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Larry Ellison joins Peter Thiel in Trump's camp

Larry Ellison, the co-founder and executive chairman of Oracle Corp., is a fierce competitor, to put it mildly. This is a man who helped build a $177-billion company, and who likes to unwind by funding ludicrous hydrofoiling racing catamarans.

Increasingly, Ellison’s company is competing with the cloud computing wing of Amazon.com Inc., and he does it with zeal. Oracle funded an anti-Amazon group called the “Free and Fair Markets Initiative” to attack the rival. Oracle also worked desperately to derail Amazon’s bid for JEDI, a lucrative Defense Department cloud contract, going so far as to sue the federal government, alleging it illegally favored Amazon.

Now, Ellison is making friends with his enemy’s enemy, who happens to be the president of the United States. On Wednesday, Ellison will host a fundraiser for President Trump at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Top contributors are expected to shell out $250,000 for a photo, a golf outing and a round-table discussion...

Is Ellison’s interest in Trump inspired by their shared contempt for Bezos? Who knows? On the one hand, it’s not out of character for Ellison to raise money for Republicans. He backed Marco Rubio in 2016.

Then again, backing Trump is uniquely controversial. Recode called Ellison “one of Silicon Valley’s most eccentric and independent-minded leaders,” observing that those traits might make him immune to “blowback” from Oracle workers. Silicon Valley workers in general have become more activist; in November 2018 Google employees walked out over the company’s sexual harassment policies...

https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2020-02-15/larry-ellison-trump

https://twitter.com/latimes/status/1228900062417297408

From Cambridge Analytica to meddling in the Iowa Caucus this seems like a trend.

Pan Am


Was a big fan of this show...


https://twitter.com/businessinsider/status/1228545188336893952

K & R

Bumping in light of recent events.

Barr created an outside team that has been secretly tearing apart Stone and Flynn cases for weeks

https://twitter.com/dailykos/status/1228443773249740800

As The New York Times reports, this outside team of attorneys has spent the last two weeks “grilling line prosecutors” about cases. But not just any cases: those cases special to Trump. That includes looking at every step of the investigation, prosecution, and sentencing. And that review is looking not just at how these cases were handled, but also at who was involved at every step. Because finding scapegoats is definitely part of the agenda.

Seen in this light, the resignation of the four prosecutors on the Roger Stone case wasn’t a snap response to a single instance of Barr overruling their decisions. It was the endgame following weeks in which the entire U.S. attorney’s office in Washington was subject to badgering from a team of hand-selected political hit men, brought in to second-guess every action and undermine each decision. As the Times article puts it, these actions mean subjecting the office to “a secondary layer of monitoring and control over what career prosecutors have been doing.”

Over the last week, Trump has tweeted attacks on the prosecuting attorneys who set the sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone. He’s challenged the impartiality of the judge in charge of the case. He has even gone after the jury foreman with charges of bias.

But Trump’s tweets were not happening in a vacuum. In fact, they weren’t even coming first. Barr had placed his review team over the Washington office before Trump began his series of 280-character tirades against everyone involved in the Stone trial. Barr’s blathering on about how he was tired of Trump telling him what to do wasn’t just deceptive—it was a reversal of the truth. Barr was already tearing into those cases. Undoubtedly, Trump was aware of what Barr was doing to rip up the paperwork on Flynn and Stone when he issued his tweets...

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/2/14/1919210/-Barr-created-an-outside-team-that-has-been-secretly-tearing-apart-Stone-and-Flynn-cases-for-weeks

Bill Barr has a tell when he is lying

I'll bet privately Barr did express concerns to Trump about exposing his cover-ups. I agree with you. The interview was pure crap...

https://twitter.com/B52Malmet/status/1228171011624845314

https://twitter.com/andylassner/status/1228073168268447744

No doubt Barr has communicated that privately to Trump

All of the public machinations are strictly theater.

https://www.democraticunderground.com/1016247611

https://www.democraticunderground.com/1016247601

Press Watch: Suckered by Barr's theatrics, political press sinks to a new low

https://twitter.com/Salon/status/1228384987478724609

Now that the phony feud with Trump is out of they way Barr will help another Trump toadie...

https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1228380138028642309

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100212988525

The Political Thriller Donald Trump Helped Cancel Is Coming Out After All

https://twitter.com/Slate/status/1227353194835193857

Unfortunately...

Now we have an AG that is actively aiding and abetting overt criminality, and a couple of junior lawyers are apparently the only people with enough of a conscience to quit.

https://twitter.com/emptywheel/status/1227337311744151552

https://twitter.com/emptywheel/status/1227330147625377794

https://twitter.com/SpyTalker/status/1227283861090029571

https://twitter.com/emptywheel/status/1227316183143190530

https://twitter.com/tedlieu/status/1227328618814201857

Silicon Valley billionaire Reid hoffman

backed and bankrolled...

https://twitter.com/Consortiumnews/status/1227246590970208256

Of course it's not going to stop in Iowa...

Trump 2020 team hopes Secret Service activity in New Hampshire will prevent Dems from voting:
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