Four things you need to know today

1. Attorney General Jeff Session just fired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, one of the three senior FBI officials who can corroborate Jim Comey’s allegation that Trump asked him to kill the investigation into Michael Flynn. [The other two men, Jim Rybicki, Comey’s chief of staff, and James Baker, the FBI’s general counsel, had already been forced from their positions after having been attacked and maligned by members of the Trump administration.] This, of course, sets the stage for the end game to play out, as Trump, whith nowhere left to turn, attempts to end the Mueller investigation – something that he called for today, through his attorney, John Dowd.

2. Facebook has confirmed that, in 2014, Cambridge Analytica, the conservative data analytics firm owned by far-right hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer, and run at the time by Steve Bannon, illegally harvested the Facebook profiles of approximately 50 million American voters in an enormous data breach. This data, according to Christopher Wylie, who assisted Cambridge University professor Aleksandr Kogan in obtaining the data, told the UK Observer, “We exploited Facebook to harvest millions of people’s profiles. And built models to exploit what we knew about them and target their inner demons. That was the basis that the entire company was built on.” And they apparently did this through an app built by Global Science Research (GSR), a firm owned by Kogan. The app, called thisisyourdigitallife, paid Facebook users to take personality tests, telling them that the collected data would be used for academic use. Hundreds of thousands of Facebook users took the test. What they didn’t know, however, is that, in violation of Facebook policy, GSR was also harvesting information on the friends in their networks, allowing Cambridge Analytica the ability to target U.S. voters at the individual level with false advertising intended to manipulate those inner demons. The only thing we don’t yet know for certain was the extent to which Cambridge Analytica shared this targeting data with the Russians, who were also engaged in an advanced disinformation campaign on the part of candidate Trump.

3. We discovered yesterday that the President of United States has filed a $20 million suit against porn actress Stormy Daniels for violating the terms of the agreement under which he attempted to buy her silence concerning an affair. And, what’s more, we also learned from Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, that, according to his client, she only signed the agreement to keep quiet because she’d been threatened with physical harm. Avenatti has refused thus far to say who threatened his client. When asked yesterday if it was Donald Trump himself who made these threats, Avenatti said, “I will neither confirm nor deny.” And, of course, unless Trump’s team finds a way to stop it (like with this threat of a $20 million judgement), Ms. Daniels is going to be on 60 Minutes the evening of March 25, talking about the affair, the threats, and the hush money she accepted from Trump attorney Michael Cohen.

4. It was reported yesterday that the Russians have penetrated our electrical grid, giving them the ability to essentially shut down significant portions of our country, should they wish to do so. The following is from the New York Times.

The Trump administration accused Russia on Thursday of engineering a series of cyberattacks that targeted American and European nuclear power plants and water and electric systems, and could have sabotaged or shut power plants off at will.

United States officials and private security firms saw the attacks as a signal by Moscow that it could disrupt the West’s critical facilities in the event of a conflict.

They said the strikes accelerated in late 2015, at the same time the Russian interference in the American election was underway. The attackers had compromised some operators in North America and Europe by spring 2017, after President Trump was inaugurated.

In the following months, according to a Department of Homeland Security report issued on Thursday, Russian hackers made their way to machines with access to critical control systems at power plants that were not identified. The hackers never went so far as to sabotage or shut down the computer systems that guide the operations of the plants.

Still, new computer screenshots released by the Department of Homeland Security on Thursday made clear that Russian state hackers had the foothold they would have needed to manipulate or shut down power plants.

“We now have evidence they’re sitting on the machines, connected to industrial control infrastructure, that allow them to effectively turn the power off or effect sabotage,” said Eric Chien, a security technology director at Symantec, a digital security firm.

“From what we can see, they were there. They have the ability to shut the power off. All that’s missing is some political motivation,” Mr. Chien said…

Clearly they’re sending a message to Trump, warning him what might happen if he decides to move forward with those sanctions he’s yet to implement, right?

In related news… here, from yesterday, is my response to a Twitter post by John Dingell about the most recent mass exodus from the White House. I thought it was pretty brilliant, even if no one else did.

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  1. Putin Puppet
    Posted March 17, 2018 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Russia spends 45 billion dollars on its military every year. We spend over 700 billion dollars on ours. Who is the greater threat to world peace?

  2. President Donald Trump
    Posted March 17, 2018 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    The Fake News is beside themselves that McCabe was caught, called out and fired. How many hundreds of thousands of dollars was given to wife’s campaign by Crooked H friend, Terry M, who was also under investigation? How many lies? How many leaks? Comey knew it all, and much more!

    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/975062797162811394

  3. Iron lung
    Posted March 17, 2018 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    How much one spends is irrelevant.

  4. Lynne
    Posted March 17, 2018 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    Well, on the plus side there is a good argument there for decentralized power. If we were spending some of that military money on battery research (or other forms of energy storage) along with subsidizing household level wind/solar power generation, it would probably increase our national security more than spending it on the military does. Law of diminishing marginal returns and all that.

    I just hope that I get my solar set up ready before anything bad happens to our power grid.

  5. Posted March 17, 2018 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    Jim Comey has a response for you, Mr. President.

  6. Posted March 17, 2018 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    Also, it’s nice that you’re leaving comments. I didn’t think anyone would on St. Patrick’s Day (a.k.a. the worst day of the year).

  7. Jcp2
    Posted March 17, 2018 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    I kind of liked this St. Patrick’s Day. The garage took care of my car much more quickly as their usual Saturday business was significantly down. Also, I remembered to wear a green sweater during my early morning run.

  8. Lynne
    Posted March 17, 2018 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    Other than a necessary short trip to the grocery store this morning, I am hiding out in my house because I have an irrational fear of drunk drivers and green beer pukers (I mean they exist but most people will get through the day safely) . I was sitting outside in the sunshine planning my off grid power solutions whilst reading some off grid living literature. It kind of cracks me up how the extreme right and the extreme left are so similar on issues like this. I am really not worried about the Russians bringing down our grid but just want to snow bird in an RV.

  9. Posted March 17, 2018 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

  10. Meta
    Posted March 17, 2018 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    The Guradian: “Cambridge Analytica: links to Moscow oil firm and St Petersburg university”

    Aleksandr Kogan, the Cambridge University academic who orchestrated the harvesting of Facebook data, had previously unreported ties to a Russian university, including a teaching position and grants for research into the social media network, the Observer has discovered. Cambridge Analytica, the data firm he worked with – which funded the project to turn tens of millions of Facebook profiles into a unique political weapon – also attracted interest from a key Russian firm with links to the Kremlin.

    Energy firm Lukoil, which is now on the US sanctions list and has been used as a vehicle of government influence, saw a presentation on the firm’s work in 2014. It began with a focus on voter suppression in Nigeria, and Cambridge Analytica also discussed “micro-targeting” individuals on social media during elections.

    The revelations come at a time of intense US scrutiny of Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election, with 13 Russians criminally charged last month with interfering to help Donald Trump.

    In Britain, concerns about Russian propaganda have been mounting, with the prime minister, Theresa May, recently attacking Russia for spreading fake news, accusing Moscow of attempts to “weaponise information” and influence polls.

    Lukoil, Russia’s second-largest oil company, discussed with Cambridge Analytica the data company’s powerful social media marketing system, which was already being deployed for Republican Ted Cruz in the US presidential primaries and was later used to back Brexit and Trump.

    Read more:
    https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/mar/17/cambridge-academic-trawling-facebook-had-links-to-russian-university

  11. Meta
    Posted March 17, 2018 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    The Hill: Trump campaign data firm met with top Russian figures: report http://hill.cm/5TPDkDc

  12. Jean Henry
    Posted March 17, 2018 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    Putin Puppet– Comparing the military expenditures of Russia and the US in dollars is not an adequate gage of the threat represented by each country. The Us spends far to much on its military, preparing for the kid of large scale war that is unlikely to happen in an era of nuclear deterrence. Our ground force capacity matters little today. Nuclear capacity matters. Russia poses a very real threat to us, so does the US to them. The only reason to compare the two is not to see who poses the greatest threat, but to see how foolish we are in our military expenditures. https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-12-14/russia-s-military-is-leaner-but-meaner

  13. Putin Puppet
    Posted March 18, 2018 at 6:36 am | Permalink

    List of US Military interventions since Putin became President
    2000–2009

    2000: Sierra Leone: On May 12, 2000, a U.S. Navy patrol craft deployed to Sierra Leone to support evacuation operations from that country if needed.[RL30172]
    2000: Nigeria: Special Forces troops are sent to Nigeria to lead a training mission in the country.[11]
    2000: Yemen: On October 12, 2000, after the USS Cole attack in the port of Aden, Yemen, military personnel were deployed to Aden.[RL30172]
    2000: East Timor: On February 25, 2000, a small number of U.S. military personnel were deployed to support the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET). [RL30172]
    2001: On April 1, 2001, a mid-air collision between a United States Navy EP-3E ARIES II signals surveillance aircraft and a People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) J-8II interceptor fighter jet resulted in an international dispute between the United States and the People’s Republic of China called the Hainan Island incident.
    2001–2014: War in Afghanistan: The War on Terror begins with Operation Enduring Freedom. On October 7, 2001, U.S. Armed Forces invade Afghanistan in response to the 9/11 attacks and “begin combat action in Afghanistan against Al Qaeda terrorists and their Taliban supporters.”[RL30172]
    2002: Yemen: On November 3, 2002, an American MQ-1 Predator fired a Hellfire missile at a car in Yemen killing Qaed Salim Sinan al-Harethi, an al-Qaeda leader thought to be responsible for the USS Cole bombing.[RL30172]
    2002: Philippines: OEF-Philippines, As of January, U.S. “combat-equipped and combat support forces” have been deployed to the Philippines to train with, assist and advise the Philippines’ Armed Forces in enhancing their “counterterrorist capabilities.”[RL30172]
    2002: Côte d’Ivoire: On September 25, 2002, in response to a rebellion in Côte d’Ivoire, U.S. military personnel went into Côte d’Ivoire to assist in the evacuation of American citizens from Bouaké.[12][RL30172]
    2003–2011: War in Iraq: Operation Iraqi Freedom, March 20, 2003, The United States leads a coalition that includes the United Kingdom, Australia and Poland to invade Iraq with the stated goal being “to disarm Iraq in pursuit of peace, stability, and security both in the Gulf region and in the United States.”[RL30172]
    2003: Liberia: Second Liberian Civil War, On June 9, 2003, President Bush reported that on June 8 he had sent about 35 U.S. Marines into Monrovia, Liberia, to help secure the U.S. Embassy in Nouakchott, Mauritania, and to aid in any necessary evacuation from either Liberia or Mauritania.[RL30172]
    2003: Georgia and Djibouti: “US combat equipped and support forces” had been deployed to Georgia and Djibouti to help in enhancing their “counterterrorist capabilities.”[13]

    2004: Haiti: 2004 Haitian coup d’état occurs, The US first sent 55 combat equipped military personnel to augment the U.S. Embassy security forces there and to protect American citizens and property in light. Later 200 additional US combat-equipped, military personnel were sent to prepare the way for a UN Multinational Interim Force, MINUSTAH.[RL30172]
    2004: War on Terror: U.S. anti-terror related activities were underway in Georgia, Djibouti, Kenya, Ethiopia, Yemen, and Eritrea.[14]

    2004–present: The U.S. deploys drone strikes to aid in the War in North-West Pakistan
    2005–2006: Pakistan: President Bush deploys troops from US Army Air Cav Brigades to provide Humanitarian relief to far remote villages in the Kashmir mountain ranges of Pakistan stricken by a massive earthquake.
    2006: Lebanon: part of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit[15] begins evacuation of U.S. citizens willing to leave the country in the face of a likely ground invasion by Israel and continued fighting between Hezbollah and the Israeli military.[15][16]

    2007 – The Mogadishu Encounter, on November 4, 2007, Somali Pirate’s boarded and attacked a North Korean merchant vessel. Passing U.S. Navy Ships and a helicopter that were patrolling at the time responded to the attack. Once the ship was freed from the pirates, the American forces were given permission to board and assist the wounded crew and handle surviving pirates.
    2007: Somalia: Battle of Ras Kamboni, On January 8, 2007, while the conflict between the Islamic Courts Union and the Transitional Federal Government continues, an AC-130 gunship conducts an aerial strike on a suspected al-Qaeda operative, along with other Islamist fighters, on Badmadow Island near Ras Kamboni in southern Somalia.[17]

    2010–present

    2010–present: al-Qaeda insurgency in Yemen: The U.S. has been launching a series of drone strikes on suspected al-Qaeda, al-Shabaab, and ISIS positions in Yemen.
    2010–2011: Operation New Dawn, On February 17, 2010, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced that as of September 1, 2010, the name “Operation Iraqi Freedom” would be replaced by “Operation New Dawn”. This coincides with the reduction of American troops to 50,000.
    2011: 2011 military intervention in Libya: Operation Odyssey Dawn, United States and coalition enforcing U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973 with bombings of Libyan forces.
    2011: Osama Bin Laden is killed by U.S. military forces in Pakistan as part of Operation Neptune Spear.
    2011: Drone strikes on al-Shabab militants begin in Somalia.[18] This marks the 6th nation in which such strikes have been carried out,[19] including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen[20] and Libya.
    2011–present: Uganda: U.S. Combat troops sent in as advisers to Uganda.[21]
    2012: Jordan: 150 U.S. troops deployed to Jordan to help it contain the Syrian Civil War within Syria’s borders.
    2012: Turkey: 400 troops and two batteries of Patriot missiles sent to Turkey to prevent any missile strikes from Syria.
    2012: Chad: 50 U.S. troops have deployed to the African country of Chad to help evacuate U.S. citizens and embassy personnel from the neighboring Central African Republic’s capital of Bangui in the face of rebel advances toward the city.
    2013: Mali: U.S. forces assisted the French in Operation Serval with air refueling and transport aircraft.
    2013: Somalia: U.S. Air Force planes supported the French in the Bulo Marer hostage rescue attempt. However, they did not use any weapons.
    2013: 2013 Korean crisis
    2013: Navy SEALs conducted a raid in Somalia and possibly killed a senior Al-Shabaab official, simultaneously another raid took place in Tripoli, Libya, where Special Operations Forces captured Abu Anas al Libi (also known as Anas al-Libi)[22]
    2014–present: Uganda: V-22 Ospreys, MC-130s, KC-135s and additional U.S. soldiers are sent to Uganda to continue to help African forces search for Joseph Kony.[23]
    2014–present: American intervention in Iraq: Hundreds of U.S. troops deployed to protect American assets in Iraq and to advise Iraqi and Kurdish fighters.[24] In August the U.S. Air Force conducted a humanitarian air drop and the U.S. Navy began a series of airstrikes against Islamic State-aligned forces throughout northern Iraq.[25][26]
    2014: 2014 American rescue mission in Syria: The U.S. attempted to rescue James Foley and other hostages being held by ISIL. Air strikes were conducted on the ISIL military base known as “Osama bin Laden camp”. Meanwhile, the bombings, Delta teams parachuted near an ISIL high-valued prison. The main roads were blocked to keep any target from escaping. When no hostage was found, the American troops began house to house searches. By this time, ISIL militants began arriving to the area. Heavy fighting occurred until the Americans decided to abandon the mission due to the hostages being nowhere in the area. Although the mission failed, at least 5 ISIL militants were killed, however 1 American troop was wounded. According to the reports, Jordan had a role in the operation and that one Jordanian soldier had been wounded as well. This was unconfirmed.
    2014–present: American-led intervention in Syria: American aircraft bomb Islamic State positions in Syria. Airstrikes on al-Qaeda, al-Nusra Front and Khorasan positions are also being conducted.
    2014–present: Intervention against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: Syrian locals forces and American-led coalition forces launch a series of aerial attacks on ISIL and al-Nusra Front positions in Iraq and Syria.
    2014: 2014 Yemen hostage rescue operations against al-Qaeda: On November 25, U.S. Navy SEALs and Yemeni Special Forces launched an operations in Yemen in attempt to rescue eight hostages that were being held by al-Qaeda. Although the operation was successful, no American hostages were secured. In the first attempt, six Yemenis, one Saudi Arabian, and one Ethiopian were rescued. On December 4, 2014, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) threatened to execute the Somers if the U.S. failed to the unspecified commands. AQAP also stated that they would be executed if the U.S. attempted another rescue operation. On December 6, a second operation was launched. 40 U.S. SEALs and 30 Yemeni troops were deployed to the compound. A 10-minute fire fight occurred before the American troops could enter where the remaining hostages (Somers and Korkie) were being held. They were alive, but fatally wounded. Surgery was done in mid air when flying away from the site. Korkie died while in flight, and Somers died once landed on the USS Makin Island. No American troop was killed/injured, however a Yemenis soldier was wounded.
    2015: April 30, 2015 U.S. sends ships to the Strait of Hormuz to shield vessels after Iranian Seizure of commercial vessel: The U.S. Navy deploys warships to protect American commercial vessels passing through the Strait of Hormuz from Iranian interference. Concerns were also raised that Iranian gunships were trailing a U.S. container ship. Iran additionally fired shots over the bow, and seized, a ship registered in the Marshall Islands, part of a long-standing dispute between the two nations.[27]
    2015–present: In early October 2015, the US military deployed 300 troops to Cameroon, with the approval of the Cameroonian government, their primary mission was to provide intelligence support to local forces as well as conducting reconnaissance flights.
    2017: 2017 Shayrat missile strike: Tomahawk missiles launched from US naval vessels in the Mediterranean hit a Syrian airbase in Homs Governorate in response to a chemical weapons attack against civilians south-west of Idlib. Seven are killed and nine are wounded.[28]

  14. Putin Puppet
    Posted March 18, 2018 at 6:47 am | Permalink

    List of Russian military interventions since Putin became President
    War of Dagestan (1999)
    Second Chechen War (1999–2009)
    Russo-Georgian War (2008)
    Insurgency in the North Caucasus (2009–present)
    Russian military intervention in Ukraine (2014–present)
    Russian military intervention in Syria (2015–present)

    Notice the discrepancy in military actions between the United States and Russia? Also note the locations. The US has sent our military to fight on at least 4 continents. All of Russia’s military actions (with the exception of Syria) have been in Russia, or along its borders.

  15. Jcp2
    Posted March 18, 2018 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    One patrol craft assisting evacuation efforts in Sierra Leone = Annexation of Crimea?
    Aid against piracy on high seas = War in Chechnya?

  16. Jean Henry
    Posted March 18, 2018 at 7:25 am | Permalink

    Yes, we have been engaged in a state of constant war for the timespan of Putin’s presidency. Russia has not. Last I checked, we did not try to seize territory via war. Russia, post cold war, has not been a major player on the world stage. Now they are. When’s the last time the US seized autonomous territory and usurped control permanently? Beyond that Putin is a ruthless totalitarian dictator. I know Trump aspires to that, but he’s not there yet. If Putin had the resources to run a larger military operation, I’m sure he would.
    Russia spends 5.4% of its GDP on the military.
    We spend 3.3%, down from a high of 8.4% in 1960. https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/MS.MIL.XPND.GD.ZS?view=chart

  17. Iron Lung 2
    Posted March 18, 2018 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    “2015–present: In early October 2015, the US military deployed 300 troops to Cameroon, with the approval of the Cameroonian government, their primary mission was to provide intelligence support to local forces as well as conducting reconnaissance flights.”

    The poster likely doesn’t know very much about Cameroon.

  18. Jean Henry
    Posted March 18, 2018 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    Lynne– the military has been contributing to research on energy storage and alternative fuels since the Bush Era. Bush had a strict mandate for all VA hospitals to become more energy and resource efficient (all while denying climate change in public) . The local VA in A2 is more sustainable by leagues than U-M. Energy insecurity is an ongoing reality where we have engaged in military action. The military, like big business, must project forecasts of both opportunities and threats decades ahead, so both have been working on the necessary technology shifts. Lastly, there are many who believe the only means to getting the US to substantially invest in climate action and climate adaption is through the military. I don;t know if they are right, but I know most lefty approaches have failed miserably.

    https://psmag.com/environment/our-government-is-in-two-minds-over-climate-change

  19. Iron Lung 2
    Posted March 18, 2018 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    There are a great many public health and medical advances that are a direct result of the military’s efforts to keep it’s people safe.

  20. Posted March 18, 2018 at 9:39 am | Permalink

  21. Posted March 18, 2018 at 9:42 am | Permalink

  22. Putin Puppet
    Posted March 18, 2018 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    500,000 Iraqi civilians killed since US led invasion.
    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/15/iraq-death-toll_n_4102855.html

  23. Putin Puppet
    Posted March 18, 2018 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    Three year old data

    149,000 people have died in war in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 2001, report says. War has directly resulted in the deaths of 149,000 people in Afghanistan and Pakistan between 2001 and 2014, according to estimates in a new report released by Costs of War project at Brown University’s Watson Institute.Jun 3, 2015

  24. Jean Henry
    Posted March 18, 2018 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    PP—We are aware of the horrors of the wars we started in the Middle East. Comparing a country in a state of war to one that was not is an absurdity. The only relevant question at hand is do you think Putin’s Russia poses a threat to our nations autonomy and security. Whatever you think of IS military action abroad, the primary job of national governance is maintaining national security. There’s ample evidence that our wars in Afghanistan and Iraq made us less safe, we know. Shaming at this point is more about your personal self-distancing than useful discourse. Most of us here opposed those aggressions as they happened. But do you really believe, where we are now, that removing ourselves from the foreign arena, and allowing Russia to do what it will, makes is more secure???
    Please answer that question and explain why.

  25. Jean Henry
    Posted March 18, 2018 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    Good summary :
    Can Donald Trump Be Impeached? https://nyti.ms/2GiErFN

  26. Iron Lung 2
    Posted March 18, 2018 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    It is always entertaining when people think that they are being subversive by sticking up for dictators, autocrats and oppressive regimes.

  27. Jean Henry
    Posted March 18, 2018 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    I know it’s linked in the body of the text, but I think it’s really important that people read this: https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/mar/17/data-war-whistleblower-christopher-wylie-faceook-nix-bannon-trump

    FB personality quizzes… yes. Manipulating inner demons… yes. But also the story about how a leftist data hound was enlisted by Bannon to become the key to Trump winning the election. I still have so many questions…

    Also Prof Kogan, a key figure and prof simultaneously at Cambridge and St Petersburg, changed his name to Dr Spectre and back again… so many questions.

  28. Iron Lung 2
    Posted March 18, 2018 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    I am still trying to psychologically recover from the shock of the FISA memo a few weeks back.

  29. Jean Henry
    Posted March 18, 2018 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    I’m thinking I should stop watching Homeland.

  30. Iron Lung 2
    Posted March 18, 2018 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    Russia and the Soviet have long been masters at getting “subversives” to stick up for them.

    The RT is just genius, if you think about it. When you see anarchists and libertarians spreading around stories from the RT on social media, you have to wonder.

  31. Jean Henry
    Posted March 18, 2018 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    I wish TV shows and movies were willing to show Just how idiotic and uninformed the left (across the spectrum) can be as well. And how certain.

  32. Jean Henry
    Posted March 18, 2018 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    Oh I forgot about Atlanta. Man he just reams white liberalism.

  33. Anonymous
    Posted March 19, 2018 at 6:31 am | Permalink

    Howard Dean: Based on what Brennan has said and what the Mercer’s did, I am thinking there will be treason charges before we are done with all this

  34. Jean Henry
    Posted March 19, 2018 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    Howard Dean is a smart, well-meaning guy with notable failures of enthusiasm. He spouts the party rhetoric and really seems to believe it too. No greater con artist than the guy who believes his own con. He plays to the home crowd. Dean is often right about direction but wrong about where it leads. Buyer beware.

  35. Doug Coombe
    Posted March 19, 2018 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    Fox News, the conservative media and the GOP is a cult. Logic need not apply. Toxic masculinity solves everything in their minds.

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