Thursday, December 6, 2018

CNN: @KarenAttiah: “Mike Pompeo was director of the CIA just last year. It’s stunning to have a former CIA director now seemingly wanting to throw the work of his former agency under the bus. You know, it just speaks to -- it calls into question the judgment when they’re making..

"Industry experts estimate that no more than 4,000 people work for the Trump Organization worldwide"

December 15 is the final day to sign up for insurance, Hope you'll spread the word.

People line up along the train tracks to salute and bid farewell to former President George H.W. Bush as the train travels through Texas to take the 41st president to his final resting place

Russia demands release of alleged agent Maria Butina, calling her a "political prisoner"

the Obama recovery is wearing down and huge debt, trade wars, rising interest rates and a slowdown in China’s economy are pushing us toward a setback, if not a full-blown recession.

Trump aide's appearances on RT channel are focus for Russia inquiry - Ted Malloch, a London based American academic who is close to Nigel Farage, was questioned by Mueller about relationship with RT which is also close to Assange

So basically...Trump went to George H.W.'s funeral, heard all the amazing things said about him, and thinks if he hires the same AG that Bush did that he might be able to appropriate some of that glory through some weird transitive property.

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador president says Assange has sufficient guarantees to leave embassy.

Why is Senator Ben Sasse the only Republican Senator who appears to have taken an interest in this issue?

EXCLUSIVE: Documents point to illegal campaign coordination between Trump and the NRA

"We are tired of the abuse, the insults, the way he talks about us when he knows that we are here helping him make money," an illegal immigrant who works for Trump said. "We sweat it out to attend to his every need and have to put up with his humiliation."

NEW! Attorneys for Maria Butina and the Justice Department gave more signs Thursday morning they are negotiating a plea deal for the accused Russian spy

At Trump's Bedminster club, an undocumented immigrant has worked as a maid since 2013. Victorina Morales says she's been hurt by Trump equating Latin American immigrants with violent criminals. That, and a supervisor's abusive remarks, made her speak out.

ICYMI: Biprtisan group of Sens. Lindsey Graham, Dianne Feinstein, Marco Rubio, Ed Markey, Todd Young & Chris Coons introduced a resolution to hold Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman responsible for the murder of journalist #JamalKhashoggi

NEW POLL: Two-thirds of voters concerned about Trump admin's climate change report

Emissions of carbon dioxide into Earth's atmosphere reach all-time record high

Interesting: The Flynn filing doesn't mention Jared Kushner, despite Flynn and Kushner's interactions with Kislyak. "If Flynn offered federal authorities a different version of events than Kushner ... [Kushner] may have to start scrambling."

Market Moves Suggest a Recession Is Unavoidable

China 'firmly opposes and strongly protests' arrest of Huawei executive Wanzhou Meng, calls for her immediate release. Statement from Chinese embassy in Canada:

U.S. 'preparing to sail warship' into Black Sea amid Ukraine-Russia tensions

New filing in United States v. Butina: .Order PACER Docket

You are some seriously deep stupid, Junior. You’re dad saved your ass. How soon you forgot that crying session in Los Angeles.

“Trump’s admin has built a detention camp in the Texas desert which is now said to be bigger than 203 of the 204 US federal prisons.”

Facebook data used as 'competitive weapon'

Fed up with Facebook, U.S. fund managers look for alternatives

Trump could’ve ruined Bush’s funeral. Bush didn’t let him.

Mounting evidence Facebook acted chaotically, recklessly, & lawlessly by granting access to private consumer data for financial gain. These new documents show clearly that Facebook failed to heed their consent decree agreement & basic standards of privacy.

Israel sees itself as a “light onto the nations.” But its light is dimmed when veterans of its famed armed forces, whose mission is to defend the Jewish state’s freedom, misuse their expertise to aid oppression in other countries.

The avg. rate for the Trump Hotel in this period: $768 per night. Saudi lobbyists say they paid far less, b/c they got a veterans discount.

Border patrol agent indicted on suspicion of killing four sex workers

A section of the U.S. Treasury yield curve has moved into inversion. Here is what that means.

Stephen Colbert rips Trump as "the only person in the world who can bring down a funeral"

Arrest of Huawei 'heiress' throws rare spotlight on family

Monumental Disaster at the Department of the Interior: new report reflects suppression of science, denial of climate change and the intimidation of staff as Trump appointees "stumble over one another to earn accolades for disabling agency operations."

Never forget

The study comes at a time when Congress has a massive criminal justice reform bill on its plate.

Putin’s Mouthpiece Is Center Stage in the Mueller Investigation- according to Michael Cohen’s latest pleading, Dmitry Peskov was right in the middle of Trump’s efforts to build a tower in Moscow. So, who is this guy? h

"I don't need permission from any foreign government to cut," says Saudi Arabia's Al-Falih at OPEC+ meetings

Power Up: Washingtons sphinx: Mueller still has us guessing in Russia probe

Fox's Chris Wallace: "A chill" descended on front row of former presidents as Trump arrived at Bush funeral

Ukraine sends troops to Russian border amid fears of an 'invasion'

Danske Bank reveals it’s built up $2.7 billion in reserves to absorb potential fines for its role in one of Europe’s worst ever money laundering scandals

Conservative tax policy expert Mattie Duppler warns against tariffs

OPINION: The Red Sox should not head to the White House to celebrate their World Series victory

The Kushners are snapping up beachfront real estate eligible for Trump’s poor-area tax perks

Federal prosecutors in SDNY are ramping up their probe of the Podesta Group (Tony Podesta) and Mercury Public Affairs (@GOP former Congressman Vin Weber) for alleged ILLEGAL foreign lobbying for Manafort / the pro-#Russia🇷🇺govt in #Ukraine.

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Sources tell The Daily Beast that Trump has repeatedly shrugged off the increasing National Debt, implying that he doesn't have to worry about it because he won't be in office when it becomes even more untenable.

"The message from Republicans is clear: They’ll do what they can to give themselves a structural advantage in an election, and when those efforts fail and Democrats manage to win, they’ll pass laws to effectively nullify those Democratic victories."

Good morning. It's going to be another ugly day today. S&P futures are cratering again

U.S. equity futures tumble, setting the tone for Wall Street's open

Senate Intelligence Committee Grilled Steve Bannon About Cambridge Analytica

Australia passes bill to force tech firms to hand over encrypted data

Putin: Russia will make banned missiles if U.S. exits arms treaty

N&O photog Travis Long was able to lure McCrae Dowless, the man at the center of the NC election fraud investigation, out of his house for a photo

Republicans break from President Donald Trump on the killing of a journalist who was a U.S. resident.

BREAKING: Two paper trails made by Rep. Cummings and Scott Dworkin prove that Mike Pence knew Michael Flynn was working as a foreign agent for Russia.

Movement in Butina case eyed for potential Trump-Russia news

The European Union’s highest court will say next week whether the U.K. should be allowed to reverse Brexit

National Republicans mum on apparent NC election fraud scheme

A top Republican businessman is calling on Scott Walker to stop a last-minute power grab to kneecap incoming Democratic leaders in Wisconsin

Harvard also took $30m from Jeffrey Epstein. Didn’t return it when he was embroiled in scandal in 2005-08 and doesn’t seem interested in talking about it now.

Here is us on the newly dumped Facebook documents: more than anything, they show that Facebook was not naive or inept, but knew full well what it was doing around highly controversial decisions, knew what the blow back would be, and did it anyway

Got an Android phone? How do you feel about fact Facebook was harvesting your call logs? And then deliberately trying to obscure that it had done so?

Emails reveal how Facebook’s head of privacy was responsible for finding a workaround to an Android privacy notification to harvest call logs/txts and other “gifts” to facebook “critics” who’ve decried it as a two-faced predatory malign force in the world.

Chinese scientist who claimed controversial human gene editing is reportedly missing.

Facebook: "We've never sold user's data." Never sold it, no. But traded it, exchanged it & gave it to certain favoured apps for certain favoured reasons. Docs released by parliament reveal murky world of data-broking, data "leaking" & data trading...

Brussels tells social media giants to delete Russian trolls

In another power grab, the Wisconsin state Senate approved 82 appointees from outgoing GOP Gov. Scott Walker in one day.

Animation from child’s own drawings in immigration detention. He narrates from the cells: “They has taken me to a cage. They didn’t care at all that I was crying. I was just crying & crying & crying.” Beyond powerful. Watch.

Is Harvard Whitewashing a Russian Oligarch’s Fortune? Len Blavatnik made billions as a Kremlin insider. Now he’s writing huge checks to Harvard.

Scoop from @jason_corcoran - Kremlin to buy Alfa Bank from oligarch Mikhail Fridman - Either state-controlled VTB Group or Gazprombank may buy Alfa. Fridman the billionaire founder has agreed in principle to a deal although price hasn't been finalized

The U.S.-China trade war is pushing firms across Asia to delay or cancel investment decisions, the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore says

Five Marines missing after two U.S. aircraft collide, crash into sea off Japan

Bush funeral: Trump sits with fellow presidents but still stands alone

BREAKING: The Charlotte Observer, the biggest paper in North Carolina Just called for a new election in the NC-09 race after accusations of voter fraud.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) says the uproar over the extraordinary proposals aimed at reducing the power of incoming Gov. Tony Evers and other Democrats in Wisconsin is “way overblown.”

Why Roger Stone won't shut up

Horrifying story of torture in Turkey: Inside Erdogan's torture chambers

The United States may be planning to sail a warship into the Black Sea, CNN has reported.

US Naval Academy develops plans to handle sea-level rise, increased flooding. Sea level in Annapolis predicted to rise up to 3.6 feet by 2050

Not to put to fine of a point on it but the Trump-appointed U.S. attorney with jurisdiction over NC-9's allegedly fraudulent election spent a big chunk of the past year prosecuting individual immigrants for voting by mistake.

"We are in deep trouble with climate change,” UN Sec. Gen. António Guterres said, at the opening of the 24th annual U.N. climate conference … despite the fact that US "coal use … dropped 40% since 2005 and it is now at its lowest level since 1979."

Long before #MeToo became the catalyst for a women's movement about sexual assault — and a decade before the fall of Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby and U.S. Olympic gymnastic doctor Larry Nassar — there was Jeffrey Edward Epstein.


MORE: Canada and U.S. have yet to clarify reason for the arrest of Huawei executive Meng - China foreign ministry

Facebook CEO backed sharing customer data despite second thoughts: documents

Corker was at a loss at how Trump came away with such a different interpretation about what happened with Khashoggi. "I don't know what presentation he's seen. ... All I know is, I know they have access to the same intelligence I have. They can have Gina come over at any time."

Wisconsin Republicans want to ‘maximize their control and minimize yours’

Perry planning another trip to Saudi Arabia

We wonder how #MikeFlynn Russian girlfriend knows the start date of Crossfire Hurricane

Emails show top VA diversity official was told not to condemn Charlottesville violence

Hours after Republicans pushed through bills curbing the powers of the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general, Wisconsin Democrats charge that it was nothing but a partisan power grab denying the will of the voters and would lead to gridlock.

Satellite images reveal North Korea upgrading unidentified missile base: report

Even after we learned that Mike Flynn did 19 different interviews with the Mueller investigation in which he apparently was so helpful they are recommending no jail time him, not even a peep from Trump against Flynn?

Mike Cohen's sentencing submission just released.Makes for very interesting reading. Cohen is applying under "unique circumstances".He is basically accusing the President of attempting to interfere with a witness & obstruction of justice

The NRA is a Terrorist Organization funded by Putin. Fuk her.

In case you wondered what side @ScottWalker is on, here he is showing his true colors. How much money get you get from the Kremlin, Scott?

JUST IN: Judge in Maria Butina's case schedules a telephone conference for 11a tomorrow, with 14-hour notice. No other information is given in the docket entry. The next scheduled conference in the case was not until Dec. 19.

The GOP continues to disenfranchise voters in order to win and to retain power when they lose: In Wisconsin, a GOP majority passed a sweeping bill limiting incoming Dems' power by curbing early voting and shrinking the authority of the Gov. and AG. This was the reaction.

BREAKING: Here are the documents Facebook didn't want you to see. Just released by parliament. Judge for yourself why.

There sure are a lot of players in the Trump orbit with a deep interest in doing away with sanctions, including Donald Trump himself

Another story to watch: Pennsylvania Republicans are threatening to deny a senate seat to the Democrat who won it, because they're not satisfied with her evidence that she moved to the state four years before the election.

Breaking News: A top executive at China’s Huawei Technologies was arrested in Canada at the request of the U.S., a move likely to increase tensions with China