Day 624 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama.
The FISA warrant Trump referenced targeted Carter Page. #TrumpLies
Only in America: More than a dozen young school children explain what it feels like to prepare for a mass shooting motherjones.com/crime-justice/…
Real-time US gun violence data for this year, as of November 19th:
•12,905 gun deaths
•24,956 gun injuries
•590 children shot
•2,499 teenagers shot
•1,768 armed home invasions
•1,565 incidents of defensive gun use
•1,399 unintentional shootings
•314 mass shootings
4 victims of Mercy Hospital shooting in critical condition, officials say. Breaking updates:
The Mercy Hospital shooting is the 257th incident of 2018 where an American police officer has been shot or killed.
Adm. McRaven responds: "I admire all presidents, regardless of their political party, who uphold the dignity of the office ... I stand by my comment that [Trump's] attack on the media is the greatest threat to our democracy in my lifetime."
Leon Panetta: "[Trump] owes Adm. McRaven and all of the S.E.A.L.S involved ... an apology for what he's saying. He's undermining his position as Commander in Chief. Not only with those that conducted the operation, but with the entire military."
The official GOP account is now coming to Trump's defense and attacking Admiral McRaven, the man who led the Osama bin Laden raid.
The White House has backed down from its threats to revoke Jim Acosta's press pass.
The White House is giving itself permission to refuse follow-up questions.
This means Trump/@PressSec can not answer the question, claim they have, and move along.
Under the new White House rules, if Trump flat-out lies, you can only ask a follow up challenging it if he agrees to let you. Otherwise they can pull your hard pass. They can also pull your hard pass if you ask two questions instead of one.
Reminder: The Trump administration is systematically locking up thousands of children at unheard of rates - now more than 14,000 are in U.S. custody.
The government classifies these children as "unaccompanied"
Five months after Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, experts say there is no sign of progress towards North Korea's denuclearization.
Former FBI agent: CIA leaked Khashoggi report because no one trusts Trump to ‘act on the truth’ rawstory.com/2018/11/former…
Trump continues to state that he trusts the Saudis, despite saying the U.S. has a copy of audio evidence of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi that he refuses to listen to.
These are FACTS: Jamal Khashoggi was murdered. Strong evidence points to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. Trump and the White House seem unwilling or uninterested in responding to this international crisis.
Not a day should go by when we aren't reminded of these facts.
Angela Merkel has once again proven that she’s the real leader of the free world, a position that Trump was far too willing to abdicate.
Germany to halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi killing.
Newly surfaced e-mails show that Steve Bannon and Cambridge Analytica were simultaneously incubating both the Trump campaign and Brexit in 2015.
Ivanka Trump sent hundreds of emails last year to White House aides, Cabinet officials and her assistants using a personal account, many of them in violation of federal records rules, WaPo reports.
Jared Kushner received much scrutiny last fall for using private email on government business. But White House officials determined Ivanka Trump had done it more often.
"Some aides were startled by the volume of Ivanka Trump’s personal emails — and taken aback by her response ... she was not familiar with some details of the rules, according to people with knowledge of her reaction."
Reminder: During the campaign, Trump called Hillary Clinton's personal email use “bigger than Watergate.” His supporters still chant “Lock her up!” and he, nearly two years into his administration, continues to tweet about her emails.
A group of Senate Democrats is suing to block Matt Whitaker from serving as acting attorney general on grounds that his placement in the post was unconstitutional, The Daily Beast reports. thedailybeast.com/senate-democra…
Schumer: "I commend Senators Blumenthal, Hirono, & Whitehouse for bringing this important lawsuit...[Whitaker's] appointment as acting AG is in direct violation of the Constitution's Appointments Clause and should concern every American...who cares about the rule of law."
Jeff Merkley indicates that he would support government shutdown efforts if there's no bill to protect the special counsel.
"We're definitely seeing the equivalent of a Saturday Night Massacre happening in slow motion."
Happy anniversary: It’s been a year since Ty Cobb’s original goal post: Thanksgiving, 2017, as the end of the special counsel’s investigation.
Justice Department officials appear to be considering ways to circumvent the confidentiality of census responses, according to documents filed in a California legal challenge to adding a citizenship question to the survey. washingtonpost.com/local/social-i…
The Trump admin pushed the national 4-H youth organization to withdraw a controversial policy welcoming LGBT members — a move that helped lead to the ouster of Iowa's top 4-H leader earlier this year, a Des Moines Register investigation has found. desmoinesregister.com/story/news/inv…
3 takeaways from Trump’s testy Fox News interview:
-He'll attack you regardless of your heroism
-He'll find a way to believe whatever he wants and disbelieve whatever he wants
-Every success is because of him; every failure is in spite of him
Chief Ken Pimlott, Director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection: "There is about 30 million acres of forested landscape in California, so actually raking the forest floor is not practical." @MSNBC
News outlets that quote without context Donald Trump's falsehoods and conspiracy theories make themselves unwitting hosts for viral lies.
Here's how they can do better.
Strong words from Bob Bauer on Trump’s electoral-fraud allegations: "For those keeping a running tab of Trump’s behaviors that could merit careful consideration in any impeachment inquiry, these falsehoods would make it onto the list.” theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/…
WaPo fact-checked Trump's crowd size claims during the midterms and found, cumulatively, he'd overestimated crowds by more than 100,000.
"These relentless, fantastical boasts show a deep schism between the president’s self-image and reality."
Pentagon spox Col Manning says Defense Logistics Agency has shipped turkeys and Thanksgiving meals to troops stationed at the US-Mexico border.
About 5800 troops deployed still.
The Pentagon is set to begin a drawdown of its 5,800 troops from the border as early as this week, the Army commander overseeing the mission has told POLITICO.
The FBI now classifies the far-right Trump supporting Proud Boys as an "extremist group with ties to white nationalism," according to a document produced by Washington state law enforcement. theguardian.com/world/2018/nov…
Thomas Farr, a protégé of Jesse Helms, designed ways to keep blacks from voting in North Carolina.
Republicans want to make him a federal judge there.
Almost two years in, Trump has yet to fill nearly half the 702 top administration jobs requiring Senate confirmation, per WashPost/Partnership for Public Service tracker
He has yet to even nominate anyone for 21% of those jobs.
Three likely incoming Dem chairs of House committees overseeing environmental issues have vowed to scrutinize the Trump admin's actions on climate change and bring before them top officials who they think have escaped oversight under Republicans.
Zinke's deputy walked into the No. 2 job at Interior with so many potential conflicts of interest he has to carry a small card listing them all.
U.S. soybean exports to China dropped 98% in 2018. They were our top agricultural export to China last year.
Now China’s buying them from Brazil due to trade tensions w Trump. finance.yahoo.com/news/incredibl…
For the first time ever, #APEC ended without an agreement as a U.S.-China spat dominated the summit
GOLDMAN: we see GDP returning to 1 3/4% pace by the end of next year, due to “tighter financial conditions and the fading of the fiscal boost”
Trump's Irish course saw revenue rise in 2017, but it still lost $2.1M for the year. Trump has now spent $41M in cash on the course and has not yet reported turning a profit.
The common thread for most of the half-dozen books that have been published about the Trump administration has been the affirmation of real-time news accounts of chaos behind the White House gates.
In case you missed the last thread:
Trump has been in office for 1 year and nearly 10 months and has yet to visit a military base in a combat zone.
Tonight, WaPo reports that Trump has begun telling advisers he may visit troops in a combat zone after coming under increased scrutiny.
"He's never been interested in going," a former senior White House official said of Trump visiting troops in a combat zone, citing conversations with the president.
"He's afraid of those situations. He's afraid people want to kill him."