Friday Open Thread

“To be outspoken is easy when you do not wait to speak the complete truth.”

–Rabindranath Tagore

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  1. JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

    Continuing on the series of senses:

     * Trump stinks

     * Trump throwing papers and making a mess is an eyesore

    * Trump's preferred meal of well done steak with Ketchup leaves a bad taste.

     

  2. itlduso says:

    Run, Michelle, Run!

  3. DavieDavie says:

    The definition of a Trump shortlist: 1) the number of times he's told the truth, 2) the number of times he hasn't accepted corrupt money (foreign or domestic):

    Federal prosecutors are examining whether foreigners illegally funneled donations to President Trump’s inaugural committee and a pro-Trump super PAC in hopes of buying influence over American policy, according to people familiar with the inquiry.

    The inquiry focuses on whether people from Middle Eastern nations — including Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — used straw donors to disguise their donations to the two funds. Federal law prohibits foreign contributions to federal campaigns, political action committees and inaugural funds.

    The line of questioning underscores the growing scope of criminal inquiries that pose a threat to Mr. Trump’s presidency. The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, is focusing on whether anyone in the Trump campaign conspired with Russia to tip the 2016 presidential election in Mr. Trump’s favor, while prosecutors in New York are pursuing evidence he secretly authorized illegal payments of hush money to silence accusations of extramarital affairs that threatened his campaign.

  4. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    Well, this is not a purple statement.

    "Friday on “Fox & Friends,” Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) said now that the Democrats have won back the House of Representatives, they were operating as a “revenge majority” because they do not think President Donald Trump should have been elected.

    According to Gardner, the Democrats not working with Trump on border security funding is “based on a revenge majority that they just elected to the House.”

    “This is nothing more than a revenge majority,” Gardner stated. “They want to fight against a president that they believe never should have been elected in the first place, and so the policies that they are pursuing are all going to be based on revenge: investigations, cutting border security, doing everything they can to provide that revenge.”

  5. DavieDavie says:

    Hey Cory — Revenge Majority?

    A cartoon in the cartoon carousel

  6. Genghis says:

    Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who took over for Melissa McCarthy impersonator Sean Spicer as White House press secretary, is stepping down at the end of the month. She hopes to be remembered as "transparent and honest."

    In related news, a rectangle retiring effective 12/31/18 hopes to be remembered as the most circular of all circles.

  7. Genghis says:

    lol

    Chris Fucking Christie, a guy with nothing to do and all day to do it, passed on the White House Chief of Staff job. Gotta protect that 15% approval rating he had upon leaving office. laugh

  8. DavieDavie says:

    Trump ran for office due to his commitment to serve his country (not)

    The eleven-billionth Trump corruption story of the last 48 hours involves the Trump inaugural committee (which was a freestanding non-profit entity that raised money from corporations and rich folks) getting fleeced by the Trump Organization’s D.C. hotel:

    During the planning, Ivanka Trump, the president-elect’s eldest daughter and a senior executive with the Trump Organization, was involved in negotiating the price the hotel charged the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee for venue rentals. A top inaugural planner emailed Ivanka and others at the company to “express my concern” that the hotel was overcharging for its event spaces, worrying of what would happen “when this is audited.”

    That’s from ProPublica and WNYC, which obtained emails between Ivanka, inaugural official Rick Gates (who’s since pleaded guilty to financial fraud and lying to investigators in another matter being investigated by Robert Mueller), and inaugural event planner Stephanie Winston Wolkoff. Wolkoff, a friend of Melania Trump’s, was flabbergasted at the price that the Trump hotel had quoted for potential use of its event space—and her previous experience includes events like the Met Gala mega-celebfest, so it’s not like she’s a Puritan when it comes to luxe party spending. The Wolkoff email that ProPublica obtained, moreover, was sent afterIvanka had already interceded to lower the Trump Org’s proposed price—and Wolkoff thought the new price was still twice as high as it should be.

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