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Fiona Hill - In depth article at the Daily Beast -

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/03/18/one-trump-aide-who-knows-all-about-putin.html

...snip

Fiona Hill, the dual British-American citizen and former national intelligence officer with the U.S. National Intelligence Council, was recently named the White House's senior director for Europe and Russia. She is therefore the most influential Putinologist on a National Security Council that badly needs them.

Fiona Hill co-wrote a book on Putin as well....

She also co-wrote and article for the Brookings Institute - Oct. 6, 2016

https://www.brookings.edu/research/dealing-with-a-simmering-ukraine-russia-conflict/

The February 2015 Minsk II settlement that was to end the fighting in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region has yet to be implemented -

If Russian efforts succeed, and sanctions are lifted without any significant progress having been made in implementing the Minsk II security provisions, Western credibility will be undermined.

The Kremlin will feel emboldened to act in a similar fashion elsewhere in the post-Soviet space. Even without further military interventions, there are a range of other troubling actions Russia could undertake: increased violations of European air and sea space; state-sponsored hacking of European politicians, political parties, and Kremlin critics during the 2017 election cycle; cyberattacks against institutions and critical infrastructure; and the encouragement of political violence by fringe groups in vulnerable states with disaffected minority groups, like the Baltic states.

It will thus be important for the new U.S. administration to maintain parallel support for sanctions and the Minsk II process, in coordination with the EU, to make clear that Russian actions do have a cost.

Additionally, the administration should push back against the Moscow narrative that Kyiv is solely at fault for Minsk’s failed implementation....

Sound familiar....Fiona Hill - The Daily Beast article asks the question - how is she advising drumpf?


Posted by asiliveandbreathe | Mon Mar 20, 2017, 06:59 PM (0 replies)

I hope this story doesn't just fade away..BAKU Trump tower

Towards the end of this story in the NewYorker - you will find Jason Greenblatt's name - he signed the contracts BAKU - he was in charge of due diligence and contracting work - he is now EMPLOYED at the WH as drumpfs (POS) special representative for INTERNATIONAL NEGOTIATIONS - yesiree!!!!

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141721714

We are paying for all this...

Special thanks to Don Viejo - most important story
Posted by asiliveandbreathe | Tue Mar 7, 2017, 12:21 PM (2 replies)

Jeff Sessions - responds to Senate Judiciary today - digging deeper

...snip...

Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday to "supplement” testimony given during his confirmation hearings in January, in which he said “I did not have communications with the Russians.”

In fact, Sessions met twice with the Russian ambassador to the United States during the 2016 presidential campaign, despite denying any contact to Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) during his confirmation hearings.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/sessions-letter-judiciary-committee

“I did not mention communications I had had with the Russian Ambassador over the years because the question did not ask about them,” Sessions wrote in it, referring to his response to Franken’s question.

“I do not recall any discussions with the Russian Ambassador, or any other representative of the Russian government, regarding the political campaign on these occasions or any other occasions," he added later.

This letter should be classified under oath - ?????
Posted by asiliveandbreathe | Mon Mar 6, 2017, 08:18 PM (16 replies)

TOP STORY - Huffpo -

For me -the word is NOT recusal - it is resign...

Growing Number Of Republicans Call On Jeff Sessions To Step Aside - still some are tiptoeing around..

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/republicans-jeff-sessions-russia-investigation_us_58b81df3e4b0a8ded67aa723?

Posted by asiliveandbreathe | Thu Mar 2, 2017, 03:22 PM (3 replies)

US commander in Afghanistan requests several thousand new troops

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/09/us-commander-afghanistan-requests-new-troops-russia-taliban

....snip.....US Gen Nicholson - told a senate panel....has this been reported? - I haven't seen it...

The commander of the US war in Afghanistan has requested several thousand new troops for America’s longest-ever conflict to break what he described as a stalemate.

In the first indication of the course the 15-year-old war will take under Donald Trump, army Gen John Nicholson told a Senate panel that he was facing a shortfall of troops necessary for training Afghan forces to ultimately replace their US and Nato counterparts.

“They could come from our allies as well as the United States. We have identified the requirement and the desire to advise below the corps level. It would enable us to thicken our advisory efforts across the Afghanistan mission,” Nicholson told the Senate armed services committee on Thursday.

So much more at link.....I'll say it again..what an evil web is being woven into our domestic issues...as well, our foreign matters...
Posted by asiliveandbreathe | Thu Feb 9, 2017, 04:58 PM (0 replies)

My small contribution for ALL - HEAL the WORLD - Michael Jackson

Very moving..tears in my eyes...but with lot's of love to you all...Happy New Year....we can only do this together -

Posted by asiliveandbreathe | Sat Dec 31, 2016, 04:49 PM (0 replies)

Rev. Barber: We are witnessing the birth pangs of a Third Reconstruction

I have been, well, just reading, unable to find stability under foot..while reading various sites, I came across Rev. Barbers words at Think Progress..a history lesson if you will, insight, and truth, hard to come by these days...

I do not know who to trust - so I guess I will just have to trust my conscience...this is a good read...moving forward

https://thinkprogress.org/rev-barber-moral-change-1ad2776df7c#.m57un76fv

.....snip....

From Rev. Barber

We need a moral movement to revive the heart of American democracy and build a Third Reconstruction for our time. This work is not easy, and it will not be completed quickly. But we know what is required to move forward together.

I’ve traveled to 22 states this year to train local leadership in moral fusion organizing and conduct Moral Revival services. This network of state-based moral coalitions will host a National Watch Night Service on December 31st, with the event in Washington, D.C., livestreamed to local gatherings across the nation.

As formerly enslaved people were invited to enlist in a struggle for freedom on January 1st, 1863, we will invite all people of conscience to enlist in a Moral Revival Poor People’s Campaign throughout 2017 and 2018.

(I am not religious, but I do know right from wrong....what a good man Rev. Barber)
Posted by asiliveandbreathe | Thu Dec 15, 2016, 04:15 PM (7 replies)

Sam Wang Princeton - updated

As of November 5, 2:06PM EDT:


http://election.princeton.edu/category/politics/

Snapshot (196 state polls): Clinton 313, Trump 225 EV    Meta-margin: Clinton +2.6%

Clinton Nov. win probability: random drift 98%, Bayesian >99%

Senate snapshot (48 polls): Dem+Ind: 50, GOP: 50, Meta-margin: D +0.8%, Nov. control probability: Dem. 78%

Posted by asiliveandbreathe | Sat Nov 5, 2016, 02:30 PM (7 replies)

May I ask if anyone knows the name of the GOTV ad featuring a little dancing gal with

oversized glasses..?? - I believe it is a Latina gal going from house to house and people following to the polls??
Posted by asiliveandbreathe | Sun Oct 30, 2016, 06:32 PM (6 replies)

the first time a director of the storied agency has been dismissed. - 1993 -

Defiant FBI Chief Is Fired by President : Law enforcement: Alleged ethical abuses by Sessions are cited as reason for dismissal. He refused to resign.

The FBI director is appointed to a 10-year term but serves at the pleasure of the President.


July 20, 1993

http://articles.latimes.com/1993-07-20/news/mn-15006_1_law-enforcement-agencies


WASHINGTON — FBI Director William S. Sessions, who stubbornly refused to resign despite Justice Department ethics findings that he abused his office, was fired Monday by President Clinton--the first time a director of the storied agency has been dismissed


Clinton and Atty. Gen. Janet Reno, steeling the Administration against claims that the decision was politically motivated, used unmistakably blunt language to describe Sessions' failings. Reno "has reported to me in no uncertain terms that he can no longer effectively lead the bureau and law enforcement community," Clinton said, adding that he fully agreed with her recommendation to replace Sessions immediately.

Bill Clinton cited the six-month-old highly critical report on Sessions' conduct by the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility, which investigated the director in the final year of the George Bush Administration.l

Much more at the link....basically misused perks off office....(seems to be no relation to POS jeff sessions)

Be well ALL...

Posted by asiliveandbreathe | Sat Oct 29, 2016, 01:18 PM (15 replies)
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