The civil war inside the White House is real, and it’s nasty. The Daily Beast is reporting that the tension is so high that officials are now name-calling behind each other’s backs, with Bannon escalating it to the point where he’s calling Jared Kushner a “cuck” and a “globalist” behind his back. “[Bannon] recently vented to… Continue Reading →
Yep, keeping big dark money in politics was that important to them. Republicans (and don’t let anyone say “The Senate” we’re looking right at you, Mrs. Greenspan because you already did) invoked the nuclear option, eliminating the filibuster from Supreme Court decisions made by the United States Senate. We will never forget that it was REPUBLICAN… Continue Reading →
An anti-choice law that was signed in Indiana by then-Governor Mike Pence has been blocked by a federal judge under established Roe V. Wade precedent. The law require women seeking an abortion to obtain an ultrasound at least 18 hours before the procedure is performed, requiring women – many of them poor – to jump through… Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON — Rick Perry was named to the National Security Council in a memo released on Wednesday, putting the secretary of energy and longtime Texas governor into Donald Trump’s inner circle for national security decisions. The decision was part of a larger reshuffling of the NSC announced in a notice published in the federal register that… Continue Reading →
Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut had some choice words during Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearing on Monday, and he left his Senate colleagues stunned. Reading from remarks he had prepared, Blumenthal detailed specifically how Trump had explicitly said he was looking for a Justice who would agree with him on issues, then “outsourced” the pick to right-wing… Continue Reading →
It’s day 74 of this nauseating roller coaster of an administration. Shockingly, even Joe and Mika admitted, right off the bat on Morning Joe, that Trump is acting rather nuts. Somehow, they still manage to heap unwarrented praise upon him and other Republicans? Mark Halperin addressed the heated Gorsuch battle for Senate confirmation and Trump’s recent… Continue Reading →
You remember the excreable Erik Prince, accused Blackwater war criminal and brother of Betsy DeVos? Still up to his un-American tricks:
The United Arab Emirates arranged a secret meeting in January between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a Russian close to President Vladimir Putin as part of an apparent effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and President-elect Donald Trump, according to U.S., European and Arab officials.
The meeting took place around Jan. 11 — nine days before Trump’s inauguration — in the Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean, officials said. Though the full agenda remains unclear, the UAE agreed to broker the meeting in part to explore whether Russia could be persuaded to curtail its relationship with Iran, including in Syria, a Trump administration objective that would likely require major concessions to Moscow on U.S. sanctions.
Though Prince had no formal role with the Trump campaign or transition team, he presented himself as an unofficial envoy for Trump to high-ranking Emiratis involved in setting up his meeting with the Putin confidant, according to the officials, who did not identify the Russian.
Remember that Alfa Bank server in Trump Tower that was communicating with Russia during the campaign? Spectrum Health has a relationship with Alfa Bank. Dick DeVos, Betsy’s husband, leads Spectrum Health.
And now Erik Prince. Another piece drops into place.
Together, Alfa and Spectrum accounted for 99% of the lookups.
Oh, and there’s this lovely story about Sebastien Gorka.
NEW YORK — A former campaign adviser for Donald Trump met with and passed documents to a Russian intelligence operative in New York City in 2013.
The adviser, Carter Page, met with a Russian intelligence operative named Victor Podobnyy, who was later charged by the US government alongside two others for acting as unregistered agents of a foreign government. The charges, filed in January 2015, came after federal investigators busted a Russian spy ring that was seeking information on US sanctions as well as efforts to develop alternative energy. Page is an energy consultant.
A court filing by the US government contains a transcript of a recorded conversation in which Podobnyy speaks with one of the other men busted in the spy ring, Igor Sporyshev, about trying to recruit someone identified as “Male-1.” BuzzFeed News has confirmed that “Male-1” is Page.
The revelation of Page’s connection to Russian intelligence — which occurred more than three years before his association with Trump — is the most clearly documented contact to date between Russian intelligence and someone in Trump’s orbit. It comes as federal investigators probe whether Trump’s campaign-era associates — including Page — had any inappropriate contact with Russian officials or intelligence operatives during the court of the election. Page has volunteered to help Senate investigators in their inquiry.
Everything with Trump is about the oil. I wonder what the Russians gave him?
What happens when you mix a man who is proud to have no idea how government works and whose entire financial history is one of defaulting on loans and refusal to pay on items owed with tea party ideologues who embrace the idea of burning down the house to rebuild it in their “free market/limited government”… Continue Reading →
Welp, here’s your “what did the president know and when did he know it” moment. Oliver Willis: Cyber expert Clint Watts, testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee as it investigates Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, told the panel that Donald Trump “used Russian active measures against his opponents” during the campaign. Watts is currently… Continue Reading →