• 10 Takeaways From Glenn Simpson's Fusion GPS Senate Testimony

    10 Takeaways From Glenn Simpson’s Fusion GPS Senate Testimony

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released a semi-redacted transcript of testimony Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson gave to the Senate Judiciary Committee on August 22, 2017. Simpson had called for release of the testimony in a New York Times op-ed proclaiming the importance of transparency. Simpson and other Fusion GPS principals have resisted invitations to testify from the committees investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign. When faced with a subpoena, Simpson used his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination to negotiate for a closed-door interview in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. READ MORE...

  • Federal Judge Obliterates Fusion GPS' Attempt To Hide Info

    Federal Judge Obliterates Fusion GPS’ Attempt To Hide Info

    On Tuesday, Fusion GPS founders Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch wrote an op-ed for The New York Times. In it, they claimed they and their opposition research firm were nothing but an open book and were seeking greater transparency from three congressional committees who have been digging into the probe of Russian election meddling.

    All three committees have sought information from Fusion GPS and its principals, who were hired by Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee to do opposition research. That funding paid for the salacious and still-unsubstantiated dossier alleging treasonous collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. In Fusion GPS’ vague telling, they’ve been nothing but forthright with the committees, which came as news to those committees. READ MORE...

  • Media Fail To Cover GOP Oversight Of FBI, Claim They're Acting In Secret

    Media Fail To Cover GOP Oversight Of FBI, Claim They’re Acting In Secret

    This week Politico’s Kyle Cheney and John Bresnahan wrote what they presented as significant. “House Republicans quietly investigate perceived corruption at DOJ, FBI,” the report said.

    It is a weird claim at the outset, since House Republicans up to and including Paul Ryan have been screaming bloody murder about the FBI and DOJ’s refusal to cooperate with House investigators probing the use of a shady piece of Democratic-funded opposition research alleging that Trump colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election. True, the media have downplayed the efforts by House Republicans, much less their dramatic significance, to perform oversight of the FBI and Department of Justice. But that doesn’t mean that the Republicans themselves are quiet. READ MORE...

  • Trump To Remove Climate Change From List Of National Security Threats

    Trump To Remove Climate Change From List Of National Security Threats

    The Trump administration will reverse course from previous Obama administration policy, eliminating climate change from a list of national security threats. The National Security Strategy to be released on Monday will emphasize the importance of balancing energy security with economic development and environmental protection, according to a source who has seen the document and shared excerpts of a late draft.

    “Climate policies will continue to shape the global energy system,” a draft of the National Security Strategy slated to be released on Monday said. “U.S. leadership is indispensable to countering an anti-growth, energy agenda that is detrimental to U.S. economic and energy security interests. Given future global energy demand, much of the developing world will require fossil fuels, as well as other forms of energy, to power their economies and lift their people out of poverty.” READ MORE...

  • 8 Worst Defenses Of FBI Agent's Anti-Trump 'Insurance Policy' Texts

    8 Worst Defenses Of FBI Agent’s Anti-Trump ‘Insurance Policy’ Texts

    In investigating Donald Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia to steal the 2016 election, the media have found no story too small, no detail too minor to cover. Each leak that can be even remotely tied to the narrative of Russia harming America with the Trump campaign’s help is exploited and hyped for round-the-clock attention. To give just one example, CNN ran a report in May dramatically headlined “First on CNN: AG Sessions did not disclose Russia meetings in security clearance form, DOJ says. READ MORE...

  • 18 Questions CNN Needs To Answer After Getting Busted For Fake News

    18 Questions CNN Needs To Answer After Getting Busted For Fake News

    Early on Friday, CNN promoted its latest breathless report purporting to show collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. CNN has been extremely invested in the narrative of collusion for the last year.

    In June, CNN was forced to pull one of its Russia-Trump conspiracy stories that “did not meet CNN’s editorial standards.” The discredited story was based on a single anonymous source who connected Anthony Scaramucci, a prominent ally of President Trump, to a Russian investment fund managed by a Kremlin-controlled bank. Three journalists who worked on the story were fired. READ MORE...

  • Media Are Wrong To Say Trump's 'Pocahontas' Insult Of Warren Is Racist

    Media Are Wrong To Say Trump’s ‘Pocahontas’ Insult Of Warren Is Racist

    Yesterday President Donald Trump honored a few of World War II’s Navajo Code Talkers in the Oval Office. These men deserve the thanks of a grateful nation for their work giving and receiving encrypted messages of the utmost importance. To take just one example:

    Commenting on the Marines’ Iwo Jima landing, Major Howard Conner, the Fifth Marine Division’s Signal Officer, said that ‘The entire operation was directed by Navajo code. . . . During the two days that followed the initial landings I had six Navajo radio nets working around the clock. . . . They sent and received over 800 messages without an error. Were it not for the Navajo Code Talkers, the Marines never would have taken Iwo Jima.’ READ MORE...