This isn’t the first time I’ve questioned Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s continued support of then candidate and now President Donald Trump. During the campaign Rep. Ryan continually decried statements that the candidate made or walked them back or said they were actually very negative…but he never waivered in his actual support of Mr. Trump.

And now after the last eight days, Rep. Ryan continues to say he supports and trusts the president and asks us all to have patience and wait for the facts.

Now, I agree with Rep. Ryan. Before we jump to conclusions we do need to gather and examine all of the facts…but so far that’s pretty hard to do in all of the fog and smoke the president’s activities are throwing off. But waiting for the facts doesn’t mean sitting on the front portico of the Capitol and admiring the view…it means a thorough, complete and timely investigation. I haven’t heard any sense of urgency in any of the speaker’s pronouncements.

So instead of smirking from the podium, it’s time he pushed his Congressional majority to actually pursue the facts and do it now…

While the rest of us here at home need to support a candidate who can defeat Rep. Ryan in the Wisconsin First District in 2018.

Just two days ago I suggested that the Senate subpoena the White House tapes from the meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak. I also suggested that if the White House tapes weren’t available, Attorney General Jeff Sessions should secure the Russian tapes of the meeting. That was all a bit tongue in check and all snarky…until today, when this story broke and it’s not the Onion:

“If the US administration finds it possible, we are ready to provide a recording of the conversation between Lavrov and Trump to the US Congress and Senate,” Putin said during a press conference.

Although Putin used the Russian word for audio recording at the press conference, his foreign policy aide Yuri Ushakov said that “audio is not made.”

“There is a recording kept by a special person present at conversations,” Ushakov told Russian news agencies.

I just wish he would have given us credit for giving him the idea.

Trump can’t be trusted with sensitive information — and now the world knows : PRESIDENT TRUMP’S disclosure of highly classified information to senior Russian officials was the most disturbing demonstration yet that he is dangerously unprepared to handle sensitive national security matters. On Tuesday, Mr. Trump essentially confirmed a Post report that he provided details of the Islamic State’s plotting of airline attacks to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in an Oval Office meeting last week. The Post reported that the information could allow Moscow to identify the source of the intelligence, which came through a foreign government with which U.S. spy agencies have a special relationship.

What would it take for Republican politicians to finally turn on Trump? : What would it take for Republican politicians to finally turn on, or even gently criticize, the current president? For context, here’s an example of righteous fury one Republican congressman levied at President Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama. “There’s no way any of us can excuse what the president did yesterday,” said Peter King (R-N.Y.). The unforgivable sin that triggered this rebuke? Wearing a tan suit.

AP FACT CHECK: It’s far from case closed on Trump, Russia : President Donald Trump is decidedly premature in claiming everyone’s convinced his presidential campaign and Russia did not collude before the election. Investigations into contacts between Russians and people with the Trump campaign are still going on, so there’s no exoneration to be found. Over the past week, Trump stretched a variety of facts on trade, taxes and economic theory. But his firing of FBI Director James Comey was far and away the source of the most tumult. Contradictions cascaded from the White House.

Republicans and Democrats agree: If Trump has tapes, he’ll need to turn them over to Congress : In the six days since President Trump abruptly fired FBI director James B. Comey, concern from both parties has mounted about the selection of a replacement and the president’s suggestion that he may have secretly taped conversations with the ousted director. Key Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Sunday called for Trump to turn over any recorded conversations, based on a tantalizing tweet the president sent last week that said, “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” “If there are any tapes of this conversation, they need to be turned over,” Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) told NBC’s “Meet the Press,” underscoring a strong bipartisan reaction to the suggestion of White House tapes.

Courtesy of the Washington Post:

Blogging Blue was a cheap date tonight. Tomorrow we’ll actually write something!

Graham Calls On Trump To Release Taxes: Dems Demand Special Prosecutor : Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., called on President Donald Trump Sunday to release his tax returns as Democrats ramped up calls for a special prosecutor to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign in the wake of the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Trump plans likely to aggravate U.S. inequality: Nobel winner Deaton : U.S. President Donald Trump’s economic policies risk creating growth that mostly benefits the rich and aggravates income inequality in the United States, Nobel Prize-winning economist Angus Deaton said. Trump was swept to power on promises of help for poorer Americans but Deaton said his proposals to roll back regulations on finance and industry and cut healthcare benefits would mostly help corporate groups with political influence.

Detroit charts a public-private path to its future, with streetcars : When a fleet of bright red-roofed and turquoise-roofed streetcars begins service tonight along three miles of this battered city’s central spine, a lot will be riding on the outcome. The privately run QLINE is Detroit’s first streetcar service since the 1950s, when it tore up its rails in favor of highways. It comes as the Motor City emerges from bankruptcy and blight, amid a pickup in investment in downtown property and the construction of new sports stadiums and waterfront parks. The city’s population has stabilized; the young and curious keep coming.

probably more later when I understand it better…but my suggestion is that the Senate subpoena the tapes from the White House meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak pronto. And if they claim to not have any, ask Attorney Sessions to get the Russian copy~!

Back in 2013 (ah, the good old days…) Donald Trump Tweeted thusly:

Fast-forward to 2017, and newly inaugurated President Donald Trump took to Twitter to attack anyone who leaked classified information as un-American, and he also wanted the individual (or individuals) responsible for leaking classified information to be found.

Given Donald Trump’s distaste for anyone leaking classified information, it’s ironic that he himself would be caught leaking classified information to his good friends from Russia.

President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said Trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.

The information the president relayed had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government, officials said.

The partner had not given the United States permission to share the material with Russia, and officials said Trump’s decision to do so endangers cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State.

Donald Trump’s willingness to jeopardize an intelligence sharing operation our government has with a partner just to curry favor with his friends in Russia just underscores the wisdom of U.S. intelligence keeping sensitive intelligence from President Trump out of concerns that sensitive intelligence could be leaked or compromised seems prescient.

Donald Trump’s 2013 tweet was accurate in two regards: our nation currently has a weak leader who is threatening our national security, and these are most certainly dangerous times.

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Bring on your best Trump ‘you’re fired’ impressions!

And to all of you who are mothers…and to all of your mothers! Happy Mother’s Day!!!

 

A week or so ago I read an article about the upcoming schedule in Washington. Essentially it comes down to Congress having 39 working days between now and August and then they go on a five week hiatus. Hey, any of you get 5 solid weeks off with pay? Any of you only working 39 days out of the next 60? No wonder they can’t get anything done. And don’t we have a fiscal budget coming up.

You know who else gets all of August off? Those f*#@^# Socialists in Europe, that’s who!