Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Polk Award for Political Reporting: David Barstow, Susanne Craig and Russ Buettner of The New York Times for tying Donald Trump’s wealth to an inheritance and tax avoidance.

N.C. election workers admit counting ballots before polls closed

‘I think you know there are a lot of white folks out there who are not necessarily racist who felt uncomfortable for the first time in their lives about whether or not they wanted to vote for an African-American.” Sure thing, Bernard. I can’t with this man. I just can’t.

Justice Clarence Thomas called for the Supreme Court to overturn the landmark 1964 New York Times v. Sullivan ruling, which protects news organizations from most libel suits when they write about public figures

NYT: Acting Att Gen Whitaker maybe have perjured himself before a US House committee by claiming Trump never tried to pressure him over the Russia probe.

McCabe humiliates Racist Elf Jeff Sessions on The View: It was a challenge to get him to understand intel briefings

McConnell, Ryan, Nunes and Burr all knew there was a counterintel investigation into Trump and in response they acted... to defend and cover up for him. Ryan backed Nunes’ efforts to undermine DOJ. McConnell blocked Mueller protection/election sec bills. They’re all implicated

Gonna need a bigger SuperMAX.

And here is what McCabe says about this in the book: "Now that the Gang of Eight was a crowd of two dozen in the room, I thought, the chance of this not getting back to the president was basically zero. Then Devin Nunes walked in, and the chance was less than zero."

Mike Flynn Pushed Saudi Nuclear-Plant Plan despite warnings, per House Report - Flynn & Derek Harvey who Flynn brought to National Security Council to oversee Middle East affairs pushed "Middle East Marshall Plan" ignoring repeated legal & ethical warnings

Wonder how CNN’s coverage of immigration and race issues will be affected by JEFF SESSIONS’ FORMER SPOKESWOMAN coordinating their 2020 coverage

And here we go. Authoritarian move to dismantle the free press' duty to report on Trump's corruption is underway in SCOTUS. Justice Clarence Thomas Calls for Reconsideration of Landmark Libel Ruling

W.H. lawyers wrote a confidential memo expressing concern about Trump's staff peddling misleading info in public about Michael Flynn's firing, NYT reports. Trump also had private convos with GOP lawmakers about a campaign to attack the Mueller probe

FBI had backup plan to save #Russia probe evidence

There are a lot of questions surrounding the #NRA's relationship with Russia.@tedlieu and I sent them a letter to get some answers.

A NYT examination reveals the extent of a sustained, secretive assault by Trump on the machinery of federal law enforcement. Interviews with dozens of officials and others close to Trump, plus a review of confidential docs, reveal many unreported episodes

We had to cut this for length, but McCabe told me that his guess is that the White House "immediately knew the steps I took after Jim got fired, and the cases I opened" because of Nunes. "When I was surprised to see Nunes at the briefing, I knew it would happen very quickly."

Whistleblowers from within Trump's National Security Council have told a congressional committee that efforts by former national security adviser Michael Flynn to transfer sensitive nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia may have violated the law

The New York Times uncovered new details in President Trump’s 2-year campaign of pressure and intimidation against the investigations encircling him. His efforts have exposed him to accusations of obstruction of justice as Robert Mueller finishes his work.

At least 44 million Americans have no choice but to use insecure voting machines that have foreign hackers salivating. Americans must move to paper ballots, marked by hand. Until that system is adopted, every election that goes by is an election that Russia could hack.

Alabama Newspaper Publisher Calls On KKK To Get The Ropes And ‘Clean Up D.C.’


Trump appointees trying to sell nukes to the Saudis - as recently as last week. Whistleblowers inside the White House have reported this to @RepCummings /House Oversight

ICYMI/ Trump appointees promoted selling nuclear power plants to Saudi Arabia

BREAKING: Multiple #whistleblowers raise grave concerns with #WhiteHouse efforts to transfer sensitive U.S. Nuclear Technology to #SaudiArabia. Read Chairman @RepCummings NEW staff report and documents here

Former deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe on Trump's tweets about him: "The president has been lying about me and my family for the last two years, so when I see tweets like this, it's kind of sad to say but we've become kind of used to it by now"

“It has occurred to me on a number of occasions that, you know, Donald Trump and I know some of the same people,” McCabe said, referring to the Russian mobsters he went after in New York in his 10 years investigating Russian organized crime.

Former deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe on whether he believes Russians ordered President Trump to fire then-FBI Director James Comey: "We don't know and we certainly didn't know that at the time."

Scrap Collector: Migrant child detention center to be built on toxic former landfill | Waste Dive

NEW: Judge Amy Berman Jackson schedules hearing 2:30 p.m. ET Thursday in Roger Stone case to discuss “why the media contact order entered in this case and/or his conditions of release should not be modified or revoked in light of the posts on his Instagram account.”

North Carolina Election Board Finds Evidence Of Significant Fraud To Help @GOP Candidate

Did you tell the “Gang of Eight” that you had opened a counterintelligence investigation into President Trump? @savannahguthrie asks Andrew McCabe

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has met at least 10 times with politicians and business leaders from Kentucky in response to requests from Sen. Mitch McConnell’s office

McCabe says the FBI, in the days after Comey's firing, told the Gang of 8 that the FBI had opened a counterintelligence investigation into Trump. GUTHRIE: Did anyone object? McCABE: No one objected. Not on legal grounds not on constitutional grounds and not based on the facts.

Trump Lackey And Kremlin Stooge Lindsey Graham Calls For Investigation Of 'Attempted Bureaucratic Coup' Against Trump

Bernie Sanders will be 79 years old on election day 2020.

With relations tangled in the U.S. over the murder of critic Jamal Khashoggi, Mohammed bin Salman is enjoying some hospitality elsewhere

The President of the United States is equating the FBI and DoJ doing their jobs to treason.

Oakland tells it like it is!

Why Is CNN Paying John Kasich to Seemingly Trial-Balloon a 2020 Run?

Former acting FBI director: Trump's 'own words' prompted counterintelligence investigation

“I believe I was fired because I opened a case against the President of the United States,” says McCabe, who lost his job just a day before he would have been able to collect his full pension. He is considering suing the government over this.

Oh look, Jason Chaffetz, the guy who leaked a gigantic lie days before the 2016 election. He lied in a statement saying the FBI reopened a probe in to Hillary. We filed an ethics complaint on him for violating it on 10/30/16. Chaffetz should be on trial, not on Fox News

"We're not going to quit because we know that the future of public education is at stake."

Bill Weld: "Truth is if the president had his first choice, he wouldn't have a primary and he wouldn't have an election."

Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein will likely be stepping down from his position in about three weeks, according to Justice Dept. officials.

William Barr’s Son-in-Law Just Landed a Job Advising Trump on “Legal Issues”

Barr may undo security of Mueller from possible compromised Trump

Democrats ready to charge across Trump's red line with new probes

Extent of election fraud in contested House race seen at hearing

Trump's dubious emergency declaration sparks nationwide protests

It's official: A coalition of 16 states has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that Trump's emergency declaration is unconstitutional, WaPo reports.

Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Mike McFaul: Trump's faith in Putin is 'remarkable and unprecedented.'

Opinion: Trump is terrible, but the sabotage of Brexit will outlast him

The U.S. auto industry urges Trump’s administration not to saddle imported cars and auto parts with steep tariffs, after confidential report

Just in: Acting Sec of Defense Shanahan just told reporters he hasn’t determined if there is a military necessity for a border wall or how much money Defense will even spend. Shanahan said he hasn’t yet spoken to President Trump.

Mexican national dies in border patrol custody after twice asking for medical aid

Stone takes swipe at judge, promptly files 'notice of apology

“Britt said some of the ballots she collected were unsealed and uncompleted and testified she filled out the options left blank for Republican candidates — an admission of vote tampering that violates North Carolina law.”