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21 People with the Power to Stop the Madness [UPDATE-2]

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Rayne
It's bloody annoying to hear ignoramuses who should know better blaming the wrong people for the mess we're in. 21 people could fix this right now.

Twitter Only Had SMS 2FA When Hal Martin's Twitter Account DMed Kaspersky

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emptywheel
Kim Zetter has a story that explains the back story to FBI's interest in Hal Martin. But I wonder whether there isn't a back story to her back story?
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Oleg Deripaska Met Sergei Millian at the St. Petersburg Forum Michael Cohen Would Have Met Putin

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emptywheel
Oleg Deripaska met with Sergei Millian at the same St. Petersburg Forum where Michael Cohen would have negotiated a Trump Tower deal with Vladimir Putin.
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Manafort Claims He Can't Be a Witness to Trump's Conspiracy with Russia because He Managed the Campaign

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emptywheel
Manafort is excusing his forgetfulness about anything that might show a conspiracy between him, while he was campaign manager for the Trump campaign, and Kilimnik, by saying his activities as campaign manager prevent him from remembering conspiring with Kilimnik while working for the campaign. 
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There's No Crisis at the Border — There's a Crisis in the White House

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Rayne
There's no crisis at the border -- unless you are an asylum-seeking child fleeing violence, or an American citizen seeking lawful, competent leadership.
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Manafort's Redaction Fail Tells Trump that Mueller Caught Him Lying about His Russian Handler, Konstantin Kilimnik

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emptywheel
Boy do I look stupid! This morning, I suggested that Robert Mueller had finally found a way to shut Paul Manafort up. Then I went away for a few hours, and come back to discover Manafort's filing on the lies he got caught telling about the information…
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Trump's 200 Million Inauguration Visitors and $15 Million Net Worth: The Scale of His Border Lies

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emptywheel
If Trump's two most famous lies were told on the same scale as his lies about terrorists coming across the southern border, he'd have had 200 million people at his inauguration but be worth only $15 million.
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Robert Mueller Finally Found a Way to Get Paul Manafort to Keep a Secret

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emptywheel
Paul Manafort's failure to file an unsealed filing due yesterday may have as much to do with the reasons Mueller couldn't wait to obtain Roger Stone's House Intelligence transcripts last month as with any tardiness on his lawyers' part.
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Will the Press Recognize They Also Deserve a Scolding for Parroting Eric Dubelier's Nude Selfie Stunt?

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emptywheel
Judge Dabney Friedrich called Concord Management's trollish lawyers into today to yell at them for their recent trollish court filings. Will the press realize they, too, should be included in her accusations of unprofessional behavior?
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It Is False and Defamatory to Accuse WikiLeaks of a Bunch of Things that Aren't the Key Allegations against It

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emptywheel
WikiLeaks denies a lot in a list of things it says would be defamatory for journalists to print. None of those denials address the key charges against the organization.
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On Narrating Donald Trump: "Shoot me like I’m shot on 'The Apprentice'"

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emptywheel
Trump is still trying to maintain the image of power that a ton of editing produced on The Apprentice. “Shoot me like I’m shot on ‘The Apprentice.’” But he has no producer, not even a Chief of Staff, to make that happen now.
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Dancing With Ms. AOC (and other weekend talk)

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bmaz
Apparently the ignorant bigot Trumpalos set things a little bit of Footloose is now some kind of slam on AOC. But it it is not. It is just stupid. Seriously, what kind of bigots go there? AOC is bigger and better than that, why are her detractors…
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The William Barr Case for Impeaching Donald Trump: From Whom Did Trump Suborn False Statements?

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emptywheel
Mueller's obstruction investigation was likely always premised on a theory of obstruction that Trump's presumed Attorney General nominee William Barr has argued does merit investigation and impeachment: that Trump ordered his subordinates to lie to obstruct an investigation.
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Prosecutors Cite Osiris in an Attempt to Resuscitate Dead Law against Marcus Hutchins

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emptywheel
The government is now blaming Marcus Hutchins for malware several generations removed from any code he wrote.
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Impeachment and the Narcissist's Off-Ramp

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emptywheel
Even if we do get to the point where indictment or impeachment became viable (and I'm not sure we will), it's worth thinking about whether pursuing either one might just trigger a narcissistic response that will only lead Trump to do further damage to this country. 
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Sam Patten Reminds Us Cooperation Deals Are Not Cookie Cutters

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emptywheel
The best explanation for a sealed status report in Sam Patten's case is that it has something to do with Paul Manafort's decisions about what to do about his lies to Mueller.

Hal Martin Manages to Obtain a Better Legal Outcome than Reality Winner, But It Likely Doesn't Matter

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emptywheel
A filing released earlier this month seems to suggest the FBI really fucked up when it raided Hal Martin's home with almost 20 Agents, including a SWAT team.
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If Trump Is So Concerned that a DOJ Contractor Failed to Archive Texts, Why Not Hold the Contractor Accountable?

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emptywheel
The President and his TV lawyer continue to spin a contractor's failure as an attempt on Mueller's part to obstruct justice. Perhaps it's time the focus shifted to the contractor who still continues to fail 10% of the time?
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Someone Has Already Been Charged for Most of the Actions the Steele Dossier Attributes to Michael Cohen

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emptywheel
While we've been debating about whether Michael Cohen was in Prague, Mueller has been providing evidence about the people who performed the function in the information operation that the Steele dossier alleges Cohen performed.
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