Thursday, December 7, 2017

BREAKING: House Ethics Committee clears Intel Chair Devin Nunes in leak investigation, clears path for his return to Russia probe.

Congress temporarily averts shutdown and sends President Trump stopgap spending bill

Newman's Own faces mammoth tax bill after lawmakers fail to spare the foundation

JUST IN: Judge in Flynn case recuses himself

The "drain the swamp" president hosted a $100,000-a-person fundraiser with industry elites at the home of a Wall Street billionaire

Zinke booked government helicopters to attend D.C. events

Some of Trump’s wealthiest New York friends have launched a last-minute campaign to pressure him for changes to the GOP tax bill, telling the president personally the current plan would drive up their taxes and hurt his home state, according to WaPo.

The House Ethics Committee is impaneling a subcommittee to investigate Rep. Blake Farenthold

BREAKING: Senator Blumenthal: Trump Jr. Testimony Leaves No Question, He Must Be Subpoenaed

JUST IN: Mulvaney reconsidering CFPB's fine against Wells Fargo for alleged mortgage fraud: report

@CNN reports that 2 #GOP Congressmen now face Ethics Committee probes. Trent Franks (resigning, end of Jan) Blake Farenthold

"Today, the top 1 percent of households own more wealth than the bottom 90 percent combined."

Pew poll: Trump's approval rating hits new low

WikiLeaks faces U.S. probes into its 2016 election role and CIA leaks: sources

Arizona’s Trent Franks Expected to Resign

Who will replace Al Franken? His resignation is triggering a rush for his US Senate seat.

Climatologists warn that this is the new reality for the region, where wildfires are occurring year round.

BREAKING: Deal put forward 2 get Susan Collins tax vote not happening. Per @politico story.

Ethics panel wants to interview Farenthold accuser

Republican Lawmakers Criticize Graduate Student Tax in Their Own Bill

Roy Moore: America "was great at the time when families were united — even though we had slavery"

GOP senator on Franken and Moore: "There is a difference between a 14-year-old girl and an adult"

John Lewis to skip Mississippi civil rights museum opening due to Trump's presence

And there’s more SIGINT-drops to come. Just wait. You’ll see. :-)

EXCLUSIVE: Sources tell CNN about 2016 emails between the British publicist who arranged the Trump Tower meeting and a member of Donald Trump’s inner circle — the first evidence of follow-up after the meeting with Russians

CNN: Previously undisclosed emails show there was follow-up after the Trump Tower meeting, despite Trump Jr.'s insistence that there was none. Trump Jr. told House Intel yesterday that he could "not recall" the emails

We urge the STATE of Palestine to welcome our @VP and offer him a first hand look at what life is like under #occupation in Gaza

Paul Ryan couldn't find real economists to back his fake tax plan's math, so he made a few of them up

We need a full investigation of the approximately 1M fake comments likely submitted using stolen identities before the FCC takes any #netneutrality vote

Email encourages Scavino to get candidate Trump to create a page on the Russian social networking site VK, telling him that "Don and Paul" were on board with the idea -- a reference to then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump Jr.

We’ll be live-streaming on @Live_Raise at 5pm ET from NYC’s Bryant Park Protest!

BREAKING: Congressman, civil rights icon John Lewis says he won't share stage with Trump to open Mississippi civil rights museum.

@ABC News Special Report: Sen. Al Franken delivers remarks on Senate floor


Um, Blakey wants Clinton to be impeached because she’s wayyyyy more presidential.

Franken: "I aware of the irony that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office and a man who has preyed on underage girls is running for the Senate with the full support of his party"

Election expert upgrades Tennessee Senate race to "toss-up" after former Dem governor launches campaign

Wanted to share a video of Roy Moore in 1997 arguing that kids commit drive-by shooting because they are taught evolution in school: "They're acting like animals because we've taught them they come from animals."

Here's a video of Al Franken musing about the fact that as he's leaving Congress due to sexual misconduct allegations, we have a "grab her by the pu$$y" President and a credibly accused child molester in the running for Congress

Vladimir Putin’s special brand of evil

Palestinian protesters in Gaza took to the streets in sporadic protests against U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Kushner bets he can have it both ways on Jerusalem move

Poll: Vast majority wants Congress to investigate sexual harassment claims against Trump

On Dec. 14th, the @FCC is scheduled to vote to roll back #netneutrality. They should delay the vote instead. The massive flood of fake comments submitted during the process is a scandal that demands a full investigation.

Family Businesses Worry the Tax Overhaul Will Hurt Them

Trump didn't seem to have complete understanding of Jerusalem decision: report

NEW: Democrats sound alarm over CVS-Aetna deal

Rick Gates' lawyer said in court yesterday that more charges could be coming "in both cases" from Mueller

Flynn business associate hoped to get Sessions to support Russia-related nuclear project

The pope, the United Nations and the European Union criticized Trump's Jerusalem announcement

This morning, Israel is the *only* country praising President Trump for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Gates' lawyers say two people are willing to post property for his $5M bail

Munitions are fired in Bethlehem as protests break out over President Trump's decision to to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital

The GOP tax bill appears to have given Democrats an 8-point lead on the issue of taxes. (It was tied in August.)

Mike Pence

A man burns an American flag as protests break out in Ramallah, West Bank, over President Trump’s announcement to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. CNN’s

Rex Tillerson’s negative space

Hamas urges action against US interests over Trump's 'flagrant aggression'

State Department issues "Worldwide Caution" after Trump’s Jerusalem decision


WATCH: White House says “dry throat” is to blame for Trump’s slurred speech

On this date, 76 years ago, #Japan surprised the world with a sneak attack on #PearlHarbor

Gloria Steinem calls Trump the "sexual harasser in chief."

Mattis, Tillerson opposed Trump's decision to move US embassy to Jerusalem

For the first time in American history our @POTUS is working directly under the influence of a foreign nation. George Washington warned of this threat. In his farewell address he said, “Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another.”

New from me: Devin Nunes spoke to Erik Prince about forthcoming House Intel testimony despite recusal from Russia probe

Trump tells confidants that a government shutdown might be good for him politically and has told several people he would put the blame on Democrats. What a useless, moronic POS


Flynn assoc re purpose of the nuclear plan: So US can provide military to 'defend these installations'– a pretext for placing US forces in these countries, which will “be better when we recolonize the Middle East”

Protests erupted outside the American Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey following US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Time to re-read this: The Dark Truth about Blackwater.

Donald Trump Is Guilty

Devin Nunes met with Blackwater founder Erik Prince earlier this year and discussed Nunes' investigation into the unmasking of Americans' identities in US intel reports. Did he tamper with a witness? Is he recused, or not?

Why evangelicals are "ecstatic" about President Trump's announcement that the United States now recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital

With the first phase of the Koch agenda -- massive tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations -- nearly complete, Republicans in Congress are already gearing up for the next step

North Korean media threatens that war with the US is a matter of when, not if

Poll: Voters warn against government shutdown

Jared Kushner has revised his financial disclosure form no less than 39 times

Democrats grilled Erik Prince about his meeting with Steve Bannon before his trip to the Seychelles

Meghan McCain fires back at Steve Bannon

Donald Trump Jr. Refuses to Disclose His Discussions With His Father About Trump Tower Meeting

Sworn Testimony of Erik Prince Nov. 30, 2017

Who does Erik Prince think he is? This guy: “I flew in from Africa and I’ve had about enough of this,”

Nikki Haley: North Korea threat makes U.S. Olympic participation an ‘open question’

Hamas leader calls for a third uprising against Israel

Several advisers tell WaPo that Trump did not seem to have a full understanding of the Jerusalem decision and instead appeared to be focused on “seeming pro-Israel,” in the words of one, and “making a deal,” in the words of another.

Jim Himes goes in on Prince's claims about how the Post got their story

Wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, @GinniThomas, presenting an award to @JamesOKeefeIII today for "defending liberty @ Trump hotel

For Palestinians, President Trump's Jerusalem move is the end of the peace process

Hamas chief calls for 'new intifada' after U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Trump, Russia And Beyond: 3 Tough Questions As FBI Director Heads To Congress

Netanyahu's Right-hand Man David Bitan Suspected of Bribery and Money Laundering

Ryan promises Medicaid, Medicare spending cuts in 2018 to "tackle the deficit"

The Latest: Saudi royal court condemns as 'irresponsible' Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

BREAKING: US embassy in Jordan has suspended services

The UK and EU Plan to Make Bitcoin Investors Use Their Real Names

Trump administration begins testing border wall prototypes to prevent scaling, breach attempts.

"It makes no sense to me" - Fmr. U.S. Amb. to Russia @McFaul on Manafort violation of Mueller bail agreement

History lesson: Do big tax cuts pay for themselves?

New poll out of Alabama has Doug Jones leading by 4-points, 48-44%.

The Environmental Scandal in Scott Pruitt’s Backyard

U.S. tax cuts to eventually underpin dollar, but may sink in meantime - Reuters poll

Poll: Vast majority wants Congress to investigate sexual harassment claims against Trump

Patagonia sues over Trump’s national monuments order

Hackers have carried out a heist on a leading digital currency platform, making off with an unspecific amount of bitcoin

WEEKEND: Government shutdown 'could happen' Saturday.

Pelosi fires back at Trump for shutdown threat: You're the only one talking about a shutdown

World leaders have slammed Trump’s Jerusalem move as "irresponsible" and "dangerous"

Female lieutenant governor expected to replace Franken if he resigns

Everyone is cracking jokes about Trump boycotting the olympics in solidarity with Putin.

How to Stand Up to the Kremlin

“Trump + Jared figure that after...a few days of riots, things go back to normal when it comes to the negotiations.”

Report: US asks Israel to restrain response to Jerusalem move

Congress is debating a bill that would trigger a $25 billion cut to #Medicare. If these cuts go through, you could lose access to the doctors & health care services you count on.

Swalwell: Trump Jr.'s attorney-client privilege claim 'bogus'

House Intelligence member Eric Swalwell says Donald Trump Junior's attempt to claim attorney-client privilege regarding conversations with his father has no merit. Swalwell says only the Trumps would try a trick like this to get out of answering tough questions.

I’m a Jew and a small woman and I walked all around East Jerusalem (not to mention Hebron, Ramallah, Nablus and Gaza) alone and unbothered. What a lying coward you are

Jordan: Trump is violating UN charter with 'legally invalid' declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capita

Gowdy on whether House Oversight will look into Flynn issue raised by whistleblower. "I do get that Democrats want every committee in Congress to be investigating the same fact pattern. I don't think that's the best use of our resources."

Manafort’s Russian ghostwriter revealed

Facebook is teaming up with partisan misinformer The Weekly Standard to help them fact check

There is no alternative to the two-state solution: two states living side-by-side in peace, security and mutual recognition – with Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and Palestine.

North Korea says nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula has become a matter of when, not if, as it continues to criticize joint military exercise between the U.S. and South Korea.

Group of House Democrats calls on Sec. Tillerson to say whether Pres. Trump's anti-Islam retweets are putting U.S. diplomats and Americans abroad at risk.

Christie: Warning about Flynn among reasons I was fired from Trump transition

Republicans made a $300 billion mistake in the tax bill

The massive mistake actually screws over the corporations that Republicans were bending over backwards to help.

How Vladimir Putin's KGB background has helped him manipulate Trump

What Roy Moore's spox couldn't answer on @ac360

Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska has dropped the libel suit he filed against AP over their report that he had paid Manafort for pro-Russia lobbying

Tom Friedman on Trump's ignorance in Jerusalem embassy decision

New Quinnipiac Poll just released Should Congress INVESTIGATE ACCUSATIONS OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT against Trump? YES: 70% No: 25%

BREAKING: House overwhelmingly votes to kill resolution from Democratic lawmaker to impeach President Trump.

VA cuts program for homeless vets after touting Trump's commitment

'Holy crap': Experts find tax plan riddled with glitches

Watchdog or lap dog? Trump team stonewalling tests GOP Congress

Rep. Adam Schiff talks with Rachel Maddow about how Trump team members have made up lame excuses for not answering questions in the Trump Russia investigation, which they will get away with if Republican leadership lets them.

RNC re-embraces Moore, Democrats call for Franken resignation

Senator Mazie Hirono talks with Rachel Maddow about how why she thinks Sen. Al Franken should step down, and how so many Democrats coordinated to speak out at the same time.

Russia desire to end sanctions clear in Trump Russia scandal

Rachel Maddow rounds up the different points in the Trump scandal where, while the Trump team side may be obfuscated, the Russia side is clearly motivated by a desire to end the sanctions imposed after Russia's annexation of Crimea

Trump Jr invents 'privilege' excuse to duck Russia questions

Donald Trump Jr. claimed in testimony to the House Intelligence Committee that he couldn't answer questions about what he talked about with his father because of attorney client privilege. What?

Trump reignites Middle East rage with Jerusalem announcement

Rachel Maddow reports on the reaction around the world the Donald Trump's announcement that he will recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, including harsh condemnation from previously close allies like the UK and Germany

California ripped by wind-driven wildfires

Rachel Maddow reports on devastating wildfires that are being driven across California by gusts of Santa Ana winds