Ukraine

State Department Warns Ukraine Crisis Could Continue Beyond US Attention Span

Your Ukraine War update.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has been going on for a month, and as Ukrainian cities keep getting hammered by Russian attacks, President Joe Biden is in Europe for a series of emergency meetings with US allies to discuss imposing more sanctions on Russia and providing military aid to Ukraine. Biden will announce new US sanctions on "more than 400 Russians and Russian entities, including the Duma and more than 300 of its members, along with more than 40 defense companies," according to one of those "senior administration officials" we always hear from. [NBC News]

In addition, the White House announced today the US will welcome up to 100,000 Ukrainian refugees, with an emphasis on helping the most vulnerable, NBC News reports:

The administration will allow their entry through a range of pathways, including the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, nonimmigrant and immigrant visas, and other means. There will also be a focus on welcoming Ukrainians who have family members in the U.S. Additional details are expected to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

The administration believes most Ukrainians displaced by the war will choose to remain in Europe so they can more readily return home when it's over, depending on the outcome. The UN estimates that out of a population of 43 million, 3.6 million people have fled Ukraine for other countries, and another 6.5 million Ukrainians displaced from their homes are taking refuge elsewhere inside Ukraine. [NBC News / BBC]

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Politics

The Bill Barr Revisionist History Tour Continues With Your Pal Chuck Todd!

We watch so you don't have to.

Donald Trump is a cruel, petty and not very bright man. That is evident anytime he ad libs at one his hate rallies. As president, Trump surrounded himself with evil and (occasionally) smarter sycophants who were able to navigate through the federal government to accomplish his cruel desires. That is where Bill Barr, the George H.W. Bush attorney general who fought for all those pardons after Iran-Contra, entered Trump's presidency.

We all know what Barr did during Trump's presidency. Need a refresher? Click here.

But now Barr has a book to sell, so his rehabilitation tour continues, which is why we are forced to endure his appearances on news shows like NBC's "Meet The Press."



After recapping Barr's tenure as Trump's attorney general like a "Previously On" where you hit the skip button while binge watching a show, Todd proceeded to play the following audio from Barr in September 2020:


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coronavirus

Crook Bastard Nonprofits Took Pandemic Money, Put Fraud On Minnesota Food Programs, Allegedly.

Grrr mad!

In an infuriating story this week, the New York Times blows the lid off a bunch of perhaps sleazy nonprofits in Minnesota that the federal government is accusing of taking part in a "massive fraud scheme" that allegedly took tens of millions of dollars in pandemic relief funds that were meant to feed hungry kids, but mostly just billed the government for meals that never existed. Well that's just dandy, and you'd better believe it's going to be used by rightwing politicians and media to oppose helping people in the future.

In court filings, the Justice Department said at least 15 different nonprofits were being investigated in the scheme; the FBI said in the documents that the groups had taken in some $65 million in total from emergency federal food programs. The larger nonprofit group that oversaw those groups, "Feeding Our Future," apparently fell down on its main job of making sure the taxpayer money was used in accordance with federal rules.

Also, goddamn it.

“Almost none of this money was used to feed children,” the government wrote in one filing. “Instead, conspirators misappropriated the money and used it to purchase real estate, cars and other items.”
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Media/Entertainment

Bill Barr Would Like You To Think He's One Of The Good Guys. He Is Not.

Bill Barr is back, and he wants to sit at the cool kids table.

Is former Trump Attorney General Bill Barr flogging a book so he can rehabilitate his reputation? Or is he rehabilitating his reputation so he can flog his stupid book?

This is not a chicken-and-egg question, because the answer is, we do not give a fuck and no one should be platforming this disgusting asshole. We were all there, we all saw what he did, and he should not be afforded the opportunity to pretend he was one of the good guys. And yet, here he is on MSNBC with Lester Holt, on NPR this morning, on "Today" with Savannah Guthrie. Good morning, liberals!

“I was pretty content with the administration until the election,” Barr told Guthrie. “But after the election, he went off the rails.”

Because extorting the leader of a foreign country for dirt on your electoral opponent by withholding congressionally allocated defense funds is hunky-freakin'-dory with ol' Bill Barr. Which we already knew, because we watched him bury the IG whistleblower complaint on Trump's perfect call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in the DOJ's criminal division, in defiance of federal law.

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