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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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Page's Intelligence Officers, Plural, Versus His Serial Willingness to Be Recruited

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emptywheel
According to the DOJ IG Report, Carter Page probably did not tell the CIA about being recruited by a second Russian intelligence officer. But that means he likely provided information on multiple other suspected Russian intelligence officer earlier in time.
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How Durham Gets to Intent on False Statements with Kevin Clinesmith

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emptywheel
Kevin Clinesmith is not charged with intentionally lying about whether Carter Page was a CIA source. He's charged with intentionally using a false document.
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Reviews of The Deficit Myth

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Ed Walker
Reviewers try to come to grips (or not) with the insights of Modern Monetary Theory.
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The Clinesmith Information Suggests that John Durham Misunderstands His Investigation

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emptywheel
In the Kevin Clinesmith Information, John Durham made the same mistake that DOJ IG made, mistaking a counterintelligence investigation for a criminal one. His entire investigation may be based on embarrassing mistake.
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There's Lots of Reason to Think Steve Bannon Lied; But He May Also Have Told the Truth, Once

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emptywheel
Among the people SSCI referred for further investigation is Steve Bannon. But there's reason to believe he told the truth, at least once.
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Bill Barr Deems 11 Months to Charge False Statements, "the Proper Pace"

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emptywheel
According to Bill Barr, 13 months is a proper pace for charging false statements, meaning the Mueller Investigation was actually really quick by comparison.
Photo: Pavan Trikutam via Unsplash
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Three Things: They Look Like Phones [UPDATE-1]

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Rayne
Those three things sure look like phones -- like something you should be using to make phone calls ASAP. Call about what, you might ask? How about the U.S. Post Office?
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