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It was never about Europe. Brexit is Britain’s reckoning with itself
“But the collective effects of these interrelated developments do seem to have been barely visible within the political mainstream until David Cameron accidentally took the lid off by calling a referendum and asking people to endorse the status quo. What we see with the lid off and the fog of fantasies at last beginning to dissipate is the truth that Brexit is much less about Britain’s relationship with the EU than it is about Britain’s relationship with itself. It is the projection outwards of an inner turmoil.”
uk  europe  politics 
4 days ago
Donald Trump Told Michael Cohen To Lie To Congress About Moscow Tower Project
"This revelation is not the first evidence to suggest the president may have attempted to obstruct the FBI and special counsel investigations into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. But Cohen's testimony marks a significant new frontier: It is the first known example of Trump explicitly telling a subordinate to lie directly about his own dealings with Russia. On the campaign trail, Trump vehemently denied having any business interests in Russia. But behind the scenes, he was pushing the Moscow project, which he hoped could bring his company profits in excess of $300 million. The two law enforcement sources said he had at least 10 face-to-face meetings with Cohen about the deal during the campaign."

Are we Watergate yet? Yes. Yes, we are Watergate now.
usa  politics  trump  russia  election:2016  corruption 
4 days ago
Trump speech: an underwhelming address by a president without a plan
“When Republicans controlled Congress, Democrats offered Trump a deal: the wall for legalizing the young undocumented immigrants known as DREAMers. ‘I’ll take a bucket, take bricks, and I’ll start building it myself,’ said Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL). ‘We will dirty our hands in order for the DREAMers to have a clean future in America. Then why haven’t we settled this?’ They didn’t settle it because Trump refused the deal.… His sense of negotiations is fundamentally zero-sum: One side has to lose and one side has to win. If Trump gives Democrats anything they can present as a win, he will look like a loser. As such, he can’t give them the concessions that might get him the wall because what he’d be giving up — his image as a winner — is more important to him than the policy he’d be gaining. If all this sounds ridiculous, well, it is.”
usa  news  politics  trump  idiocy 
13 days ago
I am an independent, impartial judge
“[Y]ou may have seen the guy shouting about beer and ‘revenge on behalf of the Clintons’ and thought, ‘Yeeeegh, I don’t love this. Can someone else be lifetime-appointed to the Supreme Court?’ I just want to say: That wasn’t me. I mean, technically, it was me, but in a broader, representational sense, it wasn’t.”
news  humor  wapo 
october 2018
The Cruelty Is the Point
“The political movement that elected a president who wanted to ban immigration by adherents of an entire religion, who encourages police to brutalize suspects, and who has destroyed thousands of immigrant families for violations of the law less serious than those of which he and his coterie stand accused, now laments the state of due process. This isn’t incoherent. It reflects a clear principle: Only the president and his allies, his supporters, and their anointed are entitled to the rights and protections of the law, and if necessary, immunity from it. The rest of us are entitled only to cruelty, by their whim.”
usa  politics  culture  sexism  racism  trump  corruption 
october 2018
Elizabeth Warren has a plan to save capitalism
“[W]hile the codetermination aspect of Warren’s proposal does draw inspiration from Germany, fundamentally, the pitch for the overall package is a lot closer to ‘Make America Great Again’ than to ‘Make America Like Scandinavia.’ The basic notion is that the American private sector used to operate in a better, more inclusive way before the rise of shareholder supremacy and with a couple of firm regulatory kicks we can get it to work that way again.”
usa  politics  economics  business 
august 2018
The President Is Getting Away With Blatant Crimes. That’s Normal.
“‘The dictum that we live in a nation of laws can also be understood ironically: that ours has become a nation only of laws. For laws without the will to enforce them and confront the consequences remain simply words on paper.’ Trump’s immediate Republican predecessor reaffirmed Danner’s insight, by overseeing the systematic violation of both domestic and international laws against military torture — while Trump’s immediate Democratic predecessor did so by refusing to bring any of that criminal conspiracy’s masterminds to justice.”
usa  politics  history  trump  corruption 
august 2018
Trump Revokes Ex-CIA Director John Brennan’s Security Clearance
“In an interview Wednesday, Mr. Trump cited Mr. Brennan as among those he held responsible for the investigation, which also is looking into whether there was collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Mr. Trump has denied collusion, and Russia has denied interfering. Mr. Brennan was director of the Central Intelligence Agency in the Democratic administration of former President Obama and one of those who presented evidence to Mr. Trump shortly before his inauguration that Russia had interfered in the 2016 election. ‘I call it the rigged witch hunt, [it] is a sham,’ Mr. Trump said in an interview. ‘And these people led it!’ He added: ‘So I think it’s something that had to be done.’”

Jay Sekulow sighs ruefully and resets the DAYS SINCE THE PRESIDENT PUBLICLY CONFESSED TO OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE sign hanging in his office to zero.
usa  politics  intelligence  trump  corruption  wsj 
august 2018
The Cryptographic Doom Principle
“[I]f you have to perform any cryptographic operation before verifying the MAC on a message you’ve received, it will *somehow* inevitably lead to doom.”
security  cryptography 
august 2018
Voting Software
"I don't quite know how to put this, but our entire field is bad at what we do, and if you rely on us, everyone will die."
humor  computing  programming  security  xkcd 
august 2018
The Day Donald Trump Told Us There Was Attempted Collusion with Russia
“We can all move forward understanding that there is a clear fact pattern about which there is no dispute: ¶ The President’s son and top advisers knowingly met with individuals connected to the Russian government, hoping to obtain dirt on their political opponent. ¶ Documents stolen from the Democratic National Committee and members of the Clinton campaign were later used in an overt effort to sway the election. ¶ When the Trump Tower meeting was uncovered, the President instructed his son and staff to lie about the meeting, and told them precisely which lies to use. ¶ The President is attempting to end the investigation into this meeting and other instances of attempted collusion between his campaign staff and representatives of the Russian government.”
usa  politics  trump  russia  corruption 
august 2018
Does Trump Even Understand What He Did Wrong?
“Trump has never in his entire career in business or entertainment faced consequences for his actions. He has never worked for a boss or even a board of directors. He has managed to pawn off his debts onto others with every bankruptcy, he has crushed negative news stories and potential whistleblowers with a mix of bribes and intimidation, he has hired fixers to get around inconvenient red tape, as well as moral and legal obstacles… It’s entirely possible that… when the Russians came calling and said they had stolen negative information about Clinton and would release it in exchange for certain favors, Trump didn’t even understand that agreeing to the bargain would be a massive criminal offense. It’s theoretically possible that he believed that it would cease to matter if he lost, but that if he did become president, he would be able to run the entire government with the same autocratic control with which he runs his business, and make whatever problems arose from his actions go away. In other words, Trump may lack both the moral compass and the legal wherewithal to even comprehend the magnitude of his crimes and the precariousness of his situation.”
usa  politics  trump  idiocy  corruption 
august 2018
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