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Kids across America are earning a lot of "green" for participating a national cabbage growing competition, and an Ohio boy is one of them.

Josiah Cutlip, from Cambridge, Ohio, was randomly selected as a winner in the National Bonnie Plants Third Grade Cabbage Program. The program gives over a million kids hands-on gardening experience, while growing colossal cabbages. Select "best in state" winners will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

The program was created in 1996, but it wasn't until 2002 that it became a national endeavor. In total, Bonnie Plants has 80 greenhouse facilities across the country.

“The Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program is a wonderful way to engage children’s interest in agriculture, while teaching them not only the basics of gardening, but the importance of our food systems and growing our own”, said Stan Cope, President of Bonnie Plants. This unique, innovative program exposes children to agriculture and demonstrates, through hands-on experience, where food comes from. The program also affords our youth with some valuable life lessons in nurture, nature, responsibility, self-confidence and accomplishment."

A total of 31,251 Kids participated in Ohio, and Cutlip was one of them. Cutlip, a student at Cambridge International, grew a 22-pound cabbage.

“Over the course of the past 16 years, the Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program has proved to be an exciting, successful and worth-while experience that children, teachers, parents and grandparents across the country have embraced. We're certainly extremely proud of our Ohio State Winner: JOSIAH CUTLIP!! We are grateful to have the opportunity to provide our youth with this enjoyable and enriching opportunity and engage their interest in the art and joy of gardening,” said Cope.

For more information, visit Bonnie Plants' website: www.bonnieplants.com

https://wjla.com/news/offbeat/ohio-boy-wins-1000-savings-bond-for-growing-22-pound-cabbage
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Aw good.
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>randomly selected as a winner
What the fuck
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>>327336
>grew a 22-pound cabbage.

I wonder how man golabki that would make?

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he wants to control the popularity of rap music so that it does not lead to "the degradation of the nation".

Alarmed by the growing fondness people in his country have for the genre, Mr Putin has told a meeting of cultural leaders in St Petersburg that they must come up with a means to "lead it and direct it".

He acknowledged that attempting to ban rap in Russia would likely prove futile, as "protest" is one of its "three pillars" alongside "sex" and "drugs".

The latter is what Mr Putin said he was particularly concerned about, as he said any efforts to glamourise the use of drugs was "a path to the degradation of the nation".

He added that he considered "drug propaganda" to be worse than cursing.

His comments come amid a crackdown on contemporary music in Russia, with a rapper known as Husky having been arrested last month after staging an impromptu gig on top of a car.

The 25-year-old - who has garnered more than six million views on YouTube - put on the performance after a planned concert was cancelled because prosecutors deemed it to contain elements of "extremism".

Husky is known for rapping about poverty, corruption and police brutality.

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>>327349

Government shouldn’t be censoring music.

That said, rap is shit.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WWBT) - A jury found James Fields Jr. – the man who plowed into a crowd during the Unite the Right rally in August 2017 – guilty of first-degree murder on Friday.

A 12-person jury of seven women and five men also found Fields guilty on charges of aggravated malicious wounding, three counts of malicious wounding and one count of leaving the scene of an accident causing serious injury or death.

The two-week trial concluded Thursday as both sides delivered their closing arguments.

In closing statements, the commonwealth argued the case was about intent. Prosecutors said Fields used his car as a deadly weapon and that he acted with malice, intent and premeditation.

Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Nina-Alice Antony said there is no credible evidence of Fields' claim that his car was attacked.

Antony said Fields acted with hatred, and that same hatred can be seen in text messages sent to his mother before the rally. She told him to be careful and Fields replied with “we are not the ones who need to be careful” alongside a picture of Adolf Hitler.

As the trial closed on Thursday, more photo evidence was released, including Fields in a convenience store with Joshua Matthews, and a young couple from the Richmond area. They were all together less than an hour before the crash. Fields dropped them off at their car, and they said no to going to lunch.

Antony said it was important for jurors to see that Fields had an intent to harm others, making a decision to act of “ill will, hate and anger.”

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>>326741
Because this board is little more than a place for disaffected millennials to blow off steam and any "rules" that go with it are arbitrary and pointless.
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>>326743
Oh so it's like their real lives because they have no responsibility of their own.
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>>326744
If this is real life, does this mean the baby boomers are the real cancer that's destroying 4chan?
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Murder only applies to human beings and he didn't kill any.
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>>326066
How about doing some cool shit to make the country better instead? No? Ok, continue pissing people off, that will certainly improve our collective quality of life.

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) blasted Sen. Lindsey Graham on Twitter on Friday for reversing his stance on the standards necessary to impeach a president.

Ocasio-Cortez tweeted a Daily Beast story quoting Graham saying that he is fine with President Trump “lying about sex," writing, "Didn’t he impeach Bill Clinton over the same thing?"

During 1999 impeachment proceedings for former President Bill Clinton, Graham said, "You don’t even have to be convicted of a crime to lose your job in this constitutional republic. If this body determines that your conduct as a public official is clearly out of bounds in your role."

“You don’t need to have been convicted of a crime. Impeachment isn’t about punishment. It’s about cleansing the office,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in a tweet tagging the Republican senator.

“Sen. Graham himself established a standard that demands Trump’s impeachment,” she wrote.

Ocasio-Cortez also included a video that showed several prominent Republicans, including Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Graham, calling for Clinton's impeachment.

https://thehill.com/homenews/house/421503-ocasio-cortez-by-lindsey-grahams-1999-standard-for-clinton-trump-should-be
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>>327006
>Former lawyer gets locked up for illegal things he specifically did for Trump, at Trump's request
>But Trump didn't do anything illegal.
If you're paying someone to do something for you that you know is illegal, you're also culpable.
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>>327082
>illegal things he specifically did for Trump, at Trump's request
So the former lawyer claims.

>If you're paying someone to do something for you that you know is illegal
Given that there's precedent for several other /legal/ payments in exchange for silence from certain women, the fact that Trump would suddenly and deliberately tell Cohen to make a payment illegally seems highly unbelievable, especially since:
-He could easily afford the payment, and to make it legally like the others that were made
-The only evidence for this is the word of someone already going to jail for lying to the government
Unless there's actual documented communication between Cohen and Trump where Trump explicitly tells him to make the payment /illegally/, and not legally as was already done several times, it's going to be extremely difficult to prove anything in court solely on the word of someone who is, again, already going to jail for lying to the government.
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>>327018
>Comey

Commey committed series violations with his two Hilary shows. The guy was gone no matter who got put in. Believe it or not but these spook agencies actually have steps and procedures that have to be followed. Running in front of the cameras to give status decisions on ongoing cases isn't one of them. Furthermore Trump wanted mafia style loyalty which he refused to give and is the reason why Trump fired him.

>And all his tweets and spreading of false information
Becoming President doesn't mean you lose your free speech rights. Hes legally allowed to ramble and spread bullshit off tweeter. However it doesn't mean its morally right or becoming of the office.

>And whatever he's done that isn't public knowledge yet, like how we just found out Manafort was feeding information to Trump in how to attempt to cripple Mueller.
Closest thing you posted yet about something that could get him behind a jail cell. However unlike other shitholes in this world, we still operate under the idea that you evidence to convict someone. And you're going to need a STRONG and SUBSTANTIAL amount for Trump.
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>>327073
IMO Trump is a showsman reality tv guy losing his mind. He knows how to run the media and make it work for him. This can be shown with his base, low cost election win, and media coverage.

However he tries to apply that mindset to other areas in his life and it doesn't quite work out. So less of a 5D chess master and more of a Stan Lee that everyone loves to hate.
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Yep, the one Trump supporter I'm around on a regular basis seems like he's been deflated in the last month.

Wish I could talk about it with him honestly, but I know he's still in deep fucking denial and will lash out if his back gets against the wall.

But these people have a fucking train coming for them, and the smart ones know it already. Sucks to be you... get in the bed you made for yourselves over the last three years now like an adult.

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U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren admitted she is “not a person of color” in a speech to a group of largely black students Friday, as she continues to deal with the fallout from her claims of Native American ancestry.

“I’m not a person of color. And I haven’t lived your life or experienced anything like the subtle prejudice, or more overt harm, that you may have experienced just because of the color of your skin,” the Massachusetts Democrat told nearly 500 students graduating from Morgan State University, the largest of Maryland’s historically black colleges and universities.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/warren-seeks-to-connect-with-minority-communities-in-commencement-address/2018/12/14/b26f1766-ff4e-11e8-83c0-b06139e540e5_story.html

https://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2012/05/fordham-piece-called-warren-harvard-laws-first-woman-of-color-123526

https://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2012/05/fordham-piece-called-warren-harvard-laws-first-woman-of-color-123526

http://archive.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2012/04/30/elizabeth_warren_was_listed_as_a_minority_professor_in_law_directories_in_the_80s_and_90s/

https://twitter.com/HashtagGriswold/status/1051909617301811204


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>>327321
Compared to some of the crap making it on this board, this is pretty respectable news. Not exactly the crem of the crop posted here.
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Elizabeth Warren’s ‘Native’ disaster and other commentary
https://nypost.com/2018/12/09/elizabeth-warrens-native-disaster-and-other-commentary/amp/

NOT SO FAST: Boston Herald Reporter Says Americans Already ‘TIRED’ of Elizabeth Warren

https://kogo.iheart.com/featured/the-sean-hannity-show/content/2018-12-10-hannity-not-so-fast-boston-herald-reporter-says-americans-already-tired-of-elizabeth-warren/

Does the Media Have It Out for Elizabeth Warren?

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/elizabeth-warren-2020-run-769341/amp/

Elizabeth Warren admits she's not 'a person of color' during commencement speech

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/elizabeth-warren-admits-shes-not-a-person-of-color-during-commencement-speech-departs-from-native-american-heritage-claim.amp


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The Cherokee Nation, whose leaders have defended Warren in the past, issued a sharp rebuke: "Sovereign tribal nations set their own legal requirements for citizenship, and while DNA tests can be used to determine lineage, such as paternity to an individual, it is not evidence for tribal affiliation. Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong."
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The gaffe was entirely avoidable. Warren had six years to figure out a well-calibrated response, during which she could have, at any point, consulted with Native American groups. The controversy first surfaced all the way back in 2012 during her Senate campaign to unseat then Republican incumbent Scott Brown. The Boston press dug up reports that Harvard Law School was publicizing her as a Native American. At that time, Warren's own team couldn't find a direct-line ancestor to substantiate her family lore, nor could any Cherokee genealogists. That meant she wasn't eligible for any of the three federally recognized Cherokee groups: Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, United Keetowah Band of Cherokee, and Cherokee Nation. In her defense, Warren offered family memories of her maternal grandfather who "had high cheek bones like all of the Indians do." That kind of ham-handed attempt at evidence made by white people for Cherokee heritage has become a running joke on reservations, but coming from a renowned professor, it was given a dangerous appearance of legitimacy. "I'm proud of my Native American heritage," said Warren. "I'm proud of my family."
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It's not like Warren wasn't warned, either. For years, many Native Americans have laid out their concerns. "Indian identity is not a mythical connection to a long romanticized (and assumed long dead) people," April Youpee-Roll, a member of the Fort Peck Tribes, wrote in 2016 in The Missoula Independent. "It's a conversation that native people are having right now about kinship, family, civic participation and nationhood." That same year, Simon Moya-Smith, a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation and editor of Indian Country Today, wrote for CNN that Warren owed Native Americans an apology for avoiding engagement with them, reinforcing "racist Native American stereotypes," and "encouraging the claims of millions of convenient Indians who self-identify as Native American for their own gain." In a scathing 2017 Thinkprogress op-ed, Rebecca Nagle, a member of Cherokee Nation, also called on her to apologize for refusing to meet with a group of Cherokee women at the Democratic National Convention and failing to advance Native American interests in government, among other missteps. Warren did not apologize. But earlier this year, she did appear at the National Congress of American Indians, pledging to advocate for issues that affected them. Still, she has continued to insist that "my family history is my family history." And in her dogged quest to prove her family folklore, she again trampled over the interests of those who actually live in Cherokee communities.

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The "QAnon" community is falling apart.

Perhaps no conspiracy theory has thrived more readily in the dark corners of the internet since it was first born last October on the infamous troll message board 4chan following President Donald Trump's vague remarks last year at a military dinner that it was the "calm before the storm." An anonymous user claiming to be a high-level government informant and calling himself "Q" after the highest level of security clearance at the Energy Department, began leaving cryptic messages he called "crumbs" which were supposed to be hints as to a wide-scale government operation known as "The Storm" to take down government corruption and the new world order, with Trump at the center. While the messages often had very specific dates, many aspects of them were purposefully vague, allowing believers in "QAnon" to use their imagination and fill in gaps.

In time, a gigantic overarching narrative emerged in which Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller were all working together and planning mass arrests of everyone from Hillary Clinton to liberal financier George Soros to members of Congress, for their role in a massive, world-spanning criminal child sex ring enterprise that has included every former U.S. president — and that people should prepare martial law and orchestrated mass riots to protect those marked for arrest. Q's believers have claimed that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is a CIA plant, that former Democratic staffer Seth Rich was assassinated by MS-13 on the orders of party leadership, and that Republicans intentionally lost the special election for Jeff Sessions' Senate seat in Alabama to build evidence of voter fraud. At its height, QAnon broke into popular culture, with disgraced TV star Roseanne Barr promoting it on Twitter.

https://www.salon.com/2018/11/15/qanons-true-believers-are-devastated-as-the-conspiracy-theory-goes-down-in-flames/
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https://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/john-huber-qanon-house-oversight-hearing
Meanwhile the deluded few who still are blindly drinking the kool-aid are still at it with Republicans in Congress.
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>>324439
HE used to make jokes about it and posted pictures of kids tapped to tables and walls and he would make creepy pizza man jokes.
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>>326104
Prove it.
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K...KEEP ME POSTED
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Wow, they are deumb.

When you think about Shaolin monks you probably have a picture of a wise looking man, leaping through the air and smashing through 15 bricks at once with his bare hands, what you probably don't imagine is three-year-old boy doing all this.

But a sweet little boy is taking the world by storm after photos and videos of him being put through his paces in a grueling training regime, began circulating online.

For over a year the little boy, going by the nickname of Little Stone, has been studying martial arts at the illustrious Shaolin Temple, in central China's Henan Province.

And during that time he has garnered quite the following, with some 180,000 followers on his social media channel.

His harsh schedule isn't for the faint-hearted though, waking up at 5am every day, he trains for at least fiver hours in order to achieve his dream - hard to believe a three-year-old has dreams just yet, but ok - of becoming master of martial arts.

Abbot Yanbo is the miniature monk's trainer and has been sharing the videos.

He said that when Little Stone - real name Qi - first came to the school he would cry constantly.

Speaking to MailOnline, he said: "But after a month or so, he got used to the training and turned out to be a very smart and hardworking student.

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According to Yanbo, Qi only sees his family every two months and he is the youngest in his class, but already he is showing great promise, as can be seen in the clips that have since gone viral on social media, which show the little man throwing punches, blocking attacks, and kicking with perfect timing.

Unsurprisingly the footage has melted the hearts of almost everyone who has seen it, with some saying he is just 'too cute'.

One user wrote: "Such touch training on such a young kid. But he will grow into a well-disciplined adult."

Another said: "So adorable! This is a very good environment for a child to grow up in."

While another admitted they wouldn't 'last two days at the Temple'.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/15/us/politics/trump-tenants-taxes.html

They were collateral damage as Donald J. Trump and his siblings dodged inheritance taxes and gained control of their father’s fortune: thousands of renters in an empire of unassuming red-brick buildings scattered across Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.

Those buildings have been home to generations of strivers, municipal workers and newly arrived immigrants. When their regulated rents started rising more quickly in the 1990s, many tenants had no idea why. Some heard that the Trump family had spent millions on building improvements, but they remained suspicious.

“I’ve always thought there was something strange going on,” said Jack Leitner, who has lived in the Beach Haven Apartments in Coney Island, Brooklyn, for more than two decades. “But you have to have proof, and it’s an uphill battle.”

As it turned out, a hidden scam lurked behind the mysterious increases. In October, a New York Times investigation into the origins of Mr. Trump’s wealth revealed, among its findings, that the future president and his siblings set up a phony business to pad the cost of nearly everything their father, the legendary builder Fred C. Trump, purchased for his buildings. The Trump children split that extra money.

[Read The Times’s investigation here.]
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/10/02/us/politics/donald-trump-tax-schemes-fred-trump.html?module=inline

Padding the invoices had a secondary benefit for the Trumps, allowing them to inflate rent increases on their father’s rent-regulated apartments.


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“If I was talking to those tenants right now, I’d say: ‘Do it. Go,’” Mr. Grinthal said. “This case should be fought.”

Regulations generally allow tenants to challenge rent for the past four years. But the state’s highest court has held that tenants can look back further to show their landlord increased rent through fraud (though damages are still limited).

“If they are making false statements about how much it costs, that would be pretty much dead center of the definition of fraud,” Mr. Grinthal said.

Although the state Division of Housing and Community Renewal oversees rent-regulated apartments, the responsibility for uncovering overcharges falls mostly to tenants, many of whom are unaware of the rules. Just trying to figure out the codes on rental history forms and discern what drove up their rent can seem daunting.

Susan Shavitz, 73, moved into her two-bedroom at Trump Village in Coney Island with her mother when Fred Trump completed construction in 1964. Decades later, her rent begin to rise more quickly. She believed at the time that the increases were exclusively because the Trumps had switched the building to a different affordable-housing program.

Ms. Shavitz obtained her apartment rental history from the state at the request of The Times, but she could not translate the soup of numbers and abbreviations.

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>A portion of Susan Shavitz’s rental history at Trump Village in Brooklyn. The padded invoices still affect rent, as the initial increase was compounded over the years.


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That project increased Ms. Shavitz’s rent by $32 a month. While it is not known how much of that is attributable to All County, the cost of improvements bumped up her rent in five of the last eight years that the Trumps owned the buildings, adding 11 percent in all.

Ms. Shavitz said that she was financially comfortable and could afford her rent but would still participate in a lawsuit to win back overcharges.

Like Ms. Shavitz and her mother, thousands of tenants once saw moving into a Fred Trump building as a step up the economic ladder, an arrival of sorts. In the postwar era, the president’s father came to own more than 10,000 apartments in New York City, and thousands more elsewhere, often financing the construction through low-interest government loans aimed at creating affordable housing for returning veterans and the booming middle class.

The rules attached to those loans kept rents low, but Fred Trump excelled at keeping costs low, and the empire became enormously profitable. In just one six-year span, 1988 through 1993, Fred Trump reported $109.7 million in total income, the equivalent today of $210.7 million, according to confidential tax records obtained by The Times.

His buildings share a uniform austerity. Most are six-story brick rectangles with incongruously aristocratic sounding names — Saxony Hall, Westminster Apartments, Green Park Essex. His largest projects were sprawling complexes with acres of lawn in and around Coney Island — Beach Haven, Shore Haven and Trump Village.

The folk singer Woody Guthrie took an apartment at Beach Haven in 1950. He wrote a song called “Old Man Trump,” contemplating the morality of paying rent to someone who would not allow blacks to live in the building. The chorus began:

>Beach Haven ain’t my home!
>I just can’t pay this rent!
>My money’s down the drain!

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Mr. Leitner, 69, remembers that when he signed his first lease at Beach Haven in 1996, the rent was significantly higher than the one quoted during his apartment hunt.

He recently obtained the official rental history of his apartment from the state at the request of The Times. It shows that his initial rent was $728, an increase of $154 from the prior tenant’s rate. Most of that jump, in fact, was because of the improvement costs.

The effect of those costs was compounded through the years, as every approved rent increase built upon the starting point. And while some portion was certainly legitimate, even a $10-a-month increase because of a padded All County invoice would mean that Mr. Leitner had given his landlords at least $3,800 more than they were legally entitled to over the past 22 years.

Housing advocates have long argued that there is widespread abuse of the two programs that owners of rent-regulated apartments use to raise rents based on improvements or repairs. Two Albany lawmakers introduced legislation last August that would end one, known as Major Capital Improvements.

“The M.C.I. program has been subject to abuse by landlords for years — the fact the Trump family did it just highlights that,” said one of the lawmakers, state Senator Michael N. Gianaris, a Queens Democrat. “It’s time to scrap the program.”

Because the increases carry forward, even tenants who moved in years after the Trumps sold the last of their father’s empire in 2004 were affected by the family’s invoice-padding scheme.

“I want it looked at because a lot of tenants may be owed money,” said Angel Castillo, 49, who moved into Beach Haven a few years after the Trump siblings sold it.

He moved out just a few weeks ago. The reason: The current landlord increased his rent by $150 a month.

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>People were actually stupid enough to elect this fraudster as president
Oof
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>>327211
archive those links nigga

Donald Trump insists the GOP’s midterm election shellacking had nothing to do with him. Things will be different, he says, when his name is actually on the ballot in 2020.

While it’s true that most presidents who see their party suffer major losses in their first midterm election get reelected anyway, Trump isn’t most presidents — and there are lots of blaring-red warning lights in this month’s election results for his bid for a second term.

Unlike most of his predecessors, he’s been persistently unpopular, with approval ratings mired in the 40-percent range — so far, he’s the only president in the modern era whose job approval ratings have never been over 50 percent, according to Gallup.

Some of Democrats’ biggest gains came in the states that powered Trump’s Electoral College victory in 2016: Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. And while a president’s base has stayed home in previous midterm elections, leading to losses, the record turnout in this year’s races suggests 2018 was more like a 2016 re-run than Trump voters standing on the sidelines.

Thus far, even Trump loyalists in the party haven’t seen the president expand his electoral base beyond core Republicans.

“This is now the party of Donald Trump. I read articles saying the Republican Party has merged with the Trump coalition — they have no choice. Trump voters own the Republican Party. That’s consolidated,” said John McLaughlin, who was part of the team of pollsters working on Trump’s 2016 campaign. “The bad part is they haven’t broadened [his coalition]. They haven’t gotten his job approval over 50 percent, like Reagan. We haven’t done that.”

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/11/23/warning-signs-trump-reelection-bid-1012184
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>>317570
Republicans lost over 2/3rds of the Senate elections. The only reason they gained seats was that the map was mostly incumbent Democrats defending seats in Republican leaning or toss-up states.
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>>324371
And they only gained a single seat. It's important to remind them of this every time.

It was so much in their favor, and all they got was one seat.
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It's pretty funny.
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>>324409
That's why I said Conservatives so the right wing can't use the party realignment technicality.
Eisenhower wasn't that good either because he fed the military industrial complex and only after he left office did he decide to say 'you should do something about it' similar to what Trump is doing with the debt and economy when the Trump Recession inevitably happens.
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Haha.

A report published by CBS News on Saturday read like one of Donald Trump’s favorite talking points against Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. “Mueller’s Russia probe has cost more than $25 million,” its headline announced. Reports in Politico and Reuters made the same claim.

But the stories omitted a key detail: thanks to fines and asset forfeitures, the investigation has netted more than that total.

For months, Trump has groused on an almost daily basis that Mueller’s investigation into the Vladimir Putin regime’s efforts to help his 2016 campaign is an expensive “witch hunt.” He has recently claimed, without evidence, that the investigation had cost $30 million (on November 27) and $40 million (two days later). His Justice Department released documents on Friday showing the actual amount spent to be a little more than $25 million.

But even that total does not show the entire picture. As Mueller’s probe has netted multiple guilty pleas and convictions of prominent Trump campaign figures, it has also collected millions of dollars in fines and assets. Most notably, the September plea agreement between Mueller’s team and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort included a forfeiture of somewhere between $42 million and $46 million in cash, insurance policies, and real estate. The real estate alone was worth an estimated $22 million, which will be auctioned off for the United States Treasury.

Given that the national debt has seen a increase over more than a trillion dollars under Trump in Fiscal Year 2018 alone, the Mueller investigation is one of the rare parts of his administration operating at a surplus.

https://thinkprogress.org/at-a-reported-cost-of-25-million-mueller-probe-has-paid-for-itself-76fdcee15c9b/
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That's the tea.
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>>327259
Please don't post Illya's armpits you're making me want to fap.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi has her swagger back after a stellar week for the California Democrat, who is expected to make history next month by beginning a second Speakership in the House.

First, she baited President Trump into taking the blame for a potential government shutdown during a dramatic, televised showdown in the Oval Office.

The image of Pelosi strutting out of the White House meeting in a red wool jacket and pair of sunglasses quickly went viral, and even prompted the coat designer to bring back the discontinued piece.

Then, the very next day, Pelosi struck a deal with a rebellious group of Democrats who were hell-bent on ousting her from leadership, winning over more than enough holdouts to deliver her the Speakership in January.

“Well, she’s been telling me some very funny jokes all week. So I think she’s gotten her sense of humor back in a big way,” Rep. Jamie Raskin D-Md told The Hill on Thursday. “Politics is a tough business. You have to cherish the wins. And I think she’s feeling good.”

The high note follows a tense few weeks for Pelosi, who had been facing the biggest threat to her leadership during her decades-long political career.

Democrats seized back the House and picked up 40 seats last month, but in the days following the midterm elections, Pelosi was dogged by questions and headlines about her math problem in securing the Speaker’s gavel.

Dozens of Democratic candidates were critical of Pelosi or called for new leadership on the campaign trail, while a small but vocal group of incumbents had been agitating for a shake-up in the entrenched leadership ranks, where the top three Democrats have held a firm grip on power for more than a decade.

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But Pelosi, a shrewd political operator who has been a master of her caucus, began picking off her detractors one by one. She cut deals, deployed her deep network of powerful allies to lobby on her behalf and never let her critics see her sweat. And the 78-year-old lawmaker repeatedly refused to give in to demands from the “Never Nancy” camp that she publicly name an end date for her Speakership.

With the insurgency starting to crumble and Pelosi zeroing in on the gavel, some of the rebels brought a new proposition to the Democratic leader last week: agree to a proposal to impose term limits on party leaders, and we’ll deliver you the remaining Speaker votes. Pelosi, to the surprise of some insurgents, signaled she was open to the idea.

After a week of intense negotiations, Pelosi agreed to stage a vote on the proposal and promised to abide by the term limits regardless of whether they get adopted by the full caucus.

Their compromise, to be voted on in February, would cap the tenure of the top three leaders at three terms, with the option of a fourth if the candidate can win the support of two-thirds of the caucus. The limits would apply retroactively, meaning that the longest Pelosi could stay on is Speaker would be 2022. The constraints also would apply to Pelosi’s top two deputies: Reps. Steny Hoyer (Md.) and James Clyburn (S.C.).

Some Pelosi allies say she already had enough Speaker votes locked down — and wasn’t planning to stay more than four more years anyway — but wanted to cut a deal with her critics in the interest of party unity, which will give Pelosi a boost of momentum as House Democrats head into their new majority.

“People are looking for a reason to support the person who is going to be the Speaker. The writing isn’t on the wall, it’s in the cement that Nancy is going to be the next Speaker,” Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, told The Hill.
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“If she wants to give them something to save face, that’s something that good leaders often do.”

Even though Pelosi put out one fire, there is still another cloud handing over congressional leaders: a potential government shutdown, with current funding set to run dry next week.

But Democrats feel like they have a stronger negotiating hand after Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) headed to the White House on Tuesday to negotiate with Trump over his demand for border wall money in any spending package.

During the testy meeting, Pelosi got Trump to fully accept the blame if the government shuts down, called the president’s bluff that a $5 billion border wall bill could pass the House and put down his suggestion that she is weaker because of the anti-Pelosi insurgency.

“Mr. President,” she said, “please don’t characterize the strength that I bring to this meeting as the leader of the House Democrats, who just won a big victory.”

Pelosi was clearly riding high as she returned to the Capitol, where she waltzed into a closed-door Democratic meeting and started cracking jokes — including one mocking Trump’s manhood. Several days later, her campaign began fundraising off her battle in the Oval Office.

“It’s like a manhood thing for him. As if manhood could ever be associated with him,” Pelosi told members of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, according to sources inside the room.

“It was so wild,” Pelosi continued, describing the meeting to her colleagues. “It goes to show you: You get into a tinkle contest with a skunk, you get tinkle all over you.”
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Oof.

Turkey's foreign minister said Saturday his country would "not give up" on finding out the truth about the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul."We haven't received any new information or outcome of the investigation from the Saudi side," Mevlut Cavusoglu said on the sidelines of a conference in Turkish ally Qatar."Turkey will not give up on this, we will go to the end."Earlier this month, the minister said Turkey was in talks over a possible United Nations investigation into the October 2 murder, which has provoked global outrage.The 59-year-old Khashoggi, a palace insider turned critic of the Saudi regime, was strangled and his body cut into pieces by a 15-strong Saudi hit squad, according to Turkish officials.The US Senate gave its unopposed backing on Thursday to a resolution holding the kingdom's de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, responsible for the murder after the Central Intelligence Agency reportedly concluded he gave the orders.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that the killing was ordered at the highest levels of the Saudi government, although he has repeatedly absolved the ageing King Salman. In an exclusive interview this week with US President Donald Trump, Reuters reported that he reflected staunch support for the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman in the face of heavy criticism following a CIA assessment that he was responsible for ordering the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/middle-east/191023-181215-turkey-won-t-give-up-on-khashoggi-murder-probe-minister
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Last month, the US Treasury slapped sanctions on 17 Saudis, including close aides of Prince Mohammed, but have still refrained from acting against the powerful crown prince.Over the weekend, The New York Times reported that Jared Kushner, son-in-law and adviser to US President Donald Trump, has been advising Bin Salman in the wake of the murder.The report detailed Kushner’s relationship with Salman stating that the two are “on a first-name basis, calling each other Jared and Mohammed in text messages and phone calls.”Asked on which side he would fall in a debate preoccupying the Saudi royal family over whether Mohammed Bin Salman should remain next in line to the throne, Trump said he believed the crown prince remained firmly in his position.“I just haven’t heard that,” Trump said. “Honestly, I can’t comment on it because I had not heard that at all. In fact, if anything, I’ve heard that he’s very strongly in power.”Despite the incriminating CIA summary from last month, Trump continues to refer to Bin Salman’s “vehement denial” of involvement in the killing, instead opting to view the intelligence report as “very premature.”

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s intensifying legal troubles are unnerving some of his fellow Republicans. Despite his brash stance, they believe the turmoil has left him increasingly vulnerable as he gears up for what is sure to be a nasty fight for re-election.

Trump, ever confident of his ability to bend story lines to his will, mocks the investigations into his conduct as candidate and president as a “witch hunt” and insists he will survive the threats.

But a shift began to unfold over the weekend after prosecutors in New York for the first time linked Trump to a federal crime of illegal hush payments. That left some of his associates fearful that his customary bravado is unwarranted. For some Republicans, the implication that the president may have directed a campaign finance violation, which would be a felony, could foreshadow a true turning point in the Republican relationship with him when special counsel Robert Mueller releases his report on the Russia investigation.

“I’m sure there’s going to be a lot more that’s going to come out from the Southern District (of New York) and from, at some point, from the Mueller investigation as well,” Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, the chamber’s incoming No. 2 Republican, said Monday. “What they’re implying there, obviously, is something I assume at some point the president will have an opportunity to respond to.”

Thune continued: “Campaign finance violations are something that ... they are serious matters, but obviously it depends a little bit on how it gets treated.”

As the legal drama plays out, political challenges that could threaten Trump’s re-election are piling up.

Republicans are still coming to terms with their drubbing in last month’s House elections and looking for someone to blame.
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Does anyone think it's maybe just slightly disingenuous to bump all your old shit threads with shitty one-liners and then claim the problem is with the rules of the board rather than with you?
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>>325603
So much for the tolerant right
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>>327286
There's another guy bumping threads with "bump" and then deleting the posts. At least these posts are contributing.
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>>327297
I don't buy the argument that "Huh" is a post that contributes anything to anything but you do you.
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>>327299
You don't, eh? Huh.

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At the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai was asked some difficult questions. None was more difficult than Iowa Congressman Steve King's, however, whose question was literally impossible to answer.

King said that his seven-year-old granddaughter was playing a game on her phone before an election — most likely King's November 2018 re-election bid — and was shown a picture of the congressman that included some not-so-flattering language.

"I'm going to say into the record what kind of language was used around that picture of her grandfather," he said.

Then, holding up his Apple device, King asked Pichai, "How does that show up on a seven year-olds-iPhone who's playing a kids game."

To which the Google CEO answered, "Congressman, iPhone is made by a different company."

The Democratic staff table erupted in laughter at Pichai's reply, according to Business Insider's Joe Perticone who attended Tuesday's hearing.

Later in the hearing, Rep. Ted Lieu (CA) told the Iowa congressman that if he wanted "positive search results, do positive things." King has repeatedly found himself in hot water over his insensitive racial comments.

https://www.businessinsider.com/steve-king-asks-google-ceo-iphone-democrats-laugh-2018-12?utm_source=reddit.com
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>>325457
And people thought I'm crazy to think old white rich men in power is the most stagnant force on the planet
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That's hilarious.
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>>327301
Here comes Individual-1 bumping all the shit threads he's made over the last three days.
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>>327304
Trump is bumping anti-Trump threads? Huh.
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>>327341
It's how the person leading the campaign to post as many mass-manufactured anime threads as possible asked to be referred.


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