In the middle of all the 2020, Belarusians started fighting for themselves.

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Quinn Norton
The revolutions continue. Right now, the eastern European country of Belarus is weeks into street protests and strikes against the long and corrupt rule of Alexander Lukashenka, the main ruler Belarus has seen in the post-Soviet era, after he…
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RNCC 2020: 'Profoundly' WTAF

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Rayne
The final night of the Republican National Committee's Convention was a disgusting spectacle, but its unlawful wretched excess wasn't the worst of it.
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Kevin Clinesmith Ordered to Cooperate with People Not on John Durham's Team

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emptywheel
The frothy right is misrepresenting language in Kevin Clinesmith's plea deal to suggest he may be cooperating.

A Tale of Two COVID Scandals: Phil Hogan and Donald Trump

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emptywheel
In Ireland, hypocrisy over public health guidelines just forced Phil Hogan to resign. In the United States, however, Trump's multiple contributions to the devastation of COVID have brought little of the same kind of shame.
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Former Daily Caller Editor Reveals He Was Forced to Publish Oleg Deripaska

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emptywheel
A former opinion editor at the Daily Caller reveals he was forced to public an Oleg Deripaska column that neatly lined up with the long-term journalistic project of the Daily Caller.
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Trump's Destruction of Government Is Personal

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Rayne
Feel free to use this open thread to share your observations about RNCC 2020: WTAF Round 2.
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MMT and Mainstream Economics

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Ed Walker
MMT and Mainstream Economics: Compare and Contrast
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RNCC 2020: Night of a Thousand WTAFs

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Rayne
I didn't watch the first night of the Republican National Committee's Convention, experiencing it through Twitter instead. All I can say is, Holy crap, WTAF?? This is an open thread.
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SSCI's Asymmetric Interest in Partisan Use of Oppo Research

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emptywheel
SSCI asked at least six top Democrats questions of how the Christopher Steele information got shared: John Podesta, Marc Elias, Donna Brazile, Robby Mook, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and Jennifer Palmieri. They made efforts to learn what both the campaign and the party learned of the information. And yet they asked no questions about how RNC optimized the WikiLeaks releases.
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Place Your Bets: What's Trump's October Surprise? [UPDATE-2]

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Rayne
The October surprise -- it's become something of a American tradition in electoral politics. What will Trump foist on the American public in a last-ditch effort to win re-election? This is an open thread.
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Running Thread of emptywheel's Running Threads on the SSCI Report

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emptywheel
A running collection of my Twitter and emptywheel work on the SSCI Report.
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Crowdsourced Timeline: Torching the USPS [Work in Progress, UPDATE-2]

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Rayne
A lot happened today involving the U.S. Postal Service, huh? Here's a work-in-progress timeline of events related to the U.S. Postal Service crisis under leadership of Louis DeJoy.
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Another Trump Campaign Manager Indicted for Money Laundering

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emptywheel
Would you believe that Steve Bannon defrauded innocent MAGAts trying to help build a wall?
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SSCI's Timidity on Trump Tower Moscow

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emptywheel
Unlike the other sections of its investigation, the SSCI Report on the multiple lucrative real estate deals Trump chased while running for President doesn't explain the counterintelligence risk.
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SSCI Confirms that Mueller Considered CFAA Charges for Don Jr.

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emptywheel
The SSCI Report makes clear that a long redaction in the Mueller Report discusses how the Mueller team (correctly) decided not to charge Don Jr with CFAA violation.
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Trump Tried to Claim Privilege Over a Document Flynn Claimed to Not Remember

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emptywheel
Don McGahn made a crazy ass claim of privilege over a document tied to two meetings that Mike Flynn claimed not to remember.
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Work In Progress: Saving the USPS

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Rayne
Trump donor and appointee Louis DeJoy is deliberately and maliciously destroying the U.S. Postal Service; negligence can't explain these actions. We've got work to do to save the USPS.
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"These Actions Have Targeted Not Only against Russia, But Also Against the President Elect"

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emptywheel
We don't need to speculate about Russia cultivating Trump's hostility to the IC, because we've got evidence they started doing so weeks before Trump was even inaugurated.
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Billy Barr's DOJ Throws the Book at Someone Not Named Mike Flynn for Reneging on a Plea Agreement

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emptywheel
The government wants to lard on terrorism charges against Minh Quang Pham because he availed himself of a SCOTUS precedent to try to get his sentence lessened.
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