"...the dominance of these firms in their specific niches presents a threat not just to economic competition, but liberty and freedom generally speaking. After all, the government itself doesn’t need to censor free speech if it can just lean on powerful companies with platform monopolies to do the dirty work for it."
"We're no longer fact-based. The founding fathers created a country based on fact. We don't have a fact base. If Breitbart News and the New York Times are regarded with equal credibility, you worry about this democracy."
"Washington is a collection of morons, people stupid below the meaning of stupid. People so far outside of reality that they imagine that their hubris and arrogance elevates them above reality. When the first Satan 2 hits Washington, the greatest collection of morons in the world will cease to exist."
"We need to understand that those who want this war will be absolutely relentless. The sales pitch will not end until they get exactly what they want. This is where all of us critical thinkers need to play a key role..."
The WSJ provides two new pieces of incremental information : i) in addition to Michael Flynn, at least one more member of the Trump transition team was "unmasked" in intelligence reports due to multiple foreign conversations that weren't related to Russia; and ii) Rice wasn't the administration official who instigated Mr. Flynn’s unmasking, suggesting there is at least one more high-level official giving "unmasking" orders.
Susan Rice is on a list of witnesses drawn up by the committee as part of its probe. House Republicans and Democrats have agreed upon a preliminary list of about 30 witnesses that officials say will be expanded as needed.
"The allegation is that somehow, Obama administration officials utilized intelligence for political purposes," Rice told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. "That’s absolutely false.... I leaked nothing to nobody."
If her actions were indeed totally by the books, we need to use this incident as a rallying call to reform the laws immediately. Likewise, Donald Trump should be pushing such reform tirelessly from his bully pulpit, but given his authoritarian nature I doubt he will. Fortunately, Rand Paul is heeding the call.
"On this program tonight, we will not insult your intelligence by pretending [it's legitimate]... Nor will we aid and abet the people trying to misinform you, the American people, by creating a diversion. Not going to do it."