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Speaker Pelosi statement on Stefanik appointment

https://twitter.com/KlasfeldReports/status/1393256444796051458




PBS interview, Wednesday
Pelosi said the GOP is, "punishing Members who tell the truth" about Trump's election loss and his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, per a statement posted to her website.

"Nothing less is at stake than out democracy," Pelosi said in an interview with PBS on Wednesday.

"Maybe she's more, shall we say, compliant," Pelosi said in reference to Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), who has been floated as Cheney's replacement as House Republican conference chair.

🔥UNITED KINGDOM SP FORCES OPERATIVES RAN HOSTILE HUMAN INTELL OPS ON U.S. SOIL for ERIC PRINCE..

@deejay90192
"They believed they had the decks so stacked that they couldn't lose -- that's why they are crying foul because they know the treachery they did to secure a win"

"UNITED KINGDOM SPECIAL FORCES OPERATIVES RAN HOSTILE HUMAN INTELLIGENCE OPERATIONS ON U.S. SOIL FOR ERIK PRINCE TO SECURE TRUMP PRESIDENCY, ATTACK INDIVIDUALS DEFENDING DEMOCRACY"

NYTIMES:

Activists and Ex-Spy Said to Have Plotted to Discredit Trump ‘Enemies’ in Government
The campaign included planned operations against President Trump’s national security adviser at the time, H.R. McMaster, and F.B.I. employees, according to documents and interviews.

May 13, 2021
Updated 3:39 p.m. ET
WASHINGTON — A network of conservative activists, aided by a British former spy, mounted a campaign during the Trump administration to discredit perceived enemies of President Trump inside the government, according to documents and people involved in the operations.

The campaign included a planned sting operation against Mr. Trump’s national security adviser at the time, H.R. McMaster, and secret surveillance operations against F.B.I. employees, aimed at exposing anti-Trump sentiment in the bureau’s ranks.

The operations against the F.B.I., run by the conservative group Project Veritas, were conducted from a large home in the Georgetown section of Washington that rented for $10,000 per month. Female undercover operatives arranged dates with the F.B.I. employees with the aim of secretly recording them making disparaging comments about Mr. Trump.

The campaign shows the obsession that some of Mr. Trump’s allies had about a shadowy “deep state” trying to blunt his agenda — and the lengths that some were willing to go to try to purge the government of those believed to be disloyal to the president.

Central to the effort, according to interviews, was Richard Seddon, a former undercover British spy who was recruited in 2016 by the security contractor Erik Prince to train Project Veritas operatives to infiltrate trade unions, Democratic congressional campaigns and other targets. He ran field operations for Project Veritas until mid-2018.

Last year, The New York Times reported that Mr. Seddon ran an expansive effort to gain access to the unions and campaigns and led a hiring effort that nearly tripled the number of the group’s operatives, according to interviews and deposition testimony. He trained operatives at the Prince family ranch in Wyoming.

Dig deeper into the moment.

The efforts to target American officials show how a campaign once focused on exposing outside organizations slowly morphed into an operation to ferret out Mr. Trump’s perceived enemies in the government’s ranks.

Whether any of Mr. Trump’s White House advisers had direct knowledge of the campaign is unclear, but one of the participants in the operation against Mr. McMaster, Barbara Ledeen, said she was brought on by someone “with access to McMaster’s calendar.”

At the time, Ms. Ledeen was a staff member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, then led by Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa.

James O’Keefe said during the Trump administration that his group, Project Veritas, had been investigating the deep state.Credit...Erin Schaff/The New York Times
This account is drawn from more than a dozen interviews with former Project Veritas employees and others familiar with the campaign, along with current and former government officials and internal Project Veritas documents.

The scheme against Mr. McMaster, revealed in interviews and documents, was one of the most brazen operations of the campaign. It involved a plan to hire a woman armed with a hidden camera to capture Mr. McMaster making inappropriate remarks that his opponents could use as leverage to get him ousted as national security adviser.

(This is all I can copy from the long article.
MORE..But its behind a NYTimes paywall
) 🤬

Eric Garland has a lot on his twittet but no Threadreader yet.
HERE:

https://twitter.com/ericgarland/status/1392930814833401860
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Unfkingbelievable how deep down this Maggothole we go.
Wonder how much McGahn's private closed door testimony has revealed.
This is the BFD of the BFD's...

Damn. UK?


Rep Sharice Davids: "The historic nomination of Lauren J. King, a Muscogee Nation citizen, by @POTUS

https://twitter.com/sharicedavids/status/1392869153791414281

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Sharice Davids
@sharicedavids
Representation matters.

The historic nomination of Lauren J. King, a Muscogee Nation citizen, by
@POTUS
is one more step to recognizing the unique history of Native Americans in our country. Let's keep moving the needle to reflect the people we serve.


From Huffpost:
https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_609c2632e4b063dccea4e046/amp?6c=&__twitter_impression=true

Biden nominated Lauren J. King to a lifetime seat on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. King, a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation based in Oklahoma, is currently an attorney at the Seattle-based law firm Foster Garvey, P.C. She has served as a pro tem appellate judge for the Northwest Intertribal Court System since 2013 and previously taught Federal Indian Law at the Seattle University School of Law.


If confirmed, King will be one of just three Native American judges currently on the federal bench out of nearly 900 federal judgeships. The other two are U.S. district judges Diane Humetewa and Ada Brown.

Only four Native Americans have ever been federal judges in the 230-year history of the U.S. courts, and that’s out of more than 4,200 people who have served as Article III judges (i.e., lifetime judges on district courts, appeals courts and the Supreme Court). Besides Humetewa and Brown, the other two were U.S. district judges Michael Burrage and Frank Howell Seay. There has never been an Indigenous judge on a U.S. appeals court.

Elon Musk Conveniently Ignored Bitcoin's Inconvenient Truth Where does the future of money end and t

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-05-13/elon-musk-conveniently-ignored-bitcoin-s-inconvenient-truth

Elon Musk Conveniently Ignored Bitcoin's Inconvenient Truth
Where does the future of money end and the “hustle” begin?


When electric carmaker Tesla Inc. said in February it would buy $1.5 billion worth of Bitcoin and start accepting it as payment, billionaire boss Elon Musk had little to say about the cryptocurrency’s wasteful energy consumption — despite the obvious inconsistency with his firm’s green credentials.

And when fellow Bitcoin bulls Jack Dorsey and Cathie Wood last month backed a report claiming that combining cryptocurrency mining and renewable-energy projects could be good for the environment, Musk praised the paper as “true,” even though its optimistic and overconfident assumptions smacked of greenwashing.

So while it’s an encouraging development to see Musk’s latest tweet acknowledging Bitcoin’s inconvenient truth, namely that energy-inefficient mining algorithms by some measures consume more power than entire countries, the speed of his overnight conversion is a little discombobulating. Not least for the crypto fans hanging on Musk’s every word, who were stung by the $365 billion or so wiped off the market’s value following Musk’s decision to halt support for Bitcoin payments.


Taking the tweet at face value — which is dangerous with a Pied Piper character like Musk — suggests that the alternative energy facts being pumped into the room by Bitcoiners weren’t gaining traction.

SNIP
Cheap and abundant power is essential to crypto miners, with coal accounting for an estimated 38% of their supply, according to the Cambridge Center for Alternative Finance. Estimates of the Bitcoin network’s total energy consumption vary widely but run from 20-80 terawatt hours in 2019 to more than 100 this year. Despite the efforts of celebrity backers such as Dorsey and Wood in pushing narratives about renewable mining, the laser-eye crowd never came close to debunking energy concerns.

Musk’s move may also indicate that Teslas weren’t flying off the shelves as a result of accepting Bitcoin payment.
Another inconvenient truth about Bitcoin is that its huge price swings and artificially limited supply make it much better as a tool for speculative hoarding than for buying things — which can be a taxable event.

In late March a Tesla representative told CoinDesk it wasn’t clear if any cars had been paid for with the cryptocurrency.
The company later disclosed it had netted $101 million in income from selling about 10% of its own Bitcoin holdings.

MORE..

(This article may be behind a paywall with one freebie. I linked thru my incognito tab.)

'Mercy's Shore' by NeedtoBreathe



My arms are tired and weary
These wounds are on full display
I've tried every door in the hallway
There's just no where that I feel safe

I see the light but never find the surface
I don't know if I can swim no more
White knuckles and wild horses
One day we'll wash up on mercy's shore
One day we'll wash up on mercy's shore

I'm lost in the waves that crush me
They bring discovery where darkness hides
Just over the ridge in front of you
Another mountain that you'll have to climb

I see the light but never find the surface
I don't know if I can swim no more
White knuckles and wild horses
One day we'll wash up on mercy's shore
One day we'll wash up on mercy's shore

.....
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.originallyric.com/mercys-shore-lyrics-needtobreathe/

CREW sues for records on Mnuchin lifting sanctions on Israeli billionaire Daniel Gertler

https://twitter.com/CREWcrew/status/1391604066699128836

Steve Mnuchin is being investigated for possibly making official decisions that could benefit his future personal pursuits, raising serious ethical questions.

https://www.citizensforethics.org/legal-action/lawsuits/treasury-state-steve-mnuchin-daniel-gertler-sanctions/

CREW sues Treasury and State for records on Mnuchin lifting sanctions on Israeli billionaire Daniel Gertler

Trump’s Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin might have made official decisions that could benefit his future personal pursuits, raising serious ethical questions.
CREW is suing the Treasury and State Departments for records that would reveal more details about Mnuchin’s quiet lifting of sanctions on Israeli billionaire Daniel Gertler in the final days of the Trump administration, and if the decision was tied to Mnuchin’s post-administration pursuits.

Mnuchin’s secret decision to lift sanctions on Gertler was all the more suspect since just a few years prior, Mnuchin himself had placed sanctions on Gertler
for extensive corruption tied to human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of Congo. President Biden quickly reinstated sanctions on Gertler after taking office.

By the end of Trump’s term, Gertler had been lobbying the administration to lift his sanctions for several years.
At the same time, news of Mnuchin’s post-administration plans to establish an investment fund seeking investments from sovereign wealth funds in the Middle East raised questions about his extensive travel to the Middle East while in office.
Though it is not certain that Mnuchin will seek funds from countries he routinely visited or from people like Gertler, any connection to his official actions would be deeply problematic.

CREW filed a Freedom of Information Act request in March for communications between Gertler, the Treasury, and State Department but received no response.
MORE...



Current events: The gasoline shortage Georgia, NCarolina

https://twitter.com/chris_notcapn/status/1392227273525366785


https://twitter.com/chris_notcapn/status/1392215018486353920

https://twitter.com/chris_notcapn/status/1392192086082994180


Death penalty & Hate crimes charges for Atlanta Spa shooter

District Attorney Fani Willis confirmed Tuesday she expects to seek the death penalty against 22-year-old Robert Aaron Long.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.11alive.com/amp/article/news/local/spa-shooting-death-penalty-atlanta/85-edc148ac-8c8d-454a-92c2-c7c8b9b7e249

Author: Associated Press, 11Alive Staff
May 11, 2021
ATLANTA — Prosecutors in Fulton County are seeking the death penalty against Robert Aaron Long, the suspect in a string of deadly shootings at three Atlanta-area Asian spas in March.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis made the announcement at news conference on Tuesday.
She also said she would seek hate crime charges in the case, saying the possible enhanced sentence against Long will be the first test for the county of the hate crime law passed by the Georgia Legislature. She added it sends a message that every member within the community is valued.

SecMayorkas announced a new, dedicated domestic terrorism branch within the DHS Office of Intel

https://twitter.com/DHSgov/status/1392229201017819143


DHSgov
SecMayorkas also announced a new, dedicated domestic terrorism branch within the DHS Office of Intelligence & Analysis to ensure DHS develops the expertise necessary to produce the sound, timely intelligence needed to combat threats posed by domestic terrorism and violence.

DHS will embrace a whole-of-society approach to combatting #DVE and terrorism by building trust, partnerships, and collaboration across government, the private sector, organizations, and the diverse communities we serve.  We must work together.

4:24 PM · May 11, 2021

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is cutting federal unemployment insurance benefits

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is cutting federal unemployment insurance benefits that were created at the start of the pandemic last year, saying she believes they are holding back the economy.


Reynolds said in a news release Tuesday that the benefits will expire June 12. Congress created the programs in March 2020 to expand the types of workers who could receive benefits and extend the period they could get benefits.

As of April 17 — the most recent date for which data is available — about 33,000 Iowans were receiving unemployment through the two primary federal programs, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation.

"Now that our businesses and schools have reopened, these payments are discouraging people from returning to work," Reynolds said in a statement. "... We have more jobs available than unemployed people."
https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.desmoinesregister.com/amp/5035465001


If any Iowan deseves to be unemployed, it's Kim Reynolds
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