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Trump Aide Tried To Set Up Meetings With Russian Officials, Report Says

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A new report indicates that Trump campaign officials were seeking contact with Russian officials earlier than we thought.

What Would It Take For Republicans To Abandon Trump?

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Donald Trump’s core supporters in the Republican Party remain intensely loyal, and that seems unlikely to change.

Special Counsel Bob Mueller Convenes D.C. Grand Jury

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Big developments in the Russia investigation that could start making President Trump deeply uncomfortable.

More on the Trump Jr. Meeting (Updated)

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A report states that the meeting was set up on the predicate of information on the Clinton campaign.

Trump is not a Hypocrite

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I cannot disagree with Damon Linker’s assessment: Trump follows just one, unwavering standard: the advancement of his own good. If electoral meddling by a hostile foreign power benefits him, he has no problem with it. If the meddling harms him, he’s outraged by it. No hypocrisy. Just perfectly consistent, morally poisonous egoism. Hypocrisy is impossible […]

States Resist Giving Data To Trump’s ‘Voter Integrity’ Commission

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More than twenty states are resisting requests for data from a ‘voter integrity’ Commission built on President Trump’s lie that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election.

Mueller Expands Investigation To Include Obstruction Of Justice

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller has expanded his investigation to include the allegation that President Trump may have attempted to obstruct justice

Hillary Clinton Blames Everyone For Her Election Loss, Except Herself

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Hillary Clinton is blaming everyone she can for her loss, except the most obvious suspects.

Jared Kushner Is “Focus” Of F.B.I. Investigation

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The President’s Son-In-Law has reportedly become a ‘focus’ of the ongoing F.B.I. investigation. That puts the President in a very awkward position.

Trump Asked Intelligence Officials To Push Back Against F.B.I. Russia Investigation

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Yet another report that the President of the United States sought to undermine an ongoing F.B.I. investigation.

Jeb Bush: I Told You So

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Jeb Bush predicted that Donald Trump would preside over a “chaos Presidency,” and he was right.

Anthony Weiner To Plead Guilty

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The Anthony Weiner saga comes to an ignominious end.

Donald Trump To Put His Narcissism On Display In The White House

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Soon visitors to the White House will be able to see Donald Trump’s “yuge” election win on display for all to see.

Why Hillary Clinton Lost

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Six months after the election, the postmortems of the Clinton campaign all seem to have one thing in common, they all point at things other than the candidate and her campaign as being the reason she lost.

Jim Comey’s Dilemma

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The FBI Director faced a damned if you do, damned if you don’t choice.

Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz Won’t Seek Re-Election

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Jason Chaffetz, who has represented Utah’s 3rd Congressional District since first being elected in 2008 and now serves as Chairman of the powerful House Oversight Committee, announced this morning that he would not be seeking re-election: WASHINGTON — Representative Jason Chaffetz, the powerful chairman of the House Oversight Committee, told supporters on Wednesday that he […]

Majority Of Americans Want Independent Investigations Of Russian Election Meddling

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A new poll shows a majority of Americans supporting an independent investigation of the allegations surrounding Russian interference in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia during the campaign: A majority of voters wants an independent investigation into any connections between President Trump’s campaign and the Russian government, according to a new […]

Trump’s Former National Security Adviser Seeks Immunity Deal

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Lt. General Michael Flynn wants immunity before he agrees to testify before Congress. This could be significant, or it could mean nothing at all.

Former Trump Campaign Manager Worked To Help Putin

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More evidence of ties between the Trump campaign and Russian interests.

Trump’s Job Approval Numbers Hit Another Historic Low

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Just about two months into office, Donald Trump’s job approval number are worse than any newly elected President since World War II.

FBI Director Contradicts Trump On Wiretap Claims, Confirms Investigation Of Campaign

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Two big admissions from the Director of the F.B.I. today are likely to lead to real political headaches for the Trump Administration.

In Which Martin O’Malley Kind Of Misses The Point

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Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, who made a bid for the Democratic nomination for President that barely registered with his party, is musing about what happened to his campaign: Martin O’Malley remembers running for president like this: He is on a train, heading for a bridge. He can see the bridge is giving out. He […]

45 Seems Unclear on how Government Works

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@POTUS Tweets: Just out: The same Russian Ambassador that met Jeff Sessions visited the Obama White House 22 times, and 4 times last year alone. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017 a) This is not unusual. I expect most ambassadors, especially from major powers, have been to the White House a similar number […]

Jeff Sessions Failed To Disclose Contacts With Russian Officials

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions apparently misled Senators when asked about his contact with Russian officials.

Trump Campaign Reportedly In Contact With Russian Intelligence During Campaign

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The story about the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia didn’t start with Michael Flynn, and it isn’t going to end with his resignation.

Judge In Bergdahl Court Martial Calls Trump’s Comments About Case ‘Disturbing’

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Could Donald Trump’s comments about Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on the campaign trail lead to the case against Bergdahl being dismissed? A military judge will have to decide.

Trump’s Job Approval At Historic Low For Incoming Presidents

Donald Trump’s initial job approval numbers are lower than any President since the EIsenhower Administration.

Trump Deludes Himself Into Believing He Did Well Among African-American Voters

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During the same Black History Month event I referenced earlier, Donald Trump claimed that he did “substantially better” among African-American voters than previous Republican candidates: “If you remember, I wasn’t going to do well with the African American community, and after they heard me speaking and talking about the inner city and lots of other […]

Trump Imposes Ban On Travel From Several Muslim Countries, Halts Refugee Program

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As expected, Donald Trump yesterday signed Executive Orders targeting Muslims and refugees.

President Trump Continues To Claim That ‘Millions’ Cast Illegal Votes In Election

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Despite the lack of evidence, Donald Trump continues to claim that there were ‘millions’ of illegal votes cast in 2016.

Donald Trump To Take First Weekend As POTUS Off

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Donald Trump will take some time off after taking the Oath of Office.

Donald Trump Asks Congress, Not Mexico, To Pay For His Border Wall

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Once again, Donald Trump has played his supporters for suckers.

The GOP’s Supreme Court Gamble Pays Off

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Just under a year ago, Senate Republicans took a big risk regarding the Supreme Court. Now, it’s paid off big time.

House GOP Votes To Gut Independent Congressional Ethics Board (Update: GOP Pulls Rules Change At Last Minute)

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On the eve of the 115th Congress, House Republicans voted to gut a key office charged with investigating Congressional ethics.

Today in Bad Ideas: a 5% Tariff

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A trial balloon hopefully made of lead.

Republicans Cower In Fear In The Face Of Trump And His Supporters

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Republicans are afraid to oppose Donald Trump for fear that his supporters will come after them.

Swamp Draining Update

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Via Politico, Trump sycophant, Newt Gingrich: “We’ve never seen this kind of wealth in the White House, and so traditional rules don’t work,” Gingrich said Monday during an appearance on NPR’s “The Diane Rehm Show” about the president-elect’s business interests. “We’re going to have to think up a whole new approach.” And should someone in the […]

Some Additional Thoughts on the Faithless

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The number of faithless electors was both historical and trivial.

Massive Faithlessness in the EC

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Via CNN: Trump received 304 electoral votes to Hillary Clinton’s 227. Seven “faithless” electors voted for other candidates, costing Trump two votes and Clinton four. Hawaii’s votes — three for Clinton and one breaking from the state’s results and supporting Bernie Sanders — were the last to be counted. I think I predicted 3, and […]

An Entry for “Dictatorship for Dummies”

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Trump will maintain some level of private security once in office.

The Ohio EC Ballot

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As tweeted by Secretary of State, John Husted: This is what an electoral college ballot looks like. pic.twitter.com/ZWsa7y8cEJ — Jon Husted (@JonHusted) December 19, 2016   It shouldn’t be too hard to see how this decreases the chances of faithless electors. And I am not being snarky or critical: the ballot structure reflects the prevailing […]

Yet Again: No Evidence of Voter Fraud

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Via the NYT:  All This Talk of Voter Fraud? Across U.S., Officials Found Next to None After all the allegations of rampant voter fraud and claims that millions had voted illegally, the people who supervised the general election last month in states around the nation have been adding up how many credible reports of fraud they […]

What To Expect Today From The Electoral College

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Beginning late this morning, the Electors in each of the states will meet to carry out their Constitutional function. Despite the drama accompanying this year’s election, there’s likely to be far less drama than some people seem to be hoping for.

Trump’s EC win in Historical Perspective

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Some nice infographics at the NYT:  Trump’s Electoral College Victory Ranks 46th in 58 Elections

Visually Tracking the End of the Campaigns

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And interesting visual from Five Thirty-Eight:  The Last 10 Weeks Of 2016 Campaign Stops In One Handy Gif.

Today in Depressing Headlines

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Via The Monkey Cage:  A new poll shows an astonishing 52% of Republicans incorrectly think Trump won the popular vote Clinton’s lead now exceeds 2.8 million votes (more than 2.1 percent of the total vote) and continues to grow. Many Democrats hope this fact alone might persuade Republican electors to reject Trump in favor of some […]

North Carolina Legislature Strips Governor’s Office Of Power In Wake Of Democratic Victory

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In the wake of the Democratic victory in the North Carolina Governor’s race, the Republican-controlled legislature has stripped the Governor’s office of significant power.

More EC Fun

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Via The Hill:  Over 50 Dem electors now demanding intelligence briefing More than 50 Democratic voters in the Electoral College are now asking for an intelligence briefing from Director of National Intelligence James Clapper over reports of Russian meddling in the election, according to a report in Politico. Fifty-four of 232 Democratic electors have now signed […]

EC Fantasy (Yet Again)

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As we approach the vote, the fantasies keep coming.

Why Did Clinton Lose The Election? Perhaps The Blame Lies With Her Own Campaign

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Hillary Clinton’s national campaign wasn’t nearly as well-organized as we’d been led to believe.

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