📺 “Madam Secretary” Family Separation: Part 1 | CBS

Watched "Madam Secretary" Family Separation: Part 1 from CBS
Directed by Rob Greenlea. With Téa Leoni, Tim Daly, Keith Carradine, Patina Miller. Elizabeth goes head to head with a U.S. governor over the state's new policy of separating unauthorized immigrants from their children.

A gut-wrenching episode to be sure. It took me several attempts to make it through. Definitely an example where art has a place in helping to shape and change our lives.

👓 F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia | New York Times

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The investigation, whose fate is unclear, led counterintelligence investigators to consider an explosive question: whether the president’s actions constituted a possible threat to national security.

👓 $20 million raised in GoFundMe for Trump border wall to be refunded | TheHill

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GoFundMe said Friday that it would refund $20 million raised by more than 300,000 donors for President Trump's border wall after an account aiming to raise $1 billion for the wall changed part of its campaign.

I’m glad that GoFundMe has some protocols in place to prevent screwwy fraud like this.

👓 What if the Obstruction Was the Collusion? On the New York Times’s Latest Bombshell | Lawfare

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Between Friday’s New York Times story and other earlier material, we might be in a position to revisit the relationship between the “collusion” and obstruction components of the Mueller investigation.

👓 Trump’s Typos Reveal His Lack of Fitness for the Presidency | The Atlantic

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They suggest not just inadequate manners or polish, but inadequate thought.

🎧 “The Daily”: A Year in the Russia Investigation | New York Times

Listened to "The Daily": A Year in the Russia Investigation from New York Times

We look at the major twists in the investigation over the past year and what to expect in 2019.

🎧 “The Daily”: Why Republicans Want a Criminal Justice Overhaul | New York Times

Listened to "The Daily": Why Republicans Want a Criminal Justice Overhaul from New York Times

Many conservative lawmakers support a bill that would enact the most significant changes to the federal criminal justice system in decades.

🎧 “The Daily”: ‘The Most Significant Campaign Contributions’ in U.S. History| New York Times

Listened to "The Daily": ‘The Most Significant Campaign Contributions’ in U.S. History from New York Times

We spoke with Neal Katyal, a lawyer who wrote the special counsel regulations, about the case against Michael Cohen and what it means for President Trump.

📺 January 8, 2019 – PBS NewsHour full episode | PBS

Watched January 8, 2019 - PBS NewsHour full episode from PBS NewsHour
Tuesday on the NewsHour, the nation awaits a speech from President Trump regarding his insistence on a border wall. Plus: One Republican lawmaker’s view of why the government should reopen before border security negotiations continue, evaluating whether border crossings are at a “crisis” level, the personal impact of the shutdown, and much more.

The first half hour of the usual episode was interrupted by the Trump plea to support the border wall funding and the Democratic Party response by Pelosi and Schumer.

👓 Dear Journalists, Stop Being Loudspeakers for Liars | Dan Gillmor

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An open letter to newsrooms everywhere

👓 Rod Rosenstein Expected to Leave Justice Dept. Once Attorney General Is Confirmed | The New York Times

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The deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, has been a central figure in the Russia investigation by appointing the special counsel and overseeing the inquiry.

As long as he’s leaving of his own accord…

📖 Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer demand equal airtime to respond to Trump’s address | CNN

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The major television networks said that they will provide wall-to-wall coverage of President Donald Trump's prime time address on border security on Tuesday.

This coverage is sure to be I’ll thought out and disastrous. The opposition party should definitely get equal time.

I’ll boycott any network that doesn’t have the text in advance with fact checking and ample time for rebuttal after.

👓 Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer demand equal airtime to respond to Trump’s address | CNN

Read Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer demand equal airtime to respond to Trump's address by Brian Stelter and Oliver Darcy (CNN)
The major television networks said that they will provide wall-to-wall coverage of President Donald Trump's prime time address on border security on Tuesday.

This journalistic decision is sure to be completely ill advised.

I’m very seriously considering any major network that airs this without obtaining the text of the speech in advance and without serious fact checking and without additional rebuttal time for the opposition party in advance.

There is absolutely no credible threat of anything at the border and this play is pure politics. If there were a credible threat, then there should be someone from the Pentagon giving the briefing and it should happen immediately and not tomorrow.

🎧 “The Daily”: Bob Woodward on Trump, Nixon and Anonymity | New York Times

Listened to "The Daily": Bob Woodward on Trump, Nixon and Anonymity by Michael Barbaro from New York Times

The reporter sat down with “The Daily” to talk about what it took to get access to the White House and why he called his new book “Fear.”

l love that this is more about process and history with Nixon as well as covering “anonymous” sources (aka deep background) and what they really mean. There isn’t nearly the level of book promotion here that I might have otherwise suspected.

🎧 “The Daily”: Why Michael Cohen Lied to Congress | New York Times

Listened to "The Daily": Why Michael Cohen Lied to Congress by Michael Barbaro from New York Times

An admission by President Trump’s former lawyer about a proposed business deal in Russia sheds new light on where the special counsel investigation is headed.

How does this happen so late in the game?