Wednesday, July 4, 2018

EPA whistleblower tells @MSNBC that Scott Pruitt's chief of staff once "pulled six 100-dollar bills out of his wallet" to repay a young staffer who hadn't been reimbursed after she charged hotel rooms for Pruitt's family to stay in during the inauguration on her personal card

Rep. Don Beyer wants the HHS IG to expand his probe into shelters for migrant children, following reports that the government maintained contracts with companies operating shelters even after allegations of serious lapses in care, including neglect and abuse, were raised.

Despite a July 10 court-imposed deadline to reunite migrant families, the federal agency overseeing detained children doesn’t even have instructions on how to do that

#Russia's state TV: Igor Korotchenko, member of the Defense Ministry’s public advisory council, talks about GOP Senators coming to Russia and the Trump-Putin summit: "The Russians should look down upon the Americans, like the USSR did... You came to us, because YOU need it."

Shocking new discovery of $8 billion of money laundering connected to the Putin regime that went through Danske Bank (some of it connected to the Magnitsky case).

Exclusive: Russian military spies backed attempt to assassinate leader of Montenegro, report reveals

Acosta slams Trump for tweeting about "fake news" days after Capital Gazette shooting

BREAKING: Calls for GOP Rep Jim Jordan to Resign Grow Amid Accusations 1500 College Wrestlers Were Sexually Abused and He Ignored It

Progressives, go find a Trump supporting friend--the one you haven't spoken to since November of 2016--and give him or her a hug. Trumpies, find a "liberal snowflake" friend and do the same. Just for today, let's all be Americans.

Trump appears to have relied on a dubious Fox News story to attack Obama this a.m. The Fox story cited an Iranian news agency that cited an Iranian newspaper that quoted a single Iranian cleric. Obama officials say the cleric’s claim is false. My story:

Ahead of the 2018 election, Trump has embarked on this remarkable run of giving Russia stuff it wants.

The fight against Trump is a battle for freedom

A Divided America Does Not Mean Civil War

Progressives, go find a Trump supporting friend--the one you haven't spoken to since November of 2016--and give him or her a hug. Trumpies, find a "liberal snowflake" friend and do the same. Just for today, let's all be Americans.

Happy Fourth of July. As we celebrate American independence, remember the current president won the White House with assistance from a foreign adversary and refuses to acknowledge that, thus providing aid and comfort to this adversary.

Dear @realDonaldTrump: Remember when you signed the reauthorization of Section 702 of FISA? I & many Republicans opposed it. Section 702 allows the government to use information collected without a warrant against you & other citizens. @SpeakerRyan misled you about the #FISA bill

Just so I understand: Jim Jordan learns that students are being sexually assaulted, and his first thought is about himself?

Poland carried out a sweeping purge of its Supreme Court, eroding the judiciary’s independence and escalating a confrontation with the EU

Report: GOP may turn on Trump over Tariffs

Politico reports that Republican senators are getting frustrated with Trump's tariffs, arguing that Trump doesn't understand how his tariffs are hurting the U.S. economy. Lawrence discusses the fallout with Jared Bernstein, Neera Tanden, and John Harwood.

Trump's 'favorite prime minister' arrested over theft of billions

Rachel Maddow reports on the arrest of Najib Razak, former prime minister of Malaysia, who is accused of siphoning billions of dollars from the country and millions in lavish spending of ill-gotten gains. Razak is also close with Donald Trump and reportedly sought the assistance of Republican fundraiser and Michael Cohen client Elliott Broidy to make the DoJ part of the investigation go away.

Just a reminder in all the noise that House GOP hasn't released a transcript of FBI Agent Peter Strzok's testimony, despite his attorney's repeated calls to do so. For people who have been so vocal about "transparency," they certainly like keeping a lot of secrets.

Konstantin Kosachev is under US sanctions, was mentioned in the Steele Dossier. GOP lawmakers just invited him to Washington. BTW, they were seated across from Sergey Kislyak.

Top pharmaceutical company raises drug prices after Trump claimed companies would voluntarily lower them

#BREAKING: In a major win for our office, a judge just found “strong” evidence the Trump admin acted in bad faith in adding a citizenship question to the Census—and ordered the federal govt to produce discovery in our lawsuit.

These competing headlines should alarm every American, regardless of party. The President of the United States is cozying up to a dictator who interfered in our democracy to help swing an election in his favor.

Unusual Republican delegation trip to Moscow marked by meekness

Michael McFaul, former U.S. ambassador to Russia, talks with Rachel Maddow about the unusual nature of the Republican congressional visit to Moscow

Fox's Shep Smith skewers Trump for taking credit for avoiding war with North Korea: 'Who does he think he's kidding?'

DoJ loses senior leader who handled 'all the hottest potatoes'

Leon Neyfakh, reporter for, talks with Rachel Maddow about the surprise resignation of Scott Schools, an associate deputy attorney general and the senior career official at the Department of Justice.

Red-hot planet: All-time heat records have been set all over the world during the past week

Federal Judge Rips Trump Administration Over Census Citizenship Question

Analysis: Trump’s own Justice Department reprimands his conspiracy theorizing

Republicans on board with Trump in odd deference to Russian goals

Rachel Maddow reports on a Republican congressional delegation to Moscow behaving awkwardly deferential in a way that dovetails with Donald Trump acceding to Russia's wish list despite the conclusions of American intelligence that Russia is actively attacking the foundation of the US system of government.

Senate Intel report confirms Russian intrusion in 2016 election

Rachel Maddow reports on a bipartisan assessment from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that confirms the U.S. intelligence community's findings about Russian intrusion in the 2016 election.

#Russia's state TV: "GOP lawmakers sounded tough on Russia when speaking from Washington, but changed their rhetoric upon arriving to Moscow."

BREAKING: British police: 2 people critical near poisoned spy town.

SDNY corruption prosecutor supervising Michael Cohen case resigns

Rachel Maddow reports that the head of the public corruption unit in the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of New York, the lead public corruption prosecutor who oversaw the Michael Cohen case, is resigning.

US official: Last August, Trump pressed aides on the possibility of invading Venezuela

GOP Rep. Jim Jordan accused of ignoring sexual abuse of wrestlers

Rachel Maddow shares NBC News reporting that conservative congressman Jim Jordan is accused of knowing about sexual abuse of wrestlers at Ohio State when he was a coach and doing nothing about it, a charge he denies as the number of accusers increases.