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Ex-Watergate prosecutor: We need to question legitimacy of Trump's presidency

Source: Raw Story

BOB BRIGHAM 22 AUG 2018 AT 12:18 ET

Former Watergate prosecutor Nick Ackerman explained to MSNBC’s Ali Velshi on Wednesday how the guilty pleas by longtime Donald Trump attorney and fixer Michael Cohen has brought into question the legitimacy of the current president.

Loyola Law School professor Jessica Levinson pointed out that Cohen’s guilty pleas beg the age-old question, “What did the president know and when did he know it?”


“Because Michael Cohen has said, ‘No, I didn’t do this on my own, this was not a rogue mission, this was President Trump telling me, yes, let’s try and pay these people off to influence the election,’ that’s the moment where we have liability for the president,” Levinson noted.

“That is the moment in which the legitimacy of this presidency comes into question,” Velshi noted. “Some crime that may have resulted in the president gaining this presidency, that speaks to the legitimacy of this presidency, the legitimacy of this presidency came under great pressure last night.”

“Of course,” Ackerman replied. “This is what its all about.”

“You’ve got him now involved as a co-conspirator with Michael Cohen, this is not some simple campaign violation,” he concluded.

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/ex-watergate-prosecutor-need-question-legitimacy-trumps-presidency/



Ex-Watergate prosecutor: We need to question legitimacy of Trump's presidency

Source: Raw Story

BOB BRIGHAM 22 AUG 2018 AT 12:18 ET

Former Watergate prosecutor Nick Ackerman explained to MSNBC’s Ali Velshi on Wednesday how the guilty pleas by longtime Donald Trump attorney and fixer Michael Cohen has brought into question the legitimacy of the current president.

Loyola Law School professor Jessica Levinson pointed out that Cohen’s guilty pleas beg the age-old question, “What did the president know and when did he know it?”


“Because Michael Cohen has said, ‘No, I didn’t do this on my own, this was not a rogue mission, this was President Trump telling me, yes, let’s try and pay these people off to influence the election,’ that’s the moment where we have liability for the president,” Levinson noted.

“That is the moment in which the legitimacy of this presidency comes into question,” Velshi noted. “Some crime that may have resulted in the president gaining this presidency, that speaks to the legitimacy of this presidency, the legitimacy of this presidency came under great pressure last night.”

“Of course,” Ackerman replied. “This is what its all about.”

“You’ve got him now involved as a co-conspirator with Michael Cohen, this is not some simple campaign violation,” he concluded.

Read more: https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/ex-watergate-prosecutor-need-question-legitimacy-trumps-presidency/

Dem senator cancels Kavanaugh meeting because 'unindicted co-conspirator' Trump doesn't deserve anot

Source: Raw Story

TRAVIS GETTYS 22 AUG 2018 AT 11:47 ET

A Democratic senator has canceled her meeting with Brett Kavanaugh after President Donald Trump's longtime attorney pleaded guilty to eight felonies.

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) expressed concern over attorney Michael Cohen implicating the president in a scheme to pay off two mistresses in the weeks ahead of the 2016 election, which Trump's lawyer admitted in court was a violation of campaign finance law.


"I have cancelled my meeting with Judge Kavanaugh," Hirono said. (The president), who is an unindicted co-conspirator in a criminal matter, does not deserve the courtesy of a meeting with his nominee--purposely selected to protect, as we say in Hawaii, his own okole."

Hirono serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee.



Read more: https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/dem-senator-cancels-kavanaugh-meeting-unindicted-co-conspirator-trump-doesnt-deserve-another-court-pick/

How One West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Gave Natural Gas a Big Victory and Shortchanged Resident

Justice Beth Walker voted to reopen an already decided case around the time her husband owned stock in a variety of energy companies. And that’s not even why she’s been impeached.

by Ken Ward Jr., The Charleston Gazette-Mail Aug. 20, 2 p.m. EDT

This article was produced in partnership with the Charleston Gazette-Mail, which is a member of the ProPublica Local Reporting Network.

The Republican-led West Virginia House of Delegates received national attention last week for impeaching all four of the state’s sitting Supreme Court justices. Lawmakers cited a swirling scandal over court spending that ranged from using state cars for personal business to extravagant office renovations that included a $32,000 couch.

Among the targets was Beth Walker, who was impeached over allegations of irresponsible spending and poorly managing the court’s administrative affairs.

But left unmentioned in the impeachment and the debate around it has been a peculiar vote by Walker that benefited the natural gas industry. In one of her earliest votes, Walker made a highly unusual decision to reopen a case and then reverse a Supreme Court ruling that would have forced drillers to pay more in profits to residents. Walker voted to reopen the case around the time her husband owned stock in a variety of energy companies, including those participating in West Virginia’s growing gas boom.

The case focused on whether natural gas companies are allowed to deduct a variety of expenses — for the transportation and processing of gas, for example — when they calculate payments for West Virginia residents or companies that lease them drilling rights to their gas. Millions of dollars in gas royalty payments, the riches from the industry’s dramatic growth in West Virginia over the past decade, were at stake.

https://www.propublica.org/article/west-virginia-supreme-court-justice-beth-walker-gave-natural-gas-a-big-victory-and-shortchanged-residents


Absolutely amazing...................and this state keeps voting in a majority of "republicans"..............

Combative spy chiefs cause permanent damage in anti-Trump crusade

BY BUCK SEXTON — 08/20/18 08:15 AM EDT 275

THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL

There’s a lot to criticize in our intelligence community. Sometimes it gets very important things very wrong. It’s a vast and cumbersome bureaucracy with 17 agencies and hundreds of thousands of personnel (at least). But for all its mistakes and flaws, the underlying ethos of the intel rank and file has always been apolitical. Ultimately, all that mattered was the mission of protecting America, not political ideology or partisan affiliation.

Politicization among intelligence officers has traditionally been viewed with the kind of heightened professional disdain that authors and journalists feel for plagiarism. And the leadership of the intel agencies has long accepted that the American people pick their president, for better or worse. Once in office, the commander in chief shouldn’t have to engage in a partisan house cleaning for fear of partisan retribution from incumbent appointees or senior level civil servants.


In the era of Trump, this is no longer the case.


Former CIA directors John Brennan and Michael Hayden, along with former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former FBI Director James Comey (among many other officials) have deployed some of the most extreme rhetorical weapons imaginable to take down this president. They have capitalized on the public’s perception of their classified access to hammer Trump. In so doing, they’ve eradicated the long-held notion of intelligence agency chiefs as nonpartisan actors.

John Brennan has suggested — repeatedly — that the president of the United States is guilty of treason on behalf of Russia. Michael Hayden (whom I worked for years ago at the CIA) shared a photo of a Nazi concentration camp on Twitter and compared it to Trump’s border policy. James Clapper said that Russia likely “turned” the election for Trump. Comey said that “patriots need to stand up” to Trump.

None of these men have produced evidence to back up their most outrageous claims about Russia collusion, though each of them had access to the most sophisticated information collection systems on the planet in the run up to Trump’s election.

http://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/402589-washed-up-spy-chiefs-cause-permanent-damage-in-anti-trump-crusade


After reading your hit job, I just gotta ask, what do you think of this.....................



Who is more of a patriot for speaking out, than writing a piece saying that they don't know what they are saying and that they are washed up, that they have politicized the agencies......................No sir, the malignant narcissistic traitor in the white house has done that job....................what do you think of Rush Limbaugh and Glen Beck, they like to run around and put there brand of crap on the airwaves, and basically say that anyone that exercising there first amendment right to speak up against fascist republicans, are not patriots or for that matter not libertarians or right wing republicans.

One of the people mentioned, Limbaugh got busted for smuggling drugs, how respectable is that, since you like to co-host his show when he is not around, after all he goes on the air and vilifies people that get busted for drugs.

And as for Beck, he pretty much is in the same camp as Alex Jones, know matter how he tries to say "stuff" to show that he has seen the whatever light he sees he still does some of the rants he had on race and other issues like education and such.............he still looks to be in the deplorable camp.

And has for being a commentator on Fox...................that says everything, I can't remember the last time that anything was truthful, they are the feed of bull shit and enabling treason, just like the trump lawyer now running around and saying the "truth isn't the truth".................whatever the hell that means..................

Now since you have the point of entry to comment on the platform called the Hill, you feel that ex-spies, commenting on a person that has basically committed treason and they are saying that what he is doing is basically treasonous, are a disgrace and that they are politicizing the agencies, really......................

What were part(s) of a scheme to defraud an election, with the help of foreign state actor, to help his team trump, and that the record shows this, that member(s) of his team met with RUSSIAN spies at a "republican convention and in a tower in down town Manhattan NY, and they didn't call the FBI, that this is just fine a dandy, and they shouldn't be called out...................I Have a question are you mentioned in the book Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Steve Coll.........................?

I really am glad that I still have the first amendment right to speak out, after all the accused sexual predator wants to shut down news organizations that don't tow his line of crap..................and he wants to shut me down also..................






Trudeau shuts down heckler: 'Racism has no place' in Canada, note it has subtitles............

Local official uses government billboard to hit newspaper as 'fake news'

BY MORGAN GSTALTER - 08/19/18 06:41 PM EDT

A local official in northern Illinois received criticism after using a government billboard to attack a newspaper as “fake news.”

Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser posted the message on the billboard on Friday, taking aim at local newspaper Northwest Herald, the newspaper itself reported.

“THE NORTHWORST HERALD IS FAKE NEWS,” the sign read, according to the report.

When a reporter from the newspaper asked Gasser why he used government property to criticize the free press, he reportedly responded with “because you’re fake news.”

“I just don’t want to talk to fake news,” he said as he walked away.

By Saturday, the message had been removed from the billboard, according to the Northwest Herald.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/402576-local-official-uses-government-billboard-to-attack-newspaper-as


Hey asshole in my state 5 journalists were killed, because some "guy" had a beef with the newspaper, do you know asshole how many journalist have been killed around the world.................


https://cpj.org/data/killed/2018/?status=Killed&motiveConfirmed%5B%5D=Confirmed&type%5B%5D=Journalist&start_year=2018&end_year=2018&group_by=location


Why is San Francisco ... covered in human feces?

Nathan Robinson
People aren’t pooping on the streets because they unlearned basic hygiene. Rather, the incidents reflect shameful levels of inequality in the city


It’s an empirical fact: San Francisco is a crappier place to live these days. Sightings of human feces on the sidewalks are now a regular occurrence; over the past 10 years, complaints about human waste have increased 400%. People now call the city 65 times a day to report poop, and there have been 14,597 calls in 2018 alone. Last year, software engineer Jenn Wong even created a poop map of San Francisco, showing the concentration of incidents across the city. New mayor London Breed said: “There is more feces on the sidewalks than I’ve ever seen growing up here.” In a revolting recent incident, a 20lb bag of fecal waste showed up on a street in the city’s Tenderloin district.

A city covered in poop is so disgusting it has to be almost comical. But the uptick in street defecation is the symbol of a human tragedy. People aren’t pooping on the streets because they have suddenly forgotten what a bathroom is, or unlearned basic hygiene. The incidents are part of a broader failure of the city to provide for the basic needs of its citizens, and show the catastrophic, socially destructive effects of unchecked inequality.

It’s impossible to talk about street feces without talking about homelessness and housing. While there aren’t actually more homeless people than there have been in the past, the gentrification of San Francisco has had a severe effect on the homeless. Development has pushed homeless residents out of secluded spaces, and there is less and less space for them to inhabit as “places where homeless people used to sleep becoming offices and housing”, in the words of a city official. The city routinely clears away encampments, causing people to wander around the city in search of a new temporary space.

Poop on the streets has another obvious cause: a lack of restroom access. Many businesses restrict their bathrooms to customers only, precisely because they don’t want their facilities to be frequented by the homeless. But the “privatization of bathrooms” means people are left without obvious places to go. There are even websites offering tips on how to go to the bathroom in San Francisco, such as by pretending to be interested in furniture at Crate & Barrel or finding the “hidden gem” of a bathroom on the second floor of a Banana Republic. The city has installed 25 small self-cleaning public toilets and recently commissioned a set of futuristic-looking new bathrooms, but a few dozen toilets for a city of 870,000 is woefully insufficient. Bathroom access should be considered a basic right, and it’s worth considering the idea of banning “customers only” toilets. In a city with generous public spaces and a commitment to equal access, no one would ever have to use the street.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/aug/18/san-francisco-poop-problem-inequality-homelessness

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But there are “solutions” that simply put the problem out of mind – like Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to give every homeless person a one-way bus ticket out of the city.


Michael Bloomberg can go fuck himself........................Cholera and typhoid fever is caused by unsanitary conditions.....................shipping the inequality issue out on train or bus just shows how one person thinks .............no empathy, its all about fucking greed...............

Kim Wehle , Former Federal Prosecutor on Chris Hayes................is kicking butt

and taking names on the dereliction of the "republican" majority in Congress...................violating the Constitution to preserve and protect the Constitution and this republic from a traitorous asshole(s) that is not giving former officials due process.................


November 2018 cannot get here fast enough................vote...........80 days to go


https://www.timeanddate.com/countdown/election?p0=263&iso=20181106T12&msg=2018%20Midterm%20Elections



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