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Jared Kushner Marked By FBI As Having 'significant Information' In Russia Investigation

  • The investigation into Russian election hacking and links to the Trump campaign has now reached the doorstep of Trump son-in-law and adviser for All The Things, Jared Kushner.
  • Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and one of his senior advisers, has come under FBI scrutiny in the Russia investigation, multiple U.S.
  • Investigators believe Kushner has significant information relevant to their inquiry, officials said.
  • It is not known whether Kushner has received any records requests from federal investigators. (Hunter) / Daily Kos | May 25, 2017, 6:33 pm

Fourth Circuit Upholds Injunction Against Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban

  • The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has handed the Trump Administration another defeat, ruling that the injunction against its Muslim travel ban should remain in place:
  • A federal appeals court on Thursday left in place the freeze on President Trump’s revised entry ban, handing the administration another legal setback in its efforts to block the issuance of new visas to citizens of six Muslim majority countries.
  • In its 10 to 3 decision, the Richmond-based court said the president’s broad immigration power to deny entry into the U.S.
  • The president’s authority, the court said, “cannot go unchecked when, as here, the president wields it through an executive edict that stands to cause irreparable harm to individuals across this nation,” according to the majority opinion written by Chief Judge Roger L.
Doug Mataconis / Outside The Beltway | May 25, 2017, 5:32 pm

Who Is Marc Kasowitz?

  • President Trump is turning to a longtime ally to represent him in the federal probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election: Marc Kasowitz, a prominent New York corporate attorney who’s acted as an off-and-on legal fixer of sorts for the president for almost two decades.The appointment prompted former Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman, whom Trump described last week as a frontrunner to replace former FBI Director James Comey, to withdraw himself from consideration on Thursday.
  • “With your selection of Marc Kasowitz to represent you in the various investigations that have begun, I do believe it would be best to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest, given my role as a senior counsel in the law firm of which Marc is the senior partner,” Lieberman wrote in his letter.Trump tapped Kasowitz to join a team that’ll function as his private counsel during the Russia investigation.
Matt Ford / The Atlantic | May 25, 2017, 4:25 pm

Newspaper Editorials Warn Trump It Would Be Dangerous To Ditch Paris Climate Agreement

  • President Donald Trump is expected to announce in the coming days whether the U.S.
  • Editorials warn against leaving Paris accord, saying it “risks the planet” and would be “a gratuitous thumb in the eye” of world’s nations
  • NY Times: Trump "has stripped America of its hard-won role as a global leader on climate issues." In a May 22 editorial, the The New York Times called Trump’s claim that meeting the U.S.’s Paris obligations would cost jobs and damage the economy a “bogus argument,” and debunked the conservative myth that China and India are not taking action on climate change.
  • The Post took up the accord again in a May 3 editorial, writing, “Staying in the Paris accord is cost-free, but pulling out is not” and warning that Trump “must not underestimate the cost of pulling out.
Media Matters for America / Media Matters | May 25, 2017, 3:58 pm

Midday Open Thread: Gov. Brown Says Trump A 'realist' On Climate; Pence's Approval Ratings Plunge

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  • • Don’t try this at school, kids:  Rhode Island police have charged a 15-year-old high school girl they say gave homemade tattoos to two friends on school grounds.
  • “President Trump is a realist – and there’s nothing more real than the atmosphere and the chemistry that determines our weather and our long-term climate,” Brown told reporters at a climate change conference hosted by the Netherlands in San Francisco on Wednesday. (Meteor Blades) / Daily Kos | May 25, 2017, 3:28 pm

Trump Administration’s Dysfunction Fuels Prospect Of Leaks Prosecutions

  • “These leaks have been going on for a long time, and my administration will get to the bottom of this.
  • But from his position as president, Trump has also been reckless with sensitive information.
  • Trump’s indiscreet conversations—coupled with the constant stream of disclosures of sensitive and non-sensitive information to media from his administration—have combined to create a climate, where agency officials and politicians may feel they need to make an example out of someone in order to reassert control.
  • The Trump administration could continue President Barack Obama’s policy of zero tolerance for leaks by going after a person currently working in government.
Kevin Gosztola / Shadowproof | May 25, 2017, 3:03 pm

Majority Of Americans Don’t Believe Trump’s Explanation For Firing James Comey

  • A new poll finds that a majority of Americans do not believe the President’s claims for why he fired F.B.I.
  • A majority of Americans believe that President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey to deter that agency from investigating Trump’s ties to Russia, according to a new poll released Wednesday.
  • Fifty-five percent of those polled by Quinnipiac University say Comey was removed “to disrupt the FBI investigation into potential coordination,” a reasoning that Trump has denied.
  • More than half of those polled, 54%, also say Trump is more generally abusing the powers of his office and Trump’s approval rating continues to sag.
Doug Mataconis / Outside The Beltway | May 25, 2017, 2:28 pm

Sage, Ink: Unhealthy Plan

  • When the FBI discovered a network of Bosnian-Americans giving support to terrorists, they also discovered Abdullah Ramo Pazara, a U.S.
  • Abdullah Ramo Pazara had a craving for packets of instant hot cocoa.
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  • In 2013, six Bosnian immigrants in the United States allegedly sent money, riflescopes, knives, military equipment, and other supplies to jihadists in Syria and Iraq through intermediaries in Bosnia and Turkey.
Sage Stossel / The Atlantic | May 25, 2017, 1:23 pm

“Go To Hell, Katy Perry”: Fox Guest Unloads On Katy Perry After Her Call For Unity After A Terror Attack

  • SHANNON BREAM (CO-HOST): Well what about these countries that are now requiring people who do come into the country to take classes that teach them the history and the culture of that country, the language and require them to take some of those classes?
  • CARL HIGBIE: I think if you want -- If you come to America you're American and nothing else and American foremost.
  • Pro-Trump media attack Katy Perry’s call for unity after Manchester attack
  • Fox News Brings Back Man Who Invoked Internment Camps As "Precedent" To Defend Muslim Ban
Media Matters for America / Media Matters | May 25, 2017, 12:53 pm

Trump Shoves NATO Leader To Get Better Spot In Photo

  • Donald Trump today shoved a fellow NATO leader in order to position himself better for a group photo.
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John Aravosis / AMERICAblog | May 25, 2017, 12:41 pm

Zombie Trumpcare At A Glance, From The CBO

  • The Congressional Budget Office's devastating score of Trumpcare is kind of a slog to actually read.
  • The number of people losing insurance in the next year is 14 million, the same as in the original Trumpcare.
  • By 2026, 51 million people will be uninsured, compared to 28 million under current law—Obamacare.
  • Among those uninsured, "the increase would be disproportionately larger among older people with lower income—particularly people between 50 and 64 years old with income of less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level." (Joan McCarter) / Daily Kos | May 25, 2017, 12:23 pm

Montana’s GOP House Candidate Charged With Assault

  • The Republican candidate in a hotly contested special House election in Montana was charged with assaulting a journalist on Wednesday at what was to be a final rally in Bozeman on the eve of the vote.
  • In a statement late Wednesday, the office of the Gallatin County sheriff, Brian Gootkin, said there was enough evidence to charge the candidate, Greg Gianforte, with misdemeanor assault.
  • Members of a Fox News television crew witnessed the encounter, and in a firsthand account posted on the network’s website, one of the Fox journalists described Mr.
  • “As Gianforte moved on top of Jacobs, he began yelling something to the effect of, ‘I’m sick and tired of this!'” according to the Fox News account.
Steven L. Taylor / Outside The Beltway | May 25, 2017, 11:26 am

Democrats Need These California Seats To Win Back The House

  • Despite its size, California has become little more than a fundraising stop in national elections because it has grown so reliably Democratic over the past two decades.
  • But when all seven unexpectedly voted for the GOP health-care bill, California suddenly moved to the very center of Democratic efforts to capture the 24 seats the party needs to regain a House majority.
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic | May 25, 2017, 10:23 am

Right-wing Media Jump To Defend Montana Candidate After He Assaults A Reporter

  • Montana congressional candidate “charged with assault” against a reporter
  • AP: Montana GOP candidate charged for “allegedly grabbing a reporter by the neck and throwing him to the ground.” Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate for Montana's congressional seat, was charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly attacking a journalist, the Associated Press (AP) reported.
  • The Republican candidate in the nationally-watched election Thursday for Montana’s sole congressional seat has been charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly grabbing a reporter by the neck and throwing him to the ground.
  • Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin made the announcement shortly before midnight Wednesday in a written statement, about six hours after the attack on reporter Ben Jacobs of The Guardian.
Media Matters for America / Media Matters | May 25, 2017, 9:53 am

British Intelligence Shuts Out US After Information Leaks On Manchester Attack

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  • As Trump meets with UK Prime Minister Teresa May, he should expect a cool reception and a reminder that sharing official information like “locker-room talk” threatens the special relationship between British and American intelligence services.
  • British Prime Minister Theresa May has said she will insist that intelligence shared with the United States must remain secure when she meets with President Donald Trump. (Mark Sumner) / Daily Kos | May 25, 2017, 9:18 am