Republicans won’t have control of the House for much longer, but by gum they’re going to use their final weeks to stir up as many far-right conspiracy theories as possible. The House Judiciary Committee is preparing to subpoena former FBI Director James Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch. But don’t expect to learn anything from their appearances, other than what media outlets will bite on strategic Republican leaks: The source said the committee chairman, Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, plans to issue the subpoenas on Monday for Comey to appear for a closed-door deposition on November 29 and for Lynch to appear on December 5. The interviews are part of the House Republican investigation into the FBI's handling of the Clinton email probe and the Russia investigation. Comey has previously rejected the committee's request for him to appear privately before the GOP-led inquiry, saying he would rather testify publicly instead. But Republicans don’t want Comey or Lynch appearing publicly, since that sort of thing hasn’t gone well for them the last few years. No, this way they can make Comey and Lynch as uncomfortable as possible. They can keep the Republican base whipped into a froth over Hillary Clinton’s emails (yes, in late 2018) and whatever the Trumpist anti-Comey theory of the week is. And they can do those things without any danger that a lunatic Republican question or a particularly sharp answer from Comey or Lynch will go viral. It’s a last raging stand by Republicans to prove how little they care about substance, about Russian election hacking or Trump campaign collusion with Russia or corruption within the administration or any of dozens of other things that actually matter and might survive as issues past the Republican ability to issue subpoenas. It’s a simultaneous reminder of how dangerous they are and how pathetic they are.
Nevada’s Catherine Cortez Masto, who in 2016 made American history as the first Latina to be elected to the United States Senate, has achieved another first in 2018, picked this week to head the Senate Democrats’ campaign arm, making her the first Latina to hold that position. “I am committed to replicating the blue wave America saw in Nevada throughout the entire country,” Sen. Cortez Masto said in a statement, “and electing a Senate Democratic majority in 2020.” She told The Nevada Independent that important gains made in the state in 2016 and 2018 can serve as “a blueprint” to winning a Democratic victory in the Senate. In 2016, powered by the Culinary Workers Union and other local organizing, Nevada went for Hillary Clinton and kept former Sen. Harry Reid’s seat in the Democratic column. In 2018, this ongoing work—Culinary knocked on over 370,000 doors in Las Vegas and Reno—ousted Trump ally Republican Dean Heller and made Democratic Congress member Jacky Rosen the state’s junior senator. Cortez Masto “believes a message that resonates with Nevada voters will also resonate with Americans,” The Nevada Independent continued. “The example she gave was economic security, which she said she thinks helped her squeak out a victory in her 2016 race. It’s an overarching concern for people in various communities around the state, and one that allowed her to discuss specific policies to try to help people, she said.” Cortez Masto celebrated other historic gains made for the next Congress by the enthusiastic wave of Latinx, black, and Asian-American voters. “Glad to see Congress becoming as diverse as our country during last week’s elections,” she tweeted. “As the first Latina elected to the Senate, I’m committed to breaking down as many barriers as possible to ensure every community has a seat at the table.”
Republicans in Mississippi are unapologetically showing their racism this week. First, Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith made a deplorable comment about happily attending a “public hanging” that she refuses to apologize for—a racist and insensitive remark that conveniently makes light of Mississippi’s terrible and long history of lynching black people. Then Gov. Phil Bryant went out of his way to defend Hyde-Smith for her comment, deflecting its harmful impact with a bizarre, inappropriate lie about abortion and black children. According to Think Progress, Bryant said the following in a press conference: “Absolutely we have been sensitive to race relations in this state,” said Bryant, who fielded questions for Hyde-Smith during a press conference and physically stood in front of her, serving both as a literal and metaphorical shield. “Today, I talked about the genocide of over 20 million African American children. See, in my heart, I am confused about where the outrage is at about 20 million African American children that have been aborted.” So according to Bryant, what black people should actually be upset about is not lynching or actual white supremacy but instead about the millions upon millions of tragically aborted black babies that conservatives are so terribly concerned about. Spare us, Phil. To be clear, this is an outright lie. There is no data that suggests that this number is real. But it is a common myth among anti-choice activists who love to paint black women as a problem and the ultimate challenge to their pro-life movement. What’s laughable is that these folks are pretending that they are so concerned about black life—even though they do nothing but make it hard for black people at every turn. They don’t care about black babies inside or outside of the womb and we truly know that since they often want to cut funding for needy families and Headstart programs and are the exact same people who don’t want to fund schools that are attended by poor black children. They hate affirmative action, they don’t want black women to have access to reproductive care or health care at all but somehow we are supposed to believe that they revere black babies. Yeah, okay. We aren’t buying it. Their policies and actions speak volumes and show us who they don’t actually care about.
On Friday, a little more than a week after she launched the briefest of campaigns to head the NRCC, California GOP Rep. Mimi Walters conceded defeat to Democrat Katie Porter in the election for the state’s 45th Congressional District. Walters’ abortive bid to lead the GOP’s House campaign arm was the last, but far from the only, example of how little she understood how much electoral danger she was in—a danger that crescendoed after Election Day. Walters may have been lured into a false sense of security because, until this year, she was accustomed to easily beating Democrats in Orange County, which since time immemorial had been the citadel of California conservatism. Walters was elected to the state legislature four times from 2004 to 2012 and never took less than 57 percent of the vote. Even in 2010, when she lost a statewide race for treasurer by a wide 56-36 margin, she carried Orange County 52-41. In 2014, Walters entered the race to succeed retiring GOP Rep. John Campbell in the 45th District, which had backed Mitt Romney 55-43 two years earlier at the same time that Campbell was defeating Irvine Mayor Sukhee Kang 58-42. Democrats didn’t seriously contest the seat when Walters sought it, and predictably, she had no trouble winning. It was a similar story in 2016 when Walters beat another little-known Democrat 59-41. However, that victory came as Walters’ seat, like Orange County as a whole, was rejecting Donald Trump. But even though Hillary Clinton became the first Democratic candidate for president to win Orange County since FDR—and in so doing carried the 45th District 50-44—Walters continued to act like she was still representing a solidly Republican seat. She most notably supported Trumpcare and voted for the GOP’s tax bill, even though suburban seats like hers stood to suffer from it. With 2016’s impact on Orange County in mind, Democrats were determined that 2018 would be different. A number of Democrats, including Porter, jumped in to challenge Walters and raised credible sums of money. However, Walters just didn’t seem to understand that she was in for a tough fight. In March, when Politico’s Gabriel Debenedetti asked Walters if her race was competitive, she replied with a simple “No,” insisting that Democrats “think just because Hillary Clinton won these districts that they can win.” Insisted Walters, “I don’t subscribe to that same idea. If you look at my race, I got 37,000 more votes than Donald Trump did.” Walters continued to underestimate the depth of her predicament even after Porter emerged from the June top-two primary.
Shane Harris, Greg Miller, and Josh Dawsey at The Washington Post report: The CIA has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last month, contradicting the Saudi government’s claims that he was not involved in the killing, according to people familiar with the matter. The CIA’s assessment, in which officials have said they have high confidence, is the most definitive to date linking Mohammed to the operation and complicates the Trump administration’s efforts to preserve its relationship with a close ally. A team of 15 Saudi agents flew to Istanbul on government aircraft in October and killed Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate, where he had come to pick up documents that he needed for his planned marriage to a Turkish woman. In reaching its conclusions, the CIA examined multiple sources of intelligence, including a phone call that the prince’s brother Khalid bin Salman, the Saudi ambassador to the United States, had with Khashoggi, according to the people familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the intelligence. Even if proved beyond a shadow of doubt, however, intelligence officials do not believe that the prince will lose power, nor will the killing send his trajectory toward becoming king off-course. Donald Trump hasn’t yet labeled this revelation about CIA views “fake news,” and perhaps he won’t. But there is little chance that the White House will make any effort to derail the prince. Indeed, earlier today Laura Clawson, citing NBC News, noted: The Trump administration is not just refusing to hold Saudi Arabia’s feet to the fire over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. It’s actively looking for ways to help Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman evade pressure and scrutiny, up to and including sending a man to his death to encourage Turkey to back off about Khashoggi. Turkish President Recep Erdogan wants to get his hands on Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish cleric living in the U.S., in much the same way that MBS wanted to get his hands on Jamal Khashoggi. And the White House would like to help Erdogan—if that would convince him to give the Saudis a pass. It’s anybody’s guess how much of this is tied to the fact that Mohammed and Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner has close business and personal ties to the prince.
The Trump administration is rushing headlong into its plan to privatize veterans' health care, ProPublica reports, reneging on a legislative deal made with a bipartisan group of members of Congress. Last June, the traitor in the White House signed the VA Mission Act into law, and then promptly refused to agree to fund it. The legislation was intended to ensure that veterans could get private health care when VA services weren't readily available to them or timely to secure. When he signed the bill, he made his intentions clear: «I'm going to sign legislation that will make veterans' choice permanent,» much to the chagrin and concern of the veterans' groups he had assembled for the bill signing, who helped carefully negotiate a bill that would maintain the VA health system, but allow veterans access to private care as necessary. The «as necessary» is the part the administration intends to blow wide open. ProPublica reports that the administration is «working on a plan to shift millions more veterans to private doctors and is aiming to unveil the proposal during Trump's State of Union address in January, according to four people briefed on the proposal.» That could come at a cost of from $13.9 billion to $32.1 billion over five years, and likely at the expense of the existing VA health system. In 2014, veterans got about 22 percent of their care privately. That's grown to 36 percent now, and the Trump administration is looking at policies that would shift up to 55 percent of veterans into private care, according to ProPublica's sources. The VA Mission Act establishes «access standards» for when veterans can seek private care. After a great deal of fighting with the administration and hard-core privatization pushers in Congress, a compromise to restrict those access standards was achieved by adding the word «designated.» House Democrats argued that wasn't enough to restrain a Trump VA secretary, who would have the authority to decide «which access standards would make veterans eligible for private care and which were merely guidelines.» And guess what the administration intends to do. At least there's one chamber of Congress with some power to fight it.
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