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    Though this could go in the "Last Movie I Saw' thread, given the subject matter I'll mention and recommend Active Measures, a documentary about the rise of Putin and his tactics in trying to disrupt the political processes in the West. It makes a strong case for Russian influence on Trump (at the least, there's no question Russian oligarchs use Trump properties to launder money and that Russians try to interfere with other nations' elections). Some of the graphics and constant music background are distractingly gimmicky, but overall, it's a very interesting presentation--strongly recommended. It costs $1.95 to stream.

    BTW, Evan McMullin appears frequently in the movie, along with many other CIA and State Department experts.

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    FUSION GPS FOUNDER WILL PLEAD THE FIFTH TO AVOID TESTIFYING TO CONGRESS

    The co-founder of the opposition research firm behind the Steele dossier, Glenn Simpson, will invoke his First and Fifth Amendment privileges to avoid testifying before Congress next week, his lawyer has told Congress.

    According to The Hill, Simpson’s attorney, Joshua Levy, told House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte that Simpson will not appear for a deposition because the congressional investigation “is not designed to discover the truth.”

    The Virginia Republican subpoenaed Simpson on Sept. 29 after Levy said his client would not appear voluntarily for an interview before members of the House Judiciary and House Oversight & Government Reform committees.

    Simpson’s firm, Fusion GPS, was hired during the 2016 presidential campaign by the law firm that represented the DNC and Clinton campaign. Fusion GPS hired former British spy Christopher Steele to conduct an investigation into Donald Trump’s possible links to Russia. The result of the probe was a 35-page report alleging collusion between the Trump campaign and Kremlin.
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    https://dailycaller.com/2018/10/11/s...s-plead-fifth/

    Good move by Glenn Simpson... It is better to plead the fifth than end up dead by "accidental suicide".

    Edit: Maybe they can offer some protection as part of his plead bargain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Ted View Post
    https://dailycaller.com/2018/10/11/s...s-plead-fifth/

    Good move by Glenn Simpson... It is better to plead the fifth than end up dead by "accidental suicide".

    Edit: Maybe they can offer some protection as part of his plead bargain.
    Still a 5th Ave. Trump supporter I see.
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    OMG... Maybe it was the Russians!

    Suspicious packages could be ‘Russian operation,’ says MSNBC host

    It took less than 48 hours for the US mainstream media to go from blaming President Donald Trump for a series of suspicious packages sent to leading Democrats and CNN to blaming - who else? - Russia.


    US authorities are still hunting for the person or persons responsible for ten or so packages containing what appeared to be pipe bombs - none of which have actually exploded - that were sent to CNN and prominent Democrats over the past two days.


    For much of Thursday night’s Meet the Press Daily show on MSNBC, host Chuck Todd and his guests followed the narrative adopted by most media outlets, blaming what they described as Trump’s incendiary rhetoric against the press. Then Todd went there.

    “I have this fear that it could be some Russian operation,” Todd told his guests, explaining his reasoning as, “It is dividing us.”
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    https://www.rt.com/usa/442301-suspic...ian-operation/

    Of course, the Russians don't create dumbass bombs that don't work.
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    Women were offered money to make up allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior on Mueller’s part?

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.was...fee_story.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by frank ryan View Post
    Women were offered money to make up allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior on Mueller’s part?

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.was...fee_story.html
    Sounds familiar... I can't place it.
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    And it starts... Apparently Trump has just asked Sessions to resign, paving the way for a new AG who will fire Mueller. In other news, Putin is pissed he lost control of the House.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaloAltoCougar View Post
    And it starts... Apparently Trump has just asked Sessions to resign, paving the way for a new AG who will fire Mueller. In other news, Putin is pissed he lost control of the House.

    I wonder if the posters here who asserted Mueller should be able to finish his investigation will care about Trump’s move. Apparently Don Jr. is going to be indicted soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frank ryan View Post
    I wonder if the posters here who asserted Mueller should be able to finish his investigation will care about Trump’s move. Apparently Don Jr. is going to be indicted soon.
    I dont know that I've weighed in officially here. I'm pretty agnostic on this Russia stuff until we see some real evidence. That being said, I would not be comfortable with trump firing Mueller before he finishes the investigation.

    The flip side of this is Mueller needs to actually finish the investigation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omaha 680 View Post
    I dont know that I've weighed in officially here. I'm pretty agnostic on this Russia stuff until we see some real evidence. That being said, I would not be comfortable with trump firing Mueller before he finishes the investigation.

    The flip side of this is Mueller needs to actually finish the investigation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omaha 680 View Post
    I dont know that I've weighed in officially here. I'm pretty agnostic on this Russia stuff until we see some real evidence. That being said, I would not be comfortable with trump firing Mueller before he finishes the investigation.

    The flip side of this is Mueller needs to actually finish the investigation.

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    The investigation hasn’t really been that long not compared to White water, Iran contra or Benghazi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frank ryan View Post
    The investigation hasn’t really been that long not compared to White water, Iran contra or Benghazi.
    Maybe Mueller could give us a little hint about what dirt he has on Drumpf before he gets fired?
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    More people should be alarmed but Trump has normalized this bullshit. Bad day for the Republic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frank ryan View Post
    More people should be alarmed but Trump has normalized this bullshit. Bad day for the Republic.
    Help guide my soul. What should I be alarmed about? Bear in mind you’re talking to someone who lived through Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre.
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    Quote Originally Posted by creekster View Post
    Help guide my soul. What should I be alarmed about? Bear in mind you’re talking to someone who lived through Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre.
    you serious, clark?
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    Quote Originally Posted by old_gregg View Post
    you serious, clark?
    You didn't think creek was old enough to have lived during Nixon's presidency?
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    Quote Originally Posted by frank ryan View Post
    The investigation hasn’t really been that long not compared to White water, Iran contra or Benghazi.
    All those were too long as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omaha 680 View Post
    All those were too long as well.

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    This one has been much shorter, and it's implications far more important.
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    Quote Originally Posted by old_gregg View Post
    you serious, clark?
    Yes. Thanks for asking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by creekster View Post
    Yes. Thanks for asking.
    Agree with creekster. frank and other alarmists need to step back from the ledge.

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    Despite the unremitting hysteria of the mainstream media and the handwringing of the American intelligentsia, the election of Donald Trump does not qualify as an existential event. That said, in November 2016, the subterranean river did resurface once again. Sadly, no figure on the political stage today, regardless of party, possesses anything like Nixon’s shrewdness in coping with the consequences. So when it comes to draining the floodwaters of radical reaction that Trump’s victory unleashed, we should expect little help from Washington.

    Yet let us not despair. The ebb and flow of events in the 1960s should give us confidence that the center will ultimately hold. The market for ecstasy and violence will once more prove to be limited and transitory. Today’s alt-right is no more likely to win the support of ordinary Americans than did the Weather Underground during the infamous Days of Rage.
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    The resignation of Sessions and appointment of Whitaker is troubling to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moliere View Post
    The resignation of Sessions and appointment of Whitaker is troubling to me.
    I don't know why Drumpf is so worried about Mueller... Didn't he say he could just pardon himself? Surely he could pardon Don Jr. too.

    I am hoping that Whitaker will get Mueller to finally show his cards. I am getting tired of waiting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by creekster View Post
    Help guide my soul. What should I be alarmed about? Bear in mind you’re talking to someone who lived through Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre.
    in any other universe this would be a pretty good indication at an attempt to obstruct justice. But we don't care anymore because it's just Trump's latest attempt at destroying norms. Funny that the article below cites an opinion from Clarence Thomas

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/08/o...itutional.html

    Last year, the Supreme Court examined the question of whether the general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board had been lawfully appointed to his job without Senate confirmation. The Supreme Court held the appointment invalid on a statutory ground.

    Justice Thomas agreed with the judgment, but wrote separately to emphasize that even if the statute had allowed the appointment, the Constitution’s Appointments Clause would not have. The officer in question was a principal officer, he concluded. And the public interest protected by the Appointments Clause was a critical one: The Constitution’s drafters, Justice Thomas argued, “recognized the serious risk for abuse and corruption posed by permitting one person to fill every office in the government.” Which is why, he pointed out, the framers provided for advice and consent of the Senate.

    Mr. Whitaker has not been named to some junior post one or two levels below the Justice Department’s top job. He has now been vested with the law enforcement authority of the entire United States government, including the power to supervise Senate-confirmed officials like the deputy attorney general, the solicitor general and all United States attorneys.

    We cannot tolerate such an evasion of the Constitution’s very explicit, textually precise design. Senate confirmation exists for a simple, and good, reason. Constitutionally, Matthew Whitaker is a nobody. His job as Mr. Sessions’s chief of staff did not require Senate confirmation. (Yes, he was confirmed as a federal prosecutor in Iowa, in 2004, but President Trump can’t cut and paste that old, lapsed confirmation to today.) For the president to install Mr. Whitaker as our chief law enforcement officer is to betray the entire structure of our charter document.

    Mr. Whitaker’s installation makes a mockery of our Constitution and our founders’ ideals. As Justice Thomas’s opinion in the N.L.R.B. case reminds us, the Constitution’s framers “had lived under a form of government that permitted arbitrary governmental acts to go unchecked.” He added “they knew that liberty could be preserved only by ensuring that the powers of government would never be consolidated in one body.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Ted View Post
    I don't know why Drumpf is so worried about Mueller... Didn't he say he could just pardon himself? Surely he could pardon Don Jr. too.

    I am hoping that Whitaker will get Mueller to finally show his cards. I am getting tired of waiting.
    I think this might be a good indication that Mueller showing his cards is very much what Trump doesn't want to happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by creekster View Post
    Yes. Thanks for asking.
    this is a funny schtick. it’s like outrage porn, except the opposite. consider your virtuous boredom duly signalled.
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    Forget the Russian Bots... We now have Chinese Bots spewing fake news!

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    Unsurprisingly, Trump's acting head of the Justice Dept. is a xenophobic weirdo:

    ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL MATTHEW WHITAKER ONCE SAID JEWS, MUSLIMS AND ATHEISTS SHOULD NOT BE FEDERAL JUDGES

    New acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said in 2014 that judges without a New Testament “biblical view of justice,” should not serve on the federal bench and suggested that he would block the appointment of non-Christian judges if given the chance.

    While Whitaker singled out atheists in particular as being unfit to serve, his comments also extended to Jewish and Muslim Americans.

    In 2014, Whitaker was running for the Republican Senate nomination in Iowa and participated in a forum hosted by the religious-right group The Family Leader. The forum’s leader, Bob Vander Plaats, outlined the themes of the event in his opening remarks. “We believe God has three institutions: It would be the church, the family, and government,” he said. The Republican nominees were then asked a series of questions about their religious values, including their views on federal judgeships.

    “If you get to the United States Senate and you have the majority, you can block President Obama’s judges,” said moderator Erick Erickson, a conservative blogger. “But most Americans would say you need to have a real reason to block those judges other than just they’re liberal. How do you set the criteria that you will use to block those judges?”

    Whittaker's two competitors, Sam Clovis and Joni Ernst, said that they would use faith-based criteria and make sure they acknowledged “natural law.”

    Natural law is the belief that legal rights and systems of morals were given to humans by God and were not derived from the rules of society. The concept is often used in religious communities to deem certain acts immoral and “unnatural” like the use of contraception or same-sex relationships.

    But Whitaker said that using belief in natural law as a criterion for appointing U.S. federal judgeships did not go far enough.

    “As someone that’s interacted with the federal judiciary a time or two, I will tell you that I have a unique perspective on federal judges,” he said.

    “And while I agree that I want to understand their judicial philosophy and whether they understand natural law and natural rights and then the founding documents and how they fit together...I don’t think that gets us far enough because natural law oftentfimes is used from the eye of the beholder," he continued. "What I’d like to see is things like their worldview.… Are they people of faith? Do they have a biblical view of justice? I think that is very important.”

    The moderator interrupted Whitaker and asked “Levitical or New Testament?” which is an indirect way of asking whether people of the Jewish faith should be banned from serving as federal judges.

    “I’m a New Testament,” responded Whitaker to laughter. “And what I know is as long as they have that [New Testament] worldview that they’ll be a good judge.”

    Under those guidelines, Whitaker would also question the ability of Muslim-Americans and other non-Christian Americans to sit on the federal bench.

    If judges have a “secular worldview,” said Whitaker, “where this is all we have here on Earth? Then I’m going to be very concerned about how they judge.”

    The comments that suggest judges need to have a biblical view of justice are “deeply troubling and require immediate clarification,” an Anti-Defamation League spokesperson told Newsweek. “The notion that non-Christian judges are disqualified from service is patently wrong, and completely inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution, which explicitly bars any religious test for public office,” he said.

    The ADL also pointed out that these views were “contrary to the mission statement of the Department of Justice—‘to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law… and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.’”

    The Department of Justice did not immediately respond to request for comment.

    Matthew Whitaker was appointed by President Donald Trump as interim attorney general on Wednesday after his predecessor, Jeff Sessions, was suddenly ousted from office.

    Trump has long vented publicly about Sessions’s decision to recuse himself from overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Whitaker has been vocal about his opposition to the investigation and has said on numerous occasions that he believes it should be defunded.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frank ryan View Post
    Unsurprisingly, Trump's acting head of the Justice Dept. is a xenophobic weirdo:

    ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL MATTHEW WHITAKER ONCE SAID JEWS, MUSLIMS AND ATHEISTS SHOULD NOT BE FEDERAL JUDGES



    https://www.newsweek.com/matthew-whi...n=Distribution
    That is so disturbing. That Trump is allowed to exist is a pity.
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