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"But what deserves further scrutiny is the discrepancy between how Allen describes Trump—whom he rightly condemns as a “bad person” based on all available proof—and those who put him into office and overwhelmingly continue to support his presidency. Trump’s campaign platform, while otherwise notoriously lacking in details, was comprised solely of policies that promised further disenfranchisement and harm to communities of color and other vulnerable populations. The 63 million people who voted for Trump sanctioned this as a means to Make America Great Again. This is not conjecture: most Trump voters were more economically secure than the country overall, and endless studies... have shown the key factor driving Trump support was white racial resentment, an overused journalistic euphemism for straight-up racism. There are plenty of white racists who are neither members of the KKK nor the alt-right, who would full-throtedly deny their racism when confronted or questioned on it, but whose voting habits are unquestionably guided by their bigotry."
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Those who are pushing to #ReleaseTheMemo are not interested in getting at the truth.

Their one motivation is to prevent the truth from getting out.

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All of this is best understood within the framework of a systematic effort by the president’s allies to undermine the Mueller investigation at all costs. The underlying charges don’t make much sense.

The Russia investigation was reportedly first sparked not by the dossier, but after Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos told an Australian diplomat that Russia had damaging information about Hillary Clinton and that diplomat passed the information along to U.S. sources.

The most damning public revelations -- that top Trump campaign aides met with self-described Russian government agents to discuss damaging information those sources said they had about Clinton, and Trump firing the FBI director over his handling of the Russia investigation -- are acknowledged by all sides.

It’s unclear how the dossier’s use would somehow invalidate the results of the investigation or necessitate Mueller’s firing, except that all the people making those charges would really like that to be true.

Declassifying the memo for release would require an extensive process, making this all a very obvious stunt.

I have no clue what game Nunes is playing at but this has nothing to do with 702. Furthermore, no one is "releasing" anything without a executive branch classification review. Even for four pages, that's a multi-week endeavor.

— Susan Hennessey (@Susan_Hennessey) January 19, 2018

And a memo produced under the leadership of committee chair Devin Nunes, who has spent the year trying to cover for the Trump administration, has little validity.

Source with knowledge tells me the Nunes memo is "a level of irresponsible stupidity that I cannot fathom. Purposefully misconstrues facts and leaves out important details." https://t.co/YmzmrHvpYG

— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) January 19, 2018

Moreover, if the FISA warrant is so damaging, why aren’t Republicans demanding the president declassify and release it, instead of asking for the release of what amounts to Nunes’ op-ed on the topic?

The easiest explanation is that the parties involved are mainly interested in undermining the Mueller investigation and protecting the president. Over the past months, we’ve seen a drumbeat demanding new investigations into the president’s enemies and purges of purported anti-Trump elements at DOJ and the FBI.

As those efforts have borne fruit, they have emboldened the president’s allies, who now may believe they can use this memo to prep the political landscape for Mueller’s firing.

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Yes.

He really is this fucking stupid.

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Donald Trump, President of the United States, is apparently rewriting the laws of human biology and procreation now. Yep, he really said this.

“Right now in a number of states the laws allow a baby to be born from his or her mother's womb in the 9th month. It is wrong. It has to change.”

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Quote of the Day

Tom Sullivan:

"If American greatness means slamming the golden door to fellow human beings, to refugees from places the sitting president considers "shitholes," then I am not an American either."
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But the whole idea that the Russians did anything to help the Tangerine Turd is, of course, a fantasy. Just ask the Turd himself...

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The FBI is investigating whether a top Russian banker with ties to the Kremlin illegally funneled money to the National Rifle Association to help Donald Trump win the presidency, two sources familiar with the matter have told McClatchy.

FBI counterintelligence investigators have focused on the activities of Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of Russia’s central bank who is known for his close relationships with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and the NRA, the sources said.

It is illegal to use foreign money to influence federal elections.

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