BREAKING! A Russian national named Mariia Buttina was just arrested and arraigned on charges related to her work "developing relationships with U.S. persons and infiltrating organizations having influence in American politics."
We, as a nation, seeeeeriously need a collective education on how Congress works.
I truly can't believe how many people think any ol' person can show up, write legislation and be effective.
Do people truly not know that Congress has vast responsibilities beyond writing bills?
Do people truly not know that much of what Congress does has nothing to do with passing new laws?
Do people not understand that powerful congressional committees control priorities, policies and spending for everything from intelligence to social services to the military?
Do people not know that even if a new congressperson were to show up and author the most amazing bill in history, it would first have to go to a committee to even receive approval to proceed to the floor?
Legislating is the ultimate team sport. Voting is .1% of the game.
Breaking per Andrea Mitchell: 12 additional Russians indicted for hacking the DNC including Russian military officers.
Before you start to feel disappointed it wasn't an insider, appreciate this bit:
Mueller just entirely hamstrung Trump before his Putin meeting.
This is actually profoundly terrific...
1) Implicates Putin directly 2) Puts Trump in an impossible position walking into a face-to-face where he now stands to look egregiously weak and treasonous if he is friendly 3) Directly implicates Wikileaks and Julian Assange
4) Brings criminal charges closer to all parties involved in the solicitation, receipt and dissemination of those hacked docs... Think Roger Stone, Don, Jr., people at Cambridge Analytica, et al.
5) Once again entirely torches Repubs efforts to undercut Mueller and his team
Zoned out until I heard the theme music and just for a second, I felt like I was overseas again watching BBC on the hotel TV.
Some weathered hotel in India. Some sparse room in Vietnam or Laos.
Sigh. Not all flashbacks are bad.
I traveled a lot before my son. 35-40 countries maybe. I went to a lot of "hard places" figuring I could always hit the "easy" ones later in life.
I had all kinds of misadventures. Robbed in Costa Rica. Got Hep-A at least once and probably twice. Got lost. Sat through blackouts.
Got stranded in Africa and had to take seven flights to get home. Got run off the road on a rented motorcycle outside Hanoi. Got drunk in the very inland town of Sevilla, Spain and woke up close enough to the sea to smell it.