Thursday, May 10, 2018

WATCH: Fmr. CIA Dir. @JohnBrennan discusses the ongoing Russia threat

"He is a titanic ... & I mean TITANIC fraud" - @SteveSchmidtSES on VP Pence

BREAKING: Trump's drug pricing plan is out. I obtained a copy. Novartis will be happy.

Oliver North vows to “counterpunch” Parkland students, complains NRA is victim of “civil terrorism”

Top White House official in charge of pandemic response exits abruptly. His team at NSC has been disbanded. “These moves make us materially less safe,” one expert says.

Crowd is already chanting “lock her up” a full 90 minutes before Trump rally in Indiana

A White House official mocked John McCain’s brain cancer diagnosis at an internal meeting, The Hill reports. “It doesn’t matter, he’s dying anyway,” Special assistant Kelly Sadler said, according to a source familiar with the remarks.

Michael Cohen is a screwup as a fixer

California's Republican voter ranks sink to almost even with independents

I explained today to @wolfblitzer why @DevinNunes's continued attempts to get access to classified information that could literally get a U.S. source killed impacts not just the Russia investigation, but the FBI and CIA's recruitment efforts everywhere

Here's a look at who's who in the Stormy Daniels-Michael Cohen saga:

Is Michael Avenatti In BIG TROUBLE MISTER? A LOL, No, Lawsplainer!

Renegade Republicans challenge Paul Ryan, file discharge petition to force immigration votes

WaPo finds that managers at Sean Hannity’s 4 largest apartment complexes in Georgia have sought court-ordered evictions at twice the statewide rate — in a state known for evictions — and frequently have done so less than 2 weeks after a missed payment.

Opinion: Was this a slush fund for more than paying off a porn star?

Nunes-DOJ showdown over Mueller docs on hold

Grassley tries to nudge Supreme Court justices into early retirement

Does Trump think Rudy’s is capable of cranking out legal documents that will be necessary if he is subpoenaed by Mueller and doesn’t comply without a sophisticated law firm backing Rudy up?

The REALLY BAD STUFF about Cohen's ex-USSR dirty money payoffs after the inauguration hasn't dropped yet. It will soon.

Exclusive: Sanctioned Russian tycoon hands back his private jets

Trump’s action in pulling out of the Iran deal makes sense primarily as a trillion-dollar gift to Putin (by boosting Russia’s take from the oil market) in exchange for Putin’s many favors to Trump — like helping him win the presidency and indirectly bailing him out of his debts.

"We made a mistake in entering into this agreement" with Michael Cohen, but "what defines us now is as how we respond to this difficult situation."

Mother Jones reports that, according to several SEC filings related to Columbus Nova, the firm and its CEO Andrew Intrater have been deeply interwoven with Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg and his business empire.

Gina Haspel did a spectacular job evading questions on the morality of torture!

Greenberg Traurig, Rudy Giuliani's former law firm, undercut his recent statements defending President Trump

When their parents were deported to Mexico after living in the US for 30 years, these three siblings were forced to take on their parents' mortgage and learn to live with the stress of a separated family

Speaker Ryan says he spoke to Nunes, Gowdy, and DAG Rosenstein and that after these discussions, he backs Nunes' highly controversial demand for DOJ to turn over sensitive intelligence documents. DOJ warns this could endanger the lives of confidential sources

Eric Swalwell says to @mitchellreports that Mike Pence's call to end the Mueller probe is "extremely irresponsible for somebody who should know better to try and influence the special counsel's campaign."

Israel launches major Syria strike hours after Netanyahu meets Russia's Putin

Read a new excerpt from my upcoming book in @WSJ: "John McCain: ‘Vladimir Putin Is an Evil Man’"

or the Senate to confirm someone so involved with the torture program to highest position at the CIA would in effect tell the world that we approve of what happened. I absolutely do not. — Sen Dianne Feinstein (

Greenberg-Traurig law firm **forces** Rudy Giuliani to resign after Rudy claimed it was “common practice” for Greenberg-Traurig to pay HUSH MONEY for their clients.

#BREAKING Europe can no longer rely on US 'to protect it': Merkel

Oliver North: @realDonaldTrump Should Sanction Iran and Anybody Who Does Business With Them

He personally sold weapons to Iran during Reagan admin and is a convicted felon. 

Analysis: Washington wakes up to "authoritarian" populism in the U.S. and Europe

"Like a bloated, portly fake billionaire rolling off a hooker after a hot 45 seconds of passionate sex, Donald Trump’s ardor for Rudy Giuliani seems to have cooled"

Palin’s son plead guilty to possessing a firearm while intoxicated after beating his girlfriend and threatening her with an AR-15. Then he beat his father and threatened to shoot him. He is still legally allowed to own guns. But do lecture us more about responsible gun ownership

Pence says it's time for Mueller to "wrap it up"

Brent oil price rose nearly to $77/barrel today, highest since late 2014. Immediate impact of Trump's withdrawal from the Iran agreement, helping all authoritarian oil states.

Iran hawk billionaires Sheldon Adelson, Bernie Marcus and Paul Singer didn't just make a big investment in Trump. They contributed a combined 44% of individual contributions to the GOP's House election efforts and 47% to the GOP's Senate efforts.

Russia urges Trump-Putin summit after U.S. quits Iran deal

The Russian oligarch-linked firm that paid Michael Cohen's LLC was also represented by Trump lawyer Marc Kasowitz, ProPublica reports.

New: @ATT email to all employees laughably claims it only became aware of “controversy” surrounding Cohen in January of this year. Full emai

While we're talking unseemly influence peddling, last March we learned renowned Syria expert Donald Trump Jr. was paid at least $50,000 to speak about the conflict to a Kremlin-aligned French think tank.

15 years ago, John Bolton + Benjamin Netanyahu made the same arguments for war in Iraq that they're now making for pulling out of the nuclear deal with Iran. And they're getting away with it.

Instant war.

The drugmaker Novartis calls $1.2 million deal with Trump lawyer's firm a 'mistake'

Here’s How Michael Cohen’s shell company is linked to a Russian oligarch

"The protester who just got thrown out of Gina Haspel’s confirmation hearing used to brief Ronald Reagan every morning."

An outbreak of E. coli linked to romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region has spread to four additional states, the CDC says

Why didn’t Novartis sue Michael Cohen for breach of contract if he was unable to provide the services he promised Novartis?

Cohen disputes bombshell claims about payments: Those were made to a different Michael Cohen

Donald Trump Jr. reportedly moving on from estranged wife with Fox host Kimberly Guilfoyle

“I’m crushing it”: Trump attorney Michael Cohen, touting his access to the president, convinced companies to pay him millions

Gina Haspel, Trump's choice to lead the CIA, won't condemn waterboarding but says the practice is over

Asian stocks rise as crude #oil prices bolt higher after U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of a nuclear deal with Iran

Haspel, asked by Collins whether she would follow Trump order to waterboard, says she doesn't believe the president would order her to do that. (Fact check: During the campaign, Trump told voters he believed torture works)

House Intelligence Committee Democrats have received new materials from the estate of Peter Smith

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Inside Michael Cohen's aggressive pitch promising access to Trump

AT&T Execs, Michael Cohen and Eric Trump all arrived at Trump Tower within minutes of each other. Obviously they were only there to discuss gettin' a sweet group cellular plan for Russian orphans.

Iran deal exit threatens Americans' tax cut savings

Israel launches retaliatory strikes in Syria, warns Iran it’s just the ‘tip of the iceberg’

Saudi Arabia vows to build nuclear weapon if Iran does after Trump withdrawal from deal

Maddow: Do you have evidentiary reason to suspect that President Trump or the Trump Organization was involved in any of this?

California just became the world's 5th largest economy, surpassing the United Kingdom. Its success has depended on bottom-up economics -- putting tax revenues into public investments, and regulations that protect the environment and public health, not trickle-down economics.

Trump is no longer the worst person in government

Cohen resume

Trump is no longer the worst person in government

Michael Cohen sent five clients to Squire Patton Boggs, including U.S. Immigration Fund, a company run by a Trump donor with ties to Kushner Cos.

Korea Aerospace Industries, which paid $150,000 to the firm linked to Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, is a contender for an Air Force contract worth up to $16.3 billion

Dubious explanations follow revelation of payments to Cohen

John McCain Urges Senate To Reject Gina Haspel’s Nomination For CIA