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I am watching the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing where they are questioning Sally Yates. I am not sure what the purpose of the hearing is. It appears that Senator Graham was attempting to prove or promote that Flynn was improperly investigated by Mueller and that by Sally Yates expressing her concerns to the trump administration that Flynn had compromised himself with Russia by discussing Russian sanctions with Russia before trump was inaugurated, was because of a policy difference rather than a possible violation of the Logan Act and a counter-intelligence breach. Senator Cornyn questioned Ms. Yates about James Comey breaking FBI norms by saying that Hillary Clinton should not be prosecuted, and that decision should have been made by AG Lynch.

As I recall, AG Lynch had publicly stated that she would leave that decision to Comey. Additionally, Flynn admitted that he indeed discussed Russian sanctions with Russia before the inauguration and that he lied about those discussions.
https://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/02/us/politics/loretta-lynch-hillary-clinton-email-server.html

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, conceding that her airport meeting with former President Bill Clinton this week had cast a shadow over the federal investigation of Hillary Clinton’s personal email account, said Friday that she would accept whatever recommendations career prosecutors and the F.B.I. director made about whether to bring charges in the case.

https://www.politifact.com/article/2017/dec/01/flynns-guilty-plea-confirms-he-talked-russian-sanc/

In the waning days of his presidency, Barack Obama responded on Dec. 29 to Russia’s interference in the U.S. election by issuing sanctions and ejecting 35 Russian diplomats.

Two weeks later, as president-elect Donald Trump readied for his inauguration, the Washington Post reported that Flynn and Kislyak had spoken by phone on or around the day sanctions were handed down. (The Post later reported that Flynn had been warned in November that Kislyak’s conversations “were almost certainly being monitored by U.S. intelligence agencies.”)

The Flynn-Kislyak conversation raised questions about whether Flynn had undercut Obama’s move against Moscow, particularly after Russian President Vladimir Putin declined to retaliate.

In the days after the Post revealed the Flynn-Kislyak phone call, key members of the Trump transition team, including White House press secretary Sean Spicer, Vice President Mike Pence and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, denied that sanctions came up during the conversation. Flynn also denied this to the Washington Post.

But Flynn’s guilty plea removes any lingering doubt about whether sanctions figured into his discussion with the Russian ambassador.

The charging document reveals that on or about Dec. 29, Flynn asked Kislyak to “refrain from escalating the situation in response to sanctions that the United States had imposed on Russia that same day.” The document also reveals that Kislyak told Flynn that Russia “had chosen to moderate its response to those sanctions as a result of his request.”

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To say that Oprah Winfrey has “white privilege” because she became a billionaire IN SPITE OF systemic racism in the USA, reflects that trump is indeed not the only or even the most ignorant person in the USA. He is only the president of ignorant Americans.

Billionaire Oprah lectures the rest of us: ‘You still have your whiteness. That’s what the term ‘white privilege’ is. It means that whiteness still gives you an advantage, no matter,'” the senator wrote on Twitter in response to an article from Glenn Beck’s conservative outlet “The Blaze.”

“What utter, racist BS,” he added.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/ted-cruz-bashes-oprah-for-lecture-on-race-what-utter-racist-bs/ar-BB17B5dA?ocid=msedgdhp

Kalima
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Jaw-dropping ignorance.

Kalima
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Trump’s legacy. Perverts exposing themselves to children and smacking women. No job but high on something.

We are so sick of this.

Kalima
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TOCB
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I have often said that quite a few white people in the USA have always fought to bring about equality for all people. Most of them were never famous. They just went about their lives doing the right things. My Irish great-great grandfather was such a person.

I was raised in the Christian faith. However, I have always questioned, especially the Old Testament, and I have never understood how white Christians could treat humans the way they treated non-white humans.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/the-theological-roots-of-white-supremacy/ar-BB17tATK?ocid=msedgntp

Kalima
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Sweaty, belligerent and dumb.

TOCB
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I WISH some House Democrat would tell Jordan to shut his dumb arse up. He says things with such force, conviction and IGNORANCE.

Kalima
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Empty vessels make the loudest sound. Yes, his ignorance is as offensive as he is.

Last week someone did tell him to put on a mask during a hearing. Stfu would be appreciated much more.

What about the young boys who were sexually assaulted? He has nothing to say about this crime on his watch.

TOCB
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I don’t find anything about the House Ethics Committee even addressing the issue.

Kalima
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Alexander Vindman: Coming forward ended my career. I still believe doing what’s right matters.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/08/01/alexander-vindman-retiring-oped

TOCB
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Hopefully, we can fix the things trump and his merry band of idiots have sabotaged, after we take the government back, and Lt. Col. Vindman, among others, will benefit for the FIXING.

Kalima
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Lt. Col. Vindman is a true patriot. The clown in the wh is an abuser of truth, the Law, the Constitution and democracy. A traitor who must be punished to heal America. Trust, integrity and hope must be restored as well as everything that has been corrupted and destroyed.

I had a dream the other night that some repubs went to the wh to ask trump to resign and woke myself up laughing.

Kalima
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Oversight Subcommittee Investigation Reveals How Trump Administration Deprived Country of Needed Ventilators and Squandered More Than $500 Million in Taxpayer Funding

https://oversight.house.gov/news/press-releases/oversight-subcommittee-investigation-reveals-how-trump-administration-deprived

How Jared Kushner’s Secret Testing Plan “Went Poof Into Thin Air”

This spring, a team working under the president’s son-in-law produced a plan for an aggressive, coordinated national COVID-19 response that could have brought the pandemic under control. So why did the White House spike it in favor of a shambolic 50-state response?

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/07/how-jared-kushners-secret-testing-plan-went-poof-into-thin-air

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We cannot prevent foreigners or Americans from spreading disinformation or misinformation about candidates. It is up to voters to “know” the people they choose to represent them in our government.

The four major threats to our election process are traditionally ignorance, apathy (which is akin to ignorance), tampering with ballots and voter suppression. Add to that list this cycle, COVID-19. It doesn’t matter what trump says in this cycle, because no one but his core supporters believe him, and most of his core supporters probably don’t even believe him. As for Biden, probably most of those who will cast a vote for him are not voting for him, but rather they are voting against trump. This is one of those elections I call a “Donald Duck” election, meaning that if Donald Duck were on the ballot as the opponent to a candidate, Donald Duck would win.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/foreign-threats-loom-ahead-of-us-presidential-election/ar-BB17rlnS?ocid=msedgdhp

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, a key Trump ally and chair of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, denied having accepted any damaging materials on Biden from foreign nationals even after at least one Ukranian national, Oleksandr Onyshchenko, told The Washington Post he had shared tapes and transcripts with Johnson’s committee and Trump ally Rudy Giuliani. House Democrats announced Friday they have subpoenaed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for documents he turned over to Johnson’s panel.

“It does a disservice to our election security efforts when Democrats use the threat of Russian disinformation as a weapon to cast doubt on investigations they don’t like,” Johnson spokesperson Austin Altenburg said.

The 2020 campaigns and party committees have been receiving regular briefings from the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, whose director, Bill Evanina, released a rare public statement last week confirming Russia’s continued work to meddle in the U.S. election.

Evanina said that Russia, as part of an effort to weaken the U.S. and its global standing, has been spreading disinformation to undermine confidence in American democracy and “to denigrate what it sees as an anti-Russia ‘establishment’ in America.”

The threat is not limited to Russia. China, a target of escalating condemnation across the Trump administration in recent weeks, has been looking for ways to affect American policy, counter criticism of Beijing and pressure political figures it views as opposed to Chinese interests, Evanina said, while Iran has been involved in circulating disinformation and anti-American content online.

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AMENDMENT I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The Fourteenth Amendment extended the right of peaceful assembly to the states. Trump says that the federal government has the power to arrest and apparently attack people who are attempting to destroy federal property.

It doesn’t appear to me that this Navy veteran is attempting to destroy federal property. So trump and his stormtroopers are violating the Constitution by denying people to peacefully protest EVEN ON FEDERAL PROPERTY. When those stormtroopers leave federal property to pursue peaceful protesters, or even nonpeaceful protesters on state property without the state requesting assistance from the federal government, that is another violation of the law.

The aggressive incursion of federal officers into Portland has been stretching the legal limits of federal law enforcement, as agents with batons and riot gear range deep into the streets of a city whose leadership has made it clear they are not welcome.

Robert Tsai, a professor at the Washington College of Law at American University, said the nation’s founders explicitly left local policing within the jurisdiction of local authorities.

He questioned whether the federal agents had the right to extend their operations blocks away from the buildings they are protecting.

“If the federal troops are starting to wander the streets, they appear to be crossing the line into general policing, which is outside their powers,” Professor Tsai said.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/25/us/portland-federal-legal-jurisdiction-courts.html

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There is no federal law enforcement right now so there is no entity to hold these criminals, violating the civil rights of Americans, criminally responsible.

All of us look on at how our government is committing crime after crime and we shake our heads, speak out or hopefully, protest to use public sentiment to act as some kind of limitation to this crime spree.

Trillions of dollars are being robbed from taxpayers while citizens are violently assaulted on the streets and even shot in their own homes by the pawns of the corrupt who hide behind the shield of a badge.

This is a disgusting and dangerous moment in American history, one of the worst Americans have ever faced.

But if we prevail as I think we will, it should usher in big changes on the scale of FDR and Lyndon Johnson with regards to civil rights, racial equality, economic justice, environmental and voting rights protections.

Unfortunately, history shows that the only way big changes come is after terrible periods that threaten the nation. Hopefully, we will be living in a very different nation a year from now, in a very good way. Right about when Trump will be going to prison in NY.

TOCB
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Right on, Brother!!!

Kalima
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TOCB
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Remember when the United States government had real leaders?

AdLib
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We will again, in 95 days.

Kalima
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Unfortunately, I do.

AdLib
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I watched this in real time and it gave me more confidence that we will prevail. I was especially pleased that Obama didn’t hold back, addressed the madness going on and laid out a clear approach to restoring our democracy (and getting rid of the filibuster).

I think we’ll see a lot more of Obama out there as the campaign kicks into high gear.

It is understandable how a backlash of racism took us from being led by this brilliant man to having racist garbage with the mind of a warped 5 year old now in the WH but stunning all the same.

Despite all his criminal schemes, the momentum against Trump is too powerful to be denied, he will be pulled down on Nov 3rd like that Saddam statue in Iraq.

TOCB
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This is what President Obama’s eulogy of John Lewis reminded of.

The only that was missing was Bernie Mac to back him up.

Kalima
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It was wonderful to watch and just what John Lewis would have been proud of.

Kalima
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John Lewis: Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/30/opinion/john-lewis-civil-rights-america.html

AdLib
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I’m sure you know of this but here is Morgan Freeman’s recitation of that article which is pretty amazing.

TOCB
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John Lewis was one of the best. The good news is that he was ONE of the best, but not the ONLY ONE. There were at least hundreds of thousands of others. Those who marched with MLK and even all over the country when MLK was not present. Some did so peaceably and some did it violently.

I heard President Clinton say yesterday that the movement almost went with Stokely Carmichael, but luckily most went with MLK. But it has been said that it took both MLK AND Malcom X to get us even from Brown v. Board to 1964 and through the 1970s.

From the 1980s until the murder of Michael Brown and the Black Lives Matter Movement the nation was lulled into a state of passivity on racial injustice. However, Michael Brown’s death resulted in a new awakening, and now George Floyd has expanded it to include ALL ethnicities.

John was one of the best, and now it is up to the rest.

Kalima
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Yes, I had listened to it and loved it too.

Kalima
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AdLib
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Pretty good video and I think Winslow is very effective and sharp but I think, just as a presentation, it’s better to say, “Here’s what Trump is likely to do” than “Here is what Trump will do.” Not because I think he won’t do it but because I think the impression of knowing the future can tutrn some people off.

I think it will get even worse than he says. As some have already suggested, what’s to stop Trump from sending his Secret Police to polling places to “keep the peace and protect against fraud”? Arrests, violence and just the threat they represent, Trump could try to intimidate voters from even going to the polls.

Seizing mail-in votes with his Secret Police that he claims he has proof are fake ballots?

Issuing stay-at-home orders for the first time just before Election Day with paramilitary in the streets to arrest those who don’t comply?

We already know he has his crony in as Postmaster slowing down the mail to prevent ballots from arriving in time to be counted. What if he slammed on the brakes even harder and made it next to impossible for ballots to be postmarked or arrive in time?

He and the GOP already have dedicated $20 million to have “election observers” at polling places, no doubt in swing districts, who can object to any voter and force their vote to be held aside until the objection is investigated (this ia a certainty).

Many nightmare scenarios that used to be just conspiracy theories but are now mainstream worries.

No wonder Trump is going nuts about mail-in voting, it undermines his and the GOP’s many vote suppression tactics planned for polling places.

I think the strategy for Dems, Biden and all patriotic people to promote is for all voters to request absentee ballots then return them one of two ways, at a ballot drop off box or on Election Day, at the nearest polling place. They should not have to wait in a line to do so, they should be able to just walk in and hand their ballot to a poll worker who will then deposit in their vote box.

This is insane that we have to anticipate the USPS and polling places to be sabotaged to prevent our democracy from continuing past November but by doing so, as Winslow’s video does, we can have a strategy to find our way past this fascist campaign to prevent the people from determining their government.

TOCB
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Of course, everything you are anticipating trump and republicans will do to disrupt the voting process, is illegal. Not that it matters to them. They know the only way they cam give the appearance of winning is to cheat. I agree that completing an absentee ballot or a mail-in ballot and personally delivering it to the appropriate place is probably both the safest way to vote, as well as the best way to ensure your vote is counted as you voted.

I heard a discussion on The Morning Joe Show today that trump MIGHT resign as a strategy to protect his “brand” after he leaves the White House. The idea is that if he resigns rather than have a huge defeat in the election, it would not be as damaging to his brand, and that is what he is more concerned about.

Personally, I think that is far from what trump is thinking, because he knows that when he is no longer president there is a good chance he will end up in jail. Therefore, he will pull no stops in doing whatever it takes to stay in power.

Kalima
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Such a clueless idiot. Doesn’t even know that absentee ballots are the same as mail in voting.

AdLib
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Now this should make you smile, you may recognize some of these comic actors.

TOCB
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Nope, it did not make me smile. The only people who will “get it” are those who already know about trump’s utter failures. His supporters will say it is based on fake news.

AdLib
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I do think this video is not aimed at the Trump cultists it parodies, it seems more aimed at moderate Repubs to affirm Trump is madness incarnate.

I don’t think there is anything anyone can say to Trump’s cult to change their minds. That’s the definition of cultists, they’re all in on Dear Leader. They see him sacrifice one of their own, Herman Cain, and tens of thousands of their fellow cultists yet their “faith” isn’t shaken.

It never will be. These are people who are literally deranged. The videos of Karens and angry racist Trumpers confirm how they are little driven mad by the conditioning from Trump, Fox News, Qanon, OANN, etc. They have literally been driven to madness. It’s scary and the reality is that it won’t stop after Trump is defeated, it will go on.

I’m a bit tough about this, I think they need to be treated like the dangerous cultists they are. Not ignored, Biden needs his AG to sweep up and arrest the RW militias that threaten peace and minorities and not embrace these loons in the name of unity.

The non-violent ones deserve help, education, wage raises, etc. but the violent ones need to be taken down by the AG.

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I have to admit it really saddens me that people actually think like trump supporters do. I try to allow everyone their freewill distortions, not that it is up to me to allow anything, but I am of the orientation to love everyone regardless of what their orientation is. It VERY difficult to do that with people who think like that. I am still able to love them anyway though. My understanding is that when you love them, it actually reduces the effects of their negative orientation.