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Trump summons dregs of Republicanism for 'announcement' that may or may not launch new campaign

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Donald Trump, who is a traitor, is allegedly holding a big event to announce something at his Mar-a-Lago crime den this evening. The press wisdom appears to be that the seditionist who knowingly aimed an armed mob at the U.S. Congress in an attempt to nullify an American election will tonight be announcing a 2024 presidential campaign. This is certainly what Trump and his allies want the press to be reporting, as he sells tonight's sedition soiree as potentially "one of the most important days in the history of our country."

But Donald Trump lies about everything, all the time, and the press could very well find themselves hustled to Mar-a-Lago instead for an announcement that Donald Trump has launched a new line of Trump-branded catheters. Or frozen meat. Or that he's suing the Smithsonian because the guards refused to let him take one of the dinosaur skeletons even though he really, really wanted one.

If you believe the carefully curated rumors of the past few months, however, Trump has been wanting to announce a new presidential run for some time now. He's been chafing at all the attention that people who are not him have been getting on the campaign trail, and actually wanted to announce before last week's elections so that he could claim it was his announcement that led to the widely Republican-predicted "red wave" of victories. His advisers did not want him to do that, perhaps correctly intuiting that catapulting the seditionist criminal dirtbag back into the middle of everyone else's campaigns would not go well.

They got their way, it seems—Trump did what they said, but now the election’s over and it's time for captain seditionist criminal dirtbag to shove his way back to the center podium and announce that he is once again In Charge Of All Republicans.

He's been preparing for this moment in the manner of his people: by shitposting. Or rather, shitposting-by-proxy.




You're gonna see that gold-sprayed Trump troll thing in your nightmares tonight, and I'm sorry for that, but the sheer fascist energy involved in fluffing this incompetent, criminal Dear Leader into supposed alpha manhood will never not be funny.

This is the new way our betters will speak to us, by the way. The richest people in America, plus maybe Donald Trump, will each buy or create their own social media platforms so that they can compete with each other to repost QAnon conspiracy memes and smear whoever's risen to the top of their daily-adjusted enemies lists.

The real news from Mar-a-Lago tonight, however, might be the guest list. A gaggle of mid-tier white nationalists, conspiracy promoters, and national traitors are claiming they have been invited, including seditionist crapsack Roger Stone. It's a mob that appears to tilt heavily toward the most frothing of Trump's sedition-backing allies, but among the prominent voices who will reportedly not be attending one of the Most Important Days In American History are Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.

Are they avoiding the meeting because they think the Department of Justice might crash the party? Did Jared have a previous engagement with Saudi royalty? Are they worried that gathering up the people in America who provided the most support for a violent coup might be, as they say in the shoot-em-up movies, a "security situation" they don't want to be within a mile of?

Who knows. Maybe they saw that gold-sprayed Trump muscle statue their dad tweeted and plan on spending a private night alone fighting off the dry heaves.

As for whether a Trump "presidential campaign" announcement will have much effect on the investigations into Donald Trump's many, many, many recent criminal acts: it's unlikely. Federal authorities will either have the spine to prosecute Trump for things that would land anyone else in America in a prison cell or they won't, but the idea of Trump announcing a new presidential run specifically to discourage such prosecutions is one they've all had time to chew on. There may or may not be agents specifically eager to review tonight's Mar-a-Lago security tapes to try to glean whether any of tonight's guests walk away with a gift bag containing some of the classified documents federal investigators still suspect Donald Trump may have.

Will Trump really announce a new campaign tonight, or is this all a bluff? Will he instead insist that he's been the "real" president all this time, and demand Biden step down so that he can move back into the White House? Will he announce a new line of premium toilets designed for the discerning seditionist mob? Who knows. It's hard to care, really.

The leader of a violent coup against the United States government has something to say. Fair enough. And the rest of us get to say something about that as well.
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Trump reportedly begged Ivanka and Jared to appear at his campaign launch. They've refused

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The Pentaverate is more or less right- you get to the end and you're like "woah this more realer than I wouldve even thought" then you get thrown down , and don't come out until the show Creator told ya to if it awl
 
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Judge finds Josh Hawley deliberately hid communications that would've damaged his Senate campaign

April Siese

Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri—one of the Big Lie’s most prominent supporters—appears to have a big lie of his own on his hands. On Tuesday, Cole County, Missouri, Judge Jon Beetem ruled that the Republican broke the law in hiding communications that would’ve damaged his 2020 Senate campaign. The request for Hawley’s communications, which were apparently concealed off of a government server while Hawley was serving as Missouri attorney general, was submitted on behalf of his opponent, then-Sen. Claire McCaskill.

“The requested documents showed—at a minimum—a questionable use of government resources, demonstrated by the fact that their eventual public release helped trigger an investigation by the Secretary of State’s Office into the potential misuse of government funds to support [Hawley’s] Senate campaign,” Beetem added. Hawley’s office failed to respond to records requests, concealed documents, and even used private email addresses to hide correspondences. All in the name of trying to save face for Hawley, who’s proven himself since the Jan. 6 insurrection to be a wildly embarrassing figure.








Beetem found that it would be appropriate to enforce the maximum penalty against Hawley. That penalty is paying up $12,000 for violating Sunshine Law requests in 2017 and 2018 and paying the plaintiff’s attorney fees.
 

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Kick 'em while they're down: Democrats can yoink the Pennsylvania House from the GOP in overtime

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Pennsylvania state Rep. Joanna McClinton would be the first Black woman to serve as House speaker in the state should Democrats retake the majority.

Pennsylvania Democrats are on the verge of making some astonishing history. Down 12 seats in the state House heading into election night, few thought the party could possibly recapture the chamber from Republicans, who’d held an iron grip on it for years thanks to relentless gerrymandering. But new, ungerrymandered maps completely upended the playing field, and now, in a massive shocker, Democrats are poised to win a majority in this most important of all swing states.

What’s more, if they do so, they’ll elect the first Black woman to serve as House speaker in Pennsylvania history, Joanna McClinton. They’ll also drive a stake into any GOP attempts to steal the next election for Donald Trump. It’s as enormous a victory as we might dare dream of.

But. Yeah, you knew there was going to be a “but.” The problem is that we haven’t quite sealed the deal just yet. Right now, Democrats have secured 101 seats in the 203-member House while Republicans have won 100. There are two races still uncalled—in Districts 142 and 151 in the Philadelphia suburbs—and Democrats have reason to feel optimistic about winning at least one of them.

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But we know for a certainty that Republicans, already enraged that Pennsylvania’s maps are no longer rigged in their favor, will wage the bloodiest battle imaginable to hang on to those two seats with their dying breaths. There will be fights over provisional ballots, then recounts, then legal challenges, and then more legal challenges. It will be a very costly affair, which is why our friends in the Pennsylvania Democratic Party have once again asked us for help.

They know that if anyone understands the stakes, it’s the members of this community. You gave generously to support the 10 House candidates Daily Kos endorsed to flip GOP seats, half of whom have already been successful. We also backed the final two Democrats who are awaiting their fate, Mark Moffa and Missy Cerrato. Now is
not the time to give up on them.
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There’s also a completely wild wrinkle you should know about, too. One member of the Democratic caucus, state Rep. Summer Lee, just won election to Congress in the Pittsburgh area. But get this: The vote for Pennsylvania House speaker is on the same day as the vote for U.S. House speaker! Democrats in Harrisburg may need Lee’s vote to ensure a majority—and if Nancy Pelosi can work her magic and pick off a few non-crazy Republicans (something seriously in the works), she’ll need Lee’s vote a few hours later as well.

Yes, this real-life Cannonball Run could actually happen, and rest assured, everyone involved is already plotting it out in meticulous detail. Just how epic would that be? But for it to even be necessary, we simply have got to get Pennsylvania Democrats over the top.


I’m not sick of winning, and I know you aren’t either—not remotely, not ever. Just think how sweet it would be to deliver one more crushing overtime blow to Republicans this year.
 

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SRSLY? Trump Compares Himself to Galileo in a Crazy Court Filing Contesting His Twitter Ban

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The madness of Donald Trump has often manifested itself with delusions of grandeur wherein he regards himself as an aspiring dictator, a revered cult leader, or a deified messiah. His self-exaltation has been a hallmark of his psychosis for the many decades he has been in public life.

Now Trump's malignant narcissism has been formalized in legal terms. The self-described "stable genius" had his attorneys analogize him to one of history's greatest intellects, Galileo Galilei, who is known for, among many other discoveries, documenting that the Earth revolves around the Sun, rather than the other way around. At the time that was considered heresy by the Catholic Church, and due to commitment to his scientific principle, Galileo spent his last years in prison.

So what could this possibly have to do with Donald Trump? Well, he recently sued Twitter for having suspended his account. Twitter imposed the ban two days after the deadly insurrection on Capitol Hill that Trump incited, saying that
“we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.” Trump's lawsuit was dismissed in May, but he continues to pursue the matter in an increasingly absurd manner.

The latest filing by Team Trump accuses Twitter of conspiring with the U.S. government to violate his First Amendment rights by prohibiting his efforts to spread misinformation about the 2020 election. The filing is typically comprised of conspiratorial fictions and political grievances that have no basis in the law.

Trump's argument centers on what he believes is his right to disseminate dangerous lies because, in his mind, they are true, and that in time he will be vindicated. Never mind the harm done as a result of his lying, or the right of private companies to moderate their content. As reported by Politico, the filing states that...


“'Most people once believed these to be crackpot ideas; many still do. But crackpot ideas sometimes turn out to be true. The earth does revolve around the sun, and it was Hunter Biden, not Russian disinformation agents, who dropped off a laptop full of incriminating evidence at a repair shop in Delaware,' Trump’s lawyers wrote. 'Galileo spent his remaining days under house arrest for spreading heretical ideas, and thousands of dissidents today are arrested or killed by despotic governments eager to suppress ideas they disapprove of. But this is not the American way.'”

We should be probably be grateful that Trump's lawyers accept the facts regarding the orbits of planets in our solar system, and that the Earth is round. But they are also promulgating blatant disinformation about President Biden's son, Hunter. No one has ever asserted that Russia agents "dropped off" Biden's laptop. Only that Russia exploited the matter by distributing salacious falsehoods in order to help Trump win reelection in 2020.

What's more, it is utterly preposterous to equate the persecution of Galileo, or that of dissidents in tyrannical regimes, with Trump being unable to post his ludicrous comments on a social media website from the comfort of his Mar-a-Lago resort. And if Trump is ever subject to imprisonment, as Galileo was, it will be because he was found guilty by a jury of his peers of violating laws such as his interference with an election, his incitement to riot, and his theft and hoarding highly sensitive national security materials at his Palm Beach hotel/home. For starters.


With this latest filing, Trump's attorneys prove, once, again, that they are utterly incompetent and ignorant of the law. But they are the best that Trump can recruit given his reputation for ignoring sound legal advice, and for failing to pay his lawyer's fees. So expect this filing to have the same result as most of those that have preceded it. The Judge, and everyone in the courtroom. will stifle laughter as it gets thrown out. And all over a matter that Trump doesn't even want to resolve...
 

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Oath Keepers sedition trial defendant beggars belief during day of conflicting testimony

Brandi Buchman

In a risky move on Tuesday, Oath Keepers seditious conspiracy trial defendant Thomas Caldwell chose to take the witness stand for the first time where he flatly denied allegations that he was part of a violent plot to stop the nation’s transfer of power on Jan. 6, 2021.

Caldwell, a 68-year-old U.S. Navy veteran, is alleged by the Justice Department to have coordinated the extremist group’s plans to stage a heavily armed “quick reaction force” or QRF on Jan. 6.

Prosecutors and witnesses including FBI agents who testified during the weeks-long trial allege that the reaction force at a hotel in Arlington, Virginia was staged so that Oath Keepers on the ground in Washington, D.C. just over the Potomac River, could be supplied with guns, ammunition and other tactical gear as the attempt to stop the certification of electoral votes was underway.

Early in the trial, one FBI agent testified that she believed the group intended to occupy not just the Capitol, but Washington, D.C. itself if given the chance or called upon by former President Donald Trump.

When Oath Keeper founder Elmer Stewart Rhodes testified last week, he did not deny that weapons were stored in Virginia. But much like with Rhodes, when it came time for Caldwell to square off with prosecutors for the first time and take questions he had clearly not prepared for, the tidy and often affable presentation of the defense started to crack.

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Long before the trial began, Caldwell’s defense focused largely on his disability status as a veteran of the U.S. Navy. His attorney David Fischer contends Caldwell is simply not of the constitution to participate in a riot and his character and love of country furthermore, wouldn’t allow the veteran to facilitate those who would.

Caldwell testified that when he ascended the inaugural stage at the Capitol on Jan. 6 with his “beautiful wife” Sharon Caldwell, he felt pride because he was happy to be in the city he was born in.

His wife only a day ago told jurors she still supports now what she said in footage of her captured on Jan. 6: That members of Congress are “pussies.”

Thomas Caldwell beggared belief when he told jurors that his wife’s assessment amid the mob on Jan. 6 meant something else.

“I think she’s saying that it was a great opportunity for us to begin the healing process,” he said.

Caldwell described Jan. 6 as “a great day for me as a historian.” He further testified that he was unaware of any rioting or violence as he ascended the inaugural stage already packed with protesters. He didn’t realize there was violence happening until days later, he claimed. His wife compared those scaling scaffolding to children on monkey bars.

A picture Caldwell took of his wife on Jan. 6 featured her standing roughly 50 yards from the lower west terrace tunnel with her back to it. This was the site of some of the worst violence on Jan. 6. Though the tunnel is visible behind her, and Caldwell later wrote in texts that “we started stealing the cops riot shields,” he denies knowing what was happening in the tunnel where police were viciously assaulted and had shields ripped away from them.



For all the “fun” the couple testified about having on Jan. 6 in their respective testimonies, the evidence the Justice Department presented was stark. Though Caldwell never entered the U.S. Capitol, prosecutors say he aligned himself with Oath Keepers seditious goal before and after the assault.

In a series of text messages shown to jurors that at times involved Caldwell, members of the Oath Keepers, or Caldwell and his family members or friends alike, the Berryville, Virginia resident regularly commiserated over the “stolen” election of 2020. A shared hatred of “antifa” or Democrats or anyone who would upset his or the group’s ideal was often overt in the messages, prosecutors say.

Jurors saw some of those examples Tuesday, including messages where Caldwell discussed his high hopes that Trump would begin “rounding up and executing traitors” in December 2020 or how he “prayed that we are going to have to step into the streets” to support Trump.”

“If on the other hand, we had take on the military, it would be real tough,” he said.



Caldwell wrote off his remarks, saying they were jokes or he “didn’t mean it.” He was taking “creative license” as a writer of screenplays, he said. The same alibi would apply, he told prosecutor Louis Manzo, regarding a conversation he had with an individual named Adrian Grimes on Jan. 1.

Grimes wrote to Caldwell that Trump would “win on the 6th and if not, I’m personally gonna start the civil war myself.”

Caldwell replied, “I’m starting the night of the 6th if necessary.”

As he read his own words aloud in the courtroom, Caldwell often smiled and shook his head dismissively. Neither that nor texts where he discussed how Mike Pence needed to “stand tall on 1/6” if the former vice president wanted to live through the end of that week, were genuine reflections of his intent.

“They are a great exaggeration. Just like the charges are against me,” he said.

He defended other comments he made on Jan. 6, including remarks made on camera where, wild-eyed, Caldwell proclaimed: “Today, I wipe my ass on Pelosi’s doorknob.”

Reflecting on his comments now, Caldwell merely told jurors that Pelosi was a “good person to poke fun at at the time.”

Caldwell has denied being a member of the Oath Keepers. He denied having any association with co-defendant Kelly Meggs, the leader of the group’s Florida division, prior to Jan. 6. He has denied deleting and unsending roughly 180 messages on Facebook after Jan. 6. He denied attempting to procure a boat for the QRF though he admitted from the stand on Tuesday that at least one of the messages that were deleted pertained to the boat.

He attempted to get a dig in about the department’s handling of the overall investigation and in particular, of their claims about his destruction of evidence.

“I’m glad the government has been able to restore what’s been deleted,” he remarked.

“Sir, we have not been able to restore any of those messages,” Manzo replied.

The messages he unsent, including those to Oath Keeper Donovan Crowl, Manzo noted, have not been seen by anyone in the courtroom. Not by the government and not by the jury.

Asking him on the spot if he admitted to deleting messages to Crowl, Caldwell would not.

Much of what jurors saw on Tuesday was already admitted into evidence but by taking the stand, U.S. attorneys were able to introduce new rounds of texts and other correspondence where Caldwell’s so-called “creative” propensities skewed darkly violent.

In a review of messages shared with his 20-year-old nephew where Caldwell described how to gouge someone’s eyes out with a fork and suggested using a steak knife to evade genuine assault charges, Caldwell claimed he was giving “game hints” for the first-person shooter video game, Call of Duty.

The Oath Keepers seditious conspiracy case is expected to close this week and Caldwell will retake the stand on Wednesday to wrap up final questions under redirect from his attorney. The government could launch its closing arguments as early as Wednesday afternoon and jurors could have the case handed over to them by the week’s end.
 

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Nov 16, 2022 · 9:13:54 AM EST · kos
NATO has determined the missile was a Ukrainian fired surface-to-air-missile. Also noted that none of this would’ve happened (including the two dead Poles) if Russia wasn’t engaging in an unprovoked war of aggression.
 

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Polish president says no indication that missile was an attack

Polish President Andrzej Duda said there was no indication that the missile that hit a Polish village near the border with Ukraine on Tuesday was an attack on his country, describing it as “most likely … an accident.”

He said Ukraine’s air defense systems had fired a volley of missiles Tuesday to thwart intense Russian attacks. “It is unfortunately highly likely that one of the missiles that were fired by the Ukrainian antimissile defense simply fell, unfortunately, on our territory,” Duda said.

The Polish president held meetings with military commanders and national security officials on Wednesday, a day after the explosion killed two people and raised fears of a spillover from the war in Ukraine. He said that the missile came down on agricultural land, “not in connection with any kind of military installations,” and that the blast was most likely caused by the explosion of its remaining fuel........
 

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....Tuesday’s initial vote will allow both McCarthy and his critics to put their cards on the table — and allow for nearly two months of wheeling and dealing.

The narrow Republican majority gives McCarthy’s critics a lot of leverage; he needs their votes to become speaker and it gives them the power to make demands of him.

Most of those opposed to McCarthy are in the Freedom Caucus, which will have roughly three dozen members in the next Congress. Their demands largely involve a variety of changes to House procedure that would weaken the speaker and empower rank-and-file members.

Going back to John Boehner’s tenure, rank-and-file right-wingers have griped that establishment Republicans in leadership have ignored them to reach bipartisan deals that have been insufficiently conservative. The dissidents in the Freedom Caucus want to change the rules to prevent this from happening in the future.

The most freighted proposal offered by conservatives is changing the House rules on who can offer a motion to vacate the chair — essentially, who can trigger a vote to remove the speaker and hold elections for a new one......