New York Times: Mueller Delivers Report on Russia Investigation to Attorney General

The letter that William P. Barr, the attorney general, sent to Congress.


“Since Mr. Mueller’s appointment in May 2017, his team has focused on how Russian operatives sought to sway the outcome of the 2016 presidential race and whether anyone tied to the Trump campaign, wittingly or unwittingly, cooperated with them. While the inquiry, started months earlier by the F.B.I., unearthed a far-ranging Russian influence operation, no public evidence has emerged that the president or his aides illegally assisted it.

Nonetheless, the damage to Mr. Trump and those in his circle has been extensive. A half-dozen former Trump aides have been indicted or convicted of crimes, mostly for lying to federal investigators or Congress. Others remain under investigation in cases that Mr. Mueller’s office handed off to federal prosecutors in New York and elsewhere. Dozens of Russian intelligence officers or citizens, along with three Russian companies, were charged in cases that are likely to languish in court because the defendants cannot be extradited to the United States.

Only a handful of law enforcement officials have seen the report, according to a Justice Department spokeswoman, Kerri Kupec. Justice Department officials notified the White House about 20 minutes before telling lawmakers, Ms. Kupec said. Mr. Barr’s chief of staff told Emmet Flood, the White House lawyer dealing with the Russia investigation.

Even though Mr. Mueller’s report is complete, some aspects of his inquiry remain active and may be overseen by the same prosecutors once they are reassigned to their old jobs within the Justice Department. For instance, recently filed court documents suggest that investigators are still examining why the former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort turned over campaign polling data in 2016 to a Russian associate whom prosecutors said was tied to Russian intelligence.”

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The New Deal: In 1932 Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected overwhelmingly on a campaign promising a New Deal for the American people

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A New Deal for the American people: that was the campaign promise that helped elect FDR.

When he took office in 1933, as many as 50% of America’s workforce was either unemployed or underemployed. Thus began an unprecedented number of reforms together known as “The New Deal.”


OPENSECRETS NEWS: Following Citizens United, foreign-owned corporations funnel millions into US elections

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Foreign-based corporations or U.S. subsidiaries of foreign-based corporations have contributed millions of dollars to super PACs and hybrid PACs following Citizens United v. FEC, the 2010 Supreme Court ruling that opened up federal elections to direct corporate contributions.


COLUMN: ‘I come to you from the future’: DuckDuckGo founder tells Congress how U.S. would win by limiting ‘invasive’ Google, Facebook tracking 

March 13, 2019 – by Joseph N. DiStefano

'I come to you from the future’: DuckDuckGo founder tells Congress how U.S. would win by limiting ‘invasive’ Google, Facebook tracking

Gabriel Weinberg, founder and boss at Paoli-based DuckDuckGo, testified Tuesday before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, saying that his company could be profitable and protect consumer privacy at the same time.

DuckDuckGo, which bills itself as the search engine that “never tracks you,” boasts search-triggered “contextual” instant-ad sales of more than $25 million a year, and Weinberg says it has been profitable since 2014.

Customers use DuckDuckGo’s search a billion times a month — that’s 1 percent of the U.S. search market, compared with 89 percent for Google, says StatCounter. Google advertising and other sales last year topped $136 billion, with after-tax profits of $31 billion.

Weinberg’s testimony was, as you might expect, self-serving and promotional for DuckDuckGo. But Weinberg scored points with senators of both parties, according to their public comments, when he said his business turns a profit on mere “contextual” advertising — without collecting customer data.


THIS DAY IN HISTORY March 22, 1968: March for Justice and Jobs

March for Justice and Jobs Flyer

#tdih 1968, Community on the Move for Equality and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called for a march in Memphis, Tenn. in solidarity with sanitation workers who were on strike.
They called for a “soul-force which is peaceful, loving, courageous, yet militant.”

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Teachers’ Strikes Showed Desperate Need for Funding: Will Congress and State Legislatures Respond?


In walkouts and strikes all year long—from West Virginia to Kentucky to Colorado to Oklahoma to Arizona to California—teachers have been crying out for essentials their schools cannot afford. Two weeks ago in its annual update on the fiscal condition of America’s K-12 public schools, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities confirmed teachers’ concerns. In 24 states, combined state and local funding for public schools (adjusted for inflation) remains below what was being spent in 2008, before the Great Recession.

We are in the midst of the federal and state budget season, and too often the conversation isn’t really about what public schools need. After all, that would be way too expensive. Instead of a conversation about what is required to serve our children well, we hear debates in Congress and in our legislatures about the size of the slices in a budgetary pie that is smaller after years…

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CURMUDGUCATION: What Education Reformers Get Wrong

Peter Greene writes…
Hard to believe that it took until now for a big voice in the reformster world to write a post entitled “What education reformers believe,” but last week Mike Petrilli (Fordham Institute) did the job. It’s not entirely thorough (we’ll get to that). To start, Petrilli himself notes that there’s been a lot of reformster angst about using the term “reformer,” but he’s willing to take a shot at clarifying the term and invites discussion as part of a search for the ground on which all the varied members of the reformy tribe can stand. I’m just going to go ahead and explain which of these grounds I believe are mistaken. So here we go.

Petrilli starts with four propositions that he submits as universally agreed upon:

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