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Running Out of Time
Author: BobR    Date: 01/04/2018 14:26:59

It's pretty much all anyone is talking about: the new book by Michael Wolff on the tRump pResidency. Wolff had unfettered access to much of the White House staff, and interviewed numerous people. It's the quotes from former tRump advisor Steve Bannon that have ignited a firestorm of discussion and opinions.

There's much more to it than Bannon, however. The more shocking "revelations" include:

This resulted in a knee-jerk reaction from a desperate, guilty "man" - tRump sent a "cease and desist" letter to - oddly enough - Bannon. It's odd because Bannon spoke to Wolff when he was still in the Administration, and the book is already written. Besides the poorly chosen target, this is still a bad move for a number of reasons: "Reached for comment about the lawyer's letter to Bannon, Wolff told me: 'I rest my case.'" If this ever went to court, it would be a disaster for tRump. It would open him up to all kinds of legal liabilities (such as providing evidence, testifying under oath, etc.). This tactic (threats of legal action) may have worked in his business world when dealing with small independent contractors, but there's no way that Bannon or Wolff are going to blink.

While all this has been going on, the Congress is quietly mulling its options. Last month, Congress summoned legal expert Dr. Brandy Lee to Capitol Hill to brief them on the 25th Amendment. Impeachment requires evidence and a trial. The 25th Amendment approach simply requires a passed resolution by Congress.

Get the popcorn ready...
 

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Comment by wickedpam on 01/04/2018 14:16:34
Morning

Totally understand, 2018 has started up like when you accidentally press too hard on the gas pedal when the light turns green

Comment by Raine on 01/04/2018 14:33:37
Quote by wickedpam:
Morning

Totally understand, 2018 has started up like when you accidentally press too hard on the gas pedal when the light turns green



Yes! that is a perfect descriptor!

Comment by Raine on 01/04/2018 14:37:38
GLORIOUS.

There was, after the abrupt Scaramucci meltdown, hardly any effort inside the West Wing to disguise the sense of ludicrousness and anger felt by every member of the senior staff toward Trump's family and Trump himself. It became almost a kind of competition to demystify Trump. For Rex Tillerson, he was a moron. For Gary Cohn, he was dumb as shit. For H.R. McMaster, he was a hopeless idiot. For Steve Bannon, he had lost his mind.



Comment by Mondobubba on 01/04/2018 15:09:55
Quote by wickedpam:
Morning

Totally understand, 2018 has started up like when you accidentally press too hard on the gas pedal when the light turns green


Yes! I second this.

Comment by BobR on 01/04/2018 15:13:59
Quote by Raine:
GLORIOUS.

There was, after the abrupt Scaramucci meltdown, hardly any effort inside the West Wing to disguise the sense of ludicrousness and anger felt by every member of the senior staff toward Trump's family and Trump himself. It became almost a kind of competition to demystify Trump. For Rex Tillerson, he was a moron. For Gary Cohn, he was dumb as shit. For H.R. McMaster, he was a hopeless idiot. For Steve Bannon, he had lost his mind.


As the first year wound down, Trump finally got a bill to sign. The tax bill, his singular accomplishment, was, arguably, quite a reversal of his populist promises, and confirmation of what Mitch McConnell had seen early on as the silver Trump lining: "He'll sign anything we put in front of him."


Comment by TriSec on 01/04/2018 15:15:52
Good Morning.

No trolleys today, but I am at the store. Boss-Lady thinks we might last until 1 pm. We'll see.



Comment by Mondobubba on 01/04/2018 15:19:37
Meanwhile, in the world of Olympic sports, NBCSN managed to piss off the entire American roller derby community yesterday. Erin Jackson, a skater for Jacksonville's own New Jax City Rollers was in her first tryout for a spot on the US Women's speedskating team. Instead of showing her race, NBCSN thought it would be a good time to run a commercial. So all that was show was her time, which, when she skated was the time to beat. What in my opinion, makes this even worse are two things; one Erin is a great human interest story. She has only been competing in speed skating on ice for about 2 years. Previously she had been killing it in inline speed skating since. well forever. Second, she is (I think) the only African American on the woman's side. Not to mention she is friend of mine and super awesome. #nobodyputsbaybeeinthecorner #baybeegate

Comment by BobR on 01/04/2018 15:22:24
Comment by Mondobubba on 01/04/2018 15:22:45
Comment by TriSec on 01/04/2018 15:23:24
Also, I am on the verge of unleashing a monster rant about the meteorological term "bombogenesis", which actually happens in nearly EVERY intensifying storm.

No lie, a local meteorologist said on the air, "bomb cyclone sounds cooler".

Yeah, well fuck you, panic-mongerer!!

Comment by Raine on 01/04/2018 15:41:58
Quote by Mondobubba:
Meanwhile, in North Korea.



Comment by Mondobubba on 01/04/2018 15:42:37
Here come the rain on the parade.

Here’s another buzzy Wolff tidbit, printed Wednesday in a New York magazine excerpt of his book: that Trump told Roger Ailes in 2016 that he didn’t know who John Boehner was.

“You need a son of a bitch as your chief of staff,” [Ailes] told Trump. “And you need a son of a bitch who knows Washington. You’ll want to be your own son of a bitch, but you don’t know Washington.” Ailes had a suggestion: John Boehner, who had stepped down as Speaker of the House only a year earlier.

“Who’s that?” asked Trump.

But as my colleague Isaac Chotiner pointed out on Twitter, it’s been previously reported that Trump played golf with John Boehner in 2013, the same year that he discussed Boehner’s relationship with the Republican caucus in an interview with the National Review.


Comment by Will in Chicago on 01/04/2018 15:49:29
Quote by TriSec:
Also, I am on the verge of unleashing a monster rant about the meteorological term "bombogenesis", which actually happens in nearly EVERY intensifying storm.

No lie, a local meteorologist said on the air, "bomb cyclone sounds cooler".

Yeah, well fuck you, panic-mongerer!!


It is normal for television to hype storms. We have gotten a lot of hype over our cold wave.


Comment by Raine on 01/04/2018 16:00:59
Quote by Mondobubba:
Here come the rain on the parade.

Here’s another buzzy Wolff tidbit, printed Wednesday in a New York magazine excerpt of his book: that Trump told Roger Ailes in 2016 that he didn’t know who John Boehner was.

“You need a son of a bitch as your chief of staff,” [Ailes] told Trump. “And you need a son of a bitch who knows Washington. You’ll want to be your own son of a bitch, but you don’t know Washington.” Ailes had a suggestion: John Boehner, who had stepped down as Speaker of the House only a year earlier.

“Who’s that?” asked Trump.

But as my colleague Isaac Chotiner pointed out on Twitter, it’s been previously reported that Trump played golf with John Boehner in 2013, the same year that he discussed Boehner’s relationship with the Republican caucus in an interview with the National Review.
The insanity is real.


Comment by Raine on 01/04/2018 16:01:21
Jebus!







Comment by BobR on 01/04/2018 16:05:53
Quote by Mondobubba:
Here come the rain on the parade.

Here’s another buzzy Wolff tidbit, printed Wednesday in a New York magazine excerpt of his book: that Trump told Roger Ailes in 2016 that he didn’t know who John Boehner was.

“You need a son of a bitch as your chief of staff,” [Ailes] told Trump. “And you need a son of a bitch who knows Washington. You’ll want to be your own son of a bitch, but you don’t know Washington.” Ailes had a suggestion: John Boehner, who had stepped down as Speaker of the House only a year earlier.

“Who’s that?” asked Trump.

But as my colleague Isaac Chotiner pointed out on Twitter, it’s been previously reported that Trump played golf with John Boehner in 2013, the same year that he discussed Boehner’s relationship with the Republican caucus in an interview with the National Review.

Not so much rain as more evidence of tRump's failing mental faculties.

Comment by Raine on 01/04/2018 16:12:15
They stole our seat in Virginia. Yancy was picked.

Comment by wickedpam on 01/04/2018 16:13:21
Quote by Raine:
They stole our seat in Virginia. Yancy was picked.


Yep 1000000000% Stolen.

Comment by Raine on 01/04/2018 16:18:48
I love when this twitter account pops into my feed.

keeps me sharp.








Comment by Mondobubba on 01/04/2018 16:24:08
Quote by Raine:
Jebus!







Yeah, no.

Comment by Mondobubba on 01/04/2018 16:28:53
Comment by Raine on 01/04/2018 16:53:42

I wonder if they found out things they didn't want to know.

and there is this :





Comment by BobR on 01/04/2018 17:08:41

I almost included that story in the blog, but I felt it didn't add anything.

Comment by livingonli on 01/04/2018 17:09:58
I guess the only reason things haven't been fucked up yet is because of the Trump administration's utter incompetence.

Comment by Mondobubba on 01/04/2018 17:29:30
Quote by Raine:

I wonder if they found out things they didn't want to know.

and there is this :






I heard this story about this on the NPR Mosheen on my way to work. There is some skepticism about DHS handling this since they are working with states on securing their electoral systems and are hip deep in the Russian interference thing.

Comment by Raine on 01/04/2018 18:06:14
OK, I am finally reading the original excerpt from Wolff's book at NYMag....

This made me face palm -- literally.


And that went for Saturday Night Live, which might think it was very funny but was actually hurting everybody in the country. And while he understood that SNL was there to be mean to him, they were being very, very mean. It was “fake comedy.” He had reviewed the treatment of all other presidents in the media, and there was nothing like this ever, even of Nixon, who was treated very unfairly. “Kellyanne, who is very fair, has this all documented. You can look at it.”


Comment by Raine on 01/04/2018 18:06:38
Quote by livingonli:
I guess the only reason things haven't been fucked up yet is because of the Trump administration's utter incompetence.

Truer words may never have been spoken, Liv.

Comment by livingonli on 01/04/2018 18:17:50
Tonight's Bruins game is postponed because of the snow.

Comment by Raine on 01/04/2018 18:31:52
These people are the wannabe socialites --

Much has been made about how their rental made Javanka the neighbors of former president Barack Obama and his family, who occupy a home a few blocks away. But if the couple does wind up in Massachusetts Avenue Heights, they’ll be within sugar-borrowing distance of another of Ivanka’s father’s sworn enemies: Former presidential rival Hillary Clinton and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, own a home there.



Comment by Raine on 01/04/2018 18:32:21
Quote by livingonli:
Tonight's Bruins game is postponed because of the snow.

how are things on the Island?


Comment by TriSec on 01/04/2018 18:35:35
Home in one piece - we made it to noon at the store, with about 5 customers in total.

It's finally gotten gnarly out there, but not from the snow. We just had the "supermoon" and associated astronomical high tides.

Parts of downtown Boston are under 2-3 feet of water, including most of Seaport Boulevard and long stretches of Atlantic Avenue, including right in front of the New England Aquarium.

That's my "trolley stop", and if the water doesn't recede it's going to freeze solid overnight. It's going to be interesting tomorrow.

Oh, and BTW, there was no climate change, right? The President couldn't have been wrong about that.


Comment by TriSec on 01/04/2018 18:37:23
I was standing right where this picture was taken, yesterday at this hour.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DSt5Sc1WAAE_tN9.jpg:large


Comment by Raine on 01/04/2018 18:51:14
Quote by TriSec:
Home in one piece - we made it to noon at the store, with about 5 customers in total.

It's finally gotten gnarly out there, but not from the snow. We just had the "supermoon" and associated astronomical high tides.

Parts of downtown Boston are under 2-3 feet of water, including most of Seaport Boulevard and long stretches of Atlantic Avenue, including right in front of the New England Aquarium.

That's my "trolley stop", and if the water doesn't recede it's going to freeze solid overnight. It's going to be interesting tomorrow.

Oh, and BTW, there was no climate change, right? The President couldn't have been wrong about that.

Stay warm tonite!

Comment by Raine on 01/04/2018 18:53:17
Yikes.

I Am really glad we missed the brunt of this monster of a storm.






Comment by Will in Chicago on 01/04/2018 19:10:43
I am keeping my friends on the East Coast in my thoughts and prayers. (Thoughts and prayers can be good, but I believe that action is always the best response to a problem.)

Comment by Mondobubba on 01/04/2018 19:25:22
One of my coworkers posted a thing to our group chat about all the power outages in Nova Scotia. 242 reported outages with over 20,000 homes & businesses without power.

Comment by Raine on 01/04/2018 19:48:46
Quote by Mondobubba:
One of my coworkers posted a thing to our group chat about all the power outages in Nova Scotia. 242 reported outages with over 20,000 homes & businesses without power.

This storm is wicked. I just saw a video of Provincetown flooding.

Comment by livingonli on 01/04/2018 19:58:35
Quote by Raine:
Quote by livingonli:
Tonight's Bruins game is postponed because of the snow.

how are things on the Island?

Well, I'm in the house and not going out today. The snow forecast has been upped to 10-18 inches for Long Island and JFK Airport is closed. And then it drops into the single digits tonight with temps only reaching the low teens with below zero wind chills.

Comment by Mondobubba on 01/04/2018 20:14:42
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Mondobubba:
One of my coworkers posted a thing to our group chat about all the power outages in Nova Scotia. 242 reported outages with over 20,000 homes & businesses without power.

This storm is wicked. I just saw a video of Provincetown flooding.


Friends of mine who've relocated to Boston area have posted videos of the waves crashing over the breakwater in N. Weymouth.