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It's just more evidence that Trump is a cheat and a liar. Whether he broke campaign finance laws remains to be adjudicated.

Politics / Re: Special Counsel issues first indictments
« on: Today at 09:01:14 AM »
None of these people will spend one minute in jail. What did they do? Wire fraud? Go on Facebook and criticize Hillary? If they had supported Hillary this would be a non issue.That's no different than Solon spewing his vitriolic hatred for Trump. NO RUSSIAN COLLUSION SO FAR. If they prove that Trump did something illegal I will agree with Solon. Until it's just dirty politics.

We already know the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians...

Trump OPENLY colluded with the Russians by calling for them to hack Clinton's server. He OPENLY colluded with the Russians by calling on people to view the hacked emails published by Wikileaks. His son invited the Russians into Trump tower to meet with top campaign officials when they promised dirt on Hillary.

The 37 page indictment states that Trump supporters and officials at the state and local level were PAID by the Russians for rally signs and materials. They were unwitting tools, but they collaborated.

The question is...Did any of them commit a crime? That will be addressed either in a future indictment or report by the Mueller investigation.

Politics / Re: Special Counsel issues first indictments
« on: Today at 08:46:52 AM »
A response to superman's bogus claims...

So, after nearly 18 months and millions of taxpayer $$$ all we got were indictments against 13 Russian internet trollers. LIE -- This is only a part of the investigation

Should also point out that none of these Russians will ever step foot in this country to stand trial. TRUE

So much for the Democrat narrative of Trump-Russian collusion. LIE. The investigation is ongoing. We still have at least two phases of the investigation to be completed: Obstruction of justice in attempting to undermine the investigation and Conspiring with the Russians to steal the election.

on the positive side what we have learned the past 18 months was that the Trump Dossier was false/fake. LIE. A number of the claims have been validated from other sources. Some of the more salacious claims have yet to be validated. That doesn't mean they won't be.

The Dossier was in fact provided by Russian agents and paid for the Hillary Clinton and the DNC. Half True, Half Lie. The Dossier was originally paid for by a Republican anti-Trump organization. After he won the primary, the Clinton campaign and the DNC picked up the funding. The investigation was conducted by a highly regarded former MI-6 agent who had extensive contacts and knowledge of Russian agents and methods.   

We also have learned that top officials in the DOJ and FBI conspired against President Trump, illegally spied on Trump and campaign with a FISA warrant that the FBI and DOJ did not tell the FISA Judge was bought and paid for by Clinton and the DNC. FILTHY LIES. We have learned none of this garbage. The conspiracy claim is pure invention. There is NO evidence of this PERIOD. The opposite is the case. Even Nunes admitted that the Dossier was NOT the only info used to obtain the FISA warrant and it was properly identified as opposition research. 

I expect the Flynn indictment to be tossed out of court. BALONEY. Now that Flynn is cooperating with the Mueller investigation there is a plea deal which will alter the conditions of his indictment. Depending on what he has to offer, the indictment may be dropped or the charges reduced to a minimum.

So now what will Democrats whine and complain about? They got exposed as colluding with the Russians. LIE. Sometime in the near future Trump campaign officials will be exposed  by the Mueller investigation as unwitting tools or indicted as active collaborators in the Russian campaign to win the election for Trump.

Politics / Re: Special Counsel issues first indictments
« on: Today at 08:19:53 AM »

Reading through the 37 page indictment I found what is probably the most effective lie propagated by the Russian trolls. They created this phony rally called "Support Hillary. Save American Muslims." As part of the promotion they manufactured the BIG LIE that Clinton had said: "I think Sharia Law will be a powerful new direction of freedom." (page 25) Obviously, she never said any such thing, nor would she ever believe any such thing. There are a lot of stupid people, however, who are prepared to believe this garbage. The trolls paid people to make posters quoting this lie and sent them to protest at political rallies set up by the trolls.

The suckers were recruited by the hundreds of thousands to pro-Trump and anti-Hillary rallies. People were paid to dress up as Hillary in a prison uniform and hold "Lock Her UP"posters. Many local Trump campaign people were contacted and paid by the trolls who served as willing pawns in the process not knowing they were being manipulated by the Russian government.

Trump has every reason to fear that this taints the legitimacy of his presidency--it excruciating detail.

We will be getting these stories for 3 more years. I wonder if Melania is still pleased with the

The point of the New Yorker article is to examine the methods undertaken to conceal Trump's infidelities. The sewer rat-in-chief had a system. Republicans claimed that such cover ups involving money were campaign finance crimes when committed by John Edwards back in 2008. Now the shoe is on the other foot...if you catch my drift. LOL


In June, 2006, Donald Trump taped an episode of his reality-television show, “The Apprentice,” at the Playboy Mansion, in Los Angeles. Hugh Hefner, Playboy’s publisher, threw a pool party for the show’s contestants with dozens of current and former Playmates, including Karen McDougal, a slim brunette who had been named Playmate of the Year, eight years earlier. In 2001, the magazine’s readers voted her runner-up for “Playmate of the ’90s,” behind Pamela Anderson. At the time of the party, Trump had been married to the Slovenian model Melania Knauss for less than two years; their son, Barron, was a few months old. Trump seemed uninhibited by his new family obligations. McDougal later wrote that Trump “immediately took a liking to me, kept talking to me - telling me how beautiful I was, etc. It was so obvious that a Playmate Promotions exec said, ‘Wow, he was all over you - I think you could be his next wife.’ ”

Trump and McDougal began an affair, which McDougal later memorialized in an eight-page, handwritten document provided to The New Yorker by John Crawford, a friend of McDougal’s. When I showed McDougal the document, she expressed surprise that I had obtained it but confirmed that the handwriting was her own.

Donald Trump, a Playboy Model, and a System for Concealing Infidelity

...The Wall Street Journal reported shortly before the 2016 election that the publisher of the National Enquirer, American Media, had paid $150,000 for McDougal's story but never ran it. This has led to allegations that it deliberately bought the story and killed it to protect Trump, who is personal friends with AMI chief executive David Pecker.

...the biggest commonality between the McDougal and Daniels accounts is the alleged coverup. In the case of Daniels, Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen this week confirmed he had “facilitated” a $130,000 payment to Daniels using his personal money. He conspicuously did not deny, however, that Trump was personally party to the transaction.

In the case of McDougal, the alleged payoff is more indirect but also involves a third party tied to Trump. This isn't the first time it has been suggested that Pecker deliberately paid McDougal to keep quiet, but Farrow has emails describing the transaction. He also has on-the-record quotes from former AMI employees talking about how the company would purchase stories in order to kill them and buy the silence of the person behind them — a practice known as “catch and kill” — or to use as leverage against celebrities.

The latest alleged Trump affair coverup is a damningly familiar tale

Politics / Re: MAGA
« on: February 16, 2018, 07:06:17 PM »

After less than 13 months, more than 40 percent of the people Trump originally picked for Cabinet-level jobs have faced ethical questions for lying, misuse of tax payer funds, spousal abuse, financial conflicts of interest and more. Drain the swamp? LOL! No, you suckers, he is FLOODING THE SEWERS!

It's the most corrupt administration since Reconstruction.


More than 40 percent of Trump’s first Cabinet-level picks have faced ethical or other controversies

Politics / Re: Special Counsel issues first indictments
« on: February 16, 2018, 06:53:28 PM »
BuzzFeed takes a close look at the 13 Russians indicted by the Mueller team.

These Are The Russians Charged With Meddling In The 2016 Election

Politics / Trump made 2,140 false or misleading claims in his first year
« on: February 16, 2018, 06:50:08 PM »
Trump, the fattest sewer rat, is also the biggest liar to occupy the White House in the grand sweep of US history. Congratulations fellow Americans, every time he lies, we set a new record for stupidity by electing him. The Chinese and the Russians are loving it.

One year after taking the oath of office, President Trump has made 2,140 false or misleading claims, according to The Fact Checker’s database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement uttered by the president. That’s an average of nearly 5.9 claims a day.

We started this project as part of our coverage of the president’s first 100 days, largely because we could not possibly keep up with the pace and volume of the president’s misstatements. Readers demanded we keep it going for another year. The database has proved so useful — and even sparked the interest of academicians — that we now plan to keep it going for the rest of Trump’s presidency.

Our interactive graphic, created with the help of Leslie Shapiro and Kaeti Hinck of The Post graphics department, displays a running list of every false or misleading statement made by Trump. We also catalogued the president’s many flip-flops, since those earn Upside-Down Pinocchios if a politician shifts position on an issue without acknowledging he or she did so.

Politics / Re: Raising the Gas Tax to Fund Infrastructure
« on: February 16, 2018, 06:38:24 PM »
Correction: Sewer rats

Trump's sewer rats are his enablers and they run Congress.

Politics / Re: Special Counsel issues first indictments
« on: February 16, 2018, 06:36:29 PM »
Just a reminder from the WaPo factchecker:

In his first year as president, President Trump said 44 times that the Russia probe was a hoax perpetuated by Democrats

Today Trump admitted there was Russian interference in the election. Will he now take steps to prevent it in the next election?

Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President. The results of the election were not impacted...

Politics / Re: Special Counsel issues first indictments
« on: February 16, 2018, 03:34:15 PM »
Who is the "unidentified American" who worked with the conspirators?

The 37 page indictment.


The special counsel investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election charged 13 Russian nationals and three Russian organizations on Friday with illegally using social media platforms to sow political discord, including actions that supported the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump and disparaged his opponent, Hillary Clinton.

In a 37-page indictment filed in United States District Court, Mr. Mueller said that the 13 individuals have conspired since 2014 to violate laws that prohibit foreigners from spending money to influence federal elections in the United States.

The indictment charges that the foreigners falsely posed as American citizens, stole identities and otherwise engaged in fraud and deceit in an effort to influence the U.S. political process, including the 2016 presidential race.

...Though the Russians are unlikely to be immediately arrested, they are now wanted by the United States government, which will make it hard for them to travel or do business internationally.

All were charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States. Three defendants were also charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, and five defendants with aggravated identity theft.

...Some of the Russians, posing as Americans and seeking a coordinated effort, “communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump campaign and other political activists.” They communicated with members of the campaign, volunteers, supporters and grass-roots workers, court papers show.

... In the run-up to the US presidential election "Project Lakhta", as it was called, had an operating budget of more than $1m a month.

...Individuals involved in the conspiracy traveled to and around the United States, visiting at least eight states, court papers show, and worked with an unidentified American. That person advised them to focus their efforts on what they viewed as “purple” election battleground states, including Colorado, Virginia and Florida, the indictment said.

Politics / Re: Raising the Gas Tax to Fund Infrastructure
« on: February 16, 2018, 09:06:16 AM »
The gas tax is a regressive tax. The poor pay a higher percentage of their incomes than the rich. It is an unfair tax. Only a progressive tax that raises the rates as income rises comes close to being fair. A gas tax is, unfortunately, a mainstay in state funding for roads and bridges. The federal government has access to more and better resources. If Trump were serious about infrastructure projects, he would have made it his first priority as president. He destroyed any possibility of that with the tax cut for the rich. His infrastructure proposal is not serious and funding it with a federal gas tax is DOA.

Politics / Re: Middle East Wars
« on: February 16, 2018, 08:54:39 AM »
Rex Tillerson is in Turkey to attempt the impossible. He has, nontheless, put on a good show of unity with the Turkish government. He stated that he and Mr Cavusoglu (the Turkish Foreign Minister) agreed that their countries' objectives for Syria were "precisely the same - there is no daylight between [them]". That is true in so far as both want to see Bashar al Assad deposed and exiled to Moscow or wherever. The devil is in the details, however, and there is no resolution of those where the Kurds are involved. The meetings between diplomats have put the confrontation in Manbij on hold, but for how long and to what end. Erdogan and the Turks view the conflict with the Kurds as an existential struggle so there is no give in their position. Erdogan deliberately blew up the Kurdish peace process for internal political reasons a few years ago as I have previously addressed, so he has no fallback position. The US has no tenable presence in Syria without the full backing of the Kurds. If we intend to have any voice in the fate of Syria and with it the disposition of forces across the Middle East, we must maintain our current arrangements. Adding to the mess is the US reliance on a major military air base in Turkey at Incirlik. The Turks could demand our departure as a last act of defiance. That would surely mark the end of Turkey's presence in NATO. The Turks have not said a word about it, so that is apparently still a bridge too far.

How the US and Turkey manage to paper over this intractable situation, assuming they can, will be an interesting lesson in diplomacy.

The Nato allies said joint teams would meet shortly to work through their diplomatic differences, including a dispute over the city of Manbij.

...Speaking at a joint news conference in the Turkish capital, Ankara, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu said working teams would tackle disputes which have led to heightened tensions between the two powers.

"Manbij is going to be given priority in our joint working effort," Mr Tillerson said.

The BBC's Mark Lowen in Istanbul says there was, it seems, no breakthrough in these talks but an inching forward from what Mr Tillerson called a "crisis point" in US-Turkey relations.

...Mr Cavusoglu said the mechanisms they had agreed upon were aimed at "finding real outcomes - we are not wasting each other's times".

On a note of discord, the foreign minister said the US had dishonoured a previous pledge to make sure Kurdish forces pulled back east across the Euphrates river.

He warned that "if the YPG takes hold of these areas [west of the river], stability will never enter this area. We will work towards making sure this will never happen."

Syria conflict: US and Turkey agree to avert Manbij clash

Politics / Re: Middle East Wars
« on: February 15, 2018, 07:17:18 PM »
Reuters reports that 300 Russians were killed or wounded in the action around Deir al-Zour. All of them were mercenaries. The US is not the only country that hires military contractors to fight its wars. The US and Russia have made sure, so far, that military forces of the two countries have not faced off. Most of the concern has involved air space over Syria. The deaths of approximately 100 Russian mercenaries and the wounding of around 200 more raises the question by whom were they employed? Were the Russians trying to pull a fast one and seize a strategic area or were the mercenaries paid for by the Syrian government and acting, as I claimed in an earlier post, against the wishes of the Russian officials? Either way, somebody got a really nasty surprise. But, regardless, US command needs to know the answer so they are fully informed about the challenges ahead.

It is worth noting that I have never read anything anywhere about the Russians bringing contracted mercenaries to fight in Syria...until this incident.   

About 300 men working for a Kremlin-linked Russian private military firm were either killed or injured in Syria last week, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

A Russian military doctor said around 100 had been killed, and a source who knows several of the fighters said the death toll was in excess of 80 men.

The timing of the casualties coincided with a battle on Feb. 7 near the Syrian city of Deir al-Zor where, according to U.S. officials and associates of the fighters involved, U.S.-led coalition forces attacked forces aligned with Moscow’s ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Russian officials said five citizens may have been killed but they had no relation to Russia’s armed forces.

The clashes show Moscow is more deeply involved in Syria militarily than it has said, and risks being drawn into direct confrontation with the United States in Syria.

The casualties are the highest that Russia has suffered in a single battle since fierce clashes in Ukraine in 2014 claimed more than 100 fighters’ lives. Moscow denies sending soldiers and volunteers to Ukraine and has never confirmed that figure.

...Russian officials deny they deploy private military contractors in Syria, saying Moscow’s only military presence is a campaign of air strikes, a naval base, military instructors training Syrian forces, and limited numbers of special forces troops.

But according to people familiar with the deployment, Russia is using large numbers of the contractors in Syria because that allows Moscow to put more boots on the ground without risking regular soldiers whose deaths have to be accounted for.

The contractors, mostly ex-military, carry out missions assigned to them by the Russian military, the people familiar with the deployment said. Most are Russian citizens, though some have Ukrainian and Serbian passports.

...The source with ties to Wagner said they told him the force struck by the U.S.-led coalition was made up mainly of Russian contractors, with a few Syrians and Iranians in support roles.

He said that on Feb. 7 the force had advanced toward the settlement of Khusham, in Deir al-Zor province, into a zone designated as neutral under a deal between the Russian military and the U.S.-led coalition.

The aim was to test if the U.S.-led coalition would react. The force advanced to within less than 5 km (3 miles) of the SDF and American positions, he said.

He said that the U.S.-led forces, in line with procedure agreed with the Russians, warned Russian regular forces that they were preparing to strike. He does not know if the warning was passed on to the contractors.

“The warning was 20 minutes beforehand, in that time it was not feasible to turn the column around,” said the source.

He said once the strikes began, the contractors did not return fire because they believed that would provoke even more strikes from the U.S.-led coalition.

Russian toll in Syria battle was 300 killed and wounded: sources

Politics / Re: The Governor and the Speaker continue to get it done
« on: February 15, 2018, 05:56:27 PM »
Medicaid expansion is not the only help on the way for economically-backward areas.

A bipartisan bill aimed at luring companies to economically distressed parts of Virginia by offering tax breaks to their employees has advanced in the General Assembly, passing the House of Delegates on Tuesday after a similar measure cleared the Senate the day before.

...The measure would let suffering areas offer corporate and personal income-tax breaks for companies that agree to locate there, as long as they meet certain criteria. The bill contained a list of 39 counties and six cities and was modified Monday to add another county.

...The House passed it Tuesday by a vote of 87 to 12.

The Senate passed its version the day before.

,,,Sen. William M. Stanley Jr. (R-Franklin), who carried the Senate version, went through a long litany of ways that Southwestern Virginia and other rural areas are less fortunate than “the gold crescent” — the area from Northern Virginia to Richmond and over to Hampton Roads.

In the Southwest, he said, people have a lower life expectancy, less health insurance, less education and greater likelihood of opioid addiction.

Virginia General Assembly passes unusual bipartisan plan to help impoverished areas

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