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    Today, 04:53 AM
    On Russia-Kushner Backchannel, Trump's H.R. McMaster And John Kelly Show Lack Of Judgment Anders Corr , Contributor I cover international politics, security and political risk. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Tweet This Kushner's backchannel proposal reportedly surprised Ambassador Kislyak. But Kelly said such backchannel communication “doesn’t bother me” and “is a good thing.” McMaster said he was “not concerned.” These statements show loyalty to the boss’ son-in-law, rather than loyalty to the American people. That is a profound failure in judgment. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly publicly supported Jared Kushner over the past two days in relation to Kushner’s reported pretransition backchannel discussions with a Russian Ambassador, and another meeting with a Russian banker close to Putin. Trump son-in-law and foreign policy adviser Kushner allegedly proposed to use Russian diplomatic facilities for communications with Russia, ostensibly to ensure secrecy. Kushner made his unusual proposal to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, in a meeting attended by former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn at Trump Tower on December 1 or 2. Kushner's backchannel proposal reportedly surprised Ambassador Kislyak. But Kelly said such backchannel communication “doesn’t bother me” and “is a good thing.” McMaster said he was “not concerned.” These statements show loyalty to the boss’ son-in-law, rather than loyalty to the American people. That is a profound failure in judgment. While Kelly and McMaster are unconcerned, the public, and a multitude of U.S. investigators, are increasingly attentive. The FBI now considers the Kushner-Kislyak discussions, and another discussion Kushner had with a Russian banker to whom Putin reportedly assigns sensitive financial transactions, to be of investigative interest. Given that by definition a backchannel is outside the regular routes of government-to-government communication, it could be intended for illegal communications. Were those communications meant to be legal, why not hold them on secure channels from the State Department, with its full support, rather than from a Russian diplomatic outpost? Kushner and the Trump team have in general shown a fatal disregard for decades of relevant intelligence and analysis from the State Department and intelligence agencies in Washington, and in this case it shows. The U.S. Government, with the entirety of its institutional knowledge, is supposed to be the single point of political contact with outside governments, and while it is common for high-level advisors of incoming presidential teams to converse with foreign leaders and high level officials, Kushner should not be communicating secretly with Russian officials before the transition except through established government channels. There is absolutely no excuse for Kushner to have such secret conversations with a Putin crony of a sanctioned Russian bank. That will be very hard to explain to the FBI. It was ludicrous from the start for Trump to put his real-estate investor son-in-law in charge of foreign policy. He is in way over his head. One senior intelligence official told the Washington Post that Kushner’s proposal to communicate secretly from a Russian diplomatic outpost was either “extremely naive or absolutely crazy.” That McMaster and Kelly have now defended or deflected criticism of the pretransition backchannel communications to Russia puts their judgment into question. Indeed, McMaster is publicly losing political allies for doing so. As author Thomas Ricks said with respect to McMasters, don’t confuse “protecting the President with protecting the country.” That Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense “Mad Dog” Mattis have not made such statements, is to their credit. They are generally making the right moves in Washington, and abroad. Please follow me on Twitter @anderscorr, or contact me at corr@canalyt.com.
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    Today, 04:35 AM
    Hey Nutface....can't you read?....I am retired....I am enjoying the fruit of my work......maybe that is why you are so angry man......do you work?.....because I don't have the need anymore....if so..it seems to me that you may be working as a clerk in some metal recycling company or maybe you work for the city garbage contractors.....or in the sewage or black waters treatment plant.....and most likely, you are a divorced man, maybe your other step-father lives with you or you live with him, you are extremely obese and bald and you drink lots of beers and chain smoke, you are also way behind on your child support payments. And your trailer home is hunted by ghosts. .. LOL ( or maybe Obama spiritual ancestors).....;)
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    Today, 04:27 AM
    Originally Posted by Wolverine this is the likely origin: That is right...this is the true origin.... Russia: The scandal Trump can't shake ... and Sessions Attorney General Jeff Sessions was being accused of lying at his confirmation hearing when he said he had had "no communications with the Russians" during the election campaign. It later emerged that he too had met Mr Kislyak - at a private meeting in September and as part of a group of ambassadors in July last year. The Alabama senator was one of the most prominent players in Mr Trump's bid to take the White House. But he says his meetings with Mr Kislyak were related to his role as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and had nothing to do with the election campaign. The Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said he lied under oath and should resign. In response, Mr Sessions recused himself from the FBI investigation into the Russian hacking claims, an investigation he is overseeing. Mr Trump has made no secret of his regard for Mr Putin and his desire to establish closer ties with Russia. But the more pressing question, and one which the president just can't seem to shake, is just how close those ties already go. FBI investigation confirmed... and Comey fired Two months into the Trump presidency, Mr Comey confirmed at a rare open hearing of the House Intelligence Committee that the agency was investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. It is an "ongoing" investigation that began in July 2016, he said. The probe includes examining possible links between Mr Trump's campaign and the Russian government. Mr Comey said the FBI would look into any collusion and assess whether any crimes were committed. But he added the inquiry was "very complex" and he could not give a timetable on its completion, nor which individuals in the Trump campaign might be subject to it. "We will follow the facts wherever they lead," he said. The White House initially said that Mr Comey had been fired over his handling of the inquiry into Hillary Clinton's emails. But Mr Trump later said "this Russia thing with Trump" was a factor in his decision. Democrats are calling for Congress to appoint a special prosecutor to resume the investigation. Trump: 'I have the absolute right' to share with Russia On 15 May the Washington Post reported that Mr Trump had confided top secret intelligence information to the Russian foreign minister and the Russian ambassador to Washington. The intelligence about possible Islamic State group terror plots was said to have been divulged during a meeting in the Oval Office, which was documented by Russian state media after the White House barred US media outlets. The president revealed details that could lead to the exposure of a source of information inside Syria, officials told the Washington Post. After White House officials denied that Mr Trump had shared intelligence, Mr Trump took to Twitter to explain why " wanted to share with Russia". Mr Trump's move is not illegal, as the US president has the authority to declassify information, but experts say it could qualify as negligence. The alleged action drew strong criticism from Democrats and a call for an explanation from his own Republican party. Critics have noted Mr Trump's own campaign criticism of the way Hillary Clinton handled sensitive material during her time in government.
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    Today, 04:26 AM
    That is right...this is the true origin.... Russia: The scandal Trump can't shake Throughout the confusion of Donald Trump's campaign and the chaotic events of his early days in the White House, one controversy has clung to the Trump train like glue: Russia. The accusation that Mr Trump shared highly-sensitive "codeword" material with the Russian ambassador and foreign minister during a meeting in the Oval Office has sent shockwaves throughout Washington, but is only the latest bombshell. The sudden departure of Michael Flynn from his role as national security adviser in February and the revelations of Attorney General Jeff Sessions's meetings with Russia's ambassador Sergei Kislyak are also among a string of controversies tying the administration to apparent Russian interests. In March, then-FBI director James Comey also confirmed for the first time that the bureau was investigating potential links between Mr Trump's campaign aides and the Russian government as part of a broader probe into Moscow's alleged interference in the 2016 election. Mr Comey himself was sacked by President Trump on 9 May - in a move that shocked Washington, and fuelled claims the dismissal may have been part of a cover up. Early warning signs It was back in May 2016 that the first reports emerged of hackers targeting the Democratic Party. Over the next two months, the reports suggested US intelligence agencies had traced the breaches back to Russian hackers. In July, on the eve of the Democratic National Convention, Wikileaks published 20,000 internal emails stolen by the hackers. US intelligence officials said they believed with "high confidence" that Russia was behind the operation, but the Trump campaign publicly refused to accept the findings. Instead, at a press conference, Mr Trump caused outrage by inviting Russian hackers to target Hillary Clinton's controversial personal email server, saying: "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing". The first casualty About the same time the hacking scandal was beginning to unfold, Mr Trump's then campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was accused of accepting millions of dollars in cash for representing Russian interests in Ukraine and US, including dealings with an oligarch with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. While Mr Manafort was running the campaign, the Republican Party changed the language in its manifesto regarding the conflict in Ukraine, removing anti-Russian sentiment, allegedly at the behest of two Trump campaign representatives. Mr Manafort, who quit as Mr Trump's campaign chairman last August, is being investigated by the FBI and also reportedly by New York officials. Like Mr Flynn, Mr Manafort, a political operative with more than 40 years' experience, was supposed to marshal some of the chaos and controversy around Mr Trump, but ended up falling prey to it. Subsequently, further allegations have been made in Ukraine about secret funds said to have been paid to Mr Manafort, and it has also been claimed that he secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to assist President Vladimir Putin's political ends. Mr Manafort has denied both allegations. At odds with the intelligence In October, the US intelligence community released a unanimous statement formally accusing Russia of being behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Mr Trump continued to argue against the finding, claiming in a presidential debate that it "could be Russia, but it could also be China, it could also be lots of other people. It also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds". The same day that the intelligence agencies released their findings, the explosive "Access Hollywood" recording emerged of Mr Trump's obscene remarks about women in 2005. An hour later, Wikileaks began dumping thousands more leaked Clinton emails. Mr Trump continued to refuse to acknowledge the consensus that Russia was behind the hack. 'I always knew Putin was smart!' In December, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security published a report of the US intelligence findings linking Russia to the hack. In response, President Barack Obama expelled 35 Russian diplomats and levied new sanctions on Russia. The world awaited Mr Putin's response but he chose not retaliate. Mr Trump, by then the president-elect, sided with the Russian president, tweeting: "Great move on delay (by V. Putin) - I always knew he was very smart!" Mr Putin's decision not to respond in kind struck many as a canny PR move, but reportedly set off suspicions among US intelligence officials that Russia was confident the sanctions would not last. The same month, Mr Trump picked Rex Tillerson as his nominee for secretary of state, arguably the most important job in the cabinet. The biggest hurdle for Mr Tillerson's confirmation? Close ties to Mr Putin. As CEO of the ExxonMobil oil company, Mr Tillerson cultivated a close personal relationship with the Russian leader, leading many to speculate on whether he was fit to serve as America's most senior foreign diplomat. Mr Tillerson was sworn in as secretary of state on 2 February. The 'compromising claims' dossier In January, Buzzfeed published a dossier compiled by Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence official and Russia expert, which alleged that Moscow had compromising material on the then-president-elect, making him liable to blackmail. Among the various memos in the dossier was an allegation that Mr Trump had been recorded by Russian security services consorting with prostitutes at a Moscow hotel. Mr Trump dismissed the claims as fake news. CNN revealed that President Obama and President-elect Trump had been briefed on the existence of the dossier by intelligence officials, and Buzzfeed went one further, publishing the entire thing. The document went off like a hand grenade tossed into the already febrile political scene and generated a backlash against Buzzfeed for publishing what were essentially unverified claims. The evidence against Flynn... In February, the most concrete and damaging Russia scandal finally surfaced, months after suspicions were raised among intelligence officials. US media reported that Mr Flynn had discussed the potential lifting of Mr Obama's Russia sanctions with the Russian ambassador, Sergei Kislyak, before Mr Trump took the reins of government. It is illegal for private citizens to conduct US diplomacy. He resigned as Mr Trump's national security adviser after 23 days on the job, saying he had "inadvertently briefed the vice-president-elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador" late last year. Mr Flynn, who had appeared regularly on Russian propaganda channel RT, once attended dinner with Mr Putin in Moscow. Since leaving the White House, the Pentagon has launched an investigation into whether he failed to disclose payments from Russian and Turkish lobbyists that he was given for speeches and consulting work. In March, he registered with the US government as a "foreign agent" due to his work for the Turkish government.
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    Today, 04:07 AM
    Man....you remind me about your mother again.....maybe you are my long lost son....LOL....
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    Today, 03:45 AM
    If an incoherent shitbird can actually earn a check, this is the likely origin: I do not understand how living in a country with its democracy established over 200 years ago, and now, for the first time in history, suddenly we have one of our former presidents set up a group called "Organizing for Action" - (OFA). OFA - 30,000 strong working to disrupt everything that our current president is trying to do. This goes against our Democracy, it is an operation that will destroy our way of governing. It goes against our Constitution, our laws, and the processes established over 200 years ago. If this is allowed to proceed then we will be living in chaos very much like third world countries are run. What good is it to have an established government if it is not going to be respected and allowed to follow our laws? If this does not scare you, then we are in worse trouble than you know. It is explained below. Do your part: read it and at least pass this on so others will know what we are up against. We are losing our country and we are so compliant. We are becoming a "PERFECT TARGET" for our enemy! Article from the New York Post - If you had an army some 30,000 strong and a court system stacked over the decades with judges who would allow you to break the laws, how much damage could you do to a country? We are about to find out in America! The ex-president said he was going to stay involved through community organizing and speak out on the issues and that appears to be one post-administration promise he intends to keep. He has moved many of his administration's top dogs over to an organization called Organizing for Action (OFA). OFA is behind the strategic and tactical implementation of the resistance we are seeing across America, and politically active courts are providing the leverage for this revolution. OFA is dedicated to organizing communities for "progressive" change. Issues are gun control, socialist healthcare, abortion, sexual equality, climate change, and of course, immigration reform. OFA members were propped up by the ex-president's message from the shadows: "Organizing is the building block of everything great we've accomplished. Organizers around the country are fighting for change in their communities - and OFA is one of the groups on the front lines. Commit to this work in 2016 and beyond." OFA's website says it obtained its "digital" assets from the ex-president's re-election effort and that he inspired the movement. In short, it's the shadow government organization aimed at resisting and tearing down the Constitutional Republic - AMERICA Paul Sperry, writing for the New York Post, says OFA will fight President Donald Trump at every turn of his presidency and the ex-president "will command them from a bunker less than two miles from the White House." Sperry writes that the ex-president is setting up a shadow government to sabotage the incoming administration through a network of non-profits led by OFA, which is growing its war chest (more than $40 million) and has some 250 offices nationwide. OFA IRS filings, according to Sperry, indicate OFA has 32,525 volunteers nationwide. The ex-president and his wife will oversee the operation from their home/ office near the White House. Think about how this works - for example: Trump issues an immigration executive order; OFA signals for protests and statements from pro-immigrant groups; ACLU lawyers file lawsuits in jurisdictions where activist judges obstruct the laws; volunteers are called to protest at airports and Congressional town hall meetings; the leftist media springs to action; the twitter sphere lights up with social media; violence follows - all emanating from the ex-president's signal that he is heartened by the protests. If Barack Obama did not do enough to destroy this country in the 8 years he was in office, it appears his future plans are to destroy the foundation on which this country has operated on for the last 241 years.
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    Today, 12:42 AM
    Politics New Trump Budget Completely Disappears In An Amazing Just 3 Days As of now, the only place you may find the Trump 2018 budget may be on a container of milk asking you to call the authorities if you've seen it. With the news about the possible scandals likely to intensify and the White House apparently planning to announce major staff changes, last week may well be the last time anyone hears about the Trump 2018 budget again. As of now, the only place you may find the Trump 2018 budget may be on a container of milk asking you to call the authorities if you've seen it. As predicted in this post, the Trump 2018 budget released last Tuesday completely disappeared from view before the start of the Memorial Day weekend just three days later. By Wednesday, that is, the day after the Trump budget was unveiled, it was clear that there was little Republican (and even less Democratic) enthusiasm for what the president had proposed. The next day, the only real budget-related news was that Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin -- the two cabinet members with the Trump administration's primary fiscal policy responsibilities -- had dramatically different views about if and how tax reform would be paid for. By Friday, just a mere three days after it was released, the White House had nothing new to say about its budget and wasn't even bothering to respond to the blistering criticism it was receiving. On Saturday, four days after it was announced, the White House released the president's first statement on his budget...a 2 minute and 41 second video that used the same economic generalizations Trump used during his campaign and talked about what would be released rather than what his administration had already announced earlier in the week. And on the first Sunday after it was was released, when the Trump budget should have been the hot topic of political conversation, no member of the Trump cabinet with economic responsibilities -- not the OMB director, Treasury secretary or director of the National Economic Council (the chair of the Council of Economic Advisors is not yet on the job because he hasn't been confirmed), all of whom normally would be expected to flack the president's proposals -- was scheduled to appear on any of the Sunday talk shows. There were a variety of reasons for this. First, as I noted last week, the Trump administration planned the worst rollout of a president's budget in decades. Other than the final budget released by a lame duck just as he was about to leave office, I can't recall a less well-planned and more ineffective introduction of a president's budget. This is especially true of a president's first budget, the one used to create substantial momentum toward achieving the promised agenda. Second, as if the poorly-planned introduction wasn't enough, the scandals surrounding the Trump administration intensified last week and overwhelmed every substantive issue. The budget simply didn't have a chance to compete with all that highly charged and politically voyeuristic news. Third, the president stepped on his own budget story with an overseas trip that initially produced positive and then overwhelmingly negative news. As noted above, while he was traveling Trump didn't even release a written statement about his own budget. Fourth, on Wednesday and Thursday, the special congressional election in Montana overwhelmed everything coming from Washington. The public Mulvaney-Mnuchin dispute, which had it happened in previous years would have been characterized as the gang that couldn't shoot straight, got relatively little attention. Fifth, the Trump budget was quickly and very poorly received by the House and Senate and quickly rejected by senior Republicans. It was clear from when it was released that this was nothing more than a check-the-box moment for the Trump White House that didn't change the coming taxing, spending and debt ceiling debate at all. And this week promises to be more of the same. With the news about the possible scandals likely to intensify and the White House apparently planning to announce major staff changes, last week may well be the last time anyone hears about the Trump 2018 budget again.
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    Today, 12:33 AM
    YOU...MAKE...ME...LAUGH...HARD !!!! Dude..don't you realize by now how you react to any little thing that portrays your boyfriend in a negative light?.... You can say whatever the hell you want, but the fact is that you get triggered so easy that is actually... incredibly laughable and funny !!! I never hide that I dislike your boyfriend that much. I said multiple times and I say it again. I dislike Donaldof Trumpler. Do you have a problem with that?....because I don't. You say I hate Donaldof?...No. I don't hate anyone. I know hatred firsthand and I seen the results of hatred, you haven't. The only hatred you know is what you see from the comfy Lazy-Boy in your house while you watch your big TV. You haven't experience hatred to even begin to understand what hatred really is. Where were my opinions from the prior administration? I don't have one as negative as I have of your boyfriend Donaldof, I was busy doing the job you would never in your unexceptional life could even dream to do. That I believe Obama did a good job?....probably....or....probably not. One thing for sure, he wasn't as racist and bigot as your boyfriend. Back then, the Commander in Chief was the Commander in Chief and you couldn't opinion about it. Now I am a retired officer and I have a voice, and I will voice my opinion and I am voicing my opinion, right here and right now. So dude...keep commenting like that....you are making my day and my week and my month !!!
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    Yesterday, 11:19 PM
    Thank you, likewise, and God bless America!
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    Yesterday, 09:49 PM
    Your 100% record is still intact, you're wrong again...Forum Jester. You only read and post what backs up your beliefs. You HATE Donald Trump so much you've become obsessed, where the hell were your flaming opinions from prior administrations? Squirm baby squirm.
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    Yesterday, 09:32 PM
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    Yesterday, 08:06 PM
    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_MARCH_4_TRUMP_KAINES_SON?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-05-26-22-49-10# Kaine's son, 7 others, charged in protest of pro-Trump event ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine's youngest son was among eight people charged for allegedly disrupting a March rally in support of President Donald Trump. Linwood "Woody" Kaine, of Minneapolis, was charged Friday with one gross misdemeanor count of obstructing the legal process and misdemeanor counts of fleeing on foot and concealing his identity in public. Seven other people were also charged, including two with felonies. A criminal complaint says Kaine and others changed into black clothing during the rally and entered the Capitol. One group member threw a smoke bomb inside. The complaint says the 24-year-old Kaine was among those who ran away, and he initially resisted arrest. Kaine doesn't have a listed number and it's not immediately clear if he has an attorney. Tim Kaine was Hillary Clinton's running mate.
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    Yesterday, 08:05 PM
    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_MARCH_4_TRUMP_KAINES_SON?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-05-26-22-49-10# Kaine's son, 7 others, charged in protest of pro-Trump event ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine's youngest son was among eight people charged for allegedly disrupting a March rally in support of President Donald Trump. Linwood "Woody" Kaine, of Minneapolis, was charged Friday with one gross misdemeanor count of obstructing the legal process and misdemeanor counts of fleeing on foot and concealing his identity in public. Seven other people were also charged, including two with felonies. A criminal complaint says Kaine and others changed into black clothing during the rally and entered the Capitol. One group member threw a smoke bomb inside. The complaint says the 24-year-old Kaine was among those who ran away, and he initially resisted arrest. Kaine doesn't have a listed number and it's not immediately clear if he has an attorney. Tim Kaine was Hillary Clinton's running mate.
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    Yesterday, 07:30 PM
    Continuation: CNN's Russia coverage (click on "read more" link to read the juiciest coverage...) CNN has delivered reporting and analysis on some of the key moments throughout the Trump-Russia saga. Here is a look back at some of the developments to date. January 10, 2017: Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him -- Classified documents presented to President Barack Obama and President-elect Trump included allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Trump, multiple US officials with direct knowledge of the briefings told CNN. Read more. February 10, 2017: US investigators corroborate some aspects of the Russia dossier -- US investigators said they corroborated some of the communications with foreign nationals detailed in a 35-page dossier compiled by a former British intelligence agent, multiple current and former US law enforcement and intelligence officials told CNN. As CNN first reported, then-President-elect Trump and Obama were briefed on the existence of the dossier before Trump's inauguration. Full story here. February 14, 2017: Trump aides were in constant touch with senior Russian officials during campaign -- High-level advisers close to then-presidential nominee Trump were in constant communication during the campaign with Russians known to US intelligence, multiple current and former intelligence, law enforcement and administration officials told CNN. Read more. February 24, 2017: FBI refused White House request to knock down recent Trump-Russia stories -- The FBI rejected a recent White House request to publicly knock down media reports about communications between Donald Trump's associates and Russians known to US intelligence during the 2016 presidential campaign, multiple US officials briefed on the matter told CNN. Read more. March 23, 2017: Info suggests Trump associates may have coordinated with Russians, US officials say -- The FBI has information that indicates Trump associates communicated with suspected Russian operatives to possibly coordinate the release of information damaging to Hillary Clinton's campaign, US officials told CNN. Full story here. April 18, 2017: FBI used dossier allegations to bolster Trump-Russia investigation -- The FBI last year used a dossier of allegations of Russian ties to Trump's campaign as part of the justification to win approval to secretly monitor a Trump associate, according to US officials briefed on the investigation. Full story. April 21, 2017: Sources: Russia tried to use Trump advisers to infiltrate campaign -- The FBI gathered intelligence last summer that suggests Russian operatives tried to use Trump advisers, including Carter Page, to infiltrate Trump's campaign, according to US officials. These officials made clear they don't know whether Page was aware the Russians may have been using him. Full story. May 10, 2017: Grand jury subpoenas issued in FBI's Russia investigation -- Federal prosecutors issued grand jury subpoenas to associates of former national security adviser Michael Flynn seeking business records as part of the probe of Russian meddling in last year's election, according to people familiar with the matter. CNN learned of the subpoenas hours before Trump fired then-FBI director Comey. Read more. May 19, 2017: Sources: White House lawyers research impeachment -- White House lawyers have begun researching impeachment procedures in an effort to prepare for what officials still believe is a distant possibility that Trump could have to fend off attempts to remove him from office, two people briefed on the discussions told CNN. Full story here. May 19, 2017: Russian officials bragged they could use Flynn -- Russian officials bragged in conversations during the presidential campaign that they had cultivated a strong relationship with former Trump adviser Flynn and believed they could use him to influence Trump and his team, sources told CNN. Read more. May 19, 2017: Comey believes Trump was trying to influence him -- The former FBI director now believes that Trump was trying to influence his judgment about the Russia probe, a person familiar with his thinking said, but whether that influence amounts to obstruction of justice remains an open question. Full story: May 24, 2017: AG Sessions did not disclose Russia meetings in security clearance form, DOJ says -- Attorney General Sessions did not disclose meetings he had last year with Russian officials when he applied for his security clearance, the Justice Department told CNN. Read the latest development. CNN's Marshall Cohen contributed to this report.
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    Yesterday, 07:29 PM
    (click on "blue bold letters" link to read the juiciest coverage...) The Russia Investigation; How we got from there to this: (CNN) After months of dramatic congressional testimony, bombshell news reports and partisan jousting, the ever-evolving saga about alleged Russian tampering in the 2016 presidential election and investigation into possible collusion by members of Donald Trump's campaign continues to pick up momentum as new revelations seem to surface on a daily basis. Currently, the Justice Department and both chambers of Congress are investigating whether there were improper contacts between those in the Trump orbit and Russia during the 2016 election. Here is a summary of known connections between Trump associates and Russia The latest development comes as sources tell CNN that then-FBI Director James Comey knew that a critical piece of information relating to the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email was fake -- created by Russian intelligence -- but he feared that if it became public it would undermine the probe and the Justice Department itself. As a result, Comey acted unilaterally last summer to publicly declare the investigation over -- without consulting then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch -- while at the same time stating that Clinton had been "extremely careless" in her handling of classified information. His press conference caused a firestorm of controversy and drew criticism from both Democrats and Republicans. Comey's actions based on what he knew was Russian disinformation offer a stark example of the way Russian interference impacted the decisions of the highest-level US officials during the 2016 campaign. CNN has also learned that the FBI's criminal probe 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. That news came on the heels ofCNN's reporting that Attorney General Jeff Sessions did not disclose meetings he had last year with Russian officials when he applied for his security clearance, according to the Justice Department. Sessions, who met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at least two times last year, didn't note those interactions on the form, which requires him to list "any contact" he or his family had with a foreign government or its representatives over the past seven years, officials said. To obtain a security clearance, a federal official is not required to list the meetings if they were part of a foreign conference he or she attended while conducting government business. Sessions' meetings, however, do not appear to be tied to foreign conferences. Sessions is just the latest in a growing list of current and former Trump associates who have come under fire for being less than forthcoming about their past links to Russia. Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn continues to make headlines despite saying he would invoke his Fifth Amendment rights rather than comply with a subpoena and disclose records about his meetings with Russian officials. The leaders of the Senate's Russia investigation said they will continue to pursue critical documents from Flynn, issuing two additional subpoenas to a pair of businesses Flynn ran. Previously, lawmakers have said the panel was reviewing a range of options to compel Flynn hand over the documents, including holding him in contempt. Committee chairman Sen. Richard Burr said the panel "could" call for Flynn to assert his right against self-incrimination in a public session. Secret document: The Washington Post published a story May 24 claiming that a secret document that officials said played a key role in then-FBI director Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation "has long been viewed within the FBI as unreliable and possibly a fake." The Post's story sites anonymous sources "familiar with its contents." Explosive testimony: Former CIA Director John Brennan and Trump's Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats also made headlines as Brennan told lawmakers there was clear contact between Trump campaign aides and Russian operatives. At almost the same time, Coats said he would be willing to discuss later whether Trump leaned on him to push back against Russia reports. Here is more on what we learned from their congressional testimony May 23. Mueller and the secret Comey memos: CNN broke the story May 22 that Robert Mueller -- the former FBI director now overseeing the Department of Justice's investigation into Russia's election-year meddling and contact with the Trump campaign -- has been briefed on the contents of some of the memos that former FBI Director James Comey kept to document his conversations with President Donald Trump, according to a person familiar with the matter. Team Trump's "war room": Axios recently reported that the White House is preparing to establish an internal, war-room-like operation aimed at developing a rapid-response and communications strategy in an attempt to keep up with the special counsel's Russia investigation. Manafort turns over documents: Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager, turned over more than 300 pages of documents to the Senate intelligence committee related to its investigation of Russian election meddling, according to a source familiar with the Senate probe. Read CNN's story here. Trump asked intelligence officials to deny evidence: The President asked two of the government's top intelligence chiefs to publicly deny evidence of cooperation between his campaign and Russia during the 2016 election, multiple current and former US officials confirmed to CNN on May 23. Read the full story.
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    Yesterday, 04:07 PM
    Former CIA Director: 'Now we know' why Trump officials talking to the Russians may have been 'unmasked' Michael Hayden, the former director of the NSA and the CIA, told CNN on Saturday that the reported content of Jared Kushner's conversations with Russia's ambassador in December may have motivated former national security adviser Susan Rice to request his name to be unmasked in intelligence reports. Most of the controversy surrounding Rice's reported attempts to "unmask" Trump officials has centered on former national security adviser Michael Flynn's communications with Russian officials. But Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and a top White House adviser, floated the possibility of setting up a secure line of communication between the Trump transition team and Russia when he met with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak late last year, The Washington Post reported Friday. Those talks would take place in Russian diplomatic facilities in the US, the Post said, creating a secure line that would essentially conceal the administration's interactions with Russian officials from US government scrutiny. Kislyak reportedly passed along that request to Moscow, in a phone call that was promptly intercepted by US intelligence agencies during their routine eavesdropping of foreign agents on US soil. Kislyak's call, which apparently described an attempt to bypass the US' national security and intelligence apparatus, would have gone into an intelligence report and been distributed among top government officials like Rice. It also would have raised a big red flag, experts say. And it could have led Rice — who obtained reports containing summaries of monitored communications between foreign officials discussing the Trump transition, according to Bloomberg — to try to identify who on Trump's transition team was trying to set up this kind of backchannel. The names of the US persons mentioned in the conversations would have been redacted in those reports. But high-level government officials like Rice can request from the appropriate agency — in this case, the National Security Agency — that the US person's identity be revealed. Hayden told CNN that it makes sense that Rice would have tried to determine who Kislyak and his superiors in Moscow were talking about when they said someone on the Trump transition team wanted to set up a secret backchannel line of communication. "This is off the map," Hayden said. "I know of no other experience like this in our history, and certainly not within my life experience." Hayden told Business Insider in March that the NSA "is notoriously conservative in revealing US identities in its reporting." "Obviously, a request from the national security adviser to unmask an identity would be given great weight," Hayden said. "That said, it is not automatic and goes through a carefully documented process at the NSA before an identity is unmasked." There is another reason why Rice may have wanted to unmask Kushner, said Paul Pillar, a 28-year veteran of the CIA and former executive assistant to the CIA's deputy director for intelligence. "If Ms. Rice was communicating with members of Trump's team regarding transition matters and she learns from intelligence that some such members also are communicating with the Russians, she would want to know exactly who is doing that so she can be extra careful in her own talks, lest something she says gets relayed to Moscow," Pillar told Business Insider in March. At least one other member of Trump's transition team had his conversations picked up incidentally during routine surveillance of Kislyak last year: Flynn. He was forced to resign in February after reports surfaced that said he spoke with Kislyak about US sanctions on Russia, despite telling Vice President Mike Pence that he hadn't.
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    Yesterday, 04:02 PM
    European allies see the two sides of Trump TAORMINA, Italy (Reuters) - In Sicily, Donald Trump listened attentively during complex G7 debates over trade and climate change, smiled for the cameras, and for the most part refrained from provocative tweets. In Brussels, he bashed NATO partners for not spending more on defense, shoved the prime minister of Montenegro and renewed his attacks on Germany's trade surplus with the United States. America's allies witnessed the two sides of Trump on his first foreign trip as U.S. president, a nine-day tour that began with sword dancing in Saudi Arabia and vague pledges in Israel to deliver Middle East peace. As Trump headed home, European officials were left with mixed feelings: relief that he had been patient enough to listen to their arguments and unsettled by a Jekyll-and-Hyde figure who is still finding his way on the big policy issues. "It all fits with his strategic ambiguity approach to life," said Julianne Smith of the Centre for a New American Security. "It may do wonders when dealing with adversaries. But it doesn't work when dealing with allies," she said. Other leaders of the Group of Seven nations had viewed with trepidation their summit, held at a cliff-top hotel overlooking the Mediterranean, after four preparatory meetings failed to clear up differences with the Trump administration on trade, how to deal with Russia and climate change. But in the end, officials said, the result was better than they had feared. The final communique acknowledged a split between the United States and its six partners over honoring the 2015 Paris accord on climate change. That followed a debate with Trump that German Chancellor Angela Merkel described as "very dissatisfying". However on trade, Trump bowed to pressure from allies to retain a pledge to fight protectionism. And on Russia, he did not insist on removing - as some allies had feared - the threat of additional sanctions for Moscow's intervention in Ukraine. NATO "DISASTER" Still, there was irritation at Trump's refusal to show his hand on the Paris agreement to curb carbon emissions. Near the end of the summit, he tweeted teasingly that he would make a decision on Paris next week, leaving delegations to scratch their heads about why he could not commit in Taormina. The most critical words were reserved for Trump's appearance at NATO headquarters in Brussels, which was described as a "disaster" by more than one European official. With the leaders of America's NATO partners standing like school children behind him, Trump upbraided them for not spending more on defense and repeated the charge that some members owed "massive amounts of money" from past years - even though allied contributions are voluntary. Most disturbingly for allies, Trump did not personally affirm his commitment to Article 5, NATO's mutual defense doctrine, after pre-trip signals from the White House that he would do just that. Trump also failed to mention Russia, which remains NATO's raison d'etre in the eyes of most Europeans. It was a speech that reminded some of Trump's doom-laden inauguration address in January, one that seemed written for the hardest of his hard-core domestic audience. "Proud of @realDonaldTrump for telling NATO deadbeats to pay up or shut up," former Republican governor Mike Huckabee tweeted in response. Trump's appearance in Brussels was particularly galling to the Germans, who after months of painstaking relationship building with Trump - including Merkel's invitation to his daughter Ivanka for a G20 women's summit in Berlin - found themselves under attack from him on two fronts. Before heading to NATO, Trump criticized Germany's trade surplus in a private meeting with senior European Union officials. "If Trump really wants to go down a path of isolation, it will only speed up China's rise to the top," one senior German official grumbled. ZERO-SUM Beyond the rhetoric, Trump's body language also confounded his hosts. He muscled aside Montenegrin Prime Minister Dusko Markovic as NATO leaders walked into the alliance's new headquarters for a photo session. And he engaged in two alpha-male handshakes with France's new 39-year-old President Emmanuel Macron, who seemed to get the better of Trump on both occasions. The macho posturing in Europe contrasted to the images, a few days earlier, of Trump and his team swaying, swords in hand, with the absolute rulers of Saudi Arabia at a lavish welcome ceremony given by King Salman. Summing up the tour on Saturday, Trump's advisers seemed most enthused about the Saudi leg, where he clinched a $110 billion arms deal and forged what one aide described as a "personal bond" with the king. "The president was able to make some of the most amazing deals that have really been made by any administration ever," enthused his economic adviser Gary Cohn. Daniela Schwarzer, research director at the German Council of Foreign Relations in Berlin, said the trip had confirmed Trump's "zero-sum game" view of the world in which you are either a winner or a loser and relationships are transactional. "His rhetoric and actions suggest he does not consider it a priority to build good and engaging relations with allies the U.S. so far considered its most important ones," she said. (Writing by Noah Barkin; Additional reporting by Crispian Balmer; editing by David Stamp)
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    Yesterday, 03:52 PM
    Yeap...after all, Russia finance their Golf Clubs Golf writer: Eric Trump said father's golf courses were funded by Russians President Trump’s son Eric once said that his father got funding for his golf courses from the Russians, according to a report. Golf writer James Dodson said he hit the links with Eric and Donald at the Trump National Golf Club in Charlotte, N.C., in 2014 when he raised the question of how they found the money to keep developing golf courses when financing was tight during the Recession. Trump “sort of tossed off that he had access to $100 million,” Dodson told WBUR-FM, a Boston public radio station, in an interview that aired Friday. Later, Dodson, who wrote a biography of Ben Hogan, among other golf books, said he asked Eric the same question as they rode in a golf cart. Dodson said Eric Trump replied: “ ‘Well, we don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia.’” Eric continued: “’Oh, yeah. We’ve got some guys that really, really love golf, and they’re really invested in our programs. We just go there all the time.’” Well....according to your statement, you said Clinton gave Uranium to Putin....for $500,000 speaking fees But Trump gave this country and offered to Putin.....for his business deals totaling $100 million Which one is more valuable?
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    Yesterday, 02:22 PM
    I just received my stock portfolio and Almost no update on the stocks gain from last year and this one.Also,North soft drinks has 0 on my portfolio!! not what I was Hoping!!
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    Yesterday, 02:03 PM
    So can anyone tell me what is going on with my Warka bank account and stock account. I haven't been able to contact anyone at Warka. Thanks
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    Yesterday, 02:00 PM
    I have been trying for a long while now to get in touch with someone from Warka Bank about my account. Did they go bankrupt or get bombed or what. Could someone fill me in!! Thanks a bunch.
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    Yesterday, 04:22 AM
    'Putin will be thrilled': Former NATO ambassadors say Trump just dealt 'a major blow' to the alliance President Donald Trump drew backlash Thursday after he did not explicitly endorse Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's founding document during his summit with NATO allies in Brussels. The article, known as the collective-defense clause, stipulates that an attack on any member is an attack on all. It was invoked for the first time in response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks — a point raised by Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in their respective remarks on Thursday. Trump said in his speech that the US would "never forsake the friends that stood by our side" in the aftermath of 9/11. But he did not explicitly endorse Article 5, as every US president since Harry S. Truman has when speaking outside NATO headquarters. Instead, Trump used the speech largely to lecture representatives from nearly two dozen member countries for not meeting their "financial obligations" to increase defense spending to 2% of their gross domestic product. "If NATO countries made their full and complete contributions, then NATO would be even stronger than it is today, especially from the threat of terrorism," Trump said. Nicholas Burns, who was the US's ambassador to NATO under President George W. Bush, said it was "a major mistake" for Trump to not "reaffirm publicly and explicitly" the US's Article 5 commitment to NATO. "I was the US ambassador to NATO on 9/11 and remain grateful for the unstinting support given to America by our European allies and Canada," Burns said on Thursday. "Trump is not acting like the leader of the West that all US presidents before him have been dating back to Truman." Trump's speech at the NATO summit came on the heels of his trip to the Middle East, where he told Arab leaders he was "not here to lecture" them about human rights. Richard Haass, a former US diplomat who has been the president of the Council on Foreign Relations since 2003, said on Twitter that Trump's "overly solicitous treatment" of Saudi Arabia stood in contrast to his "public lecturing of NATO allies," which Haass called "unseemly and counterproductive." Ivo Daalder, the US's ambassador to NATO from May 2009 to July 2013, said Trump's reluctance to commit to the guiding principle was "a major blow to the alliance." "After calling NATO 'obsolete,' Trump needed to say what every predecessor since Truman has said: The US is committed to Article 5," Daalder said on Twitter. "At the core of NATO is the unconditional commitment to collective defense." 'Putin will be thrilled' NATO officials had hoped Trump would acknowledge that the organization's biggest challenge now was not fighting terrorism, but countering Russian aggression in eastern Europe, according to Politico. NATO was founded in 1949 as Europe's answer to the Soviet Union, and the 28-member alliance continues to serve largely as a counterweight to Russia's ambitions in eastern Europe. Several post-Soviet states, including Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, are now NATO members. Montenegro will become a member in June. "Putin will be thrilled at Trump's refusal to endorse Article 5," said Tom Wright, the director of the Center on the United States and Europe and a fellow in the Project on International Order and Strategy at the Brookings Institution. "Unimaginable under any other president." After Trump called NATO "obsolete" in a January interview, Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said Moscow "shares Trump's opinion that NATO is a remnant of the past." (Trump said later that he called NATO obsolete "without knowing much about NATO.") Still, some officials worried that Trump could one day strike a bilateral deal with Moscow that would affect NATO's interests, Politico reported. Putin has repeatedly characterized the US-led organization as an "aggressive" force whose aim is to isolate Russia from Europe — rhetoric that became more heated earlier this year amid NATO's military exercises in the Baltic Sea. Russia responded to those drills by transferring nuclear-capable missiles to Kaliningrad, which borders Poland and Lithuania. Like I said....for Donaldof is all about making his boss Vladimir Putin happy....if he keeps his boss happy, then Putin will reward Donaldof with some lucrative deals and that will make Donaldof very happy....
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    Yesterday, 04:14 AM
    Trump Is Playing the International Strategy Game Like a Novice Among Experts There is a paradox that turns any normal idea about strategy on its head. In a business context, I call it the paradox of profit. Simply put, the surest path to losing money is for a company to be preoccupied with profits. The surest path to profit is to be preoccupied with benefiting society. By appealing to society’s environmental concerns, Tesla now has the highest market value of any American automaker. By attempting to sidestep those concerns, Volkswagen lost $26 billion in market value in two days. A similar paradox applies to national interests. As President Donald Trump continues his international tour, he would be wise to focus on shared interests with other nations in order to truly put “America first.” Engaging those with no natural interest in your success but with great ability to shape your opportunities or risks (those who I define as shapeholders) begins with authentically aligning a purpose that benefits both you and them. Otherwise, there is little reason for others to give your concerns a second thought. Since the end of World War II, America’s purpose has been underwriting global security, promoting open markets, and investing in development. As conflicts subsided, as trade expanded, and as newly prosperous nations became customers, both America and other nations benefited. Abandoning America’s purpose and reverting to narrowly defined national interests might appeal to many. Yet a nationalistic dalliance, even if only an interlude, could harm America’s ability to advance its interests by undermining the trust and deference of other nations. In geopolitics, Russia is playing chess. China is playing Go, a game that focuses not on a decisive clash of forces like in chess does, but on strategic encirclement through subtlety, indirection, and the patient accumulation of relative advantage. The United States must strengthen its alliances to avoid a Russian checkmate and keep China from encircling a dominant sphere of influence. In the context of a global chess match, America’s queen has always been NATO. Our rook or castle in the West has long been the United Kingdom, and in the East, Japan. Canada and Mexico are America’s bishops, nestling us in a safe neighborhood. Australia, India, South Korea, and Turkey have historically, like knights in chess, extended America’s reach. Putin’s chess moves seek to retain popular support by convincing his own people that the West is out to get them, as he and his friends line their pockets with Russia’s wealth. Putin’s queen is Iran. For both Russia and Iran, Bashar al-Assad’s Syria has been a pawn. Russia has skillfully maneuvered its engagement in Syria to keep upward pressure on oil prices and destabilize Europe with refugees. By supporting nationalist candidates, Putin seeks to undermine unity within Europe. Russia’s occupation of Crimea and meddling in Ukraine has raised doubts about whether NATO will honor its security guarantees. China is more complicated. While the West tends to wait for a Clausewitz-style battle to the finish, China follows Sun Tzu’s precept that “the skillful leader subdues the enemy’s troops without any fighting.” China has a 5,000-year history of worrying about China. In the world of modern commerce, that includes China’s supply chains. China seeks to reestablish its dominance along the historic Silk Road and assert itself in the Western Pacific. Its desired sphere includes the largest and fastest growing half of the globe. Given the global contests for the affections of other nations, even the perception that the United States is preoccupied with only its own interests undermines its ability to attract nations to align with its priorities. Candidate Trump placing conditions on NATO support and referring to it as obsolete fanned the flames of doubt that Putin lit. At the NATO summit this week, Trump did little to assuage those doubts. As for Britain, America’s Western rook, the allure of significant commercial opportunities has drawn the U.K.’s interest in China’s One Belt, One Road infrastructure effort. Trump’s recent disclosure to Russia of intelligence obtained from allied sources has called the continuance of the “special relationship” into question. As for Japan, America’s Eastern rook, the United States canceling the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe exhibited great political courage to join has strained the relationship. Not only does pulling out of the TPP undercut America’s Pacific alliances, but it paves the way for China to assemble an Asian trade alliance with America on the outside looking in, instead of a Pacific trade alliance with America at its center. America’s global power rests on it remaining unchallenged in North America, giving it the freedom to pursue foreign challenges without worrying about its position at home. There are few things that would more undermine American foreign policy than genuine friction with either of its bishops: Canada or Mexico. Trump’s criticisms of the North American Free Trade Agreement and derogatory comments about Mexico seem oblivious to this reality. As for those, who like knights in chess, could extend America’s reach, China’s economic gravitational pull, accentuated by its commercial might and massive infrastructure investments, is capturing the attention of South Korea, Turkey, and even Australia, although India remains skeptical. An “America first” policy risks leaving America alone, as important allies question America’s commitment and carefully weigh the attractiveness of switching or splitting their allegiances. The United States would be far better off if it followed the path of Tesla by focusing on enhancing mutual interests with others as the best path to truly keep America first.
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