Daily Archives: March 13, 2018

John Kerry: “Congressman, I don’t need any lessons from you about who I represent.” (C-SPAN)

Published on Jul 28, 2015

“Congressman, I don’t need any lessons from you about who I represent. I’ve represented and fought for our country since I was out of college. So, don’t give me any lessons about that, okay? Secretary of State John Kerry responds to questions from Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA). Watch the complete House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing here: http://cs.pn/1OyFXzW

Democrats releasing report of Russia probe leads that should be followed, says Rep. Adam Schiff

PBS NewsHour
Published on Mar 13, 2018

After Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee announced they were wrapping up the year-long investigation into Russian meddling into the 2016 U.S. presidential election, ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff says that Democrats are releasing their own report of leads and witnesses that should be followed up. Schiff joins John Yang to offer his view on the probe and urgent work left undone.

The Koch Brothers Get Their Very Own Secretary of State | The Nation

Mike Pompeo testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on February 13, 2018. (Reuters / Aaron P. Bernstein)

Trump’s pick to replace Rex Tillerson is an errand boy for billionaires.

By John Nichols

In the Republican wave election of 2010, when Charles and David Koch emerged as defining figures in American politics, the greatest beneficiary of Koch Industries largesse was a political newcomer named Mike Pompeo. After his election to the House eight years ago, Pompeo was referred to as the “Koch Brothers’ Congressman” and “the congressman from Koch.”

Now Pompeo is positioned to become a Koch brothers–influenced secretary of state.

After serving for a little more than a year as Donald Trump’s top yes-man at the Central Intelligence Agency, Pompeo is Trump’s pick to replace Rex Tillerson, the administration’s listless placeholder at the Department of State.

In a measure of the extent to which Trump and Tillerson had disengaged from one another, the outgoing secretary of state apparently learned of his firing via Twitter Tuesday morning—when an aide showed the nation’s top diplomat a tweet from the president announcing the transition. A statement from the department indicated that Tillerson was “unaware of the reason” for his removal.

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Critics of Bayou Bridge Pipeline in Louisiana Decry State Surveillance Effort Targeting Protesters

WSJ: Trump lawyers seek deal with Mueller to end Russia probe


Published on Mar 10, 2018

According to the Wall Street Journal, President Trump’s lawyers are attempting to negotiate a deal with special counsel Robert Mueller to speed the end of the Russia investigation, using an interview with President Trump as leverage.

GOP member of House Intel Committee says it has ‘lost all credibility’

Published on Mar 13, 2018

After the House intelligence committee announced it was shutting down its probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, GOP Rep. Tom Rooney said he believes the committee has lost its credibility.

Sources: McMaster, Kelly poised to depart soon


Published on Mar 13, 2018

Sources tell CNN’s Jim Sciutto that President Donald Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly and national security adviser H.R. McMaster may not be with the administration much longer.

Trump aide fired, escorted from White House


Published on Mar 13, 2018

President Donald Trump’s longtime personal aide John McEntee was fired because he is currently under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security for serious financial crimes, a source familiar with his firing told CNN.

Schiff slams GOP shutdown of Russia probe

Published on Mar 13, 2018

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) slam Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee for concluding their probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, saying they only went “through the motions of an investigation.”

Dems: “Significant Evidence” of Trump Collusion

Associated Press
Published on Mar 13, 2018

Democrats on the House intelligence committee are sharply disagreeing with Republicans on the panel who say they don’t see any evidence of collusion or coordination between President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia. (March 13)