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

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    Bolton Says U.S. Strongly Backs Brexit Even if No EU Deal Is Reached
    Trump’s national security adviser held meetings in London on trade, defense
    Aug. 12, 2019

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/bolton...xit-even-if-no-eu-deal-is-reached-11565636871

    LONDON—President Trump’s national security adviser said he told British Prime Minister Boris Johnson the administration would strongly support the U.K.’s exit from the European Union in late October—deal or no deal.

    John Bolton was the highest level U.S. official to meet with Mr. Johnson during a visit Monday to London. Mr. Bolton held meetings with the country’s new government looking to kick-start trade and defense talks and convey the administration’s support amid uncertainty about what Britain’s exit from the EU would look like.

    Mr. Bolton told reporters that if Mr. Johnson decided to exit from the EU without a deal on Oct. 31, “We are supporting that enthusiastically.” He said he told British officials: “That’s what I’m trying to convey. We’re with you, we’re with you.”

    Mr. Johnson’s rising threats to take Britain out of the EU with or without a deal by the Oct. 31 deadline have increased the once-remote prospect of a no-deal Brexit. Officials on both sides have revived planning aimed at reducing disruption ranging from information campaigns, planning of emergency transport for essentials like medicines to accelerated hiring of customs officers.

    A spokesperson for Mr. Johnson said he joined a meeting at Downing Street between senior officials and Mr. Bolton, in which they discussed “the close U.K.-U.S. trading relationship and our shared commitment to an ambitious free-trade agreement once the U.K. leaves the EU.”

    Mr. Trump has been an outspoken advocate for Britain’s exit from the EU and criticized former Prime Minister Theresa May over her handling of talks. The negotiations are in their third year following a referendum in which British voters narrowly backed leaving the EU.

    Mr. Trump has repeatedly praised Mr. Johnson, suggesting he would do well as Britain’s head of government. Messrs. Trump and Johnson also spoke by telephone Monday—their third conversation in less than three weeks since Mr. Johnson became prime minister. The two men are scheduled to meet later this month in France at the Group of 7 summit.


    Adhering to the wishes of the Brexit referendum “is a statement about democratic rule and a statement of government,” Mr. Bolton said. “That’s important for Britain but important for the United States too.”

    The EU has said the separation deal reached with Mr. Johnson’s predecessor, but rejected by U.K. lawmakers three times, isn’t up for negotiation.

    Mr. Bolton said that British officials were hoping for a “sector-by-sector” focus on trade discussions, with their priorities focused on financial services and some aspects of trade, such as manufactured goods.
     
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    Gibraltar to release Iranian oil tanker on Thursday: Sun newspaper
    AUGUST 14, 2019

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...-on-thursday-sun-newspaper-idUSKCN1V42B5?il=0

    (Reuters) - The British territory of Gibraltar will on Thursday release an Iranian oil tanker seized by Royal Marines in the Mediterranean in July, the Sun newspaper reported, citing sources close to Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo.

    Picardo would not apply to renew an order to detain Grace 1, the report said, adding that he is now satisfied that the oil tanker is no longer heading to Syria.

    Britain had said the vessel was violating European sanctions by taking oil to Syria, a charge Iran denies.

    “There is no reason to keep Grace 1 in Gibraltar a moment longer if we no longer believe it is in breach of sanctions against the Syrian regime,” the newspaper quoted a source close to Picardo as saying.
     
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    AG Barr said there must be 'zero tolerance for resisting police' and went after 'social-justice reformers' in a heated speech to the US's largest law-enforcement organization

    https://www.businessinsider.com/william-barr-zero-tolerance-fraternal-order-police-speech-2019-8?utm_source=reddit.com
    • Attorney General William Barr gave a heated speech about being tough on crime to the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) this week. FOP is the US's largest fraternal police organization.
    • After praising the bravery of officers, Barr went on to say public figures in the media and elsewhere should "underscore the need to 'comply first, and, if warranted, complain later.'"
    • "And those who resist must be prosecuted for that crime," Barr added. "We must have zero tolerance for resisting police. This will save lives."
    • His comments come when law enforcement is under heightened scrutiny in the US over allegations of systemic brutality and bigotry in some communities.
    • Barr singled out prosecutors, whom he criticized for being "social-justice reformers" and soft on crime.
    The US Attorney General William Barr delivered an emotionally charged speech defending law enforcement this week to the Fraternal Order of Police, or FOP, for its 64th Biennial Conference in New Orleans. FOP is the US's largest fraternal police organization.

    "To my mind, there is no more noble profession than serving as a police officer," Barr said. "You put your own life and well-being on the line to protect your communities."

    He added: "Your families spend anxious nights so we can sleep in peace. You never know what your day may bring — what uncertainty, danger, or threat you might face. But you still get up, put on your uniform and badge, kiss your loved ones, and head out to face whatever risks might come your way."

    But Barr went on to say that police officers are "fighting a different type of war ... an unrelenting, never-ending fight against criminal predators in our society."

    "Even in a healthy society, violence, lawlessness, and predation lie just below the surface," the attorney general said. "In the final analysis, what stands between chaos and carnage on the one hand, and the civilized and tranquil society we all yearn for is the thin blue line of law enforcement. You are the ones manning the ramparts — day in, and day out."

    After telling the crowd that "we need to get back to basics," Barr said that public figures in the media and elsewhere should "underscore the need to 'comply first, and, if warranted, complain later.'"

    "This will make everyone safe — the police, suspects, and the community at large," he said. "And those who resist must be prosecuted for that crime. We must have zero tolerance for resisting police. This will save lives."

    Barr's comments come at a time when the police are under heightened scrutiny in the US on several fronts. In particular, the law-enforcement community has faced criticism over allegations of systemic brutality and bigotry in some communities.

    Barr took over as attorney general in February and has long championed a "tough on crime" approach, similar to that espoused by President Donald Trump.

    During his speech Monday, Barr singled out local prosecutors for being soft on crime and accused them of making police officers' jobs more difficult.

    "There is another development that is demoralizing to law enforcement and dangerous to public safety," he said. "That is the emergence in some of our large cities of district attorneys that style themselves as 'social justice' reformers, who spend their time undercutting the police, letting criminals off the hook, and refusing to enforce the law."

    Barr went on to praise the law-enforcement efforts made under the administrations of former Presidents Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush, but criticized Barack Obama, before going on to lavish praise on Trump.

    But he added that more work still needs to be done and pledged to "double down on our attack on violent crime."
     
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    The FBI Declared QAnon a Domestic Terrorism Threat — and Conspiracy Theorists Are Psyched
    An internal FBI memo classified QAnon and other conspiracy theories as a threat — and the move could make them stronger
    AUGUST 2, 2019


    https://www.rollingstone.com/cultur...ic-terrorism-threat-conspiracy-theory-866288/

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    Michael Flynn and George Papadopoulos Are Scheduled to Speak at a Conference Organized by a QAnon Supporter
    The right-wing event aims to prepare “social media warriors” for a coming “digital war.”
    AUGUST 13, 2019

    https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/08/michael-flynn-and-george-papadopoulos-are-scheduled-to-speak-at-a-conference-organized-by-a-qanon-supporter/
     
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    Israel bars entry to outspoken US congresswomen

    https://apnews.com/19a6c707c401467d91297e6e027308ee

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel said Thursday that it will bar two Democratic congresswomen from entering the country ahead of a planned visit over their support for a Palestinian-led boycott movement, a decision announced shortly after President Donald Trump tweeted that it would “show great weakness” to allow them in.

    The move to bar Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota from visiting appeared to be unprecedented. It marked a deep foray by Israel into America’s bitterly polarized politics and a sharp escalation of Israel’s campaign against the international boycott movement.

    The two newly-elected Muslim members of Congress are outspoken critics of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians and have repeatedly sparred with Trump over a range of issues. Tlaib’s family immigrated to the United States from the West Bank, where she still has close relatives.

    They had planned to visit Jerusalem and the West Bank on a tour organized by a Palestinian organization aimed at highlighting the plight of the Palestinians. It was not immediately clear if they had planned to meet with Israeli officials, and spokespeople for the two congresswomen did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel is “open to critics and criticism,” except for those who advocate boycotts against it.

    “Congresswomen Tlaib and Omar are leading activists in promoting the legislation of boycotts against Israel in the American Congress,” Netanyahu charged. He said their itinerary “revealed that they planned a visit whose sole objective is to strengthen the boycott against us and deny Israel’s legitimacy.”

    Omar denounced the decision as “an affront” and “an insult to democratic values.”

    “This is not a surprise given the public positions of Prime Minister Netanyahu, who has consistently resisted peace efforts, restricted the freedom of movement of Palestinians, limited public knowledge of the brutal realities of the occupation and aligned himself with Islamophobes like Donald Trump,” Omar said in a statement.

    Shortly before the decision was announced, Trump had tweeted that “it would show great weakness” if Israel allowed them to visit. “They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds.” He went on to call the two congresswomen “a disgrace.”

    The U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, endorsed the decision after it was made, saying Israel “has every right to protect its borders” against promoters of boycotts “in the same manner as it would bar entrants with more conventional weapons.”

    Trump’s decision to urge a foreign country to deny entry to elected U.S. officials was a striking departure from the long-held practice of politicians from both parties of leaving their disputes at the water’s edge.

    Democratic lawmakers in the U.S. Congress denounced Israel’s decision.

    Top ranking Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer of New York said it was a sign of weakness instead of strength and “will only hurt the U.S.-Israeli relationship and support for Israel in America.” A close freshman colleague of the two lawmakers, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, said Israel’s move is “bigoted, short sighted and cruel.”

    Israel has sought to combat the BDS movement, which advocates boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israeli businesses, universities and cultural institutions. The country passed a law permitting a ban on entry to any activist who “knowingly issues a call for boycotting Israel.”

    Last month, Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer had said Israel would not deny entry to any member of Congress.

    The interior ministry said in statement Thursday that “the state of Israel respects the American Congress, in the framework of the close alliance between the two countries, but it’s unacceptable to allow the entrance to the country of those who wish to harm the state of Israel, especially during their visit.”

    Israel said it would consider any request from Tlaib to visit relatives on humanitarian grounds.

    Supporters of the boycott movement say it is a non-violent way to protest Israeli policies and call for Palestinian rights. Critics say the boycott movement aims to delegitimize Israel and ultimately erase it from the map, replacing it with a binational state.

    Israel often hosts delegations of U.S. representatives and senators, who usually meet with senior Israeli officials as well as Palestinian officials in the occupied West Bank. Israel controls entry and exit points to the West Bank, which it seized along with east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip in the 1967 Mideast war. The Palestinians seek these territories for their future state.

    MIFTAH, the Palestinian organization that was set to host Tlaib and Omar in the West Bank, issued a statement saying that Israel’s decision was “an affront to the American people and their representatives” and “an assault on the Palestinian people’s right to reach out to decision-makers and other actors from around the world.”

    The move could further sharpen divisions among Democrats over Israel ahead of the 2020 elections. Republicans have amplified the views of left-wing Democrats like Tlaib and Omar to present the party as deeply divided and at odds with Israel. Democratic leaders have pushed back, reiterating the party’s strong support for Israel, in part to protect representatives from more conservative districts.

    In July, the Democratic-led House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution against the BDS movement.

    Tlaib and Omar have also been the target of repeated attacks by President Donald Trump in recent months, including a series of racist tweets on July 14 in which he said they should “go back” to the “broken” countries they came from. Both are U.S. citizens and Tlaib was born in the United States. The two are members of the so-called “Squad” of newly-elected left-wing Democrats, along with Pressley and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.

    Dan Shapiro, U.S. ambassador to Israel under President Barack Obama, said that he knew of “no such precedent” for Israel barring an elected American official from entering the country, calling the decision “short-sighted.”

    “There’s no reason to prevent members of Congress, including critical ones, from coming, seeing and learning, offering them every possible briefing,” Shapiro said. “By refusing them entry, it will only fuel the very things that Israel claims to be unhappy about” when it comes to calls for boycotts.

    Arthur Lenk, formerly Israel’s ambassador to South Africa, said barring Omar and Tlaib “would be sinking us deeper into U.S. domestic political quagmire.”

    Israeli lawmaker Ayman Odeh, leader of the Joint List of Arab parties, also criticized the move, writing that “Israel has always banned Palestinians from their land and separated us from other Palestinians, but this time the Palestinian is a U.S. Congresswoman.”
     
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    Autopsy finds broken bones in Epstein's neck, deepening questions around his death
    August 14, 2019

    https://www.lmtonline.com/news/article/Autopsy-finds-broken-bones-in-Epstein-s-neck-14305473.php

    An autopsy found that financier Jeffrey Epstein sustained multiple breaks in his neck bones, according to two people familiar with the findings, deepening the mystery about the circumstances around his death.

    Among the bones broken in Epstein's neck was the hyoid bone, which in men is near the Adam's apple. Such breaks can occur in those who hang themselves, particularly if they are older, according to forensics experts and studies on the subject. But they are more common in victims of homicide by strangulation, the experts said.

    The details are the first findings to emerge from the autopsy of Epstein, a convicted sex offender and multi millionaire in federal custody on charges of sex trafficking. He died early Saturday morning after guards found him hanging in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan and he could not be revived.

    Attorney General William Barr, whose department oversees the Bureau of Prisons facility where Epstein died, has described his death as an "apparent suicide." Justice officials declined to comment on the new information from Epstein's autopsy.

    The office of New York City's chief medical examiner, Barbara Sampson, completed an autopsy of Epstein's body Sunday. But Sampson listed the cause of his death as pending.

    Sampson's office did not comment on the injuries found in the autopsy.

    The details add to the bizarre circumstances surrounding Epstein's death, which have launched a wave of questions and conspiracy theories about how he could have died in federal custody. Even President Donald Trump has egged on speculation, without evidence, that Epstein - whose alleged victims say they were pushed to have sex with his powerful and celebrity friends - might have been killed to keep him from spilling the secrets of others.


    The revelation of Epstein's neck injuries follows reports that officers at the Metropolitan Correctional Center broke protocol and failed to properly monitor him.

    Corrections officers had not checked on Epstein for "several" hours before he was found hanging in his cell, a person familiar with the matter said, one of a series of missteps in the hours leading up to his death.

    Veteran prosecutors and law enforcement officials were shocked that one of the most high-profile inmates in the country wasn't more carefully watched. Barr said over the weekend he was "appalled" at serious "irregularities" in jail protocol, and later transferred the jail warden to another facility.

    People familiar with the autopsy, who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitive stage of the investigation, said Sampson's office is seeking additional information on Epstein's condition in the hours before his death. That could include video evidence of the jail hallways, which may establish whether anyone entered Epstein's cell during the night he died; results of a toxicology screening to determine if there was any unusual substance in his body; and interviews with guards and inmates who were near his cell.

    Jonathan Arden, president of the National Association of Medical Examiners, said a hyoid can be broken in many circumstances, but is more commonly associated with homicidal strangulation than suicidal hanging.

    Arden, who was not involved in the Epstein autopsy, said that in general, a finding of a broken hyoid requires pathologists to conduct more extensive investigation. That investigation can include analysis of the location of the noose, how narrow the noose is, and if the body experienced any substantial drop in the course of the hanging.

    The age of the deceased is also important, Arden said. The hyoid starts out as three small bones with joint-like connections but hardens during middle age into a U-shape that can break more easily.

    "If, hypothetically, the hyoid bone is broken, that would generally raise questions about strangulation, but it is not definitive and does not exclude suicidal hanging," he said.

    A handful of studies conducted over the past decade have produced conflicting results about the likelihood of a hyoid break in a suicide. In a study of 20 suicidal hangings in Thailand, published in 2010, one-fourth of the men who hanged themselves had broken hyoids. In a larger study of suicidal hangings of young-adults and middle-aged people in India, conducted from 2010 to 2013, hyoid damage was found in just 16 of 264 cases, or six percent. The study addressed the discrepancies in academic reviews, saying wide variations in findings of hyoid breaks are "possibly due to factors like age of the victim, weight of the victim, type of suspension and height of suspension."

    Hyoid fractures have previously sparked controversy in jailhouse and other contentious deaths.

    In 2008, Ronnie White, a teenager accused of killing a police officer, died of an apparent suicide in a suburban Washington jail cell. But two days later, the cause of death was changed to homicide when a Maryland state medical examiner discovered the teen had a broken hyoid.

    The incident fanned racial tension and fueled conspiracy theories about the suspect's death in Prince George's County, Maryland.

    Medical examiners concluded White was probably strangled with a sheet, towel or "crux of the elbow." The officer who moved his body pleaded guilty to obstruction. But no one was ever charged in White's death. A federal judge said in 2013 that it remained a mystery whether the inmate was slain or took his own life.

    The hyoid bone played a central role in a heated dispute last year over another high-profile death in New York, that of Eric Garner. A New York police officer was accused of using an improper chokehold while trying to arrest Garner and of causing his death. A police officers' association claimed that an autopsy from Sampson's office found there was no break of Garner's hyoid bone, and that this proved that the officer could not have strangled Garner and caused his death.

    This "demonstrates conclusively that Mr. Garner did not die of strangulation of the neck from a chokehold," the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association said.

    But Sampson rejected that claim, saying she stood by her conclusion that Garner died of "compression of neck (chokehold), compression of chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police." Sampson's office said Garner's bronchial asthma, obesity and high blood pressure were contributing factors.

    In a widely circulated video of the 2014 incident, the officer was seen grabbing Garner around the neck, pushing him and his face into the pavement. Garner is overheard pleading several times: "I can't breathe."

    Two weeks later, Sampson's office concluded the officer's actions were the primary cause of his death.
     
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    the jew zionists and their supporters literally have no idea how many foreigners and americans are working together against them
     
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foundations_of_Geopolitics

    In Foundations of Geopolitics, Dugin calls for the United States and Atlanticism to lose their influence in Eurasia and for Russia to rebuild its influence through annexations and alliances.[2]

    The book declares that "the battle for the world rule of Russians" has not ended and Russia remains "the staging area of a new anti-bourgeois, anti-American revolution". The Eurasian Empire will be constructed "on the fundamental principle of the common enemy: the rejection of Atlanticism, strategic control of the USA, and the refusal to allow liberal values to dominate us."[9]

    Military operations play relatively little role. The textbook believes in a sophisticated program of subversion, destabilization, and disinformation spearheaded by the Russian special services. The operations should be assisted by a tough, hard-headed utilization of Russia's gas, oil, and natural resources to bully and pressure other countries.[9]

    The book states that "the maximum task [of the future] is the 'Finlandization' of all of Europe".[9]

    In Europe:

    • Germany should be offered the de facto political dominance over most Protestant and Catholic states located within Central and Eastern Europe. Kaliningrad oblast could be given back to Germany. The book uses the term "Moscow–Berlin axis".[9]
    • France should be encouraged to form a "Franco–German bloc" with Germany. Both countries have a "firm anti-Atlanticist tradition".[9]
    • The United Kingdom should be cut off from Europe.[9]
    • Finland should be absorbed into Russia. Southern Finland will be combined with the Republic of Karelia and northern Finland will be "donated to Murmansk Oblast".[9]
    • Estonia should be given to Germany's sphere of influence.[9]
    • Latvia and Lithuania should be given a "special status" in the Eurasian-Russian sphere.[9]
    • Poland should be granted a "special status" in the Eurasian sphere.[9]
    • Romania, Macedonia, "Serbian Bosnia" and Greece – "Orthodox collectivist East" – will unite with "Moscow the Third Rome" and reject the "rational-individualistic West".[9]
    • Ukraine should be annexed by Russia because "Ukraine as a state has no geopolitical meaning, no particular cultural import or universal significance, no geographic uniqueness, no ethnic exclusiveness, its certain territorial ambitions represents an enormous danger for all of Eurasia and, without resolving the Ukrainian problem, it is in general senseless to speak about continental politics". Ukraine should not be allowed to remain independent, unless it is cordon sanitaire, which would be inadmissible.[9]
    In the Middle East and Central Asia:

    • The book stresses the "continental Russian–Islamic alliance" which lies "at the foundation of anti-Atlanticist strategy". The alliance is based on the "traditional character of Russian and Islamic civilization".
    • Iran is a key ally. The book uses the term "Moscow–Tehran axis".[9]
    • Armenia has a special role: It will serve as a "strategic base," and it is necessary to create "the [subsidiary] axis Moscow-Yerevan-Teheran". Armenians "are an Aryan people ... [like] the Iranians and the Kurds".[9]
    • Azerbaijan could be "split up" or given to Iran.[9]
    • Georgia should be dismembered. Abkhazia and "United Ossetia" (which includes Georgia's South Ossetia) will be incorporated into Russia. Georgia's independent policies are unacceptable.[9]
    • Russia needs to create "geopolitical shocks" within Turkey. These can be achieved by employing Kurds, Armenians and other minorities.[9]
    • The book regards the Caucasus as a Russian territory, including "the eastern and northern shores of the Caspian (the territories of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan)" and Central Asia (mentioning Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan).[9]
    In East and Southeast Asia:

    • China, which represents a danger to Russia, "must, to the maximum degree possible, be dismantled". Dugin suggests that Russia start by taking TibetXinjiangMongoliaManchuria as a security belt.[1] Russia should offer China help "in a southern direction – Indochina (except Vietnam), the Philippines, Indonesia, Australia" as geopolitical compensation.[9]
    • Russia should manipulate Japanese politics by offering the Kuril Islands to Japan and provoking anti-Americanism.[9]
    • Mongolia should be absorbed into Eurasia-Russia.[9]
    The book emphasizes that Russia must spread Anti-Americanism everywhere: "the main 'scapegoat' will be precisely the U.S."

    In the United States:

    • Russia should use its special services within the borders of the United States to fuel instability and separatism, for instance, provoke "Afro-American racists". Russia should "introduce geopolitical disorder into internal American activity, encouraging all kinds of separatism and ethnic, social and racial conflicts, actively supporting all dissident movements – extremist, racist, and sectarian groups, thus destabilizing internal political processes in the U.S. It would also make sense simultaneously to support isolationist tendencies in American politics".[9]
    The Eurasian Project could be expanded to South and Central America.[9]
     
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    You will notice the jews taking the Corbyn approach to the democrats

    All the jewish media networks are working together

    All those jewish molesters at the heads of those companies
     
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    lol pelosi you old bitch

    AP Interview: Pelosi assails ‘weakness’ of Trump, Netanyahu

    https://apnews.com/bc5fd6c1ed2c4fbb89a17037db8e1b7a

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday the U.S.-Israel relationship can withstand the “weakness” of President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who shook diplomatic norms this week in barring two members of Congress from visiting the country.

    Pelosi told The Associated Press that the “weakness of Netanyahu and the weakness of Donald Trump combined” into a policy that’s “a no.”

    “We have a deep relationship and long-standing relationship with Israel that can withstand Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu,” Pelosi said. “We cannot let their weaknesses stand in the way of our ongoing relationship.”

    She said the U.S. commitment to Israel isn’t dependent on either leader, a sign there may not be lasting fallout from this week’s incident, particularly in terms of foreign aid, which must be approved by Congress.

    In an extraordinary move, Netanyahu, with a push from Trump, barred entry for Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota ahead of their planned visit. Tlaib was later granted a humanitarian exception to visit her grandmother in the West Bank, but ultimately decided against the trip .

    Trump views the freshmen congresswomen as among his chief opponents — part of the “squad” of newly elected liberal lawmakers — and has called them out at his rallies and in racist tweets as he runs for reelection. Trump describes them as the face of the Democratic Party.

    Trump complained Friday about Tlaib’s decision against taking the trip.

    “Rep. Tlaib wrote a letter to Israeli officials desperately wanting to visit her grandmother. Permission was quickly granted, whereupon Tlaib obnoxiously turned the approval down, a complete setup,” Trump tweeted. “The only real winner here is Tlaib’s grandmother. She doesn’t have to see her now!”

    The two Muslim lawmakers support a Palestinian-led boycott of Israel, and barring their entry was an escalation of Netanyahu’s attempts to quash the global boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.

    Both leaders are up for re-election — Netanyahu in the fall, and Trump next year. Critics of the decision framed it as stoking divisions for short-term political gain at the expense of harming the deep ties that Israel has long enjoyed with both political parties in the U.S.

    Pelosi said she had “great, great, great sadness” over the decision, but she was not discouraging other lawmakers from visiting Israel.

    “Members will make their own decisions about this, but I would not discourage travel to Israel,” Pelosi said.

    “We have a strong relationship with Israel as well as a deep love and respect for the people of Israel. And, again, this is not going to undermine that, try as President Trump will to do that.”
     
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    Wyden blasts FEC Republicans for blocking probe into NRA over possible Russia donations
    08/16/19

    https://thehill.com/homenews/campai...ans-for-blocking-probe-into-nra-over-possible

    Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) condemned Republicans on the Federal Election Commission (FEC) after they voted on Friday to block an in-depth investigation into allegations that Russians illegally donated to the National Rifle Association (NRA) in an effort to benefit President Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

    "A foreign adversary interfered in the 2016 presidential election and the response from Republicans at every level, whether it be President Trump, congressional Republicans, or now the Republican appointees on the Federal Election Commission, has been to bury their heads in the sand or actively obstruct getting to the bottom of what happened," Wyden said in a written statement provided to Newsweek.

    "It's inexcusable that Republican commissioners would block an investigation into whether Russian money was funneled through the National Rifle Association to help President Trump," Wyden continued, according to Newsweek. "The blatant partisanship is appalling, undermines our democracy and leaves us vulnerable to continued interference in 2020."

    In March 2018, the FEC launched a preliminary investigation into allegations that Alexander Torshin, a Russian banker and former politician with ties to President Vladimir Putin, and Maria Butina, who admitted to working as a Russian agent to infiltrate the NRA, made illegal donations to the NRA in an effort for those donations to support Trump's presidential bid.

    The NRA and its lobbying arm spent a total of $30 million in the 2016 election to support Trump.

    On Friday, the FEC deadlocked in a 2-2 vote, failing to find a reason to believe Torshin and Butina made illegal donations and deciding not to take action to investigate the allegations.

    FEC Chairwoman Ellen Weintraub also criticized the vote on Friday, saying the FEC was doing "nothing to find out the truth behind one of the most blockbuster campaign finance allegations in recent memory."



    Commissioner Caroline C. Hunter defended FEC Republicans in a statement to Newsweek, saying it is "forbidden from investigating groups purely based on rank speculation."

    "Once again, Chair Weintraub rejected the advice of the FEC's lawyers but blames her Republican colleagues. Her statement is long on conjecture and short on the evidence and the law. She relies on an 'article' [published by] McClatchy written by the same individuals who inaccurately reported Michael Cohen was in Prague in 2016. The FEC is forbidden from investigating groups purely based on rank speculation."

    Earlier this year, the gun control group Giffords filed a lawsuit against the FEC for not taking action on the investigation. The NRA dismissed the lawsuit and allegations of illegal campaign contributions, telling The Washington Post they "scrupulously follow the law."

    “We scrupulously follow the law,” an NRA spokeswoman told The Post at the time. “This latest effort by Giffords and the Campaign Legal Center is a frivolous lawsuit based on a frivolous complaint.”

    The Hill has reached out to the NRA and FEC for comment.
     
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    Doug Coe Was One Of the Most Powerful Men in Politics You've Never Heard Of
    What to know about the former leader of the secretive religious organization featured in Netflix's The Family.
    AUG 17, 2019

    https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/a28722835/who-is-doug-coe-the-family-netflix-true-story/

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    Doug Coe, former leader of the Fellowship, with Ronald Reagan.


    The National Prayer Breakfast is supposed to seem like just another dull Washington ritual, a holy Seersucker Thursday, a divine Correspondent’s Dinner. But the ostensibly spiritual event is the public face of a days-long lobbying festival whose invitees have included Russian spy Maria Butina, all mounted by a mysterious religious organization that cultivates acolytes in the halls of power. This group, which is called the Fellowship Foundation, is the subject of a new Netflix miniseries that takes its title from the organization's more ominous-sounding nickname—The Family. Here’s what you need to know about the group and its founder.

    What’s the Family?
    The group has its roots in the 1930s, when Norwegian-American minister Abraham Vereide began organizing Seattle businessmen to pray for union busting and the defeat of communism. Jeff Sharlet, whose books on the Fellowshipserved as the basis for Netflix’s series, wrote in an article for Harper’s that Vereide felt the spiritual needs of the “down-out” were sufficiently catered to, and instead he geared his ministry towards the “up-and-out”—the powerful. Prayer breakfasts spread across the country, and the first National Prayer Breakfast was held in 1953, featuring an appearance by President Dwight Eisenhower. The tradition endures, with presidents, members of Congress, and other power players coming together to pray and schmooze each February.

    Over the years, the group grew to include two member residences. One is a mansion in Arlington, Virginia that serves as the organization's headquarters, with young male interns living, praying, and working on the property together, and serving as cleaners and landscapers for the organization. (Sharlet lived at this property as an intern for a time, and his experiences with the group inspired his books about the mysterious religious organization.) The other home is a townhouse in Washington DC, where politicians affiliated with the group, including disgraced former North Carolina governor Mark Sanford and Nevada Senator John Ensign, have lived while in office.

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    Abraham Vereide, far left, stood near then-president Dwight Eisenhower at the first National Prayer Breakfast in 1953. Over the years, the event has ballooned from 400 to around 4,000 attendees.

    The organization has also cultivated influence abroad, working with President Jimmy Carter (who appears in The Family) on a prayer for the Israeli-Egyption negotiations that would result in the Camp David Accords, and cultivating ties between the American government and controversial foreign leaders, including Indonesia’s anti-communist dictator General Suharto and recently-ousted Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who’s been charged with committing genocide in the nation’s Darfur regain.

    Who is Doug Coe?
    Coe, who was born in Oregon in 1928, began working for the Fellowship in 1959. He succeed Vereide in leading the organization upon his death. While the group had begun as a more traditionally public organization, in his later years Vereide decided to “submerge the institutional image” of the Fellowship, a tendency that only deepened under Coe, who eschewed publicity for himself and his group.

    But despite his low profile, he cultivated close relationships with those in power. In a 2003 memoir, Hillary Clinton called him “a genuinely loving spiritual mentor and guide to anyone, regardless of party or faith, who wants to deepen his or her relationship with God and offer the gift of service to others in need.”

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    President Trump addressed the attendees of the 2019 National Prayer Breakfast.

    "I wish I could say more about it," said President Ronald Reagan of his work with Coe in 1985, "but it’s working precisely because it is private."

    While cultivating powerful allies at home, Coe also embedded himself in international affairs. He helped lay the groundwork for a peace treated between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo by inviting the nations’ presidents to his Arlington headquarters in 2001.

    Coe died in 2017. Many of his family members are among the Fellowship’s current leadership, including his son-in-law Doug Burleigh, who’s been interviewed reportedly by the FBI about his ties to Russian agent Butina.

     
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    Did Netanyahu Just Kill Washington’s ‘Pro-Israel’ Consensus?
    The ban against Representatives Tlaib and Omar has angered even those who can’t find their voices when Israel bombs kids in Gaza.

    https://www.thenation.com/article/israel-tlaib-omar-travel-ban-trump/

    The most important thing to know about the Israeli government’s decision to ban two Democratic House members, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, from entering Israel and its occupied Palestinian territories is that it is not about them. That is why it doesn’t matter that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu subsequently reversed himself and agreed to let Tlaib in on “humanitarian” grounds; it wouldn’t even matter if he reversed himself on Omar. Again, it is not about them. It is about sticking it to the Democrats and lending a friendly hand to a Republican president it wants to see reelected. Nor is this the first time that Israel has blatantly demonstrated its clear preference for right-wing Republicans over Democrats.

    In fact, as unprecedented (and even bizarre) as this particular action is, it pales in comparison to actions Israel took during the Obama administration. This is worth noting, as it demonstrates that the latest move is not merely an effort to curry favor with an incumbent president but is part of a longer-term policy of supporting Republicans even when the Democrats are in power.

    No, far more egregious was the Israeli government’s effort (ultimately successful) to destroy Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. Although successive Israeli governments had declared that preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear bomb was their top foreign policy goal, the Netanyahu government opposed the American effort to do just that with all the power it could command. Why? Because Israel is in fact less concerned about stopping Iran from getting nukes than it is about toppling the Iranian regime, which it believes can only be achieved through war, a course it has repeatedly pushed on Washington. From the Israeli point of view, Iran will always pose an “existential” threat to Israel until it installs a regime, like the shah’s, that will defer to it.

    Working through AIPAC, Israel quickly lined up the Republican caucuses in the House and Senate to oppose the deal. Not only that, the Israelis and their friends tried to enlist the Iranian hard-liners in their cause! Senator Tom Cotton and 46 of his GOP colleagues actually wrote to the Iranian government warning it not to sign a deal with Obama because they, the Republicans, would renege on the deal’s terms the minute they had the opportunity. (That is, of course, what happened.) The Cotton letter, engineered by a foreign government and its advocates in Washington, may or may not have been illegal. But it was certainly unprecedented, as if Republicans who opposed John F. Kennedy’s nuclear test ban treaty in the early 1960s had written to Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and told him not to sign it because they would repudiate the treaty when they came to power. Imagine!

    And then there was Netanyahu’s speech opposing the Iran deal, which he delivered to a joint session of Congress. The speech was a lurid declaration of war against Obama’s signature foreign policy achievement, which Netanyahu delivered to a Congress that behaved as if it was at an AIPAC conference, jumping to its feet dozens of times to cheer the Israeli prime minister. The congressional Republican leadership did not even inform the Obama administration about the speech until after it had worked out the time, place, and logistics with the Israeli embassy.

    It doesn’t get worse than that.


    Netanyahu’s own little Muslim ban should only trouble those who had illusions about Trump or Netanyahu. Or Israel, for that matter. Both Trump and Netanyahu have given more than ample evidence of their racism and Islamophobia—Trump with his poisonous tweets and his Muslim ban, and Netanyahu with both his words and the missiles he launches against the people of Gaza whenever he thinks they are getting out of line. We know who these two are and the forces they represent. No surprises there.

    Along those same lines, those of us who believe that America’s one-sided support for Israel in every and all situations (including the killing of thousands of civilians in Gaza) is bad for the United States, catastrophic for the Palestinians, and ultimately suicidal for Israel should take some cheer out of Trump and Netanyahu’s latest folly, as ugly as it is. And that is because it weakens the forces that promote and sustain the deadly “pro-Israel” status quo.

    Democrats across the board have denounced Netanyahu’s ban and, of course, Trump’s truly unprecedented call on a foreign government to ban US members of Congress. And not just the presidential candidates who, led by Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, denounced the ban in strong terms. Even House enforcers of orthodoxy on Israel, led by majority leader Steny Hoyer and Foreign Affairs Committee chair Eliot Engel, opposed Trump’s move. Suddenly, those who can’t find their voices when Israel is killing kids in Gaza are all over the media criticizing Netanyahu. Even AIPAC put out a mild tweet criticizing the ban, one no doubt worked out with the embassy of Israel (like everything it does).

    No, the “pro-Israel” (to use their term) camp is unhappy. They understand that both Democrats and Jews have been losing interest in Israel and showing more sympathy for Palestinians in recent years. Between the monstrous occupation of the West Bank and Gaza (yes, Gaza is still under occupation), the Israeli electorate’s shift to the right, the increasing domination of Israeli life by Orthodox Jews who don’t even consider most American Jews to be truly Jewish, the bloom is off the Israeli rose.

    And now Netanyahu has made clear that the State of Israel seems to be part of Donald Trump’s far-flung empire, a place where streets and town squares are named in honor of a president whom American Jews despise.

    This is nothing for opponents of unconditional US support for Israel to be upset about. Without that unconditional support, neither the occupation nor Israel’s undemocratic and racist system at home can be sustained. It is now losing the support of America’s largest political party and of those American Jews (an average of nearly 75 percent in recent elections) who identify with it.

    Let the Likudniks, the lobby, the bought members of Congress, and the neocons cry. For those of us who want to see Israelis and Palestinians living in peace, in one country or two, with full security and sovereignty for both, Netanyahu’s stupid move is good news. It’s time someone tore the mask off the Israeli government and its fellow travelers in Washington. Perhaps, after the 2020 elections, the United States will serve as an honest broker between Israelis and Palestinians. Perhaps it will recognize that Palestinians deserve the same rights as Israelis in the land both peoples call home. Perhaps it will condition US aid to Israel on its negotiating an end to the 52-year occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. After all, there’s a first time for everything.

     
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    White America’s fears are built on its myth of supremacy
    AUGUST 09, 2019

    https://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/op-ed/article233640212.html

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    Donald Trump has capitalized on white Americans’ fears of becoming a minority. GETTY IMAGES

    A cultural war rages in America.

    A white America, increasingly concerned about its eventual minority status, is struggling with the past of a nation substantially built on the backs of slaves, brought here, degraded, on ships’ sweltering sub-decks.

    The first 20 slaves arrived in British America in 1619, according to Jill Lepore, author of a new history of the United States. The sorry institution exploded after the invention, in 1793, of the cotton gin, making the manufacture of cottons and linens extremely popular and requiring an exponential increase in slavery in all of the 13 colonies.

    The number of slave states expanded as the American union spread over the continent. The doctrine of Manifest Destiny, allowed for theft of the lands of native Americans, Mexicans and of Hispanics in the American West. It’s frightening that Hitler conceived the idea of lebensraum from the American model, writing about it in Mein Kampf.

    The consequences led to the Civil War, being, as most wars, driven by economic forces used to further justify preserving a “way of life, and individual liberty” — of white men.

    Now, the chickens have come home to roost. The whiteness of “Leave it to Beaver” and “Father Knows Best” is reluctantly surrendering to the political realities of a woke generation. The dispossessed, the robbed and the abused portion of the American population are demanding reparations for the back-breaking servitude and social discrimination they endured through much of the history of the republic, while also creating much of its wealth and infrastructure.

    Therefore, there is currency to the argument that America owes a monetary debt to the descendants of slaves.

    The current white nationalist backlash is no different than that of the traitorous Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Nathan Bedford Forrest, founder of the Ku Klux Klan. They defended the Southern aristocracy perpetuating itself on the treasure created by black slaves, continuing unabated through an aborted Reconstruction fulminated by the impeached, but not convicted, racist Andrew Johnson. There was, in addition, the resegregation of the South and the military by the former president of Princeton University and of the United States, who believed that black men were inferior, the heroic Woodrow Wilson. He envisioned a peaceful world order and campaigned for a League of Nations, gaining a Nobel Peace Prize for his failed effort.

    Racist men such as the current president and his base of white supremacists will not succeed in suppressing demands for economic equality, immigration justice, and more American diversity. Finally, after centuries of struggle, the world of white dominance of our country is being dragged, kicking and screaming, into a more diverse American 21st century.

    Despite the last gasps of an anachronistic, aberrational president, disenfranchised minorities are defining their own future. Republican gerrymandering and voter suppression in the heartland are being challenged not only by a new generation of Americans, but also by many whites who understand the economic disparities created by racial prejudice and economic deprivation and an electoral system engineered to perpetuate the status quo of rural overrepresentation.

    We are a national entity, a people, not geographical state boundaries alone. Although our economic and federal systems ensure more freedom, they also provoke economic disparities, and even tribalism, the ultimate enemies of a free republic.

    The Electoral College is the single most undemocratic institution in the federal system, allowing states such as North Dakota two senators for 500,000 people and California with its 39 million the same number in the Senate. It must go the way of the proverbial horse and buggy. It was a successful compromise among disparate states not yet a country to ratify a new Constitution. Now it must be eliminated.

    The middle class is beginning to realize that it is not scapegoated immigrants and minorities causing job loss, it is unparalleled technological change creating the disorder.

    Trump’s America is trembling beneath his feet, despite Twitter rages, petulant attacks on adversaries and the chaos of an incompetent administration.

    The technological forces pushing major international corporations and the uber-wealthy to new, gilded-age disparities between them and the middle class are self-evident as a threat to our republic. Equally, the thinly veiled disguise of whites being abused by the descendants of slaves or immigrants is no less a hoax than P.T. Barnum’s appeal in the carnival midway of a freak show.