Trump «lawyer» Rudy Giuliani spent his morning on the Sunday show circuit. This was almost certainly a bad idea, but (1) Rudy Giuliani would push his own mother down a flight of stairs for an extra five minutes on television and (2) at this point it is evident that whenever someone in the Donald Trump orbit says «lawyer» they really mean «publicist.» Rudy Giuliani is not going on the Sunday shows because he believes it will help Donald Trump's legal position, as federal and state prosecutors investigate, at this point, every organization in which Trump has played a major role over the last decade. Rudy Giuliani is going on the Sunday shows in an attempt to craft a political defense of Trump, an attempt to convince pundits and the public that holding Trump to account for those crimes would be, itself, a political act, and too great a price for the nation to bear. It did not go well. On ABC's This Week, Giuliani seemed willing to admit that then-Trump dealmaker Michael Cohen had continued to pursue a high-level deal to construct a «Trump Tower» in Moscow—a deal that would have required the involvement of the Putin government—right up to the weeks of the election. On whether Trump confidant Roger Stone gave the campaign a «heads-up» on upcoming Wikileaks-leaked material obtained from Russian spies, Giuliani suggested that while he didn't «believe» it happened, «that's not a crime.» And on whether his client, Donald Trump, is a raging liar who's word cannot be trusted: xGIULIANI: «[Cohen] will say whatever he has to say. He has changed his story 4 or 5 times.»ABC: «So has the president.»GIULIANI: «The president is not under oath.» pic.twitter.com/MBVkvoaSsE— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 16, 2018
And now for today’s thought exercise. Imagine you are a member of Congress. Recent assessments from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) warn that the budget deficit for fiscal year 2018, which ended on Sept. 30, jumped to $779 billion and annual trillion-dollar shortfalls will return beginning in FY 2020. But then you learn of a miraculous budget formula that magically turns each additional dollar Uncle Sam spends into five or even 10 dollars in new revenue. You further discover that this formula is perfectly legal, completely fool-proof, and 100 percent guaranteed to slash federal budget deficits. So, do you use it? If you’re a GOP member of Congress, the answer is no. The reason for that mind-bogglingly stupid refusal is no mystery. As it turns out, that “magic formula” is simply to increase the enforcement budget for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). But that very real solution to cracking down on tax fraud, evasion, and cheating would largely impact the rich. And after spending large parts of the past two decades cutting taxes for the wealthy and gutting the IRS, Republicans aren’t about to turn on their donor base: the haves and the have-mores. A special report (“How the IRS Was Gutted”) jointly produced this week by The Atlantic and ProPublica shed light on the second prong of the GOP’s giveaway to the gilded class. “An eight-year campaign to slash the agency’s budget has left it understaffed, hamstrung and operating with archaic equipment,” authors Paul Kiel and Jesse Eisenger revealed. “The result: billions less to fund the government,” they warned, adding “that’s good news for corporations and the wealthy.”
Last month, on November 7, people panicked when reports came out that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fractured three ribs. She’d fallen in her Supreme Court Office when she sustained the injury. She went back to work almost immediately. Her nephew told Reuters, for example, that Justice Ginsburg was even working from her hospital bed. But, given that it sometimes feels like the fate of our country rests on the health of an 85-year-old woman, people were really stressed about her health. Offers to donate ribs to the justice frequently cropped up on social media. But rest assured, we can all keep our ribs (for now). The justice told audiences in a public interview, sponsored by the Museum of the City of New York and WNET-TV, that she was «almost repaired.» Just how much better is she doing? She’s back to her famous workouts.
A couple of folks recently expressed interest in my experience in online conservative political forums. The comment I often hear from people is, “How do you know so much about politics?” I always find this to be a funny question because I really don’t know much about politics, at least not the way they’re thinking about it. What I know a lot about is values and how to talk to people about values. I know how to make powerful moral arguments. The reason I do this is because social media is powerful. If you don’t believe me, just look at how it was used to influence the last election. It’s not hard to develop powerful social media skills, but it takes thinking about things a little differently. And it takes practice, too. To help, I thought I’d break down a recent example.
Now that Trump budget director Mick Mulvaney has become Donald Trump's next sacrificial chief of staff, a job he wanted very very badly to get, according to Politico, the obvious question is whether Mulvaney will run afoul of Trump's ego in the manner that former chiefs Reince Priebus and John Kelly so quickly did. Will he attempt to rein in Trump's worst impulses? Will he try his best to pressure Trump into not wasting his days away watching Fox & Friends or shouting at clouds? Will he try to limit the number of weird Trump friends and family members who can call him up or waltz into the Oval Office and suggest, to Donald, yet another new grift or bizarre rewrite of the nation's governing policies? The answer appears to be no, no, and definitely absolutely no. According to Politico's sources, Mulvaney's plan is instead to oblige Trump's need for constant attention by sending him out onto one long, unending road trip of shouting hell. White House aides say he is unlikely to attempt to reform the president’s habits of spending much of his time watching television and tweeting, or to curtail the influence of Trump’s daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, on the policymaking process. Instead, Mulvaney is expected to get Trump on the road as much as possible heading into his reelection campaign, capitalizing on the president’s love of campaign rallies while trying to sprinkle into the events as much policy talk on taxes and regulation as he can. Willingly inflicting more Donald Trump on the nation at this point is something close to a war crime, but Mulvaney has long been one of the more eager, cough, obligers of the Trumpian ego. For the record, the odds of this rapidly descending into chaos are extremely high. Granted, John Kelly has hardly been doing a damn thing of late (previous reporting suggested that, after too many battles with Trump, Kelly began to largely phone in his job, instead sitting back and watching as the room burned down around him) but a chief of staff coming to the job with an explicit plan of letting Donald stew in his own juices, grind up his little pills and sniff his way to the next elections? Goodie.
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