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The Trump Impeachment Inquiry

The Trump Impeachment Inquiry: What We Learned So Far Today
By The New York Times
SEPTEMBER 25, 2019

Less than a day after Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry against President Trump, there are several big developments:

A call log released by the White House shows Mr. Trump pushing the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to consider investigating former Vice President Joe Biden.

A Justice Department official told The Times that after a whistle-blower raised concerns, two top intelligence officials referred the complaint for a possible criminal investigation into the president’s actions. The Justice Department concluded that there was no basis for a criminal investigation into Mr. Trump’s behavior.

In the call, Mr. Trump alluded to American aid, while not explicitly linking his request to unfreezing it, the document shows: “I will say that we do a lot for Ukraine. We spend a lot of effort and a lot of time.”

Posted by real Cannabis calm | Wed Sep 25, 2019, 01:33 PM (2 replies)

Trump's going to start a war! His best media distraction thus far


Russia has a strategic partnership with Iran in Syria, where they support the government against a rebel and jihadi uprising once backed by the U.S. and its regional allies. Moscow has also held the U.S. responsible for the deteriorating security situation in the Persian Gulf, pointing to Trump's decision last year to leave a 2015 nuclear deal and impose sanctions as part of a "maximum pressure" campaign to pressure Iran. The agreement's other signatories—China, the EU, France, Germany, Russia and the U.K.—all still support the accord and have called for calm in the region.

Trump signed into action Monday a new round of sanctions against Iranian officials, including supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. That same day, Ryabkov condemned such unilateral economic restrictions and pledged to "continue to counter this policy, particularly in cooperation with other forces in the international community," as reported by Tass.

China, Russia, Iran ‘plan joint naval drill in international waters’

China, Russia and Iran are planning a joint naval drill in the Sea of Oman and northern Indian Ocean “soon”, a semi-official Iranian news outlet reported on Saturday, just days after the United States blamed Iran for a drone attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities.

General Ghadir Nezami Pour, head of international affairs and defence diplomacy of Iran’s General Staff of the Armed Forces, said the drill would take place in international waters, the Iran Press news agency reported.

“The exercises have different goals, including the exchange of tactical and military experiences, and sometimes they seek political goals which show a kind of convergence between participants,” he was quoted as saying.

Posted by real Cannabis calm | Mon Sep 23, 2019, 07:28 AM (0 replies)

Impeachment pressure builds

Impeachment pressure builds
President Trump acknowledged on Sunday that he accused Joe Biden of corruption during a phone call in July with the leader of Ukraine, leaving Democrats increasingly inclined to file articles of impeachment against him.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the Trump administration would “be entering a grave new chapter of lawlessness” if it failed to turn over a related whistle-blower complaint by Thursday. (Read her letter.)

The allegations involve whether Mr. Trump pressured Ukraine’s newly elected leader, Volodymyr Zelensky, to hurt Mr. Biden’s election bid, possibly using U.S. military aid as leverage. The former Soviet republic has been fighting Russian-backed separatists, and the Trump administration temporarily withheld $250 million from Ukraine this summer.

Background: Mr. Trump has accused Mr. Biden of using his position as vice president to help a Ukrainian energy company in 2016 that was paying his son Hunter. There has been no evidence that the former vice president intentionally tried to help his son.

Posted by real Cannabis calm | Mon Sep 23, 2019, 06:56 AM (3 replies)

Brazilian official blames "invading climate change activist" for Amazon fires

Indonesia arrests around 200 as thick smog from forest fires reaches hazardous levels
By Helen Regan, CNN
Updated 3:39 AM ET, Wed September 18, 2019

(CNN) - Dozens of people have been arrested over suspected involvement in massive forest fires in Indonesia, where thousands of hectares of ecologically rich land have been burned, engulfing the region in a thick toxic haze.

The country's National Police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo said Monday that 185 people had been arrested across six provinces hit by fires and four corporations were under investigation. He added that "99% of the forest and land fires occurred due to human factors."

Fires and ensuing smog are a persistent problem during the summer months caused by slash and burn techniques to clear the land -- the same practice that led to fires in the Brazilian Amazon earlier this year.

Adversely, the political and environmental climate in Brazil continues to deteriorate

Brazil is 'not the culprit' for the Amazon fires, says country's foreign minister
By Jessie Yeung, CNN
Updated 3:46 AM ET, Thu September 12, 2019

(CNN) - Brazil's foreign minister addressed the Amazon fires and climate change on Wednesday -- but not in the way you might expect.

In a speech at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC, Minister of Foreign Affairs Ernesto Araujo denied that his country was responsible for the devastation of the rainforest, and accused other countries and activists of trying to "invade Brazil" under the guise of climate change action.

"It doesn't seem like a climate catastrophe to me, at least," he said. "But from the debate that is going on, it would seem that the world is ending."

He acknowledged that climate change was real and was scientifically observable, but questioned whether it was a manmade phenomenon, claiming computer models were largely wrong and "overestimated the increasing temperature."
Posted by real Cannabis calm | Wed Sep 18, 2019, 10:42 AM (0 replies)

CNN - Trump asks DOJ to "rescue Kavanaugh"

Trump says his DOJ should 'rescue' Brett Kavanaugh
By Kate Sullivan and Ariane de Vogue, CNN
Updated 11:50 PM ET, Sun September 15, 2019

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump called on his Justice Department Sunday to "rescue" Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh after The New York Times published an excerpt of a new book detailing sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh that he has previously denied.

The excerpt from "The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation," written by Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, revisits an allegation raised during the Supreme Court justice's confirmation process in 2018. That allegation from Deborah Ramirez accused Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her at a party when he was a freshman at Yale, according to an account published in The New Yorker. Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the allegation.

The book revisits Ramirez's claim and contains a former male classmate's new allegation which the authors say was corroborated by two sources. The authors reported the former classmate came forward to the FBI and senators concerning an incident he witnessed and said the FBI did not investigate the incident.

The New York Times Sunday evening published an Editor's Note saying the female victim declined to be interviewed and friends say she does not recall the incident.
Posted by real Cannabis calm | Mon Sep 16, 2019, 07:05 AM (14 replies)


On edit: Bad headline was fixed at 6:28 AM MTZ

Nearly 50,000 UAW workers go on strike against GM, America's biggest automaker
By Chris Isidore, CNN Business
Updated 7:43 AM ET, Mon September 16, 2019

The union's 48,000 hourly workers walked out at 31 GM factories and 21 other facilities, spread across nine states, mostly in the center of the country. It's the largest strike by any union against any business since the last strike at GM in 2007.

The strike started at 11:59 pm Sunday night. The two sides did not formally meet Sunday after the union declared its intention to strike at a morning press conference, although union spokesman Brian Rothenberg said that the dialogue between the two sides was ongoing. A new meeting of the two sides is set for 10 a.m. Monday.

The union said that GM was putting profits ahead of employees who helped to turn the company around when it went through bankruptcy and federal bailout a decade ago.
Posted by real Cannabis calm | Mon Sep 16, 2019, 06:53 AM (5 replies)

Fat demon with small hands expected to appear again in New Mexico

New Mexico Preps for Trump After Past Rallies Sparked Unrest
By Associated Press, Wire Service Content Sept. 12, 2019, at 1:37 p.m.

New Mexico law enforcement agencies are preparing for President Donald Trump's rally next week, three years after visits in Albuquerque sparked violence.

Authorities said they will be prepared for the Trump rally Monday in the Albuquerque suburb of Rio Rancho as protesters vowed to step up acts of civil disobedience and demonstrations.

Demonstrators who participated in previous Trump protests say they have discussed blocking traffic and lying down on highways...

Activist Javier Benavidez said many are angry that Trump is holding his rally in a state with the highest percentage of Hispanic residents on Sept. 16 — Mexican Independence Day. https://madison.com/news/nation/government-and-politics/new-mexico-preps-for-trump-after-past-rallies-sparked-unrest/article_33c89084-058a-5631-b124-d32ccdd088bc.html


The Highway to Hell
Brent Swancer

The beginning of Route 666’s rise to infamy as one of the strangest and most haunted highways in America can perhaps be traced back to its unfortunate numbering. The American Association of State Highway Officials assigned the number in 1926, and since the highway was the 6th branch of the now defunct Route 66 [which runs through New Mexico], the assignment turned out as 666.

This all may not seem particularly supernatural for some. After all, accidents happen on highways, and driving along a bleak, deserted stretch of road at night can certainly give people the jitters, but the weirdness of Route 666 does not end there. In addition to the strange feelings of anxiety and dread, as well as all of the accidents and breakdowns, there is a plethora of strange stories originating from on or around the highway. Perhaps some of the most intriguing are the various tales of alleged spectres and spooks that inhabit Route 666. One of the most infamous and legendary of these apparitions is that of a menacing black sedan, also sometimes referred to as “Satan’s Sedan,” https://mysteriousuniverse.org/2015/01/the-highway-to-hell/

The new presidential limousine by Cadillac on Sept. 23, 2018 in New York. A Secret Service agent cleans the limousine before the arrival of Marine One carrying President Donald Trump at the Downtown Manhattan Heliport in New York. (Photo: Evan Vucci, AP)

Cadillac just built Donald Trump a beast of a limo worth millions
Jamie L. LaReau, Detroit Free PressPublished 12:10 p.m. ET Sept. 25, 2018

The Secret Service will give up a little info, but the company won't talk about it.

"We cannot comment on this," Cadillac spokesman Andrew Lipman wrote in an email.

So what's the big secret? It's President Donald Trump's new limousine that Cadillac built, called "The Beast."

Posted by real Cannabis calm | Fri Sep 13, 2019, 02:21 PM (6 replies)

Rare astronomical event tonight


What's spookier than Friday the 13th? A Full Moon on Friday the 13th. But this will also be a Micro Harvest Moon, the Full Moon closest to the autumnal equinox (the end of summer and start of fall).

A micromoon is the opposite of a "supermoon" and will appear around 14 percent smaller in the sky. This is because the moon is also nearing its apogee, the point in its nearly month-long elliptical orbit at which it's furthest away from Earth. The moon will be at apogee on September 13 at 9:32 a.m. EDT.

Also known as the Fruit Moon, Barley Moon or the Mid-Autumn Festival Moon, the Harvest Moon acts as a light for farmers who need to work later. According to NASA, usually the Full Moon rises an average 50 minutes later each night, but for the few nights around the Harvest Moon, it seems to rise at nearly the same time. In the U.S., this is normally 25 to 30 minutes later.

Both these types of moons together are rare.

Posted by real Cannabis calm | Fri Sep 13, 2019, 10:44 AM (15 replies)

Dangerous Environmental Policies

Trump Administration Rolls Back Clean Water Protections
By Lisa Friedman and Coral Davenport
Sept. 12, 2019

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Thursday announced the repeal of a major Obama-era clean water regulation that had placed limits on polluting chemicals that could be used near streams, wetlands and other bodies of water.

The rollback of the 2015 measure, known as the Waters of the United States rule, adds to a lengthy list of environmental rules that the administration has worked to weaken or undo over the past two and a half years.

An immediate effect of the clean water repeal is that polluters will no longer need a permit to discharge potentially harmful substances into many streams and wetlands. But the measure, which is expected to take effect in a matter of weeks, has implications far beyond the pollution that will now be allowed to flow freely into waterways.

But environmentalists warned of the repercussions. “With many of our cities and towns living with unsafe drinking water, now is not the time to cut back on clean water enforcement,” said Laura Rubin, director of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition.

Trump Takes Ax to Science and Other Advisory Committees, Sparking Backlash

The Trump administration, however, has been sidelining scientific advisers and advisory committees since it arrived. The EPA, in particular, has drawn controversy for barring researchers who receive EPA grant money from serving on its Science Advisory Board (SAB) while adding several new board members connected to the industries EPA regulates.
Posted by real Cannabis calm | Fri Sep 13, 2019, 10:06 AM (6 replies)

Breaking news: "IMPEACHMENT"

House panel plans to intensify Trump impeachment probe
David Morgan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee is expected to intensify its investigation of Republican President Donald Trump on Thursday, as lawmakers edge closer to deciding whether to recommend his impeachment.

The 41-member panel has scheduled an 8 a.m. EDT (1200 GMT) meeting to vote on a resolution allowing it to designate hearings as impeachment proceedings, subject witnesses to more aggressive questioning and quicken the pace of an investigation that is expanding into areas that could prove politically explosive for both Trump and Congress.

A more aggressive probe could add pressure on House Democratic leaders including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has resisted impeachment as a politically risky step for moderate Democratic freshmen from swing districts where ousting Trump is an unpopular idea.

Posted by real Cannabis calm | Thu Sep 12, 2019, 07:46 AM (48 replies)
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