Gary Woodland is your U.S. Open champ. It’s good for golf.

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Your newest major champion is one of the sport’s most genuinely likeable players, and he stared down the hottest player in the sport during a riveting Sunday afternoon to take the title. We’re all #GaryGuys now.

Add another deserving name to your major champion list. After a wild, up-and-down perfect major championship Sunday at Pebble Beach, Gary Woodland is your U.S. Open champion.

Playing from out front for the entire weekend, the big-hitting Kansan spoiled the Brooks Koepka threepeat, dropping this big putt on the 18th to seal his first ever major victory.

It was a dramatic duel all afternoon (or evening, for east coasters) on the Monterey Peninsula, with Brooks Koepka trying to run down Woodland to pull off that three-peat at the U.S. Open for the first time in 114 (!) years. For awhile, it looked like it might happen — and it made for fantastic golf television. Koepka charged out of the gates with a ridiculous four birdies in the first five holes to eliminate the margin between he and the final pairing of Woodland and Justin Rose. I tossed out in the middle of the run the idea that he’s easily now the most compelling draw in golf that isn’t named Tiger. We’ll unpack all of that and what a ridiculous title defense this was a bit later.

But for the most part, our big burly Midwestern boy held serve. A couple front-side birds helped Woodland keep his lead, but some small stumbles to open the back nine allowed Koepka to get within a single shot as we headed to the closing stretch. Woodland didn’t look wounded, but he at least looked beatable in a way that he hadn’t over the balance of the tournament.

Then, we hit a switch. Shortly after it seemed like Brooks might be destined for the three-peat came the defining shot of the tournament. On the winding, uphill par-5 14th and after Koepka missed an opportunity to pick up a shot on the hole, Woodland threaded a cutting right-to-left driver to give himself just enough of a green light to think about being in the go-zone on a hole where many players elect to lay up. Straight uphill with the ball above his feet, Woodland hit a drawing 3-wood that landed just 15 feet from just-above-the-bunker pin and rolled to rest just off the green.

That sealed a birdie, and a two shot lead that would release some of the pressure as he headed to the closing stretch.

If you’re not familiar as a casual fan, this isn’t some random guy by any stretch. Woodland’s a very deserving major champion, with multiple tour wins and a profile that’s had him inside the top-30 in the world for the last year or so. There’s few wins that will be more popular among players on tour, and he instantly becomes a brandable, loveable face that fans will flock to. Woodland’s story beyond that is as good as any in professional golf. The former Washburn college basketball player took a circuitous route to a golf career, he’s been through some tough personal adversity, and is generally just an extremely likeable guy. I’m all in on becoming a #GaryGuy. So is Pat Mahomes. This is a good win for golf.

Now, we’ll turn our attention overseas to Portrush — where the Open Championship will wrap up the major season for the first time in modern history.

But for now, it’s a Gary party in Topeka.


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mikenov on Twitter: ‘There’s no accountability’: Trump, White House aides signal a willingness to act with impunity in drive for reelection wapo.st/2MQtMsO?tid=ss…

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‘There’s no accountability’: Trump, White House aides signal a willingness to act with impunity in drive for reelection wapo.st/2MQtMsO?tid=ss…


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Every game in the Rockies-Padres series looked like a damn football score

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92 runs in 4 games at Coors Field. NINETY-TWO RUNS.

The San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies gave us a throwback weekend at Coors Field, getting all their steps in and then some as they repeatedly rounded the bases in a four-day batting bacchanal in Denver.

Ninety-two runs crossed the plate in four games, with the Rockies posting three of their top six run totals this season and the Padres having two of their top four run-scoring contests. The 92 runs set a major league record for a four-game series, surpassing the 88 runs scored by the Phillies and Dodgers at the hitter-friendly Baker Bowl from May 16-18, 1929, per Elias Sports.

Colorado scored in 20 of their 37 innings, while San Diego scored in 20 of 39 innings. They split the four games.

Friday night figured to be the signature game of the weekend, with the Rockies holding an 11-4 lead in the eighth inning at home. The Padres scored a single run in the eighth, then overcame a six-run deficit in the ninth inning for the first time in franchise history. Five more runs in the 12th inning have San Diego a 16-12 victory.

Sunday was just as chaotic, with a 9-8 game by the top of the third inning. The Rockies led again late in this one, 13-10 heading into the ninth, but the Padres plated four for another stunning comeback, earning the split with a 14-13 win.

The two teams combined for 131 hits (69 for Colorado, 62 for San Diego), including 17 home runs (Rockies 9, Padres 8), seven triples (Padres 5, Rockies 2) and 27 doubles (Rockies 14, Padres 13).

Charlie Blackmon was 15-for-24 and scored nine times during the series, including three straight four-hit games. His three hits on Sunday was his worst game of the series.

Manny Machado in the four games was 10-for-19 with three home runs and two doubles.

Hunter Renfroe hit five home runs, including three on Friday night.

Trevor Story was 9-for-20 with two home runs and three doubles.

Ian Desmond drove in 12 runs over the weekend.

Fernando Tatis Jr. was 10-for-19. San Diego’s rookie shortstop tripled three times and scored seven runs over the weekend. He also singled to drive home two in Friday night’s ninth-inning rally:

This weekend was an homage to the early days at Coors Field, when mile-high baseball forged its reputation as an offensive heaven. The park factors in Denver in the 1990s were always in the high 120s (with 100 being average), while these days the Coors park factors usually settle in the high 110s, including 118 in 2019.

Colorado began the weekend series hitting .261/.324/.450 as a team, and ended the series hitting .271/.332/.465 on the season. They raised their batting average seven points and their OPS by 19 points in just four games! San Diego had similar weekend improvements.

Jon Gray started the series opener on Thursday and because of the pitching attrition over the four-day bloodbath was pressed into duty again in the ninth inning on Sunday in relief. He forced home a run with a bases-loaded walk, issuing the free pass to Matt Strahm, a pinch-hitter on Sunday but who also started Thursday’s opener on the mound.

While the combined weekend ERA for both pitching staffs was an eye-popping 10.78, Luis Perdomo was a real stand out. The Padres right-hander pitched in three of the four games in relief, and tossed 5⅓ scoreless frames. He’s probably the player of the series just for that.


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Trump campaign aides sought Russian business deals, Mueller report says

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The Robert Mueller report is not just a tale of Trump-Russia links but also a depiction of how political operatives try to cash in on a presidential campaign.

The special counsel’s laborious dissection of various Russian contacts turned out to be Trump principals leveraging their status to try to arrange lucrative consulting contracts.

Trump associates complain that the Mueller report dedicates verbiage to innocent networking that was never tied to the investigation’s main purpose: election conspiracy. The Justice Department’s mandate to Mr. Mueller was to investigate “any links” between Trump and Russia.

Mr. Mueller portrays Carter Page, a onetime campaign volunteer who runs an investment firm, as a businessman seeking new energy deals in Russia during and after the election.

Mr. Page, like other Mueller critics, says the prosecuting team that wrote the report was stocked with biased Hillary Clinton supporters.



“The desperate Democrat liars on the Mueller witch hunt team rank high among the most hypocritical, long-term Washingtonians in the swamp, and that’s really saying something,” Mr. Page told The Washington Times. “I have never sought to make one cent from my involvement in the Trump movement, yet they themselves supported one of the worst and most dangerous criminal cabals in history. A multimillion-dollar operation.”

Mr. Page describes the “cabal” as an alliance of the FBI, Democrats and the news media.

Paul Manafort worked as campaign manager sans salary. His long-term hope was to rekindle a steady flow of cash as a consultant to Ukrainian politicians.

George Papadopoulos, whose maneuverings in London sparked the Trump-Russia investigation, injected himself into the storyline by accepting a $3,000 research assignment from Stefan Halper. The Mueller report said Papadopoulos eventually wanted to meet rich Russians.

Mr. Halper, an Oxford professor tied to the British intelligence community, turned out to be an FBI informant. Mr. Halper, who also ingratiated himself to Mr. Page, has maintained a low profile for months. What he reported back to his handlers remains secret.

In another report anecdote, Rick Gerson, director of the hedge fund Falcon Edge Capital and best friends with Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and adviser, met postelection with Kirill Dmitriev.

The English-speaking Mr. Dmitriev runs Russia’s sovereign wealth fund. He maintains a direct line of communication to Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom he calls “the boss.” Mr. Dmitriev is also Mr. Putin’s connection to all things Persian Gulf.

The Russian and New York fund managers came together in late November 2016 via the national security adviser for the United Arab Emirates.

During the transition, Mr. Gerson worked with Mr. Dmitriev on a blueprint for better U.S.-Russia relations. They also talked business: a possible joint investment venture. But talks ended in March 2017, the Mueller report says.

Michael Cohen, Mr. Trump’s attorney turned accuser, immediately hung a shingle in 2016 as the man who could provide, for a price, deep insights into the new White House.

In the end, none of these businessmen was charged with any election crimes. Mr. Mueller said his 22-month investigation failed to establish a Trump conspiracy with Moscow to interfere in the 2016 election.

To arrive at that end, Mr. Mueller investigated Russian contacts relying on testimony, texts, emails, memos, phone calls, and train and plane schedules. The information-gathering produced a Mueller narrative that is heavy on networking and light on election colluding.

“The real purpose of the Mueller dossier … was to help Democrats impeach the president in the absence of any evidence of collusion,” said Rep. Devin Nunes of California, senior Republican on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

“Thus the report includes a long litany of ordinary contacts between Trump associates and Russians, as if a certain number of contacts indicate a conspiracy even if no conversations actually created or even discussed a conspiracy,” Mr. Nunes said.

Here are some significant Trump players whom the media portrayed as the key to finding collusion, but who were basically looking to make money:

Paul Manafort

Mr. Mueller depicts Manafort as a seasoned wheeler-dealer determined to capitalize on his Trump association to rebuild a political consulting business. The prosecutor’s main source is Rick Gates, Manafort’s former partner who made a deal to rat on his boss in exchange for leniency.

The chronicle begins with Manafort visiting candidate Trump at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, and winning a campaign job on the spot.

“Manafort had no meaningful income at this point in time, but resuscitating his domestic political campaign career could be financially beneficial in the future,” Mr. Mueller writes. “Gates reported that Manafort intended, if Trump won the Presidency, to remain outside the Administration and monetize his relationship with the Administration.”

One tactic was to trade polling data for future considerations.

The report said Manafort, an old Republican hand who became Trump campaign manager from March to August, shared polling with his Ukrainian aide, Konstantin Kilimnik.

“Manafort did not see a downside to sharing campaign information, and told Gates that his role in the Campaign would be ‘good for business’ and potentially a way to be made whole for work he previously completed in the Ukraine,” the Mueller report said.

His new status might persuade Ukrainian officials to pay up on $2 million in debts. He also wanted to mend fences with a former lucrative client, Russian industrialist Oleg Deripaska.

Manafort emailed Mr. Kilimnik to make sure his Kiev friends were aware he was now on the Trump team. Mr. Kilimnik responded that “Yesterday I’ve been sending everything” to a Deripaska deputy.

“As to Deripaska,” the Mueller report said, “Manafort claimed that by sharing campaign information with him, Deripaska might see value in their relationship and resolve a ‘disagreement’ — a reference to one or more outstanding lawsuits.”

Manafort earned millions of dollars from Mr. Deripaska in the mid-2000s working for his pro-Russia candidates. Manafort created an investment company funded solely by the oligarch. The fund tanked, triggering estrangement and litigation between Manafort and Mr. Deripaska.

After the Nov. 8 election, Manafort went right to work.

“Manafort instead preferred to stay on the ‘outside,’ and monetize his campaign position to generate business given his familiarity and relationship with Trump and the incoming Administration,” the Mueller report said. “Manafort appeared to follow that plan, as he traveled to the Middle East, Cuba, South Korea, Japan, and China and was paid to explain what a Trump presidency would entail.”

Nowhere in Mr. Mueller’s retelling does the relationship touch on election interference.

Carter Page

Mr. Page ranks among the most conspicuous Trump-Russia figures. A pro-Russia energy investor who worked in Moscow as a Merrill Lynch banker, Mr. Page is the only known target of an FBI wiretap. The bureau interviewed him seven times in 2017.

Democratic Party-financed dossier writer Christoper Steele, in his opposition research, wrongly accused him of various election conspiracies. Mr. Page’s big mistake appears to be his decision to travel to Moscow in early July to deliver the commencement address at the New Economic School.

The Mueller report depicts Mr. Page as a one-man investment shop looking for Russian business.

On his personal Moscow trip, Mr. Page met with an old friend, an investor relations executive at Gazprom, the huge Russian energy firm.

“Page also met with individuals from Tatneft, a Russian energy company, to discuss possible business deals, including having Page work as a consultant,” the Mueller report said.

After his Russia visit stirred negative press stories, the campaign distanced itself from Mr. Page, who subsequently failed to land an administration job.

He traveled again to Moscow in December “in an attempt to pursue business opportunities,” the Mueller report said.

Mr. Kilimnik entered the picture as an indirect Mueller source. He wrote an email to Manafort that said, “Carter Page is in Moscow today, sending messages he is authorized to talk to Russia on behalf of DT on a range of issues of mutual interest, including Ukraine.”

Mr. Page had dinner with New Economic School employees. Stopping by was Deputy Russian Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich. He asked Mr. Page to facilitate links to the presidential transition.

The report narration ends there.

After undergoing months of intense FBI scrutiny, including a year’s worth of wiretaps that allowed agents to pry into all types of communications retroactive to his campaign tenure, Mr. Page faced no charges.

“The investigation did not establish that Page coordinated with the Russian government in its efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election,” the Mueller report said.

Mr. Page told The Washington Times, “The DNC-FBI-Obama administration’s shared end objective of political sabotage proved highly successful and risked the lives of volunteer U.S. intelligence community informants like me in the process.”

George Papadopoulos

The Mueller report suggests Papadopoulos, an energy consultant, always had his eye on business opportunities with rich Russians.

Mr. Mueller spends pages describing the Trump volunteer networking among London’s think tank circles to try to arrange a candidate meeting with the Kremlin. It was Papadopoulos’ alleged comment to Australian Ambassador Alexander Downer that Moscow owned dirt on Mrs. Clinton that prompted the FBI to open the investigation on July 31, 2016.

Russia had hacked Democratic Party computers and began leaking them through WikiLeaks on July 22.

The report also delves into Papadopoulos’ short-term contact with another Trump-Russia celebrity: Sergei Millian.

Mr. Millian is a Belarusian American who promoted business deals at the fringe of the Trump real estate empire. His celebrity came from being named in press reports as a secondhand source for information in the infamous and discredited Steele dossier.

Mr. Millian has denied he was a source for any information. The Mueller report said he resides outside the U.S. Investigators contacted him numerous times, but he refused to make himself available for an interview.

Mr. Millian first reached out to Papadopoulos in July 2016, and soon they were chatting about future business deals.

“On November 9, 2016, shortly after the election,” said the Mueller report, “Papadopoulos arranged to meet Millian in Chicago to discuss business opportunities, including potential work with Russian ‘billionaires who are not under sanctions.’”

The report was quoting a Millian Facebook message to Papadopoulos.

The report continues: “The meeting took place on November 14, 2016, at the Trump Hotel and Tower in Chicago. According to Papadopoulos, the two men discussed partnering on business deals, but Papadopoulos perceived that Millian’s attitude toward him changed when Papadopoulos stated that he was only pursuing private sector opportunities and was not interested in a job in the Administration. The two remained in contact, however, and had extended online discussions about possible business opportunities in Russia. The two also arranged to meet at a Washington, D.C., bar when both attended Trump’s inauguration in late January 2017.”

There the Millian-Papadopoulos account ends.

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents about the timing and extent of his meetings in London. Once seen as the key to unlocking Russian collusion, he was never charged with any conspiracies.

Michael Cohen

Cohen overtly tried to cash in on his long association with Mr. Trump.

The Mueller report makes brief mention of Essential Consultants LLC, the shell company Cohen set up in October 2016. It was the vehicle for paying $130,000 in hush money to Stormy Daniels, a porn actress who claims a one-night fling with Mr. Trump years ago.

Cohen became a cooperating witness for Mr. Mueller, who sent the Daniels payoff investigation to the U.S. attorney in Manhattan.

Cohen pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance laws as well as tax fraud and lying to Congress. He is serving a three-year sentence at a minimum security prison in Otisville, New York.

After Mr. Trump won the presidency, Cohen turned Essential Consultants into a place to collect millions of dollars from well-heeled corporate heads wanting advice on how to deal with the White House.

The Justice Department authorized Mr. Mueller to investigate the LLC because one corporation had ties to a Russian oligarch.

The Mueller report contains no evidence that Cohen or Essential Consultants was linked to election collusion with Russia.

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‘I have goosebumps right now’: What it feels like to make a World Cup debut

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Jessica McDonald had begun to think she might never make a World Cup squad. She describes what it was like to almost score one of the goals of the tournament.

When Jess McDonald made her way through the mixed zone after the United States defeated Chile 3-0 in their second group game, her hands were still visibly shaking.

“I have goosebumps right now,” McDonald said — a bright, wide grin on her face. She looked like she was still amped from the game, as though she could go back out and play the next match right away.

“I was very nervous,” McDonald admitted. “It’s one of those moments that I’ve been waiting for my entire life.”

McDonald’s “entire life” is a little longer than her fellow World Cup debutante tonight, Tierna Davidson. The 20-year-old Davidson left Stanford earlier this year and began her first season as a professional player with the Chicago Red Stars. McDonald is 31 and has been playing soccer nearly as long as Davidson has been alive, some 19 years all told, with stints in three professional leagues across two countries. In NWSL alone, McDonald has famously bounced around as a journeyman player, suiting up for five different teams before landing, and sticking, at the North Carolina Courage when they took over from the outgoing Western New York Flash.

Before being named to the roster, making a World Cup squad was something that McDonald had accepted might never come. North Carolina Courage head coach Paul Riley apparently gave her his honest opinion in the middle of last season that he thought Jill Ellis had settled on her 23. McDonald said she puts a lot of stock in Riley’s word, and appreciated that he didn’t sugarcoat anything about her chances. “I’m just going to continue pushing and give everything I’ve got here because I’ve got no choice. It’s my job to,” McDonald said.

But then the call came last November that McDonald was wanted in USWNT camp. She was conveniently with Riley at the time, at his house in New York.

“[Riley] was like ‘Jess, you’re gonna do great. You’re gonna be just fine,’” McDonald said. “He was very confident from that point on that I was going to be here. Whereas for me, it was up in the air for me. Like, OK I’m going to give every camp all that I’ve got, that’s all I can do. I’ve got my chance, I need to take advantage of this because there are so many people in this world and I’m just this one speck that gets this chance.

“I’m a very small percentage in the United States that gets this chance to represent my country.”

McDonald said she didn’t rub it in Riley’s face that his initial assessment had been wrong. She had asked him to be realistic about her chances, and he was. From an objective point of view, not many could blame him — McDonald was always a longshot to make the roster, and even the most oblivious coach would have known it. But fast forward a year and there she was, grinning through her still-sweaty face and chugging a bottle of water while taking questions from media about her first World Cup appearance.

McDonald subbed on to start the second half, going in at the top of the USWNT’s 4-3-3 and pushing Carli Lloyd deeper into midfield. That’s quite a vote of confidence from Jill Ellis, displacing someone already on a brace, but McDonald continued to make the US attack fun to watch.

“It was amazing to hear my name,” McDonald said when she was called up from the bench to enter the game. “I was like ‘what, me, really? OK let’s go.’”

But as befits someone who has utterly thrived in Paul Riley’s mental pressure cooker at North Carolina (see: his relentless underdog psychological tactics to keep his team motivated and hungry) McDonald said it didn’t take long to settle down. “Once I got my first touch out of the way I was like, ‘OK I completed my pass. I’m OK. I’ve been doing this for about 19 years. I got this.’”

McDonald hit what might have been the golazo of the group stage in the 62nd minute, when she cut inside her defender and teed up a long-range ball with a nice curl that sailed past the outstretched fingertips of Chile’s goalkeeper, Christiane Endler. Not nice enough, though, as it clanged off the outside of the post. McDonald laughed when the inevitable mixed zone question popped up, moaning that she didn’t want to be reminded of missing the shot.

“I was very confident on that shot,” she said. “I thought it was going in. I was kind of celebrating and then it hit the post.”

Had the ball managed a little more curl, it would have beaten Endler — no mean feat in the second half, when Endler served up highlight save after highlight save (and was later rewarded with Player of the Match for her efforts).

“It was nice just to get a shot on goal and test this incredible goalkeeper,” McDonald said. “She was amazing today. To even get a shot off on her is a very difficult thing to do. She’s a big body in goal. At the end of the day, I gave it all I got.”

McDonald doesn’t really seem to know how not to give it all she’s got. That’s probably why she fits in so well with Riley’s Courage, and why she persisted in NWSL despite bouncing around the country for so many years with her son, now seven years old.

“I’m not just working for myself anymore,” she said, “I’m working for my kid as well, someone who’s actually looking up to me on a whole other level than the younger generation. Being able to inspire my kid with what I’m doing now, it’s going to help him succeed in the future, and that’s one of my main goals here. Is to try and succeed on the field, and succeed as a mother.”

McDonald was just shy of a stunner in her first ever World Cup game, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a success. Longshot, 23rd woman, surprise call-up: none of those labels matter anymore. Jess McDonald played in a World Cup, and played, and nobody can tell her any different.


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We Need Evidence-Based Decision Making | Common Dreams Views

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Copies of the "Mueller Report" printed by the US Government Publishing Office are seen at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on April 24, 2019.

Copies of the “Mueller Report” printed by the US Government Publishing Office are seen at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on April 24, 2019. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Imagine for a moment that political discussions can assume the same evidence-based knowledge as active components in decision making as treatment pathways do when responding to illness and disease. The impact of care is studied out of a need for protecting and preserving quality of life. Politics should also serve these same ends, but, indeed, politics carries a burden healthcare does not: different values. Forgetting that there are legitimate differences in values—like I prioritize equality over security or others prioritize fiscal responsibility over freedom–let’s briefly return to the idea of truth as a foundation for politics and policy.

Ignorance presents a challenge to truth. After all, there is no way to accommodate good decision making when there are serious gaps in information. Medical professionals make diagnostic tests in order to figure out what’s wrong, the same as mechanics do when the check engine light comes on in your car. Drinking water, for example, will help alleviate a headache caused by dehydration but is unlikely to help much for a headache caused by meningitis.

The (then) War Department, published, in Washington, D.C., November 30, 1928. It provides instruction on being a citizen, and describes and defines key terms. “These precise and scholarly definitions of a Democracy and a Republic were carefully considered as a proper guide for U.S. soldiers and U.S. citizens by the Chief of Staff of the United States Army.” What people should, or should not do, has always been a source of conflict, but “a well informed public” is enumerated in most democratic proscriptions. After all, the power is in the hands of the people and information is prerequisite to good decision making. The current political crisis in the United States could actually be resolved with evidence-based decision making.

Do not take my word for it, read the “Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election” (in short: “Mueller Report”) yourself. Once you have read it you will likely have the same conclusion that everyone (except William Barr, but virtually literally everyone else) has. An abbreviated list of the evidence:

  1. The Russians, on order from Russian President Vladimir Putin, attempted to help Trump and hurt Clinton, (vol. 1, pp. 4-5, 35).
  2. The Trump campaign was quite willing to accept their help (vol. 1, pp. 5-7).
  3. Numerous suspicious connections between Russians and the Trump campaign (vol. 1, pp. 8-10).
  4. Russia hacked the accounts of multiple people involved in the Clinton campaign and illegally dumped that material, to the Trump campaign’s benefit (vol. 1, pp. 36-50).
  5. Russia also made cyber attacks on U.S. state and local entities, state boards of elections, secretaries of state, and county governments including their employees (vol. 1, pp. 50-51).
  6. Mueller decided not to charge the president for obstruction, because of a Justice Department policy (vol. 2, pp. 1-2, 8).
  7. Obstruction of justice can be charged when there is no underlying crime. (vol. 2, pp. 9-12, 157).
  8. The president, as head of the Executive Branch, is not above obstruction laws (vol. 2, pp. 168-169, 180).
  9. The evidence for several instances of potential obstruction (there were 11 total) were strong enough to bring charges, but refer to point 4 (vol. 2, pp. 87-90, 97-98, 111-113, 118-120).
  10. President Trump was not exonerated regarding obstruction of justice (vol. 2, pp. 8, 182).

Or, read the executive summaries provided with the report, volume 1 (pp. 4-10) and volume 2 (pp. 1-8) provide the reader with the important conclusions from an assessment of the evidence.

If, as a country, we do not seriously push back against dishonest politicians and the politics of corruption, then we are responsible for the ugly outcomes. Walter Cronkite said, “Freedom is a package deal… with it comes responsibilities and consequences.” I believe we have moved past the point of debate; the facts are crystal clear as is the next step. But we have not moved at all; we are living in the gross injustice of dishonesty—we are failed by citizens ignoring their patriotic responsibilities to inform themselves and respond to the undeniable corruption and we are more supremely punished by the death of democracy. Political thieves are getting away with their immoral and illegitimate inaction by claiming all the power, even though the numb and fatigued public could seize it legitimately. Reclaim the urgency and higher ground by addressing the ignorance and dishonesty of our times—read and react to the Mueller Report—or you will be sorry.


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The Trump Investigations Blog by Michael Novakhov – Review Of News And Opinions: 2:55 PM 6/16/2019 trumpinvestigations.blogspot.com/2019/06/255-pm…


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mikenov on Twitter: 1:29 PM 6/16/2019 – Investigate suspicious incidents with Hillary Clinton on 9/11/2016, and Jerry Nadler on 5.24.2019 trumpandtrumpism.com/2019/06/16/129…

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1:29 PM 6/16/2019 – Investigate suspicious incidents with Hillary Clinton on 9/11/2016, and Jerry Nadler on 5.24.2019 trumpandtrumpism.com/2019/06/16/129…


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The USWNT is responding to the goal celebration controversy with golf claps

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This is the best celebration.

The USWNT got more than their fair share of crap for celebrating goals en route to a 13-0 decimation of Thailand in their opening game of the World Cup. Many wondered how the team would follow up on Sunday against Chile, should they jump out to a big lead. Now we have an answer courtesy of Carli Lloyd.

I love this all so much. There are lots of different ways the USWNT could have responded to all the criticism about their celebration — and I couldn’t have blamed them for just going about their business and celebrating like normal. That said, this is so so so much better. There is literally no better way to stick it to pearl-clutching prudes than golf clap in their faces.

Or a polite and understated high-five line.

I really hope this continues for the entire World Cup when the USWNT is destroying the rest of the world. It’s so wonderful.


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Pete Buttigieg Marks First Wedding Anniversary, Talks Starting a Family in the White House: ‘I Don’t See Why Not’ — WATCH

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Pete Buttigieg, who celebrates his first wedding anniversary to Chasten today, told Jake Tapper “I don’t see why not” after the CNN anchor asked him if he would plan to start a family in the White House.

“I think it wouldn’t be the first time children have arrived to a first couple,” added Buttigieg.

Buttigieg also shared a photo of he and Chasten to Twitter, writing, “One year ago I married the love of my life. I’m so thankful I found you, Chasten, and can’t wait to spend the rest of our life together.”

Chasten celebrated his first anniversary by sharing several photos of the couple along in a tweet that read: “On my way to find this cute guy on the trail. Can’t believe it’s been one year.” He also shared the New York Times’ wedding profile on the couple from 2018.

The post Pete Buttigieg Marks First Wedding Anniversary, Talks Starting a Family in the White House: ‘I Don’t See Why Not’ — WATCH appeared first on Towleroad Gay News.


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12:47 PM 6/16/2019 – Investigate!!! The possible use of portable directed energy weapons in incidents with Hillary Clinton and Jerry Nadler

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The possible use of portable directed energy weapons in incidents with Hillary Clinton and Jerry Nadler – Post


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Left-handers and little brothers are more likely to be gay, study says

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One point for the “nature” side of the nature-versus-nurture debate. A new study suggests that certain biological traits — including birth order and handedness — are linked to male sexuality.

Related: Sorry guys, science confirms ‘gaydar’ isn’t real

For the study, newly published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, the researchers surveyed more than 800 adult men regarding their sexual orientation, their gender expression, and three specific biomarkers: handedness, fraternal birth order, and existence (if any) of non-straight relatives.

The researchers — four from the University of Toronto and one from Memorial University of Newfoundland — found that having at least one older brother increased the likelihood of men not being straight by 14.8 percent and that being left-handed raised that probability by 34 percent.

Related: Science says gay guys with older brothers are more likely to be big ol’ bottoms

“While the majority of both heterosexual and non-heterosexual men were grouped in the profile that did not have any biomarker, the three profiles associated with a biomarker were composed primarily of non-heterosexual men,” the researchers write in the study.

“Together, these findings suggest there are multiple distinct bio-developmental pathways influencing same-sex sexual orientation in men.”

Let’s hear it for the queer, southpaw little bros!


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mikenov on Twitter: Possible use of portable directed energy weapons in incidents with Hillary Clinton and Jerry Nadler – Google Search google.com/search?newwind…

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Possible use of portable directed energy weapons in incidents with Hillary Clinton and Jerry Nadler – Google Search google.com/search?newwind…


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mikenov on Twitter: August 3, 2016 Trump Tower meeting witth Joel Zamel and George Nader – Google Search google.com/search?q=Augus…

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August 3, 2016 Trump Tower meeting witth Joel Zamel and George Nader – Google Search google.com/search?q=Augus…


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