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Glenn Greenwald: Democrats 'Suddenly Love Leaks,' But Attacked Them Under Obama

by Josh Feldman | 12:20 pm, February 19th, 2017

Glenn Greenwald said on CNN’s Reliable Sources this morning that Democrats praising the Trump administration leaks are being pretty big hypocrites.

Greenwald pointed to fellow panelist Carl Bernstein in talking about the value and importance of journalists reporting on important matters based on leaks.

However, he said that people––Democrats in particular––seem to forget that it’s not like President Trump‘s attacks on leaks are without precedent:

“If you look at the last eight years, there has been a very concerted war on not just sources and whistleblowers, but also journalists, implemented by not Donald Trump but by the Obama administration. More sources prosecuted under the 1917 Espionage Act than in all previous administrations combined. Journalists such as James Rosen at Fox News and Jim Risen at The New York Times and those of us who worked on the Snowden reporting constantly threatened with prosecution or having our phone records subpoenaed and the like. And Democratic officeholders in D.C. were virtually unanimous in the idea that people who leak information that’s classified are villains, they’re traitors, they oughta go to prison.”


Zakaria: Looking Past the 'Freakshow', Trump Has Actually Done 'Hardly Anything' So Far

by Josh Feldman | 1:14 pm, February 19th, 2017

President Trump and his administration have taken to claiming they have managed to accomplish more in just a few weeks than some presidents have in years. CNN’s Fareed Zakaria disputed that today.

He said a lot of Trump voters put up with his “unusual behavior” because they earnestly looked past his character issues and saw a businessman who would get to work for them. But as Zakaria argued, the first month of Trump’s presidency has been less about substance and more about the “freakshow.”

“In the midst of it all,” Zakaria said, “what has he actually done? Hardly anything.”

And if you’re wondering about all of Trump’s big executive orders, Zakaria said they’re “mostly hot air, lofty proclamations that direct some agency to ‘review’ a law, ‘report’ back to him, ‘consider’ some action or reaffirm some long-standing practice.”


Limbaugh says Trump at disadvantage by being white: Obama's blackness got him 'everything he wanted'

Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh on Sunday accused the so-called “deep state” of plotting to destroy Donald Trump’s presidency.

During an interview with Fox News host Chris Wallace, Limbaugh insisted that it “is preposterous to believe that the Russians had any effect on the outcome of voting in this country.”

“It’s absurd,” he declared. “There is no evidence. Zilch. Zero. Nada.”

According to the conservative talker, Trump’s supporters “really, really believe that they were going to lose the country if Hillary Clinton won.”

Limbaugh went on to praise The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald for suggesting that career government employees — which he calls the “deep state” — were out to destroy Trump.


The Senate is investigating Russian hacking - and they've asked agencies to keep everything...

Source: Associated Press

The Senate is investigating Russian hacking and theyve asked agencies to keep everything they find

WASHINGTON (AP) The Senate intelligence committee has sent formal requests to more than a dozen organizations, agencies and individuals, asking them to preserve all materials related to a probe the panel is conducting on Russian interference in the 2016 election and related issues, a congressional aide said Saturday.

The committee chairman, Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., and its vice chairman, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., sent letters out on Friday the same day committee members received a classified briefing from FBI Director James Comey. Committee members declined to comment on what was discussed after the more than hourlong briefing. The aide was not authorized to discuss the issue and spoke only on condition of anonymity

On Thursday, Senate Democrats wrote the White House and law enforcement agencies seeking assurances that they were preserving all materials related to contacts individuals associated with President Donald Trump had with Russians.

Those letters asked for confirmation that the White House, FBI and Justice Department had instructed their employees to preserve all materials related to any contacts Trump's administration, campaign, transition team or anyone acting on their behalf have had with Russian government officials or its associates.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/senate-intelligence-committee-orders-agencies-to-preserve-russian-hacking-materials-2017-2

Trump admits false 'last night in Sweden' claim was something he heard 'broadcast on Fox News'

19 FEB 2017 AT 17:14 ET

Pres. Donald Trump admitted on Sunday that the terror attack he said happened in Sweden on Friday night was actually something he saw — but didn’t fully understand — on Fox News.

In a tweet, the president said he’d gotten confused by something he saw on an episode of Tucker Carlson’s new Fox News show, writing, “My statement as to what’s happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden.”




Activists troll Trump by posting 'Impeach Bannon' posters across the country

19 FEB 2017 AT 16:50 ET

With questions being raised over who exactly is wielding power inside the White House, activists are calling for the ouster of Trump chief adviser Steve Bannon with “impeachment” signs popping up around the country and directed at the former Breitbart head.

Bannon, who stepped in and helped straighten out a faltering Trump campaign that eventually propelled businessman Donald Trump to the presidency, is considered by many to be a Svengali-type character, manipulating the newly-elected president.

According to The Hill, signs stating, “Impeach President Bannon,” followed by the timeline list: “Reagan Bush Clinton Bush Obama Bannon” have shown up in major cities across the country — just in time for President’s Day Weekend.

The signs have been spotted in New York City, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, San Francisco and Los Angeles.


Lindsey Graham warns Trump: Free press and judiciary 'are worth fighting and dying for'

Source: RawStory

19 FEB 2017 AT 12:29 ET


“The backbone of democracy is a free press and an independent judiciary,” Graham told CBS host John Dickerson. “And they are worth fighting and dying for.” Appearing on Face the Nation, Graham argued that Trump was undermining American values by calling the media an “enemy of the people” and attacking judges for striking down a travel ban aimed at Muslim countries.

According to Graham, America was not in imminent danger of becoming a dictatorship as Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) seemed to suggest in a recent interview on NBC’s Meet the Press. “Sen. McCain was right to say we need, as politicians, to understand the role of the press and jealously guard it,” the South Carolina senator explained.

But Graham also said that the “coverage against President Trump has been almost to the point of being hysterical. But I think our friends in the press need to up their game because it really is hard to watch from a Republican point of view.”

“Y’all need to do some self evaluation, in my view,” Graham opined. “But the enemies of democracy are not the press, it’s Russia, it’s Iran and radical Islam.”

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/lindsey-graham-warns-trump-free-press-and-judiciary-are-worth-fighting-and-dying-for/

Milo elicits 'hissy fit' from the right, 'go f*ck yourself' from the left

This article can serve as a follow-up to this article and the conversation in the thread from yesterday:

By Erin Rook · Sunday, February 19, 2017


But some Republicans don’t seem much happier with Yianoppoulos, who was recently announced as the keynote speaker for the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference, which is hosted by the American Conservative Union (ACU).

“We were never consulted until after the invite,” one ACU board member, who requested anonymity, told Washingtonian. “If I hadn’t been in the offices and asked questions, I would never have had any clue. I threw a hissy fit.”

Another unnamed board member reacted with surprise when contacted by Washingtonian, saying the board hadn’t even met in six months. ACU board member Ned Ryun denounced Yianoppoulos’ invite on Twitter.


In his remarks on Friday’s “Real Time” Yianoppoulos also said, “I don’t know if I’m conservative.”



Texas legislators double down on next abortion fight

19 FEB 2017 AT 11:06 ET

Eight months after the Supreme Court struck down abortion restrictions in Texas, state legislators appear to be doubling down in a renewed effort to make the procedure difficult, and ultimately impossible, to obtain.

On Wednesday, the Texas Senate Committee on Health and Human Services held a public hearing in Austin on three bills—SB 8, SB 258 and SB 415—all of which were filed by male representatives. Taken together, the three Texas bills hold up a mirror to battles over abortion rights happening in states around the country and are part of a broader trend of politicians favoring fetal dignity and the "life of the unborn" over the rights of a pregnant human woman, says Amanda Allen, senior state legislative counsel at the Center for Reproductive Rights.

Similar to anti-abortion legislation that has been introduced in states around the country, the bills aim to enact a number of restrictions, including banning the donation of fetal tissue from an elective abortion and prohibiting D&E, or dilation and extraction, the safest and most common procedure for second trimester abortions. (D&E has been banned in West Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana and, most recently, Arkansas.) SB 258 would require that fetal tissue from an abortion be buried or cremated. SB 8 intends to ban so-called “partial-birth abortions,” a non-medical term for dilation and evacuation (or D&X), an abortion procedure that is already banned at the federal level, except when the woman’s life is at risk.

One day after the hearing, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to reverse a rule introduced by President Barack Obama during his final days in office that blocks states from withholding federal dollars from Planned Parenthood affiliates and other clinics that provide preventative women's healthcare, but also that perform abortions.


Hunters charged in Texas shooting had blamed immigrants

Source: Associated Press

SUNDAY, FEB 19, 2017 11:00 AM EST

PRESIDIO, Texas (AP) — Two hunters accused in a shooting on a Texas ranch near the Mexican border had told authorities they were shot by immigrants who had entered the U.S. illegally.

Presidio County Sheriff Danny Dominguez told Odessa television KOSA (http://bit.ly/2llzxzr ) that a grand jury indicted Michael Bryant and Walker Daugherty on charges of using deadly conduct by discharging firearms in the direction of others.

The charges stem from a Jan. 6 incident where police found Daugherty and another hunter, Edwin Roberts, with gunshot wounds. Dominguez says an investigation found that Daugherty shot Roberts and Bryant shot Daugherty.

The hunters’ claim that immigrants shot them became fodder for a Facebook post by Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller. He wrote the attack was another reason why a wall must be built along the border.


Read more: http://www.salon.com/2017/02/19/hunters-charged-in-texas-shooting-had-blamed-immigrants/
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