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  # 2284202 26-Jul-2019 13:42
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Here is a thought: If Trump falls down the steps of Air Force One while trying to close an umbrella, and Pence does the same while trying to save him, and they both end up at the bottom comatose and unresponsive, Nancy Pelosi will be the President of the United States of America. 

 

 





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  # 2284255 26-Jul-2019 14:46
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Trump is to political discourse as this guy is to tattoos.


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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/25/us/politics/russian-hack-of-elections-system-was-far-reaching-report-finds.html

Russia targeted elections systems in all 50 US states, report finds

New York Times

By David E. Sanger and Catie Edmondson

WASHINGTON — The Senate Intelligence Committee concluded Thursday that election systems in all 50 states were targeted by Russia in 2016, an effort more far-reaching than previously acknowledged and one largely undetected by the states and federal officials at the time.

But while the bipartisan report’s warning that the United States remains vulnerable in the next election is clear, its findings were so heavily redacted at the insistence of American intelligence agencies that even some key recommendations for 2020 were blacked out.

The report — the first volume of several to be released from the committee’s investigation into Russia’s 2016 election interference — came 24 hours after the former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III warned that Russia was moving again to interfere “as we sit here.”

While details of many of the hackings directed by Russian intelligence, particularly in Illinois and Arizona, are well known, the committee described “an unprecedented level of activity against state election infrastructure” intended largely to search for vulnerabilities in the security of the election systems.

It concluded that while there was no evidence that any votes were changed in actual voting machines, “Russian cyberactors were in a position to delete or change voter data” in the Illinois voter database. The committee found no evidence that they did so.

In his testimony to two House committees on Wednesday, Mr. Mueller had sought to highlight the continued threat that Russia or other adversaries would seek to interfere in the 2020 elections. He said many more “countries are developing capability to replicate what the Russians have done.”

While the Senate Intelligence Committee’s findings were bipartisan, they came on a day when Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, moved again to block consideration of election security legislation put forward by Democrats.

Mr. McConnell has long opposed giving the federal government a greater hand in an institution of American democracy typically run by the states.

And despite the warnings about the Russia threat, he argues that Congress has already done enough — passing $380 million worth of grants for states to update their election systems and supporting executive branch agencies as they make their own changes. Some administration officials have suggested that the issue is not getting enough high-level attention because President Trump equates any public discussion of malign Russian election activity with questions about the legitimacy of his victory.

“It’s just a highly partisan bill from the same folks who spent two years hyping up a conspiracy theory about President Trump and Russia and who continue to ignore this administration’s progress at correcting the Obama administration’s failure on this subject,” Mr. McConnell said of the Democratic bill.

Mr. McConnell has held fast to his position despite withering criticism from Democrats, and agitation from some in his party who want the Senate to move more modest, bipartisan legislation. The Democratic proposal, already passed by the House, would have given the states hundreds of millions of dollars in grants, mandated the use of backup paper ballots and required risk-limiting postelection audits.
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While the report is not directly critical of either American intelligence agencies or the states, it described what amounted to a cascading intelligence failure, in which the scope of the Russian effort was underestimated, warnings to the states were too muted, and state officials either underreacted or, in some cases, resisted federal efforts to offer help.

Even today, after a two-and-a-half-year investigation, the committee conceded that “Russian intentions regarding U.S. election infrastructure remain unclear.” Moscow’s intelligence agencies — chiefly the G.R.U., Russia’s main military intelligence unit — may have “intended to exploit vulnerabilities in the election infrastructure during the 2016 elections and, for unknown reasons, decided not to execute those options.”

But more ominously, the report suggested that it might have been cataloging options “for use at a later date” — a possibility that officials of the National Security Agency, the Department of Homeland Security and the F.B.I. said was their biggest worry.

The report also hinted at some intriguing new findings — but their effect was muted by the scope of the deletions demanded by intelligence agencies. For example, the report noted that the State Department was aware that Russian officials had requested to send election observers to polling places in the 2016 election — just as the United States often seeks to send observers to elections in foreign nations, including Russia.

That was of concern to the committee because testimony about election machines, which are disconnected from the internet, suggested the most efficient way to alter votes was with physical access to the machines or computers rather than programming them with ballots.

Given the potential for further incursions into the election system, the move by the intelligence agencies to redact large portions of the public version of the report touched off behind-the-scenes battles with members of the committee.

The deletions were so substantial that even the committee’s recommendations for the future were not spared: The section heading on the final recommendation read “Build a Credible,” but the remainder of the heading, and two paragraphs that follow, were blacked out.

The report, black lines and all, is titled, “Russian Efforts Against Election Infrastructure.” It is the first volume the committee has publicly released, after more than 200 witness interviews and the collection and review of nearly 400,000 documents. Subsequent volumes will deal with Russia’s effort to use social media to influence voters — an area where Russian interference may have changed minds, and thus votes — and the 200 or so contacts between Russia and members of the Trump campaign.
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The committee found that the Department of Homeland Security and the F.B.I. warned states in the late summer and fall of 2016 of the threat of Russian interference. But they did not provide election officials with “a clear reason” to take the threat more seriously than other warnings that are regularly issued, the report said.

The first public warning was issued Oct. 7, 2016, but within an hour, it was washed away by the revelation of a tape in which Donald J. Trump was heard making comments about how he would grab women, and by the release by WikiLeaks of excerpts from emails hacked from the account of John D. Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman.

Even at that time, the report makes clear, the agencies did not understand the scope of the Russian effort. It noted that Michael Daniel, President Barack Obama’s cybersecurity coordinator, had been convinced that the Russians had gone after all 50 states — because they are thorough. But it was only two years later that official intelligence assessments concluded that he was right.
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“As states look to replace machines that are now out of date, they should purchase more secure voting machines. At a minimum, any machine purchased going forward should have a voter-verified paper trail,” a summary of the report said, while adding that “states should remain firmly in the lead on running elections.”

The states say they do not have the money to conduct a replacement program by November 2020.





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  # 2284365 26-Jul-2019 18:52
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Definitely NOT Fake News: (according to The Post and the NY Times)

 

The New York Times - How Trump Ended Up Onstage With a Fake Presidential Seal

 

In an apparent mix-up, the image featuring Russian elements and golf clubs was taken from an online store that sells products critical of the president.

 

“It kind of made my day,” the creator said.

 

July 25, 2019

 

 

A mystery was afoot in conservative Washington circles this week after an apparent mix-up made for an unexpected jab at President Trump. Let us set the scene.

 

The venue: a Washington hotel where Turning Point USA, the conservative youth organization, was hosting a conference for high school students, where Mr. Trump spoke on Tuesday.

 

The décor: a presidential seal on the onstage screen, a fitting background for a speech by the president of the United States.

 

The problem: The presidential seal was not, in fact, the presidential seal at all, as The Washington Post reported. Instead of the customary bald eagle, the altered image showed a double-headed eagle, similar to that featured in Russia’s national emblem. Instead of arrows, the eagle clutched a set of golf clubs in a talon. It appeared as the president emerged onstage. ...

 

The seal appeared to be the same as one used to sell anti-Trump merchandise in an online store, The Post reported, based on a reader tip. ...

 



 

get it here: Donnie's Presidential Seal poster

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  # 2284405 26-Jul-2019 20:27
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  # 2284544 27-Jul-2019 13:05
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This Republican congressman has had enough. He makes a point, whatever your politics.

 

 





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  # 2284571 27-Jul-2019 14:15
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Rikkitic: Here is a thought: If Trump falls down the steps of Air Force One while trying to close an umbrella, and Pence does the same while trying to save him, and they both end up at the bottom comatose and unresponsive, Nancy Pelosi will be the President of the United States of America. 

 

Wow. If only. Actually, in 1964 Irving Wallace wrote an excellent novel about a similar situation - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man_(Wallace_novel). Wallace died in 1990. Shame. He'd have have produced some brilliant stuff about the Orangeman and his gang.





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  # 2284585 27-Jul-2019 15:24
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The New York Times - Raising Prospect of Impeaching Trump, House Seeks Mueller’s Grand Jury Secrets

 

In a court filing, House Democrats said they need access to secret grand jury evidence because they are weighing whether to recommend impeaching President Trump.

 

July 26, 2019

 


WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee on Friday asked a federal judge to unseal grand jury secrets related to Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation, using the court filing to declare that lawmakers have already in effect launched an impeachment investigation of President Trump.

 

In a legal maneuver that carries significant political overtones, the committee told a judge that it needs access to the grand jury evidence collected by Mr. Mueller as special counsel - such as witness testimony - because it is “investigating whether to recommend articles of impeachment” against the president.

 

“Because Department of Justice policies will not allow prosecution of a sitting president, the United States House of Representatives is the only institution of the federal government that can now hold President Trump accountable for these actions,” the filing told the judge, Beryl A. Howell, who supervised Mr. Mueller’s grand jury. ...

 



 





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  # 2284681 27-Jul-2019 20:55
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The New York Times - Opinion - Trump’s Inhumanity Before a Victim of Rape

 

Read this, and weep ...

 

July 26, 2019

 


... I cannot forget Trump’s recent treatment of Nadia Murad, a Yazidi woman who won the Nobel Peace Prize last year for her campaign to end mass rape in war. The Islamic State, or ISIS, forced Murad into sexual slavery when it overran Yazidi villages in northern Iraq in 2014. Murad lost her mother and six brothers, slaughtered by ISIS. ...

 

Allow me to render the scene in the present tense.

 

Trump sits there at his desk, an uncomprehending, unsympathetic, uninterested cardboard dummy. He looks straight ahead for much of the time, not at her, his chin jutting in his best effort at a Mussolini pose. He cannot heave his bulk from the chair for this brave young woman. He cannot look at her.

 

Every now and again, in a disdainful manner, he swivels his head toward her and other survivors of religious persecution. When Murad says, “They killed my mom, my six brothers,” Trump responds: “Where are they now?”

 

Where are they now???

 

“They are in the mass graves in Sinjar,” Murad says. She is poised and courageous throughout in her effort to communicate her story in the face of Trump’s complete, blank indifference.

 

Why this extraordinary attitude from Trump?

 

Well, at a guess, Murad is a woman, and she is brown, and he is incapable of empathy, and the Trump administration recently watered down a United Nations Security Council resolution on protecting victims of sexual violence in conflict.

 

At the mention of Sinjar, Trump’s unbelievable response is, “I know the area very well, you’re talking about. It’s tough.” ...

 

Toward the end of the exchange, Trump asks Murad about her Nobel Prize. “That’s incredible,” he says. “They gave it to you for what reason?”

 

“For what reason?” Murad asks, suppressing with difficulty her incredulity that nobody has briefed the president. Nobody can brief this president. It’s pointless. He knows everything.

 

“I made it clear to everyone that ISIS raped thousands of Yazidi women,” she says.

 

“Oh really?” says Trump. “Is that right?” ...

 

 

 

I have watched the Murad-Trump exchange several times. It is scary. This president is inhuman. Something is missing. In his boundless self-absorption, he is capable of anything. ...

 





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The Washington Post - Opinion - Mitch McConnell is a Russian asset

 

July 26 at 4:49 PM

 


Mitch McConnell is a Russian asset.

 

This doesn’t mean he’s a spy, but neither is it a flip accusation. Russia attacked our country in 2016. It is attacking us today. Its attacks will intensify in 2020.

 

Each time we try to raise our defenses to repel the attack, McConnell, the Senate majority leader, blocks us from defending ourselves.

 

Let’s call this what it is: unpatriotic. The Kentucky Republican is, arguably more than any other American, doing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s bidding. ...

 

[On July 25 ] Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the minority leader, asked for the Senate to pass the Securing America’s Federal Elections Act, already passed by the House, that would direct $600 million in election assistance to states and require backup paper ballots.

 

McConnell himself responded this time, reading from a statement, his chin melting into his chest, his trademark thin smile on his lips.

 

“It’s just a highly partisan bill from the same folks who spent two years hyping up a conspiracy theory about President Trump and Russia,” he said. “Therefore, I object.” ...

 

McConnell has blocked all such attempts, including:

 

  • A bipartisan bill requiring Facebook, Google and other Internet companies to disclose purchasers of political ads, to identify foreign influence.
  • A bipartisan bill to ease cooperation between state election officials and federal intelligence agencies.
  • A bipartisan bill imposing sanctions on any entity that attacks a U.S. election.
  • A bipartisan bill with severe new sanctions on Russia for its cybercrimes.

No amount of alarms sounded by U.S. authorities - even Republicans, even Trump appointees - moves McConnell ... he blocks it all - while offering no alternative of his own.

 

Presumably he thinks whatever influence Russia exerts over U.S. elections will benefit him (he’s up for reelection in 2020) and his party. ...

 

 

In many ways McConnell is more dangerous than the idiot President that he enables.





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Definitely NOT Fake News: (according to The Post and the NY Times)


The New York Times - How Trump Ended Up Onstage With a Fake Presidential Seal


In an apparent mix-up, the image featuring Russian elements and golf clubs was taken from an online store that sells products critical of the president.


“It kind of made my day,” the creator said.


July 25, 2019



A mystery was afoot in conservative Washington circles this week after an apparent mix-up made for an unexpected jab at President Trump. Let us set the scene.


The venue: a Washington hotel where Turning Point USA, the conservative youth organization, was hosting a conference for high school students, where Mr. Trump spoke on Tuesday.


The décor: a presidential seal on the onstage screen, a fitting background for a speech by the president of the United States.


The problem: The presidential seal was not, in fact, the presidential seal at all, as The Washington Post reported. Instead of the customary bald eagle, the altered image showed a double-headed eagle, similar to that featured in Russia’s national emblem. Instead of arrows, the eagle clutched a set of golf clubs in a talon. It appeared as the president emerged onstage. ...


The seal appeared to be the same as one used to sell anti-Trump merchandise in an online store, The Post reported, based on a reader tip. ...





get it here: Donnie's Presidential Seal poster


 



 


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This is hilarious. Who hasn't quickly grabbed something off the net for a presentation ?

The event gives me happy memories of the very is evil thing in the middle East some years ago.

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Evangelical Leader Predicts Mass Murders If Trump Loses In 2020

The Ring of Fire

Televangelist Jim Bakker issued a stern warning to his audience recently by telling them that there will be mass death if Donald Trump is not reelected in 2020. Baker was quiet on who would be doing the killing, but he made it sound like God is going to start striking down conservative leaders and politicians out of anger if a liberal ascends to the White House. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.


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