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Monday, March 19, 2018
White House

Witnesses Say Sessions Lied To Congress On Russia

In November, Sessions testified that he “pushed back” against former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos’ proposal for the campaign to work with the Russians. But in the same breath, he also denied even remembering that the meeting with Papadopoulos took place.

March 19, 2018
Jared Kushner

Report: Kushner Company Filed False Documents

Before he was a top adviser in Donald Trump’s White House, Jared Kushner’s real estate company filed false paperwork in New York City claiming it had zero rent-regulated tenants in buildings that in fact had many, which led to the company being able to sell the properties quickly for millions in profit, reported the Associated Press Sunday.

March 19, 2018

Trump Renews Attack On Ousted FBI Official, Questions Special Counsel’s Fairness

Trump also renewed his questioning of the impartiality of Mueller’s investigation, writing that the special counsel’s investigative team has “Zero Republicans.” Mueller has identified himself as a Republican, and legal experts have noted that it would have been improper for him to vet his investigators by asking about their voting habits or political views.

March 19, 2018

Only Three GOP Senators Speak Out Against Firing Mueller

After the abrupt firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe late Friday, Trump began digging himself in even deeper as far a potential obstruction case. His lawyer John Dowd explicitly connected McCabe’s firing to the Russia investigation — a statement Dowd tried to walk back.

March 19, 2018
Deranged Trump, Right-Wing

Trump Is A Wimp

There are all sorts of possible reasons to admire Donald Trump, but none more imaginative than one offered by a fan attending his Pennsylvania rally before Tuesday’s congressional election. Trump’s planned meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, said retiree Paul Ambrose, was the product of his unflinching toughness.

March 18, 2018
Robert Mueller

‘Red Alert Time’: Trump Lawyer Calls For Mueller Dismissal

Speaking to the Daily Beast Saturday following Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ late-night firing of former Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe, John Dowd—President Trump’s personal attorney—called on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to “bring an end to [the] alleged Russia collusion investigation” being conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller.

March 18, 2018

Pompeo Signals Return Of The Neocons

He certainly broke with conventional Washington discourse. When the foreign policy establishment of Washington almost unanimously urged President Obama in September 2013 to punish the Syrian government for a chemical gas attack, Trump tweeted, “Do not attack Syria” three times in two days.

March 18, 2018

Springtime For Steve: Bannon Plots His Comeback

The past several months have been difficult for Steve Bannon, the disheveled, wannabe Machiavelli of American politics. Late last summer he was unceremoniously fired from his senior post in the Trump White House, then the candidate he backed in the Alabama special Senate election suffered a historic defeat under the weight of credible reports of sexual assault, and then he was evicted from his chairmanship of Breitbart News.

March 17, 2018

Study: Trump Campaign Rallies Caused Violence To Spike

That’s the conclusion of a new study, which found that cities experienced an increase in assaults on days when they hosted a Trump campaign rally. There was no corresponding link between the incidence of violence and rallies for Hillary Clinton. “It appeared to be a phenomenon that’s unique to Donald Trump’s rally,” said Christopher Morrison, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and lead author of the study.

March 17, 2018

Four-Star General Says Trump Is ‘Threat To National Security’

Retired four-star Army general Barry McCaffrey issued a dire warning Friday, saying he has reached the conclusion that Trump poses a “serious threat to US national security.” In a tweet posted late Friday afternoon, McCaffrey said he “reluctantly” came to that conclusion based on Trump’s refusal “to protect vital US interests from active Russian attacks.”

March 17, 2018

Why Trump Remains Silent On Texas Bombings

Although there have been three reported bombings in Austin, Texas, the current administration under Donald Trump has issued zero official comments on the incidents. In fact, there’s a peculiar silence surrounding the heinous explosions that led to the horrific deaths of three people, all of them people of color. Two of the victims were Black while one was Latina.

March 17, 2018

Impeach Trump Campaign Filing 200 FOIA Requests

The requests demanding records of Trump and Kushner’s business interactions with government agencies and administration members’ expenditures will be filed on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Day on March 16, the “Need to Impeach” campaign announced on Thursday.

March 16, 2018
Wall, Drug cartels

Trump’s Wall Is Performance Art, Not Border Security

Donald Trump loves the ceremonial parts of his job, and his trip to California to inspect prototypes for a border wall was pure theater. He got to project toughness, point to something tangible, make big promises and take credit — without actually accomplishing anything. He’s not a president; he’s a performance artist.

March 16, 2018

Emails Reveal Smear Plot Against State Department Official

Following the lead of smear artists at conservative propaganda sites, the Trump administration tried to oust Sahar Nowrouzzadeh, an expert working at the State Department on Iranian issues. She also may have been targeted for this harassment due to her ethnicity, which would violate federal anti-discrimination laws.

March 16, 2018

Trump’s New Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow Doesn’t Actually Have A Clue About Economics

President Donald Trump picked well-known CNBC personality Larry Kudlow to become director of the National Economic Council, a man with a storied history of being spectacularly and consistently wrong in his economic forecasting. For starters, Kudlow has proudly proclaimed he’s been an advocate of the gold standard since the 1970s, a favorite proposal of economic cranks the world over.

March 16, 2018

Why The Stormy Daniels Case Matters

Further, the inept and dishonest way the White House and Trump’s personal lawyer have handled the matter underlines the many facts that establish this administration is a kakistocracy, a government of the venal, the corrupt and the incompetent. Instead of the best and the brightest, the Trump administration draws on the worst and the dullest.

March 15, 2018

Trump’s Massive, Mysterious Inaugural Spending

Last month, the committee that ran President Donald Trump’s inaugural festivities released basic details about its revenues and spending. Trump raised $107 million, almost twice the previous record, and spent $104 million. The committee’s tax filing showed that $26 million of the spending went to an event planning firm started in December by a friend of the first lady.

March 15, 2018
Larry Kudlow

Trump Picks ‘Reliably Wrong’ TV Pundit To Lead US Economy

Trump has chosen television host Larry Kudlow to be his new chief economic adviser. Kudlow doesn’t have an economics degree, but he does have a considerable track record of making woefully wrong economic predictions. But none of that is an obstacle for Trump, who plans to appoint him to head the National Economic Council.

March 15, 2018

Trump Goes Silent After Pennsylvania Defeat

After demanding credit if Republicans won this week’s Pennsylvania special election, Trump has gone silent after the humiliating defeat. He aggressively backed the hapless Republican Rep. Rick Saccone, making two visits to a district Trump carried by 20 points in 2016.

March 15, 2018

New CIA Director Gina Haspel Has A Long History Of Pushing For Torture

Haspel is the first woman to head the clandestine service in its 71-year history. She is the first director in 30 years to come from the ranks of the agency. She has a track record of involvement in the agency’s since-discontinued torture program, and she has received strong support from some of President Trump’s most vociferous critics.

March 15, 2018

Will Pompeo Push For War Against Iran?

Gorka, who was forced to resign from his position as a former deputy assistant to the President in major part due to his apparent membership in a Hungarian “knighthood” that collaborated with the Nazis in World War II, thinks quite highly indeed of the former Kansas congressman.

March 15, 2018
Kellyanne Conway, Alternative Facts

Kellyanne Conway Took Expensive Private Jets, Too

Senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway took private flights with former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price last year at the cost of thousands of dollars to taxpayers, according to a letter sent by a high-ranking Democrat Tuesday. He also accused the White House of denying the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee requested documentation of Conway’s trips.

March 14, 2018
Zinke, Interior Department, Oil

Interior Secretary Zinke Waging War On Animals

Zinke, who grew up in Whitefish, Mont., likes to talk about how hunters and people who fish help conservation. As Montana’s representative in the U.S. House, he received $79,068 from gun rights groups like the National Rifle Association during the 2016 election cycle, second only in the House to Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)

March 14, 2018
Paul Ryan,Mac Thornberry

House GOP Dissenters Slam Phony Russia Report

On Monday, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee announced the impending release of their Russia report. But a number of people in the party, including Rep. Mike Conaway who led the investigation, are already starting to distance themselves from it. The report is slated to allege not only no collusion between Trump and Russia, but no active attempt by Russia to help Trump or hurt Hillary Clinton.

March 14, 2018
Donald Trump addresses members of the National Rifle Association's during their NRA-ILA Leadership Forum during their annual meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, May 20, 2016. REUTERS/John Sommers II

NRA Scares Trump Into Dropping His Own Gun Proposals

When President Donald Trump met with lawmakers at the end of February to discuss “school and community safety,” he chided his fellow Republicans for being “afraid” of the National Rifle Association. Now that Trump has revealed his proposal for addressing gun violence in schools, it’s clear that he’s the one who is afraid.

March 14, 2018