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Mueller report details the evolution of Russia’s troll farm as it began targeting US politics

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images On Thursday, Attorney General William Barr released the long-anticipated Mueller report. With it comes a useful overview of how Russia leveraged U.S.-based social media platforms to achieve its political ends. While we’ve yet to find too much in the heavily redacted text that we didn’t already know, Mueller does recap efforts undertaken by Russia’s mysterious Internet Research Agency or “IRA” to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. The...
Tags: Government, TC, Brad Parscale, Hillary Clinton, Instagram, Internet Research Agency, Politics, Presidential Election, Republican Party, Russia, Russian election interference, Social Media Platforms, United States, William Barr


NYT: DOJ discussed Mueller report with White House

Officials from the Justice Department have spoken repeatedly with the White House about special counsel Robert Mueller's findings, The New York Times reported Wednesday.


NYT: DOJ discussed Mueller report with White House ahead of release

Officials from the Justice Department have spoken repeatedly with the White House about special counsel Robert Mueller's findings, The New York Times reported Wednesday.


New York Times: DOJ discussed Mueller report with White House ahead of release

Officials from the Justice Department have spoken repeatedly with the White House about special counsel Robert Mueller's findings, The New York Times reported Wednesday.


Reports: DOJ Talked Mueller Report With White House Ahead Of Release

White House attorneys have had “numerous conversations” with Justice Department officials about the conclusion of the Mueller report, the New York Times reported, helping the President’s legal team prepare in advance for the document’s release. ABC News reported on Tuesday that the White House had “received a broad briefing on the report,” including that it would be divided into sections on alleged collusion and obstruction. “The talks have aided the president’s legal team as it prepares a re...
Tags: Muckraker, Justice Department, Mueller report, Russia probe, Josh Kovensky


How Did Tech Billionaires’ Favorite Dem Become Bernie Sanders’ Co-Chair?

A few weeks before Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) launched his presidential campaign, he and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) went out for what Khanna thought was going to be a late lunch focused on policy strategy. Over plates of greasy Chinese food, Khanna and Sanders talked about how technology and artificial intelligence are disrupting the economy and driving income inequality, how to help workers affected by those changes, their shared push to end U.S. involvement in the Yemen civil war, and Sanders’ br...
Tags: DC, 2020 Democratic primary, 2020 Elections, Bernie Sanders, Ro Khanna, Cameron Joseph


Bernie Sanders among top one per cent of US earners, newly released tax returns show

Bernie Sanders and his wife made more than $1 million in both 2016 and 2017, newly released tax returns have revealed, shining a light on the wealth of the Left-wing presidential hopeful.  Mr Sanders, a self-proclaimed democratic socialist who sits as an independent in the US Senate, enjoyed the surge of income in part thanks to books he has written about politics.  The 77-year-old released 10 years of tax returns on Monday, following similar moves by rivals who are also seeking the Democratic P...
Tags: News, California, White House, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, US, Hillary Clinton, Labour, New York Times, House Of Representatives, US Senate, Fox News, Vermont, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Jeremy Corbyn


Bernie in the Fox's den: Sanders takes anti-Trump pitch straight to 'state TV'

The Democratic frontrunner will speak at a Fox News town hall. He says it’s necessary to speak to Trump voters. Others disagree Bernie Sanders speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photograph: Aaron P Bernstein/Reuters Bernie Sanders will finish a four-day tour of Trump Country on Monday, with a town hall on the president’s favorite network: Fox News. It is an unexpected partnership, between a self-described democratic socialist and a media outlet that dedicates primetime...
Tags: News, Maryland, Washington, White House, US, America, Dnc, Fox, Hillary Clinton, New York Times, Howard Schultz, Fox News, Capitol Hill, Starbucks, Rupert Murdoch, Times


Trump Surfaced Sanctuary Cities Immigrant Plan To Distract From Mueller Report

President Trump surfaced an Immigration and Customs Enforcement-rejected and White House-abandoned immigration initiative last week in order to distract from the release of a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, The New York Times reported. While people close to Trump told the Times that the President has been more confident and in good spirits since Attorney General William Barr released his assessment of  the report, Trump is purposely “escalating his language” to ap...
Tags: News, White House, Immigration, New York Times, Times, Donald Trump, Trump, Customs Enforcement, Mueller, Robert Mueller, Sanctuary Cities, William Barr, Nicole Lafond, Emmet Flood, Mueller report


'They call me Mayor Pete': Buttigieg launches 2020 presidential run

South Bend mayor makes announcement at rally in his hometown, saluting his husband and setting out his vision Pete Buttigieg speaks during a rally to announce his presidential candidacy in South Bend, Indiana. Photograph: John Gress/Reuters Pete Buttigieg officially launched his run for the White House on Sunday, against a backdrop of surging poll numbers and increasing national interest. The 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, the fourth-largest city in Indiana, madethe announcement at an after...
Tags: New York, News, Minnesota, Washington, White House, America, Joe Biden, Indiana, Cnn, Afghanistan, Harvard, United States, New Hampshire, New York Times, Iowa, Bill Clinton


Pete Buttigieg to formally launch 2020 presidential run as national buzz grows

South Bend mayor to make announcement at afternoon rally in his hometown against a backdrop of improving poll numbersMayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, flashes a thumbs-up after speaking at a meet and greet event at MadHouse Coffee on Monday, April 8, 2019, in Las Vegas. Photograph: Bizuayehu Tesfaye/APPete Buttigieg was ready to officially launch his run for the White House on Sunday, against a backdrop of improving poll numbers and increasing national interest. The 37-year-old mayor...
Tags: New York, News, Minnesota, Congress, White House, America, Joe Biden, Indiana, Cnn, Afghanistan, Harvard, New Hampshire, New York Times, Iowa, Bill Clinton, The Times


Trump Again Floats Busing Migrants To Sanctuary Cities, Decries Reporting On It

President Donald Trump on Saturday re-stated his belief that sanctuary cities should take in migrants and asylum seekers who are released from government custody. But it was not clear whether he would actually order the Department of Homeland Security to begin transporting people in its custody to sanctuary cities, or whether the tweets were meant as political attacks alone. When The Washington Post first reported Thursday on early, behind-the-scenes discussions among Trump administration off...
Tags: Usa, News, California, Mexico, White House, Immigration, Dhs, Cnn, New York Times, Ice, Customs, Oakland, Times, Donald Trump, Department Of Homeland Security, The Washington Post


Reporter slaps down Donald Trump's claim New York Times failed to observe basic tenet of journalism

Donald Trump has unleashed a series of angry tweets attacking The New York Times over a report claiming he was thinking about sending undocumented immigrants into so-called “sanctuary cities” represented by Democrats.The president accused the newspaper of failing to “call to check for truth”, only for White House correspondent Maggie Haberman to explain the Times had in fact emailed his press team “three times for comment and [the] press office acknowledged receipt of emails”.The newspaper claim...
Tags: Usa, News, California, White House, US, San Francisco, Dhs, New York Times, Oakland, Times, Donald Trump, Trump, Department of Homeland Security DHS, Donald J Trump, Maggie Haberman, Schaaf


The breakout star of Pete Buttigieg’s 2020 campaign? His husband Chasten

Chasten Buttigieg has gained a sizable following – and boosted his husband’s campaign – with his candid social media posts about life on the trailPete Buttigieg watches as his husband, Chasten, plays with their dog Buddy at their home in South Bend, Indiana. Photograph: Joshua Lott/The Washington Post/Getty ImagesAlthough he is yet to formally enter the 2020 presidential race, Pete Buttigieg has wowed crowds at town halls, raised more money than better-known rivals and placed near the top of Iow...
Tags: News, Instagram, White House, New Hampshire, New York Times, Iowa, Times, Peter, Chasten, Human Rights Campaign, Pete, Truman, Adam Rippon, South Bend Indiana, Buttigieg, Pete Buttigieg


Facebook is appointing Peggy Alford to be the first African-American woman on its board, as Netflix CEO Reed Hastings prepares to leave (AAPL, NFLX)

There are significant changes afoot on Facebook's board. The company is nominating PayPal exec Peggy Alford for election to the board, and she will be the first African-American woman to serve as a director at Facebook. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and former White House official Erskine Bowles are leaving. Facebook is shaking up its board of directors — nominating PayPal executive Peggy Alford, and preparing to part ways with the Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and former White House chief of staff E...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, White House, Trends, Paypal, Netflix, New York Times, Myanmar, Silicon Valley, Signal, Sheryl Sandberg, Reed Hastings, Clinton, Zuckerberg, Mark, Hastings


Here’s the Law That Requires Mnuchin to Turn Over Trump’s Taxes, or Lose His Office and Go to Prison

Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero The Daily Beast/GettyDonald Trump and his top White House aide declare that the administration will not give the president's tax returns to Congress, as required under a 1924 anti-corruption law. But both the Treasury secretary and the tax commissioner have been much more nuanced, saying that they will obey the law even as they delay actually doing so.I know why Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Charles Rettig, the IRS commissioner, are so cautious. Th...
Tags: New York, News, Congress, California, White House, Massachusetts, United States, House, New York Times, Treasury, Fox News, Goldman Sachs, Irs, Trump, Nixon, Congressional


This Week: The Real Problem With Trump’s DHS Purge

The ousted Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles recently said that he “was told weeks ago by the administration that transitions in leadership should be expected across the Department of Homeland Security.” Those “transitions in leadership” have now touched the DHS secretary, the acting deputy DHS secretary, the acting ICE director, and Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan (who’ll take over as acting DHS secretary). Reportedly, the director of U.S. Citizenship an...
Tags: News, Congress, Senate, White House, Nbc News, Dhs, Cnn, New York Times, Treasury, Secret Service, Nielsen, Accenture, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump, Department Of Homeland Security, Irs


Feds Charge Greg Craig, Former Obama Lawyer Tied to Manafort Ukraine Report

Mark Wilson/GettyFederal prosecutors have charged President Obama’s former White House counsel with making false statements in connection with his role in disseminating a report commissioned by Paul Manafort. Prosecutors allege that as an attorney in private practice, Greg Craig lied to officials at the Foreign Agents Registration Act unit after the Justice Department launched an investigation into Paul Manafort’s illegal lobbying on behalf of his pro-Russian clients in Ukraine. The charges, spu...
Tags: News, Obama, Washington, White House, Virginia, Russia, Cyprus, Ukraine, United States, New York Times, Brussels, Mark Wilson, Times, Justice Department, Craig, U S Treasury


Julian Assange: the wedge that created a divide among Trump loyalists

The far right see him as a persecuted hero while conservatives portray him as a Kremlin accompliceJulian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, was arrested at the Ecuadorean embassy in London. Photograph: RMV/REX/ShutterstockThe charges that led to Julian Assange’s arrest have nothing to do with the 2016 presidential election or the Mueller investigation into Donald Trump’s Russian ties, but the extradition case and Assange’s possible arrival in the US will be electrified by all those unresolved is...
Tags: Facebook, London, News, Obama, Washington, Nsa, Senate, Virginia, Russia, US, Barack Obama, Dnc, Cnn, Fbi, Hillary Clinton, Chelsea


Gregory Craig: former White House counsel for Obama indicted – live

Craig indicted for allegedly making false statements to MuellerTop Democrats reiterate demand for unredacted Mueller report Sanders raises $18.2m in three months, leaping ahead of competitorsSign up for the US briefing and get a new perspective 8.28pm BST Pete Buttigieg has come third in a poll of likely Iowa Democratic voters – ahead of more vaunted figures including Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Beto O’Rourke.In a Monmouth University poll Buttigieg was the choice of 9% of likely cauc...
Tags: South Korea, Obama, North Korea, White House, Russia, US, Barack Obama, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Ukraine, Asia Pacific, US politics, New Hampshire, New York Times, Iowa


Greg Craig Indicted For Lying To DOJ About Ukraine Work For Paul Manafort

D.C. federal prosecutors on Thursday indicted lawyer Greg Craig on two charges of making false statements to the Justice Department about his work for Ukraine and Paul Manafort, in a spin-off from a case that began during special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Craig, a former White House counsel for President Obama, is accused of concealing information from and making false statements to the Justice Department’s Foreign Agents Registration Act unit, which enforces the country’s forei...
Tags: News, Obama, White House, Ukraine, New York Times, Manhattan, Justice Department, Craig, Kiev, Mueller, Viktor Yanukovych, Southern District of New York, Skadden, Greg Craig, Robert Mueller, Yanukovych


Manafort Crony Greg Craig Isn’t Going Down Without a Fight

Mark Wilson/GettyFormer White House counsel Greg Craig is bracing for an indictment on lobbying charges soon in connection with a case referred by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office. In statements to the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, Craig’s lawyers said they expect federal prosecutors in Washington, DC to charge their client with making false statements related to his work on a report commissioned by former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. In anticipation of the...
Tags: New York, News, White House, Ukraine, Washington Dc, New York Times, Department Of Justice, Times, Wall Street Journal, Justice Department, Journal, Craig, Kiev, Trump, Viktor Yanukovych, Skadden


Richard Shelby Referred To Mulvaney As ‘Most Dangerous Man’ In Washington

During the weeks of strained debate between parties while the government was shutdown for a month earlier this year, tensions were high and one Republican senator accused acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney of continuously derailing negotiations, The New York Times reported. In an article about Mulvaney’s management style — letting President Trump be Trump — the Times reported that Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) “complained bitterly” over Mulvaney’s tact for “undoing weeks of bipartis...
Tags: News, Washington, White House, New York Times, Times, Government Shutdown, Trump, Oval Office, Shelby, Richard Shelby, Mick Mulvaney, Sen Patrick Leahy, Trump The Times, Mulvaney, Sen Richard Shelby R AL, Nicole Lafond


Reports: Alleged Mar-A-Lago Malware Courier Loses US Visa

The Chinese woman accused of lying to the Secret Service and trespassing during an attempt to enter Mar-a-Lago on March 30 had her U.S. visa revoked at a bail hearing in Palm Beach on Monday, according to the Palm Beach Daily News and a New York Times reporter. Yujing Zhang’s arrest last week reportedly reinvigorated an FBI counterintelligence investigation into alleged Chinese spying at Mar-a-Lago amid initial allegations that Zhang had entered the winter White House with a malware-infected ...
Tags: Florida, News, White House, China, Intelligence, Cnn, Fbi, New York Times, Secret Service, Newark Liberty International Airport, Zhang, Palm Beach, Mar-a-lago, Palm Beach Daily News, Muckraker, Trump Swamp


Kirstjen Nielsen’s Ouster Strengthens Stephen Miller’s Grip on President Trump’s Immigration Policy

Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast/GettyOver the past year and a half, President Trump’s policy adviser and speechwriter Stephen Miller and Kirstjen Nielsen, the now ousted homeland security secretary, were locked in a bitter cold war of backbiting and paranoia. By Sunday night, it was clear who had won. Trump’s decision to dismiss Nielsen signaled not only that Miller had emerged victorious but also further solidified him as the premier anti-immigration hardliner and survivor ...
Tags: News, Congress, Mexico, White House, Dhs, United States, New York Times, Fox News, Nielsen, Department Of Homeland Security, The Daily Beast, Fox Business, Miller, Trump, Grassley, Dobbs


Subservient Barr

As we await Bill Barr’s ‘redactions’ of the Mueller Report, I wanted to pass on to you this note from a TPM Reader and member of the appellate bar. It may seem deep in the weeds at first. But it’s a window into Barr’s conduct so far that I was not at all aware of, or rather I knew the bare facts but hadn’t at all understood the implications. They bear directly on Barr’s subservience to the White House and current approach to executive power … The focus on Barr and what he has done/is doing regar...
Tags: News, Congress, White House, New York Times, Doj, Justice Department, Trump, Josh Marshall, Senate Judiciary Committee, AG, Jeff Sessions, Mueller, Southern District of New York, Barr, AG Barr, Don McGahn


Who Will Be Trump's New Immigration Enforcer?

WASHINGTON— “‘Lady DACA’ is out,” gloats a veteran Republican activist close to the White House on the resignation of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who in her tenure accomplished the notable feat of courting widespread scorn from both right and left.When we met Sunday night, my source stepped out to take a call from Kris W. Kobach, President Donald Trump’s aspirant immigration stickler, and folk hero of the border-hawk right. The president’s opponents are trying to ...
Tags: News, Washington, White House, New York Times, Kansas, Nielsen, Donald Trump, Department Of Homeland Security, Trump, Kobach, Kirstjen Nielsen, Kris W Kobach


Notable new (though incomplete) accounts of the state of death penalty politics

A couple of major news outlets had a couple of recent lengthy stories about modern death penalty politics.  Here are headlines, links, a small snippet and a follow-up comments: From NBC News, "Death penalty repeal sweeping across states as both parties get on board": Hannah Cox, the national manager of Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty, said that while the issue of repealing the death penalty was once a partisan one, that's changing.  It "was virtually unheard of in 2012 for a Rep...
Tags: Law, California, Barack Obama, Georgia, Gop, Hillary Clinton, New York Times, Bill Clinton, Death Penalty, Ohio, Republican, South Carolina, Trump, John Kasich, Democratic Party, Cox


Q&A: Former White House Communications Director Shares Career Advice with Women at Hilton

Hilton strives to provide a great place to work where all women can thrive and meet their potential, in all roles and regions around the world. Kristin Campbell, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, spoke with Jennifer Palmieri, bestselling author and communications strategist, about women in the workplace during a recent fireside chat with Hilton's Women Team Member Resource Group (WTMRG). Jennifer detailed her experiences serving as head of communications for Hillary Clinton's 20...
Tags: Travel, White House, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, New York Times, Hilton, Jennifer Palmieri, Jennifer, Kristin Campbell


Biden Showed ‘Paternalistic’ Side During Anti-Rape Campaign, Activists Say

Woolston/ShutterstockTaking the stage at the 2016 Oscars to introduce more than 50 survivors of campus sexual assault, then-Vice President Joe Biden received a standing ovation from the star-studded crowd. Smiling at the A-list audience, he joked that he was the “least qualified person here” and urged viewers to “change the culture” around campus sexual assault—an issue he had made his signature cause over the previous five years.U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden introduces singer Lady Gaga after ma...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Obama, Washington Post, White House, Alyssa Milano, Joe Biden, New York Times, Lady Gaga, Biden, The Daily Beast, Anita Hill, Senate Judiciary Committee, Hill, Hollywood California, University of Nevada Las Vegas



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