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  • What is Putin Thinking?

    01/23/2020 7:48:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    American ^ | January 23, 2020 | Areg Galstyan
    The new political season in Russia began with serious transformations of the internal political configuration. President Vladimir Putin announced the preparation of constitutional amendments. After that, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev declared the dissolution of the government. Clarity of action and quick personnel shifts show that these decisions of the Russian leader were the result of long-term planning. Most Western experts agree that the main motivation is Putin’s desire to maintain power after 2024 when his presidency expires. However, after analyzing the dynamics of the country's domestic policy over the past ten years, it becomes obvious that the reasons for these...
  • Standoff: U.S. troops block Russian forces from capturing Syrian oil field

    01/22/2020 1:28:12 PM PST · by Enterprise · 43 replies ^ | January 21, 2020 | Ben Wolfgang
    U.S. troops last weekend reportedly found themselves in a standoff with Russian forces trying to gain access to key oil fields in northeastern Syria. The Saturday standoff — first reported by Turkish media outlets, citing unnamed local officials in the Turkey-Syria border region — seems to have ended without any shots being fired or any real risk of violence between the two sides. American military personnel reportedly stopped a Russian convoy near the town of Rmelan, and the Russian forces then apparently turned back and returned to their home base. Still, the near-clash serves as a reminder of the high...
  • Throwback Thursday: Russia/Crimea/Ukraine Edition

    01/23/2020 5:40:14 AM PST · by NOBO2012
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 1-23-20 | MOTUS
    We are currently in the throes of an impeachment trial because the Democrats dislike the President’s foreign policy in general and are appalled by his Ukraine policy in particular. They prefer the Obama administration’s approach to foreign policy with respect to Russia/Ukraine which, if I recall correctly, entailed Obama getting a message to Putin that he would “be more flexible after the election.”And when Russia invaded Crimea and threatened Ukraine there was Joey B, bragging about withholding Ukrainian aid until the prosecutor investigating Burisma was fired. That’s some fine standup foreign policy for you. “I said, ‘You’re not getting the...
  • Trump's Senate impeachment trial, Day 2: Schiff warns of Russian attack, the need to protect 2020 election

    01/23/2020 2:26:56 AM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/23/20
    Schiff warns of Russian attack on US mainland, the need to protect 2020 election in Day 2 of Trump's Senate impeachment trial. The Russians could attack the U.S. and removing President Trump from office is necessary to preserve the integrity of the 2020 election. Those were the claims Wednesday from Democrat Adam Schiff on Wednesday during Day 2 of Trump’s Senate impeachment trial. The lengthy arguments from Schiff and other House Democrats broke little new ground, if any. Trump's lawyers sat by, waiting their turn, as the president blasted the proceedings from afar, jokingly threatening to face off with the...
  • Pencil Neck Hijacks Senate: We Can’t Trust the Ballot Box Because of Russia!

    01/22/2020 3:22:12 PM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Rush ^ | January 22, 2020 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH : Folks, in a normal and sane world, Adam Schiff would have just stepped in it. We got the sound bite coming. I got a note saying that Schiff just said — and he’s doing his opening argument here as House manager number 1. He said, “We cannot trust the ballot box.” Now, where do you start with this? Well, you start with Russia and these people still trying to convince people that Trump colluded with Russia and stole the 2016 election and is already working with Putin via Ukraine to steal the 2020 election. This is their case....
  • It Begins, And Probably Ends: Tulsi Gabbard Sues Hillary For Defamation Over “Russian Asset” Accusation

    01/22/2020 9:31:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/22/2020 | Ed Morrissey
    As a matter of law, this will go nowhere. As a matter of politics, it’s Pass the Popcorn material. And as a matter of entertainment, the complaint itself is golden. With access to the next debate stage still within reach, Tulsi Gabbard announced that she has filed a defamation suit against Hillary Clinton in a New York federal court for calling her a “Russian asset” last October. At the time, Gabbard’s attorneys warned that she might sue, and the congresswoman from Hawaii finally delivered on that threat this morning.Gabbard’s campaign released this statement shortly after filing the lawsuit: Tulsi...
  • We’re All Ready For This Impeachment Schiff Show To Be Over

    01/22/2020 8:18:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    The Federalist, ^ | January 22, 2020 | Kylee Zempel
    While it may come as news to Schiff, 'most Americans' probably aren't watching this risible proceeding. But for those of us who are, we know for a fact Democratic actors haven't been 'impartial.' Just when you thought Rep. Adam Schiff had reached maximum sleaze, word breaks he likely mischaracterized evidence related to President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, achieving new heights of corruption for ol’ “schifty Schiff.”Last week, Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, sent a letter to Democratic House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler of New York, summarizing evidence brought forth by Lev Parnas, a former associate of Trump’s...
  • Over 120 Missiles for Russian S-400 Systems Delivered to Turkey

    01/22/2020 8:08:36 AM PST · by DTAD · 12 replies
    More than 120 surface-to-air guided missiles have been supplied by Russia to Turkey along with a regiment set of S-400 air defense missile systems, a military diplomatic source told TASS on Monday.
  • Putin Slams Greta: Why Should Developing Countries Continue to Live in Poverty?

    10/04/2019 7:23:02 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 33 replies ^ | Published 16 hours ago on 3 October, 2019 Paul Joseph Watson
    “Emotions should not control this issue.” Vladimir Putin chided Greta Thunberg’s environmental activism by asking her why developing countries should be forced to live in poverty unlike her home country of Sweden. Thunberg, who has become the 16-year-old poster child for climate change alarmism, has been relentlessly promoted by the establishment in recent weeks. However, when asked about her message, the Russian President didn’t mince his words. “Go and explain to developing countries why they should continue living in poverty and not be like Sweden,” said Putin. “Sure, Greta is kind, but emotions should not control this issue,” he added....
  • Putin’s Constitutional Changes Might Set Russia on the Right Path

    01/20/2020 10:34:28 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 18 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Jan 2020 | Sergey Radchenko
    The Russia watcher community is up in arms. On Jan. 15, in his state-of-the-nation address to the Russian parliament, President Vladimir Putin unexpectedly proposed a series of constitutional changes that appear to strengthen the role of parliament and elevate the status of the prime minister in the political system. The surprise is understandable. Changing the Constitution is something we would expect from Putin: after all, how else would he stay in power beyond his second term that ends in 2024? But there are less roundabout ways of getting there — scrapping the two-term limit on the presidency is one. Given...
  • How Europe Made Itself Dependent on Nefarious Oil Powers

    01/20/2020 8:26:35 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 16, 2020 | Victor David Hanson
    Despite its cool Green parties and ambitious wind and solar agendas, Europe remains by far the world’s largest importer of oil and natural gas. Oil output in the North Sea and off the coast of Norway is declining, and the European Union is quietly looking for fossil fuel energy anywhere it can find it. Europe itself is naturally rich in fossil fuels. It likely has more reserves of shale gas than the United States, currently the world’s largest producer of both oil and natural gas. Yet in most European countries, horizontal drilling and fracking to extract gas and oil are...
  • Donald Trump's top Russia expert on National Security Council is 'escorted off the White House grounds amid a security investigation'

    01/19/2020 11:46:50 AM PST · by bkopto · 48 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 1/19/2020 | Keith Griffith
    President Donald Trump's top Russia expert on the National Security Counsel is reportedly on leave pending a security investigation. Andrew Peek, the NSC’s senior director for European and Russian affairs, was escorted from the White House grounds on Friday, two people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. Peek had been in the NSC role for just two months, after most recently working as a deputy assistant secretary of state with responsibility for Iran and Iraq. Peek had been expected to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland next week with Trump and other top aides. However, he is currently...
  • Peter Schweizer: Secret Empires and How U.S. Political Corruption has Evolved (with meme)

    01/19/2020 10:02:03 AM PST · by poconopundit · 19 replies
    Interview with Peter Schweizer ^ | March 2018 | Peter Schweizer
    Corruption is changing. The old school corruption is where a politician takes a bribe or payoff. These days, the politician doesn't take it themselves, but steers it to an adult child or a best friend. And both political parties are doing it. It's really a question of the kind of leadership we're going to have.  It's impossible for our leaders to respond to what we want — to make good decisions — if a chief motivation is to enrich their families and themselves. When you trace the money, you often find it comes from foreign governments like China and from...
  • Trump Had Right to Withhold Ukraine Funds: GAO is Wrong

    01/18/2020 12:05:58 PM PST · by bitt · 105 replies ^ | 1/17/2020 | alan dershowitz
    The Constitution allocates to the president sole authority over foreign policy (short of declaring war or signing a treaty). It does not permit Congress to substitute its foreign policy preferences for those of the president. To the extent that the statute at issue constrains the power of the president to conduct foreign policy, it is unconstitutional. Even if the GAO were correct in its legal conclusion — which it is not — the alleged violation would be neither a crime nor an impeachable offense. It would be a civil violation subject to a civil remedy, as were the numerous violations...
  • Nextrush Unplugged: Saturday Night Version Impeachment The Great Distraction

    01/18/2020 8:39:58 PM PST · by Nextrush · 7 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 1/18/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    Welcome to the weekend. I come here humbled by the fact that I have been in error and have made mistakes. I am less than perfect, I am less than a Deity. My background is in religious conservatism praying a prayer of "salvation" saying words I had yet to comprehend when I was 13, coming out of being an Anti-Semite which is a hot topic today. A friend of mine approached me last week noting efforts to combat Anti-Semitism in the community and my libertarian radar is up sensing the endgame will be less freedom in this country. In Virginia...
  • In Latest Broadside, Moscow Says Polish Resistance Army Killed Jews in WWII

    01/18/2020 5:21:28 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 146 replies
    Russia’s defense ministry accuses Armia Krayova of ‘destroying Jews’ in Warsaw, amid feud with Poland over war’s historyRussia’s defense ministry on Friday accused the Polish resistance movement that staged the Warsaw uprising of 1944 of “destroying Jews,” in the latest salvo of Moscow’s feud with Poland over WWII history. The accusations were posted with a trove of declassified documents called “Warsaw Under Fire” on the 75th anniversary of Soviet forces’ taking the city after more than five years of occupation by Nazi Germany. The Russian defense ministry published a multimedia website Friday to mark the anniversary with scans of documents...
  • Donald Trump Stumbles Into a Foreign-Policy Triumph

    01/17/2020 12:58:01 PM PST · by edwinland · 87 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | JANUARY 17, 2020 | TOM MCTAGUE
    A year and a half into Donald Trump’s presidency, Henry Kissinger set out a theory. “I think Trump may be one of those figures in history who appears from time to time to mark the end of an era and to force it to give up its old pretences,” he told the Financial Times. “It doesn’t necessarily mean that he knows this, or that he is considering any great alternative. It could just be an accident.” A term has been coined to describe this notion: Ryan Evans of War on the Rocks calls them “Trumportunities.” It is the idea that,...
  • How the Russian Media Portrays the U.S. Military

    01/18/2020 5:42:05 AM PST · by tlozo · 42 replies
    Military Review ^ | July-August 2019 | Maj. Ray Finch
    This article focuses on how todayÂ’s Russian media portrays the U.S. military. The thesis is relatively straightforward. Over the past decade, the Kremlin-sponsored Russian media have inundated the Russian information space with an anti-American message, particularly anything associated with the U.S. military. They have created a narrative built around the assertion that the United States has been using all of its resources (military, economic, diplomatic, information, etc.) to prevent Russia from regaining its superpower status. Since Russian military personnel are subject to this same anti-American information diet, the KremlinÂ’s anti-U.S. propaganda campaign has transformed the U.S. military into the primary...
  • DEVELOPING: Why's IG Horowitz quietly "revising" key findings in his report & posting new iterations of original version on IG website?

    01/16/2020 2:43:36 PM PST · by blueyon · 32 replies
    @paulsperry_ on twitter ^ | 1/16/20 | Paul Sperry
    DEVELOPING: Why's IG Horowitz quietly "revising" key findings in his report & posting new iterations of original version on IG website? Why's he not highlighting the effectively secret revisions thru press releases & letters notifying Congress &the public of the post-pub changes?
  • CNN’s Debate Performance Was Villainous and Shameful

    01/16/2020 1:06:09 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 21 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | JANUARY 15, 2020 | MATT TAIBBI
    CNN debate moderator Abby Phillip asked Bernie Sanders in the Tuesday debate in Des Moines: “CNN reported yesterday — and Senator Sanders, Senator Warren confirmed in a statement — that, in 2018, you told her you did not believe that a woman could win the election. Why did you say that?” Not “did you say that,” but “why did you say that?” Sanders denied it, then listed the many reasons the story makes no sense: He urged Warren herself to run in 2016, campaigned for a female candidate who won the popular vote by 3 million votes, and has been...