Thursday, November 30, 2017

First expense report from Mueller's Trump-Russia probe to be released next week

Tom Cotton, Said to Be Trumps C.I.A. Pick, Would Bring Ambition but Little Experience

ERIK PRINCE details Seychelles meeting to House Intel, confirming he met with Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of Russian Direct Investment Fund. Prince called interview a "meaningless fishing expedition."

For some Russian oligarchs, sanctions risk makes Putin awkward to know

Trump has told others that a government shutdown could be good for him politically and is focusing on his hard-line immigration stance as a way to win back supporters unhappy with his outreach to Democrats this fall

The National Tree Lighting ceremony was beautiful this evening - but hard not to notice the empty seats

The Senate parliamentarian has ruled that the fiscal trigger, which was important in winning deficit-wary Sen. Bob Corker's support, will not work under the rules of the Senate.

It's Time

Our questions to Stephen Miller after Papadopoulos revelations

GOP leaders agree to reduce tax relief by $350 billion to win over deficit hawks

The Joint Committee on Taxation said the Senate bill will add $1 trillion to the deficit over a decade

NEW by @KendallTTaggart and me: Conservative Megadonor Robert Mercer Funded Project Veritas

Ahead of Vote, Promised Treasury Analysis of Tax Bill Proves Elusive

White House maintenance requests show building infested with cockroaches and vermin

Me on Tillerson public shaming: Isn't this kind of sad, to do it this way? Source close to WH: Is it though? Rex should have seen the writing on the wall.

NEW: Senate Ethics announces it has opened a “preliminary inquiry” into Sen. Al Franken’s “alleged misconduct”

Adam Schiff says Sessions declined to answer if Trump ever asked him to obstruct the Russian investigation.

Americans don’t want a tax bill written in secret, cobbled together at the last minute & filled with goodies for special interests.

If true #Tillerson out, #Pompeo to State, #Cotton to CIA, this would be Trump’s NatSec Team - Recipe for war with Iran & North Korea

Trump plans to oust Rex Tillerson, replace him as Secretary of State with Mike Pompeo

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is missing some numbers

Scarborough: Trump allies told me he has dementia

U.S.-Russia relations are in "disgusting" condition, Russian PM says

White House: Trump sharing anti-Muslim videos "elevated" the conversation

Yup, this is a coup alright.

Blackwater Brass Rips ‘Spineless, Worthless’ Jeff Sessions

UPDATE: We may vote on the Republican tax bill TONIGHT. We don't have the final bill. We don't have analysis from the Joint Committee on Taxation as to whether or not the bill would boost the economy. We don't have a Treasury Department analysis. This is OUTRAGEOUS!

BREAKING: OFFICIAL, NONPARTISAN SCORE (JCT): Senate tax bill will explode the debt by $1 TRILLION—even after accounting for economic growth.

Eric Trump just sent out a fundraising email characterizing Democrats as "America haters"

The Trump Administration Is Mulling A Pitch For A Private “Rendition” And Spy Network

Turkish President Ordered Banks to Violate U.N. Sanctions on Iran, Architect of Scheme Testifies

Just in: Paul Manafort's motion to modify his release conditions, which Mueller's team has agreed to — no house arrest and no GPS, and he would forfeit four properties valued at $11.65M if he flees

Elizabeth Warren says Steve Mnuchun “grossly misled the public,” is calling for the Treasury I.G. to investigate whether the department formally analyzed the GOP tax plan and if there was ‘political interference’.

Whether by instinct or design, Trump's racially charged comments are meant to inspire his supporters to despise other Americans more than they may otherwise grow to dislike him. In 2016, Hillary was his foil. In 2018 and 2020, it will be minorities.

Fox News refuses to run an ad explaining how Trump personally benefits from his tax plan....

Welcome to the new America, where white resentment and fear took over a major political party, and threatens the soul of our nation.

Paul Ryan says Dems blew DACA negotiations by skipping Trump meeting

Nancy Pelosi on John Conyers and Congresss Sexual-Harassment Problem

How Rex Tillerson Wrecked the State Department

The head of the Church of England speaks out against Trump: “I join the urgent call of faith groups and others for President Trump not just to remove these tweets, but to make clear his opposition to racism and hatred in all forms.”

Here Are All the Ways the President Has Been Accused of Violating the Constitutio

Republicans continue to grapple with the tax bill's automatic trigger provision

U.S. commandos weren't just in Niger in 2017. They were also in Burkina Faso and Burundi and DRC and Ethiopia and Kenya and Liberia and Libya and Mauritania and Morocco and Tunisia and more than 20 other African nations

Senate tax drama enters complicated end-game gambit

The insane ramblings of a guilty man who knows full well that Mueller is getting close!

The list of men in media and elsewhere whose bad behavior has cost them their jobs is vast and growing. In politics, it's a different story, says Ana Navarro

Jeff Sessions is likely to take fire from both parties when he faces the House Trump-Russia probe

Thousands of religious leaders come out against Senate GOP tax plan

'Donald Trump is a madman'

By becoming press barons, even if passive ones, the Koch brothers may burnish their images more effectively

Trump veers past guardrails, feeling emboldened and invincible.

Russia loves the NRA. The NRA loves Russia. Together they destabilize the U.S. democracy

How Congress handles sexual harassment: 535 policies

Analysis: Deeply unpopular Congress aims to pass deeply unpopular bill for deeply unpopular president to sign

Three reasons Republican senators will end up without real tax reform

Yes, Donald Trump Is a Role Model for Men Accused of Sexual Abuse

Blackwater Brass Rips Spineless, Worthless Jeff Sessions

Russia rejects US call to cut North Korea ties

Former Reagan Treasury official describes tax bill process as "malpractice"; rushed for political reasons.

Tell your Senators not to raise taxes on middle-class seniors — AARP Advocates

Russia says takes negative view of U.S. call to cut ties with North Korea: agencies

It Started as a Tax Cut. Now It Could Change American Life.

"The bill also includes tax cuts so large that they would trigger across-the-board spending cuts — including billions for Medicare. The last time Medicare was hit with cuts like this, patients lost access to critical services like chemotherapy treatment."

GOP places risky bet on trickle-down tax cut

Challenge for Patriotic Hackers

The Senate Republican tax bill is Obamacare repeal-lite, and it’s a serious threat to the safety net

Hmmm, Marco Rubio says that the tax plan is just the first step before "instituting structural changes to Social Security and Medicare" benefits to reduce the federal deficit.

This is what could pop the bitcoin bubble

No serious lawmaker should support this tax bill

Researchers raise new questions about the hurricane death toll in Puerto Rico

The GOP tax plan could be forced to include a break for legal weed

NRA's role in connecting Trump campaign with Russians is under Senate investigation

Opinion: Trump says pharma gets away with murder. Alex Azar is the guy with the hatchet.

'Chaos' Is At The Heart Of The Trump Camp's Defense. But It Can Cut Both Ways

The thinking behind Kim Jong Un's 'madness'

London's Mayor Sadiq Khan: "President Trump has used Twitter to promote a vile, extremist group that exists solely to sow division and hatred in our country. It's increasingly clear that any official visit from President Trump to Britain would not be welcomed."

President Trump responds to criticism lobbed by British Prime Minister May in tweet saying "don’t focus on me" — but tags an unrelated Twitter account

The Senate Just Broke with a Century-Old Tradition to Give Trump the Judges He Wants

Corporations plan to turn over gains from GOP tax cuts to shareholders, not workers

"Russian Military Working on Deal to Use Egypt Air Bases: Document" by REUTERS via NYT

Trump criticized by Britain, U.S. Muslim groups and some members of Congress after sharing anti-Muslim videos on Twitter

U.S. demands that China cut off all oil exports to North Korea after missile launch

British PM May issues rare rebuke of Trump for retweeting anti-Muslim videos

Twitter has allowed Trump to continue accessing fringe websites and viewing racist videos by looking at his mentions

Trump's behavior raises questions of competency

"Putin owns Trump," says 'Art of the Deal' ghostwriter Tony Schwartz

NOAA nominee ignores Trump administration talking points on cause of climate change

The @FCC is refusing to help my office conduct a serious investigation into the flood of fraudulent comments submitted during the FCC’s #netneutrality process.

Russia Conducts Nuclear Exercises Amid Orthodox End-Times Talk

President Trump sparks international outrage for re-tweeting anti-Muslim videos

Kushner discussed secret channel to RU via diplomatic facilities to avoid monitoring by US communication systems

Trump campaign had at least 19 Russia-connected contacts

Rachel Maddow updates a running list of Russia-connected contacts by members of the Donald Trump campaign, bringing the count to 19, with the open possibility of new ones being exposed.

Jared Kushner met with Robert Mueller in Trump Russia probe: NYT

Rachel Maddow replays breaking news from the New York Times that Jared Kushner has spoken with special counsel Robert Mueller, with additional reporting from CNN that the main subject of discussion was Mike Flynn.

World astonished at yet more falsehoods from Donald Trump

Eric Mouthaan, correspondent for RTL Dutch TV, talks with Rachel Maddow about Donald Trump's retweet of a false anti-Muslim propaganda video and the reaction of the world to a U.S. president who so regularly disgraces himself and his country.

Fmr. Treasury Secretary Summers slams tax bill, Mnuchin

Larry Summers breaks with tradition and slams the Trump administration's tax bill, saying the president is speaking "nonsense." He explains why the bill is designed to reward the wealthy and says current Secretary Steven Mnuchin's tax claims aren't "serious."