Friday, November 16, 2018

House Republicans can ask me anything they want but I want the American people to watch, so let’s have a public hearing. Truth is best served by transparency. Let me know when is convenient.


Trump is now 0 for 2 in front of judges he has appointed. The guardrails are holding — so far


“CIA has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal #Khashoggi...officials have said they have high confidence” in their assessment.


Authorities find a rocket launcher and pipe bombs during massive Florida white supremacist sting


BREAKING: Per @WSJ just now, Pfizer will raise prices on 41 drugs they delayed over the summer to please Trump.


Accused Russian agent Maria Butina may have a plea deal in place before Christmas.


Trump privately asking aides if Pence is loyal


ATLANTA (AP) -- Democrat Stacey Abrams says she can't win Georgia governor race, effectively ends challenge to Republican Brian Kemp.


NEW: @NancyPelosi & @RepMarciaFudge meet face to face abt speakership bid.


Erik Prince would not be feelin good where all this is going. Prince has direct links to the Chinese Govt, lied to Congress about his Ru links, & was backchannelling in the Seychelles, & lied about that


Sessions: Arresting Julian Assange Is Now a Priority for U.S


Blood Pressure Break


Veterans aren’t getting their GI Bill payments — because VA’s 50-year-old computer system broke


"Right-wing extremists are already threatening violence over a Democratic House"


Coffee listening to @GenMhayden talking about Assange, Manning, Snowden connex; essence of wikileaks as "nonstate hostile intel service;" pushing back on notion wikileaks deserves journalistic protections. This is refreshing after the bad Assange takes all over Twitter last night


EXCLUSIVE: Mueller’s team has been looking into the communications and political dealings of John Hannah, a former Cheney adviser who later worked on Trump’s State Department transition team


A year after the country decriminalized domestic violence, women feel the consequences.


Alabama district attorney shot in the face after ambush by former state trooper, authorities say


Trump is now tweeting about “the inner works of the Mueller investigation.” Maybe he’s just spouting off. Or maybe he has gained a vantage point on the “inner workings” that he did not have before Matt Whitaker’s appointment as acting AG


Paul Ryan leaves Washington as the architect of the GOP’s biggest loss of House seats in any election since Watergate


When the president tries to control the Justice Department in order to make an investigation that dooms him go away by corruptly influencing the course of the investigation, that's usually the end


Inside Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg's effort to discredit, deflect and lobby their way out of crisis as evidence accumulated that Facebook could be exploited to disrupt elections, threaten personal privacy and inspire deadly campaigns of hate

ICYMI

I’m inclined to believe this wasn’t a Freudian Slip


U.S. prosecutors get indictment against Wikileaks founder Assange: court document


Stacey Abrams campaign and legal team is preparing an unprecedented legal challenge that could force a court to rule whether another election is needed.


Donald Trump a portrait of a president in crisis


Lindsay Graham says he’s going to investigate Hillary if he becomes Judiciary Chair. Graham’s recent erratic behavior with regards to Trump suggests that he’s personally compromised in some way. Perhaps we should have an investigation of that as well.


Extension request offers another peek at Mueller's planning


VIDEO: 63 dead and 631 unaccounted for in the Northern California wildfire.


I just want to make sure everyone knows Georgia's Secretary of State race went to a Dec. 4th runoff between John Barrow (D) and Brad Raffensperger (R). This is the election to elect Brian Kemp's successor. So it should be obvious how important position is for voting rights.


Why? To start more fires? Stay away Trump we don’t need any more disasters in this area!


As per always, NBC News manages to scrub the activities of Flynn, Mukasey, and Giuliani planning black intel Ops on US soil against Gulen


Soros now calling for an independent public investigation of Facebook: "What else is Facebook up to?"


Treasury sanctions 17 Saudi officials over Khashoggi killing


12 AGs are joining together to demand that the Trump administration immediately reverse an inhumane immigration policy that is unnecessarily keeping unaccompanied migrant children in prolonged federal detention – rather than allowing them to be placed with family or sponsors.


Your guide to understanding the Trump-Russia saga


Is the NRA going broke?


GOP pushes Trump for new attorney general amid Mueller uproar


U.S. Marshals Service spending millions on DeVos security in unusual arrangement


Trump's no-show to this week’s summit in Singapore draws Asian nations closer together


Dems Regained the House in 2018. The Real Story Is What Happened Beyond D.C.


The House GOP Just Got a Whole Lot Trumpier


Trump's latest attacks on Robert Mueller could be a sign that he received negative news from his legal team or that new indictments are coming down the pike


Fox News Host Laura Ingraham Drops Radio Show for Podcast, Citing Family


Mark Zuckerberg claims that he had no idea Facebook had hired a Republican opposition-research firm to attack its critics


Trump's mood takes a foul turn: 'He's pissed -- at damn near everyone'


Japan PM tells Putin no U.S. bases on disputed isles if handed over: Asahi


A Kansas county commissioner Louis Klemp, a white man, a is facing calls to apologize after telling a black woman that he is part of the “master race, don’t ever forget that” during a public planning meeting


Lizard's a-comin'...


Signs suggest Robert Mueller investigation coming to a head


Fact-checking President Trumps wild Daily Caller interview


Opinion: The moral and ethical rot at Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg’s Facebook


Saudi Arabia thinks it is showing the world how seriously it takes Jamal Khashoggi's murder. It's doing the opposite,


Seth Moulton has been running an anti-Pelosi campaign since Democrats won the House. Seth has also been working with Roger Stone camp member Matt Gaetz.


Pence actually believes he’s going to be president


Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin says arms control issues will likely top the agenda of his meeting with Pres. Trump.


Mississippi Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith appeared to say laws that make it "just a little more difficult" for attendees of some of the state's universities to vote are a "great idea" in a video posted Thursday.


Trump takes aim at Mueller as speculation over Russia probe's end grows


Captain says U.S. military does not view Central American migrants as enemies


SCOOP: US Department of Justice "accidentally" reveals existence of sealed charges (or a draft for them) against WikiLeaks' publisher Julian Assange in apparent cut-and-paste error in an unrelated case also at the Eastern District of Virginia.


Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Justice Department is preparing to prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and is optimistic about bringing him to the U.S.


NEW: Mitch McConnell just filed cloture on NC judicial nominee Thomas Farr, who has ties to white supremacists and has spent his entire career working against civil rights, especially voting rights and workers’ rights.


Actual Nazis are marching around a Kohls parking with semiautomatic rifles in Arkansas. Everything is fine


NEW: Facebook reeling after damning New York Times report


Trump Just Blurted Out, Unprompted, That He Installed His Pet Attorney General Over the Russia Probe


BREAKING: Florida Secretary of State orders manual recount in US Senate race.


Under no circumstances should the Administration extradite one U.S. resident to appease Turkey over the murder of another U.S. resident by Saudi Arabia. Nor should it be done to assist in a cover up. U.S. residents should be protected, not bartered.


A new rule from Betsy DeVos would require universities to allow accused sexual abusers to cross-examine and re-traumatize their victims. This is absolutely sickening.


JUST IN: Maria Butina's lawyers asked federal judge to throw out the 2-count indictment against her. They say prosecutors have an extremely weak case and violated the Double Jeopardy Clause of the Constitution. (Deemed a possible flight risk, Butina has been in jail since July.)


Florida Democrat Nelson sues state to force hand recount of ballots


Just FYI: Tomorrow is the 666th day of Donald Trump's presidency.


The Strange Case of American Diplomats in Cuba: As the Mystery Deepens, So Do Divisions in Washington


Doug Jones in Alabama Conor Lamb in Pennsylvania Kyrsten Sinema in Arizona Now it's Mike Espy's turn in Mississippi. Help us pull off another historic victory deep in Trump country. Volunteer here


Following Jared Golden's victory over incumbent Rep. Bruce Poliquin in Maine's 2nd district, Republicans now hold zero House seats in New England and only one Senate seat — Susan Collins.


JUST IN: Federal judge Mark Walker has issued a denial to the request from Sen. Bill Nelson and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee to extend the recount deadline. Counties are set to submit results of a machine recount by 3:00 PM today.


Gaetz pushing Trump to back Jim Jordan for top Judiciary Republican


Silicon Valley doesn’t want the U.S. to get too hasty about regulation


Remember when Mike Flynn and his idiot son were going to kidnap this guy?


Secret backroom deals? Meetings with the NRA & big coal? No, @SecretaryZinke, this isn’t “B.S.” – these are serious ethics scandals. You owe the American people an explanation.


“many of the stories on the front page are about me. You know, all my life I told this story, had stories on the front page. A few, not a big deal. Which wasn’t bad, you know, maybe seven... “THE DAILY CALLER: Sir, I do want to turn to policy.”


BREAKING: Facebook's board responds to New York Times investigation, says it tried to push Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg to 'move faster' on interference issues


Judges denies request by Concord Management to throw out Mueller's indictment. It was one of firms indicted by Mueller in election interference case.


NEW TODAY: Mueller scored another victory in court when a Trump-appointed judge upheld his indictment against a Russian troll farm. So far, defendants haven't had much luck pushing back against Mueller in court. Here's my wrap on today's decision:


It's gotta be a bad spy scandal to shock Vienna. The Kremlin just did.


The son of Israeli-#RussianπŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί diamond oligarch Lev Leviev was arrested in #Israel, suspected in a diamond smuggling scheme.


UPDATE: Bob Mueller’s Grand Jury enters day three today and Trump is on a new-level Twitter rant about Mueller first thing this mornin’.


Trump told a preposterous lie in interview w/ conservative website, claiming Republicans are losing elections because of people voting multiple times. “Sometimes they go to their car, put on a different hat, put on a different shirt, come in & vote again.”


Packed house here in Jackson. Looking forward to talking to everyone about my plans to move Mississippi forward.


NEWS: the President has just nominated 13 more #judges and sent their names to the Senate. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ


As highlighted on PBS @NewsHour, “from 2016 to 2017, public filings show Saudi payments to lobbyists almost quadrupled, from $7 million to $27 million.”


Man shouts 'Heil Hitler, Heil Trump' during intermission of Baltimore performance of 'Fiddler on the Roof'


We have our OLC opinion on Whitaker's appointment. READ it


A state legislator once brushed off Cassandra Levesque’s campaign to end child marriage in New Hampshire as “a request from a minor doing a Girl Scout project.” So Cassandra, 19 years old, ran for the state legislature herself—and won.


So @mattgaetz said that Democrats are "using the Florida recounts as a test to see how they can steal 2020 from Trump."


Lawyers request "Apprentice" tapes in suit over Trump ending DACA protections


Waking up to extraordinary news from London. Five ministers resign over the Brexit deal, May's government in crisis, pound tumbling, and general chaos about what happens now.


I can't remember a time we've seen more people around a sitting president be cited, investigated, chased out, fired, indicted...and we are only two years in.


So the plagiarism guy got the interview with the president for the frozen fish heir’s super bias right wing website. Am I leaving anything out here?


JUST IN: A federal judge has ruled that some 4,000 Florida residents who submitted mail-in and provisional ballots that were rejected, because the signatures did not match those on file, will have until Saturday at 5 p.m. to correct their signatures.


Military experts say we should cut Medicare to fund bigger military


VP Pence and Putin had a 15-20 minute chat in between other meetings at ASEAN in Singapore.


Trump team reportedly workshopping nicknames for 2020 Democratic candidates


Facebook has lost its right to be trusted. It’s time to seriously consider breaking it up. AntiTRUST isn’t just a pun!


Private prison companies poured record amounts of money into the 2018 elections—more than $1.6 million in federally disclosed contributions as of mid-October.


Opinion: Three very positive signs for democracy


Exclusive: U.S. troop levels at Mexico border likely at peak - commander


Daily Caller reports that when asked about anti-fascists today, President Trump said: “These people, like the Antifa — they better hope that the opposition to Antifa decides not to mobilize. Because if they do, they’re much tougher. Much stronger. Potentially much more violent."


Mitch McConnell likes to avoid bills that would divide his caucus. But Trump's endorsement of a criminal justice reform bill gives new life to a measure that divides Senate Republicans.


I worked on Rubio’s presidential campaign, so I am saddened to see “Little Marco” turning into his tormentor’s mini-me. But that is the Trump effect: He is pushing otherwise sane Republicans down conspiratorial rabbit holes.


The looming threat to Trumps booming economy


#Brexit Secretary Raab resigns thrusting May's government into turmoil


Israel-Hamas fighting erupted just as negotiations advanced. What started it, and why does it matter?


The Latest: European Court of Human Rights rules Russian authorities' arrests of opposition leader Alexei Navalny were politically driven


Saudi Arabia releases findings of Khashoggi inquiry, seeks death penalty for five people it says who ordered the journalist’s death


So when does the media start openly asking the, now beyond, obvious question: “How long has @senatemajldr Mitch McConnell been working for Vladimir Putin?”


The Sec of Defense, the Sec of DHS and the commissioner of CBP are all walking around in a barren field in south Texas touring a military deployment for a migrant caravan that is arriving 1,500 miles away in Tijuana


Surreal moment: I just got a visit from two special agents for the FBI who informed me that Cesar Sayoc, the suspected pipe bomber, conducted searches of my name before he was arrested. Fellow reporters, be vigilant!


Montana federal judge tells neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin and his troll lawyer Marc Randazza that "muh free speech" is not a defense for orchestrating an anti-Semitic harassment campaign against Tanya Gersh.


“If you buy a box of cereal—you have a voter ID.” --Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America Nov. 14, 2018


Russia’s meddling in U.S. elections is not a hoax. It’s the culmination of Moscow’s decades-long campaign to tear the west apart, and Americans are now using Russia’s playbook against one another


Friends and family of Ron Helus will gather to celebrate the life of the sheriff's deputy who raced into a California bar crackling with gunfire, allowing others to escape.


Jacob Wohl using his Surefire Intelligence Twitter account to take credit for Michael Avenatti’s arrest, possibly admitting that he made up the allegation (an allegation we currently know little about) for political reasons is the most Jacob Wohl thing Jacob Wohl has ever done.


Democracy dies on Facebook.


Mitch McConnell has done grave damage to all three branches of government


Facebook has released a statement about its anti-Soros fear-mongering: "To suggest that this was an anti-Semitic attack is reprehensible and untrue."


Trump Is Reshaping The Judiciary. A Breakdown By Race, Gender And Qualification


Federal Judge Weighs Delay As Deadline Looms For Florida Recounts


I just don’t understand how Macron got under his skin


#Russia's state TV makes a smooth transition from "our forces were never in #Ukraine" to "of course our Special Services (GRU, FSB, SVR) are there, it would be stupid to deny that."


Whitaker controversy grows, Mueller tips hand on investigations


Amazon Met With ICE Officials to Market Its Facial Recognition Product


President Donald Trump has nominated handbag designer Lana Marks to be the next US ambassador to South Africa


NEW: The Trump admin. has responded to CNN's lawsuit challenging the revocation of Jim Acosta's credentials, arguing they have "broad discretion" to determine access, and that the decision to revoke Acosta's access was "viewpoint- and content-neutral"


WH officials are struggling to understand the source of the fury fueling Trump's eruptions. "This is a level of insanity I've never seen before," one ex-West Wing staffer told VF. "He's under a tremendous amount of mental stress," a prominent GOPer said.


Office of the Special Counsel: "defendant Gates continues to cooperate with respect to SEVERAL ongoing investigations."


Facebook has proved it will not regulate itself. It needs to be regulated like a utility. If we do not regulate social media, which is a crucial part of infrastructure in the modern world, America will be vulnerable to foreign weaponized propaganda in every election.


Jacob Wohl Appears To Take Credit For Michael Avenatti Arrest, Trump Fan Earlier Tried To Frame Robert Mueller


Fox News fans melt down after their favorite network supports CNN's Acosta: 'You are dead to me'


Whitaker’s unusual path to Justice Department included owning day-care center, trailer maker and concrete supplier. Eye-popping story about the Acting AG from my colleagues


That's amazing. Not one. Not two. Not three. FOUR Mar-a-Lago members as ambassadors. People paying the president money are getting ambassadorships. Over and over and over again. Presidents used to try to hide this kind of unethical behavior, now it's completely normalized.


Statement from Fox News, NBC News, The NY Times, The Washington Post, Bloomberg News, AP, Politico, First Look Media, USA Today and others: "We will be filing friend-of-the-court briefs to support CNN's and Jim Acosta's lawsuit based on these principles.


House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy elected to take over the Republican caucus next year, fending off a challenge from conservative Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio in a closed-door election. Jordan is a leader of the House Freedom Caucus


Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis