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Not-So-Casual Water: Insurance Fraud Alleged at Trump-Westchester

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Rayne
Rolling Stone published another piece about the Trump Westchester course; this time ex-employees dished about insurance claims made related to flooding at the course in 2011. Will we learn what really happened?
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John Durham May Have Made Igor Danchenko "Aggrieved" Under FISA

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emptywheel
In substantiating the case that Carter Page was wrongly aggrieved under FISA thanks to rumors passed along by Igor Danchenko, Durham appears to have similarly made Danchenko aggrieved himself. And that may help him defend himself in ways that would not otherwise be available. 
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The Igor Danchenko Indictment: Structure

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emptywheel
John Durham included three sections in the Igor Danchenko indictment where he basically made unfounded accusations (and in at least one case, a provably false claim) without charging them.
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Bullshit Brigade: Now with More NYT Bullshit [Action Item Included]

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Rayne
The New York Times editorial board pumped out another "Dems in disarray" piece, just in time to cover for some obstructive and intransigent centrists. This is my unending surprised face.

This Is the Morning After: Virginia Isn't the Whole Story

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Rayne
Snap out of it. Pity parties don't do anything constructive except sell facial tissues. Far more happened yesterday than Virginia's gubernatorial race.
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January 6 Defendants Succeed in Proving They Were Treated Better than Other DC Detainees

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emptywheel
Thanks to the January 6 defendants, whose complaints about their own treatment just got a bunch of other detainees moved to a better jail.
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Bullshit Brigade: State and Local Election Day Edition [UPDATE-1]

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Rayne
It's election day across the country with lots of local and state elections still underway. Take a look at some bullshit while waiting for the polls to close and votes to be counted.
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Donald Trump Would Withhold Evidence about Whether Enrique Tarrio Really Did Visit the White House Last December

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emptywheel
Trump's attempt to claim privilege over White House records pertaining to January 6 is not, just, an obvious attempt by Donald Trump to cover up his own crimes. It's not just an attempt to hide how, in contrast to his predecessors, he did nothing as the nation's capital was attacked. It's also an attempt to hide whether Trump invited the terrorists inside the White House to plot the event. 
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3 Things: Memory, Memory, the 6th of January

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Rayne
Will children have a rhyme to recall Trump's January 6th autogolpe plot? This is a fresh thread to discuss recent developments in the investigation of the insurrection.
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Steve Bannon Was Made to Testify, Truthfully, Once

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emptywheel
Chuck Rosenberg argues that you might as well hold Steve Bannon in criminal contempt, because he'll never testify truthfully anyway. That's likely true, in the short term. But it's worth noting that Mueller's team got Bannon to testify truthfully, once, though in the grand scheme of things his testimony ended up to be no use.
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Bullshit Brigade – Book Burner Edition

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Rayne
This week has been rife with bullshit. Here are three egregious examples including a contemporary "book burner."
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January 6 Defendant Kevin Creek Ends Up with a Single Assault Charge

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emptywheel
There's some indication that DOJ is letting cooperative January 6 defendants plead down from felony counts. Kevin Creek, whose alleged "multiple assaults" and civil disorder charge became a single assault charge after he provided "substantial cooperation" is the latest example.
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After Describing DOJ's January 6 Language as "Schizophrenic," Judge Beryl Howell Imposes a Sound Baseline Sentence

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emptywheel
Beryl Howell is absolutely right that the misdemeanor pleas she is seeing don't reflect the gravity of the language DOJ is using to describe the January 6 insurrection. But that may not fully account for how the pieces fit together.
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Merrick Garland Assures Sheldon Whitehouse the January 6 Investigators Are Using All Investigative Techniques, Including Following the Money

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emptywheel
When Sheldon Whitehouse asked Merrick Garland whether DOJ was following the funders of the January 6 riot yesterday, Garland replied that DOJ was using all the techniques that Whitehouse would have used from his time as a US Attorney, and then some.

The Julian Assange Question: True Claims about Prison Conditions or Lies in Service of Martyrdom?

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emptywheel
Julian Assange has real arguments to make about US prisons. Instead, he has told a bunch of lies to make someone accused of hacking a martyr of journalism.
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What Lies Beneath the Turf

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Rayne
Why is it only after the August 2021 election of a new Westchester County district attorney took office was the possibility of tax and insurance fraud finally investigated? Why are 10 other courses going unexamined?
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DOJ Claims Ryan Samsel Wants to Move Back to Where He Was Brutally Assaulted

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emptywheel
Among many fascinating disclosures in a government filing in the Ryan Samsel case, it claims that Samsel wants to be moved back to the jail where he was first assaulted.
[Photo: National Security Agency, Ft. Meade, MD via Wikimedia]
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Paul Nakasone's Concerns about Mike Ellis Hiring Vindicated

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emptywheel
When DOD's General Counsel hired Mike Ellis, Paul Nakasone had some concerns based off his interaction over the John Bolton book. Then, in the days after January 6, two security incidents involving Ellis vindicated those concerns.

Why I'm Angry At David Brooks

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Ed Walker
Brooks and his audience reject the system that creates knowledge.
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