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Steve Hilton: What no one has been reporting about the Trump-Ukraine impeachment saga

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The Democrats' obsession with scandal is out of touch and decadent. People want substance, not scandal.
          

The Unclassified Whistleblower Complaint on Ukraine Phone Call

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Washington, DC…The Unclassified Whistleblower Complaint on Ukraine Phone Call is below. Just click on the first page image below to pull complete copy from our server. Declassified-Whisteblower-Complaint

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New audio, email evidence shows DNC colluded with Ukraine to take down Trump in 2016

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Over the weekend Glenn Beck revealed an email and exclusive audio recording that exposes how the DNC was colluding with the Ukraine in order to harm Trump’s campaign back in 2016: The . . .
          

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Washingtonian (Not the Washingtonian) Stands in Solidarity With Ukraine (Not the Ukraine)

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Ukraine would very much like people to stop saying “the Ukraine,” Politico reports: The construction of Ukraine’s name has been politically fraught for years. … Critics of the use of “the Ukraine” argue it belittles the country’s status as a sovereign state, reducing it to its status as a former Soviet territory. Those of us […]
          

'It's been a good start' - Vera Pauw hails 'professional' Ireland set-up as huge Ukraine clash looms

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Vera Pauw has boldly claimed that the Irish senior women’s team is the “most professional” set-up she has ever worked with.
          

Trump: 'Democrats are lucky that they don't have any Mitt Romney types'

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President Trump said in a tweet early Sunday that Democrats are “lucky” not to have any “Mitt Romney types” after the Republican senator said Trump’s call for China and Ukraine to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was “wrong and appalling.” "The Democrats are lucky that they don’t have any Mitt Romney types," Trump tweeted. "They may be lousy politicians, with really bad policies (Open Borders, Sanctuary Cities etc.), but they stick together!"
          

Is Russia Winning the Ukraine Scandal?

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The U.S. House impeachment inquiry into President Donald J.

          

Trump left isolated as Republican allies revolt over US withdrawal from Syria

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Trump left isolated as Republican allies revolt over US withdrawal from SyriaMitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham lead condemnation of foreign policy move that could prove ‘disaster in the making’Donald Trump with Mark Milley, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, in the Cabinet Room on Monday. Lindsey Graham said abandoning the Kurds would be ‘a stain on America’s honour’. Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/APDonald Trump was dangerously isolated on Monday as, in a rare rebuke, some of his most loyal allies revolted against his decision to withdraw US troops from north-eastern Syria.Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell led a chorus of Republicans who, having defended the president on almost every other issue – including over impeachment – decided to draw a line in the sand.“A precipitous withdrawal of US forces from Syria would only benefit Russia, Iran, and the Assad regime,” McConnell said. “And it would increase the risk that Isis and other terrorist groups regroup.”He added: “As we learned the hard way during the Obama administration, American interests are best served by American leadership, not by retreat or withdrawal.”The criticism was significant because McConnell is usually at pains not to cross Trump even at his most capricious. Last week the Kentucky senator released a Facebook video promising to stop Democratic-led impeachment in its tracks.Article 1 of the United States constitution gives the House of Representatives the sole power to initiate impeachment and the Senate the sole power to try impeachments of the president. A president can be impeached if they are judged to have committed "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors" – although the constitution does not specify what “high crimes and misdemeanors” are.The process starts with the House of Representatives passing articles of impeachment. A simple majority of members need to vote in favour of impeachment for it to pass to the next stage. Democrats currently control the house, with 235 representatives.The chief justice of the US supreme court then presides over the proceedings in the Senate, where the president is tried, with senators acting as the jury. For the president to be found guilty two-thirds of senators must vote to convict. Republicans currently control the Senate, with 53 of the 100 senators.Two presidents have previously been impeached, Bill Clinton in 1998, and Andrew Johnson in 1868, though neither was removed from office as a result. Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 before there was a formal vote to impeach him.Martin BelamThe unusual fracture emerged on Sunday night when, shortly after a phone conversation between Trump and Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the White House announced removal of US troops from the Syria-Turkey border area. “Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria,” it added.Critics of all political stripes have long feared that the move could open the way for a Turkish strike on Kurdish-led fighters in the area. Kurdish groups have fought alongside a small US presence in Syria to drive Islamic State militants from the region.The Republican backlash was rapid and potentially unnerving for a president whose fate is tethered to the party and the assumption that it will acquit him in the Senate if, as widely expected, the Democratic-led House of Representatives votes for impeachment.Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Senate judiciary committee, who has become an outspoken defender (and frequent golf partner) of Trump, did not acquiesce this time. Abandonment of the Kurds would be “a disaster in the making”, he said, and “a stain on America’s honour”.Graham told Fox News: “I hope I’m making myself clear how short-sighted and irresponsible this decision is. I like President Trump. I’ve tried to help him. This, to me, is just unnerving to its core.”Graham wrote on Twitter that if the plan goes ahead, he will introduce a Senate resolution opposing it and seeking reversal of the decision. He added: “We will introduce bipartisan sanctions against Turkey if they invade Syria and will call for their suspension from NATO if they attack Kurdish forces who assisted the US in the destruction of the ISIS Caliphate.”Kevin McCarthy, the top Republican in the House, whose attempts to defend Trump’s phone call with Ukraine’s president have provoked mockery, said: “If you make a commitment and somebody is fighting with you, America should keep their word.”Michael McCaul of Texas, the lead Republican on the House foreign affairs committee, also urged the president to reconsider. “The United States should not step aside and allow a Turkish military operation in north-east Syria,” he said. “This move will undermine our ongoing campaign to prevent an Isis resurgence and will ultimately threaten our homeland.“Additionally, the United States needs to stay engaged to prevent further destructive involvement in the region from our adversaries like the Assad regime, Putin and Iran.”Notably, senator Marco Rubio of Florida, reluctant to criticise Trump even when the president suggested that China investigate former vice president and 2020 election rival Joe Biden, was clear , describing the retreat as “a grave mistake that will have implications far beyond Syria”And Nikki Haley, Trump’s former UN ambassador, admonished Trump without mentioning his name. “We must always have the backs of our allies, if we expect them to have our back,” she tweeted. “The Kurds were instrumental in our successful fight against ISIS in Syria. Leaving them to die is a big mistake. TurkeyIsNotOurFriend”Ominously for Trump, even conservative Fox News aired dissent. Host Brian Kilmeade described the pullout as “a disaster”, telling viewers of Fox & Friends: “Abandon our allies? That’s a campaign promise? Abandon the people that got the caliphate destroyed?”Republicans who have contradicted Trump before did so forcefully again. Utah senator Mitt Romney described Trump’s announcement as “a betrayal”, adding: “It says that America is an unreliable ally; it facilitates ISIS resurgence; and it presages another humanitarian disaster.”Romney and Democratic senator Chris Murphy issued a joint statement insisting Trump’s administration “explain to the American people how betraying an ally and ceding influence to terrorists and adversaries is not disastrous for our national security interests”.Democrats also piled in but there was a lone voice of support for the president on Capitol Hill. Republican senator Rand Paul, long a critic of foreign intervention, said: “So many neocons want us to stay in wars all over the Middle East forever. [Trump] is absolutely right to end those wars and bring the troops home.”Trump himself was undeterred by the blowback. Speaking at the White House on Monday, he said he has “great respect” for the prominent Republican critics. And added: “People are extremely thrilled because they say it’s time to bring our people back home. We’re not a police force. They’re policing the area. We’re not a police force. The UK was very thrilled at this decision … many people agree with it very strongly.”



          

Amy Walter and Tamara Keith on Trump's Ukraine call defense, Sanders' heart health

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Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report and NPR's Tamara Keith join William Brangham to discuss the impeachment inquiry into President Trump's actions related to Ukraine, whether the controversy hurts former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign, plus the political fallout of the news that Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders had a heart attack.
          

Pentagon and budget office subpoenaed in impeachment inquiry

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House Democrats have subpoenaed the Pentagon and White House budget office for documents on delay of military aid to Ukraine.
          

Judge says New York prosecutors can see Trump's tax returns

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NEW YORK – With President Donald Trump under siege on Capitol Hill, a federal judge dealt him a setback on another front Monday and ruled that New York City prosecutors can see his tax returns for an investigation into matters including the payment of hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels and a Playboy centerfold.

U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero emphatically rejected Trump's attempt to keep his financial records under wraps, calling the president's broad claim of immunity from all criminal proceedings "extraordinary" and "an overreach of executive power" at odds with the Constitution.

For now, at least, the tax returns remain beyond the reach of prosecutors. The president's lawyers appealed the judge's ruling to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which put the matter on hold while it considers the case on an expedited basis.

At issue is a request from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. that Trump's accounting firm turn over eight years' worth of his business and personal tax returns dating back to 2011.

Vance, a Democrat, is investigating payments made to buy the silence of Daniels and model Karen McDougal, both of whom claimed to have had affairs with the president.

"The Radical Left Democrats have failed on all fronts," Trump fumed on Twitter after the judge's ruling, "so now they are pushing local New York City and State Democrat prosecutors to go get President Trump. A thing like this has never happened to any President before. Not even close!"

The district attorney's office declined to comment.

The investigation is unfolding with Trump already facing a fast-moving impeachment drive by House Democrats that was set off by his attempts to get Ukraine's leader to investigate his political rival Joe Biden.

Trump's lawyers have said that Vance's investigation is politically motivated and that the request for tax records should be stopped because Trump is immune from any criminal probe as long as he is president.

The judge swept that claim aside as overly broad.

"As the court reads it, presidential immunity would stretch to cover every phase of criminal proceedings, including investigations, grand jury proceedings and subpoenas, indictment, prosecution, arrest, trial, conviction, and incarceration," Marrero wrote. "That constitutional protection presumably would encompass any conduct, at any time, in any forum, whether federal or state, and whether the President acted alone or in concert with other individuals."

The judge said he couldn't accept that legal view, "especially in the light of the fundamental concerns over excessive arrogation of power" that led the founding fathers to create a balance of power among the three branches of government.

Trump has steadfastly refused to make his tax returns public, breaking a tradition set by presidents and White House candidates decades ago. He has also gone to court to fight congressional subpoenas issued to his bank for various personal financial records, including his tax returns. That dispute is also before the federal appeals court.

In yet another effort to pry loose Trump's tax records, California recently passed a law requiring candidates for president or governor to turn over five years' worth of returns, or else they cannot appear on the state's primary ballot. A federal judge blocked the law this month, saying it is probably unconstitutional.

Vance began his probe after federal prosecutors in New York completed their investigation into payments that Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, arranged to be made to the two women to keep them silent during the presidential race.

Cohen is serving a three-year prison sentence for crimes that included campaign finance violations in connection with the hush money.

Trump was never charged, though prosecutors said publicly that he was aware of and directed the illegal payments. Justice Department policy has long been that sitting presidents cannot be charged criminally.

Grand jury proceedings and records in New York are secret. If Vance gains access to Trump's returns through a grand jury investigation, that doesn't necessarily mean their contents will be disclosed publicly.

It is unclear what Trump's returns might have to do with the criminal investigation or why prosecutors are reaching back as far as 2011.

But the long reach of the subpoena might stem in part from testimony Cohen gave to Congress early this year when he asserted that Trump overstated his wealth to financial institutions before he became president.

Cohen turned over copies of financial statements he said the president provided to Deutsche Bank during a 2014 effort to buy the Buffalo Bills. The statements showed Trump's net worth soaring from $4.55 billion in 2012 to $8.66 billion in 2013.

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Associated Press writer Eric Tucker in Washington contributed to this story.


          

Ukraine-Affäre: Zweiter Whistleblower könnte Druck am Trump erhöhen

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Ukraine-Affäre: Zweiter Whistleblower könnte Druck an Trump erhöhen

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Trump: Zweiter Tippgeber zu Ukraine-Affäre aus Geheimdienstkreisen

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News Brief: 2nd Whistleblower, Turkey To Move Into Syria, GM Strike

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Second whistleblower with direct knowledge of Ukraine call steps forward. U.S. says it will stand aside as Turkish forces extend their reach in Syria. Talks Between the UAW and GM suffer a setback.
          

Democrats subpoena Pentagon, White House budget office in impeachment probe

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Congressional Democrats issued subpoenas to the Pentagon and the White House budget office on Monday as part of their impeachment inquiry, seeking documents related to U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to withhold military assistance from Ukraine.

          

U.S. authorities protecting whistleblower in Trump-Ukraine matter - source

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U.S. authorities have taken security measures to protect a U.S. intelligence official who filed a whistleblower complaint that sparked an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, a source familiar with the case told Reuters.

          

Tucker Carlson’s very own Ukraine scandal

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What does this fellow actually believe? It depends on what he's reacting to.
          

Only in Trump’s world could what Joe Biden did in Ukraine be considered ‘corrupt’

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This is an Orwellian inversion of reality.
          

Opinion: Did Secretary Pompeo Forget His West Point Pledge?

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a West Point graduate, should remember the academy's honor code as the Ukraine story unfolds: "A cadet will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do."
          

2nd whistleblower comes forward on Trump’s dealings with Ukraine

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Trump Allies Pressed Ukraine, Seeking Profits from Gas Firm

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(A) circle of businessmen and Republican donors touted connections to Rudy Giuliani and Donald Trump while trying to install new management at the top of Ukraine's massive state gas company. Their plan was to then steer lucrative contracts to companies controlled by Trump allies ...
          

Good Morning, News: Trump Ordered to Turn Over Tax Returns, Iraqi Police Kill Demonstrators, and Judgement Day for a Local Proud Boy

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Stay up to date on Portland news and politics. Looking for fun? Here are the best Things to Do in Portland today.

Vancouver Proud Boy Tusitala “Tiny” Toese
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Police Brutality in Iraq: More than 100 anti-government protesters have been killed by Iraqi police over the past week. The massive demonstrations, focused on the country's low employment rate and government corruption, have been met with live rounds. At least three journalists covering the response have been jailed by the state government.

In Other Attacks on the Press: In the Chihuahua state of Mexico, a photojournalist was shot in the leg by a group of men who interrupted an interview with an alleged drug dealer. The interviewee was killed.

Rowena's Story: A former aid to Harvey Weinstein shares her #MeToo story. In Rowena Chiu's words: "Harvey Weinstein told me he liked Chinese girls. He liked them because they were discreet, he said — because they knew how to keep a secret. Hours later, he attempted to rape me."

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Foul Play? The top witness in a Dallas trial who saw his neighbor, Botham Jean, die after a trigger-happy police officer mistook his apartment for hers was fatally shot Friday night.

Turn 'em Over: A federal judge in New York has ordered Donald Trump to release eight years of his tax returns—rejecting a prior appeal by Trump's lawyers. In the Monday ruling, the judge said he “cannot endorse such a categorical and limitless assertion of presidential immunity from judicial process."

Speaking Of Wealthy Dudes and Taxes:

Blame It On Rick: Trump went running to Congress Friday to accuse Energy Secretary Rick Perry of pressuring him to call the Ukrainian President and request an investigation into the Biden family. Perry, who doesn't exactly deny this claim, is stepping down from his cabinet position in November.

Dirty Money? Mayoral candidate Sarah Iannarone, meanwhile, is calling on Mayor Ted Wheeler to return the $15,500 he's collected in donations from a wealthy US ambassador who's questionably tied to the Trump impeachment investigation.

Homecoming: Multnomah County Sheriff's Deputies met local Proud Boy Tusitala “Tiny” Toese in the Portland International Airport late Friday with handcuffs. Toese, a violent staple in Patriot Prayer rallies, has been living abroad for the past eight months to avoid assault charges. His first court appearance is this morning.

Shut It Down: Gov. Brown has issued a 180-day ban on flavored vape products in Oregon after two Oregonians die from vape burns. (Now do guns.)

PSST: Tickets for HUMP! 2019 are right here.

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IG could not explain 18-day window between Ukraine call and whistleblower complaint: sources - Fox News

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  1. IG could not explain 18-day window between Ukraine call and whistleblower complaint: sources  Fox News
  2. Congress considering extreme measures for possible whistleblower testimony, sources say  CNN
  3. Trump suggests Nancy Pelosi is guilty of treason amid impeachment inquiry  Business Insider
  4. MIRANDA DEVINE: Donald Trump’s lesson for Mitt Romney  Fox News
  5. Adam Schiff's sense of justice is guiding us through Trump's presidency  Los Angeles Times
  6. View full coverage on Google News

          

Donald Trump Posts Cringe-Worthy Nickelback Meme

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Trump used the old "Photograph" meme to attempt to implicate Joe Biden for corruption in business dealings with Ukraine.

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10/8/2019: NEWS | WORLD: Second whistle blows

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A SECOND whistleblower has come forward with information about US President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, adding to the impeachment peril engulfing the White House. Lawyer Mark Zaid, who represents both whistleblowers, said the second person...
          

Democratic Rep. John Garamendi Discusses His Recent Trip To Ukraine

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Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., and senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, talks with NPR's Ari Shaprio about his recent trip to Ukraine with a bipartisan delegation.
          

Trump Faces Pushback From GOP Over Decision To Pull U.S. Forces Back In Syria

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President Trump is facing major pushback within the GOP over his decision to pull U.S. forces back in northern Syria. He's facing muted criticism for asking Ukraine and China to investigate Joe Biden.
          

How The U.S. Ambassador To The E.U. Is Wrapped Up In The Ukraine Controversy

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U.S. Ambassador to the E.U. Gordon Sondland had a role in the texts about President Trump's call with Ukraine's president. Sondland is reportedly set to give a deposition to House investigators.
          

Ukraine's Zelensky talks movies with Tom Cruise amid political storm

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Volodymyr Zelensky may have been swept into the center of a major political storm in Washington, but the Ukrainian President still made some time to meet Hollywood A-lister Tom Cruise this week.
          

Ukraine is no stranger to US political scandals. But never one like this

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The impeachment inquiry roiling Washington is not the first time Ukraine has been at the center of a US political scandal.
          

Trump's Ukraine Call Might Violate Election Laws, But No One's Enforcing Them

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While Congress mulls whether President Trump's phone call soliciting help from the president of Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son is an impeachable offense, Trump's action raises another question. Did the president's requests violate campaign finance law? The Department of Justice doesn't think so. DOJ officials and career prosecutors in the department's public integrity section examined the text of the July 25 phone call and concluded there was not a potential campaign finance violation, according to senior Justice Department officials. The facts did not provide a basis for a predicated investigation, they said. In part, it depends on whether the president solicited a "thing of value" and how that term is defined. Brendan Fischer, an attorney with the Campaign Legal Center, believes there was a violation of the law. He says that "there is a long list" of examples of the Federal Election Commission finding that "intangible items like opposition research can constitute a
          

Whistleblower: Officials Told To 'Lock Down' All Records Of Ukraine Call

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Updated at 7:30 p.m. ET A government whistleblower received information from "multiple" officials that President Trump "is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election." An unclassified version of the whistleblower's complaint , made public Thursday by the House intelligence committee, says that the president's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, "is a central figure in this effort. Attorney General [William] Barr appears to be as well." The complaint centers on Trump's July 25 call with the president of Ukraine, an account of which was released Wednesday by the White House. That memorandum shows Trump asking the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy for "a favor" — to investigate potential 2020 rival former Vice President Joe Biden. What the complaint released Thursday further reveals is that the whistleblower was told by officials that the record of the call was handled differently than other such transcripts. It was placed in an
          

Trump: Reports Of Alleged Improper Conversation With Foreign Leader Are 'Ridiculous'

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Updated at 7:20 p.m. ET President Trump blamed "a political hack job" for reports that a whistleblower has charged he had an improper conversation with a foreign leader. The Washington Post on Friday reported that the conversation in question involves Ukraine. Trump dismissed the reporting as a "ridiculous story" and said he did not know the identity of the whistleblower, "but I hear it's a partisan person." Trump said it was a "totally appropriate conversation. It was actually a beautiful conversation," although he did not specify with whom. Asked if he mentioned former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in the conversation, Trump said, "Somebody ought to look into Joe Biden's statement because it's disgraceful." Trump alleged that Biden "talked [about] billions of dollars that he's not giving to a certain country unless a certain prosecutor was taken off the case." Trump supporters have alleged that Biden, while in office, urged the firing of a Ukrainian
          

Profit, not politics: Trump allies sought Ukraine gas deal

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KYIV, Ukraine – As Rudy Giuliani was pushing Ukrainian officials last spring to investigate one of Donald Trump’s main political rivals, a group of individuals with ties to the president and his personal lawyer were also active in the former Soviet republic.

Their aims were profit, not politics. This circle of businessmen and Republican donors touted connections to Giuliani and Trump while trying to install new management at the top of Ukraine’s massive state gas company. Their plan was to then steer lucrative contracts to companies controlled by Trump allies, according to two people with knowledge of their plans.

Their plan hit a snag after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko lost his reelection bid to Volodymyr Zelenskiy, whose conversation with Trump about former Vice President Joe Biden is now at the center of the House impeachment inquiry of Trump.

But the effort to install a friendlier management team at the helm of the gas company, Naftogaz, would soon be taken up with Ukraine’s new president by U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, whose slate of candidates included a fellow Texan who is one of Perry’s past political donors.

It’s unclear if Perry’s attempts to replace board members at Naftogaz were coordinated with the Giuliani allies pushing for a similar outcome, and no one has alleged that there is criminal activity in any of these efforts. And it’s unclear what role, if any, Giuliani had in helping his clients push to get gas sales agreements with the state-owned company.

But the affair shows how those with ties to Trump and his administration were pursuing business deals in Ukraine that went far beyond advancing the president’s personal political interests. It also raises questions about whether Trump allies were mixing business and politics just as Republicans were calling for a probe of Biden and his son Hunter, who served five years on the board of another Ukrainian energy company, Burisma.

On Friday, according to the news site Axios, Trump told a group of Republican lawmakers that it had been Perry who had prompted the phone call in which Trump asked Zelenskiy for a “favor” regarding Biden. Axios cited a source saying Trump said Perry had asked Trump to make the call to discuss “something about an LNG (liquefied natural gas) plant.”

While it’s unclear whether Trump’s remark Friday referred specifically to the behind-the-scenes maneuvers this spring involving the multibillion-dollar state gas company, The Associated Press has interviewed four people with direct knowledge of the attempts to influence Naftogaz, and their accounts show Perry playing a key role in the effort. Three of the four spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation. The fourth is an American businessman with close ties to the Ukrainian energy sector.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Energy Department said Perry, a former Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate, was not advancing anyone’s personal interests. She said his conversations with Ukrainian officials about Naftogaz were part of his efforts to reform the country’s energy sector and create an environment in which Western companies can do business.

Perry was asked about the AP’s reporting on Monday while in Lithuania, where he was meeting with officials from Ukraine and other eastern European countries to discuss energy security and cooperation. He said any suggestion that he tried to force a management change at Naftogaz was a “totally dreamed up story.”

“We get asked for our recommendations about people who are experts in areas, various areas,” Perry said. “Folks who have expertise in particular areas. Obviously having been the governor of the state of Texas, I know a lot of people in the energy industry.”

The Trump and Giuliani allies driving the attempt to change the senior management at Naftogaz, however, appear to have had inside knowledge of the U.S. government’s plans in Ukraine. For example, they told people that Trump would replace the U.S. ambassador there months before she was actually recalled to Washington, according to three of the individuals interviewed by the AP. One of the individuals said he was so concerned by the whole affair that he reported it to a U.S. Embassy official in Ukraine months ago.

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Ukraine, a resource-rich nation that sits on the geographic and symbolic border between Russia and the West, has long been plagued by corruption and government dysfunction, making it a magnet for foreign profiteers.

At the center of the Naftogaz plan, according to three individuals familiar with the details, were three such businessmen: two Soviet-born Florida real estate entrepreneurs, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, and an oil magnate from Boca Raton, Florida, named Harry Sargeant III.

Parnas and Fruman have made hundreds of thousands of dollars in political donations to Republicans, including $325,000 to a Trump-allied political action committee in 2018. This helped the relatively unknown entrepreneurs gain access to top levels of the Republican Party – including meetings with Trump at the White House and Mar-a-Lago.

The two have also faced lawsuits from disgruntled investors over unpaid debts. During the same period they were pursuing the Naftogaz deal, the two were coordinating with Giuliani to set up meetings with Ukrainian government officials and push for an investigation of the Bidens.

Sargeant, his wife and corporate entities tied to the family have donated at least $1.2 million to Republican campaigns and PACs over the last 20 years, including $100,000 in June to the Trump Victory Fund, according to federal and state campaign finance records. He has also served as finance chair of the Florida state GOP, and gave nearly $14,000 to Giuliani’s failed 2008 presidential campaign.

In early March, Fruman, Parnas and Sargeant were touting a plan to replace Naftogaz CEO Andriy Kobolyev with another senior executive at the company, Andrew Favorov, according to two individuals who spoke to the AP as well as a memorandum about the meeting that was later submitted to the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, formerly known as Kiev.

Going back to the Obama administration, the U.S. Energy Department and the State Department have long supported efforts to import American natural gas into Ukraine to reduce the country’s dependence on Russia.

The three approached Favorov with the idea while the Ukrainian executive was attending an energy industry conference in Texas. Parnas and Fruman told him they had flown in from Florida on a private jet to recruit him to be their partner in a new venture to export up to 100 tanker shipments a year of U.S. liquefied gas into Ukraine, where Naftogaz is the largest distributor, according to two people briefed on the details.

Sargeant told Favorov that he regularly meets with Trump at Mar-a-Lago and that the gas-sales plan had the president’s full support, according to the two people who said Favorov recounted the discussion to them.

These conversations were recounted to AP by Dale W. Perry, an American who is a former business partner of Favorov. He told AP in an interview that Favorov described the meeting to him soon after it happened and that Favorov perceived it to be a shakedown. Perry, who is no relation to the energy secretary, is the managing partner of Energy Resources of Ukraine, which currently has business agreements to import natural gas and electricity to Ukraine.

A second person who spoke on condition of anonymity also confirmed to the AP that Favorov had recounted details of the Houston meeting to him.

According to Dale Perry and the other person, Favorov said Parnas told him Trump planned to remove U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch and replace her with someone more open to aiding their business interests.

Dale Perry told the AP he was so concerned about the efforts to change the management at Naftogaz and to get rid of Yovanovitch that he reported what he had heard to Suriya Jayanti, a State Department foreign service officer stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv who focuses on the energy industry.

He also wrote a detailed memo about Favorov’s account, dated April 12, which was shared with another current State Department official. Perry recently provided a copy of the April memo to AP.

Jayanti declined to provide comment. Favorov also declined to comment.

On March 24, Giuliani and Parnas gathered at the Trump International Hotel in Washington with Healy E. Baumgardner, a former Trump campaign adviser who once served as deputy communications director for Giuliani’s presidential campaign and as a communications official during the George W. Bush administration.

She is now listed as the CEO of 45 Energy Group, a Houston-based energy company whose website describes it as a “government relations, public affairs and business development practice group.” The company’s name is an apparent nod to Trump, the 45th president.

This was a couple of weeks after the Houston meeting with Favorov, the Naftogaz executive. Giuliani, Parnas and Baumgardner were there to make a business pitch involving gas deals in the former Soviet bloc to a potential investor.

This time, according to Giuliani, the deals that were discussed involved Uzbekistan, not Ukraine.

“I have not pursued a deal in the Ukraine. I don’t know about a deal in the Ukraine. I would not do a deal in the Ukraine now, obviously,” said Giuliani, reached while attending a playoff baseball game between the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins. “There is absolutely no proof that I did it, because I didn’t do it.”

During this meeting, Parnas again repeated that Yovanovitch, the U.S. ambassador in Kyiv, would soon be replaced, according to a person with direct knowledge of the gathering. She was removed two months later.

Giuliani, who serves as Trump’s personal lawyer and has no official role in government, acknowledged Friday that he was among those pushing the president to replace the ambassador, a career diplomat with a history of fighting corruption.

“The ambassador to Ukraine was replaced,” he said. “I did play a role in that.”

But Giuliani refused to discuss the details of his business dealings, or whether he helped his associates in their push to forge gas sales contracts with the Ukrainian company. He did describe Sergeant as a friend and referred to Parnas and Fruman as his clients in a tweet in May.

As part of their impeachment inquiry, House Democrats have subpoenaed Giuliani for documents and communications related to dozens of people, including Favorov, Parnas, Fruman and Baumgardner’s 45 Energy Group.

Baumgardner issued a written statement, saying: “While I won’t comment on business discussions, I will say this: this political assault on private business by the Democrats in Congress is complete harassment and an invasion of privacy that should scare the hell out of every American business owner.”

Baumgardner later denied that she had any business dealings in Ukraine but refused to say whether the replacement of Ambassador Yovanovitch was discussed.

Sargeant did not respond to a voice message left at a number listed for him at an address in Boca Raton.

John Dowd, a former Trump attorney who now represents Parnas and Fruman, said it was actually the Naftogaz executives who approached his clients about making a deal. Dowd says the group then approached Rick Perry to get the Energy Department on board.

“The people from the company solicited my clients because Igor is in the gas business, and they asked them, and they flew to Washington and they solicited,” Dowd said. “They sat down and talked about it. And then it was presented to Secretary Perry to see if they could get it together.

“It wasn’t a shakedown; it was an attempt to do legitimate business that didn’t work out.”

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In May, Rick Perry traveled to Kyiv to serve as the senior U.S. government representative at the inauguration of the county’s new president.

In a private meeting with Zelenskiy, Perry pressed the Ukrainian president to fire members of the Naftogaz advisory board. Attendees left the meeting with the impression that Perry wanted to replace the American representative, Amos Hochstein, a former diplomat and energy representative who served in the Obama administration, with someone “reputable in Republican circles,” according to someone who was in the room.

Perry’s push for Ukraine’s state-owned natural gas company Naftogaz to change its supervisory board was first reported by Politico.

A second meeting during the trip, at a Kyiv hotel, included Ukrainian officials and energy sector people. There, Perry made clear that the Trump administration wanted to see the entire Naftogaz supervisory board replaced, according to a person who attended both meetings. Perry again referenced the list of advisers that he had given Zelenskiy, and it was widely interpreted that he wanted Michael Bleyzer, a Ukrainian-American businessman from Texas, to join the newly formed board, the person said. Also on the list was Robert Bensh, another Texan who frequently works in Ukraine, the Energy Department confirmed.

Gordon D. Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, and Kurt D. Volker, then the State Department’s special envoy to Ukraine, were also in the room, according to photographs reviewed by AP. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to fear of retaliation, said he was floored by the American requests because the person had always viewed the U.S. government “as having a higher ethical standard.”

The Naftogaz supervisory board is supposed to be selected by the Ukrainian president’s Cabinet in consultation with international institutions, including the International Monetary Fund, the United States and the European Union. It must be approved by the Ukrainian Cabinet. Ukrainian officials perceived Perry’s push to swap out the board as circumventing that established process, according to the person in the room.

U.S. Energy Department spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes said Perry had consistently called for the modernization of Ukraine’s business and energy sector in an effort to create an environment that will incentivize Western companies to do business there. She said Perry delivered that same message in the May meeting with Zelenskiy.

“What he did not do is advocate for the business interests of any one individual or company,” Hynes said Saturday. “That is fiction being pushed by those who are disingenuously seeking to advance a nefarious narrative that does not exist.”

Hynes said the Ukrainian government had requested U.S. recommendations to advise the country on energy matters, and Perry provided those recommendations. She confirmed Bleyzer was on the list.

Bleyzer, whose company is based in Houston, did not respond on Saturday to a voicemail seeking comment. Bensh also did not respond to a phone message.

Perry has close ties to the Texas oil and gas industry. He appointed Bleyzer to a two-year term on a state technologies fund board in 2009. The following year, records show Bleyzer donated $20,000 to Perry’s reelection campaign.

Zelenskiy’s office declined to comment on Saturday.

In an interview Friday with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Perry said that “as God as my witness” he never discussed Biden or his son in meetings with Ukrainian or U.S. officials, including Trump or Giuliani. He did confirm he had had a conversation with Giuliani by phone, but a spokeswoman for the energy secretary declined to say when that call was or whether the two had discussed Naftogaz.

In Lithuania on Monday, Perry said he could not recall whether Bleyzer’s name was on the list provided to Zelenskiy. But Perry confirmed he had known Bleyzer for years and called him “a really brilliant, capable businessman.”

“I would recommend him for a host of different things in Kyiv because he knows the country,” Perry said of Bleyzer. “He’s from there. So, why not? I mean I would be stunned if someone said that would you eliminate Michael Bleyzer from a recommendation of people you ought to talk to about how to do business in the country, whether they’re knowledgeable. It’d be remarkable if I didn’t say, `Talk to Michael.“’


          

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NEW YORK – A federal judge Monday emphatically rejected President Donald Trump’s challenge to the release of his tax returns to New York prosecutors, saying the president’s broad claim of immunity from all criminal investigations is at odds with the Constitution. But an appeals court blocked any handover of the records for now.

At issue is a request from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. that Trump’s accounting firm turn over eight years’ worth of his business and personal tax returns for an investigation into the payment of hush money to two women who claimed to have had affairs with the president.

U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero turned down Trump’s attempt to keep the tax returns under wraps, saying the president was making a “categorical and limitless assertion of presidential immunity.”

The president’s lawyers immediately appealed to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and it granted a temporary stay of the judge’s ruling “pending expedited review” by the court.

“The Radical Left Democrats have failed on all fronts,” Trump fumed on Twitter, “so now they are pushing local New York City and State Democrat prosecutors to go get President Trump. A thing like this has never happened to any President before. Not even close!”

The criminal investigation in New York is unfolding with Trump already under siege on Capitol Hill from a fast-moving impeachment drive set off by his attempts to get Ukraine’s leader to investigate his political rival Joe Biden. The judge’s ruling marked the latest in a string of setbacks for the president in the past couple of weeks.

Trump’s lawyers have said that the investigation led by Vance, a Democrat, is politically motivated and that the request for his tax records should be stopped because he is immune from any criminal probe as long as he is president.

Marrero called Trump’s claim of broad immunity “extraordinary” and “an overreach of executive power.”

“As the court reads it, presidential immunity would stretch to cover every phase of criminal proceedings, including investigations, grand jury proceedings and subpoenas, indictment, prosecution, arrest, trial, conviction, and incarceration,” the judge wrote. “That constitutional protection presumably would encompass any conduct, at any time, in any forum, whether federal or state, and whether the President acted alone or in concert with other individuals.”

The judge said couldn’t accept that legal view, “especially in the light of the fundamental concerns over excessive arrogation of power” that led the founding fathers to create a balance of power among the three branches of government.

Trump’s lawyers and the district attorney’s office did not immediately comment in response to the ruling. Justice Department attorneys in Washington, who had urged Marrero to delay deciding the issue, declined to comment.

Vance began his probe after federal prosecutors in New York completed their investigation into payments that Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, arranged to be paid to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal to keep them silent during the presidential race. The Trump Organization later reimbursed Cohen.

Cohen is serving a three-year prison sentence for crimes that included campaign finance violations in connection with the hush money.

Trump was never charged, though prosecutors said publicly that he was aware of and directed the illegal payments. Justice Department policy has long been that sitting presidents cannot be charged criminally.

Trump has steadfastly refused to make his tax returns public, breaking from a tradition set by presidents and presidential candidates decades ago.

Grand jury proceedings and records in New York are secret. If Vance gains access to Trump’s returns through a grand jury investigation, that doesn’t mean that their contents will be disclosed publicly.

It is unclear what Trump’s returns might have to do with the criminal investigation.


          

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WASHINGTON – An attorney for the whistleblower who sounded the alarm about President Donald Trump’s pressure on Ukraine said Sunday that “multiple” whistleblowers have come forward, deepening a political quagmire that has engulfed the president as well as several of his Cabinet members.

The news comes as House Democrats are accelerating their impeachment inquiry and subpoenaing documents related to Trump’s efforts to push foreign countries to investigate one of his political opponents, former vice president Joe Biden.

“I can confirm that my firm and my team represent multiple whistleblowers in connection to the underlying August 12, 2019, disclosure to the Intelligence Community Inspector General,” the whistleblower’s attorney, Andrew Bakaj, said in a tweet. “No further comment at this time.”

Mark Zaid, who also is a member of the original whistleblower’s legal team, confirmed to the Washington Post that the team is now representing a second whistleblower, someone who works in the intelligence community. The second individual has spoken to the inspector general of the intelligence community and has not filed a complaint.

“Doesn’t need to,” Zaid said in a text message, adding that the person has “first hand knowledge that supported the first whistleblower.”

News that the original whistleblower’s team is representing a second person was first reported Sunday by ABC News.

Trump seized on the latest development in a Sunday night tweet.

“Democrat lawyer is same for both Whistleblowers? All support Obama and Crooked Hillary. Witch Hunt!” he said.

The crisis, which began last month with media reports revealing the original whistleblower’s complaint, has quickly metastasized across the Trump administration, ensnaring senior officials such as Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who came under further scrutiny over the weekend.

Trump largely stayed out of public view, spending Saturday at his golf club in Sterling, Virginia, and Sunday at the White House. In tweets, he attacked Democrats and some Republican detractors, including Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, whose ouster he demanded Saturday after Romney criticized him.

He also appeared to directly link the 2020 presidential race to his efforts to push Ukraine to investigate Biden, contrary to a tweet on Friday declaring that “this has NOTHING to do with politics or a political campaign against the Bidens.”

“And by the way, I would LOVE running against 1% Joe Biden – I just don’t think it’s going to happen,” Trump tweeted Sunday, arguing that Biden and his family were “PAID OFF, pure and simple!”

“Sleepy Joe won’t get to the starting gate, & based on all of the money he & his family probably ‘extorted,’ Joe should hang it up,” Trump added. “I wouldn’t want him dealing with China & [Ukraine]!”

Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates responded by calling it “puzzling” that Trump would claim to love the prospect of a matchup against Biden, “seeing as how he just sent his administration into a tailspin by trying to bully a foreign country into spreading a comprehensively debunked conspiracy theory about the vice president.”

Biden’s son Hunter served for nearly five years on the board of Burisma, Ukraine’s largest private gas company, whose owner came under scrutiny by Ukrainian prosecutors for possible abuse of power and unlawful enrichment. Hunter Biden was not accused of any wrongdoing in the investigation.

As vice president, Joe Biden pressured Ukraine to fire the top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, whom Biden and other Western officials, including Republicans, accused of not sufficiently pursuing corruption cases. At the time, the investigation into Burisma was dormant, according to former Ukrainian and U.S. officials.

On Saturday, Perry’s discussions with Ukrainian officials came to attention amid reports that Trump told Republicans on Friday that he made the July 25 call with the Ukrainian president at the request of Perry.

Asked about Trump’s comments, which were first reported by Axios, Energy Department spokeswoman Shylyn Hynes said in an email that Perry encouraged Trump to speak with Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky to discuss energy security.

Pompeo, who was scheduled to return to Washington on Sunday, is facing growing pressure from Democrats seeking Ukraine-related documents.

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that Pompeo, who had spent much of the past week in Europe, missed a Friday deadline to comply with a subpoena for information about the State Department’s dealings with Ukraine. Pompeo asserts that a letter sent to the committee constitutes the department’s initial response.

The whistleblower complaint accused Trump of asking the Ukrainian government to help him with his reelection bid by launching an investigation into Biden. Democrats are also probing whether Trump’s decision to withhold nearly $400 million in military assistance from Ukraine was linked to his push for the government there to pursue political investigations that could bolster the president’s reelection bid.

Text messages between State Department officials, revealed by House Democrats last week, show that there was at least some concern that Trump was pursuing an improper quid pro quo.

“As I said on the phone, I think it’s crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign,” diplomat William Taylor wrote on Sept. 9 to Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union.

Sondland, who has denied that Trump sought a quid pro quo, has agreed to meet privately on Tuesday with the three House panels – Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight – spearheading the probe, according to a committee aide.

On Friday, those three committees subpoenaed the White House for documents and wrote a letter to Vice President Mike Pence demanding that he turn over documents related to his talks with Zelensky.

Speaking at a Republican event in Louisiana on Saturday, Pence criticized Democrats but gave no indication about whether he would comply with their document request.

“Do-Nothing Democrats launched a partisan impeachment inquiry in a blatant attempt to overturn the will of the American people in the last election,” he said.

On Sunday, Trump’s campaign announced that the president would be traveling to Lake Charles, Louisiana, to hold a rally on Friday. The president will also have a rally on Wednesday in Minneapolis.

No White House officials made appearances on the Sunday morning news shows, leaving it up to congressional Republicans and Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to defend the president in heated interviews during which they offered at-times-contradictory explanations for the president’s actions.

In a combative exchange on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” host Chuck Todd urged Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., to explain why he told the Wall Street Journal about his concern in the summer that Trump had sought to link Ukrainian military aid to an investigation of the Bidens.

Johnson repeatedly declined to answer, instead raising a conspiracy theory and criticizing the media before finally stating that Trump had “adamantly denied” any quid pro quo.

Johnson also at one point said he does not trust U.S. intelligence agencies. “Something pretty fishy happened during the 2016 campaign and in the transition, the early part of the Trump presidency, and we still don’t know,” he said.

“We do know the answer,” an exasperated Todd responded, adding: “You’re making a choice not to believe the investigations that have taken place.”

Giuliani issued a defiant defense of Trump in an interview on Fox News Channel’s “MediaBuzz” in which he argued that the president “has every right to ask countries to help us in a criminal investigation that should be undertaken.”

Giuliani was named in the whistleblower’s complaint and in a rough transcript of Trump’s phone call with Zelensky as being a key intermediary in back-channel efforts to pursue the allegations against Biden.

But other Republicans sought to play down Trump’s comments, including his exchange with reporters outside the White House on Thursday in which he urged China to investigate Biden.

In an interview on ABC News’s “This Week,” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, echoed a suggestion on Friday by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., that Trump’s China statement was not “a real request.”

“George, you really think he was serious about thinking that China’s going to investigate the Biden family? … I think he’s getting the press all spun up about this,” Jordan told host George Stephanopoulos.

During the interview, Stephanopoulos repeatedly sought an answer from Jordan on whether he thinks it is appropriate for Trump to ask China and Ukraine to investigate Biden. Jordan dodged the question more than a dozen times.

Democrats on Sunday defended their party’s efforts to pursue an impeachment inquiry.

In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., a member of the Intelligence Committee, supported Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s view that no vote by the full House is necessary for an impeachment inquiry to move forward.

She added that she thinks the House “will have to take a serious look at articles of impeachment” based on the evidence that has emerged.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, N.Y., a key member of House Democratic leadership, said on “This Week” that “the evidence of wrongdoing by Donald Trump is hiding in plain sight.”

“The administration, without justification, withheld $391 million in military aid from a vulnerable Ukraine,” he said. “The president then pressured a foreign leader to interfere in the 2020 elections and target an American citizen for political gain. That is textbook abuse of power.”


          

Whistleblower wrote memo after learning of Ukraine call, saying WH official called it 'crazy,' 'frightening' - Fox News

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  1. Whistleblower wrote memo after learning of Ukraine call, saying WH official called it 'crazy,' 'frightening'  Fox News
  2. Impeachment inquiry latest: House committees issue new subpoenas in Ukraine probe — live updates  CBS News
  3. Impeaching Trump Voters  The Wall Street Journal
  4. New poll further casts doubt on impeachment effort | TheHill  The Hill
  5. Steve Hilton: What no one has been reporting about the Trump-Ukraine impeachment saga  Fox News
  6. View full coverage on Google News

          

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The White House announced on Sunday that President Trump has backed a Turkish plan that would clear away U.S.-backed Kurdish forces near the Turkish border in Syria and result in the United States not participating in military activity in the area, reports the New York Times. Turkey views the Kurdish forces, who are part of the Syrian Democratic Forces, as a terrorist insurgency and has long lobbied the United States to cut support for the group. The Washington Post reports that the United States has already begun withdrawing U.S. troops near the border as of Monday morning. An attorney representing the intelligence community whistleblower whose complaint gave rise to the Ukraine scandal confirmed via Twitter that his team now “represent[s] multiple whistleblowers in connection to the underlying August 12, 2019, disclosure to the Intelligence Community Inspector General.” The Washington Post reports that another attorney signaled that a second individual has…
          

"I’d like to offer a rule of thumb for evaluating political news: If a fact is reported the same by both the left-leaning and the right-leaning press, it’s probably a fact."

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"If not, wait and see. It’s also smart to wait a week or two before you make up your mind, as the fog of war often makes early reporting unreliable. But after the fog clears, if all sides agree on a fact, it’s probably a fact. Or at least it’s credible, even if future reporting debunks it.... If you strip out the parts of the Ukraine story we can’t yet know to be true... Vice President Biden was handling the Ukraine portfolio while his son had a financial interest in Ukraine, and that is enough of a conflict to merit an investigation. We all agree that the sitting president is responsible for protecting the integrity of American elections and generally keeping foreign interference in U.S. politics to a minimum. That’s what Mr. Trump was doing on the Ukraine phone call.... All sides can also agree that Mr. Trump was serving his own re-election interests by asking Ukraine to investigate Mr. Biden. But we also agree our political system allows…
          

House Democrats subpoena White House and demand documents from VP Pence regarding Ukraine

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House Democrats subpoenaed Acting Chief of Staff to the President, John Mulvaney, for documents and requested documents from Vice President Mike Pence on Friday relating to President Donald Trump’s interactions with the Ukrainian President and delay of military assistance to Ukraine that are at the center of the impeachment inquiry that is currently underway. The subpoena to the Chief of Staff and the request for documents to the Vice President were sent by Democratic committee chairmen Representative Adam Schiff of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Representative Eliot Engel of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Representative Elijah Cummings of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. The document request sent to the Vice President asks for all information regarding the telephone conversations between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, communications between several departments relating to those conversations, meetings…
          

Jane Mayer is a hack

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Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "First Family Material?"

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Once upon a time, Jane Mayer was a respected journalist.  With Jill Abramson, she'd reported the truth about Clarence Thomas.  Then, during the Bully Boy Bush era, she reported on torture. 

Since?

That's when she becomes a hack.

Her most significant 'contribution' during Barack Obama's two terms as president?  A NEW YORKER piece trashing Christians. 

Wow, Jane, what a wonder you are.

More recently?  She ripped apart women who accused Al Franken of inappropriate behaivor.

That's right, she's become the female David Brock.

Her latest garbage?

An article insisting Joe Biden is innocent and anyone who says otherwise is a conspiracy theorist.

She's such f**king liar.  Jill's already destroyed her reputation (stealing other people's paragraphs and calling it your own writing will harm your reputation).  Now we've got Jane.

What most of us are accusing Joe Biden of is allowing his brother James and his son Hunter to grift on his name.

Guess what?  No matter how Jane dismisses it, that's serious and it happened.

That's corruption.  While he was Vice President, his family sold access to him to make a profit.

That's corruption.

Jane Mayer is a hack.  No one should confuse her with a reporter.  Somewhere around 2006, she stopped reporting.  She's an embarrassment.


"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):

Monday, October 7, 2019.  It's a snapshot that mentions Carly Simon, Aretha Franklin, Gore Vidal, Iraqi protesters, Hunter Biden and the supreme idiot Alyssa Milano.


Let's start with the race in the US for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.  And let's start with one of the country's biggest losers, Alyssa Milano.

She was a child actress, she was not a child star.  No studio came rushing to her saying, "Let's build a film around you!!!"  Not even a movie about a child who ends up in an adult body.  Drew Barrymore was a child star.  Movies were built around her.  As a young adult, both Drew and Alyssa starred in films about Amy Fisher.  Drew did a wonderful job portraying Amy and Alyssa played Alyssa before the cameras but they called her "Amy Fisher."

As an adult, Alyssa got by on her boobs.  That's all she had to offer.  She never took to the time to study acting and she still gives the sort of 'performance' you'd expect from a child actress.  She can recite lines very well, she just can't create a character.

She's latched on to #MeToo -- though she didn't create it.  Rose McGowen has rightly called her out as fake ass.  We have called her that too.  Yes, Ileana Douglas is a friend of mine and, yes, Martin Scorsese had told me years ago about what Leslie Moonves did to Ileana.  So, yes, I had a reason to defend her (and I noted all of that when I noted it here).  What's Alyssa's reason for not standing with Ileana?  Oh, that's right, she wanted Leslie to greenlight a TV show for her.

The whore stayed silent -- while preening and posing as brave and pretending to lead on MeToo -- because she wanted a TV show.

So the whore needs to shut up.  She won't though.

She has no career and that's all the more pathetic when you grasp that she's married to a William Morris agent who uses the agency to get her jobs.  So these pathetic jobs she's had in the last few years?  From using the agency.  Clients who aren't working and aren't married to a William Morris agent should register that she's getting jobs while they aren't.

She can't act.  She thinks doing what she did as a child qualifies as acting.  She's a stupid hick who's gotten by on her breasts back when she was young and now depends on hubby to get her jobs.

She can't act.

She's tried to play 'activist.'

One of those attempts include her pushing "PatriotNotPartisan" and she hectors Republicans whom she finds lacking.

But if she truly believed in patriotism over party, she wouldn't reTweet crap like this.

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Dear sane people : Any time the name Hunter Biden crosses a person’s lips, please inform them of this.
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Dear sane people :

Any time the name Hunter Biden crosses a person’s lips, please inform them of this.



Wally and Cedric called it out last night:







  • They note how you don't reTweet Neera if you're a feminist.  They note Neera is a two-bit bitch who outed a woman who was being sexually harassed at work (Neera was the one who should have stopped the harassment, not covered it up, not outed the female who came forward), they noted that Neera, as revealed in her own e-mails, knew that Hillary shouldn't have used a private e-mail and what a scandal that was, they noted Neera herself has assaulted an employee and so much more.

    A polite society doesn't reTweet Neera.  And no feminist should ever do it.

    But here's the point I'm making, Alyssa, don't say you put country above party when you reTweet that crap.

    Hunter Biden is the portrait of corruption.  That doesn't mean Trumps can't be as well.  But on the left, we police our own or we are nothing but partisans.

    I know this is hard for you because you're not just a hack, you're also an uneducated hick.  You never went to a real school, you never went to college, you're just a really dumb person who spits out what people tell you.  You lack the energy to educate yourself, you lack the skill to analyze.  It's why you're so tired and pointless as an actress.  It's why your idea of being 'political' is a bigger joke than you are.

    Take your botched plastic surgery and your Democratic Party talking points that you try to pass off as insight and just sit down.  Don't stand up again until your lazy ass has gone to college.  And forget anyone voting you into public office.  You're an uneducated idiot.  No one in California will want you to represent them and I will back your opponent in the primary and get everyone I know to back them as well.

    You are a menace to the public square.  You try to use your fleeting fame to promote the ideas of party hacks, you offer nothing original, you only repeat and steal.

    I don't have time for you and, frankly, the country doesn't either.

    Let me note thanks to ____ for typing this dictation.

    I am literally spitting blood.  I had a tooth crack last night and had to have surgery and, apparently due to the diabetes, the bleeding hasn't stopped yet.

    But I am taking the time to call out Alyssa because she is a danger to the public square.  She has an audience of desperate shut-ins. 

    Alyssa's nonsense gives the appearance of celebrity but she's a faded actress who couldn't make it in the real world of adult acting.  She was miserable on MELROSE PLACE because the stars of that show didn't like her (nor did the fans).  She went to CHARMED and promptly began causing problems.  She was a producer for the last half of the show's run -- a producer of a show set in San Francisco.  So why didn't 'woke' Alyssa ever insist upon a gay or lesbian character?  There were none -- apparently Phoebe lived in a special part of San Francisco inhabited by straights only.  In addition, all the African-American characters (really just two) were created before Alyssa was a producer.  "Woke," my ass.  When people note her cultural appropriation these days or her racist portrayals of Native Americans, they should grasp her history.   CHARMED ended 13 years ago.  Her 'acting' since?  Everyone hated her on the set of MY NAME IS EARL.  Her sitcom ROMANTICALLY CHALLENGED resulted in the suit that championed the show getting fired and was so bad that ABC only aired four of the six filmed episodes and issued an edict that Alyssa wasn't to be cast in any ABC sitcoms.  On MISTRESSES, she tried to pull the crap she pulled on CHARMED and get people fired but ABC backed KJ Steinberg and Tina Mimoun and told Alyssa she could leave.  (Which Alyssa then pretended was her decision and was a result of the series moving to Canada.  Did no one notice that "I can't leave my children" Alyssa now films in Georgia?)  She was a witch on that set and all the actresses were thrilled when Alyssa was let go.  Her current show?  The actual stars of INSATIABLE are pretty damn tired of Alyssa billing herself as a star of the show.  Not only is it a show about a teenage girl, but adult Alyssa isn't even in every episode.  She is not a star of the show.

    Alyssa and her shut-ins need to grasp that Alyssa's career ended some time ago and that's there's something deeply disturbing about a 46-year-old woman who delivers the same performance -- over and over -- that she did as a child.

    Joe Biden?




    From yesterday, that's Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "First Family Material?" about Hunter Biden.

    As Kate Aronoff has noted, "We need to talk about Hunter Biden."  From her column at THE GUARDIAN:


    The standard lines from Democrats about Hunter Biden and his business dealings in China and Ukraine have been consistent: Donald Trump has abused the office of the president by asking foreign leaders to investigate Biden’s son, and there is absolutely no proof that either Joe or Hunter Biden have done anything to break the law. Any questionable dealings by Biden’s son also pale in comparison to ethical breaches on the part of Ivanka, Eric or Donald Trump Jr, who have routinely blurred the lines between the extended Trump Organization – the family’s business empire –and their presence in the White House.
    This is all true, and arguably these are the right lines vis-a-vis the long overdue impeachment proceedings. What’s harder to shake is the fact that Hunter Biden’s career is undeniably shady in the way that only the son of a longtime Washington insider could muster, failing upwards into positions of influence and power on the merits of his last name. And that should be considered a huge liability to Joe Biden, for months now considered heir apparent for the Democratic party’s presidential nomination.

    It's interesting when educated women speak and write -- Sarah Chayes, Kate Aronoff.  They're not screaming, "Say Trump! Say Trump!" No, educated women -- pay attention, Alyssa -- realize this is a real issue and that is needs to be discussed.

    If you believe that Donald Trump and his family have done corrupt things since he became president, great, call him out on it.  But grasp, it's going to be hard to call him out in a general debate -- to call him out on corruption -- if Joe Biden is the nominee.  That's why you need a strong nominee -- and, yes, strength does include (and always has) integrity.

    Sing it, Aretha.





    Behold the $50k/month international business genius: “Hunter...aske#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/21414&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.comd a homeless man in Pershing Square where he could buy crack. Hunter said that the man took him to a nearby homeless encampment...He returned to buy more crack a few times that week.”







    Integrity.  Not to be found in Hunter Biden.

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    Hunter Biden at least served in the military the great kids of Don have no experience, don’t know how the government operates and no degree related to government or defense. Throwing stones at glass houses can be quite dangerous.




    Poor, dumb Debbie.

    Beau Biden served in the military.  Hunter?  He was in the Reserves, yes, but they kicked him out for cocaine use.







    So that's really not a plus or something to brag about on the resume.

    Last week, Senator Bernie Sanders had a heart attack.  He continues to seek the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.   Bernie's speechwriter Tweeted:

    A class act.
    The news is dominated by “the whistleblower,” the CIA officer who reported to the CIA Inspector General (IG) that President Donald Trump may have committed a crime during a conversation with the president of Ukraine.  I’ve been fascinated by the story for a couple of reasons. 
    First, as a whistleblower and a former CIA officer, I know what must have been going through the guy’s mind as he was coming to the decision to make a report on the president of the United States.  That is, if he is a real whistleblower. 

    If he’s a whistleblower, and not a CIA plant whose task it is to take down the president, then his career is probably over.  Intelligence agencies only pay lip service to whistleblowing. A potential whistleblower is supposed to go through the chain of command as the current whistleblower did.  If an employee has evidence of waste, fraud, abuse, illegality, or threats to the public health or public safety, he is supposed to go to the Inspector General.  The IG, then is supposed to go to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI).  And when the DNI investigates and finds the complaint credible, he then takes it to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees.  That sounds straightforward, but it’s not. 


    Check out the whole article.  Grasp that it's not necessarily as simple and straightforward as the media wants to portray it. 

    Also read Ava and C.I.'s "TV: Few survive THE POLITICIAN."


    "Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):
    Wednesday, October 2, 2019.  The corruption in the Biden family is a reflection on Joe and in Iraq the security forces attack the protesters.


    Starting in the US with the race for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination and starting with the still fading 'front runner' Joe Biden.  War Hawk Joe is the choice of those who would do nothing.  The demands and the needs of people in 2019?  Ignore them, says Joe.  Medicare For All, they don't deserve it.  He's not going to a damn thing.  I would say "except speak a little better than Donald Trump" but Joe can't speak better as we all know.

    He certainly can't 'restore ethics' to the White House.  Not with his family.  In recent weeks, a great deal has been rightly made about his niece Caroline Biden.  A few years after she got to walk on assaulting a police officer (if she were African-American, she'd probably been killed in response), Caroline stole over $100,000 by charging -- to a credit card that she had stolen -- purchases at a drug store.  Was the buying drugs?  That's the first question the press should be asking.  As Marcia noted last night, it's doubtful she racked up over $100,000 in charges on toothpaste and tampons.  The second question the press should be asking is what happened to the two men who found Joe's granddaughter's credit card?  When Naomi Biden lost her credit card, two men found it and used it for three purchases.  What sentence did they receive because they charged no where near $100,000.  At least one of those men were African-American.

    Most importantly, the press should be asking about the charges.  Caroline was not charged as she should have been.  The press needs to ask why?  Were favors called in?  She was guilty as hell, that's reality.  If a plea deal was made on that case, that needs to be explained.  As it stands, in the state of New York, she should have additional charges the most pertinent being forgery.  There's no way she charged over $100,000 without signing a slip at some point -- a slip with someone else's name since she had stolen the card.  She should have been charged with identity fraud as well.

    This was never an issue, for the prosecutors, of can we prove it in court?  The proof was all there, she would have been convicted in court -- and faced a real sentence.  So why did the prosecutors make a deal with her?

    People are up in arms over Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, among others, buying their children's way into college.  (As disclosed years ago at THIRD, I know Lori.)  How is Caroline stealing over $100,000 not more appalling?  Don't say, "She's a kid."  No, she wasn't..  She was in her late 20s when that happened, she's over thirty now.

    She was allowed to enter a guilty please to two charges.  Why was that allowed?  She'd already assaulted a police officer which, grasp this, is a violent crime.  Who called in favors to get Joe Biden's niece a sweetheart deal that let her admit to fewer charges than she should have been charged with and allowed her to serve no time at all after stealing over $100,000.

    Theft and corruption is a pattern with the Biden family.  And, yes, it does reflect on Joe and it should.  Roger Clinton reflected on Bill Clinton, Billy Carter reflected on Jimmy Carter.  In what world do the actions of Caroline Biden, her father James Biden (Joe's brother) and Joe's son Hunter Biden not reflect on Joe?

    And let's grasp too that Hunter turns fifty in a few months.  Fifty.  And he's currently got a woman suing him for paternity.  How's Joe going to reassure American families when the reality is that Hunter Biden's not providing for the child that's supposed to be his own?  Even staffers on Joe's campaign have told me it's obvious Hunter's the father of that child.

    Family values?  Deadbeat Dad who won't step up to the plate and that's family values?  And Hunter's not a 20-year-old gas pump jockey.  By unethical means, he's earned millions.  And he won't pay child support.

    Hunter is unethical and he is the poster boy for "as a Biden" -- remember Joe lying about an incident that didn't happen the way he said it did and swearing that it was true, giving his word "as a Biden."  Hunter's actions (and James and Caroline's actions) say a lot more about what happens "as a Biden."  Patrick Martin (WSWS) notes:

    The younger Biden has always been the black sheep of the family, even according to various sympathetic accounts, most of them appearing in publications—The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Washington Post—favorable to the Democrats.
    The New Yorker piece, at more than 10,000 words by far the longest, published in July, was obviously planted by the Biden campaign for the purpose of venting all the bad news about Hunter Biden as a preemptive measure against anticipated stink bombs from the Trump campaign.
    It was prepared through lengthy interviews by reporter Adam Entous with Hunter Biden. And it delivers a lot of bad news about a career devoted apparently to influence-peddling and drug abuse, both on a scale that matches or exceeds that of any dubious relative of any previous president, at least until Donald Trump.
    Hunter Biden was hired by MBNA bank in Delaware, fresh out of Yale Law School, and paid a six-figure salary at the age of 26 because his father was a senator from that state and a fervent defender of the bank and credit card industries. MBNA was then the largest US issuer of credit cards.
    He then moved to Washington to take a position in the last years of the Clinton administration. Once the Republicans came to power with the George W. Bush administration, in 2001, he became a lobbyist, helping Jesuit Catholic colleges insert earmarks into congressional appropriations bills.
    When earmarks became more difficult to obtain, and after losing money in a speculative venture on the eve of the 2007-2008 financial crash, Biden formed a “consulting” group with Christopher Heinz, stepson of Senator John Kerry and an heir to the Heinz fortune, and a Yale friend of Heinz’s, Devon Archer.
    Inevitably, after his father’s election as vice president, given a prominent international role in the Obama-Biden administration, Hunter Biden’s consulting firm branched out into global deal-making, focusing on countries where influence-peddling would be most lucrative and actual business credentials least necessary, among others, China and Ukraine.
    In China, the younger Biden traveled on Air Force Two in 2013 with his father, who was making an official trip to Beijing. In the course of this, Hunter Biden introduced a Chinese business partner, Jonathan Li, to the vice president. He left China with promises of future investments, although not with the $1.5 billion that Trump now falsely claims. According to Hunter Biden’s attorney, no money has yet flowed from that particular connection.
    Another Chinese business prospect gave Hunter Biden a diamond worth either $80,000 (according to his ex-wife’s divorce suit) or $10,000, according to Biden’s response to the suit, but in any case, much beyond the normal range of business gratuities.
    But Ukraine is where Hunter Biden has apparently cashed in most extensively, trading on his father’s name and position. In 2013-2014, a right-wing populist movement backed by the CIA and the German government gained the upper hand in an internal power struggle within the Ukraine capitalist class.
    The Maidan “revolution” was actually a right-wing coup, spearheaded by outright fascist forces, some of whom marched under Nazi insignias, against the elected president, Viktor Yanukovych, who was aligned with the Russian government of Vladimir Putin.
    Ukraine has been a “wild west” for the operations of foreign intelligence services and capitalist oligarchs at least since the so-called Orange Revolution of 2004, the first successful effort by Washington to bring to power a US-backed regime in one of the major countries emerging from the breakup of the Soviet Union.


    Joe Biden trots out his dead family members every chance he gets.  He's been married to Jill, for example, for decades.  But he can't stop trying to get sympathy for losing his first wife.  Apparently, he also trots the dead members out constantly becuase the living ones are so damn corrupt.

    I believe it was Elizabeth Edwards, in the fall of 2007, who suggested to the press that if Hillary couldn't even handle her family how was she up to the job of president?  At best, Joe has just looked the other way as unethical deals have been made by his family members who used access to him to rake in millions.  At worst?  Joe may have been an active participant.

    He's stated he never spoke to Hunter about the Ukraine deal.  Hunter told THE NEW YORKER that they had one conversation.  But let's again note this Tweet about a photo that was unearthed this week.



    BREAKING: After Joe Biden claimed that he never discussed his son’s foreign business dealings with him, A photo surfaced, from 2014, showing the former VP and his son golfing with a board member of the Ukrainian company that paid Hunter Biden $50k a month. This. Is. Corruption.
     
     


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    Yesterday's snapshot noted the protest that were just starting to take place in Baghdad (and elsewhere in Iraq).  Last night, Margaret Griffis (ANTIWAR.COM) noted:

    Protests across Iraq have left at least 10 dead and 286 wounded. The injured included 40 security personnel. The fatalities occurred in Baghdad and Nasariya. At least 11 people were arrested in Basra. The Iraqi government blamed “groups of riot inciters” for the violence.
    At least 1,000 people gathered in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, where much of the violence took place; the trigger may have been an attempt to enter the Green Zone. This is largest gathering since Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi took power last year. Security personnel at some point had turned to live ammunition to disperse the crowds. Demonstrations were also reported in Basra, Dhi Qar, Diwaniya, Karbala, Najaf, Nasariya and Wasit. Use of live ammo to clear protesters was also reported in Nasariya, where a fatality occurred.
    Among the complaints are lack of  basic services, rampant corruption, and unequal treatment within the Iraqi Army. Many of the protesters are unemployable college graduates. Riots during the summer of 2018 turned deadly as well. Today, however, the recent removal Iraq’s counterterrorism chief, Lt. Gen. Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi from his post was an added motive to demonstrate; many marchers carried his photo with them.

    When it comes to protests, I always have to question Margaret's wording.  The headline, for example, "protest turn violent."  Really?  Now Margaret can rightly question me back (that I'm too sympathetic to protesters) but the protests didn't turn violent, the security response was violent.  For me, her voice is always too passive when Iraqi security attacks the Iraqi people.

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    Nickelback's label forced Twitter to delete a video tweeted by Trump

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    In 2005, Canadian grunge rockers Nickelback released a hit single called "Photograph." In the video, lead singer Chad Kroeger holds up a framed picture of himself and Nickelback's producer Joey Moi as the lyric "Look at this photograph" is heard in the background.

    In 2008, the image of Kroeger holding up the picture frame became a popular meme. According to Know Your Meme, it started on a page called "Nickelback is racist" and the meme depicted Kroeger holding up a photo of a man in blackface.


    Since, people replaced the image of Kroger and Moi with anything form Trump to Harambe. The memes are also used to mock Nickelback, because even though they've sold over 50 million albums, they are the most despised musical acts on the planet.



    RELATED: Ivanka claimed the 'force is strong' in her family and Luke Skywalker wasn't having it

    On Tuesday, October 2nd, President Trump got in on the act, sharing a video that uses the "Photograph" frame, but this time the photograph is of Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, and Devon Archer, identified only as a "Ukrainian gas exec."

    The photo had recently been shown on Fox News.

    Here's video of the tweet.

    The tweet was Trump's attempt at a "gotcha" moment because Joe Biden claims he never talked with his son about his foreign business dealings. However, just because they were playing golf doesn't mean business was discussed.

    RELATED: Hillary Clinton discusses Trump's impeachment to a crowd chanting 'Lock him up!'

    Trump is currently under the threat of impeachment because he attempted to extort the president of Ukraine to get damaging information about the Biden family.

    Warner Music Group, the company that owns Roadrunner Records, which produced the 2005 Nickelback album "All the Right Reasons" filed a copyright claim with Twitter over the use of the song, "Photograph" in the Tweet.

    On Wednesday, Twitter deleted the video.

    "Per our copyright policy, we respond to valid copyright complaints sent to us by a copyright owner or their authorized representatives,"a Twitter spokesperson told BuzzFeed News.

    It's strange that twitter can get a video tweeted out by Trump deleted because of a copyright violation. But Trump sent out a tweet that other day that basically threatened a civil war, but Twitter wouldn't take it down.

    Nickelback hasn't said anything about the controversy. The band is currently on tour in Brazil.

    Nickelback's label's victory over Trump has some on social media reassessing their feelings about the band.







              

    Hillary Clinton discusses Trump's impeachment to a crowd chanting 'Lock him up!'

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    One of the darkest refrains of the Trump presidency have been the crowds at his rallies chanting "Lock her up" at the mention of Hillary Clinton's name.

    The idea that an American president would threaten to imprison a political rival smacks of authoritarian tactics that have no place in a democracy.

    These days, the chants seem rather ironic being that Donald Trump is facing an impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives for trying to extort the president of Ukraine. If Trump is removed from office, he may face legal consequences for his actions which could mean jail time.


    "The Late Show" host Stephen Colbert had fun with the idea of Trump being locked up on his show Monday night when his guests were former Secretary of State Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea.

    Amber Guyger, the off-duty cop who murdered an unarmed black man in his own apartment, found guilty

    At the start of the interview, Colbert asked Clinton about the impeachment inquiry saying, "Is it time to — dare I say — lock him up?"

    Then the crowd began chanting "Lock him up" to Clinton's chagrin and then she motioned with her hand to tamp down the chanting.

    When the crowed quieted, Clinton said that the impeachment inquiry is "exactly what should be done."

    "I believe strongly that this particular incident has had such a huge impact because we've known for a long time that he [Trump] was a corrupt businessman who cheated people, and we've known that he and his campaign asked for aid from Russia, we've known that," said Clinton.

    "But to see him in the office of the president putting his own personal and political interest ahead of the national security of our country just pierced through whatever confusion or denial people had. And, at that point, Speaker Pelosi rightly said this is something we have to investigate and that's what's going on."

    Colbert admits that Trump's dealings with Ukraine have changed his opinion on impeachment.

    "I was never a big 'let's impeach him' fan," Colbert said. "I thought we should go to the ballot box. But when someone is clearly using the office that they're in to subvert the ballot box. To use by corrupt means influence fro other countries to maintain their office, what good is that ballot box at that point?"

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    Clinton knows about impeachment. Her husband was impeached in 1998 and, as a young lawyer, she worked on the case against Richard Nixon. She believes that Trump's actions are exactly what the framers of the Constitution were defending against.

    "To undermine the oath that he took to protect and defend the Constitution and the American people that's what falls right into the definition of an impeachable offense," she said.

    Colbert also asked Clinton's thoughts on current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was on the call when President Trump attempted to extort the president of Ukraine.

    "How many times when you were Secretary of State did you have to say to Barack Obama 'You can't extort foreign countries'?

    "Yeah, that never happened," Clinton laughed.


              

    US Approves Sale Of 150 Javelin Missiles To Ukraine Priced At $40 Million

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    The US has approved the sale of Javelin missiles and launch units at an estimated cost of nearly $40 million to Ukraine. The purchase request included 150 Javelin missiles and…
              

    How GOP is reacting to Trump's call to investigate Biden - CNN

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    1. How GOP is reacting to Trump's call to investigate Biden  CNN
    2. The phone call that could get Trump impeached  Vox
    3. The Trump-Biden Imbroglio Over Ukraine  The New York Times
    4. Steve Hilton: What no one has been reporting about the Trump-Ukraine impeachment saga  Fox News
    5. Impeaching Trump Voters  The Wall Street Journal
    6. View full coverage on Google News

              

    Donald Trump now accuses Nancy Pelosi of 'treason' (and wants to impeach her) - USA TODAY

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    1. Donald Trump now accuses Nancy Pelosi of 'treason' (and wants to impeach her)  USA TODAY
    2. Ron Johnson's nonsensical Ukraine answer is the GOP Trump defense in a nutshell  CNN
    3. View full coverage on Google News

              

    'These allegations are shocking': Trump allies plotted to oust Ukraine gas company’s CEO so they could profit, reports say - The Independent

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    1. 'These allegations are shocking': Trump allies plotted to oust Ukraine gas company’s CEO so they could profit, reports say  The Independent
    2. Whistleblower claimed White House source said Trump's Ukraine call was 'crazy' and 'frightening'  Daily Mail
    3. Donald Trump's impeachment woes deepen as second whistleblower emerges over Ukraine  Mirror Online
    4. Democrats trying to impeach President Trump are misusing their authority: Rep. Jim Jordan  USA TODAY
    5. Steve Hilton: What no one has been reporting about the Trump-Ukraine impeachment saga  Fox News
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    Ukraine: Une histoire en questions (фр.) (Ярослав Лебединський)

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    Додано твір Ukraine: Une histoire en questions (фр.) (Ярослав Лебединський).
    Iaroslav Lebedynsky. Ukraine: Une histoire en questions. Deuxième édition revue et mise à jour (1er ed. - 2008). (Collection "Présence ukrainienne". - Dir. par Iaroslav Lebedynsky et Iryna Dmytrychyn.). - Paris: L'Harmattan, 2019. - 293 p.

    Indépendante depuis 1991, l’Ukraine a connu au début du XXIe siècle deux révolutions puis un conflit avec la Russie. Ces événements s’enracinent dans une longue histoire peu connue en France, où elle n’a généralement été étudiée qu’à travers le prisme russe. L’ouvrage propose une lecture de cette histoire, des origines à nos jours, en partant des questions les plus souvent posées ou les plus complexes. Événements, controverses, débats anciens et actuels sont évoqués de façon claire et accessible. Des chronologies et un atlas historique complet font de cet ouvrage un outil de référence pratique pour tous ceux qui veulent comprendre le passé et la situation actuelle de l’Ukraine.

    Cette deuxième édition a été améliorée et complétée
    pour la période 2008-2019.

    Iaroslav LEBEDYNSKY est historien, spécialiste des anciennes cultures guerrières des steppes et du Caucase auxquelles il a consacré de nombreux travaux. Il enseigne l’histoire de l’Ukraine à l’Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales de Paris.

              

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    Из 15 стран, где проводился опрос, самым высоким уровень осознания важности помощи в области психического здоровья среди людей этого возраста оказался в Сирии. Там 87% опрошенных, число которых составило приблизительно 1000 человек, сказали, что потребность в охране психического здоровья для жертв вооруженных конфликтов не менее важна, чем потребность в воде, пище и крове. На втором месте Индонезия (82%), за ней следуют Украина (81%), Швейцария (80%), Россия (72%).



    «В ситуациях вооруженных конфликтов вопросы психического здоровья слишком долго отодвигались на задний план. Невидимые травмы легко не заметить или счесть не самой главной проблемой и отложить ее решение на потом. Однако война имеет катастрофические последствия для психического здоровья и социально-психологического благополучия миллионов людей. Она может приводить к появлению новых проблем в этой сфере, равно как и к обострению ранее существовавших расстройств. В некоторых случаях это может стать угрозой для жизни», — сказал президент МККК Петер Маурер.
    В местах, пострадавших от вооруженных конфликтов, более одной пятой населения страдает теми или иными психическими расстройствами, от легкой депрессии и тревожности до посттравматического стрессового расстройства. Это в три раза превышает аналогичный средний мировой показатель. Потребности людей, затянутых в водоворот вооруженного конфликта, в охране их психического здоровья и социально-психологического благополучия должны надлежащим образом учитываться сегодня, когда в мире проблемам психического здоровья уделяется все больше внимания.

    «Защита психического здоровья в условиях войны и насилия может быть не менее важной для спасения человеческих жизней, чем перевязка кровоточащих ран или предоставление чистой воды. Раны, невидимые для глаз, не менее опасны», — заявил Петер Маурер.

    На этой неделе, когда отмечается Всемирный день психического здоровья, МККК призывает все государства сделать охрану психического здоровья и социально-психологическую поддержку в ситуациях насилия и вооруженных конфликтов своим приоритетом, как дело первостепенной важности на начальном этапе оказания гуманитарной помощи и как неотъемлемую часть внутригосударственной и международной систем реагирования на чрезвычайные ситуации.

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    Top DoD Lawyer Gathers All Ukraine Aid Docs For Congress: ‘Routine’

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    WESHALB DIE UKRAINE SO ERFOLGREICH ALS STANDORT FÜR LEIHMUTTERSCHAFTEN IST

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    GOP Sen. Portman: Trump wrong to ask Ukraine, China for help

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    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Sen. Rob Portman became the fourth Republican senator to break ranks by criticizing President Donald Trump for seeking help from foreign governments to investigate a political rival. After attending an event in Columbus on Monday, Portman said that Trump asking Ukraine and China to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden […]
              

    GOP Sen. Portman: Trump wrong to ask Ukraine, China for help

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    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Sen. Rob Portman became the fourth Republican senator to break ranks by criticizing President Donald Trump for seeking help from foreign governments to investigate a political rival. After attending an event in Columbus on Monday, Portman said that Trump asking Ukraine and China to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden […]
              

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    'In my great and unmatched wisdom': Trump makes modest claim about his intellect

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    Trump – the ‘very stable genius’ – is no stranger to narcissistic statements, and he was at it again on Monday afternoon

    Donald Trump perhaps broke a record for aggrandizement on Monday, when he referred to his “great and unmatched wisdom” following his decision to withdraw US troops from northern Syria.

    Trump is no stranger to grandiose, narcissistic statements. He has frequently referred to himself as a “very stable genius” – and not tongue-in-cheek. He actually did so recently, in reference to his controversial phone call to the Ukraine president, Volodmyr Zelenskiy, which sparked an impeachment inquiry into him.

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    Pentagon, White House budget office get subpoenas in Democrats' impeachment probe

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    Congressional Democrats issued subpoenas to the Pentagon and the White House budget office on Monday as part of their impeachment inquiry, seeking documents related to U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to withhold military assistance from Ukraine.

              

    GOP senator: Trump wrong to ask Ukraine to investigate Biden but it's not 'an impeachable offense'

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    GOP senator: Trump wrong to ask Ukraine to investigate Biden but it's not 'an impeachable offense'Portman said he doesn't see what Trump did as "an impeachable offense" and said Democrats are rushing to impeachment.



              

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    U.S. authorities have taken security measures to protect a U.S. intelligence official who filed a whistleblower complaint that sparked an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, a source familiar with the case told Reuters.

              

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    AP's key findings about Ukraine gas deal Trump allies soughtThe Associated Press reported Monday that a circle of businessmen and Republican donors touted their connections to President Donald Trump and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani as they sought to install new management at the top of Ukraine's state-owned gas company last spring. The intervention was happening while Giuliani was pressuring Ukraine to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.



              

    New From Seth Meyers: GOP Says Trump Was Joking About China as Damning Ukraine Texts Emerge [VIDEO]

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    Demoralized State Department personnel question Pompeo’s role in Ukraine crisis

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    Defenders of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo say he is caught between the demands of the president and his role as steward of U.S. foreign policy.
              

    GOP senator: Trump wrong to ask Ukraine to investigate Biden but it's not 'an impeachable offense'

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    Second whistleblower on Trump-Ukraine call, reportedly with firsthand knowledge, to come forward

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    A second whistleblower "in connection to" the call between Trump and Zelensky, will be coming forward, according to that person's attorney.
           

              

    Pompeo misses subpoena deadline for Ukraine documents, but says State Dept. will follow law

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    Trump tears into Mitt Romney who said requests for Ukraine, China to investigate Biden were 'appalling'

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    "The President’s brazen and unprecedented appeal to China and to Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden is wrong and appalling," Romney said on Friday.
           

              

    Trump, Ukraine, Biden and the impeachment inquiry dominated the news this week: Catch up on what happened

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    This week in the impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump, two officials testified before Congress, revealing diplomat text messages and more.
           

              

    The Trump impeachment inquiry in pictures

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    The impeachment inquiry related to President Donald Trump and his dealings with Ukraine was announced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sept. 24, 2019.
           

              

    Trump’s pressure on Ukraine is drawing comparisons to the Nixon Watergate scandal

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    Trump warms the climate for a large-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine

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    “Today Putin-puppet Trump condemned ‘corrupt’ Ukraine, ordered US withdrawal in Syria, cancelled Open Skies.” Pulling out of the Open Skies treaty may blind some aspects of monitoring Russian militarization of the Ukrainian conflict, as Trump does more of Putin’s bidding. x The Trump administration is pulling out of the Open Skies Treaty, which allows the United States and our allies and partners in Europe to monitor Russian military deployments. Withdrawal risks dividing the transatlantic alliance. #Russia https://t.co/#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/31023&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.comZqst365U4J pic.twitter.com/#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/31023&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.comUmbPR7cuRO — Julia Davis (@JuliaDavisNews) October 7, 2019 Some Ukrainians have been expecting a Russian invasion since independence in 1991. Others have done so only since 2004, when Ukrainians launched the Orange Revolution that kept Putin’s man in Kiev, Viktor Yanukovych, from becoming president. And most have expected Russian interference since 2014, when protests led to the ousting of then-president Yanukovych. Putin responded with an undeclared war that led to Ukraine’s loss of Crimea and eastern Donbas — along with thousands of deaths. [...] Volodymyr Zelensky, who’s rocketed to fame thanks to the support of Poroshenko’s oligarch rival, Igor Kolomoyskyi, and the television exposure he’s received from playing an average Joe who becomes Ukraine’s reformist president. [...] ...if#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/31023&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com Putin starts a “quick little war,” all bets are off. Ukrainians would fight fiercely, and the outcome wou
              

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    Open Thread?!!!!??

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    It’s right in the open, his criming. Asking Ukraine, China for sliming Of a former VP Or any Dem nominee. A year or more out, what timing.
              

    Comment on Impeachment open thread by hermansfeet

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    I wonder if we're going to have to amend the 25th amendment. It doesn't cover what happens when the Prez and Veep are impeached at the same time. Somehow I think Nancy Pelosi taking office as the third in line may be problematic. If Pence really is dirty, and there's already a prima facie case he is, then they could go the Watergate route and impeach Pence first and appoint a new veep broadly acceptable to Dems and Repubs, if such a thing is possible these days. It pains me to say it, but a fella like Romney may be the best we can do. To the extent a better standard-bearer might actually have a chance against the Dem nominee, Romney would be more formidable than Pence. Another plus to a Pence-first strategy is that it could easily be limited to Unkrainia-mania (not a good name, but we should look for something that doesn't end in -gate). As to the bigger question, I don't know how limited impeachment should be, but it should err on the side of less, not more. Maybe obstruction and Ukraine-ensky. (In honor of the fact that this will be the second impeachment in a row with a key figure with an "insky" in their last name as principal players.) At least some of Trump's financial corruption could be addressed in legislation -- if Dems have 50 senators, a law requiring the disclosure of tax returns will pass in about a week. They could probably also pass a law that puts teeth in the emoluments clauses by simply outlawing a president earning an outside income while president. One thing I remember from the aftermath of Watergate is that there was a lot of reform legislation passed after Nixon resigned, but I don't remember too many specifics. Hopefully the same thing will happen again.
              

    Comment on Impeachment open thread by Stuart Levine

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    I like narrow, but not too narrow. There can easily be three or four focused bases for impeachment. The Ukraine matter leaps to mind first, but the multiple attempts to obstruct the Mueller probe. In fact, the new reports this evening of Trump excusing Russian involvement in the 2016 election tie into both of these threads. Finally, there is the Kashoggi murder. I suspect that there are incredibly explosive notes of conversations Trump had with the Saudis. In due course, they could come tumbling out either in "hard copy" format or via descriptions by those who were witnesses to the conversations.
              

    Comment on Impeachment open thread by Stuart Levine

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    I have been meaning to comment on the following possibility: The impeachment process could really open up a much wider political and Constitutional crisis if Pence is found to have materially participated in the extortion racket directed toward Ukraine. Assume for a moment that an impeachment resolution against Trump can get the votes of 67 senators. I think that, as matters develop, this is not unrealistic or, at least, not as unlikely as most people currently believe. In that regard, new facts are being uncovered almost daily. More significantly, Trump's mental and physical deterioration is accelerating and becoming more obvious. But is the country ready to impeach both Trump and Pence? Certainly, that would provide support to the proposition of the conspiratorial right that this impeachment process is nothing more than an attempt to thwart the will of the voters. I fear that if both Trump and Pence were removed we would be faced with an American equivalent to the "stab in the back" myth popular in Germany post-WWI. That did not lead to a happy result.
              

    Comment on Impeachment open thread by James Wimberley

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    Things are moving incredibly fast. WAPO, via <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/sep/27/nancy-pelosi-impeachment-inquiry-focus-trump-ukraine#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/32127&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com" rel="nofollow"><i>The Guardian</i></a>, reports that Pelosi has settled on narrow and told House committees to move fast on Ukraine alone. I can't see any double jeopardy rule. Nothing SFIK legally stops the House from voting a single article of impeachment on Ukraine, forcing Mitch to hold the exculpatory vote, and then pursuing the other stuff more slowly. Makes for great TV. What's this week's impeachment charge?
              

    Comment on Impeachment open thread by RonWarrick

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    My opinion could change, but I don't favor the laundry list approach, which will require a long drawn out investigation that will create a backlash and/or lead to (more) damage from Trump's scorched-earth defense. I'd say focus on the Ukraine abuse, for which an article of impeachment could almost be drawn up today, plus perhaps a few other major items if they can be pulled together in the next few weeks. The sooner the Republican Senate is put on the spot, the better, unless they show further signs of capitulation in the meantime.
              

    2nd whistleblower adds to impeachment peril at White House

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    Greece_US_Pompeo_06311A second whistleblower has come forward with information about President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine, adding to the impeachment peril engulfing the White House and potentially providing new leads to Democrats in their unfurling investigation of Trump's conduct.
              

    Aide: Perry pushed Trump for Ukraine call, for energy issues

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    Perry_12445Energy Secretary Rick Perry encouraged President Donald Trump to speak to Ukraine's president — but on energy and economic issues, Perry's spokeswoman said Sunday, addressing Perry's role in a telephone call that's at the center of a congressional impeachment probe for Trump.
              

    Impeachment probe reaches into White House with new subpoena

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    Trump_34469For the first time, the impeachment inquiry reached directly into the White House on Friday as Democrats subpoenaed officials about contacts with Ukraine and President Donald Trump signaled his administration would not cooperate.
              

    Former Envoy Gives New Details on Giuliani’s Role in Ukraine Policy

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    Former Envoy Gives New Details on Giuliani’s Role in Ukraine PolicyWASHINGTON — The former State Department special envoy for Ukraine told congressional investigators that Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, demanded that Ukraine specifically commit to investigate involvement in the 2016 election and a firm tied to former Vice President Joe Biden.
              

    Diplomats pushed Ukraine to investigate, dangled Trump visit

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    Trump_Impeachment_85771Top U.S. diplomats encouraged Ukraine's newly elected president to conduct an investigation linked to Joe Biden's family in return for a high-profile visit with President Donald Trump. It soon escalated into what one diplomat feared was a "crazy" swap that risked vital U.S. military aid.
              

    Trump now says both China and Ukraine should investigate Bidens

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    President Donald Trump said Thursday he wants both Ukraine and China to investigate Joe Biden and his son after failing to answer a similar question on the topic the day before.
              

    Biden to Trump: 'You're not going to destroy me'

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    Former Vice President Joe Biden addressed President Donald Trump directly Wednesday, saying, "you're not going to destroy me and not going to destroy my family," in his strongest remarks on the Ukraine controversy to date.
              

    Pence, a loyal No. 2, finds himself caught up in impeachment

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    Trump_Impeachment_Pence_35705President Donald Trump told Vice President Mike Pence to cancel his plans to attend the inauguration of Ukraine’s new president earlier this year after initially pushing for him to go, according to a person familiar with the matter, confirming an assertion from the whistleblower now at the center of an impeachment investigation into Trump.
              

    Profit, not politics: Trump allies sought Ukraine gas deal

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    As Rudy Giuliani was pushing Ukrainian officials last spring to investigate one of Donald Trump's main political rivals, a group of individuals with ties to the president and his personal lawyer were also active in the former Soviet republic.
              

    EU Diplomat Nominee Says Balkans, Ukraine Are Foreign Policy Priorities

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    The EU’s proposed new top diplomat wants to make the Balkans and the “eastern front of Europe” the 28-member bloc’s main foreign policy priorities.
              

    Glenn Beck turns his ‘Ukraine Chalkboard to Explain It All’ into a Twitter thread

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    Glenn Beck says if all you're looking at is one phone call, you're missing the big picture.

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    Old and Busted: President Trump is a brute on the world stage! NEW HOTNESS: President Trump is a complete wimp on the world stage!

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    For weeks now we have endured the pedantic calls for the impeachment of President Trump because of the way he strong-armed an allied nation. He “threatened” Ukraine 8 times! (That story disappeared.) He leveraged a quid pro quo! (What happened to that accusation?) He forced a country to investigate a political opponent! (Yea, not so […]

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    Free Speech Moment for Facebook! Platform Allows Trump Ad That CNN Banned

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    <p>Facebook is taking a free-speech approach to political campaign ads, and letting users decide what is or is not fake news. Naturally, the left is upset about it. President Trump’s re-election campaign launched a new ad both on television and social media last week that condemned Vice President Joe Biden’s role in the Ukraine controversy. </p>
              

    Rick Perry denies resignation reports while facing questions over Ukraine call

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    Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Monday denied rumors that he would resign following his alleged connection to the controversy surrounding President Trump and Ukrainian officials. 
              

    Whistleblower wrote memo after learning of Ukraine call, saying WH official called it 'crazy,' 'frightening'

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    EXCLUSIVE: Immediately after learning second-hand information from a White House official about President Trump’s July 25 phone call with the president of Ukraine, the first whistleblower wrote a dramatic personal memo, saying the White House official characterized the call as “crazy” and “frightening,” Fox News has learned.
              

    IG could not explain 18-day window between Ukraine call and whistleblower complaint: sources

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    Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson, in testimony to House lawmakers about the whistleblower complaint on President Trump's controversial phone call with Ukraine's president, could not explain what accounted for the 18-day window between the July 25 call and the Aug. 12 complaint filing -- or how early the whistleblower contacted a key Democrat's staff, sources familiar with the testimony told Fox News. 
              

    9/25- RARELY DO WE FIND CONTROVERSY AS RIVETING OVER THE “BATTLE OF UKRAINE!”

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    Writer,” “Columnist,” “Author” and  “Editor” LOWELL PONTE visits with us this evening to try to catch up with the drama of the rapidly escalating pin wheeling around Trump, Biden and Ukraine.
              

    9/23- IS IT TRUE WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT UKRAINE AND AMERICAN PRESIDENTS AND PRESIDENTIALS CANDIDATES?

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    UPDATE: Partisan Trump-hating CIA Whistleblower Scribbled Unhinged Note on July 26 After Hearing Rumors About Trump’s Call to Ukraine (VIDEO)

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    The partisan Trump-hating CIA “whistleblower” wrote a two-page unhinged single space note to himself the day after President Trump’s call with the Ukrainian president on July 25th. The CIA operative was spying on the US president in the White House. For some reason the media thinks this is completely acceptable. Catherine Herridge at FOX News […]

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    IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY: Energy exec and Giuliani's Ukraine fixer drawn into probe

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    On a hot July day in Washington, Ambassador Kurt Volker sat down for coffee with Rudy Giuliani to convince him that the newly elected Ukrainian president was making an honest effort to root out the endemic corruption plaguing the former Soviet state. When he got there, he found Lev Parnas.
              

    Former Democratic Governor Lectures Fox Business Hosts Pushing Biden/Ukraine Corruption

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    What We Know About Trump’s Ukraine Energy-Deal Scandal

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    President Trump’s allies allegedly conducted a backchannel effort to set up lucrative business deals at the Ukraine’s state-owned Naftogaz energy company. After they failed, energy secretary Rick Perry pushed leadership changes at the same company.

              

    Trump’s Ukraine Extortion Was Also a Mafia-Style Shakedown by Rudy’s Clients

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    Donald Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, represented two former-Soviet businessmen, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who negotiated for a gas deal in Ukraine while pushing its government to investigate Trump’s enemies.

              

    Senator Ron Johnson Goes Conspiracist Route Defending Trump, Claims He Doesn’t Trust FBI or CIA

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    Senator Ron Johnson’s claim on Meet the Press that he doesn’t trust the FBI or CIA shows how far a Trump ally is willing to go to wrangle up presidential favor, as other Republican lawmakers stay quiet on the Ukraine scandal.

              

    Attorney for First Whistle-blower Now Representing ‘Multiple’ Officials

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    As a second intelligence official considers coming forward with a complaint on Donald Trump’s behavior in Ukraine, another whistle-blower has sought legal representation from Mark Zaid, who is an attorney on the first whistle-blower’s legal team.

              

    Rubio Defends Trump’s Collusion Offer As Not a ‘Real Request’

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    President Trump asked Ukraine and China to investigate Joe Biden, and followed that up with a tweet reaffirming his “absolute right” to ask any country to investigate anybody Trump deems corrupt. Marco Rubio says he was joking. He wasn’t.

              

    Trump Is Begging to Be Impeached. Give Him What He Wants — Immediately.

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    Draw up the articles of impeachment, keep them short and focused on unchallengeable evidence in the Ukraine, and now China cases. Don’t let Trump deploy a barrage of distractions or misdirections. Don’t let the evidence grow cold.

              

    Chicago's Ukrainian Community Weighs In On Impeachment Inquiry

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    Ukrainian Americans, like most Americans, are divided over what to make of that July phone call between President Trump and Ukraine's president, which is part of the impeachment probe against Trump.
              

    Old but gold tradition: Foreigners choose gorgeous Russian ladies for wedding

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    NRJ Backstage 179 [Guest Mix by Depdramez]

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    Ukrainian official: We tried to correct Trump's 'negative impression'

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    A top aide to Ukraine's president says he spent weeks trying to get the U.S. to release military aid; instead, he was pulled into impeachment dispute.


              

    Opinion: Did Secretary Pompeo Forget His West Point Pledge?

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    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a West Point graduate, should remember the academy's honor code as the Ukraine story unfolds: "A cadet will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do."
              

    Democrats subpoena Pentagon for Ukraine documents

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    U.S. House Democrats on Monday issued subpoenas to the Pentagon and the White House budget office as part of their impeachment inquiry, requesting documents related to U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withhold military assistance for Ukraine. Chris Dignam has more.
              

    Second whistleblower in Trump-Ukraine scandal emerges

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    A second whistleblower, with first-hand knowledge of President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine, has spoken with the intelligence community's internal watchdog, the lawyer representing the official said on Sunday.
              

    Watchmen (annoté) d’Alan Moore et Dave Gibbons

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    Voici peut-être le livre ultime qu’on laissera traîner sur la table du salon et qu’on ouvrira régulièrement, contrairement à ce gros volume Taschen sur l’architecture post-moderniste en Ukraine du Sud (c’est beau mais je vais plutôt feuilleter le dernier Canard enchaîné). Cartonné, beau gabarit, noir et blanc avec notes sur le côté pour un plaisir […]
              

    Top Prosecutor Promises to Review Biden-Ukraine Connection

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    8 Must-Know Facts About Biden's Ukraine Ties

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    How a Ukrainian Gas Company Wound Up in the Middle of Trump’s Impeachment Drama

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    News broke Monday morning that a group of businessmen touting close ties to President Trump and his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, spent last spring maneuvering to install new management at the top of Naftogaz, Ukraine’s state-owned gas company. The news came on the heels of revelations that Trump and his allies spent much of this…
              

    Госавиаслужба запретила полеты самолетов Ukraine Air Alliance после катастрофы Ан-12 во Львове

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    House Subpoenas Pentagon, WH Chiefs in Ukraine Probe

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    House Democrats issued two new subpoenas Monday as part of their growing impeachment inquiry, asking the Secretary of Defense and acting White House Budget Director for documents about the timing and reasons President Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine.


              

    2nd Whistleblower Comes Forward on Trump-Ukraine Call

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    A second whistleblower with "first-hand knowledge" has come forward with information about President Trump's controversial July phone call with the president of Ukraine.  The White House is dismissing the new development, saying "It doesn't matter how many people decide to call themselves whistleblowers...It doesn't change the fact that [President Trump] has done nothing wrong."


              

    What Does Impeachment Mean for Sen. Susan Collins, an Endangered Republican?

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    Susan Collins has built a brand as a moderate senator who isn't afraid to buck her party. But the Maine Republican is now facing her toughest challenge yet as she prepares to run for a fifth term in a blue state — the potential impeachment of a president she didn't vote for, NBC News reports.

    While Maine's GOP chairwoman dismissed the Ukraine scandal as "another witch hunt," Collins on Saturday called Trump's public request to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden "completely inappropriate." But Collins has said she can't take a position on impeachment because she might be asked to serve as essentially a juror during a possible trial in the Senate.

    "It's inappropriate for me to reach conclusions about evidence or to comment on the proceedings in the House," she said recently.

    Collins, who is one of Democrats' top targets in 2020 as they try to flip the GOP-controlled Senate, risks angering the Republican base by criticizing Trump and not defending him from the impeachment inquiry.

    "She needs to not be a traitor to her own party," Jenny Foster, wearing a "Trump 2020: Make Liberals Cry Again" sweatshirt, said on Saturday outside the horse-pulling barn at a fair in Fryeburg.



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    10/06 Links: PMW: PA capitulates to Israel's anti-"Pay-for-Slay" law; It’s time to put an end to labeling Trump an anti-Semite; Elizabeth Warren Fundraises for Anti-Semite; Caving to BDS

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    PMW: PA capitulates to Israel's anti-"Pay-for-Slay" law
    After initially refusing to accept any tax revenues Israel collected and transfered to the Palestinian Authority because Israel implemented its anti-"Pay-for-Slay" law, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has now capitulated and agreed to accept the vast majority of the funds.

    In February 2019, Israel's cabinet decided to implement one part of the 2018 anti-"Pay-for-Slay" law and started to deduct the sum the PA spent in 2018 paying salaries to terrorist prisoners and released prisoners from the 2019 tax revenues Israel collects and transfers to the PA.

    Initially, rejecting Israel's implementation of the anti-"Pay-for-Slay" law, because he argued that paying financial rewards to Palestinian terrorists is legitimate, Abbas refused to accept the money Israel tranfered and plunged the PA into a self-made financial crisis.

    "[PA] Minister of Civil Affairs [and Fatah Central Committee member] Hussein Al-Sheikh said yesterday [Feb. 10, 2019] that he has conveyed an official message at the request of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas that emphasizes that 'He will refuse to receive the collected [tax] money if Israel deducts even one penny from it.'" [Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 11, 2019]

    When he made that decision, Palestinian Media Watch speculated that Abbas was probably planning to use the ensuing impoverishment of the Palestinian population as a tactic to put pressure on Israel to transfer to him the money he uses to reward terror. PMW also suggested that he was using the decision as a means to leverage the international community to put pressure on Israel to ignore its own laws. Abbas was also hoping that the international community would again side with the PA against Israel and further subsidize the PA.

    As a show of his resolve to plunge the PA economy into the abyss, Abbas decided to cut the salaries of the PA's law abiding employees by 40-50% while guaranteeing the payment, in full, of the salaries to the terrorists. The PA also stopped allowing Palestinians to receive medical treatment in Israel, under the false claim that Israel was deducting $100 dollars a year for this service. This ban did not apply to senior Fatah figures like Jibril Rajoub who continued to receive medical treatment in an Israeli hospital.

    Abbas' decision to accept the tax revenues, even though Israel continues to implement its anti-"Pay-for-Slay" law, reflects an understanding that all these goals have failed.
    Pay for Slay with funds from UK?
    The Department for International Development (DFID) must now release documents to UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI), having abandoned part of its appeal from the decision of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

    The ICO ordered DFID to disclose to UKLFI audits of accounts into which British grant aid was transferred and then used to pay salaries to convicted Palestinian terrorists. British Ministers relied on these audits when concerns were expressed that British money was being used to pay terrorists.

    Various countries, including the UK, paid large sums of money into the World Bank’s Palestinian Recovery and Development Program Multi donor trust fund (PRDP-MDTF), which were then transferred to the Palestinian Authority’s Central Treasury Account.

    Funds from this account were used to pay convicted terrorists, rewarding them for their crimes.

    On 26 July 2019, the ICO ordered DFID to disclose the audit reports of the PRDP-MDTF and the terms on which the auditors were engaged. The ICO concluded that there was a significant public interest in the disclosure of the information, which outweighed any harm that may be done to diplomatic relations with the Palestinian Authority.

    DFID had filed a Notice of Appeal on 19 August 2019, saying that it intended to appeal the release of the documents, on the grounds that the ICO’s assessment of the public interest was wrong, and that it also disputed the ICO’s conclusion that the Palestinian Authority was not a State, for the purposes of section 27 of the Freedom of Information Act.
    David Singer: Netanyahu and Liberman must stop Israel’s third election in a year
    Israel is surrounded by enemies – especially Iran, Hezbollah in Lebanon and Syria and Hamas in Gaza that could be tempted to exploit the fractured nature of Israel’s current political circumstances.

    There are pressing political issues awaiting Israel’s next Government – most notably negotiations on President Trump’s deal of the century and Netanyahu’s election promise to annex large parts of the "West Bank."

    Ending this state of suspended uncertainty has now been thrust on the shoulders of Netanyahu and Liberman – following the failure of Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz to achieve a deal they could both live with.

    Netanyahu and Liberman would do well to heed the sage advice contained in the Ethics of the Fathers:

    “Do not seek greatness for yourself, and do not lust for honor”

    Achieving greatness and honor together by compromising their political expectations will secure Netanyahu and Liberman a special place in the annals of Israel.



    Jonathan S. Tobin: It’s time to put an end to labeling Trump an anti-Semite
    It’s that at a time when a rising tide of anti-Semitism is spreading over the globe – and Jews are facing the twin threats of white-supremacist hate from the far-Right, as well as leftist anti-Zionists seeking to delegitimize both Israel and American Jews – using it as a partisan political weapon is dangerously irresponsible.

    Trump’s actions and statements are fair game for criticism and, like any other leader, can be held accountable by Congress and the courts.

    But labeling him an anti-Semite is a blatant falsehood. That’s not merely because he’s clearly the most pro-Israel president America has had, in addition to someone with Jewish family, and with a staff and cabinet filled with many Jews.

    It’s also true that his administration has in some respects taken anti-Semitism more seriously than his predecessors. He has ordered civil-rights investigations into attacks on Jewish students and others on US college campuses that were ignored by Obama, and Trump’s Justice Department convened a summit on the subject that addressed issues not treated seriously before this.

    If anti-Semitism is just one more brickbat to be tossed around with impunity in the course of bitter and all-too-savage debate on impeachment, then those who are using it in that way are effectively saying that it’s not as important as their partisan goals.

    It’s time for both Democrats and Republicans of goodwill to recognize that whatever the outcome of the impeachment battle, injecting false charges of anti-Semitism into the discussion will not advance their cause. It will, however, materially damage the fight against hate.
    Elizabeth Warren Fundraises for Anti-Semite
    Senator Elizabeth Warren, well-known for cultural appropriation, sent a fundraising email on behalf of Leslie Cockburn late yesterday afternoon.

    Warren’s support comes well after the Republican Party of Virginia revealed that Leslie Cockburn was a “virulent anti-Semite” for espousing bizarre conspiracy theories regarding the Jewish people and Israel. It was also recently discovered that Cockburn’s work has been used as source material for a number of white nationalist organizations. Notably, at least one of those websites was responsible for promoting and organizing the deadly Charlottesville rally of last August. Cockburn’s history of anti-Semitism has been well-documented since she wrote Dangerous Liaison in the early 1990s.

    It is also worth noting that Cockburn’s co-author, at a debate at Oxford in 2007, said “the Israel lobby in the United States dictates American policy.” Andrew Cockburn also had this to say about the so-called Israel Lobby: “I mean, you know, we’ve had comparisons of the National Rifle Association lobby, very powerful, supremely powerful in Congress, but you can get up and run for office against the National Rifle Association for gun control and no-one tries to demonise you or drive you out of public life. That’s different with the Israel lobby. It’s across, it’s the Congress, it’s the executive branch and it’s in the culture, in the media.”

    “Either Elizabeth Warren didn’t do her homework, or she supports what Cockburn stands for; anti-Semitism.” said RPV Executive Director John Findlay. “Elizabeth Warren should answer whether she agrees with Leslie’s co-author when he said that “the Israel lobby in the United States dictates American policy.” This endorsement by a Massachusetts Democrat exemplifies the truth about Leslie Cockburn – she is an out-of-touch, out-of-state liberal who only wants to go to Congress to push a far-left agenda.”
    The UN's Insane Israel Bias: Ben Shapiro on UN Watch Statistics
    Ben Shapiro calls out the UN's extreme bias against Israel, reading out UN Watch's data:
    The U.N. and Israel: Key Statistics from UN Watch




    Seth J Frantzman: Turkey re-writes international law with “safe zone” invasion doctrine
    Turkey has re-written the rules of international law in Syria, declaring that when there is a presence of what it views as a “terrorist organization,” it has a right to invade and create a “safe zone” or “peace corridor” along the border. Other countries including India, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Egypt may take note and begin to study Ankara’s doctrine that has wide implications for international affairs.

    In international relations, countries generally enjoy a right to self-defense. This is enshrined in various international laws, precedent and treaty law. The UN Charter, for instance, argues in Article 2 that “All members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state.” Article 51 notes that nothing in the charter “shall impair the inherent right of individual or collective self-defense.”

    Ankara re-written these norms, arguing that when a country has designated an organization a “terrorist group” that it will have a right to invade the neighboring country and set up a “safe zone” along the border. This doesn’t require Ankara to present any evidence that there was a threat or attacks from northern Syria. Turkey simply took over Jarabulus and Afrin in 2016 and 2018 respectively. Now Turkey says it has a right to take over eastern Syria, redraw property lines and international borders, and settle one million Syrian refugees there, creating hundreds of towns regardless of the local population’s views.

    This is a new step in international law, one which has broad implications. Israel’s conquest in 1967 of the West Bank and Golan Heights have generally been seen as illegal under international law. But Israel may now argue it is setting up a “safe zone.” This could also be Israel’s argument for distancing Hezbollah from the Lebanese border.

    Wider ramifications mean that India can now argue that it needs a safe zone in Pakistan to keep extremists away from parts of the border of Kashmir. Pakistan may need to take over parts of Afghanistan to create Turkey-style safe zones. Russia can say that its role in eastern Ukraine is a “safe zone” or peace corridor. Saudi Arabia now likely needs a safe zone in Yemen. The number of safe zones that can be created on the Turkish model may be endless. Many porous borders across the Sahel in Africa mean that various countries may need to set up safe zones in the territory of their neighbor.


    In English, Haaretz Whitewashes Temple Mount Killings
    In an article last week on the occasion of IDF's Brig. Gen. Eran Niv wrapping up his post as commander of the Judea and Samaria Division, Haaretz's English edition whitewashes the July 2017 killing of two Druze police officers shot dead by three Israeli Arab assailants just outside the Temple Mount.

    Haaretz's English edition, both in print (page 4, Sept. 29) and online refer to the "deaths of two Border Police officers" in the summer of 2017:
    The perceived violation of religious symbols is a particularly potent accelerant for violence, Niv says, recalling the violence that erupted after Israel installed metal detectors at the Temple Mount in the summer of 2017, following the deaths of two Border Police officers, as well as the brief outburst that followed visits by Jews to the Temple Mount in August on Tisha B'Av, which coincided with the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

    Why does the English edition fail to note that the border police officers were killed by Israeli Arab assailants leaving the Temple Mount? Indeed, violence didn't erupt only after the officers' "deaths" -- their deaths themselves, ie murders, were violent.

    The Hebrew version of the same article more precisely reported that the officers were killed
    China pulls out of $5B deal to develop Iranian offshore gas field
    China's state oil company has pulled out of a $5 billion deal to develop a portion of Iran's massive offshore natural gas field, the Islamic republic's oil minister said Sunday, an agreement from which France's Total SA earlier withdrew over US sanctions.

    The South Pars field deal, struck in the wake of Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, appears to be just the latest business casualty of America's pressure campaign on Tehran following US President Donald Trump's unilateral withdrawal of the US from the deal.

    It also comes as China and the US engage in their own trade war, as Beijing and Washington levy billions of dollars of tariffs on each other's goods.

    Oil Minister Bijan Zangeneh, quoted by the ministry's Petroenergy Information Network (SHANA), said Sunday that the China National Petroleum Corp. was "no longer in the project." He did not elaborate or give any reason for the withdrawal, though SHANA said the company "had pulled out of a contract" to develop the field.

    Officials in Beijing didn't immediately acknowledge their decision. Phone calls to the CNPC rang unanswered on Sunday and its website bore no mention of the withdrawal.
    Australia Denies Extradition of Iranian Academic to US
    Australia will not extradite an Iranian academic to the United States, Australia’s attorney-general said over the weekend, following a 13-month detention of the researcher for allegedly exporting American-made military equipment to Iran.

    Attorney-General Christian Porter said in a statement that “in all the circumstances of this particular case” the academic, Reza Dehbashi Kivi, should not be extradited.

    “My decision was made in accordance with the requirements of Australian domestic legal processes and is completely consistent with the powers provided to the commonwealth attorney-general under our law,” Porter said.

    The statement came hours after Iran had agreed to free an Australian couple from a Tehran prison who were held on spying charges. Later on Saturday, Iranian media reported that Dehbashi Kivi had already returned to Iran.

    Porter would not say whether the two cases were related.

    “The Australian Government does not comment on the details behind its consideration of particular cases,” Porter said in his e-mailed statement.

    “And while it is likely that because of Mr Kivi’s nationality some will speculate regarding this matter, consistent with prior practice I do not intend to comment further on the particular details of this case, particularly when any such response from me may diminish our government’s capacity to deal with future matters of this type in Australia’s best interests.”
    Iranian media calls on Iraqis to takeover U.S. embassy amid protests
    An Iranian newspaper linked to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called on Iraqis to seize the US embassy in Baghdad, in a move similar to the takeover of the US embassy in Tehran during the Iranian revolution of 1979, according to Radio Farda.

    "Historical evidence has shown that US embassies in all countries, even in friendly and allied countries, are the focus of conspiracy. The US Embassy in Iran is a clear and exemplary example of this bitter reality," wrote Hossein Shariatmadari, the editor of the Kayhan newspaper, in reference to the former US embassy that was taken over and held hostage during the revolution in 1979.

    Documents found in the embassy in 1979 "revealed the betrayal of some Iranian political figures and exposed the countless US crimes in Iran and some other countries in the region," according to Kayhan.

    The author of the Kayhan article asked "young Iraqi revolutionary believers" why they don't "end the presence of the US Embassy in Baghdad, the same espionage and conspiracy center against the oppressed Iraqi people."

    Shariatmadari claimed that "There are many documents about the presence of U.S., Israeli and Saudi Wahabi agents, as well as Ba'thist elements behind the Iraqi protests."
    Iranian health workers infect hundreds, including kids, with HIV - report
    More than 300 people are accusing local Iranian medical officials of infecting them with the HIV virus, according to Iranian media sources.

    The residents, located in the village of Chenar Mahmoud and the towns of Lordegan, Chahar Mahal and Bakhtiari, say adults and children contracted HIV from local medical centers and health clinics due to unsanitary medical practices, including from contaminated syringes used by the local health organizations during a widespread test for diabetes two months prior.

    There are similar unconfirmed reports by individuals in neighboring villages.

    On Saturday, large groups of the affected townspeople, along with their loved ones and supporters, stormed the office of the Friday Prayer Imam and set it ablaze. Another group protested in front of the governor's building in the province, demanding that the courts investigate the case.

    Radio Farda and the Mehr-news agency (MNA) both reported on the incidents.

    "A limited number of 'opportunists' attempted to create disruption and sedition outside the Governor's building, but failed," MNA reported about the incident in front of the governor's office.
    Merkel’s gov’t says Iran’s call to ‘wipe Israel off the map’ not antisemitic
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government declared the Iranian regime’s call to obliterate the Jewish state is not an expression of antisemitism in an eye-popping statement to The Jerusalem Post on Friday.

    On October 1, Merkel’s Foreign Ministry merely labeled the call to destroy Israel by commander-in-chief of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Gen. Hossein Salami “anti-Israel rhetoric.”

    When the Post asked the Merkel administration if it agrees with the statement of its foreign ministry, a spokesman told the Post: “We have nothing to add to the reply of the foreign office.”

    The Post specifically asked if Salami’s statements are antisemitic.

    In late September, Salami delivered his call to exterminate the Jewish state before an audience of IRGC leaders that was publicized by the state-funded IRNA agency, as well as other Iranian regime-controlled outlets.

    Salami said that “This sinister regime must be wiped off the map and this is no longer… a dream [but] it is an achievable goal.”

    He added that his country has “managed to obtain the capacity to destroy the impostor Zionist regime” 40 years after the 1979 Islamic revolution.




    JPost Editorial: Caving to BDS
    We don’t believe that Lovato is an antisemite but she does need to understand that by backtracking on her praise for Israel, she is playing into the hands of antisemites and forces that seek Israel’s destruction.

    By caving to BDS pressure, Lovato let herself be used as a political tool. She backtracked on her praise for Israel out of some distorted sense of solidarity with the Palestinian cause.

    It is true that Israel has an unsettled conflict with the Palestinians and this paper is not alone within Israel of calling – repeatedly – on the government to find ways to reengage with the Palestinian Authority and to work toward a solution.

    The BDS movement, Lovato should know, does not want peace and is not interested in a two-state solution. It openly seeks the elimination of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people, a right afforded to Israel by the United Nations.

    Like Lorde, Lovato has joined the forces that believe the Jewish people do not deserve that right. They hold Israel to a double standard and believe that song line out the Jews is okay and not hypocritical or wrong.

    She may have distanced herself from Israel and apologized for visiting here, but she needn’t be “Sorry, not Sorry,” as her famous hit song goes. Israelis might not get to hear her perform anytime soon in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv but they will get to hear Celine Dion next summer. Our hearts, as Dion famously sings, will go on.
    A beginner’s guide to the SJP national conference
    In a surprise to nobody, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) announced that its upcoming national conference, set to commence on November 1, will be held on the University of Minnesota Campus in Minneapolis (UMN). Why is this not a surprise? Because Minneapolis happens to be the district of antisemitic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, a prominent figure in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.

    This is not a coincidence. In fact, the very first goal stated on the conference website is to capitalize on shifts in the political climate, represented by the elections of BDS supporters Rep. Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib. However, the real shift in the political climate – one that SJP itself has played a substantial role in – is the resurgence of the world’s “oldest hatred” in the US under the guise of BDS.

    Countless articles and in-depth studies have delineated the various calls for violence by the SJP leadership, as well as their intimate connection with Palestinian terrorist organizations like Hamas, Hezbollah, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), all of which thrive off an ideology of Jew-hatred. It’s not just the leadership that is guilty of promoting antisemitism, but many student members of SJP as well.

    How many times must an SJP chapter host convicted terrorists like Rasmea Odeh at its events before they are called out for their antisemitism? How many social media posts fawning over convicted terrorist Marwan Barghouti and PFLP founder George Habash must be shared by official SJP accounts until the tech overlords ban SJP from their platforms? How many T-shirts glorifying PFLP terrorist Leila Khaled must be sold at their events before the world opens its eyes?
    HonestReporting's Daniel Pomerantz Exposes BDS Co-founder Omar Barghouti
    HonestReporting's Executive Director Daniel Pomerantz goes head to head with on live television with Omar Barghouti, one of the founders of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. This is a 3 minute highlight reel. For the full 20 minute segment click here: https://youtu.be/xq0#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/49600&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.comXUFpVoCA
    This was originally aired on CGTN's The Heat news talk program. CGTN is China's English language international channel, with an estimated global viewership of 4 million.


    Financial Times misleads on Muslim antisemitism
    A Sept. 27th Financial Times book review written by David Feldman, director of the UK based Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, gave a mostly positive account of “How to Fight Anti-Semitism” by NY Times editor Barri Weiss.

    However, on the topic of Muslim antisemitism, Feldman is critical.

    Weiss is strong on how rightwing anti-Semitism functions, and she scores some hits in her attacks on the left and radical Islam. But sometimes she misses the target. Her writing about anti-Semitism among Muslims is a case in point. It is because of the growing Muslim presence, Weiss claims, that “it is dangerous to be a Jew in Europe.” In fact, so far as we can tell, most anti-Semitism in Britain stems from white men who are nominally Christian.

    This is extremely misleading.

    Whilst it’s narrowly true that most antisemitic incidents in the UK are committed by “white men”, this is not a terribly significant fact given the overwhelming majority of British citizens are white. When taking into account antisemitic incidents by perpetrator, based on the size of racial and religious groups, CST’s 2018 report demonstrates that Muslims commit acts of antisemitism at a rate disproportionate to their numbers. (page 8 of the report)

    Further, according to a major 2017 study of antisemitic attitudes in the UK, by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research and CST, levels of antisemitism in the UK are “2 to 4 times higher among Muslims compared to the general population“.
    The BBC’s take on ‘Zionism’
    On its website, the BBC has an animated series entitled An A-Z of -isms – including one episode titled “Zionism: A Very Brief History” – and gives this strapline: “Writers, academics and thinkers share their takes on some of the world’s most important ideas (plus a few fun ones).”

    The corporation declares that it is “the world’s leading public service broadcaster,” and creates “distinctive, world-class programmes and content which inform, educate and entertain millions of people in the UK and around the world.” Therefore, although, so far, only 79,300 or so of those millions have clicked the Zionism animation, it must be remembered that it is on the BBC’s website and not on some obscure ranter’s internet outlet.

    As it is, for now, one of the most viewed -isms, it cannot be ignored and remains relevant. Also, Israel is a subject close to the BBC’s keyboards.

    In setting itself up as educator, and because it is here dealing with “some of the world’s most important ideas,” the BBC is duty-bound to ensure editorial rigor of its content. Yet, the corporation shirks this duty when it complacently defers it to the author of the “potted history” of Zionism. Using drab and noisy illustrative cartoons that are in some cases inaccurate and inappropriate, with the voice-over veering high and low, further underlines the utter slovenliness of this BBC product.

    Clearly, the Zionism -ism was also a “fun one” of the -isms. Theodor Herzl gets tomatoes thrown at him, Jews are swivel-eyed and other such – it adds up to a bit of a list in this 3.08-minute agitated animation.

    Who or what was editing Colin Shindler’s “take” on Zionism? You won’t find out who Herzl was, a Jew, because you’re not told.

    You are also not told about how Europe, with its fanatical crusades, was long ago set on its path to Hitler’s “Final Solution.” Nor is there any mention of the horrifically violent history of antisemitism across Europe, in which entire villages of Jews were regularly burned to the ground – and this was before the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions, the latter of which was a wedding gift of sorts. Alfred Dreyfus was dispensable and so Shindler dispensed with him, and with this swipe, a major defining point in modern Jewish history is elided.

    Russian antisemitism – the only mention of “antisemitism” – is quickly and quaintly dismissed as a “heavy hand.” Also not mentioned is the specially coined Russian term, “pogrom,” with all the wanton and brutal destruction of whole Jewish communities that it entailed. It is interesting, though, how the word “Diaspora” is used, without any irony about the way in which it has become a common term, far beyond the Jewish context – a bit like pogrom (but then again, it was not mentioned). Whereas Herzl got tomatoes thrown at him, “Arab nationalism” is treated reverentially. Not even one falafel flies (but then again, falafels are Pharaonic).
    CAMERA Arabic prompts correction of three inaccuracies in one BBC report
    A BBC article published on September 24th on the network’s Arabic website was corrected last week (no earlier than October 1st, based on the date attributed to a cached copy of the inaccurate version) following a complaint made by CAMERA Arabic on the day of publication.

    The article – which aimed to provide a detailed, informed introduction to Israel’s major Arab parties – contained three factual errors, one memorable typo and one major omission – all in one subsection.

    Under the headline “What are the components of the Joint Arab List in the Israeli Knesset and [what are] their orientations?”, the article discussed the Joint List – a union of four Israeli parties, three of which self-identify as “Arab” while the fourth, Hadash, describes itself as “Arab-Jewish” (although the vast majority of its voters are estimated to be Arab).

    The inaccuracies appeared in the part of the article portraying one of the Joint List’s components: the nationalist Arab party of the National Democratic Alliance (Balad). The correction addressed all the issues raised by CAMERA Arabic. (all translations, emphasis and in-bracket remarks are by CAMERA Arabic unless otherwise specified)
    Anti-Semitic hate crimes in NYC have risen significantly in 2019
    The number of hate crimes against Jews in New York City has risen significantly over the first nine months of this year, part of a citywide rise in such offenses.

    The New York Police Department has reported 311 total hate crimes through September, as opposed to 250 reported through the same period in 2018, according to Deputy Inspector Mark Molinari, who heads the department’s Hate Crimes Task Force.

    Molinari said 52 percent of the reported hate crimes, or 163, have targeted Jews. Over the same period last year, the NYPD reported 108 anti-Semitic hate crimes.

    At a meeting Thursday with Jewish philanthropists, Molinari discussed the numbers and how to prevent anti-Semitic crimes in the city. He recounted a list of anti-Jewish hate crimes that had made the news just this week:
    - Two Jewish men had their hats knocked off by a group of teens.
    - A separate group of children broke the windows of a Brooklyn synagogue during the Rosh Hashanah holiday.
    - Also during the holiday, a third group of kids harassed a Jewish woman, pulling off her scarf and wig.
    Robert Kraft names new exec. director of Foundation To Combat Anti-Semitism
    Robert Kraft, chairman and CEO of the Kraft Group, announced today the hiring of Dr. Rachel Fish as the founding executive director of the Foundation to Combat Anti-Semitism. Fish will begin her new role on Monday, October 7.

    Kraft established this new foundation in response to the growing rise in antisemitism in the U.S. and abroad, particularly in light of the spread of hateful rhetoric online and the initiation of hate crimes against the Jewish people through social media. He announced the foundation when he was awarded the Genesis Prize in June in Jerusalem, along with his own $20 million founding investment and the generous donations of others.

    “I am thrilled to have Rachel lead this new and important effort,” Kraft said. “Rachel’s education, experience and, most importantly, her commitment make her the right person for this role. She is equipped to face the growing epidemic of antisemitism with tenacity and a proven track record of progress through a lifetime of work in this arena. Our family is honored and privileged to have Rachel lead this new foundation, which is so close to our hearts.”

    Fish brings with her a thorough background and history in the fight against antisemitism, including a strong academic understanding of the issues and varied experience in advocacy work. Most recently, Rachel was Senior Advisor and Resident Scholar of Jewish/Israel Philanthropy at The Paul E. Singer Foundation in New York City where she aided in developing the strategic approach for the foundation’s giving and worked directly with practitioners to implement their missions and initiatives.
    Turkey’s Kanter Says He Was Harassed by Erdogan Supporters
    Boston Celtics and Turkey center Enes Kanter said he had been harassed outside a Massachusetts mosque on Friday by two men he described as supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    Kanter, who filmed the incident and posted it on Twitter, is an outspoken critic of the Turkish regime and its human rights record.

    He was indicted by a Turkish court last year on charges of belonging to an armed terrorist group, which he denies.

    “Erdogan thugs attacked and threatened me today after Friday prayers in Boston at a mosque,” he wrote.

    “Turkish Government don’t even let me practice my religion freely in America let alone my freedom of speech is under attack.”

    The video does not show any physical violence, but Kanter is clearly agitated as a crowd gathers around him on the sidewalk, and he seems particularly annoyed by one man who is not speaking English.

    “I told you America, this is crazy,” Kanter said in the video.
    Israeli defense firm Elbit secures $153 million drone deal with Asian country
    Israel defense firm Elbit has secured a drone deal with an Asian country worth approximately $153 million, the company said on Sunday.

    The contract will comprise a networked, multi-layer drone system, with aerial vehicles of varying sizes and capabilities, and will be delivered to the unnamed southeast Asia country over a 22-month period.

    The materiel will include over 1,000 of Elbit’s THOR mini-drones, which look like consumer rotor drones and are meant to carry out surveillance and reconnaissance operations. The unmanned aircraft can fly at altitudes of 2,000 feet and at 65 kilometers per hour (40 mph).

    It will also include dozens of Skylark drones, small aircraft launched and operated by a team of two that are widely used by the Israel Defense Forces. The Sky Rider, as it is known in Hebrew, is a tactical surveillance drone operated by the Artillery Corps that provides a live video feed to soldiers on the ground.
    Israeli innovation is about to disrupt the fruit industry
    “Disruption” is a common superlative applied to technology startups. Craigslist disrupted the classified advertising business. Uber and Lyft have disrupted the taxi industry.

    Now, a new Israeli company aims to disrupt the fruit market, encompassing some 116 million acres of fruit orchards globally.

    Markets in general are ripe for disruption when inefficiencies eat away at their core. The issue with fruit is knowing how much the trees on a farm will produce in a given year.

    In industrial farming, this is known as “yield estimation” and it’s accomplished today in a remarkably low-tech way: Farm crews do a manual, visual “count” from the sampling of a few randomly selected trees in the field or in photographic images. From there, they extrapolate to the entire orchard.

    But because it’s very difficult to distinguish unripe green fruit from green leaves, inaccuracies ranging from 30% to 40% are common. And wrong yield estimation results in less (or even no) profitability.
    Pre-Mossad: How one man used espionage to bring Poland's Jews to Israel
    Miri Nahari’s father, Tzvi Netzer, was the point-man for pre-Mossad clandestine efforts bringing 250,000 out of 300,000 Jewish Holocaust survivors from Poland to Israel.

    Despite that near-miraculous accomplishment, strangely, Netzer is not as much of an international household name as his boss, Shaul Avigur.

    Avigur helped found the Haganah’s intelligence wing, and at points headed all of Mossad Aliyah Bet and Nativ – which, respectively, brought massive numbers of European and Russian Jews to Israel.

    Still, Netzer was the operational leader on the ground for “the Bricha” (the Jewish Escape) in Poland.

    That meant getting Jews out of Poland post-World War II and essentially made him the pre-Mossad Israeli intelligence station chief in one of the key countries in Europe for Jewish survivors.

    But before he got to that point, he, in typical Mossad-level spellbinding style, survived quite a few precarious situations, Nehari tells The Jerusalem Post Magazine with a flicker in her eye.

    At this point, Nehari herself is a grandmother, and spent aspects of her career carrying out important activities for the state.
    Her dynamic and bubbly personality is on full display as we make small talk and she offers a hot drink in the living room of her Ramat Hasharon home.
    'A great privilege to see Ari rejoice in Trump's J'lem decision'
    US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman eulogized Ari Fuld in Gush Etzion Sunday evening, lauding the murdered father of four as an ‘outstanding American, an outstanding Israeli, and an outstanding Jew’.

    Speaking during a ceremony marking the first yahrzeit (anniversary of his death) of Fuld in Gush Etzion south of Jerusalem, Friedman recalled Fuld’s pro-Israel activism, and his jubilation over the White House’s decision to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

    “The voice of your brother cries out to me from this ground…and it reminds us, as only Ari can, that we must always stand for the truth. I remember how excited Ari was on the day that we opened the United States Embassy in Jerusalem, some 17 months ago,” said Friedman.

    “He issued several moving videos. Through all his excitement and all his commentary, the point that reverberated over and over again was not that the opening of the embassy was good, not that it was the right policy, not that it was appropriate or that it was just. Rather what Ari said was that the moving of the embassy to Jerusalem was an act in solidarity with the truth.

    “The United States did not discover something new when it opened our embassy there. Rather, the United States was the first among nations to take a stand for the truth, in recognizing Jerusalem’s undeniable eternal status as the capital of Israel, and Ari implicitly recognized this.”

    “It was a great privilege to see Ari rejoice at President Trump’s decision. While we had no doubt that we had taken the right path, positive reinforcement from an American and an Israeli and a Jew of Ari’s stature was most welcome.”

    Friedman went on to call Fuld, who was murdered in a stabbing attack by a Palestinian Arab terrorist near the Gush Etzion bloc last year, a ‘proud American, Israeli, and Jew’.
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    5,000-year-old NYC-style metropolis uncovered in northern Israel
    The ruins of a 5,000-year-old megalopolis were uncovered in northern Israel, the Antiquities Authority announced on Sunday, in one of the most significant archaeological findings in recent history.

    The ruins were discovered in a major excavation project in the Ein Assur site near Harish. According to the IAA, the city was the largest and most central one in the area during the Bronze Age. According to the archaeologists, about 6,000 people lived there, a huge number at the time.

    “About the same time that the first pharaoh established his rule over Egypt, this city was founded,” IAA official Yitzhak Paz, explained in a video, calling the city “the New York of that era.”

    Paz explained that the location offered exceptionally good conditions to settle, such as sources of water and strategic proximity to ancient commercial routes.

    The city was fortified and its urban design is clearly visible, he added.

    The ruins clearly show a web of roads and alleys, as well as the design of the buildings. Among the most unique structures uncovered, was a temple where religious rituals were performed. A seal imprint featuring the figure of a stylized man raising his hands in prayer and a head figurine were found at the site.

    An even earlier settlement, dating to the Chalcolithic period from 7,000 years ago, was uncovered in deeper excavations made beneath this city's houses. It seems that two abundant springs originating in the area in antiquity were a site of attraction throughout the period.

    According to the authority, the finding will change everything scholars know about the urbanization process in the Land of Israel in ancient times.



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    Judge: N.Y. prosecutors can see tax returns

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    NEW YORK – With President Donald Trump under siege on Capitol Hill, a federal judge dealt him a setback on another front Monday and ruled that New York City prosecutors can see his tax returns for an investigation into matters including the payment of hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels and a Playboy centerfold.

    U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero emphatically rejected Trump's attempt to keep his financial records under wraps, calling the president's broad claim of immunity from all criminal proceedings "extraordinary" and "an overreach of executive power" at odds with the Constitution.

    For now, at least, the tax returns remain beyond the reach of prosecutors. The president's lawyers appealed the judge's ruling to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which put the matter on hold while it considers the case on an expedited basis.

    At issue is a request from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. that Trump's accounting firm turn over eight years' worth of his business and personal tax returns dating back to 2011.

    Vance, a Democrat, is investigating payments made to buy the silence of Daniels and model Karen McDougal, both of whom claimed to have had affairs with the president.

    "The Radical Left Democrats have failed on all fronts," Trump fumed on Twitter after the judge's ruling, "so now they are pushing local New York City and State Democrat prosecutors to go get President Trump. A thing like this has never happened to any President before. Not even close!"

    The district attorney's office declined to comment.

    The investigation is unfolding with Trump already facing a fast-moving impeachment drive by House Democrats that was set off by his attempts to get Ukraine's leader to investigate his political rival Joe Biden.

    Trump's lawyers have said that Vance's investigation is politically motivated and that the request for tax records should be stopped because Trump is immune from any criminal probe as long as he is president.

    The judge swept that claim aside as overly broad.

    "As the court reads it, presidential immunity would stretch to cover every phase of criminal proceedings, including investigations, grand jury proceedings and subpoenas, indictment, prosecution, arrest, trial, conviction, and incarceration," Marrero wrote. "That constitutional protection presumably would encompass any conduct, at any time, in any forum, whether federal or state, and whether the President acted alone or in concert with other individuals."

    The judge said he couldn't accept that legal view, "especially in the light of the fundamental concerns over excessive arrogation of power" that led the founding fathers to create a balance of power among the three branches of government.

    Trump has steadfastly refused to make his tax returns public, breaking a tradition set by presidents and White House candidates decades ago. He has also gone to court to fight congressional subpoenas issued to his bank for various personal financial records, including his tax returns. That dispute is also before the federal appeals court.

    In yet another effort to pry loose Trump's tax records, California recently passed a law requiring candidates for president or governor to turn over five years' worth of returns, or else they cannot appear on the state's primary ballot. A federal judge blocked the law this month, saying it is probably unconstitutional.

    Vance began his probe after federal prosecutors in New York completed their investigation into payments that Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, arranged to be made to the two women to keep them silent during the presidential race.

    Cohen is serving a three-year prison sentence for crimes that included campaign finance violations in connection with the hush money.

    Trump was never charged, though prosecutors said publicly that he was aware of and directed the illegal payments. Justice Department policy has long been that sitting presidents cannot be charged criminally.

    Grand jury proceedings and records in New York are secret. If Vance gains access to Trump's returns through a grand jury investigation, that doesn't necessarily mean their contents will be disclosed publicly.

    It is unclear what Trump's returns might have to do with the criminal investigation or why prosecutors are reaching back as far as 2011.

    But the long reach of the subpoena might stem in part from testimony Cohen gave to Congress early this year when he asserted that Trump overstated his wealth to financial institutions before he became president.

    Cohen turned over copies of financial statements he said the president provided to Deutsche Bank during a 2014 effort to buy the Buffalo Bills. The statements showed Trump's net worth soaring from $4.55 billion in 2012 to $8.66 billion in 2013.

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    Trump defends decision to abandon Kurdish allies in Syria

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    WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Monday cast his decision to abandon Kurdish fighters in Syria as fulfilling a campaign promise to withdraw from “endless war” in the Middle East, even as Republican critics and others said he was sacrificing a U.S. ally and undermining American credibility.

    Trump declared U.S. troops would step aside for an expected Turkish attack on the Kurds, who have fought alongside Americans for years, but he then threatened to destroy the Turks’ economy if they went too far.

    Even Trump’s staunchest Republican congressional allies expressed outrage at the prospect of abandoning Syrian Kurds who had fought the Islamic State group with American arms and advice. It was the latest example of Trump’s approach to foreign policy that critics condemn as impulsive, that he sometimes reverses and that frequently is untethered to the advice of his national security aides.

    “A catastrophic mistake,” said Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the No. 3 House Republican leader. “Shot in the arm to the bad guys,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

    Trump said he understood criticism from fellow GOP leaders but disagreed. He said he could also name supporters, but he didn’t.

    Pentagon and State Department officials held out the possibility of persuading Turkey to abandon its expected invasion. U.S. officials said they had seen no indication that Turkey had begun a military operation by late Monday.

    Trump, in late afternoon remarks to reporters, appeared largely unconcerned at the prospect of Turkish forces attacking the Kurds, who include a faction he described as “natural enemies” of the Turks.

    “But I have told Turkey that if they do anything outside of what we would think is humane ... they could suffer the wrath of an extremely decimated economy,” Trump said.

    In recent weeks, the U.S. and Turkey had reached an apparent accommodation of Turkish concerns about the presence of Kurdish fighters, seen in Turkey as a threat. American and Turkish soldiers had been conducting joint patrols in a zone along the border. As part of that work, barriers designed to protect the Kurds were dismantled amid assurances that Turkey would not invade.

    Graham said Turkey’s NATO membership should be suspended if it attacks into northeastern Turkey, potentially annihilating Kurdish fighters who acted as a U.S. proxy army in a five-year fight to eliminate the Islamic State’s so-called caliphate. Graham, who had talked Trump out of a withdrawal from Syria last December, said letting Turkey invade would be a mistake of historic proportion and would “lead to ISIS reemergence.”

    This all comes at a pivotal moment of Trump’s presidency. House Democrats are marching forward with their impeachment inquiry into whether he compromised national security or abused his office by seeking negative information on former Vice President Joe Biden, a political rival, from Ukraine and other foreign countries.

    As he faces the impeachment inquiry, Trump has appeared more focused on making good on his political pledges, even at the risk of sending a troubling signal to American allies abroad.

    “I campaigned on the fact that I was going to bring our soldiers home and bring them home as rapidly as possible,” he said.

    The strong pushback on Capitol Hill prompted Trump to recast as well as restate his decision, but with renewed bombast and self-flattery.

    He promised to destroy the Turkish economy “if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits.”

    Sunday night the White House had said the U.S. would get its troops out of the way of the Turkish forces. That announcement came after Trump spoke by phone with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    One official described that White House announcement as a botched effort appeared aimed at making Trump look bold for ending a war. The official said attempts by the Pentagon and State Department to make the statement stronger in its opposition to Turkey’s military action were unsuccessful.

    That official, like others interviewed, was not authorized to speak on the record and was granted anonymity to comment.

    The official added that Erdogan appeared to be reconsidering his earlier resolve because he was relatively quiet Monday.

    But damage done to relations with the Kurds could be irreparable.

    An official familiar with the Erdogan call said the Turkish president was “ranting” at Trump, saying the safe zone was not working and that Turkey couldn’t trust the U.S. military to do what was needed. And in reaction, Trump said the U.S. wanted no part of an invasion and would withdraw troops.

    The announcement threw the military situation in Syria into fresh chaos and injected deeper uncertainty into U.S. relations with European allies. A French official, speaking on condition of anonymity on a sensitive topic, said France wasn’t informed ahead of time. A Foreign Ministry statement warned Turkey to avoid any action that would harm the international coalition against the Islamic State and noted the Kurds had been essential allies. It entirely omitted any mention of the United States.

    U.S. involvement in Syria has been fraught with peril since it started in 2014 with the insertion of small numbers of special operations forces to recruit, train, arm and advise local fighters to combat the Islamic State. Trump entered the White House in 2017 intent on getting out of Syria, and even before the counter-IS military campaign reclaimed the last militant strongholds early this year, he declared victory and said troops would leave.

    Trump defended his latest decision, acknowledging in tweets that “the Kurds fought with us” but adding that they “were paid massive amounts of money and equipment to do so.”

    “I held off this fight for almost 3 years, but it is time for us to get out of these ridiculous Endless Wars, many of them tribal, and bring our soldiers home,” he wrote.

    In his later remarks, Trump asserted that American troops in Syria are not performing useful work. They are, he said, “not fighting.” They are “just there,” he said.

    Among the first to move were about 30 U.S. troops from two outposts who would be in the immediate area of a Turkish invasion. It’s unclear whether others among the roughly 1,000 U.S. forces in northeastern Syria would be moved, but officials said there was no plan for any to leave Syria entirely.

    Bulent Aliriza, director of the Turkey Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said that a U.S. withdrawal from Syria would be a major boost to Russia’s position there.

    He added that other allies in the region, including the Kurds, will “look at this withdrawal as U.S. unwillingness to stand up for its rights and maintain its alliances in the region.”

    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., another strong Trump supporter, said in an appearance on “Fox & Friends” that he had concerns.

    “I want to make sure we keep our word for those who fight with us and help us,” he said, adding that, “If you make a commitment and somebody is fighting with you, America should keep their word.”

    Former Trump administration officials also expressed concern.

    Nikki Haley, who served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said the U.S. “must always have the backs of our allies, if we expect them to have our back. ... Leaving them to die is a big mistake.”

    Turkey considers the People’s Protection Units, or YPG, an extension of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, which has waged an insurgency against Turkey for 35 years.

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    With contributions from Associated Press writers Zeynep Bilginsoy in Istanbul; Zeina Karam and Sarah El Deeb in Beirut; and Lori Hinnant in Paris.


              

    Profit, not politics: Trump allies sought Ukraine gas deal

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    KYIV, Ukraine – As Rudy Giuliani was pushing Ukrainian officials last spring to investigate one of Donald Trump's main political rivals, a group of individuals with ties to the president and his personal lawyer were also active in the former Soviet republic.

    Their aims were profit, not politics. This circle of businessmen and Republican donors touted connections to Giuliani and Trump while trying to install new management at the top of Ukraine's massive state gas company. Their plan was to then steer lucrative contracts to companies controlled by Trump allies, according to two people with knowledge of their plans.

    Their plan hit a snag after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko lost his reelection bid to Volodymyr Zelenskiy, whose conversation with Trump about former Vice President Joe Biden is now at the center of the House impeachment inquiry of Trump.

    But the effort to install a friendlier management team at the helm of the gas company, Naftogaz, would soon be taken up with Ukraine's new president by U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, whose slate of candidates included a fellow Texan who is one of Perry's past political donors.

    It's unclear if Perry's attempts to replace board members at Naftogaz were coordinated with the Giuliani allies pushing for a similar outcome, and no one has alleged that there is criminal activity in any of these efforts. And it's unclear what role, if any, Giuliani had in helping his clients push to get gas sales agreements with the state-owned company.

    But the affair shows how those with ties to Trump and his administration were pursuing business deals in Ukraine that went far beyond advancing the president's personal political interests. It also raises questions about whether Trump allies were mixing business and politics just as Republicans were calling for a probe of Biden and his son Hunter, who served five years on the board of another Ukrainian energy company, Burisma.

    On Friday, Trump told a group of Republican lawmakers that it had been Perry who had prompted the phone call in which Trump asked Zelenskiy for a "favor" regarding Biden, according to a person familiar with Trump's remarks.

    The person, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity to describe a closed conversation among GOP officials, recounted that Trump said it was Perry who asked him to make the July call to discuss "something about an LNG (liquefied natural gas) plant." Trump's remarks were first reported Saturday by the news site Axios.

    While it's unclear whether Trump's remark Friday referred specifically to the behind-the-scenes maneuvers this spring involving the multibillion-dollar state gas company, The Associated Press has interviewed four people with direct knowledge of the attempts to influence Naftogaz, and their accounts show Perry playing a key role in the effort. Three of the four spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation. The fourth is an American businessman with close ties to the Ukrainian energy sector.

    A spokeswoman for the U.S. Energy Department said Perry, a former Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate, was not advancing anyone's personal interests. She said his conversations with Ukrainian officials about Naftogaz were part of his efforts to reform the country's energy sector and create an environment in which Western companies can do business.

    Perry was asked about the AP's reporting on Monday while in Lithuania, where he was meeting with officials from Ukraine and other eastern European countries to discuss energy security and cooperation. He said any suggestion that he tried to force a management change at Naftogaz was a "totally dreamed up story."

    "We get asked for our recommendations about people who are experts in areas, various areas," Perry said. "Folks who have expertise in particular areas. Obviously having been the governor of the state of Texas, I know a lot of people in the energy industry."

    Perry also confirmed he had urged Trump to call Zelenskiy, but said the subject was the potential growth of Ukraine's energy sector.

    "Absolutely, I asked the president multiple times, 'Mr. President, we think it is in the United States' and in Ukraine's best interest that you and the president of Ukraine have conversations, that you discuss the options that are there,'" Perry said, recounting his conversations with Trump.

    The Trump and Giuliani allies driving the attempt to change the senior management at Naftogaz, however, appear to have had inside knowledge of the U.S. government's plans in Ukraine. For example, they told people that Trump would replace the U.S. ambassador there months before she was actually recalled to Washington, according to three of the individuals interviewed by the AP. One of the individuals said he was so concerned by the whole affair that he reported it to a U.S. Embassy official in Ukraine months ago.

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    THE BUSINESSMEN

    Ukraine, a resource-rich nation that sits on the geographic and symbolic border between Russia and the West, has long been plagued by corruption and government dysfunction, making it a magnet for foreign profiteers.

    At the center of the Naftogaz plan, according to three individuals familiar with the details, were three such businessmen: two Soviet-born Florida real estate entrepreneurs, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, and an oil magnate from Boca Raton, Florida, named Harry Sargeant III.

    Parnas and Fruman have made hundreds of thousands of dollars in political donations to Republicans, including $325,000 to a Trump-allied political action committee in 2018. This helped the relatively unknown entrepreneurs gain access to top levels of the Republican Party – including meetings with Trump at the White House and Mar-a-Lago.

    The two have also faced lawsuits from disgruntled investors over unpaid debts. During the same period they were pursuing the Naftogaz deal, the two were coordinating with Giuliani to set up meetings with Ukrainian government officials and push for an investigation of the Bidens.

    Sargeant, his wife and corporate entities tied to the family have donated at least $1.2 million to Republican campaigns and PACs over the last 20 years, including $100,000 in June to the Trump Victory Fund, according to federal and state campaign finance records. He has also served as finance chair of the Florida state GOP, and gave nearly $14,000 to Giuliani's failed 2008 presidential campaign.

    In early March, Fruman, Parnas and Sargeant were touting a plan to replace Naftogaz CEO Andriy Kobolyev with another senior executive at the company, Andrew Favorov, according to two individuals who spoke to the AP as well as a memorandum about the meeting that was later submitted to the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, formerly known as Kiev.

    Going back to the Obama administration, the U.S. Energy Department and the State Department have long supported efforts to import American natural gas into Ukraine to reduce the country's dependence on Russia.

    The three approached Favorov with the idea while the Ukrainian executive was attending an energy industry conference in Texas. Parnas and Fruman told him they had flown in from Florida on a private jet to recruit him to be their partner in a new venture to export up to 100 tanker shipments a year of U.S. liquefied gas into Ukraine, where Naftogaz is the largest distributor, according to two people briefed on the details.

    Sargeant told Favorov that he regularly meets with Trump at Mar-a-Lago and that the gas-sales plan had the president's full support, according to the two people who said Favorov recounted the discussion to them.

    These conversations were recounted to AP by Dale W. Perry, an American who is a former business partner of Favorov. He told AP in an interview that Favorov described the meeting to him soon after it happened and that Favorov perceived it to be a shakedown. Perry, who is no relation to the energy secretary, is the managing partner of Energy Resources of Ukraine, which currently has business agreements to import natural gas and electricity to Ukraine.

    A second person who spoke on condition of anonymity also confirmed to the AP that Favorov had recounted details of the Houston meeting to him.

    According to Dale Perry and the other person, Favorov said Parnas told him Trump planned to remove U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch and replace her with someone more open to aiding their business interests.

    Dale Perry told the AP he was so concerned about the efforts to change the management at Naftogaz and to get rid of Yovanovitch that he reported what he had heard to Suriya Jayanti, a State Department foreign service officer stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv who focuses on the energy industry.

    He also wrote a detailed memo about Favorov's account, dated April 12, which was shared with another current State Department official. Perry recently provided a copy of the April memo to AP.

    Jayanti declined to provide comment. Favorov also declined to comment.

    A Florida lawyer representing Sargeant, Christopher Kise, issued a statement Monday confirming that his client was at the Houston dinner with Parnas, Fruman and Favorov, but insisted he was there only to offer "broad industry guidance and his expert view on the challenges presented by operating in foreign markets."

    "Attending a single, informal dinner in Houston does not place Mr. Sargeant at the center of any Naftogaz or Ukrainian business plan," Kise said. "Mr. Sargeant never discussed any role or participation in any Ukraine venture, nor any specifics regarding the potential business ventures of the other dinner participants."

    The statement did not address whether Yovanovitch's fate was discussed at the dinner. Kise also said Sargeant has not met at Mar-a-Lago with Trump since he became president.

    On March 24, Giuliani and Parnas gathered at the Trump International Hotel in Washington with Healy E. Baumgardner, a former Trump campaign adviser who once served as deputy communications director for Giuliani's presidential campaign and as a communications official during the George W. Bush administration.

    She is now listed as the CEO of 45 Energy Group, a Houston-based energy company whose website describes it as a "government relations, public affairs and business development practice group." The company's name is an apparent nod to Trump, the 45th president.

    This was a couple of weeks after the Houston meeting with Favorov, the Naftogaz executive. Giuliani, Parnas and Baumgardner were there to make a business pitch involving gas deals in the former Soviet bloc to a potential investor.

    This time, according to Giuliani, the deals that were discussed involved Uzbekistan, not Ukraine.

    "I have not pursued a deal in the Ukraine. I don't know about a deal in the Ukraine. I would not do a deal in the Ukraine now, obviously," said Giuliani, reached while attending a playoff baseball game between the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins. "There is absolutely no proof that I did it, because I didn't do it."

    During this meeting, Parnas again repeated that Yovanovitch, the U.S. ambassador in Kyiv, would soon be replaced, according to a person with direct knowledge of the gathering. She was removed two months later.

    Giuliani, who serves as Trump's personal lawyer and has no official role in government, acknowledged Friday that he was among those pushing the president to replace the ambassador, a career diplomat with a history of fighting corruption.

    "The ambassador to Ukraine was replaced," he said. "I did play a role in that."

    But Giuliani refused to discuss the details of his business dealings, or whether he helped his associates in their push to forge gas sales contracts with the Ukrainian company. He did describe Sergeant as a friend and referred to Parnas and Fruman as his clients in a tweet in May.

    As part of their impeachment inquiry, House Democrats have subpoenaed Giuliani for documents and communications related to dozens of people, including Favorov, Parnas, Fruman and Baumgardner's 45 Energy Group.

    The House Intelligence Committee also issued sweeping document requests to Parnas and Fruman, due Monday, and scheduled depositions for later in the week.

    John Dowd, a former Trump attorney who now represents Parnas and Fruman, said he and his clients have not yet decided whether to comply. Democrats on Monday threatened to issue subpoenas if they don't show.

    Baumgardner issued a written statement, saying: "While I won't comment on business discussions, I will say this: this political assault on private business by the Democrats in Congress is complete harassment and an invasion of privacy that should scare the hell out of every American business owner."

    Baumgardner later denied that she had any business dealings in Ukraine but refused to say whether the replacement of Ambassador Yovanovitch was discussed.

    Dowd said it was actually the Naftogaz executives who approached his clients about making a deal. Dowd says the group then approached Rick Perry to get the Energy Department on board.

    "The people from the company solicited my clients because Igor is in the gas business, and they asked them, and they flew to Washington and they solicited," Dowd said. "They sat down and talked about it. And then it was presented to Secretary Perry to see if they could get it together.

    "It wasn't a shakedown; it was an attempt to do legitimate business that didn't work out."

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    THE ENERGY SECRETARY

    In May, Rick Perry traveled to Kyiv to serve as the senior U.S. government representative at the inauguration of the county's new president.

    In a private meeting with Zelenskiy, Perry pressed the Ukrainian president to fire members of the Naftogaz advisory board. Attendees left the meeting with the impression that Perry wanted to replace the American representative, Amos Hochstein, a former diplomat and energy representative who served in the Obama administration, with someone "reputable in Republican circles," according to someone who was in the room.

    Perry's push for Ukraine's state-owned natural gas company Naftogaz to change its supervisory board was first reported by Politico.

    A second meeting during the trip, at a Kyiv hotel, included Ukrainian officials and energy sector people. There, Perry made clear that the Trump administration wanted to see the entire Naftogaz supervisory board replaced, according to a person who attended both meetings. Perry again referenced the list of advisers that he had given Zelenskiy, and it was widely interpreted that he wanted Michael Bleyzer, a Ukrainian-American businessman from Texas, to join the newly formed board, the person said. Also on the list was Robert Bensh, another Texan who frequently works in Ukraine, the Energy Department confirmed.

    Gordon D. Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, and Kurt D. Volker, then the State Department's special envoy to Ukraine, were also in the room, according to photographs reviewed by AP. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to fear of retaliation, said he was floored by the American requests because the person had always viewed the U.S. government "as having a higher ethical standard."

    The Naftogaz supervisory board is supposed to be selected by the Ukrainian president's Cabinet in consultation with international institutions, including the International Monetary Fund, the United States and the European Union. It must be approved by the Ukrainian Cabinet. Ukrainian officials perceived Perry's push to swap out the board as circumventing that established process, according to the person in the room.

    U.S. Energy Department spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes said Perry had consistently called for the modernization of Ukraine's business and energy sector in an effort to create an environment that will incentivize Western companies to do business there. She said Perry delivered that same message in the May meeting with Zelenskiy.

    "What he did not do is advocate for the business interests of any one individual or company," Hynes said Saturday. "That is fiction being pushed by those who are disingenuously seeking to advance a nefarious narrative that does not exist."

    Hynes said the Ukrainian government had requested U.S. recommendations to advise the country on energy matters, and Perry provided those recommendations. She confirmed Bleyzer was on the list.

    Bleyzer, whose company is based in Houston, did not respond on Saturday to a voicemail seeking comment. Bensh also did not respond to a phone message.

    Perry has close ties to the Texas oil and gas industry. He appointed Bleyzer to a two-year term on a state technologies fund board in 2009. The following year, records show Bleyzer donated $20,000 to Perry's reelection campaign.

    Zelenskiy's office declined to comment on Saturday.

    In an interview Friday with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Perry said that "as God as my witness" he never discussed Biden or his son in meetings with Ukrainian or U.S. officials, including Trump or Giuliani. He did confirm he had had a conversation with Giuliani by phone, but a spokeswoman for the energy secretary declined to say when that call was or whether the two had discussed Naftogaz.

    In Lithuania on Monday, Perry said he could not recall whether Bleyzer's name was on the list provided to Zelenskiy. But Perry confirmed he had known Bleyzer for years and called him "a really brilliant, capable businessman."

    "I would recommend him for a host of different things in Kyiv because he knows the country," Perry said of Bleyzer. "He's from there. So, why not? I mean I would be stunned if someone said that would you eliminate Michael Bleyzer from a recommendation of people you ought to talk to about how to do business in the country, whether they're knowledgeable. It'd be remarkable if I didn't say, 'Talk to Michael.'"

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    Biesecker and Lardner reported from Washington. Associated Press reporter Alan Fram contributed.

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    Key findings from this story are summarized at the AP News website.

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    This story has been corrected to show Bleyzer's first name is Michael, not Robert.


              

    Donbas: Waiting for reintegration into Ukraine

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    by Nikola Mikovic (Twitter), a Serbian freelance journalist and geopolitical analyst. He writes for several publications such as Geopolitical Monitor, Global Security Review, International Policy Digest, Global Comment, and Weekly Blitz. Nikola covers mostly Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine. Kyiv and … Continue reading
              

    Trump Asks Ukraine to Investigate Biden Amid Impeachment

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    Seth takes a closer look at President Trump making a damning confession on TV and dragging Vice President Mike Pence into his troubles.

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    Opinion: Good luck to the whistleblower who reported Trump's Ukraine call. He or she needs it.

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    Federal laws to protect whistleblowers aren't effective, and in the Trump impeachment case that could be a problem.


              

    House Democrats subpoena Pentagon, White House budget office for documents related to Ukraine

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    House Democrats leading an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine issued subpoenas Monday to Defense Secretary Mark Esper and acting White House budget director Russell Vought.

    Three Democratic committee chairmen demanded that Esper and Vought produce documents requested...


              

    Allies of Trump, Giuliani pressed Ukraine to change gas company management to help steer contracts, sources say

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    As Rudy Giuliani was pushing Ukrainian officials last spring to investigate one of Donald Trump's main political rivals, a group of individuals with ties to the president and his personal lawyer were also active in the former Soviet republic.

    Their aims were profit, not politics. This circle of...


              

    Second whistleblower comes forward with information about Trump’s dealings with Ukraine

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    A second whistleblower has come forward with information about President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine, adding to the impeachment peril engulfing the White House and potentially providing new leads to Democrats in their unfurling investigation of Trump's conduct.

    Attorney Mark Zaid, who...


              

    Rick Perry urged Trump to call Ukraine president, but only about energy, economic issues, aide says

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    Energy Secretary Rick Perry encouraged President Donald Trump to speak to Ukraine's president — but on energy and economic issues, Perry's spokeswoman said Sunday, addressing Perry's role in a telephone call that's at the center of a congressional impeachment probe for Trump.

    "Secretary Perry absolutely...


              

    Pompeo blasts Ukraine inquiry as ‘some silly gotcha game’

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    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday defended the Trump administration's approach to Ukraine, which is driving an impeachment inquiry in Congress, and called it typical of the transactional way countries deal with one another.

    Pompeo said the focus from the media and commentators on...


              

    Here’s what happened this week in the Trump impeachment inquiry

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    It was just last week that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. It was triggered by a whistleblower’s complaint about a July 25 phone call where Trump prodded Ukraine’s new president to dig up dirt on the family of his potential Democratic...


              

    Trump seethes, angry tweets on the way to golf course after whirlwind impeachment week

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    President Donald Trump is seething over an impeachment inquiry into his conduct after Democrats subpoenaed the White House about contacts with Ukraine and he signaled his administration would not cooperate.

    In a series of tweets Saturday sent as the presidential motorcade ferried him to his Virginia...


              

    Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson says Trump stopped him from telling Ukraine aid was forthcoming: ‘I was surprised by the president’s reaction’

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    A Republican senator said Friday he learned from a U.S. ambassador that President Donald Trump was tying military aid for Ukraine to an investigation of the 2016 election. When the senator asked Trump if he could assure the Ukraine leadership the money would be coming, the president blocked him...


              

    Impeachment inquiry reaches into the White House with new subpoena from House Democrats

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    For the first time, the impeachment inquiry reached directly into the White House on Friday as Democrats subpoenaed officials about contacts with Ukraine and President Donald Trump signaled his administration would not cooperate.

    The demand for documents capped a tumultuous week that widened the...


              

    Read the texts released by House Democrats showing discussion of potential Ukraine quid-pro-quo

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    A cache of text messages between three top American diplomats — released late on Thursday by House Democrats — show the Trump administration placed pressure on the Ukrainian government to open an investigation into an energy company linked to the family of Joe Biden, dangling a Washington visit...


              

    Top U.S. diplomats pushed Ukraine to investigate Bidens, dangled D.C. visit, text messages show: ‘Assuming President Z convinces Trump he will investigate’

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    Top U.S. diplomats encouraged Ukraine’s newly elected president to conduct an investigation linked to Joe Biden’s family in return for a high-profile visit to Washington with President Donald Trump. It soon escalated into what one feared was a "crazy" swap that risked vital U.S. military aid.

    That’s...


              

    Not just Ukraine: Trump urges China to investigate Biden family amid impeachment inquiry

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    President Donald Trump on Thursday publicly encouraged China to investigate Democratic political rival Joe Biden, snubbing his nose at an impeachment inquiry into whether a similar, private appeal to another foreign government violated his oath of office.

    Trump declared at the White House, “China...


              

    Kurt Volker, former special U.S. envoy to Ukraine, testifies of turmoil in State Department over Trump’s push to investigate Biden

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    The former special U.S. envoy to Ukraine testified Thursday of turmoil within the State Department over President Donald Trump's push to investigate Joe Biden and his family, placing Rudy Giuliani at the center of the effort.

    Kurt Volker, a central figure in the House’s impeachment inquiry, appeared...


              

    President Donald Trump involved Vice President Mike Pence in efforts to pressure Ukraine’s leader, officials say

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    President Donald Trump repeatedly involved Vice President Mike Pence in efforts to exert pressure on the leader of Ukraine at a time when the president was using other channels to solicit information that he hoped would be damaging to a Democratic rival, current and former U.S. officials said.

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    In Italy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirms he was on President Trump’s Ukraine phone call

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    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo publicly acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that he was on the phone call in which President Donald Trump pressed Ukraine’s president to investigate Democratic political rival Joe Biden.

    In Italy on the first stop of a long-planned four-nation tour of southern...


              

    House Democrats say they’ll subpoena White House for documents in Trump impeachment inquiry

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    House Democrats pursuing an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump say they will subpoena the White House on Friday for documents related to his dealings with Ukraine, citing “flagrant disregard” of their previous requests for information.

    House Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah Cummings...


              

    Ex-Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he discussed investments with Rudy Giuliani in 2017

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    Ukraine's former president said Wednesday he discussed investments with President Donald Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, in 2017, but that he never discussed Ukrainian companies with any U.S. official.

    Like many Ukrainians, former President Petro Poroshenko is trying to distance himself from the...


              

    Trump allies sought changes at Ukraine utility, sources say

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    As Rudy Giuliani was pushing Ukrainian officials last spring to investigate one of Donald Trump's main political rivals, a group of individuals with ties to the president and his personal lawyer were also active in the former Soviet republic.
              

    Aide: Rick Perry pushed Trump for Ukraine call but about energy issues

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    Trump on Friday evening told House Republicans that it was Perry who had teed up the July call with Ukraine, according to a person familiar with Trump's new comments.
              

    2nd whistleblower has come forward about Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, lawyer says

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    The lawyer said the second whistleblower hasn't filed a complaint with the inspector general but does have "firsthand knowledge that supported" the original complaint.
              

    Ukraine reviews cases on owner of firm that hired Joe Biden son

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    Ukraine's top prosecutor said Friday his office is reviewing several cases related to the owner of a gas company where the son of former Vice President Joe Biden sat on the board, but he added that he wasn't aware of any evidence of wrongdoing by either Biden.
              

    Trump calls for China to investigate the Bidens

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    Ensnarled in an impeachment investigation over his request for Ukraine to investigate a chief political rival, President Donald Trump Thursday called on another nation to probe former Vice President Joe Biden: China.
              

    Politics Podcast: Is Ukraine Getting Worse For Trump?

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    It’s now been almost two weeks since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry. In the past week, the House began taking testimony, at least one more whistleblower came forward, and FiveThirtyEight launched our impeachment polling tracker. In this installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, the crew takes a look at what’s happened over […]
              

    How Has The Ukraine Scandal Affected Trump’s Approval Rating?

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    Shortly after news broke that President Trump pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate a political rival, support for his impeachment increased sharply, according to our impeachment polling tracker. But the ramifications of the Ukraine scandal (and the resulting impeachment inquiry) for Trump’s reelection prospects are murkier. If the effect of the Ukraine scandal is […]
              

    Is Impeachment More Popular Because Of Ukraine? Or Because Voters Are Sheep?

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    Welcome to Pollapalooza, our weekly polling roundup. Poll(s) of the week Public support for impeaching President Trump has gone up significantly over the last two weeks. And a big part of that increase comes from Democrats; about 79 percent support impeachment as of Thursday evening, according to the FiveThirtyEight average, up from about 72 percent […]
              

    Trump defends decision to abandon Kurdish allies in Syria

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    WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Monday cast his decision to abandon Kurdish fighters in Syria as fulfilling a campaign promise to withdraw from “endless war” in the Middle East, even as Republican critics and others said he was sacrificing a U.S. ally and undermining American credibility.

    Trump declared U.S. troops would step aside for an expected Turkish attack on the Kurds, who have fought alongside Americans for years, but he then threatened to destroy the Turks’ economy if they went too far.

    Even Trump’s staunchest Republican congressional allies expressed outrage at the prospect of abandoning Syrian Kurds who had fought the Islamic State group with American arms and advice.

    “A catastrophic mistake,” said Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the No. 3 House Republican leader. “Shot in the arm to the bad guys,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

    Trump said he understood criticism from fellow GOP leaders but disagreed. He said he could also name supporters, but he didn’t.

    Pentagon and State Department officials held out the possibility of persuading Turkey to abandon its expected invasion. U.S. officials said they had seen no indication that Turkey had begun a military operation by late Monday.

    Trump, in late afternoon remarks to reporters, appeared largely unconcerned at the prospect of Turkish forces attacking the Kurds, who include a faction he described as “natural enemies” of the Turks.

    “But I have told Turkey that if they do anything outside of what we would think is humane … they could suffer the wrath of an extremely decimated economy,” Trump said.

    In recent weeks, the U.S. and Turkey had reached an apparent accommodation of Turkish concerns about the presence of Kurdish fighters, seen in Turkey as a threat. American and Turkish soldiers had been conducting joint patrols in a zone along the border. As part of that work, barriers designed to protect the Kurds were dismantled amid assurances that Turkey would not invade.

    Graham said Turkey’s NATO membership should be suspended if it attacks into northeastern Turkey, potentially annihilating Kurdish fighters who acted as a U.S. proxy army in a five-year fight to eliminate the Islamic State’s so-called caliphate. Graham, who had talked Trump out of a withdrawal from Syria last December, said letting Turkey invade would be a mistake of historic proportion and would “lead to ISIS reemergence.”

    This all comes at a pivotal moment of Trump’s presidency. House Democrats are marching forward with their impeachment inquiry into whether he compromised national security or abused his office by seeking negative information on former Vice President Joe Biden, a political rival, from Ukraine and other foreign countries.

    As he faces the impeachment inquiry, Trump has appeared more focused on making good on his political pledges, even at the risk of sending a troubling signal to American allies abroad.

    “I campaigned on the fact that I was going to bring our soldiers home and bring them home as rapidly as possible,” he said.

    The strong pushback on Capitol Hill prompted Trump to recast as well as restate his decision, but with renewed bombast and self-flattery.

    He promised to destroy the Turkish economy “if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits.”

    Sunday night the White House had said the U.S. would get its troops out of the way of the Turkish forces. That announcement came after Trump spoke by phone with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    One official described that White House announcement as a botched effort appeared aimed at making Trump look bold for ending a war. The official said attempts by the Pentagon and State Department to make the statement stronger in its opposition to Turkey’s military action were unsuccessful.

    That official, like others interviewed, was not authorized to speak on the record and was granted anonymity to comment.

    The official added that Erdogan appeared to be reconsidering his earlier resolve because he was relatively quiet Monday. But damage done to relations with the Kurds could be irreparable.

    An official familiar with the Erdogan call said the Turkish president was “ranting” at Trump, saying the safe zone was not working and that Turkey couldn’t trust the U.S. military to do what was needed. And in reaction, Trump said the U.S. wanted no part of an invasion and would withdraw troops.

    The announcement threw the military situation in Syria into fresh chaos and injected deeper uncertainty into U.S. relations with European allies. A French official, speaking on condition of anonymity on a sensitive topic, said France wasn’t informed ahead of time. A Foreign Ministry statement warned Turkey to avoid any action that would harm the international coalition against the Islamic State and noted the Kurds had been essential allies. It entirely omitted any mention of the United States.

    U.S. involvement in Syria has been fraught with peril since it started in 2014 with the insertion of small numbers of special operations forces to recruit, train, arm and advise local fighters to combat the Islamic State. Trump entered the White House in 2017 intent on getting out of Syria, and even before the counter-IS military campaign reclaimed the last militant strongholds early this year, he declared victory and said troops would leave.

    Trump defended his latest decision, acknowledging in tweets that “the Kurds fought with us” but adding that they “were paid massive amounts of money and equipment to do so.”

    “I held off this fight for almost 3 years, but it is time for us to get out of these ridiculous Endless Wars, many of them tribal, and bring our soldiers home,” he wrote.

    In his later remarks, Trump asserted that American troops in Syria are not performing useful work. They are, he said, “not fighting.” They are “just there,” he said.

    Among the first to move were about 30 U.S. troops from two outposts who would be in the immediate area of a Turkish invasion. It’s unclear whether others among the roughly 1,000 U.S. forces in northeastern Syria would be moved, but officials said there was no plan for any to leave Syria entirely.

    Bulent Aliriza, director of the Turkey Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said that a U.S. withdrawal from Syria would be a major boost to Russia’s position there.

    He added that other allies in the region, including the Kurds, will “look at this withdrawal as U.S. unwillingness to stand up for its rights and maintain its alliances in the region.”

    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., another strong Trump supporter, said in an appearance on “Fox & Friends” that he had concerns.

    “I want to make sure we keep our word for those who fight with us and help us,” he said, adding that, “If you make a commitment and somebody is fighting with you, America should keep their word.”

    Former Trump administration officials also expressed concern.

    Nikki Haley, who served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said the U.S. “must always have the backs of our allies, if we expect them to have our back. … Leaving them to die is a big mistake.”

    Turkey considers the People’s Protection Units, or YPG, an extension of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, which has waged an insurgency against Turkey for 35 years.


              

    Lawyer Claims Congress Is ‘Harassing’ Rudy Giuliani’s Allies—by Asking Them for Ukraine Documents

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    Lawyer Claims Congress Is ‘Harassing’ Rudy Giuliani’s Allies—by Asking Them for Ukraine DocumentsREUTERSTwo of Rudy Giuliani’s associates will not meet a congressional committee’s deadline to produce documents related to their work in Ukraine, according to their lawyer. That attorney, who previously represented President Donald Trump, accused congressional investigators of trying to harass and intimidate the two men in a letter that The Daily Beast obtained. The men—Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman—had tried to help Giuliani investigate Hunter Biden, a project at the core of Democrats’ impeachment inquiry. The House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight committees had set an October 7 deadline for Parnas and Fruman to voluntarily turn over records related to their activities with Giuiliani. “Your request for documents and communications is overly broad and unduly burdensome,” wrote their attorney, John Dowd. “The subject matter of your requests is well beyond the scope of your inquiry. This, in combination with requiring immediate responses, leads me to the inescapable conclusion that the Democratic Committee members’ intent is to harass, intimidate and embarrass my clients.”Dowd said “The ‘Committees’”—in scare quotes—violated their standard procedures by asking the two men to turn over documents within seven days and testify within 15. “Considering the important factual questions and legal issues attendant to the alleged whistleblower, your investigation, your authority and requests for information, your charter should be amended to exhibit some semblance of due process, fairness, justice and common decency,” Dowd’s letter concluded. Parnas and Fruman, two Soviet-born Floridians, have connected Giuliani to various Ukrainian officials, including the ex-prosecutor who Trump and Giuliani claim was fired at Biden’s behest to protect his son, Hunter Biden.According to the Associated Press, Parnas and Fruman also worked to orchestrate political changes in Ukraine that might help their nascent natural gas company, Global Energy Producers LLC. With Giuliani’s assistance, the two men successfully pressed for the ouster of America’s ambassador to Kiev, Marie Yovanovitch, and, the AP reported on Sunday, advanced efforts to overhaul leadership at Ukraine’s national oil and gas company, Naftogaz.House Dems Preparing Investigation of Rudy Giuliani for Ukraine ShenanigansCongressional Democrats asked Parnass and Fruman for documents on Sept. 30. They also subpoenaed Giuliani that same day for documents. Giuliani told The Daily Beast he has not decided whether or not to comply. “I have a real question about whether I should recognize their legitimacy,” he said. “I think they are totally illegitimate... I’m going to go in front of a committee with a chairman who is a liar.”Going on offense against congressional investigators is a central part of the strategy that Trump’s allies are using to defend him. Chairman Adam Schiff of the Intelligence Committee has become their top foe. And the president himself has also lambasted the California Democrat, calling him “Shifty Schiff.” “I haven't made up my mind,” Giuliani continued, “but one of the issues is, do you acknowledge an illicit committee?”Administration officials have already stiff-armed the Hill. Last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo missed a deadline to turn over documents that Congress had subpoenaed. But members of Congress will still get face time with him soon; on October 15, he’s scheduled to meet behind closed doors with members and staff of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees to discuss refugee caps. State Department officials have told Congress that Pompeo plans to be at the meeting, according to two sources familiar with the communications. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



              

    Trump Allies Tried to Install Friendly Management at Ukrainian Gas Company: Report

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    Trump Allies Tried to Install Friendly Management at Ukrainian Gas Company: ReportA group of businessmen and top Republican donors touted connections to President Trump while trying to recruit management at Ukraine's state gas company in order to advance their own financial interests, according to a report from the Associated Press.Over the past year, real-estate entrepreneurs Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, and oil magnate Harry Sargeant III, all of whom have donated large sums to Republican PACs and campaigns, have worked to recruit Andrew Favorov, a senior executive at Ukrainian gas company Naftogaz, for a plan wherein the company would begin importing American natural gas in order to reduce the country's dependence on Russia.The report highlights the Ukrainian business interests of Trump-administration allies at the same time as Trump and his private legal counsel Rudy Giuliani seek to draw attention to Hunter Biden's business activity in Ukraine while his father was serving as vice president. Hunter sat on the board of a Ukrainian natural-gas company from 2014 to 2019 while his father was overseeing U.S. policy toward Ukraine for the Obama administration.Sargeant told Favorov that he regularly met with Trump and that the president backed the gas sale plan, according to sources interviewed by the Associated Press. Parnas also told Favorov that Trump would remove then–ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch and replace her with someone more favorable to their business interests.The plan hit a setback with the surprise election in May 2019 of Volodymyr Zelensky as Ukraine's president.However, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry then reportedly stepped in to advance a plan to replace the entire management board of Naftogaz. One of Perry's top picks for the board was a Texas businessman Michael Bleyzer, who in the past had donated to Perry's 2010 reelection campaign for governor of Texas. No illegal transaction was known to have taken place throughout this time.U.S. Energy Department spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes commented that Perry "did not . . . advocate for the business interests of any one individual or company." She added that such an allegation "is fiction being pushed by those who are disingenuously seeking to advance a nefarious narrative that does not exist.”Update 2:40 p.m.: Christopher Kise, an attorney for Harry Sargeant III, had put out the following statement: "In March 2019, while attending the CERAWeek 2019 conference in Houston, Texas, one of the largest energy industry trade events in the world, Mr. Sargeant was asked to attend an informal dinner with Andrew Favorov, Igor Fruman, and Lev Parnas, and to offer his views on the global oil and gas industry. Mr. Sargeant never discussed any role or participation in any Ukraine venture, nor any specifics regarding the potential business ventures of the other dinner participants."Kise further wrote, "Attending a single, informal dinner in Houston does not place Mr. Sargeant at the center of any Naftogaz or Ukrainian business plan."



              

    ICYMI: Here's what you missed on "Face the Nation"

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    After another week of Democratic outcry over the president's Ukraine call, talk of impeachment took over Washington
              

    Quid prop quo: It's how foreign relations work

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    (NATIONAL REVIEW) -- The coverage of the Trump administration’s pressure on Ukraine is verging on the absurd, as to both what is alleged to have been a wrong and the degree to which we should judge it wrong. In particular, I am referring to the concepts of quid pro quo and of extorting a foreign…

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    Rick Perry Draws Scrutiny Over Trump's Ukraine Call

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    The House impeachment inquiry is shedding light on business ties between Trump administration officials — including Energy Secretary Rick Perry — and Ukraine's energy industry.
              

    Darum heiratet ER (24) seine Cousine (81)

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    Der 24-jährige Alexander hat seiner Cousine das Ja-Wort gegeben. Der Vorteil liegt auf der Hand.
              

    10/8/2019: World: New Trump whistleblower

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    Donald Trump faced renewed pressure over his dealings with Ukraine yesterday as it emerged a second whistleblower had emerged, with first-hand knowledge of the allegations. News of the second whistleblower broke amid signs of increasing anxiety among...
              

    House Democrats Mull Hiding Whistleblower's Identity From GOP During Testimony: Report

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    Democrats are allegedly considering steps like having the Ukraine whistleblower testify remotely to protect the individual, according to The Washington Post.
              

    Kurt Volker Resigns As McCain Institute Executive Director

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    The former special U.S. envoy to Ukraine said he feared "becoming a distraction" amid scrutiny of President Donald Trump's dealings with the country.
              

    Комментарий к записи Как прошел Comic Con Ukraine 2019: небольшой фотоотчет с крутейшего гик-конвента осени (Nitu)

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    Уникальное приложение для людей с инвалидностью появится в Украине

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    The latest on the Trump impeachment inquiry: Live updates - CNN

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    1. The latest on the Trump impeachment inquiry: Live updates  CNN
    2. The phone call that could get Trump impeached  Vox
    3. The Trump-Biden Imbroglio Over Ukraine  The New York Times
    4. Steve Hilton: What no one has been reporting about the Trump-Ukraine impeachment saga  Fox News
    5. Democrats trying to impeach President Trump are misusing their authority: Rep. Jim Jordan  USA TODAY
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    GOP challenger says Trump is a traitor for asking Ukraine and China to investigate Bidens - CNN

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    1. GOP challenger says Trump is a traitor for asking Ukraine and China to investigate Bidens  CNN
    2. Poll: Warren and Biden running neck and neck as Sanders sinks | TheHill  The Hill
    3. Republicans recycle defense that Trump was joking about China investigating the Bidens  The Washington Post
    4. ‘Everyone is getting a little shaky’: Republicans consider turning on Trump as impeachment support grows across US  The Independent
    5. Giuliani says media tried to cover up corruption allegations leveled against 'honey boy' Biden  Fox News
    6. View full coverage on Google News

              

    Republican senators refute Trump’s own Ukraine-Biden conspiracy theory - Vox.com

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    2. Republicans try a new excuse to defend Trump: It's just a joke  CNN
    3. Rob Portman calls Trump’s request for China to probe Biden ‘not appropriate’  POLITICO
    4. The GOP’s bootlicking cowardice knows no bounds  The Washington Post
    5. The Education of Fanatical Centrists  The New York Times
    6. View full coverage on Google News

              

    White House to send letter 'daring' Pelosi to hold impeachment inquiry vote - Fox News

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    1. White House to send letter 'daring' Pelosi to hold impeachment inquiry vote  Fox News
    2. Trump accuses Pelosi of 'treason' and calls for her to be 'immediately impeached'  Washington Examiner
    3. Ron Johnson's nonsensical Ukraine answer is the GOP Trump defense in a nutshell  CNN
    4. House GOP Intel member: 'Why should I care about' another Trump whistleblower | TheHill  The Hill
    5. Trump criticizes supposed second whistleblower | TheHill  The Hill
    6. View full coverage on Google News

              

    Ex-Trump officials met with Zelensky campaign aides at Trump hotel earlier this year: report | TheHill - The Hill

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    1. Ex-Trump officials met with Zelensky campaign aides at Trump hotel earlier this year: report | TheHill  The Hill
    2. Trump’s latest lies about the Ukraine scandal are imploding fast  The Washington Post
    3. Rick Perry says he 'absolutely' asked Trump to call Zelensky -- just not about the Bidens  CNN
    4. Ukraine evidence piles up on Donald Trump trading arms for political dirt on the Bidens  USA TODAY
    5. The administration is exporting its own corruption to Ukraine  The Washington Post
    6. View full coverage on Google News

              

    As Pete Sessions Tries to Revive his Political Career, He May Get Sucked into Ukraine

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    Former Congressman Pete Sessions stood behind a lectern at the McLennan County Republican Party headquarters in Waco, flanked by a man holding a campaign sign and a cardboard cutout of Donald Trump, and made it official: He was re-running for …

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    Late breaking news: Really? Trump tried to direct business in Ukraine to his cronies?

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    Des hot dogs à la désinformation : la cuisine d'Evguéni Prigojine, le "chef" de Poutine

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    Tentatives pour influencer les élections aux États-Unis, guerre en Ukraine, ambition russe en Afrique : le nom d’Evguéni Prigojine revient dans tous ces dossiers. Cet oligarque, surnommé le "chef" de Poutine, est aussi dans le viseur de Washington.
              

    Ukraine Opens Antitrust Probe Into Billionaire Akhmetov's Electricity Producer

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    Ukraine's Anti-Monopoly Committee (AMKU) has opened an antitrust probe into the country's biggest power producer, DTEK, owned by billionaire Rinat Akhmetov. 
              

    Ukraine's Frontline Children

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    Some 100,000 children live within 10 kilometers of the front line in war-torn eastern Ukraine. The United Nations says more than 100 children have been killed during the five-year conflict and thousands are living with physical and psychological wounds. Andriy Dubchak of RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service spoke to children who have been growing up amid the conflict.
              

    Call it crazy. U.S. diplomat’s text messages sum up the Ukraine affair

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    “No quid pro quo” has been the White House talking point since impeachment hearings began but it’s a bit of White House messaging that comes at the end of almost two months of talks in which the quids ... - Source: www.thestar.com#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/64496&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com
              

    Trump’s Extortion of Ukraine: A Complete Government Shakedown

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    While President Trump is at the center of the Ukraine controversy, the alleged extortion scheme likely implicates a host of top administration officials and advisers.

    The post Trump’s Extortion of Ukraine: A Complete Government Shakedown appeared first on Center for American Progress.


              

    Trump’s Conduct Strikes at the Heart of the Rule of Law

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    President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine demonstrate just how much he thinks he can get away with. Congress must show him that he is wrong.

    The post Trump’s Conduct Strikes at the Heart of the Rule of Law appeared first on Center for American Progress.


              

    The Founders Would Have Impeached Trump for His Ukraine-Related Misconduct

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    Constitutional principles espoused by our nation’s founders dictate that a president should be impeached if he abuses his public office by soliciting campaign help from a foreign government.

    The post The Founders Would Have Impeached Trump for His Ukraine-Related Misconduct appeared first on Center for American Progress.


              

    House Democrats subpoena Pentagon, White House budget office for documents on delay of military aid

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    WASHINGTON (AP) - House Democrats subpoena Pentagon, White House budget office for documents on delay of military aid to Ukraine.


              

    Former US special envoy to Ukraine leaving McCain Institute

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    PHOENIX (AP) - Kurt Volker, the special envoy to Ukraine who stepped down amid the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, said Monday he's also leaving his job as the head of the McCain Institute.

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    Romanreise in die bewegte Ukraine

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    Aus seinem Roman "Graue Bienen" liest Autor Andrej Kurkow am Dienstag, 15. Oktober, um 20 Uhr in der Stadtbücherei im Falkenhaus im Lesecaf.
              

    Dramatique atterrissage d’urgence d’un Antonov An-12 en Ukraine.

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    Selon les premières informations l’accident aurait eu lieu en raison d’un problème de carburant. Ce vendredi 4 octobre 2019 au matin un avion-cargo civil Antonov An-12BK a été obligé de réalisé un atterrissage d’urgence alors qu’il approchait de l’aéroport de Lviv dans l’ouest de l’Ukraine. Cinq des huit personnes se trouvant à bord de l’avion […]

    Ce contenu Dramatique atterrissage d’urgence d’un Antonov An-12 en Ukraine. a été publié en premier sur avionslegendaires.net#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/68880&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com - Encyclopédie de l'aviation militaire & actualités aéronautiques


              

    Ukraine ‘Anti-Corruption’ Director Bragged About Helping Hillary Clinton In 2016: Leaked Audio

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    Zero Hedge | "They were coordinating an investigation with the Hillary team on Paul Manafort with Alexandra Chalupa,"
              

    Chuck Todd Flips Out On GOP Senator: ‘Do You Not Trust The FBI? You Don’t Trust The CIA?’

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    Zero Hedge | There was a full on Trump-Ukraine blow-up on Sunday's Meet the Press, with Chuck Todd quick to slam what he called "Fox News Conspiracy Propaganda Stuff!"
              

    Whistleblower’s Attorneys Say Second Complainant With Firsthand Knowledge Has Come Forward Against Trump

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    Daily Caller | Attorneys for the whistleblower who filed a complaint against President Donald Trump over a phone call with the Ukrainian president say they are now representing a second complainant who has firsthand knowledge of Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.
              

    Susan Page: By 2-to-1 Margin Americans Say Investigating Biden’s ‘Unseemly’ Behavior Legitimate

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    Breitbart | On Sunday’s broadcast of CBS’s “Face the Nation,” USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page said Americans want Joe Biden’s “unseemly” behavior over his son Hunter’s business in Ukraine investigated.
              

    Hillary floats putting Constitution in paper shredder

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    American Mirror | Clinton claimed Trump used funds to “threaten and intimidate the new president of Ukraine,” which he recently denied.
              

    Scheinehe oder echte Liebe? - Um dem Kriegsdienst zu entkommen? Ukrainer heiratet seine 81-jährige Cousine

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    Ein 24-jähriger Ukrainer soll seine kranke 81-jährige Cousine geheiratet haben, um sich vor dem Wehrdienst zu drücken. Wie das britische Nachrichtenportal Metro berichtet, wurde die Ehe zwischen Alexander Kondratyuk und der 57 Jahre älteren Zinaida Illarionovna in Baykovka, einem Dorf in der Nähe der ukrainischen Stadt Winnyzja südwestlich von Kiew geschlossen.
              

    Ternopol-TNEU - Zolotoy Vek

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    Ireland (W) - Ukraine (W)

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    Chernomorets II - Krystal Kherson

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    VPK-Ahro - Hirnyk Kryvyi Rih

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    Chayka PB - Veres

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    Real Pharma - Mykolaiv II

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    Tavriya Simferopol - Enerhiya N. Kakh.

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    Obolon II - Polesia

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    Niva Ternopol - Bukovyna

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    Nyva Vinnytsia - Podillya Khmelnytskyi

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    Uzhgorod - Kalush

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    Kryzhani Vovky - Kremenchuk

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    Alians Lypova Dolyna - Nikopol

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    Kharkivski Sokoly - Zaporozhye

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    Dynamo Kharkiv - Donbass

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    Energiya Lviv - Epitsentr K Avangard

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    Khimik - BC Kiev

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    Bilyi Bars - Dnipro Kherson

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    Odessa - Cherkasky Mavpy

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    Romania U21 - Ukraine U21

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    Kharkivski Sokoly - Prometey

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    Ukraine - Iran

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    Odessa - BC Kiev

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    France (W) - Ukraine (W)

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    Kryzhani Vovky - Donbass

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    Friedensprozess in der Ostukraine: "Was Selenskyj macht, sind erste Schritte hin zu einer Kapitulation"

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    Der ukrainische Präsident Selenskyj hat die "Steinmeier-Formel" akzeptiert. Im Land wird nun gestritten: Ist das ein Durchbruch für den Friedensprozess - oder Verrat an der Ostukraine? Fünf Protokolle.
              

    Rick Perry Draws Scrutiny Over Trump's Ukraine Call

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    The House impeachment inquiry is shedding light on business ties between Trump administration officials — including Energy Secretary Rick Perry — and Ukraine's energy industry.
              

    Mittens Romney is OFFENDED!!

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    Good Day all. Last year, the people of Utah made a major mistake and elected a Globalist Uniparty RINO to replace Orrin Hatch. Now, Mittens Romney is saying that he is offended by President Trump’s very existence. Actually, the phony Never Trumper is offended by President Trump’s conversations with the Ukraine and China regarding the […]
              

    SEC Obtains Final Judgments Against Lek Securities and CEO in Layering, Manipulation Case

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    (HedgeCo.Net) A federal court judge entered final judgments against New York-based brokerage firm Lek Securities Corp. and Chief Executive Officer Sam Lek, who were charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission with facilitating manipulative U.S. trading by a Ukraine-based firm […]
              

    Technology Trends for the Future of Government

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    Forward-looking government officials know that, in a digital society, “Policy is the technology and technology is the policy.” Any government service delivered at scale is underpinned by a host of technologies. If the success of these business projects is compromised by poor implementation of technology, then the political objectives are compromised too.

    Implementing a digital government strategy is a journey that will span multiple budget cycles and political administrations

    Public-sector leaders expect government CIOs to find ways that technology can reduce costs, create efficiencies, and improve outcomes for citizens and businesses. They also expect CIOs to consider the social, technological, economic, environmental and political trends that impact the constituents they serve.

    Gartner's top strategic technology trends for government

    Gartner’s list of strategic government technology trends is designed to help CIOs establish the rationale, timing and priority of technology investments. These trends in information and technology were selected in response to pressing public-policy goals and business needs of government organizations in jurisdictions around the globe.

    “Now more than ever, technology priorities must be established in the context of business trends such as digital equity, ethics and privacy, and the need for institutional agility,” says Rick Howard, Vice President Analyst, Gartner. “CIOs can use these trends to engage stakeholders, demystify concepts, and promote discussion about their value to citizens and society.”

    Implementing a digital government strategy is a journey that will span multiple budget cycles and political administrations, Howard notes.

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    “The technology trends presented here do not represent what government CIOs are spending most of their time or budget on today,” Howard says. “Rather, it is Gartner’s list of strategic technology trends that are, should be or soon will be critical areas of focus for government CIOs as they transform public services.”

    These top trends — which cover the next 12 to 18 months — will vary in importance depending on the tier of government (national, regional or local), region and business context. It is for this reason that they are not ranked in numeric order.

    Adaptive security

    From ransomware targeting cities such as Baltimore, MD, to attacks on critical infrastructure assets in Ukraine and on parliaments (as in Australia), governments in all geographies and at all levels are under attack, driving the need for new security approaches.

    An adaptive security approach treats risk, trust and security as a continuous and adaptive process that anticipates and mitigates constantly evolving cyberthreats. It acknowledges there is no perfect protection and security needs to be adaptive, everywhere, all the time.

    Citizen digital identity

    Digital identity — the ability to prove an individual’s identity via any government digital channel — is critical for inclusion and access to government services, yet many governments have been slow to adopt them. Government CIOs must provision digital identities that uphold both security imperatives and citizen expectations.

    Multichannel citizen engagement

    Governments that meet citizens via their preferred channels, for example, in person, by phone, via mobile device (over 50% of government website traffic now comes from mobile devices), smart speakers, chatbots or augmented reality, will meet citizen expectations and achieve program outcomes.

    Agile by design

    Digital government is not a “set and forget” investment. CIOs must create a nimble and responsive environment by adopting an agile-by-design approach, a set of principles and practices used to develop more agile systems and solutions that impact both the current and target states of the business, information and technical architecture.

    Digital product management

    In the 2019 Gartner CIO Survey, over two-thirds of government CIOs said they already have, or are planning to implement, digital product management (DPM). Often replacing a “waterfall” project management approach, which has a poor track record of success, DPM involves developing, delivering, monitoring, refining and retiring “products” or offerings for business users or citizens. It causes organizations to think differently and delivers tangible results more quickly and sustainably.

    Anything as a service (XaaS)

    XaaS covers the full range of IT services delivered in the cloud on a subscription basis. The 2019 Gartner CIO Survey also found that 39% of government organizations plan to spend the greatest amount of new or additional funding on cloud services. The XaaS model offers an alternative to legacy infrastructure modernization, provides scalability and reduces time to deliver digital government at scale.

    Shared services 2.0

    Many government organizations have tried to drive IT efficiencies through centralization or sharing of services, often with poor results. Shared services 2.0 shifts the focus from cost savings to delivering high-value business capabilities such as such as enterprisewide security, identity management, platforms or business analytics.

    Digitally empowered workforce

    A digitally enabled work environment is linked to employee satisfaction, retention and engagement — but government currently lags other industries in this area. A workforce of self-managing teams needs the training, technology and autonomy to work on digital transformation initiatives.

    Analytics everywhere

    Gartner refers to the pervasive use of analytics at all stages of business activity and service delivery as analytics everywhere. It shifts government agencies from the dashboard reporting of lagging indicators to autonomous processes that help people make better decisions in real time.

    Augmented intelligence

    Gartner recommends that government CIOs reframe artificial intelligence as “augmented intelligence,” a human-centered partnership model of people and artificial intelligence working together to enhance cognitive performance.

    Roles: CIO

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    Trump Considering Pulling Out of 'Open Skies Treaty'

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    Since coming into force in 2002, the Open Skies Treaty has become a key tool for the U.S. and its European allies to monitor Russian military deployments to former Soviet satellite countries, including Russian aggression in Ukraine. Withdrawing from the treaty could upend this transatlantic alliance, and place Ukraine at greater risk.
              

    Second whistleblower adds to impeachment peril at White House

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    A second whistleblower has spoken to the intelligence community's internal watchdog and has information that backs the original whistleblower's complaint about President Trump's dealings with Ukraine, according to the lawyer for the two.
              

    Trump's Ukraine call might violate election laws, but no one's enforcing them

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    Campaign finance lawyers believe Trump’s request to Ukraine's president that he investigate Joe Biden and his family broke the law. But the Federal Election Commission lacks a quorum, and the Justice Department sees no crime.
              

    Pompeo calls Ukraine inquiry 'a silly gotcha game' but says he'll be 'responsive'

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    Congressional investigators are demanding Ukraine-related documents from the White House, Vice President Mike Pence, and the State Department. So far, they've had little success.
              

    Texts show top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine concerned over possible quid pro quo

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    In texts released by House Democrats, a career diplomat worries that Washington is tying military aid and a White House visit for the president of Ukraine to an investigation of Joe and Hunter Biden.
              

    Biden ramps up offense and defense on Ukraine

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    At first, former Vice President Joe Biden sparingly engaged on President Trump's Ukraine attacks, but has stepped up criticism of the president and explanations of his dealings in the country.
              

    Trump Impeachment Liveblog: State Department Blocks Sondland Deposition

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    Welcome back to impeachment watch. Gordon Sondland, the US Ambassador to the European Union, is no longer appearing in his deposition before Congress today after a last-minute directive by the State Department. Sondland emerged as a key witness in the Ukraine scandal last week after text messages revealed his role in advancing President Donald Trump’s […]
              

    Trump inverts the truth in attack on Biden's Ukraine message

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    Michael Carpenter, former deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia, talks with Rachel Maddow about Donald Trump's distortion of Vice President Joe Biden's effort to amplify an internationally backed anti-corruption message
              

    Political and economic corruption intersect in Ukraine: report

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    Michael Carpenter, former deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia, talks with Rachel Maddow about new reporting from the AP that colleagues of Rudy Giuliani were trying to use their affiliation with Donald Trump to get
              

    Trump inverts the truth in attack on Biden's Ukraine message

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    Michael Carpenter, former deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia, talks with Rachel Maddow about Donald Trump's distortion of Vice President Joe Biden's effort to amplify an internationally backed message anti-corruption
              

    Political and economic corruption intersect in Ukraine: report

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    Trump, Ecuadorian Protests, Climate Emergency & more -- The Week in News, Opinion and Videos September 29 - October 6

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    This week's list of articles, news items, opinion pieces and videos that I see as a must if you are looking for a roundup that should be of interest to The Left Chapter readers.

    This list covers the week of September 29 - October 6.


    For those interested in news and developments in the Canadian election this will be covered in a separate weekly roundup the fourth of which this past Friday was: Scheer's Very Bad Week, PPC At It Again and more -- The Left Chapter Canadian Election Round-up Week Four

    1) Riots at Greek refugee camp on Lesbos after fatal fire

    Helena Smith, The Guardian

    Greek authorities are scrambling to deal with unrest at a heavily overcrowded migrant camp on Lesbos after a fire there left at least one person dead.

    2) Quebec should apologize for systemic discrimination in treatment of Indigenous people, Viens report says

    Benjamin Shingler, Kamila Hinkson · CBC News 

    The Quebec government should apologize to First Nations and Inuit for the harm they have endured as a result of provincial laws, policies and practices, says the author of a damning report into the treatment of Indigenous people.

    3) Misogyny, male rage and the words men use to describe Greta Thunberg

    Camilla Nelson & Meg Vertigan, The Conversation 

    Greta Thunberg obviously scares some men silly. The bullying of the teenager by conservative middle-aged men has taken on a grim, almost hysterical edge. And some of them are reaching deep into the misogynist’s playbook to divert focus from her message.

    4) 'Based in hatred': violence against women standing in Colombia's elections

    Julia Zulver, The Guardian 

    The body of mayoral candidate Karina García was found shot and incinerated in her car in the Cauca department of southern Colombia, on 1 September.

    5) How a brief socialist takeover in North Dakota gave residents a public bank

    Will Peischel, Vox

    There’s a legislative fight brewing in California. Supporters are pushing a public banking law that could redefine the state’s financial landscape, while detractors call it a government intrusion. Both would benefit to look at an unusual source — North Dakota — where a similar policy has been in place for a century.

    6) The judge's bizarre remarks in the Ezekiel Stephan case signal a miscarriage of justice

    Juliet Guichon, Ian Mitchell and Pauline Alakija · CBC News

    In deciding that Collet and David Stephan were not guilty of failing to provide the necessaries of life in the 2012 death of their son, Ezekiel, Justice Terry Clackson ​​​​​​issued a written decision that, in our view, improperly focused on the medical examiner's accent, and not on the medical evidence. Such focus is suspect, and could be evidence of racism.


    7) The Phony Liberalism of Bill Maher

    Alan MacLeod, Truthdig 

    Ultimately, Maher has built up an impressive following and continues to espouse snarky elitist hot takes weekly for HBO, earning an estimated $10 million per year doing so. Call him a racist, a bigot or an astute businessman; just don’t call him a liberal.

    8) We were told capitalism had won. But now workers can take back control

    Grace Blakeley, The Guardian 

    Class politics is reemerging in response to the huge inequality caused by the 2008 crash. And it’s time to take on the City.

    9) Capitalism’s triumph: Labor rights violated in every country on Earth

    Systemic Disorder 

    In what country are labor rights fully respected? The sad answer is: none.

    10) New Video May Signal Dangerous Change For Neo-Nazi Terror Cell

    Mack Lamoureux and Ben Makuch, Vice

    A neo-Nazi terror group under investigation by the FBI has released a propaganda video that one expert is calling “incredibly significant” and “essentially a declaration of war.” This comes after the group has already been linked to five murders, and was named in an FBI investigation involving an alleged bomber in Las Vegas who stockpiled explosives and firearms for a planned attack on the city's Jewish and LGBTQ communities.

    11) Protesters rally outside North York industrial bakery in wake of death of temp worker

    Sara Mojtehedzadeh, The Toronto Star

    It was a protest underpinned by a simple question: how many vigils are necessary?

    12) SACRAMENTO AMAZON WORKERS ARE PROTESTING AFTER WOMAN WAS ALLEGEDLY FIRED FOR SPENDING EXTRA HOUR WITH DYING MOTHER-IN-LAW

    Melissa Lemieux, Newsweek 

    Amazon workers at the company's Sacramento, California delivery location united to present a petition to their supervisor September 30 to protest the company's off-time policy, according to The Verge.

    13) The Fake Nazi Death Camp: Wikipedia’s Longest Hoax, Exposed

    Omer Benjakob, Haaretz 

    For over 15 years, false claims that thousands of Poles were gassed to death in Warsaw were presented as fact. Haaretz reveals they are just the tip of an iceberg of a widespread Holocaust distortion operation by Polish nationalists.


    14) European Parliament launches anti-communist crusade

    Steve Sweeney, People's World

    Communists and left organizations have hit out at a reactionary “ahistorical” motion passed by the European Parliament last month which equates communism with “the monster of fascism.”

    15) Communist Party of Ukraine addresses open letter to the Ukrainian and Russian peoples

    Ben Chacko, The Morning Star 

    UKRAINE’S Communist Party published an open letter to the peoples of Ukraine and Russia today, warning against the rise of fascism and of bids by the ruling elites in each country to turn their populations against one another.

    16) Irregular votes, panicked moves, kiosks

    Drew Anderson, CBC News

    It was fall of 2017. Jason Kenney, former prime minister Stephen Harper's chief lieutenant, and Brian Jean, who had led Alberta's recently dissolved Wildrose Party, were vying to lead the newly created United Conservative Party. On the second day of the three-day leadership vote, a panicked call came from Kenney's campaign in Calgary ordering his team in Edmonton to shut down a voting kiosk they had set up in an empty storefront in a strip mall.

    17) Press and OAS’s Differential Treatment to Venezuela vs. Crisis in Peru and Ecuador?

     Orinoco Tribune

    So far, neither the OAS nor the government of the US president, Donald Trump, have ruled against the violation of Ecuadorian human rights or the confrontation of powers in Peru.

    18) Ecuador arrests taxi, union leaders as strike over end of fuel subsidies spills into 2nd day

    The Associated Press

    Ecuadoran authorities dispatched military vehicles to ferry civilian passengers Friday and arrested several transport union leaders in efforts to halt a strike that shut down taxi, bus and other services in response to a sudden rise in fuel prices.

    19) Correa: No One Voted For The IMF Or The Increase In Fuel Price

    Telesur 

    The former Ecuadorean president warned that Lenin Moreno "is scared to death for his betrayal to the movement (Revolucion Ciudadana) and the people", because he has taken measures diametrically opposed to his own and to the programmatic proposals that led him to the government.

    20) Ecuador Assembly Calls for President's Removal, Early Polls

    Telesur 

    Former members of Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno’s own party, Alianza PAIS, have announced they are demanding early presidential and congressional elections due to the executive’s “non-compliance of functions.”

    21) Ecuador's Transport Workers Strike, Take to Streets to Reject Pro-IMF Neoliberal Reforms

    Telesur

    Ecuador woke up this Thursday with a total stoppage of activities as a result of a nationwide strike announced by transport workers and taxi drivers to protest against the "Paquetazo", a package of austerity policies which President Lenin Moreno announced Tuesday in order to comply with suggestions presented by the International Monetary Fund (IMF9 in return for billions of dollars in loans.

    22) Thousands of Indigenous Farmers Head Towards Ecuador's Capital

    Telesur

    Ecuador’s indigenous and union organizations kept protests going on Saturday and promised not to let-up in their push to overturn President Lenin Moreno’s austerity measures, which have convulsed this South American country for three days on a row.

    23) Peru: 'Interim President' Araoz Quits, Vizcarra Still in Power

    Telesur

    Peruvian Interim President Mercedes Araoz announced her resignation Tuesday night as Vice President of the country and as head of state, a designation conferred by Congress Monday night.

    24) Peruvian Left Backs Dissolution of Congress: Interview

    Telesur

    Progressive media outlet Nodal interviewed leftist congresswoman Indira Huilca from the New Peru Movement Party this week. During the interview, they discussed Peru’s political crisis and what the left sees as the solution to the never-ending corruption scandals that have engulfed the country. Huilca stated stated that Congress has lost legitimacy and is only trying to impede the rooting out of corruption that they represent, but that a genuine solution will involve going much further than Vizcarra is proposing, and will require confronting the corporate interests fueling corruption.

    25) Egypt’s Harsh Crackdown Quashes Protest Movement

    Vivian Yee and Nada Rashwan, The New York Times

    A group of teenagers arrested on their way to buy new school clothes. An illiterate shoeshiner picked up from the street. Eight people stopped while they were eating from a street food cart. And a 28-year-old financial auditor, who was walking to his car after dinner when police officers ordered him to stop.

    26) Haiti on Brink of Revolution to Overthrow US-Backed Regime

    AMW

    Revolutionaries destroyed police headquarters, attacked residences of government officials, and burned a jail and courts to the ground in different parts of Haiti on Friday.

    27) Bolivia Launches Reforestation Plan for Areas Affected by Fires

    Telesur 

    Bolivia’s government has launched ‘Plan Paradise’ to reforest areas of the Chiquitania, Santa Cruz, that was affected by forest fires. The plan will bring together experts with governmental authorities to calculate the best ways of reforesting burnt areas.

    28) Cuba Manages Fuel Shortage With Venezuelan, Russian Cooperation

    Telesur 


    During the first week of October, a fleet of oil tankers from Venezuela arrived in Cuba to help President Miguel Diaz-Canel to alleviate fuel shortages generated by the U.S. economic and financial blockade.

    29) Fearful of Lula’s Exoneration, His Once-Fanatical Prosecutors Request His Release From Prison. But Lula Refuses.

    Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept 

    Lula’s accusers are desperately trying to get him out of prison, while he insists on staying there until he’s fully exonerated.

    30) At Least 42 Dead After Days Of Violent Protests In Iraq

    Scott Neuman, NPR

    Iraqi security forces fired live rounds to disperse crowds of protesters in Baghdad on Friday, as the death toll from days of anti-government unrest has reached at least 42, according to officials.

    31) Bolivia to Introduce First Domestically-Made Electric Vehicle

    Telesur

    President Evo Morales officially presented on Tuesday the first electric car to be manufactured in Bolivia, produced by state owned company YLB. Morales presented the vehicle at the official opening of a new lithium technology center in Potosi.

    32) Fighting Calls for Impeachment, Trump Intensifies Anti-Semitic Rhetoric. We Cannot Ignore It.

    Mehdi Hasan, The Intercept

    “PRIME DIRECTIVE: Always Blame the Jews for Everything.”

    33) Trump Bars Immigrants Who Cannot Pay For Health Care

    Richard Gonzales, NPR

    President Trump signed a proclamation late Friday barring legal immigrants who cannot prove they will have health care coverage or the means to pay for it within 30 days of their arrival to the United States.

    34) Shoot Them in the Legs, Trump Suggested: Inside His Border War

    Michael D. Shear and Julie Hirschfeld Davis, The New York Times

    The Oval Office meeting this past March began, as so many had, with President Trump fuming about migrants. But this time he had a solution. As White House advisers listened astonished, he ordered them to shut down the entire 2,000-mile border with Mexico — by noon the next day.

    35) Advocates Say President Trump's Immigration Policy Is 'A Tool Of Cruelty'

    Joel Rose, NPR

    Immigrant advocates asked a federal appeals court on Tuesday to block the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), a key part of President Trump's immigration policy. The policy forces asylum seekers to wait for their immigration court hearings in Mexico.

    36) Supreme Court Revisits Abortion With Louisiana Case

    Nina Totenberg, NPR

    The U.S. Supreme Court has jumped headlong back into the abortion wars. The court said Friday that it will hear arguments in a case from Louisiana that is nearly identical to a Texas case decided by the court three years ago.

    37) Palestinian Tortured by Israel's Shin Bet in Critical Condition

    Telesur

    44-year-old Palestinian Samir Arbeed was admitted to a hospital in Jerusalem after been interrogated and tortured by Israel’s Shin Bet - domestic intelligence service - who is accusing him to be the mastermind behind an alleged attack in an illegal West Bank settlement.

    38) Anti-Palestinianism is the modern day McCarthyism

    Asa Winstanley, Middle East Monitor 

    As regular readers of this column will know, the McCarthyite atmosphere in Britain against supporters of Palestinian rights is getting worse. That is down in part to the Labour Party leadership’s acquiescence to the smear campaign to portray the party as anti-Semitic. The Labour National Executive Committee’s acceptance of the bogus IHRA “working definition” of anti-Semitism last year gave the document undeserved acceptance and currency; it deliberately conflates anti-Semitism with criticism of Israel for being the racist state that it so evidently is.

    39) It’s Still Netanyahu’s Israel

    Douglas Greenwald, Jacobin

    Over the past decade, Benjamin Netanyahu has remade Israeli politics in his own image. Though his career now hangs by a thread, his legacy of far-right pandering and cold-blooded “management” of Palestinian oppression will live on.

    40) After US Senator Asks Public to 'Imagine' CIA Interfering in Foreign Elections, Historians Are Like... Uhhh

    Eoin Higgins, Common Dreams

    Comments from Sen. Mark Warner responding to reports that Attorney General Bill Barr asked a number of world governments for help in refuting the investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 U.S. election were met with ridicule Friday as observers mocked the suggestion that the CIA would never do such a thing.

    41) Cook's arrival was a disaster for Māori. Britain's half-hearted apology isn't good enough

    Tina Ngata, The Guardian

    As we mark 250 years since the arrival of Captain Cook in New Zealand, we are still seeing crimes against indigenous peoples and their territories.

    42) Workers Are Falling Ill, Even Dying, After Making Kitchen Countertops

    Nell Greenfieldboyce, NPR

    Artificial stone used to make kitchen and bathroom countertops has been linked to cases of death and irreversible lung injury in workers who cut, grind and polish this increasingly popular material.

    43) Irrigation For Farming Could Leave Many Of The World's Streams And Rivers Dry

    Dan Charles, NPR

    Something odd is happening to streams and rivers on the high plains of Kansas and Colorado. Some have disappeared.

    44) My Community Is Warming Three Times Faster Than the Rest of the World

     Paul Josie; as told to Jackie Hong, VICE

    Canada’s North is warming three times faster than the global average. Nowhere is this more acutely felt than in places such as Old Crow, the northernmost community in Yukon and home to the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation. Earlier this year, Vuntut Gwitchin became among the first Indigenous communities to declare a climate emergency. Last week, Whitehorse, Yukon's capital, also declared a climate emergency.

    45) 'Things are getting unstable': global heating and the rise of rockfalls in Swiss Alps

    Denise Hruby, The Guardian 

    As Switzerland’s glaciers melt, dangerous rockfalls become more likely and towns are forced to live under an existential threat.

    See also: Canadian Climate Strikes, Climate Emergency, Labour Resolutions & more -- The Week in News, Opinion and Videos September 22 - 29
              

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    Published in 1985 this packet of 18 colourful postcards show a variety of sights around Moscow during the Soviet period. We have looked at many Soviet vintage photos before, of course, as well as some of Moscow.

    These ones are unusually bright and vivid and have a large number of streetscapes which I always find the most interesting.

    The picture of Kalinin Prospekt at night is spectacular, while the Marx Prospekt, Komsomol Square, Kalinin Bridge and the shot of the RSFSR Council of Ministers and CMEA buildings are all standouts.

    (Click on images to enlarge)



    Arbat Square and Kalinin Prospekt


    Kalinin Statue


    Kremlin Towers


    Red Square


    Moscow Art Theatre


    Marx Prospekt


    Nikita's Gate Square


    Komsomol Square


    View of the Novodevichy Monastery


    Kalinin Bridge and Ukraine Hotel


    RSFSR Council of Ministers &
    Council for Mutual Economic Assistance Buildings


    View of the Kremlin from the Moskva River


    State Historical and Architectural Museum


    Building on Lermontov Square


    Friendship House for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries


    Reception Room of the President of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR and RSFSR


    Pushkin Statue


     A Kremlin Entrance at Night

              

    Điểm Tin Chủ Nhật 06/10/2019 (ANM)

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    Cộng đồng người Việt biểu tình trước tòa đại sứ Trung Quốc tại thủ đô Washington, Dc sáng 5/10/2019.
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      Cựu tổng thống Pháp ra đi trong niềm thương tiếc, tổng thống Mỹ đương nhiệm trong chiếc lưới « impeachment », Trung Quốc tung chiến thuật mới nhưng thiếu ba yếu tố để chiến thắng tại Biển Đông. Jacques Chirac, Donald Trump, Biển Đông nổi sóng và Hồng Kông dậy lửa là những chủ đề lớn trên các tạp chí cuối tuần.
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    • Kẻ nào đã khiến những buồng phổi bị ung thư? (BoxitVN) - Trúc Giang - Đô thị tăng trưởng xanh là đô thị đạt được tăng trưởng và phát triển kinh tế thông qua các chính sách và hoạt động đô thị, nhằm giảm những tác động có ảnh hưởng bất lợi đối với môi trường và nguồn tài nguyên thiên nhiên. Không khí ô nhiễm ở TP. HCM. Thông tư đầu tiên được ban hành trong năm 2018 của Bộ Xây dựng có tên “Quy định về chỉ tiêu xây dựng đô thị tăng trưởng xanh”, hiệu lực thi hành kể từ ngày 20/02/2018. Đô thị ...
    • Vườn Quốc gia Tam Đảo có tầm quan trọng như thế nào về môi trường? (BoxitVN) - Nguyễn Tố (thực hiện) - “Nếu không bảo vệ được Vườn Quốc gia Tam Đảo chúng ta không chỉ mất đi một cánh rừng nguyên sinh vô giá, mà còn phải đối mặt với thảm cảnh của biến đổi khí hậu, đối mặt với thiên tai, sạt lở và hạn hán”. GS-TSKH Nguyễn Ngọc Lung - Viện trưởng Viện Quản lý rừng bền vững và chứng chỉ rừng. Theo GS-TSKH Nguyễn Ngọc Lung - Viện trưởng Viện Quản lý rừng bền vững và chứng chỉ rừng, người đã gắn bó gần 60 năm với ...
    • Vì sao chóp bu VN phải thúc giục Châu Âu sớm thông qua EVFTA? (BoxitVN) - Thường Sơn
      Chính thể độc tài ở Việt Nam sẵn sàng qua mặt EU thêm một lần nữa bằng những hứa hẹn ‘sẽ cải thiện nhân quyền’ hoàn toàn đầu môi chót lưỡi. Vụ công an Lâm Đồng vừa bắt facebooker Vượng Nguyễn là bằng chứng mới nhất về rất nhiều vi phạm nhân quyền của chính thể độc tài ở Việt Nam. Tháng 9 năm 2019, giới chóp bu Việt Nam cử “một đoàn đại biểu cấp cao” đi châu Âu tham gia Diễn đàn Kết nối Âu-Á do Ủy ban Châu Âu ...
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    • VNTB - “Anh Phải Sống” (VNTB) - Phùng Hoài Ngọc (VNTB) - Thế là cái nút thắt mang tên “gian lận thi cử Hà Giang” bước đầu được gỡ tung. Đúng như thiện hạ phàn nàn là “Hà Giang đi trước về sau” (nơi bị phát hiện đầu tiên trong ba tỉnh, lại loay hoay xét xử sau cùng, ì ạch đối phó mãi).Đã một năm rưỡi trôi qua, hai vợ chồng bí thư Triệu và bà xã phó giám đốc sở Phạm Thị Hà bồn chồn sống không yên, như chim treo trên lửa, cá nằm dưới dao... Quan hệ và sinh hoạt vợ chồng trở nên lạnh nhạt, bực bội, cằn nhằn lẫn nhau. Đêm nằm mỗi người quay một hướng, trằn trọc… Tình hình nội bộ tỉnh rối nùi, chủ tọa khó mở miệng lúc họp hành, cán bộ ngồi họp ngáp dài, quay mặt nhìn chỗ khác.
    • Samsung rời Trung Quốc: Tin tốt cho Việt Nam? (VOA) - Việt Nam mặc dù là ứng viên hàng đầu để tiếp nhận dòng đầu tư của Samsung sau khi hãng Hàn Quốc này triệt thoái khỏi Trung Quốc nhưng khả năng này không cao, một nhà quan sát kinh tế nhận định với VOA.
    • Ngày Nhà giáo Quốc tế 5/10 (VOA) - Kể từ năm 1994, mỗi năm vào ngày 5/10, hơn 100 nước trên thế giới tổ chức Ngày Nhà giáo Quốc tế, kỷ niệm bản “Khuyến nghị về Cương vị giáo viên” được Hội nghị Liên chính phủ tại Paris thông qua vào năm 1966.
    • Hoa Kỳ: Đảng Dân Chủ gia tăng áp lực lên Donald Trump (RFI) - Tiến trình luận tội tổng thống Mỹ của phe Dân Chủ tiến thêm một bước mới. Ngày 04/10/2019, lãnh đạo đảng Dân Chủ ở Hạ Viện đã chính thức yêu cầu Nhà Trắng từ đây đến ngày 18/10/2019 phải cung cấp các tài liệu cần thiết cho cuộc điều tra.
    • Các kịch bản cho cuộc điều tra luận tội Tổng thống Trump (BoxitVN) - Vũ Ngọc Yên - Tổng thống Mỹ Donald Trump đang đứng trước nguy cơ bị Lưỡng viện luận tội truất quyền (impeachment). Chủ tịch Hạ viện Nancy Pelosi ngày 24.9 thông báo Quốc hội sẽ tiến hảnh điều tra luận tội Tổng thống vì Trump đã phản bội lời tuyên thệ khi nhậm chức, phản bội an ninh quốc gia và vi phạm luật bầu cử. Theo thông tin của một người thổi còi báo động (Whistleblower) Trump trong một cuộc điện đàm vào ngày 25/07/2019 đã thúc ép Tổng thống Ukraine Wolodymyr Selensky ...
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    • Giáo hoàng Phanxicô bổ nhiệm 13 người thân cận vào chức vụ hồng y (RFI) - Ngay trước thềm hội nghị giám mục toàn thế giới về chủ đề rừng Amazon (từ 06/10 đến 25/10), hôm nay, thứ Bảy 05/10/2019, tại Vatican diễn ra một hội nghị đặc biệt. Mười ba chức vụ hồng y mới được lập ra, trong số đó có 10 vị có quyền tham gia vào Mật Nghị Hồng Y bầu giáo hoàng mới.
    • Thủ tướng Anh gây hoang mang về ý định dời ngày Brexit (RFI) - Thủ tướng Anh Boris Johnson sẽ gởi thư cho Liên Hiệp Châu Âu để xin dời ngày Brexit nếu không đạt được một thỏa thuận với Bruxelles từ nay đến ngày 19/10. Trên đây là nội dung chứa đựng trong các tài liệu của chính quyền, chuyển qua cho Tư Pháp Scotland ngày hôm qua, 04/10 /2019. Khả năng xin dời ngày chia tay với Liên Hiệp ChâuÂu tuy nhiên đã đi ngược lại với những gì mà ông Johnson đã nói chắc như đinh đóng cột từ nhiều tháng nay: Đó là Anh Quốc sẽ rời châu Âu vào ngày 31/10, bất kể là có hay không có thỏa thuân.
    • Hồng Kông: Mạng xe điện ngầm bị tê liệt, sau đêm phản kháng dữ dội (RFI) -
      Hồng Kông hoàn toàn không lắng dịu trở lại, như lãnh đạo đặc khu hứa hẹn. Lệnh cấm đeo mặt nạ đã châm ngòi thuốc súng cho bạo động bùng phát trong đêm thứ Sáu, mùng 4 qua ngày thứ Bảy, mùng 5 tháng 10/2019, ngay sau khi chính quyền đặc khu ban bố hàng loạt biện pháp khẩn cấp. Toàn bộ hệ thống xe điện ngầm hôm nay, 05/10, hoàn toàn tê liệt. Nhiều trung tâm thương mại, ngân hàng cũng đóng cửa.
    • Quán cafe cần sa đầu tiên ở Mỹ mở cửa (VOA) - Quán cà phê cần sa kiểu Amsterdam đầu tiên ở Mỹ vừa chính thức mở cửa ở West Hollywood, California. Được cấp giấy phép phục vụ song song đồ ăn và cần sa nhưng nhà hàng này bị cấm bán đồ uống có cồn hay thức ăn trộn cần sa. Dù vậy, nó vẫn gây sốt.


              

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    Điểm Tin Thứ Bảy 05/10/2019 (ANM)
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    • Bàn về “trung với Đảng” (BoxitVN) - Nguyễn Đình Cống - Trung, Hiếu, Tiết, Nghĩa là bốn đức tính được Đạo Nho đề cao từ trên hai ngàn năm. Đến nay khái niệm về “trung” đã biến đổi nhiều. Từ chỗ “trung với vua”, chuyển thành “trung với nước” và “trung với Đảng”. “Trung với vua” là gốc, có từ xưa, khái niệm “trung với Đảng” là mơ hồ, do ai đó vì xu nịnh mà buột miệng nói ra, rồi những kẻ khác vì kém trí tuệ và cuồng Đảng mà hùa vào, hoặc có người biết sai ...
    • Lại bàn về diễn văn của Tổng thống Trump đọc ở Đại hội đồng Liên Hợp Quốc (BoxitVN) - Lưu Trọng Văn - Diễn văn của Tổng thống Trump tại Phiên họp thứ 74 của Đại hội đồng Liên Hợp Quốc được cả thế giới đặc biệt quan tâm .Vì, nó đề cập tới những vấn đề cốt lõi của thế giới. Rất tiếc báo chí chính thống của VN hầu như cắt bỏ những phần rất quan trọng của Diễn văn này. Trump nói về một chân lý của thời đại là: Nếu bạn muốn tự do, hãy tự hào về đất nước của bạn. Nếu bạn muốn dân chủ, hãy giữ ...
    • VNTB - Cuba: nền y tế tuyệt vời hay huyền thoại vô nhân đạo? (VNTB) - An Viên (VNTB) - Các quốc gia cộng sản thường gắn liền với một huyền thoại nhất định để phục vụ cho tuyên truyền về tính “ưu việt của chủ nghĩa xã hội”. Và một huyền thoại thường được báo chí chính thống Việt Nam đăng tải khi đề cập đến Cuba là, “dù bị cấm vận, nhưng Cuba vẫn đang vươn mình phát triển, trở thành một trong những quốc gia có nền y tế hiện đại nhất trên thế giới”. [1]
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    • Hồng Kông: Sáng tạo nghệ thuật là vũ khí tranh đấu (RFI) - Thảm họa qua vụ cháy hãng hóa chất Lubrizol tại Rouen, phong trào dân chủ tại Hồng Kông, Donald Trump chống đỡ nguy cơ truất phế tiếp tục chiếm nhiều trang báo Pháp hôm nay. Libération không quên câu chuyện nông dân Cam Bốt kiện một công ty Pháp đòi lại đất bị cưỡng chiếm với sự đồng lõa của chính quyền địa phương.
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    • Tỷ lệ từ chối visa tăng cao (VOA) - Các loại visa nào đang bị ảnh hưởng bởi xu hướng này? Một khi bị từ chối, người nộp đơn còn cơ hội nào khác hay có thể khiếu nại không? LS Di trú Khanh Phạm trình bày.
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    Email, Audio Evidence Shows DNC Colluded with Ukraine to Harm Trump

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    During an explosive recording released by TheBlaze, Artem Sytnyk, Director of the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine supposedly admitted that his country worked to boost Hillary by harming then candidate Trump.

    “Artem Sytnyk, Director of the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine who was tried and convicted in Ukraine for interfering in the 2016 US presidential election, allegedly admitted in a recording obtained by @TheBlaze that Ukraine worked to boost Hillary by harming Trump”


              

    Once you understand it, you'll see it: US foreign aid to Ukraine from the Dept. of Energy increased from 8M in 2008 to an average of 90M PER YEAR between 2011 and 2014; in the same time Biden Jr., the Clintons, Schiff via buddy Pasternak and possibly Pelo

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    Texts Detail Top U.S. Diplomat's Concerns About Possible Trump-Ukraine Quid Pro Quo

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    I Was Cursed Out of a Coffee Shop for My Views

    Marilyn Synek

    I never expected my weekly morning ritual of coffee and crepes at a popular local coffee shop would be interrupted by a vulgar, verbal attack that would make national headlines.

    On Sept. 11, a cafe employee in Lincoln, Nebraska, named Natalie Weiss recognized me from across the room as an employee of the Nebraska Family Alliance. We’re a local nonprofit that winsomely seeks to protect the unborn, combat human trafficking, support families, and champion everyone’s First Amendment freedoms.

    As I soon learned, Natalie, who is transgender, disagrees with many of our views.

    After seeing me, Natalie approached me without provocation and began to curse at me for who I am, what I stand for, and the work I do. As other patrons in the crowded shop watched, Natalie called me “f—-ing bigoted trash,” demanded I leave, and shouted that if I tried to return, I’d be refused service.

    I was stunned by those hateful words. I’ve always treated the employees of this cafe with respect and courtesy and never broadcast my political beliefs in the shop.

    During my lunch break, I shared my experience with my Facebook friends. Within hours, my story had attracted hundreds of comments and made the local news. I soon learned Natalie had been fired for that outburst.

    I received considerable support and an apology from the coffee shop owners, but I also received hateful messages, including graphic death threats from complete strangers.

    This isn’t the Nebraska I know, love, and proudly call my home. This isn’t the best our diverse and tolerant country can offer. We can do better. We have to.

    People who know me can tell you I believe in God, hold a conservative worldview, value the dignity of every human being, and treat people with care. These personal values are why I chose to study political science and spent my undergrad years working in political, government, and policy-related internships, leading to my current job.

    Nebraska Family Alliance has received unfair slander in recent days. If even a fraction of the negative stories about our group were true, I wouldn’t work there.

    I joined this team because it advocates—carefully and kindly—for policies that serve all Nebraskans. I don’t expect everyone to share my beliefs, but I do welcome rational debate and reasonable discussion.

    Some people have suggested that a barista berating me and threatening to deny me future service is no different from a cake artist or a florist declining certain requests that contain messages they would prefer not to celebrate, design, or promote. But it’s incredibly different.

    The artists in recent major court cases simply didn’t want to speak messages that violated their convictions. The cafe employee in my case, however, had no such burden.

    Jack Phillips and Barronelle Stutzman are business owners who treat all clients with respect and kindness. They serve everyone who walks through their doors. And, like any other business owner, they run their small businesses consistent with their mission and values.

    Jack will sell you anything he has made, but he won’t custom-design cakes celebrating Halloween, bachelor parties, or same-sex weddings.

    Barronelle happily served a gay customer for nearly 10 years before she told him she couldn’t create custom floral arrangements to help celebrate his wedding. To this day, she says she’d gladly welcome him back.

    Both of these business owners, and others like them, have been dragged through long legal battles and repeatedly threatened simply because they don’t want to be forced to create messages or celebrate events they don’t agree with.

    If I asked a printer to design a poster for a Nebraska Family Alliance event and they objected to the message, I would understand their decision and go to another business. Tolerance goes both ways, and civil disagreement and discourse on important issues facing our country is a necessary component of a pluralistic society like ours.

    I know what it’s like to serve people who don’t agree with me. During high school and college, I worked for a restaurant for seven years and served LGBT patrons. I enjoyed serving delicious barbecue to all my guests.

    If I had the chance to serve Natalie, I would do so—and happily—regardless of our differing worldviews.

    As Americans, we will inevitably disagree on political and policy issues. The First Amendment guarantees the freedom to peacefully express our ideas and promote what we believe. It also protects our freedom not to participate in speech and events that promote things we don’t believe.

    This freedom and the ability to have civil discourse is what makes our country the best nation on earth. Every person should be treated with dignity and respect and not suffer unjust discrimination.

    But disagreement isn’t discrimination. We have to be able to discuss our disagreements without cursing, threatening, or banning each other from communal spaces.

    I know this kind of shared, diverse society is possible because I’ve participated in it. I have friends who believe I’m wrong in my convictions. We not only coexist and tolerate each other’s differences, we grow and learn from each other.

    These are the friendships that make democracy thrive, ones that I hope we all value and pursue.

    I enjoy sipping coffee and savoring crepes surrounded by my neighbors who may believe differently than I do. That’s a wonderful thing, and I hope we never lose it.

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    In California, the Right to Gender ‘Transition’ Is Threatening Religious Liberty

    In the age of transgenderism, the right to medically transition is threatening some of the most basic freedoms we’ve known, such as religious freedom.

    Consider a recent case out of California, where a state appeals court ruled that a transgender man can move forward with a lawsuit suing a Catholic hospital for discrimination.

    In April 2017, Evan Minton sued Catholic medical provider Dignity Health after one of its hospitals refused to give her a desired hysterectomy, because doing so would have contradicted Catholic teachings against sterilization.

    Originally, the San Francisco Superior Court ruled in Dignity Health’s favor and dismissed the case on the basis that Minton received the desired procedure from another Dignity Health hospital with a less restrictive policy.

    But now, a state appeals court has reversed that decision, and tossed the case back to a lower court.

    This could pave the way for any person, via the court, to compel a religious organization to violate its religious convictions.

    As one might expect, Minton applauded the decision. “I feel that this appeals court let [Dignity Health] know that they can’t do that, that they have to treat transgender people with dignity and care. That means the world to me,” he told KCRA, a local news channel.

    Minton added: “The fight’s not over because what this appeals court has done has affirmed transgender people, but now we go back to the Superior Court and we make our case there.”

    In 2016, Minton scheduled a hysterectomy with a surgeon at the hospital to aid in the transition process from female to male. A couple days before the surgery was set to occur, the hospital became aware of the situation and cancelled the procedure, citing its core religious beliefs.

    In a statement last week following the appeals court decision, the hospital said, “Catholic hospitals do not perform sterilizing procedures such as hysterectomies for any patient regardless of their gender identity, unless there is a serious threat to the life or health of the patient.”

    Even though Dignity Health offered to find another hospital willing to do the hysterectomy, and another non-Catholic, Dignity Health hospital ended up doing the procedure, Minton went forward with the lawsuit.

    With the help of the ACLU, Minton filed a lawsuit against Dignity Health claiming that it had denied medical care on the basis of gender identity, which he said qualified as “sex discrimination in violation of California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act.”

    But this is not what actually occurred.

    Dignity Health did not deny Minton care on the basis of gender identity; it simply refused to carry out the sterilization procedures it considered harmful, and would never perform on any patient.

    Dignity Health’s faith-based policy means its doctors vow to “protect and preserve the bodily and functional integrity” of patients, and that the patient’s “functional integrity … may only be sacrificed to maintain the health or life of the person when no other morally permissible means is available.”

    As such, Dignity Health forbids sterilization procedures since they go against Catholic moral teachings about what is good and conducive to flourishing.

    The Court of Appeals decision is especially egregious because it acknowledges Dignity Health’s religious freedom as a Catholic hospital, but goes so far as to say the exercise of that freedom in this case—particularly under California law—amounts to discrimination.

    To provide a sampling, the court wrote:

    The pleading alleges that Mercy allows doctors to perform hysterectomies as treatment for other conditions but refused to allow Dr. Dawson to perform the same procedure as treatment for Minton’s gender dysphoria, a condition that is unique to transgender individuals.

    Denying a procedure as treatment for a condition that affects only transgender persons supports an inference that Dignity Health discriminated against Minton based on his gender identity. This is true even if the denial was pursuant to a facially neutral policy.

    Another portion of the ruling essentially states that forcing the hospital to violate its religious principles does not actually violate its free exercise of religion because California has a “compelling interest in ensuring full and equal access to medical treatment,” which purportedly supersedes any religious liberty claims and makes any compulsion claim null and void.

    This not only seems like a blatant violation of the free exercise clause, but would pave the way for courts to violate all kinds of organizations’ religious rights if the state holds there is a greater interest at stake than religious liberty.

    It remains to be seen how this case will shake out—and whether federal courts will pick it up and, perhaps, strike down the state court’s ruling.

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    Maher: Rachel Maddow Wouldn't Shut Up if Don Jr. Did What Hunter Biden Did

    We've played a lot of games of political "what if?" and "whataboutism" in the three years that we've been through the looking glass in America. On Friday's Real Time with Bill Maher, the host explored a hypothetical, wondering how the media would be reacting if Donald Trump Jr. were engaged in the kind of cronyism that Hunter Biden was in Ukraine.

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    "The more I read about this ... no, I don't think he was doing something terrible in Ukraine," Maher said of the younger Biden during a panel discussion on "Real Time" on Friday night.
    "But why can't politicians tell their f---ing kids, 'Get a job, get a goddamn job!'" he continued. "This kid was paid $600,000 because his name is Biden by a gas company in Ukraine, this super-corrupt country that just had a revolution to get rid of corruption."

    The liberal comedian and host added that it "just looks bad."

    Personally, this kind of stuff doesn't bother me much. I'm old fashioned, I think the real corruption happens while politicians are in office, not after they leave and get rich from all of that "public service." Heck, I'd love it if my kid could walk out of college next year and into a pile of money using nothing more than her last name. Unfortunately, that's more likely to bring up law enforcement red flags than job offers.

    Still, the media does have very selective outrage about such dealings. It's the epitome of greed, graft, and post-political corruption when a Republican does it, and business as usual when it's a Democrat.

    Maher touched on that as well:

    "It does sound like something Don[ald] Trump Jr. would do," Maher later added on his show Friday. "And if Don Jr. did it, it would be all Rachel Maddow was talking about."
    The all-around sleazy optics of the Bidens' end of this has largely been glossed over in the mainstream media this past week. Conservative blogs write about it, of course, but that's it.

    Thankfully, POTUS has been all over it as well.

    In the end, there will more than likely be more questions about the Bidens than Trump's phone call. None of which will ever be asked by our intrepid political journalists.

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    Australia: Same-sex unions divide what used to be the Methodist church

    Uniting Church ministers who ­oppose same-sex marriage say they are being “pushed, harassed and bullied” out of the church by progressives at the helm of Australia’s third-largest denomination.

    The Reverend Lu Senituli, minister of the Assembly of Confessing Congregations of the Uniting Church Sunnybank on Brisbane’s south side, said a fissure in the church was widening between large conservative congregations such as his mostly Tongan church, and inner-city churches and leadership “who want to drive us out to make way for the new church”.

    Mr Senituli said the issue had come to a head since the “yes” vote in the national plebiscite on same-sex marriage. “They are using church procedures and withholding of funding and all sorts of tactics to get us to toe the line,” he said. “I have people sitting in my congregation taking notes so they can report on me to the church and have disciplinary measures enacted against me.”

    However, the Uniting Church says ministers have freedom to refuse to conduct same-sex mar­riages and can continue to teach their belief that marriage may only be between a man and a woman.

    Mr Senituli’s church is a member of a breakaway body in the Uniting Church established in 2004 called the Assembly of Confessing Congregations, set up for congregations that reject the progressive line on accepting gay ­clergy and same-sex marriage.

    “The church now has two faith statements, or integrities on marriage,” Mr Senituli said. “One is that marriage is between a man and a woman, as according to holy scripture. But the second integrity is the covenant of love between two persons, regardless of sex.

    “In practice it’s impossible to live our faith under these two integ­rities as they are contradictory. When a minister makes a statement to a presbytery to say we will not celebrate same-sex marriage, from that point the presbyteries, the regional body, begin to put the pressure on in every way.

    “They start turning off the funding tap if you don’t toe the line. Life becomes extremely difficult. Regional bodies are working in collusion with liberals in congregations who find orthodox preaching offensive.

    “I was removed from the nat­ional body on doctrine because my views didn’t represent the diversity of the Uniting Church. But I represent a thriving church with hundreds of members who hold traditional, scriptural views and my church has six services every Sunday.”

    The president of the Uniting Church, Deirdre Palmer, was unavailable for comment, but a spokesman for the Uniting Church in Australia Assembly and the Synod of Queensland said ministers and celebrants authorised by the Uniting Church had the freedom to conduct or to refuse to conduct same-gender marriages.

    “They can continue to teach their belief that marriage may only be between a man and a woman, and can continue to use a marriage liturgy that reflects that conviction,” the spokesman said.

    “At the same time, we expect all our members to respectfully engage with those who may hold different biblical and theological views to their own, and to show respect to LGBTIQ Uniting Church members, who are full members, exercising a variety of ministries, both ordained and lay within and through the life of the Uniting Church.

    “All parts of the church are accountable to our governance and regulations and when matters of concern arise in particular congregations, the Uniting Church has systems in place to manage those concerns.

    “The matters raised with The Australian are known to the Uniting Church and are being addressed through appropriate processes, with ongoing consultation and support provided to the congregations. They are entirely un­related to the minister’s or the congregation’s Christian understanding of marriage.”

    Mr Senituli’s church adopted its current name last month, changing its signage from Sunny­bank Uniting Church in defiance of church leadership to make clear its opposition to same-sex marriage and as a protest against allegedly being bullied on the issue.

    The national chairman of the Assembly of Confessing Congregations, Hedley Fihaki, backed Mr Senituli’s claims, saying about 150 of the Uniting Church’s 800 congregations were ACC members.

    He said ACC assemblies that had changed signs and logos to distinguish themselves from progressive congregations had received letters warning them they would no longer be under the protection of the church for issues such as insurance.

    “The Uniting Church doesn’t see the dilemma we are in. The push to embrace diversity is an oxymoron, the two statements on marriage — you can’t have these two doctrines co-­existing together, in our opinion,” Dr Fihaki said.

    “The Bible is very clear on this. Assembly doesn’t get why we can’t exist in this diversity framework. They are forcing us to accept it, but we can’t.”

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    Political correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the  incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.

    American "liberals" often deny being Leftists and say that they are very different from the Communist rulers of  other countries.  The only real difference, however, is how much power they have.  In America, their power is limited by democracy.  To see what they WOULD be like with more power, look at where they ARE already  very powerful: in America's educational system -- particularly in the universities and colleges.  They show there the same respect for free-speech and political diversity that Stalin did:  None.  So look to the colleges to see  what the whole country would be like if "liberals" had their way.  It would be a dictatorship.

    For more postings from me, see TONGUE-TIED, GREENIE WATCH,   EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL, AUSTRALIAN POLITICS and  DISSECTING LEFTISM.   My Home Pages are here or   here or   here.  Email me (John Ray) here.  Email me (John Ray) here

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    GOP Sen. Portman: Trump wrong to ask Ukraine, China for help

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    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio Sen. Rob Portman became the fourth Republican senator to break ranks by criticizing President Donald Trump for seeking help from foreign governments to investigate a political rival.

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    PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Republican U.S. Sen. Martha McSally of Arizona declined to say Monday whether she's troubled by President Donald Trump's efforts to get foreign governments to investigate his political rival.

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    Five observations on President Trump’s handling of Ukraine policy

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    Over the past two weeks, a CIA whistleblower’s complaint, a White House record of a July 25 telephone conversation between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, and texts exchanged by American diplomats have dominated the news and raised questions about the president’s handling of policy toward Ukraine. Here are five observations: First, President…
              

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    Rudy Giuliani brags about his law school grades as he promises to sue Adam SchiffRudy Giuliani is an expert at the Constitution, thank you very much.The former New York City mayor turned personal lawyer to President Trump has been on an absolute media blitz in his attempt to defend Trump and himself in the impeachment inquiry -- not that it's gone too well. So he changed the subject during a series of weekend calls with Yahoo News, attempting to turn the blame on House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and bringing up his own studies in constitutional law to back it up.Giuliani said over the weekend that he's working with outside lawyers to bring a lawsuit against Schiff, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), and other Democrats backing Trump's impeachment. Schiff's investigation of Trump is intended to "deprive him of civil rights," and the intelligence is trying to "inhibit me in my ability to defend" Trump, Giuliani claimed to Yahoo News. Tlaib, meanwhile, is apparently engaging in witness intimidation because she appeared to agree that White House officials who don't respond to subpoenas should be hunted down, Giuliani continued. So he, along with an unnamed yet "very established law firm," are intending to sue both of those congressmembers.Critics have already suggested there are some constitutional flaws to Giuliani's plan, but Giuliani brushed one off as "nitwit" and claimed "I got the highest grade in constitutional law." Of course, news of a second whistleblower with firsthand knowledge of Trump's Ukraine dealings didn't help Guiliani's case, nor did the fact that Giuliani graduated law school more than 50 years ago.



              

    How the Hobbs Act Could Sink Joe Biden

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    ¡Arde Washington!: golpe de Estado, guerra civil, cadáveres de Biden y Schiff, peligra Trump

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    Para los multimedia del Deep State, Trump se encuentra al borde del 'impeachment', mientras que el atribulado presidente impreca contra el golpe de Estado de los Demócratas que puede desembocar en una guerra civil librada por los 'evangelistas sionistas'. El Ucraniagate liquida la candidatura de Joe Biden y tiene en jaque a Adam Schiff.

    A sabiendas quizá de que la reelección de Trump, con todo y sus grandes defectos, parecía imparable, Nancy Pelosi, una católica ferviente y lideresa de la Cámara de Representantes a mayoría Demócrata, emprendió en forma temeraria y antigravitatoria la 'investigación' para proceder a la defenestración (impeachment) del presidente Trump, quien se encuentra contra la pared por el Ucraniagate: una supuesta llamada al presidente cómico de profesión (literal) Volodímir Zelenski para obtener las tratativas mafiosas de Hunder Biden, hijo prodigo del exvicepresidente y hoy candidato presidencial Joe Biden (católico), a cambio de la ayuda militar por 1.000 millones de dólares, una versión muy similar, pero de mayor alcance letal, que el fallido montaje del Russiagate.

    El epílogo del impeachment, en caso de que no se produzcan las acostumbradas traiciones en los dos partidos, es muy claro: es aprobado, con o sin razón, en la Cámara de Representantes a mayoría Demócrata, mientras que es repelido en el Senado, a mayoría Republicana, donde se requieren las dos terceras partes para su aprobación, lo cual suena muy lejano.

    Esto lo saben los Demócratas, quienes quizá, más que el impeachment per se, buscan o bien el desenlace al estilo Nixon, obligado a renunciar, o mancillar al máximo al presidente Trump para provocar un repudio generalizado en la opinión pública y así impedir su reelección.

    Parece que el tiempo apremia a los Demócratas quienes han lanzado una fulminante batería de sus tres importantes Comités en la Cámara de Representantes —Espionaje, Asuntos Extranjeros y Vigilancia de las Instituciones— que han citado a cinco funcionarios del Departamento de Estado implicados en el Ucraniagate para acelerar testimonios a puerta cerrada, lejos de los multimedia para así poner en jaque a Trump con sentencias perentorias en las fiestas navideñas y dejarlo herido de muerte antes de las elecciones del primer martes de noviembre del 2020.

    Se infiere que los Demócratas buscan un proceso expedito sin interferencias de ninguna índole, en particular, con la venia de los multimedia que apoyan hasta su ausencia en los testimonios de los comités aludidos.

    El portal WSWS informa que dos de los tres comités están presididos por 'judíos': Adam Schiff, del Comité de Espionaje, y Eliot Engel, de origen ucraniano (sic) —recipiendario de la 'generosidad electoral' de George Soros—, del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores.

    Es evidente que Trump y sus feroces partidarios no se encuentran sin municiones y los 'evangelistas sionistas', en la voz del pastor bautista sureño Robert Jeffress, amenazó con una guerra civil.

    Sin tapujos, Trump fustigó que los Demócratas buscaban propinar un 'golpe de Estado'.

    La fractura entre Demócratas y Republicanos es tremenda y ha alcanzado tintes teológicos dramáticos que enfrentan a los 'evangelistas sionistas' y a los 'católicos' Joe Biden y Nanci Pelosi.

    También la comunidad judía de EEUU se encuentra fracturada entre el grupo que controla George Soros, acérrimo enemigo de Trump, y el otro grupo del yerno del presidente Jared Kushner y del atribulado ex primer ministro israelí Benjamín Netanyahu.

    La exposicion de la ruptura de la comunidad judia en EEUU, como reflejo de la subrepticia guerra civil, no es ociosa, ya que el mismo 'evangelista sionista' Robert Jeffress imprecó que los "judíos serian maldecidos con sus hijos por Dios si votasen por los Demócratas" —feroz acusación disuasiva que había proferido Trump al tildar de 'desleales' a los judíos que no votasen por los Republicanos—.

    Llamó la atención que el israelí-estadunidense Stephen Miller, consejero político de Trump, comentara que el anónimo (sic) delator (whistleblower) sea un vulgar agente de la CIA que haya operado para beneficiar al Deep State que busca decapitar al presidente.

    Justamente un rotativo que opera para el Deep State y que parece haber diluido un tanto su vino, The New York Times, ha puesto en tela de juicio la colusión del anónimo delator (whistleblower) con el israelí-estadunidense Adam Schiff, jefe del Comité de Espionaje de la Cámara y quien es financiado por George Soros.

    La imagen de Adam Schiff ha sido demolida debido a su asociación criminal con el contrabandista de armas ucraniano Igor Pasternak.

    Trump reviró y acusó a Adam Schiff de haber ayudado a escribir la demanda del delator anónimo implicando que "se trata de una traición" y de un "fraude".

    A estas alturas, ya no importa la identidad del anónimo delator cuando los Demócratas en la Cámara votarán en forma automática y expedita por el impeachment de Trump, debido a la fuerte presión de su ala progresista Squad (pelotón) encabezada por la representante puertoriqueño-neoyorquina Alexandria Ocasio Cortez.

    Kara Swisher, —especialista en tecnología digital— reclama que Twitter, el arma favorita de Trump, cierre la cuenta del presidente, ya que, a su juicio, contraviene los reglamentos digitálicos, específicamente la sección 230 de la Enmienda de la Decencia (sic) de las Comunicaciones, en alusión a la guerra civil de los 'evangelistas sionistas' pregonada por el pastor Robert Jeffress y que retuiteó el presidente: "Trump es muy peligroso para Twitter. El presidente viola en forma flagrante las reglas sociales de la plataforma. Es tiempo de excluirlo".

    ¿Está el Partido Demócrata controlado por la facción de la CIA del megaespeculador George Soros?

    Al parecer un sector de la CIA— Léase: el nepotismo dinástico de los Bush— a través del procurador William Barr 'protege' a Trump.

    Se recuerda que los Bush, pese a ser Republicanos, también 'protegieron' a Clinton de su impeachment por el mancillado 'vestido azul' de su becaria favorita Mónica Lewinsky.
    Se desprende que los Bush no son muy proclives a los impeachments.

    Sin embargo, otro sector de la CIA dentro del Partido Republicano, el de los mormones —donde se encuentran sobrerrepresentados—, capitaneado por Brent Scowcroft —asesor de Seguridad Nacional de los expresidentes Gerald Ford y Daddy Bush— y el fallido candidato presidencial Mitt Romney (cuyo padre nació en la colonia mormón de Chihuahua, México) juegan en las subterráneas aguas turbulentas del impeachmenten contra de Trump.

    Lo que si queda prístino es que el Ucraniagate parece haber liquidado las aspiraciones presidenciales del católico Joe Biden debido a las tratativas de su hijo Hunter con la gasera Burisma Holdings de Kiev.

    Con el popular judío progresista Bernie Sanders en el hospital, debido a una cardiopatía, la senadora Elizabeth Warren parece haberse quedado con la candidatura presidencial por el Partido Demócrata. Esta es una de las primeras consecuencias fulminantes del Ucraniagate que ha puesto en alto riesgo la reelección de Trump.

    The Washington Post, otro rotativo que controla el Deep State, expone que Trump habló recientemente con China (sic) —sin especificar con quien— para investigar los 1.500 millones de dólares que obtuvo Hunter, el hijo pródigo de Joe Biden, en forma anómala.

    Esta llamada de Trump a 'China' es motivo de otro impeachment, según alegan los Demócratas.

    ¿Un Chinagate yuxtapuesto al Ucraniagate?

    ¿Tendrá Trump la suficiente resiliencia para soportar tantos escándalos juntos?


              

    Twitter Hilariously Mocks ‘Unhinged’ Donald Trump After He Calls For Nancy Pelosi’s Impeachment Because She Committed Treason: “Read The Constitution”

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    Twitter hilariously mocks Donald Trump after he calls for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s impeachment because she committed treason. Congressional lawmakers cannot be impeached, but consider the reason he’s calling for her execution….she#utm_source=googlier.com/page/2019_10_08/85605&utm_campaign=link&utm_term=googlier&utm_content=googlier.com launched an impeachment inquiry against the emperor with no clothes. Trump tweeted: “Nancy Pelosi knew of all of the many Shifty Adam Schiff […]

    Twitter Hilariously Mocks ‘Unhinged’ Donald Trump After He Calls For Nancy Pelosi’s Impeachment Because She Committed Treason: “Read The Constitution”


              

    Colin Powell Hammers Republicans Kowtowing To Donald Trump: “The Constitution Started With We The People, Not Me The President”

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    Ret. Gen. Colin Powell hammers Republicans kowtowing to Donald Trump saying, “the Constitution started with we the people, not me the president” and the the GOP needs to get a grip on itself. “The Republican party has got to get a grip on itself. They’re holding back if they speak out. Will they lose a […]

    Colin Powell Hammers Republicans Kowtowing To Donald Trump: “The Constitution Started With We The People, Not Me The President”


              

    Sen. Ron Johnson Goes Down In Flames As Chuck Todd Tells Him To Stop Trying To Make Trump “Feel Better”

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    Sen. Ron Johnson goes down in flames during an appearance on Meet the Press as host Chuck Todd tells him to stop trying to make “President Trump feel better,” as he tried to defend Donald Trump seeking foreign interference in the 2020 presidential election. The Wisconsin GOP senator tried to defend Trump’s asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky […]

    Sen. Ron Johnson Goes Down In Flames As Chuck Todd Tells Him To Stop Trying To Make Trump “Feel Better”


              

    Twitter Erupts Into Mockery Over Donald Trump’s Attempt To Pin The Ukrainian Call On Rick Perry

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    Twitter erupts into mockery over Donald Trump’s attempt to pin the Ukrainian call on Energy Secretary Rick Perry. Didn’t Trump say the call was perfect? Perry didn’t put words into his mouth to shake down the Ukrainian president to dig up dirt on Joe Biden. Axios reports:  “President Trump told House Republicans that he made […]

    Twitter Erupts Into Mockery Over Donald Trump’s Attempt To Pin The Ukrainian Call On Rick Perry


              

    Donald Trump Calls For Mitt Romney’s Impeachment (No Such Thing) After He Slammed Him For Inviting Ukraine and China To Dig Up Dirt On Joe Biden

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    Donald Trump calls for Mitt Romney’s impeachment as he melted down after the Utah senator slammed him for inviting Ukraine and China to dig up dirt on Joe Biden to help him win the 2020 presidential election. Romney tweeted: “When the only American citizen President Trump singles out for China’s investigation is his political opponent […]

    Donald Trump Calls For Mitt Romney’s Impeachment (No Such Thing) After He Slammed Him For Inviting Ukraine and China To Dig Up Dirt On Joe Biden