Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The conservative Supreme Court Justices, the ones that actually speak, seemed perturbed during today’s oral arguments against partisan gerrymandering. @AriBerman reports that what apparently upset them was the idea that everyone’s vote might count equally.

EMERGENCY LANDING AT OIA: A Southwest Boeing 737 Max plane had to make an emergency landing at the Orlando International Airport today after experiencing a malfunction. The plane was on its way to California to be grounded.

Betsy DeVos just confirmed the Department of Education cut all funding for the Special Olympics

George Papadopoulos, who has a new book out today, says his lawyers have applied for a pardon from Trump.

Jerome Corsi issues summons to Robert Mueller in Civil Suit

Barr is planning to release his next report on Mueller’s probe in a matter of weeks, not months, according to a Justice Department official

Trump Organization

Last night, without Congressional approval, DOD took $1 billion from the military to fund the President’s almighty border wall. Pres. Trump & DOD leaders are putting political interference & pet projects ahead of our troops' needs.

Rachel Maddow, the left’s powerhouse on cable, doubles down on the collusion angle

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Attorney General William Barr believes President Trump is "above the law"

JUST IN: A county in New York declares a state of emergency after more than 100 people were diagnosed with measles.

The ongoing Republican effort to eliminate the Affordable Care Act is not only irresponsible, it’s dangerous. This is worth fighting for and I won’t back down, no matter how many times Republicans try to undermine these critical health care protections.

BREAKING: .@RepAdamSmith @HASCDemocrats just denied DoD the ability to reprogram $1B in counterdrug $$$ for #BorderWall

Perspective: The Mueller investigation was no failure. It documented interference and criminality.

Remember: our Founding Fathers intended for the people’s representatives in the House to control how our government spends taxpayer dollars. The House voted 420-0 to end Trump’s

Just a reminder that Obama begged McConnell for his help confronting Russia's attack on our country months before the election, and McConnell refused: "How Mitch McConnell broke democracy." An interview with former Harry Reid staffer

Perspective: Barr is wrong. Obstruction of justice doesn’t require another underlying crime.

⁩ Barr’s Summary Omits a Key Aspect of Mueller's Report - The Atlantic

Wait a minute! The Flynn judge delayed his sentencing because he saw the secret testimony and called his acts treasonous. And Barr could find no evidence of conspiracy?

It's been five months since a federal court ordered Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to give defrauded student loan borrowers relief, but more than 100,000 people are still waiting to hear whether their debt will be canceled

Rep. Eric Swalwell: "Just because you are criminally a non-colluder doesn't mean that we don't want to know what evidence Bob Mueller found about efforts you and your team and your family and your business took to work with the Russians."

Trump Campaign Chief Brad Parscale Outlines $1 Billion Strategy For 2020 On Trip To Romania

Join us 3/28 Rosa Parks Circle - Grand Rapids, MI - 6pm #TrumpRally PROTEST! Mad Dog event by @KSITESL Union locals and AFL in attendance! #TrumpRat coming! See press release attached info@maddogpac.com

William Barr, Age 10

Schiff: Evidence of collusion between Trump campaign and Russia is "in plain sight"

McConnels favorable are around 30’s in Kentucky. A good candidate can take him out... and do the USA a great service.

The stunning history of William Barr's crusade to bury evidence to protect Republican presidents

President Trump: "We've gone through a period of really bad things happening -- those people will certainly be looked at. I've been looking at them for a long time, and I'm saying, why haven't they been looked at?"

New: Mueller was empowered to probe the campaign's "links" to Russia as well as any "coordination"—which is why his counterintelligence findings are so key. "If all we do is apply criminal standards to investigative findings, we are missing the point."

Justice Department now says courts should strike the entire ACA

Even a broken clock is right twice a day

U.S. high court to hear historic electoral map manipulation cases

Trump has repeatedly told aides he doesn't want federal $$$ going to Puerto Rico, be it HUD or food stamp assistance. Last month, there was an Oval meeting on curbing funds. On the challenged island, that's having serious repercussions

Maryland and North Carolina may have unconstitutional congressional maps – here’s what they look like

Former spy chief James Clapper says he has "no regrets" for raising questions about President Trump's behavior or actions, saying he continues to have concern about Trump's "unwillingness or inability...to call out the Russian interference in the election"

McConnell says "it is deeply disturbing" that the Obama administration wasn't prepared for Russian threats in election meddling.

Governor Baker says he wants to see the full Mueller report

Judiciary Committee member pledges panel will hear from Barr, Mueller

That's it, folks. End of an era. Andrew Weissmann exits the (massive, unpredictable) Manafort case in DC District Court. Greg Andres, Jeannie Rhee + other SCO prosecutors also withdrew from the case today, while 5 DC AUSAs stepped up. The case continues w Rick Gates cooperating.

The Trump campaign is sending this memo to TV producers

Tonight's Presidential Campaign Last Word

Suspected killer of reputed Gambino crime family boss Francisco "Franky Boy" Cali arraigned as his attorney cryptically said right-wing conspiracy websites and online hate speech influenced the slaying.

If the #MuellerReport "exonerates" Trump, why not RELEASE IT⁉️

and yet he blocks us from seeing the report.

The Barr story, made simple: * Trump won in part due to a massive foreign attack on our democracy. * Trump engaged in extensive abuses of power to prevent a reckoning into that. * Trump's AG is blocking a public airing on both those fronts. My piece

Goldman Sachs joins the chorus warning against panic about the inversion of the U.S. yield curve, which has served as a recession warning in the past

Acting defense secretary approves $1 billion for border fencing help

NEW THING: Romanian PM stayed at Trump hotel in DC over the weekend. She's the first international leader to book a room there in over a year. Possible emoluments problem.

"The only person who has made false statements about Russia is Donald Trump, and I stand by what I have said about seeing evidence of collusion, and if he has a problem with that he can sue me, and I promise you I would win in court."

New: The Trump Justice Department now says the courts should strike down the entire Affordable Care Act — not just its protections for pre-existing conditions. The Trump admin wants to strike down the entire law.

Tonight @maddow offered an important Watergate precedent for Mueller's choice not to indict. Jaworski did the same, because he was delivering damning factual evidence to Congress to let them make their own conclusions. That may be Mueller's intent, but Barr may be thwarting him.

Possible Mueller testimony to Congress likely to face contention

Lack of Mueller recommendation on obstruction perplexes experts

Counterintel aspect of Mueller report likely in separate brief

Barr memo leaves much unanswered about Mueller report findings

Absent Mueller conclusion on obstruction, Barr makes own ruling

Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the full Mueller report that Barr is hiding. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.

Never ever ever ever ever EVER doubt me when I tell you that CNN's Jeff Zucker is in bed with Trump

Americans simply want the truth. Today I tried to pass a resolution saying the full Mueller report should be made public. The House passed the exact same resolution 420-0. But here you can watch @SenateMajLdr McConnell object. Why do they want to hide the full report?

In two decades as a news produce I’ve never seen anything like this. I’ve had skirmishes with spokespeople about stories they didn’t like but this is a directive to all producers on all networks with a very clear message: stop booking our critics. Or else?

Opinion: The only way out of Brexit lies with the people

Yesterday, Trump claimed Mueller’s report exonerated him totally and completely, found no wrongdoing whatsoever, held him and his team entirely blameless. Today, Trump and McConnell are doing all they can to hide that report from you.

Enemy list

Pentagon authorizes Army Corps of Engineers to begin planning and building 57 miles of 18-foot-high fencing in Yuma, Arizona, and El Paso, Texas, along the US border with Mexico.

The Justice Department is apparently all in on defending Judge O’Connor’s (deeply problematic) ruling invalidating the _entire_ Affordable Care Act. So much for DOJ’s obligation to defend the constitutionality of federal statutes when reasonable grounds exist for doing so...