Thursday, January 25, 2018

REMEMBER: Trump, his lawyer John Dowd and his top adviser Kellyanne Conway ALL DENIED last August that Trump ever considered firing Mueller. (NYT just reported that Trump ordered Mueller's firing in June.)

NEW: The DOJ inspector General told Congress today he's recovered the STRZOK-PAGE texts. Here's his letter to Congress

If it wasn’t clear before: McGahn has jumped ship

Claire McCaskill, The ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security Committee, asks chair Ron Johnson for information surrounding "serious and damaging allegations" against FBI

Trump Ordered Mueller Fired, but Backed Off When White House Counsel Threatened to Quit

Paul Ryan Is the Silent Partner in Trump’s War on the Rule of Law

Scientists Rebel Over a Trump Ally at the Natural History Museum

Anti-Trump celebrities to hold counter-event to protest Trump's State of the Union

“North Korea shipped coal to Russia last year which was then delivered to South Korea and Japan in a likely violation of U.N. sanctions.”

The Nunes memo is a test for the media

Protestors hang giant "Trump not welcome" banner on side of mountain near Davos

School Zon

Rumors that a Russian banker sent secret campaign funds to Trump through the National Rifle Association sound outlandish but point to larger problems of untraceable, “dark money” pouring into our federal elections.

Vicente Fox: Trump has fundamentally changed the way global leaders view America

NEW: Over 1,000 community health centers remain without funding for months after Congress fails to renew funds

Republicans Are Using the Russian Playbook on the FBI

JUST IN: Pennsylvania GOP lawmakers appeal to Supreme Court over gerrymandering ruling

Rubio rejects bipartisan immigration gang

Just ended. Judge seemed skeptical of DOJ’s plea to throw the case out. If he lets it continue, DC & MD want to examine Trump Hotel’s books

The Trump administration is holding only ONE public meeting in California for their disastrous offshore drilling plan, hundreds of miles from many of the communities that would be affected. Read our letter telling them to come listen to all of our coastal communities

WATCH: Shep Smith torches Nunes memo: It's a "weapon of mass distraction"

Rep. Patrick Meehan is the latest lawmaker facing an ethics investigation after he purportedly used taxpayer dollars to finance sexual harassment settlement

Analysis: It’s looking more and more like there is a coordinated GOP effort to discredit the Trump-Russia investigation

Chuck Schumer slammed Republicans for what he described as "delusional" and "paranoid" attempts to discredit the FBI — singling out Ron Johnson for a particularly harsh rebuke

Sen. Johnson: "Possibility" secret society texts between FBI agents was a joke.

Grassley: "Spooked" Kushner won't volunteer for interview in Russia probe

Prior to receiving notice from Gizmodo this morning, Kris Kobach’s office was leaking sensitive information belonging to thousands of state employees, including himself and nearly every member of the Kansas state legislature

Right now in federal court: Attorneys for the state of Maryland and D.C. argue Trump violates the Constitution with his business practices.

The White House asked to borrow a van Gogh. The Guggenheim offered a gold toilet instead.

Dutch paper Volkskrant reports Dutch Spies hacked Cozy Bear in 2014. Dutch intelligence 'witnessed' Russian hackers infiltrating the Democratic Party. (in English)

Earth is expected to get an interstellar pregame show on Super Bowl Sunday. A large asteroid is scheduled to pass by the planet just hours before the big game

Top U.S. lawmaker wants to release Trump-Russia interview transcripts

Melania Trump cancels her planned trip with the President to Davos, visits museum and heads to Florida

Republican Sens. Orrin Hatch and Jeff Flake have introduced legislation that aims to increase the annual quota of H-1B visas from 65,000 to 85,000

U.S. will not chase Palestinians lacking will to seek peace: Haley

Government photographer Simon Edelman was fired by the Trump administration after he leaked a photo of the president’s energy secretary hugging a coal exec

Trump official knocks down Nunes memo: "We are currently unaware of any wrongdoing"

Senate may release testimony from Donald Trump Jr

ROY MOORE funders 👀 Robert San Luis, a little-known trailer-park developer, w/ties to MERCER family, finances the SOLUTION FUND PAC

The Republican Majority on the House Intelligence committee has manufactured a secret memo of partisan talking points, full of innuendo & glaring omissions, intended to suggest widespread corruption at the Dept. of Justice & the FBI

JUST IN: GOP senator admits "secret society" texts may have been a joke after linking them to anti-Trump conspiracy

WATCH: The dollar slump overshadows Trump's arrival in #Davos. @OnehitGit reports from

News: Department of Justice has informed lawmakers that missing FBI texts have been recovered -- IG's office was able to recover texts sent between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page over a 5 month span from December 2016 to May 2017

Idaho to Allow New Insurance Plans Outside of Federal Health Law

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo resigned today from a panel that advises Ajit Pai’s FCC on broadband deployment, alleging that the committee is dealing internet service providers "a very favorable hand” of policy recommendation

Seth Meyers rips hypocritical Christian Right for forgiving Trump for his affair with porn star Stormy Daniels

JUST IN: Kirill Shamalov’s marriage to Putin’s youngest daughter is over, four people familiar with the matter say. The split offers a rare glimpse into the secretive ways Putin’s inner circle mixes family, friends and finance.

"Prediction: Speaker Ryan will retire and not run in 2018"


Trump Groups Raised Millions, Then Paid It Out to Loyalists and a Trump Hotel

BOOM: There was a CS-1 ("Confidential Source 1") workin' inside Paul Manafort's organization.

Benjamin Netanyahu says Pres. Trump has given Israel "rock solid support" in the UN, a "house of slander against word and deed, you have told them enough is enough."

US sending aircraft carrier to Vietnam in move likely to bother China

Lou Dobbs has built his Fox show around creepy adulation of Donald Trump and routine calls to imprison the president’s opponents

A text message between two FBI agents that launched days of speculation of a "secret society" plot against President Trump may have been a joke, ABC News reports

Paul Manafort’s lawyers just accidentally released his Trump Russia PR strategy memo

In Davos, Trump will find himself among friends and business associates - including two attendees with licensing deals that have paid him millions

Turkish FM Çavuşoğlu on dispute with US regarding the content of the phone call between President Trump and President Erdoğan: White House readout drafted before the conversation took place

John Kelly stayed behind for Trump's trip to Davos

New talking points just in from the Kremlin

"Just stop with your conspiracy theories because you are making America less safe."

“Johnson backtracked somewhat on Wednesday, saying he had merely ‘heard’ about the existence of a secret society and did not have direct evidence of such a rump organization within the FBI.”

Did you know the deal that ended the government shutdown also further cut taxes, adding billions more to the national deficit? I sure didn’t!

“A made-up pseudo-scandal”: GOP ratchets up FBI conspiracy theories as Mueller circles Trump

Dozens of families displaced by Hurricane Maria were suddenly informed their temporary housing assistance was being cut — just days after being given an extension, according to local officials

Breaking tradition, Trump team unleashes verbal assault on the dollar

Making the dollar weak again

The viral hashtag campaign #ReleaseTheMemo appears to have been driven at least in part by a swarm of Twitter accounts set up in the past week, a CNN analysis has found

A chilling account of how white supremacists in a dark corner of the web plan and execute harassment campaigns against professors

Assistant Attorney General Stephen E. Boyd, in a letter to Devin Nunes, says that Nunes never saw the classified information that the supposed "Memo" was written about. Are you kidding me? Nunes wrote a memo on classified information that he hasn't even seen?? FRAUD ALERT!

FEMA Abruptly Cuts Housing Funds For Dozens Of Puerto Rican Families

Estate agents are being fined millions for failing to prevent money laundering – but the fines are 'not publicly being made known'

U.S. senator calls for congressional probe into USOC, USA Gymnastics over handling of Larry Nassar

So @LynnePatton, the unqualified Trump family wedding planner who Trump recklessly put in charge of federal housing for *all of New York & New Jersey*, called White House reporter @AprilDRyan “Miss Piggy” yesterday

Not only does Jared Kushner receive the president’s daily brief even though he only has an interim security clearance, but he receives his own separate briefing as wel

Fact Checking Sessions’s statistics to back up the claim that Trump is ending "American carnage"

LIVE: @Billbrowder on pandemonium among Russian oligarchs about sanctions list

Trump: Fighting back against Russia investigation is not obstruction

EPA has put these posters up at agency buildings. Celebrating regulatory rollbacks

President Trump brings up Hillary Clinton during a meeting with reporters: “You people won’t say this, but I’ll say it. I was a much better candidate than her. … I was one of the greatest candidates”

Trump's "everyone's dirty" strategy

This is Bailey Holt. Yesterday, she went to high school for a normal day and was gunned down

The biggest federal regulations that have disappeared under Trump

Breaking tradition, Trump team unleashes verbal assault on the dollar

"People who have appeared before Mueller’s team say prosecutors have detailed accounts of events, sometimes to the minute, and have surprised witnesses by showing them emails or documents they were unaware that the team had...."

Trump's baby opioid Czar leaves post due to “inaccuracies” in 3 resumes, including info about a law firm that “discharged” him because he “stopped showing up for work” and a Masters degree he didn’t have. Oh and that WH statement saying he’s leaving ONDCP? That's "inaccurate" too

Tech firms let Russia probe software widely used by U.S. government

Mom had to go back to work after husband was arrested investigating suppliers for Ivanka Trump’s brand

African Union to Trump: We’re still mad about that comment

Are you joining the Great American Trump Tune-Out?

The NAACP said that the plan to end "temporary protected status" for Haitians allowed entry to the U.S. after the 2010 earthquake "discriminates against immigrants of color" and violates protections of due process under the Fifth Amendment

What tax cut? GOP risks selling an invisible policy change

Davos attendees are quietly planning to walk out of Trump’s speech

Zurich, Switzerland: Protesters light flares during a demonstration against Donald Trump before his visit to the World Economic Forum in #Davos

The Davos elite may feign horror at Trump but they are laughing all the way to the bank.

Interesting mixed messages. While Russian deputy PM Dvorkovich said in Davos that Russia doesn’t care about sanctions, VTB CEO Kostin said further sanctions would be like declaring war. These guys need to get their stories straight.

"Five US Congressmen will meet the leader of a Czech party whose secretary has called for the gassing of Jews, gays and Roma"

Bannon lawyer juggles clients, risks conflicts in Russia probe

Female journalists covering Pence in Israel forced to stand behind male colleagues

This year, both Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron are making the journey to Davos, Switzerland, and the juxtaposition between them has grabbed everyone’s attention.

“If you’re going to make an analogy at least know what you’re talking about.” Oof. This clip

Oil hits $71 for first time since 2014 on tighter supply and weak dollar


Ross acknowledges U.S. may have picked a trade fight with China

The real reason for Congress shutdown fiasco

President Trump has urged Turkey's President Erdogan to de-escalate the country's military incursions in northern Syria

Gold could hit levels last seen in 2013 if the dollar extends its slide and equity markets reverse

Yesterday, Russian deputy prime minister Dvorkovich claimed in Davos that Russia doesn’t care about sanctions. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. They’re petrified of further sanctions

A prominent group of mayors called off a scheduled White House meeting with President Trump after the administration again threatened to withhold funding from nearly two dozen local governments they claimed weren't following immigration law

Ron Johnson says the words "secret society" are not his own words, but based on the FBI agents' text exchange and an informant he spoke with. Claire McCaskill, ranking Democrat on the panel, tells me she has NOT spoken to the informant, nor has her staff


Rep. Trey Gowdy: "It's nobody's business" who then-acting FBI director Andrew McCabe voted for

The secret history of America’s ailing presidents and and the doctors who covered up for them

Mayors boycott meeting with President Trump over sanctuary cities threats

Michigan State president Lou Anna Simon resigns following Nassar sentencing

In April 2012 then-RNC chair Reince Priebus filed a formal complaint with the Government Accountability Office charging that Obama misused government funds by mixing campaigning with official W.H. travel. Last week, Trump openly tweeted he was doing it

Senate Intel Chairman has access to the underlying classified information upon which the partisan GOP House Intel memo is allegedly based. So does the Department of Justice. That's why Nunes doesn't want them to see the memo. He's worried they are going to say his memo is wrong.

Trump demands $25 billion for his border wall in exchange for path to citizenship for Dreamers

ABC News has obtained the "secret society" text... It's a stand alone message from Lisa Page: "Are you even going to give out your calendars? Seems kind of depressing. Maybe it should just be the first meeting of the secret society"

NEW: Exclusive: 165 defense contractors had initial security clearances revoked last year after further investigation linked the recipients to problematic or illicit activity, Defense Dept

Ex Trump campaign mgr Paul Manafort's attorney "accidentally" filed a document in court Wed which suggests the feds had an informant inside Manafort's firm who gave a reporter access to internal financial records who then passed them on to Mueller

I was astonished today that a Trump fed judge nominee couldn't answer my questions re: whether he believed implicit racial bias exists in our criminal justice system, saying that even as a former trial judge, he's unfamiliar with the abundance of empirical evidence on this topic.

Breitbart homepage earlier tonight: “Amnesty Don”

Watch: @NBCNews​' Peter Alexander asks White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders what the White House is doing to prevent school shootings

US opts out of international test determining whether students can identify fake news

Steven Mnuchin defends his comments about a weaker dollar

The Latest: President Donald Trump arrives in Switzerland to tout his 'America First' policies at the World Economic Forum.

Wisconsin Republicans Abruptly Decide To Oust Top State Elections And Ethics Officials

WATCH: Former U.S. Attorney Chuck Rosenberg says Trump attacks on FBI are "smacks of obstruction"

Read Rachael Denhollander's full victim impact statement about Larry Nassar

Trump's 24-year-old deputy drug czar to resign after questions over work history

At Davos, French President Emmanuel Macron laid claim to the mantle of leader of the free world

Law enforcement made more difficult by Republican smears of FBI

Former U.S. attorney Chuck Rosenberg, talks with Rachel Maddow about how the important work of the FBI is made more difficult by the unwarranted smears by Republicans attempting to deflect attention from the investigation of Donald Trump.

Indicted Trump aide adds new lawyer, raising plea deal questions

Rachel Maddow outlines the storied career of prominent attorney Tom Green, who has specialized in clients mired in high-profile political scandals, and points to a CNN report that he has been retained by indicted Trump aide Rick Gates.

Mike Flynn hid FBI interview from White House

Carol Lee, national political reporter for NBC News, talks with Rachel Maddow about new revelations about the FBI's interview of Mike Flynn that eventually led to his firing

DoJ warns Nunes against political stunts with classified material

Rachel Maddow reports on a letter from Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd to Rep. Devin Nunes, cautioning him that whatever political stunt he is trying to pull with classified material, he risks endangering national security in doing so

Manafort lawyers accidentally publish case notes not court doc

Rachel Maddow reports on Paul Manafort's lawyers apparently intending to publish a relevant court document to the court web site and instead apparently publishing a page of their case notes.

Trump lawyers quick to walk back Trump bluster on meeting Mueller

Rachel Maddow reports on Donald Trump boasting that he would be happy to testify to Robert Mueller's investigation under oath, only to have that statement promptly turned back back his lawyers making excuses for his outburst.