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The new smear campaign against students who survived the Parkland massacre

The new smear campaign against students who survived the Parkland massacre

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Students who survived the gun massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have emerged as powerful advocates of gun control and fierce critics of the NRA. Now they are being targeted by a right-wing smear campaign. David Hogg, a senior at the school, was one of the first to appear on national television and demand action. “We’re children. You guys are the adults. You need to take some action and play a role. Work together. Come over your politics and get something done,” Hogg said, looking directly into the camera. Hogg is now being targeted by Gateway Pundit, a far-right blog that has press credentials from the Trump White House. A post published on Monday by the site’s White House correspondent, Lucian Wintrich, features Hogg’s photo with the word “EXPO
Former Watergate Prosecutor Calls Trump’s Refusal To Punish Russia An ‘Impeachable Offense’

Former Watergate Prosecutor Calls Trump’s Refusal To Punish Russia An ‘Impeachable Offense’

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"I would say is that this is an impeachable offense because Donald Trump has not lived up to his constitutional duty to protect America. And we have a real threat to democracy with the interference in our elections." The post Former Watergate Prosecutor Calls Trump’s Refusal To Punish Russia An ‘Impeachable Offense’ appeared first on Politicus USA.
Tillerson on North Korea: 'We don't know precisely how much time is left' until the bombing starts

Tillerson on North Korea: 'We don't know precisely how much time is left' until the bombing starts

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is, allegedly, one of the grownups in the administration. He also plainly doesn't know what the hell he is doing, is gleefully sabotaged by Donald Trump at every turn, is handcuffed by a White House incapable of filling staff positions, and has been rendered largely impotent in international relations due to his inability to translate his boss' ridiculous temper tantrums into a foreign policy that any of his international contemporaries can understand enough to even take seriously. Let's check in with him on the administration's escalating battle with North Korea. "We're not using a carrot to convince them to talk," Tillerson said of North Korea. "We're using large sticks. And that is what they need to understand." "I'm going to use all the time available...
New Pennsylvania Voting Map Gives Democrats Everything They Wanted

New Pennsylvania Voting Map Gives Democrats Everything They Wanted

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court unveiled the redrawn district map, and the result is a fairer map that will be great for Democrats in the Keystone State. Here is the new map: The new map is logical, geographical, and it makes perfect sense, which is why Pennsylvania Republicans are going to sue. Josh Barro of Business […] The post New Pennsylvania Voting Map Gives Democrats Everything They Wanted appeared first on Politicus USA.
Presidential rankings are in! Political scientists rate Trump as the worst in history, Obama soars

Presidential rankings are in! Political scientists rate Trump as the worst in history, Obama soars

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Campaign Action A leading association of political scientists have released the data from their most recent survey and a ratings-obsessed Donald Trump is not going to be happy. They detailed their findings in the New York Times: Since our previous survey in 2014, some presidential legacies have soared (Barack Obama’s stock has climbed into the Top 10), while others have fallen (Andrew Jackson toppled to 15, out of the Top 10). And President Trump? Let’s say that, according to the 170 members of the American Political Science Association’s Presidents and Executive Politics section who filled out our survey, he has at least three years to improve on an ignominious debut. “Ignominious debut.” OUCH! Brutal. So where do they place Trump in the presidential rankings? Dead last. Ja
Conservatives push Trump to pardon—this whole Russia thing is just 'cruel'

Conservatives push Trump to pardon—this whole Russia thing is just 'cruel'

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Some whack job conservatives feel really bad for the four former members of Team Trump who have been indicted and are increasingly calling on the Don to issue presidential pardons to Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos, Paul Manafort and Rick Gates. Politico writes: “I think he should be pardoning anybody who’s been indicted and make it clear that anybody else who gets indicted would be pardoned immediately,” said Frederick Fleitz, a former CIA analyst and senior vice president at the conservative Center for Security Policy. [...] “It’s kind of cruel what’s going on right now and the president should put these defendants out of their misery,” said Larry Klayman, a conservative legal activist. “I think he should pardon everybody — and pardon himself.”  Good god, what planet are these gu
Robert Mueller Bulldozes Trump’s Red Line By Investigating Jared Kushner For Financial Crimes

Robert Mueller Bulldozes Trump’s Red Line By Investigating Jared Kushner For Financial Crimes

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Robert Mueller has gone exactly where Trump didn’t want him to go. The Special Counsel is investigating Trump son in law Jared Kushner for financial crimes. CNN reported, “Special counsel Robert Mueller’s interest in Jared Kushner has expanded beyond his contacts with Russia and now includes his efforts to secure financing for his company from […] The post Robert Mueller Bulldozes Trump’s Red Line By Investigating Jared Kushner For Financial Crimes appeared first on Politicus USA.
Trump aides were trying to 'move on' from Porter scandal even before shooting offered a 'reprieve'

Trump aides were trying to 'move on' from Porter scandal even before shooting offered a 'reprieve'

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Seventeen people killed in a school shooting was good news for the Donald Trump White House after a week of bad headlines, leaking, and infighting over how former staff secretary Rob Porter was allowed to keep his job despite a history of domestic violence preventing him from getting a permanent security clearance. “For everyone, it was a distraction or a reprieve,” said one White House official, speaking anonymously to reflect internal conversations. “A lot of people here felt like it was a reprieve from seven or eight days of just getting pummeled.” But even before the shooting, the White House was looking for ways to “move on” from the Porter scandal … and, in the grand tradition of the Trump administration, doing a half-assed version of it focused more on the headlines than on real