Mueller Enlists the IRS for His Trump-Russia Investigation

Tick tock:

Special counsel Bob Mueller has teamed up with the IRS. According to sources familiar with his investigation into alleged Russian election interference, his probe has enlisted the help of agents from the IRS’ Criminal Investigations unit.

This unit—known as CI—is one of the federal government’s most tight-knit, specialized, and secretive investigative entities. Its 2,500 agents focus exclusively on financial crime, including tax evasion and money laundering. A former colleague of Mueller’s said he always liked working with IRS’ special agents, especially when he was a U.S. Attorney.

And it goes without saying that the IRS has access to Trump’s tax returns—documents that the president has long resisted releasing to the public.

Governor Abbott declares Sept. 3 a Day of Prayer in Texas

They are praying to that nice god who sent a Hurricane to flood their cities and towns and who killed at least 35 people for the time being.

ROCKPORT (KIII NEWS) – The Texas Governor signed a gubernatorial proclamation Thursday at the grounds of what remains of the First Baptist Church in Rockport declaring Sunday, Sept. 3, a Day of Prayer in Texas.

“Howdy Texans,” Governor Greg Abbott began, addressing a large crowd of people at the destroyed church.

Related: Vice President speaks outside Rockport church devastated by Harvey

The Governor was among a group of state and federal officials visiting Rockport with Vice President Mike Pence. After landing at the Corpus Christi International Airport, the Vice President and his entourage made their way to First Baptist Church, followed by a tour of a devastated Rockport neighborhood.

“We all know one thing, and it’s that there is no storm as tough as the people of Texas,” Abbott said. “We will rise again and we will rebuild this great town and the affected areas across the entire state of Texas.”

“As we gather today here at this church, it’s important that we remember that the greatest power that exists is the power of God, and the way that God can touch and move all of our lives. It was God acting though the lives of so many Texans who came to the rescue of other Texans. It was the power of God that was able to pull people out of the water and literally save them,” Abbott said. “As a result of that, I think it’s very important that I issue and sign a Texas Gubernatorial Proclamation here today. By the power vested in me as the Governor of the State of Texas, I am declaring this Sunday, Sept. 3, as a Day of Prayer in Texas.”

Trump expected to announce end to Obama-era DACA, official says

Trump continues to be just a terrible person:

The fate of DACA looms as the border wall debate heats up

President Trump, as early as Friday, is expected to announce plans to end the Obama administration program that gave a deportation reprieve to hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants, a senior administration official told Fox News.

Trump promised to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, during the presidential campaign — but since taking office had left the door open to preserving parts of it.

According to the official, Trump is expected to announce the program’s end but will allow so-called “dreamers” currently in the program to stay in the U.S. until their work permits expire – which, for some, could be as long as two years.

My life in North Korea vs South Korea

One year ago I went on a strictly guided 7 day-tour in North Korea where they took away my passport and did not allow me to explore anything on my own. North Korea was definitely the weirdest country I had ever visited and throughout that trip I kept wondering what life was like in the neighboring South Korea, because it used to be the same country just over 60 years ago. To answer my questions, this year I traveled to South Korea and made this video, where I compare my time in the North and my time in the South. I still have a lot of questions about the whole situation, but one thing was clear – the daily lives of the Korean people couldn’t be any more different than they are right now.

Question of the Day

What’s your first hint that your day is about to be completely shitty from beginning to end?

I’m having one of those days. Elevators closing on me without the person inside even pretending to fumble for the “open door” button. Printers just dying. The kind of day where every problem you solve leads to at least three more problems.

Video of Georgia police officer: ‘We only kill black people’

From Cleveland.com:

COBB COUNTY, Georgia — Video from a police car’s dash camera shows an officer attempting to calm a nervous driver during a DUI stop by telling her “We only kill black people.”

The video was obtained by WSB Channel 2 in Atlanta. The woman can be heard telling the officer she’s afraid to move her hands because of recent police-involved shootings.

“Remember, we only kill black people. We only kill black people, right?” the officer from Cobb County tells the woman.

Mueller isn’t Sweating Trump’s Pardoning Power

Trump can’t pardon state crimes. And I’m pretty certain that Trump doesn’t know this (or at least didn’t).

Politico reported Wednesday that New York’s attorney general Eric Schneiderman is now working with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III in the probe of financial transactions involving Paul Manafort, a story independently confirmed by The Washington Post by a source familiar with the investigation.

While the involvement of Schneiderman could produce nothing and is in an early stage, the news sends an important message to President Trump: his pardon power does not extend to state crimes.

In the event Manafort or anyone else is charged under New York law, or threatened with indictment, there will be nothing Trump can do about it.

His “power to grant reprieves and pardons” only covers “offenses against the United States,” according to Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution.