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BREAKING-SenHatch says he has been told that Sen John McCain is not expected to return to Senate

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#BREAKING: Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) says that he has been told that Senator John McCain (R-AZ) is not expected to return to the U.S. Senate.



https://twitter.com/RealSaavedra/status/993601235176456192

Oliver North will become president of the NRA.


Washington (CNN)Oliver North, the Fox News contributor and central figure in the Iran-Contra scandal, will be the National Rifle Association's new president, the group announced Monday.

"Oliver North is, hands down, the absolute best choice to lead our NRA Board, to fully engage with our members, and to unflinchingly stand and fight for the great freedoms he has defended his entire life," NRA executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre said in a statement on the pick.

In his statement, LaPierre compared North favorably to Charlton Heston, the Hollywood icon who was once president of the group.
North will become president "within a few weeks," the group said. He will retire from his position at Fox News.

https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/993548531691646981

https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/07/politics/nra-oliver-north/index.html

John Kerry Spokesman response to FOX on President Trump's Tweet




https://twitter.com/brookefoxnews/status/993504171474202625

Eric Trump: "We don't rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia."




From Russia With Love
ERIC TRUMP REPORTEDLY BRAGGED ABOUT ACCESS TO $100 MILLION IN RUSSIAN MONEY

BY TINA NGUYEN
MAY 8, 2017 9:14 AM

Dodson had planned to play nine holes with Trump and Eric, along with pro golfer Greg Norman and Trump’s bodyguard, and when he got there, Dodson asked where Trump was getting money. “He just sort of tossed off that he had access to $100 million,” said Dodson, whose curiosity was piqued:

“So when I got in the cart with Eric,” Dodson says, “as we were setting off, I said, ‘Eric, who’s funding? I know no banks—because of the recession, the Great Recession—have touched a golf course. You know, no one’s funding any kind of golf construction. It’s dead in the water the last four or five years.’
And this is what he said. He said, ‘Well, we don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia.’ I said, ‘Really?’ And he said, ‘Oh, yeah. We’ve got some guys that really, really love golf, and they’re really invested in our programs. We just go there all the time.’ Now that was three years ago, so it was pretty interesting.”


https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/05/eric-trump-russia-investment-golf-course
https://twitter.com/joshtpm/status/993469193269010433
https://twitter.com/joshtpm/status/993315324513673217
https://twitter.com/bartongellman/status/993105199777681409
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/05/trumps-usd400-million-cash-spending-david-fahrenthold-on-where-the-story-goes-next.html

New Yorker confirms-Israeli Operatives Who Aided Weinstein Collected Info on Former Obama Officials

New Yorker confirms there was an undercover campaign by an Israeli private-intel firm to discredit Obama officials who were leading proponents of the Iran deal.

The operation was carried out by Black Cube—a firm also used by Harvey Weinstein.



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The documents show that Black Cube compiled detailed background profiles of several individuals, including Rhodes and Kahl, that featured their addresses, information on their family members, and even the makes of their cars. Black Cube agents were instructed to try to find damaging information about them, including unsubstantiated claims that Rhodes and Kahl had worked closely with Iran lobbyists and were personally enriched through their policy work on Iran (they denied those claims); rumors that Rhodes was one of the Obama staffers responsible for “unmasking” Trump transition officials who were named in intelligence documents (Rhodes denied the claim); and an allegation that one of the individuals targeted by the campaign had an affair.

The campaign is strikingly similar to an operation that Black Cube ran on behalf of Harvey Weinstein, which was reported in The New Yorker last fall. One of Weinstein’s attorneys, David Boies, hired Black Cube to halt the publication of sexual-misconduct allegations against Weinstein. Black Cube operatives used false identities to track women with allegations, and also reporters seeking to expose the story. In May, 2017, a former Israel Defense Forces officer, who had emigrated to Israel from the former Yugoslavia, was working as an undercover agent for Black Cube. The woman contacted the actress Rose McGowan, claiming to work for Reuben Capital Partners but using the identity of a Diana Filip. Filip’s e-mails to McGowan displayed the same tactics as those in the e-mails sent to Norris and Kahl, and in some cases used almost identical language. (Filip also wrote to me from Reuben Capital Partners, and again used similar language.)

In a statement, Black Cube said, “It is Black Cube’s policy to never discuss its clients with any third party, and to never confirm or deny any speculation made with regard to the company’s work.” The statement also read, "Black Cube has no relation whatsoever to the Trump administration, to Trump aides, to anyone close to the administration, or to the Iran Nuclear deal." The firm also said that it "always operates in full compliance of the law in every jurisdiction in which it conducts its work, following legal advice from the world’s leading law firms.”


In the Iran operation, as in its operation for Weinstein, Black Cube focussed much of its work on reporters and other media figures, sometimes using agents who posed as journalists. The company compiled a list of more than thirty reporters who it believed were in touch with Obama Administration officials, annotated with instructions about how to seek negative information. Transcripts produced by Black Cube reveal that the firm secretly recorded a conversation between one of its agents and Trita Parsi, a Swedish-Iranian author. The conversation, which began as a general discussion of Iran policy, quickly devolved into questions about Rhodes, Kahl, and whether they had personally profited off of the Iran policy. “I’ve had the first part of the conversation five hundred times,” Parsi recalled, of his conversation with the agent, who claimed to be a reporter. “But then he started asking about personal financial interests, and that was more unusual. He was pushing very, very hard.”

The Observer reported that aides of President Trump had hired Black Cube to run the operation in order to undermine the Iran deal, allegations that Black Cube denies. “The idea was that people acting for Trump would discredit those who were pivotal in selling the deal, making it easier to pull out of it,” a source told the Observer. One of the sources familiar with the effort told me that it was, in fact, part of Black Cube’s work for a private-sector client pursuing commercial interests related to sanctions on Iran. (A Trump Administration spokesperson declined to comment to the Observer on the allegations.)

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the rest:
https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/israeli-operatives-that-aided-harvey-weinstein-collected-information-on-former-obama-administration-officials

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/05/report-trump-team-targeted-iran-deal-with-weinstein-tactics.html?utm_campaign=nym&utm_source=tw&utm_medium=s1
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/993464211463290887

Michelle Obama on 2016 election: 'What is going on in our heads where we let that happen?'

Michelle Obama said Saturday that she is still reflecting on the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, asking how "we let that happen."

The former first lady appeared as the keynote speaker at the United State of Women Summit in Los Angeles, where she spoke about how to reflect on standards for women following Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's failed presidential bid.

"In light of this last election, I'm concerned about us as women and how we think," she said at the event. "What is going on in our heads where we let that happen, you know?"

In the 2016 election, 54 percent of women voted for Clinton, though that figure was sharply divided by race.

"When the most qualified person running was a woman, and look what we did instead, I mean that says something about where we are," Obama said, referencing President Trump's victory in the 2016 election. "That's what we have to explore, because if we as women are still suspicious of one another, if we still have this crazy, crazy bar for each other that we don't have for men … if we're not comfortable with the notion that a woman could be our president compared to … what, then we have to have those conversations with ourselves as women."



the rest:
http://thehill.com/homenews/news/386398-michelle-obama-on-2016-election-what-is-going-on-in-our-heads-where-we-let-that

Perspective:



As i said on @ThisWeekABC to give some perspective: “Benghazi was a 4 year investigation, there were zero indictments. The Clinton emails was a 2 year investigation, there were zero indictments. The Mueller investigation has been 14 months, there have been 23 indictments.”






https://twitter.com/matthewjdowd/status/993135012139667456

Circular Sarah - by Tom Tomorrow

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Did Giuliani just reveal something or is he rambling?

On Fox, Giuliani says the case in the Southern District of New York should be dismissed as to Trump. This makes no sense since there’s no indicted case yet & no indication Trump is a target of the investigation. Did Giuliani just reveal something or is he rambling?



https://twitter.com/JoyceWhiteVance/status/992935790912131072

An Awesome America

A local Mexican restaurant used to be a Chinese restaurant.
Instead of painting over a mural, they just put sombreros on the pandas



https://twitter.com/_youhadonejob1/status/992702505275584513
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