Morning Reads

Tomorrow, two juggernauts of world football collide: yes, the world truly awaits Russia vs. Saudi Arabia.

  1. Atlanta could host the 2026 World Cup!
  2. You still gonna pretend you’re holier-than-thou about soccer? 
  3. With my voice still gone, time for Jamie Dupree 2.0
  4. How GA congresscritters reacted to the North Korea deal. 
  5. Valdosta mayor learnin’ kids how to read! 
  6. Long before the Trump era, Jimmy Carter tried (and failed) to prevent politicized justice. 
  7. Trump still holds Jimmy Carter’s view on withdrawing U.S. troops from South Korea. 
  8. John Lewis regrets endorsement in RI gubernatorial race. 
  9. Half the population of the Eastern Seaboard gets cliched photos here, might as well make it nice. 

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xdog
xdog
Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Trump has already come out and endorsed the neo-Confederate in Virginia’s Senate race. What does it say about the current state of the Republican Party when Corey Stewart is getting praise from the President and Mark Sanford is getting tossed under the bus?

Benevolus
Benevolus

And a brothel owner (pimp) wins a nom in Nevada for a state House seat, and the governor of Maine threatens to not certify the election if he doesn’t like the result. Out of control gerrymandering, voter suppression, unlimited campaign money from any old source… we used to be able to (mostly) have actual informed debates about significant issues. Now it’s like 4th grade recess. The GOP we once knew is gone. Will the actual conservatives reform a new party and cede the GOP to the extremists? Or will there be a battle for the soul of the Party? Or… Read more »

atlindy
atlindy

My guess is that your desires for “actual conservatives” would be a return for the halycon days of the 60s and 70s, when Republicans either had few real disagreements with Democrats or were ineffective at resisting them when he did. As for Mark Sanford, the real outrage is that this fellow was elected in the first place after what he pulled in 2009. (No one knew where the guy was or how to contact him for several days, people were justifiably freaking out and when he finally surfaced he lied about it.) For that reason his political demise is certainly… Read more »

atlindy
atlindy

That was supposed to be “when Republicans either had few real disagreements with Democrats or were ineffective at resisting the Democrats when they did”

xdog
xdog

I remember Davis too. He represented a heavily black district and was the only black rep to vote against ADA. That’s not being a maverick, that’s suicidal.

Later he switched parties, backed Romney, and after his loss complained the gop had been reduced to white southern evangelicals, old white men, and big money Prots. If the gop praised him for his candor I missed it.

xdog
xdog

ACA not ADA. Free the edit function!

I also meant to add that I agree with you about Sanford. He was ineffective and unstable and had trouble controlling his personal life. Not even the Freedom Caucus will miss him.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

But allow me to state that it is certainly odd that Democrats love “mavericks” and “independents” among Republicans Sanford isn’t a maverick and he certainly independent. He voted with Trump 87% of the time. During his first tenure in Congress, Cato Institute named him the “most fiscally conservative” member. Cato also rated him the “best governor” in America in 2010. He was a Tea Party darling and was enough of a rising star in the party there were serious talks about him running for President in 2012. The dude checks EVERY. SINGLE. BOX. Republicans profess to care about. It’s clear… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

* he certainly isn’t independent

Did Will put the edit button on the Deportation Bus or something?

Benevolus
Benevolus

Well I would at least like to have the discussion about those disagreements. We don’t HAVE to disagree about everything just because we identify with different political parties. There really are some issues that everyone could agree on if we get past the trying to just win for the sake of winning, or at least come to some compromise that pushes us a little forward as a community. What about Ronald Reagan or George Bush? Those guys were fairly reasonable for the most part. Whatever happened to guys like that? I don’t know that the Dem party has shifted to… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Has the Democratic Party shifted or has the Republican Party just been nominating a lot more child molesters, neo-Confederates, and dudes who re-tweet known neo-Nazi propaganda than they used to?

Noway2016
Noway2016

Score one “Nazi” reference for Drew this afternoon.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Dude, it’s was in the news today. It’s not like he made it up or had to dig into the past. This is today’s news. A US Representative re-tweeted a Nazi yesterday. He hasn’t (last I checked) made any comment distancing himself from it and neither has Repub leadership. If you let that stuff pass then that is who you are.
I don’t expect you to give up linking to nazi sites. But there may still be hope for the rest of the country.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Ben

Dude hasn’t read the news in years. Unless it gets published on the front page of the Daily Stormer or squeezed between commercials for Alex Jones’ latest snake oil supplement, Noway hasn’t heard about it.

atlindy
atlindy

“I don’t know that the Dem party has shifted to the left so much.” The Democratic Party has shifted to the left drastically. They’ve gone far to the left on social issues, and by this I do not mean merely support for abortion and gay marriage – and on the latter let’s stop pretending that even Obama, the most socially liberal president ever, didn’t run for office opposing gay marriage in 2008, which made ousting Brendan Eich from his own Mozilla company for having the same position that Obama had at the time even more galling – but rather by… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

The Democratic Party has shifted to the left drastically. They’ve gone far to the left on social issues and by this I do not mean merely support for abortion and gay marriage… I would contend that the Democratic Party is merely mirroring a shift in public sentiment. According to the Pew Research Center, Americans opposed same sex-marraige at a rate of 57%-35% back in 2001. In 2008, 51% opposed same-sex marriage while 39% were in favor. By 2017, that position had flipped, with 62% of Americans supporting same-sex marriage and only 32% opposing it. This is, in large part, due… Read more »

Ellynn
Ellynn

Here is a good explainer on the WI special elections for two seats open since December Gov. Walker was force to hold after Eric Holder’s voter group took him to court. The senate seat has making the news rounds this morning.

https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2018/06/13/five-takeaways-wisconsins-special-elections/697237002/

Noway2016
Noway2016

Sanford “Dixie-Chicked” himself!! Lol! Later, Tater!

Benevolus
Benevolus

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) retweeted a neo-Nazi on Tuesday morning. He has faced no consequences for the tweet, and the leaders of his party have so far remained silent.

GOP, you can’t let this be who you are. You must condemn this. Speak out!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

If they were really against it, Paul Ryan would have kicked this guy out of the caucus a long time ago.

Noway2016
Noway2016

What was his tweet, B?

Benevolus
Benevolus

It was something about a poll in Italy about migration. But that’s not the point. Why is an out front nazi on his twitter feed? And if you are in the US Congress you are expected to check into who you are re-tweeting. It’s the new millenium equivelent of passing out someones flyers for them. Re. Steve King is passing out the flyers of a self-described admirer of Hitler and who said “he considered AIDS a “friendly disease because blacks, drug users and gays have it”. ” But he’ll probably get re-elected because apparently that’s better than having a Dem… Read more »

Caroline
Caroline

What is says is the GOP is the unite the right party. They created this monster and they’re the ones that are going to have to fix the problem. Or if it is not fixable then they’ll go the way of the whigs.

xdog
xdog

The vocal stylings of Don Trump Un: “I’m for open trade, free trade, but I also want smart trade and fair trade. But they’ll say, “He’s not a free-trader,” at 10%. But if I say we’re putting a reciprocal tax on, it may be 62% or it may be 47%, I mean massive numbers, and nobody can complain about it. It’s really sort of an amazing thing.”

Noway2016
Noway2016
Benevolus
Benevolus

Well, that was easy! I can’t believe no one else did that!

Noway2016
Noway2016

No one else had the vision…

bethebalance
bethebalance

Every President, White House, and State Dept. for probably 50 years has had the vision of a peaceful relationship. None succeeded in sealing the deal, but that hasn’t happened yet with Trump either. While I give credit for the progress so far, we shouldn’t be counting all the chickens before they hatch.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Balance, you’re wrong. You’re so so wrong.

Before Donald Trump, this country’s so-called “leaders” insisted on things like “inspections” and “human rights” before they’d even consider letting the President sit down with the leader of North Korea. Only a bold, outside-the-box thinker like Donald Trump could come up with the idea of giving North Korea everything they want in exchange for absolutely nothing. That’s called vision! That’s called leadership!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Same question I posed 28 hours ago: How so?

Noway2016
Noway2016

The sky is a little bluer, the picket fence is a little bit whiter and the birds are chirping a little bit louder! MAGA!

bethebalance
bethebalance

I’m OK with you feeling better, whether based on reality or not, but the reference to picket fences…
Trumpists must really feel forgotten in the modern world.
The anger is a reaction to the despondency.
Figured it out.

Ellynn
Ellynn
Ellynn
Ellynn
bethebalance
bethebalance
Ellynn
Ellynn
bethebalance
bethebalance

And it looks like the Dem AGs have already stepped up to defend the ACA.
http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2018/04/09/fighting-texas-lawsuit-affordable-care-act/
Not sure why Repubs haven’t figured out that this isn’t a winning political issue any more.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Because their donors tell them it is.

Will Durant
Will Durant

Dum de dum dum…

Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen likely to cooperate as his attorneys leave case, sources say
https://abcnews.go.com/US/trump-lawyer-michael-cohen-cooperate-attorneys-leave-case/story

Ellynn
Ellynn

I was holding off until other outlets had confirmation until I posted it. The hearing is Friday the documents.

Caroline
Caroline

Expect a massive dumpster fire coming out of the white house if Cohen flips on Trump.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I don’t see any indication he’s flipping. Looks more like the guy can’t pay his attorneys.

Cohen’s attorneys told Judge Wood the other day that they have 15 attorneys working around-the-clock on reviewing these documents. If you’ve got 15 attorneys, even if its mostly young associates, working 14 hour days, Cohen is could be racking up somewhere in the neighborhood of $100,000 per day in attorneys’ fees. I don’t think he’s got the kind of money to keep stroking those kind of checks.

Caroline
Caroline

Well, there’s a couple of thoughts on this “out there”. That he can’t pay his lawyers is one of them though I had thought Trump was paying them from campaign funds (not sure whether that is legal or not but being illegal never stopped Trump from doing anything). There’s also the theory that he’s looking for other lawyers who specialize in cutting deals. Truly if he can’t pay an attorney he might as well just go find a jail cell and close himself in considering the massive amount of charges SDNY is probably getting ready to level on him.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Speaking as an attorney… there’s no conspiracy here. Dude is going broke paying for this. Trump isn’t paying his bills. The campaign isn’t paying his bills. Despite going to the country’s worst law school the guy has a lot of money. Just not enough to pay $100k a day in legal bills and the fees for the special master. Defending yourself from a criminal white collar investigation is a costly endeavor.

Caroline
Caroline

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-campaign-paid-portions-michael-cohens-legal-fees/story?id=54831269
Trump has been paying a portion of Cohen’s legal bills. However, I would guess that is probably ending.

Oh, I have no doubt it’s expensive and considering how much they probably have on Cohen I would think that his legal bills are probably a couple of times more than your garden variety white collar criminal investigation. IMO it’s a cross between taking down a mobster and white collar criminal.

Ellynn
Ellynn

File under “if Gen X can’t afford to live in city centers, what makes millennials think they can…”

https://www.axios.com/cities-suburbs-exurbs-millennials-552dd0fd-2223-4be4-b457-5af2cfd94ee7.html

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

’cause Bernie is gonna absolve all my student loans.

Caroline
Caroline

It would seem millenials are not that picky about where they live in cities. They apparently don’t care about only living in high rise expensive apartments and also I have read where they are going to cities that are cheap to live in like Cleveland and Buffalo.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Colossal threat and potential abuse of power!! Please keep doing shit like this!
November literally cannot get here quickly enough!!
https://www.google.com/amp/www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/06/12/rosenstein-threatened-to-subpoena-gop-led-committee-in-chilling-clash-over-records-emails-show.amp.html

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Agreed, someone needs to rein in Devin Nunes!!!

Ellynn
Ellynn

If you want to make sure Amazon or any big techno service mega company who wants to move here Does Not Come, just send them all off to the Marta website.

Noway2016
Noway2016

What’s at that website that will run them off?

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

Looks like David Perdue has gone full Trump lap dog…doesnt matter if National Security is at risk

http://thehill.com/policy/technology/392161-gop-senator-fails-to-kill-provision-blocking-trumps-zte-deal

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Where you been? Perdue and his designer denim jackets have been full Trump since day 1. That dude doesn’t care about national security, just like he doesn’t care about you and me. Perdue cares about being able to call himself Senator. That’s it.

Caroline
Caroline

They’re all Trump lap dogs. They are so afraid of losing in the GOP primary against a Trumper that they will willingly sell the entire country out to Putin and the Chinese and lil Kim. In the history of craven and cowardly politicians there never has been a bunch like this group of currently elected Republicans.

Noway2016
Noway2016

LOL! At least offer to share some of that good stuff you’re smoking. Obviously better than shrooms! You shoulda come over from PP sooner!

Caroline
Caroline

Right. Anybody who doesn’t tow the Ifowars line, doesn’t vote for pedophiles and Neo-Nazis has to be smoking something. LOL.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Awwww, hon, I thought you were gonna bat .1000 but sadly, you didn’t include anything racist in your cute little reply. To paraphrase Meat Loaf, “3 outta 4 Ain’t Bad.” (You have Alex Jones, Pedophiles and Neo-Nazis) Look, here’s a softball. I’ll tee it up for you. I think all of this Confederate statue removal is crap, too. So, that obviously makes me racist, right? By the way, can I send your reply over to a group of my buddies (fellow Deplorables) who delight in seeing the Left melt down??? I think you have potential to be a star. Andrew’s… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I don’t know what’s sadder, that you share your trolling Internet comments as if they’re something to be proud of or that your fellow old people don’t know how to use the Internet so you’ve got to forward it to them in an email with the subject line of “re: re: re: re: re: re: re: Look wha Obummer did!”

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Like, seriously, this is one of those things that’s so pathetic you start to feel bad, but then you remember it’s Noway so you just start dying of laughter. Do you make some kind of weekly newsletter for them? “Attention fellas, these are the sick burns I dropped on the libs this week! Be sure to click ‘like’ and subscribe!” You need to be monetizing that ish with some “Cash 4 Gold” or reverse mortgage ads. Cause if your friends are so dumb they can’t figure out how to type “georgiapol.com” into the address bar, they’re definitely dumb enough to… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Oh God, I got $100 that says Noway prints out all these comment threads and brings him to his weekly coffee dates at the Chick-fil-a. Just walking in there with manilla folders packed with pages and pages of Noway “owning the libs.”

Caroline
Caroline

Apparently you seem to want to be called a racist since you’re the one that continually brings it up. Is that some sort of Freudian slip? I really find you to be the silly typical knee jerk Trump supporter and there’s nothing special about that.

Noway2016
Noway2016

No, no, no, Lord, Andrew…no!!! Take ghat $100 and donate it to PP. Gotta help them fund them abortions!