Wednesday, April 18th.
- FBI sought ‘papers of the president’ in Michael Cohen searches
- “You Only Hire Cohen for One Reason”: Inside Fox News, Sean Hannity’s Michael Cohen Disclosure Stokes a Crisis as Murdoch Wavers on Trump
- Sean Hannity’s rising role in Trump’s world: ‘He basically has a desk in the place’
- Report Says Sean Hannity Linked To Other Trump-Connected Attorneys, Besides Cohen
- Michael Cohen considered representing himself: reporter
- Cohen Would Turn Against President if Charged, Counselor Warned Trump A longtime legal adviser of President Donald Trump warned the president in a phone call Friday that Michael Cohen, Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer and close friend, wou… wsj.com
- Firm Defending Cohen In Financial Probe Has Been Paid By Trump Campaign
- The name Keith Davidson keeps popping up
We’ve established that Michael Cohen is a fucking idiot. He’s also a loudmouth bully, and up to his neck in illegal shit.
On top of that, he would flip on Trump to save his own neck. As tough as Cohen thinks he is, the threat of 30 years in prison on Bank Fraud charges will change his mind.
Also, here’s a trivia question. Who was the attorney representing Karen McDougal, Stormy Daniels, and Elliot Broidy’s not-to-be-baby-momma?
In all three cases, Keith Davidson was the attorney for the women, convincing them to sign the worst NDA ever made. A half-way competent lawyer who had their clients interest at heart would have fought against the clauses in the contract, or challenged it completely.
But, what if Davidson was in on the scam?
I can accept him not being complicit if he represented one of the women, maybe two. But all three? Something’s fishy.
Keep his name on the radar. I’ve got a feeling he’ll pop back up again.
- Trump tweets for the first time on Stormy Daniels accusations
- Trump calls Stormy Daniels composite sketch ‘a total con job’
- Trump says he knows what happened to Stormy Daniels in a Las Vegas parking lot in 2011
- Stormy Daniels lawyer on Trump: There’s nothing better than facing an ‘unhinged’ opponent
- Avenatti raises reward for suspect information
- Ex-Playboy Model, Let Out of Tabloid Contract, Can Freely Discuss Alleged Trump Affair
- Stormy Daniels lawyer: We could sue Trump for defamation over sketch tweet
I don’t like to talk about The Dotard’s tweets, but in this case he done fucked up. He’s in the middle of a civil lawsuit against Stormy Daniels, and she has a competent lawyer. Calling her a liar through his “official” Twitter feed, which has been argued by the White House as official communications, is an open and shut case of defamation. He is trying to discredit his opponent in the media, intending to do harm to a private citizen.
Also, Trump claims that she’s lying about the encounter in the parking, as though he knows what happened. Does he not know that making that claim implies that he had knowledge of events, and that tweeting that would open him up to that line of questioning?
THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION
- As GOP balks, McConnell shuts down bill to protect Mueller
- Mitch McConnell Gives Trump Green Light to Fire Mueller
- Mitch McConnell is inviting a constitutional crisis
- Trump donor Elliott Broidy named in Ukraine criminal probe
- Schiff offers bill to discourage Trump from granting pardons in Russia probe
- Senate panel moving ahead with Mueller bill despite McConnell opposition
- Bill protecting Robert Mueller to get vote despite McConnell opposition
- Russian reporter Borodin dead after mystery fall – BBC News
- A warning to the corrupt: if you kill a journalist, another will take their place | Laurent Richard | World news | The Guardian
- The Department of Justice Thinks That Collusion Is a Crime
- Pittsburgh Police Reportedly Preparing For Riots If Mueller Is Fired – Talking Points Memo
- Pittsburgh police are being instructed to bring riot gear to work in case Robert Mueller is fired
COMEY DON’T PLAY THAT
“These people don’t represent anything I believe in. … I see the Republican Party, as near as I can tell, reflects now entirely Donald Trump’s values. It doesn’t reflect values at all. It’s transactional, it’s ego-driven, it’s in service to his ego. And it’s, I think, consoling itself that we’re going to achieve important policy goals — a tax cut or something.”
- Comey: There are things about Russia probe that public doesn’t know yet
- Trump, contradicting his own words, denies firing Comey over Russia probe
- Comey mocks Trump over tweets: I’m like ‘the breakup he can’t get over’
COLD WAR 2.0: SYRIA, SANCTIONS, AND KOREA
- Mattis Wanted Congressional Approval Before Striking Syria. He Was Overruled.
- James Mattis urged Trump to seek congressional vote for US airstrikes in Syria but was overruled ‘because president wanted to be seen acting on his tweets’
- Putin Still Wants Deal With Trump, Even After Sanctions, Syria Attack
- Officials Confirm That Trump Bombed Syria to Validate His Tweets
- Mike Pompeo, C.I.A. Director, Met With Kim Jong-un Over Easter
- Russian news agencies say U.S. told Moscow no new sanctions for now
- Haley fires back at White House: ‘I don’t get confused’
- Nikki Haley Just Learned That Trump Sees Everyone Around Him as Disposable Assets.
- Nikki Haley’s extraordinary public rebuke of the White House
- White House Tries to Throw Nikki Haley Under the Bus, She Flips It Over
- Republicans Befuddled By Trump’s Abrupt Reversal On New Russia Sanctions
Have they NOT been paying attention for the last couple years?
GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD
- Anti-Abortion Leader Emerges As White Nationalist
- Ajit Pai’s ‘Broadband Advisory Panel’ Plagued by Corruption Accusations
- Corker: Any GOP senator not conflicted on Trump is comatose or blind
- Scott Pruitt’s taxpayer abuses should be red meat for Republicans. Instead, inaction betrays their hypocrisy.
- Missouri AG accuses Greitens of misusing charity donor list
- Gov. Greitens asks court to issue restraining order against AG Hawley Gov. Eric Greitens’ attorneys have requested a Cole County judge issue a restraining order blocking Attorney General Josh Hawley from investigatin… kansascity.com
- Oklahoma House Passes Bill Diverting Newly Passed Fuel Tax Money From Education
- Trump blasts ‘breeding’ in sanctuary cities. That’s a racist term.
- Comey: GOP ‘has left me and many others’ and become party of Trump
WHITE HOUSE CHAOS
- Duckworth calls for Pruitt to resign or be fired immediately
- Another Outage Hits Puerto Rico
- Trump Transgender Military Ban – DENIED, again – Mad Dog PAC
- Spicy Mic: Kris Kobach Contempt of Court TWICE
- Playboy announces its first White House correspondents’ party | TheHill
- Trump Official Blames Obama for His $1 Million Office Redesign – Vanity Fair
- 170 lawmakers sign resolution calling for Pruitt’s resignation
RED STATE TEACHER STRIKES
THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE
- Confirmation bias, or why your uncle keeps posting those idiotic links ericgarland.co
- Fox News media analyst hits Hannity for not telling viewers about connection to Trump lawyer
Fox News host and media analyst Howard Kurtz on Wednesday criticized his network colleague Sean Hannity for not disclosing his legal relationship with President Trump‘s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, when defending Cohen on his show in recent days.
“Sometimes people in journalism, on the news or opinion side, find themselves covering folks with whom they have had friendships or professional dealings,” Kurtz wrote. If the relationship is serious enough, it may require recusal. If not, the best course is being transparent and disclosing it.”
“Hannity doesn’t believe his friendship with Cohen rose to that level,” he continued. “But by making that choice, he gave his detractors ample ammunition against him.”
CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA AND FACEBOOK
A lawsuit in Illinois making it illegal upload biometric data, like pictures of a persons face, without consent of said person has gained class action status.
ELECTIONEERING FOR FUN AND PROFIT
Even without foreign interference, elections in recent years have been marred by software glitches, clerical errors, and machine failures that have prevented people from voting, caused long lines at polling places, and prompted some voters to give up and walk away. (In 2006, for instance, it has been estimated that twenty per cent of voters in Denver were dissuaded from voting after a software failure led to long lines.) If these bugs were to be turned into features and deployed systematically by malicious actors, as Michael Daniel, the Obama Administration’s “cyber czar” pointed out recently, on “60 Minutes,” chaos would ensue.
This is pretty interesting, and could easily be the future of elections. Here’s how it works…
Instead of picking only one choice on the ballot, voters rank their preference, from first to last. The votes are tallied, and if anyone gets a majority of the first-place votes in this first round, they win. If not, the candidate who received the least first-place votes is eliminated, and everyone who voted for that person is then counted in with their second-place votes. This process continues until there is a winner with more than 50% of the vote.
For example, let’s look at the 2016 GOP Primary. There were 17 candidates that ran for office, and in almost every state, especially early on with the large crowd, the winner would get less than a majority.
With ranked choice voting, let’s assume that Trump only received the first votes from 30% of the voters, but was the last-choice vote for the rest of the candidates. All 16 of them. And the voters for the other 16 candidates all had variations of Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham, and Ted Cruz as their second through fourth choices. After their first choices get eliminated (Jeb Bush, Carly from HP, Ben “Dining Room Table” Carson), those voters add to Marco’s, Lindsey’s, or Ted’s totals. Eventually, we get to a situation like the following:
- Trump 30%
- Marco 25%
- Lindsey 25%
- Ted Cruz 20%
Assuming that Ted’s voters split between Marco and Lindsey, the next round looks like this:
- Marco 35%
- Lindsey 35%
- Trump 30%
Still no majority, but now Trump is in last place. He gets eliminated, and either Marco Rubio or Lindsey Graham would win. My guess is Lindsey since Marco sounds too… ethnic for a lot of Trump’s primary voters.
Ranked voting is a combination of being liked the most and hated the least. This is important in a race with more than two competitors, especially when people use their votes as a protest.
NEW YORK 40.20 AND DOUBLE JEOPARDY
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman asked the main lawmakers in the state of New York to close a loophole in state law which puts a higher double jeopardy standard on the prosecution.
Double Jeopardy, aside from being the harder questions of the show, is the legal concept that a person cannot be tried twice for the same crime in the same jurisdiction. If John is tried for murdering Tom, but is found not guilty at trial, he can’t be retried again, even with new evidence like Tom bragging about the murder on Facebook, or uploading video of the murder to YouTube.
New York has a higher standard for double jeopardy in that if someone is tried for the same or similar crime in Federal court, they can’t be tried in New York. This is problematic if someone received a presidential pardon, then New York couldn’t prosecute them for that specific crime. They could still prosecute other crimes, but only ones that aren’t pardoned.
What Schniederman is asking the State Legislature to do is close the loophole that prevents them from prosecuting people in the state if they were pardoned at the Federal level for the same or similar charges.
IN OTHER NEWS…
Bruno, a Hall of Fame wrestler, Italian immigrant, and native of Pittsburgh, grew up in the same neighborhood as Andy Warhol and Dan Marino. Dan’s family was back-door neighbors with Bruno’s family.
- McKayla Maroney says Larry Nassar molested her ‘hundreds’ of times
- Puerto Rico suffers island-wide power outage
- Good news for new mom Senator Tammy Duckworth: Babies are now allowed on the Senate Floor
RUMOR MILL: PROPER PROTEST ETTIQUETTE
Vlad’s tips for effective peaceful protests:
- Dress nicely: Undermine the Fox/GOP narrative that all protesters are ominous black-clad masked Antifa members
- Wear solid comfortable shoes: Be prepared to stand, walk, and have your feet accidentally stepped on
- Be positive: Your mood is infectious
- Talk to strangers! Get to know your fellow citizens and what you have in common
- Make sure you and everybody around you knows their civil rights: This expedites the collective and personal decision-making process if civil disobedience is called for (ACLU guidelines for protesters – PDF link)
- DO NOT allow yourself or those around you to be baited into a potentially violent situation: Expect interactions with counter-protesters and instigators who want to manipulate the tone of this demonstration (Advice on dealing with agent provocateurs)
- Have a plan in case you are separated from your friends: Designated meet-up locations at designated times are a good way to mingle but also stay together
- Extra water & snacks
- Portable battery chargers: Plug all your shit in now
- Something warm (if necessary): A big square scarf can double as a blanket, etc
- Sunscreen: Even if the weather is overcast it is easy to get burnt
- Small amount of cash
- Identification and important phone numbers written down
- Flags: If you must bring one, use some floppy white PVC as a flagpole for safety reasons
- NOTHING that could potentially be a weapon. At all: Unarmed, we are stronger than them.
- Signs: Bring poster board and markers to share
- First aid kit: For the usual bumps and scrapes – if you get thousands of people together, someone is inevitably going to twist an ankle etc
- Garbage bags: Something dry to sit on, collect garbage in, emergency poncho etc
- Fun stuff: Inflatable beach balls, musical instruments, etc. This is serious, but it is important to keep the tone positive.
Most of all, bring a good attitude. The world will be watching, and what we do at these protests will be a part of history. Keep it peaceful. Be your best selves.
That’s it for today. I’ve got a few things in the pipeline for articles over the next few weeks, mostly in the Cast of Characters. But, that assumes I get time to do that. Things are getting busy in the real world. I’ll explain later.
Thank you, and have a good one.
“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”
– Katy Tur