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    Quote Originally Posted by random new yorker View Post
    a false equivalency

    disinformation (being or not being a CIA invention?) threatens any Democracy - maybe you like the term Propaganda a little better?

    Quote Wiki "[Disinformation is false information spread deliberately to deceive.[1][2][3] The English word disinformation is a translation of the Russian dezinformatsiya,[1][2][3] derived from the title of a KGB black propaganda department.[4] The book Disinformation documents that Joseph Stalin coined the term, giving it a French-sounding name to falsely claim it had a Western origin.[1] ]" unquote
    Perhaps, but this Wikipedia entry is a fine example of why not to rely on Wikipedia. Footnote #1 is to a work entitled " Disinformation: Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom, Attacking Religion, and Promoting Terrorism." And later in the Wikipedia entry it uses the example of a "fake" Soviet pamphlet published in 1980 according to which the US supported apartheid. Which it most certainly did back then, despite a brief verbal interruption under Carter. South Africa was a key US ally during the Cold War, especially close when Kissinger was running the show, and again under Reagan (Bush Sr. realized apartheid was doomed and adjusted US policy appropriately).

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    Quote Originally Posted by random new yorker View Post
    now that POTUS45 has crassly outed is own racism against probably 1/4 of the world population (#dothemath) let's see how Washington and the rest of the planet reacts ..


    President Trump, who referred to Haiti, El Salvador and other countries as “shithole countries” earlier in the day, compared to his more preferable (whiter?) locations like “Norway.”

    Or rather "Normay," as the White House website was still referring to the place yesterday.

    Trump is simply putting into words bipartisan US policy towards Haiti ever since Thomas Jefferson was President. Including under Obama. Letting the cat out of the bag.

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    DEPT. OF TIMING -- CNN'S "MOSCOW" MANU RAJU (@mkraju):"So much for that May 14th start to the Manafort/Gates trial that Mueller wanted. Judge says that's too soon, and trial could start September/October instead, weeks before the midterms, per @kpolantz".


    MUELLER SUBPOENAS BANNON --
    NYT's MIKE SCHMIDT: "Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump's former chief strategist, was subpoenaed last week by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, to testify before a grand jury as part of the investigation into possible links between Mr. Trump's associates and Russia, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.


    "The move marked the first time Mr. Mueller is known to have used a grand jury subpoena to seek information from a member of Mr. Trump's inner circle. The special counsel's office has used subpoenas before to seek information on Mr. Trump's associates and their possible ties to Russia or other foreign governments.


    "The subpoena could be a negotiating tactic. Mr. Mueller is likely to allow Mr. Bannon to forgo the grand jury appearance if he agrees to instead be questioned by investigators in the less formal setting of the special counsel's offices in Washington, according to the person, who would not be named discussing the case. But it was not clear why Mr. Mueller treated Mr. Bannon differently than the dozen administration officials who were interviewed in the final months of last year and were never served with a subpoena.


    "On Tuesday, Mr. Bannon testified behind closed doors before the House Intelligence Committee, which is also investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and ties between the Trump campaign and Russia." http://nyti.ms/2EMxavK
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    On Tuesday during testimony before the US Senate, the Sec of Homeland Security who had been in the room when Donny made his sh1thole comments, and was taking heat on the matter, said she could not confirm that Norway is a mostly white country. You might think that is something any US Sec. DHS should or would know. If so, you'll be doubly surprised to learn that her name Kirstjen Nielsen, a Danish name.


    Claims are being made tonight that the WH through invoking a very broad claim of Executive Privilege has effectively put a gag order on Steve Bannon, at least as it relates to testimony to Congress. This is surprising particularly because Bannon was effusive in his comments in the recent book. Most legal scholars think that such a broad claim will fail.
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    Finished reading the Fire and Fury book, I found it very tabloidy. However the message is clear, Trump is unstable and chaos reigns. The closing chapter claims that Bannon plans on a presidential run, I wonder has he reevaluated this given recent events.
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    T'intertubes having great craic tonight over the claims by Dr Ronny that Trump is

    a) 6'3" and
    b) 239lbs / 108kg

    Both of which conveniently place him just a sliver under the BMI "obese" category LOL

    In an act of somewhat inspired genius, the people lampooning this obviously absurd lie are calling themselves the "Girther Movement"

    https://twitter.com/hashtag/GirtherM...or-trump-to-be

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sidewinder View Post
    T'intertubes having great craic tonight over the claims by Dr Ronny that Trump is

    a) 6'3" and
    b) 239lbs / 108kg

    Both of which conveniently place him just a sliver under the BMI "obese" category LOL

    In an act of somewhat inspired genius, the people lampooning this obviously absurd lie are calling themselves the "Girther Movement"

    https://twitter.com/hashtag/GirtherM...or-trump-to-be
    That's funny. 10/12 years ago I passed Trump in the doorway of a Capitol Hill restaurant. At most, he's 6.1

    "But he did say that Mr. Trump's weight is 239 pounds and that he is too sedentary. His cholesterol is too high, despite taking medicine to lower it, and Dr. Jackson said Mr. Trump would be increasing the 10-milligram dosage of Crestor to better control it. At 6 feet 3 inches tall, Mr. Trump has a body mass index of 29.9, which is just shy of officially being obese. A New York driver's license issued in 2012 listed him as 6 feet 2 inches tall, which would put him just into the obese category." http://nyti.ms/2rhzPLZ .
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    Steve Bannon, who was inside the White House when FBI Director James Comey was fired and has strong opinions about what happened, "intends to fully cooperate with Mueller," according to a source familiar with Bannon's thinking.

    • The source told Axios' Jonathan Swan that the White House has placed zero restrictions on Bannon talking to special counsel Bob Mueller: "He can say whatever the hell he wants to say to him about whatever topic that he wants."
    • By contrast, Bannon is holding back from Congress.
    • Last week, according to the source, Bannon's counsel informed the staff of the House Intelligence Committee, where the former top aide to President Trump appeared yesterday, that the White House was unlikely to permit him to talk about his work in the transition and the West Wing.
    • The grounds: executive privilege. However, White House lawyers say that executive privilege would not be waived by talking to Mueller, since he is within the executive branch.
    • Mueller subpoenaed Bannon last week to testify before a grand jury, per the N.Y. Times: "The move marked the first time Mr. Mueller is known to have used a grand jury subpoena to seek information from a member of Mr. Trump’s inner circle."

    The House Intelligence Committee refused to accept Bannon's objection, and served him with a subpoena on the spot:

    • Bannon spent 11 hours on Capitol Hill yesterday, NBC reports.
    • The source told Swan that White House lawyers continued to instruct Bannon not to answer questions, until they have an agreement with the committee about the scope of questions.
    • The source, using a colorful metaphor to emphasize Bannon will cooperate with Mueller, said: "So the idea that Bannon is trying to hide anything: You're scared of throwing meat to the kitten, but you're fine with throwing it to the tiger?"
    • Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the committee's top Democrat, said on Capitol Hill last evening, in a clip aired by MSNBC: "This was effectively a gag order by the White House."
    • The committee asked Bannon's lawyer, Bill Burck, to confer right then with the White House about its assertion of executive privilege. Burck is dealing with the White House lawyer who is negotiating with congressional committees, Uttam Dhillon.
    • The committee has called Bannon back, but the source doesn't expect White House lawyers to change their minds: "It would be hard for them to sustain publicly if they were just hiding this information. But they're giving it to Mueller."

    A source with direct knowledge told Swan:

    • The one thing that has united Democrats and Republicans on the committee has been their outrage that Mueller gets to hear information that they don't.
    • Burck spent long periods explaining executive privilege to the committee and staff.
    • Bannon was at the committee until after 8 p.m.
    • Burck, following White House instructions, would only allow Bannon to talk about the campaign. Bannon answered every question about the campaign, the source said.
    • There were lots of mentions of the Michael Wolff book, and lots of loathing of Bannon in the room: "Everybody seemed to hate him — both sides. He had no friends in that room. ... [H]e was in a room full of enemies."






    What happens when Trump testifies
    AP "reviewed hundreds of pages of depositions taken of Trump in the past decade":

    • "The transcripts reveal a witness who is by turns voluble, giving expansive answers far beyond the questions asked; boastful, using unrelated queries to expound on his wealth or popularity; unapologetic, swift to defend incendiary comments or criticized actions; and occasionally combative, once deriding a lawyer for 'very stupid' questions."
    • Why it matters: "The garrulous style belies the 'just the facts, ma’am' approach many defense lawyers advocate."



    BACK ON THE HILL -- "Lawmakers vow to force answers from Bannon in Russia probe after he defies subpoena," by Kyle Cheney: "Lawmakers investigating Russian election interference vowed Tuesday to force answers from Steve Bannon after the former senior strategist to President Donald Trump stonewalled their inquiries -- even after the committee issued bipartisan subpoena. Lawmakers in both parties attributed Bannon's silence to the White House, which they said told him to refuse to discuss his time in the West Wing or on Trump's transition team. Bannon's refusal to speak clearly angered lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee, who vowed to make him speak.
    "'We're going to get answers from Mr. Bannon,' said Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas), the top Republican on the committee's probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Tensions flared early in the proceedings when Bannon informed the committee that he was refusing to answer any questions about his time in the White House or on the post-election transition, infuriating Democrats and Republicans on the panel, who subpoenaed him on the spot, according to a source familiar with the interview." http://politi.co/2DhTBfZ
    -- "Corey Lewandowski Lawyers Up for Russia Probe," by the Daily Beast's Betsy Woodruff: "The Daily Beast has learned that Peter Chavkin, of Mintz Levin, is representing Lewandowski for purposes of the Russia investigations. ... Chavkin has significant experience representing people with messy legal situations. His law-firm bio says he's represented Ruth Madoff for years, and also represented two investors in the disastrous Fyre Festival." http://thebea.st/2DqPAp7

    I think D's have wisely accepted that fighting one celebrity, with another celebrity is not the answer......

    NEW POLITICO/MORNING CONSULT POLL -- "Oprah 2020 gets low ratings from voters," bySteven Shepard: http://politi.co/2rbJT9i


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    THE LATEST ON RUSSIA -- "Newly Uncovered Russian Payments Are A Focus Of Election Investigation," by BuzzFeed News' Jason Leopold and Anthony Cormier: "Officials investigating the Kremlin's interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election are scrutinizing newly uncovered financial transactions between the Russian government and people or businesses inside the United States. Records exclusively reviewed by BuzzFeed News also show years of Russian financial activity within the U.S. that bankers and federal law enforcement officials deemed suspicious, raising concerns about how the Kremlin's diplomats operated here long before the 2016 election.


    "Special counsel Robert Mueller's team, charged with investigating Russian election interference and possible collusion by the Trump campaign, is examining these transactions and others by Russian diplomatic personnel, according to a US official with knowledge of the inquiry. ...


    "The transactions reveal: One of the people at the center of the investigation, the former Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak, received $120,000 ten days after the election of Donald Trump. Bankers flagged it to the U.S. government as suspicious in part because the transaction, marked payroll, didn't fit prior pay patterns. ... Five days after Trump's inauguration, someone attempted to withdraw $150,000 cash from the embassy's account -- but the embassy's bank blocked it. Bank employees reported the attempted transaction to the US government because it was abnormal activity for that account." http://bzfd.it/2EPnGA4



    Perfect storm builds against Republicans in California
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — If Democrats are to reclaim the majority in the House of Representatives this year, they will almost certainly do so with the help of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s home state, where multiple favorable waves are building.

    Almost a third of the House districts that elected a Republican but voted for Hillary Clinton for president in 2016 are in California. Almost all of those districts have seen explosive demographic growth that benefits Democrats.
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    Trump's most dangerous man
    Steve Bannon made one conspicuous slip up in his closed-door hearing on Tuesday with the House Intelligence Committee, Axios' Jonathan Swan reports, citing four sources with direct knowledge of the confidential proceedings.

    • The big thing: Bannon admitted that he'd had conversations with Reince Priebus, Sean Spicer and legal spokesman Mark Corallo about Don Junior's infamous meeting with the Russians in Trump Tower in June 2016.
    • Why it matters: The meeting — and the subsequent drafting of a misleading statement on Air Force One — has become one of the most important focal points of the Russia investigations, both on Capitol Hill and within Robert Mueller's team, because it provides the closest thing that exists to evidence that the Trump campaign was willing to entertain collusion with Russians.
    • Be smart: Bannon instantly becomes Trump’s most dangerous man. Other campaign or White House alumni want/need to preserve ties or access to Trump. But Bannon has already burned every bridge to the White House, and now has zero attachments to Trump’s inner circle. Bannon saw and knows a lot, and his team has signaled he’s willing to completely unburden himself, and tell Mueller anything he's asked.

    Go deeper: It's worth reading Swan's details in full
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    THE LATEST ON RUSSIA -- "FBI investigating whether Russian money went to NRA to help Trump," by Peter Stone and Greg Gordon in McClatchy: "The FBI is investigating whether a top Russian banker with ties to the Kremlin illegally funneled money to the National Rifle Association to help Donald Trump win the presidency, two sources familiar with the matter have told McClatchy. FBI counterintelligence investigators have focused on the activities of Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of Russia's central bank who is known for his close relationships with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and the NRA, the sources said. ...
    "It's unclear how long the Torshin inquiry has been ongoing ... The extent to which the FBI has evidence of money flowing from Torshin to the NRA, or of the NRA's participation in the transfer of funds, could not be learned." http://bit.ly/2FRIg46
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    FUNNELLING THE MONEY -- "Trump Lawyer Used Private Company, Pseudonyms to Pay Porn Star 'Stormy Daniels,'" by WSJ's Joe Palazzolo and Michael Rothfeld: "President Donald Trump's lawyer used a private Delaware company to pay a former adult-film star $130,000 in return for her agreeing to not publicly discuss an alleged sexual encounter with Mr. Trump, according to corporate records and people familiar with the matter. The lawyer, Michael Cohen, established Essential Consultants LLC, on Oct. 17, 2016, just before the 2016 presidential election, corporate documents show. Mr. Cohen, who is based in New York, then used a bank account linked to the entity to send the payment to the client-trust account of a lawyer representing the woman, Stephanie Clifford." http://on.wsj.com/2DfNTar








    THE RUSSIA REPORT -- "Trump Ordered Bannon to Limit Testimony," by Murray Waas in Foreign Policy: "President Donald Trump personally made the decision to curtail the testimony of former chief White House political strategist Steve Bannon before the House Intelligence Committee, according to two people with firsthand knowledge of the matter. Trump acted to limit Bannon's testimony based on legal advice provided by Uttam Dhillon, a deputy White House counsel, who concluded that the administration might have legitimate executive privilege claims to restrict testimony by Bannon and other current and former aides to the president ... But Dhillon has also concluded that Bannon and other current and former Trump administration officials do not have legitimate claims to executive privilege when it comes to providing information or testimony to special counsel Robert Mueller." http://bit.ly/2DjRPqM


    -- "Schiff, White House clash over Hope Hicks testimony in Russia probe," by Kyle Cheney: "The House intelligence committee's top Democrat is accusing the White House of trying to pull the plug on an appearance by White House communications director Hope Hicks -- even as committee Republicans and the White House say he's out of line. After the abrupt cancellation of an interview with Hicks, a longtime aide to President Donald Trump, Rep. Adam Schiff issued a statement Thursday evening accusing the White House of trying to keep her from talking to the committee.


    "'The Administration canceled entirely an interview scheduled for Friday with another key witness in our investigation,' Schiff said of Hicks in a statement. 'If that interview has been rescheduled, the date has not yet been shared with the Minority.' His statement was met with a sharp rebuttal from the White House -- an official said he was 'not telling the truth' -- and committee Republicans affirmed that it was them, not the administration, who decided to reschedule Hicks' appearance." http://politi.co/2DMo96F


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    Still no word of peace talks in the Holy lands then.. Typical Trump tripe. Doubt if he commands the respect to fulfill that anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trow View Post
    Still no word of peace talks in the Holy lands then.. Typical Trump tripe. Doubt if he commands the respect to fulfill that anyway.
    SCOTUS agreed today to hear Trump's travel ban case, and issue a decision by June. This will likely include a tough examination of the powers of the President.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sidewinder View Post
    T'intertubes having great craic tonight over the claims by Dr Ronny that Trump is

    a) 6'3" and
    b) 239lbs / 108kg

    Both of which conveniently place him just a sliver under the BMI "obese" category LOL

    In an act of somewhat inspired genius, the people lampooning this obviously absurd lie are calling themselves the "Girther Movement"

    https://twitter.com/hashtag/GirtherM...or-trump-to-be
    HA HA H AH A .. this is absolutely hilarious !!!
    honestly i have to sign up with twitter one of these days.. (afraid i'd waste too much time there tho)

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