Dem rep: Trump North Korea statements ‘reckless’

The following article by Max Greenwood was posted on the Hill website August 11, 2017:

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Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) on Friday slammed President Trump’s rhetoric toward North Korea as “reckless” and urged him to pursue a diplomatic solution to Washington’s escalating tensions with Pyongyang.

“We need to engage in diplomacy. That’s the one thing that Donald Trumphas not yet done,” Lieu said in a video posted on Twitter by VoteVets, a progressive advocacy group.

“And before the president takes us down the dark and bloody path of a catastrophic war, he needs to first engage in diplomacy,” he added. “He owes that to the American people and I call on the president to do that first before issuing provocative and senseless and reckless statements.” Read More

The @nti-Trump: Rep. Ted Lieu hits the president where he lives

The following article by Gabby Kaufman was posted on the Yahoo News website August 9, 2017:

Ted Lieu at the “From Russia With Trump” panel during Politicon at Pasadena Convention Center on July 30, 2017, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo: Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Politicon)

There’s no evidence President Trump, in his Twitter persona of @realDonaldTrump, has been paying any attention to Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., or even to @tedlieu. He hasn’t replied to any of the second-term congressman’s provocative tweets, hasn’t bothered to insult or attack him and hasn’t unleashed on him the army of trollbots supposedly working in the service of the Trump campaign.

Others are paying attention — Lieu’s 337,000 followers, at least, representing an increase of hundreds of thousands in the months since he began his campaign of answering the deluge of bombast and untruths from the president’s Twitter account with his own stern correctives.

It’s a thankless job — unless you are, say, a certain 48-year-old minority-party backbencher from Torrance who has been rewarded with newfound stature in his party and increased face time on cable news.

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What are his generals telling Trump on North Korea?

The following article by James Hohmann with Breanne Deppisch and Joanie Greve was posted on the Washington Post website August 10, 2017:

THE BIG IDEA today is by Robert Costa. James returns next week. 

Remember this scene?

“These are central casting. If I’m doing a movie, I’d pick you general,” a smiling President Trump said months ago (see the video above) during his inaugural luncheon at the Capitol, pointing at Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. “And General Kelly,” he added, gesturing toward John F. Kelly, his pick to run the Department of Homeland Security.

Those were simpler times. Now, it’s August and as he works from his golf course in Bedminster, N.J., President Trump is facing one of the biggest crises of his presidency: escalating hostility from North Korea, which intelligence reports show has miniaturized a nuclear warhead. Read More

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Democrat to ‘Lyin Sessions’: Stop the lies and the leaks will go away

The following article by Brandon Carter was posted on The Hill website August 5, 2017:

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) this week blasted Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement that the Department of Justice is considering stricter measures to prevent leaks, saying the leaks would stop if there were no “lies, crimes and stupid stuff.”

“Dear Lyin Sessions: Leaks are interesting if they expose lies, crimes & stupid stuff,” Lieu tweeted Friday. “Stop the lies, crimes & stupid stuff and leaks go away.” Read More

Trump Tweets Suggestion of an ‘Uprising’ if Trump-Russia Grand Jury Indicts

The following commentary by TommY Christopher was posted on the Independent Journal Review website August 4, 2017:

President Donald Trump is engaged in a monumentally dangerous new phase in his battle against the ever-progressing Trump-Russia collusion investigation, a phase which the mainstream political media has so far missed badly.

At his West Virginia rally Thursday night, Trump issued a thinly veiled threat that his millions of supporters are counting on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation to go his way.

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) noticed the new strategy on Friday morning, observing that Trump retweeted a much more explicit suggestion along the same lines: Read More

Rep. Ted Lieu speaks to activists working to oust GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher at ’empty chair’ town hall

NOTE:  We’re posting this article to give you some background on Rep. Ted Lieu, our keynote speaker at this year’s Jackie Stevenson Dinner.

The following article by Javier Panzar was posted on the Los Angeles Times website August 1, 2017:

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Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) got a rock star’s reception Tuesday night at an Aliso Viejo town hall organized by liberal activists in Orange County who are working to oust Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa).

Activists invited Rohrabacher to speak but he declined.

The event instead served as a pep rally for activists and a networking event for the stable of Democratic candidates seeking to challenge Rohrabacher in 2018.

Rohrabacher’s seat has been rated a toss-up by political prognosticators, and some of his challengers have been raising money at a considerable clip despite being new to politics.  Read More

Dem rep on Trump: ‘You really gotta try to be that bad’

The following article by Max Greenwod was posted on The Hill website July 29, 2017:

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) said on Saturday that the fact President Trump drew criticism from the Boy Scouts and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), appeared to be the result of a concerted effort by the president.

“Let me say, in one week Donald Trump got rebuked by the Boy Scouts, by the Pentagon, by the [IACP],” Lieu said on MSNBC. “You really gotta try to be that bad.”

Michael Surbaugh, the chief Scout executive for the Boy Scouts of America, apologized to the group’s members on Thursday, after Trump delivered a politically heated speech to its National Jamboree in West Virginia earlier in the week.

“I want to extend my sincere apologies to those in our Scouting family who were offended by the political rhetoric that was inserted into the jamboree,” Surbaugh said in a statement. “That was never our intent.”

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Ted Lieu is out-tweeting Trump, and it’s making him a political star

Rep. Lieu will be joining us at our upcoming (September 10, 2017) Jackie Stevenson Dinner. Here’s a recent article talking about him we thought you’d be interested in.

The following article by Karen Heller was posted on the Washington Post website March 30, 2017:

The makeshift sign on Lieu’s office door. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

 In the packed auditorium at the Creative Artists Agency, a vortex of entertainment industry power and current progressive political woe, comedian Kathy Griffin — tiny, insistently red-tressed — erupts in full-throttle rasp at the man in the boxy gray suit as he finishes up onstage.

“I saw you on the Joy Reid show on MSNBC,” Griffin says, coming up from the audience to address Rep. Ted Lieu, a California Democrat speaking at the CAA Foundation’s Take Action Day. “You’re giving us hope!”

A trio of sleek female agents surrounds Lieu, as if he’s some TV heartthrob like actor Joshua Jackson, who is on the same environmental panel yet attracting far less attention.

“You’re a rock star,” they gasp. “We love your tweets.”

With Lieu, it’s all about the tweets. Since the inauguration of Donald Trump, Lieu has become a tweeting demon, famous as the man, as the Los Angeles Times put it, “trolling the Tweeter in Chief.” Read More