Stormy Daniels Reveals Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Trump - The Wednesday AM Quickie 5/8/24

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Content Warning: Trump, Serial Offender, in His Skivvies

"There are some things that are probably better left unsaid," New York Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan said during Sick F*ck Donald Trump's criminal hush money trial yesterday, as the porn star Stormy Daniels testified for five hours in excruciating detail about her brief but disturbing sexual encounter with the future Republican leader at a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, California in 2006. But prompted by prosecutors, Daniels left little to the imagination, beginning with her initial response to a dinner invitation from Trump delivered by a security guard: "F no."

Her publicist convinced her to reconsider – saying, "like, what could possibly go wrong?" – which ultimately led to what the Washington Post describes as "a sexual experience that often did not sound consensual." Daniels described how Trump, after giving her a "jump scare" by posing on the hotel bed in his boxer shorts, "'stood up between me and the door, not in a threatening manner,' though she said she felt an imbalance of power, particularly with Trump's security guard outside."

Trump cursed audibly at times during Daniels' testimony, outbursts that Judge Merchan warned had the potential to intimidate the witness. For instance, the New York Times reports that when Daniels asked Trump about his wife, "he told her not to worry, that they didn't even sleep in the same room — prompting Mr. Trump to shake his head in disgust and mutter 'bullsh*t' to his lawyers, loud enough that it drew a private rebuke from the judge, who called it 'contemptuous.'" New York City Mayor-Cop Eric Adams assured reporters that the "professionals" at Rikers Island jail are "ready" to book Trump if the judge so orders. Inshallah.

Daniels also testified that Trump suggested she could appear on "The Apprentice" despite her adult-film background, and that he reminded her of his "smart and blond and beautiful" daughter. Under cross-examination, she also insisted that she was "absolutely" threatened by a man in a Las Vegas parking lot in 2011 "in what she viewed as a bid to keep her silent about Trump." Merchan rejected Trump's lawyers' request for a mistrial on the basis that Daniels' testimony might prejudice the jury. They will continue to cross-examine Daniels in court today.

Meanwhile in Florida, the federal judge in the criminal stolen documents case delayed Trump's trial, originally scheduled for later this month, indefinitely. Finally, some Libertarian Party members are upset that Trump will address their national convention this month, calling the growing Republican influence over their organization "an abomination."

Wider Middle East War Watch: Israeli Troops Close Rafah Crossing to Egypt, Blocking Aid

  • U.S. 'Pauses' at Least 2 Arms Shipments to Israel Over Rafah Invasion Concerns Meanwhile, the State Department has delayed without explanation today's planned release of a report on whether Israel has violated international humanitarian law in its response to the Oct. 7 Hamas attack, which could prompt the U.S. to stop supplying its ally with military aid. via the Post and Politico.
  • Cease-Fire Talks in Cairo Resume, Hung Up on Definition of 'Sustainable Calm' "Israel has said the proposal on the table — three phases of roughly six weeks each, during which fighting would stop and groups of hostages would gradually be released in exchange for Palestinian prisoners; humanitarian aid would flow; and reconstruction of Gaza would begin — would be only temporary," while Hamas insists the cease-fire must become permanent by the second phase. via the Washington Post and the New York Times.
  • House Republicans Are Grilling Elementary and High School Administrators Over What They Call 'Pervasive and Extreme Antisemitism' "These congressional hearings are not about Jewish students' well-being," Berkeley Jewish Parents, a pro-cease-fire group, says. "This is part of the MAGA Republican war on education that is restricting public school students' right to learn." via Politico.
  • Student-Led Antiwar Protests Spread Through Europe Inspired by their American counterparts, students have occupied university buildings in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Finland, Denmark, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom; there was also a rally for Palestine yesterday in Greece. via the Guardian.

Climate Clusterf*ck: Extreme Weather Sweeps Globe

  • Lula Blames Inaction on Climate Change as Record Floods Kill at Least 83 in Brazil, Leave Thousands Homeless Flying over the devastation in the well-developed Rio Grande do Sul state, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva "kept saying, 'Oh, my God. Look at this.'" via the Washington Post.
  • Tornadoes Trap 50 FedEx Workers in Michigan Behind Live Electrical Wires "There were 19 reported tornadoes in at least seven states Monday." via NBC News.
  • 250 Enviro and Community Groups Protest New California Utility Rules That Punish Conservation, Reward Waste The state's regressive new fixed-fee utility scheme was inspired by UC Berkeley's Energy Institute at Haas, which has received nearly half a million dollars from utility companies in recent years. via the Los Angeles Times.
  • Vermont Legislature Becomes the First to Pass Climate Superfund Act, Forcing Fossil Fuel Companies to Pay Damages for Extreme Weather Disasters "The bill cleared a major test Friday when the state House cast a procedural vote of 100-33 — the exact number of supporters it would need to overcome a potential veto by Republican Gov. Phil Scott." via NBC News and Politico.


  • Ukraine Arrests 2 Colonels in Another Russian Plot to Assassinate Zelenskyy The Ukrainian colonels, who worked in the country's the equivalent of the U.S. Secret Service, allegedly planned to trap and kill President Volodymyr Zelenskyy using rockets and drones as a gift to Aspiring Tsar Vladimir Putin upon his latest inauguration. via the Washington Post.
  • Marjorie Taylor Greene Backs Off Plan to Oust Mike Johnson After Trump Tells Her to Give It Up The crackpot Georgia Republican Rep. yesterday presented the Budding Theocrat House Speaker with a list of "suggestions" that "include only allowing votes on bills with support from a majority of Republicans, not providing further funding for Ukraine, and defunding the special counsel prosecuting former President Donald Trump." via HuffPost and Politico.
  • Despite Holding the Majority, Colorado State Senate Democrats Abandon Bill to Ban Sale of Semi-Automatic Guns Democratic state Sen. Tom Sullivan, whose son Alex was killed in the 2012 theater shooting in Aurora, was among those who planned to vote "no" on the bill, arguing that it "takes up immense political oxygen." via the Associated Press.
  • Trans People and Their Friends Flood Utah Bathroom Snitch Line with More Than 10,000 Bogus Submissions The U.S. Supreme Court, meanwhile, may vote this week whether to take up a Tennessee case with implications for youth gender-affirming care nationwide. via the AP and the Los Angeles Times.



That's how many children Labor Department investigators found to be employed in violation of federal law during the last fiscal year. The Department this week fined a Tennessee company, Fayette Janitorial Service, more than $649,000 for employing at least 24 children, some "carrying glittered school backpacks," in dangerous slaughterhouses and meatpacking plants in Iowa and Virginia, the New York Times reports.


5/8: It's Hump Day! Sam and Emma speak with David Bacon, journalist and photographer focusing on labor issues, to discuss his recent piece in the Nation entitled "Big Ag’s Latest Blow to Workers' Rights." Then, they speak with 2 members of the Princeton University Gaza Solidarity Encampment, who are currently on a hunger strike in opposition to Israel's offensive in Gaza.


George Santos BUSTS Nick Fuentes with Gotchas That Could Only Stump a Homophobic Fascist

Formerly fabulous no more!

Senate GOP Threatens International Criminal Court Over Netanyahu Arrest Warrant

There's more on this from Axios.


"This election is not between Joe Biden and God. It is between Joe Biden and Donald Trump. ... I understand that a lot of people in this country are less than enthusiastic about Biden for a number of reasons and I get that. And I strongly disagree with him, especially on what's going on in Gaza. [But y]ou have to have a certain maturity when you deal with politics and that is yes, you can disagree with somebody. That doesn't mean you can vote for somebody else who could be the most dangerous person in American history, or not vote and allow that other guy to win."

-- Vermont socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, speaking to the Associated Press about why he intends to be an "aggressive" surrogate for Biden's reelection campaign despite their differences on domestic and foreign policy.

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