Saturday, September 1, 2018

It would be an abdication of the Senate’s constitutional responsibility of “advice and consent” to consider Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the highest court without getting his full White house record, including documents from his time as Staff Secretary.

White House Cites Executive Privilege to Withhold 100,000 Pages of Kavanaugh Records

Meghan McCain is talking about her father being shot down, captured and tortured. Ivanka Trump is texting.

Diplomats with disabled children say Mike Pompeo has been ignoring their pleas for help in a struggle they’ve had for more than a year against the erosion of their medical and education benefits. The revelation has stunned lawmakers.

Midway through Meghan McCain's eulogy, President Trump loaded into his motorcade and has left the White House. Destination unknown. He was wearing a white MAGA hat, per press pool. Golf?

President George W. Bush @TheBushCenter: McCain didn't like "bigots" and "despots"; dignity does not "stop at borders". President @BarackObama: McCain hated "bombast" and fake tough guys. Every word a rebuke to the traitor, @realDonaldTrump.

NEWSFLASH: The FISC, a Top Secret court, does not have public "hearings." Trump is too stupid to know this, but Fitton sure does.

Senator McCain specifically requested 2 men who he fought bitter election battles against to give his eulogy. He did so b/c at the end of the day, the Republic is not about partisanship. It’s about being good stewards & protectors of this great experiment entrusted to all of us.

Rest in peace, Lindsey Graham

What Were Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner Doing at John McCain's Funeral? Ivanka was texting....

"Trump's woman problem may cost the GOP the House"

WOW. Meghan McCain with a huge shot at Trump during her eulogy... this is as close to verbatim as I can retell: "My father wasn't an opportunistic man of wealth who sat back while others made their sacrifices"

Meghan McCain just went for it: "The real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly, nor the opportunistic appropriation of those who lived lives of comfort and privilege."

Entire McCain memorial - from the words of Lieberman, Kissinger, Bush, Obama & others, to the applause they receive - is a giant subtweet against Trump. There has never been quite such a spectacle against a sitting president.

Meghan McCain to applause inside the National Cathedral: "The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great."

.@BarackObama: "So much of our politics, our public life, our public discourse, can seem small and mean and petty. Trafficking in bombast and insult and phony controversies and manufactured outrage. It's a politics that pretends to be brave and tough but in fact is born of fear.”

I am not sure if that's candy or cough drops that Bush is sneaking from/to Michelle Obama but this moment at John McCain's funeral is oddly comforting in these tough political times. Video via Roland Scahill.

NEW: BRUCE OHR worked w/ @FBI on a secret program to flip Russian oligarchs, including OLEG DERIPASKA. Ohr once wrote that Deripaska was "almost ready to talk to US re: $ MANAFORT stole.” He also urged an intermediary to get Deripaska "to give up Manafort"

Idaho-based Neo-Nazis are bombarding Florida voters with robocalls. Why? They don’t want Floridians to elect a black man as governor

There’s a good possibility Trump leaked his own comments deliberately so he could play victim.

AP: Trump 2020 working with ex-Cambridge Analytica staffers

Republicans are starting to campaign for Beto O’Rourke.

Trump Associates Suspected of Misleading Congress Have a New Reason to Worry

Is everyone aware: Trump lifted the ban on pesticides linked to massive decline in bees.⁉️⁉️⁉️

Trump held an official W.H. event (paid for by taxpyers) today in NC. In touting how he travels for free for official events, Trump said, "it's like a political event and you don't even have to pay for it." He also referenced his nearby golf

The bottom line of all bottom lines: Special Counsel Mueller is getting close to the Donald Trump campaign data operation and specifically the unexplained links between that data operation and Russia.

Today we got new insight into the mechanism for how foreign money went to the Donald Trump inauguration fund.

Rachel Maddow on the finances around the Donald Trump inauguration: 'It's all so freaking shady!'

New filing in United States v. Papadopoulos: Sentencing Memorandum

$81.2 billion in Treasuries have mysteriously vanished from Russia's books

Kavanaugh Won’t Recuse from Probe-Related Matters

Former Trump adviser, the first charged in Mueller probe, asks judge to spare him jail time

When I met with Judge Kavanaugh, he acknowledged he worked on same-sex marriage, abortion, executive power, torture, Supreme Court nominations, warrantless wiretapping, and more as Staff Secretary. Why are Republicans hiding his records from this time period?