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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Tulare) has risked undermining the credibility of the panel's investigation of Russian interference of the 2016 election by sharing new information with the White House, his Democratic counterpart said Wednesday.

By briefing the public and then President Trump about intercepted communications involving members of the transition team, but not other members of the committee involved in the probe, Nunes cast "quite a profound cloud over our ability to do our work," Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) told reporters.

"The chairman will either need to decide if he's leading an investigation into conduct which includes allegations of potential coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russians, or he is going to act as a surrogate of the White House. Because he cannot do both," Schiff said at a Capitol Hill news conference. read more


Rex Tillerson said the job of secretary of State wasn't a role he sought out. "I didn't want this job. I didn't seek this job," Tillerson told the Independent Journal Review in an interview during his recent Asia trip. When asked why he agreed to take on the position of secretary of State, Tillerson said his wife "told me I'm supposed to do this." ... The former Exxon Mobil Corp. CEO added: "I was supposed to retire in March, this month. I was going to go to the ranch to be with my grandkids."


A Ukrainian politician has released documents that seem to incriminate one of Donald Trump's former campaign managers in a Ukrainian money laundering scheme. Politician and former investigative journalist Serhiy Leshchenko, turned over what he claimed is an old invoice from former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort's Ukraine consulting firm. The invoice appears to document a $750,000 computer sale to a Brazilian tech company on October 14, 2009. Records in former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych's "black ledger" appear to show a $750,000 payment to Manafort on the same day. read more


Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called for a delay Tuesday of Judge Neil Gorsuch's Supreme Court confirmation vote, citing the FBI investigation into potential ties between President Trump's campaign and Russia.

As the Senate Judiciary Committee continued its hearing on Gorsuch's confirmation, the Democratic senator sent a flurry of tweets to say the Russian investigation should take priority.

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Michael A. Cohen, Boston Globe:[H]ere's one story that should not fall through the cracks: Representative Steve King of Iowa. Earlier this week King shared an article on Twitter offering his support for the Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who has based his political ascendancy on bashing Muslim immigrants. King added the words, "Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies." These comments are catnip to white nationalists. In fact, former Ku Klux Klan imperial wizard David Duke retweeted King with the words "God bless Steve King." Not surprisingly, the reaction from Democrats was one of revulsion and demands for an apology. King, however, was undeterred. read more


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Joe Hill 1913 IWW song writer and organizer

Mr Block

Please give me your attention, I'll introduce to you
A man that is a credit to "Our Red White and Blue,"
His head is made of lumber, and solid as a rock;
He is a common worker and his name is Mr. Block.
And Block he thinks he may
Be President some day.

CHORUS:
Oh Mr. Block, you were born by mistake,
You take the cake, you make me ache.
Tie a rock on your block and then jump in the lake,
Kindly do that for Liberty's sake.

Yes, Mr. Block is lucky; he found a job, by gee!
The sharks got seven dollars, for job and fare and fee.
They shipped him to a desert and dumped him with his truck,
But when he tried to find his job, he sure was out of luck,
He shouted, "That's too raw,
I'll fix them with the law."

Block hiked back to the city, but wasn't doing well.
He said "I'll join the union -- the great A. F. of L."
He got a job next morning, got fired in the night,
He said, "I'll see Sam Gompers and he'll fix that foreman right."
Sam Gompers said, "You see,
You've got our sympathy."

Election day he shouted, "A Socialist for Mayor!"
The "comrade" got elected, he happy was for fair,
But after the election he got an awful shock,
A great big socialistic Bull did rap him on the block.
And Comrade Block did sob,
"I helped him to his job."

The money kings in Cuba blew up the gunboat Maine,
But Block got awful angry and blamed it all on Spain.
He went right in the battle and there he lost his leg.
And now he's peddling shoestrings and is walking on a peg.
He shouts, "Remember Maine,
Hurrah! To hell with Spain!"

Poor Block he died one evening, I'm very glad to state,
He climbed the golden ladder up to the pearly gate.
He said, "Oh Mister Peter, one word I'd like to tell,
I'd like to meet the Astorbilts and John D Rockefell."
Old Pete said, "Is that so?
You'll meet them down below."

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