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  • Originally posted by TonyR View Post
    If I were to take an educated guess, I would say “the same people who don’t want the grand jury materials from the Mueller investigation to be obtained by the Congress.”

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    • BUSTED: Pompeo held dozens of secret dinners for CEOs and right-wing media — on taxpayer’s dime

      https://www.rawstory.com/2020/05/bus...axpayers-dime/

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        • Nunez, Graham, McConnelland Collins all need to go.

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          • Judge allows fraud suit against Trump, family and company to proceed

            New York (CNN)A federal judge on Monday allowed a federal lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump, his three eldest children and his company of collaborating with a fraudulent marketing scheme to prey on investors to proceed.

            https://edition.cnn.com/2020/05/19/p...Vu-f2IQVAPqJEw

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            • The RNC Gave Massive Contracts to Companies Linked to its Chairwoman’s Husband and Political Backers


              The Republican National Committee has paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to contractors closely connected to the organization’s chairwoman, Ronna McDaniel.

              One contract went to her husband’s insurance company. Two others went to businesses whose executives recently donated to Ronna for Chair, a largely inactive political action committee that McDaniel controls. She had set it up in 2015, when she successfully ran for chair of the Republican Party in Michigan, her home state.

              The companies won the contracts soon after McDaniel became the party’s top official. She was picked for the position by President Donald Trump after the 2016 election.

              The RNC vendor payments and PAC contributions, detailed in federal tax filings and campaign finance reports, mirror a trend of transactions with favored contractors and employees previously reported by ProPublica.

              Complete article https://www.truthdig.com/articles/th...tical-backers/

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              • Republican corruption roundup...

                May 22, 2020 (Friday)

                There were a number of stories today that suggest various interests are taking advantage of the Trump administration’s time in power to accomplish their own goals.

                News broke this morning that when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo put in place the $8.1 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia last May over the objections of Congress, he pressed State Department officials to reverse engineer a justification for the emergency declaration he intended to use. According to a State Department official who complained to the State Department’s Inspector General Steve Linick, “They seemed to have a game plan and it had to be justified.”

                Last week Trump gave Congress 30 days warning that he is removing Linick, who was investigating the issue. Now congressional Democrats are demanding more information on why Pompeo declared the emergency to force through the sales. It seems to me a very good question: why was the State Department so eager to sell arms, including sensitive military technology, to Saudi Arabia, at the same time the president was downplaying the Saudi leader's responsibility for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi?

                We might well never find out, since Linick is evidently on his way out and a new Director of National Intelligence is on his way in. Today the Senate confirmed John Ratcliffe as DNI, the country’s top intelligence official, by a vote of 49-44. Ratcliffe, a Republican representative from Texas, has no experience in intelligence and is a fervent Trump loyalist.

                Republicans voted in favor of the appointment, Democrats opposed it. There have been two acting DNI’s since Trump’s first nominee, Dan Coats, who was approved by the Senate in 2017 by a vote of 85-12, so this is only the second Senate vote on a DNI, but the shift from bipartisan support for Coats to a strict party line vote reveals Democratic concern over the politicization of our intelligence. Ratcliffe promised to be independent of Trump and to deliver honestly whatever intelligence he received, but he refused to confirm that he agrees with the intelligence community that Russia interfered in the 2016 election or to promise to brief Congress on foreign interference in the 2020 election.

                Also taking up a lot of oxygen today was the news that the White House is talking about resuming nuclear tests. The last test the United States conducted was in 1992, and restarting them would likely inspire other countries to follow suit, sparking a new arms race. The U.S. claims that Russia and China have recently deployed nuclear tests, although there is no public evidence that they have done so.

                Trump has long been fascinated by nuclear weapons, and on its face, this information suggests his fascination might be manifesting itself in this new way.

                But Tom Nichols, a professor at the U.S. Naval War College who studies Russia and nuclear weapons, took to Twitter to offer a different explanation. He thinks the push to reopen testing is coming from “a group of people in industry, think tanks, the military, and consulting firms who really miss the Cold War emphasis on nukes, because it was their life’s work… and it paid well.” They have been itching to get the program up and running again, and Trump is letting them. Nichols blames this group of people, “and especially the people who allied with them in the GOP Senate” for the move to reinstate nuclear testing.

                The drive of all these various groups to accomplish their own ends means they would like to see the Trump administration continue in power, and the drive to make that happen, too, was buried in a news story today.

                There was much ink spilled over Trump’s declaration that he is issuing guidance that says places of worship are “essential” and should be reopened. "Some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics essential, but have left out churches and houses of worship. It's not right. So I'm correcting this injustice and calling houses of worship essential," Trump told reporters. "The governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important essential places of faith to open right now, this weekend. If they don't do it, I will override the governors," he said.

                Pundits noted Trump’s apparent misunderstanding of the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution, which reserves to the states or to the people any powers not delegated to the federal government. But my guess is that this constitutional confusion is really a non-story: Trump has no intention of actually forcing churches to open up (what would that even look like?).

                More important is that this is an important signal of how vulnerable his team is feeling as we get closer to the 2020 election. Trump has counted on increasing his religious support to offset his falling popularity with suburban women. But two recent surveys have found that Trump’s popularity with white evangelicals and white Catholics has fallen by more than ten percentage points in the last month.

                Hence today’s announcement.

                Meanwhile, another story notes that more than half the Twitter accounts calling for a reopening of the American economy are bots. Yet another notes that as we approach 100,000 dead of Covid-19, experts warn that the death toll is actually significantly higher, as people dying at home or in nursing homes are not tested, and as early deaths were misidentified as either influenza or pneumonia.

                Today’s important but scattershot stories seem to me to present a snapshot of this administration: it is providing cover for lots of interests to accomplish their own private goals, but it is becoming more unpopular with ordinary Americans every day.

                - Heather Cox Richardson

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                • "Only the best people."

                  The Trump campaign's new chief of staff was arrested on campaign-finance charges in 2016 after cops busted her boyfriend for cocaine and found incriminating texts on his phone

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                  • Stephanie Alexander was named chief of staff of President Trump's reelection campaign on Tuesday.
                  • In 2016, Alexander — then named Stephanie Milligan — was arrested in Oklahoma and charged with conspiracy to violate state campaign-finance laws. The charges were later dropped, and the case was expunged last month at Alexander's request.
                  • Prosecutors alleged that Alexander and several coconspirators illegally coordinated the efforts of a "dark-money" independent group with the campaign of a GOP candidate for Oklahoma superintendent of public instruction.
                  • The case relied in part on texts and emails recovered from Alexander's then-boyfriend, Chad Alexander, who was charged with possession of cocaine in 2014, according to court records. The two are now married.
                  https://www.businessinsider.com/trum...3l7W50QgcTSOMA

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                  • Originally posted by L.A. BRONCOS FAN View Post
                    "Only the best people."

                    The Trump campaign's new chief of staff was arrested on campaign-finance charges in 2016 after cops busted her boyfriend for cocaine and found incriminating texts on his phone

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                    • Stephanie Alexander was named chief of staff of President Trump's reelection campaign on Tuesday.
                    • In 2016, Alexander — then named Stephanie Milligan — was arrested in Oklahoma and charged with conspiracy to violate state campaign-finance laws. The charges were later dropped, and the case was expunged last month at Alexander's request.
                    • Prosecutors alleged that Alexander and several coconspirators illegally coordinated the efforts of a "dark-money" independent group with the campaign of a GOP candidate for Oklahoma superintendent of public instruction.
                    • The case relied in part on texts and emails recovered from Alexander's then-boyfriend, Chad Alexander, who was charged with possession of cocaine in 2014, according to court records. The two are now married.
                    https://www.businessinsider.com/trum...3l7W50QgcTSOMA

                    "...Alexander and several coconspirators illegally coordinated the efforts of a "dark-money" independent group with the campaign of a GOP candidate..."

                    Probably what got her the job.

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                    • Originally posted by L.A. BRONCOS FAN View Post
                      "Only the best people."

                      The Trump campaign's new chief of staff was arrested on campaign-finance charges in 2016 after cops busted her boyfriend for cocaine and found incriminating texts on his phone

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                      • Stephanie Alexander was named chief of staff of President Trump's reelection campaign on Tuesday.
                      • In 2016, Alexander — then named Stephanie Milligan — was arrested in Oklahoma and charged with conspiracy to violate state campaign-finance laws. The charges were later dropped, and the case was expunged last month at Alexander's request.
                      • Prosecutors alleged that Alexander and several coconspirators illegally coordinated the efforts of a "dark-money" independent group with the campaign of a GOP candidate for Oklahoma superintendent of public instruction.
                      • The case relied in part on texts and emails recovered from Alexander's then-boyfriend, Chad Alexander, who was charged with possession of cocaine in 2014, according to court records. The two are now married.
                      https://www.businessinsider.com/trum...3l7W50QgcTSOMA
                      So she is qualified to run Trump's campaign.

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                      • Last edited by El Minion; 06-18-2020, 04:15 PM.

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                        • Looks like all that shrieking about "transparent government" by the Teabillies was just politics. Who would've guessed?


                          Trump administration won’t say who got $511 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus loans

                          Federal officials responsible for spending $660 billion in taxpayer-backed small-business assistance said Wednesday that they will not disclose amounts or recipients of subsidized loans, backtracking on an earlier commitment to release individual loan data.

                          https://www.washingtonpost.com/busin...L-mh-bEt6mjwU8

                          What has the Trump administration done with a half-trillion dollars?


                          That’s the question taxpayers should be asking as the Trump administration refuses to reveal where a half-trillion dollars of our hard-earned cash has gone.

                          In March, back when Congress was rushing to provide more coronavirus relief, lawmakers passed an unprecedented $2 trillion bill known as the Cares Act. After initially fighting to prevent any meaningful oversight of the bailout programs it would administer — at one point even demanding a few-strings-attached Treasury slush fund — the Trump administration eventually agreed to several major oversight and disclosure measures. Senior officials, including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, repeatedly pledged “full transparency on anything we do.”

                          Since then, the administration has worked to sabotage virtually all of these accountability mechanisms. While paying lip service to “transparency,” it has fired, demoted or otherwise kneecapped inspectors general, some of whom recently wrote to congressional leaders warning of systematic efforts to avoid scrutiny required by law.

                          The watchdog Government Accountability Office also complained that the administration has refused to provide critical data on the bailout.

                          https://www.washingtonpost.com/opini...YH8ho3q63rAmpM

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