Monday, November 19, 2018

BREAKING: The White House has reversed course and is fulling reinstating Jim Acosta's press pass.

John Oliver: “Checks and balances can be irritating and slow . . . but removing them opens the door to something much worse.”

Why Is the White House Correspondents Association Doing Trumps Bidding?

Stocks tumble, deepening a rout that has shaken investors’ confidence in the tech sector, as the Dow industrials fall nearly 400 points

Zinke blames "environmental radicals" for deadly California fires

Mike Hubbard is the convicted GOP former Speaker of the House in Alabama. Alabama's Republican Attorney General Steve Marshall (newly elected to the job after initially being appointed to replace Luther Strange) appears to have just fired the prosecutor who got Hubbard.

Far-right pastor Franklin Graham claims that Trump has yet ‘to sin’ once since becoming President.

FBI classifies Proud Boys as "extremist group" with ties to white nationalism: report

Bitcoin down 75% in value since 2017.

Brian Kemp Puts Tom Price On Transition Team For 'Healthcare'

Manhattan US Attorney announces criminal charges against Societe Generale for sanctions violations

Jamison Firestone, Sergei Magnitsky’s law partner, makes the clear and obvious case for why the Dutch proposal for an EU Magnitsky Act should keep the Magnitsky name on the law and ignore Putin’s anger. I hope the Dutch government heeds his words

"There are direct links between the political movements behind Brexit and Trump. We’ve got to recognise the bigger picture here. This is being coordinated across national borders by very wealthy people in a way we haven’t seen before."

Rasmussen predicted that Republicans (!) would win the popular vote for the House by 1 point; Democrats currently lead by 8 points. Was a large sample (n=2,500) so you can't really call it an outlier. Mayyyyybe they should take a look under the hood?

New Monmouth poll: "A majority of Republicans (54%) see the caravan as a major threat, but they are joined by only 28% of independents and 11% of Democrats. Regionally, residents of the four states (CA/AZ/NM/TX) that share a border with Mexico are least likely to be worried..."

She is starting to give me the shits. Dems, do not trust her, she will f*ck the party over, in fact, she already is

James Clapper on CNN says Trump's McRaven attack, rather than being misplaced criticism, is "really a slam at the intelligence community, who was responsible for tracking down Osama Bin Laden, and it reflects, I think, his complete ignorance about what that took."

Why the blood of a 1955 Mississippi murder drenches today’s U.S. Senate race

Something incredibly weird is happening with Interpol. The previous head was imprisoned by China and forced to resign. Interpol accepted his "resignation" & the international response was muted. Now this. And still the world is silent. Even complicit. What is going on?

Trump is the one person who must listen to it. He decides what the reaction will be to this information. How can he manage troops in war if he can’t listen to that recording?

Beto tried to unite. In contrast, AOC instantly started a fracas with Pelosi, then got into another one with additional senior Dem leaders, and then wants to back primary challengers— TO DEMOCRATS. She’s nothing like Beto.

When he gutted Voting Rights Act John Roberts said voting discrimination no longer “pervasive” or “rampant” GOP voter suppression in 2018 showed how wrong he was We’re becoming pre-Voting Rights Act country, with separate & unequal voting

U.S. soybean exports to China dropped 98% in 2018. They were our top agricultural export to China last year. Now China’s buying them from Brazil due to trade tensions w Trump.

Legendary Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein called on the media to stop giving Trump "a microphone when we know that his methodology is to engage and manipulate us on the basis of lying, propaganda and agitprop.”

BREAKING: Senate Dems sue to block Matt Whitaker from serving as Attorney General

CNN files for an emergency hearing after the White House warns that reporter Jim Acosta's press pass could be revoked again at the end of the month

Parents Deliver Ashes of Diabetic Children to Price-Gouging Insulin Manufacturer

Pelosi, on Trump & the press: “May I say something you’re not going to like? I think the press loves him. All day on TV —and I don’t even watch TV, except sports. But he says somebody had a horse face —all day we hear about that. You just give him all day”

Worth noting: retired Adm. William McRaven was on Trump’s short list for national security adviser.

Through the end of September, the #Trump2020 campaign paid $3.2 million to Trump’s own properties and businesses

U.S. judge to weigh temporary halt to Trumps asylum order

Analysis: "My military"? Trump has yet to visit U.S. troops in a combat zone


Trump: I wont stop acting attorney general if he tries to limit Russia probe

DUH, we know.

Veterans' groups demand fixes at VA nursing homes after 'horrifying' reports

Anti-vaccination stronghold in N.C. hit with state’s worst chickenpox outbreak in 2 decades


White House Vows To Suspend Acosta's Press Pass Again Once Judge's Order Expire

AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s misdirection on Calif fires, climate

Thomas Farr Devised Ways to Keep Blacks From Voting. Mitch McConnell Wants to Make Him a Judge.

Kremlin says Putin told Pence Russia did not meddle in U.S. election

The dollar will weaken in 2019 as the economic boost from fiscal policy wanes and rising rates start to hurt, Citigroup says

British officials expect a former major-general at the Russian Interior Ministry to be elected Interpol president as soon as Wednesday, report says

‘Nothing on this page is real’: How lies become truth in online America

On the eve of Interpol deciding whether a Russian official should be president of Interpol, the Russian prosecutor’s office holds a huge press conference about me and how they will chase me down anywhere in the world. I really struck a nerve with the Magnitsky Act

Republican Tax Bill Will End Benefits for California Wildfire Victims

@MattWhitaker46 TWO LOANs DEFAULTed Was this Disclosed on his SF8

Tomorrow the Dutch government will be inviting all EU member states to The Hague to propose an EU wide Magnitsky Act. In advance of that, the Russian government today has accused me of murdering Sergei Magnitsky. Kafkaeske to say the least

RFE/RL Ukraine correspondent Christopher Miller has uncovered ties between Ukraine’s most prominent ultranationalist group and members of the far-right movement in the U.S. We discussed the report with Miller, who is available for media interviews.

Republicans battle to defend Trump from threat of impeachment

Chris Wallace to Trump: You’re seen as a beacon for repression around the world

Zuckerberg Defends Company in Friday Meeting With Employees

“...the President's attack on the media is the greatest threat to our democracy in my lifetime... When you undermine the people's right to a free press and freedom of speech and expression, then you threaten the Constitution and all for which it stands."

Authoritarianism: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

John Oliver discusses the growing number of authoritarian leaders around the world, their common characteristics, and whether or not one of them is currently our president.

Arron Banks, the backer of the biggest campaign behind Brexit, asked a controversial data firm co-founded by Steve Bannon to draw up plans for raising funds from the US as early as 2015, newly leaked emails reveal

Trump to Chris Wallace: It's up to Acting AG Whitaker -who has called the Mueller investigation a witch hunt - to decide whether to curtail Mueller. "I think he's very well aware politically." said Trump

With Facebook at ‘War,’ Zuckerberg Adopts More Aggressive Style

In attacking the service of Admiral William McRaven, a decorated Navy SEAL who served his nation for 37 years, @realDonaldTrump has again proven that he does not respect or value our military heroes.

President of Finland doesn’t recall discussing raking leaves with Trump when they met last weekend in Paris.

Danske Bank whistleblower talking to US enforcement agencies

ICYMI: President Trump suggested he was prepared to shut down the federal government next month if Congress fails to give him the money he wants to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.

"Why bring a bonesaw to a kidnapping? That is a question the crown prince of Saudi Arabia should be asked at every opportunity"

Morale at Facebook is reportedly in the dumps

Trump on retired Navy SEAL Adm. Bill McRaven, who called Trump's attacks on the press "the greatest threat to democracy." "He's a Hillary Clinton backer and an Obama backer. And frankly, wouldn't it have been nice if we got Osama bin Laden a lot sooner than that?"

Admiral McRaven tells me: “I did not back Hillary Clinton or anyone else. I am a fan of President Obama and President George W. Bush, both of whom I worked for. I admire all Presidents, regardless of their political party, who uphold the dignity of the office...”

One California man whose children lost everything said of Trump, “I voted for him—and now? He can kiss my red ass. What he said was ridiculous. It hurts my heart. A lot of us voted for him and he [talks] down to us?” He has done that the entire time, sir.

The man the FBI arrested after he called the Pittsburgh murders a "dry run" has ties to leading "alt-right" figures

History will show that Trump couldn't have ravaged American democracy by himself. He needed two major accomplices, Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan. They, too, will be held accountable.

The Kremlin's gateway drug to just about everything else is gay hate.

Just learned about this tonight. It's shocking. In 2007, a law took effect: if you worked in public services & made student loan payments on time for 10 years, you'd get loan forgiveness. In 2017, first wave of people became eligible. Guess what Trump did?

Kind of amazing that after I publish (break) “Trump and a Social Media Impeachment” @Facebook hires a fake news firm to go after me. What a confirmation of my reporting. Wish I’d known at the time.

As a member, Flake could demand that Whitaker appear before the Judiciary Committee. He could also write to the DOJ Inspector General and recommend an investigation into Whitaker’s appointment and conflicts. So why isn’t he...?

Officers seized more than 100 firearms, a rocket launcher, pipe bombs, several pounds of meth & fentanyl & arrested 39 gang members. MS-13? Nope, Aryan Brotherhood

Matt Whitaker’s appointment violates the Constitution, the DOJ succession statute and the rules of ethics, since he was appointed for the express purpose of interfering with Mueller's investigation. During Watergate, Republicans defended the rule of law. Will they now?

Vote for Mike Espy on November 27, 2018

“I would give myself an A plus,” Trump tells Fox News when asked to compare himself to other presidents. “Can I go higher than that?”

A forum representing Russian military veterans has taken an unusual step by voting to ask the International Criminal Court to probe the Russian government's use of private military contractors in deployments abroad

".. the President's attack on the media is the greatest threat to our democracy in my lifetime..undermine the people's right to a free press and freedom of threaten the Constitution and all for which it stands." -Retired Adm McRaven

Pelosi warned a group of Democrats in a mtg on Friday that if they allowed a small minority of unhappy people to determine who would be speaker, they would end up like Republicans and the Freedom Caucus -- a majority paralyzed by its dissenters

Dem rips Trump for saying he is too busy to visit overseas troops: "He has spent 1 of every 4 days golfing"