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Friday, March 22, 2019

It’s Not Socialism — It’s What The People Want

“Socialism,” snarled Donald Trump at a recent pep rally of far-right Republicans. And the obedient crowd of faithful Trumpistas snarled back in unison: “So-shull-izz-ummm!”

And there you have the entire intellectual content of the GOP’s 2020 re-election strategy under Generalissimo Trump — slap Democrats silly with a scurrilous campaign branding them as Lenin-Trotsky-Stalin reincarnate. It’s not just Trump hissing out the socialist label in a frantic McCarthyesque attempt to make it stick by mindless repetition, but also Mike Pence, cabinet officials, Republican lawmakers, right-wing pundits and, of course, the extremist choreographers of Fox News.

Their incessant babbling has already turned clownish, with many babblers bumbling over their own ignorance and making ridiculous attempts to overplay their weak hands.…

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Suddenly, Trump Finds Congress Revolting

For most of his time in the White House, congressional Republicans have behaved as though Donald Trump was holding their children hostage in a White House dungeon. They’ve been eager to please, quick to excuse and deathly afraid to challenge. They’ve been distinguishable from sheep only because sheep don’t volunteer to be shorn.

But lately, some in the flock have been baring their teeth. Being humiliated, ignored and taken for granted by an overbearing narcissist who has little regard for conservative principles has lost its charm for a group of Republican lawmakers. They have begun to act on the novel idea that they have every right to oppose a president of their own party when he’s wrong.…

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Manhattan District Attorney Vance Indicts Manafort On 16 State Offenses

Paul Manafort’s life just got a whole lot worse.

After a judge sentenced him to an additional 43 months in federal prison Wednesday afternoon, a grand jury in Manhattan then issued an indictment against Manafort on a litany of charges for whichTrump cannot pardon himhatt.

The 16 counts Manafort is now charged with in New York state include:

  • Three counts of residential mortgage fraud in the first degree;
  • One count of attempted residential mortgage fraud in the first degree;
  • Three counts of conspiracy in the fourth degree;
  • Eight counts of falsifying business records in the first degree; and
  • And one count of scheming to defraud in the first degree.


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