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The Nunes Memo Mystery: Why Did Trump Release This Dud?

The only mystery that still surrounds the “Nunes memo” — concocted by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee and named for its chairman Devin Nunes — is why Congressional Republicans and President Trump authorized its release with such maniacal hype. Promoted as proof of a scandal “far worse than Watergate,” in the feverish phrasing of […]

February 2, 2018
Memo

Useful Idiots (And Russian Bots) Vs. The FBI

Nothing is more fashionable these days on the Republican right than to trash America’s law enforcement and intelligence services. Legislators like Rep. Steve King (R-IA) and Francis Rooney (R-FL) broadcast accusations about “major corruption” within the Federal Bureau of Investigation and demand a “purge.” Tom Fitton, who runs the right-wing legal outfit known as Judicial […]

January 22, 2018
Nunes

To Hinder Russia Probe, House Republicans Fabricate ‘#Memo’ Controversy

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.com. Donald Trump’s allies in Congress are at it again. Working in concert with a motley crew that includes Fox News, Russian troll accounts, and hoaxsters, House Republicans are once again pushing a specious document to distract from the serious issues arising from the investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia. Trump’s supporters are pushing […]

January 19, 2018

Court Holds Secret Meeting On Whether Terror Suspect Can View Surveillance Documents

By Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune CHICAGO — A federal appeals court in Chicago held a highly unusual closed-door session with government officials Wednesday after debating in public whether attorneys for a local terrorism suspect should be allowed to view confidential surveillance documents filed in the case. In 30 minutes of arguments that were open to […]

June 5, 2014

White House’s Late Changes To NSA Spying Bill Shake Support

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Carefully crafted legislation that would end the government’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records is under fire after the White House requested last-minute changes that critics say would water down its protections. A year after Americans learned from National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden that the NSA […]

May 22, 2014