The Rachel Maddow Show

Last updated: 21:12 12/11/2017

Donald Trump's Treasury Department released a long-awaited "analysis" of the Republican tax plan. It can charitably be described as a bad joke.

Trump's Treasury Dept embarrasses itself with one-page 'analysis'

What the Trump administration released this morning isn't an analysis of tax legislation; it's a joke.

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Christine Martin The Secretary of the Treasury is far too busy wallpapering his house with sheets of money to bother analyzing anything. He and his wife are a pair of sleaze bags.
Bob Matthews Wow, they have really drained the swamp to get to this. How many dozens of analysts were working long hours on this report?
Carmen Veguilla Manly It's a forgone conclusion: GOP and Mnuchin will ram this tax cut bill through, drain the Fort Knox, and then blame the country's debt on the Safety Net Programs. Remember Gov. Sam Brownback who steered Kansas into fiscal failure?
Dale Hausmann Most CEO Business types like working from short, single page documents known as executive summaries. It is up to their underlings to work out the action details. Legislation doesn’t work this way.
Megan Colleen Or, they're tacitly acknowledging what we all already know. It doesn't matter to the GOP what's in the tax bill, who it hurts, or what it does to the economy. As long as they get their tax cuts, they're happy.

If Donald Trump tries to fire Robert Mueller -- a distinct possibility -- we need to know now what congressional Republicans would do in response. Waiting to see if it happens is too late.

Unanswered question hangs over the GOP
Unanswered question hangs over the GOP's anti-Mueller offensive

If Donald Trump tries to fire Robert Mueller, we need to know now what congressional Republicans would do in response.

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Faye Bircheat Firing Mueller won't stop the investigations. The FBI isn't just one guy. The documents and subpoenas are in place. The process is in motion. All firing Mueller will do is make that ball roll faster.
Jane Betts Republicans won't be bothered if Trump fires Mueller because the Republican Party wants to get rid of Social Security and Medicaid and Medicare and they know Trump will help
Ab Rodriguez Sr. It is not only what Repubs are going to do but what are the people going to do. I believe the people just about had enough of this BS. Very close to being AmeriRussia. Enough! Protest, take it to the streets, D. C.
Anthony Buttilgero What Republicans will do: absolutely nothing. Conservatives have been plotting the overthrow of the American government for decades, and they're almost there.
Carlys Quiram We as a nation must protect Mr. Mueller and the Russian Investigation. I do feel that the Congress MUST go on record NOW that they will not allow Mr. Trump to fire Mr. Mueller or stop the Special Council investigation. I, for one, do not want to live in ...

It's hard not to wonder if there's anything Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) could say or do that would force Republican leaders to take action.

House Republican declares,
House Republican declares, 'Diversity is not our strength'

Is there anything Steve King could say or do that would lead House Republicans to act against him? If not, why not?

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Ralph Clements Hate has power, but it can only get you so far. True strength is in the light; being part of a positive future that offers hope to anyone. It’s not too late for you to come over to the good side.
Jim Howard No. There’s not. I thought they couldn’t get lower, but now they’re not only the party of pussy grabbers, but child molesters. And admirers of dictators, especially Russian dictators. Traitors. Is there lower? I keep thinking there can’t be lower, ...
Agnes Coffey Having "idiots" like Steve King in congress who cites hatred with his racist views, isn't adding to the reputation of this country but making us look like we're just as ignorant and hateful as him. He needs to be retired from congress by the voters ...
Kay Dennison I can proudly brag that I have never voted for King or Grassley but I am only one person with one vote! I am embarrassed to be from Iowa, but I didn't contribute to the problem as I voted but not for these Idiots!
Mike Fitzpatrick I'll bet even the Kochs, who have King in their wallets, are embarrassed by his 'Bunkerisms'. There isn't anyone in the Congress who has said more Stupid and Uninformed remarks than King !!!! Sad thing is, WHY are Voterss in his district returning him ...

The official White House line has long been that the women who accused Donald Trump of sexual misconduct are liars whose claims should be ignored. A prominent member of Trump's cabinet apparently feels differently.

Top cabinet official says Trump
Top cabinet official says Trump's accusers deserve to be heard

The official White House line has long been that the women who accused Donald Trump of sexual misconduct are liars. A top cabinet official has a different line.

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Frank B. Chavez III Nikki Haley occasionally expresses reasonable thoughts. That shows how shitty the Trump administration is -- a cabinet member occasionally saying something that sounds like a reasonable adult makes the headiness.
Kecia Lee But then she said “dealt with”. #NikkiHaley was the only bright light in the entire Administration. I just hope that was a poor choice of vocabulary and she continues to be an independent voice of reason in this bleak Administration.
Dick Lubbers Congress has a fund to help members cover up and/or pay restitution, there should be an equal fund to help women employees to pay their legal fees who have been violated by members of Congress and brought to trial. No more "under investigation" that ...
Barbara Brooks Nikki Haley wants to know if anyone is hiring because she will be out of a job soon. I know other reliable news agencies will report what she had to say but unless Fox Entertainment reports it, it will take 45 a few days to find out what she said and ...
Miles Pilgrim Am I the only one who has problem with the way she said, "They should be heard, and they should be dealt with?" I'm sure the Trumpworld spin machine has already gone over this statement and is ready to "clarify" it by saying Haley meant these women's ...

Why would Donald Trump place a dangerous bet on a new foreign policy? The religious right's theological vision had something to do with it.

This Week in God, 12.9.17
This Week in God, 12.9.17

Why would Donald Trump place a dangerous bet on a new foreign policy towards Israel? The religious right's theological vision had something to do with it.

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Darrell Teichmer First of all, Jesus himself said, no one knows when he will return. Second he said beware of those who seek to deceive you by saying, "There he is over there.". Instead he said to be prepared at all times, seeking peace, harmony, and love for each ...
Matt Gewickey Of course it would be Christians who bring about Christian prophecies. Sky ghosts don't just invent themselves; it takes work.
Jose L Morales I am hoping once trump is out all these documents with the terrible signature get burnt. I know, they may be required for historical purposes, but they can be hidden in storage and wish the key is misplaced or lost.
Carmen Fernandez I am so upset with the Christian religion don't they read scriptures as well when they said that they will be coming sheeps in wolves clothing did they forget that Donald Trump is the biggest liar the biggest bigot he's not a good person
Eduardo Jiménez Didn't read the article but I'm guessing it has something to do with that final battle evangelicals predict will take place in Israel, end of the world bs

"The Democrats are very frustrated first of all that they cannot manage to get a subpoena to many of these witnesses, and they've actually decided to come in for voluntary interviews. Well, voluntary interviews are actually not a good thing for the committee because it means that the subjects can just kind of get up and leave whenever he or she wants to. Jared Kushner, for example, left after two or three hours, really at the beginning of when the Democrats were just starting to question, and he just decided that he wanted to leave." -Natasha Bertrand Watch the full interview:

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Nicole Sprague I think it already is. I think GOP congress members have gone out of their way to obstruct justice. The Dems have their hands tied. At this point, the only investigation I trust is Mueller's.
Alan Fish "The Democrats are very frustrated first of all that they cannot manage to get a subpoena to many of these witnesses...", Frankly I do Not Believe this.... The Democrats first need to prove a within reasonable doubt the all the G.O.P. are in Collusion ...
Jim Souther The Republican Party is colluding with Russia and Trump to hide the facts of how Russia put Trump into the Oval Office. By doing this the Republican Party and all of its members are guilty of Treason, plain and simple.
Susan Raines the House investigation ... even the Senate ... though better ... are going nowhere ... headed up by Republicans more interested in anything other than Trump or Republican involvement in coordination or collusion.
Irene Lord Devin Nunes and Trey Gordy should not be allowed anywhere near these hearings. They haven't gotten over not being able to find any wrong doing by Hillary Clinton. Nunes was on the Trump transition team.

If Donald Trump is going to the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) said he'd skip the event. The White House responded to Lewis' decision, but not in a way that made a lot of sense.

White House shows how not to respond to John Lewis

Trump World's statement yesterday suggested it's "unfortunate" John Lewis isn't joining Donald Trump in honoring John Lewis' sacrifices.

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Sandra Lawton Sad he doesn't show up for such events but sow up for boyscouts rally,and kkk speeches yet not for veterans or on civil issues glad McDonald's is 24hrs some locations he won't miss that Happy meal moment
Marlene Moulthrop Not relevant to above, but there is a tape of Trump talking to Howard Stern where Trump actually called his own daughter" a piece of ass. "
Teri Grayson-Wollenburg Trump knows he isn't wanted there. His reasons for going are solely to rally his ego in the news. They should ask Obama to speak.
Cynthia Stanley sadly he (and the others) may not know what time period this was....or that people are actually still living....not descendants....
Valerie Rogge-Zehl Trump wouldn't know sacrifice, honor, or integrity if it smacked him in the face. He doesn't deserve to be in the same room as John Lewis.

Donald Trump today tried to start a conversation of sorts about his approval rating. That was a spectacularly bad idea.

As his support drops to a new low, Trump makes history
As his support drops to a new low, Trump makes history

The president wanted to make history, and he has, though probably not in the way he had in mind.

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Cheri Vaughn I just want to ask Trump supporters to stop and think for one minute. He spews a lot of vile about "fake news " to cover his fanny on all sorts of issues from sexual assault to Russian collusion. And you all follow blindly. He says he's gonna move the ...
Lorna Schiralli The GOP must start preparing for their own eventual remake.....into a Trumpian Party and another group of baffled disgruntled former republicans. Trump has proven that anybody can co-opt a party and thus the rules of the game have been changed forever. ...
Betty Acree In spite of the ratings, Trump is attending the rally for Roy Moore. Apparently Trump is confident that his agenda will prevail. Putin, Bannon, and Jared pushing right along.
Derek Sotheby "It’s also what makes Trump’s woeful public support so striking: the nation has low unemployment and healthy economic growth, but the American mainstream is rejecting the president in surprisingly strong numbers anyway." Wages aren't growing and THAT'S ...
Crystal Alcairo Give it until around June or July next year, when his numbers go down into the 20's; the republicans will be stepping all over each other to impeach IL Douche.

The good news is, the White House has a new line on Donald Trump's secret tax returns. The bad news is, the new line makes about as much sense as the old one.

Trump World has a new line on tax returns (which still doesn
Trump World has a new line on tax returns (which still doesn't work)

The White House now has proof that Donald Trump really is under audit. That still doesn't explain the secrecy on the president's tax returns.

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Donald Schobert Yes but Sarah you are being misleading. The taxes that are needed at this time would be at least 3 years ago until tax year 2016. As you well know, he wasnt president in those years and as you well know he has promised to release them. When????????
Alan Kirke But, but, but, Sarah! Your boss said he would NEVER do ANYTHING that would hurt the working people of the country! He said he would NEVER touch SSI, Medicare and Medicaid either. Mr. Ryan has already said that in able to offset the deficits created by ...
Tom Schmidt Jr It is insanity to keep expecting the president to do the right thing when he has yet to do so. They will be made public over every objection and roadblock he can muster. Such adamant behavior is not the usual for someone w/o a great many skeletons to ...
Barbara Brooks He will never release his tax returns. It makes me so mad that there isn't some kind of movement that will stay on top of this and not let him just slide. As long as he is not constantly called to show his tax returns, he will just hide them like he ...
Ed Withers It doesn't matter. The first thing the FBI does at the beginning of an investigation is to get copies of tax returns for every person to be investigated. Mueller has had them for months.

After Donald Trump slurred his words during a national address this week, the White House faced questions about the president's health. Sarah Huckabee Sanders said those questions are "ridiculous." They're really not.

White House faces questions about Trump
White House faces questions about Trump's health after slurred words

The White House thinks questions about Donald Trump's health are "ridiculous." They're really not.

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Debbie LaCasse Odachowski I don't like the man or what he stands for but he is showing symptoms of a stroke. I would not wish that on my worst enemy. My husband had one a few months ago and it has been hell. The people who are around him should do something. For the good of the ...
Janice Zamb Lot of "doctors" on this post, I see. But, yes, this surely indicates there is something wrong - like the time he disembarked from Air Force One and walked past the limo waiting for him with the door open and had to be escorted back to the vehicle. Very ...
Joanne Wickham Why ridiculous, you putz? He is the so called president of the United States and he talks like a drunken sailor. Booze, drugs, stroke, dentures? What??
LeeAnn Miller It sounded like “cotton mouth”. A lot of performers get it when they’re nervous, or it could be caused by a medication. The man’s still an idiot, but I don’t think his speech was really slurred
Daniel Blair Barnes What really is ridiculous is the fact that decent Americans are standing by watching our once great nation being destroyed and doing absolutely nothing about it.

Hillary Clinton recently said of her conservative critics, "It appears they don't know I'm not president." As we were reminded yesterday, it's funny because it's true.

GOP rep wants scrutiny of non-existent
GOP rep wants scrutiny of non-existent 'Clinton administration'

Hillary Clinton recently said of her conservative critics, "It appears they don't know I'm not president." It's funny because it's true.

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Mary Waters These repubs are the dumbest things ever !!...she is a private citizen now and has no administration......who says these things??????
Sue Roberts Has anyone told them there hasn’t been a Clinton “Administration” in 17 years ? Or is it that they are acknowledging that she won the popular vote even with Russian rigging ? They certainly do reflect the IQ of their supporters, below average at best.
Cristina Olofson Only conservative snowflakes, who can't deal with their buyers remorse, even mention her. They talk about another retiree, Obama, a lot too. I bet the ones who will buy her book the most will be the Republicans. The Democrats would like to forget about ...
Madelyn Jones If you needed any further proof of the total incompetence and idiocy of the Republican party, here it is.
Zeba Gomez Clinton is a private citizen and harassment by GOP is criminal. It’s turned into an ugly obsession!!! She needs to get a restraining order and sue them for defamation

Roy Moore's Senate candidacy in Alabama is scandalous for reasons that extend well beyond his alleged mistreatment of women and girls. Take his thoughts on America under slavery, for example.

Roy Moore points to slavery era as a time when America was
Roy Moore points to slavery era as a time when America was 'great'

Roy Moore's Senate candidacy in Alabama is scandalous for reasons that extend well beyond his alleged mistreatment of women and girls.

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Roger Moss Let's be honest here. This has been the not-so-subtle dog whistle of MAGA all along. Actually it has always been the unspoken cornerstone of republicanism. I guess we shouldn't be surprised they feel so emboldened to come right out and say it now. There ...
Judy Ellis Randall I don’t understand why anyone would support this man. His spoken views are just plain hateful. Regardless of the alleged actions of pedophilia, he just does not represent the Christian values I hold dear. Let him go people of Alabama.
Alan Blythe The best thing for Alabama, economically, would be to vote for Doug Jones. I wonder if, for once, they can vote for their best interests. If they vote Moore, how many corporations, or people will boycott the state? It will be interesting to see.
Phil Watson This election is not about Roy Moore. It is about the moral values of the people of Alabama and the Republican Party.
Darrel Mills My big complaint about elections is that people tend to focus on one narrow issue and disregard the candidate's position on the important issues that really matter.

One of Congress' fiercest far-right culture warriors, and a close Donald Trump ally, has resigned under a cloud of controversy. The details of Trent Franks' (R-Ariz.) resignation, however, are odd -- even by 2017 standards.

Republican social conservative latest to resign from Congress
Republican social conservative latest to resign from Congress

One of Congress' fiercest far-right culture warriors, and a close Donald Trump ally, has resigned under a cloud of controversy.

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Loretta Farris Sorry people. Surrogacy is a very common thing in today’s world and a simple discussion of his family’s need for those services would not even come close to being considered sexual harassment or assault. There is something far more sinister going on ...
Orlando Bernal These Republican perverts are dropping like flies. However, how is is it that the chief pervert and adulterer is still in the White House? Looking forward to the 19 women to come out soon.
Dan Gersten Some rumors coming out of Washington DC say Trent Franks was forced to resign because he was deemed "inappropriate" to represent the Master Race. (Warning: Comment may contain sarcasm)
Darrel Petrie Pelosi and the democratic party need to get behind a candidate for that seat. Just because it was a strong republican seat doesn`t mean we want it to stay that way. We should be able to beat any shit stain republican they dig up.
Lola Briagiolana Notice how Rush Limbaugh and all those fucking assholes on the extreme right are only talking about the Democrats in Congress and making it sound like and brainwashing their side to believe only Democrats are doing this this has nothing to do with ...

So Donald Trump Junior invents the excuse that because of attorney client privilege he can't tell Congress what he and his father talked about with regard to his June meeting with Russians at Trump Tower. Is a ploy like that seriously going to work? It is if Republicans in Congress let it. Watch:

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Jay Hunter Well, Sessions made up a brand new (and awfully convenient) definition of Executive Privilege. Can't see why Uday (or is it Qusay?) couldn't pretend he's a lawyer and start inventing stuff, too...
Teresa Reising Sappenfield This is wrong on so many levels! With this Republican Senate and House, it wouldn’t surprise me if they let this slip by as well. 🤬
Barbara Poff After this entire last year, the repubs will do nothing. If they get rid of Mueller, they are as guilty as the trumps and the sleazy administration.
Tobie Rosen The entire Trump family & most of the administration have ties to Russia & should be thrown out of office. Republicans in Congress ignoring the truth so they can cut taxes for themselves, & then take away our Medicare, Medicaid & Social Security. ...
Barbara Suttar The GOP are trying to string this out as long as possible. They know Mueller has really incriminating stuff of the whole Trump gang but they need to keep him in the W/House for their own cutting Medicare and social security. Americans......

At this point we've got a pretty good idea what Russian hope to get out of friendly relationship with the Trump administration... Watch Rachel Maddow outline all the ways Russia is trying to get sanctions lifted:

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Jeffery Jones Well you can’t blame them (the Russians) for trying right? I mean, their tactics were spot on, were they not? What’s sickening in all of this is the level of disregard the Trump team held with respect to years of history and distrust with this ...
Mary Crivello Milburn When this is over we will find out way more than we thought. Mueller is allowed a long leash to investigate " wherever the investigation leads" RICO racketeering and money laundering. Check out trump business partner Felix Sater
Melissa Merritt Morgan Why is it that all these hearings happen behind close doors with these guys and for supposedly 8 hrs. I can hardly believe there was not a long lunch break and I think we are being BS'ed that the Republicans are even trying to get to the truth.
Dorothy Montgomery Trumps teeth fell out last night,noose getting tight, next will crap in his pants, Alabama has 4 million 777 thousand people half are voters rest kids, small like other mini electoral states,slurred his words ,rigged electoral, even gop have left many, ...
Mike Fesik It has ALWAYS been about the Russian sanctions! Russia NEEDS the sanctions lifted if they ever hope to become relevant again on the world scene! The only thing they have to offer is huge supplies of oil, gas, and coal! They wanted tRump elected to ...

A Texas Republican used taxpayer money to settle a sexual-harassment case filed by a former aide. One of the things that stands out in this story is the number of GOP officials who've called for his resignation.

Texas Republican
Texas Republican's sexual harassment settlement in the spotlight

What would Rep. Blake Farenthold's (R-Texas) political standing -- and prospects -- would look like right now if he were a Democrat?

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John Norden Not one single republican calling for him to resign!! That's outrageous and wrong. No republicans calling for trump to resign either, even in the face of 16 sexual harassment complaints! Republicans don't hold themselves to standards they expect from ...
Larry English Resignations are for Democrats not Republicans. Right,wrong, and immorality have no bearing on the GOP. They are corrupt and immoral and don't even try to hide it as they know their supporters could care less. That is how far our society has fallen.
Toni Orleck The immoral majority Not one asked for his resignation They’ve been too distracted trying to figure Nd new ways to tax anyone not part of the 1%
Leonard Enrique Roasted Pig or Roasted Pork community & church feasts in Texas use actual, farm raised real pigs. They wouldn't use him,. His weight would break the iron BBQ.... and would taste like burned Chinese chicken. What a Slob!
Chas Bannon like I say, don't try to play fair, with repubs, they don't play that way, cheat is the name of the game in paul and mitch's world

As Al Franken gives up his Senate seat, it appears Democrats have succeeded in claiming the high ground on responding to allegations of sexual misconduct. The question is whether or not Republicans are prepared to follow.

As Al Franken steps down, a partisan division comes into focus
As Al Franken steps down, a partisan division comes into focus

If the goal among Democrats was to position the party on the high ground, it appears they've succeeded. Will Republicans follow the Dems' lead?

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Trina Shantae Al Franken being held to a much higher standard than the supposed president of the United States let’s me know that this country has gone to hell in a fuckn hand basket! He’s been accused of sexually assaulting over 17 women and no one says a got damn ...
David McMahan Republicans don't even know what the high road is. They work long and hard to get their way at any cost. Senator Franken was a threat so the repugnanticans played Democrats into thinking there really was a high road. They didn't care and don't care as ...
Paul Fusco Republicans will laugh call dems degenerates and use our own words to damn us, dems continue to insist on kindergarten play fair rules while republicans wage scorched earth war.
Lisa Graziano It was a boneheaded move. The chances of a Republican taking a CRITICAL seat are high. And the entire world is suffering unimaginably because the Republicans are in total control of the US Congress. I'm sorry for those women, but from what we know, ...
Jan Cutler - Wolfe This is a crime. He was targeted and railroaded because of how he interviewed Sessions and others. I thought he was the best one. He should have put conditions on his retirement. I pray he gets up there in a “couple of weeks” and announces that he ...

House Speaker Paul Ryan wants to blow a hole in the budget with tax cuts, and then fill the hole with Medicare cuts. What about Donald Trump's promise to oppose cuts to Medicare? That may not matter.

Paul Ryan eyes Medicare cuts, and he thinks Trump may help
Paul Ryan eyes Medicare cuts, and he thinks Trump may help

House Speaker Paul Ryan wants to blow a hole in the budget with tax cuts, and then fill the hole with Medicare cuts. What about Donald Trump's campaign promise?

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Priscilla Phillips Hosking Pay back the money they already have "borrowed" from Medicare/Social Security. Oh, and tell Paul Ryan to go to his room & stay there until he knows how to respect the elderly and sick people of the USA.
Sally Burns Should I complain? My social security went up but so did my Medicare premium. I'm going to enjoy my extra $1 / month. Sure, a loaf of bread costs more than that, but if I save up I can get a loaf every 3 months.
Chuck Thompson If cuts in all our Medicare, Medicaid, (and eventually Social Security) doesn't wake up those Republican Trump supporters as being the last straw, then nothing will. This is going to hit his base supporters extremely hard (and a great many of the rest ...
Melvin Herolaga How many years Ryan has been against Medicare. Looks like he has a hard on against it. We earned Medicare and this clown wants to just blow it.
Paulette J Culp Every person who gets a paycheck sees the deductions from their wages. Every person who receives Social Security knows you can have your Medicare payment taken out of your Social Security check. We know where are tax money is supposed to be going. So ...

Donald Trump is the kid who enjoys tearing down the tower of blocks, not the one who likes to build it. If that means taking a dangerous risk with a foreign policy the president doesn't "fully understand," so be it.

Does Trump have
Does Trump have 'a full understanding' of his new Israel policy?

When it comes to U.S. foreign policy, Donald Trump is the kid who enjoys tearing down the tower of blocks, not the one who likes to build it.

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Sharon Marie This is one of the biggest problems with this alternative "presidency." He has NO understanding of anything except how to cheat people out of money and get away with it most of the time. People ought to know by now--including his advisors, our allies, ...
Lawrence Ching Trump probably thinks what he did as a simple moving of real estate and he doesn't realize its implications. There's still 1,140 days left in this presidential term in office. This disaster of a president is a mess, a mess that only he can make. Sad.
Judy Kontos His slurred speech yesterday - what is up with that? Dry mouth doesn’t cause slurring like what was going on. Is he having stroke(s)? Is he medically fit to be in this position, regardless of politics, is the man medically sound?
Pattie Blair Now we all should understand the shallow knowledge base of his base, the irresponsible and childish responses of his base, the notion that the POTUS can just order things done for the few and forget the many, and of course we all know now how racist, ...
Peter Tuann Trump does not understand, too complicated, too much reading involved, this is what you get when you elect a gameshow host.

Two of the five deadliest mass shootings in modern American history have occurred since October. It’s against this backdrop that congressional Republicans are pursuing policies to expand gun rights, not limit them.

Following mass shootings, House GOP votes to expand gun rights
Following mass shootings, House GOP votes to expand gun rights

Two of the five deadliest mass shootings in modern American history have occurred since October. Republicans are nevertheless voting to expand gun rights.

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Melissa Patterson-Meador I feel like my rights are being violated. I don't want people coming to my state from other states with weapons, I don't trust them to know how to responsibly keep, care for or use those weapons. This is a really bad idea.
Sal Ida Important as these considerations are, democrats espousing control might as well just put "reserved for republican use" signs on senate and house seats.
Jonathan G. Garven All things with the GOP are inside out. Right is wrong and wrong is right. Up is down and down is up. Mass shootings? Grant more gun rights! Sexually harass teens? Vote him into office! Collude with Russia? Praise him!
Mark Burns If it makes it easier for licensed individuals to keep there weapon legally, I'm all for it. The bad guys don't give a shot about no licenses. I just wonder what else is in the bill...remaming the Lincoln monument for the moron?
Ginny Pitts I would think that the inconvenience of a background check is worth a human life. Apparently I was wrong. After a few hours of the news today I thought my blood pressure might blow the top of my head off. My hope is that the Mueller ...

In congressional testimony, Donald Trump Jr. made up a bizarre legal privilege to avoid key questions. It's almost as if he has something to hide.

Trump Jr invents a
Trump Jr invents a 'privilege' to avoid Russia scandal questions

In congressional testimony yesterday, Donald Trump Jr. made up a bizarre legal privilege to avoid key questions. It's almost as if he has something to hide.

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Sally Nista He’s trying to hide the fact that big daddy knew about the Russian meetings and what they were offering and what Jr, Jared, and Manafort accepted — conspiracy to discredit Clinton.
Donna Marie Kucinski These committees are not equipped with enough documents, nor committee members who are taking this seriously, to have any productive outcome. Please, just let Meuller do his job as only he can do.
Dennis Reid Rector Next time up at bat when they get Don Jr. to testify he had better have his attorney with him. His argument and assumption about executive privilege by all accounts from legal scholars is as bogus as a three dollar bill. If he doesn't answer under oath ...
Christine Kirby Probably lost track of his lies and for once realized that wasn't a strategy fully pulled another one from the family con book of lessons
William Mullins Soooo.... if there's a lawyer in the room, that means any treasonous conversations are out of bounds, even if that lawyer isn't representing you? Bullshit. No precedent. And soon, hopefully, No President.

Rachel Maddow explains what the deal is with Deutsche Bank and Donald Trump and what the reason may be that Robert Mueller is asking the bank for records. Watch: Here's a bit: "But for some reason, in 2008, after Trump said he couldn`t pay Deutsche Bank back what he owed them and he filed this insane lawsuit against them and tried to get out of ever paying them that money, for some reason after he pulled that in 2008, Deutsche Bank didn`t decide to cut him off. They decided to give him a ton more money. They decided to double down and triple down. They started doing tons more business with him. And nobody quite knows why. And nobody quite believes that they have seen a complete or accurate statement of the president`s financial situation. But as best as we can tell from around the time that he became president, Deutsche Bank holds the lion`s share of the hundreds of millions of dollars that the president has in outstanding debt."

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Glen R. Davis Deutsche Bank is serving as a pass-through agent, having sold their share of the Trump indebtedness to the Russian Mafia...THEY will collect you can be sure....
Jean Darragh In reading these comments I don’t see where they mention Trumps son-n-Law, as he is the one dealing with these banks on Trumps behalf! With him in charge of all the departments he can keep the corruption under his control. Sooner or later Mueller will ...
Marylou Jones Rachel is brilliantly investigating and explaining the Russia/Trump collusion to end US sanctions against Russia! What do you suppose trump got in return? ??
Wolfgang Mehrmann Finally, I see the beginning of the end for this incredible mess Trump has created for the USA because, he is, in fact owned by Putin. It's almost over now. Start your repair work.
Valerie Hudson Too late tax reform is a done deal he will pay RUSSIA Some of what he owes but our future is what Puttin wants bought and SOLD by a fool

Sen. Susan Collins struck some deals with GOP leaders before voting for the Republican tax plan. House Speaker Paul Ryan said he didn't agree to those deals. Did the Maine Republican get played?

Paul Ryan wasn
Paul Ryan wasn't part of Susan Collins' tax deal

In order to secure her vote on the Republican tax plan, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) struck a deal with party leaders. She may end up, however, with nothing.

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Christa Somerville-Chase Maybe just maybe the law makers should abolish the practice of adding ( sneaking in ) the many and mostly unrelated items to all theses legislative bills .
Nancy Bongiovanni Susan Collins has been an enormous disappointment to all. She held firm against the repeal of the ACA and yet with this horrible tax bill she voted yes. She claims she had an “iron clad” promise from McConnell. Ludicrous to think she was so easily duped.
John Steward meanwhile the dems, after calling the tax plan all sorts of bad things (which it is)... the very next day trot off to the WH to discuss deals with Trump over the budget... mixed messages are not a help, mixed messages are why dems are getting killed in ...
James Winka Speaker Ryan only wants to fulfill his plan to throw American elderly off of their earned benefits SS and Medicare to finance the Republican massive tax giveaway to billionaires.
Scott Harris Then she can switch her vote. Since they messed up with the corporate AMT, it's going to conference committee rather than the Senate version being passed by the House, so the Senate will have to vote again on the conference report. If the stuff she was ...

If you've been waiting for a congressional vote on the impeachment of Donald Trump, I have some good news and some bad news.

Trump impeachment measure receives 58 House Democratic votes
Trump impeachment measure receives 58 House Democratic votes

If you've been waiting for a congressional vote on the impeachment of Donald Trump, I have some good news and some bad news.

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Em Bee We’ll just keep plugging away and bring his little empire down sooner than later. It’s strange that all these accusations flying around about misconduct by congressmen....yet nothing about the president’s misconduct. Franken’s accusers were before he ...
Rebecca Pearce I think we should allow Mueller to continue to investigate and hold-off on voting for impeachment. If we start this too soon it will become nothing more than, or perceived as, noise from the Democrats and he and his followers will be able to portray him ...
Cathi Brunacini This was a weak attempt, destined to fail, but it gets the idea out there on the table. Let's see what happens when Mueller gets more evidence that will make impeachment unavoidable.
Donna Marie Kucinski I think we all knew this wasn't going anywhere without Republican backing. ........and they are nowhere near ready to get rid of him until all of their greedy agenda is passed and signed, especially the disastrous tax bill. Let Meuller do his job and ...
Rose Hammerstedt Trump is being investigated for treason... that is enough to lock him up.. he should not be signing any bills. And they should void the election since the Russians put him in office.

Donald Trump has been willing to upend decades of bipartisan consensus on U.S. foreign policy around the world. Today's shift on Israel is almost certainly the most dangerous.

Trump takes an alarming risk with shift in Israel policy
Trump takes an alarming risk with shift in Israel policy

With a dramatic shift in U.S. policy towards Israel, Donald Trump doesn't seem to be advancing his or the United States' interests in any way.

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Lynne Peters what a frigging fool...he just could not leave well enough alone...only wish he would be the only victim of this extremely stupid and dangerous move
Bonnie Werth Trump could care less about Israel! What he cares about is 1) pleasing one of his biggest donors Sheldon Adelson 2) pandering to Christian Evangelicals who make up his base (81% white Evangelicals voted for him) and 3) making a new Trump real estate ...
Jody Clark I hope there is a day when this all comes back directly to him as he cannot do 'the right thing' for any situation or scenario that has positive and constructive long lasting results. Everything he does will lead to chaos, and worse.
Gordon Clarke He is certifiably crazy.. several mental health sources have said this. This is just the latest in a long line of war machine decisions. Who benefits? Russia on the non-Israeli side by selling arms to that side, and USA by selling arms to the Israeli ...
Diana Clayton He is just such an idiot. He knows nothing about the world and world affairs. And what successful businessman declares bankruptcy 6 times. He is simply a bad seed who has pulled the wool over 30 percent of the people in this country. It is very sad for ...

Barack Obama recently acknowledged a "pause in American leadership." Donald Trump is going out of his way to prove his predecessor correct.

The consequences of a Trump-era
The consequences of a Trump-era 'pause' in American leadership

Barack Obama recently acknowledged a "pause in American leadership." Donald Trump is going out of his way to prove his predecessor correct.

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Cynthia Sanborn trump is anti everything related to Obama. Obama brought us intelligence, strength of character, diplomacy, racial equality, conservation, integrity. Yup donny is against all those things
Taryn Nillz With the money laundering, foreign contacts and closest cronies under counter intel surveillance, our government should have found a way to toss Trump's hat out of the ring. I can't overlook the Obama administration's blind eye. I was watching the news ...
Randall E Herron America looks like it's being led into chaos by Pied Piper Trumpsky and his puppet master Putin!!!!! Everybody but Trumpites see it as clear as athe hand in front of their faces!!!
Penelope Noecker Tillerson, you bit the Koolaide-drenched biscuit knowing you could sweeten Exxon’s greedy black pot and fill your pockets beyond what already spilled from them. But did you know it would expose the flaws of your hungry ego and make you look like the ...
Chris MacDonald this "Trump" period is going to be the beginning of the end for the USA. in the world context, there cannot be "bankruptcy" or the lack of leadership this "man" shows daily. he is disruptive, negative, fool hearty, and just plain stupid.

Republicans thought their tax plan would demonstrate their ability to govern. They've actually proved the opposite.

The more you read, the more you go,
The more you read, the more you go, 'Holy crap, what's this?'

Republicans thought their tax plan would demonstrate their ability to govern. They've actually proved the opposite.

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Glenda Rider The Republicans are going to face some serious backlash on this egregious bill in the very near future. I would say that, once people do their 2017 taxes, the shit will hit the fan.
Susan Tonelli Buckley Ramming something through with no public debate or hearings and having changes written in ink across a page is not governing. Or good business practice
Nance Reed Republicans have proven that they neither know how to govern nor are prepared to be leaders. Their handling on EVERY piece of legislation has been POOR. They do nothing in the best interest of the people or country - only to serve their narrow minded ...
Andrea Walker-Saylor The Republicans inability to govern is why they are always so irate at Democrats when Democrats say you broke it you fix it. This tax bill will ONLY prove that Republicans don't know what they are doing and don't care about the everyday working ...
John Egan So, they can either fail to pass it and confirm that they have no business being in charge, or ram it through and have to spend the next 10 months trying to justify it to their constituents leading up to the midterms. Lose-lose! Good work, morons!

When Republicans passed their regressive tax plan, much of the media described it as a "win" for the GOP. The American people seem to disagree -- strongly.

Despite talk of a
Despite talk of a 'win,' GOP tax plan is a loser with the public

When Republicans passed their regressive tax plan, many observers described it as a "win" for the GOP, but with the American mainstream, the plan is a loser.

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Danny Hassell Of course, one must expect those beinķg plundered inhumanely and mercilessly by this insane tax reform scam to oppose/reject it vehemently, while for the plunderers (1%) it is a win, especially as they now become the wealthiest TAX FREE "welfare ...
Glenda Hicks What goes around comes around, The next Democratic controlled congress as in a super majority, can take it all back and increase the tax on those super rich to oh 90% until they pay back all the money they were given to invest in jobs for Americans for ...
Robin Juarez *** COPIED*** SHAME on the 51 Senate Republicans who just voted for a tax scam bill that amounts to a massive giveaway to Donald Trump and his billionaire friends - paid for by cutting Medicare. It's not too late to stop this. Both this bill and the ...
Barb Czapski If it's such a great plan, why are they rushing it through?.. We are bypassing the process. There should be debates, public feedback, compromises, etc. We are losing our government.. it is supposed to be by the people for the people. Now it is just by ...
Gary Schroeder The American people don't have to approve or like it! It's not for them, their only purpose is to supply the tax money for the Repubs to redistribute to the wealthy. There's no mystery here and no breaking news. This is the third time trickle down has ...

For anyone keeping track, yesterday was the day that Donald Trump's lawyers changed his excuses on both collusion and obstruction. Instead of outright denials, now they say it's totally ok that Trump obstructed justice, and collusion isn't even a crime. Watch: Further discussion here:

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David Gannon So Trump colluded with Russia now to rig the election, hack e mails, plant false stories. But that's not illegal!!!
Robert Morales His lawyers are correct about him (trump) having the right to express his views but as it’s his actions in question, his views are obviously self serving and not necessarily based in legal precedent.
Gary MacLachlan In case anyone was wondering-Ty Cobb struck out 680 times in his career 😄
Hugh Dismuke They basically are admitting collusion and obstructionism. The crimes have been committed. The GOP isn't going to lift a finger. Just wait until the democrats take congress back. Vengeance is coming.
Dov Sherman Trump's tweets versus the Nixon tapes. "When the president does it, that means that it is not illegal." Obstruction of justice. Blatant racism on tape. The parallels between Trump and Nixon just keep racking up. It really tells you how little ...

As Donald Trump gave away millions of acres of federal land yesterday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke kept saying, "Public land is for public use and not special interests." That phrase doesn't mean what he thinks it means.

Trump Admin makes an odd argument while giving away federal land
Trump Admin makes an odd argument while giving away federal land

As the Trump admin gives away millions of acres of federally protected land, the Interior Secretary appears to forget the meaning of "special interests."

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Dean Slater Yeah and since Citizens United has made it clear that Corporations are people, and people are the public, it's now OK for Exxon to drill for oil in our national parks. Oil, forest logging, pipelines, get er done. This is so crazy it makes me sick. I ...
Ken Anderson This sounds like '1984' ... using language to obfuscate and confuse. Federal land IS public land, meaning it IS protected from "special interests," such as development, commercialization, mining, drilling, etc.
Mark Nelson When we talk about public impeach, it is in the public interest to remove the President and as many of his cabinet members as possible.
Sue Suzy Que Zinke has no clue what he’s doing or even what those words really mean or he wouldn’t have said them. This Administration is full of a bunch of dummies. Ugh...
Kimberlee Whalley Chatterley “These temple destroyers, devotees of ravaging commercialism, seem to have a perfect contempt for Nature, and, instead of lifting their eyes to the God of the mountains, lift them to the Almighty Dollar.” ― John Muir
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