RSS Kerry Eleveld’s Posts for Daily Kos

  • View from the Left: Russia's raging. Where's Mr. Tough Guy now?
    "It certainly looks like the Russians were behind it." That was the most forceful statement self-imagined strongman Donald Trump could muster on Thursday, three days after U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May declared it "highly likely" the Kremlin was responsible for unleashing a deadly nerve agent in Salisbury, England. The military-grade substance, known as Novichok, was indeed so toxic […]
  • 'Donald J. Trump a.k.a. David Dennison'
    Um… this is just… I can’t even… oh, goodness. Whatever you do, don’t take any sips of ANYTHING before reading the cover sheet of Friday’s new court filing from Donald Trump stooge Michael Cohen in the Stormy Daniels case. (AND DON’T MISS THE BLUE HIGHLIGHTS) Does that make “David Dennison” Trump’s porn name? Ok, just to be clear, that’s […]
  • Stormy Daniels' gale-force onslaught is proving too strong for blowhard Trump
    Seriously, what could be better than watching a so-called “porn star” take down the trashiest leader our country has ever known? Sure, Robert Mueller's the Marine on a mission, but a Stormy Daniels take-down feels like just deserts for a man who knows no low. After so many women came virtuously forward with their stories of […]
  • Kelly escapes West Wing tweet-by-tweet cable news takeover—for now
    As the new national "Who will be next?" pastime takes flight, White House chief of staff John Kelly and Donald Tump have reportedly reached a truce, writes the Wall Street Journal. But on Thursday, Messrs. Trump and Kelly had a productive meeting that left both men reassured. Mr. Trump told advisers afterward that Mr. Kelly was […]
  • Cook Political moves 9 House races toward Democrats following the GOP's Pennsylvania nightmare
    Things are looking up, folks. But don't just take it from us—Cook Political Report released new assessments Friday for 10 House races, 9 of which the elections outfit now deems more favorable terrain for Democrats. The Hill writes: Some of the most notable rating changes include three races that have shifted from "lean Republican" to "toss-up": the seats […]
  • White House leaves it up to Putin to determine the nature of the US relationship with Russia
    From the bowels of Donald Trump's faux "get tough" on Russia show, comes this response from White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders when she was asked whether Vladimir Putin was a "friend or foe" of the United States.  "I think that's something that Russia is going to have to make that determination." That is simply stunning. […]
  • Internal emails show conservative paranoia led to State Department purge of 'Obama holdovers'
    Department of State Iran expert Sahar Nowrouzzadeh committed one unrecoverable sin in the course of her work during the Obama administration: she helped negotiate the Iran nuclear deal. That apparently put her on the radar of the incoming Trump team along with conservative activists. Nowrouzzadeh, who joined the agency during the George W. Bush administration, […]
  • National Democrats are letting local candidates be local—and it's working
    Among the many lessons from watching Democrat Conor Lamb sack GOP candidate Rick Saccone in a deep red Pennsylvania district is the fact that letting candidates keep it local has proven to be a winning strategy for Democrats. All you have to do is look at the disparity in what the campaigns of Lamb and Saccone […]
  • White House backs itself into a corner on Russian poisoning in the U.K.
    On Monday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders couldn't even bring herself to utter the word "Russia" in response to a question about whether the Trump administration thought Russia was behind the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in England. By Wednesday, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley was singing […]
  • Trump really does have a 'team of rivals'... for bad headlines
    All credit to AP writer Jonathan Lemire for this lede: One Cabinet member was grilled by Congress about alleged misuse of taxpayer funds for private flights. Another faced an extraordinary revolt within his own department amid a swirling ethics scandal. A third has come under scrutiny for her failure to answer basic questions about her […]