A Broward County judge granted Florida's first order temporarily removing guns from a person under the state's new gun control laws. Last week, four firearms and 267 rounds of ammunition were ordered removed from a 56-year-old man from Lighthouse Point, Florida determined to be a potential risk to himself or others. Under new gun control legislation law enforcement has more power to act on evidence that an individual may pose a danger. According to Lighthouse Point police, they were called to perform a welfare check on the individual who was said to be behaving erratically. The man turned off the main electrical breakers to his condominium building and told officers he "was being targeted and burglarized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a neighbor who lives in [his] building. [He] could not describe the neighbor but stated that the neighbor [can] shape shift, he can change heights and I'm not sure where he comes from' and to be honest, he looks like Osama Bin Laden.'" read more
One of the big stories over the weekend was about the fact that the Trump campaign's data firm, Cambridge Analytica, stole the Facebook data of millions of people in order to psychologically profile them for targeting. What Mueller and his team of investigators will be interested in is whether or not there was a connection between this voter profiling with the kind of intrusion into social media he has already included in recent indictments of Russians. Back in October 2016, just days before the election, Joshua Green and Sasha Issenberg did some reporting on the Trump campaign and the work of Cambridge Analytica in particular. Here is how they described their strategy at the time: Instead of expanding the electorate, Bannon and his team are trying to shrink it. "We have three major voter suppression operations under way," says a senior official. "They're aimed at three groups Clinton needs to win overwhelmingly: idealistic white liberals, young women, and African Americans ... ." read more
On Saturday evening, [Donald] Trump for the first time posted a tweet that specifically mentioned the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III. The president again denounced the inquiry he is conducting as a "witch hunt." The president's tweets, posted on a Saturday in which he remained inside the White House with no public schedule, came as Mueller is said to have sent questions to Trump's legal team as part of negotiations over an interview with the president. Mueller is seeking the interview, according to two people close to the White House, in order to ask follow-up questions, but put forward the list as a start. read more
After the House intelligence committee announced it was shutting down its probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, a Republican who sits on it said he believes the committee has lost its credibility. "We have gone completely off the rails, and now we're basically a political forum for people to leak information to drive the day's news," GOP Rep. Tom Rooney said during an interview on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront." Earlier this month on "OutFront," Rooney called for the probe to end. "We have lost all credibility and we're going to issue probably two different reports, unfortunately," he said Monday. "So in that regard, that's why I called for the investigation to end."
The most obvious public dimensions of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Trump's Russia ties are legal and political. But Mueller is also driven by something else -- a desire to repair and vindicate a code of citizen-leadership whose betrayal he experienced leading a Marine platoon in Vietnam, long before any of us knew of Donald Trump's contempt for it. Now, the future of Trump's presidency hangs in the balance of whether Mueller's effort succeeds. The code that Mueller has followed since boyhood is an American iteration of the ancient one that governed Plato's "guardians," for whom the republic was "so closely bound up with oneself that its interests and fortunes, for good or ill, are held to be identical with one's own." Mueller learned that self-denial for the common good demands self-scrutiny, plain living, and a quiet readiness to take responsibility without reward and bear its burdens with grace. read more