Thursday, March 15, 2018

Trump plans to remove McMaster as national security adviser, officials say, in yet another jolt to administration's top echelon

National security is a gasoline-soaked tinderbox on a good day, and this guy has decided that he likes playing with Zippos.

A new BuzzFeed letter first revealed on MSNBC demands that the Trump White House “preserve any documents" related to “Michael Cohen…Stephanie Clifford and Karen McDougal.”

Flake: "My party might not deserve to lead"

Dem lawmaker corrects Zinke after he tries speaking Japanese in hearing

Vanessa Trump files for divorce from Donald Trump Jr.

Republicans fear they botched Russia report rollout

Mattis urges Senate not to cut off support for Saudi Arabia in war against Yemen

Breaking: Significant for Mueller to subpoena Trump ORGANIZATION for first time. About Russia.

Russian Hackers Attacking U.S. Power Grid and Aviation, FBI Warns

Today, 25 Senators joined me in asking for immediate action on my bill to fund gun violence research at the @CDCgov. Gun violence is the least-researched cause of death in relation to mortality rates. This should be deeply concerning to all who care about preventing gun violence

$1 is a fair wage for detained immigrants, Republicans say

‘There Will Always Be Change,’ Trump Says as More Personnel Shake-Ups Loom

THREAD: Mueller has subpoenaed Trump Org for documents, including some related to #Russia

CREW FOIA’d Steve Mnuchin’s travel records, says that the docs show that between the spring and fall of 2017, Mnuchin took 7 separate trips on military aircraft at a total of nearly $1 million

Shep Smith: Fox News opinion programs are strictly entertainment

NEW: Dems say whistleblower documents show White House worked with outside conservatives like Newt Gingrich to orchestrate a "cleaning" of State Department career employees deemed not loyal to Trump's agenda

U.K. Defense Sec. Gavin Williamson: “Russia should go away, it should shut up.”

The torture of detainees in U.S. custody during the last decade was one of the darkest chapters in American history. The Senate must do its job in scrutinizing the record & involvement of Gina Haspel in this disgraceful program

Barron Trump’s school joins others in call for gun reforms

BREAKING: House Democrats say a whistle blower has come forward with claims the State Dept. was targeting career employees who aren't "supportive" of Trump's agenda

President Trump now chats with the leaders of China and Singapore about executing drug dealers. But back in the '80s, Trump helped a multi-kilo cocaine dealer escape with a minimal sentence

Former Nashville General Sessions Judge Indicted on Additional Federal Obstruction and Theft Charges

WATCH: @McFaul on the suspected Russian use of a nerve agent, “I'm very concerned...I think it's really scary. It's not the first time, but it's a very audacious use...I think it demands a firm response."

Russian state TV warns 'traitors' not to settle in England

Mike Carpenter, former deputy assistant secretary of defense w/responsibility for Russia, thinks the new sanctions amount to smoke and mirrors.

Breaking with House Republicans, Warner told me Senate Intel probe has reviewed the Intelligence Community's assessment that Putin tried to help Trump win and has found "nothing that takes away from the unanimous Intelligence Community's assessment."

The White House has refused to comply with all three investigations by the Republican-controlled House into the questionable behavior of Trump’s top aides, including Cabinet secretaries and Jared Kushner, McClatchy reports

The leaders of France, Germany, US and UK issued a joint statement on the nerve agent attack, saying Russian responsibility is the “only plausible explanation,” condemning the "first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War.”

Trump on whether Russia was responsible for the U.K. nerve agent attack: “It looks like it.” (via ABC)

JUST IN: @RepCummings and @RepStephenLynch Raise “Grave Concerns” About Rapidly Deteriorating Security Situation in Afghanistan Under President Trump’s Strategy

“The Office of the United States Trade Representative says the United States has a trade surplus with Canada.”

BREAKING: Trump administration accuses Russia of ongoing, deliberate operation to penetrate US energy grid.

Gina Haspel was involved in one of the darkest chapters in American history. Senators who will vote on her nomination MUST know the exact role she played in the CIA’s torture program

Right-wing pundits such as Stacey Dash, Sarah Palin, and Allen West keep posting identical Facebook remarks to promote a clickbait website

BREAKING: U.S. Treasury imposes sanctions against 19 Russians over interference in the 2016 U.S. elections, including some indicted in Mueller investigation

Larry Kudlow may have been more wrong about the economy than anyone alive

Teacher kept teaching after accidentally firing gun in class and injuring 3 students: report

Looks like Trump is firin' all his baby-sitters and plans to go "full-Trump" on the Mueller investigation. Stay sharp Patriots. Big bumps ahead!

President Trump is expected to continue a shake-up of senior staffers and Cabinet members. In the 14 months of his presidency, an unprecedented number of top officials have already left the White House. That number is likely to grow.

Russian Plane Loses Gold Bars Worth $378 M After Door Breaks

.Scott Pruitt’s $25,000 soundproof phone booth? It actually cost more like $43,000

Congress rides to the rescue of thriving bankers

If you haven’t read the Constitution lately, do

Paul Ryan is not very bright: says Conor Lamb, who ran against the GOP tax plan, ran “as a conservative"

Just after Rex Tillerson's sudden firing, American diplomats were surprised and disturbed to receive guidance from Washington telling them not to post or retweet a statement from undersecretary Steve Goldstein on how Tillerson was fired by President Trump

Bang Bang You're Dead. Judge, Jury and Executioner. Guns Circumvent Judaical Process

LATEST: Vladimir Putin is preparing to retaliate against the U.K. after Theresa May threw out 23 diplomats over spy poisoning

NY Times declares Conor Lamb winner in PA special election in huge blow to Trump, GOP

#BREAKING France's Macron backs UK claim that Russia behind former spy attack: statement

Canada stands with the UK

This is why gun control advocates will never forgive Bernie Sanders

Trump reluctant to blame Russia for attack on ex-spy in U.K.?

The offshore law firm at the center of our #PanamaPapers investigation says it will "continue to call for justice" as it shutters its offices

Tillerson’s Ouster Has Allies Hoping for Coherence, but Fearing the Worst

Students chant "Hey hey, NRA, how many kids did you kill today?" outside Trump International Hotel in Manhattan

When Sergei Kislyak was recalled to Moscow, @RusEmbUSA put armed guards on him around the clock to prevent him from defecting.

Paul Ryan actually just said that Conor Lamb ran as a “conservative.”

Tomi Lahren posted a video admitting she just kicked her dog *5* times because it was chewing its bone “too loud.” Animal cruelty typically foreshadows other disturbing behavior.

Expulsing spies and diplomats won’t deter Putin. Expulsing his gang of oligarchs and their families will

Stormy Daniels' lawyer: Other women have reached out about potential cases against Trump

Russia to expel UK diplomats as row over spy attack escalates

North Korea hasn't said anything about Kim Jong Un meeting President Trump since he accepted the invitation a week ago

Mattis was given a spot on the board of a fraudulent company after trying to sell their fraudulent product to the DOD. At best, there was a clear conflict of interest; at worst, he attempted to defraud the U.S. government.

How the U.S. can prepare for a major election hack

Russian exile Nikolai Glushkov, a close associate of Putin critic Boris Berezovsky, was found dead in his London home from "unexplained causes", 8 days after ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a nerve agent in Britain

Skripal nerve agent attack shows 'unlawful use of force by Russia against the UK': Malcolm Turnbull

BOOM: Ukrainian Foreign Minister @PavloKlimkin calls for a boycott of Moscow's crooked FIFA tournament by all nations to deny Russia a propaganda victory.

Under Trump, the lies of abstinence-only sex education are back

After suffering a massive defeat last night, disoriented, desperate and embarrassed Republican officials are alleging voting irregularities in the 18th Congressional District special election, and plan to go to court seeking to impound all voting machines.

12-year-old student: "By myself, I don't think I have the power. But together with all these people here, I think we can make a change."

Covering a walkout this morning at an elementary school in Virginia, and the 11-year-old organizers had a press packet ready for me

NEW: Trump has discussed a plan to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions and replace him with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, according to two Republicans in contact with the White House

Parkland student on the resistance's national school walkout

Cameron Kasky, a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who helped organize the student resistance against Trump's gun policy, joins Lawrence O'Donnell for tonight's last word on the national student walkouts today protesting school safety and gun violence.

UK's Johnson says corrupt Putin allies may be targeted

Jeff Sessions is reviewing a recommendation to fire former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe just days before he is scheduled to retire on Sunday, people briefed on the matter tell NYT

#1yrago Punched Nazi loses tax-exempt status

Don Jr. "appears to have changed recently, and friends are concerned about him"

The place bills go to die

Paul Ryan takes center stage in new ad from Democratic super PAC

In fundraising speech, Trump says he made up trade claim in meeting with Justin Trudeau

President Trump picks conservative TV personality Larry Kudlow as his next top economic adviser

Thread: Let's talk about what happens if Trump tries to fire Mueller