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Lawfare "Breaks" News: NSA Hasn't Restarted the Section 215 CDR Function

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emptywheel
The NSA appears to have stopped trying to collect Call Detail Records under the USA Freedom Act.
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Conspiracy Theorist Jerome Corsi Finally Meets a Conspiracy Theory He's Not Willing to Face Legal Jeopardy Over

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emptywheel
Jerome Corsi just retracted an InfoWars column accusing Seth Rich of leaking the DNC emails. But he hasn't, yet, retracted the same claims made in his book.
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Foiling a Good Walk

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Rayne
While the average business makes a reasonable effort to reduce its tax burden, the Trump organization made it a pattern of habit to do so aggressively with its golf course businesses.
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Come On Down Paul Gosar, The Latest Arizona Embarrassment

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bmaz
You may have watched the House Oversight hearing with Michael Cohen last Wednesday (See here and here). One of the most hilarious moments came when Arizona Republican Representative Paul Gosar went off the rails to crazy town. The original…
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The May 18, 2017 Meeting with Trump, Jay Sekulow, and Michael Cohen

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emptywheel
If the timing of an email discussed by Gerry Connolly yesterday is any indication, Trump started coaching witness testimony even before Mueller got appointed.
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Michael Cohen's Testimony: Metacommentary

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emptywheel
Michael Cohen's testimony makes it clear that Donald Trump took overt actions to advance the election year conspiracy, even if Cohen doesn't have a smoking gun proving that Trump masterminded it.
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Initial Working Thread on Cohen's Prepared Testimony

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bmaz
Okay, it is late but people may be interested in getting a jump on reading Michael Cohen's prepared statement ahead of tomorrow's hearing in the House Oversight Committee. With no further adieu: Here is the prepared testimony. And it is pretty…
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Did Mueller Ask Manafort Any Questions about His Early May 2016 Meeting with Kilimnik?

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emptywheel
The NYT continues to dig in on the cover stories that someone fed it about Manafort sharing polling data with Konstantin Kilimnik back in January. But their latest story actually raises a real question: Did prosecutors talk to Manafort about the May 2016 meeting with Kilimnik?
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On August 2, 2016, Paul Manafort Gave Konstantin Kilimnik 75 Pages of Recent, Detailed Polling Data

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emptywheel
In what was a final effort to change their explanation for why Trump's campaign manager shared campaign polling data with Konstantin Kilimnik (or perhaps to inform co-conspirators), Manafort's lawyers also revealed there were 75 pages of the data.
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Back to School: Planning for Climate Change Activism Success

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Rayne
The GOP as a whole has an abominable track record on environmental protection, from green energy to toxic waste and now on climate change. Focus your fire on them, not your allies.
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Quid Pro Quo Redux, Part Two: Russian Government Involvement in All Three Conspiracy Agreements

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emptywheel
Given reports that Mueller will "report" imminently, I'm not sure I'm going to finish the second version of my Quid Pro Quo series laying out the evidence of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia trading campaign help and real estate…
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On Mueller's Choice Not to Elaborate on Paulie's Lies

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emptywheel
In Manafort's sentencing memo, Mueller deviated from all his past practice in using accusations of false statements to speak to his underlying investigation, keeping details that go to the core of his investigation secret to protect the investigation. That decision speaks volumes.
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All the News Fit to Treat Badly

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Rayne
Scandals surrounding cabinet officials should have resulted in the firing or resignation of two, possibly three secretaries. But the news media is sucked into covering a single celebrity story instead of reporting more fully on stories affecting our common welfare.
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Yesterday Noel Francisco Raised the Stakes on the Mystery Appellant

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emptywheel
In yesterday's response to the appeal of a subpoena by the Mystery Appellant, Solicitor General Noel Francisco made himself a shield for Mueller's investigation on that front.
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How Amy Berman Jackson Got Roger Stone to Step in It and Then Step in It Again

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emptywheel
Amy Berman Jackson used yesterday's hearing to do what virtually no one has ever done with Roger Stone: establish that his language is not harmless and fun, but instead a danger to society. And -- to the surprise of both the defense and the prosecution -- that was the primary basis she used to impose a gag on him.
[Photo: Emily Morter via Unsplash]
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Three Things: Nuke Rebuke

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Rayne
Question: what's going on with U.S. policy on nuclear proliferation? This is an open thread.
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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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