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  1. 1 dee
    July 17, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    yes indeed

    • July 17, 2018 at 6:12 pm

      President Obama knows what is the radiant expression and purity of words, lifting us up, facing difficulty. He shows us how the face of suffering is our own face and we must engage – by doing so we come home. What a blessing he is! How timely is our PBO’s birth!
      “there is an ocean of bright clouds: there is an ocean of solemn clouds” (dogen)

  2. 3 Nena20409
    July 17, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    What, precisely, did President Trump say about the diametrically opposed statements concerning Russia and the 2016 U.S. elections by U.S. intelligence agencies (and the Senate Intelligence Committee) and by Putin concerning Russia and the 2016 U.S. elections? Precision is not part of Trump’s repertoire: He speaks English as though it is a second language that he learned from someone who learned English last week. So, it is usually difficult to sift meanings from Trump’s word salads. But in Helsinki he was, for him, crystal clear about feeling no allegiance to the intelligence institutions that work at his direction and under leaders he chose.

    Speaking of Republicans incapable of blushing — those with the peculiar strength that comes from being incapable of embarrassment — consider Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.), who for years enjoyed derivative gravitas from his association with John McCain (Ariz.). Graham tweeted about Helsinki: “Missed opportunity by President Trump to firmly hold Russia accountable for 2016 meddling and deliver a strong warning regarding future elections.” A “missed opportunity” by a man who does not acknowledge the meddling?

    Contrast Graham’s mush with this on Monday from McCain, still vinegary: “Today’s press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory.” Or this from Arizona’s other senator, Jeff Flake (R): “I never thought I would see the day when our American president would stand on the stage with the Russian President and place blame on the United States for Russian aggression.” Blame America only.

    • 4 99ts
      July 17, 2018 at 8:44 pm

      When George Will eviscerates the leaders and followers of the GOP – then it will mean something. Otherwise – he will be singing the praises of Pence when trump is impeached/arrested

    July 17, 2018 at 5:03 pm


      July 17, 2018 at 5:06 pm


  4. 7 Nena20409
    July 17, 2018 at 5:03 pm

      July 17, 2018 at 5:11 pm


  5. 9 0388jojothecat
    July 17, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    I know SUE….sometimes I find it very hard to look into the face of or Forever-FLOTUS & POTUS who worked so hard for ALL of us. I feel the American people failed him by not coming out in 2010, 2012, & 2016. I see the pain of “un-fucking believable they voted for this ass-clown”.

      July 17, 2018 at 5:35 pm


  6. 11 deserflower
    July 17, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    So glad you put these snippets of PBO up here for all to enjoy. Thank you bunches, Nerdy.🙏

  7. 12 Nena20409
    July 17, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    • July 17, 2018 at 5:51 pm

      As Rachel pointed out: Russia is a nation with Zero gun-rights activism.

    • 14 0388jojothecat
      July 17, 2018 at 6:40 pm

      NOW, it can be true, she is indicted. Instead of Bill Browder, we will exchange cutsy girl for the 13 Generals. I am sure Vlad Putty Poot will scrafice her for the Generals.

  8. 15 No Child Left Behind
    July 17, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    • 16 0388jojothecat
      July 17, 2018 at 8:23 pm

      On the Randi Rhoades broadcast this afternoon, she read the communications between this woman and Torshin.

  9. July 17, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    • July 17, 2018 at 5:57 pm

      Regardless of motive Trump publicly betrayed his country. Nothing he does now has any validity.
      He doesn’t want to admit that Russian interference with the election probably means he’a not a legitimate president. Because if so nothing he’a done so far is valid. And all the dirty filth he has done could theoretically be undone. KOCH doesn’t want this. Putin doesn’t want this.

    • 19 99ts
      July 17, 2018 at 8:41 pm

      Life is not about money – but way to late for trump to understand that – PBO pointedly mentioned it in his speech in SA.
      No-one had a great meeting with trump except putin.

  10. 20 JER
    July 17, 2018 at 6:11 pm

  11. 22 Nerdy Wonka
    July 17, 2018 at 6:19 pm

  12. 23 JER
    July 17, 2018 at 6:33 pm

  13. 24 jacquelineoboomer
    July 17, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    This is awful. Hope he stays safe. Only the devil knows what trump agreed to, during that barbecue he and putin had.

  14. July 17, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    Interesting how these kids get almost no coverage

  15. 28 jacquelineoboomer
    July 17, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    This actually happened.

  16. 35 desertflower
    July 17, 2018 at 7:36 pm

  17. 36 desertflower
    July 17, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    Please read this thread. Questions that others have mentioned here are the issues that wake me in the night. Things just don’t add up.

    • 37 desertflower
      July 17, 2018 at 7:39 pm

      Like this:

      Follow Follow @CrazyMomma007
      Replying to @emptywheel
      Yeah…and HOW did @SenateMajLdr KNOW that IF he held up Obama’s SCOTUS nomination, the GOP could PICK it INSTEAD?! He knew an ENTIRE YEAR ahead of the 2016 election. #ComradeMitchKNEW

      6:47 AM – 17 Jul 2018

    • July 17, 2018 at 10:28 pm

  18. 43 Nerdy Wonka
    July 17, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    Come through, Queen Elizabeth!

  19. 44 GGAIL
    July 17, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    Doesn’t anyone review what he’s going to say on tape first?
    Idiot said the Queen reviewed the troops for the first time in 70 years when she reviewed them with him.


    Oh, dumb-ass, she’s only been the Queen for 65 years.
    Go and watch the video of her recent viewing of the troops with President Obama. Then STFU!

    • 45 99ts
      July 18, 2018 at 7:15 am

      She reviews the troops multiple times a year – until recently used to ride a horse while doing same. My mind will NEVER comprehend how this man got elected – there is no other solution than the russian fix was in.

  20. 46 purpleshoesla
    July 17, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    This! god dammit. They are the majority in a co-equal branch of the same damn government. Not here for this BS from the Repugnants.

    • 47 Gazelle
      July 17, 2018 at 8:41 pm

      Rev Barber keeping it real! 😂

    • 48 Beaglemom
      July 18, 2018 at 11:45 am

      Remember how quick the Republicans in Congress were to impeach Bill Clinton? What he had done was not nice but was certainly not treason, nor was he guilty of “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

  21. 49 purpleshoesla
    July 17, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    This is my hood, had to drive past this BS state propaganda on the way to work for WEEKS enraged. NOW FINALLY! Some Truth-in-advertising directly enforced! 😆 Resistance big and small.

  22. 51 JER
    July 17, 2018 at 8:15 pm

  23. 53 Gazelle
    July 17, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    Pardon my absence for now. Am still stuck in replay mode of today’s event in RSA, replaying that joyous video. I blame NW! 😂 Thank you, NW ❤ What a glorious, joyful event.

  24. 57 99ts
    July 17, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    PBO’s speech was everything and more. I was up until 1.30am to listen!

    At times he seemed so sad at what was happening in the US & then he reverted to so much of what he said back in 2008 on the trail. I LOVED the talk about – “what can you do with all those billions – how many houses can you own, trips can you make”

    I’ve always been so happy because we have enough – we have a home, can pay the bills and smell the flowers. To the few who demand the billions & want to control how we live – I wish nothing but misery.

    • 58 Betsy
      July 18, 2018 at 12:12 pm

      They are already miserable with their billions. They will never be happy because they are not truly loved and only love their money. They’ve lost their North Star.

  25. 59 Gazelle
    July 17, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    Can’t help myself, I blame POTUS44 😇:

  26. July 17, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    On Butina and her connection/exposure of the NRA ties to Russia and Trump:
    1) “Authorities have been investigating whether Butina and Torshin, both gun enthusiasts who attended NRA events together, were part of a plot to funnel Russian money through the NRA to the Trump campaign, perhaps through NRA entities that were not required to disclose their funding sources.” ((Politico)
    2) “The Treasury Department and IRS announced TODAY that the IRS will no longer require certain tax-exempt organizations to file personally-identifiable information about their donors as part of their annual return.” (Salon)
    3) “the change, which has been long sought by conservatives and Republicans in Congress, will affect labor unions, social clubs and, most notably, many political groups like the National Rifle Association and the KOCH network’s Americans for Prosperity, which collect what is
    known as ‘dark money.” (NYT)
    4) -Trump did this before Butina’s court date tomorrow.

  27. 61 Gazelle
    July 17, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    The most wonderful thing about the event in RSA, in the various speeches, was “President Barack Obama”. Methinks the world says it’s so. Ignore iQ45. He’s proved his absolute irrelevancy. QED. Now lets prove it further by voting, & insisting each state safeguard our votes. We have work to do. Fired up!

  28. July 17, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    There’s a staggering percentage of our fellow citizens that want a stupid, STUPID leader. They love it, in fact. The stupider, the better.

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  31. July 17, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    • 68 jacquelineoboomer
      July 17, 2018 at 10:33 pm

      Maybe being laughed at by Russians will impact the effin’ GOP, because they sure don’t care about how any AMERICANS feel.

      Total treason, and I hope they all rot at GITMO.

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  34. 72 jacquelineoboomer
    July 17, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    Pete on trolling trump!

  35. 75 Gazelle
    July 17, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    On Lawrence, did not realize that Secret Service has been protecting Kushner from being served subpoena by Mueller. So now judge said mail the darn thing! From my understanding, this is not an easy thing to achieve, getting a judge to agree to that mode. Dood is in latrine level shit, they can send that subpoena to every single place he might reside ++, & then he’s done. QED.

  36. 77 desertflower
    July 18, 2018 at 12:03 am

    Please Share

    • 78 Obama Grandmama
      July 18, 2018 at 6:22 pm

      Would the paper ballots be electronically counted with computer connections? It needs to be totally old fashioned style bypassing breechable computer counts.

  37. 79 desertflower
    July 18, 2018 at 12:04 am

  38. 80 desertflower
    July 18, 2018 at 12:10 am

  39. 81 desertflower
    July 18, 2018 at 12:28 am

    It was all part of their diabolical plan. Money and power over people for them. ALWAYS

    • 82 rikyrah
      July 18, 2018 at 9:17 am

      Norm cracks me up, because he used to be such unassuming milquetoast.

    • July 18, 2018 at 10:05 am

      and let us not forget it

    • 84 Sandy1110
      July 18, 2018 at 10:05 am

      Everyone this administration chooses is done to either destroy government or create a protection racket for Trump and his cronies. That was obvious to me from his first cabinet appointments and the largely useless media has not given them any real scrutiny.

  40. 85 desertflower
    July 18, 2018 at 12:32 am

    Hey OC!

  41. July 18, 2018 at 3:39 am

    If you follow @ericgarland, he’s on FIRE tonight, and will make you feel better.

    If you don’t, DO IT NOW. It will make you feel better.

    Start here: – it’s a long thread, with many very worthy and educational side-roads…

    You’re welcome. 😀

  42. 95 Jey
    July 18, 2018 at 8:49 am


    I was reading a comment at another site , where someone suggests Jeff Flake switch parties … so that Schumer becomes Senate Leader.
    I just wish there was ONE Republican who had the backbone to put country over party especially at a time like this.

    • 96 deserflower
      July 18, 2018 at 9:58 am

      Don’t count on Flake. His last name suits him. Also, fizzles out when push comes to shove. All talk, no convictions

  43. 98 rikyrah
    July 18, 2018 at 9:11 am

    uh huh
    uh huh

    Top Voting Machine Vendor Admits It Installed Remote-Access Software on Systems Sold to States
    Remote-access software and modems on election equipment ‘is the worst decision for security short of leaving ballot boxes on a Moscow street corner.’

    The nation’s top voting machine maker has admitted in a letter to a federal lawmaker that the company installed remote-access software on election-management systems it sold over a period of six years, raising questions about the security of those systems and the integrity of elections that were conducted with them.

    In a letter sent to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) in April and obtained recently by Motherboard, Election Systems and Software acknowledged that it had “provided pcAnywhere remote connection software … to a small number of customers between 2000 and 2006,” which was installed on the election-management system ES&S sold them.

    The statement contradicts what the company told me and fact checkers for a story I wrote for the New York Times in February. At that time, a spokesperson said ES&S had never installed pcAnywhere on any election system it sold. “None of the employees, … including long-tenured employees, has any knowledge that our voting systems have ever been sold with remote-access software,” the spokesperson said.

  44. 99 anjo
    July 18, 2018 at 9:21 am

    Good morning all, i am really stunned at the happenings of the last 2 days, are we perhaps at the beginning of the end of America as we know it? It is not too far fetched when the co-equal branches of government act like lapdogs to the Traitor in Chief, where is the urgency to replace all and I mean ALL voting machines, is the attack from all sides so overwhelming that what is being done by a few patriots is not enough or are folks still in denial stage that ‘this is America it cant happen here’. Well it did in Helsinki and it wasn’t the first time, that was just the most blatant manifestation, this seems like when you go to the doctor for a minor cold and he tells you to put your affairs in order. Thank God for TOD at least there is some sanity here

  45. 100 rikyrah
    July 18, 2018 at 9:23 am

    UH HUH
    UH HUH

    In the case of troll farm tied to the man known as “Putin’s chef,” the company’s attorneys begin their motion to dismiss with a pull-quote from this opinion by none other than Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

    “I believe that a Justice Kavanaugh could well vote with a new SCOTUS majority to hold that laws effectively limiting foreign influence in our elections violate the First Amendment,” Rick Hasen told the outlet.

  46. 101 rikyrah
    July 18, 2018 at 9:25 am

    I smell RICO.

    The grand jury has formally returned the indictment against Mariia Butina and added a charge — accusing her of acting as a Russian government agent while developing ties with American citizens and infiltrating political groups.

    https://t.co/WDyl8aye5o— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 18, 2018

  47. July 18, 2018 at 9:29 am

    These kids are mean mamaJammers

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  50. July 18, 2018 at 10:30 am

    Trump is PRO-Russia and ANTI-America. And he wants Putin to steal the election again. Clearly owes allegiance to Russia.
    Dicktraitor is a know-nothing who garbles things called words and leaves them out there for his media to print. Then the faithful imbue these words with meaning and interpret them in his favor. No problem if he doesn’t know the topic. Don’t care to know or remember. Just makes it up as he goes and leaves it out there to be rorschached.

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  53. 110 desertflower
    July 18, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Morning everyone. This is what a genuine, caring person says…

  54. 111 desertflower
    July 18, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Can we cut the crap about Republicans being fiscally conservative now? It’s waaaaaay past time!

  55. 112 desertflower
    July 18, 2018 at 11:04 am

    This will work for ALL of them.

  56. 113 rikyrah
    July 18, 2018 at 11:06 am

    UH HUH
    UH HUH

    The Democratic National Committee has been trying and failing for months to force documents into White House adviser Jared Kushner’s hands to let him know that he is being served with a lawsuit, according to a Tuesday Bloomberg report.

    The DNC sued Kushner back in April for alleged collusion with the Russians to alter the 2016 election. Since then, they have come up against a ridiculous multitude of obstacles in trying to officially deliver the notice to him.

    After being rejected from his Manhattan apartment three times and from his Washington residence by the Secret Service, they finally tried to just send the documents in the mail. No dice. No one would sign for them and they got returned.

    The committee reportedly asked a judge Tuesday for permission to simply mail the summons and complaint to Kushner in ordinary first class, so the package does not require a signature.

    Per Bloomberg, the DNC sued Kushner alongside Russia, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks for interference in the 2016 election.

  57. 114 rikyrah
    July 18, 2018 at 11:08 am

    I don’t watch the show. Anyone get the reference?

    I’m reading the #MariaButina indictment. It has the last season of #Homeland all over it. https://t.co/9Awcj0Q8RQ. These writers were ahead of their time.

    — Letisha Bereola (@LetishaANjax) July 18, 2018

    • 115 sjterrid
      July 18, 2018 at 1:33 pm

      I do. One of the President advisors was having an affair, who it turns out was a Russian agent.

  58. 116 desertflower
    July 18, 2018 at 11:13 am

    This is the look of a man that is so selfish, and so egotistical, as to put this entire country in peril from the likes of our biggest adversary. One of them is terrified and one of them is in control…

  59. 117 JER
    July 18, 2018 at 11:13 am

    President Barack Obama hosts a Town Hall in Johannesburg, South Africa

  60. 120 desertflower
    July 18, 2018 at 11:22 am


  61. 123 desertflower
    July 18, 2018 at 11:24 am

    Almost PBO’s birthday:) 🙂 Maybe we can talk Nerdy into having a birthday celebration for him here:) Music and videos and snippets honoring the best President in our lifetime…YES WE CAN!

  62. July 18, 2018 at 11:28 am

    UGH, this guy.

  63. 132 Gazelle
    July 18, 2018 at 11:31 am

    The full video from RSA is gone, but here’s this one w/ some lovely onsite interviews b4 event:

  64. 133 rikyrah
    July 18, 2018 at 11:38 am

    The day after Maria Butina, a Russian spy with ties to the NRA, is arrested, the Treasury Dept announces rule change that NRA (and other groups tied to Koch Brothers) will no longer need to identify their donors to the IRS. #FollowTheMoney @CNNPolitics https://t.co/eKflE80frx

    — WomenAgainstGunViol (@WAGV) July 18, 2018

  65. 134 rikyrah
    July 18, 2018 at 11:46 am

    We can’t make this stuff up. I hope someone in Hollywood is just downloading the indictments and handing them over to screenwriters.

    NEW: The FBI says Mariia Butina was compared to Russian spy Anna Chapman by a Russian Official, was planning to leave Washington (if not the country), and offered someone sex in exchange for a position in a special interest organization during her work in the US, per court filing pic.twitter.com/cfViheUOzk

    — Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) July 18, 2018

  66. July 18, 2018 at 11:48 am

    Sinclair, America’s other bully State TV:
    FCC may be able to stop Trump’s right-wing propaganda news – Sinclair Broadcast Group – from taking over the whole country. Sinclair currently requires all of its 172 stations to air the same “must-run” segments manufactured at its corporate HQ. Sinclair wants to acquire another 42 Tribune stations in key markets like New York and Chicago for total control. Words fail. How the eff did it get this far? (bit.ly/2Js61A4)

  67. 136 desertflower
    July 18, 2018 at 11:49 am

  68. July 18, 2018 at 11:49 am

    Let’s see if she gets jailed.

  69. July 18, 2018 at 12:01 pm

  70. 146 desertflower
    July 18, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    A MILLION TIMES OVER!! “The US govt. is us!” HELLO! Amazing how many people don’t make that connection…like “the govt. is some nebulous “thing”! It’s all of us!

  71. 147 desertflower
    July 18, 2018 at 12:11 pm

  72. 148 desertflower
    July 18, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    Any questions?

  73. 149 desertflower
    July 18, 2018 at 12:16 pm


  74. 150 rikyrah
    July 18, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    Butina previously testified privately to Senate Intel Committee

    Rachel Maddow reads excerpts of the transcript of Mariia Butina’s court hearing on Monday, in which it was revealed for the first time that Butina had testified in a closed session of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

  75. 151 desertflower
    July 18, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    I hope the FBI arrests Mr. Erikson. Soon.

  76. 153 desertflower
    July 18, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Wait till you see the rise in healthcare insurance….

  77. 154 desertflower
    July 18, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    Pucker Factor, again.

  78. 155 rikyrah
    July 18, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    Congress begins to shape plan for protecting US from Trump crisis

    Rachel Maddow points out the necessity of Congress to step up to help the United States through the national security crisis that is Donald Trump if American democracy is to be preserved.

  79. 157 rikyrah
    July 18, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    Mueller looks to give immunity to five witnesses in Manafort case

    Joyce Vance, former U.S. attorney, explains to Rachel Maddow what it means that Robert Mueller wants to give “use immunity” to five witnesses in the prosecution of former Donald Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort.

  80. 158 JER
    July 18, 2018 at 12:50 pm

  81. 159 rikyrah
    July 18, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Murphy: The good news is we’re only four months from an election

    Senator Chris Murphy talks with Rachel Maddow about the obstacle congressional Republicans pose to Congress doing anything to adequately deal with the national emergency of Donald Trump’s compromised posture toward Russia.

  82. 160 rikyrah
    July 18, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Congratulations! #medicaid expansion will be on the #idaho ballot in November! Regular Idahoans put in countless hours of work talking to their friends and neighbors to make this happen, gathering so many signatures we blew state req.s out of the water! pic.twitter.com/lRTlpzwbtj

    — Idahoans for Healthcare (@ID4Healthcare) July 17, 2018

  83. 161 rikyrah
    July 18, 2018 at 1:26 pm


    “Meddling” is what happens in Scooby Doo. We should stop calling Russian attacks on American democracy “meddling” and start calling it by its name: “information warfare.” My latest: https://t.co/dMh6J2Csh0— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) July 17, 2018

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