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Opinion: A Little Socialism,


      It is sad that we are so crippled by the threat of economic devastation that we can be convinced to shun even a positive solution that leaves us room room for growth and development. There is a cocktail that allows business to run business and private individuals to survive their whims, greed and arrogance. We will have the basics of human survival; with or without them.

      Granted, better with, but just as business has the right to thrive, people have the right to thrive. Currently the conventional wisdom is making mountains of money, without regard to the consequences. We no longer bother to link productivity to actual profit in any meaningful way. Business has decided they can only profit with tax breaks and labor concessions and our representatives fall over themselves for them to concur.

      In spite, of the disconnect between profit and tbe productivity of labor; there is a solid connection between loss and labor. To make it more complicated, there is a disconnect between labor and consumers as well as government and people.

      Government represents us all, corporations represent themselves. We have no backup plan, just government and we share that with corporations.

      In representing themselves, corporations have taken advantage of labor, by choosing the deflation of wages of most working people to balance the dreaded economic inflammation caused by a high GDP and the natural assumption that it is linked to the prosperity of the masses.

      It escapes many that labor = consumer. To prove the point, stay tuned to the end of October and yearly whinefest by the economic pundits bemoaning the lack of consumer confidence as the root of economic collapse, Merry Christmas! Kill yourself buying presents, lest we stall the economy. The economy has been stalled for years, but it's bonus time, numbers must be met...

      If we, as consumers don't spend enough to keep the corporations reaping record profits; the answer is not to monetize life and death issues like healthcare, food, shelter and education. Consumers have no faith in their paychecks to sustain them past necessity, because they are also labor. Labor can no Ionger associate.the cost of living with the money we earn. We get nervous.

      Economic canabilism?

      When they whine about government that should fit into a teacup, understand that the right to profit at all costs, generally cancels OUR voice.

      Business has power and money. Labor are also consumers, have the same rights to protect ourselves and our interests. Our protection, reduced to a teacup only covers the right to be at the mercy of their whim

      It is our perogotive, to work, make our overhead and show physcal growth too. We have numbers to make. If we don't, we might lose our home, our transportation and in most cases; the stability of our families. Sometimes, it's worse illness...

      This is not working out for most Americans. We are struggling to carry a load of ingrates on our backs.

      It is not a slippery slope, to full blown Marxism. It would be, if we are ignored. It is inevitable, because you are scraping the bowl. The scary part, is those in charge must know this. Just as they are penny wise and pound foolish; they will leave it for someone else to fret over.

      A little socialism, greases the wheels and keeps things rolling with Democracy intact.

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      FINALLY- A Fact Check Of Trump's Hundreds Of Attacks On The Russian Probe


          Finally, there has been an assessment done of Trump's over 250 egregious attacks on the Federal investigation into the Russian's interference in the 2016 USA General Election.

          The question of whether the Donald was legally elected or not has hung around like a rain cloud ever since that election, and as a result Trump has made some wild and crude attempts to de-legitimize the special counsel's inquiry. For example, he has used the term"witch hunt" over 100 times, and he has insisted that the investigation is rigged, and that it is H.R. Clinton who should be investigated.

          As a result of Trump's attacks, and his increasingly bold assertions that the investigation should be stopped, he has finally been fact checked!

          The New York Times conducted an analysis of Trump's claims about the Russian Investigation, and they found more than 250 examples of exaggerated, misleading or flat-out false claims made by Trump.

          A graph of the falseness of his accusations shows that they have increased in frequency and lack of truth in triplicate since January 2018, and that since Helsinki, they have sky-rocketed. Because the graph does not copy well, it has not been included in this post.

          This is an exceptionally long report, so settle in for a read that may take some time.

          President Trump at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. last week.CreditTom Brenner for The New York Times

          Truth-Testing Trump’s 250-Plus Attacks on the Russia Inquiry

          We assessed President Trump’s claims about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and the ensuing federal investigation of his campaign.

          Doubting Russian interference

          Mr. Trump has consistently questioned the basic facts of the American intelligence community’s assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to aid his campaign.

          “The Democrats made up and pushed the Russian story as an excuse for running a terrible campaign.”

          Twitter post, March 20, 2017

          Mr. Trump has suggested at least 19 other times that Democrats fabricated concerns about Russian interference as an excuse for losing the election.


          Democrats sounded the alarm about Russian campaign interference months before the November 2016 election. So did Republicans.

          (Repetitions in 2018: July 16 | June 23 | May 26 | Feb. 20 | Repetitions in 2017: Dec. 28 | Dec. 15| Nov. 26 | Oct. 25 | Oct. 16 | Oct. 11 | Sept. 22 | Aug. 3| May 30 | May 11 | May 11|April 12 | Feb. 26 | Feb. 17 | Feb. 16)

          “Why did the DNC REFUSE to turn over its Server to the FBI, and still hasn’t? It’s all a big Dem scam and excuse for losing the election!”

          Twitter post, June 22, 2017

          Based on the findings of the private security firm CrowdStrike, the Democratic National Committee said in the summer of 2016 that it was hacked by Russian operatives. A month later, nearly 20,000 of the Democratic Party’s internal emails were released. The American intelligence community, in an October 2016 report, said Russians were behind the attack — a finding that was backed up by indictments issued in July against 12 Russian intelligence officers.

          Mr. Trump has pointed out at least 32 other times that the F.B.I. did not directly examine the D.N.C.’s servers. In doing so, he has suggested that the D.N.C. was not hacked during the 2016 campaign.

          This requires context- the F.B.I. never physically seized the servers from the D.N.C. headquarters. However, CrowdStrike provided forensics to federal investigators — which James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, has called an “appropriate substitute.”

          (Repetitions in 2018: July 17 | July 16 | July 14 | July 7 | July 1 | June 28 | June 7 | May 27 | May 20 | April 26 | April 21 | April 20 | April 18 | April 15 | Jan. 11 | Repetitions in 2017: Nov. 10 | Nov. 7 | Aug. 11 | Aug. 10 | July 25 | July 9 | July 7 | June 22 | June 22 | May 13 |May 7 | April 30 | April 28 | April 26 | April 21 | March 30 | March 3)

          “And I heard that they were trying, or people were trying, to hack into the R.N.C., too. The Republican National Committee. But we had much better defenses.”

          Interview with CBS News, June 14, 2018

          Mr. Trump has also blamed the D.N.C. for inadequately protecting itself from cyberattacks. He told “Face the Nation” that “the D.N.C. should be ashamed of themselves for allowing themselves to be hacked” and compared it to the Republican National Committee.

          Largely true.

          The Times reported in December 2016 that Russian operatives did hack the R.N.C.’s systems. In January 2017, Mr. Comey said in congressional testimony that the hackers had penetrated old computer systems that were no longer used by the committee. But Mr. Comey said there was no evidence that the R.N.C.’s newer computer systems — or ones used by the Trump campaign — were hacked successfully.

          (Repetitions in 2017: April 28 | April 21 | Feb. 16)

          “What happened to the servers of the Pakistani gentleman that worked on the D.N.C.? Where are those servers?”

          News conference in Helsinki, Finland, with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, July 16, 2018

          Mr. Trump has referred five other times to Imran Awan, a Pakistani-American and former I.T. specialist who had worked part-time for several Democratic staffs in the House, including Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, the D.N.C.’s former chairwoman. Mr. Awan was arrested last summer on unrelated charges of obtaining a fraudulent bank loan and pleaded guilty in July. Conservative media commentators have suggested that Mr. Awan may have stolen and leaked the Democratic National Committee’s emails, again implying that the Russian hacking never happened.

          This is misleading.

          Mr. Trump’s own Justice Department has rejected this as a conspiracy theory.

          (Repetitions in 2018: July 17 | July 7 | June 7 | April 20 | Repetitions in 2017: Dec. 28)

          “If you don't catch a hacker, O.K., in the act, it's very hard to say who did the hacking. With that being said, I'll go along with Russia. Could've been China, could've been a lot of different groups.”

          Interview on “Face the Nation,” April 30, 2017

          On at least eight other occasions in his presidency, Mr. Trump suggested that Russia might not be the culprit. He has cited Moscow’s denial — or explicitly denied it himself — and offered other explanations for the hacking.


          The American intelligence community, the investigators with the Senate and House intelligence committees and technology companies have all concluded that Russia interfered in the election.

          (Repetitions in 2018: July 17 | July 16 | June 28 | March 6 | Repetitions in 2017: Nov. 11 | July 12 | July 6 | May 11)

          “Russia was against Trump in the 2016 Election”

          Twitter post, July 29, 2017

          Mr. Trump has repeatedly asserted that Mr. Putin’s government did not want him to win the American presidential election. He once claimed that Russia “spent a lot of money on fighting me” and another time asserted that Mr. Putin “wants Hillary.”


          Not only does this contradict various American intelligence reports, Mr. Putin himself said both before and after the November 2016 vote that he wanted Mr. Trump to win because of Mr. Trump’s desire to restore Russian-American relations.

          (Repetitions in 2018: Aug. 2 | July 24 | July 13 | Repetitions in 2017: Nov. 15 | Aug. 10 | July 12)

          Playing down contact with Russians

          The president has confronted reports of contacts between his campaign and influential Russian by playing down his ties to political aides or by shifting the blame to Democrats.

          Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, resigned for misleading White House officials about conversations with the Russian Ambassador.CreditBrendan Smialowski/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

          “There’s nobody on the campaign that saw anybody from Russia.”

          Interview with The Wall Street Journal, July 25, 2017

          Mr. Trump has flat out denied, at least three times, that several people in the Trump campaign met with or spoke to people associated with Russia.


          Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, discussed lifting sanctions with the Russian ambassador in December 2016, and resigned for misleading White House officials about those conversations. Mr. Trump’s son, son-in-law and former campaign chairman — Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort — met with a Russian lawyerwho had connections to the Kremlin during the 2016 campaign. And two foreign policy advisers to the Trump campaign, George Papadopoulos and Carter Page, met with people linked to the Kremlin before the 2016 vote. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was the first senator to endorse Mr. Trump and advised him during the campaign, met with the Russian ambassador at least twice in 2016.

          (Repetitions in 2018: July 16 | Repetitions in 2017: May 13)

          “They weren’t even a part, really — I mean, they were such a minor part — I hadn’t spoken to them.”

          News conference at the White House, Feb. 16, 2017

          Mr. Trump has also played down the roles of campaign aides who had met with people linked to the Kremlin.

          This is misleading.

          It is not clear how high Mr. Papadopoulos or Mr. Page ranked in the Trump campaign hierarchy. But it is implausible to suggest that Mr. Flynn, Mr. Manafort, Mr. Kushner and the junior Mr. Trump played “minor” parts in the campaign.

          (Repetitions: Oct. 31, 2017)

          “Manafort has nothing to do with our campaign.”

          News conference at the White House, June 15, 2018.


          Mr. Manafort was the Trump campaign chairman during the last stretch of the Republican primary campaign. He worked for the campaign for 144 days — not 49 days or three and a half months, as Mr. Trump alternately has claimed.

          (Repetitions in 2018: June 3 | Dec. 28 | Repetitions in 2017: Nov. 5 | Oct. 30).

          “Now there has been collusion between Hillary Clinton, the D.N.C., and the Russians.”

          Remarks to reporters at Camp David, Jan. 6, 2018

          The Washington Post first reported in October that the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign paid for opposition research that led to a dossier about Mr. Trump compiled by Christopher Steele, a former British spy. Mr. Trump has repeatedly accused Democrats of “colluding” with Russia. But it was a conservative website, The Washington Free Beacon, that first paid a research firm for the opposition research. It stopped when Mr. Trump won the nomination. The firm, Fusion GPS, was then paid by the Democrats for the research that became the dossier.

          This is misleading.

          Collusion, which is generally understood as secretive and often illicit collaboration, has no defined legal meaning. Mr. Steele did use Russian sources to compile his dossier, and reported his findings to the F.B.I. But there is no evidence anyone from the Clinton campaign met with Russian officials directly and conspired to manipulate the American election.

          (Repetitions in 2018: Aug. 14 | Aug. 9 | Aug. 6 | Aug. 6 | Aug. 3 | Aug. 1 | July 31 | July 29 | July 27 | July 7 | June 8 | June 2 | May 17 | April 28 | April 26 | March 25 | March 11 | Feb. 17 | Jan. 11 | Jan. 5 | Repetitions in 2017: Oct. 25)

          Supporters watched voter results on television at Mr. Trump’s election night event in New York in 2016.CreditDamon Winter/The New York Times“Nobody asks John Podesta about the company that he has with his brother in Russia.”

          Interview with The Washington Examiner, April 26, 2017

          As evidence of Democratic collusion, Mr. Trump has said John D. Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, owned a company in Russia.


          Mr. Podesta does not own a company in Russia. The consulting firm that he and his brother, Tony Podesta, co-founded is based in Washington, not Russia. (The firm did, however, lobby on behalf of a Russian bank.)

          (Repetitions in 2018: April 28 | Feb. 17 | Repetitions in 2017: Aug. 3 | July 25 | July 22 | May 13 | April 30 | April 28 | April 26 | March 27)

          “We had Hillary Clinton give Russia 20 percent of the uranium in our country.”

          News conference at the White House, Feb. 16, 2017

          Mr. Trump has accused Mrs. Clinton of selling American uranium to Russia at least 16 other times, sometimes briefly referring to the issue simply as “Uranium One.”

          This is misleading.

          Uranium One is a uranium production company with holdings in the United States. Mrs. Clinton was secretary of state when the Obama administration allowed Russia’s nuclear agency to purchase the company. The State Department was one of nine agencies — as well as federal nuclear regulator and a state regulator — that had to sign off on the sale. There is no evidence that Mrs. Clinton was personally involved.

          (Repetitions in 2018: July 7 | July 1 | June 7 | Feb. 17 | Repetitions in 2017: Nov. 1 | Oct. 29| Oct. 25 | Oct. 19 | Aug. 3 | July 25 | July 22 | July 19 | April 30 | March 28 | March 27 | Feb. 16)

          “Collusion is not a crime”— Twitter post, July 31, 2017

          This is Mr. Trump’s latest defense.

          This is misleading.

          Mr. Trump is playing a semantics game. “Collusion” is not a crime in the federal code of criminal procedure, but a potential conspiracy between a campaign and a foreign government that violates American election laws is indeed illegal.

          Claiming a political setup

          Mr. Trump has asserted that he and his campaign are the victims in the Russia investigation.

          “The Obama Administration knew far in advance of November 8th about election meddling by Russia. Did nothing about it. WHY?”— Twitter post, June 23, 2017

          Mr. Trump has repeatedly claimed that President Barack Obama did not act — sometimes by adding: “because he thought Crooked Hillary Clinton would win” — to sow doubts about the independence of those who accuse Russia of election interference.


          The Obama administration warned Russian officials against interfering before the election in August, September and October, and imposed sanctions in December 2016.

          (Repetitions in 2018: July 17 | July 17 | July 15 | July 14 | June 15 | May 27 | March 5 | Feb. 24 | Feb. 21 | Feb. 19 | Repetitions in 2017: July 19 | July 6 | June 26 | June 26 | June 25 | June 22)

          Mr. Trump accused President Barack Obama of wiretapping his campaign at Trump Tower.CreditAl Drago/The New York Times

          “Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory.”— Twitter post, March 4, 2017


          In four subsequent interviews between March and April 2017, Mr. Trump corrected himself to say he had been under surveillance, generally, by the Obama administration — but not by a telephone wiretap.

          He also claimed to have learned of the surveillance from The New York Times and accused The Times of removing the word “wiretap” from the article’s headline.


          The Times did not report that Mr. Obama ordered surveillance of Mr. Trump’s phone conversations, nor did the headline ever change.

          (Repetitions in 2018: June 25 | Repetitions in 2017: April 17 | April 12 | April 2 | March 23 | March 17 | March 15 | March 4 | March 4 | March 4)

          “Wow, @FoxNews just reporting big news. Source: ‘Official behind unmasking is high up. Known Intel official is responsible. Some unmasked ... not associated with Russia. Trump team spied on before he was nominated.’”— Twitter posts, April 1, 2017

          Mr. Trump repeatedly claimed that the Obama administration “spied on” the Trump campaign in referring to the process of “unmasking.” When Americans’ communications are swept up in surveillance of foreigners, their names are normally obscured to protect their privacy. Only authorized national security officials can ask to have the identities of Americans “unmasked.”

          This requires context.

          Mr. Trump is correct that Trump campaign officials were caught up in surveillance of foreign targets and their identities were unmasked — a request made by Susan E. Rice, Mr. Obama’s national security adviser. Mr. Trump then accused Ms. Rice of committing a crime.

          But that was not unlawful or unusual. The National Security Agency revealed almost 2,000 American identities in 2016, and more than 2,200 in 2015, according to a statistical report. Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the agency’s former director, said in congressional testimony last June that the N.S.A. approves requests only if revealing the names of Americans will help the official understand intelligence better, “not so you can use that knowledge indiscriminately.”

          (Repetitions in 2017: Sept. 14 | June 23 | June 22 | June 1 | May 11 | May 4 | April 5 | April 3)

          “Disproven and paid for by Democrats ‘Dossier used to spy on Trump Campaign. Did FBI use Intel tool to influence the Election?’ ”

          Twitter post, Jan. 11, 2018

          Mr. Trump first made this claim in January and has repeated it at least 11 other times. It refers to accusations that the Justice Department used unverified information from Mr. Steele’s dossier in its court application to put Mr. Page under surveillance.

          This is misleading.

          The F.B.I. cited information from Mr. Steele’s dossier, but also other information in its application to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The initial application was filed in October 2016, after Mr. Page had left the Trump campaign.

          (Repetitions: Aug. 14 | Aug. 12 | Aug. 9 | Aug. 1 | July 23 | July 22 | May 20 | March 26 | Feb. 3 | Feb. 2 | Jan. 11)


          THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION “was based on fraudulent activities and a Fake Dossier paid for by Crooked Hillary and the DNC.”— Twitter post, March 17, 2018

          Mr. Trump has claimed repeatedly that the special counsel investigation led by Robert S. Mueller III was opened because of the information in Mr. Steele’s dossier.


          Republicans who hold the majority vote on the House Intelligence Committee have confirmed that the investigation was the result of Mr. Papadopoulos telling an Australian ambassador in May 2016 that the Russians had political dirt on Mrs. Clinton.

          (Repetitions: Aug. 9 | Aug. 1 | July 29 | July 29 | July 23 | May 21 | May 1 | April 28)

          “So you have all these investigators; they’re Democrats. In all fairness, Bob Mueller worked for Obama for eight years.”

          Remarks to reporters at the White House, May 4, 2018

          Mr. Trump has described the special counsel investigation as “rigged,”given the political affiliations of the people on the team. He’s referred to them as “13 Angry Democrats” since May, and increased the count to 17 in late July.

          This needs context.

          A spokesman for the special counsel’s office confirmed the names of 17 investigators on Mr. Mueller’s legal team in May. An additional prosecutor, Uzo Asonye, was later brought on to help in the case against Mr. Manafort, raising the number on the team to 18.

          Fourteen of the 18 have donated to Democratic candidates in the past or self-identify as Democrats — including Mr. Asonye, who donated to Mrs. Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign.

          But Mr. Trump ignores the fact that the political affiliations of the other four are unknown. Mr. Mueller himself is a registered Republican, and he was appointed as F.B.I. director by President George W. Bush in 2001.

          It is worth noting that four other prosecutors have been named in notices of appearances in certain cases initially brought by the special counsel. The Washington Post has reported that they have not joined Mr. Mueller’s team, but may take on those cases after the special counsel investigation ends.

          (Repetitions: Aug. 14 | Aug. 9 | Aug. 5 | Aug 1 | Jul 29 | July 27 | July 21 | July 21 | July 16 | July 10 | July 7 | June 28 | June 28 | June 25 | June 20 | June 17 | June 15 | June 15 | June 7| June 7| June 7 | June 4 | May 29 | May 29 | May 27 | May 26 | May 26 | May 20 | May 7 | May 5 | April 26 | April 11 | April 9 | March 18)

          “Problem is that the acting head of the FBI & the person in charge of the Hillary investigation, Andrew McCabe, got $700,000 from H for wife!”— Twitter post, July 25, 2017

          As evidence of the “scam” against his campaign, Mr. Trump has cited the links between Andrew G. McCabe, the former F.B.I. deputy director, and Mrs. Clinton at least seven other times.

          This needs context.

          Mr. McCabe’s wife ran for a seat in the Virginia State Senate in 2015, and accepted nearly $500,000 in contributions from Common Good VA. That political action committee is run by Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia, a longtime fund-raiser and friend of Mrs. Clinton. Mrs. Clinton did not donate to the campaign.

          Mr. McCabe became the F.B.I.’s deputy director in February 2016 — and began overseeing the investigation into Mrs. Clinton’s email server — nearly three months after his wife lost her race.

          (Repetitions in 2018: May 20 | April 28 | April 15 | Jan. 24 | Repetitions in 2017: Dec. 25 | July 25)

          Mr. Trump also has noted several times, accurately, that it was a Clinton ally — not Mrs. Clinton herself — who donated to Ms. McCabe’s campaign.

          “SPYGATE could be one of the biggest political scandals in history!”

          Twitter post, May 23, 2018

          The claim that the Obama administration planted a spy inside the Trump campaign first emerged in Mr. Trump’s Twitter posts in mid-May; he repeated it at least 13 times by early June. It refers to reports that an F.B.I. informant had contacted Trump campaign aides.

          This requires context.

          As The Times has reported:

          In fact, F.B.I. agents sent an informant to talk to two campaign advisers only after they received evidence that the pair had suspicious contacts linked to Russia during the campaign.

          Mr. Trump also falsely claimed that James R. Clapper Jr., the Obama administration’s director of national intelligence, “admitted” to spying on his campaign. Mr. Clapper said the exact opposite.

          (Repetitions: June 5 | June 5 | May 28 | May 26 | May 24 | May 23 | May 23 | May 23 | May 23 | May 22 | May 20 | May 17)

          “Take a look at the horrible statements that Peter Strzok, the chief investigator, said.”

          Remarks to reporters at the White House, June 15, 2018


          In August 2016, Peter Strzok, a senior F.B.I. counterintelligence agent, made disparaging remarks about Mr. Trump in texts sent to Lisa Page, a former F.B.I. lawyer. The Justice Department’s inspector general said in a June report that the texts “cast a cloud” over the F.B.I.’s handling of the investigation and its credibility. But the report did not find political bias that directly affected the investigation.

          Mr. Strzok was fired on Aug. 13 for violating bureau policies.

          (Repetitions: Aug. 14 | Aug. 1 | July 18 | July 11 | June 17 | June 16 | June 15 | June 15 | April 28 | April 26 |

          “The Russian Hoax Investigation has now cost our government over $17 million, and going up fast.”— Twitter post, June 1, 2018

          True, but ...

          The special counsel’s investigation reported expenditures of about $16.7 million from May 17, 2017, to March 31, 2018 — so Mr. Trump’s estimate is reasonable. But there is an important caveat: About $9 million was in indirect costs that the Justice Department would have spent regardless of the investigation.

          (Repetitions: June 28 | June 2 | May 20)

          Declaring vindication

          According to Mr. Trump, officials and even certain developments in the Russia investigation have absolved his campaign of wrongdoing.

          The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, right, speaks with Adam Schiff, the ranking member, about Russian interference in the 2016 election.CreditGabriella Demczuk for The New York Times

          “James Clapper and others stated that there is no evidence Potus colluded with Russia. This story is FAKE NEWS and everyone knows it!”— Twitter post, March 20, 2017

          Mr. Trump has repeatedly said the following people have cleared his campaign of wrongdoing: Mr. Clapper, Mr. Comey, Jeh Johnson, the former Department of Homeland Security secretary, and Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, a leading Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

          This is misleading.

          These officials have said they personally had not seen evidence or proof of collusion, but did not rule it out.

          (Repetitions in 2018: Jan. 10 | Repetitions in 2017: Dec. 28 | Nov. 11 | June 22 | May 8 | March 20)

          “This memo totally vindicates ‘Trump’ in probe.”— Twitter post, Feb. 3, 2018

          Republicans on House Intelligence Committee released a memo accusing the Justice Department of monitoring Mr. Page without disclosing who paid for Mr. Steele’s dossier. Mr. Trump claimed that the memo proved his campaign did not collude with Russia. He also later said his innocence was verified by a Democratic memo that responded to some of the Republican claims.


          Neither memo explicitly clears Mr. Trump of collusion.

          “We’re very happy with the decision by the House Intelligence Committee, saying there’s absolutely no collusion with respect to Russia.”— Remarks to reporters at the White House, March 13, 2018

          True, but ...

          Republicans on the committee said in March that they had found no evidence of collusion between Mr. Trump’s campaign and Russia; a report they released in April concluded the same. But in their own report, Democrats disputed the Republicans’ findings, saying that Republicans absolved the Trump campaign without doing due diligence.

          (Repetitions: July 5 | April 28 | April 27 | April 27 | April 26 | April 18 | April 9)

          “James Comey Memos just out and show clearly that there was NO COLLUSION and NO OBSTRUCTION.”— Twitter post, April 19, 2018


          Memos written by Mr. Comey, and released in April, do not mention collusion. That is not the same as clearing anyone of collusion, nor obstruction of justice, which is one of the issues being examined by the special counsel investigation.

          “It is a very unfair situation, but the I.G. report totally exonerates me.”

          Interview with Fox & Friends, June 15, 2018


          The Justice Department’s inspector general released an internal report in June that criticized Mr. Comey and other F.B.I. agents for their handling of the investigation into Mrs. Clinton’s emails. But the report did not examine or issue conclusions about the investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.


          Linda Qiu is a fact-check reporter, based in Washington. She came to the Times in 2017 from the fact-checking service PolitiFact. @ylindaqiu


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          Pundit Post

          Manafort.... What If...


              What if...

              the jury returns with a not guilty or even no verdict?

              What if...

              the judge's shenanigans are ignored with no reversal?

              What if...

              we have to accept that there is a large enough segment of people who are unwilling or just blind to any unlawful or unethical act to anything related to Trump?

              What if...

              the Mueller probe loses steam and people lose its patience with it?

              What if...

              the combination of a good economy and blemish on Mueller's record starts to boost Trump's appeal?

              Now I believe the case against Manafort is airtight, but I don't matter. Now I believe that the Trump administration is the most corrupt since Nixon, but I don't matter. It's what's in the soul of many Americans that matter.

              I think we need to stop and think about the potential consequences of that... as scary as it might seem.

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              Trump's Enemies List


                  Trump's Enemies List

                  James Comey, Sally Yates, John Brennan -- screenshots

                  What do these people have in common?

                  John Brennan – 25 years in the CIA. Director of the Terrorist Threat Integration Center, 2003-2004. Director of Central Intelligence, 2013-2017.

                  James Clapper – 32 years in the Air Force, retired as a three-star general with three Legions of Merit, two Bronze Stars, and two Air Medals. Flew 73 combat support missions over Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, 1991-1995. Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, 2007-2010. Director of National Intelligence, 2010-2017.

                  Michael Hayden – 41 years in the Air Force, retired as a four-star general with three Defense Distinguished Service Medals, two Defense Superior Service Medals, one Legion of Merit, and one Bronze Star. Director National Security Agency, 1999-2005. Deputy Director National Intelligence, 2005-2006. Director of Central Intelligence Agency, 2006-2009.

                  Susan Rice – Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, 1997-2001. United States Ambassador to the United Nations, 2009-2013. White House National Security Adviser, 2013-2017.

                  James Comey – United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, 2002-2003. Deputy Attorney General, 2003-2005. Director Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2013-2017.

                  Sally Yates – United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, 2010-2015. Deputy Attorney General, 2015-2017. Acting Attorney General, 2017.

                  Andrew McCabe – 22 years in the FBI. Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2016-2018. Acting Director FBI, 2017.

                  Peter Strzok – 22 years in the FBI. Deputy Assistant Director, Counterintelligence Division. Section Chief, Counterespionage Section.

                  Lisa Page – FBI attorney serving under FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and FBI Director James Comey.

                  Bruce G. Ohr – Former Associate Deputy Attorney General. Former Director Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.

                  They are all potential witnesses.

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                  Is Karma A Bitch Or What?


                      The irony of a fake president who sought and obtained assistance from Russia to steal a presidential election from the American people, being brought down by someone who has audio and video recordings, as well as emails, text messages and other documents. AND the person is a black woman, and Comrade Trump has not displayed more disdain for any group more than he has for black people, except those who praise him.

                      President Obama has a little advide for Kanye.


                      Omarosa Manigault Newman has a stash of video, emails, text messages and other documentation supporting the claims in her tell-all book about her time in the Trump White House, a person with direct knowledge of the records told The Associated Press Friday.

                      Manigault Newman has made clear that she plans to continue selectively releasing the pieces of evidence if President Donald Trump and his associates continue to attack her credibility and challenge the claims in her book, “Unhinged.” She’s already dribbled out audio recordings of conversations, and video clips, texts or email could follow, according to the person who described what Manigault Newman has called a multimedia “treasure trove.” The person was not authorized to discuss the issue publicly and asked for anonymity.

                      “I will not be silenced. I will not be intimidated. I’m not going to be bullied by Donald Trump,” the former Trump aide told The Associated Press this week as she seemed to dismiss a threat from Trump’s campaign. She spoke to the AP hours after Trump’s campaign announced it was filing an arbitration action against her alleging she’d violated a signed agreement with the campaign that prohibits her from disclosing confidential information.

                      She told PBS in a separate interview this week: “I have a significant amount, in fact, a treasure trove, of multimedia backup for everything that’s not only in “Unhinged,” but everything that I assert about Donald Trump.”

                      Manigault Newman claims Trump officials offered her a job on the campaign as a way of silencing her, after she was fired from the White House. She’s accused Trump of being racist and suffering from a mental decline.

                      The White House has countered by branding Manigault Newman as a disgruntled former staffer with credibility issues who is now trying to profit from a book based on false attacks against an individual she has called a mentor and has admired for more than a decade.

                      Trump has also lashed out at Manigault Newman, calling her a “lowlife,” ″wacky and deranged” and a “dog.”

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                      We Need A Revolution( Resolution)


                          Personally, I think we really need a Revolution(Resolution) to the current situation... mind you, DT’s talking about a “RED-WAVE” , Honestly, After 2016,I’m inclined to be cautious.. why?, they(foreign entities , complicit GOP, and voters who stayed home)

                          We all know The polls on the “ BLUE-WAVE( tsunami) but it’s not going to be that way if we, the people ( the diverse) don’t work overtime!

                          Here’s another

                          And another

                          Finally my favorite song

                          VOTE OUT THE GOP in November!

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                          I Still Want To See His Tax Returns


                              Not the author. Sharing with permission..

                              Try, just try, to get a trumpet to digest and understand this.


                              When you have a mean spirited, corrupt president that has to pay off the women he legally touched with their approval, and is supported by the Republicans, you have a disaster. Trump's corruption is well known and supported by the Republicans for a buck in their own pocket you have the downfall of America. One good example: Patricia Burke-Chin posted on Quomo Live: tRump is owned by Russia, he is Putins puppet.

                              In case you haven't connected the dots... Putin controls the largest oil company in Russia. He made a 500 Billion dollar deal with the CEO of Exxon Mobil. Obama put sanctions in place which stopped that deal. Russia then hacked into our government in order to get Trump elected. When the CIA told Congress this in September (James Comey was also in that meeting), Mitch McConnell refused to tell the American people, blackmailing Obama saying he would frame it as playing partisan politics during the election. Comey released the infamous no-information letter. Mitch McConnell's wife was picked for Trump's cabinet. Wonder why our President has been so quick to dismiss the CIA's findings?.........Here are some facts : Decide for yourselves 1) Trump owes Blackstone/ Bayrock group a reported $100 million to $560 million dollars (one of his largest debtors and the primary reason he won't reveal his tax returns)
                              2) Blackstone is owned wholly by Russian billionaires, who owe their position to Putin and have made billions from their work with the Russian government.
                              3) Other companies that have borrowed from Blackstone have claimed that owing money to them is like owing to the Russian mob and while you owe them, they own you for many favors.
                              4) The Russian economy is badly faltering under the weight of its over-dependence on raw materials which as you know have plummeted in the last 2 years leaving the Russian economy scrambling to pay its debts.
                              5) Russia has an impetus to influence our election to ensure the per barrel oil prices are above $65 ( they are currently hovering around $50)
                              6) Russia can't affordably get at 80% of its oil reserves and reduce its per barrel cost to compete with America at $45 or Saudi Arabia at $39. With Iranian sanctions being lifted Russia will find another inexpensive competitor increasing production and pushing Russia further down the list of suppliers.
                              As for Iranian sanctions, the 6 countries lifting them allowing Iran to collect on the billions it is owed for pumping oil but not being paid for it. These billions Iran can only get if the Iranian nuclear deal is signed. Trump spoke of ending the deals which would cause oil sales sanctions to be reimposed, which would make Russian oil more competitive.
                              7) Rex Tillerson (Trump's ex Secretary of State) was the head of ExxonMobil, which is in possession of patented technology that could help Putin extract 45% more oil at a significant cost savings to Russia, helping Putin put money in the Russian coffers to help reconstitute its military and finally afford to mass produce the new and improved systems that it had invented before the Russian economy had slowed so much.
                              8) Putin cannot get access to these new cost saving technologies OR outside oil field development money, due to US sanctions on Russia, because of its involvement in Ukrainian civil war.
                              9) Look for Trump to end sanctions on Russia and to back out of the Iranian nuclear deal, to help Russia rebuild its economy, strengthen Putin and make Tillerson and Trump even richer, thus allowing Trump to satisfy his creditors at Blackstone.
                              10) With Trump's fabricated hatred of NATO and the U.N., the Russian military reconstituted, the threat to the Baltic states is real. Russia retaking their access to the Baltic Sea from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia and threatening the shipping of millions of cubic feet of natural gas to lower Europe from Scandinavia, allowing Russia to make a good case for its oil and gas being piped into eastern Europe.
                              Sources: Time Magazine, NY Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian UK......phew.....did you make it thru all of that?...

                              Concerned Veteran.

                              - Carolyn Hanson

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                              The ACA Truth


                                  The first thing they did is they removed the protections from the ACA. These protections protected Americans from abuse from the Insurance companies, and from the healthcare providers. They couldn't get the votes needed on the floor so Trump used Executive Power in order to remove this.

                                  The GOP celebrated when they removed preexisting conditions coverage from the ACA.

                                  Next they cheered because they removed subsides that helped the middle class and the poor too afford insurance.

                                  Then the GOP went after the clause in Obama's bill that protected individuals against predatory Insurance company policies. They essentially gutted it so that Americans wouldn't know if the Insurance they were fixing to buy was a scam or not. They wouldn't know until they needed it.

                                  Then the GOP took away the option of healthy Americans also needed to be insured this literally took funding away from insurance providers and removed the level field so that Insurance companies no longer had a diverse people insured. It removed 13 million people from the insurance rolls. Plus it increased premiums for 10 million on the insurance plans.

                                  Then the GOP instructed the Insurance companies to push the Junk plans instead of the good ones.

                                  Next is the GOP told the Courts that the ACA was unconstitutional.

                                  Unconstitutional? So what they are actually saying is you have no right to life or happiness. So say good bye to your daughter, son or mom/dad because they have no right to life. They don't deserve to live how dare they get sick in the first place! But hey everyone ... How much does the GOP pay for their own health care? The answer is that, while they don't pay nothing for coverage, they don't pay much.

                                  As the myth busting website Snopes points out, "contrary to popular belief, Congressional members do not receive free health care." Instead, they choose a gold-level Obamacare policy and receive federal subsidies that cover 72 percent of the cost of the premiums.

                                  In short, Snopes reports that members of Congress and staff "pay approximately 28 percent of their annual healthcare premiums through pre-tax payroll deductions." They also have access to "free or low-cost care" through the Office of the Attending Physician as well as "free medical outpatient care at military facilities" in the D.C. area.

                                  That's a pretty good deal, especially given that the average 21-year-old making $25,000 a year would be charged $282 per month for a silver Obamacare plan, and pay about half of that, or $142+, thanks to subsidies, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

                                  But, Jeffrey Frank of The New Yorker reports, one of the reasons legislators might be fixated on doing away with Obamacare is because they used to have a deal they liked even better. Before, they were covered by a "beloved, and by most accounts well-administered, federal plan" called the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP).

                                  Since the ACA has been gutted, legislators would get to return to that "comfortable" situation. They would still enjoy many of the ACA's protections: under FEHBP plans, "no one can be refused, or charged more, for a preexisting condition" and "dependents under twenty-six are covered," Frank writes. Unfortunately, he adds, "twenty plus million other Americans won't."

                                  So Congress is pulling a fast one over you. If the ACA goes away things turn around for them on the Hill. This isn't about the ACA being unconstitutional. It is not about you being forced to purchase insurance. It's all about the GOP loosing a good insurance policy and they want it back! So what if your mom dies because she can't afford a hospital stay, or your son or daughter runs up a million plus hospital bill and you have to file for medical bankruptcy. Congress doesn't care you are 1 in a 325.7 million+ people in the US - so meh buzz off.

                                  BTW the reason for your healthcare being so expensive is not because of what you think. We were told that the reason was because everyone was insured. But in reality if you check the stats you will notice that every time the premiums went up so was the healthcare cost. It never did really raise because of the ACA insurance until the year they removed the subsidies. All the rest was caused from the healthcare industry itself.

                                  The healthcare cost are out of control and the industry keeps raising prices. The insurance companies raise premiums in order to keep up. The average cost of a 3-day hospital stay is around $30,000 today.

                                  video is good and 53:11 long several Congress men and women discuss the ACA on the floor

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