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Barr under fire for news conference that was a boon for Trump, and often featured one of his preferred terms (Washington Post)

Memeorandum - 19 hours 42 min ago

Washington Post:
Barr under fire for news conference that was a boon for Trump, and often featured one of his preferred terms  —  Flanked by two deputies, Attorney General William P. Barr stepped to a microphone on the Justice Department's seventh floor Thursday and spoke in the language of the president who appointed him to the job.

When Trump won, Putin deployed his oligarchs (Natasha Bertrand/Politico)

Memeorandum - 19 hours 47 min ago

Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
When Trump won, Putin deployed his oligarchs  —  In December 2016, a few weeks after Donald Trump's surprise election victory, Russian president Vladimir Putin convened what a Russian oligarch described as an “all-hands” meeting with some of his country's top businessmen.

A Portrait of the White House and Its Culture of Dishonesty (New York Times)

Memeorandum - 19 hours 47 min ago

New York Times:
A Portrait of the White House and Its Culture of Dishonesty  —  WASHINGTON — As President Trump met with advisers in the Oval Office in May 2017 to discuss replacements for the F.B.I. director he had just fired, Attorney General Jeff Sessions slipped out of the room to take a call.

Rapper Kodak Black posts $20,000 bond and leaves jail covering his face with cash

Daily Mail - 19 hours 51 min ago
Kodak Black was released from Niagara County Jail in upstate New York on Thursday afternoon, less than 24 hours after he was caught with marijuana and a loaded gun at the United States-Canada border.

Trump's DHS Releases 12,500 Illegal Aliens into U.S. in One Week

Breitbart - 19 hours 55 min ago
Over the last week, President Trump's Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a total of about 12,500 border crossers and illegal aliens into the interior of the United States, federal data confirms.

SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Pippa Middleton takes baby Arthur swimming to make sure he sleeps well

Daily Mail - 19 hours 59 min ago
SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: More top tips from the Duchess of Cambridge's sister Pippa Middleton — this time about child rearing and using swimming to help your baby sleep.

Federal investigation of Facebook could hold Mark Zuckerberg accountable on privacy, sources say (Tony Romm/Washington Post)

Memeorandum - 20 hours 2 min ago

Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Federal investigation of Facebook could hold Mark Zuckerberg accountable on privacy, sources say  —  Federal regulators investigating Facebook for mishandling its users' personal information have set their sights on the company's chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, exploring his past statements …

New parents slapped with surprise $4K bill for out-of-network anesthesiologist

Daily Mail - 20 hours 9 min ago
Adam and Laura Parkinsons were charged $3,700 after Laura gave birth to their son last year. The couple had chose an in-network hospital, but got an uncovered anesthesiologist.

Yankees drop Kate Smith's 'God Bless America' over her history of singing racist songs

Daily Mail - 20 hours 16 min ago
Kate Smith's rendition of 'God Bless America' is no longer being played during the seventh-inning stretch at New York Yankees home games after the club learned of her history of singing racist songs

Congress Should Impeach William Barr (Jonathan Chait/New York Magazine)

Memeorandum - 20 hours 17 min ago

Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Congress Should Impeach William Barr  —  House Democrats are going to face a difficult decision about launching an impeachment inquiry into President Trump.  Balanced against the president's impressive array of misconduct is the fact that several more criminal investigations that may add …

Netflix Denounces The Term 'Chick Flick' As Offensive

Daily Wire - 20 hours 19 min ago
Paving the way for a new generation, Netflix has proposed getting rid of the term "chick flick" because feminism, or something.

Boom! The collusion conspiracy theory has been obliterated by the Mueller report

Hot Air - 20 hours 20 min ago

Politics sometimes makes for strange bedfellows and that’s certainly the case here. Glenn Greenwald made a career out of trashing conservatives (including some at this site) but he’s been very skeptical of the Russia collusion story. That’s not because he thinks highly of President Trump but because he generally believes people are too quick to believe the worst about Russia. That’s one more area where I don’t agree with Greenwald but there’s no denying his criticism of the media’s fixation on collusion has been pretty solid. Today the Intercept published a piece saying the collusion conspiracy has been obliterated by the Mueller report:

The two-pronged conspiracy theory that has dominated U.S. political discourse for almost three years – that (1) Trump, his family and his campaign conspired or coordinated with Russia to interfere in the 2016 election, and (2) Trump is beholden to Russian President Vladimir Putin — was not merely rejected today by the final report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. It was obliterated: in an undeniable and definitive manner…

…consider Mueller’s discussion of efforts by George Papadopoulos, Joseph Misfud and and “two Russian nationals” whereby they tried “to arrange a meeting between the Campaign and Russian officials” to talk about how the two sides could work together to disseminate information about Hillary Clinton. As Mueller puts it: “No meeting took place.”

Several of the media’s most breathless and hyped “bombshells” were dismissed completely by Mueller. Regarding various Trump officials’ 2016 meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, Mueller said they were “brief, public and nonsubstantive.” Concerning the much-hyped change to GOP platform regarding Ukraine, Mueller wrote that the “evidence does not establish that one campaign official’s efforts to dilute a portion of the Republican platform was undertaken at the behest of candidate Trump or Russia,” and further noted that such a change was consistent with Trump’s publicly stated foreign policy view (one shared by Obama) to avoid provoking gratuitous conflict with the Kremlin over arming Ukrainians. Mueller also characterized a widely hyped “meeting” between then-Senator Jeff Sessions and Kislyak as one that did not “include any more than a passing mention of the presidential campaign.”

There’s more but the gist is the same: A lot of the alleged bombshells turned out to be duds. Greenwald points out that after all of this, “not a single American…was charged or indicted on the core question” of collusion. And he concludes that is the real “Boom” in this long media fixation:

These facts are fatal to the conspiracy theorists who have drowned U.S. discourse for almost three years with a dangerous and distracting fixation on a fictitious espionage thriller involved unhinged claims of sexual and financial blackmail, nefarious infiltration of the U.S. Government by familiar foreign villains, and election cheating that empowered an illegitimate President. They got the exact prosecutor and investigation that they wanted, yet he could not establish that any of this happened and, in many cases, established that it did not.

Greenwald reminds us that just a few weeks ago that former CIA Director John Brennan was breezily predicting a slew of final indictments for conspiracy (on MSNBC of course):

John Brennan has a lot to answer for—going before the American public for months, cloaked with CIA authority and openly suggesting he’s got secret info, and repeatedly turning in performances like this. pic.twitter.com/EziCxy9FVQ

— Terry Moran (@TerryMoran) March 25, 2019

To paraphrase Mary Katharine Ham (who I wrote about earlier), Democrats and the media set the bar at collusion/conspiracy. It wasn’t there. That’s the bottom line we should be focused on after two years of flogging this claim.

The post Boom! The collusion conspiracy theory has been obliterated by the Mueller report appeared first on Hot Air.

Trump campaign was an eager beneficiary of Russian election help, Mueller report concludes (Kristine Phillips/USA Today)

Memeorandum - 20 hours 22 min ago

Kristine Phillips / USA Today:
Trump campaign was an eager beneficiary of Russian election help, Mueller report concludes  —  WASHINGTON — The Russian government undertook a “sweeping and systematic” campaign to help Donald Trump win the White House in 2016, believing it would benefit from his presidency …

“The Mueller Report is perhaps the single most humiliating thing that has ever happened to the White House Press in the history of this Country. They know they lied...Many reporters lied about Russia Collusion and so much more. Clapper & Brennan, all...

Trump Twitter - 20 hours 24 min ago

“The Mueller Report is perhaps the single most humiliating thing that has ever happened to the White House Press in the history of this Country. They know they lied...Many reporters lied about Russia Collusion and so much more. Clapper & Brennan, all lies”

WATCH: MSNBC's Brian Williams Challenges Trump's Lawyer On 'No Collusion,' Gets Smacked With Direct Quotes From Mueller Report

Daily Wire - 20 hours 27 min ago
On Thursday, MSNBC's Brian Williams attempted to poke holes in Attorney General William Barr's summary of the newly released redacted report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. After inviting on Donald Trump's attorney Jay Sekulow, Williams suggested that Barr misled the public by concluding that Mueller's report found "no collusion" between the Trump campaign and the Russian government in election interference.

ABC’s Karl: Mueller Report Shows 'Significant' Trump-Russian 'Contact,' 'Collusion'

Breitbart - 20 hours 31 min ago
Thursday on ABC’s News special coverage of the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, chief Washington correspondent for the network Jonathan Karl said the report details “significant contact,” even “collusion,” between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia. Karl said, “There is

“If dozens of Federal prosecutors spent two years trying to charge you with a crime, and found they couldn’t, it would mean there wasn’t any evidence you did it - and that’s what happened here - that’s what we just learned from the Mueller Report.” ...

Trump Twitter - 20 hours 34 min ago

“If dozens of Federal prosecutors spent two years trying to charge you with a crime, and found they couldn’t, it would mean there wasn’t any evidence you did it - and that’s what happened here - that’s what we just learned from the Mueller Report.”

Police: Previously Deported Illegal Alien Raped, Sex Trafficked Teen Girl

Breitbart - 20 hours 38 min ago
A previously deported illegal alien has been accused of raping, kidnapping, and sex trafficking a teenage girl in New Jersey, law enforcement officials say. 

Trump's Responses In Mueller Report Don't Tell Us Much We Didn't Know

Newsy - 20 hours 38 min ago

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President Donald Trump answered written questions from special counsel Robert Mueller in lieu of an in-person interview. After Mueller's report was released Thursday, we dug through the president's responses and found many of his answers were things we already knew. 

Mueller's written questions are divided into four sections: the June 9, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower; Russian hacking efforts and attempts to influence the election using social media and WikiLeaks; the Trump Organization Moscow project; and contacts with Russia during the campaign. 

Let's get into it. In the first section, Mueller asks the president what he knew about the June 9, 2016 Trump Tower meeting about Hillary Clinton's emails that involved Russian nationals. President Trump said he had "no recollection" of Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort or Jared Kushner participating in the meeting and that he didn't know during his campaign that the meeting took place. We've seen his response before; on July 27, 2018, President Trump tweeted, "I did NOT know of the meeting with my son, Don jr."

Mueller also asked about remarks the president made at the Trump National Golf Club on June 7, 2016, just days before the Trump Tower meeting took place. President Trump told Mueller he didn't know about the upcoming meeting, but part of his speech raised questions about that. He said: "I am going to give a major speech on probably Monday of next week, and we're going to be discussing all of the things that have taken place with the Clintons." In his written response to Mueller, President Trump said he meant he was going to talk about Hillary Clinton's failed policies, her "improper use of a private server for the State Department business, the destruction of 33,000 emails on that server" and other things that were "publicly available." This part is new — before the release of his responses, we didn't know what the president meant by "discussing all of the things that have taken place with the Clintons."

When Mueller asked the president about "Russian hacking, Russian efforts using social media and WikiLeaks," he replied that he "had no knowledge" of Manafort "offering briefings on the progress" of his campaign to a Russian oligarch. President Trump told Mueller that Manafort was "primarily" hired because of his work with several past presidential candidates. On Jan. 11, 2017, in his first press conference since winning the 2016 election, President Trump said he had no business dealings with Russia. 

The fact that Mueller didn't get to actually interview President Trump was widely criticized, and in his report, Mueller acknowledges his team found the written answers "inadequate." Ultimately, though, the special counsel's team decided not to subpoena the president for an interview, saying they were able to "draw relevant factual conclusions" from other sources.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

The relentless ways Russia tried to penetrate the Trump campaign then the White House

Daily Mail - 20 hours 39 min ago
One of the many ways its operatives attempted this was by trying to gain access to the Trump campaign and then his team through a relentless campaign of making contact.

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