12:23 PM 12/1/2017 – “Now that even Donald Trump knows he’s hosed in the Russia scandal, the big question has been how he’s going to plot his endgame.” – Donald Trump begins shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic

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Donald Trump begins shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic
Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty to Lying to the FBI – New York Times
The four men charged in US probe of Trump-Russia ties – Daily Mail
No, the Mueller probe isn’t politically motivated – Washington Post
10:49 AM 11/30/2017 Pompeo has also chafed at the restrictions inherent in running the C.I.A., where he has been expected to be neither seen nor heard.
MI6 lays bare the growing Russian threat – The Times
Cotton cements his rise under Trump – Politico
“It Was Just the Two of Them: Could Obama Be Questioned About Trump and Flynn? – Vanity Fair
Randy Credico, gadfly New York candidate, drawn into Russia probe – Newsday
Jeff Sessions screws up and tells Robert Mueller exactly how to nail Donald Trump
Youre not just imagining it: psychologists say Donald Trump is even further off the deep end than ever
Rex Tillerson’s career as secretary of state under Trump – Fox News
Immigrant deported multiple times found not guilty in fatal shooting of Kathryn Steinle – Los Angeles Times
Tillerson’s fall could turn State into a hawk’s nest – Washington Post
Mexican man found not guilty of murder in San Francisco case Trump condemned
Republican Senate gives away that it thinks Donald Trumps time is very short
Trump Pressed Top Republicans to End Senate Russia Inquiry – New York Times
Donald Trumps petty antics are caving in on him
For California attorney general, suing Trump again and again is a team sport – LA Daily News
Major new Donald Trump-Russia bombshell breaks involving several key Republican Senators
Donald Trump just lost a key defense in his Trump-Russia scandal
A ‘very forceful’ Trump pushed Republican congressional leaders to shut down the Russia investigation – Business Insider
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Donald Trump begins shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic

Now that even Donald Trump knows he’s hosed in the Russia scandal, the big question has been how he’s going to plot his endgame. In the month since the arrests of his associates began, and in the week since top adviser Michael Flynn decided to cut a plea deal against him, Trump has gone off the deep end on Twitter and in his public remarks. Now he’s moving beyond words and taking action, but that action looks a lot like shuffling the deck chairs as his ship sinks.

On Thursday, it leaked to the media that Trump is planning to fire Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Once that happens, Trump will promote CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who has been on the job for less than a year, to Secretary of State. Then he’ll promote Senator Tom Cotton, who is less than halfway through his first term, to CIA Director. Then the Republican Governor of Arkansas will appoint someone to replace Tom Cotton.

What does all of this accomplish? Literally nothing. Trump will be going from one comically unqualified Secretary of State to another. On top of it, he appointed Pompeo to run the CIA in the hope that Pompeo would misuse the position to sabotage the Trump-Russia investigation, and that hasn’t worked. It’s unlikely that Cotton will have any greater success in that regard. The only thing Trump will gain here is the satisfaction of getting to fire Tillerson, who committed the crime of calling Trump a “moron” behind his back.

So this is how Donald Trump is using the limited time and dwindling political capital he has left. He’s not using it to try to save himself. Instead, as his Trump-Russia scandal prepares to completely sink him, he’s focused on settling internal scores with an ally who made an out-of-turn remark while frustrated one day. He’s sunk.

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Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty to Lying to the FBI – New York Times
 


Chicago Tribune
Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty to Lying to the FBI
New York Times
WASHINGTON President Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the F.B.I. about conversations with the Russian ambassador last December during the presidential transition, bringing the special
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The four men charged in US probe of Trump-Russia ties – Daily Mail
 

The four men charged in US probe of Trump-Russia ties
Daily Mail
Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos. Papadopoulos, a Chicago-based international energy lawyer, pleaded guilty on Oct. 30 to lying to FBI agents about contacts with people who claimed to have ties to top Russian officials. It was the  

No, the Mueller probe isn’t politically motivated – Washington Post
 


Washington Post
No, the Mueller probe isn’t politically motivated
Washington Post
There has been a lot of debate recently about the criminalization of politics. Among those concerned about the issue, a prominent voice belongs to Harvard law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz. On television, on Twitter and most recently in an op-ed  

10:49 AM 11/30/2017 Pompeo has also chafed at the restrictions inherent in running the C.I.A., where he has been expected to be neither seen nor heard.

Pompeo has also chafed at the restrictions inherent in running the C.I.A., where he has been expected to be neither seen nor heard. I think part of it is he has signaled his frustrations with his current job, which would make the transition much easier, the second State Department staffer said. He is already a … Continue reading“10:49 AM 11/30/2017 – Pompeo has also chafed at the restrictions inherent in running the C.I.A., where he has been expected to be neither seen nor heard.”
MI6 lays bare the growing Russian threat – The Times
 

MI6 lays bare the growing Russian threat
The Times
As Victor Madeira, a specialist in Russian spookdom, told parliament last year, the combined strength of all Britain’s defence attachés, the Intelligence and Royal Signals Corps, plus all other army, navy and air force intelligence, surveillance and  

Cotton cements his rise under Trump – Politico
 


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Cotton cements his rise under Trump
Politico
He also embodies one of the GOP’s responses to Trump. Having already shared some of the president’s populist leanings, he has worked to co-opt and shape the president rather than rail against him. An ideological conservative from the American heartland 
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“It Was Just the Two of Them: Could Obama Be Questioned About Trump and Flynn? – Vanity Fair
 


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It Was Just the Two of Them: Could Obama Be Questioned About Trump and Flynn?
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On November 10, 2016, two days after his stunning election victory, Donald Trump met with President Barack Obama, alone, in the Oval Office, for 90 minutes. They covered plenty of important ground, including the nuclear threat from North Korea and the 
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Randy Credico, gadfly New York candidate, drawn into Russia probe – Newsday
 


Newsday
Randy Credico, gadfly New York candidate, drawn into Russia probe
Newsday
Asked about Credico’s role as an intermediary, Stolar said: It’s absurd to think that Randy is somehow involved in some dark stuff that is going to help Trump or hurt Hillary. That’s not his style, that’s not Randy. Stone confirmed Thursday on 
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Jeff Sessions screws up and tells Robert Mueller exactly how to nail Donald Trump

All along, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been trying to walk a tightrope between protecting himself in the Trump-Russia scandal (so he won’t go to prison) and avoiding saying anything incriminating about Donald Trump in the scandal (so he won’t get fired). He lied to protect himself and Trump during his Senate confirmation hearings, and when that backfired, he recused himself from the investigation in order to protect himself at Trump’s expense. He’s continued to play that game all year but now he’s finally blown it.During numerous hearings before Congress this year, Sessions has relied on a combination of saying he couldn’t recall the answer to any given question in some instances, and saying he wasn’t allowed to answer the question due to executive privilege in other instances. Whenever incriminating evidence has surfaced, he’s suddenly and conveniently remembered that specific event accordingly. Because his Republican pals control the majority on these congressional committees, Sessions has been able to slide along with this nonsense without being held in contempt of Congress, until now.

The tricky part to refusing to answer certain questions is that you end up giving yourself away when you then choose to answer other questions. Whenever Jeff Sessions has faced an accusation that he thought he could get away with steadfastly denying, he’s done so. For instance, when Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff asked Sessions today whether he “was ever instructed by the president to take any action that he believed would hinder the Russia investigation,” Sessions refused to answer the question. Oops.

Here’s the problem: Jeff Sessions just tacitly admitted that Donald Trump did ask him to hinder the Russia investigation. It tells Special Counsel Robert Mueller precisely where to dig when it comes to nailing Trump for obstruction of justice. Perhaps more importantly, it tells Mueller precisely what to ask Sessions when he inevitably interviews him and Sessions won’t be able to get away with dodging the question when Mueller asks it. Sessions may have just backed himself into eventually having to cut a deal with Mueller against Trump.

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Youre not just imagining it: psychologists say Donald Trump is even further off the deep end than ever

Over the past month in general since the arrests of his underlings began, and over the past week in particular since Michael Flynn decided to cut a plea deal against him, it’s felt like Donald Trump has gone even further off the deep end than usual. His tweets have seemed even more horrid and inappropriate. His public appearances have seemed even more grotesque. It turns out it’s not just fatigue that’s causing you to think Trump is getting psychologically worse; experts are now confirming that he is getting worse.Dr. Bandy X. Lee of the Yale School of Medicine has written a letter to the editor of the New York Times in which she spells out that Donald Trump is in fact in rapid psychological decline. She says she represents thousands of psychologists who agree with her general assessment. Here’s the most damning portion of Dr. Lee’s view:

“We are currently witnessing more than his usual state of instability in fact, a pattern of decompensation: increasing loss of touch with reality, marked signs of volatility and unpredictable behavior, and an attraction to violence as a means of coping. These characteristics place our country and the world at extreme risk of danger. Ordinarily, we carry out a routine process for treating people who are dangerous: containment, removal from access to weapons and an urgent evaluation.”

That’s right, medical doctors now believe Donald Trump’s psychological condition has worsened to the point that they don’t even believe it’s safe for him to be around personal weapons such as handguns or knives or blunt objects. Yet because the Republican Congress is still trying to prop Trump up a bit longer in order to pass its tax scam, the clinically unstable Trump has access to nuclear weapons. You can read Dr. Lee’s full letter to the editor here.

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Rex Tillerson’s career as secretary of state under Trump – Fox News
 


New York Post
Rex Tillerson’s career as secretary of state under Trump
Fox News
The President opened the meeting with President Putin by raising the concerns of the American people regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election, Tillerson later told reporters. They had a very robust and lengthy exchange on the subject. The 
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Immigrant deported multiple times found not guilty in fatal shooting of Kathryn Steinle – Los Angeles Times
 


Los Angeles Times
Immigrant deported multiple times found not guilty in fatal shooting of Kathryn Steinle
Los Angeles Times
Let me start out by expressing my sincere condolences to the Steinle family, defense attorney Matt Gonzalez told news outlets after the verdict. I hope that they do not interpret this verdict as diminishing in any way the awful tragedy that and more »

Tillerson’s fall could turn State into a hawk’s nest – Washington Post
 


Washington Post
Tillerson’s fall could turn State into a hawk’s nest
Washington Post
The bad marriage of President Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seems to be nearing an end, probably to the relief of both. The question is how the new national security team that appears to be coming will change American policy. Tillerson for and more »

Mexican man found not guilty of murder in San Francisco case Trump condemned

Jose Ines Garcia Zarate said death of Kate Steinle was accidental in case that fueled debate over immigration and sanctuary citiesA jury on Thursday found a Mexican man not guilty of murder in the killing of a woman on a San Francisco pier that touched off a national immigration debate two years ago.

Jose Ines Garcia Zarate had been deported five times and was wanted for a sixth deportation when Kate Steinle was fatally shot in the back while walking with her father on the pier.

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Republican Senate gives away that it thinks Donald Trumps time is very short

Even as the Republican Congress has been trying to prop up a sinking Donald Trump in the hope that he’ll last long enough for them to pass their tax scam for the wealthy, an entirely different undercurrent has been brewing beneath it all. Michael Flynn has decided to cut a devastating plea deal against Trump, which will expose many of the deepest Trump-Russia secrets, suggesting that Trump’s remaining time may be short. On Thursday night, the Republican Congress gave away that it’s of the same belief.Just as the Republican Senate was preparing to hold a full vote on its tax bill, it suddenly realized that it didn’t have the votes, and canceled the vote. Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein confirmed as much via her Twitter account (link), and she urged the public to continue to call wavering Republican Senators on the phone. This means that the GOP Senate never had the votes to begin with, and that it rushed the bill out of committee this week without knowing whether it had the votes. There is only one reason to have done this.

The Republican Party clearly believes it’s in a race against time to get this bill passed while it still can. This is despite the fact that the Republicans will continue to have majority control over Congress for another year. The only possible explanation for the GOP’s reckless haste on the tax bill is that it believes Donald Trump’s presidency is about to become so untenable that the focus will have to shift to his impending ouster, thus preventing the GOP from being able to pass any of its partisan legislation.

In turn, there’s only one reason for the Republican Party to believe that Donald Trump’s time is short: it thinks something is about to publicly surface that’s going to change the entire narrative. Some Republican Senators have access to classified information that we don’t. Do they have reason to believe that something is about to hit the newswires? It could be anything from the Pee Pee Tape to the evidence that Michael Flynn has been sitting on. But the GOP sure does suddenly think that Trump’s time has grown very short.

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Trump Pressed Top Republicans to End Senate Russia Inquiry – New York Times
 


New York Times
Trump Pressed Top Republicans to End Senate Russia Inquiry
New York Times
WASHINGTON President Trump over the summer repeatedly urged senior Senate Republicans, including the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, to end the panel’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, according to a half 
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Donald Trumps petty antics are caving in on him

If Donald Trump wanted to give himself the best chance of surviving this new and devastating phase of his Trump-Russia scandal where Michael Flynn flips on him and exposes his darkest secrets, he’d only have to do one thing. He’d have to stop the Twitter antics and bring in a professional political operative who can coach him on how to impersonate presidential behavior. Instead, Trump has decided to sharply go the other way and it’s getting uglier by the minute.We’ve all seen the tweets this past week since it was revealed that Michael Flynn had sold Donald Trump out. Trump is either looking to create a distraction from the Russia scandal, or he’s simply dissolving into an even deeper level of psychological deterioration, or some combination of both. His antics are getting worse by the day. Now we know that he’s not merely content to go berserk on Twitter; he’s acting out in the same manner when it comes to his own administration.

On Thursday several news outlets reported that Trump is preparing to fire Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replace him with current CIA Director Mike Pompeo. By Thursday evening, the other half of the story surfaced: Trump leaked the news on purpose because he wanted to “publicly shame” Tillerson (linknot part of Trump’s base, but are still giving him the benefit of the doubt anyway. These kinds of fence-sitters don’t know or care about partisan issues, but they despise things like incompetece, which they see as unpresidential. By airing his own dirty laundry about why he’s ousting his Secretary of State for petty personal reasons, Trump is merely telling the fence-sitters why they should give up on him. He’s making it easy for them. He’ll drive his own approval rating into the twenties and then it’s over for him.

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For California attorney general, suing Trump again and again is a team sport – LA Daily News
 


LA Daily News
For California attorney general, suing Trump again and again is a team sport
LA Daily News
But given the blue hue of California’s electorate, the question of who is best suited to take on the Trump administration is likely to dominate next year’s race. That’s a really fundamental shift in the nature of the job, said Paul Nolette, a  

Major new Donald Trump-Russia bombshell breaks involving several key Republican Senators

On Thursday evening, the Republican Senate abruptly and unexpectedly canceled its expected tax bill vote suggesting that something was afoot. Barely an hour later, the New York Times published a major bombshell story detailing a prolonged obstruction of justice effort involving Donald Trump and several key members of the Republican Senate. Moreover, it appears the story may have been timed to derail the tax vote.At 7:49pm on Thursday evening, Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein tweeted “BREAKING: Republicans just canceled tonights vote on their tax bill. They still dont have enough votes to pass this awful bill.” Shortly thereafter, the New York Times published a story titled “Trump Pressed Top Republicans to End Senate Russia Inquiry.” It details how Donald Trump spent the summer asking everyone from Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to Senator Roy Blunt to derail the Trump-Russia investigation.

This bombshell story connecting several Republican Senate leaders to obstruction of justice comes just as the Republican Senate was about to vote on a tax bill which it believed would pass. The delay of the vote on Thursday night strongly suggests that the GOP had already learned that it didn’t have the votes it thought it did. But the timing of the NY Times story (link) suggests that Senate Democrats already had this story lined up as a last ditch effort at spooking their Republican counterparts into backing down from putting themselves into the spotlight by passing the tax bill.

To be clear, the NYT story doesn’t implicate any of the Republican Senators for obstruction of justice. But it does make clear that they knew Trump was trying to commit obstruction of justice. Failure to report that kind of thing is considered to be “misprision of a felony” under the law, and is a felony in and of itself. In any case, this new bombshell marries the Republican Senate to the Trump-Russia scandal, and it changes the entire dynamic.

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Donald Trump just lost a key defense in his Trump-Russia scandal

As the Trump-Russia scandal and investigation have gradually marched closer to Donald Trump’s front door, he and his legal team and political allies have been floating various possible defenses. Some of them have been harebrained legal schemes, while others have been designed to influence the court of public opinion. It’s still not clear that Trump’s attorneys have any coherent plan for protecting him. We do, however, know that Trump just lost what would have been one of his key defenses.Donald Trump is eventually going to be proven guilty on everything from treason-related charges to money laundering. He’s led a lifetime of crime. His crimes during the election weren’t the beginning of his crime spree; they only served to amplify his lifelong pattern. Yet the swiftest way to prove Trump guilty on something, and thus get him out of office, is the same path that prosecutors took for forcing Richard Nixon out: obstruction of justice. Thursday night’s obstruction bombshell just changed everything.

It’s long been known that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is pursuing Donald Trump for obstruction of justice in relation to the firing of FBI Director James Comey and the attempted coverup of Donald Trump Jr’s Russia meeting. But now we may have a quicker way of proving obstruction. The New York Times just confirmed that Trump asked several key Republican Senators to end the Russia investigation (link). This is an easy case to prove, and the Senators themselves will easily decide to cooperate against Trump in an effort to avoid facing criminal charges themselves. It gets even uglier for Trump.

Former prosecutor Joyce Vance appeared on Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC show on Thursday evening and explained that when it comes to this kind of obstruction of justice, ignorance of the law is not considered a valid legal defense. In other words, Donald Trump can’t simply claim that he was too naive about politics to realize he was committing a felony by asking the GOP to scuttle the investigation. Trump just lost what would have been a key defense.

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A ‘very forceful’ Trump pushed Republican congressional leaders to shut down the Russia investigation – Business Insider
 


Business Insider
A ‘very forceful’ Trump pushed Republican congressional leaders to shut down the Russia investigation
Business Insider
President Donald Trump has reportedly been lobbying Republican members of Congress to end their investigations ofRussia’s meddling in the 2016 election. Trump urged Sen. Richard Burr, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, to shut down the 
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Argentina Abandons Rescue Mission for Crew of Missing Submarine – U.S. News & World Report
 


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Argentina Abandons Rescue Mission for Crew of Missing Submarine
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A bouquet of flowers and banners in support of the 44 crew members of the missing at sea ARA San Juan submarine are placed on a fence outside an Argentine naval base in Mar del Plata, Argentina November 25, 2017. The banner below reads “God, give 
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White House Says Homeland Security Advisor Is ‘Keeping an Eye’ on Bitcoin – Gizmodo
 


Gizmodo
White House Says Homeland Security Advisor Is ‘Keeping an Eye’ on Bitcoin
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After months of explosive price jumps, Bitcoin finally had a moment at the White House press briefing on Thursday. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders may, or may not, have said something important about it. As is often the case with Sanders, it was and more »

White House Press Secretary: Trump Elevated the Conversation by Sharing Anti-Muslim Videos – Mother Jones
 


Mother Jones
White House Press Secretary: Trump Elevated the Conversation by Sharing Anti-Muslim Videos
Mother Jones
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday refused to back down from her defense President Donald Trump’s decision to share a string of inflammatory videos that purported to show Muslims attacking people and, in one case, destroying and more »


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