Thursday, February 1, 2018

Fmr. CIA Director James Woolsey says the release of the Nunes memo "depends entirely on sources and methods" and "the public's right to know"

Devin Nunes is acting like he's in a spy thriller

NEW: Rising White House fear: Nunes memo is a dud

Democratic Rep. Mike Quigley, who serves on the House Intelligence Committee, has sent a letter to Nunes requesting formal, written responses to questions about White House involvement in the Majority memo.

While You Are Tweeting About the Nunes Memo, Russia Is Plotting Its Midterms Attack

BREAKING: FBI Director Chris Wray has no intention of quitting if controversial House Intel memo is released despite his objections,

Senate GOP leader breaks with Trump: Release Dem counter-memo with Nunes memo

.@CNNPolitics: Top White House aides are worried FBI Director Christopher Wray could quit if the highly controversial Republican memo alleging the FBI abused its surveillance tools is released

CIA's Pompeo defends meeting with sanctioned Russian spy chief

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have asked House Speaker Paul Ryan to intervene in Nunes memo's release

Nunes' staff did work (again) with the White House on this memo, then this whole fuss is about the White House defending itself against the FBI investigation and releasing classified info in the process.

Russia to US Navy: Get new maps

GOP lawmaker on release of memo: Nunes has a "constitutional duty" to inform American people

Trump's "$1.5 trillion" infrastructure "plan" is $200 billion in federal spending, from unspecified budget cuts, that will allegedly lead to $1.3 trillion in spending by others. Trump is leaving it to Congress "to figure out the details," NYT says.

"Trump's White House quietly undercut environmental harm mitigation rules"


Preet Bharara’s latest mission is to turn presidential norms into law

Florida (Congress)Man Invited Infamous Troll Chuck Johnson to Trump’s State of The Union

Virginia Republicans defeat a state bill that would have banned bump stocks:

U.S. worker productivity fell in the fourth quarter of 2017, the first drop since early 2016, per

Inbox: RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel announced raising $11.1 million in December and $132.5 million overall in 2017.

Rigging votes, muzzling the press and persecuting opponents. Strongmen follow their playbook, and President Trump -- and most other Western leaders -- are mostly silent.

If Trump wants to publicly screw the #FBI by releasing the dodgy Nunes memo, the Russia scandal is entering a new, chaotic phase from which there is no return for POTUS.

WARNING to Trump & Nunes staff: release of this memo just became UNAUTHORIZED under House Rule XI. If you help in disclosing it you are subject to legal & disciplinary procedures. Dont risk it; be smart like @MarkCorallo1, who quit Trump rather than commit obstruction. SAY NO!

Democrats want to know why the Trump admin allowed two Russian spy chiefs met with Mike Pompeo. Schumer says the timing of the meeting is suspicious because it came just days before the Trump admin decided not to issue new sanctions against Russians.

If tRUmp decides to release Nunes’ BS memo that’s riddled with fabrications & conjecture; there will be no earthly measure for the sh*tstorm that will result. Yesterday’s ‘bombing runs’ were nothing compared to what’s incoming.

As Nunes pushes the boundaries of shamelessness, here's a timely piece in @Esquire on the death of shame in our politics.

Highest-ranking career U.S. diplomat to retire in blow to State Department

March 5th is rapidly approaching and the Democrats are doing nothing about DACA. They Resist, Blame, Complain and Obstruct - and do nothing. Start pushing Nancy Pelosi and the Dems to work out a DACA fix, NOW!

So Florida is trying to ban forced child marriages. The FL Senate voted for it. In the House, though, the bill was amended so it's still ok for 16 year olds. What the actual hell?

Around the same time that the FBI and DOJ were applying for a surveillance warrant in fall 2016 against former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, Page's name was surfacing repeatedly in classified briefings given to high-level members of Congress.

Chiefs of three Russian intelligence and espionage agencies (SVR, FSB, GRU) quietly traveled to Washington, unbeknownst to the mainstream media. Vyacheslav Nikonov says that info about their travels may have been leaked in retaliation for "The Kremlin List."

A Maryland lawmaker has introduced the ‘Jared Kushner Act’ that’s intended to stop judges from ordering the arrest of tenants who owe their landlords up to $5,000 in unpaid rent.

House and Senate Republicans are miles apart on a fix for Dreamers — a problem that threatens the party's entire 2018 agenda

I had many fights with Congressional Dems over the years on national security matters. But I never witnessed the type of reckless partisan behavior I am now seeing from Nunes and House Republicans. Absence of moral and ethical leadership in WH is fueling this government crisis.

Goldman Sachs says oil will surpass $80, saying the market is now likely balanced

I see the Russian intelligence chiefs were in town to meet the CIA Director and discuss cooperation on terrorism. We've tried to work with them for well over 15 years. Don't expect much. One take below

In the days leading up to @realDonaldTrump’s State of the Union address, the Afghan capital was hit by three deadly attacks that killed more than 130 people—and that’s only a portion of the cloud that loomed over the speech

University of Iowa plans to remove Steve Wynn's name from institute after allegations of sexual misconduct

Facebook wants its users to drive out fake news. Heres the problem with that.

Sebastian Gorka did the "talk to Trump through the TV" thing on Lou Dobbs last night: "I know he watches certain shows on this channel, so let's send a very clear message. Mr. President, the American people need to see the whole memo."


Has @DevinNunes reported this income? Nunes Bros Dairy Farms received $1,135,070 out of $453,048,000 in USDA subsidies allocated to farms just in his district-CA-22

JUST IN: Trump wrongly claims his State of the Union was the most-watched in history

BREAKING: Before Deputy AG Rosenstein testified before the House Judiciary committee last month, Trump talked to members of Congress and suggested questions they could ask Rosenstein at the hearing, source tells CNN

Just like Trump’s “largest Inauguration crowds ever.”

EXCLUSIVE @Playbookplus interview: Behind Pence’s plan to rescue the Republican majority in 2018

Shell poised to dethrone Exxon in oil titans' cash clash

NEW: Black Dems take lead in push to impeach Trum

Republicans don't want to know if Trump broke the law. It would be like finding out Santa Claus was a two-bit burglar.

Trump enters 2018 with more than $32 million for his reelection bid and the Republican Party

Who is Yuri Vanetik? Soviet emigre, finance co-chair of NY Republican Party, master of posing with GOP politicos. But his history tells a murkier story

From the Boston Massacre to present-day operations, African-Americans have served to defend our nation #InTimesOfWar. During #AfricanAmericanHistoryMonth, we honor them for their legacy of service & commitment to our @USArmy & nation.

Payday lenders contributed over $60k to @MickMulvaneyOMB’s political campaigns. Now at the CFPB, Mulvaney is protecting predatory lenders instead of consumers. @RepMaxineWaters & I want to know if that’s more than coincidence.

Trump’s reelection campaign paid private investigators more than $5,000 in December to conduct “research consulting,” according to a new financial filing.

WSJ reports Page was known to officials dating back to at least 2013, nearly 3 years before he joined the Trump campaign.

Republicans on the House Intel Committee are accused of changing part of a classified memo. The memo by Rep. Devin Nunes reportedly alleges the FBI and the Justice Department abused surveillance of Trump campaign officials

‘Why can’t I have my life back?’: In Puerto Rico, living and learning in the dark

Donald Trump is in an extraordinary showdown with his own FBI

Obama’s, Bush’s and Clinton’s first State of the Union all had higher ratings than this. Ratings lying is one of Trump’s oldest kinds of lying.

From 2 different very well connected DC friends: “Brace for impact.”

US ‘Kremlin List’ means nothing to Russia

'Incredibly simple and easy to manipulate': Rick Wilson torches 'Trump’s vast, empty black hole of need-to-be-praised'

Schiff has the original as it was provided by @DevinNunes at the time of the vote. After the vote, NUNES altered the memo he gave to @realDonaldTrump . They compared the original one with the revision. NUNES tried to pull a fast one and got caught. Keep it classy, NUNES

US President Trump opts out of Super Bowl interview

GOP senator opposes releasing Nunes memo: "We can't let the politics of the moment cloud our judgement"

President Donald Trump has has already canned one FBI director. Now's he's getting close to the point of no return with his replacement

#Russia's state TV addresses Trump's "soft approach," "strange Kremlin List" and non-implementation of #sanctions, which reinforces the Russian belief that "Trump is ours"

Report: Witness to Tell Mueller He Was Concerned Hope Hicks Obstructed

House Intelligence Committee ranking member Adam Schiff accuses chairman Devin Nunes of sending a different version of the memo alleging FBI surveillance abuses to the White House than what the committee approved

MORE: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer calls on House Speaker Ryan in statement on reportedly altered memo, saying "If Speaker Ryan cares about the integrity of the House or the rule of law, he will put an end to this charade once and for all.”

Pence picks fight with Rep. Manchin in West Virginia, Manchin hits back, saying "The Vice President's comments are exactly why Washington Sucks"

White House seeks 72 percent cut to clean energy research, underscoring administration’s preference for fossil fuels

Twitter’s notifications regarding Russia meddling in the 2016 Presidential election went from 690K last week to 1.4 million this week. But Trump and his supporters are sure none of this impacted the vote!

#BREAKING: Ex-Trump legal spokesman to tell Mueller that Hope Hicks was considering obstructing justice: report

BREAKING: Discovered late tonight that Chairman Nunes made material changes to the memo he sent to White House – changes not approved by the Committee. White House therefore reviewing a document the Committee has not approved for release.

"What our party needs at the moment is an awful lot of voices out there," says Rep. Joe Kennedy, who was one of five Democratic responses to President Trump's State of the Union address

BREAKING NEWS: @DevinNunes just admitted to altering the memo prior to sending it out to the White House. He claims the changes are “minor edits”.

It's a weird pattern with Donald Trump that that the way we find out about his administration's contacts with Russia is from Russia.

HERE IT IS: HPSCI posts the transcript of its Monday #releasethememo meeting:

Flynn's plea agreement says he must testify for Mueller and that he agrees sentencing may be delayed until cooperation is completed. Date to schedule sentencing hearing pushed to May 1

Mueller Zeros In on Story Put Together About Trump Tower Meeting

BREAKING Former Trump presidential campaign advisor Roger Stone paid a visit to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on Wednesday where Julian Assange has been holed up for the last five years

Mr. Trump has provided Mr. Putin with more reassurance that he has nothing to fear from the president of the United States as he undermines American democracy.

Trumps re-election campaign ended 2017 with $22 million in cash

Chiefs Of Three Russian Intelligence Agencies Travel To Washington

BREAKING: Discovered late tonight that Chairman Nunes made material changes to the memo he sent to White House – changes not approved by the Committee. White House therefore reviewing a document the Committee has not approved for release.

Oh man. Mark Corallo plans to tell Mueller that Hope Hicks said during a conference call with Trump that Don Jr.’s emails about the Trump Tower meeting would “never get out.”

The top Republican in the Pennsylvania Senate told the state’s Supreme Court that he’s refusing to follow a court order asking lawmakers to turn over data to help correct a gerrymandered congressional map, HuffPost reports

Trump embarrassed as first State of the Union falls 8 million viewers short of Obama’s

Centers for Disease Control director resigns after her investments in tobacco stocks come under scrutiny.

The decision by Nunes to employ an obscure rule to release classified information for partisan political purposes crossed a dangerous line, and increases the risk of a constitutional crisis and another Saturday Night Massacre.

"Kennedy carries the torch"

Devin Nunes goes after the FBI and DOJ, dismisses what he calls their "spurious objections" to releasing his memo.

JUST IN: Republican memo alleging anti-Trump bias at FBI and Justice Department likely to be released on Thursday - Trump administration official

Charities weigh cutting ties to telemarketer for Ben Carson, NRA after FTC fine

Pennsylvania state Senate leader refuses court order on redrawing district maps

Dem memo, which will be reviewed by DOJ, also takes a whack at Nunes, suggesting his memo is designed to protect the WH.

Democrats seek subpoena for DHS info on #election hacking

NYT: Corallo will tell special counsel about alleged Hope Hicks vow that emails 'will never get out'

The US conducted an unsuccessful missile defense test on Wednesday, as a missile launched from land failed to intercept an incoming target launched from an aircraft in Hawaii, according to administration officials

GOP faces new shutdown threat from within

White House role in Nunes memo scrutinized

Betsy Woodruff, politics reporter for The Daily Beast, talks with Rachel Maddow about questions about whether the staff of Devin Nunes worked with the White House on the anti-FBI memo, and how the memo has turned the Trump DoJ against Trump Republicans.

Nunes ducks question about staff working with White House on memo

Rachel Maddow reads from the transcript of the House Intelligence Committee's vote to release the Devin Nunes memo and points out that Nunes did not answer whether his staff worked with the White House (again) on this attack on the FBI investigation of Trump.

Nunes breach could shatter Congress/intelligence relationship

Ken Dilanian, national security reporter for NBC News, talks with Rachel Maddow about the FBI's resistance to the Nunes memo, and new reporting from the New York Times about the Air Force One meeting to draft the cover story for Donald Trump Jr's Trump Tower meeting with Russians.

Russia spy chiefs met in U.S. with Trump officials last week

Rachel Maddow reports on yet another instance of Americans learning about a meeting between Russians and Trump officials from reporting in Russian media. In this case Russia intelligence officials violating sanctions law to come to the U.S.

FBI warns against Nunes memo release amid Trump loyalty demands

Rachel Maddow details the lengths to which FBI and DoJ officials have gone to warn Republicans against releasing a memo of classified information assembled by Devin Nunes, and a new report of Donald Trump pressuring officials with questions about loyalty.