Thursday, March 1, 2018

FBI counterintel looks at Ivanka Trump business deal

WATCH: I told @SecElaineChao how concerned I am that words like “coastal” or “sea level rise” or “storm surge” – things that Rhode Island has to prepare for – don’t appear in the Trump administration’s infrastructure plan. It’s a problem.

A victory for thousands of students and families in Massachusetts who were victimized by student loan servicers. Today’s decision allows us to continue our fight in holding these companies accountable.

President Trump announces tariffs of 25% on imported steel and 10% on imported aluminum; Dow plummets nearly 600 points in mid-afternoon trading.

The Dow drops more than 500 points after Trump's tariffs announcement sets off fears of a trade war

Many mid- and low-level W.H. staffers are anxious to leave and actively looking for jobs elsewhere, sources tell BuzzFeed. Those staffers saw the resignation of Hope Hicks as a sort of tipping point.

JUST IN: U.S. ambassador to Mexico to resign

#Putin in his annual address to the Russian parliament complains about the U.S. continually trying to establish superiority over Russia after the fall of the USSR. Yes, to him this is still a sore spot.

Pentagon on Vladimir Putin's touting of nuclear-powered cruise missile: "We're not surprised by the statement. And the American people should rest assured that we are fully prepared.”

A top Republican fundraiser close to Trump was in negotiations to earn tens of millions of dollars if DOJ dropped its investigation into a multibillion-dollar graft scandal involving a Malaysian state investment fund, according to emails reviewed by WSJ.

NEWS: The bipartisan leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee have privately concluded that the HPSCI majority leaked Mark Warner's private text messages to Fox News.

Exploitable? Jared Kushner’s Business Interests in Israel Revealed in Full

Pruitt says he will start flying coach

U.S. lawmakers question Trump ties to Panama project

In Shocking Turn Of Events, Russia Now Owes Ukraine Billions

Sanders fined for accepting foreign donations in 2016 election

“Last February, top Russian cyber official told a security conference in Moscow that Russia was working on new strategies for the “information arena” EQUIVALENT TO THE TESTING OF THE NUCLEAR BOMB and would ‘allow us to talk to the Americans as equals.’”

See HUD's $31,000 mahogany dining set

JUST IN: U.S. congressmen question Trump organization on Panama Tower project's alleged ties to laundering and trafficking

We kissed conservatism goodbye when we let Trump lead the GOP He can’t defend traditional, conservative Republican positions when he doesn’t know what they are.

The EU issued tech giants an ultimatum to remove terror content within an hour or face new EU-wide laws

Republican MA Gov. Charlie Baker: The federal government should reinstate the assault weapons ban

Illinois House approves bill to raise minimum age to buy assault-style weapons to 21

Has Jared Kushner Conspired to Defraud America?

After all the humiliations that the present Administration has inflicted, and all the old victories they have overturned, they are coming for the federally-protected birds

How Melania Trump, a Slovenian model, scored ‘the Einstein visa’

From Manafort arraignment today -- Manafort defense counsel requests mid-September trial date (and court grants it), but Mueller's team says they're ready to go right now:

JUST IN: House Intel Republican calls for House to end its Trump-Russia probe

Jared Kushner’s continued employment at the White House is a monument to Donald Trump’s contempt for even basic ethical standards. At this point, the President’s inability to fire his own son-in-law after so many scandals is just embarrassing


Expert Voices: As U.S. leadership dims, the world is drifting away from democracy

Political appointee at Interior resigns after KFile inquiry into birther, anti-Muslim comments

Donnie & Bibi are a great double act at the moment. Coordinated impeachments would be the IC's version of the height of hilarity

GA teacher who opened fire inside classroom charged with making 'terroristic threats' as Trump remains mum on shooting

At Putin's speech they're literally showing videos of new ballistic missiles heading toward the United States as he promises to "overcome misile defense"

Putin promises spending spree in pre-election speech

Trump berated Hope Hicks after she testified that she told "white lies" for him:

GOWDY is asking about HUD Secretary @RealBenCarson's office redecoration and the allegations that a whistleblower faced retaliation

UPS counters FedEx: We don’t offer an NRA discount

Companies learn the hard way: There's no easy way to take sides in polarized America

America Washes Its Hands of Syrian Civilians

Here’s video of Steven Mnuchin getting heckled. He begged UCLA to not release any video. I guess he didn’t see the other cameras in the room

Putin speech: We must halve poverty in Russia

Putin didn't do so well on his last round of campaign promises

Mueller's team is asking witnesses pointed questions about whether Trump was aware that Democratic emails had been stolen before that was publicly known, according to multiple people familiar with the probe

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum took on the NRA in court — and won. Now he’s running for governor

Exxon quits some Russian joint ventures citing sanctions

Russia considers withdrawing from European Court of Human Rights "if current trend of court decisions against Russia's interests continues". Btw, those decisions? Always in favour of Russian citizens. Which apparently differ from "Russia's interests."

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump came to Washington seeking power and glamour. They’ll leave with neither

One woman alleges she had casino mogul Steve Wynn's baby after he repeatedly sexually assaulted her, according to reports obtained by @ABC News.

Earnest on top Trump aide departure: Hope Hicks 'loyal to a...

Hope Hicks' resigned as WH Communications Director only one day after her controversial testimony to the House Intel Cmte, which Barbara McQuade says seems like a "perfect coincidence." Josh Earnest and Eugene Robinson also join Lawrence O'Donnell

Student protests have Democrats pushing Trump to act on guns

In tonight's Rewrite, Lawrence O'Donnell explains how Democrats are using the political momentum from the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where 17 people were killed on Valentine's Day to convince the president to support their gun legislation.

MUST SEE CLIP: CNN's Brianna Keilar challenges Republican Georgia State Senator Michael Williams' claim that Delta Airlines gives discounts to certain "left-wing organizations."

Fact Check: President Trump’s comments about gun policy to lawmakers were contradictory, and sometimes false

Georgia Republicans vote to strip Delta tax break after the company cut ties with NRA

With Hope gone, Trump could soon be left home alone

Mueller queries getting at heart of Russia collusion question

Carol Lee, national political reporter for NBC News, talks with Rachel Maddow about new reporting that special counsel Robert Mueller is asking interviewees whether Donald Trump knew about hacked DNC e-mails before they were released.

'Javanka' faction falling apart as Hope Hicks, others quit W.H.

Rachel Maddow reports on the resignation of White House communications director Hope Hicks, her legal context in the Trump Russia scandal, her political context as an ally of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner in the White House, and her personal context for Donald Trump.

Loans to Kushner business followed meetings at White House: NYT

Jesse Drucker, business and taxes reporter for The New York Times, talks with Rachel Maddow about new reporting that companies loaned hundreds of millions of dollars to the Kushner family business after meeting with Kushner at the White House.