The working group is scrutinizing the activities of a few Americans who were affiliated with Trump’s campaign or his business empire and of multiple individuals from Russia and other former Soviet nations who had similar connections, the sources said.
U.S. intelligence agencies not only have been unanimous in blaming Russia for the hacking of Democrats’ computers but also have concluded that the leaking and dissemination of thousands of emails of top Democrats, some of which caused headaches for the Clinton campaign, were done to help Trump win.
This is treason. The question is, will the investigations continue once the Trumpkins are in charge?
Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/article127231799.html#storylink=cpy
Taken all together, this confluence of events represents perhaps the most profound political crisis that this country has faced since Watergate. We have a president-elect fully prepared to violate the Constitution. We have allegations that his advisers might have worked directly with a foreign government to win the presidential election and who could also, potentially, be blackmailed by that same government. We have a Congress indifferent to these potential crises and focused instead on repealing legislation that will literally cause the premature deaths of thousands of Americans. It’s almost hard to take all of this in. It’s a disorienting and surreal moment in our history and the worst part is that last week might have represented the calm before the true storm.
President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team acknowledged Friday that Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s pick for education secretary, omitted a $125,000 political donation from disclosures she submitted to a Senate committee in advance of her confirmation hearing, which is scheduled for Tuesday.
So Hair Furor stands with a bunch of files on the table, claiming the files show how he's divesting himself from his business interests, but then won't let anybody examine the files?
When I worked in the theatre, we did something similar. We had these things, called "props." The props looked real, but they were just plastic or wooden facsimiles, and of course, we would never let the audience come on stage to examine them.
What we will witness for the next four years is Presidential Theatre.
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The next questions are, "Did officials with the Trump campaign collude with the Russians?" And if so, "What did Trump know, and when did he learn it?"
Given Trump's loud denials about Russian influence in the election on his behalf, my guess is: Everything, and early on. Remember, this is the guy who asked, on national TV, for the Russians to "find the emails."
Republicans in Michigan passed a law preventing local governments from banning the use of plastic bags.
A new law in Michigan will prohibit local governments from banning, regulating or imposing fees on the use of plastic bags and other containers. You read that correctly: It’s not a ban on plastic bags — it’s a ban on banning plastic bags...
The new public act prohibits local ordinances from “regulating the use, disposition, or sale of, prohibiting or restricting, or imposing any fee, charge, or tax on certain containers,” including plastic bags, as well as cups, bottles and other forms of packaging. This means individual cities and municipalities are not allowed to ban plastic bags or charge customers a fee for using them.
So much for local government knows best, eh? I'm of the opinion that Republicans' mind set works like this: "Will this law piss off liberals? If yes, enact. If no, table and think of something that will piss off liberals." The utility of the law, common sense, and demonstrated need do not enter into the calculation.
President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general, Jeff Sessions, is withholding decades’ worth of records from his career ahead of his Senate confirmation hearings early next month, according to an exhaustive report issued Friday by progressive advocacy groups.
The groups, which include Alliance for Justice and People for the American Way, reviewed the questionnaire that Sessions filled out for the Senate Judiciary Committee ― it requires complete documentation of employment history, published writings, interviews and speeches, among other things ― and found “astonishingly deficient” responses. He left out major details from his years as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, from 1981 to 1993; as attorney general of Alabama, from 1995 to 1997; and as a first-term U.S. senator, from 1997 to 2002.
He also omitted dozens of recent interviews, some of which included controversial statements he made. An October interview in which Sessions gave Trump a pass for making sexist comments, because “everybody knows that Trump likes women” and “uses this kind of talk,” was not cited in his questionnaire. A December 2015 interview in which Sessions says “the predictions aren’t coming true” about climate change having disastrous effects is also not mentioned.
I doubt it will make a difference, because as I've come to learn, if there is one thing Republicans can be counted on doing, its putting party over principle.