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by Harry Ola » Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:54 pm

Looks like we can kiss any special trade deal goodbye.

GCHQ were first to alert the US to the links between Trump and Russia.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/apr/13/british-spies-first-to-spot-trump-team-links-russia

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by Garth » Thu Apr 13, 2017 6:35 pm

How do Republican politicians get away with talking like this to their constituents?
Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) faced off with constituents at a town hall this week, telling the members of the audience that they don't pay his salary.

"You say you pay for me to do this? That’s bullcrap," Mullin said at the town hall in Jay, Okla., according to a video of the incident.

"I pay for myself. I paid enough taxes before I got here and continue to through my company to pay my own salary. This is a service. No one here pays me to go,” he added.

After constituents pushed back, Mullin reiterated that being a lawmaker is not "how I make my living."

“I’m just saying ... this is a service for me, not a career, and I thank God this is not how I make my living,” he said.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing- ... -i-pay-for

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by Memento Mori » Thu Apr 13, 2017 6:53 pm

Garth wrote:How do Republican politicians get away with talking like this to their constituents?



Gerrymandering.

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by Garth » Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:45 pm

U.S. May Launch Strike If North Korea Reaches For Nuclear Trigger

The U.S. is prepared to launch a preemptive strike with conventional weapons against North Korea should officials become convinced that North Korea is about to follow through with a nuclear weapons test, multiple senior U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News.

North Korea has warned that a "big event" is near, and U.S. officials say signs point to a nuclear test that could come as early as this weekend.

The intelligence officials told NBC News that the U.S. has positioned two destroyers capable of shooting Tomahawk cruise missiles in the region, one just 300 miles from the North Korean nuclear test site.

American heavy bombers are also positioned in Guam to attack North Korea should it be necessary, and earlier this week, the Pentagon announced that the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group was being diverted to the area.

The danger of such an attack by the U.S. is that it could provoke the volatile and unpredictable North Korean regime to launch its own blistering attack on its southern neighbor.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/u-s-m ... ar-n746366

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by Peter Crisp » Fri Apr 14, 2017 12:04 am

I just can't believe that the US has put someone in power with such piss poor judgement on a global stage and still has people who will back him to the hilt. I honestly think he could start WW3 and his supporters would just say he's doing a good job because only 75% of Americans were killed in the first strike and anyone who says otherwise is just peddling fake news.

It's times like these I'm glad I don't live there despite being more interested in their politics than I am about ours.

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by Garth » Fri Apr 14, 2017 12:44 am

CIA head: WikiLeaks a 'non-state hostile intelligence service'

CIA Director Mike Pompeo on Thursday hammered WikiLeaks, calling the organization a "non-state hostile intelligence service."

In his first major public appearance since taking the top intelligence post in the Trump administration, Pompeo took aim at WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked confidential information about NSA surveillance to news outlets before seeking refuge in Russia.

"It's time to call out WikiLeaks for what it really is: A non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia,” he said.

Pompeo said disclosures by Assange and Snowden have done "great harm to our nation’s national security and they will continue to do so in the long term," adding that the revelations have hurt the U.S.'s relations with foreign partners.

The Trump administration has been publicly critical of WikiLeaks since inauguration, even though President Trump staunchly backed them as a candidate.

http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity ... ce-service

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by KK » Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:42 pm

Washington Post wrote:The Trump administration announced Friday that it would not follow former president Barack Obama's policy of voluntarily disclosing the names of most visitors to the White House complex, citing “grave national security risks and privacy concerns.”

The announcement, from an administration that has faced pointed questions about its commitment to transparency, marks a significant shift from an Obama White House that released the names of nearly 6 million lobbyists and other visitors during Obama's tenure.

Since Trump took office in January, the page where the visitor logs had been publicly available has gone dark, and Trump administration officials said Friday that they will no longer maintain it, which the White House said would save taxpayers $70,000 by 2020.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/pos ... cb06878454

Every penny counts with this administration.

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by Memento Mori » Fri Apr 14, 2017 8:10 pm

Sleazy D draining that swamp.

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by KK » Fri Apr 14, 2017 8:55 pm

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice placed a plate of gooseberry fool on a table to show what he thinks about the proposed state budget.

Beyond satire. Again.

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by Garth » Fri Apr 14, 2017 9:14 pm

$70,000 over 3 years?!



Transparency, so expensive. How much do his regular weekend holidays cost again?

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by lex-man » Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:01 pm

KK wrote:
Washington Post wrote:The Trump administration announced Friday that it would not follow former president Barack Obama's policy of voluntarily disclosing the names of most visitors to the White House complex, citing “grave national security risks and privacy concerns.”

The announcement, from an administration that has faced pointed questions about its commitment to transparency, marks a significant shift from an Obama White House that released the names of nearly 6 million lobbyists and other visitors during Obama's tenure.

Since Trump took office in January, the page where the visitor logs had been publicly available has gone dark, and Trump administration officials said Friday that they will no longer maintain it, which the White House said would save taxpayers $70,000 by 2020.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/pos ... cb06878454

Every penny counts with this administration.


So that's one weekend away golfing then.

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by KK » Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:01 am

GOP rep. on ISP privacy rules: 'Nobody's got to use the internet'

The internet is a ubiquitous part of our daily lives. It's where many of us turn when we need to file our taxes, apply for jobs or search for housing. But one Republican lawmaker who voted to roll back FCC privacy regulations last month said, "Nobody's got to use the internet" when asked about his decision at a town hall meeting, displaying a staggering amount of ignorance about how the internet affects the modern world.

"If you start regulating the internet like a utility, if you did that right at the beginning, we would have no internet," US Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) told the crowd. "I don't think it's my job to tell you that you cannot get advertising for your information being sold. My job, I think, is to tell you that you have the opportunity to do it, and then you take it upon yourself to make the choice that the government should give you."

Last month, the US House of Representatives passed a resolution to overturn a rule that forced internet service providers to get your explicit permission before selling your personal data. The resolution has also passed the Senate, and President Donald Trump said he plans to sign it. Sensenbrenner's statement was in response to a constituent who argued that ISPs should have stricter requirements than websites like Facebook.

"Facebook is not comparable to an ISP," the woman said. "I do not have to go on Facebook. I do have one provider. I live two miles from here. I have one choice. I don't have to go on Google. My ISP provider is different than those providers."

"[People] ought to have more choices rather than fewer choices with the government controlling our everyday lives," Sensenbrenner said before moving on to the next question. The exchange was caught on video and posted to Twitter by American Bridge 21st Century, a PAC that claims it's committed to "holding Republicans accountable for their words and actions." You, of course, need the internet to do this.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/04/14/gop ... t-privacy/

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by lex-man » Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:52 am

I'm glad we won't be effected living in the UK.

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by Garth » Sat Apr 15, 2017 6:29 pm

Trump demands gold‑plated welcome
President insists on a carriage journey down The Mall to Buckingham Palace

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Donald Trump waving from the Queen’s royal carriage is not a scenario many would have foreseen a year ago, but it has become a very real prospect, forcing security services to plan an unprecedented lockdown.

The White House has made clear it regards the carriage procession down the Mall as an essential element of the itinerary for the visit currently planned for the second week of October, according to officials.

Security sources have warned, however, that the procession will require a “monster” security operation, far greater than for any recent state visit.

The Metropolitan Police was already gearing up for the biggest public order operation in several years, with tens of thousands of people expected to descend on the area to protest. Senior police are already grappling with how to achieve a balance between Mr Trump’s security and allowing the public’s right to demonstrate. One source said that Mr Trump’s decision to opt for the carriage, rather than the bullet and bomb-proof car that was used by his predecessor presented a range of fresh headaches.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/trum ... -xjnffdq32

Are we seriously going to have Trump riding around in a gold carriage :roll:

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by KK » Sat Apr 15, 2017 7:03 pm

It would be a disaster. I think the entirety of London would turn out against him tbh. Good luck to him, I say.

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by Moggy » Sat Apr 15, 2017 7:05 pm

Garth wrote:
Trump demands gold‑plated welcome
President insists on a carriage journey down The Mall to Buckingham Palace

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Donald Trump waving from the Queen’s royal carriage is not a scenario many would have foreseen a year ago, but it has become a very real prospect, forcing security services to plan an unprecedented lockdown.

The White House has made clear it regards the carriage procession down the Mall as an essential element of the itinerary for the visit currently planned for the second week of October, according to officials.

Security sources have warned, however, that the procession will require a “monster” security operation, far greater than for any recent state visit.

The Metropolitan Police was already gearing up for the biggest public order operation in several years, with tens of thousands of people expected to descend on the area to protest. Senior police are already grappling with how to achieve a balance between Mr Trump’s security and allowing the public’s right to demonstrate. One source said that Mr Trump’s decision to opt for the carriage, rather than the bullet and bomb-proof car that was used by his predecessor presented a range of fresh headaches.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/trum ... -xjnffdq32

Are we seriously going to have Trump riding around in a gold carriage :roll:


For a decent trade deal we'll probably make him a prince.

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PostRe: The American Politics Thread
by KK » Sat Apr 15, 2017 7:08 pm

The only way they could realistically do is it with an empty Mall.

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by Peter Crisp » Sat Apr 15, 2017 7:18 pm

Moggy wrote:For a decent trade deal we'll probably make him a prince.


How about if the US bans all the shitty American cheese (it's not worthy of the name) and imports at least 70k tons of artisan British cheese.
Then American's would realise just how rubbish an idea independence is and beg us to take them back as subjects.

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Posted 16th March 2016. Let's see.

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