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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. AdLib says:

    French minister asks Trump not to meddle in French affairs


    Because things are going so well for him in the US, Trump feels he’s in a great position to tell other countries what to do.

    Yeah, Macron just doesn’t have enough federal indictments pending against him to have the rep that Trump does to criticize other leaders.

    Add this to the other hundreds of reasons to criminally imprison and take away the dirty money from Trump (at least in 2021 when he is just a citizen again).

  2. Kalima says:

    No one in my campaign and transition had anything to do with any Russians. No collusion of course.

    Russians interacted with at least 14 Trump associates during the campaign and transition


    • AdLib says:

      And it sure sounds like Mueller has proof of phone calls (maybe even recordings) and contact between those in bed with Russians and Trump.

      I think Trump will be caught so red handed, even some of his most die-hard supporters will be knocked back on their heels.

      • Kalima says:

        If trump hadn’t won the election, he might still be screwing and conning people from his tacky tower. A warning,. Be careful what you wish for. It might just make you infamous instead of just famous for 15 minutes. Becoming the now obvious illegitimate president, is the worse thing that could have ever happened to him. He will end up with no money, more likely no friends as the most hated man in the world. Congrats Donna.

    • AdLib says:

      That desperate Comey hearing called by the lame Repubs, and they want another one with him, was of course a failure. Like the never-ending Benghazi hearings, the Hillary email hysteria, the Uranium One BS, they are always doomed to fail because their “investigations” are just naked political attacks created out of exaggerating and making up from scratch BS.

      Maybe that’s why they’re both bewildered and fearful of Mueller’s investigation because it is based on fact, he’s not politicizing or leaking it and it has a genuine and urgent purpose.

      The entire GOP is as guilty of Trump’s crimes as he is, they are at the very least accessories after the fact.

  3. Kalima says:

    Totally unhinged!! A real danger to the presidency and the world. This maniac has the nuclear code. Should be removed as soon as possible. Impeach and make sure he can be prosecuteBen d after he leaves office.

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    Watched Da Nang Dick Blumenthal on television spewing facts almost as accurate as his bravery in Vietnam (which he never saw). As the bullets whizzed by Da Nang Dicks head, as he was saving soldiers….

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    • AdLib says:

      We knew that once he began to get cornered in criminal cases, Trump would start going even more insane.

      This is nothing compared to how unhinged he’s going to get after Mueller’s report is out and The House is impeaching him.

      As a pundit said, each time we think he’s dialed it up all the way to 11, he dials it higher to 12.

  4. Kalima says:

    And then there were none.

    Chief of Staff John Kelly to leave White House by end of month, Trump says
    A look back at John Kelly’


    • AdLib says:

      Good riddance to a lying, racist, enabler of Trump. He’s basically been a disgusting Trump dressed in respectable military man’s clothing.

      I really tired of the MSM trying to portray him as “The Adult in The Room”, he was as much a vicious brat as Trump is.

      • Kalima says:

        He’s out of a job now. Hope he saved some money as his image and lies will be preceding him. Integrity was never his high point.

        • AdLib says:

          Trump probably owes him this year’s salary anyway.

          Kelly has destroyed himself as far as a majority of Americans are concerned so his only opportunities will be as a pundit on Fox News and a front man for a RW SuperPac.

          Both will only nail home he’s now a loser, as he should be. As that book title goes…

  5. Kalima says:

    Don Jr. is going hunting—“he doesn’t want to be anywhere near a microphone if the bomb drops.” His father is hunkered down, tweeting. “There’s a sense all of this could unwind quickly.”


    Mob mentality: how Mueller is working to turn Trump’s troops
    As the special counsel ‘flips’ presidential allies one by one, prosecutors see parallels to efforts against organized crime


    • AdLib says:

      “You better watch out, you better not cry,
      Better not perjure, I’m telling you why
      Robert Mueller’s comin’ to town.

      He’s making a list and checking it twice
      Gonna find out who’s naughty and bribed
      Robert Mueller’s comin’ to town.

      He sees you when you’re leakin’
      He knows when you’re on the take
      He knows if you’ve been bad or worse
      So plea deal for goodness sake!

      Oh! You better watch out, you better not cry,
      Better not perjure, I’m telling you why
      Robert Mueller’s comin’ to town.

      With little tin dictators and little boy hands
      Rudy’s hoot hoots and Trumpy’s dum-dums
      Robert Mueller’s comin’ to town.”

  6. Kalima says:

    Hypocrite much?

    Making President Trump’s Bed: A Housekeeper Without Papers

    At the president’s New Jersey golf course, an undocumented immigrant has worked as a maid since 2013. She said she never imagined she “would see such important people close up.”


  7. Kalima says:

    Would love to see Nasty Little Nigel and Assange end up in jail. They are a slimy bastards.

    Trump aide’s appearances on RT channel are focus for Russia inquiry
    Ted Malloch, a Trump campaign adviser, has been questioned about his relationship with the Kremlin-controlled broadcaster


    • AdLib says:

      I would bet that as Trump is exposed and goes down, Mueller shares incriminating Russia info with the UK and other countries to expose the Brexit scheme including Farage and Assange in the conspiracy.

      • Kalima says:

        Well Mueller’s looking at Assange and Farage’s name surfaces in the inquiry of votes for cash with Russian money and Russian propaganda. Mercer and Cambridge Analytica pop up too.

  8. Kalima says:

    Ignored the Clintons like a child would, and shook hands with Obama and Michele because his wife did. Poor trumpy, no one cared about him at a former president’s funeral. Shocker for Mr. Ilovemyselfmorethananything.

    Here’s trump scowling and taking his defiant arms crossed pose he reserves for NATO and meeting with world leaders. Why was this low class pos invited? Did he think he was giving another full of crap SofTU speech? He seems to be widely unhinged after walking off the stage when he was supposed to be greeting the Argentinian leader.

    Time to up his meds or prepare to remove him from the WH.

    • AdLib says:

      If you look at all of these events he’s attended and moped at in the big picture, I wonder if he’s not just consumed by the Dems winning the House and coming for him at the same time Mueller is coming for him.

      Trump is facing total destruction, if not while he’s still in the WH, when he’s defeated in 2020. He can lose his fortune and his freedom. And he probably looks at other leaders, especially Putin and MbS laughing together, and is feeling like the world is looking down at him.

      And the thing is, that’s true.

      Also, he always wants to be the center of attention and Bush’s memorial and funeral made him trivial.

      The walls are falling in on him, he worries about soldiers shooting him so he doesn’t visit war zones, he doesn’t walk with other leaders and drives instead because he feels vulnerable…he’s acting like a criminal about to be arrested.

      I think we have at east until Jan 3rd, when Dems take back The House, until Mueller is ready to drop the bigger hammers on Trump cronies and the biggest on Trump.

      And when those hammers all fall, all of Trump’s BS attacking Mueller will crumble away and all but the Trump cult members, including Repub pols, will back away from Trump as he is covered in the stench of crime and corruption.

    • kesmarn says:

      I totally understand why the Obamas had to make eye contact and give a civil greeting. At the same time I have to hand it to the Clintons for going stony-faced and silent. Very appropriate,

      • Kalima says:

        Well he’s still pushing the Justice Department to go after her and this new Bush era nominee for AG is another who wants to go after her again for the emails and the disproven Uranium One crap again. How many times can they investigate? Benghazi times? The person who needs to be investigated, parks his fat arse in the Oval Office and lies to the American people each and every day while he wastes their tax dollars on making his disgusting life easier.

        I don’t blame the Clintons at all, and he didn’t offer his paw anyway.

      • AdLib says:

        I always feel that looking an adversary in the eyes is a sign of strength and the Obama’s looked far stronger than Trump.

        Bill Clinton prepared to great Trump, he looked at him as he shook Barack’s hand but Trump was too scared to face Bill so Bill just looked away. And Hillary, I bet it was all she could do to keep her hand from punching him in the nose.

    • AdLib says:

      So much out and out crime being committed by Trump, he’s gotten away with everything under a Repub Congress and while Mueller works away. So I’ll bet he committed many of these crimes confident he was untouchable. Now, he may be realizing he can’t squirm out of it.

      This is a pretty blatant crime violating the Emoluments clause of The Constitution, he’s impeachable on taking this bribe alone.

      What also came out today is that there is a new and blatant Campaign Finance violation that shows Trump’s campaign coordinating with the NRA, a serious violation of the law:

      Documents Point to Illegal Campaign Coordination Between Trump and the NRA


      This is how criminals act. When they’re accustomed to getting away with their crimes, they begin to get sloppy because they don’t worry about getting caught. Now that the spotlight is being shined on Trump who has attacked and turned against him, nearly every journalist out there except the Fox hacks, of course more is going to be uncovered.

      I think some Repubs see the writing on the wall, Trump is going to be crushed by the weight of his crimes but the question is, if he doesn’t resign as I doubt he will, what are they going to do when the 2020 elections are here and the head of their ticket is despised by the majority of voters for being such a sociopathic criminal?

  9. Kalima says:

    Lindsey Graham turns on Pompeo over Khashoggi murder
    Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and Bob Corker have accused the Saudi crown prince of being “complicit” in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
    Speaking after a briefing by the CIA director, Mr Graham said the Trump administration was being “willfully blind” to evidence of Mohammed bin Salman’s role.


    • AdLib says:

      And Corker said that any jury would find MbS guilty in 30 seconds for ordering the murder.

      The cover up Trump’s attempted of MbS’ murderous act has failed, it’s only energized the press and Mueller to uncover what bribes or compromising info the Saudis have on Trump. And no one else in the world believes the BS that mBS didn’t know about the assassination.

      The bad guys are in trouble including Putin now that oil prices are dropping. The opportunity for a Dem to step up and take over the WH and world leadership in 2020 is huge. And once that happens, the tide of nationalism here and around the world can be beaten back.

      • Kalima says:

        He’s dirty through and through and leaves more breadcrumbs than Hansel and Gretel. As for the obvious coverup for the Saudis, it has to be financial for both trump and kushner with his debt on his real estate failure. Crooks all the way and not even good at being one. One f-up after another.

  10. Kalima says:

    Wow!! I wonder what he told Mueller? Can’t wait as it must be something huge.

    Will we see a nasty trump tweet or soiled diapers?

    Mueller seeks no prison time for former national security adviser Michael Flynn, citing his ‘substantial assistance’


    • AdLib says:

      It seems that Flynn may have filled Mueller in on how Trump and his family and cronies were indeed participating and informed in the bargaining Flynn was doing with the Russians on quid pro quo, promising to get rid of the sanctions in return for Putin’s help in election meddling and maybe Trump Tower Russia happening later down the line.

      Mueller also advertised that cooperation with him is the only sure way not to go to prison. Trump, Jr., Kushner and Ivanka could all be imprisoned for state crimes that are immune to pardons. And if the states are strategic, they should wait until Trump is deposed in 2020 then bring those charges against him so he has no power at all when he’s indicted.

      I let it go that GW Bush, Cheney and others in that admin committed terrible crimes but Trump who has so publicly attacked the rule of law and flouted it, he needs to go to prison and have all of his dirty money taken away.

  11. Kalima says:

    The only way that repubs can win is to steal it. Bad losers. Dirty players.

    Wisconsin Republicans move forward on limiting incoming Democrats’ power


    • AdLib says:

      My hope is that, just as happened in NC, they sue and take these anti-democratic laws to judges who throw them out. The precedent is on Dem’s side as is the simple democratic principle that voters and elections dictate who is in power in a democracy and what policies are pursued.

      Only in a tyranny, does a minority dictate to the majority who will have power.

    • kesmarn says:

      As rotten and unethical as gerrymandering. Damn what the voters want. We serve the Koch brothers and their cronies. Solely.


      And it will be challenged in court by the Dems.

      • AdLib says:

        This is the type of dictatorial, unchangeable government the Kochs want for the whole country. Oppression instead of democracy.

        They need to be defeated in WI, their home state of plutocracy and in MI, OH and NC so the spread of their political cancer is stopped.

  12. Kalima says:

    Trump committed an impeachable offence in public yesterday with his tweets about the Mueller investigation, Stone and Cohen. Has Congress lost it’s mind for not reacting to it immediately about the Stone implication as it applies to Artices 1 of impeachment and obstruction of justice? Witness tampering. Influencing the testimony of witnesses. He did the same thing with Manafort. A pardon dangled for their silence. Nixon was impeached for the same behaviour. I won’t hold my breath with this very compromised Congress.

    President on Stone: ‘Nice to know some people still have guts!’

    Trump’s impeachable offences are a mirror image of Nixon’s. Read Nixon’s articles of impeachment.

    Articles of Impeachment


    Mueller preparing endgame for Russia probe


    Trump’s countless scams are finally catching up to him


    • kesmarn says:

      I realized today that I had never actually read the articles of impeachment against Nixon. But now that I have, they really do have an extremely familiar ring. Not much has changed.

      Except possibly the moral standards of the Republican Party? What was shocking in the 1960s now gets an “attaboy” from the GOP. All long as the money flow is uninterrupted, anything goes.

      • Kalima says:

        Two peas in a pod in many ways but at least Nixon didn’t broadcast that he was breaking the law and his sworn oath to uphold the law and the Constitution. Also he wasn’t compromised by the Russians as with the Moscow tower deal for lifting sanctions and lied about by trump and his “soldiers” during the coverup. The Russians knew he was lying about it and that was what they had on him plus the years of loans and money laundering.

        I have very few printable words for the comprised repub Congress except that they follow their blundering “mob” boss over the cliff to hang on to their Russian money. Eventually I want to see them investigated, shamed out of Congress, and in many cases charged for their crimes against democracy and America. They would sell their grandmothers for a few thousand Rubles.

        After urging Stone on in his tweet, Rodger Stone pleaded the 5rh. Candidate trumpy stated it was horrible. If you’re innocent why do it. Only the mob plead the 5th. Yep. You take the 5th when you don’t want to incriminate yourself and that doesn’t take guts, it means that you are a coward, guilty and nothing to do with leaks.

        Stone was asked to produce document. His pleading the 5th has no legal bearing.

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