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    Trump & the Saudis?

    Trump admin apparently over Khashoggi killing, will attend Saudi’s ‘Davos in the Desert’ Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin and presidential son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner plan to attend this year’s “Davos in the Desert,” a Saudi Arabian economic conference the US and many others skipped last year after Saudi security agents murdered Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi. https://qz.com/1732135/kushner-and-mnunchin-will-attend-saudis-davos-in-the-desert/ They will be there even though little has been done to prosecute those responsible for the murder. Human Rights Watch said in a recent statement that the Saudis have not seriously investigated the crime and have, in fact, “obstructed meaningful accountability for Khashoggi’s murder.” The government has “refused to cooperate with an investigation led by the UN special rapporteur for extrajudicial killings,” according to the nonprofit, and Saudi authorities continue their “sweeping campaign of repression against dissidents and activists.”
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    Lock Them Up!

    @NPR · 4m Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman are scheduled to be arraigned today in New York on campaign finance charges. The case of these two Rudy Giuliani associates blurs the line between impeachment and a criminal investigation — and it unfolds like a mystery novel. How A Complicated Web Connects 2 Soviet-Born Businessmen With The Impeachment Inquiry "........A company called Global Energy Producers gave $325,000 to America First Action, the superPAC supporting Trump. When Potter and his team started digging into the company that made the contribution, they found that "it was a blank slate." "The company hadn't existed. It had been formed literally a couple weeks before the contribution," Potter recalls. "It had no website, no history of political activity, so you're thinking this is most likely a company created to make this contribution." And that — setting up a shell company to hide a political contribution — is illegal........... .....Parnas and Fruman after they met with Perry's former business partner in March of this year and presented an unusual plan. "What was so troubling was, it was basically the presentation of the intent to take the gas sector back to where it was during the Yanukovych regime," Perry says, referring to former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. A place that was, Perry says, "a heck of a lot more corrupt." One part of the plan that Parnas and Fruman described at the meeting was to replace the head of Ukraine's state gas company. Another part was to replace the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch...... Parnas calls Global Energy Producers an energy company, but it had no visible business, financing or connections to the energy industry. It did, however, have a well-connected ally. "Mayor Giuliani is a very dear friend of mine, yes," Parnas said....... the team of Giuliani, Parnas and Fruman realized at least part of what they set out to do: In May, the Trump administration pulled Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch out of the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv. In Ukraine, anti-corruption groups that worked closely with the U.S. were shocked....... after Fruman and Parnas made the contribution to Texas Republican Rep. Pete Sessions, they lobbied him to help get rid of Ambassador Yovanovitch. After that meeting, Sessions wrote a letter to the State Department about Yovanovitch that said the ambassador expressed "disdain" for the Trump administration....... https://www.npr.org/2019/10/23/771849041/how-a-complicated-web-connects-2-soviet-born-businessmen-with-the-impeachment-in?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=npr&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nprnews
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    @ChrisMurphyCT · 11h Listen, there's now zero doubt what was going on. The texts and testimony make it clear the President was using access to the White House and security aid as leverage to get a foreign nation to help him destroy his political rivals. That's not allowed in a democracy. Ever.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Josh Dawsey @jdawsey1 A statement from WHITE HOUSE after Trump admin pick Bill Taylor testified all day: “President Trump has done nothing wrong — this is a coordinated smear campaign from far-left lawmakers and radical unelected bureaucrats waging war on the Constitution. There was no quid pro quo." ====================== @RepAdamSchiff · 11h Ambassador Taylor went to West Point, served in Vietnam, and left retirement to take this assignment at Secretary Pompeo’s request. Far from being a “radical unelected bureaucrat waging war on the Constitution,” he proved today to be among its most staunch defenders.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Amy Klobuchar @amyklobuchar · 2h To: Republican colleagues From: Everyone else Date: Today Re: Constitutional duties After diplomat Taylor’s testimony you can no longer question whether this happened. The question is if you choose to follow the law or be part of the cover-up. We look forward to a response.
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    Justice in America?

    Proud Boys Maxwell Hare, John Kinsman Sentenced to Four Years for Upper East Side Brawl ".... Hare and Maxwell claimed they fought in self-defense, but security footage obtained by The New York Times revealed that Proud Boys initiated the attack. The footage shows Hare charging at and punching anti-fascists. A cellphone video from after the attack shows Hare and others boasting about attacking a “foreigner.” The Proud Boys have been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Its members have repeatedly pushed white supremacist and misogynistic talking points, as well as endorsed violence against the left. Its current leader, Enrique Tarrio, marched in 2017’s deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The group valorizes street fights, especially against anti-fascists ..... https://www.thedailybeast.com/proud-boys-maxwell-hare-john-kinsman-sentenced-to-four-years-for-upper-east-side-brawl?via=twitter_page
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    Elizabeth Warren Pres. Candidacy.....

    How Warren could pay for 'Medicare for All' The top-tier Democrat — whose motto is that she has a plan for everything — doesn’t have one yet for how to pay for universal health care. ".....Small wonder then that the top-tier Democrat — whose motto is that she has a plan for everything — doesn’t have one yet for how to pay for universal health care. She and other Medicare for All supporters have argued that it doesn't make sense to fixate on costs with basic questions, like how much doctors would earn, still unknown. “You could say ... that we’re spending about $3.5 trillion on health care now and we’re going to move that all onto the federal tab, but I think that’s a little too simplistic,” House Budget Chairman John Yarmuth (D-Ky.), a longtime supporter of single-payer health care, said earlier this year. But with Warren’s primary rivals pressuring her for details, lawmakers, health policy experts and academics say she has several credible options for paying to extend government health insurance to all Americans. Here are some of the taxes, spending cuts and budget shuffling ideas under consideration by experts, and the pros and cons. Tax the rich Warren has already made it clear that wealthy individuals and corporations will be expected to pay up for Medicare for All, but that squeeze could take a number of forms. Raising income taxes on top earners, who are currently taxed at 37 percent, would deliver some revenue. Warren could also introduce a new tax on the richest 0.1 percent of Americans, eliminate itemized deductions for the wealthy or limit other tax breaks — such as scrapping a provision that allows rich investors to pass unrealized gains to heirs tax-free when they die. Warren has already suggested using her proposed wealth tax to fund universal childcare and tuition-free college........ see all: https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/21/elizabeth-warren-medicare-health-care-2020-053778
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    Trump vs Turkey & Kurdish allies....

    @RichardEngel · 12h Deeply upsetting the Kurds of Syria, who fought bravely against ISIS, lost so many -many still injured - now have to hide what they did, as Russia, Turkey and Assad forces will call them 'traitors,' blackmail and extort them. They will have to hide a proud history. Unfair. Wrong,
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    @SethAbramson I'm among those who think this author's anonymity dangerously threatens the book's credibility (as well as what they can share, given that the relation of specific events could reveal their identity). Unless they confess to crimes in the book, I don't get the need for anonymity....... If this person is still working in the administration, I'd say it severely degrades their credibility and any claim of integrity. Note also that advances are merely advances against royalties, so if this author keeps a good chunk of their royalties, they *will* get very rich. https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1186839651778269184
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    Boris

    Carole Cadwalladr @carolecadwalla · 13h And here’s the great @NickCohen4 making similar point. It’s not just Cummings. It’s just a terrible system. https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2019/10/meet-dominic-slack-oxley-the-biggest-source-of-fake-news-in-britain/
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    Boris

    British journalists have become part of Johnson’s fake news machine It’s chilling. From the Mail, The Times to the BBC and ITN, everyone is peddling Downing Street’s lies and smears. They’re turning their readers into dupes. "Number 10 probes Remain MPs’ ‘foreign collusion’.” This huge banner headline dominated the front page of The Mail on Sunday on 29 September. Turn to page 2 and “a senior No 10 source” was quoted in bold type: “The government is working on extensive investigations into Dominic Grieve, Oliver Letwin and Hilary Benn [who tabled the Bill] and their involvement with foreign powers and the funding of their activities...... the Downing Street press office, and asked an official whether there was an investigation as stated in The Mail on Sunday. He told me categorically: “No investigation.” Yesterday a Cabinet Office spokesperson told openDemocracy: "There was never such an investigation." In other words, the Mail on Sunday splash that Downing Street was investigating Grieve, Letwin and Benn was fabrication. Fake News. .......Of course this bogus story fitted like a glove with the dominant Downing Street narrative that the Benn Act – which ruled out a No Deal Brexit – was actually a ‘surrender act’ designed to thwart Brexit altogether. There’s been a lot of this sort of thing over the past two months. Dodgy stories and commentary linked to Downing Street or government sources started to appear in the press and media after Johnson installed his own media team, which was largely drawn from the Vote Leave campaign that won the 2016 Brexit referendum..... ...story was a fabrication. Not Glen Owen’s fabrication. One made up by his Downing Street source. But Owen is not the only prominent political journalist to publish whoppers told to him by a Downing Street or ‘government source’....... This modus operandi, which allow pro-government narratives to enter the public domain unmediated by proper interrogation, has become routine among political reporters since Johnson and his Vote Leave media team entered Downing Street. ..... Boris Johnson’s Downing Street media machine had thus achieved a double success. It had distracted attention away from the real story, namely that No Deal Brexit carried real dangers of economic disruption and civil disorder. And at the same time, it had smeared political opponents... ....the smearing of Philip Hammond is another example of how Boris Johnson’s media operation operates through deceit. How it relies on a compliant media to cooperate with that deceit – even when it knows the allegations are false. There is an implicit deal. In return for access and information (much of it false) the political media spins a pro-government narrative. This means that Johnson’s Downing Street can malign political opponents, lie about them and get away with it. But it can do this only because political journalists and editors allow it to.... BBC manipulated by Downing Street It’s not just the print media which allow themselves to be manipulated by Boris Johnson’s Downing Street..... That may be how Number 10 wants to operate: to allow the prime minister to look statesmanlike while the dodgier tactics emerge from an unnamed source. “But this way of operating does the public a big disservice – it allows Downing Street to get its message out without having to take responsibility for it. “These are not official words. The prime minister does not have to account for them. And there is no way to interrogate the source.”..... The price of privileged access and favourable treatment is turning readers and viewers into dupes ....... there is now clear evidence that the prime minister has debauched Downing Street by using the power of his office to spread propaganda and fake news. British political journalists have got chillingly close to providing the same service to Boris Johnson that Fox News delivers for Donald Trump. https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/opendemocracyuk/british-journalists-have-become-part-of-johnsons-fake-news-machine/
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    George Conway @gtconway3d It’s obviously important for the country that @realDonaldTrump be removed from office for his extraordinary and corrupt abuse of power in the Ukraine/Crackpot Dome scandal. But at some point the investigation needs to be turned over to a fearless and principled prosecutor, ... .. because there are ample indications that statutory crimes, not just impeachable offenses, occurred here.
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    GOP madness Unbound...

    Senate Republicans block two election security bills Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked legislation that would provide funding for states to shore up election security and create more transparency around online advertisements. Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) blocked passage of the Honest Ads Act, sponsored by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), saying work was needed to make the measure more bipartisan. Klobuchar's bill, whose lone GOP co-sponsor is Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), would require online platforms to make “all reasonable efforts” to ensure foreign entities are not buying political ads. It also would require public disclosure of who paid for the ad....... Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) later came to the floor and attempted to pass the Election Security Act, a measure with 40 Democratic co-sponsors that would give states $1 billion for election security efforts and require backup paper ballots. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) blocked its passage, arguing the bill had “more red flags than the Chinese Embassy.” He added that the level of funding was excessive when considering the $380 million appropriated to states last year for election security. “We had no problems in 2018,” Kennedy said,.... Klobuchar's and Durbin's efforts mark the latest attempt by Senate Democrats to pressure their GOP colleagues to allow votes on election security. .......... https://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/466985-senate-republicans-block-two-election-security-bills?fbclid=IwAR2Yt-3rHJ7DXTifgzauZgDRWKAktHg4f7OBpcr6ykQoZAvJa1kyUtdzpYI
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    The Triumph of Donald Trump

    Trump's former generals, from James Mattis to Joseph Votel, sound an unprecedented warning From the beginning of his tenure, the president has given critics plenty of reasons to be excoriated. But we have heard little dissent from warriors — until now. ..... , Mattis is merely the latest in a line of commanding officers who have recently rebuked the president’s decisions. This collective decision to go against such entrenched military traditions should give their warnings even more weight. When the generals are speaking out, something is really wrong. .... When warriors of the caliber of Mattis and McRaven or Votel and Allen publicly reprove the president, citizens may properly conclude that our national security decision-making is truly dysfunctional and that the nation is dangerously at risk. ..... https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/trump-s-former-generals-james-mattis-joseph-votel-sound-unprecedented-ncna1069771?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma
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    Democrats Begin Impeachment of Trump

    Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon @RepMGS . @RepJerryNadler just asked each witness in the @HouseJudiciary hearing on Election Security whether it was appropriate for a president to ask a foreign country to investigate a political opponent. 3/4 witnesses said no. The witness who refused to answer was from DOJ.

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