Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Is anyone listening? This Trump accuser keeps asking herself that

The Clooneys are donating $500,000 and joining Parkland, Florida, students on March 24. A statement from the couple says their children’s lives "depend on it."

“As Trump melted down at Mar-a-Lago [this weekend]... Kushner and Ivanka weren’t in the country. According to two people familiar with their travel plans, the senior aides took a holiday in the sun, enjoying the long weekend in the Caribbean.

Trump's EPA chief is supposed to protect the environment. Unfortunately, God has other plans for him

NEW: DNI response to Sen Chuck Schumer about Russian Intel Chiefs' visit to US. We've just obtained this -- notes for context: SVR chief is sanctioned by US and therefore couldn't normally visit without special permission; no mention of reports that GRU chief also visited.

#BREAKING: Sessions creates task force to study election interference

Florida school shooting survivor responds to former Rep. Jack Kingston suggesting kids are being coached with left-wing talking points: “I think it’s very despicable... to say that just because we’re young we can’t make a difference is not right and he should apologize for that.”

As Marjory Stoneman Douglas students watch, lawmakers debate porn but refuse to take up assault weapons ban

JUST IN: FCC to officially rescind net neutrality on Thursday

Today the Florida house turned down a motion to discuss the ban on AR-15 guns. However, "for the safety of teenagers" they made porn a health risk???

Florida state House votes 36-71 against motion to hear bill banning assault rifles, effectively killing the measure.

Raleigh Student March

White House: Security clearance review won't affect Kushner

BREAKING: Netanyahu confidant strikes deal to incriminate PM in return for lenient sentence

The mayor of Dallas wants the NRA to find another city to host its annual convention.

West Point offers honorary acceptance to student killed in Florida school shooting

The Fox News Effect

Jim - could you please return to attacking me (or really any grownup) instead of the courageous #Parkland students? Thank you — Chelsea Clinton

Israeli police just arrested several members of Netanyahu's inner circle

ACICS gave a stamp of approval to for-profit colleges that repeatedly defrauded students and taxpayers out of hundreds of millions of dollars. For that, @usedgov terminated its recognition just over a year ago Now ACICS wants back at it. We object.

About 100 Stoneman Douglas students will soon depart for Tallahassee

LATEST: Van Der Zwaan appears to have left FBI field office, where agents let him exit via loading dock in back. Avoiding cameras. Well, all but one.

U.S. Army Awards Medal of Heroism to Slain Parkland Students

An estimated 1,000 people left West Boca High School, beginning a nearly 11-mile journey to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland

Missouri did everything it could to hide where it got the drugs it used to put 17 inmates to death. Now, @BuzzFeedNews has discovered the supplier is a pharmacy repeatedly found to engage in hazardous practice

Funeral today for Peter Wang, a member of the Junior ROTC hailed a hero for holding the door open so other students could escape. He was 15 years old.

'Vladimir Putin's number one enemy' calls on Australia to pass Magnitsky Act

“Gov. Rick Scott has become a fav of the FL gun lobby over the past 7 years by lifting restrictions on guns, preventing docs from asking patients about their weapons, opposing stricter bgrnd checks & cutting the cost of getting a concealed weapon license.”

Congress to mark 10th anniversary of Wall Street meltdown by rolling back laws intended to prevent another crisis

The story of how Russia interfered specifically in the Pennsylvania vote in 2016

“In Putin’s Russia, there are no good guys. Instead of arresting the people who stole the $230 million, the same people that Magnitsky testified against came to his house & arrested him.” — @Billbrowder speaks at the United Nations for the 10th @GenevaSummit

DON JR. PROMISES NOT TO DO ANYTHING CORRUPT WHILE SHILLING CONDOS IN INDIA Nothing to see here, insists the president’s son.

CPAC Agenda is out. Among the speakers

Trump is losing control

New: A ProPublica analysis of voting machines found that over two-thirds of counties in America used machines for the 2016 election that are over a decade old. In most jurisdictions, the same equipment will be used in the 2018 election

Donald Trump was ranked last by political scientists in a presidential greatness survey released on #PresidentsDay.

CNN exclusive: US-supplied weapons intended for moderate allies in Syria have ended up for sale on jihadist online forums

Trump's CNN vendetta could backfire against him

The Trump Administration’s reimagining of SNAP reduces food assistance to a humiliation ritual: recipients would take whatever they are given, in whatever condition they are given it, and would be expected to feel gratitude.

Israeli police have named the two close associates of Netanyahu who have been arrested for their suspected role in a wide-ranging corruption probe.

"Trump is a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump U. He's playing members of the American public for suckers: He gets a free ride to the White House, all we get is a lousy hat”

Banning Bots, Punishing Troll Farmers, and Hardening Voting Machines: Heres How to Stop Russia From Wrecking Election 2018

While Trump Fumbles Around on the Opioid Crisis, 175 Die Every Day

This is how Senator Dan Foreman, Idaho District 5, treats his constituents. We drove 7 hours to meet with him and he threatened to call the police if we entered his office.

The Oligarchs

Bannon sold Cambridge Analytica stake, fined for late ethics report

“Here’s what I know. Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University. He’s playing the members of the American public for suckers.”

New Pennsylvania map gives Democrats big boost in midterms

Fox News to launch digital streaming service for "superfans"

The US Navy is ramping up its presence in the Black Sea as part of a bid to counter Russia's increased presence there, a US military official tells CNN

Everywhere Putin’s corruption permeates, there are politicians willing to accept this devil’s bargain for their own personal gain. Our president is one of them.

Republicans race to reverse midterm recruitment failures

Inside Donald Trump's Twitter-fueled weekend meltdown

Massachusetts bill takes aim at non-disclosure agreements, 'silencing tactics' -- Rep. Diana DiZoglio: “We’re sending a message to our communities that if you have enough money and power, you can get away with these misdeeds,”

US President Trump blames Obama for inaction over Russia meddling

Trump seeks to end heating assistance program for low-income people

It’s Clear: Donald Trump Welcomes Russia’s Subversion of Our Democracy

News Alert: @POTUS will hold a listening session with high school students and teachers Wednesday.

Students claim they have not been invited nor been told any specifics about meeting.

Trump, panicking, reveals the depths of his awfulness

Donald Trump is helping to undermine US democracy. That's just what Russia wants

Trump endorses Romney

 Kiss of death.

The Florida school massacre was not the first to be seized upon by Russian trolls aiming to sow further chaos, as we’ve been reporting for months

New revelations in book are fodder for Mueller probe

Chris Whipple's new version of "The Gatekeepers" reports the dramatic scenes of ex-Chief of Staff Reince Priebus racing to save Attorney General Jeff Sessions' job amid Trump's rage over Sessions' recusal from the Russia probe. Whipple joins Lawrence O'Donnell.

How Bob Mueller Bought Himself More Time

Trump’s ‘Best People’ and Their Dubious Ethics

On Russia, Facebook Sends a Message It Wishes It Hadn’t

Concerns growing within US military over costs of Trump's military parade, disruption it could cause: report

Lawrence: Advisers held off Trump's golfing, but not his tweeting

Trump didn't play golf for two days, as his advisers thought it would look bad in the wake of the Parkland school shooting. But Lawrence O'Donnell says his advisers couldn't stop him from tweeting offensive, unpresidential statements about the FBI and Russia probe

As Tom Friedman says, the President’s frenzied reaction to the latest Special Counsel indictment raises many questions, including whether there is any merit to allegations of Russians laundering money through his businesses

These Florida lawmakers accepted money from the National Rifle Association

Ex-GOP lawmaker tears into Trump: It "sucks" he "doesn't give a damn" Russia attacked us

Manafort Under New Scrutiny For $40 Million In “Suspicious” Transactions -- a MUCH larger sum than was cited in his October indictment on money laundering charges

Survivors of the Florida school shooting announce a nationwide, student-led march in Washington on March 24 to push for gun control

Ex-Intel staffer: Trump indictment reaction 'all about himself'

Mieke Eoyang, ex-House Intel staffer, says Russians "couldn't pick a better candidate to back" than Trump, who is refusing to appropriately acknowledge the election interference laid out in Mueller's indictment. Jonathan Alter & Daniel Dale join Lawrence O'Donnell.

Trump Jr. to deliver foreign policy speech during trip to India to promote Trump business: report

17 Funerals 18 Holes Which was Trump's priority?

Trump returns to golf course while shooting victim is buried nearby

Dem lawmaker: Trump's "unhinged" tweets after Russian indictments show "consciousness of guilt"

"A senior administration official... said Trump was frustrated by McMaster’s speech because he thinks conceding that the Russians interfered takes away from the validity of his victory... Trump is uninterested in evaluating the merits of the Russia case."

Idaho senator tells students with Planned Parenthood lobby day: "Next time you walk into my office, you'll be dealing with Idaho State Police."h

Trump ranks as worst president in poll of scholars

For the weary White House, Florida shooting offered a ‘reprieve’ from scandals

WATCH: Shep Smith torches Trump for "not once" condemning Russia over election interference

White House briefing resumes Tuesday

Rachel Maddow alerts viewers that while the White House briefing in the Trump administration is usually not worth watching, Tuesday's will be the first one after a dense week of news the White House has yet to address.

Students react to gun massacre with swell of #NeverAgain activism

Cameron Kasky, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, talks with Rachel Maddow about the impassioned gun safety activism he and his fellow students have engaged through the founding of the #NeverAgain movement and the upcoming March For Our Lives

Mueller mention of new evidence suggests more Manafort charges

Barbara McQuade, former U.S. attorney, talks with Rachel Maddow about why Robert Mueller would mention new evidence of a crime in Paul Manafort court papers without adding new charges that correspond to that evidence.

New White House security rule could force Kushner, others out

Rachel Maddow looks at how a new White House rule to remove people who haven't been granted permanent security clearance from White House jobs could snare Jared Kushner and many others.

New White House security rule could force Kushner, others out

Rachel Maddow looks at how a new White House rule to remove people who haven't been granted permanent security clearance from White House jobs could snare Jared Kushner and many others