Breaking: My God

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Rosenstein Suggested He Secretly Record Trump and Discussed 25th Amendment: The deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, suggested last year that he secretly record President Trump in the White House to expose the chaos consuming the administration, and he discussed recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Mr. Trump from office for being unfit.Mr. Rosenstein made these … Read More

Trump Slows Release Of Confidential Russia Documents

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I think they actually read the documents: President Trump on Friday walked back his order earlier this week to declassify information in the ongoing probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, saying Justice Department officials and others had persuaded him not to do so for the time being.The retreat from his declassification decree issued just four days ago underscores … Read More

The Insane Theory of Mistaken Identity In The Kavanaugh Sexual Assault Allegation

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Ed Whelan floats a trial balloon pic.twitter.com/qjc6QmEhtz— Mr Toad’s Wild Ride (@goddamnedfrank) September 21, 2018 I watched this unfold in real time on Twitter.  it was bizarre: Ed Whelan, a former law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia and the president of a think tank called the Ethics and Public Policy Center, took this theory to a new, wildly irresponsible place … Read More

Breaking: Ford Says She Is Willing To Testify If “Fair”, But Monday Is Impossible

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NY Times: The woman who has accused Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual assault has told the Senate Judiciary Committee, in an apparent bid to jump-start negotiations, that she “would be prepared to testify next week,” so long as senators offer “terms that are fair and which ensure her safety,” according to an email her lawyers sent to committee staff … Read More

Trump’s “Crowning Achievement”

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Way back at the beginning of the year, when the infamous “Nunes memo” was being flogged as the smoking gun that would blow the lid off of the Russia investigation by exposing the entire Department of Justice and FBI as the Hillary-loving traitors they are, President Trump played a rare clever hand. Instead of releasing the classified information himself, he … Read More

Dr. Ford Calls For FBI Investigation Before She Appears

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NY Times: The woman who has accused President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault all but ruled out appearing at an extraordinary Senate hearing scheduled for next week to hear her allegations, insisting on Tuesday that the F.B.I. investigate first.Speaking through lawyers, Christine Blasey Ford said she would cooperate with the Senate Judiciary Committee and left open the possibility … Read More

Kavanaugh And His Accuser To Testify About Alleged Rape

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The woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of an attempted rape that occurred 35 years ago has a name and an identity:  Christine Blasey Ford. Actually, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a clinical psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California. A biostatistician, she “specializes in the design and analysis of clinical trials and other forms of intervention evaluation.” Speaking publicly … Read More

Manafort Flips

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It finally happened — Paul Manafort flipped. The former Trump campaign chair appeared in court in Washington on Friday and pleaded guilty to a reduced set of charges. And as part of his plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team, prosecutors said, Manafort agreed to cooperate with the investigation. It’s enormously important news for the Russia investigation. Many have … Read More

Lots of Money Transferred After Infamous Trump Tower Meeting

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The Trumps made a “flurry” of suspicious financial transactions following Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian intelligence asset in Trump Tower, reports BuzzFeed News. According to the new report, just after the meeting “a complex web of financial transactions among some of the planners and participants who moved money from Russia and Switzerland to the British Virgin Islands, Bangkok, and … Read More

Trump Takes A Hit In The Polls

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Two new polls that came out today affirm a sag in Trump’s standing: Quinnipiac has Trump at 38% approve, 54% disapprove… while Gallup has him at 40% approve, 54% disapprove The Quinnipeac poll takes a deeper dive on Trump: 60–32% is not honest57–38% does not have good leadership skills55-41% does not care about average Americans65–30% not level-headed57-39% is a strong person51-42% … Read More

Trump Administration To Detain Immigrant Children Indefinitely

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NBC: The Trump administration announced a new rule Thursday that would allow immigrant children with their parents to be held in detention indefinitely, upending a ban on indefinite detention that has been in place for 20 years.The rule, proposed by the departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services, goes into effect in 60 days and will allow Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) … Read More

The Secret Guardian

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The NY Times op-ed by an anonymous member of the Trump administration is historical: I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration. From the White House to executive branch departments and agencies, senior officials will privately admit their daily disbelief at the commander in chief’s comments and actions. Most are working to insulate their operations from his whims.Meetings with … Read More

Woodward’s Book About Trump Due Soon

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Fear, indeed: John Dowd was convinced that President Trump would commit perjury if he talked to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. So, on Jan. 27, the president’s then-personal attorney staged a practice session to try to make his point.In the White House residence, Dowd peppered Trump with questions about the Russia investigation, provoking stumbles, contradictions and lies until the … Read More