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Congressmen who parrot the Ukraine election interference conspiracy theory are

Guaranteed; the Russians know more about the Ukraine conspiracy than the investigators

https://twitter.com/gregpmiller/status/1202768694629294080?s=20

Devin Nunes Supports Secret Surveillance of Americans, Finds Himself Under Surveillance

Before he became a stalwart defender of President Donald Trump, Nunes consistently fought any and all efforts to restrain the authority of the National Security Agency (NSA) to secretly, warrantlessly collect Americans' call records and metadata. He wasn't quiet about this support for domestic surveillance. When Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan (then a Republican, now an independent) tried to restrain the feds' ability to access American call records, Nunes didn't just vote against Amash's legislation; he attacked Amash loudly and publicly. In 2014, one of Amash's efforts prompted Nunes to call the congressman "Al Qaeda's best friend in the Congress." Nunes even donated $5,000 to Amash's primary opponent.

Now this surveillance apparatus that Nunes has long supported has happily provided his political opponents with information that could destroy his career. The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (which Nunes used to chair, and where he is now the ranking minority member) just published its impeachment report. It shows calls between Nunes and Rudy Giuliani in 2016, as Giuliani was making the media rounds arguing that Ukrainian officials colluded to help Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. This information will most certainly be used to argue that Nunes is not just a defender of Trump but also an active participant in Giuliani's Ukrainian push.

Nunes isn't happy about that. Last night he tweeted a Washington Examiner piece in which Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R–La.) accuses Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D–Calif.) of "spying" on Nunes and asks, "Are there other members of Congress that he is spying on, and what justification does he have? He needs to be held accountable and explain what he's doing, going after journalists, going after members of Congress, instead of doing his job."

But there's no reason to assume that Schiff was specifically targeting Nunes, and it's unlikely that any laws were broken here. Nunes' name and calls came up in the metadata of the impeachment's investigation targets. What is happening to the California congressman right now is an easily foreseeable consequences of the surveillance system Nunes supports.

Scalise should know full well how Schiff is getting this information. He, like Nunes, has supported expanding the NSA's authority to snoop on Americans. Whenever attempts to expand this power has been brought up for a vote, Scalise has been happy to vote yes. In 2018, as House whip, Scalise circulated an email to GOP members with text from Nunes encouraging them to vote against an Amash attempt to provide stronger privacy protections for Americans.


https://reason.com/2019/12/05/devin-nunes-secret-surveillance/

RUDY GIULIANI WON'T SAY WHY HE'S IN UKRAINE AND REFUSES TO CONFIRM HIS LOCATION

According to The New York Times, Giuliani traveled to Kiev Wednesday to meet with former Ukrainian prosecutors, including Viktor Shokin, whose 2016 firing sits at the heart of corruption conspiracy theories leveled at 2020 Democratic candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden.

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Giuliani has been accused of running the Trump administration's parallel Ukraine strategy, which circumvented and even co-opted State Department officials. The campaign was allegedly designed to boost Trump's political fortunes, even at the expense of U.S. and Ukrainian national security.

Speaking with "America This Week" host Eric Bolling on Wednesday, Giuliani accidentally confirmed his presence in Ukraine though refused to say why he was there.

"Well, I can't really describe it...I can't even confirm it," Giuliani said when asked about his purpose in the country.


https://www.newsweek.com/rudy-giuliani-wont-say-why-ukraine-cant-confirm-location-impeachment-donald-trump-viktor-shokin-1475676

Willie Nelson says he's given up smoking grass because of health issues





https://www.kristv.com/news/texas-news/willie-nelson-says-hes-given-up-smoking-grass-because-of-health-issues

Trump is gonna hate this

https://twitter.com/SamanthaJPower/status/1202427996608573440?s=20

Triggered!

https://twitter.com/roper_93/status/1202213937774759940?s=20

Will senators who have taken Russian money recuse?

Eagles fans! If you can just look right here.

https://twitter.com/PHLEaglesNation/status/1201269774518489091?s=20

Scientists: Earth Endangered by New Strain of Fact-Resistant Humans

MINNEAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report)—Scientists have discovered a powerful new strain of fact-resistant humans who are threatening the ability of Earth to sustain life, a sobering new study reports.

The research, conducted by the University of Minnesota, identifies a virulent strain of humans who are virtually immune to any form of verifiable knowledge, leaving scientists at a loss as to how to combat them.

“These humans appear to have all the faculties necessary to receive and process information,” Davis Logsdon, one of the scientists who contributed to the study, said. “And yet, somehow, they have developed defenses that, for all intents and purposes, have rendered those faculties totally inactive.”



https://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/scientists-earth-endangered-by-new-strain-of-fact-resistant-humans
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