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Cracks in the wall?  More Republicans are coming out against Trump's tax on Mexican imports and the Senate - on a bi-partisan basis including even Lindsey Trump-Gorveler Graham - is planning 22 separate resolutions to try to stop Trump from selling arms to Saudi Arabia.

She's probably worried he would pee the bed.

[Golf clap]

Those wascally Brits are having fun with Trump's visit.  In addition to flying the Baby Trump blimp, they projected his approval numbers vs. Obama's onto the side of the Tower of London, and the projected a USS John McCain baseball cap onto Madame Tussauds.

The biggest troll of them all, though, maybe Her Majesty herself.  Buckingham Palace has over 77 state rooms and guest bedrooms, but the Trumps could not stay there - as did the Clintons, Bushes and Obamas before them - due to renovations.

While Trump and his kids senior White House advisers are making a spectacle of themselves in London, poor little Jared was left at home which turns out to have been a bad idea.  He spent his time making a bigger fool of himself in an interview with Jeremy Swan, in which he failed to answer "yes" or "no" to whether it was racist of his father-in-law boss to engage in birtherism.  I haven't seen the whole thing, but apparently Jared had to stop multiple times to have his diaper changed.

Also back in Washington, Mitch McConnell's wife Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao is in hot water because she used her government position to get her family members included in high-level meetings with the Chinese government, and had her staff arrange travel for at least one of them.  Of course, these days, not using your position of power to financially benefit yourself and your family will make those around you nervous and suspicious

And the hits keep coming today.  The non-partisan Congressional Research Service has published a report on the effects of the GOP tax cuts.  Among their findings:
- Increase in GDP was negligible;
- GDP growth was sufficient to offset only 5% of the lost tax revenue (the remaining 95% going on the US' credit cards);
- Corporations used the tax windfall (either lowered tax bills or repatriated revenue) to repurchase shares; and
- Despite the ballyhoo, very little money was used to pay increases or bonuses to workers.

Basically the opposite of what those who were selling this joke then...and now...are claiming.

That's a dangerous starting point as this statement will crumble under scrutiny.

Yep.  But he is admitting - as the Mueller Report lays out in 200-pages of detail - that Russia meddled in the election and helped him win in the process.  Since then, though, he has done nothing about preventing it from happening again and has actively prevented those trying to do so, from doing so.

Quote from: @realDonaldTrump
I had nothing to do with Russia helping me to get elected.

At least you can now admit it.

These last two days have seen Mueller confirm that they could not find that Trump hadn't committed any crimes, and Trump admitting that Russia helped him get elected.  Hmmmm.

Acting SecDef Shanahan says he doesn't know who gave the orders re: USS John McCain.  OK, so find out who and start firing people.  Also, you don't have control of the DOD, so you should be fired too.


NEW: The White House wanted the USS John McCain “out of sight” for Trump’s visit to Japan. A tarp was hung over the ship’s name ahead of the trip, and sailors—who wear caps bearing the ship’s name—were given the day off for Trump’s visit.

I have seen this and still can't believe it.  Especially as it appears to have been initiated not by Trump, but by those around him in order not to raise his snowflakey temperature by even a fraction of a degree.  If so, why the fuck didn't the DOD just tell them to fuck off?

There are reports that the crew of the John McCain weren't invited to hear the president's address (lucky them) and those that tried to go anyway were turned away at the door.  Seriously, what the fucking fuck?  It took less than three years but we're North Korea now.

If you had a space unchecked on your Trump Federal Investigation bingo card, fear not, you can now x-out Mar-a-Lago.  The Feds are looking at whether the Rub’n’Tug lady was funneling money from China into Trump’s campaign through his club.  Subpoenas have been served. 

DOJ policy says we could not charge him with any crimes.
If he had not committed any crimes, we would've said so.

It's a pretty straight forward message.

I've seen it described as a professorial lecture admonishing students for not doing the required reading.  Seemed pretty apt.

Quote from: Robert S. Mueller III
If we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so.

He couldn't exonerate Trump and he couldn't charge him, so he sent his report up the chain because that's all he could do.  The House needs to up its game.

In what little I saw, it looked like Mueller is refusing to do any more than what he's done.  To some extent I get it, but it's still disappointing.

He doesn't want to be part of the shitshow on Capitol Hill.  I get that, but it is unavoidable at this point.  He wants to testify in private - it's all business and no grandstanding behind closed doors - but we need him on the evening news recounting his findings for the record.

He said today that, if called, he would not speak to anything beyond what is in the report.  Fine.  When can you be there?

Are Barr's strings going to be attached to him?

Not any more.

Says his work is over and he's leaving the DOJ.  As a private citizen, he can choose to do things like testify in front of Congress without requiring permission from his former bosses.

So, if you haven''t read Justin Amash's Twitter threads about why he thinks Trump should be run out of the White House on a rail, then you should.  It's the kind of sober, point-by-point, principled without grandstanding, demolition of the arguments against impeaching while painstakingly making the arguments for impeachment that Democrats could do worse than copy and paste onto their campaign websites.  He also has another thread where he does the same to Bill Barr, stripping him to the bone marrow.

Mueller to give a statement today at 10am CDT.  No questions allowed afterwards.  I'll get excited if and when Mueller says something meaningful that's not edited for public consumption by Barr.

Oh, and Michael Wolff has a new book out that we can all ignore but the press is wanking over like they're a 13-year old with his first copy of National Geographic.

Today Trump wish his hosts a “Happy Memorial Day”.  His hosts are the Japanese. 

At least he will be in Britain on the 4th of June

That one-way Mars mission is starting to look more attractive.

Theresa May is out.  Limey, I understand very little about Brexit.  What is your prediction on the final outcome, or will it just be strung along endlessly?

I honestly have no idea how this will go.  Gun to my head, I’d say hard Brexit, i.e. falling out of the EU with no agreement in place.  The Brexit campaign was breathtakingly corrupt and based entirely on the fake premise that Britain could keep all the stuff it liked from the EU, while still getting out.  Europe was consistent in saying that this was nonsense and would never happen. 

When the Brexit vote squeaked to a narrow victory, every leader in the Brexit movement quit.  They knew it was impossible.  The PM Cameron quit, because this was his fucking mess in the first place and was replaced by May, who was anti-Brexit.  She prostituted the government to a fringe group in order to maintain a majority, and has been getting told to fuck off ever since by everyone from Aberdeen to Azerbaijan.  Every Brexit proposal put to a vote in Parliament has gone down.

So now it’s very possible that Boris Johnson - the Clown Prince of Brexit - will be the new PM.  If that happens, think of the worst thing possible, double it, and you’ll still fall short of how bad things will get. 

As he walked to the podium in the Rose Garden for his on-the-fly, completely out-of-the-blue press conference yesterday - that was complete with printed handouts and a banner - Trump held his handwritten notes in such a way that photographers were able to get a snap or two of them.  The notes were just the usual list of perceived grievances and whataboutism, but the thing that stood out for me was that they included one note to remind him to say that the Dems had no accomplishments.  Hmmm.

Despite the fact that the House has passed over 100 bills that McConnell has left to rot in his office trash can, Trump spelled "accomplishments" - handwritten, don't forget - as "achomlishments".  Maybe, it was one of his staffers who can't even spell phonetically but, tellingly, it was written in thick black Sharpie...

Today , Trump described Rex Tillerson - who he picked to be his first Secretary of State - as "dumb as a rock".  Tillerson, of course, has been reported to have called Trump a "fucking moron".  The best people, amirite?

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