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 […]

NYT: Trump Mocks Mika Brzezinski; Says She Was ‘Bleeding Badly From a Face-Lift’

NYT: Trump Mocks Mika Brzezinski; Says She Was ‘Bleeding Badly From a Face-Lift’

By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM JUNE 29, 2017 President Trump faced a swift and bipartisan backlash on Thursday after he assailed the television host Mika Brzezinski in unusually personal and crude terms, the latest of a string of escalating attacks by the president on the national news media. CLICK IMAGE ABOVE for direct link to NYT story.  Shortly […]

Rachel Maddow: on Trump’s empty threats to sue and efforts by GOP members of Senate Judiciary Committee to discredit Russia probe

Rachel Maddow: on Trump’s empty threats to sue and efforts by GOP members of Senate Judiciary Committee to discredit Russia probe

THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 6/28/17 Another empty Trump threat falls flat against Comey Rachel Maddow looks at evidence of Donald Trump’s long history of trying to intimidate people he doesn’t like with hollow threats of lawsuits, and notes the failure of his recent threat to file a complaint against James Comey as a setback in his attack […]

VOX: A heroic Playboy reporter defended CNN’s honor at the White House press briefing

VOX: A heroic Playboy reporter defended CNN’s honor at the White House press briefing

by Jeff Guo@_jeffguo  Jun 27, 2017 Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the White House press corps to watch a video, “whether it’s accurate or not,” from conservative provocateur James O’Keefe on Tuesday — and a Playboy correspondent rose to the media’s defense. CLICK IMAGE above for direct link to VOX story & video. The sequence of […]

Politico: Kushner adds powerhouse lawyer Abbe Lowell to legal team

Politico: Kushner adds powerhouse lawyer Abbe Lowell to legal team

By JOSH DAWSEY  06/26/2017  Jared Kushner has hired Abbe Lowell, one of the country’s leading criminal defense lawyers, to represent him in the special counsel’s probe of potential Russian collusion with the Trump campaign and his financial dealings, as well as in separate congressional inquiries. CLICK IMAGE above for direct link to Politico story. But Kushner has […]

WP: Kushner firm’s $285 million Deutsche Bank loan came just before Election Day

WP: Kushner firm’s $285 million Deutsche Bank loan came just before Election Day

By Michael Kranish June 25  One month before Election Day, Jared Kushner’s real estate company finalized a $285 million loan as part of a refinancing package for its property near Times Square in Manhattan. CLICK IMAGE ABOVE for direct link to WP story. The loan came at a critical moment. Kushner was playing a key role in the […]