Wednesday, February 28, 2018

New York State banking regulator asks Deutsche, other banks about Kushner loans.

Scoop: Mueller’s team is asking about comments made by Hope Hicks about Russian contacts to the NYT, a former Trump campaign official who has spoken to Special Counsel’s office tells CNN

Kushner’s Business Got Loans From Companies After White House Meetings

WATCH: Steve Mnuchin begged UCLA not to share this video of college students telling him he’s ‘full of sh*t’

Norms Could Have Saved Trump From the Kushner Scandal

Two days into his presidency, Trumps senior staff was sworn in. Half are now gone.

Georgia teen nails NRA after educator opens fire in their classroom: 'I dare you to tell me arming teachers is safe'

There's a drug smuggling scandal Russia wants to wish away

.@FLGovScott: "We've got to invest in metal detectors. We've got to invest in bulletproof glass. We've got to invest in steel doors. We've got to invest in upgraded locks."

Exclusive: Trump’s apparent efforts to oust Sessions last summer are said to be a focus of the special counsel’s Russia probe

Activists are calling on streaming services to drop NRA TV and its ‘dangerous and violence-inciting propaganda’

Shots were fired today at Dalton High School in Dalton, Georgia. No one was hurt, and the school was evacuated. The suspect barricaded himself in a room before being arrested. He was a teacher. Can we stop talking about arming teachers and bringing more guns into schools?

Worshippers clutching AR-15 rifles and some wearing bullet crowns, participated in a commitment ceremony today at World Peace and Unification Sanctuary, in Newfoundland, Pa. The event led a nearby school to cancel classes for the day. Photos

Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity issue corrections on CNN smear

JUST IN: Walmart hikes age requirement for firearm and ammunition purchases to 21, is removing items from its website resembling assault-style weapons - Reuters

Exxon to quit Russian oil ventures with Rosneft frozen by US Sanctions -decision was included in a 10-k filing on Wednesday - Exxon's deal with Rosneft to drill in areas from the Arctic to the Black Sea was Rex Tillerson’s crowning achievement

JUST IN: NRA doesn't mention Trump in statement after Trump endorsed taking guns before due process

Tony Soprano of Cybercrime Snitches on Russian Hacker

VA assistant secretary begged Congress to publicly demand his boss's resignation: report

BREAKING: Senator @JeffFlake and I just introduced our bill to raise the age for purchasing assault weapons to 21. If you can’t buy a beer, you shouldn’t be able to buy a weapon of war like an AR-15. While we need to do more, this is a commonsense step forward.

Schiff has released a list of Russia probe subpoenas that Intel Dems have sought but that have been blocked by Nunes and Committee Repub

BREAKING: White House pulls top secret clearances from more than 30 staff members

Hope Hicks to Resign as White House Communications Director

FCC to vote on proposal to bypass environmental and other regulations to speed up 5G deployment

This week, House Democrats are filing a resolution aimed at compelling the administration to implement sanctions against Russia. “If the president’s not going to do it, then Congress needs to.”

Exiting Trump officials get cold shoulder from job market

JUST IN: Paul Manafort pleads "not guilty" to dozens of new charges

I say this as a former Secretary of State and as an American: the Russians are still coming. Our intelligence professionals are imploring Trump to act. Will he continue to ignore & surrender, or protect our country? — Hillary Clinton

Florida's Republican-controlled appropriations committee has approved a $67 million "school marshal" program to give 10 teachers per school 132 hours of training to carry guns, and give armed teachers $500 bonuses

“Trump slammed Clinton over her handling of classified info. That looks like hypocrisy now.”

Paul Ryan is now having nuns arrested. “I have never been arrested in my life,” said Sister Elise Garcia. “To our leaders in Congress and in the White House, I say: Arrest a nun, not a Dreamer!” “Paul, why do you persecute me?!”

Panamanian police have returned to @realdonaldtrump’s hotel, this time in tactical gear, reports @partlowj. Not sure what’s happening yet

Buckle up. Paul Manafort’s trial date has been set: Monday, September 17

Stunning revelations over Jared Kushner and the Russia probe are rocking Trump's inner circle and suggest a pivotal moment is at hand in the West Wing personnel wars that have raged throughout his presidency

Gunmaker stocks drop after Dick’s Sporting Good bans AR-15 sales — while Dick’s share prices rise

BREAKING: The International Olympic Committee says it has lifted the doping ban on the Russian Olympic Committee "with immediate effect" after all "remaining results are negative" from just-concluded Olympics.

"Why won't the Attorney General investigate the people investigating me?"

House committee passes resolution letting lawmakers pay for bulletproof vests with taxpayer dollars

Watergate reporter: Mueller is focused on Kushner "like a laser" in Trump-Russia probe

For Ivanka and Jared, losing spokesman Josh Raffel is a significant blow — one they hardly seem able to afford.

Wish the media would look at North Korea primarily as a surrogate for Russia and any provocation from them as a distraction from #TrumpRussia

Trump family furious at John Kelly over negative coverage of Kushner: report

These Popular Pesticides Are Really Bad for the Birds and the Bees

The Democratic National Committee will announce today that it's planning to contact 50,000,000 voters before the November midterm elections

Golden State Warriors to visit African-American History museum instead of meeting Trump

Sen Warren: What message does it send Putin that the US hasn’t fully implemented #sanctions to counter known #Russian cyberattacks? NSADir Rogers: I believe that Putin has clearly come to the conclusion there's little price to pay here. Warren: BINGO

How many American taxpayers can afford to spend $5,000 on a chair? But Dr. Carson thinks it’s fine to spend our money that way? It’s time to toss him out of his chair. And his boss too

Voted? There's just too much on the line to sit any election out. Early voting continues across the state today. Find your polling location here

Replace Ted Cruz

Jared Kushner Is China’s Trump Card

What does this mean? A September poll found 73% of California adults opposed to a border wall. California doesn’t want any part of the wall built now.

Fred Guttenberg, father of Parkland shooting victim, on the threats being made against student survivors: “I need President Trump today to address it publicly and demand that everyone who is making these threats stop.”

Lehigh University votes to take back Trump's honorary degree

CREW has filed a Hatch Act complaint against Jared Kushner.

“The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life.” — Theodore Roosevelt

Dick's Sporting Goods will stop selling assault-style rifles and require gun buyers to be 21.

On Trump and Russia, former CIA Director and retired Gen. Michael Hayden says he sees ‘a lot more coming’ from Mueller

FedEx and UPS trade barbs over NRA ties in wake of Florida shooting

The U.S.-led campaign to hunt down the last pockets of ISIS militants in Syria has lost its most effective fighting partner

A state senator from Georgia claimed Delta offers discounts to Planned Parenthood. When @brikeilarcnn pressed him for evidence, the lawmaker said that he "looked it up on Google"

Pressure mounts on #FoxNews to issue a retraction after hyping bogus CNN scripted town hall story

Republicans' spat with Delta could hurt Georgia's Amazon hopes

Gates faced up to 70 yrs on original charges filed against him last October. That's before he lied to Mueller during subsequent proffer interview, which was another 10 years. I can't even imagine what he must have coughed up to get this deal ... but it's why Trump is panicking.

The Trump family — and the president's oldest son, Don Jr., in particular — was angry about the overwhelmingly negative TV coverage about Jared Kushner last night, and feels White House Chief of Staff Kelly is hanging Jared out to dry.

What Facebook, Google and Twitter owe America

'Corrupt, entitled snake': GOP strategist @TheRickWilson drags 'beta-male' Kushner over 'greedy, sloppy' business dealings

We studied thousands of anonymous posts about the Parkland attack — and found a conspiracy in the making

Connecticut Dems flip seat controlled by Republicans for decades

Mueller's team has officially proposed dismissing charges against RICK GATES, following last week's guilty plea


"The way social media is transforming American political campaigns offers a huge advantage to candidates like President Donald Trump."

Stunning revelations over Jared Kushner and the Russia probe are rocking Trump's inner circle and suggest a pivotal moment is at hand in the West Wing personnel wars that have raged throughout his presidency

"[W]e have to have serious conversation about what are the business models, the algorithms, (and) the mechanics whereby we can create more of a common conversation and that cannot just be a commercially driven conversation."

Trump's mining giveaway

Carson spent $31k in taxpayer funds on custom dining set for his office

Papa John’s Is No Longer the NFL’s Official Pizza

Right now we have 50 Senators who support saving #NetNeutrality, along with 83% of the American public. We only need ONE MORE VOTE to pass the resolution we introduced today and #SaveTheInternet!

Cato board member faces spousal-abuse charge

Instead of visiting the White House to celebrate their recent NBA championship, the Golden State Warriors toured the National Museum of African American History and Culture with local D.C. children

By bidding for Sky, Comcast is directly challenging Fox and Disney. Is this Brian Roberts getting his revenge?

Warning: A New GOP Entitlement! ***Republicans want to raid Social Security for paid family leave***

FLASHBACK: One year ago Trump signed the executive order that made it easier for those with mental illness to have guns

Congressional Republicans reject calls for tighter gun restrictions in wake of Florida shooting

Publicly, FedEx has been distancing themselves from the N.R.A. but an internal document reveals a secret deal with the N.R.A. and the gun industry to ship guns cheaper than @UPS

Trump's Moscow developer received a huge loan from Sberbank worth 10.6 billion rubles after Trump signed the Letter of Intent. This money essentially disappeared.

Exclusive: Kremlin propagandist who claimed he coordinated with Trump team was previously appointed as Putin’s “trusted confidant”

Summary: One of the founders of Fox News, Jack Hanick, moved to Moscow in 2012 and started a bizarre TV station with a terrorist financier, Konstantin Malofeev. The TV station coincided with Trump's run and featured Russian govt officials. FNC won't comment about Hanick.

ICE begins deportation raids in Northern California, as federal officials lash out at Oakland mayor

'You are dead': Pastor touted by Ted Cruz busted for threatening volunteer at women's clinic

Trump’s obvious insecurity about his, shall we say, “male characteristics” mustn’t be allowed to kill our children or risk nuclear devastation. But that’s exactly what’s happening:

Apple is under fire for moving iCloud data to China

"Beto O'Rourke is giving Ted Cruz a run for his money"

Ivanka's South Korea trip was a disaster. She irritated the South Korean president by lecturing him on North Korea!

Comcast's CEO makes his case in his bid to buy Sky: he's the anti-Rupert Murdoch

Starbucks’ Howard Schultz: Trump’s tax cuts ‘robbing from the future of young people’

WATCH: U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner loses access to top briefing

Exclusive: Foreign officials have discussed manipulating White House adviser Jared Kushner via his business arrangements, U.S. officials say

Hope Hicks reportedly admits telling 'white lies' for Trump

Hope Hicks reportedly told House investigators she is required to tell white lies as part of her job in the Trump W.H. Jill Wine-Banks reacts and Natasha Bertrand joins Lawrence O'Donnell with new reporting on Wikileaks' contacts with Trump associate Roger Stone.

Puerto Rico says Treasury abruptly cutting $4.7 billion relief loan to $2 billion

20 states have asked a federal court in Texas to hold the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate unconstitutional

Cornyn: Infrastructure bill may not happen this year

The Supreme Court's conservative justices seem prepared to decide a case that could harm unions without so much as a factual record

Why hasn’t Trump given NSA the authority it wants to combat Russia?

As the Trump administration chips away at the Affordable Care Act, some states are building it back up

BREAKING Russian embassy workers in Argentina detained for trafficking 400kg cocaine are members of Russian Orthodox Church branch helping community in Argentina has been vouched by the Moscow Patriarchy

Court hands DACA recipients another victory

The NRA Has Entered the Province of Cowards

The Deep State Takes Out the White House’s Dark Clown Prince

The Professor At The Center Of The Trump-Russia Probe Boasted To His Girlfriend In Ukraine That He Was Friends With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

The North Pole surged above freezing in the dead of winter, stunning scientists.

NEW: House Ethics Committee creates an investigative subcommittee to probe sexual harassment allegations against Rep. Patrick Meehan & his chief of staff

Congressional Republicans Just Demanded Scott Pruitt’s Travel Records

NEW POLL: Rubio's approval rating falls to all-time low in Florida after Parkland shooting

One more W.H. departure: Senior communications official Josh Raffel is leaving the White House, Axios has learned.

"US Cyber Command chief Adm. Mike Rogers told lawmakers on Tuesday that he has not been granted the authority by President Donald Trump to disrupt Russian election hacking operations where they originate."

In 2010 Rick Sanchez said Jon Stewart was a bigot and that “everybody that runs CNN is a lot like Stewart,” to which Dana Loesch responded: "I bet Rick Sanchez was fired by a Jew"

4 Commerce Department political appointees working on interim security clearances lost their jobs today because of problems in their background checks, multiple officials who requested anonymity to discuss personnel matters tell WaPo.

Investigators for Robert Mueller have reportedly been asking witnesses recently about Trump's business activities in Russia prior to the 2016 campaign as he considered a run for president, according to three people familiar with the matter.

Congressman @JoaquinCastrotx after Hope Hicks testimony: we (House Intelligence) need to see Trump, Jr. and Kushner again.

The president has retweeted a fake map that incorrectly displays county-level 2016 results. This falsified version turns a bunch of Clinton counties red.

EXCLUSIVE: Russia compromised election systems in 7 states prior to 2016 vote, U.S. officials tell @NBCNews.

Hope Hicks told House investigators today that her work for Trump had occasionally required her to tell white lies,

Dems win New Hampshire state seat in district Trump won by double digits

BREAKING: Mueller's team has been asking witnesses (including recently) about Trump's business activities in Russia BEFORE the campaign, as he considered a run for president. (Includes the Miss Universe pageant and potential Trump Tower Moscow deals.)

WaPo: Foreign officials have discussed manipulating White House adviser Jared Kushner via his business arrangements, U.S. officials say

NEW: Roger Stone and WikiLeaks exchanged private Twitter messages during the election. They show, among other things, that WikiLeaks sought to keep its channel to Stone open after Trump won

Pence: Abortion in the U.S. will end "in our time"

What this means: Kushner will lose access to nearly all NSA reporting (i.e., intercepted communications, among other elements). Whether or not he could've been successful before, he no longer can be an effective Middle East mediator.

BREAKING: Jared Kushner loses top-secret security clearance, sources tell CNN

EXCLUSIVE: FedEx’s secret deal with the NRA and the gun industry

Democrats flip seats in N.H., Connecticut special elections

Rachel Maddow reports on three state special elections, two of which, in New Hampshire and Connecticut, were formerly Republican-held and flipped by Democrats, and a third, in Kentucky, that was retained by Republicans but saw a 28 point Democratic swing versus Donald Trump's 2016 victory in that district.

Hotel in Panama fights to shed Trump name citing name's stigma

David Fahrenthold, reporter for The Washington Post, talks with Rachel Maddow about the Trump hotel in Panama fighting to remove Donald Trump's name, and the potential political implications if Trump tries tries to insert himself.