Democracy Against Capitalism: Democracy

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Ed Walker
Is Ancient Athenian Democracy a good model for us today?

Brett Kavanaugh: "It Depends on What the Meaning of the Phrase 'Sexual Assault' Is"

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emptywheel
The guy who helped impeach Bill Clinton for a blowjob just used an, "It depends on what the meaning of the phrase 'sexual assault' is" defense to serial accusations he committed sexual assault.
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Not All Influencers Are Celebrities on YouTube

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Rayne
There's something hinky going on with news feed in Twitter over the last two days. Is it faulty curation or deliberate promotion?

Brett Kavanaugh Just Provided Compelling Evidence He Received Sexually Explicit Emails from Alex Kozinski

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emptywheel
Brett Kavanaugh just provided evidence that he's an assiduous record keeper. Which leaves just one credible explanation for why he refuses to check to see whether he received sexually explicit emails from Alex Kozinski.
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Trash Talk: Possession is 9/10ths of the Law

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Rayne
This weekend's Trash Talk has been hijacked -- I've taken adverse possession.
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On KT McFarland's Belated Unforgetting of the Truth

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emptywheel
KT McFarland just made it clear to Donald Trump -- who may be working on his take home exam from Robert Mueller as we speak -- that both she and Mike Flynn have made it clear that he ordered them to tell Russian they'd get sanctions relief.
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Rob Goldstone Continues to Work the Press to Spin His Role in the June 9 Meeting

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emptywheel
There's a really funny line in Rosalind Helderman's profile of Rob Goldstone in conjunction with the release of his book. First, Helderman comically asserts that Goldstone -- who did an interview for a long piece in the British Times that…
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The Shiny Object of the May 2017 Russian Investigation: The Evidence Mostly Came in after August 1

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emptywheel
The press' focus on what happened in May 2017, rather than what happened after August 1, totally obfuscates the history of the Russia investigation.
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The NYT "Scoop" Appears To Be an Effort to Spin Opening an Investigation into Trump as an Erratic Act

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emptywheel
Today's document dump appears to be an attempt to spin the decision to open a formal investigation into the President as the product of erratic Rod Rosenstein behavior.
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NYT Gives Trump His Excuse to Fire Rod Rosenstein

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emptywheel
None of the people the NYT cites as sources for the allegation that Rod Rosenstein was acting erratically in the days when he appointed Robert Mueller were, according to NYT's own descriptions, actual witnesses of his actions.

Brett Kavanaugh's Character Witnesses: Ken Starr, Bill Shine, and Donald Trump

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emptywheel
Over the last week, some pretty curious character witnesses have come out to insist that Brett Kavanaugh is a nice man who would never sexually assault someone else. First, there's Ken Starr, who judged that Christine Blasey Ford had had…
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The Assange Exfiltration Would Have Taken Place in the Wake of Joshua Schulte Tor Activity

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emptywheel
The timing of the reported exfiltration attempt of Assange last year is particularly telling, as it happened when things were falling apart for accused Vault 7 leaker Joshua Schulte.
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The Committee Playing Games with Perjury Referrals Swears They Can Make Mark Judge Tell the Truth without Testifying

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emptywheel
Chuck Grassley promises Mark Judge will be referred for perjury charges if he lies to the Senate Judiciary Committee. But that's what he said to Don Jr before Don Jr lied to the committee.
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In Putin's Russia, Trolls Fool Even You

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emptywheel
A NYT story on the Russian influence operation relays Russian propaganda while calling out Trump supporters as if they're the only ones who get fooled by propaganda.

In media res: the FBI's WannaCry Attribution

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emptywheel
There's a big gap in the FBI timeline blaming WannaCry on North Korea.
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Donald Trump's Bubble May Be Robert Mueller's Greatest Weapon

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emptywheel
Robert Mueller has a slew of really good lawyers working for him. But I think his biggest asset is Donald Trump's bubble. Consider this NYT story, in which a bunch of lawyers anonymously blame each other for getting 16 months into the Special…
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Trump Wants Voters -- and Russia -- to Know What the Russia Investigation Looked Like on August 1, 2017, not September 14, 2018

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emptywheel
In a desperate gambit to lead voters to forget that his campaign manager just turned state's evidence against him, the President is going to roll out a shit-ton of evidence about what the investigation looked like before evidence of the conspiracy Trump entered into with the Russians.

Father Doesn't Know Best: Kavanaugh and Women's Unshared Traumas

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Rayne
The revelation of Christine Blasey Ford's name and the release of her letter to Senator Feinstein triggered memories for many of us, most quite painful. We come forward now to say this is enough.

Have Mark Judge Testify Along with Christine Blasey Ford (and Kavanaugh)

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emptywheel
If SJC is going to have Christine Blasey Ford testify on the attempted rape she alleges she suffered at the hands of Brett Kavanaugh in high school, let's also have the witness, Mark Judge, who will have to testify to how much the two drank.
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