Friday, December 1, 2017

KT McFarland has yet to be confirmed as Ambassador to Singapore and now Fox News is saying she was directly involved in the Flynn Russia discussions. Re-upping my story about how she violated the law by using her campaign exploratory funds for personal use

No, I haven’t had time to read the 500-page #GOPTaxScam bill that we’re voting on tonight. I couldn’t read it if I tried – and I did

No, I haven’t had time to read the 500-page #GOPTaxScam bill that we’re voting on tonight. I couldn’t read it if I tried – and I did.

I was just handed a 479-page tax bill a few hours before the vote. One page literally has hand scribbled policy changes on it that can’t be read. This is Washington, D.C. at its worst. Montanans deserve so much better.

JUST IN: Trump EPA ends Obama-era rule requiring hard-rock mining companies to pay for cleanup costs

NEW REPORT: Imminent court ruling could block regulators from enforcing all consumer protections for Internet users — ruling could let telecom corporations slow your Internet speeds & punish their political critics whenever they want

In a nutshell: it appears that Michael Flynn has flipped, and will start giving information that could incriminate others

Yesterday I wrote to the Prime Minister asking her to ban Donald Trump from entering the United Kingdom on account of his support for far-right groups in this country.

UPDATE: We just got a copy of what I think is the last-minute amendment to the bill. It's 479 pages long. An unsearchable PDF with handwriting all over it. This is the new tax code. To be voted on by the US Senate in just hours.

Translation: Erdogan faked the coup, needs a scapegoat.

The entire U.S. tax code is being rewritten at 6:30pm on a Friday in crayon

NEW: As chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, Rep. Trey Gowdy used $150,000 in taxpayer money to settle with a former aide who was fired in part because he was not willing to focus his investigative work on Hillary

People have missed the biggest part of Sen. Blumenthal’s letter to Pence re: Flynn’s conflict of interest. “Who on the tRUmp transition team was aware of Mr. Flynn’s relationship with the following entities: governments of [Russia, Turkey, and CHINA.]”

Reuters: Prosecutors say Flynn spoke with a 'senior official' of Trump's transition team who was at Mar-a-Lago resort in December 2016 to discuss what to communicate to Russian ambassador.

Why the UN is investigating extreme poverty … in America, the world's richest nation

White House distances itself from Flynn, refers to him as Obama official

The Spy Revolt Against Trump Begins

MORE: An additional "senior official" cited in court documents is K.T. McFarland, the former deputy national security adviser, sources tell

#BREAKING: Kushner, former Trump adviser McFarland spoke with Flynn about Russia

We're charging Steve Pigeon, Kristy Mazurek, & David Pfaff with knowingly & willfully engaging in illegal campaign coordination.

If Mueller is fired Mr. Schneiderman will lead the charge.

After Flynn, Are Kushner and Don Jr. Next?

Prosecutors stated Flynn was directed to engage the Russians on 12/29/16 by donald’s national security transition team. Senator Tom Cotton was on that team.

Extraordinary. Steve Bannon now grooming Jacob Rees-Mogg. These transatlantic links are wide, deep & fed by the darkest of dark money.

Federal prosecutors: Flynn coordinated Russia contacts with Trump officials at Mar-a-Lago

Alex Jones warns of a "plan to kill" Trump that will spark a "massive civil war in this country"

Resist the narrative coming from @realDonaldTrump these 6 pages absolutely show Trump is lying

Something that has been quietly slipped into the Republican tax plan: a provision that lets oil and gas companies drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. This is an attack on pristine lands that belong to the American people.

Blackstone, Carlyle, KKR, Apollo just got their own little loophole in the tax bill. Cornyn amendment 1715 (to be included in manager's amendment). PTP income, but not other financial services income, gets 23% passthrough deduction.

Former N.S.A. Employee Pleads Guilty to Taking Classified Information

FIRST READ: Republicans are breaking four big promises in the Senate tax

NEW: NYT: Pres. Trump over the summer repeatedly urged senior Senate Republicans, including the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Cmte, to end the panel’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

#Israel Channel 2 says police is determined to indict the Prime Minister (Netanyahu) on range of charges, including corruption

Exclusive: Mike Pence Knew About Mike Flynn and Erik Prince Links To Chinese Intelligence - Pence a Mueller target for Obstruction

The tax bamboozle

New details from Mueller about Michael Flynn is 'big trouble' for top Trump officials — including Kushner, Conway, and Mille

BREAKING Istanbul Prosecutor’s office confiscates assets and property of Reza Zarrab and his family

This is so bad. We have just gotten list of amendments to be included in bill NOT from our R colleagues, but from lobbyists downtown. None of us have seen this list, but lobbyists have it. Need I say more? Disgusting. And we probably will not even be given time to read them.

Do you know that Paul Ryan’s $1.5 trillion tax plan would trigger $150 billion in cuts to domestic programs every year for a decade?

Call now!

House Judiciary ranking member Jerry Nadler: “There is now more than enough evidence to form the basis of a congressional investigation into the President’s obstruction of justice—and it is long past time that the House Committee on the Judiciary engage on this matter.”

Why the Flynn Guilty Plea Is Bad News for Pence—and Other Senior Trump Officials

BREAKING: Jared Kushner is the “very senior member of the presidential transition team” mentioned in the statement of offense as speaking to Flynn on Dec 22nd about the UN resolution regarding Israel, two people familiar with the matter

Part of Flynn's plea agreement is him agreeing to potentially "[participate] in covert law enforcement activities."

Trump Cancels All Morning Meetings, Has Not Left Residence After Flynn Bombshell

Michael Flynn Has Just Issued the following Statement following his Guilty Plea:

Opinion: No, the Mueller probe isn’t politically motivated

Millionaire GOP lawmaker used taxpayer funds to settle sexual harassment lawsuit: report

“But justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream” Amos 5:24

"Frankly, virtually every one of my Republican colleagues acknowledges Russian intervention. The one individual that still seems to deny that this is not a major issue is Donald Trump," Sen. Warner says

Senate Intel Vice Chair Mark Warner: "The Special Counsel’s probe has found illegal behavior stretching into the senior most levels of the White House."

Kushner Is Said to Have Ordered Flynn to Contact Russia

Fox News is state propaganda

ABC News’ @BrianRoss reports that Flynn is prepared to testify President Trump directed him to make contact with Russians

Michael Flynn "will get the benefit of a fair legal process he was unwilling to accord to anybody else," Sen. Tim Kaine says; Kaine says it is "frightening" Flynn served as national security adviser

Michael Flynn arrives at federal court ahead of his plea hearing in the special counsel's probe

The (admitted) charges against Michael Flynn make clear that he pleaded directly with the Russians not to retaliate for US sanctions, before Trump took office. Was that with Trump's knowledge and at his request?

If you think Republicans aren't going to wake up the day after they pass massive tax cuts and start saying that we need to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid to shrink the deficit, watch @SpeakerRyan explain their plan.

“Sources with direct knowledge tell ABC News the President & his legal team learned about the Flynn plea via news reports this morning.”

"As part of Flynn’s negotiations, his son is not expected to be charged"

Jared Kushner can’t pass his security clearance investigation, officials say

Flynn has pled guilty to what is euphemistically known as “collusion.”

A gossip columnist's guide to outwitting Trump, 'a narcissist beyond description'

JUST IN: House Admin Committee Chairman Rep. Gregg Harper told Republicans in their closed door conference meeting this morning that one House office paid out $84k in one sexual harassment settlement on taxpayer dollars, two sources tell

Top GOP senators: We have the votes to pass GOP tax bill

Obama says people should think before they tweet

Mr. Lock Her Up Pleads Guilty

The plea would be the latest indication that Mr. Flynn was cooperating with the special counsel’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.

If he plead all the way down to this one charge, he must have given Mueller a hell of a lot.

JUST IN: Plea hearing scheduled. Flynn charged in criminal information with making false statements.

Just in: Robert Mueller has charged former Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn with “willfully and knowingly” making “false, fictitious and fraudulent statements” to the FBI regarding conversations with Russia’s ambassador.

NEWS: FLYNN will plead GUILTY to making false statements to the FBI about his conversations with KISLYAK

Trump continues to behave like a wannabe despot

What "person" got "free speech" rights under Citizens United? $$ Who got by far the largest tax cut? Corporations.

Good things are on the immediate horizon. Well, ‘good things’ for everyone besides traitors, ideologues, pedophiles, kooks, and the Kremlin. The rule of law is still very much in place.

Do Not Let Tom Cotton Anywhere Near the CIA

Newsweek spoke w 7 of nation's leading law firms specializing in security clearance law, w clients throughout the Trump administration and fed government— all 7 said Kushner's security clearance should be suspended...

FYI Trump is having lunch Friday with Rex Tillerson, according to W.H. guidance.

#BREAKING Turkish prosecutor issues an apprehension order for former Vice-Chair of US National Intelligence Council and CIA officer Graham Fuller. He has very cordial relations with Gulenists, and one of the references of Gulen in his green card application

Trump telling friends that a government shutdown could benefit him: report


15 Days Left To Get Health Insurance

Republicans Are Driving Blind on Their Own Tax Bill

No wonder the President had a good Thanksgiving: He got paid $7500 by the federal government for golf carts alone. Your tax dollars at work enriching the First Family.

Trump: Democrats obstructing tax bill 'because they think it is too good'

Women who accused Trump of sexual misconduct should be heard, Sean Spicer says

An MIT study says the U.S. is vastly overstating its oil and gas production forecasts

From @PierreTABC: Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation tops $5 million

This is getting worse

DELETE YOUR ACCOUNT: British lawmakers call on President Trump to delete his Twitter account after he retweeted a far-right group.

What's Up In Whitefish Montana?

Pop. 7,279

It's been 62 days since Congress let CHIP, the children's health insurance program that insures 9,000,000, expire.

Supreme Court's cake case pits gay rights versus Christian faith

Trump has told confidants that a government shutdown could be good for him politically, since he would put the blame on Democrats



A preliminary deal between Russia and Egypt is the latest sign of the waning influence of the United States,

Newly revealed incident reported by a USAID officer based at the American embassy in Uzbekistan is raising suspicions Russia may have been involved & could have had a hand in bizarre attacks targeting U.S. diplomats in Cuba, per American sources


Analysis: Why FEMA is making a big mistake in Puerto Rico

For these Las Vegas teenagers, the wounds from the worst mass shooting in modern American history aren’t only physical

Contradicted by deficit study, Republican tax plan in disarray

Trump to hold rally near Alabama border four days before special election: report

It’s not enough to give money to rich people. Apparently, Republicans want to kick the poor and middle class in the face, too.

NEW: A Fla. charity dormant since 2008 has-restarted itself, and will hold gala at Mar-a-Lago, after suggestion by @realdonaldtrump's sister

U.S. sanctions on Iran weren't binding for Turkey, says Erdogan

Donald Trump continues to divide and spread fear during the holiday season.

Perspective: I’m a Depression historian. The GOP tax bill is straight out of 1929

Donald Trump’s 'working visit' to UK dropped as tensions with Theresa May grow over president's far-Right retweets

Fate of GOP tax bill in doubt as new analysis pours cold water on it

Lawmakers have carte blanche to cut secret harassment settlements

Trump is going to destroy 2 of the country’s most beautiful national monuments

Mnuchin caught covering up GOP tax scam info that proves it’s a lie

Wyden: “Based on the news that broke this morning, as far as I can tell, Secretary Mnuchin never even asked his department to do the comprehensive analysis of the bill that he promised.”

The national security emergency we’re not talking about

House GOP leaders preparing to bring gun measures to the floor

Senator Burr conspired with Trump to shut down the Russia investigation—Call his office & say #BurrMustRecuse (202) 224-3154

Trump's mind-numbing media manipulation machine

GOP crafts spending bill provisions aimed at speeding repeal of water protection rule

Stephen Fry nails why some people keep falling for fake news

Where Robert Mueller’s investigation appears to be headed next

Goldman Sachs warns that the highest valuations since 1900 mean pain is ahead

American Airlines is making employees undergo anti-racism training after the NAACP issued a "travel advisory" for the carrier in October

How Matt Lauer and other toppled media figures could face a legal reckoning

Senate Republicans Are Scrambling to Rewrite Their Tax Bill After a Mini-Rebellion

Marco Rubio gets honest: After giving a tax cut to the rich, GOP will cut Social Security and Medicare.

Bette Midler wants Geraldo Rivera to apologize for allegedly sexually assaulting her in the early 1970s.

For those thinking that Trump's #TaxReform bill will create jobs and increase wages, Cisco, Pfizer, Coca-Cola all plan to turn over gains from the proposed tax cuts to shareholders rather than increase jobs or raise wages.

NEW POLL: Pro-Trump group finds Moore leading by one point in Alabama Senate race

A New Conservative Rasmussen Poll shows that America Overwhelmingly Thinks FOX News is the real “Fake News”

Tillerson, Kushner, and Cohn look ready to leave the Trump administration after tax cuts

He did nothing to help the economy and is helping himself and other super rich people to an even larger share.

OMG, are you stupid? You just blew apart two different cases your DOJ is defending against me. I’m going to take you apart, Mr. President

Republicans are about to vote to transfer literally trillions from regular people who work at regular jobs to around 5,500 people with estates, and the largest and most profitable global corporations in human history. Don’t be despondent. Be angry.

‘If my friends here want to give a tax cut to the middle class, why don’t we give a tax cut to the middle class?’ — Sen. Sherrod Brown is calling out the GOP for its flawed tax plan

GOP leaders struggle with shutdown strategy

Governor Charlie Baker and the rest of the state’s military base task force are hoping to make the case that the Army should locate its future “Modernization Command” in Mass.

Here's what the Senate Republicans' tax plan means if you're making $25,000, $75,000, or $175,000 a year

Federal Contractors Are Offshoring at a Fast Clip Under Trump

All Muslims are often blamed for single acts of terror. Psychology explains how to stop it.