Thursday, February 21, 2019

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, in one of his last addresses before he leaves DoJ, tells audience at Wharton: “I took more than my fair share of criticism. But I kept the faith, I followed the rules, and I left my office in good hands. Those are the things that matter.”

The @WhiteHouse wants to appoint William Happer to chair a panel on climate change & national security. Happer actually believes more carbon dioxide is good. He's even compared the "demonization of CO2" to the treatment of "Jews under Hitler."

When convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein was asked in court if he ever socialized with Donald Trump in the presence of underage girls, Epstein pleaded the 5th...

"Instead of prosecuting Epstein under federal sex trafficking laws, Acosta, then the U.S. attorney in Miami, helped negotiate a non-prosecution agreement that gave Epstein and his co-conspirators immunity from federal prosecution."

How a future Trump Cabinet member gave a serial sex abuser the deal of a lifetime


N.C. board declares a new election in contested House race after the GOP candidate admitted misspeaking under oath

Roger Stone is already in violation of the "comment indirectly via surrogates." ALREADY.

To Roger Stone's claim that he did not recognize the image and believed it to be a Celtic symbol, here is another image from Stone's Instagram account from February 12 in which he writes, "I am in Mueller's cross hairs."


Judge ABJ is modifying the gag order. "No Mr. Stone, I'm not giving you another chance. I have serious doubt whether you learned any lesson at all." He can no longer speak publicly about the investigation or case, but he can still fundraise and proclaim his innocence.

Judge ABJ is modifying the gag order. "No Mr. Stone, I'm not giving you another chance. I have serious doubt whether you learned any lesson at all." He can no longer speak publicly about the investigation or case, but he can still fundraise and proclaim his innocence.

Judge ABJ says his release under the current set of conditions without modification does pose a danger to the others and/or the community.

Judge ABJ says Stone's post had a "more sinister message." But notes that he "fully understands the power of words, and the power of symbols. And there's nothing ambiguous about crosshairs."

ABJ: concerned that Stone used his platform to incite others who may feel less constrained, which poses a real risk that others with violent inclinations might be inflamed. Calls his actions "deliberate," and says he couldn't keep his story straight on the stand.

After taking the stand for a few hours, Mark Harris admits he didn't think his son John's emails would be presented yesterday and his health is an obstacle for continuing. He says, "I believe a new election should be called" due to the testimony presented.

Judge Marra: Jeffrey Epstein had been operating an international sex operation with underage girls...Particularly problematic was the Govt’s decision to conceal the plea deal and mislead the victims to believe prosecution was still a possibility.

WTO chief sees no end in sight to U.S. blockage

Breaking news: Mark harris says he believes a new election should be called in #NC09

Roger Stone is currently being grilled in court about his assistants, names one of them as Jacob Engels. Coincidentally, I just wrote about Engels and the strange job of being Stone's assistant:

Prosecutor Kravis is urging ABJ to impose a full gag order, says Stone continued to amplify the Instagram post's message in interviews and media statements, which Kravis says constitutes a threat to taint the jury pool.

Stone says he ordered the image cropped to remove the apparent crosshairs, then ordered it taken down because he realized it was a "stupid mistake." Says he will understand the court orders better if given another chance. "This was a screw up , I admit it."

ABJ wants to know if Stone told InfoWars that all of the attention over his post was another example of the media making him a target. "I want to know if you said that." Stone finally says yes, he said that but spoke out because he thought media had misrepresented his intention.

BREAKING: Federal prosecutors broke law in Jeffrey Epstein case, judge rules

Stone repeats he's under stress, says thoughts of being raped in prison if he's convicted are stressing him out. Says he let the court, his family and his attorneys down. "I can only say I"m sorry...forgive the trespass."

Top Dems demand Trump end Medicaid work requirements after 18,000 lose coverage in Arkansas

The Trump administration keeps breaking up migrant families. Here's how it does it

After the spectacular failure of "repeal and replace," Trump is now trying to quietly roll back Obamacare subsidies in an effort to diminish health care for working families. Not on our watch. We will fight for access to care for all Americans.

Trump’s former CIA director Mike Pompeo refuses to answer if he knew about FBI opening investigation into president

WAPO joins CNN in reporting that the Mueller report will be submitted in the next week

Reminder: Judge Amy Berman Jackson has ordered Roger Stone to appear in federal court today 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."

Senate investigators pursue Moscow-based former Trump associate

Patagonia’s Billionaire Founder To Give Away The Millions His Company Saved From Trump's Tax Cuts To Save The Planet

With McCabe now emerging again on the public stage, Trump has effectively enlisted the entirety of the Republican Party to join along in his manic, prolific cyberbullying

The head of the US Food and Drug Administration says that if states don't require more schoolchildren to get vaccinated, the federal government might have to step in

A domestic terrorist within the military ranks. Fifteen guns, and a lengthy hit list that included Democratic members of Congress, liberal journalists, and cable news hosts. And one Senator was referred to “poca warren.” Don’t tell me that the president’s rhetoric doesn’t matter

Roger Stone said he’s sorry. It may be too late

With a brutally expensive 2020 race looming, no major real estate sales, no new Deutsche Bank cash, and no new big franchise fees from overseas hotels, Donald Trump has a cash problem.

The number of hate groups in the US hits a 20-year high amid a rise in white supremacy

"Given Mr Assange's failing health, the best thing would be for him to leave the Ecuador embassy and face the British justice system over breaching his bail conditions", says Australian senator

Despite Putin's swagger, Russia struggles to modernize its navy

Japan's prime minister nominated President Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize — at the request of the White House — one of Japan's largest newspapers reported.

Opinion: There’s yet another Trump administration scandal brewing. And it’s a doozy.

Opinion: Dutch professor exposes Tucker Carlson’s fraud

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urges members to back a resolution terminating President Trump's national emergency

CNN treats politics like a game -- and it's making their news coverage unwatchable.

John Harris, son of Mark Harris: "I absolutely believe that McCrae Dowless told them that he never let anybody touch a ballot and he gave them examples about where the legal line was. I just didn't believe McCrae because the numbers didn't add up."

Supreme Court limits power of states and localities to impose fines, seize property

Trump is reportedly workshopping nicknames for potential Democratic 2020 nominee

Oregon is moving closer to becoming the first state with mandatory rent control as its housing prices soar and places to live get harder to find

In the meantime, the cynical, base-pleasing politics of Trump, Graham and others damage the lives of the most vulnerable Americans, batter our democracy and destroy a sense of national unity. What an awful legacy they will leave.

NEW: White nationalist Coast Guard lieutenant has been arrested after fed investigators uncovered a cache of weapons & ammunition in his home that authorities say he stockpiled to launch a massive domestic terror attack targeting politicians & journalists.

“Judge” Jeanine Pirro ran for Senate. Like many GOP grifters, she hasn’t filed mandatory campaign finance reports. The last time she filed a mandatory FEC report was 2011 owing almost $600,000 to 20 creditors. The FEC just gave her 24 hours to come clean

This was replacement of existing fortifications and was done last April

House Oversight outlines wide scope for upcoming Cohen testimony

Saudi Arabia's crown prince should stand up for Muslims in China

Sanders brings 2016 fundraising energy to 2020 campaign

Democrats see return of divisive social media manipulation

Opinion: Sorry, Mike Pence. The last thing Europe needs is confrontation with Iran.

Broader criminal probe of Trump already exceeds bounds of Mueller

.@Politico reports today: "A wide-ranging disinformation campaign aimed at Democratic 2020 candidates is already underway on social media, with signs that foreign state actors are driving at least some of the activity."

NEW: Michael Cohen has asked a judge to change the date he is to report to prison from March 6th to May 6th and the judge has granted the request. Cohen's attorneys say he's still recovering from shoulder surgery & anticipates testifying before Congress by the end of the month.

A former Trump campaign staffer has filed a class action seeking to invalidate *all of the nondisclosure and non-disparagement agreements* that the Trump campaign required staffers to sign,

WATCH: @MayaWiley says, "There has been a fundamental assault by Pres. Trump on the independence of law enforcement, counterintelligence in this country... Our new normal today is the old criminal."

A.G. change may test steps taken to protect Trump investigations

I find it quite plausible that John Bolton has been compromised by Russia for deviant sexual acts. He was with #Brexit’s Vote Leave very early as the results were announced. Why was Bolton there?

I asked Cohen’s attny what he’ll say? @LannyDavis responded while my cell was off: “He will pull the curtain back and we will hear true stories of Trump’s complicity in crimes, and his immoral, bigoted, and morally vacant character in specific, detailed personal anecdotes.”

The EPA has approved dumping bee-killing pesticides across 16 million acres of land

Michael Cohen will come before the @OversightDems & @HouseIntel Committees next week. Congress has an independent duty under the Constitution to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch, and any efforts to intimidate family members or pressure witnesses will not be tolerated