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    A former Trump aide had a Mueller Meltdown on several cable interviews...........
    I watched the interview on MSNBC. Much too much spin here. Nunberg, racist a**hole that he is, came across as rational, intelligent and sensible. A fan of Bannon not Trump, who expressed the sensible opinion that Mueller probably has something on Trump's dirty financial dealings (I mean, duh!) but was skeptical as to Trump "collusion with Russia," but not that of Carter Page, obviously a Putin fan.

    His argument that demanding all his emails and correspondence made no sense, as he had nothing relevant to say that he hadn't already testified to, sounded plausible. The MSNBC commentator and the DA's on the line feebly commented that, if so, why not release all your stuff. I was waiting for Nunberg to point out that well known principle of American grand jurydom, that "a prosecutor can convince a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich," but either Nunberg's intelligence or his willingness to criticize the judicial system did not go that far.

    His defiance of Mueller, if maintained, will make him look good and likely give him a political career after he gets out of jail if jailed, something otherwise unavailable to him. He doesn't think Mueller will pack him off to prison, and he may be right, as that would make Nunberg look good as a brave man, and Mueller like a Bill Clinton '90s investigation style thug.

    We all know how the excesses of the Monica Lewinsky investigation backfired on the Republicans, raising Clinton's popularity and that of the Democratic Party as well. I wonder if we'll see the same effect with the Mueller investigation this fall on election day, rescuing the Republicans from the catastrophe that otherwise would be expected.

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    I watched the interview on MSNBC. Much too much spin here. Nunberg, racist a**hole that he is, came across as rational, intelligent and sensible. A fan of Bannon not Trump, who expressed the sensible opinion that Mueller probably has something on Trump's dirty financial dealings (I mean, duh!) but was skeptical as to Trump "collusion with Russia," but not that of Carter Page, obviously a Putin fan.

    His argument that demanding all his emails and correspondence made no sense, as he had nothing relevant to say that he hadn't already testified to, sounded plausible. The MSNBC commentator and the DA's on the line feebly commented that, if so, why not release all your stuff. I was waiting for Nunberg to point out that well known principle of American grand jurydom, that "a prosecutor can convince a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich," but either Nunberg's intelligence or his willingness to criticize the judicial system did not go that far.

    His defiance of Mueller, if maintained, will make him look good and likely give him a political career after he gets out of jail if jailed, something otherwise unavailable to him. He doesn't think Mueller will pack him off to prison, and he may be right, as that would make Nunberg look good as a brave man, and Mueller like a Bill Clinton '90s investigation style thug.

    We all know how the excesses of the Monica Lewinsky investigation backfired on the Republicans, raising Clinton's popularity and that of the Democratic Party as well. I wonder if we'll see the same effect with the Mueller investigation this fall on election day, rescuing the Republicans from the catastrophe that otherwise would be expected.

    -AMH

    LOL... AH AH AHA HA HAHA... Nunberg came across as rational? intelligent? and sensible?? AH AHA HAH AH AHAHA this is the best joke i heard all year ..

    Did you watch the entire interview? seriously?

    The man mumbled, had a panic attack, looked like a demented person, paranoid, so bad i and everyone with ONE bone of decency in their body felt sorry for him, so much so that that the CNN reporter didn't want to proceed with the interview after declaring she smelled alcohol in his breath .. basically he looked like a maniac on cable TV... by the end of Ari's interview (MSNBC), with the help of the federal prosecutor, the poor creature understood he will go to jail if he doesn't cooperate with Mueller.

    You could see Live the moment he understood he might be going to jail.. i tell ya... the T's deal is great TV.. this is what he delivers every night ..

    Having said that, baby, I want to see Roger Stone head on the table.

    And after Roger's head, I will feast on Wikileaks Ass-ange' skull (on a different table, of course )

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    Baby Jebus on a hoverboard AMH.

    Nunberg came across as rational intelligent and sensible? I know this is the post-fact alt-reality age but seriously, you expect anyone to take you seriously after saying something like that?!

    So now Gary Cohn is the latest departure, but that's been fairly widely floated for some time, that he'd slink off into the night as soon as the tax cuts for the banks, corporations and mega-rich were in the bag. Mnuchin probably won't be far behind, and for similar reasons.

    So who's next? Information keeps seeping out about the Rosneft stuff which could see Tillerson gone soon. Kushner is a walking unexploded bomb that could go off randomly at any time. Kelly and McMaster are the latest targets of Trumps lunatic tirades, in between his continuing obsession with attacking Sessions, but likely he'll have moved on to some new target by Friday. Full-on swivel-eyed loons like Pruitt, Carson and DeVos aren't going anywhere, unfortunately. Does that actually leave anyone of any sort of importance? Ryan Zinke or Wilbur Ross I suppose.

    Let's go for Zinke in some ludicrously implausible corruption scam, by April.

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    What's the top story of the day?
    The obvious one: Cohn's resignation. Six other options:

    -- NYT: "Adviser to Emirates With Ties to Trump Aides Is Cooperating With Special Counsel"

    -- The Daily Beast: "Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Received Inside Info From Russia Probe"

    -- WashPost: "Special counsel has examined episodes involving Michael Cohen"

    -- CNN: "Scaramucci is going after Kelly with Trump's blessing, source says..."

    -- NBC: "Stormy Daniels sues Trump, says ‘hush agreement’ invalid because he never signed"

    -- CNN: "Office of Special Counsel: Conway violated Hatch Act"








    THE STEP BACK: FOUR UNFOLDING EVENTS THAT SHOW WE'RE LIVING IN RIDICULOUSLY CRAZY TIMES ...


    REASON 1: THE SPEAKER IS WAGING A VERY PUBLIC WAR WITH THE PRESIDENT IT LOOKS LIKE HE'LL LOSE: SPEAKER PAUL RYAN has privately and publicly drawn a line against PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP'S chest-thumping demand that the U.S. slap a double-digit tariff on imported metals. It's clear that Ryan and Trump are talking, it's less clear that Trump will listen and Republicans are worried the tariffs will blunt the positive impacts of the tax bill.


    -- WHAT IT MEANS: If the president ignores Ryan and Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady -- the two men who delivered his tax victory -- that would be a stinging rebuke of his own party. TRUMP is truly on an island here -- although he's been on this island for three decades. That being said, REPUBLICANS say they will feel victorious if Trump makes any tweaks to the tariffs.


    -- THE TREAT-HIM-LIKE-A-KID STRATEGY: HOW REPUBLICANS WILL TRY TO REVERSE TRUMP'S DECISION IF THEY DON'T LIKE IT: Senior Republicans are resigned to the fact that they can't stop Trump from placing these tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. But if he follows through on his threat, senior Republicans will give him time to cool down, and then approach the president with data to show him that he's wrong, and explain that the tariffs need to be refined. The GOP feels like he's dug in, at the moment, and not terribly receptive to any outside views. Ryan hinted as much in a closed party meeting Tuesday morning in the Capitol.


    REASON TWO: REPUBLICANS HAVE SPENT MORE THAN $9 MILLION ON A HOUSE DISTRICT THAT WILL DISAPPEAR IN EIGHT MONTHS: THE NRCC just dropped another $619,664 into Pennsylvania 18 to boost Rick Saccone, the Republican candidate who many in the party think is a complete dud.


    -- THE NRCC has spent $3.5 MILLION, CLF -- the House GOP super PAC -- has spent $3.1 MILLION, and the RNC and America First Policies have spent $1 MILLION each. CONOR LAMB,the Democratic candidate, has spent $3 million and Democratic outside groups have spent basically squat.


    -- THIS DISTRICT WILL BE GONE IN NOVEMBER! But Republicans are so afraid of the narrative that Trump's gutter-scraping ratings took down a GOP seat that they are spending like drunken sailors.
    THE ALARM BELLS ARE RINGING: Republicans involved in this race are not confident they will win, despite the millions they're spending.


    REASON 3: THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HAS BEEN SUED BY A PORN STAR WHO SAYS SHE WAS HIS PARAMOUR, AND HIS LAWYER IS STILL TRYING TO SILENCE HER: WaPo's Beth Reinhard, Frances Stead Sellers and Emma Brown: "Stormy Daniels, the porn star who says she was paid to keep quiet about her alleged affair with Donald Trump, sued the president Tuesday, asking the court to declare that her nondisclosure agreement before the 2016 election is void because Trump did not sign it." http://wapo.st/2oWkjkB


    -- PAGING THE FEC: "The lawsuit suggests that Trump was aware of the agreement and that the money was intended to influence the election's outcome. That intimation bolsters two complaints filed with the Federal Election Commission that say the payment violated election law because it was not reported as an in-kind campaign donation."


    -- BLOOMBERG: "'Put simply, considerable steps have been taken by [Trump lawyer Michael] Cohen in the last week to silence Ms. Clifford through the use of an improper and procedurally defective arbitration proceeding hidden from public view,' according to the complaint. 'The extent of Mr. Trump's involvement is these efforts is presently unknown, but it strains credibility to conclude that Mr. Cohen is acting on his own accord without the express approval and knowledge of his client Mr. Trump.'" http://bit.ly/2tnCCVg



    REASON 4: PEOPLE ARE LEAVING THE WHITE HOUSE IN DROVES: NYT'S KATE KELLYand MAGGIE HABERMAN in an A1 story about Gary Cohn's departure: "More than one in three top White House officials left by the end of Mr. Trump's first year and fewer than half of the 12 positions closest to the president are still occupied by the same people as when he came into office, according to a Brookings Institution study. Mr. Cohn's departure will bring the turnover number to 43 percent, according to updated figures compiled by Kathryn Dunn Tenpas of the Brookings Institution." http://nyti.ms/2oQ5qRz


    2020 UPDATE: STEVEN SHEPARD: "Poll: Trump trails generic Democrat by 8 points":"President Donald Trump's new campaign manager has his work cut out for him.


    "A week after naming Brad Parscale to run his reelection effort, Trump is 8 points behind a generic Democratic candidate, 44 percent to 36 percent, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll. Nearly one in five voters, 19 percent, are undecided." http://politi.co/2oUL2Or





    Mueller's growing chorus
    George Nader, an "adviser to the United Arab Emirates with ties to current and former aides to President Trump[], is cooperating with the special counsel ... and gave testimony last week to a grand jury," per the N.Y. Times:

    • Why it matters: "Mueller appears to be examining the influence of foreign money on Mr. Trump’s political activities and has asked witnesses about the possibility that ... Nader ... funneled money from the Emirates to the president’s political efforts."
    • "It is illegal for foreign entities to contribute to campaigns or for Americans to knowingly accept foreign money for political races."
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    Think about this for a minute.


    Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, on Feb 27, 2018 directed his own attorney, Lawrence Rosen,

    (for the purpose of enforcing a clause in a Non-Disclosure-Agreement dated 10 days before the election, but not signed by Trump, for the payment of $130K to porn star Stormy Daniels, real name Stephanie Clifford who has suggested she has photos and text messages),

    to invoke the arbitration clause in the NDA, that provides that in the event of a dispute between the parties it would be resolved through arbitration rather than the courts.


    Rosen then obtained a "temporary restraining order" pending further review, against Stormy Daniels, identified for the purposes of the NDA as "Peggy Peterson, prohibiting discussion of the NDA.


    The counter party to the NDA is identified as a "David Dennison" who did not sign the agreement.


    Michael Cohen has previously acknowledged (A) that Trump told me he had contact with the porn star, and (B): he paid the $130K out of his own pocket, later changed to, he "facilitated" the payment by setting up a corporation specifically to funnel it. He has also complained about not being reimbursed. By whom?


    Cohen is now between a rock and a.......
    Either he violated principles of legal ethics that could have him disbarred, or he caused Trump to violate the Campaign Finance Law reporting requirements.


    Today, WH press sec Sarah Sanders said that Trump has denied Stormy Daniels allegations, and that we "already won the case at arbitration".


    People are talking about the legal machinations, but nobody is surprised that POTUS, aka David Dennison, was paying off a porn star.

    Mueller is gonna luv this.....
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    KUSHNER WATCH -- "Mueller team asking if Kushner foreign business ties influenced Trump policy," by NBC News' Carol Lee, Julia Ainsley and Robert Windrem: "Federal investigators are scrutinizing whether any of Jared Kushner's business discussions with foreigners during the presidential transition later shaped White House policies in ways designed to either benefit or retaliate against those he spoke with, according to witnesses and other people familiar with the investigation.


    "Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has asked witnesses about Kushner's efforts to secure financing for his family's real estate properties, focusing specifically on his discussions during the transition with individuals from Qatar and Turkey, as well as Russia, China and the United Arab Emirates, according to witnesses who have been interviewed as part of the investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign to sway the 2016 election.


    "As part of the scrutiny of Kushner's discussions with Turks, federal investigators have reached out to Turkish nationals for information on Kushner through the FBI's legal attache office in Ankara, according to two people familiar with the matter.


    "Separately, Qatari government officials visiting the U.S. in late January and early February considered turning over to Mueller what they believe is evidence of efforts by their country's Persian Gulf neighbors in coordination with Kushner to hurt their country, four people familiar with the matter said. The Qatari officials decided against cooperating with Mueller for now out of fear it would further strain the country's relations with the White House." http://nbcnews.to/2oObFnZ


    Axios has reviewed a Grand Jury subpoena that Robert Mueller's team sent to a witness last month.


    What Mueller is asking for:

    • Mueller is subpoenaing all communications — meaning emails, texts, handwritten notes, etc. — that this witness sent and received regarding the following people:


    1. Carter Page
    2. Corey Lewandowski
    3. Donald J. Trump
    4. Hope Hicks
    5. Keith Schiller
    6. Michael Cohen
    7. Paul Manafort
    8. Rick Gates
    9. Roger Stone
    10. Steve Bannon



    The subpoena asks for all communications from November 1, 2015, to the present. Notably, Trump announced his campaign for president five months earlier — on June 16, 2015.



    Bottom line: In December, the president's lawyer Ty Cobb told me the White House would be free of the Mueller investigation "shortly after the first of the year absent some unforeseen delay." We know very little about what's keeping the investigators so busy, but the breadth of this subpoena means Mueller's team could easily stumble into goodies about Trump's inner circle given so many people are coughing up material. (Cobb didn't respond to a request for comment.)




    LATEST ON MUELLER - "Mueller's Focus on Adviser to U.A.E. Indicates Broader Inquiry,"by NYT's Mark Mazzetti, David D. Kirkpatrick and Maggie Haberman: "George Nader, a Lebanese-American businessman, has hovered on the fringes of international diplomacy for three decades. He was a back-channel negotiator with Syria during the Clinton administration, reinvented himself as an adviser to the de facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates, and last year was a frequent visitor to President Trump's White House.


    "Mr. Nader is now a focus of the investigation by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel. In recent weeks, Mr. Mueller's investigators have questioned Mr. Nader and have pressed witnesses for information about any possible attempts by the Emiratis to buy political influence by directing money to support Mr. Trump during the presidential campaign, according to people with knowledge of the discussions.


    "The investigators have also asked about Mr. Nader's role in White House policymaking, those people said, suggesting that the special counsel investigation has broadened beyond Russian election meddling to include Emirati influence on the Trump administration. The focus on Mr. Nader could also prompt an examination of how money from multiple countries has flowed through and influenced Washington during the Trump era." http://nyti.ms/2HYBH0J






    TRUMP INC. -- "Thugs, Leeches, Shouting and Shoving at Trump Hotel in Panama," by NYT's Kirk Semple in Panama City and Ben Protess and Steve Eder in New York: "The Trump International Hotel and Tower here is President Trump's only hotel property in Latin America. At 70 stories, it is the tallest building in Panama, offers sweeping views of Panama Bay and features five outdoor swimming pools. The rooms come with Trump branded bathrobes, stationery and mouthwash. But in recent days, guests have witnessed a decidedly less glamorous side of the operation: Yelling and shoving matches involving security personnel and others, the presence of police in Kevlar helmets, and various interventions by Panamanian labor regulators, forensic specialists and a justice of the peace.



    "The source of the drama? The businessman who recently purchased a majority stake in the hotel wants the Trumps out. And the Trumps, who have a long-term contract to manage the property, are refusing to go. In a letter marked 'Private & Confidential' to the hotel's other owners, the businessman, Orestes Fintiklis, likened the Trumps to leeches who had attached to the property, 'draining our last drops of blood,' according to a copy reviewed by The New York Times. He has also filed legal actions accusing the Trump family business, the Trump Organization, of mismanaging the hotel." http://nyti.ms/2H2cp0g







    THE STORY THAT NEVER ENDS - "Trump Lawyer's Payment to Stormy Daniels Was Reported as Suspicious by Bank," by WSJ's Joe Palazzolo and Michael Rothfeld: "The bank used by President Donald Trump's personal lawyer to wire $130,000 to a former adult-film actress flagged the transaction as suspicious and reported it to the Treasury Department, according to a person familiar with the matter. The lawyer, Michael Cohen, wired the money to a lawyer for former actress Stephanie Clifford, known professionally as Stormy Daniels, from an account at First Republic Bank. The money was received on Oct. 27, 2016, 12 days before the presidential election, another person familiar with the matter said.


    "It isn't clear when First Republic reported it to the government as suspicious. Mr. Cohen said he missed two deadlines earlier that month to make the $130,000 payment to Ms. Clifford because he couldn't reach Mr. Trump in the hectic final days of the presidential campaign ... Ms. Clifford was owed the money in return for signing an agreement that bars her from discussing an alleged sexual encounter with Mr. Trump in 2006 ... After Mr. Trump's victory, Mr. Cohen complained to friends that he had yet to be reimbursed for the payment to Ms. Clifford."http://on.wsj.com/2FuCGHy





    "Slow Fade of the Pennsylvania Irish," by Charles McElwee in the American Conservative: "In the anthracite coal region, Irish immigrants fled Donegal for a better life. But today's Donegal is far healthier than this region of America. In 2017, National Geographic named Donegal the 'Coolest Place on the Planet.' In the Age of Trump, Pennsylvania's former mining towns are destinations for reporters' insensitive commentary. If they stayed a little longer, perhaps studying the region's history or dropping by cemeteries with Gaelic inscriptions, they would leave with a better idea of this unique place." http://bit.ly/2oDbk8n



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    Quote Originally Posted by Sidewinder View Post
    Baby Jebus on a hoverboard AMH.

    Nunberg came across as rational intelligent and sensible? I know this is the post-fact alt-reality age but seriously, you expect anyone to take you seriously after saying something like that?!

    So now Gary Cohn is the latest departure, but that's been fairly widely floated for some time, that he'd slink off into the night as soon as the tax cuts for the banks, corporations and mega-rich were in the bag. Mnuchin probably won't be far behind, and for similar reasons.

    So who's next? Information keeps seeping out about the Rosneft stuff which could see Tillerson gone soon. Kushner is a walking unexploded bomb that could go off randomly at any time. Kelly and McMaster are the latest targets of Trumps lunatic tirades, in between his continuing obsession with attacking Sessions, but likely he'll have moved on to some new target by Friday. Full-on swivel-eyed loons like Pruitt, Carson and DeVos aren't going anywhere, unfortunately. Does that actually leave anyone of any sort of importance? Ryan Zinke or Wilbur Ross I suppose.

    Let's go for Zinke in some ludicrously implausible corruption scam, by April.
    In short, the Trump administration has long since turned into a cross between a reality show and Trump's own old TV show, where "you're fired" was his applause line. Reality shows are very popular on American TV. Note that in the middle of all this Trumps' popularity ratings are basically unchanged, maybe going down a point or two at most, and even the more intelligent liberal commentators, like the New York Times, are starting to get worried that the expected Democratic landslide this fall is not gonna happen.

    BTW, did you see the Nunberg interviews, or just read the spin from the media? Whether he was drinking at the time or not, frankly his assessment of what's really going on here made more sense than the spin from either the anti-Trump or pro-Trump talking heads on the boob tube, all of whom are equally mad at him for what he had to say.

    Any signs of civic courage Nunberg tried to portray on his single day of grandstanding abruptly disappeared the next day, as he folded up like a cheap suit, realising he could actually go to jail. So no political career for him out of this. Considering who he is, quite natural.

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    MEDIAWATCH -- "Jared Kushner Tried To Sell His Newspaper To Trump's Political Enemies," by BuzzFeed's Charlie Warzel: "Just days before heading to a West Wing job, Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was secretly engaged in talks to sell his struggling news organization, the New York Observer, to Clinton megadonor and Univision chair Haim Saban and Hillary Clinton ally David Brock - a progressive media figure with aspirations to turn the news outlet into 'the Breitbart of the left.'
    "After the 2016 election, Kushner and Observer Media chair Joseph Meyer reportedly sought to offload the paper to Trump allies, including American Media, the parent company of the National Enquirer, one of the media publications that portrayed Trump in a positive light during the campaign. But according to two sources, Kushner and Meyer found more attractive suitors in Hillaryland. In the days after the election, Observer Media executives took part in discussions with Saban and Brock." http://bzfd.it/2DcpXE8


    Are you a Satanist.....?.....

    K-FILED - "Senior adviser at HUD spread conspiracy theory that Clinton campaign chairman was Satanist," by CNN's Andrew Kaczynski: "A senior adviser at the Department of Housing and Urban Development spread a false conspiracy theory that claimed Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign chairman took part in a Satanic ritual, a CNN KFile review of his tweets show. John Gibbs is a former conservative commentator who initially joined the HUD as the director for Strong Cities and Strong Communities, a program aimed at spurring economic development at the local level. In August of 2017, Gibbs, a political appointee, transitioned to the role of senior adviser, working in the office of the assistant secretary for community planning and development." http://cnn.it/2Idk7Gn



    IT'S A HARD KNOCK LIFE -- "Things Are So Bad For Paul Manafort He Now Has To Wear Two GPS Monitoring Bracelets," by BuzzFeed's Zoe Tillman: "Paul Manafort will stay under home confinement after pleading not guilty Thursday to the latest set of charges filed by special counsel Robert Mueller's office, but now he'll wear two GPS monitoring bracelets, instead of just one. ... He made his first appearance in the Alexandria courthouse on Thursday afternoon. US District Judge T.S. Ellis III ruled Manafort could be released pending trial, subject to home confinement and electronic monitoring, the same conditions he's under in DC. A Virginia probation officer explained to the judge that because of limits to the technology, she couldn't access the data from the DC bracelet, hence the need for two." http://bzfd.it/2Fo0LAx


    -- ABOUT ALL THOSE MUELLER STORIES -- "Mueller tight-lipped as media leaks shape Russia narrative," byDarren Samuelsohn: http://politi.co/2oZZmVV


    This piece is by Belfast born, US based journo, Niall Stanage.

    White House drawn into legal battle over Stormy Daniels
    The White House is being pulled into the legal fight between President Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen and the adult film actress who claims to have had an extra-marital affair with the president in 2006.

    The White House denies that Trump had a relationship with Stephanie Clifford, who goes by the stage name Stormy Daniels in pornographic movies.

    But press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday also said the president recently won an arbitration ruling against Clifford — a statement that effectively tied Trump to the $130,000 payment made by his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, to keep Clifford quiet.
    Read the full story here



    Oops! This is the piece by Stanage........





    The Memo: Dangers multiply for Trump in Mueller probe
    The waters of Robert Mueller’s investigation are rising higher by the day, putting President Trump and his inner circle in increasing legal and political danger.

    A series of recent revelations “have, at least, indicated that there is fire amid all that smoke,” said Frank Montoya Jr., a retired FBI special agent who was also detailed to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence from 2012 to 2014.

    New disclosures have come at a dizzying speed in recent days.
    Read the full story here
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    Despite having claimed the $130K payment to Stormy was from his own pocket, and out of the goodness of his heart, and without the knowledge of Trump it has now emerged that Trump personal lawyer Michael Cohen used the email address: [email protected] to communicate with both the bank and Stormy.




    • Shot ... Sam Nunberg, the former Trump political aide who testified yesterday before a grand jury as part of the Mueller probe, to CNN's Gloria Borger: "I’m not commenting on anything anymore. I don’t want to turn into Anthony Scaramucci."
    • Chaser ... Anthony Scaramucci told Fox yesterday that Nunberg suffered from "some kind of substance and some kind of stress that were boiled together like a cocktail ... I wish him well. My heart goes out to him. And I want him to get the help that he needs."






    THE RUSSIA REPORT -- "Trump Lawyers Seek Deal With Mueller to Speed End of Russia Probe," by WSJ's Rebecca Ballhaus and Peter Nicholas: "President Donald Trump's lawyers are seeking to negotiate a deal with special counsel Robert Mueller that uses an interview with the president as leverage to spur a conclusion to the Russia investigation, according to a person familiar with the discussions. The president's legal team is considering telling Mr. Mueller that Mr. Trump would agree to a sit-down interview based on multiple considerations, including that the special counsel commit to a date for concluding at least the Trump-related portion of the investigation.


    "One idea is to suggest a deadline of 60 days from the date of the interview, the person said. Another consideration for the legal team is reaching an agreement with Mr. Mueller on the scope of his questioning of the president, which they expect to focus largely on his decision to fire former national security adviser Mike Flynn and former FBI director James Comey, according to people familiar with the matter." http://on.wsj.com/2Fx4NTh


    -- "In a personal letter, Trump invited Putin to the 2013 Miss Universe pageant," by WaPo's Shane Harris, Ros Helderman and Karoun Demirjian: "Donald Trump was so eager to have Vladimir Putin attend the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow that he wrote a personal letter to the Russian president inviting him to the event, according to multiple people familiar with the document.


    "At the bottom of the typed letter, Trump scrawled a postscript adding that he looked forward to seeing 'beautiful' women during his trip.Trump's letter to Putin, which was described by people with knowledge of its contents, shows how interested he was in attracting the personal attention of the Russian president. ... John Dowd, an attorney for President Trump, said he was not familiar with the letter. 'It's all nonsense,' he said." http://wapo.st/2Ij4SM4




    THE LATEST ON RUSSIA -- "Leaked: Secret Documents From Russia's Election Trolls," by The Daily Beast's Ben Collins, Gideon Resnick and Spencer Ackerman: "The Kremlin-backed ***** farm at the center of Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. election has quietly suffered a catastrophic security breach, The Daily Beast has confirmed, in a leak that spilled new details of its operations onto obscure corners of the internet.


    "The Russian 'information exchange' Joker.Buzz, which auctions off often stolen or confidential information, advertised a leak for a large cache of the Internet Research Agency's (IRA) internal documents. It includes names of Americans, activists in particular, whom the organization specifically targeted; American-based proxies used to access Reddit and the viral meme site 9Gag; and login information for ***** farm accounts." http://thebea.st/2F9RSGD



    WaPo's PHIL RUCKER, ASHLEY PARKER and JOSH DAWSEY: "'Jared has faded': Inside the 28 days of tumult that left Kushner badly diminished": "Once the prince of Trump's Washington, Kushner is now stripped of his access to the nation's deepest secrets, isolated and badly weakened inside the administration, under scrutiny for his mixing of business and government work and facing the possibility of grave legal peril in the Russia probe.


    "Kushner's tensions with chief of staff John F. Kelly have spilled into public view, while other dormant rivalries have resurfaced. Some colleagues privately mock Kushner as a shadow of his former self; one official likened the work of his Office of American Innovation to headlines in 'The Onion,' the satirical news website.

    "Others said fear of the Russia probe has made some officials
    wary of interacting with Kushner on sensitive matters. And his reputation as an interlocutor for foreign governments has been undermined by the lowering of his security clearance level, which generated embarrassing headlines worldwide." http://wapo.st/2FM1DvA



    -- "Jared Kushner's Real-Estate Firm Sought Money Directly From Qatar Government Weeks Before Blockade," by The Intercept's Clayton Swisher and Ryan Grim: "The real estate firm tied to the family of presidential son-in-law and top White House adviser Jared Kushner made a direct pitch to Qatar's minister of finance in April 2017 in an attempt to secure investment in a critically distressed asset in the company's portfolio, according to two sources. At the previously unreported meeting, Jared Kushner's father Charles, who runs Kushner Companies, and Qatari Finance Minister Ali Sharif Al Emadi discussed financing for the Kushners' signature 666 Fifth Avenue property in New York City." http://bit.ly/2FLavSl
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    Good Monday afternoon. LOTS OF TRUMP INC. NEWS ...


    -- "Ivanka Trump never cut ties with the Trump Organization. That's turned into a problem,"by McClatchy's Anita Kumar: "Ivanka Trump -- a senior White House adviser who is doing everything from lobbying the Senate on tax policy to representing her father at a G20 summit of world leaders -- will pull in more than $1 million a year from the family business that has continued to develop luxury resorts across the globe during the Trump presidency.


    "Some of those Trump-branded developments are hiring state-owned companies for construction, receiving gifts from foreign governments in the form of public land or eased regulations and accepting payments from customers who are foreign officials." http://bit.ly/2GjwY9t


    -- "Trump Jr. partners with donor who pitched gov't," by the AP's Jake Pearson: "Donald Trump Jr. has a previously undisclosed business relationship with a longtime hunting buddy who helped raise millions of dollars for his father's 2016 presidential campaign and has had special access to top government officials since the election, records obtained by The Associated Press show.


    "The president's eldest son and Texas hedge fund manager Gentry Beach have been involved in business deals together dating back to the mid-2000s and recently formed a company -- Future Venture LLC -- despite past claims by both men that they were just friends, according to previously unreported court records and other documents obtained by AP. Beach last year met with top National Security Council officials to push a plan that would curb U.S. sanctions in Venezuela and open up business for U.S. companies in the oil-rich nation." http://bit.ly/2Fu305j



    THE LATEST ON THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION -- "Qataris opted not to give info on Kushner, secret meetings to Mueller," by NBC's Julia Ainsley, Carol Lee, Robert Windrem and Andrew Lehren: "Qatari officials gathered evidence of what they claim is illicit influence by the United Arab Emirates on Jared Kushner and other Trump associates, including details of secret meetings, but decided not to give the information to Special Counsel Robert Mueller for fear of harming relations with the Trump administration, say three sources familiar with the Qatari discussions." http://nbcnews.to/2GnfN6Y



    STORM'S BREWING -- "Stormy Daniels offers to pay back $130G for freedom to talk Trump," by NBC News' Sarah Fitzpatrick and Tracy Connor: "Adult film star Stormy Daniels is offering to give back the $130,000 she was paid for her silence so she can speak freely about President Donald Trump and release any text messages, photos and videos she might have.


    "The actress, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, made the offer Monday in a letter to Trump's private attorney Michael Cohen, who brokered a nondisclosure agreement with her shortly before the presidential election. ...


    "The letter says the money would be wired to an account designated by Trump by Friday. In return, Clifford would be allowed to 'speak openly and freely about her prior relationship with the president and the attempts to silence her and use and publish and text messages, photos and videos relating to the President that she may have in her possession, all without fear of retribution or legal liability,' the letter says. ... Clifford's letter says the offer will remain open until noonTuesday. [Her attorney Michael] Avenatti said the offer is genuine and not a publicity stunt."http://nbcnews.to/2tFsYgI
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    So Rex the vex is out and the new man is Mickey Pompeo..........


    Trump ousts Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, will replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo
    President Trump has ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replaced him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, orchestrating a major change to his national security team amid delicate negotiations with North Korea, White House officials said Tuesday.
    Tillerson had made public remarks last year insisting he was not planning to quit despite persistent reports of disagreements between him and the White House over staffing issues at the State Department and a disconnect over what President Trump saw as Tillerson’s conventional approach to policy matters.
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    Roger Stone, a longtime Trump adviser, claimed contact with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 2016, according to two associates
    Roger Stone, a longtime political operative and informal adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump, told one associate that he had learned from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange that his organization had obtained emails that would torment senior Democrats such as John Podesta, then campaign chairman for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
    The conversation occurred before it was publicly known that hackers had obtained the emails of Podesta and of the Democratic National Committee, documents which WikiLeaks released in late July and October.
    The second person, former Trump adviser Sam Nunberg, said in an interview Monday that Stone told him that he had met with Assange — a conversation Nunberg said investigators for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III recently asked him to describe.
    Both Stone and Assange have denied such contact. Stone told The Washington Post that he only recalled having one conversation with anyone in which he alluded to meeting the WikiLeaks founder — a comment he said he made to Nunberg as a joke.
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    KYLE CHENEY: "House ends Russia probe, says no Trump-Kremlin collusion": "The House Republicans also said that a 150-page report they prepared - without consulting their Democratic colleagues - contradicts the U.S. intelligence community's firm conclusion that the goal of the Russian government effort was to boost Trump's campaign.
    "'We don't think that's supported by the underlying data,' Texas Rep. Mike Conaway, the Republican leading the probe, said in a phone interview. Conaway told reporters Monday that some Trump campaign figures may have shown bad judgment in meeting with Kremlin-linked figures but that the meetings had not amounted to collusion." http://politi.co/2IoIO2r


    SPEAKING OF THE MUELLER PROBE -- "Rod Rosenstein, deputy attorney general, says Robert Mueller is 'not an unguided missile,'" by USA Today's Kevin Johnson: "Despite unrelenting criticism from the White House on the course of the investigation into Russia's election interference, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Monday offered unqualified support for special counsel Robert Mueller.'The special counsel is not an unguided missile,' Rosenstein said in an exclusive interview with USA TODAY.

    "'I don't believe there is any justification at this point for terminating the special counsel.'... Appearing upbeat and at ease in his fourth-floor office, Rosenstein said oversight of the inquiry requires only 'a fraction' of his daily work. He estimated that less than 5% of his week is related to briefings or other matters involving Mueller's investigation. ...


    "'I believe much of the criticism will fall by the wayside when people reflect on this era and the Department of Justice,' said Rosenstein, who did not refer to Trump directly. 'I'm very confident that when the history of this era is written, it will reflect that the department was operated with integrity.'" https://usat.ly/2p8IDj6


    SPY GAMES -- "As Putin's Opponents Flocked to London, His Spies Followed," by NYT's Ellen Barry in London: "Russia now has more intelligence agents deployed in London than at the height of the Cold War, former British intelligence officials have said. They serve a variety of functions, including building contacts among British politicians. But the most important task is to keep an eye on the hundreds of heavyweight Russians - those aligned with President Vladimir V. Putin, and those arrayed against him - who have built lives in Britain, attracted by its property market and banking system." http://nyti.ms/2Gn4HPi

    This just yesterday. Coincidence?


    -- "Tillerson casts poisoning as sign of more aggressive Russia," by AP's Josh Lederman "aboard a U.S. government aircraft": "Secretary of State Rex Tillerson cast the poisoning of an ex-spy in Britain as part of a 'certain unleashing of activity' by Russia that the United States is struggling to understand. He warned that the poisoning would 'certainly trigger a response.' Tillerson, echoing the British government's finger-pointing toward Moscow, said he didn't yet know whether Russia's government knew of the attack with a military-grade nerve agent, but that one way or another, 'it came from Russia.' He said it was 'almost beyond comprehension' why a state actor would deploy such a dangerous substance in a public place in a foreign country where others could be exposed." http://bit.ly/2FCQpJ8
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    No result yet from last night's Pa election. Too close to call. The D is 641 votes ahead. Will need to wait for absentee ballots to be counted. Trump won the district by 20 points in 2016. Hasn't had a D since 1994. R's spent $10M, D's less than $2M. Due to a Pa Supreme Court Order, the district will disappear, and get divided into 4 neighboring districts before the November 2018 mid-terms.



    A RECOUNT is possible if Lamb and Saccone are separated by .5 percent, or less. Voters or the candidates would have to legally challenge the results because a recount is not automatically initiated under Pennsylvania law.


    Breaking: NBC News declares Democrat Conor Lamb the apparent winner in a special U.S. House in western Pennsylvania, the heart of Trump country, a blow to the White House and the Republican Party.



    • A recount is possible, and AP says the race is still too close to call.
    • Lamb, a Marine veteran, claimed victory over Republican Rick Saccone, telling exuberant supporters after midnight: "Mission accepted."

    Why it matters: Regardless of the ultimate winner, it was a humiliating and sobering night for the GOP. This a district President Trump won by 20 points. The Democratic energy and Republican depression signal a brutal midterm season and the increasingly likely return of Speaker Pelosi.



    • Fox News politics editor Chris Stirewalt: "It's more than a ripple. It might be a wave."
    • CNN's Dana Bash says this result may lead to more Republican retirements from Congress, as lawmakers realize the strength of this year's headwinds.

    Be smart: In race after race, Democrats are consistently topping their performance in previous elections (often by double-digit margins), the surest sign of sustained momentum and a possible November wave.




    • Go deeper: Republicans fear the House is slipping away fast.



    The axis of caution has been broken.......


    What brutal Rexit tells us about POTUS

    President Trump's firing-via-tweet of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, following his sudden imposition of tariffs, reflects the president's increasing comfort with solo use of his awesome power over policy, personnel and politics.



    • Be smart: White House officials tell Jonathan Swan and me that it's getting ever more difficult for aides to disagree with Trump, or stand up to him about the consequences of decisions great and small.
    • We're told Trump trusts his own instincts and counsel more than he did a year ago. So it's getting harder to talk him out of acting on whims and grievances.
    • And with the departure announcements by aides who have had a moderating or restraining influence, he has ever fewer restraints and guardrails.
    • What's next: The big question inside the West Wing is whether Trump keeps going and pushes through a complete overhaul.


    Why it matters, from N.Y. Times: "Tillerson’s dismissal, on the heels of Gary D. Cohn’s resignation, pulls the Trump administration further out of the economic and foreign policy mainstream and closer to the nationalist ideas that animated Mr. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign."



    • "As the White House absorbed the news about Mr. Tillerson, rumors swirled that the national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, and the secretary of Veterans Affairs, David J. Shulkin, would soon follow him out the door."
    • "The sense of disarray was deepened by ... the sudden dismissal of a personal aide to Mr. Trump."
    • CB note: Two hours after Gen Kelly had Trump "bodyman" John McEntee escorted of the premises he was hired by the Trump 2020 campaign.

    N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, calling Tillerson on Friday to tell him that change was afoot, and to cut short a trip to Africa: “You may get a tweet.”



    • How it's playing ... Bloomberg: "Trump Moves Closer to Presidency of One With Tillerson Firing."

    PDF of the day
    Obtained by Axios' Jonathan Swan

    "Steve Goldstein, top spokesman for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, was fired Tuesday for contradicting the official administration account of Tillerson's own firing." (CNBC)

    • From Goldstein's statement: "The Secretary had every intention of staying because of the critical progress made in national security ... The secretary did not speak to the president and is unaware of the reason."
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    Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other. ~Oscar Ameringer

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    THE BIG PICTURE ... PETER BAKER in the NYT, "Trump and the Truth: A President Tests His Own Credibility": "The lack of fidelity to facts has real-world consequences in both foreign affairs and domestic policymaking. Foreign diplomats and lawmakers of both parties say they do not assume anything he says is necessarily true. In a White House where one aide described the existence of 'alternative facts' and another acknowledged telling 'white lies,' staff members scramble to defend his claims without putting their own credibility on the line. News organizations debate when to use the word 'lie' because it implies intent.


    "Since Mr. Trump became a presidential candidate, PolitiFact has evaluated more than 500 assertions and found 69 percent of them mostly false, false or 'pants on fire' false. By comparison, it judged 26 percent of the statements by Mr. Obama that it evaluated as false and the same percentage for those by Hillary Clinton." http://nyti.ms/2HIA71Y


    MORE CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA FALLOUT -- "Data Firm Tied to Trump Campaign Talked Business With Russians," by NYT's Danny Hakim and Matt Rosenberg: "When the Russia question came up during a hearing at the British Parliament last month, Alexander Nix did not hesitate. 'We've never worked in Russia,' said Mr. Nix, head of a data consulting firm that advised the Trump campaign on targeting voters. ... But Mr. Nix's business did have some dealings with Russian interests, according to company documents and interviews. Mr. Nix is a director of SCL Group, a British political and defense contractor, and chief executive of its American offshoot, Cambridge Analytica, which advised the Trump campaign.


    "The firms' employees, who often overlap, had contact in 2014 and 2015 with executives from Lukoil, the Russian oil giant. Lukoil was interested in how data was used to target American voters, according to two former company insiders who said there were at least three meetings with Lukoil executives in London and Turkey. SCL and Lukoil denied that the talks were political in nature, and SCL also said there were no meetings in London." http://nyti.ms/2plSwu4


    SCOOP -- "White House weighs rehiring fired Trump aide McEntee," by Andrew Restuccia: "Senior White House officials are mulling bringing President Donald Trump's personal aide and body man John McEntee back into the administration just days after he was abruptly escorted out of the West Wing. White House chief of staff John Kelly told aides during a Friday morning senior staff meeting that there are tentative discussions about finding a role for McEntee in the administration ...


    "The exact reasons for McEntee's dismissal are still unclear, but multiple people familiar with the issue said it pertained to his propensity for high-dollar gambling ... [and] there were concerns it made McEntee a potential security risk. It's unclear what McEntee would have to do to reassure White House officials ahead of his possible return, and aides said discussions about rehiring him are still in the early stages." http://politi.co/2pnILLH


    JARED KUSHNER'S FAMILY BIZ ... "AP Exclusive: Kushner Cos. filed false documents with NYC," by AP's Bernard Condon: "When the Kushner Cos. bought three apartment buildings in a gentrifying neighborhood of Queens in 2015, most of the tenants were protected by special rules that prevent developers from pushing them out, raising rents and turning a tidy profit.


    "But that's exactly what the company then run by Jared Kushner did, and with remarkable speed. Two years later, it sold all three buildings for $60 million, nearly 50 percent more than it paid.


    Now a clue has emerged as to how President Donald Trump's son-in-law's firm was able to move so fast: The Kushner Cos. routinely filed false paperwork with the city declaring it had zero rent-regulated tenants in dozens of buildings it owned across the city when, in fact, it had hundreds." http://bit.ly/2FJUzTL




    What McCabe told Mueller
    Andrew McCabe says President Trump asked him: “What’s it like for your wife to be a loser? … Have you ever asked your wife what it’s like to be a loser?”

    • McCabe — the former FBI deputy director who was fired Fridaynight, 26 hours short of being eligible for a full pension — says that in three or four interactions, President Trump was disparaging each time of his wife, Dr. Jill McCabe, a failed Virginia state Senate candidate in 2015.
    • John Dowd, a Trump lawyer, told me: "I am told that the P never made that statement according to two others who were present."
    • Axios has learnedthat McCabe has met with special counsel Robert Mueller, and has turned over Comey-style memos documenting his conversations with Trump.
    • The memos include corroboration by McCabe of former FBI Director James Comey's account of his own firing by Trump.

    The McCabe memos are helping fuel a possible constitutional crisis, with the White House turning up the heat on Mueller as Trump's exposure increases:

    • Dowd, the Trump lawyer, said in a statement first reported by The Daily Beast: "I pray that Acting [in this case] Attorney General Rosenstein will follow the brilliant and courageous example of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility and Attorney General Jeff Sessions and bring an end to alleged Russia Collusion investigation manufactured by McCabe’s boss James Comey based upon a fraudulent and corrupt Dossier."
    • Dowd added in an email to me: "Just end it on the merits in light of recent revelations."
    • Dowd tells me Trump called him after seeing reports about the statement: "He thought it was all right. He didn’t have any problem."
    • Dowd told me in a phone conversation: "It’s nothing against Bob [Mueller] — I get along with Bob very well. ... Bob knows my view that there’s nothing there. ... On St. Patrick's Day, can't an old Marine make a prayer? No big deal."
    • In his email to The Daily Beast's Betsy Woodruff, Dowd wrote, in what she called "an annotated version of a line from a well-known 20th-century play": " What’s that smell in this room[Bureau}? Didn’t you notice it, Brick [Jim]? Didn’t you notice a powerful and obnoxious odor of mendacity in this room[Bureau}?... There ain’t nothin’ more powerful than the odor of mendacity[corruption]... You can smell it. It smells like death. Tennessee Williams- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."

    Trump v. Comey ... Both sides are getting personal:

    • President Trump, this morning: "Wow, watch Comey lie under oath to Senator G when asked 'have you ever been an anonymous source...or known someone else to be an anonymous source...?' He said strongly 'never, no.' He lied as shown clearly on @foxandfriends."
    • Trump earlier: "Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI - A great day for Democracy. Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!"
    • James Comey, whose book, "A Higher Loyalty," is out in 30 days: "Mr. President, the American people will hear my story very soon. And they can judge for themselves who is honorable and who is not."

    Be smart, from Jonathan Swan: On this issue, Trump is dug in and angry. He views the leadership of the FBI as arrayed against him. And that red line he drew in the interview with the N.Y. Times last year — where he said he wouldn’t stand for Mueller prying into his family finances — still stands.

    • One crucial variable in all this is Fox News. Trump feeds off the moods of his favorite hosts. If Sean Hannity and Judge Jeanine Pirro turn it up a notch, saying the deep state is out to get him and Mueller is out of control, there’s no telling what Trump will do.

    Facebook was caught flat-footed after stories in The New York Times("How Trump Consultants Exploited the Facebook Data of Millions")and the Guardian-owned Observer of London revealed that user data had been illicitly obtained by Cambridge Analytica, Axios' Sara Fischer and David McCabe write:



    • Saturday ended with the Massachusetts attorney general opening an investigation and Sen. Amy Klobuchar tweeting: "Mark Zuckerberg needs to testify before Senate Judiciary."

    The gritty details: Cambridge Analytica, a data firm used by the Trump campaign, obtained data from 50 million users through a third-party developer that was linked to Facebook's data.



    • Of the 50 million raw profiles, The Times reported, "30 million ... contained enough information, including places of residence, that the company could match users to other records and build psychographic profiles. Only about 270,000 users ... had consented to having their data harvested."
    • Facebook said the data was obtained legally but that its use violated its policies, which is why the company suspended the group from its platform after it learned from The Times that the data had not been deleted as Cambridge Analytica had promised.
    • The Times: "[C]opies of the data still remain beyond Facebook’s control. The Times viewed a set of raw data from the profiles Cambridge Analytica obtained."
    • Others argued the data violation should be considered a breach that Facebook was legally required to tell users about.

    The dispute lit up Twitter, with an Observer editor tweeting that Facebook threatened to sue the company ahead of publication. One of the reporters on the story tweeted that “Facebook instructed external lawyers and warned us we were making 'false and defamatory' allegations.”



    • Facebook says it sent the news organization a letter making the case that using the term "breach" was incorrect.

    Facebook executives argued on Twitter that "breach" was inaccurate, but Alex Stamos, the chief security officer, ultimately deleted several of his tweets. Stamos said he'd deleted them because "I can't stop people from using the most uncharitable interpretation of what I wrote to put words in my mouth."




    The big picture: The issues raised by these stories are at the core of how Facebook makes money. So, however you describe it, the reports have put more force behind questions about whether Facebook is capable of policing its own platform and the data that powers it
    .


    • "Welp," tweeted Aaron Levie, the CEO of cloud storage company Box. "Tech is definitely about to get regulated. And probably for the best."

    Facebook's statement, by Paul Grewal, V.P. and deputy general counsel:



    • "If these reports are true, it's a serious abuse of our rules. All parties involved — including the SCL Group/Cambridge Analytica, Christopher Wylie and Aleksandr Kogan — certified to us that they destroyed the data in question."
    • "In light of new reports that the data was not destroyed, we are suspending these three parties from Facebook, pending further information."
    • "We will take whatever steps are required to see that the data in question is deleted once and for all — and take action against all offending parties.”

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    THE TRUMP-PUTIN RELATIONSHIP -- "Trump's national security advisers warned him not to congratulate Putin. He did it anyway," by WaPo's Carol Leonnig, David Nakamura and Josh Dawsey: "President Trump did not follow specific warnings from his national security advisers Tuesday when he congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on his reelection - including a section in his briefing materials in all-capital letters stating 'DO NOT CONGRATULATE,' according to officials familiar with the call. Trump also chose not to heed talking points from aides instructing him to condemn the recent poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain with a powerful nerve agent, a case that both the British and U.S. governments have blamed on Moscow."http://wapo.st/2u9SevQ


    KEEPING TRACK ...


    -- WHERE WE ARE: JOSH GERSTEIN and LORRAINE WOELLERT: "Trump subjected to trifecta of sex-scandal lawsuits": "As a candidate, Donald Trump vowed to sue the slew of women accusing him of sexual misconduct. That never happened.
    "But more than a year after Trump took office, he finds himself the target instead, increasingly enmeshed in litigation related to pre-election efforts to contain stories about his alleged sexual affairs and improprieties -- a legal morass seemingly unrelated to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged collusion with Russia and the firing of FBI Director James Comey, among other issues." http://politi.co/2HRDvHW


    -- HOW WE GOT HERE: "Trump's Stormy History: The Seven-Year Battle Between the President and the Porn Star," by WSJ's Joe Palazzolo and Michael Rothfeld: "The extraordinary legal battle between the president of the United States and a former adult-film star has been building for seven years.


    "The standoff is rapidly escalating, as the porn actress , Stephanie Clifford, seeks to go public with details of her claims of an extramarital affair, and President Donald Trump and his attorneys fight to stop her. A turning point came during a February phone call, after Michael Cohen, Mr. Trump's personal lawyer, acknowledged publicly he paid Ms. Clifford $130,000 but didn't say why.


    "In the call, Ms. Clifford's lawyer told Mr. Cohen the actress believed his comments breached a nondisclosure pact they had signed in October 2016 -- and that she was now free to discuss the alleged affair. 'I didn't f-ing breach it!' Mr. Cohen yelled, people familiar with the call said. Mr. Cohen warned her lawyer that if Ms. Clifford were to talk, he would seek to enforce the agreement." http://on.wsj.com/2Gba7PA


    -- MORE TRUMP WOMEN: "Ex-Playboy Model Karen McDougal Sues to Speak on Alleged Trump Affair," by NYT's Jim Rutenberg and Rebecca R. Ruiz: "A former Playboy model who claimed she had an affair with Donald J. Trump sued on Tuesday to be released from a 2016 legal agreement restricting her ability to speak, becoming the second woman this month to challenge Trump allies' efforts during the presidential campaign to bury stories about extramarital relationships. The model, Karen McDougal, is suing The National Enquirer's parent company, which paid her $150,000 and whose chief executive is a friend of President Trump's. ...


    "In other potential legal trouble for the president, a Manhattan judge on Tuesday denied a move by Mr. Trump's lawyers to block a defamation suit from Summer Zervos, a former 'Apprentice' contestant. She accused Mr. Trump of sexually harassing her after she appeared on his reality show. He has called her and over a dozen other women who accused him of harassment 'liars.'" http://nyti.ms/2pr0PW7


    "President Trump faced new legal and political jeopardy ... as a former Playboy Playmate and alleged paramour [Karen McDougal] sued to break a confidentiality agreement and a judge rejected his move to quash a lawsuit stemming from a charge of sexual assault," the L.A. Times' Mark Z. Barabak and Michael Finnegan report on A1:



    • Why it matters: "The developments, coming on opposite coasts, promised months — if not years — of legal skirmishing, keeping Trump’s personal conduct at the fore of this election season and complicating GOP efforts to protect their congressional majorities in November."
    • With three separate lawsuits, "the president is confronting salacious accusations from his days as a footloose — albeit married — reality TV star and man about Manhattan."





    LATEST ON CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA -- "
    Bannon oversaw Cambridge Analytica's collection of Facebook data, according to former employee," by WaPo's Craig Timberg, Karla Adam and Michael Kranish: "Conservative strategist Stephen K. Bannon oversaw Cambridge Analytica's early efforts to collect troves of Facebook data as part of an ambitious program to build detailed profiles of millions of American voters, a former employee of the data-science firm said Tuesday. The 2014 effort was part of a high-tech form of voter persuasion touted by the company, which , has lost about half its readership according to comScore, raising questions about its future. The site dropped from 15 million unique visitors in October, per comScore, to 13.7 million in November, 9.9 million in December, 8.5 million in January and 7.8 million in February. ... Last month was the site's least trafficked since February 2015." http://politi.co/2IDpm2c


    One of the most startling leaks — and stunning revelations — of this whole administration has left President Trump and his senior staff furious and rattled.

    • The WashPost reports in its lead story: "Trump did not follow specific warnings from his national security advisers [yesterday] when he congratulated ... Putin on his reelection — including a section in his briefing materials in all-capital letters stating 'DO NOT CONGRATULATE.'"
    • "Trump also chose not to heed talking points from aides instructing him to condemn the recent poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain with a powerful nerve agent," The Post added.



    Axios' Jonathan Swan reports that the speed and sensitivity of the leak prompted immediate finger-pointing within the administration, as aides reeled from a leak that could only have come from a small group of people, each of whom is trusted with sensitive national secrets.



    • Possible motives include concern about how Trump is handling Putin, frustration by the officials about Trump ignoring their advice, or internal power games.

    A White House official, furious about the WaPo story, told Swan: “This is the way Trump is. If he’s doing business with you or working with you in some way, he’s going to congratulate you."



    • The official said: "The idea he’s being soft on Russia is crap. He approved Javelin missiles to Ukraine, closed the consulate in San Francisco, approved the sanctions. ... But ... he doesn’t want his personal relationship [with Putin] to be acrimonious."
    • Trump's view is there’s a lot of business to be done, and overlapping interests, and if the relationship between the two countries "is to rebuilt, the line has to be through the personal, leader-to-leader level.”



    Trump had nonchalantly disclosed his message to Putin, while speaking to reporters during an Oval Office appearance with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

    • Trump told reporters: "I had a call with President Putin and congratulated him on ... his electoral victory."




    • "We had a very good call, and I suspect that we’ll probably be meeting in the not-too-distant future to discuss the arms race, which is getting out of control — but we will never allow anybody to have anything even close to what we have. And also to discuss Ukraine and Syria and North Korea and various other things."




    • "So I think, probably, we’ll be seeing President Putin in the not-too-distant future."





    Why it matters, from the WashPost: "The president’s conversation with Putin ... prompted fresh criticism of his muted tone toward one of the United States’ biggest geopolitical rivals amid the special counsel investigation."





    WASHINGTON TO ZUCKERBERG: COME SEE US -- "Congress to Facebook: Send us Zuckerberg," by Ashley Gold and Nancy Scola: "Lawmakers are demanding to hear directly from Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg on the growing controversy over the misuse of its data by Trump-linked Cambridge Analytica, as the social network confronts its most serious political crisis ever in Washington.


    "For now, the company is sending lower-level staffers to brief a half-dozen congressional committees about how data on more than 50 million users ended up in the hands of Cambridge during the 2016 campaign. But Facebook's Washington, D.C., troubles show no signs of abating amid news that the FTC has opened a data-privacy investigation into the company and its stock price takes yet another hit.


    "Several lawmakers want top Facebook executives to testify - with some Republicans joining Democrats' criticism of the onetime Capitol Hill darling. Some said it's just a matter of time before Zuckerberg, the company's hoodie-wearing CEO and founder, or Sandberg, the chief operating officer and 'Lean In' author, have to explain themselves to Congress." http://politi.co/2puukWf



    Axios is told that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to speak out in the next 24 hours on the data-harvesting revelations that have hammered his stock price, inflamed lawmakers in D.C. and Europe, and trapped his social network in a crisis of trust.



    • "It’s a big deal, and he knows it," said a source close to Zuckerberg.
    • We're told that Zuckerberg was initially more focused on how to fix the problems than on what to say.
    • But that left a vacuum that provoked merciless coverage, increased lawmakers' suspicions, and even left some employees demoralized.
    • The coverage, like the stock drop, is brutal: A USA Today headline calls the Cambridge Analytica crisis a "catastrophic moment" for Facebook. An online N.Y. Times opinion piece is headlined, "Facebook’s Surveillance Machine."




    We're told that Zuckerberg's remarks will be aimed at rebuilding trust, and that he wanted to say something meaningful rather than just rushing out.

    • Behind the scenes, Zuckerberg has been having detailed conversations with product engineers about things that can be done to make Facebook more secure, and to make people feel their data is more secure.




    Be smart: A problem with that argument is that Facebook has long known about these vulnerabilities. And the commercial use of your personal data, in ways you may not knowingly approve, has always been part of the business model.
    Wall Street Journal front page, "Facebook’s Lax Data Policies Led to Cambridge Analytica Crisis ... Social-media giant’s loose policing of app developers went on for years" (subscription):



    • How it happened: "The Cambridge Analytica crisis has its roots in a 2007 decision by Facebook to open access to its so-called social graph — the web of friend connections, 'likes' and other Facebook activity."




    • "Although Facebook had rules stating the terms under which developers could accumulate data, it appeared not to be able to ensure its rules were being followed."
    As a general rule the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information.

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