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DOJ Flips the Lawfare on Its Head in Russian Troll Case

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emptywheel
After almost two years during which Concord Management has used its prosecution as a fishing expedition, the government has now turned the tables.
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Republican Complaints about Phone Records Back Democratic Impeachment Case

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emptywheel
The Republican complaints that Adam Schiff issued a subpoena unintentionally make the case that Trump must be impeached.

Trump HJC Defenders Claim Ukraine Aid Withheld To Fight Corruption While Rudy Rounds Up Fired Corrupt Ukrainians To Help Trump

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Jim White
By relying on these corrupt Ukrainians to support their arguments, Trump, Giuliani and Barr are proving that under the Trump Administration, the US courts corruption in order to advance the personal and political future of its President, at great risk to the strategic interests of the US.
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Impeachment Hearing for December 4, 2019

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bmaz
Post dedicated to today's House Judiciary Committee's impeachment hearing beginning at 10:00 a.m. ET.
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Bill Barr Apparently Threatens to Withdraw FBI Protection from Donald Trump

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emptywheel
Barr made a comment last night targeted at communities of color that would be more applicable -- but shocking in its implications -- targeted at the President.

George Nader's Equal Opportunity Foreign Influence Peddling

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emptywheel
If DOJ had to use Nader's bipartisan influence peddling to hold him accountable for being a key vector for foreign influence in our elections, I'll take it. 
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Are Kulyk, Lutsenko, and Shokin the Three Ukrainians that Show Bill Barr Is Part of the Conspiracy?

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emptywheel
It's becoming more and more likely that John Durham's investigation is part of the Ukraine conspiracy.
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The Republican Pre-Buttal Spins Republican and Non-Partisan Facts as a Democratic Plot

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emptywheel
The facts presented in the impeachment inquiry are not Democratic claims. They are non-partisan or Republican facts. But in the Republican party in 2019, every fact that is damning to Donald Trump -- even those shared by Republicans -- is treated as a partisan conspiracy.
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The Trump-John Solomon Attempts to Blame Others for the Vault 7 Leak

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emptywheel
The revelation that Randy Credico, Roger Stone, and Margaret Kunstler turned to discussions about pardoning Assange in the days after the election makes certain details about the Vault 7 investigation more alarming.
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The Origin of the Sharpie Quid Pro Quo Denial: An Effort to Craft a Cover Story on the Pages of the WSJ

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emptywheel
The September 9 call, which Trump has used to deny demanding a quid pro quo he had already demanded two days earlier, was first invented for an October 7 WSJ story in one of a series of attempts to come up with testimony that would protect the President.
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Happy Thanksgiving: Delayed Cranes and Pigs Edition

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emptywheel
I'm grateful for Michigan's bounty. Unless we start doing something about the climate emergency, it may not be there very long. 
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Turkey Bowl Trash Talk

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bmaz
Think I've recounted this in some previous year, but bmaz the younger and friends used to have a yearly Turkey Bowl football game on Thanksgiving mornings. Always at one or another local high school field. They were theoretically flag games,…
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The Conservative Lie About Moral Relativity

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Ed Walker
Right-wing ideologues create facts and history that cement their power; then claim the left is destroying morality by calling out those fabrications.
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Did Mike Flynn Gamble and Lose on Bill Barr and Michael Horowitz?

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emptywheel
Mike Flynn made a gamble back in the summer that Bill Barr and Michael Horowitz would discredit the investigation into him in such a way as to make the risk of blowing up his plea deal worth it. He may have gambled unwisely.
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Is It Russian Or Is It Real?

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bmaz
Is It Russian Or Is It Real? This is a question only humans with a sentient brain can answer. An equation that clearly leaves out Matt Taibbi, Senators Graham and Kennedy (not to be confused with the good Senator Kennedys). This Kennedy is…
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Moron-Contra and Gordon Sondland's Venezuela Involvement

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emptywheel
The revelation that a Venezuelan trying to beat a US money laundering charge has a tie to the Ukraine scandal should raise more questions about why Gordon Sondland said that his job as EU Ambassador involves policy in Venezuela.
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The Government Prepares to Argue that Transmitting Information *To* WikiLeaks Makes the Vault 7 Leak Different

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emptywheel
The government and Joshua Schulte are arguing over whether Paul Rosenzweig should be able to testify as an expert in Schulte's trial. That suggests they're preparing an argument about the specific harms foreseeable in leaking to WikiLeaks.
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A Billionaire's Opportunity Cost

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Rayne
Here's something to talk about to launch this open holiday week thread: Michael Bloomberg and the opportunity cost of running for the presidency.

Inequality Of Freedom

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Ed Walker
The richer one is, the more negative freedom, positive freedom and freedom from domination one has.
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