Friday, September 7, 2018

Paul Manafort's lawyers have talked to federal prosecutors about a possible guilty plea to avoid his second criminal trial, according to a person familiar with the matter tells Bloomberg.

Barack Obama: "I complained plenty about Fox News. But you never heard me threaten to shut them down. Or call them enemies of the people."

Families separated at U.S.-Mexico border by the Trump administration and then reunited with their children say they are suffering deep emotional wounds and want the U.S. government to pay for mental health treatment

@realDonaldTrump gets kicked by both @BarackObama and Darth Cheney in one afternoon

BREAKING: Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are investigating whether anyone in the Trump Organization violated campaign-finance laws after securing a conviction last month of Michael Cohen, according to a person familiar with the matter

Twitter's decision to permanently ban conspiracy-slinger Alex Jones shows it's serious about enforcing its policy against abuse. But the platform has a long way to go.

NEW: House Dems officially pledged today not to use hacked materials in midterm campaigns. Republicans declined to sign the pledge; one big sticking point was the Dems’ request that they not exploit hacked docs even if media had already publicized them.

Two DOJ officials tell The Daily Beast they’ve been passively resisting Trump since he took office. "We see ourselves as rebels," one official said, adding that the op-ed marked a perfect time to celebrate. "We even went around fist-bumping each other."

Broidy Accused of Coercing Ex-Playmate Lover to Have Abortion

As President @BarackObama said today, if you get involved, if you get engaged, if you talk to your friends and family, and knock on some doors — change can happen in your community.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Extradition Of Alleged Russian Hacker Responsible For Massive Network Intrusions At U.S. Financial Institutions, Brokerage Firms, A Major News Publication, And Other Companies

Breaking News: George Papadopoulos got a 14-day jail sentence. The ex-Trump aide told The Times he lied to the FBI to protect himself and the president.

Trumpworld sources tell Axios that officials rapidly shifted from trying to smoke out the author of the NYT op-ed, to using the guessing game to knife people they already hated — whispering the names of rivals and enemies as potential authors.

"Are you old enough to remember the show 'The Beverly Hillbillies?'," he asked. Trump laughed and said, "That's exactly her family." He said Maples was constantly surrounded "by an entourage of dumb Southerners." He even adopted a fake southern accent to mimic Maples's mother

“We have been through much darker times than these & somehow each generation of Americans carried us through to the other side. Not by sitting around & waiting, but by leading that movement for change themselves." Indeed. Here we are. Let’s go.

George Papadopoulos asks for leniency ahead of sentencing

My oped on what to do about Russia and Salisbury. "Putin is a thug and only values the loot"

Saying these are "extraordinary" and "dangerous" times," former President Obama launched his most direct and forceful attack on President Trump

Barack Obama calls out Trump by name in his most fired-up, political post-presidency speech yet

"How hard can that be, saying that Nazis are bad?"

Former President Obama: “Don’t tell me your vote doesn’t matter… and if you thought elections don’t matter, I hope these last two years have corrected that impression.”

Amazing speech.

This hilarious, too-candid guy behind Trump was deemed an unsuitable background prop by the Trump choreographers. He was replaced (see next tweet) with someone who could actually feign enthusiasm for Dear Leader.

Duncan Hunter Spent Campaign Cash On 5 Affairs, Prosecutors Allege

BREAKING: WSJ reports that Danske Bank, the Danish Bank implicated in laundering proceeds of the crime that Sergei Magnitsky exposed, had a staggering $150 Billion of Russian and former Soviet Union transactions go through its tiny Estonian branch

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell cites a possible ethics investigation for Democratic Sen. Cory Booker

Federal Judge OKs Refugee Class Action Against Trump Administration

BREAKING: Leaked email shows Brett Kavanaugh doesn't believe Roe is "settled law" — or safe from being overturned

A judge in Florida has denied Senator Charles Grassley's attempt to obtain Christopher Steele's civil testimony

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s Finance Minister Anton Siluanov called on Russian businesses on Friday to invest at home instead of abroad and said perceptions the government was seeking to “trick them” out of their profits were false.

Trump: Impeaching me would make the US a "third-world country"

It's starting to feel like the Trump Russia investigation and the Kavanaugh nomination are not competing stories anymore but the same story.

Yale psychiatrist Bandy Lee tells Salon that two White House officials contacted her in late October, stating that Trump was "scaring" them, that he was "unraveling."

By radiating Salisbury, Putin finally overdid his wetwork. It's time to treat his regime and GRU like the terrorists they are, as deadly to the West as Al-Qa'ida and ISIS.

The NRA is spending $1 million to run ads in favor of Judge Kavnaugh's confirmation. They wouldn't spend this kind of money unless they thought Judge Kavanaugh was on their side

Trump talks impeachment, his own mental health

Two Roger Stone associates to appear before Mueller grand jury Friday

Private lawyer Bill Burke, once Kavanaugh’s deputy in the Bush WH, now represents Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus, and Don McGahn. It’s outrageous and may be unconstitutional to give him power to decide which Kavanaugh documents the Senate & public may see

Greetings, Nakhodka. We see you. Think twice before proceeding.

The slurred speech that Trump could not shake.

Hey Rick, this year’s Republican budget proposes cutting $500 billion - $500 BILLION - from Medicare. I didn’t make that up. That’s your party’s actual proposal. Just a heads up bc it seems you didn’t know.

GOP candidate running for Kansas House seat charged with election fraud

In 2004, Judge #Kavanaugh distanced himself from the controversial Judge Pryor nomination. He testified—repeatedly—that he “was not involved in handling his nomination.” Thanks to documents released at 3AM this morning, we now know that’s not true.

BREAKING Russia warns US of its pending attack in Syrian area of At Tanf where US troops are present. US warns Moscow "stay away"

Trump claims 45,000 were at his rally tonight, the Rimrock Arena only holds 12,000.

BREAKING: Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke received free tickets worth $43,000 from concert venue receiving federal funds according to The Interior's Inspector General

Trump has concluded. Most notable parts: the president arguing that he has not lost his mind; the president saying it'll be his supporters' fault if he is impeached; the president saying he might not be praised now, but, like Lincoln, his reputation will improve after his death.

White Power Lady keeps flashing white power signal behind supreme court nominee.

So WaPo reports that Kelly, Bolton, Sanders, and Kushner huddled in the Oval with Trump, trying to convince him that they could trust them and others. But that leaked to the Post! One of those officials leaked it. So can Trump really trust them all?

Feinstein hit a key point this morning -- the Presidential Records Act allows Trump to withhold Kavanaugh's Bush WH documents only if he personally invokes privilege. He has not done so -- but the GOP doesn't care.

“It’s time for the American people to get the full story” of @Jim_Jordan doing nothing to protect his Ohio State wrestling team from sexual abuse.

Democrats aim for potential cracks in GOP support for Kavanaugh