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Re: “Cohen Reacts to Comey Firing

Yep, those politicians are being hypocrites. That does suck. But I am much more concerned about the erratic actions of the president than the hypocritical words of representatives.
And, to be honest, anybody who has been paying attention has had opposing views on Comey depending on the day.

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Posted by nobody on 05/10/2017 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Cohen Reacts to Comey Firing

@nobody

I am sure it is.

Is this the same Cohen, Schumer and Finestein who called for him to be fired?

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Posted by ArlingtonPop on 05/10/2017 at 10:47 AM

Re: “Cohen Reacts to Comey Firing

Is this the same president who publicly praised Comey in October? and in January? and again in March?

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Posted by nobody on 05/10/2017 at 10:19 AM

Re: “State Senate Teases Memphis (Literally) by Updating its De-Annexation bill

Credit cranky computer and frazzled writer, Thoughtful.

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Posted by Jackson Baker on 05/10/2017 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Cohen Reacts to Comey Firing

While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau.

45 has zero credibility left.

The FBI director is appointed to a 10-year-term so that he/she can conduct business without regard to who they might piss off. Being pissed at Comey and ripping him a new one is one thing.

Firing him after he testified before Congress that he's investigating your campaign and several of your associates is another.

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Posted by B on 05/10/2017 at 9:26 AM

Re: “State Senate Teases Memphis (Literally) by Updating its De-Annexation bill

"..That's a stiffer test. That's a stiffer test..."

So would that make it twice as stiff, Jackson?

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Posted by Thoughtful on 05/10/2017 at 8:58 AM

Re: “Cohen Reacts to Comey Firing

@CL - Out.Standing.

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Posted by OakTree on 05/09/2017 at 9:21 PM
Posted by CL Mullins on 05/09/2017 at 8:58 PM

Re: “Cohen Reacts to Comey Firing

@AP - I find that I agree with your reasoning more or less in its entirety. What worries me most, is that we now have clear evidence of more malfeasance within our premier intelligence agencies, and no practical way for the average American to figure out who holds the cards, what the next play is, or even some near approximation of what the truth is behind all the competing partisan claims thereto. In many ways this is worse than the McCarthy escapades of the 1950's. Most people are locked into their own preferred interpretation of events, and the combined and integrated intelligence agencies which W. left us after 9/11, have neutered any effective investigative journalism, even if some member of the 21st Century corporate media wanted to uncover the truth beyond the convenient cover story we are fed with toast and jelly.

As to Comey, he bought his ticket with the Democrats when he stood in the path of Hillary's coronation. Perhaps he is a compromised leader, demonstrably ineffective as you say, and has to go. The distinct possibility exists though, that he is hanging on this cross, for the combined sins of a multitude of others in the intelligence community, in order to construct a believable bulwark to cover multiple all-too-public recent security breaches.

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Posted by OakTree on 05/09/2017 at 8:38 PM

Re: “Cohen Reacts to Comey Firing

@Oak

You have noticed, of course, that none of the Democrats who are intent on playing partisan politics with this firing are in a any way defending Comey, his leadership or his integrity, not even Mr. Cohen.

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Posted by ArlingtonPop on 05/09/2017 at 7:31 PM

Re: “Cohen Reacts to Comey Firing

@Oak

Depends on whether you think he needs protection on the Russian collaboration issue. My guess is that there is nothing there, and that is based on the fact that there have been no leaks that have been damaging to Trump.

The FBI investigation is not going to stop and neither is the investigation by the House and Senate Intelligence Committees.

It is certainly further true that Mr. Comey's testimony last week was horrendous and widely criticized by both parties, as was justified. That may have been the final straw. In short, James Comey had become the story, not the investigation. If it is true that he had significant opposition within the FBI and the Justice department because of the way he handled the Hillary investigation, then he had lost his effectiveness as a leader and needed to go.

The Democrats will waste no time making constant references to Nixon, Watergate and "threats to our democracy", all total bullshit, of course.

The FBI will report its findings in due course as will the Congressional committees, and then we shall see what we will see.

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Posted by ArlingtonPop on 05/09/2017 at 7:21 PM

Re: “Cohen Reacts to Comey Firing

@AP - The first rule of politics, is never pass up an opportunity to turn the events of the day to your advantage. Quite a number of Clintonistas and their apologists are going to be crowing about Comey's downfall now. This unexpected happenstance is as a gift of sweet nectar to them. They've been saying all along that he was flakey.

The inevitable result of this, will be more sharks circling the Trump administration. And Cohen is not a small fish. With blood in the water, one of them will try to take a bite. Since Trump has lately been doing what he is told by the Deep State intelligence community, it will be interesting to see if they protect him, or let the pack of sharks tear him open.

My bet is that they protect him. But we will see.

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Posted by OakTree on 05/09/2017 at 6:41 PM

Re: “Cohen Reacts to Comey Firing

Oh.My.God.

Is this the same man who savaged Comey in October when he announced further investigations into Hillary's e-mails?

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Posted by ArlingtonPop on 05/09/2017 at 6:16 PM

Re: “Cohen, Kustoff Go Opposite Ways on ‘Trumpcare’

This comment section would make a nice Bernie Facebook post.

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Posted by CL Mullins on 05/08/2017 at 7:13 PM

Re: “Cohen, Kustoff Go Opposite Ways on ‘Trumpcare’

Medicare for all, or universal health care, is the way to go. Of course, there are too many special interest and lobbying groups in DC for that to become reality. Sad, very sad.

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Posted by Timeout4 on 05/08/2017 at 3:30 PM

Re: “Cohen, Kustoff Go Opposite Ways on ‘Trumpcare’

As a person who's maintained my own health insurance my entire adult life and STILL been denied service multiple times by multiple doctors in my network, I don't for one minute believe I'm paying for anything other than access to care on an emergency-only basis.

Not good care. Not the care I need. I know for a fact I can't have that, private or public. I've begged for it at a doctor's office, and not gotten it. I once had to walk into a surgeon's office in person and spit blood into my hand to get a botched maxillofacial surgery fixed. I had already called every other doctor's office in my network, and none of them were willing to take me over the phone. I had to present in person and display an urgent need for care to be treated, because the doctors didn't want to expose one of their own to a malpractice suit which I had no intention of filing. I just wanted to stop spitting up blood everyday.

I'm not paying into a "pot" from which I'll later draw. That's not how private insurance works, that's how Nationalized Health Service works. For profit insurance is glorified gambling. That's it. You're buying a lottery ticket and hoping you don't win. You lose, they keep your money. You win by getting ill... and you still lose, don't you?

I pay health insurance for the privilege of getting an emergency surgery if I need it, so I don't die sitting on the hospital steps at the Med. I'll still have to declare bankruptcy afterwards, whether I had insurance or not, so the cost of medicine won't be an issue for me with or without insurance. I can't afford the penny or the pound, and I'm under no illusions about how the quality of care I'll (not) be receiving.

Posted by FUNKbrs on 05/08/2017 at 2:15 PM

Re: “Cohen, Kustoff Go Opposite Ways on ‘Trumpcare’

@Oak

If those who advocate for a universal healthcare system would actually put "some flesh on those bones' it might make a difference and I might change my mind as to the feasibility.

But that never seems to get past the talking stage.

Instead we get Obamacare and Trumpcare ( whatever that turns out to be) and neither of them are going to give us all three components (affordability, universal coverage and quality healthcare) we have discussed earlier.

Can't be done with the cost of healthcare components where they are.

So if 'Medicare For All" is a good plan, lets hope Bernie will give us the numbers and we can go from there.

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Posted by ArlingtonPop on 05/08/2017 at 2:13 PM

Re: “Cohen, Kustoff Go Opposite Ways on ‘Trumpcare’

@AP - Exactly. We are in agreement. That's what the debate really should be about here. Not some partisan sparring over halfway measures that will fix nothing, and only kick the can down the road, until we as a nation are in an even worse place financially to try to design a replacement.

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Posted by OakTree on 05/08/2017 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Cohen, Kustoff Go Opposite Ways on ‘Trumpcare’

@Oak,

The issue being of course: Exactly how big will that deduction have to be to cover a universal healthcare scheme?

And secondly. What exactly in the way of healthcare will we get for that?

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Posted by ArlingtonPop on 05/08/2017 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Cohen, Kustoff Go Opposite Ways on ‘Trumpcare’

@Grove - The reason why I think this is critical, is that if you decouple health insurance from the workplace, that makes hiring and payroll a heck of a lot easier on small business, and lowers the barrier to bring people into the job market. A lot of the hesitancy you see in hiring these days, is that with this debate on health care costs, small businesses have no idea what they are getting into when they hire somebody. So they just don't do it. National Health via payroll deduction would make the life of an entrepreneur exponentially easier.

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Posted by OakTree on 05/08/2017 at 1:37 PM

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