LAT: Ahead of Putin meeting, Trump waffles on Russian meddling in 2016 election

LAT: Ahead of Putin meeting, Trump waffles on Russian meddling in 2016 election

Brian Bennett and Michael A. Memoli July 6, 2017 On the eve of his first face-to-face meeting as president with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump on Thursday declined to hold the Kremlin solely responsible for meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, insisting that others may have interfered as well. CLICK IMAGE ABOVE for direct link to LAT story & video. […]

WP: Federal ethics chief who clashed with White House announces he will step down

WP: Federal ethics chief who clashed with White House announces he will step down

By Rosalind S. Helderman and Matea Gold July 6  The director of the independent Office of Government Ethics, who has been the federal government’s most persistent critic of the Trump administration’s approach to ethics, announced Thursday that he is resigning nearly six months before his term is scheduled to end. CLICK IMAGE ABOVE for direct link to WP video: CLICK HERE […]

NYT: Getting Away With It. Why America’s top prosecutors no longer go after corporations or their execs

NYT: Getting Away With It. Why America’s top prosecutors no longer go after corporations or their execs

Book Review by James Kwak July 5th, 2017 THE CHICKENSHIT CLUB Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives By Jesse Eisinger  377 pp. Simon & Schuster. $28. CLICK IMAGE ABOVE for direct link to NYT book review. On April 27, 2010, Senator Carl Levin summoned the Goldman Sachs C.E.O. Lloyd Blankfein and his lieutenants before the […]

MSNBC: Russia scandal takes an alarming turn for Trump World

MSNBC: Russia scandal takes an alarming turn for Trump World

By Steve Benen 07/05/17 On Thursday night, the Wall Street Journal published an important piece on Donald Trump’s Russia scandal, noting that a longtime Republican operative, Peter Smith, assembled a team that set out to obtain Hillary Clinton emails. CLICK IMAGE ABOVE for direct link to MSNBC story. To that end, Smith and his cohorts reached out to people they […]

CNN: Forty-one states have refused Kobach’s request for voter information

CNN: Forty-one states have refused Kobach’s request for voter information

By Liz Stark and Grace Hauck Mon July 3, 2017 Washington Forty-one states have defied the Trump administration’s request for private voter information, according to a CNN inquiry to all 50 states. CLICK IMAGE ABOVE for direct link to CNN story & videos. State leaders and voting boards across the country have responded to the letter […]

NYT: Counseled by Industry, Not Staff, E.P.A. Chief Voids Obama-Era Rules In Blazing Start

NYT: Counseled by Industry, Not Staff, E.P.A. Chief Voids Obama-Era Rules In Blazing Start

By CORAL DAVENPORT Published JULY 2nd, 2017 WASHINGTON — In the four months since he took office as the Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator, Scott Pruitt has moved to undo, delay or otherwise block more than 30 environmental rules, a regulatory rollback larger in scope than any other over so short a time in the agency’s 47-year history, according to […]

MSNBC: In one of the toughest Q&A’s on Obamacare repeal Joy Reid takes on Heritage Foundation Cong. Director — a must-watch

MSNBC: In one of the toughest Q&A’s on Obamacare repeal Joy Reid takes on Heritage Foundation Cong. Director — a must-watch

AM JOY 7/1/17 Healthcare: Repeal and delay? President Trump endorsed a Republican senator’s plan to repeal Obamacare first, and replace it later. What that could mean for millions of Americans. CLICK IMAGE ABOVE for direct link to MSNBC story & video. EDITOR’S NOTE: in the course of a blistering debate with Tommy Binion, the Director of […]

WSJ: GOP Activist Who Sought Clinton Emails Cited Trump Campaign Officials

WSJ: GOP Activist Who Sought Clinton Emails Cited Trump Campaign Officials

By Shane Harris,  Michael C. Bender and Peter Nicholas Updated July 1, 2017 12:30 a.m. E Peter W. Smith listed Bannon, Conway and Clovis, besides Flynn, in a recruiting document; his purpose isn’t clear and there’s no indication he asked for or received any coordination with them. WASHINGTON—A longtime Republican activist who led an operation hoping to obtain […]

LawFareblog: The Time I Got Recruited to Collude with the Russians

LawFareblog: The Time I Got Recruited to Collude with the Russians

By Matt Tait  Friday, June 30, 2017,  read the Wall Street Journal’s article yesterday on attempts by a GOP operative to recover missing Hillary Clinton emails with more than usual interest. I was involved in the events that reporter Shane Harris described, and I was an unnamed source for the initial story. CLICK IMAGE ABOVE for direct link to […]

WSJ: GOP Operative Sought Clinton Emails From Hackers, Implied a Connection to Flynn

WSJ: GOP Operative Sought Clinton Emails From Hackers, Implied a Connection to Flynn

By Shane Harris June 29, 2017 WASHINGTON—Before the 2016 presidential election, a longtime Republican opposition researcher mounted an independent campaign to obtain emails he believed were stolen from Hillary Clinton’s private server, likely by Russian hackers. CLICK IMAGE ABOVE for direct link to WSJ story. In conversations with members of his circle and with others […]