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And yet with globalization, we seem to have developed a strange apprehension about the efficacy of our ability to apply the innovation and hard work necessary to successfully compete in a complex security and economic environment. Further, we have misunderstood interdependence as a weakness rather than recognizing it as a strength. The key to sustaining our competitive edge, at home or on the world stage, is credibility — and credibility is a difficult capital to foster. It cannot be won through intimidation and threat, it cannot be sustained through protectionism or exclusion. Credibility requires engagement, strength, and reliability — imaginatively applied through the national tools of development, diplomacy, and defense.

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Was once a handsome frog until kissed by an ugly corporate princess.----- Like a well honed knife, the internet can be a wonderful and useful tool. It can be used to prepare and serve a delicious meal or it can be used to cause harm. peace

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  1. Kalima says:

    House Russia investigation has ‘abundance’ of evidence against Trump, says top Democrat

    Adam Schiff said the panel had seen evidence of collusion with Russia and obstruction by Donald Trump’s campaign and administration that is not yet public

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/feb/14/trump-russia-investigation-evidence-collusion-obstruction-adam-schiff

    Susan Rice lawyer: Steele dossier not discussed in 2017 meeting

    https://www.axios.com/susan-rice-email-letter-steele-dossier-4001149e-d77d-44e6-b101-c5a8dfa2a3ec.html

    Well I never! Mike Pence lying? You could knock me down with a pink feather boa.

    Mike Pence Says U.S. Intel Found That Russia Didn’t Elect Trump. He Is Lying.

    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/02/pence-lies-that-u-s-intel-found-russia-didnt-elect-trump.html

    • Nirek says:

      Pence is a right wingnut traitor like Trump.

      • Kalima says:

        Good to see you, Nirek.

        If you look close enough, they resemble the golden poison frog (Phyllobates terribilis) found in S. America. Their toxic slime is poisoning the country and most of the WH and Republican politicians.

    • AdLib says:

      It’s got to be giving Schiff and other Dems hernias to be holding in what they know about Trump’s crimes. But whatever they know, Mueller and his team know so it’s just a matter of time until it all comes out.

      Of course, anything claimed about the Steele document by Repubs will be proven false. Look how many lies they’ve ginned up as being “worse than Watergate” before they’re blown up.

      Beneath that white bread exterior, Pence is incredibly evil. He was despised in IN which is why he took the Trump VP position that looked so futile, his career was otherwise over.

      Mueller needs to take both Trump and Pence down together. Then…President Pelosi!

      • Nirek says:

        If Trump and Pence are removed Ryan would be president. Unless it happens after the November election.

      • Kalima says:

        I’m glad the Dems in the know are becoming more vocal, especially after trump denied the release of their rebuttal memo.

        Yes, imagine what Mueller and his team have pieced together by now. Something big is coming and with it more indictments and the collapse of the repubs and their criminal leader. We just have to be patient while they sweat. The time for them to backtrack is way past it’s expiration date. They chose trump over the American people and democracy.

        Pence is an ignorant country bumpkin who shamed America by not standing up during the host country’s anthem. Sporting events have nothing to do with politics and because S. Korea has no U.S. ambassador, dumbnuts had no clue about protocol. No one in that insane WH does. Shameful behaviour that was criticised the world over. Pence is not fit to run a pig farm.

  2. Kalima says:

    Yet another AR-15. Why are they still being sold to the public? It’s pure madness. That anime should express shock after so many similar attacks is quite amazing when military use weapons are still available to be sold to the general public with such ease.

    If the government refuse to act on stricter gun control legislation, they are responsible for every death too.
    -/

    17 killed in shooting at South Florida high school

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/education/wp/2018/02/14/school-shooting-reported-at-florida-high-school/

  3. Kalima says:

    You work for Captain Hook not Peter Pan. Sorry Tinkerbell, don’t believe a single word.

    Longtime Trump attorney says he made $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels with his money

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2018/02/14/longtime-trump-attorney-says-he-made-130000-payment-to-stormy-daniels-with-his-money/


    • AdLib says:

      Of course, what attorneys don’t use their own $130k to silence porn stars who threaten to expose affairs with their clients and do so through a shell company that is created then immediately closed after the payment is made?

      Nothing to see here.


    • kesmarn says:

      This is one of those moments when Trump’s habit of refusing to pay debts that he has legitimately incurred (even if they were incurred for illegitimate purposes) has come back to bite him in the ass! This lawyer got the best revenge by going public.

      He had the last laugh after having been stiffed by his boss.

      Morally, they both belong in the 11th or 12th ring of Dante’s hell. And even that would be better quarters than they deserve.

      • AdLib says:

        But where does Cohen get his money from? Trump pays him retainers and some or all of that $130k could be traced to Trump’s payments.

        Trump does like to stiff people he owes money to including lawyers but Cohen is such a slimeball, I don’t believe him.

        And his claim had a loophole in it, he said he paid to “facilitate” the payment, he didn’t say he paid the $130k!

      • Kalima says:

        Going public just gave the middle finger to his boss. Fun and games with trump lies to follow. After all, like everything else, trump as usual denied the affair. Now Stormy is saying that he breached the contract and she is to speak about it publicly too. Oops!

        • AdLib says:

          Stormy’s got to know there’s a big payday for her to do a tell-all on Trump and the agreement. With her lawyers giving the green light thanks to Cohen’s being cornered and admitting the payment, I’ll bet they’re shopping her interview and taking offers now.

  4. Kalima says:

    Karma is a bitch, Benjamin. In a just society, they would add the cold blooded murder of innocent Palestinians too, plus the thievery of land, the jailing of children, and an unlawful occupation.

    Israeli police recommend indictment of Netanyahu on corruption charges

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/israeli-police-recommend-indictment-of-netanyahu-on-corruption-charges/2018/02/13/5e4cb27c-10e0-11e8-9570-29c9830535e5_story.html

    The nation’s top spies said Russia will attempt to undermine the 2018 midterm elections

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/fbi-director-to-face-questions-on-security-clearances-and-agents-independence/2018/02/13/f3e4c706-105f-11e8-9570-29c9830535e5_story.html

    This is derelict and deliberate neglect on the part of trump and his flailing administration.

    President Obama left a cyber bomb in place that would cripple Russia’s attempts to do this again and trump’s goons defunded and dismantled the office that had been put in place to handle it.

    No Agency Leading U.S. Response to Russian Election Meddling, Says Intel Chief

    • AdLib says:

      They said, “We are under attack.” Whoever runs against him in 2020 better say, “I will protect our country and democracy from Russian attacks, Trump refuses to protect America.”

    • AdLib says:

      Maybe Trump and Netanyahu can get adjoining cells?

    • kesmarn says:

      “I’m shocked! Shocked, I tell you! Bibi Netanyahu engaged in corrupt behavior??”

      Actually, not shocked at all. Nor are many people, I’m sure.

      Fingers crossed (many times) that an indictment is actually forthcoming now. This guy has been able to wiggle out of tight spots before. Israel, please do the right thing.

      • Kalima says:

        Well, Ehud Olmert was charged and convicted of “ breach of trust” in 2012 and again in 2015 for bribery sentenced to 6 years of jail time then reduced to 18 months. This monster should be convicted for the same crimes. I have read many opinions that say he should be held responsible. Like his new BFF trump, he’s not above the law. I’m sure that many in the region would celebrate his well deserved absence.

        What Does Netanyahu Corruption Case tell us about Trump’s Fate?
        By Juan Cole

        https://www.juancole.com/2018/02/netanyahu-corruption-trumps.html

  5. Kalima says:

    Obama admin discussed how much to share about Russia with incoming Trump team

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/12/politics/susan-rice-email-russia-investigation-trump-team/index.html

    Obama worried about sharing Russia info with incoming Trump officials
    Two GOP senators want answers from Susan Rice about an ‘unusual’ email describing a Jan. 5 Oval Office meeting in which the president raised the concern, while instructing that a Russia investigation should proceed ‘by the book’

    https://www.politico.com/story/2018/02/12/obama-russia-trump-transition-405823

    Grassley and Graham go off their rockers again.Still trying to blame anyone except for the corrupt and guilty fool in the Oval Office. You would think that they actually had more important things to do like working for the American people who voted for them. Truly beyond pathetic.

    Here’s the GOP’s latest attempt to prove Obama acted improperly in the Trump-Russia probe — and why it falls flat

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/02/heres-gops-latest-attempt-prove-obama-acted-improperly-trump-russia-probe-falls-flat/

    Trump’s obstruction of justice is far more extensive than Nixon’s

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-obstruction-of-justice-is-far-more-extensive-than-nixons/2018/02/12/247b7c22-0d07-11e8-95a5-c396801049ef_story.html

    Senator seeking admin records on Trump’s sale of Palm Beach mansion to Russian

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/10/politics/russia-trump-real-estate-deal-wyden/index.html

    NUNES MEMO REVEALS CONGRESSMAN’S PENCHANT FOR CONSPIRACY THEORIES
    http://www.newsweek.com/nunes-memo-trump-russia-probe-flynn-mueller-page-fbi-802710

    • AdLib says:

      All the Repub attempts to distract from Trump’s crimes, whether by conspiracy theories, attacking Obama, Hillary or Mueller, will all continue to collapse in on themselves because there is not substance to hold them up.

      And in the meantime, some Repubs may be brainwashed but most Americans see the desperate behavior of people who know Trump is guilty.

  6. Kalima says:

    Trump’s hero. Another woman hater. I know exactly what should be done to him instead that would only require a sharp pair of scissors.

    Rodrgio Duterte tells soldiers to shoot female rebels in the vagina

    Notorious firebrand President of the Philippines once more courts controversy with violent, misogynistic remark to troops

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/rodrigo-duterte-soldiers-shoot-female-rebels-vagina-philippines-drugs-war-a8206501.html

    • AdLib says:

      International Criminal Court may investigate Duterte, Philippines says

      https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/08/asia/duterte-philippines-icc-intl/index.html

    • kesmarn says:

      A horrifying level of hatred there, no? And both Duterte and Trump have their toady spokespersons who say this was all a joke.

      Just last week his spokesman, Harry Roque, accused women of “overreacting” to the President’s comments. “I mean, that’s funny. Come on. Just laugh,” he said.

      Meanwhile, Sarah Huckster Sanders says that when Agent Orange referred to Dems who didn’t applaud his state of the union speech as “traitors,” “[I]t was a joke. Why don’t you get a sense of humor?”

      For every corrupt monarch, it seems there’s a court jester who’s equally corrupt. Maybe Harry Roque and Sarah should do a little speed-dating. They have so much in common.

      • Kalima says:

        Make believe king trump, given the chance, would be just as destructive towards anyone who didn’t like him. Being the chinless coward he has shown himself to be, he would bark out the orders but blame everyone else.

        Sanders is a lying disgrace not fit to pretend to speak on behalf of women anywhere. What kind of role model is she for her own children? Disgusting.

  7. Kalima says:

    So this is all about giving him his wet dream of more power in the ME. First Syria and now the battered disenfranchised Palestinians. As always a dangerous and misguided path.

    Putin must be dancing with the devil in his palace over his power grabs.

    Abbas tells Putin: ‘We refuse to cooperate with U.S. in any form’; Putin: Trump sends best wishes

    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/trump-and-putin-discussed-israeli-palestinian-tensions-in-phone-call-1.5810763

    • AdLib says:

      Trump is leaving a power vacuum in the world that Putin is happy to fill…and Trump is happy to let him fill.

      But long term, Russia will pay a big price when Trump is replaced in 2020. The waiting is the hardest part.

  8. Kalima says:

    Trump’s long-awaited infrastructure plan is a fraud
    This is the way Infrastructure Week begins, not with a bang but a whimper.

    https://thinkprogress.org/trump-infrastructure-dud-6bc19ae8f943/

    Trump’s budget cuts Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, breaking core campaign promise
    This would be over a trillion dollars in cuts to some of the nation’s most vulnerable.

    https://thinkprogress.org/trump-promises-cuts-medicare-medicaid-social-security-36a0e8a57ae0/

    A chunk of Republicans appears to be becoming independents

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2018/02/12/a-chunk-of-republicans-appears-to-be-becoming-independents/

    A Reckoning with Women Awaits Trump

    https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/a-reckoning-with-women-awaits-trump

    • AdLib says:

      This is a great set of articles!

      Trump’s infrastructure “plan” is a fraud. Check!

      Trump’s budget is a betrayal and threatens to slash entitlements…but is also a fraud since a budget bill was just passed and this bill has no purpose. Check!

      A chunk of Repubs are becoming independents because the GOP is a fraud now. Check!

      Trump is a fraud in denying his sexual attacks on women and calling his Access Hollywood confession “locker room talk”, so women are turning on him. Check!

  9. Kalima says:

    Love these paintings!

    The Obamas’ portraits are not what you’d expect and that’s why they’re great

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/obamas-portraits-unveiled-for-americans-presidents-exhibition/2018/02/12/d9f3691a-1000-11e8-8ea1-c1d91fcec3fe_story.html

    Barack and Michelle Obama’s portraits unveiled
    Barack and Michelle Obama react to the unveiling of their official portraits at the US National Portrait Gallery.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-43038568/barack-and-michelle-obama-s-portraits-unveiled

  10. Kalima says:

    Very political when the Nunes one was to help trump fire Rod Rosenstein to stop the Russia probe? Huh?? He didn’t even read it or the first one that proved it to be 4 pages of nonsense crap.p

    A Crisis of Democracy: Trump’s block of Dem Response to Nunes
    By Juan Cole

    https://www.juancole.com/2018/02/crisis-democracy-response.html

    Obstruction of justice’: Trump faces heavy criticism for breaking promise to release Dem memo

    The Democratic memo is “very political and long,” Trump says.

    https://thinkprogress.org/trump-blocks-democratic-memo-77f0c79f4859/

    • kesmarn says:

      Juan Cole nails it again, Kalima. It’s a virtual cliche that “money is power,” but equally true is the fact that information is also power. Warping, denying or only partially releasing important information can change history. And we all know what insider information can do on Wall Street.

      This administration is playing a dangerous game on multiple fronts, and — as Cole said — the guy in the Oval Office can come up with 25 lies before breakfast. If the GOP continues to play along with this risk to democracy they can take the blame for the way things will eventually end up.

      Not that they will. They never do.

  11. Kalima says:

    Right, the lives of abused women are being ruined every day. Didn’t expect empathy from this serial sexual abuser who has thrived on being just that, but this is outrageous. The women in his WH should run. He can’t stop his mouth from moving to demean half the voting public in America. Lock him up! Despicable man.

    As domestic abuse claims roil the White House, Trump says lives are being ruined ‘by a mere allegations’

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2018/02/10/as-domestic-abuse-claims-roil-the-white-house-trump-says-lives-are-being-ruined-by-a-mere-allegation-in/

    Trump hires in his own image — bullies, posers, and bad boys

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/08/opinions/men-trump-hired-john-kelly-rob-porter-dantonio-opinion/index.html

    White House under John Kelly is not so calm and competent after all

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/white-house-under-john-kelly-is-not-so-calm-and-competent-after-all/2018/02/10/fdc217f4-0df0-11e8-8b0d-891602206fb7_story.html

  12. Kalima says:

    If Pence is still there promoting anti N. Korea propaganda, take note. There has been more achieved by S. Korea’s diplomacy, than the madman trump’s hostile blustering.

    Kim is putting a wedge between S. Korea and the U.S., and S. Korea know that but will stick with their allies. If that means peace in this region for the future, I’m all for it.

    Talking to hubby the other day, I said that I’m more afraid of trump and his administration than I am of Kim. Call me reckless but I live in the future war zone.

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has invited South Korean president Moon Jae-in to talks in Pyongyang

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/world/wp/2018/02/10/north-korean-leader-kim-jong-un-has-invited-south-korean-president-moon-jae-in-to-talks-in-pyongyang/

    What an ignorant jerk. You always stand for the host country. He’s just a gay hating country bumpkin at large. No wonder their foreign policy and constipated world view, stinks to high heaven. So much for this WH’s ideas of diplomacy.

    At Olympics opening ceremony, Pence refuses to stand for any country except the U.S.
    Mike Pence isn’t feeling the Olympic spirit.

    https://thinkprogress.org/pence-doesnt-stand-for-korea-3b61775b4269/

  13. Kalima says:

    Oh good Lord will this nightmarish, law breaking clown never stop?

    Throw his phone into the loo and flush it. The president of the United States? Not in a million years.

    Donald Trump Joins With Russian Bots to Trash Mark Warner on Twitter

    Both the president and pro-Russian interests are promoting a Fox News story revealing the Democratic senator’s texts.

    https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/02/donald-trump-joins-with-russian-bots-to-trash-mark-warner-on-twitter/

    Putin Opponent Exposes Manafort Associate



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