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Oct 8, 2018 8 tweets 3 min read
This apologia from @theintercept , which dehumanizes Palestinians and whitewashes occupation, is disgusting: It presumes the legitimacy of an occupying army attacking occupied territory and assassinating its people, only lamenting the decline in sufficient checks and balances.
Sep 19, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
1/ An illustration of why latest Dem handwringing over "sources & methods" is a joke. In 2017 (washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/…) & 2018 (nytimes.com/2018/08/24/us/…), the top 2 papers claimed CIA has sources deep in Kremlin. No Dem objected. Why? Cause those "sources" advanced Russiagate. 2/ So the nation's top 2 papers are revealing "a feat of espionage" (below), "sourcing deep inside the Russian government" with "informants close to President Vladimir V. Putin" (prior tweet), yet no one 1) raises alarm 2) questions why, if sourcing is so deep, it'd be revealed
Aug 28, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
1/ Incredibly embarrassing for CNN: Lanny Davis tells Buzzfeed he was a source for a CNN story -- which he now refutes -- about Cohen claiming that Trump knew in advance about Trump Tower meeting: buzzfeednews.com/article/steven… 2/ CNN has stood by its story even as Lanny Davis has also revealed he was the source for stories in the Washington Post & New York Post that "confirmed" CNN's. How can they now? (washingtonpost.com/politics/attor…) (nypost.com/2018/08/23/coh…)
Aug 23, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
1/ In April 2017, I wrote that @Maddow has become a propagandist on Russiagate -- pushing conspiracy theories while omitting countervailing information. (theintercept.com/2017/04/12/msn…) . Here is a stark example from yesterday: 2/ Noting news that Michael Cohen billed Trump camp $50k for “tech services”, @Maddow wonders if that's actually his reimbursement for paying off Russian hackers. Steele dossier, she reminds us, accuses Cohen of meeting Kremlin reps in Prague to do so: ()
Aug 23, 2018 6 tweets 3 min read
1/ In a few minutes of airtime today, Michael Cohen attorney Lanny Davis has rejected a key Steele dossier claim, and, more significantly I think, the basis for all of the ceaseless, frenzied speculation that Cohen has something to offer Mueller on Trump-Russia collusion: 2/ First, contradicting a 7/27 CNN report (cnn.com/2018/07/26/pol…), Davis tells @andersoncooper that Cohen has *no knowledge* that Trump was aware of Trump Tower meeting in advance:
Aug 18, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
1/ Mueller confirms what some of us predicted at the start, that George Papadopoulos won't offer up a smoking gun (or anything, really). According to Mueller, GP "did not provide 'substantial assistance,'" & whatever he gave, the FBI mostly already had: 2/ Not entirely, however: Mueller also confirms it was GP who volunteered info on Professor Mifsud, the supposed Kremlin intermediary (whom Mueller doesn't actually say is a confirmed Kremlin agent). And as some have pointed out, it appears GP only misled agents about *timing*:
Aug 8, 2018 14 tweets 6 min read
In court Tuesday, Rick Gates substantiated an inconvenient fact that a few of us have pointed out: Manafort was not pushing Kremlin interests in Ukraine. In trying to tie Manafort's Ukraine activities to Trump-Russia, Russiagaters allege he did Putin's bidding. Eg @chrislhayes : Before I show you what Gates said, I want to demonstrate why I've argued that pundits like @Maddow have become straight-up propagandists on this issue. Here is Maddow last night saying that Gates' testimony *substantiates* the Manafort-Russia tie:
Jul 22, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
People who take the dossier seriously don’t seem to notice the obvious pattern: for many major & outlandish claims (like Page-Rosneft), Steele only “reports” it after a “publicly available” predicate has emerged. In short, Steele’s “sources” were great at reading newspapers. Guess when Steele says there was quid pro quo over Ukraine platform? AFTER a (massively overblown) story in WP from @joshrogin . Or that Page met w/ officials in Moscow? AFTER it gets reported that Page was in Moscow. Or that a Rosneft stake was on market? AFTER it gets reported.
Jul 21, 2018 7 tweets 3 min read
1) I've avoided DNC-CS-FBI server issue mainly cause a) I'm not tech savvy b) am more concerned w/ collusion (email hacks are not 9/11; if RU colluded w/ Trump, that's huge) but this 2017 @emptywheel post (surprisingly? given her stance now) raises Qs: emptywheel.net/2017/01/06/on-… 2) Marcy argues FBI "should" have accessed DNC server, highlighting potential that “the victim altered the evidence.” That’s what some suspect Crowdstrike did. Why? Someone can explain better than me, but there’s *alleged* inconsistencies in Crowdstrike’s attribution. Also...
Jun 23, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
Tom Arnold has already embarrassed CNN () and Cohen has shot down Arnold’s blowhard claims but our leading media luminaries are so attached to their Trump fixation that they jump at the chance to get in on the debasement. An embarrassment to journalism: .@Lawrence gave Tom Arnold 20 minutes -- close to half his show -- to let a semi-coherent Arnold babble his way into painting himself as a key player in the Trump-Cohen saga. It's transparently BS, and an attempt to promote Arnold's Vice show. msnbc.com/the-last-word/…
Mar 21, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
1/ Hey @chrislhayes — in approvingly airing Clinton’s “real question” last night: “How did the Russians know how to target their messages so precisely to undecided voters in Wisconsin, or Michigan, or Pennsylvania?”, you neglected to mention what "the Russians" actually did: … ...“the Russians” [to be specific, a Russian clickbait troll farm] “so precisely” targeted “undecided voters” in Wisconsin, Michigan, or Pennsylvania by spending a grand total of *$3,102*, most of that *in the 2015 primaries*: thenation.com/article/what-w…
Feb 25, 2018 11 tweets 6 min read
1 Following up on what @MaxBlumenthal pointed out (), this ⬇️ is exemplifies a widespread, fundamental misunderstanding of Manafort's acts in Ukraine. 2 Here's NYT on what Manafort did in Ukraine: "Mr. Manafort pressed Mr. Yanukovych to sign an agreement with the European Union that would link the country closer to the West" - i.e. away from Putin nytimes.com/2016/08/01/us/…
Jan 27, 2018 8 tweets 4 min read
1) In defending Trump's Jerusalem decision, every single thing @billmaher says here in his historical summary of Israel is false: 2) Israel started all of its major wars* (including 1948, by expelling 100,000s of Palestinians before Arab entered the fray in May 1948). This is because, far from being "okay with" partition, Israeli leaders differed only in their tactics for how to reject it: