Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Once Again, the Kuwaiti Government Puts Money Right into Trump’s Pocket – Mother Jones

According to a Tech Crunch report, Facebook had been paying users as young as 13 to install an app from either the Apple App Store or Google Play allowing the company complete access to their phone.

Reminder: As the NRA claims it had no official connection to a trip where NRA leaders met with Maria Butina in Moscow, it's awfully curious that Butina herself said she had a "signed cooperation agreement" with the NRA—two years before that trip

The idiocy of Vladimir Putin knows no bounds. It’s a mystery to me how the SVR is letting that little bag-carrier run their nation into the ground

The president mocks his own intelligence chiefs, demands different conclusions from the intelligence community.

If @realDonaldTrump really meant this, he would fire his intelligence chiefs. After all, why have ignoramuses (by his standards) running US intel? But he doesn't care enough or have the guts to do something like this. So he just acts like a narcissistic bully & moves on.

Over 200 House Dems introduce bill to expand social security

Enough of the hiding in plain sight. Starbucks billionaire hires a partner from a firm that filed as foreign agents for Putin's oligarch.

Bannon: I was "doing the lord’s work" in White House

BREAKING / NBC News: Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team says that discovery they shared with defense attorneys associated with 'Putin's Chef' appeared online in October of last year in an apparent disinformation campaign to discredit the ongoing investigations.

He gets $25 million in a deal with a Kremlin linked oligarch at the same time as the Treasury Department deliberates sanctions on Russian oligarchs? 18 USC 208 criminalizes financial conflicts of interest. If there was quid pro quo it’s also a bribe.

Facebook is Russian malware. Delete.

McConnell blasts House bill to make election day a federal holiday to increase voter turnout

The Kremlin responds to the reports that no staff or interpreters were present during Trump’s conversation with Putin at the G20: “It’s none of our business whether Trump had an interpreter; Putin’s interpreter is always by his side — we have stability and order in that regard.”

"If more people voting is bad for your political party, maybe try fixing your party."

Eric Trump says he wants his father to declare a national emergency at southern border

It’s so cold in Chicago, crews had to set fire to commuter rail tracks to keep the trains moving smoothly.

The U.S. government is seen as being the most corrupt in seven years, according to a new study

These Are the New Russian Capabilities That the West Should Really Worry About

Tyson Foods, Inc. has recalled approximately 36,420 pounds of chicken nuggets because the products may be contaminated with rubber.

The silent Israeli general challenging Netanyahu in the election is silent no more

"I agree with him that he is not the 'smartest person.'"

"For many conservatives (like Ann Coulter), Trump’s credibility rested not on his character, but on the fact that he said he would build a wall. They never stopped to think that the guy who conned others might be conning them, too," writes @MattKLewis

Congressional Democrats are pushing for @USTreasury documents about its decision to lift financial sanctions on companies connected to oligarch #Deripaska.

345 AM update: We are now at -25°F here at the office with a wind chill of -57°F!

#Illinois Gov. @JBPritzker: "I'm urging every Illinoisan to take this weather veyr seriously. These conditions are and can be life-threatening. Even short periods of exposure to this type of weather can be dangerous."

Trump admin handling of Deripaska sanctions raises red flags

Sec. Mnuchin eyed for conflicts in lifted Deripaska sanctions

NEW: The billionaire donor LEN BLAVATNIK stands to make $$$$$ from @USTreasury’s move on Sunday to lift sanctions on OLEG DERIPASKA’s @UC_RUSAL. * In 2017, Blavatnik announced an investment in a film company that was owned partly by … STEVE MNUCHIN.

U.S. intelligence: "China and Russia are more aligned than at any point since the mid-1950s, and the relationship is likely to strengthen in the coming year (..)."

Note their names “William Jacobsen and his wife Marta Medvedeva” Brooklyn Couple Arrested for Immigration Fraud Scheme Defendants Allegedly Paid U.S. Citizens to Enter Into Sham Marriages With Foreign Nationals

Trump's repeated private meetings with Putin raise questions

Trump had another 'off the books' meeting with Putin at G20: FT

Democratic Rep. Joe Neguse, a freshman member of the House Judiciary Committee, told constituents last week that the panel will "likely" investigate perjury claims against Brett Kavanaugh and may move to impeach him depending on their findings.

Ryan Crocker: “I was ambassador to Afghanistan. This deal is a surrender.”

Guess who showed up at the Stone hearing today?!?!

Here’s Trump’s public schedule for tomorrow. (Public schedules don’t include all of a president’s activities.)

It's a crowded field, sir, but I find @DrJillStein the most personally detestable, and contemptible*, of all the 2016 traitors

Texas Republicans fear Trump could lose the state in 2020

The nation's senior-most intel officials are making clear many of Trump's claims are not based on intelligence

A top UN judge resigns citing 'shocking' interference from Trump admin The German judge accused the US of threatening other judges after steps were taken to investigate US soldiers' conduct in Afghanistan

UPDATE: Chicago PD now confirms Jussie told them about the attackers yelling, "This is MAGA country."

BREAKING: DoJ inspector general wants authority to investigate a decade-old plea deal in which Alex Acosta allegedly helped Jeffrey Epstein avoid harsh punishment for underage assault

J Whitfield Larrabee ‏ @jwlarrabee 19h19 hours ago More I just received confirmation from The Florida Bar that my complaint against #PamBondi has been accepted. The Florida Bar has told Bondi that she is required to respond to the complaint by Feb. 7. I will file a rebuttal once I receive her response.

Rep. Lieu & Sen. Markey Introduce the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act

Donald Trump Jr. seems relevant to Mueller paths of inquiry

House Democrats are holding our first hearing on #HR1, the #ForThePeople Act – our plan to combat the #CultureOfCorruption in Washington. I hope you’ll take time to tune in here:

The Senate Judiciary Committee postpones a vote on attorney general nominee William Barr by one week after Democrats raise concerns about how Barr will handle special counsel Robert Mueller's report

Rep. Joaquin Castro said he believes no topics are off limits for the expected hearing next week with former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen