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Clapper: Intelligence assessment ‘cast doubt’ on legitimacy of Trump’s election

On CNN Saturday night, Erin Burnett questioned former Director of National Intelligence director James Clapper about Russian interference in the election.

She asked him about Trump’s reaction to those intelligence briefings.

“When we briefed him, if you’re speak of the briefing on the 6th of January, he was very curious, complimentary and he did listen,” Clapper said.

“And frankly, the evidence that we provided in detail –which of course we couldn’t expose publicly– was pretty overwhelming. It’s why we had such a high confidence level in what we said in that assessment. And so I thought it was a good discussion. He had some doubts about some things, but that’s fine to be skeptical about some things. But on balance, I thought we successfully conveyed the message because the substantiating evidence was quite compelling and we didn’t hear anything about the 400 pound guy in his bed in New Jersey.”

“Which is and I think very important, as you said, because I think obviously when he says publicly is different than what you’re describing, which is sort of the way you want an incoming president to respond, courteous and receptive and listen,” Burnett said.

But Clapper wanted to point out the ultimate result of that meeting.

“I have to say, Erin, I think what this was maybe the first or early harbinger of what I think really motivated him is, our intelligence community assessment did, I think, serve to cast doubt on the legitimacy of his victory in the election and I think that, above all else, is what concerned him. I think that transcends, unfortunately, the real concern here, which is Russian interference in our political process, which by the way, is going to continue,” Clapper said.

Got that? The then-DNI director says the evidence was compelling enough to cast doubt on the legitimacy of his election. Not as an inconvenient political perception, but as a fact.

No wonder he’s so edgy.

BREAKING: Bill Cassidy says new GOP healthcare bill to be introduced this week

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Bill Cassidy (R-LA) has been having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week. He thought he was being a good player by co-signing on Lindsay Graham’s latest attempt to take health care away from millions of Americans for the sake of Republican donor’s tax cuts. But then, he got the full force of the “Kimmel… Continue Reading →

ALEC strikes against state open records laws

Sacramento Walkabout: Capitol Building

Authoritarian enough for you?

In some cases, the bills hit resistance only after reporters caught on and began writing about them.

In Iowa, the House passed a bill to shield the audio of many 911 calls by declaring them confidential “medical records” after the AP used the open-records law to expose a series of gun-related accidents involving minors in one rural county. The plan died in the Senate after it was detailed in news reports, and media and civil rights groups raised objections.

Days later, the potential impact of the bill became clear when a beloved state celebrity, farmer Chris Soules of “The Bachelor” fame, was charged with leaving the scene of a deadly accident. A 911 call that would have remained confidential under the bill painted a far more sympathetic picture of Soules’ actions, showing he immediately reported the crash and sought aid for the 66-year-old victim.

Iowa lawmakers succeeded in passing another anti-transparency bill, approving unprecedented secrecy for the state’s $1 billion gambling industry by closing access to the detailed annual financial statements of the state’s 19 licensed casinos. Those records had been public for decades. The change came in response to lobbying from casinos, which had objected to a request from an out-of-state competitor for the records by claiming they contained proprietary information.

Florida has some of the nation’s strongest open-records and open-meetings laws, but that did not stop lawmakers from trying to tinker with them. This year, they passed 19 new exemptions to the Sunshine Law, the second most in at least two decades. The details of how public universities investigate cyberattacks and prepare for emergencies are now confidential. The identities of people who witness murders, use medical marijuana or get injured or killed at workplaces must also be withheld.

“I think the sheer number of new exemptions that were created was a bit alarming. It was almost a record. That’s never good,” said Barbara Petersen, president of the First Amendment Foundation in Tallahassee, who has tracked transparency legislation in Florida since the 1990s.

One of the worst for the public’s right to know, Petersen said, is a bill requiring records of criminal charges that result in acquittal or dismissal to be automatically sealed. She asked Gov. Rick Scott to veto the measure, arguing it would harm public safety by depriving employers of relevant information about onetime suspects who avoided convictions for any number of reasons. Scott ended up signing the bill, which supporters say will protect the wrongly accused from employment and reputational repercussions.

Still, many other bills that concerned Petersen were defeated, including measures that would have kept secret the names of applicants for top university jobs and allowed members of government boards to have more private meetings.

Trump will try to restrict voting rights before 2020

Constitution Day at the Dole Institute of Politics

A member of President Donald Trump’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity was pushing fake news before its second meeting was even able to kick off on Tuesday afternoon. In an op-ed published by Breitbart just ahead of the meeting, Kris Kobach, the commission’s vice chairman, again asserted a debunked claim that more than 5,000 people in… Continue Reading →

Bannon: Catholic Church ‘needs illegal aliens to fill the churches’

Steve Bannon's White House exit still won't save Donald Trump

Steve Bannon, self-styled expert on everything, tells Charlie Rose in his upcoming 60 Minutes interview that the Catholic Church only supports DACA for their own interests. CBS This Morning: STEVE BANNON: Look what he did on DACA the other day. OK, I don’t agree with that DACA decision, but I understand how he struggled with it,… Continue Reading →

Who helped Russia target their Facebook ads?

Rest assured, these weren’t the only ad buys.

All roads lead back to the Trump campaign. Stay tuned.

Kris Kobach to Dreamers: Leave the country, get in line

Constitution Day at the Dole Institute of Politics

Kris Kobach, Trump’s anti-immigrant zealot told MSNBC that DACA recipients should go back to their countries and wait in line to legally migrate to the U.S. because they are responsible for our economic woes. There is a special place in hell for Kris Kobach. MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson interviewed Kobach before Jeff Sessions began his press conference… Continue Reading →

Respect mah authoritah

I still can’t quite believe this is happening here:

The US Department of Justice is still prosecuting Code Pink activist Desiree Fairooz because she laughed at Attorney General Jeff Sessions during his confirmation hearing — even after a judge threw out a jury’s initial conviction against her.

The case goes back to January, when Sessions was testifying before the Senate for his attorney general nomination. At one point, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) said Sessions’s history of “treating all Americans equally under the law is clear and well-documented.” Given that Sessions has a long history of opposing the equal treatment of all Americans under the law (from his opposition to voting rights laws to LGBTQ rights), Fairooz apparently found the comment funny and laughed out loud.

Police moved in to arrest Fairooz, apparently seeing her laugh as disruptive. It could have all ended there as a big misunderstanding, with an apology and Fairooz’s release.

Instead, federal prosecutors pursued charges, arguing, Ryan Reilly wrote at HuffPost, that “the laugh amounted to willful ‘disorderly and disruptive conduct’ intended to ‘impede, disrupt, and disturb the orderly conduct’ of congressional proceedings.” For her part, Fairooz has said the laugh was reflexive — and the laugh is hard to make out in video of the hearings, having no notable impact on Shelby’s delivery of his speech.

 

Paul Krugman: America has begun its slide into fascism

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Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio proudly referred to his tent city prison as a “concentration camp.” For decades, the former sheriff freely carried out his abuse and racial profiling, ignoring any requests to stop, Arpaio was finally convicted for contempt of court earlier this summer, but the conviction lasted barely three weeks before Donald Trump… Continue Reading →

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