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Shock as Trump backs Putin on election meddling at summit

Mueller’s Timeline: How the Russian Hacks Unfolded

From Politico;

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment Friday of 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking the Democratic National Committee and other liberal targets establishes a vivid timeline of how Moscow used a range of digital intrusion techniques to interfere in the 2016 election.

The indictment spells out not only who the hackers were, but what techniques they used to breach and maintain a foothold in the computer systems of the DNC and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. It also details precisely how Russia used cryptocurrencies to fund its operations — underscoring how deeply the U.S. intelligence community has managed to delve after the fact into the 2016 meddling operation.

The charges also lay out the hackers’ interactions with an array of Americans, including journalists, an unnamed congressional candidate and “a person who was in regular contact with senior members” of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

Read the full article: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/13/mueller-russia-hacks-timeline-686521

Donald Trump Betrays A Promise Made By President G.W. Bush To Give Expedited Citizenship To Legal Immigrants Joining The U.S. Army

A special recruitment program by the U.S. Army promising legal immigrants a path to citizenship turns out to be a pipe dream.

The program offers naturalization with an honorable service designation that can be given after a few days of boot camp.  Enlistment contracts were signed, and the Army oath taken.  Now, Army reservist are being discharged or not sent to boot camp. Those legally in the United States might be deported when their VISA expires.

In 2002, President George W. Bush expedited the naturalization process for immigrant soldiers.  In 2007, the program known as MAVNI (Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest) became an official recruiting program.  President Barack Obama added DACA recipients to the eligibility list.  That is when an official introduced extensive background checks, creating a severe backlog.

Paul Chelimo, a Kenyan-born American athlete who won Silver in the 5,000 meters at the 2016 Rio Olympics, secured US citizenship in 2014 after entering the US Army through the MAVNI progam.

In June 2017, an internal memo sent to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis cited that 1,000 recruits were awaiting active-duty training and were at risk for deportation.   Although the special program was by Executive Order of President G.W. Bush, the Trump Administration suspended MAVNI in September 2017 saying it was not properly authorized by Congress.

This is not exactly factual.  While Trump believes his cancellation of MAVNI is right because Congress passed no Bill approving it, an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act was proposed to continue MAVNI. Read the rest of this entry

Trump lawyer Cohen vows to defend himself, puts family first: ABC News

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen arrives at his hotel in New York FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen arrives at his hotel in New York City, U.S., June 20, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen vowed to defend himself and protect his family and country first if Trump or the president’s legal team tried to discredit him, ABC News reported on Monday.

Cohen, in an interview with ABC, indicated he would be cooperative with prosecutors investigating his business dealings and probes into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

“I will not be a punching bag as part of anyone’s defense strategy,” ABC quoted Cohen as saying in the interview on Saturday and published on Monday. “I am not a villain of this story and I will not allow others to try to depict me that way.”

Cohen, who has not been charged with any crimes, and his…

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Judge Orders Trump Administration To Reunite Migrant Families

“A federal judge has ordered the federal government to reunite migrant parents with children taken from them under the Trump  administration’s family separation policy.”

“U.S. District Court Judge Dana Sabraw, based in San Diego, issued a preliminary injunction on Tuesday night requiring that nearly all children younger than 5 be returned to their parents within 14 days and that older children be returned within 30 days.”

The Order can be read at this link.

 

via Judge orders Trump administration to reunite migrant families — Politics, Policy, Political News Top Stories

 

 

 

Trump’s Executive Order on Separation of Migrant Families

In my opinion, an Executive Order was unnecessary.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions initiated the policy to separate migrant children from parents, and that policy could have been revoked without an Executive Order.  The Executive Order, titled “Affording Congress an Opportunity to Address Family Separation”,  gave Trump opportunity to place blame and point fingers.  There is verbiage in it that still allows for the separation of families.  It says;

“It is also the policy of this Administration to maintain family unity, including by detaining alien families together where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources.”

It sounds almost like a restaurant’s seating policy.  Some in media are already saying that available resources will be exhausted in a week.

Here’s the full text, or you can read it at Whitehouse.govRead the rest of this entry

Donald Trump and the G7 Summit

This photo speaks volumes.

 

Attorney General Sessions Fires McCabe

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FILE PHOTO:    Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington FILE PHOTO: Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., June 7, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired Andrew McCabe, the FBI’s former No. 2 official who was deeply involved in the agency’s investigations of Hillary Clinton and Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. election and was repeatedly criticized by President Donald Trump, he said on Friday.

“Based on the report of the Inspector General, the findings of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility, and the recommendation of the Department’s senior career official, I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately,” Sessions said.

McCabe’s dismissal came two days before his 50th birthday, when he would have been eligible to retire from the Federal Bureau of Investigation with his full pension. The firing – which comes nine months after Trump…

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EDITORIAL: Will we let a small man take down a good man? — Chicago Sun-Times

They think they’re going to take down Bob Mueller? Have at it. Robert Mueller, the Justice Department special counsel leading an investigation into Russia’s screwing around in last year’s presidential election, signed up to fight in Vietnam. Donald Trump dodged the draft. Bone spurs. EDITORIAL In 1968, Mueller earned a Bronze Star for the courageous…

via EDITORIAL: Will we let a small man take down a good man? — Chicago Sun-Times

Amid tensions over memo, Trump attacks top U.S. law enforcement

The theme or concentration seems to be that Russia helped to have Donald Trump elected as president.  What people are not addressing is WHY.  It is my impression and opinion that the reason for Russia interference in the election is what Trump wants to keep hidden. 

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President Donald Trump addresses the Republican National Committee's winter meeting U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting at the Washington Hilton in Washington, U.S., February 1, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

By Susan Heavey and Doina Chiacu

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump attacked the integrity of the FBI and Justice Department on Friday in an extraordinary showdown over the White House’s expected approval for the release of a secret Republican memo alleging FBI bias against him in its Russia probe.

Trump, who has long been angered over the probe, accused the country’s top law enforcement officers – some of whom he appointed himself – of politicizing investigations in favor of Democrats and against his fellow Republicans.

Trump has repeatedly complained about his treatment by federal investigators who are probing possible collusion between his campaign and Russia to sway the 2016 presidential election, and any actions to impede the investigation.

“The top Leadership and Investigators of the…

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FBI deputy resigns early after Trump criticism

The revolving door continues.

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Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Andrew McCabe is stepping down early from his post as Deputy Director, an FBI official United States President Donald Trump has accused of political bias, according to reports released on Monday. 

U.S. media reported the coming resignation early afternoon, citing staff sources at the bureau, news that comes a week after news broke that Mr. Trump wanted him out of his position

The deputy was eligible to retire in March 18, but with accumulated leave, he is able to step down earlier.

Trump did not respond to a reporters inquiry at the White House, but Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the decision was not made by Trump or the White House during a press briefing on Monday.

“The president wasn’t part of this decision making process,” Sanders said.

Mr. McCabe was the acting FBI director for a short while after the president fired the current…

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Women’s March draws thousands as Trump term enters second year

Government shuts down as Trump feuds with Democrats

Dr. Martin Luther King’s Forgotten Message – The Other America

“least racist” means “racist” but not as racist as others you know.

Just a moment ago, I heard the news play Donald Trump’s statement where he said he’s the “least racist person …”   Mr. Trump, “least racist” means you are “racist” but by your own comparisons, you think others are more racist than yourself.  Other than the Supreme Court of the United States, you hold the highest power in the land.  Racism is defined as person who shows or feels bigotry or prejudice against people of other races, because they believe their particular race is superior to others.

Give such people power and authority over the lives of others, and we have systemic, institutionalized racism.

Mr. Trump, being “least racist” is unacceptable.  You represent a country of people of all races, all genders, all economic statuses. You represent the healthy and the sick; the educated and poorly educated; people of all ages; people in rural and urban communities.  You represent this nation, and your representation is not making America great.  In fact, it has impugned us to the world.  If you think that returning America to the days before the Civil War, or to the days of Jim Crow is making it great, then you might want to remember that it was those very things that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. challenged.  This country made promises and wrote privileges in its constitution.  There is no room for racism. We’ve come too far to turn back now. Read the rest of this entry

Another Truth About Donald Trump 

Trump rejects author’s accusations, calls self ‘stable genius’

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An employee of Book Culture book store unloads copies of "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" by author Michael Wolff inside the store in New York An employee of Book Culture book store unloads copies of “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” by author Michael Wolff inside the store in New York, U.S. January 5, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

By Steve Holland

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday rejected an author’s accusations that he is mentally unfit for office and said his business career and election victory showed he is “a very stable genius.”

Michael Wolff, who was granted unusually wide access to the White House during much of Trump’s first year, has said in promoting his book that Trump is unfit for the presidency. He told BBC Radio in an interview broadcast on Saturday that his book is creating “the perception and the understanding that will finally end … this presidency.”

Trump battled back in a series of extraordinary morning posts on Twitter, which appeared to catch some in his inner…

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Trump tweets about Russia probe spark warnings from lawmakers

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President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, before his departure back to Washington, U.S., December 2, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

By Roberta Rampton and Karen Freifeld

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – A series of tweets by U.S. President Donald Trump about the investigation into contacts between his 2016 campaign and Russia prompted concerns on Sunday among both Democratic and Republican lawmakers, with Republican Senator Lindsey Graham saying Trump could be wading into “peril” by commenting on the probe.

“I would just say this with the president: There’s an ongoing criminal investigation,” Graham said on the CBS program “Face the Nation.”

“You tweet and comment regarding ongoing criminal investigations at your own peril,” he added.

On Sunday morning, Trump wrote on Twitter that he never asked former FBI Director James Comey to stop investigating Michael Flynn, the president’s former national…

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Trump’s ‘Pocahontas’ Racial Slur Stuns Families of Navajo War Vets

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Families of Navajo war veterans who were honored at the White House say they were dumbfounded that President Donald Trump used the event to take a political jab at a Massachusetts senator, demeaning their work with an unbreakable code that helped the U.S. win World War II. Trump turned to a nickname…

via Trump’s ‘Pocahontas’ jab stuns families of Navajo war vets — Chicago Sun-Times

Watch “Trump is Finished | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQ” on YouTube

I hadn’t watched Olbermann since 2008. It’s good to see him break down reasons for why the U.S. President cannot remain in office.

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