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Hybrid or Ambiguous, Asymmetric Warfare is Here to Stay

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Rayne
We were warned in 1999, and again in 2013 if not earlier. Asymmetric warfare is here to stay.
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As the Summit Arrives, Keep in Mind that Putin Manages Trump with Carrots and Sticks

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emptywheel
I think the lever Vladimir Putin holds over Trump is far worse than a pee tape. I think it's a threat to attack the country again.
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Yesterday, Roger Stone Answered, then Backtracked, on a Question Mueller Has Already Posed to Trump

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emptywheel
Roger Stone's first instinct when seeing himself described in an indictment of those who illegal helped Trump get elected was to say he couldn't be the guy described in the indictment because he only speaks to Trump. Now he's backtracking on that.
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Today Is Robert Mueller's Merrick Garland Day

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emptywheel
Today is the day when Robert Mueller has been investigating as long as Mitch McConnell kept open Scalia's seat to ensure a conservative ideologue occupied it rather than a respected centrist judge.

Legal Ethics in Trumplandia

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Ed Walker
Every single person who carried out the inhuman policy of snatching children from their immigrant parents is complicit in a depraved policy.
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Judge Ellis Compares Paul Manafort to Domestic and Foreign Terrorists and Spies and Traitors in Pulling his VIP Privileges

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emptywheel
In refusing to let Paul Manafort choose in which jail he awaits trial, Judge TS Ellis invoked the foreign and domestic terrorists, spies and traitors he'll share space with.
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Peter Strzok Is a Sideshow to Information that Directly Implicates the President

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emptywheel
The House Judiciary Committee will spend all day tomorrow flogging Peter Strzok. But all that flogging cannot change the fact that key evidence in Mueller's possession--evidence that implicates the President directly--has no tie to Strzok.
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The Text about Flynn Wasn't the Substantial Role in the Russian Attack -- It Just Linked the Grand Bargain to It

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emptywheel
Contrary to some conclusions drawn from my deliberately oblique post, the text I published in my post on going to the FBI had nothing I understood to do with the primary reason I went to the FBI. Rather, it just seemed to establish a link between the attack on the US and the grand bargain Trump will likely deliver over the next two weeks.
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The President's Lawyer Had Better Review His Conspiracy Theory

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emptywheel
Rudy as much as admitted that Don Jr violated ConFraudUs in the June 9 meeting.
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It's Called a Spine, not a Conscience

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Peterr
If burning sources that lie to you is not a cardinal rule of journalism, it damn well ought to be. I suspect that Marcy's honest sources will respect her more for this, and her dishonest ones will be very very nervous. Isn't that something that all journalists ought to strive for? Sullivan lauded Marcy for being a journalist with a conscience -- which she is, but that's not the point here. The point is that Marcy is a journalist with a spine.
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Trump Is Willing to Pay for Joint Defense for Hope Hicks, But Not for France

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emptywheel
Trump's demanding that NATO members all start paying their own way for our mutual defense. But he is willing to make sure that those protecting him get paid (even if he's not willing to pay himself).
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The State of Trump's Anti-Mueller Strategy

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emptywheel
The Trump team went to great lengths to spend their limited Sunday Morning political capital on rolling a purportedly new Mueller strategy which basically still amounts to refusing to cooperate.
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Some Issues of Timing Revealed by Manafort's Filings

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emptywheel
On Tuesday, Mueller's team gave Paul Manafort the contents of Rick Gates' electronic devices for the first time. Yesterday, after receiving another large dump of evidence, Manafort asked to delay his July 25 trial.

Democracy Against Capitalism: Capital In A Fiat Money World

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Ed Walker
In Democracy Against Capitalism the Marxist scholar Ellen Meiksins Wood says that the driving force of capitalism is the urgent desire to accumulate more capital. As we know, and not just from Marx, capitalist only expends capital in the expectation…
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The Tea Leaves on Mueller's Hand Off

As part of writing this post, I confirmed for the first time that the prosecutor I spoke with regarding the Russian attack is not and never has been part of the Mueller team (among other things, I think that means Peter Strzok never got within…

Happy Fourth of July: Remembering the Why

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Rayne
America's founders didn't set out to create a summer holiday when they signed what for all intents and purposes was their death warrant.
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