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https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/19/us/politics/mike-pompeo-state-department-inspector-general-saudi-arabi.html

 

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declined an interview request for the State Department inspector general’s inquiry into whether the Trump administration acted illegally in declaring an “emergency” to bypass a congressional freeze on arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, according to three people with knowledge of his actions.

Mr. Pompeo chose instead to answer written questions from investigators working for the inspector general, Steve A. Linick, who was fired by President Trump on Friday.

 

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That indicates that the secretary of state was aware of Mr. Linick’s investigation and the specific lines of questioning about Mr. Pompeo’s decision last year to resume the sales of bombs and other weapons, which had been stalled since 2017. Saudi Arabia has led Persian Gulf nations in an air war in Yemen that has resulted in large numbers of civilian deaths.

It is still not clear why Mr. Linick was dismissed. He was also pursuing inquiries into whether Mr. Pompeo was improperly asking a State Department employee to run errands for him and his wife. And a senior department official and longtime friend of the secretary, Brian Bulatao, told The Washington Post that Mr. Pompeo was concerned that Mr. Linick was not aggressively tracking down past leaks to news organizations about what he was investigating.

 

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Some officials say that it may have been a combination of issues, rather than any single investigation, that led to the dismissal of Mr. Linick, one of four inspectors general Mr. Trump has fired or demoted in recent weeks.

The State Department has declined to comment publicly about Mr. Linick’s investigation into the arms sales or provide any detail about its scope. But the push by Mr. Pompeo and Mr. Trump to resume the sales, especially after the killing of the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi, was opposed by some lawmakers from both parties and was highly controversial among some Foreign Service officers, who argued that Mr. Trump’s desire to win arms sales for American contractors was overriding human rights protections.

 

 

 

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4 minutes ago, StassneyHorn said:

Former Texas LT Governor David Dewhurst, had his ribs broken by his 40 year old girlfriend. Dewhurst is 73. Had the pleasure of losing the 2012 Senate runoff to Ted Cruz, and followed it up two years later losing his job to Dan Patrick.

here is here IG

https://www.instagram.com/lesliedecaron/

Like in a fight, accident, or really kinky sex?

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24 minutes ago, StassneyHorn said:

Assaulted him on 5/13 and 5/17 according to Greg Googan a Fox reporter in Houston.

 

 

hit him with pot? awesome

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1 hour ago, Hugo Stiglitz said:

 

This is a long time favorite republican grift. Bulk buying books to try to get right wing authors on the NYT best seller list. 

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11 minutes ago, Hugo Stiglitz said:

 

This makes me incredibly sad. If we can’t solve for this it’s only a matter of time until this country is finished. 

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Just now, NameAlreadyInUse said:

This makes me incredibly sad. If we can’t solve for this it’s only a matter of time until this country is finished. 

Get used to disappointment. 

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3 minutes ago, NameAlreadyInUse said:

This makes me incredibly sad. If we can’t solve for this it’s only a matter of time until this country is finished. 

which America were you born in? This has been gospel and creed among any republican I've known in the 41 years I've been in this earth. Jeebus saves, fuck libtard scientists

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9 hours ago, Hugo Stiglitz said:

 

this needs to go on the Dan Crenshaw for President fb page hahahaha

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11 minutes ago, NameAlreadyInUse said:

This makes me incredibly sad. If we can’t solve for this it’s only a matter of time until this country is finished. 

We elected a racist imbecile that got impeached, destroyed democracy, crashed the global economy, and killed 100k+ Americans due to negligence in his first term.  It’s going to be hard to clean up. 

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JFC.

The effects are already manifest. In conversation after conversation with voters here Thursday, Trump supporters repeatedly—and completely unsolicited—say Democrats are attempting to steal the election from the president.

“I lived in Chicago for six years. We know how Mayor Daley stuffed the ballot box for JFK against Nixon.” says Keith Brudder, a 72-year-old landscape contractor from the nearby town of Willis. “That’s what the Democrats in charge here want to do, with this mail-in voting. There’s just no way to have accountability for those ballots like you do when people come to the voting booth.”

“In Wayne County alone, more than a million people who weren’t registered to vote in 2018 got to vote anyway, and that’s how Whitmer and these Democrats got elected,” says Matthew Shepard, a retired career military man who drove his hulking, orange paramilitary-style truck 90 minutes south from Shiawassee County to cheer on the president. (He offered no documentation for those statistics.) “That’s the only way Trump loses this election—this mail voting scam.”

 

Deborah Fuqua-Frey, who sits on the board of the Washtenaw County GOP and helped organize the pro-Trump rally here, says the United Auto Workers union “controls the outcome of the 2020 election.” And that terrifies her. “Because nobody knows how to stuff the ballot box like the UAW,” she says. “Trust me, I was a third-generation UAW member, and I know they’re always looking for new ways to cheat. That’s what they’re going to do with the mail system.”

 

According to Fuqua-Frey, this would represent a sinister final attempt to remove Trump from office, after the failure of the Mueller Report, the Ukraine-inspired impeachment process, and, most recently, the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Isn’t it kind of convenient that as soon as impeachment failed, we’ve suddenly got this virus?” she asks, alternating between puffs on a Winston and her inhaler. “This was domestic political terrorism from the Democratic Party. They’ve got all these numbers inflated, especially the deaths. Nobody can explain why nobody’s dying from other causes anymore. Most of these people who are ‘dying from coronavirus’ aren’t actually dying from coronavirus. It’s domestic political terrorism. But Trump will be fine. His voters know better. We aren’t falling for it.”

“This was the most exciting day of my life. Okay, the second-most exciting day, after the birth of my grandkids,” says Paula Stone, an Ypsilanti resident, after the president’s motorcade passes. Tonight, Stone says, like every other night, she’ll watch Fox News and click around the internet and social media for information about the president. But she’s not particularly interested in the highlights of his speech inside the Ford plant.

“I want to know more about this vote-by-mail fraud,” she says. “I’ve heard some shady shit is going down.”

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1 hour ago, Message Board User said:

“Isn’t it kind of convenient that as soon as impeachment failed, we’ve suddenly got this virus?” she asks, alternating between puffs on a Winston and her inhaler. “This was domestic political terrorism from the Democratic Party. They’ve got all these numbers inflated, especially the deaths. Nobody can explain why nobody’s dying from other causes anymore. Most of these people who are ‘dying from coronavirus’ aren’t actually dying from coronavirus. It’s domestic political terrorism. But Trump will be fine. His voters know better. We aren’t falling for it.”

This, my friends, should be our new national symbol -- an insane woman alternating puffs on a Winston and an inhaler while spouting irrational nonsense.  If you boiled down America to its purest essence, that's it.

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6 minutes ago, Bama Chick said:

These people are just nauseating.

Deplorables was too kind.

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So this halfwit didn't end up dying from COVID-19?  Disappointing ...

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5 minutes ago, Brisketexan said:

This, my friends, should be our new national symbol -- an insane woman alternating puffs on a Winston and an inhaler while spouting irrational nonsense.  If you boiled down America to its purest essence, that's it.

The author could have easily just said alternating puffs on a cigarette and inhaler.  I like that the author included the brand name to show this wasn't any COPD smoker, but someone with COPD smoking one of the most white trash garbage brand of cigarettes.  He really went above and beyond to paint an accurate picture of the modern day Trump supporter.

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2 hours ago, Message Board User said:

JFC.

The effects are already manifest. In conversation after conversation with voters here Thursday, Trump supporters repeatedly—and completely unsolicited—say Democrats are attempting to steal the election from the president.

“I lived in Chicago for six years. We know how Mayor Daley stuffed the ballot box for JFK against Nixon.” says Keith Brudder, a 72-year-old landscape contractor from the nearby town of Willis. “That’s what the Democrats in charge here want to do, with this mail-in voting. There’s just no way to have accountability for those ballots like you do when people come to the voting booth.”

“In Wayne County alone, more than a million people who weren’t registered to vote in 2018 got to vote anyway, and that’s how Whitmer and these Democrats got elected,” says Matthew Shepard, a retired career military man who drove his hulking, orange paramilitary-style truck 90 minutes south from Shiawassee County to cheer on the president. (He offered no documentation for those statistics.) “That’s the only way Trump loses this election—this mail voting scam.”

 

Deborah Fuqua-Frey, who sits on the board of the Washtenaw County GOP and helped organize the pro-Trump rally here, says the United Auto Workers union “controls the outcome of the 2020 election.” And that terrifies her. “Because nobody knows how to stuff the ballot box like the UAW,” she says. “Trust me, I was a third-generation UAW member, and I know they’re always looking for new ways to cheat. That’s what they’re going to do with the mail system.”

 

According to Fuqua-Frey, this would represent a sinister final attempt to remove Trump from office, after the failure of the Mueller Report, the Ukraine-inspired impeachment process, and, most recently, the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Isn’t it kind of convenient that as soon as impeachment failed, we’ve suddenly got this virus?” she asks, alternating between puffs on a Winston and her inhaler. “This was domestic political terrorism from the Democratic Party. They’ve got all these numbers inflated, especially the deaths. Nobody can explain why nobody’s dying from other causes anymore. Most of these people who are ‘dying from coronavirus’ aren’t actually dying from coronavirus. It’s domestic political terrorism. But Trump will be fine. His voters know better. We aren’t falling for it.”

“This was the most exciting day of my life. Okay, the second-most exciting day, after the birth of my grandkids,” says Paula Stone, an Ypsilanti resident, after the president’s motorcade passes. Tonight, Stone says, like every other night, she’ll watch Fox News and click around the internet and social media for information about the president. But she’s not particularly interested in the highlights of his speech inside the Ford plant.

“I want to know more about this vote-by-mail fraud,” she says. “I’ve heard some shady shit is going down.”

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1 hour ago, Tom said:

The author could have easily just said alternating puffs on a cigarette and inhaler.  I like that the author included the brand name to show this wasn't any COPD smoker, but someone with COPD smoking one of the most white trash garbage brand of cigarettes.  He really went above and beyond to paint an accurate picture of the modern day Trump supporter.

Generic would have been better. Winston is name brand, so high falutin rednecks. 

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4 hours ago, Bama Chick said:

These people are just nauseating.

Deplorables was too kind.

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God seems like a cunt

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1 hour ago, Kyrie Eleison said:

every shrimper i ever met growing up toked Winstons.  

When we were kids they wereen't $5.00 a pack, and generics weren't really a thing. 

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3 hours ago, Kyrie Eleison said:

every shrimper i ever met growing up toked Winstons.  

Wait....shrimpers smoke?  Next thing, you're gonna tell me they engage in OTHER unhealthy activities.  I don't know if I can believe you.

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I debated which thread to place these tweets but this is a Republican Party problem they refuse to clean up b/c they’re a death cult.

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2 hours ago, Post Oak said:

God seems like a cunt

You ever read the old testament? He could be a real dickhead back in the day

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On 5/19/2020 at 10:50 PM, Bama Chick said:

i should have started the rudy thread instead of the pompeo thread.  had a much better title for that one.  'shut your fucking face cousin fucker: the rudy giuliani thread'

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She's a natural for today's GOP:

https://lasvegassun.com/news/2020/may/22/nevada-congressional-candidate-not-voted-12-years/

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A Republican business owner running for a Southern Nevada congressional seat has not voted in 12 years and did not register to vote until late 2017, county records show.

Lisa Song Sutton, 35, said she was busy focusing on her businesses and community work, including her stint as Miss Nevada in 2014, and wasn’t very politically engaged.

 

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Sutton said in a statement that she was previously registered in Arizona and Florida when she was in college and graduate school.

“Upon finishing school, like many people, I focused on building my career and businesses,” she said in a statement.

Sutton likened herself to many Nevadans who are eligible to vote but did not register or who are registered to vote but choose not to cast ballots.

 

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“I have come to the realization that private sector individuals must come off the sidelines if we truly want to help our communities,” Sutton said. “Many of my supporters are engaging in politics for the very first time.”

Sutton later said in an interview Friday with The Associated Press that the last election she voted in was in 2008, as a Republican. She noted that when she announced her candidacy in an online video, she said, “I haven't always voted.”

 

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She moved to Nevada and Las Vegas in 2010, but did not register to vote in Clark County until December 2017, Clark County voting records show.

Sutton said she registered in 2017 after volunteering with the Asian Community Development Council, which registered her to vote as part of its civic engagement outreach.

Sutton’s businesses include a bakery, a shipping store, a lingerie store and a real estate brokerage.

Sutton's voting record was first reported by The Nevada Independent.

Sutton is running in an eight-candidate GOP primary for Nevada's 4th congressional seat, currently held by Democrat Steven Horsford, which includes areas of Las Vegas and wide stretches of desert and rural towns.

 

 

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But trump is fat as fuck. Do they not see that or is it because she’s a woman that it’s worse?

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4 minutes ago, 4th&Five said:

But trump is fat as fuck. Do they not see that or is it because she’s a woman that it’s worse?

psst, it's because she's black

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John K Stahl is so perfect for right wing radio, he's going to have a show within 2 weeks. Mark it down. 

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16 hours ago, Francisco 2.0 said:

including her stint as Miss Nevada in 2014

RULES

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But trump is fat as fuck. Do they not see that or is it because she’s a woman that it’s worse?

I seem to remember a certain woman pointing out that he’s “morbidly obese” just last week and all his followers being outraged.

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35 minutes ago, Longhorn_Fan68 said:

it gets one layer sicker: potus retweeted that earlier today

Savvy politicians know to shut the fuck up and let their opponent's mistakes come back to bite them. Retweeting this is basically giving Biden a get-out-of-jail-free card following his latest "ain't black" gaffe.

There must be a top-level member of Trump's campaign staff who read that retweet and said to himself "this fuckin' guy".

 

 

 

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I'm old enough to remember when the GOP had a postmortem after the 2012 election on how they could (checks notes) make the GOP more palatable to a larger group of voters.  Sidenote:  Kushner must have pics of Donald fucking Ivanka, because he keeps getting tabbed for more and more things to do.

 

https://www.axios.com/republican-platform-jared-kushner-56cb19ee-d6c7-409e-93e5-088eebd82825.html?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=organic&utm_content=1100

 

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For the past six months, top Trump campaign officials, reporting to Jared Kushner, have been working on a radical overhaul of the Republican Party platform.

Driving the news: The Trump campaign's Bill Stepien has been leading the process, working with campaign colleagues and the Republican National Committee. As with all significant campaign matters, they've been reporting back to Kushner.

 

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The president's son-in-law and top adviser has told confidants he wants to shrink the GOP's extensive platform of policy beliefs and principles down to a single card that fits in people's pockets. That's a huge change. The 2016 platform runs 58 pages — the product of extensive debate and heated negotiations.

Kushner told colleagues he wanted "something like the 10 principles we believe in," per two sources familiar with his comments. He asked Stepien to find historical examples of Republican platforms that look more like a "mission statement," per a source familiar with one of their meetings.

Another source familiar with the discussions pointed to the GOP platform of 1856 as an example of a platform that is similarly short. The source used this example to argue that the idea of a one-page platform isn't so new or radical after all.

 

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At noon on Dec. 19, 2019, Kushner shared some of his thinking with colleagues in the Secretary of War Suite in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the West Wing of the White House.

From his seat at the center of a long table, Kushner told senior White House and campaign staff that more of their policies should be drawing people to the party, so they ought to eliminate alienating language.

As an example of language that would alienate voters, Kushner said that he didn't want to see anything about "gay conversion therapy" in the 2020 Republican platform.

 

Spoiler

The 2016 Republican platform did not explicitly mention gay conversion therapy, but it included this line: "We support the right of parents to determine the proper medical treatment and therapy for their minor children." 

Gay Republicans were furious because they viewed it, accurately, as a coded endorsement for the widely condemned practice that's rejected by major medical associations and whose use on minors is banned in many states and some other countries.

Kushner also argued against rebranding "School Choice" as "Education Freedom Scholarships," because he said the latter phrase doesn't resonate with African Americans.

Two sources said they recalled Kushner making a more sweeping point — that they should rethink using the word "freedom" altogether in the GOP platform because polling showed it doesn't appeal to African Americans. But another source familiar with the Dec. 19 meeting pushed back adamantly against this. 

The source said the only context in which Kushner argued against using the word "freedom" was in the context of rebranding "school choice." The source added that "freedom's a great word" and "should be smartly utilized" in the 2020 Republican platform.

(The Trump administration had been using the phrase "Education Freedom Scholarships" since at least February 2019 — more than nine months before this meeting.)

Between the lines: In developing their ideas for the new GOP platform, the Trump team has kept the information flow to an extremely tight circle. It's unclear who, if any, of the state party leaders — whose delegates will ultimately need to vote on the platform — have visibility of the discussions. And most White House officials have no idea these talks have been happening.

A one-page platform has been drafted, but only a few people have seen it.

Sources familiar with the discussions stressed that this is far from a final product and that ultimately it will be up to the 112 delegates on the platform committee to decide on its language at the Republican National Convention in late August. Then the whole slate of delegates will vote on it. 

The sources also added that multiple options have been drafted.

The big picture: Overhauling the platform is no easy feat. Representatives from disparate and well-funded factions of the Republican Party live for their quadrennial fights over what goes into it, language for everything from hot-button social issues to America's relationships with allies and adversaries. And outside interest groups aggressively lobby to shape its contents.

The Republican Party's 2016 platform is an unwieldy document, outlining the party's positions on topics ranging from "protection against an electromagnetic pulse" to "our tax principles" to the declaration that "the cornerstone of the family is natural marriage, the union of one man and one woman."

The bottom line: “This is a concept that has been driven by the campaign. A more concise platform is just one of many options being discussed, and it is in fact not a new idea," said Tim Murtaugh, the campaign's Director of Communications.  

"As recently as 2016, a more focused platform was considered. Ultimately, the platform committee of the convention will make the decision, but as is the case with all national conventions, the President’s campaign will play a major role. In any event, we expect the 2020 platform to be the most conservative in history and one which will reflect the President’s conservative imprint on the Republican Party,” Murtaugh said.

Our thought bubble: Trump has enormous sway over the party, and his campaign has hustled to ensure states send Trump-friendly, compliant delegates to the convention. His team obviously has a far better chance than it did in 2016 to get their way.

 

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On 5/21/2020 at 10:20 PM, Longhorn_Fan68 said:

which America were you born in? This has been gospel and creed among any republican I've known in the 41 years I've been in this earth. Jeebus saves, fuck libtard scientists

Well, the Dems were just slightly less retarded up until 2020.  So I'm not sure it really calls for a victory lap.  Curious what the numbers showed for prior years--maybe the poll didn't exist them.  In case it needs clarification, the American public in general is fucking stupid, and it crosses both aisles.

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I'm old enough to remember when the GOP had a postmortem after the 2012 election on how they could (checks notes) make the GOP more palatable to a larger group of voters.  Sidenote:  Kushner must have pics of Donald fucking Ivanka, because he keeps getting tabbed for more and more things to do.
 
https://www.axios.com/republican-platform-jared-kushner-56cb19ee-d6c7-409e-93e5-088eebd82825.html?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=organic&utm_content=1100
 
For the past six months, top Trump campaign officials, reporting to Jared Kushner, have been working on a radical overhaul of the Republican Party platform.
Driving the news: The Trump campaign's Bill Stepien has been leading the process, working with campaign colleagues and the Republican National Committee. As with all significant campaign matters, they've been reporting back to Kushner.
 
The president's son-in-law and top adviser has told confidants he wants to shrink the GOP's extensive platform of policy beliefs and principles down to a single card that fits in people's pockets. That's a huge change. The 2016 platform runs 58 pages — the product of extensive debate and heated negotiations.
Kushner told colleagues he wanted "something like the 10 principles we believe in," per two sources familiar with his comments. He asked Stepien to find historical examples of Republican platforms that look more like a "mission statement," per a source familiar with one of their meetings.
Another source familiar with the discussions pointed to the GOP platform of 1856 as an example of a platform that is similarly short. The source used this example to argue that the idea of a one-page platform isn't so new or radical after all.
 
At noon on Dec. 19, 2019, Kushner shared some of his thinking with colleagues in the Secretary of War Suite in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the West Wing of the White House.
From his seat at the center of a long table, Kushner told senior White House and campaign staff that more of their policies should be drawing people to the party, so they ought to eliminate alienating language.
As an example of language that would alienate voters, Kushner said that he didn't want to see anything about "gay conversion therapy" in the 2020 Republican platform.
 
Spoiler

The 2016 Republican platform did not explicitly mention gay conversion therapy, but it included this line: "We support the right of parents to determine the proper medical treatment and therapy for their minor children." 
Gay Republicans were furious because they viewed it, accurately, as a coded endorsement for the widely condemned practice that's rejected by major medical associations and whose use on minors is banned in many states and some other countries.
Kushner also argued against rebranding "School Choice" as "Education Freedom Scholarships," because he said the latter phrase doesn't resonate with African Americans.
Two sources said they recalled Kushner making a more sweeping point — that they should rethink using the word "freedom" altogether in the GOP platform because polling showed it doesn't appeal to African Americans. But another source familiar with the Dec. 19 meeting pushed back adamantly against this. 
The source said the only context in which Kushner argued against using the word "freedom" was in the context of rebranding "school choice." The source added that "freedom's a great word" and "should be smartly utilized" in the 2020 Republican platform.
(The Trump administration had been using the phrase "Education Freedom Scholarships" since at least February 2019 — more than nine months before this meeting.)
Between the lines: In developing their ideas for the new GOP platform, the Trump team has kept the information flow to an extremely tight circle. It's unclear who, if any, of the state party leaders — whose delegates will ultimately need to vote on the platform — have visibility of the discussions. And most White House officials have no idea these talks have been happening.
A one-page platform has been drafted, but only a few people have seen it.
Sources familiar with the discussions stressed that this is far from a final product and that ultimately it will be up to the 112 delegates on the platform committee to decide on its language at the Republican National Convention in late August. Then the whole slate of delegates will vote on it. 
The sources also added that multiple options have been drafted.
The big picture: Overhauling the platform is no easy feat. Representatives from disparate and well-funded factions of the Republican Party live for their quadrennial fights over what goes into it, language for everything from hot-button social issues to America's relationships with allies and adversaries. And outside interest groups aggressively lobby to shape its contents.
The Republican Party's 2016 platform is an unwieldy document, outlining the party's positions on topics ranging from "protection against an electromagnetic pulse" to "our tax principles" to the declaration that "the cornerstone of the family is natural marriage, the union of one man and one woman."
The bottom line: “This is a concept that has been driven by the campaign. A more concise platform is just one of many options being discussed, and it is in fact not a new idea," said Tim Murtaugh, the campaign's Director of Communications.  
"As recently as 2016, a more focused platform was considered. Ultimately, the platform committee of the convention will make the decision, but as is the case with all national conventions, the President’s campaign will play a major role. In any event, we expect the 2020 platform to be the most conservative in history and one which will reflect the President’s conservative imprint on the Republican Party,” Murtaugh said.
Our thought bubble: Trump has enormous sway over the party, and his campaign has hustled to ensure states send Trump-friendly, compliant delegates to the convention. His team obviously has a far better chance than it did in 2016 to get their way.

 

How fucking stupid and pointless. A platform of principles for a party that has none.
I can save them space - we can write the party’s entire platform on a postage stamp: “TRUMP”
That’s it. That’s all they believe in. Whatever he says or does in the moment is their platform.

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On 5/22/2020 at 12:34 PM, Kyrie Eleison said:

every shrimper i ever met growing up toked Winstons.  

When I worked at Quick Lube we all smoked Winstons. 

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30 minutes ago, Brisketexan said:

 
 
 
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The 2016 Republican platform did not explicitly mention gay conversion therapy, but it included this line: "We support the right of parents to determine the proper medical treatment and therapy for their minor children." 
Gay Republicans were furious because they viewed it, accurately, as a coded endorsement for the widely condemned practice that's rejected by major medical associations and whose use on minors is banned in many states and some other countries.
Kushner also argued against rebranding "School Choice" as "Education Freedom Scholarships," because he said the latter phrase doesn't resonate with African Americans.
Two sources said they recalled Kushner making a more sweeping point — that they should rethink using the word "freedom" altogether in the GOP platform because polling showed it doesn't appeal to African Americans. But another source familiar with the Dec. 19 meeting pushed back adamantly against this. 
The source said the only context in which Kushner argued against using the word "freedom" was in the context of rebranding "school choice." The source added that "freedom's a great word" and "should be smartly utilized" in the 2020 Republican platform.
(The Trump administration had been using the phrase "Education Freedom Scholarships" since at least February 2019 — more than nine months before this meeting.)
Between the lines: In developing their ideas for the new GOP platform, the Trump team has kept the information flow to an extremely tight circle. It's unclear who, if any, of the state party leaders — whose delegates will ultimately need to vote on the platform — have visibility of the discussions. And most White House officials have no idea these talks have been happening.
A one-page platform has been drafted, but only a few people have seen it.
Sources familiar with the discussions stressed that this is far from a final product and that ultimately it will be up to the 112 delegates on the platform committee to decide on its language at the Republican National Convention in late August. Then the whole slate of delegates will vote on it. 
The sources also added that multiple options have been drafted.
The big picture: Overhauling the platform is no easy feat. Representatives from disparate and well-funded factions of the Republican Party live for their quadrennial fights over what goes into it, language for everything from hot-button social issues to America's relationships with allies and adversaries. And outside interest groups aggressively lobby to shape its contents.
The Republican Party's 2016 platform is an unwieldy document, outlining the party's positions on topics ranging from "protection against an electromagnetic pulse" to "our tax principles" to the declaration that "the cornerstone of the family is natural marriage, the union of one man and one woman."
The bottom line: “This is a concept that has been driven by the campaign. A more concise platform is just one of many options being discussed, and it is in fact not a new idea," said Tim Murtaugh, the campaign's Director of Communications.  
"As recently as 2016, a more focused platform was considered. Ultimately, the platform committee of the convention will make the decision, but as is the case with all national conventions, the President’s campaign will play a major role. In any event, we expect the 2020 platform to be the most conservative in history and one which will reflect the President’s conservative imprint on the Republican Party,” Murtaugh said.
Our thought bubble: Trump has enormous sway over the party, and his campaign has hustled to ensure states send Trump-friendly, compliant delegates to the convention. His team obviously has a far better chance than it did in 2016 to get their way.

 

How fucking stupid and pointless. A platform of principles for a party that has none.
I can save them space - we can write the party’s entire platform on a postage stamp: “TRUMP”
That’s it. That’s all they believe in. Whatever he says or does in the moment is their platform.

I have to admit that I'm fascinated by this exercise, to move towards a unifying slate of (ostensibly) positive unifying basic principles instead of an irrelevant and incoherent grab bag of policy positions. I wish the Democrats would do something similar.

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1 minute ago, Bozo_Casanova said:

I have to admit that I'm fascinated by this exercise, to move towards a unifying slate of (ostensibly) positive unifying basic principles instead of an irrelevant and incoherent grab bag of policy positions. I wish the Democrats would do something similar.

The concept?  Fascinating.  The execution of that concept by a "political party" that has proudly declared itself as nothing but a cult of personality?  Horrifying.

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10 minutes ago, Brisketexan said:

cult of personality

Someone with skills should photoshop Trump's bust on top of a statue of Stalin or Mao.

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On 5/21/2020 at 11:02 PM, Hugo Stiglitz said:

 

They'll trust science when science backs their bias.  

 

On 5/22/2020 at 11:10 AM, Bama Chick said:

These people are just nauseating.

Deplorables was too kind.

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What if DOTARD assisted in spreading pestilence? But I love this in so many ways because it really further divides while not allowing for recalibration or growing their cult.  Outsiders looking in can't understand the attraction.

 

3 hours ago, Brisketexan said:

 
 
 
Spoiler

  Reveal hidden contents

The 2016 Republican platform did not explicitly mention gay conversion therapy, but it included this line: "We support the right of parents to determine the proper medical treatment and therapy for their minor children." 
Gay Republicans were furious because they viewed it, accurately, as a coded endorsement for the widely condemned practice that's rejected by major medical associations and whose use on minors is banned in many states and some other countries.
Kushner also argued against rebranding "School Choice" as "Education Freedom Scholarships," because he said the latter phrase doesn't resonate with African Americans.
Two sources said they recalled Kushner making a more sweeping point — that they should rethink using the word "freedom" altogether in the GOP platform because polling showed it doesn't appeal to African Americans. But another source familiar with the Dec. 19 meeting pushed back adamantly against this. 
The source said the only context in which Kushner argued against using the word "freedom" was in the context of rebranding "school choice." The source added that "freedom's a great word" and "should be smartly utilized" in the 2020 Republican platform.
(The Trump administration had been using the phrase "Education Freedom Scholarships" since at least February 2019 — more than nine months before this meeting.)
Between the lines: In developing their ideas for the new GOP platform, the Trump team has kept the information flow to an extremely tight circle. It's unclear who, if any, of the state party leaders — whose delegates will ultimately need to vote on the platform — have visibility of the discussions. And most White House officials have no idea these talks have been happening.
A one-page platform has been drafted, but only a few people have seen it.
Sources familiar with the discussions stressed that this is far from a final product and that ultimately it will be up to the 112 delegates on the platform committee to decide on its language at the Republican National Convention in late August. Then the whole slate of delegates will vote on it. 
The sources also added that multiple options have been drafted.
The big picture: Overhauling the platform is no easy feat. Representatives from disparate and well-funded factions of the Republican Party live for their quadrennial fights over what goes into it, language for everything from hot-button social issues to America's relationships with allies and adversaries. And outside interest groups aggressively lobby to shape its contents.
The Republican Party's 2016 platform is an unwieldy document, outlining the party's positions on topics ranging from "protection against an electromagnetic pulse" to "our tax principles" to the declaration that "the cornerstone of the family is natural marriage, the union of one man and one woman."
The bottom line: “This is a concept that has been driven by the campaign. A more concise platform is just one of many options being discussed, and it is in fact not a new idea," said Tim Murtaugh, the campaign's Director of Communications.  
"As recently as 2016, a more focused platform was considered. Ultimately, the platform committee of the convention will make the decision, but as is the case with all national conventions, the President’s campaign will play a major role. In any event, we expect the 2020 platform to be the most conservative in history and one which will reflect the President’s conservative imprint on the Republican Party,” Murtaugh said.
Our thought bubble: Trump has enormous sway over the party, and his campaign has hustled to ensure states send Trump-friendly, compliant delegates to the convention. His team obviously has a far better chance than it did in 2016 to get their way.

 

How fucking stupid and pointless. A platform of principles for a party that has none.
I can save them space - we can write the party’s entire platform on a postage stamp: “TRUMP”
That’s it. That’s all they believe in. Whatever he says or does in the moment is their platform.

"Trump" to some, "Grifters" to others.  Both are synonymous.  

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