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  • James's Avatar
    Today, 12:39 PM
    Looks like he has 250 notes. http://www.iraqpapermoney.com/ Amer Kawar
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  • BatmaninIraq's Avatar
    Today, 08:28 AM
    Iraq Stock Exchange announces the implementation of a deal worth ten billion dinars 22nd July, 2017 The Iraqi Stock Exchange announced on Saturday that its index recorded an increase in the number and value of shares traded during the last week, at a time when a deal exceeded 10 billion shares during the same week. In a statement received by “Eye of Iraq News”, the Executive Director of the market Taha Ahmed Abdul Salam said that the Iraqi Stock Exchange organized five trading sessions in the regular market and one trading session on the second market during the week ending July 20, (101) joint stock companies (72) listed companies in the regular market and (29) listed companies in the second market, where traded during the sessions last week shares (44) companies in the regular market and one company only in the second market. “The number of shares traded for last week reached (31) billion shares compared to (1) billion shares for the week before which it rose by (1514.67.78%) compared to the previous week, either the value of these shares amounted to (14) billion dinars compared to (1) Billion dinars for the week which is also high by (1170.55%). “The number of transactions executed last week reached (1657) transactions compared to (1235) transactions for the week before. The ISX 60 index closed at 564.98 points at the end of the week, down by 0.93% from the close of the week before. He pointed out that “the number of transactions executed during the last week amounted to one deal and the number of shares traded during (25,714,627,012) shares valued at (10,542,997,075) dinars, carried out on the shares of the Commercial Bank of Iraq. “The number of shares purchased by non-Iraqi investors last week (25) billion shares decreased by 74% compared to the week before, and the value of those shares amounted to (10) billion dinars low is The other 49% through the implementation of (38) shares on the shares of (9) companies. As for the number of shares sold by non-Iraqi investors last week, he pointed out that they amounted to (9) billion shares, up by 28%, measured by the week before, at a value of JD (4) billion through the implementation of (239) on the shares of (4) By 79%
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  • Investors Iraq News's Avatar
    Today, 07:28 AM
    On 19 July, the army chiefs of both Jordan and Iraq discussed the mechanism for the reopening of the Trebil border crossing between Jordan and Iraq for international trade. The statement was made at a joint press conference in Baghdad following a meeting between Jordanian Lt General Mahmoud Abdul Halim Freihat and Iraqi Gen Othman Ghanmi. It said that Jordan was ready to provide intelligence information to the Iraqi side to secure the international highway that links Iraq with Jordan. Gen Ghanmi praised the role played by Jordan in the war against terrorism, and the support it provided to the Iraqi forces to control the borders. Ghanmi also stated that Iraqi and Jordanian forces had ‘completely secured’ the border are from the Trebil border crossing to the al-Tanf crossing – known as al-Waleed in Iraq. In a separate statement, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said that Iraq is working on plans to secure the border areas between Iraq and Jordan. (Source: GardaWorld) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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  • millionairetobe71's Avatar
    Today, 04:22 AM
    Politics Donald Trump's personal lawyer quits top role as administration faces fresh setback over Russia probe Donald Trump’s administration has been hit with another high-profile resignation, as his personal lawyer Marc Kasowitz is reported to have quit the lead role defending the President from allegations of links to Russia. Mr Kasowitzs' move came as part of a reshuffle that included the spokesman for the legal team, Mark Corallo, quitting after just two months in his role. Mr Corallo is said to have left his post over disagreements with the way Mr Trump’s legal team was handling the Russia probe, led by special counsel Robert Mueller. Mr Corallo, a key representative for the team Mr Trump has appointed to defend him against the Russia investigation, was also said to be close to the Justice Department’s Mr Mueller and has praised him publicly in the past. Politico reports Mr Corallo had grown weary of the infighting and divisions which had emerged between the White House and the legal team, citing a source who said Mr Corallo complained about “too much fighting all the time”. And The New York Times claimed his departure was also motivated by frustration over efforts to undermine the investigation. Mr Corallo, a former spokesman for the Justice Department, had been commenting on behalf of Mr Kasowitz. Mr Kasowitz, who has represented the billionaire since 2000, including leading his defence in the Trump University fraud case, is reported to have resigned, though it is unclear at this stage whether he has been handed a lesser role or left Mr Trump's employ entirely. From Mr Trump’s remaining legal team - attorney John Dowd, Jay Sekulow and attorney Ty Cobb – Mr Cobb will now take the lead. Mr Corallo has yet to formally comment, but his resignation comes amid weeks of simmering tensions between the President and his legal team. The commander-in-chief is said to be displeased with his legal team who he views as not doing enough to bat back allegations linked to the Russia probe. Mr Trump has previously vented his frustrations over a failure to quash the federal investigation into links with Russia and their involvement in the presidential election. He has previously taken to Twitter to dismiss the claims and investigation as a “witch hunt”.
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  • millionairetobe71's Avatar
    Today, 04:20 AM
    Those activities that should go on the right lane is supposed to say: Voting for Donaldof Support Donaldof Listening to Donaldof Politically blindfolded
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  • millionairetobe71's Avatar
    Today, 04:14 AM
    If he is AWFUL...he is AWFUL....and no poll, or comment or person can take that away from him......he is the worse thing that ever happened to America.... Very soon he is going to convert this country to model it after Cuba or Russia with the help of his Russians Counterparts.....
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    Today, 04:07 AM
    I am sure he wrote his accomplishments in this book.....don't you see it or are you blind?....
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    Today, 01:16 AM
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  • Investors Iraq News's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:45 PM
    Iraq’s oilfields to get flare gas recovery solution from GE’s Baker Hughes A contract has been bagged by Baker Hughes from Iraqi government for developing advanced solutions for flare gas at the Nassiriya and Al Gharraf oilfields using its modular gas processing technology. Source: IraqDirectory.com Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 08:45 PM
    Joint industrial zones to be setup by Iraq and Iran Together Iraq and Iran signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for setting up joint industrial zones. Source: IraqDirectory.com Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 08:45 PM
    Kurdistan government keen to discuss oil revenue with Iraq On coming 25th September, 2017, the Kurdistan Regional Government will hold a referendum on independence for the region. Source: IraqDirectory.com Post your commentary below.
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  • Wolverine's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:20 PM
    HERE IT IS=> Complete List of President Trump’s Major Accomplishments in His First Six Months #MAGA LINK
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    Yesterday, 07:23 PM
    Wikileaks Reveals Mueller 2009 Trip to Deliver Uranium Sample to Russia Former FBI Director Robert Mueller is winning plaudits from both sides of the aisle for being named by the Department of Justice to serve as special counsel to investigate allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 election and rumors of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. But given Democrat abhorrence of all things Russian, how will they react to Wikileaks’ disclosure that in 2009, then-Director Mueller delivered a sample of stolen highly enriched uranium to the Russians on a trip there. Digging into its treasure trove of diplomatic cables, Wikileaks uncovered the secret Mueller mission. It occurred at a time when the United States and Russia were cooperating to uncover smuggling of nuclear materials. Using what passes for current Democrat logic, would this mean that President Barack Obama was acting in a treasonous manner in trying to stop the flow of stolen nuclear materials by cooperating with Russia? The 2009 cable shows that the Russian government enlisted the aid of the United States in learning more about nuclear smuggling in the country of Georgia. The highly-enriched uranium (HEU) was seized in a sting operation that involved one Russian national and several Georgian accomplices. The HEU then was transferred to U.S. custody for storage at a secure Department of Energy (DOE) facility. The cable explains how the United States became involved in Russia’s two-year quest to obtain a 10-gram sample of the stolen material. ENTIRE STORY
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  • millionairetobe71's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:08 PM
    A 'Magnificent Bastard' Is Investigating Russian Meddling in the US Military.com | 21 May 2017 | by Richard Sisk The only time I ever met Robert Swan Mueller III did not go over too well with his security detail. This was in 2001 as Mueller faced his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to become FBI Director. There was milling about before the hearing started. Mueller was at the back of the room huddled with aides and the passing senator or two who stopped to greet him. I was a reporter covering the hearing. I approached and for whatever reason blurted out "Hey, you Magnificent Bastard," or maybe just "Hey Bastard," which was sometimes how members of the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, greeted each other. Members of 2/4 have officially been dubbed "Magnificent Bastards" since 1964, and origins of the term possibly go back to World War II. The intense, and large, denizens of the security detail with Mueller began to close on this approaching fool with a pencil and a notebook. Mueller, as I recall, also looked surprised and then laughed. We shook hands. He asked what company I was with. I said "Fox," but told him that I was gone before he arrived in Vietnam in the summer of 1968. He said he was with "Hotel," and that was it. I may have asked Mueller a question at some point in his 12 years as FBI Director -- I don't remember -- but that was our only contact. Some members of my platoon in Fox 2/4 kept in touch after I left -- I had been wounded for the second time in June 1968 -- and they occasionally mentioned the curious new lieutenant in Hotel Co. They said he was Ivy League, which they thought strange -- nobody from an Ivy League school went to Vietnam. What was even stranger -- he didn't curse, at least in front of them -- and that was decidedly uncommon for a Marine. They also said that he was "solid," and knew how to listen. And they also liked that he was a "Mustang" -- he had enlisted out of Princeton and gone through Parris Island boot camp just like them, and then through Officer Candidate School. Mueller would earn the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry in his time in Vietnam. The citation for his Bronze Star said that during an attack on his rifle platoon, "2nd Lt. Mueller fearlessly moved from one position to another, directing the accurate counterfire of his men and shouting words of encouragement to them." During the firefight on Dec. 11, 1968, Mueller "personally led a fire team across the fire-swept terrain to recover a mortally wounded Marine who had fallen in a position forward of the friendly lines," the citation said. Earlier this week, Mueller was named by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to serve as Special Counsel for the Justice Department. As Special Counsel, Mueller was directed to investigate "any links and/or coordination between Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump, and any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation." Mueller has rarely spoken of his time in the Marines or how he came to join but at Princeton, he was on the lacrosse team with David Spencer Hackett. Hackett joined the Marines and served as a lieutenant in Vietnam, where he was killed by small arms fire in 1967. In a 2013 commencement speech at the College of William and Mary, first reported by Jeff Schogol of Marine Times, Mueller recalled the death of his friend and how that led him to the Marines. "One would have thought that the life of a Marine, and David's death in Vietnam, would argue strongly against following in his footsteps," Mueller said. "But many of us saw in him the person we wanted to be, even before his death. He was a leader and a role model on the fields of Princeton. He was a leader and a role model on the fields of battle as well. And a number of his friends and teammates joined the Marine Corps because of him, as did I." "I do consider myself fortunate to have survived my tour in Vietnam," Mueller said. "There were many -- men such as David Hackett -- who did not. And perhaps because of that, I have always felt compelled to try to give back in some way." When his Special Counsel job ends, maybe Mueller can use his investigating skills to learn the true origin of the term "Magnificent Bastards" for 2/4. There are conflicting versions of how it came about. One has it that there was a tough fight on a Pacific Island but word got back to the ships that 2/4 had broken through enemy lines. Somebody on the ships said "Oh, you magnificent bastards" and the name stuck. Another has it that there was a change of command ceremony for 2/4 and a couple of Marines bumped into each other during the pass in review, precipitating a mass brawl on the parade field. The new commander was delighted and called them a bunch of "Magnificent Bastards." In 1964, Lt. Col. J.R. "Bull" Fisher added "Magnificent Bastards" to 2/4's insignia. -- Richard Sisk can be reached at Richard.Sisk@Military.com. Folks...this is a great article, something I didn't myself knew about Mueller. Now, I have a far greater admiration for this Marine, regardless of the outcome of his investigation. You can call him "Mustang"...you can call him "Magnificent Bastard"... but at heart, this man is always a Marine. As an Army Mustang myself, I share with this man a common bond forged with the hardships of military life, and those hardships forged in battle....that later on it becomes a way of life. And all that, to the service of this country. And that is to be respected.
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  • millionairetobe71's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:55 PM
    Robert Mueller Purple Heart Citation: His citation for the Bronze Star with Valor, his first decoration earned just weeks after arriving in Vietnam in December 1968 after his platoon came under heavy fire in the Quang Tri Province, lauded Mueller’s “courage, aggressive initiative, and unwavering devotion to duty.” “Second Lieutenant Mueller fearlessly moved from one position to another,” the citation reads, according to Graff. “With complete disregard for his own safety, he then skillfully supervised the evacuation of casualties from the hazardous area and, on one occasion, personally led a fire team across the fire-swept area terrain to recover a mortally wounded Marine who had fallen in a position forward on the friendly lines. That same devotion to duty would serve Mueller just four months later in April 1969, when, as a second lieutenant, he led his platoon to rescue American troops pinned down under heavy fire from the Vietcong. Despite taking an AK-47 round through the thigh, Mueller held his position until the troops had safely retreated. The firefight earned him a Navy Commendation Medal and his Purple Heart; a month later, he was back on patrol in the jungles of Vietnam (“I thought I’d at least get to go to a hospital ship,” he reportedly quipped of his injuries.) Folks, I can only think that 99% of you have never seen the kind injury the round from an AK-47 does to the body. You are talking about a 7.62 mm round, similar to what you get from the M240C, D, and G variants or for those of you, (well, most of you actually) its the same machine gun that Rambo was firing at the Gas Station. And it leaves a very nasty hole at the exit site..... That alone...says it all..... But unlike Donaldof, I think he believes he deserves the Purple Heart when his hair gets injured when is not combed right or when the wind mess it up.....or maybe when his EGO is insulted and he feels injured.....
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    Yesterday, 06:43 PM
    Amidst low Saudi exports, oil goes high on demand On last Tuesday, oil prices rose slightly as Saudi exports fell and solid demand soaked up some of what is seen as an oversupplied market, but Ecuador's decision to opt out of an OPEC-led supply reduction pact complicated the outlook. Source: IraqDirectory.com Post your commentary below.
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  • millionairetobe71's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:43 PM
    Who is special counsel and former FBI director Robert Mueller? Robert Mueller, who was named in late May as the special counsel to spearhead the FBI's investigation into Russian connections to the 2016 election "and related matters," has been in the headlines more than once since he was appointed. Most recently, President Donald Trump said if Mueller investigated his and his family’s personal finances, specifically those unrelated to Russia, it would cross a line. For now, however, Mueller’s role is safe. Principal deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was named press secretary on July 21 after Sean Spicer resigned, later told reporters that Trump "has no intention" of firing Mueller. Mueller has a long history with the FBI, beginning in 2001, when he was nominated FBI director by President George W. Bush and assumed the position just seven days before the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Mueller, 72, went on to serve for 12 years, from September 2001 until September 2013, carrying the title for second-longest serving FBI director. He was succeeded by James Comey, who was fired abruptly by Trump on May 9. Mueller and Comey worked together in the past: The two were together during the dramatic hospital showdown in 2004 when they wanted to stop then-Attorney General John Ashcroft from reauthorizing then-President George Bush's domestic surveillance program. Comey testified about the incident in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2007, and it is widely cited as an example of Comey's political independence. When he left the bureau and his position was assumed by Comey, who was appointed by then-President Barack Obama, Mueller shared kind words about his successor. "I have had the opportunity to work with Jim for a number of years in the Department of Justice, and I have found him to be a man of honesty, dedication and integrity. His experience, his judgment and his strong sense of duty will benefit not only the bureau, but the country as a whole," Mueller said at the announcement ceremony in the White House's Rose Garden. Mueller was later criticized by Trump, who said in a “Fox and Friends” interview on June 23 that it was “bothersome” how close Comey and Mueller were. The hosts of the show had asked if their relationship warranted Mueller’s recusal. "Well, he is very, very good friends with Comey, which is very bothersome," Trump responded. "We're going to have to see." In the same interview, the president claimed that Mueller's team of lawyers are "all Hillary Clinton supporters." Mueller, who served in the independent role of FBI director under both Republican and Democratic presidents, has been a registered Republican through most of his career. His appointment as special counsel is not the first time Mueller was given a spotlight for his investigative work. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell put Mueller in charge of the investigation into the domestic assault incident involving Baltimore Ravens' running back Ray Rice in 2014. According to his profile on the FBI website, prior to joining the FBI as its director, Mueller served in the Marine Corps and was a part of the rifle platoon in Vietnam. His profile says that he has received the Bronze Star, two Navy Commendation medals and a Purple Heart. He went to Princeton University for his undergraduate degree and the University of Virginia for law school after his military service. Mueller then worked as a litigator in San Francisco before working in the U.S. Attorney's Office in California's Northern District and later in Boston, where he worked as assistant U.S. attorney, according to the FBI profile. He returned to U.S. attorney's office in San Francisco in 2001 before being nominated for his job as director at the FBI. The Department of Justice reported that Mueller resigned from his law firm in order to avoid any conflicts of interest with firm clients or attorney. Clearly, Donaldof must be very afraid of this man....For one, his purple heart was NOT FREELY GIVEN to him...it was earned. Two....he went to serve this great nation, and willing to laydown his life for it, as it shows in his records.....third.....he was a Marine. That says it all. Right there, it speaks loudly of a man who displays unparalleled levels of integrity and honesty. Unlike Donaldof who gleefully accepted a medal from another veteran and loudly boasted to how easy was to get one because he always wanted one.....
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    Yesterday, 06:35 PM
    Democrats herald agreement on sweeping Russia sanctions bill WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats announced Saturday that a bipartisan group of House and Senate negotiators have reached an agreement on a sweeping Russia sanctions package to punish Moscow for meddling in the presidential election and its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria. Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 House Democrat, said lawmakers had settled lingering issues with the bill, which also includes stiff economic penalties against Iran and North Korea. The sanctions targeting Russia, however, have drawn the most attention due to President Donald Trump's persistent push for warmer relations with President Vladimir Putin and ongoing investigations into Russia's interference in the 2016 campaign. Passage of the bill, which could occur before Congress breaks for the August recess, puts Congress on possible collision course with Trump. The White House had objected to a key section of the bill that would mandate a congressional review if Trump attempted to ease or end the sanctions against Moscow. But if Trump were to veto the bill, he risks sparking an outcry from Republicans and Democrats and having his decision overturned. The sanctions review was included in the bill because of wariness among lawmakers from both parties over Trump's affinity for Putin. The precise mechanics of how involved House Democrats would be in the review process had been a key sticking point, but Hoyer said he was pleased with the outcome. "The legislation ensures that both the majority and minority are able to exercise our oversight role over the administration's implementation of sanctions," Hoyer said. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called the sanctions legislation "strong" and he expected the legislation to be passed promptly. "Given the many transgressions of Russia, and President Trump's seeming inability to deal with them, a strong sanctions bill such as the one Democrats and Republicans have just agreed to is essential," said Schumer, D-N.Y. Early Saturday morning, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy posted a legislative business schedule that shows the sanctions bill will be considered Tuesday. McCarthy had pushed to add the North Korea sanctions to the package. The House had overwhelmingly passed legislation in May to hit Pyongyang with additional economic sanctions, but the Senate had yet to take up the bill. The Senate last month passed sanctions legislation that targeted only Russia and Iran. Congressional aides said there may be resistance among Senate Republicans to adding the North Korea penalties, but it remained unclear whether those concerns would further stall the legislation. The aides were not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. "A nearly united Congress is poised to send President Putin a clear message on behalf of the American people and our allies, and we need President Trump to help us deliver that message," said Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, the top ranking Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee. The House and Senate negotiators addressed concerns voiced by American oil and natural gas companies that sanctions specific to Russia's energy sector could backfire on them to Moscow's benefit. The bill raises the threshold for when U.S. firms would be prohibited from being part of energy projects that also included Russian businesses. Although there is widespread support for the legislation, the bill stalled after it cleared the Senate over constitutional questions and bickering over technical details. In particular, House Democrats charged that GOP leaders had cut them out of the congressional review that would be triggered if Trump proposed to terminate or suspend the Russia sanctions. But Republicans rejected the complaint and blamed Democrats for holding the bill up. The review requirement in the sanctions bill is styled after 2015 legislation pushed by Republicans and approved in the Senate that gave Congress a vote on whether then-President Barack Obama could lift sanctions against Iran. That measure reflected Republican complaints that Obama had overstepped the power of the presidency and needed to be checked by Congress. According to the bill, Trump is required to send Congress a report explaining why he wants to suspend or terminate a particular set of sanctions. Lawmakers would then have 30 days to decide whether to allow the move or reject it. The North Korea sanctions bill included in the package bill cleared the House by a 419-1 vote and House Republicans became frustrated the Senate didn't move quickly on the measure given the vast bipartisan support it received. The measure bars ships owned by North Korea or by countries that refuse to comply with U.N. resolutions against it from operating in American waters or docking at U.S. ports. Goods produced by North Korea's forced labor would be prohibited from entering the United States. The sanctions package imposes mandatory penalties on people involved in Iran's ballistic missile program and anyone who does business with them. The measure would apply terrorism sanctions to the country's Revolutionary Guards and enforce an arms embargo. IN OTHER WORDS....NO ONE...ABSOLUTELY NO ONE, EVEN THOSE IN THE SAME POLITICAL PARTY OF THE PUPPET, DOESN'T HAVE AN IOTA OF TRUST IN PUPPET TRUMPLER..... THIS IS THE KIND OF PROOF THAT VALIDATES WHAT THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS THINKS OF DONALDOF TRUMPLER...HE IS BAD FOR AMERICA. GO MIKE PENCE 2018 !!!!
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    Yesterday, 05:26 PM
    I'm still here, waiting!! I haven't tried to get into any of my accounts for years.
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    Yesterday, 04:46 PM
    What scares me is that I think Donaldof will get into another military conflict to deflect the Russian Investigation...if he does that...think about this...he is sacrificing american lives to save his and his family's skin.... I sure hope he doesn't do that...but...it seems that as we get further in the investigation and we uncover more and more evidence of his collusion with the Russians, it seems to me that war will be inevitable.... So think about...think about how many more American's lives will be lost because of the Puppet...
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    Yesterday, 04:43 PM
    Trump 'disturbed' after learning Russia investigation can easily access his tax returns There may not be a lot that Donald Trump likes about the special investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election ran by Robert Mueller, but the President is especially unhappy that it now includes a look at his tax returns. The President has been disturbed by the disclosure that Mr Mueller could access his personal tax returns without even requesting them from him, according to the Washington Post, since the Internal Revenue Service could provide those documents. Mr Trump has repeatedly refused to release his tax returns publicly, a break in tradition for presidents dating back several decades. While more and more information has become openly available through reports from media organisations, Mr Mueller’s investigation has trudged silently on and has reportedly broadened considerably. The investigation has begun to take a look at Mr Trump’s business transactions, reports earlier this week indicated. The news of that expanded focus came just after Mr Trump conducted an on-the-record interview with the New York Times in which he accused the Mueller investigation of being riddled with conflicts of interest. During that interview, Mr Trump indicated that the investigation would be crossing a line if it were to expand to include a look at his family’s finances. Mr Trump is now reportedly considering his options, alongside his legal counsel. Those options reportedly include the possibility of Mr Trump using his presidential pardon powers to shield his family and close allies from potential legal fallout from whatever the investigation dredges up. He is also reportedly considering if it is possible for him to pardon himself as president — although it is unclear if the Constitution would allow such a manoeuvre. Should Mr Trump decide to do so, a final decision likely wouldn’t be made until after he leaves office. It appears unlikely that Mr Mueller would attempt to prosecute the President while in office, so he would have to wait until after he left. At that point, it would be up to the courts to decide if Mr Trump was legally capable of pardoning himself. He is scared...very scared...what a whimp.....and that is your man...a whimp.....and a scared one because we will find out....we will get to the bottom of the truth..as we are doing....and I know Mueller will be the man who will find out.... I mean...think about it...if there wasn't substantial evidence pointing out to possible collusion..would you think Mueller would risk taking those steps?...no...of course no...Muller is a very intelligent man, far more and far intellectually superior than Donaldof and Muller is digging int Donaldof's business because he believes there is a possibility that Donaldof was doing business with the Russians..and this pretty much amount to "probable cause"...The Smoking Gun....and there is...there a whole lot of it.... so Folks..strap yourself to the seat, because this ride is about to get rough....
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    Yesterday, 04:34 PM
    Trump, in angry Twitter spree, declares ‘the complete power to pardon’ President Trump went on a Twitter tirade Saturday morning, lashing out at multiple targets, including Obamacare, Hillary Clinton, two newspapers, his own administration and the investigation into whether his campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election. Notably, he announced that “all agree the U. S. President has the complete power to pardon.” The Washington Post reported Friday that, according to a source, Trump has asked his team about “his power to pardon aides, family members and even himself” in connection with the Russia inquiry. Another source told the Post that “Trump’s lawyers have been discussing the president’s pardoning powers among themselves.” Constitutional lawyer Laurence Tribe and two former White House ethics lawyers contended Friday that presidents can’t pardon themselves. Trump’s Saturday Twitter flurry began with an attack against the Post. The paper reported the day before that, according to intelligence intercepts, Attorney General Jeff Sessions discussed campaign issues with Russia’s ambassador. Sessions has repeatedly denied having such discussions with Russian officials. “A new INTELLIGENCE LEAK from the Amazon Washington Post,this time against A.G. Jeff Sessions,” Trump tweeted. “These illegal leaks, like Comey’s, must stop!” (“Amazon” refers to the Post’s owner, Jeff Bezos, who founded the online retail giant.) The commander in chief’s Twitter feed quickly moved on to attack the New York Times. “The Failing New York Times foiled U.S. attempt to kill the single most wanted terrorist,Al-Baghdadi.Their sick agenda over National Security,” wrote Trump, who earlier this week granted the Times a wide-ranging interview. His tweet was apparently referring to a Fox News report on Gen. Tony Thomas’ comments the day before at the Aspen Security Forum. Fox reported that Thomas, who heads the Special Operations Command, said the U.S. military had a “very good lead” in 2015 on Islamic State terror group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. “Unfortunately, it was leaked in a prominent national newspaper about a week later and that lead went dead,” Thomas recalled, according to the report. Those comments seemed to refer to a summer 2015 Times story, in which the paper reported that the U.S. gleaned a trove of information about ISIS from a Delta Force commando raid. “The Pentagon raised no objections with the Times before publishing the story in 2015 and no senior American official ever complained publicly about it until now,” a Times spokesperson told Yahoo News on Saturday, adding that the paper has asked the White House “to clarify the tweet.” Trump’s Saturday Twitter tirade moved on to Clinton, his 2016 foe. The social media missive is striking as it began with a public shot against his Sessions, a longtime Trump loyalist whom he undermined in a recent Times interview. Trump said he wouldn’t have appointed Sessions to his Cabinet if he knew the Alabama lawmaker would recuse himself from the Russia probe. Sessions recused himself in March after the Post revealed that he met twice with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the campaign. In his confirmation hearings, Sessions had insisted he had no such contacts. Since then, he has maintained that he never met with “Russian intermediaries about the Trump campaign.” The Post’s Friday report suggested that also was not true. Trump has repeatedly complained about the Russia probe, which is now overseen by the Justice Department’s special counsel, Robert Mueller, who was named to the investigation after Trump fired James Comey as FBI director. (Trump has misspelled “counsel” in two prior tweets as well.) The president has also repeatedly attempted to deflect the spotlight of the Russia investigation back onto Clinton and her campaign, which was defeated over seven months ago. “My son Donald openly gave his e-mails to the media & authorities whereas Crooked Hillary Clinton deleted (& acid washed) her 33,000 e-mails!” he further exclaimed Saturday. Donald Trump Jr. earlier this month disclosed emails arranging a 2015 meeting with a Kremlin-connected lawyer and others to obtain dirt on the Clinton campaign. Despite the president’s claim, the disclosure came only after the Times was about to publish a story about the emails. And Trump Jr. has repeatedly shifted his story about that meeting. On Saturday, Trump also attacked Democrats and Obamacare, urging Republicans to repeal the law. He further defended his new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, for disparaging him during the campaign. View his his full Saturday-morning tweets in chronological order below. Folks...if he has nothing to hide...why is soooo afraid now?.....well....because Mueller will find out what Donaldof has done...to the details...and then....fireworks of joy!!! He will be a goner.... GO MIKE PENCE 2018 !!!
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    Yesterday, 04:32 PM
    Republicans close to blocking Trump from easing Russia sanctions In a rare show of defiance, Republicans in Congress are coming close to preventing Donald Trump from being able to roll back sanctions against Russia. The White House has sought to change a bill that would toughen sanctions on Moscow for meddling in the 2016 US election. But the Senate's version, which received overwhelming bipartisan support in a 98-2 vote, would also establish a newl review process that would allow Congress to block Mr Trump if he tries to ease sanctions on Moscow. Despite telling reporters that the White House supports new sanctions on Russia, Marc Short, its legislative director, declared that the bill would set “an unusual precedent of delegating foreign policy to 535 members of Congress. It would not include certain national security waivers that have always been consistently part of sanctions bills in the past.” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said the measure would not provide the administration with “flexibility” to deal with the Russian government. But despite the administration’s attempts to defend the legislation, Republican Senator Bob Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has said that changes are “not likely to occur”. Language empowering Congress to block Mr Trump from any attempt to ease or end sanctions “is going to stay in this bill,” Mr Corker told reporters. “And we’ve had very constructive meetings with the House – there’s no attempt whatsoever to move away from” that provision, he added. After passing in the Senate, the legislation appeared to stall in the House of Representatives, worrying some Republicans that the White House’s efforts to water down the legislation were working and could make the US seem soft on Russia. Republican Senator Cory Gardner said his party “put a very firm policy in place” with the passage of the sanctions bill, “that we’d continue to push hard on Russia.” “As long as they continue to violate international law, we are going to continue to use sanctions and every tool at our disposal to push back,” Mr Gardner added. “That’s the firm commitment of the Senate and I believe, soon, the House.” House leaders from both parties are currently negotiating a deal to send the bill back to the Senate in the next few weeks, and Mr Trump now appears likely to not get his way. Even though multiple US intelligence agencies have confirmed that Russia meddled in the election, the President has repeatedly cast doubt on these assertions. Pressed on the issue during a press conference in Poland, Mr Trump said that “nobody really knows for sure” who interfered in the 2016 election, adding: “I think it was Russia and I think it could have been other people countries.”
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    Yesterday, 04:30 PM
    Politics Six months into America's nightmare, how likely is Trump's impeachment? | Richard Wolffe There are only so many possible fates for the president: an early departure, defeat in his re-election bid or a second term. Which will it be? Donald Trump Jr is apparently feeling “miserable” and wants “these four years to be over”, according to People magazine. We feel your pain, Don, we really do. At the six month stage of your father’s presidency, we all want these four years to be over. At least that’s one way President Trump has brought us closer together. Since we have to suffer through this purgatory together, we may as well tally up the toll of the last 180 days – and look forward to how the next 1260 days will end. Like the long term inmates of Alcatraz, we know that escape is a highly risky proposition that is the figment of our shared despair and the subject of some wonderful myth-making. First, let’s look at how far we’ve traveled together. President Trump started his term in office with approval ratings of 45% and equal disapproval ratings. Since then, his approval rating has slumped 8 points and his disapproval rating has hiked 12 points, in Gallup’s presidential tracker. Reporters have written endless stories about the loyalty of Trump voters to their president, but these narratives do not square with the numbers. It’s very hard to get elected, or re-elected, with 37% approval. For some context, it’s worth noting that Barack Obama was 22 points higher at this six-month stage of his presidency, in the middle of the worst recession in living memory. Gerald Ford was languishing at this level at the same stage of his presidency after he pardoned Richard Nixon, who left office in disgrace with 24% approval. At his current pace, Donald Trump will hit Nixon’s departure numbers in another 10 months. Just in time for the congressional elections. But enough of the fake news. What about all those legislative accomplishments? Trump himself has told us that “with the exception of FDR” no president has been as great as he. “There’s never been a president that’s done more in this time,” he told reporters last month. “Who’s passed more legislation, who’s done more things than we’ve done.” If you missed all these historic moments, you weren’t alone. Among Trump’s legislative record is the renaming of the veteran’s outpatient clinic in Pago Pago, American Samoa. He also appointed three people to the board of regents at the Smithsonian. Mere trifles? I think not. Presidential honeymoons come and go, along with congressional majorities. But the Trump legacy has already begun to write itself. Who else could have fundamentally realigned America’s position in the world as quickly as the master builder himself? Global confidence in the US has plummeted 42 points since Trump moved into the Oval Office. Only one country has gained anything like that amount of confidence in Trump’s America at the same time: Russia. In his first six months, Trump has pulled out of the Paris climate agreement, alongside war-torn Syria and the noble state of Nicaragua. Having dismayed most of the world, Trump sent the only man he really trusts – Donald J Trump – on a one-man mission to make friends with the French. This he accomplished by traveling to Paris, shaking hands for a very long time with the French president and admiring his wife’s physique out loud. In Paris, they say Trump’s legacy is a fait accompli. So what if he spooked his Nato allies and cozied up to Vladimir Putin over dinner at the G20 in Hamburg? Conventional politicians do conventional things like nurturing allies and isolating enemies. Trump was elected to blow up that model, if not the rest of the planet. Trump himself has marked this auspicious six-month moment by hosting a panel investigating the fraudulent votes that he suspects undermined his own election. This is once again a presidential first: a sitting president who insists that his own victory was tainted. In fact, the vice-chair of his own panel admits that he doesn’t know for sure if Trump’s votes were above board. Talking of tampering with elections, Trump capped his half-birthday in-office with a doozy of an interview with the New York Times in which he dwelled at length on the Russia investigation that is already undermining his entire presidency. In particular, Trump lamented appointing an attorney general who failed to stop the Russia investigation. Perhaps Jeff Sessions can ask James Comey how to sign a great book deal after getting iced by Trump. The former FBI director will surely have some friendly tips for his old boss. What does the next chapter in the Trump Saga look like? There are only so many possible fates for our president: an early departure, defeat in his re-election bid or a second term. The first scenario hinges on the outcome of the congressional elections next year. The second and third depend entirely on what follows. Early departure is not, like Nixon, going to happen voluntarily. Even in a coerced state, the president shows no sense of shame or expectation of defeat. Trump will need to be impeached and convicted at his impeachment trial, in order to leave office ahead of an election. For impeachment to happen, Democrats need to win back at least the House. So far, the signs look promising: the generic congressional ballot gives Democrats a 14-point lead, which is pretty much what they were polling before they swept both sides of Congress at Bush’s low point in 2006 and Obama’s high point in 2008. Let’s assume the House under Nancy Pelosi cannot help itself with impeachment: there are just too many high crimes and misdemeanors to choose from – too many secret Russian meetings, too many dubious financial arrangements, and too much obstruction of justice. What happens at Trump’s trial in the Senate? Even with Democrats swiping back control of the Senate – against all the odds, given the seats up for election next year – they will never enjoy the two-thirds majority required to remove Trump from office. If you think it was hard for Republicans to vote to repeal and replace Obamacare, you might ask yourself how hard it is for them to repeal and replace Donald Trump. Under the constant attack of impeachment, and unable to pass any meaningful legislation, Trump will likely do what every other impotent president has done: focus on foreign affairs. He will also be sorely tempted to do what no other sane president has done: start a war to make himself look something other than impotent. The provocations are not hard to find if you take Iran and North Korea at their word and ignore all the consequences of military action. Trump is especially expert at failing to see the consequences of his actions. So after another three and a half years of a half-baked war, endless Russia revelations, unethical family business deals and a running Twitter commentary on all things Fox and Friends, President Trump will run for re-election with the national debate entirely focused on his specialist subject: Donald Trump. Should he stay in office when the Senate could not force him out? Is he qualified to remain as president when he has compromised national security with the Russians so many times? Who but Trump could tackle the urgent challenge of the renaming of the main post office in Guam? Anyone can talk about making America great again. Only one man can talk about making Trump great again. That may be his only mission for the next several years of our great national nightmare, but it is one he is uniquely qualified to accept. For Democrats, the challenge is going to be to make the national conversation about something other than one loud, large man who is unhealthily obsessed with himself.
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    Yesterday, 03:17 PM
    Russia will supply a large batch of tanks to Iraq this year, according to the Russian TASS news agency in a report on July 20. The report cited Vladimir Kozhin, the Russian president’s aide for military technical cooperation as stating that the contract was significant and would likely be followed by ‘other deals’. The report stated that the total sum of the contract may exceed $1 billion and will be facilitated through Russia’s Uralvagonzavod Corporation (UVZ), the supplier of the tanks. According to the TASS report, Iraq made the decision to purchase the Russian military hardware following the successful performance of the tanks in Syria. (Source: GardaWorld) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 03:17 PM
    By Ahmed Mousa Jiyad. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Developing Border Oilields and Utilizing Associated Natural Gas: Important Projects, Dubious and Non-Transparent Contracts Information from and about the Ministry of Oil has been published and circulated extensively, in the last few days, *concerning two important subjects or projects, each of which could have immense direct and effective impacts on the Iraqi economy and on the national interest. The first concerns the development of border fields with Iran and Kuwait, and the second is related to utilizing associated natural gas from Nassiriyah and Gharraf oilfields in Thi Qar province. After thorough reviewing all information from the mentioned sources and analyzing what relates to both projects, I made a few remarks, diagnosed some flaws, inaccuracies and inconsistencies, and then proposed some practical suggestions and alternatives that I hope will attract the attention of the Ministry; especially those related to the necessity of utilizing “National Efforts” in developing border fields. The extent and implications of lacking competitiveness and transparency, which consequently lead to questioning the integrity of the contractual process, have also been clearly identified. It should be recalled that the Iraqi Constitution emphasizes two basic principles directly related to these two projects: the first concerns achieving “the highest benefit for the Iraqi people” and the second “using the most advanced techniques of the market principles”. In the light of what was presented and analyzed below, it is clear that the Ministry did not comply with these Constitutional requirements and obligation. The paper discusses the border fields/ blocks first then addresses the utilization of associated gas. Please click here to download the full report. Mr Jiyad is an independent development consultant, scholar and Associate with the former Centre for Global Energy Studies (CGES), London. He was formerly a senior economist with the Iraq National Oil Company and Iraq’s Ministry of Oil, Chief Expert for the Council of Ministers, Director at the Ministry of Trade, and International Specialist with UN organizations in Uganda, Sudan and Jordan. He is now based in Norway (Email: mou-jiya(at)online.no, Skype ID: Ahmed Mousa Jiyad). Read more of Mr Jiyad’s biography here. Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 03:17 PM
    By John Lee. US-based Sallyport Global Holdings has been awarded a six-month service contract for a not-to-exceed amount of $133,864,963, to provide base operations support, life support and security services at Iraq’s Balad Air Base. This contract is expected to be complete by Jan. 30, 2018.* This award is the result of sole-source request by the government of Iraq. (Source: US Dept of Defense) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 03:17 PM
    Ratba’a Contracting Company has just joined the Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC). Ratba’a is an Iraqi Company based in Basra and Baghdad and is owned by Haj Aboud Al Khlaidy & Sons Group. The group works to deliver projects in key sectors such as oil and gas (currently Shell, Petronas and BP are major clients), infrastructure and distinctively, the agricultural technology market for greenhouses. Ossama A. Kadum, Managing Director, explained on a visit to the IBBC Cumberland Lodge weekend retreat that: “Ratba’a are on the look out to collaborate with British companies with strong design and planning expertise and IOC’s for whom Ratba’a can deliver high quality engineering contracts and build projects.” Mr Kadhum’s staff has a high commitment to training, quality assurance and engineering expertise that has enabled the company to prosper and grow through a difficult macro environment. Christophe Michels, MD of IBBC said: “Ratba’s strength in Iraq is their scrupulous adherence to high standards of delivery, which distinguishes them from many local contractors. High standards are something IBBC expects and admires among and for our members. We are very pleased to welcome Ratba’a on board and the value they will add to our members.” (Source: IBBC) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 03:17 PM
    By John Lee. The United Nations has advertised new positions in Iraq: Deputy Team Leader, Save the Children Associate Geospatial, United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Associate Supply Officer, United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Personal Assistant to Representative, United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Field Security Assistant, United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Senior Design and Supervision Engineer, United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) Education Cluster Coordinator, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Human Resources and Administration Manager, Mines Advisory Group (MAG) Psychologist, World Vision Clinical Psychologist, World Vision WAYCS Monitor, World Vision Senior Medical Officer, World Vision Youth Empowerment Project Officer, World Vision (Source: UN) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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