“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Friday, October 27, 2017

Trump Won - Mark Halperin ‘Was the Harvey Weinstein of Media' - Hillary Clinton is Still a 'Nasty Woman'


Vox reporter Liz Plank said on Thursday that Mark Halperin, the disgraced former prominent Morning Joe panelist who has been accused of sexually harassing and assaulting multiple women while he was the political director at ABC News, “was the Harvey Weinstein of media.”

“I’m receiving texts today from women in media who are older, younger, new to media. And a very sort-of-junior reporter told me that one of the first things she was told when she started working on the campaign trail was she was warned about Mark Halperin,” Plank said during a CNN appearance. “So, in a way, he was the Harvey Weinstein of media.”
Plank added that she hoped “there will be more women who have the courage to come forward about their stories.”
“Unfortunately, I don’t think that he is an exception,” she continued. “That’s very worrying because you look at someone like Mark Halperin, someone like Harvey Weinstein, these are men who are at the top of their industries. And who are in control of the stories that we tell and the the narratives that we choose to talk about.”

Five women told CNN, in a story published Wednesday evening, that Halperin sexually harassed or assaulted them while he was the political director at ABC.



  1. Come to think of it, they do smell "Stronger Together"


    Halperin did maintain some standards and didn't try to prong any of the two nasties, Hillary and Elizabeth.

    OOOh, that would be nasty. Need to get that thought out of my head.

  3. Clear and present danger to Nexus Erectus

  4. Mark was on Morning Joe ?

    ha ha ha

    Why did that o so correct prissy precious prim and proper nose in the air Mrs. Morning Joe put up with that ?

    1. Morning Quirk is much better.

      That always get the blood circulating and the brain cells firing.

      With Morning Joe it's always 'back to sleep'.

    2. Morning Report from the Lava Tube is wonderful too.

    3. Goodmorning from Mom's Basement is a real loser.

  5. Nigeria needs a divorce -

    Nigeria: Muslims murder 48 Christians, destroy 249 homes in 13 Christian villages


    Will the Islamophobia never end? Will Pope Francis (pbuh) be traveling soon to Plateau state in order to explain to these Muslims that they’re misunderstanding their Religion of Peace?

    “Christians Recount Terror of Herdsmen’s Nine-Day Massacre in Plateau State, Nigeria,” Morning Star News, October 25, 2017:......

  6. Investor's Business Daily joins The Wall Street Journal in demanding Mueller be fired and the page turned on the bogus investigation -

    Trump-Russia Collusion Is Fake News — Fire Mueller, And End This Bogus Investigation
    6:09 PM ET

    Russian Scandal: Special Counsel Robert Mueller has a tough job. After all, how can you prove allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials to influence our 2016 presidential election when, from all evidence after a year and a half of investigation, it didn't happen?

    Naming Mueller to head the investigation was a huge error. His investigation should be shut down and Mueller sent home.

    This week's stunning revelation that Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee funded the fake Trump/Putin dossier, filled with outright lies, exaggerations and misleading information, is the final straw.

    For it shows that not only were Hillary Clinton, the DNC and her lawyer, Marc Elias, lying when they denied any involvement in the phony dossier, it showed that they — not Trump — were deeply, perhaps criminally, compromised by collusion with Russian officials....

  7. VIDEO: Pelosi face spasms mar speech; Utters gibberish, confuses ‘trillions’ and ‘billions’
    OCTOBER 26, 2017

    What is wrong with Nancy Pelosi?

    During her weekly press conference on Thursday, the House Minority Leader was seen stumbling over words, uttering gibberish, staring blankly at reporters, and on at least two occasions, suffering from face spasms.


    “What an event-filled morning has been,” Pelosi began, botching her opening line.

    It went downhill from there.

    “Really one that, uh, marks a transf— for—” she said, before staring at reporters barely 10 seconds into the appearance, and finally saying, “transformative moment…”

    Moments later, she confused “trillions” and “billions.”

    “When President Bush let office the deficit was 1.4 trillion,” she said as she suffered an apparent facial spasm, “uh, trillion dollars. So you’re talking about an enormous amount of money. The national debt increased by an enormous amount — the debt was 1.4 billion in terms of the deficit.”

    No wonder the federal government is spending so wildly when leaders can’t tell a number that has 9 zeros from one that has 12.

    “This is about the American people and how policy here affects them,” she said. After staring and murmuring something softly, she blurted out “low,” before continuing, “instead let’s go to the table…”

    Answering a reporter’s question, she started by uttering gibberish, before recovering and saying, “We’re here for the American people…”

    Seconds later, she said, “Education being essential. Education, by the way, being any money being spent on education that—” she said before stopping and staring at reporters, and continuing.

    Pelosi suffered another facial spasm when she attempted to say “declaring an emergency.”

    Suffering an apparent brain freeze, Pelosi said, “House and Senate, Democrats and Republicans and the White House, as to uh— what— when that will happen,” blurting it out.

    Moments later, she struggled to say “continuing.”

    “It has to happen soon so that we can have it done, uh, by the um— the end of the— con— ca— uh, the continuing resolution,” she finally said.

    Is it any wonder more Democrats are calling for new leadership?

  8. What will Madrid do ? What can they do ?

    Catalan parliament declares independence from Spain

    7 minutes ago

    A Catalan independence supporter holds a Catalan flagImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES

    Supporters of independence gathered outside the Catalan parliament as the vote was taking place
    The Catalan regional parliament has voted to declare independence from Spain, just as the Spanish government appears set to impose direct rule.

    The move was backed 70-10 in a ballot boycotted by opposition MPs.

    Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy earlier told senators direct rule was needed to return "law, democracy and stability" to Catalonia.....

  9. TOP 20% PAY 95% OF ALL INCOME TAX...


    GDP: 3.0%....DRUDGE

  10. Heh :(

    Saudi Arabia grants citizenship to a ROBOT as critics say it now has more rights than women

    Saudi officials announced the cyborg named Sophia has been made a citizen, but now faces a huge backlash

    Dave Burke
    14:23, 27 OCT 2017


    Saudi Arabia has become the first nation to grant citizenship to a robot - prompting critics to point out that the cyborg now has more rights than women in the country.

    The oil-rich state made the baffling announcement at a conference in capital city Riyadh.

    A robot named Sophia was filmed giving a speech after being given the 'unique distinction'.

    The move means it is illegal to switch it off or dismantle it, but it is unclear what other rights have been conferred on the mechanoid.

    The life-like device said in a speech at the Future Investment Initiative summit: "I am very honoured and proud for this unique distinction.

    A robot named Sophia has been granted Saudi citizenship (Image: CEN/Future Investment Initiative)

    By law Saudi women have to cover their heads and be accompanied by men in public (Image: AFP)

    Will this robot replace carers? Pepper the 'carebot' can help patients take pills and even organise a sing-song
    "This is historical to be the first robot in the world to be recognised with citizenship."

    The move was confirmed in a tweet by the Saudi Ministry of Culture, which said: "Please welcome the newest Saudi: Sofia".

    fatima bhutto ✔@fbhutto
    Human women still waiting for basic rights tho …
    2:41 AM - Oct 27, 2017
    40 40 Replies 152 152 Retweets 474 474 likes
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    Critics have pointed out that Sophia has more rights than women in Saudi Arabia (Image: CEN/Future Investment Initiative)

    Twitter users immediately pointed out that Saudi Arabia is one of the world's most oppressive states for women, which only last month lifted a ban on female drivers.

    One wrote: "Congrats! You have more rights than actual human women in Saudi Arabia."

    Another posted: "The only type of women Saudi Arabia gives full rights to...a robot one, and a foreigner at that."

    By law women who go out in public are required to have a male companion with them, and cover their heads....

  11. What can Spain do against insurrection?

    Same as Iraq.

    Spain’s Lawmakers Vote to Seize Control of Catalonia

    BARCELONA, Spain — In a major escalation of Spain’s territorial conflict, Catalan lawmakers approved the region’s independence on Friday, a move that was quickly countered by a vote in the Spanish Senate authorizing the government to take direct control of the fractious region and remove its separatist leadership.
    The Senate voted 214 to 47 to invoke Article 155 of Spain’s Constitution, granting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy a package of extraordinary powers to suppress Catalonia’s independence drive.

    In a speech on Friday before the vote, Mr. Rajoy had said he had “no alternative” because the Catalan leader, Carles Puigdemont, and his separatist cabinet had pursued an illegal and unilateral path that was “contrary to the normal behavior in any democratic country like ours.”

    1. They can vote to seize control of Catalonia which is different from seizing control of Catalonia.


    2. "Spain is a serious country and a great nation and we will not tolerate that a few people try liquidate our constitution,"
      Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told journalists after the upper house approved the imposition of direct rule for Catalonia.

      European Council President Donald Tusk has urged both sides to opt for dialogue rather than violence, adding that Brussels will continue to only speak to Spain's central government.

      "For EU nothing changes. Spain remains our only interlocutor,"
      Tusk wrote on Twitter


    3. Your call on Kurdistan, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson, was worse than disastrous for the Kurds.

      The history of Spanish governments accepting insurrection, very short.
      The history of Spanish civil war, extensive.

      Watch and learn how men behave.

    4. I didn't make a 'call' on Kurdish independence.

      I said I hope for it, Dead Beat Dad and War Criminal.

      I hope it works out for them someway. They deserve it.

      Nor am I making a 'call' on Catalonia.

      I have no idea what might happen.

    5. And with your past scorecard on making predictions, especially military ones, I suggest you discontinue your involvement in the prediction business.

  12. Taxed on money one has already paid out in taxes -

    October 27, 2017
    What's wrong with the Trump tax plan
    By Harvey M. Sheldon

    I believe that Republican ideas are usually better than Democrats' ideas when it comes to how to provide for public needs. I am a Lincoln Republican, believing in government where most effective and only where needed. Individual liberty and enterprise are essential to the American way of life and to society's prosperity. Most police and local needs are better served by State and local government than an omnipresent federal bureaucracy.

    After listening and reading and checking my calculations, I am convinced that the people that came up with and sold Donald Trump on his "biggest tax cut ever" are political rubes or charlatans. They are not Lincoln Republicans, for sure. The Trump plan would remove the deduction of state and local taxes for people who itemize deductions. I submit that such a move is utterly misguided and that it should be seen as a throwback the days of debtors' prisons. It taxes money we already paid in taxes. I think it can seriously be argued that it is unconstitutional. It is monumentally unfair. It will have grave consequences, some of which are not even fully foreseeable.

    If you tax someone on money he has to pay a state or local government, you are asking for a payment of tax on the very tax money unavoidably and by law taxpayers paid for state and local government services as though it is still in their pockets. The taxpayer does not have that money anymore. Whether it went for schools, sewers, roads, garbage collection, state welfare services, or police will not change the fact that to tax the part of an American's income paid to states or localities imposes a tax on federalism itself, the system guaranteed by our Constitution. It is a penalty on a citizen for his choice of state in which to reside. Whether it is assessed by property value or income, it is all the same.

    Not allowing respect for the role of state government is antithetical to what the Republican Party is supposed to stand for. Eliminating the state tax deduction in federal law will incentivize centralizing and expanding national government and reducing local and state government costs and services. It is utterly unfair to the individual affected. Many less than top-bracket persons will wind up owing more than under present law, because Mr. Trump's increased standard deduction and slight tax rate adjustment do not make up for all that you owe state and local government – but my point is that it is against fundamental principles even if adjusted not to hurt you today.

    Too few are the Republican representatives and senators pointing out to the administration that this tax on money you must pay Caesar's little brother will actually cause many people (my wife and me included) to pay higher taxes than ever before. Do even they understand the principles of our constitutional system at stake here? I think every single Republican and every Democrat with traditional views of state-federal relations should do so.

    Donald Trump is a patriotic American. But his showmanship and determination to accomplish something ought not mesmerize and silence representatives of the people in Congress who were sent there to think and act thoughtfully. On this issue of taxing state and local taxes, neither the emperor of fairy tales nor the president's plan to tax your taxes has any clothes.

    Someone needs to tell him. The very concept is, dare I say, un-American, because it disrespects our federal system and penalizes us for owing and paying the very money that funds the backbone of our nation.

    1. The American Stinker now tells US that Mr Trump does not understand the United States or its Constitution.

      Tax Reform by Thaksgiving ...

      Previously it was scheduled for August.

    2. ISIS was to be wiped out two years ago, according to you.

      The man raises some great points.


    3. You are correct "Draft Dodger".

      The RINO tells US that Mr Trump does not understand Federalism, and his middle class "Tax Reform" package is a fraud.

      Good points, truths, as it were.

      That it was printed in the American Stinker, remarkable.


  13. It is interesting that the American Stinker has joined the ranks of the RINOs.

    Who'd have ever thought that would happen?

    1. American Thinker has a whole spectrum of viewpoints expressed by its many contributors.

      There isn't really any 'party line'.

  14. .

    BobFri Oct 27, 10:05:00 AM EDT
    TOP 20% PAY 95% OF ALL INCOME TAX...

    Somehow, I have the feeling that the bottom 80% would willingly change places with the top 20%.


    1. .

      Trump’s tax plan would slash taxes for the top tax bracket, repeal the estate tax, and create a huge new loophole by reducing the rate on pass-through entities, allowing wealthy law firms and hedge fund managers to circumvent higher tax rates.

      The Tax Policy Center estimates that the top 1% will enjoy 80% of the benefits from Trump’s plan — while a third of middle-class taxpayers will be paying more in taxes by 2027.

      Just as George Bush's tax cuts at the turn of the century was a gift to the rich and the corporations, Trump's are an even bigger gift to the same people, a gift that will result in $ billions of tax savings to Trump and his families and his friends and once again stick it to the middle class all while exploding the deficit and debt.


    2. .

      Somehow, I find it hard to be crying for the top 1% (or top 20%) in this country.

      The AGI for the top 20% of the country starts somewhere north of $100K.


  15. .

    Naming Mueller to head the investigation was a huge error. His investigation should be shut down and Mueller sent home.



  16. Quirk Object Spotted Going Like Hell - And Thankfully Not Coming Back

    Where's it going? Scientists think the object is heading toward the constellation Pegasus and is on its way out of our solar system.

    "This is the most extreme orbit I have ever seen," said Davide Farnocchia, a scientist at the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies. "It is going extremely fast and on such a trajectory that we can say with confidence that this object is on its way out of the solar system and not coming back."

    You are at liberty to call it whatever you wish.

  17. Thanks to the Clinton/DNC revelation about the 'Trump dossier,' Robert Mueller can stop investigating Trump
    by Jennifer Kerns | Oct 27, 2017, 1:05 PM

    To fully understand how the partisan hit piece fueled Mueller's Russian investigation, one must remember how it all began. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    In a court of law when it is discovered that evidence has been contaminated or a witness is lying, that evidence is thrown out and a jury is instructed to ignore the witness testimony.

    As new bombshell revelations prove the infamous “Trump dossier” was bought-and-paid-for by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee, the document that launched the Russian collusion investigation against President Trump must accordingly be thrown out.

    In light of the newest charge that the DNC and the Clinton campaign may have broken a dozen federal election laws with the document, special counsel Robert Mueller has no choice but to dismiss the Trump investigation.

    To fully understand how the partisan hit piece fueled Mueller's Russian investigation, one must remember how it all began.

    It was John Brennan, director of the Central Intelligence Agency under President Barack Obama, who accepted the now-debunked document and infused it into the bloodstream of the U.S. intelligence community. By acknowledging the document and logging it in his files, Brennan inadvertently gave the document a "Classified" rating, along with some hefty credence. The presumption among the intelligence community was that if the document was good enough for Brennan to believe, then it must have merit.

    But Brennan has had a couple of missteps when it comes to intelligence in his career.

    As CIA station chief in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 1996, Brennan’s CIA missed any signs of the bombing that was to come of the Khobar Towers which killed 19 servicemen.

    In 2003, it was Brennan who advised President George W. Bush to establish an “Orange Terror Alert” during Christmas – only to have that intelligence later debunked.

    As for the Trump dossier? Once it was injected into the bloodstream, the salacious document spread like wildfire throughout the intelligence community during a highly-charged election year.

    That would be fine if the FBI were in the gossip business. But they’re not.

    1. They’re in charge of pursuing actual threats to national security, not refereeing phony political hit jobs against Republicans.

      Now, although no one in the Democratic Party will take responsibility for it and Fusion GPS’s co-founders refuse to testify for fear of incriminating themselves, some legitimate questions remain.

      First, who gave Brennan the dossier?

      Second, was he aware that the information was paid political fodder intended to damage the opposing party’s candidate? Or, as no fan of Trump himself, did he even care?

      Lastly, it appears that Democrats were willing to use their contacts within the Deep State to accomplish their mission to smear Trump. It raises the question: Was Brennan aware that he might have been used as a tool of the DNC in infusing the document into the bloodstream of the intelligence community, where it would then take on a life of its own?

      These questions remain, and Brennan should now be called to answer them.

      As for the Russian collusion probe against Trump, it’s highly unlikely that Mueller will disband the probe on his own. After all, Mueller now presides over an office of 16 prosecutors and an unlimited budget in a town that values staff, unlimited budgets, and prestigious office space.

      If the Russian collusion witch hunt against Trump is to end, it will have to be done by the president himself, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, or urged by Congress.

      After more than a year of turning up no evidence that Trump colluded with Russia, and now equipped with new revelations that the Trump dossier was nothing more than a paid campaign piece, there is more than enough reason to justify disbanding the witch hunt once and for all.

      End the farce.


  18. The Steele dossier and its funding has no bearing on the Mueller investigation.
    The e-mail from Russia to Don Jr, Kushner and Manafort contemplating collusion ... that does.


    1. Mr Trump trying to end the Federal investigation into Lt Gen Flynn, that definitely does.

  19. October 27, 2017
    Fusion GPS bank records will blow the lid off Russian scandal
    By Rick Moran

    Kimberly Strassel in the Wall Street Journal (via Investor Village) gives us a preview of what the Fusion GPS bank records might reveal, as well as FBI documents on the Trump dossier that have finally been wrested from the bureau.

    The Fusion GPS saga isn’t over. The Clinton-DNC funding is but a first glimpse into the shady election doings concealed within that oppo-research firm’s walls. We now know where Fusion got some of its cash, but the next question is how the firm used it. With whom did it work beyond former British spy Christopher Steele ? Whom did it pay? Who else was paying it?

    The answers are in Fusion’s bank records. Fusion has doggedly refused to divulge the names of its clients for months now, despite extraordinary pressure. So why did the firm suddenly insist that middleman law firm Perkins Coie release Fusion from confidentiality agreements, and spill the beans on who hired it?

    Because there’s something Fusion cares about keeping secret even more than the Clinton-DNC news—and that something is in those bank records. The release of the client names was a last-ditch effort to appease the House Intelligence Committee, which issued subpoenas to Fusion’s bank and was close to obtaining records until Fusion filed suit last week. The release was also likely aimed at currying favor with the court, given Fusion’s otherwise weak legal case. The judge could rule as early as Friday morning.

    If the House wins, don’t be surprised if those records include money connected to Russians. In the past Fusion has worked with Russians, including lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who happened to show up last year in Donald Trump Jr.’s office.

    What's should be of interest is how the Democrats will be able to continue the "Russia collusion" narrative if it turns out that the Russians assisted in developing a dossier that was solely designed to bring the Trump campaign down. If "every US intelligence agency" believes in Russian interference in the election to help Donald Trump win, how can they square that with Russian efforts to destroy his candidacy?

    1. Any documents relating to the FBI's belief that the Trump dossier was so credible that it could help them in their Russian collusion investigation will also be eye opening. Speaker Ryan announced yesterday that the bureau had finally relented and would turn over their dossier files next week.

      It might show the bureau was simply had. Don’t forget that it wasn’t until January the dossier became public, and the media started unearthing details. And the more ugly info that came out (Fusion, Democratic clients, intelligence-for-hire) the more former Obama officials seemed skeptical of it. In May, former Director of National Intelligence Jim Clapper said his people could never “corroborate” its “sourcing.” In June, Mr. Comey derided it as “salacious and unverified.”

      Yet none of this jibes with reports that the FBI debated paying Mr. Steele to continue his work. Or that Mr. Comey was so convinced by the dossier that he pushed to have it included in the intelligence community’s January report on Russian meddling. Imagine if it turns out the FBI was duped by a politically contracted document that might have been filled up by the Kremlin.

      There’s plenty yet to come with regard to the DNC and the Clinton campaign. Every senior Democrat is disclaiming knowledge of the dossier deal, leaving Perkins Coie holding the bag. But while it is not unusual for law firms to hire opposition-research outfits for political clients, it is highly unusual for a law firm to pay bills without a client’s approval. Somewhere, Perkins Coie has documents showing who signed off on those bills, and they aren’t protected by attorney-client privilege.

      What the Democrats need is a distraction. They are trying to manufacture one by highlighting the "revelation" that Trump's data firm sought to work with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and/or the Russians, to dig up dirt on Hillary. Assange didn't cooperate and Democrats who think that Cambridge Analytica and other data firms used by the Trump campaign colluded with Russia are just fishing.

      Democrats are trying to dismiss the relevance of the GPS story


    2. The attempt at diversion, by Team Trump, is commendable, but it is wasted ...
      Much like Rex Tillerson's efforts at negotiating with China about NorK.


    3. Mr Manafort, the Trump Campaign Chairman definitely colluded with the Russians.
      But it is Lt Gen Flynn that left the Trump Campaign AND Administration twisting in the wind

      Where Mr Kushner's malfeasance shakes out will have to be seen ...

      The Trump Campaign IS dirty, whether any of the dirt is on Mr Trump remains to be seen. But make no mistake, the Trump Campaign DID collude with the Russians. The money trail will tell the tale.

      Along with the overlay of efforts between the Trump Campaign and the Russian "House of Trolls" in the digital realm of Facebook.


    4. The money trail will tell the tale....

      Along with Don Jr's email history.

  20. Things won't go good till Jack runs the world.

    1. Wyoming uranium wouldn't be going to Pooty with Jack running the world.

      Jack would publish the 72,000 Hillary emails too.

    2. The uranium might be going to Iran, but not to Pooty.


  21. A federal grand jury in Washington, DC, on Friday approved the first charges in the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, according to sources briefed on the matter.

    The charges are still sealed under orders from a federal judge. Plans were prepared Friday for anyone charged to be taken into custody as soon as Monday, the sources said. It is unclear what the charges are.

    A spokesman for the special counsel's office declined to comment.


    1. Looks like things are moving right along, without need of my leadership

    2. Maybe the Grand Jury has charged you.


  22. The fighting that erupted earlier this month in areas that were under Kurdish control has displaced more than 160,000 civilians, according to Kurdish regional authorities.

    ... displaced more than 160,000 civilians, ....

    Stand Tall


  23. First charges filed in Mueller investigation

    Washington (CNN)A federal grand jury in Washington, DC, on Friday approved the first charges in the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, according to sources briefed on the matter.

    The charges are still sealed under orders from a federal judge. Plans were prepared Friday for anyone charged to be taken into custody as soon as Monday, the sources said. It is unclear what the charges are.
    A spokesman for the special counsel's office declined to comment.

    Mueller was appointed in May to lead the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

    Under the regulations governing special counsel investigations, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has oversight over the Russia investigation, would have been made aware of any charges before they were taken before the grand jury for approval, according to people familiar with the matter.

    On Friday, top lawyers who are helping to lead the Mueller probe, including veteran prosecutor Andrew Weissmann, were seen entering the court room at the DC federal court where the grand jury meets to hear testimony in the Russia investigation.

    Reporters present saw a flurry of activity at the grand jury room, but officials made no announcements.
    Shortly after President Donald Trump abruptly fired then-FBI Director James Comey, Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel. Mueller took the reins of a federal investigation that Comey first opened in July 2016 in the middle of the presidential campaign.

    Mueller is authorized to investigate "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation," according to Rosenstein's order.

    The special counsel's investigation has focused on potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, as well as obstruction of justice by the President, who might have tried to impede the investigation. CNN reported that investigators are scrutinizing Trump and his associates' financial ties to Russia.

    Mueller's team has also examined foreign lobbying conducted by former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and others. His team has issued subpoenas for documents and testimony to a handful of figures, including some people close to Manafort, and others involved in the Trump Tower meeting between Russians and campaign officials.

    Last year, the Comey-led investigation secured approval from the secret court that oversees the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to monitor the communications of Manafort, as well as former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, as part of the investigation into Russian meddling.

    In addition to Mueller's probe, three committees on Capitol Hill are conducting their own investigations.

  24. .

    Cable TV Antagonistes: The Russians are Coming

    The Russian investigation is heating up. We have a special investigator doing his special investigations stuff and the possibility of another one being appointed as issues diverge. We have numerous congressional investigating committees investigating. And with the confirmation that at some point Team-Clinton and the DNC took over paying for the infamous 'Trump Dossier' more is promised.

    Over the last two days, cable TV's pro- and anti-Trump channels, FOX and CNN, have escalated the rhetoric beyond the point of watchability. The message on FOX, Clinton culpability in funding the Trump Dossier justifies shutting down all investigations that might involve team-Trump and the Russians. CNN's take, opposition research is nothing unusual and is not illegal and team-Trump is simply using it to divert from it's own problems with the Russians. A constant loop 24/7. Might as well watch Kelly and Ryan.

    I did, however, find one bit that while admittedly partisan did give me a small chuckle. It was in the A Closer Look bit on Late Night with Seth Myers.

    Most references, in both liberal and conservative media, usually discuss one section of the Trump Dossier in non-specific terms referring to its 'sexual nature', and using words like 'salacious' and 'unproven' but never going into the dtails. Sean Hannity is certainly not going to let that stand. Go to about 7:20 in the following video...

    The Pee Tape: The Ritz, and Pee, and Hookers, Oh My