It IS Mueller Time!


So Special Counsel Robert Mueller has finally obtained some more grand jury indictments. A week or so ago, I could feel that another set of indictments was coming. And there are (many) more to follow. Trumputin should be quivering in his golden boots, and many of his children, in-laws, assistants and political hacks are certain to end up in the slammer. And if any of the indicted Russians decide to take a nice vacation at the Riviera, they may end up at Quantanamo Bay instead.

Who is now endangered? Given the detail in the 37-page indictment of Russian operatives and trolls, with information clearly provided by NSA and other U.S. spy agency intercepts, by moles in the Russian government, and by Russian operatives who have been flipped, indictments of Americans are sure to follow, and soon.

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Name Them and Shame Them

America is a country that responds immediately to crisis: We bring flowers and teddy bears and tie yellow ribbons around trees and rubber bracelets on our wrists, but can't bring sanity and moral courage to our leaders. We all know the mind-numbing numbers: over 200 school shootings with 400 dead. Of course there are more numbers, higher numbers, but the children are the saddest and so we have always hoped these babies, who will never know the full measure of their lives, would shock sense into the senseless.

We know now that is not going to happen. Consider this report of the Barden family trying to live without their seven-year-old killed at Sandy Hook and then summoning all of their strength to stop -- in his name, Daniel Barden -- the madness, only to be thwarted at every turn and even as they learned to modify their demands and restrict the meaning of their words to say "gun limits" not "gun control, etc." 


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Read the Special Counsel's Indictment Against the Internet Research Agency and Others

13 Russians Indicted as Mueller Reveals Effort to Aid Trump Campaign

Annual Meeting Recap

1/28/18 PPDC Annual Meeting (Open to All) Recap

2018 annual meeting and executive board election


Couldn’t attend the January 28 PaliDems Annual Meeting? Here’s what you missed.

Over 200 eager audience members gathered to hear from some of our most proactive local officials, including State Senator Ben Allen, State Assemblymember Richard Bloom, County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, and City Councilmember Mike Bonin.

The event began at 2 PM at the Pacific Palisades Woman’s Club with the ratification of a new slate of board members and executive officers, continuing the proud tradition of the club, which was established back in the 1950s.

The club congratulated new president Erika Feresten and thanked our outgoing president of seven years, Melissa Grant. Grant was given official commendations by both the VIPs in attendance and by a representative of the office of Rep. Ted Lieu, in honor of her service to the club and the community.

By 2:30 it was a standing-room-only crowd as Supervisor Kuehl opened the main program.

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ICE agents hit 77 NorCal businesses

Thursday, February 01, 2018 11:27PM
Homeland Security special agents have conducted another employer audit operation in the Bay Area.
An immigrant who was living illegally in Indiana when he was arrested in a suspected drunken-driving crash that killed an NFL player had a history of misdemeanor convictions and arrests, including at least two previous instances of driving under the influence, authorities said Tuesday.

Between January 29th and 31st, agents served notices at 77 businesses in San Francisco, Sacramento and San Jose -- alerting owners that the federal government would be auditing their employment records to make sure they're in compliance with legal hiring more

Ted Lieu Explains Nunes Memo

Enjoy our exclusive video of Ted Lieu explaining the infamous Nunes memo

The Beleaguered Tenants of ‘Kushnerville’


The Beleaguered Tenants of ‘Kushnerville’

Tenants in more than a dozen Baltimore-area rental complexes complain about a property owner who they say leaves their homes in disrepair, humiliates late-paying renters and often sues them when they try to move out. Few of them know that their landlord is the president’s son-in-law.

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PaliDems board member Ted Vaill writes about Steve Miller on

PPDC board member Ted Vaill writes another provocative piece for the L.A. Progressive....

Stephen Miller got his plug pulled last weekend. Miller is Trumputin’s (as I call him) “senior policy advisor” (even though at age 31, he is hardly “senior”), and he was deputized by his boss to go on CNN host Jake Tapper’s “State of the Union” to trash Michael Wolff’s tell-all book, Fire and Fury, by spewing fire and fury at Tapper.

Miller, who looks like a 50-year-old man trapped in a 31-year-old body, is a severely balding, hooded-lidded, gangly man who reminded me, as he spewed personal insults at Jake Tapper, of Adolf Hitler’s young hitman, Martin Bormann.


Martin Bormann

Miller, who looks like a 50-year-old man trapped in a 31-year-old body, is a severely balding, hooded-lidded, gangly man who reminded me, as he spewed personal insults at Jake Tapper, of Adolf Hitler’s young hitman, Martin Bormann.

Bormann served a year in prison in the early 1920s for being an accomplice in a murder to a man who later was the commandant of the Auschwitz concentration camp. He joined the Nazi Party in 1927 and rose rapidly in the party, becoming chief of staff to the Deputy Fuhrer, Rudolf Hess, in 1933, at age 33. He became a member of Hitler’s inner circle (much as Miller has become to Trumputin), and accompanied him everywhere (similar to Miller), and became Hitler’s “personal secretary” in 1935. That year, he became the head of the renovations to Hitler’s property at Obersalzberg, the Berghof, and built the Eagle’s Nest, a tea house high above the Berghof (which I have visited), as a gift to Hitler on his 50th birthday in 1939.

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Ted Vaill, a Los Angeles lawyer and filmmaker, grew up in a Republican family (who all would be Democrats today given the extreme rightward shift of the Republican Party in recent years) and is the descendant of an immigrant (who arrived in what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620).

PaliDems board member Maryam Zar writes about the Iran protests for Huffington Post

Here's one of many articles PPDC's Maryam Zar has written for the Huffington Post.

Sisters, Need Support

Across Iran, in major cities and small towns across a diverse country with a broad ranging populace, protests have erupted against a brutal regime that has maintained a choke hold on its citizens for nearly forty years; and women, are taking part in an unabashed way.

Iconic image of woman holding her hejab in the air, in defiance of laws, boldly attempting to declare a truce.

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2018 CA Governor and Fed Senate Raises


Californians overwhelmingly support Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s reelection bid, and she is far better known than her top rival, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll. Voters are more divided in the governor’s race, creating a closer contest between Democrats Gavin Newsom and Antonio Villaraigosa.

Newsom leads Villaraigosa by more than 10 percentage points in an election that is shaping up to be competitive, the USC/Times poll found. Newsom, the state’s lieutenant governor, has dominated early polls and fundraising. more...