Senate Intel Chair Richard Burr breaks with Devin Nunes: "There [were] sound reasons as to why judges issued the FISA" warrant against Carter Page. cnn.com/2018/07/24/pol…
Day 294 since the deadliest mass shooting on U.S soil in Las Vegas that killed 58, injured 546 and Congress has taken NO action to prevent future mass shootings. #NeverForget
Federal court rules that Constitution grants right to openly carry guns in public. hill.cm/TjmEdNn
Trump previously said North Korea had returned remains of 200 fallen U.S. soldiers from the Korean War as a result of his summit with Kim.
Today, he backtracked saying he hopes the process of returning them will begin, “very soon”.
Whirlpool shares plunged 14.5% today, the U.S. company's worst day since October 1987, as tariffs wreak havoc with costs and suppliers.
"Global steel cost has risen substantially and, particularly in the US, they have reached unexplainable levels." cnbc.com/2018/07/24/whi…
Trump's Agriculture Department plans to announce a $12,000,000,000 package of emergency subsidies for farmers hurt by Trump's own tariffs.
Using taxpayer money to bailout your own crap policies, how presidential.
Ben Sasse: "This trade war is cutting the legs out from under farmers and White House's 'plan' is to spend $12 billion on gold crutches ... This administration’s tariffs and bailouts aren’t going to make America great again, they’re just going to make it 1929 again."
Republican Sen. Ron Johnson: "Time and time again I've heard from farmers that they want trade, not aid. Instead of throwing money at a problem we've helped create ... we should stop self-inflicting permanent damage to America’s economy through tariffs and a trade war."
Republican Sen. Ron Johnson: "This is becoming more and more like a Soviet-type of economy here: Commissars deciding who's going to be granted waivers, commissars in the administration figuring out how they’re going to sprinkle around benefits." politico.com/story/2018/07/…
Nick Shapiro, ex-CIA deputy chief of staff: "One doesn't need a security clearance to speak out against the failings of Trump. This is a political attack on career national security officials...in effort to distract from Mueller's investigation."
Paul Ryan says that he thinks Trump is "trolling people, honestly," when he threatens to revoke the security clearances of his critics, implying that the Speaker seems to think the admin isn't being honest. (via CBS)
On AF1, WH spox Hogan Gidley says Trump has "begun the mechanism" to remove security clearances from the six former national security officials named Monday.
Yesterday, the WH said Trump was only "exploring the mechanisms."
Federal prosecutors said explicitly that the government has evidence that banker Stephen Calk knew Paul Manafort submitted a fraudulent loan application but approved it anyway because he wanted a Trump job. bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
Robert Mueller's prosecutors plan to call witnesses from the IRS, FBI and the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network as part of the upcoming trial involving Paul Manafort. politico.com/story/2018/07/…
Hmmm...why would Tom Barrack -- who is a close friend of Trump's & speaks very frequently with him -- need to pay Rick Gates $20K a month to help navigate the Trump administration?
Jeff Sessions—the nation's top law enforcement officer—laughs and joins "lock her up" chant at a high school leadership summit in Washington D.C. (via ABC)
"When Michael says that he wants the truth out there, and that the truth is not the president's friend, he is not talking about marginal issues," says a person close to Cohen. "He's talking about core issues at the heart of the Mueller probe."
Michael Cohen's lawyer - Lanny Davis - turns over audio tape to the media.
Trump interrupts Cohen asking, "What financing?" according to the recording. When Cohen tells Trump, "We'll have to pay." Trump is heard saying "pay with cash" cnn.com/2018/07/24/pol…
The White House has reportedly suspended the practice of publishing public summaries of Trump's phone calls with world leaders.
It's unclear if the suspension is temporary or permanent.
The White House transcript omits the most explosive part of the Trump–Putin press Conference.
This is truly ridiculous & frightening.
The latest Quinnipiac poll -- conducted entirely after Helsinki (July 18-23) -- has Trump's job rating at 38% approve, 58% disapprove
New Quinnipiac poll: American voters believe 51 – 35 percent “that the Russian government has compromising information about Trump.”
-51% say Trump has weakened US as a leader
-53% say he wants what's best for himself, not the US
-55% say Mueller probe is fair
-51% say Russians have compromising info on Trump
-73% say Russia succeeded in Helsinki
-27% say US succeeded in Helsinki
The Kremlin still hasn't accepted Trump's invitation to Washington. It seems far from certain that the Kremlin will ever accept.
Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana is suing the Trump admin to block it from eliminating a mandate that politically active nonprofits disclose the identities of their major donors. nytimes.com/2018/07/24/us/…
Feinstein on Kavanaugh docs: "The American people deserve to know who is being nominated and what his record shows ... What are Republicans and the White House trying to hide?... Democrats will continue to push forward with our work to ensure this nominee is fully vetted."
Patrick Leahy: "This is what the American people should expect of Judge Kavanaugh. Every document of public interest should be made public. No artificial restrictions or abuse of executive privilege. The American people deserve the truth." nyti.ms/2Ofm9c6
Trump's company revives plans to build 500 homes near its money-losing golf course in Aberdeen, Scotland -- but regulatory hurdles remain. washingtonpost.com/politics/trump…
Even if Trump can get the regulatory approval (a big "if"), he still needs to find 500 people in Scotland (where he's unpopular) who would pay big $ to live in a complex called "The Trump Estate."
Dem bill would make it a crime for Trump to use presidency to enrich himself, his family: hill.cm/vnWl5TB
In Minnesota on June 20, Trump said "another form of health care" would be announced "in about two weeks," which'd be about July 4. In Wisconsin on June 28, Trump said the health plan would be out "in three weeks," which would be July 19.
It's now July 24th.
Yesterday VFW announced last-minute that Trump's speech was being moved out of the convention center and into the auditorium.
Appears they couldn't fill the auditorium, either.
Top Trump-appointee at Veterans Affairs spread conspiracy theories, made anti-Muslim comments.
Trump in Missouri: "It's all working out. Just remember: What you're seeing and what you're reading is not what's happening." (via ABC)
During his speech, Trump claimed stealth planes are "invisible". He has said this at least 6 times since last October.
Here are the receipts.
Census official complains internally that no one at @AEI would comment favorably on including citizenship question on census.
Migrant women waiting to be reunited with their children have been held in legal limbo for days, technically "released" from ICE custody but not allowed to leave, according to immigration attorneys and witnesses. cnn.com/2018/07/23/us/…
She voted for Trump. Now, a Missouri woman is overwhelmed with emotion after her daughter-in-law was deported, leaving behind a husband, child and life in America. "I'm ashamed." apne.ws/RxyhkiJ
Judge blocks Trump from deporting pizza delivery man detained after soldier called ICE on him hill.cm/fI1pUu0
Lawmakers grill Trump officials on value of National Guard deployments to US-Mexico border hill.cm/eJ8tOiU
Jon Karl: "Mr. Spicer's book is much like his tenure as Trump's press secretary: short, littered with inaccuracies and offering up one consistent theme: Mr. Trump can do no wrong.
Mr. Spicer has not been well served by the book's fact checkers."
America's last flatware maker was invited to White House for Trump's 'Made in America' event; guests dined with spoons that were made in China. syracuse.com/politics/index…
All of Ivanka's products are made in foreign factories in countries such as Bangladesh, Indonesia and China, where low-wage laborers have limited ability to advocate for themselves:
Ivanka Trump is closing her namesake fashion brand, saying her "focus for the foreseeable future will be the work I am doing here in Washington."
What "work" is she doing in Washington?
Melania's AF1 TV was tuned to CNN on a recent trip. Trump "raged at his staff" for violating a W.H. rule that trips should start tuned to Fox, NYT reports.
The W.H. has ordered devices so the Trumps can watch TV in "separate hotel rooms."
Broadcasting on Facebook live, Infowars’ Alex Jones tells tens of thousands of people that Robert Mueller “rapes kids in front of people,” and talks of killing Mueller.
Facebook says that’s fine per its user guidelines. buzzfeednews.com/article/charli…
In case you missed yesterday's thread:
When asked if the Cohen team would release more recordings of Trump in the coming weeks, Davis said he would not comment on that but acknowledged “there are a lot of other tapes.”
The Special Master in the Cohen case has rejected more privilege claims from Cohen and Trump.
Of the 1,262 items Trump and Cohen claimed deserve protection, 665 files were deemed not to be privileged. courthousenews.com/special-master…
BBC interviewer to Sean Spicer: "You have corrupted discourse for the entire world by going along with these lies"