"In a trial that poses a threat to his real-estate empire, the former president has argued that Judge Engoron is "biased" and will likely rule against him in the end anyway."
Given that Trump has already been found against — in September 2023 — and this trial is about how much his guilt is going to cost him, this continued line of bullshit by Trump is obviously designed to make his small-dollar donors feel pity for him.
Every word out of his mouth has been, and remains, a lie.
I am looking forward to him finally spending time in jail through his other trials and his New York business "Empire" disappearing for good.
Every US election is "the most important election ever". Democrats say, with some justification, that if the GOP wins US democracy will be dead and therefore they must not win. So... what's the end game here? What are you Democrats doing about it? Is the plan just to win every single election from now until eternity? What actions are you taking to STOP this existential threat represented by the GOP?
Oh, nothing? Literally nothing at all?
All right then.
Anyone else having a hard time listening to Matt Gaetz defend George Santos (noted poet laureate and celebrated inventor of sock garters) by saying others have done things much worse and haven’t been expelled? Kind of like….Gaetz has? How does he keep a straight face when saying these things??
82) There is nothing much left of the man known as #DonaldTrump, just a shell dreaming of revenge and the opportunity to vent his anger.
There are reasons for the way he is, it is sad to see somebody so broken. There is no joy in his life he is a pitiable creature
His Thanksgiving message ⬇️ is just one example of how he can never miss an opportunity to rage
To build, joy is needed in the heart, to destroy utterly requires only rage
From Salon: "All told, during his stint in government over the terms of two presidents, Kissinger supervised policies that took the lives of at least 3 million people."
That is #Kissinger's chilling legacy and that is why so many people are gleefully mocking him and celebrating his death. The world is worse off for his life, and unfortunately, his hateful legacy and the consequences of his evil actions will live on long after him. It will take generations of work to try to foster a more compassionate, collaborative, and caring #internationalpolitics
More from the article, "Henry Kissinger Was the Definition of Elite Impunity" at https://www.salon.com/2023/11/30/henry-kissinger-was-the-definition-of-elite-impunity/
This was always such a weird angle of attack from a guy who’s been photographed being chummy with Epstein.
A tortured and deadly legacy: Henry Kissinger and realpolitik in U.S. foreign policy.
@TheConversationUS reports: "When Kissinger entered government as Richard Nixon’s national security adviser, he espoused a narrow perspective of the national interest ... primarily centered on maximizing the economic and military power of the United States."
@w7voa I hope he was trained in doing this since he's not a real doctor. Did she manage to survive?
Rand Paul Not Really a Doctor Like in the Board-Certified Sense https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2010/06/rand-paul-not-really-a-doctor-like-in-the-board-certified-sense #GOP #usPolitics
Before He Rose to Power, Adolf Hitler Staged a Coup and Went to Prison.
The Beer Hall Putsch was a spectacular failure. It also set the stage for Nazi Germany. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/adolf-hitler-coup-prison-beer-hall-putsch-180983207/
Fascism Watch for 30 November 2023: Elon Thinks Not Giving Him Money is Censorship
The focus on reporting about this absolutely batshit bonkers interview is primarily about Elon telling advertisers not to advertise on Twitter and also to go fuck themselves, and secondarily, it’s like the Japan Times with their article, “Elon Musk says advertiser boycott may kill X.”
Neither are wrong. However, if you watch this interview, a couple […]
"Trump Goes After Wife Of Judge In N.Y. Fraud Case"
by Brian Bushard for @Forbes
*Inside the House GOP's plans to open an impeachment inquiry*
#USPolitics #Politics #House #HouseGOP #MAGA #BidenImpeachment #HunterBiden
#Senate #Schumer #AntiSemitism #Border #AlejandroMayorkas #MayorkasImpeachment #LisaMcClain #AntiEnvironmentalism #EPA #EVs #UN #Hamas
*Letters from an American*
#GeoPolitics #USPolitics #Politics #Hamas #Israel #Hostages #POWs #BenjaminNetanjahu #FarRightExtremism #AntonyBlinken #CeaseFireInGaza #NATO #Ukraine #Biden #ForeignAffairs #Democracy #DefendingDemocracy #VPHarris #KamalaHarris #Texas #Colorado #InflationReductionAct #Infrastructure #Jobs #CleanEnergy #History #Histodons
Trump has long denied, Russia’s efforts as a contributing factor in his 2016 election victory. Expecting factual consistency from the former president and his lawyers is not to be expected if a legal advantage is possible
Regarding who one should vote for in 2024:
If trump is elected, it probably won't affect me directly. I'm white, I'm comfortable.
If you're not that, especially if you are youngish, then your life likely will be directly affected by a president trump, and not in a good way.
I'm voting for Biden mostly because I care about what will happen to everyone else if trump is elected. Listen to trump, he's telling you how he's going to f*ck you up if he wins.
Will hand it to the Rolling Stone, this provided a little context why Kissinger was so hated. https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/henry-kissinger-war-criminal-dead-1234804748/ #USPolitics #HenryKissinger
Biden’s Labor Department has proposed a new rule that would guarantee more workers time-and-a-half pay | HuffPost https://www.huffpost.com/entry/gop-lawmaker-laments-workers-laziness-in-hearing-about-overtime-pay_n_65679ea9e4b07b937ff36c46 #overtime #employment #uspolitics #statistics #history #work
alright everyone return to your seats polls are back to being 100% wrong all the time after the brief period where they were 100% for sure evidence boe jrandon was going to lose all 51 states forever and gen alpha was red pilled
*Ex-DC Chief Judge Warns Of Creeping Authoritarianism*
#USPolitics #Politics #January6 #MarALago #Documents #JudgeBerylHowell #Authoritarianism #TrumpIndicted #Pence #Smartmatic #Georgia #RICO #PleaDeals #HouseGOP #MAGA #BidenImpeachment #HunterBiden #JamesComer #GeorgeSanto #Vermont #PalestinianLivesMatter #India #Assassination #PopeFrancis #COVID #USLifeExpectancy #LizCheney
“Donald Trump is not running for president to make America great again. Donald Trump is not running for president to represent the people that voted for him in 2016 and 2020. Donald Trump is running to stay out of prison.”
- Former Rep. Will Hurd
For years, U.S. immigration activists have signaled they’re willing to accept a compromise to unlock action on Capitol Hill: Republicans get tougher border policies and Democrats get progressive immigration measures — a path to citizenship for Dreamers, at the very least.
@politico reports: "That grand bargain is now in peril, thanks to a furious push to deliver tens of billions of dollars of aid to Ukraine."
NEW: "Tape Of Trump Lying About Penthouse Undercuts His Court Testimony"
Listen for yourself
by Dan Alexander for @Forbes
Do you pay close attention to political polls? Should you?
Even though polls are often wrong, a polling expert says they shouldn't be thrown out completely. They still provide valuable information about a country’s values at large and how they’re changing.
Who funds the non-profit rebranding Jesus for Gen-Z?
Trump promised to rebuild America's infrastructure, but he did nothing.
Trump promised to revive American manufacturing, but he did nothing.
What did Trump actually deliver?
Tax breaks for the wealthy and justices who stripped away reproductive rights.
The choice is clear:
Do you know about the Mastodon Gift Article Gazette?
Find the most common gift articles being shared on Mastodon, updated and complied in one place for more accessible news. This is a great resource for trending news topics.
Real #journalists do not accept the usual evasive tactics utilized by pols in evading hard questions by attempting to run the clock down because of the tyranny of time slots
No moving on or spinning away without answering the question
“Stepping back, if the Times and other major news outlets went through any critical self-reflection after the 2016 election, it doesn’t seem to have affected their coverage. Nor did the leadership of the Times publicly acknowledge any failings. Quite to the contrary…”
@w7voa Biden’s New Challenger Doesn’t Remember GOP Megadonor Cash https://www.thedailybeast.com/bidens-new-challenger-dean-phillips-doesnt-remember-gop-megadonor-cash #gop #uspolitics
@stevesilberman #Racist, #homophobic creeps. Thank God these 💩stains lost in my school district.
Inside Moms for Liberty’s Close Relationship With the Proud Boys
Across the United States, Moms for Liberty chapters have forged close relationships with far-right extremist groups. https://www.vice.com/en/article/5d93qd/moms-for-liberty-proud-boys #usPolitics
[but don't hold me to that]
After the devastating Dutch elections [22-11-'23] I decided to dedicate my toots back to the original goal.
I care about a lot of issues, most global some national; but I won't be 'tooting' about them all.
First and formost I WANT to 'toot' about:
Because I trust that most people reading know about the dreadfull future of climate change, I want to spread the, possible, solutions to a problem rather than reiterate on the problem.
One of those solution might be sueing the polluters or governments on human rights, violations or #Ecoside
Action is by all means a solution.
As said I want to focus on the global issue. I don't want to nitpick on too much principles. Like: "What's worse: eating cows or driving diesel?" Both are devastating behaviors of intitled rich people!
On the otherhand therefore I truly respect ANY effort to make a change for the better.
Most of all... I want to add instead of preach. Bring some bits of the puzzle to the table.
I'm NOT a scientist of any kind. I'm just a disabled old white guy typing on a desk reading and searching a lot.
I tend to toot 2 - 3 times a day, but that's NOT a promise.
I tend to follow anyone who 'retoots' or 'favourites' my toots. Forget it, I'm vain.
I might be interested in: #StopCopCity #ClimateFinance #Capitalism #Energy #USpolitics #Ukraine #Europe #Bernie #XR #OceanCleanup #NextBlue #InductionCooking #TaxTheRich #Africa #FemaleSoccer #Ajax #MíTambién #BigOil #Greta #CityDesign #VanessaNakate #2030 #Wildfires #Floods #PussyRiot #IPCC #AOC and more.
If any of my 'followers' want to opt out... this is your chance, as always.
Watching a woman character star in a fictional political TV drama can spark viewers, particularly women, to vote, campaign for a politician or find other ways to become involved in politics.
I'm #thankful for political activists working to keep democracy running, like Katie Fahey. Her #TED talk was featured into today's episode of TED Talks Daily. She started with nothing but a Facebook post and ended up leading a large group of volunteers to end gerrymandering in Michigan. We need more people like that, especially given the existential threats to democracy from Trump and the Republican party.
"Murc’s Law is “the widespread assumption that only Democrats have any agency or causal influence over American politics”. In other words, Democrats are responsible for Republicans being the way they are and doing the things they do, either because Democrats provoked them or failed to control them."
A belated happy 81st birthday to Joe Biden – but why won’t he, and other aging politicians, actually retire?!
One theory is that it’s denial. For others, it’s identity-driven after long careers in politics.
@charlotteclymer It should be illegal for corporations or individuals to buy news outlets to spread propaganda for the sole purpose of enriching themselves.
It should be illegal for corporations and wealthy individuals to 'donate' to politicians in order to effectively own them.
It should be illegal for 'Supreme' Court Justices to accept bribes.
#uspolitics #Corruption #bribery
Republican politicians take millions of dollars in donations from people who didn't intend to contribute that money through "dark defaults" - donation forms having a pre-selected checkbox to force it to a recurring donation.
I'm thinking this graph of the massive post-2020 rise in the US civilian labor force with disabilities might be a factor.
Rising disabilities? Not if you redefine "disability," and rework the chart, right?
It’s true that many politicians lie to gain an advantage. So, what has made George #Santos’ lies so unusual – and so resented? There are multiple reasons, including that Santos’ lies were especially unnecessary and silly.
“If voters have made their peace with some degree of lying, in short, they are nonetheless still capable of resenting candidates who are unskilled at the craft of political deception,” writes a political philosopher.
JFK assassination remembered 60 years later by surviving witnesses to history.
AP reports on "the last surviving witnesses who are sharing their stories as the nation marks the 60th anniversary of the Nov. 22, 1963, assassination."
An appeals court ruling in an Arkansas case could make it impossible for groups like the ACLU to file lawsuits to protect citizens’ right to vote – significantly changing how the #VotingRightsAct has been interpreted so far.
A constitutional law professor expects, since the ruling disagrees with other rulings, that the Supreme Court will hear the case.
U.S. teachers and students grapple with fears and confusion about new laws restricting pronoun use.
AP reports "at least 10 states ... have enacted laws prohibiting or restricting students from using pronouns or names that don’t match their sex assigned at birth, a restriction that opponents say further marginalizes transgender and nonbinary students."
80) In November 1923, Adolph Hitler attempted to seize power in what is now referred to as the Beer Hall Putsch. There are eerie similarities playing out in #USPolitics right now with #DonaldTrump going full #Fascist. I’m reminded of the #MarkTwain quote
“History Doesn't Repeat Itself, but It Often Rhymes”
@marcelias Stunning!! This is what #authoritarianism looks like! They believe they have won the battle of courts and ate shutting the door on being challenged. We desperately need to reform the courts. I don't know if democrats are even looking at court reform if they get trifecta.
"When Moody’s Investors Service lowered its outlook last week on the US govt’s creditworthiness, it specifically cited Washington [ #GOP ] dysfunction"
In 4 minutes, Thom Hartmann @ThomHartmann lays out 40 years of Republican strategy in a nutshell.
Run up deficits and cut taxes during Red administrations and then cry about "overspending" and high taxes during Blue administrations.
It requires no governance, no delivery of new programs, no solutions, just cut and complain, rinse and repeat.
Washington is an all-mail voting state.
Just before the 2020 US presidential election, we witnessed Trumper Postmaster General DeJoy's trucks loaded with postal collection boxes being taken out of service.
The new DeJoy voter suppression strategy seems to be decommissioning the mail drop boxes but leaving them in place as decoys.
"In a statement, the USPS said employees had placed 'out of service' signs on the mailbox multiple times, but they were removed, and unwitting customers continued to use the box."
Hey, we taped a flimsy paper sign to the box, but we can't be held responsible if the wind blew it away, and even though we knew about it we still didn't check the box until weeks after the ballot deadline.
Coming over the next few months: #OpenAccess to 40k hours of security video of the #Jan6 mob attack on the Capitol.
The OA video will exclude footage that "compromise[s] security" or "doxes, or harasses private individuals."
Recall that in Feb 2023, #KevinMcCarthy gave 41k hours of footage to #TuckerCarlson, but not to the public.