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Oct 4, 2018 • 10 tweets • 4 min read
1/Thread on Trump's reckless tariff and trade strategy. Below a smart take on where China - and the EU, Canada and Mexico - are targeting their retaliatory tariffs in response to Trump's aggressive attacks on their economies nytimes.com/interactive/20…
2/The effectiveness of these foreign efforts to cause pain in Trump county has shown up in polling. Tariffs are very unpopular everywhere, even in states like PA and WI. ndn.org/blog/2018/09/d… Tariffs are among least popular initiatives of entire Trump Presidency.
Oct 1, 2018 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
In other words most of this new NAFTA was stuff that was already agreed by the three countries prior to Trump becoming President with some minor cosmetic changes.
1/Mini-thread of what our high ranking "Judge" did over just last few months - obviated Natl Archives records process and suppressed 100,000s of docs/evidence of his own record; lied repeatedly abt his drinking and other matters; refused to call in FBI/lied about their role;
2/Our "judge" also worked w/RW groups to falsely frame another man for attacking Dr. Ford; told outrageous lies in his Fox News interview FROM THIS WEEK which he then recanted THE NEXT DAY: and then just went nuts in the Senate;
1/Thread - a snapshot of current polling in midst of #Kavanaugh fight. Using @FiveThirtyEight over last few weeks Trump's favs improved a bit, now 41.5/52.8 but the generic has worsened for the Rs, now stands at 49.6/40.9. Both these results suggest a very good year for the Ds.
2/My take is Rs now have a very low ceiling across the country. Of 45 top Gov/Senate/House battlegrounds w/recent polls Rs over 50% in only 4 or 5 (not incl TX Sen or AZ Gov); and have no lead outside margin of error in any Gov or Sen battleground. realclearpolitics.com
Sep 25, 2018 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
What remains mind blowing - GOP Senators do not see Kavanaugh’s participation in year long scheme which stole 5,000 private documents from 6 of their fellow Senators as disqualifying. It was a direct attack on their institution, and showed deep contempt for our democracy itself.
2/Mindblowing part 2 - that the Senate has not come to terms with a private citizen over her testimony this Thursday; and that they are proposing a wild, unprecedented idea of a sex crimes prosecutor interrogating her. Serious GOP, WTF. How can this not be settled by now?
Sep 20, 2018 • 6 tweets • 4 min read
1/Putting together my #Kavanaugh tweets into a thread. Serious issues have been raised. Need clearer answers. GOP now all party over country on everything. Not good for the nation.
1/Spent some time look at post Labor Day polling and have some thoughts, observations. A short thread.
2/National landscape appears to have shifted 2-4 points towards Dems since mid-August. @FiveThirtyEight has Trump's approval going fr -10 in mid August to -13/14 now. Looking across many polls feels like there was a structural shift, making pre late August polls unhelpful now.
Sep 13, 2018 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Of course Mr President you appeared to have learned an interesting lesson fr Puerto Rico given that you felt comfortable to take tens of millions of dollars from FEMA, the Coast Guard and other programs critical to keeping us safe to put 10,000s of migrant kids in detention.
2/Puerto Rican tragedy, kids in cages, not taking foreign interference in our elections seriously - damage being done to DHS and its ability to keep us safe has become a matter of true concern for all us.
Sep 8, 2018 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
1/American creed has always imagined "pursuit of happiness" to be universal aspiration, not exclusive to tribe/nation. While imperfect in its application in our history, advancing these views today dishonors central source of American greatness: idea that we are all equal.
2/Big American idea was to begin process of ending one man's, one tribe's dominion over another. At its core vision of Founding Fathers was truly radical, imperfect, but historically among most important ideas ever advanced.
Sep 7, 2018 • 12 tweets • 4 min read
Not sure why Senator Leahy's exchange with Kavanaugh isn't bigger news. Issue isn't only that Kavanuagh appears to have to lied to Congress, repeatedly, but may have aided criminal activity directed against US Senators.
2/An illicit conspiracy to use materials stolen fr Democrats for GOP political gain is at the very core of the Mueller investigation. Given that it sure appears Kavanaugh was involved in a previous effort to do just that - and cover it up too - makes his nomination mindboggling.
Aug 1, 2018 • 5 tweets • 3 min read
1/"A total of 131 people later marked themselves as having attended the June 27 rally outside of ICE’s Washington offices" - this malign effort promoted #AbolishICE, an issue central to Trump/GOP attacks on Dems right now. nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news…
2/This remarkable article details a Russian disinfo effort to blame the DNC hack on the DNC itself.
1/A little Sat morning thread about the President having a high level WH meeting about protecting US elections and deciding to do nothing more than what is being done. It is negligence bordering on treason. washingtonpost.com/world/national…
2/Yesterday morning stories ran on both @CNN and @NBCNews going into great detail about how unprepared the US government is to handle foreign interference this fall - of election machinery, hacking of campaigns, disinformation. Here is @CNN
1/This terrific piece from @maddow is significant as a reminder that Vladimir Putin told the America people and the world he directed people to help Trump in 2016, and our President continues to call the investigation into Russia's interference a hoax.
2/Think of the extraordinary efforts made by Trump/GOP over past 2 years to deny that Russia's interference took place, something we already knew in summer of 2016. It has been their central project. Perhaps most irresponsible use of federal/Congressional power in US history.
Jul 18, 2018 • 6 tweets • 3 min read
After Helsinki, time to focus on protecting 2018 elections here in the US. Steps we can take now to make it far harder for Russia to keep advancing its interests through interfering in the politics of other countries.
2/In my new @NBCNewsTHINK essay discuss why Putin/Trump are mad at Montenegro - was place of massive Russian IC failure. Attempt to assassinate Prime Minister, stage coup to prevent its joining NATO failed.
1/A thread about the collusion that took place in 2016 out in the open. June 9th Trump Tower mtg outlined the deal, showed interest by Trumpworld. June 8th DCLeaks established. June 12th Assange announces he has Clinton emails. Russians signal they are ready.
2/In run up to GOP convention, Manafort insures GOP platform on Ukraine watered down, made more pro-Russian. Signal returned - game on says Trump world. Remember this was covered at the time - no secret there. washingtonpost.com/opinions/globa…
Jul 13, 2018 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Growing likelihood now that RNC/Priebus/Spicer committed real crimes in 2016 by aiding and abetting a hostile foreign power's attack on the US. usnews.com/opinion/thomas…
2/At some point we will come to understand that the damage the Russians did to the DNC was by itself enough to have given the election to Trump. And it was only a small piece of what they did.
1/In light of USG's failure to reunite the families, posting my recent thread on how President's immigration strategy has become an abject policy & political failure, and why it's a set back 4 Trumpism & global illiberal project he is attempting to lead.
2/My thread makes the case Trumpism is failing. A review: US laughing stock abroad, dangerous weakening of US led global order, no deals done. Job growth slowed, wages down, deficit skyrocketing, Dow flat, uninsured/premiums rising, border fiasco. What is actually better today?
Jul 9, 2018 • 11 tweets • 4 min read
1/How is it that our President, while under investigation for conspiring with Putin against the United States of America, is being allowed by Congress to meet with him with no public debate here in US? Particularly after Singapore fiasco? nbcnews.com/think/opinion/…
2/Are these R Senators going to be called on to explain what they did in Moscow last week? Seriously, how can this drift of the GOP into the arms of Putin and illiberalism not the biggest issue in US politics now?
Need to be clear abt what happened here. DHS/Sec Nielsen put separated children into system for kids arriving alone. Had no system for tracking parents/kids, reunification. All the problems foreseeable. Extraordinary incompetence, malevolence. Investigations needed.
2/Remember, DHS has repeatedly lied, and politicized this entire tragic episode. Their talking points often sound more like RNC than the govt. Big takeaway here is the part of USG responsible for keeping us safe not working under Trump. Is big deal.
1/Some thoughts on @Ocasio2018's impressive win last night. 1st, Dems need to be talking more abt vast changes in media/campaigns underway right now. Trump was outspent, won. Crowley spent millions for 12k votes. Social age favors compelling candidates. medium.com/@Simon_Rosenbe…
2/Biggest change is explosion of mobile video. Video is now w/us all the time. Don't need TV to bring it to us any more. Always on, video heavy media allows compelling candidates like @Ocasio2018 to tell their story in ways 30 sec spots never could -
Jun 23, 2018 • 5 tweets • 3 min read
1/Some immigration odds and ends this morning. First, as @RVAwonk just posted, Trump's big arguments abt Dems, jobs, crime and immigration huge monstrous lies. medium.com/@Simon_Rosenbe…
2/My detailed analysis of GOP's decade plus efforts to block sensible immigration reform, incl smart border security. Important for understanding how got into the mess we are in today. ndn.org/blog/2015/07/m…