But, her emails!

The news of Donald J. Trump Jr.’s email chain about “official documents” that would “incriminate Hillary” must be bitterly ironic to the former Secretary of State and Presidential candidate. After the political press hammered her for months regarding her private email server Mrs. Clinton could be forgiven for asking “why the hell didn’t they look …

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Resist, Elections Officers, Resist!

Have a little attempted voter suppression with your lunch. Kobach asked the Connecticut secretary of state’s office to provide the commission with all publicly available voter roll data, including the full names of all registered voters along with their addresses, dates of birth, the last four digits of their Social Security numbers, voting history and …

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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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Candidates, don’t do this

On the eve of a special election (literally; Montana votes tomorrow) the last thing a candidate for office should do is assault a reporter. Apparently the reporter had the temerity to ask Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate for the House seat vacated by newly-elevated-to-Secretary-of-the-Interior Zinke, just how he felt about the Republican plan to replace …

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So close in Georgia, so close

Jon Ossoff, a true Democratic longshot to win the Georgia district once held by now-HHS Secretary Tom Price and before him by fellow Republicans Newt Gingrich and Johnny Isakson, came within a whisker of winning it outright in a special election today. He won 48.3% of all votes; Karen Handel, the second place finisher, won …

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Just what the Middle East needs

By a vote of 51.4% – 48.6% the Turks approved a referendum today which gives their current President executive powers similar to those of the US President. There’s some question as to how legitimate a lot of the “yes” votes were, though: The CHP is refusing to accept the Yes victory and is demanding a …

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Some May Call It Treason

Brian Beutler at The New Republic: At his regular, end-of-session Capitol briefing on Friday, just before the Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, Mitch McConnell took a victory lap for himself. “As I look back on my career,” he said, “I think the most consequential decision I’ve ever been involved in was the …

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Comey and the Russians

The FBI told the House Intelligence Committee, the country and the world that it was conducting a counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign and its contacts with Russia during the 2016 Presidential campaign, and that it began that investigation as early as July of last year. A whole lot of Democrats probably cussed at the …

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AG Sessions has convenient memory lapse, twice

WaPo Headline Thursday March 2, 2017: “Sessions met with Russian envoy twice last year, encounters he later did not disclose” Then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) spoke twice last year with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Justice Department officials said, encounters he did not disclose when asked about possible contacts between members of President Trump’s campaign …

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