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Offline Rick Plant

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« Reply #9660 on: June 30, 2020, 04:34:02 AM »
John Bolton briefed Trump on Russian bounty plot — and it happened a year earlier than previous reports: AP




Former National Security Advisor John Bolton briefed President Donald Trump on an alleged Russian plot to offer bounties for the killing of U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan.

“Top officials in the White House were aware in early 2019 of classified intelligence indicating Russia was secretly offering bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of Americans, a full year earlier than has been previously reported, according to U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the intelligence,” the Associated Press reported Monday evening.

“The assessment was included in at least one of President Donald Trump’s written daily intelligence briefings at the time, according to the officials. Then-national security adviser John Bolton also told colleagues he briefed Trump on the intelligence assessment in March 2019,” the AP reported.

The White House has claimed that Trump was not briefed on the subject.

“The revelations cast new doubt on the White House’s efforts to distance Trump from the Russian intelligence assessments. The AP reported Sunday that concerns about Russian bounties were also included in a second written presidential daily briefing earlier this year and that current national security adviser Robert O’Brien had discussed the matter with Trump. O’Brien denies he did so,” the AP reported.

The White House was aware in early 2019 of intelligence indicating Russia was secretly offering bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of Americans. That’s a full year earlier than has been previously reported. http://apne.ws/5Fms08a

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/06/john-bolton-briefed-trump-on-russian-bounty-plot-and-it-happened-a-year-earlier-than-previous-reports-ap/

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« Reply #9661 on: June 30, 2020, 05:35:39 AM »
So pony up some Facts of your own Jr. Yeah, they ain't there.

Maybe there are, maybe there aren't... Who cares. There was nothing there in the Benghazi matter, but that didn't stop the Republicans blowing the thing out of all proporations to damage Clinton as a candidate. The same goes for the e-mails.... and now for so-called Obamagate and the fiction Trump tried to create about Joe Biden in the Ukraine.... The bounty thing is Trumps problem now. Whether it's real or not, it's a taste of his own medicine.

The never ending Trump/Russia stuff is handing Trump swing states by default.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

If Biden were way ahead, we would Not be seeing these desperate maneuvers being attempted by The HATERS. This tells you what they Know backstage.

Please get a grip on reality. Even Fox News and the White House are admitting Trump is way behind Biden in the swing States and Nationally.

Nobody gives a damn about this Trump/Russia/Durham/Barr BS..... It's covid-19, massive unemployment and an uncertain future that's going to remove Trump from the White House. The Republican rats are already beginning to jump ship....

   "Who cares" ? So you do Not care if there Are FACTS or NOT?  YOU sound like "Fuzzy" Joe. Those " Massive Unemployment" numbers You are counting on are falling fast. I am hearing at least another 3 Mill gets knocked off Thur.
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« Reply #9662 on: June 30, 2020, 07:27:26 AM »
Who cares" ? So you do Not care if there Are FACTS or NOT?  YOU sound like "Fuzzy" Joe. Those " Massive Unemployment" numbers You are counting on are falling fast. I am hearing at least another 3 Mill gets knocked off Thur.

When has this corrupt pathological lying administration ever stated facts? :D

44 million were unemployed which is the worst record of all time. Another 1.5 million people lost jobs last week. And with coronavirus surging all across America, more people will be losing their jobs.

Another fail at propaganda.   

     

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« Reply #9663 on: June 30, 2020, 09:39:23 AM »
   "Who cares" ? So you do Not care if there Are FACTS or NOT?  YOU sound like "Fuzzy" Joe. Those " Massive Unemployment" numbers You are counting on are falling fast. I am hearing at least another 3 Mill gets knocked off Thur.

"Who cares" ?

In this particular case, yes indeed, who cares? The Republicans in the Senate didn't care about the facts in the impeachment trial and let the Orange clown off the hook. The only thing that's truly sad about this bounty matter is that Trump is hiding behind "I didn't get briefed" instead of coming out strong to reassure the troops that are deployed in Afganistan and other areas.

So you do Not care if there Are FACTS or NOT?

Stop being a hypocrite. You didn't care (and still don't) that there were/are no facts to support the allegations against Biden and his son re the Ukraine, or this so-called Obamagate. Knowing Trump and his gang the information is most likely factual!

Those " Massive Unemployment" numbers You are counting on are falling fast. I am hearing at least another 3 Mill gets knocked off Thur.

Wow.... so, even if true, out of the 20 million + who lost their jobs in the past three months, there are now only 17 million + left.... Great stuff!

And the new covid-19 lock downs that are going to happen will cause further unemployment..... The unemployment numbers are a hole that Trump can not dig himself out of prior to election....

Having said that, I advise you strongly to get a new hearing aid.
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« Reply #9664 on: June 30, 2020, 11:54:58 AM »
Trump will be remembered as the Do Nothing President.

When Russia interfered with the 2016 election, he did NOTHING!

When the Covid virus struck, he did NOTHING!

When the Russians paid bounties for the deaths of US troops, he did NOTHING!

And knuckle draggers,  like Storing, still worship at his feet.

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« Reply #9665 on: June 30, 2020, 01:49:27 PM »
Trump campaign removed social distancing stickers in Tulsa as staffers tested positive for COVID-19




Hours before President Donald Trump arrived to address rally-goers at Tulsa’s BOK Center arena on June 20, campaign staff directed the venue to remove social distancing stickers that its staff had applied to thousands of seats.

When the venue refused to comply, Trump campaign staff went through the aisles and removed the stickers, according to photos, video and venue staff cited in Billboard and The Washington Post.

ASM Global, the company which manages the BOK Center, purchased 12,000 of the “Do Not Sit Here, Please!” stickers to ensure that attendees sat apart from each other in the 19,000-seat arena, part of the company’s VenueShield policy imposed to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus in its more than 325 venues worldwide.

According to ASM Executive Vice President Doug Thornton, staff had nearly finished applying the stickers to every other seat when, hours before the president arrived, a campaign worker called an ASM official and asked them to remove the stickers.

When the official declined, citing the arena’s mandatory policy, “the campaign went through and removed the stickers,” Thornton told Billboard, the outlet which first broke the story.

Billboard and The Washington Post both reviewed video confirming that Trump staffers peeled stickers from thousands of seat-backs.

“They also told us that they didn’t want any signs posted saying we should social distance in the venue,” Thornton, who oversees nearly 100 arenas on five continents and in 2005 took in thousands of Hurricane Katrina evacuees in the New Orleans Superdome, said.

Throughout the week, Trump was the subject of fierce criticism for moving forward with the indoor rally, his first since the start of the pandemic. The Tulsa City-County Health warned that the city had recorded its “highest daily increase of COVID-19 cases to date,” saying in a statement that internal investigations had “identified an outbreak linked to indoor gatherings, which large groups of people congregated in close contact for prolonged periods of time.”

“COVID is here in Tulsa,” department director Dr. Bruce Dart cautioned the weekend before the rally. “It is transmitting very efficiently.”

“I’m concerned about our ability to protect anyone who attends a large, indoor event, and I’m also concerned about our ability to ensure the president stays safe, as well,” he said, adding his wish that the rally be postponed.

BOK Center workers had been commingling for several days with hundreds of Trump campaign staff inside the building, who did not follow general safety policies such as social distancing and wearing masks, according to venue workers. Officials at ASM said they never received the safety plan the campaign was asked to submit prior to the rally.

While the campaign thwarted the arena’s safety policy, which had been developed with the help of doctors, event specialists and infectious disease experts, it covered its own liability, requiring all registrants to agree not to sue the campaign if they contracted COVID-19 at the rally.

Hours before the event, news broke that six campaign staffers had tested positive for the disease. Two secret service agents later reported positive test results.

“We know that eight Trump campaign staff members that were here tested positive for the coronavirus, and we know that two of them were intermingling with the people in the arena,” Tulsa Police Department Cpl. David Crow said during a Tulsa Public Facilities Authority meeting Tuesday.

“Obviously, we know that that event probably triggered some type of broader infection,” he added.

Following pompous campaign hype about registration numbers, the Secret Service projected more than 100,000 people would attend the event. However, the hype had been inflated by TikTok users and fans of Korean pop music, and only about 6,000 people showed up.

Mobile-phone location data firm SafeGraph later released a study, conducted with John Hopkins University, revealing that most rally attendees came from coronavirus hotspots.

Oklahoma governor Kevin Stitt, a Republican, had signed off on a rally at full capacity, saying in a letter that the event was “consistent with the guidance for Oklahoma’s Open Up and Recover Safely plan.”

The next day, Oklahoma experienced its largest spike in cases — 222 new cases for a total of 7,848 — with about one-third of those coming from Tulsa. ASM maintains it had no authority to cancel the event, which was upheld by the state’s Supreme Court.

It will not be ASM’s last dealing with Trump, who recently announced he would accept the Republican nomination in Florida’s VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, which the company also manages.

“We’re going to be working with the same Trump campaign staff that we worked with in Tulsa,” Thornton said. “And I suspect there’ll be more rallies between now and the end of the year. If we’re going to do an event, we’ll need to continue to have conversations with our clients and the people who own our buildings and work through any governance issues.”

ASM offered Saturday to test all staff. Thus far, no arena staff have been reported as exhibiting symptoms.

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/06/trump-campaign-removed-social-distancing-stickers-in-tulsa-as-staffers-tested-positive-for-covid-19/



Mike Pence is 'repudiating' Trump as Republicans look to flee the president: MSNBC’s Heilemann

During a segment in MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” regular contributor John Heilemann said recent comments by Vice President Mike Pence make it appear that he is putting distance between himself and Donald Trump and may be a sign of the parting of the ways as the president’s fortunes plunge.

Speaking with host Joe Scarborough, Heilemann explained that Pence is not the only one who seems to be moving away from the president.

“We’re not at the point yet, I want to be not hyperbolic about it, but we’re getting to a point where we’re going to get the answer to a question you’ve been asking me three and a half years, which is when are Republicans going to abandon Donald Trump and stop following him down the path to political doom as they have done for three and a half years,” he began.

“I have said to you, Joe, there will come a day when the math, the pure math of this — it’s not about principle, policy — it’s about the electoral math, the day will come when it’ll be more costly politically to stick with Donald Trump than it will be to leave Donald Trump,” he continued. “When we get to that moment, Republicans will abandon Donald Trump, this is a matter of pure self-interest.”

“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell standing up and wearing a mask is a direct repudiation to Donald Trump. [South Dakota Republican Senator] John Thune the other day stood up and said the White House needed to change its message,” he elaborated. “You pointed to the others. Mike Pence is now effectively repudiating the president, he’s on the phone with governors yesterday congratulating the governors who are shutting back down their states right now. That’s not an explicit repudiation of Donald Trump, but Mike Pence in a mask and not saying ‘full speed ahead on the economy, you governors who are being careful are doing the right thing,’ is Mike Pence understanding his political interests and Donald Trump’s interests are starting to diverge because the president has put them all in a position they could all be doomed.”

“You look up at the Senate and Republican senators, most of them did not mention Donald Trump yesterday about making statements on the Russian story,” he continued. “These are the sounds of Republicans starting to see the sign where the split has not yet come but it’s on the horizon and as Donald Trump keeps propelling them down the path towards political doom he will see people abandon him in explicit ways. We are not that far-off from that as his numbers continue to nose-dive.”

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« Reply #9666 on: June 30, 2020, 02:04:51 PM »
White House officials feared telling Trump about Russian bounties for one disturbing reason

A barrage of conflicting reports has followed bombshell revelations that President Donald Trump was briefed on Russia offering bounties for killing U.S. troops, and doing nothing in response.

Senior White House officials have reportedly known about the bounties since early 2019, and former national security adviser John Bolton allegedly told the president around that same time, and another report quoted sources who say the issue was included in his daily briefing Feb. 27, 2020 — but additional sources told The Daily Beast the confusion points to a fundamental problem.

“But the problem is not just a matter of dissembling, according to several sources,” The Daily Beast reported, “it’s a matter of Trump not wanting to know about intelligence outside his comfort zone, and the reluctance of officials to push information on him they know he will resist, especially if their conclusions are less than clear-cut. Those may go into a PDB, but not get mentioned in a face to face briefing.”

Any intelligence coming out of Afghanistan is going to be complicated, with shifting alliances between competing factions, and taken with a grain of salt, but sources said the intelligence circulating on the bounties was believed to be credible and most certainly would have been included in at least one PDB.

"But the source noted that the chances that Trump would have read that by himself are ‘basically zero,'” the source told The Daily Beast.

“Although intelligence officials regularly brief presidents about sensitive matters they are not always 100 percent confident about,” the website reported, “top officials in that space and in the national security community have chosen several times to avoid briefing President Trump, two current and two former senior officials involved in the briefing process [said].”

Officials said staffers are especially reluctant to bring troubling information about Russia to the president, in part because they’re afraid he’ll tweet about it.

“Trump has little patience for intelligence briefings, especially when the news isn’t good for him,” one former official said. “These briefings happen irregularly, and are often free-for-alls. He also shows little respect for classified information and might tweet about it — which would in counter to efforts to handle the issue out of the public eye.”

One source with direct knowledge said Trump reflexively questioned the New York Times story breaking the bounty news, because he perceives the newspaper as critical of him, and then he re-emphasized his desire to pull U.S. forces out of Afghanistan before November.

“Why are we still there?” Trump fumed behind closed doors, that source told The Daily Beast.

One source close to the White House said the president is eager to bring troops home from Afghanistan as a political stunt aimed at shoring up his base.

“The polling on this is overwhelming — it’s consistently 70-30 in favor of getting out, and cuts across party lines,” that source said. “But the core MAGA base in places like Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania would be particularly excited by this.”

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/06/white-house-officials-feared-telling-trump-about-russian-bounties-for-one-disturbing-reason/



Donald Trump, Threat to National Security




Surely, the timing of this story is not a coincidence. On the same day that the latest Russia-related scandal spun out of control, CNN published an extensive story on Donald Trump's interactions with foreign leaders. The story is based on reports from many high-ranking members of the administration, some of whom were named in the piece (James Mattis, John Bolton) and some of whom were not (because they are still in their jobs). The executive summary, in one sentence: The biggest weakness in the United States' national security is Donald J. Trump.

The specifics are grim. Among the highlights (lowlights?):

Trump is never, ever prepared for his calls with foreign leaders.
He is not interested in anyone's advice or feedback, even from generals or members of his family.
He has not gotten more skilled over time; in fact, he's probably gotten worse.
He spends much time boasting to foreign leaders about his wealth and accomplishments.
He also spends much time attacking his predecessors, particularly Barack Obama and George W. Bush.
He consistently defers to strongmen, particularly Vladimir Putin, granting unwarranted concessions.
His most regular phone buddy—about twice a week—is another strongman, Turkey's Recep Erdoğan.
On the other hand, Trump regularly belittles and insults the leaders of America's allies.
He is particularly nasty to women leaders, telling former UK Prime Minister Teresa May she's "weak" and German Chancellor Angela Merkel she's "stupid." (It's really quite rich for a guy who barely escaped his undergrad education to besmirch the intellect of someone with a Ph.D. in quantum chemistry.)
While the folks CNN spoke to concede that Trump does the right thing on occasion, much more often his calls are "abominations," to use the words of one respondent.


Conceptually, it is clear that Trump does not see himself as the President of the United States, and leader of its 300+ million citizens. Instead, it is more like he is CEO of USA, Inc., with the members of his administration the equivalent of lower-ranking corporate officers (i.e., flunkies) and the members of his base the equivalent of shareholders. In other words, the CEO...er, the President, sees everything in transactional terms, in which he feels he's either putting one over on his rivals, or else he thinks they are trying to rip him off. Not rip the United States off, mind you, rip him off. He cares, at least nominally, about what's good for the shareholders...er, the base, although if he perceives his needs and theirs as being in conflict, well, you know full well which wins out. And he has virtually no concern for the rest of the people he ostensibly represents.

One of the people CNN spoke to said that if Senate Republicans were familiar with the contents of all of Trump's phone calls, as opposed to just the ones with Volodymyr Zelensky, then they would have had a very difficult time sustaining him in office. Maybe so, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) & Co. have been doing an awfully good silly putty impression in the past three years, as they bend left, right, and sideways in order to look the other way, and to continue the stream of conservative judges and regulatory rollbacks. That said, it sure looks like they are going to get a mulligan with the newest Russia fiasco (see above). We shall see what they do with it, especially with an increasingly likely Trump electoral defeat and the possible loss of the Senate looming.



Fox News Kept Millions in the Dark about COVID-19

A new survey shows quantitatively what many people had intuitively understood: People who watch Fox News or listen to Rush Limbaugh are poorly informed about the dangers of the coronavirus and don't take measures to protect themselves.

Those people who watched mainstream television or read national newspapers got a fairly accurate view of the situation. Accordingly, they protected themselves as best they could. Those people who got their news from Fox thought that the Chinese government created the virus in a lab, that vitamin C cured COVID-19, and that government agencies were exaggerating the seriousness of the pandemic in order to defeat Donald Trump. The consequence is that they didn't take steps to protect themselves. In fact, they helped spread the disease even wider.

As late as March 6, a "medical contributor" was (falsely) telling Sean Hannity's audience that the virus was no worse than the flu. Now, 125,000 deaths later, it is clear that it is not like the flu. Tucker Carlson was slightly more honest and his viewers took protective measures before Hannity's.

Fox, naturally, rejected the survey and claimed that the underlying data was chosen unfairly. The authors said that Fox is wrong because they read every single transcript of the shows aired between late January and late March and knew exactly what Hannity and Carlson and the others said.


COVID-19 Hits Grim Milestones

The coronavirus is continuing to spread like wildfire. The number of cases of COVID-19 worldwide has now passed 10 million and the number of deaths worldwide is 500,000. In the U.S., the number of cases is 2.5 million and the number of deaths is 125,000. American exceptionalism is definitely visible in the data, as it is #1 worldwide in both categories, with twice as many cases and deaths as runner-up Brazil and roughly 30x as many cases and deaths as China, despite China having four times the population of the U.S. Maybe all of Donald Trump's tweets praising Chinese President Xi Jinping's leadership were on target after all.

The biggest hotspots in the U.S. are in Texas, Florida, and Arizona, all of which are likely to be swing states in November. But new cases are up in 36 states and down in only two, Connecticut and Rhode Island. They are stable in the others. The ICU at Texas' largest hospital, the Texas Medical Center in Houston, is full. People calling 911 to report a case of COVID-19 in Houston have to wait an hour to even get an operator. Fifty Houston firefighters have tested positive and 200 are in quarantine. Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) is gradually realizing that he has a problem on his hands and has politely asked people to wash their hands and wear masks in public. He also closed the state's bars. But he hasn't ordered any new restrictions.

Florida is also a problem, with 9,500 new cases on Saturday, another new record. Yesterday there were another 8,500 new cases, but it is possible that reporting isn't complete because it was a Sunday. The number of new cases every day is up fivefold from 2 weeks ago. The total number of cases there is now 133,000. Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) is still in denial. He said: "Really nothing has changed in the past week in terms of, we had a big test dump." Dr. Marissa Levine, a professor of public health at the University of South Florida, didn't exactly agree. Her comment: "Without doing anything differently, we're going to see tens of thousands of new cases every day in short order."

In Arizona, 87% of ICU beds are occupied. There were a record 3,600 cases reported Saturday and 3,900 on Sunday, for a total of over 70,000 so far. As in Florida, the governor, Doug Ducey (R), asked people to stay home if possible and wear masks if not possible, but didn't issue any binding orders. If restaurant staff comes down with COVID-19 in Arizona, the restaurant is legally allowed to stay open, and many have done so. There is not even a requirement to tell diners that a staff member has COVID-19, so contact tracing would be impossible, even if it were done, which it isn't.

For many people, the new rise in infections means that 4 months have been wasted. People have lost their jobs, their businesses, and more, and we are almost back to where we were in the beginning. It is beginning to appear that all those sacrifices were for nothing due to mismanagement at the very top. At some point people are going to be asking why they sacrificed so much for so little, and whose fault is it?

In short, we are nowhere near the end of this pandemic, the U.S. has managed it just about the worst of any country in the world, and large states with Republican governors are the worst in the U.S. Arizona and Florida are especially relevant politically, because both states have an abundance of seniors, many of whom are not happy about how the federal and state governments are handling the crisis, and who may express their discontent at the polls in November (or at a mailbox in October). Currently, we have Joe Biden ahead by 9 points in Florida and 5 in Arizona. Together those states have 40 electoral votes. Arizona has a strong history of absentee voting although Florida does not. If the 2020 results are identical to the 2016 results except for Florida and Arizona turning blue, then Biden gets 272 electoral votes and becomes #46 (assuming there are no faithless electors). We expect to hear from the Supreme Court on that topic this week. Also on abortion and Trump's tax returns.

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« Reply #9667 on: June 30, 2020, 02:34:12 PM »
Content of Trump's phone calls would lead to him getting booted from office: Carl Bernstein




Following up on his CNN report about Donald Trump’s phone calls with world leaders that have been described as “disturbing,” journalist Carl Bernstein appeared on “New Day” to describe words and terms that the president used that would likely get the president booted from office if Republicans heard them.

As the journalist noted, the president saved some of his ugliest comments for women who are leading their countries.

“First it’s not just he endangered the national security but who came to the conclusion; the closest aides to the president himself in his administration,” Bernstein told host John Berman. “His former secretary of state, his former chiefs of staff, his former secretary of defense, and why it is that these people are saying he endangered the national security? In part because in hundreds of phone calls with foreign heads of state, the president of the United States was unable to conduct foreign relations in a competent way and rather gave in and slavishly, in approaching Putin of Russia, Erdogan of Turkey, sought their approval, caved in their conversation to their desires rather than the established United States policy.”

“On top of which, he berated and bullied America’s allies, particularly women heads of state in such a way that if those people in the Congress of the United States, I’m told, heard these recordings that existed of his conversations and saw the transcripts of them, that they would be horrified and might result in the president having real trouble remaining in office,” he added.




Donald Trump was 'warned by John Bolton last year that Russia was paying bounties to the Taliban to kill US troops and was told again in February in his daily intelligence briefing while the CIA informed foreign governments'

John Bolton told colleagues he briefed President Trump on intelligence assessment on Russian bounties to kill American soldiers in March 2019

Officials with knowledge of that briefing said it contained no 'actionable intelligence', meaning there wasn't enough information for a plan of action

Two officials say Trump was briefed again in February at daily intelligence brief

Trump denied Sunday that he was ever told about bounty operation

The assessment concluded that Russia's military intelligence offered paid bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill US and coalition troops in Afghanistan.


https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8473209/White-House-aware-Russian-bounties-2019.html



Trump has been offering Putin 'gifts' when he should be punished for troop bounties: Ex-Gop House Intel chair

Mike Rogers, the former Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, had some stern words for President Donald Trump over his handling of alleged Russian-funded bounties placed on American troops in Afghanistan.

During an interview with CNN’s John Berman, Rogers said that the White House didn’t seem to understand the significance of the bounty story, and had changed its messaging on it multiple times in just the last few days.

“My concern was they spent more time in the first three days trying to tell folks that it was either fake news or it wasn’t important or I didn’t know,” he said. “All of that’s nonsense. I would have felt better if the president would have come out and said, ‘You know what, I didn’t get that brief, or at least I don’t remember getting that brief, and by the end of the day, I’m going to get that brief.'"

Rogers went on to hammer the president for continuing to butter up Russian President Vladimir Putin at a time when his government is allegedly funding the targeted killings of American soldiers.

“You don’t run out and invite, you know, Vladimir Putin back to the G7 right in the midst of him paying cash, maybe, to the Taliban to kill U.S. soldiers or our allies,” he said. “I mean, there has to be consequences for that kind of behavior, and inviting him to the G7 isn’t it, right? That’s a gift.”

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'Widespread panic': Trump advisers growing frantic as his reelection prospects spiral downward




The resurgence of COVID-19 in the United States is putting President Donald Trump’s reelection chances in even greater peril, and Axios’s Jonathan Swan reports that many Trump advisers are feeling “widespread panic” about what’s to come.

According to Swan, new COVID-19 outbreaks in states such as Florida, Texas, and Arizona have dampened “early optimism about a booming economic comeback” that would push Trump back into contention with former Vice President Joe Biden.

Aides have also been taken aback by the sparse attendance at his infamously botched rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as it seems “advisers have recognized that Trump’s elderly base is more fearful of the virus than previously realized.”

Most significantly, writes Swan, Trump keeps shooting himself in the foot.

“Trump, relentlessly, keeps committing egregious self-defeating acts — the latest being tweeting a video in which an elderly supporter chants ‘white power,'” he writes.

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/06/widespread-panic-trump-advisers-growing-frantic-as-his-reelection-prospects-spiral-downward/



Trump adviser claims President wasn't briefed on Russian assassination bounties because of media ‘allegations'

The Trump White House is continuing its stall and denial program, with its latest entrant, National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien releasing a statement in Tuesday’s early morning hours. In it, O’Brien claims President Donald Trump was never briefed on the Russian program of paying the Taliban to kill U.S. troops, and puts the blame for him not being briefed – a claim debunked by multiple press reports – on the press.

“Over the past several days, the New York Times and other news outlets have reported on allegations regarding our troops in Afghanistan,” O’Brien says in his statement, never mentioning Russia.

“While we do not normally discuss such matters, we constantly evaluate intelligence reports and brief the President as necessary. Because the allegations in recent press articles have not been verified or substantiated by the Intelligence Community, President Trump had not been briefed on the items.”

O’Brien says Trump hasn’t been briefed “on the items,” while not saying what “the items” are. More importantly, a report from the Associated Press says former Trump National Security Advisor John Bolton has said he briefed Trump in March of 2019 on the intelligence showing Russia was offering bounties to the Taliban to kill American soldiers. And The New York Times reports Trump was briefed in writing back in April.

O’Brien goes on to say, “should the situation warrant action,” Trump will be briefed.

So far, top Republicans have been briefed. NATO has been briefed. The UK has been briefed. Top Democrats today will be briefed. But the president, allegedly, has not been briefed, nor are there plans to do so, according to the National Security Advisor.

O’Brien then threatens administration officials about leaking.

“To those government officials who betray the trust of the people of the United States by leaking classified information, your actions endanger our national security. No matter the motivation, there is never a justification for such conduct,” he says.

Russia paying terrorists to kill American soldiers is never mentioned.

O’Brien then offers praise for the Commander-in-Chief.

“Let me be clear that there is nothing more important to President Trump than America’s security and the safety of our men and women in uniform. He has demonstrated this commitment time and again.”

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/06/trump-advisor-claims-president-wasnt-briefed-on-russian-assassination-bounties-because-of-media-allegations/



Trump's takeover of the federal court is likely to be short-lived: Columnist

A key reason Republicans have stuck with President Donald Trump through scandal after scandal is that he has appointed dozens of right-wing judges to the federal bench.

The president has appointed more judges in a single term than any president since Jimmy Carter, and completely filled all vacancies on appellate courts for the first time in decades. Many of these judges hold extreme political views, and most of them are very young, so they can stay on the bench for decades. Republicans hope this domination of the courts will let them set policy for years after they are voted out.

However, writing for The Washington Post on Tuesday, Bill Scher argued the GOP’s decision to gamble their principles for a conservative federal bench was probably a bad deal — because they likely won’t control the courts for as long as they think.

“Of Trump’s 200 judges, 198 are on lower courts: 143 district-level judges, two international trade judges and 53 appellate-level judges. Another 44 lower-court nominees are in the pipeline, though there’s no guarantee all will get confirmed. But for the sake of comparisons, let’s assume Trump tally ends up at 242 lower-court judges,” wrote Scher. If Trump loses in 2020, which he currently seems on track to do, “he will nevertheless be outdone on judicial confirmations by his most immediate predecessors: Barack Obama got 327 lower-court judges, George W. Bush 326 and Bill Clinton 376.”

Moreover, he wrote, “The Democrats may well get their turn starting in January. Among the appellate court judges, 77 will be 65 years of age by the end of this year. Most of these older judges will be eligible to move to ‘senior’ status, in which the judge takes on a reduced workload while creating a full-time vacancy. The routine churn of judicial vacancies will not end with the Trump presidency.”

Even Trump’s two Supreme Court appointments didn’t make as big a difference as Republicans were hoping, argued Scher: “This supposedly die-hard conservative Supreme Court has blocked Trump from canceling Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, thwarted Trump’s attempt to put a citizenship question in the U.S. Census, sided against the Trump administration’s attempt to constrain the application of the Clean Water Act, eased the ability of consumers to pursue antitrust claims against major corporations and expanded the workplace rights of transgender employees. And on Monday, the court refused to let states weaken Roe v. Wade with debilitating restrictions on abortion clinics. In some of these cases, one of Trump’s appointees joined the court’s liberals in the majority.”

“Of course, conservative judges will still rule conservatively most of the time,” wrote Scher. However, “The paradoxical combination of lifetime judicial appointments and the perennially shifting political winds make it difficult for one political faction to place a permanent hammerlock on our courts. There are structural limits to how successful any attempt can be at manufacturing a judicial sea change.”

"If Democrats win big in 2020, they will again get their turn at shaping the judiciary,” Scher concluded. “And Republicans will have to ask if they paid too steep a price.”

You can read more here:

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/06/trumps-takeover-of-the-federal-courts-is-likely-to-be-short-lived-columnist/



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Re: Trump supporters and conspiracy theory
« Reply #9669 on: June 30, 2020, 04:08:51 PM »
"Who cares" ?

In this particular case, yes indeed, who cares? The Republicans in the Senate didn't care about the facts in the impeachment trial and let the Orange clown off the hook. The only thing that's truly sad about this bounty matter is that Trump is hiding behind "I didn't get briefed" instead of coming out strong to reassure the troops that are deployed in Afganistan and other areas.

So you do Not care if there Are FACTS or NOT?

Stop being a hypocrite. You didn't care (and still don't) that there were/are no facts to support the allegations against Biden and his son re the Ukraine, or this so-called Obamagate. Knowing Trump and his gang the information is most likely factual!

Those " Massive Unemployment" numbers You are counting on are falling fast. I am hearing at least another 3 Mill gets knocked off Thur.

Wow.... so, even if true, out of the 20 million + who lost their jobs in the past three months, there are now only 17 million + left.... Great stuff!

And the new covid-19 lock downs that are going to happen will cause further unemployment..... The unemployment numbers are a hole that Trump can not dig himself out of prior to election....

Having said that, I advise you strongly to get a new hearing aid.

    Yeah, I recall when you first started posting on this thread. YOU were THEN claiming to be all neutral/vanilla, open to info, etc. I said then that you were a Never Trumper. I know 'em when I see 'em Jr. Had YOU pegged right outta the blocks. Remember what I told you about the 3 MILL or more jobs being added come Thur. Remember while you are "gnashing your teeth" while hearing some Real News the 1 time your Fake News Source(s) might report this Real Positive News.  Or is that "Cutting your teeth" Jr?

 

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