Tag: Politics

Feb 23

The Russian Connection: Two Jurisdictions

It was announced earlier today that former Trump advisor Rick Gates will plead guilty today and cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller III. The 32 new fraud charges that were brought against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and Gates yesterday in Virginia may have been the tipping point for Gates. NBC News is reporting …

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Feb 22

Saying Vs Doing

After this last horrific massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas School in Parkland FL that took the lives of 17 students and teachers, the debate over gun control has taken on a new fervor. The students have taken the lead in calling BS on state and federal politicians and the NRA. They are impassioned, eloquent and …

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Feb 20

Ghouls. Have They No Shame?

For the weary White House, Florida shooting offered a ‘reprieve’ from scandals “For everyone, it was a distraction or a reprieve,” said the White House official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to reflect internal conversations. “A lot of people here felt like it was a reprieve from seven or eight days of just …

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Feb 19

“We Call BS”

Emma Gonzalez, a student at the Parkland, Florida high school where 17 people were left dead after a mass shooting, calls out President Trump and the NRA by name at an anti-gun rally in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I cannot tell you how proud I am of these young men and women. They are our future.

Feb 16

The Russian Connection: It’s Not A Witch Hunt

The Robert Mueller’s office dropped a 37 page indictment of 13 Russian nationals for interfering in the 2016 election. The scheme began in 2014 and involved “unwitting” American citizens and Trump campaign officials. This is the report from The Guardian Mueller’s office said 13 Russians and three Russian entities, including the notorious state-backed “troll farm” …

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Feb 14

The Russian Connection: The Real Problem

While the question of whether Donald Trump and company conspired with the Russians to influence the 2016 election is serious, it is not the most pressing problem. The fact that all the intelligence agencies and the FBI agree that Russian interference in our elections is continuing. The severity of the issue became even more evident …

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Feb 12

The Russian Connection: House Rules

Last week Donald Trump released the un-redacted Nunes Memo over the objections of the FBI and Department of Justice. On Friday he refused to allow the release of 10 page Democratic response which had been vetted by the DOJ and FBi, probably because it would make Trump and Nunes look like the fools they are. …

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Feb 09

National Security: Classified 101

Who knew who Rob Porter was or, even, how important his job was? Porter’ job as White House Staff Secretary entailed handling the most classified information from the military, intelligence community, as well as, the Justice and State Departments. The job requires the highest of security clearances. Possibly, as long as a year ago White …

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Feb 02

The Nunes Memo: Is That All There Is?

Earlier today Donald Trump released the controversial memo penned by House Intelligence Committee chair Devon Nunes and his staff with, possibly the assistance of the White House. It has turned out to be a huge nothing burger. It focused primarily on the FISA warrant that authorized the surveillance of former Trump foreign policy advisor Carter …

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Feb 02

The Russian Connection: File Under WTF?

While much of the news media has been transfixed by the Nunes memo, the news that the Director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo, had met with Russian spy chiefs here in the US last week. One of those chiefs, Sergei Naryshkin, head of Russia’s foreign intelligence service, the SVR, was behind the Russian interference of …

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Feb 01

The Russian Connection: The Nunes Memo

Since Monday, we have been haggling over the Nunes memo, a four page document which was drafted by Devon Nunus, the Republican chair of the House Intelligence Committee and his staff, that allegedly cherry picks classified intelligence without having read the all the source material which is also classified,. the committee voted on straight party …

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Jan 30

The Russian Connection: Obstruction – What If It Works?

Late yesterday afternoon, the House Intelligence Committee voted along Republican party lines to release the four page memo that was compiled by the committee’s chair, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and the staff to discredit the investigation into the allegations that Russia interfered with the 2016 election and the Trump campaign conspired …

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