Day 558 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama.
The FISA warrant Trump referenced targeted Carter Page. #TrumpLies
A gunman in Bakersfield killed five people, including his wife, before turning the gun on himself as a sheriff's deputy closed in, officials say.
via the Associated Press:
24 years ago today President Clinton signed our Assault Weapons Ban into law. Over the next 10 years there were 37% fewer gun massacres and 43% fewer gun massacre deaths. But in the 10 years after the ban expired in 2004, gun massacre deaths rose by 239%. #EnoughIsEnough
The Daily Beast has obtained audio which it says reveals potentially illegal coordination between the NRA and Montana Senate hopeful Matt Rosendale. thedailybeast.com/exclusive-audi…
DHS transferred $169,000,000 from other agencies to ICE for the detention and removal of migrants this year, according to a document sent to Congress by DHS.
ICE is aggressively lobbying for an additional $1,000,000,000 to boost deportations to their highest levels yet under Trump, according to a budget document obtained by WaPo.
@USUN: “Russia can’t be allowed to edit and obstruct independent UN reports on North Korea sanctions just because they don’t like what they say. Period...We’ve seen the original report – the Panel should do the right thing and release it.”
ABC News is reporting that Paul Manafort has tentatively agreed to a plea deal with Mueller.
Will the plea include cooperation or just be a plea to lesser charges to avoid trial and keep key evidence from being made public?
New Document: In 2016 & 2017, Manafort & Gates fought DOJ to avoid disclosure of their lobbying for pro-Russian Ukrainian interests by claiming they didn't have a contract with a pro-Yanukovych nonprofit & had deleted emails related to the work documentcloud.org/documents/4878…
Graham to push for special counsel probe into accusations of bias at Justice Dept and FBI
Hurricane Florence is barreling toward the east coast.
Trump's first tweet this morning was to lobby insults at Jamie Dimon.
601 days in office.
*5,001* false or misleading claims from Trump.
That's an average of 8.3 false claims a day, according to WaPo.
In a single day last week, Trump publicly made 125 false or misleading statements — in a period of time that totaled only about 120 minutes. It was a new single-day high, according to WaPo. washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/…
People who have died from 9/11-related illnesses working on the pile died because of the event.
Puerto Rico is not the first time in history that event-related deaths have been characterized this way.
Flashback. Trump in July: "Just remember: What you're seeing and what you're reading is not what's happening." (via ABC)
The governor of Puerto Rico commissioned the study that led to the death toll being raised from 64 to 2,975. Trump is disputing a government-commissioned study.
Puerto Rico Gov. Rossello responds to Trump: "I have to say that neither the people of Puerto Rico nor the victims, deserve their pain to be questioned." (via CBS)
"How can we be the standard bearer of democracy in the world if we don't value democracy in our own backyard?," Gov. Rossello says.
"the treatment given in Florida or Texas was very different than the treatment given in Puerto Rico." (via CBS)
Nearly a year after Maria hit P.R., people say they are still struggling with basic necessities.
83% report either major damage to homes, losing power for more than 3 months, employment setbacks or worsening health problems, among other effects. wapo.st/2N5UgGm
Russel Honore, Hurricane Katrina Joint Task Force commander, says Maria is Trump's 'Katrina moment.'
"If I was his boss or standing next to him as his chief of staff, I would kick him on the ankle and say, 'look, focus on the future damn storm.'"
Puerto Rican leaders from Central Florida are planning a demonstration at Mar-A-Lago on September 22 "to mourn the victims of Hurricane Maria and demand justice for Puerto Rico." orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/…
Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz recently held a fundraiser that was attended by an alleged Holocaust denier, according to Mother Jones. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher also reportedly attended the event. motherjones.com/politics/2018/…
Woodward: I have "boxes of recordings" to back everything about Trump in my book
A second round of Republican tax cuts would add an additional $3,800,000,000,000 to the federal deficit over a decade, according to a new report by the Tax Policy Center. wapo.st/2N7uAJo
The recent changes to the tax code are giving business executives a new perk: the opportunity to deduct the entirety of a corporate-jet purchase.
"The timing was impeccable," said one corporate executive.
Stronger GDP growth, but even bigger deficits:
The U.S. budget deficit has widened to 4.4% of GDP in August from 3.3% one year earlier and 2.3% in 2015
Trump plans to rebrand NAFTA as the “USMC” pact, telling donors he'll drop the “C” if Canada doesn’t agree to changes he seeks.
Doesn't know lyrics to 'National Anthem', 'God Bless America', color pattern of flag & that 'USMC' is our Marine Corps.
A new complaint from CREW warns the White House that several official government events in which Trump or members of his cabinet participated likely were in violation of the Hatch Act. wsj.com/articles/trump…
Trump's FEMA director Brock Long is under investigation by the DHS IG into whether he misused government resources and personnel on trips back home to North Carolina on the weekends, Politico reports.
The Long investigation comes on the heels of him publicly correcting Trump.
Trump: We've never had something like this on the East Coast.
FEMA admin Long immediately after: It's kind of like Hugo in 1989 and Hurrican Floyd in 1999
In 2006, Brett Kavanaugh said he wasn't "primarily" involved in shepherding the nomination of circuit court nominee Charles Pickering.
But emails show Kavanaugh conducted meetings with GOP senators & was closely engaged in Pickering's nomination.
Senate Democrats on the Judiciary Committee have referred a letter concerning Brett Kavanaugh to the FBI, BuzzFeed reports.
Two officials familiar with the matter say the incident detailed in the Feinstein letter involved possible sexual misconduct between Judge Kavanaugh and a woman when they were both in high school.
Grassley announces vote on Brett Kavanaugh in Senate Judiciary Committee will be held on September 20th
Betsy DeVos lost a lawsuit accusing the Department of Education of illegally delaying regulations set by the Obama admin to protect student loan borrowers from predatory colleges, HuffPost reports.
An animal-rescue charity that cancelled -- but then un-cancelled -- an event at @realdonaldtrump's Mar-a-Lago last year has announced it will not allow its workers to wear Nike shoes.
“National Football League players have the right to protest by taking a knee during the National Anthem, American voters say 67 - 30 percent in a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today.”
Juli Briskman, the cyclist who flipped off Trump's motorcade — and lost her job as a result — is running for local office in Northern Virginia.
This is how democracy dies.
Here's how Hungary's democracy quietly died and was replaced with a scary new type of authoritarian state.
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State Dept spent $52,701 last year buying customized and mechanized curtains for the picture windows in Nikki Haley’s official residence as UN Ambassadorjust as the department was undergoing deep budget cuts and had frozen hiring. nytimes.com/2018/09/13/us/…