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Bombshell: Trump under investigation - Is he disloyal to Russia?



Starting the process will rein in a president who is undermining American ideals—and bring the debate about his fitness for office into Congress, where it belongs.

On january 20, 2017, Donald Trump stood on the steps of the Capitol, raised his right hand, and solemnly swore to faithfully execute the office of president of the United States and, to the best of his ability, to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. He has not kept that promise.

Instead, he has mounted a concerted challenge to the separation of powers, to the rule of law, and to the civil liberties enshrined in our founding documents. He has purposefully inflamed America’s divisions. He has set himself against the American idea, the principle that all of us—of every race, gender, and creed—are created equal.


The oath of office is a president’s promise to subordinate his private desires to the public interest, to serve the nation as a whole rather than any faction within it. Trump displays no evidence that he understands these obligations. To the contrary, he has routinely privileged his self-interest above the responsibilities of the presidency. He has failed to disclose or divest himself from his extensive financial interests, instead using the platform of the presidency to promote them. This has encouraged a wide array of actors, domestic and foreign, to seek to influence his decisions by funneling cash to properties such as Mar-a-Lago (the “Winter White House,” as Trump has branded it) and his hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue. Courts are now considering whether some of those payments violate the Constitution.


Trump’s bipartisan critics are not merely arguing that he has dishonored the presidency. The most serious charge is that he is attacking the bedrock of American democracy.

........... By delaying the start of the process, in the hope that even clearer evidence will be produced by Mueller or some other source, lawmakers are delaying its eventual conclusion. Better to forge ahead, weighing what is already known and incorporating additional material as it becomes available.


........The process of impeachment itself is likely to shift public opinion, both by highlighting what’s already known and by bringing new evidence to light. If Trump’s support among Republican voters erodes, his support in the Senate may do the same. One lesson of Richard Nixon’s impeachment is that when legislators conclude a presidency is doomed, they can switch allegiances in the blink of an eye.


With a newly seated Democratic majority, the House of Representatives can no longer dodge its constitutional duty. It must immediately open a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump, and bring the debate out of the court of public opinion and into Congress, where it belongs.


Fugelsang: This yr's SOTU address could be a lot like Vietnam, as Trump may well not be there.

This year's State of the Union address could be a lot like Vietnam, as Trump may well not be there.


Pelosi is right to say no to Trump's speech. Holding it now would convey that things are normal.

But they aren't. The shutdown, the wall, the lying -- this is a civic emergency.

The answer is: No, we're not doing this.

When is everyone going to admit that this IS theConstitutional Crisis?
We are in it kiddos.

Too many people are treating this as mere "humiliation" for "toddler" Trump, as if this is *only* about denying Trump an audience.

That trivializes what's happening here:

Government is forcing people to work w/o pay, the oligarchy got a huge wealth transfer, the Senate is voting in league w/ Russia & our POTUS is the subject of countless investigations


Here's Donald Trump desperately trying to get Vlad's attention at the G20 dinner.



Pelosi's letter effectively canceling the State of the Union is a reminder:

a) she has tons of leverage
b) she knows pressure points
C) she can snap her fingers and seek Trump’s tax returns.


Plural:"Hamberders," as in "He said he bought 300 but later on camera claimed it was 1000."

John Fugelsang

Hamberder: Object that was once a hamburger, purchased for athletes by a billionaire too cheap to get actual food, unavailable due to his own govt shutdown, sitting unheated for hours.

Plural:"Hamberders," as in "He said he bought 300 but later on camera claimed it was 1000."


President's Daily Brief


Sioux City Journal (Previously Endorsed Steve King) Now: "Steve King should resign"

It's time for Steve King to go. He should resign his seat in the U.S. House. A new election should be held for voters in Iowa's 4th Congressional District to choose a replacement.

After near-universal condemnation from both sides of the political aisle, a vote by House Republicans on Monday to strip him of all committee assignments, approval by the full House on Tuesday of a resolution (King voted for the resolution) rejecting "white nationalism" and "white supremacy" meant to, according to Roll Call, rebuke him and introduction in the House this week of two measures to censure him following his "white supremacy" comment in a Jan. 10 New York Times story, whatever measure of influence or effectiveness King possessed in the House is, in our view, gone. He is today, it appears to us, largely an outcast within the body in which he serves.

Incredibly, King created another controversy about race for himself just two months after the end of a campaign for House in which past controversial comments and actions of his related to race contributed in no insignificant fashion to the narrowest re-election victory of his career.

"Time and again in this space, we have criticized (King) for what we view as inflammatory or questionable comments and expressed concern about the impact of those comments on our district," we said in our Oct. 27 endorsement of J.D. Scholten, King's Democratic opponent in last year's House race. "Each time King immerses himself in controversy, he holds up this district to ridicule and marginalizes himself within the legislative body he serves, neither of which provides benefit to Iowans who live and work here.

If he cares deeply about citizens of the 4th, and we believe he does, King should do what is in their best interests and step down from office.



Fugelsang: It is not possible to cheer on Trump unless you reject almost every teaching of Jesus...

It is not possible to cheer on Donald Trump unless you reject almost every teaching of Jesus.

If this makes you angry, find a teaching of Christ that DT has fought for.

The only things Trump has in common w/Jesus is they both hung out with hookers & used ghostwriters.

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