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Plus-Delta Analysis: CNN's New Political Hire Isgur Flores

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Rayne
A look at the rationale behind CNN's hiring of Sarah Isgur Flores. (This is an open thread.)
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The Significance of the Rod Rosenstein / William Barr Window

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emptywheel
Whatever the outcome of the predicted Mueller report next week, by doing it in the window where Rod Rosenstein is still supervising the investigation but William Barr is in place should vouch for the legitimacy of the decision.
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Questions to Ask before Reporting a BREAKING Mueller Report

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emptywheel
The only way that Mueller is releasing The Report this week is if he's going to try to indict the President, which is highly unlikely to happen. Still, we will get a report, of sorts, this week.
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About the Two Investigations into Donald Trump

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emptywheel
Andrew McCabe's interview lays out more about how Trump came to be a focus of Mueller's investigation.
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Four Sentences: What the Legal System Has Said about the Suspect Loyalty of Trump's Aides

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emptywheel
In the wake of Andrew McCabe's book publication, Trump wants to treat his investigation as a case of contested claims of betrayal. But the judges who have reviewed the record have used striking language to indicate that Trump's aides, not Mueller's team, betrayed their country.

MalwareTech's Judge Seems More Sympathetic to Hutchins about the Intent of Prosecution than the Law

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emptywheel
In Marcus Hutchins' case, JP Stadtmueller seems to have read this appropriately for what it is, the government effort to use any means available to punish Hutchins for being unable or unwilling to become the FBI's informant solely because he came to their attention for killing WannaCry.
Graphic: Quino Al via Unsplash (mod by Rayne)
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Urgent, Urgent: Head to the Phones

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Rayne
Urgent, urgent, emergency -- get to the phones, because the real emergency isn't at the border with Mexico but in Florida. This is an open thread.

Dan Coats Still Refusing to Provide the Evidence that Russia Didn't Affect the Election

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emptywheel
For some reason, Dan Coats won't show the Senate Intelligence Committee the proof that Russia's attempts to tamper in the midterm elections didn't succeed.
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Roger Stone and the Dozens of Search Warrants on Accounts Used to Facilitate the Transfer and Promotion of Stolen Democratic Emails

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emptywheel
The filing explaining why Roger Stone got assigned the same judge as the GRU defendants describes how his communications got picked up in "several" accounts used to transfer or promote the stolen DNC emails. He will get a sealed description of which ones those are.
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The Unseen Aspects of Paul Manafort's Lies and Truth-Telling Are as Telling as the Ones We've Seen

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emptywheel
For all the debate about whether Mueller is almost done or not, the things we didn't learn about during this breach discussion are just as interesting as the things we did learn about.
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Open Thread: A Mournful Valentine [UPDATE]

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Rayne
Since the mass shooting a year ago in Parkland, Florida, 1,200 more children have died as a result of gun violence. Thoughts and prayers are worthless and cannot staunch the blood.

The Green New Deal Challenges The Domination Of Capital

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Ed Walker
Capital dominates our public and private lives. The Green New Deal returns power to the majority to determine our future.
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Amy Berman Jackson Rules that Manafort Lied about Possible Criminal Activity Related to Donald Trump's Campaign

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emptywheel
Amy Berman Jackson just ruled that Paul Manafort lied when he denied committing crimes in conjunction with Trump's campaign.
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Bamford's Silence about How Maria Butina Got Thrown Back into Solitary

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emptywheel
In a story at least partly focusing on the government's use of solitary confinement against Maria Butina, James Bamford remains remarkably silent about his role in getting her thrown back into solitary.
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On SSCI's Investigation: Manafort "Conspired" Whether or Not Trump Also "Colluded"

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emptywheel
For some reason, Republicans are not squawking about the less damning of the several explanations for why Paul Manafort shared campaign data with Konstantin Kilimnik.
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FBI Finally Moves to Fix Its Text Retention Problem -- and Mobile Phone Security

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emptywheel
Two years after identifying what were clear security problems in the course of searching for Lisa Page and Peter Strzok's texts, DOJ's Inspector General is recommending that FBI fix the problem.
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A Primer on How to Read: So the NYT Can Stop Telling Paul Manafort's Lies

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emptywheel
In which I try to teach the NYT how to read, so they can stop telling the public Paul Manafort's lies.
[Photo by Piron Guillaume via Unsplash]
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Vertical Demand Curve: When Your Money or Your Life Isn't a Choice

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Rayne
We prohibit extortion -- except when it's health care. This is an open thread.
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Quid Pro Quo Redux, Part One: The Trump Tower Dangle

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emptywheel
The 2016 Quid Pro Quo started with a dangle that Trump couldn't refuse: the tallest tower in Europe bearing his name, worth $300 million.
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What We Know about the "Other" Investigation about which Paul Manafort Lied

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emptywheel
Whatever Paul Manafort lied about with prosecutors from another district, it pertained to "saving the candidate."
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