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Hey remember that fun time last year when Donald Trump mauled Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the Oval Office? After Commander Cultural Sensitivity bear-hugged Abe in greeting -- TWICE -- Trump pulled that stupid handshake shit that he thinks makes him look dominant.

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And then they all headed down to Mar-a-Lago to discuss top secret business on the lanai. (Did these people never watch Fletch?)


Oh, God, the humiliation! BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!

Because ProPublica and WNYC are out with yet more horrible shit from Abe's visit to Trumpland. Apparently, Donald Trump hit up the Japanese prime minister to grant a massively lucrative casino license to GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson's Las Vegas Sands Corporation. Which seems only fitting, since Adelson did Trump a solid and forked over $20 million to get Trump elected and then another $5 million for the best attended inauguration ever, period.

Last year, Japan's Diet ditched its longstanding prohibition on legal gambling and made plans to grant three companies the exclusive right to operate casinos in the country. Each concession is potentially worth $25 billion per year, and Sheldon Adelson has referred to them as "the holy grail." Lucky for Adelson, he's got craven whores in high places. ProPublica reports,

Adelson had a potent ally in his quest: the new president of the United States. Following the business breakfast [with Adelson and other casino magnates], Abe had a meeting with Trump before boarding Air Force One for a weekend at Mar-a-Lago. The two heads of state dined with Patriots owner Bob Kraft and golfed at Trump National Jupiter Golf Club with the South African golfer Ernie Els. During a meeting at Mar-a-Lago that weekend, Trump raised Adelson's casino bid to Abe, according to two people briefed on the meeting. The Japanese side was surprised.

"It was totally brought up out of the blue," according to one of the people briefed on the exchange. "They were a little incredulous that he would be so brazen." After Trump told Abe he should strongly consider Las Vegas Sands for a license, "Abe didn't really respond, and said thank you for the information," this person said.

And surprise, surprise, Trump's none-too-subtle nudge seems to have paid off! Abe returned home and hustled the casino bill through the Diet. And Adelson got ready to reap the rewards of his investment in Donald Trump. The $1.2 billion windfall from the GOP tax scam was just an appetizer. Sands shareholders were about to get a ticket to a never-ending buffet.

Adelson has told his shareholders to expect good news. On a recent earnings call, Adelson cited unnamed insiders as saying Sands' efforts to win a place in the Japanese market will pay off. "The estimates by people who know, say they know, whom we believe they know, say that we're in the No. 1 pole position," he said.

That's nice. So, let's just do a little back of the envelope math here, shall we? Let's say that Adelson spent about $200 million to support Republican fuckery since 2016, between the $85 million spent on candidates last cycle, $5 million for the inauguration, and possibly another $100 million in 2018. He's already gotten a billion in tax benefits, and he's about to get a concession that generates $25 billion EVERY SINGLE YEAR. So in year one, that works out to a 13,000 percent return on investment. Not too shabby!

Forget the construction costs. He'll write all that off anyway. For that kind of money, the GOP will let him write the tax bill himself.

SWAMPY SUMBITCHES!

[ProPublica]

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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)_/¯

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