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Kate Arnoff today on Como’s donors

Nixon could win the election

People in NY don’t make it to the polls, until AOC’s victory


ANDREW CUOMO HAS a glaring conflict of interest when it comes to the politics of abolishing ICE. Luxury landlords across the state collect millions in rent from the agency — money they have turned around and funneled to Cuomo’s political campaigns, according to a new report by the New York-based watchdog group Public Accountability Initiative.

Cuomo, meanwhile, hasn’t joined other New York politicians — from likely incoming Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to 2020 hopeful Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand — in calling to dismantle Immigration and Customs Enforcement, instead telling NY1 recently that the agency “should be a bona fide law enforcement organization that prudently and diligently enforces the law.”

Looking largely at publicly available data from the General Services external lease database, PAI researchers have documented extensive financial ties from Cuomo donors and members of his inner circle to ICE and Customs and Border Protection — the main agencies tasked with carrying out America’s increasingly brutal immigration policies. Since his first run for governor in 2011, PAI found that Cuomo has accepted at least $807,483 from companies, individuals, and the relatives of people who rent space to federal immigration authorities, and furnished many of them with positions in state government.

Rob Galbraith, PAI’s senior research analyst, told me by phone, “We saw that a lot of people were investigating the private-sector actors benefiting from immigration policy. We found that there is a significant overlap [between] those actors and the landlords and real estate interests that have close ties to the Cuomo administration.”


Cynthia Nixon takes a shot at Andrew Cuomo. (muchly deserved)


Zephyr Teachout does too.


Taking advantage of her newfound popularity.

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James Risen on Russia probe & republican stone walling

I put him in my category of hero journalists

But in interviews and his couple of recent articles for THe Intercept, I am less impressed with him

In this piece he gives history of long term Russia stuff and corruption and so on

And worries that the Republican stone walling can do lasting damage to the government

Republicans’ Slavish Loyalty to Trump in the Russia Investigation May Permanently Deprive Congress of its Oversight Role

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importance of data nerds

went through videos and showed that they had been edited by the prosecuters

In May, Chief Justice Robert E. Morin of the D.C. Superior Court sanctioned prosecutors for failing to disclose potentially exculpatory evidence to the defense before trial, a violation of the so-called Brady rule. The rule mandates that, as part of pretrial exchanges, defendants are entitled to access information that might be helpful to their cases. The undisclosed evidence in the J20 trials included dozens of video and audio recordings of protest planning meetings captured by the far-right media group Project Veritas.

Prosecutors were also found to have submitted certain videos edited to exclude evidence favorable to the defense. In a clipped portion of a previously disclosed video, a Veritas agent can be heard saying, “I don’t think they” — the meeting attendees — “know anything about any of the upper-echelon stuff,” implying that many of those involved in organizing the protest had not been part of the purported criminal conspiracy.

Morin, known for his equanimity, betrayed rare traces of pique as he chastised the prosecution for the Brady violations at a May 31 hearing. “Could you explain your office’s representation to this Court that left a clear impression that there was only one video received by Detective Pemberton?” Morin asked, his voice rising. “That was made personally to this court.” Gregg Pemberton was the lead detective in the case who had received the videos from Veritas.

Kerkhoff, who had made the statement in question, was not there to answer for herself; she was downstairs prosecuting a different J20 case. Her deputy, Assistant U.S. Attorney Ahmed Baset, could only respond, “I can’t speak to that at this moment.”

Morin ultimately prohibited prosecutors from using the videos as evidence and forbade the government from pursuing conspiracy charges against the defendants in the next two trial groups. He called the Brady violations “serious” and “intentional,” but reserved judgment about whether they were “malevolent.”


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article by Peter Van Buren in support of Assange

Peter was in State Dept and given job of finding out the results of the invasion of Iraq

it was bad

wrote a book “We Meant Well” and suffered attacks

he continues to write

this is published in The American Conservative which has some good stuff

Why I Stand With Julian Assange
America’s least favorite whistleblower nonetheless did us a great service—and the U.S. case against him could be chilling.

The closest a journalist ever came to being thrown in jail was in 2014, when the Obama administration subpoenaed New York Times reporter James Risen. They then accused former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling of passing classified information to Risen, information that it said had appeared in his book State of War. After a lower court ordered Risen to testify and disclose his source under threat of jail, the Supreme Court turned down his appeal, siding with the government in a confrontation between a national security prosecution and an infringement of press freedom. The Supreme Court refused to consider whether there existed a gentlemen’s agreement under the First Amendment for “reporter’s privilege,” an undocumented protection beneath the handful of words in the Free Press Clause.

In the end, the government, fearful of setting the wrong precedent, punted on Risen. Waving the flag over a messy situation, then-attorney general Eric Holder announced that “no reporter who is doing his job is going to go to jail.” Risen wasn’t called to testify and wasn’t punished for publishing classified material, even as the alleged leaker, Jeffrey Sterling, disappeared into prison only to emerge three and a half years later in January. To avoid creating a precedent that might have granted some form of reporter’s privilege under the Constitution, the government stepped away from the fight.

Those same issues now hover over Julian Assange. Should the government decide to prosecute him, there are complex legal questions to be answered about who is a journalist and what is publishing in the digital world. There is no debate over whether James Risen is a journalist and whether a book is publishing. Glenn Greenwald has written about and published online classified documents given to him by Edward Snowden, and has never been challenged by the government as a journalist or publisher. Both men enjoy popular support and work for established media. The elements of fact checking, confirming, curating, redacting, and providing context around classified information were all present in the New York Times case with the Pentagon Papers; they are also present with American citizens Risen and Greenwald. Definitions and precedents may be forming.

Assange is an easier target. With him the government is able to mold the legal precedents with such certainty that, where they backed away from other cases in their long-running war of attrition against free speech and the press, this one they may seize.


Perhaps something is up and it is not likely positive.


Within the last week, Ecuador’s President Lenín Moreno and Foreign Minister José Valencia have issued public statements indicating that they are in negotiations with the UK government of Prime Minister Theresa May regarding the fate of WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange, who has spent the last six years in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he sought asylum in June 2012.

The Moreno government cut off Assange’s access to the Internet in March and denied him both phone calls and visitors, outside of his attorneys, leaving him effectively under incommunicado detention with less rights than a convict.

Assange is confronting a coordinated plot by London and Washington to have him arrested and extradited to the US to face charges of treason and espionage—punishable by long imprisonment or even death—for WikiLeaks’ exposure of US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan, State Department plots and CIA electronic surveillance and cyberwarfare.

Last Thursday, Moreno told a press conference held for the foreign media in Quito that his government is in talks with the May government in London to “resolve” the issue of Assange.


oh no!!!! i wonder if assange is wearing thin on the Ecuadorean embassy people–still no reason to do this! wtfrack????


Bernie is doing a stump for Keith in Minneapolis right now.

He mentioned how Keith was effective in getting the DNC to put forth a proposal to not have superdelegates vote on the first ballot.

He’s also railing at Trump for his immigration policies.


Bernie in Minneapolis…stumping for Keith Ellison.


A thought provoking essay from Caitlin Johnstone.


What do you know for certain? For absolute certain?

It’s funny how rarely this question comes up. In a world full of feuding ideologies, belief systems versus belief systems, wars of information, narratives and counter-narratives, you’d think the question of what can be known with absolute certainty would be the first place any examination of the true and the real would begin.

All arguments about what’s going on in the world and how things ought to be arise from these assumptions. But can you actually know any of those things with absolute certainty? Can you know with absolute certainty that, for example, your entire experience of the world is not an elaborate Matrix-like virtual reality simulation hooked up to some unknown entity that is nothing like who you believe yourself to be? That there is in fact a world “out there” independent of your experience of it? That anything at all in your experience contains any solid reality whatsoever?

Do you actually know what this reality is? Do you know with any degree of certainty what this experience is at all?

As an aside

Trump has taken this distortion of the truth to another level and his followers just lap it all up.


A bonus tweet.


Who is Trump going to offend next?


Trump Keeps Queen Waiting Before Windsor Castle Tea

U.S. President Donald Trump isn’t renowned for being shy and retiring, but then he hasn’t met the Queen before. He kept his handshake short and stooped to hear what the U.K.’s diminutive 92-year-old monarch had to say as she welcomed him to Windsor Castle.

Half-shaded by a tent, Queen Elizabeth II stood in a blue hat and coat in blazing sunshine waiting for the president and first lady Melania Trump to arrive. And waited. It was more than 10 minutes before the black Range Rover pulled up on the gravel.


Don’t keep the Queen waiting. Ahead of her meeting with the Trumps at Windsor Castle today, her Majesty was seen checking her watch before her guests’ arrival, royal reporter Patricia Treble pointed out on Twitter


This even comes from a Republican!


LOL! I am stealing this from reddit.

EDIT Well that didn’t work so here is the link.

Mexico just bought 100,000 Baby Trump Blimps. from WayOfTheBern


This certainly is a big bonus!


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will make campaign swing through Kansas next week, rallying for two congressional candidates who argue that left-wing politics are the key to winning in red states.
“I’ve believed for years that the Democratic Party has committed political malpractice by writing off half the states in this country,” said Sanders in an interview, as he campaigned in Minnesota for Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.). “They’ve got to fight for every state in this country.”
Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez will head to Kansas on July 20. They’ll begin in Wichita, where James Thompson, who narrowly lost a special election in 2017, wants another chance to win the 4th Congressional District. They’ll continue with an event in the Kansas City suburbs for Brent Welder, a former Sanders delegate now seeking the Democratic nomination in the 3rd Congressional District.

Emily’s list will have a SAD!





Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Friday called on President Trump to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin at their upcoming summit over new indictments handed down in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election.

Sanders called on Americans to speak with “one voice” toward Putin, urging Democrats and Republicans to come together and stand against foreign efforts to interfere in the U.S. political system after Mueller indicted 12 Russian operatives.

“The fact that these indictments name 12 members of Russia’s military intelligence service strongly suggests that the interference was directed from the highest levels of the Russian government. It’s imperative that Special Counsel Mueller be allowed to continue his investigation free of pressure,” Sanders said in a statement.

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