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  • Mueller's team has not subpoenaed Deutsche Bank on Trump's finances, source says

    12/06/2017 2:22:14 AM PST · 39 of 51
    CutePuppy to barmag25
      Via @JaySekulow lawyer for @realDonaldTrump "We have confirmed that the news reports that the Special Counsel had subpoenaed financial records relating to the President are false. No subpoena has been issued or received. We have confirmed this with the bank and other sources."

    First, if Seculow requested information about subpoena from the Deutsche Bank, the bank would not confirm it received the subpoena and/or production of records, as it likely would be subject to non-disclosure/gag order and therefore illegal. Seculow obviously knows that and relies on the bank's silence to not confirm or deny, thereby creating the impression of "fake news" for the faithful.

    Second, the Deutsche Bank had already refused to provide information about investigation and related documents to Congressional Committee, citing the financial privacy rules (which do not extend or apply to Mueller investigation.) Third, his reference about "other sources" implies that he relied on the much maligned "leaks" himself and therefore doesn't serve him in good stead.

    Fourth, Deutsche Bank may not be the [only] bank / financial institution that Mueller has subpoenaed to request Trump's financial information, as Trump had to rely on several "off-Wall Street" boutique shops to lend him money for projects, since most WS banks and investment firms would not lend him money, given his reputation and history of multiple bankruptcies, defaults, dilutions and tendency to file costly and time-consuming sueballs instead of paying his debts in full.

    Fifth, while they are reluctant current partners on several projects with Trump (including controversial Old Post Office / Trump International Hotel in D.C.) there is no love lost between DB and Trump *:

    * Ref: Donald Trump sued Deutsche Bank to get out of $40 million debt over Chicago property two years after rooting for housing collapse / Deutsche Bank to close almost 200 branches - FR / NYDN / CNBC / Reuters, by CP, Cameron Joseph, Emily Flitter, 2016 July 20

  • GOP regains slight edge in House of Delegates, pending recounts

    11/10/2017 4:11:52 AM PST · 7 of 16
    CutePuppy to Vlad The Inhaler; SMGFan
      Message to McConnell, Ryan and Sessions.

    What "message" is that? That given a 32-seat advantage you can lose 30 seats and still [barely] have a majority?

    That's not a message, that's just math.

  • Poll: Views of Democratic Party hit lowest mark in 25 years

    11/08/2017 2:13:40 AM PST · 21 of 34
    CutePuppy to Kalamata; Oldeconomybuyer; Southnsoul; EQAndyBuzz; Balding_Eagle; 38special; dragnet2
      If this were really true ...

    Apparently, according to the poll, it's at least 96% true (as much as any poll with +/- 3.6% margin of error represents a fluid snapshot of polling reality). It's also 100% irrelevant. Why, you might ask...?

      ... why did Dems just win VA, NJ, and DeCommieBlasio?

    Because you are asked to make conclusions while only having been provided less than half the information needed to make them. Here is some more of the information from the polling data, see if it might change anything (from Poll: Dem favorability drops to lowest point in 25 years - TheHill, by Rebecca Savransky, 2017 November 07) :

      About one-third of liberals have an unfavorable view of the Democratic Party.

      The GOP fares even worse in the poll, with only 30 percent of Americans polled having a favorable view of the Republican Party. That's compared to 61 percent who have an unfavorable view of the GOP.

      Forty-one percent of conservatives have an unfavorable view of the Republican Party.

      Forty-two percent of independents have an unfavorable view of both parties, according to the poll.

      A majority of Americans, 51 percent, think it's not good for the country that Republicans control Congress, compared to 38 percent who think the opposite. <>ul>

    Hope it helps clear up a few things.

  • Three Green Berets killed, two wounded in Niger ambush

    10/05/2017 8:29:28 PM PDT · 43 of 44
    CutePuppy to TheConservativeTejano
    We are buying their uranium hopefully.

    Most of the uranium in Niger is mined, exported and paid for under contract with Areva corporation subsidiaries Somaïr and Cominak.

    Areva Group builds nuclear reactors and supplies uranium to EdF (France Electricity corporation) which provides 80%-90% of France's electricity, depending on loading methods, necessity and time of day.

    French government, through various agencies, owns 90% of Areva and 85% of EdF. Kuwait sovereign fund owns under 5% of Areva.

    Our small (but growing) military contingent in Niger helps make sure that uranium doesn't fall into the wrong hands, as well as help check insurgent and terrorist groups, in the area, the best known of which is Boko Haram, which has been responsible for increasing number of attacks recently.

  • Three Green Berets killed, two wounded in Niger ambush

    10/04/2017 6:59:53 PM PDT · 37 of 44
    CutePuppy to piasa; TheConservativeTejano

    Uranium constitutes almost 75% of Niger’s exports.

    Niger was Ambassador’s Joseph Wilson’s (husband of “secret agent” Valerie Plame Wilson) former post and subject of his “investigative” trip and infamous report about talks between Iraq and Niger about possible purchase of uranium.

  • Anthony Scaramucci's wife files for divorce over Trump support:

    07/30/2017 8:01:03 PM PDT · 138 of 138
    CutePuppy to CutePuppy
    Correction: She just gave birth to their second son, he has another child from his first marriage.

    Also, she has been a VP of Investor Relations in his hedge fund, SkyBridge Capital that he just sold to a US subsidiary of shady Chinese financial conglomerate HNA Group (pending expected approval from US agency), so she might have some dirt which he may not want to come out.

  • Anthony Scaramucci's wife files for divorce over Trump support:

    07/30/2017 7:49:24 PM PDT · 137 of 138
    CutePuppy to napscoordinator; COUNTrecount
      He better have learned his lesson on marriage and put an iron clad prenup.

    He probably does but there is no such thing as an "ironclad" prenup, even if it's a "Massey Pre-nup" in the "non-community property" NY state.

    Though most of his assets predate their marriage, they were much smaller in 2014 when they got married (began dating in 2011), they have two young children and she is 9 month pregnant with their third.

    Like another hedge-fund manager, Martin Shkreli, Scaramucci is not exactly an endearing personality, despite fake outward "charm" which Shkreli lacks. His new high-profile status and latest profanity-laced interview will not be helpful in the divorce court and the court of public opinion. Expect that besides the divorce settlement, alimony is going to be very substantial and for a long time.

  • Anthony Scaramucci's wife files for divorce over Trump support:

    07/29/2017 11:22:56 PM PDT · 134 of 138
    CutePuppy to lewislynn; napscoordinator; nickcarraway
      Nickcarraway thinks Trump is a liberal too.

    Well, The Mooch was a donor to John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, and donor and big fund-raiser for Obama (before sidling up to Mitt Romney, Scott Walker, Jeb Bush and, finally, Trump) and according to his speeches and numerous tweets (now scrubbed, so they "wouldn't be a distraction" ) he is an adamantly open-border, pro-choice, anti-gun rights, pro-LGBTQ "rights", pro-gay "marriage", promoted man-made global warming / climate change hoax...

    Otherwise he can pass for your basic "charming" rich moderate "new Republican" chameleon who can't hold liquor and his mouth in check.

    He scrubbed his tweets but they still "live" elsewhere on the Internet for everyone to see.

  • Anthony Scaramucci's wife files for divorce over Trump support:

    07/28/2017 6:06:10 PM PDT · 119 of 138
    CutePuppy to Ann Archy
      What the HELL is with these LEFTIST marriages that don't take their husbands last names???

    You mean like Chelsea Clinton (Mezvinsky) or Ivanka Trump (Kushner) or Marla Maples (Trump) or Elaine Chao (McConnell) etc? **

    ** Ref: Ivanka Trump Scarves Recalled Because Of "Burn Risk" - FR, post #81, 2016 April 08

  • Anthony Scaramucci's wife files for divorce over Trump support:

    07/28/2017 3:26:36 PM PDT · 76 of 138
    CutePuppy to nickcarraway
      She married a liberal. It's false advertising that he's pretending to be something else.

      Like Jared Kushner, he was a big fundraiser for Obama, later he was on Romney's finance committee, now he is on "Trump train" and [nearly] single and he has some money.

      If Tiffany Trump is still available, then "welcome to the family" may be in the cards, unless she has higher ambitions and better or more expensive taste.

  • Anthony Scaramucci's wife files for divorce over Trump support:

    07/28/2017 3:16:04 PM PDT · 71 of 138
    CutePuppy to Sacajaweau
      Read that he was worth a billion.

    His total net worth, including real estate, is disclosed to be about $85M, despite all the self-publicity and media presence he was generating (annual SALT events in Las Vegas, CNBC and FBN guest appearances and buying rights from PBS and hosting Wall Street Week (formerly "with Louis Ruleyser").

    Anthony Scaramucci

    He just received $5M for a month's "work" at Ex-Im Bank to which he was appointed after selling his SkyBridge Capital hedge fund to Chinese HNA bank with strong ties to Chinese Communist Party (that's still in the process of being approved, but now that he has proved his "loyalty" to Trump I doubt it would be a problem).

    Scaramucci-Priebus feud reaches boiling point - TH, by Jordan Fabian, 2017 July 27

  • The Communications Novice At The Heart Of Spicer's Exit

    07/22/2017 2:11:41 AM PDT · 31 of 31
    CutePuppy to Arthur McGowan
      He doesn't now.

    It makes sense now. I guess now we should expect the adoption of the same (or noncommittal) position on this and/or some other issues from Anthony "The Mooch" Scaramucci.

    He already publicly profusely "for the 50th time" apologized to Trump for calling him "hack politician," so he might as well shed and change the rest of his skin, at least into the one similar to what Ivanka and Jared are wearing.

  • The Communications Novice At The Heart Of Spicer's Exit

    07/22/2017 12:14:26 AM PDT · 29 of 31
    CutePuppy to WVMnteer; zeestephen
      The fact that's a pro-choice, open borders Democrat does not matter.

    Not to mention that he is also a gun-grabbing Goldman Sachs alumni, favors LGBTQQQ "rights" and he and his wife have been donors to Obama and other Dems... which should make him fit right in with Ivanka and Jared Kushner, no?

    BTW, he sold his shares and majority ownership in his SkyBridge Capital hedge fund to HNA Capital Holding (US subsidiary of HNA Group Co., a Chinese behemoth bank, with a stake in Deutsche Bank, dodgy ownership structure and strong ties to Chinese Communist Party, and recently discovered huge [mortgage] debt problems — enough so that Bank of America, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley instructed their investment bankers to stop working on transactions, and JP Morgan and UBS are significantly scaling down their dealings involving HNA). HNA is currently undergoing the scrutiny in China similar to Anbang Insurance Group, from which the Kushners unsuccessfully tried to get the financing for their Manhattan property (the fact which Jared Kushner originally denied).

  • Study blows 'greenhouse theory out of the water'

    07/09/2017 9:39:28 PM PDT · 69 of 74
    CutePuppy to Freedom_Is_Not_Free; rktman; Moonman62; alloysteel; Cboldt; Ozark Tom; lurked_for_a_decade; ...
    Here's the great collection of summaries (with links to the actual research publications) of scientific findings on "CO2 / greenhouse effect" theory of global warming / climate change:

    17 New Scientific Papers Dispute CO2 Greenhouse Effect As Primary Explanation For Climate Change -, [compiled] by Kenneth Richard, 2017 June 08

      "[T]he absorption of incident solar-light by the atmosphere as well as its absorption capability of thermal radiation, cannot be influenced by human acts." — Allmendinger, 2017

        "[G]lobal warming can be explained without recourse to the greenhouse theory. The varying solar irradiation constitutes the sole input driving the changes in the system's energy transfers." — Blaauw, 2017

      "The down-welling LW radiation is not a global driver of surface warming as hypothesized for over 100 years but a product of the near-surface air temperature controlled by solar heating and atmospheric pressure." -Nikolov and Zeller, 2017

    Interesting comments section as well.
  • Mueller legal team approaching size of entire US Attorney’s Office for Rhode Island

    06/27/2017 10:52:52 PM PDT · 59 of 59
    CutePuppy to Drew68; HypatiaTaught
      Have you seen the Cover of Time Magazine lately?

    Funny, I've just read this an hour ago:

    Trump golf clubs displaying fake Time magazine cover - TH, by John Bowden, 2017 June 27

    Time asks Trump Organization to remove fake cover from golf clubs - TH, by Olivia Beavers, 2017 June 27

  • Mueller legal team approaching size of entire US Attorney’s Office for Rhode Island

    06/27/2017 10:37:26 PM PDT · 58 of 59
    CutePuppy to RummyChick
      Thats abbe lowell

    A couple of interesting details you might already know, but most don't:

    From Kushner Adds Prominent Lawyer Abbe Lowell to Defense Team - NYT, by Matt Apuzzo, 2017 June 26

      Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and adviser, has added to his legal team one of the nation's most prominent trial lawyers, Abbe D. Lowell, his lawyers said on Monday.

      Mr. Kushner was already represented by Jamie S. Gorelick, a former deputy attorney general who is known for steering clients — often behind the scenes — through complicated Washington investigations.

      Mr. Lowell is a trial lawyer who has represented figures from both parties in high-profile cases. His clients have included the former Democratic vice-presidential nominee John Edwards and the disgraced former Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff **. He is currently defending Senator Robert Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, against federal corruption charges. ..... < snip >

      ..... Mr. Lowell's hiring was set in motion with Mr. Mueller's appointment. He and Ms. Gorelick worked at the same firm, WilmerHale.

      "When Bob Mueller left WilmerHale to become special counsel and three of our colleagues joined him, ..." ..... < snip >

    Mueller was a partner at WilmerHale since 2014 before resigning to become appointed as Special Counsel. At least two partners and one associate from WilmerHale are on his team now. Both Jamie Gorelick and Abbe Lowell are partners at WilmerHale.

    ** Didn't work all that well for "Casino Jack" Abramoff.

  • Disable Intel AMT on Windows (fix Intel's ME/AMT/SMT bug on vPro or consumer machine)

    05/08/2017 11:10:11 PM PDT · 2 of 10
    CutePuppy to dayglored; Ernest_at_the_Beach

    Ping, in case it may be useful.

  • Disable Intel AMT on Windows (fix Intel's ME/AMT/SMT bug on vPro or consumer machine)

    05/08/2017 10:59:25 PM PDT · 1 of 10
    This is a fix for Intel's AMT bug for a number of Intel's Core, Centrino and Xeon chips.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Trump to stick with conservative list for next Supreme Court pick

    04/30/2017 10:09:12 PM PDT · 30 of 88
    CutePuppy to Rastus; ForYourChildren; All
      Damn, and I was sure he was going to take the media's advice and pick Garland to appease the Dems! /sarc

    Exactly, that's an easy, "low-hanging fruit" kind of promise to make.

    1. If Democrats won the Senate in 2016, does anyone think Trump would nominate anyone from "the list" or would he be making a deal for Garland (or worse) with his political "good friend" Chuck Schumer?

    2. Any conservative President would be very happy to nominate either someone from "the list" or "unlisted" proven conservative judge being assured of confirmation by Republican Senate.

    Whatever people think of Mitch McConnell, he deserves a lot of credit for keeping the SCOTUS seat "warm" for potential Republican President.

  • Trump taps Kushner to lead a SWAT team to fix government with business ideas

    03/28/2017 4:48:57 PM PDT · 150 of 151
    CutePuppy to BlatherNaut; 9YearLurker; exnavy
      He will likely continue to demonize and marginalize conservatives going forward.

    That's his MO — demonizing anybody who stands in his way or doesn't idolize him — whether by Twitter, in person, or by proxies (like FoxNews or other surrogates). He's attacked conservatives and played victim during the primaries, too, except many people thought it was "cute" and funny at the time.

      His self-dealing connections were no secret.

    Anybody can open the Art of the Deal on almost any page and see for themselves that the book is mistitled — it should be called The Art of Self-Dealing. Why people thought that it meant he would represent them, based on the title of this book, is beyond me — it's quite clear who the single beneficiary of that exploit was supposed to be. But people didn't read, they judged the book by its cover [title].

    "To Serve Men" — "It's a cookbook!"

      You can think what you want, this is not what I voted for.

    I hear you and understand you. That's why it was "collective" and in quotes "we" — not you.