Day 592 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama.
The FISA warrant Trump referenced targeted Carter Page. #TrumpLies
Real-time U.S. gun violence numbers for 2018:
•11,635 gun deaths
•22,735 gun injuries
•537 children shot or killed
•2,263 teenagers shot or killed
•1,610 armed home invasions
•1,442 defensive gun use incidents
•1,273 unintentional shootings
•289 mass shootings
2 U.S. wounded in Afghanistan shooting at governor’s mansion in Kandahar province: U.S. officials. One of the Americans is a civilian, the other military. Shooter was killed.
Reminder: The Trump administration is systematically locking up thousands of children at unheard of rates - now a staggering 12,800.
The government classifies these children as "unaccompanied"
@ACLU: PSA to politicians that support this administration's anti-immigrant agenda: We vote for immigrants rights, not against them.
Honduran caravan now at 4,000, Mexico sends more police to Guatemala-Mexico border.
Pompeo set to visit Friday to press Mexico to stop caravan. Meanwhile, Sept crossings on US border soared. nbcnews.com/politics/immig…
Trump threatens to deploy our military to close the southern border and cut off money to countries immigrants are fleeing.
It's all about instilling fear.
Washington and South Korea have set different priorities for the North, clouding cooperation on nuclear disarmament on.wsj.com/2yJE2c7
Aras Agalarov, the Russian billionaire who orchestrated the infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting, anonymously set up a U.S. shell company a month before the meeting as he prepared to move almost $20 million into the country, The Guardian reports. theguardian.com/us-news/2018/o…
"We want to be productive & responsible, and show the American people what they should've learned two years ago: how responsible people investigate an attack on their country," Eric Swalwell said. "If there are gaps...then we should fill them in." theatlantic.com/politics/archi…
50 hours of testimony by Manafort in the last month. Remember: Paul Manafort can get 7 years off his 17-year sentence *IF* he gives "substantial" cooperation.
Looks like he's trying.... cnn.com/2018/10/18/pol…
Judge seems to have serious doubts about conspiracy against the US charge in Mueller's case. Order: bit.ly/2CpIlwC
“It is becoming increasingly clear that, in the language of business schools, the Trump Organization’s core competency is in profiting from misrepresentation and deceit and, potentially, fraud”
Fascinating to HEAR Ivanka Trump falsely inflating figures on Trump business deals around the world. WNYC and ProPublica have the audio here. wnycstudios.org/story/trump-in…
The Trump Organization is suing a the estate of a man who died in a fire in his Trump Tower apartment that had no smoke detectors.
Says he owed them for maintenance fees. goo.gl/oANm9j
Trump was apparently more instrumental than previously known in scrapping plans to move the FBI HQ, according to internal government emails released by House Dems.
The decision could have financial benefits for Trump, who owns a hotel block away.
Emmet Flood has been appointed White House Counsel effective this morning until Pat Cipollone comes on board, at which time Flood will return to being Special Counsel to the President, per @PressSec
11 Democratic senators write to Trump requesting "information regarding any financial ties between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and your family business interests."
Joe Biden: "I'm very worried that the president seems to have a love affair with autocrats." (via CBS)
Pat Robertson on the Khashoggi crisis: Let's not risk "$100 billion worth of arms sales."
Don't let a commandment get in the way of an arms deal.
NYT reports: A frequent companion of Saudi Arabia's crown prince entered the country's Istanbul consulate just hours before Jamal Khashoggi disappeared inside, according to a time-stamped photograph published by a pro-government Turkish newspaper. nytimes.com/2018/10/18/wor…
Mike Pompeo says he told Trump the U.S. "ought to give them a few more days" to complete an investigation into Khashoggi's death. (via @tictoc)
Mike Pompeo took two questions before leaving the podium.
As he left, he was asked whether Jamal Khashoggi was dead or not. He did not respond.
Asked whether the Foreign Affairs Committee would investigate the Trump admin's handling of Khashoggi's death, Ranking Member Eliot Engel tells WaPo: "This not something we can turn our heads away from. I want a full accounting of what happened."
"Mr. Kushner argued that outrage over Mr. Khashoggi’s possible killing will pass, just as it did after other Saudi errors like the kidnapping of the prime minister of Lebanon and the killing of a busload of children in Yemen."
"other Saudi errors"
"This one has caught the imagination of the world, unfortunately," Trump said to reporters from NYT about Khashoggi. "It's not a positive. Not a positive."
INTERESTING TIMING: A member of the Saudi Royal Air Force who was one of the 15 Saudis allegedly involved in the killing of JAMAL KHASHOGGI has died in a car accident in Riyadh, according to a Turkish media report.
John Kelly & John Bolton engaged in a profanity-laced argument outside the Oval Office today, according to 3 people familiar.
The shouting match was so intense that other aides worried one of them might immediately resign.
Neither is resigning.
The Trump Administration is fighting in court to take those protections away.
This is just a shocking contempt for truth — and the voters. Even by Trump’s standards.
Happy 7-year anniversary to this tweet. (Obamacare has not been repealed.)
Privately, Trump not only thought it was strategically smart to call Stormy Daniels 'horseface'; he workshopped the insult before tweeting.
He trial-ballooned it among aides. One source recalled Trump saying, "that fucking horseface."
JPMorgan: US economy has better than 50/50 chance of recession in next two years hill.cm/xh4Gcsp
Wilbur Ross Lied to Congress About the GOP’s Plot to Rig the Census. This Should Be a National Scandal.
CREW is suing the EPA over its "refusal to release" an inventory of items referenced in Scott Pruitt's financial disclosure report.
CREW says these items should be evaluated to determine whether they be treated as gifts.
Ryan Zinke violated Interior Dept. policy on travel, the agency's watchdog concluded.
The watchdog found Zinke violated policy by allowing his wife to travel in gov't vehicles and instructing his security to drive an associate to the airport.
Advisers have urged Trump, without success, not to travel to Wisconsin, among other states, WaPo reports.
His team had argued he would be wasting his time because they believe Scott Walker is going to lose his race. washingtonpost.com/politics/i-am-…
Republican Sen. Dean Heller pushed doctors at the Veterans Affairs medical center in Reno to adopt an experimental mental health treatment marketed by a company with ties to his office, ProPublica reports.
In audio captured, Republican Rep. Dave Brat tells an addict in jail—who said she worried about life after release—that his life is also difficult: "I've got $5 million worth of negative ads coming at me. How do you think I’m feeling?"
When a man who operates in gut and feel meets situations where the evidence is overwhelming, there are weeks like this.
Trump holds rally in Montana after saying it looks like Saudi journalist was killed hill.cm/kq6sCbz
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In case you missed yesterday's thread:
Conservatives mount a whisper campaign smearing Khashoggi in defense of Trump washingtonpost.com/powerpost/cons…
Amazing, after calling Dems the party of mobs and violence, Trump praised and complimented Greg Gianforte for "body slamming" a reporter.
Reminder: Gianforte knocked down a reporter who questioned him about Republicans seeking to repeal Obamacare
Tonight Trump said he would knock out Joe Biden faster than Gianforte could: “He’d be down faster than if Greg took him down.”
What an absolute disgrace!