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Posted 15 February 2017 - 06:25 PM

Sounds like the White House staff are in complete chaos.

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A top source described "borderline chaos" in the White House.

"Some staff is in survival mode ... scared to death," the source said.

Internal leaks distract a White House. What we're seeing now is something much more consequential: leaks from throughout the government, plus a host of Obama alumni emptying their clips.

And the hits aren't likely to stop or even slow down.

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The news eruptions are gaining a Watergate aura — constant, complicated revelations from intelligence agencies and federal law enforcement; White House denials; frenzied competition among the great news organizations.

Chuck Todd said at 5 p.m. on MSNBC (as quoted by Brian Stelter): "Welcome to Day 1 of what is arguably the biggest presidential scandal involving a foreign government since Iran-Contra. ... [H]unker down, because this is a Class 5 political hurricane that's hitting Washington."

Hours later, first from The New York Times, and then from CNN: "Trump aides were in constant touch with senior Russian officials during campaign."

And Trump has known that since the transition, per CNN's Pamela Brown, Jim Sciutto and Evan Perez: "President-elect Trump and then-President Barack Obama were both briefed on details of the extensive communications between suspected Russian operatives and people associated with the Trump campaign and the Trump business."

The Russia connection now becomes a consequential, ongoing story -- with not just threads for Dems to pull, but a whole new big ball of yarn.

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 06:32 PM

Speaking of the hits just keep coming, Newsweek reports that U.S. allies have also intercepted communications between Trumpistas and Russia (bold mine).

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As part of intelligence operations being conducted against the United States for the last seven months, at least one Western European ally intercepted a series of communications before the inauguration between advisers associated with President Donald Trump and Russian government officials, according to people with direct knowledge of the situation.

The sources said the interceptions include at least one contact between former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and a Russian official based in the United States. It could not be confirmed whether this involved the telephone call with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak that has led to Flynn’s resignation, or additional communications. The sources said the intercepted communications are not just limited to telephone calls: The foreign agency is also gathering electronic and human source information on Trump’s overseas business partners, at least some of whom the intelligence services now consider to be agents of their respective governments. These operations are being conducted out of concerns that Russia is seeking to manipulate its relationships with Trump administration officials as part of a long-term plan to destabilize the NATO alliance.

Moreover, a Baltic nation is gathering intelligence on officials in the Trump White House and executives with the president’s company, the Trump Organization, out of concern that an American policy shift toward Russia could endanger its sovereignty, according to a third person with direct ties to that nation’s government.

These sources spoke on condition that they not be identified because they were not formally authorized to disclose the information. While Newsweek was told which allied nations intercepted the communications and are gathering intelligence on Trump associates, the sources did so on condition that the countries not be identified out of concern those governments would incur the president’s wrath.

Here are some tidbits on Trump's business dealings that supposedly can't cause conflicts because he's the President.

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Some details about Trump’s business partners were passed to the American government months ago. For example, long before the president’s inauguration, German electronic surveillance determined that the father of Trump’s Azerbaijani business partner is a government official who laundered money for the Iranian military; that information was shared with the CIA, according to a European source with direct knowledge of the situation.

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Of equal concern to our allies is Trump’s business partner in the Philippines, who is also the special representative to Washington of that country’s president, Rodrigo Duterte. This government official, Jose E.B. Antonio, is the head of Century Properties, which in turn is a partner with the president’s business in the construction of Trump Tower at Century City in Makati, Philippines. According to people with direct knowledge of the situation, a European intelligence service has obtained the contracts and other legal documents in the deal between the Trump Organization and Antonio. That deal has already resulted in large payments to Trump’s business, with millions of dollars more on the way–all coming from an agent of the Philippine president.

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"Didn't vote for Hillary Clinton? Then you own [insert horrible act here]."

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 06:47 PM

 andydp, on 15 February 2017 - 06:00 PM, said:

Didn't Martin Luther have a problem with "pre forgiveness"?

Hey, think of the rent seeking opportunities selling indulgencespresidential pardons!
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Posted 15 February 2017 - 06:59 PM

IC gunning for Trump

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“Now we go nuclear,” he wrote on Twitter. “[Intelligence community] war going to new levels. Just got an [email from] senior [intelligence community] friend, it began: ‘He will die in jail.'”

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 07:46 PM

 Beelzebuddy, on 15 February 2017 - 06:59 PM, said:

IC gunning for Trump


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That would be satisfactory, as long as Bannon and various others join him.

As I said earlier, wonder how the Alex Jones set will react?

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 08:05 PM

 Progressive whisperer, on 15 February 2017 - 07:46 PM, said:



That would be satisfactory, as long as Bannon and various others join him.

As I said earlier, wonder how the Alex Jones set will react?
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Posted 15 February 2017 - 08:16 PM

Trump has to last 5 more days to avoid being the shortest presidency in history. Any bets?
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Posted 15 February 2017 - 09:17 PM

 baw1064, on 15 February 2017 - 08:16 PM, said:

Trump has to last 5 more days to avoid being the shortest presidency in history. Any bets?

He's too thick and too distracted to do that in five days. Congress can't move that fast.

The only way he'll make the deadline is if someone slips him a resignation letter among all of the other stuff he signs unread.
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Posted 15 February 2017 - 09:27 PM

 D. C. Sessions, on 15 February 2017 - 09:17 PM, said:



He's too thick and too distracted to do that in five days. Congress can't move that fast.

The only way he'll make the deadline is if someone slips him a resignation letter among all of the other stuff he signs unread.

Or he strokes out, or just decides it isn't worth the agravation (unlikely).

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 09:29 PM

Education Dept. under Dimbulb DeVos misspelled a famous black author's name and then had a typo in the apology about the typo. It's so ... representative.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"Didn't vote for Hillary Clinton? Then you own [insert horrible act here]."

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 10:28 PM

WaPo: Influential conservative group: Trump, DeVos should dismantle Education Department and bring God into classrooms
"What the Nazis were doing was not describing what was true, but what would have to be true to justify what they planned to do next." — Hannah Arendt in her book The Origins of Totalitarianism

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“Nixon and his successors hid behind ideology and obscured the contradictions by pursuing a strategy I would call 'no-fault bigotry.'” — William Greider

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"It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so, and will follow it by suppressing opposition, subverting all education to seize early the minds of the young, and by killing, locking up, or driving underground all heretics." — Robert A. Heinlein, Postscript, Revolt in 2100

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 07:50 AM

View PostAnBr, on 15 February 2017 - 10:28 PM, said:


If WaPo didn't use scare quotes on "conservative", shame on them.

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 12:11 PM

What if God insists on joining a teachers' union?
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Posted 16 February 2017 - 12:58 PM

View Postbaw1064, on 16 February 2017 - 12:11 PM, said:

What if God insists on joining a teachers' union?

Then he's a false god. DUH!
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"Didn't vote for Hillary Clinton? Then you own [insert horrible act here]."

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 01:02 PM

More Trumpian Twitter meltdown. "Sad."

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President Donald Trump went after "low-life leakers," Democrats and the media in his latest string of early-morning tweets posted Thursday.

Trump called on the "failing" New York Times to apologize, presumably for its reporting earlier in the week based on leaks from members of his administration.

He also complained about "low-life leakers" and the "FAKE NEWS media," whom Trump accused of making up stories and "sources" but said was "more effective than the discredited Democrats."

Read the actual pathetic tweets. He's flailing in all directions, desperate to land a punch.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"Didn't vote for Hillary Clinton? Then you own [insert horrible act here]."

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 01:20 PM

Aaaaawwwww! Poor Dondald. He needs to go back to a safe place because everybody is being sooooo unfair to him. Tweet from reporter Robert Costa:

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Trump friend tells me decision for POTUS to hold big rally Sat in FL is part of his desire to "go to his people" and "bring back the crowds"

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"Didn't vote for Hillary Clinton? Then you own [insert horrible act here]."

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 01:55 PM

Holy crap. Is anybody watching his press conference? This is truly, truly scary.
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Posted 16 February 2017 - 02:31 PM

View PostPractical Girl, on 16 February 2017 - 01:55 PM, said:

Holy crap. Is anybody watching his press conference? This is truly, truly scary.

Didn't know one was going on. Did just read that Secretary Mattis told reporters that Russia would have to prove itself before the US entered any agreement to join it in going after ISIS. Guess that probably wasn't mentioned by Trump just now.

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 02:41 PM

Bromance on the rocks?

Kremlin Tells Media to Cut Back on Fawning Trump Coverage, Sources Say

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The Kremlin ordered state media to cut way back on their fawning coverage of President Donald Trump, reflecting a growing concern among senior Russian officials that the new U.S. administration will be less friendly than first thought, three people familiar with the matter said.

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 02:58 PM

Well, not surprising if you consider that all this may have been an elaborate ploy to harm your adversary by having such a bozo elected. Now that is accomplished, and has no more legs anymore, why maintain the charade? They moved the START II violating SSC nuke battery into E. Europe a couple of days ago, so not out of character.
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