Sam Stein

Sam Stein

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These Trump-Hannity interviews are abysmal. It takes a unique lack of journalistic talent to get absolutely no news from the president when you talk to him for 30 or so minutes. And yet Hannity does it each and every time.

People forget this, but Trump closed the 2016 campaign in part by warning people that Hillary Clinton would be impeached if she were elected and “folks, do we want to go through this again?”

Per Official: "In light of an attempt by [State] to direct Amb William Taylor not to appear for his scheduled deposition, and efforts by [State] to also limit any testimony that does occur, the House Intelligence Committee issued a subpoena to compel his testimony this morning"

SCOOP: In new fundraising mailer, the DCCC explicitly raises money off of impeachment to help their frontline members, the very ones most skittish about impeachment With @sambrodey 

You don’t have to do this. You can have a conversation without resorting to this type of behavior

Per Taylor’s testimony, Sondland told him he made a mistake by telling the Ukrainians that a WH meeting was conditioned on Burisma/2016 investigations. The mistake was not that he said it. It was that “everything” — the WH meeting AND security aid—was conditioned on them.

In the end, simply saying something is not a quid pro quo doesn’t mean it’s not a quid pro quo.

Just seeing the Juan Soto homer and holy shit

NEW - Trumpworld is growing pissed at Senate Republicans for not doing more to counter program House Democrats on impeachment. And much of their ire is being directed at Lindsey Graham.


i sincerely don’t care that Trump plays golf. god speed. but the sheer amount he plays does spotlight how insincere Obama’s critics were about his golfing habits. here’s a little sampling of people who’ve gone suddenly quiet on the topic

This is a bombshell that isn’t getting much notice. But the top diplomat in Ukraine was texting in real time that we were withholding security funds to help with Trump's political campaign

It never gets mentioned but one thing that Trump White House did early on that has had major ripple effects was to get rid of the visitor logs. We would know right away how many times Rudy was in the building or, for that matter, if Parnas and Fruman ever stopped by.

So Collins and Alexander confirm that CHIP, a program that gives health care to 9m kids and whose money expired in Sept, won’t be renewed this year. Maybe next year. 9 million klids.

With respect to John Legend, I think the bigger story from last night was the administration denying Bahamians without a visa the ability to enter the US despite their island having been decimated

Imagine President Hillary Clinton hosting a NYE’s event at the Clinton Foundation HQs and charging people to attend. It would cause a country-wide fever panic… and for good reason. This isn’t even for a charity. It’s for his own club.