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A shocking CNN scoop confirms: Officials are defending our country from Trump

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A shocking CNN scoop confirms: Officials are defending our country from Trump

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Trump’s alleged attempts to force Ukraine to meddle in 2020 election being investigated, as party moves forward on impeachment

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The “What happened in your state last week?” Megathread, Week 36

Welcome to the ‘What happened in your state last week’ thread, where you can post any local political news stories that you find important in the comments. This is a weekly thread posted every Monday, in order to facilitate more discussion on local issues on /r/politics. Since this is intended to be a thread about local politics, top-level comments that are exclusively about national issues will not be allowed. When commenting, please include the state you’re living in, and don’t forget to link sources. Also, please actually describe what happened. “I live in X, you know what happened” isn’t helpful to users and will be removed.

If someone from your state made a news round-up that you think is insufficient, feel free to comment to that round-up with further news stories. Enjoy discussion, and review our civility guidelines before engaging with others

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The US had to extract a top spy from Russia after Trump revealed classified information to the Russians in an Oval Office meeting

Westlake Legal Group nlPmIAGOTt3W63q-KZXiVhbbxUm22igXsNRnTTL17OQ The US had to extract a top spy from Russia after Trump revealed classified information to the Russians in an Oval Office meeting r/politics

Well two weeks ago Trump tweeted out a classified picture from a secret military satellite.

It was found. By amateurs. Not a secret anymore.

https://www.livescience.com/secret-classified-satellite-trump-tweet.html

Apparently, they were right. Amateur satellite trackers have reverse-engineered the image and figured out that it likely came from the highly classified USA 224 satellite. USA 224 is suspected to be a KH-11 surveillance satellite, a classified piece of equipment about which the public knows little…

That revelation is surprising, as many experts had believed that the crystal-clear imagery in the launchpad photo must have come from a drone. It’s a challenge to get such a clear view through Earth’s atmosphere, Melissa Hanham, a satellite imagery expert and deputy director of the Open Nuclear Network in Vienna, told MPR News. “I imagine adversaries are going to take a look at this image and reverse-engineer it to figure out how the sensor itself works and what kind of postproduction techniques they’re using,” Hanham said.

Military secrets up for grabs.

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The US had to extract a top spy from Russia after Trump revealed classified information to the Russians in an Oval Office meeting

Westlake Legal Group nlPmIAGOTt3W63q-KZXiVhbbxUm22igXsNRnTTL17OQ The US had to extract a top spy from Russia after Trump revealed classified information to the Russians in an Oval Office meeting r/politics

Well two weeks ago Trump tweeted out a classified picture from a secret military satellite.

It was found. By amateurs. Not a secret anymore.

https://www.livescience.com/secret-classified-satellite-trump-tweet.html

Apparently, they were right. Amateur satellite trackers have reverse-engineered the image and figured out that it likely came from the highly classified USA 224 satellite. USA 224 is suspected to be a KH-11 surveillance satellite, a classified piece of equipment about which the public knows little…

That revelation is surprising, as many experts had believed that the crystal-clear imagery in the launchpad photo must have come from a drone. It’s a challenge to get such a clear view through Earth’s atmosphere, Melissa Hanham, a satellite imagery expert and deputy director of the Open Nuclear Network in Vienna, told MPR News. “I imagine adversaries are going to take a look at this image and reverse-engineer it to figure out how the sensor itself works and what kind of postproduction techniques they’re using,” Hanham said.

Military secrets up for grabs.

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Anthony Scaramucci Says Trump Was ‘Intimidated’ By ‘Good-Looking’ Trudeau: “I mean, the poor guy has the self-esteem of a small pigeon.”

Westlake Legal Group QM3fVJJ85-wASxnyuEWG0K-R_fri9I2vArzCZ1VcIwA Anthony Scaramucci Says Trump Was ‘Intimidated’ By ‘Good-Looking’ Trudeau: “I mean, the poor guy has the self-esteem of a small pigeon.” r/politics

Looks, relative youth, education, intelligence, and oratory skill. Trudeau represents a nation Trump should be able to bully given that he’s at the helm of a much larger economy and military and incapable of understanding the soft approach.

Yet Canada walked away from a Trump-inspired trade dispute without bowing to Trump. His “Power Moves for Dummys” shtick had no effect, and the news had photos of Trudeau and Ivanka together.

I’m sure Trump needed his diapers changed multiple times a day during that period.

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Trump’s wall is officially a flop: Even Fox News now calls his big campaign promise a mistake

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I’m still baffled by the “Mexico will pay for it” position. Why would a sovereign nation agree to cover costs for another nation? These are not reparations. If anyone owes anyone anything, we owe Mexico. Most of the gang violence is around smuggling routes INTO the US, and most of the guns used in that violence are American imports. I hate Trump with a passion, but that position didn’t seem even a little bit defensible by his standards.

Then I look across the pond and Boris Johnson is telling people the EU is going to have to give them a Brexit deal, which is absolute poppycock! Why would the EU make life easier for the UK? What possible motive would there be for them to help the UK? If anything, the EU is going to make Brexit miserable in case any other country is thinking the same thing.

These two idiots really are cut from the same dirty nappy.

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Trump Is Not Well: Accepting the reality about the president’s disordered personality is important—even essential.

Westlake Legal Group wCRXMiIvq4QAYXRfqI7RZ9zwV_kpmyOYJJXVj6YCqtU Trump Is Not Well: Accepting the reality about the president’s disordered personality is important—even essential. r/politics

Trump is a massive problem, but the real problem in the US is that their is no Congress.

There is a functioning House of Representatives, but the powers of Congress can only be exercised if there is both a functioning House and a functioning Senate.

The US Senate is completely broken, and for all intents and purposes does not even exist anymore as any type of functioning body. No legislation can be written there, no bills can pass through there, no nominees for high office can be vetted or denied appointment because the Senate now serves as an institution that selects a Majority Leader to act as a shadow president, nothing more. The Senate shadow president has an absolute veto over any and all legislation, much more powerful than the actual President’s veto because it cannot be overridden.

The parties completely control the Senate, and the individual Senators are mere proxies for their party, which is why they are not swayed by any rational argument and are content to be a mere rubber stamp (if their party is president) or an impenetrable roadblock (if the other party is president). Foreign governments have enormous influence over the GOP, yet the GOPs power in the Senate stems from a structural advantage that can never be overcome because it flows from a handful of empty rural states that have permanently Republican voting populations that will not ever change (or may take 50+ years to change). There is this a permanent “balance” in the Senate divided roughly equally between GOP and Democrat when counted by number of states, but is entirely unbalanced when looked at by population represented, because the two Democrats representing California alone represent more constituents than a dozen GOP Senators from the Midwest and mountain states. The Senate has become a House of Lords filled with party functionaries from empty burroughs, and it is almost impossible to constitutionally fix.

Without a Senate, the Congress is powerless. The House can only pass non-binding resolutions and pursue endless investigations, which is better than no action, but is not a check on a lawless president like Trump.

Trump is able to assume the powers of Congress, such as proclaiming the unilateral authority to impose duties and taxes on any foreign imports at any time of his choosing, for example, because there is no Congress to check him. Even as I write this, he is impounding finds appropriated by Congress for one purpose, and redirecting those funds to a border wall that Congress refused to authorize and pay for. This is extraordinary, and has never happened in US history. It is only possible because there is no functioning Senate.

The lack of a Congress is infinitely more troubling than one rouge President. Trump can do a lot of damage, but the lack of a Congress means that the people have effectively no voice in governing, save for a crapshoot vote for Presidential “dictator” every 4 years, presuming that a future president (or Trump) doesn’t simply eliminate elections altogether, an action that wouldn’t be contested by the current “Congress.” And even the legitimacy of presidential elections is suspect given the current situation where millions more vote for the losing candidate, but the structural advantages of rural voters as institutionalized by the electoral college mean that presidents are elected without winning the popular vote.

All of this is to say that the US democratic experiment is nearing its end. The Congress functioned for 200+ years because the Senate was an institution guided by apolitical norms present from the founding, and individual senators were statesmen rather than party functionaries. That system is dead now; the influence of big money is so strong now that the statesmen have died or retired, and the parties now completely control the Senate.

Eventually, people will wake up and be angry about it. That may happen when the economy crashes or when there is another foreign attack on US elections and no repercussions because the Congress cannot act. If the economy turns sour and the people are stuck with a president and Senate selected by Moscow, the entire government could come crashing down in revolution, the stakes are really that high.

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Trump labelled ‘p**** a** b****’ by Chrissy Teigen after he refers to her as John Legend’s ‘filthy mouthed wife’

Westlake Legal Group iZZ3j69YJZjhUyzxYkXVmdqQsCPj6pOS_yqdwfkp5v8 Trump labelled 'p**** a** b****' by Chrissy Teigen after he refers to her as John Legend's 'filthy mouthed wife' r/politics

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