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#727 Nov 29 2017 at 9:40 AM Rating: Excellent
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The cartoon at the bottom
Also, it seems they didn't have odds listed for Matt Lauer. So the house made some good money on that one.
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#728 Nov 29 2017 at 1:07 PM Rating: Good
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someproteinguy wrote:
Also, it seems they didn't have odds listed for Matt Lauer. So the house made some good money on that one.
And Andrew Kreisberg today.
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#729 Nov 29 2017 at 1:19 PM Rating: Good
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I literally just finished Crisis on Earth-X, and came to see what was up in here, to see this news. Coincidence? I think not! Smiley: tinfoilhat
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#730 Nov 29 2017 at 4:08 PM Rating: Good
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I kind of skimmed through the past several pages of this thread - didn't want to read pedantic dissections of gbaji's mindvomit. Have we talked about this yet? I feel like it's important; the outgoing CFPB Director basically tried to personally anoint an un-removable successor.
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Saw that, but it seemed pretty straight-forward. The deputy director gets to become acting director unless the president appoints someone instead. Then the president appointed someone instead. Seems to make logical sense that the president gets the final say on the vacancy, but I'm not really well enough informed about the legal complications to the point I could argue confidently either way.
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"Personally anoint" is a bit overly poetic. The law states that the director can name a deputy director and also states that the deputy director becomes acting director should the current director leave. That's not especially weird or anything.

There's a conflict between that and the lawful ability of the president to fill vacancies and so that's for the court to wrangle out. I guess I never mentioned it (even in a "OMG Trump is trying to violate the CFPB law!" manner) because it was sort of a "Huh, well guess we wait and see there" reaction from me.

In other Trump appointment news, Kellyanne Conway has been selected to lead the administration's response on the opioid crisis. Because Trump's circle of sycophants is only so large and God forbid he ever give someone an important role because they're qualified and not because of how much ass they've kissed.
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#733 Nov 29 2017 at 11:58 PM Rating: Good
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Jophiel wrote:
"Personally anoint" is a bit overly poetic.


Not if you look it up on Urban Dictionary. Then it's just gross!
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#734 Nov 30 2017 at 8:04 AM Rating: Good
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I literally just finished Crisis on Earth-X, and came to see what was up in here, to see this news.
I hope that Kreisberg is the reason Felicity is constantly the center of attention and with his departure she'll be killed off.
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I feel like it's important; the outgoing CFPB Director basically tried to personally anoint an un-removable successor.
I figured that was going to happen eventually when an administration is reluctant with appointing people in the first place.
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#735 Nov 30 2017 at 8:10 AM Rating: Good
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I figured that was going to happen eventually when an administration is reluctant with appointing people in the first place.

Not this time.
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[Cordray] promoted English to deputy director and said that upon his departure, at midnight Friday, she would take over as acting director.

Hours later, Trump named Mulvaney acting director of the consumer bureau...
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#736 Nov 30 2017 at 9:37 AM Rating: Good
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Not this time.
I'm just saying that eventually someone was going to appoint their own person, and really? I doubt Mulvaney would have gotten a nod otherwise and the position would have been left empty.
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Oh, for sure he nominated somebody so quickly to challenge the Dem's appointment. But the whole purpose of the appointment was to leverage a clause in the Dodd-Frank legislation to try filling the position with a Democrat instead of whoever Trump would have appointed, then blocking any nominee in the Senate as long as possible. Even CFPB's top lawyer agreed that Trump's authority to nominate a replacement superseded the CFPB bill.

Although I will admit that English naming Mulvaney in a lawsuit attempting to block the nomination as a defendant "in his capacity as the person claiming to be acting director" was pretty lit.
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then blocking any nominee in the Senate as long as possible.

So, uh, like maybe two days? The GOP Senate has rubber-stamped every appointee thus far, regardless of qualifications, and there's no blocking via filibuster.

Edited, Nov 30th 2017 11:02am by Jophiel
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then blocking any nominee in the Senate as long as possible.

So, uh, like maybe two days? The GOP Senate has rubber-stamped every appointee thus far, regardless of qualifications, and there's no blocking via filibuster.
More than enough time to etch "Trump Sucks!" into all the office furniture.
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then blocking any nominee in the Senate as long as possible.

So, uh, like maybe two days? The GOP Senate has rubber-stamped every appointee thus far, regardless of qualifications, and there's no blocking via filibuster.
More than enough time to etch "Trump Sucks!" into all the office furniture.


Definitely need to use the black lights in the office before touching any surfaces!
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So, uh, like maybe two days? The GOP Senate has rubber-stamped every appointee thus far, regardless of qualifications, and there's no blocking via filibuster.

I never said it was a good strategy. Smiley: rolleyes
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Definitely need to use the black lights in the office before touching any surfaces!
I wouldn't want to touch anything. The building has had pest problems for decades.

The roaches and rats have been complaining about them since like Jimmy Carter.
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So I guess Michael Flynn has flipped, been charged with a relatively minor crime (false statements, etc) and will plead guilty to get his wrist slap in exchange for his cooperation.

Given that there weren't many people higher up the food chain, there's only a couple people Flynn could have been providing substantial information on.
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#744 Dec 01 2017 at 10:26 AM Rating: Good
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☑	IT'S UNQUESTIONINGLY FAKE. 
☑	WELL, IT WAS A MISS-COMMUNICATION. OR: I WAS QUOTED OUT OF CONTEXT. 
☑	THE WHOLE THING HAS BEEN BLOWN OUT OF PROPORTION. 
☑	WE'RE TRYING TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS SO WE CAN GET THE  
	FACTS OUT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. 
☑	I'M WILLING TO TRUST IN THE FAIRNESS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. 
☑	MISTAKES WERE MADE, DON'T LOOK AT ME, PROBABLY SOMEONE IN MY OFFICE. 
☑	THERE IS NO EVIDENCE, NO ONE HAS PROVEN ANYTHING EVENTUALLY I'LL  
	BE EXONERATED. I'VE FAITH IN THE AMERICAN JUDICIAL SYSTEM. 
☑	WHATEVER HAPPENED TO INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY? 
☐	I JUST WANNA PUT THIS THING BEHIND ME AND GET ON WITH MY LIFE.


Edited, Dec 1st 2017 11:27am by lolgaxe
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Via Twitter:
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JUST IN: @BrianRoss on @ABC News Special Report: Michael Flynn promised "full cooperation to the Mueller team" and is prepared to testify that as a candidate, Donald Trump "directed him to make contact with the Russians."

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#746 Dec 01 2017 at 11:05 AM Rating: Excellent
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I'm waiting for "Contact with Russians could mean anything! Maybe Trump just has Flynn contact them to see if they had any of that Russian salad dressing!"

In other news, McConnell says he has the 50 votes to pass his terrible tax bill. Next question will be if it actually goes to committee or if Ryan just has the House vote on it as-is.

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Maybe Mueller had the dressing once at a Trump hotel, and wanted to know what it was. I mean, a severely reduced prison term in exchange for some delicious salad dressing is a pretty good deal for both sides.

If it all plays out this way I'm still a little surprised. I would have assumed Trump had the foresight to leave anything shady to his underlings so he could claim ignorance if everything collapsed. Rookie mistake by a rookie politician I guess. Smiley: rolleyes
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Dude is in business though. CYA should be standard.
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#750 Dec 01 2017 at 12:16 PM Rating: Good
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He's too much of a narcissist to give credit to anyone else, or let anyone else handle things though. I'm surprised he hasn't come out to demand credit where credit is due
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Just give him time, unless his wife finally gets smart and takes away his twitter access for good we'll hear about it eventually.
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