“Next customers: Flynn and Jr.” – Google News: South Central cruises past West Charlotte for first state title, 72-46 – WITN

South Central cruises past West Charlotte for first state title, 72-46  WITN

Four-Star North Carolina commit and South Central junior forward Day’Ron Sharpe scored a game-high 23 and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the Falcons to …

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Trump News TV from Michael_Novakhov (11 sites): FoxNewsChannel’s YouTube Videos: Manager of the last open Blockbuster says the store has no plans to close


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We sent our own Kat Timpf to investigate how this endangered species has managed to survive.

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Palmer Report: Donald Trump just made it easier for Senate Republicans to dump him


Donald Trump is clearly skilled enough at con artistry to cheat his way through an election and steal the presidency. But as good as he is at the whole fraud thing, he’s just as good at sabotaging himself by saying or doing the dumbest thing possible at the worst possible time for him. We just saw a prime example of that when Trump abruptly turned what had been a comparatively quiet news day into a flaming toxic waste dump.

Donald Trump’s SAT scores were so embarrassingly low that he made threats against anyone who might have been tempted to release them publicly, but we suspect that even Trump has just enough brain cells to count to twenty. That’s the number of Senate Republicans who would have to go along with impeachment, if it’s going to result in his ouster.

When it comes to the GOP we’re talking about a bunch of corrupt wishy-washy cowards, of course. But they’ve spent the past week voting against Trump in increasing numbers, because they’re getting the sense that his criminal scandals are going to take him down, and they don’t want to go down with him.

The key number is twelve, because that’s how many GOP Senators just voted against Trump on what he considers his most crucial issue, his national emergency border wall stunt. It was four last week, and now it’s twelve, so it could be even higher by the time this comes back for a veto override vote. If and when it does reach twenty, it’s time for Trump to panic. If twenty Senate Republicans are willing to vote to kill Trump’s wall fantasy, then they’re probably willing to vote to remove him from office if they conclude that it’s what’s selfishly best for their own Senate reelection chances.


In other words, with these weakling Senate Republicans now holding Donald Trump’s fate in their quivering hands, it would be really smart of Trump to try to make nice with them, and to throw them a bone. After all, they’re more likely to keep him around longer if they think they can get a bit more usefulness out of him.



So what did Donald Trump do in furtherance of this goal? He launched a vicious Twitter attack today on the late John McCain. Someone mentioned McCain on Fox News, and Trump was watching, and he just couldn’t help himself. Trump has attacked McCain before and gotten away with it, but that was back when he still had leverage over the Republican Party. These days it’s the opposite. Trump needs the GOP Senate’s help to survive, and now he’s attacking the patron saint of the GOP Senate.




It’s not that any Republican Senators are saying to themselves, “You know what? I was going to stick with Donald Trump, but now that he’s insulted John McCain, I’m too offended to stick with him.” They don’t operate that way. But they do operate this way: “I’ve been looking for an excuse to vote against Trump’s survival, and I’ve been afraid of taking too much heat for it, but now that he’s attacked GOP war hero McCain, I can opportunistically sell that to my constituents as the reason I had to finally turn against him.”


It’s not even that the GOP Senate will use this now. They’ll stick it in their back pocket, for when Robert Mueller’s report comes out and fully exposes Donald Trump for the criminal and traitor he is, and the inevitable impeachment movement begins. At whatever point these Republican Senators selfishly calculate that it’s in their best interest to throw Trump to the SDNY wolves, whether it’s weeks or months from now, they’ll start making a big deal out of the fact that Trump attacked McCain today. Trump just made it so much easier for the GOP to dunk him once it finally decides to.

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“crime and terror” – Google News: Christchurch terror attack: Son was on the phone to his mum when he was shot and killed – Stuff.co.nz

Christchurch terror attack: Son was on the phone to his mum when he was shot and killed  Stuff.co.nz

A woman was on the phone to her eldest son as he was shot dead running away from the terror attacks.

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“trump criminal investigation” – Google News: Man will be charged in killing of reputed Gambino crime boss Francesco ‘Frank’ Cali, New York police say – CNN

Man will be charged in killing of reputed Gambino crime boss Francesco ‘Frank’ Cali, New York police say  CNN

A 24-year-old man has been taken into custody in connection with the shooting death of reputed New York crime boss Francesco “Frank” Cali, the New York …

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“Putin and American political process” – Google News: It’s Time to Attack White Nationalism for the Terror Group it Is – The Daily Beast

It’s Time to Attack White Nationalism for the Terror Group it Is  The Daily Beast

Nobody can claim as the George W. Bush did that ‘we’re going to fight them over there so we don’t have to fight them here’ because they’re already ‘here’ with a …

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“roger stone” – Google News: Some Say Randy Credicio Helped Steal the Presidency. I Stole His Book. – Daily Beast

Some Say Randy Credicio Helped Steal the Presidency. I Stole His Book.  Daily Beast

Whether you’re stealing Larry David’s cigars or Randy Credico’s book, or taking shady jobs on behalf in *service* of of Roger Stone, we all have things to be …

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1. Trump Circles: Elections from Michael_Novakhov (16 sites): “roger stone” – Google News: Some Say Randy Credicio Helped Steal the Presidency. I Stole His Book. – Daily Beast

Some Say Randy Credicio Helped Steal the Presidency. I Stole His Book.  Daily Beast

Whether you’re stealing Larry David’s cigars or Randy Credico’s book, or taking shady jobs on behalf in *service* of of Roger Stone, we all have things to be …

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mikenov on Twitter: ‘Play Along With the Game’: Trump Backs Call to Make Mueller Report Public: sputniknews.com/us/20190317107… via @SputnikInt

‘Play Along With the Game’: Trump Backs Call to Make Mueller Report Public: sputniknews.com/us/20190317107… via @SputnikInt


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Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠: Academic in Cambridge Analytica data mining sues Facebook for defamation


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Aleksandr Kogan, the academic who mined Facebook for the data firm linked to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, Cambridge Analytica, filed a defamation suit against the social network Friday before the statute of limitations would have run out.

It was a Friday night exactly one year ago when Facebook “tried to get ahead of the Cambridge Analytica story,” in Kogan’s words, and issued a statement accusing him of deceiving the company when he developed his app in 2014, allowing him to collect Facebook data for Cambridge Analytica, the U.K.-based data firm that worked on Trump’s campaign.

Kogan told NBC News that he had been waiting on investigations by the Department of Justice, the Security and Exchange Commission and the Federal Election Commission of the Cambridge Analytica scandal to wrap up before filing, but the statute of limitations “forced our hand.” News of the lawsuit was first reported by the New York Times.

“Certainly my preference was to not file before the government investigations had concluded. That’s why we didn’t file this thing six months ago. We had no choice but to file Friday,” Kogan said Saturday in a phone interview.

Kogan, who currently works at a tech firm in Buffalo, New York, has maintained for months that his app that mined Facebook user profile data and the data of friends who downloaded his app was standard operating procedure for hundreds if not thousands of apps.

He has told NBC News that he had a working relationship with Facebook until the Cambridge Analytica scandal brought bad press to the company.

“This is a frivolous lawsuit from someone who recklessly violated our policies and put people’s data at risk,” Facebook spokesman Andy Stone said Saturday.

Kogan’s lawyer, Steven Cohen, said Facebook found “a convenient scapegoat” in Kogan.

“They accused him of being a liar and a fraud and they knew that wasn’t the truth and that’s the standard for defamation for a public person,” Cohen said. “Alex Kogan was clearly not a public figure, rather he was thrust into the limelight by Facebook’s defamation.”

Cohen said Facebook strategically referred to Kogan as a “Russian American” in its statement.

“They were reacting to all the negative publicity they posed for allowing Russian trolls to post fake news on Facebook and they found a convenient scapegoat in Alex Kogan.”

Kogan says he gave Facebook the terms of service of his app, and he gave every user the terms of service, and he has acknowledged in past interviews that few people read the fine print, and terms of service should be more user friendly.

“He did not deceive Facebook. He complied with what they told him to comply with,” Cohen said. “In the meantime, he has lost jobs, investors, consulting agreements and his good name. We want nothing more than to put this in front of a jury.”

Anna Schecter is a producer for the investigations unit of NBC News.

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Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠: Facebook Accused Of Cambridge Analytica ‘Cover-up’ As Criminal Prosecutors Investigate


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The worst week in Facebook’s history showed no signs of letting up this weekend, with fresh accusations in the Observer of an executive-level cover-up of the company’s involvement in Cambridge Analytica’s data harvesting as well as news that the academic behind the scheme, Aleksandr Kogan, is suing the social media giant for defamation, for faking ignorance and for using him as a scapegoat when they were aware of events all along.

In the last week, the company has suffered its largest technical outage, endured revelations of a grand jury investigation in New York into the trading of should-be private user data with other technology companies, witnessed the tragic right-wing shooting in New Zealand live-streamed on its network, overseen the departures of chief product officer Chris Cox and head of WhatsApp Chris Daniels and caused a major own-goal by removing presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren’s campaign ads after she announced a proposal to break up the company.

Some week, even for Facebook. And there’s still the likelihood of that multi-billion-dollar FTC fine to come.

As I wrote on Thursday, the super-outage coinciding with headlines of a New York grand jury investigation is an unfortunate coincidence, but an apt one. The omens for regulation of social media’s apparent license to roam freely around the world and across billions of users are now there for all to see.

The Cambridge Analytica scandal, “the story of how whistleblower Christopher Wylie built media mogul Steve Bannon’s ‘psychological warfare tool’ by harvesting millions of people’s Facebook profiles”, marked a sea change for Facebook’s image. This weekend is the 12-month anniversary of that news, and it’s a year that seemingly keeps getting worse and from which Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg can’t find any respite.

The dominos begin falling

Facebook has consistently blamed Aleksandr Kogan for the Cambridge Analytica scandal, admitting their own culpability for lapse governance but not for knowing what was actually taking place. The academic used Facebook’s third-party data-sharing tools to invite 300,000 users to play games, which in turn opened up access to their 87 million friends. That is the data at the heart of the scandal. Data that was mined, allegedly with overseas (read Russian) interference to help shape electoral intentions in various campaigns, most notably Trump and Brexit.

Commenting on Aleksandr Kogan’s suit, his lawyer Steve Cohen said that “Alex did not lie, Alex was not a fraud, Alex did not deceive them, this was not a scam. Facebook knew exactly what this app was doing, or should have known. Facebook desperately needed a scapegoat, and Alex was their scapegoat.”

Kogan claims that Facebook sought to scapegoat him, despite being aware of what was going on throughout. Facebook has maintained that they were led to believe the data being harvested was for academic purposes only, and not for use as a data-driven exercise in political manipulation. When they found out the data had been passed on by Kogan, they sought its deletion and severed the relationship. This was long before the Trump campaign and its ‘Defeat Crooked Hilary’ videos on Facebook.

Responding to the latest news, a Facebook spokesperson dismissed Kogan’s lawsuit as “frivolous” and the academic as a person “who violated our policies and put people’s data at risk.”

But there’s more

On Saturday, the Observer went further than Kogan, claiming that Facebook executives had insight into what Cambridge Analytica was planning in 2016, as the firm began its work for the Trump campaign, facts that will be in evidence “as federal prosecutors investigate claims that the social media giant has covered up the extent of its relationship with the firm.”

The claims center on an alleged meeting between Facebook board member Marc Andreessen and the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie, two years before he came forward to the press. “Individuals who attended the meeting with Wylie and Andreessen claim it was set up to learn what Cambridge Analytica was doing with Facebook’s data and how technologists could work to ‘fix’ it.”

A year ago, Zuckerberg claimed in a blog post that “last week we learned from the Guardian, the New York Times and Channel 4 that Cambridge Analytica may not have deleted the data as they had certified.” The latest allegations materially refute that claim.

The Observer article quotes ‘a Silicon Valley technologist’ with knowledge of the meeting saying: “There were people who were very concerned by the reports of what Cambridge Analytica was doing with data, and the meeting was set up to try and find out as much about the exploit as possible in order to figure out possible solutions. That’s why Wylie was invited. They wanted his knowledge. He was asked a lot of questions including about the company’s contacts with Russian entities.”

If the new allegations are true, it is “a hugely embarrassing revelation for Facebook, which was revealed last week to be the subject of a criminal investigation into whether it had covered up the extent of its involvement with Cambridge Analytica.”

The Observer reports that Facebook declined to answer any questions about their claims.

Regulation looms

Before the weekend, with news of a grand jury investigation into the casual sale of users’ privacy, it was clear that the case for regulation if not the break-up of the social media giants is now uncontestable.

A year ago, before these latest allegations came to light, the Observer commented: “What the Cambridge Analytica story exposed, by accident, from Facebook’s reaction in the months that followed, is the absolute power of the tech giants. Power and unaccountability that is the foundational platform on which populist authoritarians are rising to power all across the globe. Power and unaccountability that continues unchecked.”

The hard truth is that what was known 12-months ago only scratched the surface of what we have discovered since. The honeymoon we have all enjoyed with social media is now so badly tarnished it dominates the headlines week after week. And it has become a major political issue around the world, which will undoubtedly find its way into many more campaigns and manifestos that Senator Warren’s alone.

In making her case for the break-up of Big Tech, the Senator said “today’s big tech companies have too much power — too much power over our economy, our society, and our democracy. They’ve bulldozed competition, used our private information for profit, and tilted the playing field against everyone else. And in the process, they have hurt small businesses and stifled innovation.”

It’s hard to argue.

Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠

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Trump News TV from Michael_Novakhov (11 sites): FoxNewsChannel’s YouTube Videos: Talking with your hands: Who’s Right and Who’s Wrong?


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Duration: 03:53

Is talking with your hands worth it? Fox Nation’s Abby Hornacek and Fox News 24/7 Headlines reporter Carley Shimkus weigh in.

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Trump News TV from Michael_Novakhov (11 sites): FoxNewsChannel’s YouTube Videos: ‘Birth Strike’ activist defends decision not to have kids because of climate change


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‘Birth Strike’ founder says she’s too afraid to have children because of the imminent collapse of civilization due to climate change.

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Palmer Report: Fox News pulls Judge Jeanine Pirro off the air after racist tirade



Last week “Judge” Jeanine Pirro launched into such a stunningly racist attack against Congresswoman Ilhan Omar in particular, and against Muslim Americans in general, it was jarring even by Fox News standards. Fox quickly released a statement distancing itself from Pirro’s tirade. Now she’s gone missing from the air altogether.



Jeanine Pirro’s show has been pulled off the air tonight, in favor of a rerun of some other Fox News program. The decision was apparently made at the last minute, as Variety managed to suss out that Fox had been running advertisements for a new Pirro episode as recently as a few days ago. So what’s really going on here?




We’ve seen this strategy from Fox News a number of times before. When controversial hosts Bill O’Reilly and Laura Ingraham came up against huge scandals that were causing advertisers to flee, Fox News sent them each on a conveniently timed vacation in the hope that their absence from the airwaves would cause the controversy to die down, so they could then return. It worked for Ingraham, who is still on the air, albeit far less profitably. It didn’t work for O’Reilly, who was fired after his “vacation” didn’t put a dent in his scandals.


So we’ll see if Fox News has merely taken Judge Jeanine Pirro off the air for tonight, or if this ends up being permanent. Considering that Tucker Carlson is losing advertisers by the day, and Sean Hannity is caught up in the Trump-Cohen scandal, will there be anyone left at Fox before much longer? In any case, Pirro is one of Donald Trump’s favorites. Perhaps he’ll be lashing out at Fox News before the night’s end.

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“trump criminal investigation” – Google News: Facebook Accused Of Cambridge Analytica ‘Cover-up’ As Criminal Prosecutors Investigate – Forbes

Facebook Accused Of Cambridge Analytica ‘Cover-up’ As Criminal Prosecutors Investigate  Forbes

The worst week in Facebook’s history showed no signs of letting up this weekend, with *fresh* accusations in the Observer of an executive-level cover-up of the …

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“russian facebook ads” – Google News: Facebook Accused Of Cambridge Analytica ‘Cover-up’ As Criminal Prosecutors Investigate – Forbes

Facebook Accused Of Cambridge Analytica ‘Cover-up’ As Criminal Prosecutors Investigate  Forbes

The worst week in Facebook’s history showed no signs of letting up this weekend, with *fresh* accusations in the Observer of an executive-level cover-up of the …

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“former FBI agents power influence” – Google News: Cyber Saturday: E-Voting Security, Beto O’Rourke’s Hacker Days, Facebook Criminal Probe – Fortune

Cyber Saturday: E-Voting Security, Beto O’Rourke’s Hacker Days, Facebook Criminal Probe  Fortune

Researchers uncovered a big vulnerability in a Swiss e-voting system. Plus, Beto O’Rourke was a hacker and Facebook faces a criminal probe.

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Cambridge Analytica from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): “cambridge analytica” – Google News: Academic in Cambridge Analytica data mining sues Facebook for defamation – NBCNews.com

Academic in Cambridge Analytica data mining sues Facebook for defamation  NBCNews.com

Aleksandr Kogan, who mined Facebook for Cambridge Analytica data firm linked to Donald Trump’s campaign, sues Facebook for defamation.

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Palmer Report: The one thing Donald Trump fears most



When analyzing Donald Trump’s actions, it’s easy to just go along with the winning formula of stupid and narcissistic, with a whiff of thug. He definitely inherited his peasant cunning from his grandfather who escaped his tax bills and military service in Germany to run a “hotel” in the Yukon. But one thing people tend to forget with all our American might and aggrandizement is that our “President,” The Donald, is very, very afraid. Because he is a FOP. Friend of Putin. The supreme mob boss.



Trump’s loans of Russian laundered money from Deutsche Bank weren’t made because Deutsche Bank thought Trump & Co. were good credit risks. No, Deutsche Bank made those loans to get the Putin and oligarch money to line their coffers. Trump will have no problem with defaulting on Deutsche Bank. He’s got a big, big problem with defaulting on Putin.




Today in the AP there is an overlooked article that a Moroccan model, Imane Fadil, has died under suspicious circumstances. Fadil testified as a key witness against Italian former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who has been accused of paying for sex with an underage prostitute. Both the AP and the BBC report she may have been poisoned with a radioactive substance.


Berlusconi’s relationship with Putin is deep and troubling. Putin, in fact, cultivated Berlusconi personally over the years. The former Italian PM’s biggest defender in the underage prostitute scandal was, why, Putin. Of course. Polonium anyone? Do you ever wonder why Trump likes his fast food? Delivered to him personally by the Secret Service? Even he admitted his Filet O’ Fish is too hard to poison.

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“Donald Trump” – Google News: Steele says he used unverified information to support details about web company in dossier – CNN

Steele says he used unverified information to support details about web company in dossier  CNN

A newly released snippet of a deposition with the ex-British spy behind the Trump-Russia dossier describes some of the steps he took to verify information he …

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“bank of Cyprus” – Google News: Bank of Nova Scotia Trust Co. Cuts Stake in Maxar Technologies Inc (NYSE:MAXR) – Fairfield Current

Bank of Nova Scotia Trust Co. Cuts Stake in Maxar Technologies Inc (NYSE:MAXR)  Fairfield Current

Bank of Nova Scotia Trust Co. reduced its stake in shares of Maxar Technologies Inc (NYSE:MAXR) by 53.5% in the 4th quarter, according to the company in its …

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“russian facebook ads” – Google News: Klobuchar on running for president: ‘I wasn’t born to run, but I am running’ – NBCNews.com

Klobuchar on running for president: ‘I wasn’t born to run, but I am running’  NBCNews.com

“Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd interviewed Klobuchar during her campaign swing through Iowa.

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“Trump personality profile” – Google News: Jeb Bush: President Trump needs a GOP primary challenger – Hot Air

Jeb Bush: President Trump needs a GOP primary challenger  Hot Air

Failed 2016 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush thinks President Trump needs a challenger in the 2020 Republican primary, in case you were …

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“Russian Intelligence services and organized crime” – Google News: Ethiopian jet’s cockpit recorder data successfully downloaded: BEA – Yahoo News

Ethiopian jet’s cockpit recorder data successfully downloaded: BEA  Yahoo News

PARIS (Reuters) – Data from the cockpit voice recorder of the Ethiopian jet that crashed last week has been successfully downloaded, France’s air accident …

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“Russian Intelligence services and international organized crime” – Google News: Ethiopian jet’s cockpit recorder data successfully downloaded: BEA – Yahoo News

Ethiopian jet’s cockpit recorder data successfully downloaded: BEA  Yahoo News

PARIS (Reuters) – Data from the cockpit voice recorder of the Ethiopian jet that crashed last week has been successfully downloaded, France’s air accident …

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“organized crime and Russian intelligence” – Google News: Montenegro Protesters Keep Up Demands for Djukanovic’s Resignation – Balkan Insight

Montenegro Protesters Keep Up Demands for Djukanovic’s Resignation  Balkan Insight

Thousands joined protests in Montenegro’s capital Podgorica on Saturday at the fifth rally in two months demanding an end to President Milo Djukanovic’s …

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Palmer Report: Donald Trump just got his legs kicked out from under him

Donald Trump is still the president of the United States, but the past week has revealed that his power is fading. The week began with Speaker Nancy Pelosi telling The Washington Post on Monday that the House will consider impeachment if there is “something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan.” It is not hard to imagine that something “compelling and overwhelming” will arise, given how much the investigations have already produced. But when push comes to shove, will Congress care more about protecting Trump or the truth?


There is certainly cause for concern that the “bipartisan” part of Pelosi’s impeachment test could fail. But there is also now some reason to be optimistic. Republicans in Congress made it clear this week that they are not afraid to work with Democrats to rebuke Trump on a range of topics.




On Wednesday, the Senate rebuked Trump by passing a second resolution to stop U.S. military aid for the war in Yemen. The 54-46 vote effectively scolded Trump for blindly defending Saudi Arabia in the gruesome murder of Jamal Khashoggi and its shameful coverup. A House resolution is now expected to pass after one that passed in February hit a procedural snag.




The bipartisan rebuking of Donald Trump continued two more times on Thursday. First, the Senate voted 59-41 to overturn Trump’s national emergency declaration over the southern border. Trump’s declaration came after he threw a tantrum and “proudly” shut down the government for a record 35 days. The Senate resolution, following a 245-182 House vote in February, means that Congress is now shutting down Trump for veering way out of his lane. Predictably, Trump fired back on Friday with a veto. But the fact it is his first veto is yet another sign that Trump’s grip on government is slipping.



Thursday’s other rebuke of Trump came in the form of a rare unanimous House resolution about special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. In a 420-0 vote (with four GOP members voting “present”), the House called for the Attorney General to release Mueller’s upcoming report to the public. This non-binding resolution does not have the power of law, yet the House GOP decided it was important to send Trump a unified demand for transparency. Now, as a new week begins, Trump continues to sit in the Oval Office. But the chair he is sitting on looks much less like a throne.

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To ignore Nigel Farage and the populist right is complacent  The Guardian

Conventional wisdom has a remarkable capacity to recover from the many batterings it receives and carry on as if nothing has happened. Like Doctor Who, it …

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Amid Trump’s Border Showdown, UC Immigration Lawyer Comforts And Fights  Capital Public Radio News

Karina Gutierrez, an immigration lawyer on the UC Riverside campus, helps the brother of a student understand his rights. James Bernal / CALmatters. By Felicia …

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Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠: Don’t Let Mueller Restore Your Faith in the FBI


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The FBI has been under non-stop assault since the election of 2016 — first by Democrats who decried its eleventh-hour decision to restart the Clinton email investigation, then by Donald Trump with his firing of James Comey. The Bureau is currently portrayed in the mainstream media as a friend of justice, suggesting an image rehabilitation after its lawlessness was exposed in the mid-1970s. Already, we have witnessed Comey and Andrew McCabe — who oversaw the FBI in the critical period of 9/11 to 2018 — painted as brave truth-tellers, instead of the repressive law enforcement agents they were. One can anticipate more of this, especially with the prospect of release of Robert Mueller’s report.

Who are these people presented to us as heroes? And who will a re-legitimating of the FBI benefit?

The Agency’s Sordid History

Despite much focus on the FBI recently, the history of those who lead it and the nature of the organization has largely remained unexamined in the mainstream media. In the case of Mueller, for example, we are told much about his appointment as special counsel after Comey’s firing, but little about his role as FBI director during George W. Bush’s administration. It was during that time that the FBI repeatedly targeted Muslim communities with informant-sting operations which were then touted as successful efforts at stopping terrorism. At the same time, the government adopted the USA Patriot Act, which ushered in a new era of governmental repression and supplied the FBI with an array of new suppressive tools. Also obscured from contemporary discussion is Mueller’s putting the FBI stamp of approval on the myth of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq as a pretext for the murderous U.S. war there. In short, with all the waiting for Mueller’s report, what is too often ignored is his essential role in some of the most repressive and egregious undertakings of the U.S. over the past two decades. Mueller has already caused trouble for Trump, and this is certainly welcome, but that is no reason to lose perspective on who he actually is and the role he has played in U.S. history.

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This applies to Comey as well, who replaced Mueller as FBI director. In 2003, Comey was deputy attorney general under John Ashcroft. While he has often been hailed for refusing to sign off on a particular surveillance order during that time, less discussed is his role in facilitating torture. Comey himself is aware of his legacy, and is quite defensive, writing at length in his book that he did not want to become the “torture guy.” What comes through in his own account is that he knew torture, a crime against humanity, was being used by the U.S.; that his office had sanctioned it, and yet, aside from some internal pushback, he did nothing further to stop it. All of which is telling, not only of Comey personally, but of the agencies he led.

McCabe — who was promoted to the FBI’s top leadership first by Mueller, then Comey — does not carry that particular stain, though he was, amid standing controversy, a key player in the Clinton email affair. It is worth remembering the Bureau’s initial role during the election of 2016: When Comey was director and McCabe was deputy director, the FBI’s attention to Hillary Clinton appears to have been elevated to, or above, interest in a hostile foreign power intervening in a U.S. presidential election. In that respect, there is an argument to be made that McCabe, Comey and the FBI played a role in getting Trump elected, all of which ought to give pause to those lined up now in support of the Bureau.

This becomes even clearer when looking at the makeup of the agency. Beyond the fact that Mueller, Comey, McCabe and current FBI Director Christopher Wray are Republicans, the Bureau — unlike the rest of the U.S. — is overwhelmingly white and male. Further, the FBI has been known to attract a particularly conservative element — for example, recruiting from and attracting members of the Republican-inclined Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) and evangelical Christians. While that does not prove the Bureau is, by default, an ultra-conservative organization (officially it is supposed to be nonpartisan), it suggests the opposite of being middle-of-the-road, let alone progressively inclined.

Given all this, we find ourselves in a situation where people who had either despised or had a healthy skepticism of the FBI are now full of illusions about it. This is largely a consequence of Trump firing Comey in May 2017 — first under pretense of his handling of the Clinton email matter, and later, articulated specifically by Trump because of “this Russia thing.”

Comey’s firing, nonetheless, has brought us to this moment. It is becoming clearer that there is now agreement among a cohort of people within the power structure that Trump and his cronies’ machinations with the Russians during the election, and Trump’s obsequiousness to Vladimir Putin, are not going to stand unopposed. And this was given an important boost with the results of the 2018 election and its mass rejection of Trump and the core that supports him. This helps explain why, as McCabe reports in his book, the “Gang of Eight” congressional leaders did not push back when McCabe told them that the Bureau was launching a counterintelligence investigation against the president after Comey’s firing. It also explains why the Mueller investigation has gotten as far as it has, and why Trump is besieged by an unprecedented array of other investigations. With all this, there is a certain denouement looming — amid continuing contention — and it is worth anticipating what we will be left with, particularly in how to view the FBI once the dust clears.

National Security Threats and Red Scares

In his new book, The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump, McCabe begins by describing what he feels would be in his FBI personnel profile if he still had access to it. (Having been fired by Trump, he no longer does.) It is fairly predictable stuff — his schooling, background, friends and family — but twice in his exemplary work, he makes a point about sedition: “None [of those contacted] had ever seen or heard McCABE advocate for the overthrow of the United States, or support any group or organization opposed to the government of the United States.”

McCabe’s inclusion of this point inadvertently raises the specter of “McCarthyism” and “witch hunts” that have been the currency of Trump and his supporters (along with some elements on the left). The irony is that by invoking McCarthyism, they raise the specter of a period that does have ongoing relevance.

Contrary to received wisdom that the McCarthy era — which began well before McCarthy and lasted long past him — was an aberrant period in U.S. history, it was, among other things, a highly successful effort that facilitated the organizational suppression of the Communist Party. Leaving aside the larger critique of communism for the moment, this was unprecedented. Scores of Communist leaders were jailed under the provisions of the Smith Act, which made it a crime to advocate, or even teach the desirability, of the overthrow of the government. Sympathetic artists and intellectuals were driven from the public sphere. Multiple laws were passed mandating loyalty oaths denouncing the Communist Party, driving communists from unions, which required members to sign affidavits declaring they were not communists. And those who failed or refused to renounce communism needed to register as such or face legal consequences.

As a result, by 1953, a political party representing many tens of thousands was de facto (if not de jure) illegal. At the center of all this was the FBI, which had compiled files on more than 12,000 Communists the Bureau fully intended to detain in the event of a “national emergency.” That list was sanctioned by law and supported — tacitly or otherwise — by all presidents from Roosevelt to Nixon. If one wants to understand the depths of political repression possible in the U.S. and the necessity of the FBI in instituting such, one can find no better example than this Red Scare.

Further, while on one level, McCabe’s reference to overthrowing the government seems an archaic relic of the Cold War past, it goes to something central about the FBI’s stated mission “to protect and defend the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats.” Currently, the greater share of the Bureau’s near 35,000 personnel are allocated to counterterrorism/counterintelligence and the separate category of intelligence — approximately 20,000 personnel to the 15,000 assigned to criminal enterprises and criminal justice services. In other words, the larger component of the FBI’s work remains focused on things other than “crime” — and it is there, historically, where the FBI has squared off against political challenges to the U.S. power structure.

It is also worth noting that none other than Donald Trump himself raised a certain specter in his 2019 State of the Union, declaring, “America will never be a socialist country” — an admission that there are quite a few people within U.S. society that see capitalism as the fundamental problem. Trumpian demagoguery aside, the polarization of U.S. society means the road ahead will be a contentious one. While the organizations that will emerge and the politics they cohere around is an open question, what is foreseeable is that the FBI will play the role of antagonist — beyond the one it is already playing against Black Lives Matter, various anti-fascists, and others.

Today, we find ourselves at an odd confluence of interests among a broad array of anti-Trump forces that include former leaders of the FBI. In this, we are being maneuvered — subtly and directly — toward re-establishing the political norms that preceded Trump. In that respect, in a post-Trump world (one that hopefully will come sooner than later), the likelihood of a stronger FBI looms large, and this will be good for the U.S. ruling structure. However, one only needs to look at the Bureau’s history to conclude that a stronger FBI will not be good for those straining against the abuses and inequality at the core of U.S. society.

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Mueller has already caused trouble for Trump, and this is certainly welcome, … It also explains why the Mueller investigation has gotten as far as it has, and why Trump is besieged by an unprecedented array of other investigations.

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Palmer Report: Donald Trump, you’ve got to be kidding


When dealing with someone as malignantly narcissistic, sociopathic, and delusional as Donald Trump, it can be tricky to figure out what he’s really thinking and feeling, because his thought processes are often incompatible with that of a mentally competent person.




Take, for instance, Donald Trump’s ongoing approach toward Special Counsel Robert Mueller. There are reports going back more than a year that he has periodically told his handlers to fire Mueller, only for them to tell him they refuse to do it. Then Trump just goes along with it, making clear that he’s not the one driving the train. Does he understand that Mueller is going to take him down? Does he only try to fire Mueller now and then out of annoyance, as opposed to a true understanding of the situation?




This week The House unanimously voted for a resolution stating that Robert Mueller’s report should be public. This is a bodyblow to Trump, because even his closest Republican allies in the House felt compelled to give a vote of confidence to Mueller, for fear that it would blow back on them. And of course Mueller’s report becoming public will be the tipping point in ending his presidency. But does Trump know that?



Here’s what Donald Trump just tweeted about it: “On the recent non-binding vote (420-0) in Congress about releasing the Mueller Report, I told leadership to let all Republicans vote for transparency. Makes us all look good and doesn’t matter. Play along with the game!” Well, no, this is not what happened. But is Trump saying this because he’s just putting on a brave face in defeat, or because he’s actually convinced himself to believe it? Unraveling sociopaths can be so tricky to parse.

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“donald trump russia” – Google News: New US military budget focused on China despite border talk – PBS NewsHour

New US military budget focused on China despite border talk  PBS NewsHour

To a remarkable degree, the 2020 Pentagon budget proposal is shaped by national security threats that acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has …

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Donald Trump | The Guardian: Trump claims he urged Republicans to vote for making Mueller report public

President says it ‘will make us look good and doesn’t matter’ after House voted unanimously for transparency

Donald Trump claimed on Saturday to have “told” House Republicans to vote for the Mueller report to be made public, as they did on Friday, because it would “make us all look good and doesn’t matter”.

Related: Trump is cornered, with violence on his mind. We must be on red alert | Robert Reich

Related: Trump-Russia inquiry: the people charged, convicted and jailed so far

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“michael flynn” – Google News: Trump claims he urged Republicans to vote for making Mueller report public – The Guardian

Trump claims he urged Republicans to vote for making Mueller report public  The Guardian

President says it ‘will make us look good and doesn’t matter’ after House voted unanimously for transparency.

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“Putin and American political process” – Google News: Has Russia Finally Found its Niche in the World? – The Moscow Times

Has Russia Finally Found its Niche in the World?  The Moscow Times

Opinion | The annexation of Crimea was the conclusion to a phase of uncertainty in Russian history.

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“organized crime and intelligence” – Google News: Christchurch quietly rallies, the day after a trauma it can barely comprehend – The Washington Post

Christchurch quietly rallies, the day after a trauma it can barely comprehend  The Washington Post

In the grieving New Zealand city, shops were closed and people brought flowers to the crime scenes.

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The Trump Investigations: “I do not think that these acts will stop any time soon. That is why I advised very clear and simple course of actions, in one of the posts yesterday: Arrest Shroeder and Uhrlau and extract the information from them. And do it no

Why alleged New Zealand mosque killer represents a broader ‘social movement“, 


M.N.: And why it does not: It looks clearly (to me at least) as the intelligence operation, similar to the hundreds of them staged earlier; and not by the Russians or the Israelis but by the New Abwehr reliving, reconstructing, and reminiscing their old fascist games. In this particular operation they demonstrated the powers of the independent broadcasting over and across the social media platforms as the propaganda tool. The verbal component of the message is also there: 

New Zealand: New Zeal Land
Brenton Tarrant: Brent: reference to Brent brand of British oil, see also the meanings of the name Brenton
Tarrant: Tar (tarnish), rant… Signature: “ant”: Aunt, the Aunty, the nickname that I gave to Abwehr. Also: “Tarrant” = Taran” 
“Brent is on taran”… etc. 

I do not think that these acts will stop any time soon. That is why I advised very clear and simple course of actions, in one of the posts yesterday: Arrest Shroeder and Uhrlau and extract the information from them. And do it now, while they are still alive. 


Only going at the heart of the conspiracy will stop it. 

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Researchers have warned tech companies for years that online extremism and radicalization results in real-world violence. On Friday, those warnings appeared prophetic again when a shooter with a history of social-media radicalism entered two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, and killed 49 people.
An online manifesto apparently connected to the accused shooter listed a variety of online influences related to the crime, including “the internet” itself.
“Much like a lot of researchers and journalists on this beat, I’m yo-yo-ing between hopeless and furious,” said Becca Lewis, a researcher with the technology research nonprofit Data + Society. “It’s not gratifying to be right in this situation.”
Researchers told NBC News that they had raised concerns about online extremism both in conversations and in published research papers, but said their warnings and ideas to help prevent online radicalization have been largely ignored. Lewis published a report in September that detailed how YouTube influencers and far-right extremists gamed YouTube’s algorithm to push radicalization messages and turn a profit.
Lewis and other online extremism researchers are now hoping the shooting could be a wake-up call to companies like Facebook and YouTube, which they hope will be more transparent and proactive in scuttling white supremacist and extremist content.
Lewis said, however, that she is not particularly optimistic.
“Where I get pessimistic about it is that these problems didn’t start with the tech companies,” Lewis said. “They’ve just been very profitable for them.”
Facebook and YouTube did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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