Tuesday, January 9, 2018

JUST IN: Dem AGs demand Pruitt recuse himself from repeal of Obama-era Clean Power Plan

The Trump administration just quietly waived punishment for 5 banks whose affiliates were convicted in an interest rate scheme. One of the banks that got a waiver was Deutche Bank -- which Trump owes at least $130 million to

Call them #DREAMers. Call them Americans. Call them human beings who deserve to live in the only place they call home. Whose lives shouldn’t be horse-traded for campaign promises & walls. Our government’s word should mean something.

JUST IN: Federal judges rule North Carolina congressional district map is unconstitutional

Simpson: Steele "said he was professionally obligated" to report his findings to the FBI. "Like if you're a lawyer and, you know, you find out about a crime, in a lot of countries you must report that."

Trump on immigration: "My positions are going to be what the people in this room come up with."

Facing staffing exodus, Trump struggles to fill West Wing

Ralph Northam assembles a majority-female cabinet, a first for Virginia

Donald Trump has lost tens of millions on Scottish golf courses, accounts show

.@realDonaldTrump said one year ago that price-hiking drug companies were “getting away with murder.” Now, he’s nominated Alex Azar, a drug company executive with a history of raising prescription drug prices, to lead @HHSGov

McConnell: No DACA fix in government spending bill

Grassley rips Feinstein's release of Fusion GPS transcript: It undermines our investigation

Simpson says he does not know whether the FBI's human source came from inside the Trump Org or the Trump campaign, but Steele told him (Simpson) that the FBI did have a whistleblower who "picked up the phone" out of concern over something they'd seen

Steve Bannon stepping down from Breitbart

Trump Holds Meeting to Show He’s in Charge, Instead Proves Opposite

Here's the incredible moment where Trump initially agrees to Feinstein's suggestion that they do a clean DACA bill, before being corrected by Republicans about what she was actually suggesting

Breaking News: Joe Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff and immigration hard-liner who was pardoned by President Trump, is running for Senate

#BREAKING: Fusion GPS founder: Trump campaign source backed up claims in Trump-Russia dossier

Holy shit. Simpson states his initial investigation found repeated references to Trump & his connections to Italian & Russian OC/Mob. Mogilevich name comes up in relation to links to FSB/Ru Govt & with Felix Sater, Trumps Biz Partner

Fun fact Tuesday: Feinstein released the #FusionGps testimony while in meeting with Trump

NEW: FBI had a "walk-in" whistleblower from the Trump campaign, Glenn Simpson testified

Fusion GPS transcript shows that what Senators Grassley & Graham did last week in publicly referring Christopher Steele for criminal investigation was, at best, a partisan publicity stunt and, at worst, intentionally designed to mislead the American people.

Simpson describes Christopher Steele’s meeting with the FBI: “Essentially what he told me was they had other intelligence about this matter from an internal Trump campaign source and that... they believed Chris’s information might be credible.”

The “Stable Genius Act” — named after Trump’s description of himself and introduced by a Democratic Congressman — will require all presidential candidates to undergo a mental health evaluation and release the results to the public


Twitter misses deadline to answer Senate Intel's Russia questions

The American people deserve the opportunity to see the transcript of the Judiciary Committee’s interview with Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson. Read it for yourself:

SenFeinstein just posted the WHOLE transcript of the Glenn Simpson Testimony, Co-founder of fusion GPS

Donald Trump's spiritual adviser warned her followers of ‘consequences’ if they didn't send her up to a month’s salary

#Russia's state TV: Senator Franz Klintsevich alleges the involvement of U.S. intelligence agencies and special forces in recent drone assaults on Russia's Hmeimim air base in #Syria, claims the U.S. is setting up future terrorist attacks.

Former US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power says "most of the crises (the Trump) administration has faced are of their own making"

Michael Wolff defends raising questions about Trump's mental fitness: "You don’t have to be a doctor to find it notable and alarming that -- as everyone on his staff does, that he repeats and repeats and repeats the same thing in the same conversation"

Tillerson won’t send diplomats back to Cuba despite FBI finding no evidence of “sonic attack”

SCOOP — Pro-life activists appealed directly to @VP Pence last month to try to derail Alexander-Murray. It worked.

Sally Yates: I wouldn't have done anything differently

McMaster and Trump seeking to strike North Korea; Tillerson, Mattis reportedly trying to hold Trump back

This remains an essential read about Trump's "very stable genius" for lying. In 2007, Trump was forced to face his own falsehoods. And he did, 30 times

Hospitals grapple with brutal flu season that could get even worse

HHS nominee's mission is to finish the job on Obamacare

White House adviser Stephen Miller told Fox News host Tucker Carlson that the story of security escorting him off a CNN set was "not true."

House Republican outside groups bring in massive haul

Perspective: If college is ahead, so are hard choices

Venture capital investing in the U.S. hits highest level since dot-com boom

Analysis: A brief and inexhaustive guide to Trump’s political frenemies

This letter from @MichaelWolffNYC and @HenryHolt’s lawyer is the greatest lawyer’s letter ever.

Bannon-led group tried to sell document during campaign tying Trump to mobsters

Former Montana GOP House majority leader facing 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to running meth ring

Trump Delivers a Hollow, Self-Congratulatory Speech to Farmers in Nashville

"Last year, Governor Mitt Romney was diagnosed with slow-growing prostate cancer," an aide to Romney told NBC News.

Dennis Kucinich to run for governor of Ohio

"African Americans, they were basically users and they basically responded the worst off to those drugs just because of their character makeup, their genetics and that."

Ex-GOP lawmaker: Trump's mental health is a "grave conversation"

Arkansas Rep. Womack likely next budget chairman

Russia admits its been interfering in US elections for decades, says we’re only griping because they finally succeeded putting a Russian asset in office

Apple faces a French probe into allegations that it’s deliberately shortening the life of iPhones

FOR. REAL. @realDonaldTrump is re-nominating Brian Allen Benczkowski, Assistant Attorney General

The Worst and the Dumbest

The Trump administration just changed its overtime guidance — and business cheers

Republicans: Budget deal prospects are dimming

As Trump Goofs Off, His Administration Targets Hardworking Immigrants

What you need to know about Christopher Steele, the FBI and the Trump ‘dossier’

Looking for Nunes

Paul Ryan's $350 Bottle of Wine

If @senjudiciary Republicans truly believe their focus on Christopher Steele is warranted – and not a desperate deflection – then the Committee should immediately release Fusion GPS CEO Glenn Simpson’s testimony. My letter w/ @SenWhitehouse to Chairman Grassley

Trump probably could not refuse Mueller subpoena to answer questions

Wolff: Trump has probably spent his whole day watching me on TV

'Fire and Fury' author Michael Wolff describes to Lawrence O'Donnell the Trump machine attacks, his long history with Trump, what he thinks was Bannon's motive to talk, and what Bannon could have possibly meant when he said "the daughter will take down the father."

Gwen Graham ups ante to wrest records about Hurricane Irma nursing home deaths from Rick Scott

Why Trump's TPS decision "is incredibly shortsighted and undermines our interest in a stable Central America"

Trump wants to cut the entire $1.2 billion in federal afterschool funding, throwing a million kids out of programs that keep them safe & learning after the school bell rings.

.@DanaRohrabacher has so many ties to Russia it is hard to get them into a 30-second ad. But we did. Replace him in 2018.

Trump energy pick who wrote op-ed opposing gay troops in the military withdraws

Pfizer, pocketing a big tax cut from Trump, will end investment in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's research.

A week-long stay by the University of Wisconsin football team at Trump's Doral resort could proive new potential fodder for a lawsuit alleging that the president’s private business has put him in violation of the Constitution

‘Get up’: Trump demands farmers give him a standing ovation at Nashville speech

U.S. officials are discussing the possibility of a targeted strike in North Korea that would serve as a warning but, hopefully, not start a nuclear war, WSJ

Michael Wolff: Trump 'wholly lacking' in 'executive function'

'Fire and Fury' author Michael Wolff discusses with Lawrence O'Donnell the president's lacking "executive function" and how concerned he is about the possibility of Donald Trump starting a nuclear war.

200,000 Salvadorans will be forced to leave the U.S. or face deportation as Trump administration ends immigration protection

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie set to deliver his final state of the state address this afternoon.

Are toxic chemicals at Air Force bases leading to cancer, low birth weight?

Federal regulators reject Trump power plants plan

To Pay for Wall, Trump Would Cut Proven Border Security Measures

If @senjudiciary Republicans truly believe their focus on Christopher Steele is warranted – and not a desperate deflection – then the Committee should immediately release Fusion GPS CEO Glenn Simpson’s testimony. My letter w/ @SenWhitehouse to Chairman Grassley

Michael Wolff: Trump 'wholly lacking' in 'executive function'

Andy Puzder dropped out of the confirmation process for Labor Secretary in February amid allegations of domestic abuse. Now, the White House is considering Puzder for another job in the administration, three people close to the W.H. tell Politico.

@realDonaldTrump doesn't know the words to the national anthem

White House renominates K.T. McFarland for Singapore ambassadorship

Russian lawyer: I met Ivanka after Trump Tower meeting with Don Jr., Jared Kushner

Fusion GPS: Trump-appointed judge has conflicts, should recuse

Kushner’s Financial Ties to Israel Deepen Even With Mideast Diplomatic Role

Recording of Netanyahu son outside strip club aired on Israel TV

The impending GOP catastrophe in Trump’s backyard

GOP Rep. Ed Royce of California says he won't seek re-election after serving out his 13th term in the House.

Why is Mike Pence losing so many of his senior staffers?

Rachel Maddow reports on the departure of Karen Pence's chief-of-staff from the Vice President's office, the fifth high-level departure from an office that doesn't have a very large staff to begin with. Why?

Republican gifts to big oil reject past oil disaster lessons

Rachel Maddow looks at how Republicans have cut a tax on big oil that accumulates money for oil spill clean-ups, and rolled back safety rules put in place after the catastrophic Deepwater Horizon spill.

Possibility of Robert Mueller interview of Trump takes shape

Carol Lee, national political reporter for NBC News, talks with Rachel Maddow about the possibility of Donald Trump facing questions in person from Robert Mueller and what that means for the progress of the Trump Russia investigation.

Odd move could make Fusion GPS transcript public over GOP wishes

Rachel Maddow looks back at the unusual Congressional trick used by then-Senator Mike Gravel to get the Pentagon Papers into the public record, and notes that Democrats may need to be even craftier to get on Republican resistance to publishing the transcript of Fusion GPS testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

House GOP chair retirements at eight with strange Royce story

Rachel Maddow reports on the announcement of the resignation of Ed Royce, chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee just as Donald Trump appointed his wife to a high level job with the State Department.

Trump renominates McFarland despite role in Flynn Russia scandal

Rachel Maddow reports on K.T. McFarland's nomination to be ambassador to Singapore stalling in 2017 because of her role at the center of the Trump administration's exposed lie on the Flynn scandal. Not that it stopped them from renominating her