Ruminations of the Easily Amused for 4/11/2017


 

Ruminations of the Easily Amused for 4/11/2017
 


11 April 2017 at 8:50:29 PM
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Ken Paxton's criminal trial has been moved to Houston. 

FBI got secret court order in mid-2016 to monitor Carter Page as part of Russia-Trump probe

The Federal Bureau of Investigations asked for and received a secret court order last summer to eavesdrop on communications between Carter Page, then a campaign adviser to candidate Donald Trump, as part of the FBI's investigation into connections between Team Trump and Russia.

The Washington Post reported the news Tuesday, citing multiple unnamed sources.

In the government's application for the Carter Page surveillance order, investigators said they believed Page was an agent of Putin's Russian government, and that Page was involved in clandestine intelligence activities on behalf of Moscow.

Classified documents contradict Nunes claims

“After a review of the same intelligence reports brought to light by House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, both Republican and Democratic lawmakers and aides have so far found no evidence that Obama administration officials did anything unusual or illegal,” multiple sources in both parties tell CNN.|

“Their private assessment contradicts President Trump’s allegations that former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice broke the law by requesting the ‘unmasking’ of US individuals’ identities. Trump had claimed the matter was a ‘massive story.'”

Ooops Errors prompt Trump to halt reports shaming 'sanctuary cities'

After just three weeks, the Trump administration has stopped publishing a weekly report designed to publicly shame "sanctuary cities" that fail to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement efforts after local police agencies complained the reports were filled with errors.

Sarah Rodriguez, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), said Tuesday that the reports were being "temporarily suspended" so the federal agency could refine its reports to publish "the most accurate information."

Um. Hello, Sean Spicer

Read what he said

You know you've sunk low when even Alex Jones criticizes you

GOP owns Trumpcare now. Do people like what they see?

Even among rank-and-file Republicans, there's opposition to changes that would let insurers charge higher premiums to older adults, and many disapprove of cuts to Medicaid for low-income people, according to a recent poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. It also found more than half of Republicans at least somewhat worried about leaving more people uninsured, as the House plan is projected to do.

March polls by Fox News and Quinnipiac University showed overall margins of opposition to the GOP bill nearing or even exceeding those of the Obama-era Affordable Care Act, or ACA, at its lowest points — such as when the HealthCare.gov website went live in 2013 and promptly crashed.

"Republicans are taking ownership of the health care issue, and all the pleasure and pain of health reform," said Drew Altman, president of the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, which tracks the health care system. "There has been a shift in focus from the ACA itself to the Republican plans, and who might lose benefits as a result."

 


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