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Oct 05 09:08

How Saudi Money Keeps Washington at War in Yemen

It was May 2017. The Saudis were growing increasingly nervous. For more than two years they had been relying heavily on U.S. military support and bombs to defeat Houthi rebels in Yemen. Now, the Senate was considering a bipartisan resolution to cut off military aid and halt a big sale of American-made bombs to Saudi Arabia. Fortunately for them, despite mounting evidence that the U.S.-backed, supplied, and fueled air campaign in Yemen was targeting civilians, the Saudi government turned out to have just the weapon needed to keep those bombs and other kinds of aid coming their way: an army of lobbyists.

Oct 05 08:52

Estonia admits over €1 trillion were laundered in the country in 2008-2017

Banks doing business in Estonia, which has been at the centre of a money-laundering scandal involving Danske Bank, handled more than $1 trillion in cross-border flows between 2008 and 2017, according to the country’s central bank.

The European Union member country of just 1.3 million people has been rocked by revelations that banks there laundered money from Russia, Moldova and Azerbaijan via non-resident bank accounts. The scandal has forced lenders in Estonia and neighbouring Latvia to shut down.

Oct 05 08:49

While Nestlé extracts millions of litres from their land, residents have no drinking water

Thomas, a university student and mother of five, has lived without running tap water since the age of 16. Her children lack access to things commonplace elsewhere, like toilets, showers and baths. For washing and toilet usage, they use a bucket.

It is a challenging existence, full of frustration, exhaustion and health problems, and reminiscent of life in some developing countries. But this is not the “third world”. It is Canada, which regularly ranks as one of the United Nations’ top places in the world to live. Moreover, this Native community is located in prosperous southern Ontario, 90 minutes from Canada’s largest and richest city, Toronto.

Meanwhile, while Thomas and her family do without water, the beverage company Nestlé extracts millions of litres of water daily from Six Nations treaty land.

Oct 05 08:48

Netanyahu questioned over corruption for 12th time

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is today being questioned for the 12th time over two cases of corruption.

Today’s questioning is related to two cases dubbed Case 1000 and Case 2000 respectively. In Case 1000, Netanyahu stands accused of accepting lavish gifts from two influential businessmen in return for favourable legislation and personal favours. In Case 2000, Netanyahu is being investigated for promising Arnon Mozes – the owner of Israeli newspaper Yedioth Aronoth – that he would curtail the circulation of Israel Hayom, Mozes’ main competitor publication, in return for favourable coverage of him and his policies.

Early this morning, investigators from the Israeli police’s Lahav 433 – an anti-fraud unit similar to the US’ FBI – arrived at Netanyahu’s official residence in Jerusalem. Numerous protesters gathered outside the residence with a banner bearing Netanyahu’s face and the words “crime minister”, Ynet reported.

Oct 05 08:48

Brett Kavanaugh’s Accuser Got Caught Red-Handed Telling This Game-Changing Lie

Real Clear Investigations reports:

But documents reveal the door was installed years before as part of an addition, and has been used by renters and even a marriage counseling business.

“The door was not an escape route but an entrance route,” said an attorney familiar with the ongoing congressional investigation. “It appears the real plan for the second front door was to rent out a separate room.”

Ford’s story does not add up.

There are too many contradictions and inconsistencies.

Oct 05 08:40

Lawyer for Clinton campaign and DNC gave FBI documents for Russia probe, sources say

A top lawyer working with the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign contacted the FBI’s general counsel in late 2016 and provided documents for the Russia probe as federal investigators prepared a surveillance warrant for Trump campaign aide Carter Page, sources close to a congressional investigation told Fox News, citing new testimony.

The FBI official who was contacted, James Baker, revealed the exchange to congressional investigators during a closed-door deposition Wednesday. He said Perkins Coie lawyer Michael Sussmann initiated contact with him and provided documents as well as computer storage devices on Russian hacking. The sources said Baker described the contact as unusual and the “only time it happened.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF these charges are determined to be true, we could begin to see a great unraveling in DC.

But I am not holding my breath that anyone will be prosecuted, even if these charges prove true.

Oct 05 08:23

RUDY GIULIANI’S $1.6 MILLION AMAZON ADVENTURE HAS BECOME AN ISSUE IN THE BRAZILIAN ELECTION

It’s the latest example of Giuliani traveling abroad to cash in on his tough-on-crime reputation from his days as New York City mayor, despite the fact that new research has increasingly discredited his signature implementation of the “broken windows” policing strategy.

Back home, Giuliani is defending president Donald Trump in a probe related to foreign interference in the 2016 U.S. elections, but his own ties to foreign governments, through lucrative contracts such as this one, have drawn scrutiny in Washington. Critics in multiple countries where Giuliani operates — including the U.S. — argue that his specialty is serving as a media diversion, rather than the job description written on his contracts.

Oct 05 08:19

Christine Ford's Fmr FBI Agent Friend Monica McLean 'Pressured' Leland Keyser to Amend Her Statement

The Wall Street Journal dropped a bombshell report on Friday suggesting Christine Blasey Ford's former FBI agent friend Monica McLean contacted Ford's "lifelong friend" Leland Keyser and pressured her to amend her statement saying she did not know Brett Kavanaugh and had no recollection of ever attending any parties with him.

Oct 05 07:55

Actress Alyssa Milano says Bill Clinton SHOULD have faced an FBI probe over sex assault allegations against him as she continues to denounce Kavanaugh

Actress Alyssa Milano, who once tweeted about her 'crazy amount of love' for Bill Clinton, now believes he should have faced an FBI probe over sex assault claims.

Milano made the remark as she continued to denounce Brett Kavanaugh, who has faced multiple claims of sex assault as he seeks a seat on the Supreme Court.

Challenged by CNN's Chris Cuomo over the double-standard of attacking Kavanaugh but giving Clinton a free pass, she withdrew her support for the former President.

Oct 05 07:49

The American Voter Is the Firewall to Democrats Disgracing the Senate Confirmation Process

The truth is, however, that elected officials do work for us, not the other way around. And nothing makes my teeth chatter faster than hearing some pundit talk about a “well-respected senator.” That phrase is like chalk screeching across a blackboard. Especially after what we have gone through with the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Out of the whole United States Senate, I doubt that there are more than six of the 100 who I’d hire for almost any job. The people we have on our radio networks and stations need to actually know what they are talking about. A senator only needs to have noise coming out of his or her mouth.

How can anybody, as an example, have any respect for Dianne Feinstein? Or Jeff Flake?

Oct 05 07:08

Blasey Ford’s FBI “polygraph” buddy pressured woman to change story

A former FBI agent and lifelong friend of Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford allegedly pressured a woman to change her statement that she knew nothing about an alleged sexual assault by Kavanaugh in 1982, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Leland Keyser, who Ford claims was at the infamous high school “groping” party, told FBI investigators that mutual friend and retired FBI agent, Monica McLean, warned her that Senate Republicans were going to use her statement to rebut Ford’s allegation against Kavanaugh, and that she should at least “clarify” her story to say that she didn’t remember the party – not that it had never happened.

Oct 04 18:46

FBI Met DNC Lawyer to Talk Russiagate Before Spying on Trump Campaign

Attorneys representing Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign and a senior FBI official met during the 2016 campaign season to discuss the Russiagate conspiracy, the latest evidence to that the criminal investigation later launched into Donald Trump's campaign was primarily politically motivated.

Former FBI General Counsel James Baker met with House investigators on Wednesday, and he shared that he had met during the campaign season with an attorney from Perkins Coie, which was on Clinton's payroll in 2016, John Solomon, former editor-in-chief of the Washington Times, writes in The Hill.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, but perfectly predictable, coming from the Clintonistas.

Oct 04 12:51

Accused doxxer of GOP senators allegedly threatened to publish their children’s health information

A Democratic congressional intern accused of publishing the private information of at least three Republican lawmakers allegedly threatened to leak senators’ childrens’ health information if a witness told anyone about his activities.

Jackson Cosko, who recently worked as an unpaid intern for Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, was arrested for allegedly posting the personal information (or "doxxing") of a number of senators including Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah on Wikipedia -- with information such as their home addresses and phone numbers. Graham, Lee and Hatch's information was published on Thursday.

Oct 04 12:36

Wall Street Pumping Cash Through Loophole in Anti-Corruption Rule

If you are a Wall Street executive looking to land a lucrative contract to manage Colorado retirees’ pension money, a federal anti-corruption rule is designed to deter you from trying to use campaign cash to influence state officials who oversee those investment decisions. Despite that regulation, however, Republican Treasurer Walker Stapleton’s gubernatorial campaign is being boosted by a political group partially sponsored by financial firms that receive giant investments from the pension fund Stapleton helps run, according to documents reviewed by Capital & Main.

Oct 04 11:28

Klayman: Kavanaugh Outrage a Travesty of a Mockery of a Sham! Time to Confirm Him!

Oct 04 11:11

Mueller probe winding down? Prosecutors leave team while proof of ‘Russia collusion’ remains elusive

The departure of two prosecutors from the team of Special Counsel Robert Mueller has signaled that at least part of his probe is winding down. The investigation has yet to reveal any collusion between Russia and Donald Trump.

The two prosecutors, who had worked on the criminal cases involving former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, are returning to their previous posts at the Justice Department. They join two other attorneys who left the team over the summer.

The pair’s exit from the special counsel team comes less than a month after Manafort pleaded guilty to two criminal charges – neither related to the alleged collusion with Russia which Mueller’s team set out to uncover. Manafort reportedly met with Mueller’s investigators on Monday, as part of his cooperation agreement with the special counsel’s investigation.

Oct 04 11:07

Hirono Says to Believe Accusers, Silent When 9 Women Accused Her Mentor

The senator is also one of those who’ve loudly proclaimed that all women accusers must be believed, without question, and infamously asserted, “I just want to say to the men in this country: Just shut up and step up. Do the right thing for a change.”

But John Fund at National Review noted that Hirono was singing a vastly different tune in the early 1990s when a popular and powerful Democrat politician — her mentor, the late Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye — was “credibly accused” of rape and sexual misconduct by several women.

Oct 04 10:12

At A Loss Here To Understand...

The number of cases where the FBI has merely operated as the "fixer" for the system is overwhelming.  In fact, it seems to be the rule rather than the exception.

So I am at a loss for how many on the left have come around to viewing the FBI as a paragon of virtue, and how Comey got away with his Boy Scout act on his book tour without anyone challenging him on the squeeky clean image he was selling.

Oct 04 10:00

University of Maine offered credits to low IQ students who tried to harass Susan Collins into voting NO on Kavanaugh...

Oct 04 09:53

Christine Blasey Ford's changing Kavanaugh assault story leaves her short on credibility

As a sex-crimes prosecutor, Republican questioner Rachel Mitchell is well-positioned to “know it when she sees it.” But rather than see Ford as a victim of sexual abuse by Kavanaugh, Mitchell saw her as a witness lacking in credibility. And this conclusion comes from an expert who knows that there are many reasons victims delay reporting sexual abuse. Mitchell also recognized that victims may legitimately not remember certain details related to an attack.

But the problem for Ford is not that she doesn’t remember everything: It is that everything she remembers changes at her convenience.

Oct 04 09:52

Harvard Feminists Abuse Title IX With Kavanaugh Complaints

Even before Harvard University announced this week that Brett Kavanaugh would not be teaching his brief Law School course this year (due to the fact that Kavanaugh himself voluntarily dropped the course), more than 800 alumni had contacted the school asking them to fire the Supreme Court nominee from the gig. While this is troubling enough, it doesn’t even count as a blip on the radar compared to the scheme two student activists cooked up. Together, they convinced 50 of their fellow Harvard students to sign a petition confirming that they’d filed Title IX complaints against the judge, despite the fact that Kavanaugh has done literally nothing to violate Title IX codes of conduct.

Oct 04 09:50

Judicial Watch Files House Ethics Complaint Against Maxine Waters For Inciting Violence and Assaults on Trump Cabinet

In encouraging individuals to create “crowds” who will “push back” on President Trump’s Cabinet members at private business establishments and in seemingly trying to prevent these Cabinet officials from obtaining basic necessities without fear of assault and violence, Rep. Waters seems to be violation of House rules…

Oct 04 09:48

Michael Avenatti: New Accuser Claims Kavanaugh Drugged Women

“Creepy porn lawyer” Michael Avenatti has brought forth yet another new Kavanaugh accuser. This accuser is anonymous (so far) and claims Kavanaugh drugged drinks at parties for the purpose of sexually assaulting women.

After being told off by Mike Davis yesterday (the Counsel for the Senate Judiciary, working under Chuck Grassley), Avenatti isn’t giving up on his unsubstantiated, sensationalist claims that will probably end up getting his clients sued for defamation.

Oct 04 09:47

FBI Reached Out To 10 People In Reopened Kavanaugh Probe; Grassley Says "No Hint" Of Misconduct

Update: Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley has issued a statement, which reads in part:

"I've now received a committee staff briefing on the FBI's supplement to Judge Kavanaugh's background investgiation file. There's nothing in it that we didn't already know. These uncorroborated accusations have been unequivocally and repeatedly rejected by Judge Kavanaugh."

Oct 04 09:31

GOP Senator: Democratic Activists Participating In 'Paid Soros Conspiracy'

While the mainstream media has overlooked the fact that the two "hero" survivors who berated Arizona Senator Jeff Flake into calling for a one-week extended FBI background check were paid activists working on behalf of a nonprofit organization funded by George Soros, one Republican Senator brought up that fact during an interview with Laura Ingraham's radio show.

Louisiana Republican Senator David Perdue argued that Republicans should ignore these protestors who have a clearly partisan agenda and instead should "grow up and start playing defense," the Hill reported.

Oct 04 07:55

CBS Spends 3+ Minutes Asking Chelsea Clinton About Kavanaugh Allegations, Never Mentions Bill

CBS “This Morning” interviewed Chelsea Clinton about the allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, but failed to ask her about the multiple allegations against her father, former President Bill Clinton, on Wednesday.

Norah O’Donnell asked Chelsea Clinton what she thought about President Trump mocking Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee at a campaign event on Tuesday.

“I don’t think the president should be mocking anyone. I don’t think he should be mocking Dr. Ford. I don’t think he should be mocking a gold star family. I don’t think he should be mocking a disabled reporter,” Clinton said.

Gayle King followed up by asking Clinton what she thought about Kavanaugh’s testimony and his mention of the Clintons.

Oct 04 07:39

McConnell Files Cloture to End Debate on Kavanaugh Nomination – Sets Up Saturday Confirmation Vote

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) filed cloture to end debate on Kavanaugh’s nomination Wednesday evening right before the midnight deadline.

McConnell made an announcement from the Senate floor Wednesday night–he is moving forward to set up the confirmation vote on Saturday.

The Senate Majority Leader said there will be plenty of time for Senators to review the FBI’s report on Kavanaugh and he wanted to commit to his end of week vote.

Senators and a limited number of aides will be able to look at the FBI report beginning Thursday morning, according to FOX News.

Oct 04 07:38

Top FBI lawyer Baker offers 'explosive' testimony on 'abnormal' handling of Russia probe into Trump campaign: lawmakers

Former top FBI lawyer James Baker gave "explosive" closed-door testimony on Wednesday detailing for congressional investigators how the Russia probe was handled in an "abnormal fashion" reflecting "political bias," according to two Republican lawmakers present for the deposition.

"Some of the things that were shared were explosive in nature," Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., told Fox News. "This witness confirmed that things were done in an abnormal fashion. That's extremely troubling."

Meadows claimed the "abnormal" handling of the probe into alleged coordination between Russian officials and the Trump presidential campaign was "a reflection of inherent bias that seems to be evident in certain circles." The FBI agent who opened the Russia case, Peter Strzok, FBI lawyer Lisa Page and others sent politically charged texts, and have since left the bureau.

Oct 04 07:35

15 THINGS WE KNOW ABOUT LIBERALS!

Facts that we know about Liberals, Democrats & Leftists (which includes Democrats, Socialists, Fascists, Communists Nazis who are national socialists, monopoly capitalists, anarchists, ANTIFA, BAMN, BLM, Corporate Media ABC, CBS, FOX News in large part, NBC, MSNBC, PBS, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Denver Post, the Central bankers and Federal Reserve etc., etc.):

Oct 04 07:30

Paul Craig Roberts: How The American Media Was Destroyed

I have many times written that it was President Bill Clinton who destroyed the independent US media when he permitted 90 percent of the US media to be concentrated in six mega-corporations that were in the entertainment and other businesses and not in the news business. This unprecedented concentration of media was against all American tradition and destroyed the reliance that our Founding Fathers placed on a free press to keep government accountable to the people.

Until I read Mary Mapes book, Truth and Duty (St. Martin’s Press, 2005), I was unaware of how this monopolization of the media in violation of the Sherman Anti-trust Act and American tradition had proceeded to destroy honest reporting.

Here is what happened.

Oct 04 07:29

Georgetown Responds Amid Blacklash, Twitter Ban Of Prof's "Rep Senators Deserve Miserable Deaths" Tweet

Twitter suspended and removed verification from Georgetown University Distinguished Associate Professor Christine Fair's account on Tuesday, following a string of tweets in which she suggested that white Republican senators "deserved miserable deaths while feminists laugh" and that people should "castrate their corpses and feed them to swine."

A Twitter spokesperson told Campus Reform that the professor's account was suspended in error the first time. The account was restored hours later and the professor wasted no time in further expressing her views on the platform.

Oct 04 07:25

Campus Mob Enraged By "Confirm Kavanaugh" Display

A large group of students became enraged Tuesday afternoon by a pro-Brett Kavanaugh tabling effort at the University of Texas at Austin put together by its Young Conservatives of Texas chapter. A crowd of furious students encircled the group and yelled at its members while chanting obscenities and destroying their signs.

The conservative group had decided to set up a “Confirm Kavanaugh” display in an effort to show support for the embattled U.S. Supreme Court judge nominee and argue for the need for corroborating evidence, said student Anthony Dolcefino, vice chairman of the group.

They drew up signs stating phrases such as “#MeToo gone #TooFar,” “KavaNotGuilty” and “No Campus Kangaroo Courts in Congress.” They also put up a “Change My Mind” sign, a call to debate peers.

Oct 04 07:16

You now have to log in with your cable provider to watch C-SPAN.

They finally did it. You have to have a cable subscription now to see live congressional hearings on C-SPAN. Can't watch the live Kavanaugh vote debate on the floor yesterday.

Oct 04 07:15

Pence set to accuse China of trying to undermine Trump

Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday plans to accuse China of trying to undermine President Donald Trump as the administration deploys tough new rhetoric over Chinese trade, economic, and foreign policies.

In a speech to the Hudson Institute, Pence will say China is using its power in “more proactive and coercive ways to interfere in the domestic policies and politics of the United States.”

“China wants a different American president,” Pence will say, according to excerpts of prepared remarks from his office.

Pence’s speech comes a week after the Republican president accused China during a meeting of the U.N. Security Council of interfering in American elections to help his Democratic rivals.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported at zerohedge.com this morning, there are some elements of truth in these charges. at Bloomberg business news today, the following charges were levied:

Explosive report details Chinese infiltration of Apple, Amazon, and the CIA

The report goes on to state:

"One week ago, President Trump stood up at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council and accused China of attempting to tamper with US elections - mimicking some of the same allegations that had first been levied against Russia nearly two years prior. In his speech, Trump claimed that China was working to undermine Republicans, and even the president himself, warning that "it's not just Russia, it's China and Russia." While the media largely shrugged off this proclamation as more presidential bombast probably inspired by the burgeoning US-China trade beef, the administration continued to insist that it was taking a harder line against Chinese efforts to subvert American companies to aide the Communist Party's sprawling intelligence apparatus. As if to underline Trump's point, the FBI had arrested a Taiwanese national in Chicago the day before Trump's speech, accusing the 27-year-old suspect of trying to help China flip eight defense contractors who could have provided crucial intelligence on sensitive defense-related technology.

But in a game-changing report published Thursday morning, Bloomberg Businessweek exposed a sprawling multi-year investigation into China's infiltration of US corporate and defense infrastructure. Most notably, it confirmed that, in addition to efforts designed to sway US elections, China' intelligence community orchestrated a pervasive infiltration of servers used to power everything from MRI machines to the drones used by the CIA and army. They accomplished this using a tiny microchip no bigger than a grain of rice.

BBG published the report just hours before Vice President Mike Pence was expected to "string together a narrative of Chinese aggression" during a speech at the Hudson Institute in Washington. According to excerpts leaked to the New York Times, his speech was expected to focus on examples of China's "aggressive moves against American warships, of predatory behavior against their neighbors, and of a sophisticated influence campaign to tilt the midterms and 2020 elections against President Trump". His speech is also expected to focus on how China leverages debt and its capital markets to force foreign governments to submit to its will (something that has happened in Bangladesh and the Czech Republic)."

IF these charges prove to be true, the US government has got to rethink its entire relationship with China, from trade to how the US military is dealing with its Chinese counterparts.

Oct 04 07:15

White House Finds No Support in FBI Report for Claims Against Kavanaugh

The White House has found no corroboration of the allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after examining interview reports from the FBI’s latest probe into the judge’s background, according to people familiar with the matter.

Oct 04 07:14

Wall Street Journal on Brett Kavanaugh: ‘We’re All Deplorables Now’

The Wall Street Journal has published a lead editorial Wednesday evening in which it argues the Democrats’ effort to destroy Brett Kavanaugh has reminded anti-Trump conservatives that the left hates them even more than it hates the president.

The Journal further argues that the left has unified Republicans — a seemingly impossible task, given internal divisions over Trump — by reminding them that Democrats’ hatred is not about Trump, but about the raw desire for power at any cost.

As such, the Journal editorial board — which once derided the Tea Party as “Hobbits” — writes, “We’re All Deplorables Now“:

Oct 04 07:11

Former Democrat Staffer Arrested for Doxing GOP Senators

Cosko was recently an unpaid intern for Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), according to Roll Call, which also reported:

[Cosko] previously worked for Democratic Sens. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire and California’s Barbara Boxer, who has since retired. Cosko was most recently listed in the Senate directory phone book as Hassan’s “legislative correspondent/systems administrator.” His LinkedIn profile says he left Hassan’s office in May 2018.

Oct 04 06:50

TRUMP SUBPOENAED SESSIONS TO APPEAR BEFORE A GRAND JURY

"In accordance with the attached instructions for responding to Judiciary Committee document requests, you are required to produce the following documents in un-redacted form:

1. All documents and communications (commonly referred to as the "McCabe Memos") written by former Deputy Director of the Federal Beureau of Investigation Andrew McCabe to memorialize discussions, meetings, or correspondence he had with senior government officials, including the President of the United States.

2. The "Woods file" related to the application for (and subsequent renewals of) a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) order authorizing surveillance on Carter Page. The term "Woods file" includes, but is not limited to, any document concerning or relating to any attempt to verify the accuracy of any alleged facts stated in the FISA applications for Mr. Page.

Oct 04 06:45

Democrat Northam wins Virginia governor’s race. Here’s who turned out to vote

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The immigrants are swinging the elections.

Oct 04 06:41

MARK MEADOWS: ‘STRONG SUGGESTION’ THAT UNDERCOVER FBI SOURCES TAPED TRUMP CAMPAIGN

North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows said Wednesday that there is a “strong suggestion” that undercover FBI sources secretly taped members of the Trump campaign.

“Now whether that was a confidential human source taping an individual, that’s what I believe it is, but it’s important that we look at this because the whole narrative of ‘Spygate’ and tapping and all of that have been narratives that are out there but unproven,” Meadows, the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, told Hill.TV.

“There’s a strong suggestion that confidential human sources actually taped members within the Trump campaign,” the Republican continued. “There is strong suggestions in that some of the text messages, emails, and so forth who was involved, that extraordinary measures were used to surveil.”

Oct 04 06:40

Collusion bombshell: DNC lawyers met with FBI on Russia allegations before surveillance warrant

Congressional investigators have confirmed that a top FBI official met with Democratic Party lawyers to talk about allegations of Donald Trump-Russia collusion weeks before the 2016 election, and before the bureau secured a search warrant targeting Trump’s campaign.

Former FBI general counsel James Baker met during the 2016 season with at least one attorney from Perkins Coie, the Democratic National Committee’s private law firm.

That’s the firm used by the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign to secretly pay research firm Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence operative, to compile a dossier of uncorroborated raw intelligence alleging Trump and Moscow were colluding to hijack the presidential election.

The dossier, though mostly unverified, was then used by the FBI as the main evidence seeking a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant targeting the Trump campaign in the final days of the campaign.

Oct 04 06:24

Steve Bannon, two Chinese military officers and the book that made him a China hawk

Former White House chief strategist says Unrestricted Warfare opened his eyes to Beijing’s information and economic campaign against the US

Steve Bannon, US President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist, says it was a book by two Chinese military officers that helped him conclude that “China was engaging in economic warfare against us”.

Bannon, who claims to have been “one of the biggest China hawks” in the president’s circle of advisers even before the trade war Trump started this year, also called Beijing’s “totalitarian political and economic system” the root of the rivalry between the two great powers.

Unrestricted Warfare, a book on military strategy by two senior People’s Liberation Army officers impressed Bannon when he read it in 2010.

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Oct 04 06:18

US navy plans major show of strength in South China Sea as warning to Beijing

Freedom of navigation operation will take place amid rising tensions and near-collision between USS Decatur and Chinese vessel

The United States Pacific Fleet has drawn up a plan for a major show of force as a warning to China that will indicate its determination to counter Beijing’s military activity, it was reported on Thursday amid rising tension over the disputed South China Sea.

The plan would see planes and ships passing close to Chinese-claimed waters in the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait in a freedom of navigation operation, CNN reported, citing several unnamed US defence officials.

The proposal means US ships and aircraft will be operating close to Chinese forces and is expected to trigger a strong reaction from Beijing.

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Oct 04 06:10

My husband, Rand Paul, and our family have suffered intimidation and threats

In the last 18 months, our family has experienced violence and threats of violence at a horrifying level. I will never forget the morning of the shooting at the congressional baseball practice, the pure relief and gratitude that flooded me when I realized that Rand was okay.

He was not okay last November, when a violent and unstable man attacked him from behind while he was working in our yard, breaking six ribs and leaving him with lung damage and multiple bouts of pneumonia. Kentucky's secretary of state, Alison Lundergan Grimes, recently joked about it in a speech. MSNBC commentator Kasie Hunt laughingly said on air that Rand's assault was one of her "favorite stories." Cher, Bette Midler, and others have lauded his attacker on Twitter. I hope that these women never have to watch someone they love struggle to move or even breathe for months on end.

Oct 04 06:07

Kay Bailey Hutchison Must Resign

How crazy-stupid do you have to be to get up there on the podium and openly threaten Russia with a “preemptive” first strike? You don’t have to be Kay Bailey Hutchison, but it helps.

Our “Ambassador” to NATO – as if NATO is an actual country rather than a supra-national parasite – claims that Moscow is in violation of the INF treaty, and that, while she’s willing to give diplomacy a try, she is “prepared to consider a military strike if development of the medium-range system continued.”

So now the “Ambassador” to NATO is empowered to start World War III. Next we’ll have the Postmaster General ordering an invasion of Iran. The Ambassadress has exceeded her authority and caused an international incident that may come to haunt us: certainly she has endangered us all. In a civilized country like Japan, she would literally fall on her sword, but I’ll settle for her resignation.

Oct 04 06:04

FBI Report Completed, McConnell Schedules Vote on Kavanaugh For Friday

The FBI investigation into claims of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh has reportedly concluded and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already scheduled a cloture vote to proceed for this Friday.

McConnell announced on the floor that the Senate would receive the report (sources indicate it will be on Thursday morning), referring to it as a “supplemental background investigation,” the seventh conducted by the FBI into Kavanaugh.

“This is now the seventh time the FBI has looked into Judge Kavanaugh’s background,” he announced. “And this information comes on top of what has already been one of the most thorough and most exhaustive Senate reviews of any Supreme Court nominee in the entire history of our country.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I still think the Democrats will try a filibuster.

Oct 04 06:02

Jeff Flake: 'Kind of Appalling' that Trump Mocked Christine Blasey Ford at Rally

"It's just not right" , the Arizona senator said
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Eternally wavering Republican Sen. Jeff Flake thinks Trump’s comments are “kind of appalling.”

There’s no time and no place for remarks like that. But to discuss something this sensitive at a political rally is just not right. It’s just not right. I wish he hadn’t have done it. It’s kind of appalling

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(*Alternet fell for this one hook , line , and sinker)

Oct 04 05:18

New Nafta clause may be first US step to extend its currency manipulator criteria to global trade deals

The USMCA foreign exchange clause may be an initial attempt by the US to extend its currency manipulator criteria to other trade deals in an attempt to hem in managed exchange rate regimes, such as China’s

Agreement (USMCA), which replaces and updates the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta), is a chapter on “macroeconomic policies and exchange rate matters”, which could set a precedent for the US negotiating further trade deals with other countries, say analysts.

Chapter 33 addresses countries artificially devaluing their currencies to gain an unfair competitive advantage in international trade. It is the first time such a clause has been included in a major trade agreement.

The clause only applies to the three countries in the USMCA agreement, where there is no controversy on respective exchange rates

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Oct 03 23:53

Treating the Court as a Political Branch

The Supreme Court should not be political. It is the anti-democratic branch of government. Its constitutional obligation is not to do the people’s will but to preserve personal liberty from the tyranny of the majority.

Oct 03 23:47

Political Division In The US Is Worse Than Ever, Study Finds

According to a new study, the political divide in America is worse than it has ever been. While this finding is likely not a surprise to anyone who has been paying attention, the research does reveal some disturbing trends

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