Trump sics his attack dog flunkies onto John Bolton

The Department of Justice has launched a criminal investigation into the possibility that former national security adviser John Bolton “unlawfully disclosed classified information” in a memoir he published earlier this year, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

Citing conversations with three people familiar with the matter, the Times said DOJ “has convened a grand jury, which issued a subpoena for communications records from Simon & Schuster, the publisher” of Bolton’s book, “The Room Where It Happened,” which was released in June…

Bolton, who served for a time as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, has said he has complied with all of the revisions requested by the White House.

Someone on staff, no doubt, read the 2-paragraph condensed version to the Fake President.

Welcome to Trump’s Patriot Act

Under cover of redressing what President Donald Trump and his allies call the FBI’s “witch hunt” over (Mike Flynn’s) collusion with the Kremlin, Mitch McConnell, via an amendment to the PATRIOT Act, will expressly permit the FBI to warrantlessly collect records on Americans’ web browsing and search histories. In a different amendment, McConnell also proposes giving the attorney general visibility into the “accuracy and completeness” of FBI surveillance submissions to the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court. Versions of the amendments circulating Monday were shared with The Daily Beast…

“Under the McConnell amendment, Barr gets to look through the web browsing history of any American—including journalists, politicians, and political rivals—without a warrant, just by saying it is relevant to an investigation,” said Senator Ron Wyden, who has been trying to ban warrantless surveillance on such records.

Here we are, heading back into the McCarthy Era, again, under the misleadership of the Republican Cowards Party. Again.

NIH cuts coronavirus funding budget


The Great Ignoranus could make anyone’s head hurt

Researchers expressed alarm this week after the National Institutes of Health abruptly cancelled funding for a long-standing research project by US and Chinese scientists to examine how coronaviruses leap from bats to humans, potentially causing devastating pandemics—such as the one we are currently experiencing by a coronavirus genetically linked to those found in bats.

The funding cut could set back critical research into preventing such disease spread, scientists say. They also expressed dismay that the decision was prompted by unfounded conspiracy theories and what some see as a wider attempt by the Trump administration to deflect criticism of its handling of the pandemic by blaming China for unleashing the disease.

The NIH has not provided a clear explanation for its move to cancel the funds…

but, if you think it has nothing at all to do with chickenshit bureaucrats running and hiding from conspiracy theories floated by the Fake President…I have a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell you real cheap. A deal.