Say What? ThinkProgress Likens Gorsuch To ‘College Boyfriend,’ Scooby Doo Villain

2015-04-06-YouTube-RT-Millhiser Ian Millhiser, a senior fellow at the left-wing Center For American Progress, posted a series of bizarre Tweets on Wednesday about Neil Gorsuch that likened the Supreme Court nominee to a variety of fictional creatures. Millhiser gradually got more specific about his Gorsuch as pop-culture villain comparisons:

Transportation Dept.: Anti-Trump Tweet from Sec. Chao Was Posted by an Employee

Earlier today a rather odd tweet about President Trump was posted from the official account of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, in response to a pro-impeachment tweet from Democratic congresswoman Maxine Waters: Now, it’s probably a given that Donald Trump’s Transportation Secretary does not actually believe that Trump’s very soul should be sued. So what happened? Well, CNN reports the Department of Transportation explained that it was an employee:
[T]he tweet was “posted by an employee with access to the account” who “took action outside of his scope of work and duties and without any approvals.” “We are taking appropriate action,” the spokesperson said. “We regret that this transpired and have taken steps to prevent any future occurrence.”
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McCain Calls for Special Committee on Russia: Congress Doesn’t Have ‘Credibility to Handle This Alone’

Senator John McCain said on MSNBC tonight that there needs to be a special committee for the Russia investigation because Congress does not presently have the “credibility to handle this alone.” McCain told Greta Van Susteren that the big split today between Devin Nunes and Adam Schiff shows a “chasm” between the two leaders of the House Intelligence Committee. He added that there is no substantiation to what either of them He said what’s been happening today is somewhat “bizarre” and said that he thinks it’s time for a special committee because “no longer does the Congress have credibility to handle this alone, and I don’t say that lightly.” As for Trump’s reaction that he feels “somewhat” vindicated, McCain said he’s given up trying to interpret the things the president says. Watch above, via MSNBC. [image via screengrab] — — Follow Continue reading "McCain Calls for Special Committee on Russia: Congress Doesn’t Have ‘Credibility to Handle This Alone’"

Adam Schiff on Russia/Trump Collusion: ‘There is Evidence That is Not Circumstantial’

After his press conference this afternoon slamming House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes for publicly revealing findings of “incidentally collected” Trump transition communications and briefing President Donald Trump on them before him, committee ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) spoke to MSNBC’s Chuck Todd and dropped his own bombshell. Referencing a Meet the Press interview from Sunday, Todd pressed Schiff on the investigation into potential collusion between Trump’s campaign and the Russian government being a “circumstantial case.” “Actually, no, Chuck,” the California lawmaker stated. “I can tell you that the case is more than that. And I can’t go into the particulars, but there is more than circumstantial evidence now.” “You have seen direct evidence of collusion?” Continue reading "Adam Schiff on Russia/Trump Collusion: ‘There is Evidence That is Not Circumstantial’"

Oversight Committee Requests All Documents on Michael Flynn’s Foreign Contacts and Payments

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The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee sent a letter Tuesday to various Trump administration officials asking for information about former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn‘s foreign dealings. In the memo (reproduced below), Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) request Flynn’s communications with and payments from Russian, Turkish, or other foreign sources, including the Kremlin-backed media outlet RT, between the time of his retirement in 2014 to the present.
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Screen Shot 2017-03-22 at 1.08.30 PM The recipients of the memo include White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, FBI Director James Comey, Department of Defense Secretary James Mattis, and Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats. They have been given until April 3rd to hand over their findings to the committee. It was recently discovered that Flynn had received upwards of $50k in payments for speaking engagements from Russian-propaganda machine RT, further adding to the confusion over his not registering as a foreign agent prior Continue reading "Oversight Committee Requests All Documents on Michael Flynn’s Foreign Contacts and Payments"

Adam Schiff: Is Devin Nunes Going to Chair an ‘Independent Investigation’ or ‘Act as a Surrogate’?

After House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes held two press conferences and briefed President Donald Trump over his findings that Trump transition team members’ communications were “incidentally collected,” committee ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) held his own presser to highlight what he knew. Having already released a statement expressing his concerns over the way Nunes shared this information, Schiff slammed the chairman over his close political relationship with Trump and how it hampers the committee’s investigation into Russia and the president’s campaign. “The chairman will need to decide whether he is the chairman of an independent investigation into conduct which includes allegations of potential coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russians,” Schiff stated. “Or he is going to act as a surrogate of the White House because he cannot do both.” He further added that he learned about all of this the Continue reading "Adam Schiff: Is Devin Nunes Going to Chair an ‘Independent Investigation’ or ‘Act as a Surrogate’?"

‘There’s No Good Way to Do This’: Nunes Responds to Tapper Asking if ‘This Is All Political’

After holding two press conferences this afternoon — one following a briefing he gave President Donald Trump — House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes appeared on CNN to speak to Jake Tapper about today’s announcement that he’d discovered members of Trump’s transition team had their communications “incidentally collected.” After a somewhat lengthy back-and-forth about why he discussed this with the president but not the rest of the committee — and the reason he was concerned about what he found out even though he pointed out it was legal surveillance — Nunes was asked by Tapper about the perception of his actions. “We live in a very divided country, as you know, sir,” the CNN host stated. “I just want to make sure you have the opportunity to respond to any Democrats, any skeptics out there who say, ‘Hey, Devin Nunes was on the Trump Continue reading "‘There’s No Good Way to Do This’: Nunes Responds to Tapper Asking if ‘This Is All Political’"