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Randy Rainbow Song Parody, The Russian Connection

Randy Rainbow is so talented that I have to share this.

 

Donald Trump Fired FBI Director James Comey

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The New York Times.  Written by  MICHAEL D. SHEAR and MATT APUZZO

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday fired the director of the F.B.I., James B. Comey, abruptly terminating the leader of a wide-ranging criminal investigation into whether Mr. Trump’s advisers colluded with the Russian government to steer the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

The stunning development in Mr. Trump’s nascent presidency drew comparisons to President Richard M. Nixon’s infamous “Saturday Night Massacre,” in which Nixon purged the Justice Department in the middle of the Watergate investigation. Mr. Trump’s move immediately ignited Democratic calls for an independent prosecutor to lead the Russia probe.

Mr. Trump explained the firing by citing Mr. Comey’s controversial handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, even though the president was widely seen to have benefited from that inquiry. Mr. Trump had also once praised Mr. Comey for being “gutsy” in pursuit of Mrs. Clinton during the campaign.

“While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau,” Mr. Trump said in a letter to Mr. Comey dated Tuesday.

Mr. Comey, who is three years into a 10-year term at the helm of the F.B.I., learned from news reports that he had been fired while addressing bureau employees in Los Angeles. While Mr. Comey spoke, television screens in the background began flashing the news. Shortly after, a letter was delivered to F.B.I. Headquarters in Washington.

The abrupt firing raised questions over whether Mr. Trump was trying to influence the Russia investigation. But the president said he was following recommendations from the Justice Department, which criticized how Mr. Comey concluded the investigation into Mrs. Clinton. Read the rest of this entry

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Hears Arguments On Trump’s Muslim Ban

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia heard arguments on the injunction against Trump’s revised Executive Order banning Visas to citizens from 7 predominately Muslim countries.  The appeal stems from a ruling handed down in March by a federal judge in Maryland who blocked the enforcement of a key portion of President Trump’s revised Executive Order. The International Refugee Assistance Project brought the claim and the Justice Department has appealed.

Yesterday, oral argument began with a judge requiring Acting Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall to explain why two provisions in the Immigration and Nationality Act do not conflict.

The Washington Post explains

“Wall was asked why one provision in the law, which prevents discrimination based on nationality in the issuance of visas, doesn’t limit another, which gives the president authority to block certain immigrants from entering the country. That difference, between issuing a visa and barring entry, is key to this case — if the latter provision is not blocked by the first, then the president’s executive order is in violation of the law.”

Judge Barbara Keenan questioned the revised Executive Order for its failure to support that allowing foreign nationals into the country would be “detrimental” to the national interest.  Wall replied that the Trump wanted time to review vetting procedures.   Judge Keenan responded,  “He has to find that they would be detrimental to the interest of the U.S.” Read the rest of this entry

War is the Unfolding of Miscalculations… Assad, Trump, Putin, and Syria 2017

In his Executive Order, this is the country where Trump does not want refugees to enter the U.S. Now suddenly he cares about the people?

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The die has been cast. Last week the Trump administration signaled that the regime of Bashir Al Assad was not a priority for American policy in the Middle East. The comment was perplexing as the Assad regime has worked with the Iranians, and Hezbollah, both enemies of the United States to crush a revolt against his regime that began during the Arab Spring. Assad’s methods included the use of Sarin nerve agent and relentless attacks on civilians and were condemned by much of the world. In 2013 President Obama attempted to gain political support for military action against the Assad regime but was rebuffed by congressional Republicans as well as anti-war Democrats. The Syrian rebels were joined by radical Sunni Muslims of various Al Qaeda affiliates and later joined by the so called Islamic State. The Syrian army was on the point of collapse when…

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Breaking News: Bannon Has Been Removed From NSC

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Image result for photos of bannon and flynnAs per a 4/5/17 Hill report by Jordan Fabian, the White House has announced that the republican President Donald Trump’s Chief Strategist Steve Bannon will no longer be serving as a principal on the National Security Council.”

Bannon in January was elevated to a position on the NSC principals committee, in a shakeup of the council. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and director of national intelligence had their roles downgraded in the move.

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“The Joint Chiefs chairman and intelligence director are having their roles on the principals committee restored, according to a regulatory filing dated Tuesday (4/4/17).”

“Bannon said in a statement to the Wall Street Journal: “Susan Rice ope-rationalized the NSC during the last administration. I was put on to ensure that it was de-operationalized. General H.R. McMaster has returned the NSC to its proper function.”

Bloomberg first reported the move Wednesday morning.

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10 things you need to know today: March 31, 2017

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1. Flynn offers Russia testimony in exchange for immunity
President Trump’s former national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, has told the FBI and the House and Senate intelligence committees he will testify about possible ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia in exchange for immunity from “unfair prosecution,” his lawyer, Robert Kelner, said Thursday. “General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit,” Kelner said. Flynn served as an adviser during Trump’s campaign and later as his national security adviser, but he resigned in February after it was revealed he communicated with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. before Trump’s inauguration as former President Barack Obama was preparing to announce sanctions against Russia over its meddling in the election.

Source: Reuters, The Wall Street Journal

2. North Carolina lawmakers repeal controversial…

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Laptop with info on Trump Tower Stolen from Secret Service agent

Can’t help but wonder if the First Lady was residing in the White House, if the Secret Service would have been in New York?

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Police are scrambling to retrieve a laptop that was stolen from a Secret Service agent in Brooklyn, New York, Thursday morning.

The computer contained information about Trump Tower and the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, authorities told the New York Daily News

The Daily News and other outlets first reported that the computer’s contents were classified, but a Secret Service statement later indicated otherwise.

“Secret Service issued laptops contain multiple layers of security including full disk encryption and are not permitted to contain classified information,” the statement reads. The Secret Service, however, will of course continue investigating the theft.

The laptop was reportedly swiped from the agent’s vehicle…

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A Hawaii judge has just blocked President Trump’s revised travel ban

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Shockingly, Trump is displeased.

A federal judge on Wednesday stopped President Trump’s second attempt to temporarily ban visa holders from several majority-Muslim countries — and nearly all refugees — from entering the United States, hours before it was supposed to take effect. The ruling found that the order likely violates a constitutional prohibition against religious discrimination.

It was a scathing rebuke for an order that administration officials spent weeks reworking, in hopes of avoiding the judicial blockade that the first attempt sailed into in January.

Trump immediately panned it, in a speech in Tennessee. “This is, in the opinion of many, an unprecedented judicial overreach,” he said.

The temporary restraining order came from federal judge Derrick K. Watson, of the District of Hawaii. It prevents the Trump administration from going forward with its plan to stop issuing visas to residents of Iran, Libya, Somalia…

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Trump Lays The Groundwork For Feds Invading Chicago With Latest Tweet

Yet, Chicago is 8th in the highest murder rate per capita. St. Louis comes in first, followed by Baltimore, Detroit, New Orleans, Cleveland, Newark, NJ, and Memphis, TN. Trump’s focus on Chicago is — well — out of focus.

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Trump Lays The Groundwork For Feds Invading Chicago With Latest Tweet

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If Trump is serious about reducing violence, he should consider tightening the nation’s gun laws.

Just a month after Donald Trump proposed sending the feds to fix Chicago’s “horrible carnage,” he took to Twitter again to slam the Windy City, saying they “need help.”

“Seven people shot and killed yesterday in Chicago,” Trump said in his tweet. “Chicago needs help!”

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Once again, it seems that Trump is making a knee-jerk response to media reporting and capitalizing on violence that has plagued Chicago in recent years. His tweet comes on the same day that The Chicago Tribune reported that homicides in the city are already outpacing last year’s numbers.

Trump’s post is only the latest sign that…

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Trump advisers were in contact with Russia throughout the campaign

The media should ask the right question, which is, what did Trump and/or his team promise Russia in exchange for their help and propaganda?

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It shouldn’t be shocking news at this point. After all, Russian officials were bragging about it just two days after the election.

Russia said it was in contact with President-elect Donald Trump’s team during the U.S. election campaign, despite repeated denials by the Republican candidate’s advisers that any links existed.

Trump’s team not only denied it at the time, they’ve been denying it ever since. We’re not just talking about Michael Flynn chatting up the Russian ambassador, but what was described as “quite a few” people in nearly continuous contact. Now that connection has been confirmed from the other end.

Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, according to four current and former…

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Trump’s Executive Order – 9th Circuit Court of Appeals To Hear Argument On Temporary Injunction – Live Streamed

Because of public interest, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals plans to live stream oral argument on the temporary injunction order entered by the Washington federal court.  It can be accessed at this link.

Oral argument begins at 3 p.m. P.T.  That’s 5 p.m. CST and 6 p.m. on the East Coast.  Some sources are reporting that the live stream will be audio only because the attorneys are appearing by phone.

The 9th Circuit has also opened a website for documents filed in and proceedings held in the State of Washington and State of Minnesota v. Trump.

It began on January 27, 2017 when Trump signed an Executive Order barring citizens from 7 predominately Muslim countries from entering the United States for 90 days; refugees for 120 days, and indefinitely halts refugees from Syria.

The ACLU filed a petition that resulted in a temporary injunction of Trump’s Executive Order that the court granted. Petitions were filed in other federal circuits as well.

U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton in Boston granted a temporary injunction, but refused to extend it.  It was filed by the ACLU on behalf of 2 University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth professors who returned from an academic conference and were retained at Logan Airport.  The professors are Iranian Muslims and lawful permanent U.S. residents.  They were eventually allowed to re-enter.

It is the order entered by U.S. District Judge James Robart of the US District Court for the Western District of Washington that sprung the Trump administration into action.  That order places a temporary injunction on Trump’s Executive Order nationwide.  Attorneys for the DOJ filed a notice of appeal and motion to stay the temporary injunction.  The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied the stay.  It’s the appeal to the temporary order that is scheduled for hearing today.

Follow-up reports will be posted in the comment section.

 

Acting Attorney General Sally Yates Fired By Donald Trump. What It Means For America.

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Acting Attorney General Sally Yates

There’s so much in the news regarding President Trump’s Executive Order banning Muslims from 7 countries from entering the United States, that following it is almost like putting a jig saw puzzle together.  There are many, many pieces that make the whole.

On Saturday, a U.S. District Court judge placed a temporary injunction on Trump’s Executive Order.  A hearing is scheduled for next month.  That means that the federal judge is giving the United States (Trump) time to prepare and file a defense as to why the Executive Order is not in violation of the constitution.  It has now been reported that four federal judges have temporarily enjoined the Executive Order.

Earlier this evening, cable news reported that the acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, was not going to defend Trump’s Executive Order.  According to the New York Times;

“At present, I am not convinced that the defense of the executive order is consistent with these responsibilities, nor am I convinced that the executive order is lawful,” Ms. Yates wrote in a letter to Justice Department lawyers.

Raw and other sources now report that President Donald Trump has “relieved” acting Attorney General Sally Yates of her duties as reported by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

Spicer made the announcement via Twitter, writing: “@POTUS has named Dana Boente, US Attorney for the Eastern District of VA as Acting Attorney General. Sally Yates has been relieved.”

The Danger In Trump’s Firing of Yates

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The Man Who Became King of The United States

mayflowerOnce upon a time, far away from the governments of other countries, sat a land of promise.  The first promise was freedom of religion, and that included freedom from religion.  When word got back to other civilizations that there was this land untouched by greed and tyrant rule, others came.

People could live off the land.  But soon, they thought how great it would be to grow enough crops to sell to other lands.  They did not want to join together as a corporation or commune because each one wanted to make and keep money for themselves.  They competed with each other.  The larger the family with more hands in the fields, the more crops they could grow and sell.  This competition made a demand for labor, so they went to another continent far, far away, and put people in chains and brought them to the new land and made them work for free.

As time went on, things changed.  The new land established rules and appointed rulers.  The country went to war, and the winner said that people could not be held against their will and made to work for free.    The people whose families were once rich became very unhappy.  They set to plot on how to return the country into the great wealth of a few. Read the rest of this entry

Donald Trump Has Applied To Trademark His Re-Election Campaign Slogan

On January 18, 2017, Donald Trump submitted an application to the U.S. Patent &Trademark office to trademark his reelection slogan, “Keep America Great!”  It includes the slogan with and without the exclamation point.

The trademark covers everything including merchandise such as bumper stickers, hats, and social media.   Politico reports more.

The indication that Trump intends to run for re-election should put a fire under other political parties to line-up candidates.

10 things you need to know today: January 24, 2017

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1. The Senate confirms Mike Pompeo as CIA director
The Senate confirmed Mike Pompeo as CIA directoron Monday after Democrats briefly held up the nomination. Pompeo, who was a Tea Party Republican congressman from Kansas before taking on the new job, now takes charge of an agency whose leaders clashed with President Trump before he took office. Trump accused intelligence officials of trying to smear him by reporting that Russia appeared to have hacked and leaked Democrats’ emails to help him win the presidency. In a visit to CIA headquarters on his first full day in office, Trump promised to give the agency his full support.

Source: The Washington Post

2. Trump repeats debunked claim of widespread voter fraud
In his first official meeting with congressional leaders, President Trump on Mondayrepeated a false claim that he would have won the popular vote if…

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PoliticusUSA’s Newsletter for 01/22/2017

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Warning!! – A Petulant Child Is Loose In the Oval Office

Trump spent his first full day on the job complaining that he is not getting the human-turned-god treatment he feels he deserves like he gets at home.

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Editorial Cartoon: Sisterhood United

Liberty was at the marches.

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On His 3rd Day In Office, Trump Is Facing A Major Lawsuit For Violating The Constitution

A collection of legal scholars, ethics lawyers, and money in politics experts are suing President Trump for violating the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution.

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In Pictures: The Women’s March On Washington

Here is a photo gallery from Washington, D.C. of the largest protest march in US history.

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The Dictionary Trolls Kellyanne Conway By Tweeting Out The Definition Of Fact

“A fact is a piece of information presented as having objective reality,” Merriam-Webster Dictionary tweeted…

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Marches Across America and The World Standing In Solidarity Against Donald Trump

I’ve spent most of today watching and reading the news about the  “Women Marches” happening today.   It is reported that in America alone, the numbers are over a million participating.

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Teresa Shook of Hawaii is given credit for starting the march.  She invited her Facebook friends to join her in a march in Washington, D.C. and what began with 40 of her friends grew to 10,000.  Today, there is an estimated 500,000 in attendance in D.C.

In Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. Rep. John Lewis,  kicked off the proceedings.

“We all came to this land in different ships but we’re all in the same boat now,” Lewis told the crowd, to loud whoops and cheers. “Got on your marching shoes? Let’s do it!”

Others are marching in New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles,  Portland.  Women and men  around the world are also marching in solidarity and in opposition to the bigotry and hate that  Trump represents.   There are marches in  Sydney, Berlin, London, Paris and Cape Town, South Africa.

 

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For about 2 hours now, MSNBC and CNN have reported that Trump’s press secretary is suppose to give a statement.

 

Inauguration Day For Donald Trump

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America’s Royal Family With Their Dirt

I’ve decided to watch the inauguration because it’s been a long time since I’ve seen live comedy.  Speaking of which, here are some funny videos to get us in the mood.

Warning:  Some of the videos below contain profanity that some might find offensive.

 

 

 

10 things you need to know today: January 14, 2017

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1. Trump may lift Russia sanctions ‘if we get along’
President-elect Donald Trump may lift U.S. sanctions against Russia if relations between the two countries improve during his time in office, he indicated in an interview published by The Wall Street JournalFriday. “If you get along and if Russia is really helping us, why would anybody have sanctions if somebody’s doing some really great things?” Trump asked, though he noted he will not make any major changes “at least for a period of time.” He also suggested possible diplomatic shakeup with China, announcing that “Everything is under negotiation including ‘One China,'” the long-time U.S. policy of formally accepting Beijing’s claim that Taiwan is not a separate nation. Still, the president-elect made a point to highlight the holiday greeting he received from Chinese President Xi Jinping, saying, “I have a beautiful card from…

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Trump Issues Weak Statement After Obama Reminds Russia That He’s Still President

I thought that hacking is a crime. What if Trump’s emails were hacked by a foreign government and released to the public? That to me is what makes the hacking pertinent to being political because it was one-sided.

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Trump Issues Weak Statement After Obama Reminds Russia That He’s Still PresidentTrump’s response suggests that holding Russia accountable for its unprecedented election meddling isn’t that high on his list of priorities.

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President-Elect Donald Trump issued an official statement on Thursday after the Obama administration announced harsh retaliatory measures against Russia for its hacking of the 2016 election.

Despite both parties joining hands to strongly condemn Russia’s interference and support President Obama’s tough actions, Trump’s response was short and weak – and it didn’t even explicitly mention the Russian cyberattack.

The full statement:

It’s time for our country to move on to bigger and better things. Nevertheless, in the interest of our country and its great people, I will meet with leaders of the intelligence community next week in order to be updated on the facts of this situation.

It’s clear that Trump cares very little about Russia’s attack on the U.S. – probably because it helped put him in the White…

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