Million women march

My wife is planning to go this.

Women anxious that a Donald Trump presidency in the United States could set back or destroy many of their rights are planning a massive march in Washington one day after he is sworn in, organizers said on Friday.

On Facebook, where the “Women’s March on Washington” is being organized, some 35,000 people said they would attend within the first 24 hours after it was announced, said Bob Bland, an organizer based in New York.

The march comes in response to Trump’s attitudes toward women that emerged during his campaign against Democrat Hillary Clinton, Bland told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.



Gave ’em enough rope

So it begins:

Paul Ryan just announced that as part of repealing Obamacare he plans to phase out Medicare and replace it with private insurance for retirees.

I believe that part of why Trump was won the primary is that he didn’t go along with all the American Enterprise Institute about entitlements. Will he along with it now? If he does, that could do more damage to our country than just about anything else on the table (other than nuclear war or becoming a client state of Russia). It would also make him a one-term president. Let’s see what happens.

I think Trump is no genius and that he’ll mostly do what the Republican establishment tells him to do. I don’t know if he’s quite dumb enough to take a bite of this particular shitburger though.



NO NO NO NO NO NO NO

Just fucking stop already:

While some pundits are declaring the Clinton political dynasty dead, sources tell us that it is far from over. Chelsea Clinton is being groomed for the New York seat held by Rep. Nita Lowey.

Chelsea could run for the seat in NYC’s 17th Congressional District once Lowey, a 79-year-old respected career politician with nearly 30 years in office, decides to retire, we have exclusively learned.

Enough.

Have we not learned from the Cuomo’s, the Bush’s, the Bayh’s, and so on that the spawn is always worse than the original?



Get mad you sons of bitches

It looks like one of the big stories on election night was low turn-out. Maybe that’s not surprising given that both candidates had low favorability ratings. I’m not sure it’s worth arguing about who’s to blame for this, whether it’s the special snowflake Bernie bro voters or the uninspiring neoliberal shill campaign. (Some of it may be voter suppression but the drop is too big to be explained by that alone.) The bottom line is that it happened, and that we don’t want it to happen again.

So anti-Trump protests, fuck yeah!

Tens of thousands filled the streets in at least 25 US cities overnight — with demonstrations outside Trump’s properties across the country.

Let’s keep the anger and intensity at 11 for four years. The best thing that happened to the Democratic party in my lifetime was the last four years of the Bush administration.

And let’s keep pushing the media to do their fucking jobs. We can’t let them roll over the way they did for W from 2001 to 2004:

I deeply hope that journalists won’t normalize Trump’s behavior, as we started to see in the “Well, I guess Americans just wanted change” narrative on cable news networks as the states started to pile up for him. In fact, as it turned out, his followers wanted to throw the entire government and its values onto the bonfire.

I hope, too, that owners of news organizations are willing to finance court battles, because that seems very likely to be necessary in the months and years ahead. Trump is nothing if not litigious.

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If January 2017 isn’t going to herald disaster for press rights — and the citizens served by a free and independent press — we’re going to need some help. We’re going to need some heroes.



Sometimes you get what you want and you lose what you had

My mother hates Nixon, my son hates Nixon, I hate Nixon, and this hatred has brought us together.
–Hunter S. Thompson

I think Donald Trump is going to be bad president, worse than Reagan and possibly as bad as W. He could even be worse than W, though I’m holding out hope he won’t. I’m hoping that the mostly liberal asshole that he once was hasn’t been entirely subsumed by the frightening right-wing asshole that he now seems to be, and that he manages to surprised us by only being bad, rather that terrible.

But if he is terrible, that can bring us together. Remember how we used to all get together and hate George W. Bush as one? Before we divided into PUMAs and Obots, Bernie Bros and neoliberal shills, we just a ragtag team of misfits who banded together to laugh at a president who, to that point, had been the worst president of most of our lifetimes.

Remember how good that felt? We can have it again. But this time let’s try to do it without cheering on clowns like Anthony Weiner and Alan Grayson.



From Russia with love

Nothing to see here, folks:

[A] former senior intelligence officer for a Western country who specialized in Russian counterintelligence tells Mother Jones that in recent months he provided the bureau with memos, based on his recent interactions with Russian sources, contending the Russian government has for years tried to co-opt and assist Trump—and that the FBI requested more information from him.

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In June, the former Western intelligence officer—who spent almost two decades on Russian intelligence matters and who now works with a US firm that gathers information on Russia for corporate clients—was assigned the task of researching Trump’s dealings in Russia and elsewhere, according to the former spy and his associates in this American firm. This was for an opposition research project originally financed by a Republican client critical of the celebrity mogul. (Before the former spy was retained, the project’s financing switched to a client allied with Democrats.) “It started off as a fairly general inquiry,” says the former spook, who asks not to be identified. But when he dug into Trump, he notes, he came across troubling information indicating connections between Trump and the Russian government. According to his sources, he says, “there was an established exchange of information between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin of mutual benefit.”

This was, the former spy remarks, “an extraordinary situation.”



James Comey’s (and our) Very Broken FBI – Updated at 7:30 PM

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A horrifying piece in the WSJ about just how broken our FBI is right now:

As federal agents prepare to scour roughly 650,000 emails to see how many relate to a prior probe of Hillary Clinton’s email use, the surprise disclosure that investigators were pursuing the potential new evidence lays bare building tensions inside the bureau and the Justice Department over how to investigate the Democratic presidential nominee.

Metadata found on the laptop used by former Rep. Anthony Weiner and his estranged wife Huma Abedin, a close Clinton aide, suggests there may be thousands of emails sent to or from the private server that Mrs. Clinton used while she was secretary of state, according to people familiar with the matter. It will take weeks, at a minimum, to determine whether those messages are work-related from the time Ms. Abedin served with Mrs. Clinton at the State Department; how many are duplicates of emails already reviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and whether they include either classified information or important new evidence in the Clinton email probe.

The FBI has had to await a court order to begin reviewing the emails, because they were uncovered in an unrelated probe of Mr. Weiner.

The new investigative effort, disclosed by FBI Director James Comey on Friday, shows a bureau at times in sharp internal disagreement over matters related to the Clintons, and how to handle those matters fairly and carefully in the middle of a national election campaign. Even as the previous probe of Mrs. Clinton’s email use wound down in July, internal disagreements within the bureau and the Justice Department surrounding the Clintons’ family philanthropy heated up, according to people familiar with the matter.

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At a meeting early last week of senior Justice Department and FBI officials, a member of the department’s senior national-security staff asked for an update on the Weiner laptop, the people familiar with the matter said. At that point, officials realized that no one had acted to obtain a warrant, these people said.

Mr. McCabe then instructed the email investigators to talk to the Weiner investigators and see whether the laptop’s contents could be relevant to the Clinton email probe, these people said. After the investigators spoke, the agents agreed it was potentially relevant.

Mr. Comey was given an update, decided to go forward with the case and notified Congress on Friday, with explosive results. Senior Justice Department officials had warned Mr. Comey that telling Congress would violate policies against overt actions that could affect an election, and some within the FBI have been unhappy at Mr. Comey’s repeated public statements on the probe, going back to his press conference on the subject in July.

The back-and-forth reflects how the bureau is probing several matters related, directly or indirectly, to Mrs. Clinton and her inner circle.

New details show that senior law-enforcement officials repeatedly voiced skepticism of the strength of the evidence in the bureau’s investigation of the Clinton Foundation, sought to condense what was at times a sprawling cross-country effort, and, according to some people familiar with the matter, told agents to limit their pursuit of the case.

Takeaways:

No one is in control. No one.

There’s a general level of incompetence that is staggering. How could applying for a warrant in this case be an oversight?

There appear to be careerists in the FBI who have been engaging in a wide-ranging fishing expedition regarding the Clintons for some times, to the extent of attempts at prosecutor shopping.

The place leaks like sieve.

It certainly appears that there needs to be a great deal of housecleaning in the FBI, from top to bottom. There are clearly a number of agents who are either acting out of personal political motivation or are frustrated from years of investigating Clinton and finding nothing actionable that now they just can’t live with the fact that maybe they haven’t done anything illegal or wrong, and are extra sure that this time, oh baby, this time they will catch them. Remember, investigators and prosecutors don’t get promoted for looking at cases and saying “There’s nothing there.” The glory and the headlines are when you can win the case and get a conviction.

The rot is deep, though.

And as an aside, please stop saying that Comey attempted to influence an election.

He didn’t attempt anything. He clearly successfully influenced the election, to the point that it is so obvious that an ethicist from the C+ Augustus Reign of Derp has filed a complaint that Comey violated the Hatch Act.

Update at 7:30 PM EDT by Adam L. Silverman

I’ve been in touch with John and just want to add a quick update:

You may have noticed in the WSJ article that John excerpted above indicates that Deputy Director McCabe, who had been reported on in regard to Governor McAuliffe’s fundraising for his wife before he was a deputy director, is the official that ordered that this needed to go forward. The reporting above indicates that he decided to have the two different teams of investigators converse to determine if the national security folks needed to go forward and get a warrant. So much for McAuliffegate and the alleged campaign fundraising quid pro quo, which never made sense because the timelines didn’t match up. One final point. The author of both the article alleging malfeasance on Deputy Director McCabe’s part, under influence from the Clintons and Governor McAullife through donations to his wife’s campaign for state office, is Devlin Barrett. The same author of the WSJ piece John excerpts above.