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Adam Schiff just wrote an open letter to all members of Congress in the Washington Post.





An open letter to my Republican colleagues

By Adam B. Schiff

February 21 at 6:06 PM


Adam B. Schiff, a Democrat, represents California’s 28th Congressional District in the House and is chairman of the Intelligence Committee.

This is a moment of great peril for our democracy. Our country is deeply divided. Our national discourse has become coarse, indeed, poisonous. Disunity and dysfunction have paralyzed Congress.


And while our attention is focused inward, the world spins on, new authoritarian regimes are born, old rivals spread their pernicious ideologies, and the space for freedom-loving peoples begins to contract violently. At last week’s Munich Security Conference, the prevailing sentiment among our closest allies is that the United States can no longer be counted on to champion liberal democracy or defend the world order we built.


For the past two years, we have examined Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and its attempts to influence the 2018 midterms. Moscow’s effort to undermine our democracy was spectacularly successful in inflaming racial, ethnic and other divides in our society and turning American against American.


But the attack on our democracy had its limits. Russian President Vladimir Putin could not lead us to distrust our own intelligence agencies or the FBI. He could not cause us to view our own free press as an enemy of the people. He could not undermine the independence of the Justice Department or denigrate judges. Only we could do that to ourselves. Although many forces have contributed to the decline in public confidence in our institutions, one force stands out as an accelerant, like gas on a fire. And try as some of us might to avoid invoking the arsonist’s name, we must say it.


I speak, of course, of our president, Donald Trump.


The president has just declared a national emergency to subvert the will of Congress and appropriate billions of dollars for a border wall that Congress has explicitly refused to fund. Whether you support the border wall or oppose it, you should be deeply troubled by the president’s intent to obtain it through a plainly unconstitutional abuse of power.


To my Republican colleagues: When the president attacked the independence of the Justice Department by intervening in a case in which he is implicated, you did not speak out. When he attacked the press as the enemy of the people, you again were silent. When he targeted the judiciary, labeling judges and decisions he didn’t like as illegitimate, we heard not a word. And now he comes for Congress, the first branch of government, seeking to strip it of its greatest power, that of the purse.


Many of you have acknowledged your deep misgivings about the president in quiet conversations over the past two years. You have bemoaned his lack of decency, character and integrity. You have deplored his fundamental inability to tell the truth. But for reasons that are all too easy to comprehend, you have chosen to keep your misgivings and your rising alarm private.


That must end. The time for silent disagreement is over. You must speak out.


This will require courage. The president is popular among your base, which revels in his vindictive and personal attacks on members of his own party, even giants such as the late senator John McCain. Speaking up risks a primary challenge or accusations of disloyalty. But such acts of independence are the most profound demonstrations of loyalty to country.


Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III may soon conclude his investigation and report. Depending on what is in that report and what we find in our own investigations, our nation may face an even greater challenge. While I am alarmed at what we have already seen and found of the president’s conduct and that of his campaign, I continue to reserve judgment about what consequences should flow from our eventual findings. I ask you to do the same.


If we cannot rise to the defense of our democracy now, in the face of a plainly unconstitutional aggrandizement of presidential power, what hope can we have that we will do so with the far greater decisions that could be yet to come?


Although these times pose unprecedented challenges, we have been through worse. The divisions during the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement were just as grave and far more deadly. The Depression and World War II were far more consequential. And nothing can compare to the searing experience of the Civil War.


If Abraham Lincoln, the father of the Republican Party, could be hopeful that our bonds of affection would be strained but not broken by a war that pitted brother against brother, surely America can come together once more. But as long as we must endure the present trial, history compels us to speak, and act, our conscience, Republicans and Democrats alike.


Adam Schiff sounds like he's telling Republicans to get ready to talk about some very, very HEAVY things that are going to be happening soon.


I think he's telling them that they have to prepare themselves for the Mueller Report to do something that is very important for the country.

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This article absolutely nails the bullshit arguments from the faux "centrists" and the people are just simple anti-Democrats. Here's the opening snippet:







Republicans Will Smear Democrats No Matter What “The Left” Does

21 Feb 2019


There is a damaging narrative emerging in the mainstream media, avidly fueled by conservatives who claim to be opposed both to Donald Trump and the current Republican Party, to the effect that Democrats are in danger of “moving too far left” and need to “rein in the extremists in their party.”


To a certain degree, of course, such advice might be offered in good faith. One can worry that Trump’s extreme unpopularity—which, though potent, was not enough to deny him an eye-of-the-needle path to the presidency in 2016—will somehow be nullified if the other party gratuitously alienates voters who would otherwise vote to elect Trump’s challenger.


But the attacks on Democrats go far beyond reasonable caution. Based on unexamined assumptions and sloppy thinking, they claim that Democrats have “gone too far” and have thus “created an opening for Trump,” that Democrats might “alienate mainstream voters,” that they are “playing into the Republicans’ game (i.e., paint[ing] Democrats as loony socialists),”and similar claims to that effect. This is not merely wrong, but dangerously and nonsensically wrong.

The Republican Strategy: Red-bait, Red-bait, Red-bait

As I described in a column here on Verdict on Tuesday, Republicans have recently amped up their Orwellian strategy of using the word socialism as an all-purpose attack on Democrats. It does not matter what Democrats want to do, from attempting to protect people from being arbitrarily fired to preventing banks from ripping off their customers to slowing the extreme growth in inequality. For Republicans, it is always and everywhere socialism.


Does the word socialism even mean anything? For Republicans, it now evidently means “everything Democrats want.” Democrats are, in fact, trying to make capitalism work better, thus saving capitalists from their own unbridled excesses, just as they did in the 1930s. And just as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was called a communist and class traitor in his time, Democrats who are proposing highly popular and measured policies are being called radical socialists today. It will not work.


Senator Bernie Sanders, who calls himself a democratic socialist, has the temerity to propose returning the rules of the estate tax back to where they were in the long-ago era of . . . 2009. Rather than allowing wealthy couples to exempt $22.4 million of their net worth from the estate tax, as Trump and the Republicans did in their misguided and highly regressive 2017 tax bill, Sanders would exempt $9 million per couple. Nine million dollars, estate tax-free. And Sanders is called a radical, merely because he calls himself a democratic socialist? Talk about form over content!


Even the new favorite punching bag for right-wingers, the Green New Deal, is hardly a radical document. It might be over-inclusive (or not), and it might have some elements about which people could haggle and try to improve (it does), but it is a deliberately general and ambitious document that says that the country can move into the future by looking for ways to improve the economy while also addressing existential environmental challenges.


It says everything we need to know that Republicans are reduced to making adolescent jokes about cow flatulence while ignoring the actual goals and approaches articulated in the Green New Deal. The proposal is from Democrats, and one of its sponsors is the dreaded democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), so Republicans know what to do. Call it radical, extreme, enviro-socialist insanity. Run away!


Seriously, given that Republicans have spent the last few decades adopting genuinely extreme positions and strategies, from gutting environmental rules to using the debt ceiling and government shutdowns to hold the country hostage, who are the lawless radicals? But none of that apparently matters, however, because Republicans will always claim that Democrats are too far to the left. This is nothing new to Trump, who simply adapts the Republicans’ worst impulses to his own ends.



Edited by jehurey

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So, the Mueller Report is not wrapping up next week, this much has been confirmed. Barr is not receiving any report next week.


But somebody had a terrific theory about what happened, and why this speculation occurred in the first place.


  • CNN is the outlet that initially said that the Mueller Report might be wrapping up next week.
  • CNN is the outlet that correctly figured out that Roger Stone would be getting arrested and had a cameraman and reporter there to capture it.


Both of these things are related.


Mueller was annoyed that CNN figured it out. Its caused nothing but grief, but dipshit right-wingers are claiming that the FBI tipped off CNN. This is not true, CNN even admitted HOW THEY FIGURED IT OUT.


CNN has been tracking when Mueller's lawyers meet with the Grand Jury at a specific location every Friday. When CNN observes them meet on Thursdays, they've noticed that they usually execute a raid or a warrant on the next day, early in the morning. So CNN put a reporter at multiple people's houses. Donald Jr's, James Corsi's, and Roger Stone's. They just covered all of their bases so that they can be ready to capture footage wherever it happens.


Mueller didn't like the problems it was causing him, since Republicans are trying to find anything they can to discredit the investigation. SO...........he MOVED THE LOCATION of where his lawyers meet the Grand Jury.


So, when CNN observed Mueller's team carting out tons of boxes earlier this week. They thought that the investigation was wrapping up.


But in reality, they were just moving.


This train is still going, babay.:leo:

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On 2019-02-20 at 10:36 PM, McWicked said:

Yeah, we've heard this song and dance about a half dozen times over the last year.  I'll believe this when it comes from Mueller, himself.

Called it.

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