The FBI spied on a Trump associate. Do they have evidence that Trump colluded with Russians, or was this a rampant abuse of power?
These latest leaks of classified information appear to be in response to Sen. Charles Grassley’s inquiry to FBI Director James Comey on behalf of the Senate Judiciary Committee he chairs. Grassley noted a February 28 Washington Post report, which used anonymous sources to report the FBI had made plans to pay dossier author Christopher Steele to continue investigating Trump before the election.
Paying an opposition researcher to investigate the Republican nominee for president in the run-up to the election “raises further questions about the FBI’s independence from politics, as well as the Obama administration’s use of law enforcement and intelligence agencies for political ends,” Grassley wrote.
Grassley demanded that the FBI turn over all records relating to the agreement, interviews of Steele, information on any government officials outside the FBI discussing the agreement with Steele, information on how the FBI obtained the dossier, any official reports that used Steele-collected information, any indication the FBI used the information before verifying it, and various other information, including:
9. Has the FBI relied on or otherwise referenced the memos or any information in the memos in seeking a FISA warrant, other search warrant, or any other judicial process? Did the FBI rely on or otherwise reference the memos in relation to any National Security Letters? If so, please include copies of all relevant applications and other documents.
These latest leaks answer that question. And the leaks about what intelligence agencies were doing during the presidential campaign begin to answer questions about whether the U.S. government has hard evidence that the Trump campaign had foreknowledge of Russian meddling and coordinated with Russians about that meddling, or whether there was rampant abuse of power in stripping an innocent U.S. citizen of his right not to be surveilled by his own government. Read the rest of this entry »
“It’s a simpler name, easier to remember, and reflects our transition… We’re excited about the new name, and we hope our fans will be too.”
said “Funny or Die” co-founder and star of “Anchorman” and “Anchorman 2“, actor Will Ferrell. The new name will replace the old one at the beginning of April, said a “Funny or Die” spokesperson Nancy MacGuffin, who asked reporters to refer to the new website, formerly a comedy website, by the new, more serious name, “Die“.
The original logo:
The new, improved logo:
As Anchorman 2, the long-awaited sequel to 2004’s Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, hits theaters, it’s worth pointing out Will Ferrell’s fake newscaster is not just wildly entertaining but hugely instructive in our media-soaked age.
Here are three reasons why Anchorman 2 is already the most important movie of the year.
1. It Foregrounds Media Cliches and Pat Formulas.
When Ron Burgundy and team create ridiculous, over-the-top news features such as “Rip the Lid Off It!,” it’s impossible to ever take a special report or interruption for breaking news uncritically ever again.
2. It (de)humanizes the Production of “News.”
By calling attention to the actual production process of “news” and the often-considerable limitations of the people who make media, the Anchorman franchise underscores that news is invented, not discovered.
• “Whoa, really strong butterscotch flavor in the beginning.”
• “Stings the nostrils…in a good way.”
• “Pretty damn scotchy.”
• “Too sweet”
• “So the butterscotch ice cream is one scotch, butterscotch swirls are the second scotch…what’s the third kind of scotch?”
• “This needs scotch”
• “Well, you could put the ice cream in a bowl and pour scotch over it.”
We’ll leave that up to you. However, as much as you love the ice cream, don’t even think about taking one of these pints to the Anchorman exhibit at the Newseum next month because no outside food or beverages are allowed inside the building. You can always bring it to the pants party.
Whitney Friedlander writes: Ron Burgundy isn’t the only one who loves scotch.
The limited-edition Ron Burgundy’s Scotchy Scotch Scotch is devoid of actual alcohol, but is is a mix of suitable substitutes butterscotch ice cream and butterscotch swirl ribbons.
The Burlington, Vermont ice cream giant has a history of product tie-ins with Hollywood, including Stephen Colbert’s AmeriCone Dream for the Comedy Central host and Liz Lemon frozen yogurt, which was launched for the end of Tina Fey’s “30 Rock.”
The “Anchorman” sequel bows on December 20, but the Ben & Jerry’s treat hits shelves in the next few weeks. Read the rest of this entry »