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  • Women's March leader: Muhammad was human-rights activist

    01/14/2019 5:28:43 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | January 10, 2019
    President Trump’s administration is “fascist,” but Islam’s prophet Muhammad was a human rights activist,” according to Linda Sarour, a Palestinian activist known for her leadership of the Women’s March. Sarsour’s comments at a banquet in Sacramento, Calif., on Dec. 2 were captured by the Middle East Media Research Institute. “This administration is not like any other administration. We are talking about a time in the United States of America when we are living under fascism. These are fascists,” she said. Sarsour criticized President Trump for moving the American embassy to Jerusalem. “I declare to all of you here today in...
  • Endgame of the Government Shutdown? (Vanity)

    01/13/2019 10:29:09 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 53 replies
    January 13, 2019 | Me
    It's been almost a month. So how is this going to end? Who will "win"?
  • A Force for Good: America Reinvigorated in the Middle East

    01/12/2019 8:51:53 PM PST · by Rabin · 3 replies
    dvids ^ | 01.10.2019 | Staff
    Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State The American University in Cairo. Cairo, Egypt January 10, 2019 “We need to acknowledge that truth, because if we don’t, we make bad choices – now and in the future. And our choices, the choices we make today have consequences for nations, and for millions and millions of people, for our safety, for our economic prosperity, for our personal freedoms, and those of our children.” https://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2019/01/288410.htm
  • CBC vows ‘course correction’ for nation

    01/11/2019 12:20:37 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Pride Publishing Group ^ | January 10, 2019 | Hazel Trice Edney
    The Congressional Black Caucus of the 116th Congress, the largest ever in its 48-year history with 55 members, is billing itself as a powerful “course corrector” that will consistently fight for justice and against wrongs of the Trump Administration. “Today is a glorious day for our country. Today marks the beginning of a course correction. Correcting the trauma we have all experienced on a daily basis for the last two years,” said new Chairwoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.) during the annual CBC swearing in service on Capitol Hill Jan. 3. “We will have tremendous power and influence. At this moment in...
  • Trump’s Speech Was Too Effective for Comfort

    01/09/2019 9:42:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Slate ^ | January 8, 2019 | Yascha Mounk
    President Donald Trump’s address to the nation on Tuesday night was unimaginative, lacking in energy, and filled with his habitual lies and misrepresentations. It was also worryingly effective. Making his case for a border wall over the course of nine short minutes, Trump cited horrible crimes to instill fear in the hearts of millions of viewers. He claimed to speak for all Americans, arguing that insufficient border security was a particular threat to Latinos, black Americans, and even those trying to reach America. Most importantly, he actually defended the morality of his proposed actions: Making a not-so-veiled reference to Barack...
  • Pablo Escobar’s brother is raising money to impeach Donald Trump

    01/09/2019 1:19:18 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Within Nigeria ^ | January 9, 2019 | Aanu Damilare
    Roberto (El Osito) Escobar, the brother of the infamous late Colombian drug Lord Pablo Escobar, is raising money in an attempt to impeach the US president. El Osito launched a GoFundMe campaign with the hopes of raising US$50 million in donations for his company Escobar Inc. But GoFundMe removed the page shortly after it was posted. On the page, Escobar claimed to be “holding dirty secrets of President Trump, his family and associates.” The appeal on his GoFundMe read:  Pablo Escobar is a South American, also known as ‘Latino,’ legendary hero, who helped millions of people in his home...
  • Michael Moore "I'm Living Paycheck to Paycheck" (Parody Interview)

    01/07/2019 8:52:35 PM PST · by johnnyblastoff · 12 replies
    Youtube ^ | December 27th, 2018 | Brad Binkley
    https://youtu.be/LsgCIrQOOac Michael Moore "I'm Living Paycheck to Paycheck" (Parody Interview) Filmmaker and activist Michael Moore sits down for an interview with Brad Binkley, where Moore reveals how he manipulates the resistance and what is in store for 2019. Protests and activism are in store for the resistance while michael moore continues his assault on reality.
  • Tsai rejects 'One China,' seeks more defense

    01/05/2019 9:32:02 PM PST · by Rabin · 4 replies
    NHK WORLD-JAPAN ^ | 2019 01 05 | staff
    Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, has reiterated that Taiwan may accept Beijing's proposed reunification under Jiang Jieshis’ "one free country” framework”. She says Taiwan would also build on its defense capabilities as China has not ruled out continuation of old world blind force options. Xi said that the "one free country” framework, has to be seen in Hong Kong and elsewhere, is the best approach for reunification of China. Tsai was speaking to foreign media in Taipei on Saturday, following a speech made by Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Wednesday. Taiwan must strengthen its’ already outstanding land, navel and...
  • Rep. Hank Johnson compares Trump to Hitler in a foreboding speech

    01/03/2019 4:52:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Roll Call ^ | January 3, 2019 | Emily Kopp
    Rep. Hank Johnson warned his constituents against creeping authoritarianism in an intense speech peppered with historical references Tuesday, likening the political moment that brought President Donald Trump to power to the rise of Adolf Hitler. “Our democracy teeters on the brink of failure,” the Georgia Democrat said at an event held by the Atlanta NAACP earlier this week. “Americans elected an authoritarian, racist, anti-immigrant strongman to the nation’s highest office.” Hitler “rode a wave of nationalism and anti-Semitism to power. Replace anti-Semitism with ‘all Latinos crossing our borders are rapists, drug dealers and murderers.’ Does that sound familiar?” Johnson asked,...
  • Joe Scarborough: Press Conference Proof Enough To Declare Trump Unfit For Office

    01/03/2019 3:59:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | January 3, 2019 | Andy McDonald
    The MSNBC host cited the 25th Amendment, which covers the government’s ability to remove a sitting president. MSNBC morning show host Joe Scarborough believes Donald Trump’s odd 90-minute press conference Wednesday is evidence enough for the government to invoke the 25th amendment and remove the president from office. On Thursday’s “Morning Joe,” Scarborough questioned Trump’s fitness to be president, pointing to the Wednesday press conference and a Tuesday Washington Post op-ed written by newly seated Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, in which Romney criticizes Trump’s character. If the Cabinet or Congress were acting appropriately, Scarborough said, they already would have taken...
  • Comey defends Romney for ‘calling out’ Trump

    01/02/2019 6:51:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 2, 2019 | Tal Axelrod
    Former FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday defended Sen.-elect Mitt Romney (R-Utah) after he was criticized for writing a scathing op-ed that panned President Trump’s character.
  • Donald Trump Will Resign the Presidency in 2019 in Exchange for Immunity for Him and His Family…[TR]

    01/02/2019 10:36:10 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 102 replies
    NewsWeak ^ | 1/2/19 at 9:55 AM | Tim Marcin
    Alan J. Steinberg—who served as an adviser to former President George W. Bush—wrote in an opinion piece published this week that he didn’t believe President Donald Trump would be removed from office through impeachment. Steinberg, a former Environmental Protection Agency regional administrator, said that he believed Trump would resign in 2019 in exchange for immunity. “Trump will not be removed from office by the constitutional impeachment and removal process,” Steinberg wrote in The Star-Ledger. “Instead, the self-professed supreme dealmaker will use his presidency as a bargaining chip with federal and state authorities in 2019, agreeing to leave office in exchange...
  • Britain’s defence secretary echoes the US with ‘grave, very deep concerns’ about Huawei

    12/27/2018 7:45:55 PM PST · by Rabin · 7 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Friday, 28 December, 2018, 10:49am | staff
    The UK is due to shift over to superfast 5G networks from 2019, with telcos such as BT and O2 beginning to run small-scale trials.
  • Actor says 'a transgender Bond would be cool' because 'there are a lot in the army'

    12/27/2018 3:02:37 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Yahoo! Entertainment ^ | December 24, 2018 | Hanna Flint
    Dominic West believes a transgender actor should play James Bond. The British star, who has often been linked to the iconic spy character, made the suggestion during an interview with the Sunday Times magazine published Sunday. “Maybe a transgender Bond would be cool,” West said. “There’s a very cool woman who’s the wife of an actor in Colette, who is a captain in the electrical engineers, the highest ranking transgender soldier in the army.” The soldier West is referring to is Hannah Graf, who has done two tours of Afghanistan and is married to trans actor Jake Graf. “She’s a...
  • A potential Trump impeachment is a 'huge risk' for 2019, expert says

    12/27/2018 12:16:46 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    CNBC Politics ^ | December 25, 2018 | Yen Nee Lee
    • Investors and businesses are bracing for 2019 risks such as interest rate hikes from the Federal Reserve and an escalation in U.S.-China trade tensions. • But the impeachment of Trump has rarely been discussed as a market factor, partly because it still isn't clear whether Democrats would opt to go down that route when they take control of the House in 2019. • Whether or not the impeachment process gets underway, it's likely to feature highly in U.S. political discussions and cripple Washington's ability to get things done, said Steve Okun, senior advisor at McLarty Associates....
  • Did a Queens Podiatrist Help Donald Trump Avoid Vietnam? [barf alert]

    12/26/2018 7:12:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 62 replies
    New York Slimes via MSN ^ | 12/26/2018 | Steve Eder
    In the fall of 1968, Donald J. Trump received a timely diagnosis of bone spurs in his heels that led to his medical exemption from the military during Vietnam. For 50 years, the details of how the exemption came about, and who made the diagnosis, have remained a mystery, with Mr. Trump himself saying during the presidential campaign that he could not recall who had signed off on the medical documentation. Now a possible explanation has emerged about the documentation. It involves a foot doctor in Queens who rented his office from Mr. Trump’s father, Fred C. Trump, and a...
  • Joe Scarborough: Trump presidency threatens a ‘pandemic ... across the world’

    12/25/2018 6:43:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 25, 2018 | Kelly Cohen
    Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," slammed President Trump, invoking the apocalypse to say his administration is doomed and could cause a wave of political instability across the globe. “This is a rogue president, and the question is at this point, what in the world can Congress do, should Congress do?” Scarborough said in a Christmas Eve segment, when he agreed with a Washington Post column describing the Trump administration as "a rogue presidency." Within the editorial, retired four-star Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey wrote: “This is a rogue presidency.” Scarborough then declared that the Trump administration “is terminal. This...
  • Eliot Spitzer sneaked his $5G-a-night Russian escort into his home in suitcase, she claims

    12/23/2018 1:41:52 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/22/2018 | Lukas Mikelionis
    A Russian former escort has claimed disgraced former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer used to smuggle her into his apartment in a suitcase. “He used to sneak me into his Fifth Avenue apartment in a black suitcase … when his wife was away,” Svetlana Travis Zakharova told The New York Post in an interview published on Thursday. “My knees would be up by my face. When the doorman would ask if he could help, Eliot would say, ‘No, thanks,’” she added, noting that she was sneaked in this way at least 15 times. The woman first became known in 2016...
  • After US advice, is North Korea trying to copy Vietnam?

    12/22/2018 8:02:09 PM PST · by Rabin · 12 replies
    scmp ^ | 30 Nov 2018 | Bennett Murray
    AS NORTH KOREAN Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho met Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xhan Phuc on Friday, speculation was rife that Kim Jong-un had sent Ri to Hanoi to learn tips on economic reform.
  • The border wall GoFundMe page sums up the Trump presidency

    12/21/2018 12:19:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    CNN Opinion ^ | December 20, 2018 | Sally Kohn, CNN Political Commentator
    During his campaign for president, Donald Trump had a common refrain -- he was going to build a wall, and Mexico was going to pay for it. Since taking office, he has reiterated this same sentiment many, many times. And yet now, through a GoFundMe page, Trump supporters are volunteering to pay for the wall. It's a horrific bait-and-switch that, ironically, is symbolic of much of Trump's presidency. The very idea of a border wall between the United States and Mexico is a foolish endeavor, designed to gin up anti-immigrant fear and resentment....