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Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos resigns in the wake of outrage over his past comments about

Source: Washington Post

The self-described “provocateur” was one of the most popular writers on the far-right website that was for years run by current White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon. Organizers of this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference rescinded their booking of Yiannopoulos on Monday, following an outcry after his critics resurfaced videos of him criticizing age-of-consent laws and joking about a teenage sexual encounter he had with a Catholic priest.


Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/02/21/breitbart-news-editor-milo-yiannopoulos-resigns-in-the-wake-of-outrage-over-his-past-comments-about-pedophilia/?utm_term=.52dcf41e02ba



This is a developing story. It will be updated.

I didn't think I'd ever leave the CIA. But because of Trump, I quit.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/i-didnt-think-id-ever-leave-the-cia-but-because-of-trump-i-quit/2017/02/20/fd7aac3e-f456-11e6-b9c9-e83fce42fb61_story.html?utm_term=.8b82842002c5

The CIA taught me new skills and exposed me to new cultures and countries. More important, it instilled in me a sense of mission and purpose. As an analyst, I became an expert in terrorist groups and traveled the world to help deter and disrupt attacks. The administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama took the CIA’s input seriously. There was no greater reward than having my analysis presented to the president and seeing it shape events. Intelligence informing policy — this is how the system is supposed to work. I saw that up close for the past three years at the White House, where I worked on loan from the CIA until last month. (snip)

To be clear, my decision had nothing to do with politics, and I would have been proud to again work under a Republican administration open to intelligence analysis. I served with conviction under President George W. Bush, some of whose policies I also found troubling, and I took part in programs that the Obama administration criticized and ended. As intelligence professionals, we’re taught to tune out politics. The river separating CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., from Washington might as well be a political moat. But this administration has flipped that dynamic on its head: The politicians are the ones tuning out the intelligence professionals.

The CIA will continue to serve important functions — including undertaking covert action and sharing information with close allies and partners around the globe. If this administration is serious about building trust with the intelligence community, however, it will require more than rallies at CIA headquarters or press statements. What intelligence professionals want most is to know that the fruits of their labor — sometimes at the risk of life or limb — are accorded due deference in the policymaking process.

Until that happens, President Trump and his team are doing another disservice to these dedicated men and women and the nation they proudly, if quietly, serve.


This is disturbing.

Ed 'Big Eddie' Schultz will speak at CPAC.

https://twitter.com/Bencjacobs/status/833787669633183744

RT and Russia got him good.

HE was a con man from the start. Now he's a russian apologist in bed with the American Conservative Union.


Just wanted to pass it on.

Fuck Trump.

I am so sick of him. I am sick of all those he emboldens.

Now that Valentines day is about over, I want to thank my DU friends for the hearts.

I love this place, warts and all.

You know who else was warned, given an explanation and still persisted?

This is a screen cap from my friend.

A silent thread to say: FUCK TRUMP



Fuck trump.

A question For DU Lawyers. esp. those with Constitutional/Government Expertise.

Is it legal to force/coerce/ask Legislative branch employees to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement with the Executive Branch?

Two article from Politico mentions that this has happened. http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/trump-immigration-congress-order-234392
"Like other congressional committees, some staff of the House Judiciary Committee were permitted to offer their policy expertise to the Trump transition team about immigration law," a House Judiciary Committee aide said in a statement. "However, the Trump Administration is responsible for the final policy decisions contained in the executive order and its subsequent roll-out and implementation.”

The work of the committee aides began during the transition period after the election and before Donald Trump was sworn in. The staffers signed nondisclosure agreements, according to two sources familiar with the matter. Trump's transition operation forced its staff to sign these agreements, but it would be unusual to extend that requirement to congressional employees. Rexrode declined to comment on the nondisclosure pacts.


and this: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/bob-goodlatte-staff-trump-immigration-order-234424

The Virginia Republican told lawmakers that he approved his staff to work for the Trump transition team. He said his staff gave policy advice but their work for Trump officials ended on Jan. 20, the day of the inauguration.

He also told lawmakers his staff had no input on the timing or the rollout of the immigration order, which bans travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries and halts the refugee program.

POLITICO reported Monday night that Goodlatte staffers helped the administration craft the executive order but did not inform their chairman or GOP leaders on the Hill of their work on the policy. Sources said the staffers signed nondisclosure agreements so they could not talk about what they were working on.

Goodlatte's staff has said he was unaware of the executive action. And his staff has not responded to multiple questions about their signing of nondisclosure agreements, which would bar them from discussing the controversial policy with their boss or republican leadership.


I cannot believe this is normal or legal, and that is why If anyone is a lawyer, I would love input.

Pay-to-Play already happening at Trump's hotel in DC:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/capitalbusiness/2016/11/18/9da9c572-ad18-11e6-977a-1030f822fc35_story.html#comments

For foreign diplomats, Trump hotel is place to be

About 100 foreign diplomats, from Brazil to Turkey, gathered at the Trump International Hotel this week to sip Trump-branded champagne, dine on sliders and hear a sales pitch about the U.S. president-elect’s newest hotel.

The event for the diplomatic community, held one week after the election, was in the Lincoln Library, a junior ballroom with 16-foot ceilings and velvet drapes that is also available for rent.

Some attendees won raffle prizes — among them overnight stays at other Trump properties around the world — allowing them to become better acquainted with the business holdings of the new commander in chief. (snip)

In interviews with a dozen diplomats, many of whom declined to be named because they were not authorized to speak about anything related to the next U.S. president, some said spending money at Trump’s hotel is an easy, friendly gesture to the new president.

“Why wouldn’t I stay at his hotel blocks from the White House, so I can tell the new president, ‘I love your new hotel!’ Isn’t it rude to come to his city and say, ‘I am staying at your competitor?’ ” said one Asian diplomat.





...and so it goes.

Ed Shultz just dug a deeper hole.

I can't find the earlier OP that was posted on DU, but I did read them. If someone can find the link I would be more than happy to bump it.

and now this:



Seriously,

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