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Name: Miles Archer
Gender: Male
Hometown: Hamilton Massachusetts
Home country: USA
Current location: Nevada
Member since: Wed Oct 16, 2013, 07:49 PM
Number of posts: 5,478

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You may THINK Peter King (R-NY) is a thick-skulled knob, but he uses STRICT voting criteria. STRICT!

https://twitter.com/CHueyBurns/status/844201893861777408

Chuck Schumer: Senate Shouldnt Vote On Neil Gorsuch While FBI Investigates Trump

Source: Huffington Post

WASHINGTON ― Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) wants the Senate to delay a vote on President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick as long as Trump’s campaign remains under investigation by the FBI.

Democrats have struggled to come up with a cohesive strategy on how to handle the vote to confirm Neil Gorsuch, whom Trump picked in January to fill Justice Antonin Scalia’s vacant seat on the high court.

On Monday, FBI Director James Comey confirmed in his testimony to Congress that his agency is investigating ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

“There is a cloud now hanging over the head of the president, and while that’s happening, to have a lifetime appointment made by this president seems very unseemly and there ought to be a delay,” Schumer told reporters on Tuesday.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/chuck-schumer-gorsuch-trump_us_58d189b3e4b0be71dcf8da7c?

Trump owes $300 million to bank involved in global money laundering scheme led by Russian criminals

Trump owes $300 million to bank involved in global money laundering scheme led by Russian criminals



http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/trump-owes-300-million-to-bank-involved-in-global-money-laundering-scheme-led-by-russian-criminals/

Between 2010 and 2014, Deutsche Bank and dozens of financial institutions processed “at least $20 billion … in money of ‘criminal origin’ from Russia” by making fake loans to each other “underwritten by Russian businesses,” which would subsequently default on these debts. As the Guardian notes, courts would enforce judgments against the companies, effectively green lighting massive, legal transfers of funds to the Latvian bank Trasta Komercsbadka (TKB).

Deutsche Bank acted as a “correspondent bank” for TKB, offering services for the Latvian bank’s “non-resident Russian clients,” allowing the money to transfer out of Latvia to banks throughout the world, the Guardian repots. The bank stopped offering correspondent services to TKB in 2015.

Maija Treija, Latvia’s deputy finance minister, told the Guardian the money that made its way through the TKB was “either stolen or with criminal origin.” and was used to get money from the former Soviet Union “into the EU financial system.”

Deutsche Bank’s connection to criminal money from Russia is further complicated by news that the German bank loaned about $300 million to Trump. A secret internal internal review by the bank looked at potential connections between multiple loans made to the president and those close to him with financial ties to the bank—including Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and Kushner’s mother, Seryl Stadtmauer.

Pick the sleaziest, sneakiest, smarmy ass-kissing weasel you know, and Paul Ryan can top that.

Paul Ryan Is Trying to Win Trump’s Support by Calling Him “the Closer” and That Is Very Funny

Politico ran two pieces on Monday about the disinterest that Donald Trump has been showing toward his and Paul Ryan's flailing Obamacare replacement bill. (Trump mentioned the bill only sparingly in a long campaign-style speech in Louisville, Kentucky, on Monday night, for example.) One of the pieces was about all the work Trump's aides are doing to coordinate health care strategy with House Republicans while their boss is busy golfing and complaining to random friends about the legal failure of the Muslim travel ban. That piece includes this gem of insight into the way that other political figures are forced to try to interact with a president who has no attention span and rarely seems to understand the details of anything he's talking about:

Members of Speaker Paul Ryan’s team, trying to appeal to Trump’s ego and deal-making sensibilities, have begun calling him the “closer” or the "ultimate closer.”

How does Paul Ryan think everything went?

https://twitter.com/aterkel/status/844195942005948417

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/03/21/paul_ryan_staff_calling_trump_the_ultimate_closer_report_says.html

Spicer is "checking" if Trump will continue WH tradition of Nowruz (Persian New Year) Greetings



http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/03/obama-nowruz-persian-new-year

Every year while in office, former President Barack Obama crafted an annual address to mark Nowruz, the Persian New Year, and sent his greetings to the millions of people of Iranian descent celebrating in the United States and abroad. The messages gained even greater significance over the past several years, as they came amid ongoing negotiations over what would eventually become a historic nuclear deal.

But as White House press secretary Sean Spicer warned in February, "there is a new president in town," one that has consistently pushed anti-Muslim rhetoric into the mainstream, supports banning Muslims from immigrating to the United States, and has threatened to dismantle the same nuclear agreement Obama said he hoped to achieve in his Nowruz messages.

It's been more than 24 hours since the start of this year's celebration, and President Donald Trump has yet to issue a message of his own. When asked Tuesday whether Trump planned to issue Nowruz greetings similar to Obama's, White House press secretary Sean Spicer demurred, saying he would get back to reporters on the issue. The absence of such remarks would come on the heels of a bungled Black History Month and the administration's failure to mention Jews in its Holocaust Remembrance Day statement.

SPICER: We're not jammin', and we hope you like not jammin' too...

Talked about how Republicans are moving at a great speed on Obamacare replacement, but unlike the Democrats, they're taking the proper time to speak with all of the appropriate committees and not "jamming it down."

Conference is live now:

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/watch-live-trump-press-secretary-sean-spicer-holds-white-house-media-briefing/

Trump "DVRs basically all of cable news" and watches it for "validation" before bed

Trump ‘DVRs basically all of cable news’ and watches it for ‘validation’ before bed



http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/trump-dvrs-basically-all-of-cable-news-and-watches-it-for-validation-before-bed-sources/

“People in Trump world say basically a lot of Fox,” Sherman explained. “But the other thing he does, from a source close to the White House told me that he does DVR basically all of the cable news.”

“It’s kind of remarkable when you think about it,” the columnist observed, “that someone would actually want to watch cable news on recording. Donald Trump, apparently he does. And when he goes back up to the residence at the end of the day, I’ve been told does spend a lot of time flipping through cable networks, including CNN, and catching up on the way that he’s been covered.”

“This is a man whose validation is cemented by how the media covers him. So he sort of obsessively monitors his media coverage.”

Sherman noted that Fox News was Trump’s “primary source of live information,” adding that the president also consumes “a heavy digest of Breitbart.”

Sarah Palin calls on Trump to dump James Comey over alleged Clinton ties

Sarah Palin calls on Trump to dump James Comey over alleged Clinton ties



http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/sarah-palin-calls-on-trump-to-dump-james-comey-over-alleged-clinton-ties/

“Why is tainted Comey still part of Team Trump?” Palin said in a Facebook post. “How long does he get to ride the train?”

Palin linked to an article on her own website, written by Lawrence Richard and citing a dubiously sourced Sept. 10 report posted on Breitbart News that allegedly “exposed” Comey’s connection to the Clinton Foundation.

The Breitbart report points to Comey’s previous work for organizations that donated money or formed partnerships with the Clinton family’s foundation but neglects to demonstrate any conflicts of interest in the FBI director’s investigation of the Democratic presidential candidate’s emails.

“The swamp runs deep,” Palin said. “Where are Congressional ‘investigators’ on this conflict of interest issue? Why aren’t dots more clearly connected by those in authority, those privy to information that we peasants are not?”

Russian Putin biographer: The Trump-Putin relationship could lead to "nuclear holocaust" if it sours

Russian Putin biographer: The Trump-Putin relationship could lead to ‘nuclear holocaust’ if it sours



http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/russian-putin-biographer-the-trump-putin-relationship-could-lead-to-nuclear-holocaust-if-it-sours/

In an interview with Politico, Russian author Masha Gessen — who has written the acclaimed Putin biography The Man Without a Face — says that Trump and Putin’s temperaments could create a volatile mix that could lead to a complete catastrophe for the world.

“We’re already out of the honeymoon phase, and it’s been less than two months,” Gessen tells Politico of the Trump-Putin relationship. “And I think it’s — I mean, the danger of having these two unhinged power-hungry men at their respective nuclear buttons cannot be overestimated.”

Gessen then explained that she’s found herself stunned by the speed at which Trump has been trying to exert authoritarian control. Usually, she points out, rulers such as Putin take a slow-and-steady approach to consolidating power — but Trump, with actions such as his travel ban, has been trying to take control right out of the gate.

“This is just the barrage of disasters, which is something that’s not very familiar to those of us who are trying to report the Putin story,” she said. “In fact, the Putin story, much like, I’d say, the Orban story, right, in Hungary, was unsettling because it left a little too slowly. And then there were like long periods of what passed for normality in between major blows to the world as we know it.”

"We wont have these crowds": Trump complains his rallies will shrivel if health care bill fails

‘We won’t have these crowds’: Trump complains his rallies will shrivel if health care bill fails



http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/we-wont-have-these-crowds-trump-complains-his-rallies-will-shrivel-if-health-care-bill-fails/

On Tuesday, Trump traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with a number of House Republicans who are reluctant to pass a Republican health care bill that has been championed by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI).

According to CNN, Trump began his meeting with Republicans by congratulating himself for the crowd size at a Monday night rally in Louisville, Kentucky. The president warned that the value of his earned media would be diminished if the health care bill fails.

“We won’t have these crowds if we don’t get this done,” he reportedly complained. “I honestly think many of you will lose your seats in 2018 if you don’t get this done.”
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