Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Dear @realDonaldTrump: Steve Bannon thinks you're too weak and stupid to do a Mueller interview. He's questioning your manhood.

I'm quoted here along with @AllThingsNatSec about the destructive feedback loop between POTUS and Fox, and why their rhetoric is inaccurate and misleading

New #FOIA documents obtained by @POGOBlog show why Scott Pruitt wanted a "campaign-style" media operation

Exclusive: FBI Seizes Control of Russian Botnet

HOLY CRAP: A yacht, cocaine, prostitutes: Winery partly owned by Nunes sued after fundraiser event

.@FBI does not grant or adjudicate security clearances. Decision to give Jared Kushner a clearance was made solely by the White House. Kushner omitted his Trump Tower meeting not once, but TWICE on his SF-86s. If he wasn't the son-in-law of @POTUS, he would not have a clearance

‘Spygate’ Is Trump’s Latest Non-Scandal About the Russia Investigation

AP: "Trump told one ally this week that he wanted 'to brand' the informant a 'spy,' believing the more nefarious term would resonate more in the media and with the public."

Judge Friedrich grants a 90-day continuance in the Russian troll farm case b/c it's an "unusual and complex" case and there is "voluminous discovery." The parties had made a joint motion for the continuance on Tuesday.

Some of the same politicians who were outraged about Susan Rice unmasking Trump associates are now clamoring to reveal the identity of a confidential FBI informant.

Amazon's decision to market a powerful face recognition tool to police is alarming privacy advocates

In reversal, Giuliani now says #trump should do interview with #Mueller team

Jeff Flake: “Our presidency has been debased by a figure who has a seemingly bottomless appetite for destruction and division and only a passing familiarity with how the Constitution works.”

"And our Article I branch of government, the Congress (that’s me), is utterly supine in the face of the moral vandalism that flows from the White House daily... So where is the good news in that? Well, simply put: We may have hit bottom." @JeffFlake cont.
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) May 23, 2018

Mueller team indicates it is ready for Papadopoulos to be sentenced

The Trump White House is trying prevent bipartisan oversight. Even some of Trump’s staunchest allies say shutting out Democrats is wrong.

“You know why I do it? I do it to discredit you all and demean you all so when you write negative stories about me no one will believe you,” Donald Trump told Lesley Stahl after the 2016 election when she asked him why he attacks the media.

Who asked her to?
STAHL: Before the interview I met with him in Trump Tower. And he really is the same off camera that he is on camera, exactly the same. And at one point, he started to attack the press. And it’s just me and my boss and him – he has a huge office – and he’s attacking the press. And there were no cameras, there was nothing going on. And I said, “You know, that is getting tired, why are you doing this? You’re doing it over and over and it’s boring, it’s time to end that, you’ve won the nomination [sic], and why do you keep hammering at this?” And he said: “You know why I do it? I do it to discredit you all and demean you all so when you write negative stories about me no one will believe you.” He said that. So put that in your head for a minute.

Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi are sending a letter to Rod Rosenstein and Christopher Wray requesting that, if the Russia probe FBI informant meeting occurs, the bipartisan Gang of 8 be invited

Families in Connecticut could see their premiums go up by $1,155. All because of Republican efforts to sabotage the health care system

Trump lawyer 'paid by Ukraine' to arrange White House talks

HINT Cohen is lying: "Gene Freidman and I are not partners and have never been partners in this business or any other.

Vicente Fox Quesada Trools Trump

Facts matter. The FBI’s use of Confidential Human Sources (the actual term) is tightly regulated and essential to protecting the country. Attacks on the FBI and lying about its work will do lasting damage to our country. How will Republicans explain this to their grandchildren?

JUST IN: Sandy Hook families sue Alex Jones for defamation

Trump's latest guilty AF tweetstorm

So far today., as of 11:58 a.m. 5/23 in the order which they occurred. Nuts huh?

BREAKING: 33 House Democrats just joined Republicans in passing the #BankLobbyistAct — a massive rollback of the Wall Street reforms enacted after the 2008 financial crash

Under Trump's watch, national debt tops $21 trillion for first time ever

Russia says its new missile did not fail and asks reporters to "trust" Putin, not U.S. media

Martin Luther King "would be proud of" Donald Trump.

I served in uniform with Jim Clapper. @realDonaldTrump shirked military service as has every Trump. Clapper’s life was dedicated to public service, Trump’s to self-service. As for lying, look in the mirror ... rather than duty, honor, country it’s lie, lie, lie.

Former intell chief James Clapper: "Of course the Russian efforts affected the outcome. Surprising even themselves, they swung the election to a Trump win. To conclude otherwise stretches logic, common sense, and credulity to the breaking point"

The White House has directed the DOJ and FBI to hold a partisan briefing on infomation the President wants given to his allies in Congress. No Democrats allowed. This is another serious abuse of power. There’s a bipartisan mechanism called the Gang of 8. They need to use it.

Christian "Riley" Garcia, 15, is being hailed as a hero after he died while blocking an art classroom door to keep other students safe from gunshots during the shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas, according to his family's pastor

Trump Gang Dragnet Caught a Teen Who ICE Said Looked Like He Was in MS-13. He Wasnt.

Iranian officials split over response to U.S. demands

A Republican congressional candidate says displaced Puerto Ricans shouldn't be able to vote in Florida


FBI's Comey: Republicans also hacked by Russia

BREAKING: State Department issues health alert to U.S. citizens in China after government employee reported unusual symptoms. Embassy Beijing confirmed to @washingtonpost that diagnosis is mild traumatic brain injury. This will raise fears of Cuba-like attack. Story coming.

The Number of Trump’s Impeachable Offenses Keeps Growing

Some folks think the GOP has somehow caught up to Dems in the generic ballot or that the Dem wave has subsided. Other than some outlier polls, there is no actual evidence for those views. Actual election results continue to show Dems outperforming Republicans.

There's now a White House Military Office coin for the upcoming Trump Kim Jong Un summit. The North Korean dictator is referred to as "Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un."

Trump says he will propose new tax cuts prior to Novembe

Trump has been juggling perilous foreign policy challenges with North Korea, China and Iran - and now’s at risk of dropping all three

“Officials say Trump has been almost singularly focused on the pageantry of the summit —including the suspenseful roll-out of details. He has not been deeply engaged in briefing materials on North Korea's nuclear program.”

Trump says U.S. reconsidering ZTE penalties as "favor" to Xi

Trump suggested his historic meeting with the Kim Jong Un might be delayed – and that President Xi Jinping of China could be responsible for that

Mnuchin says Cohen's financial records are missing


James Clapper tells Rachel #Maddow the president is illegitimate: 'Trump would not be president if not for' Russia

Opinion: When all else fails, prosecute the Clintons

NYT Ed. Board: Rosenstein, Wray ‘must stand up to the president’

The Massachusetts House will debate a bill Wednesday that would allow for the temporary removal of firearms from people who are considered "high risk".

EPA calls off ban on reporters after massive public outcry

The Trump administration is moving to reverse Obama-era rules barring hunters on some public lands in Alaska from baiting brown bears with bacon and doughnuts and using spotlights to shoot mother black bears and cubs hibernating in their den

Mueller has no room for mistakes

Dave Grohl Wants To Apologize To The World For ‘Massive Jerk’ Trump

For the first time since Roe v. Wade, America has a Pro-Life President, a Pro-Life Vice President, a Pro-Life House of Representatives and 25 Pro-Life Republican State Capitals!

Must See! Stunning revelations by James Clapper. The Rachel Maddow Show 5/22

Israeli Intelligence Company Formed Venture With Trump Campaign Firm Cambridge Analytica

There Is Only One Trump Scandal

ICYMI: Michael Cohen's business partner just flipped