Daily Recap — November 14

 

The news just won’t slow down, folks. Buckle up.


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(UN)LOCK THEM UP!

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True to fashion, PDT has made a political move that has Dims pacing to and fro wondering how the hell to react.  

PDT threw his support behind legislation that Dims claim to have wanted for a long time — criminal justice reform — and it’s not readily apparent just where the initiative will go. He formally backed the legislation during a White House event while surrounded by GOP lawmakers, outside groups and Jared Kushner, all of whom he praised as working hard to achieve real change.

“These members have reached a bipartisan agreement … on prison reform legislation. Today I’m thrilled to announce my support,” PDT said. “I urge lawmakers in both House and Senate to work hard and to act quickly and send a final bill to my desk, and I look very much forward to signing it.”

“Today’s announcement shows that true bipartisanship is possible and maybe it will be thriving,” Trump said. “When Republicans and Democrats talk, debate and seek common ground we can achieve breakthroughs that move our country forward and deliver for our citizens.”


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Both the House and Senate have reform bills; the House being prison reform and the Senate adding four provisions related to sentencing.  

The sentencing provisions include reducing lifetime mandatory minimum sentences after two prior felony drug convictions to at least 25 years; reducing minimum sentences after one prior conviction from 20 to 15 years; and making the Fair Sentencing Act retroactive.

The Trump administration argues that “3 strikes and you’re out” laws end up putting non-violent offenders in jail far longer than is warranted, taking up valuable bed space from more hardened criminals who deserve to be there. 

The bill would also expand an existing safety valve for mandatory minimum sentencing that would not apply retroactively.


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Will it pass?

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Good question.

There are some pretty serious obstacles to overcome should the legislation make it to the president’s desk. Turtle McConnell and other GOP heavy hitters haven’t expressed strong support for it, as Keebler Jeff has been lobbying against the proposal since it was floated. 

But now that Keebler is gone, proponents of the bill are feeling more emboldened than ever, and they now have the big guy waiting in the Oval Office with a pen. PDT’s endorsement provides  for an interesting scenario, since Obama lobbied for similar legislation for years but was blocked by congressional Republicans.

Will those same Republicans now back it since PDT is in the Oval Office? It will be interesting, to say the least. 

The bill also got a major boost last Friday in the form of an endorsement by the Fraternal Order of Police, the largest law enforcement labor organization in the U.S. The group credited PDT and his staff for working directly with them on the bill. It turns out that when drafting criminal justice legislation, it’s good to get input from the police. Whoodathunkit. 

“Throughout this process my administration has worked closely with law enforcement. Their backing has ensured that this legislation remains tough on crime. It’s got to remain very tough on crime and supports the tremendous work of our police,” PDT said at the White House.

The police endorsement will help to calm accusations of weakness on crime and could also bring some fence-sitting Republicans over to the president’s side.

But stiff opposition still remains. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), a close ally of PDT the vast majority of the time, has previously helped kill deals on similar legislation in the past and has given no indication that he’s changing his thinking on sentencing reform since an August Wall Street Journal op-ed, wherein he warned against cutting mandatory minimum sentences for serious crimes and giving judges more discretion to reduce those sentences.

“That foolish approach is not criminal-justice reform—it’s a jailbreak that would endanger communities and undercut President Trump’s campaign promise to restore law and order,” Cotton wrote.

Pretty strong words.

Chuck Grassley, who has been working on this issue for years, is firmly in the president’s camp and trying to whip up Republican votes:

“I sincerely hope no GOP Sen is trying to undermine Pres Trump & son-in-law/adviser Kushner w false info on this TOUGH ON CRIME & SMART bill.”

Assuming Grassley is successful in his efforts, though, there is still the issue of the legislative calendar.

When pressed on the issue, Turtle McConnell was noncommittal on giving the bill a vote by the end of the year, noting that there just isn’t a lot of time left. Congress is scheduled to leave town for the year on Dec. 14. God forbid they take anything less than a month off for Christmas and New Years. 

“We don’t have a lot of time left,” McConnell said. “The first step is to finalize what proponents are actually for. There have been a lot of different versions floating around. And then we’ll whip it and see where the vote count is and then see how it stacks up against our other priorities going into the end of the session.”

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BIG PICTURE:

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Love it or hate it, prison reform has been a priority for PDT since he took office. Whether it’s bringing Kim Kardashian into the Oval Office or pardoning the latest social media cause célèbre, the Trump administration has been the most sympathetic Republican ear to this type of legislation since….well, ever.

I won’t pretend to know this issue in depth. I’m sure there are valid arguments on both sides. What I do know is the political aspect, which could be detrimental to Dims if played correctly.

The stated goal of this bill is to reverse the effects of the Clinton crime bill from the 90’s, which has disproportionately affected the black community. Of course, the black community also commits a disproportionate amount of crime, #ButTheseAreMinorDetails.

Bottom line: We’ll find out what this bill looks like when Dims take over the House in January, because I seriously doubt we’ll see it until then.

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THE MCCARTHY ERA IS BACK

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Jim Jordan fought the RINOs and the RINOs won.

House Republicans overwhelmingly elected Rep. Kevin McCarthy (CA) as their new leader, breaking the hearts of every deplorable who wanted to see one of their own in charge (of the minority).

The sad part is it wasn’t even close, as McCarthy trounced Jordan in a 159-43 vote. That’s bad news for us because it’s seen as a rebuke of the Freedom Caucus. The FC is basically the manifestation of the Tea Party in the House; the ones who actually challenge Republicans to act like friggin Republicans. With today’s shellacking, the RINOs will see their style of governance as having a mandate, albeit one given to themselves. 

The swamp voted for the swamp. Ya don’t say. 


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If there’s a silver lining here, it’s that McCarthy has been a steadfast ally of PDT since Inauguration Day. Of course, it doesn’t take any courage to back a president who has a 95% approval rating within the party, but hey, we’ll take it.

“We know the Democrats have a plan: They want to disrupt. They want to try to impeach. And they want to stall what achievements we were able to move forward,” McCarthy told Fake News reporters after his victory. “But we know America is too great for such a small vision.”

Blah blah blah, canned political platitudes, blah blah blah, scripted talking points, blah blah blah. Politicians, man.

Word on the skreet is that PDT made McCarthy cut a deal with conservatives and make Jordan the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee. That seems a bit odd, though, because the Judiciary spot is the most coveted in the House, and the RINOs’ clearly distaste for Jordan was clearly demonstrated by today’s vote tally.

All the same, McCarthy knows better than to buck PDT’s orders, so we may be looking at Ranking Member Jordan in the very near future. Hopefully he can keep Jerrold Nadler in check. God knows someone needs to. 


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Here’s the deal with McCarthy. He’s a politician. If you went to Amazon and ordered a “generic politician,” Rep. McCarthy would show up at your door two days later (or maybe just one if you have Prime). 

He’s also not terribly bright. Before the last presidential election season kicked off, he blatantly said on live television that the Benghazi hearings hadn’t politically damaged Hillary as much as they’d hoped, thereby giving the Fake News tons of ammo to portray the whole thing as a politically motivated witch hunt. I sincerely hope McCarthy has learned from that episode because we can’t afford that level of incompetence in Congress right now, not against the rabid Dims we’re facing. 

The good news is he’ll do whatever the hell PDT says. Like I said, McCarthy is a pure politician, and that means he knows where his bread is buttered. Of course, it also means he’ll turn on you in the blink of an eye if a better butter supplier comes along, but so long as PDT carries his big stick within the GOP, McCarthy will be utterly predictable. And in this context, that’s a very good thing.

Republicans, left to their own devices, will vote for their fellow RINOs every time. Today was no exception.

PDT is going to have to kick these guys asses every step of the way. It’s got to be exhausting for the guy. Please help him out by keeping in contact with your Republican representatives. These Republicans are already back in loser mode.

 

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SWAMP GOTTA PROTECT KING BOB

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Thankfully, legislation protecting King Bob Mueller from being fired was blocked in the Senate today.

Sen. Jeff Flake (shocker, I know) asked for consent to bring his OMG RUSSIA bill to the floor. It actually passed the Judiciary Committee in April, but has stalled ever since. Now that Keebler has been sent packing, though, Dims and their NeverTrump brethren have been in panic mode and trying to give it new life.

But Turtle McConnell came out of his shell briefly today to block it once more. 

Under the Senate’s rules, any senator can come to the Senate floor and ask for consent to get a vote or pass a bill. And any one senator can block their request.

McConnell didn’t defend his actions by asserting the president’s constitutional authority over the Justice Dept, though. Oh no, my friend. That would take cojones. Rather, he reassured his liberal masters that the bill simply wasn’t necessary because PDT is committed to letting King Bob rule his kingdom.

“There’s been no indication … that Mueller investigation will not be allowed to finish and it should be allowed to finish. We know how the president feels about the Mueller investigation but he’s never said he wants to shut it down,” McConnell reassured Fake News reporters during a press conference. 


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Meanwhile, Jeff Snowflake was doing what he does best — listening to himself talk on the Senate floor. Flake, angry after being blocked by Turtle, whined about PDT’s anti-Mueller rhetoric and warned that PDT is now officially OMG NIXON.

“With the firing of the attorney general … the president now has this investigation in his sights and we all know it,” Flake said from the Senate floor.

He added that PDT had accused Mueller of a witch hunt “without basis or fact.”

“How such an investigation can be the cause of controversy is beyond me. …[And] presidents do not get to determine what gets investigated and what and who does not,” Flake said.

Sure, Jeff. He’s just talking out of his rear end. It’s not like Mueller hired 17 hyper-partisan anti-Trump Democrats to pick apart every aspect of the president’s life, along with those of virtually his entire inner circle. It’s not like people are being indicted for process crimes that would never make it to court before Trump was elected all in an effort to flip people against PDT. No, Mueller is just an innocent little boy scout trying to do the nation’s important work. It’s been a couple years with nothing close to collusion being found. It’s not like he sent a referral to the Southern District of New York to raid the office of the president’s personal attorney, all for an alleged campaign finance violation that, again, wouldn’t have been prosecuted in a million years if it were anyone but PDT. But this is no witch hunt. No, not at all. 

And now, to top it all off, Flake is threatening to oppose all judicial nominations if the bill isn’t brought to the floor. It’s not an empty threat, since Flake sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has to approve nominees before they’re allowed to even get a vote on the floor. If Flake is ‘no,’ Dims can block anyone Trump puts up before they even get started.

I suppose the good news is he’ll only have a few more weeks to do it, since he’ll be a civilian soon. But he could put a big dent in the otherwise stellar pace Turtle established over the past several months.

Words can’t express just how much I hate RINOs like Jeff Flake.


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The bill would codify Justice Department regulations that say only a senior DOJ official can fire Mueller or another special counsel.

It would give a special counsel an “expedited review” of their firing. If a court determines that it wasn’t for “good cause,” King Bob would be reinstated.

So Dims and (a lot of) Republicans want to create a panel to determine whether they agree with how the president is using his own constitutional authority. The elites are determined to shove in the faces of the People just how much they’re still in control. 

As far as the bill’s chance of passage, it’s pretty high if they can get it to the floor. Flake has been working with his old buddy Lindsey “Twinkletoes” Graham to gather bipartisan support, which really means Republican support since we all know Dims are on board.

Kavanaugh saboteur Chris Coons (D-DE) said that if they can just get it to the floor, he was “confident” the bill will get 60 votes.
He’s right.
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I believe Turtle will hold strong and keep blocking this nonsense unless there is some sort of provocative action from the White House, such as a firing that would impede the probe. I can’t really envision that happening unless there is provocative action in the other direction, but then again, Mueller has been provocative since the day he began this shameful Soviet-style political persecution. 

On the downside, Flake is a lame duck with not much to lose in terms of party support (he has none anyway). Lame duck senator with nothing to lose + rabid hatred of PDT = coochie cap tactics until the end. Some very good judges will likely be held up as a result of Flake’s idiotic tantrum.

I’ll be so glad to see him go.

I’ll also be glad to see Republicans fight half as hard for their president as they do for the man who’s trying to take him down. But I won’t hold my breath.

Sen. Graham, you’re going to answer to South Carolinians for this. You’ve squeezed every bit of mileage out of that Supreme Court rant. Better decide which team you’re on, and fast.

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YOUR SINS WILL FIND YOU OUT

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Karma, man. She is some kinda b-word.

It seems the self-appointed protector of women from big mean Donald Trump is a much bigger danger to women himself, as Creepy Porn Lawyer Michael Avenatti has been arrested for felony domestic violence.

The case will be “presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney for prosecution,” the LAPD said in a press release.

According to reports, mostly from TMZ, Avenatti allegedly left a woman’s face “swollen and bruised.”

The unnamed woman was seen Wednesday running out of his apartment and screaming into her cell phone while wearing sunglasses to conceal her badly bruised face.

Five minutes later, a wild Avenatti appeared and ran into the building, chasing after her.

‘She hit me first,’ Avenatti is reported to have said repeatedly.

‘This is bulls***, this is f***ing bulls***.’ She hit me first!,” he screamed at the sky.

(Author’s note: I have no idea if he actually screamed at the sky, but that’s what these people do so I assume that’s what happened.)

Investigators told TMZ that Avenatti kicked the woman out of his apartment on Tuesday, which was when the alleged incident took place.

She then returned to the apartment on Wednesday to retrieve her things and asked police to wait nearby in case things escalated. Sounds like her fear was well founded. 


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His bail was set at $50,000, which he met rather quickly before lunging for the nearest microphone in true Avenatti style, ready to tell the nation the real story.

Shocker! — he dindu nuffin, and says he is “confident that I will be fully exonerated.”

“First of all, I want to thank the hardworking men and women of the LAPD for their professionalism and their work today. They had no option in light of the allegations. Secondly, I have never struck a woman. I never will strike a woman. I have been an advocate for women’s rights my entire career and I’m going to continue to be an advocate,” Avenatti said. “I am not going to be intimidated from stopping what I am doing. I am a father to two beautiful, smart, daughters. I would never disrespect them by touching a woman inappropriately or striking a woman. I am looking forward to a full investigation at which point I am confident that I will be fully exonerated. I also want to thank everyone for their support that has reached out. You know my character. You know me as a man and I appreciate it. Thank you.”

Ruh-roh. I don’t think Mikey wants us to #BelieveAllWomen. This could really undermine his platform.

Avenatti also issued a statement through his law firm denying the allegation.

“I wish to thank the hard-working men and woman of the LAPD for their professionalism they were only doing their jobs in light of the completely bogus allegations against me. I have never been physically abusive in my life nor was I last night. Any accusations to the contrary are fabricated and meant to do harm to my reputation. I look forward to being fully exonerated.”

Why, it’s almost as if Mr. Avenatti believes he should be afforded due process before his name is dragged through the mud! What a concept. Can we use that thinking for Justice Kavanaugh, too, or is Mikey still breaking out the pom-poms for Jerry Nadler and his pending witch hunts? Something tells me all this irony will be lost on Mikey. 


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The esteemed Mr. Pornlawyer will have to explain why witnesses heard him say “She hit me first,” implying that he was acting in self-defense, but then denied every hitting her altogether upon being released from jail. Someone is telling a fib here, and we know Avenatti isn’t above it. Actually, it’s more accurate to say he’s never been above it.

I am, however, sympathetic to the idea that he’s the victim of a set-up. As previously noted, Avenatti has a relatively small but very loyal following within the Dim party, which is exactly how Trump began in 2015. Avenatti believes he could follow a similar path to the Dim nomination, and despite what they say, establishment Dims are scared to death that he’s right.

Don’t get me wrong, as things stand now, it doesn’t look good for him. I’m just saying that Dims are a wretched group of people, and if they need to take you out, they will. So let’s not make any grand declarations until we have all the facts. 

It’s worth noting, though, that even in the unlikely event that this was a set-up, he absolutely deserves it. Indeed, it would be one of the most beautiful displays of poetic justice in the modern age.

Avenatti is due in court on the charge Dec. 5. From that point on, he will reap what he’s sown. 

Enjoy the show.

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