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Fresh Off an Interview with Vladimir Putin, Tucker Carlson Repeats the Trick with Keith Ablow

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emptywheel
For a guy claiming to protect Hunter Biden's confidentiality, Keith Ablow was sure willing to share details of his treatment of Hunter Biden.

Ten Days after David Slater Told His Honeypot American Officials Were Traveling to Kyiv, Lloyd Austin and Tony Blinken Arrived

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emptywheel
Ten days after David Slater's honeypot thanked him for providing information of "two officials from the USA are going to Kyiv," Lloyd Austin and Tony Blinken arrived by train.
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Kash Patel's Deep State: How Trump Trained the GOP to Hate Rule of Law 2

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emptywheel
A series of individual choices -- often cowardice -- brought members of what used to be the Grand Old Party to the point they need to do anything to make sure Trump defies the law.
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A New King Arose Who Did Not Know Moses

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Peterr
In the book of Exodus, God told Moses and the Israelites "Remember that you were a slave in Egypt." Bibi Netanyahu and his allies have apparently forgotten.
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SCOTUS Invites Jack Smith to Supersede Trump with Inciting Insurrection

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emptywheel
Between SCOTUS' delay of Trump's January 6 trial and its holding that only conviction of inciting Insurrection can disqualify someone under the 14th Amendment, it seems like an invitation for Jack Smith to charge Trump with inciting insurrection.
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Russia's Flipping Focus: Alexander Smirnov Is No Exception

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emptywheel
Alexander Smirnov is nothing new. Exploiting past and present FBI informants has been a key part of Russia's assault on the US for over a decade.

What the Information Operation about Joe Biden's Age Looks Like

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emptywheel
The choice by Democrats to obsess about Biden's age instead of the things his experience has allowed him to accomplish is equally a choice to participate in an information operation designed to dehumanize the President and drown out any discussion of his accomplishments.
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The Still Unidentified "Big Guy[s]" in the Alexander Smirnov Saga

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emptywheel
According to several reports, Alexander Smirnov had the kind of sketchy financial ties one would expect of an FBI informant engaged in "otherwise illegal activities." Of more interest is whether any of those sketchy ties explain the story he allegedly fabricated in 2020.
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Stateless In Palestine

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Ed Walker
What does it mean to have human rights if there is no one to protect those rights?
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Hunter Biden Claims All Zhaos Look the Same to Joseph Ziegler

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emptywheel
The explanation Hunter Biden offered in his deposition for a discrepancy around his most damning text only raises further questions about the conduct of the IRS agents running a campaign against Hunter.
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Like His Father, Hunter Biden Got Forgetful about Details Pertaining to Beau's Illness

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emptywheel
Andy Biggs attempted the same kind of gotcha in the Hunter Biden depositoin that Robert Hur engaged in with the Joe Biden interview: using the muddiness created by pegging life events to grief to claim uncertainty about actually material issues.
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Trump's Other Immunity Claim: Stealing Boxes and Boxes of Classified Documents

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emptywheel
SCOTUS decided to weigh the extent of Presidential immunity less than a week after Trump claimed that he legally stole boxes and boxes of classified documents.
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Three Things: Goodbye, Good, Buy? Good – Bye!

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Rayne
Goodbye, Minority Leader McConnell and two other topics not worthy of a full post. This is an open thread.
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How Derek Hines Fooled Ken Dilanian into Making False Claims about the Hunter Biden Laptop

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emptywheel
Back in January, Derek Hines made some claims about the laptop that were always suspect have since been further discredited. Nevertheless, Ken Dilanian parroted those claims as if they were true.
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Lesley Wolf Vindicated by Alexander Smirnov Indictment

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emptywheel
You know who is vindicated by the Alexander Smirnov indictment? Lesley Wolf, who made an effort to prevent Trump's efforts to interfere in the investigation from tainting the investigation into Hunter Biden and then faced death threats because she did so.
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Leo Wise Keeps Digging Through Difficulties Caused by a Dumb Prosecutorial Decision

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emptywheel
Leo Wise keeps digging himself bigger holes, all of which stem from making rash prosecutorial decisions without considering the complexity of the case against Hunter Biden.
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Premier Palace: The Risk of Non-Russian Involvement in Alexander Smirnov's anti-Biden Election Operation

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emptywheel
Leo Wise led the Nevada Magistrate Judge to believe that he's most worried about Alexander Smirnov fleeing to Russia. But the reporting he laid out suggests the big worry is that Smirnov will flee to Israel.
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