‘We Know Very, Very Little About His Finances’: Maddow Talks Importance of Trump’s Tax Returns

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow appeared on ABC’s The View a few days after her big report on Donald Trump‘s 2005 tax returns. Naturally, that’s what the panelists wanted to talk about. The well-rated host revealed that her first thought upon getting the tax returns she presented in a much-hyped segment was, “Don’t get pranked.” She was wary of a forgery, but knew the importance of showcasing such a document from the only candidate in modern memory — let alone actual president — who didn’t release their tax returns during the campaign season. Maddow explained, “We know very, very little about his finances. One of the things that seems important to me about getting that little piece of it is that it proves you can release some of his tax information without the world ending. He’s had weird excuses for not releasing his taxes. ‘I’m under audit.’ Well, every Continue reading "‘We Know Very, Very Little About His Finances’: Maddow Talks Importance of Trump’s Tax Returns"

Trump Lawyers Send Cease and Desist Order to Teen Who Operates Site That Shows Kittens Punching Him

A new report indicates that Donald Trump‘s lawyers have gone after a teen who operates a gag site. Interestingly, the report is from the Observer, which is owned by Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Perhaps more interesting — the site that received the cease and desist order is one that shows the president being punched by kittens. We’d link to the site, but one of the URLs leads to a 404 error message and the other now leads to porn, courtesy of an opportunistic entrepreneur of some sort. Anyway, it was created by a 17-year-old girl identified as Lucy. Lucy loves to code and created the site as a “fun little” project to show off her technical skills. The teen Continue reading "Trump Lawyers Send Cease and Desist Order to Teen Who Operates Site That Shows Kittens Punching Him"

Ex-GOP Chief Charged with Voter Fraud

Screen Shot 2017-03-22 at 12.05.39 PM During the 2016 presidential election, Republicans often accused Democrats of looking the other way at voter fraud. Now, however, a high profile former state GOP official is under arrest for the very same charge. Steven Curtis, who led the Colorado Republican party from 1997 to 1999, has been charged with one count of forgery of a public record, a felony, and another misdemeanor for a mail in ballot transgression. The ex-state chair is accused of forging his wife’s signature on a mail-in ballot for the 2016 election, a local ABC affiliate reported. If convicted, Curtis could face up to three years in prison and — ironically — the loss of his voting rights. In addition to his time as state party chair, Curtis also works as a local radio host and served on the Denver Tea Party Patriots advisory board in 2011. After he was elected president, Donald Trump attributed his loss in Continue reading "Ex-GOP Chief Charged with Voter Fraud"

Paul Manafort Reportedly Advanced Pro-Putin Agenda, Contradicting Claims He Never Worked For Russia

Paul Manafort Donald Trump‘s former campaign manager is back in the news for his Russian connections. Paul Manafort resigned last summer amid reports that he was listed on a secret ledger as having received $12.7 million in under-the-table payments, that he played a key role in fomenting pro-annexation sentiments in Crimea ahead of the Russian invasion, and that he illegally funneled foreign cash towards pro-Putin lobbying efforts in the U.S., as former Mediaite reporter Alex Griswold told us in August. Today, as Trump’s administration attempts to distance him from all of his Russian-linked former associates, the Associated Press is reporting that ten years ago, Manafort secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to advance Vladimir Putin‘s interests proposed an “ambitious political strategy to undermine anti-Russian opposition across former Soviet republics.” As the AP points out, this contradicts both the administration and Manafort, who assert he never worked for Russian Continue reading "Paul Manafort Reportedly Advanced Pro-Putin Agenda, Contradicting Claims He Never Worked For Russia"

‘Tour De Force,’ ‘Masterful Performance’: Scarborough Offers Effusive Praise For Gorsuch

Morning Joe co-host, Joe Scarborough, took time away from his usual criticism of all things Trump to offer effusive praise for his Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch. “Yesterday was just a masterful performance by him,” said the morning host and former Congressman. “I thought if Ronald Reagan had ever had a confirmation hearing, it would have sounded a lot like that.” Scarborough lamented that the hearing had been overshadowed by Trump’s myriad of controversies and Twitter allegations, but the praise continued. “That guy delivered a tour de force, and in the age of Trump, I think he showed all of the characteristics that Americans are yearning for,” said Scarborough. “I think the Democrats are going to have an extraordinarily hard time stopping this man.” Scarborough and show regular Willie Geist speculated that, given his performance, it would be almost impossible for Democrats to Continue reading "‘Tour De Force,’ ‘Masterful Performance’: Scarborough Offers Effusive Praise For Gorsuch"

Colbert: Trump Administration Like ‘A Dog Who Spent His Whole Life Chasing a Car’

On Tuesday, Stephen Colbert used his opening monologue on The Late Show to poke fun at paranoia reportedly gripping The Trump White House. “Paranoia has seized the Trump White House,” said Colbert. “I’m surprised. I thought Russia was going to seize it.” Colbert cited a Politico article which suggested staffers were so frightened they were being spied on by a deep state, that some had taken to storing their work phones in drawers after office hours. “This paranoia is just the frustration every new administration has with Washington D.C. It happens every time. You went to Washington, you went to work for Trump because you wanted to tear down the government. Now you have to deal with it. Now you are the government,” suggested the comedian. Colbert then used an analogy to try and explain what was going on. “It’s like a dog who spent his whole life Continue reading "Colbert: Trump Administration Like ‘A Dog Who Spent His Whole Life Chasing a Car’"

Pelosi on Past Few Years of Democratic Losses: ‘We Have a Plan to Address That’

Anderson Cooper asked House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in an interview tonight about who exactly is leading the Democratic party right now. Pelosi mentioned Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton being their most recent leaders before pointing to the “leaders in Congress” and the Democratic governors across the country. She did not mention Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez. Cooper pointed out to Pelosi that Democrats suffered huge losses across the country under Obama, but Pelosi said, “We have a plan to address that.” Watch above, via CNN. [image via screengrab] — — Follow Josh Feldman on Twitter: @feldmaniac