Trump Directed His Attorney To Lie To Congress

Looks like it’s going to be a slow news day:

President Donald Trump directed his longtime attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, according to two federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation of the matter.

Trump also supported a plan, set up by Cohen, to visit Russia during the presidential campaign, in order to personally meet President Vladimir Putin and jump-start the tower negotiations. “Make it happen,” the sources said Trump told Cohen.

And the money shot:

The special counsel’s office learned about Trump’s directive for Cohen to lie to Congress through interviews with multiple witnesses from the Trump Organization and internal company emails, text messages, and a cache of other documents. Cohen then acknowledged those instructions during his interviews with that office.

Alaska National Weather Service office begs “please pay us” in secret message

From WaPo:

In an official public forecast discussion, the Anchorage National Weather Service office – whose employees are working without knowledge of when they will be paid during the ongoing Federal shutdown – encoded this secret message: “Please pay us.”

The first letter in each of the first 11 lines in the forecast discussion spells out the message, as shown below.

Another Year, Another Unhinged Cabinet Meeting

I tuned in a bit late but caught the tail end of Trump’s cabinet meeting where he is acting more disturbed than ever.

Daniel Dale’s twitter thread has a run down of some of the crazier moments:

A Very Trump Christmas

So nice that he made America Great Again.

The Stupid is Strong With These People

These people are so damn stupid:

Corsi says he ‘absolutely’ intended to help Trump campaign by trying to get Clinton emails:

Conservative author and conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi agreed in a new interview that he “absolutely” intended to help President Trump’s campaign by trying to get stolen Hillary Clinton emails from WikiLeaks.

Appearing Wednesday on Ari Melber’s MSNBC show, Corsi was grilled about his involvement in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia’s election interference and possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Moscow in 2016.

“Everybody in the world who was in news or political operations after July 22 2016 when Assange dumped all these emails on [then-Democratic National Committee Chairwoman] Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and said he had more, everyone wanted to know what they were,” Corsi explained.

“You wanted them out though to help the Trump campaign,” Melber interjected.

Corsi responded “absolutely” and said that he didn’t see anything wrong with it.

And then there’s coffee boy:

Investigators are probing a letter that claims George Papadopoulos said he was pursuing a lucrative Russian business deal for himself and Trump after the election:

FBI and congressional investigators are looking into a new and uncorroborated claim that the former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos said he was pursuing a business deal with Russians “which would result in large financial gains for himself” and President Donald Trump, The Atlantic reported.

A Democratic source on the House Intelligence Committee confirmed to INSIDER that the letter was sent to ranking member Adam Schiff’s office earlier this month from someone who claims to have been close to Papadopoulos in late 2016 and early 2017. Two US officials also told The Atlantic that federal authorities are investigating the letter and taking its claims “very seriously.”

Trump Threatens to End Birthright Citizenship (14th Amendment) with an Executive Order

Every morning is something new. He’s throwing out some chum to his racist base now:

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump offered a dramatic, if legally dubious, promise in a new interview to unilaterally end birthright citizenship, ratcheting up his hardline immigration rhetoric with a week to go before critical midterm elections.
Trump’s vow to end the right to citizenship for the children of non-citizens and unauthorized immigrants born on US soil came in an interview with Axios released Tuesday. Such a step would be regarded as an affront to the US Constitution, which was amended 150 years ago to include the words: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States.”
Trump did not say when he would sign the order, and some of his past promises to use executive action have gone unfulfilled. But whether the President follows through on his threat or not, the issue joins a string of actions intended to thrust the matter of immigration into the front of voters’ minds as they head to polls next week.

We’re All In Need of a Media/Trump Crash Diet

I’ve been severely limiting my access to political news since the Kavanaugh fiasco. The sexual assault circus that the GOP put on over the last two weeks, with a phony FBI investigation as an encore broke me. I don’t want to see news panels, op-eds, or extended analysis of anything that Trump does. I mean, I get it. The first year of Trump’s presidency was a dumpster fire of epic proportions where you had to stop and gawk at the breaking news that was happening every single day. At first I thought the mess in the administration was just because Trump is an evil chaotic moron whose incompetency knew now bounds. But after two years, I’ve come to realize that Trump is an evil chaotic moron whose incompetency knows no bounds, but, his lack of shame completely allows these pathetic qualities to dominate the news cycle again and again. Yes, he’s a dumpster fire, but he’s the one who lit the match to set it ablaze so that we all stare in stunned awe, wondering if the raging inferno will grow in size. And yes, it will. Trump wants us to stare. Creating a burning shit storm to seize the media’s attention is the one skill he has mastered after a lifetime of bullshit.

Admittedly, attempting to ignore him is a poor long term strategy. He is at the head of our government. (That really is the hardest sentence I have ever had to type.) His actions have serious consequences for everybody. And as a person who prides himself on being somewhat up to date on current events (not to mention having a blog which puts me into contact with a lot of internet news), this is a difficult balance to maintain. I’m trying not to get caught up in the maelstrom of smaller stories that happens on a second by second basis and conserve my energy for bigger issues. You know, like when he decides to kidnap children from asylum-seekers. (This is still the shittiest thing he has done. At least until he nukes Ontario)

How will this period of American history end? No clue. I’ve given up hope on anything stopping it if the Dems don’t win the midterms. The NY Times posted a huge expose on Trump’s tax fraud and how he has lied about his inheritance right before dinner last Wednesday and the outrage didn’t even last past Thursday’s breakfast. Hell, EVEN THE NY TIMES seemingly forgot about it and two days later printed a story on Trump’s amazing week full of wins. I’m convinced that Trump could shoot a puppy on tv, stuff the nuclear codes into the carcass, and present dead pooch and nukes to Putin on a gilded platter and the media would just end up doing stories on how Trump voters are hopeful about the tariffs.

I stopped following Trump on twitter a few months ago and it felt liberating. Yes, I still hear some of the crazier things he tweeted just because it will still seep through. Sewage is like that.

I’m limiting cable news. I don’t care to hear the Trump surrogate du jour explain how nobody has done more for women than pussy grabber in chief. I don’t want to see CNN’s chyron about BREAKING NEWS and then hear Wolf Blitzer repeat the same news story that they’ve been “breaking” for the past 2 hours.

Absolutely don’t listen, watch, or read anything that Trump says at a rally. I’m fairly certain his rally speeches are carcinogenic.

I’ll start limiting the times I check Twitter. That’s always a tricky one. I really enjoy the viewpoints of people I have chosen to follow although I should just turn it all off around 8. I’ve lost too much sleep to some breaking story that appears when I should be winding down. I’m guessing most of us have.

Now if you don’t mind, Olivia Nuzzi has published a lengthy article in NYMag.com about a little skit that Trump pulled on her with his cabinet to get her to write nice stuff about him which I’m not going to read. I mean, I’ve read the first few paragraphs already and it’s good but I’m not going to get sucked into this vortex of despair. Ok, maybe I’ll just skim it.