“Russia probes kick into high gear”


POLITICO

“The congressional Russia investigations are entering a new and more serious phase as lawmakers return from the August recess amid fresh revelations about contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia.

In the coming weeks, both intelligence committees are expected to conduct closed-door interviews with high-ranking members of the Trump campaign, and potential witnesses could include Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort and Donald Trump Jr.”  MORE

“Trump’s Foundation: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)”


“Trump’s electoral threat against Sen. Claire McCaskill raises legal questions”


POLITICO

“We must — we have no choice — we must lower our taxes. And your senator, Claire McCaskill, she must do this for you, and if she doesn’t do it for you, you have to vote her out of office,” Trump said to loud applause and whistling from the audience. “She’s got to make that commitment. She’s got to make that commitment. If she doesn’t do it — we just can’t do this anymore with the obstruction and the obstructionists.”  MORE

“Bombshell Dropped On Trump As 1 Attorney General Is Looking At Russia State Crimes”


POLITICUS USA

On his MSNBC program The Beat, Ari Melber reported that Trump can’t pardon his way out of any state crimes committed in the Russia scandal and that one state attorney general is already looking their jurisdiction for potential Russia state crimes.

“Florida Executes White Man For Killing Black Victim For First Time Ever”


HUFFINGTON POST

“The state of Florida did something on Thursday it hasn’t done since reinstating the death penalty in 1976: Execute a white man for killing a black man.

By contrast, at least 18 black men have been executed for killing white men in the last four decades, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.”  MORE

““We must call evil by its name”: Republicans criticize Trump, Jeff Sessions for ignoring white supremacists in Charlottesville statements”


SALON

“Donald Trump did not hesitate to compare U.S. intelligence officers to Nazis but after white nationalists waving the Nazi flag erupted in violent clashes throughout downtown Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, the president failed to call out racists and chide white supremacists — even after a car plowed into a group of anti-racists protesters, killing at least one person.

A spokesperson for the University of Virginia Hospital cited one death and at least 35 injured on Saturday afternoon, the violent aftermath of a what appears to be a deliberate attack. White supremacists gathered near the college campus to protest the removal of a Confederate statute. Self-identified “alt-right” protesters —a key constituency of Trump’s base made up mostly of white men— marched through the campus carrying tiki torches Friday night.”  MORE

“Trump — once again — fails to condemn the alt-right, white supremacists”


CNN

Bridgewater, New Jersey (CNN) – President Donald Trump, a man known for his bluntness, was anything but on Saturday, failing to name the white supremacists or alt-right groups at the center of violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Instead, the man whose vicious attacks against Hillary Clinton, John McCain, federal judges, fellow Republican leaders and journalists helped define him both in and out of the White House simply blamed “many sides.”  MORE

“Al Franken Leads The Charge To Protect Nursing Home Residents From Trump Enabled Abuse”


POLITICUS USA

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) is leading the effort to stop Trump from abandoning an Obama era rule that allowed residents of nursing homes to sue facilities when they were abused.

“Trump confirms secret CIA operation in Syria on Twitter”


THINK PROGRESS

The president denounced details of a Washington Post story, seemingly acknowledging classified intelligence in the process.

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