Daily Check-In 10/12/2017

Thursday. I could never get the hang of Thursdays.

There are a ton of stories breaking today, and not one of them was about the increasing chatter from Twitter about Trump’s deteriorating mental state, his mood swings, or how there are discussions about the 25th Amendment.

Because there is so much tonight, and it’s late, I’m including the links to stories, and maybe a couple lines about each.

TRUMP LAWYERS OFFER TO MEET WITH MUELLER.

ROGER STONE HAS UNTIL FRIDAY TO REVEAL HIS CONTACT WITH RUSSIA TO HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE OR FACE SUBPOENA.

MUELLER LOOKING INTO CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA.

US TROOPS DEPLOYED TO NATO BASE IN POLAND. RUSSIA VOWS RETALIATION.

RUSSIA, TWITTER BOTS, AND FACEBOOK SCRUBS DATA.

EVEN MORE KUSHNER SF-86 SCREWUPS.

TRUMP DISRESPECTED FLAG. HYPOCRISY METER IS OFFICIALLY BORKEN.

GOP SENATOR BEN SASSE GETS SASSY.

Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska issued a statement Wednesday night that read, “Mr. President: Words spoken by the President of the United States matter.”

He continued, “Are you tonight recanting of the oath you took on January 20th to preserve, protect, and defend the First Amendment?”

SPORTS TEAMS ABANDONED TRUMP HOTELS.

KELLY NOT LEAVING TODAY.

That’s it for today. I expect tomorrow to be even crazier. I didn’t even cover Puerto Rico, the Executive Orders about the ACA, the new cabinet appointment for DHS, the thoroughly corrupt appointments for NOAA or Pipeline Safety, or their nutty interpretation of why the Presidential Records Act doesn’t apply to them, or how the lawyer representing the Russian Lawyer for the June 9 meeting, Natalia Veselnitskaya, was Scott Balber, one of Trump’s former lawyers.

Let’s see how the Friday News Dump goes.

Thank you, and have a good one.

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

Daily Check-In 10/11/2017

HSIOW. Holy Shit. It’s Only Wednesday.

Big things are starting to happen. Rhetoric is ramping up from Trump. Stories about his fitness to hold office aren’t just leaking out, but flowing out. Details of high levels of corruption are coming out like freshman at an art school.

TRUMP HATES EVERYTHING, EVERYONE.

Vanity Fair reports that Trump whines to his old security chief, doesn’t know what the 25th Amendment is or does, and SecDef Mattis and Chief of Staff Kelly might have to tackle Orange Julius in the event of a first strike nuclear order.

SecState Tillerson called Trump a moron after Trump called for a 10 time increase in nuclear weapons.

More and more reports are coming out of the White House that describe either a senior citizen in the beginning thralls of a nervous breakdown or a toddler having a temper tantrum.

In response to these attacks on Trump, threatened the news organizations that say bad things about him.

EVERYONE HATES TRUMP BACK

Trump’s upcoming trip to the United Kingdom has been downgraded from an official state visit. The Queen doesn’t want to meet him. The Mayor of London doesn’t want him there. The Prime Minister can’t afford to be seen with him. Nobody wants to meet with him.

Former House Speaker John Boehner called Trump a “total disaster.”

The biggest, best, and most eviscerating attack on Trump came from Eminem freestyling at the BET Awards. Eminem went off on Trump in an amazing freestyle rap that pulled no punches, left nothing unsaid, and even found an interesting rhyme for orange.

CNN has an article with the lyrics here.

YouTube link here.

CAN WE GET BACK TO RUSSIA? PLEASE?

Yes, it’s taken 3 months to squeeze in a Hamilton reference.

The House Intelligence Committee plans to release the Facebook ads bought by the Russians. The HIC investigation has been a clusterfuck due to partisanship and “Dipshit Cowpoke” Devin Nunes. But so far, they’re the only group that has announced this so far.

Reuters has an important article about the investigation. It describes the way that the three Congressional committees are approaching the Steele Dossier.

The most important thing that comes out of it is a quote from Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.

“As I understand it, a good deal of his information remains unproven, but none of it has been disproven, and considerable amounts of it have been proven,”

That’s a really big deal.

IN OTHER NEWS…

Another article about NYC AG Cyrus Vance burying slam dunk cases against the Trump kids and Weinstein

An older story circulating on Twitter about Trump’s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein.

That’s it for today. Like I said earlier, something big is about to happen. Politicians in both parties are openly talking about Trump, his mindset, mood, and fitness.

And I didn’t even get to the stupidity of trying to get out of the Iran deal.

Thank you, and have a good one.

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

Daily Check-In 10/10/2017

Tuesday. This is what I call a Slow Trump News Day. Busy by any traditional metric, but with the man-child in office, it’s comparatively slow.

TRIAL DATE SET FOR EPSTEIN

A trial date has been set for a malicious prosecution charge against Jeffrey Epstein, a billionaire convicted pedophile who has been a long time “party friend” of the rich and famous. As Donald Trump said of him “he always had great girls. A little young, but great.”

By the way, Epstein has been accused raping many young girls and pimping them out.

And he’s a friend of Donald Trump.

HOW TO READ THE STEELE DOSSIER

John Schindler did a great write up on how to read raw intelligence like the Steele Dossier.

People looking to discredit it will focus on details, and if even one detail is wrong, Oh Boy! The whole thing must be wrong.

Think of raw Intel like the first draft of a screenplay. The general story is there, but the details are up in the air, like locations and side characters.

I’ll go into more details about this a little later.

IN OTHER NEWS

NUNES SUBPOENAS FUSION GPS WITHOUT DEMOCRATS KNOWING

“Dipshit Cowpoke” Devin Nunes is at it again. Any doubt that he was anything other than a toady for Trump disappeared back in the spring.

CARTER PAGE PLEDGES TO PLEAD FIFTH BEFORE SENATE

Carter Page, the Sheldon Cooper of Treason, has said that he will not answer any questions before the Senate, and will invoke his Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination.

That might be the first smart thing he’s done.

INTERPOL ASKS FOR PROOF OF KASPERSKY PROBLEMS

Interpol wants proof that Kaspersky is a front for Russian intelligence.

ISRAEL HACKED KASPERSKY

Well, here it is.

TRUMP CHALLENGES TILLERSON TO IQ TEST

Yep, that fucking happened.

CALEXIT AND JULIAN ASSANGE

Why am I even surprised at this point? The head of Wikileaks and known Russian shill wants to meet with one of the leaders of the California Secessionist movement Calexit.

That’s it for today. I hope to have some more stuff this week. I’m a little tired tonight.

Today’s the first time I didn’t write about social media in a long time, although I heard about Bing being used by the Russians.

Thank you, and have a good one.

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

Daily Check-In 10/9/2017

Monday, about that time.  I wonder if anything happened this weekend…

BOB CORKER AND THE ADULT DAY CARE CENTER

Over the weekend, Donald Trump made a series of tweets attacking Senator Bob Corker (R) of Tennessee, after he announced that he would not seek reelection to the Senate next year.  Trump said that Corker asked him to endorse him, and when Trump said no, Corker stepped down from running.

Trump attacked someone else on twitter?  Yeah, water is wet, so what else is new?

This time, the Senator being attacked fought back.  Not just on twitter, but in several interviews as well.

Bob Corker, one of Trump’s earliest supporters, responded on Saturday Night by saying that the White House had turned into an “Adult Day Care”, and it looks like “someone missed their shift.”

Of course, this didn’t sit well with the Crybaby-In-Chief, who proceeded to go after Corker again.  This time, Corker responded in the press.  He said that everyone in the Senate thinks that Trump is unstable, and that they’re worried that he’s trying to start World War 3, and that Trump is not fit to serve as President, and if necessary, he should be removed from office.

This is big.  Corker was one of Trump’s earliest supporters.  He was talked about long and hard for a cabinet position, even as a potential running mate for Vice President.  That Corker isn’t running for reelection gives him freedom to say what’s on his mind, and do what he feels must be done.

Bob Corker is the first Republican Senator to openly call for Trump’s removal from office, and he won’t be the last.  He is a signal balloon.  As more information comes out about Russia, Trump will get more desperate to distract people from it.  The Republicans know, even if political gerrymandering is upheld, the 2018 midterm election will be a bloodbath if Trump is still in office.  Trump’s popularity is falling like a rock, and anyone tied to him will be dragged down with him.  Corker could easily win Senate in any normal year, but next year, even in Tennessee, he doesn’t think he can win.

Besides, he has bigger plans.  If Corker’s attempts to galvanize the Congress against Trump works, he will go down in history books as a hero.  That’ll look real good in a 2020 or 2024 Presidential run.

MIKE PENCE SPENDS HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF TAX DOLLARS ON A PUBLICITY STUNT, THEN RAISES MONEY FOR RUSSIA’S FAVORITE REPRESENTATIVE

Yesterday, Vice President Mike Pence flew from Las Vegas to Indianapolis for a Colts football game.  He spent about $45,000 of tax payer money, per hour, to fly on Air Force 2 for 2.5 hours.  He arrived, had a motorcade escort him to the stadium, arrived, posted a selfie from a few years ago that was run through an Instagram filter, then walked out after the National Anthem after some players knelt in protest.

His press junket was told to stay in their van since he would be right back.

Pence claimed that he was so offended by this graven disrespect to the troops, he had no choice but to leave.

He then returned to his security escort, got in his car, returned to AF2, then flew 3 more hours to Los Angeles for a fundraiser for Dana Rohrbacher.

After all of this, Trump claimed it was his idea.

By the way, neither of them have even acknowledged the deaths of 4 Green Berets in Niger.

But black men kneeling in protest to bring attention to racism is somehow more disrespectful to the troops than not honoring their memories, or raising money for a known traitor?

For today’s news…

GOOGLE, LINKEDIN BOTH USED BY RUSSIANS TO SPREAD DISINFORMATION

The scope of the Russian Interference is heating up.  The Washington Post released detailed information about how Russians purchased election ads on their network. These ads appeared in Google searches, Gmail, YouTube, and everywhere else that Google’s presence is felt.

What they did was take the available information that Facebook has released about the Russians that bought ads on their network, took the emails associated, and saw if those emails showed up in their system.  To the surprise of no one who was paying attention, those emails accounted for $100,000 worth of ads purchased for the election.  Some werePpro-Trump or Pro-Bernie, others were more abstract, like against Black Lives Matter.

$100,000 sounds like a lot, but this is Google.  They spend that much on coffee and lunch in a week.  They deal with billions of dollars in advertising. A hundred thousand is a rounding error to them.

In scarier news, the Russians are using LinkedIn.  Unlike Facebook where people keep their work history private, or Twitter or Reddit which are as anonymous as the user wants, LinkedIn is a living resume, with contact information, work history, letters of recommendation, and co-workers that can all be exploited.

The story I linked to described several instances in Europe of Russians using LinkedIn to track down their enemies in real life.

You might want to think about hiding some personal info from a global search.

RUSSIA TARGED VETS, MILITARY DURING CAMPAIGN

Ever wonder why it seems that all of the crazy stories during the campaign seem like they were always forwarded by that right-wing veteran or soldier?  Well, there’s an answer to that, and it’s not good.

Looks like the Russians were specifically targeting Soldiers and Veterans.

 

VANCE ACCEPTED DONATIONS FROM HARVEY WEINSTEIN AFTER DROPPING CHARGES AGAINST HIM, TOO.

NYC Attorney General Cyrus Vance has a weird habit of accepting money from people he chooses not to prosecute.  This time, it’s Harvey Weinstein.  In 2015, Harvey was accused of groping an Italian model.  After he didn’t press charges, $10,000 was donated to Jones in the name of Harvey’s longtime lawyer.

Sound familiar?

JOHN KELLY AND THE BABYSITTER JOB AT MAR-A-LAGO

Vanity Fair had an interesting piece about Chief of Staff John Kelly, his ongoing battles with Trump, and his plan to keep Trump out of the Mar-A-Lago dining room.

It sounds petty, because it is.  But then again, we have Donald Trump as President.

NEW RUSSIAN DOCUMENTS ABOUT JUNE 9TH MEETING

Time for Donnie Junior to change his story again.  The Russians at the June 9 meeting said that the meeting was about sanctions the whole time, specifically the Magnitsky Act.

 

That’s it for tonight.  I’m writing this before watching Rachel Maddow, so of course she’ll have 38 stories I didn’t even notice.  Speaking of Rachel Maddow, I’ve noticed a change in her reporting style in the last month. More intensity, more powerful, more forceful.  She’s still pulling some punches, but she’s setting up the narrative that something big is happening soon. I wouldn’t be surprised if the first series of indictments come down against Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn by Halloween.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

The Multi-Party System

This article is almost complete hypothetical, and is the result of a twitter discussion with @justapedn from Saturday 10-7-2017. Since I’m a little too verbose for 140 characters, I decided to write a blog post about it.

What would a multi party political system look like in the United States?

Like I said, this is all hypothetical, based off of what’s known, what’s being reported, and what’s being rumored.

THE SET-UP, OR WHAT’S ASSUMED FOR THIS EXERCISE.

  • Assume that at some point between 2018 and 2022, the Republican Party as it exists today ceases, likely due to implications from the Russian Investigation.
  • Also during this time, the Democratic Party also has its own problems, and falls apart.
  • The Green Party goes through a reorganization. Jill Stein goes to jail.
  • Major campaign reforms are enacted, all the way from a Constitutional Amendment overturning Citizens United down to shortening campaign season.

COLLAPSE OF THE TWO PARTY SYSTEM

So, how do I think the current system dies?

In fire. And a whimper.

During the investigations over the next couple years, the ties of Dark Money will come to the forefront. The RNC leadership laundered Russian money into their 2016 campaigns, and the DNC will be involved in some other shenanigans.

In the fallout, both major parties fracture. Whether any piece of them survives is up in the air, but for this piece, I’ll assume they both die.

THE NEW PARTIES

The names are placeholders. Actual party names may vary.

  • Nationalist Party. Made up of the Deplorables, the Alt-Right, and hard liners on immigration.
  • Religious Party. The “Religious Right” get their own party.
  • Conservative Party. For fiscal conservatives who aren’t as hung up on social issues.
  • Moderate Party. Made up of a mix of centrists from both Democratic and Republican Parties.
  • Liberal Party. For the more left-leaning members of the old Democratic Party, but not radical by any definition.
  • Socialist Party. The fringe left. Over time, their policies become the platform of the Liberal Party.
  • Libertarian Party. This party sees a new age as those that labeled themselves as Libertarians all of these years join this party.
  • Green Party. This party reorganizes into one that focuses on environmental issues.

CHANGES TO THE ELECTION SYSTEM.

For the most part, I don’t see too many changes at the state and local levels in the Primary elections. It would be the same as today, just more party options.

Where I see changes taking place would be in the General election.

With 7 or 8 options for an office, there’s a good chance that none of them get a majority. There are two ways this can be handled. Either have the top two contestants take place in a run-off, or use ranked voting.

I prefer ranked voting, as there wouldn’t be a need for a separate day of voting. Each voter would rank their choices from first to last. If no one claimed a majority, whomever had the most last place votes is eliminated. Then, the numbers are recalculated, removing the eliminated candidate from the new count. This continues until someone has a majority.

For example, let’s say Al, Bob, Chuck, Dave, and Ed are running for Congress. Al received 35%, Bob 30%, Chuck 20%. Dave 10%, and Ed 5% out of 100 votes. No one won the majority, so it goes to the rankings. Al had the most votes, but was last in more than half the ballots. Most people said “anyone but Al.” Al is eliminated. Bob now has 30/65 votes. Still not a majority, so another round of eliminations. The next worst one was Dave. Since Dave had 10% of the original vote, that gives Bob a majority.

Bob wins the race, and it’s all done in a night.

CHANGES TO CONGRESS

Surprisingly, there wouldn’t be much change to Congress.

At least, as far as the structure goes.

Unless a party has a full majority, then get ready for coalition governments and a lot of deal making and compromising.

For example, let’s say the Moderates win 200 out of 435 House seats. That’s not enough for a majority. They’re still 18 seats short. All of the other parties could combine against them, or the Moderates could make a deal with one of the other parties that has at least 18 seats to confirm that they maintain the leadership. They could join with the Liberals to institute new health care reforms, or the Conservatives to enact a new jobs program.

CHANGES TO THE PRESIDENT

This is where things get weird.

Assuming the Electoral College is still in use, we might see some interesting deals come out of the Presidential Election.

If a candidate does not receive a majority of the Electoral College, the House of Representatives then decides the President, while the Senate chooses the Vice President.

However, there is a month between the General Election and when the Electoral College meet. That’s more than enough time for either a run-off or some kind of deal.

Let’s say the Moderates have the most assumed EC votes after the General Election, but not a majority. They have 230, but need 40 more. The Socialists won California with 55 electoral votes. To avoid this going to the House, the Moderates and Socialists strike a deal. Maybe the Socialists will endorse the Moderates if they adopt a particular platform and name their candidate to a cabinet position.

Similar deals would happen at or after the Electoral College as well.

WHAT DOESN’T CHANGE?

Hopefully, nothing negative changes with the judiciary. Local races will still be based off of local interests. And, in some areas, running on a particular ticket would be a bad idea.

That’s it for today. I’ll get back to the normal posts tomorrow. By the way, if you’re on Twitter, follow @justapedn. He’s a pretty cool cat.

Thank you, and have a good one.

Daily Check-In 10/6/2017

Friday. Time for the NEWS DUMP!

SEPTEMBER MARKS FIRST MONTH OF JOB LOSSES IN 7 YEARS.

One thing that is guaranteed to cripple a President faster than scandal is a failing economy.

Job growth was negative for the first times in 7 years.

In English, for the first time since the Great Recession, the economy lost jobs.

Granted, this is the first time jobs have shrunk, but the previous few months have seen smaller gains than expected, and far less than compared to the previous years.

TRUMP APPROVAL RATING AT 32% PER AP.

2 out of 3 people think Donald Trump sucks at his job. Puerto Rico, Russia, North Korea, Travel abuses by his staff, opening his mouth. Pick a disaster.

MUELLER AND THE CLOSED DOOR MEETING.

According to ABC News, Robert Mueller met with a group of unknown attorneys and the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court of Washington, D.C.

Why? That’s the question.

There are a few rumors floating around as to why, spanning the range from arguing about subpoenas to unsealing indictments to nullifying the election.

I’ll keep an eye on this, see where it goes.

KELLY AND TILLERSON RUMORS.

From the Rumor Mill, there were reports that Rex Tillerson and/or John Kelly were on their way out.

As of 21:47 EST, they both still have a job.

RUSSIA SOLD MERCH THROUGH FACEBOOK, TARGETED RUST BELT.

Not only did the Russians target the Rust Belt, THEY SOLD MERCH! It’s like an Indie Wrestling show. The only thing missing are the misogynists who ruin the fun for everyone.

Oh, that’s right, the Gamergate bros joined the alt-right.

STEELE IN TALKS TO MEET WITH SENATE.

This is developing. My guess is Steele wanted to get the go-ahead from Mueller’s team and wanted to vet who he talks to before agreeing to meet with the Senate Intelligence Committee.

NY ASSEMBLYMAN WANTS INVESTIGATION INTO NYC AG CYRUS VANCE.

Here’s a piece in this unfolding drama. Keep in mind, State charges are outside of pardon protection.

INTEL ACRONYMS FROM ERIC GARLAND.

Thanks to Eric Garland, here’s a breakdown of Intelligence Acronyms. I’ll add this to the links section this weekend.

TRUMP’S ACTIONS ON IRAN AND BIRTH CONTROL.

Trump is trying to undo birth control access protections under the ACA, and roll back the Iran Nuclear deal.

About the only consistency in Trump’s agenda is undo what the black guy did.

TIM MURPHY RESIGNED.

Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving person.

FORMER CRUZ AIDE SAYS INVESTIGATORS SHOULD LOOK AT ENTIRE ELECTION.

This is interesting. One of Ted Cruz’s aides, Ron Nehring, went on Ari Melber’s show to say that the various investigations should look into the GOP Primary, and if the Russians interfered.

We know for certain that the Russians screwed around with us during the general election, and some shenanigans in the Democratic Primary, but there hasn’t been much focus on the GOP Primary.

Why’s that?

The trolls were out, the knives drawn, the fighting was ugly. There were reports that the GOP was hacked, just like the Democrats, but the mails were kept inside the party.

This is worth a look.

YAHOO! DOCUMENTARY ABOUT OCTOBER 7, 2016

Check this out. It’s called 64 Hours.

In a span of two hours last year, history changed. Hurricane Matthew, The White House announced that Russia is trying to screw with the election, Pussygate, and Wikileaks released some of Hilary’s mails.

In less time than it takes to watch The Princess Bride.

That’s it for today. I’m not sure what I’ll write about this weekend. I think I’ll do something in the Crime section about FARA, Voter Fraud, or Hacking. Then again, I’m due for an article about Bernie Sanders.

Thank you, and have a good one.

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

Daily Check-In 10/5/2017

Thursday.

 

UNINSTALL KASPERSKY SOFTWARE YESTERDAY!

If you have Kaspersky Anti-Virus, or any other software installed on your computer, uninstall that shit right the fuck now.

Then, rip the hard drive out, take it to a person who can get your special files off it, and only if you don’t have backups already.

Then buy a new computer, and never, ever, ever, ever, ever install ANY Kaspersky software again.

DO IT!  This post will still be here when you’re done.

Why go to such extremes?

Here’s why.  The Russians stole a metric fucktonne of information from the NSA, and they used Kaspersky to do it.

An NSA contractor who had Kaspersky installed on their computer, had downloaded some files to their laptop.  The Russians, using Kaspersky as a backdoor, tunneled in to this machine and stole all of the files on the laptop.  Since this mental midget didn’t get caught the first time, they kept doing this, until eventually other IC agencies found out about the leak.

 

IS JOHN KELLY OUT AS CHIEF OF STAFF?

This one comes from the Rumor Mill.  Take it with a grain of salt.  Sea Salt works well, but if you have Himalayan Pink Rock Salt, just use it.

Earlier this week, when Trump was on his way to Las Vegas, Chief of Staff John Kelly was not on Air Force 1 when it took off.  While not completely unusual, it did raise some eyebrows.

According to a couple people on Twitter, John Kelly either already had resigned or will resign.

john-kelly-face-palmedited

Yep, that’s him listening to Donald Trump fuck up a speech at the U.N. by ad-libbing that Neo-Nazis are fine people.

The reporting is a little sporadic.  @AngryWhiteHouseStaffer (Angry) and @Alt_SpicerLies (Spicy) reported early in the day that Kelly had quit last week, but was serving out his notice.

Confirmation has been sketchy on this.  Expect to hear something about this tomorrow in the FRIDAY NEWS DUMP!

 

GENERALS SPEAKING OUT AGAINST TRUMP

This is a bit peculiar.  In a well-functioning American Republic, the Military Leaders defer to the Civilian leadership in pretty much everything that isn’t military business.  The Military serves the Citizenry, not vice-versa.

So, when multiple generals and admirals speak out against the President and his policies, that is definitely not normal.

Speaking out against a Senior Officer is heavily frowned upon in strict chains of command like the Military. (One of the reasons I didn’t serve.  It’s not that I have a problem with authority figures, I have a problem with idiots in authority, and I don’t always say the smartest thing in the spur of the moment.)  Speaking out against the Commander in Chief is nearly verboten.

The Military is acting like the conscious of the country while the President actively does the worst thing possible at all times.

 

BREITBART COURTED ALT-RIGHT.  HOW THE F*** DID BUZZFEED GET ALL OF MILO’S EMAILS?

Here’s a great article by BuzzFeed about Milo Yiannopoulos and how rose through the ranks at Breitbart from a Tech Editor to the Face and Voice of the Alt-Right.  It’s a very, very long read, but it is absolutely amazing.  This is the kind of reporting that used to be only the domain of the Washington Post or the New York Times.  Like, Pulitzer quality reporting.

This article asks “How does a Gay Jew with a Greek name and Black husband end up as the poster boy for a bunch of misogynistic, racist, hate-filled, anti-democracy white supremacists and Neo-Nazis?”

And yes, I’m aware that I censored out the F-Bomb in this section title, but dropped it like 10 times so far.

 

TRUMP AND THE “FAKE NEWS” TWEETS

Once again, Trump calls the media FAKE NEWS.  Once again, Congress says Not Fake.

This is getting old.  Every time Trump hears about a report he doesn’t like, he cries “Fake News.”  The worse the news, that tiny-handed prick jumps on the caps lock key, then attacks the place that reached out to him or the White House by comment.

 

SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION IMPLICATED IN USING PRIVATE JETS FOR TRAVEL.

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has been accused of taking 7 trips on private jets.  If her name sounds familiar, she’s also Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s wife.

On top of that, The Cryptkeeper and Trump Spokeswoman KellyAnne Conway has been on several of those flights, and more details came out today about Ryan Zinke’s use of jets.

Chao, Shulkin, Perry, Mnuchin, Price, Zinke.  5 out of 15 cabinet members.  One has been forcefully resigned already.

 

NYC AG RETURNS SOME OF THE MONEY DONATED BY TRUMP

Guilty Conscience Much?  Or, is he returning money in an attempt to not appear dirty AF and avoid a corruption and bribery charge?

 

DEBUNKED IRS SCANDAL, AND THE FRACTURING GOP

New York Magazine wrote this article breakdown about the mass hysteria that’s taking over the GOP at times, this time against the IRS.

 

That’s it for …, oh, what’s that?  One more story?

What’s that?  oh…

ROBERT MUELLER MET WITH CHRISTOPHER STEELE THIS PAST SUMMER!

I talked about this yesterday, but I didn’t have an article confirming it.  The Steele Dossier was originally a piece of opposition research against Donald Trump paid for by one of his opponents in the GOP Primary (*cough*Jeb Bush*cough*).  That person hired Fusion GPS, who then contracted out former MI6 Agent Christopher Steele.  Steele, having previously worked on the FIFA corruption scandal, combined some of his previous work and rolled it into his job on Donald Trump.

The Dossier is definitely worth a read.  There are some salacious claims in there, but much of it has already been confirmed.  Multiple meetings, people, and places have been corroborated by the press, and reverse engineered by law enforcement and Congressional investigators.

This past summer, Steele shared his info with the FBI.  He shared his notes, his sources, his raw intel, all of it with the FBI.

And Bobby Three Sticks was part of that conversation.

 

That’s it for today.  I’m going to do a little neatening up tonight, and plan my next few long form stories.  I’ve got a few in the pipeline, like a breakdown of the Justice League, more articles on Crimes, a few more breakdowns of how the government works, how to spot propaganda, and why voter fraud is a red herring.

Thank you, and have a good one.

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur