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  1. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2019/01/fbi-agents-say-operations-compromised-shutdown/581014/
  2. What coaches and/or coordinators have been lost to other schools so far this year? I know that Fresno lost both Kalen DeBoer (OC) and Jamar Cain (DL) to Indiana and Arizona State respectively this week. I mean, I can't really blame them, DeBoer especially... he was making $333k (+ $67k with max bonuses) with us, and Indiana is paying him $800k. We should be able to absorb both losses, particularly if we can promote Ryan Grubb from OL to OC... since I think he'd be a bigger loss than DeBoer given how great he's been with our OL.There are some rumblings that we could lose one other coach, but nothing for certain there yet. So we're at minimum looking to replace our OC and DL coaches, and then we'll probably be looking for a QB coach unless we don't promote Grubb and hire an OC that can fulfill that role. Who all else has been lost from the MWC this year?
  3. https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/424674-kamala-harris-to-enter-presidential-race-on-or-around-mlk-day-report
  4. https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/426249-graham-angers-dems-by-digging-into-clinton-obama-controversies Because that all sounds like a great idea... let's launch more investigations into the Clintons... you know, since 25 years of them just wasn't enough. I'm sure that @bluerules009 just went from 6 to 12 after reading what Graham wants to do though.
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    Convince Me

    My guess is that he added up the quarterly numbers to get his absurd claim of 10%.
  6. I didn't mean to insinuate that you had a beef with it. I was just saying that I think it's a good move because it's a good move.
  7. https://www.politico.com/story/2019/01/23/trump-government-shutdown-approval-rating-1119877
  8. It's a good move because it's a good move. I mentioned the other countries to show that we're not the only ones doing it.
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    Poll: When does the shutdown end?

    Well... Pelosi isn't standing down.
  10. Good move... Canada, Argentina, Brasil, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, and Costa Rica have all recognized him as well.
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    Poll: When does the shutdown end?

    I definitely agree... but it's why I used the language I did. If he does go through with what he's saying, without anything else changing, then his actions would be usurping Constitutional authority from a co-equal branch of government. That's placing the Executive above the other two branches of Government. It would almost literally be a crossing the Rubicon moment.
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    Problems at Covington High

    Check out Mug's post right above yours. It's blackface.
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    Poll: When does the shutdown end?

    What if he attempts to force his way onto the floor of the House and tries to give a speech? At that point, he is actively imposing his will on a co-equal branch of government in violation of the law.
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    Poll: When does the shutdown end?

    Yes, it was hyperbole on my part... but what would you call it if he really does demand to address Congress from the floor of the House as he suggests he'll do.
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    Poll: When does the shutdown end?

    So... Trump is threatening to overthrow a co-equal branch of government next week. A few things to note here... as I've said a number of times, Trump cannot give a State of the Union address without a Joint Session of Congress having been called. A Joint Session of Congress cannot be called without both the House and the Senate having passed Concurrent Resolutions... neither of them have as of now. Additionally, while Trump has the right to be on the floor of the House, he cannot give a speech on the floor without the permission of the Speaker of the House. Additionally, the Speaker of the House has control over the cameras in the chamber as well. Here are the possibilities in my mind... Trump caves and agrees to reopen the government without the $5.7B in wall funding and Concurrent Resolutions are passed for a Joint Session. Pelosi caves and passes a Concurrent Resolution with the Senate for a Joint Session. Trump submits a written report to Congress, and then gives an address from the Senate floor with McConnell's permission or from the Oval Office and calls it the State of the Union anyway.
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    People with dementia can be fun

    Haha, seriously. I used to post on the old Art Bell forums --- which was one of the places that Titor showed up --- and then browsed Above Top Secret a ton for a while as well. Then over the last few years, that brand of crazy has morphed into what we see today with QAnon, birtherism, Pizzagate, Seth Rich, etc. I miss the days when I could just go onto a conspiracy website and read about aliens, Area 51, and Dulce Base without being subjected to crazy alt-right nutcase propaganda and insanity. Alas, those days are gone.
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    People with dementia can be fun

    Oh man, good old John Titor. That was some good stuff.
  18. They're Sanders supporters on social media who took things way too far in criticizing Hillary during the last election. After Hillary won the nomination, they encouraged people not to vote, or to vote for Jill Stein instead. They're unabashedly for nothing but progressive policies such as single-payer healthcare, free college tuition, and a $15 minimum wage among other progressive policies. They engaged in vitriolic and at times sexist attacks against Hillary, journalists, and politicians if they thought they were favorite Hillary in coverage or statements. Essentially, take what you remember about a lot of hardcore Trumpers in 2016, and think of what they would be like if their views were nearly the exact opposite. If you look at Mueller's filings against the the Internet Research Agency (troll factory), you'll see mention of those individuals stirring up anti-Hillary sentiment by getting people to want to vote for Bernie, and later Stein... they essentially amplified the Bernie bro message the same way that they amplified the Trumper message. They're showing up again on reddit en masse, as well as on Twitter and Facebook.
  19. Like I said, hearing the truth is hard. Maybe you'll eventually get past that though.
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    LA Rams Roll Call

    I don't really care much about them one way or the other. That being said, I loathe the Patriots so I'll be rooting for the Rams in the Super Bowl.
  21. It was always about Russian interference... "collusion" or coordination was simply a part of that inquiry. Here's the letter that appointed Mueller as Special Counsel... I've underlined the pertinent parts. There are some important things to note here. Mueller's mandate is to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election That mandate also includes investigating links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump campaign His mandate also includes the ability to prosecute other matters that may come up during the investigation. We also need to pay attention to the reference of Comey's testimony before the HPSCI on March 20, 2017, where he confirmed the existence of the FBI investigation that Mueller took over. Here's the pertinent part of his disclosure of this investigation: As we can see from his testimony, the FBI investigation was into Russian interference in the election, which includes investigating potential links between the Russian government and the Trump campaign. Please note that the investigation is not exclusive to links and/or coordination, but instead that was simply part of the investigation. You can spin it as "DNC talking points" or whatever else you want... but Mueller is and has been acting completely within his mandate. Hell, the most recent Manafort filings showed that Manafort, while running Trump's campaign, was in regular communication with an associate who is known to be affiliated with the GRU. He has also indicted Russian intelligence agents for their roles in hacking the DNC and DCCC, and then releasing information from those hacks to the public via their own sites, as well as through Wikileaks. He indicted Russian trolls for their roles in attempting to cause chaos within the American electorate through the propagation of "fake news", gaslighting through social media, and operating troll bot networks via social media. Those are all part of his mandate. Additionally, he has indicted individuals for lying to the FBI and Congress, which are also within his mandate. He also discovered the commission of crimes committed by both Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, some of which took place during the campaign and then on into 2017. Furthermore, he's farmed out other cases that have come up during his investigation because he and Rosenstein determined that they weren't part of his mandate. Maria Butina and Michael Cohen's spring to mind here. You can call it a "witch hunt" all you want, but that doesn't change the fact that Mueller has caught a number of witches. As far as your claims of my "extreme partisan bias" because I support the Mueller investigation and not anymore fishing expeditions... I have a very simple answer. Hillary was investigated multiple times by Congress already, and she was investigated by the FBI. Diving back in there would be nothing more than another political stunt and you know it. In comparison, the Mueller investigation is still ongoing and had produced the indictment of 33 individuals, all coming within his mandate. Try again, junior.