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Josh Marshall to mr. trump re: tonight's results: "Please help some more"

https://twitter.com/joshtpm/status/854555905794469888
https://twitter.com/joshtpm/status/854551894332780544

https://twitter.com/joanwalsh/status/854552011043467264
https://twitter.com/costareports/status/854545815796371456
https://twitter.com/FrankLuntz/status/854553003893825536

MORE:
http://politics.blog.myajc.com/2017/04/18/trump-loyalists-flail-in-georgia-special-election/
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/my-take-on-tonights-result-in-ga-6

"Bring it on. We are courageous. We are humble. And we know how to fight,"

https://twitter.com/BraddJaffy/status/854545956448030720

"We need to find something that justifies Presidents crazy tweet about surveillance at Trump Tower"

It is now clear that the scandal was not Rice’s normal review of the intelligence reports but the coördinated effort between the Trump Administration and Nunes to sift through classified information and computer logs that recorded Rice’s unmasking requests, and then leak a highly misleading characterization of those documents, all in an apparent effort to turn Rice, a longtime target of Republicans, into the face of alleged spying against Trump. It was a series of lies to manufacture a fake scandal. Last week, CNN was the first to report that both Democrats and Republicans who reviewed the Nunes material at the N.S.A. said that the documents provided “no evidence that Obama Administration officials did anything unusual or illegal.”

I spoke to two intelligence sources, one who read the entire binder of intercepts and one who was briefed on their contents. “There’s absolutely nothing there,” one source said. The Trump names remain masked in the documents, and Rice would not have been able to know in all cases that she was asking the N.S.A. to unmask the names of Trump officials.

Nunes is being investigated by the House Ethics Committee because, in talking about the documents, he may have leaked classified information. But this is like getting Al Capone for tax evasion. The bigger scandal is the coördinated effort to use the American intelligence services to manufacture an excuse for Trump’s original tweet.

The intelligence source told me that he knows, “from talking to people in the intelligence community,” that “the White House said, ‘We are going to mobilize to find something to justify the President’s tweet that he was being surveilled.’ They put out an all-points bulletin”—a call to sift through intelligence reports—“and said, ‘We need to find something that justifies the President’s crazy tweet about surveillance at Trump Tower.’ And I’m telling you there is no way you get that from those transcripts, which are about as plain vanilla as can be.” (The White House did not respond to a request for comment.)




MORE:
http://www.newyorker.com/news/ryan-lizza/the-continuing-fallout-from-trump-and-nuness-fake-scandal

WSJ reporting: Fox News is preparing to cut ties with Bill OReilly

https://twitter.com/donie/status/854514165704249344
https://www.wsj.com/articles/fox-is-preparing-to-cut-ties-with-bill-oreilly-1492566611
http://money.cnn.com/2017/04/18/media/bill-oreilly-fox-news-exit/index.html

You Know What I'd Like To See?

lots of buzz about this.....
Caroline O. is spot on:
https://twitter.com/RVAwonk/status/854412919441850369
https://twitter.com/CillizzaCNN/status/854365153869131776

Trump rattles seaborne saber at North Korea, but his fleet was in WRONG OCEAN headed the WRONG WAY!




https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/18/world/asia/aircraft-carrier-north-korea-carl-vinson.html?action=Click&contentCollection=BreakingNews&contentID=65177131&pgtype=Homepage&_r=0

THIS!!!



https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/18/world/asia/aircraft-carrier-north-korea-carl-vinson.html?action=Click&contentCollection=BreakingNews&contentID=65177131&pgtype=Homepage&_r=0

Turkey's President Erdogan insists referendum result doesn't make him a dictator. "I am a mortal"

https://twitter.com/cnnbrk/status/854379760209756160

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/18/europe/erdogan-turkey-interview/index.html?adkey=bn

Blackwater's Erik Prince reportedly entered Trump Tower through the back door when advising Trump

Nothing to hide?


https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-04-18/blackwater-founder-erik-prince-said-to-have-advised-trump-team



+ interesting tidbits here:
https://twitter.com/RVAwonk/status/849026589060984832/photo/1

CNBC caption guy not leaving this one to chance

LOL: Presenting "The Secretary of Educatuon"


https://twitter.com/capitalismwitch/status/854055391424110593
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