21 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-5-18

  1. Oh look, more colluding with foreign entities by the Obama admin.

    Billionaire Soros thanks you for your tax dollars.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/04/04/obama-state-dept-used-taxpayer-dollars-to-fund-george-soros-groups-political-activities-in-albania-watchdog-group-says.html

    “The Obama administration sent U.S. taxpayer funds to a group backed by billionaire George Soros to fund left-wing activities in Albania, a conservative watchdog group says.

    The group, Judicial Watch, obtained 32 pages of records from the Justice Department this week through a May 2017 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID.)

    The new documents show USAID funds were sent through the agency’s Civil Society Project to back Soros’ left-wing “East West Management Institute” through USAID’s “Justice for All” campaign. USAID provided $8.8 million in 2016 to that campaign.

    The Justice for All Project was designed to strengthen the effectiveness and transparency of the courts in Albania. The project aimed to increase citizens’ trust in the judiciary and a more efficient judicial system, according to USAID.

    Judicial Watch said ,though, that money was used specifically to give the Albanian socialist government greater control of the judiciary system.

    “The Obama administration quietly spent at least $9 million in U.S. taxpayers’ dollars in direct collusion with left-wing billionaire George Soros’ backing of a socialist government in Albania,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement Wednesday. “It is particularly outrageous that the State Department allowed the Soros operation to help direct taxpayer funds to other groups.”

    A USAID official told Fox News on Wednesday that the agency did not, however, provide grants to Soros’ Open Society Foundation in Albania.

    But Judicial Watch said the records revealed that the State Department gave Soros’ Open Society Foundation “direct input” for its own program funding reviews in Albania.”

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  2. Time to play hardball with those hiding evidence of their crimes.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/threatening-legal-fight-nunes-demands-document-that-kicked-off-fbi-trump-russia-probe

    “House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., has sent a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray demanding an uncensored copy of the document the bureau used to formally begin its investigation into alleged collusion between Russia and Trump’s presidential campaign.

    The originating document has been the subject of much controversy. After some Republicans alleged that the FBI used never-verified parts of the Trump dossier as part of its reason to begin the investigation in July 2016, some “current and former” officials leaked to the New York Times that no, it was the case of George Papadopoulos, reported to U.S. authorities by foreign intelligence agents, that prompted the FBI investigation.”
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    “Citing the subpoena from last August, Nunes directs Rosenstein and Wray to produce “an unredacted version of the EC” to the committee by April 11. “Be advised that failure to comply in a satisfactory manner will result in the committee pursuing all appropriate legal remedies, including seeking civil enforcement of the August 24 subpoenas in federal district court.”

    The letter, and the demands, are following a now-familiar pattern: Hill Republicans demand information on the Trump-Russia investigation, and the FBI and Justice Department don’t give it to them. Many deadlines have been set and ignored; the question now is whether this is just another one.”

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  3. Mueller’s got nothing.

    From your link.

    “The publication also reported on Tuesday that Mueller told Trump’s lawyers last month that he does not consider the president to be a criminal target at this point in his probe.”

    So there’s no need for Trump to even give him the time of day.

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  4. Meanwhile, down in Florida this weird Cuban Trumper Javier Manjarres is falsely claiming that the skinny kid David Hogg is supporting his run for Congress.

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  5. It is interesting to watch Trump heap praise on Rosenstein at the time of Comey’s firing and brag about the “fantastic” Director he would appoint to replace Comey. Unfortunately, when Rosenstein, Cox and other law enforcement personnel began to do their jobs, they incurred the wrath of Trump, foolish stooges like Nunes and the rest of the cult. The attack on law enforcement will be a lasting stain on the Republican Party that will endure long after much of Trump’s idiocy is forgotten.

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  6. Oh please Ricky, enough with the drama queen act. The stain is on law enforcement, but they put it on themselves thru their own, in many cases, illegal actions. They’re responsible, and only they can fix it. The first step in that is to admit to their misdeeds, which they haven’t done yet.

    Every one of the names you mentioned is dirty, by their own acts. But as usual, you blame their victim.

    I will agree there is a stain on the GOP though. It’s the stain of disloyal Never-Trumpers, but sadly that stain won’t be removed either, because the party lacks the stones necessary to do so, so you’re safe. But remember, a unified party will be a thing of the past. You Never-Trumpers built that, so enjoy the consequences.

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  7. ‘Christian privilege: The Next Frontier” ?

    From a powerline blog post

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/04/christian-privilege-the-next-frontier.php

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    … I tried to apply a light touch to this post, probably because it’s so difficult for me to take the whole “privilege” industry seriously. But Christianity is under assault by the American left, especially on college campuses.

    For example, I’m told that Evangelical groups have been shut out of campus life for their “discriminatory views,” e.g., their refusal to elevate to officers people who are sexually active outside of marriage. Christian privilege on campus these days consists, I suspect, of the privilege of being mocked.

    The campaign to educate students about “Christian privilege” is the tip of a very sharp spear.
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  8. Keep digging.

    http://dailycaller.com/2018/04/04/john-brennan-harry-reid-russia/

    “A book published in March offered a startling but little-noticed revelation about former CIA Director John Brennan. According to “Russian Roulette,” Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid believed Brennan was using him as a conduit to publicize possible links between Trump campaign associates and the Russian government.

    Brennan’s contacts with Reid — and other activities during the 2016 presidential campaign — are of “significant” interest to congressional investigators trying to figure out the ex-spy’s early role in the Russia investigation, The Daily Caller News Foundation is told.

    “By his own account, Brennan played a prominent role in starting the investigation of Trump’s team,” a congressional source with direct knowledge of the House of Representatives’ Russia investigations tells TheDCNF.

    “Investigators in Congress suspect there are important details about his role that he hasn’t revealed, and we’re trying to get to the bottom of it.”

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  9. Huh, well looky here….

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/trudeau-sees-high-chance-nafta-deal-us-mexico-144446247.html

    “Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signalled Thursday he saw a strong chance of reaching a deal with the US and Mexico to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement.

    “We have a high chance of reaching a win-win-win deal for Canada, the United States and Mexico,” Trudeau told reporters.

    “With the pressures of the elections in Mexico, and the US elections, if we could announce something at the Summit of the Americas, that would be great,” he added, in reference to the April 13-14 gathering of regional leaders in Peru.

    Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland headed to Washington to meet with her counterpart, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, who on Wednesday met with Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo, to try to reach an agreement in principle on NAFTA.

    The trio are to get together for a working dinner Thursday evening, according to public broadcaster CBC, and hold talks on Friday.

    Freeland said negotiators in seven rounds of talks since last August had made “some good progress” in overhauling the 24-year-old trade pact.”

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  10. There’s no there, there.

    And I don’t think those words mean what they think they mean.

    http://theweek.com/articles/765076/medias-mueller-speculation-reached-new-level-lunacy

    “Did you hear the news? On Wednesday an obscure Dutch lawyer who is “tied” — one of my favorite journalistic weasel words, along with “linked” and “blasted” — to the deputy chairman of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for initially failing to forward all of his emails to Bob Mueller. I have heard of stiffer sentences for jaywalking in Manhattan and failing to register a cocker spaniel, but I’m sure it’s a very big deal.

    It has to be because the sentencing of Alex van der Zwaan immediately inspired another round of lunatic speculation about the state of the investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. The sentence was announced the day after The Washington Post reported that Trump is currently not a “target” of the investigation.

    Cue the takes! “Mueller told Trump he’s not a criminal target in the Russia probe. That may not mean what you think,” one of the approximately 1,700 persons employed full-time by the Post to produce algorithmically generated electronic high-pitched noise sounding not unlike the president’s last name insisted. “Mueller’s assurances that Trump is not a ‘target’ don’t mean much,” Politico yodeled. “The report that Trump is not a target of the Mueller probe is actually terrible news for the president,” said Slate, which still maintains its idiotic Trump Impeach-o-Meter, something I wish I had thought of when I was working at a right-wing magazine during Obama’s second term. I spent Wednesday morning reading dozens, possibly as many as a hundred, of these pieces without learning anything.

    Here is what it all really means: nothing.

    Nothing at all except that among a certain segment of our supposedly educated upper-middle-class there is apparently an endless appetite for therapy-tainment. The Mueller investigation has seemingly nothing to do with collusion between Trump and Moscow, of which there is still as much evidence as there was in January 2017, i.e., none. It’s Bircherism for people who know what “green juice” is, a way to explain how the wealthiest political campaign in history lost to a quasi-literate lowbrow TV star and cope with this ongoing reality. This is why some recent takes don’t even make a pretense of mentioning Russia. Long ago the whole thing morphed from being an investigation of treasonous election meddling to one of supposed obstruction of an investigation into the aforementioned non-event. People are still clicking.

    It is easy to understand why journalists cater to their readers’ appetite for this stuff. When there is news, even news that makes the whole thing seem stupid and pointless, it’s bad news for Trump; when there isn’t news, the absence of news is also bad news for Trump. If a rando volunteer on the campaign admits that he lied about once emailing another rando overseas, it’s the second gunman on the grassy knoll. If Mueller shows no sign of being even remotely interested in a conspiracy theory about Trump, Russia, and the release of emails that showed irrefutable evidence of actual collusion between the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign, it’s actually proof that this is probably what is going to bring down the administration sooner or later. For people who have convinced themselves that all of this is hugely significant anything can be evidence of everything — even nothing.”
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    Mostly nothing.

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  11. This confirms what I long suspected. Trump leaks things directly to Maggie Haberman of the NYT and selected other reporters with the agreement that he only be identified as a senior White House source.

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  12. I highly doubt Judicial Watch knows the definition of left wing. Albania’s govt is left of centre but more importantly is pro EU and a part of NATO. Putin throws a lot of money finding various right wing populist parties throughout Easter Europe and the Balkans. The US and the EU fund pro western parties not only in Eastern Europe but also in the ex USSR. This is an exercise in soft power by both Russia and the US. It’s in the US’s interest to help fund pro west parties. It appears Judicial Watch is more interested in cast shadows on Obama and Soros the protect America’s interests.

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  13. The Trump supporters need to publish program updates so observes can keep track of who’s on what side. Lack of loyalty leads to a new enemies list.

    Now law enforcement agencies are responsible for their newly acquired bad reputation among conservatives. BOM and other protest groups of the left are now welcoming new members to the club; Trump supporters. It’s a large club of group who don’t trust the police. Sometimes you can even find me there.

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  14. One can view the Trump-Russia story in a binary matter: either Trump is guilty or he was too clueless to realize many of his advisers/campaign team/even family members had/have Russian connections. If the latter is true, how much knowledge and control does he have of his team.

    I’m not sure he has any idea especially considering you need a scorecard to keep track of the personnel changes. Some people need to ask themselves if they would tolerate this incompetence in a different administration. Team loyalty is admirable but at certain point reality needs to kick in.

    And Ricky makes a good point, there’s no need to interview Trump, he willingly confesses all kinds of misdeeds. In fact it would be to Trump’s benefit to have a formal interview with lawyers present. Perhaps he could clarify things to his benefit.

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  15. I have seen Nixon forced to resign, Bill Clinton impeached and tried in the Senate and Hillary Clinton the subject of a lengthy and embarrassing FBI investigation. Nixon fired Archibald Cox, Bill Clinton attacked Starr and Hillary was critical of Comey. However neither Nixon nor either of the Clintons attacked the FBI or the Justice Deptartment itself. Why is that? I think the Clintons are about as crooked as Trump, and Nixon was also amoral. The answer is that only Trump had cultlike followers who were so gullible that they would believe that Trump’s own appointees (Rosenstein and Cox) would immediately become “dirty” as soon as they became in any way involved in the investigation.

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