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BREAKING*******Paul Manafort and Roger Stone turned docs over to Senate Intel Committee******

https://mobile.twitter.com/NBCNews/status/866728832954454020


NBC News @NBCNews

JUST IN: Former Trump associates Paul Manafort and Roger Stone have turned over documents to Senate Intel Committee, source tells NBC News

about that Hill story about Weiner being set up by a diabolical 15/16 year old girl.

It cites a posting an "investigative news site" called whowhatwhy.org, whose findings it passes with zero critical evaluation, let alone an attempt to contact anyone or verify a single fact.

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/334511-report-girl-in-weiner-sexting-case-lied-to-damage-clinton?rnd=1495456865

Whowhatwhy.org is a leftwing version of infowars, with a more sober pretense of rationality.

The founder of the website (and author of the piece The Hill picked up) believes that Richard Nixon was the victim of the real Watergate conspiracy.

Let that sink in for a minute. Nixon as the real victim of Watergate. That's industrial strength cray-cray.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family_of_Secrets

He describes Watergate "not as a ham-handed act of political espionage but as a carefully orchestrated farce designed to take down President Richard Nixon.[1]


Also, who effing cares about the mental state state of a teenage girl? Weiner broke the law, and wound up knee-capping Hillary in the process. He's the legal adult.


Trump-Russia probe now includes possible cover-up, Congress is told

Source: McClatchy DC

Investigators into Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential elections are now also probing whether White House officials have engaged in a cover-up, according to members of Congress who were briefed Friday by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

That avenue of investigation was added in recent weeks after assertions by former FBI Director James Comey that President Donald Trump had tried to dissuade him from pressing an investigation into the actions of Trump’s first national security adviser, retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, members of Congress said, though it was not clear whom that part of the probe might target.

Even as members of Congress were mulling over the expansion of the case into possible cover-up, and its reclassification from counterintelligence to criminal, the scandal appeared to grow. The Washington Post reported Friday afternoon that federal investigators were looking at a senior White House official as a “significant person of interest.” The article did not identify the official, though it noted that the person was “someone close to the president.”




Read more: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/congress/article151565947.html



Bye Jared!!!!

Sam Harris is a bona fide white supremacist. He's an awful human being.


In an episode that runs nearly two and a half hours, Harris, who is best known as the author of The End of Faith, presents Murray as a victim of “a politically correct moral panic” — and goes so far as to say that Murray has no intellectually honest academic critics. Murray’s work on The Bell Curve, Harris insists, merely summarizes the consensus of experts on the subject of intelligence.

The consensus, he says, is that IQ exists; that it is extraordinarily important to life outcomes of all sorts; that it is largely heritable; and that we don’t know of any interventions that can improve the part that is not heritable. The consensus also includes the observation that the IQs of black Americans are lower, on average, than that of whites, and — most contentiously — that this and other differences among racial groups is based at least in part in genetics.



Harris is not a neutral presence in the interview. “For better or worse, these are all facts,” he tells his listeners. “In fact, there is almost nothing in psychological science for which there is more evidence than for these claims.” Harris belies his self-presentation as a tough-minded skeptic by failing to ask Murray a single challenging question. Instead, during their lengthy conversation, he passively follows Murray to the dangerous and unwarranted conclusion that black and Hispanic people in the US are almost certainly genetically disposed to have lower IQ scores on average than whites or Asians — and that the IQ difference also explains differences in life outcomes between different ethnic and racial groups.



In Harris’s view, all of this is simply beyond dispute. Murray’s claims about race and intelligence, however, do not stand up to serious critical or empirical examination. But the main point of this brief piece is not merely to rebut Murray’s conclusions per se — although we will do some of that — but rather to consider the faulty path by which he casually proceeds from a few basic premises to the inflammatory conclusion that IQ differences between groups are likely to be at least partly based on inborn genetic differences. These conclusions, Harris and Murray insist, are disputed only by head-in-the-sand elitists afraid of the policy implications.


https://www.vox.com/the-big-idea/2017/5/18/15655638/charles-murray-race-iq-sam-harris-science-free-speech

Never understood this guy's appeal, the fact that he's a vehement atheist doesn't compensate for his other bigotries.

NB: Charles Murray is a long-discredited white supremacist quack.

Trump wants Mike Flynn back in the White House.



But Trump doesn’t just hope that Flynn will beat the rap. Several sources close to Flynn and to the administration tell The Daily Beast that Trump has expressed his hopes that a resolution of the FBI’s investigation in Flynn’s favor might allow Flynn to rejoin the White House in some capacity—a scenario some of Trump’s closest advisers in and outside the West Wing have assured him absolutely should not happen.

Those sources said Trump didn’t believe Flynn should be under investigation in the first place.

“Trump feels really, really, really, bad about firing him, and he genuinely thinks if the investigation is over Flynn can come back,” said one White House official.

One former FBI official and a second government official said Trump thought he owed Flynn for how things ended up and was determined to clear Flynn’s name and bring him back to the White House.


http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/05/18/donald-trump-talked-michael-flynn-into-white-house-job


OMG.

Flynn stopped military plan Turkey opposed after being paid as its agent

Source: McClatchy DC

One of the Trump administration’s first decisions about the fight against the Islamic State was made by Michael Flynn weeks before he was fired – and it conformed to the wishes of Turkey, whose interests, unbeknownst to anyone in Washington, he’d been paid more than $500,000 to represent.

The decision came 10 days before Donald Trump had been sworn in as president, in a conversation with President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, Susan Rice, who had explained the Pentagon’s plan to retake the Islamic State’s de facto capital of Raqqa with Syrian Kurdish forces whom the Pentagon considered the U.S.’s most effective military partners. Obama’s national security team had decided to ask for Trump’s sign-off, since the plan would all but certainly be executed after Trump had become president.

Flynn didn’t hesitate. According to timelines distributed by members of Congress in the weeks since, Flynn told Rice to hold off, a move that would delay the military operation for months.

If Flynn explained his answer, that’s not recorded, and it’s not known whether he consulted anyone else on the transition team before rendering his verdict. But his position was consistent with the wishes of Turkey, which had long opposed the United States partnering with the Kurdish forces – and which was his undeclared client.

Read more: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article151149647.html



No wonder there were no takers when he was asking for immunity. He's going to do hard time.

Mike Pompeo (CIA) was almost certainly one of the leakers to the WaPo

1. He was in a position to know
2. His primary job is running government's foreign intelligence operations and maintaining the necessary relationships therein=strong motive
3. We know Erick Erickson considers one of the leakers to be strongly pro-Trump, credible, serious, and competent.

http://theresurgent.com/i-know-one-of-the-sources/

4. Erick Erickson does not have a favorable opinion of Mike Pence, the other logical candidate for a leaker.
http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/erick-erickson-mike-pence-trump-225370


Three cheers for the 6 Dems who voted AGAINST Rod Rosenstein's confirmation.

https://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=115&session=1&vote=00114

NAYs ---6

Blumenthal (D-CT)
Booker (D-NJ)
Cortez Masto (D-NV)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Harris (D-CA)
Warren (D-MA)


They clearly understood something that a LOT of others did not at the time.



A 2016 Review: Theres Reason to Be Skeptical of a Comey Effect

note: while the Comey and especially Russian stuff should not be swept under the rug, and should be vigorously investigated and prosecuted, we also need to not use that as a crutch or excuse. There was a lot wrong with the Democratic party, and the Clinton campaign, and the country, before October 28.

Cohn's data analysis has been top notch, and in a lot of ways very innovative.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/08/upshot/a-2016-review-theres-reason-to-be-skeptical-of-a-comey-effect.html?_r=0

On Friday, Oct. 28, James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director, sent a letter to Congress about new evidence in the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails. Politicians, analysts and journalists are still debating whether the letter cost Mrs. Clinton the presidency. It’s certainly possible. But I am not at all sure, in part because of the final Upshot/Siena College poll in Florida.

I had learned the results of our survey that morning. It showed Donald J. Trump ahead of Hillary Clinton in the state by four percentage points, 46 percent to 42 percent.

At the time, the poll looked like a bust. There wasn’t much reason to think the result was even in the ballpark. Mrs. Clinton was ahead by six points in national polls and ahead by a similar margin in states worth 270 electoral votes, suggesting Mrs. Clinton was probably up by a few points in Florida. I can’t say I was thrilled about having to write an article about a poll that looked flat-out wrong.

But it’s now clear that Mrs. Clinton was weaker heading into Oct. 28 than was understood at the time. Several other polls were conducted over the same period that showed Mr. Trump gaining quickly on Mrs. Clinton in the days ahead of the Comey letter. And the timing of these polls — particularly the gap between when they were taken and when they were released — has probably helped to exaggerate the effect of Mr. Comey’s letter on the presidential race.


Posted by geek tragedy | Mon May 8, 2017, 02:48 PM (1 replies)

Important re: United fiasco--UAL is the biggest funder of airport cops

The thugs who roughed up Dr. Dao do not work for the Chicago PD. They work for the Chicago Department of Aviation, which manages the airports in Chicago.

The Chicago Department of Aviation isn't funded by the taxpayers. It's funded by the airlines and other on-site vendors, e.g. restaurants.

https://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/obm/supp_info/2016Budget/BudgetHearingStatements/2016_Aviation_Statement_merge.pdf

By far the biggest funder of the Department is ... United Airlines, which uses Chicago as its national and international hub--roughly 48% of all gates at O'Hare are United's. (another 40% belong to American)

The thugs who roughed up Dr. Dao at United's behest are effectively on United's payroll.





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