Politically conservative individuals tend to be slightly more receptive to political bullshit, according to new research that examined participants from three different countries. The study, which examined “statements of political content that intend to persuade voters, but are so vague and broad that they are essentially meaningless,” has been published in the Journal of Social and Political Psychology. Vukasin Gligoric, the corresponding author of the study and a PhD candidate at the University of Amsterdam, said he was motivated to investigate the topic of political bullshit for two primary...
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Maggie Haberman's bombshells infuriate some claiming lack of reporting ensures Trump escaped accountability
New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman's 600-page book drops on Tuesday at midnight, though details continue to leak from the pages.
Sunday it was a report that Donald Trump feels as if he backed himself into a corner and could feel forced to run in 2024 but may not stay in for a full four-year term. Other info includes Trump's mockery of top adviser Jared Kushner who he felt sounded like a child and was too skinny.
Another detail confirmed that the Trump's mandated that the White House toilet be changed after Barack Obama used it. The paranoia revives the southern belief that people of color must use different toilets or water fountains and sit in different locations than fragile whites who didn't feel comfortable touching things previously touched by darker-skinned humans.
"The statement was strange and vague and open to interpretation as to why he emphasized the changes, but the guest interpreted it to mean Trump did not want to use the same bathroom as his Black predecessor," the book said. At the time, the White House claimed only the toilet seat was swapped, but it was a lie.
Obama used more than just one toilet in the White House over his 8-year tenure in office, so it's reasonable to assume that Trump put his skin in the exact same place as a person of color at least once.
The info published has brought many to social media, infuriated with Haberman for what they feel is holding onto important details that would somehow matter to voters or to officials voting on impeachment.
"If only Maggie Haberman was as good at doing what a reporter is supposed to do - REPORT - as she is at destroying her career while trying to sell this f*cking book," complained former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann. His comment came as part of the revelation that Trump forced Mike Pence to stay at the Trump-owned property on an international visit to Ireland. Over and over, there were reports that Trump forced government staff to stay at his properties so that he could make money on the taxpayer's dime.
He certainly isn't alone. In the CBS News interview Sunday, Haberman noted Trump "saw the presidency as the ultimate vehicle to fame." The comment prompted comedian Frank Conniff to joke that "Trump's desperate need for fame called out by Maggie Haberman retweeting Maggie Haberman to hawk a book by Maggie Haberman."
Last week, Steve Schmidt noted that an excerpt of Haberman's book revealed that she knew Trump had classified information at Mar-a-Lago well before it became public.
The Nation's Elie Mystal joked, "Maggie Haberman probably already knows the details of Trump’s plans for Mitch McConnell but is saving them for her next book."
Her 11-year-long life with Trump hasn't been easy, however.
"I had one of his old friends say to me, 'He doesn't wear well over time.' And I think that the collective we have experienced that at various points," she told John Dickerson in the CBS interview.
In the case of previous writers like Bob Woodward, a book he published after the Trump administration revealed that as early as March 2020, Trump knew that COVID-19 was "deadly stuff" and was going to kill a lot of people. In front of the cameras, however, Trump claimed it was a fake virus and not a big deal. He bucked advice to wear masks and mocked vaccines while getting them himself. Withholding the recordings of Trump in Woodward's case killed millions. It's unclear if the same can be said for Haberman.
A new Monmouth University poll showed that 61 percent of Republicans still don't believe that Joe Biden was truly elected by the American people. That hasn't changed much since a Jan. 2021 poll that showed 65 percent of Republicans didn't believe Biden was fairly elected. So, it's unclear if any revelations about Trump matter to GOP voters or to the Republican officials that they elect.
At the start of each Supreme Court, the Roman Catholic Church invites justices and other members of the law profession to come to the so-called "Red Mass," a Christian service that welcomes all denominations to hear the spiritual guidance of the Washington, D.C bishop. It was so named because during the Middle Ages, the priests would wear red vestments, which were to symbolize the Holy Spirit.
The Washington Post revealed that the message to the justices who attended the service was one that began with prayers “that the Holy Spirit may constantly draw" judges and law enforcement's "attention to the least among us.” They also called for “peace in our world, especially in Ukraine."
St. Matthew’s cathedral is named after the patron saint of civil servants, and the element of service to the nation is a key tenet of the church.
“Having that blessing helps keep our priorities in order. We’re here to serve the American public, not to enrich ourselves or enjoy grand positions in life," said Brett Palmer works at the Department of Energy and worships at St. Matthew's.
Bishop John O. Barres' message used the message from theologian Romano Guardini, that the greatest things “are accomplished in silence — not in the clamor and display of superficial eventfulness, but in the deep clarity of inner vision.”
Barres asked the group: “What's all this got to do with the practice of law?”
"His answer was that a deeper discipline in prayer 'animates and focuses dedication to civil law responsibilities,'" quoted the Post. "Barres cited the example of zero-sum games in public life, such as 'the difficulty the government currently has in balancing care for the environment against reducing inflation and allowing for affordable energy.'"
"We need wise counselors to guide us, and most especially, that wisest of counselors — the Holy Spirit who brings us the gifts of wisdom, understanding, and counsel to let us see through our selfishness and past the boundaries of our own limited intellects," he continued.
In scandal after scandal, the Supreme Court is facing serious political problems. At the same time, judgments that fly in the face of American support lead to disapproval to soar for the High Court. The confidence has fallen so low that it has set records, said Gallop tracking polls.
'The broke Bonnie and Clyde of the GOP': MSNBC panel nails Clarence and Ginni Thomas for Jan. 6 claims
Daily Beast columnist Wajahat Ali and comedian Dean Obeidallah were sounding the alarm about Justice Clarence Thomas and his activist wife Ginni, both of whom have been attacked over the past year for their involvement in the attempt to overthrow the 2020 election.
MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan started off his Sunday show asking, "Why aren't Democrats making more of this Ginni Thomas issue? Why haven't they made more of this issue? Why do they always bring a butter knife to a gunfight with the GOP?"
Ali called it outright "weakness."
"They have chosen civility over law and order and accountability. It's good to be an extremist wife of a right-wing conservative Supreme Court Justice," he said. "She works at the right-wing money and the activist scene. He works the courts. They're the broke Bonnie and Clyde of the GOP. And if the shoe was on the other foot, we know what would happen. There would've been subpoenas and hearings and nonstop 24/7 clamoring. As soon as we found out those texts that she sent to Mark Meadows, the QAnon texts -- she believes in that. She also sent texts and emails to lawmakers in Arizona and also in Wisconsin, begging them to overturn the election. And we also know that she hosted John Eastman, the right-wing attorney, who is promoting the coup of illegal -- this is a couple that is going to get away with it. She is all smiles because she realizes nothing will happen to her. They are running out of time. Now it is up to the DOJ to show the American people that no one is above the law, even Ginni and Clarence Thomas. But I fear nothing will happen."
Hasan repeated reports from the House Select Committee, who spoke to Thomas on Thursday, that she still believes that President Joe Biden is an illegitimate president.
It was also revealed that Mrs. Thomas refused to testify to Congress under oath. Doing so would be a crime. But Hasan wondered if the reason was because the co-chair (Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY)) is close to the Thomas couple.
"Look, you can't lie to Congress if you're under oath or not," said Obeidallah. "That is a felony. So, she still faces peril if she had lied. Second, the idea that she sticks to a lie. She is a lawyer. She understands that's the route you go. What if she said, Mehdi, 'Now know the election wasn't stolen. The next question is, when did you know that? How did you know that? And was she sending text messages during the time she knew it was a lie? So, she is acting corruptly. Which is the definition of obstructing Congress."
He went on to say that Thomas was working to do his part to undermine elections by gutting the Voting Rights Act and she was doing her part by trying to overthrow the election by putting pressure on officials.
See the full conversation about Thomas below:
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