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jcitybone

How convenient. Executive privilege. What don’t the Republicans want the Dems to see? Shouldn’t Congress get it at the same time the White House does?

https://www.businessinsider.com/barr-mueller-report-white-house-executive-privilege-2019-3?utm_source=reddit.com

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday that Attorney General William Barr told him he will send the special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report on the Russia investigation to the White House before the public sees it, in case they want to make executive privilege claims over any parts of it.

Graham, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, also said Barr told him it will likely take “weeks, not months” to get a version of Mueller’s final report out to the public.

orlbucfan

Until these crooked f##kers are held accountable, nothing will change. T and R, Benny!!

wi61

Doesn’t take much time to put the blackout lines in place.

WindDancer13

Quicker: Just print the report on black paper.

jcitybone

https://thinkprogress.org/felix-sater-trump-business-partner-accused-laundering-stolen-money-through-trump-properties-6ffd9d4f11b9/

Special counsel Robert Mueller may have finished his investigation into whether President Donald Trump colluded with Russia, but a number of other probes into alleged wrongdoing by the president and his inner circle continue. Now, the president’s former business partner Felix Sater is accused in federal court of trying to launder billions of dollars of stolen money through Trump Tower Moscow. Sater also allegedly laundered millions through down-payments on condo purchases at the Trump SoHo property.

BTA Bank and the city of Almaty, Kazakhstan, filed a lawsuit at a federal court in Manhattan on Monday alleging Sater conspired with Ilyas Khrapunov, a Kazakh businessman, to use $4 billion allegedly stolen years earlier from the bank and city to finance the the Trump Tower Moscow project in 2012. Plans to build the tower were dropped in the final months of the 2016 presidential election, and the building never materialized, but Sater found other ways to launder the money, the lawsuit says.

jcitybone

https://thehill.com/policy/finance/435901-waters-deutsche-bank-providing-trump-financial-records-for-house-probe

The chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee said Tuesday that Deutsche Bank has begun providing records of their dealings with President Trump for the panel’s probe into the president’s finances.

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that Deutsche Bank has begun cooperating with an investigation into its extensive history with Trump, who borrowed millions of dollars from the bank over several decades.

When asked Tuesday at the Capitol if Deutsche Bank had started to hand over records of their financial relationship with Trump, Waters replied “Yes.”

The chairwoman also said she was satisfied with Deutsche Bank’s cooperation with the probe and said the Financial Services panel is looking into “everything” regarding Trump’s dealings with the bank.

Waters and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, are investigating the president’s finances through his ties to Deutsche Bank. The German bank was one of the few financial institutions willing to lend to Trump when others wouldn’t deal with him, often using unconventional methods.

The New York Times reported earlier this month that Trump allegedly inflated the value of his assets when applying for loans from Deutsche Bank, and used loans from one division of the company to pay off debts to the other.

wi61

The shit show known as Trumpcorp will go on long after he’s out of office. The probable court battles -tax evasion, The books about life in the Whitehouse with him, the movies all followed up by Trumpcorp suing if he doesn’t like the resulting books or made for tv movies about the disaster of his presidency. Every day that goes by some staffer is collecting data and notes for a book.

orlbucfan

That’s for sure. 🙁

jcitybone

https://www.vox.com/2019/3/26/18282593/trump-mueller-report

Barr’s summary indicates that “the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russia government in its election interference activities.” That carefully worded phrase does not rule out that members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russians or Kremlin agents who were not part of the Russian government, nor does it rule out that collusion occurred outside the realm of “election interference activities.”

Indeed, there’s plenty of evidence of suspicious and unexplained activity relating to the Trump campaign and Russian individuals and allies, and media reports about what we know haven’t, by any means, been discredited.

As Vox’s Andrew Prokop laid out in his explainer on what we already know about what Mueller found, there was quite a lot of contact between Trumpworld and Russia and lies about it that haven’t yet been explained:

— The Russian government did try to interfere in the 2016 election to hurt Hillary Clinton’s candidacy and benefit Trump.

— It did so through a social media propaganda operation, and by hacking and leaking leading Democrats’ emails.

— Some Trump associates seem to have had some advance knowledge of the email leaks — but Mueller did not find that they conspired with Russian government officials about the leaks.

— The Trump Organization was secretly in talks for a potentially very lucrative Moscow real estate deal during the campaign, and Russian government officials were involved. Trump and members of his family were briefed several times on the project.

— Before the 2016 campaign, Paul Manafort organized an extensive unregistered lobbying and PR operation to benefit Ukraine’s government, involving a top US law firm and two major lobbying firms. He also laundered tens of millions of dollars from Ukrainian interests into the US, and didn’t pay taxes on it. Then, once he joined Trump’s campaign, Manafort allegedly handed over Trump polling data to a Russian intelligence-tied associate.

— Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos lied to the FBI about when he’d heard that Russia had dirt on Hillary Clinton in the form of emails.

— Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn lied to the FBI about his conversations with the Russian ambassador regarding sanctions.

— Trump lawyer Michael Cohen lied to Congress about the timing of the Trump Tower Moscow talks.

— Longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone allegedly lied to Congress about his efforts to get in touch with WikiLeaks to try to obtain hacked Democratic emails.

— Several actions from President Trump raised obstruction of justice concerns, and Mueller’s team laid out evidence about them but declined to say whether they were criminal.

Trump has been trying to spin the outcome of a politically damaging investigation that has been hanging over his presidency for two years in the best possible light, but all that can be safely inferred from Barr’s summary of the Mueller report is that the special counsel did not conclude the evidence rose to the level of conspiracy or coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia. That’s certainly good news for Trump, but to go further than that, we’d actually have to see the report.

WindDancer13

From the president who knew what REAL war was (not this lazy droning) and warned the world about the MIC (no, he was not perfect, but certainly a far cry from what politicians on both sides are today):

The Republican President Who Dabbled in Socialism

What would today’s hysterical Republicans say about the “socialist” presidency of Dwight Eisenhower? Most likely they would call him “Red Ike.” After all, during Eisenhower’s two terms between 1953 and 1960, the wealthy paid a top tax rate of 91 percent on incomes over the equivalent of $1.7 million for an individual and $3.4 million for a couple.

That crafty pinko Eisenhower also presided over government-subsidized mortgages that helped millions of Americans purchase their first home and attend college for free. He presided over the construction of public housing and state-owned infrastructure (like highways).

From Wikipedia:

On the domestic front, Eisenhower was a moderate conservative who continued New Deal agencies and expanded Social Security. He covertly opposed Joseph McCarthy and contributed to the end of McCarthyism by openly invoking executive privilege. Eisenhower signed the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and sent Army troops to enforce federal court orders that integrated schools in Little Rock, Arkansas. His largest program was the Interstate Highway System. He promoted the establishment of strong science education via the National Defense Education Act. Eisenhower’s two terms saw widespread economic prosperity except for a minor recession in 1958. In his farewell address to the nation, Eisenhower expressed his concerns about the dangers of massive military spending, particularly deficit spending and government contracts to private military manufacturers. [emphasis added]

Think about this: Eisenhower was considered a moderate conservative. Look at his policies and one can see just how far right today’s establishment Democrats have moved.

European countries consider Bernie Sanders to be a centrist.

jcitybone

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/26/us/politics/kamala-harris-fundraising.html?login=email&auth=login-email

Over the last two years, Ms. Harris has systematically constructed a database of donors and email addresses that raised several million dollars for her fellow Democrats, demonstrating an uncommon potency for a first-term senator, according to federal election records and interviews with numerous political strategists. Now, as she makes her own run for president, her digital following serves as a kind of stealth weapon, putting her in perhaps the best position to challenge the small-dollar fund-raising operations of two top rivals, former Representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

There is no question that Ms. Harris remains far behind Mr. Sanders and Mr. O’Rourke in the race for small donors. But unlike those two rivals, Ms. Harris has not benefited from running in a campaign that soaked up national attention, which suggests she has barely begun to tap into her fund-raising potential, digital experts said.

Ms. Harris’s first-day fund-raising figures were almost identical to what Mr. Sanders raised on his first day in 2015, when he made a splash as a favorite of grass-roots givers. Her campaign has said that her email list grew by 20 percent on that day alone. People close to the Sanders and O’Rourke campaigns view Ms. Harris as the candidate most likely to eventually compete with them for small donations.

Unlike Mr. Sanders and Ms. Warren, who have sworn off big-money fund-raisers, Ms. Harris has raced across the country to appear at events where donors give as much as $2,800 to attend; last week she held fund-raisers in Texas and California.

wi61

Super pacs to the rescue provided Biden decides not to run.

WindDancer13

A Bernie vs Biden primer:

This one is a good one to save for when the corporate Dems try to claim that Joe “Anita Hill” Biden is in any way progressive or even a moderate.

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jcitybone

Manchin, Sinema, Jones, and King(?) voted against. Sinema is challenging Manchin for worst Dem award

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/435899-senate-blocks-green-new-deal

The Senate on Tuesday blocked the Green New Deal, a progressive climate change resolution that Republicans view as prime fodder heading into the 2020 presidential election.

The Senate voted 0-57 on taking up the resolution, with 43 Democrats voting present. The measure was widely expected to fall short of the 60 votes needed to overcome the procedural hurdle.

Most Democrats were expected to vote present, a move that allowed them to avoid taking a formal position. Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and Angus King (I-Maine) voted with Republicans against the measure.

jcitybone

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WindDancer13

Thanks Bernie for the Star Trek flashback.

wi61

Applies to the neolibcons and trumpcorp

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polarbear4

This is what the Dem leadership is egging on right now.

WindDancer13

One would think that someone from AIPAC would have better handwriting.

jcitybone

And know the difference between Rep. Tlaib and Rep. Omar

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Betsy DeVille, at it again.

orlbucfan

She is such a ditsy conniving horse’s azz!

polarbear4

McDonald’s is dropping out of the National Restaurant Association’s anti-minimum wage Lobbying campaign.

WindDancer13

Pot Calls Kettle Black:

GOP congressman quotes Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ to slam Trump’s adversaries as liars

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) took to the House floor on Monday to portray President Trump’s detractors as Nazis but ended up slurring them using an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory drawn verbatim from Adolf Hitler’s writings.

It’s 2019, and the Führer’s magnum opus, “Mein Kampf,” has become a playbook for political combat in Congress, at the very moment that Trump is calling the Democrats “anti-Jewish. ”

Brooks, a five-term Republican, accused Democrats and members of the media of propagating a “big lie” about collusion. The expression was coined by Hitler to describe how Jews used their “unqualified capacity for falsehood” to blame a top German military commander for the country’s losses in World War I. A lie could be so big, Hitler claimed, that it perversely defied disbelief.

It was unclear if Brooks grasped that by leveling charges of the “big lie,” he had inverted his own analogy, making Democrats the equivalent of interwar German and Austrian Jews. He set out to compare the other side to fascists, but he was the one employing a fascist smear — one that, ironically, came to define Nazi propaganda.

It’s true that the so-called big lie is an expression made famous by the Nazis, who were not socialists in any meaningful sense, despite having “National Socialist” in their party’s title. But the Nazi-era accusation gained currency in the Third Reich because it was deployed by Hitler and his followers to depict Jews as traitors to the German nation. The Nazi dictator used the term to blame Jews for propagating the idea that German Gen. Erich Ludendorff, a notorious anti-Semite who had been Paul von Hindenburg’s chief deputy, was to blame for Germany’s defeat in World War I.

“For more than two years, socialist Democrats and their fake news media allies — CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, Washington Post and countless others — have perpetrated the biggest political lie, con, scam and fraud in American history,” Brooks continued, arguing that Attorney General William P. Barr’s conclusions exposed the accusations of collusion as “nothing but a big lie.”

He added that, “If socialists in the fake news media had any honor, they would cleanse their souls and atone for their sins. ”

I wasn’t going to post the video because it meant adding a view to his channel, but I think it is an important one to share in the forewarned aspect of sharing.

Thought: If he thinks that those moderate Republicans who are running in the Dem primary are socialists, then just does he think the US government is supposed to actually do for the American people? To paraphrase an old saying: Keep them barefoot and stagnant.

jcitybone

https://www.theroot.com/ilhan-omar-wonders-why-shes-living-rent-free-in-israeli-1833588999

The Minnesota Democrat, however, struck a defiant tone on Twitter and on the steps of Capitol Hill, where she spoke to reporters about the criticism hurled at her during the annual event.

“It’s been fascinating to see such a powerful conference be focused and so fearful of a freshman member of Congress,” Omar told reporters, according to CNN. “I hope that they figure out a way to not allow me to have a permanent residency in their heads.”

WindDancer13

The Omar Scare: Are you now or have you ever been a member of a group seeking to question Israel’s right to kill whomever they damn well please? Remember! You are under oath!

jcitybone

Billionaire sounds the alarm

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/26/leon-cooperman-amazon-being-pushed-out-of-nyc-disgraceful.html

Leon Cooperman, a billionaire investor and the founder of Omega Advisors, is worried the U.S. may be steering too far left, especially after Amazon opted against opening a second headquarters in New York City.

“What happened in New York with the movement led by AOC is disgraceful and wrong,” Cooperman, who was born in the Bronx, told CNBC’s Leslie Picker from the Forbes SHOOK Top Advisor Summit on Tuesday. AOC refers to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY. “We have to make sure the country does not move to the left.”

Cooperman’s comments come as the issue of wealth inequality gains steam at a national level. Several lawmakers, including presidential hopefuls Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, are pushing for higher taxes on the wealthy.

“What we have is a bunch of candidates running on the Democratic ticket that are left-leaning, and that’s, in my opinion, very counterproductive and destructive,” said Cooperman.

wi61

Chalk up another one for the fight for 15, Charter/Spectrum has a ad out drawing attention to their new starting wage of $15 for entry level employees in my area. Apparently having trouble hiring at their old lower rate. To bad worker pay didn’t keep up with the CEO pay of 300 to 1. Hell the minimum wage would be $30 an hour. Realistically we should be around $20 from most projection stats on inflation ive read. Corporate heads are exploding over Bernies $15 cant imagine the mess if it were $20

polarbear4

Wut.

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