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Dem rep: Those who besmirch the good names of James Comey and Robert Mueller will rot in hell

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An hors d’oeuvre from Friday before tonight’s main course on ABC. Comey’s rehabilitation on the left was inevitable once Trump turned on him and he turned on Trump, but I didn’t expect that rehab to be so total that it might now amount to de facto blasphemy among some of them to question Comey’s motives.

The lesson, I guess, is that so long as he’s willing to take some petty jabs at Trump’s hand size and orange glow in print, a man can be forgiven anything. Including tanking the Democrats’ chances at the presidency at the last minute.

This is how negative partisanship works, though. To some Democrats like Jim Himes, it now requires believing that Comey is morally and ethically above reproach. To Republicans, well…

Some of that is disputed, like whether Comey’s memos really were classified or self-serving. Some of it doesn’t add up. If Lynch was in cahoots with Hillary, why did she step back from the Emailgate probe after the tarmac meeting and say that she’d do whatever the FBI recommended? Why not refuse to step back, take charge of the probe herself, and just announce that no charges would be filed? That might have spared Hillary the political pain of the famous Comey press conference announcing how careless she’d been.

The first tweet is weirdest of all. Comey’s point about letting the polls influence his decisions on Hillary and Emailgate wasn’t that he covered stuff up to protect her, wanting to ingratiate himself to the soon-to-be president. It was the opposite — he went public with the Emailgate stuff against FBI protocol more than once, which was an enormous help to Trump, because he didn’t want to be accused of having covered up for her after the election. If he had kept the Emailgate probe quiet, she had won the election, and *then* it came out that the FBI had deemed her conduct “extremely careless” but declined to tell voters, Trump would have spent every day of her presidency tweeting that the election was rigged because Comey didn’t reveal that information beforehand. Her presidency would have been seen as illegitimate by Republicans, just as Trump’s is seen as illegitimate by Russiagate-obsessed Democrats.

Also, contra Trump, Comey didn’t need “a job” from President Hillary. He was in year three of a 10-year fixed term as FBI director. He wasn’t going anywhere unless she fired him, which his campaign actions made it much more likely that she would do. By airing her “extremely careless” Emailgate dirty laundry in the summer of 2016 and then sending that famous letter in late October announcing that the investigation had been reopened, he all but guaranteed that he’d lose his job if she won. Especially since, as a million Democrats (including Harry Reid) pointed out at the time, Comey was much more coy about publicly revealing details of the fledgling Russiagate investigation into Trump at the time than he was about revealing details of the Emailgate investigation into Clinton.

This remains the single weirdest fact about Trump’s vendetta against Comey. Comey did more to damage Hillary and enable Trump’s victory than Russia did with its hacking and leaking yet somehow he’s emerged as Trump”s archetypal “deep state” villain scheming to bring down his presidency. POTUS knows, or once knew, how much Comey inadvertently did for him in 2016 per that warm greeting he gave him the first time he met his national-security chiefs as president. But now, because he’s enraged over Russiagate, he’s trying to retcon Comey into some sort of anti-Republican villain during the campaign too who was supposedly only looking for a job from Hillary despite blowing up her campaign at the end. It’s incoherent but it’s consistent: Trump always frames his political enemies’ motives in terms of venality or vendettas. Comey had to have been motivated by bias or personal ambition in his Emailgate handling rather than misjudgments borne out of principle because no one whom POTUS dislikes ever acts out of principle.

I think Comey’s going to end up doing him another inadvertent favor during this upcoming media blitz, though, by making it personal with Trump during interviews. The more it looks like Comey really does bear him a grudge, even if it’s a grudge that didn’t start until May 2017, the more all of POTUS’s criticisms of him will resonate. And the more Comey layers on the sanctimony (“A Higher Loyalty”? Ugh), the more glaring the grudge will seem. Luckily for him, Jim Himes will still be around to remind us that he’s actually basically a secular saint.

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The robot dog that will murder you will also dance on your grave

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To cleanse the palate, obviously I don’t know if there’ll be “graves” as such after the robot apocalypse. I assume it’ll depend on their olfactory capabilities. If they’re not equipped to detect scent, maybe the ‘bots will just leave us where we lie to decay in the sun, our streets transformed into rivers of putrefied viscera from the sheer mass of leaking carcasses.

It’s my great privilege to share thoughts like that with you at the end of a long day.

I’m curious about what possessed Boston Dynamics to put this clip together. Could be nothing more than boredom or a creative way to show off Spot’s motor skills. But I wonder if all the freaky-deaky videos of humanoid robots demonstrating ever more impressive feats of mobility has created a strange sort of PR problem for them. They don’t want every promo they do to seem menacing, however inadvertently. Soon they’ll have people breaking into their factory, trying to stop them before they build the first T-800. Time to do something whimsical instead.

This thing is set to go on sale next year, by the way. Not to everyday consumers; the price tag will likely ensure that it remains a corporate plaything. But you’ll be seeing them around sooner than you think. Plus, some ultra-rich tech bros are destined to buy them and show them off as look-what-I-got novelties. We all know who the first one will be.

Weird but true: In a few decades’ time, this thing shaking its ass in your face as it does a victory twerk might be the last thing you ever see.

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WOW! Claire McCaskill Speaks Out After Project Veritas Reveals She’s a Complete Fraud — Lies and Blames Hawley (VIDEO)

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James O’Keefe strikes again!

On Monday evening, Project Veritas released an undercover video of endangered Missouri Democrat Senator Claire McCaskill admitting to being deceptive about her stance on firearms and immigration policies.

McCaskill is a red-state Democrat Senator so she has to appear pro 2nd Amendment to her constituents because Missourians love their guns.

Claire McCaskill’s staffers were also caught on video saying she puts on a moderate front to get the Republican votes.

The top staffer then continued saying McCaskill believes everything Obama does.

THIS WAS A DEVASTATING VIDEO! Claire McCaskill was COMPLETELY EXPOSED!

Senator McCaskill’s staffers admitted she is pro-DACA, pro-DREAMERS and against the border wall even though she runs ads to the contrary claiming she is strong on border security.
The Project Veritas Video has been viewed over 267,000 times so far!

On Tuesday morning Claire McCaskill responded to the stunning revelations.
McCaskill went on Ozarks First to try to dig herself out of this deep hole.


Claire lied some more, blamed Josh Hawley for the undercover video.

Senator McCaskill: I’ve been very up front about all my positions. I remember this person was trying to get me to say something different than what my positions are… It is startling that Josh Hawley would be part of fraudulently embedding something in my campaign.

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Coincidence or corruption? In Andrew Cuomo’s government it’s hard to tell

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Given the parade of people in the orbit of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo who have recently either been shipped off to jail or come under investigation, it’s amazing that none of the dirt ever sticks to Cuomo himself. How does he account for the various people who funneled money toward his campaign, and then were later discovered to have benefitted from state government “generosity” and wound up in handcuffs? It’s all just a coincidence.

Today we’re hearing news of yet another of these amazing coincidences. This story starts with a situation we first covered more than a year ago and it dealt with some donors who helped Cuomo out during his 2014 campaign. A medical corporation named Crystal Run Healthcare was run by a few people who had funneled more than $400K to Cuomo’s campaigns over the previous four years. When the “Buffalo Billion” was announced (a plan to invest a billion dollars of taxpayer money into projects creating jobs in the western, upstate region) Crytal Run was at the front of the line. They wound up receiving more than $25M dollars for two new medical centers.

But there were some fishy elements to the story. First of all, they had actually broken ground on both of those new projects six months before the grants were even announced or applications were being taken. It’s almost as if they knew they had the money coming from somewhere. Then we found out that the Crystal Run had coughed up a flurry of maximum donations only weeks before the checks to them were cut. In addition to that, there was a meeting held less than two weeks after the announcement of the grants where Crystal Run executives met with state officials, including a top aide from inside Cuomo’s office.

How did Cuomo explain it? It was all just a happy coincidence and the meeting didn’t matter because they didn’t even talk about the grants. The meeting was about Medicaid.

But now the local press has gotten hold of emails from Crystal Run showing that they did indeed discuss their two new developments and the grants, and that the state representatives at the meeting were “very receptive” to their requests. (NY Post)

Now, despite earlier denials from everyone involved, it turns out company execs got a private sitdown with top state officials in 2015, just 12 days after Albany started seeking applications for $1.2 billion in development grants. Crystal Run wound up with $25.4 million of that (the only for-profit company to qualify) for two projects.

Team Cuomo insists those projects never even got mentioned at the meeting, saying it was only about Medicaid. Yet the Albany Times Union reports that an e-mail sent two weeks later by Crystal Run’s chief legal officer stressed that company execs had “shared our vision for growth,” including the two “expansions,” with the health commissioner and a top aide who worked in Cuomo’s office.

Both officials, the e-mail noted, “were, obviously, supportive, as we are bringing real jobs to real people” — and had agreed that “further discussion was warranted” with the state economic-development agency “at the highest levels.”

How much more evidence do we need at this point? Cuomo’s spokespeople obviously lied about what went on at that meeting. They have records from the company who benefitted from it after making massive contributions. (Two of the people involved in organizing these meetings, donations, and windfalls have already been convicted or indicted on related charges.) And yet Andrew Cuomo continues to insist that all the grants were handled fairly and above board. These are all just amazing coincidences. And somehow, while his closest aides head off to the crowbar motel, Cuomo floats along and prosecutors can’t seem to lay a glove on him. On top of that, he’s on track to cruise to electoral victory for another four years in office.

I guess that’s just a happy coincidence too, eh?

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