What to Know About Trump, Russia, and Robert Mueller

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UPDATE 3:50 PM

With the House Intelligence Committee hearing wrapped, here are more key takeaways for today:

  1. Mueller reaffirmed that the Trump campaign welcomed Russian help in the 2016 election.
  2. Mueller confirmed that Trump and Trump’s team’s shady foreign connections even beyond Russian interference were extensive.
  3. Mueller reiterated that Russian interference in our democracy continues and will continue into 2020.
  4. Mueller said of Trump’s praise for Wikileaks, “problematic is an understatement.”


Another day, another opportunity to explain why Donald Trump’s cabinet picks are unqualified for the positions they’ve been appointed to.

But this just isn’t any cabinet pick. This is Matthew Whitaker, Trump’s hand-picked Acting Attorney General and replacement of his Russia-probe recused-Attorney General that he fired less than a week ago.

Matthew Whitaker is a hyper-partisan hack who, on many occasions, has made his pre-judgement on Mueller’s probe — outcome be damned — very obvious. …


The Interior Secretary spent $139,000 on a set of doors for his office

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Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has been in hot water lately for his spending office.

Zinke has been wasting taxpayer dollars since Day One, using government helicopters as his personal taxis and booking private jets at taxpayer expense.

And now we know that Zinke spent $139,000 in taxpayer dollars on a set of doors for his office.

That money could have gone to say protecting public lands — something Zinke is supposed to be doing in his position.

But what else can you buy for the cost of Ryan Zinke’s doors?


We’re only sort of kidding

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Donald Trump’s administration has had more than its fair share of turnover since Jan. 1, 2017.

In the last month or so, about a dozen people have left the administration, which leaves us asking: who still works for Donald Trump?

Test your knowledge of who’s in and who’s out of the White House and administration below:

Find the answers to the quiz here:

And read more about the turmoil in Trump’s administration here:


From Sally Yates to David Shulkin, and the many, many people in between

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TOTAL: 138

White House: 44

Administration: 35 (without additional 46 U.S. attorneys and additional state department staff)

Advisory Councils and Boards: 59

Patrick Kennedy, undersecretary for state management, State Department — 1/26/17

Joyce Ann Barr, assistant secretary of state for administration and consular affairs, State Department — 1/26/17

Michele Bond, assistant secretary of state for administration and consular affairs, State Department — 1/26/17

Gentry O. Smith, ambassador and director of Office of Foreign Missions, State Department — 1/26/17

Sally Yates, acting Attorney General — 1/30/17

Michael Flynn, National Security Adviser — 2/13/17

Edward Price, spokesman, National Security Council, and CIA analyst — 2/14/17

10 members of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders — 2/15/17

Shermichael Singleton, senior adviser, Housing and Urban Development —…


Americans who want gun control are in the majority, but the GOP isn’t listening

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Florida Senator and former presidential candidate Marco Rubio had the nerve to look the survivors of the Parkland shooting in the eyes and continue to back his long-held beliefs on gun laws: that assault rifles are OK to own, that he will continue to take money from the NRA, and that “the problem we are facing here cannot be solved by gun laws alone.”

“People buy into my agenda, and I do support the Second Amendment … The influence of these groups comes not from money, the influence comes from the millions of people who support the agenda.” …


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More and more of the claims first outlined by Christopher Steele in his infamous Trump-Russia dossier have been confirmed.

At the time of its publication — which came via BuzzFeed just months after Trump’s election — many of the claims seemed to be too outlandish to be true. Now? Not so much.

The dossier has been debated with people arguing over what parts are true — from claims about Donald Trump’s personal and business ties to Russia to claims he and his campaign knew about hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s email.

In the months since the dossier was first published, we’ve scoured the dossier from front-to-back, cover-to-cover and can verify, partially confirm and show evidence for many of the claims made in the dossier. …


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Whether or not the Fake News Awards actually happen, we wanted to make sure members of President Trump’s administration didn’t go unlauded. So we’re preempting his effort with a campaign of our own — why should he have all the fun? The Corruptie Awards are our recognition of all the people who made 2017 both memorable and unbearable. From Sarah Huckabee Sanders, to the Mooch, to Donald Trump, Jr., the gang’s all here as we celebrate their lows and lower lows.


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We don’t yet know the full extent of what Donald Trump knew about Russia’s attack on the 2016 presidential election.

We don’t yet know what the full extent of his team’s myriad of contacts with the Russian government, what they asked of them, or what they promised.

But with the first charges against Trump campaign leaders out this week, here’s what we can say for sure: Special Counsel Robert Mueller is closing in on the President.

Former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about numerous contacts with Russian officials he made on behalf of the Trump campaign. …


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Updated: Feb. 21, 2018

By now, people have surely heard something about the infamous Trump-Russia dossier that was published by BuzzFeed News last year. At the time of its release, lots of the claims seemed to be too outlandish to be true. Now? Not so much.

The dossier has been debated with people arguing over what parts are true — from claims about Donald Trump’s personal and business ties to Russia to claims he and his campaign knew about hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s email.

In the months since the dossier was first published, we’ve scoured the dossier from front-to-back, cover-to-cover and can verify, partially confirm and show evidence for almost all the claims made in the dossier. …

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