Wednesday, May 16, 2018


So, why do all the same players, & all the same years (2013 to 2016) keep reoccurring in Trump's world? In 2014 Qatar & China's CITIC launch a $10 billion investement fund. CITIC part owns Erik Prince's FSG

BIG: The Senate just passed a bipartisan resolution to block the Trump Administration’s plan to repeal #NetNeutrality

Hooray for the good guys!

Mueller issues grand jury subpoenas to Trump adviser's social media consultant

Vladimir Putin beaten by a cat as first to cross $4 billion bridge to Crimea

Vice Chairman @MarkWarner and I released the following statements regarding today's Senate Intelligence Committee closed hearing to complete its review of the Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) on “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections”:

Materials from Inquiry into Circumstances Surrounding Trump Tower Meeting

Goldstone sent anti-Magnitsky propaganda to Rhona Graff during the transition, and she passed it on to Steve Bannon:

.@SenatorTomUdall to Scott Pruitt just now: "your tenure at the EPA is a betrayal of the American people."

Scott Pruitt told Congress he doesn't "recall" ordering his security detail to use sirens and flashing lights to cut through DC traffic on the way to social events. A newly-revealed internal email from the head of his security detail contradicts him.

These Don Jr excerpts are wild

Ike Kaveladze says that Don Jr. asked Rinat Akhmetshin and Natalia Veselnitskaya "if they got anything on Hillary" during the Trump Tower meeting.

Pruitt confirmed today he has set up a legal defense fund. It's likely to be an ethical nightmare

Message to the American people

Message to the American people

EXCLUSIVE: Sheriff Clarke ‘Attacked Black Lives Matter on Putin’s Orders’


JUST POSTED: Trump Discloses Payment to Cohen in Financial Report

NEW: Ethics office sending letter to Rod Rosenstein stating that Michael Cohen's payment on behalf of Trump was a debt and may be relevant to "any inquiry" Rosenstein may be pursuing.

BREAKING: "Kremlin used" NRA to help Trump, Senate report believes

The White House looks secretive and uncaring about Americans’ health

Russian Trump Tower Meeting: A British music promoter told the Senate Judiciary Committee that one of his Russian clients insisted he set up the meeting and had been assured the Russian was "well-connected" and had "damaging information."

Newly released transcripts of interviews with Donald Trump Jr. and others detail the 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russians

BREAKING: Trump Jr. told Senate panel he couldn't remember whether he had discussed Russia investigation with his father.

Breaking: Details of 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer made public as Senate releases testimony

Reading that KCNA statement trashing Bolton’s call for a Libya-style deal with Pyongyang makes me feel good about writing this

Tantalizing Testimony From a Top Trump Aide Sets Off a Search for Proof

GOP is outspending Democrats 50-1 in Florida, but success not guaranteed

Why Democrats can’t win the ‘respect’ of Trump voters

The Trump administration is making preparations to warehouse migrant children on military bases, WaPo reports.

#BREAKING: In special election to PA #HD178, Democrats FLIP control in this previously GOP-held seat, beating expectations by 12 points.

If wages are stagnant & the price of goods are up, jobs mean nothing. The 1% just get cheap labor while Wall Street cashes in.

We are airing this new ad today, standing up for @SenJohnMcCain and his opposition to Gina Haspel. Call your Senators and urge them to stand with him! Call 202-888-8177

After Tuesday's primaries, Pennsylvania is poised to send as many as four women to Congress next year to break up the state's all-male delegation

Exclusive: Iran asks Chinese oil buyers to maintain imports after U.S. sanctions - sources

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner blessed by rabbi who reportedly compared black people to monkeys

JUST IN: EPA launches investigation into Pruitt's use of private email accounts

Bolton eliminates top cyber adviser post


Reminder: CIA director nominee Gina Haspel oversaw torture methods based on 1960s-era experiments on dogs. This is what @MarkWarner, @HeidiHeitkamp, @JoeManchinWV and others are supportin

Pruitt has said his unprecedented, 24/7 security is in response to death threats he got after taking office. Turns out he requested and received the protection on day one

Trump wanted to order military families to evacuate South Korea ahead of Olympics: report

GOP Georgia governor candidate to hold "Deportation Bus Tour" in state's sanctuary cities

The Koch brothers helped slash state taxes. Now teachers are in the streets

Someday they’ll say we turned a blind eye to the suffering and slaughter of our own children and gave ourselves over to scoundrels and sadists. The NRA is a national disgrace. The venom of greed is killing America.

SC Gov. @HenryMcMaster has organized a letter with 6 other GOP governors in support of @realDonaldTrump's Nobel Peace Prize nomination for efforts on the Korean Peninsula


No White House news briefing on schedule for Wednesday.

Wisconsin’s Voter-ID Law Suppressed 200,000 Votes in 2016 (Trump Won by 22,748)

Oklahoma GOP candidate proposes euthanasia for disabled and poor to avoid food stamps

International Criminal Court prosecutor (who has jurisdiction because Palestine is an ICC member) vows to "take any action warranted" over Israeli snipers' killing of Gaza border protesters

Russia, Iran and Qatar announce cartel that will control 60% of world's gas supplies

Thanks Trump!

GOP congressman quotes Martin Luther King to defend loan discrimination

SCOOP: It's done. The White House has eliminated the role of cyber coordinator, the top cyber policy job in the administration, responsible for harmonizing all agencies' activities in the cyber domain

Trump's decision to kill the Iran deal means a direct Iran-Saudi conflict is moving into view

The EU pledges to take steps to salvage the Iran nuclear accord within weeks

There are 194 Democrats in Congress. Only 32 of them have voted more with Donald Trump than Julia Brownley. Is that the person you want representing you?

What Gina Haspel Got Wrong About the Torture Tapes She Helped Destroy

Secret CIA torture report kept from senators ahead of Haspel vote:

Rachel Maddow explains that in addition to his report on the destruction of videotapes of CIA torture interrogations, John Durham issued a second report on whether anyone lied in the course of the investigation. Given the likelihood that the second report is relevant to Gina Haspel, Democrats are asking to see it before they vote on Haspel's nomination to lead the CIA.

A Canadian data analytics firm spent about $2 million on Facebook ads for pro-Brexit campaign groups

BREAKING: North Korea official says country has no interest in summit with US if it's based on 'one-sided' demands to give up nukes...

Qatari admission on Trump outreach presents new dots to connect

Maybe a bombshell.

How about when an "intelligence expert" at MSNBC claimed WikiLeaks documents were "riddled with obvious forgeries"? He couldn't prove that, of course, but it gave Glenn Greenwald some lovely talking points to attack the MSM's already woeful coverage of WikiLeaks.

Trump Indonesia Real Estate Project Gets Chinese Government Ally

Staggering statistic from @SenateMajLdr: One eighth of all the circuit judges in the United States have been appointed by @realDonaldTrump

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"Sean Hannity is a participant in this presidency, one who still hasn’t ever fully disclosed how he affects and is affected by the actions Trump takes,"

Press Statement by First Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of DPRK

Ahmed Al-Rumaihi - a Qatari investor referenced on twitter by @MichaelAvenatti - has confirmed he did attend Trump Tower meetings in 2016. Additionally, Michael Cohen "briefly popped into" one of the meetings with the Trump transition officials

How does a withdrawal from NAFTA impact consumer prices, retail imports and jobs?

This Maryland community voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump. But now his immigration restrictions are killing its livelihood

Carville says Gowdy’s a stooge, & Carville knows the ballgame (& of course, he’s right about the neodrums for the Iraq war). Trey Gowdy: consider yourself outed.

BREAKING: KCNA says North Korea will "reconsider" summit with Trump if U.S. insists on it giving up nuclear program, says it will never give up its nuclear program in exchange for economic trade with the United States

Asian stock markets dip Pyongyang abruptly calls off talks with Seoul, throwing a U.S.-North Korean summit into doubt

Donald Trump's conflicts on China should be the subject of congressional oversight, but Trey Gowdy.

Opinion: Trump’s need for instant gratification could have serious long-term consequences

Torture is a war crime ... no ifs, ands or buts. Anyone who votes to confirm a war criminal won’t get my vote or a penny of my money. I don’t care if the other side runs a child molester or a white supremacist ... torture is a war crime and I’ll never support a facilitator.

Trump admin is preparing to put migrant children in warehouses on military bases after separating them from their familie

White House official says they were "caught off guard"