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  • 40plus's Avatar
    Today, 01:47 AM
    The above is total BS, written by a hack who makes money writing crap per instruction. How do I know? A close relative of mine took a contracting job writing articles like this from home during the election campaign. She would get an assignment to write X amount of words on such a topic from such a perspective, for publishing on a certain date. According to her, it was easy money, particularly in the current political climate. She would simply read existing articles, and re-write the same thing, which is why you see so many of these cookie-cutter articles out there. It is a paid profession, so follow the money. Now, turds like MNT(BS)71, who are not articulate enough, nor intelligent enough to write for paid propaganda articles vie for validity using the 'cut & paste' rendition of the same stupid song that has no merit in fact, in evidence or even entertainment. It is both an open, and also a deep-stealth act of war upon others who don't share the same opinion, or who are not aware they, their families, their culture, their freedom and ultimately their lives are being targeted for destruction. These progressives are the racists. These masquerading SJWs who go about destroying all things stable, literally screaming out the very thing they want to hide; that they are hoping beyond hope that their limp-wrist fe-manliness, their cowardice, feigned outrage, and their out-right bigotry, hypocrisy, absolute racism and continually expanding intolerance will just slip past the 'great deplorable', simply with over saturation by media. What they apparently don't see is that there is a massive (and growing) number of Americans who not only clearly understand this attempted (and nearly accomplished) bastardization of American excellence, but since Mr. Trump's emergence and now Presidency..they are no longer intimidated by anything PC, including it's handlers. And they are not afraid to do something about it anymore. This entire article, and all the other "news", so co-joined to every other leftie article that a even blind horse could see the propaganda pattern therein, is only causing conservatives and patriots to solidify their stance. For example, from the second paragraph: The "Economist Intelligence Unit, (we are so smart and credible) a nonpartisan organization (meaning hate-u disguised as love-u) comprising over 100 country experts (yea, expert, that's the ticket) and economists across the globe (of whom none have ever accomplished anything near the success level Mr. Trump has economically), upgraded (oh, oh, it's getting worse, be very afraid) Trump's likelihood of impeachment from low (meaning zero) to moderate (meaning zero)." Every other paragraph is just as easy. As for the growing number of people jumping the Lib ship for the Trump-side, I read a SJW post after a protest in Portland that he was quitting the progressive movement. The reason was because his 'comrades' pushed him down and ran over him, themselves trying to escape some pissed off Trump supporters who were going to give them a beach-slapping. I wish I had the link. He was really upset, realizing there was no loyalty or consideration of others among them..though I see it as an additional condemnation of the left, as it appears to me he apparently found insufficient anchor to or in the cause to fight for his place. But what else would one expect from the SJW PJ boys? Still, with proper discipline & study, this is another millennial who could end up with a head on his shoulders, as opposed to a monkey-butt-sniffer. (ref. Wolverines epic cartoon: http://image-store.slidesharecdn.com/fd68f9e3-5b99-4d79-8b2e-68d105ed70af-original.jpeg) Finally, one last example of lib bluff from the last paragraph: "So far, as the Economist Intelligence Unit writes, nothing (no evidence) Trump has done in office may rise to the level of an offense worthy of impeachment (meaning it won't happen). But with the constant drip (wow, they actually admit it) of his campaign's alleged (meaning we know it's fake) collusion with Russian President Vladimir Putin's Kremlin, plunging approval ratings (their failed polls) and self-confessed dismay with the job of the presidency (dismay with lack of loyalty and with obstructionists, possibly, the job..no), could Trump be on his way to leaving the White House regardless? (now they're asking, I thought it was a done deal?) Whether it be through impeachment, the end of his term or on his own departure, (yea, right) only time will tell. (meaning, it ain't gonna happen, but we had to write something to not get suicided)"
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    Today, 01:21 AM
    By John Lee. A British academic has said that visiting Iraq has caused him to have problems entering the United States. Writing in*Times Higher Education, Nick Petford, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Northampton, said: “My forays have not been without consequence. In March this year I fell foul of Donald Trump’s travel restrictions from Middle Eastern countries that included*Iraq. On a trip to Miami, I was pulled out of the immigration queue by Homeland Security, held for five hours and questioned twice about why I had been to “Syria”. “My UK ESTA travel authorisation was revoked and replaced by a temporary visa, probably because more paperwork was needed to kick me out than let me in. Whether I’ll be allowed back into the US any time soon is yet to be resolved.“ But he says that this experience won’t stop him travelling to Iraq again. “Our rationale for working there and in other challenging territories is simple,” he adds. “Our mission requires it, and frankly the Iraqi people deserve our support given the UK’s historically interventionist stance. One area that we intend to focus on more with our Iraqi partners is healthcare. Another is MBA provision. There are also research opportunities that include exchange visits between staff and students.” Nick Petford’s full article can be read here. (Source: Times Higher Education) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Today, 01:21 AM
    By Adnan Abu Zeed for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.* There are strong indications that Gulf states want to keep Iraq away from Iran‘s influence by including Iraq under the banner of a US-backed Sunni Arab alliance. The United States sees Iraq as a vital location in need of a clear US policy, especially with the presence there of US military bases and about 8,500 US soldiers, as well as the US impact on the country’s overall situation. The most recent quest in this direction was the Arab Islamic American Summit held May 21 in Riyadh, attended by US President Donald Trump and Iraqi President Fuad Masum. It also appears that Iraq’s participation in the Eager Lion maneuvers, an annual military exercise, launched May 7 in Jordan with the participation of more than 7,000 soldiers from over 20 countries, was part of the attempt to bring Iraq into the Sunni Arab axis. The race to convince Iraq to abandon its well-known alliances with Iran and Iran’s allies was already underway when Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir visited Baghdad on Feb. 25, declaring that “Saudi Arabia and Iraq face the scourge of terrorism.” This rhetoric reflects Riyadh’s keenness on overcoming the obstacles to developing its relations with Baghdad. Those relations took a bad turn when the Saudi ambassador to Iraq, Thamer al-Sabhan, was expelled from Iraq in August after the Iraqis took offense at his statements about the “Iranian intervention in Iraq” and “Iranian-backed armed Shiite organizations fueling the tension with Sunnis.” Jubeir’s hopes of extracting Baghdad from Tehran’s grip were revived when Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met March 20 with Trump in Washington. Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Today, 01:21 AM
    From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. It’s a radio talent contest with a mission: showcasing the skills of Mosul’s youth after years of jihadist rule and a months-long battle for the city. Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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  • 40plus's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:57 PM
    Hahahaha. That's one for the history books..I don't believe even President Trump could have said it any more succinctly. Thanks Wolver.
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  • millionairetobe71's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:51 PM
    Experts Upgrade Donald Trump's Impeachment Odds as Russian Investigation Looms Donald Trump’s presidency has been clouded in controversy from its very inception, with multiple federal investigations into his campaign’s ties to Russia looming over the White House before he even assumed the Oval Office. Now, it appears his odds of impeachment are growing not even six months into his tenure as commander-in-chief. The Economist Intelligence Unit, a nonpartisan organization comprising over 100 country experts and economists across the globe, upgraded Trump's likelihood of impeachment from low to moderate Friday, following calls for the president’s removal officially reaching the floor of Congress. Meanwhile, Texas Representative Al Green announced he's already gotten a head start on the exhaustive political process, drafting articles of impeachment as his Democratic colleagues—most notably California Representative Maxine Waters—take to the airwaves to demand Trump’s firing. "We note that the president's impulsive character and disregard for protocol means that even the unlikely is possible," the Economist Intelligence Unit said in a statement provided to Newsweek. "But it would take a significant shift in mood, even allowing for his existing transgressions, to shift Republican loyalty away from Trump." Impeachment is a long, often drawn-out procedure requiring multiple steps and a House vote before a removal process could even begin in the Senate. Experts foreshadow Trump being able to survive another three and a half years in the White House for a few key reasons. "Trump will continue to be useful to the Republican Party—especially on tax reform and health care," the organization writes. "Congress is highly polarized—Democrats and Republicans are unlikely to cooperate for impeachment." The unit also believes Republicans will continue to enjoy a majority in the House of Representatives following the November 2018 midterm elections. The organization goes on to list multiple reasons for its upgrading of Trump’s impeachment odds, starting with the new special counsel appointed to investigate the administration's possible links to Russian officials throughout the 2016 campaign. "Other building-blocks towards a case of ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ might include Mr. Comey's account of being put under pressure by Mr. Trump to drop his investigation into Michael Flynn; Mr. Trump's failure to separate himself from his business empire; and his careless handling of classified information," the organization continues. So far, as the Economist Intelligence Unit writes, nothing Trump has done in office may rise to the level of an offense worthy of impeachment. But with the constant drip of his campaign's alleged collusion with Russian President Vladimir Putin's Kremlin, plunging approval ratings and self-confessed dismay with the job of the presidency, could Trump be on his way to leaving the White House regardless? Whether it be through impeachment, the end of his term or on his own departure, only time will tell.
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    Yesterday, 11:43 PM
    Laughing...Laughing.......You are so disconnected from the Real World.....We already have a specialist...and it is one who Donaldof Trumpler feared the most, and obviously, he has his reason to be afraid........ so let me bring you up to speed... Here is what's it like to have a special counsel, like Robert Mueller, hounding you Ever wondered what it’s like to be pursued, badgered and threatened legally by a special counsel, like the one appointed last week to investigate the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia? I can tell you firsthand. In 2003, the George W. Bush administration leaked the name of a CIA operations officer, Valerie Plame, to syndicated columnist Robert Novak. A week later my Newsday colleague Knut Royce and I wrote a story disclosing that Plame had worked undercover — Novak had assumed she was simply an analyst. So when the Justice Department tapped a special counsel to look into the matter, he turned to us first. The counsel, Patrick Fitzgerald, first tried sweet-talking our lawyers, saying he did not need us to name our sources, just to specify how many sources we had and when we had talked to them. No deal! Then he did something diabolically clever. He got everyone who could possibly have been a source to sign a waiver of confidentiality, then claimed Knut and I could no longer claim reporters’ privilege. This got some traction with our lawyers, but Knut and I were not going to let coercion stop us from protecting our sources. I had been through this before, when the U.S. Senate appointed a special counsel in 1991 to investigate my story in Newsday that Anita Hill had accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. But things had changed dramatically. A decade later, newspaper lawyers were worrying about the bottom line as well as the 1st Amendment, and the legal protections for journalists had been seriously diminished. Fitzgerald threatened us with a subpoena, provoking a nasty internal dispute at Newsday about cooperation. The deputy attorney general who appointed him, the same James B. Comey who was just fired as head of the FBI by President Trump, called Fitzgerald “Eliot Ness with a Harvard law degree.” Someone else called him a “bulldog.” He certainly pursued us like one, though he eventually decided we were not essential to his case and let it drop. Later he convicted top White House aide Lewis “Scooter” Libby of perjury and obstructing his investigation. Fitzgerald, Comey, former FBI Director and new special counsel Robert Mueller, even Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who appointed Mueller, are all tough, apolitical “bulldog” prosecutors who know one another well from the Justice Department Criminal Division. Anyone who gets in Mueller’s way, including reporters who have received leaks from government sources, had better be careful. And Trump administration officials in particular can take it from me: They’re in serious trouble. As always, the subjects of the investigation will wonder how high it will go. We know that Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions met with the Russian ambassador. He could be in jeopardy. Was Trump dumb enough to become personally involved? He did, after all, publicly ask Russia for help discrediting Hillary Clinton. Could that be construed as a criminal act? What about Trump’s request to Comey to go easy on his former national security advisor, Michael Flynn? From what we know so far, it is unlikely that Mueller’s investigation will bring down Trump. But the adage in Washington investigations is always “follow the money,” and that’s where the real peril lies for Trump and his family. The Trumps have bragged at times that they do not have to borrow much from U.S. banks because they get their money overseas, much of it from Russia. Because Trump has refused to make his tax returns, or any other documents from his business, public, we do not know the details, or what the unnamed Russian investors got in return. Mueller will want to find out. But problems in following the money trail could arise from Rosenstein’s rather narrow mandate to Mueller.After Comey appointed Fitzgerald, he clarified that Fitzgerald had full authority to pursue his investigation as if he was the attorney general. For example, he did not have to seek permission from the Justice Department to go after reporters. It was pretty close to being a blank check. Mueller, by contrast, will be dependent on the Justice Department and the FBI — the appointment of a new FBI director could still influence this investigation — for money and people. Also, Rosenstein will retain the authority to veto Mueller’s prosecutorial initiatives if he feels the investigation has strayed too far from the mandate, or to fire him for “good cause.” And of course, Trump can always fire Rosenstein and appoint someone who will fire Mueller, though that strategy did not work out well for Richard Nixon. A special counsel investigation can cause a lot of wreckage. I had to ready my family for the possibility that I would go to jail and even lose my job in the bargain. New York Times reporter Judith Miller actually did spend 85 days in jail trying to protect her sources from Fitzgerald’s inquiry before agreeing to testify. I’m not sure all that collateral damage was worthwhile, but the Trump investigation is on a different plane — it’s necessary to the survival of our system of government. For that reason Mueller should have at least as much authority as Fitzgerald did. All right dude....you get the point now?.....If not...read my next post...maybe that will get your attention....
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    Yesterday, 09:50 PM
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    Yesterday, 09:47 PM
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    Yesterday, 07:36 PM
    Politics Donald Trump's Approval Rating Sinks As White Voters, Republicans Withdraw Support President Donald Trump's approval rating fell sharply this week as some of the folks who voted for him in droves have begun to back away from the leader who has been plagued by controversy during his brief but rocky tenure in the White House, according to a new poll this week. The survey from Fox News found just 40 percent of voters approved of Trump's job performance, a 5 percentage point slide from where it stood in the same poll last month. Disapproval also rose 5 percentage points to 53 percent. "Some of the drop in approval comes from Republicans," noted Fox News in its write-up of the survey. In their poll, Trump's support among GOP voters had hovered between 84 percent and 87 percent during his tenure in the White House, but in the new survey that fell to 81 percent. Fifty-three percent of white voters without a college degree approved of the job Trump has done, a decrease of 9 percentage points in just one month. White voters overall were split on Trump, with 48 percent approving of his job performance and 48 percent disapproving, according to the Fox News poll. In the election, 66 percent of whites without college degree and 57 percent of whites overall voted for Trump, according to CNN's exit polls. A few potential issues white working class voters might have with the Trump presidency: 44 percent don't support the Republican health care bill backed by the former reality TV star and 50 percent thought he wouldn't actually get a wall built along the southern border of the U.S., one of his key promises during the campaign. According to the Fox News poll, voters overall were skeptical of Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey. By a margin of 60 percent to 29 percent, voters believed the president got rid of Comey for self-serving reasons—namely the FBI's investigation into his administration's potential ties with Russia—versus firing him for harming the bureau. The Fox News poll interviewed 1,011 registered voters through telephone calls from May 21 through May 23. It had a margin of error of 3 percentage points for the full sample. The latest poll isn't the first to find white working class voters and Republicans have begun to jump off the Trump train just four months into its planned four-year trip. A Reuters/Ipsos poll last week found disapproval of Trump among Republicans jumped 7 percentage points to 23 percent. A Quinnipiac University survey this month found support among whites without a college degree had dropped 10 percentage points in just one month to 47 percent. It keeps going ..... dooooown........ and.......doooooown... and.........dooooown.... and.........dooooown.... and.........dooooown..... The question for the smarties wannabe here..... how low it will get? Tip...tip...better jump off the train before it wrecks...
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    Yesterday, 03:52 PM
    Emmanuel Macron Swerves Donald Trump To Hug Angela Merkel Instead Did Emmanuel Macron just intentionally leave Donald Trump hanging? Video footage has emerged that appears to show France’s newly elected president appearing to dodge his U.S. counterpart at the NATO summit in Brussels on Thursday. In the clip, Macron walks up a red carpet toward a group of world leaders. He seems to be making a beeline for Trump, whose hands are outstretched, apparently in anticipation of a warm welcome. But just feet away, Macron deftly swerves and embraces German chancellor Angela Merkel instead. He then shakes hands with other leaders, before eventually entering into another fierce handshake-off with Trump. Folks...you must watch the video to truly appreciate the "suave"move by this superb leader. As I have posted before...I don't believe there isn't any rational world leader that likes or enjoys be around of, or in the company of Donaldof Trumpler...this exemplify exactly what Donaldof really is, a clown and a Puppet placed there by the Russians and everyone around the world knows it so they don't take him seriously. And I understand why.
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    Yesterday, 04:44 AM
    FBI Russia investigation looking at Kushner role (CNN)The FBI's criminal probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election is increasingly touching on the multiple roles of senior White House adviser Jared Kushner on both the Trump campaign and the Trump transition team. Points of focus that pertain to Kushner include: the Trump campaign's 2016 data analytics operation; his relationship with former national security adviser Michael Flynn; and Kushner's own contacts with Russians, according to US officials briefed on the probe. There is no indication Kushner is currently a target of the probe and there are no allegations he committed any wrongdoing. It's not clear if the FBI plans to talk to Kushner, but investigators believe he would be able to help provide information to assist the probe. A source close to Kushner said Kushner was unaware of the FBI's interest in him and hasn't been contacted. NBC News and the Washington Post reported Thursday on the FBI's interest in Kushner. Kushner's attorney said her client is willing to talk to the FBI if asked. "Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings. He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry," said Jamie Gorelick, his attorney. The FBI has collected data on computer bots, programs that perform repetitive functions like searches, allegedly linked to Russia that helped target and push negative information on Hillary Clinton and positive information on Donald Trump through Facebook and other social media, the officials say. Federal investigators have been taking a closer look at the Trump campaign's data analytics operation, which was supervised by Kushner, officials say, and are examining whether Russian operatives used people associated with the campaign -- wittingly or unwittingly -- to try to help Russia's own data targeting. Kushner, the president's son-in-law, worked with and helped oversee the campaign's data operation contractors based in San Antonio, Texas. Kushner has described how, beginning last June, he began testing the use of data targeting to sell Trump merchandise. Eventually, according to a November Forbes magazine profile, the data operation helped the Trump campaign figure out where the candidate's message was resonating in states like Michigan and Wisconsin, places where conventional political wisdom suggested they would be wasting time and money. "I called somebody who works for one of the technology companies that I work with, and I had them give me a tutorial on how to use Facebook micro-targeting," Kushner told Forbes. A source connected to the data analytics group said the team has not been contacted about any Russia related probe. "We have not been contacted by anyone and don't know anything formally about an investigation," the source said. The FBI focus on Flynn also touches on Kushner because he led the presidential transition's foreign policy efforts. Kushner's impact grew during the transition, which one source says he effectively ran -- along with another campaign aide Rick Dearborn -- once New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was removed. This source says both Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump wanted Flynn in as national security adviser. A source close to Kushner denied that he pushed for Flynn. Kushner has acknowledged meeting during the transition with Russia's ambassador and separately with the head of a Russian bank. According to a source familiar with what transpired, neither meeting discussed sanctions but instead focused on establishing a backchannel to Russia's president. Those meetings are of interest to the FBI. The White House referred calls to Kushner's attorney. Folks....note how it says now "Criminal Probe"...so something really bad happened here to be called like that.....and of course...that involves Donaldof....so it is to be expected that at some point in the future...things are going to be really bad for him.....
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    Yesterday, 04:33 AM
    Newsweek Ivanka Trump's Husband, Jared Kushner, Met With Russian Officials Last Year and the FBI is Investigating Why The FBI is scrutinizing Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as part of its Russia probe, NBC News reports. Investigators are interested in Kushner's separate meetings with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and banker Sergey Gorkov in December 2016, The Washington Post reports, although the newspaper writes that Kushner has not been accused of doing anything wrong. As NBC explains Gorkov, studied at the training school for Russia's Federal Security Service, an intelligence agency known as the FSB. He is also the chairman of VneshEconomBank, which is owned by Moscow and has been sanctioned by the U.S. since mid 2014. Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, attended the meeting with Kushner and Kislyak in December. Later that month, Kushner sent a deputy to meet with the Russian ambassador. In yet another meeting, Flynn met Kislyak one-on-one and the two discussed ending U.S. sanctions against Russia—something Flynn later reportedly misrepresented to Vice President Mike Pence. When details of their meeting leaked, Trump asked Flynn to resign. Kushner, a key White House adviser and the husband of the president's daugheer, Ivanka Trump, did not initially disclose his meetings with Kislyak or Gorkov on his security clearance forms, according to The New York Times. His lawyer said this was an accident and explained the forms would be changed to reflect the meetings. “Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings. He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry,” Jamie Gorelick, an attorney for Kushner, told The Post. The FBI is investigating the Trump team and Russia on a number of fronts. One involves Russia's alleged attempts to influence the U.S. election and the Trump campaign's alleged coordination with Moscow. There's also a separate probe into possible financial crimes, though the details remain murky, and yet another invesigation into Flynn's undisclosed dealings with foreign countries. Sarah Isgur Flore, a spokesperson for the Justice Department, told The Post: “I can’t confirm or deny the existence or non-existence of investigations or subjects of investigations.” The investigation into links between Trump’s campaign and Moscow is now being spearheaded by a special counsel, former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, while the Pentagon's top watchdog is running the Flynn probe. NBC News reports that Kushner is "in a different category" from Flynn and former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, who have received grand jury subpoenas. It's unclear if federal investigators have requested any records from him.
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    Yesterday, 04:30 AM
    Politics Leaders Of Senate Russia Probe Given 'Blanket Authority' To Issue Subpoenas WASHINGTON ― The Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday voted unanimously to give its leaders “blanket authority” to issue any subpoena they deem appropriate in their investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election and possible ties between Moscow and President Donald Trump’s campaign. Under regular committee rules, Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and ranking member Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) could only issue subpoenas after a full committee vote on the matter. Thursday’s vote, however, allows the two leaders to act jointly without the approval of their fellow members ― thus speeding up the process. On Wednesday, the committee issued two new subpoenas specifically targeting former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s businesses, Flynn Intel LLC and Flynn Intel Inc. Flynn was fired earlier this year over failing to disclose that he had had conversations with Russian officials prior to Trump’s inauguration. Burr and Warner maintained that Flynn’s decision to assert his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination does not apply to his businesses and documents, adding he could be subject to a contempt charge if he doesn’t turn over the materials. “We would like to hear from Gen. Flynn,” Burr told reporters on Wednesday. “We’d like to see his documents. We’d like him to tell his story because he publicly said, ‘I’ve got a story to tell.’ We’re allowing him that opportunity.”
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    Yesterday, 04:21 AM
    Just to point out a difference here...and a Common Denominator.... Everyone around Donaldof seems to get in the worst mood....I mean....look at the Pope !! Who would imagine the Pope would have the look of someone who wants to choke Donaldof...but he did had the look....and .... NO SMILES !!!! Then look at Merkel...When Merkel met Donaldof....NO SMILES !! ( I can only guess Donaldof striking resemblance of Adolf Hitler may have cause consternation ) BUT.. AND SO FOLKS....THERE IS ONLY ONE COMMON DENOMINATOR....ONE WHO NO ONE WANTS TO BE AROUND WITH, ONE WHO EVERYONE WANTS TO STAY AWAY FROM LIKE A SKUNK ON YOUR LAP....AND THAT ONE IS DONALDOF TRUMPLER....PICTURES DON'T LIE...
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    Yesterday, 01:10 AM
    By John Lee. The head of the State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO) has reportedly suggested that Iraq is interested in creating an oil price hedging program that would lock in prices for future trades far in advance. Falah Al Amri is quoted as saying: “We will not rush. This is a long process … We must make sure we do not lose money. You know the Iraqi parliament, it would not accept that. “Transforming SOMO is unstoppable. It will do more than just market Iraqi crude.” (Sources: Bloomberg, OilPrice) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 01:10 AM
    By Lara Saeed (pictured), Managing Editor, Bite.Tech. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of*Iraq Business News. Over the past 6 months, we at Bite.Tech have been mapping out the startup ecosystem in Iraq which consists of all the stakeholders who directly add value and and drive the startup ecosystem providing entrepreneurs, investors, and new comers with an overall guide of the ecosystem. With this map we can also identify the main challenges the Iraq’s startup ecosystem faces and the initiatives the Iraqi ecosystem needs to go through for it to become a high-potential site amongst regional startup ecosystems. For example, a notable missing section on the map is investments/funding. E-commerce: Chanbar is an online platform that allows merchants to create online stores within 24 hours, users can start to sell products online immediately after a simple setup. Payment can be made through Zain cash. CO-Working Space Tech Hub: the first tech focused co-working space in Iraq, the Erbil location is already accommodating several startups and is running workshops, with a Baghdad branch soon to follow. Media: Bite.Tech is an online newsletter published in English covering the tech startup ecosystem of Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan. Events: HackaErbil: a two-day hackathon, participants are required to present new and innovative projects. Startup Weekend: Powered by Google, Startup Weekend teaches its participants how to network and build their startups within 54 hours. Pitch Bootcamp: a two-day career accelerator program that helps participants develop their skills, and improves their chances of finding jobs. The concept is from Spark Agency in Portugal who have organized these events around the world. Rwanga: the NGO running the Rwanga Awards. The event is open to anyone who wishes to showcase their work in the fields of writing, photography, scientific discoveries and many more. Maker Space: Fikra Space: an open space in Baghdad for people who have common interests in computers, technology, science, arts and other fields. Science Camp: a space for anyone with interest in computing technology, digital arts, design, green energy, recycling & digital arts run in Basra? Education: Al-Mansour University Incubator: The incubator is located in Al-Mansour University. They guide and support entrepreneurs through brain storming sessions, business analysis and more. MSELECT: a staffing agency with a training academy offering internationally certified public and private courses in business, IT, soft skills, vocational subjects and more. Re:Coded: the mission is to equip refugees and vulnerable youth in conflict affected areas with fundamental coding skills and professional experience that together create access to careers in technology. Code Lab: an intensive software development boot camp that meets virtually on Facebook. The boot camp focuses on writing clean and efficient code to produce scalable and maintainable software products. Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 01:10 AM
    By Wassim Bassem for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.* A new era has started in the northern Ninevah Plains, known for its ethnic and religious diversity, following the expulsion of the Islamic State (IS). IS took over the area in June 2014 and forced the Christians living there — estimated at more than 100,000 — to abandon their farms and towns and head to the neighboring Kurdistan Region and other areas in the country, or to leave Iraq altogether. On May 16, the heads of the Christian churches told the media of their “concerns over the possible return of terrorism” and demanded that “the areas of the Ninevah Plains be protected by the United Nations and enjoy autonomy.” This*fear, however, has not*prevented*many Christians from returning to their farms and cities and practicing religious rites in their monasteries and churches. During the Easter mass April 15 at the*Mar Mattai Syriac Orthodox Monastery in Ninevah, Christians prayed for the safe return of the displaced to their homes and the spread of peace. IS reduced several monasteries and churches to ruins, and Christians in the Ninevah Plains are demanding that plans be made for their reconstruction, especially for the monastery of Mar Behnam (pictured). It dates to the fourth century; IS occupied it in 2014 and bombed it in 2015. They are also calling for the reconstruction of the Mar Mattai Monastery, founded more than 1,600 years ago. Yonadam Kanna, a Christian member of parliament, told Al-Monitor, “IS besieged the Mar Mattai Monastery in 2014 and prevented people from getting to it.*So the first thing I did after the liberation of the Ninevah Plains was to restore the road leading to this monastery through the slopes of Mount Maklub, on top of which the monastery is built. extends over about 1*kilometer at a height*of 2,400 meters above sea level.” Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 01:10 AM
    Without urgent investment in education, Iraq’s future generations risk being left behindThe future of Iraq, its economic security and prosperity depends on increasing investment in education today. And while the price of investing in Iraq’s education sector is high, failing to do so will cost the nation far more in the future. “The Cost and Benefits of Education in Iraq” a UNICEF-supported report released today by the Ministry of Education estimates that Iraq lost almost US$1 billion in unrealized wages from school dropouts from the 2014-2015 school year. Lack of investment threatens the future of millions of Iraqi children. 3.5 million school-aged Iraqi children are missing out on education, which means they are at increased risk of early marriage, child labour and recruitment into armed groups. Half of all school buildings in Iraq need urgent repairs. Children are dropping out of school while others are repeating grades. “Children in Iraq are suffering from protracted periods of conflict. Without equitable access to quality education, children are at risk: we are talking about losing a generation of children.” said UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Geert Cappelaere. Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria on Wednesday, conducting 34 strikes consisting of 78 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported yesterday. Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports. Strikes in Syria In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 21 strikes consisting of 29 engagements against ISIS targets: Near Albu Kamal, four strikes destroyed three ISIS oil tanker trucks, two ISIS wellheads, two ISIS fuel tanks, a front-end loader, a crane and a bulldozer. Near Hawl, a strike destroyed a vehicle bomb. Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike destroyed an ISIS barge. Near Raqqa, 15 strikes engaged 12 ISIS tactical units; and destroyed five fighting positions, four ISIS dump trucks, four vehicles, two artillery systems, a front-end loader and a weapons cache. Strikes in Iraq In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 13 strikes consisting of 49 engagements against ISIS targets: Near Beiji, seven strikes destroyed 22 trenches, six bunkers, a tactical vehicle, a supply cache, an ISIS staging area, a front-end loader and a vehicle bomb. Near Mosul, three strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units; destroyed five vehicles, four fighting positions, four medium machine guns, three heavy machine guns, three weapons caches, an improvised explosive device, a mortar system, an ISIS staging area, a rocket-propelled grenade system; damaged two ISIS supply routes; and suppressed two mortar teams. Near Rawah, a strike destroyed an ISIS fuel point. Near Tal Afar, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a vehicle. Near Tikrit, a strike destroyed an ISIS fuel tank. Additionally, three strikes were conducted in Syria May 23 that closed within the last 24 hours: Near Raqqa, three strikes destroyed eight command-and-control nodes and destroyed a vehicle bomb-making facility. Part of Operation Inherent Resolve These strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to destroy ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The destruction of ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria also further limits the group’s ability to project terror and conduct external operations throughout the region and the rest of the world, task force officials said. The list above contains all strikes conducted by fighter, attack, bomber, rotary-wing or remotely piloted aircraft; rocket-propelled artillery; and some ground-based tactical artillery when fired on planned targets, officials noted. Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike, they added. A strike, as defined by the coalition, refers to one or more kinetic engagements that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single or cumulative effect. For example, task force officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIS vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against a group of ISIS-held buildings and weapon systems in a compound, having the cumulative effect of making that facility harder or impossible to use. Strike assessments are based on initial reports and may be refined, officials said. The task force does not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target. (Source: US Dept of Defense) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    By John Lee. The*Central Bank of Iraq (CBI)*has reported that 38 banks and 10 remittance companies took part in its currency auction on Thursday. A total of $158,102,404 sold at a price of 1184 Iraqi Dinars (IQD) per dollar. (Source: Central Bank of Iraq) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    05-25-2017, 05:37 AM
    Trump's big VA budget request comes with proposed trims to veterans benefits The proposal, officially released Tuesday and now facing months of scrutiny on Capitol Hill, represents another sizable boost for the department, which over the last decade has seen annual increases while other government agencies have faced funding reductions. President Trump’s plan calls for a $4.4 billion increase in discretionary funding for the department, roughly a 6 percent increase from fiscal 2017 levels. The $82 billion total discretionary request is nearly twice as large as the department’s entire budget in fiscal 2001, before the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Officials said the VA spending request reflects that “veterans’ access to timely, high quality health care is one of this administration’s highest priorities.” But they also promised their focus is on “providing veterans with the most efficient and effective care and benefits,” and proposes several trade offs to pay for program expansions. The most dramatic of those is an end to Individual Unemployability benefit payments to retirement-age veterans, a move expected to save $3.2 billion next year alone and $41 billion over the next decade. If you are a veteran, and if you are receiving the above benefits....call your Congressman and let them know that you don't want Donaldof's dirty hands meddling with your benefits..... I told you folks...Donaldof doesn't know the sacrifices a service member makes when he/she serves this country...what does he knows?....NOTHING. Why not starting to cut his trips and have him pay for his own protection at the Trumpler Plaza?....that would save a lot of money.... but instead, Donaldof lives lavishly while veterans across this country, will continue paying a higher price for his/her service to this country. Call your Congressman !!!
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    05-25-2017, 05:21 AM
    Secret Service budget asks for $25M to protect Trump Tower WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is asking for more money to protect President Donald Trump's signature New York skyscraper, add hundreds of new Secret Service agents and strengthen security at the White House, according to new budget documents presented to Congress. The request is for $25.7 million in security-related expenses at Trump Tower, including "personnel travel costs assigned to the protective details for the children and grandchildren of President Trump, as well as other functions supporting these details." Those services, the request said, will be maintained "throughout the incumbent's presidency." The budget numbers offer the first look into the administration's request for a full year's worth of extra protective resources under Trump, who frequently has stayed at his namesake properties outside of the White House since he took office Jan. 20. The figures also underscore the taxpayer costs that benefit Trump, with $6.3 million allocated toward "rent and utilities" at Trump Tower. The biggest increase includes $1.3 billion in new staffing, including $75 million for 453 special agents and uniformed officers as part of a multiyear personnel plan. The administration said the money helps it "keep pace with mission requirements" by getting 7,150 positions filled by the end of the next budget year. Also requested is nearly $86 million in "protective infrastructure and technology," including more money for physical protection of the White House. Earlier this year, a man jumped the White House fence and spent 15 minutes roaming the grounds. The Secret Service faces a more complicated job than it did under Trump's immediate predecessor, Barack Obama, because Trump has family living beyond Washington and traveling extensively. They include First lady Melania Trump and their son, Barron, who currently live in Trump Tower. Barron plans to attend school in suburban Washington this fall. Trump's jaunts beyond Washington have proved expensive, with a pair of his recent trips to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida costing more than $1.2 million. The documents, made public by the conservative group Judicial Watch, reflect only the costs associated with the president's plane, Air Force One, and not expenses for Secret Service protection or support vehicles provided by the Department of Defense. A Trump trip in early February cost about $670,000, and a second trip in March cost about $612,000, according to the Air Force, which operates and maintains Air Force One. He's visited seven times as president. Trump has used Mar-a-Lago, which not only is a vacation home but also a for-profit resort that charges $200,000 for memberships, to entertain foreign dignitaries and to meet with members of his Cabinet and senior leadership team. Based on other travel reports for other presidents, Defense Department costs far exceed all other expenses related to such trips. Wow !! Common Folks...is this what you voted for?..... BUT...if you are poor or have financial hardships....Flashnews! Is going to be worse under Donaldof Trumpler Office of the Hijacked White House !!! I know that there are some smart folks in here (unless you voted for Donaldof....you are, well...intellectually challenged)..can someone do some math how much Donaldof spent in traveling to Mar-a-Lago in the past four months?...did I heard you say over $20 million dollars and he is asking for another $25 million to protect a building he no longer lives in? Tell me, what you have to show for in this Puppet first four months?....Expenses, Expenses and more Expenses which, by the way, are meant to gratify Donaldof and his Family existence, not to serve the American people..... In the Meantime...the American People are suffering because of Donaldof.....
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    05-25-2017, 12:39 AM
    By John Lee. A plan has reportedly been made to rebuild the areas liberated from the Islamic State group (IS, ISIS, ISIL, Daesh) over the next 10 years with $100 billion in financing. According to Al Arabiya, Iraq’s Planning Minister Salman Al-Jumayli said on Wednesday: “The plan to bring stability and development for the liberated areas will be in two steps. The first will be from 2018 to 2022, and the second from 2023 to 2028. “The government is trying to provide the figure through grants, international loans, and from what has been provided through the general budget of the country.“ The Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS), established in 2015, is currently carrying out immediate projects in the liberated areas. (Source: Al Arabiya) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    05-25-2017, 12:39 AM
    The US Army failed to keep tabs on more than $1 billion worth of arms and other military equipment in Iraq and Kuwait according to a now declassified Department of Defense (DoD) audit, obtained by Amnesty International following Freedom of Information requests. The government audit, from September 2016, reveals that the DoD “did not have accurate, up-to-date records on the quantity and location”of a vast amount of equipment pouring into Kuwait and Iraq to provision the Iraqi Army. “This audit provides a worrying insight into the US Army’s flawed – and potentially dangerous – system for controlling millions of dollars’ worth of arms transfers to a hugely volatile region,” said Patrick Wilcken, Amnesty International’s Arms Control and Human Rights Researcher. “It makes for especially sobering reading given the long history of leakage of US arms to multiple armed groups committing atrocities in Iraq, including the armed group calling itself the Islamic State.” The military transfers came under the Iraq Train and Equip Fund (ITEF), a linchpin of US-Iraqi security cooperation. In 2015, US Congress appropriated USD$1.6 billion for the programme to combat the advance of IS. The transfers, which include tens of thousands of assault rifles (worth USD$28 million), hundreds of mortar rounds and hundreds of Humvee armoured vehicles, were destined for use by the central Iraqi Army, including the predominantly Shi’a Popular Mobilisation Units, as well as the Kurdish Peshmerga forces. The DoD audit found several serious shortcomings in how ITEF equipment was logged and monitored from the point of delivery onward, including: Fragmentary record-keeping in arms depots in Kuwait and Iraq. Information logged across multiple spreadsheets, databases and even on hand-written receipts. Large quantities of equipment manually entered into multiple spreadsheets, increasing the risk of human error. Incomplete records meaning those responsible for the equipment were unable to ascertain its location or status. The audit also claimed that the DoD did not have responsibility for tracking ITEF transfers immediately after delivery to the Iraqi authorities, despite the fact that the department’s Golden Sentry programme is mandated to carry out post-delivery checks. A previous DoD audit in 2015 pointed to even laxer stockpile monitoring procedures followed by the Iraqi armed forces. In some cases the Iraqi army was unaware of what was stored in its own warehouses, while other military equipment – which had never been opened or inventoried – was stored out in the open in shipping containers. “The need for post-delivery checks is vital. Any fragilities along the transfer chain greatly increase the risks of weapons going astray in a region where armed groups have wrought havoc and caused immense human suffering,” said Patrick Wilcken. Arms transfers fuelling atrocities Amnesty International’s research has consistently documented lax controls and record-keeping within the Iraqi chain of command. This has resulted in arms manufactured in the USA and other countries winding up in the hands of armed groups known to be committing war crimes and other atrocities, such as IS, as well as paramilitary militias now incorporated into the Iraqi army. In response to the audit, the US military has pledged to tighten up its systems for tracking and monitoring future transfers to Iraq. However, the DoD made almost identical commitments in response to a report for Congress as long ago as 2007 that raised similar concerns. “After all this time and all these warnings, the same problems keep re-occurring. This should be an urgent wake-up call for the US, and all countries supplying arms to Iraq, to urgently shore up checks and controls. Sending millions of dollars’ worth of arms into a black hole and hoping for the best is not a viable counter-terrorism strategy; it is just reckless,” said Patrick Wilcken. “Any state selling arms to Iraq must show that there are strict measures in place to make sure the weapons will not be used to violate rights. Without these safeguards, no transfer should take place.” Amnesty International is urging the USA to comply with the Leahy Law, which prohibits the supply of most types of US military aid and training to foreign security, military and police units credibly alleged to have committed “gross human rights violations”. The USA and Iraq must also accede to the global Arms Trade Treaty, which has strict rules in place to stop arms transfers or diversion of arms that could fuel atrocities. (Source: Amnesty International) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    05-25-2017, 12:39 AM
    U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria on Tuesday, conducting 12 strikes consisting of 32 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported yesterday. Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports. Strikes in Syria In Syria, coalition military forces conducted five strikes consisting of five engagements against ISIS targets: Near Abu Kamal, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and damaged a vehicle. Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike destroyed eight ISIS oil stills and destroyed two ISIS oil truck. Near Raqqa, three strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units; destroyed three fighting positions and a mortar system. Strikes in Iraq In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of 27 engagements against ISIS targets: Near Mosul, five strikes engaged four ISIS tactical units; destroyed two vehicle bombs, two medium machine guns, two vehicles, a storage compound, a fighting position, a rocket- propelled grenade system, an ISIS staging area; damaged 21 ISIS supply routes and two vehicles; and suppressed a mortar team. Near Rawah, a strike destroyed an anti-air artillery system. Near Sinjar, a strike destroyed an ISIS staging area. Additionally, three strikes were conducted in Syria May 22 that closed within the last 24 hours: Near Raqqa, three strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units; destroyed a fighting position, a vehicle bomb and a front-end loader. Part of Operation Inherent Resolve These strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to destroy ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The destruction of ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria also further limits the group’s ability to project terror and conduct external operations throughout the region and the rest of the world, task force officials said. The list above contains all strikes conducted by fighter, attack, bomber, rotary-wing or remotely piloted aircraft; rocket-propelled artillery; and some ground-based tactical artillery when fired on planned targets, officials noted. Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike, they added. A strike, as defined by the coalition, refers to one or more kinetic engagements that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single or cumulative effect. For example, task force officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIS vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against a group of ISIS-held buildings and weapon systems in a compound, having the cumulative effect of making that facility harder or impossible to use. Strike assessments are based on initial reports and may be refined, officials said. The task force does not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target. (Source: US Dept of Defense) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    05-25-2017, 12:39 AM
    By John Lee. The*Central Bank of Iraq (CBI)*has reported that 39 banks and 10 remittance companies took part in its currency auction on Wednesday. A total of $150,321,047 sold at a price of 1184 Iraqi Dinars (IQD) per dollar. (Source: Central Bank of Iraq) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    05-24-2017, 07:02 PM
    Pope Francis finally finds something he hates about his job.
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