Tyranny in the Making: Trump’s Threats Against James Comey

Donald Trump threatened James Comey on Twitter with "tapes"

On Twitter this morning Donald Trump issued threats against former FBI Director James Comey warning him against speaking publicly about their private conversations. The Twitter rant stands out as a stark reminder that Trump liberally uses threats to silence what he views as opposition to his agenda or disloyalty to his cause. The primary tweet – sent three days after […]

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Lies: Trump Admits Comey Narrative False; Takes Credit for Firing

Donald Trump and James Comey spar over the Russia investigation

Despite the White House’s best efforts to control the narrative around the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, Donald Trump admitted yesterday he would have fired him regardless of the contents of the memo sent from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Up until that point, Trump surrogates (including White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, […]

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Spicer’s Post-Yates Flynn Explanation Makes No Sense

Sally Yates, Sean Spicer and Michael Flynn

Throughout his daily briefing today, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer went to great lengths to portray Sally Yates as a partisan that couldn’t be trusted. Moreover, despite adding information to the Michael Flynn timeline, Spicer couldn’t legitimately account for at least 11 days between when the White House allegedly reviewed evidence of Flynn’s lies and problematic “underlying conduct” and when Flynn resigned from his position as […]

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Network Ad Refusal: Trump Has No Clue How Free Speech Works

The Trump 2020 campaign ad calling mSM fake news was rejected by several networks - but that does not make it a free speech or First Amendment issue

In a statement released by the Trump 2020 campaign this afternoon, Donald Trump argued that media outlets’ ongoing refusal to accept his “First 100 Days” self-congratulatory ad infringes on his First Amendment free speech rights. In reality, privately-owned media companies are under no legal obligation to accept political advertisements. Moreover, the First Amendment’s free speech provisions apply only to government censorship of speech. […]

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Army Secretary Nominee Mark Green Angry Over “Liberal Left” Criticisms

Mark Green

In a post to his Facebook page, Trump Army Secretary Nominee Mark Green lashed out at the “liberal left” for quoting his previous anti-LGBTQ comments verbatim. Arguing that they “cut and spliced my words about terrorism and ISIS blatantly falsifying what I’ve said,” Green presented a laundry list of contentions that run counter to his earlier on-record statements. In his post, Green argued: […]

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Cambridge Analytica: It’s Much More Than Just Fake News

This is the time of year when my students–graduate and undergraduate–present the results of their research projects to their classmates (and, of course, me). One of my better undergraduate students focused upon the legal implications of the increasing use of household “personal assistants”–those sort of “Siri for home use” voice-activated electronic devices like Amazon’s “Echo.” In addition to detailing the […]

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ND Rep Says Spicer’s Hitler Comments Had “Some Validity”

Congressman Kevin Cramer lies about Hitler and the Holocaust to defend Sean Spicer

Call it the Trump Effect. What should be undisputed fact in an era where history and facts are readily available at the click of a mouse or tap of a screen, misinformation and lies still exist and seem to be proliferating thanks in large part to Donald Trump’s penchant for lying. Following Sean Spicer’s disastrous White House briefing yesterday, one GOP lawmaker decided fact and […]

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Cover Up: Trump & Nunes Attempt to Block Yates Testimony

Devin Nunes Sally Yates and Donald Trump

If Watergate taught the nation anything, it’s that cover-ups can be damning for a presidential administration. That hasn’t stopped Trump and his campaign, transition and administration surrogates from attempting to block the ongoing Russia investigation any way they can. From pointing fingers at Hillary Clinton to raging on Twitter in the middle of the night to distract the nation, Trump has gone to […]

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Far-Right Media Part of FBI Russia Investigation

Breitbart & Infowars - far-right media

As a part of their investigation into the potential links between America and Russia in Russia’s attack on the 2016 presidential elections, the FBI is reportedly also looking at far-right media’s role in assisting Russian bots and trolls in disseminating propaganda promoted and often produced by Russian sources. Two prominent conservative outlets – Breitbart and Infowars – are named as possible co-conspirators. At the heart […]

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