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Tanks for the Memories

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Rayne
U.S. military troops and resources have been deployed because Americans dared to exercise their First Amendment rights. This isn't like 1992 but more like 1989.
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If the Steele Dossier Is Disinformation, Republicans Have Become Willful Participants in the Operation

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emptywheel
There's a high likelihood that one reason Russia planted disinformation in the Steele dossier was to get the Republicans to act exactly the way they have been for the last three years.
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The Father of the DEA Dragnet Sics It on Free Speech

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emptywheel
Bill Barr thinks it is totally inappropriate to do network mapping when it involves the sensitive political activities of Donald Trump. He just rolled out far more invasive surveillance against the sensitive First Amendment activities of George Floyd.

Antifa Ain't That

You've seen the scary pictures of Antifa. You've seen them in images from the Battle of Seattle, Occupy Wallstreet, Oakland FTP protests, outside the G20, and many more moments where a reporter nervously says to camera "Things are getting out…
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In a Motion Claiming that Appointing an Amicus Is "Unprecedented," Billy Barr Argues Against Billy Barr Twice More

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emptywheel
After arguing against Bill Barr's DOJ's past arguments on materiality in a motion to dismiss Mike Flynn's prosecution, Bill Barr's DOJ now argues against Bill Barr's DOJ's past arguments about the reasons for such flip-flops and the authority of the judge to challenge them.
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In Opposing Mandamus, Judge Sullivan Notes Schrodinger's Materiality

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emptywheel
Like me, Judge Sullivan and the lawyer representing him, Beth Wilkinson, have focused on DOJ's sharp reversal on whether Flynn's lies were material.
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Mueller Soft-Pedaled the Mike Flynn Exchanges with Sergey Kislyak about Israel

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emptywheel
Mike Flynn's Statement of the Offense has falsely suggested that, the first time Flynn made a request of Russia, Russia said no. In fact, both times Flynn made a request, Sergey Kislyak consulted the top people in Russia, and then delivered what Flynn wanted.
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Assaults on Free Speech and the Cities We Didn't See

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Rayne
Across the country during protests this week, there's been a clear pattern of behavior law enforcement attacking the exercise of the First Amendment by assaults on the press.
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Is The Time Of Keisha Lance Bottoms Now?

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bmaz
Of all the Democrats on a national platform over the last few days, including Joe Biden, who has not been bad at all, Keisha Lance Bottoms stands above.
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"The Boss is Aware:" Trump Learned about Mike Flynn's Conversations with Sergey Kislyak in Real Time

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emptywheel
The Mueller Report has always been coy about whether Mueller's team knew of any calls between Mike Flynn and Donald Trump surrounding his calls about sanctions with Sergey Kislyak. But the transcript of Flynn's December 31 call with Kislyak makes it clear that he knew Trump knew the content of the call already.
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In Dire Need of Creative Extremists

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Peterr
Martin Luther King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" is more than 50 years old, yet it reads like it was written yesterday. In that letter, King identified “the great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom” not as the hoodwearing Klanners or the poltically powerful White Citizens Council folks, but the Moderate. Fortunately, King also identfied the cure to that block, if only we'd embrace it.
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Trey Gowdy Argues There's No Way Mike Flynn Would Read Anything Trey Gowdy Wrote

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emptywheel
An amicus brief signed by Trey Gowdy submitted in the MIke Flynn case yesterday claims that information made available by Trey Gowdy before Flynn's second plea allocution was not available to Flynn before he pled guilty.
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Trump's America: Racism, Imperious Police and CNN Under Arrest in Minneapolis

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bmaz
There is a surreal situation going down in Minneapolis. The CNN crew covering it was literally arrested on live air. Not all of them understand you, just the reporter, Oscar Jimenez, that was a minority, the white correspondent a few feet away…
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Stealing Elections: The Underlying Assumption behind Billy Barr's Flip-Flop on the Materiality of Flynn's Lies

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emptywheel
Bill Barr is saying it was illegitimate for the FBI to investigate whether the incoming President engaged in a quid pro quo to get elected and therefore Flynn's lies that hid key details needed to answer that question are not material to any investigation that FBI should be engaging in. And he's saying it just before campaign season begins again in earnest. 
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On the Two ECs Opening the Investigation into Mike Flynn

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emptywheel
A former top FBI official looks at one piece of paperwork in the Trump investigation and declares it was all made up. For some reason, he didn't consult the other piece of paperwork.

In a Bid to Remain Relevant, PCLOB Will Treat Carter Page as a Suspected Terrorist

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emptywheel
PCLOB plans to review FISA applications targeting counterintelligence subjects. They'd be better off fighting to expand their mandate such that they were allowed to do just that.

Ric Grenell Confesses He Was Worse than Samantha Power at the UN

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emptywheel
Three years after the frothy right first started targeting Samantha Power for reading intelligence while serving as Ambassador to the UN, Ric Grenell admits that when he was in a subordinate position to the one Power had, he also was an avid consumer of intelligence.
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