Thursday, August 23rd, 2018.
THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION
- Manafort juror Paula Duncan: Manafort is guilty, but Mueller probe is a witch hunt
- Manafort juror: Juror who voted against convicting on all counts wouldn’t explain why
- Now More Than Ever, Manafort Looks Like a Kremlin Agent – Observer
- Trump sought his lawyers’ advice weeks ago on possibility of pardoning Manafort but they counseled against it, Giuliani says
- Rudy Giuliani suggests Manafort isn’t really a criminal, says Trump may pardon him: ‘He’s hardly a menace to society’
- Renato Mariotti Thread on Trump and Manafort and pardons
- A Lone Holdout Juror Actually Made It More Likely That Paul Manafort Will Go to Jail Even if Trump Pardons Him
If Trump pardons Manafort on the charges from this month’s federal case alone, then he would still face prosecution in three very blue states (New York, Illinois, and California) and one increasingly blue-ish state (Virginia). Those are four jury pools that would potentially be altogether worse for Manafort. If, in this month’s trial, Manafort could only persuade one juror out of 12 on about half of these charges, his chances would seem pretty low at running the table in four more trials in Manhattan, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Northern Virginia. And we haven’t even discussed the charges in the second federal trial next month and whatever additional state criminal liability Manafort might face that has not been charged at the federal level. And Mueller still might be strategically holding off on other charges.
It’s also unlikely that a Trump pardon would at least get Manafort out of jail temporarily while awaiting state trials. Judge Amy Berman Jackson in D.C. took Manafort’s jury tampering so seriously that she revoked his bail. One of those state judges would probably deny bail, too, even if Manafort is pardoned for this alleged tampering. And that would put Manafort in state jail, not “Club Fed.” That’s another reason Manafort might not want a federal pardon: he might prefer federal prison over any state prison.
Something to keep in mind when it comes to pardon talk. There is nothing Trump can do about state crimes.
- Reality Winner, who pleaded guilty to leaking secret U.S. report, gets 63-month sentence
- TrickFreee: Reality Winner Thread
- Louise Mensch on Reality Winner
- Statement from U.S. Attorney Bobby L. Christine Regarding Sentencing for Reality Winner
The document Winner compromised did, in fact, contain TOP SECRET information about the sources and methods used to acquire the intelligence described in the report. That means it revealed how U.S. Intelligence Agencies obtained information. U.S. Government subject matter experts have determined that Winner’s willful, purposeful disclosure caused exceptionally grave damage to U.S. national security. That harm included, but was not limited to, impairing the ability of the United States to acquire foreign intelligence information similar to the information the defendant disclosed. This was, by no means, a victimless crime.
What’s more, Winner’s exceptionally damaging disclosure was not a spontaneous, unplanned event, but was the calculated culmination of a series of acts. She researched whether it was possible to insert a thumb drive into a Top Secret computer without being detected, and then inserted a thumb drive, WHICH THE GOVERNMENT NEVER RECOVERED, into a Top Secret computer. She researched job opportunities that would provide her access to classified information. At the same time, she searched for information about anti-secrecy organizations, and she celebrated claimed compromises in U.S. classified information.
Approximately eight days before she started work as a contractor with a security clearance, Winner installed sophisticated software tools on her computer designed to render her internet activity anonymous and untraceable. Two days before starting work, Winner captured an image of a webpage listing eight “securedrop” addresses for media outlets seeking leaked information. Then, her first day on the job, she sent messages mocking her security training. On that same day, Winner signed a non-disclosure agreement with the government in which she promised to keep secret classified information, and attested she was accepting this responsibility “…without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion.” Yet, she wrote shortly thereafter that she was “#gonnafail” her polygraph examination when asked if she had “ever plotted against” the government. She claimed to hate America. When asked, “…you don’t actually hate America, right?” she responded, “I mean yeah I do its literally the worst thing to happen on the planet.”
She was the quintessential example of an insider threat.
Let’s stop pretending that Reality Winner is some kind of hero of the masses, or some fighter for the freedom of information. She entered into this endeavor solely to leak information to press, and the only one that bit was Edward Snowden’s buddy Glenn Greenwald.
Reality Winner got off light.
In early 2017, some of Donald Trump’s advisers concluded that they faced a sophisticated threat responsible for “coordinated attacks” on the new Administration. They circulated a memo, titled “The Echo Chamber,” which read like a U.S. military-intelligence officer’s analysis of a foreign-insurgent network. Instead of being about enemies in a distant war zone, however, the network described in the memo consisted of former aides to President Barack Obama.
The memo claimed that the “communications infrastructure” that the Obama White House used to “sell Obamacare and the Iran Deal to the public” had been moved to the private sector, now that the former aides were out of government. It called the network the Echo Chamber and accused its members of mounting a coördinated effort “to undermine President Trump’s foreign policy” through organized attacks in the press against Trump and his advisers. “These are the Obama loyalists who are probably among those coordinating the daily/weekly battle rhythm,” the memo said, adding that they likely operated a “virtual war room.” The memo lists Ben Rhodes, a former deputy national-security adviser to President Obama, as “likely the brain behind this operation” and Colin Kahl, Vice-President Joe Biden’s former national-security adviser, as its “likely ops chief.” Rhodes and Kahl both said in interviews that the allegations are false and no such organization exists.
The memo is unsigned and undated, and Trump Administration officials familiar with it offered conflicting accounts of who authored it and whether it originated inside or outside the White House. The officials said that it was circulated within the National Security Council and other parts of the Trump White House in early 2017. They said the memo may have had additional pages. A National Security Council spokesperson declined to comment.
Ronan Farrow’s work into this matter stemmed from a connection to Black Cube, the same group that Harvey Weinstein used to harass the women he raped. (Daily Check-In 03/27/2018). Black Cube was also employed by the Trump Administration to spy on Americans.
In any normal universe, this alone would be grounds for criminal investigations and impeachment. We passed normal a long time ago.
COHEN: PECKER OF NATIONAL ENQUIRER GETS IMMUNITY FOR TESTIMONY AGAINST COHEN, TRUMP; COHEN SUBPOENAED BY NY STATE TAX DEPARTMENT
Pecker and the National Enquirer
David Pecker, the chief executive of the company that publishes the National Enquirer, was granted immunity by federal prosecutors for providing information about Michael Cohen and President Trump in the criminal investigation into hush-money payments for two women during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to people familiar with the matter.
In exchange for immunity, Mr. Pecker, the CEO of American Media, Inc. and a longtime friend of Mr. Trump, has met with prosecutors and shared details about payments Mr. Cohen arranged in an effort to silence two women who alleged sexual encounters with Mr. Trump, including Mr. Trump’s knowledge of the deals, some of the people said.
Prosecutors in the Cohen investigation have indicated they won’t proceed with criminal charges against either Mr. Pecker or Dylan Howard, chief content officer of American Media, for their participation in the deals, according to people familiar with the matter.
Messrs. Pecker and Howard and American Media didn’t immediately respond to request for comment.
Mr. Pecker’s immunity deal comes at a delicate time for American Media, which is struggling financially. The firm, which publishes Us Weekly, Star magazine and Ok!, among other gossip and fitness titles, has been engaged in restructuring its substantial debt, the Journal previously reported.
The company ended last year with an outstanding debt load of $920 million and added approximately $80 million more in June when it acquired gossip titles In Touch, Life & Style and Closer, as well as other magazines. The deal gave American Media control over nearly every tabloid weekly sold in the U.S., aside from Meredith Corp.’s People magazine.
American Media’s business woes stretch back several years. The company declared bankruptcy in 2010 and underwent a restructuring in 2014 that handed control to its two biggest creditors, Chatham Asset Management LLC and hedge-fund manager Leon Cooperman.
Prosecutors said that in August 2015, shortly after Mr. Trump announced he would run for president, Mr. Pecker offered to help Mr. Cohen find negative stories about Mr. Trump’s relationships with women and arrange for them to be purchased, but never published. This is a practice known in tabloid media as “catch and kill.”
In June 2016, Mr. Pecker and Mr. Howard—who are identified in the documents as “Chairman-1” and “Editor-1” respectively—contacted Mr. Cohen to say Ms. McDougal, the 1998 Playmate of the Year, was trying to sell a story about an alleged affair she had with Mr. Trump in 2006 and 2007, according to prosecutors.
Mr. Cohen urged them to reach a deal with Ms. McDougal and promised to reimburse the company, which ultimately purchased the rights to her story in August 2016 for $150,000. The company also agreed to put her on magazine covers and publish articles under her byline.
Mr. Cohen created a dummy corporation, Resolution Consultants LLC, to then purchase the rights to the story for $125,000 from American Media, but in October 2016, Mr. Pecker backed out of the deal, prosecutors said.
Mr. Pecker’s lawyers advised him not to transfer the rights of the story to Mr. Cohen, because doing so would undermine any legal argument that the purchase was made for journalistic purposes, according to people familiar with the matter. The company has previously said it reached a deal with Ms. McDougal for editorial reasons, not to help the Trump campaign.
Wow. I always knew Trump’s Pecker would get him in trouble, but I didn’t imagine it this way. Trump has to be worried about that Pecker leaking.
The Pun Jar total is now $64.
- “Holy Shit, I Thought Pecker Would Be the Last One to Turn”: Trump’s National Enquirer Allies Are the Latest to Defect
- David Pecker Was Reportedly Granted Immunity to Provide Information About President Trump
- David Pecker’s Immunity Deal Could Be More Damaging to Trump Than Anything Cohen Has Said
- Trump ‘In Serious Legal Jeopardy’ as Top Tabloid Executives Reportedly Get Immunity in Exchange for Hush Money Info
- Federal prosecutors have granted immunity to National Enquirer head David Pecker in Cohen investigation [60 articles]
- Trump ally David Pecker cuts immunity deal with prosecutors
- AP: National Enquirer kept safe with damaging Trump stories
- National Enquirer boss told feds Trump knew about Cohen deals with women
- National Enquirer had a safe holding damaging stories attributed to Donald Trump
- National Enquirer hid Trump secrets in a safe, removed them before inauguration
- From 2011: Paul David Pope’s account of his father’s founding of the National Enquirer
- Pravda on the Checkout Line – POLITICO Magazine
- Riotwomennn: Bombshell look-back at National Enquirer election stories. Trump, David Pecker and the National Enquirer projected all of Trump’s crimes on to Hillary Clinton in November 2016. Hush-money to sex partners & reporters and corrupt, racist, criminal. It’s like a Trump confession
I’ve never liked the National Enquirer, but for the last few years, they turned into a propaganda rag for Trump. Every grocery store in America sells this tabloid, and everyone sees this. Normally, it’s just some lousy gossip, but for the last 2 years, it’s been a propaganda piece for Trump. It attacks all of his enemies, praises his successes, and has gone all-in on the Trump Train.
To keep that train running, AMI has been involved in multiple catch-and-kill stories. It’s not just McDougal or Daniels. There are more women, more secrets, and enough skeletons in that safe to fill a mass grave.
And the holder of the secrets just became a cooperating witness.
Sleep tight, you fat fuck.
Trump Organization, Trump Foundation, and Campaign Finance Law
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Michael Cohen personally called tax officials in New York on the same day he received a subpoena from state investigators looking into the Trump Foundation.
A state official confirmed the call from the former personal attorney and “fixer” for President Donald Trump, but would not divulge the details of the exchange, which came Wednesday just hours after Cohen received the subpoena. The official was not authorized to discuss the case publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The Associated Press first reported the existence of the subpoena on Wednesday. It was issued as part of the state’s ongoing investigation into Trump and the Trump Foundation to determine whether the Republican commander in chief or his charity broke state law or misstated their tax liabilities.
Cohen pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court Tuesday to campaign-finance violations and other charges, saying he and Trump arranged the payment of hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels and a former Playboy model to influence the election.
The subpoena was issued after Cohen’s attorney, Lanny Davis, said on television that his client has information that would be of interest to investigators in Washington, as well as New York state.
- Laurawalkerkc: Manhattan D.A. Eyes Criminal Charges Against Trump Organization Thread
- Manhattan D.A. Eyes Criminal Charges Against Trump Organization – The New York Times
- Manhattan prosecutors reportedly considering criminal charges against Trump Organization
- MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow reveals Trump’s three eldest children are at serious risk of criminal charges
- The Trump Organization’s finances are about to go under the microscope with federal prosecutors
- Trump appears to have a misunderstanding of campaign finance law, and may have inadvertently admitted to breaking the law as a result
- Michael Cohen won’t accept Trump pardon under any circumstances, and is willing to talk to special counsel, lawyer says
Cohen is a lawyer. A bad one, and probably not for much longer, but he’s still a lawyer today, and he knows what accepting a pardon entails.
Accepting a pardon is an admission of guilt, per SCOTUS (Burcick vs US). This admission can be used as evidence in Federal civil cases and at the state level for similar crimes, and since most state charges wouldn’t constitute as Double Jeopardy, he’d be boned like a porn star.
Also, accepting a pardon waives the persons ability to invoke their 5th Amendment rights against self-incrimination for anything related to why they were pardoned.
Here’s some more info on Pardon Limitations.
TRUMP THE RUSSIAN ASSET
Gee, I wonder why they would block a bill requiring a paper trail for the elections?
- Trump declares ‘NO COLLUSION – RIGGED WITCH HUNT!’ in 1 a.m. tweet
- ‘No Collusion—Rigged Witch Hunt!’ Is the New ‘I’m Not a Crook!’
- Trump’s Middle-Of-The-Night Twitter Rant Sparks Theories
Waking up a couple hours early and tweeting all caps is the surest sign of innocence, right? Right?
- Trump says Sessions was given attorney general job only because of his loyalty during campaign
- AG Jeff Sessions fires back after Donald Trump levels fresh criticism
- Jeff Sessions pushes back against Trump: ‘Actions of DOJ will not be improperly influenced by political considerations’
- Republican Senator Gives Trump Green Light to Fire Sessions
We’ve been through this game before, but now Lindsey Graham is pulling this “yes, but let’s wait” game. Russia/Putin/Trump have to have a ton of photos of the Senator sucking some serious cock to have corrupted him this much.
Flipping and Distance
- Trump claims former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen worked for him ‘part time’
- Trump says flipping — also called answering law enforcement’s questions — should be ‘illegal’
- Trump says flipping should almost ‘be outlawed’
- Trump Wants to Ban Flipping Because He Is Almost Literally a Mob Boss
- Popehat thread on flipping
IMPEACHMENT AND INDICTMENT TALK
- ‘Everybody would be very poor’: Trump predicts stock market would crash if he were impeached
- As Impeachment Momentum Grows, Trump Warns ‘Everybody Would Be Very Poor’ If He Gets Ousted
- Democrat tells Donald Trump to resign or be impeached, calls on Congress to act: “Silence is betrayal”
- If Trump had an iota of decency he would resign
- If Trump won by illegal means, can he be indicted or impeached?
- Impeach the president
- Is Donald Trump above the law? Revelations and convictions will eventually force America to confront a simple question
- The Endgame for Trump Comes Into View
- Trump is officially arguing against his own impeachment
- Trump team’s narrative on hush money is not just misleading. It’s a lie.
- Trump: ‘I don’t know how you can impeach somebody who has done a great job’
When one has to preemptively defend themselves from an impeachment, things are going to hell in a handbasket.
Also, notice the tone of the warnings. They sound a lot like the posturing of the Doom and Gloom that comes from Russia each and every time they get squeezed a little.
- Trump Co-Chair Duncan Hunter Paid for Kids’ School With Campaign Cash
- Why was Rep. Duncan Hunter’s wife better than him at creatively explaining that $250,000 in allegedly misused money?
- Protesters chant ‘lock him up’ at Duncan Hunter arraignment
- Help us investigate Mike Pence
- Coal Miner to Trump: ‘Coal Mining Isn’t Coming Back’
- Voters must eradicate the Trump plague from American politics
- Trump Supporters Are ‘The Enemy Of The Republic’: NY Times Op-Ed Columnist
- Apple, Cisco, IBM speak out against Trump’s immigration policies
- Jonathan Blitzer speaking with an Administration Official on the Family Separation Policy
- Will Anyone in the Trump Administration Ever Be Held Accountable for the Zero-Tolerance Policy?
ATTACKS FROM RUSSIA: THE ANTI-VACCINE EDITION
- Russian Twitter bots sought to sow discord around vaccinations: report | TheHill
- Weaponized Health Communication: Twitter Bots and Russian Trolls Amplify the Vaccine Debate | AJPH | Ahead of Print
- From 2015: Map: 113 countries have higher measles immunization rates than the U.S. for 1-year-olds – The Washington Post
- Caroline Orr: Those of you who have followed me for a while likely already know this, but this is how I ended up studying/writing about Russian information warfare. I was studying vaccine- and outbreak-related misinformation on social media, and a ton of it traced back to… Russia.
This one really pisses me off. The Anti-Vax movement is another one of these internet movements of ill-informed people that have rejected science, but almost certainly filled by left wingers and liberals. Meanwhile, conservatives and right wing types fight against the scientific consensus of climate change.
Now, we have proof that the Anti-Vax movement is getting pushed from Russia. The rates of vaccination are dropping in countries that Russia views as their enemies, but not for their allies. The U.S. and E.U. are seeing a decrease in childhood vaccination and in increase in dead babies.
It’s time to cut Russia off from the Internet. No contact with the outside world until they deliver Putin’s head on a platter to the Hague. It’s optional whether the rest of the body is attached.
COLD WAR 2.0
- Education Secretary Considers Using Federal Funds to Arm Schools – The New York Times
- Arming Teachers Is a Dangerous Proposal
- Shannon Watts: Because gun manufacturers are in the hole at least $100 million since Trump’s election. The @NRA can’t scare Americans by saying the President is going to take away their guns, so they have to arm 3.6M teachers to put money back in their coffers.
- Shannon Watts: If the @NRA believes crimes committed by undocumented immigrants is a reason to strengthen immigration laws, shouldn’t the 33,000 gun deaths in America each year be a good reason to strengthen gun laws?
- Candacetoddlv: It’s the 8th day of the school year & I just received a call from my daughters high school informing me they arrested a child with a loaded 9mm gun on campus this morning. I am now standing in my kitchen sobbing. I should not have to live like this. @MomsDemand
- David Hogg: So we can’t -afford textbooks for our children -regularly fund inner-city schools -pay our teachers a livable salary -have free public college Yet, we can arm teachers sounds like the @NRA is pulling strings to increase gun sales in a record low year.
- Gun sales fall in suburban Chicago, in the Trump slump
- On Target for a Cure: The Strength of a Public Health Response to Gun Violence in America – QUEENS DAILY EAGLE
THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE
- Multiple fake news sites are using PayPal to raise money, violating its terms of service
- How Russian bots used Mollie Tibbetts’ death to distract from Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort
- Nycsouthpaw: Interesting moment on CNN: After Rob Astorino defends Trump’s post-conviction praise of Paul Manafort, Poppy Harlow notes Astorino is on Trump’s 2020 advisory cmte. He says yes. So he’s signed an NDA, she adds. He nods. Which has a non-disparagement clause. He sits frozen still.
- That Facebook Will Turn to Censoring the Left Isn’t a Worry—It’s a Reality
- President Donald Trump says he gets his legal advice from watching TV
- Cohen, Manafort news earn Maddow her second most-watched show ever
- GOP analyst Rick Wilson flattens Trump after his rambling Fox News interview: He’s a ‘terrified old man’
- If Trump shot Michael Cohen in broad daylight, here’s what Republicans would say | Lawrence Douglas and Alexander George | Opinion | The Guardian – Parody
- Why Defeating Brett Kavanaugh Is the Pivotal Fight of Our Lifetime
- Kavanaugh’s confirmation must wait
- Neil Gorsuch is the most illegitimate member of the Supreme Court in U.S. history
WHITE HOUSE CHAOS
- Omarosa Vaults to No. 1 on New York Times Best-Seller List
- FACT CHECK: Did President Trump Pay for Omarosa Manigault Newman’s Wedding?
None of the social media posts on this subject offered any sources or information documenting that President Trump bore the cost of Manigault Newman’s wedding, or that hosting the couple’s rehearsal dinner and brunch reception at a Trump-branded venue cost upwards of $200,000.
Furthermore, these posts were inaccurate in stating that Manigault Newman was married at Trump Tower, which is in New York. Her rehearsal dinner and brunch reception took place at Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., on 8 April 2017. The tweeted wedding photograph used in posts promoting the rumor even notes the location at which it was taken — “Trump International Hotel”:
Additionally, multiple individuals with certain knowledge of the situation told us that neither President Trump nor the Trump Organization covered the cost of the wedding, while the White House declined to respond to our request for comment. Barring any additional information, this claim appears to be a fabricated one.
TRADE WAR AND ECONOMY
- IRS Moves to Block New York, New Jersey Plans to Bypass SALT Cap
- U.S. economy expected to slow, damaged by trade war: Reuters poll
- President Trump Seriously Misunderstands Trade, Japan’s Trade Minister Says
GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD
- Just after anniversary of ‘Unite the Right,’ Charlottesville hit with racist robocalls from Idaho troll
- Trump speechwriter’s ouster sparks racially charged debate
It took just 80 minutes after racially incendiary emails started flying for the Claremont Institute, a conservative think tank, to shut down an email Listserv connecting hundreds of high-profile conservatives.
The emails that sparked the controversy began ricocheting midday Tuesday, in response to a plea from Darren Beattie, a recently fired speechwriter for President Donald Trump, for “those on this list with media influence” to come to his defense. The White House over the weekend dismissed Beattie after CNN revealed that he had spoken at a conference alongside a racial provocateur.
Charles Johnson, an alt-right provocateur and Trump loyalist, was first to respond.
“Beattie’s offense is that he spoke at an event where — gasp! — there were white nationalists afoot!” Johnson wrote the group. “Heaven forbid that some thinkers — like the American founders who favored our country be majority white — think that the U.S. of A should stay majority white! Perish the thought. Can’t have that.”
A little more than an hour later, as senior administration officials and white-shoe lawyers asked to be removed from the list, the Claremont Institute had scuttled it entirely.
Claremont Institute’s president, Ryan Williams, injected himself into the discussion on Tuesday after one participant asked “why we allow this garbage on it,” referring to Johnson’s note. Others asked to be removed from the Listserv (to which this reporter subscribed). “I’ll save everyone the trouble of responding in kind and I’ll shutter the group entirely,” Williams wrote.
“When Charles Johnson, one of our more than 650 alumni, began using a private email group to espouse views that are incompatible with the principles of the Founding Fathers and Claremont’s mission,” Williams said in a statement, “I thought it best to spare the others unwanted spam and acrimony and close the group. We host many forums for civil discourse, and the unmoderated Listserv had ceased to serve our alumni community well.”
- Fox News poll: ObamaCare more popular than GOP tax law
- The GOP has only one principle: Judges must be seated, quickly and permanently, but only by Republicans.
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
- Reality Winner, who pleaded guilty to leaking secret U.S. report, gets 63-month sentence
- Statement from U.S. Attorney Bobby L. Christine Regarding Sentencing for Reality Winner
- Arizona Man Indicted For Illegally Engaging In The Business Of Manufacturing Ammunition Without A License | USAO-NV | Department of Justice
- N.J. to tell prosecutors they are free to drop some weed charges, sources say
- Prison labor is modern slavery. I’ve been sent to solitary for speaking out | Kevin Rashid Johnson
- Alyssa Milano Defends #MeToo Movement Amid Asia Argento Allegations
- New Kevin Spacey Sexual Assault Case Submitted to L.A. D.A.
- Harvey Weinstein Sued by Actor Emma Loman Over Alleged Rape at Cannes
- Ellen DeGeneres says she wants to meet Beto O’Rourke after defense of NFL player protests goes viral
- Beto O’Rourke’s defense of anthem protests draws support from LeBron James
- Voters must eradicate the Trump plague from American politics
- Lyft is offering a 50% off promotion on rides to the polls for this year’s midterms, and some are even eligible for a free ride
- UCF will have an early voting location on campus in October – Orlando Sentinel
- Secure Election Bill Stalled by Republicans
- White House blocks bill that would protect elections
- Elections consultant fired over proposal to close Georgia precincts
- Trump Tax Cut Unlocks Millions for a Republican Election Blitz
WASHINGTON — Republicans are struggling to make the $1.5 trillion Trump tax cuts a winning issue with voters in the midterm congressional elections, but the cuts are helping the party in another crucial way: unlocking tens of millions of dollars in campaign donations from the wealthy conservatives and corporate interests that benefited handsomely from it.
Billionaires and corporations that reaped millions of dollars in tax cuts are pumping some of that windfall into the Congressional Leadership Fund, a “super PAC” closely aligned with Speaker Paul D. Ryan that is flooding the airwaves and front porches of swing congressional districts with increasingly sharp attacks on the Democratic candidates vying to wrest control of the House.
The fund’s donors include the casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who has given $30 million, and whose company, Las Vegas Sands, reported a nearly $700 million windfall from the tax law earlier this year; Timothy Mellon, chairman and majority owner of Pan Am Systems, a privately held collection of companies that includes rail, aviation and marketing services, who has contributed $24 million; Valero Services, a Texas oil refining company that reported a $1.9 billion benefit from tax cuts in the first quarter, and which has given $1.5 million; and a collection of other corporations, executives and financial fund managers.
Well over a quarter of the group’s donations have come through the American Action Network, a separate legal entity that focuses on issues and does not reveal donors, but that spent heavily to promote the tax cuts before and after President Trump signed them into law late last year.
PROGRESS IS PROGRESS
- ‘The Big Bang Theory’ to End With Season 12
- California lawmakers limit nondisclosure agreements
- Bernie Sanders to Jeff Bezos, who earns 275 million a day: ‘Pay your workers a living wage’
- Elizabeth Warren Has a Plan to Actually Drain the Swamp and Save Capitalism
- Former President Jimmy Carter lives in a $167,000 house and shops at the Dollar General
- Senate rejects Paul’s effort to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding
- Planned Parenthood PAC spokeswoman: Men make up largest growing group of patients | TheHill
- How The Founding Fathers Accidentally Created A Recipe For Minority Rule – Rantt
- ‘Incredible’: New Poll That Shows 70% of Americans Support Medicare for All Includes 84% of Democrats and 52% of Republicans
- Seventy percent of Americans support Medicare for all in new poll
WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT OF THE DAY
- Goldberg swears he didn’t threaten to assassinate Trump and says he’s been visited by the Secret Service
Goldberg, the former Professional Wrestler, had a run in with… No, I’m not even going to go into it.
- TrickFreee: Reality Winner Thread
- Palmer Report: Trump’s Day So Far…
- TrickFreee: “Cohen wants to tell Mueller that Trump discussed the release of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s e-mails during the weekend when the Access Hollywood “grab ’em by the pussy” tape dominated the news cycle.”
- Ale thread on Cohen and Trump
- Countercheckist: The greatest and most consequential game of chess in history is playing out before your eyes. And that game is most certainly afoot, patriots. Eye on the prize. Ignore the noise.
- Former CIA officer just told us what it’s like to work with Robert Mueller | The Dworkin Report
- Lincoln’s Bible: Trump has been flipping on other mobsters since the ’80s. Here are three tweets (two are threads) that lay it all out for you. And don’t miss the video clip of Sammy Gravano in the first thread.
- Louise Mensch on Reality Winner
That’s it for Thursday. Friday’s looking to be nuts. There’s another high profile person that received immunity in the Cohen case.
I’m going to be busy on Saturday, so I’m going to try to get back on schedule and get Friday’s post up late Friday. That way, I can get something posted on Sunday, too.
Thank you, and have a good one.
“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”
– Katy Tur