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  1. I take it back. (0 Replies)

    People have served time for FARA.

  2. JimC, the laws depend on the (2 Replies)

    crimes. Michael Flynn seems to have broken the Foreign Agents Registration Act, which requires people working for a foreign government to register with the U.S. government. With that said, it doesn’t seem like it’s a huge offense. No jail time.

    50 U.S. Code ยง 1801 seems to have stuff on spying, etc. I sort of know my way around MGL (enough to look thinks up with a lot of effort), but not federal law.

    Paul Manafort may be guilty of money laundering and tax evasion.

    Devin Nunes sure looks guilty of leaking classified information in his pressers. Embarrassing for the chair of the House Intelligence Committee.

    I don’t know the exact offense (still working on a post for prior to Tuesday’s hearing), but FISA identifies an “agent of a foreign power,” which is an American spying on or contributing to terrorism or sabotage of the United States. I’m still researching what statutes prohibit this. It seems so obvious. FISA says we can surveil an “agent of a foreign power.”

  3. In no way do I think I'm (0 Replies)

    qualified for president, but compared to Trump, I’m light years ahead. I know there’s a lot I don’t know, and I know it’s important to listen to smart people who know more than I do.

  4. I'm not saying the person is lying, but (0 Replies)

    I don’t know enough about the subject or the writer to vouch for her.

    https://patribotics.blog

  5. I read one theory with (1 Reply)

    a little bit of evidence that the Russians had hacked one of Anthony Weiner’s social media accounts, used it to hack his computer, and plant the emails. Pretty wild and a source I have no reason to trust.

    History will tell us about Comey and pass judgement.

  6. The GOP is trying to focus on (0 Replies)

    leaks and, of course, Hillary Clinton. She and Bill we be dead 50 years and still be the cause of all problems. Gowdy and Nunes are real scum.

    It’s hard to believe they won’t be interviewing Michael Flynn and Roger Stone sometime very soon.

  7. What's weird is all the names they (1 Reply)

    used in the Red Scare are now somewhat relevant. Dupe, soft on Russia, fellow traveler.

  8. He's been a useful idiot (1 Reply)

    for Russia at least as far back as 1987 when he took out one-page ads in a number of United States newspapers saying the U.S. had no real interest in the Middle East or the South China Sea.

    Great history of vigorish.

  9. People I'm familiar (1 Reply)

    with as liberal. In the senate, I would add Eric Lesser, Stan Rosenberg, and Adam Hinds.

  10. Hampshire County is liberal. (0 Replies)

    Berkshire County is liberal. I’m not familiar with Franklin Counties reps and senators. We’re large, but the population is sparse.

    First Hampden Todd Smola Republican
    Second Hampden Brian Ashe Democratic
    Third Hampden Nicholas Boldyga Republican
    Fourth Hampden John C. Velis Democratic
    Fifth Hampden Aaron Vega Democratic
    Sixth Hampden Michael Finn Democratic
    Seventh Hampden Thomas Petrolati Democratic
    Eighth Hampden Joseph Wagner Democratic
    Ninth Hampden Jose Tosado Democratic
    Tenth Hampden Carlos Gonzalez Democratic
    Eleventh Hampden Bud L. Williams Democratic
    Twelfth Hampden Angelo Puppolo, Jr. Democratic

    First Hampshire Peter Kocot Democratic
    Second Hampshire John Scibak Democratic
    Third Hampshire Solomon Goldstein-Rose Democratic

    First Franklin Stephen Kulik Democratic
    Second Franklin Susannah Whipps Lee Republican

    First Berkshire Gailanne Cariddi Democratic
    Second Berkshire Paul Mark Democratic
    Third Berkshire Tricia Farley-Bouvier Democratic
    Fourth Berkshire William Pignatelli Democratic

    SENATE

    Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden Adam G. Hinds Democratic
    First Hampden and Hampshire Eric Lesser Democratic
    Second Hampden and Hampshire Donald F. Humason, Jr. Republican
    Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester Stanley Rosenberg Democratic

  11. Hampshire County is liberal. (1 Reply)

    Berkshire County is liberal. I’m not familiar with Franklin Counties reps and senators. We’re large, but the population is sparse.

    First Hampden Todd Smola Republican
    Second Hampden Brian Ashe Democratic
    Third Hampden Nicholas Boldyga Republican
    Fourth Hampden John C. Velis Democratic
    Fifth Hampden Aaron Vega Democratic
    Sixth Hampden Michael Finn Democratic
    Seventh Hampden Thomas Petrolati Democratic
    Eighth Hampden Joseph Wagner Democratic
    Ninth Hampden Jose Tosado Democratic
    Tenth Hampden Carlos Gonzalez Democratic
    Eleventh Hampden Bud L. Williams Democratic
    Twelfth Hampden Angelo Puppolo, Jr. Democratic

    First Hampshire Peter Kocot Democratic
    Second Hampshire John Scibak Democratic
    Third Hampshire Solomon Goldstein-Rose Democratic

    First Franklin Stephen Kulik Democratic
    Second Franklin Susannah Whipps Lee Republican

    First Berkshire Gailanne Cariddi Democratic
    Second Berkshire Paul Mark Democratic
    Third Berkshire Tricia Farley-Bouvier Democratic
    Fourth Berkshire William Pignatelli Democratic

    SENATE

    Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden Adam G. Hinds Democratic
    First Hampden and Hampshire Eric Lesser Democratic
    Second Hampden and Hampshire Donald F. Humason, Jr. Republican
    Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester Stanley Rosenberg Democratic

  12. Evidence, Tom? (1 Reply)

    I don’t think that’s the case at all. The Western Mass delegation is one of the more liberal delegations. Stan Rosenberg is from Western Mass. Eric Lesser is talking about increasing MBTA coverage, not cutting it for Boston.

  13. It would have been nice (0 Replies)

    if it actually included some text.

  14. High crimes concern (0 Replies)

    money and power. And people who go to Washington usually want one or both of those.

    The difference, however, is that politics on the Right has gone global. Paul Manafort worked on McCain’s and Trump’s campaigns. He also worked for Russia-sponsored candidates in Ukraine. There is a species of conservative–I think our EdgarTheArmenian was one–who like Russia and use their propaganda sites as news. I’ve been following some national security types on Twitter, and they are saying that Breitbart and InfoWars are parroting Russian disinformation.

  15. Yeah, I'm not going to go out on a limb (0 Replies)

    with this assertion. Our issues poll well, but the complicating variable is, how much people vote on issues. The big unknown, and I think it’s big, is how much identity is driving voting. I believe there are a persuadable number of Trump voters that would vote with us.

    I don’t think small donations are workable for every contest. And if the DNC’s work has any value, it can’t financed on $27 contributions. A presidential campaign is high stakes, particularly the last one, I don’t see that kind of involvement in down ballot races or in most mid-terms.

    Clinton’s campaign was fucking awful, particularly on television. She didn’t run on issues. She ignored the Blue Wall states, though it seems not ignoring them would have necessarily helped. There were all kinds of variables involved in her loss–many of them on her–but Comey’s second announcement of emails almost certainly killed her candidacy.

  16. I believe in the Sanders\Warren (1 Reply)

    platform, though I’m skeptical of its efficacy in attracting the votes we want. I believe in it because it’s right, not because it’s electable. I have noticed, but not read or studied, articles research or analysis saying that we can’t attract more voters by going left. Your generation is much more to the left, which is great, if we can get them to vote.

    Warren is one of the few candidates I actually like AND respect, but I don’t know that she can reach beyond the progressive electorate either. With that said, I don’t to see Andrew Cuomo or Corey Booker as our 2020 nominee.

    The same thing with big money donors. Yeah, I’d love to get rid of them, but individual contributions aren’t going to fund the Democratic Party or the many candidates across the country that we need to support.

  17. The problem is that (1 Reply)

    you haven’t gotten over the primary.