Bill Barr haltingly admits campaigns offered stolen dirt by foreign enemies should maybe call FBI

Christ, what an asshole. Read the rest

BARR COVERUP: Mueller told A.G. he failed to capture ‘context, nature, substance’ of Trump Russia report

“There is now public confusion about critical aspects of the results of our investigation. This threatens to undermine a central purpose for which the Department appointed the Special Counsel: to assure full public confidence in the outcome of the investigations.”ROBERT MUELLER, in a letter to Trump attorney general Bill Barr.

The WaPo reports tonight that Robert Mueller wrote a letter to Bill Barr, in which the special counsel told Trump's handpicked attorney general his charm offensive in advance of the redacted report's release failed to capture the true 'context, nature, and substance' of the report's contents. Read the rest

Fox jump-cut to protect Trump also anti-semitic

**UPDATE** Joel Rubin has said the cut was legit.

Fox News abruptly cut off former assistant secretary of state Joel Rubin for explaining that Trumpism led to today's shootings in Poway.

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Trump campaign won't say no to hacked political dirt, Democrats agree not to use illegally obtained data

Rudy Giuliani: “nothing wrong with taking information from Russians.”

Twitter kills network of 5,000 pro-Trump bots linked to Saudi propaganda

The bot network repeatedly denounced the Mueller report as a 'RussiaGate hoax.'

Trump and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey held a closed-door meeting

Said Dorsey to staff: “Some of you will be very supportive of our meeting [with] the president, and some of you might feel we shouldn’t take this meeting at all." Read the rest

Trump approval rating drops 5 points after redacted Mueller Report released

A significant drop, but no worse than he's been before, reports Politico's Steven Shepherd.

“President Trump’s approval rating has dipped to its lowest point of his term in the immediate aftermath of the redacted Mueller report release,” said Tyler Sinclair, Morning Consult’s vice president. “This week, 57 percent of voters disapprove, and 39 percent approve of the president’s performance — a net approval rating of –18 percentage points, compared with 55 percent who disapproved and 42 percent who approved — a net approval rating of –13 percentage points — one month ago in the aftermath of Attorney General [William] Barr’s summary of the Mueller report to Congress.”

I'm amazed it dropped under 40%, to be honest. Accepting that four in ten American voters are unequivocally, non-negotiably, unarguably with Trump is the basic political challenge for everyone else. Read the rest

Marijuana makes people morally unfit for U.S. citizenship, pot users lack 'good moral character' — Trump administration

Pot makes immigrants ineligible for citizenship even if pot is legal in the state where they reside.

New York Times prints 'I'm fucked' on front page 😱

Hell has frozen over. Read the rest

This 2015 Facebook/Instagram post was 'earliest evidence' of Russia's attack, says Mueller report

"Good evening buds!" the post read.

Here are 20 questions raised by the Mueller Report

Barr's redactions aside, I have questions.

The Mueller report, thumbnailed for redaction appreciation

From FlowingData, this is the redacted Mueller report in a "thumbnailed view for a sense of the redactions."

There's still plenty to read between the (black) lines.

(Thanks, Ted Weinstein!) Read the rest

Read the full text of the Mueller report here, as redacted by Barr

Dems fight for unredacted report's release

Mueller report may already have been read to Trump White House, former CIA chief John Brennan hints

Trump AG Barr says they'll release a redacted version of Mueller’s report Thursday.

Bret Easton Ellis interviewed by Isaac Chotiner

Isaac Chotiner interviews Bret Easton Ellis, author of American Psycho and an evidently half-hearted believer in the idea that America has overreacted to Donald Trump's elevation to the presidency.

[Chotiner] There are a lot of things to get angry about: children being separated from their parents, Trump saying nice things about marchers in Charlottesville. What is it that bothers you about this?

[Ellis] You do know that plenty of people don’t think that? You do understand that?

Don’t think what?

Don’t think all these things you are saying about Charlottesville. What does he have, a ninety-three-per-cent approval rating, or, let’s say, a hundred per cent, from his base? Let’s say it is, over all, way up, from thirty-eight per cent to fifty per cent, or even higher. And let’s say Latinos are now fifty-per-cent approval for Trump.

That’s not true, but O.K.

Well, whatever.

The tendency for Chotiner's interview subjects to unravel under his fair but persistent questioning (Giuliani, Buruma, take your pick) is genuinely amazing. Chotiner is journalism's Chigurh on the stairs. His targets surely sense that their rules have led them to a murderer, but the same rules impose upon them a strange duty to go back to their rooms with him, to talk and die. Read the rest

Stunning photo of the media reflected in Trump's eyes

No, not that one above -- that's an iconic still from 'Blade Runner,' which today's Trump shot reminds me of.

Below, a jaw-dropping photograph from Associated Press photographer Pablo Martínez on Twitter. Read the rest

Barr: We'll release the Mueller report in a week but first we gotta color code it and redact the bad stuff

Trump's handpicked Attorney General Bill Barr says the report prepared by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office will be ready for public release within about a week. Read the rest

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