So why weren't the dems clambering to investigate Jared and immediately with all the evidence prosecute? Oh, our attorney general twittles his thumbs. Now over 2 years and nothing with all the evidence that he already had. WTF just think where we would be now if only DOJ would of taken action within the first year.

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Thanks for this morning report.

I really, really get pissed when the emoluments clause is brought up and this story takes the cake. Along with the supremes and Citizens United decision allowing unlimited dark US money flowing into politics we have the ignoring of the emoluments clause allowing unlimited money from foreign entities.

The lame excuse by DOJ is "well, no one has ever been prosecuted under the emoluments clause so we certainly can't". TFG and Jared are the shining lights for following generations of corruption.

The powerful are untouchable.

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Yet another great example of what happens when morbidly rich sociopaths exploit the powers of corporate personhood to get their way.

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All roads lead to Putin. The Trump crime family has been surrounded by Russians for decades. The oligarchs needed to clean that money up, that's why they turned to real estate and Trump. Make no mistake Putin owns the oligarchs. So when the Saudis provided the same deal, it is only logical they got to join the mob.

Don is not "the don", Putin is.

Trump bragged prolifically about the arms he sold the Saudis. The quid pro quo was that they bought LNG from us. They have so much natural gas from drilling, that's like getting them to buy sand. The media and Dems didn't do much on it, because of the first impeachment. I tried to contact people in Congress.

Any dirty deals for influence should be exposed and prosecuted, everyone's. I hope all the Bidens have clean hands, but we know damn well the Trumps and Kushners don't.

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DOJ is aware of all of this, and nothing is done! I'm disgusted and don't believe our government works for The People no matter who is in charge. I actually like Joe Biden and think he's been doing an admirable job at pushing a huge rock uphill.

It appears that if you're rich enough you get a pass on about everything. Prosecute these slime balls and lock them up. If that was done it would send a powerful message, but it seems, no one has the balls to do it.

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The Trump criminals yet again. Was this all part of the plan to set the United States up for a big boost to Authoritarianism from Democracy?

Jared Kushner always struck me as a mild looking but devious enough man to enter the Trump family and then tear things down quietly.

As far as the Attorney General goes I ‘d rather see Jack Smith as A G .

Assuming that he is who he appears to be.

Are the Democrats selling out to the Trump Cartel?

It seems that the statement that the A G is just crossing every t and dotting every i was just soothing background noise for any real attempt at justice.

There isn’t one thing that Thom mentions re : this criminal group that isn’t shocking but plausible as regards these Trump thugs.

No redeeming characteristics of this whole rotten experience with Trump.

And of course the Republicans reward this perversity with standing applause.

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Are the Trump supporters even capable of caring? This reminds me of a quote "the last capitalist we shall hang will be the one who sold us the rope". First comes greed second comes guns and third comes God, to the right wingers. I'm sure Garland will get right on thqt?

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Read the heading and simply said Yes.

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Here is what I don’t get. Jared Kushner is an Orthodox Jew, and as such have a loyalty towards Israel.

Saudi Arabia will not allow into their country any foreigner which has an Israeli visa in their passport.

After the ’73 Arab Israeli war. Saudi Arabia has made a piece of sorts with Israel, followed by the UAE.

I am looking for a common denominator that can Israel’s détente with the kingdom, hence Jared’s friendship with MSB

For Jared and Trump the motivation is money, but not for MBS and Israel. The two states have a common interest. Hostility towards Iran, and that enmity is rooted in religion,

Non Muslims may not understand the millennial long conflict between Shi’a and Sunni Islam, because in our eyes they are no different and as misogynistic and homophobic (Saudis call the “keeper suit” that women must wear an abaya, the Iranians call it a chador). as Orthodox Judaism, Catholicism and Evangelical Protestantism, never the less it is very real and is about who is the rightful heir of Muhammad.: His Cousin, Ali his first student (Talib) ar as known in Iran as Ali ibn abi Talib which means Exalted son of the father of the student, which is a way of saying Cousin, or the followers of Muhammad.

The Followers fought the disciples of the cousin at the battle of Karbala and lost

There is also racial/cultural animosity between the Saudis and the Shia (Iran and even Iraq being majority Shia).

Abdul Qassim Mansuri, a Shia Mulim born in 935, wrote the Shahnameh or Book of Kings.

Most educated Iranians, can passionately quote Ferdowsi’s ament, utter by a Perian general facing the Arab Army.

“Damn on this World, Damn on this Time, Damn on Fare, that uncivilized Arabs have come to force me to be Muslim”

In 197, Iran sent hundreds of guerilla fighters into Mecca during the Haj, and fighting erupted in the tunnels and markets. The war between Saudi Arabia and Yemen is a war between the Shia Houthis and the Sunni dominated Yemeni government. The Houthis are a large clan originating from Yemen's northwestern Saada province. They practice the Zaydi form of Shiism The Houthi movement emerged in northern Yemen in the 1990s, in part, as a reaction to rising Saudi financial and religious influence

Thus we have both a financial and religious interest in this MBS-Kushner alliance of which, Trump is a beneficiary.

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Saudi Arabia aligning themselves with Russia? This could be very ominous.

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You assemble a convincing - and needed - opening argument for not only massive corruption, but corruption utterly indifferent to that nationalism that Trump's adorers hold so dear. This is the case that the Trump gang and affiliates don't give a flying you-know-what about America, and will cut America's throat with a smile, hello, "flyover country" patriots. But let's be clear it is almost entirely a whole other case from the election sabotage, before and after, case. Posters think a two-year delay slogging through the unprecedented legal roadblocks over the election deniers and Jan. 6 is an outrage. Just try to picture investigation and subpenas and documentation for the horror Thom outlines here. Any volunteers? Really?

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What a stunning exposé! But I suspect it's lost in the onslaught of all the other shocking developments in the ongoing dark saga of Trump, living rent-free in everyone's mind, both left and right. Whew -- open the damn window!

The gross moral failings and their ugly consequences, if not specific, were highly predictable given the self-dealing assholes involved. To most progressives, with working brains and honest souls, it was obvious from the very beginning that really bad mojo was heading our way on that fateful ride down that golden escalator way back in '15 -- before Trump's "soul stank" (movie: RIPD) began to accelerate the rot in the creaking foundations of our already unstable democracy, still reeling from the original sin of Reaganomics.

Of course, scapegoating Trump is an easy cop-out for the tens of millions of gullible fabulists who voted for him and his unoriginal copycats -- and, like lemmings, the uneducated masses caught up in new-age Republicanism (despicable lies and unabashed racism) will undoubtedly vote the absolute wrong way again despite all the lunacy that has transpired.

They want chaos. Tear it all down. Hang the heathens. Purify the land for the coming Lord ...same old story throughout history.

Say it like it is: Our fellow, so-called Americans in truth are worhtless traitors killing democracy to establish a white, Christian, authoritarian plutocracy run by a bunch of ruthless billionaires. Evil incarnate.

No, it's not hate of the fools on the right; it's more like disgust and revulsion.

Republicans for the most part are lost, miserable souls, victims of false prophets and false religion, evidenced by their own repulsive words and actions. They sorely need to be called out in real-time for what they are -- to their lying faces! -- and their dirty deeds exposed at every turn for all to witness.

The usual binary jargon of left-right, red-blue, liberal-conservative should give way to a more direct political discourse: the truth or the lie. It matters. Life or death. Which side are you on?

Follow the evidence; follow the science; follow the truth. Otherwise, what good is human thought?

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My memory is not to be trusted. However, I am fairly certain that I did hear about just about every one of these incidents and scandals on MSNBC, mostly from Rachel, and I believe I read about them on certain websites with which I'm registered. There are many reasons why nothing seems to come of all this corruption and criminality. Every single day there are new outrages and even big media can't keep up. There has to be someone or some agency in government to investigate and prosecute. The will seems to be lacking and resources are scarce, but even when someone is ready to act, there are incredible hurdles and technicalities, and the opposition is powerful. Probably most important is that for any effort to be successful, there must be public support and a public outcry. But the people do not respond. People are busy and preoccupied and they just don't get angry and upset enough and in large enough numbers to motivate anyone to follow through or for prosecutions to be pursued with vigor and commitment. I see no solutions at this point. Possibly when the pain gets strong enough for enough people, more will show up in the streets. Don't hold your breath.

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"To everything, there is a season." Everything. For Republicans, that will literally come true in this coming "summer of discontent." At long last, their real-life, lie and hate-fest version of "Everything Everywhere All At Once" is coming to full fruition.

And karma is a bitch:

-Dear Leader's life of crime finally catching up legally bigly in several overlapping jurisdictions digging away at the mountain of evidence, exploding in the lap of every right-wing media medium everywhere.

-The favorite wingnut propaganda mouthpiece, forever feasting on their viewers' inexplicable but predictable gullibility, finally gutted by its out-for-blood enemies, ethically and financially, left a rotting corpse. (Never rest in peace, Amen.)

-A self-owned debt crisis, threatening the entire world economy, instantly transforming our once great nation into Third World status as interest rates soar. (Way to go, stupid bastards; people won't forget!)

-Protests galore marching across the land like 4th of July parades, against virtually every piece of authoritarian, anti-democratic legislative garbage conjured up by the Republican Party and sanctioned by the Party's black-robed theocratic "justices" (in name only) in the Supreme Star Chamber.

-The war in Ukraine reaching a bloody crescendo while fcking traitors — the usual suspects — in the U.S. Congress give comfort to our and the world's worst enemy, War Criminal Mass Murderer Putin, thus cruelly prolonging death and destruction while he waits us out, hoping for a Trump 2.0 reboot in 2024 and more of the same sniveling-coward appeasement that led directly to the buildup for the major invasion last year, purposely timed to stiff the Biden Administration. Unfortunately for the fcking traitor caucus, appeasement usually backfires politically.

-And to top it all off, their primary season will be heating up into a witch's brew of wickedness by playing to a crazed base with little chance of winning a general election against any generic Democrat, meaning someone sensible and willing to do right by the Constitution, the American people, and the principle of democracy, someone you won't find on the right, especially as they outdo one another with fascistic crazy talk, cage-fight politics at its worst.

For the rest of us — you know, "normal" people (or as close to whatever that might mean in this day and age) — it should be: "Summertime, and the livin' is easy." You wouldn't want to be them, but you may as well enjoy the ridiculous spectacle of Republican politicians trying to win the hearts and minds of the patients running their asylum. Sit back, grab the popcorn, and enjoy the show. (Well, maybe enjoyment isn't the best way to describe such conflicting emotions, ranging from glee to horror.)


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Very good to have all those details. You are so good at that. But now what? The establishment is so deeply corrupt that it's sickening when Biden points to his triumphs and get accolades. And here comes Marianne Williamson, who is disgustingly derided even by the left. Even if she never makes it to a nomination or the Presidency, what a breath of fresh air she is, and it's so pure on the side of justice and the soul, if you will, that I bet she can make people do some serious rethinking. Notice that all the hundreds of comments she gets to posts when she talks, including people apologizing for making fun of her before, are almost 100% positive. What do you think, Thom?

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I will mention this elsewhere as appropriate, but I am very concerned with the latest news that Saudi Arabia and Iran have arrived at some form of rapproachement .

Considering that the Sunni - Saudi split is a thousand years old and that the Islam of Iran is only marginally less stringent than the Wahabiyyah Islam of Saudi Arabia,. Something is going on

In the southwest of Iran, women are forced to wear the niqab, which is more restrictive than the chador or abaya (the bee keeper suit) but less restrictive than the burka. Outside of Tehran women wear the chador, but all are forced to at east wear the hijab.

Saudi Arabia executes by beheading., Iran by hanging or stoning (especially for adultery and a raped women is considered an adulteress unless she can provide four male witnesses (accomplices) to the rape, and we know how that goes.

Something is afoot for them to come to some kind of rapprochement, perhaps it is the extreme right shift of Israel. The only natural resource of both countries is oil.

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