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  # 1935422 10-Jan-2018 11:34
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  # 1935428 10-Jan-2018 11:40
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TLD:

 

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The "stable genius" wins dog of the show:

 

 

That's a good read, but shouldn't we expect America to be better than the likes of Turkey, Russia, Myanmar, China and Egypt?  It's vaguely possible that UN sanctions against North Korea has driven it to apparently scale back its rhetoric, so why haven't equally stringent sanctions been imposed on Myanmar for its blatant ethnic cleansing?  I somehow can't imagine sanctions working with China

 

 

Yes - I agree - and there's no doubt that press freedom is much greater in the US than the examples given.

 

This however in context that on balance, I expect (or hope) you'd take "facts" expressed by a state controlled media site with a large grain of salt, possibly "fact-checking" what's being stated by reviewing news on the subject from more free sources - many of those from the US.  Those institutions in the US are under constant attack by the POTUS, and a very large number of people agree with him. This isn't based on accusations of "bias" - but that the indisputable core facts being presented are not the truth.

 

I suspect that if DPRK is "scaling back" anti-US rhetoric, it'll be back to normal business after the winter olympics.  I do love the way pro-Trump movement is trying to claim credit for resumption of dialogue - when from what I can see, DPRK called all the shots including separating resolving of "the" issue (nukes) as a prerequisite for resumption of talks.  An afterthought to that, perhaps sporting sanctions are as (or more) effective in forcing change in rogue regimes, than economic sanctions.


 
 
 
 


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  # 1935435 10-Jan-2018 11:44
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And Bannon is out of here!

 

 

Perhaps he wants to spend more time with family.

 


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The testimony of Fusion GPS (originators of the Steele dossier) to the Senate Judiciary Committee was released today. As always, Seth Abramson is doing an excellent job dissecting it by cutting through the political BS and concentrating on the actual legal ramifications.   


 


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  # 1935718 10-Jan-2018 16:34
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4 scary numbers for Republicans in 2018

 

 

  • 40:  That's the average - AVERAGE - seat loss for the president's party in midterm election since 1962 when the president's approval rating is under 50%.
               Trump's approval rating in the Gallup weekly tracking poll released Monday afternoon? 37%.

  • 12:  That's the average Democratic lead in the generic congressional ballot as of late December. ("If the election were today, would you vote for a Republican or a Democrat to represent you?")

  • 3:    There have only been three midterm elections -- 1934, 1998 and 2002 -- in the last century where the president's party didn't lose House seats.

  • 0:    Exactly none of the past five presidents have seen their job approval numbers go up in the year before their first midterm election.





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  # 1935731 10-Jan-2018 17:05
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As always, Seth Abramson is doing an excellent job dissecting it by cutting through the political BS and concentrating on the actual legal ramifications.   

 

 

 

tl;dr summary of the potentially most explosive aspect below. I predict 2018 will be the year that US democracy either rises above this or flickers out.


 

 

 

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  # 1935732 10-Jan-2018 17:06
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(Apologies for the double posting in the embedded tweets)

 

 


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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42628347

"Fusion GPS dossier author 'feared Trump was blackmail target'

No evidence has emerged that Mr Trump was blackmailed by the Kremlin.

But in his closed-door session, Mr Simpson told senators: 'He [former British spy Christopher Steele] thought from his perspective there was an issue - a security issue about whether a presidential candidate was being blackmailed.'

The Fusion GPS founder also said: "Chris said he was very concerned about whether this represented a national security threat and said he wanted to - he said he thought we were obligated to tell someone in government, in our government about this information."

The dossier contained an unsubstantiated claim that Mr Trump was once filmed with prostitutes at a hotel in the Russian capital.

Mr Trump himself poured scorn on that allegation a year ago, saying he has always been on guard against hidden cameras in Moscow hotel suites.

There has been no comment from the FBI about Mr Simpson's testimony.

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Senator Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, released the transcript of the hearing from five months ago, saying Mr Simpson had asked her to do so.

She said she had taken the step because of the "innuendo and misinformation" circulating about Fusion GPS.

Ms Feinstein said this was 'part of a deeply troubling effort to undermine the investigation into potential collusion and obstruction of justice'."


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  # 1936277 11-Jan-2018 15:07
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dclegg:

 

tl;dr summary of the potentially most explosive aspect below. I predict 2018 will be the year that US democracy either rises above this or flickers out.

 

 

 

 

I'm guessing they don't "rise above" at this stage. They've gone too far already to "rise above". 

 

 

 

 

 

So will the rats go down with the sinking ship, or should we have bets on how wet their feet get before they bail?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  # 1937301 11-Jan-2018 16:45
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Wow! I didn't know they did this sorta thing in America. You know, collect effluent from the milking sheds and spray it over the paddocks?





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Late Night White House Press Briefing: Does the President Believe in Satan?


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"TRUMP ANTHEM" — A Bad Lip Reading of Donald Trump


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Donald Trump Announces Successful Delivery of Fictional Call of Duty Fighter Jet

 


Yesterday, President Donald Trump announced a delivery of F-52 fighter jets to Norway as a gesture to bolster defense in Northern Europe.

 

There’s only one problem: the F-52 is a fictional plane from Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

 

President Trump made the announcement on Wednesday during a conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, claiming that the United States started delivering the fictional aircraft, along with the very real Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, to Norway last November.

 

“In November we started delivering the first F-52s and F-35 fighter jets,” Trump said. “We have a total of 52 and they’ve delivered a number of them already a little ahead of schedule.”

 

When contacted by the Washington Post, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders did not return comment on the matter or confirm whether Trump is secretly the world’s most powerful Call of Duty fan.

 

 

 





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