Bill Barr's Screed: Blindness about Current Threats

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emptywheel
Bill Barr thinks that a strong President has led all the most important historical advances in this country. But he is blind to the most urgent risks facing the country now, and the way that President Trump accelerates those risks.
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Too Roger Stoned Trash Talk

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bmaz
As you may have heard, Roger Stone was convicted on all counts yesterday. Marcy's post is here. A jury still deliberating on a Thursday is one thing, but they like to get the fuck out of Dodge by a Friday afternoon, and this one did. Predictable.…
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Jim Jordan Accuses Trump of Lying to Mueller in Latest Defense against Impeachment

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emptywheel
Why is Jim Jordan defending President Trump against impeachment by accusing him of lying under oath? 
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Impeachment Hearings: Day 2 - Marie Yovanovitch [UPDATE-2]

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Rayne
Post and thread dedicated to today's impeachment hearing. Former ambassador Marie Yovanovitch is the key witness this morning.
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Devin Nunes Calls an Experienced Organized Crime Researcher Funded by Paul Singer a Democratic Operative

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emptywheel
In Devin Nunes' closing statement in yesterday's impeachment hearing, he suggested that an expert on Russian and Ukrainian organized crime doing open source research into Paul Manafort paid for by Republican billionaire Paul Singer must be a Democratic operative.
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BREAKING: The First Amendment Is Part of Something Called the Constitution

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emptywheel
There's been a weird phenomenon during the Trump presidency, where journalists and media organizations loudly defend one small part of the Constitution -- the one that benefits them personally, the First Amendment -- but seem to believe…
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Time to Start Calling Bill Barr "Prosecutor General"

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emptywheel
It's time to stop calling Bill Barr the Attorney General -- a title he has sold out -- and instead use the title we use for political hacks covering up for the self-dealing of Oligarchs, Prosecutor General.
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The 900 Pages of George Nader Testimony the Government Wants to Keep Hidden

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emptywheel
The transcripts memorializing George Nader's grand jury appearances are 900 pages long and include questions about ongoing investigations.

Trump Team's Extortion Demands To Ukraine Started Before The April 21 Call To Zelensky

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Jim White
Even if a "transcript" from the April 21 call from Trump to Zelensky is released and contains no extortion demand from Trump for Zelensky to investigate the Bidens, such a demand was indeed delivered to a Zelensky associate less that a month later by Parnas and Fruman. The threat was then carried out when Pence did not attend Zelensky's inauguration since no investigation was announced.

Private Government By Corporations

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Ed Walker
Corporations as Communist Dictatorships: great for masters but infringes on freedom of workers.
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It Doesn't Matter for Prosecutors' Case that Randy Credico Was Bragging or (Purportedly) Drunk

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emptywheel
Reporters who claim that Randy Credico's credibility (or lack thereof) in any way affects the abundant evidence proving the case against Stone seem to have missed that Stone's current defense strategy amounts to pleading guilty to four of the false statements charges against him.
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Why Won't Sean Hannity Defend Trump against Impeachment Under Oath?

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emptywheel
For some reason, Sean Hannity seems uninterested in defending the President against impeachment under oath.
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Rick Gates Got Sent Two Key Jerome Corsi Posts

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emptywheel
Two Jerome Corsi posts that are central to a theory I proposed about what Corsi and Stone were up to in 2016 got sent to the Trump campaign.
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Trash Talk

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bmaz
So, in a bit of frivolity, Pete T and Jim White tried to get me to feature the Mike Huckabee Band for Trash Talk. That is just not going to happen. And, yes, there may have been a bit of extra attention paid to Little Feat lately. Sorry! I…
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Three Questions Not Asked of Steve Bannon

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emptywheel
The questions Steve Bannon did not get asked today at Roger Stone's trial are as interesting as the questions he did get asked.

Why Did Gucciardo Pay Giuliani Partners For His "Loan" To Fraud Guarantee?

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Jim White
So, Parnas had to be careful about funds flowing through entities he controlled, because the Pues Family attorneys were watching carefully (and in fact pounced on the news of the America First Action donation) and Rudy had to be careful about not having the money go directly to him or his ex-wife would seek the funds. Shouldn't Gucciardo have asked why the money didn't just go to Fraud Guarantee? Shouldn't he have asked why he had to divert funds to Rudy's consultancy? This just doesn't add up. Given his deep involvement with these same players, it seems much more likely Gucciardo understood the winks and nudges involved in getting funds to Giuliani in return for his "pro bono" representation of Donald Trump.
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Snowden Needs a Better Public Interest Defense, Part I: Bildungsroman

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emptywheel
I was really disappointed in Snowden's book. One big reason why is that his narrative -- a classic Bildungsroman -- undermines his public interest defense.
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The Cognitive Dissonance of Learning about Roger Stone's "Collusion"

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emptywheel
The confusion many people are expressing about how all Roger Stone and Donald Trump's efforts to optimize the release of Hillary's stolen emails is best addressed by reminding that the Mueller Report only addressed prosecutions and declinations, and "collusion" is not a crime. Per Mark Meadows' definition, Trump colluded.
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