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A report card on the Biden administration

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"As the Justice Department digs deeper into the conduct of former President Donald Trump and his inner circle, the conviction of two Oath Keepers leaders – as well as the conviction on another key charge brought against all five defendants – will be useful to building out a case around the plotting to overturn Trump’s loss that went beyond just the riot at the Capitol on January 6, 2021," CNN.

CNN continued, "A jury’s willingness to convict two leaders of a far-right militia of seditious conspiracy for plotting to forcibly oppose the government is a major vindication of how the Justice Department is approaching its investigation into the efforts to disrupt President Joe Biden’s 2020 win.

“As the verdict of this case makes clear, the department will work tirelessly to hold accountable those responsible for crimes related to the attack on our democracy on January 6, 2021,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said.

“We’re going to walk down to the Capitol, and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women. You have to show strength, and you have to be strong.”
“When you catch somebody in a fraud, you are allowed to go by very different rules."
“We fight like hell and if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.”
"Now it is up to Congress to confront this egregious assault on our democracy. And after this, we’re going to walk down, and I’ll be there with you. We are going to try and give them the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country.”
************************************************************************************************Donald J. Trump, Jan. 6, 2021
 

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As the Justice Department digs deeper into the conduct of former President Donald Trump and his inner circle, the conviction of two Oath Keepers leaders – as well as the conviction on another key charge brought against all five defendants – will be useful to building out a case around the plotting to overturn Trump’s loss that went beyond just the riot at the Capitol on January 6, 2021
CNN reports, "On Tuesday, Stewart Rhodes, founder of the right-wing militia group Oath Keepers, was convicted by a jury in Washington, DC, of seditious conspiracy for his role planning and orchestrating the January 6, 2021 US Capitol insurrection.

"Rhodes and four other alleged members of the group faced several charges and each one of the defendants was found guilty of at least one charge in the trial. Prosecutors said they had pre-planned their part in the siege including the use of military “stack” formations to wedge their way through the mob and into Congress’ hallowed halls.

The verdicts confirm a core truth: The violent assault that day was designed, not “spontaneous.” The mob was led, and by those committed to disorder, whatever the cost in bloodshed.

"This is a monumental win for the Justice Department, even though the jury acquitted three alleged Oath Keepers of seditious conspiracy. But having found that the leader is guilty of that extraordinary crime is what matters most.

"A seditious conspiracy means that Rhodes and Meggs agreed to forcibly obstruct the execution of the laws of the United States by which presidential authority transfers from one party to the other at the pivotal moment of our constitutional government."

“We’re going to walk down to the Capitol, and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women. You have to show strength, and you have to be strong.”
“When you catch somebody in a fraud, you are allowed to go by very different rules."
“We fight like hell and if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.”
"Now it is up to Congress to confront this egregious assault on our democracy. And after this, we’re going to walk down, and I’ll be there with you. We are going to try and give them the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country.”
**********************************************************************************************Donald J. Trump, Jan. 6, 2021
 

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The stock market remains in the midst of one heck of a fourth-quarter rally. The Dow enjoyed its best month in nearly a half-century in October and it’s up nearly another 3% in November. The-chip index is down only about 7% for 2022 — and just 8% below its all-time high.

"It would be a stunning comeback if the Dow reclaims all its lost ground and finishes the year in positive territory.
The Post reports, "The full House voted for legislation aimed at blocking a national rail strike that could deal a blow to the economy. A strike could occur as early as Dec. 9 after some unions rejected a contract deal brokered by the White House. President Biden asked Congress to put the force of law behind that agreement, which would raise wages but provide no paid sick days. The House passed a separate bill that would give workers seven sick days. Both bills now move to the Senate. The first is expected to pass. The fate of the second is unclear [due largely to Republican opposition].

As a consequence, the stock market went on a tear. The Dow was up 737 to 34,590, the Nasdaq 484 to 11468, and the S&P 122 to 4080.
 

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The young female federal district judge appointed by Trump during the dying throes of his administration has been overruled again by the appeals court with three judges appointed by Republican Presidents, two by Trump.

WASHINGTON, Dec 1 (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Thursday dealt a blow to Donald Trump, reversing a judge's appointment of an independent arbiter to vet documents seized by the FBI from his Florida home and allowing all of the records to be used in a criminal investigation of the former president.

Reuters continued, "A three-judge panel of the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the Justice Department in its challenge to a September ruling by U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon to appoint a "special master" to review the records to decide if some should be kept from investigators. The 11th Circuit also overturned Cannon's decision to bar investigators from accessing most of the records pending the review.

"Trump faces a federal criminal investigation into his retention of sensitive government records after leaving office in January 2021, including whether he violated a 1917 law called the Espionage Act that makes it a crime to release information harmful to national security. Investigators also are looking into potential unlawful obstruction of the probe.

"The 11th Circuit said Cannon lacked the authority to grant Trump's request for a special master."

By granting special privileges to Trump, Cannon made a horrible career move.
 

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The good news just keeps on coming.

ABC reports, "Gas prices nationwide have plunged to their lowest level since February as demand has dropped from peak summer travel season and the price of crude oil has fallen.

"The national average price for a gallon of gas, which stands at $3.47, has fallen more than 30% since it reached a peak of $5.01 in mid-June, according to data AAA provided to ABC News.

"Over the last month alone, the price for a gallon of gas has fallen nearly 8%.

"In California, the state with the highest average price, a gallon of gas costs $4.90, though that price has fallen more than 11% over the past month. In Texas, the state with the lowest average gas price, a gallon costs $2.84, AAA data showed."

More good news about the economy as ABC continues its report.

"Thursday's report from the Commerce Department showed that prices rose 6% in October from a year earlier. That was the smallest increase since November 2021 and was down from a 6.3% year-over-year rise in September. Excluding volatile food and energy prices, so-called core inflation over the previous 12 months was 5%, less than the 5.2% in September.

"On a month-to-month basis, prices rose 0.3% from September to October. For core prices, the increase was 0.2%.

"The report also showed that consumers spent more in October, even after adjusting for inflation, a sign of their continued willingness to keep spending in the face of high prices. Spending increased 0.8% from September to October, or 0.5% after accounting for price increases."

The Biden economy is on fire, full employment, job growth, robust spending, and now an easing of inflation combined with lower gas prices. What's not to like?
 

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Still more good news. The Democrats have Trump's tax returns. They may explain why Vladimir Putin helped Trump get elected President, and why Trump holds Putin in such high regard.

“I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today,” President Trump, July 16, 2018. Contrary to American intelligence and a Republican Senate committee, President Trump agreed with the Russian dictator that Russia did not interfere in the 2016 Presidential election.

Perhaps Trump's tax returns will explain this conundrum. We know Trump wanted to keep them hidden from the American people.

CNN reports, "Trump’s taxes have been largely a mystery since his first White House run, when he broke with presidential election norms and refused to produce his tax returns for public review, and they remained private after he took office. His legal team had continuously sought to keep his returns secret, and turned to the Supreme Court – composed of three of his nominees – after he lost at the lower court level.

"The Democratic-led House Ways and Means Committee will meet Thursday to discuss how to handle six years of former President Donald Trump’s federal tax returns, one day after the panel received access to the records following a protracted legal fight.

"The committee is planning to be briefed by House general counsel Doug Letter on the legal ramifications of the section of the tax law that chairman Richard Neal used to request the tax returns, according to a Neal aide.

"Though Democrats will strategize over how to handle the documents at Thursday’s meeting, they are not expected to review the tax returns at that time, and the documents are not expected to be immediately released to the public.

"An expansive New York Times report in 2020 found that Trump paid no federal income taxes whatsoever in 10 out of 15 years beginning in 2000 because he reported losing significantly more than he made."

With his legal fees, I can believe it. His lawyers make more money than he does.
 

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Now that the election is over, things are moving along rather nicely. Beginning with the mid-terms themselves, the American people and the courts are rejecting Trump and the Republican Party.

CNN reports, "A federal judge has ordered former top Trump White House lawyers to provide additional grand jury testimony, rejecting former President Donald Trump’s privilege claims in the Justice Department’s criminal investigation of his effort to overturn the 2020 election, people briefed on the matter said.

"Pat Cipollone, the Trump White House counsel, and his deputy, Patrick Philbin, appeared in September before the grand jury in Washington, DC, as part of the Justice Department probe, which is now being overseen by newly appointed special counsel Jack Smith.

"Cipollone and Philbin declined to answer some questions at that time, citing Trump’s claims of executive and attorney-client privilege.

"The privilege claims have been the subject of an ongoing legal fight in secret proceedings before the Washington federal judge overseeing the grand jury.

"The judge has similarly rejected Trump’s privilege claims for other witnesses, including top aides to former Vice President Mike Pence. Marc Short and Greg Jacob provided a second round of grand jury testimony after the judge ordered them to answer additional questions as part of the January 6-related probe."

It would appear that the American people and the courts do not approve of a President who leads a coup to overthrow the elected government and then steals classified documents. They also reject the political party that endorses that President.
 

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Putin is willing to talk to our President ... as long as he can keep what he stole from Ukraine.

Reuters reports, "President Vladimir Putin is open to talks on a possible settlement to the conflict in Ukraine and believes in a diplomatic solution, the Kremlin said on Friday after Joe Biden suggested he was prepared to speak to the Russian leader.

"Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov struck a dovish tone when asked about Biden's remarks, saying that Putin remained open to negotiations but that Russia would not pull out of Ukraine.

"The president of the Russian Federation has always been, is and remains open to negotiations in order to ensure our interests," Peskov told reporters.

"Russia has claimed about a fifth of Ukraine.

"Peskov said that the refusal of the United States to recognize "the new territories" as Russian was hindering a search for any potential compromise."

"This significantly complicates the search for mutual ground for discussions," Peskov said.

Russia will remain the pariah among nations, and the Russian people will continue to pay a heavy price while Putin remains comfortable in his palace.
 

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Even when they occasionally win, Republicans are still losers.

CNN reports, "House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy and his critics are gearing up for a potential floor fight over the speakership in January, raising the possibility of a messy intraparty showdown that could bring uncertainty and chaos just as Republicans prepare to enter their new majority.

"Part of McCarthy’s pitch to his critics has been that if they don’t unify, then Democrats could theoretically band together and peel off a few Republicans to elect the next speaker on the floor."

McCarthy never was very bright. He often says incredibly stupid things like that.

CNN continued, "McCarthy insists he will have the 218 votes needed to secure the speakership. Conservative hardliners seeking to plot McCarthy’s ouster say otherwise.

"And what will happen if he can’t get 218 votes? No one knows."

“You can’t beat somebody with nobody, and there’s nobody else running,” said Rep. Dusty Johnson, a South Dakota Republican who supports McCarthy for speaker. “Even if there was another announced candidate, that person would not be better positioned to get 218 than Kevin.”

“There’s quality candidates who represent the conservative center of the Republican conference who are privately acknowledging that once it becomes clear it’s not going to Kevin McCarthy, they are interested in becoming speaker,” said Rep. Bob Good, a Virginia Republican who’s one of the handful of conservative hardliners publicly saying they are “hard no” votes against McCarthy.

"If McCarthy loses more than four GOP votes on January 3, he is expected to fall under the 218 votes he would need to claim the speakership. Then the House would keep voting until someone wins a majority of support from the members in attendance who are choosing a specific candidate and not voting “present,” CNN added.
 

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Will the DOJ indict Donald Trump for sedition and/or treason and/or obstruction of justice? The House January Sixth Select Committee may have a say in that.

NPR reports, "The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol is poised to meet Friday behind closed doors to take up a critical to-do list, including whether to issue potential criminal referrals for former President Trump and others.

"A subcommittee is expected to present their recommendations to the full panel on next steps to consider for Trump and other targets of the more than yearlong probe.

"The subcommittee was formed in October and is comprised of the larger panel's four lawyers: Reps. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, Zoe Lofgren and Adam Schiff of California and Republican Vice Chair Liz Cheney of Wyoming."

Trump has pleaded his innocence, but he was subpoenaed by the panel in October and refused to plead his case to the panel. Refusal to explain one's innocence is always suspicious.

"So far, Thompson hasn't ruled out a criminal referral for Trump or others, including the House Republicans who defied subpoenas from the panel, which includes GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy," NPR added.

Still nothing from the forum's Republicans. They maintain their total silence.
 

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The Biden economy is on fire, full employment, job growth, robust spending, and now an easing of inflation combined with lower gas prices. What's not to like?
It just keeps on getting better and better.

ABC reports, "The nation’s employers kept hiring briskly in November despite high inflation — a sign of resilience in the face of the Federal Reserve’s aggressive interest rate hikes.

Note: Thursday's report from the Commerce Department showed that prices rose 6% in October from a year earlier. That was the smallest increase since November 2021 and was down from a 6.3% year-over-year rise in September. Gas prices nationwide have plunged to their lowest level since February.

ABC continued, "The economy added 263,000 jobs, while the unemployment rate stayed 3.7%, still near a 53-year low, the Labor Department said Friday.

"All year, as inflation has surged and the Fed has imposed ever-higher borrowing rates, America’s labor market has defied skeptics, adding hundreds of thousands of jobs, month after month.

"With not enough people available to fill jobs, businesses are having to offer higher pay to attract and keep workers. In November, average hourly pay jumped 5.1% compared with a year ago, a robust increase that is welcome news for workers but one that makes the Fed’s efforts to curb inflation potentially more difficult. On a month-to-month basis, wages jumped 0.6% in November, breaking a streak of smaller gains that had suggested that pay growth might be cooling."
 

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There is little wonder as to why the forum's Republicans remain silent about what the Republican Party is doing.

The [Republican] Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday [4/21/2020] reaffirmed its support for the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election with the goal of putting Donald Trump in the Oval Office. https://www.politico.com/news/2020/...rms-russia-aimed-to-help-trump-in-2016-198171

Soon after his dinner with a white nationalist and an antisemite, the lone Republican candidate for the Presidency in 2024 called for the termination of the U.S. Constitution.

Trump again demanded that the 2020 election be overturned or rerun, for the first time explicitly calling to set aside the supreme law of the land.

“A Massive Fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution,” he wrote in a post on Saturday on his social network, Truth Social.

Jesse Wegman writes for the Times, "There is no question that Donald Trump is ineligible under the 14th Amendment, Section 3. Given the amendment’s broad language, under which the disqualification extends not only to those who have “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” but also to those who have “given aid or comfort” to those who have done so, the case against Mr. Trump is particularly clear."

"A Massive Fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of the Constitution,” Donald Trump on Saturday.

“The Fake News is actually trying to convince the American People that I said I wanted to ‘terminate’ the Constitution. This is simply more DISINFORMATION & LIES, just like RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA, and all of their other HOAXES & SCAMS,” Trump wrote on Monday.

There is definitely something wrong with the former President. He is hoping the educationally-challenged, uninformed rural voter that makes up the Republican base will believe him.

Obviously, the forum's Republicans do not want to talk about this.
 

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Republicans lost in the courts again.

CNN reports, "The Supreme Court declined on Monday to take up a case brought against Dominion Voting Systems and Facebook after the 2020 election by a group of voters who claimed the companies illegally “influenced or interfered with” the contest.

"Lower courts had previously rejected the case, ruling that the eight voters lacked the procedural threshold – known as standing – needed to bring the suit against parties including the Center for Tech and Civic Life, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan."

“The court’s refusal to take up this case is no surprise; the lower courts threw it out because the plaintiffs didn’t have standing, and, even if they did, their claims are frivolous,” said Steve Vladeck, CNN Supreme Court analyst and professor at the University of Texas School of Law.

“The fact that no justice even asked Dominion or the other defendants to respond to the petition says everything that needs to be said about how seriously they took this appeal – which is to say, not at all,” Vladeck added.
 

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"A Massive Fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of the Constitution,” Donald Trump on Saturday.

“The Fake News is actually trying to convince the American People that I said I wanted to ‘terminate’ the Constitution. This is simply more DISINFORMATION & LIES, just like RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA, and all of their other HOAXES & SCAMS,” Trump wrote on Monday.

There is definitely something wrong with the former President. He is hoping the educationally-challenged, uninformed rural voter that makes up the Republican base will believe him.
Trump blames the Republican Party for his defeat in 2020. In his mind, it certainly wasn't his fault.

Consequently, Trump is out to destroy the GOP.
 

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Now we are getting somewhere although in the grand scheme of things it may not mean a whole lot. The DOJ will decide who to prosecute.

CNN reports, "The House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol has decided to make criminal referrals to the Department of Justice, the panel’s chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson, told reporters Tuesday.

"Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, said the committee has not narrowed down the universe of individuals who may be referred.

"When the panel makes referrals, Thompson said it will be a separate document from the panel’s final report that will be sent to DOJ.

"The criminal referrals the January 6 committee will ultimately be making “will be focused on the main organizers and leaders of the attacks.”

"A subcommittee of members was tasked with providing options to the full committee about how to present evidence of possible obstruction, possible perjury and possible witness tampering as well as potential criminal referrals to the Department of Justice, according to multiple sources familiar with the committee’s work."

That last fits Trump to a "T."

No doubt Republicans will agree through their continued silence.
 

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President Joe R. Biden, how refreshing that sounds. What a refreshing day. Our divisive, erratic, foolish, conspiratorial, narcissistic President is gone, replaced by a President who deeply wants to unite us. Barring ill-advised preconceived notions about President Biden, his task should be easy. We are all Americans.

That said, although I voted for Biden for obvious reasons, not unlike 81 million Americans who did the same, I am a conservative Independent. That's official. In CA, we have to declare our political posture. Until I was driven out by Trump, for over a quarter of a century I was a declared Republican. I voted for Biden, but I have some reservations concerning him, mostly having to do with taxation and spending.

I said all that because I want to be honest with readers. I want them to know where I am coming from.

Whether or not Biden will be a good President is obviously an open question, but I think he is a good man. He will do his best to unite us and adopt policies that benefit all Americans, while removing those policies that do us harm. He wants the United States to rejoin the community of nations, and the days of isolation and making unitary decisions that involve other nations, in particular our traditional allies, are over.

The European Union's top politician, Ursula von der Leyen, said it best. "After four long years, Europe has a friend in the White House."

For the first time in four years, there is optimism in America created by a popular President. 59% of Americans approve of Biden.

On day one, Trump's approval rating was 40%, and, although it went lower than that, it never got much higher. Thus the reason for American optimism.
I'm a Biden fan already - but I gotta say that whole post sounds like a professionally written, say everything we can that's good about Biden promotion. Are you part of the Biden administration? I ask because nobody likes any politician that much unless they're close to them. Maybe a relative?
 

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The Ukrainians are hitting deep inside Russia and close to Moscow.

I wonder what B.S. Putin is telling the Russian people now.

CNN reports, "Moscow’s accusation that Ukrainian drones struck two airbases deep inside Russia has once again raised the febrile question of escalation nine months into the war.

"The strikes are an extraordinary breach of Russia’s assumptions that it can protect its deep interior, from which safe harbors its strategic bombers have caused carnage across Ukraine with relative impunity.

"These are airbases very far inside Russia, and whatever the truth of the strikes – whether they represent a new long-distance drone capability Ukraine has advertised, or there’s another explanation – this is just not something that was meant to happen when Russian President Vladimir Putin launched his “10-day invasion” in February. Week by week, there are yet more signs that Moscow’s military machine cannot perform as advertised.

"On Tuesday, Ukraine struck again. Another drone strike hit a Russian airfield in Kursk, nearer to the Ukrainian border.

"Ukraine has neither confirmed nor denied responsibility for the blasts, in keeping with Kyiv’s policy of official silence around attacks inside Russia or in Russian-occupied Crimea."
 

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Democratic Senator Warnock's victory in Georgia has far-reaching implications, beginning with how Republicans feel about the loss.

CNN reports, "GOP senators were noticeably upset about their 2022 problems in the aftermath of their loss in the Georgia Senate runoff, calling for better candidates and contending that former President Donald Trump caused a problem on the trail.

"Here's how some Republicans are reacting after last night.

"Senate GOP Whip John Thune said Trump’s presence on the campaign trail created a contrast when they party wanted to keep the race focused on President Joe Biden and his policies.

“It all starts with quality candidates – there's no substitute for that," Thune said.

"Asked if Trump was a problem for their party, Thune indicated he was," CNN.

"The Dems were in many cases able to turn it into a choice election because of Trump’s presence out there — so was he a factor? I don't think there's any question about that,” he said.

"Thune added that candidates shouldn’t have campaigned on the bogus notion the election was stolen.

“A lot of the candidates who had problems in these elections were running on the 2020 election being stolen, and I don't think independent voters were having it,” he said.

"Sen. Lindsey Graham told CNN that Trump has to prove he can win if he’s to clinch the nomination for 2024."

Note: That is a tall order. Counting the elections in Georgia, the latest involving his hand-picked candidate, Walker, Trump has lost the last five elections.

"He's still very popular in the party. People appreciate his presidency. They appreciate his fighting spirit," Graham said.

I am not at all sure which planet Graham thinks he is on. Maybe he is getting too old for this job.
 

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Democratic Senator Warnock's victory in Georgia has far-reaching implications
CNN reports, "Winning the 51st seat, thanks to Warnock’s victory Tuesday, comes with important benefits for the Democrats running the Senate and for President Joe Biden’s administration.

"The party will now enter 2023 with a true Senate majority – one that won’t require the power-sharing agreement that has been in place over the last two years in an evenly divided chamber. That outright majority means that Democrats will have the majority on committees, allowing them to advance Biden’s nominees more easily.

"Democratic leaders, meanwhile, face a reduced risk that a single senator (Manchin) can hold its priorities hostage, since the party can now afford to lose a vote.

"Trump tried to use the 2022 midterms to pack congressional majorities and statehouses with allies who owed their offices to Trump’s endorsement ahead of his third run for the White House. Instead, he backed a series of flawed, controversial candidates who lost races the GOP expected to win. Walker on Tuesday night joined a list that includes Blake Masters in Arizona and Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania, as well as gubernatorial losers such as Kari Lake in Arizona, Tim Michels in Wisconsin, Tudor Dixon in Michigan and Doug Mastriano in Pennsylvania."
 

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This is what happens to a man who believes he is above the law and can do whatever pleases him regardless of the consequences.

Two weeks after Donald Trump dined at Mar-a-Lago with white nationalist Nick Fuentes and the antisemite rapper, Kanye West, he had a really bad week.

CNN reports, "His family business was convicted Tuesday of criminal tax fraud. On the same day, his hand-picked candidate lost a winnable Senate race in a red state. The House January 6 committee has decided to make criminal referrals to the Justice Department – possibly of him or his close associates. And his call to terminate the Constitution has once again backed Republicans into a corner.

"No Republican presidential candidate had lost Georgia since 1992. But with Trump up for reelection, Democrats won the presidency in 2020 and both of the state’s Senate seats in 2021 runoffs. Then, this year, they won a Senate seat again, defeating a candidate pushed into the race by Trump.

"So many premature political obituaries have been written for Trump that it would be foolish to write him off as he embarks on his third consecutive White House bid."

How to understand Trump? That is easy. He is a sociopath who simply doesn't care, and he could not care less for the Republican Party. He blames the GOP for his reelection loss. In his mind, the loss certainly was not his fault.

The only thing he cares about is being the center of attention, the more notoriety, the better.

He doesn't want to be President again.

Too many rules. Trump detests rules.
 

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"The House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, US Capitol attack is weighing criminal referrals for former President Donald Trump and a number of his closest allies, according to multiple sources.

"The sources would not elaborate on who besides Trump is being considered," CNN.

"Committee members see criminal referrals as a critical part of their work, putting their views on the record in order to complete their investigation – not as a way to pressure DOJ, one of the sources told CNN."

“The committee wants to make sure nothing falls between the cracks and make an emphatic statement who it has identified as key organizers,” of the insurrection, a separate source said.
 

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CNN reports, "The Justice Department is asking a federal judge to hold Donald Trump in contempt of court for failing to comply with a subpoena issued this summer ordering the former president to turn over records marked classified, two sources familiar with the matter told CNN.

"The development comes after Trump’s legal team said it conducted searches at four locations just before Thanksgiving, finding two documents with classified markings at a storage facility in Florida. The Trump team turned over those two documents to the FBI and announced to a federal judge in Washington, DC, that they believed Trump was now in compliance with a 6-month-old subpoena.

"But the Justice Department disagreed. And in an escalation last week, department prosecutors told DC District Chief Judge Beryl Howell, who oversees federal grand jury proceedings there, that the searches weren’t satisfactory.

"The proceedings ratchet up the pressure on Trump as he faces possible criminal liability in the Mar-a-Lago documents investigation being conducted by special counsel Jack Smith. It also adds another chapter to the ongoing struggle for federal officials to reclaim government records from Trump – especially those that contain national security secrets."
 

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"The House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, US Capitol attack is weighing criminal referrals for former President Donald Trump and a number of his closest allies, according to multiple sources.

"The sources would not elaborate on who besides Trump is being considered,"
Matters are moving along rather nicely.

CNN reports, "The House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, insurrection is considering criminal referrals for at least four individuals in addition to former President Donald Trump, multiple sources told CNN.

"The panel is weighing criminal referrals for former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, right wing lawyer John Eastman, former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark and Trump’s former lawyer Rudy Giuliani, the sources said.

"The committee has not officially decided whom to refer to the Justice Department for prosecution and for what offenses, sources said. The four individuals who are among those under consideration."
 

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How to understand Trump? That is easy. He is a sociopath who simply doesn't care, and he could not care less for the Republican Party. He blames the GOP for his reelection loss. In his mind, the loss certainly was not his fault.

The Republican base, largely educationally-challenged rural voters, mostly farmers, farmhands, shopkeepers, and small town folk, are in the process of destroying their own party with their infatuation with Donald Trump.

CNN reports, "Donald Trump is facing a flurry of criticism on Capitol Hill, with Republican fury growing over their failure to take back the Senate and GOP leaders are at odds over their strategy of the former president still maintaining a dominant hold on the party.

"The GOP reckoning comes in the wake of the party leaving another critical Senate seat on the table – Georgia – and seeing Democrats expand their majority to 51-49.

"Hours after Trump’s hand-picked candidate, Herschel Walker, failed to pick up a Democratic seat, the blame game began in earnest – in large part directed at the former president. Many argued that the party establishment must take a heavier hand in the 2024 election cycle and root out unelectable Republicans even if they’re backed by Trump. Others said the GOP needs to embrace early voting and wholly reject Trump’s demagoguery of mail-in voting, something that helped power Democratic victories.

"And some top Republicans said the party’s refusal to reject Trump as their standard bearer – combined with the 2020 election denialism that is central to his platform – ultimately did them in and will cost them again in future cycles."

Note: It is being suggested that rural voters should find out what is happening in their world, not limiting their view of the news to simply The Farm Report.
 
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