Monday, February 11, 2019

Holy f*ck balls why is he tweeting in Arabic and actual propaganda? No really why? And it’s not lost on me who’s in DC making the rounds today...sure seems like MbS Bone Saw is feeling the heat.

White House says it “strongly opposes" a bill that would direct Trump to withdraw U.S. armed forces from the war in Yemen

Immigrant families separated due to Trump policies sue for millions in damages

Top general: ‘Tens of thousands’ of ISIS terrorists remain in Syria, Iraq

#Russia plans to 'unplug' from internet: The test will mean data passing between Russian citizens and organizations stays inside the nation rather than being routed internationally

The average tax refund is down about $170 compared to last year. Let’s call the President’s tax cut what it is: a middle-class tax hike to line the pockets of already wealthy corporations and the 1%.

Ruling Is a Warning to Companies Collecting Biometric Scans Without Permission

Canadian beef producers enjoy TPP trade boost in Japan

Why do we need universal background checks? Because every year millions of guns are advertised for sale online, with the purchasers never going through a background check.

Pres Trump, while meeting with more than a dozen U.S. sheriffs, repeats again something that is clearly not true: "We’re actually building a big, big portion of the wall today." There is no new wall being built, period. Anything that is being done is repairs on existing fencing.

The status update due today on Sam Patten's cooperation has been filed under seal. I don't recall seeing a sealed status update before in any of the investigations related to Trump or Russia.

Just in: Senate Intel Committee has delayed Michael Cohen's private testimony that was planned for tomorrow at Cohen's request, per Lanny Davis, "due to post surgery medical needs. A future date will be announced by the Committee.”

"Brand new reporting suggests that special counsel Robert Mueller may have evidence of possible collusion between the Trump campaign & Russia, and that the investigation into a conspiracy or a quid-pro-quo... is alive & kicking...”

In Estonia, we take our counterintelligence duties very seriously: another 2 men, Deniss Metsavas and Pjotr Volin, convicted for treason today. 6 traitors sentenced since 2008, 11 more jailed for crimes involving cooperation with Russian intelligence services against Estonia.

Lawmakers have introduced legislation that would ban oil and natural gas drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The bill would repeal the section of the Republican tax law that opened a small section of the refuge for drilling

Trump tells reporters that 75,000 people signed up for his campaign rally tonight in El Paso but the arena holds only 8,000.

Putin's adviser Surkov to those "who cry about Russian meddling in elections": "Things are much more serious: we meddle with your brains, we change your conscience - and you have no clue what to do about it".

Excellent article on the future of policy and practice for combatting disinformation by @MollyMcKew. Important reading.

JUST IN: Pelosi demands Ilhan Omar apologize for "use of anti-Semitic tropes"

#Russia's state TV: Politician Leonid Gozman argues that the Russian State Duma is a powerless body, respected by no one — since everything is being decided solely by Putin. Gozman asks for a show of hands from anyone who respects the Duma. Not a single person raises their hand

Interesting--AMI asked DOJ if it should register as a foreign agent after publishing that promotional magazine about Saudi Arabia. DOJ determined that, *based on AMI's representations of the issue*, the company was "not an agent of a foreign principle."

Opinion: Saudi Arabia is heinously torturing female activists. It must face consequences.

From ducky pajamas to port authority, @farenthold is the poster child for toughening state and federal ethics laws |

So when you're tempted to jump on the bandwagon to criticize the Democratic female candidates, who are getting hit much harder than the men, please take a moment and realize what we are up against and use your head instead of knee-jerk reactions. Thanks.

Hard times for farmers got tougher with Trump’s trade war. Now Midwestern farmers are filing the highest number of bankruptcies in a decade. Twice as many farmers in Illinois,Indiana & Wisconsin declared bankruptcy last year compared to 2008.

Trump allies fret as legal troubles multiply

Coincidence? A number of generous contributions to Republican members of Congress coincided with the passage of the 2017

"Pure evil": Southern Baptist leaders condemn decades of sexual abuse revealed in investigation

Headed by billionaire Republican Paul Singer, who funded the Steele dossier, is hosting and lauding Trump challenger Nikki Haley. What a curious and predictable turn.

You are a gravid wretch presently cable flipping news and pity-tweeting. During the day you'll expend more energy doing your exotic lemur-fur wig than governing. You'll end your day shoving a brace of Filet O'Fish, extra sauce, down your lie hole and watching 6 more hours of TV.

California plans to withdraw hundreds of troops from the border in defiance of the Trump administration

Three years after Trump stampeded through the presidential primary on a wave of free media, Democrats still harbor fear that the news industry, and CNN in particular, hasn’t learned its lessons

After Trump administration defied a bipartisan call from Congress on applying Magnitsky sanctions to Mohammed Bin Salman, they are now 8 weeks late on delivering their Russia/Magnitsky sanctions designation list which was due in mid December 2018.

No joke: The authorities are planning to cut the Russian Internet cut off from the rest of the world, with all traffic filtered by Roskomnadzor for "prohibited content," by April 1. This'll just be a temporary test but the end goal is to make it permanent

Mick Mulvaney warned that it may be difficult for the White House to fire those responsible for the leak that revealed Trump's private schedule

Author Jill Abramson says she 'made some errors' in crediting sources in 'Merchants of Truth'

A group of former Israeli spies wanted to influence U.S. elections. What could possibly go wrong?

Your failure to negotiate a deal with Congress doesn't make it a national emergency.

Millions filling out their 2018 taxes will probably be surprised to learn their refunds will be less than expected or that they owe money after years of receiving refunds. People are already using the hashtag #GOPTaxScam to vent their anger.

This stark photo taken this week in Knoxville tells a very different story about the economy

4 profit prison companies make $$ by jailing people. The people they incarcerate are mostly of color. Profiting by jailing is just terribly misaligned... that’s why we are taking it on: PE firms pushed to offload prison co investments

Everything about Jeff Bezos' National Enquirer photos — and AMI's alleged extortion — explained by former federal prosecutor @glennkirschner2. Including what may be the biggest question of them all: What is AMI trying so hard to keep secret?

UK ambassador to Bulgaria currently in meeting with PM @BoykoBorissov in relation to @bellingcat's disclosure of Skripal-poisoning linked GRU officer possible role in 2015 poisoning Bulgarian arms manufacturer.

Attorney claims National Enquirer threat to publish Bezos photos was "journalism," not blackmail

Attorney claims National Enquirer threat to publish Bezos photos was "journalism," not blackmail

Trump Could Very Well Face a Primary Challenge

Putin controls the world’s second largest nuclear arsenal and he owns the man who controls the world’s largest nuclear arsenal. He’s ready to make his move. And the United States will defend itself with .... a wall. Vladimir Putin's Game Plan in Ukraine

AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint sold highly sensitive customer GPS data typically used only for 911 calls, that can often pinpoint your location within a building:

Reuters: Consumer Confidence DROP Causes Decline in Growth & Earnings Estimates Wealthy lost 15% in Markets, Govt Workers had #TrumpShutdown zero cash flow with secondary market effects ON TOP of China Trade & Tariffs.

NEW: MUELLER's team tipped its hand a bit late last week, revealing that it might be a pursuing a theory of collusion based partly on PAUL MANAFORT's conversations with KONSTANTIN KILIMNIK about a Russia-Ukraine peace plan that was seen as favoring Russia

Millions of Americans could be stunned as their tax refunds shrink

"Music has always helped me tell my story." - Michelle Obama shows up to the #GRAMMYs⁠

Would anyone be surprised to find Donald Trump connected to this sleazy attack on Bezos, who’s action has opened a floodgate of related actions.

Venezuela, the home to the largest oil reserves on the planet, is indebted to external creditors by close to $100 billion.

Congress Wants to Know About Russia? Just Ask Citigroup

North Carolina Republican Rep. Walter Jones dies at 76

German minister: Can't accept hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland

Possible food shortages, sky-rocketing cheese prices, grounded airplanes, traffic jams, riots, an escape plan for its monarch. How bad will Brexit be?

EXCLUSIVE: Multiples sources say Michael Sanchez, a Trumpworld associate and brother to Bezos' lover, gave the couple's texts to The National Enquirer

Revealed: wife of #Putin's spokesman faces questions over US tax affairs

Alexander Litvinenko accused Vladimir Putin of being a paedophile four months before he was poisoned

Trump’s tweets could be used against him in court if he declares a national emergency, according to WaPo. "Challengers may try to use Trump's words to argue that what's really motivating him is not an emergency at the border but a campaign promise.

Despite a reported internal investigation into leaks, Axios just obtained four of Trump's private schedules from last week. The schedules show Trump spent 50% of the four days last week in non-structured "Executive Time." That's right: 50%

NEW: @thedailybeast has confirmed that Michael Sanchez, brother of Bezos mistress Lauren Sanchez, leaked Bezos' texts to the National Enquirer

Washington on the brink as new shutdown looms

Why Global Warming Can Mean Harsher Winter Weather

Fact check: Trump claims a wall made El Paso safe. Data shows otherwise.

One of Russia’s Neighbors Has Security Lessons for the Rest of Us