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Washington (CNN) In a previously undisclosed secret mission in 2017, the United States successfully extracted from Russia one of its highest-level covert sources inside the Russian government, multiple Trump administration officials with direct knowledge told CNN.
Jim Sciutto; September 9, 2019

While reports on the CIA asset in Russia shifted slightly – including the anticipated denials from both sides – the nature of the genesis of the “Trump-Russian Scandal” has come into clearer focus for those who have been following it closely. Many people, including a number on this forum, knew that it had not started with George Papadopoulos – although that is likely when the FBI officially became involved....


Notice how the media spends all it's time critiquing how the Democrats respond to the GOP madness

but rarely if ever call out the Republicans for creating the madness?

The Republicans behaved like damned fools yesterday and, contrary to the media narrative, the Democrats handled them as well as they could considering it's virtually impossible to rein in anyone who doesn't play by the rules and over whom you have no power or jurisdiction....


So, when Lyin' Lewandowski finally admitted that the Mueller report

was mostly true, what part of it, do you suppose, wasn't true?

I wish there had been time for that question to have been asked.

Also, I wish he had been asked whether everything he wrote in his books was true and accurate. He admitted to lying on TV and in interviews, but was he ever asked if he lied in his books? Seems those would have been good things to nail down....


The Mendacity of the Right-Wing Misogyny Edition

The mendacity displayed when the right-wing man asserts control of his woman to the point she cannot think or act in her own best interests turning her into as much of a lying machine as he is something to behold. And then of course we have the lies, the dissembling, the deceit and the dishonesty of the right wing when dealing with the fairer sex. Now I am not going to talk about reproductive justice or sexual violence in this context, they deserve articles all their own. But never fear, we still have plenty of examples of the lies they tell, the dissembling, the distortion, the eye boggling mental leaps of illogical fallacy and let's face it, the downright hypocrisy with which they handle policy and religious issues as they pertain to women....


The Democrats should really let Barry Berke do all the questioning during these hearings

I know that Congresspeople like to spout off in front of the cameras, but if they want to get anything done, and get it done effectively, they should really use a trained prosecutor. Berke showed how to question a hostile witness today.


Democrats reminded me of the country boy who shows up in the big city pool hall

claiming to not know anything about the game but once he gets the stakes high enough open his case and pulls out his two-piece custom-made pearl-handled monogram pool cue and proceeds to run table.

People were underestimating the Democrats all afternoon and then they whipped out their version of a two-piece custom-made pool cue, aka Barry Berke, who deftly wiped the floor with Lewandowski, took all his money and, just for fun, stole his drawers without removing his pants.


Lewandowski hearing - I'm tired of this BS kabuki

When o when will Dems find assholes like Lewandowski in contempt and put their sorry butts in jail? Today's hearing is a complete waste of my time. I simply cannot tolerate the GOP.


Donald Trump has built a much larger "wall" than the one imagined on our Mexican border...

It is an invisible "wall".

He has divided our country in such a way that people of different Parties can no longer communicate.

It has become impossible to touch these folks with facts or the truth. They are untouchables....

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