Russia Monitor

Russia Monitor: Not A Single Republican Witness Steps Forward To Defend The Indefensible Trump

  “… yes, you have bribery here.” — Prof. Pamela Karlan, House Judiciary Impeachment hearing (12/4/19) ***** “It is fundamental to the definition of our national political community that foreign citizens do not have a constitutional right to participate in, and thus may be excluded from, activities of democratic self-government.” — Prof. Pamela Karlan quoting Justice Kavanaugh, adding “so correct” ***** “Because this is an abuse that cuts to the heart of democracy, you need to ask yourselves, if you don’t impeach a president who has done what this president has done … then what you’re saying is, it’s fine…

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Russia Monitor: The Similarities To 1930’s Germany Grow

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (12/2/19) Dear Fellow Readers, Picking up from where I began in the last edition: Trump pardoned three convicted US military war criminals and in the process did battle with his Sec. of the Navy Richard Spencer leading to Spencer’s resignation. There are a few follow-on angles that highlight the significance of this event. Chief Petty Officer and Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher was charged with more than a dozen criminal acts and convicted of one by a military court. While the charges are horrifying, it’s the follow-on actions by Trump that is more far-reaching…


Russia Monitor: Through All The Grime & Criminal Behavior Of Trump Inc., The Duty Of The Citizen Stands Clear

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (11/29/19) Dear Fellow Readers, Happy Thanksgiving. May your Thanksgiving transcend politics. That said. Two stories leap out – Trump’s single most egregious authoritarian act and the polling picture one week after the House Intelligence Committee Impeachment hearings. How Bad Will Trump Be If A Second Term Or as the Seattle Times editorial board says, “Trump’s SEAL meddling weakens America”. In case you didn’t see the news, Trump pardoned a war criminal; Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher was found guilty by a jury of his peers for posing with the body of a…


Russia Monitor: A Week Of The Best & The Worst Of The Worst

“You Can’t Argue With Stupid; You Can’t Argue With The Party of Stupid’ — Daniel Peak ***** “Nope, not at all, doesn’t give a shit about Ukraine.” (Only cared about the) “big stuff that matters to [Trump], like this Biden investigation that Giuliani is pushing.” — Trump EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland. By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (11/25/19) The Democrats performed a master class of Impeachment Hearings against Trump and his pack of bumbling Trumpsters this past week. It was a proud moment at a time of great national dishonor. In the process the Party of Trump was revealed to be…


Russia Monitor: Ambassador Gordon Sondland — Finally — Tells All

“I know that members of this committee have frequently framed these complicated issues in the form of a simple question: Was there a ‘quid pro quo?’ With regard to the requested White House call and White House meeting, the answer is yes.” — US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland’s prepared statement ahead of 11/20/19 testimony before House Intelligence Impeachment hearings. By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (11/21/19) Dear Fellow Readers, I am writing this Wednesday evening before Thursday morning distribution. The testimony of Ambassador Sondland is certainly the most damning to date for Trump; meanwhile, House Intelligence Chair…


Russia Monitor: Which One Wins? National Shame Or Pride

“House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) decided to read the tweet aloud and give Yovanovitch a chance to respond. She said she found the effect of Trump’s words “very intimidating.”” — Trump tweeting witness intimidation aimed at former Ukraine Ambassador Yovanovitch during her testimony. ***** “The most profound threat to democracy today is not from Russia … The most grave threat to the life and health of our democracy comes from within, from a president without ethical compass. Without an understanding of or devotion to our Constitution.” — House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) ***** “As glorious as…


Russia Monitor: Two Ukraine Stories And One Massive Scandal

“You can’t promote principled anti-corruption action without pissing off corrupt people.” — Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent, House Impeachment Hearing (11/13/19) By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (11/14/19) Dear Fellow Readers, Yesterday, was an auspicious day. It was not a good day for Trump. Wednesday was the first day of the House Impeachment hearings against Trump, but even that should be in the context of the entire day. Trump long-time associate Roger Stone’s trial jury heard closing arguments with the prosecution portraying Stone as a serial liar. Stone is charged with seven counts of obstruction, witness tampering and lying to the…


Russia Monitor: Getting Ready For Wednesday Impeachment Extravaganza

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (11/11/19) Dear Fellow Readers, Wednesday November 13 we will see the first House hearings to Impeach Trump. I offer two news articles that confirm the entirety of Trump-Russia-Ukraine 2016-2019. We’ll see former Trump senior advisor Steve Bannon testifying at long-time Trump advisor Roger Stone’s trial that Stone was the Trump campaign ‘access point’ to WikiLeaks to not only know of Julian Assange’s plans to leak Dem communications to influence the election in favor of Trump, but also coordinate the timing of releases. Russia hacked the Dems, used Assange and WikiLeaks to handle the…


Russia Monitor: In Trump World Your Admission Of Guilt Is ‘just your opinion’.”

Trump: “If you lose, it sends a really bad message …you can’t let that happen to me.” @eddluxe: THANK YOU KENTUCKY! — Kentucky Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beshear leads Republican incumbent Matt Bevin by 5,300 votes; Trump’s comment was made at a Kentucky rally for Bevin. By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (11/7/19) Is every election now a vote for/against Trump? If so, it was not a very good Tuesday for Trump, given results in Kentucky, Virginia and even Mississippi. It was also not a good Impeachment day for Trump. Trump’s EU Ambassador Ed Sondland, one of Trump’s ‘3 Amigos’ extorting Ukraine for Trump…


Russia Monitor: A Criminal Returns To The Scene Of The Crime … And Repeats The Crime

  House approved guidelines for the public phase of the Impeachment Inquiry: 232-196. By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (11/4/19) Dear Fellow Readers, I am amazed at the latest wave of news confirming Trump-Ukraine-Russia as ‘one story, 2016-2019’. Yes there is much confirmation of Trump’s recent pressure on Ukraine to produce dirt on a political opponent, but there is also a great deal of information on Trumpster pressure on Ukraine for similar reasons going back to 2016. And yes, all the names we’re familiar with: Trump; Trump clown-lawyer Giuliani; convicted former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort were on the play list…


Russia Monitor: Butt Dialing Deceit And Another Week Of Racking Up Reasons For Impeachment

  “Because while one secret of authoritarian defense is that capturing a judiciary gives you absolute power…not just above the law – but to be the law.” — Umair Haque, What Happens When The Fascists Become The Law? By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (10/28/19) Dear Fellow Readers, The Party of Trump is in a full-on race to both craft a revisionist story of 2016 election interference and find dirt on political opponents. The Trump-Barr-Giuliani story about the 2016 election is a completely unraveled conspiracy theory that it was not the Russians attacking US elections to benefit Trump as concluded by…


Russia Monitor: Get Ready For The Return Of The 2016 Script & Players

HE DID IT! TRUMP DID IT! By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (10/24/19) Who says he did it? Trump says he did it. Trump’s chief of staff Mick Mulvaney says he did it and then tells us to, “get over it”. Trump’s crazy lawyer Rudy Giuliani says he did it. Now the former Ambassador to Ukraine, William Taylor says he did it. This was Trump’s plan; he directed the details. Who cares? Mulvaney also said, “we do it all the time”. So doesn’t everyone “do it all the time”? No. It’s illegal, but let’s stay with the question of who…


Russia Monitor: Trump’s Sewer Flooding DC Swamp

“Now I am an island of one again.” — Trump statement on Syria. ***** “…..The Kurds and Turkey have been fighting for many years. Turkey considers the PKK the worst terrorists of all. Others may want to come in and fight for one side or the other. Let them! We are monitoring the situation closely. Endless Wars! — Trump tweet (10/13/19) ***** “Keep telling yourself it can’t happen here. Keep telling yourself the sun’s shinning, garbage trucks show up as scheduled, the school crossing guard gets your kids safely across the street, and that sitcom you like didn’t get canceled….


Russia Monitor: White House Turkey Drops Kurds, Constitution & National Interests

  “Russia is waging an information warfare campaign against the U.S. that didn’t start and didn’t end with the 2016 election. Their goal is broader: to sow societal discord and erode public confidence in the machinery of government. By flooding social media with false reports, conspiracy theories, and trolls, and by exploiting existing divisions, Russia is trying to breed distrust of our democratic institutions and our fellow Americans.” — Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) (10/8/19) ***** “In no way have we Abandoned the Kurds, who are special people and wonderful fighters. Likewise our relationship with Turkey, a NATO and Trading partner,…


Russia Monitor: In A Weekend Of Bizarre News, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson Rides To Trump Rescue … NOT!

“Trump has been acting like a bank robber who beat one rap because of a technicality, and so decides to rob every bank in sight.” —  Author and Intercept correspondent James Risen, Donald Trump’s Call With Ukrainian Leader, One Day After Robert Mueller’s Congressional Testimony, Shows the President Is a Brazen Criminal (9/26/19) By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (10/7/19) Dear Fellow Readers, The Big Picture. I will keep this high level then get to the news. I typically like jumping in with the important new news. News as important as, “Whistleblower’s attorney says team now representing ‘multiple’ officials”. I can…


Russia Monitor: Trump Is Up To His Plump ‘Moot’ In Alligators

  “The Wall Street Journal is reporting that President Trump pressed the president of Ukraine eight times to work with Rudy Giuliani to investigate Joe Biden’s son,” Raddatz said. “What do you know about those conversations?” “So, you just gave me a report about a I.C. whistleblower complaint, none of which I’ve seen,” Pompeo replied. — Trump Sec. of State Mike Pompeo with ABC’s Martha Raddatz (9/22/19) ***** “I was on the phone call.” — Trump Sec. of State Mike Pompeo confirms to Wall Street Journal he was in on the Trump-Zelensky call (10/2/19) ***** “This country has to find out…


Russia Monitor: The Ugly Contents Of Trump’s Pandora’s Box Of Corruption

    “In the course of my official duties, I have received information from multiple U.S. Government officials that the President of the United States is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election.” — Whistleblower’s opening sentence from the Complaint ***** “@RepAdamSchiff has reached an agreement with the #Whistleblower for that courageous patriot to testify in Congress.” — Law professor Laurence Tribe tweet (9/29/19) By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (9/30/9) Dear Fellow Readers, Trump Impeachment – don’t blink, you’ll miss a critical headline. I am going to let…


Russia Monitor: In His Own Words

“The actions taken to date by the president have seriously violated the Constitution…Mr. Trump must be held accountable — no one is above the law.” (The president’s conduct revealed his) “betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security and betrayal of the integrity of our elections.” — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announcing formal impeachment inquiry (9/24/19) ***** “So: In order to get dirt on a political opponent, the president removed a U.S. ambassador, used (paid?) a private citizen to threaten a foreign government, personally called a foreign leader, and delayed disbursing appropriated funds for that nation….


Russia Monitor: Trump’s Corruption Is Breaking Our Democracy.

  ““Climate change. Gun safety. Health care. On the face of it, these three are totally different issues. But despite our being the strongest and wealthiest country in the history of the world, our democracy is paralyzed. Why? Because giant corporations have bought off our government. “[Trump is] “corruption in the flesh”, but emphasized the problem is much bigger than just him). We need to take a deep breath and recognize that a country that elects Donald Trump is already in serious trouble.”” — Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) unveiling a 6,000 word anti-corruption plan in New York City’s Washington Square….


Russia Monitor: Impeach Or Not To Impeach, Dithering House Dems Stumble Forth

    By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (9/18/19) Dear Fellow Reader, Did you know the House Dems have started the impeachment process against Trump? Did you know former Trump campaign manager and New Hampshire republican Senate candidate Corey Lewandowski appeared before the House Judiciary Committee yesterday? Did you ‘get’ the Dem talking points about what they accomplished yesterday? Before sharing damning condemnation of the Dem approach let me acknowledge a few positives. One thing that worked particularly well for Dems was their use of majority counsel Barry Berke as a questioner, getting 30 minutes to question Lewandowski. It was…


Russia Monitor: It’s Moscow Mitch & Sharpiegate And So Much More

“McConnell is more comfortable having Russia engage in our elections than he is in having the federal government work with the states to protect them.” — Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) commenting on lack of GOP Senate election protection action. By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (9/16/19) Dear Fellow Readers, One more note about Senate Leader “Moscow Mitch” McConnell before moving on, Moscow Mitch prioritizes Russian aluminum over coal miner pensions. Similarly I’ll tie up one more loose end with a report on Trump’s now former national security adviser John Bolton – though I’ll also comment on the more important part…


Russia Monitor: Is There A Blanket Big Enough?

“We’ve got a problem: It’s in 2026,” Trump told his supporters. “And I said, well wait a minute, under the normal rules I’ll be out in 2024. So we may have to go for an extra term, OK?“ — Trump at 9/9/19 Fayetteville, NC rally.  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (9/13/19) Dear Fellow Readers, “Only kidding”, Trump says about the quote above. Except he keeps saying it, having tweeted, posted to Instagram and repeated the ‘joke’ repeatedly over the last few days. I recently had an acquaintance tell me I was being petty over some example of Trump corruption…


Russia Monitor: Taking A Sharpie To 2020

  Is Our 2020 Election Secure? Will Our 2020 Election Even Take Place? “We’re not going to let the Russians come back. We’re not going to let the Chinese, we’re not going to let the Iranians.” — Chris Krebs, “top cybersecurity official” at Department of Homeland Security (DHS).   By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (9/9/19) Dear Fellow Readers, Yes, those are both alarming and alarmist questions. I have been highlighting the rash of ransomware attacks on local governments for the past few columns but now there is this from the Washington Post: The Cybersecurity 202: Ransomware attack against the…


Russia Monitor: Putin & China’s Single Biggest ASSet

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (9/5/19) Dear Fellow Readers, Trump wants us to believe he never backs down, and that is a quality to be respected. Of course the reality is far different… Simple example, hurricane Dorian was never going to strike Alabama yet Trump said it would and repeatedly stood by his forecast; remember, this is during a declared emergency when people are making potentially life-or-death decisions based on what they are told. Trump is so sensitive to how he is viewed that even after Dorian headed north from the Bahamas and was no longer likely to…


Russia Monitor: News, No News & ‘What’s He Hiding?”

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (9/2/1) Dear Fellow Readers, Congressional efforts to gain access to Donald Trump’s elusive tax documents from Deutsche Bank continued as headline news – two reports are particularly significant. In the last edition of the Russia Monitor I shared a report from MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell claiming a “single source close to Deutsche Bank” told him that President Donald Trump’s loans were co-signed by “Russian billionaires close to Vladimir Putin.” O’Donnell then noted, “if true”, as I did as well. O’Donnell’s news was news when he offered his report. There is now more news;…


Russia Monitor: Trump’s Bottomless Whine Cellar

“No bedbugs at Doral. The Radical Left Democrats, upon hearing that the perfectly located (for the next G-7) Doral National MIAMI was under consideration for the next G-7, spread that false and nasty rumor. Not nice!” — Trump tweet (8/27/19) ***** “A source close to Deutsche Bank says Trump’s tax returns show he pays very little income tax and, more importantly, that his loans have Russian co-signers. If true, that explains every kind word Trump has ever said about Russia and Putin.” — Lawrence O’Donnell tweet, MSNBC Last Word (8/27/19) By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (8/29/19) Dear Fellow Readers,…


Russia Monitor: Trump vs Trump Heats Up & Goes Skittering Down The Drain

“I’m running because he’s unfit, somebody needs to step up and there needs to be an alternative. The country is sick of this guy’s tantrum, he’s a child.” — Former Illinois congressman and Tea Party favorite, Joe Walsh announces his primary challenge of Trump. ***** “If the Dow drops 1,000 points in two days the President should be impeached immediately!” — ‘Purported’ Trump tweet from November 2012. By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (8/26/19) The important numbers are: 3, 1, 23, 2.59/1000, ‘limitless’ and 138. Trump is like an erupting volcano crowding out the sun. Trump has always been angry…


Russia Monitor: More & More Bat Shit Crazy? Yes, No, Yes, No, YES!!!

    By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (8/22/19) Dear Fellow Readers, Sometimes there is a perfect headline. There is one key Trump-Russia flavor to Trump’s recent frenzy of batshit statements, but it’s hard to pass this up: The President Is Currently Serving Up Several Flavors of Batshit on Twitter The ‘twitter’ part is irrelevant, what Esquire columnist Jack Holmes describes as “lunacy” is the important part. Holmes highlights (and links to the Trump tweets) Trump’s notice that he will “reschedule” his trip to Denmark since Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen didn’t immediately embrace Trump’s offer to purchase Greenland. Whatever you…


Russia Monitor: Trumputin, Moscow Mitch & Our Nation Of Dwindling Options

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (8/19/19) Dear Fellow Readers, I was sent quite a few links to articles and videos over the last few days and I find myself trying to make sense out of the hours worth of reading and video. With a heavy heart I feel like the United States is on a path to mediocrity, as if we have no vision for our future, as if we lack the will for rising above our lesser selves; no longer the country people look to for inspiration or even a safe haven. Let me organize some of…


Russia Monitor: The One Thing You Can Say In A World With ‘Trump Straws’ … Things Suck

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (8/15/19) Dear Fellow Readers, Trump just confirmed his open secret – everything he does is based on a simple filter of how it makes him look. Trump will embellish, lie or rationalize anything he says or does and his base will respond with adoration and their own rationalization. ““He’s a very highly respected conservative pundit,” Trump told reporters in New Jersey, referring to right wing commentator and comedian Terrence K. Williams, who pushed out a wild conspiracy theory about Bill Clinton and being involved with Jefferey Epstein’s death. “He’s a big Trump fan….


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Russia Monitor: Trump Has Set It Loose. It’s Time To Put Racism Back In The Bottle Again

  “When racism was tamped down in this country before its resurgence lately it was because of public shaming and opinion. To get things back on track we must begin publicly shaming Republicans for their acceptance of this vile hatred through inaction.” — Dennis Brault – friend and occasional Commoner Call contributor in email discussion (8/10/19). By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (8/12/19) Dear Fellow Readers, Trump is our racist, conspiracy theorist and accused rapist in charge. Credit where due, he’s making it increasingly difficult for supporters and media to deny this – I say to both: Embrace your reality….


Russia Monitor: A Majority Of House Dems Have Taken A Stand

  House Dems – Majority Support Impeachment! By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (8/5/19) Dear Fellow Readers, And here we are, a majority of House Dems support impeachment of Trump. I give the nod to Esquire columnist Charles Pierce because his column is loaded with links to stories of recent declarations of support: Nancy Pelosi Cannot Resist an Impeachment Inquiry Much Longer. Plus he has style; consider his opening paragraph: “Here is something that happened while we were all watching John Delaney turn into a mannequin Tom Dewey on national television.” While summing up Dem presidential candidate John Delaney, he provides a link…


Russia Monitor: ‘Moscow Mitch’ Joins Trump Lawyer Comrade Barr To Pave The Path For Continued Russian Attacks On Elections

Московский Митч “There is a lot at stake, and people are scared, but we can’t choose a candidate we don’t believe in just because we’re too scared to do anything else.” — Sen. Elizabeth Warren Democratic debate (7/30/19) ***** “I do know it,” he said. “I wrote the damn bill!” — Sen. Bernie Sanders in response to Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) remark re: M4A bill; Democratic debate (7/30/19) ***** “Russia’s efforts to interfere in our elections remain relentless.” — Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) signing her support for Foreign Influence Reporting in Elections Act – first GOP sponsor. By Dan Peak The Commoner…


Russia Monitor: House Dems Walking Forward Slowly, Quietly

“Some things are above politics, and one of them is our constitutional responsibilities to do what is right. And the responsibility of the Congress of the United States of America, when a president breaks the law, is to bring impeachment charges against that president.” — Sen. Elizabeth Warren following Mueller testimony. ***** “Vladimir Putin has worked harder to run the U.S. government than all of the Democrats in Congress put together.” — Satire by Andy Borowitz for The New Yorker; headline from (7/25/19). By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (7/29/19) Dear Fellow Readers, In spite of mixed reactions to former…


Russia Montior: Not A Good Day For Dems, A Better Day For Trump.

By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (7/25/19) Dear Fellow Readers, Yesterday former special counsel Robert Mueller was on Capitol Hill. My mother gets the credit for best question asking, “After all that, are they going to impeach him?” To which I answered, “probably not”. I did not get to see the entire hearings because today was for doctor’s appointments. We spent a good part of the day at the Miami VA Hospital; my mother is very proud that she is a veteran going back to her days as a student and nurse in a Navy hospital. The TV in the…


Russia Monitor: The Pressure Is On House Dems & Robert Mueller To Make It All Clear

“I got to know him very well because we were both on 60 Minutes, we were stablemates. We did well that night.” — Trump Nov 10, 2015 “why he understands Putin”. ***** “I’ve never met him. I have no relationship with Putin. I don’t think I’ve ever met him. I never met him . . . . I mean if he’s in the same room or something. But I don’t think so.” — Trump July 31, 2016 interview with ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos. By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (7/22/19) Dear Fellow Readers, It turns out, in spite of all…


Russia Monitor: The Very Definition Of Who We Are — And Will Be — Hangs In The Balance.

“This is Mr. Trump’s Republican Party” — Lisa Lerer writing for the New York Times (7/15/19) ***** “The days for euphemisms… for lies, racism, illegality, and immorality have long since passed.” — Journalist Dan Rather tweet (7/15/19)  ***** “Trump is a racist president.” –– Lawyer George Conway, spouse of White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, headline from Washington Post Opinion column. ***** “No racist. No racist. You’re the racist.” — CNN analyst, former FBI Special Agent Asha Rangappa tweeting in response to Rep Liz Cheney’s (R-WY) comments. By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (5/18/19) Dear Fellow Readers, Trump is running his reelection…


Russia Monitor: America In The Barrel

  “Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” — Trump tweet aimed at Progressive Democrat Freshman Congresswomen (7/14/19) By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (7/15/19) Dear Fellow Readers, What happened to Republicans? You can say Trump happened to Republicans, but Trump is the culmination of a steep downhill descent marked by nonsensical Republican expressions starting from “the shining city upon a hill”, through, “ten thousand points of life”, the empty manipulation of “compassionate conservative” ending, at least at this point, Trump’s 2015 pronouncement that Mexican immigrants were “rapists”…


Russia Monitor: Collaborators, Hustlers & Fabricators Spin The Nation Far, Far Beyond The Law

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (7/11/19) Dear Fellow Readers, It is easy to get overwhelmed in the daily rain of Trump shit-show news. To demonstrate, the bill for the D.C. government to ‘host’ Trump’s 4th of July celebration of self is $1.7 million. The money needed to pay for this comes from a now bankrupted fund “used to protect the nation’s capital from terrorist threats and provide security at events such as rallies and state funerals”. In fact the fund is running a projected “$6 million deficit” while the mayor “also noted that the account was never reimbursed…


Russia Monitor: The Polls All Agree –Things Are Getting Weird

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (7/8/19) Dear Fellow Readers, Let’s be optimistic and call the news and polls a mixed bag. You likely heard that Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) has announced he is now (I-MI) after leaving the GOP. Here he is announcing in a Washington Post Opinion piece:  “I’m asking you to join me in rejecting the partisan loyalties and rhetoric that divide and dehumanize us. I’m asking you to believe that we can do better than this two-party system — and to work toward it. If we continue to take America for granted, we will lose it.”…