Tuesday, December 24, 2019

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Evangelicals need to follow Christianity’s morals, not Trump’s

WH official Robert Blair, an adviser to Mulvaney who is also an aide whose testimony is sought by Schumer, has been named Special Rep for Intl Telecommunications Policy, WH says.

Legal acts done for illegal purposes are illegal.

Now why would @GOPLeader Kevin McCarthy lie about the findings of the IG Report - findings concluding that the Russian interference investigation was PROPERLY opened. Well, he was taking money from Lev Parnas . . .

Israel’s plans to annex parts of the West Bank have stumbled over a war crimes probe, the Yediot Ahronot newspaper reports

Astonishing report by Reuters suggests that some 1,500 people were killed during 2 weeks of protests in Iran, after Khamenei gave direct orders to quash them at any costs.

Woman accused in racist attack is charged in 2nd incident

Greece To Help Tripoli 'Block Turkish Ships' As Libyan War Spills Into Mediterranean

NATO would like to thank all the troops away from home this holiday season.

U.S. on alert after North Korean threat

1. Trump applied for trademarks in Argentina. 2. The Trump administration rescinded tariffs while Argentina considered the trademarks. 3. The Trump administration didn't put them back until after Trump got the trademarks.

"MBS, better than any of his forebears, understands the power of what Roman tyrants used to call 'bread and circuses,'"

Remember, @senatemajldr Mitch McConnell is the same guy who sandbagged Merrick Garland’s SCOTUS nomination for a year. He can wait a few weeks for the Articles of Impeachment. And Pelosi will send them over as soon as he demonstrates he’s taking his Oath seriously

NEW: Mike Bloomberg is using a secretive tech firm he founded months ago to power his 2020 presidential bid. The name of the company is Hawkfish. It's being run by former Facebook CMO Gary Briggs and former Foursquare CEO Jeff Glueck.

The morning of his July 25 call asking Ukraine for a "favor" to investigate Joe Biden's son, Trump was reading a Fox poll showing 2 things: 1. Biden w a "commanding lead" for Dem. nomination 2. Biden beating Trump by 10 pts. in a general

Fmr. Amb. Robert Jordan: Khashoggi verdict is ‘a mockery of justice’

Glenn Kirschner: ‘Vladimir Putin owns Donald Trump’

Trump raised taxes on steel (also known as tariffs) and now steel workers are losing jobs in Michigan

The music festival attended by celebrities and influencers was reportedly designed to boost the country’s economy and reputation abroad in the wake of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

JUST IN: Judiciary Committee argues that McGahn testimony is still urgent because it could factor into recommending "additional articles of impeachment.

Read this interview with Rudy Giuliani, and then reflect that this bunch of stumblebums and goons are the people undermining our national security while thinking they've outfoxed every intelligence service in the world, including ours

"The Wisconsin Democratic Party will use the state open records law to obtain the names of everyone who is purged and then target its efforts to “systematically” contact those most likely to be Democrats so they can re-register..."

A former Democratic governor of Hawaii on Monday called on presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard to immediately resign from her seat in Congress

"Part of how voter suppression works is you intimidate people into not even trying to vote. So our message is, no matter what the Republicans do, show up." -@BenWikler, chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin

Trump's decisions and statements reveal a hair-raising pattern of compromising U.S. national security to advance Russia’s interests.

Opinion: 63 million suckers, just waiting to be conned

This is Palm Beach State Attorney Dave Aronberg. He has the power to investigate why Palm Beach County authorities dropped the #jeffreyepstein case, gave the pedophile a valet work release program and btw, he has the power to release the grand jury records.

First Giuliani... then Christie... now Bolton... something tells us they’re not here for Nashville’s pedal taverns

Good comparison. Pope Francis Compares Trump to Murderous King Herod

Federal investigators have been asking questions about lame-duck Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s extraordinary onslaught of pardons.

Facts First: Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz found no evidence the FBI "broke into" the Trump campaign while investigating the campaign's relationship with Russia

Besides Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s maniacal drive to murder his critics worldwide, dispatching a team of Saudi assassins w/ a bone saw to meet American journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey is not a “spur of the moment” but rather a premeditated murder.

This sentence is a continuation of the Kingdom’s effort to distance Saudi leadership, including the Crown Prince, from the brutal assassination of a journalist and U.S. resident, Jamal Khashoggi. This was a premeditated murder, not a “snap decision” or rogue operation.

US lost more tax revenue than any other developed country in 2018 due to Trump tax cuts, new report says

A third man—former pro golfer & restauranteur David Correia—was indicted alongside Parnas and Fruman in Oct. His role has gotten little scrutiny—until now. My exclusive for @CNN on what texts reveal about the American working with Giuliani's associates

Perspective: New evidence for impeachment keeps turning up. That’s why we need witnesses.

Yes. They *had* to have worn thick gold chains. This is so 90s Russia it's embarrassing: "The men, who sported open shirts showing off thick gold chains at a conference where most wore business attire, had zero experience in the gas business."

Another Republican from Michigan speaks out. While Trott is no longer in office, his voice will resonate with other conservatives in the state, especially in Oakland County.

“I know that’s what McConnell is familiar with in Soviet justice, but in this country, we have real trials with witnesses.” - @neal_katyal In Soviet Republican Party, Trump tries Senate.

.@JoyceWhiteVance in Time:"Trump may be acquitted by the Senate, but if the process is fundamentally deficient, a mockery of a system designed to seek the truth, that acquittal will not exon him. No matter what he says, everyone will know it’s not true."

Trump is the first president to have never read the Constitution. The House don't hold "trials", silly. They hold the equivalent of probable cause hearings. If you need help, ask any eighth grader.

New: Russia is trying to starve 4 million innocent Syrians

Arizona DHS Agents Paid to Have Sex With Alleged Sex Trafficking Victims They ‘Rescued’

How a Trump Tax Break to Help Poor Communities Became a Windfall for the Rich

Announcement: Today, rather abruptly, I was forced to make the difficult choice to leave The Christian Post. They decided to publish an editorial that positions them on Team Trump. I can't be an editor for a publication with that editorial voice. ...

The Trump administration awarded billions of dollars in contracts for private companies to operate immigration detention centers in California —- less than two weeks before a new state law takes effect to prohibit them.

“The purpose of a trial, as every first-year law student knows, is to get to the truth.” That’s what every American, regardless of party, should want. They deserve nothing less. This editorial makes a strong case for witnesses, documents & a fair trial.

Trump is filling the liberal 9th Circuit with conservatives, threatening Democratic court challenges on everything from abortion to who gets a green card


"Allow us to sum up: One of Mr. Putin’s foremost agents of influence has delivered more than $2 million to associates of Mr. Giuliani who have worked with him to discredit Mr. Trump’s leading Democratic opponent in the 2020 election."

The union that represents U.S. foreign service officers raised $500,000 to cover the costs for career diplomats who appeared before the impeachment inquiry

This is Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael James Goble, 33, a member of the 7th Special Forces Group who died in Afghanistan on Monday of injuries suffered on Sunday in Kunduz province. He was born in New Jersey and enlisted in 2004. RIP.

I spent the afternoon with Rudy Giuliani.

As you ponder Giuliani claiming to be "more of a Jew than Soros is," consider that Trump political appointee Fiona Hill said the Giuliani-led campaign to oust Ambassador Yovanovitch was "based on an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory about George Soros."

Palm Beach Sheriff Rick Bradshaw — who gave serial pedophile #jeffreyepstein such a great work release deal AND LOST Jeffrey’s visitors log. There dozens of sheriffs deputies who looked the other way. Do any of you have something to say? How did this happen?

For The Billionth Time, Mitch McConnell's The Bad Guy Not Harry Reid

Former Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Monday called on Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard to resign from Congress, citing her "present" vote on impeaching Trump and absence from Capitol Hill due to her presidential campaign

Will we ever care this much?

Almost immediately after he left the White House, Steve Bannon began a lucrative financial relationship with a mysterious Chinese billionaire living in the U.S. who China’s government had accused of money-laundering, bribery and rape

The National Catholic Reporter exposes a pedophile ring defended by a cabal of far right ideologues including the current chair of Mike Pompeo’s Human Rights Commission. Editorial: Finally, the Legion's terrible truth | National Catholic Reporter

Sec State Mike Pompeo had UN Ambassador Nikki Haley withdraw the US from the UN Human Rights Council when it criticized the US (and Israel). He set up a so-called Commission on Unalienable Rights "Pompeo’s New 'Human Rights' Commission is Up To No Good"h

Fire in Russian embassy in Mensk

Counterintuitive thought of the day: the FBI’s probe of Trump ties to Russia faced problems from the start, in part, because the bureau was TOO CAUTIOUS, desperate to stay out of politics.

Schumer proposed that the Senate subpoena four people who are close to the president ...: Mulvaney; Bolton; Robert Blair, senior adviser to Mulvaney; and Michael Duffey, associate director for national security at the Office of Management and Budget."

"By the time the aid halt came up for renewal on July 31, Duffey had removed Sandy’s authority and placed himself in charge of signing a series of additional, temporary orders with the same language... "

Trump Has Ushered in the 'Death of Decency,' Former Federal Prosecutor Says After President Meets With Disgraced Navy SEAL

Agree - and most MSM fail to convey decades of mafia ties around Trump, his family & associates, from Cohn, casino biz to Trump Tower residents Bogatin Ivankov etc, to Michael Cohen, Sater, Bayrock - and to link history to current story w/Giuliani Kislin Parnas Fruman Firtash etc

Hitler presided over a booming German economy too. He was still a racist, genocidal, murdering piece of shit.

It’s called “consciousness of guilt,” and its exploration through witnesses and documents in the Senate trial could make voting for Trump’s acquittal harder to defend in Arizona (McSally), Colorado (Gardner), Maine (Collins), North Carolina (Tillis),

“Pressured regulators,” huh? Secretary Chao met with him during her first month at Transportation.

A breakaway Hong Kong and frosty relations with Taiwan have stymied Xi Jinping's plans for China's "great rejuvenation"

Trespassing Chinese nationals suggest an alarming pattern

Democrats strategize against renewed GOP vote suppression efforts

New evidence shows fears about legality of Trump Ukraine scheme