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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Trump allies jolt into action to deflect Ukraine-whistleblower scandal It's a familiar response when controversy seems to imperil Trump’s presidency. ".....To the president’s defenders, it’s just another case of media bias and an angry anti-Trump cabal inside the government lashing out — what’s the whistleblower’s agenda? And so what if the president pressured foreign leaders to root out potential corruption? “It looks to me like another deep state attack,” Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), a top Trump booster, said Friday morning on Fox News. “We have seen this over and over and over in this administration from anonymous sources deep inside the bureaucracy.” Yes, we’ve been here before. Almost every time a controversy emerges that seemingly imperils Trump’s presidency, the same playbook unfolds. Amid angry calls for impeachment, Trump’s allies largely sidestep a debate over the event itself, cast blame elsewhere and start rationalizing the president’s behavior.... the president told his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, that relations with the U.S. would improve only if Zelensky ordered an investigation into the Bidens. ... Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, to get to the bottom of questions surrounding whether Biden, when he was vice president in the Obama administration protected his son from a probe of his ties to a Ukrainian gas company — allegations that have never been substantiated. ....... Biden on Friday blasted the “clear-cut corruption” at play and called on Trump to immediately release the transcript of the call in question and allow the whistleblower notification to be sent to Congress. ..... even if the whistleblower had just been disputing a policy, the inspector general would’ve taken that, reviewed it, and not raised it to the level of urgent concern.” ....... the inspector general is now “between a rock and a hard place.” If he went straight to Congress with the substance of the complaint, he could be fired. “But he still needs to retain his independence,” McCullough said. “It’s a completely unprecedented situation.” .... Whistleblower protection laws allow officials to go straight to the congressional intelligence committees, but once the director of National Intelligence steps in — as acting director Joseph Maguire did — that option is essentially nullified. Those laws are also meant to protect the whistleblower’s or her identity and prevent reprisals. ...... “If the president does not allow the whistleblower complaint against him to be turned over to Congress, we will add it to the articles of impeachment,” said Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), a member of Democratic leadership who sits on the Judiciary Committee. But Democrats have also struggled to use former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation to build public support for impeachment, and the party’s senior leaders — most notably, Speaker Nancy Pelosi — continue to resist it. Some Democrats argue the whistleblower saga could mark a turning point.....
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    The Triumph of Donald Trump

    julianzelizer @julianzelizer · 8h At the same time the whistleblower story fuels the pressure for impeachment, it is also keeps the discredited Biden/Ukraine allegation circulating in the media ecosystem. The dynamic brings back memories of how the Clinton email story unfolded in 2016.
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    The Triumph of Donald Trump

    Ben Rhodes @brhodes · 8h Why would anyone think Trump isn't soliciting help for his campaign from other foreign governments? Why would he think there's any check on his multiple impeachable offenses if impeachment is constantly taken off the table?
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    The Triumph of Donald Trump

    Seth Abramson @SethAbramson · 1h I'm not just sick of the presidential crimes, but their transparency. Trump has a history of using his lawyers to commit crimes for him—on the presumption they can't testify against him. He did it again here: shaking down a foreign power using his lawyer as a criminal instrument....... 2/ But the part that's truly crazy, and I know astonishes criminal lawyers the nation over, is that all of the principals have either confessed to the crimes, confessed to intent to commit the crimes, or accused *other* people of the same conduct and called the conduct criminal....... 5. Every day I meet people who would rather America burn than they miss a single chance to snark someone on social media who over-sincerely thinks we're in a national emergency . I meet folks who say they care but get upset if a national crisis causes them *any* inconvenience.... / Either this is a nation that only cares about criminal activity when it's a poor, unknown, or defenseless person, or we care about criminal activity whenever/wherever we find it, and particularly when people with privilege and power use those things to harm others and America..... see:
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    Democrats Begin Impeachment of Trump

    Ted Lieu @tedlieu · 19h Inherent contempt allows Congress to fine individuals. Would this be litigated like everything else? Yes, but the litigants take the risk that if they lose, they will be financially liable. That is a powerful deterrent to force @realDonaldTrump officials to comply with the law. ================================ & JUST DO IT! Wadda they afraid of? at least try & show they're serious & NOT hypocritical Wimps!
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    yes, climate change is a fact

    so it's "OMG!...they're gonna take away all the Gasoline & Plastics"..... just as realistic as "Look out..... they're gonna take away your GUNS!!" & let's not forget the 'hordes of caravans of gangs, drug dealers & rapists'.... all fear-mongering
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    "Storm Area 51"

    STORM AREA 51 - ".......Many conspiracy theorists have long believed that the government holds secret information about extraterrestrial life at Area 51. They have also alleged the area to have been the site of frequent UFO sightings. They also allege the area to have been the site of frequent UFO sightings. More than 400,000 people have signed up to “storm Area 51” through a Facebook event page. More than 450,000 others have also indicated interest in the event. “We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry,” the event description reads. “If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Lets see them aliens.” As of Saturday afternoon, the event remains scheduled to take place on Sept. 20 at Area 51.
  8. US sends missile system and ship to Middle East as Iran tensions escalate The military ship USS Arlington - which transports amphibious vehicles and aircraft - will join the USS Abraham Lincoln in the Gulf, officials say. US B-52 bombers have also arrived at a base in Qatar, the Pentagon said. It said the moves were a response to threats of possible operations against US forces in the region by Iran. The US has given little information about the exact nature of the reported threat, which Iran has dismissed as nonsense, describing the deployments as "psychological warfare" aimed at intimidating the country. Iran nuclear crisis in 300 words Nuclear deal - all you need to know
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    TCM Premieres

    fri., 9-20 for TCM Spotlight: college football..... 12:15 AM B/W - 92 m TV-G Return to Campus (1975) Synopsis: the fictional story of a 55-year-old widower named Hal Norman who returns to OSU to get his diploma and fulfill his dream of rejoining the college football team as a specialty place kicker. Dir: Harold Cornsweet Cast: Earl Keyes , Ray Troha , Al Raymond . see:
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    TCM Premieres

    Wed., 4-9 under "Fan Programmers" (picked by Glenn Taranto) 12:00 AM (times ET) 93 min war Went the Day Well? (1942) An English village is occupied by disguised German paratroopers as an advance post for a planned invasion. Dir: [Alberto] Cavalcanti LEONARD MALTIN REVIEW: D: Alberto Cavalcanti. Cast: Leslie Banks, Elizabeth Allan, Frank Lawton, Mervyn Johns, Basil Sydney, David Farrar, Marie Lohr, C.V. France, Thora Hird. "Wartime melodrama laced with humor about Germans invading a rural British community. Too sly and well written to be dismissed as mere propaganda; a most intriguing time capsule. Screenplay by John Dighton, Angus MacPhail, and Diana Morgan from a Graham Greene story. And remember: this story, told as a flashback at the end of WW2, was actually made at its peak, when the outcome was far from certain." Article here:
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    Iran tensions escalate

    Yasmeen Sami Alamiri @Yalamiri · 4m Pentagon just announced that they are sending an unspecified number of U.S. troops to Saudi Arabia, and the UAE following attacks on KSA oil last weekend. Sec Def Esper says the move is just a "first step." Here, I outline what the U.S. is actually obligated to do to defend KSA. Amid Iran tensions, what are U.S. obligations to Saudi Arabia? ......“The Saudis would like the Americans to fight Iran for them,” Bruce Riedel, a senior fellow on foreign policy at the Brookings Institution, told PBS NewsHour. The Trump administration has several reasons to feel inclined to play nice with the Saudis, he added. “Trump has hoped Saudi Arabia would buy tens of billions of dollars in American weapons — they have not — and sell his ‘peace plan’ to the Arabs — they have not.” Add to Trump’s aspirations the fact that the U.S. is one of the top importers of Saudi oil. The attack over the weekend knocked out nearly 6 percent of global oil supplies.... “There is no plausible legal justification for a broad U.S. response, especially given the factual uncertainties here,” said Harold Hongju Koh, an international law professor ......
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    The Evolution of #MeToo

    NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt @NBCNightlyNews · 45m The New England Patriots have released Antonio Brown after just 1 game amid sexual assault allegations:
  13. Biden blasts Trump, demands he release transcript of call with foreign leader "If these reports are true, then there is truly no bottom to President Trump’s willingness to abuse his power and abase our country. This behavior is particularly abhorrent because it exploits the foreign policy of our country and undermines our national security for political purposes," Biden said in the statement. "It means that he used the power and resources of the United States to pressure a sovereign nation—a partner that is still under direct assault from Russia—pushing Ukraine to subvert the rule of law in the express hope of extracting a political favor," he added.......... Biden said: "Such clear-cut corruption damages and diminishes our institutions of government by making them tools of a personal political vendetta." "At minimum, Donald Trump should immediately release the transcript of the call in question, so that the American people can judge for themselves, and direct the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to stop stonewalling and release the whistleblower notification to the Congress."...
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Annual complaints to intel watchdog hotline have more than doubled since Trump took office According to public records, the hotline received 563 contacts last year, and numbers for the latest fiscal year are on pace to be even higher.
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    evidently SOMEone owned a 'CAT FROM HELL'......
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    The Triumph of Donald Trump

    PoliticusUSA @politicususa · 7h The Trump farmer bailout is now twice as big as the Obama auto bailout and the same Republicans who criticized Obama are saying nothing to Trump. via @politicususa
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    Lock Them Up!

    Ted Lieu @tedlieu · 3m This summer @realDonaldTrump held up critical security aid to Ukraine. That move seems much more nefarious in light of the #WhistleblowerComplaint. #UkraineGate
  18. TCM Underground @TCMUnderground · 6h Tonight! A double feature of our king Paul Bartel featuring the premiere of EATING RAOUL (1982) at 2:15 am east / 11:15 pm west followed by PRIVATE PARTS (1972) at 3:45 am!
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    Justice in America?

    Rep. Barbara Lee @RepBarbaraLee · 5h Forced arbitration isn't alternative justice, but it is: Immunity from accountability Rigged by design, allowing the company to pick arbitrator Held in secret Forced arbitration signs away your constitutional rights. #FAIRAct gets it back ================================================ Lawmakers want to give Americans back their right to sue companies The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee on Tuesday afternoon passed a bipartisan bill, the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act, that would end forced arbitration. Experts say they expect the legislation to pass in the full House as well. A recent academic study found that 81 of the biggest 100 companies in America have put legal clauses in the fine print of their customer agreements that bar consumers from suing them in federal court and instead force victims to pursue a private dispute resolution method called arbitration, where they argue their case outside of the court system.......
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    Justice in America?

    Texas Tribune‏Verified account @TexasTribune Feb 16 75% of people in Texas jails have not been convicted of any crime. Many can’t afford bail. Those defendants sit in jail, waiting, while others who can pay go free. #txlege ====================================== Courts have called Texas bail practices unconstitutional. Will that push this year's reform efforts to success? Two years after a bail reform bill died in the Legislature, new bail legislation has other factors working in its favor. "........To illustrate what he considers a flawed system, he cited the case of a grandmother who was kept in jail for about two months on a $150,000 bond after allegedly shoplifting $105 worth of clothes for her grandchildren. The bipartisan legislation filed Monday aims to help poor, low-level defendants get out of jail on free bonds and keep in jail those thought to be flight risks or threats to public safety. The proposed risk-assessment tool would have to be used within two days of arrest to help judges determine the defendant’s level of risk based on criminal history, not just the current offense. The bills are similar to last session’s, when legislation passed the Senate but died before reaching the House floor. Whitmire blamed his 2017 bill’s failure on the powerful bail bond industry,.............
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    "Storm Area 51"

    Revelers reach gates of Area 51 then peacefully rejoin party By KEN RITTERan hour ago HIKO, Nev. (AP) — Hundreds of curious Earthlings from around the world traveled to the secret Area 51 military base in the Nevada desert after seeing an internet hoax dubbed “Storm Area 51.” About 100 made it all the way to the gates of the remote site that has long been the focus of UFO conspiracy theories. A Canadian was cited for indecent exposure, but nobody broke down the gates in search of three-eyed aliens and no UFOs appeared in the sky.......
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    Amazon forest wildfires...

    Ali Gharib @Ali_Gharib · 7h More bad news for the Amazon. During the dictatorship, the military had big plans for "developing" the Amazon — really industrializing and colonizing it. Now, with an ally in Bolsonaro, the military is making another push, ------------------------------------------ " Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is planning to push industrialization and development in the interior of the country’s Amazon basin. It is far from a new project. For more than a century, a series of Brazilian governments have sought to move into the country’s interior, developing — or, to be more precise, colonizing — the Amazon. From the populist president-turned-dictator who made one of the early industrial pushes into the forest in the 1930s to the military dictatorship that ruled the country for two decades from 1964 until 1985, the justifications have largely been the same — economic gain and geopolitical paranoia — as were the often poor results. ......
  23. Five things to know about the Amazon rainforest fires Experts warn it could thwart major environmental goals Nearly 200 nations in 2016 signed the Paris agreement to combat climate change. As part of the pact, countries pledged to cap global warming at “well below” 3.6 degrees before the end of the century. But maintaining that goal may become nearly impossible due to a rise in deforestation and wildfires, as well as changing weather patterns, in the Amazon...... Spotlight is on Bolsonaro Bolsonaro, who once said that Brazil's environmental policies were "suffocating" its economy, took office pledging to open up the Amazon rainforest to business development. He reportedly cut the main environmental agency’s budget by 24 percent, and has expressed plans to allow the mining of protected indigenous reserves......... The Amazon is home to a diverse ecosystem Deforestation and climate change pose a threat to the millions of species of plants and animals that live in the region and could lead to a 58 percent decline in Amazon tree species richness by 2050, according to a study by Nature Climate Change.... The fires are prompting a global response The devastation from the fires prompted a range of responses from politicians around the world. French President Emmanuel Macron, whose country is hosting this weekend's Group of Seven summit of world leaders, called on nations to address what he branded as an emergency......
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Jim Acosta @Acosta · 7h Trump in Oval described whistleblower as “partisan” but adds “I do not know the identity of the whistleblower.” (Per WH pool)
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Trump administration says joint UNC, Duke program portrays Islam too positively The Trump administration is pressuring the University of North Carolina and Duke University to revise their joint Middle East studies program or risk federal funding. The Education Department wrote in an Aug. 29 letter to the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies that the program disproportionately portrays "the positive aspects of Islam." The agency requested they amend the program by Sept. 22 or lose a grant they've been receiving for almost a decade, The Associated Press reported.

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