ProgressVirginia reported Tuesday afternoon that the Virginia Senate’s Privileges and Elections Committee killed Sen. Charles “Bill” Carrico Sr.’s electoral college-rigging bill, despite an offer by Carrico to amend the bill to award electors in proportion to the state’s popular vote. The vote was 11-4 against the bill, although it will not be official until the close of the committee meeting.
Lookups for treason spiked 76% after comments by Donald Trump that seemed to encourage Russian spying on Hillary Clinton.
“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Mr. Trump said, staring directly into the cameras. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
Mr. Trump’s call was an extraordinary moment at a time when Russia is being accused of meddling in the U.S. presidential election.
—Ashley Parker, The New York Times, 27 July 2016
Treason is "the offense of attempting to overthrow the government of one's country or of assisting its enemies in war."
Reaction on Twitter was immediate, with many people using treason to describe what seemed to be Trump’s encouragement of hacking directed at his opponent.
Open Thread Below....
AC/DC's Highway To Hell was released on this day in 1979. When school got back into session at fall, the only thing I ever heard on the bus I took to get to intermediate school for the first few months we were back was the album. Between the driver and the one kid with a fancy (at the time) boombox, it was ingrained permanently into all our brains by the time Thanksgiving break rolled around.
What are you listening to tonight?
Vice President Joe Biden delivered a fiery, Biden-esque speech at the Democratic National Convention that eviscerated Donald Trump.
Biden's speech highlights the difference between Democrats and Republicans. We deal in hope, and progress, and change and yes, even love. We're not there to terrify people, or make everyone think we're going to be nuked tomorrow.
I'll add a transcript when I get it, but for now, here are the last five minutes of his speech, where he brings the Biden fire that only he has.
Welcome to Night 3 of our Livestream coverage of the Democratic National Convention!
We've been having so much fun with our readers. Thanks for being here.
Tonight's schedule includes what promises to be some emotional speeches from those personally affected by mass shootings in the United States, including Sandy Hook, Mother Emmanuel Church, and Orlando Pulse.
The final hour features some folks named Joe Biden and Barack Obama.
We all heard the song, whose beginning sounds a little like Blondie's Heart of Glass. The song, also known as "Freedom's Call" quickly reminds you it is nothing like the late 70's hit as it morphs into the medley of the song Over There.
The singing and dancing trio are three young ladies, also known as USA Freedom Kids. The group went viral thanks to their appearance at a Pensacola, FL. rally for Donald Trump. They captivated the Apprentice star and then-candidate Trump, so he planned on featuring them at future events, with pay, of course. Or so they thought... (sound familiar?)
The Washington Post explains:
That infectious performance kicked off a flurry of media appearances. The Freedom Kids told "Inside Edition" that Trump told them that he planned to listen to their CD all night. The group, which had been around for about 2½ years by that point, was a viral sensation largely inextricable from Trump himself.
Now, though, the relationship is different. Jeff Popick, father of the smallest Freedom Kid and author of "Freedom's Call," told The Washington Post by phone on Monday that he planned to file a lawsuit against the campaign for violating its agreement with the group.
Another press conference is in the books for the bloviating buffoon, Herr Drürmprnführer and, once again, he behaved offensively and totally misogynistically.
KATY TUR: Do you have any qualms about asking a foreign government, Russia, China, anybody, to interfere, to hack into a system of anybody's..(inaudible).
TRUMP: That's up to the president, let the president talk to them. He has no respect (interrupting her question).
TUR: You said I welcome them to find those 30,000 emails. *crosstalk^ Tur pleads: Does that not give you pause?
Here's where he reveals his disdain for women who don't stroke his ego.
“Hey, you know what gives me more pause, that a person in our government, crooked Hillary Clinton — here’s what gives me more pause,” Trump said, as Tur tried to ask follow-ups. “Be quiet, I know you want to, you know, save her. That a person in our government, Katy, would delete or get rid of 33,000 emails. That gives me a big problem. After she gets a subpoena. She gets subpoenaed, and she gets rid of 33,000 emails. That gives me a problem. Now, if Russia or China or any other country has those emails, I mean to be honest with you, I’d love to see them.”
The Hillary Clinton campaign fired back at Donald Trump, after he called on Russia to find and release classified US documents during this morning's insane press conference.
Trump said, and I quote, "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the thirty thousand emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press. let's see if that happens."
Clinton's campaign labelled Trump a national security risk.
Clinton campaign says Donald Trump's comment about Russia accessing Clinton's emails is "a national security issue." pic.twitter.com/ypQVKgZLfF
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) July 27, 2016
"This has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent. That's not hyperbole, those are just the facts. This has gone from being a matter of curiosity, and a matter of politics, to being a national security issue."
So we're wondering what you think: is this convention remarkably well-planned and executed, or is it just SO much better than last week's sh*tshow?
A little bit of both?
Anyway we're so glad you can join us here at C&L for the livestream.
This afternoon's schedule is posted at the DNC website. We'll be putting up a new thread for prime time, until then, see you in comments, and don't forget our Instagram is at crooksandliars.
One of the huuuugeist Donald Trump supporters is Ann Coulter as most everybody knows.
At one time she was the darling of the Conservative movement, willing to say anything for a laugh and a headline. However, since 2005, the Republican party has transformed themselves into something unrecognizable from the first term of George W. Bush.
Now they've far surpassed her crazy antics and many Republican politicians utter much more offensive words and thoughts than she ever has.
But recently she is making a comeback, and it's because of Trump. Trump's comments on "Mexicans as rapists" meshes with Ann's atrocities on immigration. Coulter has no problem going after journalists a' la Trump, as when she attacked Fareed Zakaria for speaking in a thick Indian accent. And the public anti-Antisemitism of both the alt-Right social media monsters, as well as (sometimes more subtle but often not) Republican public officials.
This morning on MSNBC, Rob Reiner presented a magnificent un-sugarcoated view of the Trump / Russia disaster:
ROB REINER: We talk about somebody coming from a reality show, running for President isn't a reality show, it's actual reality. And this man is the single most unqualified person to run for President in my lifetime.... (cheers from crowd) Just to hear what you just said, I mean, we had an entire Presidency taken down in the 70's over Watergate, and that was a break-in, to the National Democratic Headquarters, that didn't amount to anything! Because they didn't get anything! Here we have a break-in, to the Democratic National Headquarters where everything is stolen, and there's a conceivable connection to the Trump campaign. That to me, is just, off-the-charts insane! I mean, I can't believe we are having this conversation here. This is off-the-charts crazy. We're in Crazy Land, here.
TAMERON HALL: "Yes we are," someone here just yelled behind us.
Because Tameron Hall is not allowed, as an on-air cable news personality, to declare that there is a large steaming pile of dog turd infecting this Presidential race called Donald Trump. She has to bring on a comedian, and then repeat what some heckler says, in order to retain "objectivity."
At some point the media is going to have to admit, on air, and in real time, that hey, we just can't do this anymore.
We have been in "Crazy Land" before.
Everyone who heard Bill Clinton's impassioned speech praising the character of his wife last night learned something from his anecdotal tales. Towards the end of the speech of over forty minutes, he ties everything together between the RNC Hillary-hatefest last week to the accomplishments he listed last night.
PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: Now, how does this square? How did this square with the things that you heard at the Republican convention? What's the difference in what I told you and what they said? How do you square it? You can't. One is real, the other is made up.
You just have to decide. You just have to decide which is which, my fellow Americans.
The real one had done more positive change-making before she was 30 than many public officials do in a lifetime in office.
Donald Trump is a flip-flopper. He knew Putin and they were in the same "stable" on 60 Minutes (actually Putin was interviewed from Russia and Donald from New York, so no), and then this morning he doesn't know Putin.
Donald Trump gets all his information from "the shows," right wing conspiracy websites, and obviously, his "very smart, I have the smartest" ... butt.
Trump has called such allegations about ties to the Russian government as "conspiracy theories", but just this morning he urged Russia to hack Clinton's emails. He also said he's never met Putin, though he's said the exact opposite in the past.
And no, he still won't release his taxes.
Source: CBS4, Miami
In his most extensive remarks on allegations that Russia is attempting to influence the presidential election in his favor, Republican nominee Donald Trump flatly denied any ties to the Russian government or Russian investors.
“I can tell you I think if I came up with that they’d say, ‘Oh, it’s a conspiracy theory, it’s ridiculous,’” Trump told CBS4’s Jim DeFede during an interview at his golf resort in Doral. “I mean I have nothing to do with Russia. I don’t have any jobs in Russia. I’m all over the world but we’re not involved in Russia.”
The Russian link stems from the recent hacking of the Democratic National Committee emails which have proven highly embarrassing to the Democratic Party and its nominee, Hillary Clinton. The emails showed how DNC officials favored Clinton during the primaries.
Donald Trump held a press conference in Doral, Florida this morning and as usual, it was another bizarre endeavor.
He didn't know who or where Tim Kaine was from, did bad impressions, said France wasn't France anymore, and lied about his ratings. No, really.
But when he was asked about Russia's hacking, Comrade Trump asked Putin if the motherland would spy, find and release Hillary Clinton's classified documents.
Trump told the press that he never met Putin even though previously he bragged that he got to know the Russian president during a 60 minutes interview.
He then commented on the DNC hack and denied that it was Russian, but then begged and ordered them (a foreign country) to become his own personal hackers.
"Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the thirty thousand emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press. let's see if that happens."
Trump just asked Russia to spy on his rival, dig up classified U.S. government documents, and release them publicly. How is this happening?
— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) July 27, 2016
We are working to process what Donald Trump said at his presser this morning. More posts (and video, of course) to come. In the meantime, enjoy these tweets.
If it wasn't for Obama's speech, the Democrats should cancel tonight's events and run this entire Trump press conference in primetime
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) July 27, 2016
there you have it: GOP nominee for President of US openly calls on Russia to steal opponent's email to help his bid https://t.co/rMvPVxhUNr
— Philip Gourevitch (@PGourevitch) July 27, 2016
"Trump decided to announce he's not releasing his taxes on the day we're speaking to the convention." pic.twitter.com/prV44QJhJp
— Bob Schooley (@Rschooley) July 27, 2016
You never know what you're gonna get on TV after a powerful, semi-controversial speech that really resonated for so many at the DNC and in the nationwide TV audience. Somehow, MSNBC thought that their nitecap coverage should include commentary from the loathsome Ron Fournier equating WJC's thoughtful, anecdotal address to a series of wedding toasts, but Fox News' panel had some comparatively thoughtful assessments of the speech.
Megyn Kelly, Brett Baier welcomed Brit Hume, Chris Wallace and Juan Williams on the panel to discuss the speech. A few critiques aside, Brit Hume gave a thumbs up.
HUME: Well for one thing although he struck some personal notes; this is a political biography. You think about all the stuff he talked about; it
was the line after line after line about the different things he tried to do politically over this long marriage they've had together and we didn't get any anecdotes. We heard that they did laugh, but was there a story in there about them laughing together about anything.
Despite Megyn Kelly’s best efforts to slime Cory Booker Monday night, he visited Fox & Friends the following morning and blew away their Donald Trump trumpeting.
The Friends should have known they were in trouble when cohost Brian Kilmeade tried and failed to shrug off Booker’s concern about a waitress not making it with just one job.
“Of course, because waiters live on tips. Everyone’s waited tables,” he said dismissively.
“Right, but this is a diner,” Booker replied. “You know this. In Jersey diners, you’re not making enough tips to get over the poverty line.”
“But if you up the minimum wage, they go out of business,” Kilmeade said.
Booker had the perfect response.
BOOKER: But the facts, this is what I love. When I was mayor, I said, “in God we trust, but everybody else bring me data.” They look now at data of cities that have raised the minimum wage versus the ones right next to them. They don’t lose more jobs. In fact, you see places like Seattle that are actually, the restaurants are doing better there.
Booker is correct. States that have raised their minimum wage have experienced faster job growth.
Kilmeade dropped the subject.
Michelle Obama stole the opening night, inspiring everyone everywhere.
Frankly Curious reminds us that Americans love a good authoritarian.
The Rogue Columnist reminds us to take nothing for granted.
Bonus Track: Stonekettle Station compares and contrasts the VP selections.
Round-up by Tengrain who blogs at Mock, Paper, Scissors. You can follow Tengrain on the Twitters, too. Send tips, requests, and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org (with "For MBRU" in the subject line).
Can someone explain to me how right wing media operates?
Do they just lie to their own readers because they can?
Or do they do it because their readers would eat them alive if they didn't?
Daily Caller and other right wing websites (no they do NOT get linked but the sources are outlined at Snopes) have picked up on this incredibly stupid meme ovulated in the tiny brain of some nut, that the Democratic National Convention forbids US flags in the convention hall because....
Okay, whatever. I don't know what they think our motive for "no flags" is and I. Don't. Care.
Look at the video above and tell me who there is not worthy of the term patriotic. Democrats love their country.
I assume Republicans do too, until I see stupidity like this. Then I shake my head and wonder why publications who purport to speak for conservative America repeatedly put party before country, lies before truth, and deception before honesty.