Trump Sure Pulling Out Will Work This Time. Wonkagenda For Thurs., April 5, 2018
Morning Wonketariat! Here's some of the things we may be talking about today.
Robert Mueller is following the rubles, questioning Russian oligarchs, requesting documents, and even searching a private plane after it landed in New York.
The US is expected to impose additional sanctions on Russia by Friday. Beyond targeting Putin-connected oligarchs, details remain fluid. Last week, Trump's White House denied Ambassador to Russia John Huntsman's request to publicly address the expulsion of US diplomats, but Huntsman did make a Youtube video.
A judge appeared skeptical that Paul Manafort's legal challenge to Robert Mueller will be successful after noting Manafort's lawyers appear to be saying nothing happened, before anyone knows what's actually happening. Manafort is arguing that Mueller's case is flawed because
laundering lobbying for foreign governments isn't illegal.
Incensed that he can't just impose his will on the federal government, Trump wants to issue a series of executive orders over the next few weeks in order to appease his base of talking heads and blowhards on Fox News.
As Trump complains about pulling out of Syria, military officials were almost unanimous in telling Trump he can't just pull out of Syria, noting several failures from previous attempts to pull out.
The EPA's top ethics official says he was missing some information about Scott Pruitt's shady condo, noting that he only saw the lease, not what Pruitt was actually doing.
REXXON may be gone, but he left a $12 million bill for all the consultants he hired to hollow out the State Department.
Trump's freshly minted economic advisor Larry Kudlow is trying to quell the fire sales on Wall Street that keep popping up from Trump's trade war with China. Meanwhile, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross tried to calm market fears by going on TV and stating, "Even shooting wars end with negotiations."
The CEO of Oracle was invited to a private dinner with Trump by Peter Thiel, where they bitched and moaned about Amazon aiming for Pentagon contracts. Shady dinners have been a staple of the Trump presidency, allowing him to shovel burnt ketchup steaks in his maw while people feed him praise and misinformation.
A federal judge has bitch-slapped Bill O'Reilly's attempt to keep sexual harassment settlements secret, potentially opening the floodgates for women to disclose how they were spied on, or asked to lie under oath.
Stormy Daniels and her lawyer may have faded from the headlines this week, but they're still around, trying to talk about Trump's junk. Eww...
The wife of Rudy Giuliani has filed for a contested divorce and we can't really blame her. He's an obnoxious asshole. Get that money.
Several US car makers want to kill their subcompact cars now that oil prices have fallen. Manufacturers say that Americans don't want sissy-mobiles, and prefer suburban war machines. Thanks anyway, Obama. [Archive]
As November looms closer, some red state Democrats may benefit from Trump's trade war due to their rather populist approach to blue collar jobs and trade.
Russia is trying to discredit the investigation into the death of a former spy after UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson started running his mouth again. Despite being a bombastic idiot, Johnson is still more credible than Donald Trump.
A federal judge has ruled that the government can't use a paywall to hide data from FOIA requests. The case involves a journalist seeking information from US officials who, according to his claim, were attempting to hide immigration data by charging a fee much higher than normal FOIA requests. WIN!
Facebook is now admitting that 87 million users may have had their personal information sucked up by Cambridge Analytica. Next week Facebook will begin notifying people if Cambridge hoovered up their personal information, noting that it's likely most of its 2 billion users had their data collected by a malicious third party in some way.
Congress is hauling Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg up to the Hill for two days of questioning, one before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and another before a joint session of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committee. Do you think he'll pack his hoodie and flip-flops?
A Massachusetts judge has cleared the path for the state Attorney General to sue Equifax for violating data security regulations after it tried to hide a massive security breach that affected 140 million people (AKA: half the population of the United States).
Several days ago the city of Atlanta suffered a devastating cyberattack that forced many communication and city services offline. Rather than sit and stew, some record keeping systems simply reverted to old-school pen and paper.
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