Republicans emerging from yesterdays all-GOP viewing of the Even Stupider Pizzagate, which Donald Trump alone refers to as “Spygate,” documents were notably quiet. Paul Ryan skipped out on a repeat viewing, turning the bipartisan review that came later into a Gang of Seven plus John Kelly plus Trump attorney Emmet Flood. Even Devin Nunes did not immediately seize every available microphone to put on an impromptu press conference. Instead, Republicans trooped in … and shuffled out, apparently relieved that Thursday marked the end of the session and they could just all go home. In fact, the only person to speak about what they had seen appeared to be Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, who told reporters waiting outside the briefing that, “Nothing we heard today has changed our view that there is no evidence to support any allegation that the FBI or any intelligence agency placed a spy in the Trump campaign or otherwise failed to follow appropriate procedures and protocols.” However, while Republicans were silent about what they had seen in Trump’s trumped-up documents, they couldn’t stay silent for that. In response to Schiff’s statement, Republican Senator John Cornyn attempted to salvage a secondhand scandal. xIsnÃ¢ÂÂt this a leak of classified information? https://t.co/PXaRZ3A9d9— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) May 25, 2018 Cornyn’s accusation being that Democrats leaked classified information … in informing the public that the FBI and DOJ had followed procedure, and done nothing wrong. So by Republican standards, it’s completely okay to make what the New York Times called “unsubstantiated claims” and the AP referred as “embellishments.” What most people refer to as telling lies. But telling the truth … that’s a crime.
This one's for the history books—when the reckoning finally comes for the GOP's bankrupt Trump-era leadership, and the historians tear Paul Ryan limb-from-limb for his total dereliction of duty to our country. Here's Ryan’s exchange on Thursday with NBC reporter Kasie Hunt regarding Donald Trump’s repeated interference with the Department of Justice, the FBI, and the investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia. Hunt: Do you think that the president has done any lasting damage to the FBI and DOJ? Ryan: No, I do not believe that that is the case. I think, first of all, it's important that we have good thorough oversight—good thorough oversight, accountability and transparency heals all wounds that are committed by a government. Ryan has now moved into the upside down with Trump. Somewhere amid Trump’s lies, manipulations and continued calls to investigate his investigators in order to undermine the rule of law—aided by House Republicans like Reps. Devin Nunes and Mark Meadows—“good thorough oversight” is taking place. Ryan misplaced his spine a long time ago but this claim is so baseless it’s downright slimy. If reading the exchange didn’t thoroughly outrage you, you can watch it below.
Russia's newly-appointed Cabinet is capable of producing “advanced, groundbreaking reforms” with the government looking like “a tiger ready to make a leap forward,” head of the Russian Audit Chamber, Alexei Kudrin, said Friday. Read Full Article at RT.com
Susan B Glasser/New Yorker: President Trump Is a Better Dealbreaker Than Dealmaker His blown-up North Korea summit proves it. Even before the collapse of the North Korea negotiations, it was clear that this week was not going to do much for Trump’s vaunted self-image as a dealmaker. Not only were the prospects for the Kim meeting in doubt, there were setbacks regarding Trump’s two other top priorities: China and Iran… Sixteen months into the Trump Presidency, it is finally time to say: we really do know. There are no deals with Trump, and there are increasingly unlikely to be. Not on nafta. Not on Middle East peace. Or Obamacare or infrastructure. On tax cuts, the one big deal that did get passed, Republicans in Congress agreed to give their grandchildren’s money to American corporations and wealthy families and put it all on the nation’s credit card; Trump championed it but, by all accounts, played little role in shaping the legislation, and did nothing to build consensus with skeptical Democrats. On North Korea, Trump spontaneously (and over the fears of his advisers) agreed to meet a dictator whose family, for three generations, has made the acquisition of nuclear weapons the centerpiece of its national security; Trump’s negotiating strategy was to demand that the Kim dynasty completely give them up. How surprised are we that it didn’t work out? xOther 193 Countries Begin Insulting Mike Pence In Hopes Of Avoiding Future Meetings With Trump https://t.co/FoyxcBmr5h pic.twitter.com/KGKy8FmEDS— The Onion (@TheOnion) May 24, 2018
The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● VA-05: GOP Rep. Tom Garrett used a long and rambling Thursday press conference to announce that he would run for a second term in Virginia's 5th Congressional District after all. Garrett's declaration ended a very confusing 24 hours that began when his chief of staff quit and Politico reported that Garrett was thinking of dropping out of the race. The congressman soon only said he would not be resigning, and he promised to say more later. Republicans also began openly speculating about whom local party leaders would pick to replace him if he ended his re-election campaign. Campaign Action Garrett held his press conference Thursday afternoon, and we still can’t believe everything we heard with our own ears. Garrett began his roughly 25-minute monologue by saying he had spent more time on it than he has «on anything in a long time» does because he wanted to «get this right,» and well ... maybe he should have hired an editor. Garrett spent several minutes talking about his work in the state Senate and in his one term in Congress and declared several times, «I did that,» which left viewers thinking he was about to declare he was leaving the political stage. But Garrett instead went on to describe how furious he was that the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies made it difficult for University of Virginia women's basketball coach Joanne Boyle to adopt a young girl from Senegal and exclaimed, «This is the worst country in the world except for the other ones.» Garrett frequently returned to talking about Boyle throughout the half-hour address. And he didn't stop there. Garrett, who frequently banged his speech against his hands, complained about an unnamed person who considered challenging him whom he said called him «a cancer on our nation» and said that the real cancers were people who used that kind of vitriol. Garrett also complained that a would-be foe (it's not clear if it's the same person) had lied and said he hadn't condemned last year’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, which is in his district. Garrett continued and said “our nation was founded by imperfect people like a slave-owner named Jefferson on near-perfect ideas,” and he launched into a discussion about the imperfections of King David, Moses, and Thomas Jefferson. Garrett soon admitted that, «Yesterday, in frustration, I said I don't know if I want to do this anymore,» before declaring, «There's no way in heck I won't be back here in 2019.» He also apologized “for the way this played out,” and explained his chief of staff’s departure with “sometimes in life you decide to do different things” and, “Stuff happens.” GOP leaders may be wishing Garrett had just gotten a little more frustrated so he would retire and let them pick a new nominee. While this seat went from 53-46 Romney to 53-42 Trump, anonymous House Republicans have complained all year that Garrett has been not taking his re-election campaign seriously, and this not-retirement isn’t going to make his naysayers feel any better. Garrett has been a weak fundraiser, and Democratic nominee Leslie Cockburn held a $271,000 to $133,000 cash-on-hand edge over him in mid-April. Garrett admitted on Thursday that his fundraising hasn't been great, but said he'd post better numbers in the next quarter.
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The global economy is facing a threat of a spiraling protectionist measures that can lead to a devastating crisis, Vladimir Putin warned. Nations must find a way to prevent this and establish rules on how the economy should work. Read Full Article at RT.com
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When former Google CEO Eric Schmidt was asked about Elon Musk’s warnings about AI, he had a succinct answer: “I think Elon is exactly wrong.” “He doesn’t understand the benefits that this technology will provide to making every human being smarter,” Schmidt said. “The fact of the matter is that AI and machine learning are […]
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MANILA, Philippines (AP) - An Australian nun who irked the Philippine president for joining political rallies defied an Immigration Bureau order for her to leave the Philippines and appealed to justice officials Friday to allow her to continue her missionary work for the poor and victims of injustice. Accompanied by ...
What: Connoisseurship: The Literati SaleWhere: Ravenel, No. 76, Section 2, Dunhua South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10683When: 2 June 2018, 03:30 pmTop lots of the sale:- A Rare Imperial Inscribed Archaistic Russet Jade Rhyton. Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period (1736 - 1795). H: 22.5 cm. Estimate: On request- A Huanghuali Rectangular Table from 17th Century. Dimensions: L: 105 cm; W: 47 cm; H: 81 cm. Estimate: TWD 3,000,000 - TWD 5,000,000 (USD 103,300 – USD 172,200)- An Agarwood Sculpture. Weight: 130 g. Estimate: TWD 3,000,000 - TWD 5,000,000 (USD 103,300 – USD 172,200)- An Elaborately Carved White Jade Vase and Cover from 17th / 18th Century. H: 24 cm. Estimate: TWD 2,400,000 - TWD 3,800,000 (USD 82,700 – USD 130,900)- A Carved White Jade Grotto Group from 17th Century. H: 17 cm. Estimate: TWD 2,400,000 - TWD 3,800,000 (USD 82,700 – USD 130,900)- A White Jade Mountain. H: 23 cm. Estimate: TWD 1,900,000 - TWD 2,800,000 (USD 65,400 – USD 96,500)- A Pair of Tianhuang Seals from Republic Period. H: 4.8 cm, Weight：53.2g. Estimate: TWD 1,800,000 - TWD 2,600,000 (USD 62,000 – USD 89,600)- Gilt-Bronze Standing Figure of Vajrapani from Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). H: 30 cm. Estimate: TWD 1,800,000 - TWD 2,800,000 (USD 62,000 – USD 96,500)- A White Jade Figure of Buddha from 18th Century. H: 19.5 cm. Estimate: TWD 1,600,000 - TWD 2,400,000 (USD 55,100 - USD 82,700)- A Pair of White and Spinach-Green Jade Parfumiers from Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911). H: 20.5 cm. Estimate: TWD 1,500,000 - TWD 2,200,000 (USD 51,700 - 7 USD 5,800)For details, visit: https://ravenel.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/Founder: Louise Blouin
What: Design Gallery Milano vs Design Industry CollectionsWhere: Pierre Berge & Associes, Circle of Lorraine, 6 place Poelaert 1000 BrusselsWhen: Jun 3, 2018, 07.00 pmTop lots of the sale:- Andrea Branzi (Born in 1938): Italy. Unique model console «GL 03» from the «Grandi Legni» series. Natural beams, tree branch, fresco and mosaics. Unique piece by the Design Gallery Milano. Signed and dated on a beam «Andrea Branzi 2009» 2010. H_240 cm L_275 cm P_34 cm. Estimate: 40,000 - 60,000 € ($ 46,887 - $ 70,331)- Andrea Branzi (Born in 1938): Italy. Unique table-shelf model «Figure 4» from the series «Figure e Figurine». Acrylic painting by Andrea Branzi himself, stained wood and polished aluminum. Unique piece by Design Gallery Milano. Signed, 2011. H_260 cm L_200 cm. Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 € ($ 23,443 - $ 35,165)- Ettore Sottsass (1917-2017): Italy. Large buffet model «Alstro Destino» from the series «Rovine». Pear wood, polychrome lacquered wood, colored glass and gold leaf. Edition Design Gallery Milano limited to nine copies and three proofs of artists. Wearing the label of the publisher with its acronym «Design Gallery Milano Ettore Sottsass PA I / III 1992 Made in Italy», 1992. H_226 cm W_245 cm D_60 cm. Estimate: 18,000 - 25,000 € ($ 21,099 - $ 29,304)- Andrea Branzi (Born in 1938): Italy. Cabinet model «Grande Arco» from the series «Amnesie». Natural wood, screenprinted wood and halogen. Edition Design Gallery Milano limited to twenty signed copies. Bearing the booklet of the editor with its acronym «Design Gallery Milano Andrea Branzi 20/20 1991 Made in Italy, 1991. H_220 cm L_290 cm P_50 cm. Estimate: 16,000 - 20,000 € ($ 18,755 - $ 23,443)- Ettore Sottsass (1917-2017): Italy. Single bed model »Questi Giorni« from the series »Ruins«. Wood laminate and polychrome lacquered, stainless steel. Edition Design Gallery Milano limited to nine signed copies. Bearing the label of the publisher with its acronym »Design Gallery Milano Ettore Sottsass 8 / 9 1992 Made in Italy, 1992. H_238 cm L_220 cm P_121 cm. Estimate: 15,000 - 20,000 € ($ 17,582 - $ 23,443)- Alessandro Mendini (Born in 1931): Italy. Library model «Helyanthus» from the series «Museum Market». Melamine, gold leaf and mosaics. Edition Design Gallery Milano limited to twelve copies, 1993. H_255 cm L_180 cm P_48 cm. Estimate: 15,000 - 20,000 € ($ 17,582 - $ 23,443)- Alessandro Mendini (Born in 1931): Italy. «Vinca Major» model table from the «Museum Market» series. White lacquered fiberglass and polychrome hand-painted wood. Design Gallery Milano edition limited to twelve signed copies. Bearing the publisher's brochure with its initials "Design Gallery Milano a Mendini 4/12 1993 Made in Italy 1993. H_74 cm W_199 cm W_106 cm. Estimate: 15,000 - 20,000 € ($ 17,582 - $ 23,443)For details, visit: http://www.pba-auctions.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/Founder: Louise Blouin
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Reflecting on Steve Kerr's bizarre comments about how he is not concerned about his Golden State Warriors despite being now down 3-2 in the series to the Houston Rockets, Cris Carter explains to Nick Wright and Jenna Wolfe why this is the polar opposite of how Kerr should truly feel, noting why Curry and KD's squad are on the brink of elimination to Harden and CP3.