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Mueller-charged lawyer Alex Van der Zwaan has a curious link to the Steele dossier

The Steele Dossier is being confirmed and validated on a daily basis https://www.rawstory.com/2018/02/mueller-indicted-lawyer-alex-van-der-zwaan-curious-link-steele-dossier-thats-not/

Van der Zwaan’s father-in-law German Khan is a co-founder of Alfa Bank, which fell under FBI investigation for attempting repeatedly to link up to a computer server in Trump Tower during the presidential campaign.

FBI investigators concluded the Trump Organization server appeared to be controlled by the marketing firm Cendyn, which was blasting out emails promoting Trump-branded hotel properties.

Khan and Alfa Bank showed up repeatedly in the dossier produced by former British spy Christopher Steele, who misspelled the bank as “Alpha Bank.”

The billionaire Khan, who showed up in a recent list of Russian oligarchs with ties to Vladimir Putin, has sued Steele for libel.

New Quinnipiac poll:


Early voting for Texas primary starts tomorrow

Trump's White House Counsel does not have security clearance


Public Rates Presidents: Kennedy, Reagan, Obama at Top, Nixon, Johnson, Trump at Bottom

Who is surprise that trump is rated at the bottom? http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/articles/public-rates-presidents-jfk-reagan-obama-at-top-nixon-lbj-trump-at-bottom/

As Americans prepare to celebrate Presidents’ Day, they rate John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan the best of recent chief executives, according to a new poll conducted by Ipsos in conjunction with the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

The Center for Politics and Ipsos collaborated to survey Americans’ views of modern presidents and asked them to rate the dozen presidents who have served since the early 1950s. The strong showings by Kennedy and Reagan reaffirm a previous Reuters-Ipsos/Center for Politics* survey from May 2017 that found them both with similarly high marks.

Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, the two most recent Democratic presidents, round out the top four, while the current president, Donald Trump, finds himself near the bottom of the ratings.

Obama, Reagan, and Kennedy received the most support from respondents when asked which recent president they wish was serving in the White House right now.....

F.C.C. Watchdog Looks Into Changes That Benefited Sinclair

Source: New York Times

WASHINGTON — Last April, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, led the charge for his agency to approve rules allowing television broadcasters to greatly increase the number of stations they own. A few weeks later, Sinclair Broadcasting announced a blockbuster $3.9 billion deal to buy Tribune Media — a deal those new rules made possible.

By the end of the year, in a previously undisclosed move, the top internal watchdog for the F.C.C. opened an investigation into whether Mr. Pai and his aides had improperly pushed for the rule changes and whether they had timed them to benefit Sinclair, according to Representative Frank Pallone of New Jersey and two congressional aides.

“For months I have been trying to get to the bottom of the allegations about Chairman Pai’s relationship with Sinclair Broadcasting,” Mr. Pallone, the top Democrat on the committee that oversees the F.C.C., said in the statement to The New York Times. “I am grateful to the F.C.C.’s inspector general that he has decided to take up this important investigation.”

It was unclear the extent of the inspector general’s investigation or when it might conclude, but the inquiry puts a spotlight on Mr. Pai’s decisions and whether there had been coordination with the company. It may also force him to answer questions that he has so far avoided addressing in public.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/15/technology/fcc-sinclair-ajit-pai.html?smid=tw-share

Comments on the latest shooting from President Obama


Appeals court approves most of federal ruling that Harris County's bail practices unconstitutional


Ex-Clinton aide launches surprise bid for California governor

I met Amanda back in 2015 at a high dollar Clinton fundraiser https://www.politico.com/story/2018/02/14/clinton-aide-governor-california-409789

LOS ANGELES — Amanda Renteria, a former top campaign aide to Hillary Clinton, has filed paperwork to run for governor of California.

The unexpected filing, which came without any announcement, puzzled many Democrats in a state where a large field of higher profile Democrats have been running — and raising millions of dollars — for more than a year.

Renteria, who ran unsuccessfully for a U.S. House seat in California’s Central Valley in 2014, has worked most recently as an aide to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. She did not respond to a request for comment, and following news of her filing Wednesday, she wrote on Twitter, “For questions coming in right now: I am still serving as the Chief of Operations at the California Department of Justice."

But within hours Becerra told the Los Angeles Times that Renteria was stepping down from her post to run for governor.

She is very bright

Lets talk about Pocahontas: Warren addresses Native American heritage claims, slams Trump

I really like Senator Warren's speech on this issue. She is taking on trump directly https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2018/02/14/lets-talk-about-pocahontas-elizabeth-warren-addresses-native-heritage-claims-and-slams-trump/?utm_term=.1da0d90857ec

Sen. Elizabeth Warren directly addressed her Native American heritage in a speech to the National Congress of American Indians on Wednesday in Washington — dealing head-on with claims that have frequently been ridiculed by President Trump and his supporters.

In her speech, the Massachusetts Democrat rebuked Trump’s persistent mockery of her as “Pocahontas” and spoke in greater detail about her family’s history.

“I’ve noticed that every time my name comes up, President Trump likes to talk about Pocahontas,” she told the crowd, according to prepared text of her speech. “So I figured, let’s talk about Pocahontas.”

Warren spoke first, at length, about the real Pocahontas, and how the Native American woman’s life story — particularly her marriage to a Jamestown settler — was twisted into a “fable . . . used to bleach away the stain of genocide.”
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