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Morning Wonketariat! Here's some of the things we may be talking about today.


A new Wall Street Journal report claims Paul Manafort was considering a plea agreement ahead of his second trial, but the talks fell apart and Mueller walked away just as Manafort was convicted of trying to hide all the Ukrainian blood money.

House Republicans are setting their sights on Bruce Ohr, one of the last the Justice Department officials who could serve as a witness to Trump's Russian fuckery. Ohr's the guy who spearheaded investigations into the Russian mob over the last few decades.

Lanny Davis admits that he was a source for that CNN story suggesting Trump knew about the Trump Tower meeting with Russian creepos. Davis has apologized for pulling a Giuliani Davis and lying to people.

Giuliani is Giuliani-ing (again) and says that he hasn't heard from Robert Mueller in weeks.

A super old and obscure court case could keep the Mueller report under wraps from even Congress, let alone the public, on the grounds that courts don't have the right to disclose secret grand jury reports to the public. WHOA,, if true!

This morning Lindsey Graham threw Jeff Sessions under the bus and said that his "relationship is beyond repair" with Trump. Melania could say the same.

Trump apparently Googled himself at 3AM and immediately started shitposting that Google was "rigged" to suppress conservative voices and show "bad" stories him.

Seth Frotman, the top US official in charge of student loans, quit in protest of the Trump administration's moves to protect fat cat lenders and for-profit schools over broke students and graduates. In a damning letter to CFPB head Mick Mulvaney, Frotman writes, "The damage you have done to the bureau betrays these families and sacrifices the financial futures of millions of Americans in communities across the country."

A GSA IG report has found that Donald Trump killed plans to move the ancient FBI headquarters across the street from his DC trash palace to the suburbs. The report also found that Trump's GSA totally fucked up the math (shocker) in its report to Congress, grossly underestimating the cost of keeping the FBI HQ in DC.

Tenant activists are accusing Jared Kushner's family business and Michael Cohen of attempting to evict rent-controlled tenants with Trump-style fuckery so that they could gentrify the area and jack up the rent.

TERRIBLE TIMES: The Trump administration is attempting to absolve Uncle Sam from the responsibilities involved with detaining immigrant children as defined by the Flores agreement so that it can go back to locking Mexican kids in baby jails.

ICYMI: A Muslim woman was forced to show TSA agents her bloodied menstrual pad. A Harvard graduate student, she tells HuffPo and the ACLU that agents shielded their names and badge numbers and threatened her with arrest.

Mollie Tibbetts was laid to rest and her dad had a stunning rebuke to the racists and trolls attempting to use his daughter's death for their own anti-immigrant aims.

After ordering the White House and other federal buildings to keep flags at full staff all day, Trump eventually caved to pressure from veterans groups nagging him to lower the damn flag to half staff and honor Sen. McCain, and released a pathetic four sentence statement that he clearly didn't write. This morning Ashley Parker writes in WaPo that Trump has become "President Non Grata" for throwing tantrums instead of performing even the most basic and ceremonial duties.

FUN FACT: Paul Manafort BEGGED John McCain to be a part of the 2008 RNC, but McCain told him to take a flying fuck at a Soviet doughnut after noticing his hands were stained from Not American blood money.

Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst is lacing up her bread bags and marching down to the courthouse for a divorce.

A three-judge panel announced that North Carolina's congressional districts are definitely gerrymandered in favor of Republicans, and may need to be redrawn before the November elections. Isn't it almost September already? YUP.

Here's a quick breakdown of all the important primary races today!

Arizona Republican Senate candidate "Chemtrail" Kelli Ward tweeted, "Political Correctness is like a cancer," yesterday morning as everyone was honoring the late Sen. McCain. Last night, Fox News reported that "Chemtrail" Kelli Ward sort of apologized for being a horrifically inconsiderate bitch, allowing racist ex-con and former sheriff Joe Arpaio to look sane by comparison.

We can safely say that Kris Kobach is a vile monster alienating Republicans in Kansas after Gov. Jeff Colyer's campaign manager, Steve Baccus, jumped ship and became the co-chair of independent candidate Greg Orman.

According to a new report, Baylor University officials tried to stifle dissent in sexual assault support groups with a mole in order to keep the university from looking bad ahead of nearly a dozen Title IX lawsuits.

French President Emmanuel Macron told ambassadors that "Europe can no longer entrust its security to the United states," and that Europeans must begin thinking of their own interests in places like Iran and Syria. Mon Dieu!

Fox News news is already blaming video games for the mass shooting in Jacksonville this weekend. Yesterday Florida AG and complete fucking idiot Pam Bondi went on Fox & Friends to suggest that Minecraft (literally Lego for computers) and cellphones were dangerous. Later, Fox talking heads suggested that video games were like cigarettes ... then said with a straight face that when things hurt children, we have to regulate them.

Following the massacre at Parkland, Bloomberg reporter Shahien Nasiripour reported that Wells Fargo was the "preferred financier for the US gun industry." Bloomberg has now reassigned Nasiripour because they're a bunch of spineless pussies.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is cutting its production schedule to five days a week. In response, the head of the local reporters union tweeted that the paper cares more about money and dumping jobs than "Pittsburgh, its people, [or] it's 232 years" of service. SOLIDARITY!

Big telecoms are firing off bogus robocalls trying to convince Californians not to support Senate Bill 822 (AKA net neutrality).

FCC Chairman and piece of shit Ajit Pai says that an internal IG report found no funny businesses with the now-scuttled merger of Sinclair Broadcasting and Tribune Media, calling reports of his biased moves "absurd."

Oh look, everyone! A secret phone call about Sinclair between Jared Kushner and FCC Chair (and piece of shit) Ajit Pai! I wonder what they were talking about?

Rob Kulin, a NASA astronaut candidate recruited out of SpaceX, suddenly dropped out of the space program for "personal reasons." I wouldn't want to be a part of the Space Farce either...

"Weird" Al Yankovic got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and asked people not to use a pickaxe on his star "unless, at some point in the future, I do something unfathomably monstrous and evil."

ICYMI: Here's a suggestive picture of Donald Trump attempting to color an American flag that has people wondering if he actually knows what the flag looks like. Is he...copying that kid's paper?

And here's your morning Nice Time! Tian Tian the giant panda!

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If it's a day, the New York Times is fucking shit up, but today, it fucked up BIGLY.

Fresh-faced access journalists Adam Goldman and Michael Schmidt have just published what we can only describe as a drive-by shooting against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, which reads as some bullshit planted by the White House to give Donald Trump the pretext for his Saturday Night Massacre, if he wants it. (He does.)

Maybe the White House is tired of talking about the flailing nomination of Judge Maybe Rapey and how Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen are cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller, and the New York Times was more than happy to help!

Or maybe it was planted by former deputy director of the FBI Andrew McCabe, who was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions just hours before his pension was set to kick in, and may have a serious axe to grind with DoJ officials and leaked a copy of his own memos. (His lawyer says that's not true, but he would say that, wouldn't he?)

Or maybe it's both, somehow! Or one of many other things!

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It's not every day Golf Digest gets noticed as a source of hard-hitting investigative journalism, at least outside of reviews of titanium carbon fiber nanotech infinite improbability drivers or some such. But Wednesday, some journamalisming that started with a Golf Digest story about a guy who drew fantastic imaginary golf courses concluded with that guy, Valentino Dixon, walking out of Attica prison, 27 years after he'd been sentenced for 39 years to life. Not bad, Golf Digest. We give you a GOLF CLAP. And a Pulitzer if we had one, which, sadly, we don't.

As Golf Digest says, the twists and turns of the case are a bit complex (they're unraveled in more detail in this New York Times story), but it basically comes down to a local prosecutor who was determined to railroad Dixon for the 1991 murder of a 17-year-old, Torriano Jackson, in Buffalo, New York. The conviction involved

shoddy police work, zero physical evidence linking Dixon, conflicting testimony of unreliable witnesses, the videotaped confession to the crime by another man, a public defender who didn't call a witness at trial, and perjury charges against those who said Dixon didn't do it.

Dixon had a prior conviction for selling cocaine, and he made a convenient target for Erie County prosecutor Chris Belling, who was weirdly determined to ignore even statements from the actual killer, LaMarr Scott, who pleaded guilty to the killing shortly before Dixon's release this week.

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