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Radical Socialism or Clear-Eyed Realism?

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Rayne
Is it really all that radical to want to form a more perfect union by establishing economic and social justice? This is an open thread.
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The Government May Keep Paul Manafort's iPods (in Part) Because of the June 9 Emails

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emptywheel
The redacted sections of Amy Berman Jackson's order ruling the search of Paul Manafort's condo proper strongly suggest she used the June 9 meeting as one basis to permit the government to keep Manafort's iPods.
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And/Or: An Ominous Sign for WikiLeaks in the Joshua Schulte Indictment

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emptywheel
Rather than accuse Joshua Schulte of leaking CIA's hacking tools to WikiLeaks know just that it would hurt the US, DOJ accused him of knowingly helping another nation.
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How to Charge Americans in Conspiracies with Russian Spies?

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emptywheel
Normally I agree that our habit of charging foreign nation-state spies with hacking in the US is problematic. But in the case of the election year operation, where Americans are going to be named in conspiracies with Russians, I think it may be necessary.

How Russian Spies Cultivated the NRA and National Prayer Breakfast to Seek Republican Assets

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emptywheel
The arrest over the weekend of the Russian spy who infiltrated the NRA, Maria Butina, gets just two degrees away from Trump and his spawn -- and it's not even part of the Mueller probe.
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At Helsinki Summit, Putin Re-enacts the June 9 Trump Tower Meeting

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emptywheel
In a carefully performed role, Vladimir Putin just reenacted the June 9 Trump Tower meeting on the world stage.
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Dragons Caught in the Crossfire: On the Genealogy of the Current and Future Mueller Investigation

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emptywheel
To understand where the Mueller investigation is going, you need to know where it came from. And most reporting gets that wrong.
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Hybrid or Ambiguous, Asymmetric Warfare is Here to Stay

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Rayne
We were warned in 1999, and again in 2013 if not earlier. Asymmetric warfare is here to stay.
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As the Summit Arrives, Keep in Mind that Putin Manages Trump with Carrots and Sticks

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emptywheel
I think the lever Vladimir Putin holds over Trump is far worse than a pee tape. I think it's a threat to attack the country again.
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Yesterday, Roger Stone Answered, then Backtracked, on a Question Mueller Has Already Posed to Trump

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emptywheel
Roger Stone's first instinct when seeing himself described in an indictment of those who illegal helped Trump get elected was to say he couldn't be the guy described in the indictment because he only speaks to Trump. Now he's backtracking on that.
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Today Is Robert Mueller's Merrick Garland Day

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emptywheel
Today is the day when Robert Mueller has been investigating as long as Mitch McConnell kept open Scalia's seat to ensure a conservative ideologue occupied it rather than a respected centrist judge.

Legal Ethics in Trumplandia

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Ed Walker
Every single person who carried out the inhuman policy of snatching children from their immigrant parents is complicit in a depraved policy.
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Judge Ellis Compares Paul Manafort to Domestic and Foreign Terrorists and Spies and Traitors in Pulling his VIP Privileges

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emptywheel
In refusing to let Paul Manafort choose in which jail he awaits trial, Judge TS Ellis invoked the foreign and domestic terrorists, spies and traitors he'll share space with.
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Peter Strzok Is a Sideshow to Information that Directly Implicates the President

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emptywheel
The House Judiciary Committee will spend all day tomorrow flogging Peter Strzok. But all that flogging cannot change the fact that key evidence in Mueller's possession--evidence that implicates the President directly--has no tie to Strzok.
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The Text about Flynn Wasn't the Substantial Role in the Russian Attack -- It Just Linked the Grand Bargain to It

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emptywheel
Contrary to some conclusions drawn from my deliberately oblique post, the text I published in my post on going to the FBI had nothing I understood to do with the primary reason I went to the FBI. Rather, it just seemed to establish a link between the attack on the US and the grand bargain Trump will likely deliver over the next two weeks.
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The President's Lawyer Had Better Review His Conspiracy Theory

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emptywheel
Rudy as much as admitted that Don Jr violated ConFraudUs in the June 9 meeting.
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It's Called a Spine, not a Conscience

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Peterr
If burning sources that lie to you is not a cardinal rule of journalism, it damn well ought to be. I suspect that Marcy's honest sources will respect her more for this, and her dishonest ones will be very very nervous. Isn't that something that all journalists ought to strive for? Sullivan lauded Marcy for being a journalist with a conscience -- which she is, but that's not the point here. The point is that Marcy is a journalist with a spine.
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Trump Is Willing to Pay for Joint Defense for Hope Hicks, But Not for France

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emptywheel
Trump's demanding that NATO members all start paying their own way for our mutual defense. But he is willing to make sure that those protecting him get paid (even if he's not willing to pay himself).
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