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Whistle-Blower Complaint Sets Off a Battle Involving Trump

The complaint, from a member of the intelligence community, remained opaque but involved at least one of the president’s communications with a foreign leader.

          nytimes.com  2019-09-19 15:12:17+00:00
Who's talking about this:  Laurence TribeKyle GriffinAaron BlakeNatasha BertrandKyle GriffinNicholas FandosAmy FiscusYashar Ali 🐘Zach BasuKenneth P. Vogel
  • Laurence Tribe
    Laurence Tribe @tribelaw

    Presidential obstruction of the legal process created specifically to hold the Executive Branch accountable to Congress’s Intelligence Committees is clearly an impeachable offense on top of whatever abuses of power the whistleblower reported to the DNI. https://t.co/6cscIBqkEc

    Thu Sep 19 20:34:57 +0000 2019

  • Kyle Griffin
    Kyle Griffin @kylegriffin1

    Breaking via NYT: The internal watchdog for American spy agencies declined repeatedly to disclose to lawmakers the content of a potentially explosive whistle-blower complaint that is said to involve a discussion between Trump and a foreign leader. https://t.co/fNWzZohQ7M

    Thu Sep 19 15:20:01 +0000 2019

  • Aaron Blake
    Aaron Blake @AaronBlake

    NYT: "Whistle-Blower’s Complaint Is Said to Involve Multiple Acts by Trump" https://t.co/ygVCxoj5Eg

    Thu Sep 19 19:07:48 +0000 2019

  • Natasha Bertrand
    Natasha Bertrand @NatashaBertrand

    “During a private session on Capitol Hill, Michael Atkinson, the inspector general of the intelligence community, told lawmakers he was unable to confirm or deny anything about the substance of the complaint, including whether it involved the president...” https://t.co/LgSOuSxKma

    Thu Sep 19 15:20:39 +0000 2019

  • Kyle Griffin
    Kyle Griffin @kylegriffin1

    NYT confirms: At least part of the allegation in the whistleblower complaint deals with Ukraine, two people familiar with it said. https://t.co/zHFHAMEeiu

    Fri Sep 20 00:35:04 +0000 2019

  • Nicholas Fandos
    Nicholas Fandos @npfandos

    NEW: IC IG told lawmakers today that the complaint involved multiple acts, not a single one, per two sources. Separately, other sources tell NYT it involved a commitment by Trump to a world leader, though its not rooted in just a single communication https://t.co/XNVyGnJ3rh

    Thu Sep 19 19:09:56 +0000 2019

  • Amy Fiscus
    Amy Fiscus @amyfiscus

    NEW: The whistleblower complaint goes beyond any single action by Trump https://t.co/cmCfVThIWk

    Thu Sep 19 19:05:48 +0000 2019

  • Yashar Ali 🐘
    Yashar Ali 🐘 @yashar

    NEW: A complaint by a whistle-blower said to involve President Trump was related to a series of actions that goes beyond any single discussion with a foreign leader. The complaint was related to multiple acts per the inspector general. https://t.co/xuDV1eDSMW

    Thu Sep 19 19:17:34 +0000 2019

  • Zach Basu
    Zach Basu @zacharybasu

    At the pace these leaks are coming, we’re going to know the full story by Monday. https://t.co/uSOBEw0IeN

    Fri Sep 20 00:17:58 +0000 2019

  • Kenneth P. Vogel
    Kenneth P. Vogel @kenvogel

    NEW: At least part of the allegation in the whistleblower complaint involving TRUMP deals with UKRAINE, according to 2 people familiar with it. https://t.co/Sjrg3BXsYP

    Fri Sep 20 00:07:17 +0000 2019

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Current Status: White House abruptly cancels meeting with vaping advocates White House abruptly cancels meeting with vaping advocates – The Trump administration had on Wednesday morning invited outside conservatives to a meeting with senior officials, framed to hear out their concerns.

       politico.com 2019-09-19 16:11:58+00:00
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  • POLITICO
    POLITICO @politico

    The White House abruptly organized — and then quickly canceled — a meeting Thursday with frustrated conservative policy leaders, to try to tamp down anger about a sweeping vaping ban https://t.co/zDiuBS9KZK

    Thu Sep 19 20:32:11 +0000 2019

  • Maggie Haberman
    Maggie Haberman @maggieNYT

    POTUS call for a vaping ban is facing a predictable amount of backlash among conservative allies, and the WH called for and then abruptly canceled a meeting with them to discuss it, via @dlippman and @ddiamond https://t.co/GtW3G8iMpX

    Thu Sep 19 20:36:34 +0000 2019

  • Dan Diamond
    Dan Diamond @ddiamond

    Some conservatives have turned on the White House over Trump’s vaping ban and warned that it will lead to a small army of angry vapers voting against him in 2020. https://t.co/FtidE1EI8Q with @dlippman

    Thu Sep 19 22:13:30 +0000 2019

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Current Status: Birds Are Vanishing From North America Birds Are Vanishing From North America – The number of birds in the United States and Canada has declined by 3 billion, or 29 percent, over the past half-century, scientists find.

     nytimes.com 2019-09-19 18:03:18+00:00
Peter🌋Brannen Tim O'Brien Carl Zimmer Adam Conover Rafael Epstein Matt Pearce 🦅 Charles M. Blow John Schwartz Matt Galloway Diana Butler Bass
  • Peter🌋Brannen
    Peter🌋Brannen @PeterBrannen1

    This is staggering. The number of birds in the United States and Canada has dropped almost 30% since 1970 https://t.co/B8wA5o2aBs

    Thu Sep 19 18:46:10 +0000 2019

  • Tim O'Brien
    Tim O'Brien @TimOBrien

    The number of birds in the US and Canada has fallen by 29% since 1970. There are **2.9 billion** fewer birds taking wing now than there were 50 years ago. https://t.co/kI4SQPM6b9

    Thu Sep 19 22:07:09 +0000 2019

  • Carl Zimmer
    Carl Zimmer @carlzimmer

    The US and Canada have lost 2.9 billion birds in the past 50 years. Here’s my @nytimes story on a huge ecological decline https://t.co/Gxzr1ODTza

    Thu Sep 19 18:06:00 +0000 2019

  • Adam Conover
    Adam Conover @adamconover

    Studies found that bird populations in North America have plummeted by 29% since 1970. That's nearly a THIRD, not just of endangered birds: ALL BIRDS. The natural world is disappearing before our eyes; we must take immediate action to reverse this trend. https://t.co/Z8rGmaqItv

    Thu Sep 19 19:48:04 +0000 2019

  • Rafael Epstein
    Rafael Epstein @Raf_Epstein

    To the shock jock drongos insisting kids should be told everything is fine.. 3 billion birds have disappeared from the US in 50 years.. Completely normal. Nothing to see here. Move along. https://t.co/WObKNSVI2t

    Thu Sep 19 23:21:04 +0000 2019

  • Matt Pearce 🦅
    Matt Pearce 🦅 @mattdpearce

    “The number of birds in the United States and Canada has fallen by 29 percent since 1970, scientists reported on Thursday. There are 2.9 billion fewer birds taking wing now than there were 50 years ago.” https://t.co/jQAykvmZKT

    Thu Sep 19 18:11:01 +0000 2019

  • Charles M. Blow
    Charles M. Blow @CharlesMBlow

    This is shocking! ——> Birds Are Vanishing From North America via @NYTimes https://t.co/YAFFSCoh0z

    Thu Sep 19 18:09:15 +0000 2019

  • John Schwartz
    John Schwartz @jswatz

    SPOILER: It's not wind turbines. https://t.co/whLBiOeXHK

    Thu Sep 19 20:12:02 +0000 2019

  • Matt Galloway
    Matt Galloway @mattgallowaycbc

    "The skies are emptying out." The number of birds in the United States and Canada has fallen by 29 percent since 1970. https://t.co/1r7hiZhwxx

    Fri Sep 20 00:28:42 +0000 2019

  • Diana Butler Bass
    Diana Butler Bass @dianabutlerbass

    This is truly horrible news and I'm actually sorry to share it. But we've got to defeat every single politician who refuses to do something in the face of the climate crisis. Birds Are Vanishing From North America https://t.co/USUX0hqSOU

    Thu Sep 19 19:02:14 +0000 2019

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Current Status: U.S. Orders Duke and U.N.C. to Recast Tone in Mideast Studies U.S. Orders Duke and U.N.C. to Recast Tone in Mideast Studies – The Education Department is investigating a Middle East studies program run by Duke and the University of North Carolina, citing, among other issues, how Judaism is discussed.

     nytimes.com 2019-09-19 17:12:44+00:00
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  • Batya Ungar-Sargon
    Batya Ungar-Sargon @bungarsargon

    YIKES. The Department of Ed has just demanded that two universities change their programming because there is currently "considerable emphasis placed on understanding the positive aspects of Islam." That is some straight up bigotry right there. Appalling. https://t.co/wDel3VlbvA

    Thu Sep 19 21:57:13 +0000 2019

  • adam harris
    adam harris @AdamHSays

    https://t.co/qGxeHQRKDC https://t.co/CX1PVgytMp

    Thu Sep 19 17:52:51 +0000 2019

  • Eli Valley
    Eli Valley @elivalley

    The Trump Administration is putting the obscene, anti-intellectual, and fundamentally anti-Jewish activism of @nytopinion into policy, punishing academic inquiry and the expression of free thought. https://t.co/VDMfiocGmA

    Thu Sep 19 21:17:22 +0000 2019

  • Erica L. Green
    Erica L. Green @EricaLG

    The Education Department has concluded Duke & University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are running a biased Middle East studies program that, among other complaints, did not present enough “positive” imagery of Judaism and Christianity in the region. https://t.co/9Xca5X3ba3

    Fri Sep 20 00:10:21 +0000 2019

  • Don Moynihan
    Don Moynihan @donmoyn

    Betsy DeVos, who has warned of a campus speech crisis, is telling universities they need to change their curriculum to provide more positive images of Christianity. Your occasional reminder that the 1st amendment is about Govt censorship of speech. https://t.co/ckKkukQM7P

    Fri Sep 20 01:50:05 +0000 2019

  • (((YousefMunayyer)))
    (((YousefMunayyer))) @YousefMunayyer

    Important article by @EricaLG on the antics of Trump appointee Ken Marcus at the the Dept of Education and how they are going after a university consortium to intimidate and silence Palestinian rights activism and more. https://t.co/SQX2AWdC8e

    Fri Sep 20 00:42:06 +0000 2019

  • Jewish Voice for Peace
    Jewish Voice for Peace @jvplive

    [email protected], JVP Education Manager told @EricaLG that the investigation was the latest attempt by the Trump administration “to enforce a neoconservative agenda onto spaces of academic inquiry and exploration.” https://t.co/iaalxiIK3a

    Thu Sep 19 18:23:44 +0000 2019

  • Steve Herman
    Steve Herman @W7VOA

    Programs run by the @[email protected] Consortium for Middle East Studies told by @usedgov they focus too much on the positive aspects of Islam, while there's an "absolute absence" of the positive aspects of Christianity, Judaism, etc. https://t.co/9sUdslGhgN

    Thu Sep 19 18:31:16 +0000 2019

  • Peter Sterne
    Peter Sterne @petersterne

    Here's an actual example of activists using government power to restrict speech on college campuses. https://t.co/Pr8KPlyfa8

    Thu Sep 19 23:27:43 +0000 2019

  • Palestine Legal
    Palestine Legal @pal_legal

    Zoha Khalili in the NYT on govt efforts to dictate what students learn about the Middle East: "This letter sends a message to Middle Eastern studies programs that their continued existence depends on their willingness to toe the government line on Israel.” https://t.co/em4AAcsvev

    Thu Sep 19 22:58:49 +0000 2019

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Current Status: Bernie Sanders hits 1 million donors Bernie Sanders hits 1 million donors – He is the first candidate to announce reaching that milestone.

     politico.com 2019-09-19 15:30:04+00:00
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  • Holly Otterbein
    Holly Otterbein @hollyotterbein

    NEW: 1 million people have donated to Bernie Sanders’ presidential bid, the campaign said. He is the first 2020 candidate to announce reaching that milestone. https://t.co/lO6zVhfTGU

    Thu Sep 19 19:32:53 +0000 2019

  • POLITICO
    POLITICO @politico

    Bernie Sanders is the first candidate to announce reaching 1 million donors https://t.co/d5VepshF1x

    Thu Sep 19 21:45:03 +0000 2019

  • Winifred
    Winifred @WaywardWinifred

    Working class families all across the country are donating to Bernie Sanders. https://t.co/jiuwy0FIch

    Fri Sep 20 05:21:55 +0000 2019

  • Meagan Day
    Meagan Day @meaganmday

    "The top employers of his donors are Starbucks, Walmart and Amazon, and the most common profession is teachers." https://t.co/Km9cd4YXWa

    Fri Sep 20 01:25:07 +0000 2019

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Current Status: Trump’s communications with foreign leader are part of whistleblower complaint that spurred standoff between spy chief and Congress, former officials say Trump’s communications with foreign leader are part of whistleblower complaint that spurred standoff between spy chief and Congress, former officials say – The president’s interaction with the foreign leader included a “promise” that prompted an intelligence official to file a formal whistleblower complaint, the officials said.

       washingtonpost.com 2019-09-19 00:56:24+00:00
Neal Katyal Ned Price The Washington Post John Dean Barb McQuade Shane Harris Kyle Griffin Greg Miller Greg Miller Greg Miller
  • Neal Katyal
    Neal Katyal @neal_katyal

    This is going to be huge. DOJ& Admin are contorting themselves backwards to try to hide this. Truth will come out. There are probably tapes and transcripts documenting a gross abuse of power by Trump. Gonna be ugly.And enablers should all face consequences https://t.co/0HaeWkd6aI

    Thu Sep 19 01:47:10 +0000 2019

  • Ned Price
    Ned Price @nedprice

    Of all the nightmare scenarios that could constitute an “urgent, credible” whistleblower complaint from within the intelligence community, a Trump “promise” to a foreign leader has to be among the most alarming. https://t.co/HqCWrijYVr

    Thu Sep 19 01:03:38 +0000 2019

  • The Washington Post
    The Washington Post @washingtonpost

    Trump's communications with a foreign leader are part of a controversial whistleblower complaint, former U.S. officials say https://t.co/VWUIQ6IqVy

    Thu Sep 19 00:58:45 +0000 2019

  • John Dean
    John Dean @JohnWDean

    Five WaPo by line reporters on this story. A MAJOR leak to the WaPo. This feels potentially very big. The Machiavellian Mr. Barr is protecting Trump from a whistleblower complaint, it’s unprecedented. This may take Impeachment in a totally new direction. https://t.co/F4hf1PxFKX

    Thu Sep 19 05:06:27 +0000 2019

  • Barb McQuade
    Barb McQuade @BarbMcQuade

    Whistleblower did things the right way by going to Intelligence Community Inspector General. IG found report credible and “urgent.” Now DNI and Congress must reward that faith by getting to the bottom of it. https://t.co/Zv3i3jCreZ

    Thu Sep 19 01:41:22 +0000 2019

  • Shane Harris
    Shane Harris @shaneharris

    NEW: The anonymous intelligence official's whistleblower complaint centers on Trump's communications with a foreign leader and a "promise" he made. https://t.co/yAlWbbxVgH​ By @gregpmiller, @nakashimae, and me.

    Thu Sep 19 00:57:14 +0000 2019

  • Kyle Griffin
    Kyle Griffin @kylegriffin1

    Breaking via WaPo: The whistleblower complaint that triggered a showdown between the Intel Community and Congress involves Trump's communications with a foreign leader and a "promise" he made, two former U.S. officials familiar with the matter tell WaPo. https://t.co/qeZK1w272n

    Thu Sep 19 01:05:06 +0000 2019

  • Greg Miller
    Greg Miller @gregpmiller

    EXCLUSIVE: The whistleblower complaint that has caused rupture between DNI and Congress involves Trump call with foreign leader and a troubling "promise." @shaneharris @nakashimae https://t.co/t39p7tmzVD

    Thu Sep 19 00:58:56 +0000 2019

  • Greg Miller
    Greg Miller @gregpmiller

    @shaneharris @nakashimae In the weeks before the whistleblower complaint, Trump had spoken by phone with Putin and voiced his opposition to CIA spying on North Korea. https://t.co/t39p7tmzVD

    Thu Sep 19 01:07:53 +0000 2019

  • Greg Miller
    Greg Miller @gregpmiller

    A question to ponder: Given the astonishing things that Trump routinely says about US intel, what could he have said/promised on call that would be considered so gravely "urgent" by the IC inspector general? https://t.co/t39p7tmzVD

    Thu Sep 19 11:26:41 +0000 2019

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Current Status: Whistleblower complaint about President Trump involves Ukraine, according to two people familiar with the matter Whistleblower complaint about President Trump involves Ukraine, according to two people familiar with the matter – Democratic lawmakers are demanding to see the complaint made by an intelligence official who formerly worked in the White House.

      washingtonpost.com 2019-09-20 00:04:30+00:00
Rachel Maddow MSNBC Michael Weiss Laurence Tribe Chris Murphy Kyle Griffin Kyle Griffin Greg Miller Carol Leonnig Tom Fitton Benjamin Wittes
  • Rachel Maddow MSNBC
    Rachel Maddow MSNBC @maddow

    Turn on MSNBC for more on this breaking news -- Shane Harris joining us at 9PM ET. And Intel Chairman Adam Schiff. https://t.co/6BTHLcDaVl

    Fri Sep 20 00:30:34 +0000 2019

  • Michael Weiss
    Michael Weiss @michaeldweiss

    So this is an important revelation. If it turns out Trump's 'promise' to Zelensky was to release the $350m-plus worth of military aid to Ukraine in exchange for info on Hunter Biden/Burisma, then I can see why it became a matter for whistleblowers. https://t.co/IIChF8CnuQ

    Fri Sep 20 00:16:16 +0000 2019

  • Laurence Tribe
    Laurence Tribe @tribelaw

    Further confirmation that Trump and Barr and Maguire are trying to cover up evidence of a clearly impeachable offense https://t.co/SSWVrnNa6m

    Fri Sep 20 01:53:13 +0000 2019

  • Chris Murphy
    Chris Murphy @ChrisMurphyCT

    A few weeks ago in Ukraine, I met w President Zelensky and we discussed the surprise cut off of aid and the inappropriate demands the Trump campaign was making of him. The obvious question everyone in Kiev was asking was - were the two things connected? https://t.co/8yXFiFRlQm

    Fri Sep 20 01:17:35 +0000 2019

  • Kyle Griffin
    Kyle Griffin @kylegriffin1

    Breaking via WaPo: A whistleblower complaint about President Trump made by an intelligence official centers on Ukraine, according to two people familiar with the matter, which has set off a struggle between Congress and the executive branch. https://t.co/YwQ0EypUoj

    Fri Sep 20 00:10:01 +0000 2019

  • Kyle Griffin
    Kyle Griffin @kylegriffin1

    Reminder in light of tonight's new reporting: House Democrats are already examining whether Trump and Rudy Giuliani sought to manipulate the Ukrainian government into helping Trump's reelection campaign. https://t.co/YwQ0EypUoj

    Fri Sep 20 02:16:00 +0000 2019

  • Greg Miller
    Greg Miller @gregpmiller

    NEW: the Trump call at the center of the IC firestorm centers on Ukraine. Trump spoke with leader of Ukraine weeks before the complaint was filed. @shaneharris @nakashimae @CarolLeonnig https://t.co/YiwtFVf546

    Fri Sep 20 00:13:21 +0000 2019

  • Carol Leonnig
    Carol Leonnig @CarolLeonnig

    EXCLUSIVE: Whistleblower complained flagrant abuse involved @realDonaldTrump communications about Ukraine w the great @nakashimae @gregpmiller @shaneharris https://t.co/mi8TQaemwX

    Fri Sep 20 00:20:17 +0000 2019

  • Tom Fitton
    Tom Fitton @TomFitton

    Deep State illegal leaks and sedition intensifies against @realDonaldTrump. https://t.co/PvWWh2hYcC

    Fri Sep 20 00:13:44 +0000 2019

  • Benjamin Wittes
    Benjamin Wittes @benjaminwittes

    BOOM!! https://t.co/z2qeotfGHk https://t.co/S2mUCrJDZZ

    Fri Sep 20 00:08:45 +0000 2019

  •  Who else is talking about this

Current Status: Trump sues Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance over subpoena for his tax returns Trump sues Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance over subpoena for his tax returns – Vance's office is probing hush money payments made to women who have alleged affairs with the president.

      nbcnews.com 2019-09-19 17:10:00+00:00
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  • Stand Up America
    Stand Up America @StandUpAmerica

    If Donald Trump has nothing to hide, then today would be a great day for him to release his tax returns. https://t.co/0vnmsWTrcP

    Thu Sep 19 17:20:22 +0000 2019

  • CAP Action
    CAP Action @CAPAction

    How many times has Trump promised to release his tax returns? https://t.co/yIN2bSZ0aD

    Thu Sep 19 17:07:58 +0000 2019

  • NBC News
    NBC News @NBCNews

    President Trump has filed a lawsuit against Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, who subpoenaed the Trump's accounting firm for eight years of personal and corporate tax returns. https://t.co/EIPB7gZWWK

    Fri Sep 20 04:47:01 +0000 2019

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Current Status: House Judiciary Committee weighs holding Lewandowski in contempt House Judiciary Committee weighs holding Lewandowski in contempt – The House Judiciary Committee is preparing to take initial steps to potentially hold former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski in contempt over his refusal to answer questions at this week's…

    cnn.com 2019-09-19 16:39:41+00:00
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  • Kyle Griffin
    Kyle Griffin @kylegriffin1

    The House Judiciary Committee is reportedly preparing to take initial steps to potentially hold Corey Lewandowski in contempt over his refusal to answer questions at this week's hearing before the panel. https://t.co/avvlGqwCwg

    Thu Sep 19 21:15:04 +0000 2019

  • CNN
    CNN @CNN

    The House Judiciary Committee is preparing to take initial steps to potentially hold former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski in contempt over his refusal to answer questions at this week's hearing before the panel, multiple sources tell CNN. https://t.co/HoUg5ENFKU

    Thu Sep 19 16:50:03 +0000 2019

  • Manu Raju
    Manu Raju @mkraju

    Pelosi said privately last night that the committee should have immediately held Lewandowski in contempt but doing so would have been a cumbersome process and arduous under House rules. The process takes longer, and we should start to soon see action soon https://t.co/sA2pFWY7kN https://t.co/oKen2vFfK1

    Thu Sep 19 16:42:27 +0000 2019

  • CNN Politics
    CNN Politics @CNNPolitics

    House Judiciary Committee weighs holding Corey Lewandowski in contempt https://t.co/q0FZE3aIyi https://t.co/ktAaljMr1i

    Thu Sep 19 16:51:06 +0000 2019

  •  Who else is talking about this

Current Status: An unshackled Trump finally gets the presidency he always wanted An unshackled Trump finally gets the presidency he always wanted – No longer hemmed in by aides, Trump has bent the presidency into the mold of the Trump Organization.

    politico.com 2019-09-19 05:00:34+00:00
Citizens for Ethics Seth MacFarlane Nancy Cook Eric Boehlert POLITICO POLITICO Tim O'Brien Daniel Lippman POLITICO Daniel W. Drezner
  • Citizens for Ethics
    Citizens for Ethics @CREWcrew

    The dwindling of Trump’s senior staff has left him in the company of Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Mick Mulvaney, Kellyanne Conway, Larry Kudlow, Mike Pompeo and Stephen Miller. These are Trump’s experts. https://t.co/8toZnFyIx1

    Thu Sep 19 23:30:06 +0000 2019

  • Seth MacFarlane
    Seth MacFarlane @SethMacFarlane

    “He’s keeping world leaders on edge and unsure of his next moves, all without being hemmed in by aides or the traditional strictures of a White House.” There is historical precedent for this kind of mercurial, micro-management governance. Not a good one. https://t.co/6MCg1g0KGK

    Thu Sep 19 13:55:46 +0000 2019

  • Nancy Cook
    Nancy Cook @nancook

    NEW: President Trump seems liberated these days, w/ dwindling senior staff, no naysayers, & several major policy moves that only he can resolve. The WH is starting to resemble the Trump Org structure, leaving him with the presidency he's always wanted: https://t.co/nKWAnOFVi1

    Thu Sep 19 13:34:46 +0000 2019

  • Eric Boehlert
    Eric Boehlert @EricBoehlert

    hmm, pls point to the portion of his presidency when Trump was “shackled.” I.e. it’s been insanity from Day 1; https://t.co/JHyeV9GRjm

    Thu Sep 19 17:35:23 +0000 2019

  • POLITICO
    POLITICO @politico

    President Trump seems liberated these days with a dwindling senior staff, no naysayers and several major policy moves that only he can resolve. The White House is starting to resemble the Trump Organization's structure. https://t.co/n2s6teDFL9

    Fri Sep 20 01:45:06 +0000 2019

  • POLITICO
    POLITICO @politico

    A Presidency of One: No longer hemmed in by aides, Trump has bent the position into the mold of his Trump Organization setup — with him at the center https://t.co/wSm2U7yqle

    Thu Sep 19 11:30:10 +0000 2019

  • Tim O'Brien
    Tim O'Brien @TimOBrien

    “After four national security advisers, three chiefs of staff, three directors of oval office operations and five communications directors, the president is now finding the White House finally functions in a way that fits his personality.” ⁦@nancook⁩ https://t.co/QmGbOrM4nG

    Thu Sep 19 15:37:57 +0000 2019

  • Daniel Lippman
    Daniel Lippman @dlippman

    “The downward momentum in Trump’s approval rating scares me a bit from a foreign policy perspective because he is a win-at-all-costs type of a person. I worry he could get us into an ill-advised military conflict in an attempt to regain support"-Scaramucci https://t.co/r6qzFvLs81

    Thu Sep 19 09:07:20 +0000 2019

  • POLITICO
    POLITICO @politico

    Trump is keeping world leaders on edge and unsure of his next moves, all without being hemmed in by aides or the traditional strictures of a White House. In many ways, it’s the presidency he's always wanted. https://t.co/68CboiqenE

    Thu Sep 19 16:23:31 +0000 2019

  • Daniel W. Drezner
    Daniel W. Drezner @dandrezner

    I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops talking about him like a toddler. https://t.co/NfaVae9ega https://t.co/woAklWEgrX

    Thu Sep 19 15:28:07 +0000 2019

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Current Status: Giuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it Giuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it – President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani gave conflicting answers in an interview on CNN on Thursday night as to whether he asked Ukraine to look into former Vice President Joe Biden, saying…

   thehill.com 2019-09-20 02:17:59+00:00
The Hill

Current Status: For Trump, a Time of Indecision For Trump, a Time of Indecision – In discussions with his staff, Mr. Trump has made clear he wants to accomplish something big, but seems stymied as to what it might be, according to interviews with a half-dozen aides and advisers.

   nytimes.com 2019-09-20 01:05:47+00:00
Maggie Haberman Maggie Haberman Maggie Haberman Annie Karni Annie Karni Noah Rothman
  • Maggie Haberman
    Maggie Haberman @maggieNYT

    The indecision extends to Trump concerns about staff, as he has resumed his impatience with Mulvaney, grousing about him and his coterie of aides, complaining he can’t trust them. https://t.co/oAOH2B6xg3

    Fri Sep 20 02:14:02 +0000 2019

  • Maggie Haberman
    Maggie Haberman @maggieNYT

    Whether he’s idling intentionally or indecisive, Trump is stalled on domestic and international policy, and even staff https://t.co/sLI9dLURbX

    Fri Sep 20 01:10:36 +0000 2019

  • Maggie Haberman
    Maggie Haberman @maggieNYT

    Trump has grown more isolated without Madeleine Westerhout, his longserving assistant who was fired by Mulvaney. Some White House aides have privately faulted how Mulvaney handled the situation. https://t.co/oAOH2B6xg3

    Fri Sep 20 02:26:10 +0000 2019

  • Annie Karni
    Annie Karni @anniekarni

    What gun advocates think: “He’s not strong enough to forge any sort of compromise that would get anything less than full support from his base. He does not have that degree of political power + that’s why he ends up in a perpetual ‘Infrastructure Week.’” https://t.co/wyX058tCn3

    Fri Sep 20 01:24:35 +0000 2019

  • Annie Karni
    Annie Karni @anniekarni

    Trump tells aides he wants to accomplish something big before the election. But he’s idling in neutral on guns, and a lot else. Me and ⁦@maggieNYT⁩ https://t.co/ryfdjF78WA

    Fri Sep 20 01:15:14 +0000 2019

  • Noah Rothman
    Noah Rothman @NoahCRothman

    “said one person close to Mr. Trump, part of his holdup is that the president constantly changes his mind and equivocates...Figuring out where Mr. Trump will end up, the person said, is like trying to figure out what number the roulette ball will land on.” https://t.co/I1U9t67shf

    Fri Sep 20 01:29:46 +0000 2019

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Current Status: HUD Secretary Ben Carson makes dismissive comments about transgender people, angering agency staff HUD Secretary Ben Carson makes dismissive comments about transgender people, angering agency staff – During his visit to San Francisco this week, the Housing and Urban Development Secretary also lamented that society no longer seemed to know the difference between men and women, according to three people who were present. Carson’s remarks, which visibly shocked people at the gathering, are part of a pattern of making dismissive remarks about transgender people. Under his leadership, HUD has moved to weaken Obama-era rules requiring shelters house transgender people with their identified gender.

     washingtonpost.com 2019-09-19 23:11:18.175000+00:00
Tracy Jan Kyle Griffin Julián Castro Philip Rucker Jeff Stein Keith Boykin Josh Dawsey Alphonso David Parker Molloy Jessica Mason Pieklo
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    Tracy Jan @TracyJan

    BREAKING: HUD Secretary Ben Carson expressed concern about “big, hairy men” trying to infiltrate women’s homeless shelters & made other dismissive comments about transgender people during his visit to San Francisco this week. With @JStein_WaPo https://t.co/avejePWepU

    Thu Sep 19 23:14:18 +0000 2019

  • Kyle Griffin
    Kyle Griffin @kylegriffin1

    HUD Secretary Ben Carson expressed concern about "big, hairy men" trying to infiltrate women's homeless shelters during an internal meeting, according to three people present who interpreted the remarks as an attack on transgender women. https://t.co/YSAsO8wNFN

    Thu Sep 19 23:30:05 +0000 2019

  • Julián Castro
    Julián Castro @JulianCastro

    19 Black trans women have been killed this year because comments like Ben Carson’s normalize violence against them. As HUD Secretary, I protected trans people, I didn’t denigrate them. https://t.co/yibDnZAypj

    Fri Sep 20 00:00:44 +0000 2019

  • Philip Rucker
    Philip Rucker @PhilipRucker

    HUD Secretary Ben Carson made a series of insensitive and dismissive comments about transgender people during a visit to San Francisco, angering agency staff, @TracyJan & @JStein_WaPo report https://t.co/E9hHnDzzKa

    Thu Sep 19 23:43:17 +0000 2019

  • Jeff Stein
    Jeff Stein @JStein_WaPo

    Exclusive w/ @TracyJan: Secretary Ben Caron in internal meetings in SF and DC has made comments HUD staff see as transphobic, recently talking about “big, hairy men” "It's disrespectful of the people we are trying to serve." https://t.co/CZRdPreHtv

    Thu Sep 19 23:18:13 +0000 2019

  • Keith Boykin
    Keith Boykin @keithboykin

    Of course Ben Carson is transphobic. Why is the HUD staff even denying this story? His new comment calling trans women “big, hairy men” is completely consistent with his long history of homophobia and transphobia. https://t.co/fFsyXlmUZo

    Thu Sep 19 23:20:48 +0000 2019

  • Josh Dawsey
    Josh Dawsey @jdawsey1

    Amid all the news don’t miss this story from my great colleagues @TracyJan & @JStein_WaPo: https://t.co/KIXHOemEps

    Fri Sep 20 02:09:06 +0000 2019

  • Alphonso David
    Alphonso David @AlphonsoDavid

    This is what Trump's cabinet officials do. @SecretaryCarson has spent his political career expressing disgust toward the existence of trans people. From day 1, this administration has made it clear that the cruelty of their words & actions is the point. https://t.co/LB4TzDbEvZ

    Fri Sep 20 01:49:51 +0000 2019

  • Parker Molloy
    Parker Molloy @ParkerMolloy

    Of course he did https://t.co/8kYTbll1Dm https://t.co/Lk1VKpTCyE

    Thu Sep 19 23:19:31 +0000 2019

  • Jessica Mason Pieklo
    Jessica Mason Pieklo @Hegemommy

    This is my shocked face https://t.co/ucA90JHqgI

    Thu Sep 19 23:24:56 +0000 2019

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Current Status: Schiff says DOJ involved in decision to block whistleblower complaint Schiff says DOJ involved in decision to block whistleblower complaint – The U.S. Department of Justice played a key role in a Trump administration decis...

   reuters.com 2019-09-19 22:50:07+00:00
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Current Status: Trump's Attorneys Now Arguing That No Prosecutor Can Investigate A Sitting President Trump's Attorneys Now Arguing That No Prosecutor Can Investigate A Sitting President – President Trump’s personal attorneys filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking to block a Manhattan prosecutor’s subpoena of his accounting firm. The...

   talkingpointsmemo.com 2019-09-19 17:57:00+00:00
Tierney Sneed Josh Marshall Josh Marshall

Current Status: In turnaround, McConnell backs $250 million in election security funding In turnaround, McConnell backs $250 million in election security funding – Thursday’s announcement follows more than a year of opposition by Senate Republicans on the issue.

   washingtonpost.com 2019-09-19 15:55:15+00:00
Brennan Center (((DeanObeidallah))) Stephen Wolf Resistbot Felicia Sonmez Jessica Huseman Dr. Kathie Allen
  • Brennan Center
    Brennan Center @BrennanCenter

    "News that the Senate is planning to support money for election security is a critical step in the right direction, but the fight to secure our elections is far from over," explains Brennan Center expert @LarryNorden. https://t.co/OfCTBbAK6b

    Thu Sep 19 17:16:40 +0000 2019

  • (((DeanObeidallah)))
    (((DeanObeidallah))) @DeanObeidallah

    Moscow Mitch must really be concerned about losing in 2020-Lets make that happen! "In turnaround, McConnell backs $250 million in election security funding" https://t.co/0OgYB0sPN9

    Thu Sep 19 21:04:11 +0000 2019

  • Stephen Wolf
    Stephen Wolf @PoliticsWolf

    Never thought I'd see the day that Mitch McConnell would agree to more election security funding for the states, but $250 million is still far shy of what is actually needed to protect from threats like Russia (the House bill has $600 million) https://t.co/bpS3ksIEvt

    Thu Sep 19 21:08:31 +0000 2019

  • Resistbot
    Resistbot @resistbot

    Schumer: “To be clear, Senate Democrats believe this new funding is not a substitute for passing the comprehensive bipartisan election security legislation that experts say is desperately needed.” https://t.co/Q1ws8lbapD

    Thu Sep 19 18:11:00 +0000 2019

  • Felicia Sonmez
    Felicia Sonmez @feliciasonmez

    In turnaround, McConnell backs $250 million in election security funding https://t.co/nilkarUjE1 with @isaacstanbecker

    Thu Sep 19 16:15:26 +0000 2019

  • Jessica Huseman
    Jessica Huseman @JessicaHuseman

    Fascinating. https://t.co/ziTpUn4IOS

    Thu Sep 19 20:59:23 +0000 2019

  • Dr. Kathie Allen
    Dr. Kathie Allen @kathieallenmd

    Seems that #MoscowMitch has changed his mind about appropriating funding for election security. Wonder if... https://t.co/4UWlUs9dBY

    Thu Sep 19 18:58:42 +0000 2019

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