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Saturday, December 02, 2017

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"Shocking Photo of DACA Recipients BURNING American Flag in Protest!" declared a September headline on the website Truthfeed. The article came a day after Donald Trump said he would halt the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects 800,000 young, undocumented immigrants from deportation. Trouble is, the image, which shows a few unidentified protesters holding Mexican flags amid the remnants of a burning Trump piñata, wasn't a DACA demonstration, nor does it show any burning flags. The picture had been taken 16 months earlier at an anti-Trump protest in California. It was a typical article for Truthfeed, a website with hidden financial backers that went online in April 2016 as Trump worked to finish off his challengers in the Republican primary. read more


Michael Flynn's guilty plea and agreement to cooperate with Bob Mueller's investigation was without doubt terrible news for President Trump and his inner circle: Flynn knows more than anyone about their dealings with Russia. But, but, but: This doesn't necessarily mean Trump is in personal legal jeopardy, much less on the road to impeachment. The atmosphere of hysteria is dangerous. We saw this yesterday when ABC News reported that Flynn planned to testify that he was directed by then-candidate Trump to make contact with the Russians. That sure didn't sound true. Hours later, ABC significantly softened its report, saying one source says Trump asked Flynn to contact the Russians during the transition about fighting ISIS. Huge difference. read more


The news that former national security adviser Michael Flynn has reached a cooperation and plea deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller could not come as less of a surprise. Reports of Flynn's bizarre behavior across a wide spectrum of areas began trickling out even before his tenure as national security adviser ended after only 24 days. These behaviors raised a raft of substantial criminal law questions that have been a matter of open speculation and reporting for months. His problems include, among other things, an alleged kidnapping plot, a plan to build nuclear power plants all over the Middle East, alleged violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) involving at least two different countries, and apparent false statements to the FBI. In light of the scope and range of the activity that reputable news organizations have attributed to Flynn, it is no surprise that he has agreed to cooperate with Mueller in exchange for leniency. read more


Nicole Nealy, NBC News: He's trashing the transatlantic rapport Reagan built. With Thatcher's help, America changed the world. Trump has no such vision for the "shining city upon the hill." President Trump's admirers often like to compare him to former President Ronald Reagan, another political outsider who took Washington by storm. Laura Ingraham's book, Billionaire at the Barricades: The Populist Revolution from Reagan to Trump lays out the case in great detail; the theory has even been embraced by conservative stalwarts like Pat Buchanan. But there are also plenty of ways in which that argument falls apart. read more


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I've read the following article a couple of times, and I'm still not sure I understand the timeline of what hppened...

Trump lawyer's backstory for a stunning tweet
www.axios.com

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John Dowd, President Trump's personal lawyer, tells me [Mike Allen of Axios, author of the article] that a Trump tweet that caused an eruption yesterday was "my mistake," made in a tweet he had drafted and passed to White House social media director Dan Scavino.

"I'm out of the tweeting business," Dowd said with a chuckle. "I did not mean to break news."

Did President Trump admit obstruction of justice? That was the instant question online after he tweeted:

"I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!"
Dowd: "The tweet did not admit obstruction. That is an ignorant and arrogant assertion."

Why it matters: If Trump knew, before he fired Flynn, that the aide had lied to the FBI, that would further taint Trump's months-later firing of FBI Director James Comey. It would also make his appeals to Comey to go easy on Flynn all the more problematic.

Here's what Dowd says happened ...


It still reads to be too convenient to me.

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