#UniteForJustice: As Impeachment Speculation Mounts, Stop Kavanaugh Protests Planned Nationwide

#UniteForJustice: As Impeachment Speculation Mounts, Stop Kavanaugh Protests Planned Nationwide

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Jessica Corbett, staff writer
A stunning series of revelations on Tuesday that could see some of President Donald Trump’s top associates and supporters  behind bars—including a guilty plea from his longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen, who implicated Trump in a federal crime—is fueling support for a nationwide day of action planned for Sunday to protest Brett Kavanaugh, the president’s wildly unpopular U.S. Supreme Court nominee. 
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Dreamer’s World August 22, 2018 – De-Cluttering

Dreamer’s World August 22, 2018 – De-Cluttering

    Lately, I have been feeling cluttered. There seems to be too much crap in my life, and that usually equates to too much crap that is physically getting in the way here at home. The correlation between feeling mentally cluttered and being physically cluttered is a fascinating idea. It seems that my inner self is trying to make sure that I am aware that things need to change by forcing me to see how messed up things are around me.
    As I struggle with piles of paper in the “digital” age, I know that something is wrong and fixed as soon as possible. That realization triggers something deep inside me, and I know that I need to take time to figure out what that is. Whatever the personal reason, I know from experience that I must deal with it soon. Most of the time, decluttering works both externally and internally. THere are things that I have to part ways from, that must be left behind or thrown away so that I can move forward. Removing the physical clutter helps me to focus on the mental confusion that also has to be thrown out.
    I predict that this weekend will be spent organizing, prioritizing, and throwing out things I no longer need. My closet will magically appear spotless and organized, with a place for everything, and everything in its place. At the same time, my mental closet will be undergoing the same cleaning. I will feel better after I finish the task.

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August 22, 2018 at 02:56PM
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Words ‘Guilty,’ ‘Criminal,’ and ‘Felons Welcome Here’ Projected on Trump Hotel in DC

Words ‘Guilty,’ ‘Criminal,’ and ‘Felons Welcome Here’ Projected on Trump Hotel in DC

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Words ‘Guilty,’ ‘Criminal,’ and ‘Felons Welcome Here’ Projected on Trump Hotel in DC

It was a fitting message on a day when two members of the president’s inner circle both became felons












Robin Bell posted video of the projection to Twitter, saying he was working alongside an activist group called Bridge Project. (Photo: Twitter)

Robin Bell posted video of the projection to Twitter, saying he was working alongside an activist group called Bridge Project. (Photo: Twitter)

The words “guilty” and “criminal” and “felons welcome here” were projected onto the entrance of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday evening.

The projections appeared hours after President Donald Trump’s longtime lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to eight federal felonies, including campaign finance violations, and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was convicted on eight counts of bank and tax fraud.

American Bridge, a Democratic super PAC, and visual artist Robin Bell appear to have collaborated on the project.

Bell has previously used the hotel as a platform to call out Trump, illuminating the words “racist” and “pig” in the past.

“One of the secrets to what we do and how we’ve been able to pull it off is that we’re transparent,” Bell told The Associated Press. “We’re not hiding anything.”

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President Can’t Be Picking Who Might Be His Judge’: #StopKavanaugh Meets #ImpeachTrump

President Can’t Be Picking Who Might Be His Judge’: #StopKavanaugh Meets #ImpeachTrump

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Calls to halt Senate hearings for right-wing Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh—as well as for Congress to move towards impeachment proceedings—resurged after Donald Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen showed the president "is all but an unindicted co-conspirator in a federal crime."
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August 22, 2018 at 02:26PM

Trump’s crazy-ass deplorable Nazi fascist base

Trump’s crazy-ass deplorable Nazi fascist base

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In today’s UnPresidented podcast, we discuss Michael Cohen’s plea deal, and we dig deeper into Trump’s growing mania over the past few weeks — certainly caused by the Manafort and Cohen trials, and the Mueller investigation — and how it might affect the election this fall. Find out why I’m starting to get more bullish on Democrats taking back the Senate too.

This is a 6-minute excerpt of the 68-minute episode. You can hear the entire episode on our Patreon page here.

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August 22, 2018 at 01:14PM

By Double-Digit Margin, Poll Shows Sanders Mopping the Floor With Trump in Latest 2020 Matchup

By Double-Digit Margin, Poll Shows Sanders Mopping the Floor With Trump in Latest 2020 Matchup

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Polling results released Wednesday by Politico/Morning Consult show that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who is widely speculated to make another run for the Oval Office in 2020, would beat President Donald Trump by double digits.

In a face-off between Sanders and Trump, the senator garnered a 12-point lead, with 44 percent of respondents favoring Sanders, 32 percent who said they would vote to re-elect the president, and 24 percent who didn’t know or had no opinion.

Sanders has repeatedly insisted to journalists that he is currently focused on serving in the Senate and his re-election, though he reportedly has been quietly considering a 2020 bid for months and has declined multiple opportunities to rule out a run.

“What I have said time and time again, my focus right now is on 2018 and to do everything that I can to end one-party rule of the House and the Senate,” Sanders told Stephen Colbert last week. “We’re working really, really hard on that, but it is too early to be talking about 2020.”

While the Vermont senator was the most popular Democratic contender among the 11 included on the poll, former Vice President Joe Biden ranked second, beating Trump 43 to 31 percent. Biden, who has led the pack in some previous polling, said last month that he will make a decision about running by next January and encouraged other 2020 hopefuls to do the same.

This latest poll was conducted Aug. 16–18, before Trump’s longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign violations that implicate the president; former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was convicted for bank and tax fraud felonies; and Rep. Duncan Hunter, the second congressman to back Trump’s 2016 run, was indicted for allegedly spending campaign funds on everything from family vacations to videos games.

Just hours before those damning developments for Trump associates and supporters on Tuesday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), another potential 2020 contender, unveiled sweeping new anti-corruption legislation. Though Warren’s lead over Trump was slimmer than that of Sanders or Biden, she still led the president 34 to 30 percent, with the remaining 36 percent of respondents undecided.

The other eight potential Democratic candidates included in the poll—Sens. Cory Booker (N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), and Kamala Harris (Calif.); New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo; Montana Gov. Steve Bullock; Rep. John Delaney (Md.); former Attorney General Eric Holder; and Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels‘ attorney—trailed Trump to varying degrees:

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California congressman is the latest Trump supporter in serious legal trouble

California congressman is the latest Trump supporter in serious legal trouble

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Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) was the second member of Congress to endorse Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, after Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY). Now, two weeks after Collins was charged with securities fraud and lying to federal agents, Hunter and his wife have been indicted for misusing some $250,000 in campaign funds on personal expenses.

The indictment against Duncan and Margaret Hunter details a number of damning allegations and tells the story of a family allegedly living far outside its means. Over a period of seven years, the couple allegedly overdrew on their family checking account more than 1,100 times, racking up $37,761 in fees, and overcharged their credit cards to the tune of $24,600 in finance fees.

In the meantime, the indictment claims the couple was spending campaign money to pay for everything from groceries, utilities, and medical bills to video games, golf outings, and extravagant vacations, all the while lying to the campaign about the nature of the charges. Duncan even hired Margaret as a “campaign manager,” so that she could collect thousands of dollars a month without doing any actual campaign work.

Oftentimes they insisted that the expenditures were campaign-related, but other times they invented claims to justify the purchases. This included, among other things, $359.57 at Barnes & Noble for what Margaret Hunter claimed were for children’s “toy drives” and a “hospital book drive”; same-day movie tickets for a “gift bundle basket for foothills republican women spring fashion show”; and a personal clothing purchase by Rep. Hunter for what he claimed were “[golf] balls for the wounded warriors.”

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Hunter has not publicly commented on the charges, but his spokesperson, Mike Harrison, said that the congressman “believes this [indictment] is purely politically motivated.” Hunter’s attorney, Gregory Vega, similarly wrote to U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein claiming that because two members of the prosecution supported Hillary Clinton, their “overt political leanings” create “an apparent conflict that cannot be ignored.”

Sources claim, however, that U.S. Attorney Adam Braverman, who Attorney General Jeff Sessions appointed, made the decision to indict and deemed recusal unnecessary for the two prosecutors.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R) this week called the charges “deeply serious” and said Hunter will be removed from his committees until the matter is resolved.

Ryan took the same step after Collins was indicted, removing him from the House Energy and Commerce committee. Collins was charged earlier this month with insider training, after allegedly passing on information to his son about a failed drug trial conducted by an Australian pharmaceutical company on which he is a board member, and in which his son owned stock. He is also accused of lying to federal agents on the matter.

Collins’ attorneys have said they believe he will be “completely vindicated and exonerated,” but the congressman announced a few days after the indictment that he was suspending his bid for reelection regardless.

Hunter has made no indications about the fate of his own race. He represents a very Republican district in California, but his Democratic opponent, former Department of Labor aide Ammar Campa-Najjar, has outraised him throughout the campaign. A poll from the end of July found Campa-Najjar within single digits, trailing Hunter 51-42. They are the only ones set to appear on the ballot in November.

Collins and Hunter were the first members of a group the Washington Post dubbed the “Trump caucus,” originally a group of five lawmakers who supported Trump in the Republican primary. The other three were Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN), Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA), and then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL).

Hunter’s indictment comes as President Trump faces increasing pressure over legal woes involving his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and his longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen. Manafort was convicted Tuesday on several counts of bank and tax fraud, and Cohen pleaded guilty to tax fraud and campaign finance violations, stemming from payments he made during the election to a woman who claims to have had an affair with Trump.

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