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Jewish GOP Senate hopeful defends notorious 'white genocide' conspiracy loon and Pizzagate pushers

20 JUL 2017 AT 15:11 ET

Josh Mandel, a Jewish Republican who is set to run against Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) in 2018, is facing criticism for his decision to publicly condemn the Anti-Defamation League and to stand up for notorious conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich.

In a tweet posted on Thursday, Mandel linked to an article written by Cernovich attacking the ADL, and added his own supportive message.


Reporter Yair Rosenberg of Tablet Magazine quickly pounced on Mandel’s praise of Cernovich and confronted him with some of Cernovich’s past controversial statements.

“Do you stand with Cernovich’s claim that the Pizzagate conspiracy was real?” he asked the Republican candidate. “Cernovich has also claimed ‘date rape does not exist.’ Do you stand with him on that? Cernovich promoted conspiracy theory that Jewish DNC staffer Seth Rich was murdered in a Democratic conspiracy. Do you stand with that?”


Why Trump's handling of a Deutsche Bank loan is so foreboding - By Richard Cohen

July 20 at 1:36 PM

Until Donald Trump came along, the Yiddish word “chutzpah” was often defined as the kid who kills his parents and throws himself on the mercy of the court as an orphan. From now on, though, it has to be Trump’s handling of a loan he got in the mid-2000s from Deutsche Bank. He was personally into the bank for $40 million when, it seems, the orphaned killer must have come to him in a dream. He blamed the bank for tough economic conditions and sued it. He asked $3 billion in damages.

Oh, the gall. Oh, the effrontery. Oh, the total lack of shame. But also, oh, the genius of the move. The Trump Organization was going through hard times. And who was responsible for the hard times? The major banks, the greedy, avaricious SOBs of Wall Street. Trump put it this way: “Deutsche Bank is one of the banks primarily responsible for the economic dysfunction we are currently facing.” Elizabeth Warren, among countless others, would agree with him.

According to the New York Times, which has dug up this gem of a story for me (the check’s in the mail), Deutsche then countersued, demanding its money and labeling Trump’s maneuver “classic Trump.” But the bank was wrong — or at least premature, because then Trump threatened to de-Trump his own building. He would remove his name, thus reducing the value of the building but, in my view, giving it some class. In the end, one division of Deutsche Bank loaned Trump the money to pay off the division of the bank from which he had gotten the original loan. Trump won.

I am in awe. As a fellow Queens, N.Y., real estate person myself — my parents once owned a house there — I deeply admire chutzpah. It is a Queens trait, maybe something in the water. It is entrenched in the culture of that borough which is to doubling down what Russia is to vodka: You sue me, I sue you for twice as much, and then we settle and go on to sue still others. But my admiration comes tempered with foreboding. You will notice in the above back-and-forth over the loan a total lack of honesty. You will notice that people say things they do not mean and they make agreements they honor only if they choose to. Words often mean little and usually mean nothing. Trump’s lawsuit was merely a tactic to buy time. (He learned such tactics from his friend, the entirely unethical lawyer Roy M. Cohn: disbarred, disgraced but a hero to Trump.) Trump was counting on the bank to cave. It did. It took money out of one drawer and gave it to Trump, and he put it into another drawer. Anyone who could do that could build a wall at the border and make Mexico pay for it. Maybe he’ll extend them the money. Who knows? Lawyers can do anything.



'Pizzagate' Promoter Responds To ADL's Alt-Right List With Video From Auschwitz

By ESME CRIBB Published JULY 20, 2017 3:21 PM

Jack Posobiec, a prominent alt-right activist and promoter of right-wing conspiracy theories, on Thursday posted a video at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial in response to a list the Anti-Defamation League compiled associating him with the so-called “alt-right” movement.



“To make those accusations on the hallowed ground of Auschwitz is offensive and twisted and, unfortunately, proves the point about our research,” an ADL spokesperson told TPM by email.

Posobiec, who describes himself on Twitter as a “filmmaker, and recovering political operative” and promoted the “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory, took exception to the ADL’s list associating him with the far-right movement.

The ADL described the so-called “alt-right” movement as “a segment of the white supremacist movement consisting of a loose network of racists and anti-Semites who reject mainstream conservatism in favor of politics that embrace implicit or explicit racist, anti-Semitic and white supremacist ideology.”

It listed Posobiec as a member of the “alt lite,” a “loosely-connected movement whose adherents generally shun white supremacist thinking, but who are in step with the alt right in their hatred of feminists and immigrants, among others.”


Key Trumpcare Holdout Says He's A Yes If Guaranteed A Vote On His Amendment

Source: Talking Points Memo

By ALICE OLLSTEIN Published JULY 20, 2017 2:50 PM

For months, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has been a staunch critic of Senate Republicans’ replacement for the Affordable Care Act, publicly blasting it as “Obamacare-lite” because it leaves many of the law’s taxes and some of its regulations in place and allocates billions of dollars for insurance market stabilization that he derides as a “bailout.”

Paul has blocked previous iterations of the bill from ever seeing debate on the Senate floor, and was generally considered an un-winnable vote. But on Thursday, he said he would relent and support a motion to proceed—if GOP leaders guaranteed him a vote on an amendment that would swap in the 2015 Obamacare repeal bill.

Despite widespread reluctance from both moderate and hardline GOP senators, with Paul on board the bill is much more likely to come to the floor next week.

“If they want my vote, they have to at least agree that we’re going to at least vote on clean repeal,” he told reporters Thursday afternoon, adding that he will not be satisfied if the option is voted on late in the debate process. “There’s a difference between saying you can offer it at three in the morning on the fourth day, versus up front we have a vote on clean repeal, maybe BCRA, maybe Collins-Cassidy. I want equal billing, up front with other choices.”

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/rand-paul-relents-obamacare-repeal

Trump counterterrorism adviser blames Russia for election hacks

Source: Politico

In a break with his boss, Thomas Bossert said Russian entities clearly tried to meddle in the 2016 race.

By ALI WATKINS 07/20/2017 12:49 PM EDT

ASPEN — President Donald Trump’s chief counterterrorism adviser said Thursday that the Russian government clearly tried to manipulate the 2016 election, and declared that the Obama administration’s retaliatory sanctions didn’t go far enough.

“There’s a pretty clear and easy answer to this and it’s 'yes,'” Thomas Bossert said when asked whether the Russians worked to manipulate the U.S. election — a widely held conclusion that his boss in the Oval Office has repeatedly questioned.

The Obama White House’s response — kicking out 35 diplomats and closing two Russian diplomatic facilities in December — “wasn’t adequate in my mind,” Bossert, a top national security aide under former President George W. Bush, added during a wide-ranging discussion at the National Security Forum in Aspen.

Trump has repeatedly questioned the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Moscow meddled in the 2016 election with the intent of helping Trump win. Trump said he pressed Russian President Vladimir Putin on the issue during their recent meeting at the G-20 in Germany, but the two sides offered different accounts, with Russia saying Trump accepted Putin’s denials.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/20/tom-bossert-blames-russia-election-hacks-240763

House GOP Leaders Can't Get Votes for Budget

July 20, 2017 at 7:00 am EDT By Taegan Goddard

“Speaker Paul Ryan and his top lieutenants have a serious math problem when it comes to their budget. After weeks of delays and false starts, House Republicans are expected to advance their fiscal blueprint through committee on Wednesday night. But they’re far from the 218 votes needed to pass it on the floor,” Politico reports.

“With only one more week until the House leaves for the August recess, it looks increasingly likely that Republicans will punt once again on the most fundamental task of governing: passing a budget. Missing that deadline will leave the GOP exposed to criticism at home and undermines their chances of moving on to another key agenda item.”



Rhode Island bans ex-gay 'conversion therapy' torture aimed at LGBT youth

Source: LGBTQ Nation

By Bil Browning · Thursday, July 20, 2017

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, a Democrat, has passed a bill into law banning licensed health care providers from using so-called gay conversion therapy to change a minor’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Providence Journal reports Rhode Island has become the 10th state along with Washington D.C. to pass such a law. It is the fourth state this year to enact protections for LGBT youth.

The law bars providers from advertising or engaging in conversion therapy for those under 18. It does not bar religious leaders or adults who choose the therapy.

The American Psychiatric Association says conversion therapy is not effective and possibly harmful. The association says there is no evidence changing childhood gender behaviors affects later sexual orientation.

Read more: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2017/07/rhode-island-bans-ex-gay-conversion-therapy-torture-aimed-lgbt-youth/

Chechnya's leader defends families committing 'honor killings' of gay relatives

By Jeff Taylor · Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has said families would be justified in committing “honor killings” of their gay relatives.

“If we have such people here, then I’m telling you officially, their relatives won’t let them be, because of our faith, our mentality, customs and traditions,” Kadyrov said. “Even if it’s punishable under the law, we would still condone it,” he added, PinkNews reports.

Kadyrov has denied the existence of gay and bisexual people in the region whenever challenged about reports of the abduction, torture, and killings of over 100 men. Gay and bi men are reportedly being killed by both Chechen police forces as well as by their families once outed by the roundups.

He repeated the claim in an interview with HBO that aired on Tuesday, saying that if there are such people in Chechnya, they should be sent to Canada to “purify our blood.” He added that those who report being abducted and abused are lying, calling them “devils.”



Did Jill Stein help Russia elect Trump?

July 20, 2017
Alexander Nazaryan

She’s back, and nobody knows why.

There are 41 names included in the document requests sent to Donald Trump Jr.’s lawyer, Alan S. Futerfas, and Paul J. Manafort’s lawyer, Reginald Brown, by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The requests include communications involving many individuals known to be ensnared in the Russia investigation, from President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, to Russian President Vladimir V. Putin.

But while this roster of characters would have made for a fine John Le Carré novel, one name included therein immediately attracted online speculation: that of former Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein.


What, exactly, Stein has to do with Trump Jr.’s meeting last summer with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya is unclear, as the Senate Judiciary Committee provided no context for its demands, which are to be honored by August 2nd. A request for an explanation to Stein’s former campaign manager remains unanswered at this time. And though she is active on Twitter, Stein has made no acknowledgement on that social media network of her name’s appearance in the Trump Jr. inquest.

None of this, of course, prevented some on Twitter from rejoicing at the prospect, however, unfounded, that Stein was herself the subject of investigation. The glee is premature, but understandable. Stein’s self-righteousness exasperated many supporters of Hillary Clinton, as did her portrayal of Clinton as effectively no better a choice for true liberals than Donald J. Trump. Some have blamed Stein for “spoiling” the election, doing for Clinton what her fellow progressive Ralph Nader had done 17 years before for Al Gore. Her demand for a recount — a demand for which she reaped $7 million in donations — struck some as a pointless publicity ploy.


San Antonio-area Trump supporter threatened Cruz, sources say

Source: San Antonio Express-News

By Guillermo Contreras Updated 11:28 am, Thursday, July 20, 2017

A death threat left on the voicemail of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has led to the arrest of a Live Oak man.

The official allegedly targeted by James Amos Headley, 59, is not identified in court records, other than by the initials T.C., and prosecutors and the FBI won’t name him. The Express-News confirmed it is Cruz through other sources.

“Pretty soon you’re gonna be runnin for your life, just hope your family is not with ya because I'm not gonna insult them, I'm gonna kill them, right after I shoot you right in front of them...” court documents quote Headley as saying in a July 11 voicemail left at the official’s office at the U.S. Capitol.

Agents quietly arrested Headley last week on a federal felony charge of threatening to assault and murder a public official with intent to impede, intimidate, and interfere with the official and his duties. Headley remains in jail, and his court hearing this week was postponed until next week.

Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/San-Antonio-area-Trump-supporter-threatened-Cruz-11302379.php
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