Thursday, April 5, 2018

The American people deserve better than this

At least five officials at the EPA, four of them high-ranking, were reassigned or demoted, or requested new jobs in the past year after they raised concerns about the spending and management of Scott Pruitt, NYT reports

BREAKING: President Trump floated replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions with EPA head Scott Pruitt as recently as this week

NEW: Scott Pruitt was stuck in traffic. He wanted to use lights/sirens to get to his official appointment, but the lead agent advised him that sirens were to be used only in emergencies. Less than two weeks later that agent was removed from Pruitt's detail

Russia calls Facebook deleting troll accounts a "hostile" move

Facebook sent a doctor on a secret mission to ask hospitals to share patient data

‘They’re being p*ssies’: Rupert Murdoch reportedly ordered Fox execs to ‘forcefully support’ support Laura Ingraham

watching his hair blow in the wind is honestly hypnotic

In the final weeks of the 2016 election, Google & Facebook worked w/a dark money group to microtarget swing voters w/anti-Muslim ads, such as this πŸ”₯WHOAπŸ”₯

Where have the two legal geniuses of our time, Michael Cohen and David Schwartz, gone? Forced to sit down by Mr. Trump after repeatedly making a disaster of their case on national television and being mocked by every real lawyer in America?

Report: Robert Mercer bankrolled group that pushed anti-Muslim ads to swing-state voters

Trump-aligned billionaire Robert Mercer backed a secretive group that worked with Facebook and Google to target anti-Muslim ads at swing voters, according to Open Secrets

Analysis: Scott Pruitt’s defenses of his lease with the wife of a lobbyist are crumbling

HOLY CRAP breaking: Saudi crown prince says Jared Kushner handed him U.S. intelligence

Senators from major soybean-producing states, including Republicans, are blaming Pres. Trump's aggressive actions against China for trade retaliation that could hit farmers and ranchers particularly hard.

BREAKING: The Department of the Interior quietly sent a rule to the Trump administration that effectively ends most protections for nearly 300 species under the Endangered Species Act.

McConnell: Midterms could be a "category 3, 4 or 5 storm" for GOP

After the Gaza killings, it’s time to crack down on Israel

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow says Trump's China tariffs are just proposals right now

Over 260 scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and technologists are running for political office this year. Meanwhile, 6 Republican climate deniers are vying for this Michigan seat.

Watchdog: Duncan may have used $100K in donations on family

"These prosecutions will continue"


Pruitt "dumbfounded" that renting condo co-owned by wife of top energy lobbyist is controversial

Trump's attacks on the effective elements of the Allied Intelligence community is no mistake. Trump is following directions from Moscow & Beijing in his attempts to undermine Western NatSec structures

I don't think anything could have made last night more perfect than Scott Walker's multi-part Twitter meltdown.

Senate sets Pompeo confirmation hearing for April

If @realDonaldTrump asks me to deploy Oregon Guard troops to the Mexico border, I’ll say no. As Commander of Oregon’s Guard, I’m deeply troubled by Trump’s plan to militarize our border.

Everyone Is Painting GOP Congressman Dana Rohrabacher as Putin’s Puppet

“Russia brazenly and implausibly denies its actions and we have failed to impose sufficient costs. The Kremlin's competence has grown as its agents conduct their sustained campaigns to undermine our confidence in ourselves and in one another.” -Lt. Gen. HR McMaster

Exclusive: Mueller's team questioning Russian oligarchs


@DevinNunes won’t attend so @tedlieu is adopting CA22

The woman who became internet famous in October for flipping the bird at President Donald Trump's motorcade, and then said she was subsequently fired, is suing her former employer for unlawful termination

China hit back at Trump administration plans to slap tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese goods, retaliating with a list of similar duties on key U.S. imports including soybeans, planes, cars, whiskey and chemicals

Tennessee Republicans kill resolution condemning neo-Nazis for the second time

New: Threatening legal fight, Nunes demands document that kicked off FBI Trump-Russia probe

Must-watch interview on @FoxNews with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. @EdHenry must have gone through FBI interrogation training because he adeptly starts by building rapport and then very quickly gets down to business. Well done pursuit of the facts.

Adam Schiff tells the Atlantic that Roger Stone never turned over the email where he brags about having dinner with Julian Assange to the House Intel Committee.

Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix says in this video, he made a model that predicted the personality of every single adult in the United States of America. Which means he had personality profiles & data on every adult in America. Absolutely terrifying.

Breitbart's headline writer seems to think Bangladesh is in the Middle East

Did Trump campaign and John Bolton PAC get help from overseas?

Exclusive: A morning TV producer at a Sinclair-owned station in Nebraska has resigned in protest of what he calls the company's "obvious bias." Here's what he told me

Accused Russian Intel Asset Teamed Up With GOP Operative

Not often the left and right agree on the time of day yet Sinclair Broadcast Group’s mindless assault on democracy caught the attention of all thinking people, so beware of Sinclair if you are near their signal — John Dean

BREAKING: Brazil's ex-President Lula must go to prison on corruption charges pending appeal, Supreme Court judges rule by 6-5

Turkey, Iran, Russia say will work for stability in Syria

I served 6 Presidents, 3 Rs & 3Ds. I directly supported Clinton, Bush 43, and Obama. While I didn't agree with all their policy choices, I admired and respected all of them, as they put country above their personal interests. Not so with you, as your self adoration is disgracefu

McConnell boasts that blocking Obama's SCOTUS nominee "was the most consequential decision I’ve made in my entire public career"

Top EPA ethics official says he lacked key facts about Pruitt’s condo rental

“I don’t really understand what’s left of your case”, said Judge Bergman to Manafort’s attorney.

Mexican senators call on Mexican president to halt cooperation with US after Trump attacks

It seems like Pruitt thought he was going to get a softball intvw, but then ran into a buzzsaw as he struggled to explain a range of controversies, wouldn’t take responsibility for probs and claimed $50 a night is market rate in DC (it’s not). Full intvw

Facebook says most people on its vast social network may have had their public profile scraped by third parties

Proclamation by @realDonaldTrump doesn't actually send National Guard troops to the border. Because @POTUS is using Title 32 authority--instead of federalizing the Guard under Title 10--this is a REQUEST for state Governors to send troops

Flint Rep. upset with Pruitt using Safe Drinking Water Act...

Rep. Dan Kildee of Michigan talks to Rachel about EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt using funds from the Safe Drinking Water Act to give staffers raises and bring in lobbyists

Former acting US Attorney gives first interview since leaving...

Joon Kim, former acting US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, talks to Rachel about the firing of US Attorneys in March 2017 and procedures in the Mueller investigation.

White House lawyers question Bolton about potential ethics issues

Incoming National Security Adviser, John Bolton, faces questions from White House lawyers over the connections between his PAC and Super PAC and Cambridge Analytica.