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Damning reports emerge of Trump campaign's frequent talks with Russian intelligence

Source: The Guardian

The Russian influence scandal engulfing the White House deepened dramatically on Tuesday night with reports that some of Donald Trump’s campaign aides had frequent contact with Russian intelligence officials over the course of last year.

A report in the New York Times came nearly 24 hours after the national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was forced to resign over conversations with the Russian ambassador to Washington and misleading statements about them to the press and vice-president Mike Pence.
Trump knew for weeks Michael Flynn misled over Russia contact
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The New York Times report cites four current and former US intelligence officials who are unnamed and who conceded they had “so far” seen no evidence in the intercepted phone communications that Trump campaign officials had cooperated with Russian intelligence in Moscow’s efforts to skew the election in Trump’s favour. The officials do not explain what, in that case, the contacts were about.

A CNN report said “high-level advisers close to then-presidential nominee Donald Trump were in constant communication during the campaign with Russians known to US intelligence”.

Despite the uncertainties, the reports are threatening to the Trump administration on a number of levels....

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/14/donald-trump-campaign-russia-intelligence-contact

I like the analysis section about how this hurts the administration in various ways.

What will the Don give Melania for Valentines?

Just speculating here:

Diamond earrings + divorce papers?

Mink stole + lots of verbal abuse?

Gold necklace + orders to stay away from the WH?

How will the 9th circuit rule, and what about the SCOTUS?

Pretty sure the 9th circuit will uphold the ban. Anyone see any reason they would not? I think they understand that giving in to tRump would set a dangerous precedent. However, if (when) it goes to the SCOTUS, that is a completely different story. I can see an even split.

How likely is war with Iran?

Personally, I don't think nearly enough time has elapsed since Iraq. No one has forgotten how awful that war was or that it was premised on a lie. So the WH might be salivating over the idea of war, but you can be damned sure that congress is going to put the kybosh on those plans.

Time Associates trump with Right Wing Quebec Mosque Terrorist

Here is the link: http://time.com/4654434/alexandre-bissonnette-quebec-mosque-shooting-donald-trump-marie-le-pen/

What I found very interesting was their last couple of paragraphs:

"He was someone who made frequent extreme comments in social media denigrating refugees and feminism," he told the Globe and Mail. "It wasn't outright hate, rather part of this new nationalist conservative identity movement that is more intolerant than hateful."

Archives of Bissonnette's now-removed Facebook page show he "liked" Le Pen, Trump, the Israel Defense Forces and Richard Dawkins, among many interests.

That last line shows exactly where his sympathies lay. No wonder the attack coincided with the Muslim ban.

Trump sued after Iraqis detained at airport

Source: Politico

President Donald Trump and his new administration are facing legal challenges after two Iraqis with valid visas to enter the United States were detained at a New York airport, following his sweeping executive order that bars citizens from several Muslim-majority nations from entering the country.

Lawyers for the International Refugee Assistance Project and the National Immigration Law Center filed a lawsuit early Saturday in federal court seeking to release Hameed Khalid Darweesh and Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi, who are being held at John F. Kennedy Airport.

Customs and Border Protection agents who detained the men at JFK are pointing to Trump’s executive order, telling the immigrants’ attorneys: “Mr. President. Call Mr. Trump,” according to the 20-page lawsuit. which was also filed by the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization at Yale Law School and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/trump-refugees-lawsuit-iraq-visas-234305

Refugees Detained at U.S. Airports; Trump Immigration Order Is Challenged

Source: NYT

President Trump’s executive order closing the nation’s borders to refugees was put into immediate effect on Friday night. Refugees who were airborne on flights on the way to the United States when the order was signed were stopped and detained at airports.

The detentions prompted legal challenges as lawyers representing two Iraqis held at Kennedy Airport filed a writ of habeas corpus early Saturday in the Eastern District of New York seeking to have their clients released. At the same time, they filed a motion for class certification, in an effort to represent all refugees and immigrants who they said were being unlawfully detained at ports of entry.

Mr. Trump’s order, which suspends entry for all refugees for 120 days, created a legal limbo for people on their way to the United States and panic for families who were awaiting their arrival.

The president’s order also blocks the admission of refugees from Syria indefinitely, and bars entry into the United States for 90 days from seven predominantly Muslim countries linked to concerns about terrorism. Those countries are Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/28/us/refugees-detained-at-us-airports-prompting-legal-challenges-to-trumps-immigration-order.html

Ford doing great...in Russia

I guess tRump will make special arraignments for Ford Motor Company not to have to pay tariffs.

From Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/article/ford-motor-russia-idUSL5N1FH4XV

Where is the List of Republicans Who had Abortions?

I want a full list of every damned Repuke in office who forced his wife to have an abortion. I want names, dates, number of abortions. This is how we fight tRump's asinine pro-life campaign.

Trump signs executive action to keep out 'radical Islamic terrorists'

Source: CNN

CNN)President Donald Trump signed two executive actions Friday at the Department of Defense, including one limiting the flow of refugees into the United States by instituting what the President has called "extreme vetting" of immigrants.
Titled "Protection Of The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States," the executive order would start to make good on Trump's promise to tighten borders and halt certain refugees from entering the United States.

"I am establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America," Trump said during the signing at the Pentagon after the swearing-in of Defense Secretary James Mattis. "We don't want them here."

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/27/politics/trump-plans-to-sign-executive-action-on-refugees-extreme-vetting/
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