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by Bjinse on Mon May 6th, 2019 at 08:47:16 PM EST
reference
Brookings podcast, Stan Brand on Congressional Subpoenas and Contempt, no transcript
UVA Law Review, Regulating Presitential Powers 2005
Remember PNAC? Bybee and Yoo?
I didn't think so.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue May 7th, 2019 at 11:34:37 PM EST
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I certainly remember Project for a New American Century. I had to look up PNAC. Undefined acronyms.


"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed May 8th, 2019 at 01:40:51 AM EST
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pee-knack-ers guiding the first unitary executive into a universe of pre-emptive strikes. memorable. exciting. unprecedented. inconceivable.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed May 8th, 2019 at 02:19:20 AM EST
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they're getting their mojo back right now. Possibilities for wars all over the place. Trump is really champing at the bit to get his war on, prompting a coup in Venezuala, a carrier group sailing up and down the Iranian side of the the Persian gulf, even annoying the chinese.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu May 9th, 2019 at 08:04:32 AM EST
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Mnuchin rejects Neal's request for Trump tax returns
"Experts tend to side with Neal ..."

reference

archived
CRS | Congressional Access to the President's Tax Returns
Treasury/IRS/keywords: "legislative purpose", Nixon, Obama
Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.)
Thanks, TurboTax!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed May 8th, 2019 at 02:13:04 AM EST
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I suspect that the attempt to get both the full text of the Muller report, and the tax returns, would require an actual use of police force at the White Hosue, something that I do not think will actually happen. The ability of the Trump white house to stand brazenly and simply ignore the law when it feels like it seems pretty strong.
by Zwackus on Wed May 8th, 2019 at 07:44:17 AM EST
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International law? Certainly.
US Constitutional law? I don't know about that.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed May 8th, 2019 at 06:27:09 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed May 8th, 2019 at 08:00:58 PM EST
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Timing: tax returns
TurboTax and H&R Block are sued for allegedly keeping Americans from filing taxes for free
As City Atty. Mike Feuer alleges in lawsuits filed Monday against Intuit and H&R Block, the two companies have connived [!] for years to discourage millions of taxpayers from taking advantage of a free, simple online system provided by the Internal Revenue Service
"co-conniver" tricky Dick Neal RICOCHETS off the 8-ball into the DNC side-pocket
The commercial tax-prep firms and the conservative [!] anti-tax lobby share incentives to keep tax filing complicated for most Americans...They've both opposed allowing the IRS to prepare taxpayers' returns for them by sending forms pre-filled with all the information the IRS already has about them. [...] Obama mentioned such a plan during his first presidential campaign, but it died [!] under lobbying assault from the tax-prep companies and anti-tax crusaders.
18 states have bills to make presidential candidates release tax returns.
(representatives of the odious? not yet.)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu May 9th, 2019 at 03:44:07 AM EST
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Dems want Justice IG to investigate Barr
"The Justice Department's Inspector General [IG] declined to comment about the requests from Congress."

archived April 2018
Investigation of Certain Allegations Relating to Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe
report, 39pp

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed May 8th, 2019 at 07:27:02 AM EST
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Barr's Testament 28 March: "I don't know whether Bob Mueller supported my conclusion"
Pelosi says Barr 'lied to Congress' and 'that's a crime', 2 May

reference
Literary criticism by Rbt. "Close Advisor to" Mueller addressed to Wm. "Drug Czar" Barr,
27 March, facsimile, unredacted enclosure(s) embargoed from public access
Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election, Vol. I-II, redacted, 448pp
House votes AG Eric Holder in contempt, June 2012
resigns Sept 2014, succeeded 2015 by Loretta Lynch
Freud - Complete Works, 5102pp

archived yellow cake
Literary Criticism for Dummies

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed May 8th, 2019 at 07:35:59 PM EST
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House Intelligence committee again serves Wm. "Drug Czar" Barr its subpoena for unredacted special council report, all evidence produced by SCO. 15 May deadline.

House Judiciary committee finds, 24-16, Wm. "Drug Czar" Barr in contempt of congress
Committee Report for Resolution

Trump asserts executive privilege over special counsel Robert Mueller's report and its underlying evidence


Roll Call tours Capitol Crypt, although Pelosi says she is 'not for' jailing. She does not rule out impeachment, again.
--
Frankly, since I checked up on house.gov, I'm more alarmed by other items on the committees' agenda. It appears, too, that suspending floor rules on roll call has eased a number of bills' passage without press over the past couple of weeks ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu May 9th, 2019 at 01:13:36 AM EST
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Self-impeach? Talk shifts toward Trump defiance of Congress
"The president is self-impeaching," [Pelosi] told her colleagues last week during a private caucus meeting, echoing comments she also aired in public. "He's putting out the case against himself. Obstruction, obstruction, obstruction. Ignoring subpoenas and the rest." She added, "He's doing our work for us, in a certain respect."


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat May 11th, 2019 at 04:39:28 PM EST
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Timing: executive privilege 2019 Bulletin

"reform" the FBI?

US House Committee on Oversight and Reform  (plaintiff-appellant)
vs.
Wm. "Drug Czar" Barr, in his official capacity as AG (defendant-appellee)


Got that? Current (116th) Oversight Committee (D) inherited 112th-113th session Oversight Committee (R) subpoena denied by AG Eric "Fast & Furious" HOLDER, found in contempt (2012), and sued. 44th president asserts executive privilege to um obstruct production of FBI "evidence", LYNCH succeeds HOLDER (114th); SESSIONS succeeds LYNCH (115th); acting ROSENSTEIN succeeds SESSIONS (116th); BARR succeeds acting ROSENSTEIN. 116th Oversight Committee (D) files motion to dismiss 112th Oversight Committee(R) appeal of court decision affirming executive privilege. Current AG agrees.

116th  Oversight Committee (D) serves current AG subpoena for "evidence", AG denies subpoena, 116th finds contempt, 45th president asserts executive privilege ...

Good! I want you all to know with whom you are dealing.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu May 9th, 2019 at 04:56:06 AM EST
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tbh we always knew he was agonna be a dictator. He was telling us that in the run-up to the election.

Medium - Sarah Benincasa - Welcome to the Dictator Playbook

When they tell you to rally behind President Trump because we've been hit by evil, remember how gleefully he painted the target.

If you are too young to remember how Bush and Cheney used an act of terror by Saudis and others to create a lie about Iraq, read about it. Trump didn't ban Saudis from coming here. There's a reason for that, and it's not because they didn't constitute the majority of 9/11 hijackers (spoiler: they did).

Friday's actions do not represent a sensible method to buy time to evaluate already-stringent visa procedures. They are grooming you the way a molester grooms a child. The molester tests boundaries first.

This is a test of your boundaries, my fellow American. How far can he push you before you speak up? Will you speak up? Will you fight back? You're not a child. You have some power. Band together with others and you have more.

Trump and Pence are following a well-worn playbook. What does it say?

Blame the immigrants; label dissenters and witnesses as threats; divide.

(And conquer. That's the best part, for guys like this.)



keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu May 9th, 2019 at 07:56:03 AM EST
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If only this scene had had any real impact.
by rifek on Thu May 9th, 2019 at 01:31:49 PM EST
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Back in the days when even the American Government pretended to give a shit about the constitution. Back when Ashcorft was dismissing the Geneva Convention as "quaint".

Now it's the Bill of Rights & the Constitution on the "quaint" list. Things we can just ignore as historical anomalies unsuited for the challenges of 21st century plundering governing

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu May 9th, 2019 at 02:05:58 PM EST
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The US increasingly reminds me of sicily under the governorship of Verres.

But you now don't even have a court in which to try him, let alone a Cicero to prosecute.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu May 9th, 2019 at 02:08:54 PM EST
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In 1972 the Supreme Court ruled 9-0 that Nixon was not beyound the subpoena powers of Congress, opinion by Burger, a Nixon appointee.  Today the decision would go 5-4 the other way.  The state of the Rule of Law in Murica.
by rifek on Thu May 9th, 2019 at 02:21:43 PM EST
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current US Circuit Ct. D.C.
Merrick B. Garland was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals in April 1997 and became Chief Judge on February 12, 2013.
Remember him? How about the others? Shame that three of them folded so easily on the settlement, ain't it.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu May 9th, 2019 at 09:31:25 PM EST
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Trump is not "winning". He can go to hell and probably will sooner than later. He's a front, not a "dictator". Fact is, the Republican Party are killing it, as the children say. DNC has no plan but packing the House with #%$!@ DINO Biden? That is no path to recovering SCOTUS endgame, much less constitutional "reform". Worse defense evah. WHERE ARE THEIR #%$!@ 2020 SENATE FRESHMEN? People better wise up and uproot those losers. Or pray what's on the bench regresses to mean, when --not if-- a true hard-core conservative dons RBG's robe.

US is so headed for a carnival of broke-ass, sovereign states' wildlife.

archived
advice and consent of the senate
Democratic senators have not impeded confirmation of Trump nominees to date.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 02:20:17 AM EST
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UNIVERSITY D'OH BULLETIN 11 May


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon May 13th, 2019 at 01:27:22 PM EST
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2017: It's clear to me that this writer's contempt for 45 was passionate and shrouded in fable. I wonder if she's satisfied today "now that the Democrats are in control of the House". I'm thinking of Gabor Mate and also Sema Hernandez, progressive ingenue, recently show-cased by Jimmy Dore. I'm thinking of the sophist Jeff Toobin Esq.
So, after nearly two and a half centuries, Trump will create a new [?] constitutional norm--in which the executive can defy the legislature without consequence. The only likely remedy, therefore, will lie with the voters, next year.
As I read, there are far too many people rehearsing elevator pitches and waving permission slips at their "media" reflections.

US government and its rude, faux frontier nobility have from time to time embraced "dictators" since the inception of their republic. I wonder idly, what children learn in elementary school. Have teachers left off the cherry tree and graceful retirement of His Excellency Geo. Washington from the catechism of model American democracy? I would guess so, considering that "constitutional crisis" case load per term has increased from 1,195 in 1950 to 7,000-8,000 in the 21st century, yet this year, this president, this congress is supposedly different.

Rly?

I count three. John Adams, FDR, GWB. I wouldn't count Trump and his asinine humor, because I pretty certain  Trump has not ushered any legal, or "legitimate," authority into the office that has not already been delegated to his predecessors by the US Congress. But I might be persuade by the four "red scares" that I've counted. Two coincide with "dictator" administrations --his and FDR's. To the administrations of Adams, FDR, and GWH we must admit, however, the most alarming marriage of ideal "national security" privileges and whichever, spectacularly undesirable "aliens" available to each. Sadly, jewish refugees were far down christ Roosevelt's list of "collateral damage", Ms Benincasa.

Again, authority was delegated to the office and endorsed by the US Congress. That's the group of people who cannot be shifted either to review, repeal, or replace their "institutional knowledge," much less overide a presidential veto. That is the group of "representatives," for whom voters take no responsibility. For that would surely, poorly reflect the values of the nation whose civic duty, "turn out," is reduced to one ballot every four years.

"He's doing our work for us, in a certain respect," said the speaker of the House.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun May 12th, 2019 at 09:37:00 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu May 9th, 2019 at 12:13:03 AM EST
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Yep! I too recall to have voted the winner! What are these stats worth?

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Thu May 9th, 2019 at 07:12:05 AM EST
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22 days ago: Nancy Pelosi: Not Honoring Subpoenas Is Obstruction Of Justice | MSNBC, A/V

13 days ago: "self-impeachment" principle of representative democracy

2 days ago: Distorted video of Nancy Pelosi edited to sound drunk spreading across social media
"Hany Farid, a computer-science professor and digital-forensics expert at University of California, Berkeley, told the Post that there was 'no question' the video had been altered"
-- CSPAN | Speaker Pelosi at CAP Ideas Conference, A/V, transcript

1 day ago: CNBC | House Speaker Nancy Pelosi holds weekly news conference - 05/23/2019



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 24th, 2019 at 09:11:06 AM EST
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fivethirtyeight Endorsement Tracker


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu May 9th, 2019 at 09:20:12 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 08:59:26 PM EST
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Log Cabin UPDATE, for millennials


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon May 13th, 2019 at 03:41:56 PM EST
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Quite a sideswipe.

Buttegieg is beginning to fade anyway. He's an empty vessel of felgood kumbaya

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue May 14th, 2019 at 05:17:08 PM EST
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Is the population in no mood for an edgier boot stamping on the face of humanity?

According to Buttegieg's campaign video his name is pronounced Boot Edge Edge. I would see that as ripe for memes. An edgier boot kicking poor people out of their homes, etc etc.

by fjallstrom on Tue May 14th, 2019 at 05:28:40 PM EST
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It is now pronounced Booty Judge and he can't change it anymore.
by generic on Tue May 14th, 2019 at 05:32:02 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue May 14th, 2019 at 05:42:43 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 24th, 2019 at 09:13:07 AM EST
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'A dream ticket': Black lawmakers pitch Biden-Harris to beat Trump
< wipes tears >



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue May 14th, 2019 at 09:29:28 PM EST
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Montana Gov. Bullock joins 2020 Democratic presidential race
"Bullock plans a two-tiered argument."
Bill de Blasio announces 2020 run, says he knows how to take on "bully" Trump

New York Post, front cover,15 May 2019
New York Daily News | Editorial: "The Bill de Blasio we know"


Day 536, 22 (D), 2 (R) and counting


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu May 16th, 2019 at 10:26:44 PM EST
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by generic on Fri May 17th, 2019 at 09:07:27 AM EST
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Michael Avenatti charged with defrauding Stormy Daniels

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu May 23rd, 2019 at 02:24:41 AM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu May 23rd, 2019 at 10:27:03 AM EST
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China Mobile blocked from offering phone service in US
The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted unanimously, 5-0 across party lines
wut
to reject China Mobile International USA Inc.'s long-ago filed application.
[...]
"Granting China Mobile's application would not be in the public interest," said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. "There is a significant risk that the Chinese government would use China Mobile to conduct activities that would seriously jeopardize the national security, law enforcement, and economic interests of the United States."
[...]
Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democrat, criticized the agency for not doing enough to protect U.S. networks, adding that Thursday's vote was just "performative security" on an application that had been on "permanent pause" and sitting around for more than eight years.
c'mon. Team Li has some sense of humor.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 12:09:14 AM EST
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Ill-conceived headline w/o 11 May 2019
Trade Deficit Ticks Up Despite Shrinking Gap With China

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 12:19:17 AM EST
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NEW! deadline. Places, everyone (with a Bloomberg Professional Services subscription)!
China Announces Tariff Retaliation to Take Effect on June 1

mElt DoWN

  • Stocks Set for Worst Drop in Four Months updated 27 minutes ago
  • Soybeans Slump to Lowest in a Decade as Trade War Intensifies
  • Here Are the European Stocks Most Exposed to U.S.-China Tensions
  • Apple Slumps Pre-Market as Trade Tensions Escalate


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon May 13th, 2019 at 04:34:55 PM EST
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(merits mention in "The situation here is still pretty psychotic". More airport detentions could be in the cards.)

Trump says U.S. farmers to get $15 billion in aid amid China trade war
"A new aid program would be the second round of assistance for farmers, after the Department of Agriculture's $12 billion plan last year to compensate for lower prices for farm goods and lost sales stemming from trade disputes with China and other nations."
$27B in WTO "illegal" subsidy and counting

Pentagon warns EU against blocking U.S. companies from defense pact, strongly worded letter
"It is clear that similar reciprocally imposed U.S. restrictions would not be welcomed by our European partners and allies, and we would not relish having to consider them in the future"

Meanwhile, Oversight! spending recovers
Attorney General Barr taps Connecticut prosecutor to investigate origins of Mueller probe
"Durham was appointed to the job several weeks ago"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue May 14th, 2019 at 04:36:20 PM EST
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vs China
Trade war, heavy rains credit weigh on Deere & Co.*
"'Ongoing concerns about export-market access, near-term demand for commodities such as soybeans, and a delayed planting season in much of North America are causing farmers to become much more cautious about making major purchases,' Deere Chairman and CEO Samuel Allen said in a prepared statement Friday."

vs Central America
Courts weigh Trump's plan to tap Pentagon for border wall

The Defense Department transferred $1 billion to border wall coffers in March and another $1.5 billion last week. Patrick Shanahan, the acting defense secretary, may decide as soon as Wednesday whether to transfer an additional $3.6 billion.

Last month, the Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $789 million contract to SLSCO Ltd. of Galveston, Texas, to replace 46 miles (74 kilometers) of barrier in New Mexico, paid for by Pentagon funds.

On Wednesday, Barnard Construction Co. of Bozeman, Montana, won a $141.8 million contract to replace 5 miles (8 kilometers) in Yuma and 15 miles (24 kilometers) in the Border Patrol's El Centro, California, sector. Southwest Valley Constructors of Albuquerque, New Mexico, won a $646 million contract to replace 63 miles (101 kilometers) in the Border Patrol's Tucson, Arizona, sector. All of those projects are funded by the Defense Department, with construction expected to begin in as little as 45 days.
[...]
Aside from California, states participating in the legal challenge are Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.

injunction sought, one might suppose.
--
* Brazil and Argentina soy exports to China during spring and early summer anyway. Other US grain commodities beyond scope of article. Chinese PMs and intermediate goods subject to tariff ignored elsewhere. Catepillar manufactures and sells in China.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 17th, 2019 at 09:49:57 PM EST
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Trade Impasse: Trump Pledges $16B to Farmers as Markets Buckle
"Financial markets buckled Thursday on heightened tensions between the U.S. and China. The Dow Jones industrial average was down more than 400 points in afternoon-day trading. U.S. crude PLUNGED 6% on fears that the trade standoff could knock the global economy out of kilter and kill demand for energy.
[...]
" 'The president feels that China is paying for this program through the tariffs,' Perdue said.
[...]
"'The thought of the government taking my money and giving it to farmers as subsidies to support their loses [sic] doesn't sit well,' Foreman said by email. 'It's not fair to take money from a Florida company to support an Iowa farmer! Farmers don't want welfare. I'm sure they, like us, just want open free markets to trade in!'"

UK, Japan Mobile Operators Suspend Huawei 5G Phone Launches
"The Trump administration's order last week cuts Huawei's access to American chips and Google, which makes the Android operating system and services for its smartphones."

Xi Jinping calls for ne 'Long March' in dramatic sign that China is preparing for a protracted trade war
Sun Tzu.X.24

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu May 23rd, 2019 at 11:22:01 PM EST
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China state TV carries Daily Show spot on Huawei lead in 5G
Memorial Day message received

reference
The Coming War on China, (2016) running time 01:49:49

ERIC X. LI: I make the joke how in America you can change political parties, but you can't change the policies. In China you cannot change the party, but you can change policies. So in sixty-five or sixty-six years China's been run by one single party, yet the political changes that have taken place in China these past sixty-six years have been wider and broader and greater than probably any major country in modern memory. China is a market economy, and it's a vibrant market economy, but it is not a capitalist country. Here's why. There's no way a group of billionaires can control the politburo as it does American policy-making. So in China you have a vibrant market, but capital does not rise above political authority. Capital does not have enshrined rights. In America capital, the interest of capital and capital itself, has risen above the American nation. The political authority cannot check the power of capital. And that's why America is a capitalist country, but China is not.
Edgar Snow's Account of "The Long March" (1934-1936)
Hoover Institution Digital Collection, "Department's White Paper on China" (Transmittal Letter). US Department of State, July 29, 1949
Cast Away Illusions, Prepare for Struggle , August 14, 1949

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon May 27th, 2019 at 05:14:45 PM EST
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Ill-conceived headline w/o 19 May 2019
Authorities raid 247 Colorado homes growing black market pot

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 24th, 2019 at 11:50:35 PM EST
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Ohio GOP Loses Bid to Block Gerrymander Ruling
"Election district challenges implicating Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act go before a three-judge panel by default, and appeals go directly to the Supreme Court."

wut:"'When you have a robust, strong gerrymander, it makes it harder for the people who are marginalized to keep coming up with good people to run,' she said."

General Assembly
House: 38 (D), 61 (R); Fun fact: $60,584/year
Senate:  9 (D), 24 (R)

35 chamber slaves of the patriarchy
21 (D), 13 (R)
wut: "A wise man once told me that 'the state budget process was a process of allocating pain.'"


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri May 10th, 2019 at 01:21:50 AM EST
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Company comes to aid of Rhode Island students offered jelly sandwiches
"nearly $50,000, the amount owed by low-income families with children in Warwick Public Schools"
wut: "West End residents have organized against locating the charter school in John Hope Settlement House ..."

General Assembly
House: 66 (D), 9 (R); Fun fact: $15,414/year salary
Senate: 33 (D), 5 (R)
wut: "Despite the opposition, Mattiello was endorsed for another term as speaker"

42 chamber slaves of the patriarchy
39 (D), 3 (R)
wut: "She says it isn't time to tinker because the system is broken"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat May 11th, 2019 at 04:33:16 PM EST
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Alyssa Milano calls for a sex strike to protest anti-abortion laws, gets slammed on Twitter
"'if they want to control our bodies reproductive organs, (then) we should deny sex to cis men,' one person tweeted."
wut: Georgia House Passes Fetal-Heartbeat Abortion Bill
wut: Mississippi Governor Signs Fetal-Heartbeat Abortion Law
wut: South Carolina state House approves 'heartbeat' abortion ban
wut: Ohio governor signed state's so-called heartbeat bill

General Assembly
House: 75 (D), 103 (R); Fun fact: $17,342/year salary
Senate: 21 (D), 35 (R)
wut: A bad session for women in Georgia Legislature
wut: Democrats Discover New Path to Beating Trump in Deep South

72 chamber slaves of the patriarchy
55 (D), 17 (R)
wut: Growing up in Jamaica McLeod was a "Girl Guide"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun May 12th, 2019 at 01:04:02 PM EST
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For the GOP, women are always property. Bodily autonomy is for humans, ie men. Abortion, contraception and other illusions of self-controlfemale self-actualisation interfere with men's property rights and must be disallowed.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun May 12th, 2019 at 07:51:01 PM EST
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PUBLIC PROPERTY BULLETIN: GOP not only political group groping "bodily" property rights

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun May 12th, 2019 at 08:16:42 PM EST
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The other religion
`Shocking': Ohio State doc abused 177, officials were aware
The findings put Strauss in a league with gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar of Michigan State University, who was accused of molesting at least 250 women and girls and is serving what amounts to a life sentence. Michigan State ultimately settled with his victims for $500 million.

Similarly, the Jerry Sandusky child sexual-abuse scandal that brought down legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in 2011 has cost the university more than a quarter-billion dollars in settlements, fines, legal costs and other expenses.

Many of Strauss' accusers who have spoken publicly said they were masturbated or otherwise touched inappropriately during physical exams or leered at in the locker rooms. Many told investigators that they thought his behavior was an "open secret" and that they believed their coaches, trainers and other team doctors knew was going on.

The students described the examinations as being "hazed" or going through a "rite of passage." Athletes joked about Strauss' behavior, referring to him with nicknames like "Dr. Jelly Paws."

besides "service" to the country

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 17th, 2019 at 11:18:25 PM EST
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GA, MS, SC, OH, KY
errata: Kentucky Senate passes fetal heartbeat abortion bill, Feb 2019
"The state already is defending three abortion-related laws in federal court."
wut: House Bill 5: Abortion 'Discrimination' Bill

General Assembly
House: 39 (D), 61 (R) 2 yr term
Fun fact: $188.22/day + per diem salary
Senate: 9 (D), 29 (R) 4 yr term

31 chamber slaves of the patriarchy
20 (D), 11 (R)
wut: "Any woman who is pregnant and fails to provide the notarized statement 'will be fitted with an ankle monitor for the duration of the pregnancy,' Marzian's proposal said."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri May 17th, 2019 at 11:11:19 PM EST
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States seek explicit patient consent for pelvic exams
"It's pretty empowering to know this is something you can detect with a gloved hand instead of needing an MRI [!] or some more expensive procedure," [Dr. Savanah] Harshbarger said.
[...]
Utah's governor signed a pelvic exam consent bill into law earlier this year. A bill in New York passed the state Senate this week and is headed to the governor, and the Maryland Legislature unanimously sent legislation to Gov. Larry Hogan, who is expected to sign it. Maryland state Delegate Heather Bagnall said the state's teaching hospitals have informed consent as a best practice, but she felt it needed to be made explicit in state law to protect women undergoing surgery and as an assurance for medical students.
[...]
If an informed consent requirement becomes law, [NY Democratic state Sen. Roxanne] Persaud said, "It'll be a victory for women."
reference
About Our Bodies Ourselves
I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant

UT
25 chamber slaves of the patriarchy
16 (D), 9 (R)
NY
70 chamber slaves of the patriarchy
50 (D), 10 (R)
MD
72 chamber slaves of the patriarchy
63 (D), 9 (R)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun May 12th, 2019 at 08:06:06 PM EST
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"our" culture
A growing number of states call porn a public health crisis
the legislation could pave the way for future steps, like keeping publicly funded internet at places like schools and libraries from being used to access porn, said Haley Halverson with the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, which is working on new model legislation for states taking those next steps.
[...]
Another new state law lets parents sue pornography makers if their kids need treatment for problems related to porn use, though it wasn't immediately clear whether anyone has made a legal challenge through it.
ncsl | STATE LEGISLATURES MAGAZINE | December 2016
"Critics say scientists have questioned the resolution's assertion that 'pornography is potentially biologically addictive.'"
ncsl | Federal Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), table
"At least 27 states have Internet filtering laws that apply to publicly funded schools or libraries."

reference
Lec 14 "Paul as missionary" - Lec 20 "The Anti-household Paul"

...avoid gentile behaviors, and he will kind of list sometimes things he calls gentile behaviors. One of the most important of those gentile behaviors is was sexual immorality, or in the Greek, simply the word porneia, where we get the word "pornography". This is very difficult to translate into English because it could be used in Greek simply for sexual intercourse.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon May 13th, 2019 at 03:07:13 PM EST
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Mann Act revival, illustrated
Admitted `Slave Master' Takes Stand Against NXIVM Cult Leader
tears, sippy cups, "neatly combed brown hair to her chin"
Florida's Sex ["]Wars["]: the Battle to Decriminalize Sex Work
"Two presidential candidates -- Sen. Kamala[?!] Harris (D-CA) and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) -- have advocated for the decriminalize sex work."

archived NXIUM, Mann Act, SESTA/FOSTA
generous plea deals
hOLyMArYmuTTRgoTt!
"we'd rather them be victims"


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri May 17th, 2019 at 10:26:16 PM EST
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Harvard professor out as dean amid backlash for representing Harvey Weinstein
"Harvard has faculty deans to lead and reside at each of its 12 buildings that house undergraduate students. It's considered a powerful and prestigious position. Sullivan and Robinson were the first African Americans to serve as faculty deans at Harvard."

archived Weinstein
civil and criminal

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri May 17th, 2019 at 10:36:50 PM EST
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$44 million settlement reportedly close in Weinstein sexual misconduct harassment and assault lawsuits
"We now have an economic agreement in principal that is supported by the plaintiffs, the AG's office, the defendants and all of the insurers that, if approved, would provide significant compensation to victims, creditors and the estate, and allow the parties to avoid years of costly, time consuming and uncertain litigation on all sides," Adam Harris, a lawyer for studio co-founder Bob Weinstein, told a bankruptcy court judge in Wilmington, Delaware, on Thursday.
[...]
More than 15 lawsuits have been filed accusing Harvey Weinstein or the company of misconduct raketeering. The settlement would cover many of them, including a class action [!] by alleged victims and a suit by the New York attorney general.

The class-action [!] complaint accuses the company of operating like an organized crime group to conceal widespread sexual harassment and assaults.

archived bank run
criminal
civil
NY
Maria Contreras-Sweet does a paul-singer
CA

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri May 24th, 2019 at 09:59:54 AM EST
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by Cat on Sat May 25th, 2019 at 09:40:30 PM EST
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errata
General Assembly
House: 55 (D), 65 (R), 1 (VACANT); Fun Fact: $13,951/year salary

43 chamber slaves of the patriarchy
28 (D), 15 (R)

wut:Candidates face off in GOP primary for NC congressional rac
Yes, the GOP candidate "suffragette" is in white.

The special election was required after the state elections board found last year's contest tainted when Republican Mark Harris used a political operative who improperly handled mail-in ballots.
&tc

archived
Trump STATE
North Carolina (NC)
hOLyMArYmuTTRgoTt!
North Carolina 'born-alive' abortion bill wins final passage
Trump House
SCOTUS review: gerrymandered Greensboro, NC
Living on PUBLIC PROPERTY
The legal term of art (in North Carolina, USA) is "marriage fraud."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue May 14th, 2019 at 06:27:38 PM EST
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Alabama Criminalizes Abortion as a Felony Punishable by 99 Years
"You just aborted the state of Alabama with your rhetoric with this bill."

Cracker Jacks
House: 28 (D), 77 (R); Fun fact: $42,830/year salary
Senate: 8 (D), 27 (R)

wut: "The legendary Alabama storyteller, Kathryn Tucker Windham, used to say, 'Alabama is like a big front porch.' She was right, I have found that to be the case my entire life."
wut: "Ivey, 74, is the state's second female governor and the first Republican woman elected to the post. The governor said she grew up in rural Alabama at a time when little girls didn't dream of being governor one day."
wut: "Gov. Kay Ivey and the Department of Corrections will request bids for the construction of three new men's prisons."
wut: "To the bill's many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians' deeply held belief that every life is precious & that every life is a sacred gift from God."

22 chamber slaves of the patriarchy
3.382M (W), 1.391M (B), 39.1K (N), 73.3K (A), 240.1K (H), 83.1K (N/A)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu May 16th, 2019 at 12:00:15 AM EST
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construction of three new men's prisons
Public housing for forthcoming irresponsible fathers?
by das monde on Thu May 16th, 2019 at 08:45:13 AM EST
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"Letter from a Birmingham Jail"
AL Senate: 8 (D) of which 4 (F), 27 (R) of which 0 (F)
"a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion in Alabama. The vote was 25-6.
wut: Malika Sanders-Fortier, D-Selma, abstained."

"sold down the river", illustrated
Alabama's Gruesome Prisons: Report Finds Rape and Murder at All Hours, 3 April
"The investigation began in the waning days of the Obama administration and continued for more than two years after Mr. Trump took office."
DOJ | Ivestigation of Alabama's State Prisons for Men, report
Investigation finds Alabama prison conditions are "unconstitutional", 15 May
"A Justice Department investigation found conditions in Alabama's prisons violate the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution"
Prison Policy Initiative | Alabama profile
46,000 (2018)
ACLU | Smart Justice [?]
28,296 (2018)

U.S. states by incarceration and correctional supervision rate, (2016)


World Prison Brief
tabulation
World Prison Brief
publications, by subject

archived crackers
coup de grâce
Sessions' firing is 'blatant attempt' to end Russia probe: Pelosi

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu May 16th, 2019 at 06:27:37 PM EST
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archived crackers
The situation is pretty psychotic here.
Bette Midler apologizes for controversial 'women, are the niggers of the world' tweet



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu May 16th, 2019 at 06:41:04 PM EST
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Walk with me.
See Cat ticked off. See patriots sanitize. See them fervently polish US dross to a sheen that can't keep their stories of "Africans," "blacks," and "African Americans" straight.
  1. Last Slave Ship From Africa Found off Alabama Coast. "wreck of the last ship known to bring enslaved people from Africa to the United States": 1860 at Mobile, ALABAMA, absolutely, positively plausibly the ONLY ONE since 1808. Because criminals always telegraph the bailiff a manifest and itinerary before landing. srsly.
  2. Africatown: "110 African men, women, and children between the ages of 5 and 23" ["a group"] establishes "the settlement of African Town as the first [!] town [?!] founded [1868, by "survivors" aged 13-31?!] and continuously occupied and controlled by blacks [!] in the United States" --excluding, for instance, the Gullah Geechee Corridor, the  gulag archipelago running the coast of South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.
  3. The Gullah: Rice, Slavery, and the Sierra Leone-American [!] Connection --"The plantation owners were willing to pay higher prices for slaves from this area, and Africans from the Rice Coast were almost certainly the largest group [!] of slaves imported into South Carolina and Georgia during the 18th century." [Saving Cokie Roberts', Founding Mothers, the dubious fucking honor of corroborating their entrepreneurial genius and fluency in English, French, and Portuguese, because victims of the patriarchy] See last "group" of descendants of slaves 'lose' homesteads
  4. 1926 Slave Revolt in Sierra Leone
Slavery is an important part of the history of the Sierra Leone Colony and Protectorate.  In those years prior to the abolition of the Atlantic slave trade in 1807 [1792-1807 "settlement"], these settlers from Great Britain, Nova Scotia, and Jamaica struggled to survive. They were resented by the adjacent African and European slave traders. Some of these returned African freed slaves became slave traders themselves in order to survive.1 [...] When slavery was abolished in the British Empire in 1833, slavery was also abolished in Sierra Leone. However, slavery outside the borders of the Crown Colony was not affected. Even when the Protectorate was established in 1896, slavery was still legal in the Protectorate until 1928. Beginning in 1833, slaves of the tribes near the Crown Colony would enter the Crown Colony to become free. In 1841, the British established a legal principle that they would not return a fugitive slave who had escaped to Freetown.5 This legal principle continued until the abolition of slavery in the Sierra Leone Protectorate in 1928.6
Nationalarchives.gov.uk | "Suppression" of the slave trade

Happy Black History Y5 D143

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu May 23rd, 2019 at 06:55:33 PM EST
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1 more chamber slave of the patriarchy
The anti-gay extremist behind America's fiercely strict abortion bans

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat May 18th, 2019 at 07:56:46 PM EST
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Missouri governor signs bill banning abortions at 8 weeks
"without exceptions for cases of rape or incest". Gee.
wut: Statement from St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson on the passage of the abortion bill
wut: Statement from Missouri Democratic Party on passage of abortion legislation

General Assembly
House: 47 (D), 114 (R), 2 (VACANT); Fun fact: $35,915/year salary
Senate: 10 (D), 24 (R)
wut: Here is a list of the top measures passed this session which ended 17 May.

50 chamber slaves of the patriarchy
25 (D), 25 (R)
wut: "there's a lot more rights that women have now than we did when I was a little girl, but they aren't guaranteed in the Constitution"
wut: "proud to be participating in placing Human Trafficking posters in businesses across Missouri that might come in contact with these predators"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat May 25th, 2019 at 12:36:58 AM EST
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Democratic-led states divided over approach on abortion
Overturning Roe v. Wade wouldn't turn back the clock to 1973

Good luck wit dat.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon May 27th, 2019 at 04:26:29 PM EST
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I'm sure you've all seen headlines like this: CNN Poll: More see Trump win likely as Biden leads crowded Democratic field

But have you checked the poll in detail?

29. I'm going to read a list of people who may be running in the Democratic primaries for president in 2020. After I read all the names, please tell me which of those candidates you would be most likely to support for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020, or if you would support someone else.
Base: Respondents who are Democrats/Democratic-leaning independents

                                                         Total <$50K $50K+
                                                         == == ===
Former Vice President Joe Biden       33%   N/A     34%
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders       13%   N/A      11%

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed May 15th, 2019 at 10:35:13 AM EST
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Beautiful.
by generic on Wed May 15th, 2019 at 11:23:39 AM EST
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Turns out it wasn't just a poll of rich Democrats but was also a poll of old ones.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu May 16th, 2019 at 12:25:24 PM EST
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North Korea calls Joe Biden 'fool of low IQ' over his criticism of Kim Jong Un
Trump giggles

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed May 22nd, 2019 at 12:58:49 PM EST
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Trump gets something right
In many ways, I like him," Trump said of Biden. "He's not as smart as Bernie [Sanders]. And he's not as quick."
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed May 22nd, 2019 at 02:02:03 PM EST
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FDA warning letter
The United States (U.S.) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently reviewed your website, http://www.aidaccess.org, and determined that you cause the introduction into interstate commerce of misbranded and unapproved new drugs in violation of sections 301(a), 301(d), and 505(a) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) (21 U.S.C. §§ 331(a), 331(d), and 355(a)].
They conveniently include the URL. The letter is addressed to
Aidaccess.org
United States
which is probably wrong. Are they in Austria?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed May 22nd, 2019 at 09:20:22 AM EST
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Trump says 'very dangerous' Huawei could be part of U.S.-China trade deal

Huawei and its 68 subsidiaries were put on a U.S. trade blacklist last week, prompting the likes of Google to cut ties with the brand. The lack of an Android license combined with ARM's withdrawal means Huawei's ability to make a phone is nonexistent, and it looks like there won't be a quick resolution.

In a meeting at the White House on Thursday, US president Donald Trump called Huawei "very dangerous":

       Huawei is something that is very dangerous. You look at what they've done from a security standpoint, from a military standpoint, it's very dangerous.

But Trump also said that it is "possible" Huawei could be a part of a larger trade agreement between the U.S. and China:

       If we made a deal, I could imagine Huawei being possibly included in some form or some part of it.

Damn ... is that guy stupid! Who are the morons who voted him into office? Brainwashed or Soviet era mind games ...

Trump: 'I can imagine Huawei being included' in a US-China trade deal | CNBC |
Huawei set to find out if consumers will still buy its phones without Google services under US trade ban

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Fri May 24th, 2019 at 06:24:22 PM EST
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Barr to request Justice Department investigate 26 intelligence agencies and role played to spy on Trump campaign.

Barr Is Investigating The Investigators: Will He Find Wrongdoing Or Political Fuel?

Related reading ...

Moving the hot potato, intelligence and counter-intelligence to avoid getting blame / backlash. Chaos in medialand.
Pointing fingers to the other guy, across the Atlantic, Eastern-Europe, Ukrainian hand ...

Fusion GPS linked to UAE Sheikh and Rubio Donor
Is RussiaGate Really IC-Gate - Forbes

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Fri May 24th, 2019 at 06:25:42 PM EST
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The headlines today are psychotic, because Trump has authorized Barr & DNI discretion to declassify docs embargoed by Mueller's investigation. This unexpected business traverses criminal facts and intelligence "assessments". DLC had argued during the investigation against public disclosures, while also rejecting intelligence briefings, 2017-2018. Constitutional dispute over executive "non-compliance" should be moot, but the fourth estate will stutter until Granny Nancy waves her hand. Fin.

"Trump extends his corruption into the intelligence agencies," writes Washington Post.

"Trump orders intelligence community to cooperate with review on Russia probe origins, Reuters confides.

"Trump orders 'immediate' declassification of FISA documents, DOJ-FBI texts," RT declares.  

By releasing a Wikileaks-like dump from US "spy" masters, ironically, DLC's prime suspect has wrested control of "the narrative" of his conspiracy and "obstruction" from them. More significant, declassification obviates officious subpoena service, impeachment preparation, and floor proceedings by majority "leaders". Will they suddenly demand a right to refuse declassification? Or schedule NEW! hearings from witnesses previously deposed in closed sessions?

Do you doubt that bureaucrats tied either to executive or legislative agencies would promote heads of state employed in the fabrication of fed gov political intrigues into www headlines? I do. "Text" that instantiate notable US persons of interest--summarily exonerated by Mueller--must satiate public curiosity. To wit:

pages 10-12 and 17-34 of the June 2017 application to the FISA court, used to justify surveillance of Carter Page, as well as "all FBI reports of interviews prepared in connection with all Carter Page FISA applications." ... "all FBI reports of interviews with Bruce G. Ohr prepared in connection with the Russia investigation" and "all text messages relating to the Russia investigation, without redaction, of James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr."
A short list of supporting actors omitted in Mueller's report, waiting top up. The duplicity of the GOP's opposition party has been as astounding and crude as inept.

archived Where the #%@$!& is Christopher Steele?
HPSCI Minority memorandum
Carter Page is able, if not willing, to attain standing to sue FBI officers for violating his civil rights (4th, 5th, 14th)
DICTION CORNER
WaPo - Alexandra Petri - The paranoid Carter Page transcript

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri May 24th, 2019 at 09:11:06 PM EST
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Critics worry AG will reveal Russia probe info to help Trump an hour ago
Traditionally, when Congress, for instance, asks for material to be declassified, the request is forwarded to the intelligence agencies where the information originated or resides. Those agencies recommend what part, if any, can be declassified without jeopardizing intelligence sources or spy craft. Then, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence coordinates the feedback from all the agencies and makes a decision.

[DNI] Dan Coats said in a statement Friday that 17 intelligence agencies he represents will provide the Justice Department all appropriate information needed for its review of intelligence activities related to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Coats also said he's confident Drug Czar Barrwill work in accordance with "long-established standards  to protect highly-sensitive classified information that, if publicly released, would put our national security at risk."

But while Trump's memorandum instructs Barr to consult with appropriate intelligence agencies "to the extent he deems it practicable" before he releases anything, it doesn't require him to do so. This has alarmed ["intelligence experts"], who have served in high-level U.S. intelligence posts

wait for it.
California Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House intelligence committee, vowed to conduct oversight of any effort to selectively reveal and distort classified information or manipulate the declassification system.

"The clear intent of this abuse of power is to override longstanding rules governing classified information to serve the president's political interests, advance his 'deep state' narrative, and target his political rivals," Schiff said.

There's this thing about liars ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 24th, 2019 at 11:25:20 PM EST
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Nadler nearly faints
under the hand of his CONSCIENCE BEATING HIS ASS, as ancient afro-americans were heard to say.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 24th, 2019 at 11:34:11 PM EST
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