Mueller’s Investigation Has Created An Underworld Of Online Sleuths (HBO)

Sorting through the data of the dead — their pots, their knives, and the rocks they cooked on — in order to reconstruct how they once lived, is not so different from tracking the Special Counsel investigation.

On a Friday in February, Adrienne Cobb, 29, lab assistant in the archaeology department at Western Washington University, was trying to do both. She was digitizing data on artifacts found on a farm in Washington state that were about 3,000 years old, and keeping track of what was happening on Capitol Hill, where the House Judiciary Committee grilled Matthew Whitaker — then, acting Attorney General — about his involvement in Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign and its links to Russia.

Cobb’s an unlikely candidate for legal sleuthing. She’s a recovering heroin addict with no experience in journalism, and a preference for Ghost Adventures over Reliable Sources. (“I hate cable news.”) She has dyed red hair, rocks Daria-esque glasses, and tends to look at the floor when she isn’t absorbed by a screen.

She spends her free time — and some of her office time, too — tracking every update, big and small, in Mueller’s probe. She’s part of an online community of digital sleuths, amateur journalists, and statisticians, who commit hours upon hours of their lives to all things Mueller. Some have launched careers out of obsessively tracking the investigation’s twists and turns.

But for her, keeping track of Mueller’s work is about helping others feel less “helpless” in a wilderness of fast-paced, complex news that doesn’t always add up. She calls herself an “aggregator,” which seems simple enough, but it’s tough work. She checks Twitter and Reddit three times an hour for new, relevant reporting, and saves links to those articles with the program, Evernote. Meanwhile, news of every White House departure goes in a separate spreadsheet that she’ll refer to in order to update her website, 45Chaos, which in granular detail, notes every staffer who’s left, whether and why they quit, resigned, or resigned under pressure (“R-UP”), and measures the length of their tenure in “mooches,” a metric born in Trump’s White House. (She goes by 10-days, not 11, though there’s a debate over how long Anthony Scaramucci really lasted as White House Communications Director.)

On the weekends, she wakes at 4:30 a.m. and never makes plans to leave the house for long — giving her just enough time for scan every article she’s saved to Evernote, for any new revelations. These get boiled down into weekly recaps that she posts every Monday to a Reddit forum called, appropriately, “Keep_Track.” Readers sometimes message her in appreciation or send tips, and her summaries have ballooned along with the news cycle to run as long as 5,000 words. On Monday, the process starts again.

“I get a lot of people who say, ‘I can’t believe that all happened in one week,’” she said. “Or, ‘That feels like it was a month ago, because so much has happened.’ So I think there’s value to seeing it all in one spot.”

There’s value, even for the other Mueller obsessives who, like Cobb, have become addicted to tracking the unknown-knowns.

Scott Stedman, a 23-year-old, started tracking Mueller’s probe while he was a political science major at UC Irvine. Within a year of graduation, his obsessive reporting and research has earned him bylines in major outlets and landed him a book deal (Real News, out in April). Stedman says he’s a fan of Cobb’s recaps. “I find them super useful. It’s a testament to how much information there is.”

Some of Cobb’s readers even donate — she makes about $150 a month through her Patreon account, and 76,000 people subscribe to the Reddit forum, where her work is pinned to the top, so any new members can get caught up on the fly.

“There was a New Yorker cartoon that came out this week that I think sums it up pretty well,” says A.G., the host of the popular podcast Mueller She Wrote, referring to a Julia Suits cartoon that some might see as an exaggeration but that many in this Mueller-obsessed world received with a ring of truth. The cartoon shows a conspiracist-type standing in a room, wallpapered in names ripped from Washington Post headlines, and string trying to connect them all.

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Scaramucci Reveals How He Got Through His White House Firing (HBO)

Former White House Comms Director Anthony Scaramucci sits in the VICE throne for “The VICE Interview.”

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Scaramucci defends Trump, but doesn’t agree with all policies

(24 Oct 2018) While promoting his new book ‘Trump: The Blue-Collar President,’ Anthony Scaramucci defends the president but says he doesn’t agree with all of his policies. The former White House staffer is also promoting a new documentary film, “Mooch,” by Andrew Moscato. (Oct. 24)

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Scaramucci: Trump Needs to ‘Assess The Damage’

(22 Aug 2018) Trump’s former Director of Communications called the guilty plea by Michael Cohen and conviction of Paul Manafort an “iceberg.” Anthony Scaramucci said he thinks Trump needs to ‘assess the damage’ and make a statement. (Aug. 22)

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Vaping Vote & Scaramucci Is Out: VICE News Tonight Full Episode (HBO)

This is the July 31, 2017, FULL EPISODE of VICE News Tonight on HBO.

Could vaping regulations create a new bloc of young Republican voters? Anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist explains his theory to VICE News.

Plus, we look at the unrest in Venezuela following a controversial vote that gives President Nicolas Maduro’s Socialist Party near-unlimited powers.

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Scaramucci out as Trump’s new chief of staff takes reins

Foul-mouthed spin doctor Anthony Scaramucci is axed as White House communications director, just 10 days after being named to the post and hours after Donald Trump installed a new chief of staff.

Trump Hotels Are Coming To Middle America (HBO)

Within the past year, the CEO of Trump Hotels, Eric Danziger, along with the president’s sons Don Jr. and Eric announced big plans for expansion: the creation of two new brands meant to grow the family’s portfolio in the U.S. One is the downmarket, subtly titled American Idea hotels; the other, a four-star line called Scion.

But after Scion deals fell through in major cities like Dallas and St. Louis, the Trumps found an unlikely partnership in tiny Cleveland, Mississippi. It’s here, in this 12,000-person town, that another family of hoteliers will try to bring the Trumps’ new vision to life.

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Scaramucci rips into White House colleagues

White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci launches a searing foul-mouthed attack on his most senior colleagues, describing one as a “paranoid schizophrenic.”ATTN TO CLIENTS: VIDEO CONTAINS SOME OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE