Paul Ryan believed that Russia was being paid by Russia to advance Russian interests via the Office of President. He shared this with others but ordered them to not talk of it publicly, specifically not to the press.
I wrote a thread after the second biggest nightmare in my life suddenly became reality (the first was the death of my mom, also in 2016) and in that thread I altered my language when talking about a Trump administration from "If" to "is/will."
It was a paralyzing transition.
I had been talking about a Trump / RussiIa / WikiLeaks / Intercept / New York Times linked conspiracy for many months by that time.
And it was a different time back then, because the opinion that many of my closest allies/friends and I held was not the majority opinion yet.
Now, increasingly, a deal more people claim that they always knew.
Yet, those of us who were trying desperately to get people to listen, even more prominent writers and activists like @kurteichenwald and @sarahkendzior, we're getting much negative feedback.
That's a pretty horrific number. That 14% of any group anywhere would make such an admission is, actually shocking.
I would expect those numbers were actually conservative given that many simply refused to say it out loud to anyone.
It shows how little you know of American politics that you would think there was any real correlation between how a candidate performs electorally in their own party's primary and how they perform in the general election.
My dearest friend @ggreenwald has gone Gaga protesting every facet of the Russian conspiracy that was carried out with and to the benefit of Donald Trump.
In relation to Trump asking Russia to hack Clinton in front of the whole world, he declared it wasn't a serious request.
No one would do that publicly, don't be idiots, was @ggreenwald's argument.
It was, as usual, a shitty one.
Yes, an arrogant braggart with no self control who thinks he's untouchable would absolutely do that.
He would and know he could use Glenn's unoriginal defence.
A desperate man filled with paranoia who might be worried that the plan is falling apart and afraid of, or having been warned that an investigation was underway, and too afraid to communicate privately knowing this would be considered prove of an illegal conspiracy would.
You are offering a Marxist view that economics are the only political and social force and all answers are found by arriving at a system of equitible distribution. Kill the corps and society will evolve along egalitarian lines.
Economic fairness does nothing about racism, sectarianism, misogyny.
Feeding everyone, and housing them would solve many problems, but the net social relief would be minimal and of short duration.
Corporations need not be destroyed. They serve a logical purpose.
What we need to better regulations and greater oversight. And also am understanding that corporations receive benefits for the service they provide to society so long as they abide by accepted practices and all regulations.
All decisions that matter are made at the federal level and federal judicial appointments are for life, as are Supreme Court appointments.
No President can sign an executive order that overrides the Supreme Court, nor should they be allowed to.
Jay's analysis is correct.
The only reason that ACA survived to see a few more years was because the Supreme Court said it was an acceptable Constitutional action. If they had ruled otherwise the program would have had to be dismantled almost immediately.
It's just so awkward how right she was, how wrong they were, & that no one is willing to step-up & say, "I'm sorry @HillaryClinton. I was wrong about you & you were right about him & just about everything else."
They'll never do it, no matter how many examples of fact provided.
While the Conservatives would have lost the last election had Labour not been led by an even more acerbic, arrogant, ineffectual, and inflexible version of Bernie Sanders, they were at least smart enough to choose May over the toxic showboat that is Boris Johnson.
But May's position is tenuous and slipping. Johnson left the government last week and is waiting for the moment that he will usurp May's job.
Johnson will be probably happen now, and he will be a disaster for Britain, Brexit, and the world.
I pride myself on keeping up with our judiciary at the federal level. I read almost every big #SCOTUS ruling from first word to last & I try to stay on top of major rulings from the federal and appellate benches.
For me his name will always be associated w/ the Starr Report, but I'd lost track of him, perhaps intentionally, after that period.
My catch up research, which has kept me up all night, is nauseating on many levels.
I'll thread about it later, but Christ we have to fight this.
So much is on the line.
Even in his rulings that might seem to give moderates & progressives hope, there are threads of a haunting hyper conservative legal activism that are woven throughout.
It lowers my opinion of Kennedy further that THIS was his choice.
Some final thoughts on my run-in yesterday with @MichaelAvenatti and why, until much work on his part, he will never find my support on any political level.
I will also discuss @EdKrassen's much RT's accusation that I am a Russian troll.
First,the tweet that started it all:
I was filled with deep anger when I read Avenatti's first tweet, and even more so after reading his appeasement follow-up.
The tweets, in my opinion, show a more nuanced, but no less diabolical level of duplicity.
They are the height of "lawyerly," in the worst sense.
The first is a flat-out pitch to Clinton's far left critics, though he would deny wanting to become "Bernie 2.0" in his reply to me (he blocked me after writing it, and before I could screenshot it, a friend supplied the above one), he adopts Sanders' very arguments here.
When a nation suffers a fascistic takeover patriotic celebrations almost always become compulsory.
The crowds, the chants, the flags, and the photos are used as propaganda tools to convince everyone that dissent does not exist.
Trump is going to do that tomorrow. He is going to point to all the flags and all of the smiling faces and he is going to say, "Look at how happy Americans are. Look how unified we are. The resistance is nothing. America is becoming great again."
When it reaches the Court, and Roberts having dismantled key parts of the 14th Amendment in his ACA ruling, the conservative majority will be able to argue public education is not compelled by the Constitution and therefore state governments have such jurisdiction.
They will further argue that the federal government has no jurisdiction to monitor or control whether a state provides an education nor the standards and practices of those that do.
This will lead to the dissolution of the Department of Education.
I want you to stop your life for a few moments and just 'listen.'
Something happened to me yesterday that needs to happen to everyone in this whole damn country, not that everyone would understand it, or accept it, but for those who can and do it might act as a catalyst.
Art is a thing that we don't think or talk about much in times like these. But it's times like these when art is most needed.
We can debate the definition of art all day, but most know it when they see it.
#Nanette is billed as a stand-up comedy special on @netflix, but it's so much more than that. It is funny, in fact, it's hilarious. @Hannahgadsby is a woman at the height of her performative power. But the journey #Nanette takes you on is as devastating as it beautiful.
Assange was receiving ridiculous amounts of money privately from Cambridge Analytics. They are the group who were tasked with turning as many Americans into Hillary hating Pro-Trumpers, or as many on the left as possible into people saying exactly what you are.
The very idea that you find it defensible that you supported a woman who is at best, an unkind person who has always run as spoiler, who attended a dinner in Russia and sat at a table with all bad guys, including Putin is telling.