Monthly Archives: March 2017

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

Wow! You’ve got to hand it to The Donald, he usually has a 140-character attention span, and is just starting to learn about the legislative process in Congress, but he has been scheming in Russia since 1986, 5 years before the end of the communist USSR:

Hannah Levintova, Mother Jones, Mar. 24, 2017

Here’s the timeline you need to keep track of the controversy.

The Trump-Russia scandal—with all its bizarre and troubling twists and turns—has become a controversy that is defining the Trump presidency. The FBI recently disclosed that since July it has been conducting a counterintelligence investigation into possible coordination between Trump associates and Russia, as part of its probe of Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 election. Citing “US officials,” CNN reported that the bureau has gathered information suggesting coordination between Trump campaign officials and suspected Russian operatives. Each day seems to bring a new revelation—and a new Trump administration denial or deflection. It’s tough to keep track of all the relevant events, pertinent ties, key statements, and unraveling claims. So we’ve compiled what we know so far into the timeline below, which covers Trump’s 30-year history with Russia. We will continue to update the timeline regularly as events unfold. …

read more at Mother Jones

Trump administration’s ‘anti-scientific statements’ alarm ex-energy secretary

by Alan Yuhas, The Guardian, 19 March 2017 12.13 EDT

The former energy secretary Ernest Moniz said on Sunday that he finds “anti-scientific statements” coming from the Trump administration “disturbing”, warning that they disregard dangers to the US and undermine its democracy.

In an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS, Moniz discussed statements made by Donald Trump and his cabinet appointees dismissing the evidence and dangers of climate change.

“Some of the statements being made about the science, I might say by non-scientists, are really disturbing,” he said, “because, as I said, the evidence is clearly there for taking prudent steps.”…

read more at The Guardian