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bito On January - 17 - 2013

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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:

    Looks like trump found his Roy Cohn. Cohn was a felon.

    William Barr’s highly questionable use of Trump’s ‘spying’ talking point

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/04/10/william-barrs-highly-questionable-use-trumps-spying-talking-point/

    • AdLib says:

      White collar criminals all think they are smarter than everyone else, have gotten away with breaking rules and laws throughout their lives and have nothing but contempt for the rules everyone else respects in society.

      Barr is such a blatant elitist, he was when he was AG before and helped pardon Iran Contra criminals…for whom he helped prove they were above the law.

      Barr seems to be giving enough rope to hang himself, if Mueller’s investigators and even Mueller testify to Congress to prove he has been manipulating the truths in their report, The House should impeach Barr along with Trump.

      • Kalima says:

        When Mueller no longer works for the Justice Dept, he will have to sort out Barr’s deceit for Congress and the American people who payed for this important investigation. Trump and his corrupt administration, have to be held responsible and show that no one is above the law. Barr’s deliberate trumpian statement about spying is even more outrageous when you consider that the Inspector General is already conducting an investigation that is due in a few weeks. If he wanted to check, all he for needs to do is wait to refer to notes or wait for the report from the completed investigation. He should resign, recuse himself or be impeached for his involvement in this unforgivable dirty coverup by quoting both trump and the trump propaganda network known as fox lies. No one can trust Barr now that he obviously has sold out to trump. His reputation is in tatters and trump will dump him when he’s done with him.

        All Barr has managed to do is throw more suspicion on himself with a conclusion of Mueller’s report that was not his to make, and his big as trump. Great job Barr.

  2. Kalima says:

    Mnuchin reveals White House lawyers consulted Treasury on Trump tax returns, despite law meant to limit political involvement

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/white-house-treasury-lawyers-discussed-trumps-tax-returns-before-democrats-request-mnuchin-says/2019/04/09/9693618e-5ad2-11e9-842d-7d3ed7eb3957_story.html

    David Miliband: the most vulnerable pay for Trump’s ‘manufactured crisis’
    Exclusive: IRC chief says US government ‘failing in its most basic responsibilities’ in its handling of border issues

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/apr/08/david-miliband-interview-trump-border-policy-irc

    • glenn says:

      After his totally disrespectful, arrogant “performance” yesterday in his interaction with Rep. Waters, Mnuchin should be held in contempt of congress. I looked it up, and here is the definition:

      “Contempt of Congress is defined in statute, 2 U.S.C.A. § 192, enacted in 1938, which states that any person who is summoned before Congress who “willfully makes default, or who, having appeared, refuses to answer any question pertinent to the question under inquiry” shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to a maximum $1,000 fine and 12 month imprisonment.” https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/contempt_of_congress

      It’s time Dems start to make these repubs pay for their utter contempt they have for Congressional oversight. Waters may not be able to make the charge “stick”, but she should be making the case for it, and getting it out before the public. After all, that’s what repubs do all the time.

      • Kalima says:

        Hi glenn. I watched in disgust as this ignorant man behaved as if he was so superior to both Ms. Waters and the committee. Yes he should be held in contempt, and also indicted for his crime of interfering in trump’s tax returns. It is not his job nor Trump’s other stooge, William Barr. Both are an absolute disgrace to their positions. It’s about time trump’s mafia were held accountable. Munchkin is as dumb as a pile of manure and it showed. They can’t keep on getting away with it.

        Now trump’s 2016 BFF has been arrested , “I loveWikileaks” and the denials of knowing about them, echoes like thunder through the corridors of this corrupt WH. Accountability, exposure, shaming with punishment, would be the honest thing right now. I live in hope that justice will be done soon. Barr needs to step down along with the rest of the cult members who are working only for the nutjob in the WH, and not for America or the American people.

  3. Kalima says:

    Barr is a disgrace!

    Apropos Barr. The Ways and Means request for trump’s tax returns is lawful for this Committee, and Barr has nothing to do with it. The Treasury Secretary will be breaking the law if he refuses to hand them over. Munchkin arrested? A sight for sore eyes.

    Scrutiny and suspicion as Mueller report undergoes redaction

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/scrutiny-and-suspicion-as-mueller-report-undergoes-redaction/2019/04/06/5dcdddfc-57d5-11e9-8ef3-fbd41a2ce4d5_story.html

    • AdLib says:

      The House has many tools to use to get to the truth in the Mueller report, a big one is the ability to call Mueller and all his investigators in for a private hearing to get all the details once they have stopped working for the government (Barr can prevent them until then). Currently, many investigators have left government and can come on down on their own volition or if necessary, under subpoena.

      And then The House can hold public hearings with Mueller and the investigators on areas that don’t involve anything that must remain confidential.

      And I also think, after a lengthy court battle, courts will rule that the appropriate House Chairpeople who have top secret clearances and read confidential info all the time, will get the whole, unredacted report.

      Not to mention that after Trump is thrown out in 2020, his taxes and the whole report will be released publicly by the Dem administration and Congress.

      Trump’s efforts to be dictator over this government will destroy him in the end and make him go down in history as the most despised, traitorous and despicable resident of the WH in history.

  4. AdLib says:

    Uh-oh, the Barr coverup is slipping…

    Some on Mueller’s Team Say Report Was More Damaging Than Barr Revealed

    Some of Robert S. Mueller III’s investigators have told associates that Attorney General William P. Barr failed to adequately portray the findings of their inquiry and that they were more troubling for President Trump than Mr. Barr indicated, according to government officials and others familiar with their simmering frustrations.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/03/us/politics/william-barr-mueller-report.html

  5. Kalima says:

    Why did Trump say his dad was German? He lies so much he doesn’t know the truth

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/04/trump-dad-germany-lies-orange-stories

    Trump is unraveling before our eyes. He isn’t fit for reelection.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/04/03/we-should-be-asking-if-trump-is-too-old-stand-re-election/

  6. Kalima says:

    We are already aware of Barr’s desperate attempts of a cover up. He has a history of protecting republican presidents. I left a link below a few days ago. Here it is again.

    Some on Mueller’s Team Say Report Was More Damaging Than Barr Revealed

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/03/us/politics/william-barr-mueller-report.html

    The stunning history of William Barr’s crusade to bury evidence to protect Republican presidents

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/03/stunning-history-william-barrs-crusade-bury-evidence-protect-republican-presidents/

  7. AdLib says:

    This was the response to Trump and his traitorous tribe of Repubs this week, who felt emboldened by Barr’s BS “summary” of the Mueller report, that tripped up their propaganda push.

    Adam Schiff doesn’t wilt under pressure, he goes for the takedown!


    • kesmarn says:

      A really fantastic, dignified and — most importantly — adult response to a childish GOP tactic. Well said, Sir!

      • AdLib says:

        Absolutely, Schiff is the definition of calm and determination while under fire.

        And now, with the Mueller investigators coming out to declare their frustration at Barr covering up their findings, Schiff’s strength when slimy Repubs were clamoring for him to resign at their master’s urging, pays of so much bigger.

        This house of cards that Barr has tried to build to protect Trump from the Mueller Report is tumbling down and will take down Barr’s credibility with it (if it hasn’t already).

        I feel pretty confident that those investigators will not sit by and allow Barr to succeed in this coverup. It’s hard to imagine we’ll really get to see what’s in it but history shows, as in Watergate and Clinton-Lewinsky, that Congress eventually gets all the info and shares virtually all of it with the public.

        How are Trump’s re-election prospects going to look then???

    • Kalima says:

      This will be written into the history books of the disastrous and corrupt era of the traitorous presidency promoted by trump and the enablers in both the WH and the repubs in Congress. Put them all together in a bag, shake them up, and they don’t possess even the integrity that Adam Schiff has in his pinky finger. We need more people like Schiff. We don’t think it’s ok.

      • AdLib says:

        Yes Kalima, I do think this will be one of the video clips repeated in the future when looking back at the traitorous Trump years. Especially now that the investigators have come out to say, “Wait a second, Barr is covering up how badly Trump looks in our report!”

        I can’t wait for another “future history” moment when the Mueller Report is released and Trump’s tax returns provide the basis for impeachment proceedings.

        When you live through terrible history, like the Bush years, you don’t think of it as a momentous time but Trump is mirroring the disaster that Nixon was more and more. And history will not spare the Republicans for being co-conspirators in this anti-American madness.

  8. Kalima says:

    A fraud in every conceivable way.

    How Donald Trump inflated his net worth
    to lenders and investors

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/politics/trump-statements-of-financial-condition/

    A Mueller mystery: How Trump dodged a special counsel interview — and a subpoena fight

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/a-mueller-mystery-how-trump-dodged-a-special-counsel-interview--and-a-subpoena-fight/2019/03/28/5949b186-50b7-11e9-88a1-ed346f0ec94f_story.html

    Trump administration suffers another Obamacare blow in court

    https://www.politico.com/story/2019/03/28/trump-health-care-1306928

    • AdLib says:

      Now imagine what life will be like for Trump when he no longer has the power and prosecution protection of the WH.

      All these crimes he’s committed, all the indictments he and his crime family will be hit with and no power to use to escape prosecution (especially in NY state court, his supporters in the GOP will abandon him.

      And the ridiculous chatter about Don Jr. and Ivanka wanting to become president next…you can’t run for office from a prison cell.

  9. Kalima says:

    Trump trade policies cost Americans billions every month, study shows

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-trade-policies-tax-china-deal-import-exports-a8841241.html

    FBI releases documents on Trump Organization after years of resistance

    A pair of subpoenas for testimony to a federal grand jury in Manhattan were among the files released under Foia law

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/mar/26/fbi-releases-documents-trump-organization

    • AdLib says:

      Trump is squandering the benefits he’s gotten from the Obama recovery to pursue his mindless tariff lunacy but the GDP is declining each quarter so far, for the last 3 quarters.

      The 3 month T Bill is now at the same rate as the 1 Year which is not how things are supposed to be in a growing economy, it signals a recession is coming (hence the T-Bills aren’t seen as growing in value over 1 year from where they are now).

      I hate to root for a recession but the economy is really the only thing propping Trump up with those who aren’t cult members.

      Tough to win re-election when “your” economy is falling apart.

  10. Kalima says:

    The Tories are as brazenly shameless as they are embarrassingly incompetent.

    Revoke Article 50 petition: Government rejects plea by 5.8 million people to cancel Brexit |

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/revoke-article-50-petition-brexit-latest-government-rejects-a8841246.html

    • AdLib says:

      The Tories are terrified about an uprising against them by the white nationalist types fervently supporting Brexit. They have the courage of a three legged, blind mouse. They’d rather let the country go off a cliff with a hard Brexit than risk losing their seat and alleged “power”.

      The latest poll shows Stay with 55% and Brexit with 45%. Why stick with a vote that was surrounded with lies, deception, crimes and ignorance of what would happen instead of a vote now to affirm or reject that vote, now that Brits have a much better idea of how disastrous Brexit will be and how none of the lied-about benefits will really occur?

      Word is that they may at least call for an open election which could be essentially a Brexit re-vote…as long as Labour runs on “Stay”.

  11. Kalima says:

    The stunning history of William Barr’s crusade to bury evidence to protect Republican presidents

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/03/stunning-history-william-barrs-crusade-bury-evidence-protect-republican-presidents/

    It’s Not Barr’s Call to Clear Trump. Show Us the Mueller Report.

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/mueller-report-its-not-barrs-call-to-clear-trump

    No collusion, plenty of corruption: Trump is not in the clear | Richard Wolffe

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/mar/24/mueller-report-trump-collusion-corruption-congress-democrats

    “A CRIME IN PUBLIC VIEW”: HOW WILLIAM BARR PARDONED DONALD TRUMP
    Trump had plenty of reasons to obstruct Mueller’s investigation, whether or not there was an underlying crime. The most obvious one has been staring us in the face all along.

    https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/03/how-william-barr-pardoned-donald-trump

    • AdLib says:

      Like a lot of other folks, I’ve been really angry this week about Barr covering up the Mueller report and Trump bragging about vindication and threatening to go after everyone involved with investigating his documented crimes and betrayals.

      But the backlash against him has grown powerful during the week. Adam Schiff’s statement after Repubs mimicked Trump and called for his resignation was fantastic and let the air out of Trump’s balloon (as did Trump’s immediate response of declaring support for killing the ACA).

      Barr will be remembered as Trump’s pawn and betraying the U.S. when that report eventually is released in much fuller detail than I’ll bet Barr wants. The court may be able to release all the Grand Jury info which should include most of what’s in the report and The House should bring Mueller in to answer many key questions.

      Also, it’s only one of around 17 legal investigations of Trump and his entities and crime family so the preponderance of all of that should expose Barr as tool he is and Trump and his family as the criminals they are.

  12. Kalima says:

    Oh Mr. Mueller. How sad for All of us. Still, there is no sxoneration either. Is Barr’s Four page letter to Congress slanted? His son works for the WH. Why didn’t Barr use actual Mueller sentences? Why did he decide trump’s not guilty of obstruction when we already know he is? Sorry, it smells like a coverup to me.

    Congress and the offices that Mueller handed off cases to, have a lot of investigating to do. We can’t judge what we can’t see. The full report needs to go public. Trump cannot be allowed to get away with what was and still is going on in plain sight. Trump thinks he won but this will just be the beginning.

    I feel drained as I know you must be feeling too. Going back to sleep.

    Mueller did not find the Trump campaign conspired with Russia, attorney general says

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/republicans-and-democrats-brace-for-renewed-battles-over-mueller-report/2019/03/23/56d9f214-4db3-11e9-b79a-961983b7e0cd_story.html

    No Collusion, No ‘Exoneration’
    A Trump-friendly attorney general’s letter doesn’t do justice to the special counsel’s investigation. Release his whole report

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/24/opinion/mueller-report-trump-investigation.html

    Read Attorney General William Barr’s Summary of the Mueller Report -- The New York Times

    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/03/24/us/politics/barr-letter-mueller-report.html

  13. Kalima says:

    One million join march against Brexit as Tories plan to oust May
    Organisers hail UK’s ‘biggest-ever demo’, while Tom Watson leads calls for fresh referendum

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/mar/23/one-million-march-against-brexit-tories-plan-oust-may

    • AdLib says:

      May needs to be long gone, one of the biggest failures and weakest PMs the UK has ever had. It just amazes me that the Tories are still in power after so many years of failure and attacks on the people’s welfare.

      Whatever happens is going to cause a lot of uproar around the country but better that the majority and sanity prevail than havoc and the Tories…if they hold an election as they may.

      What else can they do? They can’t agree on any action, for them, an election is the cowards way out…AKA, The Tories’ way out.

    • kesmarn says:

      Kalima, when you consider how many younger people have reached voting age since the last referendum, and the number of others who have changed their minds since then, doesn’t a re-vote seem like a practical option? A million people seem to agree.

      • Kalima says:

        Over 2 million signatures for a new vote, and 4 million to cancel article 50. At 100 thousand signatures, parliament is obliged to take on the issue. May is so power crazy that what the people want is of no concern to her. She wants to win but loses every vote. Time to put her out to pasture. She’s a lousy leader.


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