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TRNN: Behind Michael Flynn's Turkish Lobbying Controversy, An Israeli Gas Pipeline

https://youtu.be/eO13RDfDWMQ

Flynn's lobbying work on behalf of Israeli natural gas interests looking to build a Turkish pipeline.

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josh

More neo-Nazi fun and games from Sebastian Gorka

http://forward.com/news/national/367937/exclusive-controversial-trump-ai...

 

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The unavoidable conclusion to be drawn from all this is that the Trump administration is shaping up to be a massively corrupt enterprise.

http://www.salon.com/2017/04/03/trumps-growing-corruption-the-presidents-business-conflicts-and-nepotism-become-even-more-flagrant/#.WOO6E70ALeI.twitter

 

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Steve Bannon dropped from National Security Council

U.S. President Donald Trump has removed chief strategist Steve Bannon from the National Security Council, reversing a controversial early decision to give Bannon access to the high-level meetings.

...Tom Bossert, the assistant to the president for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, also had his role downgraded as part of the changes.

...The new memo also restores the director of national intelligence and the Joint Chiefs chairman to the principals committee.

Ooops. By the way, where's Kellyanne Conway been lately?

NDPP

CrossTalk: Unhinged Intel

https://www.rt.com/shows/crosstalk/383541-russian-phantoms-obama-adminis...

"It's being called bigger than Watergate - much bigger. While Democrats and the corporate media chase Russian phantoms, there is mounting evidence the Obama administration did spy on Donald Trump and his team. Is the intelligence community unhinged and out of control?

CrossTalking with James Jatras, John Kiriakou and Annie Machon

josh

NDPP wrote:

CrossTalk: Unhinged Intel

https://www.rt.com/shows/crosstalk/383541-russian-phantoms-obama-adminis...

"It's being called bigger than Watergate - much bigger. While Democrats and the corporate media chase Russian phantoms, there is mounting evidence the Obama administration did spy on Donald Trump and his team. Is the intelligence community unhinged and out of control?

CrossTalking with James Jatras, John Kiriakou and Annie Machon

Mounting evidence?  In the unhinged and out of control mind of RT.  But that's really not fair.  They're only doing their job.

Mobo2000

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/taibbi-putin-derangement-s...

Once again Matt Taibbi in on the money:

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If the party's leaders really believe that Russian intervention is anywhere in the top 100 list of reasons why some 155 million eligible voters (out of 231 million) chose not to pull a lever for Hillary Clinton last year, they're farther along down the Purity of Essence nut-hole than Mark Warner.

Moreover, even those who detest Trump with every fiber of their being must see the dangerous endgame implicit in this entire line of thinking. If the Democrats succeed in spreading the idea that straying from the DNC-approved candidate – in either the past or the future – is/was an act of "unwitting" cooperation with the evil Putin regime, then the entire idea of legitimate dissent is going to be in trouble.

Imagine it's four years from now (if indeed that's when we have our next election). A Democratic candidate stands before the stump, and announces that a consortium of intelligence experts has concluded that Putin is backing the hippie/anti-war/anti-corporate opposition candidate.

Or, even better: that same candidate reminds us "what happened last time" when people decided to vote their consciences during primary season. It will be argued, in seriousness, that true Americans will owe their votes to the non-Putin candidate. It would be a shock if some version of this didn't become an effective political trope going forward.

But if you're not worried about accusing non-believers of being spies, or pegging legitimate dissent as treason, there's a third problem that should scare everyone.

Last week saw Donna Brazile and Dick Cheney both declare Russia's apparent hack of DNC emails an "act of war." This coupling seemed at first like political end times: as Bill Murray would say, "dogs and cats, living together."

But there's been remarkable unanimity among would-be enemies in the Republican and Democrat camps on this question. Suddenly everyone from Speier to McCain to Kamala Harris to Ben Cardin have decried Russia's alleged behavior during the election as real or metaphorical acts of war: a "political Pearl Harbor," as Cardin put it.

That no one seems to be concerned about igniting a hot war with nuclear-powered Russia at a time when both countries have troops within "hand-grenade range" of each in Syria other is bizarre, to say the least. People are in such a fever to drag Trump to impeachment that these other considerations seem not to matter. This is what happens when people lose their heads.

There are a lot of people who will say that these issues are of secondary importance to the more important question of whether or not we have a compromised Russian agent in the White House.

But when it comes to Trump-Putin collusion, we're still waiting for the confirmation. As Democratic congresswoman Maxine Waters put it, the proof is increasingly understood to be the thing we find later, as in, "If we do the investigations, we will find the connections."

But on the mass hysteria front, we already have evidence enough to fill a dozen books. And if it doesn't freak you out, it probably should.

 

Mobo2000

Josh:   Of course the narrative that Obama spied on Trump is going to be pursued, and it will be effective in blunting the Trump-is-a-Russian-spy claims.   And do you really think it's implausible that they did?   

It was utterly predictable the Repubs and Trump would go this route.   They warned the democrats when the investigation was launched that they would investigate the previous administration's actions too.   Do you think the Obama administration has no dirty laundry to be aired?

josh

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Josh:   Of course the narrative that Obama spied on Trump is going to be pursued, and it will be effective in blunting the Trump-is-a-Russian-spy claims.   And do you really think it's implausible that they did?   

It was utterly predictable the Repubs and Trump would go this route.   They warned the democrats when the investigation was launched that they would investigate the previous administration's actions too.   Do you think the Obama administration has no dirty laundry to be aired?

In the end it will not be effective because it's bullshit and it's irrelevant.  Obama is no longer president.  It's Trump's actions that matter.  He will sink or swim based on that.

Mobo2000

It may be bullshit and irrelevant to you, but it isn't irrelevant to people who are apolitical or conservative, and there's a lot of them.   We'll see.

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I think the Susan Rice booga-booga will resonate with the same people who believed (and still believe in many cases) in pizzagate, and who have been hating on Rice ever since BENGHAZI!!!

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Mobo2000

Michael:  Yes, exactly, and it has the advantage of probably having a grain of truth to it as well.   If not truth, even plausibility.  It would be entirely unsurprising, and consistent, for the Obama administration to have ordered survellience on Republican candidates for partisan purposes.

josh

Mobo2000 wrote:

Michael:  Yes, exactly, and it has the advantage of probably having a grain of truth to it as well.   If not truth, even plausibility.  It would be entirely unsurprising, and consistent, for the Obama administration to have ordered survellience on Republican candidates for partisan purposes.

Consistent with what?  I know of no other candidate whose campaign was in constant contact with a foreign power.

Mobo2000

Consistent with past abuses of the intelligence apparatus of the US by the Obama administration.  

Regarding constant contact with a foreign power, the obvious rejoinders are now being made:   Donald sold condos to Russians, Hillary sold Uranium.    The Clinton foundation took donations from the Saudis, property deals and speaking fees from the Chinese government.  

It all looks like crooked politicians being crooked politicians to people who are uninvolved or not democratic party supporters.  

Hey, I'm looking forward to all the dirty laundry being aired, Repubs and Democrats, but I'm not holding my breath. 

And you shouldn't hold yours while hoping the Democrats get Trump impeached for being a Russian spy.

 

 

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Trump Co with their thugs at Fox News are the "A" team for Fake News

Trump and Co are being investigated by the FBI

All the rest is a distraction

Nuff said

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josh wrote:

Consistent with what?  I know of no other candidate whose campaign was in constant contact with a foreign power.

If one includes contact with Israel then it would seem almost every single candidate from both parties had contact with a foreign power bent on getting influence over the US government. If you throw in the Saudi's you get the Bush's and the Clintons whose campaign people would all have been in contact with at least two foreign powers while running for office. 

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What this person is anywhere near a president of the USA boggles the mind

Bye, bye Bannon

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/devin-nunes-donald-trump-russia-se...

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Trump approves Montenegro's membership in NATO.

https://www.rferl.org/a/montenegro-nato-us-trump-approves/28423936.html

Wonder if that comes with an invoice.

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huh.  the USA just bombed Afghanistan with the Moab

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Pompeo jabs Conway on microwave surveillance claim

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/mike-pompeo-kellyanne-conway-micro...

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CIA director labels WikiLeaks a ‘hostile intelligence service’

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/mike-pompeo-wikileaks-hostile-inte...

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EZRA COHEN-WATNICK: INSIDE THE RISE OF TRUMP’S INVISIBLE MAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE

http://www.newsweek.com/ezra-cohen-watnick-donald-trump-devin-nunes-russ...

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CIA director labels WikiLeaks a ‘hostile intelligence service’

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/mike-pompeo-wikileaks-hostile-inte...

https://mobile.twitter.com/thehill/status/852641642322550784

 

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James Comey Says Americans Should Be Wary of 'Troll Farms' Peddling Fake News

http://time.com/4739556/james-comey-fbi-fake-news-warning/

Rev Pesky

From quizzical:

huh.  the USA just bombed Afghanistan with the Moab

Which should put paid to the idea that Trump was opposed in some way to bombing third world countries (if the Syria bombing hadn't).

So far as I know, the area wasn't cleared of children, but somehow I doubt there'll be any heartrending pictures of torn up babies.

There is another issue, and that is the idea of 'Weapons of Mass Destruction'. The MOAB that was dropped on Afghanistan has been described as the most powerful non-nuclear weapon ever designed. The Russians claim to have their own giant conventional bomb, but for the sake of argument I'll stick with the USA MOAB. Once one knows the numbers, a slightly larger or smaller bomb is of no consequence.

The MOAB dropped on Afghanistan yesterday had a blast yield of 11 tons of TNT. Little Boy, the bomb dropped on Hiroshima had a blast yield of 15 kilotons. In other words, that old nuclear weapon, which has been dwarfed by the later models, had a blast yield 1300 times greater than the 'Mother Of All Bombs'. Modern nuclear weapons have yields up to 50 megatons of TNT, but more standard weapons would be around 15,000 kilotons (15 megatons). That would put their blast yield at close to 1.3 million times the yield of MOAB.

It's wise to remember this when the talk turns to 'weapons of mass destruction'. There is no weapon, chemical, biological or otherwise, that comes anywhere near the destructive power of nuclear weapons. Nuclear weapons are weapons of mass destruction. All other weapons are toys to be played with by semi-literate presidents who have a need to distract attention.

 

bekayne

Rev Pesky wrote:

From quizzical:

huh.  the USA just bombed Afghanistan with the Moab

Which should put paid to the idea that Trump was opposed in some way to bombing third world countries (if the Syria bombing hadn't).

That's what I'll never get. He couldn't have been more explicit:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWejiXvd-P8

What part did people not understand?

Doug Woodard

Carter Page was widely known to be a partisan of Russia. But Trump didn't know. Or didn't care. Or liked the idea.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/14/carter-page-trump-advise...

 

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If Trump Fired Bannon, Would He Seek Revenge?

Friends and foes imagine his options for brutal payback.

 

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/04/donald-trump-steve-bannon...

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Stealth caucus gains ground in Trump White House

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/328775-stealth-caucus-gains-g...

josh

Trump to keep White House visitor logs secret.

http://time.com/4740499/white-house-visitor-logs-public-record-trump/

 

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It’s time America explored how to end the multiple wars it has helped cause since 2001, rather than dropping more bombs

Moan about Trump all you like, but his approach to Syria was always much more realistic than Hillary Clinton’s. ‘You are fighting Syria, Syria is fighting Isis, and you have to get rid of Isis,’ he said during his election campaign. ‘Now we’re backing rebels against Syria, and we have no idea who these people are’

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/donald-trump-moab-bomb-syria-afghani...

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Crash Of Trumpcare Opens Door To Full Medicare For All

You can thank House Speaker Ryan and President Trump for pushing their cruel health insurance boondoggle. This debacle has created a  big opening to put Single Payer or full Medicare for all prominently front and center. Single Payer means everybody in, nobody out, with free choice of physician and hospital.

The Single Payer system that has been in place in Canada for Decades comes in at half the cost per capita, compared to what the U.S. spends now. All Canadians are covered at a cost of about $4500 per capita while in the U.S. the cost is over $9000 per capita, with nearly 30 million people without coverage and many millions more underinsured.

Seventy-three members of the House of Representatives have co-signed Congressman Conyers’s bill, HR 676, which is similar to the Canadian system. These lawmakers like HR 676 because it has no copays, nasty deductibles or massive inscrutable computerized billing fraud, while giving people free choice and far lower administrative costs.

Often Canadians never even see a bill for major operations or procedures. Dr. Stephanie Wohlander, who has taught at Harvard Medical School, estimated recently that a Single Payer system in the U.S. would potentially save as much as $500 billion, just in administrative costs, out of the nearly $3.5 trillion in health care expenditures this year.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/29032017-ralph-nader-crash-of-trumpcare-ope...

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Only the super-rich can save us

In the cozy den of the large but modest house in Omaha where he has lived since he started on his first billion, Warren Buffett watched the horrors of Hurricane Katrina unfold on television in early September 2005. . . . On the fourth day, he beheld in disbelief the paralysis of local, state, and federal authorities unable to commence basic operations of rescue and sustenance, not just in New Orleans, but in towns and villages all along the Gulf Coast. . . He knew exactly what he had to do. . ."

So begins the vivid fictional account by political activist and bestselling author Ralph Nader that answers the question, "What if?" What if a cadre of superrich individuals tried to become a driving force in America to organize and institutionalize the interests of the citizens of this troubled nation? What if some of America's most powerful individuals decided it was time to fix our government and return the power to the people? What if they focused their power on unionizing Wal-Mart? What if a national political party were formed with the sole purpose of advancing clean elections? What if these seventeen superrich individuals decided to galvanize a movement for alternative forms of energy that will effectively clean up the environment? What if together they took on corporate goliaths and Congress to provide the necessities of life and advance the solutions so long left on the shelf by an avaricious oligarchy? What could happen?

https://www.amazon.ca/Only-Super-Rich-Can-Save-Us/dp/158322923X

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If is , you're saying a dozen Western Intel agencies & hundreds of journalists are complicit in creating a global hoax

https://twitter.com/20committee/status/852962266492395520

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Real Media = Fox, RT, ZeroHedge, Thermovich, Sputnik, InfoWars, plus various Lizard People outlets.

John Schindler added,

Donald J. TrumpVerified account @realDonaldTrump

The Fake Media (not Real Media) has gotten even worse since the election. Every story is badly slanted. We have to hold them to the truth!

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https://twitter.com/20committee/status/853984214068416513

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