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Trump's Latest FBI Attack Stuns Justice Dept. Officials: 'We're in Venezuela'

(Daily Beast) President Donald Trump’s latest round of attacks on the FBI has left morale at the Justice Department at a new low, with officials bemoaning what they view as a full-frontal assault on their institution.

“It’s a deliberate campaign to delegitimize institutions where the people who are inside those institutions are professionals and giving up lots of money for the jobs that they’re doing and it’s extremely demoralizing,” said one current federal prosecutor.

“As my father used to say, history goes forward and backward. And things go backward when the trust in bedrock institutions—which are trustworthy, by the way—is diminished for the benefit of a few. It accelerates, and you wake up one day and we’re in Venezuela.”


Rating Changes in 19 House Races, All Toward Democrats

(Roll Call) After the latest round of changes, Inside Elections now has 68 Republican seats rated as vulnerable compared to just 10 vulnerable Democratic seats. And there are at least a couple dozen more GOP-held seats that could develop into competitive races in the months ahead.

That discrepancy in the playing field is reminiscent of previous “wave” elections. In April 2010, there were 68 vulnerable Democratic House seats and 11 vulnerable Republican seats. Republicans gained 63 seats later than year. And in May 2006, there were 42 vulnerable Republican seats and 11 vulnerable Democratic seats. Six months later, Democrats gained 30 seats.


Reuters now reporting that Giuliani's claim of a Sept. 1 deadline was "entirely made-up"

(Reuters) Giuliani was quoted by the New York Times later on Sunday as saying that Mueller had said the investigation would wrap up by Sept. 1.

A source familiar with the probe called the Sept. 1 deadline “entirely made-up” and “another apparent effort to pressure the special counsel to hasten the end of his work.”

“He’ll wrap it up when he thinks he’s turned over every rock, and when that is will depend on how cooperative witnesses, persons of interest and maybe even some targets are, if any of those emerge, and on what new evidence he finds, not on some arbitrary, first-of-the-month deadline one of the president’s attorneys cooks up,” said the source, a U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity.


An important lesson from the Royal Wedding

Those of you who regularly interact with black folk, follow Black Twitter, read the Root, etc. probably know this already, but for those of you who don't, I'm telling you that black folk have lost their damned minds over the Royal Wedding. I mean completely spinning out of control ... in a good way.

And there's a reason for it. As I've noted elsewhere, black folk so often - almost always - are made to feel that we don't REALLY belong. Usually, when the country is going Gaga over something, it doesn't include us or there is something about it that makes us cringe a little because our memory or experience with it isn't always pleasant and is often painful - which might not be so bad if that unpleasantness or pain were recognized, but it rarely is....

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Post a line of poetry that is appropriate for our current Commander-in-Chief

"O what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive."

Sir Walter Scott


Hillary Clinton to be honored at Harvard for 'transformative impact'

(The Hill) Hillary Clinton will reportedly receive a prestigious award from Harvard University this week.

Clinton will be presented with the Radcliffe Medal, which Harvard says is given to those whose life and work have had a “transformative impact on society,” The Associated Press reported.

The former first lady, senator, secretary of State and first female Democratic presidential nominee was chosen for her record as a “champion for human rights,” a “skilled legislator” and “an advocate of American leadership,” according to the news service.


Republican lawmaker: Rocks tumbling into ocean causing sea level rise

(Science Mag) The Earth is not warming. The White Cliffs of Dover are tumbling into the sea and causing sea levels to rise. Global warming is helping grow the Antarctic ice sheet.

Those are some of the skeptical assertions echoed by Republicans on the U.S. House of Representatives Science, Space and Technology Committee yesterday. The lawmakers at times embraced research that questions mainstream climate science during a hearing on how technology can be used to address global warming.


Trump ramps up rhetoric on undocumented immigrants: 'These aren't people. These are animals.'

(USA Today) President Trump used extraordinarily harsh rhetoric to renew his call for stronger immigration laws Wednesday, calling undocumented immigrants "animals" and venting frustration at Mexican officials who he said "do nothing" to help the United States.

“We have people coming into the country or trying to come in, we're stopping a lot of them, but we're taking people out of the country. You wouldn't believe how bad these people are," Trump said.

"These aren't people. These are animals."


Senate Votes To Kill Repeal Of Obama-Era 'Net Neutrality' Rule

(AP) The Senate has voted to kill a Federal Communications Commission rule that repealed the Obama administration’s ban on internet providers blocking or slowing down certain content.

Back in December, the FCC repealed “net neutrality” rules that ensured equal treatment for all web traffic.

The Obama-era rule prevented providers such as AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from interfering with internet traffic and favoring their own sites and apps. Critics, including the Trump administration, said over-regulation was stifling innovation.

Three Republicans joined with Democrats in voting to repeal the FCC rule that was scheduled to go into effect next month. The final vote was 52-47.


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