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Michael Cohen Goes to Court Today

April 16, 2018

Michael Cohen, personal lawyer of Donald Trump, will be in U.S. District Court in New York this afternoon, trying to exclude thousands of documents seized by the FBI from the federal case against him. Mr. Cohen has been charged by Deputy U.S. Attorney Robert Khuzami, not (as in the SNL skit above) Robert Mueller. Since Mr. Cohen has only one client, Donald Trump, the case against Michael Cohen is more of a present threat to Mr. Trump than the Mueller investigation. And since Michael Cohen serves Donald Trump in the capacity of bagman and fixer, not as a lawyer, attorney-client privilege does not apply. In any case, a lawyer abetting a client in criminal acts cannot hide behind privilege.

More:

“Trump advisers see Cohen probe as greater threat to Trump than Mueller: report,” Max Greenwood, The Hill

“What Exactly Was Michael Cohen Doing for Donald Trump?” David A. Graham, The Atlantic

“Trump Wants to Review Seized Michael Cohen Materials Before Federal Prosecutors,” Margaret Hartmann, New York Magazine

“Michael Cohen and the End Stage of the Trump Presidency,” Adam Davidson, The New Yorker

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One Liar Pardons Another

April 13, 2018

President Donald Trump, who makes six nonfactual statements a day, has pardoned convicted perjurer I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby Jr.  “I don’t know Mr. Libby,” said Mr. Trump, “but for years I have heard that he has been treated unfairly.” Evidently, golf clubhouse chatter is now a major force in our legal system.

The real message in this presidential act: Lie to Mueller for me and get out of jail free.

Keep track of Trump falsehoods here.

More:

“Trump grants pardon to former Bush official; some say he is using the law as a political tool,” Philip Rucker, Josh Dawsey and Matt Zapotosky, Washington Post

“Trump Pardoned Libby to Protect Himself From Mueller,” Marcy Wheeler, New York Times

Related:

“Donald Trump says it’s okay for him to lie since ‘people agree with me.’” Graham Vyse, The New Republic

“Trump is perfecting the art of the Big Lie,” Max Boot, Washington Post

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Trump: ‘Scott Pruitt Is Doing a Great Job!’

April 9, 2018

Capitol Hill celebrity Scott Pruitt, spoofed by Friends of the Earth. The tear-off phone number is that of the EPA Public Affairs Office.

In the face of mounting criticism for extravagant personal spending of public dollars and ethical lapses, EPA Secretary Scott Pruitt seems to be fighting for his job, but President Trump thinks he’s doing a great job of rolling back environmental regulations:

But it’s actually Scott Pruitt’s PR office that’s doing all the work. In reality, the process of rolling back regulations is as lengthy and difficult as establishing them. You can’t do it by press release.

More:

“The Myth of Scott Pruitt’s EPA Rollback,” Michael Grunwald, Politico

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Trump Champions Abstinence-Only Sex Education

April 4, 2018

Fundamentalist sex educators favor so-called “Abstinence-Only” strategy, teaching teens to “just say no” to sex, which works as well as you might expect — not at all. Nevertheless, due to pressure from the Christian Right, for nearly 30 years the federal government pumped over $2 billion into this losing battle with adolescent hormones before facing reality.

It’s back! Fundamentalists helped elect Adulterer-In-Chief Donald Trump, so “Abstinence-Only” Sex Ed is Great Again.

More:

“Abstinence-only education making a comeback under Trump,” Jessie Hellmann, The Hill

“Donald Trump’s Embrace of Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Is an Absurd Twist on a Failed Policy,” Jordan Smith, The Intercept

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Cambridge Analytica & the Trump Campaign

March 22, 2018

Cambridge Analytica & the Trump Campaign

During 2016 the Trump presidential campaign paid $5.9 million to data firm Cambridge Analytica, which harvested information from 50 million Facebook users in order to develop psychographic data it used to micro-target advertising to individual voters. Unless it didn’t.

Cambridge Analytica illegally mined FB user data for the Trump campaign. Unless Cambridge Analytica was merely using Facebook the way it was designed to be used, and it’s really Facebook that’s at fault.

Trump Campaign factotum Jared Kushner brought in Cambridge Analytica, funded by the U.S. conservative Mercer family, with links to a Chinese firm through U.S. mercenary Erik Prince, and Steve Bannon was a board member. SCL Group, the parent company of Cambridge Analytica, is British. At the same time, the Make America Number 1 Super PAC paid Cambridge Analytica $5.7 million to develop negative ads targeting Hilary Clinton. The PAC-Trump campaign coordination and foreign involvement are violations of federal election law. Maybe.

In short, Cambridge Analytica was the secret weapon that helped get the 70,000 Trump votes in key states that swayed the 2016 presidential election. Or it wasn’t.

Clear?

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Japan’s Bowling Ball Test

March 21, 2018

While defending his trade war during a fundraising speech in Missouri last week, President Trump claimed that in Japan, to test American auto imports, “they take a bowling ball from 20 feet up in the air and they drop it on the hood of the car. And if the hood dents, then the car doesn’t qualify…It’s horrible, the way we’re treated.”

The Japanese were baffled, since they don’t do that. Americans were, too, until they dug up the 2010 Nissan commercial above.

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“Donald Trump botches Japanese bowling ball on the car hood test,” Jon Greenberg, Politifact

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Trump White House: Exit Only

March 14, 2018

Trump White House Staff Stampedes for the Exit

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was dismissed over Twitter. Over three dozen Trump staffers that have resigned, been fired, or been reassigned since Trump took office, an attrition rate of 43%, more than five times the rate of recent administrations. One-third of the White House staff has left. Add to that the countless holdover appointees who have left and the career diplomats and civil servants who escaped the chaos, and you have a government that’s been hollowed out. And you can guess the kind of people who would want to work for such a capricious and studiously uniformed (and uninformable) Chief Executive.

And remember, Trump only fired 15 people each year on The Apprentice.

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‘Donny from Queens, you’re on the air ….’

March 9, 2018

'Donny from Queens, you're on the air ....'

“‘Everything Trump says makes sense when you just preface it with, ‘Donald from Queens, you’re on the air.’ The President of the United States is basically a guy who calls into local sports radio.” — Jamie Kirchick of the Brookings Institution

A concise recognition that the current occupant of the White House is just another schmuck from Queens.

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“‘Donny from Queens, You’re on the Air,’” Kevin D. Williamson, National Review

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Stormy Daniels Sues Donald Trump

March 7, 2018

Stormy Daniels Sues Trump
Porn star Stormy Daniels (Stephanie Clifford) has filed suit against Donald Trump, claiming her nondisclosure agreement with him isn’t valid since he never signed the contract, in which he is referred to under the alias David Dennison. Ms. Daniels inked the agreement just 12 days before the 2016 election, pledging silence about her intimate relations with the married Mr. Trump from 2006 to 2007 in return for $130,000 in hush money. As usual when bills are due, Donald Trump was nowhere to be found, so Trump lawyer Michael Cohen paid the gag fee out of his own pocket.

The suit filed this Tuesday further claims that lawyer Cohen attempted to intimidate Ms. Clifford into silence and “shut her up” to “protect Mr. Trump.” Read the new court filing lawyer Michael Avenatti submitted on behalf of Stormy Daniels here . The original NDA is attached, and the spaces where “David Dennison” was supposed to sign are clearly blank.

More:

“Stormy Daniels sues Trump, says ‘hush agreement’ invalid because he never signed,” Sarah Fitzpatrick, NBC News

“Stormy Daniels’ Lawyer: More Evidence ‘Is Going to Come to Light,’” Daily Beast

“The 7 most interesting aspects of Stormy Daniels’s lawsuit against Trump,” Aaron Blake, Washington Post

“Stormy Daniels isn’t suing Trump for money. She’s suing to make sure her story is told.” Anna North, Vox

“‘I have to see you again’: How Trump’s alleged affair with a porn star spilled into public view, Frances Stead Sellers, Emma Brown and David A. Fahrenthold, Washington Post

“Stormy Daniels’ attorney says Michael Cohen ‘threatened’ her to keep quiet,” Catherine Garcia, The Week

Updates:

“Trump’s lawyer got a restraining order to prevent Stormy Daniels from speaking out,” Jen Kirby, Vox

“Stormy Daniels: White House appears to confirm Trump contract with porn star,” David Smith, The Guardian

“Stormy Daniels Lawyer: ‘Laughable, Absurd’ Trump Didn’t Know About Hush Money,” Nicole Lafond, TPM Livewire

“Stormy Daniels lawyer says Americans need to know details because ‘cover-ups matter,'” Louis Nelson, Politico

“Michael Cohen used Trump company email in Stormy Daniels arrangements,” Sarah Fitzpatrick and Tracy Connor, NBC News

“Cohen $130,000 Payment To Stormy Daniels Came From His Home Equity Line,” Nicole Lafond, TPM Livewire

“Stormy Daniels Offers to Return $130K to Trump to End ‘Hush Agreement,’” Daily Beast

“Stormy Daniels taped a 60 Minutes interview, and Trump lawyer Michael Cohen might try to quash it,” Peter Weber, The Week

“Stormy Daniels friend describes listening in on her phone calls with Trump,” Beth Reinhard and Rob Kuznia, Washington Post

“CNN: Radio Host Says Stormy Daniels Discussed Trump Affair On Air In 2007,” Matt Shuham, CNN

Related:

“Stormy Daniels Lawsuit Raises Election Law Questions for Trump,” Griffin Connolly, Roll Call

“Stormy Daniels bringing down Trump would be the poetic justice America needs,” Matthew Walther, The Week

“Amid stories about Trump’s alleged past sexual activity, administration focuses on abstinence-only education,” Eugene Scott, Washington Post

“The First Porn President,” Maureen Dowd, New York Times

“It’s time to start taking the Stormy Daniels scandal seriously,”  Matthew Yglesias, Vox

If Michael Cohen Is Telling the Truth About His Stormy Daniels Payment, He Could Be Disbarred,” Stephen Lubet, Slate

“This Barrier-Breaking Porn Star May Prove Trump’s Biggest Nightmare,” James Watkins, OZY

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Why Trump Is Cranky

March 5, 2018

Why Trump Is Cranky

Last week President Trump suddenly imposed tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, much to the horror of free-trade Republicans, economists, farmers, and Americans who make things out of metal or buy that kind of stuff. The market plunged, and trading partners prepared to retaliate. Mr. Trump made the move without the knowledge of White House staff because he was in a bad mood. Why was he cranky? For the past two weeks the president has been on a diet, eating salads instead of his adored Big Macs.

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“Officials try to contain damage from Trump trade war declaration,” Ben White and Nancy Cook, Politico

“This story about how Trump impulsively launched a trade war is shocking — and shockingly unsurprising,” Aaron Blake, Washington Post

“Trump was angry and ‘unglued’ when he started a trade war, officials say,” Stephanie Ruhle and Peter Alexander, NBC News

“Trump’s trade war could erase all the tax-cut gains,” John Podhoretz, New York Post

“Five US jobs will be lost for every new one created by Trump’s steel tariffs,” Heather Timmons, Quartz

“Trump’s Tariffs Dim the Prospects for Trump’s Wall,” Kriston Capps, CityLab

“Trump’s disdain for experts, even on his own staff, drives tariffs push,” Nancy Cook, Politico

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