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PostRe: US Politics - Trump refuses to implement Russia sanctions, defying near-unanimous Congress vote
by TV Dinner » Fri Feb 02, 2018 8:15 pm

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captain red dog wrote:Wait so the warrant used to order surveillance on a Trump aid was based on the pissing dossier which was financed by Clinton?


I thought the dossier was originally paid for by Republicans running against Trump who then handed it to Clinton after they lost the primaries?

Exactly.

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PostRe: US Politics - Trump refuses to implement Russia sanctions, defying near-unanimous Congress vote
by Alvin Flummux » Fri Feb 02, 2018 8:28 pm

Hexx wrote:How to you begin to fight against that level of stupid?


Ridicule it into submission. Make it embarrassing to hold those views.

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by Garth of Christmas Future » Fri Feb 02, 2018 9:46 pm


Panic selling after news of a rise in wages apparently.

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by Alvin Flummux » Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:33 pm

Oh what a hardship that must be for them. :roll:



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PostRe: US Politics - Trump refuses to implement Russia sanctions, defying near-unanimous Congress vote
by Karl » Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:53 pm

Holy gooseberry fool :lol:

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PostRe: US Politics - Trump refuses to implement Russia sanctions, defying near-unanimous Congress vote
by Squinty » Fri Feb 02, 2018 11:17 pm

I have only seen bits of the Trump interview. But yeah, that image seems like a good comparison.

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PostRe: US Politics - Trump refuses to implement Russia sanctions, defying near-unanimous Congress vote
by Peter Crisp » Sat Feb 03, 2018 1:28 am

Oh hell no.
US companies being asked to pay wages people can actually live on without doing craploads of overtime? strawberry floating liberal scum just won't stop until the entire system crumbles.
Just because companies are currently making record profits and have just been given a huge tax break doesn't mean people should expect to be paid decently.

jiggles wrote:Nobody with a VR headset is going to be using it regularly this time next year, let alone in 4 years time.


Posted 16th March 2016. Let's see.
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PostRe: US Politics - Trump refuses to implement Russia sanctions, defying near-unanimous Congress vote
by Harry Ola » Sat Feb 03, 2018 8:18 am

So on the one possible issue of debate, whether the court knew the Steele dossier supporting the application was funded politically, it turns out ....



If this is all they have got to discredit Mueller, they are in trouble.

The memo has had some impact though ...


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PostRe: US Politics - Trump refuses to implement Russia sanctions, defying near-unanimous Congress vote
by Harry Ellis » Sat Feb 03, 2018 11:52 am

Yes, that's right, ignore the content within the dossier and whether it's accurate or not, just focus on how it was funded.

Fucknuggets.

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PostRe: US Politics - Trump refuses to implement Russia sanctions, defying near-unanimous Congress vote
by Harry Ola » Sat Feb 03, 2018 4:47 pm

So Donny has been back on twitter, before his round of golf. Gold dust as always.



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PostRe: US Politics - Trump refuses to implement Russia sanctions, defying near-unanimous Congress vote
by Peter Crisp » Sat Feb 03, 2018 6:40 pm

Trump is just terrible at debating.
It doesn't help that he can barely go 3 or 4 sentences without some form of lie or putting his foot it his mouth and yet he won the Presidency regardless.

Seriously, people who still back him must not have been watching the last 12 months as no sane person looks at his efforts and thinks it was good. If Obama had done 10% of what Trump has they'd be going strawberry floating bananas. I honestly think if they'd elected an actual baby as president the same people would be saying how great he is.

jiggles wrote:Nobody with a VR headset is going to be using it regularly this time next year, let alone in 4 years time.


Posted 16th March 2016. Let's see.
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PostRe: US Politics - Trump refuses to implement Russia sanctions, defying near-unanimous Congress vote
by Alvin Flummux » Sun Feb 04, 2018 4:05 am

Carter Page, making himself look guiltier and guiltier...

Carter Page Touted Kremlin Contacts in 2013 Letter

Former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page bragged that he was an adviser to the Kremlin in a letter obtained by TIME that raises new questions about the extent of Page’s contacts with the Russian government over the years.

The letter, dated Aug. 25, 2013, was sent by Page to an academic press during a dispute over edits to an unpublished manuscript he had submitted for publication, according to an editor who worked with Page.

Over the past half year, I have had the privilege to serve as an informal advisor to the staff of the Kremlin in preparation for their Presidency of the G-20 Summit next month, where energy issues will be a prominent point on the agenda,” the letter reads.


http://time.com/5132126/carter-page-russia-2013-letter/

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by Harry Ola » Sun Feb 04, 2018 6:03 am

Alvin Flummux wrote:Carter Page, making himself look guiltier and guiltier...

Carter Page Touted Kremlin Contacts in 2013 Letter

Former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page bragged that he was an adviser to the Kremlin in a letter obtained by TIME that raises new questions about the extent of Page’s contacts with the Russian government over the years.

The letter, dated Aug. 25, 2013, was sent by Page to an academic press during a dispute over edits to an unpublished manuscript he had submitted for publication, according to an editor who worked with Page.

Over the past half year, I have had the privilege to serve as an informal advisor to the staff of the Kremlin in preparation for their Presidency of the G-20 Summit next month, where energy issues will be a prominent point on the agenda,” the letter reads.


http://time.com/5132126/carter-page-russia-2013-letter/


You really do not want to upset the people who know all the secrets ....

Evan McMullin puts this well:



He was a very odd choice for the Republicans to go out to bat for.

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PostRe: US Politics - Trump refuses to implement Russia sanctions, defying near-unanimous Congress vote
by Harry Ola » Sun Feb 04, 2018 6:18 am

Seth Abramson just occasionally gives me hope that Donny is going down. This thread gets to the heart of the matter - Russian money:



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by KK » Sun Feb 04, 2018 1:12 pm

There's been some really interesting articles over the last few days focusing on America's "crumbling infrastructure":

The Guardian wrote:'One big pothole’: will Trump fix America’s decaying infrastructure?

By 12 January, the Baltimore Sun newspaper reported, the city had a backlog of 132 broken mains, 1,243 customers complaining of no water, and 2,017 reports of water leaks. Several schools were forced to close, especially after parents tweeted photos of pupils huddled in classrooms wearing winter coats because the heating had broken down. Stewart Watson, an artist whose son was among those sent home, said: “They couldn’t think, let alone learn anything, so the school was shut down.”

Watson, 49, recalled how a sinkhole on her street and a water mains breakage took the city’s overstretched utility services 10 days to fix. “We’re in a system where we don’t deal with stuff when it’s broken,” she added. “We don’t upgrade things until it’s a problem.”

This majority African American, staunchly Democratic city feels increasingly neglected by the Trump administration, the Republican Congress and Maryland’s Republican governor, Larry Hogan. In 2015 Hogan cancelled the $2.9bn red line underground railway project, which would have served low-income black communities and created thousands of jobs in the city, and diverted the funds to road projects in largely white, rural parts of the state.

As Baltimore’s crime rate soars, sucking up half a billion dollars for policing that otherwise might be spent on infrastructure, and its population declines, the city is caught in a downward spiral. Michael Olesker, an author and former Baltimore Sun columnist, said: “There are neighbourhoods that are just falling apart. We are hungry for some kind of federal assistance. We’ve got roads and bridges and tracks that are in serious disrepair. You drive over potholes that are the size of lunar craters.

“Now with Donald Trump in the White House it looks like we’re going to get less help than we’re accustomed to. Our worry now is: are we going to become a third world city as we get less help from the federal government?”

https://www.theguardian.com/global/2018 ... on-address

CBS News and ABC News wrote:Will Trump's plan do anything about New Orleans' crumbling infrastructure?

Battered by nature and neglect, New Orleans is one of the best examples of what President Trump calls the country's "crumbling infrastructure." But when looking at the billion-dollar needs of this 300-year-old city, two things become apparent: The rebuilding task is immense and it's not clear the president's new plan will help.

The city needs about $11.6 billion to bring key parts of its infrastructure into "this century," said city official Katie Dignan. That means repairing the roads, the infrastructure under them — sewer, water and drainage — as well as other parts of the drainage system that empties the city of water when it rains.

Dignan said the city has about $2 billion available, some from FEMA to mitigate Hurricane Katrina damage and some from other sources. Now, the city faces choices on how to come up with the remainder. Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who calls the aging sewer, water and drainage system a "prime example" of needed infrastructure work, has doubts about Mr. Trump's proposal.

Mr. Trump called on Congress to produce a bill that generates "at least $1.5 trillion" for infrastructure investment. But he hasn't detailed how much money the federal government would actually supply and has suggested that much of the money would come from state and local governments or private-sector investments.

"What the president is really proposing is not HIS infrastructure plan but basically saying to the states and the cities: 'Build it on your own and find another way to pay for it through raising taxes or cutting services,'" Landrieu, a Democrat and the current president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, said Thursday.

Finding more money is a challenge in a financially strapped Louisiana — and in a city that was facing a major budget deficit when Landrieu took office eight years ago.

Landrieu said public-private partnerships can work on some types of projects where there's money to pay back the partner, but poorer cities — often those with the biggest infrastructure problems — are going to have a harder time. Forcing cities like New Orleans to pay for the infrastructure means taking money away from other local priorities, such as housing homeless veterans, he said.

The precariousness of the city's infrastructure was on full display last August when a massive downpour overwhelmed the pumping system and inundated many neighborhoods.

The Broad Theater was still recovering from a previous rainstorm when the August storm hit. Movie-goers evacuated waist-high waters by boat. Manager Michael Domangue lost his car to the flood. The theater closed for seven days and had to refund tickets.

"I still feel when we rain, people get worried about coming here," Domangue said.

And this damage all happened within sight of a pumping station that's part of the drainage system. Of the $11.6 billion, an estimated $2 billion is needed for long-term repairs and upgrades to the city's pumping system, Dignan said, although she cautioned that figure could change. The other $9.6 billion would go toward fixing the roads and the infrastructure under them. That includes a drinking water system plagued by wasteful leaks and occasional power failures and pressure drops that can let contaminants in — requiring residents to boil water.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/will-trump ... structure/

Bloomberg wrote:America's Digital Infrastructure Is Crumbling, Too

Brain drain and lack of a coherent policy have increased the risk of widespread failures and hacker attacks.

Last weekend I passed through the glittering main terminal of the Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar. It is highly efficient, utterly beautiful and ultramodern. I cannot think of a single U.S. airport that compares favorably to it in any dimension. China today is building high-speed rail networks, new modernized ports, and seemingly endless stretches of smooth highways at a prodigious rate. We used to think of a “missile gap” threatening the U.S. during the Cold War. Today we are increasingly facing an infrastructure gap -- and it is expanding daily.

And as we begin yet another tumultuous year of politics and policy in America, the White House, statehouses, and elected officials on both sides of the aisle are already putting infrastructure at the top of the political agenda. In Tuesday's State of the Union message, President Donald Trump called on Congress to allocate at least $1.5 trillion for "the infrastructure investment we need."

Perhaps nowhere is the U.S. greater need of information technology improvements than in government. Late last year, the American Technology Council released a report to the president on how to modernize the federal government’s digital systems. The council describes a current state of vulnerable networks, antiquated hardware and duplicative systems. It outlines some important best practices, but leaves much to be desired in the innovation category.

Washington is hardly alone. States and cities across the country are struggling to keep up with technology’s rapid pace of development. Bureaucratic resistance to change, compounded by tight budgets, poor governance and human capital flight to the private sector, has left governments’ IT backbones in a precarious state. Making matters worse, only a small percentage of policy makers and government officials grasp the basic fundamentals of technology. This chronic intellectual deficit has led to decades of tactical decision-making in the absence of coordinated, whole-of-government strategies.

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles ... mbling-too

Problem is, there is no money left...

The U.S. Treasury expects to borrow $955 billion this fiscal year, according to a documents released Wednesday. It's the highest amount of borrowing in six years, and a big jump from the $519 billion the federal government borrowed last year.

“It is terrible. Those deficits and the debt that keeps rising is a serious problem, not only in the long run, but right now,” Harvard economist Martin Feldstein, a former Reagan adviser, told Bloomberg.

The United States is currently $21 trillion in debt according to the National Debt Clock.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/won ... this-year/

BTW, the Active Shooter documentary series has been a fascinating watch - worth checking out if you have Sky Atlantic or access to Showtime.

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PostRe: US Politics - Trump refuses to implement Russia sanctions, defying near-unanimous Congress vote
by Alvin Flummux » Sun Feb 04, 2018 2:38 pm

That Seth Abramson tweet thread is excellent. Why isn't the media doggedly pursuing this story? It's the scoop of the damn century.

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PostRe: US Politics - Trump refuses to implement Russia sanctions, defying near-unanimous Congress vote
by Garth of Christmas Future » Mon Feb 05, 2018 1:37 pm


Stupid banana split. Jeremy Hunt:


Edit: Trump wrote that tweet shortly after Nigel Farage was talking about the protest on Fox News.


And Corbyn:

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by KK » Mon Feb 05, 2018 2:44 pm

Trump, making things awkward for May and the "special relationship" yet again.

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by Peter Crisp » Mon Feb 05, 2018 2:53 pm

I don't see how he thinks marches to see better funding for the NHS is the same as people wanting to scrap it?
People also argue for more funding for schools that doesn't mean they want them all bulldozed and to just home school everyone if they don't get it.

jiggles wrote:Nobody with a VR headset is going to be using it regularly this time next year, let alone in 4 years time.


Posted 16th March 2016. Let's see.

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