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This is absolutely terrifying.

I wrote earlier today about the latest leaks from the White House being very problematic for people on both sides of the aisle.

Now The Daily Beast reports that the Democrats' top guy on the Senate Intelligence Committee isn't amused either:

Congress should investigate the leaking of transcripts of calls between President Donald Trump and world leaders, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee said on Thursday. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), called the leak “absolutely” troubling, arguing that it would cause potentially-serious complications to the White House’s ability to conduct foreign policy. “A president of the United States, a governor would tell us they've got to be able to have confidential conversations,” Warner told The Daily Beast in an interview. “And I think it was disgraceful that those [came out].”

The pile-on continued:

Has the unity candle finally been lit?

Benny Johnson trolls Jim Justice — beautifully.

I'm just going to leave this here.

Tired of winning yet?

Just did another Facebook Live. Today's topic: the fact that CNN is probably even worse than President Trump says it is. Enjoy.

Detroit will hold a mayoral primary next week as 8 people will vie for the honor of leading the city.

But in a sign of the times - and eerily apropos - 4 of the candidates are convicted felons.

Half of the eight mayoral hopefuls on Detroit’s primary ballot next week have been convicted of felony crimes involving drugs, assault or weapons, a Detroit News analysis shows.

Three were charged with gun crimes and two for assault with intent to commit murder. Some of the offenses date back decades, the earliest to 1977. The most recent was in 2008.

Political consultant Greg Bowens said there are candidates with past hardships in every election cycle. It’s not something unique to Detroit or the political arena in general, he said.

“Black marks on your record show you have lived a little and have overcome some challenges,” said Bowens, a former press secretary to Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer and NAACP activist. “They (candidates) deserve the opportunity to be heard, but they also deserve to have the kind of scrutiny that comes along with trying to get an important elected position.”

Sounds to me like a couple of those guys have lived a lot, not a little. "Assault with intent to commit murder"? Two of them? Are you kidding me?

Of course, they both deny the charges.

In 1977, Pitts was convicted of receiving and concealing a stolen 1977 Oldsmobile. She was sentenced to a year of probation.

A decade later, she was charged with two counts of assault with intent to murder and two firearm offenses in connection with two separate shooting incidents on March 24, 1987, Detroit Recorder’s Court records say.

According to transcripts, Pitts was involved in a shootout with the owner of a collision shop and auto clinic on Greenfield in Detroit in a dispute over a repair bill.

Yippee kai ay m****rf****r. Those city council meetings are going to be very entertaining.

Fellow candidate Danetta L. Simpson has a 1996 felony conviction out of Oakland County for assault with intent to murder.

The 46-year-old former cosmetologist and salon owner has made past bids for state representative, Detroit’s school board and City Council. Her prior interaction with the criminal justice system, she said, has fueled her desire to seek public office. Simpson said she represents a “new spirit” for Detroit.

“I was a wrongfully convicted felon, overcharged for a crime I did not commit,” said Simpson, a mother of four, who contends the witness in the case “lied on me.”

Well, we have a buffoon for president. Why not a convicted thug as a mayor of Detroit?



Whaddya know...

Good news:

Finally, someone in Washington who isn't obsessed with Justin Trudeau.

Interview with Robert George proves Ted Cruz is the real deal.

Robert P. George served as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)'s constitutional law professor and his thesis advisor at Princeton. In an interview with The Atlantic's Caroline Kitchener, George revealed that Ted Cruz, who is often criticized for appearing fake, is the "real deal."

He was someone who was always pushing up against the conventional elites on campus. At institutions like Princeton, there are always a set of orthodoxies. Ted was never shy about expressing opposition to those orthodoxies.

I was also struck by how deeply Ted had thought about the Constitution. Even before I taught him, he had clearly gotten beyond secondary-source accounts of the document. He himself had read it through and studied its history. He was committed to the idea that the Constitution actually means what it says.

On that subject, George actually tried to dissuade Ted Cruz from doing debate, partially because it would make Cruz more mercenary — something he is often accused of being.

I actually tried to discourage Ted from doing debate. Debate is great for sharpening the mind, but I worry that really skilled debaters might internalize the idea that the point of discussion and debate is victory, rather than truth. In debate, if you encounter a compelling counterargument, you just try to find a way around it. But you should argue for truth, not for victory. Really good debaters run the risk of ignoring valid counterarguments, and Ted was a really good debater.

What a fascinating history.


CNN has found some celebrities who don't like President Trump:

That this is being presented as anything akin to news by a news organization is laughable. One could go through the list of honorees during any of the GOP administrations that the awards have been given and find celebrities who didn't like the president at the time. It's also rather pathetic that the media still hasn't learned that most Americans don't care about the opinions of celebrities that much. One would think that would be an obvious takeaway from the last election.