Monday, July 23, 2018

Ex-ambassador and Putin foe warns whatever Trump did in Moscow in 2013 'they have a record of it'

The US is getting out-flanked in the Trade Wars

News: Donations to Nunes improperly used to charter a private jet, says complaint to FEC. Follow Democrat ⁦

I'd argue that a decline from ~28/29% of voters identifying as Republican to ~25/26% is not trivial, especially given that 28/29% is not too high to begin with. I'd also guess that those ex-Republicans have pretty lukewarm feelings on Trump.

It’s hard to keep up with Trump’s distractions! I wrote this morning about his attempt to redirect news coverage from his servility with Putin to his threats against Iran. Now he’s got a new ploy—yanking clearances from former officials.

Capitol Notes: Will Photos of Walker And Alleged Russian Spy Cause Problems For Him?

How Vladimir Putin works, and how to stop him

Kentucky’s Medicaid administration costs jumped more than 40% after implementing work requirements

Page had been associated with Russian intel officers operating in the United States since at least 2013. He called himself an “informal advisor to the Kremlin” and then mysteriously emerged as an advisor to Trump’s Russia-backed campaign. The need for surveillance was clear.

Thousands of families who have been separated at the border still need to be reunited. In some cases, children have been sent to states far from Texas and Arizona, where their parents were detained. Here’s how we can help:

James Clapper on CNN: "I don't get the briefings. I don't have access to classified info ... Haven't had a case to use it and has no bearing whatsoever on my regard or lack thereof for President Trump or what he's doing ... I think this is just a very, very petty thing to do."

Mike Cernovich and Jack Posobiec, the Far Right’s Twin Trolls, Taste Their Own Bitter Medicine

All FISA warrants and counterintelligence investigations are classified.

I dont go back for classified briefings. Won’t have any effect on what I say or write — Gen Michael Hayden

NEW: Special Master Barbara Jones, assigned to review seized items from Michael Cohen, says 12 audio tapes were released to federal investigators and prosecutors on Friday.

“Abuse of the system” ~James Clapper

.@PressSec says @POTUS considering revoking the security clearances of:

NEWS: Manafort trial delayed until July 31st.

The names of the five witnesses getting immunity to testify at Manafort's VA trial have been unsealed.

Trump Job Approval: Approve 42% (-1); Disapprove 54% (+2). Get the full trend

Trump looking into taking away security clearances of (among others) Michael Hayden, James Clapper, Andrew McCabe and John Brennan.

I can confirm now that last yr Treasury"s financial crimes unit collected voluminous suspicious activity reports from banks on Maria Butina, Alexander Torshin, Paul Erickson, Bridges LLC & Investing With Dignity The SARs were shared w/FBI, Mueller, SSCI

I can confirm now that last yr Treasury"s financial crimes unit collected voluminous suspicious activity reports from banks on Maria Butina, Alexander Torshin, Paul Erickson, Bridges LLC & Investing With Dignity The SARs were shared w/FBI, Mueller, SSCI

Aka Steve Bannon has set up an org to launder money and data to political groups in Europe with the same agenda as the Kremlin, some of which are actually Nazis. A reminder the first person he got elected was POTUS, and started building this out of WH

Judge T.S. Ellis has approved Mueller's request to grant immunity to five witnesses so that they can testify against Paul Manafort; Ellis said that he planned to make public their identities, TPM reports.

Top Iranian commander fires back at Trump: You "cannot do a damn thing against Iran"

The Mueller steam train's a comin'. Prepare to face justice, traitors.

The president of Iran gives a speech in Tehran, gets threats of Armageddon. The president of Russia wages cyberwar on America, invades his neighbors, and uses chemical weapons in the UK, gets invited to the White House. Hmmmm.

On the eve of the Podesta WikiLeaks drop/Access Hollywood tape, a group of Russian operatives fired off more than 18,000 tweets toward unwitting U.S. voters, about a dozen a minute, making it the busiest day by far in the Russian disinformation operation.

We had $380 million in funding for election security in last year's budget. The GOP zeroed that funding out for this year. The Republican party is totally complicit in Donald Trump's undermining of our democracy.

Earlier this year we secured an injunction forcing the Trump Administration to accept #DACA renewals. Now 20 AGs just filed a brief to protect Dreamers and DACA from yet another attack in Texas v. United States.

BREAKING: Trump administration will seek to revoke California’s authority to regulate automobile emissions, including its mandate for electric car sales, according to three people familiar with the plan


No matter how much @POTUS waffles, the facts are clear: Russia interfered with our 2016 elections. It’s high time that Congress act to prevent the next attack. That’s why 21 bipartisan AGs are urging basic steps Congress can take before it’s too late.

NSA chief creates special task force to address Russian threats in cyberspace

This is how the Russian chemical attack in the UK happened, according to UK intelligence sources.

Navy Seal, Adm. William McRaven sees President Trump’s recent comments about CNN, NBC and other news outlets as “the greatest threat to democracy” in his lifetime, any attempts to frame the media as an “enemy” must be RESISTED!


Breaking: Endangered Species Act stripped of key provisions in Trump administration proposal

Trump friend: His attacks on media come "out of emotion" about negative press coverage

Novichok victim Charlie Rowley released from UK hospital three weeks after nerve agent exposure

So Konstantin Nikolaev is the oligarch who bankrolled Butina. His son, erm, volunteered for the Trump campaign:

Another disturbing revelation about Kavanaugh & his dangerous record on the legality of investigating the President. Trump & Kavanaugh do not believe in Constitutional checks & balances. Senate must show them it still does.

Depth Of Russian Politician's Cultivation Of NRA Ties Revealed

Supreme Court, 8-0 (with Rehnquist recusing himself) , orders Nixon to surrender Watergate tapes, this week 1974:

The commander of U.S. military forces in the Middle East expresses reservations about America possibly working with Russia in Syria to help Syrian refugees return to their war-torn nation

Putin summit puts spotlight back on Trump's tax returns

Hillary Clinton criticizes President Trump, saying "hardly anybody who believes in freedom gets along with" Russian President Vladimir Putin


GOP Congressman seeks to blame 100 victims of @OhioState abuse while he was a coach there. His name is JIm Jordan, and he hasn’t yet quit in shame

Wages were supposed to rise after Trump's tax cuts. Instead, they’ve fallen

What does Putin have on Trump?

Rumors floating about the twitterverse today about Alexandra Preate, Steve Bannon's spokeslady. I don't know if she's been arrested, it has not been confirmed by the press, & we'll find out soon enough either way. But let's talk about Preate's past.

The Trump admin 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, according to The Daily Beast.

Trump is back to calling Russian interference a hoax, contradicting his own Intelligence Community, a Republican-controlled Senate and House and himself.

BREAKING NEWS: House GOP votes down renewal of election security funding meant to assist in protecting and strengthening the US election apparatus from foreign and domestic cyberattacks.

Propaganda gold: Russia revels in summit victory

The Chinese government is banning media criticism of Trump.

National security expert: Devin Nunes knew when making up conspiracy theories that they were all lies

What happened to the best memory in the world?