Gillibrand Slams McConnell For Harming SCOTUS “Almost Irreparably”

At a town hall in New Hampshire, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand blasted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell saying by blocking President Obama’s Supreme Court pick Merrick Garland, McConnell had harmed the U.S. Supreme Court “almost irreparably”

Senator Gillibrand addressed a whole host of issues at the New Hampshire town hall (which Yours Truly strongly recommends that any Democrat watch) most notably her long record in Congress for fighting corruption/getting money out of politics. However it was her answer as to how she would handle the U.S. Supreme Court if elected President that caught Yours Truly’s attention the most.

When asked by the town hall moderator whether she would be in favor of term limits for federal Supreme Court justices, Sen Gillibrand emphatically said “Yes” adding;“I think what has happened by this President[Trump] and Mitch McConnell is the extreme politicization of the court. I’ve never seen it worse than it is today and the fact that Mitch McConnell denied the vote and the hearing on Merrick Garland is outrageous and I don’t think we’ve recovered from it….It was a stolen justice….. I think they[Trump and McConnell] have harmed our courts almost irreparably.”

It cannot be left unsaid that even though Senator Gillibrand came into the 2020 Dem presidential nomination contest as one of the top contenders, her campaign has not lived up to its billing. As a matter of fact most Democrats will agree that she has seriously under-performed especially given the fact that she almost failed to make the cut for the recent debate. There is a divergence of opinions among cable TV pundits as to why Sen Gillibrand’s campaign has not caught fire yet. As for Yours Truly, the answer to that is very simple. For Sen Gillibrand to become a top-tier presidential candidate, her campaign should tone down a little on the uber-feminist message and instead focus on her real and provable congressional record of fighting corruption in Washington. Simply put, if Senator Gillibrand becomes the anti-corruption candidate— going after lobbyists, lamenting the swamp, and even going after Trump’s elusive tax returns–the future is bright for her presidential campaign.

Bottom line, even though she gets very little credit from grassroots Democrats (especially post-Al Franken), Sen Gillibrand has been a Dem stalwart with a stellar congressional record to prove it. Yours Truly strongly believes that in the coming months, especially if she keeps touting her anti-corruption record, she will become a top-tier presidential candidate. And while you are at it Sen Gillibrand, keep slamming Mitch McConnell over his Supreme Court chicanery. McConnell bashing is an absolute win win among grassroots Democrats.

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The Obscene Trump-Fox News Relationship 2.0

A bombshell piece in The New Yorker says that in the Summer of 2017, Trump ordered his then Director of National Economic Council Gary Cohn to block the blockbuster merger between telecom giants AT&T and Time Warner. It was well known at that time that blocking the deal would benefit Fox News(Trump’s declared favorite news channel) while hurting CNN(his sworn enemy). Trump reportedly called Cohn and Chief of Staff Kelly into the Oval Office where he ordered Cohn to call the Justice Department and kill the merger

The author of the New Yorker piece Jane Mayer, told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, “The question is, has he[the President] been abusing his power to help his friend Rupert Murdoch, the mogul over at Fox, and to hurt his enemies, the people at CNN? This was an order from the President to his top economic adviser in the White House to block a deal, a very major multi billion dollar corporate deal and if they blocked the deal it was going to hurt CNN and it was going to help Fox. It seems like he is trying to punish his enemies and help his friends by using the U.S. Justice Department.”

The full Jane Mayer-Andrea Mitchell interview is available here but the relevant clip is below

Other startling revelations of the obscene Trump-Fox News relationship chronicled in Jane Mayer’s blockbuster piece include;

Fox News apparently knew about the Stormy Daniels story before the 2016 elections but then owner Rupert Murdoch ordered Fox News’ staff to kill it.(not to air it)

Remember the infamous Megyn Kelly clash with Trump during the first Republican presidential debate? Well according to Mayer, Fox News’ Roger Ailes(since deceased) tipped off Trump a day before that he was going to be asked a tough question by Kelly. This of course means Trump’s crude response to Kelly(“blood coming out of….everywhere”) may have been rehearsed. It may not have been a spur of the moment response like we all have assumed it was

To date Fox News has had 44 interviews with President Trump while all the other networks combined have had a total of about 10 with CNN getting zero.

The former President of Fox News, Bill Shine, is now Trump’s Communications Director

Bottom line folks, as Yours Truly argued in a previous post, time has come for some serious questions to be asked/answered about this obscene Trump-Fox News relationship. As Jane Mayer correctly sums it, “It raises questions that are troubling about our democracy when the number one rated cable news show appears many times to be an arm of the White House.” As we approach the 2020 elections, there needs to be bipartisan condemnation of this obscene Trump-Fox News relationship as it is antithetical to democratic norms. Simply put, any self-respecting democratic society can not have a major news network controlled by one candidate, especially as here, where that one candidate is already the President, equipped with the tremendous electoral advantages of incumbency.

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Ivanka Slams AOC’S Green New Deal

In a Fox News interview Ivanka Trump attacked Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (aka AOC) Green New Deal initiative making the shocking argument that most Americans are opposed to the initiative’s guarantee of a job with a livable wage–a guaranteed minimum of $15/hour.

Ivanka said, “I don’t think most Americans in their heart want to be given something….people want to work for what they got. So I think this idea of a guaranteed minimum is not something most people want. They want the ability to be able to secure a job, they want the ability to live in a country where there is a potential for upwards mobility.”

While this may not necessarily be a controversial point if its advanced by any other conservative, it is kind of shocking coming from Ivanka whose White House job many consider “given”. In other words, the argument Ivanka is making against AOC’s Green New Deal is routinely made by many other conservatives. However hearing it from her, someone who has literally “got” everything from her rich dad, just makes the argument almost insulting. And yeah Ivanka, given the fact that the cost of living has steadily risen over the years while wages have remained stagnant, a lot of working families are eager for $15/hour jobs which they deserve as opposed to being “given”. These are jobs that will make them keep up with the rising costs of living, something Ivanka probably never had to deal with.

It bears pointing out however that Ivanka is very media savvy. As the president’s daughter she is a very beloved figure on the right. She knows AOC is a very beloved figure on the left. So there’s a very good chance that she deliberately went after her Green New Deal in an effort to generate fireworks both on the left and right thereby giving her publicity. As they say in media circles, “no publicity is bad publicity”. It will be interesting to see the blowback Ivanka’s stunning remarks generate from the left, especially from the aforementioned AOC.

Bottom line nobody seriously believes that in her heart of hearts Ivanka thinks working families currently earning less than $15/hour would not appreciate a wage hike. Yours Truly will go out on a limb and say this is a publicity stunt on Ivanka’s part–a very clever one at that.

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In 2015 Kushner Got A $4,000 Tax Refund After Earning 1.7 Million

Yours Truly did a post yesterday based on the bombshell New York Times revelation that President Trump’s son in law Jared Kushner who is worth an estimated $324 million, has not paid federal income taxes for 7 years thanks to a tax loophole that favors real estate developers. The Kushner post understandably generated a lot of public reaction because it is one of the best illustrations of the glaring inequities that exist with the U.S. tax law. It makes absolutely no sense that someone worth $324 million would pay zero federal income tax for 7 years straight.

In the post Yours Truly called out the mainstream media for breaking very important stories like this but never doing any follow ups to help the public further understand the issue, or force a serious debate on the issue. Luckily one Katy Tur of MSNBC decided to dig a little deeper into the Kushner tax story and boy did she unearth a new bombshell.

Turns out that in 2015, in addition to not paying any federal income tax, Kushner got a $4,000 tax refund from the IRS after earning a whopping 1.7 million. Think about that folks–most working families that earn more than $40,000 a year, have federal income taxes taken out of their checks all year and often end up owing the IRS because they “make too much” yet Kushner who earned 1.7 million in 2015, never paid any federal income tax that year, still got a $4,000 refund from the IRS. Folks this is the height of inequity.

As anybody who has lived paycheck to paycheck(a lot of Americans) knows, most working families literally wait on that four, five or six thousand dollars income tax refund at the beginning of the year to help them catch up with their bills–late rent, car payment, credit cards etc. It is a big deal to most working families. It is also important to note that someone earning more than $40,000 a year often ends up owing the IRS because they “earn too much.” Can you imagine making an argument to such a person making $40,000 a year that they are not entitled to a federal tax refund because they “make too much” but rich Kushner over there, who earned $1.7 million gets a $4,000 refund? Better question–can you imagine how effective such a message would be on the campaign trail for any Dem candidate nationwide?


Bottom line this Kushner tax story is a big deal and Dems should talk more often about it especially as we head towards midterms 2018. These are the kinds of stories that Dems can use to illustrate a clear contrast between their agenda that is geared towards helping working families and that of the GOP which is geared towards helping the rich. Simply put the glaring inequities exposed by this Kushner tax story are enough to swing a huge chunk of independent voters to the Dems. As Katy Tur’s guest Jesse Drucker of the New York Times excellently put it, “There is an intense public interest in understanding the equity of our tax system and the public can decide whether they think think this is an equitable state of affairs.” You will be hard pressed to find a single independent voter who concludes that this is an equitable tax system after looking at the Kushner story.

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Another Woman Accusing Kavanaugh Of Sexual Assault

New Kavanaugh Accuser Deborah Ramirez

A bombshell piece by the New Yorker says yet another woman has come forwatd accusing Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.




The woman Deborah Ramirez, Kavanaugh’s classmate at Yale says in 1983-84 when Kavanaugh was a freshman, after a night of partying, he exposed himself to her then forced her head onto his penis and forced her to touch it against her will.

Like in the case of Kavanaugh’s previous accuser Christine Blasey Ford, if this new allegation holds up it will be yet another clear cut case of sexual assault against Kavanaugh and needless to say, an automatic disqualifier for his Supreme Court prospects.

Because this is still a developing story, Yours Truly will accord TeamKavanaugh due process and wait for their response. It goes without saying however that given everything that has transpired so far in Kavanaugh’s confirmation process, this new allegation will most likely kill his chances of ascending to the U.S Supreme Court. There’s simply no way the two crucial female GOP Senators Susan Collins(ME) and Lisa Murkowski(AK) can overlook two accusations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh.

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Proof That Congressional Republicans Have Become A Criminal Enterprise


Ever since Trump became President, many have wondered why congressional Republicans have totally abdicated oversight functions that all their predecessors routinely conducted and Americans came to expect as the norm. The inaction as regards oversight by House Speaker Ryan and Senate Majority Leader McConnell’s congress has struck most Americans as very strange and has spawned many conspiracy theories, the most popular one being that Russian President Putin has “Kompromat” on all congressional Republicans.

President Trump with Congressional Republicans

Well, courtesy of a bombshell article by The Daily Intelligencer, we now find out that congressional Republicans have actually compiled a secret list of things they have vowed to block from any congressional oversight requested by Dems–a sad and totally unprecedented move by U.S. members of congress.


The list of items GOP has vowed to keep away from any congressional oversight includes “election security and hacking attempts”, ” White House security clearances”, “Trump’s Tax Returns”, ” Trump’s family businesses”, among many others. Think about that, we currently have GOP members of congress whose stated mission is to hide from the public any wrongdoing by Trump and his administration–the aforementioned criminal enterprise.

Bottom line Dems and the mainstream media must start calling out congressional Republicans for totally abdicating their oversight functions. Its about time people started calling Trump’s GOP what it truly is–a criminal enterprise. What House Speaker Ryan and Senate Majority Leader McConnell are presiding over in congress today goes way beyond what Americans would characterize as “politics as usual” and is borderline if not out and out criminal conduct.

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GA GOP County Officials Plan To Close 75% Of Polling Stations In Black Area


According to a New York Times piece GOP election officials in Georgia plan to close 7 out of 9 polling stations in Randolph county, a predominantly black county that votes overwhwlmingly for Democrats.

The New York Times piece points out that the majority of residents in this majority black county are poor and therefore lack reliable transportation. Closing down more than 75% of the polling stations would require them to travel more than 10 miles to vote–a move that will almost certainly depress voter turnout.


It cannot also be left unsaid(and the NYT article catches it) that this shameful move by Randolph county GOP election officials is a direct result of decisions by the the Roberts Supreme Court which have rolled back Voting Rights Act provisions that required state election officials to get permission before making changes that affect how people vote. In essence the Roberts Supreme Court has literally given local state officials total control in election related issues, the result of which is this shameful episode in Randolph county, Georgia.

It also bears pointing out that Georgia, and its GOP Secretary of State Brian Kemp in particular, has long been in the crosshairs of election integrity advocates and this latest incident in Randolph county will only make things worse.

This kind of chicanery by state GOP election officials is quite common in southern states and Yours Truly has repeatedly called on the DNC to take action against GOP election officials in Texas who have packed unverifiable voting machines in Dem strongholds. The DNC is yet to move a finger.


Bottom line even though the article points out that the Geoegia ACLU is going after Randolph county GOP election officials, grassroots Democrats would prefer the DNC to be on the forefront of these fights. There’s no earthly reason why the DNC continues to stay in the sidelines while local GOP election officials are actively scheming on how to steal the Dem vote!!

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Trump Has Violated Oath Of Office, Needs To Be Impeached

After the disastrous #TreasonSummit  in Helsinki, Finland between President Trump and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, many have wondered how his GOP would react–whether this would be the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. Eventhough there have been sharp criticisms of Trump from some GOP circles(Sens McCain, Flake etc), most Republicans have resorted to their usual tactic–making excuses for him, and silly ones at that.


One of those silly excuses now bandied about by the hapless Congressional Republicans is that they strongly oppose Trump’s stance in Helsinki where he appeared to side with Putin over U.S. Intel, but cannot do anything because their constituents “love Trump”. Basically I would do something but I don’t want to anger my constituents. As silly as this sounds, some in the Mainstream Media have began running with it as a plausible explanation.

There was late-breaking news yesterday by the New York Times that two weeks before Trump was inaugurated (Jan 6, 2017), U.S. Intel officials briefed him in excruciating detail about how Putin and his Kremlin operatives interfered in the 2016 U.S. elections. According to former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance who was a guest on 11th Hour with Brian Williams show, this is highly significant because it suggests that by continuing to deny Putin’s involvement in the 2016 election interference, Trump’s actions enter the realm of criminal cover-up. Joyce Vance’s point is very clear. Trump knew on inauguration day who the alleged Russian perpetrators were and there is no plausible reason why he should be throwing confusion into what is now a settled conclusion that Putin/Russians interfered, unless of course he is covering up their actions.


There is absolutely no way someone presented with such detailed information about Russian interference would have any ambiguity about the subject, which is why former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance says there could be a cover-up case made against Trump. Needless to say, even after this bombshell New York Times article, Trump’s GOP will counter with the silly “my constituents love Trump” excuse and some in the Mainstream Media will run with it again as a plausible explanation.

What some in the Mainstream Media fail to realize is that Trump’s actions in Helsinki, especially viewed in light of this NYT article, raise serious national security questions and go right to the heart of his presidential Oath of Office. Luckily this fact is not lost to all in the Mainstream Media and Yours Truly was very happy to hear former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance raising it on MSNBC’s 11th Hour with Brian Williams show

Bottomline Dems should not fall for the silly excuse given by GOP members of Congress that they can’t do anything because their constituents “love Trump”. The fact of the matter is if Trump is not living up to his presidential Oath of Office, he has no business being President of The United States, period. Whether or not some GOP constituents “love him” is irrelevant. Excellent punditry by Joyce Vance.

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TrumpSwamp–NY AG Sues Trump Family Over Trump Foundation Corruption

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood has slapped the Trump family with a $2.8 million lawsuit claiming among other things that the Trumps used the Trump Foundation, a non-profit organization, to conduct “unlawful political coordination with the Trump presidential campaign” and “repeated and willful self-dealing transactions” in violation of both state and federal law.

Interestingly the NY AG in addition to filing the lawsuit also sent referral letters to the Internal Revenue Service(IRS) and Federal Election Commission(FEC) for “further investigation and legal action”

There is nothing in the NY AG’s lawsuit that is particularly shocking, or a “bombshell” as the mainstream media calls it because by now the public is very aware of the corrupt business dealings of the Trump family. To this day the public is still longing to see the elusive Trump tax returns, mostly because people are convinced there are a lot of corrupt business dealings hidden there.

There is however an interesting detail in the NY AG's lawsuit that caught Yours Truly's attention--a handwritten note by Donald Trump directing Trump Foundation staff to settle a legal dispute involving his Mar-a-lago Hotel--a clear cut violation of the law

Straightforward/clear cut violations of the law like these have traditionally provided the mainstream media with an easy opportunity to question politicians and inform the public. In the age of Trump however, even slam dunk media opportunities like these seem to go by the wayside, with the mainstream media either afraid or unwilling to confront Trump. Democrats however have no choice but to confront Trump not only on this clear cut violation of the law but also on the other troubling issues raised by the NY AG lawsuit.

Bottom line TrumpSwamp/Corruption by Trump Admin and Trump family is an issue Dems must push hard during this midterm 2018 campaign season. As you can see from the lawsuit, the state and federal violations are so numerous and flagrant that they are impossible to justify. As Yours Truly has repeatedly stated, there are a lot of Independents and even Republicans out there who are also fed up with TrumpSwamp/Corruption and are shopping for alternative candidates in Midterm 2018. Dems need to be those alternative candidates

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TrumpSwamp-Kushner, Ivanka, Michael Cohen And The Shady Real Estate Land Deals

Yours Truly has repeatedly stated that Dems need to make TrumpSwamp/Corruption a key campaign issue in midterms 2018 and even beyond that in the 2020 presidential election year. One year into the Trump Presidency, Americans are already shocked at the levels of brazen corruption they are witnessing with seemingly no push back from Congress.

Just last week it was reported that while Trump was negotiating a trade deal with China, the Chinese government awarded trademarks to his daughter and Senior Adviser Ivanka Trump. In any other previous administration such a flagrant conflict of interest would be a major scandal but as we’ve become accustomed to with the Trump Administration, ethical/corruption issues are no problem.

Now thanks to a bombshell USA Today piece, we find out that in late 2014-early 2015 President Trump's son in law Jared Kushner led a joint venture that invested $72.5 Million in three Brooklyn New York contaminated pieces of land.

Why is this newsworthy? First, Kushner purchased this contaminated Brooklyn piece of land at a price way more than its market value. Second, and more importantly, Kushner miraculously secured a $40 million morgage loan for this clearly high risk venture from Signature Bank. Sitting on Signature Bank's Board of Governors was none other than Ivanka Trump, his wife and now workmate at the White House.

According to the USA Today article, it was Ivanka's job to analyze/screen Signature Bank's risky loans which means she would have had to approve the super risky mortgage loan awarded to Kushner.

In response to questions by the media, Signature Bank says Ivanka was not involved in the decision to award a mortgage loan to Kushner adding that during discussions about the morgage she(Ivanka) "walked out of the meeting." Signature Bank is currently under investigation by New York banking regulators so rather than speculate on Ivanka's role in the mortgage decision, Yours Truly will wait for the outcome of the said investigation.

So you ask, @Emolclause how is this TrumpSwamp when the deal took place in 2014-2015 long before Trump became President and Kushner and Ivanka began working at the White House. Well, you'll be shocked to learn that in April 2018 with Kushner(and Ivanka) in the White House this contaminated high risk piece of land which was bought at an inflated $72.5 million was sold for $115 million, a cool $42.5 million profit, with the land still contaminated. Hmmm--a risky $40 millon morgage from Ivanka's Signature Bank netted a $42.5 profit. A little too convenient?

The USA Today article also points out that that the highly inflated $72.5  million used to purchase the contaminated Brooklyn land was paid to a company owned by New York developer Herbert Chaves, who then used the money to purchase apartments from Trump attorney Michael Cohen. Specifically, Chaves paid $32 million for four apartments Cohen had bought less than three years earlier for $11 million--very shady indeed.

Bottom line folks, Michael Cohen is currently under investigation by New York state authorities. This USA Today piece shows that his shady business deals have been tied to the Trump family, in this case Ivanka and Kushner who currently work in the White House. All the media focus on the Cohen investigation has surrounded his ties to President Trump. Maybe its time the Mainstream Media dug deeper into Cohen's dealings with Kushner, Ivanka and the Trump sons

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