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Obsequious Factotum Stephen Miller

January 10, 2018

Obsequious Factotum Stephen Miller

Right-Wing ideologue and Trump staffer Stephen Miller took umbrage last weekend  when CNN’s Jake Tapper wouldn’t let him hijack an interview to give a big, televised, wet kiss to a single viewer, Donald Trump. Mr. Tapper cut him off and called him “obsequious,” a “factotum.” Millions reached for Merriam-Webster. After years as a fawning neo-fascist toady, Stephen Miller (Steve Bannon’s typist) was recently promoted to obsequious factotum after writing the sulfurous Trump Convention speech.

Mr. Miller denied being escorted out of the CNN studios by security after the aborted interview,, despite evidence suggesting otherwise.

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Bachmann Eyes Senate Run

January 4, 2018

Bachmann Eyes Senate Run

Former Swiss citizen and ex-Congresscreature Michele Bachmann has her crazy eyes on the Wisconsin senate seat recently vacated by Al Franken. Mrs. Bachmann previously represented the 6th District of Minnesota, the Planet Mars, the Tea Party Caucus, and the voice of the Lord, and considered running for president in 2016. Her 2012 presidential bid triggered FEC and Congressional Ethics inquiries.

More:

“Michele Bachmann tells televangelist she might run for Al Franken’s Senate seat,” Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Washington Post

“Former congresswoman Michele Bachmann eyes Senate run for Al Franken’s seat,” Jessica Estepa, USA Today

Related:

“Return To Bachmann-ia: Here’s What Michele Bachmann Has Been Up To,” Matt Shuham, TPM DC

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Donald Trump: Above the Law?

December 5, 2017

Donald Trump: Above the Law?

John Dowd, one of President Trump’s lawyers, told Mike Allen of Axios that the president cannot be charged with obstruction of justice:

“The ‘President cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer under [the Constitution’s Article II] and has every right to express his view of any case.'”

“The Articles of Impeachment against Nixon began by saying he ‘obstructed, and impeded the administration of justice.'”

— “Trump lawyer claims the ‘President cannot obstruct justice,'” Mike Allen, Axios

Presidents can’t obstruct justice? Attorney General Jeff Sessions disagrees. Back in 1999, as an Alabama senator, he said “The facts are disturbing and compelling on the President’s intent to obstruct justice,” he said, referring to Bill Clinton.

“Sessions isn’t alone. More than 40 current GOP members of Congress voted for the impeachment or removal of Clinton from office for obstruction of justice. They include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell – who mounted his own passionate appeal to remove Clinton from office for obstruction of justice – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, who was a House member at the time. In all, 17 sitting senators supported the obstruction of justice charge against Clinton in 1998 and 1999.”

— “Sessions argued in Clinton impeachment that presidents can obstruct justice,” Kyle Cheney, Politico

More:

“Trump’s Lawyer Claims the President Is Above the Law,” Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

“Donald Trump’s I-am-the-law defense on the Russia investigation,” Chris Cillizza, CNN

“A bold new legal defense for Trump: Presidents cannot obstruct justice,” Sari Horwitz and Philip Rucker, Washington Post

“19 Times President Trump May Have Obstructed Justice,” Margaret Hartmann, New York Magazine

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Trump Endorses Roy Moore

December 4, 2017

Trump Endorses Roy Moore

While his daughter Ivanka endorsed “a special place in Hell” for alleged Alabama child molester Roy Moore, her father, connoisseur of first-rate pussy and  Molester-In-Chief Donald Trump, has now openly endorsed defrocked judge Moore for the U.S. Senate.

Mr. Trump called the candidate from Air Force One and told him “I Like a fighter … go get ’em, Roy!” Presumably that referred to his Democratic opponent and not teenage girls at the shopping mall.

Update:

“RNC to support Roy Moore in Senate race in Alabama, weeks after cutting ties with his campaign,” Sean Sullivan, Michael Scherer and David Weigel, Washington Post

Related:

“What About the Girls Roy Never Molested, Asks Roy Moore’s Spokesperson,” Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

“Church under fire for ‘They falsely accused Jesus. Vote Roy Moore.’ sign,” Tribune Media Wire

“These corporations are helping elect an alleged child sex abuser to the U.S. Senate,” Josh Israel and Danielle McLean, Think Progress

“Trump’s agenda matters more than child abuse accusations, the White House clarifies,” Heather Timmons, Vox

“Roy Moore speaks at a black church; social media erupts,” Roy S. Johnson, AL.com

“Moore Suggests Jewish Philanthropist George Soros Is Going To Hell,” Esme Cribb, TPM Livewire

“Woman shares new evidence of relationship with Roy Moore when she was 17,” Stephanie McCrummen, Washington Post

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Body-Slamming Congressman Made False Statements to Police

November 29, 2017

Body-Slamming Congressman Made False Statements to Police

Republican Congressman Greg Gianforte of Montana, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault for slamming a reporter to the ground and punching him during his election campaign, made false statements to police during the investigation of the attack, newly-released documents show. The reporter, Ben Jacobs of the Guardian, questioned the candidate about the CBO analysis of a House healthcare bill, and got screaming and assault as an answer and, although the attack was witnessed by an astonished Fox News crew, Mr. Gianforte blamed the reporter, an account he gave to police but later contradicted in court.

The day after the attack, Greg Gianforte was elected to the House. After all, Montana voters had already elected a dangerously impulsive rich guy who hates the media and press freedom to the White House, so adding another one to Congress was a reflex.

More:

“Rep. Gianforte’s account to police on assault of reporter appears to contradict his later apology,” Ellie Silverman, Washington Post

“Greg Gianforte misled police after assault of Guardian journalist, incident report shows,” Julia Carrie Wong, The Guardian

“Montana Congressman Who Assaulted Reporter Lied to Police About It,” Benjamin Hart, New York Magazine

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Trump: Better a Pervert Than a Democrat

November 22, 2017

Trump: Better a Pervert Than a Democrat

While his daughter Ivanka endorsed “a special place in Hell” for alleged Alabama child molester Roy Moore, her father, self-described Molester-In-Chief Donald Trump, endorsed defrocked Judge Moore for the U.S. Senate. And the sexual depredation claims? “He totally denies it. He says it didn’t happen. And you know, you have to listen to him also,” said the President, strangely adding that the 7 women accusing Mr. Moore “are Trump voters.”

More excerpts from the President’s comments:

“Let me just tell you, Roy Moore denies it. That’s all I can say. He denies it. And, by the way, he totally denies it.”

“I can tell you one thing for sure: We don’t need a liberal person in there, a Democrat, Jones.”

“Women are very special. I think it’s a very special time, a lot of things are coming out, and I think that’s good for our society and I think it’s very very good for women and I’m very happy.”

While the president doesn’t share Roy Moore’s theocratic Christian Nationalism and religious fundamentalism, they both share a common contempt for the Constitution and the rule of law. Also, both men appreciate teenage women, but Moore had to pursue them at the Gadsden Mall, since he didn’t have access to the dressing rooms of Miss Teen USA contestants.

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Gloves, Because Poor People Touch These Things

November 21, 2017

Gloves, Because Poor People Touch These Things

Hedge fund manager and foreclosure king Steve Mnuchin, the current Secretary of the Treasury, recently visited the U.S. Mint to see newly-printed currency with his name on it. Mr. Mnuchin was clad in a plain dark suit, accessorized with a red tie and his newly-minted wife, the minor film star Louise Linton. Ms. Linton once represented a Scottish leather goods company, and was disappointed that her name could not be printed on the bills next to her husband’s as the Treasury’s “Brand Ambassador.”

Louise Linton was clad in about $10,000-worth of black leather Michael Kors garb she ordered straight from the catalog. The gloves alone cost $625; it would take more than a dozen of those uncut $1 bill sheets she’s holding to buy them.

Mr. and Mrs. Mnuchin previously raised the public eyebrow when they took a government plane to view the total eclipse from the roof of Fort Knox, the U.S. Government gold depository. “Glad gold is safe!” tweeted the Secretary later, probably because his wife wasn’t carrying a bullion-sized purse. Ms. Linton wore Hermes, Tom Ford, and Valentino for that occasion.

More:

“‘Like Bond villains’: What happened when Steven Mnuchin and his wife posed with a sheet of money,” Eli Rosenberg, Washington Post

“Louise Linton Clearly Wants America to Hate Her as Much as Possible,” Lizzie Crocker, Daily Beast

“Louise Linton Gets Mocked for ‘Disney Villain’ Style After Previous Tone-Deaf Outfit Controversy,” Jillian Ruffo, People

“With Long Leather Gloves, a Sheet of Money, and a Smize, Louise Linton Strikes Yet Another Pose in DC,” Kaitlin Menza, Vogue

“The Treasury Secretary’s Wife,” Kevin D. Wiliamson, National Review

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Ray Moore: ‘Good Morning Little Schoolgirl!’

November 17, 2017

In 1977, Gena Richardson was a high school senior working in the men’s department of Sears at the Gadsden Mall when Roy Moore introduce himself:

“Moore, she says, asked where she went to school before asking for her phone number. Richardson declined to give it to him, telling Moore that her dad was a Southern Baptist preacher, and wouldn’t allow them to date. Moore was a 30-year-old lawyer working in his hometown of Gadsden at the time. A few days after their first encounter, Moore called Richardson’s school to try and ask her out again. From the [WashingtonPost:

‘A few days later, she says, she was in trigonometry class at Gadsden High when she was summoned to the principal’s office over the intercom in her classroom. She had a phone call. “I said ‘Hello?’ Richardson recalls. “And the male on the other line said, ‘Gena, this is Roy Moore.’ I was like, ‘What?!’ He said, ‘What are you doing?’ I said, ‘I’m in trig class.’ ”

Richardson says Moore asked her out again on the call. A few days later, after he asked her out at Sears, she relented and agreed, feeling both nervous and flattered. They met that night at a movie theater in the mall after she got off work, a date that ended with Moore driving her to her car in a dark parking lot behind Sears and giving her what she called an unwanted, “forceful” kiss that left her scared.’

Moore’s pursuit of Richardson at the Gadsden mall wasn’t unique, according to the Post’s reporting. Eventually, Richardson would hide when Moore came into the store, and the manager at the store would tell new hires to “watch out for” Moore. Kayla McLaughlin, a classmate and co-worker of Richardson’s, corroborated her story to the Post.”

 — “A High School Senior Wouldn’t Give Roy Moore Her Number So She Says He Called Her at School,” Elliot Hannon, Slate

Related:

“Roy Moore Dated ‘Younger Ladies’ For Their ‘Purity,’ His Pastor Friend Says,” Cameron Joseph, TPM Livewire

“Roy Moore admits his wife, who is 14 years his junior, first caught his eye ‘when she was just FIFTEEN and performing in a junior college dance recital,’” Hanna Parry, Daily Mail

“Retired Officer: We Knew Moore ‘Liked Young Girls,’ But Never Got A Complaint,” Nicole Lafond, TPM Livewire

“Flip Benham: Roy Moore Pursued Teenagers Because All The Other Women Were Married,” Kyle Mantyla, Right Wing Watch

Video: “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl,” written (and originally recorded) by John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson, performed by Muddy Waters, 1964. Muddy Waters (vocal, guitar),  Buddy Guy (guitar), Willie Dixon (bass), and Clifton James (drums).

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Roy Moore, Shopping Mall Romeo

November 16, 2017

Roy Moore, Shopping Mall Romeo

Roy Moore, defrocked judge and gun-slingingtheocraticracist homophobe, is currently the Republican candidate for Jeff Sessions’ old U.S. Senate seat. He’s also been accused of sexually molesting teenage girls when he was a 32 year old assistant district attorney. Five women have come forward so far. He was a persistent creep, hitting on teenybopper shoppers, waitresses and clerks, and was finally banned from the Gadsden Mall. As Jennifer Rubin points out, if Roy Moore can be banned from a shopping mall, he can be kept out of the U.S. Senate. Most Americans, the RNC, and Republican leaders agree, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is preparing for that possibility.

The Alabama Special Election is on December 12th.

More:

“6th Moore accuser claims he groped her in his office,” Haley Britzky, Axios

“Two more women describe unwanted overtures by Roy Moore at Alabama mall,” Stephanie McCrummen, Beth Reinhard and Alice Crites, Washington Post 

“Woman: When I Was 17, Moore Said, ‘I Go Out With Girls Your Age All The Time,’” Esme Cribb, TPM Livewire

“Roy Moore admits his wife, who is 14 years his junior, first caught his eye ‘when she was just FIFTEEN and performing in a junior college dance recital,'” Hanna Parry, Daily Mail

“Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby joins GOP leaders in shunning Roy Moore,” Lisa Mascaro and Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times

“3 Ways Republicans Can Block Roy Moore From the Senate,” Bridget Bowman, Roll Call

“How the Senate could expel Roy Moore if he wins,” Shane Savitsky, Axios

“GOP leaders weigh drastic plan to save Alabama Senate seat,” Alex Isenstadt and Eliana Johnson, Politico

“Moore Amid Mounting Pressure To Drop Out: I’m Facing A ‘Spiritual Battle,’” TPM Livewire

“Moore: ‘We are everything the Washington Elite hate,'” Mallory Shelbourne, The Hill

“Roy Moore’s Lawyer Just Sent a Grammatical Apocalypse of a Letter Threatening Local Media,” Elliot Hannon, Slate

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The Underage Loves of Roy Moore

November 14, 2017

The Underage Loves of Roy Moore
If you don’t know yet, Twice-defrocked Alabama judge and gun-slinging theocratic racist homophobe Roy Moore, currently Alabama’s Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, has been accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl. He was 32 years old at the time and an assistant district attorney. Three other women have claimed he tried to make it with them when they were teens, too, and he plied one with wine when she was underage. There have been rumors of Mr. Moore’s “woman issues” for years, and a former colleague says it was common knowledge he dated high school girls.

Roy Moore has said he “didn’t generally” date teenage girls when he was in this thirties, attacked and threatened to sue the Washington Post for running the story (reported by three women), and started raising money behind the scandal (the GOP has cut off his funding). Yesterday another woman came forward and described in detail how Mr. Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 16 and threatened her to keep her quiet. He can’t say he didn’t know her then since he signed her high school yearbook. Said Mitch McConnell: “I believe the women, yes.” That’s when Republican officeholders stopped hedging and called for the candidate to withdraw. He isn’t going to quit the race, though, and might even win it, since his evangelical Alabama base would rather vote for a child molester than a Democrat. If Roy Moore is elected, there’s a good chance the senate would expel him.

The Alabama Special Election is on December 12th.

More:

“New Accuser Wants Moore to Testify Before Senate Judiciary,” Eric Garcia, Roll Call

“Former Moore colleague: ‘Common knowledge’ that he dated high school girls,” Max Greenwood, The Hill

“Local residents: Moore was known for flirting with, dating teenage girls,” Jacqueline Thomsen, The Hill

“Gadsden locals say Moore’s predatory behavior at mall, restaurants not a secret,” Anna Claire Vollers, AL.com

“Locals Were Troubled by Roy Moore’s Interactions with Teen Girls at the Gadsden Mall,” Charles Bethea, The New Yorker

“If Moore could be banned from a mall, he can be kept out of the Senate,” Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post

“Roy Moore Is Not the World’s Brightest (Alleged) Child Molester,” Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

“Roy Moore Says He Didn’t Date Any Girls Without Their Moms’ Permission,” Gabriella Paiella, The Cut

“Roy Moore admits his wife, who is 14 years his junior, first caught his eye ‘when she was just FIFTEEN and performing in a junior college dance recital,’” Hanna Parry, Daily Mail

“Roy Moore Is Being Persecuted ‘Like Jesus,’ His Brother Says In Interview,” Mary Papenfuss, Huffington Post

“The unholy excuses of Roy Moore’s allies,” By Daniel Burke, CNN

“God Should Sue Roy Moore,” Nicholas Kristof, New York Times

“Moore seeks to refocus campaign on conservative religious values amid firestorm,” Elise Viebeck, Dino Grandoni and John Wagner, Washington Post

“Roy Moore defense: Unbuckling the Bible Belt,” John Archibald, Birmingham News

“Maher: Liberals ‘arrest our alleged rapists,’ conservatives ‘elect them,’” Mallory Shelbourne, The Hill

“Why Liberals and Conservatives Act Differently About Sexual Predators,” Seth Masket, Pacific Standard

“Roy Moore, Alabama Senate Candidate Under Siege, Tries to Discredit Accusers,” Alan Blinder and Jonathan Martinnov, New York Times

“#MeAt14: Women tweet photos of when they were age Roy Moore’s accuser was,” Dylan Stableford, Yahoo News

“GOP Senator: Allegations Against Moore ‘Have More Credibility’ Than His Denial,” Esme Cribb, TPM Livewire

“Editorial in 3 Alabama newspapers blasts Moore as ‘unfit for public office,'” Louis Nelson, Politico

“McConnell: Roy Moore should step aside,” Jordan Carney and Rebecca Savransky, The Hill

“GOP Sen. Pat Toomey says Roy Moore should drop out of Alabama Senate race,” Deirdre Shesgreen, USA Today

“Graham: Moore Would Be Doing ‘A Service’ By ‘Stepping Aside,’” Matt Shuham, TPM Livewire

“GOP rep: Moore disqualified himself from Senate long ago,” Brett Samuels, The Hill

“GOP campaign chairman says Senate should expel Moore if he wins,” Axios

“Paul Ryan says Roy Moore should step aside,” Mark Moore, New York Post

“Sessions says he has ‘no reason to doubt’ women who have accused Roy Moore of sexual misconduct,” Sean Sullivan, Washington Post

“Poll: Large majority believes Moore should drop out,” Josh Delk, The Hill

“Kellyanne Conway Says Public Officials Who Have Committed Sexual Assault Should Maybe Step Aside,” Amanda Arnold, The Cut

“Cruz Pulls Endorsement Of Moore, Stops Short Of Calling For Him To Drop Out,” Caitlin MacNeal, TPM Livewire

“Roy Moore is an embarrassment. Doug Jones deserves to win.”  George F. Will, Washington Post

“No, Roy Moore Is Not Entitled to Due Process Before We Believe the Claims Against Him,” David French, National Review

“Whether Roy Moore wins or loses, there is no good outcome for Senate Republicans,” James Hohmann, Washington Post

“Roy Moore’s alleged pursuit of a young girl is the symptom of a larger problem in evangelical circles,” Kathryn Brightbill, Los Angeles Times

“Allegations Against Roy Moore Roil US Evangelical Ranks,” David Crary, Associated Press

“For Roy Moore’s insistent defenders: Here’s ‘why now.'” By Philip Bump, Washington Post

Backgrounder:

“The Republican Party’s Roy Moore catastrophe, explained,” Andrew Prokop, Vox

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