Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Russia
Donald Trump, Inauguration

Special Counsel Questioned Russian Billionaire Who Attended Trump Inauguration

President Donald Trump’s inauguration crowd may not have been the biggest in history, but it did feature some interesting characters, including, according to the New York Times, an influential and Kremlin-tied Russian billionaire named Viktor Vekselberg.

May 6, 2018

House Intel Committee Ignored Evidence Of Trump-Russia Ties

Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee released a report Friday summarizing the findings from their investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. But before they could finish saying “no collusion!”, a slew of damning new evidence was made public in the form of a Minority report — and unlike Republican committee members, Democrats brought receipts.

April 28, 2018

Report: NRA Insiders Bracing For Probe Of Russian Connection

The NRA’s precautions could be little more than due diligence as the group faces inquiries from congressional investigators and the media about its relationship with Torshin. But the feeling among some officials internally is that the group appears to be readying for an investigation.

April 28, 2018
Mitch McConnell

Four GOP Senators Vote To Protect Mueller, Defying McConnell

McConnell, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), and other Republicans have refused to support any measure to protect Mueller, despite reports that Trump has been looking for a way to fire the special counsel. Those Republicans have insisted no such action is “necessary” because they don’t believe Trump would follow through with those threats.

April 27, 2018
Bannon history attacking women

Whistleblower: Bannon Aimed To Suppress Dem Voters, Tested Putin’s Popularity

Former Trump campaign CEO and White House chief strategist Steve Bannon directed Cambridge Analytica — the scandal-plagued data firm hired by the Trump campaign — to research voter suppression tactics to discourage Democrats from voting in the 2016 presidential election, according to whistleblower Christopher Wylie.

April 27, 2018

NY Times Reporter Admits She Was ‘Unwitting Agent’ Of Russians

New York Times reporter Amy Chozick’s just-released memoir, Chasing Hillary, offers a detailed and direct admission that major media outlets played into Russian President Vladimir Putin’s hands by devoting obsessive coverage to hacked Democratic emails during the 2016 presidential campaign. It’s a striking acknowledgment, given how defensive the Times and its campaign journalists have generally been about their work.

April 26, 2018
Trump

Giuliani Meets With Mueller But Trump Still Resists

President Donald Trump continues to resist giving an interview to special counsel Robert Mueller, and his refusal could ultimately spark a massive legal battle between the White House and the FBI, according to a new report by the Washington Post.

April 26, 2018
Trump aides coordinated with Russians

New Documents Show FBI Probed Manafort’s Foreign Ties Before 2016

President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort was interviewed by the FBI long before the 2016 presidential race, new court documents show. This revelation shows that the FBI’s interests in the ties between Trump and Russia were not manufactured as an attempt to challenge his political legitimacy, but they instead stemmed from long-standing concerns about the very people he chose to surround himself with.

April 25, 2018
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump boards his plane after speaking at a campaign rally in Mesa, Arizona December 16, 2015. REUTERS/Nancy Wiechec

Travel Records Belie What Trump Told Comey About Russia Trip

President Donald Trump appears to have misled former FBI Director James Comey about his trip to Moscow for the Miss Universe pageant in 2013, according to flight record obtained by Bloomberg. Though Trump reportedly told Comey that he didn’t stay overnight in the Russian city, per the director’s contemporaneous memos of their private meeting,,,

April 24, 2018
New-York-Times-Building

In 2016, New York Times Fatally Botched Trump-Russia Probe — And Remains In Denial

The story also claims that while the Russians were trying to interfere in the 2016 election, the FBI did not believe the Russians were trying to help Trump. However, as former FBI Director James Comey said in an interview with the New Yorker, the bureau had already had concluded that the Kremlin wanted Trump to win.

April 23, 2018
facebook-russia

Racist Russian Propaganda Still Going Viral On Social Media

Conservative and pro-Trump Facebook pages, most affiliated with fake news websites, are recycling memes created by Russian troll companies like the Internet Research Agency (IRA), which the social network has banned from its platform. Media Matters found 24 posts dating back to December 2017 from 11 right-wing pages that contained memes bearing watermarks from Russian troll-run social media accounts.

April 22, 2018
Roger Stone

Roger Stone Says Trump Treats Cohen ‘Like Garbage’

Roger Stone said President Donald Trump treats his attorney Michael Cohen like “garbage,” according to a new report from the New York Times. The report says that Cohen and Trump have a much more unpleasant relationship than one might assume, suggesting that the attorney may have good reason to turn on the president.

April 22, 2018
Michael Cohen

Fearful Trump Flips Out Over Potential Cohen Flip

In a panicked Twitter tirade Saturday morning, Trump publicly admitted his fear that his personal fixer Michael Cohen is revealing his secrets to federal investigators. Trump could’ve asserted that he had done nothing wrong that would be of interest to the investigation of his presidential campaign. Instead, he attacked New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman.

April 22, 2018
Russian President Putin attends forum and answers media's questions

Russia Boasts Of Dictating Boundaries On Syria Strikes

Never passing up a chance to make Trump look weak on the world stage, the Kremlin on Friday stressed that when it came to last week’s U.S.-led missile strikes on Syria, Russia dictated what bombing sights were off limits. If true, the revelation makes a mockery of Trump’s attempt at get-tough rhetoric about Russia in the days leading up to the strikes.

April 21, 2018
Trump, Allies

DNC Sues Trump Campaign, Wikileaks Over Russia Collusion Conspiracy

On Friday, the Democratic National Committee filed a lawsuit against Trump’s campaign, Russia, and WikiLeaks for conspiring to fix the 2016 election “to hurt Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and help Trump by hacking the computer networks of the Democratic Party and disseminating stolen material found there,” the Washington Post reports.

April 21, 2018
Trump, Voter Fraud

Trump Campaign Lashes Out Over DNC Collusion Lawsuit

After the Democratic National Committee announced a lawsuit Friday against WikiLeaks, the Russian government and President Donald Trump’s campaign alleging a conspiracy, a spokesman for the Trump campaign dismissed the legal effort as a “scam.”

April 21, 2018
Trump, Putin

Trump’s Strange Appeasement Of Putin

In a TV interview Sunday, she said the administration would shortly impose additional sanctions on Moscow for its role in Syria’s chemical weapons program. The president was watching and “yelled at the television,” reports The New York Times. The next day, the White House said it would not add to the sanctions because the president would “like to have a good relationship” with Russia.

April 20, 2018
Trump, Obamacare, Congress

After Caving On Sanctions, Trump Says He’s ‘Tough’ On Russia

Trump reiterated his claim on Wednesday that “there has been nobody tougher than me” on Russia, just days after he publicly undermined his own administration’s plan to impose additional sanctions on Russia. Trump made the remarks at the end of a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday evening.

April 19, 2018
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the East Room of the White House in Washington

CNN: White House Assured Russians Of No New Sanctions

A Russian embassy spokeswoman told CNN Wednesday that the White House explicitly informed the Russian officials that it would not be issuing new sanctions against the country this week, despite U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley’s announcement over the weekend.

April 19, 2018
Michael Cohen

The Company Michael Cohen Kept

If you’ve seen video or images of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, they’ve probably been set in locations that exude power and importance: Cohen berating a CNN anchor in a TV studio, for example, or striding across the sleek marbled interior of Trump Tower, or more recently, smoking cigars in front of Cohen’s temporary residence, the Loews Regency Hotel on Manhattan’s Park Avenue.

April 19, 2018
White House anti-Semitism

White House Downplays Trump Ties With Cohen

While Trump attorney Michael Cohen fights to block evidence seized during an FBI raid of his office, Trump’s chief spokesperson, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, is trying, absurdly, to downplay the attorney-client relationship. During a press gaggle aboard Air Force One en route to Florida on Monday, the White House press secretary was asked if Cohen is still Trump’s personal lawyer.

April 18, 2018

Haley: I Wasn’t ‘Confused’ On Russia Sanctions

White House officials began telling news outlets that Haley had been “confused” after the administration faced criticism for its shifting position. Haley had said on Sunday that the administration would levy new sanctions against Russia at the beginning of this week for supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his chemical warfare.

April 18, 2018
shutdown

McConnell Says Republicans Won’t Protect Mueller From Trump

A growing number of Republican lawmakers have endorsed legislation to protect Mueller in recent days following the president’s fury over the federal raid on his attorney Michael Cohen. Neil Cavuto, the Fox News host who interviewed McConnell, pointed this fact out to the majority leader.

April 18, 2018
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump departs after he was deposed for a lawsuit involving partners in a restaurant venture at offices in Washington, U.S. June 16, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

A Dozen Lawyers And Counting Have Refused To Represent Trump

If anyone needed a stellar defense team right now, it’s Trump. But his legal search continues in vain as elite, white-collar attorneys in Washington, D.C., and around the country continue to turn down White House offers to lead Trump’s defense.

April 17, 2018
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a round table with the Republican Leadership Initiative at Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., August 25, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Trump Allies Are Helping Russia Spread Lies About Brutality In Syria

As a supporter of the Syrian regime, Russia has a vested interest in coming to the aid of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, whether that means providing military support or launching an information war to undermine critics of the regime. But Russia isn’t acting alone.

April 16, 2018