweeping like nobody’s ever seen anything happen, a victory in Operation Desert Storm. A lot of you were involved in that. A lot of you were involved. That was a quick one. And they’ve gone on to dangerous missions all around the world to take out enemy terrorists and bring our soldiers home safely.

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You're right. He should know better.
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(NBC News) - Trump administration gives formal notice of withdrawal from WHO amid pandemic

The United States has submitted its official notice of withdrawal from the World Health Organization to the United Nations secretary-general, a White House official said Tuesday. The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, said Congress was notified, as well. "To call Trump’s response to COVID chaotic & incoherent doesn't do it justice. This won't protect American lives or interests — it leaves Americans sick & America alone,” Menendez said in a tweet.


I swear, this Administration lies awake at night, trying to figure out how to screw things up even more.

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I swear, this Administration lies awake at night, trying to figure out how to screw things up even more.



They don't have to do that. They just do what Putin tells them to do.

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Well, there's that. Maybe it's the Russian Regime that has the sleepless nights.

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Wall Street is no longer betting on Trump

Betting markets have turned decisively toward an expected victory for Joe Biden in November — and asset managers at major investment banks are preparing for not only a Biden win, but potentially a Democratic sweep of the Senate and House too.

Good news, and probably a good reason to get out of stocks pretty soon, as well.
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It's just IMPOSSIBLE to figure out what would be best for that top 10% right now. The massive stock buybacks are responsible for a lot of the stock market growth -- and now that wealth is concentrated in fewer and fewer hands. If Biden tries to raise taxes, those at the top just need to hire more lobbyists to try to block them, or hire smart accountants to get around them.

In the end, keeping Trump in place means the economy will continue to tank as this pandemic wears on. Biden is more likely to call for a little more pain from ALL of us to bend the curve down as Europe has done. In the long run, Biden's actions will improve the economy to raise ALL boats, while Trump doesn't mind if the yachts sink the other boats.

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I agree with you, Lis. In the long run, a more equitable distribution of wealth helps everybody, including and perhaps especially the top 10%.

Markets are based on myopia and psychology, though, and the perception that Biden will end the stock buyback frenzy and easy money policies is going to be enough to tank the markets for a short while as his election nears. That might be a good time to have cash ready to bargain hunt.

Or maybe not. It's all a crap shoot with everybody double and triple guessing each other, your mileage may vary, and past performance is no indicator of future returns, etc. *G*
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Cruelty is the point.


Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman retires, citing campaign of ‘bullying’ and ‘retaliation’ by Trump after impeachment testimony

By Missy Ryan
July 8, 2020 at 8:48 a.m. PDT


An Army officer who played a high-profile role in President Trump’s impeachment proceedings is retiring from the military over alleged “bullying” and “retaliation” by the president, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who served as a national security aide at the White House until earlier this year and was up for promotion to colonel, will leave the military instead, his lawyer, David Pressman, said in a statement.

“Through a campaign of bullying, intimidation, and retaliation, the president of the United States attempted to force LTC Vindman to choose: Between adhering to the law or pleasing a President. Between honoring his oath or protecting his career. Between protecting his promotion or the promotion of his fellow soldiers,” Pressman said. “LTC Vindman’s patriotism has cost him his career.”

Vindman, who was the National Security Council’s Ukraine expert, testified last fall about his concerns surrounding a call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The Washington Post last month reported that government officials were concerned that the White House would move to prevent Vindman’s promotion. Last week, Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) said she would block the promotion of more than 1,000 officers unless the Pentagon ensured that Vindman would not be subjected to retaliation.

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Cruelty is the point.


You're right about that, Robbie. Darn it.

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(NBC News) - What leaving WHO could cost the U.S. - and countries around the world

President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the World Health Organization will damage global efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic as well other deadly diseases such as polio, tuberculosis and HIV, public health experts say. At a moment when the world is facing the worst pandemic in a century, the WHO's role is irreplaceable, one health expert said, adding that the withdrawal "makes Americans less safe and undermines the global fight against COVID-19."

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He has threatened to cut off funding for schools if they don't open this fall. Talk about retaliation for his political reasons.
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No kidding.

And, of course, we all know that the vast majority of education spending is done by state and local governments.

So when Trump is talking about cutting federal funding, he's cutting Head Start, free lunch programs, Title I spending and special education funding. In other words, he is attacking our MOST VULNERABLE students.

Sounds about right.

I hope there is a very, very special hell for him and his complicit enablers.

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Can Trump unilaterally cut Federal funding for schools? Doesn’t Congress control the purse strings?
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Can Trump unilaterally cut Federal funding for schools? Doesn’t Congress control the purse strings?



I don't think that he can. I believe that funding and most others is generally pretty specific about where it goes and how much. The President has no control unless the Dept. of Ed. is given some actual control over how much money is being spent and for what.
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A top terrorism fighter’s dire warning.

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America’s intelligence agencies risk slipping back into dangerous pre-9/11 habits, a recently departed top counterterrorism official is warning in his first public remarks on the matter.

Russell Travers, former head of the U.S. government’s hub for analysis of counterterrorism intelligence, was so alarmed that he shared his concerns with the intelligence community’s top internal watchdog in his final weeks on the job.

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“I think there are really important questions that need to be addressed, and I don’t think they have been thus far,” said Travers, who ran the National Counterterrorism Center until March of this year. “And that has me worried, because I do think we could very easily end up back where we were 20 years ago.”

Travers detailed his concerns, much of which remain highly classified, to the intelligence community’s inspector general. About a week later, he was summarily ousted, he says — and the Trump administration official who fired him didn’t explain why.

Travers still speaks in the earnest, wonkish argot of a career national security official. He’s coming forward now to highlight a problem he fears is worsening — one that could bring real-world consequences. The law puts significant demands on NCTC, he says, but the government isn’t giving it the resources it needs to do its job. He said he hopes national security leaders have a fulsome, open, public debate about these issues — a discussion unencumbered by bureaucratic turf wars.

“Some of these advances that we’ve made are fragile, and there are extraordinarily difficult questions the country’s going to have to address when it comes to evaluating risk, and allocating resources against that risk,” he said. “And that kind of a sophisticated conversation simply hasn’t been had.”



Read more here.

I have to wonder if this involves some sort of favor to Putin or was simply abject stupidity? Maybe the administration is leaving us open for something so Trump can declare war and sit back in front of 3 huge TV sets with a bucket of Kentucky Fried and a bag of McDs?

I had something else but now I can't remember what it was.
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