❝ Donald Trump released this photo after a contentious meeting in the White House with the Speaker of the House. He may have thought the picture would help show that Nancy Pelosi was “unhinged.” Did it? We’ll let you decide. On the 1000th day of his presidency, it may go down as a defining moment.
❝ Soon after Trump released the photo, Pelosi made it her cover photo on Twitter. To her and many others, it wasn’t a photo of someone unhinged. But rather a picture of someone doing something that people rarely do with Trump, standing up to him both physically and metaphorically.
Click through to the article – and the video up top. Lawrence O’Donnell lays out a pretty clear statement what really happened.
Shows Pence how to pardon himself [Trump] after impeachment
❝ Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced he signed legislation…to close New York’s double jeopardy legal loophole that protects individuals who are pardoned by a President from being prosecuted at the state level for the same offense. This key reform, which was an Attorney General’s program bill, gives New York prosecutors discretion to pursue prosecution of criminal acts where they have jurisdiction.
❝ “No one is above the law and New York will not turn a blind eye to criminality, no matter who seeks to protect them,” Governor Cuomo said. “The closure of this egregious loophole gives prosecutors the ability to stand up against any abuse of power, and helps ensure that no politically motivated, self-serving action is sanctioned under law. I thank the Attorney General Letitia James for her work to advance this much-needed reform and by signing it into law we are taking another step toward a stronger, fairer and more just Empire State for all.”
❝ The statutory change takes effect immediately and applies to future and past offenses, provided the person has not already been tried or entered a plea.
Trump has done everything but publicly pledge to use his pardon power to allow friends and associates off the hook. Now, the Double Jeopardy jailbreak is closed in New York.
And it goes downhill from there!
❝ OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma and its billionaire owners, the Sacklers, on Friday got a temporary reprieve from lingering court battles over their alleged role in fueling the opioid crisis. In exchange, they may have to be more forthcoming about what happened to all the OxyContin money.
❝ US bankruptcy Judge Robert Drain temporarily halted state lawsuits against Purdue as well as the Sacklers — though only Purdue has filed for bankruptcy protections. In pausing the states’ cases, Judge Drain cited Purdue’s mounting legal expenses, which he noted is money that could otherwise go toward addressing the opioid crisis and its victims…
❝ Purdue is estimated to have made more than $35 billion from OxyContin sales, and the Sacklers reportedly siphoned off as much as $13 billion of that into their own pockets.
Out of the kindness of their collective hearts, the Sacklers have in return promised the court they’ll stop hiding the money and even answer questions truthfully. What fracking planet did these greedy bastards grow up on? These are the sort of rules the rest of us are required to live by our whole lives.
❝ Soviet-born South Florida businessmen Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman had just finished lunch at the Trump Hotel Wednesday with the president’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, when the pair were arrested at the first-class gate at Dulles Airport in Virginia on charges of violating federal campaign finance laws.
The duo, the feds allege, developed a sudden interest in the American political system in 2016, using LLCs and other tricks to keep their names off of the five- and six-figure checks they sent to a Trump Super-PAC and elected Republicans they pressed to give the U.S. ambassador to the Ukraine the boot, which Trump did earlier this year, reportedly after she asked Giuliani to go through official channels if he wanted to play foreign affairs…
❝ Giuliani referred to Parnas and Fruman as his clients earlier this year, after another oligarch publicly said the pair had come to him to “demand” he set up a meeting between Rudy and a Ukrainian leader. Rudy responded by advising the pair to sue and calling for the oligarch’s arrest.
Days before their arrest, Dowd had complained to the House Intelligence Committee that its call for financial information from Parnas and Fruman was an attempt to “harass, intimidate and embarrass my clients,” who had been assisting Giuliani “in connection with his representation of President Trump.”
I won’t say “birds of a feather” — that would slander birds. More like related slime critters that crawled out of shared sewers.
❝ Warren explained Saturday morning that her campaign purchased Facebook ads this week that purposefully included the lie that Zuckerberg had endorsed Trump’s re-election in order to highlight what she considered negligence on the part of the company’s handling of misinformation in political advertising (She notes later in the ad that Zuckerberg hadn’t actually endorsed Trump).
❝ “We intentionally made a Facebook ad with false claims and submitted it to Facebook’s ad platform to see if it’d be approved. It got approved quickly and the ad is now running on Facebook,” she wrote. “They’ve decided to let political figures lie to you—even about Facebook itself—while their executives and their investors get even richer off the ads containing these lies.”
Zuck will just take her money to the bank. Hopefully, folks who love Facebook will get the point.