Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Top group of CEOs: US leaving NAFTA would cost 1.8 million jobs in the first year

BREAKING: CFPB Drops Investigation Into Payday Lender That Contributed To Mick Mulvaney's Campaigns

Trump to declassify Nunes memo if the House approves release, source tells

Senate confirms Trump pick to lead Federal Reserve

Mulvaney: Consumer protection bureau's aggressive enforcement actions are "over"

JUST IN: Tammy Duckworth announces pregnancy, will be first senator to give birth while in office

Tillerson blames Russia for gas attacks on civilians in Syria

New poll: Should President Trump testify under oath if asked by Robert Mueller?

House Judiciary ranking member Jerry Nadler tells Chairman Goodlatte he considers the Nunes memo “profoundly misleading”: “Those materials tell a very different story than the conspiracy theory concocted by Chairman Nunes and being repeated in the press.”

What Mike Pence just did in Jerusalem

Tourism to U.S. is down since President Trump took office, costing $4.6 billion and 40,000 jobs


Democrats withdraw offer to fund Trump's border wall

BREAKING: Dana Boente, US Attorney for EDVA and the critical National Security Division to move to FBI General Counsel

Top Medicaid official to leave Trump admin

Joe Biden: "Mitch McConnell wanted no part of having a bipartisan commitment" in response to Russian interference in the fall of 2016. "The die had been cast, here. This was all about the political play."

BREAKING: Officials: 2 students shot and killed, 12 other people wounded in Kentucky high school mass shooting; suspected shooter, a 15-year-old male, is in custody

‘You guys are totally obsessed with collusion’: Sarah Sanders fumes as reporters grill her over Mueller probe

Mueller seeks to question Trump about Flynn and Comey departures

Biden confirms reports McConnell blocked Obama from warning Americans about Russian election interference

House Republicans are playing a dangerous game with this “release the memo” red herring. Shamelessly attacking the credibility of the FBI and DOJ for partisan gain is something people won’t soon forget.

Kentucky school shooting: 14 shot, 2 dead at Marshall County High School - live updates

Montana just showed every other state how to protect the open internet

Russia and WikiLeaks are teaming up with Nunes and the Republicans to discredit Mueller and our FBI: “The frequency with which the accounts have been promoting the hashtag has spiked by 233,000% over the past 48 hours"

While our "President" was tweeting about an FBI couple's text, here's what our state was dealing with this morning. Literally had a 7.9 earthquake with ZERO concern from Trump

NEW: Sen. Feinstein, Rep. Schiff urge Facebook and Twitter to investigate involvement of Russian bots in pushing "Release the Memo" campaign: "If these reports are accurate, we are witnessing an ongoing attack by the Russian government through Kremlin-linked social media actors."

Opinion | Trump allies seek to tie Kerry’s State Department to the Steele dossier

Trudeau announces trade agreement without U.S.

Legal question: is paying pornographic actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 in hush money through a shell company so that she will not disclose your extramarital affair right before a presidential election a lawful use of campaign funds?

He Uses Broadway Show Tunes to Make a Mockery of Donald Trump, and It’s Beautiful and Viral

Member of opioid commission says that the Republican-led Congress has turned the group's work into a “charade” and a “sham”

Reporter: There are a lot of Dreamers in this country who are living on pins and needles, not knowing what their fate is...What is this White House's message to that population? Press Secretary: I think that they should storm Capitol Hill and protest there

Breaking news: An initiative to amend the Florida constitution to automatically restore voting rights to former felons has qualified for the Nov. 2018 ballot.


The Trump Effect

Gorsuch has dinner at GOP senator’s home

Sessions is thought to be the highest-ranking Trump administration official to be interviewed by Mueller's team

I wrote about how Facebook can use its platform to promote "bridging social capital" – essential for a healthy democracy – here

Here at #WEF18 in Davos. Got an invitation to Davos Russia House for tea. I think I’ll take a pass

Mueller's office questioned Sessions in Russia investigation

“He’s the President. If he can’t say no to Stephen Miller, God help us”. ~Jon Meacham, Presidential Historian

Graham-Durbin immigration proposal 'completely dishonest,' White House says

BREAKING: Justice Department: Attorney General Jeff Sessions interviewed last week in special counsel's Russia probe.

DEVELOPING: At least 5 students have reportedly been shot at a Kentucky high school; shooter has been apprehended

Jeff Sessions has been pressuring FBI Director Christopher Wray to fire Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. But Wray threatened to resign if McCabe was removed, three sources with direct knowledge tell Axios


I expect @SenateMajLdr to fulfill his commitment to the Senate & abide by this agreement. If he does not honor our agreement, he will have breached the trust of not only the Democratic Senators but the members of his own party as well.

Evangelical Christians, says Tony Perkins, “were tired of being kicked around by Barack Obama and his leftists. And I think they are finally glad that there’s somebody on the playground that is willing to punch the bully.”

Stormy Daniels' Business is Booming Thanks to President Trump

Don't count your chickens; NAFTA's end could hit U.S. poultry hard

.@PressSec won't tell me whether DACA recipients' submitted data will be used to deport them if the March deadline passes without a fix.

“Stunning aftershocks following the GOP tax law...”

Evangelical leader: Evangelicals gave Trump a "mulligan" on affair with porn star

BREAKING: State Department official: Multiple American citizens were killed and injured in weekend attack on Kabul hotel.

Timing of Trump peace plan depends on Palestinians: Pence

The Trump administration is trying to pass a rule that would allow employers to take billions from their employees' earned tips

Trump pledged last year to donate profits from foreign governments staying in his hotels to the Treasury. No such payments have been made

Trump misquotes Jim Acosta in tweet attacking CNN as "fake news"

I'm sorry, is Twitter critical US government infrastructure now?

Mulvaney told me yesterday the administration thinks it will be difficult to get an immigration bill in three weeks and likes the work being done by Tom Cotton and Goodlatte.

Franklin Graham on Trump: “We certainly don't hold him up as the pastor of this nation and he is not. But I appreciate the fact that the president does have a concern for Christian values”

BREAKING: The AP Reports that the FBI really is NOT missing 50K text messages from an FBI agent like Trump and the GOP claim. In fact, they found 50,000 emails. This is just another false narrative being spread by Russian Troll farms, Trump and @FoxNews.

We just sued the the Trump administration for illegally withholding records about workplace injuries and illnesses

Trump admitted he was wrong over inauguration crowd size fight: book

Draft of long-awaited Trump infrastructure plan leaks

WAPO: WH staff sought to contain Trump during shutdown

Why was Pres. Trump virtually nowhere to be seen or heard before & during the government shutdown? New reporting has some answers. GOP strategist Steve Schmidt reacts.

Why the press didn’t cover your demonstration

Lawrence: With 'I object,' McConnell owns shutdown's worst harms

Lawrence O'Donnell explains how Democrats, specifically Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, outsmarted Mitch McConnell and forced the GOP to take full ownership of the shutdown's most harmful effects.

'Fake news' crutch used by SE Asian leaders to control media, critics charge

I enjoyed having dinner tonight at the home of Senator John Cornyn and his wife Sandy with our newest Supreme Court Justice, Neil Gorsuch, Transportation Secretary Chao and a few of my other Senate colleagues to talk about important issues facing our country.

Congressman: Story of Link Between Kremlin And NRA Could ‘Get Bigger

"US-backed Kurdish forces plead with Washington to stop Turkish attack on Afrin'"

Mike Bloomberg: Trump's solar tariff destroy US jobs, raise bills

Ex-EPA head: EPA will take decades to recover from the Trump admin

George Papadopoulos is the ‘John Dean’ of the Russia investigation, his fiancee says

The Trump administration’s tactics to try to interfere with the Russia investigation are alarmingly similar to how Erdogan crushed an investigation into his regime’s corruption in Turke

Sessions launches probe into missing text messages between FBI agents critical of Trump

Devin Nunes won't even show his infamous memo to the Justice Department

A private company has proposed that the US government pay it millions to undertake intelligence and covert operations.

Trump known to use an Indian accent to imitate India's prime minister

“... one thing was clear to both sides of the negotiations to end it: The president was either unwilling or unable to articulate the immigration policy he wanted, much less understand the nuances of what it would involve.”

Mueller team has interviewed Bannon associate who frequently visited the White House: report

Lou Dobbs calls for U.S. Marshals to take "top people" in the Justice Department and FBI into custody

How Jared Kushner, despite his inexperience in diplomacy and his lack of security clearance, became China's primary point of contact

Obama deserves more credit than Trump for the good economy, Americans say in a new poll. Trump's ratings “might be yet worse were it not for sharply improved economic sentiment,” the poll report states

Facebook Says It's Not Always Good For Democracy

BREAKING: Merger between Fox and Sky is not in the public interest, British regulator says

Putin won't tell voters how he'll pay for domestic spending

This is too good to be true. Yet another example of the ‘horseshoe theory’ in action. All pretenses of alt-right/alt-left being separate & opposites have been abandoned in desperation to kill Mueller’s investigation

New reported chemical weapons attack in Syria as U.S. calls out Russia

Supreme Court rules UNANIMOUSLY against Trump administration on Clean Water rul

Investigation demanded into Trump's alleged porn star payment

Non-partisan watchdog group Common Cause says the reported $130,000 payment made to Stormy Daniels to keep her quiet about an alleged affair with Trump likely violated campaign finance laws. Common Cause attorney Paul S. Ryan & David Frum join Lawrence O'Donnell.

Republicans draft memo to smear FBI, plan public release

Rachel Maddow reports on a plan by Republicans to use their access to intelligence materials to write a memo that smears the FBI in order to undercut American intelligence and law enforcement as it investigates Donald Trump.

Still no security clearance for Jared Kushner one year later

Evan Osnos, staff writer for the New Yorker, talks with Rachel Maddow about Jared Kushner's relationship with China and Kushner peculiar inability to attain a security clearance a year into the administration in which he is serving

New report suggests Jared Kushner may be compromised by China

Rachel Maddow looks at a new report in the New Yorker about U.S. intelligence concerns that Jared Kushner tried to mix personal business with U.S. China policy and made himself vulnerable to manipulation as a result

Wray threatened to quit over pressure to fire McCabe: Axios

Benjamin Wittes, MSNBC legal analyst, talks with Rachel Maddow about a new Axios report that FBI Director Wray stood up to pressure from A.G. Sessions to fire Deputy Director McCabe and threatened to quit over the matter.

Stephen Miller has disliked immigrants since high school. He belongs at a Klan meeting, not at the White House. Trump must fire him now!

The Trump administration is levying tariffs on imported solar cells and washing machines

U.S. business group lobbying surged as tax reform took shape

Fed nominee Goodfriend, fan of negative rates, could roil debate

Melania Trump will no longer join the President in Davos

Wray threatened to RESIGN if McCabe was removed

Man arrested, accused of threatening to kill CNN employees