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Day 803

Updated 4/2/2019 3:56 PM PDT

1/ Trump abandoned his plans to dismantle the Affordable Care Act a week after announcing that his administration agreed with a judge's ruling that the entire health care law should be eliminated. In a string of morning tweets, Trump promised that the "vote will be taken right after" the 2020 election "when Republicans hold the Senate and win back the House." Last week, after directing the Justice Department to support a full dismantling of the ACA on constitutional grounds, Trump urged Republicans to come up with a "spectacular" replacement to the ACA. He called the unwritten Republican proposal "truly great HealthCare that will work for America," while promising to unveil the plan "at the appropriate time." He offered no details about when that might be. Mitch McConnell, meanwhile, said he had "a good conversation" with Trump and "made it clear to him we were not going to be doing [health care] in the Senate." (Politico / New York Times / Washington Post / Bloomberg / CNN / NBC News)

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Such a strange story…

Her passports are from Taiwan

The Daily Beast has more,

It’s unclear whether those passports were issued by Taiwan, the Republic of China, or China, the People’s Republic of China. An official with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York told The Daily Beast in an email: “According to our understanding, Ms. Zhang is not a citizen of Taiwan, and does not hold a Taiwanese passport. This might be a case of misidentified passports.”


Alan-fucking-Dershowitz? Is this real?


Must read!!

Twitter accounts linked to a Russian troll farm charged by Special Counsel Robert Mueller III did more than pump out pro-Trump messages during the 2016 presidential election. In a previously undisclosed wrinkle, some also preyed on unsuspecting Trump supporters by targeting them with malware, a McClatchy investigation has found.

These Twitter accounts tweeted content that carried revenue-generating link shorteners, to either periodically spread malware or redirect to unrelated topics. Some were launched from websites registered to young people scattered across far-flung corners of Venezuela.


The House Intelligence Committee is seeking an interview with and documents from a top organizer on President Trump’s inaugural committee, according to people familiar with the request, signaling that Congress is expanding its probe of how the fund raised and spent more than $100 million.

The March 19 request from the House Intelligence Committee was disclosed in a letter sent to a lawyer for the inaugural committee this week by an attorney for Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former adviser to first lady Melania Trump who served as a producer and a vendor for the inauguration. The inaugural fund has not been contacted by the House panel, according to one of the people familiar with the matter. …

The House Intelligence Committee sought from Ms. Wolkoff a wide array of materials, including matter related to contacts between the inaugural fund and foreign entities, specifically in Russia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, according to the people familiar with the letter.

The committee also requested information on efforts by foreign entities to provide gifts or things of value to Mr. Trump, as well as his son-in-law and daughter, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, and their affiliated businesses, the people said. It also sought records related to the inaugural committee’s donors and contractors, guest lists for inaugural events, and information on any payments made directly from donors to vendors, the people said. …

The inaugural committee is also being investigated by the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office, a probe that started months earlier than previously known, according to the letter from Ms. Wolkoff’s lawyer to the committee.

In the letter, which was described to The Wall Street Journal, Ms. Wolkoff’s lawyer said his client had been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury in Manhattan in October, in connection with the Manhattan prosecutors’ investigation of the inaugural committee. A sealed order from a Manhattan judge prevented Ms. Wolkoff from disclosing the subpoena to the inaugural committee, despite the nondisclosure agreement she had signed with the committee in November 2016, her lawyer wrote.




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Yes…so many imponderables. But knowing that access is pretty easy, and the Mar-a-lago set up is not Fort Knox. I remember reading remarks about the place early in the administration that it was clear there were no secure servers, just ‘club’ wifi, with the kleptocrats running amok.



Wow…McClatchy is unearthing a lot of news that is extremely startling. We knew Mueller had gone in and indicted the troll farms…but here we see some unwitting participation on MAGA zealots. Unreal…but now our new normal.

Thx for posting. @Pet_Proletariat!

This data, independently reviewed by multiple experts who said it appears accurate, came originally as a tip from a security researcher, who shared the information after reading earlier McClatchy reports about Webzilla and its parent company, XBT.

Those companies made international headlines when online news site BuzzFeed published the so-called Steele Dossier in January 2017. They’ve also been the subject of McClatchy investigations.