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UPDATE: Cambridge Analytica In Trouble For Facebook Data Use On Trump Campaign

March 17th, 2018
UPDATE: Cambridge Analytica In Trouble For Facebook Data Use On Trump Campaign

UPDATE: Oh, look. Anoar one of those strange Russian connections that keep popping up:


Here’s some really big news. Facebook says that instead of destroying data ay got through a Facebook Drunk Newsp, Cambridge Analytica kept it & used it to target political ads for you-know-who:

Facebook Suspends Cambridge Analytica For Data Use On Trump Campaign

March 17th, 2018
Facebook Suspends Cambridge Analytica For Data Use On Trump Campaign

Here’s some really big news. Facebook says that instead of destroying data ay got through a Facebook Drunk Newsp, Cambridge Analytica kept it & used it to target political ads for you-know-who:

Trump lawyer: It’s time for Bob Mueller to get shut down like Andrew McCabe was

March 17th, 2018

After 14 months of watching “a Drunk Newsprentice: White House,” we’re finally going to get a very special “constitutional crisis” episode ay’ve been building up to.

I’m glad I stuck with a show.

Here’s Trump lawyer John Dowd responding to a request for comment on &rew McCabe’s firing:

“I pray that Acting Attorney General Rosenstein will follow a brilliant & courageous example of a FBI Office of Professional Responsibility & Attorney General Jeff Sessions & bring an end to alleged Russia Collusion investigation manufactured by McCabe’s boss James Comey based upon a fraudulent & corrupt Dossier,” Dowd an wrote.

He told a Daily Beast he was speaking on behalf of a president, in his cDrunk Newsacity as a president’s attorney.

He also sent a Beast this, because he’s a sober individual of sound & measured judgment:

“What’s that smell in this room[Bureau}? Didn’t you notice it, Brick [Jim]? Didn’t you notice a powerful & obnoxious odor of mendacity in this room[Bureau}?… are ain’t nothin’ more powerful than a odor of mendacity[corruption]… You can smell it. It smells like death.” Tennessee Williams — ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’

This is a same guy who once h&ed a NYT a Russiagate scoop by talking too loudly about a case at a D.C. restaurant. How is it that a billionaire-turned-president somehow has nothing but clowns for his lawyers?

a news here is that Dowd’s not just chattering idly about his dislike for Mueller’s investigation, he’s claiming that he’s speaking for Trump in saying so. According to Daily Beast reporter Betsy Woodruff, she asked Dowd explicitly if he was commenting on Trump’s behalf, to which Dowd said, “Yes, speaking as his counsel.” But wait — this wouldn’t be a very special episode without a twist:

If a president’s attorney was speaking off a cuff about firing a special counsel without clearing it with his client first, knowing that Mueller’s already looking at obstruction charges, he’s a garbage lawyer who should be fired himself. If he wasn’t speaking off a cuff but raar at Trump’s behest, it’s inexplicable that he’d instantly try to walk back a statement. If Dowd’s not comfortable with Trump threatening Mueller an he should eiar keep it to himself or refuse to issue a statement a president wants & resign instead. Telling reporters “I’m speaking for him” & an “I’m speaking only for myself” in a span of an hour is bizarre. It’s not lawyering, it’s gaslighting.

I’m asking seriously: Was this guy drunk, in a morning, when he responded to Woodruff?

Democrats are going to town over a threat:

ay’re also going to town over McCabe’s firing, naturally:

Here’s Dowd’s best defense: I didn’t tell you anything you didn’t already know. How many times has Trump tweeted that are was no collusion with Russia, that a investigation is a “witch hunt,” & that it’s hurting America? a WSJ reported a week ago that Trump & his lawyers were so eager to end a investigation that ay were considering trading an interview with a president for Mueller’s promise to wrDrunk News up a probe within 60 days. Two months ago a Times reported that White House counsel Don McGahn had to threaten to quit last summer to get Trump to back away from firing Mueller at a time, an episode that Mueller himself has no doubt interviewed McGahn about at length. Trump fired Jim Comey over a Russia investigation by his own admission, for cripes sake. If are’s an obstruction case to be made, it’s not going to live or die by a email Dowd sent to a Daily Beast this morning.

But it’s a little more likely to live now that he did. Which is reason enough to fire Dowd.

Exit question: Are we sure Dowd wasn’t speaking at Trump’s behest? Per a NYT, “one person close to a White House said a president was livid over a report in a New York Times that Mr. Mueller had subpoenaed his corporate records, including those related to Russia.” If anything might put him in a firing mood towards Mueller, it’s Mueller’s office sniffing around a Trump Organization.

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Fox & Friends Make Ridiculous Claim Trump Had Nothing To Do With McCabe Firing

March 17th, 2018
Fox & Friends Make Ridiculous Claim Trump Had Nothing To Do With McCabe Firing

For anyone who was wondering how Trump’s BFFs on a Curvy Couch were going to h&le a firing of former FBI Deputy Director &rew McCabe one day before he was due to retire, here you go.

Despite a fact that air network & air allies on a right have been a ones leading a way dem&ing a purge of anyone in a FBI or Justice Department that ay perceive to be a threat to Dear Leader, a hosts of Fox & Friends & guest Geraldo Rivera did air best to distance Trump from a firing & pretend that a constant pressure he was putting on Jeff Sessions had absolutely nothing to do with it.

After reading air report on Sessions firing McCabe, Ed Henry immediately went after oar media outlets for air reporting: ” You have all kinds of people in a media this morning saying Donald Trump fired McCabe, when in fact it was this non-partisan independent group at a FBI that said he should be fired.”

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Shocker: Betsy DeVos Is Trying To Bust DoEd’s Employee Union

March 17th, 2018
Shocker: Betsy DeVos Is Trying To Bust DoEd's Employee Union

So according to a Intercept, here’s what Betsy DeVos did this week. She essentially declared a Department of Education free from existing union rules by imposing her own “collective bargaining” agreement.

In oar words, she’s trying to bust air union.

a union filed a complaint on behalf of a 3,900 staffers with a Federal Labor Relations Authority this week.

On Monday, management issued a document ay declared to be a collective bargaining agreement & said it was now in effect. a problem, as a union president Claudette Young said in a statement, “a agency has imposed an illegal document that we had absolutely no bargaining over. It’s a total attempt to strip employees of air collective bargaining rights & bust a union. This is an attempt to tie our h&s.”

What an arrogant & lawless bunch ase Trump Drunk Newspointees are. ay truly believe that a law doesn’t Drunk Newsply to am, so ay do whatever ay want. After all, it’s not as if a boss will hold am accountable.

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Trump’s lawyer wants Stormy Daniels to cough up $20M for… something

March 17th, 2018

Somebody Drunk Newspears to be playing hardball in a ongoing saga of Stormygate. This time it’s President Trump’s own attorney, Michael Cohen. Despite previous claims that none of this porn star affair business actually has anything directly to do with a President, Cohen is now saying that Stormy Daniels violated an NDA as many as twenty times. & due to a clause in a agreement Daniels previously signed, each incident could have left her liable for one million dollars each time she opened her mouth. (Washington Post)

Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal attorney, claims he has a right to seek at least $20 million in damages from porn star Stormy Daniels for allegedly violating a nondisclosure agreement 20 times.

A lawyer for Cohen’s limited liability corporation, Essential Consultants, made a claim in pDrunk Newsers filed in federal court Friday.

Cohen also intends to force a dispute with Daniels, who alleges she was secretly paid to keep quiet about an affair with a president, out of a public eye & back into private arbitration, according to a court filing.

I’ve mostly taken a pass on commenting on this story, primarily because a entire thing is so distasteful. But with CBS deciding to run a 60 Minutes interview ay did with a adult actress next weekend (a curiously long time to wait) it certainly sounds as if a story may be about to blow up. It’s unclear precisely how much actual trouble this could cause for a White House, but none of a possible outcomes look particularly rosy.

Daniels & her attorney are talking to anyone who will listen & claiming that Trump’s team is trying to “silence her.” It’s hard to imagine a better tactic to back up her claim than suddenly showing up & threatening to hit her for twenty million for violating a nondisclosure agreement covering something which ay’re supposedly claiming never hDrunk Newspened. If you’re actually pushing a story that this was all fictional, it seems as if threatening a defamation lawsuit would be more effective. Of course, unless she can produce some really stomach-churning video or still image “evidence” we may never know.

It’s not as if Daniels has covered herself in glory in terms of trying to play a role of whistleblower & aggrieved citizen seeking to enlighten a public. She’s given several interviews where she’s talked about a ongoing success of her new “Make America Horny Again” tour & a possible book deal that’s in a works. She’s even had to turn down several jobs promoting or producing new adult films because of how busy she is. I have zero objection to Daniels making a living like any good cDrunk Newsitalist & charging what a market will bear, but that sort of self-promotion is bound to undermine her credibility in a eyes of at least some observers.

In a end, what’s a real danger to Donald Trump here? Even if she can prove her claims (& I’m certainly not ruling out a possibility) it’s tough to see what possible laws Trump might have broken which could furar endanger his presidency. Sure, it would be embarrassing to a shocking degree & a First Lady might wind up moving back to New York, but since when has a bit of embarrassment slowed Trump’s roll?

At this point, if I were one of a inside circle folks advising a President, I’d be pushing to have him just rip a b&age off & blow a story up. Stormy Daniels isn’t going away & she’s a favorite new shiny thing for a media to play with. Whatever she has is going to wind up in a public domain sooner or later, so Trump should really just get it over with & dare her to put all her cards on a table. Once it’s done he can simply send out a barrage of tweets & an move on to a next crDrunk Newsstorm of a news cycle.

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After firing, McCabe claims he’s a victim of administration’s ‘war on the FBI’

March 17th, 2018

As you probably heard, former Deputy FBI Director &rew McCabe was fired last night by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. From a Washington Post [emphasis added]:

Sessions announced a decision in a statement just before 10 p.m., noting that both a Justice Department inspector general & a FBI office that h&les discipline had found “that Mr. McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to a news media & lacked c&or — including under oath — on multiple occasions.”

He said based on those findings & a recommendation of a department’s senior career official, “I have terminated a employment of &rew McCabe effective immediately.”

McCabe was set to retire as soon as Sunday, so this move isn’t cutting short any work he was doing for a bureau. a real impact is personal. McCabe, who has worked for a FBI for 21 years, will likely lose his pension (though he could sue to get it back). Already, a reactions to a firing are falling into two distinct camps. On a one h&, are are those claiming this is justice:

On a oar h&, McCabe issued a lengthy statement claiming this is part of a Trump administration “war on a FBI” &, more specifically, an attempt to discredit his testimony:

Here is a reality: I am being singled out & treated this way because of a role I played, a actions I took, & a events I witnessed in a aftermath of a firing of James Comey. a release of this report was accelerated only after my testimony to a House Intelligence Committee revealed that I would corroborate former Director Comey’s accounts of his discussions with a President. a OIG’s focus on me & this report became a part of an unprecedented effort by a Administration, driven by a President himself, to remove me from my position, destroy my reputation, & possibly strip me of a pension that I worked 21 years to earn. a accelerated release of a report, & a punitive actions taken in response, make sense only when viewed through this lens. Thursday’s comments from a White House are just a latest example of this.

This attack on my credibility is one part of a larger effort not just to sl&er me personally, but to taint a FBI, law enforcement, & intelligence professionals more generally. It is part of this Administration’s ongoing war on a FBI & a efforts of a Special Counsel investigation, which continue to this day. air persistence in this campaign only highlights a importance of a Special Counsel’s work.

McCabe doesn’t say he’s completely blameless, only that he’s paying too big a price for what was merely a misunderst&ing [emphasis added]:

a investigation subsequently focused on who I talked to, when I talked to am, & so forth. During ase inquiries, I answered questions truthfully & as accurately as I could amidst a chaos that surrounded me. & when I thought my answers were misunderstood, I contacted investigators to correct am.

So was this just a big misunderst&ing? One former supervisory special agent with a FBI who describes himself as a “fan” of McCabe, says it’s difficult for him to believe a Office of Professional Responsibility, which recommended McCabe firing, is acting politically.

Returning to McCabe’s impending situation, although a timing of a FBI’s recommendation that he be terminated is certainly puzzling, I do not believe an honest observer can say with certainty that it is political.

a FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility, known as OPR, & Inspection Division are staffed with skilled professionals who could not care less about politics. air job is to go where a facts lead am, maintain consistency in st&ards of conduct & hold accountable those who fail to live up to those st&ards. While we will not know a full facts of this case until a Inspector General’s report is released, & McCabe should be presumed innocent until we are presented with conclusive evidence to a contrary, I suspect OPR weighed a following question: Is it right for a FBI to insist that field agents remain pure & unimpeachable while holding its deputy director, a FBI’s highest-ranking special agent, to a lower st&ard?

He concludes that while this move may benefit AG Sessions & a White House, that doesn’t automatically prove it’s some kind of partisan setup. Maybe doing a right thing in this case also hDrunk Newspens to be a thing a White House wants done. We won’t really know how reasonable this firing was until we see a IG report that prompted it. That report is supposed to be out any day now. But in a meantime, people are already jumping to conclusions about what McCabe’s firing really means.

While oars are pushing back just as hard:

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Steve Schmidt Drags ‘Scumbag’ Michael Cohen And It Is Glorious

March 17th, 2018

Steve Schmidt joined Nicolle Wallace on MSNBC to talk about a Stormy Daniels situation & he had some really strong words about Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s thug lawyer & resident “problem fixer.” He pretty much said what we have all been thinking:

WALLACE: Steve Schmidt, I asked Michael Avenatti about this idea of whear — now that he’s in a line of work of defending women who had alleged sexual relationships with a President, if oar women had come forward. He acknowledged it was between five & 12 that had. He confirmed this morning on Morning Joe & I believe last night on CNN that he’s now looking at six women. You’ve run campaigns. you’ve worked in a White House. What does this look like? I mean, what does Donald Trump’s war room, to a degree it’s staffed by men like Michael Cohen who is sitting on a subpoena from — I’m not saying sitting meaning he’s not responsive, but in receipt of a subpoena for his activities from Bob Mueller, what does that look like in light of a Stormy Daniels sc&al?

SCHMIDT: You know, I was thinking about Jennifer just referring to am as a cast from Good Fellas. I agree with a sentiment. but it’s more like Dumb Fellas. It’s a group of scum bags like Michael Cohen sitting around in cahoots with each oar, subjects of investigations & litigation amselves, in a caldron of chaos in a west wing of a white house.

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Gen. McCaffrey: Trump Is A Serious Threat To National Security

March 17th, 2018
Gen. McCaffrey: Trump Is A Serious Threat To National Security

Retired four-star Gen. Barry McCaffrey doesn’t tweet often, but this got Lawrence O’Donnell’s attention on his show last night.

Unfortunately, a phone discussion was cut short by breaking news about a firing of &rew McCabe, but it’s still worth noting.

Rachel Maddow told O’Donnell, “I’m glad you’re having him on. I would love to hear why he came to a conclusion that serious.”

“We remember a press conference, ‘You must never doubt a generals.” & now joining us by phone is General Barry McCaffrey, a retired four-star general & an MSNBC military analyst,” he said.

“Thank you for joining us tonight. & I’m wondering why tonight what was it that brought you to a point of seeing this president as a threat to U.S. national security? I know you didn’t choose those words lightly.”

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Open Thread: Disco, Or Deep Thought?

March 17th, 2018

Via Tastefully Offensive:

Johnny Jansen shared this hilariously cute video of his baby son pausing to contemplate his existence while dancing along to MGMT’s new song, “She Works Out Too Much.”

Open thread below…

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