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OK, well now we're actually kind of interested in maybe watching the Big BenghaziPalooza Screamathon that the House Republicans are planning for sometime, dog knows when;no schedule's been decided yet. Turns out that, despite some calls for Democrats to boycott the kangaroo steeplechase altogether, Nancy Pelosi has gone and appointed 5 Democrats to the panel. And these are not likely to be members who will sit back and let the GOP get away with a lot of nonsense, at least. Looks like we'll have to fire up the TiVo!


The best news for Democrats is that Pelosi appointed Maryland's Elijah Cummings, Yr. Wonkette's Legislative Badass of the Year for 2013. The ranking Democratic member on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Rep. Cummings does not take any crap from the likes of Darrell Issa, and he's not going to take any nonsense from the R's on the committee either, even if they shut off his microphone, not that anyone will make that mistake a second time.

Then we have Tammy Duckworth from Illinois, who has already demonstrated her mad ass-kicking skillz against a "disabled" witness in a hearing -- whose "disability" was an old high school football injury. She will not suffer fools gladly.

And then there's the other three, who are at best sort of a "wait, who?" for most of us in the chatcave. California's Linda T. Sanchez, another Oversight Committee member, is, according to California political analyst R. Editrix Schoenkopf, "Loretta's sister but way cooler" and also a pretty cool "union chick." And then there's Adam Smith of Washington, who's the top Dem on the House Armed Services Committee, and Adam Schiff of California, who's on the Intelligence Committee. Frankly, we're just assuming that Pelosi went with the pairing of "Adam Smith and Adam Schiff" to fuck with newscasters.

And so there's your team for the Benghazi Bowl; now let's see just what sort of Tonya Harding tricks the R's come up with to keep them from actually countering the pre-approved wingnut conspiracy narrative.

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Deutsche Bank shitcanned its own internal compliance reports to disappear suspicious Trump and Kushner transactions and make sure Treasury never got wind of them? You mean the bank that continued to make loans to Trump after every other lender tapped out, that accepted his overnight doubling of his "net worth" by claiming his brand was worth $4 billion, that continued to write him checks after he defaulted and then sued them claiming the 2008 financial crisis was an "act of God?" Those prudent beancounters cut corners to benefit their wealthy clients? FAM, WE ARE SHOOK.

No, not really. It would be shocking to find out that the private wealth managers let algorithms work their magic on high net worth individuals and turned the reports over to Treasury like they would for some guy making $75,000 who got a $19,000 wire from the Isle of Man. The rules for rich people are different, and Deutsche Bank did not get to be part of the "Global Laundromat" by taking all those anti-money laundering statutes literally. (And if you think the other big banks aren't doing the exact same thing, the Easter Bunny has a bridge to sell you. This is why Elizabeth Warren freaks the finance guys out -- she knows where all the bodies are buried.)

At the same time, this story in the New York Times about Deutsche Bank compliance officer Tammy McFadden getting fired for pointing out Trump and Kush's hinky transactions in 2016 -- including some with Russians, natch -- is pretty ridiculous. With regulators on two continents breathing down their necks for laundering Russian money, DB's private wealth bankers were allowed to swoop in and save their clients from any of that icky federal snooping into their questionable transactions.

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To be honest, we're not 100 percent sure who's right in the argument over whether 2020 Democratic primary candidates should do town halls on Fox News, though we suspect it's Elizabeth Warren, because she's usually right. But if you are going to do it, then Pete Buttigieg showed us all how you should do it, which is to make sure you get all the way under the skin of Fox News's most regular viewer, the chunk of human cells and pigshit who lounges around the White House all day watching TV and apparently not (thank God) doing much work.

In fact, the president was whining hours before the town hall even started:

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