GOP Operative Sought Clinton Emails From Hackers, Implied a Connection to Flynn

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    I am so sad there is no 1080p of this video =(
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    Falling into a fucking hard nostalgia bomb for FPS
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    1.6 will forever be the best team fps
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    This will forever be the most dominate performance in e-sports history.
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    The most important thing to realize is these videos show players making the top ranked in the world look like absolute scrubs
  7. Czer

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    Israel's Yad Vashem Rebukes Bolsonaro for Saying Holocaust Crimes Can Be Forgiven
    The Holocaust memorial center chastises the far-right Brazilian president: 'It is not in anyone's position to determine if Holocaust crimes can be forgiven'
    Apr 13, 2019

    Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust memorial, chastised Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Saturday for saying that Holocaust crimes can be forgiven.

    "We disagree with the Brazilian president's statement that the Holocaust can be forgiven. It is not in anyone's position to determine who and if Holocaust crimes can be forgiven," the museum and official commemoration center said in a statement.

    The controversial Brazilian far-right leader made the comments Thursday night at a meeting with evangelical pastors in Rio de Janeiro. He was applauded by those who attended.

    "We can forgive, but we cannot forget. That quote is mine. Those that forget their past are sentenced not to have a future," Bolsonaro said, adding that actions are needed for the Holocaust not to be repeated.

    On April 2, Bolsonaro visited the Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. During that visit, the Brazilian leader labelled Nazism a leftist ideology, a claim rejected by historians.
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    Russia's top diplomat has argued that the world is losing faith in the United States as a global leader and that the international community has sought a more diverse approach to global decisionmaking.

    At an annual address to Moscow's diplomatic academy, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov hailed on Friday a new geopolitical era marked by "multipolarity," stating that "the emergence of new centers of power to maintain stability in the world requires the search for a balance of interests and compromises." He said there was a shift in the center of global economic power to East from West, where a "liberal order" marked by globalization was "losing its attractiveness and is no more viewed as a perfect model for all."

    "Unfortunately, our Western partners led by the United States do not want to agree on common approaches to solving problems," Lavrov continued, accusing Washington and its allies of trying to "preserve their centuries-old domination in world affairs despite objective trends in forming a polycentric world order." He argued that these efforts were "contrary to the fact that now, purely economically and financially, the United States can no longer—singlehandedly or with its closest allies—resolve all issues in the global economy and world affairs.

    "In order to artificially retain their dominance, to regain indisputable positions, they employ various methods of pressure and blackmail to coerce economically and through the use of information," said Lavrov.

    Washington and Moscow, rival superpowers during the decadeslong Cold War, have somewhat resumed their bout for global influence in the 21st century. Russian President Vladimir Putin has set to restore and revamp his country's military and political posture, which were deeply damaged in the collapse of the Soviet Union, leaving the U.S. entirely unmatched.

    Despite President Donald Trump's promises of détente, the U.S. has doubled down on sanctions and other measures designed to push back against the Kremlin since the Republican leader entered the White House. Trump and Putin, once seen as potential political allies, have continued to feud over conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, and at times have both found themselves largely isolated internationally.

    The Trump administration has repeatedly threatened sanctions against several nations, including allies, for not adhering to its policies targeting stated foes such as Iran, North Korea, Syria and Venezuela.

    While Moscow has complained about what it saw as Washington's hegemony around the world, the Trump administration has named Russia an adversary in critical strategy documents, most recently in the 2019 Missile Defense Review. As Russia worked toward building new nuclear-capable hypersonic and cruise missiles, the U.S. scrambled to build new defenses capable of intercepting them, even from space.

    In the latest drama, the two countries pulled out of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty banning land-launched missiles ranging from 310 to 3,420 miles after the U.S. accused Russia of violating the agreement with the development of the Novator 9M729 missile. Moscow counterclaimed that Washington was breaking the treaty by installing missile defenses that could allegedly also be used to attack from Eastern Europe. Now the two are struggling to find common ground in renewing the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) that would limit their nuclear arsenals.

    "The U.S. and Russian delegations continued the discussion of practical issues related to the implementation of the Treaty," the State Department said Friday, after 10 days of talks.

    As arms-control measures erode between the U.S. and Russia, the world's top two military powers have also found themselves embroiled in a new dispute in a region where Washington had an extensive history of confronting those seemingly aligned with its communist Cold War foe. In Venezuela, the U.S. and its regional allies recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó's political challenge in January to President Nicolás Maduro, a partner of Moscow, fueling a political crisis in a country already beset by a devastating economic collapse.

    Moscow has opened a military helicopter training center and sent personnel to the socialist-led Latin American state, reportedly to assist in the maintenance of the Russia-built S-300 surface-to-air missile defense system. China and Iran—with whom Russia has expanded relations in the face of perceived U.S. hostilities—also sent aircraft, allegedly to help with humanitarian aid and the resumption of direct flights, respectively.

    In response to Newsweek's recent coverage of these events, White House national security adviser John Bolton invoked the 19th-century Monroe Doctrine—first utilized to expel European colonialist powers from Latin America and again in the 20th century to justify intervention against leftist forces across the region. Bolton maintained that the U.S. sought "a peaceful transition of power to Juan Guaidó," but emphasized that "President Trump is very serious when he says all options are on the table."
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    Pelosi needs to go now, she's owned by Israel

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    Anti-Semitism row: Jeremy Corbyn concerned evidence 'ignored'

    Jeremy Corbyn privately expressed concern that evidence of anti-Semitism within Labour was "mislaid or ignored", leaked recordings suggest.

    The Sunday Times has released part of a conversation the party leader had with Dame Margaret Hodge, which she taped.

    The Barking MP told the BBC she made the recording as an "insurance policy".

    A Labour spokesman said the tape showed Mr Corbyn's desire for "robust and efficient" procedures and to "rebuild trust with the Jewish community".

    Throughout much of his leadership, Mr Corbyn has been dogged by criticism from within the party about his handling of anti-Semitism claims.

    Last year he became embroiled in a row with Labour's Dame Margaret over the issue, which saw the party launch - and then drop - disciplinary action against the long-serving Jewish MP.

    She secretly recorded a conversation between the pair in February, as Mr Corbyn talked over a plan to recruit former cabinet minister Lord Falconer to review the party's complaints process.

    "Just to reassure you, he's not going to be running the system; he's not entitled to do that," the Labour leader says on the tape, which was given to the Sunday Times.

    "He will look at the speed of dealing with cases, the administration of them and the collation of the evidence before it's put before appropriate panels... because I was concerned that it was either being mislaid, ignored or not used, and there had to be some better system."

    Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Sunday morning programme, Dame Margaret, who has been a fierce critic of Mr Corbyn's stance on anti-Semitism, said: "I think it reflects a complete breakdown of trust between people like me and the leader of the Labour party.

    "The reason, actually, that I recorded that particular tape was as an insurance policy.

    "I was having a one-to-one meeting with Jeremy Corbyn and ironically I didn't want what I said to be misrepresented so I thought it was best to record it."

    She added that a newspaper article days later, reportedly based on leaked internal documents, contradicted what the Labour leader had said during their taped conversation and led her to believe "either he [Mr Corbyn] was lying or he was being lied to".

    In March, Dame Margaret claimed Mr Corbyn had misled her - or been misled by his staff - over assurances the leader's office was not involved in disciplinary procedures.

    Labour dismissed the suggestion as "categorically untrue".

    Last week, the Jewish Labour Movement voted to pass a motion of no confidence in the Labour leader.

    Its national secretary Peter Mason said reports of delays, inaction and interference from the leader's office showed the party's processes were "incapable of dealing with anti-Jewish racism".

    'Vile racism'
    Dame Margaret is among seven Labour MPs to write to the Sunday Times this weekend, calling for a "fully independent body" to deal with complaints of racism, harassment and bullying.

    They complain of "a growing backlog of unresolved cases of vile racism".

    "Despite telling us things are better, the party has clearly failed to get to grips with its anti-Semitism problem," the letter says.

    "The current complaints system is broken. There must be a real change at the top of the party."

    Dame Margaret told the BBC an independent system would restore confidence in Labour.

    David Lammy, Labour MP for Tottenham, also backed the call, telling the BBC's Andrew Marr Show there had been a "failure of leadership" within the party.

    'Fully investigated'
    A Labour spokesman said: "The Labour Party takes all complaints of anti-Semitism extremely seriously and we are committed to challenging and campaigning against it in all its forms.

    "All complaints about anti-Semitism are fully investigated in line with our rules and procedures and any appropriate disciplinary action is taken."

    A party source told the BBC that before Jennie Formby became general secretary a year ago, there had been concerns that Jewish activists not in breach of rules were targeted, while efforts to tackle clear cut cases of anti-Semitism were obstructed.
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    Literally all facets of the British and US government tow for Israel.

    Not their constituents.
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    Pelosi: Progressive Dem wing represented by Ocasio-Cortez is 'like five people'

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told CBS's "60 Minutes" that the left flank of the House Democratic caucus represented by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is “like five people” in a Sunday interview.

    Asked by Stahl about potential insurrections or pushback from the progressive wing of the party, Pelosi responded “That’s like five people” and disputed that there was a distinction between herself and progressive Democrats, saying she herself identified as a progressive.

    When Stahl asked for Pelosi’s thoughts on the left wing of the party pushing initiatives such as Medicare for all, which Stahl said were “allowing the president to say you’re all socialists,” Pelosi noted the GOP made similar claims when Lyndon Johnson led the creation of Medicare in the 1960s.

    "This is an ongoing theme of the Republicans. However -- I do reject socialism as an economic system. if people have that view, that's their view,” Pelosi said. “That is not the view of the Democratic Party.”

    “By and large, whatever orientation [House Democrats] came to Congress with, they know that we have to hold the center. That we have to go down the mainstream,” she told Stahl.

    Pelosi also said she respected the office of the presidency too much to rule out any cooperation with President Trump. “He's not worth the trouble of saying you're so horrible we can't work together. No, we need to work together,” Pelosi told Stahl, echoing earlier comments that Trump was “not worth” impeachment.

    Asked by Stahl about earlier comments she made referring to Trump’s “assault on the Constitution,” Pelosi expressed confidence the U.S.’ system of government could outlast Trump. “Well, I think our future-- is strong enough-- built on a strong foundation to withstand everything including the current occupant of the White House. I don't think for two terms though.”
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    That's insane and she's an idiot
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    She does seem increasingly awful
  17. Czer

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    watching the western world fall apart and being prescient of it is very cool
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    Look at this dude throwing out 2pac lyrics. Our leaders have negative street cred.
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    Trump throwing more tantrums about the investigation lately gives me more hope the report will at least contain something politically damaging for him.
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    Should William Barr Recuse Himself From Mueller Report? Legal Experts Say Attorney General's Ties to Russia Are Troubling

    Here they go again.

    Attorney General William Barr is already under fire for his March letter to Congress, which reported the results of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation in a way many feel was mostly beneficial to President Donald Trump.

    Now, Democrats are taking aim at Barr’s recent congressional testimony in which he slipped in his opinion that federal law enforcement officials may have “spied” on his boss’ successful presidential run.

    But if that wasn’t enough, some experts argue that Barr’s previous work in the private sector could conflict with his continuing supervision of the investigation into Russian tampering in the 2016 election campaign.

    Why? A few of Barr’s previous employers are connected to key subjects in the probe. And some argue that, even if Barr didn’t break any rules, his financial ties to companies linked to aspects of the Russia investigation raise questions about whether he should—like his predecessor, Jeff Sessions—recuse himself.

    “The legal standard is really clear about these issues. It’s not about actual conflict, it’s about the appearance of a conflict, about the appearance of bias,” Jed Shugerman, a professor at Fordham University’s School of Law and an expert on judicial and government ethics, tells Newsweek . “The problem is that we have so many flagrant conflicts that are so obvious, we get distracted from what the legal standard is.”

    This much is known: On Barr’s public financial disclosure report, he admits to working for a law firm that represented Russia’s Alfa Bank and for a company whose co-founders allegedly have long-standing business ties to Russia. What’s more, he received dividends from Vector Group, a holding company with deep financial ties to Russia.

    These facts didn’t get much attention during Barr’s confirmation hearing, as Congress was hyperfocused on an unsolicited memo Barr wrote prior to his nomination, which criticized the special counsel’s investigation—and whether he would release an unredacted Mueller report to Congress. Much of the information is public, but it has so far been unreported in relation to Barr.

    Still, Barr’s potential conflicts could face further scrutiny as Democrats in Congress fight to have the Mueller report released to the public.

    By the time you read this, the report may indeed be in the hands of Congress. But legal battles are expected over how much of the document will be redacted to protect grand jury material and other information. And no matter what appears in Barr’s color-coded version of the report, his motives will continue to be questioned.

    “All of this raises the need for further inquiry from an independent review, not a Department of Justice investigation,” Michael Frisch, ethics counsel for Georgetown University’s law school and an expert in professional ethics, tells Newsweek . Scott Amey, general counsel at the Project for Government Oversight, says that Barr is probably playing within the rules. But that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t recuse himself.

    “He’s not doing anything illegal. [But] is it good practice, given that he might have been involved with these entities in private practice? Probably not,” Amey added.

    The Department of Justice did not respond to multiple requests for comment. Nonetheless, here’s a pocket guide to Barr’s Russian connections.

    Vector Group

    On his financial disclosure report, Barr notes that he earned anywhere from $5,001 to $15,000 in dividends from the Vector Group.

    The company’s president, Howard Lorber, brought Trump to Moscow in the 1990s to seek investment projects there. The trip is widely seen as the first of many attempts to establish a Trump Tower in Moscow.

    The problem, says Shugerman, “is the appearance of bias.”

    He added that Donald Trump Jr. “allegedly called Lorber as he was setting up the Trump Tower meeting with a Russian [lawyer]. Lorber has extensive ties to Russia and was allegedly assisting with Trump Tower Moscow plans. On top of Barr’s other choices, which reflect partisan bias, it is bad judgment…to have any financial ties to a person so directly entangled with Trump, Don Jr. and the core of events and questions of the Russia investigation.”

    Alfa Bank

    Barr’s former law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he was counsel from March 2017 until he was confirmed as attorney general in February 2019, represented Russia’s Alfa Bank. (Barr earned more than $1 million at Kirkland.)

    Barr also supervises, at Justice, another Kirkland & Ellis alumnus with Alfa ties. Early last year, Trump nominated Kirkland & Ellis partner Brian Benczkowski to the Justice Department’s criminal division. In his role with the law firm, Benczkowski had represented Alfa Bank and supervised an investigation into suspicious online communications between the bank and servers belonging to the Trump Organization.

    Investigators found no evidence that the Trump Organization had communicated with Alfa. Still, the bank is partially owned by Russian oligarch German Khan, whose son-in-law, the London-based lawyer Alexander van der Zwaan, was indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller for lying to investigators about a report his firm had written for Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort.

    Benczkowski was confirmed last July as assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s criminal division.

    “In terms of a lawyer’s professional codes, it’s definitely legally significant if [Barr] is in counsel position,” Frisch tells Newsweek . “If he is counsel to the company and he isn’t personally working on a matter but the company is, the company’s conflicts are imputed to him.”


    Questions have also been raised about whether Och-Ziff Capital Management, a hedge fund where Barr was a board director from 2016 to 2018, may also be too closely connected to the Russia investigation.

    The billionaire Ziff brothers, Dirk, Robert and Daniel, provided seed money to hedge fund manager Daniel Och to start the firm in 1992. They retained a small stake in the company after it went public in 2007.

    The brothers are also a subject of interest to the Russian government because of their work with billionaire William Browder, a financier who ran afoul of the Kremlin.

    Natalia Veselnitskaya—the Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr.; Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner; and Manafort in the now infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting—mentioned the Ziff brothers during her meeting as part of the promised “dirt” on Hillary Clinton. (Browder tells Newsweek that Veselnitskaya had mentioned the Ziff brothers only because of their association with him. “It was purely directed at me, and they had the misfortune of being associated with me,” Browder said.)

    Some experts argue that Barr’s work for Och-Ziff creates the appearance of a conflict of interest because the Russian government’s interest in the brothers was a component of the investigation.

    “The fact that Veselnitskaya is in a meeting, that’s the Trump Tower meeting, talking about Browder and Browder’s associates, there’s a question about this meeting and the focus on Browder and the Ziff brothers. That is ground zero of the collusion question,” Shugerman said.

    Deutsche Bank

    Yup, them again.

    Barr has significant assets, between $100,000 and $250,000, with Deutsche Bank, which was the only bank that would lend to Trump when all other banks viewed him as too hot to handle. The bank has also been implicated in Russian money-laundering scandals. Two congressional committees are now looking into Trump’s business ties to Deutsche Bank.

    It is unclear if Barr has divested from Vector Group or pulled his assets out of Deutsche Bank since he became attorney general.

    The Verdict?

    So are all these cases grounds for Barr’s recusal? Has he crossed a red line?

    “It would depend on his personal involvement. Did he profit from this in any way?” Larry Noble, a democracy and ethics expert and former counsel for the Federal Election Commission, tells Newsweek . “It’s a little bit concerning generally with this administration because everybody seems to have some connection somehow to people involved with Russian investment or Russia at some point.”

    Don’t, as they say, touch that dial.