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    Today, 04:28 AM
    Vladimir Putin ordered Russian hackers to help elect Donald Trump, says explosive new report A new report indicates that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered election hacking to help elect Donald Trump. Mr Putin’s direct involvement in the effort to undermine the US election systems was disclosed to former President Barack Obama in August, just months before the election that saw a surprise victory for Mr Trump, according to a Washington Post investigation into the Obama administration’s internal deliberations on how to handle the meddling. The Russian president had ordered the attacks in order to defeat, or at least damage, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. At the time of the attacks — and up until voting day last November — Ms Clinton was seen as a the odds on favourite to be the next president. Mr Putin has denied allegations that his government was directly involved in the cyber attacks that led to massive leaks of emails and data from Democratic servers. Instead, he has said that “patriotic” Russian hackers may have been involved, but not members of his government. The story of Russian meddling outlined in the Washington Post, however, indicate that US intelligence agencies became so confident that Mr Putin was behind the attacks that Mr Obama personally warned him against continuing to do so. When confronted, the Russian President denied the accusations, and said that there was no proof. The hackings led the Obama administration to impose sanctions on Russia following Election Day in the US, and to the government expelling Russian diplomats stationed in American cities. But, although US intelligence agencies became increasingly sure that Russia was actively trying to undermine the 2016 election, the Obama administration worried that acting publicly on the issue in close proximity to the election would give rise to concerns that Mr Obama’s team was using the White House to try and influence the election. Instead of acting against Putin before the election, the White House attempted to stop future meddling, and to work to ensure that US voting systems weren’t significantly impacted.
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    Yesterday, 07:56 PM
    LAUGHING ....... OUT ...... LOUD..... MAN...THIS IS WHOLLY MESS FOR DONALDOF....IT IS SUCH A MESS THAT NO ONE IN THE WHITE HOUSE KNOWS WHAT TO DO AND WHAT TO SAY...LET'S SEE COUPLE HEADLINES: news Russia debacle destroys the last rationale for Trump, the myth of the genius CEO news Health Care Declassified No. 4: Was the Obamacare process really more transparent? Trump: I bluffed Comey on ‘tapes’ to keep him honest Politics Ex-Homeland Security head: Trump is ‘sending signals’ that Russian hacking is tolerated Donald Trump Energy Appointee's Deleted Tweets Are A Hateful Mess Why Trump Keeps Contact With Investigation Targets Was Trump Team Building a Backchannel With Putin? Trump Baffles Attorneys With Sudden Firing Did Trump Just Admit to Intimidating a Witness Over Comey Tapes Threat? You’d Be Scared if You Were Donald Trump, Too Trump Names N.Y. Jets Owner Woody Johnson as Ambassador to U.K. new Ex-Homeland Security head: Trump is ‘sending signals’ that Russian hacking is tolerated
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    Yesterday, 07:24 PM
    6-23-2017 Newshound Guru Currency365 …currently it’s 1184 but…this is the the new CBI site. They’re programing it. They’re coding it. It’s going up and down. If you go to the site you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. It goes up and down, sometimes service not available. But guess what he found when it was available early this morning? 1.2. 1.2 to 1 USD. That’s the price they’ve been telling us in the articles that they want to start out at right. So 1.2 IQD to 1 USD. There’s nothing surprising about that...You can’t say the CBI doesn’t have 1.20 in their mind because on their own news layout site there’s 1.20 right there. Now of course it’s back to 1184. This is their brand new site…I think they were testing… We did see it and we got a photo of it.
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    Yesterday, 05:09 PM
    The whole thing has been a lie!!!!!! Senate Judiciary Chairman Grassley: Chuck Schumer Knew Trump Wasn’t Under Investigation but Said He Was Anyway 380 BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP/Getty Images by KRISTINA WONG23 Jun 2017141 Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) blasted Democrats on Thursday — particularly Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) — for fueling media hysteria, knowing full well President Trump was not under investigation for collusion with Russia. In a statement delivered on the Senate floor, Grassley said that in March, former FBI Director James Comey had told him, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and the group of Senate and House members known as the “Gang of Eight” that the president was not under investigation. But Schumer, who is part of the Gang of Eight, continued to tell the media Trump was under investigation, Grassley said. “That helped feed the media hysteria,” he said. “The Minority Leader even tried to say that the Senate shouldn’t vote on the Supreme Court nomination because the president was under investigation. And the whole time, he knew it wasn’t true.” In once instance, Schumer told reporters on March 21, “There is a cloud now hanging over the head of the president, and while that’s happening, to have a lifetime appointment made by this president seems very unseemly and there ought to be a delay.” Grassley said it was not until months later that it came to light, on May 12, when Trump revealed in a letter firing Comey that the FBI director had told him three times he was not under investigation. Grassley also said he had asked Comey to come out and tell the public Trump was not under investigation, but he had refused to do so over a hypothetical situation where he might have to correct the record. “That concern was merely hypothetical — pure speculation,” he said. “In the unlikely event it came to pass, the public should know if the FBI is pursuing a criminal investigation against the president.” In the meantime, he said, what happened was “media hysteria.” “Countless media articles falsely claimed the president was under investigation for colluding with Russia. … Over and over again, the media published selective leaks. They published classified half-truths. All this was used to make false allegations of sinister conduct by the president. And a lot of people believed it.” “After a year of the entire might of the U.S. intelligence community and the FBI looking for evidence of collusion with the Russians, where is it?” he said. Grassley’s committee is one of several investigating Russian interference in the presidential elections and whether there was collusion with the Trump campaign. The Iowa senator said the media hysteria is now focused on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, after Comey suggested during a hearing this month that the FBI knew something about Sessions he could not discuss publicly. “Unfortunately, now it looks like Mr. Comey and the media might be doing the same thing to Attorney General Sessions,” he said. “Here we go again. The rumor mill is back in business. It’s insinuating improper ties with Russians and undermining people’s faith in another senior government official.” Grassley urged Comey to publicly say whether Sessions has ever been under investigation, to nip the speculation in the bud. “This is the same destructive pattern. And it plays right into Russia’s hands again. Well, this time around, we shouldn’t put up with it. Enough is enough. There’s no reason Mr. Comey couldn’t have told the public the whole truth,” he said. Grassley said the investigations of Russian interference and the circumstances around Comey’s firing will continue and that they would go where the facts lead them. “In the meantime, it’s time to stop the rumor-mongering. It’s time to stop the innuendo and half-truths. It’s time to stop leaking national security information to score political points. “It’s time to stop playing into Russia’s hands by intentionally sowing false doubt about your political opponents. Instead, it’s time to get back to doing the people’s work,” he said.
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    Yesterday, 05:28 AM
    Russia debacle destroys the last rationale for Trump, the myth of the genius CEO Let’s begin this week with a question that has nothing to do with a single House election in Georgia, even though it was apparently the most critical and consequential local election in the history of elections, going all the way back to the Greeks. What have we really learned to this point about the ties between President Trump’s campaign and the Russians, and what does it tell us? My former colleague David Brooks, no fan of Trump’s, wrote thoughtfully on this subject a few days ago. In a column titled “Let’s Not Get Carried Away,” Brooks argued that — at least as of now, which is an important caveat — all the leaks and revelations about the Trump campaign haven’t actually turned up any evidence of collusion with Russian hackers looking to influence last year’s election. Rather, if I’m paraphrasing Brooks correctly, Trump has played right into the hands of his many critics in Washington, foolishly trying to discredit or even impede an investigation that probably leads nowhere. And in doing so, all he’s managed to do is crank up the modern machinery of scandal politics, which can whir away for years in a search for something — anything — that rises to the level of a crime. I tend to agree with this analysis. Unless the special counsel, Robert Mueller, has unearthed something we don’t know about, there’s not much here to suggest that Trump himself had any idea of what the Russians were up to, or that any of his pro-Kremlin advisers were actively coordinating with foreign spies. The closest thing we have to a crime right now is Trump’s sleazy attempt to influence and then destroy the FBI director, and even that feels less like obstruction of justice than like the clueless machinations of a land developer who thought he could push around the Justice Department as he would an unaccommodating city inspector. In the end, though, if Republicans are going to argue that the whole Russia fiasco has nothing to do with Trump, and is really just a story of incompetence and greed among a few cowboy operatives working for the campaign, then they have to acknowledge something else, too. Which is that this version of events further obliterates the entire premise of Trump’s campaign, not to mention his party’s principal rationale for having supported him in the first place.Remember, Republicans in Washington never labored for a minute under the illusion that Trump knew anything about governance or even shared their bedrock ideology. What they settled on, when they finally embraced his candidacy, was that the country could use a CEO who knew how to run a business. This is what Trump himself kept saying, too. “The best people” — that’s what he promised.If I had a dime for every conservative insider and voter who told me last year that Trump would surround himself with all the sharpest minds and most experienced hands around, I’d build a garish, exorbitantly expensive hotel and stick my name in fake gold at the top.What’s become abundantly clear, though, is that Trump didn’t run his campaign like a shrewd corporate titan with a keen eye for talent. He ran it like a sucker, easily played by anyone who knew how to stroke his ego.OK, so maybe the party’s best and brightest weren’t exactly knocking down the door at Trump Tower last year. Maybe the Jim Bakers and Condoleezza Rices of the world wanted nothing to do with Trump at that point.But isn’t that supposed to be Trump’s superpower — getting people to “yes”? Don’t you think he would have sought out those folks and determined the bottom-line price of their loyalty, the way a great negotiator would?Instead, he turned to misfits and marginal characters. He hired Paul Manafort, a long-forgotten consultant who’d lately been doing shady work in Ukraine for a dubious paycheck. He turned to Michael Flynn, a former general with conspiratorial tendencies and murky relationships with foreign despots. He collected people like Carter Page, the gadfly foreign policy aide who was, in effect, if inadvertently, a Russian asset.These guys used Trump for the purposes of their overseas friends and clients. Just four years after the last Republican nominee had called Russia the greatest threat to American security, the new nominee was praising Vladimir Putin, while Russian spies hacked his opponents.The only thing Republicans can really argue is that Trump didn’t know. He was new to the political world. How could he have guessed that Manafort was so venal? How could he have known that Flynn wasn’t being straight?According to the testimony of James Comey, the now deposed FBI director, Trump later said he wanted to know if any of these advisers had betrayed him (and, incidentally, their country). Only he didn’t, really. Because even after Trump had given Flynn one of the most vital and sensitive posts in American foreign policy, and even after Trump had been personally warned by his predecessor and his Justice Department that Flynn was a blackmail risk, he did nothing.He personally lobbied Comey to leave Flynn alone. And even now, after Flynn has been publicly disgraced and faces legal jeopardy for the conflicts he failed to disclose, Trump is said to be ruminating on a way to bring him back.No, the president may not have been complicit in this dirty foreign intrigue. “Clueless” and “ineffectual” are the words that come to mind.None of this should surprise us, though. Because the whole surround-yourself-with-geniuses theory was always just a wishful canard, with zero basis in reality. Trump himself, in a much-quoted interview with CNBC in 2007, offered a truer sample of his management philosophy:“I hear so many times, ‘Oh, I want my people to be smarter than I am.’ It’s a lot of crap. You want to be smarter than your people, if possible.”Well, he certainly is making it look possible — I’ll give him that.Trump’s White House, like his campaign, has nothing to do with recruiting top-rate talent, and everything to do with making the president feel loved and unchallenged.Just this week, Trump’s 36-year-old son-in-law, whose collective expertise is limited to buying a bunch of buildings in Manhattan with family money, gave a little speech about reorganizing the federal bureaucracy, just before jetting off to the Middle East in a bid to broker world peace. He still can’t seem to fill most of the critical jobs at his Cabinet agencies, assuming he even wants to.To be clear: I’ve never been opposed to this notion of a CEO president, in theory. I agree with Republicans — and maybe some Democrats, too — who think Washington could use some leadership from another arena, especially if it involves a leader who knows what he or she doesn’t know, and who understands the powerful currents reshaping the society, and who can bring imaginative thinking and top-rate intellects into government.But that’s not this president. What the revelations around Russia are proving is that Trump doesn’t actually run things well. His success in business comes not from being some management guru, but from being a relentless opportunist and a bit of a con man.His only defense now is that he’s the one who got conned.
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    Yesterday, 05:16 AM
    news Trump admits he has no tapes of Comey meetings More than a month after threatening former FBI Director James Comey with the release of tapes of their conversations in the White House, President Trump said Thursday he does not have any such recordings. In a pair of tweets, Trump wrote, “With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea…whether there are ‘tapes’ or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings.” With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea… — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2017 …whether there are "tapes" or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2017 The statements came as the Senate was unveiling a controversial draft health care plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. Days after Trump fired Comey in May, the president warned, also via Twitter, “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017 Thursday, the White House was asked if the president’s original tweet was an attempt to threaten Comey. “Not that I’m aware of,” deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders answered. Although Trump did not record the pair’s conversations, Comey did — but in writing. The ousted FBI director testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee earlier this month that he kept detailed memos on his interactions with Trump and later directed a friend to leak those memos to the press, in hopes that it would trigger the appointment of a special counsel to take over the FBI’s investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the presidential election. Comey said Trump’s original tweet suggesting there could be tapes of their conversations inspired him to publicize his own memos.“The president tweeted on Friday after I got fired that I better hope there’s not tapes,” Comey said. “I woke up in the middle of the night on Monday night because it didn’t dawn on me originally that there might be corroboration for our conversation, there might be a tape. And my judgment was I needed to get that out into the public square. So I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter. I didn’t do it myself, for a variety of reasons, but I asked him to ‘cause I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel.” Robert Mueller, another former FBI director, was named special counsel to oversee the Russia probe in May. Donaldof favorite hobby....lies lies and more lies....LOL....just funny..it reveals how well of a stupid, brainless, low i.q. dude Puppet he is...
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    Yesterday, 05:12 AM
    Trump fumes on Twitter after ex-Homeland Security chief testifies about Russian cyber attacks President Trump fired off a barrage of tweets Thursday morning, hammering away at the “big Dem scam” and “big Dem HOAX!” in the aftermath of former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s testimony the day before about Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election. In particular, Trump seized upon Johnson’s comment that the Democratic National Committee was among those who rebuffed his department’s offer for assistance during the Russian attack. The U.S. intelligence community has accused the Kremlin of being behind the hack that led to thousands of emails being released through WikiLeaks. “Why did Democratic National Committee turn down the DHS offer to protect against hacks (long prior to election). It’s all a big Dem HOAX!” Trump exclaimed. “Why did the DNC REFUSE to turn over its Server to the FBI, and still hasn’t? It’s all a big Dem scam and excuse for losing the election!” …Why did Democratic National Committee turn down the DHS offer to protect against hacks (long prior to election). It's all a big Dem HOAX! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2017 …Why did the DNC REFUSE to turn over its Server to the FBI, and still hasn't? It's all a big Dem scam and excuse for losing the election! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2017 It was not immediately clear what Trump meant by labeling the hacking a Democratic “HOAX” and “scam.” But Trump has long vented at the FBI and about congressional investigations into Russian efforts to influence the election and whether anyone affiliated with his campaign colluded with the Kremlin. Trump’s Twitter outburst was part of a string that began with the claim that Johnson testified there was no collusion. Johnson had only stated that he did not see any evidence by the time he relinquished his position in January. Former Homeland Security Advisor Jeh Johnson is latest top intelligence official to state there was no grand scheme between Trump & Russia. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2017 Trump also cast doubt on whether Russia did anything to affect the election, referring to such efforts speculatively though Johnson testified definitively about the Kremlin’s involvement. “In 2016 the Russian government, at the direction of Vladimir Putin himself, orchestrated cyberattacks on our Nation for the purpose of influencing our election — plain and simple,” the former Homeland Security chief said in his opening statement. “Now, the key question for the President and Congress is: what are we going to do to protect the American people and their democracy from this kind of thing in the future?” By the way, if Russia was working so hard on the 2016 Election, it all took place during the Obama Admin. Why didn't they stop them? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2017 The Democratic National Committee issued a statement labeling the tweetstorm an attempt to “distract” from the Senate GOP’s health care bill, which was released shortly after. In the statement, DNC Deputy Communications Director Adrienne Watson also rejected Trump’s suggestion that they were not cooperating with law enforcement in the Russia investigation. “The DNC has and will continue to cooperate with law enforcement on Russia’s interference in our election. The DNC has been in regular contact with the FBI for many months and the FBI confirmed the DNC has provided all the information it needed to make its assessment,” Watson said. “The intelligence community has no doubt that the Russians attacked the DNC in an effort to disrupt our election,” she continued. “The only person who disputes this is Donald Trump, who has shown zero interest in protecting our country from future attacks and is now trying to distract Americans from his devastating healthcare repeal.” Trump also used Twitter on Thursday to weigh in on speculation that Democrats may look into replacing House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in the aftermath of this week’s stinging loss in the special election for a Georgia House seat. “I certainly hope the Democrats do not force Nancy P out. That would be very bad for the Republican Party – and please let Cryin’ Chuck stay!” I certainly hope the Democrats do not force Nancy P out. That would be very bad for the Republican Party – and please let Cryin' Chuck stay! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2017
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    Yesterday, 05:07 AM
    Straight from the Horse's mouth....It Can't be any more straightforward that directly from the White House..... White House concedes Russia meddled in campaign, but denies it changed the result WASHINGTON — The White House Thursday addressed the joint intelligence report that found Russia had attempted to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, more than five months after the report’s conclusions were made public. First, on Twitter, President Trump dismissed the concerns about Russia as a “big Dem HOAX” and suggested that his predecessor, President Barack Obama, did little to confront the problem. White House aides then clarified Trump’s remarks and said he believes there was Russian meddling but is certain it did not affect the outcome of the race. Trump had previously suggested that the questions about Russia’s involvement in the election were overblown and “fake news.” As recently as Tuesday, press secretary Sean Spicer declined to answer a question at the White House briefing about whether Trump believes Russia interfered in the presidential race. Spicer said he and Trump had “not sat down and talked … about that specific thing.” Spicer and his deputy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, frequently deflect questions about contentious issues by saying they haven’t spoken to the president about them. The public version of the intelligence community’s election assessment, which was released in January and was compiled by all 17 of America’s intelligence agencies, concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered the campaign interference. According to the report, the Russian effort included email hacks on the campaign of Trump’s Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, and the Democratic National Committee. The agencies said information from those hacks was released to hurt the Democrats and boost Trump, but the report specified that it “did not make an assessment of the impact that Russian activities had on the outcome of the 2016 election.” On Thursday, shortly before Sanders was scheduled to hold a briefing, Trump sent out a series of tweets about Russian intervention where he described it as “a big Dem HOAX!” and a “big Dem scam and excuse for losing the election!” Trump pointed to the fact the DNC did not turn over its computer servers to the FBI to look at for evidence. The bureau has said it was able to get the information it needed from computer security firms that analyzed those servers. Trump also alluded to former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s testimony before the House Intelligence Committee where Johnson said he was not aware of evidence Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia. Former Homeland Security Advisor Jeh Johnson is latest top intelligence official to state there was no grand scheme between Trump & Russia. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2017 By the way, if Russia was working so hard on the 2016 Election, it all took place during the Obama Admin. Why didn’t they stop them? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2017 …Why did Democratic National Committee turn down the DHS offer to protect against hacks (long prior to election). It’s all a big Dem HOAX! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2017 …Why did the DNC REFUSE to turn over its Server to the FBI, and still hasn’t? It’s all a big Dem scam and excuse for losing the election! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2017 In the Thursday briefing, Sanders was asked whether Trump’s tweets were meant to dispute the intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia interfered in the election. She referred to prior statements from Trump and said he was clear it “probably was Russia.” “I believe that the president said even back in January and I’ll read the statement from then, that he thinks it’s a disgrace, thinks its an absolute disgrace. ‘As far as hacking, I think it was Russia, but I think we also get hacked by other countries and other people,’” Sanders said. “I think he’s made it clear and been consistent that, while everyone agrees the result of the election wasn’t influenced, he thinks that it probably was Russia.” The intelligence community report did not include any assessment of whether Russian hacking actually influenced the election result. Sanders went on to say Trump is very concerned about protecting “the integrity of the electoral system” and pointed to his support for voter identification laws and a commission on “voter integrity.” Yahoo News asked Sanders if in dismissing the hacking issue as a “big Dem HOAX!” Trump was implying that members of the intelligence community who compiled the report had colluded with the Democrats. Sanders clarified that Trump was not referring to the “hack itself” as a hoax, and that his tweets were directed at insinuations that the Russian intervention called his election victory into question. “I think that the reference in the hoax is about the fact that they’re trying to delegitimize his win in the election process and less about the hack itself. I think he’s said several times now that he believes that Russia was part of it,” Sanders said. “Some of those same members have said that they don’t think it influenced the election, and I think that’s what a lot of this process is about. It’s about trying to make excuses for why Democrats lost and the president … has been pretty clear on where he stands with that.” See Folks.....now...bring on your memes about the hoax....because otherwise all you are going to achieve is to validate the fact of how much of a liar is your boy Donaldof..... The American people are tired of this clown, the American people, by vast majority wants justice against this disgusting Puppet and traitor....and soon we will have our justice, soon we will have our day when we will put a big ass boot on the rear end of this thing called Donaldof and ramjack his ass out of the door to the street where he truly belongs...maybe he will learn a lesson to humble a little bit and be more caring towards the American people and not so kind towards his buddies, the Russians..... Is going to happen folks..and is unraveling right now before our own set of eyes....ans we will witness the fall of this Donaldof thing....
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    06-22-2017, 02:05 PM
    Next up: a special counsel to probe Team Obama’s obstruction of justice By Paul Sperry June 20, 2017 | 7:22pm | Updated By using fired FBI Director James Comey to attack the new Republican administration, Democrats have opened up a legal can of worms for the Obama administration. Under sworn questioning, Comey has veered off the topic of President Trump and Russia and revealed several damning incidents in which his predecessor’s administration politically interfered in the Hillary Clinton email investigation. And now the Senate will investigate Team Obama for obstruction of justice. Specifically, the Senate Judiciary Committee announced last week it will hold hearings to “examine then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s involvement in the Clinton email server investigation.” The findings of the powerful panel, which has oversight of the Justice Department and FBI, could lead to a separate criminal investigation and the naming of another special counsel — exactly what Trump needs to distract attention from his growing legal woes. What Lynch did reeks of obstruction. According to Comey, his ex-boss:  Ordered him to mislead the public about the criminal investigation of Clinton by calling it a “matter” rather than an investigation. (He complied with her wish, even though it made him feel “queasy.”)  Refused to recuse herself from the case after Comey confronted her about a secret June 2016 meeting she had with former President Bill Clinton — five days before his wife was scheduled to be interviewed by the FBI. (Hillary was cleared three days later.) There are also concerns, raised by a New York Times report, that Lynch privately assured the Clinton campaign she would keep FBI agents in check and wouldn’t let their investigation “go too far,” according to a message the FBI intercepted involving then-Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Worried his boss had a “conflict of interest” overseeing the Clinton investigation, Comey testified he “considered whether I should call for the appointment of a special counsel” to take over the case. That would’ve been the right move. Curiously, Comey instead shut down the probe and let Clinton off the hook — three weeks before her presidential nomination. How compliant was Comey? Here’s how he responded to Lynch’s demand he “align” his rhetoric with the Clinton camp: “I just said, OK.” What other Lynch meddling did he go along with during the yearlong Hillary probe, which was marred by suspiciously generous immunity deals, favorable ground rules, a near-absence of grand jury subpoenas and a rushed closure ahead of the DNC convention? These are questions the Senate judiciary panel, chaired by GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley, might like to ask Comey, along with: Who else was in the room during your meetings with Lynch, and did you take notes? Any notes could be subpoenaed, along with the Wasserman Schultz document, which, contrary to recent media reports, isn’t fake. (Comey testified such reports are “nonsense.”) So might the NSA recording of Lynch’s chat with Clinton, which took place on board a government plane. Congressional sources say Lynch will almost certainly be called to answer Comey’s allegations under oath. What did she and Bill Clinton discuss? Did the investigation come up? Why didn’t she recuse herself, despite admitting it looked bad? And did she in fact promise the Clinton campaign a whitewash? Also on the potential witness list are Wasserman Schultz and Amanda Renteria, the senior Clinton campaign staffer with whom Wasserman Schultz claimed Lynch had been in communication. SEE ALSO Judiciary Committee members call for Loretta Lynch to testify on Hillary's emails Democrats will have a hard time dismissing the inquiry as partisan. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary panel, is on record saying Lynch’s suspicious actions are a legitimate avenue of inquiry. Those remarks provide Republicans the political cover they need to aggressively pursue Comey’s leads, and refer evidence to the Justice Department for criminal prosecution. Because Attorney General Jeff Sessions would recuse himself from that probe, too, the case could end up in the hands of a special prosecutor, who, like Robert Mueller, would have wide-ranging authority to poke around. That’s a nightmare scenario for Democrats, who are betting the 2018 midterms on convincing voters of Trump graft. Much to their chagrin, Comey’s testimony has given Republicans grounds to shift focus from the Russia probe back to Clinton-Obama corruption. Witch-hunting Democrats may soon learn that turnabout is fair play. Paul Sperry is a former Hoover Institution fellow and author of “The Great American Bank Robbery.”
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    06-22-2017, 01:53 PM
    Democrats Talk Openly About Challenging Nancy Pelosi’s Leadership 67 2 Win McNamee/Getty Images By JOEL B. POLLAK22 Jun 2017857 House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is facing unprecedented pressure, as frustrated Democrats have begun — for the first time in seven years — to talk about replacing her after a series of disappointments at the ballot box. Pelosi was hailed as a driving force behind Democrats’ victory in 2006, when the party seized both houses of Congress and set the stage for victory in the 2008 presidential election. She became the first female Speaker of the House, and set about centralizing power in the Speaker’s office, ruling her caucus with unquestioned authority and promoting an unapologetically liberal agenda. However, Pelosi’s role in the Obamacare debacle of 2009-10 helped provoke the Tea Party wave, sending her party to historic defeat and costing her the Speaker’s gavel. Amazingly, Pelosi did not resign at that point, and dispatched several would-be challengers, most notably Rep. Heath Shuler (D-NC), who later lost his seat to a Republican. She also fended off a challenge by Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) after 2016. Pelosi has been a prolific fundraiser for the party, even if she has also become a lightning rod for criticism and a useful political foil for Republicans to run against. Ironically, Pelosi’s power within her caucus only grew as the Democrats lost seats, because most of the losses were in conservative swing districts. That left a core of liberal representatives from major cities, and blue states such as New York, Illinois, and Pelosi’s home state of California. There has been no political constituency in the caucus for an ideological alternative to the left-wing agenda that Pelosi and her coterie have continued to push even in defeat. The high expectations that Pelosi set for Tuesday’s special election in Georgia may prove to be her undoing. Early in the week, with Jon Ossoff expected to win, Pelosi let it be known that she expected to take back the Speaker’s gavel after 2018. But Republican Karen Handel surged to victory, partly by tying her opponent to Pelosi. As reality hit home, some Democrats began to break the taboo around challenging their leader. MSNBC analyst Matthew A. Miller tweeted: “No Dem wants to say it publicly, but taking their top bogeyman Pelosi off the table would help too. Fair or not, it’s the truth.” Now, other critics are beginning to emerge. “It’s time for some change. I think it’s time for a new generation of leadership,” said Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA). And Rep Filemon Vela (D-TX) told Politico: “I think you’d have to be an idiot to think we could win the House with Pelosi at the top … Nancy Pelosi is not the only reason that Ossoff lost. But she certainly is one of the reasons.” But Pelosi also has her defenders — and she will not go easily.b
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    06-22-2017, 01:48 PM
    Escaping the Swamp, Donald Trump Makes Triumphant Return to Iowa AP/Charlie Neibergall by CHARLIE SPIERING22 Jun 201791 President Donald Trump returned to Iowa on Wednesday, rallying with thousands of supporters at an arena in Cedar Rapids. “It’s always terrific to be able to leave that Washington swamp and spend time with the truly hardworking people,” he said. “We call them American patriots.” The mood was celebratory, particularly after Republicans won congressional special elections in Georgia and South Carolina. Trump congratulated the Republican victors — Karen Handel in Georgia, and Ralph Norman in South Carolina. “All we do is win, win, win,” he said, referring to the election results. “Even the worst of them say ‘That was a big win for Trump.” The president suffers from low polling numbers, doubts in Washington D.C. about his ability to pass health care and tax reform in Congress, not to mention the ongoing media driven narrative surrounding the Russian investigation. But Trump urged his supporters not to pay attention to the noise. “If we set aside the cynics and the critics, we have a chance, and it’s a great chance. It lies before us, to do extraordinary things for our country in the years ahead,” he said. “History is written by the dreamers, not the doubters.” Trump also derided Democrats in Congress for doing everything they could to obstruct his agenda, and losing more elections in the process. “They’ve been unbelievably nasty,” he said. “Really nasty.” The president spent over an hour talking about the successes of his administration, as the energetic crowd applauded and cheered. “The people are the rulers of this country once again,” he said, after highlighting a rising stock market, and positive economic enthusiasm. Trump highlighted promises kept, including his decision to leave the Paris climate agreement, and build the Keystone XL pipeline and the Dakota Access pipeline. “I was elected to serve the citizens of Iowa, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Florida, and all 50 states, and all 320 million Americans,” he said, as the crowd cheered wildly. He also spoke about keeping his promises to the people of Iowa on ethanol. “By the way, we are saving your ethanol industries in the state of Iowa,” he said. The president also addressed that weren’t finished, including health care, tax reform, infrastructure, and trade negotiations. NAFTA, he reported, was in the process of renegotiation, and reserved the right to pull out of the agreement at any point. Trump spoke about the Obamacare replacement currently in negotiations with the Senate. “I think and I hope — I can’t guarantee anything — I hope we are going to surprise you with a really good plan,” he said. “I’ve been talking about a plan with heart.” The president reaffirmed his promise to build a wall on the Southern border, floating the possibility of putting solar panels on it. He also spoke about his trip overseas to Saudi Arabia, and his call for Middle Eastern nations to stop funding terrorism, calling it “one of the great two days of his life.” “We cannot let these incredibly rich nations fund radical Islamic terror or terrorism of any kind,” he said.
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    06-22-2017, 01:35 PM
    AWESOME! GOP Crowd Starts Chanting, “TRUMP! TRUMP! TRUMP!!” at Karen Handel Victory Party! (VIDEO) Jim Hoft Jun 20th, 2017 9:48 pm271 Comments The Congressional race between Repblican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff took place on Tuesday. The race in Georgia’s 6th district is the most expensive House race in US history. More than $50 million was spent on the race to replace Rep. Tom Price in the US House. Jon Osoff, the liberal hope for Georgia, has nine times as many donors from California as from Georgia where he is running. But it wasn’t enough. Republican Karen Handel defeated Ossoff by nearly 5%. Tuesday night Rep. Karen Handel thanked the many people who helped her win her race in Georgia. Handel thanked local politicians, state and national politicians and PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP! The GOP crowd started chanting “Trump! Trump! Trump!!” when she thanked the Republican president! AWESOME! GOP Crowd Starts Chanting, “TRUMP, TRUMP, TRUMP!!” at Karen Handel Victory Party!
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    06-22-2017, 01:06 PM
    Good riddance to the Russia myth — and blame Team Obama for promoting it By Post Editorial Board June 21, 2017 | 7:54pm | Updated Ex-Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s testimony Wednesday should mark the definitive end of “Russia hacked the election” hysteria. Too bad it took so long to get to this point. Johnson told the House Intelligence Committee outright that the Russians failed to alter “ballots, ballot counts or reporting of election results.” Yes, it’s clear Russia (with Vladimir Putin’s full approval) orchestrated cyberattacks designed to influence the 2016 contest, and also pushed fake news. But the hack, and release via WikiLeaks, etc., of Democratic emails produced nothing game-changing. The biggest impact was to confirm the obvious: The Democratic National Committee favored Hillary Clinton from the start. And fake news mainly feeds people’s existing prejudices — which serves Putin’s goal of undermining our democracy, but fails to flip votes from one party to the other. Johnson also made it plain that Democrats didn’t take the problem too seriously: “The FBI and the DNC had been in contact with each other months before about the intrusion, and the DNC did not feel it needed DHS’s assistance at that time.” DNC shrugged off help from authorities over email hack Johnson also explained why the Obama administration kept quiet on the threat. The White House, he recalled, argued that a public admission of possible Russian interference might be seen as an effort to influence the election — particularly since Donald Trump was warning “the election was going to be rigged.” That is: Because Obama was fervently campaigning for Clinton, the White House figured that raising alarms about Russian interference would seem mere electioneering. Was it more worried that this would undermine faith in the election, or just that it would help Trump? Note that Team Obama vetoed then-FBI Director James Comey’s plan to publish a late-summer op-ed warning of Russia’s efforts to interfere — which would’ve been the least political-seeming way to get the message out. Also that when Team Obama finally did go public on the threat, it was after that “Access Hollywood” tape seemed to spell disaster for Trump. And that the administration didn’t take action until after Election Day, when it slapped Moscow with new sanctions — putting the question of Russian interference on Page One only after Trump had won. It’s good that the hysteria has finally died down, but too bad Team Obama’s handling of it all helped produce so much misdirected hysteria in the first place.
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    06-22-2017, 08:17 AM
    Iraq’s ambition to boost oil-output capacity to a record 5mn bpd is “not unrealistic” as the country prepares for the end of OPEC-mandated supply limits, according to analysts. Iraq, which has been rehabilitating its oil industry after years of conflict, has vowed to keep expanding capacity while respecting an Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries’ accord that will limit its production until next April. The country wants to be ready for either the end of that deal, or to press its OPEC partners for some leeway if the group chooses to further prolong output curbs.* OPEC’s second-biggest producer reluctantly agreed in November to participate in production cuts to end a global oil glut, arguing it deserved to be exempt while reviving its economy and battling Islamic State insurgents. Iraq also hesitated before backing a nine-month extension of the accord finalised on 25 May, and has only made about half its pledged output curbs this year, according to the International Energy Agency. (Source: GardaWorld) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    06-22-2017, 08:17 AM
    Maneuvering through narrow streets in the stifling heat, 24 Sarens employees and 5 police officers successfully delivered an oil rig to the North Rumaila Oil Field in southern Iraq. This super-giant oil field is an important resource: it contains an estimated 17 billion barrels of oil, or 12% of the country’s reserves. Sarens performed the operation on behalf of Rumaila Operating Organization (ROO) and BP Iraq N.V. The oil rig had a 93t mast measuring 32m x 3.6m x 7m, as well as a 147t bottom structure measuring 22m x 9m x 6m.*The following equipment was deployed for its transport and installation: 1*x*250*mobile*crane 1*x*120*mobile*crane 14*axle*line*conventional*trailer 9*axle*line*conventional*trailer K-25*hydraulic*suspended wooden*supports Climbing*jack*system Transport was smooth and the client was happy with Sarens’ performance, including the use of SPMTs for the*operation. “This is the first rig move in Rumaila Oil Field via SPMT,” says branch manager and technical solutions manager Shwan Askari. “Sarens transported the total substructure about 5 kilometers, saving time and money. The entire operation was carried out safely.” (Source: Sarens) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    06-22-2017, 08:17 AM
    Ericsson has been awarded an extension of its Managed Services contract with Zain Iraq until 2021, after successfully providing Managed Services for Networks, IT and value-added services to the operator since 2012. Under the terms of the new contract, Ericsson strengthens its role as a trusted business partner by supplying a Service Operation Center and Energy Network Operations Center to Zain Iraq. The expanded scope means the operator will be able to provide a better user experience by managing the quality of service from an end-to-end perspective. Ali Al Zahid, CEO, Zain Iraq, says: “Based on our first five years together, we know that Ericsson reflects our own core values in maintaining standards and service delivery. During the next five years, as we continually upgrade and expand our network, we expect even greater success by ensuring that exceptional network and service performance is available for our customers.” Rafiah Ibrahim, Head of Ericsson Middle East and Africa, says: “Making these improvements to our existing deal with Zain Iraq will greatly assist the operator to transition from network performance to service performance, and we look forward to facilitating this evolution as a trusted partner and supplier.” Ericsson’s Managed Services are designed to meet the unique needs of each operator in terms of cost efficiency, service performance and technology evolution, ultimately to improve operators’ abilities to meet consumers’ expectations. (Source: Ericsson) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    06-22-2017, 03:16 AM
    Politics If Michael Flynn Is Talking, the Game Has Changed A couple of Democratic senators from New England's beachfront properties-Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut-have come right up to the edge of saying what a great number of people have suspected for a while: Namely, that Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser and probably the worst executive branch hire since Albert Fall, has begun to sing sweet, sweet melodies to various investigators. If these two guys are right, then that would explain why everybody in the White House, except (possibly) the gardeners, are scrambling for lawyers. If these two guys are right, then the threat level on all things Russia (and, perhaps, all things Turkey as well) just went into the red zone. There is more than enough reason to believe that Flynn holds the keys to the kingdom. The president* went to great lengths to keep him around and, when that fell through, he went to great lengths to keep in touch with Flynn, at least for a while. And the leverage the FBI or Whoever has on him keeps getting ratcheted up. Moreover, if you read down through that ABC News story, you discover that Flynn attached himself to a completely harebrained scheme to develop some sort of US-Russia private partnership arrangement concerning nuclear power in precisely the worst place in the world to have loose nuclear fuel lying around. Lawmakers believe travels were related to a proposed U.S.-Russian partnership that would have been financed by Saudi Arabia to build, operate and secure dozens of nuclear reactors throughout the Middle East, the details of which were outlined by internal company memos first published by Newsweek. Flynn was reportedly tasked with developing a security strategy for the network of reactors and calming the concerns of uneasy U.S. allies in the region, such as Israel and Egypt. While proponents touted the potential security benefits of the arrangement, particularly the opportunity to secure radioactive waste that could be used to make nuclear bombs, there is evidence to suggest that U.S. entities might have been pursuing a more self-interested agenda. Designers of the venture, Newsweek reported, sought not only to jump-start the sputtering U.S. nuclear industry but also to drive a wedge between Russia and Iran, two powerful impediments to U.S. interests in the Middle East. This guy has some stories to tell, certainly.
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    06-22-2017, 03:02 AM
    Health Care Declassified No. 3: Senate bill still under construction, a day before scheduled rollout Well..the document is Missing In Action...but...if you are so eager to know about it....Just... Ask the Russians!! .... I am sure they already have a copy....
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    06-22-2017, 02:53 AM
    Trump Organization seeks hefty tax break for Westchester golf club ALLAN DODDS FRANK,ABC News 4 hours ago The Trump Organization wants its tax bill cut in half at one of its high-end golf clubs, part of a longstanding Trump practice of using legal challenges and appeals to lower his corporate tax bills. President Donald Trump’s company, now run by his adult sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, has requested a property tax break of a quarter of a million dollars for the Trump National Golf Club, Westchester, in the village of Briarcliff Manor, New York, according to town officials. The legal challenge is meeting with opposition from many citizens who resent having to assume the burden of paying additional taxes to support town services and the local school district. Flynn failed to report foreign trip to broker US-Russia nuclear deal, House Democrats say “It is very difficult when you see someone who has all these assets at his disposal who would rather pay lawyers to avoid his civic duty of paying taxes,” said Gloria Fried, the receiver of taxes for Ossining, a Democrat, who also collects taxes for the village of Briarcliff Manor. According to Fried, the Trump Organization filed a tax grievance on Tuesday with the town assessor’s office in Ossining, valuing the course at $7.5 million, or half of the $15.1 million the town calculates should be the tax basis for the course. This is the same course, spread over 143 acres in Westchester County, that presidential candidate Donald Trump listed on his publicly-filed financial disclosure report as being worth $50 million in 2016. The move is consistent with repeated efforts by the Trump Organization to challenge the valuation of the property in an effort to win massive tax reductions. In 2016, Trump’s lawyer initially claimed in a grievance the property was worth only $1.35 million, even though the tax assessors rated it at $15 million. Fried said that in past years, the Trump Organization has paid their taxes -- which are still being litigated for 2015 and 2016 in local courts -- with checks stamped: “Paid Under Protest.” Trump bought the property at a foreclosure sale for $8 million and reportedly spent $45 million to build the 18-hole golf course and luxury housing development. In 2008, town officials say, the golf club received a reduction in its assessment from $38 million to $16 million.” On June 14, Donald Trump’s birthday, residents of Briarcliff Manor held a protest march to complain about the Trump Organization’s tactics. “Even people who are Trump supporters say: ‘You have to fight this,’” Ossining town supervisor Dana Levenberg, a Democrat, told ABC News. “ carrying the burden to support these tony golf courses which have some of the most sought after tee times in the country.” Neither Trump’s lawyer in the matter nor a spokesperson for the Trump Organization responded to requests for comment from ABC News. Folks...did this surprised you?...... It did not surprised me......I have been saying this from the very beginning... Donaldof only thinks of himself and his sense of business self-preservation...simple as that....he doesn't care one iota about the American people, he doesn't care if his cause affects the lives of the ordinary citizen as long as he makes the money he wants to make at the expense of the poor and less deserving... But hopefully he won't be there long enough....there is a point when America will say, " Donaldof, enough is enough...you need to leave now".....
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