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Superseding Manafort/Gates Indictment

Mueller’s team just dropped, literally minutes ago, its superseding indictment on Manafort and Gates.  You can just look at the cover page to see who is indicted for what. 32 counts, mostly dealing with financial transactions and bank fraud and tax fraud (money laundering, basically) all before Manafort was Trump campaign manager.

I did a search for “Trump” — his name does not appear in the document.

But it seems that Manafort and Gates are caught by the short hairs.  They have to cut a deal.

Oh I Do NOT Like How This Sounds

Reuters Exclusive:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of a federal agency who has helped U.S. states protect election systems from possible cyber attacks by Russia or others is being removed from his post by Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and the White House.

Matthew Masterson, currently chairman of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and a former Ohio state official, has been passed over for a second four-year term as one of the agency’s four commissioners, according to sources familiar with the matter.

It is up the House speaker to recommend a nominee for the commissioner post that Masterson currently holds, with the president then making a formal nomination.

Masterson has been a popular figure among state election officials, many of whom have praised his expertise and leadership on cyber security issues and expressed chagrin at his pending departure. The agency was created by Congress in 2002 to assist states in complying with federal election standards.

The action raises fresh questions over the degree to which Republican President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans who control Congress are taking steps to protect the security of American elections, and some state officials have accused them of doing too little to address the threat.

U.S. voters in November will go to the polls in midterm elections, which American intelligence officials have warned could be targeted by Russia or others seeking to disrupt the process.

I don’t know anything about this Masterson guy, but if he is one of the few government officials ACTUALLY worried about election hacking, then getting rid of him seems like a bad move.  Unless he is bad at his job, and I’m not sure I trust Ryan or Trump to make that assessment.

Here’s the real concern: the other Republican appointee on the EAC, Christy McCormick, could be tapped as the next chair. At a public EAC meeting in April 2017, she expressed skepticism about the urgency of election security. She also attacked DHS for designating elections as critical infrastructure.

Yes, NRA Spokeswoman Dana Leosch Lied To Stoneman Douglas Student Emma Gonzalez

Emma Gonzalez, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, had a simple question for National Rifle Association (NRA) national spokesperson Dana Loesch during CNN’s gun violence town hall: “Do you believe that it should be harder to obtain the semi-automatic … weapons and the modifications for these weapons to make them fully automatic, like bump stocks?”

Instead of providing the NRA’s well established positions on these questions, Loesch gave a series of dishonest explanations that sought to hide the NRA’s fringe absolutism against gun regulation.

After some niceties, Loesch purported to answer Gonzalez’s question by saying, “I don’t believe that this insane monster should have ever been able to obtain a firearm, ever. I do not think that he should have gotten his hands on any kind of weapon. That’s number one.”

According to Loesch, “This individual was nuts and I, nor the millions of people that I represent as a part of this organization, that I’m here speaking for, none of us support people who are crazy, who are a danger to themselves, who are a danger to others, getting their hands on a firearm.”

Loesch was lying.

The NRA opposes adding prohibiting categories to the gun background check system that could have included the Stoneman Douglas gunman. As the NRA’s website states, “NRA opposes expanding firearm background check systems, because background checks don’t stop criminals from getting firearms.” It also opposes a policy called a “Gun Violence Restraining Order” or a “Red Flag” law that has been widely cited as a policy that could have stopped the gunman from having access to firearms. These laws allow family members and law enforcement to petition courts to temporarily remove people’s access to firearms who are a danger to themselves or others.

Loesch’s dishonesty didn’t stop with that claim. Moments later, while talking about the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), Loesch said, “It is not federal law for states to report convictions to the NICS system. It’s not federally mandated.” Loesch also argued that the states can convict a person, they “can adjudicate the mentally unfit,” but “if a state does not report it to the National Crime Information Center, when you run that form, this individual — this madman passed a background check.” (NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre also used this talking point in his February 22 speech at CPAC.)

What Loesch failed to mention is that states can’t be required to report disqualifying records because of the outcome of a 1997 NRA-backed lawsuit Printz v. United States.

The lawsuit was the NRA’s attempt to invalidate the entire national background check system in court before it could be implemented. While the system eventually went into effect, the outcome of Printz damaged its effectiveness, as the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision in favor of the NRA’s argument that requiring states to perform background checks for a federal system violated the 10th Amendment.

The ruling also had implications on whether states can be required to submit disqualifying records into the background check system. As the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence explains, “Federal law cannot require states to make information identifying people ineligible to possess firearms available to the federal or state agencies that perform background checks” because “case law suggests that a federal statute requiring states to disclose records to the FBI would violate the Tenth Amendment” due to the Printz ruling.

So far, none of Loesch’s answers were actually about semi-automatic weapons or bump stocks. Gonzalez then interceded to say, “I think I’m gonna interrupt you real quick and remind you that the question is actually, do you believe it should be harder to obtain these semi-automatic weapons and modifications to make them fully automatic, such as bump stocks?”

Loesch didn’t mention semi-automatic weapons, but offered some muddled comments about bump stocks and said, “So, that answers your question.” (The organization has a deceitful position on the issue that decreases the chances they will be eventually banned.)

The NRA had a responsibility to offer straightforward, honest statements about gun policy at CNN’s gun violence town hall, but instead what Loesch offered were lies and spin.

Armed Teachers: A Pathological And Ineffective Idea

UPDATE:… but it’s lucrative!

Trump is clearly just throwing this our there. Even if 20% of the teachers are trained, who pays for the training AND the guns AND the “bonus” salary? We’re talking about hundreds of thousands of teachers where, in most states, there is little enough money for schoolbooks.  Is the White House going to impose it on the states?  Has anyone run the numbers?


I’m speechless

Gun Debate Continues

Last night’s “town hall” on CNN was riveting. The students asked better questions than the adults, and I’m not the only one to note that they would not allow the responder to filibuster or waiver.  For example, student Emma Gonzalez asked NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch, “Do you believe that it should be harder to obtain the semi-automatic and – – weapons and the modifications for these weapons to make them fully automatic like bump stocks?”

Loesch talked for several things for several minutes (how she feels the student’s pain, mental illness, etc) before Emma interrupted politely but forecfully:  “I think I’m gonna interrupt you real quick and remind you that the question is actually, do you believe it should be harder to obtain these semi-automatic weapons and modifications to make them fully automatic, such as bump stocks?”, and incredibly, she got a direct two sentence answer (well, pretty close to a direct answer –  Loesch said she was there to represent the NRA’s 5 million members, not offer her opinion, but she did comment on the fact that the ATF is looking into bump stocks).

Marco Rubio was eaten alive, especially in trying weasel his “no” response to the direct question of whether he would refuse NRA campaign contribution. That said, the students gave him credit for showing up all, which I suppose is true (although technically, it’s his job since they are his constituents).

All in all, my biggest take-away was that if these kids are representative of the future, I’m highly optimistic and hope I’m around to see what happens.

But again, the most tension-filled moments were when the NRA, in the form of Loesch, took the stage.  Normally, an incendiary speaker, Loesch was toned down significantly for this stage. Twice this year, Loesch has come under criticism from a range of viewers, including a few gun owners, who say her public service announcements about the purported left-wing war on decent Americans have crossed the line.

June video shows clips of protests and riots with Loesch warning of a societal collapse while ominous music plays in the background.

“They use their media to assassinate real news,” she warns. “They use their schools to teach children that their president is another Hitler. They use their movie stars and singers and comedy shows and award shows to repeat their narrative over and over again.”

“The only way we stop this, the only way we save our country, and our freedom,” she concludes, “is to fight this violence of lies with a clenched fist of truth.”

But that Loesch was not there last night. Clearly, she prepared to go full force on mental illness and avoid any discussion of bans on guns, or fixing loopholes with background checks, or raising the age limit for gun buyers to 21.

She shared the “panel” with Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, a remarkable man who called on Loesch at one point, interjecting: “You just told this group of people you’re standing up for them. You’re not standing up for them until you say, ‘I want less weapons.’ ”

The crowd roared in approval. Loesch sat silently, her hands folded in her lap.

This morning, speaking before CPAC, Loesch spoke again. Talking of last night, she reminded conservatives that the real victim last night was her.  “I had to have a security detail to get out,” Loesch said, speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland. “I wouldn’t have been able to exit if I didn’t have a private security detail. There were people rushing the stage and screaming ‘burn her.’ And I came there to talk solutions, and I still am going to continue that conversation on solutions, as the NRA has been doing since before I was alive.”

Meanwhile, on the gun control front, Trump is coming to the defense of the…. you guessed it… the NRA.

I believe that THEY believe they are doing the right thing, but they are biased. Sure, MAYBE unintentionally, but they are still biased. Nobody wants to believe they work for the devil.

As for proposals, Trump wants to arm teachers.  Except… well.. he has a problem with that characterization:

Right. So Trump never said “give teachers guns” but he wants to give teachers guns.

I’m not sure I need to point out how ridiculous this idea is. It won’t solve mass shootings (arming teachers would not have prevented the Las Vegas shooting or Pulse nightclub shooting), and it counts on teachers being in the right place at the right time. A student with an AR-15 can kill dozens of students before a teacher can pull his or her handgun from his safe.

Not to mention, that MORE guns never solves the problem.  And who wants to go to a school where adults are armed?  That’s a prison, not a school. The NRA has been so successful at focusing our attention on the “bad guy with a gun,” who can only be stopped by a “good guy with a gun,” that some people are willing to turn the whole enterprise designed to educate our kids into a defensive battlefield.

Plus, it’s not thought through. Let’s say you’re an armed teacher, and 90% of the time you’re going to be in your classroom with your kids. Something happens. Do you then leave your kids and go bad guy hunting? Pretty bad ethical dilemma to put somebody in.

Also, teachers won’t do it, and who can blame them? National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen Garcia, said bringing more guns into schools would not make them safer. “Our students need more books, art and music programs, nurses and school counselors; they do not need more guns in their classrooms,” she said in a statement. “Parents and educators overwhelmingly reject the idea of arming school staff.”

Which brings us to CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, which is going on today. ACU’s Matt Schlapp said this morning that Wayne LaPierre’s speech would be part of an effort to address gun violence with “the right and appropriate tone. But LaPierre, the executive vice president of the nation’s most prominent gun-rights lobbying organization (NRA), got onstage with a strange Orwellian diatribe about political enemies.  He started by saying that gun control advocates care more about destroying liberty than protecting kids (“Opportunists wasted not one second to exploit tragedy for political gain”)

He then gave red meat for conservatives and attacks on Democrats, calling for increased school security, repeatedly ripping the “rogue” leadership of the FBI and blasting the left for promoting a “socialist” agenda. Name-checking a long list of prospective Democratic 2020 presidential candidates and lawmakers like Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, a leading advocate for gun control measures, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, along with the “national media,” LaPierre condemned those he said were “eager to smear” the NRA.

This provoked a response from Schumer:

The gun debate rages on.

Oh, and speaking of CPAC —

Mueller Prosecutor List

I discovered this at emptywheel and I’m, well, I’m stealing it.

With each development in the Mueller investigation, Marcy Wheeler* at emptywheel has been tracking which of Mueller’s 17 prosecutors show up on which dockets, as a way of understanding how little we know about the case. This information is accurate as of 2/17/2018

Manafort docket:

  • Andrew Weismann (1)
  • Greg Andres (2)
  • Kyle Freeny (3)

Papadopoulos docket:

  • Jeannie Rhee (4)
  • Andrew Goldstein (5)
  • Aaron Zelinsky (6)

Flynn docket:

  • Brandon L. Van Grack (7)
  • Zainab Ahmad (8)

Obstruction docket:

Internet Research Agency docket:

  • Jeannie Rhee (4)
  • Rush Atkinson (10)
  • Ryan Dickey (11)

Richard Pinedo docket:

  • Jeannie Rhee (4)
  • Rush Atkinson (10)
  • Ryan Dickey (11)

Still unaccounted for:

  • Aaron Zebley (12): probably working on coordinating SCO activities
  • Michael Dreeben (13): appellate wizard
  • Adam Jed (14): appellate specialist
  • Elizabeth Prelogar (15): appellate specialist and Russian speaker
  • Scott Meisler (16): appellate specialist
  • Mystery prosecutor (17)


* Marcy Wheeler is an independent journalist writing about national security and civil liberties. She writes as emptywheel at her eponymous blog, publishes at outlets including Motherboard, the New Republic, and Al Jazeera, and appears frequently on television and radio. She is the author of Anatomy of Deceit, a primer on the CIA leak investigation, and liveblogged the Scooter Libby trial. Marcy serves on the Advisory Committee for the House Fourth Amendment Caucus, is a senior fellow at GWU’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, and was declared an Internet Human Rights hero by AccessNow.


Attacks On High Schools Students Continue As Gun Debate Heats Up

The right seems to be out of talking points, so they attack the messenger. This time the “messenger” are the high school students of Parkland Florida, who have watched friends die in a horrific mass shooting.

Some of the attacks on social media are simply insane, but you have to take them seriously because they go viral instantly. The Miami Herald sets some out:

Conservative pundits, outlets and social media posters on Tuesday hit airwaves and social media hard. Some raised absurd conspiracy theories that kids who just endured a horrifying assault are actually “crisis actors” trained to stage “false flag” events. Others questioned the motivations and political backing of students who have been praised by mainstream media, Democratic politicians, gun control groups and television stars like HBO’s John Oliver.

The Tampa Bay Times reported that an aide to Florida Rep. Shawn Harrison, a Republican from Hillsborough County, used state email to send a photo of two students with this message to a reporter: “Both kids in the picture are not students here but actors that travel to various crisis when they happen.” That’s false.

Harrison immediately distanced himself. “I was just made aware that my aide made an insensitive and inappropriate allegation about Parkland students today,’’ he tweeted Tuesday afternoon. “I have spoken to him and placed him on leave until we determine an appropriate course of action. I do not share his opinion and he did so without my knowledge.”

By early evening, Harrison’s aide Benjamin Kelly tweeted that he’d been fired.


A blogger at Gateway Pundit, a far-right, pro-Trump website, wrote a piece calling one of the leading student voices “a plant.” It included a picture of student David Hogg with a circle around his head and this statement: “Son of FBI agent.” Hogg was among the first Stoneman Douglas students to appear on networks and cable news demanding tougher laws from state and federal lawmakers.

Former U.S. Congressman Allen West, a Republican who served a single term in South Florida as a Tea Party star, also joined in. In one Twitter post, he lumped shooter Nikolas Cruz with five Americans of Middle Eastern descent who claimed connections to terrorist groups. There is no indication that 19-year-old Cruz, who state records show has lived much of his life in Broward County, was a follower of any Muslim terror group.

Jack Kingston, a former U.S. Representative from Georgia who is now a CNN contributor, doubted the students’ intentions, questioning their motivation on his Twitter account and opining that they’re being led by “left wing gun control activists.” On CNN’s New Day Tuesday morning, Kingston said the students’ “sorrow can very easily be hijacked by left-wing groups who have an agenda.”

Here’s a sample, mostly from the POS Dinesh D’Souza:

On and on it goes. Here, however, is Jack Kingston getting spanked by Van Jones for his comments:

And, undeterred, rallies are continuing.

Tonight, CNN is having a town hall. The NRA accepted CNN’s invitation to participate in the town hall and national spokeswoman Dana Loesch will represent the organization. Ugh.

But the rallies continue. As I write this, thousands of students in Broward County are staging a walkout:

But one Texas school district is telling its students in no uncertain terms that gun protests will not be tolerated. The Needville, Texas, schools superintendent is threatening students with suspension if they walk out or otherwise disrupt the school day in their efforts to prevent future school days from being disrupted by a mass shooting:

“Life is all about choices and every choice has a consequence whether it be positive or negative. We will discipline no matter if it is one, fifty, or five hundred students involved,” Rhodes wrote. “All will be suspended for 3 days and parent notes will not alleviate the discipline.” […]

“A school is a place to learn and grow educationally, emotionally and morally,” Rhodes wrote.

“A disruption of the school will not be tolerated.”

Texas. Go figure.

People are getting innovative about getting at the NRA:

There is an interesting side note to this… the annual CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference). Once a mainstay for people like Ronald Reagan (the first president to speak there), it has been weakened by the schism between Trump supporters and Never-Trumpers. Last year, Steve Bannon spoke there, while wild-eyed nutbar Milo Yiannopoulos was dropped (for his Nazi affiliations). The gun issue appears to be breaking up the CPAC group again this year as The Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft (“The Dumbest Man on the Internet”) is being DIS-invited to take part in a panel because of his attacks on the Stoneman Douglas high school students.


How groundless information about Parkland survivors spread to hundreds of thousands of people.

Feb. 14 (Unknown time) Alex Jones: The controversial conspiracy theorist and Infowars host says on his radio show that the “Democrats have been caught in false flags before,” referring to staged operations.
“I’m not saying this is a false flag, but they’ve been talking about massacres and things if people don’t leave them alone,” Jones added, according to a transcript published by the liberal watchdog group Media Matters.
Feb. 18 (9:36 pm) Jack Kingston: The former Republican congressman from Georgia tweets about the planned student walk-outs.
He tweets: “O really? ‘Students’ are planning a nationwide rally? Not left wing gun control activists using 17yr kids in the wake of a horrible tragedy? #Soros #Resistance #Antifa #DNC”
Feb. 19 (Unknown time) Gateway Pundit: The pro-Trump blog uploads a YouTube video titled “David Hogg Can’t Remember His Lines When Interviewed for Florida school shooting.”
In the since-deleted video, David Hogg appears to stumble over his words during an interview with a television news reporter. It was not clear if the footage was edited or altered.
Feb. 19 (Unknown time) Gateway Pundit: The site publishes an article headlined “School Shooting Survivor Turned Activist David Hogg’s Father in FBI, Appears To Have Been Coached On Anti-Trump Lines.”
The article is bylined Lucian Wintrich, the Washington correspondent for Gateway Pundit who has White House press credentials.
Feb. 19 (Unknown time) Gateway Pundit: The site publishes an article headlined “Student School Massacre Survivors and CBS Reporter Party Like Rock Stars.”
The article includes what the website claims is a screenshot of a photo, tweeted by a CBS News reporter, in which Parkland survivors smile for a camera.
Feb. 19 (Unknown time) True Pundit: A website that appears to traffic in conspiracy theories publishes an article about Hogg headlined “Outspoken Trump-Hating School Shooting Survivor is Son of FBI Agent; MSMS Helps Prop Up Incompetent Bureau.”
Feb. 19 (4:04 am) Laura Loomer: The conservative activist and former Project Veritas “operative” tweets about a planned gun control march.

Notice how media is only talking to the same group of students. They aren’t talking to the pro gun ROTC students who actually saved lives, unlike these students… 

Feb. 19 (8:17 pm) @Thomas1774Paine: The Twitter user shares the True Pundit article with his 163,000 followers.
Donald Trump., Jr. “likes” the tweet sometime thereafter.
Feb. 19 (8:42 pm) Bradley Blakeman: A former member of President George W. Bush’s senior staff responds to the Gateway Pundit article about Hogg.
He tweets: “This kid is a shill. He bragged about the number of interviews he is doing and is playing to the camera like he…”
Feb. 19 (8:47 pm) One America News: The pro-Trump cable network retweets one of its primetime anchors responding to the Gateway Pundit article about Hogg.
“Could it be that this student is running cover for his dad who Works as an FBI agent at the Miami field office Which botched tracking down the Man behind the Valentine day massacre? Just wondering. Just connecting some dots…” Donald Trump., Jr. “likes” the tweet sometime thereafter. It has since been deleted.
Feb. 20 (Unknown time) The conspiracy theory site publishes an article claiming that David Hogg was featured in a CBS Los Angeles report in August 2017 about a confrontation between a lifeguard and a surfer in Redondo Beach, California.
Hogg, who has said he was visiting Los Angeles at the time, apparently filmed the confrontation. “Interestingly,” writes, “Hogg has reconnected with CBS for an appearance on CBS This Morning as the mainstream media unabashedly features high school students as figureheads for a new anti-gun push.”
Feb. 20 (7:24 am) Jack Kingston: The former congressman appears on CNN and elaborates on his tweet.
He says: “[The survivors’] sorrow can very easily be hijacked by left-wing groups who have an agenda … Let’s ask ourselves: Do we really think – and I say this sincerely – do we really think 17-year-olds on their own are gonna plan a nationwide rally … I would say to you very plainly that organized groups that are out there, like George Soros, are always ready to take the charge and it’s kind of like instant rally, instant protest[.]”
Feb. 20 (10:12 am) Reddit users: A channel devoted to President Trump, r/The_Donald, lights up with attacks on Hogg and his classmates.
At least one user posts text from a June 2011 article about a stowaway who slipped onto a cross-country flight. The article attributes some information to an FBI agent named Kevin Hogg. It was not clear if Kevin Hogg is related to David Hogg. But the Reddit user in question says: “Kevin Hogg FBI agent involved in an epic failure, outlined in this story out of LAX.”
Note: Time are Eastern Standard Time

UPDATE:  A written statement from Mary deBree, Facebook’s head of content policy said the company will take down the hoax content. However, some of the content promoting the conspiracy theories about Hogg and his fellow students were still in the trending section as of Wednesday afternoon. Hogg’s name disappeared from the Trending section on Facebook late in the afternoon.

“Images that attack the victims of last week’s tragedy in Florida are abhorrent. We are removing this content from Facebook,” deBree said in a statement.

Youtube is doing something similar.

Trump Attacks His Own AG In Russia Tweet This Morning

Say what?

(In a now-deleted tweet, he misspelled “Sessions”, and wrote “Session”)

It looks like Trump is reviving his offensive on Mr. Sessions, whom he once called “beleaguered,” and continued his days-long Twitter comments on the ongoing special counsel’s investigation into Russian meddling.

The idea that Obama didn’t do something about meddling is, once again, ridiculous. While some former Obama administration officials have said they could have done more to respond to the interference as evidence grew, Obama expelled Russian diplomats and did seek sanctions. Obama was also blocked by Mitch McConnell, who threatened to accuse Obama of tampering with the 2016 election.  Trump has yet to enact sanctions against the Kremlin, which Congress overwhelmingly approved last year.

But as for Jeff Sessions and the “Dem crimes”?  There aren’t any. That’s why Sessions isn’t doing anything.  These are right wing memes and have no basis in fact. Even Sessions knows this.

RIP Billy Graham

“America’s Preacher” has died at the age of 99.

Graham served as a spiritual advisor to roughly a dozen U.S. presidents from Harry Truman to Barack Obama — and he made waves in the early 1950s by forcing churches to racially integrate for his services. He preached to an estimated 200 million people in 185 countries around the world during his life.

Graham is reported to have persuaded more than 3 million people to commit their lives to Christianity and his preaching was heard in 185 of the world’s 195 countries, according to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

“He was probably the dominant religious leader of his era; no more than one or two popes, perhaps one or two other people, could come close to what he achieved,” said William Martin, a former historian at Rice University and the author of “A Prophet with Honor: The Billy Graham Story.”

Critics accused Graham of becoming too involved with politics.

His association with President Richard Nixon led to embarrassment in March 2002, when tapes of private conversations between Nixon and Graham revealed the evangelist joining the president in making anti-Semitic remarks about how the Jews control everything.

He leaves behind an asshole son, Franklin Graham, who uses sermons and sharp-voiced Facebook posts, where he has 6.3 million followers, to mock both Islam and LGBT rights, as well as to raise funds for “persecuted Christians.”

Sarah Sanders Press Conference – 2/20/2018

Her first press conference since the shooting —

Asked about the tweet that the FBI would have got the killer if it hadn’t been focusing on “collusion”

Sanders is listing things that Trump is going to do re: mass shooting. Listening session with students, meeting with governors, etc. Sounds like a lot of talk.

Sanders says Trump opposes bump stocks. That is a reg thing, which means no new laws (statutes) coming out of Congress. Trump isn’t going to push for it either, because GOP.

She says “Unfortunately, when horrific tragedies like this happen, everybody wants a quick and a simple answer. But there isn’t one.”

Quick and simple? Sandy Hook was six years ago.  Orlando, last year. Las Vegas, this year. This isn’t a one-off event.

Well, that was a quick presser.


The Wall Street Journal reports:

The White House said Tuesday there was “an incident” last week which will be revealed in the coming days that will show how President Donald Trump is “tough on Russia.” Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made the comment at the daily briefing, but offered no more details. Trump has suggested on Twitter that President Barack Obama’s administration didn’t do enough to counter meddling in the 2016 election, and called himself “much tougher on Russia than Obama.”

I must have missed that. In any event, if we don’t know about it, it probably isn’t that big.


RIP Billy Graham

“America’s Preacher” has died at the age of 99. Graham served as a spiritual advisor to roughly a dozen U.S. presidents from Harry Truman to Barack Obama — and he made waves in the early 1950s by forcing churches to racially integrate…

Weekly List 66

For the first time in quite a while, this week Trump had no control over the narrative. What was supposed to be his Infrastructure Week, was quickly supplanted by the Rob Porter scandal, which carried over from Week 65 and…

Trump-Russia Scandal

Mueller Prosecutor List

I discovered this at emptywheel and I’m, well, I’m stealing it. With each development in the Mueller investigation, Marcy Wheeler* at emptywheel has been tracking which of Mueller’s 17 prosecutors show up on which dockets, as a way of understanding…