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Laurene Powell Jobs interviews Hillary Clinton at OZY Fest in Central Park on Saturday in New York City.

The former presidential candidate says it’s “deeply disturbing” that President Trump hasn’t taken a firm stance against Russian interference in the U.S. election.(Image credit: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) […]

Sun, Jul 22, 2018
Source: NPR Politics

The FBI on Saturday released documents related to the surveillance of former Trump presidential campaign adviser Carter Page as part of a probe into whether he conspired with the Russian government to undermine the 2016 U.S. election.

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Sat, Jul 21, 2018
Source: Reuters Politics

Maria Butina, photographed in 2013 at a pro-gun rally in Moscow, is charged with conspiring to act as a Russian agent.

Robert Driscoll told NPR that Butina, who is facing charges of conspiring to act as a Russian agent, will “be proven innocent in this case.”(Image credit: AP) […]

Sat, Jul 21, 2018
Source: NPR Politics

President Trump broke tradition by meeting alone with Vladimir Putin for more than two hours. Former ambassador Nancy McEldowney explains normal diplomatic protocol and why it’s so important. […]

Sat, Jul 21, 2018
Source: NPR Politics

NPR’s Michel Martin asks cybersecurity expert Clint Watts whether Russians are using social media to influence the midterm elections as they did in the 2016 presidential vote. […]

Sat, Jul 21, 2018
Source: NPR Politics

U.S. director of intelligence Dan Coats said on Saturday he in no way meant to be disrespectful toward President Donald Trump with what he called his “awkward response” to news of a second planned Trump summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Sat, Jul 21, 2018
Source: Reuters Politics

Yoenis Cespedes made a triumphant return to the New York Mets on Friday, hitting a home run and reaching base three times in a 7-5 victory over the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

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Sat, Jul 21, 2018
Source: Reuters Politics

Trump voters now overwhelmingly believe the peddled notions about this group few of them ever heard of, before this year, and that is a testament to the power of the white nationalist propaganda machine whirring away within the White House walls.

Donald Trump’s support is based on racism. And the racism is based on Republican conspiracy theories. And those conspiracy theories are now, thanks to White House propaganda, taking root within his racist, gullible base.A majority of people who voted for President Donald Trump consider criminal gang MS-13 a threat to the United States, a new poll finds, indicating […]

Sat, Jul 21, 2018
Source: Alternet – Immigration

U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday denied any wrongdoing a day after reports that his onetime attorney had recorded them both discussing buying the rights to a story by a woman who said she had an affair with Trump.

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Sat, Jul 21, 2018
Source: Reuters Politics

He kidnaps babies, abuses women, admires white supremacists, conspires with Russians & still his base supports him

If you have wondered how much lower Trump could go, we got our answer last Monday in Helsinki. There was the President of the United States surrendering his intelligence agencies, his Department of State and his Department of Justice to the lying, thieving, murdering dictator of Russia standing next to him on the stage. He was virtually admitting to the world that he owed his presidency to Vladimir Putin.And if you wondered whether his base would follow him, the verdict is in. […]

Sat, Jul 21, 2018
Source: Alternet – Immigration

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Open Thread - Eat It, Sean Hannity

Carter Page? pic.twitter.com/txZe43OC8A
— Frances Langum (@bluegal) July 22, 2018

The FBI had 412 pages to show the FISA judges on Carter Page, not the Steele Dossier, either.
Sean Hannity looks like an idiot.
Open thread below…

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Sat, Jul 21, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

C&L's Sat Nite Chiller Theater: Time Lapse (2014)

Important safety tip: If you are helping to clean out your deceased neighbor’s house and discover that they had a photographic time machine, best smash the damn thing.
Time travel stories are trickier to juggle than most because to do them well, every plot point must sewn up and every paradox resolved or explained. For example, in one of my all-time favorites, “The Big Sleep”, Famously Howard Hawks pulled all of his screenwriters together to figure our who exactly killed Owen Taylor. They finally sent a telegram to the author of the book, Raymond Chandler, asking him and, […]

Sat, Jul 21, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

If it’s Saturday it’s a day for white folks to get on white folk television so they can fearmonger about black and brown folks voting and how citizens should be the only people allowed to vote because reasons.
And so they sent Kayleigh McEnany out to Fox News, where she proceeded to make a fool of herself in front of Koch shill Pete Hegseth and Johns Hopkins professor Wendy Osefo.
Raw Story:
The segment went off the rails when McEnany, the national spokesperson for the Republican National Committee, claimed “for a party that says they care so much about foreign influence in our […]

Sat, Jul 21, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Glenn Greenwald reports that Julian Assange’s days taking refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London are probably numbered:
Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno traveled to London on Friday for the ostensible purpose of speaking at the 2018 Global Disabilities Summit (Moreno has been confined to a wheelchair since being shot in a 1998 robbery attempt). The concealed, actual purpose of the President’s trip is to meet with British officials to finalize an agreement under which Ecuador will withdraw its asylum protection of Julian Assange, in place since 2012, eject him from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, and then hand over the WikiLeaks […]

Sat, Jul 21, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

News Flash. Russian citizens do not have gun rights. They never had gun rights. They don’t need protection from anyone trying to take their guns, because they. do. not. own. guns. There aren’t guns sold in their grocery stores. There aren’t pawn shops selling guns. There aren’t Outdoors and Camping stores selling guns for hunting. It is not a society that, like ours, had gun rights added to our Constitution as a right. So why, WHY would anyone believe that it needed an NRA-like organization to protect them?
News Flash #2. No one DOES believe that. “The Right To Bear Arms” […]

Sat, Jul 21, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Paramount Television President Amy Powell has been fired following accusations that she launched into a racist harangue on a conference call:
The alleged incident occurred during a call to discuss “The First Wives Club,” a series adaptation of the 1996 Paramount film of the same name. The project’s showrunner is Tracy Oliver, who wrote the Universal Pictures hit “Girls Trip,” about a group of black friends reconnecting at Essence Fest in New Orleans. Her version of “The First Wives Club” is expected to feature a predominantly black cast.
During the call, Powell made offensive remarks stereotyping black people in a lengthy rant, […]

Fri, Jul 20, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

Trigger WarningContent includes discussion of suicide
John Gillespie Jr. (aka swim.) is an incoming PhD student in UC Irvine’s Comparative Literature program, a poet and a recording artist hailing from Newark, Delaware currently based in Orange County, California. His research interest are in Black suicide, the relationship between scientific development (specifically the Internet and Medicine) and anti-Black racism, as well as theories of Black aesthetics.
He recently released his first single entitled “Lo-Fi Suicides” which can be found anywhere from Soundcloud, Spotify, iTunes, Tidal and more.
In addition to this, his written academic and creative work has been published in places like Propter […]

Fri, Jul 20, 2018
Source: Fire Dog Lake – Blog

Here are the two fuzzballs snoozing right next to each other on our coffee table—which, by the way, is practically the only thing still in our house that I brought into our marriage. I don’t really know why Marian has never gotten the urge to replace it. In any case, that doesn’t matter. This little lovefest ended the way it always does: eventually Hilbert woke up, a neuron fired in his brain, and he started gnawing on Hopper. Not really biting, mind you, not really really. But one thing always leads to another, and before long the romance was over. […]

Fri, Jul 20, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

Um, what?
President Trump’s longtime lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, secretly recorded a conversation with Mr. Trump two months before the presidential election in which they discussed payments to a former Playboy model who said she had an affair with Mr. Trump, according to lawyers and others familiar with the recording.
The F.B.I. seized the recording this year during a raid on Mr. Cohen’s office. The Justice Department is investigating Mr. Cohen’s involvement in paying women to tamp down embarrassing news stories about Mr. Trump ahead of the 2016 election. Prosecutors want to know whether that violated federal campaign finance laws, and any […]

Fri, Jul 20, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

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Hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola are joined by Aaron Maté to counter the media frenzy around President Donald Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.
Aaron Maté is a producer for The Real News and a contributor to The Nation.
During the show, Maté describes what from the summit does matter and then breaks down what led up to the summit and why the media coverage has become so unhinged.
Later, Khalek and Gosztola read multiple tweets and […]

Fri, Jul 20, 2018
Source: Fire Dog Lake – Blog

Elections News

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Little River Band — “Reminiscing” […]

Fri, Jul 20, 2018
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

New York University Law School’s Brennan Center for Justice has released a new report on voter registration purges that shows a sharp uptick in the number of purged registrations in states with a history of racial discrimination since 2013, when the Supreme Court gutted a key part of the Voting Rights Act. That provision of the VRA had required such states to obtain Justice Department approval whenever they enacted changes to voting practices, including purges, in order to ensure they would not harm the rights of minorities. Its removal has allowed these jurisdictions, which are mostly Republican-run, to more aggressively […]

Fri, Jul 20, 2018
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

Leading Off

● Election Security: Last week’s bombshell indictments of 12 Russian nationals by special counsel Robert Mueller laid bare the threat to American election security: Russia did indeed hack various Democratic Party organizations and state election systems in an attempt to swing the 2016 elections to both Trump and the congressional GOP. Not only did Trump stand by Russian autocrat Vladimir Putin’s side on Monday and categorically deny this truth despite all evidence, three days later, congressional Republicans banded together to block Democratic efforts to bolster election security.​

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​Mueller’s recent indictments revealed that Russian intelligence officers hacked into at least […]

Fri, Jul 20, 2018
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

Welcome to the Daily Kos Elections Live Digest, your liveblog of all of today’s campaign news.

Please note: The Live Digest is a 2016 and 2020 Democratic presidential primary-free space. It’s also an elections-only zone. If you’d like to discuss policy, please visit the latest Daily Kos Elections policy open thread.

Sign up here to receive the Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest in your inbox each weekday. And click here for our race ratings for every Senate, gubernatorial, and House contest in 2018. […]

Fri, Jul 20, 2018
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

International News

Some 800 members of the civil defence group have been taken to Jordan, media say. […]

Sat, Jul 21, 2018
Source: BBC – Middle East

A TV school quiz show has Ghana gripped. We meet one of the contestants and follow him on the road to victory. But did he get there? […]

Sat, Jul 21, 2018
Source: BBC – Africa

Before his death, Jan Kuciak uncovered the presence of an Italian organised crime group in Slovakia. […]

Sat, Jul 21, 2018
Source: BBC – Europe

Bruno Le Maire accuses the US of using “the law of the jungle” with unilateral tariffs. […]

Sat, Jul 21, 2018
Source: BBC – Europe

Oleksandr Usyk becomes the first man to hold all four world cruiserweight titles by beating Murat Gassiev in Moscow. […]

Sat, Jul 21, 2018
Source: BBC – Europe

The change to the theory test comes amid a souring of relations between Austria and Turkey. […]

Sat, Jul 21, 2018
Source: BBC – Europe

President Emmerson Mnangagwa reassures white farmers ahead of a landmark election on 30 July. […]

Sat, Jul 21, 2018
Source: BBC – Africa

Getayawkal Ayele convinced a family to let him try the miracle after telling the story of Lazarus. […]

Sat, Jul 21, 2018
Source: BBC – Africa

Algeria hope to appoint a new manager in early August, according to the country’s Football Federation (FAF) president, Kheireddine Zetchi. […]

Sat, Jul 21, 2018
Source: BBC – Africa

If you watched the body language of President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, at their recent summit in Helsinki, you might have wondered: Which man leads a superpower? After all, Trump represents a country that is far stronger than Putin’s Russia. This is the paradox of Russian power—Moscow is influential precisely because it’s weak.We often take it for granted that the greater a country’s economic and military resources, the greater its influence. But more capabilities doesn’t always mean getting your way, because they inspire resistance from other countries. Sometimes David has more sway that Goliath.At the […]

Sat, Jul 21, 2018
Source: The Atlantic – International

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