Friday, July 20, 2018

Sec. Pompeo defends potential Putin White House invite: "This makes enormous sense."

Troubling but realistic analysis of the Trump GOP vis-a-vis Russia and Putin. Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford must be spinning in their graves. When is this nonsense going to end? Russia and Putin are not our friend and wish us ill!

#BBC’s “Panorama” program this weekend will release a bombshell report alleging that President #DonaldTrump used to regularly pursue teenage models

BREAKING: Ohio State says over 100 ex-students shared accounts of sexual misconduct by now-dead team doctor under investigation.

Jim Jordan could have stopped this.

Kristin Davis, the Manhattan Madam who went to prison and was connected to Eliot Spitzer, has reportedly been subpoenaed by Robert Mueller, according to TMZ.

If Putin/Kremlin hates the world order that made him + cronies among the richest on the planet, cut them off from it. Embargo electronics/software sales and financial services. No more use of dollars for trade. No more access to US internet infrastructure. Red Notice oligarchs.

Court blocks FEMA from ending Transitional Shelter Assistance for Puerto Rico—but this fleeting relief is no replacement for long-term planning. Why is Trump Admin refusing to activate assistance for Puerto Rico, like FEMA did for New Orleans, TX, & FL?

Michael Cohen Secretly Taped Trump Discussing Payment to Playboy Model

Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner called this activist "young & naive" when she called out his claim that climate change is caused by human body heat & that he received $200k from the fossil fuel industry.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said NATO's relationship with the U.S. is "under pressure" and that the EU allies of the US are "not used to the current situation with Trump."

@HouseGOP voted to zero out our election security funding, despite clear danger of ongoing Russian interference.

NY State court information on the Russian prostitution ring just busted in Trump Towers III.

Oh this just got real f*ckin interesting. The President of Ecuador is going to Edinburgh tomorrow, where the Australian & UK Foreign & Defence Minister's are having a major meeting. Then onto Madrid, Spain. Adios Julian

Just when you thought the Trump/Russia couldn't possibly get weirder.... it just did

Interior Sec Zinke faces investigation over real estate deal with Halliburton head amidst concerns he used the office for personal gain

NEW REPORT: A new Brennan Center report catalogs the scope and volume of voter purges — the often-flawed process of deleting names from registration lists. It also outlines steps states should take to protect from overly-aggressive purges.

Americans can legally download 3-D printed guns starting next month

Rep @HurdOnTheHill is a former CIA ops officer and this is an important piece, folks -- read

From Editor of POLITICO

Russian firm indicted in special counsel probe cites Kavanaugh decision to argue that charges should be dismissed

Wall Street doesn’t know where to take shelter from Trump’s trade war

Russia is showing off its new weapons after the Trump summit

GOP senator: We should accept Trump's 'apology' for Russian election interference comments

Democrats Have Already Jumped the Shark on Judge Kavanaugh

Congress and White House Spar Over Russia Sanctions Relief

McConnell issues Supreme Court ultimatum

Whether they came to the U.S. alone, or were forcibly separated from their families at the border, despondent minors are often pressured into taking psychotropic drugs without approval from a parent or guardian.

Trump loyalists purge VA of longtime employees who are accused of not supporting Trump

The best by-product of Putin attacking me in Helsinki is that it showed how rattled he is by the Magnitsky Act. His public outburst will significantly increase the chances of getting 8 other countries to pass Magnitsky Acts

Rupert Murdoch is having a great summer. Three times, government regulators' decisions have gone the way that he and his company, 21st Century Fox, would have wanted.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein called Russian interference in the 2016 US election "one tree in a growing forest" of malign cyber activity

She thought it was perfume. It was actually a Soviet-era nerve agent, and it killed her

Emails show Republican operative Paul Erickson was aware of and helped in the suspected agent's attempt to influence U.S. officials

Putin invite sends Washington into Russian twilight zone

Last night at work I received this note from one of my tables. At the moment I didn’t know what to think nor what to say, I was sick to my stomach. I share this because I want people to understand that this racism, and this hatred still exists.

The special master in Michael Cohen's case has rejected more than a 1/3 of his legal team's assertions of attorney-client privilege.

Russian foreign ministry called for the US government to “bring to justice those responsible” for leaking documents that showed banking behavior by its embassy and diplomats based in America.

House passes measure blocking IRS from revoking churches' tax-exempt status over political activity

Poland’s former defense and foreign minister explains how Trump left Eastern Europe in the lurch.

#Russia's state TV: Discussing Maria Butina's arrest, one by one, pro-Kremlin panelists reveal they "just happen to know her": MP Alexei Zhuravlev, Political scientist Boris Mezhuev and Director General of the Centre for Political Information, Alexey Mukhin. How coincidental.

#Russia's state TV: The hosts worry about poor Rand Paul being unfairly pegged as a pro-Kremlin politician. Anatoly Antonov (Ambassador of Russia to the U.S.), casually mentions that Rand Paul came over to his residence and the two had lunch together. More coincidences.

Reports indicate that Kavanaugh may have misled Congress in 2006 about his involvement with policies like torture during the Bush era. He never responded to @SenatorDurbin’s letter asking for clarification. All Senators should want to get to the bottom of this

Yates: Congressional GOP fuss for Muller documents unusual

Sally Yates, former acting U.S. attorney general, talks with Rachel Maddow about the longstanding Department of Justice rule not to share material from an ongoing investigation with Congress, and the peculiarity of the big fuss Republicans are making over their demand to see materials related to the ongoing Mueller investigation.

Yates: W.H. knew Flynn under investigation as Trump coaxed Comey

Sally Yates, former acting attorney general, talks with Rachel Maddow about what the White House knew about the investigation into Michael Flynn when Donald Trump pressured James Comey about the matter.

Yates: Startling reality is president isn't all in for our nation

Sally Yates, former acting attorney general, talks with Rachel Maddow about what it means when someone is compromised by a foreign power, and Donald Trump's dismaying Helsinki summit

New dots connect Butina case to K.T. McFarland and Mike Flynn

Rachel Maddow explains how the man reported to have been living with accused Russian agent Mariia Butina is also reported to have been an advocate for K.T. McFarland to serve in the unlikely role of deputy national security advisor, deputy to Mike Flynn.

Senate unified against sending Americans to Putin as Trump mulls

Rachel Maddow reports on a rare show of bipartisan unity as the Senate rejected the idea under consideration by Donald Trump to allow Vladimir Putin to interrogate American former officials

Trump's interpreter: Should she be compelled to tell what she heard during private meeting with Putin?

Sheriff Clarke (who is no sheriff) was considered for Homeland Security by Trump. Now we learn he was paid by a Russian spy. Maybe that’s the new bar for working in this administration?

"This is basically a declaration of war against Trump, a public accusation that he’s known all along Putin ordered the election interference. One way or another, this is not going to end well."

BREAKING NEWS: The Washington Post is reporting that DNI Dan Coats is in hot water after his interview with Andrea Mitchell earlier today, with one official claiming that Coats has “gone rogue.”

A pro-Kremlin politician said on live TV that Russia "stole" the U.S. presidency

Trump Is Being Manipulated by Putin. What Should We Do?

Nunes used political dollars for $15K in Celtics tickets, winery tours and Vegas trips

Rand Paul blocks resolution condemning Russian interference in US election

Trump subordination to Putin leaves administration guessing

Rachel Maddow reports on Direct of National Intelligence Dan Coats' surprise discovery that Donald Trump has invited Vladimir Putin to the White House, while U.S. military leaders wonder what Trump promised Putin on Syria.