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FEC Chair: It’s Illegal To Accept Election Help From Foreign Governments

The head of the Federal Election Commission sent out a timely warning to politicians on Thursday, reminding them that it’s illegal to accept information from a foreign national linked to an election in the U.S.

The notice, posted by FEC Chair Ellen Weintraub, comes one day after President Donald Trump told ABC News that he would accept dirt on his opponents in the 2020 election from another country, such as Russia or China.

Weintraub’s warning was direct: “Let me make something 100% clear to the American public and anyone running for public office: It is illegal for any person to solicit, accept, or receive anything of value from a foreign national in connection with a U.S. election.”

“This is not a novel concept,” she added.

The chair posted the memo on Twitter, along with an expression of disbelief.

“I would not have thought that I needed to say this,” she tweeted.

I’m thinking that Bernie chose a good time to go all in on impeaching Trump. Trump may have finally gone too far with his careless words.

In a two-day interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, Trump said there was nothing wrong with accepting intelligence from foreign entities. He dismissed the act as “oppo research.”

“I think you might want to listen,” Trump said, when asked what he would do if a foreigner reached out to him with election information. “I think there’s nothing wrong with listening. If somebody called from a country, Norway, [and said], ‘We have information on your opponent.’ Oh, I think I’d want to hear it.”

He also suggested that he would only alert the FBI if he “thought there was something wrong.”

Openly inviting “oppo research” from foreign entities may be tough for even his supporters to swallow. If you recall, the right wasn’t too happy about Hillary and Christopher Steele’s dossier.

In her memo on Thursday, Weintraub said that “electoral intervention from foreign governments” has been unacceptable for as long as the United States has been a country. Quoting a 1787 letter from John Adams to Thomas Jefferson, Weintraub said the Founding Fathers had already “sounded the alarm about ‘foreign Interference, Intrigue and Influence.’”

Weintraub didn’t name any politicians or presidents on Thursday but she did warn about the consequences of interacting with a foreign national during an election.

Anyone who solicits or accepts foreign assistance risks being on the wrong end of a federal investigation,” she said.



Trump’s comments about accepting foreign help reportedly wrecked 2 years of FBI work

Three months after President Trump appointed Christopher Wray as FBI director, Wray told Congress he’d set up a “foreign influence” task force, bringing together dozens of counterintelligence, counterterrorism, and cyber officials to work with FBI field offices, other federal law enforcement agencies, state and local governments, and social media companies to prevent the type of election interference Russia perpetrated in 2016. “Make no mistake — the scope of this foreign influence threat is both broad and deep,” he told Congress in August 2017.

In his Wednesday night interview with ABC News, “Trump undercut the whole operation in a matter of seconds,” Politico reports. Trump’s stated willingness to accept dirt on domestic rivals from foreign governments has “undone months of work, essentially inviting foreign spies to meddle with 2020 presidential campaigns and demoralizing the agents trying to stop them.”



Now if we could just make our interference in others’ elections illegal, as well. I am very upset that Pompeo is openly admitting they are taking actions against Corbyn.


You can always count on the orange imbecilic moron to tell it like it is. Beyond sad.


Looks like Betsy Sweet may be a decent candidate to support in her challenge to Susan Collins?

This was last year in her run for Governor:

Press Release: Southern Maine DSA Endorses Betsy Sweet in June primary for Maine State Governor

PORTLAND – The Southern Maine Democratic Socialists of America (SMDSA) voted on Monday, March 12 to endorse Betsy Sweet for Governor in the June, 2018 primary. Sweet is running as a Democrat in Maine’s first statewide Ranked Choice Voting primary.

“I am very pleased to be receiving the endorsement of the Southern Maine Chapter of the DSA. The people-powered, special-interest-proof coalition we are building is growing by the day. With over 3,500 maine people giving $5, this campaign is about ensuring the Blaine House can’t be bought by the NRA, big Pharma or the banking industry,” Sweet said.

Sweet’s primary campaign focus is getting corporate and special interest money out of politics, something she says is foundational to making progress on other issues. She helped write Maine’s public campaign financing law, the first in the country, and is now running as a Maine Clean Elections candidate. She supports universal healthcare coverage and will work to socialize the cost of that through a more progressive tax structure, while eliminating cost inefficiencies endemic to the current for-profit system. “I believe there is a great opportunity to work in compact with the five New England states to develop a viable single-payer system,” Sweet says.

Sweet is a proponent of Ranked Choice Voting



For any hockey fans out there. I don’t watch sports too much anymore, but grew up watching hockey (natch) and I must admit that I’ve always been a bit of a St. Louis fan, maybe just because of those fabulous jerseys tbh, lol.

Stanley Cup poised to return to Ontario First Nation for a third time

An Indigenous hockey player for the St. Louis Blues is expected to bring the Stanley Cup home to a Northern Ontario First Nation for the third time in seven years.

Jordan Nolan, 29, from Garden River First Nation hoisted and kissed the cup Wednesday night after the Blues beat the Boston Bruins 4-1.

Traditionally, each player on the winning team is awarded a day with the Stanley Cup. Nolan has taken the Cup home twice before, after wins with the Los Angeles Kings in 2012 and 2014.

National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Perry Bellegarde offered his congratulations to Nolan on Twitter, praising him for a “great series.”

Nolan’s father, Ted Nolan, and brother, Brandon Nolan, have both played in the NHL. Ted Nolan had also served as a head coach for the Buffalo Sabres.

Outside of professional sports, the Nolans operate their own organization that works to develop hockey and leadership skills for Indigenous youth.



Too cute!!


awwww. and Toronto just won the NBA finals, eh?


Wowie, and they played the Orlando Tragic/Magic in the first round of the playoffs. Everyone here couldn’t believe the Tragic made the playoffs. They even won a game. 🙂


Beto’s campaign appears to have changed. Another candidate who will go after Biden in the debate.


O’Rourke on Thursday seemed to try to make a harsh critique about Biden’s candidacy without getting too personal. But he was building on the Trump attack from earlier in the week, when the president maligned Biden’s physical state.

O’Rourke then launched into an indictment of several of the policies of the Obama administration, which has also been a rare direct line of attack among Democratic presidential candidates.

Asked what he would tell voters to persuade them to vote for him rather than Biden, O’Rourke replied that “you cannot go back to the end of the Obama administration and think that that’s good enough.”

The country “had real problems before Donald Trump became president,” O’Rourke said, pointing to the wealth disparity between black and white Americans, the persistent problem of gun violence and the Obama administration’s record on border deportations, which he described as “destroying families and breaking up communities.”

Like other Democrats, O’Rourke earlier this month was critical of Biden over his support of the antiabortion Hyde Amendment. When Biden reversed his stance, O’Rourke issued faint praise: “Well, he got to the right place, and . . . yeah, so that’s really all I can say on that,” O’Rourke said last week in an interview with The Washington Post.

By contrast, in Thursday’s “Morning Joe” interview, O’Rourke openly questioned whether Biden’s shift on the Hyde Amendment was genuine.

“Look, you’ve got to ask yourself where Joe Biden is on the issues that are most important to you,” O’Rourke said. “Did he support the war in Iraq that forever destabilized the Middle East? Does he really believe that women of lower income should be able to make their own decisions about their own body and be able to afford health care in order to do that? He supported the Hyde Amendment.”

The Texas Democrat also took aim at Biden’s recent remarks on China.

“He says China is not [a] threat, nothing to worry about,” O’Rourke said. “And now seems to be changing his message on that. So I’m not exactly sure what he believes or what he should apologize for. I only know that this country should be able to do far better.”


I love love love Bernie‘s reply! I don’t remember ever hearing FDR say all that. he really drags TPTB.

I hope Bernie really highlights FDR going forward, especially how they had to create term limits because he was so popular.




Warren and Sanders have nearly identical critiques of how screwed up American capitalism has become in the global economy age. The main difference is that while Warren seems to want to fix the problem by re-invigorating those original political rights, Sanders wants to take what he calls the “next step” into guaranteeing economic security


Thank you, Peter!



Being on the first night doesn’t mean that the debaters can’t mention Biden if the opportunity arises. Warren is the only one of the top five right now who is on the first night.
Beto is also not on the stage with Biden and he seems to be the hardest hitting against him lately.
Gillibrand and Harris could go after Biden on any abortion question.
The Colorado twins, Hickenlooper and Bennett, will probably come after Bernie
Buttigieg will probably try to look young and fresh next to Biden and Bernie
The worst lineup would have been Biden on one night and both Bernie and Warren on the other night.


The question is how much air time will Bernie get with Q&A and follow up? or will the weapons of mass deception turn it into Biden/ Buttigieg fest?


Inslee will be on the first night. I will be watching how he presents his climate change attack plans. The Bernster will be on the next night along with Biden and Yang. I don’t like Yang, and I hope he trips up in this public forum. Should be interesting. T and R, LD!!






There are as many ways to interpret this as there have been wars in this world:


Grace and wits vs brute force.



Sen. Bernie Sanders responded on Friday to president Donald Trump’s assertion that Iran was behind Thursday’s suspected attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman with a call for restraint against pursing what he said would be a dangerous and “illegal” war against the country.

“Attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman are unacceptable and must be fully investigated,” the Vermont Independent and 2020 president hopeful said in a statement. “But this incident must not be used as a pretext for a war with Iran, a war which would be an unmitigated disaster for the United States, Iran, the region, and the world.”

“The time is now for the United States to exert international leadership,” Sanders continued, “and bring the countries in the region together to forge a diplomatic solution to the growing tensions.”

In his new statement, Sanders appeared to confront Pompeo’s reported assertion in a closed door meeting with lawmakers that the 2001 AUMF provides legal grounding for a war with Iran.

“I would also remind President Trump that there is no congressional authorization for a war with Iran,” said Sanders. “A unilateral U.S. attack on Iran would be illegal and unconstitutional.”




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