JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Nick Anderson)

In other news, the Office of Congressional Ethics is investigating Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) for steering fellow members of Congress and other investors toward biotech stock of which he is the majority owner. You know, the attorney general of Texas has been indicted for doing almost exactly this.

Meanwhile, Pro Publica scouted several Trump properties including the Mar-a-Lago resort and found that most of them have no network security to speak of and even the ones that do have poor security that could easily be hacked.

This is “bad, very bad,” said Jeremiah Grossman, chief of Security Strategy for cybersecurity firm SentinelOne, when we described Mar-a-Lago’s systems. “I’d assume the data is already stolen and systems compromised.”

The Cyber is so big.

Finally, the State Department is allegedly denying visas to men fleeing Chechnya's anti-gay "unofficial prison" where men are being tortured and killed on the mere suspicion that they might be gay. The journalist who first reported the existence of the anti-gay concentration camp has fled Russia.

  • mnpollio

    Who knew that good cyber-security at Margaritaville would be so complicated? Nobody knew it would be so complicated. Das Trump thought the force of his name and personality would provide all the protection needed.

  • Badgerite
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  • Badgerite

    Not enough. We need an special prosecutor. Please don’t tell me that laws have not been broken here. And we need an independent commission. As a civic body, we must demonstrate to the world that we can be trusted. That will not occur unless the country goes the whole nine yards to root out the Russian infiltration of our politics, and out elections. We need an independent commission on the practice of gerrymandering. On tactics of voter suppression. On vulnerabilities that exist in terms of hacking our elections. It is time, for the good of the country, for the country’s soul, for the GOP to look to reforming itself. If there is one institution in this country that cries out for reform after this last election and its aftermath, it is the GOP.

  • Aynwrong

    Well, Robert Mueller has been appointed Special Council by deputy A.G. Rosenstien. Thoughts?

    • JMAshby

      Rosenstein’s revenge for trying to scapegoat him for firing James Comey.

      This is the story that has my attention right now. More on this tomorrow.

      • Aynwrong

        I so hope the WaPo releases the tape. I want to hear the tones of voices. Regardless, it shows that Russia’s behavior was on their minds and they still chose the say nothing in public. The cynicism is astonishing.

      • muselet

        Holy moly. I knew Paul Ryan was unprincipled, but I never imagined he’d model his leadership style on the Mafia.

        “No leaks, all right?,” Ryan said, adding: “This is how we know we’re a real family here.”

        “That’s how you know that we’re tight,” [Steve] Scalise said.

        “What’s said in the family stays in the family,” Ryan added.

        Omertà. Charming.


      • Draxiar

        The buzz from some of the trump cult is hilarious! “Well that was dumb of the Dems because now we’ll find out the truth about Hillary”…”Good now they can investigate Killary and Obummer”…”So they’ll be able to finally link Hillary to Russia.”. Oh the spectacular disappointment they will endure…it’s is delicious!

    • Scopedog

      Mueller is a great choice–and he’s trustworthy.

      Expect even more shit to hit the fan over the next few days–not that a large amount hasn’t hit already.