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Dysfunction is a function


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  1. kwtree says:

    Impact Humanity in 5 Points, Denver. Free clothing store for those who need it. 

  2. MADCO says:

    Who was onboard?
    How were they related to Trump? or Putin? or Deutsche Bank? or Venezuela? 


  3. JohnInDenver says:

    Can someone please put the "fun" back in function?  Or even in dysfunction?

  4. ParkHill says:

    WOTD from Josh Marshall at TPM: "Of Course the Soleimani Assassination is About Impeachment"

    The hallmark of Trump’s political career and presidency has been maxing out patronage and wish lists for key supporters and constituencies. The key is the difference between attending to (which every politician does) and maxing out, often at the expense of a building a majority political coalition. One sees this most clearly in his enduring bond with conservative white evangelicals. He gives them everything they want. Not most. Everything. Nothing left to chance.

    • ParkHill says:

      Whether this will be effective enough for Trump to win the election this year, is an open question. I'd say whipping up the base is worse as a strategy than expanding his coalition.

      It does keep the Republican Senators and Representatives in line, because the rabid base is dominant in the primaries, and Republican Party loyalty remains solid no matter how crazy the candidate. 

      It's a formula for hard-right success in all the red districts or States. 

      It is a losing formula in swing districts and swing demographics.

      • Diogenesdemar says:

        Reports were that Ttump was leading cheers and taunts to Iran about his assassination of Soleimai at his most recent Ohio campaign rally . . .

        . . . no word on whether he was also cheering the deaths of the 176 passengers and crew for which he shares culpability credit?

  5. JohnInDenver says:

    One last debate qualifier apparently sneaking in by … at least a day, with two early state polls from Fox.  Assuming Steyer's campaign can certify his donations fit into the criteria, the field will be

    • 1 former VP
    • 3 Senators (plus Biden, a former Senator)
    • 2 former mayors (Buttigieg and Sanders)
    • 1 activist/donor
    • 3 over 65, 1 more over 60. 1 in her 50s (for 4 more months), 1 in his 30s.
    • 5 millionaires (or more)
    • All identifying as White.
    • All married.

    Diversity by having two women, I guess.

    • Voyageur says:

      So, in John's world, we've had 45 gay presidents and thus don't count boot edge edge as "diverse?". Who knew?

      • RepealAndReplace says:

        John also overlooked the fact that Bernie is the only Jewish candidate on stage and there aren't any Muslims or Hindus up there. And without Cory Booker, all are carnivores!

        This identity politics run amok is what is getting us Democrats into trouble.

        Our party opened its doors and at the first debate, there were a couple of African-Americans, a Latino, one and half Asian-Americans, near gender parity, and a gay guy. All were welcome at the starting point. But not all will reach the finish line.

        Unfortunately, the people, in polling, have expressed preferences that has winnowed the field down for debate purposes.


    • RepealAndReplace says:

      So people are lamenting the lack of diversity on the stage…..

      What do they want? Quotas? The reason Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and Julian Castro are not there is simple:  the racial/ethnic minority groups from which they come are – for the most part – backing Joe Biden.

      • gertie97 says:

        Democrats want somebody to beat Trump. Period. I doubt “diversity'' is the driving factor.

        • RepealAndReplace says:

          Many – in fact, probably most – Democrats want to defeat at all cost.

          Others want to beat him but have certain qualms (i.e., not going into a wine cave, not being interviewed by Faux). 

      • kwtree says:

        Quotas? No, but not giving advantages to self funding billionaires would be nice. Castro, Harris, Buttigieg, Warren, and the rest represent the future of the Democratic Party. Allowing 1%ers like Bloomberg and Steyer to buy their own way in doesnt speak well for our priorities.

        • RepealAndReplace says:

          I thought Bloomberg doesn't qualify because he is self-financing? Isn't part of the debate stage criteria a minimum number of donations from individuals?

          It's not my fault there are people who are actually contributing to Tom Steyer's campaign. (I'm not a big fan of either billionaire but I'd prefer Bloomberg to Steyer.)

          • kwtree says:

            Nobody wrote that the candidate field is “your fault”. As your mantra goes, “It’s not about you.”


            • RepealAndReplace says:

              It's not my fault  There are people who are actually contributing to Tom Steyer's campaign. Consequently, he qualifies for the debate stage.

              I realize that is a problem from your perspective:  Democrats giving money to a billionaire while ignoring the likes of Julian Castro or Marianne Williams.

              Pomposa, you belly-ached four years ago ad nauseam about the rigged system. Here we go again. Despite the fact that your Bernie is surging in several important states (Iowa, NH, Nevada).

  6. harrydoby says:

    Criminal investigation referral in New York for Trump Org.

    The de Blasio administration has referred findings from a review of the Trump Organization's property tax filings to the Manhattan district attorney's office, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday morning.

    In October, WNYC reported that President Donald Trump's business portfolio would cite lower income from its properties when reporting to the Department of Finance, which is in charge of levying property taxes, but would report higher values when speaking with investors.

    The desire to shrink property taxes has spawned a cottage industry in New York. Each year, landlords big and small hire tax certiorari firms to contest assessments from the finance department in an attempt to revise them downward. However, WNYC cited experts in its report that said the discrepancies in the Trump Organization's reported income may rise to the level of fraud, Marritz said.

    The Manhattan DA's office has no prohibition from indicting a sitting president, right?

    Even if the DOJ stepped in to quash the investigation, et al, that just means it would get filed for later action, post-presidency.

    • Manhattan DA is the state DA, Cyrus Vance Jr. The DOJ can try to intervene, but they can't outright quash it.

      • Conserv. Head Banger says:

        The Trumps will be in court faster than one can blink an eye. Remembering Eric Trump's public statement from 2013: "we get all the money we need from Russia…….."

        If I was a gambler; which I do primarily by driving I-25; I'd wager that there are Russian loans in Trump's business portfolio. 

    • MADCO says:

      He admitted this.
      Cohen testified to this.. and more. Cause if the assessor accepts the lower valuation, it's not really a thing without fraud


      But if you lie to your insurance company, so you can the loan, and preserve the asset at an inflated value -it's insurance and bank fraud.
      DB or the Russian lenders may not care much – like launderers who don't care much about the expense hit. Just that the cash is clean when it comes out. MOre or less.
      And then you can move it to Panama.

  7. Pseudonymous says:

    We have to get rid of the ACA…but maybe not 'til after the election.

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