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John Bolton and John Kelly got into what was described by CNN as a "heated argument" over increased border crossings by families that developed into a "shouting match" in the West Wing today, although who was arguing for what isn't yet clear. Knowing those two, it may have been a simple disagreement over whether bringing back the family separation policy would be sufficient, or if it would be more effective to bomb and strafe the "caravan" of asylum seekers that has wingnuts freaking out this week.


Here's CNN's take on what today's edition of Thunderdome On the Potomac was about:

Trump, who was incensed about the rising levels of migrants and threatened to shut down the southern border on Twitter earlier that morning, took Bolton's side during the argument. Bolton favors a harder line approach to the issue and criticized Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen during the argument, a source said. Nielsen used to serve as Kelly's deputy when he ran DHS. Bolton reportedly said Nielsen needed to start doing her job, which incensed Kelly.

OK, so yeah, if it's Bolton wanting something harsher than the guy who gave us family separation in the first place, the A-10 Warthogs may already be en route to deliver depleted-uranium deterrents against the misdemeanor crime of crossing the border without authorization.

CNN's account of the contretemps by the contemptible missed one serious detail that Bloomberg's report caught: The shouting match was also "obscenity laced." Until CNN's story broke, speculation ran rampant as to the cause of the fight:

While there were rumors that the fuck-tussle might result in the resignation of one of the shouty yelly men, it appears both will keep their jobs, at least for the moment. CNN notes, ungrammatically, "The fact that the President sided with Bolton, which only added to Kelly's fury," which just shows you how heated things were.

Yr Wonkette wants to see the video. Someone HAD to get video. And in the midst of all this terrible uncivil behavior between two of America's top statesmen, we can only say, with Willy Wonka, "Stop. Don't. Come back." Help. Police. Murder.

And now it is your OPEN THREAD, you monsters.

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Donald Trump's immigration goon squads were all set to start mass arrests and deportations of families in multiple cities Sunday, but before the raids started, he tweeted Saturday that he'd decided to delay the operation by two weeks -- to allow Democrats a chance to join Republicans in trashing US asylum law. Trump took a phone call Friday evening from Nancy Pelosi urging him to hold off on the raids, although it's also possible that internal disagreements about the operation at the Department of Homeland Security may have been part of the reason for the delay, too. In the meantime, Trump gets to terrify undocumented families some more and rant about deporting "millions," although the planned operation was actually targeted only at a couple thousand people who have already received deportation orders.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement had been gearing up to start raids in 10 US cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, and Baltimore, to show how tough America is, and never mind that the sweeps would certainly have led to more family separations, as ICE scooped up at least some undocumented parents of children born in the US. The news also comes while the media is reporting filthy, inhuman conditions at the border camps where newly arrested immigrants, including babies, are being packed in, leading to plenty of awkward questions about why the government suddenly wants to arrest more people in the interior of the country? (Hint: President Eichmann just announced his reelection bid.)

The Great Deporter announced the delay of the operation Saturday by Twitter, as if that were normal, then followed up with more bluster Sunday.

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Kamala Harris was holding it down at the South Carolina Democratic Convention this weekend, and she wasn't just there to kick it at Clyburn's Fish Fry, hang out with Berndog Sanders, and just look extra good. No. She fucking running for President, and she's actually got a chance, unlike the many Mayo Casserole Men who keep jumping into the damn race. Why did they jump in after Kamala and Elizabeth Warren, the only people who are even running, clearly said, "We got it from here, boys"? Not sure, but regardless, it was unnecessary. Doesn't matter anyway because who is gonna remember Dadface McDorksky when Kamala is turning it the fuck out with speeches indicting Trump?

Do you believe in America? Kamala Harris believes in America, and her Saturday speech calls out for justice, and righteousness; where Barack Obama struck hopeful, dulcet, aspirational tones, Harris strikes sharp chords of urgency. To say that she read Trump the riot act would be, and is, an understatement; what she did here raised a crucial reality that some Dems refuse to see. Trump MUST be prosecuted. The Democratic nominee will wear many hats, and one of the most important of those hats is that of a prosecutor. There is a case to be made against Donald J. Trump, hell, there are so many cases, and as far as Harris is concerned, who better to make that case, but a COP? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Kamala Harris at the South Carolina Democratic Convention June, 22 2019 youtu.be

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