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27 Aug
“If there has been a consistent thread in the erratic administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, it is the marriage of white nationalism with plutocracy.”…
“His populist political trick—from that first speech after descending the escalator... has been to blame Black and brown people for the economic and social dislocations that were, in fact, the product of Reaganite economic policies and the costs of a misbegotten war.”
“Trump and his accomplices in the U.S. Congress have deployed this populist scapegoating... to distract from their use of the federal government to serve the short-term interests of corporations and the superrich, further exacerbating the economic inequality...”
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17 May
“Again and again, the story that emerged is of a president who ignored increasingly urgent intelligence warnings from January, dismisses anyone who claims to know more than him and trusts no one outside a tiny coterie, led by [Ivanka and Jared]...”…
“Jared [Kushner] had been arguing that testing too many people, or ordering too many ventilators, would spook the markets and so we just shouldn’t do it... That advice worked far more powerfully on him than what the scientists were saying. He thinks they always exaggerate.”
“[A 9/11 style] inquiry would find that Trump was warned countless times of the epidemic threat in his presidential daily briefings, by federal scientists... Alex Azar, Peter Navarro... Matt Pottinger, his Asia adviser, by business friends and the world at large.”
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13 Apr
CNN isn’t having any of it today.
So here’s to you CNN chryon guy.
These are amazing.
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20 Jan
Sen. Graham: “Abuse of power is so poorly defined here, I don't know how presidents in the future can conform their conduct. It’s the first impeachment in history where there’s no allegation of a crime by the president.”
Chris Wallace: “ say there is no need to hear from witnesses in this trial, but, sir, that directly contradicts what you said as a Republican House impeachment manager in 1999 during the Clinton impeachment trial.”
“ U.S. v. Nixon... the Supreme Court ruled unanimously on the Nixon tapes. And here was the key quote from the court. ‘The generalized assertion of privilege must yield to the demonstrated specific need for evidence in a pending criminal trial.’”
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19 Jan
Schiff: “...that’s the argument I suppose you have to make if the facts are so dead set against you, if the pres. has admitted to the wrongdoing, his chief of staff has confessed to the wrongdoing, his [E.U.] amb. has confessed to the same quid pro quo...”
“ have to rely on an argument that even if he abused his office in this horrendous way, that it’s not impeachable, you had to go so far out of the mainstream... to leave the realm of constitutional law scholars and go to criminal defense lawyers.”
“...the intel. community is beginning to withhold documents from Congress on [Ukraine]. They appear to be succumbing to pressure from the administration. The NSA in particular is withholding what are potentially relevant documents to our oversight...”
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5 Dec 19
Pelosi: “When crafting the Constitution, the founders feared the return of a monarchy in America.”
“The facts are uncontested: the president abused his power for his own personal political benefit at the expense of our national security.”
“The president’s actions have seriously violated the Constitution—especially when he says and acts upon the belief Article 2 says I can do whatever I want. No.”
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24 Jul 19
Nadler: “Did you totally exonerate the President?”
Mueller: “No.”
Nadler: “Did the President refuse to be interviewed by you and your team?”
Mueller: “Yes.”
“That is not what the report said,” Robert Mueller says when asked if the Mueller report says that the president did not commit obstruction of justice as President Trump has repeatedly claimed.
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19 Dec 17
Remember when then Senator Ben Nelson got $100M in Medicaid funding for Nebraska in exchange for his ACA vote? And the GOP went nuts?
“Republicans also slammed the Nebraska deal, saying it was an example of Reid's secretive, backroom negotiation style that violated President Obama's call for transparency during the healthcare debate.”
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