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Joe Pientka Warned Trump to Be Worried about People on His Periphery While Flynn Was Signing a Deal with Turkey

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emptywheel
The FBI warned Trump about Russia and others trying to get close to him by approaching people on his periphery even as one of the attendees worked to finalize a deal that would serve as such an approach.

The Absurdity of the Present: Stealing Vaccine Research

Last week the breaking news in international political/media drama was the Russians hacking vaccine research in Europe and America, and on Tuesday the DOJ charged two Chinese hackers for hacking what Politico called "hundreds of millions of…
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Ceci N'est Pas La Violence: The Treachery of Chad Wolf

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Rayne
Wolf has been pushing this graffiti is violence argument for days now. You'd think someone with a bachelor's degree in history would have learned that graffiti is historically anything but violence.
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DOJ Claims Some Ongoing Investigation Mueller Report Redactions Pertain to the the Assange Prosecution

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emptywheel
Of the seven pages describing ongoing investigations in a DOJ filing in the EPIC/BuzzFeed FOIA for the Mueller Report, one of the only unredacted pits reveals some redactions pertain to the Juliasn Assange prosecution.
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Impoverished Teachers Or The Rich Bitches Of Professional Sports?

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bmaz
Which side are you on? I have been an avid, if not rabid, sports fan since I was a little kid. Still am. It would be great to have sports back on a full scale. But at what cost? How important is it really? The NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL are…

Earlier This Year, Billy Barr Minimized Threats of Violence against Judges

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emptywheel
Today, Billy Barr is claiming that he's infuriated by the attack on Judge Esther Salas, which killed her son. But earlier this year, as part of his effort to go easy on Roger Stone, Barr dismissed the import of threats on judges.
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Task and Countertask: The Interview of Christopher Steele's Primary Subsource

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emptywheel
The interview report from Christopher Steele's primary subsource is most interesting for all the ways it describes Russian spooks might have learned of the project.
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And the Good Troublemaking Goes On

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Peterr
I went to bed in tears last night. They weren't tears of pain or shock or outrage. They were the tears you cry when the last of your grandparents "goes home." They're the tears of grief at the loss you've suffered, and the tears that say "It's your turn now." You have to tell the stories you learned at their knees, as you go on to make a difference in the lives of others as they made a difference in your life. I'm still in tears this morning, because I've got lots of stories to tell.
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The Good Trouble of John Lewis

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bmaz
Another lion has left the earth. John Lewis. And that damn bridge in Selma needs to be immediately renamed for him, as has been discussed for years. Do it now. But finally abolishing the name and specter of the Edmund Pettus Bridge will not…
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Lindsey Graham Provides Yet More Proof that Peter Strzok Didn't Have It In for Trump

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emptywheel
Peter Strzok is the villain of the narrative about a Deep State coup targeting Donald Trump. Yet Lindsey Graham just released yet another document showing that -- whatever Strzok's personal distaste for Trump -- he continued to push back against unjustified allegations about Trump at least as late as February 2017.
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"Hinky:" NPR Permitted Billy Barr to Lie More than Once

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emptywheel
NPR's Public Editor unpacked how NPR came to air one of the lies that Bill Barr told on their network back in June. But she left untouched some of Barr's other blatant lies.
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Trump's Rump Coverer's Other Mission: Militarized Voter Suppression [UPDATE-3]

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Rayne
We all know Bill Barr has been hard at covering Trump's ass since he was sworn in. Now he's turning us into a banana republic complete with secret security forces.
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Roger Stone Invented a New Cover Story Rather than Defend Himself at Trial

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emptywheel
Eight months after Roger Stone's guilty verdict, few people realize that his defense consisted largely of telling a new lie, yet another attempt to cover up a secret to protect Donald Trump.
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Roger Stone's Flip Story Evolves for the Cameras

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emptywheel
Roger Stone keeps telling a story about being offered an opportunity to flip on President Trump that doesn't make sense.
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Reggie Walton Seems Interested Revealing Some of Mueller's Referrals

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emptywheel
When DOJ reprocessed the Mueller Report last month, they continued to redact at least one referral as an ongoing investigation that had already been made public and completed--that of George Nader. Filings from this week suggest Reggie Walton wants to know why others are still redacted.
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Credico Feared Stone Would Go to Prison; Corsi's Lawyer Fears He Would Not

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emptywheel
Randy Credico, who has no fucking clue what Roger Stone did, but who played a significant part in getting him convicted, feared that Roger Stone would go to prison. But Corsi's team, who has a much better sense what Stone did yet played little part in getting Stone convicted, feared Stone would not go to prison. 
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Trump Prepares to Do Something Even Billy Barr Has Said Might Be Obstruction

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emptywheel
Donald Trump is about to buy Roger Stone's silence. Even Attorney General Billy Barr has said such an action might be obstruction.
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Sidney Powell Proves She (and Everyone Else, including Timothy Shea) Was Wrong about the Logan Act

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emptywheel
Sidney Powell releases evidence making it clear the interview with her client was always about whether he was acting as a Russian agent, showing that she and everyone else parroting her claims about the Logan Act was wrong.
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June Bug Goes to Ireland

June Bug and I moved to Ireland today.
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