Friday, November 17, 2017
Paul Ryan's chief of staff would not confirm or deny whether he has been contacted by special counsel Robert Mueller about how a Ukraine-related provision was killed at the 2016 GOP convention
Paul Ryan's chief of staff would not confirm or deny whether he has been contacted by special counsel Robert Mueller about how a Ukraine-related provision was killed at the 2016 GOP convention https://t.co/x5fE4bVJcF via @KyleDCheney pic.twitter.com/AVV1XUuq81— POLITICO (@politico) November 18, 2017
Kushner testified he wasn’t aware of Trump campaign contacts with WikiLeaks despite email on WikiLeaks contacts
British publicist Rob Goldstone who set-up and attended June '16 Trump Tower meeting is ready to meet with Mueller
Former CIA chief John McLaughlin: Why Putin Keeps Outsmarting Trump- "The Kremlin leader is trained to lie. Trust me, I ran the CIA: Believing anything he says is folly."
The FCC just cleared the way for Sinclair Broadcasting to dominate local news. Here's why you should be worried.
Louis Freeh, former director of the FBI was part of the Prevezon/Veselnitskya team trying to help them get the US to drop the case
"Putin has to stay in power. Otherwise he goes to jail, loses his money and perhaps worse."- @Billbrowder.
Prospects for public congressional hearings featuring the president’s son have grown increasingly uncertain
Economists say this is mostly because the revised bill repeals the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate — so some people wouldn't buy health coverage, and therefore wouldn't get the tax credits to subsidize it.
‘You’ve got a f*cking nerve’: Internet goes completely insane over Trump’s ‘hypocritical’ finger-pointing of Al Franken
PAUL MANAFORT PARTNER RICK GATES WANTS TO BE RELEASED SO HE CAN TAKE HIS KIDS TO SCHOOL, GET BACK TO WORK AND CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS
Ms. Tweeden ALREADY ACCEPTED HIS APOLOGY, believes it was sincere & DOESN’T want Franken to resign. Meanwhile, @SeanHannity's boss continues to claim the *20 women* who’ve accused him of worse liars (not to be confused with his prior boss, who was fired...for sexual harassment).
Ms. Tweeden ALREADY ACCEPTED HIS APOLOGY, believes it was sincere & DOESN’T want Franken to resign. Meanwhile, @SeanHannity's boss continues to claim the *20 women* who’ve accused him of worse liars (not to be confused with his prior boss, who was fired...for sexual harassment). https://t.co/vFeKXWtZhc— Charles GetCoveredBa (@charles_gaba) November 17, 2017
My new book #Collusion published worldwide tomorrow. Here's an extract. The inside story of #Trump, #Moscow, dossier
New Republican tax bill; Don't worry. If you own a private jet you'll be able to get tax breaks for storage, maintenance and fueling.
Wisconsin's Ron Johnson becomes first Republican senator to say he opposes his party's tax bill, signaling potential problems for GOP leaders.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but if Franken and Moore aren’t fit for the Senate what is Trump doing in the Oval Office?
Roger Stone appeared to know Franken allegation was coming https://t.co/lls7qiNAal pic.twitter.com/BBTNeXx6Ta— The Hill (@thehill) November 16, 2017
So how did Roger Stone know about this before ANYONE else?— Susan Gross (@pricklyeater) November 17, 2017
This was posted at about 1:00 am on the east coast the night before anything was made public.... https://t.co/ZkBAFunJSl
GOP won't let Dems block Trump judicial picks using Senate procedure GOP used to block Obama nominees
U.S. wildlife officials began issuing permits for lion trophies hunted in Zambia and Zimbabwe about a month ago
Grassley and Feinstein say Kushner failed to turn over the relevant documents when they asked for them last month
Here it is: Congressional Office of Compliance releases year-by-year breakdown of harassment settlements and awards:
WaPo: Interior Dept. Inspector General finds that Ryan Zinke has failed to keep complete records—and in some cases kept none at all—of his travel since taking office
Most Senators I talked to yesterday in both parties had no idea CBO said the tax bill would trigger ~$100B/year in automatic entitlement cuts, including $25B from Medicare, because of the Paygo law.
Exclusive: Secret witness in Senate Clinton probe is William Campbell, ex-lobbyist for Russian firm Rosatom
TransCanada says they've shut down part of the Keystone pipeline after it leaked approximately 210,000 gallons of oil in Amherst, South Dakota.
TV host asks former Ambassador Kislyak to name all [Trump admin] officials with whom he communicated or held meetings. He refuses to do so, but says "the list is too long to mention all of them in 20 minutes."
#Russia's state TV host asks former Ambassador Kislyak to name all [Trump admin] officials with whom he communicated or held meetings. He refuses to do so, but says "the list is too long to mention all of them in 20 minutes." pic.twitter.com/PzGeEcAWmX— Julia Davis (@JuliaDavisNews) November 15, 2017
NBC News: Sources say alleged Iranian money launderer, Reza Zarrab, is cooperating with the U.S. Government.
New statement from Al Franken: "I am asking that an ethics investigation be undertaken, and I will gladly cooperate."
Incredible journalism: NYT visits 150 US airstrike sites in Iraq, finds civilian death rate 31 times higher than US coalition says, civilians repeatedly clasified as ISIS
Democratic New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez briefly breaks down following declaration of a mistrial in his bribery and corruption trial.
Every sexual assault accusation against Donald Trump is well documented. Learn their names. And demand answers from the president.
USA Today: Taxpayers are footing the legal bill for at least 10 DOJ lawyers and paralegals to work on lawsuits related to Trump's private businesses.
Tense moment between Sen. Brown and Sen. Hatch after Brown says GOP tax cut is "for the rich." Hatch responds: "Don’t spew that stuff on me"
What about Trump, @SenateMajLdr? That investigation shouldn't take long since he ADMITTED to groping and forcibly kissing women. https://t.co/jAB1fzOrTo— Polly Sigh (@dcpoll) November 16, 2017
JUST IN: McConnell calls for Senate Ethics Committee to investigate Franken groping allegation https://t.co/1egx7N1SYe pic.twitter.com/p7Z8iRtldy— The Hill (@thehill) November 16, 2017
Rachel Maddow alerts viewers that while she can't tell them what it is, Richard Engel has an important scoop that will air on Friday night at 9pm ET.
Rachel Maddow repots on the continuing botched recovery effort in Puerto Rico where progress in bringing electricity back is regularly countered by backslides in areas that are supposed to have already been repaired.
Rachel Maddow reports on a letter from the Senate Judiciary Committee to Jared Kushner asking for him to submit a more complete set of documents, including one about a "Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite" - whatever that is!
Steve Kornacki, MSNBC national correspondent, talks with Rachel Maddow about whether the Senate Ethics Committee can consider the actions of a senator before they were in office.
Rachel Maddow looks at the the questions facing the Senate, particlarly the ethics committee, on how to deal with Senator Robert Menendez, Senator Al Franken, and potential senator Roy Moore and the particulars of the accusations they face.
Tom Winter, NBC News investigative reporter, talks with Rachel Maddow about new reporting that Reza Zarrab, a Turkish-Iranian national wanted by Turkey and charged in the U.S. for sanctions violations is talking with prosecutors and may have information about Mike Flynn.
Rachel Maddow rounds up some of the day's top stories that have made it a challenging news day to keep up with everything that is going on.