Wiretap: A new front opens on Trump wiretap story, but did it bring us any closer to the truth?

Wiretap: A new front opens on Trump wiretap story, but did it bring us any closer to the truth?

The bizarre Trump wiretap story just got a little crazier. Republican Devin Nunes, chairman of a House permanent subcommittee on intelligence, says he learned that U.S. intelligence agencies had inadvertently intercepted communications involving the Trump transition team.  Trump said the news “somewhat” vindicated him, although Trump had said nothing about inadvertent interceptions. He accused Obama of wiretapping him and called Obama “a bad (and sick) man,” meaning the news didn’t vindicate Trump at all. Via The Los Angeles Times.

Meanwhile, CNN is reporting that the FBI has information that Trump officials may have possibly coordinated with Russian operatives in the release of leaks that would be damaging to the Clinton campaign.

The London attack is the worst there since the 7/7 bombings in 2005. Four are dead, including the assailant, and 40 injured. ISIS has claimed responsibility, and Prime Minister Theresa May said the suspect was born in Britain and previously had been investigated for a suspected connections to violent extremism. ISIS has, of late, been hitting so-called soft targets. This target was at the heart of the British government. What we know and don’t know. Via The New York Times.

E.J. Dionne on Neil Gorsuch’s “big, fat lie.” It’s just not true, Dionne writes, that there are no Republican judges and no Democratic judges. We all know better. Via The Washington Post.

Many skeptical House Republicans find themselves in a terrible position: Do they vote for a healthcare bill with which they have real problems or do they vote against it and risk undermining the new Repubican president? Via The New York Times.

Trump is dealing — and bigly — in an effort to move reluctant House conservatives to vote for Trump/Ryancare. Two questions: Can Trump get the votes, and, if he does, can he do it with a bill that has any chance of passage in the Senate? Via Politico.

George F. Will: Whatever replaces Obamacare will look a lot like Obamacare, and Bill Clinton’s “mend it, don’t end it,” may win the day. Via The Washington Post.

The plan to save Trump/Ryancare in the House is to make it much more cruel. Via New York magazine.

Did Paul Ryan sucker Donald Trump into moving on healthcare first, instead of going with a bill that would have been an easy win? It’s beginning to look that way. Via The New Yorker.

Dana Milbank on Trump’s apparent discovery that Lincoln was a Republican: What did Trump not know and when did he not know it? Via The Washington Post.

Photo by Berit Watkin via Flickr: Creative Commons.

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Mike Littwin

He has covered Dr. J, four presidential inaugurations, six national conventions and countless brain-numbing speeches in the New Hampshire and Iowa snow.
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