Russian Operative Maria Butina Will Plead Guilty, admit that she and GOP operative Paul Erickson “agreed and conspired” with Putin ally Alexander Torshin “to act in the United States under the direction of [Torshin]”
@SenSanders: "Sears wants to give its executives $25 million in bonuses after closing over 100 stores and laying off thousands of employees. My friends, this is what a rigged economy is all about."
Ryan Zinke Puts Interior Department Loyalist In Charge Of Public Records Requests | Daniel Jorjani, a former Koch brothers adviser who once told colleagues "our job is to protect the Secretary," now oversees the agency's FOIA program.
Recap: Trump's own Department of Justice (not Robert Mueller) has now accused Trump of directing his lawyer to commit campaign finance fraud -- which was intended to influence an election that Trump just barely won.
Ocasio-Cortez: "Somewhere along the line, people in positions of influence decided that Flint water, Bronx air, or poor schools WEREN’T acceptable for their children, but could be accepted for someone else’s. And I will never think that is a reasonable compromise to make. So #CallMeRadical"
Coal for Christmas at the U.N. Climate Conference | As negotiators from around the world gathered in Poland to discuss how to lower carbon emissions, the Trump Administration unveiled two schemes promoting fossil fuels.
Don Winslow (NY Times): "A great investigative journalist out there is going to win a Pulitzer Prize writing about how the New York office of the FBI has fed Rudy Giuliani classified information for *YEARS* & how that information has been used by Trump . It's just sitting there for a reporter."
John Dean, White House counsel under President Richard M. Nixon, said Friday that allegations against Trump detailed in new court filings give Congress “little choice” other than to begin impeachment proceedings. | Washington Post
Incoming House Intelligence Chair: "There's a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office, the Justice Department may indict him. That he may be the first president in quite some time to face the real prospect of jail time."
What we now know about Trump and Russia is highly damning and highly detailed: Russian officials reached out and offered "synergy," hacked the DNC and released via WikiLeaks, Trump associates were in touch with WikiLeaks, Don Jr., Kusher, Manafort met them for dirt, they all lied, and on and on...
President Trump is reportedly calling for the Pentagon to raise its budget request for next year to $750 billion, significantly more than he previously wanted and $12 billion more than top military officials have been pushing for
Department of Justice says: 1) Donald Trump directed Michael Cohen to commit election fraud felonies; and, 2) Cohen should serve 4 years in jail for what Trump told him to do. The only reason Trump isn't indicted is because of DoJ guidelines that a sitting President *probably* shouldn't be indicted.
Ocasio-Cortez: "I have noticed that Junior here has a habit of posting nonsense about me whenever the Mueller investigation heats up. Please, keep it coming Jr - it’s definitely a “very, very large brain” idea to troll a member of a body that will have subpoena power in a month. Have fun!"
Wisconsin Republicans Approve 82 Scott Walker Appointees In 1 Day: The move hinders the incoming Democratic governor from choosing his own people. | 'They’ve also passed bills taking responsibilities away from the Dem governor & AG & giving them to the heavily gerrymandered Wisconsin Legislature.'
Mueller: Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, was in touch as far back as 2015 with a Russian who offered "political synergy" with the Trump election campaign and proposed a meeting between the candidate and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
As the killing of Jamal Khashoggi set off a firestorm around the world and American intelligence agencies concluded that it was ordered by Prince Mohammed, Mr. Kushner became the prince’s most important defender inside the White House. | NY Times
When Russia approached, Trump officials gladly obliged // The flashing siren in the "known knowns" of the Russia probe is how often people close to Vladimir Putin approached people close to Donald J. Trump — and how often they gladly connected. And then lied about it.
Gonna be awesome when a bunch of senators vote to confirm a Fox & Friends host to be the next UN ambassador because a game show host decided that she looked the part. Very normal country we live in.
Lee J. Carter: It's not just Washington, this is every day in Richmond. Gotta assume it's in the other 49 state capitols too. I remember other Delegates telling me during my orientation "the lobbyists are here to help you, they're a policy resource." No. They're here to maximize profits.
A brute-force power grab by Republicans in Wisconsin highlights the disregard for democracy that has infected the party of Lincoln. The Republican Party has stopped progressing. Indeed, it has regressed so thoroughly that it is now anathema to its founding self. | The Nation
Russians promised “synergy on a government level” - that means a quid pro quo in which Russia would help Trump win the election and Trump, if elected, would give Russia favorable policy. | NY Magazine
There was a time, not very long ago, when queer people in this country were systematically elided from the public sphere. The memorialization of the first President Bush has transported many of us back to that era. | New Yorker