The NCAA & the FBI

Not to diminish the assistant coaches named yesterday in this FB investigation of NCAA basketball bribery and corruption at some of its member schools, but if Louisville really does fire its 2-time NCAA Champion coach Rick Pitino he will be the biggest scalp the FBI’s gotten without even naming him yet. I’m inclined to think …

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Voter suppression is the civil rights issue of this era – The Washington Post

From today’s Washington Post: The events in Charlottesville and the president’s apologia for the right-wing extremists there should mobilize anyone passionate about civil rights. There would be no better target for their energies than the clear and present danger to the most fundamental right in any democracy: the vote. Absolutely correct. We need to start …

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When Congress serves industry

Table saw users, take note. There’s a way to keep your fingers from sudden amputation. It was invented 14 years ago. There was a big need for this invention. Every year more than 4,000 Americans suffer amputations — get their hands mangled using table saws. Upwards of 30,000 people wind up in emergency rooms with …

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Six months in office

Today is the six-month anniversary of Trump’s inauguration and already: Some of President Trump’s lawyers are exploring ways to limit or undercut special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation, building a case against what they allege are his conflicts of interest and discussing the president’s authority to grant pardons, according to people familiar with …

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Washed, Dried, Folded, Recycled

A few days ago The New Republic published an article entitled “Trump’s Russian Laundromat.” In it, reporter Craig Unger writes But even without an investigation by Congress or a special prosecutor, there is much we already know about the president’s debt to Russia. A review of the public record reveals a clear and disturbing pattern: …

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Can this man be stopped?

Given the news yesterday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating President Trump for possible obstruction of justice, who’s taking bets on how many days it will be before Trump fires Mueller? There have been trial balloons from Trump’s favorite Newsmax publisher on The NewsHour, from Newt Gingrich (is it coincidental that Gingrich has a …

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Trump still has ally in Nunes

Headline: Nunes-led House Intelligence Committee asked for ‘unmaskings’ of Americans Huh. How odd. Isn’t that…why yes. Yes it is. The Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee asked U.S. spy agencies late last year to reveal the names of U.S. individuals or organizations contained in classified intelligence on Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, engaging in the same …

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Emoluments, you say?

This may not quite be bribery. It is certainly hypocrisy. Also, for a family so concerned with their name and brand, shouldn’t they realize how it would look for Ivanka and her old man announcing this at the same time he’s signing an arms deal with the country which provided 19 of the 20 perpetrators …

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Notes v. Tapes

Who ya gonna believe? Trump and his Twitter threat? James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017 Or Director Comey and his contemporaneous notes of the conversations between himself and the President? I don’t like what …

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More stupidity from the Trumpsters

Always kick down and never self-examine. That’s our President. In a deeply reported story in today’s Washington Post, we find more details of how FBI Director Comey’s firing was handled by the President and those few minions who knew he was thinking of it. Trump’s team did not have a full-fledged communications strategy for how …

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