Hi Sky Dancers!
It’s been a busy day today!
And yet, we’re still here!
The fifth Democratic debate is being co-hosted by The Washington Post and MSNBC. It’s being held in Atlanta, at Tyler Perry Studios. Ten candidates qualified to be onstage, hitting at least 3 percent in four approved polls or at least 5 percent in two early-state polls, plus bringing in donations from at least 165,000 unique donors:
Ten candidates will appear on stage: former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, billionaire activist Tom Steyer, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.
And most of us are still standing! Heavy has some suggested your tea sipping/wine sipping suggestions.
Take a sip if anyone talks about Bernie’s heart attack.
Take a sip if Sanders talks about a “radical” idea (and uses the word “radical.”)
Take a shot if Andrew Yang tries to give away money again.
Take a shot if Tulsi Gabbard calls the debate hosts “despicable” again.
Take a sip if Gabbard is wearing white again.
Take a sip if Biden steps away from his podium and leans close to another candidate. Take a shot if he actually touches another candidate.
Take a sip if Biden gives the wrong website or phone number. If he talks about record players again, take a shot.
Take a sip if Harris talks about being a prosecutor and being proud of her record.
Take a shot if Harris seems too happy and looks like she had a shot before the debate.
Take a shot if Cory Booker makes another marijuana joke like he does in most debates.
Take a sip if Booker talks about being vegan.
Take a sip if Booker makes an awkward joke.
Take a shot if Buttigieg talks about Mike Pence.
Take a sip if Buttigieg says a joke that’s funny and makes you literally laugh out loud.
Take a sip if someone talks about Buttigieg rising in the polls.
Take a sip if Warren says “I have a plan.”
Take a sip if Warren talks about her rise in the polls.
Take a sip if someone takes a shot at Warren’s decision to hold off on Medicare for All until she’s in office for three years.
Take a sip if Warren and Sanders hug.
Take a shot the first time Warren or Sanders say anything negative about the other, because that is really are.
Take a sip if Klobuchar talks about fundraising.
Take a sip if Steyer talks about his money or net worth.
Take a sip if someone else gets mad about how much money Steyer has.
Will we get questions on the Impeachment Hearings? Foreign Policy? Stay tuned!
Whatcha y’all think ?
If you’re not watching this hearing … you should be …
Happy Impeachment Friday!!!
The former ambassador to Ukraine is delivering key testimony to impeachment investigators about the smear campaign against her.
Yovanovitch, a 30-year veteran of the diplomatic corps, had already been ousted by the time Trump spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25. But the circumstances surrounding her departure in May have been a focal point for House impeachment investigators as they seek evidence that Trump abused his office to extract political benefit from a foreign ally — and steamrolled anyone who might thwart him/
“[Yovanovitch] was kneecapped by the grimy political and financial interests of the president and Mr. Giuliani,” Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said in an interview
Maloney added that Yovanovitch was a witness to the early efforts by Giuliani “and saw this develop in real time.”
And of course Trump is commiting crimes in public again!
Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, who was recalled in the spring amid what she previously described as a “concerted campaign” against her, told lawmakers Friday she did not understand Rudy Giuliani’s “motives for attacking me.”
Yovanovitch’s remarks were part of an opening statement to the House Intelligence Committee in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, has been named by other witnesses in the inquiry as pressing for Yovanovitch’s removal.
The veteran diplomat had testified in a closed hearing on Oct. 11 that she was told by colleagues that the State Department “had been under pressure from the President to remove me since the Summer of 2018.”
Her personal story is extremely compelling and her evidence even more so.
from NBC Live blog for tonight
Well, it’s that Time again!!
From the NBC: link under the photos:
“The largest group of candidates to take the stage will face off Tuesday night at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. They include front-runners Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren; Bernie Sanders, who returns to the campaign after suffering a heart attack; billionaire activist Tom Steyer, who’s joining a debate for the first time; and Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who missed the September go-round after failing to qualify.”
How to watch the Democratic debate Tonight
- Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2019
- Time: 8 to 11 p.m. ET
- Location: Otterbein University – Westerville, OH
- TV Channel: CNN, CNN en Español and CNN International
- Online stream: Watch the debate on CNN.com or watch CNN on fuboTV (free trial offer)
- Analysis: Watch CBSN for live coverage of the debate before, during and after
We will be live blogging tonight so join us!!!
Good Afternoons Sky Dancers!
The Force Awakens!
Thought we’d throw up an open thread here because there’s so much coming out that it’s hard to keep up with!
Some of this stuff is so outlandishly illegal and outrageous that if it were any one but Trump I’d think we’d popped into the Twilight Zone.
Catherine Philp / The Times & The Sunday Times:
President Trump personally contacted Boris Johnson to ask for help as he tried to discredit the Mueller investigation into possible connections between Russia and his 2016 election campaign, The Times understands.
Mr Trump also contacted the leaders of countries including Australia and Ukraine to ask them to help William Barr, his attorney-general, to gather evidence to undermine the investigation into his campaign’s links to Russia.
Robert Mueller, the special counsel, refused to exonerate Mr Trump of wrongdoing when he released his findings in April, prompting the president to set up his own investigation in an effort to prove that the inquiry was politically motivated.
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
Giuliani waved his phone on air, flashing text messages between himself and State Department representatives and saying it was the department that connected him to a close adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Giuliani’s on-air appearances threw the department into a tizzy, forcing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to try to put a lid on the crisis of confidence bubbling up under him, according to three senior U.S. officials. For Pompeo, solving the problem meant finding someone to blame—and there was only one individual who fit the mold, according to those same sources: Kurt Volker, former U.S. representative for Ukraine negotiations.Volker resigned Friday. Despite his resignation, the State Department has scrambled to correct course, according to these same officials, especially after news that Pompeo was on the now-infamous call between President Trump and Zelensky in July. Pompeo had previously denied knowing about it on national television. On top of that, three congressional committees subpoenaed Pompeo for documents related to Trump and Giuliani’s work in Ukraine and demanded that five current and former department officials appear for depositions.In response, Pompeo tried a time-tested Trump White House strategy: stonewalling Congress. The secretary said Tuesday that Congress was “bullying” career officials and suggested they would not appear for questioning. (The State Department’s inspector general is currently investigating members of Pompeo’s department for pushing career officials out of their posts for perceived political bias.)
Under the heading, “it’s the economy, stupid!”
Keep adding to the thread down there because there’s a cray cray presser from Trump and more Impeachment news from Nancy and Adam to stir the pot. Here’s Nancy!!!
What’s going on ?
The debate is on your local ABC affiiate. And, it’s interesting already! Immigration is front and center! What is your family story?
Yup Sky Dancers! It’s happening again!
Will tonight be any better or will Jack Tapper out dud the Chuck Todd?The first night didn’t got so well … or says us all and The Atlantic: “CNN Was Ill-Equipped for This During the debate it hosted yesterday, the news network made its best effort to convert discussions of policy into the thing it knows best: punditry.”
The melodrama, it would turn out, was fitting. Throughout the debate, the first of a two-night doubleheader set at Detroit’s Fox Theatre, the event’s moderators—Jake Tapper, Dana Bash, and Don Lemon—did what the network’s trailer suggested they would: They asked questions that might turn this fight for the heart of the party into a plain old fight.
One of their questions: “Senator Warren, you make it a point to say you’re a capitalist. Is that your way of saying you’re a safer choice than Senator Sanders?” Another: “Congressman Ryan, are Senator Sanders’s proposals going to incentivize undocumented immigrants to come into the country illegally?” Another: “Congressman O’Rourke, you live near the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso and disagree with Mayor Buttigieg on decriminalizing the border crossings. Please respond.” The chyrons gave away the game: “QUESTION: Congressman Delaney, do you think Sen. Warren’s wealth tax is a fair way to fund child care and education?” Here was another: “QUESTION: Sen. Klobuchar, who are you referring to when you say candidates are making promises just to get elected?”
Let’s get READY to RUMMMMMMMBle!!!!