How Trump’s International Collusion Threatens American Democracy

It’s been our position for quite a while now that this crime family needs to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

If you share our position, here is a great resource when you’re debating with people or talking with your friends about this despicable con man.

Through diligent research, Seth Abramson exposes a story that U.S. media has largely missed: a pre-election geopolitical conspiracy involving Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Israel, and Russia that sought to put Trump in the White House―and succeeded.

In late 2015, a convicted pedophile, international dealmaker, and a cooperating witness in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation George Nader convened a secret meeting aboard a massive luxury yacht in the Red Sea. Nader pitched Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Emirati Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and other Middle Eastern leaders a plan for a new pro-U.S., a pro-Israel alliance of Arab nations that would fundamentally alter the geopolitics of the Middle East while marginalizing Iran, Qatar, and Turkey. To succeed, the plan would need a highly placed American politician willing to drop sanctions on Russia so that Vladimir Putin would, in turn, agree to end his support for Iran. They agreed the perfect American partner was Donald Trump, who had benefited immensely from his Saudi, Emirati, and Russian dealings for many years, and who, in 2015, became the only U.S. presidential candidate to argue for a unilateral end to Russian sanctions and a far more hostile approach to Iran.

So begins New York Times bestselling author Seth Abramson’s explosive new book Proof of Conspiracy: How Trump’s International Collusion Threatens American Democracy, a story of international intrigue whose massive cast of characters includes Israeli intelligence operatives, Russian oligarchs, Saudi death squads, American mercenary companies, Trump’s innermost circle, and several members of the Trump family as well as Trump himself―all part of a clandestine multinational narrative that takes us from Washington, D.C. and Moscow to the Middle Eastern capitals of Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, Jerusalem, Cairo, Tehran, and Doha. Proof of Conspiracy is a chilling and unforgettable depiction of the dangers America and the world now face.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1250256712?tag=macsupaduinstalpa-20

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Natalynne DeLapp former ED at EPIC has now become a true corporate shill…..sad

Natalynne DeLapp (center)

From: Natalynne DeLapp

To: Bohn, Rex

Subject: Fwd: Travel to Humboldt – Next Week

Date: Monday, April 01, 2019 10:34:53 AM

Rex,

We need to come up with a list of all the various organizations, groups, needs, etc that Terra-Gen can contribute to now and into the future. Who needs a fire truck?

Natalynne

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From: Natalynne DeLapp

Date: Mon, Apr 1, 2019 at 10:30 AM

Subject: Re: Travel to Humboldt – Next Week

To: Nathan Vajdos

Cc: Kevin Martin, Erec DeVost (Erec.DeVost@stantec.com)

Hey Nathan and team,

You’re coming here on April 9 & 10 (?) Have you already set appointments with the Wiyot, or do you want me to do that? My suggestion for Terra-Gen is to assess “how much padding does the company have to reinvest in ‘good neighbor’ projects and community re-investment this year, and into the future?” There are a lot of worthy projects and needs that Humboldt has from environmental, to cultural, employment, mental health, social, public safety, etc. Just as our community members have a culture of philanthropy with how we contribute our hard-earned dollars to our non-profits (KMUD and KHSU radio stations, hospitals, volunteer fire departments, schools, as well as supporting local political candidates, etc)–Terra-Gen ought to have a plan for how it is going to give back to the community beyond property tax dollars now and into the future. I understand the pie/pool of money/resources is only so big, and that Terra-Gen has finite resources (you’re not Santa Claus or Daddy Warbucks) and folks need to adjust their expectations of what the company is able to do. I believe it is your best interests to maximize your return on investment, while at the same time creating the greatest good, for the greatest number of people. The specifics of who and what gets what moving forward is going to be key. The Zanzis, Chang, Fae, Rio Dell, Wiyot, enviros, etc. (KCJ- The first three are landowners near the project)

What is going to be the “sugar that helps the medicine go down?”

This is directly linked to the Unions and some of the progressive “solutions” to “problems” and when they think the “only way to make sure the community is benefited is through Labor Agreements, or Community Benefits Agreements.” When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Being a good neighbor voluntarily and in advance, prior to being forced (with legally binding contracts, or bullied with extortion) is one of those solutions. I personally do not believe paying a small number of people more money to build a project, for a short period of time (aka labor contract) is good for the greatest number of people. I would sooner see Terra-Gen invest monies in economic development, educational opportunities, mental health/addiction services, and environmental restoration.

The county just held its “Budget Roadshow” where members of the public tell the county what their priorities are so the county can allocate resources according to the will of the people–that is a “road map” to the political will of the people–labor contracts were not a part of that discussion. Given my background in fundraising and development, non-profits, and election campaigning, I am uniquely sensitive to the financial needs (scare resources) of the community, and have worked for a decade, “Encouraging a Culture of Philanthropy.” I wrote the below Op-Ed back in 2013. I believe it still holds true, and is relevant to the discussion.

Natalynne

 

Source FOIA request

The greatest threat to democracy; it’s not just Trump

Trump, for all his destruction of leadership norms and erratic, inflammatory behavior, is not the greatest threat to democracy, argues Eleanor Clift in The Daily Beast. That dubious honor goes to Republican Senate Majority Leader “Moscow” Mitch McConnell
“The events in El Paso and Dayton over the weekend give new meaning to the phrase the enemy within. The country is under siege from what law enforcement officials are calling domestic terrorism inspired by white supremacist ideology,” writes Clift. “What to do? All roads lead to Moscow Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, who won’t allow debate on remedies for gun violence and refuses to take up gun-control legislation passed by the House to expand background checks.”

Moscow Mitch could fight the bloodshed right now and call back the Senate to vote on the House’s background check bill, writes Clift. But he won’t.

“Anyone who knows anything about McConnell knows that’s not happening,” says Clift. “At Team Mitch, it’s been business as usual. Just hours after the El Paso shooting, the campaign tweeted a photo of a single tombstone bearing the name of McConnell’s Democratic challenger. Another tweet shows seven grinning young white men in ‘Team Mitch’ T-shirts pawing a cardboard cutout of Rep. Ocasio-Cortez with the caption, ‘break me off a piece of that.’”

“McConnell’s cudgel is the 60-vote filibuster,” continues Clift. “In today’s closely divided senate (53 to 47), those few votes give McConnell his power. There’s no way to get to 60 votes to force a floor vote on anything gun-related, so McConnell gets to operate with absolute immunity knowing a handful of GOP defectors joining the Democrats can’t reach that threshold, and most won’t even risk it.”

This is what he has used to block popular action on everything from background checks to protecting young immigrants to election security, all while spending the Senate’s whole time confirming far-right judges.

“McConnell is accountable only to the Republican voters of Kentucky, and he showers them with benefits,” writes Clift. “He’s up for reelection in 2020 and he’s facing the best the Democrats have to offer, Amy McGrath, a retired Marine Corps fighter pilot who will have the blue wave at her back in red Kentucky. That may not be enough, but wouldn’t it be sweet if it were.”

She quotes Ira Shapiro, a former congressional staffer, who told her in an email, “We will not have a functioning Senate or a healthy politics until Senator McConnell is ousted from power.”

Raw Story

 

When he’s finished putting down your dog, Trump is going to………..

When he’s finished putting down your dog,
Trump is going to take away your health care,
raise your taxes,
eliminate your job,
take away your right to an abortion,
limit your right to vote,
turn your air and water brown,
cut your Social Security and Medicare,
and tell you if you don’t like it, you can leave!

It doesn’t matter who’s the nominee. This is the message Democrats have to carry to the country in 2020.
Is it an exaggeration?
A scare tactic?
Are you kidding? We already know all this stuff is true, and we don’t need “facts” to surmise that if given half a chance Trump and his minions will find some way to make euthanizing shelter animals easier and more profitable. For Donald Trump and the Republican Party, he leads, money and cruelty is who they are. It’s what they do.

Democrats had better wake up to the fact that the 2020 campaign, on every level from the presidential race on down, is going to take place in the gutter. It’s long past time to take the gloves off. Republicans never put them on. They’ve been out there stealing, lying and cheating their way into office for decades. They don’t have a concept of playing fair. They play dirty. They play to win. They’ll do anything it takes to do it.

They’ve already gerrymandered electoral districts so that Democrats get a majority of the vote and a minority of House seats like they do in states like Wisconsin and North Carolina. They’ve passed laws restricting the right to vote in 25 states since 2010, according to the Brennan Center for Justice, which tracks voting laws. Fifteen states have more restrictive voter ID requirements, and ten have passed laws making it harder for citizens to register to vote. Every state with new voting restrictions is controlled by Republicans, and a Republican-backed lawsuit succeeded in defenestrating the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County v. Holder. And I hardly need to go into what they’ve done to campaign finance laws. Mitt Romney’s cri de coeur in 2012, “Corporations are people too!” is all you need to know. Now they’re floating shit like this: all Democrats are Socialists. That whiny little Trump-pilot-fish Lindsey Graham recently asserted that AOC and the rest of the “Squad” are communists. Every other time Trump opens his mouth he’s chirping that Democrats are for “open borders.” They’re out there daily pushing the lie that Democrats want to come right into your homes and take away your guns. And don’t you know that they’ll get around to some bullshit about how Democrats want ISIS to win in Syria and Iraq and then they’ll turn Afghanistan over to the Taliban.

Do you think Republicans care if it’s all complete bullshit? Hell no. They’re going to run on this crap, and anything else they can think up over the next 15 months, and they’re going to laugh all the way to the ballot box. You want to know what else Trump and his lily-livered bunch of chicken hawks are going to do? They’re going to sell the idea that Donald Trump, who had five draft deferments, skipped out of Vietnam with his bone spurs, capitulated to Vladimir Putin at Helsinki, writes “love letters” to Kim Jung Un, ripped babies out their mothers arms along the southern border, and has been charged by multiple women with rape as well as sexual assault  is a tough guy.

I’ll wait for you to reach down and pick your jaw up from the floor on that one. You okay now? Is your jaw reattached?

Here’s why Republicans are pushing the lie that Trump is a tough guy. Because it works. Historian Rick Perlstein, author of a series of books on the rise of Republican conservatism, was interviewed in The New Yorker last week and said something I think the Democratic Party has forgotten over the last decade or so. “Toughness is a core primary value,” Perlstein said, referring to red states that Democrats have failed to carry in recent elections. “All of us remember 2004 when George W. Bush won reelection explicitly on this rationale of saying we know people disagree with his issue positions, but we are going to position him as the guy who sticks with his gut no matter what.”

Sound familiar? Bush, who famously avoided Vietnam by joining the Air Force National Guard and then failed to show up for duty during the war years, was sold as “tough.” Ronald Reagan was awarded the Bronze Star for Toughness when he yelled out that he “paid for this microphone” at some long-forgotten debate in New Hampshire in 1980. And now we’ve got Donald Trump, whose boasting about grabbing women “by the pussy” on the infamous Access Hollywood tape is what passes for Republican toughness today.

The appearance by a real-life tough guy on Capitol Hill got me thinking about what the Democrats’ problem has been when it comes to this “toughness” thing. Robert Mueller, a Marine veteran of Vietnam who earned a Bronze Star medal and a Purple Heart, has been roundly criticized for his halting and seemingly imprecise testimony before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees this week. The contrast between the serious, taciturn Mueller and such bellowing “bomb throwers” as Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio couldn’t have been starker.

Mueller’s problem on Wednesday is the same as the problem Democrats have when they run for office. Mueller was careful, nuanced, and he stuck to the facts. His testimony, when it came right down to it, was imperfect in the way that any sane person must be if he or she is bound by a sense of duty, propriety, and an urge to abide by accepted norms. He came across as a somewhat reluctant, hesitant witness, while if you read his testimony, he was anything but. He was measured, he was accurate, and he was truthful.

Republicans on the two committees were almost uniformly the opposite. Their speechifying and questioning was impertinent, premised on lies, and intended to distract from the truth. In short, they conducted themselves at the Mueller hearings in the manner that they run for office.

There is a lesson Democrats running for office can learn from the Mueller hearings. It does you little good to stick to the rules of good order and behavior when the other side has abandoned both. I’m not saying that Democrats should adopt Republican ways by joining them in lying, cheating and stealing. But I am saying that Democrats can learn something from Republican imprecision.

Take health care as just one example. Ever since the debates over Obamacare, Democrats have been lost in a blizzard of confusing and often contradictory details about how to handle the nation’s healthcare crisis. Obamacare was an imperfect compromise, and now they’re torn between defending a muddled status quo or going for one variation or another on Medicare for all, and nobody really understands one plan from another. Meanwhile, Republicans have spent the last several decades firing potshots at Democrats and proposing no plan of their own.

How about this: what if Democrats took a page out of the Republican playbook and simply said, “Don’t worry, you can trust us. We’re going to take care of your health care.” That’s the plan, the whole thing. It would have the advantage of being both simple and true. They could apply this approach across the board. Here’s what we’re going to do: we’re going to lower your taxes, raise your pay, protect your jobs, reduce your student loan payments, protect Social Security and Medicare, maintain your right to an abortion, reform the immigration laws, and protect the southern border. And we’re going to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

What plan do we have for all of this? You know us, we’re on your side, and we’re going to do what we say.

Pick a side and stick with it. Take a stand and don’t retreat. Don’t be intimidated by the size of the problems or the messy imperfections of what it takes to establish an honest government and pay for it honestly and run it honestly so that problems can actually be solved. Don’t get lost in the weeds of plans and white papers, and for crying out loud, stop giving Republicans a leg up by squabbling and nitpicking at each other. You’re Democrats, not suicide bombers.

You want to know what toughness is in this election year? Republicans tell lies and cheat to win. We don’t. Republicans stand by a racist president. We stand up to him and call him what he is. Republicans will take your health insurance away. We’ll protect it. Republicans are the party of Donald Trump. We’re the party of democracy and the American way.

We love this country. We’re not going anywhere but the ballot box and we’re going to vote, and we’re going to beat your sorry, lying ass.

 

This article first appeared in Salon

Mueller stumbled and bumbled, but still delivered important facts

Former special counsel Robert Mueller delivered some bombshells in his lengthy testimony before the House Judiciary Committee.

Mueller steadfastly refused to touch questions about impeachment, but he refuted Donald Trump’s claims about exoneration — and confirmed he would likely have been charged with crimes if he were not president.

  1. Trump has repeatedly claimed Mueller’s report found no evidence of obstruction of justice and completely exonerated him, but the former special counsel told committee chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) that was inaccurate.

 “Correct,” Mueller told the chairman, “that is not what the report said.”

  1. Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) asked Mueller whether the president tried to protect himself by ordering staff to falsify records, and the former special counsel agreed, and Mueller also agreed those actions were intended to hamper the investigation.

“I believe that to be true,” Mueller said.

  1. Mueller told Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) that his report found “sufficient factual and legal basis” to continue an investigation of Trump for obstruction of justice, although he declined to elaborate how that should play out.
  2. One of the most surprising moments was the own-goal scored by Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO), who pressed Mueller to explain why he did not reach a conclusion on whether Trump had obstructed justice and accidentally set up one of the hearing’s biggest bombshells.

“Could you charge the president with a crime after he left office?” Buck asked.

“Yes,” Mueller said, without hesitation.

You believe that he committed — you could charge the President of the United States with obstruction of justice after he left office?” Buck continued.

“Yes,” Mueller agreed.

  1. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) delivered one of the other most significant moments from the hearing when he asked Mueller to confirm that the only reason Trump was not indicted was because that is prohibited by an opinion issued by the Office of Legal Counsel.

“That is correct,” Mueller agreed.

Mueller later tried to walk it back and revised his answer to Lieu, saying that his report showed that investigators did not reach a determination of whether the president committed a crime.

  1. Mueller generally did not push back against batshit crazy Republican attacks on his own credibility, but he strongly disagreed with Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) accusing his team of political bias.

“We strove to hire those individuals that could do the job,” Mueller said. “I’ve been in this business for almost 25 years, and in those 25 years, I have not had occasion once to ask somebody about their political affiliation. It is not done. What I care about is the capability of the individual to do the job and do the job quickly and seriously and with integrity.”

from raw story

Republican Hypocrisy: Balancing the budget on the backs of the 9/11 first responder community

Luis Alvarez funeral:  in the picture are Jon Stewart activist – former host of the Daily Show and U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-New York salute the casket of retired NYPD detective Luis Alvarez as it is brought into Immaculate Conception Church on July 3, 2019, in the Queens borough of New York City.

 

9/11 first responder advocate Jon Stewart blasted Rand Paul after the senator blocked a vote to permanently reauthorize the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund. The fund provides financial assistance for first responders suffering from 9/11-related medical issues.

Despicable Rand Paul prevented the Senate from voting to approve the bill through unanimous consent, citing its cost. Paul whined: “It has long been my feeling that we need to address our massive debt in the country,” Paul, a Libertarian Republican from Kentucky, said on the Senate floor. “And therefore any new spending … should be offset by cutting spending that’s less valuable. We need to at the very least have this debate.” This after the hypocrite voted in favor of over a trillion dollars in a tax cuts for the rich and entitled.

“Pardon me if I’m not impressed in any way by Rand Paul’s fiscal responsibility virtue signaling,” Stewart retorted.

Stewart called the move “absolutely outrageous.” He  added, “Rand Paul presented tissue paper avoidance of the 1.5 trillion tax cut that added hundreds of billions of dollars to our deficit and now he stands up at the last minute after 15 years of blood, sweat, and tears from the 9/11 community so that it’s all over now, now we’re going to balance the budget on the backs of the 9/11 first responder community.”

Fellow freedom caucus Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah also placed a procedural hold on the legislation, further preventing it from passing in the Senate.

Mike Barasch, managing partner of Barasch McGarry, a law firm that represents roughly 15,000 first responders and survivors of the 2001 attacks including many who testified before Congress, told CBS that he met with Paul and Lee’s staff before the vote and were “assured” that while the two Republicans wouldn’t vote for the bill, they also wouldn’t block the bill from passage.

“This is so hypocritical for them to be now saying we are worried about the deficit when both voted in favor for the tax cut,” said Barasch. “This is a moral obligation, Congress must pass this bill.”

The newest roadblock came just hours before yet another first responder, Kevin Nolan, died from cancer that was diagnosed in the wake of the attacks on September 11th, CBS New York reported. A retired firefighter, Nolan was a member of Engine Company 79 and was among the thousands working at Ground Zero immediately after the terror attacks.

Barasch said that two of his own 9/11 first responder clients also died Wednesday night from similar cancers related to the terror attacks. In total, 200 firefighters have died as a result of illnesses sustained in the wake of the attacks.

“It is almost incomprehensible that after losing 343 members on September 11, we have now had 200 more FDNY members die due to World Trade Center illness. These heroes gave their lives bravely fighting to rescue and recover others. We will never forget them,” FDNY Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said in a statement to CBS News.

The recent deaths come more than a month after Stewart’s gripping testimony before Congress, in which he shouted at lawmakers and called them “shameful” for their lack of interest in funding the bill.

The bill, which overwhelmingly passed the House last week, was re-named after first responders who had passed away from health complications related to the 2001 attacks, including Luis Alvarez, who died of cancer earlier this month.

Alvarez, a former NYPD detective and 9/11 responder, testified before the House panel alongside Stewart shortly before his death.

“This fund isn’t a ticket to paradise, it’s to provide our families with care,” Alvarez said. “You all said you would never forget. Well, I’m here to make sure that you don’t.”

Bill co-sponsor Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat of New York, has since implored Senate Majority Leader McConnell to hold a stand-alone vote on the fund tomorrow sometime Thursday without attaching it to any other legislation.

Evil Lord of the Senate, Mitch McConnell will bring it to the floor for a vote next week but we expect there will be strings attached to it or a poison pill amendment.

 

Sources: CBS, FOX, AP

Once a perv always a perv

Newly revealed video recorded in 1992 shows Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein ogling NFL cheerleaders at a party held at the future president’s Mar-A-Lago club.

The video recorded by NBC and broadcast Wednesday by MSNBC shows Trump, then a celebrity businessman, dancing with dozens of cheerleaders for the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins, and then greeting Epstein and two other men.

Trump and the accused pedophile Epstein are then seen pointing toward various women and commenting on their looks, although it’s not always clear what they’re saying.

“She’s hot,” Trump says about one woman, and then leans in to say something that makes Epstein double over with laughter.

Epstein was arrested on sex trafficking charges earlier this month after a series of Miami Herald reports revealed details of a non-prosecution agreement struck in 2008 with then-U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta, who resigned last week as Trump’s secretary of labor.

Trump has tried to downplay his friendship with Epstein, a well-connected financier, but this video and other evidence, including flight logs and photographs, show the two spent a good deal of time together in the 1990s and early 2000s.

“I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years,” Trump said in 2002. “Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”

Raw story and MSNBC