Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Senator Jeanne Shaheen introduces bill to give Justice Department more power to investigate Russia language news outlet.

Courtesy of Politico:  

New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is introducing a bill that would give the Justice Department additional authority to investigate Russia's english-language news outlet RT America for possible violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act. 

The bill, called the Foreign Agents Registration Modernization and Enforcement Act, would increase the Department of Justice’s power to compel organizations to produce information about their foreign connections and the sources of their funding. 

Shaheen, a Democrat, said that the bill comes in response to a report from the Director of National Intelligence about Russian influence in the 2016 election, part of which examined RT America. That report stated that RT News was skirting disclosure requirements by using a nonprofit structure, and that RT's programming intended to advance stories that benefited Russian interests. 

“We have good reason to believe that RT News is coordinating with the Russian government to spread misinformation and undermine our democratic process,” Shaheen said in a statement. “The American public has a right to know if this is the case.”

I think this is a great idea, however I would have more confidence that it could make a difference if the DOJ was not currently under the control of Donald Trump's new Attorney General, and Keebler Elf, Jeff Sessions.

Somehow I get the idea that Sessions has NO intention of investigating any Russian language news outlets that might have had a hand in helping his boss win the presidency.

Besides currently the DOJ is up to it's ass crack in work trying to locate evidence that President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower.

Courtesy of CNN: 

The Department of Justice asked the chairman and vice chairman of the House Intelligence Committee for "additional time" to collect evidence to support President Donald Trump's accusation that the Obama administration wiretapped his phones at Trump Tower during the campaign.

Yes how could the Feds have any time left to investigate the undermining of our democracy when they are so busy going on Trump inspired wild goose chases.


  1. I hope something comes of this.
    Kinda like Palin finally getting nailed for being a shmuck.

    Here is why.
    Ed Schultz and my husband used to work at WDAY TV in Fargo, ND years ago. Ed was married to an anchor newscaster and she finally had the courage to have him arrested for domestic assault. He later divorced and married a gal who ran a homeless center and turned his abusive behavior around. Also went from rabid Repub to rabid liberal.

    Fast forward: had MSNBC success but kinda blew it and went back to broadcasting nationally syndicated stuff from the Fargo area. Completely went off the rails and signed on with RT last year. He has become a bought and paid for jerk. He recently acquired a new jet He owns a hunting and fishing lodge north of Winnipeg and has been a Piper Cub pilot for many years.

    I think that he is and always has been a con man from the word go. Not the most affable asshat in the world either.
    Eddy is for Eddy.

    1. Anonymous8:26 PM

      Never liked him, never watched him, he always seemed "off" somehow and now I know why, thanks for sharing.

    2. Anonymous7:26 AM

      Interesting. Never found him personable on television so chose not to watch him.

  2. Anonymous5:44 PM

    Rachel Maddow tweeted she has Trumps tax returns.

    1. Anonymous8:02 AM



  3. Anonymous5:51 PM

    “BREAKING: We’ve got Trump tax returns. Tonight, 9pm ET. MSNBC. (Seriously).”


    White House Releases Tax Info Ahead of Maddow Exclusive


    1. Anonymous8:30 PM

      Um, I wish they would have qualified all this hoopla by stating that it is his 2005 taxes...as Jim Wright said at Stonekettle Station "prepare to be underwhelmed".

      But hey, good job Trump, you paid your fair share of tax in 2005, how about 2006-2016?

    2. Anonymous8:36 PM

      Except most people didn't know they did that, so epic fail.

    3. Only the first two pages.

      He made $150 million and paid $38 million in taxes.

      That seems a bit low to me. Both for income and for taxes paid. 26%? Really?

      I'll bet there are some shady deductions too.

  4. Anonymous5:52 PM



    1. Anonymous12:07 AM

      Ivanka Trump Imported 53 Metric Tons of Chinese Goods During Her Dad’s ‘Buy American’ Speech


  5. Anonymous5:54 PM

    Oh hello, Rachel Maddow has some news for us, wonder what she is going to talk about!

    9:02: This is the tweet what broke the internet.


  6. Anonymous5:55 PM

    White House accuses MSNBC of violating the law over Maddow Trump tax reveal


    1. Anonymous6:22 PM

      I love rachel maddow -- but I'm pretty sure she got played. I find it pretty handy that the one year of taxes that got released, he paid a pretty decent tax rate. I want to see that shit heads tax returns from 2011-2015.

    2. Anonymous6:52 PM

      Agreed 6:22. Show 'em.

  7. Anonymous6:27 PM

    Even Republicans Are Pressuring Congress to Investigate Trump and Russia

    Former Independent presidential candidate and former CIA operations officer Evan McMullin rolled out an ad today to pressure Congressional Republicans to name a bipartisan select committee to investigate Donald Trump's Russia crisis.


    1. Leland5:28 AM

      I think we may be better off with an independent Special Prosecutor who has the power to actually prosecute!

  8. Anonymous6:29 PM

    Top House Democrat Follows The Money And Busts The Republican Health Care Bill Lies

    Rep. Cummings (D-MD) said, “When I look at the proposal that has been presented by the Republicans, I see all this hocus pocus language where they talk about well, you’re not going to be worried about costs, but then they don’t seem they’re that much worried about coverage, and, so what I’m saying to them is that American people need coverage, and they need access to health care, but I’m begging them not to play games with this, because again, it’s very personal, so what we have to do Wolf, is follow the money. We’ve got a situation here where they’re giving a major tax cut to folks, $600-$700 million to the wealthier folks in our country, but at the same time, slashing something like Medicaid, which helps our most vulnerable persons, so again, if we’re honest about it, somebody’s gonna pay, so we might as well come up with a, they should come up with a proposal to fix the Affordable Care Act if they want to do that, but I hope that President Trump will not run around talking about a proposal that really does take away from people’s opportunity to stay well and be well.”

    Rep. Cummings has it right. The American Health Care Act isn’t about helping to get covered with affordable health care. The point of this legislation is a massive redistribution of wealth from the people at the bottom of American society to those at the top. If one wants to understand the purpose of the Republican bill, look at where the money goes. Money and coverage are taken away from the people who have the least to give a tax cut to those who have the most.

    What Republicans have proposed isn’t health care policy. It’s a redistribution of wealth.


  9. Rachel got what Trump wanted her to have; more obfuscation!

  10. Anonymous8:25 PM

    Good news, I've always been suspicious of that news outlet and it has terrible "truthiness" ratings on most truth meter websites. Looks like we're headed for another cold war and it will be much to our benefit to shun Russia for a few years until they learn their lesson, again.

  11. Anonymous8:29 PM

    Keebler elf? BWAAHAAHAAHAA

  12. linda8:38 PM

    The story was hyped, but was pretty anti-climactic. Other than showing that DJT would benefit by eliminating the alternative minimum tax, the 2 pages of this return revealed nothing. And it was from 2005 - 12 years ago. I want to see more current information and more detailed information. Yes, I know that's what Rachel said, too, but this just seemed like much ado about nothing.

  13. Anonymous8:53 PM

    Rachel Maddow Terrifies Trump By Warning That The Tax Return Leaked To Her Won’t Be The Last




    1. Anonymous7:23 AM

      I think the tax release was a way to diffuse Rachel Maddow's reports on the Russian connection.

  14. Anonymous9:15 PM

    Keebler elf from the dark side. Indeed.

    It is stunning how since Trump came on the scene we have become immersed in all things Russian. He is up to eyelids with the Kremlin.

    1. Leland5:31 AM

      Actually, I think it more accurate to say he its totally submerged.

  15. Anonymous11:22 PM

    Five signs that Donald Trump leaked his own 2005 tax returns as a Trump-Russia diversion

    ...This evidence all adds up to the question of why Donald Trump would have strategically leaked his own 2005 tax returns at this time. For one thing, some Americans will now mistakenly assume that his more recent returns are as clean as the first two pages of this ancient return. And other big stories yesterday, such as his would-be deputy National Security Adviser Monica Crowley registering as a foreign agent, were buried. Perhaps most relevantly, it may cut into today’s news cycle in which James Comey is expected to reveal details of the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation. This leak feels like an intentional distraction at a time when a sinking Trump needed one.


  16. Anonymous11:25 PM

    Looks like Donald Trump leaked his own “client copy” 2005 tax return as Trump-Russia distraction

    ... If this were a leak from anyone inside the government, it would be signed and it wouldn’t have that stamp. So this leak came from Donald Trump himself, or Melania, or perhaps his accountant, or someone who stole it from them. Which means it came from Donald. So why would he do this right now?

    Tonight it was revealed that FBI director James Comey will be publicly testifying tomorrow about the Trump-Russia investigation. The news was announced by Democratic Denator Sheldon Whitehouse, suggesting it will be the kind of news that Democrats want to hear. This could be devastating for Donald Trump. So why not create a media distraction by anonymously leaking his least harmful tax return to his longtime enemy David Cay Johnston the night before? This is not the fault of Johnston, who has long done good work, and it’s not the fault of Rachel Maddow. They really did have a Donald Trump tax return. It’s just that in this case, for once, Trump’s taxes are not the story. Comey’s testimony about Trump and Russia is the story. And Trump knows it.


  17. Anonymous11:28 PM

    James Comey to reveal details of FBI’s Donald Trump and Russia investigation Wednesday

    ...The day is now upon us. It was originally believed that FBI Director James Comey’s first comments on the FBI investigation into Donald Trump and Russia would take place during House Intelligence Committee hearings on March 20th. But last night Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse revealed that Comey long ago secretly agreed to testify about Trump-Russia today, March 15th, during Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearings.

    The official Senate website lists the hearing in question as being held by the Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, and it’s described as “Hearings to examine the Modus Operandi and toolbox of Russia and other autocracies for undermining democracies throughout the world.” But Senator Whitehouse went into greater detail about the hearing last night, revealing to CNN that Comey told him and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham weeks ago that he would officially confirm or deny the existence of an FBI investigation into Trump-Russia during the hearings, and provide details. Of course it’s already known that there are at least three concurrent FBI investigations relating to Trump and Russia.


  18. Anonymous12:09 AM

    OT Hatchet Face Murkowski getting famous for getting on her high horse after working for two whole hours.

    She obviously doesn't want the media to guess that her orders from McConnell are to support this turd.


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  20. Anonymous3:06 AM

    Where is the proof he PAID $38 million in taxes?

    He owed $38million and we all know little donnie doesn’t pay his bills. Knowing Mr. Art of the Deal he didn’t pay and called one of those companies that get you a deal to pay pennies on the dollar.

    Now the crawlers are stating trump tax returns revealed and it turns out they are from 2005 whoopeee, a lot can happen in 12 years.

  21. Anonymous7:21 AM

    I'm sure the committees will give Trump's Justice Dept. as much time as they want to conjure up some evidence when they should actually deny the request and tell the Trump administration that he should have had the "evidence" at his fingertips when he made tweeted the accusation. President Obama always tweeted facts that were substantiated; Trump tweets lies.

  22. Anonymous7:39 AM


  23. How long do you stay a "billionaire" if you only make $150 million a year? He spends more than that in a year.


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