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Friday, February 02, 2018

As previously reported, singer Dennis Edwards died at age 74 on Friday (Feb. 2) at his home in Chicago.

In 1968, Edwards laid his claim to fame when he took over lead vocals for The Temptations after previous frontman David Ruffin fell out of favor with the group.

The switch came at a pivotal time for the Motown heavyweights, who were riding a streak of 10 consecutive top 40 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 since 1966, with five of those tunes entering the top 10.

Edwards delivered and The Temptations continued their winning ways, landing 27 Hot 100 entries during the main Edwards era of late 1968 through 1977.

Nine of those titles reached the top 10, with three – "I Can't Get Next to You," "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)" and "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" – becoming the group's second, third and fourth No. 1 hits, respectively read more

Lanny Davis: The visible tip of the iceberg was James Comey's Oct. 28, 2016, letter to Congress. All data proves that, but for that letter 11 days from Election Day, Hillary Clinton wins the presidency. But evidence suggests that below that iceberg tip was, in effect, a "deep state" campaign, comprising certain active or former FBI agents, mostly from the powerful New York City office, former NYC Mayor and pathological Hillary hater Rudy Giuliani, and the vast right-wing media complex (amplified by the Russian government and bots). The trigger of the campaign was Comey's July 5 public announcement that no criminal case could be reasonably brought against Hillary Clinton for her email practices. Shortly thereafter, the effort to pressure Comey to change his mind and reopen the criminal investigation went into high gear. read more

FEB. 1, 2018

In the 1960s and 1970s, the American right set about undermining trust in the mainstream media, which it saw as dangerously infected with liberal assumptions.

Later, in debates over evolution and the environment, some on the right attacked the validity of modern science.

By the turn of the millennium, it was an article of faith among conservative ideologues that whole realms of human expertise were in fact intricate structures of propaganda that trapped the unwary in a matrix of deceit.

In an invaluable 2017 Vox essay titled "Donald Trump and the Rise of Tribal Epistemology," David Roberts quoted a 2009 Rush Limbaugh rant: "Science has been corrupted. We know the media has been corrupted for a long time. Academia has been corrupted. None of what they do is real. It's all lies!"

With Trump, this ethos reached the White House. read more

Thursday, February 01, 2018

By Carol D. Leonnig, Josh Dawsey, Ellen Nakashima and Karoun Demirjian February 1 at 1:22 PM

President Trump is expected to approve the release of a controversial congressional memo alleging surveillance abuses by the FBI, after the White House agreed to some redactions at the bureau's request, but the document may not be made public before Friday, according to senior administration officials.

The redactions were the result of a review of the memo's classified contents by White House and intelligence community officials.

The memo, which has created a political firestorm, suggests that the early origins of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election were tainted by political bias. read more

Aboard Air Force One on a flight home from Europe last July, President Trump and his advisers raced to cobble together a news release about a mysterious meeting at Trump Tower the previous summer between Russians and top Trump campaign officials. Rather than acknowledge the meeting's intended purpose -- to obtain political dirt about Hillary Clinton from the Russian government -- the statement instead described the meeting as being about an obscure Russian adoption policy. The statement, released in response to questions from The New York Times about the meeting, has become a focus of the inquiry by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. Prosecutors working for Mr. Mueller in recent months have questioned numerous White House officials about how the release came together -- and about how directly Mr. Trump oversaw the process.


"The Nunes memo is out. It's a joke and a sham.

The whole point of the Nunes memo was always to create a pretext for President Trump to try to take control of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's probe, and it remains to be seen whether Trump will convince himself that it does give him this pretext.

But this is going to take a lot of self-deception on Trump's part (not that he won't rise to the occasion), and a lot of aggressive goading from his favorite cable news personalities -- that is, if reality even matters in the least anymore.

Because the memo itself is really just a bad joke.

The memo from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) has now been released, and its contents are almost comically thin in comparison with the great scandal Trump's media allies have been hyping for weeks and weeks and weeks.

Some conservatives reached the same conclusion:

David French

In reflecting more on this, I think Nunes may have just blown up the core Trump defense to the "Russia investigation" -- that it was all fruit of the poisonous Steel tree. Not true. It was already underway.
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12:44 PM - Feb 2, 2018

Kyle Cheney

MEMO UPDATE: SCHIFF tells reporters that only portions of the Steele Dossier -- the ones about Page -- were presented to the FISA Court.

"Some of those things were already subject to corroboration."

Kyle Cheney

Schiff also says that the memo's contention that MCCABE said the warrant wouldn't have happened without the dossier was "cherrypicked" and that he was talking about how all elements of FISA applications are interconnected and important.
2:31 PM - Feb 2, 2018

lots more


So, even the claim about what McCabe said is just more Nunes spin.

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