Six times in 24 hours, desperate Donald calls for DOJ and FBI to investigate Hillary

Donald Trump’s working hard, but naturally it has nothing to do with serving the American people. He’s desperate to find a foil for the Russia entanglements that are beginning to strangle his presidency. Here’s the start of Trump’s Friday morning campaign:

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By “everybody,” we assume he means all his Russian bot followers, whose concerns warranted another seven tweets following that opening bid. Three of those tweets explicitly called on the FBI and the Department of Justice to investigate Clinton for, well, everything: “New Donna B book says she paid for and stole the Dem Primary. What about the deleted E-mails, Uranium, Podesta, the Server, plus, plus…”

It’s clearly driving the Don crazy that he can’t just order two of

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Six times in 24 hours, desperate Donald calls for DOJ and FBI to investigate Hillary

Donald Trump’s working hard, but naturally it has nothing to do with serving the American people. He’s desperate to find a foil for the Russia entanglements that are beginning to strangle his presidency. Here’s the start of Trump’s Friday morning campaign:

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By “everybody,” we assume he means all his Russian bot followers, whose concerns warranted another seven tweets following that opening bid. Three of those tweets explicitly called on the FBI and the Department of Justice to investigate Clinton for, well, everything: “New Donna B book says she paid for and stole the Dem Primary. What about the deleted E-mails, Uranium, Podesta, the Server, plus, plus…”

It’s clearly driving the Don crazy that he can’t just order two of

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Cartoon: Law & Oranger

Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation is circling closer to the Oval Office. Actually, it’s been circling that part of the White House for a while since everyone close to President Trump seems to have been meeting with someone from Russia throughout the campaign. As the investigation progresses, we will see Trump throw more people under the bus.

Paul Manafort? He was hardly ever part of the campaign, plus, he did all his illegal things before he worked for me! George, I hardly knew him! The Trump crew will keep spinning and keep trying to blame Obama or Hillary or anyone else but themselves.

“Conspiracy against the United States” sounds like a pretty serious charge, one that a guy who was paid handsomely to organize rock-throwing protests against our own troops overseas surely deserves. And here’s hoping George Papadopoulos is truly a “proactive co-operator” who will help reel in

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Steele Dossier was funded first by Trump’s GOP opponents then by Democrats—which we knew all along

On Tuesday, the Washington Post “broke” the story that sources connected to Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic Party had taken over funding for Christopher Steele’s Trump–Russia compilation after Trump’s Republican opponents were knocked out of the race.

Marc E. Elias, a lawyer representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC, retained Fusion GPS, a Washington firm, to conduct the research. …

Elias and his law firm, Perkins Coie, retained the company in April 2016 on behalf of the Clinton campaign and the DNC. Before that agreement, Fusion GPS’s research into Trump was funded by an unknown Republican client during the GOP primary.

So, a lawyer with Clinton’s campaign hired Fusion GPS for opposition research—likely because they knew that Fusion had already been hired by at least one of Trump’s Republican opponents. Fusion, in turn, hired Steele’s firm. Only … this isn’t exactly breaking news. Here’s the Guardian story on the dossier

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House Republicans announce a new Russia investigation … about Hillary Clinton

While Bob Corker is engaging in a twit-off with Donald Trump, there are other Republicans who are very, very anxious to show that they’ll still march off any cliff on Trump’s command. And they have a leader.

Devin Nunes has a job. That job is to turn the House Intelligence Committee into an extension of Donald Trump’s wildest conspiracy theories, no evidence required. Whether it’s leaping from a car to make a mystery visit to the White Housethreatening to jail noted Obama sympathizer Jefferson Sessions, issuing his own subpoenas after he’s recused himself from the investigation, or simply making himself the most ridiculous figure in Washington, Nunes is Trump’s go to guy when he needs someone to prop up his nuttiness.

So when Trump tweets …

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Want to increase black turnout? Make the fight for voting rights a core campaign issue

If Democrats want to win elections—which is how we’ll be able to make positive changes and make America a more just place—we need to connect the dots. Two articles came out this week about black voters. One looked back to voter suppression in 2016, while the other was about black turnout in upcoming elections this fall. In order to achieve those electoral victories, we need to link these two subjects.

Mother Jones has a terrific piece of journalism by Ari Berman, who has been focused for some time on voter suppression, and who wrote a book on the struggle for voting rights since the passage of the Voting Rights Act. His article highlights the experience of Andrea Anthony, an African-American woman who should have been able to cast her vote last fall in Milwaukee, but was stymied by that state’s draconian voter ID laws, which were passed by Republicans with the

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Want to increase black turnout? Make the fight for voting rights a core campaign issue

If Democrats want to win elections—which is how we’ll be able to make positive changes and make America a more just place—we need to connect the dots. Two articles came out this week about black voters. One looked back to voter suppression in 2016, while the other was about black turnout in upcoming elections this fall. In order to achieve those electoral victories, we need to link these two subjects.

Mother Jones has a terrific piece of journalism by Ari Berman, who has been focused for some time on voter suppression, and who wrote a book on the struggle for voting rights since the passage of the Voting Rights Act. His article highlights the experience of Andrea Anthony, an African-American woman who should have been able to cast her vote last fall in Milwaukee, but was stymied by that state’s draconian voter ID laws, which were passed by Republicans with the

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The timing of Trump’s most white nationalist week yet is no coincidence

The bait and switch: it’s one of the oldest tricks in politics—one of the oldest tricks in life. It’s a fundamentally dishonest ploy, and typically appeals to vulnerable people’s most base instincts in order to get them to, as the term suggests, take the bait. Donald Trump is a master at it.

Trump’s Electoral College victory relied heavily on support from white working-class voters. According to data from the Voter Study Group analyzed by Lee Drutman, Trump won 27 percent of the “populists”—people who are economically left-of-center, i.e. supporters of social spending in general, but conservative on racial and cultural identity issues—who had voted for Barack Obama four years earlier. Furthermore, 14 percent of these Obama-voting populists picked a minor party candidate in 2016. Hillary Clinton won only 59 percent of the populists who went for Obama. On the flip side, Trump held on to 93 percent of the populists who had voted for

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Women are ready to run—for office. EMILY’s List is expanding to help them.

In 2015 and 2016, as Hillary Clinton ran for president, EMILY’S List got a record 920 inquiries from women across the country interested in running for office. Since the election, the number is 16,000, and the organization is ramping up to help as many of them as possible:

EMILY’s List officials said the group is currently in touch with 130 women across 80 U.S. House districts about the possibility of running in down-ballot races. What happens with the 16,000 more broadly comes down, in part, to scale. The team tasked with state and local candidates has nearly tripled in size, but still only stands at 14 people. Eight are “advisers” based regionally in states like Michigan, Wisconsin, Montana, Virginia, and North Carolina, officials said.

The revamped training department, led by Mũthoni Wambu Kraal, an EMILY’s List official since 2009, is now working to create a digital platform that

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Women are ready to run—for office. EMILY’s List is expanding to help them.

In 2015 and 2016, as Hillary Clinton ran for president, EMILY’S List got a record 920 inquiries from women across the country interested in running for office. Since the election, the number is 16,000, and the organization is ramping up to help as many of them as possible:

EMILY’s List officials said the group is currently in touch with 130 women across 80 U.S. House districts about the possibility of running in down-ballot races. What happens with the 16,000 more broadly comes down, in part, to scale. The team tasked with state and local candidates has nearly tripled in size, but still only stands at 14 people. Eight are “advisers” based regionally in states like Michigan, Wisconsin, Montana, Virginia, and North Carolina, officials said.

The revamped training department, led by Mũthoni Wambu Kraal, an EMILY’s List official since 2009, is now working to create a digital platform that

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House judiciary chair: ‘Redundant’ to investigate Trump-Russia, but Clinton is always fair game

The chair of the House Judiciary Committee sees no reason to investigate Donald Trump’s firing of James Comey or his abuse of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. According to Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte, it’s much more important for the committee to investigate Hillary Clinton. Goodlatte’s logic for what he’s not doing is … special, when you hold it up against what he is doing:

“Until Mr. Mueller’s investigation is complete, it is redundant for the House of Representatives to engage in fact-gathering on many of the same issues he is investigating,” Goodlatte said at a hearing last week.

Given all the probes, he said there’s no reason for his panel to use “taxpayer dollars to investigate the Trump campaign’s connections — or lack thereof — to the Russian government.”

So: it would be redundant and a waste of taxpayer dollars to investigate stuff that’s happening now and being done by an

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House judiciary chair: ‘Redundant’ to investigate Trump-Russia, but Clinton is always fair game

The chair of the House Judiciary Committee sees no reason to investigate Donald Trump’s firing of James Comey or his abuse of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. According to Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte, it’s much more important for the committee to investigate Hillary Clinton. Goodlatte’s logic for what he’s not doing is … special, when you hold it up against what he is doing:

“Until Mr. Mueller’s investigation is complete, it is redundant for the House of Representatives to engage in fact-gathering on many of the same issues he is investigating,” Goodlatte said at a hearing last week.

Given all the probes, he said there’s no reason for his panel to use “taxpayer dollars to investigate the Trump campaign’s connections — or lack thereof — to the Russian government.”

So: it would be redundant and a waste of taxpayer dollars to investigate stuff that’s happening now and being done by an

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House judiciary chair: ‘Redundant’ to investigate Trump-Russia, but Clinton is always fair game

The chair of the House Judiciary Committee sees no reason to investigate Donald Trump’s firing of James Comey or his abuse of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. According to Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte, it’s much more important for the committee to investigate Hillary Clinton. Goodlatte’s logic for what he’s not doing is … special, when you hold it up against what he is doing:

“Until Mr. Mueller’s investigation is complete, it is redundant for the House of Representatives to engage in fact-gathering on many of the same issues he is investigating,” Goodlatte said at a hearing last week.

Given all the probes, he said there’s no reason for his panel to use “taxpayer dollars to investigate the Trump campaign’s connections — or lack thereof — to the Russian government.”

So: it would be redundant and a waste of taxpayer dollars to investigate stuff that’s happening now and being done by an

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House Republicans move one step closer to criminalizing dissent in the United States

Donald Trump hasn’t been able to tweet-harangue Jeff Sessions into resigning as attorney general (yet), but his constant stream of attacks on Sessions for not targeting Hillary Clinton is having an effect in the House of Representatives, where Republicans on the Judiciary Committee took the next step toward Trump’s goal of criminalizing dissent. When Democrats on the committee pushed for an investigation of Trump’s firing of James Comey—you know, the possible obstruction of justice a special counsel is investigating—committee Republicans decided they’d rather investigate Clinton’s emails again, targeting Comey’s investigation of the emails specifically.

“If it’s in the public interest to investigate the Trump administration, it is most certainly in the public interest to investigate the real crimes by the real criminals,” said Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., a committee member.

Sure, we could investigate the sitting president’s campaign’s ties to a foreign country’s interference in our democratic elections, and the

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Trump tweet-begs Republicans to help distract from his Russia problem by going after Hillary

Donald Trump has been on a major tweeting binge over the past day, and Monday morning he issued what looks an awful lot like a strong hint to Attorney General Jeff Sessions:

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In translation: Hey Jeff. You want to get back on my good side? Be a little less beleaguered? You could start by targeting Hillary Clinton to help distract from my Russia problem.

Trump tweet-begs Republicans to help distract from his Russia problem by going after Hillary

Donald Trump has been on a major tweeting binge over the past day, and Monday morning he issued what looks an awful lot like a strong hint to Attorney General Jeff Sessions:

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In translation: Hey Jeff. You want to get back on my good side? Be a little less beleaguered? You could start by targeting Hillary Clinton to help distract from my Russia problem.

A reason to believe—and why this is important to the Democratic Party

I get that we can’t run Bernie Sanders in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. I get that you have to start where people are rather than where you want them to be. I get that people don’t vote based on policy; instead, they tend to vote for who they like. I get that corporate special interests dominate our media.

I can explain much of this to people who I talk to about the Democratic Party. I can explain how they are better than Republicans.

Nevertheless, I’m struggling—especially when I talk to my friends on the left, the people who are fighting the grassroots fight. Especially because the right is speaking to the left. The right is telling them that the reason the Democratic Party is losing is because it’s not “left” enough.

I don’t think this is true (and will explain why below), but it doesn’t matter. If enough people believe

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Right-wing media politicize murder of NYPD officer to attack Black Lives Matter, Hillary, and Obama

Not long after midnight on Wednesday morning, Miosotis Familia was murdered for being a cop. Alexander Bonds walked up to the command post vehicle where she was sitting, in uniform and on duty, and fired a bullet into her head. According to a preliminary investigation, he ran and officers pursued him. After Bonds fired on the officers, they returned fire and killed him. Bonds was a black man who had taken part in an assault on a police officer in 2001, had expressed anger on social media about police brutality—including abusive treatment he absorbed while in prison—and who had a long history of severe mental illness.

Roma Martinez, who has lived for years in the neighborhood north of Yankee Stadium where Officer Familia was killed, called her “a good policewoman.” Familia lived on Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx, close to the street where she died. A neighbor, Rafael Mercedes,

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RNC asks Democrats ‘Where’s your plan?’ for health care, gets owned in response

In a move so dumb even the right-leaning The Hill has to call it out as stupid, the Republican National Committee released an ad calling out Democrats who’ve criticized Trumpcare, asking “where’s your plan?” As The Hill can’t help but point out, “Senate Republicans have criticized their own party for negotiating and writing a healthcare bill largely behind closed doors and without input from Democrats.”

But that’s not the best part. The best part is how the RNC picked Democrats who all have their own plans and ideas on how to make Obamacare and/or our whole system better. Literally all of them, as this Twitter thread spells out. But the very best burn of them all is this one.

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Hillary Clinton and EMILY’s List announce 15,000 women interested in running for office

In the wake of the 2016 elections, EMILY’s List renewed its efforts to recruit women to run for office, and apparently a lot of women are interested:

@HillaryClinton: For more than 30 years, @emilyslist has paved the way for women to run & succeed in elected office, including me.

@HillaryClinton: Today, @emilyslist announced that 15,000+ women have reached out since Election Day about running for office! 7,000+ want to help them run.

@HillaryClinton: Their determination & passion is truly inspiring. And I can’t wait to see what this new generation of women leaders accomplishes. Onward!

Safe to say many of those 15,000 won’t follow through, and it would probably be more helpful if those proportions were flipped and twice as many women wanted to help other women run, but for those who are serious about running, EMILY’s List will have resources:

EMILY’s List’s largest-ever national recruitment program, Run

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