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Robert Mueller - A Ghost of Fitzmas Past

After all this time, I can't say I am really even disappointed in the letter AG Barr released today. Knowing who AG Barr is/was going into this, his decision to usurp Robert Mueller's authority on whether or not Obstruction of Justice was a chargeable offense, it comes as no surprise that he found 'no chargeable offense'.

This Week's Headlines: 

The full text of the letter for your reading pleasure.

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Washington, D.C. (Mar. 24, 2019)—Today, House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-CA), and Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) released the following joint statement in response to Attorney General William Barr’s letter sharing the principle conclusions in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report:

"After reading the Attorney General’s four-page summary of the Special Counsel’s findings, we reiterate our call for the release of the Special Counsel’s full and complete report and all underlying documents.  We also call for Attorney General Barr to come forward to testify before the House Judiciary Committee without delay.  Far from the ‘total exoneration’ claimed by the President, the Mueller report expressly does not exonerate the President.  Instead, it ‘sets out evidence on both sides of the question’ of obstruction—including the evidence that President Trump attempted to obstruct justice.  


Unless and until the full Mueller report is released, there will be a lot of unanswered questions. But here is what we know so far and what happens next.

Weekly News November 12-18, 2018

Election 2018 is still not over. There are 11 House seats still not officially called, 3 Senate seats and 2 Governor mansions. Georgia and Florida are already headed to a recount - Georgia for Governor, Florida for Governor and Senator and Mike Epsy is in a runoff election in Mississippi later this month.

The Democrats got their tsunami, and in a big way. Of the open House seats, they predict that 8 will go to the Dems, and that would bring the gain in the house to 39 seats. 3 blue Senate seats in red states turned red this cycle (maybe 4 depending on how Florida turns out), but red seats also turned blue - Nevada and Arizona. The biggest story of election night is the governor's mansions that turned blue. 7 states were flipped. That is a huge deal. It changes the election map, making 2020 and exciting possibility.

This Week's Headlines: 

Trump also told senior officials last month that he would like to claw back some of the federal money Congress has already set aside for Puerto Rico's disaster recovery, claiming mismanagement.


Longtime ABC News White House correspondent Sam Donaldson said Sunday that CNN and its chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta, are suing the Trump administration over Acosta’s revoked press credentials.

Donaldson, speaking on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” said that he has been asked to submit an affidavit in the lawsuit in preparation for a court hearing this week.


"[There are] 228 individuals who have been determined to be unaccounted for," Honea said at the briefing. "As of this briefing, my office has located 107 people after receiving [around] 550 calls from people looking for loved ones."


Without the GI Bill's housing stipend, Roundtree was kicked out of his apartment and is now living on his sister's couch, miles from school, where he feels like a burden on his family. The new living situation required him to move all his belongings into a storage container, which he can no longer afford. Now all of his possessions are in danger of being auctioned off by the storage facility.


"While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone," CNN said in announcing the lawsuit, which asks for a restraining order requiring that the press pass be returned. "If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials."


As the GOP will likely expand its majority when all the 2018 ballots are counted and most of the senators running in 2020 appear safe, Democrats still have a difficult path to a majority. Both parties have a few good opportunities to unseat incumbents in the next congressional elections.


“How are we going to live without power?” Bolster asked. “I’ve heard it could be out for a year.”

Long said that while the government will do everything it can to help, the logistics are daunting and recovery will take a long time.

“Bottom line is, this is a very complex disaster, probably one of the most complex the nation has ever seen when it comes to Paradise,” Long said. “First of all, there are sensitivities around debris. You can’t just remove the debris because we’re still looking for missing persons, and it takes time to be able to go through.”


Trump administration officials last month asked federal law enforcement agencies to examine legal ways of removing exiled Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen in an attempt to persuade Erdogan to ease pressure on the Saudi government, the four sources said.

The effort includes directives to the Justice Department and FBI that officials reopen Turkey's case for his extradition, as well as a request to the Homeland Security Department for information about his legal status, the four people said.

Weekly News November 8-11, 2018

It is 727 days until the next election. Enjoy the wins and the delicious servings of karma that were handed out Tuesday night. Now, we get back to work.

This Week's Headlines: 

Donald Trump has installed a crony to oversee the special counsel's Trump-Russia investigation, crossing a red line set to protect the investigation. By replacing Rod Rosenstein with just-named Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker as special counsel Robert Mueller's boss on the investigation, Trump has undercut the independence of the investigation. Whitaker has publicly outlined strategies to stifle the investigation and cannot be allowed to remain in charge of it. The Nobody Is Above the Law network demands that Whitaker immediately commit not to assume supervision of the investigation. Our hundreds of response events are being launched to demonstrate the public demand for action to correct this injustice. We will update this page as the situation develops.


A shooting at a restaurant in Thousand Oaks, California, has caused multiple injuries, local authorities said late Wednesday, with the perpetrator believed to be still at large.


It wasn’t until 45 minutes later that this voting mystery began to unravel. Shortly after I left the polling site, an official from the elections office called me and told me that a tweet I had posted a few weeks earlier had been brought to their attention.


Sources close to Zinke said he has made it known he plans to resign his position by the end of the year. He may have to leave earlier, however, depending on what Trump thinks of the investigation the Interior’s inspector general office has referred to his Justice Department.


Two fast-moving wildfires, the Camp Fire and Hill Fire, are scorching thousands of acres throughout California, forcing evacuations of residents and pushing the state's acting governor to declare a state of emergency.


Whitaker's standing ultimately depends on the President. But continued negative coverage will get Trump's attention.


Arizona Republicans and Democrats have agreed to give rural voters an extra chance to fix problems with their ballots in the count of the state’s tight Senate race.

That’s a compromise after Republicans filed a lawsuit seeking to stop urban voters from using those procedures. The settlement was announced in a Phoenix courtroom Friday afternoon.

Weekly News October 22-29, 2018

Jamal Khashoggi disappeared inside the Saudi embassy on October 2.

The Saudis repeatedly lied about the disappearance and our administration parroted those lies. Jamal Khashoggi was an American resident, worked for an American newspaper and he was BRUTALLY murdered inside the Saudi embassy by a team of assassins. The changing "lies" of the Saudi Arabian government - he left the embassy by the back door (a lie they tried to make fly by having somebody dress in Khashoggi's clothing and walk around Istanbul), he died accidentally, he died in a fist fight, murdered by a "rogue operation".

This Week's Headlines: 

Saudi Arabia has blamed the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on a "rogue operation", giving a new account of an act that sparked a global outcry.


According to US intelligence intercepts recently reported on by The Post, the crown prince also sought to lure Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia in a similar manner. This is apparently part of a broader trend from the crown prince to crack down on dissents and send a message to activists they're not safe no matter where they are in the world.


Just in time for the Nov. 6 election, President Trump is posting some of the best job approval numbers of his presidency. His approval rating is currently 43.1 percent, according to the FiveThirtyEight average, the highest it’s been since March 2017. His disapproval rating is 52.0 percent, so let’s not get too carried away — the president is still unpopular. 


While Americans are well-acquainted with Russian online trolls’ 2016 disinformation campaign, there’s a more insidious threat of Russian interference in the coming midterms. The Russians could hack our very election infrastructure, disenfranchising Americans and even altering the vote outcome in key states or districts. Election security experts have warned of it, but state election officials have largely played it down for fear of spooking the public. We still might not know the extent to which state election infrastructure was compromised in 2016, nor how compromised it will be in 2018.


CIA Director Gina Haspel listened to audio purportedly capturing the interrogation and killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, giving a key member of President Trump’s Cabinet access to the evidence used by Turkey to accuse Saudi Arabia of premeditated murder.


President Donald Trump’s administration is releasing thousands of Central American families after briefly detaining them at the border, overwhelming nonprofits from El Paso to San Diego who are suddenly scrambling to find them temporary housing and transportation to their final destination.

The "coordinated release" began earlier this month in Arizona, where nonprofits had to rent motel rooms to handle the influx. This week, federal officials asked Annunciation House, an El Paso shelter, to take in 1,300 adults and children with even more expected next week. In San Diego, Pastor Bill Jenkins said his church was told to anticipate as many as 150 migrants a day, double its usual intake.

Weekly News October 15-21, 2018

The following list of candidates are Democratic incumbents or challengers that need our support. and the URL to sign up to help with this final push in the campaigns.

  1. Heidi Heitcamp (ND) (Currently behind in polls with 48.1%)
  2. Bill Nelson (FL) (currently leading in polls with 51%)
  3. Claire McCaskill (MO) (currently leading in polls with 49.2%)
  4. Joe Donnelly (IN) (currently leading in polls with 51.3%)
  5. John Tester (MT) (currently leading in polls with 52%)
  6. Joe Manchin (WV) (currently leading in polls with 52.9%) (I may link to his campaign website tomorrow, but today I am still pissed at him).
  7. Tammy Baldwin (WI) (currently leading in polls with 56.7%)
  8. Sherrod Brown (OH) (currently leading in polls with 55.7%)
  9. Jackie Rosen (NV) (currently leading in polls with 48.9% - against incumbent (R) Dean Heller)
  10. Kyrsten Sinema (AZ) (currently leading in polls with 50.0%)
  11. Beto O'Rourke (TX) (Currently behind in polls with 47.3%)

This Week's Headlines: 

The analysis on the Massachusetts Democrat was done by Stanford University professor Carlos D. Bustamante, The Boston Globe reported Monday. He concluded Warren’s ancestry is mostly European but says “the results strongly support the existence of an unadmixed Native American ancestor.”


The email, titled “meeting”, featured a photo of a tabby cat wearing a blue Cookie Monster outfit and holding a plate of choc-chip biscuits, beneath the title “cat pyjama-jam”.


The relationship between the court and the rest of us is well-studied by historians and political scientists. And several studies do suggest that the justices respond to public opinion. For example, Peter Enns, a political science professor at Cornell University, found that the court’s ideological tilt tracks with public opinion over time. “We can’t get inside their minds and understand how they’re weighing the potential public reaction,” he said. “But when the public’s perspective is more liberal, we consistently see more liberal Supreme Court decisions, and the reverse is true when the public mood is more conservative. It’s hard to believe that’s just a coincidence.”


In short, his sit-down interview with 60 Minutes’ Lesley Stahl revealed the president of the United States to be grossly dishonest, woefully ill-informed, and congenitally incapable of admitting error or demonstrating any kind of moral or intellectual growth.


What he wanted to say, according to Strother, was that the episode that had triggered Hart’s withdrawal from the race, which became known as the Monkey Business affair, had been not bad luck but a trap. The sequence of events was confusing at the time and is widely misremembered now. 


But an eight-month investigation by ProPublica and WNYC reveals that the post-millennium Trump business model is different from what has been previously reported. The Trumps were typically way more than mere licensors or bystanders in their often-troubled deals. They were deeply involved in these projects. They helped mislead investors and buyers — and they profited handsomely from it.


“Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, a senior-level FinCEN employee, betrayed her position of trust by repeatedly disclosing highly sensitive information contained in Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) to an individual not authorized to receive them.  SARs, which are filed confidentially by banks and other financial institutions to alert law enforcement to potentially illegal transactions, are not public documents, and it is an independent federal crime to disclose them outside of one’s official duties.  We hope today’s charges remind those in positions of trust within government agencies that the unlawful sharing of sensitive documents will not be tolerated and will be met with swift justice by this Office.”


The magic number for Democrats is 24: that is, they need to pick up, on net, 24 seats from Republicans to cement a House majority.

Currently, there are not yet that many individual contests in which Democrats are believed to have a solid advantage over GOP candidates. If we exclude toss-up contests and look only at how many races are at least leaning toward flipping, the Cook Political Report currently has Democrats favored to gain 15 seats on net. FiveThirtyEight has them clearly favored to net around 22, which would be agonizingly close.


But it turns out reporters and politicians are not very good at understanding genetics. So we will set the record straight, after reviewing the results in detail and consulting with genetics experts.


Now, discontent and infighting have taken hold at the Justice Department, in part because Mr. Sessions was so determined to carry out that transformation that he ignored dissent, at times putting the Trump administration on track to lose in court and prompting high-level departures, according to interviews over several months with two dozen current and former career department lawyers who worked under Mr. Sessions. Most asked not to be named for fear of retribution.


“Impeachment to them is a value—it’s not a legislative process,” said Mack. “It’s like, ‘Build that wall.’”

Weekly News October 8-14, 2018: All Midterms, All Week

After the last couple of weeks it is easy to just want to curl up into a little ball and cry, but DON'T! We need all hands on deck in this final stretch to the midterm elections. With four weeks left until the midterm elections, we have work left to do. There are many ways you can help (besides bitching on social media).

  1. Talk to your neighbors,
  2. put up yard signs,
  3. phonebank,
  4. door knock,
  5. write notecards ... you can sign up here
  6. do something!

Get angry, get inspired, get whatever you need to be to WORK for results.

Phone banking for endangered Dem candidates is also a good way to help with the effort in these final weeks. This election is one of the most important in our lifetime and putting extra effort into this final push is a positive way to help.

The following list of candidates are Demoicratic incumbents or challengers that need our support. and the URL to sign up to help with this final push in the campaigns.

  1. Heidi Heitcamp (ND) (Currently behind in polls with 48.1%)
  2. Bill Nelson (FL) (currently leading in polls with 51%)
  3. Claire McCaskill (MO) (currently leading in polls with 49.2%)
  4. Joe Donnelly (IN) (currently leading in polls with 51.3%)
  5. John Tester (MT) (currently leading in polls with 52%)
  6. Joe Manchin (WV) (currently leading in polls with 52.9%) (I may link to his campaign website tomorrow, but today I am still pissed at him).
  7. Tammy Baldwin (WI) (currently leading in polls with 56.7%)
  8. Sherrod Brown (OH) (currently leading in polls with 55.7%)
  9. Jackie Rosen (NV) (currently leading in polls with 48.9% - against incumbent (R) Dean Heller)
  10. Kyrsten Sinema (AZ) (currently leading in polls with 50.0%)
  11. Beto O'Rourke (TX) (Currently behind in polls with 47.3%)

Heidi Heitcamp is listed first for a reason. She deserves our support after her act of uncommon political bravery in voting No on Kavanaugh. Nevada and Missouri are ranked "tossup" and we REALLY need to bring these two home.

The Math

The numbers behind the Dems taking the Senate (it doesn't look promising). The Dems have 23 seats that are not up for re-election. They need 51 seats for a slim majority. Below is the breakdown of the projections for each category:

  • Solid DEM - 18
  • Likely DEM - 5 - Montana,  Minnesota, Indiana, New Jersey, West Virginia
  • Lean DEM - 2 - Arizona, Florida
  • Toss-up - 2 - Nevada, Missouri
  • Lean REP - 3 - North Dakota, Tennessee, Texas

If we take all of the projected "Solid DEM", "Likely DEM", "Lean DEM" and add them to the 23 seats we hold puts us at 48 seats - a LOSS of ONE. We need to bring home the toss-ups and lean REP to control the Senate - keep in mind that one "Toss-up" and one "Lean REP" are currently Dem seats.

All polling numbers are from

And remember -- CHECK YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION We need every vote to count.

*This post will be updated throughout the week.

This Week's Headlines: 

 That means that when, say, 84 percent of Republican women say they approve of Trump and his actions, or 69 percent of Republican women say they support Kavanaugh, or 64 percent say they, like Trump, don’t find Ford very “credible,” those percentages represent a small and shrinking slice of American women.


Control of the House in 2018 will be decided by a small number of Swing Districts, places where the last election was decided by a thin margin. Join your closest Swing District team to hear about things you can do to support Democrats—and defeat Republicans—in that district, no matter where you live. We can stop Trump and the GOP agenda by working together NOW.


If we drill into our House forecast, we expect the national House popular vote to favor Democrats by 7.8 percentage points, which translates to roughly 228 Democratic seats and 207 Republican seats. But what if the House popular vote shifts before Election Day? What if a blue tsunami crashes ashore and Democrats win nationally by 17 points? Or what if Republicans roar back in the polls and win by 1 point? What would happen to forecasted Democratic gains?


Haley discussed her resignation with Trump last week when she visited him at the White House, these sources said. Her news shocked a number of senior foreign policy officials in the Trump administration. 


Top Turkish security officials have concluded that the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi was assassinated in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on orders from the highest levels of the royal court, a senior official said Tuesday.

The official described a quick and complex operation in which Mr. Khashoggi was killed within two hours of his arrival at the consulateby a team of Saudi agents, who dismembered his body with a bone saw they brought for the purpose.


Aronowitz was detained, arrested and interviewed by sheriff’s department, Zamora said. Cedillo said she was told initially that Aronowitz was being held on a “48-hour investigative hold” but that he was released two hours later. Cedillo said Aronowitz's court date is Nov. 8. Aronowitz declined to be interviewed.


But in longing for an American past, white evangelical Protestants1 may be neglecting their future. As a group, they’re drifting further away — politically and culturally — from the American mainstream. There are growing signs that white evangelical Protestantism is no longer immune to the broader social and cultural forces that are reshaping the American religious landscape.

Weekly News October 1-7, 2018

Beginning this month, we will run  Weekly Headlines instead of Daily, tho will add to the post throughout the week. (Mid-terms fast approaching and time is better spent getting Democrats elected.)

Hypocrisy Ag Edition

As Joan Rivers would say, "Can we talk?"

Scrolling through the headlines, it strikes me, almost every single article exposed the hypocrisy of the society we live in. Agriculture is first up - with the first article in the linked headlines. Aside from the utter hypocrisy of Devin Nunes playing the humble dairy farmer from California, it also points out the utter hypocrisy of Trump supporters that flat out admit they want to hire immigrants at $14/hour because legal citizens would want $20. Devin's family sold the farm in California nearly a decade ago and moved the operation to Iowa - Rep. Steve King's Iowa.

According to the locals interviewed in the article, nearly 100% of the workforce on the dairies around Sidley, Iowa - including Nunes NuStar dairy - are undocumented immigrants.

That brings us to our second case of Agricultural Hypocrisy

Senator Chuck Grassely and Senator Jon Tester are apparently both applying for Farm Aid that is being offered to offset the disastrous effects of Trump's Tariff War. While Democrats are powerless do more than complain about the Trade War, Grassley and fellow congressional Republicans - with bipartisan support from Democrats - could put a stop to it. They won't. Grassley is a hypocrite, 

This Week's Headlines: 

Further, the texts show Kavanaugh may need to be questioned about how far back he anticipated that Ramirez would air allegations against him. Berchem says in her memo that Kavanaugh “and/or” his friends “may have initiated an anticipatory narrative” as early as July to “conceal or discredit” Ramirez.

The network architecture built in Gamergate helped propel Trump to the presidency and fuel conspiracies like Pizzagate and QAnon. Now it’s backing Brett Kavanaugh.

Daily News Digest September 29, 2018

This Week's Headlines: 

The top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said Friday that he would bring Mark Judge, a friend of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, before the panel if the Democrats take control of the House next year.


“We’re going to have to look at Judge, the more I think about it,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), who’s in line to take the Oversight gavel if the House flips in November’s midterm elections.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, in Washington, D.C., said the lawmakers have standing to sue Trump. They allege he violates the Foreign Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, as his hotels and other establishments around the world profit from spending and favors by foreign governments.

In plain terms, for all his spleen and outrage, Judge Kavanaugh lies about everything. In his earlier hearings, he lied about his judicial philosophy, and he lied about his days as a Republican operative, both in and out of the White House. On Monday, he lied to Martha McCallum of Fox News. On Thursday, he lied about his entire adolescence and his college days.

Senator, I was at the top of my class academically, busted my butt in school. Captain of the varsity basketball team. Got in Yale College. When I got into Yale College, got into Yale Law School. Worked my tail off.

It was a deflection, but the particular shield he raised was telling. His response seems to suggest a belief that a prestigious education stands as evidence of moral rightness.

Hundreds of people were preparing for a beach festival to celebrate Palu's anniversary. The festival was due to start Friday night.

Some people climbed six meter (18 feet) trees to escape the tsunami and survived, Nugroho said.

Daily News Digest September 28, 2018

Daily News is depressed, so will not be posting a headline roundup.

Yesterday was the hearing for Brett Kavanaugh, with Dr. Ford testifying. There are two take-aways from the hearing.

  1. Dr. Blasey Ford was telling the truth.
  2. B. Kavanaugh was lying - the louder he shouted, the bigger the lie.

Daily News Digest September 27, 2018

This Week's Headlines: 

Ellison told BuzzFeed News that he will submit a request for an ethics investigation in an attempt to clear his name ahead of his planned departure from the House in January. Ellison is running in the state's attorney general race against Republican challenger Doug Wardlow.

“Today I am announcing that I will submit a request for a House Ethics Committee investigation into allegations against me raised by a former partner. I am taking this step now because I am innocent and eager to see this entire matter resolved,” Ellison told the news outlet.

"I don't think it's fair to Brett Kavanaugh, I don't think it's fair to our system, I don't think it's fair to the process," Hatch said.

"I don't think we should put up with it, to be honest with you," he added.

"Yes, please, Mr. Kurd, go ahead" Trump said in a press conference at the United Nations in New York while calling on a journalist. The Kurds are an Iranian ethnic group in the Middle East.

While Trump said Wednesday night that he would “prefer not” to fire Rosenstein — and even indicated he might delay a highly anticipated Thursday meeting at the White House with the deputy attorney general — it’s widely believed that Rosenstein will be out in the near future. The expectation has led the Trump administration to start searching for conflict-free officials who can take over Rosenstein’s myriad and politically charged responsibilities.