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The Politics Of The Green New Deal: Conclusion

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Ed Walker
The Democrats must act like a real political party. Activists have to try new ways to communicate. What we're doing now isn't working.
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The Mueller Report Redactions and the Claims about "Collusion"

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emptywheel
Contrary to what a lot of people assume, most of the redactions of the Mueller Report are quite reasonable, though how Barr talks about them minimizes the lying and obstruction of Trump's people. The exception are the redactions that hide Trump's personal role in exploiting the WikiLeaks releases. These descriptions go to the heart of why Trump obstructed this investigation.
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"I Have Been Sending Everything to Victor:" On Paul Manafort's Treasury-Sanctioned Meeting Planner, Viktor Boyarkin

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emptywheel
There's been a lot of attention to Konstantin Kilimnik's descriptions in the Mueller Report. There's been less focus on the meeting that Viktor Boyarkin, who set up a January 2017 meeting with Paul Manafort to recreate the old friendship he had with Oleg Deripaska, set up.
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Mike Flynn's "Cooperation" Did Not Extend to Remembering Bob Foresman's Back Door Discussions

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emptywheel
For a guy supposedly cooperating with Mueller, Mike Flynn forgot an interesting effort to ensure he spoke with the right Russian. Maybe that's why he was cheering Mueller's biggest critics as the same time as claiming to cooperate.
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William Barr Ratchets Up the "Witch Hunt" over an Investigation He Judges to be "Anemic" Given the Threat

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emptywheel
According to comments Bill Barr made in SJC testimony on May 1, he opened an investigation into the genesis of the Russian investigation because he believes the surveillance used in the early days of the investigation was "anemic" given how serious the threat was.
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In a Bid to Jettison Flynn, Trump Suggests Hope Hicks and Steve Bannon Lied to the FBI

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emptywheel
In an effort to insulate himself against the disclosures Emmet Sullivan ordered the government to provide, Trump is now accusing Steve Bannon and Hope Hicks of lying to the FBI.
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Chuck Ross Gets Pissy about Russian Disinformation

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emptywheel
Chuck Ross not only bolloxes his latest attempt to spin the possibility that the Steele dossier got fed Russian disinformation, but to sustain his bolloxed story, he hides the pee tape.
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The Trump Campaign Discussed Reaching Out to WikiLeaks after WikiLeaks Helped Them Win

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emptywheel
Trump refused to answer whether he discussed a pardon for Julian Assange. The Mike Flynn cooperation memo shows that Flynn was involved in discussions with top campaign officials about reaching out to WikiLeaks after WikiLeaks helped Trump win.
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The Scope and Results of the Mueller Report

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emptywheel
Almost a month after the Mueller Report got released, there's still debate about its scope. Here's my understanding of what it includes and does not include.

Cloud Computing and the Single Server

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Rayne
An abbreviated primer on cloud computing and points to ponder about the mythological 'single server'. This is an open thead.
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Rick Gates' Status Report Suggests Trump Will Be a Focus of Roger Stone's Trial

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emptywheel
Trump's lies to Mueller are perhaps best documented as they pertain to WikiLeaks. Using Gates as a witness at Stone's trial will make the trial an exhibition of the President's lies as much as those of his rat-fucker.
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A Tale of Three (Former) Mueller Dockets

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emptywheel
Mueller has been done for three weeks. But there's still interesting things going on in the dockets of top Trump flunkies.
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Sweden Reopens Assange Rape Case

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bmaz
There was a bit of drama and excitement that went down in the middle of the night. The Swedish Prosecution Authority has officially reopened the case against Assange on the remaining rape allegation. Here is the official statement: Deputy…
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Trump's Excuse for His Promised Speech on Hillary Clinton

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emptywheel
The "Clinton dossier" Guccifer 2.0 released on June 21, 2016 largely matched the topics that Trump said would have been included in a June 13, 2016 speech targeting Clinton.
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In a Shoddy Attempt to Inflate the Single Server Fallacy, Roger Stone Suggests Communicating with Guccifer 2.0 Would Be Criminal

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emptywheel
In a frivolous pair of motions, Roger Stone is going after CrowdStrike's analysis of the Russian hack. In the first, he demands full unredacted copies of CrowdStrike's reports on the hacks. He bases that demand on a claim the CrowdStrike reports…

NC Election Investigations and the Yard Sale at the 18th Hole

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Rayne
What's going on with the federal investigation of voter fraud underway in North Carolina? And just how many non-English-speaking Russians now live in the US? This is an open thread.
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On the Curious Timing of Daniel Everette Hale's Arrest

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emptywheel
It's not surprising the government indicted Daniel Everette Hale as the Intercept's suspected Drone Wars source. It's surprising they waited five years.
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The Orange Injector and the Troubling Tariffs

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Rayne
As if a constitutional crisis wasn't enough, he did it again — trashed the market with tweets. And we're stuck on this crazy ride with him. This is an open thread.
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Why Didn't Mueller Hold Counterintelligence Suspect Mike Flynn Responsible for Sanctions Call?

For some reason, Mueller did not hold Mike Flynn responsible for -- at a time when he was under active counterintelligence investigation for his ties to Russia -- undercutting the official policy of the US on punishing Russia for its election year attack. I wonder whether the any counterintelligence interviews may explain why.
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Undead Testify: Welcome to the Zombie Apocalypse

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Rayne
The zombie apocalypse wasn't supposed to look like this; it should have been more cinematic. And yet here we are, surrounded by the undead. This is an open thread.
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