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11/13/17"Sessions considering second special counsel to investigate Republican concerns, letter shows""Attorney General Jeff Sessions is entertaining the idea of appointing a second special counsel to investigate a host of Republican concerns — including alleged wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation and the controversial sale of a uranium company to Russia — and has directed senior federal prosecutors to explore at least some of the matters and report back to him and his top deputy, according to a letter obtained by The Washington Post."Political persecution/retaliation against perceived opponents.
11/13/17"Friends say White House chief of staff is no politician"Militarization of the executive branch
11/12/17"Trump suggested softening the US stance toward Russia and easing sanctions""President Donald Trump suggested in Vietnam on Sunday that US sanctions against Russia are too tough and that he prefers being on more amicable terms with the Kremlin...Trump's comments on Sunday came on the heels of remarks he made on Saturday, when he said he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin when Putin told him Russia did not interfere in the 2016 election. "
11/12/17"Tough-talking sheriffs raise their voices in Trump era""From deep-blue states such as Massachusetts and New York to traditionally conservative strongholds in the South and the Midwest, locally elected sheriffs have emerged as some of the president’s biggest defenders. They echo Trump’s narrative on everything from serious policy debates such as immigration to fleeting political dust-ups with NFL players who kneel during the national anthem."
10/26/17"Julian Assange confirms Cambridge Analytica sought WikiLeaks' help"
10/26/17"FCC to loosen TV, newspaper ownership rules""Free Press, an advocacy group, said the proposal would make it easier for Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc (SBGI.O) to complete its $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media Co (TRCO.N) with fewer divestitures.

The “disastrous proposal is tailor-made for Sinclair and other giant broadcast chains that push often slanted or cookie-cutter content over the public airwaves,” the group said."
10/24/17"House panels probing Justice Department actions in 2016 campaign""House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy said they have “outstanding questions” about why former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey decided to publicly disclose and keep Congress updated on the status of the bureau’s probe into Clinton’s handling of classified information, but never disclosed its probe into President Donald Trump’s campaign associates."Republicans trying to impeach James Comey's testimony ahead of Mueller investigation's findings and/or run out the clock on Trump-Russia investigations.
10/23/17"TRUMP FAILS TO SANCTION RUSSIA OVER ELECTION MEDDLING AND DEFIES CONGRESS WITH THREE-WEEK DELAY""New sanctions resoundingly flew through both chambers of Congress in July, President Donald Trump signed the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act” on August 2. The bill called for fresh sanctions not only on Russia but Iran and North Korea as well.

But the administration missed the October 1 deadline to “issue regulations or other guidance” to indicate who from Russia’s defense and intelligence sectors—like its powerful Federal Security Service—would be targeted by the new sanctions."
10/18/1710/23/17"In North Carolina, Republicans Stung by Court Rulings Aim to Change the Judges""Judges in state courts as of this year must identify their party affiliation on ballots, making North Carolina the first state in nearly a century to adopt partisan court elections. The General Assembly in Raleigh reduced the size of the state Court of Appeals, depriving Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, of naming replacements for retiring Republicans.

And this month, lawmakers drew new boundaries for judicial districts statewide, which critics say are meant to increase the number of Republican judges on district and superior courts and would force many African-Americans on the bench into runoffs against other incumbents."
10/20/17"Trump nominees show up for work without waiting for Senate approval""Clay Johnson, who oversaw presidential personnel under Bush, said violating the Vacancies Act is a “big deal.”

“The prospective employee can’t use the office or parking space intended for the position in question, and can’t perform similar duties,” he said. “We were adamant about it.”"
10/20/17"Trump interviewed U.S. attorney nominees in New York""The interviews are unusual for a president, and have raised concerns among critics of potential conflicts of interest, as U.S. attorneys are supposed to operate independently from the president. "
10/20/17"CIA Director Wrongly Says U.S. Found Russia Didn’t Affect Election Result"""And yes, the intelligence community's assessment is that the Russian meddling that took place did not affect the outcome of the election."

In fact, U.S. intelligence agencies did not reach that conclusion, nor did they consider that question."
10/20/17"Without Saying ‘Trump,’ Bush and Obama Deliver Implicit Rebukes""Neither of them mentioned President Trump by name but two of his predecessors emerged from political seclusion on Thursday to deliver what sounded like pointed rebukes of the current occupant of the Oval Office and the forces of division that propelled him to power."
10/19/17"Is the FBI Setting the Stage for Increased Surveillance of Black Activists? ""WEB17-BlackActivists-1160x768-v01.jpg
Black Activist

A recently leaked FBI “Intelligence Assessment” contains troubling signs that the FBI is scrutinizing and possibly surveilling Black activists in its search for potential “extremists.”"
May indicate that administration will begin a more widespread crackdown on individuals and organizations who voice dissent.
10/19/17"Nearly half of voters are buying Trump's bullshit about the media"
10/19/17"Former CIA director says it’s ‘implausible’ that Russians didn’t meddle in our election without American help"
10/19/17"‘Vote for Trump’: Las Vegas judge orders felons to meet probation requirements and re-elect Trump in 2020"
10/19/17"White nationalist to control which journalists cover Florida 'free speech' event"
10/19/17"Mnuchin on tax plan: 'Very hard not to give cuts to the wealthy'"
10/19/17"It's been the second-hottest year since the 1800s"
10/19/17"Homeland Security sees power grow under Trump""Trump has sought to bolster resources for Homeland Security, particularly for its Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, while signaling the need for deep cuts at other agencies and departments."
"Puerto Rico still in crisis as Trump arrives""When President Donald Trump arrives in Puerto Rico on Tuesday, he’ll find an island on the verge of spiraling into a deepening crisis, with 95 percent of the power grid still knocked out and more than half of the 3.4 million residents lacking access to clean drinking water."
10/2/1710/3/17"The Most Serious Challenge to Gerrymandering in Modern Times Reaches the Supreme Court""A Wisconsin case could break the grip of partisans on the process that defines whether elections are competitive."
10/3/17"Dismayed by Trump, Head of Drug Enforcement Administration to Leave""The acting head of the Drug Enforcement Administration will resign at the end of the week, according to law enforcement officials, who said he had become convinced that President Trump had little respect for the law."
10/3/17"Russians Impersonated Real American Muslims to Stir Chaos on Facebook and Instagram""Using the account as a front to reach American Muslims and their allies, the Russians pushed memes that claimed Hillary Clinton admitted the U.S. “created, funded and armed” al-Qaeda and the so-called Islamic State; claimed that John McCain was ISIS’ true founder; whitewashed blood-drenched dictator Moammar Gadhafi and praised him for not having a “Rothschild-owned central bank”; and falsely alleged Osama bin Laden was a “CIA agent.”"
10/3/17"Feds Demand Facebook Share Information on Anti-Trump Protesters""The ACLU’s Washington, D.C., office said in a statement it would fight the enforcement of the search warrants.

"Opening up the entire contents of a personal Facebook page for review by the government is a gross invasion of privacy," said Scott Michelman, a senior staff attorney at ACLU. "When law enforcement officers can comb through records concerning political organizing in opposition to the very administration for which those officers work, the result is the chilling of First Amendment-protected political activity.""
10/2/1710/3/17"9 million kids get health insurance under CHIP. Congress just let it expire""The program, created under a 1997 law passed with bipartisan support during the administration of President Bill Clinton, provided coverage for children in families with low and moderate incomes as well as to pregnant women. It was instrumental in lowering the percentage of children who were uninsured from nearly 14 percent when it started to 4.5 percent in 2015. It was last reauthorized in 2015 and was due to be renewed by Sept. 30, 2017."
10/2/1710/3/17"Trump’s company had more contact with Russia during campaign, according to documents turned over to investigators"
8/25/178/26/17"Court rules Texas state House maps intentionally discriminatory, orders Dallas and Tarrant remap""The decision by a three-judge panel was the second time the court had ruled Texas' statehouse maps discriminatory. Earlier this year, the court had ruled that the state's 2011 maps were intentionally discriminatory. In 2013, the state redrew those maps after another court had found they had discriminatory effects. The 2013 maps are the ones currently used for elections."Indication that voter suppression efforts are still going strong, held back only by a rational judiciary
8/25/178/26/17"RNC condemns white supremacy but makes no mention of Trump’s remarks""The Republican National Committee on Friday approved a resolution condemning racism and white supremacy at its summer meeting in Nashville — but don’t call it a rebuke of President Trump.

“This has nothing to do with the president,” said the resolution’s sponsor, Bill Palatucci, an RNC committeeman from New Jersey. “This is the RNC saying that racism and bigotry have no place in America.”"
Meaningless in the face of Trump's statements that effectively condone white supremacy and Nazis. Chickenshits.
8/25/178/25/17"Border Patrol checkpoints in Texas will stay open as hurricane evacuation is underway""AS EVACUATIONS ARE underway for Hurricane Harvey, the Border Patrol is continuing to operate its immigration checkpoints, forcing undocumented immigrants to choose between staying put — and trying to withstand a hurricane — or risking deportation.

The hurricane is expected to be the most powerful storm to land in 12 years, and counties near the southern coast in Texas have ordered thousands of residents to leave, according to NBC."
Dehumanizing, and potentially leading to the loss of human life. Hateful.
8/25/178/25/17"Trump Pardons Sheriff Joe Arpaio""President Trump on Friday pardoned Joe Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff whose aggressive efforts to hunt down and detain undocumented immigrants made him a national symbol of the divisive politics of immigration and earned him a criminal contempt conviction."Appeasement to white nationalists, and likely indication that he will pardon anyone brought up on charges connected with his Russia and other dealings. Arpaio racially profiled and jailed U.S. citizens.
8/10/178/25/17"Under fire _ from GOP _ Trump digs in on Confederate icons"Trump is defending the myth of the Confederacy, which itself was rooted in deep and wide racismContinued pattern of the president defending white nationalism and white supremacy
8/18/178/25/17"Gorsuch's planned speech at Trump hotel criticized by liberal groups""Gorsuch is scheduled to headline a luncheon celebrating the 50th anniversary of conservative group The Fund for American Studies on September 28, days before the next SCOTUS term begins October 2."Likely indication that Trump's first SCOTUS installation does not care about the appearance or fact of operating primarily as an advocate of right-wing/Trumpist ideology
8/20/178/25/17"The Trump administration just disbanded a federal advisory committee on climate change"Part of wider pattern of administration dismantling wide swaths of the governement that do not hew to right-wing/Trumpist dogma. Other organs are resigning (business councils, infrastructure council, arts council, and more)
8/22/178/25/17"At Rally, Trump Blames Media for Country’s Deepening Divisions"Not exceptional in and of itself, but continuation/escalation of rallies that appeal to and consolidate Trumpist base, and empower white nationalists and Nazis
8/25/178/25/17"Military Transgender Ban to Begin Within 6 Months, Memo Says""President Trump is preparing to give the Defense Department formal authority to expel transgender people from the military in an upcoming order, barring the Pentagon from recruiting transgender troops and cutting off payment for sexual reassignment surgery and other medical treatments for those already serving."Action will result in government directly persecuting individuals based on their sexual identify
8/24/178/25/17"Court orders company to produce data on anti-Trump site ""Chief Judge Robert Morin of the Superior Court of D.C. ruled from the bench that the government, under the court’s supervision, can proceed with an amended search warrant for data requested from DreamHost on the website, which was used to organize protests against Trump on Inauguration Day.

However, Morin outlined what he described as “added protections” to guard the data of innocent visitors to the website. He directed the government to submit information to the court about its method for searching through the data and minimizing data on innocent third-party visitors to the site."
Overall effect is to put fear of prosecution into those who would oppose the administration in even the mildest of ways i.e. visiting a website
8/19/178/19/17"Bannon’s White House Run Comes to End""Mr. Bannon’s exit, the latest in a string of high-profile West Wing shake-ups, came as Mr. Trump is under fire for saying that “both sides” were to blame for last week’s deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va. Critics accused the president of channeling Mr. Bannon when he equated white supremacists and neo-Nazis with the left-wing protesters who opposed them.

“White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said in a statement. “We are grateful for his service and wish him the best.”"
8/12/178/12/17"Car Hits Crowd After White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville Ends in Violence""Witnesses said a crowd of counterdemonstrators, jubilant because the white nationalists had left, was moving up Fourth Street, near the mall, when a gray sports car came down the road and accelerated, mowing down several people and hurling at least two in the air."Organized violence on the right is now on the surface. President has not confronted it and shows no sign of doing so.
8/9/178/9/17"Trump Threatens ‘Fire and Fury’ Against North Korea if It Endangers U.S.""In chilling language that evoked the horror of a nuclear exchange, Mr. Trump sought to deter North Korea from any actions that would put Americans at risk. But it was not clear what specifically would cross his line. Administration officials have said that a pre-emptive military strike, while a last resort, is among the options they have made available to the president."FUD
8/9/178/9/17"Vote or lose your rights: Justice Department sides with Ohio in controversial voter purge case"Shows that administration is actively seeking to suppress voters, most of whom would likely vote against them
7/26/177/26/17"Trump Says That Transgender People Will Not Be Allowed in the Military""President Trump announced on Wednesday that the United States will not “accept or allow” transgender people in the United States military, saying American forces “must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory” and could not afford to accommodate them.

Mr. Trump made the surprise declaration in a series of posts on Twitter, saying he had come to the decision after consulting with generals and military experts, whom he did not name."
Pence's fingers are all over it. Likely solidifying support among large chunk of evangelical Christians.
"New Texas law allows for separate courts when police are accused of crimes"
"The Texas legislature just passed a law that would allow counties in the state to create “diversion courts” for police officers and other first-responders who are charged with crimes but can plausibly argue that job-related mental illness contributed to their misconduct. "Separate justice system with different standards for law enforcement is a recipe for abuse of power, further erosion of faith in law enforcement to conduct themselves with integrity
7/25/177/25/17"Mitch McConnell Wants You to Be Confused""The strategy is deeply radical and, in the end, probably unlikely to work—it’s hard to see how the differences in the Republican caucus about the extent to which Medicaid should be cut, and how much of Obamacare should be repealed, can ultimately be bridged. But to defeat it, activists will have to understand exactly what McConnell and Ryan are up to, and they have done their best to keep that obscured."
7/25/177/25/17"Dems call for protests as GOP moves forward on health care bill""Sen. Chris Murphy: "There are 51 senators who need to hear from you."
Sen. Jeff Merkley: "How about if we fill the streets outside every Republican office across America? That's the kind of action we need."
Sen. Elizabeth Warren: "Make no mistake, we have lost an important battle today. But we have not yet lost this war.""
7/25/177/25/17"Justice Department makes new move against sanctuary cities""Localities receiving funds through one of Justice's most popular grant programs will have to meet two new conditions: allowing immigration authorities access to local jails and prisons, and giving the feds 48-hour notice before an illegal immigrant wanted by the feds is released."
7/25/177/25/17"House passes Russia sanctions bill, setting up veto dilemma for Trump""Included in the package, which passed 419 to 3, are new measures targeting key Russian officials in retaliation for that country’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election, as well as sanctions against Iran and North Korea in response to those nations’ weapons programs.

Members of the Trump administration, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, have resisted the congressional push — in particular a provision attached to the Russian measures that would require Congress to sign off on any move to relieve those sanctions."
7/25/177/25/17"Trump Steps Up Attacks on Sessions, Calling Recusal Bad for the Presidency""President Trump continued his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, reviving his campaign call to investigate Hillary Clinton’s “crimes” as he criticized Mr. Sessions’s inaction.

In a news conference Tuesday, Mr. Trump also said he was “disappointed” in Mr. Sessions for recusing himself in the Justice Department’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties with Russia."
7/25/177/25/17"McCain Returns to Cast Vote to Help the President Who Derided Him""On Tuesday, the Arizona Republican ambled gingerly into the Capitol to sustained applause less than two weeks after brain surgery, casting a vote to aid President Trump, who has served as more tormentor than ally."
7/25/177/25/17"Pence Breaks Tie as Senate Votes to Begin Debating Obamacare Repeal""The 51-50 vote, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking a tie, came only a week after the Republican effort to dismantle a pillar of former President Barack Obama’s legacy appeared all but doomed. It marked an initial win for President Trump, who pushed, cajoled and threatened senators over the last days to at least begin debating the repeal of the health care law.

But the victory could be a fleeting one: Senate Republicans still had no agreement on a repeal bill that they could ultimately pass to uproot the law that has provided health insurance to millions of Americans."
7/25/177/25/17"Senators on hot mic: Trump is ‘crazy,’ ‘I’m worried’""“Yes,” Reed replies. “I think — I think he’s crazy,” apparently referring to the president. “I mean, I don’t say that lightly and as a kind of a goofy guy.”

“I’m worried,” Collins replies.

“Oof,” Reed continues. “You know, this thing — if we don’t get a budget deal, we’re going to be paralyzed.”"
You and me both, sister.
7/25/177/25/17"Left- and right-wing militias face off in Michigan after official calls for the murder of ‘every last Muslim’""Residents of the village gathered to denounce Sieting, demanding his resignation and giving him an earful. Outside, local militias “patrolled” the building with assault rifles, pistols and bullet proof vests. One of them was the Great Lakes Three Percenters, a right wing organization that claims their purpose is to protect Americans’ constitutional rights."Armed organized groups with political bents appearing in public more often
7/25/177/25/17"Capitol Hill staff prevent journalists from reporting on health care protesters""Capitol Hill staff blocked reporters from reporting on demonstrators who were protesting the Senate’s vote to proceed to debate on an as-yet-unknown Republican health care measure. In at least one case, a journalist said they forced him to delete his video of the protesters.

As voting began on the measure, dozens of protesters yelled “kill the bill” and “shame” from the Senate gallery. The demonstrators were removed from the gallery and placed under arrest by Capitol Police"
7/25/177/25/17"Pence Breaks Tie as Senate Votes to Begin Debating Obamacare Repeal""The 51-50 vote came only a week after the Republican effort to dismantle a pillar of former President Barack Obama’s legacy appeared all but doomed. It marked an initial win for President Trump, who pushed, cajoled and threatened senators over the last days to at least begin debating the repeal of the health care law."
7/25/177/25/17"Officials: San Antonio truck victim, 19, grew up in Northern Va., was deported""The Spanish-language news site Univision quoted Jose Barillas, the Guatemalan consul general in Houston, saying Fuentes was a “Dreamer” who was brought to the United States as a child and shielded from deportation through President Obama’s 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program."
7/25/177/25/17"Manafort testifies to Senate Intelligence Committee, turns over notes from Trump Tower meeting with Russian lawyer""Before his voluntary interview, Manafort submitted to the committee notes that he took at a meeting with a Russian lawyer he and other campaign aides attended during the presidential campaign, a person familiar with the investigation said.

The notes could provide a key contemporaneous account of a meeting that has emerged as a focus of investigations into Russia’s interference in the 2016 campaign by both Congress and Special Counsel Robert Mueller."
7/25/177/25/17"Trump Used A Boy Scout Gathering To Launch Political Attacks And Troop Leaders Are Not Happy"""It sickens me," Nicholson said. "It looked like he’s turning them into the Hitler Youth.""
7/25/177/25/17"Sinclair-Tribune deal would create conservative "broadcast colossus""""Sinclair has generated controversy by mandating all of its stations run [former Trump official Boris] Epshteyn's nine-times-weekly 'Bottom Line With Boris' commentary segments. The former Trump strategist has unfailingly supported his ex-boss in virtually all of his two-minute segments.""
7/25/177/25/17"Senate Health Care Vote: What to Expect""The Senate is expected to hold a procedural vote, called a motion to proceed, on health care as early as Tuesday afternoon. If successful, that vote would allow debate to begin on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act."
7/25/177/25/17"'Sessions has a choice to make': Trump is backing his attorney general into a corner""Political analysts say Trump appears to be backing Sessions into a corner with the hope that he will resign — a theory bolstered in recent days by reports that Trump is considering replacements like Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani of New York."
7/25/177/25/17"From ‘fake media’ to Clinton, Trump brings political attacks to the Scout Jamboree""But before long, Trump dived into the politics of the Republican health-care bill, which could die if it doesn’t clear a key procedural vote on Tuesday. Trump pointed to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, who has been tasked with selling the legislation."
7/24/177/24/17"Congressman proposes ban on Trump hotels use by U.S. government"""Donald Trump should not be allowed to line his or his family’s pockets with taxpayer dollars,” Representative Don Beyer of Virginia said in a statement.

He said the amendments he was introducing to a spending bill were necessary because of the Republican president's "unprecedented failure to divest from his business, and the ongoing entanglement between the Trump Organization and the White House.""
7/24/177/24/17"U.S. judge allows Trump election commission to seek voting data""The judge said a lawsuit by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) watchdog did not have grounds for an injunction in part because the collection of data by the commission was not technically an action by a government agency so was not bound by laws that govern what such entities can do.

Washington-based U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly also pointed out that the commission was an advisory body that does not have legal authority to compel states to hand over the data."
7/24/177/24/17"If Trump Abuses His Pardon Powers, Congress Should Impeach Him""The power to impeach a president (or a vice president, or an attorney general) rests with the US House of Representatives. If the House impeaches a president, he is tried by the Senate. If convicted, the president is removed from office.

No pardon can interrupt the process.

No pardon can alter or reverse the Senate’s decision."
7/24/177/24/17"MSNBC finishes first in primetime basic cable for first time ever""New daily developments regarding investigations into Russian election meddling and possible collusion with Trump campaign associates has been a boon for progressive MSNBC, particularly host Rachel Maddow."
7/24/177/24/17"Trump’s team is weighing options for replacing Sessions""Replacing Sessions is seen by some Trump associates as potentially being part of a strategy to fire special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and end his investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with the Kremlin to influence the 2016 election, according to the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment publicly."
7/24/177/24/17"Justice Dept. Nominee Says He Once Represented Russian Bank""President Trump’s nominee to lead the Justice Department’s criminal division, Brian A. Benczkowski, has disclosed to Congress that he previously represented Alfa Bank, one of Russia’s largest financial institutions, whose owners have ties to President Vladimir V. Putin."
7/24/177/24/17"‘People feel free to feel contempt’: ICE agent warns Trump policies have warped immigration agency""“I like predictability,” the agent said. “I like being able to go into work and have faith in my senior managers and the administration, and to know that, regardless of their political views, at the end of the day they’re going to do something that’s appropriate. I don’t feel that way anymore.”"
7/24/177/24/17"Trump's toady at Breitbart attacks Jake Tapper, and that should worry everyone""Trump frequently lashed out at individual reporters by name, on Twitter and on the stump. His most prominent targets received a wave of death threats and hate mail, at times compelling them to hire security guards....We’ve already seen cases where the press office uses its media allies to target mainstream outlets. We may be seeing a lot more of that in the days to come. If the White House and its allies begin targeting individual reporters, the consequences could be dire."
7/24/177/24/17"GOP congressman blames health care struggles on ‘repugnant’ Republican ‘female senators’" / suggests gun violence as a solution"Rep. Blake Farenthold suggested he’d like to resolve things with a gunfight."
7/24/177/24/17"Trump ponders Rudy Giuliani for attorney general""Giuliani would have a tough time getting 50 Republicans senators to vote to confirm him. He was such an early and ardent Trump backer that he wouldn't be seen as an independent guardian of the department in these tumultuous times."
7/24/177/24/17"Trump lashes out at his 'beleaguered' attorney general and asks why he isn't investigating Clinton's emails and Russia connections ""President Donald Trump lashed out at Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House committee investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, in a set of Monday morning tweets."
7/24/177/24/17"Jared Kushner confirms Russia meetings but insists: 'I did not collude'""In an 11-page statement released early on Monday in the run-up to his appearance before the Senate intelligence committee, Kushner claims he had four contacts with Russian officials during the presidential election and transition, but says they were part of his role as a Trump campaign point man for foreign governments."
7/23/177/24/17"Thune: Senate won’t give up on Obamacare repeal if bill fails this week""Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to hold a critical vote Tuesday to begin debate on Obamacare repeal, but it appears unlikely to succeed — and it remains unclear which health care bill the Senate will even consider."
7/23/177/23/17"Why the Senate GOP's motion-to-proceed vote could succeed""Senate Republicans are (finally) expected to vote this week for the motion to take up the bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act."
7/23/177/23/17"Alex Jones and other conservatives call for civil war against liberals""On June 23, he accused “the left” of starting civil war and offered to personally execute convicted traitors because, he said, “I’m not going to sit here and just call for stuff without actually being part of it.” In the same broadcast he said, “I don’t need some coming-of-age deal to kill a bunch of liberals,” but “we have to start getting ready for insurrection and civil war because they’re really pushing it.”"
7/22/177/22/17"Trump launches all-out assault on Mueller probe""President Trump has launched an all-out assault on the federal investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia, reflecting an intensifying obsession with the probe within the West Wing."
7/22/177/22/17"Sometimes it’s ‘normal’ to meet with foreign officials. For Jeff Sessions and the Russian ambassador, it wasn’t.""But it defies logic to say you simply forgot about those meetings, especially when filling out a 127-page form designed to get at any politically sticky situations with foreign governments, ethics expert Melanie Sloan said.

“The fact that they can remember everything else suggests they have something to hide,” she said, “that they are deliberately trying to hide contacts with Russia, and there are serious questions about whether they were conspiring with the Russian government to win the presidency.”"
7/22/177/22/17"Trump intel chief: No agencies dispute Russian election meddling""Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said Friday that U.S. intelligence agencies uniformly believe the Kremlin meddled in the 2016 presidential election, despite President Trump’s earlier claim there was a misunderstanding between the agencies.

“There is no dissent, and I have stated that publicly and I have stated that to the president,” Coats told NBC News’ Lester Holt at the Aspen Security Forum."
7/22/177/22/17"Scaramucci praises Breitbart in first interview since communications appointment""“One of the things Breitbart has done is you've captured the spirit of what's actually going on in the country,” Scaramucci told Boyle during an interview on "Breitbart News Saturday" on SiriusXM."
7/22/177/22/17"Congress Agrees on Sanctions for Russia, Defying White House""The new legislation sharply limits the president’s ability to suspend or terminate the sanctions. At a moment when investigations into the Trump campaign’s interactions with Russian officials have cast a shadow over his presidency, Mr. Trump could soon face a bleak decision: veto the bill — and fuel accusations that he is doing the bidding of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia — or sign legislation imposing sanctions his administration abhors."
7/22/177/22/17"Trump Says He Has ‘Complete Power’ to Pardon""Mr. Trump suggested in a series of early morning messages on Twitter that he had no need to use the pardon power at this point but left the option open. Presidents have the authority to pardon others for federal crimes, but legal scholars debate whether a president can pardon himself. Mr. Trump’s use of the word “complete” seemed to suggest he did not see a limit to that authority."
7/21/177/21/17"‘He wants this investigation stopped’: Bernstein breaks down Trump’s end game if he leaked Sessions story "Discussing Friday’s bombshell news, journalist Carl Bernstein of Watergate fame told CNN host Anderson Cooper that the prospect of Trump leaking the story himself appears to fulfill the larger purpose of giving him justification for firing Sessions — and then firing Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller.

“The president can ask for this intelligence, and it would not surprise me if he did, particularly if he is intent on getting rid of Sessions,” Bernstein said."
7/21/177/21/17"U.S. immigration raids to target teenaged suspected gang members""The raids represent a sharp departure from practices during the presidency of Barack Obama. Under Obama, minors could be targeted for deportation if they had been convicted of crimes, but were not arrested simply for suspected gang activity or membership.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement that a person can be identified as a gang member if they meet two or more criteria, including having gang tattoos, frequenting an area notorious for gangs and wearing gang apparel."
7/21/177/21/17"Sessions discussed Trump campaign-related matters with Russian ambassador, U.S. intelligence intercepts show""Russia’s ambassador to Washington told his superiors in Moscow that he discussed campaign-related matters, including policy issues important to Moscow, with Jeff Sessions during the 2016 presidential race, contrary to public assertions by the embattled attorney general, according to current and former U.S. officials.

Ambassador Sergey Kislyak’s accounts of two conversations with Sessions — then a top foreign policy adviser to Republican candidate Donald Trump — were intercepted by U.S. spy agencies, which monitor the communications of senior Russian officials both in the United States and in Russia. Sessions initially failed to disclose his contacts with Kislyak and then said that the meetings were not about the Trump campaign."
7/21/177/21/17"Polish Parliament Approves Law Curtailing Courts’ Independence""Brushing aside warnings from the European Union and ignoring tens of thousands of protesters in the streets, Poland’s Parliament gave final approval to a landmark measure on Saturday that would restructure the Supreme Court, putting it under effective control of the governing party.

The new law was the latest in a series of acts from the Law and Justice party that critics say are aimed at curtailing the judiciary, the country’s last bastion of independence. If President Andrzej Duda signs the laws, as expected, Poland will take its largest step yet away from the West’s liberal values in a nation that was once a symbol of democracy’s triumph over communism."
7/21/177/21/17"‘Bored’ Florida cops subject women to ethnic and sexist harassment during pointless 2-hour detainment""The officers spent two hours questioning the women, ordered them to call family members to confirm where they lived and threatened to arrest one of them when she asked for their badge number, Landa said.

The 22-year-old said the officers toyed with their guns and told one of her friends she should have checked the weather and worn more clothing, and an officer asked one woman if she was Dominican because she was “feisty.”"
7/21/177/21/17"White House won't rule out pardons on Russia""Sanders spoke after questions about a report in The Washington Post that said Trump had asked his advisers about his ability to offer pardons to himself, family member or aides because of the probe. The report also said that Trump's legal team is looking into the issue."
7/21/177/21/17"Hits on federal retirement advance as bill is introduced to fire feds for ‘no cause at all’""House Republicans greeted current and future federal employees with two controversial body blows in recent days — one amounts to a pay cut and the other would allow new feds to be fired for “no cause at all.”"Recipe for corruption, cronyism, and autocracy, as anyone except for a political operative would be a fool to take a job with the federal government
7/21/177/21/17"Lawyer who met with Trump Jr. had Russian intelligence connections""Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Moscow lawyer with powerful government contacts, represented a military unit founded by the Federal Security Service in court cases in 2011 and 2012, court rulings seen by The Washington Post show.

In those cases, Veselnitskaya represented Military Unit 55002 in a dispute over a five-story office building in northwest Moscow where a number of electronics companies were based. It was not immediately clear what the spy agency, known as the FSB, used the building for. But the state-run company that now occupies the property provides electronic components for Russian tech companies."
7/20/177/20/17"Judge declines to remove block on Trump sanctuary cities order""The move further thwarts the Trump White House's attempt to effectively penalize cities providing safe haven to undocumented immigrants by threatening to strip them of federal funding."
7/20/177/20/17"Kushner's White House status being used to lure Chinese real estate investors: report""According to an exclusive CNN report, online promotions used by two Chinese companies working to find investors in Kushner Companies reference Kushner. Those promotions refer to Kushner Companies as "real estate heavyweights," and mention Kushner directly as, "the celebrity of the family is 30-something 'Mr. Perfect'.""
7/20/177/20/17"Trump supporters still fixate on Clinton as mood darkens""The thrill of victory, for many Trump backers, has been replaced by something closer to disgust – the kind of disgust that makes people turn off the news.

They still back the president. But they express sharp resentment of the president’s perceived enemies in the media and official Washington, and describe fatigue from defending a political figure who does not always make it easy. In a striking number of interviews, the conversation eventually turns to the candidate Trump beat eight months ago – Clinton – whose alleged trespasses are brandished to answer questions about Trump’s alleged trespasses.

To the extent that Trump may be corrupt, his supporters say, Clinton would have been worse – so much worse, to the thinking of some Trump voters, that even if Trump had cheated to win the election, it was worth it."
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