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Under Cover of the Nunes Memo, Russian Spooks Sneak Openly into Meetings with Trump's Administration

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emptywheel
When Chuck Schumer raised questions about why Russia's top spooks were visiting DC in the last week, Treasury and CIA both responded with contempt.

The Trey Gowdy Retirement

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emptywheel
Mock him all you want. But I suspect Trey Gowdy's decision to get out of partisan hackery may be an important development for the Mueller inquiry.
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Remaking the World

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Quinn Norton
"I am scared of everything" I loud-whispered to him repeatedly. He got a little in front of me, where he gets when he thinks I might absentmindedly walk into traffic. He listened, and I explained that it wasn't just that I couldn't see my future, I couldn't even imagine it. Whatever sense I had yesterday for who I would be in six months, for who I would be for the rest of my life, it had slipped away as we had walked out of that office. All that was left was a warm, indecipherable fog.
[Photo by Piron Guillaume via Unsplash]
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Another Kind of Recovery: Post-Maria Puerto Rico and Health Care Critical Infrastructure

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Rayne
Hope you don't need an IV soon. I'll be thinking of people who do while Trump bloviates tonight about the state of our disunion.
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Trump Has Told Friends and Aides that Paul Manafort Can Incriminate Him

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emptywheel
Apparently Trump has told multiple friends and aides that Paul Manafort could incriminate him personally.

Byron York Confirms that Many Names and Sources Implicated Carter Page as an Agent of a Foreign Power

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emptywheel
In an attempt to spin the GOP refusal to make Adam Schiff's memo refuting Devin Nunes' one, an anonymous source that might be Tom Rooney makes it clear that there are far more sources implicating Carter Page as an Agent of a Foreign Power than just the Steele dossier.

Defense Department Rules Data on Failure in Afghanistan Is Not Releasable

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Jim White
In a new trick following on its previous attempt at retroactive classification, the Department of Defense has now decided that the war in Afghanistan is going so badly that even unclassified data now can not be released.
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On Disinformation and the Dossier

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emptywheel
In which I revisit the question of whether the Christopher Steele dossier might be disinformation -- and ask why Chuck Grassley wants to know if Oleg Deripaska knew of the dossier.

FBI Decided Four Months after They Arrested MalwareTech that He Told Them He Hadn't Been Drinking before the Arrest

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emptywheel
The back and forth on discovery issues shows some additional funny details in the MalwareTech case.
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Dear JD Gordon [and Jared]: Mueller Has 17 Prosecutors; White House Obstruction Accounts for Just One

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emptywheel
JD Gordon wants you to know that his anonymous alter ego didn't "collude" with Russia. He also wants you to think Mueller is only investigating obstruction. But that doesn't explain what the other 16 prosecutors are doing.
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Feinstein's Homework Assignments

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emptywheel
While Devin Nunes has been getting all the headlines for trying to muck up the Mueller investigation, Chuck Grassley and Dianne Feinstein are increasingly at odds, as well. First there was the Grassley-Lindsey Graham bogus referral of Christopher…
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How Did Don McGahn Threaten to Quit without Telling Trump?

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emptywheel
How did McGahn's threat to quit if Trump fired Mueller work if he never told Trump about it?
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The Increasing Panic Surrounding Devin Nunes' "Extraordinarily Reckless" Plan to Release Memo

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emptywheel
Republicans are really rolling out the stops to try to dissuade Devin Nunes from releasing his memo without giving FBI and DOJ a chance to vet it for sources and methods.
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Why Did Trump Tweet an "In the Ball Park" Accurate Number for Hillary's Total Staffers on June 9, 2016?

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emptywheel
Just 40 minutes after the beginning of the June 9 Trump Tower meeting, Donald Trump tweeted about emails. More interestingly, perhaps, he included a number that showed he had ball park accurate information of how many staffers Hillary had.

The Gizmo™: Correlation Doesn't Equal Adversary Nation

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emptywheel
We need to stop letting The Gizmo™ set off panics every time RT and Sputnik pick up a right wing meme.
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On the Sessions and Trump Interviews: It's Not Just Obstruction of Justice

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emptywheel
The report that Jeff Sessions has been and Trump soon will be interviewed by Mueller's team has been taken as yet another sign this is all about obstruction of justice. There's no reason to think that.
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"Notwithstanding": How Congress Enabled Chuck Hagel and Ash Carter to Keep Child Rape and Torture from Disrupting Forever War

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Jim White
After a victim of child rape by Afghan forces killed three Marines in Afghanistan in 2015, Congress asked SIGAR to investigate how Afghan units continue to receive funding in light of known human rights abuses. Congress has enabled violation of the Leahy laws that prevent such funding by stating that funds to Afghan forces can be provided "notwithstanding any other provision of law".
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The Government Built Its Criminal Case against MalwareTech Off Incidental Collection

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emptywheel
Because so much of the evidence against Marcus Hutchins (AKA MalwareTech) is incidental, the government says it doesn't have to turn it over.
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Sergei Millian and the Simpson Testimony

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emptywheel
In a weird non-sequitur in his HPSCI testimony, Glenn Simpson connected Sergei Millian, alleged to be one of the sources for Christopher Steele's dossier, with the leak of the dossier to BuzzFeed.