It is a rite of passage as old as the Senate itself.
It is a rite of passage as old as the Senate itself.
A bold attack
Fox News viewers stand apart — and to the right — of other conservatives
Even among Republican voters, Fox News viewers exhibit preferences further to the right than those of other groups. Fox News viewers are to the right not just on policy, but on social and cultural attitudes as well. This apparently remains the case even controlling for other factors that may differentiate Fox News-viewing Republicans from those who don’t.
Fox News is the number one news source for Republican voters. In our sample, we found that 62 percent of Republicans reported getting their news from Fox News (as did 36 percent of Independents and 10 percent of Democrats). More Republican voters get their news from Fox than from local TV news (51 percent), newspaper websites or apps (35 percent), the radio (35 percent), from what they see on Facebook (39 percent) or on Twitter (11 percent). There is a growing body of evidence suggesting Fox plays an important role in the promulgation of radical conservative ideology. Those who get their news from Fox are considerably right to the rest of the American electorate, including to their co-partisans.
Two Parkland shooting survivors have now taken their own lives in less than two weeks
A second Parkland shooting survivor has killed himself, Coral Springs police confirmed on Sunday. Investigators told the Miami Herald that a current Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student died in “an apparent suicide” on Saturday night. …
Though police could not confirm the age of the student, Coral Springs police spokesman Tyler Reik said the student was a juvenile. Sources say the student was a male sophomore. His name has not been released.
The death comes just about a week after a recent Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School graduate, Sydney Aiello, took her own life[.]
Inslee gets to debate
How much will — or can — the Mueller report affect the polarized electorate?
The waiting game continues
When the lobbyists become the lawmakers
Understanding what Mueller’s report is — and isn’t
What a criminal investigation can do, and what it may have done here, is to provide a text that offers a factual record which might be redeployed for purposes of answering non-criminal questions in addition to the criminal ones for which that record was created. This is the importance of the so-called Mueller report[.] …
Mueller’s report is likely geared not toward telling a story or answering non-criminal questions but toward fulfilling the purpose of the regulation—that is, explaining his prosecutorial decisions. Unless Mueller understands his role especially grandly, the report is likely not designed to fill the oversight shoes of Congress or to assist the legislature’s role in the impeachment process. Yet unless the report is particularly spare in factual detail, that will not stop politicians and commentators from redeploying it for all of sorts of other purposes.
This business of redeploying criminal investigative work product for purposes of history, for purposes of non-criminal accountability, for purposes of the public’s knowing the “truth” is dicey stuff.
Meh about Mueller on the campaign trail
At events across early primary states, voters asked about health care and school shootings and immigration. Questioners were far less likely to address the report by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, which was delivered to Attorney General William P. Barr on Friday.
Democratic voters said they cared deeply about the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election but weren’t quite sure what to make of the latest twist, exactly. …
The lack of questions at campaign events about the report surprised some of the candidates, who had come prepared with lines about the latest development in the nearly two-year investigation.
Review of Mueller report well underway, “on pace” for Sunday release, but how much of it will come out is anybody’s guess
Attorney General William Barr scoured special counsel Robert Mueller’s confidential report on the Russia investigation with his advisers Saturday, deciding how much Congress and the American public will get to see about the two-year probe into President Donald Trump and Moscow’s efforts to elect him.
Barr was on pace to release his first summary of Mueller’s findings on Sunday, people familiar with the process said. …
Barr has said he wants to release as much as he can under the law. That decision will require him to weigh the Justice Department’s longstanding protocol of not releasing negative information about people who aren’t indicted against the extraordinary public interest in a criminal investigation into the president and his campaign. Democrats are already citing the department’s recent precedent of norm-breaking disclosures, including during the Hillary Clinton email investigation, to argue that they’re entitled to Mueller’s entire report and the underlying evidence he collected.
Patriots owner and billionaire Trump pal Robert Kraft, facing solicitation charges, releases an apology
No Mueller time today
Lawmakers will be in the dark for at least one more day on special counsel Robert Mueller’s central findings about the contacts between associates of President Donald Trump and Russia during the 2016 campaign.
The Justice Department informed Congress on Saturday afternoon that Attorney General William Barr would not provide findings to lawmakers until at least Sunday, extending the rampant speculation about what might be in the report and fueling Democrats’ increasingly urgent pleas to release the full report.
Any minute now, or later, or not
Meanwhile at Mar-a-Lago
Pittsburgh cop who killed teenager Antwon Rose has been acquitted of murder and manslaughter charges — and protests are already underway
Former East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld was found not guilty Friday night in the shooting death last summer of 17-year-old Antwon Rose II of Rankin.
The jury of seven men and five women — including three black jurors — deliberated for a total of 3½ hours before returning a verdict at the Allegheny County Courthouse in Downtown Pittsburgh.
Antwon’s mother, Michelle Kenney, did not visibly react to the verdict. She told her daughter not to cry.
The Friday night framing on cable news
Fox’s Tucker Carlson framed [the Mueller report news] this way: “After all of this, years of it, not a single American citizen has been charged with anything related to Russian collusion.”
Over on CNN, Anderson Cooper said “this is a good night certainly for the president, for his family – Don Jr. was in the meeting in Trump Tower, he’s not going to be indicted – Jared Kushner, questions about him, he’s not going to be indicted.” Yes, Jeffrey Toobin said, but he added a caveat: “What are the facts that Mueller found? If there is a narrative in there, let’s wait and see what he found…”
At around the same time over on MSNBC, Rachel Maddow, who paused her vacation due to the breaking news, told viewers that “we know only the smallest little bits” about what’s in Mueller’s report. “This is the start of something, apparently, not the end of something…”