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  • Dem Sen. Blumenthal Accuses Putin of “Act of War”

    07/16/2018 4:53:23 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 22 replies
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    For a guy who lied about his military service, Richard Blumenthal is sounding mighty bellicose this morning. Appearing on Morning Joe today, the Dem senator from Connecticut said: “We are facing a continuing act of war by Vladimir Putin. He has tried to divide us, cause disarray, and he will stop at nothing to destroy these Western democracies.”Get the rest of the story and view the video here.
  • President Trump and Mr. Putin: Arrival at Helsinki

    07/16/2018 4:03:45 AM PDT · by a little elbow grease · 5 replies
    freerepublic.com ^ | 7/16/18 | self
    Putin arriving at Presidential Palace in Helsinki:……… very relaxed and informal ______________ Donald J. Trump arrives.
  • Seized archive shows Iran nuke project was larger than thought, had foreign help

    07/16/2018 2:09:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 15 July 2018, 10:15 pm | TOI Staff
    The archive of Iranian nuclear documents seized by the Israeli Mossad from a Tehran warehouse in January shows that Iran’s program to build nuclear weapons “was almost certainly larger, more sophisticated and better organized” than was suspected, unnamed nuclear experts were quoted as saying in the New York Times on Sunday, after being shown selected documents from the haul by US reporters. One of the Iranian documents specifies plans to build a first “batch of five weapons” and discusses sites for possible underground nuclear tests, the Times reported, after one of its reporters was given limited access to the haul...
  • Trump: US-Russia relationship has NEVER been worse

    07/16/2018 1:55:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    INN ^ | 07/16/18 10:42 | David Rosenberg
    The relationship between the US and Russia has “never been worse”, President Donald Trump claimed Monday morning, ahead of a planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. In a tweet Monday, the president decried the timing of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s announcement on Friday of the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officials suspected of attempting to meddle with the US presidential election in 2016. […] Ahead of the summit, Trump said the US-Russia relationship was at a new low, blaming US “foolishness” and the ongoing special probe into allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government....
  • Supporters Cheer as Trump Nears Helsinki Hotel

    07/15/2018 9:41:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    AP via WDIO, ABC 10, Duluth MN ^ | July 15, 2018 08:59 PM
    Several dozen supporters of President Donald Trump, many waving American flags and sporting “Make America Great Again” caps, have cheered as the U.S. leader neared his hotel in Helsinki before his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. […] The Trump fans, several from the True Finn anti-immigration party, said they wanted to make a show of support in a country where many people have criticized his policies. A few scattered boos rang out from across the road. …
  • Israel Broadens Fight Against Iran

    07/15/2018 9:27:56 PM PDT · by UnwashedPeasant · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 15, 2018 | Sune Engel Rasmussen in Beirut and Felicia Schwartz in Tel Aviv
    Israel is ramping up attacks against Iranian supply lines in Syria to block the flow of weapons to Hezbollah and other Tehran-backed militias, as it seeks to drive its foe away from its borders. In June Israel targeted a far-flung compound near the Syria-Iraq border, according to a security official, after carrying out multiple strikes closer to home against suspected Iranian military assets in Syria, where Iran is a key backer of President Bashar al-Assad. Israel, in accordance with its usual practice, didn’t confirm or deny it carried out the June airstrike. The U.S. denied responsibility, and a U.S. official...
  • China’s economic growth cools amid trade tensions

    07/15/2018 9:10:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 15, 2018 10:43 PM EDT | Joe McDonald
    China’s economic growth slowed in the quarter ending in June, adding to challenges for Beijing amid a mounting tariff battle with Washington. The world’s second-largest economy expanded by 6.7 percent, down from the previous quarter’s 6.8 percent, the government reported Monday. Even before the dispute with Washington erupted, forecasters expected growth to cool after Beijing started tightening controls on bank lending last year to rein in surging debt. Economic activity is expected to decline further as global demand for Chinese exports weakens and lending controls weigh on construction and investment, major contributors to growth. Beijing has responded to previous downturns...
  • North Korea to grant special amnesty in August. Why?

    07/15/2018 7:24:00 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 27 replies
    Korea Times ^ | July 16, 2018
    North Korea plans to implement a general amnesty next month before celebrating its 70th founding anniversary on Sept. 9, Pyongyang's media said Monday. The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said that amnesty will be granted to those who were convicted of crimes against the country and people on the occasion of the North's 70th founding anniversary. The amnesty will take effect on Aug. 1, the report said, noting the cabinet and relevant organs will take practical measures to help the released people settle down to a normal working life.
  • The Donald Does Europe

    07/15/2018 7:16:39 PM PDT · by upchuck · 9 replies
    Am Thinker ^ | July 15, 2018 | Clarice Feldman
    The president headed to Europe, tweeting all the way, like a modern cavalier on his way to do battle with the forces of corruption and bad governance: The European Union makes it impossible for our farmers and workers and companies to do business in Europe (U.S. has a $151 Billion trade deficit), and then they want us to happily defend them through NATO, and nicely pay for it. Just doesn't work!  Naturally, the bureaucrats' backs were up.  (Kind of like Strzok's when he claimed absurdly that the many texts and emails in which he revealed that outrageously anti-Trump biases were not evidence of...
  • Justine Greening: New Brexit referendum ‘is only way to end deadlock’

    07/15/2018 6:40:32 PM PDT · by Boomer · 28 replies
    The Times (UK) ^ | 7/15/2018 | Staff
    Theresa May’s hopes of winning support for her Brexit compromise have been dealt a huge blow as Justine Greening has become the first senior Conservative to support calls for a second referendum. The prime minister’s effort to keep Britain in parts of the single market is the “worst of both worlds” and will satisfy no one, the former education secretary says in an article for The Times.
  • Germans fear Donald Trump more than Vladimir Putin, poll finds [YouGov; gefälschte nachrichten]

    07/15/2018 5:45:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 74 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 07.15.2018 | Jefferson Chase
    When asked which world leader was the greater threat to world security, 64 percent of respondents chose US President Donald Trump over his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. That’s according to a YouGov poll published on the eve of Trump’s meeting with Putin in Helsinki. And the German antipathy toward Trump doesn’t end there: 56 percent of respondents thought that Putin was more competent than Trump, with only 5 percent preferring the latter on that score. Thirty-six percent of Germans find Putin more likable than Trump, while 6 percent say the opposite — although most respondents refused to indicate a preference...
  • Election system firm with Maryland contract has ties to Russian oligarch, FBI tells state

    07/15/2018 3:51:54 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 35 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | July 13, 2018 | By Ovetta Wiggins
    Top Maryland officials have asked the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help ensure that the state’s election system is secure after learning that a Russian-backed firm is linked to the Maryland state Board of Elections. Gov. Larry Hogan (R), Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) and House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) sent a joint letter on Friday to Homeland Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen asking for technical assistance to evaluate the network utilized by the state board. Miller and Busch said late Friday during a hastily called news conference in Annapolis that the FBI briefed them...
  • South Africa sings "KILL THE BOER" song (WITH GOVERNMENT ENDORSEMENT) at World Choir Games

    07/15/2018 3:35:29 PM PDT · by snarkpup · 24 replies
    Willem Petzer (YouTube channel) ^ | July 15, 2018 | Willem Petzer
    Interkultur website: https://www.interkultur.com [organizer of the World Choir Games]
  • Strzok explains how anti-Trump dossier made its way from Clinton camp to eager FBI

    07/15/2018 3:22:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 62 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 15, 2018 | Rowan Scarborough
    The lengths to which the FBI relied on the Hillary Clinton opposition research dossier to investigate her political rival came into sharper focus with the testimony of the lead investigator, FBI agent Peter Strzok. Mr. Strzok told a joint House committee last week that the FBI received from Associate Attorney General Bruce Ohr a raft of documents — including sections of the anti-Trump dossier — during the investigation into Russia election interference. The first-time disclosure is significant because it confirms an unusual and continuing channel for collusion accusations that started outside the government with anti-Trump people and reached Mr. Ohr...
  • Man arrested in connection with anti-Trump paraglider protest in Scotland

    07/15/2018 2:27:06 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/15/18 | Emily Birnbaum
    The Scotland police on Saturday arrested and charged a man in connection with the anti-Trump paraglider protest at President Trump's Turnberry golf course, according to the New York Times. The police said in a statement that they had arrested the 55-year-old man in connection with an incident when a "powered parachute was flown in the vicinity of the Turnberry Hotel." The man reportedly flew through a no-fly zone. Videos shared on social media on Friday night showed a man flying over Trump's Scottish golf resort carrying a banner that read "Trump: Well Below Par." The protest was apparently organized by...
  • Trump Says He May Ask Putin to Extradite Intelligence Agents

    07/15/2018 1:54:58 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 81 replies
    newsmax ^ | July 15, 2018
    President Donald Trump said he may ask Vladimir Putin to extradite 12 Russian intelligence agents indicted Friday for hacking Democratic email accounts during the 2016 campaign, and said he has “low expectations” for his summit Monday with the Russian leader. “I go in with low expectations,” Trump said in excerpts of an interview with CBS News released Sunday. “I’m not going with high expectations.” A U.S. grand jury issued an indictment against the agents on Friday, charging them with hacking into email accounts controlled by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign. The charges stem from Special Counsel Robert...
  • Pride comes before a fool as Nicola Sturgeon ignores Donald Trump’s visit to lead equality parade

    07/15/2018 1:32:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Sunday Post ^ | July 15, 2018 | Judith Duffy, Hannah Rodger, and Russell Blackstock
    NICOLA STURGEON was one of thousands of Scots on the march yesterday as Donald Trump played golf at Turnberry. The First Minister led the Pride parade in Glasgow in support of LGBT equality while protests against the president’s visit to Scotland took place in Edinburgh and at his two golf resorts. Ms Sturgeon had been named honorary grand marshal for Pride and led 8,000 people through the city centre to a festival at Kelvingrove Park in the West End. After the march she said she had accepted the invitation from Pride before Mr Trump’s visit to Scotland this weekend was...
  • The Sustainable Development Cabal of the United Nations is Meeting Again

    07/15/2018 12:55:06 PM PDT · by rktman · 30 replies
    ileanajohnson.com ^ | 7/12/2018 | Ileana Johnson
    “Current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class – involving high meat intake, use of fossil fuels, appliances, home and work air conditioning, and suburban housing are not sustainable.” – Maurice Strong, Secretary General of the U.N. Earth Summit, 1992. The U.N. Agenda 21 adopted in 1992 and signed by 178 countries has morphed into Agenda 2030 adopted in 2015 with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and 169 “specific targets.” As Alex Newman described it, it is a recipe for “global socialism and corporatism/fascism” foisted upon the world by the United Nations.
  • Forgotten Killer Among the Korean ‘Erased’

    07/15/2018 12:23:53 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 8 replies
    NY Times ^ | NOV. 23, 2013 | CHOE SANG-HUN
    SEOUL, South Korea — He was one of North Korea’s deadliest secret agents. On Oct. 9, 1983, Kang Min-chul and two other North Korean agents bombed the Martyrs’ Museum in Rangoon, Burma, in a plot to kill the South Korean president, who was to have laid a wreath there. The bomb missed its mark — the president’s car had been delayed — but 17 South Koreans, including four cabinet ministers, were killed. For his deed, Mr. Kang was consigned to oblivion. North Korea denied any connection with the attack. In South Korea, where the bombing was declared a North Korean...
  • US, North Korea agree to search for remains of 5,300 soldiers

    07/15/2018 11:36:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Bakersfield Californian ^ | July 15, 2018 | Shabtai Gold and Dirk Godder, The Associated Press
    The United States and North Korea have agreed to search for the remains of 5,300 U.S. soldiers who died in the Korean War and whose bodies were never recovered, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement Sunday. The statement was issued after “the first general officer-level talks” between the two countries since 2009. “Today’s talks were productive and cooperative and resulted in firm commitments,” Pompeo said. Officials will hold further meetings Monday “to coordinate the next steps, including the transfer of remains already collected,” he said. The weekend talks were held in the demilitarized zone between North and...