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          Democrat Elizabeth Warren announces US presidency bid      Cache   Translate Page      

Washington, Feb 10 (IANS) Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren has officially launched her election campaign to become the party's presidential candidate for the 2020 United States polls.

Warren on Saturday made the announcement at an event in Lawrence in her home state of Massachusetts, where she took a shot at the current administration and the nation's politics, Xinhua news agency reported.

"We need to take power in Washington away from the wealthy and well-connected and put it back in the hands of the people where it belongs," she said in her speech.

The campaign of Warren, who's on the Democratic Party's left flank, will focus on economic equality, government accountability and reining in big corporations.

She pledged on Saturday to "break up monopolies when they choke off competition" and "take on Wall Street banks so that the big banks can never again threaten the security of our economy."

Warren has faced questions about her past claims of Native American ancestry. Her decision last year to release the results of a DNA test intended to prove her claims drew criticism from Native American groups.

The senator apologized earlier this week for those claims, clarifying that she is not a member of any tribe.

Brad Parscale, campaign manager for President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election, accused Warren of being a "fraud."

"Elizabeth Warren has already been exposed as a fraud by the Native Americans she impersonated and disrespected to advance her professional career, and the people of Massachusetts she deceived to get elected," Parscale said in a statement on Saturday.

Trump has called Warren "Pocahontas" and claimed that she benefited in schools and work from minority status.

Warren, 69, has represented Massachusetts in the Senate since 2013. In November last year, she won re-election to the upper chamber for a second term.

She's now officially joining a crowded field of Democrats seeking the party's nomination to take on Trump next year.

Other prominent Democratic figures who have announced presidential bids include California Senator Kamala Harris, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, and New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

--IANS

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           Donald Trump y Kim Jong Un tendrán una segunda cita: conozca los detalles       Cache   Translate Page      
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          Omar calls for defunding Homeland Security      Cache   Translate Page      

(Fox News) Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., continues her streak of controversial tweets, this time taking aim at the Department of Homeland Security. In a tweet Friday night, the freshman congresswoman refers to President Trump as “Individual 1,” and insists he doesn’t have “public support” to “ram his hateful wall through Congress.” “Let’s stand firm: #Not1Dollar […]

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          Druhé stretnutie Trumpa s Kimom sa uskutoční v Hanoji koncom februára      Cache   Translate Page      
Trump spresnil miesto nadchádzajúceho summitu prostredníctvom Twitteru.
          Trump confirma segundo encontro com Kim Jong-un no Vietnã - Gazetaweb.com      Cache   Translate Page      
  1. Trump confirma segundo encontro com Kim Jong-un no Vietnã  Gazetaweb.com
  2. Trump anuncia que novo encontro com Kim Jong-un será em Hanói, capital do Vietnã  G1
  3. Trump e Kim vão se reunir no fim do mês  O Antagonista
  4. Trump encontrará ditador da Coreia do Norte nos dias 27 e 28 de fevereiro  Folha de S.Paulo
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          AOC Exposes The Dark Side - "Let's Play A Game"      Cache   Translate Page      

this right here is what drives me absolutely bonkers.

you proceed from a false premise:
that "wealth" translates to being less corruptible.

blindly ignoring what wealth actual not only IS,but what it represents to the elite class in America.

power.

so could we please STOP with how much trump is actually worth,as if it has any inherent meaning in terms of power?


i do not understand wasting time with an ideologue,or dissecting his obviously conflicting comments as somehow expressing a clear and definable philosophy.these people play in the realm of cult of personality,spectacle and magical thinking.

their adoration for a particular public figure is cultish,and has very little to do with reality but more how their idol represents an ideal that they feel very strongly about.

so are we really surprised that bob will give Alexandria ocasio cortez a nod for exposing how easy it is to corrupt the system,but then conveniently excuse his idol and give him a pass based on the flimsiest of reasons:wealth.

when it was Alexandria ocasio cortez's lightning round that exposed how it is actually EASIER for the executive branch and the president to sell their influence for money.

but to bob,and how he sees things,the very idea that trump would ever engage in a breach of morality,and break his promise to the American people...is preposterous,...because trump already has money,why would he sell his integrity?

because BOB has integrity.
because BOB would never break a promise.
this is basic projection of ones morality onto a figure they admire.
we can apply the exact same metric to those who voted for Obama.same thing.same results.

you will never get bob to admonish his hero,because that hero represents the IDEA of what bob is projecting,not the actual reality.

fundamentalists engage in the exact same magical thinking.

so how can i get mad for bob,and the other trumpsters of the world?
i pity them.
because delusional dreams always crash on the shores of the real eventually.

and that is going to be a sad day for bob.
- enoch
          MTP Daily 2/8/19      Cache   Translate Page      
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          AOC Exposes The Dark Side - "Let's Play A Game"      Cache   Translate Page      

No sir.
He is saying Trump is cleaning up Washington, removing corruption.
I'm saying he's more corrupt than any other politician ever and has made things exponentially worse.

All I see we agree on is that there is corruption in congress, but even then we don't agree on what level of corruption or by who.

We absolutely don't agree on Trump's corruption (or lack thereof).
- newtboy
          AOC Exposes The Dark Side - "Let's Play A Game"      Cache   Translate Page      

You are both saying the same thing.

The only difference is that the cynicism isn't consistently applied to everyone who warrants it.

(I heavily suspect that when the money doesn't add up - someone is making money on the side. And it just so happens that they are in the position to sell regulatory capture, so it is the most likely candidate.)




In this case AOC is on point (granted that Trump is wealthy prior to office).

If I were to criticize her, it would not be for this stuff.
(It would be for identitarianism [vs individualism])



The guilt so far is the sort of guilt everyone has. Not saying everything is kosher - just saying that everyone is guilty, malfeasance or not.

There is a saying, show me the man, I'll show you the crime.

I'm sure that the FBI can look closely enough to everyone related to trump and find something to convict everyone of. It may not be foreign influence related, but it will be something. They can even drag things out until the prez is out of office before going after the juicy targets.

-scheherazade
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          Whitaker: I haven't talked to Trump about the Mueller Probe      Cache   Translate Page      
Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker tells the House Judiciary that he hasn't discussed Mueller's probe with Trump and senior White House officials.
          Trump says North Korea talks productive, summit will be in Hanoi      Cache   Translate Page      
President Donald Trump said on Friday that U.S. diplomats had a "very productive meeting" with North Korean officials, and he announced his summit later this month with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would be held in Vietnam's capital, Hanoi.

          Warren vil utfordre Trump i 2020       Cache   Translate Page      
Lørdag annonserte Elizabeth Warren formelt sitt kandidatur til presidentvalget i 2020. Demokraten må slå minst fem partifeller i nominasjonsvalget, dersom hun skal bli Donald Trumps motkandidat i valget som avholdes i november neste år.
          Maher Trashes Republicans: 'If You Drew a Venn Diagram of Insane and 21st Century Republican, It Would be a Circle'      Cache   Translate Page      
During Friday's edition of Real Time With Bill Maher, the eponymous host concluded his satirical segment "new rules" with a monologue trashing the Republican Party; while expressing his disagreement with Howard Schultz's premise that both parties are to blame for the status quo.   After bringing up "Pizzagate" and "birtherism," Maher asserted that "if you drew a Venn diagram of insane and 21st Century Republican, it would be a circle." Maher took issue with Schultz's notion that "both parties engage in 'revenge politics,'" claiming that "it wouldn't have even occurred to Democrats that you could simply refuse a President to fill a Supreme Court vacancy."  Apparently, he forgot about the Biden rule.  Nonetheless, Maher concluded that "both parties are not extreme...that's extreme."  Maher also claimed that "only one party thinks it's okay for presidents to have a side gig as a Russian agent," making the case that "Trump fired the head of the FBI for doing his job with the Russian investigation." 
          Election - AP FACT CHECK: Trump swipes progress from Obama era      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON - In President Donald Trump's estimation, the good times began to roll for the country on the night he was elected. So he doesn't hesitate to swipe job growth from...
          Election - AP FACT CHECK: Trump swipes progress from Obama era      Cache   Translate Page      
AP FACT CHECK: In Trump's estimation, the good times began to roll for the country on the night he was elected, so he doesn't hesitate to claim progress from the twilight of...
          Election - The Latest: 2020 rival defends Warren against Trump attack      Cache   Translate Page      
One of Warren's rivals in the Democratic race for president is coming to her defense in the face of attacks by Trump's re-election campaign
          Election - The Latest: Trump campaign slams Warren as she enters race      Cache   Translate Page      
LAWRENCE, Mass. - The Latest on Sen. Elizabeth Warren and the 2020 election : 12:25 p.m. President Donald Trump's re-election campaign has taken quick note of Elizabeth...
          Executive Q&A: Betsy Ward, President & CEO USA Rice Federation      Cache   Translate Page      

In late December 2018, Congress and President Donald Trump completed work on the $867 billion federal Farm Bill, putting in place the five-year framework for the nation’s agricultural policy. The...

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          Donald Trump's powerful new weapon for 2020: Democrats' progressive plan      Cache   Translate Page      
Donald Trump is gearing up to take advantage of a powerful new weapon in his fight against the Democrats, both now and in the 2020 election.The President's rivals are embracing an increasingly left-wing agenda, spurred by the tranche...
          Donald Trump's doctor says he is in 'very good health' after exam by 11 specialists      Cache   Translate Page      
President Donald Trump is "in very good health" and expected to remain healthy for "the duration of his Presidency, and beyond," the president's doctor reported Friday following a physical exam that lasted nearly four hours and included...
          Nancy Pelosi: A wise woman bearing GIFs      Cache   Translate Page      
US President Donald Trump said more than 5200 words during his State of the Union speech this week.Nancy Pelosi didn't say one.But with an arched eyebrow, a cocked head and extended hand clap dripping with shade, the Speaker of...
          Trump announces second North Korea summit      Cache   Translate Page      
President Donald Trump said on Friday that U.S. diplomats had a “very productive meeting” with North Korean officials, and he announced his summit later this month with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would be held in Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi.
          The slippery slope      Cache   Translate Page      

okay, back on topic.

Miami Herald story last November.

His client, Palm Beach multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein, 54, was accused of assembling a large, cult-like network of underage girls — with the help of young female recruiters — to coerce into having sex acts behind the walls of his opulent waterfront mansion as often as three times a day, the Town of Palm Beach police found.

But thanks to a series published by the Miami Herald last year that delved into how prosecutors worked with powerful defense attorneys to ensure Epstein received such a lenient sentence. The expose shed a light on the role played by Alex Acosta, who went on to become Trump’s Secretary of Labour, in handing down the light sentence. Acosta was the US Attorney for the Southern District of Florida at the time Epstein’s sentence was handed down.

Now, thanks to those stories, the DOJ has reportedly opened an investigation into the conduct of DOJ attorneys in the case, and whether they committed “professional misconduct” in their working relationship with Epstein’s attorneys.


          The narratives about Trump thread.      Cache   Translate Page      

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          Ralph Northam      Cache   Translate Page      

You missed my point, which I probably wasn’t clear enough about. There seems to be a narrative wherein it is assumed people are being whipped into a blind hatred of Trump because he is being painted as a racist by the media etc. That is what I was referring to.


          SIX MONTHS TO AVOID AN ARMS RACE: What Trump needs to do to halt path to NUCLEAR WAR      Cache   Translate Page      


DONALD TRUMP announced the US will withdraw from the nuclear weapons treaty but what will happen next? Will a new treaty be negotiated in the six-month window?
          ACTUALLY, THE BOOK'S NOT ABOUT DONALD...:      Cache   Translate Page      
America's policy on Europe takes a nationalist turn (Constanze Stelzenmüller JANUARY 30, 2019, Financial Times)

In Berlin, meanwhile, diplomats have been poring glumly over The Virtue of Nationalism, a book by the Israeli writer Yoram Hazony, which Mr Mitchell had told them was the key to the Trump administration's Europe policy.

Mr Hazony's book -- published in 2018 to fervent applause from conservative commentators in the US -- purports to provide the theoretical gloss on Mr Trump's tweets: nationalism as the cure to "liberal imperialism". The two main "empires" he has in mind are post-cold war, liberal-interventionist America and the EU.

Teutonic brows are furrowing presumably at passages from the book such as this: "The European Union is a German imperial state in all but name . . . Should the United States ever withdraw its protection . . . a strong European executive will be appointed by Germany." Mr Hazony goes on to write that a "German-dominated EU" is an "imperial order", that "will work to delegitimise and undermine the independence of all remaining national states".

Never mind that this is spectacularly misinformed about the status of nation states in Europe or Germany's power over them and the EU. Repress, if you can, the realisation that Mr Hazony thinks the EU could succeed where the Nazis failed. And try to ignore the question implied by both Messrs Pompeo and Hazony: to what imaginary golden age of nationalism exactly should Europe's clock be turned back? 1989? 1945? 1918?

Most Europeans could list a litany of genuine ills afflicting governance in Europe at all levels that this cod-philosophical take misses by a mile. Mr Hazony blithely disregards the complexity and depth of economic, social and technological integration across national boundaries. And, of course, disassembling the EU would not solve the problem of German preponderance -- it would exacerbate it.

But the real value of this and other prescriptions for a new divide-and-rule US policy for Europe lies in the piercing new light they throw on the Trumpian mindset. The nationalism it peddles is not the inclusive, civic kind practised by, say, Canada. On the contrary, this is an ethno-chauvinist nationalism premised on the rule of a majority nation "whose cultural dominance is plain and unquestioned, and against which resistance appears to be futile", as Mr Hazony puts it. That is a framing entirely compatible with the thinking of Hungary's Viktor Orban, the Kremlin or, for that matter, Germany's far-right Alternative for Germany party.


...it's a defense of the Occupation.


          Kurz: Unter 4 Augen mit Trump      Cache   Translate Page      
Für Sebastian Kurz ist die Einladung ins Weiße Haus am 20. Februar ein echter Coup.
Hinter den Kulissen hatten Sebastian Kurz und sein Team seit Monaten an diesem Termin gebastelt. Am 20. Februar ist es nun so weit. Donald Trump wird den „jüngsten Pre­mierminister Europas“ im Oval Office empfangen, wie das Weiße Haus am Freitagabend offiziell bestätigte.
          What President Nixon Knew, And Trump Fails To Learn      Cache   Translate Page      
The key to politics is always about addition.    If one is only holding steady with a level of support from a core base then one is not gaining among the nation as a whole.   And when that base of support starts to crumble there is no where else for a politician to head but […]
          Warren bewirbt sich um US-Präsidentschaftskandidatur      Cache   Translate Page      
US-Senatorin Warren sagt Trump bei der Präsidentschaftswahl den Kampf an. 
          Ivanka Trump denies president issued security clearances for her or husband Jared Kushner      Cache   Translate Page      

Ivanka Trump denies president issued security clearances for her or husband Jared KushnerDonald Trump’s daughter, who serves as a senior adviser in the White House, denied on Friday that her father was involved in issuing security clearances for her or her husband, Jared Kushner. Ivanka Trump made the remarks during an interview with ABC News host Abby Huntsman in an interview for The View. “There were anonymous leaks about there being issues,” Ms Trump said.



          SE Cupp predicts who Trump wants as his 2020 opponent      Cache   Translate Page      
CNN's SE Cupp says she thinks President Trump is hoping Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) will be the Democratic nominee for president in the 2020 election.

          The State of Our Disunion      Cache   Translate Page      
by Robert Reich Donald Trump says his State of the Union address was about “unification”. But Trump discussing the state of the union is like pyromaniac discussing lighter fluids. His goal is, and has always... Read More
          ‘My whole town practically lived there’: From Costa Rica to New Jersey, a pipeline of illegal workers for Trump goes back years      Cache   Translate Page      
At his home on the misty slope of Costa Rica’s tallest mountain, Dario Angulo keeps a set of photographs from the years he tended the rolling fairways and clipped greens of a faraway American golf... Read More
          State of the Union fact check: What’s true and false in Trump’s address      Cache   Translate Page      
President Donald Trump delivered his second State of the Union address on Tuesday, where he re-enforced his immigration agenda, slammed “ridiculous partisan investigations” and announced he would meet with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un for... Read More
          Más datos comprometedores contra el hombre fuerte saudí      Cache   Translate Page      
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Nuevas revelaciones comprometedoras para Ryad realizadas por «The New York Times» han reavivado el debate sobre el papel del príncipe heredero saudí, Mohammed bin Salman, en la muerte del periodista Jamal Khashoggi, en un momento en el que Donald Trump ha sido instado por el Congreso estadounidense a que señale y castigue a los responsables. El hombre fuerte saudí le dijo a un asistente que la solución para acabar con Khashoggi era «una bala».


          Bannon: Trump 'knows it's time to get on with' building wall      Cache   Translate Page      

GREEN VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) - Former chief White House strategist Steve Bannon says he doesn't think President Donald Trump will back away from his proposed southern border wall.

As congressional negotiators in Washington worked toward a border security deal, KGUN-TV reports that Bannon told a Green Valley, Arizona, town hall ...

          Trump supporter whitewashes Hitler      Cache   Translate Page      
After the big United States conservative political conference inviting young French neofascist Marion Maréchal-Le Pen … another pro-Trump United States conservative extends the appreciation to an older fascist. This 9 February 2019 video from England says about itself: Pro-Trump activist … Continue reading
          Larwyn's Linx: Adam Schiff, Glenn Simpson and their Forrest Gump-like encounter in Aspen      Cache   Translate Page      
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Adam Schiff, Glenn Simpson and their Forrest Gump-like encounter in Aspen: John Solomon
Collusion? Adam Schiff Met with Fusion GPS Founder Simpson Last July: Debra Heine
Jim Jordan Questions AAG Whitaker on Rosenstein Scope Memo to Robert Mueller: CTH

Democrats Are Showing Us All Who They Really Are–Let’s Believe Them: Brian Cates
Chief Justice Kennedy Roberts Does it Again: Mike Ford
Schiff Is ‘Interested in Undoing the 2016 Election Results,’ Says Trey Gowdy: Wayne Dupree

Flashback: Verified White Racist Receives 90% Of The Black Vote.: Jake Wagner
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam Tells Staff He is Staying for the Duration: CTH
VA State Delegate To File Articles Of Impeachment Against Fairfax: Mike Prest

Dem AOCommie Falsely Claims to be Native American: Daniel Greenfield
Dem Nadler: 'We Mean Business' on Gun Control; 'It's Not About Mental Health': CNS
Yale editor advocates students act as a 'Stasi' to monitor white males: Monica Showalter

Economy

Cost of 'Green New Deal' would dwarf everything in U.S. history: Philip Klein
What if the Deep State wins? Survival in a Post-Trump Socialist Police State: Tim Gamble
All it took was 12 hours for AOCommie to change her tune on Green New Deal: Vivek Saxena

Scandal Central

Jeff Bezos Protests Invasion of His Privacy, as Amazon Builds Surveillance State: Glenn Greenwald
Schiff must recuse himself from Russia probe now that he's been caught secretly meeting with Fusion GPS: AT
Virginia Madness Continues: Black Caucus Demands That Lt. Gov. Fairfax Resign…: CTH

Climate, Energy & Regulations

Green With... Laughter?: JOM
Democrats will regulate cow farts: Don Surber
Top 2020 Democrats co-sponsor Ocasio-Cortez’s bonkers Green New Deal plan: Chris Pandolfo

Media

The Richest Man in The World Took Photographs of His Penis… Then Things Get Weird: CTH
Ocasio-Cortez Flip-Flops On ‘Massive Gov’t Intervention,’ Gaffe-Plagued Plan Taken Offline: Shifra @ Tammy
MSM/Social Media Are Trying to Destroy Candace Owens Today: S. Noble

World

The Obama Effect: Sec. Pompeo's remarks on Hezbollah in Venezuela: Heshmat Alavi
Thanks, Obama: Yup, Iran/Hezbollah Really Is In Venezuela: NoisyRoom
Why Palestinians Oppose an Anti-Iran Coalition: Khaled Abu Toameh

EU: Going Full Orwell: Judith Bergman
What’s the Matter with Sweden?: Hugh Fitzgerald
Protester has hand ripped off during Yellow Vest march in Paris: RT

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Is This Concept Art Of A Mysterious Space Launch Mothership A Missing Link In Area 51's Past?: TheDrive
Engineers translate brain signals directly into speech: ScienceDaily
Scientists connect a human brain and 'rat cyborg' brain together: Jackson Ryan

Cornucopia

Meet Dr. Economics. She’s Not a Real Doctor: MOTUS
AOTW 2-8-2019: GOC
Jeff Bezos Blames Trump for Enquirer Allegedly Threatening to Publish ‘Intimate Photos’: Charlie Nash

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          Larwyn's Linx: Proof of Collusion Surfaces... About Adam Schiff Meeting With Fusion GPS      Cache   Translate Page      
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Proof of Collusion Surfaces... About Adam Schiff Meeting With Fusion GPS: CTH
Senator Sasse Vs. Congressman Schiff?: NoisyRm
Adam Schiff defends intelligence hires as president fumes: Caitlin Yilek

AOCommie: Latinos Can’t Be Illegals Because They’re ‘Descendants of Natives': Cameron Cawthorne
In AOCommie’s District, MS-13 Kills While She Calls To Disband ICE: David Marcus
Kommunala Harris is a Damn Liar: BattleSwarm

Trump’s Wall and a Plan to Stop Cartels at the Border: Bill Thomas
Trump’s Three Tests: Matthew Continetti
Matthew Whitaker set to testify after clash with Democrats over subpoena threat: Caitlin Yilek

Hacked Documents From Pelosi’s Laptop Links Her to Benghazi Scandal: James Ledbetter
'Dearbornistan' Mayor Suppresses Free Speech: Joseph Klein
Stop Medieval Diseases With a Medieval Wall: Daniel Greenfield

Economy

When did driving become a problem that needs to be solved?: Tim Jackson
Canadians Discovering ‘America First’ Consequences Within USMCA: CTH
Democrats unleash Labor watchdog on Trump rule-making: Sean Higgins

Scandal Central

Nellie Ohr’s Revelation Of Dossier’s Ukrainian Source Connects The Dots From DNC To Mueller: J.E. Dyer
Yikes: Dramatic Footage Shows Heavily Armed Agents Arresting Roger Stone: CTH
Huh: Despite Being Shot, Dems Blocked Steve Scalise From Testifying on Gun Violence: Katie Pavlich

Pelosi: Virginia's Racist Democrat Scandals Don’t Damage Party’s National Brand: Andrew Kugle
Vanessa Tyson could spell doom for Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax: Steven Nelson
The Timeline of Elizabeth Warren’s Native American Controversy: David Rutz

Climate, Energy & Regulations

Green New Deal Guarantees Economic Security for Those ‘Unwilling to Work’: David Rutz
AOCommie Reveals Ridiculous “Green New Deal” – Immediately Backfires: CTH
Nancy Pelosi Slights Green New Deal: 'Green Dream or Whatever': Joshua Caplan

Media

Bezos: National Enquirer tried to blackmail me with explicit photos: Exam
Former NYT Executive Editor Denies Plagiarism Accusations: Jeffrey Cimmino
American Jews Thank Trump in Full Page New York Times Ad: Adam Kredo

Photo of Joy Behar Dressed as ‘Beautiful African Woman’ Resurfaces: Ben Kew
Mark Levin: SOTU ‘Speech Trump Gave Was the Finest Speech Since Ronald Reagan’: CNS
Levin: Trump’s SOTU was ‘outstanding’ and that’s why ‘the media have gone nuts’: Chris Pandolfo

World

Southcom Says Venezuelan Military ‘Center of Gravity’ in Crisis: Bill Gertz
Brussels is terrified of Brexit being a success – no wonder they’re threatening hellfire: Fraser Nelson
Russia demands US destroy Tomahawk missile launchpads and drones: AMN

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Facebook Says It Needs to Collect All Your Data to Protect Against Terrorism and Child Abuse: Gizmodo
Earth's north magnetic pole sprints toward Siberia: David Szondy
Spooky New Photos Show the Alien Creatures of the Deep Ocean: Ryan F. Mandelbaum

Cornucopia

The Moral Idiocy of Our Times: Bruce Thornton
How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Enjoy Global Warming: MOTUS
Jewish Model Harassed After Coming Out As Trump Supporter: Brent Scher

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          Trump ladies day out! Tiffany Trump, Marla Maples and Kimberly Guilfoyle hit fashion week      Cache   Translate Page      
Donald Trump's daughter Tiffany Trump stunned in an off-the-shoulder black dress front row at the Taoray Wang runway show with her mom, Marla Maples and former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, who is dating Donald Trump, Jr.
          Chase Bank Abruptly Bans Proud Boys Leader       Cache   Translate Page      

Chase Bank has notified Proud Boys Chairman Enrique Tarrio that they will no longer do business with him, and he has until April 1st to move his money out, according to a letter obtained by Big League Politics.

Enrique Tarrio (left) 

While the bank hasn't stated why they are shutting Tarrio's accounts, the letter comes "just days after Chase Bank’s payment processor, Chase Paymentech, de-platformed him on a website he runs that allows groups and charities to sell merchandise, and raise money for causes," writes Big League Politics' Waldo Crane

The website, 1776.shop, is most known for selling the famous “Roger Stone Did Nothing Wrong” shirts which Stone was spotted in during the late-night arrest at his home. -Big League Politics

Via Big League Politics

Tarrio - who is Cuban and Black, was prominently featured in a September article in the Daily Beast highlighting young men of color joining "White-Supremacist groups." Of note, the Proud Boys - a fraternal organization founded by Gavin McInnes, has been labeled a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center, for which McInnes is currently suing them

Since the Daily Beast report, Tarrio says he has been deplatformed by a number of services, including: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Airbnb, FirstData, Square, Stripe and PayPal. 

"My political views pretty much mirror those of President Donald Trump," Tarrio tells Big League Politics. "But the media, and groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center, smear me trying to tie me, an Afro-Cuban, to ideologies that would force me out of my own country if they went into effect. It’s completely asinine and based completely outside of reality."

Tarrio is worried that he won't be able to function in the 21st century if he continues to be blacklisted. 

"How am I supposed to get food to feed my family? Are taking the directions of the Governor of Virginia and trying to abort me 34 years after birth," he said in a statement. "They are essentially denying my existence, and trying to force me into homelessness, and ultimately death."

Tarrio thinks President Trump should do something about the deplatforming. 

"He needs to step in, not only because if he doesn’t he will lose in 2020 with all of his supporters being kicked off social media, but because it’s the right thing to do." 

The Proud Boys made headlines last year after scuffling with Antifa during political rallies for which the fraternal organization had legally obtained permits. 


          The Real Problem With Elizabeth Warren's Wealth Tax      Cache   Translate Page      

Authored by Kai Weiss via The Mises Institute,

“America will never be a socialist country,” President Donald Trump proclaimed in this week’s State of the Union Speech. Regardless of how much truth we see in this statement, there is little question who these words were directed at. As the Democratic Party has shifted continuously to the left over the last years, it has welcomed politicians to its club who dub themselves as flat-out socialists. Today’s stars of the Democrats are not the Clinton’s and Pelosi’s anymore, but Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Kamala Harris.

All of them have their own grand, ready-made solutions to all of America’s problems. The newest is the idea of a wealth tax, which Elizabeth Warren presented and heavily promoted in recent days. The general idea of her plan is that the value of the wealth of the extremely-rich (or, in her sense, the “too-rich”) should be taxed, for households with over 50 million dollars by two percent, for those with over one billion dollars by three percent. In total, 75,000 households, a proud figure, would be affected, and it is this wealth tax that Warren sees as one of her centerpieces in, as she says, levelling the playing field.

A wealth tax is not a new idea, though it certainly has come out of fashion recently – in 1992 twelve OECD countries had one, now there are only four.

One of the central issues of a wealth tax is that it is difficult to actually implement and enforce. As Nicole Kaeding and Kyle Pomerleau from the Tax Foundation write, “the uber wealthy tend to have very hard-to-value assets,” such as ownership in real estate holdings, trusts, and most importantly, businesses.

Calculating the overall value of the wealth of a household would cost an immense amount of time and effort. Jeffrey Levine notes that wealthy households own “one of a kind works of art, ‘priceless’ jewelry, expensive cars … the list goes on and on. And now imagine the need to have all these assets valued each and every single year. It would be a total disaster show.” What effect such a measurement would have on a tax code which already comes in at 2.4 million words can already be presumed. The only ones profiting from such additional complications would be appraisers and lawyers, who will have the privilege to find out what the value of one’s wealth even is approximately.

Considering that wealth is not homogenous in kind, it would also lead to some households being hit much harder than others. It is one thing to sacrifice the least bad items of your investment portfolio or use inherited money to pay the tax. It is tougher to obtain the same amount of money if you are a business owner, who needs profitable returns year in, year out. In contrast to higher income tax rates, a wealth tax would also have a much more significant effect on one’s tax burden, since an annual tax on wealth would affect ones entire wealth every year, rather than “just” the newly accumulated income.

Of course, Elizabeth Warren not only wants to implement a wealth tax for being on the search for new funding of her costly projects, but also because “the rich” don’t pay their “fair share.” Disregarding the questionable assumption that letting those who are successful pay a much bigger share than the others would be fair, “the rich” already pay much more than the rest of the population anyway. Even Warren is admitting that when shesays that the top 0.1 percent pay 3.2 percent of total taxes, which is more than six times the share as the bottom 50 percent. The top 1 percent, meanwhile, pays a greater share of income taxes than the bottom 90 percent combined.

All of this is not to say that Elizabeth Warren is wrong when she says that “Washington is broken.” She is right when she says, like in a recent Bloomberg interview , that the system is stacked against the Average Joe, that “right now it works if you are a billionaire” or a “giant multinational corporation” or someone who is “wealthy” and “well-connected.” That the system is broken is one of the main reasons why someone like Donald Trump could ever become President (or even have a chance).

But the reason for this is not that government isn’t doing enough so far. It is instead that the government is doing too much, regardless of whether we talk of regulations and laws that are influenced by politically well-connected corporations and lobbyists, of a political elite that is wholly disconnected from their voting population, and certainly also of a financial system from which, every day, some profit from, while normal people further down the ladder lose out.

Not only that Washington is broken, however – it is broke as well at the tune of 22 trillion dollars. Warren’s wealth tax would raise 2.75 trillion dollars over the next ten years which she intends to not use on paying off debt, but on more spending on child care, lowering the student loan debt, and the “ Green New Deal .” Indeed, no confiscation from “the rich” of any kind could finance any programs for long. As Antony Davies noted , confiscating, for instance, the entire wealth of the 550 billionaires in the US, which would raise 2.5 trillion dollars, would be just enough to run the federal government for less than eight months. Washington’s problem is not revenue then, but spending.

So while Elizabeth Warren may be correct that the system is broken, she is quite wrong in how and why it is broken, and how to fix it. Instead of intervening even more in people’s affairs as she proposes, fixing the system would mean taking the state out of the system and, when not feasible, at least decentralize it away from Washington to state and local governments.

“Capitalism without rules is theft,” Warren says.

But instead of financing “the Swamp” even more, real capitalism (i.e., a free market system based on private property rights and voluntary exchange) might just be the way to fix the system.


          Trump's Border Wall Could Slice Through A 50-Acre SpaceX Launchpad Facility      Cache   Translate Page      

Elon Musk, and specifically SpaceX, has a little known but large stake in the border security battle that’s currently taking place in Congress. One of the company's launch pads, located on the US–Mexico border, risks being split in two by the proposed future border wall. But of course, Democrats are standing up for SpaceX, trying to stop the Trump administration’s efforts to erect a border barrier that would cut through the company's facility in Boca Chica, Texas.

Lawmakers commented last week that they were concerned about the impact on SpaceX after seeing a Department of Homeland Security map that shows a barrier running through the 50 acre facility, according to Bloomberg.

Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard, a California Democrat said: “This issue with SpaceX is that the fence cuts right through their property and that’s a problem.” Roybal-Allard is continuing to fight for the area to be exempted in any finalized deal.

Both Democrats and Republicans working on a border security deal are now stating that they are getting closer to an agreement that would likely include funding for some type of barrier. However, the negotiation is yet to work out exactly where the structures are going to be located, what they would look like, or how much would be spent on them. The goal is to work out an agreement for the wall so that it can be voted on before government funding again runs out on February 15.

The company is said to be unhappy about the plans, despite not raising any public objections to them.

Representative Filemon Vela, a Democrat whose district includes the SpaceX facility said: "They are way behind the scenes on this, they are lying pretty low. SpaceX doesn’t want to offend DHS."

SpaceX has not lobbied Congress regarding the issue and hasn’t asked anyone to do so on its behalf, according to the company. The company declined to provide details to Bloomberg when asked. A SpaceX spokesman said:

“The Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently requested SpaceX permit access to our South Texas Launch site to conduct a site survey,” he said in a statement.

“At this time, SpaceX is evaluating the request and is in communication with DHS to further understand their plans.”

The 500 jobs that SpaceX planned and promised back during the launchpad's 2014 opening could be at risk. Vela continued: "This is a real problem. None of it makes any sense."

This wouldn’t be the first time an Elon Musk company had trouble living up to its job promises that it used to ascertain taxpayer money. Just days ago we reported that State Senator Tim Kennedy of New York was "infuriated" by layoffs that took place at the company's Buffalo facility.

The site in Texas would play host to SpaceX's launch of its new Starship Hopper – the very same "starship" that fell over after a gust of wind hit it a couple weeks ago. To insanity and beyond!


          Martin Armstrong Fears For "The Hatred From The Left"      Cache   Translate Page      

Authored by Martin Armstrong via ArmstrongEconomics.com,

You can feel it in the air. We are heading into the collapse of government and a violent civil war because hatred is rising dramatically. The government is no longer capable of even functioning. The State of the Union was just an example. It did not matter what Trump said. The Democrats will not break party rank and will refuse to comply with anything. The government never acted like this until Hillary lost. Neither side will accept the election in 2020. Western society will crumble by 2032. 

There is no going back.

This is how all empires, nations, and city-states have collapsed throughout history. The rule of law vanishes and what emerges is just hatred.

The entire purpose of civilization is people coming together and working together for a common goal. We have lost all such common ground and both extremes are demanding subjugation of their opponents. This is why revolution unfolds. Neither side is allowed to exist. Each demands the other conforms to their ideas. This is why direct taxation destroys all civilizations for it allows one side to exploit the other.

Here is one example of a person filled with such hatred who always sends hate mail to me:

The American white male lives in the American past, is ignorant of world history and revolution and glorifies his gun ownership like some cartoon cowboy but doesn’t really know what to do with his guns. He is totally devoid of ideas and lacks the depth to analyze true injustice and would rather go out and commit horrendous mass shootings because he has been brain-washed to support the actual people who are doing him harm. So kills innocent people or supports a Trump.

This is just a prelude to what is to come.


          A Reporter's Diary From Venezuela: "Insolent American Bastards Should Be Hanged On The First Tree"      Cache   Translate Page      

Via The Saker blog,

Reporter’s Diary from Venezuela.

Georgy Zotov (author of AIF weekly)

This is the personal view of the correspondent on today’s life of Caracas.

Translated by Scott

Day one...

Our Air France flight was grounded in Paris for 5 hours; no one wants to land in Venezuela in the middle of the night, due to the “dangerous criminal situation.” The airliner is half empty, the passengers, judging by nervous conversations, are only Venezuelans. A taxi driver, while leaving the airport, locks the doors, and sweetly warns that after dark, bandits scatter spikes on the roads and rob the stranded cars. “Oh, don’t worry, Amigo, I have an old car. They are not interested in old, cars.” That’s where you understand why Caracas is ranked first in the ranking of the most dangerous cities in the world. It’s too late for supper, but I at least want to exchange my US dollars for Venezuelan bolivars. I ask my cab driver. He violently shakes his head:

“No, no, no. I do not mess with such things, it’s illegal!”

“Whatever,” I laugh at him.

“Tomorrow, someone will take the dollars, maybe even with my hands torn off.” I was wrong…

The following morning, no one at the hotel wants to look at my dollars.

The hotel employee tells me to go to one of the official “exchange stores” but honestly adds: “only Americans, or complete jerks go there.”

In Venezuela, the official dollar exchange rate is 200 bolivars, and the “black market” exchange rate is 2,715. And if you exchange your currency in a bank, then according to this calculation, a bottle of ordinary water will cost 330 rubles, and a modest lunch in an inexpensive cafe—7,000 rubles per person. Judging by the stories on the Internet, in Venezuelan people should simply kill each other for dollars, but this is not the case.

There is also other things different from perception. On western news, it is shown that demonstrators fight with police daily, tens killed, hundreds wounded, the sea of blood. But in Caracas, all is quiet. In an afternoon, people are sitting in cafes and idly sipping rum with ice, while maintenance crews sweep the streets. It turns out that the world ‘s leading TV new sources (including CNN and the BBC) show some fantasy film about Venezuela. “Demonstrations?” yawns Alejandro, a street vendor selling corn. “Well, Saturday there will be one, sort of. On one end of the city will be a rally of opposition supporters, and on the other, Maduro supporters. The police keep them separate to prevent fights.”

Amazing.

You browse the Internet, you turn on the TV, and you see the revolution, the people dying on streets to overthrow the “evil dictator Maduro.” And you come here, and nobody cares.

Then it got even better. Never in my life have I had so many adventures while trying to exchange one currency for another. The country has a problem with cash money, long queues waiting for the ATM, and even the street dealers of “currency” have no “efectivo,” as they call cash. I wander inside a jewelry store and ask if they want some “green.” The answer is “No.” Everyone acts like law-abiding citizens. I am told that police recently started arresting people for private exchange, that’s why people don’t want to associate. One owner of the jewelry store almost agrees.

“What do you have? Dollars? No, I won’t take that.”

“Why now?”

“I take only the Euros …dollar, man, is the currency of the aggressor, they try to tell us how to live!”

Damn it! I have money in my pocket, and I can’t even buy lunch! Finally, a certain woman, nursing a baby in a workplace, very reluctantly agrees to exchange 2,200 bolivars for a “buck.” I want to curse her out, but I have to live somehow. Bolivars seem like a beautiful, unattainable currency, which hides all the benefits of the world, that’s why they are so hard to get. I’m nodding in agreement. The woman calls somewhere, and asks to wait. After 15 minutes she tells me that “there is a problem.” Of course, money is not to be found. Her man couldn’t withdraw them from the ATM, everywhere the ATMs are on a strict daily rate.

“President Maduro is fighting for the strengthening of the national currency,” explained the nursing mother. “We all use our cards to pay for everything.”

I don’t know how it works, but yesterday an exchange rate was 3,200 bolívars for 1 dollar, and today the “bucks” fell to 2,700. I have started to realize that in the very next few days I’ll starve to death with dollars in my pocket. A unique fate, perhaps, that has never happen in history.

In the next kiosk cash for gold place I am offered a plastic debit card loaded with local money, and then I would try my luck withdrawing bills from neighboring ATMs. “Or, maybe not, if you’re not lucky.” Well, of course. By the way, an attempt to buy a SIM card for the phone also fails. They don’t sell them to foreigners, you need a Venezuelan ID card. Yes, and I have nothing to pay for it. The feeling is that the dollar is a gift that no one wants. Sadly, I walk by stores. People come out of there with packages of eggs, bread, packs of butter. The range is not like in Moscow, of course, but again, if you believe the news on TV, Venezuela is suffering from a terrible famine, supermarkets are empty, and people are fighting each other for food. Nothing like that. There are queues, but not kilometers long. In general, television stations in the United States and Europe (and ours too) created their own Venezuela, drawn like a terrible cartoon. I walk into a cafe at random.

“Will you accept dollars for lunch?” I ask hopelessly.

“Yes, at the rate of “black market” they whispered to me.

“But the change will also be in dollars... sorry, no bolivars at all...we’ve been hunting for them ourselves for weeks.”

My first day in Venezuela is over. How unusual. I’ve been here for 24 hours, and I’ve not held a Bolivian bill in my hand. Oh, but there will be more...

Day two...

60 liters of gasoline here cost five cents, and a basket of basic food products - 50 rubles (about 90 cents).

“The gas station,” my driver reaches into his purse and takes out a banknote of 2 Bolivar. The exchange rate of the Venezuelan currency changes every day, and today it is 2,580 bolivars per one dollar. In Russian money, that is 10 cents. “We must now fill a full tank,” says the taxi driver. 60 liters of gasoline cost 1 bolívar, but we give the 2 bolivars bill, because there is no 1 bolivar bill.  I can’t believe that is a full tank of fuel costs FIVE CENTS?

“And how much can you even fill at this price?”

“Once a day for every citizen. And it’s enough for me.”

All the way to the center city, the driver scolds President Maduro, and tells me how much he loves America, and how it will be good when the “guy with mustache” is finally overthrow by the Americans.

I start to think that I don’t feel sorry for Maduro at all. He really corrupted en entire country with such generous handouts. And they willingly take, but no one says “thank you,” just that they want more and more.

On the street there is a long line into a “social supermarket,” a place you can buy 400 types of goods at the solid low prices. These shops were established by the late President Hugo Chavez “to fight inflation and protect the poor.” The stores are funded by the Venezuelan government. The buyer comes with a passport, gets a number, and waits in line until they are allowed to enter and buy a certain set of products. The selection isn’t very impressive, only the essentials: chicken, bananas, pineapples, sausages, milk. A box of these food items costs of equivalent of 50 rubles. CNN and the BBC show videos of Venezuelans wrapped in rolls of toilet paper and sadly wandering across the border with Colombia. The toilet paper is found in absolutely every store, and without any problems. I am once again simply amazed: Western TV news is something from Hollywood, they are not reporting but making fantasy blockbusters. On the BBC website I read that hungry Venezuelan children after school go to take a look at the street vendors cooking meat. I’ve been all over the town. Restaurants, cafes, eateries, during the lunch hour are crowded, and people look well-dressed. The mass hunger, the Western media paints for us, doesn’t exist in reality.

I take a few pictures inside the supermarket, and I am immediately approached by the workers or “Maduro followers.”

“It’s forbidden to take pictures here.”

“Is this a military facility?”

“Leave or we’ll call the police.”

“Listen, everywhere on TV they tell us that there is hunger in Venezuela. I want to prove that the reality is different.”

“We are not interested, we just work here: leave immediately!”

I started to understand perfectly well why Nicolas Maduro lost the information war. Hugo Chavez was often praised even in private conversations, but even Chavez supporters find little positive to say about Maduro.  When people protested against Hugo’s endless nominations as the head of state, he used to meet them with the open arms, smiling and saying : “Guys, what’s the problem? I’m your President, I love you, let’s sit down and talk!” Maduro doesn’t have this image of being one of the guys. He is not able to communicate with the public, and his assistants, like the employees of the social store, can only push and ban and threaten with the police.

On the streets, provincial farmers sell fruits and vegetables: mango, tomatoes, cucumbers. All about the same price of 25 rubles per kilogram. Here, a dozen eggs from street vendors is 4,800 bolivars or about 130 rubles, and that is not cheap. During the peak of oil prices, when a barrel of oil was sold for $150, Venezuela lived on the principle of a rich fool. To develop domestic production? No, what is that nonsense?  We can buy every triviality abroad. Even the managers of the oil production weren’t local, they hired specialists from Europe, and paid them a lot of money. Food imports into the country reached 95 percent. And now the situation is not too different. When I order my meal in a cafe (incidentally, still paying in dollars, all attempts to change dollars to bolivars failed), I get excellent pork. “Where is it from?” “From Colombia.” “And chicken?” “From Brazil, that’s why it’s so expensive.” Even flour for bread comes from neighboring Guyana. Chavez and his successor Maduro wanted to be “people’s presidents,” handing out money left and right. But then oil prices collapsed, food shortages began, and people rebelled. People demand as before: cheap food in supermarkets, gasoline for nothing, and they don’t want to hear anything more or less.

“Chavez was a great guy!” says a fan of the former president, 75-year-old Raul Romero, dressed in a red “chavist” shirt.

 “Maduro is nothing like him! There is speculators on the streets, he does nothing. In his time, Chavez arrested the dealers raising food  prices, closed their shops, confiscated land from landowners, and gave it to the people. We need a firm hand, a real dictatorship!”

In the TV world, Maduro is portrayed as a dictator and executioner, although in Venezuela, he is openly scolded for being meek; they draw cartoon of him, and insult him as much as they can. But who cares about the truth? Much more colorful to show the suffering for the toilet paper.

Day three...

“I got robbed by a COP for my phone. I’m talking on the cell phone outside, he walks over to me, pokes in my side with his gun. “Give me your mobile.” I don’t understand immediately, and automatically continue the conversation. He cocks his gun, and says, “Kill.” I give him my phone. It’s still good, I love being robbed by cops. They are not bandits from the “Barrios,” the poor neighborhoods in the mountains, who can shoot you first and then rummage your corpse’s pockets. I’m lucky, I’ve lived in Venezuela for 27 years and this was the first time I was “hop-stopped.” A lot of people get robbed every year.

I am talking to Mikhail, a citizen of Russia living in Venezuela since the beginning of the nineties. He helps me move around Caracas and instructs me on how to visit the local slums. “You don’t have protection? Oh, who would doubt that. Then leave your watch, phone, and camera at the hotel. Take some money for a taxi, you also have to have some cash in case you get ambushed, otherwise they might get offended and kill you. Sometimes, people get shot in an arm and a leg, that survivable.” After such a nice story, I still go to the “Barrios.” It is there that the supporters of President Nicolas Maduro mainly live. According to CNN and BBC, impoverished people in Venezuela are revolting against the government. Nothing can be further from the truth; it’s a wealthy middle class that goes to demonstrate. Maduro is applauded in poor neighborhoods, because the President gives their residents free food sets enough for a month and gives free (!) apartments. Formally, they belong to the state, but people live in them for generations.

“I will cut a throat for the President,” a heavily-tattooed man smiles menacingly, and introduces himself as Emilio.

“Who else would give me food and a ‘roof ‘ for free? He is our father and benefactor.”

Maduro deliberately does not touch such people, which is why crime in Caracas gushes over the edge. I am advised not to stop on the street to look at anything, but just to keep going, otherwise bandits will have time to look closely at me. That’s why they have constant robberies on the streets, plus the police and the national guard can easily take away your favorite things. No one can be happy about all these. “I love Russians,” told me the businessman Carlos while conversing over coffee near the Plaza de Bolivar.

But you’d better send Maduro economic advisers. Teach him a lesson! He doesn’t know anything about economy. He has one recipe for everything, to give more money to the poor, more free apartments, free food, free gasoline, to build a full communism here. But with this, sorry, any state would collapse.”

The opposition rally in the Western part of Caracas is huge, at least 100 thousand people gathered. The protesters are friendly to me, Russia here is respected. It is not considered an enemy. Zero aggression at all… and then I  wonder about what I see on CNN, videos of the opposition being rolled into a pancake by tanks. The police keep the neutrality, it disappears from the streets, to not give a cause to provocateurs. People are happily waving flying in the sky military helicopter. Many-in t-shirts with the American flag, a man passes by, holding a hand-written poster with the altered slogan of Donald Trump -“Make Venezuela great again.”

“Do you love the U.S.?”

“Yes, adore it!”

“I remember you already had a pro-American President in 1993, Carlos Andrés Pérez. He sharply raised the price of gasoline, 80% of the goods were imported, he drove the republic into billions of IMF debts. People went to demonstrations, and Pérez drowned them in blood, killing 2,000 people…then he fled to America.”

The man freezes, with his mouth open. Finally, he gets the gift of speech back.

“I hope this time the pro-American President will be different.”

“Are you sure?”

“Sorry, I have nothing to say.”

Asking the girl from the opposition how she feels about the US:

“The US is our neighbor, let them change the power here.”

“In countries where the US changed power like Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, hundreds of thousands people were killed. Are you ready for this?”

Again, she pauses and sighs.

“No, no, no. We are not Africa or Asia. All will go peacefully. Venezuelans will not kill each other.”

Where the opinions splits is the question of whether the free gasoline and free food packages will remain with an American-instilled government. Many are sincerely sure that the “freebies” will remain under a new president. How else? The minority that recognizes that state gifts will be canceled say that they at least “we will be free.” As I said, the protesters are mostly well-dressed, well-off people. By the way, the leader of the opposition, Juan Guido, also has no real economic program promising to “quadruple the oil production.” No one thinks that after that price will fall four times. In short, I get a feeling that neither the President, nor the opposition, know anything about the economy in Venezuela.

The demonstrations in support of Maduro take place at the other end of the city, to prevent the opponents from fighting.

“You Americans are insolent!” screamed an old woman in a red t-shirt rushing towards me.

“Bastards! You should be hanged on a first tree! Cheers to socialism!”

“I’m Russian, grandma.”

The old lady recoils.

“Sorry, please.”

“Don’t get that upset, senora.”

Many people gathered here are joyful, dancing and singing.

A soldier stands in front of me and doesn’t allow me to take any pictures. Not just me, but also other passers-by.

“You can’t take pictures here.”

“Says who?”

“President Maduro.”

No, Maduro is definitely doing everything he can to be disliked. Those gathering here are poor, blue-collared workers and farmers from the suburbs. I am interested , honestly, were you brought here on the busses? “Yes, he did!” says one grandfather, proudly displaying a portrait of Che Guevara.

“But I would walk here for Maduro! It’s a lie that we were paid to be here.”

Other people applaud him happily. I shake hands. “Russians are welcome! Venezuela loves you, you’re home.”

The day of rallies is over. The maintenance crews came to the sidewalk, strewn with plastic bottles, crumpled packs of cigarettes, and other debris left after by a cloud. At the entrance of an old house, old people drink coffee.

“They say that today some general has defected to the side of the opposition,” says one of them.

“Some significant person.”

“What’s this guy’s name?”

“Who knows?”

Venezuela is split in half. And the situation there may change at any moment.


          Trump spotka się z Kim Dzong Unem w Hanoi      Cache   Translate Page      
Według południowokoreańskiej agencji prasowej Yonhap Korea Północna preferowała jednak stolicę Wietnamu, bowiem tam mieści się jej ambasada.
          Rinus Verhagen: Global Money Reset, Currency Revaluation, GESARA Compatible      Cache   Translate Page      


The Global Money Reset / Revaluation of Currency, GESARA compatible

My short story how I got involved in this, and the nonsense of absolute any fund would be important.

But also to show that Swissindo has been involved in this since 1963: https://operationdisclosure.blogspot.com/2019/01/rinus-verhagen-big-plan-which-has-taken.html Or in Dutch: https://uitleg-gesara-nl.blogspot.com/

From my drive to change the system, I designed a product that should provide us with unlimited clean energy, and can be used for multiple purposes.

I tried to find an investor, but I didn't succeed, which I am not really dissatisfied with, because then I would have been restricted, and the product would be unaffordable for many.

From my business plan that I had written, the expectations for Europe alone would have yielded more than €1,000,000,000,000 profit per percent market share per year.

I realised that this was not/is not important to me because I do not want to live excessively myself, because I have a great dislike for people who abuse their wealth.

This is how I came into indirect contact with Swissindo, where I received a commitment that the money for building the prototype would get if the funds became available.

In 2012, the CABAL thought they could use Swissindo's gold to help finance the NWO government.

On 884 banks around the world see link: https://docplayer.net/14744260-Infinite-bank-statements-top-secret-with-amendments.html

At all these banks accounts have been opened where the wealth of the gold of Indonesia is divided in money over 209 countries.

This is for the Netherlands over 6 banks an amount of 6 times the national debt of America, so over € 120.000.000.000.000.000 for the Netherlands, where one can imagine which monies other countries will receive, when you consider that the assets that are going to be covered by Swissindo € 127.000.000 per earth inhabitant is on average reserved.

http://www.swissindo.net/en-wiki/tiki-index.php?page=Current-Progress-of-UN-Swissindo&highlight=laos&fbclid=IwAR23V2l51XndjXD_CBpL3a8d5oKNXaACEDpIBwxZ0Iygx8G37JEacgjKz3k

The UN has tried here to impose a world government, by first destroying many countries with the help of Soros and the EU, they are all Deep State Puppets.

Donald J Trump has put an end to this and has let the US incorporation go bankrupt, whereby the US federation has nothing to do with the debts of the US incorporation, and the US again exists sovereign 50 states.

As a result, the US will no longer participate in the unelected corrupt UN, which will also change in its current composition, and will be moved to Laos, where the legitimate president will be in charge of an honest UN see link: http://swissindo.news/why-the-un-has-no-president-why-swissindo-exists-the-millennial-edition/



More info over Swissindo: https://thegoodlylawfulsociety.org/un-swissindo-news/

Since I had received the pledge for my funding from the Swissindo fund I had to wait, so to bridge this time I contacted other people and foundations.

We started exchanging information in order to combine our solutions and where we can apply our inventions in order to be able to give a quick and positive interpretation as effectively as possible.

That's how I came up with people from the team who were already starting to grow on the idea of designing preventive health parks, where we combine talent to make this possible.

This was in line with my idea to provide jobs, and income for people to lift them out of poverty, because the government deliberately pushes us into poverty and steals us from our labour fruits.

Because the number of plans and solutions is growing, with a lot of jobs, but also solutions to restore the environment, the plans have also increased.

That is why I came up with the idea, to www.freelife.world to use this as a project portal to submit their plans and thus contribute to more jobs and a better environment.

My contact with Swissindo suggested that I could fund my own network, as it was growing very fast.

For example, I symbolically received a ZIM note, in case the RV was faster when Swissindo's funds were released.

By following the GCR/RV where only the revaluation of currencies, and especially the ZIM is the main point of attention, with all the rumors about the progress, people cradle themselves on that other funds have as Manna Trust, and St Germain, so for me known 4 funds that become available. : https://landofeden.org/category/manna-world-holding-trust/

I have the assumption that these will all be brought into the new BRICS, QFS system where the Swissindo fund seems to be the smallest fund.

The World Bank has been financed by Swissindo since 2012 to give them the opportunity to implement the transition to a new money system, which they clearly did not do to not want to relinquish the Deep State power themselves.

The Alliance that wants to destroy the Deep State had chosen Donald J Trump for his independence, and his mentality as a go-getter who had the intellectual capacity and has the ability to implement the plan.

Everybody's desire, in combination with waiting and different insights, make that division arises, and people think in their absolute right, which results unnecessarily in collaborations being put under pressure, which is totally unnecessary for my experience.

We should not want to dominate, dictate but facilitate each other to make a respectful cooperation possible, someone who does not get the money to do so should do nothing instead of stir up mutual dissatisfaction.

Which fund will be released first, the rest will follow and not be left behind, because the funds only support the QFS, which means that it doesn't matter if you have put your bet on the ZIM, Manna Trust, Swissindo or any other fund.

Our strength should be in connecting and sharing with each other, if we have objectives that are contradictory to our individual actions we don't set a good example.

I have said that governments also have large sums of money to use to make the transition run smoothly, but they have a double agenda, and they do not want to lose power over the population if this population becomes income independent of government.

What governments do not fully realise is that they no longer have a monopoly on the money supply and are as vulnerable and dependent as the population has been before.

They also do not seem to realize that people who will now also receive funds, in the absence of a fair distribution of the government, will take over this role, and in doing so will claim the funds from the government.

A government without money is a lame duck that can't do anything anymore.

Regardless of whether a hard or soft Brexit, the EU is dead, because they will not get any funds from the former Bilderberg governments.

Even if all the countries of Europe introduce their own currency again, the corrupt EU will be over.

If everyone receives a basic income in their own country of birth from themselves or their parents' country of birth, the deliberate cultural mixing will decrease and the Kalergi plan will stop to secure peace.

Those who do not want to leave may be motivated by withholding and basic income to go back if they cannot adapt to the culture and customs of their host country.

In order to bring the amount of money into society in a responsible way, it is not the intention that everyone will get millions into their bank account.

This would be a chaos because nobody would want to work anymore and we would no longer produce food for each other.

Money is the means, not the end as it has been so far.

Shares of companies is complete nonsense and does not contribute to prosperity, but stimulates greed, stock exchanges work for the rich, because they do not have to pay anything to trade shares, they cheat because their computer purchases and sells them.

As a result, small investors are systematically robbed in the Wall Street fraud casino, the average time that shares are held by a person or institution is 22 Seconds, which indicates that nothing is right.

Bitcoin bought with FIAT money is therefore only a speculation object without value covered guarantee, people are fooling themselves.

Block change technique against it, has the advantage of banking secrecy, no more central banks, no more money laundering of criminally obtained money, by being able to track all transactions.

Then it is no wonder that Governments are not so happy with the new QFS supported money system that prevents them from carrying out further criminal acts themselves.

All governmental activities of environmental crimes will stop here, including Chemtrails, HAARP, CERN, WHO, stealing water rights from local in national populations.

It is our moral duty to enforce this in a very short time so that the changes are also perceptible, and give people hope for a healthy and happy life.

People who are committed to these ideals are the saviours of the earth and humanity.

False propaganda by the Deep State governments stop automatically when the MSM has no money left or sees its accounts expropriated by false propaganda imposed by Bilderberg governments by the CABAL.

Kind Regards

Rinus Verhagen

Source: Operation Disclosure
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Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Feb. 9 2019

Compiled 9 Feb. 12:01 am EST by Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, ret. CEO, Child Abuse Recovery, Author, “Twenty Two Faces.” Articles on a CIA/Vatican Ninth Circle Child Sacrifice Cult: http://beforeitsnews.com/contributor/pages/243/590/stories.html

Below is a summary of information from the Internet. It would be up to the individual reader to do their own research and decide whether or not it was valid. A Special Thank You to Martha for her untiring research efforts in discerning the Truth, Dale who keeps me in line and Ken who uncovers almost unlimited intel on pedophiles to help us Save the Children. Patience is a Virtue. Having Virtue is a sign of a good moral being. Good moral beings have the power to overcome evil and change the world.

Judy Note: The RV was said to have begun on Feb. 5 with the Chinese New Year. Some have reported being paid out and were liquid. Bank Front Screen Rates were rising, so being first may not always be the best thing. Zim redemption would begin anytime between now and Feb. 15. If the US was GESARA compliant (US Border crisis resolved) currency exchanges would take place after Feb. 15. At any time HSBC could send out notices to set exchange/ redemption appointments. Some say by Mon. Feb. 11.

A. Rumored Timeline:

Zim redemption would begin anytime between now and Feb. 15. If the US was GESARA compliant (US Border crisis resolved) currency exchanges would take place after Feb. 15. Some say by Mon. Feb. 11.

Feb. 15 was also the deadline for funding the U.S. government.

On Feb. 15 President Trump and Queen Elizabeth were to formally collapse the British (with Brexit) and American (Federal Reserve, IRS) Cabal financial system, along with implementing Martial Law in both the US and UK.

If the Border Wall wasn’t funded by Feb. 15 Trump said he would declare Martial Law.

Certain major announcements would be made over the following long weekend to Feb. 18, which celebrated Washington’s (a new nation functioning within the original Constitution) and Lincoln’s (freedom from slavery) birthdays.

B. Feb. 8 2019 10:56 am EST Intel Alert: Operation Disclosure: GCR/RV Intel Alert for February 8, 2019 Operation Disclosure (Disclaimer: The following is an overview of the current situation based on intelligence leaks received from several sources which may or may not be accurate. Other confirmed sources may also be included in this overview.)

1. All sovereign nation must be GESARA compliant or be locked out of the new quantum financial system.

2. The Cabal has been attempting to overthrow/control governments to disrupt GESARA. This is why there was an attempted coup in Zimbabwe last month.

3. The Cabal were attempting to derail GESARA by not passing Brexit and not giving border wall funding for Trump.

4. Brexit was the UK's GESARA compliance. The UK is the last sovereign nation to be non-compliant with GESARA.

5. The Brexit vote is on the 15th. The UST runs out of funding on the 15th. If Brexit is not passed, martial law will be declared in the UK. If border wall funding is not received, a national emergency will be declared in the US. Both may occur simultaneously.

6. The declaration of martial law in the UK and a national emergency in the US will mark the end for the Cabal. GESARA will be enforced via military intervention. Mass indictments, arrests and tribunals will occur in the US. The UK will break up starting with Northern Ireland and Scotland. The Cabal will be totally wiped out worldwide.

7. This would cause the financial markets to crash, which would pave the way for a sudden surge of funds via the RV/GCR. Something historical might happen this month.

8. The RV may begin either before or after these events. Watch the 15th.

C. Feb. 8 2019 9:46 pm EST Draining the Swamp Steele, X22 Report (video): X22 Report w/ Robert David Steele: Swamp Draining, Fed Takeover, and More https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6wA1qaID20&feature=share

D. Feb. 8 2019 11:05 pm EST Intel: Shadow Super Exopolitical Intel Report -- February 8, 2019

E. Feb. 8 2019 Wells Fargo, Chase, US Bank Down: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=share&v=k3g18zL5vjQ&app=desktop+Attachments+area+Preview+YouTube+video+WELLS+FARGO%2C+Chase%2C+US+Bank+ALL+Down%21+Spectrum%2C+AT&T%2C+Verizon+and+Cox+ALL+Down%21=

F. Feb. 8 2019 New Border Wall Building, Fox News: https://www.foxnews.com/us/construction-for-new-border-wall-to-begin-in-rio-grande-valley-in-a-few-days-as-lawmakers-grapple-with-border-funding

G. Feb. 8 2019 2:35 am ESTMueller Before FISA Court FBI Cheated on 75 Warrants (video): (Video) Black Conservative Patriot -- Mueller Hauled Before Secret FISA Court Because the FBI Cheated on 75 Warrants

H. Feb. 8 2019 Message from HSBC Official, Tilton: email from HSBC official; New Dinar Rate Published in Gazette, Rates are pulsing on Bank Screen

http://dinaresgurus.blogspot.com/2019/02/philip-tilton-update-rates-are-pulsing.html

News Hong Kong: funds launched.

News Europe: funds are liquid.
News Reno: Starts on Mon. Feb. 11: All activities will start from Mon. Feb. 11 of next week and the payments, as well as the release of the contracts, will be completed without fail from 11 Feb.

I. Feb. 8 2019 Trump Planning Mass Arrests Of VIP ‘Deep State’ Traitors, Anon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRuppXLzGU8&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR0RV9kx6EFp9_LBKwf1bJiuE1rZLw461dlPl3wUurB_2m4XDytN-UvX5mk

J. Feb. 7 2019 10:02 pm EST Mueller, (video), Sather: (Video) Destroying the Illusion -- [2.7] Censorship Uptick | Mueller News | Mysterious BOOM's | Pole Shift | 5G | Vaccines

https://www.dylanlouismonroe.com/

Mueller hauled before secret FISA court to address FBI abuses in 2002, Congress told - https://bit.ly/2t9KbMo

Senate Investigating Mueller FBI's Prosecution Of "Orgy Island Billionaire" Jeffrey Epstein - https://bit.ly/2Sv9hU6

Military exercises rattling nerves around LA - https://bit.ly/2WOqqHF

Magnetic north just changed. Here's what that means. - https://on.natgeo.com/2GspnXY

When Secrecy is Better than Official Disclosure of Extraterrestrial Life - https://bit.ly/2DYmhcA

Killer 5G warning: Expert warns superfast broadband could cause CANCER in humans - https://bit.ly/2ScFtfL

Ketamine Could Be the Key to Reversing America’s Rising Suicide Rate - https://bloom.bg/2MPSKEZ

K. Feb. 7 2019 Q BOOMS, Sierra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkLyxIo8Cqo

Jordan Sather's latest video has an interesting connection between four booms recently heard around USA - and the Q clock. It seems to confirm that Q knew AHEAD of time about the BOOMS. Future proves past. Watch the video from 12' 40' - 17' 40"

L. Feb. 7 2019 10:00 pm EST (video), X22 Report: (Video) X22 Report -- Episode 1786: Doc Dump Discovers [CB] Used as Weapons | It’s Time, Investigations Begin

The EU is now in a deep panic, they thought they were controlling the situation but now they realize the people are in control, they don't want a no-deal BREXIT because it would expose them. EU commission slashes forecast economic growth is slowing. The [CB] economy in the US is hitting a tipping point, the entire system is ripping itself apart. Wikileaks dumps docs showing the DS used the CB system to weaponize their attacks on other nations. The CB are not independent they are the problem.

More proof the DNC was not hacked. Schiff pushes his agenda, wants to look at Trump's business dealing, this has nothing to do with Russian collusion anymore. Schiff says he will release the House Intelligence docs, the only problem Nunes already did this. Whitaker pushes back on the house and says the will talk to the committee as long as it kept non political. Rand Paul makes the call, sets up a Senate committee to investigate those individuals who lied to congress. Senate opens up investigation into Epstein Island, the Senate was the key. The Neocons are pushing their agenda in Venezuela, it seems like there are two operations happening in Venezuela, one run by the neocons the MSM and other by the patriots. Melania sends a message about RBG.

M. International Child Sex Trafficking Ring:

DeNiro a Client of Underage Prostitution Ring: https://hongkong.asiaxpat.com/forums/eds-must-reads/threads/a2bba547-c0cf-49f4-9c1a-3500b49ead1a/de-niro-was-a-client-of-prostitution-ring-with-underage-girls-but-there's-more

US Arrests Jewish Extremist Sect for Kidnapping Children: https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/americas/191979-181229-us-arrests-extremist-jewish-sect-members-for-kidnapping-children

70,000 Elite Pedo Ring Busted by Police, 30 countries involved By alexmark

An Internet pedophile ring with up to 70,000 members — thought to be the world’s largest —has been uncovered by police, a security official said Wednesday.

The European police agency Europol said in a statement that “Operation Rescue” had identified 670 suspects and that 230 abused children in 30 countries had been taken to safety. More children are expected to be found, Europol said.

It said that so far 184 people had been arrested and investigations in some countries were continuing. Most of those detained are suspected of direct involvement in sexually abusing children.

They include teachers, police officers and scout leaders, AP reported. One Spaniard who worked at summer youth camps is suspected of abusing some 100 children over five years.

Europol director Rob Wainwright said Wednesday the ring, which communicated using an Internet forum, was “probably the largest online pedophile network in the world.”

Cori Bassett, a public affairs officer for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said in an email that there had been five arrests and four convictions in connection with Operation Rescue in the U.S.

“Arrests so far have been made in Georgia and Connecticut. ICE continues to pursue the leads provided by Europol,” she added.

The website was shut down following the three-year investigation, Europol said.

N. History:

Between Oct. 1 2017 and March 31 2018 the US Mint and Gold Reserves were audited by the Office of Inspector General. Many were served federal indictments, arrested and found guilty of illegally confiscating public funds. Audits you haven’t heard about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9Rc4h2OiF0

Sat. Jan. 2 Military Tribunals: For around two years there would be Military Tribunals litigating charges on political elites including Bush, Clintons, Obama, Biden and Soros, whom were believed now residing at, or on their way to GITMO.

Mon. Jan. 21 early morning: the Cabal-owned USA Inc. rule over national and international monetary systems ended. US Taxpayers were no longer funding the IRS, Federal Reserve, Bank of London, Vatican Bank and Central Banks across the globe, but sending US tax monies directly to the new US Treasury in Reno. There was a restoration of the US Republic while We The People returned to the original Constitution. Power over political and monetary affairs had been taken away from political elites in Washington DC and given back to The People in their local State-run governments.

Tues. Jan. 29: The Gold Standard was announced as President Trump tweeted: “Our economy, right now, is the Gold Standard throughout the world.”

Tues. Feb. 5: The first phase of the RV was said to have begun after Mon. midnight or 12:01 am Tues. Feb. 5.

O. Redemption/Exchanges:

Zim redemption appointments would be made through emergency text, or email with the number to call. Currency exchange appointments would use 800#s sent out through websites or email. If you were a Zim redeemer and called an 800 number you would be steered to a redemption center in your area, or be given another number to call to obtain your redemption appointment. Global Markets were set to crash in order to hide the huge influx of monies from the Global Currency Reset.

P. Resources:

National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888

Military Tribunals, complete transcripts: https://c-vine.com/

C-VINE International News Network Facebook for Military Tribunals: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CvineNewsTalk/

Trump Twitter: https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump?langen Donald J. Trump ‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump

Trump’s Email: whitehouse.gov@gmail.com

Q Posts: https://qanon.pub/ https://qntmpkts.keybase.pub/

GCR: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1glxmux6R9WG72LLGbD4Ux6b6VCMc818-/view

GESARA Law: https://inteldinarchronicles.blogspot.com/2016/11/20-answers-gesara-update-thursday.html

Martial Law: https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/10/2808

Updates for the week prior:

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Feb. 8, 2019

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Feb. 7, 2019

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Feb. 6, 2019

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Feb. 5, 2019

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Feb. 4, 2019

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Feb. 3, 2019

Restored Republic via a GCR: Update as of Feb. 2, 2019
          "Want to Hear an Emerald Green Monarch Butterfly Joke?" by DJM - 2.8.19      Cache   Translate Page      
Entry Submitted by DJM at 11:23 PM EST on February 8, 2019



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Entry Submitted by dgt at 1:20 PM EST on February 8, 2019

"RV Thoughts" by Sierra (NZ) - 2.6.19

I find it interesting how two people can experience the same world and see two completely different visions. Your admiration for Donald Trump is well represented on this site and apparently appreciated by most of the visitors.

Judging from your post you apparently found much to admire in the performance of the president. At the same time you were disdainful of those who did not respond in a similar fashion. I assume you meant the democrats in the room who you even suggested were somehow responsible for false flag events. Seems like a bit of a stretch.

Perhaps those who were less than thrilled thought they were hearing much of the same lies and self serving deceit they had heard for two plus years. Perhaps it was this rhetoric and similar behavior that had driven them to enter the political ring as a counter weight and had given them a historic victory.

To me the women in white, who made up the majority of the new members of our government, were the thrill. They are intelligent, diverse, youthful, and in, other circumstances, full of passion. They are the future. I believe Trump is of the past. The last vestige of white, male power (this from a white man who is not ashamed of it, since I don’t completely identify with it,, but one who is tired of the world we have created).

They, the new blood, offer hope and Trump's offer is strife. His promise of peace at the outset depended on him being left alone to continue, what many believe to be, his criminal behavior. A vain hope indeed. Short of that, he offered “war”.

I share your enthusiasm, almost to the point of reverence but in my world that enthusiasm is for people like Alexandria Ocasio Cortez. She is a leader sent from heaven.

I often wonder what I am doing on this site since I seem to be among the minority for my views. But perhaps we are part of the creation of a new world with room for all views. I sincerely hope so.

dgt
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✈️ Good Saturday morning. Today is the 50th anniversary of the maiden flight of the Boeing 747 - the first "jumbo jet" - around Everett, Wash. President Trump watched live cable coverage of yesterday's chippy Hill testimony by acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, and liked what he saw.

(axios.com)


          Paul Manafort Sold Out Donald Trump and His Anonymous Leakers Are Lying about It Publicly | emptywheel      Cache   Translate Page      

Back when Paul Manafort's lawyers redaction fail first revealed that Manafort lied about sharing polling data with Konstantin Kilimnik, someone made the following claim to the NYT: Both Mr. Manafort and Rick Gates, the deputy campaign manager, transferred the data to Mr. Kilimnik in the spring of 2016 as Mr. Trump clinched the Republican presidential nomination, according to a person knowledgeable about the situation.

(emptywheel.net)


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Jester's Place

[JESTER] HELLO AND HAPPY THURSDAY EVERYONE...

[CycleTime] Jester, Hi. Are you seeing any new, noteworthy progress toward the reset lately? After the state of the union address, I was thinking about what progress we have seen here in the US with respect to cleaning things up to prepare for a smoother transition. Unfortunately with all the political games going on the main thing I see is Trump encouraging countries to accelerate trade outside the dollar?

[JESTER] CycleTime NOT REALLY ANYTHING GOING ON AT ALL THAT I CAN TELL...

[JESTER] IT IS A LITTLE FRUSTRATING HOW DEAD IT IS RIGHT NOW...

[diditrvyeet] JESTER the calm before the storm haha

[JESTER] diditrvyeet WE HOPE SO... BUT IT IS REALLY DEAD RIGHT NOW... NOT SURE IT IS WAITING ON SOME TRAP OR WHAT....

[JESTER] diditrvyeet JUST TRY TO KEEP BUSY... BEST THING TO DO... THAT IS MY ANSWER TO IT ANYWAY...

[MarySunshine] JESTER When you mentioned some trap.... do you mean perhaps the entrapment of the DS and/or guilty Dems?

[CycleTime] MarySunshine, guilty or not they are effective at slowing progress of cleaning things up.

[MarySunshine] CycleTime Unfortunately true.... hoping that will change soon.... fingers crossed

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          President Trump ‘In Very Good Health’      Cache   Translate Page      

BBC:–  US President Donald Trump is “in very good health”, the White House doctor said after a four-hour physical examination. Sean Conley added: “I anticipate he will remain so for the duration of his presidency and beyond.” Dr Conley and 11 medical specialists put the president through a series of tests in a Washington suburb. Mr […]

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A doctor said he anticipates Mr Trump will remain in good health for the duration of his presidency and beyond.
          Elizabeth Warren makes presidential bid official with call for change      Cache   Translate Page      
LAWRENCE, Mass. – Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren made her bid for the presidency official on Saturday in this working-class city, grounding her 2020 campaign in a populist call to fight economic inequality and build "an America that works for everyone."

Warren delivered a sharp call for change at her presidential kickoff, decrying a "middle-class squeeze" that has left Americans crunched with "too little accountability for the rich, too little opportunity for everyone else." She and her backers hope that message can distinguish her in a crowded Democratic field and help her move past the controversy surrounding her past claims to Native American heritage.

Weaving specific policy prescriptions into her remarks, from Medicare for All to the elimination of Washington "lobbying as we know it," Warren avoided taking direct jabs at President Donald Trump. She aimed for a broader institutional shift instead, urging supporters to choose "a government that makes different choices, choices that reflect our values."

Trump "is not the cause of what's broken," Warren told an elated crowd without using the president's name. "He's just the latest - and most extreme - symptom of what's gone wrong in America."

In a tweet, Trump referenced the controversy over her Native American identity, once again using the insulting nickname he's given her.

"Today Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to by me as Pocahontas, joined the race for President," Trump tweeted. "Will she run as our first Native American presidential candidate, or has she decided that after 32 years, this is not playing so well anymore? See you on the campaign TRAIL, Liz!"

Warren announced her campaign in her home state of Massachusetts at a mill site where factory workers went on strike in the early 20th century, a fitting forum for the longtime consumer advocate to advance her platform.

Supporters turned out in below-freezing temperatures, many hoisting signs — "Win With Warren," one read. A Massachusetts bakery created "Persist" cookies for the event to honor the candidate's slogan, "Nevertheless, She Persisted," words first spoken in the Senate to rebuke her.

Warren's rollout rally was a potent motivator for longtime supporters such as Mo Malekafzaly and Carlos Garcia, two longtime backers who attended her rally from Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.

The choice of Lawrence to start her campaign "shows who she's fighting for," Garcia said. Asked if fellow New Englander Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, could pose a serious threat to Warren in New Hampshire's critical primary should he get into the race, Garcia said Warren is "such an effective communicator that I think that people will respond to that very well."

Warren went straight from her kickoff to New Hampshire, home to the nation's first primary, where her campaign projected that 350 people turned out for an event in the city of Dover. She plans to spend Sunday in Iowa, where the leadoff caucuses will be the first test of candidates' viability.

Warren was the first high-profile Democrat to signal interest in running for the White House, forming an exploratory committee on New Year's Eve.

She was endorsed and introduced Saturday by Massachusetts Democrats Sen. Ed Markey and Rep. Joe Kennedy III. Kennedy's backing could prove valuable for Warren, given his status as a rising young Democratic star and his friendship with one of her potential 2020 rivals, former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas.

Warren enters the race as one of the party's most recognizable figures. She has spent the past decade in the national spotlight, first emerging as a consumer activist during the financial crisis. She later led the congressional panel that oversaw the 2008 financial industry bailout. After Republicans blocked her from running the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an agency she helped create, she ran for the Senate in 2012 and unseated a GOP incumbent.

She has $11 million left over from her commanding 2018 Senate re-election victory that can be used on her presidential run.

Still, Warren must compete against other popular Democrats who will be able to raise substantial money. A recent CNN poll found that fewer Democrats said they'd be very likely to support Warren if she runs than said the same of former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris of California and Sanders. Still, about as many Democrats said they'd be at least somewhat likely to support Warren as said the same of Harris or Sanders.

That challenge is on display this weekend as Democratic presidential contenders — or those considering a run — fan out across the crucial early-voting states. New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker is in Iowa, while New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is visiting South Carolina. Another possible presidential rival, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, planned to be in New Hampshire on Saturday, while Sen. Amy Klobuchar is announcing her bid Sunday in her home state of Minnesota.

And Warren's launch comes at a challenging moment for the 69-year-old senator. She's apologized twice over the past two weeks for claiming Native American identity on multiple occasions early in her career. That claim has created fodder for Republicans and could overshadow her campaign.

On Saturday, Trump's re-election campaign manager was quick to respond to her candidacy and called her "a fraud."

Warren got notable backup from Gillibrand, however, who called her Senate colleague "an extraordinary public servant." Speaking to reporters in South Carolina, Gillibrand said Trump's treatment of women, particularly women of color, was "outrageous."

The campaign launch will test whether the controversy is simply a Washington obsession or a substantive threat to her candidacy. Doug Rubin, a Boston-based strategist who advised Warren during her first Senate run in 2012, said in an interview that most voters will respond to "the powerful message she's been talking about," in terms of battling social and economic injustices, rather than the back-and-forth over her personal identity.

Another threat could come from a fellow senator who has yet to announce his own plans for 2020: Sanders. They're both leaders of the Democrats' liberal vanguard, but some Sanders supporters are still upset Warren didn't support him during his 2016 primary run against Hillary Clinton. And as a senator from Vermont who won the New Hampshire primary, he would likely go into the Granite State as an early favorite if he decided to run again.

Sheri Clark Nadell, a Maine resident who traveled to Warren's New Hampshire event, said that while she likes Sanders and voted for him in his previous campaign, she is less inclined to do so now.

"I'm not sure, at this point, that he could win," Nadell said. "And I feel sad saying that. But we need to win."

Despite their similarities, Warren and Sanders have taken somewhat divergent paths in recent months as they prepare for the primary. After proposing an "ultra-millionaire tax" that would hit the wealthiest 75,000 households in America, Warren told Bloomberg News last week that she continues to "believe in capitalism" but wants to see stricter rules to prevent gaming the system — a marked contrast with the self-described democratic socialism of Sanders.


          Podcast Ep. 256: Trump Celebrates the “Abolition of Civil Rights”      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Read President Trump’s Scathing Response to Sen. Warren’s 2020 Campaign Launch      Cache   Translate Page      

On Saturday, February 9th, Democratic Senator of Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren officially launched her 2020 presidential campaign. Her campaign launch, which comes shortly after she apologized for describing her heritage as “American Indian,” was highly critical of President Donald Trump’s administration.

The public anticipated Trump’s response to Warren’s campaign launch, especially since the two criticize one another quite often over their difference in politics. Brad Parscale, Trump’s campaign manager, released a statement Saturday morning on behalf of POTUS and the rest of his administration. The scathing statement heavily criticized Warren’s presidential run.

“Elizabeth Warren has already been exposed as a fraud by the Native Americans she impersonated and disrespected to advance her professional career, and the people of Massachusetts she deceived to get elected,” Parscale wrote.

“The American people will reject her dishonest campaign and socialist ideas like the Green New Deal, that will raise taxes, kill jobs and crush America’s middle class,” he added. “Only under President Trump’s leadership will America continue to grow safer, secure and more prosperous.”

Other conservatives were also critical of Warren’s presidential run. Read some of the responses below:

What do you think of the response from Trump’s administration? Do you agree? Share your thoughts in our Facebook comments!

In other recent news, President Trump had his annual medical exam; read the results here.


          Senator Elizabeth Warren Trashes Trump in 2020 Presidential Announcement: ‘Once He’s Gone…’      Cache   Translate Page      

Democratic Senator of Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren recently sparked speculation about whether she would run for the Democratic nominee against President Donald Trump in 2020. However, after Warren became the center of a massive controversy regarding her Native American heritage, a portion of the public suspected she may reconsider her political plan.

On Saturday, February 9th, the Democratic Senator officially launched her 2020 presidential campaign. Warren, an outspoken critic of President Trump, used her campaign launch as another platform to trash the current President of the United States.   

“The man in the White House is not the cause of what is broke,” she said. “He is just the latest and most extreme example of what’s gone wrong in America.”

“A product of a rigged system that props up the rich and powerful and kicks dirt on everyone else. So once he’s gone, we can’t pretend that none of this ever happened. It won’t be enough just to undo the terrible acts of this administration. We can’t afford just to tinker around the edges,” Warren added.

“And that is why I stand here today to declare that I am a candidate for President of the United States of America,” the Senator concluded.

Watch the CBS News clip below for more information:

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In other political news, President Donald Trump just had his annual medical exam; read the results here.


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Ed at Gin and Tacos argues that Donald Trump is not just unpresidential, he’s also non-presidential. A snippet (follow the link for his reasoning): Here’s the thing: Donald Trump isn’t even trying to be president in any sense that the job of the president is understood.
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          HuffPost Her Stories: Me Too Allegations Rock Korea's Sports World      Cache   Translate Page      
Shim Suk-hee competes in one of the heats of the women’s 1,500-meter race of the ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on March 10, 2017.

“HuffPost Her Stories” is a new series highlighting HuffPost’s coverage of women’s lives from across our 15 global editions. Sign up for the weekly newsletter here.

Dear reader,

South Korea’s elite world of sports is in the midst of a Me Too reckoning. It began last month when two-time Olympic speedskating champion Shim Suk-hee accused her coach of having sexually abused her for years. Cho Jae-beom — who is already serving a 10-month prison sentence for physically assaulting athletes, including Shim — denied the sexual abuse allegations.

Shim’s decision to speak out encouraged a barrage of other athletes to follow her lead. In the last few weeks, judo, soccer, taekwondo and skating stars have accused coaches and powerful sports executives of raping, threatening and sexually assaulting them. The outpouring of accusations prompted the Korean government to launch the country’s largest-ever inquiry into a culture of abuse in sports.

HuffPost Korea’s Sanga Kwak has written about the reckoning and the ways the country’s male-dominant, hierarchical sports organizations made it so difficult for women and girls to speak up sooner.

Some readers may be surprised to read about the substantial gender disparities in Korean society, which Sanga writes are reflected in the country’s sports scene. Korea ranked 115th out of 149 countries in the World Economic Forum’s 2018 Global Gender Gap Report, which measures gender-based disparities in economic participation, education, health and political empowerment. Sanga notes that the gender gap is particularly large in the world of elite sports, where female athletes are overwhelmingly trained by men, who wield enormous power over their lives and careers.

But things are finally starting to change. Sanga says the national reaction to the burgeoning Me Too movement and to the government response has been extremely positive.

“Starting from about 2015, feminism in Korea has developed very quickly. More people than ever are listing to victims,” Sanga adds. Among them is the country’s first lady, Kim Jung-sook, who recently sent a letter of support to Shim, the Olympic speedskating champion who first called attention to the long-buried problem of sexual abuse in sports.

“Finally, many Koreans are listening to women,” Sanga says. “I wish them victory.”

Until next time,

Emily

For more on Korea’s Me Too movement, read Sanga Kwak’s 2018 article about the prosecutor who inspired the first wave of women to come forward and tell their stories.

Actress, Activist Alyssa Milano Predicts Better Days For Women Ahead

Actress Alyssa Milano listens as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 27, 2018.

HuffPost U.S. senior reporter Emily Peck interviewed actress Alyssa Milano about her activism and assessment of gender equality in the United States. In 2017, the outspoken women’s rights advocate famously used her platform to turn the Me Too movement, founded by social activist Tarana Burke, into a global phenomenon. She tells Emily that Hollywood is doing a better job of working toward gender equality than Washington, which she says lacks transparency and is plagued by corruption and cover-ups. “If you look at Hollywood right now, it’s pretty transparent,” she said. “People know they’re under the microscope. We are talking about it.” It’s an insightful interview with funny bits about her reaction to seeing herself as a cardboard cutout on the satirical TV show “Saturday Night Live” and the lessons she’s teaching her kids about consent.

Meet Apsara Reddy, The Transgender Rising Star In India’s Oldest Political Party

Apsara Reddy will advocate for women and include more members of the LGBTQ community as part of her new role in India's oldest political party.

Last month, India’s oldest political party appointed a transgender woman to lead its women’s wing. In her new role, Apsara Reddy plans to advocate for women in India and make the party’s manifest more inclusive for members of the LGBTQ community. In an intimate and wide-ranging interview with HuffPost India, she speaks about her struggle to be taken seriously in a country that views transgender women, she says, as either dancers, escorts or “something related to the fashion and glamour world.” Reddy also delves into her personal experiences as a transgender woman in both India and the U.K., where she lived for years, and her emotional reaction to learning about her historic appointment.

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Her Sexual Harassment Claim Was Found Credible. By Then She’d Already Left Politics

Ivanka Trump To Lead New White House Women’s Empowerment Initiative


          Reckoning time: Trump checks in for another medical checkup      Cache   Translate Page      

Reckoning time: Trump checks in for another medical checkupBETHESDA, Md. (AP) — It's reckoning time: President Donald Trump had his annual medical exam Friday, a year after his doctor advised him to up the exercise and cut the calories.



          Kurdish-led forces ready for push on last IS pocket      Cache   Translate Page      

Kurdish-led forces ready for push on last IS pocketKurdish-led forces in eastern Syria prepared Friday for a push on the last remaining speck of the Islamic State group's "caliphate" where diehard jihadists and their families are holed up. US President Donald Trump predicted that the once-sprawling proto-state's official defeat could be proclaimed as early as next week but operations have been paused for days on the main front line. Four years ago, IS controlled territory the size of Britain and administered millions of people, but the US-led coalition fighting the group says "99.5 percent" of it has been clawed back in successive offensives.



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Ako „veľmi dobrý" zhodnotil v piatok zdravotný stav Donalda Trumpa jeho lekár, ktorý informoval o výsledkoch výročnej zdravotnej prehliadky amerického prezidenta. Tej sa D. Trump podrobil už druhýkrát od nástupu do funkcie v januári 2017.
          Trump Tax Cuts Are (Probably) About to Become a Political Disaster      Cache   Translate Page      
They're about to get tired of winning. Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images At about this time one year ago, things weren't looking good for the GOP. In the wake of a special Senate election in Alabama - in which the Republican Party had rallied behind the failed candidacy of a theocratic ephebophile - Democrats had jumped out to a commanding lead in the Congressional generic ballot. Money was flooding into Team Blue's campaign coffers. Republican incumbents were heading for the revolving doors. But GOP operatives insisted that the "blue wave" on the horizon would crest long before November - because the Trump Tax Cuts were about to kick in. Once voters saw fatter paychecks, Republicans would see better poll numbers. And just to be sure that voters noticed all the good Paul Ryan had done for them, the Trump administration reportedly pressured the IRS to err on the side of withholding too little from Americans' paychecks "so people will see big increases in their take-home pay ahead of this year's midterm elections.
          Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson Discusses His Latest Book ‘The Theft of America’s Soul’      Cache   Translate Page      
Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson has released his new book 'The Theft of America's Soul: Blowing the Lid Off the Lies That Are Destroying Our Country', which focuses on 10 central lies that rule our day and takes up 10 truths that will bring up peace of mind, harmony and prosperity back to our country. FOX's Tonya J. Powers spends "A Few Moments With..." Robertson to discuss his new book, President Trump and Duck Dynasty career: Follow Phil on Twitter: @DuckCommanderPR Follow Tonya on Twitter: @TonyaJPowers
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          EcoRight News: GOP in Congress finally getting on board with climate change action      Cache   Translate Page      

This week’s must read: Concern about climate change among conservative Republicans hits highest level ever. The Trump Effect is over, according to George Mason and Yale University centers for climate communication. Their latest surveyreports “an increase in Republican understanding of the reality of human-caused global warming, worry about the threat, and support for several climate policies over […]

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          6 times Macron gave other leaders advice, while boasting an approval rating of… under 30%      Cache   Translate Page      
French President Emmanuel Macron is not shy about dishing out advice to his international counterparts but, with an approval rating at home hovering in the late 20s, is he really the person to be doling out instructions to others?

No matter the international crisis, Macron has been there to impart his wisdom, giving guidance and schooling to other world leaders on their domestic problems. When it comes to criticisms directed at him, however, it appears Macron is less receptive.

This week, after French anti-government Yellow Vest protesters met with top Italian officials who criticized his leadership (admittedly in undiplomatic terms), Macron instantly recalled France’s ambassador from Rome, the critiques having gotten under his skin.

Here’s a look at six times Macron was the one dispensing unsolicited advice.

1. Venezuela’s Maduro is ‘illegitimate’

Macron has been quick to denounce Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro as “illegitimate” and to throw his support behind opposition leader Juan Guaido.

As we’ve seen, though, expressions of doubt about his own legitimacy are shot down by Macron’s government as “outrageous” – despite the French president commanding a domestic approval rating of around 30 percent. In fact, his approval rating dipped as low as 18 percent in early December.

2. Lectures on ‘human rights’ in Egypt

On a recent visit to Cairo, Macron warned his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to do more to protect “human rights” and “individual dignity.” Meanwhile, back in France, anti-government protesters were being violently beaten on the streets, in scenes which Macron surely would have condemned had they taken place anywhere else.

It looks as though his lecture on human rights was all talk, anyway, considering that France still serves as Egypts top supplier of military and security equipment.

3. Wading into Japanese legal matters

Macron also chided Japan for the “too long and too hard” detention of Carlos Ghosn, the former Nissan chairman and French citizen who was detained there in November for allegedly underreporting his income and transferring personal losses to the company. If the tables were turned, it’s likely Macron would regard similar comments about decisions of the French justice system as foreign meddling.

Macron also confidently suggested a replacement for Ghosn in comments that irked Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, who told reporters that governments shouldn’t be getting involved.

4. ‘Timely’ decision to mark Armenian Genocide

In a move that angered Turkey, Macron on Wednesday declared April 24 a day for the commemoration in France of the Armenian genocide, saying that France was a country that “knows how to look history in the face.” While the genocide commemoration is not shocking in itself, given that many countries, including Russia, recognize the Armenian Genocide (which Turkey disputes), Ankara accused Macron of exploiting the issue for political gain.

Macron happened to be “afflicted by political problems in his own country and is trying to save the day by turning historical events into a political matter,” Turkish Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalın noted.

5. Chastising Trump over Syria withdrawal

Macron slammed US President Donald Trump’s decision in December to withdraw troops from Syria, saying he “very deeply” regretted Trump’s decision. Macron said that, as allies, France and the US should “fight shoulder to shoulder” and that “an ally should be dependable.” Trump has not been reluctant to criticize Macron either, however, even tweeting about the French president’s dismally low approval rating.

6. ‘Arrogant’ advice fest in Africa

Macron also faced major criticism on a trip to Africa last year, during which he advised Algeria to stop focusing on its colonial past and mocked Burkina Faso’s president over the country’s energy problems – comments which his former presidential rival criticized as “arrogant” and “bordering on racism.”

On the same trip, Macron told a student that she should “applaud” French soldiers, said the continent’s problems were “civilizational”  – and told African women that they have too many children.

https://www.rt.com/news/450929-macron-lectured-venezuela-egypt-africa-trump/



          Comment on Rampant Jew-Hatred Infects Europe, UK in the wake of mass Muslim immigration by felix1999      Cache   Translate Page      
Nothing in Germany will change for you. It's all smoke and mirrors. Each party with the exception of the AfD wants your decline. Go with AfD! They maybe able to save your country. Trump doesn't need the money or the "power". That study is inaccurate. It's LEGAL Latinos that like increased incomes. Bet they didn't qualify that. There are far more white than Latinos in the U.S. and by percentage more whites favor Trump over DEMS. Trump could not have won with out DEM crossover vote and that has increased regardless of classification. When you flood a country with people, incomes go down. Either you are taxed more to support them, since they offer nothing of value or they compete against you - supply and demand. Either way, the native of the country loses.
          IS ‘caliphate’ down to 1% percent as final assault nears      Cache   Translate Page      
IS ‘caliphate’ down to 1% percent as final assault nears#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000Beirut: The Islamic State group’s “caliphate” has shrunk to less than one percent of its original size, the US-led coalition said Thursday, as a final onslaught in eastern Syria loomed. Kurdish-led forces spearheading the offensive have paused operations but US President Donald Trump predicted Wednesday that a final declaration of victory would come next week. …
          Trump Campaign Slams Warren as a ‘Fraud’      Cache   Translate Page      
President Trump’s campaign wasted no time going after Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) shortly before she was expected to formally announce her candidacy for the White House in 2020, The Hill reports. Said campaign manager Brad Parscale: “Elizabeth Warren has already been exposed as a fraud by the Native Americans she impersonated and disrespected to advance her professional career, and […]
          Tim Ryan Mulls Presidential Bid      Cache   Translate Page      
“Rep. Tim Ryan, an Ohio Democrat who has made waves by challenging Speaker Nancy Pelosi, will visit Iowa and New Hampshire in the coming weeks as he considers a presidential run,” BuzzFeed News reports. “Ryan represents an area where President Donald Trump converted many longtime Democratic voters and he has shown mild interest in a […]
          Trump Campaign Paid Kushner Legal Bills      Cache   Translate Page      
President Trump’s campaign has spent nearly $100,000 of donor money to pay legal bills to the firm representing Jared Kushner, ABC News reports. “Low dollar contributions – $200 or less – made up 98.5 percent of the total funds raised by the Trump campaign in the last quarter of 2018, a consistent trend throughout the […]
          New Collection Asks: What Might The 'People's Future' Look Like?      Cache   Translate Page      
This collection of 25 stories from speculative fiction's sharpest voices presents visions of future Americas that are born, bloody and aching, from the peril and difficulty of this present moment. In his introduction, editor Victor LaValle writes about how this book derives from the project of its namesake, Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States — the story of this place, as told by its people, all of its people. Indigenous and immigrant, female and queer and poor, rural and urban; a history spoken by the voiceless. This collection is full of futures which belong to the same people Zinn centered. They are, in majority, not comfortable or easy futures — nor would one expect them to be, derived as they are from the second year of the Trump presidency and its pervasive damage to the marginalized of the United States. Several of these stories are brutal in their plausible despair — but all of them are rich with an undercurrent of, if not resistance, then the profound
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SOTU call to end HIV: Faster detection tests for at-home use  Purdue News Service

The Trump administration announced during the State of the Union Address a goal to reduce new HIV infections in the U.S. by 75 percent over five years and by ...


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Local experts discuss Trump's mention of cancer, HIV in State of the Union Address  WCTV

President Donald Trump touched on several issues during his State of the Union Address Tuesday night. Among the topics, were childhood cancer and ...


          Comment on Women in White & Visitors to the House by anonymous      Cache   Translate Page      
So let me get this straight. You're going to judge my comments based on what you think my email address means? And here I thought we were supposed to be an open, accepting group that didn't have pre-made judgments about people. We can disagree about which of our moderate independent friends will be correct. However, my cohort told me that Hillary was going to lose PA back when that was a very minority opinion. I don't want Trump to win, but not recognizing that his speech was strong on a number of themes that can resonant with centrist voters is misguided.
          Election Night Extravaganza aims to get students politically and civically involved      Cache   Translate Page      

Election Day was Nov. 6, and all across America, voters took to the polls to have their political voices heard. While the evening drew on and polls were staring to close, Main Street in the Commons was turned into a viewing site for the results. Chairs were placed out with a large projector showing live coverage of the election results while more than 250 students were served pizza, drinks and had the chance to win big-ticket prizes through games. Cheers were heard occasionally throughout the Main Street area as students were pleased with some of the candidates that they were hoping would win. The event, called Election Night Extravaganza, was sponsored by the Student Government Association, which is led by President Collin Sullivan, a senior studying information systems and economics.

“One of the things [that] we talk a lot about in SGA is that we don’t have a lot of traditions on campus [since UMBC is only 52 years old],” Sullivan said. Election Night Extravaganza, which started in 2004, is not only an ongoing tradition at UMBC, but also a motivation for people to to vote and be civically involved.

The organization even provided transportation for students during the early voting time period. The Sullivan also added, “[We partner] with other student orgs [such as] College Republicans and College Democrats and Student Events Board so that we are balanced and our own ideological views don’t come out.”

Election Night Extravaganza is usually held every four years for presidential election. In 2016 they put on the event for the Presidential Election in which Donald Trump was voted as America’s 45th President. Sullivan recalled that, while the event went off without a hitch, the Extravaganza had a sour note added to it at the end because the Presidential Nominee then “wasn’t the result that we were expecting.”

More recently though, after a Coffee and Conversation meeting this semester, Student Government got the idea to host another Election Night Extravaganza — this time for the 2018 U.S. midterm elections. Sullivan added that this specific election could have had very historic consequences, such as America possibly having its very first African-American female governor in Stacey Abrams.

At the event itself, many members of the UMBC community were passionate about the election and voiced why the midterms were important to them. “The people I love are members of groups that have [historically been] politically disadvantaged,” stated Ralph Aquino, a third-year student studying computer science. “I vote to preserve their dignity [and] fight ignorant stereotypes.”

Chukwudi Onwuka, a senior majoring in biological sciences, noted, “[Voting] gives us the opportunity to … make real changes happen in our lifetime. It’s truly … a gift that we need to take full advantage of.”

As of now, The New York Times reports that while the Democratic Party won control of the House of Representatives, voters have allowed the “Republicans [to retain] their control of the Senate.” The Times also mentioned that now both the Republican and Democratic parties will rule in Washington D.C., instead of just one controlling both the Senate and House.


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The Trump administration on Friday waived environmental reviews to replace a 14-mile (22.5 kilometer) stretch of border barrier in San Diego, shielding itself from potentially crippling delays.
           Comment on Why BREXIT Matters To Catholics by Gareth Thomas       Cache   Translate Page      
I would like to make a final comment on this rather sad event. After correspondence received from CPS today by email, I am happy to regard this Regina post as a badly misjudged mistake, and I accept that there is no need to blame anyone about the editorial decisions involved. As one who was part of the half dozen of us who set up this blog in 2010, it was never intended to be a right wing political blog. That is why we eliminated Mundabor and changed the passwords to shut him out, folks. He was a fascist. Why do we want a right wing political blog, not the traditional Catholic blog we originally proposed... or were Julian of Norwich, Francis of Assisi, and even Saint Anthony Father of Monks just Trump supporters who never realized it. We have all been on a journey these past few years, but I never expected to see this blog take a partisan view on the politicial issue that is wrecking my country. If you are not a citizen of my country, more shame on you because we are in a civil war now and it is NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS. This is my last comment on Catholicism Pure and Simple, a title which is simply not true any more. It should have been kept to Christian Catholic Spirituality, as we who founded it intended, but you turned it into more dull politics. Poor show.
          2/9/2019: ÉCONOMIE: Le candidat de Trump à la Banque mondiale fait campagne      Cache   Translate Page      

INTERNATIONAL Il est actuellement le seul candidat à la présidence de la Banque mondiale. Et comme tous les directeurs de cette organisation depuis 73 ans, il est américain. Depuis la démission surprise de Jim Yong Kim le mois dernier, les pays...
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A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Feb 3 through Sat, Feb 10, 2019

Editor's Pick

Seven take-aways from the Green New Deal launch

Sweeping in scope, an agenda to transform the US into a green leader has been launched in Washington DC, here are the key points

 Cong Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen Ed Markey

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and senator Ed Markey present their Green New Deal resolution to reporters on Thursday (Photo: 350.org) 

On Thursday, congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and senator Ed Markey presented an outline of a sweeping federal programme aiming at decarbonising the US economy.

The text makes for the most earnest attempt yet to define a concept that has been backed by many a Democratic presidential candidate, often with little detail.

The agenda would touch every aspect of the US economy and calls for carbon emissions and inequality to be tackled as one.

“Today is the day we truly embark on a comprehensive agenda of economic, social and racial justice in the United States of America,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a press conference launching the resolution.

There are many legislative hurdles for the deal to leap if it is ever to become US policy – not least the Republican-controlled senate and White House.

The plan was the beginning of a phase of “political education”, said Markey, that would eventually lead to the adoption of the package. The pair said the document had attracted 60 Democrats as cosponsors, from across the party.

Seven take-aways from the Green New Deal launch by Natalie Sauer, Climate Home News, July 2, 2019 


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Lessons from the Whitaker hearing

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From Natasha Bertrand at the Atlantic:

It took about five minutes of questioning for the acting attorney general to provoke gasps and jeers in the congressional hearing room. “Your five minutes is up,” Matthew Whitaker, an ex–U.S. attorney turned toilet salesman, told the House Judiciary Committee’s Democratic chairman, Jerry Nadler. Nadler cracked a smile, but from that point on, the rules of engagement seemed clear: Whitaker, with just days remaining in his legally dubious role as the interim head of the Justice Department, appeared to be playing to an audience of one.

President Donald Trump appointed Whitaker late last year to replace Jeff Sessions, whose recusal from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation in early 2017 was viewed by the president as an unforgivable betrayal. But Whitaker was not the obvious replacement—he served for a few years as a U.S. attorney in Iowa, but spent far longer in private practice and partisan politics. He also served as a paid advisory-board member of a fraudulent invention-promotion firm. Later, he was the executive director of a conservative nonprofit funded by dark money. And then came his stint as a CNN commentator in 2017, during which he blasted Mueller and opined that his probe had “gone too far.” All of this received heavy scrutiny as the constitutional basis of his appointment was challenged in the courts.

But Friday marked his first oversight hearing on Capitol Hill.

“I’m confused, I really am,” Democratic Representative Hakeem Jeffries told Whitaker at one point. “We’re all trying figure out: Who are you, where did you come from, and how the heck did you become the head of the Department of Justice?”

Despite the lingering questions about his resume and suspicions about why he was appointed over Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who would have been Sessions’s natural replacement, Whitaker presented himself to Nadler, a 13-term congressman, with the same aloofness and disdain for tradition that often seems typical of the Trump White House. And that may have been on purpose. Whitaker, whose tenure ends when Bill Barr is confirmed as attorney general next week, will need a new job. He has reportedly been considered for the role of Trump’s chief of staff. And though he testified under oath that he had “not interfered in any way with the special counsel’s investigation,” he repeatedly declined to contradict Trump’s claims that Mueller is on a “witch hunt.”

Chuck Rosenberg, a former senior Justice Department official who resigned in 2017, said it would have been “easy” for Whitaker to say that Mueller’s investigation is legitimate, as Barr did during his recent confirmation hearings. “I don’t know how somebody could be that cowardly,” he added. But doing so would have undermined what is arguably his boss’s most important talking point—and that would not have been a good move for Whitaker if he was, in fact, auditioning for his next position

I hear he wants to be chief of staff when Mulvaney abandons ship (as he's rumored to be desperate to do.)

It's looking good for him. Last night he thumbed his nose at all the ethics snobs by running over to the Trump hotel to show his fealty to his criminal boss and put some money in his pocket.


And the boss is pleased:


President Trump watched live cable coverage of yesterday's chippy Hill testimony by acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, and liked what he saw.

The big picture: "He liked the combative approach," said an outside West Wing adviser familiar with Trump's thinking. "He thought the Democrats were grandstanding." Inside the White House, according to the adviser, here were the lessons learned: Do not give an inch, push back, resist, delay, deflect.

The officials recognize a key flaw in this strategy: Some Trump Cabinet members, likely bound for the witness chair, don't have the experience or agility to pull a Whitaker.

Longtime Hill watchers struggled to remember a time when an administration witness had treated a committee with such disdain: 

  • In the most memorable moment, Whitaker sassed House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.): "Mr. Chairman, I see that your five minutes is up," using the committee's rules to bat away a question. 
  • MSNBC host Ari Melber called Whitaker "remarkably rude … at times a jerk" to members who were asking straightforward questions. 
  • Remember: The Senate is expected to confirm Bill Barr as attorney general as soon as next week. So Whitaker's performance is mainly a window into Whitaker.
A House Democratic leadership aide familiar with the new majority's investigation strategy told me after yesterday's hearing: 
"We watched Dems, having been frustrated for two years with little to no oversight from the Republicans, demanding answers from a top administration official — the first under this new Congress — who came in belligerent and unwilling to cooperate is even the smallest ways." 
"This is no means the end."

The GOP's gamble: The White House recognizes that it can do little to resist the House Dems' demands for testimony. Republicans just hope that over time, they can argue to their base that Dems have been guilty of overreach and "show trials." 
A Republican political operative and Capitol Hill veteran told me: "It doesn’t take long for ordinary voters — who are very different from people in Washington — to start seeing participating committee members as pompous, rude and belittling, and begin to side with whoever is sitting in the hot seat."

If I had to guess,  the press will go along with the Republican plan. I've seen pearl-clutching today about Democratic rudeness in the hearing so I'm guessing that unless they lay down and let Trump's cronies walk all over them, the media will end up siding with the Trumpies.

Remember folks, many members of the media are yearning to be able to blame both sides for the political mess we are in. It's very uncomfortable for them to have to report that the Republicans are batshit crazy. (Keep an eye on the NY Times and CNN's biggest stars...)  They know that half the country sees telling the truth as political bias so they reach for anything to prove they are "just as hard on Democrats."

As the Dems exert their power to thwart the Republicans they will go above and beyond to portray that as the same as GOP lunacy.

Just be aware. It's coming.

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          What is this Magnitsky Act you speak of?      Cache   Translate Page      
What is this Magnitsky Act you speak of?

by digby




So, Trump is just openly defying the Magnitsky Act requirements. You know, the Act that Putin and all the global oligarchs want rescinded? The reason the Russians interfered on Trump's behalf? Yeah, that one:

President Trump refused to provide Congress a report on Friday determining who killed the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, defying a demand by lawmakers intent on establishing whether the crown prince of Saudi Arabia was behind the grisly assassination.

Mr. Trump effectively bypassed a deadline set by law as his administration argued that Congress could not impose its will on the president. Critics charged that he was seeking to cover up Saudi complicity in the death of Mr. Khashoggi, an American resident and a columnist for The Washington Post.

“Consistent with the previous administration’s position and the constitutional separation of powers, the president maintains his discretion to decline to act on congressional committee requests when appropriate,” the Trump administration said in a statement. The statement said the administration had taken action against the killers and would consult with Congress.

But Democrats said Mr. Trump was violating a law known as the Magnitsky Act. It required him to respond 120 days after a request submitted in the fall by committee leaders — including Senator Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee and then the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee — a period that expired Friday.

“The law is clear,” said Juan Pachón, a spokesman for Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, the ranking Democrat on the committee. “It requires a determination and report in response to the letter we sent with Corker. The president has no discretion here. He’s either complying with the law or breaking it.”

The Trump administration imposed sanctions in November against 17 Saudis accused of being involved in the killing, but has refused to blame Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a key ally and the country’s de facto ruler, despite a C.I.A. conclusion that the crown prince ordered it.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent letters to the committee leaders describing actions taken against individuals without offering the determination of who was responsible as demanded by the lawmakers.

“I anticipate a more detailed briefing from the administration on this issue and look forward to working with them and the members of my committee in our ongoing effort to address the killing of Jamal Khashoggi,” said Senator Jim Risch, Republican of Idaho, who succeeded Mr. Corker as chairman.

The Saudi government on Friday rebutted a report that Prince Mohammed told a top aide in 2017 that he would use “a bullet” on Mr. Khashoggi if he did not return to the kingdom and cease his criticism of the Saudi government.

They're calling it a "rogue operation."

It sounds as though the Trump administration is a rogue operation too.

          The caffeinated "man of means" turns out to be jerk. Surprise.      Cache   Translate Page      
The caffeinated "man of means" turns out to be jerk. Surprise.

by digby




The billionaire Howard Schultz (excuse me "man of means" Howard Schultz) turns out to be different than his public persona:

Though he stepped down last year as Starbucks’ chairman and CEO, Schultz’s political pitch is deeply rooted in the company’s carefully cultivated image as a progressive, benevolent employer that cares for its employees, which it calls “partners,” and acts as what he calls a “gathering spot, a Third Place that draws people together.” He presents himself as a rare combination of archetypes: a visionary entrepreneur who’s built an $84 billion global empire on pricey lattes, and a bleeding-heart do-gooder who lavishes health coverage, college tuition and other benefits on those 330,000 “partners,” has them undergo racial-bias training and write “Come Together” on customers’ coffee cups. In response to President Donald Trump’s immigrant-bashing, the company promised to hire 10,000 refugees.

This pitch is also steeped in the mystique of progressive, affluent Seattle, Starbucks’ hometown, celebrated around the world as a capital of coffee culture, innovation and progressive policy. In an op-ed in the Seattle Times last week, Schultz praised his adopted home effusively, oddly crediting its “diversity of thought” with helping inspire him to (maybe) run as a centrist independent.

But there’s a disconnect here, one that will become increasingly evident as national media outlets dig harder into Schultz’s history than 60 Minutes did. His “come together” pitch may ring weakest here in Seattle, where he’s proved a singularly divisive figure and left a long, unhappy trail of civic and community disengagement. The rest of the world might know him as the father of the Frappuccino, but here he’s known for treating a public park like private property and throwing away the city’s NBA team. Schultz acknowledged in his op-ed that “Seattle and I have had a complicated relationship.” But that was putting it mildly.

He’s instinctually defensive and self-protective. … He’s not an honest person.”

One of Starbucks’ founders, speaking publicly about Schultz for the first time, has scarcely a good word to say. Gordon Bowker, who helped Schultz launch his first espresso bars before selling Starbucks to him, and whom Schultz has hailed as a mentor, says he was shocked to find himself and the other founders the subjects of vicious gossip and, after they started a small, competing coffee roaster, effaced from the company’s official history.

Schultz, who slams the Republican and Democratic parties for engaging in “revenge politics,” is himself “vindictive,” says Bowker. “He’s instinctually defensive and self-protective. … He’s not an honest person.” Schultz’s office did not respond to requests for comment on this and other accusations arising from his decades in Seattle.

That's from a devastating Politico profile of the MOM that really rips the mask off this fellow. It's well worth reading.

It's certainly not impossible for "men of means" to be good leaders. Franklin Roosevelt comes to mind. The Kennedys had their moments. There have been countless other wealthy people who did public service with decency and fairness.

But billionaire businessmen are a special breed, and they require a very, very close look before anyone should put their faith in their ability to run government or even understand the basic tenets of democracy. They don't operate under the same rules.

It's easy to dismiss Trump as an anomaly because he's such a dolt and really got where he is because of his celebrity more than any business success. But however much of a phony he is, the man spent his life as a very rich man trying to get richer, which is what most of these guys do. Hopefully we can at least all now agree that "private sector" experience is wildly oversold as a qualification for president.

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          Voter ID as electoral eugenics by @BloggersRUs      Cache   Translate Page      

Voter ID as electoral eugenics

by Tom Sullivan

It's a wonder more voting rights advocates haven't been charged with sedition. It was an accusation leveled at Joseph Mulloy, Alan McSurely and Carl Braden by the state of Kentucky in 1967. It was Braden's second sedition charge. The first was in 1954 for helping an African American couple buy a home in Louisville. Kentucky treated that as an attempt to overthrow the commonwealth. Braden served eighteen months in prison before the Supreme Court in another case ruled state-level sedition charges unconstitutional.

That made the 1967 charges in Pike County, KY illegal, historian Elizabeth Catte writes in "What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia (2018)." But legal, schmeagal. None of that mattered to the sheriff and local power brokers put out with anti-poverty and anti-coal activists they accused of attempting to "take over Pike County from the power structure and put it in the hands of the poor." That was just over blocking Puritan Coal Company bulldozers. Heaven forbid they helped poor people vote.

Catte's fierce little book rebuts myths perpetuated about “Greater Appalachia” by J.D. Vance ("Hillbilly Elegy") and others. Catte's Appalachia is more than "Trump Country." Her Appalachia includes dogged organizers like Braden, the United Mine Workers of the Battle of Blair Mountain, and communities organized against mountaintop-removal mining. The Knoxville native argues the hollow-eyed, barefoot-and-impoverished, black-and-white images from federally funded photo essays dating from the Depression to the War on Poverty amount to a "willful representation of a community" as backward, violent, and chronically dependent. All the more reason for extractive capitalism imposed from without (and supported by elites within) to retain its monopoly on power.

Selling the 1960s War on Poverty to the rest of the country meant giving white, middle-class Americans images they would find relatable. Photographers sought images of white poverty and portrayed them as representative of an entire region, Catte argues. They eschewed photographs of "more 'modern' residents who owned gas stations and restaurants." Or of African Americans. Or of Native Americans. Vance is simply the most recent popularizer of the hillbilly stereotype that enabled coal barons to spin wholesale destruction of the land, air, water, and the exploitation of a people as modernization.

But something darker, Catte believes, lies beneath the established narrative Vance perpetuates of hillbillies as a genetically distinct (read: inbred), white Scots-Irish monoculture. Catte traces the efforts of outsiders to improve the region's "less-evolved" human stock through relocation or sterilization:

Virginia was already at the forefront of the American eugenics movement thanks to the efforts of the Eugenics Records Office in Cold Spring Harbor, New York. The New York collective helped Virginia's politicians draft sterilization and racial integrity laws. In 1927 the fruits of their labor blossomed when the infamous Supreme Court case Buck v. Bell effectively legalized compulsory eugenic sterilization nationwide which was practiced in Virginia until 1979.
Seen as unresponsive after years of War on Poverty assistance landed Appalachians among the ranks of the undeserving poor. Conservatives painted them as born into a culture of poverty. The hillbilly myth "allows conservative intellectuals to talk around stale stereotypes of African Americans and other nonwhite individuals while holding up the exaggerated degradations of a white group thought to defy evidence of white privilege." Scots-Irish heritage is there, Catte acknowledges. But exaggerating its influences in Appalachia and blaming Appalachians for their own exploitation provides cover for explaining persistent poverty among nonwhites elsewhere as a function of defective genes rather than entrenched systems of power.

Vance hopes readers will take from "Elegy" an understanding "of how class and family affect the poor without filtering their views through a racial prism.” Catte counters that race is exactly the point. The National Review's response to "Elegy" was "positively gleeful," Catte writes, telling its readers, "The white working class has followed the black underclass and Native Americans not just into family disintegration, addiction, and other pathologies, but also perhaps into the most important self-sabotage of all, the crippling delusion that they cannot improve their lot by their own effort." Vance proposes bringing in venture capitalists to show hillbillies how it's done.

Catte punches back, arguing the hillbilly narrative "would retroactively vindicate [conservatives] for viciously deploying the same stereotypes against nonwhite people for decades."

Catte tells Guernica, "For those who like to indulge in that brand of self-righteousness, it is always the poor who fail our country, never a country that has failed the poor, and race and class work together in that regard to make poverty seem innate among certain populations."

As for popular depictions of a region populated by hillbillies, Catte writes, "It turns out that if you create and sell a version of Appalachia as a place filled with defective people, eugenicists start paying attention to your work." She introduces readers to Charles Davenport of the Eugenics Records Office, to writer, attorney and eugenicist Henry Caudill, and to Stanford scientist William Shockley's Foundation for Research and Education of Eugenics and Dysgenics.

What is striking in Catte's exploration of their influences in Charles' Murray's "The Bell Curve" and J.D. Vance's account of Greater Appalachia is the matter-of-factness about eugenicists' efforts at improving the gene pool of the undeserving poor. In addition to sterilization, Caudill suggested moving in army camps. Caudill believed soldiers impregnating mountain women would be "to the everlasting benefit of the region as a whole."

More striking for voting rights activists are the parallels Catte does not draw between efforts to improve the Appalachian gene pool and lofty-sounding efforts "to clean up the voter rolls" in the name of election integrity. Purging voter rolls, erecting registration hurdles, denying voting rights to ex-felons, demanding photo IDs for voting — those efforts to purify the voter pool are not about race either(!), but enacted under the public rationale of strengthening American democracy as a whole.

To extend Catte's account of American eugenics, manipulation of voting laws to retain a monopoly on power appears as simply another manifestation of a racial stratagem that resurfaces decade after decade in cunning variations.


          Ivanka lies just like her daddy      Cache   Translate Page      
Ivanka lies just like her daddy

by digby

What are those parrots doing?

She learned at her daddy's knee:

Ivanka Trump says in a new interview that she knew "literally almost nothing" about the Trump Tower Moscow project that's become a central focus of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, adding that she has "zero concern" about the probe or the possibility that anyone close to her could be implicated.

"Are you concerned about anyone in your life that you love being involved?" ABC's Abby Huntsman asked the President's daughter and White House adviser in a taped interview that partially aired Friday on "Good Morning America."

"No. I'm not," Trump said. "I'm really not."

Donald Trump's real estate company was pursuing a proposed Trump Tower in Moscow while he was campaigning for the presidency, but Ivanka Trump said she knew "literally almost nothing" about it.

"There was never a binding contract. I never talked to the -- with a third party outside of the organization about it. It was one of -- I mean, we could have had 40 or 50 deals like that, that were floating around, that somebody was looking at. Nobody visited it to see if it was worth our time. So this was not exactly like an advanced project," Trump said.


"There's nothing there, yet it's created weeks and weeks and months of headlines," she said. "So no, I have zero concern."

She also downplayed doing business in Russia, arguing that it's "not like it's a strange thing" to have property in Russia.

"We're not talking about Iran. It was Russia," she said. "And we weren't even advanced enough that anyone had even visited the prospective project site. So it really was just a non-factor in our minds. I'm not sure that anyone would have thought of it."

Then-candidate Donald Trump signed a letter of intent in October 2015 to move forward with negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Russia, despite his attorney Rudy Giuliani's claims late last year that the document was never signed. The project and the length of discussions around it have been subject to a changing narrative and is a key part of the legal saga facing Michael Cohen, the President's former attorney. The project also came up in written questions that Trump answered for Mueller as a part of the broader investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

This is proposterous. No matter how smooth her tone it doesn't change the fact that her daddy lied over and over and over again denying that he had any business in Russia. Putin knew he was lying. And daddy knew Putin knew he was lying as did Ivanka, Don Jr and Eric.

Everything they have done and said regarding Russia since the summer of 2015 has to be seen in that light.

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          The definition of chutzpah      Cache   Translate Page      
The definition of chutzpah

by digby



Trump made a fetish of demonizing undocumented immigrants, to the point of obsession. Nothing has been more important to his presidency.

So this is nearly unbelievable:


At his home on the misty slope of Costa Rica’s tallest mountain, Dario Angulo keeps a set of photographs from the years he tended the rolling fairways and clipped greens of a faraway American golf resort.

Angulo learned to drive backhoes and bulldozers, carving water hazards and tee boxes out of former horse pastures in Bedminster, N.J., where a famous New Yorker was building a world-class course. Angulo earned $8 an hour, a fraction of what a state-licensed heavy equipment operator would make, with no benefits or overtime pay. But he stayed seven years on the grounds crew, saving enough for a small piece of land and some cattle back home.

Now the 34-year-old lives with his wife and daughters in a sturdy house built by “Trump money,” as he put it, with a porch to watch the sun go down.

It’s a common story in this small town.

Other former employees of President Trump’s company live nearby: men who once raked the sand traps and pushed mowers through thick heat on Trump’s prized golf property — the “Summer White House,” as aides have called it — where his daughter Ivanka got married and where he wants to build a family cemetery.

“Many of us helped him get what he has today,” Angulo said. “This golf course was built by illegals.”

The Washington Post spoke with 16 men and women from Costa Rica and other Latin American countries, including six in Santa Teresa de Cajon, who said they were employed at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster. All of them said they worked for Trump without legal status — and that their managers knew.

The former employees who still live in New Jersey provided pay slips documenting their work at the Bedminster club. They identified friends and relatives in Costa Rica who also were employed at the course. In Costa Rica, The Post located former workers in two regions who provided detailed accounts of their time at the Bedminster property and shared memorabilia they had kept, such as Trump-branded golf tees, as well as photos of themselves at the club.

The brightly painted homes that line the road in Santa Teresa de Cajon, many paid for by wages earned 4,000 miles away, are the fruits of a long-running pipeline of illegal workers to the president’s course, one that carried far more than a few unauthorized employees who slipped through the cracks.

Soon after Trump broke ground at Bedminster in 2002 with a golden shovel, this village emerged as a wellspring of low-paid labor for the private club, which charges tens of thousands of dollars to join. Over the years, dozens of workers from Costa Rica went north to fill jobs as groundskeepers, housekeepers and dishwashers at Bedminster, former employees said. The club hired others from El Salvador, Mexico and Guatemala who spoke to The Post. Many ended up in the blue-collar borough of Bound Brook, N.J., piling into vans before dawn to head to the course each morning.

Their descriptions of Bedminster’s long reliance on illegal workers are bolstered by a newly obtained police report showing that the club’s head of security was told in 2011 about an employee suspected of using false identification papers — the first known documentation of a warning to the Trump Organization about the legal status of a worker.

Other supervisors received similar flags over the years, including Bedminster’s general manager, who was told by a worker from Ecuador several years ago that she entered the country illegally, the employee said.

Eric Trump, a son of the president who runs the Trump Organization along with his brother Donald Trump Jr., declined to comment on the accounts by the former workers. Bedminster managers did not return requests for comment.

I wrote earlier about how stunning it is that Trump thought he could run for president and not draw tremendous scrutiny to his businesses. That for two years as president neither he nor his spawn ever considered that hiring undocumented immigrants might surface in the news is simply mind-boggling.

I doubt that his "he can shoot someone on 5th Avenue and I'll love him even more" followers will care. But damn...

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          Trump je vo veľmi dobrom zdravotnom stave, ukázala výročná prehliadka      Cache   Translate Page      
Rutinná zdravotná prehliadka trvala štyri hodiny.
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Osobitný vyslanec USA vycestoval do Pchjongjangu na rokovania.
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          Trump makes Native American joke about Warren campaign announcement: 'See you on the campaign TRAIL'      Cache   Translate Page      
President Trump took aim at Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D-Mass.) official 2020 presidential announcement on Saturday, mocking her claims of Native American ancestry in a tweet claiming that Warren would run as the country's first potential "Native...
          Democratic Rep. blows AG Whitaker's hair back with rapid fire questioning      Cache   Translate Page      

All you really need to know about Donald Trump’s choice for acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is that Trump felt Jeff Sessions wasn’t corrupt enough to continue in the position. Whitaker has been a hostile witness in front of the House Committee on Friday, acting both condescending and ornery at any and all questions sent his way by House democrats. Representative David Cicilline (D-RI) can talk fast and doesn’t suffer bullies lightly, and his intense questioning of Whitaker was a master class in fighting fire with fire.

Rep. Cicilline opened by negating the almost sociopathic evasive answer pattern Whitaker has employed during Friday’s hearings—thanking and appreciating every single question before not answering any single question.

Rep. Cicilline: Mr. Whitaker, I will be straight. I will cut you off if you make long speeches. You do not need to thank me for asking, or complementing me. I assume that they're all great questions and you're grateful.

Hehe.

Rep. Ciclline: One, you were briefed by special counsel, did you share that information with members of staff, the information you learned in the briefing from the special counsel or his team?

Whitaker uses this moment to remind Rep. Cicilline that he isn’t answering any questions about Donald Trump because he’s not actually answering any questions. Cicilline begins to fire questions at Whitaker who does his best to slowly and monosyllabically evade them, realizing that he’s probably perjuring himself—but then again, what person in the Trump administration hasn’t perjured themselves? When it becomes clear that Whitaker isn’t going to be particularly illuminating in his answers, Rep. Cicilline decides to give him a dose of what it feels like to be disrespected by someone, as he just begins cutting him off after a word or two, knowing it’s a load of hot orange air coming out of Whitaker’s mouth.

Rep. Ciclline: You would not answer questions about conversations with the president, did you not? Whitaker: Yes, I did.

Rep. Ciclline: So you are not sitting here today saying the president has instructed you to answer questions, correct?

Whitaker: I'm not sitting here --

Rep. Ciclline:--You're prepared to answer all of the questions?

Whitaker: Congressman, I was pretty --

Rep. Ciclline:--Have you spoken to the president, Mr. Whitaker about the Mueller investigation?

Whitaker: Congressman, as I have previously testified, I did not talk to the president about the Mueller investigation.

Rep. Ciclline: Have you ever spoken to the president or member—or parts of his legal team—about information that you've learned in your capacity as acting attorney general related to the Mueller investigation or any other criminal investigation involving the president?

Whitaker: Congressman, while I have specifically been saying that I'm not going to comment about my conversations with the President or his senior staff. I have also been very clear that the president has not instructed me to do anything. 

Rep. Cicilline: That wasn't my question. My question is have you had conversations about what you learned. That's a yes or no.

Whittaker: Congressman, I have, I spend all day every day—

Rep. Cicilline: --Mr. Whitaker, my question is very specific: have you spoken to the President or his legal team about what you've learned in the Mueller investigation or were the related criminal investigation that may involve the president, yes or no?

Whitaker can’t and won’t answer this question because, well, he probably thinks this will keep him out of jail or at least on the mythical Trump-pardon list that Trump probably has scrawled on a napkin somewhere. Rep. Cicilline finishes by reading off a series of statements surrounding Matthew Whitaker’s alleged statements to St. John’s Law professor John Q. Barrett that he was going to try and get “noticed” by Trump, with his amazing ideas about how president Trump should be left alone by the Mueller investigation.

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Rep. Cicilline finishes by laying it all on the table:

Rep. Cicilline: You said all those things and they're all in print. And it answers Mr. Deutch’s (D-FL) question. The American people wondered just how is it that Mr. Whittaker becomes the acting Attorney General of the United States, in violation of existing statutes. Was he put there for a particular purpose. That wasn't a question.


          Trump needles new presidential candidate Warren on Native American claims      Cache   Translate Page      
President Trump wasted little time Saturday before needling newly declared presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren over her controversial efforts to align herself with Native Americans.
          Trump slams ‘vicious’ Democrats for conduct at testy Whitaker hearing      Cache   Translate Page      
President Trump on Saturday blasted “vicious” Democrats for their conduct during a House Judiciary Committee hearing a day earlier that featured Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker -- and saw fiery exchanges between Whitaker and House Democrats.
          Our Political Polarization (BOOK REVIEW)      Cache   Translate Page      
Do you want to be part of the outside forces that demand change from our politicians? Michael Tomasky does. Unfortunately, he frames his argument in his new book as an argument for changing the recent (1980-2016) 36% rate of political polarization to something closer to the 34% rate of polarization in the previous period (1933-1980). But with Trump as president, even such a modest change in polarization might be desirable.
          Трамп заявил о спасении экономики США       Cache   Translate Page      

Дональд Трамп заявил о позитивных переменах в экономике США за время его президентства. Об этом он написал в своем Twitter-аккаунте.

По его мнению, в США «прекрасная экономика», она остается сильной, несмотря на политику администрации экс-президента Барака Обамы. Трамп отметил, что Обама принимал неверные решения в экономической сфере.

«Если бы подобное мышление преобладало во время выборов 2016 года, США переживали бы депрессию прямо сейчас», — заявил Трамп.


          Re: Trumps Tweets      Cache   Translate Page      
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CNN's SE Cupp says she thinks President Trump is hoping Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) will be the Democratic nominee for president in the 2020 election.

          The Senate Says 'Yes' To Tax Relief      Cache   Translate Page      
With Republican Senate President Susan Wagle leading the charge, the Kansas Senate sent a massive tax relief measure on to the House. Wagle says Kansas has to do something to make sure individuals and businesses don't get stuck with a bigger state tax bill after President Trump and Congress overhauled federal tax rules in 2017.
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          Warren Launches 2020 Campaign: Trump A Symptom of What's Gone Wrong In America       Cache   Translate Page      
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) officially kicked off her presidential campaign Saturday with a speech delivered to supporters in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Warren said Trump, or "the man in the White House," is not the cause of what is broken, he is just the "most extreme symptom of what's gone wrong in America." "The man in the White House is not the cause of what is broken, he is just the latest and most extreme symptom of what has gone wrong in America," Warren said. "A product of a rigged system that props up the rich and powerful and kicks dirt on everyone else." "So once he is gone, we can't pretend that none of this ever happened," she said. "It won't be enough to undo the terrible acts of this administration."
          Independents Prefer Sanders, Gabbard, And Trump Over Establishment Democrats      Cache   Translate Page      
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          President Trump's Annual Physical Exam: What Was Interesting About The Statement - Forbes      Cache   Translate Page      
  1. President Trump's Annual Physical Exam: What Was Interesting About The Statement  Forbes
  2. Trump in 'very good health' physician says  CNN
  3. Verdict of Trump’s ‘second periodic physical exam’: president in ‘very good health’  Fox News
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          Trump’s Popularity Skyrockets After State of the Union      Cache   Translate Page      
state of the union.It appears President Trump turned the corner on his popularity rating with last Tuesday’s State of the Union address. A new poll shows his speech resonated with millions of Americans. Trump’s approval rating shot to 50 percent after his address according to new Rasmussen Reports poll. It indicated viewers are standing behind his ideas for […]
          The President is now seeing his campaign, inauguration, transition, presidency and past business career under the scrutiny of investigations      Cache   Translate Page      

A clarifying week in Washington showed how ugly the war of oversight between President Donald Trump and House Democrats will become and dug new battle lines in the most intense exchanges yet of the 2020 campaign.


          Opinion: The dubious characters who surround Trump      Cache   Translate Page      

The Trump administration's clumsy efforts to protect Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known as MBS, after the death of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi highlight yet another instance of the bizarre nature of the people in the President's orbit.


          SE Cupp predicts who Trump wants as his 2020 opponent      Cache   Translate Page      

CNN's SE Cupp says she thinks President Trump is hoping Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) will be the Democratic nominee for president in the 2020 election.


          Trump to undergo three-and-a-half-hour medical exam      Cache   Translate Page      

Trump to undergo three-and-a-half-hour medical examDonald Trump will enjoy no “executive time” on Friday, according to his schedule, and will instead face more than three hours of prodding and poking as he undergoes an extensive physical exam. The 72-year-old Republican will travel to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre in Bethesda, Maryland, beginning his annual check-up at 12.45pm and departing at 4.25pm. Last year he was declared to be in “excellent health” with his then-personal physician, Dr Ronny Jackson, telling reporters Mr Trump had “incredibly good genes”.



          Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and socialism, explained      Cache   Translate Page      

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and socialism, explainedDemocratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the newest political figure everyone loves or loves to hate. From her ‘Green New Deal’ proposal to combat climate change to her clapbacks against Trump and her critics, here’s how AOC danced her way into the spotlight.



          Reckoning time: Trump receives another medical check-up      Cache   Translate Page      
A doctor said he anticipates Mr Trump will remain in good health for the duration of his presidency and beyond.
          Grading Elizabeth Warren's LGBTQ Record      Cache   Translate Page      
Politics, Election, Politicians, Democratic PartyPolitics

The Democrat and longtime champion of LGBTQ people has officially announced her 2020 presidential campaign.

UpdatedFebruary 09 2019 3:15 PM ESTElectionPoliticiansDemocratic PartyElizabeth WarrenTrudy Ring

With U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts officially announcing her 2020 presidential campaign Saturday, pundits are starting to debate whether this progressive Democrat is electable. There’s little to debate, however, about her support for LGBTQ rights— she has been a persistent champion.

Warren, a former Harvard Law School professor who helped establish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has a long record of speaking out and working for all those who are underdogs — women, people of color, the economically disadvantaged — and LGBTQ people have definitely figured in her activism, which has an intersectional nature.

The senator, who began her second term this year, received a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s Congressional Scorecard for her first term, which began in 2013. That reflects such positions as her cosponsorship of the Equality Act and other antidiscrimination bills, and her opposition to Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominees — Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh — as well as other anti-LGBTQ Trump nominees.

In 2017, the confirmation hearings on Trump’s nominee for attorney general, Jeff Sessions, produced one of Warren’s signature moments. Sessions, a longtime U.S. senator and, before that, an Alabama state official, has a long history of homophobia and has also been accused of racism. To highlight the latter point, Warren started reading the Senate a letter written to the body in 1986 by civil rights activist Coretta Scott King, urging senators to reject Sessions’s nomination as a federal judge because of his history of suppressing and intimidating black voters.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tried to cut her off, but, as he famously said, “Nevertheless, she persisted.” McConnell finally invoked a rule that forced Warren to stop, but the hashtag #ShePersisted became widely used in Warren’s honor. Sessions did get confirmed as attorney general (he had been rejected for the federal judgeship in 1986, by the way), but he’s now been ousted by Trump, who apparently considered him insufficiently loyal.

Warren has been persisting on social justice issues, including LGBTQ rights, for many years. In 2011, when she was beginning her first Senate campaign, she came out strongly for marriage equality, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (predecessor to the Equality Act), and measures to combat bullying in schools. “No one — no one — should be discriminated against because of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or religion,” she said at the time.

In March 2012, when President Obama was still “evolving” in his views on marriage equality, Warren said it was time for him to become fully evolved. “I want to see the president evolve because I believe that is right; marriage equality is morally right,” Warren told the Washington Blade. Two months later, the president expressed unequivocal support for marriage equality. He went on to be reelected in November, when Warren was elected to her first Senate term, beating Republican incumbent Scott Brown.

The 2012 campaign also featured an exception to Warren's pro-LGBTQ record, when she said that the court-ordered gender-confirmation surgery for a transgender prisoner was not a good use of tax dollars. Granted, the order was highly controversial, partly because the inmate was a convicted murderer. Three years later, in 2015, she was declining to say if her views had changed. Still, she has otherwise expressed strong support for the rights of trans people.

Her first year in office was marked by a speech to fellow senators urging them to pass ENDA, which would have banned workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. “This week we have a chance to vote on a law that is a measure of who we are as a people and what kind of world we want to build,” she said. “I believe in a world where equal means equal, and that is why I will be voting  to outlaw employment discrimination against my neighbors and my friends.” The Senate passed ENDA that year, but the bill never came to a vote in the House. The now-pending Equality Act includes the employment provisions of ENDA as well as bans on discrimination in housing, credit, and other areas.

Warren’s outspokenness on LGBTQ rights continued. In the summer of 2015, she wrote a commentary piece for Time magazine praising the Supreme Court’s recent marriage equality ruling. When looking at this equal marriage decision, Chief Justice John Roberts asserts that the Constitution ‘had nothing to do with it,’” she wrote. “He’s wrong. Our Constitution had everything to do with it — with the liberty of two adults to have their love treated the same as that of any other couple. And it is because of the tireless work of jurists, lawyers, husbands like Jim Obergefell, and countless other LGBT Americans who stepped forward to speak out, that our nation will no longer look away from what our Constitution requires.”

More recently, she has denounced Trump’s attempts to bar transgender people from the military, supported efforts to classify conversion therapy as fraud, and called for an end to discrimination against gay and bisexual men who wish to donate blood. When she announced earlier this year that she was forming the exploratory committee, making her the first Democrat to do so in this election cycle, she released a video that highlighted LGBTQ concerns and featured same-sex couples.

In January, she gave her first post-announcement interview to out MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow. The lengthy conversation dealt primarily with economic issues, the corruption of Trump's administration, and foreign policy. Watch it in three parts below.

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Don't think populists are voting for hardship. Brexit was sold to voters as being beneficial economically; few foresaw the current political chaos and potential economic difficulties of a crash-out. Likewise, Trump promised prosperity not hardship,-and boasted about having achieved it in his speech on Tuesday night.
          Frydenberg is wrong to support Ivanka and Donald Trump on the World Bank. It’d be better to let it die      Cache   Translate Page      
Mark Crosby, Monash University Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has offered support to Donald Trump’s pick for the World Bank Presidency. David Malpass is currently Under Secretary of the United States Treasury with responsibility for International Affairs, and his previous experience includes being chief economist at Bear Stearns prior to their collapse. Our Treasurers support is wrong […]
          The Bob Cesca Podcast: Matt Waterfeature      Cache   Translate Page      

http://bobcesca.com/podcast/020719/BCS020719.mp3?_=1

And now, the latest program from our podcasting affiliate, The Bob Cesca Show:

Matt Waterfeature -- NSFW; Theropodcaster David 'TRex' Ferguson from The TRex Report podcast is here; House Intelligence Committee and Adam Schiff getting ready to dance on Trump's head; Mommie Dearest and Fargo; The Trump Organization's odd purchases; The Eddie Haskell State of the Union; The vast disparity between Trump scandals and Democratic scandals; Elizabeth Warren and the Double Standard; The INF and NATO; Matt Gaetz is Congressman Chucklefuck; Sweaty Matt Whitaker subpoenaed; Butina's boyfriend indicted; and so much more.


          Trump snubs McCain during bill signing intended to honor him      Cache   Translate Page      
The Arizona senator's name was featured on the defense bill the president signed today, but not in the president's remarks at the bill signing.
          House VA committee to probe Trump-connected individuals' influence over VA      Cache   Translate Page      
Three men "ostensibly used their wealth and connections to President Trump and his family to make decisions" for the VA, according to Rep. Mark Takano.
          Trump declared to be in 'very good health' after annual physical      Cache   Translate Page      
After a four-hour examination, the White House doctor said Trump is likely to remain in good health for the "duration of his presidency."
          Comment on Saturday by dfordoom      Cache   Translate Page      
It was certainly inspiring to hear Donald Trump pledge to bring in immigrants in "the largest numbers ever." The Wall was an election stunt. Now he thinks he's going to have real trouble getting re-elected he's trying to pull the same three-card trick again. Trump is a pro-immigration fanatic.
          Open up and say 'ahh': Trump to receive annual medical exam      Cache   Translate Page      
Ronny Jackson, back at the White House but no longer the president's physician, is not expected to deliver a repeat of last year's news conference.
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Congressional negotiators have until Feb. 15 to pass a bill and get the president's approval.
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"The Republicans never did this to President Obama," Trump wrote, "there would be no time left to run government."
           Elizabeth Warren bewirbt sich um Präsidentschaftskandidatur       Cache   Translate Page      
Mit einer Kampfansage an die Reichen und Mächtigen will die linke demokratische US-Senatorin Elizabeth Warren bei der Präsidentschaftswahl 2020 Amtsinhaber Donald Trump herausfordern.
          Trump needles new presidential candidate Warren on Native American claims      Cache   Translate Page      
President Trump wasted little time Saturday before needling newly declared presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren over her controversial efforts to align herself with Native Americans.
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COGwriter Strategic Culture (SC) posted the following: Does Washington Rule the World? One of the most disturbing aspects of the past two years of Donald Trump foreign policy has been the assumption that decisions made by the United States are binding on the rest of the world. Apart from time of war, no other nation […]
          New Evidence Emerges Of Possible Wrongdoing By Trump Inaugural Committee      Cache   Translate Page      

Federal prosecutors in New York are circling Donald Trump’s inaugural committee as part of a wide-ranging investigation into possible money laundering, illegal contributions and cash-for-access schemes.

Now, WNYC and ProPublica have identified evidence of potential tax law violations by the committee.

A spokesman confirmed that the nonprofit 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee paid the Trump International Hotel a rate of $175,000 per day for event space — in spite of internal objections at the time that the rate was far too high. If the committee is deemed by auditors or prosecutors to have paid an above-market rate, that could violate tax laws prohibiting self-dealing, according to experts.

Tax law prohibits nonprofits from paying inflated prices to entities that are owned by people who also control or influence the nonprofit’s activities.

“Every legitimate nonprofit is very concerned with this,” said Doug White, a veteran adviser to tax exempt organizations, speaking generally. “You’re benefiting a private person, and you’re using the nonprofit to do it.”

The inaugural committee also spent at least $1.5 million at a hotel in which the investment firm of the committee’s chairman, Tom Barrack, held a small stake.

In addition, the inaugural nonprofit appears not to have disclosed multiple gifts to the committee on its tax return, as required by law.

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Trump divides Democrats with warning of creeping socialism | TheHill  The Hill

President Trump hadn't had much success dividing Democrats until he found a word that would provoke very different responses from different members of the ...


          Inside Trump's daily routine, which includes 3 to 4 hours of sleep, 'executive time,' and no breakfast      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • Leaked copies of President Donald Trump's daily schedules show he has spent nearly 60% of his working days in the last three months in blocks of "executive time." 
  • Scheduled alongside other events like briefings with top aides, meetings with world leaders, and running into the press, the unstructured blocks usually take up around 3-5 hours of the president's day. 
  • Here's what else is known about the president's schedule. 

Copies of President Donald Trump's daily schedules that were recently leaked to Axios show he has spent nearly 60% of his working days in the last three months in blocks of "executive time." 

These unstructured blocks are scheduled at the president's discretion and aren't listed with specific activities, unlike meeting with administration members, hosting world leaders, so there has been immense speculation about their value. 

Take a look at the daily schedule that also includes Fox News, tweeting time, and built-in breaks from his presidential duties.

SEE ALSO: A new mobile app lets you take a virtual tour of the White House — and you can even see this year's Christmas decorations

DON'T MISS: 21 scandals that rocked the Trump administration in 2018

Trump reportedly wakes up at 5:30 a.m. and sometimes begins making calls around 6 a.m.

According to CNN, Trump doesn't drink coffee to wake up.

Source: Business Insider



Trump reportedly sleeps only three to four hours a night, which he described as a success tactic. "How does somebody that's sleeping 12 and 14 hours a day compete with someone that's sleeping three or four?" he asked.

It's not clear whether or not Trump is part of the 1% of the population that appears to actually need less sleep, scientifically speaking. If he is not, Trump is severely sleep deprived, according to health professionals that generally recommend seven to eight hours of sleep.

Source: The Daily News



Breakfast isn't often a part of the president's routine, but when he does eat, he said his "favorite would be bacon and eggs — bacon medium and the eggs over-well."

Trump told Jesse Watters in 2016, "I will have a lunch, but my big thing is dinner."

Source: People



See the rest of the story at Business Insider
          Scott Walker Tweets on Job Creation      Cache   Translate Page      
From twitter: The U.S. economy added 304,000 new jobs in January. @POTUS @realDonaldTrump should highlight this positive economic news in his @SOTU address. More jobs, low unemployment. This reminds me that only as of November 2018 did Wisconsin meet and continuously exceed the goal of 250,000 new jobs that former Governor Scott Walker promised for […]
          Comment Trump a ouvert la voie à la taxation des Gafa      Cache   Translate Page      
ANALYSE. C'est une première. Près de 130 pays ont accepté de revoir les règles de la fiscalité du numérique. Un tournant historique que l'on doit en grande partie à la nouvelle position des Etats-Unis qui visent non seulement les Gafa mais aussi toutes les multinationales numérisées.
          Trump goes after Warren already....hahaha      Cache   Translate Page      
:lolg: :lolg:'See you on the campaign TRAIL' AND The 'First' Potential Native American Presidential Candidate'....:lolg: :lolg: ...
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          Paul Manafort Sold Out Donald Trump — and His Anonymous Leakers Are Lying about It Publicly      Cache   Translate Page      

Paul Manafort walked Konstantin Kilimnik through recent, highly detailed polling data in NYC on August 2, 2016. And he's willing to bet that lying about that fact is his best chance for a pardon. 

The post Paul Manafort Sold Out Donald Trump — and His Anonymous Leakers Are Lying about It Publicly appeared first on emptywheel.


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Now who can argue with that!?
          Russian Activist’s Testimony Provides Additional Evidence Trump Tower Russian Guests were there to Set Up the Trump Family!      Cache   Translate Page      
by Joe Hoft TheGatewayPundit.com February 9, 2019 We’ve already reported that Hillary Clinton’s campaign team, working with Glenn Simpson and Fusion GPS, likely set up the entire Trump Tower meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner as a way of entrapping the Trump campaign. An additional review of evidence from testimonies of events that […]
          Trump Campaign Knocks ‘Deceitful Fraud’ Elizabeth Warren As She Makes 2020 Bid Official      Cache   Translate Page      
by Tyler Durden ZeroHedge.com Sat, 02/09/2019 President Trump’s 2020 campaign manager took a hatchet to Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on Saturday ahead of her official presidential campaign kickoff. “Elizabeth Warren has already been exposed as a fraud by the Native Americans she impersonated and disrespected to advance her professional career, and the people of Massachusetts she […]
          Trump administration in 'direct contact with Venezuelan military and urging defections', says White House official      Cache   Translate Page      

Trump administration in 'direct contact with Venezuelan military and urging defections', says White House officialDonald Trump’s administration is holding direct talks with members of the Venezuelan military and urging them to abandon president Nicolas Maduro, according to a new report. Two weeks after opposition politician Juan Guaido declared himself Venezuela’s president and a succession of countries, including the US, recognised him as its “legitimate” leader, a White House official said it was speaking with members of the armed forces and hoping for more defections. The official also said Mr Trump was preparing new sanctions against Mr Maduro’s government.



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New pressure over Khashoggi death, Trump ignores deadlineWith pressure mounting in Washington and Riyadh, the US president theoretically had until the end of the day to designate those responsible for the murder of the Washington Post columnist, who was strangled and dismembered by Saudi agents in the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul on October 2. "Consistent with the previous administration's position and the constitutional separation of powers, the president maintains his discretion to decline to act on congressional committee requests when appropriate," a senior administration official said.



          Trump Physical 2019: President Trump Is in Very Good Health, Says White House Doctor      Cache   Translate Page      

President Donald Trump is “in very good health”, the White House doctor, Sean Conley, said after a four-hour physical examination. Dr. Sean

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          NEWS      Cache   Translate Page      



The Curmudgeons Inc.ⓒ is renowned for bringing you up to date and authoritative information so we've decided to create a new section entitled NEWS.

We will find items of interest from New Zealand and around the world and, with our intuitive insight interpret them for you.

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News from USA this week was dominated by Trump's 'State of the Nation' speech which was really just a load of old codswallop poorly read by him from an autocue. The many TV and other news cameras captured the speech and the audience but the footage and images largely went uninterpreted. We at The Curmudgeons Inc.ⓒ with our aforementioned intuitive insight are able to interpret the above image showing Mike Pence, Nancy Pelosi and Donald Trump having some kind of interaction.

Trump: Wha ... what are you doing Nancy?

Pelosi: I'm holding them Donald.

Trump: Holding what?

Pelosi: Your balls Donald.

Trump: My balls? Wha....?

Pelosi: And guess what Donald?

Trump: What Nancy?

Pelosi: I've got really small hands.

Trump: Wha....?

Pelosi: And I'm squeezing the little bastards flat Donald.

Trump: Ouch!

Pence: (thinking) Yes Nancy, and rub them to dust - heh heh.


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"While some try to stoke fear and paranoia (about the U.S.-Mexico border), El Paso will come together for a march and celebration that highlights the truth."
          SENATE FINDS NO EVIDENCE OF TRUMP CAMPAIGN COLLUSION WITH RUSSIA. MATTHEW WHITAKER TESTIFYING (HA Goodman)      Cache   Translate Page      



[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 10th, 2019.]
          Tom Fitton: Southern Border Has to be Secured w/ Military--Civilian Personnel NOT Enough      Cache   Translate Page      

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton appeared on "The Lars Larson Show" to discuss President Trump's remarks on border security and illegal immigration.



Related:

Shock poll: Democratic swing districts back wall, Trump immigration offer

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 10th, 2019.]
          Comment on Michael Hudson: The Shape of the Venezuelan Economy, from Chavez to Maduro and Beyond by Bob Anderson      Cache   Translate Page      
I see the opposite. Globalization is nearing its final stage. Global plutocracy and the factions are fighting it out. With Trump with the Erasian plutocrats side
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Der zweite Gipfel zwischen dem US-Präsidenten und dem nordkoreanischen Machthaber Kim Jong Un findet in der vietnamesischen Hauptstadt Hanoi statt, teilte Donald Trump auf Twitter mit. Das Treffen ist für den 27. und 28. Februar geplant.
          Reckoning time: Trump receives another medical check-up      Cache   Translate Page      
A doctor said he anticipates Mr Trump will remain in good health for the duration of his presidency and beyond.
          New Collection Asks: What Might The 'People's Future' Look Like?      Cache   Translate Page      
This collection of 25 stories from speculative fiction's sharpest voices presents visions of future Americas that are born, bloody and aching, from the peril and difficulty of this present moment. In his introduction, editor Victor LaValle writes about how this book derives from the project of its namesake, Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States — the story of this place, as told by its people, all of its people. Indigenous and immigrant, female and queer and poor, rural and urban; a history spoken by the voiceless. This collection is full of futures which belong to the same people Zinn centered. They are, in majority, not comfortable or easy futures — nor would one expect them to be, derived as they are from the second year of the Trump presidency and its pervasive damage to the marginalized of the United States. Several of these stories are brutal in their plausible despair — but all of them are rich with an undercurrent of, if not resistance, then the profound
          BlackedRaw – Teanna Trump Ride Along (12.02.2019)      Cache   Translate Page      
Tantalising Teanna rides around the city, showing off her stunning assets and giving all the passers-by something to dream about.
          Overblik: De vil udfordre Trump ved valget i 2020      Cache   Translate Page      
Flere demokrater har tilkendegivet, at de stiller op til præsidentvalget i 2020, mens andre stadig overvejer.
           Comment on February 9th – 2019 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #751 by iswhatitis       Cache   Translate Page      
Cleaned link (tracking stuff removed): https://www.donaldjtrump.com/landing/official-national-emergency-poll
           Comment on February 9th – 2019 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #751 by Bullseye       Cache   Translate Page      
Andy . I hope you're correct but it didn't hurt them enough in the midterms. Hopefully Americans wake up beffore its too late
           Comment on February 9th – 2019 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #751 by muskrat       Cache   Translate Page      
Hey ICE if you want the jack pot check the meat packing plants in Nebraska, but bring a lot of busses. I for one would like to see employers get thrown in same bus and deported, then pay a hefty fine and have to reapply for citizenship.
           Comment on February 9th – 2019 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #751 by Charlotte Powell Brooks       Cache   Translate Page      
Give "em all "the bird". She now claims her "Green" manifesto was fake.
           Comment on February 9th – 2019 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #751 by NC Patriot       Cache   Translate Page      
Devin Nunes said Cali just legalized "ballot harvesting" so the GOP better learn how to do that too----really quickly ! I heard him say that on one of the Fox shows recently. (Maria B. maybe)
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           Comment on February 9th – 2019 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #751 by Julia Adams       Cache   Translate Page      
Bull Sh$t
          Hillary Clinton Declares: “No National Emergency at U.S.-Mexico Border”      Cache   Translate Page      

Twice failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton claims “there’s no national emergency” at the U.S.-Mexico border.  In an astonishingly arrogant interview, Clinton boasted that President Trump was merely “frustrated” at his inability to push border wall [...]

The post Hillary Clinton Declares: “No National Emergency at U.S.-Mexico Border” appeared first on News Punch.


          Beto O'Rourke to deliver 'bold, ambitious speech' fuelling speculation over 2020 presidential bid      Cache   Translate Page      
Rally at US-Mexico border coincides with Trump address in Texas
          Does AG Whitaker’s Behavior During Testimony Indicate Trump Is Ready to Drop the Hammer?      Cache   Translate Page      

Acting AG Whitaker slammed Democrats at the House Judiciary Committee on Friday, hinting that Trump may be about to take decisive action against the rigged Mueller witch hunt.  The Democrats attempted to put on another [...]

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          Trump says summit with North Korea’s Kim will be in Hanoi, Vietnam      Cache   Translate Page      

President Trump said Friday that he will hold his second summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un in Hanoi and predicted that the authoritarian country would someday become "a great Economic Powerhouse" under Kim's leadership.

In a pair of tweets, Trump praised Kim and said his representatives had...


          Trump administration waives environmental review to replace more San Diego border fencing      Cache   Translate Page      

Describing San Diego’s border with Mexico as “an area of high illegal entry,” the Trump administration announced this week it is waiving environmental review requirements to speed up replacement of 12.4 miles of the secondary border fence.

This project was funded by a 2018 spending bill that allocated...


          Gang of serial killers murdering youg white men in the U.S      Cache   Translate Page      
https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/crime/item/31241-is-a-terrorist-serial-killer-gang-murdering-young-white-men-nationwide https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/retired-detective-explore-smiley-face-killers-gang-in-new-doc-despite-facing-criticism https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6607819/Gang-smiley-face-killers-drownings-hundreds-men-US.html It's a shocking claim: A shadowy serial-killing gang, with cells in cities nationwide, has been murdering college-age white men - for more than two decades. It's suspected the group might have already claimed hundreds of victims. Yet police agencies are uninterested in ferreting out the truth and instead write the killings off as accidents or undetermined. So say three retired NYPD detectives and a criminal-justice professor who have been investigating the deaths. The Daily Beast introduces the story, writing that on "the evening of Dec. 15, 2016, Dakota James called his friend Shelley in a panic." "He was cold, disoriented, and scared out of his mind, wandering the streets of downtown Pittsburgh, trying to find someone - anyone - who would help him," the site continues. "'I don't know where I am,' he told her, sobbing. 'I'm so cold. Please help me. I'm lost.'" James said the cops wouldn't help him. Confused, he told Shelley (her last name is kept confidential) he was on Pittsburgh's North Side when the cellphone location services he'd enabled with her put him on the South Side. What happened next was equally odd. Shelley drove to James' location, at a Springhill Suites on Water Street. "As she pulled up to the hotel," writes the Beast, "she saw a dark SUV in the wrong lane, facing the wrong direction. And Dakota was walking out of the hotel and straight toward the SUV." "'I pulled up not even 10 feet away from the SUV,' she said. 'I said, 'Dakota!' He turns, looks back then comes over to me, got in my car, and we left,'" the Beast also relates. James didn't appear drunk, Shelley says; he was walking straight and wasn't slurring words. Yet he didn't know how he'd wound up on the street and had lost four hours, between heading to some bars with coworkers at 7:15 p.m. and calling Shelley at approximately 11:15. So she suspected he'd been drugged. Yet James didn't want to talk much about the incident and the next day dismissed it as a bad hangover. Shelley might have done the same - except that James disappeared five weeks later. Forty days after that was found dead, floating in the Ohio River. Nonetheless, the Beast writes, his death was ruled an accidental drowning by the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office. But a team of retired detectives and a gang expert believe he's one of about 100 victims of the Smiley-Face Killers, an alleged organized gang of serial killers that communicates on the dark web, with cells in dozens of cities across the United States. An additional 250 cases might be connected, but they can't prove it, they say. James fits the profile of the other suspected victims: smart, athletic, popular, college-age white men who went out drinking and never came home, they say. More recently, some alleged victims have been openly , like Dakota. Like him, weeks later, their bodies were discovered in lakes or rivers with smiley-face or other graffiti specifically connected to the group spray-painted nearby. So far they've connected about 70 deaths with similar graffiti nearby. About 30 of the men, including Dakota James, had the date- drug GHB in their system, according to the autopsy reports. "Dakota was clearly murdered," Kevin Gannon, a retired New York City police sergeant who has devoted his life to solving these cases, told The Daily Beast. There were a number of indications this was so, including what appeared to be ligature marks around James' neck, indicating strangulation (the Beast provides more detail). Moreover, it's now theorized that the SUV occupant(s) might have been stalking James or doing a test run and that he might have disappeared Dec. 15 if Shelley hadn't arrived when she did. Gannon's quest to track down what he calls "one of the most dangerous domestic terrorist groups in the United States" began in February 1997, when he was an NYPD detective investigating the death of 20-year-old white man Patrick McNeil, who was found floating in the East River. Two more men the same approximate age were found dead during the next 15 months. Gannon retired in 2001, but continued investigating the cases after promising McNeil's that he wouldn't stop till he found her son's killer(s). He enlisted the aid of his former partner, Anthony Duarte and, after watching a news report about similar deaths in the Midwest, also teamed with Dr. Lee Gilbertson, a criminal-justice professor and gang expert at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. It's certainly a curious case. "The so-called Smiley Face murders first burst on to the public scene in April 2008 when Gannon, Duarte, and Gilbertson held a news conference in New York City about the deaths," the Beast tells us. Yet they know far more about the group today. "'The level of sophistication of the group is a lot greater than we'd imagined,' the Beast relates Gannon as saying. 'Now we know they communicate with each other on the dark web. We know there's surveillance and counter-surveillance.'" Moreover, "Each city has its own cohort or cell, said Gilbertson." The professor emphasizes that at issue is a serial-killing gang, with perhaps 12 individuals per cell. Five will go and commit a murder; the next time it's a different five. It's continually evolving, too, as members age out and leave the fold. Consequently, "They're constantly recruiting," he says In fact, the Beast also quotes Gilbertson as saying, "Years ago, we were on their dark-web webpage but it was asking us to turn on a video camera so they could see who was about to type in the password and there's no way we were doing that. And we didn't even have the password. We'd just been given their URL, so [we] went to it because we were told that's how they communicate." So how can this group continue operating? Gannon and his team have evidence and suspects, but Gilbertson says that since law enforcement won't investigate the cases as murders, there's no pressure on gang members to snitch. They can remain on the Dark Web and in the shadows. Of course, law enforcement states the evidence is insufficient to reopen the cases. And while it's not politically correct to say (just correct to say), homosexuals do live a higher-risk lifestyle in general, sometimes frequenting seedy bars, attending orgies, and consorting with perhaps dangerous people. Yet it appears that many if not most victims were not homosexual. Then there's the elephant in the room. Is it a coincidence that every alleged victim is not only young and male, but white? Were there even the allegation that perhaps hundreds of black men were being murdered by a serial-killer gang, it would be huge national news (and likely blamed on the Trump era). Yet the closest the Beast comes to even mentioning the clear racial angle is, "The motives for the murders range from gang initiation to hate crimes, Gannon said." This brings something to mind. In the Rotherham child -gang scandal, the sexual abuse and torture of approximately 1,400 white British girls by primarily Muslim perpetrators was allowed to continue for 16 years because cowardly British authorities were afraid of "racism" accusations. They even went so far as to force a whistleblower into "diversity training," warning her that she must never again implicate Muslim men. So assuming Gannon's theory is correct, could the same phenomenon be evident here? Could American authorities be turning a "See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" blind eye to these killings for fear of political correctness' bite? We already know this fear causes reluctance in many authorities to label "hate crimes" against whites just that. Yet Gannon is undeterred. "He has mortgaged his home and maxed out his credit cards trying to solve these cases," reports the Beast. Reflecting his dedication, victim Patrick McNeil's , 73-year-old Jackie, told the Beast that Gannon "is amazing.... On the anniversaries he'll call and say, 'I'm thinking about you.' I consider him a good friend." However valid Gannon's theory, it will finally be getting more attention. He, Duarte, Gilbertson, and another retired NYPD detective, Mike Donovan, will now be the stars of a television show, "Oxygen's Smiley Face Killers: The Hunt for Justice (video below), a new six-part limited series that premieres Saturday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m.," reports the Beast. "'It's been a difficult road and that's why we had to choose TV, to go to the court of public opinion,'" the Beast quotes Gannon as saying. "'We felt like there was no other option.'" The team hopes the publicity will inspire authorities to act.
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President Trump refused to provide lawmakers with a report on the killing of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, leading to complaints of a cover-up.
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           Comment on President Donald Trump Tweetstorm – The Saturday Edition by alex       Cache   Translate Page      
They must be hiding their elation to spare your feelings. All of my progressive friends are pretty darn happy. Seeing Roger Stone arrested was a blast! And we're just starting to see the type of oversight that the GOP abjectly failed at doing for two years.
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Trump says North Korea talks productive, summit will be in Hanoi The Saigon Times Daily U.S. President Donald Trump listens during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., February 1, 2019 – PHOTO: REUTERS WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – President Donald Trump said on Friday that U.S. diplomats had a “very […]
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from Reason.com, on Feb 8

Thank you to Eugene for the warm welcome! I look forward to many contributions and conversations on the blog.

The Intercept writes about disconcerting developments at the U.S.-Mexico border. According to reporters, a number of photojournalists, lawyers, and others have been increasingly subjected to secondary screenings, holding, searching of their cell phones, and even withholding of food and water when attempting to enter Mexico. Some have been sent back to the United States without ever being able to enter at all. Much of this appears to be the result of requests by the United States to have these individuals prevented from documenting how asylum seekers are treated or helping them to navigate the immigration process. One example of the role of photojournalists has been to provide evidence that U.S. Border Patrol agents routinely turn away asylum-seekers who crossed the border, failing to process them first as the law demands.

Mexican government agents seem to have been rather vague in their explanations for why journalists and others have been receiving secondary screenings or have been turned away, but a number have blamed it on instructions from the United States. The Trump administration has been putting pressure for some months on asylum seekers to wait in Mexico and only enter the United States once/if they receive a positive adjudication the U.S. immigration process. The recent stories from the border, including that immigration lawyers were prevented from entering, strengthens the suspicions of many that the Trump government is actually seeking to hinder even that possibility.

Underlying all these activities at the border is a deep layer of secrecy that my coauthor Cassandra Robertson and I have criticized before in our Emory Law Journal article about the no-fly list. For the recent events at the border, many questions remain unanswered. What criteria did the U.S. government use to put particular journalists and lawyers on watchlists that it shared with the Mexican government? How can inclusion on those lists be challenged? Is the Mexican government cooperating willingly when scrutinizing or rejecting the individuals on the lists or has the Trump administration threatened any sanctions if Mexico does not comply?

Lack of transparency breeds lack of transparency, and the denial of basic rights at the border--both for asylum-seekers and those who wish to aid them--does not bode well for the rule of law and human decency in the days to come.


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'Brilliant!'
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'I like my babies alive'
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She's been 'exposed as a fraud'
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Trump may skip deadline for report on Saudi journalist's murderRepublican and Democratic lawmakers triggered a provision of the Global Magnitsky human rights act in October, giving the administration 120 days until Feb. 8 to report on who was responsible for the death of Khashoggi and whether the United States would impose sanctions on that person or persons. Khashoggi, a U.S. resident who wrote for The Washington Post, was killed at a Saudi consulate in Turkey in early October, sparking global outrage. In Saudi Arabia, 11 suspects have been indicted in the murder, and officials have rejected accusations that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing.



          Por qué la gobernadora de Nuevo México desafía a Trump retirando tropas de la frontera - Univision      Cache   Translate Page      
Por qué la gobernadora de Nuevo México desafía a Trump retirando tropas de la frontera  Univision

La demócrata Michelle Luján ha saltado al debate nacional sobre inmigración al ordenar el repliegue de las tropas de la Guardia Nacional en el estado.

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Caso Khashoggi vuelve y tira contra las cuerdas a Trump  El Tiempo

Mandatario desoye petición del Congreso que pide castigar responsables del asesinato del periodista. | EEUU y Canadá | ElTiempo.com.

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          Nightly News Broadcast (Full) – February 08, 2019 | NBC Nightly News      Cache   Translate Page      

>>> BREAKING NEWS TONIGHT FEDERAL PROSECUTORS NOW INVESTIGATING AFTER THAT BOMBSHELL FROM THE RICHEST MAN IN THE WORLD AMAZON'S JEFF BEZOS ACCUSING "THE NATIONAL ENQUIRER" OF BLACKMAIL IS THE TABLOID'S PUBLISHER, CLOSE ALLY OF PRESIDENT TRUMP IN LEGAL JEOPARDY? >>> FIREWORKS AS THE ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL GETS GRILLED ABOUT MUELLER >> HAVE YOU EVER BEEN […]

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They're about to get tired of winning. Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images At about this time one year ago, things weren't looking good for the GOP. In the wake of a special Senate election in Alabama - in which the Republican Party had rallied behind the failed candidacy of a theocratic ephebophile - Democrats had jumped out to a commanding lead in the Congressional generic ballot. Money was flooding into Team Blue's campaign coffers. Republican incumbents were heading for the revolving doors. But GOP operatives insisted that the "blue wave" on the horizon would crest long before November - because the Trump Tax Cuts were about to kick in. Once voters saw fatter paychecks, Republicans would see better poll numbers. And just to be sure that voters noticed all the good Paul Ryan had done for them, the Trump administration reportedly pressured the IRS to err on the side of withholding too lit
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Den amerikanska senatorn Elizabeth Warren har inlett sin valkampanj inför presidentvalet 2020, där hon vill bli Demokraternas kandidat i kampen mot den sittande presidenten Donald Trump (Republikanerna).
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President Trump took aim at Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D-Mass.) official 2020 presidential announcement on Saturday, mocking her claims of Native American ancestry in a tweet claiming that Warren would run as the country's...
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A senadora, que representa Massachusetts, quer ser o nome do Partido Democrata contra Trump em 2020
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President Donald Trump said on Friday that U.S. diplomats had a “very productive meeting” with North Korean officials, and he announced his summit later this month with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would be held in Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi.

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President Donald Trump made clear that he does not plan to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping before a March 1 deadline to reach a deal to end a trade war between the world's two biggest economies.

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A recap of where investigations related to US President Donald Trump stand and what may lie ahead for him.
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Il commento . Il presidente Usa è esasperato dagli attacchi della stampa: contro il Washington Post e il suo editore ha più volte minacciato ritorsioni. Ha agitato lo spauracchio di indagini fiscali, di castighi economici, ma senza nessun risultato


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Last year President Trump was said to be in "excellent" health at his annual physical; this year, that's been somewhat downgraded to "very good," but considering the commander in chief's penchant for fast food and reluctance to hit the gym , he may not be distressed by the slight demotion. Dr....
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President Donald Trump said on Friday that U.S. diplomats had a “very productive meeting” with North Korean officials, and he announced his summit later this month with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would be held in Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi.

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A doctor said he anticipates Mr Trump will remain in good health for the duration of his presidency and beyond.
          CNN’s Jake Tapper Thought Buzzfeed Publishing Trump Dossier ‘Damaged Its Impact,’ Emails Reveal      Cache   Translate Page      
Them putting out lies cut into his ability to. Via Daily Wire: Buzzfeed’s unethical publishing of an unverified dossier alleging numerous salacious acts committed by President Donald Trump angered CNN anchor Jake Tapper. Emails released as part of a lawsuit reveal the CNN anchor told Buzzfeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith that publishing the document “makes the […]
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A gala not watched by middle class America. Via Fox News: After defending her ‘sarcastic clap’ directed at President Donald Trump during Tuesday’s State of the Union speech, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Ca., assured the public it was, in fact, sincere applause. “It wasn’t sarcastic,” she said to reporters on Wednesday. She added: […]
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The faux Hispanic. Via The Hill: Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) will headline a rally on Monday in El Paso at the same time that President Trump is set to hold a rally there. O’Rourke will join rally-goers in El Paso to “show the country the reality of the border,” according to a statement released […]
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Air traffic controllers and other airport workers were widely credited for ending the longest shutdown in US history.

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The Trump inaugural appears to have overpaid for space at Trump’s Washington hotel, a possible violation of the law.

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Liputan6.com, New York - Ada kota-kota yang ternyata lebih "powerful" ketimbang kota lain. Mereka memiliki kekuatan menarik modal, bisnis, serta khalayak. 10 kota ini berada di puncak Global Power City Index (GPCI) edisi 2019.

Dilansir dari World Economic Forum, kota-kota tersebut dipilih karena memiliki skor tinggi dalam enam kategori: ekonomi, penelitian dan pengembangan (research and development), interaksi budaya, kualitas hidup kota (livability), lingkungan, dan aksesibilitas.

Londinium, atau yang sekarang dikenal sebagai London, berada di posisi puncak negara paling kuat. Sumber kekuatan London ada pada kategori ekonomi, interaksi budaya, dan kualitas hidup kota.

Menyusul di posisi kedua adalah New York. Tak mengejutkan melihat kota itu unggul di sektor ekonomi mengingat Wall Street dan Nasdaq berpusat di sana. Empire State Building, Frick Collection, The The Met Museum, Trump Tower, Central Park, semua berdiri di kota ini sehingga menarik peminat bisnis maupun seni.

Tokyo muncul di posisi tiga mewakili Asia. Walau kota metropolitan dengan populasi sebesar Jakarta, kota tersebut mendapat predikat tinggi dalam kualitas hidup. Kota negara tetangga, Singapura, muncul di posisi 5. Tokyo dan Singapura bahkan mengalahkan Berlin, Amsterdam, dan Sydney.

Globalisasi menjadi faktor yang akan memperkuat kota-kota kuat ini. Sebab, orang-orang dan modal yang menyambangi kota tersebut akan menjadi magnet lebih banyak orang dan kekayaan.

"Maka, kota-kota yang berusaha menyajikan lingkungan urban yang menarik dan ramah bagi rakyat akan mendapat jaminan terbaik untuk sukses sebagai kota-kota global yang kuat," tulis laporan itu.

Berikut daftar 10 besar kota paling kuat di dunia:

10 besar

Orang-orang memetik tulip pada Hari Bunga Tulip Nasional di Dam Square, Amsterdam pada 19 Januari 2019. Acara ini merupakan awal musim bunga tulip internasional yang secara resmi dimulai hingga akhir April mendatang. (Robin Utrecht / ANP / AFP)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Lima besar dalam peringkat ini tidak berubah posisi dari tahun sebelumnnya. Terdapat empat kota Asia yang masuk daftar ini.

Tidak ada kota dari wilayah timur tengah maupun India yang menembus 10 besar. Kota-kota Nordik pun juga tidak masuk 10 besar, padahal negara-negara Nordik sering tampil teratas di beragam indeks yang bersifat positif, seperti negara paling bahagia.

1. London

2. New York

3. Tokyo

4. Paris

5. Singpaura

6. Amsterdam

7. Seoul

8. Berlin

9. Hong Kong

10. Sydney


          I’m not sure Ivanka knows what “empower” means      Cache   Translate Page      

The first daughter once again positions herself as a champion for working women – but only certain women.

US President Donald Trump displays the national security presidential memorandum launching the "Women's Global Development and Prosperity" initiative. Martin H. Simon/DPA/PA Images. All rights reserved.

Ivanka Trump has had numerous opportunities to do right by women workers in her life, and the record shows she hasn’t taken them. Since her father took office, she has adopted a number of pet projects related to women’s economic empowerment. Her latest effort is more of what we've come to expect from Ivanka: talk of empowerment without paying any attention to what really makes a difference. The Women's Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act of 2018 (WEEE Act), signed into law by President Donald Trump in early January, claims to “address gender-related barriers to economic growth and support women-led businesses” by mandating that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) take certain steps to be more gender-sensitive in grant making and reporting. The most significant piece requires USAID to dedicate at least 50% of its small- and medium-sized enterprise resources to target businesses owned by women. 

Despite its lofty title, this law has a limited scope and weak language. It pays lip service to gender-based violence, access to fundamental labour rights, and women’s access to property rights, but fails to establish measures to substantively address these important issues facing women workers. Jobs and economic empowerment opportunities are only useful insofar as they are good jobs – jobs that pay a living wage and allow workers to form unions, without fear of retaliation. There is no guarantee that because a business is woman-owned, that business will provide good jobs. And if an initiative is not pro-worker, it can’t claim to be pro-women.

From the first announcement of this legislation, there was reason to be heavily skeptical. As documented by the Washington Post in 2017, Ivanka Trump’s eponymous clothing brand was rife with reported labour abuses. The primarily women workers sewing clothes for the Ivanka Trump brand made some of the lowest wages in the world. Her company failed to take basic steps to improve its practices, like disclosing the list of its supplier factories or signing the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. The brand, which is now closed, was hardly a positive sign of Ivanka Trump’s commitment to working women.

Ivanka has also failed to take action to support a new international convention on gender-based violence in the workplace. Unlike the WEEE Act, this critical initiative would establish a global human rights standard around sexual harassment and violence at work, driving legal reform around the world. Unequal power relations in society and at work result in women, as well as trans and gender non-conforming people, facing increased exposure to violence and harassment at work. Yet no specific international standard exists on this issue. Governments around the globe have been involved in negotiating a ground-breaking new benchmark, yet the United States has been conspicuously unresponsive to solicitations for comment from the International Labour Organization.

Perhaps the most glaring omission from the WEEE Act is the millions of women whose economic opportunity isn’t of interest to the president’s daughter. The women from Central America seeking asylum at the US-Mexico border, for example. Is Ivanka Trump invested in their economic empowerment? Is she concerned about their access to decent jobs, affordable credit and financial institutions? Not likely, since no one in the Trump family has spoken out against the humanitarian crisis at the border. The United States played a key role in creating the economic conditions that led to many asylum seekers deciding to migrate in search of good jobs. Why not take action there? As with her previous efforts in this arena, Ivanka seems to focus exclusively on women entrepreneurs and business leaders. This excludes most working women.

It’s true that none of the mandates outlined in the law are necessarily harmful. All government agencies could benefit from taking a more gender-sensitive approach to their programs. But such a weak effort exists as talking point for Ivanka Trump, a feather in her cap. She wants to be perceived as pro-women, without actually challenging the power structures that afford her infinite privilege and access, and without challenging the root causes that keep the majority of women in the world in poverty. She wants to empower, but doesn’t want to give up her power to do so. This latest effort is a step in the right direction. But it is a step too small to register with the people who need it most.

In an era of fake news, an extra dose of skepticism serves you well. It’s time to apply that principle to the world of ‘women’s empowerment’ initiatives. We need to start asking: who is driving this change? Is this an evidence-based, bottom-up initiative to address the root causes of inequality, or is this a smokescreen to distract from the real causes of inequality? The one thing you can count on is that just because something says it is empowering doesn’t mean it is.

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The first daughter once again positions herself as a champion for working women – but only certain women.

US President Donald Trump displays the national security presidential memorandum launching the "Women's Global Development and Prosperity" initiative. Martin H. Simon/DPA/PA Images. All rights reserved.

Ivanka Trump has had numerous opportunities to do right by women workers in her life, and the record shows she hasn’t taken them. Since her father took office, she has adopted a number of pet projects related to women’s economic empowerment. Her latest effort is more of what we've come to expect from Ivanka: talk of empowerment without paying any attention to what really makes a difference. The Women's Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act of 2018 (WEEE Act), signed into law by President Donald Trump in early January, claims to “address gender-related barriers to economic growth and support women-led businesses” by mandating that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) take certain steps to be more gender-sensitive in grant making and reporting. The most significant piece requires USAID to dedicate at least 50% of its small- and medium-sized enterprise resources to target businesses owned by women. 

Despite its lofty title, this law has a limited scope and weak language. It pays lip service to gender-based violence, access to fundamental labour rights, and women’s access to property rights, but fails to establish measures to substantively address these important issues facing women workers. Jobs and economic empowerment opportunities are only useful insofar as they are good jobs – jobs that pay a living wage and allow workers to form unions, without fear of retaliation. There is no guarantee that because a business is woman-owned, that business will provide good jobs. And if an initiative is not pro-worker, it can’t claim to be pro-women.

From the first announcement of this legislation, there was reason to be heavily skeptical. As documented by the Washington Post in 2017, Ivanka Trump’s eponymous clothing brand was rife with reported labour abuses. The primarily women workers sewing clothes for the Ivanka Trump brand made some of the lowest wages in the world. Her company failed to take basic steps to improve its practices, like disclosing the list of its supplier factories or signing the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. The brand, which is now closed, was hardly a positive sign of Ivanka Trump’s commitment to working women.

Ivanka has also failed to take action to support a new international convention on gender-based violence in the workplace. Unlike the WEEE Act, this critical initiative would establish a global human rights standard around sexual harassment and violence at work, driving legal reform around the world. Unequal power relations in society and at work result in women, as well as trans and gender non-conforming people, facing increased exposure to violence and harassment at work. Yet no specific international standard exists on this issue. Governments around the globe have been involved in negotiating a ground-breaking new benchmark, yet the United States has been conspicuously unresponsive to solicitations for comment from the International Labour Organization.

Perhaps the most glaring omission from the WEEE Act is the millions of women whose economic opportunity isn’t of interest to the president’s daughter. The women from Central America seeking asylum at the US-Mexico border, for example. Is Ivanka Trump invested in their economic empowerment? Is she concerned about their access to decent jobs, affordable credit and financial institutions? Not likely, since no one in the Trump family has spoken out against the humanitarian crisis at the border. The United States played a key role in creating the economic conditions that led to many asylum seekers deciding to migrate in search of good jobs. Why not take action there? As with her previous efforts in this arena, Ivanka seems to focus exclusively on women entrepreneurs and business leaders. This excludes most working women.

It’s true that none of the mandates outlined in the law are necessarily harmful. All government agencies could benefit from taking a more gender-sensitive approach to their programs. But such a weak effort exists as talking point for Ivanka Trump, a feather in her cap. She wants to be perceived as pro-women, without actually challenging the power structures that afford her infinite privilege and access, and without challenging the root causes that keep the majority of women in the world in poverty. She wants to empower, but doesn’t want to give up her power to do so. This latest effort is a step in the right direction. But it is a step too small to register with the people who need it most.

In an era of fake news, an extra dose of skepticism serves you well. It’s time to apply that principle to the world of ‘women’s empowerment’ initiatives. We need to start asking: who is driving this change? Is this an evidence-based, bottom-up initiative to address the root causes of inequality, or is this a smokescreen to distract from the real causes of inequality? The one thing you can count on is that just because something says it is empowering doesn’t mean it is.

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          Deroy Murdock: Did a Trump robot really deliver the State of the Union speech?      Cache   Translate Page      
The State of the Union speech was not delivered by the man Democrats portray as a racist, sexist, immigrant-hating , cruel, anti-Semitic, divisive monster.
          Comment on Does AG Whitaker’s Behavior During Testimony Indicate Trump Is Ready to Drop the Hammer? by Pam Cooper      Cache   Translate Page      
I think Whitaker was just reacting to their ridiculous 'dog and pony show'. Those wolves were on my last nerve and I commend Mr Whitaker for conducting himself much better than I would.
          Comment on Does AG Whitaker’s Behavior During Testimony Indicate Trump Is Ready to Drop the Hammer? by clarioncaller      Cache   Translate Page      
The "Congressional Curia" coastal elites from Yale, Harvard, Stanford, and Georgetown look down on anyone who graduated from a 'state' school. AAG Whitaker knew exactly how to 'trigger' these self-righteous fools.
          **BREAKING** Trump just trolled the Dems and @AOC in epic fashion. Brilliant! (28 replies)      Cache   Translate Page      
Everyone get popcorn and grab beer, this is going to be unreal in the fallout. The plume is still rising and there is plenty of time yet to transpire prior to the dust settling....
           A Whopping 44 Ultra-Conservative Federal Judges Nears Confirmation - The Left is Hysterical. (23 replies)      Cache   Translate Page      
Friday, February 8, 2019 For two years, President Trump has been focusing on shaping the most important power centers in our government. The Supreme Court, The Senate, and Federal...
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Heres a perfect example of Trump derangement syndrome. In the past, Rep. Al Green (D-TX), has already forced two failed impeachment votes on the House floor and states in this article...
          ‘Brilliant!’ Trump supports Democrats’ Green Dream to ‘eliminate all planes, cars, cows & military’      Cache   Translate Page      
Preview US President Donald Trump has mocked the so-called Green New Deal initiative spearheaded by freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), seeking to ‘revolutionize’ the US economy by any means necessary.
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Palestinians in Hebron could now face another massacre - Middle East News - Haaretz.com: Israel just expelled the only international monitors protecting Hebron’s Palestinians from 800 heavily guarded far-right settlers, one of whom committed the 1994 massacre that triggered their deployment. No one expected Trump to respond - but where's the European outcry?
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Once routine, invitations to White House now a political minefield - The Boston Globe: An anti-Trump backlash has turned the traditional — and traditionally harmless and hokey — White House victory celebration into the new third rail of sports.
          God is a Republican      Cache   Translate Page      
I just read an op/ed piece attached to a Facebook post.  In a nutshell , it relates one woman's journey as she sheds the cloak of  Republican Christian indoctrination.  She was in her thirties she said when it dawned on her that the Evangelical Republican way of life was not the protective shield she had envisioned.  From her fine piece :

"I didn’t think much about politics or social issues in my20s and the first half of my 30s because my racial and socioeconomic privilegeafforded me the luxury of not paying attention. The extent of my politicalideology was that the Republican Party was the party of God and identifying asa Democrat was incompatible with calling oneself a Christian. So I votedRepublican."

The Op/Ed is a wonderful look into the mind of a person previously brainwashed who is now realizing just how damaging her previous lifestyle was to her own well being.  Her conversion to a saner and more healthy relationship with her religion did not happen over night.  It came in stages with Evangelical support of Trump being her last straw.  Now as she says, she has been gas lighted, ostracized, and looked down upon by those Good Christians she grew up with and lived with inside their protected culture somewhere out there in Bible Thumping Land.

I have been clear as to my feelings about organized religion.  It is not for me. "Not for me" being the key words.  However, after reading Elizabeth's piece regarding her life changing experience, I find some reassurance that some of the folks who never questioned their clerics, their dogma, do sometimes see the light that comes from their heaven and not from their pastor's image of that heaven.

I wish her luck.







          Défiant la polémique sur ses origines, Elisabeth Warren part à l’assaut de la Maison Blanche      Cache   Translate Page      
Candidate officielle depuis samedi à la présidentielle américaine de 2020, la sénatrice démocrate s’attaque à Donald Trump qui lui reproche de vouloir profiter de ses origines amérindiennes.
          Khashoggi : la pression monte à nouveau pour Riyad mais Trump fait la sourde oreille      Cache   Translate Page      
Les sénateurs avaient donné au président jusqu’à vendredi pour dire si Mohammed Ben Salman est responsable du meurtre du journaliste saoudien. Un appel qu’il a ignoré.
          Le deuxième sommet entre Trump et Kim Jong-un se tiendra à Hanoï, au Vietnam      Cache   Translate Page      
« J’ai hâte de faire avancer la cause de la paix ! », a déclaré le président américain. Les dirigeants s’étaient rencontrés une première fois à Singapour, en juin 2018.
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La Gobernadora de Nuevo México, Michelle Lujan, ordenó retirar a 118 elementos de la Guardia Nacional desplegados por Trump en la frontera
          Opinion | Littwin: Trump calls for a truce, but only if it means he can have everything he wants      Cache   Translate Page      
Like many of you out there, I have my personal favorite lie from Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech. But before I get to the reveal — there were so many lies to choose...
          EEUU ESTÁ EN CONTACTO DIRECTO CON MILITARES VENEZOLANOS, LES INSTA A DEJAR A MADURO: FUENTE      Cache   Translate Page      
Una fuente en Washington cercana a la oposición había expresado dudas sobre si el gobierno de Trump llegó a sentar las bases para promover un motín más amplio en las filas militares. WASHINGTON – Estados Unidos mantiene comunicaciones directas con miembros del ejército venezolano a quienes ha instado a abandonar al líder Nicolás Maduro y, además, prepara nuevas …
          Crawling to the Americans       Cache   Translate Page      

The May Government’s recognition of the American lackey, Juan Guaidó, as ‘interim president’ of Venezuela is the latest episode in what some British politicians still shamefully call the “special relationship” with the USA. The weakness of the British Government makes this meaningless gesture, which was given in the hope of future reward from the Trump administration, pointless. But crawling to the Americans comes as second nature to those sections of the ruling class who believe that their global interests are best preserved through the might of US imperialism.
Though the Trump administration has widened existing divisions within America’s ruling circles over immigration and minority rights, the entire American ruling class wants to establish US hegemony over the world. What divides them is how to achieve it.
Democrat leaders still believe in the ‘new world order’ although they now prefer to call it ‘globalisation’. Trump, on the other hand, represents circles who want to cut back US military expenditure in Europe and north-east Asia so that they can concentrate on controlling the global energy market by taking over the entire Middle East and restoring US imperialism’s hegemony over south and central America. This is why they’re itching to get their greedy hands on Venezuela's vast oil reserves, the biggest in the world.
When it suits them American, British and Franco-German imperialists will bang the drum of “human rights”. So reading from the American script the Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, says that: “The people of Venezuela have suffered enough. It is time for a new start, with free and fair elections in accordance with international democratic standards. The oppression of the illegitimate, kleptocratic Maduro regime must end. Those who continue to violate the human rights of ordinary Venezuelans under an illegitimate regime will be called to account. The Venezuelan people deserve a better future.”
The usual lies. But few are taken in these days. Attempts to build another “international coalition” to justify American military intervention and “regime change” have failed at the United Nations and the Organisation of American States. Ten members of the European Union have refused to endorse Juan Guaidó’s empty claim and Turkey has broken ranks with NATO to back the elected Maduro government that is also supported by Russia, People’s China, India, Cuba and Democratic Korea, as well as most of the Third World.
Those in favour of imperialist aggression are the most aggressive and greedy sections of the capitalist and landowning class. They looted and enslaved Africa and Asia in the 19th century, killing millions on their way. They are the people who sent millions to their deaths in two world wars to preserve and increase their fortunes.
They started the Korean War and the American interventions in Indo-China during the Cold War. These are the people who brought death and destruction in the name of “regime change” in Yugoslavia, Iraq and Libya. They are the ones behind the sectarian gunmen who tried the same in Syria.
They are the kind who live the life of Roman Emperors in their grand houses whilst workers slave in their factories for pennies and die broken and destitute in the slums of the great cities of the imperialist heartlands. Now they want to push the clock back in Venezuela.
The governance of Venezuela is a matter for the Venezuelan people alone to determine. They’re going to fight to defend their revolution, We must stand by them and the legitimate government of the Bolivarian republic.



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           Comment on Open Thread: State Of The Union by redarmyvodka       Cache   Translate Page      
Q Anon is fake news and I've never once claimed to support any of that garbage. What I do support is based on reality and a better grasp of the historical moment than you. Trump is indeed a multi-billionaire and has been the establishment's favorite son for years/decades, That doesn't change the fact that what he's achieving is revolutionary. Trump never claimed to be a WN Trump has much more in common with president Clinton. Trump’s entire agenda was considered mainstream in 1998 and someone like him should have been president in the 2000s. Instead we got Dubya the worst president in American history followed by the most mediocre/disappointing president in American history. In other words the cumulative effects of two terrible presidencies have taken a massive toll on America. Aryan Skynet was correct about Kushner/Ivanka though I'll give you that. Most people don’t understand the precise differences between the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government. That’s understandable most people aren’t specialists but some erroneously seem to think we elected a king and not a president. I’ve read on some blogs that people now demand a sixty year moratorium on legal immigration, At no point in the campaign did Trump call for a total end to legal immigration. What some of you people want is crazy and unrealistic matched with absurd expectations. Ending birthright citizenship would be a good thing that's a fair points but I think you’re underestimating the opposition to the president. There are people who want to impeach him and perhaps much worse. President Trump is very powerful but not invincible he needs allies. There is consensus on fighting crime/illegal immigration and boosting border security/creating legal walls at least from the GOP base and the US executive branch. Those are all worthy goals and doable here and now. Your proposals however are a little dangerous. What happens when most of the ideas you want fail as they inevitably will? Trump will have squandered political capital on high risk hail marys when he could have moved the ball down the field in a more cautious and realistic way instead. Now the argument against that is “we’re running out of time” hence all the doom and gloom but I’m not convinced. We’re barely two years into the presidency and a lot can happen. The presidential elections of 1860 and 1960 were the two biggest turning points in US history. I’d argue 2000 was as well albeit on a smaller scale. It’s not easy to undo the work of a president and Trump is very much a turning point in US history on par with 1860 and 1960.
           Comment on Open Thread: State Of The Union by Hipster Racist       Cache   Translate Page      
@redarmyvodka Spare us your faux-populism. You can read and write coherently, therefore, you're an "intellectual." The difference is you are purposefully lying to people who aren't as educated as you are, so that just makes you a dishonest intellectual. <blockquote> the movement however you want to define </blockquote> What "movement" is that? I'm not part of any "movement" with you. How in the world did you ever get that impression? <blockquote>Maybe you need a history lesson but political power is acquired and maintained mostly through unity. </blockquote> Why would I want to help YOU and your employers get power? What in the world makes you think we're on the same side? <blockquote>conspiracy theories </blockquote> Yeah, give us some more warmed-over #QAnon conspiracies about how indictments are on the way! Trump vs. the Deep State!
           Comment on Open Thread: State Of The Union by redarmyvodka       Cache   Translate Page      
Intellectuals and people in the media sphere are a terrible bunch always complaining and undermining the success/values of a society even when things are going well but wannabe intellectuals are perhaps even worse. I do think what occurs here and elsewhere matters in the sense that the movement however you want to define it has shown itself to be childish and immature reduced into petty factionalism demanding ideological purity as if we're in any position to be antagonizing others. Maybe you need a history lesson but political power is acquired and maintained mostly through unity. People need to be focusing on the next stage of progress most of which involves taking back our major cities, taking over the GOP, and winning local offices. We have a chance now with the Trump presidency to achieve so much more but that is being squandered. Spare me your conspiracy theories there are always several sides to an issue but only one right side. One verified with evidence, facts, and truth not wild imaginings and reckless speculation. I drop by once in a while because somebody has to give you a reality check.
          Comment on Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Said He Would Use “A Bullet” On Khashoggi in 2017 by Thomas Johnson      Cache   Translate Page      
I've yet to see a reason why I should care. What, you think these things don't regularly happen in that part of the world or does cloaking oneself in the robe of "journalist" give a person special status? The middle east lives by different rules. Get over it and don't go there. What's happening, here, is the imposition of colonial western value systems on the people of middle east who have a long history of rejecting it. The Khashoggi story exists only because Trump is in office and the Left think there is a button to push - the same Left who tells us Benghazi was about an Internet video. Yawn.
          Comment on Did National Enquirer Extort Jeff Bezos? by Estovir      Cache   Translate Page      
L4D, PH, et al are all paid to troll this forum given the author’s well known legal scholarship. They are best ignored and on occasion targeted with their own Saul Alinsky tactics. Ridicule Liberals Plot Revenge as Donald Trump Assumes the Presidency http://time.com/4641901/trump-inauguration-david-brock/
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La cumbre entre los mandatarios de Estados Unidos y de Corea del Norte tendrá lugar el 27 y 28 de febrero en Hanói. Vietnam ya había sido señalada como el lugar posible para este encuentro por sus buenas relaciones tanto con Washington como con Pyongyang.
          Filtran la agenda de Donald Trump: ¿qué hace el presidente en su 'tiempo ejecutivo'?      Cache   Translate Page      
Según la agenda, Donald Trump pasa un 60% de su horario de trabajo en actividades indefinidas, con casi 300 horas 'libres' y solo 77 dedicadas a reuniones programadas en los últimos meses. Durante su 'tiempo ejecutivo', el presidente se dedica a hacer llamadas, ver la televisión y tuitear.
          Comment on Did National Enquirer Extort Jeff Bezos? by Late4Dinner      Cache   Translate Page      
Ha-Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Manafort sold Trump down the river to Kilimnik. The polling data was so "detailed" Manafort and Gates had to go to Madrid to brief Kilimnik on it. The polling data was NOT "mostly public". But most mostly private in-house Trump polling data. And they didn't give it to Kilimnik in the Spring of 2016. They gave it to Kilinmik on August 2nd at the Madrid briefing meeting. When Trump finds out what Manafort really did, Manafort can kiss his pardon hopes goodbye. When Mueller connects the polling data that Manafort and Gates gave to Kilimnik with the DNC data analytics that the GRU hacked from the AWS cloud storage, the case in chief against members of the Trump campaign knowingly receiving, accepting and soliciting an illegal foreign campaign contribution from the Russian hack and leak operation will be ready to present in the form of a speaking indictment. Ha-ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!
          Comment on Did National Enquirer Extort Jeff Bezos? by Allan      Cache   Translate Page      
The "IF Girl" is at it again. "agreement may result in" | May or may not "when the seeds of the crime were planted. "| IF the seeds were planted "It has been reported that Trump was the other person" | It has been reported that Diane grows cantaloupes in her belly button. Is that true? "which would put him at the center of the conspiracy."| Relies on whether or not everything else is true and that doesn't place Trump in the center of anything. "If those reports are accurate"| IF Girl again ARGUMENTS FROM IGNORANCE I think Diane would be better off with the Blah, blah , blah... video.
          Comment on Trump Associate: “Our boy can become president of the USA and we can engineer it.” by Allan      Cache   Translate Page      
"Mr. Sater was . . . paid to deliver real estate deals. There are no pay stubs for people who work on commission, you financial nincompoop, you." How do you know Sater worked on commission? What was his rate? Where is the contract? The only thing you know about buying a selling property seems to be the real estate signs you see as you pass homes that are "for sale". You have shown us how ignorant you really are especially when it comes to high end real estate. There may be no pay stubs but along with compensation goes a paper trail. Show us the paper trail. Commission, Salary or whatever. Show us something that is not just part of your fantassy that is in print. The psychiatrists notes don't help.
          Comment on Trump Associate: “Our boy can become president of the USA and we can engineer it.” by Allan      Cache   Translate Page      
"Putin’s hack and leak operation was dedicated to the purpose of getting Trump elected." 1) We don't know which side any Russian activities may have helped. 2) Obama didn't do his job when he flat out stated Russian interference didn't exist. 3) As it turns out Trump is Putin's worst nightmare. 4) No one believes any votes were tampered with by the Russians. 5) Voter fraud in the US exists mostly because without voter fraud Democrats would be losing more elections. 6) Deimocratic operatives tell us how to commit election fraud on a massive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDc8PVCvfKs
          Comment on Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Said He Would Use “A Bullet” On Khashoggi in 2017 by Estovir      Cache   Translate Page      
This is moral leadership, one that Trump actually demonstrated when calling out the Left during his SOTU speech. Meanwhile, Peter Shill and his employer David “whataboutisms” Brock want to change the subject when it comes the irreligious left and their immorality NIMBY ### Governor Cuomo, Cardinal Dolan continue war of words over abortion https://cruxnow.com/church-in-the-usa/2019/02/08/governor-cuomo-cardinal-dolan-continue-war-of-words-over-abortion/ NEW YORK - More than two weeks after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law expanding legal protection for abortion, his battle with New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan continues in the op-ed pages of New York newspapers. In a Feb. 6 op-ed in the New York Times, Cuomo accused President Donald Trump and the “religious right”, including Dolan, of “spreading falsehoods about abortion laws to inflame their base.” “Activists on the far right continue to mislead with the ridiculous claim that the act will allow abortions up to a minute before birth,” he wrote. According to the law’s wording, the Reproductive Health Act will allow for abortions “within 24 weeks from the commencement of pregnancy, or (when) there is an absence of fetal viability, or at any time when necessary to protect a patient’s life or health.” The bill also removes act of abortion from the criminal code, and instead places it in the public-health code, and strips most safeguards and regulations on the procedure. Non-doctors will now be permitted to perform abortions. “While Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, and the Catholic Church are anti-choice, most Americans, including most Catholics, are pro-choice,” Cuomo said. “While governments may very well enact laws that are consistent with religious teaching, governments do not pass laws to be consistent with what any particular religion dictates.” Cuomo, himself a Catholic, said he signed the Reproductive Health Act “to protect against” the “extreme conservatives” who want to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the U.S. “The decisions I choose to make in my life, or in counseling my daughters, are based on my personal moral and religious beliefs,” Cuomo said, but the “oath of office is to the Constitutions of the United States and of the State of New York - not to the Catholic Church. My religion cannot demand favoritism as I execute my public duties.” New York has consistently been one of the most pro-choice states, and was the first to legalize abortion in 1970, three years prior to the passing of Roe v. Wade. It currently has the highest abortion rate in the nation. In a post to his personal blog, Dolan shot back, accusing Cuomo of “hiding behind labels” like the “religious right” to malign those opposed to abortion when it was convenient for him. “This is something new from the governor,” Dolan wrote. “He did not consider me part of the ‘religious right’ when seeking my help with the minimum wage increase, prison reform, protection of migrant workers, a welcome of immigrants and refugees, and advocacy for college programs for the state’s inmate population, which we were happy to partner with him on, because they were our causes too. I guess I was part of the ‘religious left’ in those cases.” Quoting former Democratic Pennsylvania Governor Robert Casey, Dolan noted that abortion is not about “right versus left, but right versus wrong.” Dolan also rejected Cuomo’s attempt to cast abortion as a “Catholic issue” instead of a human rights issue. “The governor also continues his attempt to reduce the advocacy for the human rights of the pre-born infant to a ‘Catholic issue,’ an insult to our allies of so many religions, or none at all. Governor Casey again: ‘I didn’t get my pro-life belief from my religion class in a Catholic school, but from my biology and U.S. Constitution classes,’” Dolan noted. Responding to Cuomo’s remarks that religion is personal, Dolan said: “Yes, religion is personal; it’s hardly private, as the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and struggle for civil rights so eloquently showed. Governor Cuomo’s professed faith teaches discrimination against immigrants is immoral, too. Does that mean he cannot let that moral principle guide his public policy? Clearly not.” “Debate abortion on what it is. Don’t hide behind labels like ‘right wing’ and ‘Catholic,’” the cardinal concluded. It is not the first time Cuomo and Dolan have exchanged words over the Reproductive Health Act, as well as the Child Victim’s Act, which extended the statute of limitations for reporting childhood sexual abuse. At a late January press conference, Cuomo slammed the Catholic Church over the sex abuse crisis: “Tell the truth. Jesus Christ teaches about truth and justice - social justice - and that’s not what the church did here,” he said. In a January 28 op-ed in the New York Post, Dolan criticized Cuomo for insulting the Church and for signing the “ghoulish radical abortion-expansion law.” “All this in a state that already had the most permissive abortion laws in the country,” the cardinal wrote. “Those who once told us that abortion had to remain safe, legal and rare now have made it dangerous, imposed and frequent.” Responding to Dolan’s criticism, as well as calls from several other bishops for his excommunication, Cuomo doubled down on his defense of separating his religion from his politics in comments to reporters: “I have my own Catholic beliefs, how I live my life. … That is my business as a Catholic…I don’t govern as a Catholic. I don’t legislate as a Catholic.”
          Expert: Nästa möte mellan Trump och Kim måste ge resultat      Cache   Translate Page      
Förra mötet i Singapore i juni i fjol var symboliskt viktigt, men innehöll inte så mycket konkret.När Donald Trump och Kim Jong-Un nu ska träffas för andra gången gäller det att leverera. De högt ställda förväntningarna innebär också risker, säger en Nordkoreaexpert.
          President Trump expected to sign executive order banning Chinese network equipment      Cache   Translate Page      

Huawei has been in hot water lately — governments around the world are banning its network equipment, it allegedly tried to steal technology for 'diamond glass' screens, and its CFO has been charged with wire fraud and conspiracy. A report from Politico claims that the White House is preparing to sign an executive order that would ban U.S. carriers from using Chinese telecom equipment, including products from Huawei.

The report claims that President Trump is expected to sign an executive order, possibly as soon as this coming week, that would ban the use of Chinese telecom equipment by U.S.

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          Trump Breaks Tradition, Doesn’t Let Nancy Pelosi Introduce Him at SOTU      Cache   Translate Page      
In a little-noticed breach of protocol, President Trump began his State of the Union speech before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi could introduce him.
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Reporter’s Diary from Venezuela
This is the personal view of the correspondent on today’s life of Caracas.
Translated by Scott

Day one…
Our Air France flight was grounded in Paris for 5 hours; no one wants to land in Venezuela in the middle of the night, due to the “dangerous criminal situation.” The airliner is half empty, the passengers, judging by nervous conversations, are only Venezuelans. A taxi driver, while leaving the airport, locks the doors, and sweetly warns that after dark, bandits scatter spikes on the roads and rob the stranded cars. “Oh, don’t worry, Amigo, I have an old car. They are not interested in old, cars.” That’s where you understand why Caracas is ranked first in the ranking of the most dangerous cities in the world. It’s too late for supper, but I at least want to exchange my US dollars for Venezuelan bolivars. I ask my cab driver. He violently shakes his head: “No, no, no. I do not mess with such things, it’s illegal!” “Whatever,” I laugh at him. “Tomorrow, someone will take the dollars, maybe even with my hands torn off.” I was wrong…
The following morning, no one at the hotel wants to look at my dollars. The hotel employee tells me to go to one of the official “exchange stores” but honestly adds: “only Americans, or complete jerks go there.”
In Venezuela, the official dollar exchange rate is 200 bolivars, and the “black market” exchange rate is 2,715. And if you exchange your currency in a bank, then according to this calculation, a bottle of ordinary water will cost 330 rubles, and a modest lunch in an inexpensive cafe—7,000 rubles per person. Judging by the stories on the Internet, in Venezuelan people should simply kill each other for dollars, but this is not the case. There is also other things different from perception. On western news, it is shown that demonstrators fight with police daily, tens killed, hundreds wounded, the sea of blood. But in Caracas, all is quiet. In an afternoon, people are sitting in cafes and idly sipping rum with ice, while maintenance crews sweep the streets. It turns out that the world ‘s leading TV new sources (including CNN and the BBC) show some fantasy film about Venezuela. “Demonstrations?” yawns Alejandro, a street vendor selling corn. “Well, Saturday there will be one, sort of. On one end of the city will be a rally of opposition supporters, and on the other, Maduro supporters. The police keep them separate to prevent fights.” Amazing. You browse the Internet, you turn on the TV, and you see the revolution, the people dying on streets to overthrow the “evil dictator Maduro.” And you come here, and nobody cares.
Then it got even better. Never in my life have I had so many adventures while trying to exchange one currency for another. The country has a problem with cash money, long queues waiting for the ATM, and even the street dealers of “currency” have no “efectivo,” as they call cash. I wander inside a jewelry store and ask if they want some “green.” The answer is “No.” Everyone acts like law-abiding citizens. I am told that police recently started arresting people for private exchange, that’s why people don’t want to associate. One owner of the jewelry store almost agrees. “What do you have? Dollars? No, I won’t take that.” “Why now?” “I take only the Euros …dollar, man, is the currency of the aggressor, they try to tell us how to live!”
Damn it! I have money in my pocket, and I can’t even buy lunch! Finally, a certain woman, nursing a baby in a workplace, very reluctantly agrees to exchange 2,200 bolivars for a “buck.” I want to curse her out, but I have to live somehow. Bolivars seem like a beautiful, unattainable currency, which hides all the benefits of the world, that’s why they are so hard to get. I’m nodding in agreement. The woman calls somewhere, and asks to wait. After 15 minutes she tells me that “there is a problem.” Of course, money is not to be found. Her man couldn’t withdraw them from the ATM, everywhere the ATMs are on a strict daily rate. “President Maduro is fighting for the strengthening of the national currency,” explained the nursing mother. “We all use our cards to pay for everything.” I don’t know how it works, but yesterday an exchange rate was 3,200 bolívars for 1 dollar, and today the “bucks” fell to 2,700. I have started to realize that in the very next few days I’ll starve to death with dollars in my pocket. A unique fate, perhaps, that has never happen in history.
In the next kiosk cash for gold place I am offered a plastic debit card loaded with local money, and then I would try my luck withdrawing bills from neighboring ATMs. “Or, maybe not, if you’re not lucky.” Well, of course. By the way, an attempt to buy a SIM card for the phone also fails. They don’t sell them to foreigners, you need a Venezuelan ID card. Yes, and I have nothing to pay for it. The feeling is that the dollar is a gift that no one wants. Sadly, I walk by stores. People come out of there with packages of eggs, bread, packs of butter. The range is not like in Moscow, of course, but again, if you believe the news on TV, Venezuela is suffering from a terrible famine, supermarkets are empty, and people are fighting each other for food. Nothing like that. There are queues, but not kilometers long. In general, television stations in the United States and Europe (and ours too) created their own Venezuela, drawn like a terrible cartoon. I walk into a cafe at random. “Will you accept dollars for lunch?” I ask hopelessly. “Yes, at the rate of “black market” they whispered to me. “But the change will also be in dollars…sorry, no bolivars at all…we’ve been hunting for them ourselves for weeks.”
My first day in Venezuela is over. How unusual. I’ve been here for 24 hours, and I’ve not held a Bolivian bill in my hand. Oh, but there will be more…

Day two…
60 liters of gasoline here cost five cents, and a basket of basic food products — 50 rubles (about 90 cents).
“The gas station,” my driver reaches into his purse and takes out a banknote of 2 Bolivar. The exchange rate of the Venezuelan currency changes every day, and today it is 2 580 bolivars per one dollar. In Russian money, that is 10 cents. “We must now fill a full tank,” says the taxi driver. 60 liters of gasoline cost 1 bolívar, but we give the 2 bolivars bill, because there is no 1 bolivar bill.  I can’t believe that is a full tank of fuel costs FIVE CENTS? “And how much can you even fill at this price?” “Once a day for every citizen. And it’s enough for me.” All the way to the center city, the driver scolds President Maduro, and tells me how much he loves America, and how it will be good when the “guy with mustache” is finally overthrow by the Americans. I start to think that I don’t feel sorry for Maduro at all. He really corrupted en entire country with such generous handouts. And they are willingly take, but no one says “thank you,” just that they want more and more.
On the street there is a long line into a “social supermarket,” a place you can buy 400 types of goods at the solid low prices. These shops were established by the late President Hugo Chavez “to fight inflation and protect the poor.” The stores are funded by the Venezuelan government. The buyer comes with a passport, gets a number, and waits in line until they are allowed to enter and buy a certain set of products. The selection isn’t very impressive, only the essentials: chicken, bananas, pineapples, sausages, milk. A box of these food items costs of equivalent of 50 rubles. CNN and the BBC show videos of Venezuelans wrapped in rolls of toilet paper and sadly wandering across the border with Colombia. The toilet paper is found in absolutely every store, and without any problems. I am once again simply amazed: Western TV news is something from Hollywood, they are not reporting but making fantasy blockbusters. On the BBC website I read that hungry Venezuelan children after school go to take a look at the street vendors cooking meat. I’ve been all over the town. Restaurants, cafes, eateries, during the lunch hour are crowded, and people look well-dressed. The mass hunger, the Western media paints for us, doesn’t exist in reality.
I take a few pictures inside the supermarket, and I am immediately approached by the workers or “Maduro followers.” “It’s forbidden to take pictures here.” “Is this a military facility?” “Leave or we’ll call the police.” “Listen, everywhere on TV they tell us that there is hunger in Venezuela. I want to prove that the reality is different.” “We are not interested, we just work here: leave immediately!” I started to understand perfectly well why Nicolas Maduro lost the information war. Hugo Chavez was often praised even in private conversations, but even Chavez supporters find little positive to say about Maduro.  When people protested against Hugo’s endless nominations as the head of state, he used to meet them with the open arms, smiling and saying : “Guys, what’s the problem? I’m your President, I love you, let’s sit down and talk!” Maduro doesn’t have this image of being one of the guys. He is not able to communicate with the public, and his assistants, like the employees of the social store, can only push and ban and threaten with the police.
On the streets, provincial farmers sell fruits and vegetables: mango, tomatoes, cucumbers. All about the same price of 25 rubles per kilogram. Here, a dozen eggs from street vendors is 4,800 bolivars or about 130 rubles, and that is not cheap. During the peak of oil prices, when a barrel of oil was sold for $150, Venezuela lived on the principle of a rich fool. To develop domestic production? No, what is that nonsense?  We can buy every triviality abroad. Even the managers of the oil production weren’t local, they hired specialists from Europe, and paid them a lot of money. Food imports into the country reached 95 percent. And now the situation is not too different. When I order my meal in a cafe (incidentally, still paying in dollars, all attempts to change dollars to bolivars failed), I get excellent pork. “Where is it from?” “From Colombia.” “And chicken?” “From Brazil, that’s why it’s so expensive.” Even flour for bread comes from neighboring Guyana. Chavez and his successor Maduro wanted to be “people’s presidents,” handing out money left and right. But then oil prices collapsed, food shortages began, and people rebelled. People demand as before: cheap food in supermarkets, gasoline for nothing, and they don’t want to hear anything more or less.
“Chavez was a great guy!” says a fan of the former president, 75-year-old Raul Romero, dressed in a red “chavist” shirt. “Maduro is nothing like him! There is speculators on the streets, he does nothing. In his time, Chavez arrested the dealers raising food  prices, closed their shops, confiscated land from landowners, and gave it to the people. We need a firm hand, a real dictatorship!”
In the TV world, Maduro is portrayed as a dictator and executioner, although in Venezuela, he is openly scolded for being meek; they draw cartoon of him, and insult him as much as they can. But who cares about the truth? Much more colorful to show the suffering for the toilet paper.
Day three…
“I got robbed by a COP for my phone. I’m talking on the cell phone outside, he walks over to me, pokes in my side with his gun. “Give me your mobile.”I don’t understand immediately, and automatically continue the conversation. He cocks his gun, and says, “Kill.” I give him my phone. It’s still good, I love being robbed by cops. They are not bandits from the “Barrios,” the poor neighborhoods in the mountains, who can shoot you first and then rummage your corpse’s pockets. I’m lucky, I’ve lived in Venezuela for 27 years and this was the first time I was “hop-stopped.” A lot of people get robbed every year.
I am talking to Mikhail, a citizen of Russia living in Venezuela since the beginning of the nineties. He helps me move around Caracas and instructs me on how to visit the local slums.
“You don’t have protection? Oh, who would doubt that. Then leave your watch, phone, and camera at the hotel. Take some money for a taxi, you also have to have some cash in case you get ambushed, otherwise they might get offended and kill you. Sometimes, people get shot in an arm and a leg, that survivable.”
After such a nice story, I still go to the “Barrios.” It is there that the supporters of President Nicolas Maduro mainly live. According to CNN and BBC, impoverished people in Venezuela are revolting against the government. Nothing can be further from the truth; it’s a wealthy middle class that goes to demonstrate. Maduro is applauded in poor neighborhoods, because the President gives their residents free food sets enough for a month and gives free (!) apartments. Formally, they belong to the state, but people live in them for generations.
“I will cut a throat for the President,” a heavily-tattooed man smiles menacingly, and introduces himself as Emilio. “Who else would give me food and a ‘roof ‘ for free? He is our father and benefactor.” Maduro deliberately does not touch such people, which is why crime in Caracas gushes over the edge. I am advised not to stop on the street to look at anything, but just to keep going, otherwise bandits will have time to look closely at me. That’s why they have constant robberies on the streets, plus the police and the national guard can easily take away your favorite things. No one can be happy about all these. “I love Russians,” told me the businessman Carlos while conversing over coffee near the Plaza de Bolivar. “But you’d better send Maduro economic advisers. Teach him a lesson! He doesn’t know anything about economy. He has one recipe for everything, to give more money to the poor, more free apartments, free food, free gasoline, to build a full communism here. But with this, sorry, any state would collapse.”
The opposition rally in the Western part of Caracas is huge, at least 100 thousand people gathered. The protesters are friendly to me, Russia here is respected. It is not considered an enemy. Zero aggression at all… and then I  wonder about what I see on CNN, videos of the opposition being rolled into a pancake by tanks. The police keep the neutrality, it disappears from the streets, to not give a cause to provocateurs. People are happily waving flying in the sky military helicopter. Many-in t-shirts with the American flag, a man passes by, holding a hand-written poster with the altered slogan of Donald Trump -“Make Venezuela great again.” “Do you love the U.S.?” “Yes, adore it!” “I remember you already had a pro-American President in 1993, Carlos Andrés Pérez. He sharply raised the price of gasoline, 80% of the goods were imported, he drove the republic into billions of IMF debts. People went to demonstrations, and Pérez drowned them in blood, killing 2,000 people…then he fled to America.”
The man freezes, with his mouth open. Finally, he gets the gift of speech back. “I hope this time the pro-American President will be different.” “Are you sure?” “Sorry, I have nothing to say.” Asking the girl from the opposition how she feels about the US: “The US is our neighbor, let them change the power here.” “In countries where the US changed power like Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, hundreds of thousands people were killed. Are you ready for this?”
Again, she pauses and sighs.
“No, no, no. We are not Africa or Asia. All will go peacefully. Venezuelans will not kill each other.”
Where the opinions splits is the question of whether the free gasoline and free food packages will remain with an American-instilled government. Many are sincerely sure that the “freebies” will remain under a new president. How else? The minority that recognizes that state gifts will be canceled say that they at least “we will be free.” As I said, the protesters are mostly well-dressed, well-off people. By the way, the leader of the opposition, Juan Guido, also has no real economic program promising to “quadruple the oil production.” No one thinks that after that price will fall four times. In short, I get a feeling that neither the President, nor the opposition, know anything about the economy in Venezuela.
The demonstrations in support of Maduro take place at the other end of the city, to prevent the opponents from fighting. “You Americans are insolent!” screamed an old woman in a red t-shirt rushing towards me. “Bastards! You should be handed on a first tree! Cheers to socialism!” “I’m Russian, grandma.” The old lady recoils.  “Sorry, please.” “Don’t get that upset, senora.” Many people gathered here are joyful, dancing and singing.
A soldiers stands in front of me and doesn’t allow me to take any pictures. Not just me, but also other passers-by. “You can’t take pictures here.” “Says who?” “President Maduro.” No, Maduro is definitely doing everything he can to be disliked. Those gathering here are poor, blue-collared workers and farmers from the suburbs. I am interested , honestly, were you brought here on the busses? “Yes, he did!” says one grandfather, proudly displaying a portrait of Che Guevara. “But I would walk here for Maduro! It’s a lie that we were paid to be here.” Other people applaud him happily. I shake hands. “Russians are welcome! Venezuela loves you, you’re home.”
The day of rallies is over. The maintenance crews came to the sidewalk, strewn with plastic bottles, crumpled packs of cigarettes, and other debris left after by a cloud. At the entrance of an old house, old people drink coffee. “They say that today some general has defected to the side of the opposition,” says one of them. “Some significant person.” “What’s this guy’s name?” “Who knows?” Venezuela is split in half. And the situation there may change at any moment.




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          British analyst: Venezuelan patriotism, Russian support will be crucial to defending Venezuela from US aggression      Cache   Translate Page      
03 February 2019
British political analyst says that Venezuelan patriotism and Russian support will be crucial to defending Venezuela from the aggression of the United States that is now intent on reasserting its authority in the international arena at the expense of the Venezuelan people after its defeat in Syria.
Dr. Marcus Papadopoulos’s remarks came during an interview with the Syria Times e-newspaper about the reasons behind Washington’s currently attempts to engineer a coup in Venezuela and how Caracas can prevent U.S. from reaching its goals.
“There is more than one reason behind Washington’s attempts to engineer a coup in Venezuela.  I hold the view that there are two key reasons accounting for America’s brazen act of aggression against Venezuela’s sovereignty, and that these are equal in significance to each other,” the analyst said.
He made it clear that one of the reasons for why the Americans are currently trying to overthrow the democratically elected president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro is the fact that Venezuela’s oil industry is nationalised and Caracas pursues an independent foreign policy.
“This deprives American energy companies, such as ExxonMobil, from taking control of Venezuela’s energy sector and exploiting it for their own gains,” Dr. Papadopoulos added, asserting that the US has an unquenchable thirst for oil and has, historically, gone to monstrously criminal lengths to secure control of, and access to, the largest oil producing markets in the world, most notably in the Middle East.
“With Venezuela geographically situated in what is, traditionally speaking, America’s sphere of influence, policy-makers in Washington are determined to take control of the country’s oil and gas industry, even if this means using military force to do so, as the Americans did in Iraq,” the analyst stated.
He emphasized that Venezuela is a major energy player in global affairs since it is , according to some sources, home to the world’s largest crude-oil reserves, while the country also sits on one of the largest reserves of natural gas in the world.
The close relationship between Venezuela and Russia
The other reason accounting for the US’ interference in the Latin American country, concerns the close relationship between Venezuela and Russia, according to the analyst, who  indicated that for some 20 years now, Caracas and Moscow have cultivated intimate relations with each other in the political, economic and military spheres.
“Today, Russia is the leading supplier of military hardware to Venezuela, and late last year reports surfaced about Russian plans to construct an air base for itself on the Venezuela island of La Orchila which would host Russian strategic bombers capable of delivering nuclear payloads,” Dr. Papadopoulos said
He went on to say:
“The prospect of a Russian military base in Venezuela, and one that can accommodate Russian nuclear bombers, is something that the Americans will bitterly resist.  Whilst Russia is only responding to the increasingly dangerous presence of NATO on its western border, coupled with both the threatening American missile shield in Eastern Europe and Washington’s diabolical withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the US is determined that its tormenting behaviour on the international stage remains unimpeded hence why the Americans are trying to overthrow President Maduro and replace him with the pro-American puppet, Juan Guaido.”
The analyst stressed that a Venezuela led by the legally and electorally illegitimate Guaido would end political, economic and military co-operation with Russia and make the Latin American country, once again, subservient to the US.
In a response to a question about how Caracas can avoid a military confrontation with U.S, Dr. Papadopoulos said: “Russia is the only country that can either deter Washington from embarking on a military confrontation with Venezuela or indirectly defeat an American military campaign against Caracas, with the aim of overthrowing the legal government of President Maduro.”
“I draw a comparison with how Russia came to the aid of Cuba, following the Cuban Revolution, when the country was faced with imminent American military aggression with the objective of overthrowing Fidel Castro.  In that situation, Moscow ultimately ensured the survival of the Cuban Revolution and, with it, the independence and sovereignty of Cuba.  Russia will be all-important in defending Venezuela and the Venezuelan people from the clutches of Messrs. Trump and Bolton.”
Besides the essential support of Russia, both economically and militarily, the prowess of the National Bolivarian Armed Forces of Venezuela and the patriotism and fiercely independent nature of the Venezuelan people  are main obstacles for US quick military intervention against Caracas, as stated by Dr. Papadopoulos, who indicated that the US could ignite a war in Venezuela in which large parts of the Venezuela population and the economic infrastructure of the country are consumed by a fireball.
U.S. has no moral compunction in starting a war
“The US has no moral compunction in starting a war – either through an invasion or a bombing campaign, or through supporting illegally armed groups – so as to seize control of a country’s economic and military infrastructure and impose a compliant government in the country’s capital. Washington rained down death and destruction on Syria but the Syrian people, aided by Russia, thwarted American ambitions in the country.  Because of their defeat in Syria, the Americans are angry – very, very angry, and are now intent on reasserting their authority in the international arena at the expense of the Venezuelan people.  So the world could, at some point, be witness to Washington raining down death and destruction on Venezuela and its people,” the analyst affirmed.
He, in addition, made it clear that economic sanctions are one of the most potent weapons in the US’ armoury hence the Venezuelan Government could be vulnerable to Washington’s endeavours to instigate a coup through economic strangulation of Venezuela’s economy.
“However, providing that Venezuela still keeps producing and selling oil and gas, and providing that Moscow is able to economically assist Caracas, then Venezuela stands a reasonably good chance of prevailing against American aggression,” concluded, Dr. Papadopoulos, the founder and editor of Politics First magazine.
On January, 24, 2019, an open letter- signed by 70 scholars and Latin America, political science, and history as well as filmmakers, civil society leaders, and other experts- was issued in opposition to ongoing intervention by the United States in Venezuela.
The letter underlined that actions by the Trump administration and its allies in the hemisphere are almost certain to make the situation in Venezuela worse, leading to unnecessary human suffering, violence, and instability.


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Furor says on February 9, 2019 at 6:31 pm <blockquote>Such posters certainly don’t contribute to convincing argumentation because people will have difficulties imagining how LGBT marches affect them in any way. Divorces, abortions, heterosexual relations will continue to be way more important for the shape of society than LGBT issues.</blockquote> It's not the LGBT marches that people worry about, it's when the LGBT ideology is in the halls of power and seeks to dominate, as when the Obama administration went large with its <em>Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students</em>, notifying schools that they must open up restrooms and locker rooms on the basis of gender identity or lose federal funding. If you happened to be a parent with a daughter in school that would be pretty important. Even though the letter was stopped by an injunction and then rescinded by the Trump administration, many school districts voluntarily adopted the policies of the <em>Letter</em>. That is not good enough for the LGBT ideologues, though, because unisex restrooms and locker rooms are no good at all unless they are <em>mandatory</em>. If or when the Democrats ever come back into power, they will pick up the <em>Letter</em> where it left off and pursue it with a vengeance.
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Al doilea summit intre presedintele american, Donald Trump, si liderul nord-coreean, Kim Jong Un, va avea loc la Hanoi, capitala Vietnamului, la 27 si 28 februarie, a anuntat vineri liderul administratiei de la Casa Alba intr-un mesaj pe Twitter, transmite AFP.
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          Comentario en Trump anuncia que segunda cumbre con Kim Jong-un será en Hanói por Duniel      Cache   Translate Page      
Dejar el pasado atrás y vivir el presente mirando hacia el futuro nunca olvidando lá historia y nuestras mártires es cosa de sábios y es lo que lê hace falta a cuba pa acabar de despegar dejar de falarmos tantos por política y pensar mas en el desarrollo
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Se te olvido mencionar que se llevan bien porque él bloqueo que le tenían puesto a Vietnam se lo quitaron hace décadas, y creame ellos no solo recuerdan, se daría cuenta si escuchara las palabras del pueblo y sus dirigentes.
          Diundang ke KTT Perdamaian Timur Tengah, Palestina Tegaskan Tak akan Hadir      Cache   Translate Page      

Liputan6.com, New York - Seorang pejabat tinggi Amerika Serikat mengatakan bahwa Palestina diundang ke konferensi tentang Timur Tengah yang diadakan Polandia pekan depan.

Namun, pejabat-pejabat tinggi Palestina menegaskan mereka tidak akan hadir, demikian dikutip dari laman VOA Indonesia, Minggu (10/2/2019).

Menurut pejabat Amerika itu, dalam konferensi dijadwalkan penasihat senior Gedung Putih, Jared Kushner, akan memaparkan rencana perdamaian antara Palestina dan Israel.

Presiden Palestina Mahmoud Abbas menyarankan Amerika Serikat membatalkan keputusannya mengakui Yerusalem sebagai ibukota Israel dan memulihkan bantuan kepada bangsa Palestina.

Abbas mengemukakan alasan bahwa kedua isu itu merongrong usaha untuk mewujudkan solusi dua negara terhadap konflik yang sudah lama berlangsung.

Menurut Kementerian Luar Negeri Amerika, lebih dari 40 negara diundang ke konferensi itu yang akan diadakan di Warsawa dari tanggal 12 hingga 14 Februari.

 

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Pangeran William dari Inggris berjabat tangan dengan Presiden Palestina Mahmud Abbas di Tepi Barat Kota Ramallah, (27/6). Pada kunjungannya, Pangeran William mengharapkan perdamaian abadi di Timur Tengah. (AFP PHOTO / Pool / Alaa Badarneh)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Presiden Palestina Mahmoud Abbas mengemukakan di PBB pada Selasa (15/1) bahwa Israel menghambat perkembangan di Timur Tengah karena menduduki wilayah Palestina, dan ia kembali berseru bagi pendirian negara Palestina merdeka.

Mahmoud Abbas mengemukakan hal ini dalam upacara serah-terima jabatan ketua Kelompok 77 dan China dari Mesir kepada Palestina di markas PBB, New York. Palestina berstatus peninjau di PBB tetapi dengan mengetuai kelompok terbesar negara berkembang di badan dunia itu profilnya naik.

Di hadapan hadirin Abbas mengatakan "kolonisasi dan pendudukan Israel yang berlanjut di negara Palestina merongrong pembangunan dan kemampuan Palestina untuk bekerjasama dan berkordinasi dan menghambat pembangunan masa depan yang terpadu bagi semua bangsa di kawasan".

Seterusnya Abbas mengatakan, ia komit pada "penyelesaian damai dan mengakhiri pendudukan serta perwujudan negara Palestina merdeka dengan Yerusalem timur sebagai ibukotanya, hidup berdampingan secara damai dan aman dengan negara Israel".

Abbas memutuskan hubungan dengan pemerintahan Trump dan berikrar akan menentang tiap usul perdamaian dari Amerika, yang ia katakan bakal bias memihak Israel.

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          Daftar 10 Kota Terkuat di Dunia, Mana Saja?      Cache   Translate Page      

Liputan6.com, New York - Ada kota-kota yang ternyata lebih "powerful" ketimbang kota lain. Mereka memiliki kekuatan menarik modal, bisnis, serta khalayak. 10 kota ini berada di puncak Global Power City Index (GPCI) edisi 2019.

Dilansir dari World Economic Forum, kota-kota tersebut dipilih karena memiliki skor tinggi dalam enam kategori: ekonomi, penelitian dan pengembangan (research and development), interaksi budaya, kualitas hidup kota (livability), lingkungan, dan aksesibilitas.

Londinium, atau yang sekarang dikenal sebagai London, berada di posisi puncak negara paling kuat. Sumber kekuatan London ada pada kategori ekonomi, interaksi budaya, dan kualitas hidup kota.

Menyusul di posisi kedua adalah New York. Tak mengejutkan melihat kota itu unggul di sektor ekonomi mengingat Wall Street dan Nasdaq berpusat di sana. Empire State Building, Frick Collection, The The Met Museum, Trump Tower, Central Park, semua berdiri di kota ini sehingga menarik peminat bisnis maupun seni.

Tokyo muncul di posisi tiga mewakili Asia. Walau kota metropolitan dengan populasi sebesar Jakarta, kota tersebut mendapat predikat tinggi dalam kualitas hidup. Kota negara tetangga, Singapura, muncul di posisi 5. Tokyo dan Singapura bahkan mengalahkan Berlin, Amsterdam, dan Sydney.

Globalisasi menjadi faktor yang akan memperkuat kota-kota kuat ini. Sebab, orang-orang dan modal yang menyambangi kota tersebut akan menjadi magnet lebih banyak orang dan kekayaan.

"Maka, kota-kota yang berusaha menyajikan lingkungan urban yang menarik dan ramah bagi rakyat akan mendapat jaminan terbaik untuk sukses sebagai kota-kota global yang kuat," tulis laporan itu.

Berikut daftar 10 besar kota paling kuat di dunia:

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Orang-orang memetik tulip pada Hari Bunga Tulip Nasional di Dam Square, Amsterdam pada 19 Januari 2019. Acara ini merupakan awal musim bunga tulip internasional yang secara resmi dimulai hingga akhir April mendatang. (Robin Utrecht / ANP / AFP)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Lima besar dalam peringkat ini tidak berubah posisi dari tahun sebelumnnya. Terdapat empat kota Asia yang masuk daftar ini.

Tidak ada kota dari wilayah timur tengah maupun India yang menembus 10 besar. Kota-kota Nordik pun juga tidak masuk 10 besar, padahal negara-negara Nordik sering tampil teratas di beragam indeks yang bersifat positif, seperti negara paling bahagia.

1. London

2. New York

3. Tokyo

4. Paris

5. Singpaura

6. Amsterdam

7. Seoul

8. Berlin

9. Hong Kong

10. Sydney


          Democratische senator Elizabeth Warren stelt zich kandidaat voor presidentsverkiezingen 2020      Cache   Translate Page      
De Amerikaanse senator Elizabeth Warren, die door president Donald Trump soms misprijzend Pocahontas wordt genoemd omwille van haar verre inheemse...
          Trump adviser Stone: I’m not Kim Kardashian, don’t need gag order      Cache   Translate Page      
U.S. President Donald Trump's longtime adviser Roger Stone on Friday urged a federal judge not to ban him from talking about his criminal case in the Russia probe, saying that unlike Kim Kardashian he was little known to the public and that he did not need a gag order.
          Trump afviser krav om at pege på en skyldig i Khashoggi-sag       Cache   Translate Page      
Præsidenten mener ikke, at han har pligt til at overholde frist fra Kongressen.
          德国《明镜周刊》采访美国《纽约时报》发行人      Cache   Translate Page      
德国《明镜周刊》在1月初采访了美国《纽约时报》的发行人 Arthur Gregg Sulzberger (该采访的英文版可以在此处找到)。
Arthur Gregg Sulzberger

DER SPIEGEL: Autographed photos of U.S. presidents hang in The Times' boardroom. Former president Richard Nixon signed his picture with the following words: "To the New York Times: Some read it and like it. Some read it and don't like it. But everybody reads it." When Trump visited The New York Times two years ago, your father took him past Nixon's photo and said, "That was the last president to mess with the free press. Remember how it ended for him." Has Trump left a note on his picture?

Sulzberger: Yes. He wrote: "Arthur - Great Being with You - MAGA. Best Wishes!" The photos of the presidents have a long tradition in The Times. We have seen many governments. Trump is another one we report on.

川普在纽约时报
我的感想:
第一,上一任纽约时报发行人警告川普,看尼克松,这是最后一位试图扰乱出版自由的美国总统,请记住他的下场!
第二,纽约时报经历了太多任美国总统,川普只是其中一位。167年的历史确实不是盖的。

再摘一句 Sulzberger 的话:To produce good journalism, there are no shortcuts. You have to be out there and doing the hard work. (Read Claas Relotius)

          Retira Nuevo México soldados en frontera      Cache   Translate Page      
La Gobernadora de Nuevo México, Michelle Lujan, ordenó retirar a 118 elementos de la Guardia Nacional desplegados por Trump en la frontera
           Comment on Politically Incorrect: If progressives can be counted upon to support corporate hacks we will get corporate hacks. by ivankinsman       Cache   Translate Page      
Sometimes I like to visit the Watts Up WIth That website to argue with the US climate skeptics (and pretty much Trump/Republican supporters) about AGW, which most of them outright deny is happening. I was amused to read these comments today - as this is how the extreme right view socialism: Gerard J O’Dowd commented on Democrats Didn’t Clap As Trump Touted American Energy Boom In SOTU. in response to Dave Burton: Actually, I think the Left’s vision for America is approximately a larger version of Belgium: nihilist, socialist, dysfunctional, and inconsequential. Not to mention unrestricted immigration from all Middle East countries including those without vetting of passport holders.
          David Von Drehle — That Green New Deal has some seeing only red ink      Cache   Translate Page      
Which brings us to the common ground that Trump shares with Ocasio-Cortez: Neither one believes in budgets. Central to the Green New Deal is a formulation known as modern monetary theory, which holds that the spending power of a sovereign government is limited only by its productive resources. Trump's fiscal insanity - massive spending along with pleas for lower interest rates - is modern monetary theory in all but name, and his trillion-dollar deficits are inspirational for the authors of the Green New Deal.
For today's left-wing Democrats, the theory promises to answer the critique made famous by the late British prime minister Margaret Thatcher. The problem with socialism, Thatcher said from experience, is "you eventually run out of other people's money." Modern monetary theory says simply: Print some more.
Even the theory gurus agree, however, that printing more money can eventually lead to inflation, and enough inflation can turn a rich country into Venezuela. The mantra of the Green New Dealers - that "deficits don't matter" - is only true until it isn't.
Could it be that Trump's reckless spending and his feckless Republican enablers will doom Democratic firebrands to live in the real world? Seems unfair. But the United States needs at least one party of reality.
Propaganda piece for the bipartisan Establishment, which is deeply conservative fiscally. All emotion, no fact-based argument.

Typical article by an uninformed journalist writing for money. Not worth wasting time on. That The Washington Post sees fit to print this sort of thing is a tell in itself.

Greenwich Time
That Green New Deal has some seeing only red ink
David Von Drehle, The Washington Bezos Post


          Deroy Murdock: Did a Trump robot really deliver the State of the Union speech?      Cache   Translate Page      
The State of the Union speech was not delivered by the man Democrats portray as a racist, sexist, immigrant-hating , cruel, anti-Semitic, divisive monster.
          4 Things To Know About Ivanka Trump’s Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative      Cache   Translate Page      

On Thursday, February 7th, President Trump signed a memo establishing the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, referred to as the W-GDP. The initiative’s mission is to  empower female entrepreneurs and women in the workforce across the world. The W-GDP has a goal of reaching 50 million women in developing countries by 2025. Here are [...]

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          Fearing socialism at home, Trump takes a Cold War stance abroad      Cache   Translate Page      
When Barack Obama traveled to Cuba in 2016, he vowed to reshape relations not just with the Communist-run island but with all of Latin America. The last US President to visit Cuba had been Calvin Coolidge. That was 80 years ago -- and he had arrived accompanied by gunboats.
          Trump ally’s tabloid faces new legal woes after Bezos’ claim      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Trump defies US Congress’ Khashoggi report deadline      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Trump szerint Kim Dzsongun gazdasági nagyhatalommá teszi Észak-Koreát       Cache   Translate Page      

Az amerikai és az észak-koreai vezető február 27-én fog ismét találkozni.


          Scandalabra, February 2019      Cache   Translate Page      
In  Defying the Oddswe discuss  Trump's record of scandal

Megan R. Wilson at Bloomberg:
President Donald Trump’s businesses received nearly $3.8 million from political committees during the two-year 2018 campaign cycle, according to the latest disclosure reports. The top political customers: Trump’s re-election campaign and the Republican Party.
Trump’s campaign committee spent more than a million dollars at Trump businesses during the midterm elections, including renting space at the Trump Tower in New York City, according to disclosures filed with the Federal Election Commission.
Throughout 2017 and 2018, Trump hotels in Chicago, Las Vegas, and Washington and golf clubs in Virginia, Los Angeles, Miami and Bedminster, N.J., cashed in as well, as venues for events by political groups large and small. Candidates and political operatives also billed hotel stays to Trump’s network of luxury resorts.
At Vanity Fair, Emily Jane Fox writes about the inaugural committee:
In December, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times reported that prosecutors are examining the committee’s spending, and investigating whether foreign donors from nations including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates funneled money to the committee in an effort to influence U.S. policy. On Monday, the inaugural committee received a subpoena from the S.D.N.Y. requesting documents related to spending and donors, vendors, and benefits handed out, as well as documents related to a wealthy donor who had once registered as a foreign agent working on behalf of the Sri Lankan government. The Journal reported that prosecutors have asked Gates about the inaugural fund’s spending and its donors.
The Washington Post spoke with 16 men and women from Costa Rica and other Latin American countries, including six in Santa Teresa de Cajon, who said they were employed at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster. All of them said that they worked for Trump without legal status — and that their managers knew.
The former employees who still live in New Jersey provided pay slips documenting their work at the Bedminster club. They identified friends and relatives in Costa Rica who also were employed at the course. In Costa Rica, The Post located former workers in two regions who provided detailed accounts of their time at the Bedminster property and shared memorabilia they had kept, such as Trump-branded golf tees, as well as photos of themselves at the club.
Brad Heath at USA Today writes about the Mar-a-Lago connection:
Since he took office, Trump has appointed at least eight people who identified themselves as current or former members of his club to senior posts in his administration. USA TODAY identified five of those appointees in mid-2017, prompting criticism from ethics watchdogs that the selections blurred the boundary between his public duties and his private financial interests
Jonathan O'Connell, David A. Fahrenthold and Mike DeBonis at WP:
Executives from the telecom giant T-Mobile — which last year asked the Trump administration to approve its megamerger with Sprint — have booked at least 52 nights at President Trump’s hotel in the District since then, even more than previously reported, according to newly obtained records from the hotel.
The revelations come as political scrutiny of the proposed deal is mounting on Capitol Hill. On Wednesday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) issued letters demanding information about the T-Mobile executives’ stays and whether Trump was informed of them. The issue is likely to come up at House subcommittee hearings on the merger next week.
Last month, The Washington Post reported that “VIP Arrivals” lists — issued by the Trump International Hotel daily to its staff — indicated that T-Mobile executives had stayed repeatedly at Trump’s hotel. On the day after the merger was announced, for instance, the lists showed nine T-Mobile executives were expected to check in.
Now, The Post has obtained VIP arrivals lists for additional days last year, which showed five more bookings at the hotel by T-Mobile executives, including chief executive John Legere. Those bookings — in October and December of last year — added 14 nights to the 38 previously reported.
In addition, another Trump hotel document gave the first indication of the rates that T-Mobile executives paid for their rooms.
This document showed that when Legere stayed at Trump’s hotel for two nights last month, his room had a rate of $2,246 per night.




          Lawmakers heading to funding deal with far less border money than Trump wants      Cache   Translate Page      
(CNN) — Republican and Democratic negotiators are exchanging border security proposals that contain far less funding for the border wall than President Donald Trump has demanded, with just days left before a deadline to release their bill ahead of another potential government shutdown. The latest proposals peg the topline funding number for border barriers around $2 billion, according to two people familiar with the talks. That number is far below the $5.7 billion that Trump has requested and repeatedly described […]
          No sign of progress in three days of talks to prepare second U.S.-North Korea summit      Cache   Translate Page      

No sign of progress in three days of talks to prepare second U.S.-North Korea summitThe State Department said Stephen Biegun had agreed with his counterpart Kim Hyok Chol to meet again ahead of the summit, which Washington has said will take place from Feb. 27-28 in Vietnam. In their talks in Pyongyang from Wednesday until Friday Biegun and Kim Hyok Chol "discussed advancing President Trump and Chairman Kim's Singapore summit commitments of complete denuclearization, transforming U.S.-DPRK relations, and building a lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula." the State Department said.



          At National Prayer Breakfast, Trump Pledges, 'I Will Never Let You Down'       Cache   Translate Page      
With his opening words at this year's National Prayer Breakfast, President Trump made clear he saw the largely conservative crowd as a friendly audience, one he was eager to please. "I will never let you down," he said. "I can say that. Never." In his first appearance at the event in 2017, Trump promised to get rid of the Johnson Amendment, a cause popular among those Christians who resent the law's restriction of political speech by pastors. The law is still on the books, and Trump did not repeat the promise this year. He devoted much of his speech instead to other issues important to conservative Christians, from religious liberty to abortion. He praised Vice President Pence's wife, Karen, for teaching at a conservative Christian school that requires its staff to declare a belief in marriage as "the uniting of one man and one woman," and he pledged support for a government-funded Catholic adoption agency in Michigan that faces an ACLU lawsuit over its refusal to place children with
          Provoked By Trump, The Religious Left Is Finding Its Voice      Cache   Translate Page      
Religious conservatives have rarely faced much competition in the political realm from faith-based groups on the left. The provocations of President Trump may finally be changing that. Nearly 40 years after some prominent evangelical Christians organized a Moral Majority movement to promote a conservative political agenda, a comparable effort by liberal religious leaders is coalescing in support of immigrant rights, universal health care, LGBTQ rights and racial justice. "We believe that faith has a critical role to play in shaping public policies and influencing decisionmakers," says the Rev. Jennifer Butler, an ordained Presbyterian minister and founder of the group Faith in Public Life . "Our moral values speak to the kinds of just laws that we ought to have." I think religion helps people understand who they should be. - Jennifer Butler, Faith in Public Life Her group, part of what could be considered a religious left, says it has mobilized nearly 50,000 local clergy and faith
          U.S. Evangelicals Push Back Against Trump's Syria Pullout Plan      Cache   Translate Page      
U.S. evangelicals, generally supportive of President Trump, are breaking sharply with him over his planned Syria pullout, saying the move will leave Syrian Christians vulnerable to attack. Among the groups criticizing Trump's Syria plan is the Family Research Council , a conservative evangelical organization with a mission of advancing "faith, family, and freedom in public policy and the culture from a Christian worldview." In the past, the group has actively supported Christians overseas who face persecution. In a statement on its website , two senior officials of the organization wrote that a withdrawal of U.S. troops from northern Syria could put Syrian Christians "in mortal danger" and deal "an incalculable blow ... to our reputation as a supporter of religious freedom worldwide. " One of the authors, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William G. Boykin, said last year that "God's imprint" was evident in Trump's election. But in a Fox News interview last month, Boykin warned that Trump was "on
          Keith Preston: US trying to ‘farm out’ Afghan invasion to various proxy forces      Cache   Translate Page      
Press TV. Listen here. US President Donald Trump is seeking to replace American troops in Afghanistan with private contractors and mercenaries to outsource the US conflict against the war-torn country, says a political analyst in Virginia. “The United States is pursuing a strategy in the Middle East [and other regions] that involves trying to pull back American forces and essentially farm out the American war effort to various proxy forces,” said Keith Preston, chief editor of AttacktheSystem.com. “The Trump administration has come to view [the war against] Afghanistan conflict as a political liability,” Preston told Press More…
          Chris Christie Says Biden Has the Best Chance to Beat Trump in 2020      Cache   Translate Page      
Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie suggested during HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher that the former vice president of the US Joe Biden would have the best chance at beating Donald Trump in the 2020 election.
          Senator Warren officieel kandidaat voor presidentsverkiezingen VS      Cache   Translate Page      

De Amerikaanse senator Elizabeth Warren heeft zich gemeld voor de kandidatuur voor het presidentschap namens de Democraten. Ze had op Oudjaarsdag al aangekondigd dat ze dat van plan was. De 69-jarige Warren zit sinds 2012 in de Senaat en geldt als vertegenwoordiger van de progressieve vleugel van haar partij.

Ze maakte haar kandidatuur bekend in de stad Lawrence in Massachusetts, de bakermat van de Amerikaanse vakbeweging. Belangrijke thema's in haar campagne worden de rechten van werknemers, lonen en toegang tot de zorg.

Het duurt nog een jaar voor de eerste voorverkiezingen worden gehouden, maar er wordt in de VS al met spanning gekeken naar de Democraten, die een kandidaat moeten gaan kiezen die het zal opnemen tegen president Trump - naar alle waarschijnlijkheid de Republikeinse kandidaat bij de verkiezingen in november volgend jaar.

'Pocahontas'

Warren kan problemen krijgen met haar in het verleden herhaaldelijk geuite claim dat ze van indiaanse afkomst is. Het is twijfelachtig of dat zo is, maar ze heeft daarover nooit duidelijkheid gegeven en er tegenstrijdige verklaringen over afgelegd. In de aanloop naar haar kandidaatstelling heeft ze daar excuses voor aangeboden.

Maar deze week kreeg de discussie een nieuwe impuls doordat The Washington Post een document uit 1986 ontdekte waarop Warren naar alle waarschijnlijkheid zelf heeft ingevuld dat haar achtergrond 'Native American' is, wat haar bewering ondermijnt dat 'assistenten' dat gedaan hebben. Door zich te profileren als afstammeling van de oorspronkelijke bewoners zou ze voordeel hebben geprobeerd te halen bij bijvoorbeeld benoemingen aan universiteiten.

President Trump noemt haar vanwege de controverse spottend 'Pocahontas', naar de 16e-eeuwse dochter van een stamhoofd, wier levensverhaal sterk geromantiseerd is. Zo is de hoofdpersoon in een Disney-film.

Recordaantal vrouwen

Verwacht wordt dat de Democraten uit een recordaantal vrouwelijke kandidaten moeten gaan kiezen. Tot nu toe gaat het om vier senatoren: Kamala Harris en Kirsten Gillibrand. En zondag maakt Amy Klochubar uit Minnesota haar kandidatuur bekend. Ook bij de tussentijdse verkiezingen voor het Congres van vorig jaar was er een recordaantal vrouwelijke kandidaten.

Maar er zijn ook mannen die zich warmlopen: senator Cory Booker heeft zich al gemeld, en de vraag is of oud-vicepresident Joe Biden en de populaire, onafhankelijke senator Bernie Sanders weer een gooi naar de kandidatuur zullen doen.


          Emails reveal CNN's Jake Tapper torched top BuzzFeed editor for publishing unverified Trump dossier      Cache   Translate Page      


After BuzzFeed published the unverified Trump dossier in January 2017, effectively igniting the political world just days before Donald Trump's presidential inauguration, CNN anchor Jake Tapper castigated the publication's top editor, newly released emails show.

The emails were unsealed in pursuant to a federal judge's order to release documents related to a lawsuit against BuzzFeed, according to the Daily Caller News Foundation. Russian businessman Aleksej Gubarev sued the outlet in February 2017 for publishing the salacious dossier, which implicated him as being a Russian agent.

Guvarev's lawyers reportedly highlighted Tapper's emails in hopes they would demonstrate BuzzFeed's alleged haphazard editorial process.

What did Tapper say?

"I think your move makes the story less serious and credible[.] I think you damaged its impact," Tapper wrote in an email to BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith on Jan. 10, 2017, according to the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Tapper characterized BuzzFeed's decision to publish the dossier "uncollegial" and "irresponsible" because "no one has verified this stuff." Tapper was reportedly upset over the timing of BuzzFeed's decision to publish the document, which came after CNN had reported that top intelligence officials briefed then-President-elect Trump on the document and some of its contents at Trump Tower.

Smith defended his decision to publish the dossier in full — although BuzzFeed noted in its original story that much of the dossier's contents were unverified — telling Tapper that giving publication the green light "was not an easy call."

"Collegiality wise it was you stepping on my d*ck," Tapper reportedly told Smith. "Professionally this is unverified info[.] Your guys unlike us don't even seem to know who the former agent i[s]."

In reply, Smith told Tapper that "of course" he knew who authored the dossier, referring to former MI6 agent Christopher Steele.

Anything else?

In December, U.S. District Court Judge Ursula Ungaro dismissed Gubarev's libel claims against BuzzFeed.


          Trump sees bright future for North Korea as 'economic powerhouse' under Kim Jong Un      Cache   Translate Page      


While announcing an upcoming meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump predicted that North Korea would grow into an "economic powerhouse" under Kim's leadership.

Trump will meet with Kim for the second time in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Feb. 27 and 28.

"North Korea, under the leadership of Kim Jong Un, will become a great Economic Powerhouse," Trump wrote Friday. "He may surprise some but he won't surprise me, because I have gotten to know him & fully understand how capable he is. North Korea will become a different kind of rocket—an Economic one!"

Trump's glowing positivity toward North Korea comes despite the fact that the nation has taken no steps to honor a pledge made in the first Trump/Kim summit to denuclearize.

The result has been a stalemate: North Korea waits for sanctions relief, while the U.S. waits for some sign of denuclearization before providing that relief.

Trump left the first summit by declaring that "everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office. There is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea."

North Korea did not test any ballistic missiles in 2018, but intelligence shows that some North Korea nuclear testing sites are still functional, although not currently in use.

Additionally, U.S. intelligence heads don't believe complete denuclearization is a likely outcome for North Korea.

"While the president has started a promising dialogue with Chairman Kim, we still await concrete steps by North Korea to dismantle the nuclear weapons that threaten our people and our allies in the region," Vice President Mike Pence said in January.


          Matthew Whitaker Mocked For Heading Straight To Trump Hotel After Hearing: ‘He Had To Report Back To Daddy’      Cache   Translate Page      

Matthew Whitaker appears before Congress.

Matthew Whitaker’s contentious congressional hearing was already generating plenty of fodder for anti-Trump portions of the internet to mock, and a report that the beleaguered attorney general headed straight to Trump Hotel after his testimony has kicked it into overdrive.

Whitaker, whom critics believe was hand-picked by Donald Trump to serve as the temporary replacement for Jeff Sessions due to Whitaker’s statements against Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, appeared before the House Judiciary Committee to answer questions about his role in the probe. Democrats wanted to ensure that the Russia investigation would be protected and that Whitaker was not taking any actions to undermine the probe, but the attorney general was not in a mood to share much about it.

As USA Today reported, Whitaker denied any interference in the Russia investigation, but refused to answer many other specific questions about his conversations with Trump or what information the president had requested.

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          Acting Attorney General Says He Didn’t Talk to Trump About Mueller Investigation in Tense Hearing      Cache   Translate Page      
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          We’re Halfway Through Trump’s Presidency: Has He Drained the Swamp?      Cache   Translate Page      

When President Donald Trump took office two years ago, he promised to drain the D.C. swamp, much to the chagrin of the Washington establishment. The president’s detractors attacked him for it, saying that Trump wouldn’t be willing or able to drain it. Some said he would succumb to the pressure, while others believed he never had any intention of following…

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          World Grand Prix: Judd Trump beats Barry Hawkins 6-5 to reach final      Cache   Translate Page      
Judd Trump beats Barry Hawkins 6-5 to reach the World Grand Prix final against Ali Carter.
          2/10/2019: Puzzles: Bridge      Cache   Translate Page      
Old rabbit-in-the hat trick Opening lead — queen of spades. Appearances can be very deceiving. This is just as true in bridge as it is in everyday life. Take this case where, because of an unlucky 4-0 trump division, South seems doomed to go down...
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Pasukan SDF Kurdi Masuki Pertempuran Akhir Lawan ISIS
SDF berhasil mendorong ISIS keluar dari Suriah utara dan timur empat tahun terakhir. HARIANACEH.co.id, QAMISHLI – Pasukan Demokratik Suriah (SDF) yang didukung Amerika Serikat (AS) memulai serangan terakhir terhadap kantong atau wilayah kelompok militan negara Islam Irak dan Suriah (ISIS) di Suriah timur pada Sabtu (9/2) waktu setempat.  Presiden Amerika Serikat (AS) Donald Trump yang […]
          Ellen Page Slams Chris Pratt For Supporting "Infamously Anti-LGBTQ Church"      Cache   Translate Page      


Ellen Page dragged Chris Pratt on Twitter for supporting an "infamously anti-LGBTQ church," the megachurch Hillsong.

On Thursday, Pratt appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where he talked about trying a 21-day "spiritual fasting" diet called the Daniel Diet, which he said is modeled after the book of Daniel and its main character. He noted that he did the diet with the encouragement of his pastor, noting "it's kind of like our Lent."

Chris Pratt Tried The Daniel Fast, A Bible Diet www.youtube.com

Page, who came across the news on Twitter, took the chance to publicly denounce the church for its homophobic values. "But his church is infamously anti lgbtq so maybe address that too?" reads Page's comment. This comes about a week after Page blasted the Trump administration for its hateful leadership, also on Colbert's show.

In 2014, Hillsong pastor Brian Houston said that he did not support gay marriage in a statement. "My personal view on the subject of homosexuality would line up with most traditionally held Christian views," he explained. And we all know what those views are, especially if you grew up gay and going to church. He adds: "I believe the writings of Paul are clear on the subject." In 2015, after it was revealed that one of the church's choir directors was gay, Houston put out another statement doubling down on his stance. "I do believe God's word is clear that marriage is between a man and a woman," he writes. "Hillsong Church welcomes ALL people but does not affirm all lifestyles. Put clearly, we do not affirm a gay lifestyle and because of this we do not knowingly have actively gay people in positions of leadership, either paid or unpaid." The choir director was reportedly barred from his position soon after. There have even been rumors within the church that it, at one point, approved of conversion therapy.

Not only does Pratt attend this church, but so do Justin and Hailey Bieber, and so have Selena Gomez, and Kendall and Kylie Jenner in the past. None of these celebrities should keep quiet.


          What We Can Learn From Frida Kahlo Today      Cache   Translate Page      


I'm not particularly fond of the way that Frida Kahlo has been commercialized; it's gotten to the point where I feel like I can't walk down the street without seeing her (now iconic) likeness emblazoned on any number of tote bags or phone cases or T-shirts. Even when I knew very little about Kahlo, I was aware that the artist—a known communist—would have hated the commodification of her image and work.

Walking into the Brooklyn Museum's retrospective "Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving," though, I found the antithesis of any hollow appreciation: an actual, thorough, personal understanding of the artist.

This show is the most extensive exhibition of her work in the United States in over a decade, featuring both Kahlo's classic works and some of her sketches—of which there are only a few—on display. Aside from these, what's most notable about the show is that her clothes and personal artifacts are publicly displayed for the first time in the United States since her death in 1954. When Kahlo died, her husband (fellow artist Diego Rivera) demanded these things be locked away in her family home, Mexico City's The Blue House, until 15 years after his own death. Though he died in 1957, the possessions were forgotten and not unearthed until 2004.

Through seeing how Kahlo both presented herself to the world and created her own world within her home, we're given an intimate, incredibly personal account of the artist. Then too, as Claire Wilcox, one of the curators of the exhibition, notes, Kahlo talked about being "a contradictory person and a complex person" while she was still alive, and this duality is embraced within the exhibition. Also, Wilcox notes, Kahlo's "self-fashioning became a very political statement. She wanted to be seen as embracing Mexican nationalism; she saw herself as a child of the revolution."

Photo courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum

The exhibition is organized thematically into 10 sections, each of which focuses on a particular aspect of Kahlo's identity. We see her childhood and how it molded her into the person she became, her marriage to Rivera, her life in the Blue House, and her debut exhibition in the United States. More than her personal history, we see how Kahlo interacted with several aspects of her own identity, from her support of the Mexican Revolution, which took place when she was a child, to her complex understanding of gender, to her creative interactions with her own physical disability. Her clothes and personal items are dispersed throughout each theme, showing the myriad ways in which she formed and showed her identity.

Kahlo was a woman, Mexican, bisexual, disabled, and communist—all identities that marginalized her in different ways and at different points of her life. They are also all identities she refused to hide, even if they made people around her uncomfortable. It's a way of being I aspire to; Kahlo exuded a type of confidence and disdain for the opinions of others that I wish I could achieve. Wilcox says this is probably why so many people love her: "I feel she was unabashedly who she was, and that, also, is what I think attracts people to her."

Photos courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum

Though this exhibition has been planned for some time, the timing of its launch is notable, as Donald Trump blathers on and on about building a wall along the U.S-Mexico border, wallowing in racist rhetoric against Mexicans.

And so perhaps this is why such a huge celebration of Kahlo's art and heritage and beliefs—of every aspect of her life—is the perfect antidote to the Trump era. "We need as much as we can find in the current political climate that points to complexity, that points to the artificiality of borders, that points to the need to have conversation rather than walls," says Wilcox.

Kahlo's intersectionality, particularly in terms of her sexuality, is also something that feels very pertinent right now. "It's such a contemporary conversation," agrees Wilcox. "It's not a conversation or language that she ever would have used, just that notion of intersectionality, the notion of gender fluidity, the sort of disability theorizing, but it is fascinating to me that she opens up space for that kind of conversation, and I think it's what draws people to her and her biography."

Maybe most importantly, though, this exhibit takes a figure that we've all seen on tote bags and T-shirts, and reminds us that she is more than just an icon—Frida Kahlo was a person. This is exactly what the curators wanted, says Wilcox: "One of the things we hope happens in this exhibition is that maybe people will have a moment where they see her as the human being that she was rather than just the flash on Instagram."

Then, too, Wilcox hopes that in learning more about Kahlo, we realize something new about ourselves. "I feel like what we can learn from her is to acknowledge that the way we frame her or what we see in her says a lot more about us than it actually does about her," she says. "And that's okay. I think it's really interesting to think about why so many people, right now, feel like they need Frida Kahlo."

And as for the resulting proliferation of merchandise with her face emblazoned on it? "Sometimes I think she would have hated it; sometimes I bet she would have laughed."

"Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving" is on view at the Brooklyn Museum, now.


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Nur elf Tage war er Pressechef im Weißen Haus, doch nach seinem Rauswurf genießt der Hedgefonds-Manager Kultstatus. Immer noch spricht er am liebsten über Trumps Stärken und Schwächen.
           Comentario en Venezuela: epicentro geopolítico mundial. Por Ángel Guerra Cabrera por Tocororo       Cache   Translate Page      
George W. Bush, republicano, en 2002 preparó y organizó un golpe de Estado contra el comandante Chávez que fracasó. Desde entonces un golpe continuado, guerra económica, psicológica, sucia, y todo el vocabulario intervencionista, y cuando Maduro sustituye a Chávez cuando este falleció, ganó las elecciones del 14 de abril de 2013, una vez se cumplió el margen que la constitución proclama, y el derrotado Henrique Capriles , alias "caprichitos" , otro golpista en el 2002, que estuvo asediando la embajada cubana y también arrestando a Ramón Rodríguez Chacín, entonces Ministro de Interior y Justicia del gobierno de Chávez, pues "caprichitos" no reconoció su derrota una vez más, (antes muerta que sencilla) y llamó a la "arrechera" a "expresar la rabia" y la "frustración" . "Toda esa arrechera descárguela" declaró en una conferencia de prensa televisiva, el derrotado de los escuálidos afligidos. Hubo muchos muertos por esa violencia provocada, asesinaron a seis militantes socialistas que celebraban la victoria de Maduro y a un policía. Hubo 61 personas heridas. A una militante del PSUV la quemaron viva y no se salvaron del incendio los CDI (centros médicos)y los servicios públicos que brinda el Estado al pueblo venezolano. A Maduro no le han dado tregua desde el primer día de su proclamación como presidente de la Rep. Bolivariana de Venezuela, han ido con todo tipo de campañas de propaganda negra masiva, redes sociales, medios de comunicación y con Trump, republicano, las "fake-news" sin descanso, a todas horas, en EEUU, América latina y el planeta entero, creando una matriz informativa sobre Maduro como dictador, sanguinario, que mata de hambre al pueblo y tiene las cárceles llenas de presos políticos, es la viva imagen de lo que se llegó a crear sobre la figura de Arbenz en Guatemala, y de todas y cada una de las intervenciones e invasiones de estos forajidos imperialistas yankees, que siempre han utilizado previo a sus invasiones o golpes de Estado, una sofisticada propaganda de guerra a escala mundial para legitimar sus barbaridades. Ahora con Trump es la guerra humanitaria, con Libia fueron los bombardeos "humanitarios" En el caso de Venezuela, primero se la bloquea económicamente para crear el mayor caos en el mercado venezolano, luego vienen masivamente las "fake-news" que construye de la noche a la mañana un país de guión , que no existe, virtual, y como nueva modalidad la autoproclamación de presidente de la Rep. de Venezuela después de una manifestación en una Pza. se auto titula “presidente” y acto seguido EEUU y sus secuaces del cartel limeño, los países europeos, no todos, reconocen a un presidente inexistente, de un país inexistente, con ejercito inexistente y por último, con el caos económico y social y político y sobre todo la propaganda negra, crear una crisis humanitaria inexistente, es decir, un escenario de guiñol, todo una fabula, nada existe. Detrás de esa crisis humanitaria viene la ayuda humanitaria y aquí es donde está el casus belli, que tiene como objeto crear una alteración ciudadana o sublevación en busca de los alimentos y medicamentos que jocosamente impide esa guerra económica y el bloqueo y embargos y el descaro personificado. Ya han comenzado anunciando la llegada de algún avión a Caracas, un silfido funcionario de Pto. Rico, haciendo las carcajadas del los venezolanos patriotas, con su avión lleno de pertrechos "humanitarios" , nunca llegó tampoco, también estaban preparando por un puente que hace de frontera en el estado de Táchira, pensando que la población va a romper las barreras en busca de comida que les trae las Naciones Unidas, que por cierto ha declarado que no enviará con tal ningún convoy de ayuda humanitaria para proteger al pueblo hambriento, claro que el guion hollywoodiense se trata de marines dando barritas de chocolate a los niños famélicos, por cierto este tema lo anunció en sus comentarios -tertulias, un "autotitulado" de todo lo que haga falta, también pareciera reportero de Radio Martí de la "histórica" ciudad de Miami, que se hace llamar el Tony, otros le llaman el chino, algunos que se proclaman amigos, le llaman cariñosamente, chinito pillo, (la verdad que no lo entiendo), la realidad es algo diferente, tiene enfoque la cosa, pero hay algo curioso, el cómico este que se preocupa por LPI y por el supuesto "silencio" de comentaristas como dice el avezado "reportero de guerra" venido del frio, algo así como aquel libro de "El espía venido del frío" que no sé si ha firmado algún contrato de programación para la isla con un joven blog por el socialismo y la revolución, porque el achinao este ya en su delirio transitorio, después de un cursillo de redacción y estrategia comunicativa dirigido por Tomas Regalado, que Tomas,?, un Château Mouton-Rothschild, (ni en sueños, pero quedaba bien) y así con el chiste este diario fue cayendo en gracia el chinito este en su exilio de Miami como dirigente de Alpha 66, así mismo lo ha confesado a sus oyentes hace bien poco, porque no era un simple militante,!!! dejando con la boca abierta a sus "incordiantes" amigos, es que por autotitularse que no quede además si lo hace un muchachito como Guaidito, el de marras no va a ser menos. Pues el mentado chinito que a este paso se va a autotitular "chinatow" informa masivamente a la "cautiva" y "sufrida" isla en su enlace blogero, de todos los movimientos de la ofensiva contrarrevolucionaria contra la triada tiránica de Venezuela, Nicaragua y por ultimo Cuba, que es de donde procede por nacimiento dicho cara manzana, "car’appel" en tierras anglosajonas. Para no hacer largo el cuento, dejó a sus lectores ese hilo de "suspense del día anterior" a sus lectores del joven blog diciendo que mañana se espera la llegada de los primeros convoyes de “ayuda humanitaria” a Venezuela, ohhhhh y con eso Maduro tiene los días contados, (si, como mínimo hasta el año 2025) quizás haya reelección, no se sabe todavía, es algo que el pueblo deberá decidir, como todo. Todavía las risas suenan por la presumida incursión humanitaria que no se realizó , es que con tantas "fake news" se creen el cuento de ellos mismos, y bueno así todo con el cómico quiero y no puedo este. En otro comentario hablaré sobre sus comentarios sobre los grillos, y su primicia que lanzó al ruedo "The Mystery of the Havana Syndrome (down)" apoteósico aquello.
          Comment on Trump Administration’s H-1B Visa Changes Proven Effective in New Study by Milly      Cache   Translate Page      
The H1b program needs to end. The government provided some statistics on beneficiaries of H1b visas - every country was under about 3,000 people until the huge number of Indian citizens - over 250,000 Indians under H1b in the US in 2017. This is the cumulative number of those on their 1st, 2nd and 3rd years plus the ones who have applied for green cards and does not account for the ones who simply overstayed their visas. This also does not account for the ones who are trying to work as a spouse of an H1b visa holder. This imbalance is NOT providing a healthy diverse society. NOTE: there is currently HR1044 which is proposing the removal of PER-COUNTRY caps on Green Cards - Considering the huge imbalance in the numbers of H1b visas, I think we can all guess what would happen if the PER-COUNTRY caps were lifted from green cards. CALL your congressman/congresswoman and senators and the White House to express how you feel about this. In my area I am beginning to feel like I am in a 'colony' of India - the US is built on diversity and the gaming of the immigration system needs to stop. We cannot shut out all other countries simply because people from one overpopulated area want to come here.
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Longtime Donald Trump lawyer and convicted felon Michael Cohen sought to run for public office alongside his boss, The Washington Post reports. In the fall of 2013, when Trump was considering a run for New York governor, Cohen wanted a piece of the action. Republican political strategist Michael Cap...

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President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia may have been behind the alleged blackmail scheme against The Washington Post and owner Jeff Bezos, a leading conservative suggested on Saturday. Bill Kristol, the founder and former editor-in-chief of the now-defunct magazine The Weekly Standard, laid out his...

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President Donald Trump was highly criticized on Saturday for making an apparent joke about genocide during political attack on a 2020 campaign challenger. On Saturday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) announced she was running for the highest office in the land. Trump, who has nicknamed Warren “Po...

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President Trump Names David Malpass As U.S. Candidate For World Bank President

Many people have wondered how Donald Trump gets that shade of peach or orange on his skin guessing that it’s either courtesy of a tanning bed, some form of rub on tanner, or maybe a spray tan, but now sources are saying that while other members of the Trump administration use makeup artists to apply their foundation and powder before they go on-air, Donald Trump does his makeup himself.

Vanity Fair says that Donald Trump is the rare president who already seemed to have a makeup and foundation grooming regimen that he does himself. While the White House seemed to go along with the myth that the president got his orange glow on the golf course, this was tested during the government shutdown when Trump didn’t leave Washington, D.C. in late December and through January, and yet he still got the orange glow everywhere but on his eyes,

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U.S President Donald Trump attends the 2019 National Prayer Breakfast on February 7, 2019 in Washington, DC.

As might be expected, Donald Trump has his own ideas about Elizabeth Warren running for president, and only hours after she officially announced her campaign, the president took to Twitter to tease the Massachusetts senator about her Native American ancestry by allegedly making a joke about Native American genocide.

As Mother Jones has reported, as soon as it became public knowledge that Elizabeth Warren identified herself as a Native American by listing her ethnicity as an American Indian in the “race” field when she filled out a form for the State Bar of Texas back in 1986, Donald Trump gave her the nickname of “Pocahontas.”

According to Slate, after it was discovered that Warren had referred to herself as a Native American in Texas, conservative critics became angry at the idea that she had willfully lied about her ethnicity for over two decades, which meant that she was at one point listed as a minority at the Association of American Law Schools.

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Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker testifies before the House Judiciary Committee.

On January 8, as Vox reported, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker testified before the House Judiciary Committee and some important issues were discussed.

Notably, Whitaker discussed his role in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election interference and possible coordination between official Moscow and the Trump campaign. Whitaker, who was appointed following the ousting of Jeff Sessions, testified under oath that he did not, in any way, interfere with Mueller’s investigation.

Whitaker also said that he did not talk with the White House about Mueller’s investigation, but refused to discuss his private conversations with President Donald Trump. The acting attorney general also defended his decision to not recuse himself from overseeing Mueller’s probe.

But, as Vox notes, heated, fiery exchanges and partisan bickering marked the testimony.

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          Comment on WATCH: Trump Vows to Stomp Out ‘Radical Islamic Terror’ at Anti-ISIS Conference by Hussars2018      Cache   Translate Page      
Good to know.
          Comment on WATCH: Trump Vows to Stomp Out ‘Radical Islamic Terror’ at Anti-ISIS Conference by Hussars2018      Cache   Translate Page      
Even if they are "moderate", they will not oppose those who promote Jihadist Islam because that is the Islam of the Koran - they will just remain silent.
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OK I think I got it wrong, it's teh virus that causes chickepox when young then can be shingles later in old age. It can resurface in old age or when the immune system is weak , say from overwork etc as one gets older. Look it up - .. "Factors that may increase your risk of developing shingles include: Being older than 50. Shingles is most common in people older than 50. The risk increases with age. Some experts estimate that half the people age 80 and older will have shingles"
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Yeah, Bill Warner is one of my heroes. I think those political leaders don't know the truth and they don't want to know the truth. It is irrelevant to them. They only truth they know is what gives them power, they don't care how many corpses they create.
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Para os países alinhados com Washington já não se trata apenas de violar grosseiramente a democracia. Os governos que seguem de braço dado com a administração Trump enveredaram pela carreira do crime.
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A story that definitely sells better if no one can see the original source material.
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The Trump administration's new rules for a US visa program widely used for technology workers are getting cautious praise from Silicon Valley amid surging demand for high-skill employees.
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The deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, privately complained that he was ordered by president #Donald Trump to write the notorious memo justifying the firing of the FBI director James Comey, according to Comey’s former deputy.... Read More
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President Donald Trump may have come to his senses about government shutdowns and his coveted wall. Last month, the mainstream media, however, called Trump’s conciliatory statements on the matter a “stinging defeat” and a blow to his presidency. They were crowing. They shouldn’t crow in the first place, at least not in news stories. Further, they crowed prematurely. Trump has not been...
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This highlights just how un-serious Democrats are on border protection New border-security deal in Congress would likely offer Trump just a fraction of requested $5.7B for wall Details of a likely bipartisan border-security deal in Congress are being worked out after the White House indicated it will accept an agreement giving President Trump just a […]
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What is that this Magnitsky Act you talk of? Supply: digbysblog.blogspot.com – Saturday, February 09, 2019 What is that this Magnitsky Act you talk of? by way of digby So, Trump is simply brazenly defying the Magnitsky Act necessities. You realize, the Act that Putin and all of the international oligarchs need rescinded? The rationale … Continue reading What is that this Magnitsky Act you talk of?
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Beto & Baby Blimp will Be There! “EL PASO — If American politics has turned into a three-ring circus, this city in west Texas will hoist the Big Top on Monday, with President Donald Trump coming to rally for a border wall, Democratic wunderkind Beto O'Rourke leading a protest march and even the Trump Baby blimp putting in an appearance.“ https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/02/09/trump-beto-face-off-el-paso-dueling-rallies-near-border/2822324002/
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En décrivant la frontière américiaine avec le Mexique aux abords de la ville de San Diego comme une "zone de fréquente entrée illégale", l'administration américaine a annoncé cette nuit lever l'obligation d'évaluation d'impact environnemental pour accélérer le remplacement d'une vingtaine de kilomètre de barrière secondaire.
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Watch out El Paso, Trump will be leading an "invasion" of more lying liars into your formerly crime ridden town. I don't know if Kirsten will be there, she may have been replaced by skinhead Whitaker by now. Matt presents a much needed tough look for HLS than little Kirsten. ("Who the hell picked her, anyway?" I'm imagining Trump bellowing.)
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"Trump’s Inaugural Grift Reportedly Lined His Own Pockets" "Monday night, ABC News reported that investigators subpoenaed documents from the inauguration committee. Today ProPublica adds another key detail, confirming that the inauguration did pay the exorbitant $175,000 fee to the Trump Hotel. And it quotes tax law experts describing this as an obvious crime. “It could be a tax law violation,” Brett Kappel, an attorney at Akerman LLP who advises nonprofits, tells ProPublica. http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/02/trumps-inaugural-crimes-hotel-investigation.html
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LAWRENCE, Mass.—Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) officially declared her presidential candidacy Saturday morning at the historic Everett Mill.

“This is the fight of our lives,” the Massachusetts Democrat said. “The fight to build an America where dreams are possible, an America that works for everyone. I am in that fight all the way. And that is why I stand here today: to declare that I am a candidate for President of the United States of America.”

After bounding onstage to Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5,” Warren delivered an impassioned speech about corruption in Washington, D.C., and offered a vision for structural change that she says would be necessary even if President Trump hadn’t made it to the White House. The timing of her official announcement comes after Warren apologized this week for previously identifying herself as Native American, both in an interview with The Washington Post and in a private conversation with the chief of the Cherokee Nation.

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Le « National Enquirer » a menacé le patron d'Amazon de publier des photos coquines de lui.
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This comes mere weeks after he made a Wounded Knee joke about the senator he thinks it's funny to call "Pocahontas."
          Có phải Tổng thống Donald Trump đã sai: IS chưa bị đánh bại?      Cache   Translate Page      

Trang mạng worldpoliticsreview.com gần đây đăng tải bài viết có tựa đề "Tổng thống Trump đã sai: IS vẫn chưa bị đánh bại," nội dung như sau:

Trong chiến dịch tranh cử năm 2016, ứng cứ viên Donald Trump khi đó đã không nói nhiều và cụ thể về chính sách an ninh quốc gia và chính sách đối ngoại, ngoại trừ một điều: Cam kết đánh bại tổ chức Nhà nước Hồi giáo (IS) tự xưng.

Sau khi thắng cử, Tổng thống Trump tăng cường cuộc chiến chống IS, cuộc chiến mà cựu Tổng thống Obama đã phát động và gia tăng hậu thuẫn cho các nhóm vũ trang địa phương tại Syria, bao gồm các nhóm dân binh người Kurd và các lực lượng an ninh tại Iraq.

Cuối cùng, chính sách này đã thu được kết quả. Thông qua chiến dịch quân sự do các nhóm dân binh và người Iraq tiến hành trên thực địa, IS đã mất phần lớn lãnh thổ mà tổ chức này kiểm soát tại cả Iraq và Syria.

Hơn một tháng trước, Tổng thống Trump tuyên bố chiến thắng: "Chúng ta đã đánh bại IS tại Syria, lý do duy nhất chúng ta hiện diện ở đó trong nhiệm kỳ của tôi," ông tuyên bố trên trang mạng cá nhân Tweeter, đồng thời ám chỉ ý định rút các lực lượng Mỹ khỏi Syria.

Vừa qua, từ Diễn đàn kinh tế thế giới Davos, Ngoại trưởng Mỹ Mike Pompeo tái khẳng định thắng lợi đối với IS, cho rằng Mỹ đã "đánh bại IS tại Syria và Iraq cùng với hơn 60 nước khác trong liên minh quốc tế chống khủng bố trên toàn cầu."

Nhiều chuyên gia an ninh đã phản đối tuyên bố của Chính quyền Trump, cho rằng IS tuy bị suy yếu nhưng chưa bị đánh bại hoàn toàn. Giống như các tổ chức phiến quân, IS một lần nữa thay đổi phương thức hoạt động.

Tổ chức này bắt đầu phân tán, chuyển sang hoạt động bí mật và dựa vào phương thức tấn công khủng bố và cách đánh du kích. IS chuyển sang phương thức khủng bố truyền thống. IS đang trở lại phương thức khủng bố ban đầu của tổ chức này.



Mặc dù IS còn kiểm soát một phần nhỏ lãnh thổ tại Syria, nhưng IS vẫn còn khoảng 30.000 tay súng. Số này đang di chuyển đến các khu vực khác trên thế giới, đánh nhau với các lực lượng chính phủ từ Nigeria tới Afghanistan tới Phillipines, trong khi chiến thuật đánh du kích và tấn công khủng bố vẫn được duy trì tại Iraq.

"Sự lạc quan về việc đã đánh bại hoàn toàn IS, mặc dù chỉ là để làm hài lòng dư luận, cũng là quá sớm," Ilan Berman, thành viên Hội đồng chính sách đối ngoại Mỹ, cảnh báo.

Lịch sử sẽ cho thấy điều gì sẽ xảy ra tiếp theo như trước đây. Trong quá khứ, việc đánh bại một kẻ thù dựa trên tư tưởng đòi hỏi 3 yếu tố: Thứ nhất, kẻ thù phải biến mất trên chiến trường và trên lãnh thổ mà họ kiểm soát. Đối với Mỹ, do có quân đội hùng mạnh nên đây là việc dễ dàng.

Thứ hai, tư tưởng, nguồn gốc đã làm nên sức mạnh của kẻ thù phải bị triệt tiêu. Đây là việc hết sức khó khăn, nhất là tư tưởng của kẻ thù bắt nguồn từ tôn giáo.

Thứ ba, các nhân tố về chính trị, kinh tế và xã hội đã cho phép kẻ thù hình thành và phát triển vào thời kỳ khởi điểm phải được thay đổi để ngăn chặn nguy cơ tái trỗi dậy.

Trong chiến tranh thế giới thứ hai, Mỹ đã thực hiện được cả ba nhân tố trên. Đức Quốc xã và Đế quốc Nhật đã bị đánh bại về mặt quân sự và bị chiếm đóng. Điều này cho phép các lực lượng chiếm đóng loại bỏ và vô hiệu hóa các chủ nghĩa bành trướng và tái xây dựng hệ thống chính trị Đức và Nhật để ngăn chặn chúng trở lại.

Mỹ đã định nghĩa cuộc chiến với IS không phải là chiến tranh nơi mà lối thoát là một chiến thắng quyết định, thay vào đó là việc quản lý đe dọa trong dài hạn.

Tuy nhiên, việc chống nổi dậy là hoàn toàn khác. Mỹ không hoàn toàn kiểm soát trên thực địa và không thể bảo đảm cả ba yếu tố nêu trên được thực hiện đầy đủ. Mỹ có thể đánh bại các lực lượng quân sự kẻ thù nhưng không đủ sức để triệt tiêu được chủ nghĩa cực đoan hay thay đổi các điều kiện đã sinh ra chủ nghĩa cực đoan này.

Đó chính xác là tình hình tại Iraq và Syria hiện nay: Bước một cơ bản đã hoàn thành, nhưng bước hai và bước ba là chưa.

Ngay lúc này Mỹ phải quyết định liệu việc nước này tuyên bố đã đánh bại IS có gây ra vấn đề cho tương lai hay không? Liệu việc Mỹ đã phá hủy và làm suy yếu IS có đủ để làm tổ chức này không thể hồi sinh hay không? Nếu Mỹ không đưa ra được câu trả lời chính xác, có thể sẽ phải chịu hậu quả.

Trong khi các phương thức tấn công khủng bố tàn bạo của IS đã tạo cảm hứng cho một số công dân Mỹ làm theo thì logic chiến lược can dự của Mỹ là dựa vào niềm tin rằng nếu IS vẫn còn giữ được lãnh thổ nhà nước tự xưng, IS sẽ mạnh lên và kích động thêm chủ nghĩa khủng bố, một số vụ tấn công khủng bố sẽ nhằm vào các mục tiêu của Mỹ ở nước ngoài hoặc thậm chí bên trong nước Mỹ.

Như cựu Tổng thống George W. Bush đã khẳng định khi đánh giá về cuộc xâm lược Iraq năm 2003: "Chúng ta sẽ đánh chúng ở đó để không phải đối mặt với chúng tại Mỹ."

Thậm chí nếu lời khẳng định này là sự thật, mặc dù vẫn là câu hỏi còn bỏ ngỏ, thì nó cũng không còn tồn tại nữa. Các lực lượng địa phương tại Trung Đông, kể cả các lực lượng chính phủ và các nhóm dân binh như Các lực lượng dân chủ Syria được Mỹ hậu thuẫn, không đủ khả năng ngăn cản IS tái trỗi dậy.

Các lực lượng này cũng không đủ khả năng ngăn chặn IS tấn công các mục tiêu của Mỹ. Mỹ không thể tuyên bố đã đánh bại IS để rồi phải chịu những hậu quả chiến lược.

Đó là lý do Mỹ không nên xem cuộc chiến chống IS như một cuộc chiến thông thường, tức thắng lợi quân sự đơn thuần đã đánh bại hoàn toàn kẻ thù, thay vào đó Mỹ phải có chính sách quản lý thách thức trong dài hạn.

Mỹ nên tiếp tục hậu thuẫn các đối tác chống khủng bố là nhà nước và các nhóm dân binh trên thực địa, bảo đảm rằng các lực lượng này hoàn toàn vượt trội về quân sự so với các lực lượng khủng bố.

Mỹ nên yêu cầu các đối tác giải quyết các vấn đề kinh tế, chính trị và xã hội đang tạo điều kiện cho IS phát triển, trong khi ngăn chặn các đối tác này chuyển đổi sang hệ thống có lợi cho IS. Nhưng rộng hơn, Trump đã sai: IS chưa bị đánh bại. Các thách thức vẫn đang diễn ra.

Can dự lâu dài của Mỹ tại Iraq từ năm 2003 và hiện nay là tại Syria cho thấy Washington không thể thay đổi căn bản hệ thống sinh thái của chủ nghĩa cực đoan. IS hoặc các tổ chức tương tự sẽ sống sót.

Lý tưởng cực đoan của chúng sẽ tiếp tục sống và tìm cách phát triển khi có khoảng trống quyền lực và trong các góc khuất của Internet, chúng tiếp tục kích động tấn công khủng bố mà không phụ thuộc vào tình hình tại Syria và Iraq, không phụ thuộc vào bất kỳ điều gì mà Mỹ "đã làm ở đó"./.

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That’s what I heard in the House Judiciary Committee hearing yesterday (featuring the smug asshole stylings of Matt Whitaker). For two years, the majority of the country that did not vote for Trump or his “ism”, had to sit on its hands and watch in dismay as Muslims and other immigrants were treated like less […]
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"Re: dgt on RV Thoughts" by Young Thinker - 2.9.19

Dear dgt and Young Thinker,

I appreciate your courage in stating your opinions knowing they might go against the IDC current so to speak.

In my vision of New Earth, EVERYONE'S opinion is valued and carefully considered because no one knows EVERYTHING.

But we're still dusting off the remnants of the old 3D, so some old habits still linger: Judging what you don't agree with. Condemning someone who doesn't think like you, etc. It's just dust. All that will soon be gone.

For the record, I think Sierra has done a wonderful job of keeping everyone current on Q for Q-vians. I happen to know Sierra is a lovely, kind, generous, brilliant person. So Bravo, Sierra. You rock, my friend. Thank you for your service to the Light.

I don't happen to be a Q-vian. There's only so many BOOMS that go BUST I can take and then I've had it with BOOMS. But that doesn't mean Q isn't incredibly important and helpful in "waking up" those who still believe in this illuminati-hologram, although how anyone still could is beyond me.

I agree with you, dgt. The most thrilling part of the new congress is the historic number of women—127. 25 women in the Senate and 105 women in the House. Wonderful!

I was elated on election day when they were voted in. And I agree. They are smart, diverse, enthusiastic. In the interviews I've listened to, everyone of the new congresswomen mentioned the crippling cost of Health Care for their constituents, so that tells me they're hearing the people they represent.

As a woman, I can honestly say I'm fed up with all the old men in government who have been there for decades and done absolutely nothing except pick up a paycheck.

The fact that Mitch McConnell has been a Senator for 35 years defies belief. The man hasn't written or passed one single piece of legislation in his entire political career. Not one. Why does Kentucky keep voting him in? Or DO Kentuckians keep voting him in?

But then I remember this is a cabal-owned, Koch-brother-owned government, except for that maverick, President Trump, who is a live wire that drives everyone crazy: Those who are against him as well as those who are for him.

It's my belief that President Trump is carrying burdens we can only guess at.

Do I think President Trump is a wonderful, graceful, poetic POTUS like a JFK, Jr. No, I don't. But do I think he has a virtually impossible job and is doing the best he can? Yes I do, and for that, I'm grateful to President Trump. Victory to the Light.

My point is I can agree with some of what each of you has written, Sierra, dgt and Young Thinker, and I can hold my differing opinions on other points, but I'm happy to hear what you think. I always learn something.

What I want to ask you both is to please keep posting. I'm fascinated by what EVERYONE here thinks.

For better or worse, for the endless false dates and predictions of the RV, for all the bickering back and forth, Patrick has created a place of community. As we keep trudging the RV, GCR, GESARA path, it's encouraging to know we're not alone on it.

All ideas welcome, far as I'm concerned.

Unceasing blessings and Light to all,
xo, Kat
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"Re: RV Thoughts" by dgt - 2.8.19

Hello DJT,

Thank you for your post and mentioning Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

From the moment she won her election, I realized she was making comments that we all here on IDC could agree on - that there is massive income inequality and people deserve a much better standard of living. Her comments on how we need to fix the environment and stop polluting our precious planet I think most of us here will agree with.

But it’s the means she advocates to bring about these changes - massive power put into the hands of government and bureaucrats- is something the majority of we currency holders are strongly against.

You can view some of what her Green New Deal proposes here:

http://thefederalist.com/2019/02/07/ten-most-insane-requirements-green-new-deal/

Now if you look closely, these 10 items involve topics we’ve all discussed here on this platform. But what separates us from people like AOC is the knowledge of emerging technologies that will be released along with a massive influx of liquidity into the private sector that will empower “the people” to bring about the changes AOC is seeking.

With the advent of zero-point energy and antigravity propulsion, cars and airplanes will be a thing of the past. So in a sense, her green proposal, although to those unaware seems insane, is actually right on track. AOC simply doesn’t have the insight on the tools to make them reality.

But that’s where all of us come in.

I believe subconsciously AOC knows something is wrong and must change. She’s simply unaware of what we know and what is happening. I doubt she holds any currency.

She’s completely unaware of the Trump Administrations take down of the corrupt central banking/ Federal Reserve system, which is the very reason for poverty, war, strife and income inequality throughout the world.

X22 Report w/ Robert David Steele: Swamp Draining, Fed Takeover, and More

Should we hate AOC simply because she’s unaware? Of course not. I truly believe once the RV happens and all of us can go about our work, the politicians will realize that big government is a thing of the past.

Once they see and experience true freedom that Humanity has never known before, the desire for power and control will pass away into history.

Once one of us sits AOC down, shows her a massive fund to bring about tremendous changes that we all want, I believe she and politicians like her (if they’re not in jail) will have a divine epiphany and question why they’re even in politics.

The real action and change will be happening in communities, towns and cities throughout the globe...and beyond.

Dare I say Washington DC will be nothing more than a tourist destination with relics and monuments of a bygone era.

Cinemo Galactic
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Show Your True Colors

[ So don't pay too much attention to my written words , as "opposed to " what this delightful version of the song evokes.
Be more childlike as " opposed to " childish and you'll comprehend. My True Intentions. To bring both sides of the isle to the center. ]
{ this , in the bigger picture is what's being done on a global level IMVHO}

This is for both
Sides of the Isle

To All Trolls...
{ when you try to tear down others , you become a troll }
This song's 4 U
Step into the Light
Your Fears keep you In darkness
Even Trolls want 2 B Luved

(Except Ogres and Orcs... They ain't natural)

DinarDJ

PS... Really " young thinker" ? A blatant blanket of accusations of " lies & propaganda" on this site ?

PS ... dgt it's ok as a woman to support other women but your "hatred" of President Trump {America's Great Unifier} and tearing down others who believe and support him and what he is accomplishing for humanity's
benefit are showing your true colors.
Concerning SOTU ...Using the word "thrilled "to describe such disrespectful behavior makes all the "handmaidens in white" appear boorish and immature... ( let's wait and see who stays in power.. Dey is just hired temps)

PSS ... A sovereign might choose his or her words more carefully so as not to injure.
Utilize the time you have available to you "In The Now" to prepare Your Selfie for what is coming.
We will all reap what we sow.
C U On The Other Side
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