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Rachel: Fancy Bear now attacking US Senate email system. Mid terms coming up...Kamala Harris up next

ODonnell - Media missing this: Ryan won't remove Nunes because he's in it as deep as Nunes is.

THis is from last March, but still very timely, and is critical to understanding how deep Ryan is in, and certainly indicates potential collusion and obstruction. Lawrence brought it up three different times because he thought it was so important, and asked why is no one picking up on this? It is critical to understanding Ryan and Nunes and how deep this goes, and why Ryan will not remove Nunes, and I don't know if anyone ever did pick up on it. I copied my post from March 28 below so it's all here:


O'Donnell again tonight showed clip of Ryan saying he "had to brief the speaker first" before going to White House. Asks, "Why are no reporters picking up on Ryan involvement in Nunes scandal? I’ve showed this clip three times of Nunes saying he had to brief the speaker before he did anything else, and yet no one is picking up on it."

"Ryan is at the center of the scandal. The press apparently didn’t hear it when he said it in the WH driveway when he said he first went to Ryan before going to the WH. Everything he did after that would have been at the direction of Ryan. "

"The Nunes scandal is Paul Ryan’s scandal. That is why Ryan won’t remove him. Ryan is in it as deep as Nunes is. If Nunes can lose the chairmanship over it, Ryan can lose the speakership over it. "

I have wondered myself why more aren't picking up on this, even on DU. See this thread: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10028850749
for O'Donnell show video and transcript from Thursday where he raises this question of why no one seems to be picking up on Ryan's involvement and says Nunes is covering up for Ryan; that Nunes fell on his sword for Ryan.

This is very important; it means Ryan is colluding as well as Nunes! Not only colluding, but directing Nunes. Much more in the thread from the Thursday show linked to above, but O'Donnell feels it so important that he brought it up for the third time tonight.

He also had former CIA director on telling why it was critical to Nunes and Ryan to stop Sally Yates testimony

Lawrence just said his parents came from Ireland, considered a shithole country...

lots of people on TV reporting shithole tonight. Lawrence said it's gonna be hard to parents to explain this to their kids. But isn't that the normal these days?

So if T and company didn't want to win as Wolff's book says, why collude with Russia?

What do you guys think? Trevor Noah brought this up. Wolff's book says he and those around him expected to lose.

The GOP hierarchy had good reason to collude, because they wanted to win at any cost, but why would Trump and co-conspirators collude if they truly did not want to win? Does this cast more shade on the GOP?

I have not consumed any news for 24 hours (needed a breather), so who knows what additional news could have transpired in that time. Have I missed anything pertinent to my question?

Edited to add after reading replies below:
Of course; kompromat. If he didn't want to win but colluded anyway, then this certainly strengthens the kompromat argurement, does it not?

Watching Rachel? Really laying it out RE GOP colllusion in suppressing Russia investigation.

SHe's got a guest on now talking about Watergate and how it looked when those trying to thwart the investigation looked like they are winning, because that's how it's looking now with Russia.

Four photos guaranteed to crack you up, or at least make you smile!

Okay, you guys, something to lift the spirit!

Edited to add five more:

Rachel: LOTS hitting the fan tonight. US atty to replace Preet in NY is Guliani's law partner.

Rachel said tons of new news tonight. Has more guests than usual to explain it all. SHe is running thru a list of stuff and will go into it more with experts coming on in a bit.

Book shows new info that could indicate new legal liability for T and family for obstruction of justice.

Now going on to firing of US attys, Preet Bahrara, and lots more dirt on that. 17 new US attys appointed to take over fired US attys - today was their deadline to appoint US attys to replace the fired ones. Guliani's law partner replacing Preet in NY.

Head of FBI and Rosenstein in Ryan's office today with docs that Nunes had requested that he didn't get.

Manafort has lawsuit against Mueller...RAchel's atty guest says completely frivolous.

Rachel talking Fusion GPS NYT article. NYT Washington investigations editor on now.

Things are really heating up. Fusion GPS guys insisting their testimonies to congressional committees RE Steel dossier be made public.
NYT doing great work. Wish they would have started several years ago, but very glad they are doing it now.

Now she's talking more on the huge number of fake favorable net neutrality comments coming from Russia using American IDs. Wall Street JOurnal article: it's happening again with fake comments about the rule that financial planners have to act in the best interests of their clients, and it's also happening on a bunch of other topics.

This really uplifting thing happpened this week...

I am in a community choir, and this week we sang at an outdoor square with a giant Christmas tree. As we were assembling, a little boy about 4 and a little girl about 3 who were in the group of people milling around came and stood with us just in front of me. When it became clear we were going to sing, their dad apologized and said he didn't know they were crashing a performance. I and the other choir members close to them told him no problem; we're very inclusive, and they were most welcome.

None of the songs were traditional Christmas songs; they were all songs we'd learned this term, so the kids didn't know the songs. I was right behind them and kept leaning over to sneak looks at them. They were singing right along with us, following the choir director like they'd been doing it all their lives. Granted, they were mostly simple songs with a fair amount of repetition, but still! I was amazed at how quickly they picked up the lyrics and figured out where to stop and start. It was like they'd been in the choir the whole term.

They were confident, fearless and seemed to feel like they absolutely belonged there. I was so glad that their dad let them participate. It was the sweetest thing and uplifted everyone, both the choir and the onlookers. There is so much good in the world, and it can be easy to overlook in the these times. I make a deliberate attempt to find it and share it wherever I can. I wanted to share this today with you all in hopes it will bring a smile to your face as well.

10 year old drag kid Desmond's sage advice to LGBTQ youth for navigating politics & homophobia

At 10 years old, Desmond is already an icon in his own right. He’s captured the adoration of fans, including reigning RuPaul’s Drag Race queen Sasha Velour, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Tituss Burgess and even RuPaul himself, who had Desmond cut the ribbon at this year’s inaugural RuPaul’s DragCon in New York City.

Fierce in a way many queens twice his age have yet to harness, we knew we wanted to have the pint-sized “dragutante” back at our offices after first hosting Desmond earlier this year when he schooled us with advice on being yourself.

This go-round, with the holidays fast approaching, we thought it would be the perfect time to get some more advice, this time with a focus on LGTBQ youth, many of whom are getting ready to head home for the holidays to households that can be anywhere from uninviting to downright hostile.

“Desmond and I were talking about outfits last night and thinking maybe an ice queen/snow queen look and maybe a red look with holly,” Desmond’s mother Wendylou told us over email when were preparing for the shoot. “He was looking at Vogue holiday editorials and really wants to go that route... very much glamour, opposed to ‘cute’ holiday.”

Check out Desmond’s advice below — including what to do if Donald Trump is mentioned at the holiday dinner table:

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