Thursday, December 12, 2019

Thursday Drenched Reads

Articles of Impeachment hearings are streamed here among many, many places:

There were a few, very few, humorous moments in this marathon session today, and it was unintentional humor on the part of the GOP.  The whole thing was around and around and around just to run the clock well after prime time on the East Coast.  What was funny the Republicans wanted to debate to go on and on and on well into the night, but Chairman Jerry Nadler adjourned "abruptly" around 11:30 or so EST.  Now the entire world will see the final vote tomorrow when the Judiciary Committee reconvenes at around 10:00 a.m. EST.  Some of the Republicans, especially that Collins nitwit, about blew a gasket. 

Editorial is well-taken, but it ignores the threat of silencing women for daring to advocate for their own spaces, and this isn't covered by the executive order.

No surprise, as charter schools have been shown to be a massive, massive, massive failure.

Schools aren't businesses.

Putin or the Russian mob are behind everything, aren't they?

Meanwhile, federal prosecutors charged yesterday evening that Lev Parnas, an associate of President Trump who represented him in Ukraine, was wired $1 million from a Russian bank account weeks before his arrest. Which is to say, Trump’s Ukraine plot appears to have been financed by Russia.

Parnas met repeatedly with Trump and his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. Parnas claims Trump pulled him aside at last year’s White House Hanukkah party and personally directed his activities in Ukraine. That allegation remains unproven. What is proven, though, is that Parnas met with Trump numerous times (there are photographs), was Giuliani’s official business partner, and represented himself to Ukrainians as an agent of both Trump and Giuliani.

Rudy has worked as Trump’s lawyer for “free,” but Parnas paid him half a million dollars for his work. If Parnas himself was being paid by Russian sources, this means the Russians were essentially subsidizing Trump, paying for the work themselves so he didn’t have to lay out a dime of his own money.

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