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A Sword Never Kills: The Trump Administrations's Increasing Deadliness

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Rayne
"A sword never kills," said Seneca the Younger. It's not the sword leaving death in trailers and elsewhere.
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Shorter Jared: "It Depends upon What the Meaning of the Word 'Collude' Is"

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emptywheel
According to young naif with recall problems Jared Kushner, he didn't collude with Russians. But he's not commenting on whether he coordinated with them.
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The Banality Of Evil Access Journalism

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bmaz
A tweet from a talented, but maybe Stockholmed, journalist favorite of Mr. Trump: He has not automatically agreed w everything Trump does. And he does care about the job of AG being performed well https://t.co/ctl6NOxuMb— Maggie Haberman…
[Photo by Piron Guillaume via Unsplash]
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Call to Action: Senate Vote Ahead - Stop Trumpcare

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Rayne
A procedural vote — possible the first of a series of votes — is expected tomorrow on the latest Senate-generated iteration of Repeal-and-Replace-ACA. Let's kill it now.
Trumpnami 2 by Rayne for Emptywheel.net
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Trumpnami: Someone Tsurfed the News Tsunami?

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Rayne
While we were floundering in Friday's Trumpnami deluge, did you notice someone special surfing the wave? This is an open thread.
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The Long-Delayed Jeff Sessions Reveal

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emptywheel
The delayed revelation that Jeff Sessions may have lied about the substance of his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak will make it more likely Trump can cover up his ties to Russia.
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Trumpnami: Good Luck Staying Ahead of That

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Rayne
'That' — I can't even come up with a family-friendly term for the tsunami of crap Trump set in motion this week. This is an open thread.

The Cillizza Bag

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bmaz
Is there a bigger douche in America, much less its media, than Chris? Everybody hates Chris
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Chris Wray's DodgeBall and Trump's Latest Threats

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emptywheel
Given the way Trump invoked Christopher Wray while attacking prosecutorial independence the other day, [the Senate] should insist on getting answers they didn't get in Wray's confirmation hearing.
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McCain's Brain Versus American Lives and Healthcare

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bmaz
There is no joy here in the Mudville that is Arizona. John McCain may have been somebody that natives like me disfavored from the start because of his hubristic usurpation of a true legend and son of Arizona, John Rhodes, but no one here wanted…
Television by Frank Okay via Unsplash

Corporate Biopower as an Instrument of US Oligarchy

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Ed Walker
Direct manipulation of brain chemistry is a new form of corporate control. Call it Corporate Bio-power.
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Yevgeniy Nikulin Writes The Donald

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emptywheel
In his last attempt to generation international attention, Yevgeniy Nikulin claimed an FBI agent asked him to claim credit for the DNC hack. In this attempt he's writing Donald Trump personally.
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'Look, You Can Live on Minimum Wage!' Say Modern Slavers

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Rayne
Pundits can't understand why millennials are killing so many things like fast food businesses. Hello? Because they can't afford them on current minimum wage.
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Three Things: Shocker, Badger, Vapor

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Rayne
Summer doldrums hitting hard; it's too steamy today to do much but watch the garden grow and the 'hot takes' bloom. Stay cool with a quick three things on AHCA and Trump-Russia.
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Akhmetshin's Involvement and the Trump Dossier

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emptywheel
Given all the changes in stories about the June 9 meeting at Trump Tower, it's worth returning to Trump Sr's initial response to reports of the meeting.
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Three Things: Lawyer Dumps Kushner, Hot at Fox, Dimon's Douchery

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Rayne
It's a Friday smack in the middle of summer, for god's sake; can't the news-making weasels give the treadmill a rest? This is an open thread.
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And Now Akmetshin, or Why the Hell *Didn't* Obama 'Tapp' Team Trump?

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Rayne
The definition of stink: today's revelation that a former-GRU-agent-cum-campaign-hacker-now-lobbyist was present at Junior Trump's June 2016 meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.
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Kushner's Digital Armies and Facebook's .1%

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emptywheel
As Congress focuses on any tie between targeting data stolen by Russians and the fake news spread into targeted precincts, they should understand Facebook's data on who was doing what.
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Don Jr Provides Proof Obama Didn't "Tapp" Trump

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emptywheel
In addition to incriminating himself by showing the world his own smoking gun, Don Jr just proved that Obama did not "tapp" his father.