Ride Or Die With Nancy. Wonkagenda For Dec. 6, 2019
Morning Wonketariat! Here's some of the things we may be talking about today.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared on CNN for a town hall last night where she talked about a number of things: the impeachment of Bill Clinton and efforts to impeach George W. Bush, his "nervous" shitpost, the White House officials who refuse to testify, Obamacare, climate change, and that Sinclair (alleged!) sex pest who tried to make HateGate fetch. Pelosi also talked about how, if Hillary Clinton had won in 2016, she would have gone "home" knowing Obamacare would be safe. When asked if she would consider retirement were a Democrat to win the White House in 2020, Pelosi smiled and said, "Well, I'll see. I'm not on a timetable. I'm on a mission." [Highlights / Video]
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Reuters is reporting the House Judiciary Committee could begin recommending formal impeachment charges as early as next Thursday.
The Washington Post reports Trump's cellphone addiction has led him to make a bunch of potentially insecure calls to Rudy Giuliani. Emails, etc., whatever.
ProPublica has an awful story and video evidence showing how, after ignoring increasingly obvious signs of illness that ultimately led to a teenage immigrant's death, Border Patrol agents then tried to cover everything up by saying they checked on the boy. They didn't.
Since INDICTED California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter still won't resign after pleading guilty to a campaign finance scandal, the House Ethics Committee has told Hunter than he shouldn't be casting anymore votes, warning him "in the strongest possible terms" that he could face further slaps seeing as he's now a criminal.
A new national Reuters/Ipsos poll shows that right now Democrats don't know who the hell they want at the top of the ticket next year. Support for all the top tier candidates fell a few points, including Joe Biden, senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg, respectively. A third of all American's say they "don't know" whom to support. That's neither a good thing, nor a bad thing, it simply means the race remains very fluid. [Poll]
Mike Bloomberg sat down with Gayle King for a jaw-dropping whitemansplainer of his tone deaf ideas. Bloomberg pushes back against accusations he's furiously stroking his ego by running in 2020, and talks about why he's only now apologizing for stop and frisk, how he really doesn't give a damn about non-white candidates dropping out of 2020, and why he's trying to take Trump's job.
The grumpy old fart who got bitched out by Joe Biden almost got in a fight with another voter after the event. The Washington Examiner's Emily Larsen has the 37 second video of the two coots being "Iowa nice."
Earlier this week the Wall Street Journal reported the Trump administration was thinking about sending as many as 14,000 troops to the Middle East to counter what it says is rising Iranian fuckery. Last night a Pentagon spox tweeted that the article was "wrong," and now Politico is reporting some less-hawkish Republicans are eyefucking Defense Secretary Mark Esper to come clean.
Anti-Russian Ukrainian neo-Nazis are trying to run around with the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, but the battle-tested Hong Kongers are having none of it.
If you get a chance, The Verge has a damn good story about how a luggage company Away has been engaging in some really fucked up policies, like banning private communications between employees.
The Daily Beast reports Rudy Giuliani's Eurotrash vacation has freaked out White House officials. Last night former Ukrainian diplomat Andrii Telizhenko -- who's knee-deep in the Ukrainium One disinfo campaign -- posted a very sober photo of himself with a very sober Giuliani, while an independent Ukrainian lawmaker shitposted on social media about his own meeting with Giuliani. Earlier this week Gabe Sherman gossiped Trump cut Giuliani off from stumbling onto cable news shows after he threatened to embussen Trump World with his "insurance policy." In a related story, last night CNN ran a piece suggesting that it COULD just be a coincidence that Giuliani was calling OMB officials around the same time Marie Yovanovitch was being "You're Fired," but specifies the House Intel Committee is still investigating.
Fox News has spent the better part of the week taking swipes at Chuck Todd. Yesterday Todd finally ripped Tucker Carlson a new asshole for peddling a Russian-made hoax for conservatives to hide behind, likening him to the late disgraced Sen. Joe McCarthy for using scare tactics. "Here we are again," Todd said, "confronting the very same machinations designed to confuse, obscure, and antagonize. It's wrong and we all need to say so. After all, have we no sense of decency?"
Tucker Carlson tried to take his audience to alt-history class in an attempt to gloss over Nancy Pelosi's impeachment address yesterday. Tucker called the Founding Fathers, "A group of 18th century slaveholders," and bullshitted that their invocation for impeachment was only useful to the left until "Pelosi's acolytes try to pull Madison's statue off its pedestal for crimes against progressive orthodoxy." Look y'all, just ignore him.
The New York Times Editorial Board wants Pete Buttigieg to tell people what he did for McKinsey & Co., a consulting firm with a questionable and unsavory list clients. Real Talk: Say what you will about Mayor McCheese, but this is the same torch and pitchfork shit that reactionary jackoffs pulled with KKKILLARY's Goldman-Sachs speeches in 2016. The only difference is that Butters was a low-level minion who couldn't pick his clients, and is bound by a standard non-disclosure agreement. Embussen the man for his experience (or lack thereof), his gullibility, his astonishingly over-privileged ignorance, or for taking their dirty money, not for being an idealistic college graduate who made a deal with the devil. Thousands of wide-eyed 20-somethings facing an insurmountable mountain of student loan debt make the same choice to go to work for bad people every year. I sure did.
David Brooks writes about that time he smoked a marijuana in college only to trip so hard he became a socialist. He says he sobered up and became a journalist (in the news industry that means "alcoholic") and a snotty, capitalist Reaganite.
Dame Peggington had a death grip on her empty martini glass as she stumbled down the back alley of Memory Lane. She pushed a huff of smoke through the nub of a cigarette between her lips and grumbled as an urban tumbleweed caught her leg. The headline screamed the president was bribing foreign governments for election interference; calling high treason and grounds for impeachment. She scoffed. "This wasn't a scandal," she hacked. Selling arms for hostages, or whatever the press accused her Ronnie of orchestrating, now THAT was a scandal! And even after the cover up and the convictions, nobody technically got hurt (except maybe those commies who were slaughtered in Nicaragua ... and maybe some Iranian hostages). Most of the old crew sloughed out from the meat grinder with cushy gigs in cable news, so what's the big deal?
MORNING DANCE PARTY! Super famous Not American J-Pop band, World Order, just dropped a new single, "Exodus," so you can do the robot, or floss, or whatever it is kids do these days.
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And here's your morning Nice Time: IT'S DEAN AND NALA! The pair are currently traveling somewhere around the Greek countryside. They met in Bosnia, Dean tells The Washington Post, when she started chasing him up a hill. The two have been global traveling companions ever since. You can follow them on Insta and Youtube.