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Donald Trump Shouldn’t Talk to the Feds. And Neither Should You.
"When special counsels or FBI agents ask questions of one of these powerful people, they are not fact-finding. They've already done their homework. They've already gathered facts—almost certainly many more facts than the interviewee knows. They are asking questions the answers to which they can already prove, hoping that the interviewee will tell a provable lie, and thus commit a crime, or at least lock themselves into a feckless story that ties their hands later. The law that makes it a crime to lie to federal investigators does not require the lie to fool the investigators for a nanosecond. A lie must be "material" to be criminal, but that only means that the lie is the kind of statement that could conceivably influence the government, not one that actually did. The FBI can roll up with irrefutable proof of something, ask the target a question hoping for a lie, collect the lie they wanted, and reap a felony conviction."
a:Ken-White★★★  p:Reason  d:2018.02.08  w:1500  law-enforcement  Donald-Trump  from instapaper
4 days ago by bankbryan
What Trump’s Speech Says About His Mental Fitness
"Mr. Trump is unmoved by any sense that to speak as a president is a kind of kabuki or performance art, in which one doesn’t so much talk as signal. He has learned that he can just show up and run his mouth, and he’ll be adored regardless. Some suppose Mr. Trump started talking down deliberately in order to portray folksiness. But this imputes to him a sociological sensitivity, a reflective, outwardly focused theory of mind, that he shows no evidence of otherwise. More likely, Mr. Trump has simply taken the path of least resistance."
a:John-McWhorter★★  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2018.02.06  w:1500  analysis  Donald-Trump  mental-illness  from instapaper
5 days ago by bankbryan
Lawsplainer: "Fruit of The Poisonous Tree" And The Special Counsel Investigation
"So you're saying 'fruit of the poisonous tree' isn't a thing?"
"It is a thing. But it is not anything like the thing being imagined here."
"Look, I know you're a federal criminal defense lawyer and everything, but the fellow on Twitter seemed quite firm about this."
"I'm sure."
a:Ken-White★★★  p:Popehat★★★  d:2018.02.12  w:1500  explainer  law  Donald-Trump  from instapaper
5 days ago by bankbryan
How Joy Reid of MSNBC Became a Heroine of the Resistance - The New York Times
“Our prime directive is to constantly remind people that this is not normal and not to allow it to become mundane,” Ms. Reid said of the Trump presidency.
the-new-york-times  joy-reid  profiles  donald-trump  laura-m-holson  fake-news 
11 days ago by yolandaenoch
In Russia Inquiry, Lawyers Tell Trump to Refuse Mueller Interview
"Mr. Cobb had told the president and the public that the Mueller inquiry would be over by the end of 2017, or soon after. But a month into 2018, it remains unclear when Mr. Mueller will wrap up the bulk of his work. Privately, people close to the president have conceded that assuring Mr. Trump that the investigation would end by a certain date was primarily aimed at keeping him from antagonizing Mr. Mueller on his Twitter feed or in interviews."
a:Michael-S-Schmidt  a:Maggie-Haberman★  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2018.02.05  w:1500  Donald-Trump  law  from iphone
12 days ago by bankbryan
Russia Did It, Y’all. And Nobody Fucking Cares.
That’s right, that’s CRAZY LIBERAL CONSPIRACY THEORIST George W. Bush [...] saying it’s still an open question whether Russia actually successfully rigged the 2016 election. What a Code Pink Occupy Democracy Now liberal George W. Bush is being, to even ask that question!
wonkette  elections  donald-trump  2016  us-politics  george-w-bush  hacking 
13 days ago by jm
Piers Morgan Can't Stop Tweeting This Picture of Him Eating Donald Trump's Ass
"Here is where I should point out that a satirical image of a 'reporter' eating a much criticized world leader’s poop chute after he interviewed said leader in a interview so soft it looked like Jimmy Fallon gave it, is not the same thing as scantily clad women being paid pittance to serve as window dressing. But honestly I would rather use this time to remind people there are better ways to eat ass than having your partner kneel on a wobbly office chair while you sort of lean forward."
a:Alex-Cranz  p:Gizmodo★  d:2018.02.02  w:500  Donald-Trump  sex  media  from iphone
20 days ago by bankbryan
The State of the (White Nationalist) Union - The New York Times
He complimented coal and welding in a love letter to the white working classes of Appalachia and the Midwest. By admonishing people who don’t stand for the national anthem, he reminded us that as president, he has picked fights with black N.F.L. players protesting police brutality. He repeatedly disparaged nonwhite people during his speech.

Instead of unifying the country, President Trump made it clear, yet again, that he supports only white Americans — to hell with everyone else.

President Trump’s message is clear: Acceptable minorities work as ICE agents, help their employers take advantage of tax breaks and serve as visible reminders that people are killed by immigrants and foreigners.

This fatalist, white nationalist view of the world is a reminder that if last night was about unity, Mr. Trump cares to unite only white Americans.
donald-trump  the-new-york-times  kashana-cauley  white-nationalism  racism 
22 days ago by yolandaenoch
What Putin Really Wants
"The Rose Revolution in Georgia, the Orange Revolution in Ukraine, the Tulip Revolution in Kyrgyzstan—'Russia looks at this with understandable mistrust,' Migranyan told his students. He pointed out that the United States, by its own admission, had spent $5 billion in Ukraine to promote democracy—that is, to expand the liberal Western order. Through this prism, it is not irrational to believe that the U.S. might be coming for Moscow—and Putin—next. Putin had always been suspicious of democracy promotion, but two moments convinced him that America was coming for him under its guise. The first was the 2011 nato intervention in Libya, which led, ultimately, to the ousting and gruesome lynching of the Libyan dictator, Muammar Qaddafi. Afterward, many people who interacted with Putin noticed how deeply Qaddafi’s death troubled him. He is said to have watched the video of the killing over and over. 'The way Qaddafi died made a profound impact on him,' says Jake Sullivan, a former senior State Department official who met repeatedly with senior Russian officials around that time. Another former senior Obama-administration official describes Putin as 'obsessed' with Qaddafi’s death."
a:Julia-Ioffe  p:The-Atlantic★★  d:2017.12  w:11500  Russia  hacking  2016-election  Barack-Obama  Hillary-Clinton  government  Donald-Trump  from instapaper
28 days ago by bankbryan
The 29 Stages Of A Twitterstorm In 2018
"29. It will never stop. We live in a hell we have made for ourselves. There is only one escape."
a:Tom-Phillips  p:BuzzFeed★★  d:2018.01.18  w:500  list  Twitter  social-media  media  Donald-Trump  from iphone
4 weeks ago by bankbryan
America the Trumped: 10 ways the administration attacked civil rights in year one | Southern Poverty Law Center
Here are 10 ways that he, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other administration officials have undermined protections for the most vulnerable people in America
splc  donald-trump  civil-rights 
4 weeks ago by JorgeAranda

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