Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The parent company of the National Enquirer, American Media Inc., has agreed to let ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal out of a contract that had kept her from talking freely about her alleged affair with Trump, her lawyer tells NYT

Trump: “There has been nobody tougher on Russia than President Donald Trump. ... Russia will tell you there has been nobody tougher than Donald Trump”

Kris Kobach Held in Contempt of Court

We are disturbed by reports that @POTUS is considering pardons of individuals who may have committed serious federal crimes—acts that may also violate NY law. We must ensure that if any president issues such pardons, we can use NY’s laws to bring such individuals to justice

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is moving to change NY state law so that he and other local prosecutors would have the power to bring criminal charges against aides to Trump who have been pardoned

JUST IN: 170 lawmakers sign resolution demanding Trump EPA chief resign

Pirro is another FOX News personality who is bought & paid for by Trump. Her ex-con ex-hubby was on retainer with Trump when she was married to him & Trump gave her campaign $20,000. btw she signed the fraudulent tax returns and should have gone to prison along with her husband

The top Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee announce their opposition to secretary of state nominee Mike Pompeo

Nation Shocked to Learn of Possible Bias at Fox News

"Why are you laughing at me?" -@MeghanMcCain

Dem senators unveil expanded public option for health insurance

Treasury sanctions Nasif Barakat and the Barakat Transnational Criminal Organization, a Syria-based network involved in human smuggling of Syrian and Lebanese migrants to the United States. Chart highlights smuggling routes.

#BREAKING: Federal appeals court rejects Ohio law blocking public funds from Planned Parenthood

Parkland student shot 5 times files 1st victim's lawsuit

When the dark chapter of the Trump presidency is written in the history books, the harshest criticism will be reserved for the GOP leadership in Congress, which put party over country and refused to defend our institutions and the rule of law when they were most at risk.

Fox News legal analyst rips Hannity for claiming attorney-client privilege with Cohen: He can't have it both ways

Trump says Comey wasn't fired because of the Russia probe. His 2017 comments suggested otherwise

The Russian government was given a backdoor assurance on Sunday that no more sanctions were coming and to just ignore Nikki Haley.

My thoughts are that @GOP was under a RICO investigation by @comey for taking Russian money at the convention - with @PRyan abc @Reince both recorded colluding with Sergei Kislyak. My exclusive May 11th


JUST IN: Grassley to move ahead with bill protecting Mueller despite McConnell refusing to bring it up for vote

If Hannity's overt KremlinLuv wasn't enough, here Fox News admits it's allowing Russian control of its content.

How Jerry Falwell Jr. Transformed Liberty University Into a Wildly Profitable Online Empire

NEWS: Andrew Cuomo just announced that he's granting all parolees in New York the right to vote by executive order.

The remarkable irresponsibility of Donald Trump's Stormy Daniels tweet

Tax deadline extended so here's a tax story: Trump Org is suing local gov'ts to get breaks on taxes. They call it "routine practice" to "ensure fair treatment." But that’s not all. Behold, some of the more *creative* ways they lower their tax bills...

Trump got an extension!

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Michael Avenatti Warning

11 House Republicans are calling on Attorney General Sessions to prosecute (in no particular order

.@Comey to @TheView: "I used to think that at the heart of being a conservative...was first that character matters and second that values matter most of all. And I don't know where that is today in the Republican Party."

White House using Pompeo’s role as key player in Trump/Kim Jong Un meeting as leverage to help Pompeo through trouble in Senate with his confirmation vote.

BREAKING: Right before midnight, Michael Cohen's attorneys propose their suggestions for a possible special master. (Pictured here.)

Scott Pruitt Has Become Ridiculous

Perspective: On trade, Trump either doesn’t understand the basic facts or he doesn’t care

JUST IN: (White House Sources) Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the United Nations, has discussed her resignation with WH Chief of Staff, John Kelly. This comes after a series of contradicting statements from Trump regarding Russian sanctions.

I filmed these guys going into Michael Cohen hearings yesterday Looks like casting session for The Russians Are Coming.

Mitch McConnell, Obstructionist Extraordinaire, is playing with fire and recklessly courting a constitutional massacre

BREAKING: Island-wide blackout hits Puerto Rico, which suffering unstable power grid following hurricane.

Trump lawyer’s family lent $20M to wife of Chicago cab mogul

America Continues to Ignore the Risks of Election Hacking

Hannity 'basically has a desk' in Trump's White House — and sometimes helps him write tweets

Parkland activist David Hogg calls for a boycott of BlackRock and Vanguard

Putin seeks Trump deal even after sanctions and Syria attack, sources say

Mitch McConnell's super PAC took $1 million in 2017 from Russian born billionaire who made a large portion of his money under Putin in Russia. He's taken $2.5 million in total from the same Russian.

“McConnell should not be in the U.S. Senate, let alone be the Republican Majority Leader. He is a Swamp captain,” West Virginia GOP Senate candidate Don Blankenship said Monday

COLBERT: Are there things that you know about the Russia investigation that were happening before you were fired that we haven’t learned yet as a public? COMEY: Yes

Hannity "is so close to Trump that some White House aides have dubbed him the unofficial chief of staff."

Uncanny resemblance

Who is Kimba Wood, the judge presiding over the Michael Cohen case?

Trump overruled Mattis on Congress vote on Syria strikes: NYT

Rachel Maddow shares breaking news from the New York Times that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis wanted Donald Trump to get congressional approval before military strikes on Syria but was overruled by Trump.

Trump squirming over Russia sanctions ties White House in knots

Carol Leonnig, national investigative reporter for The Washington Post, talks with Rachel Maddow about Donald Trump's panicked concern about appearing to sanction Russia more than other countries and turning back his own administration's announced plans for more sanctions on Russia over Syria.

Trump furious over leadership role on Russian diplomat expulsions

Rachel Maddow relays Washington Post reporting on Donald Trump's apoplexy at discovering that he accidentally made The United States as leader in expelling Russian diplomats instead of merely matching smaller European allies.

FBI sought 'papers of the president' in Michael Cohen searches

Rachel Maddow highlights a portion of the transcript of Monday's Michael Cohen court hearing in which lawyers explain that a document that has not been released to the public includes five paragraphs about seeking papers of the president of the United States which are in Cohen's possession.

Mike Pompeo met with Kim Jong Un over Easter weekend: WaPo

Rachel Maddow relays a Washington Post report that CIA Director Mike Pompeo met with North Korean dictator Kim Jon Un over Easter weekend, while a meeting between Donald Trump and Kim is still in the planning stages.

Congress cancels votes, lets lawmakers go home early

Our statement on the passing of Former First Lady Barbara Bush

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis urged Trump to get congressional approval before the U.S. launched airstrikes against Syria last week, but was overruled by Trump, NYT reports.

This is one of the most disturbing stories I've ever read. 'Russian Elon Musk' raped and tortured to death in custody, say experts

Lawrence: what Trump doesn't know about his new legal reps

Lawrence reports that the law firm representing Trump in the Michael Cohen legal proceedings is led by two lawyers who called for the appointment of a special counsel after Trump fired James Comey

Ex-DOJ official: Trump's head will spin 360 degrees over lawyers

Former federal prosecutor Harry Litman predicts how Donald Trump will react when he learns the leaders of the law firm representing him in the Cohen case asked Rod Rosenstein to appoint a special counsel after Trump fired James Comey. Ruth Marcus and Jonathan Capehart join.