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In Epstein's Wake: MIT Media Lab, Dirty Money, and Swartz

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Rayne
MIT Media Lab is in upheaval after the disclosure that its organization accepted financial support from now-deceased pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. His poisonous reach continues beyond the grave.
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Whip It Good: Crack That Whip [UPDATED-4]

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Rayne
When a problem comes along, you must whip it -- and whipping is slowly working toward an impeachment inquiry. Whip it good!
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Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson Waste Taxpayer Dollars Looking for Foreign Hackers the One Place They Aren't

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emptywheel
Rather than responding to the real hacks launched by adversaries against our democracy, by making our financial and voting systems more secure, Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson are still trying to find evidence of a hack where there appears to have been none, fourfou years later. 

Freedom And Equality: More on Equality

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Ed Walker
Relational Equality is the cornerstone of democracy.
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Roger Stone Once Again Limits His Denials

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emptywheel
Two years after he first started, Roger Stone continues to issue partial denials about his role in the hack-and-leak.
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Judicial Watch Sues DOJ and Obtains Proof that Mark Meadows and His Propagandists Are Conspiracist Idiots

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emptywheel
Congratulations to Judicial Watch, which just paid a ton of money to sue DOJ to prove that Mark Meadows is full of shit.
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The Government Accuses Roger Stone of Being a Disorganized Figure Who Committed a Crime

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emptywheel
By mis-citing the Godfather II, Stone's lawyers have proven he can't be an organized crime figure.
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Bill Barr Refuses to "Comply First, Complain Later" with Congressional Oversight

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emptywheel
Bill Barr demanded unquestioning compliance with police the other day. Comply first, complain later, said the nation's top law enforcement officer. Curiously, he feels totally different about Executive branch compliance with attempts to make it comply with the law.
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Clear The Shelters Day Is August 17

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bmaz
There are many things going on these days, but you can save a dog's life this weekend, and gain a best friend. You should.
Graphic: Quino Al via Unsplash (mod by Rayne)
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Whip It Good: Higher and Higher

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Rayne
We could use a boost now as we work our way through the dog days of summer. Take a look at how far we've come even if it seems too slowly, measure our progress toward an impeachment inquiry.

Four Months Ago Attorney General Bill Barr Called BOP Staff Shortages that Led to Whitey Bulger Murder "a SNAFU"

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emptywheel
Back in April, Bill Barr called the understaffing that permitted the Whitey Bulger murder in Hazelton prison "a SNAFU." Now, he's claiming such shortages are "severe irregularities," presumably so he can blame someone else for letting the death happen.
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Don McGahn Is Not the Most Critical Witness on Impeachment

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emptywheel
Last week the House Judiciary Committee told a court that Don McGahn is their most important impeachment witness. I really hope they don't believe that.

Freedom And Equality: Relational Equality Against Social Hierarchies

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Ed Walker
Equality is primarily about social relations, and only secondarily about the distribution of material goods.
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DOJ Should Just Give Andrew McCabe What He Wants, But They Won't

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emptywheel
Andrew McCabe's lawsuit against DOJ and FBI for the way he was fired is very well lawyered. DOJ could make it go away at very little cost, except the most costly: depriving Trump of one of his pettiest wins.
[Photo: Emily Morter via Unsplash]
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Chickens on ICE Raid: The Odd Luck of Peco and Koch Foods [UPDATE-2]

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Rayne
Something about the ICE raids conducted in Mississippi today set off my hinky meter. This is an open thread.
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It Is False To Claim the Counterintelligence Investigation into Trump Is Unprecedented

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emptywheel
Republicans keep asking whether there's precedent for the FBI to open a counterintelligence investigation into the President. That's not the right question though. The right question is whether there's precedent for the FBI to open a counterintelligence investigation into a major party candidate, and the precedent is clear: Hillary Clinton

The Discussion of White Supremacist Terror Ignores the Transnational Nature of It

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emptywheel
As the national security establishment comes to grips with the threat of white supremacist terrorism, the goal should be to understand what actually occurring in the government's efforts to combat terrorism, and from that to learn what is necessary to protecting against terrorism. 

On Same Day Peter Strzok Sues for His Termination, Judicial Watch Releases Mostly Redacted List of FBI Leakers

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emptywheel
In a lawsuit over the way he was fired, Peter Strzok argues that nothing has happened to NY Field Office agents who were biased against Hillary and leaked information. A FOIA from Judicial Watch may confirm his claim.
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