Monday, April 8, 2019

.@andersoncooper: Officials are telling the NYTimes the President has been mocking the Secret Service director lately calling him “Dumbo.” Consider that: The President is reportedly making fun of a man charged with protecting him because of his ears. We are not in kindergarten

The best, and the logical, hearing would be #Mueller, Rosenstein and Barr on the panel, with the report in everyone’s hands.

Nadler says Congress "entitled to see all" of Mueller report, vows court fight for grand jury testimony

Multiple senior administration officials tell CNN that POTUS told chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to fire US Secret Service director Randolph “Tex” Alles, a conversation that took place a week before last. Alles remains in the position as of now but has been asked to leave.

Sam Patten's attorneys say he concealed a payment from a Ukrainian oligarch to Trump's inaugural because he was "blinded by a desire to accommodate his client." His lawyers also say that he "erred" in deleting 200k emails following his interview with the Senate Intel Committee.

Senators urge Trump admin to ease policy on detaining pregnant migrants

Sam Patten says his failure to FARA file his work for Russia-aligned Ukrainians stemmed from "a desire to accommodate his clients’ requests and to present himself in the best possible light after unexpectedly finding himself a subject of the Russian interference investigation."

If you think because you're a Christian you're safe under the Trump regime, think again. Fascists abhor a vacuum and are always lookin' for a new enemy, even within the fold.

NY lawmakers consider a workaround to get @realDonaldTrump's taxes: go after his state return

Clinton: Nielsen departure will not stop Trump 's "dehumanization and cruelty toward migrants"

Special counsel office investigating Trump administration for Saudi Arabia nuclear deal

no wonder Trump/GOP tax-cut is so unpopular: just 17% of Americans think their taxes were cut, new NBC/WSJ poll shows

Her letter said “effective April 7”—yesterday. They must have realized late last night how Trump incompetently botched the naming of her successor without having someone check the statute. But was the resignation letter accepted?

"Jewish Republicans" cheering at the prospect of our country closing its doors to asylum seekers must have really short term memories

Kevin McAleenan doesn't seem to share Trump’s vision on immigration. He praised the effectiveness of U.S. aid to Central America — right before POTUS cut it. He refers to asylum seekers as "vulnerable families." His wife is Salvadoran

Trump’s decision to cut funding to Northern Triangle countries will only increase the number of people fleeing poverty and violence. His ill-thought-out policies pose serious risks to our national security and threatens bipartisan efforts to address immigration to the U.S.

Science: Rich People Are More Likely To Cheat And Steal Than The Poor

A president who spends his time demonizing immigrants, spreading misinformation and accusing his opponents of treason. How would we cover it if it were happening in another country?

A San Francisco woman is pleading for help after, she says, witnesses told her that her brother is being tortured so violently in a Saudi prison it could end up killing him.

O’Rourke calls Netanyahu "racist"

"Gaping hole" for foreign spies at Trumps Mar-a-Lago, ex-CIA officer says

SCOTUS disagreed with the position that Congress (even one controlled by the opposite party) is “not entitled” to information when the president’s conduct is at issue, 8-0. See United States v. Nixon, 418 U.S. 683 (1974)

This morning as Stephen Miller anointed himself in the tears of immigrant children, he stared into the mirror, smiled, and whispered, "You're next, Jared. Mark my're next."

Radical cleric issues fatwa supporting assassination of foreign leader.

Barr's stunningly successful cover-up of Mueller Report still offers 1 Big Reveal: A world of true justice, hard-nosed reporters, wise lawmakers who'd stop US slide into autocracy was always a dreamland. Can America answer its wake-up call? My new column

Three U.S. Reps., Wasserman Schultz, Shalala & Mucarsel-Powell, FL Democrats, blocked from visiting Homestead child detention center. What atrocities against children are they hiding?

Watergate prosecutor explains why Trump has no idea what he's getting into over battle for taxes

Sword-wielding suspect wearing MAGA hat charged with attempted murder, mayhem

Inside Stephen Miller’s hostile takeover of immigration policy

Bernie supporters talking about rigged elections; Bernie talking about closed borders to keep our the poor migrants -- explain to me again why he isn't left Trump?

Opinion: The electoral college is a failure. The Founding Fathers would probably agree.

West Virginia poverty gets worse under Trump economy, not better

Why would any President allow a leadership change at DHS right in the middle of a grave national emergency?

Trump’s appointment of CBP head Kevin McAleenan to be Acting DHS Sec may violate the law, as noted by leading vacancies law scholar

"I didn't vaccinate my child—and I regret it"

Turkey's Erdogan to discuss possible operation in Syria with Putin

Federal Watchdog Probes Trump Admin Push for Saudi Nuke Deal

@JaySekulow refused to answer any questions today about @MichaelCohen212’s claim that a Trump attorney called to congratulate him after his false testimony on the Trump Tower Moscow project

Ex-Murdoch exec says he quit over Fox News's "relationship with facts"

A severe black lung epidemic is hitting America’s coal miners.

2020 candidate Pete Buttigieg: "If you want to see what happens when you have capitalism without democracy, you can see it very clearly in Russia. It turns into crony capitalism, and that turns into oligarchy."

US citizen arrests set to deepen divide between Trump, GOP over Saudi Arabia -

Saudi Arabia bombed a girls school in Yemen today.

Saudi Arabia nuclear program accelerates despite warnings from U.S.

It's not just Assad and Maduro -- Putin is exporting a package of tools and services that keep autocrats and dictators in power by enhancing kleptocractic methods, controlling information flows, and applying sharp technology tools. This, about Sudan:

Dictators fear what they can't buy, bully, or control. It's why Putin loves Trump.

Nominating Stephen Moore and Herman Cain is "just bonkers," John Oliver said on "Last Week Tonight."

Republicans are trashing the law to keep Trump's taxes secret

To tackle social media, democracies must learn more about algorithms

NZ Privacy Commissioner John Edwards says Facebook are "morally bankrupt pathological liars" who cannot be trusted.

“The president berated Ms. Nielsen regularly, calling her at home early in the mornings to demand that she take action to stop immigrants from entering the country, including doing things that were clearly illegal..”

Kirstjen Nielsen attacks Congress and courts for not remaking laws for Trump’s agenda in resignation letter.

Trump's failure to nominate candidates for these cabinet positions is his way of getting around the Senate confirmation process. It's an autocratic move to keep in place acting secretaries who are less likely to exercise independent judgment & more likely to bow to his demands

President Trump's choice to fill the role of Kirstjen Nielsen as secretary of Homeland Security is a career official who served in the Obama administration. Kevin McAleenan is expected to serve as the acting secretary "in the short term."

Pete Buttigieg: "The struggle is not over when transgender troops, ready to put their lives on the line for this country, have their careers threatened with ruin one tweet at a time by a Commander-in-Chief who himself pretended to be disabled in order to get out of serving."

When a President lacks character, strong oversight is essential. House Republicans seem to think as long as you can't prove a crime, all is fair in love and war, and what the Trump campaign did is all okay. I don't feel that way. And I don't think most Americans feel that way.

Mobile Homes: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Kevin McAleenan is taking over DHS. Will he be ‘tough’ enough for Trump?

In the midst of a humanitarian crisis, we need a DHS Secretary that will address the heart wrenching situation at our southern border. Tougher anti-immigrant policies won’t solve the terrible conditions I saw in El Paso this weekend.

“Nielsen ‘believed the situation was becoming untenable with the President becoming increasingly unhinged about the border crisis and making unreasonable and even impossible requests,’ a senior administration official tells CNN.”

Trump claims he’s been "exonerated." But the truth is catching up

Interview with the indominable and courageous Finnish journalist @jessikkaaro, whose award for her work exposing Russia's troll networks the State Dept rescinded.

SCOOP: "I spent the last couple of years getting yelled at," former White House counsel Don McGahn told a GOP lunch. "And you may soon read about some of the more spirited debates I had with the president," he added, alluding to the Mueller report.

#BREAKING: A source tells @jeffzeleny that DHS Sec Nielsen didn't resign willingly.

The DOD thing is NUTS. I've seen the Senate race to confirm a Defense Secretary on the view that a gap of a few days in the post is unacceptable. WE HAVEN'T HAD A DEFENSE SECRETARY FOR 97 DAYS -- and none is in site. YIKES!

Pete Buttigieg on his sexuality: "That's the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand: That if you have a problem with who I am, your quarrel is not with me. Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator."

Secretary Nielsen’s policies were cruel and unconscionable. A generation from now, we will still recoil at how America separated children from their parents and put them in cages. But make no mistake, a change in personnel is pointless — the problem comes from the very top.

Dear #MAGA folks & Stephen Miller: ICYMI, the @realDonaldTrump Administration is expanding by 30,000 the number of foreign workers coming into our country

Nancy Pelosi on Nielsen's resignation: "It is deeply alarming that the Trump Administration official who put children in cages is reportedly resigning because she is not extreme enough for the White House's liking."