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Sources: Russia tried to use Trump advisers to infiltrate campaign

The FBI gathered intelligence last summer that suggests Russian operatives tried to use Trump advisers, including Carter Page, to infiltrate the Trump campaign, according to US officials.

I’d say they were quite successful.

Racism motivated Trump voters more than authoritarianism

FBI obtained FISA warrant to monitor Trump adviser Carter Page

“This confirms all of my suspicions about unjustified, politically motivated government surveillance,” Page said in an interview Tuesday. “I have nothing to hide.” He compared surveillance of him to the eavesdropping that the FBI and Justice Department conducted against civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Good luck with that comparison, Carter.

Why Michael Flynn may be seeking immunity

pretty good analysis

The Long, Twisted, and Bizarre History of the Trump-Russia Scandal

Pretty good timeline

How the White House and Republicans Blew Up the House Russia Investigation

What a mess

Trump Blames Democrats as Major Push to Repeal Health Law Fails

Amazing!

Manafort had plan to benefit Putin government

Was paid $10-mil to promote Putin’s interests in the US and abroad. Wow.

Donald Trump, Frank Gaffney, and the Looming Threat to American Muslims

Chilling. 

The government’s vast post-9/11 counterterrorism powers have never resided in the hands of people who consider America’s Muslim organizations to be agents of treason. And the Trump administration could use those powers to cripple not only American Muslim civil-society groups, but also mosques.

Analysis: GOP plan to cost Obamacare enrollees $1,542 more a year

We reported above the results for individuals. For families, the Republican bill would increase costs by $2,243 if the bill were in effect today. For families with a head of household age 55 to 64, the bill would increase costs by $7,604. For families with income below 250 percent of poverty, the bill would increase costs by $6,228.

The 8 Craziest Moments Of Trump’s Impromptu Press Conference

yikes

Israel’s One-State Reality

Depressing look at the current state of things with Israel and the seeming impossibility of a two-state solution

Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence

Looks like I picked the wrong day to quit reading Trump news.

The Spy Revolt Against Donald Trump Begins

NSA and other agencies are withholding data from the White House because they think Russia “had ears” there.

Court Refuses to Reinstate Travel Ban, Dealing Trump Another Legal Loss

Your Guide to the Sprawling New Anti-Trump Resistance Movement

Steve Bannon: Donald Trump’s chief strategist has a grand vision for remaking America — Quartz

Quartz performed the heroic task of watching Bannon’s films and presents the worldview of “the Leni Riefenstahl of the Tea Party”. I guess he’s been promoted to Goebbels now.

Liberal fears of proportional representation and a referendum killed Trudeau’s reform promise

I don’t get why they didn’t just go with a ranked ballot.

Trump’s First Two Days of February

This is a collection of stories from just the past 48 hours or so that I’ve found to be alarming and/or outrageous.

Two Competing Narratives of Intention and a Third Theory

I’ll go light on the Trump stuff from now on, but this is really good

Trump Considers Deporting Legal Immigrants for Being Poor

Wow. Things getting worse, quickly.

How to Build an Autocracy

We are living through the most dangerous challenge to the free government of the United States that anyone alive has encountered. What happens next is up to you and me. Don’t be afraid. This moment of danger can also be your finest hour as a citizen and an American.

This guy was Bush’s speechwriter. He’s full neocon.

Four Tet Made a Playlist of Music from Trump’s List of Banned Countries

Trial Balloon for a Coup?

Kathleen Wynne stopping John Tory’s plan for tolls on DVP, Gardiner

The Ontario Liberals don’t believe in anything, do they?