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Recent articles by Matthew:

Security experts sound the alarm on Russian interference in the 2020 election: Their campaign is ‘underway’

Cybersecurity experts have been warning that it isn’t a question of whether or not the Russian government under President Vladimir Putin will try to interfere in the United States’ 2020 election — it’s a question of how successful they will be and the ways in which they will make an attempt. Three security experts (Alex […] → Read More

Martha McSally is in big trouble after impeachment votes: report

Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) lost when she ran in 2018, but was given a participation prize by the Republican governor who had to appoint someone to cover Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) seat until it came up for reelection in 2020. Recent polling shows that McSally is in serious trouble. Highground Public Affairs Consultants published their […] → Read More

The GOP shot itself in the foot with the way they handled Trump’s impeachment: conservative columnist

In a column for the conservative Bulwark, Cato Institute Vice President Gene Healy accused the Republicans of botching their defense of Donald Trump during his impeachment trial, saying they will someday be haunted by the positions they took. Noting that the president said of his acquittal that it’s a “gorgeous word,” Healy maintained it may […] → Read More

Decrying ‘propaganda,’ US tightens rules on China state media

The United States on Tuesday tightened rules on Chinese state media organizations as it classified them as foreign missions, decrying what US officials described as Beijing’s growing “propaganda.” In a step likely to anger Beijing, the State Department told five outlets including the Xinhua news agency and the China Global Television Network that they will […] → Read More

The depths of Trump’s paranoia: One person who may know him the best explains what’s ahead

President Donald Trump’s biographer, Michael d’Antonio, knows a great deal about his life, his behavior, and his long history of paranoia. A piece in The New York Times Monday summed up the president’s state of mind during the impeachment with one word: “paranoid.” Speaking to the long history of paranoia, d’Antonio recalled that in Trump’s […] → Read More

Trump lawyer goes down in flames trying to explain away Bill Barr’s corruption

On Monday’s edition of CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” former federal prosecutor Elie Honig took former Trump White House lawyer Jim Schultz to the cleaners when he tried to defend Attorney General William Barr’s conduct. Schultz initially tried to claim that the 2,000 federal prosecutors calling for Barr’s resignation had a political axe to grind. “You […] → Read More

William Barr has been trying to ‘walk a line’: Chuck Todd claims AG isn’t all-in for Trump

MSNBC host Chuck Todd tried to excuse away Attorney General Bill Barr’s intrusion into the judicial process of the criminal case of Roger Stone this week when he overruled the sentencing recommendations prosecutors gave the judge. Todd, who has been criticized for many comments or poor interviews over the past several months, tried to dismiss […] → Read More

4-year-old dies after Facebook antivaxxers advise mother to put potatoes in his socks instead of giving him Tamiflu

On Thursday, NBC News reported that a four-year-old boy in Colorado has died after his anti-vaccine mother chose advice from a Facebook group over her son’s pediatrician. Fellow members of the page, “Stop Mandatory Vaccination,” advised her not to fill the Tamiflu prescription the doctor had prescribed after her son developed a fever and started […] → Read More

Mike Pompeo accused of ‘retaliating against’ NPR after he bars reporter from his plane

NPR reporter Michele Kelemen has been removed from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s press pool ahead of his trip abroad this week to Europe and Asia, the State Department Correspondents’ Association reported on Monday. In her role as a pool reporter, Kelemen was to travel with Pompeo and share information as a representative of all […] → Read More

Guillotine carried by governor’s mansion as Puerto Rico protests escalate dramatically

Puerto Ricans continue to rise up against leaders of their country as disaster relief and resources remain kept from those who need it most. Since last month, the American territory has been dealing with near-non-stop earthquakes on the south side of the island. But it has only been recently that they were able to gain […] → Read More

Democrats have proven Trump is ‘guilty as sin’ and must be removed: Conservative columnist

Writing for the Washington Examiner, conservative columnist Quin Hillyer wrote that Democrats at the impeachment trial have put forward a devastating and concise argument for President Donald Trump’s conviction and removal. “In a day full of solid evidence presented by Democrats in the Senate impeachment trial, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York provided the most […] → Read More

What did Ukraine know and when did they know it? Trump lawyer tells another whopper at Senate trial

President Donald Trump’s legal team played fast and loose with the truth on the first day of the impeachment trial, at one point claiming falsely that no Republicans were allowed into the classified information facilities during the House impeachment proceedings. Michael Purpura one of the president’s lawyers, lied again later that evening, claiming the Ukrainians […] → Read More

Congressman makes the perfect case for why Mick Mulvaney must testify

On Tuesday evening, during the impeachment trial, manager Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) laid out all of the key reasons why it is critical to compel White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to testify before the Senate. “Let’s ask why the need to hear from Mick Mulvaney is so critical,” said Jeffries. “First, Leader McConnell’s resolution […] → Read More

Rod Rosenstein’s legal defense in lawsuits from Strzok and Page won’t hold up under oath: legal experts

Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein claimed responsibility for the release of text messages between then-FBI attorney Lisa Page and then-FBI official Peter Strzok. Emails released in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit by the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) revealed the highly unusual release by Sarah Isgur Flores, […] → Read More

Mitch McConnell is no longer the most unpopular senator — now it’s Susan Collins

For years, the most unpopular senator in Morning Consult rankings has been Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). It’s hard to love Senate leadership — to the Democrats, he is the face of evil, and to Republicans, his every failure to deliver on a specific policy counts against him. But according to the latest rankings, […] → Read More

Internet reacts as fiery veteran Richard Ojeda jumps into West Virginia Senate race

This week, former Democratic West Virginia state Sen. Richard Ojeda announced his campaign for U.S. Senate against Republican Shelley Moore Capito, injecting some national interest into a race that has gone most of the cycle completely overlooked. Many commenters on social media responded positively to Ojeda’s Senate run, including presidential candidate and businessman Andrew Yang: […] → Read More

Donald Trump impeachment trial begins in US Senate — the same day the GAO says the president broke the law

The historic impeachment trial of Donald Trump opened Thursday in the US Senate, as lawmakers took a solemn oath to be “impartial” in deciding whether to force the 45th US president from office. In a hushed chamber, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, clad in a traditional black robe, raised his right hand as he […] → Read More

Kellyanne Conway short-circuits as CNN’s Chris Cuomo starts stating facts about impeachment trial

On CNN Wednesday, Chris Cuomo tried to fact-check White House counselor Kellyanne Conway — and the exchange melted down as she began shouting over him. “These articles of impeachment are thin, they are specious,” said Conway. “They’ve been presented to the Senate and we respect the process in the Senate. The trial process will be […] → Read More

Amazon tribes meet to counter environmental threats from Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro

Dozens of Amazon indigenous leaders have gathered in the heart of the threatened rainforest to form an alliance against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s environmental policy and his threats to throw their homelands open to mining concerns. The main objective of the meeting is to present a united front against Bolsonaro’s plans, which they say pose […] → Read More

Giuliani letter proves Ukraine scheme was about helping Trump personally and was not in the public interest

The House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday transmitted a treasure-trove of new evidence to the House Judiciary Committee. The digital files, stored on two flash drives, include records from Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who is President Donald Trump’s private defense attorney. Eric Lipton, a New York […] → Read More