Also, Kanye’s Not This Crazy

“If any other person…let’s say Kanye West tweeted that. The reaction would be, ‘Kanye’s off his meds again.’ But the difference is, Kanye cannot launch an intercontinental ballistic missile strike against North Korea with one push of a button.”

— Former Obama senior advisor Dan Pfieffer, on the must-listen podcast, “Pod Save America,” commenting on Trump’s tweets attacking Morning Joe cohost Mika Brzezinski

Check out Donald’s Jaw Dropping 2009 ‘Condolence’ Blog Post to Kelly Preston

Kelly Preston and her son, Jett Travolta
Kelly Preston and her son, Jett Travolta

If you think the so-called president’s tweets this morning were shocking, check out this jaw-dropping “condolence note” to actress Kelly Preston that he posted on the Trump U blog in January 2009 after her son, Jett Travolta, died:

A long time ago, before I was married, I met Kelly Preston at a club and worked like hell to try and pick her up. She was beautiful, personable, and definitely had allure. At the time I had no idea she was married to John Travolta.

In any event, my track record on this subject has always been outstanding, but Kelly wouldn’t give me the time of day. She was very nice, very elegant, but I didn’t have a chance with her, and that was that.

He concluded the post by sending heartfelt thoughts and prayers to Kelly and her family.

On Trump’s Twitter Wars: Did People Not Know He Was a Snake When They Voted for Him?

All we can say about the conduct of Donald Trump in his Twitter attacks on the Morning Joe anchors is the parable that he himself reminded us of while campaigning: You knew he was a snake when you picked him up.

Now what were we talking about before all this started? Oh yeah, financing a capital gains tax for rich people by taking away Medicaid. Gosh, I forgot all about that. Maybe that was the idea?

Believe It or Not, Mitch McConnell Once Advocated for Affordable Healthcare

From Tonic at

Back in 1990, he was running for re-election in Kentucky against Harvey Sloane, a physician and Democrat. Sloane was a credible challenger, and McConnell cut a campaign ad that put healthcare front and center.

“When I was a child and my dad was in World War II, I got polio. I recovered, but my family almost went broke,” he said, over black-and-white pictures of the McConnell family. “Today, too many families can’t get decent, affordable health care. That’s why I’ve introduced a bill to make sure healthcare is available to all Kentucky families, hold down skyrocketing costs, and provide long-term care.”

Cataloging the March to Authoritarianism

Amy Siskind
Amy Siskind
After Donald Trump’s election millions of Americans figuratively, if not literally, hid under their beds, hoping it was all a bad dream.

Amy Siskind did not hide. She took action. She started making a list.

Specifically, Siskind — the president and co-founder of The New Agenda, a nonprofit that advocates for women’s issues — began cataloging the Trump administration’s efforts to demolish American democracy, item by item and week by week.


Trump’s 100 Lies, January 21 to June 21, 2017


Last week the New York Times published “Trump’s Lies,” a compendium of 100 lies that Donald has told in the first six months of his so-called presidency. Here they are:

  • Jan. 21 “I wasn’t a fan of Iraq. I didn’t want to go into Iraq.” (He was for an invasion before he was against it.)
  • Jan. 21 “A reporter for Time magazine — and I have been on their cover 14 or 15 times. I think we have the all-time record in the history of Time magazine.” (Trump was on the cover 11 times and Nixon appeared 55 times.)
  • Jan. 23 “Between 3 million and 5 million illegal votes caused me to lose the popular vote.” (There’s no evidence of illegal voting.)
  • Jan. 25 “Now, the audience was the biggest ever. But this crowd was massive. Look how far back it goes. This crowd was massive.” (Official aerial photos show Obama’s 2009 inauguration was much more heavily attended.)
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