As it stands today, former FBI Director James Comey may just provide the key testimony that points the Trump regime toward the exit. That’s fine. But it shouldn’t be forgotten how we came to this point in the story.
From his ludicrous, finger-wagging press gaggle in announcing Clinton’s innocence, to his ham-fisted intrusion into the final act of the election, Comey has felt compelled to insert Jim Comey, straight-shooter, into every moment. As a result he’s caused serious harm to the FBI, to the election, and to the nation.
That’s me. Quoting me. In a reminder that no one, but no one, provided more fire-free smoke to the 2016 election than James #$@% Comey.
Why did Comey behave in a way that broke the rules of his own department as he rode his high horse directly across the bodies of Hillary Clinton, Loretta Lynch, and Barack Obama? Because, according to
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From the moment Donald Trump won his surprising victory on Election Day, a new cottage industry sprung up to offer sympathetic profiles of the supposedly long-overlooked and long-suffering voters who rallied to him. The New York Times has been at the forefront, delivering on-the-ground stories from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan within days of the balloting. But as President Trump’s ever-growing cascade of calamities drove down his approval rating to just above Ebola and just below chlamydia, the Times responded with tales of his undeterred supporters for whom no sin could shake their faith in his ability to Make America Great Again. He is the enemy of their enemies; if liberals are angry, then Trump must be doing something right.
The nation’s paper of record wasn’t content to rest there. As if to codify the right-wing stereotype of effete coastal elites out of touch with salt-of-the-earth “heartland” Americans,
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If you’d told me before the 2016 election that the Democratic candidate was going to finally win Orange County, California (the most legendary Republican stronghold of all), as well as Fort Bend County, Texas, and Cobb County, Georgia (the suburbs that gave us Tom DeLay and Newt Gingrich, respectively), it would have been safe to assume that would be part of a crushing Democratic victory, something on the order of LBJ vs. Goldwater.
On the other hand, if you’d told me that the Republican candidate was going to win places like Kenosha County, Wisconsin, Trumbull County, Ohio, or Monroe County, Michigan (bastions of organized labor that kept the Democratic faith over the decades, even during their 1980s low-water mark), that would have sounded like a catastrophic Dem wipeout, probably wore than Walter Mondale’s benchmark of futility.
But if you’d told me that both things would happen in the same election, if I hadn’t slowly and cautiously backed out
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These are some very, very deranged people:
On Tuesday, Dan Scavino, the White House director of social media, celebrated the six-month anniversary of the election by tweeting a screen grab of the late night phone call in which Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton called to concede to Republican candidate Donald Trump. Scavino promised to share video of the conversation, which he said came via a Nov. 9 phone call at 2:30 a.m. from longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin to Trump’s then-campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway.
Yep, he sure did:
What makes the derangement of Trump and his associates especially disturbing is that they project it on to others. Whiny Trump confederates have
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In Monday’s testimony, former acting Attorney General Sally Yates was carefully precise and scrupulously correct about any information that was either classified or pertinent to an open investigation. However, there is another public official whose actions are the exact opposite.
Perhaps [FBI Director James Comey]’s most surprising revelation was that Huma Abedin — Weiner’s wife and a top Clinton deputy — had made “a regular practice” of forwarding “hundreds and thousands” of Clinton messages to her husband, “some of which contain classified information.” Comey testified that Abedin had done this so that the disgraced former congressman could print them out for her boss. (Weiner’s laptop was seized after he came under criminal investigation for sex crimes, following a media report about his online relationship with a teenager.)
Comey painted this scenario as part of his explanation of why had had to issue a letter to Congress concerning the state
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Multiple times in Wednesday’s hearing, James Comey has defended issuing a letter to the Senate less than two weeks before the election to notify them that additional information had appeared concerning Hillary Clinton’s email issue. But his reason for issuing the letter has a fatal flaw—one that contradicts Comey’s own testimony.
As Comey presents it:
We’ll start with the headline. “Ivanka Trump: The new Hillary Clinton in the White House?”
Sometimes you read a headline and you think “this is such obviously false clickbait designed to provoke outrage that it should be ignored.” And then you read the article, and it is exactly what you thought it was, but it’s in Newsweek and it’s just the logical endpoint of what a lot of political reporters and pundits believe, and as exhausting and infuriating as it is, it requires a response. The top response to this nonsense from Nina Burleigh: You and every editor who signed off on this should drive a truck over your computer then set it on fire and never touch a keyboard again.
But on the argument, such as it is.
After 100 days, the answer to Who is Ivanka is clear: Almost everything about her politics and political style is
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