Wednesday, January 24, 2018
$100 billion in share buybacks by big corporations since the passage of the #TrumpTaxScam. Doesn't look like middle-class relief or job creation to me.
Republicans still try to sell the bogus trickle-down economics theory to Americans. Explain to me the more than $100 billion in share buybacks by big corporations since the passage of the #TrumpTaxScam. Doesn't look like middle-class relief or job creation to me. pic.twitter.com/7TtW5VGqcZ— Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) January 24, 2018
The special counsel’s team is set to interview Steve Bannon this month about President Trump’s firings of national security adviser Michael Flynn and FBI Director James Comey
JUST IN: DOJ's Stephen Boyd has sent a letter to @DevinNunes saying release of *the memo* without review by DOJ/FBI would be "extraordinarily reckless." Says the memo purports to be based on "classified source materials that neither you nor most of" the committee "have seen."
JUST IN: DOJ's Stephen Boyd has sent a letter to @DevinNunes saying release of *the memo* without review by DOJ/FBI would be "extraordinarily reckless." Says the memo purports to be based on "classified source materials that neither you nor most of" the committee "have seen." pic.twitter.com/F0pmL34vhk— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) January 24, 2018
Congressional probe finds it is "incredibly easy" for drug traffickers to ship opioids from China into US
JUST IN: Pres. Trump says he wants a deal on DACA and is willing to provide a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers after 10 or 12 years
JUST IN: Pres. Trump says he would like to talk to special counsel Robert Mueller and would be willing to do it under oath.
Gerrymandering, voter ID laws, and dark money. @AriBerman shines a spotlight on how Republicans have rigged our political system.— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) January 24, 2018
All Americans should be concerned about the state of our democracy. @demredistrict, we are working to restore fairness. https://t.co/BtYrnwDjps
Rachael Denhollander, the first Nassar survivor to come forward publicly, condemns U.S. Gymnastics and Michigan State University after his sentencing
What a shame it is that the record of this moment will show many Republican officials either cowering in silence or spreading disinformation intended to confuse Americans and undermine law enforcement officers working to protect us.
What a shame it is that the record of this moment will show many Republican officials either cowering in silence or spreading disinformation intended to confuse Americans and undermine law enforcement officers working to protect us.— Evan McMullin (@Evan_McMullin) January 24, 2018
Thanks to @BurgerKing’s #WhopperNeutrality for showing how backward the @FCC’s repeal of #NetNeutrality really is
BURR and Senate Intel asked Nunes for copy of memo alleging DOJ misconduct, and were denied access to it. House Intel weighs vote as early as next week calling for Nunes memo release as Dems prep an alternative
Lessons from Abraham Lincoln to one of his fans: President Donald Trump. Lincoln could speak extemporaneously “as well as anybody, but he knew when you’re President you can’t do that," says
The Maine Democratic Party has filed an ethics complaint accusing the state’s Republican Party of working hand-in-hand to spread bogus claims through a secretive website masquerading as a news organization.
The BBC has obtained shocking footage from the war-ravaged area of Eastern Ghouta in Syria *This report contains some upsetting images*
Jeff Bezos made $2.8 billion in one day after his company introduced technology that eliminates the need for cashiers.
Jeff Bezos made $2.8 billion in one day after his company introduced technology that eliminates the need for cashiers. All cashiers in America make an average of $210 million a day combined https://t.co/dSpctaTzUK— Mike Rosenberg (@ByRosenberg) January 24, 2018
“Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.” https://t.co/dysONLLiGp— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) January 24, 2018
Mueller is closing in on Trump & everyone involved in #TrumpRussia scandal. That’s why shameless, unAmerican, @GOP hacks like @SenRonJohnson are whipping the base into a frenzy with phony conspiracy theories that malign the FBI
Mueller is closing in on Trump & everyone involved in #TrumpRussia scandal. That’s why shameless, unAmerican, @GOP hacks like @SenRonJohnson are whipping the base into a frenzy with phony conspiracy theories that malign the FBI.— Jon Zal (@OfficialJonZal) January 24, 2018
They’re desperate. This is going to get very ugly. https://t.co/Uytp9S5Lqn
.@SenRonJohnson on alleged 'secret society' mentioned in @FBI agents' texts: "That 'secret society' - we have an informant that's talking about a group, they were holding secret meetings offsite." #SpecialReport https://t.co/0NPVFhIxaw pic.twitter.com/NaXelnfaJP pic.twitter.com/gYVULtcfAL— Fox News (@FoxNews) January 24, 2018
Gates may be negotiating with Mueller's teamhttps://t.co/nVAtjLT9Sk— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 24, 2018
Detail: the new lawyer was seen at Mueller' office at least twice, and that's how the story unfolded. Gates is most likely now thinking about a plea deal (meaning pleading guilty and cooperating, so yes, flipping). https://t.co/aWwyKt77fd— Ale (@aliasvaughn) January 24, 2018
ICYMI: @JoeBiden confirms reports Mitch McConnell blocked President Barack Obama from warning Americans about Russian election interference
A fellow Republican with extensive foreign policy experience described Tillerson's future as: “Doomed. He will never have a close relationship with Trump, and he has ruined the building.”
For those of us who for decades admired the best qualities of the US (even if we were horrified by the less good), seeing it as largely a force for good in the world, this by @MaxBoot for @ForeignPolicy is grim reading. Hard to disagree with him, though https://t.co/8ZYVQ3CB3d— Ian Bond (@CER_IanBond) January 23, 2018
JUST IN: 62% of Americans think the debate over sexual harassment will create lasting change in how U.S. society handles the issue
Pope Francis released a message condemning "fake news," saying that it's a "sign of intolerant and hypersensitive attitudes, and leads only to the spread of arrogance and hatred
NEW: CIA Director Mike Pompeo has been interviewed as part of special counsel investigation, according to people familiar with the inquiry; Sally Yates has also cooperated with the special counsel.
"Counties that voted for Hillary Clinton against Trump in 2016 accounted for nearly three-fourths of the nation's increased economic output and almost two-thirds of its new jobs in the years leading up to Trump's election."
President Trump's victory in Washington's shutdown standoff could be short-lived if he doesn't also find a way to deliver a win to "Dreamers"
Sen. Tom Cotton makes a threat: If Democrats don't stop using Senate procedure to jam nominations, "we might be compelled to change the rules on our own,"
Trump appears to call out Samsung over missing FBI text messages https://t.co/rutynTRNa5— In Spite of Trump 🌊 (@InSpiteOfTrump) January 24, 2018
Where are the 50,000 important text messages between FBI lovers Lisa Page and Peter Strzok? Blaming Samsung!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 24, 2018
Legal challenges and market forces will have a lot to say about the success or failure of Trump's pro-fossil-fuel agenda
President Trump is a "changed person" amid recent reports of an alleged affair with Stormy Daniels, says evangelical leader Franklin Graham
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly ready to interview Donald Trump in the coming weeks. Lawrence O'Donnell looks at the blunt assessment of longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone who says that would be a "suicide mission" & "perjury trap" for the president.
Fmr. Deputy Asst. Atty. Gen. Harry Litman says Mueller interviewing of Jeff Sessions and James Comey is a sign the probe is ramping up—and that one of the biggest targets is Trump and his potential obstruction of justice. Matt Miller also joins Lawrence O'Donnell.
Team Trump bypassed Dept. of Homeland Security analysts when putting together that controversial terror report containing misleading statistics, The Daily Beast has learned. Sessions’ office reportedly took charge of the report’s assemblage of statistics. https://t.co/pnXsgZlzAS— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 24, 2018
Money paid as a thank you for official action is called a gratuity. And it can be criminal under the same statute that prohibits bribery.— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) January 24, 2018
FACT CHECK: Did the Kochs Contribute $500,000 to Paul Ryan After the GOP Tax Plan Was Passed? https://t.co/eEMbuMDcZw
Rachel Maddow looks at the remarkable number of White House staffers making the trip to Davos with Donald Trump, as well as the remarkable number of Russian financiers who'll be rubbing elbows with them there.
Senator Chuck Schumer talks with Rachel Maddow about why he's still hopeful that progress can be made to protect DACA recipients after his shutdown showdown with Donald Trump ended with a resolution to that issue.
Carol Leonnig, national reporter for The Washington Post, talks with Rachel Maddow about special counsel Robert Mueller's interest in interviewing Donald Trump, particularly the firings of James Comey and Michael Flynn.
Rachel Maddow looks at how Republicans are enacting a strategy of undercutting the elements of U.S. intelligence and the FBI that are the underpinnings of the investigation into Donald Trump.