Thursday, July 12, 2018

. @RepJerryNadler & @RepCummings Release Statement after Marathon Hearing with Peter Strzok

Sinclair has a must-run airing on local news outlets to cheer on Trump's SCOTUS pick

Five Supreme Court justices ignored the racist underpinnings of the Trump administration’s travel ban — and compelling, documented evidence it already is being misapplied — and nonetheless endorsed it.



Washington billboard warns "There are NAZIS in our neighborhood"

LIVE Former FBI Agent Peter Strzok Testifies At House Hearing

"I am a very stable genius," @realDonaldTrump said at @NATO presser today, revealing yet another point of deep disagreement with European allies.

Today, one of America’s major parties is asleep, as a rising tide of authoritarianism threatens to submerge many of the world’s great capitals. — Adam Schiff

Mugshot of former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort after he was booked into the Alexandria, Va. Detention Center today. “Because he is a high-profile inmate, Mr. Manafort will be placed in protective custody which limits his interactions with other inmates,” the Sheriff said.

Today, the Swamp Accountability Project requested that the Office of Congressional Ethics investigate Rep. Devin Nunes re his co-ownership of a winery implicated in a scandal involving a yacht, investors, cocaine and underage prostitutes.

Tomorrow's front page: Donald Trump @realDonaldTrump accuses the PM of wrecking Brexit - and warns she may have killed off any chance of a vital US trade deal

Russian disinformation accounts spent more than two years posing as local American newspapers in order to ultimately push a pro-Kremlin agenda in 2016. TWO YEARS!!!

Millions Of Dollars In Supreme Court Ads Are Coming And We Won’t Know Who Paid For Them

FBI agent Peter Stzrok: In the fall of 2016, I had info that could "derail, and quite possibly, defeat Mr. Trump. But the thought of exposing that information never crossed my mind....This investigation is not politically motivated, it is not a witch hunt, it is not a hoax."

Rep Sheila Jackson Lee has it right, why is the GOP still hung up on Clinton emails and Peter Strozk when we still don’t know where the children are and doing nothing about reunification. This is the GOP legacy

Republicans seem obsessed with Peter Strzok's texts about Donald Trump so I read theirs. What's good for the goose is good for the gander

NEW: Justice Department Plans Appeal of AT&T-Time Warner Merger Approval

Republicans thought Peter Strozk would be a punching bag—but he just knocked them out

Gohmert campaigned for Roy Moore

Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas): How do we know your anti-Trump bias isn't rampant throughout the FBI? Peter Strzok: You look to the evidence, [and] you and others have done a spectacular job of equating bias with personal political belief when you know they are not the same.

Rep. Watson Coleman to Gowdy: “You’ve been out of control since you got on this committee “ “This is not Benghazi!” Gowdy stares at her, and turns it over to her

Strzok absolutely eviscerated Gohmert. Gowdy is so mad he’s sputtering. Goodlatte openly admitted he’s not sure what rules they’re following. This is beautiful.

Literally good vs evil.

FBI's Peter Strzok testifies on 2016 election before House Judiciary Committee

Gohmert: "I can't help but many times did you look so innocent in to your wife's eyes and lie to her about Lisa Page." Strzok: "The fact that you would question whether or not that was the sort of look...goes more to a discussion about your character."

HAPPENING NOW: Londoners protesting outside the estate where Trump is staying.

The FCC is voting Thursday on whether to charge consumers $225 to investigate complaints against broadband providers — a fee that is probably often higher than the amount in dispute.

Peter Strzok tells Trey Gowdy: "The proposition that that is going on or that it might occur in the FBI deeply corrodes what the FBI is in American society and the effectiveness of their mission. It is deeply destructive." Then, APPLAUSE.

A member of the film crew on the Milo Yiannopoulos / Tomi Lahren anti-abortion movie stole my notes to keep me from reporting on it, then lied about it to a cop.

AP FACT CHECK: President Donald Trump took credit Thursday for a supposed new decision by NATO members to increase their military spending, though there was no evidence of that.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh's radically expansive view of the power of the presidency | Analysis by ABC News'

Fascinating report on how false claims of being hacked, homophobic and anti-Muslim posts have hurt ratings by 21%, more in the last month, on @MSNBC for @AmJoy. Statistical breakdown highlighting need for trust in journalistic institutions like news shows.

Here it is -- Paul Manafort's mugshot

Um, watching Peter Strzok eat vampire Trey Gowdy for lunch is a thing of great beauty.

Former FBI agent Peter Strzok: "Let me be clear, unequivocally and under oath: Not once in my 26 years of defending our nation did my personal opinions impact any official action I took ... It is not who I am and it is not something I would ever do."

From Peter Strzok’s opening statement in his hearing before the House Judiciary and Oversight committees: “I truly believe that today’s hearing is just another victory notch in Putin’s belt and another milestone in our enemies’ campaign to tear America apart.”

LIVE COVERAGE: GOP chairman threatens Strzok with contempt in heated hearing

Looks like Rep. Cummings (D-Md.) has staffers holding up photos of people who've admitted guilt in the Mueller inquiry. When oversight chairman Goodlatte (R-Va.) tries to halt this, Del. Norton (D-D.C.) says "Cite the rule." Goodlatte relents.

#Putin is not our friend nor merely a competitor. Putin is our enemy—not b/c we wish it so, but b/c he has chosen to be. He chose to invade Ukraine & annex Crimea. He chose to help Assad slaughter Syrians. He chose to attack our election & undermine democracies around the world.

Treasury IG says suspicious activity reports tied to Michael Cohen aren't missing.

ALERT: Rep. Goodlatte is right now threatening to hold an FBI agent in contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions about a pending counterintelligence investigation when the agent has been specifically instructed by the FBI not to answer such questions.

The truth hurts. GOP tries to object to the posters but there is no rule against holding up the truth of all those who have pled guilty in the #MuellerInvestigation. #PeterStrzok hearing

The STRZOK line that will *infuriate* House Republicans

Prince Charles tweets: England are out of the World Cup, the sun has disappeared, & Trump arrives today-Worst. Thursday. Ever.

Vote “R” for Russia, Vote “D” for Democracy.

The Kavanaugh doctrine:

The Trump Administration is planning to eliminate a vast trove of medical guidelines that for nearly 20 years has been a critical resource for doctors, researchers and others in the medical community

The next front in the Koch’s deregulatory war is Saturday morning cartoons

Kavanaugh rejected idea of "a wall of separation between church and state" in speech: report

Nunes leaves in middle of committee hearing following questions on Russia probe:

FBI agent: My work has never been tainted by political bias

How a judge can punish Trump administration over separated families

WATCH: Chicago cop caught on video telling young black men "I kill motherf-ckers"

NEW: Kavanaugh said last year Roe v. Wade was part of a “freewheeling judicial creation of unenumerated rights.”

Congressional ethics office gets new complaints about Nunes’ wine business, financial disclosures

Former FBI agent: Trump has "empowered" dangerous white supremacist groups

FBI agent Peter Stzrok: In the fall of 2016, I had info that could "derail, and quite possibly, defeat Mr. Trump. But the thought of exposing that information never crossed my mind....This investigation is not politically motivated, it is not a witch hunt, it is not a hoax."

My advice to Trump on how to handle Putin in Helsinki in Time Magazine — Bill Browder

America is falling far behind on key world goals

In major abortion ruling, Kavanaugh offers clues of how he might handle divisive issue on the Supreme Court

US court rules Trump can't hide behind federal powers to block California from monitoring the conditions under which the US government detains immigrants.

Trump says the United States’ commitment to NATO “remains very strong” and that allies have made unprecedented commitments to increase spending on their own defense.

Bombshell report reveals how shady Russian cash flowed through Trump's Toronto hotel

The Most Dangerous Outcome for Trump's Euro Trip is All Too Possible The United States leaving NATO is more and more likely. It's also a priority of Vladimir Putin.

Trump’s trade policy has gone from bad to worse — and Congress is letting it happen

Everybody, look to your left.

FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok is due back in Congress today for a public hearing before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees.

They’re Back! Ex-Cambridge Analytica employees launch Auspex International to focus on social and political campaigns in the Middle East & Africa

BREAKING: The American Idiot dubs himself “Stable Genius.”

Trudeau defies Trump at NATO summit as Canada cuts defense spending

“f*ck the cheating motherf*cking Russians,” he texted in late July. “Bastards. I hate them.” “I think they’re probably the worst,” texted Mr. Strzok, who had spent years tracking Russian spies and was familiar with their tactics.

How can GENERALS Kelly and Mattis just sit there?

It is in the interest of America’s security if NATO leaders push back against the reckless behavior of Donald Trump, who is dangerously naive & grossly ignorant of how the world works. History inevitably will regard Trump as one of the most disastrous figures of the 21st century.

Trump, who has pointedly lashed out at allies like Trudeau, Macron and Merkel, said this today of Putin and Russia’s attacks on the US elections: "He may deny it. All I can do is say, 'Did you?' and 'Don't do it again.'"

An Illinois police officer has resigned after being criticized for not intervening as a man harassed a woman for wearing a Puerto Rican flag shirt

Trump, asked whether he'll say one thing at NATO and tweet another after he departs, says, "I'm a very stable genius."

BRUSSELS (AP) — French President Macron denies Trump claim that NATO powers agreed to increase defense spending beyond previous targets.

BREAKING: Trump threatens to pull out of NATO — and says US can go it alone if allies don’t meet spending target

Shep Smith fact checks Trump on NATO: "Not one country is delinquent"

What CA/SCL has done in Africa will someday be a really, really devastating story

The US embassy has taken the unusual step of issuing a warning to American citizens in the UK to "keep a low profile" during the visit of President Trump

Kavanaugh racked up thousands of dollars of credit card debt buying Washington Nationals tickets

In an unexpected twist, NATO leaders are holding an unplanned emergency session on the last day of their 2-day summit

#Greece has ordered the expulsion of two Russian diplomats and barred the entry of two others for allegedly undermining national security, acting to obtain and distribute sensitive information

Head of compliance department of Danske Bank, the Danish bank implicated in the $8 billion Russian money laundering scandal (connected to Magnitsky case), quits citing 'intense work load'

#BREAKING: Trump threatens to pull US out of NATO in defence spending row

Sen. Reed: Trump is doing Putin's work with NATO attacks

Senator Jack Reed’s motion in support of NATO was supported by nearly all Republican senators, as Donald Trump criticizes NATO allies overseas. The Senator tells Lawrence that Trump's attacks on NATO allies are "not helpful" and that it would be "catastrophic" if the U.S. pulled out of NATO

#BREAKING:New documents show that #Trump Tower Toronto was HEAVILY FUNDED by Kremlin-tied Russians.

Rep. Schiff: Trump wants to meet Putin alone to control narrative

Congressman Adam Schiff says that Trump wants to meet with Vladimir Putin alone because he doesn't want to reveal what he and Putin actually discuss. Schiff says that Trump wants to come across as strong, even if, in reality, he doesn't.

Trump sounds sour note at NATO summit, lack of eggs upsets Kelly

Rachel Maddow reports on a White House explanation that Chief of Staff John Kelly's apparent displeasure while Donald Trump was fustigating the bedrock of Western international security was actually because of his unhappiness with the breakfast menu.

Opinion: Trump’s dangerous Venezuelan fantasy

North Korea didn’t show up for a meeting with the U.S. on American war dead, South Korean media report

"IMPOSSIBLE to overestimate just how DESPISED he is" ---> CNBC London reports 50,000 protesters will greet Trump

Ex-Russia ambassador: Trump has done more damage to NATO in months than Russia has in decades

Beijing urges U.S. firms in China to lobby Washington over trade war

Opinion: The "Ginsburg Rule" is not an excuse to avoid answering the Senate’s questions

Azar's HHS tempts judge's wrath over botched reunifications

Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project, talks with Rachel Maddow about the struggle HHS Secretary Alex Azar is having overcoming an apparently broken system to meet a judge's deadline for returning kids to families separated by Trump policy.

Everything you need to know about the U.S. sanctions aimed at Putin's Russia

MFA spox Zakharova on Salisbury/Amesbury: We urge UK law enforcement bodies not to play the politicos’ dirty game and rather start the long-needed cooperation with Russian counterparts, especially given that the investigation concerns Russian citizens as well

Manafort judge not amused, orders move to new jail

Rachel Maddow explains the story of former Donald Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort complaining about the location of his jail, getting the judge to agree to a move, withdrawing his request for a move, and now the judge, not interested in games, forcing the move anyway.

Pence turns up the heat on Missouri’s Sen. McCaskill as Supreme Court battle kicks off

Operation Ghost Stories Inside the Russian Spy Case

Vice: Trump administration separated a 3-year-old from his father who crossed the border legally

Records from Kenneth Starr's office suggest Brett Kavanaugh didn't think much of the now-Newsmax CEO, who has become one of Trump's highest-profile surrogates

Peter Strzok is an #FBI expert on Russian counterintelligence matters so he knows what he’s talking about.

GOP lawmaker bought multi-million dollar yacht on the same day he voted for GOP tax bill

Russia's Putin meets Iran Supreme Leader's aide in Moscow: RIA

Coupling this with reports that Kavanaugh was selected as an assurance to Kennedy to get him to retire, as well as a deep understanding that authoritarians select people they can leverage, & there's some serious concerns here that should be investigated

Brett Kavanaugh gave a speech last fall praising William Rehnquist for fighting against Roe v. Wade and the “free-wheeling judicial creation of unenumerated rights that were not rooted in the nation’s history and tradition.”

With London distracted by soccer and Brexit, the president's former strategist has set up shop at a five-star hotel to fuel Europe's surging brand of Trumpism

Trade and tea with queen for Trump on visit to Britain in 'turmoil'

GOP stunt to smear counter-intel expert Strzok ripe for backfire

Rachel Maddow tells the story of the FBI spying on Russian spies in the U.S., "Donald Heathfield" and "Tracey Foley," and notes the extensive biography of Peter Strzok, who led many of those operations - the same Peter Strzok that Republicans are trying to smear in order to discredit the Mueller investigation

#OTD IN COUNTERINTELLIGENCE AND SECURITY HISTORY – On July 9, 2010 -- after a multi-year investigation by the FBI and other elements of the US Intelligence Community -- ten deep-cover Russian “illegals” (operatives of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR))

Good News! Another indictment about to drop.

TheRickWilson Says Trump ‘Eager as a Schoolgirl’ to Hang with Putin and Destroy NATO

Facebook invited me to an event today where the company aimed to tout its commitment to fighting fake news and misinformation. I asked them why InfoWars is still allowed on the platform. I didn't get a good answer

Then an American president who tears apart NATO for the sake of his own ego. We had better impeach Trump — or learn how to speak Russian.

Here’s where Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh lands on big science issues

In commentary: Europe's fears about a Trump-Putin 'lovefest.'

Mitch McConnell Heckled Again As Protesters Blare Out ‘Fight The Power’ McConnell could not finish his meal at an Italian restaurant

It's official. Cambridge Analytica has reformulated. They aren't even trying to hide it and they already have clients in Africa. They are addicted to exploiting vulnerable countries for profit. These people need to be stopped from corrupting the world.

Two more OSU wrestlers say Rep. Jim Jordan knew about sexual abuse

Trump sowing divisions at NATO seen as helping only Russia

Trump To Be Greeted In England By 650-Foot Crop Circle With A Very Rude Message

Mother says her son was racially profiled while delivering newspapers after police were called on him

"How Trump's trade war is already costing consumers"

This shameless man is beyond being an embarrassment. If his base finds his conduct acceptable they should go find another country. Anyone who votes for Republicans in November does not love democracy. Trump and the GOP have taken the USA down the sewer!

If Corker said he’d withhold his vote for Kavanaugh, he could get anything he wanted. Literally anything. He could save the post World War II international order that’s stopped fascism from rising again.

The top Democrats on the Senate and House intelligence committees said Facebook's relationship with a Russian internet conglomerate warrants further scrutiny

Donald Trump's tariffs could lead to a global recession, Chinese ministry says

There are reportedly half a dozen white nationalists candidates running for office in the Republican party

Nights Are Warming Faster Than Days. Here’s Why That’s Dangerous.

Today, we are all John Kelly

Shepard Smith Torches Trump Over NATO Remarks: Could ‘Turn Back the Global Clock Centuries’