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  #2318174 15-Sep-2019 17:58
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Many U.S. farmers fume at Washington, not Trump, over biofuel, trade policies

Reuters, byt P.J. Huffstutter, Tom Polansek

...Polls show that while Trump’s support in farm country has slipped, it remains substantial.

Instead of directing their anger at Trump, dozens of farmers interviewed by Reuters blasted the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other Washington institutions they believe are thwarting his true agenda. Unsubstantiated conspiracy theories involving USDA staff are circulating in farm country and gaining traction online.

USDA did not respond to Reuters’ questions on Monday.

Farmers are struggling with how to emotionally process their pain from the Trump administration’s policies, and anger at the USDA may be a coping mechanism, said Ted Matthews, a Minnesota psychologist who has spent 30 years counseling farmers and rural residents across the Midwest.

“The question I hear from farmers who voted for (Trump) is, ‘We believed him when he said he would help make the farm economy better, that we could save our farms. Now, who do we blame?’” Matthews said.

Many farmers told Reuters they intend to support Trump again in his re-election bid in 2020.

“It’s much easier to be angry at a faceless Washington bureaucracy than at the man you voted for,” said Jere Solvie, 69, grain and hog farmer from west-central Minnesota who voted for Trump and still supports him.

...The latest Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted last month shows five in 10 U.S. adults in rural areas approved of Trump’s performance in office, higher than his 41% approval nationwide.

Trump’s approval rating was 71% as of Aug. 23, down from 79% in July, according to trade publication Farm Journal Pulse’s poll of 1,153 farmers.
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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-farmers/many-u-s-farmers-fume-at-washington-not-trump-over-biofuel-trade-policies-idUSKCN1VV11U

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  #2318576 16-Sep-2019 15:01
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Democratic presidential candidates on Sunday demanded that Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh be investigated or impeached in response to a new allegation that he exposed himself to a female classmate at a drunken dorm party years ago at Yale University.

 

The allegation surfaced Saturday night in a New York Times report. A classmate, Max Stier, said he saw Kavanaugh with his pants down at the party, where friends pushed Kavanaugh’s penis into the young woman’s hand, the Times reported. Stier notified senators and the FBI before Kavanaugh’s confirmation, but the FBI did not investigate, the Times reported.

 

 





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  #2319111 17-Sep-2019 12:09
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CBS is reporting that the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has sent a grand jury subpoena to President Donald Trump’s accounting firm to get his tax returns and corporate tax returns for the past 8 years. The accounting firm has said it will cooperate.

 

 





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  #2319133 17-Sep-2019 12:39
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And in one second from now's news, Donald Trump has announced that he is suing his accounting firm to stop them from complying with a grand jury subpoena...





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  #2319139 17-Sep-2019 12:51
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For a guy who claims to he wants everyone to see his financial records, to prove he's a self-made succesful billionaire with no conflict of interests, he seems to spend a lot on lawyers

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  #2319275 17-Sep-2019 16:02
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With the attack in Saudi Arabia, many will be checking out Al Jazeera, one of the most watched news stations in the Arab world.

The Qatari government launched Al Jazeera, and Qatar and Saudi_Arabia have a complex relationship.

Here's a wiki page for those interested.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qatar%E2%80%93Saudi_Arabia_relations

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  #2319304 17-Sep-2019 16:51
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5 takeaways from the new book about Trump nominated Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh

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Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly dropped a political bombshell on Washington when they published an excerpt of their book on Brett Kavanaugh describing an additional incident from the Supreme Court justice's time at Yale in the 1980s that didn't come out during his contentious confirmation hearings last year.

The book, "The Education of Brett Kavanaugh," also details the allegations from Deborah Ramirez, another Yale classmate, and raises new questions about the actions of senators and the FBI before Kavanaugh was confirmed last October.

Kavanaugh has publicly denied all allegations against him. Through a Supreme Court spokesperson, he has declined to comment on the book.

1) What did the FBI do -- or not do?

2) A new incident

3) Keyser couldn't recall alleged Ford incident

4) Ramirez's story

5) The Kavanaugh fight will never truly end

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/09/16/politics/5-takeaways-brett-kavanaugh-book/index.html

 
 
 
 


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  #2319326 17-Sep-2019 18:08
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If Trump is tested, he will just reach for the nuke button. He knows that nukes fix things, like hurricanes.

 

 





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  #2319628 18-Sep-2019 10:22
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Rikkitic:

If Trump is tested, he will just reach for the nuke button. He knows that nukes fix things, like hurricanes.


 



He is quite tempted to strike iran. Does iran have allies in Russia and China? Watch this space.




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  #2319631 18-Sep-2019 10:24
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5 takeaways from the new book about Trump nominated Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh

CNN

Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly dropped a political bombshell on Washington when they published an excerpt of their book on Brett Kavanaugh describing an additional incident from the Supreme Court justice's time at Yale in the 1980s that didn't come out during his contentious confirmation hearings last year.

The book, "The Education of Brett Kavanaugh," also details the allegations from Deborah Ramirez, another Yale classmate, and raises new questions about the actions of senators and the FBI before Kavanaugh was confirmed last October.

Kavanaugh has publicly denied all allegations against him. Through a Supreme Court spokesperson, he has declined to comment on the book.

1) What did the FBI do -- or not do?

2) A new incident

3) Keyser couldn't recall alleged Ford incident

4) Ramirez's story

5) The Kavanaugh fight will never truly end

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/09/16/politics/5-takeaways-brett-kavanaugh-book/index.html


Rich boys club. Same stories same allegations, only the days are different.




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  #2320180 19-Sep-2019 10:49
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'Ask not what you can do for your country: ask what you can do for me'. Donald J.Trump. US President 2016 - 2020.

 

 

 

 


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  #2320278 19-Sep-2019 12:26
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In whiplash moment, Democrats are now backing away from Kavanaugh allegations

Washington Post, by By Paul Kane

In a head-spinning few days, Republicans have moved into a full offensive posture over the latest allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, leaving congressional Democrats in a defensive crouch as they try to change the subject.

Tuesday’s dueling news conferences, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), perfectly captured the new dynamic.

After their respective policy lunches, McConnell devoted his entire opening remarks, more than three minutes, to the Kavanaugh issue, highlighting a clarification the New York Times added to an article about how an alleged victim did not recall an alleged incident of sexual misconduct during the justice’s college days.
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https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/in-whiplash-moment-democrats-are-now-backing-away-from-kavanaugh-allegations/2019/09/17/e5ed1404-d981-11e9-ac63-3016711543fe_story.html

The Brett Kavanaugh allegations and the problem with “boys will be boys”

A developmental psychologist explains “the brutal humor of masculinity.”

Vice, By Constance Grady

This weekend, in an essay adapted from a forthcoming book, the New York Times broke the story that Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh is facing a third allegation of sexual misconduct. Then, almost immediately, the paper plunged itself into controversy over a tweet it used to promote its scoop.

“Having a penis thrust in your face at a drunken dorm party may seem like harmless fun,” said the official Twitter account of the paper of record’s Opinion section. “But when Brett Kavanaugh did it to her, Deborah Ramirez says, it confirmed that she didn’t belong at Yale in the first place.”

The Times broke the news in a “news analysis” essay adapted from a book on Kavanaugh by Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly. The essay focuses on a previously reported accusation from Deborah Ramirez, who says that Kavanaugh nonconsensually thrust his genitals toward her face during a party when they were both students at Yale, but it adds a new accusation.

According to the essay, witnesses also saw Kavanaugh’s friends push his penis into the hands of a female student at a different party at Yale, an action that Pogrebin and Kelly argue establishes a pattern of behavior on Kavanaugh’s part. (According to an update made to the essay, the female student declined to be interviewed, and friends say she does not remember the party, but Pogrebin and Kelly discussed the incident with government officials who found it credible.)

The news was explosive, reigniting the conversation around Kavanaugh that consumed the country during his Supreme Court confirmation hearings last year: Should a man who has been credibly accused of sexual misconduct have a lifetime seat on the highest court in the country?

But the Times’s framing was a little more questionable, even without the Opinion desk’s tweet. Some people asked why the essay was published in the Opinion section in the first place, rather than treated as a straightforward news story. Others wanted to know why the new accusation was buried 11 paragraphs into the story. Still others argued that the new accusation was weak and that it should never have appeared in the Times at all.

But it was the tweet that was really inflammatory. News sites called it vile, offensive, and infamous. Amid widespread outrage, the Times deleted the tweet and issued an apology, calling it “clearly inappropriate and offensive.” Pogrebin, who wrote the tweet, said that she was attempting to get out ahead of any readers who might see Ramirez’s accusations as “harmless fun,” not to characterize the incident that way herself.

Still, there were some observers on the right who didn’t see why the tweet caused controversy in the first place, or who argued that what Kavanaugh has been accused of — thrusting his genitalia at girls during drunken college parties without their consent, on multiple occasions — was absolutely harmless fun.
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https://www.vox.com/culture/2019/9/18/20868499/brett-kavanaugh-allegations-deborah-ramirez-niobe-way

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  #2320284 19-Sep-2019 12:44
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BBC News - Trump names new national security adviser

 

today

 


US President Donald Trump has named a new national security adviser to replace John Bolton.

 

Robert O'Brien has had a long career in foreign policy working for both main US parties and currently heads hostage negotiations at the State Department.

 

He is Mr Trump's fourth national security adviser.

 

As top adviser on national security, Mr O'Brien will be tasked with tackling everything from immigration policy to heightened tensions with Iran. ...

 

 

He sounds better than the last three ...   😐





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  #2320299 19-Sep-2019 13:00
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The New York Times -
This Picture Tells You Everything You Need to Know About Impeachment

 

A Renaissance-style tableau for a divided Washington.

 

18 Sep 2019

 

The photograph documents a tense scene during the panel’s questioning of Corey Lewandowski, Mr. Trump’s former campaign manager, who Democrats believe may hold a key to proving that the president obstructed justice. 

 

At issue is whether House rules allow a consultant working for the Democrats to directly question Mr. Lewandowski. 

 

1. Chairman Jerrold Nadler, Democrat of New York - at the center of it all
2. Representative Doug Collins, Republican of Georgia - hand outstretched
3. Representative Zoe Lofgren, Democrat of California - hand aloft, in a “cool it” gesture
4. Barry H. Berke, a Democratic lawyer for the committee - at Mr. Nadler’s right hand
5. Committee staff - the supporting cast

 

Speaker Nancy Pelosi - not pictured (but a looming presence)
Corey Lewandowski - not pictured (but on the witness stand)

 

EDIT

 

[Lewandowski was extremely uncooperative and obstructive during this hearing - obviously played to an audience of one - Donald Trump - who was delighted by his performance.]

 

 





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  #2320427 19-Sep-2019 14:58
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Only the brightest and best (son-in-laws) are good enough for Trump

Kushner's Middle East peace plan drifts further astray as envoy resigns

The ‘ultimate deal’ for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is due to come out after the Israeli elections on 17 September

Jason Greenblatt, the Trump administration’s special envoy for Middle East peace, tasked with working on the “ultimate deal” for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, is to leave the post, it has been announced.

...Greenblatt, a real estate lawyer with no experience in diplomacy, began working on the would-be plan in 2017 with Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, in what the president has said would be the “ultimate deal”.

It was reported on Thursday that a 30 year-old Kushner aide, Avi Berkowitz – who graduated from law school in 2016 and has no Middle East experience, would take over some of Greenblatt’s role, while the state department’s special envoy for Iran, Brian Hook, would broaden his responsibilities to include Israel and the Palestinian territories.

During Greenblatt’s time in office, the US severed its diplomatic links with the Palestinians, closed down its consulate in Jerusalem, and ordered the Palestinian mission in Washington to shut down. Earlier this year, the US cut all aid to the Palestinian territories.

“The Trump administration inherited very poor prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace, which wasn’t their fault,” said Daniel Shapiro, the former US ambassador to Israel. “But everything they have done in the field since has made it even harder to achieve a breakthrough.”

Hanan Ashrawi, a senior Palestinian official, said Greenblatt had spent his time in the role as “an apologist for the most extreme, hardline government in the history of Israel”.

“I think the Palestinians as a whole are going to say good riddance,” she added.

The only part of the Kushner-Greenblatt scheme that has been made public was an economic “workshop” in Bahrain, which was intended to drum up interest in investment in the future of the Palestinian territories. However, it was boycotted by most Palestinian businesses.

“It was a wish list of economic projects, not tied to a political horizon,” Elgindy said.

Although little is known for certain about the Kushner-Greenblatt plan, Trump officials have made it clear it will not commit to supporting the creation of a sovereign Palestinian state alongside Israel, which was the policy of previous US administrations.

Netanyahu has promised this year to annex Israeli settlements in the West Bank, a move widely interpreted as killing of the already moribund two-state ideal that previous peace efforts have focused on.​

Kushner, Greenblatt and the current US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman have all been supportive of Israeli settlements in the occupied territories and few expect the plan to put pressure on Israel to withdraw them.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/05/Kushner-middle-east-peace-plan-jason-greenblatt-envoy-resign

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