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U.S. senators seek lifetime ban on ex-Congress members lobbying

U.S. senators seek lifetime ban on ex-Congress members lobbying
U.S. senators seek lifetime ban on ex-Congress members lobbying

Yes please

There already is a ban on lobbying for ex members and it's shown innefective. Basically the loophole they use is that they personally don't do the lobbying, rather their staffers. All they do is set up the meetings.

More can be done, but the problem is congress makes a killing doing this as retirement, and there is no way in hell they are going to self regulate this away.

If you are an ex senator and work for a law firm that lobbies, but you don't work in their lobby side, but you have an office in their blah blah blah unit, but you also have lunch with your friends on the Hill every once in awhile, are you considered a lobbiest under the law?

It's their bread and butter. It's why they go into congress. Not enough time slots at Fox to support all of them.

Chaffetz to announce early departure from Congress

Chaffetz to announce early departure from Congress
Chaffetz to announce early departure from Congress

He was just reelected 6 months ago and said he had lined up 'years' of more Clinton investigations. How unseemly.

He thought he was going to be investigating Clinton and now he has to be a patsy for Trump. He is going to go to fox news and make money. If they tides are better for 2020 he is going to run for governor. He is just more transparent in his partisanness that we are used to.

Chaffetz: "Let's see the memos. This is bad. My subpoena pen is ready."

Chaffetz: "I see no reason for a special counsel. There's nothing going on here."

Chaffetz: "I'm leaving guys. Gotta go!"

Pardon my French, but you're a fucking weirdo.

Zero chance someone resigns from his position when his party owns the majority in Congress and the White House without some scandal looming.

Kevin McCarthy’s explosive “joke” points toward a darker questions: How long have leading Republicans known about Donald Trump’s Russia problem?

Kevin McCarthy’s explosive “joke” points toward a darker questions: How long have leading Republicans known about Donald Trump’s Russia problem?
Kevin McCarthy’s explosive “joke” points toward a darker questions: How long have leading Republi...

The funniest thing about this whole thing is that somebody named McCarthy knew and was complicit with Russian influence in American politics.

EDIT: whoa. idk if just youngins or trolls in the PMs, but I'm just going to leave this here.... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McCarthyism

The entire republican leadership is guilty of treason. The "joke" defense does not work at all here and if anything makes it worse. Treason isn't funny, but even if it were, you can't make a joke about it when it's actually happening and you are supporting the guy who is doing it.

Edit: some people obviously don't understand what I meant, so let me give an analogy. It's in very poor taste to make a rape joke even under normal circumstances. But if you are aiding and abetting a rapist and then you joke about doing so, that makes you a monster.

We heard you knew about Russian money flowing into the Trump campaign.

That never happened.

We heard an audio recording of you saying it.

Okay, it happened, but it was a joke. A super funny joke. All the Republicans laughed.

They've probably known about it the whole time.

They also never thought Trump would actually win on November 9th 8th.

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Comey Is Said to Have Become Unsettled by Interactions With Trump

Comey Is Said to Have Become Unsettled by Interactions With Trump

Mr. Wittes said that Mr. Comey told him that he initially did not want to go to the meeting because the F.B.I. director should not have too close a relationship with the White House. But Mr. Comey went because he wanted to represent the bureau.

The ceremony occurred in the Blue Room of the White House, where many senior law enforcement officials — including the Secret Service director — had gathered. Mr. Comey — who is 6 feet 8 inches tall and was wearing a dark blue suit that day – told Mr. Wittes that he tried to blend in with the blue curtains in the back of the room, in the hopes that Mr. Trump would not spot him and call him out.

“He thought he had gotten through and not been noticed or singled out and that he was going to get away without an individual interaction,” Mr. Wittes said Mr. Comey told him.

But Mr. Trump spotted Mr. Comey and called him out.

“Oh and there’s Jim,” Mr. Trump said. “He’s become more famous than me.”

With an abashed look on his face, Mr. Comey walked up to Mr. Trump.

“Comey said that as he was walking across the room he was determined that there wasn’t going to be a hug,” Mr. Wittes said. “It was bad enough there was going to be a handshake. And Comey has long arms so Comey said he pre-emptively reached out for a handshake and grabbed the president’s hand. But Trump pulled him into an embrace and Comey didn’t reciprocate. If you look at the video, it’s one person shaking hands and another hugging.”

This is unbelievably bizarre reading. FBI director tries to hide from the US President via colour-blending to avoid handshake.

Mr. Wittes said that in another conversation he told Mr. Comey he was encouraged by the fact that the Senate was likely to confirm Rod J. Rosenstein, a longtime federal prosecutor, as the deputy attorney general.

To Mr. Wittes’s surprise, Mr. Comey did not completely agree with him.

“He said, ‘I don’t know. I have some concerns. He’s good, he’s solid but he’s also a survivor and you don’t survive that long without making some compromises and I’m concerned about that.’”

Wow, Comey had some doubts about Rosenstein. That's interesting.

Mr. Comey — who is 6 feet 8 inches tall and was wearing a dark blue suit that day – told Mr. Wittes that he tried to blend in with the blue curtains in the back of the room, in the hopes that Mr. Trump would not spot him and call him out.

What the fuck

I don't blame Comey for wanting to avoid Trump, it's just - what even is happening

The FBI director was trying to blend in with the curtains

This is like something out of Parks and Rec again

Wittes, in his accompanying piece on this article, had this to say about Comey/Rosenstein:

In retrospect, I think I know what Comey must have been thinking at that moment. He had been asked to pledge loyalty by Trump. When he had declined, and even before, he had seen repeated efforts to—from his point of view—undermine his independence and probe the FBI’s defenses against political interference. He had been asked to drop an investigation. He had spent the last few months working to defend the normative lines that protect the FBI from the White House. And he had felt the need personally to make clear to the President that there were questions he couldn't ask about investigative matters. So he was asking himself, I suspect: What loyalty oath had Rosenstein been asked to swear, and what happened at whatever dinner that request took place?

I think it's a sign that Comey viewed anyone, even those with stellar reputations like Rosenstein, with suspicion because they too likely were pressured into "loyalty".

Donald Trump campaign repeatedly met with Russia to set up secret communications channel and reported nothing

Donald Trump campaign repeatedly met with Russia to set up secret communications channel and reported nothing
Donald Trump campaign repeatedly met with Russia to set up secret communications channel and repo...

Leak comes out essentially revealing that the Trump White House established a backchannel to a hostile foreign government.

Fox News: "Yeah, but what about the leakers? They're the real problem here."

Aaaah, here we go again. Good morning everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying the ride as well.

Conversations between Flynn and Kislyak accelerated after the Nov. 8 vote as the two discussed establishing a back channel for communication between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin that could bypass the U.S. national security bureaucracy, which both sides considered hostile to improved relations, four current U.S. officials said.

I'm beginning to like Flynn, his going to be the card that brings them all down.

Flynn is absolutely the Saruman of all this. That's the problem with Team Bad Guys, they just have too many people who are Chaotic Stupid.

Net neutrality goes down in flames as FCC votes to kill Title II rules

Net neutrality goes down in flames as FCC votes to kill Title II rules

Good to know that hundreds of thousands of comments that overwhelmingly supported net neutrality meant absolutely nothing to the current FCC led by Ajit Pai (R).

This stands in stark contrast to the FCC under former Chairman Tom Wheeler (D), who embraced the majority opinion of over 4 million public comments in his proposal to implement strong Title II net neutrality.

I can't even imagine the years of effort that will be required to cleanup the fallout from this presidency. Fuck...

Pai is a piece of shit.

So they had a period for public comment, and then dismissed all of the comments that were opposed to it as hyperbole. Fuck these guys.

Kellyanne Conway cancels Fox appearance after special prosecutor announcement

Kellyanne Conway cancels Fox appearance after special prosecutor announcement
Kellyanne Conway cancels Fox appearance after special prosecutor announcement

This has been an amazing day. Mueller appointed as Special Counsel by Rosenstein, tape of Ryan and his goons discussing Russian interference before the public was made aware of the DNC hack, Fox admitting Comey's memo actually does exist, and now this. The damned GOP must be running around with their hair on fire. Good, fuckem.

Safe space conway!

Between two ferns spicy!

NYT now reporting that Trump aides knew Flynn was under investigation but hired him anyway. The hits just keep on coming.

And the GOP officially blocked the vote to have an independent investigation by a house-appointed prosecutor just hours before the DoJ appointed one. So now those fuckers are all on record as having been against the thing, and when if the investigation turns up any guilty parties, those fuckers are gonna pay for their nay votes.

Democrats are readying an all-out war to stop the FCC from killing net neutrality rules

Democrats are readying an all-out war to stop the FCC from killing net neutrality rules

It's amazing.

Two things even the most nonpolitical folks care about are internet and health care; GOP attacks both.

Why? [serious replies only]

Mostly because of political donations bribes.

No, it's the money. It's always the money.

I think it's deeper than that. There's real ideology at play. They truly believe that society is made better when corporations have unfettered power.

Trump has not received a daily intel briefing since the day after he briefed the Russians

Trump has not received a daily intel briefing since the day after he briefed the Russians
Trump has not received a daily intel briefing since the day after he briefed the Russians

I mean, the guy wasn't paying attention anyway, but just in case, no sharing.

These sessions — which used to be labeled the “Presidential Daily Brief” or “PDB,” but which the current administration calls the “daily intelligence briefing” — are of debatable value to Trump, as it is not clear whether he pays any attention at all to them. But for whatever they are worth, Trump hasn’t been receiving them since last Thursday.

His last scheduled “daily intelligence briefing” was on May 11, the only event on his schedule that day, and came less than 24 hours after his Oval Office meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador and alleged spymaster Sergey Kislyak.

Trump has not received a briefing since then, or since news emerged that Trump had divulged classified information to the Russians during that meeting — which means the Russians may be almost as up to date on our intel as the president is.

In an apples-to-apples comparison on this topic with President Obama’s first three months in office, Trump lags far behind: Through the end of April, Obama had received 58 PDBs, while Trump had received only 44 of his “daily intelligence briefings” over the same time period.

There are significant differences beyond the numbers, though. Obama received and read the PDB every day of his presidency, while Trump can’t be bothered to read anything that doesn’t have his own name in it, or isn’t printed out from an unreliable internet source. And for the first 23 days of Trump’s presidency, those briefings were given to him by disgraced National Security Adviser and literal foreign agent Michael Flynn.

Can't leak national security secrets if you don't know national security secrets.

This is a disaster in waiting like 9/11, Bush wasn't too big on his daily briefings either. But it seems to be preferable until he resigns or is impeached. He's a serious threat if he still has access to sensitive intelligence.

This is going to get Americans killed.

Health insurers and state officials say Trump is undermining Obamacare, pushing up rates

Health insurers and state officials say Trump is undermining Obamacare, pushing up rates
Health insurers and state officials say Trump is undermining Obamacare, pushing up rates

At one recent meeting, Seema Verma, whom Trump picked to oversee the federal Medicare and Medicaid programs, stunned insurance industry officials by suggesting a bargain: The administration would fund the CSRs if insurers supported the House Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

“It made no sense,” said one official at the meeting.

That sounds an awful lot like the Trump admin trying to bribe insurers into supporting Trumpcare.

Sounds more like extortion than bribery

It doesn't sound like anything. "We will give you this money you're already entitled to if you publicly support our plan to take it away" is just nonsense.

The GOP has sabotaged the ACA. They refused to pay the agreed upon Risk corridors and refuse to enforce the mandate. The GOP owns a very large part of the ACA's current failures despite their claims that it's all the Dems faults.

Try one of these subthreads