Tuesday, July 23, 2019

New: U.S. attorney general William Barr says encryption backdoors are a risk Americans should accept if it means letting police get access to encrypted messages.

FBI Director Chris Wray: FBI has made about 100 domestic terrorism arrests this year—more than last year. A majority of the suspects are motivated by some version of white supremacy, he says.

"He truly believed wild conspiracy theories he read on the internet, many of which vilified Democrats and spread rumors that Trump supporters were in danger because of them. He heard it from the President of the United States."

There are "signs of foreign forces behind the protests," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters. "I wonder if these U.S. officials can truthfully answer to the world the role the U.S. has played in recent events in Hong Kong."

FBI Director Wray confirms that Russia is still trying to interfere in American elections

‘The church was empty’: Congregation walks out of service after pastor echoes Trump’s comments

Analysis: Welcome to the selective socialism of Donald Trump. Farmers? Yes. Poor families? No

"We stuck together like neighbors are supposed to do": A community thwarts a father’s ICE arrest

Watch Larry Kudlow die on the stupidest possible hill.

South Korea fired 360 warning shots at a Russian military aircraft after it had twice violated the country's airspace, the first such incident between the countries. Two Chinese bombers had joined the Russian military aircraft on sorties through the region

NEW: Jeffrey Epstein appeals bail denial decision in child sex trafficking case

NEW: A FOIA of the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office work-release and visitor logs for Jeffrey Epstein turned up some troubling inconsistencies

BREAKING: Jeffrey Epstein just filed a notice of appeal on his bail denial

If you’re a country, and you allow Huawei telecom equipment into your new 5G networks, that’s your prerogative. Just remember that it’s equipment funded by the Chinese military. If you thought Cambridge Analytica was bad in 2016; wait until MSS has all your sensitive data...

As peak wildfire season approaches, the fed gov't is hundreds of firefighters short. @annamphillips reports on a continuing impact of this winter's gov't shutdown.

BREAKING: Trump has issued yet another massive regulatory attack on Food Stamps, again sidestepping Congress to force cuts by fiat—since he didn’t get his way in the Farm Bill last year. More than 3 million people stand to lose food assistance.

Johnson wins - not DESPITE his fibs, but BECAUSE of them

“Every American in Saudi Arabia lives with some level of risk — seen in the Khobar Towers bombing in 1996, the Riyadh compound bombings of 2003, the beheading of Paul Suarez in 2004, the shooting attack on American oil-company employees the same year.”

Trump says China is paying his tariffs, but U.S. companies keep getting the bill

When @KanyeWest & @FLOTUS ask @RealDonaldTrump to help @AsvpXRocky,

When @KanyeWest & @FLOTUS ask @RealDonaldTrump to help @AsvpXRocky,

The Charlotte City Council on Monday passed a resolution condemning President Trump’s "racist and xenophobic comments." The city will host him next year at the Republican National Convention.

FBI’s Wray Could Offer Preview of Mueller Hearing

Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade: Immigration may "destroy the color of -- the culture of the country"

Trump made clear last week that he means the government of Guatemala is literally, intentionally sending the US criminals by putting them into migrant caravans, which experts say is baseless.

A recent investigation found that over 5,000 individuals, many of them affiliated with the Department of Defense, were subscribed to websites that traffic sexually exploitative images of children. Today, the House passed my amendment to crack down on these sickening crimes.

Petty Putin

OMG, Trump just said he was the best thing to happen to #PuertoRico, then went on to ramble about his fucking stupid beauty pageant in PR. The Trump administration’s widely panned response to #hurricaneMaria left over 3,000 people dead. He is. a. MONSTER

Deficit Don? Red ink gushes in Trump era

How Netanyahu set up Trump's 'but I love Israel' defense for racism – and anti-Semitism

Boris Johnson is next PM: -Voted in by electorate comprising 0.2% of population -Selected from shortlist drawn up by 0.0005% of population -Leading Party at 23% in polls

Listening to folks across the diaspora in Britain about Boris Johnson. Not good

"American lawmakers are running out of time to repair and strengthen our defenses ahead of the 2020 election—a threat I saw first-hand while leading the investigation into the breach of the DNC by Russian foreign intelligence services in 2016."

Yelena Grigoryeva, found murdered with multiple stab wounds in the city of Saint Petersburg, was a well-known activist who had received threats over her protests for LGBT rights and opposition causes.

There are 21 women who have come forward publicly with allegations of sexual violence or harassment against President Trump. Please understand how race, wealth, and celebrity protect him as much as arcane provisions against charging presidents with crimes.

As the UK's next prime minister is announced, the FORMER PM Gordon Brown tells me in an exclusive interview that, as he sees it, "there are two views of Britain competing with each other."

This really is fascism. An American citizen being held by American law enforcement for thirty days with no recourse and no reason given. The ACLU needs to sue the agents personally and they should be fired.

Former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is lining up consulting clients in industries regulated by his former department

Trump’s reality TV techniques just got exposed by the former White House aide he made famous on NBC‘s The Apprentice. Omarosa Manigault Newman spilled the beans on how Trump rallies really work this past weekend on two MSNBC programs.

Wait, Dems are going to clear the decks on government funding and debt ceiling for the remainder of Trump's term, forfeiting all leverage, but set up a major crisis point for Republicans in the first summer of a potential Dem presidents' term? This seems like a very bad idea.

Democrats fear the debt deal may hijack the next president's agenda

South Korean fighter jets fired warning shots at a Russian military aircraft Tuesday after it violated the country's airspace, the country's defense officials say

Why Pakistan’s crackdown on the press is getting worse by the day

Republican leaders are shilling for a bigot

William Barr is the pardon Donald Trump gave himself: A lawyer who has dreamed of unchecked GOP power now has a client willing to abuse it,

Mike Pence and Stephen Miller are playing an ugly game

“Re-electing Donald Trump would take us into a dangerous moral direction from which it will take a wrenching turn to get us back. Instead of delivering us ‘from’ evil, it will deliver America ‘to’ evil.”

This is what fear looks like: DOJ warns Robert Mueller not to veer from Russia report's written conclusions at Capitol Hill hearing

People aren't mad that McConnell stole the Garland seat because their feelings are hurt. They're mad because unless and until the theft is remedied, the court will mete out illegitimate injustice that hurts regular people for decades.

Lawyers for Cesar Sayoc, the Trump supporting mail bomber, say he watched Fox News “religiously,” even planning his day around Fox & Friends and @seanhannity.

Opinion: The Mueller report paints the most unpatriotic portrayal of a presidential candidate — ever

Barring an historic upset, Boris Johnson will be named Conservative leader before noon in London

Hi, could someone please tell us why Jared Kushner is still in charge of peace in the Middle East

Wow. This is what #climate leadership looks like. #Denmark's new gov't unveils one of the world's most ambitious green plans. 70% reduction target by 2030 enshrined into law.

Trump is building a chaos machine

Betsy DeVos' family businesses made millions of dollars thanks to changes in the Republican #TaxScam, while DeVos was arguing to cut $7.1 BILLION from the Department of Education budget.

One striking thing about DOJ’s letter to Mueller is how Barr has ignored the same guardrails in his discussions of the probe. DOJ’s position is it’s ok for Barr to talk about decisionmaking, findings that go beyond the report, etc. but Mueller can’t.

I just finished visiting the ICE facility in Aurora. This is not the way we should be treating people. We saw 48 women in what looked like a crowded gym. One of them had been there for 1.5 years. We shouldn’t have private detention facilities in the US. We need to close them now.

Trump Administration Moves to End Food Stamps for 3 Million People

SCOOP: Trump met w/Devin Nunes last week to discuss replacements for Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, in the latest sign that Coats is on his way out. The meeting has top ODNI officials worried that Nunes himself is in the running for the job.

Give ten counties from Michigan to Wisconsin and ten from Florida to Alabama and suddenly Hillary Clinton is president. That's [checks notes] what the Founding Fathers wanted

CNN put together a montage of Trump -- who now that he's president thinks criticizing America is an unpatriotic thing to do -- saying things like, "how stupid are the people of Iowa? How stupid are the people of the country?"

Putting Devin Nunes in charge of National Intelligence is like putting Lorena Bobbit in charge of kitchen knives: makes no sense and is super dangerous.

18-year-old U.S. citizen has been in CBP and ICE custody for three weeks

17 Jewish groups call on White House to fire adviser Stephen Miller | The Times of Israel

BREAKING via ⁦@NarativLive⁩ Hollywood Cutting Ties With Peggy Siegal Over Jeffrey Epstein Scandal – Variety

A wildfire in Arizona has grown to 1,800 acres. Authorities are ordering evacuations

The Trump administration announced yet another unilateral proposed food benefit cut -- no Congress needed!

Washington Examiner: Trump has not built a single mile of new border fence after 30 months in office

DOJ letter gives Mueller excuse to duck questions from Congress

Donald Trump abdicates U.S. global leadership on human rights

Massive turnout for Puerto Rico protest

DOJ attempts to limit Mueller testimony ahead of Congress visit

Staffer on Trump-favored network is on propaganda Kremlin payroll