Monday, December 10, 2018

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Some of the factors that have pushed the S&P 500 down 8% in the last two months include the U.S.-China trade war, the Fed's rate hikes, and the Trump tax cuts — which gave the U.S. economy a one-off boost in 2018.

Suffering pickaxes and dog poop, Trump’s Hollywood star has become a symbolic spectacle

Investigation of generic ‘cartel’ expands to 300 drugs

.@emlas has unearthed a trove of artifacts from Trump’s use of audience lists created by Cambridge Analytica to target so-called “dark ads” on Facebook. The ads were deployed from July 2016 through the the election—and beyond, to inauguration in Jan 2017

Carl Bernstein: Trump has been "boxed in by Mueller"

Whenever you send out such inane tweets, I take great solace in knowing that you realize how much trouble you are in & how impossible it will be for you to escape American justice. Mostly, I am relieved that you will never have the opportunity to run for public office again

Blackmail likely brought Trump the Christian Right. There's now a connection between a Jerry Falwell Jr. lawsuit involving him staking a Miami pool boy w/millions & Cohen's assuredness that Falwell would endorse Trump no matter what, well ahead of 2016.

Trump says immigration system is a national security threat, but goes easy on Russia

The next worry for U.S. stocks: shrinking profit forecasts

The sad truth about Russian election interference

Fake and negative news is depressing markets, JPMorgan says

The tumult of personnel turnover that's come to characterize Donald Trump’s administration is suddenly posing a major problem

How Europe’s new autocrats are consolidating control

Smocking Gun

Trump is "concerned" for the "first time in his life," Watergate journalist says impeachment hearings look likely

One of the country’s largest oil refiners, Andeavor, contributed $1 million in both 2016 and 2017 to a dark money group connected to Mitch McConnell.

If you truly want ‘the will of the British people’ to be implemented, you’ll be happy to have a second referendum to confirm what their will is. If you’re afraid your lies won’t fly twice and that breaking electoral law might be much harder a 2nd time

China summons U.S. ambassador, warns Canada of 'grave consequences' if Huawei

#UPDATE: Former senior adviser to Russian President Putin has told the Kyiv Post that he believes Moscow is preparing to send special forces to seize a vital canal in Ukraine’s Kherson Oblast that used to provide water to Crimea before Ukraine shut it off

Boycott Walgreens. Everyone. Now

In the NYT, @DLeonhardt reveals the corporations financing the anti-democratic power grab in Wisconsin by supporting the state legislature's GOP leadership.

The UK can unilaterally revoke its withdrawal from the EU, the European Court of Justice has ruled

Comey names Leader McConnell and Speaker Ryan for refusing to join bipartisan warning about Russian election interference, "to their everlasting shame." Says they’re going to have a hard time defending that to history

Rep. Raúl Grijalva is going to make Ryan Zinke's life hell in the next Congress

NEW: A source close to Mulvaney tells me he is no longer interested in COS job, Mnuchin and Lighthizer sending out same signals.... list of potential replacements for Kelly shrinking by the hour.

COVER STORY: Trump reached office without a thorough vetting. His taxes, business deals, and overseas connections received little scrutiny, and the scandals of his admin have been mostly ignored by Republicans.

A transcript of an audio recording that captured Khashoggi's last moments has been disclosed to CNN by a source. "I can't breathe," are Khashoggi's last words. The transcript notes the sounds of Khashoggi's body being dismembered by a saw.

In response to a letter I led w/ @SenJackReed, DOD admits failure to charge Saudi Arabia & UAE for refueling assistance—revealing the US was directly funding the Saudi war in Yemen. The Senate must pass S.J.Res. 54 to end all US support for this brutal humanitarian crisis.

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff on "Face the Nation" says Donald Trump faces the "real prospect of jail time" after leaving office. Trump would be the FIRST president in U.S. history to be jailed.

Cyntoia Brown must serve 51 years before she's eligible for release, Tennessee Supreme Court says

The President's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, continued to have private conversations with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman following the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi,

Ukraine Latest>> Thousands of Russian tanks and trucks have amassed on Crimea/Ukraine border. Satellite photos show. Images of Russian planes moving airborne troops into Crimea. More than 80,000 Russian troops are in the area, but could be more

This is not a drill. Putin is preparing to invade Ukraine.

Comey: Trump is "close" to being unindicted co-conspirator

Trump administration allies with Russia, Saudi Arabia to resist global climate efforts.

Russians interacted with at least 14 Trump associates during the campaign and transition. Trump lied about that in his first news conference as president.

NEW: A source close to Mulvaney tells me he is no longer interested in COS job, Mnuchin and Lighthizer sending out same signals.... list of potential replacements for Kelly shrinking by the hour.

Jerome Corsi sues Mueller, Justice Department, CIA, FBI and NSA

Onset of recession may take longer than expected after yield curve inverts

Trump's next chief of staff may be walking into a nightmare

Wisconsin Republicans Are Shooting Themselves In the Foot

Mike Pompeo swaggers his way to failure

Chris Christie: Prosecutors likely have "corroborating" evidence Trump violated campaign finance laws beyond Cohen

“You’re beginning to see a lot of Republicans who are looking seriously at 2019, with a lot of Fridays like this one, and Trump really hurting himself, and maybe not serving out the term.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

SCOOP: Over the past 24 hours, Trump has privately asked confidants what they think about the idea of installing Rep. Mark Meadows as John Kelly's replacement.

Nick Ayers, Trump’s once-likely replacement for chief of staff John Kelly, won’t take the job

Russians interacted with at least 14 Trump associates during the campaign and transition

The oil price is now controlled by these three men: 1. Bin Salman 2. Trump 3. Putin

Top Dem: Court filings show Trump was at the center of "several massive frauds" against the American people

Breaking: Republicans and Democrats around the country who respect the rule of law simultaneously clutch their chests

Early on, Trump-Russia obsessives were marginalized; they're prophets now - Los Angeles Times

"Right now, we have a sitting president of the United States who committed two felonies while running for President."

When Alexander Kogan collected Facebook data for Cambridge Analytica, it was accessed through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk platform

"For the President and those close to him, these are terrifying and damning documents. The prosecutors from the Southern District have now named Trump as the person who directed a crime for which another man will presumably go to prison."

Scoop: The criminal investigation into to stolen identities used to file anti-net neutrality comments with the FCC is far bigger than previously thought. The FBI is delivering subpoenas and at least three state attorneys general offices also investigating.

Kremlin tells Russian banks to prepare for disconnection from international payment systems

Q: If it's proven that Trump directed or coordinated with Cohen to commit these felonies … are those impeachable offenses? Jerry Nadler: "They would be impeachable offenses." Via CNN.

Kudos to @AndrewCMcCarthy, who has often defended Trump, for publishing this straight take that Trump is likely to be indicted

James Comey to Congressional Investigators: Four Americans Connected to Trump Probed in Summer 2016 for Russian Meddling

How companies are learning to deal with Trump attacking them on Twitter

Exclusive: Before Trump tapped Bill Barr to be his new AG, he reached out to him for another job: his defense lawyer.

Comey says he and Mueller are "not friends"

Nick Ayers, Mike Pence’s right hand, likely to be Trump’s next chief of staff.

Mueller flashes some cards in Russia probe, but hides his hand

And -- as I elaborate in a forthcoming article -- if he has committed any crimes, he will have to plea bargain while he is still president: his resignation in exchange for total leniency. If he stays until the end, he loses that great bargaining chip.

John Dean: “I think it will resurface in the Congress. I think what this totality of today’s filings show that the House is going to have little choice the way this is going other than to start impeachment proceedings.”

Former @FECI Chair, @AnnMRavel: "I don’t think I’ve ever seen a situation where illegal coordination seems more obvious. It is so blatant that it doesn’t even seem sloppy. Everyone involved probably just thinks there aren’t going to be any consequences."

COMEY: "There are not many things I would bet my life on. I would bet my life that Bob Mueller will do things the right way, the way we would all want, whether we're Republicans or Democrats, the way Americans should want."

Jared Kushner and Mohammed bin Salman texted each other regularly, NYT reports. The exchanges continued even after Jamal Khashoggi's murder. Kushner, it is reported, has offered the crown prince advice about how to "weather the storm."

Barr must recuse from the Russia investigation or he cannot be confirmed.

The time for talking is almost over. Russian cyber operations need to be hit so hard they will never try this, or any other offensive operations ever again

George Papadopoulos talking about his meetings in Europe: "It wasn’t a secret that Trump wanted some connection with Russia at the geopolitical level at the time...I thought, 'The niece of Vladimir Putin wants to meet with me?' I was on cloud nine."

“The FBI will be fine. It will snap back, as will the rest of our institutions,” Comey said. “There will be short-term damage... but in the long run, no politician, no president can, in a lasting way, damage those institutions.”

COMEY: "Mid October, maybe a little bit later, Mr. Giuliani was making statements that appeared to be based on his knowledge of workings inside the FBI New York ... that gave me a general concern that we may have a leak problem ... and so I asked that it be investigated."

‘Siege warfare’: Republican anxiety spikes as Trump faces growing legal and political perils

Dear @realDonaldTrump: Why are we paying for Saudi Arabia's war?

Gym Jordan doesn’t recall all the wrestlers who were sexually abused during his tenure as a wrestling coach, so there’s that.

Q: If Mueller were fired, how would that affect further investigations? COMEY: "As an informed outsider ... you'd almost have to fire everyone in the FBI and the Justice Department to derail the relevant investigations, but I don't know exactly what the effect would be." P. 57

Bombshell: Comey: Giuliani was sharing FBI secrets leaked to him in the run-up to 2016 election "that gave me a general concern that we may have a leak problem."

Saturday, December 8, 2018

(More) BREAKING: President Trump says chief of staff John Kelly will leave the White House at the end of the year, will name his replacement in the next few days

Your questions about impeachment, answered

The Treasury Department has delayed imposing sanctions on Russia's largest aluminum producer, Rusal, for the fifth time. Rusal is still controlled at the moment by Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska.

Families are still being separated at the border, months after the Trump admin's "zero-tolerance" policy was reversed

Exclusive: Mueller Has ‘Dozens’ of Sealed Indictments, Including On Donald Trump


Every now and then it occurs to me: This fraud was allowed to nominate TWO SUPREME COURT JUSTICES.

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JUST IN: Trump EPA to rollback Obama-era protections for thousands of waterways and wetlands

What’s old is new again:

This just in from Individual-1

China has put over 1 million Muslims in concentration camp

Robert Mueller’s investigation exposed illegal schemes across international borders and produced more than 100 criminal charges. Here are the indictments so far

Trump will attend the Army-Navy football game Saturday in Philadelphia

Mueller Is Telling Us: He's Got Trump on Collusion

Kremlin Sours on Trump After His Repeated Putin Snubs

California GOP chief gets candid: Party's in deep trouble because of Trump, failure to attract non-whites

"Mueller is coming. And he is clearly coming for Trump. Not simply for obstructing justice but for conspiring with a hostile foreign power to win an election."

Outstanding student loan debt in America approaches $1,500,000,000,000

A new study indicates sudden global warming stripped oxygen from the ocean 252 million years ago and led to the greatest mass extinction ever. The parallels to now are way too close for comfort.

Michael Cohen Was Paid More Than $4 Million by Promising Access to Trump, Prosecutors Say

Mueller keeps closing in as Trump rages — but Republicans still believe they’re simply entitled to rule

It Was Kushner Who Told Flynn To Make Calls About Israel UN Vote, Source Says

Opinion: The latest filings show that nobody can save Trump now

Flashback. August 19, 2016. Newt Gingrich: "Nobody should underestimate how much Paul Manafort did to really help get this campaign to where it is right now."

Rep. Cohen: New court docs show Trump's 'criminal enterprise'

NEW: 2 more immigrant women say they worked for Trump when they were undocumented. “We said the papers are not good. She said it didn’t matter, but don’t talk about it,” recalled Ms. Dominguez.

Trump’s deployment of business uncertainty as a weapon is multiplying the fail effect from his stupid, chest-beating trade war. A classic case of government picking winners and losers, making everyone lose. A GOP Congress let this happen

Mueller has questioned witnesses about a boat trip Manafort took w/Tom Barrack in Aug. 2016, seeking to determine if M met Kilimnik on trip

Barrack also had Rick Gates on his payroll for most of 2017, till Gates was indicted

Paul Manafort lied to prosecutors about the reason for a $125,000 wire transfer in 2017, claiming it was money owed to him as income or a debt repayment. The funds were actually funneled to him from a pro-Trump Super PAC Tom Barrack helped

President Trump: "We're talking about a wall for $20 billion, $15 billion - I could even do it cheaper if I have to. And it'll be better than anybody's ever seen a wall."

Prosecutors: Cohen committed crimes at the direction of ‘Individual-1’ aka Trump

Watergate's John Dean on Cohen filing: Congress will have to "start impeachment proceedings"

How bad has the start to December been for U.S. stock investors? Almost $1 trillion has been wiped from the value of stocks in just four days.

Court refuses to allow Trump asylum ban for immigrants entering illegally

WaPo editorial board: The Saudi ambassador lied point-blank about a journalist’s murder. Now he has the gall to come back to D.C. @kbsalsaud should be declared persona non grata and shunned.

Mueller's Cohen filing points to Trump's role in criminal scheme

Oops. More evidence @realDonaldTrump is lying.

Pres. Trump loves to talk about the stock market—when it's doing well.

MANAFORT said that he had no communication with anyone in the TRUMP administration. THAT WAS A LIE, according to a "Manafort colleague," who told MUELLER that Manafort "had been in communication with a SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL up through FEBRUARY 2018."

The backdrop of Jamal Khashoggi’s killing: A chilling

Mueller: Manafort lying and lying about lying

WOW: The Dec 7 filing in SDNY on Michael Cohen’s sentencing charges that President Trump (aka “Individual 1”) directed a criminal conspiracy with his attorney Cohen to violate the federal election laws in order to increase his odds of winning the presidency by deceiving voters.

Significant: Cohen lied about Moscow Project as recently as Aug 2018.

The unidentified Russian told Cohen that a meeting between Trump and Putin could have a "phenomenal" impact politically and for Trump’s business, according to the filing.

Friday was a very, very bad day for Donald Trump

How the Trump Tax Cut Is Helping to Push the Federal Deficit to $1 Trillion

The Department of Justice Calls Donald Trump a Felon


Cohen has asked for no prison time when he’s sentenced next week. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan, citing a "pattern of deception that permeated his professional life," and recommended 3 1/2 years in prison when he’s sentenced on Dec. 12.

December 7, 1941: America finds out it had been attacked from afar. December 7, 2018: America finds out it had been attacked from within.

We're into worst case scenario territory

Friday, December 7, 2018

Let’s clear this up @AlanDersh, tRUmp was “bribed” by foreign officials. Mueller is merely offering plea deals for cooperation, as is customary in organized crime cases. You know this. Sounds like someone doesn’t want the details of their time with Jeffery Epstein to come out...

The fact that Mueller's prosecutors say they have other information that can corroborate what Michael Cohen said about the "Moscow Project" is a really big problem for Donald Trump.

In this filing, federal prosecutors from the SDNY spell out in their own words, in terms that leave no doubt, their view of the president's involvement in this criminal scheme and the evidence they've got to prove it.

How big was Donald Trump's lie about having no deals with Russia? Hundreds of millions of dollars big.

Mueller's memos just exposed the smoking gun that could bring down Trump for good

You’re welcome, everyone. “Data company Cambridge Analytica could face damages claims totalling more than £40 billion from Facebook users whose personal information was allegedly misused by the firm, the High Court has heard.”

Manafort's statements "were not instances of mere memory lapses," prosecutors wrote. "If the defendant contends the government has not acted in good faith, the government is able to prove the false statements at a hearing."

Mueller: Paul Manafort lied about contacts with Trump administration this year

USA v Michael Cohen Sentencing Memorandum

Must-read: Mueller's office lays out the Michael Cohen's "received the contact information for, and spoke with, a Russian national who claimed to be a 'trusted person' in the Russian Federation who could offer the campaign 'political synergy' and 'synergy on a government level.'"

READ: Special counsel Robert Mueller's filing on Paul Manafort