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The line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either - but right through every human heart.
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Oct 6, 2018 7 tweets 4 min read
Turkey has concluded that Jamal #Khashoggi, a prominent journalist from Saudi Arabia, was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this week by a 15-member Saudi team sent “specifically for the murder" washingtonpost.com/world/middle_e… "#Khashoggi visited the consulate to obtain documents related to his upcoming wedding.

The killing, if confirmed, would mark a stunning escalation of Saudi Arabia’s effort to silence dissent, rounding up clerics, business execs & women’s rights advocates"
Oct 6, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
Interpol president Meng Hongwei reported missing after trip to his native China; his wife hasn't heard from him since he left France at the end of September nbcnews.com/news/world/int… "China has not commented officially on Meng Hongwei's disappearance & there was no mention of him in official media"

French police investigate disappearance of Interpol chief, place his wife under protection after receiving threats by phone & social media irishtimes.com/news/world/eur…
Oct 5, 2018 14 tweets 7 min read
93% of his records withheld from the American people

43 witnesses barred from corroborating Ford's account & proving he perjured himself

2,400+ law professors oppose his confirmation, citing his partisan, conspiratorial rant which betrayed a clear "lack of judicial temperament" Any one of these would be disqualifying for a Supreme Court nominee.

Taken together, they are evidence that Kavanaugh is unfit to serve on ANY bench.
Sep 29, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
“We cannot continue to make people keep suffering in pain over and over and over again for a debt that’s already been paid.” 

Excellent #longread on the people behind Florida's #RestoreTheVote campaign, inc a GOP lobbyist convicted in the Abramoff scandal
nyti.ms/2NE9hPY "A report by Washington Economics Group, whose clients include businesses like Nascar, projected that automatic restoration of voting rights would lead to $365 million/year in gains for Florida's economy, from lower prison costs and increased productivity"
Sep 28, 2018 30 tweets 20 min read
.@nycsouthpaw: When career prosecutor Rachel Mitchell asked #Kavanaugh about his drinking & the July 1 party where Judge and Smyth were in attendance – a key date that aligns with Ford's account – Republican senators then came to his rescue and benched her yahoo.com/news/kavanaugh… Even Dersh smells a cover-up. #KavanaughHearings
Sep 26, 2018 7 tweets 4 min read
You thought the world was laughing at him yesterday - they are in absolute stitches at today's epic embarrassment.

Trump addresses a Kurdish reporter as "Mr. Kurd" #25thAmendmentNow
Trump says he rejected a one-on-one meeting with Justin Trudeau at the #UNGA, threatens tariffs on Canada auto exports: "We're going to tax the cars coming in, and we'll put billions and billions into our treasury .. Canada has treated us very badly"
Sep 22, 2018 18 tweets 11 min read
“Tell me what boy hasn’t done this in high school.”

Boys that were not raised by Republican women like these to think rape is ever normal or acceptable. This is abhorrent.
.@djrothkopf thread nails why the Kavanaugh episode is so disturbing - and what it reveals about the nihilism of the modern Republican Party. #EndAC
Sep 21, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
In the days after Comey's firing, DAG Rosenstein suggested that he secretly record Trump to expose the chaos consuming the administration, and he discussed recruiting cabinet members to invoke the #25thAmendment to remove Trump from office for being unfit nyti.ms/2xxNdwl A hit job, with the NYT the willing accomplice.

Clears the way for Trump to (try to) shut down the special counsel's investigation, just as key dominoes are falling.
Sep 10, 2018 5 tweets 3 min read
"We have been officially informed that the US administration will close our embassy in Washington as a punishment for continuing to work with the International Criminal Court #ICC against Israeli war crimes"

US shutting PLO delegation office nyti.ms/2O5xfji Denouncing the #ICC as an "illegitimate court," US to announce sanctions against International Criminal Court judges if they proceed with an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by Americans in Afghanistan sc.mp/2QgmIDr
Sep 7, 2018 6 tweets 3 min read
Montana Plaid Shirt Guy begs to differ. Plaid Shirt Guy is all of us. (h/t @IamKatieMoe) #25thAmendment #25thAmendmentNow
Sep 4, 2018 6 tweets 3 min read
In his new book, Bob Woodward describes “an administrative coup d’etat” and a “nervous breakdown” of the executive branch, with senior aides conspiring to pluck official papers from Trump’s desk so he couldn’t see or sign them #25thAmendmentNow washingtonpost.com/politics/bob-w… Unfit for office.

"Again and again, Woodward recounts at length how Trump’s national security team was shaken by his lack of curiosity and knowledge about world affairs and his contempt for the mainstream perspectives of military and intelligence leaders"
Sep 3, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
Peak Swamp: the "law and order" president* rage-tweeting at his attorney general for prosecuting corrupt congressmen.

'Good job, Jeff': Trump blames Sessions for hurting Republicans' midterm chances by charging GOP lawmakers @Rep_Hunter & @RepChrisCollins theguardian.com/us-news/2018/s… 18 U.S. Code § 1505 - Obstruction of proceedings before departments, agencies, and committees: “endeavors to influence, obstruct, or impede the due and proper administration of the law under which any pending proceeding is before a US department or agency"
Sep 1, 2018 4 tweets 3 min read
When George W. Bush is a voice of grace, humanity and eloquence, you know America is FUBAR. “We mourn the passing of American greatness, the real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly, nor the opportunistic appropriation of those who lived lives of comfort and privilege” #McCainMemorial
Aug 31, 2018 8 tweets 4 min read
Bombshell leak of inflammatory Trump remarks upends NAFTA talks: he says he is not making any compromises at all with Canada, but cannot state this publicly because “it’s going to be so insulting they’re not going to be able to make a deal” thestar.com/news/world/201… U.S.-Canada trade talks break up with no agreement: Trump sends a formal notice to Congress stating that he is still intends to sign a revised NAFTA version by late November wsj.com/articles/u-s-c…
Aug 31, 2018 8 tweets 4 min read
ABC/WaPo poll:
• 60% disapprove of Trump (new high), 36% approve
• 45% say corruption in Washington has increased under Trump, 13% say decreased
• 49% support impeachment
• 63% support Mueller probe
• 66% oppose Manafort pardon (h/t @docrocktex26)
abcn.ws/2PQsuv8 The single biggest shift is among college-educated white women: just 23 percent now approve of Trump, down 17 points from the April 2017 peak, with disapproval up 20 points.

Even among non-college white men, his approval is down 15 points, from 70% just this spring to 55% today.
Aug 30, 2018 8 tweets 6 min read
In a blow to the N.F.L., an arbitrator has ruled that Colin @Kaepernick7's collusion case can proceed because he has produced sufficient evidence that the league and its owners colluded to keep the free-agent quarterback off the field #takeaknee
nyti.ms/2wuEieD Arbitrator sends Colin #Kaepernick's grievance against the NFL to trial, denying the league's request to throw out the quarterback's claims that owners conspired to keep him out of the league because of his protests of social injustice #takeaknee espn.com/nfl/story/_/id…
Aug 28, 2018 5 tweets 3 min read
"They will overturn everything that we've done and they'll do it quickly and violently, and violently. There's violence. When you look at Antifa and you look at some of these groups — these are violent people" #EmptyThePews #EvangelicalContributions nbcnews.com/politics/elect… If by "overturn everything that we've done quickly and violently" Trump means "use democratic means to restore the separation of church and state & end discrimination in the name of religious freedom," then yes, he is 100% correct.
Aug 17, 2018 7 tweets 3 min read
Former CIA Director and Secretary of Defense Dr. Robert Gates, who has served 8 presidents, joins intelligence leaders condemning Trump for revoking John Brennan's secretary clearance axios.com/intelligence-o…
Aug 16, 2018 4 tweets 3 min read
"It's an abuse of power. It's retribution against a political opponent .. When you look at an administration where Omarosa or Jared Kushner or Ivanka Trump have security clearances and John Brennan does not, then you know something is askew": Steve Schmidt Trump confesses to yet another count of obstruction of justice, cites #TrumpRussia investigation as motive for revoking ex-CIA director John Brennans clearance abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump…
Aug 14, 2018 12 tweets 7 min read
A company created 6 weeks before the inauguration by Melania's BFF Stephanie Winston Wolkoff received $26 million from the inaugural committee.

Wolkoff's firm also paid the team used by @MarkBurnettTV, whose involvement was requested by Trump.

Hush money
nytimes.com/2018/02/15/us/… Not quite the golden showers tape, but close.
Aug 14, 2018 6 tweets 3 min read
“Ironically, the tariff issue is helping a Colombia-based company and hurting its US-based competitors. The competitors have to import the raw materials and pay the tariffs on them and then sell the finished product’’
Alaska exports about $1 billion worth of seafood to China every year, the result of years of diplomacy between the Alaskan and Chinese governments.

Then came Trump's trade war and 25% tariffs. The result could be the demise of the Alaskan seafood industry reason.com/blog/2018/08/1…