Saturday, January 14, 2017

New York Daily News: U.S. intelligence warned Trump about Russian 'perverted sexual acts' blackmail

Mod: It looks like Trump really is going to "Make America Grate." As in grate their teeth. The thought that the United States could soon have a Commander In Chief that has been blackmailed by Russian intelligence operatives armed with raunchy sex tapes should trouble most people. 

U.S. intelligence warned Trump about Russian 'perverted sexual acts' blackmail, report says (New York Daily News link): U.S. intelligence agencies warned Donald Trump about claims Russian operatives held potential blackmail information against him involving alleged “perverted sexual acts” during stays in Moscow and St. Petersburg, according to reports.

A two-page summary of the unsubstantiated allegations was presented to Trump and President Obama last week in meetings with the CIA, FBI, National Security Agency and director of national intelligence, CNN reported Tuesday.

A longer document that the summary was allegedly based on was published in full by BuzzFeed News on Tuesday. It said that during a 2013 trip to the Russian capital, Trump made Russian prostitutes defile a Ritz-Carlton bed where President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama had stayed on a previous occasion.

It said the incident was captured on surveillance cameras.

Mod: What is the chance that video footage will emerge before Trump is inaugurated? I guess it depends on how many members of the U.S. intelligence services want to stay in their jobs. 

These Reports Allege Trump Has Deep Ties To Russia (BuzzFeed link): A dossier making explosive — but unverified — allegations that the Russian government has been “cultivating, supporting and assisting” President-elect Donald Trump for years and gained compromising information about him has been circulating among elected officials, intelligence agents, and journalists for weeks.

The dossier, which is a collection of memos written over a period of months, includes specific, unverified, and potentially unverifiable allegations of contact between Trump aides and Russian operatives, and graphic claims of sexual acts documented by the Russians. BuzzFeed News reporters in the US and Europe have been investigating various alleged facts in the dossier but have not verified or falsified them. CNN reported Tuesday that a two-page synopsis of the report was given to President Obama and Trump.

Now BuzzFeed News is publishing the full document so that Americans can make up their own minds about allegations about the president-elect that have circulated at the highest levels of the US government.

Mod: It appears that the FBI sat on this information for a very long time.

Former MI6 agent Christopher Steele's frustration as FBI sat on Donald Trump Russia file for months (The Independent link): Christopher Steele, the former MI6 agent who investigated Donald Trump’s alleged Kremlin links, was so worried by what he was discovering that at the end he was working without pay, The Independent has learned.

Mr Steele also decided to pass on information to both British and American intelligence officials after concluding that such material should not just be in the hands of political opponents of Mr Trump, who had hired his services, but was a matter of national security for both countries.

However, say security sources, Mr Steele became increasingly frustrated that the FBI was failing to take action on the intelligence from others as well as him. He came to believe there was a cover-up, that a cabal within the Bureau blocked a thorough inquiry into Mr Trump, focusing instead on the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.

BBC: Multiple sources say Russians blackmailing Trump with sex tapes (Daily Kos link): First of all, I congratulate the BBC reporter at the Trump presser who simply said “thank you” when Trump sneered “BBC News, that's another beauty”… anyhow, BBC is saying there are multiple sources claiming Trump is compromised with these sex tapes and business deals (attempted bribery?). And of course, with such compromising intel on Trump, Trump is likely getting blackmailed by the Russians and then went all in with collaborating with them on the hacking, at least with the leaks

Either this is a massive Russian disinformation campaign going back many months or the US spy agencies have real intel on a compromised Donald Trump. FBI requesting FISA court search warrants on Trump associates? There’s more than smoke and mirrors here.

During a BBC 4 radio broadcast on Wednesday, The BBC's Paul Wood revealed that the former British spy was not the only source claiming to have knowledge that Russia is possession of sex tapes that could embarrass the president-elect.

“The rumors or the allegations or whatever you want to call them have been circulating for a number of months now,” Wood explained. “I saw the report, compiled by the former British intelligence officer, back in October. He is not, and this is the crucial thing, the only source for this.”

Mod: Of course, if you cross Vladimir Putin, or one of his special people, terrible things can happen. Which is what the subject of this next story obviously fears.

This former British spy was identified as the Trump dossier source. Now he is in hiding. (The Washington Post link): The former British intelligence officer who had a key role in drafting the dossier that alleged Russia holds compromising material and information on President-elect Donald Trump has gone into hiding, according to British reports.

Christopher Steele, a former MI6 officer and the director of a private-sector security firm in London, was named as the author of the 35-page packet making the explosive claims.

According to British media reports, Steele, 52, fled his home in Runfold, a village about 40 miles southwest of London on Wednesday morning before he was identified later in the day in a Wall Street Journal report.

Before leaving his residence, Steele called his next-door neighbor Mike Hopper and asked if he could look after his three cats. Steele moved in about 18 months ago with his wife and four kids, his neighbor said.

Mod: Rather like a spy novel, right?

Christopher Steele’s Trump Dossier Allegations Defended By Sir Andrew Wood, Ex-Ambassador To Russia (Huffington Post UK link): A former British ambassador to Russia has said that Christopher Steele, the former British spy at the centre of an explosive dossier about US president-elect Donald Trump, would not have “just made it up”.

Sir Andrew Wood said he knows Steele as a “very competent, professional operator”. The former MI6 officer has reportedly gone into hiding after being identified as the author of the report claiming Moscow held incriminating material on Trump which it could use to blackmail him.

Steele, who runs the London-based Orbis Business Intelligence Service, is said to have originally compiled the report for political opponents of Trump in Washington.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4 Today’s progamme on Friday, Wood said: “I know him (Steele) as a very competent, professional operator who left the secret service and is now operating his own private company.”

Mod: And how is Mr. Popularity himself holding up under all of this unwelcome news? Politically not very well, apparently.

Gallup Poll: Trump’s Approval Rating Lowest Of Any PEOTUS In Decades (TalkingPointsMemo link): Donald Trump has historically low approval ratings for how he has handled his transition to the White House, with 51 percent of Americans saying they disapprove of his performance, according to a Gallup poll released Friday. Only 44 percent of Americans said they approved.

These figures set him far apart from his predecessors. A week before Inauguration Day in 2009, 83 percent of Americans said they approved of President Barack Obama's management of the transition, with only 12 percent saying they disapproved. Even George W. Bush, who, like Trump, lost the popular vote but won the Electoral College, had 61 percent approval to 25 percent disapproval a week out from Inauguration Day in 2001.

Trump’s numbers have dipped since Gallup’s December survey, when the public split 48 percent to 48 percent on approval versus disapproval. They have also remained steadily and starkly split by political party, with 87 percent of Republican approving of Trump’s transition in the January poll compared to 86 percent last month. The percentage of Democrats who approve fell to 13 percent in January from 17 percent in December.

Part of the President-elect’s historically low numbers seems to be the public’s lackluster view of his Cabinet picks. Trump’s nominees were rated “below average/poor” by 44 percent of respondents, compared to only 10 percent of Obama’s and 13 percent of Bush’s nominees.

Mod: Can it be that Trump is an actual traitor?

Why Does Donald Trump Continue to Defend Russia and Attack U.S. Intelligence? (Slate.com link): I don’t believe Donald Trump colluded with Russia to hack the Democratic National Committee. I don’t think anyone working on Trump’s behalf met with anyone working for Vladimir Putin. That allegation—which appeared in clearly erroneous form in the sketchy “dossier” published by BuzzFeed on Tuesday—could turn out to be true. But nothing I’ve seen so far, dossier included, has convinced me.

But that leaves all of us with a problem: How do we explain the overtly pro-Russian behavior of Trump and his surrogates? If they’re not Russian puppets, why do they work so hard to defend Putin and Russia against American investigators and reporters? Why do they divert blame to other countries and victims of the hack? Why, instead of targeting the Russian intelligence agencies that infiltrated us, do they attack the American intelligence agencies that exposed the Russians?

This behavior has been going on for months. In June, Trump openly invited Putin to hack more Democratic emails. Trump’s allies excused this as a joke, but Trump kept going. In July, he defended Russia’s invasion of Crimea. Even after the election, and after U.S. intelligence agencies had reported that senior Russian officials directed the hack “to interfere with the US election process,” Trump ridiculed the intelligence agencies and scoffed: “They have no idea if it’s Russia or China or somebody.”

Last week’s intelligence briefing on the hack was supposed to bring Trump around. “If, after the briefing, he is still unsure,” said Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, “that will shake me to my core about his judgment.” But the briefing has changed almost nothing. Trump continues to belittle the intelligence, question Russia’s guilt, divert scrutiny, and attack the intelligence community.

Mod: Yep.

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64 comments:

  1. Showery weather in SM this week.January 14, 2017 at 4:53 AM

    These links are just golden, Mod.

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  2. Trump suggests he would be open to lifting sanctions on Russia

    President-elect Donald Trump suggested Friday he is open to lifting sanctions on Russia, though he plans to keep them for "at least a period of time."

    He told the Wall Street Journal in an interview published Friday evening that he might do away with them if Russia helps the US battle terrorists or with other goals important to the US. The sanctions were implemented by the Obama administration last month in response to alleged Russian hacking during the election.

    "If you get along and if Russia is really helping us, why would anybody have sanctions if somebody's doing some really great things?" he said in the interview.

    Trump's remarks to the Wall Street Journal come after CNN reported classified documents presented to President Barack Obama and Trump included allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Trump. He has vehemently denied the allegations.

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/13/politics/donald-trump-russia-sanctions-taiwan/

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  3. Must be Friday "dump" day. Get it? "dump" ha ha. Oh no; it's Saturday ,Mod what's happening your a day off. Did you fall and hit your head like Hillary did? She can't recall Bill's trists and golden showers with eight years either.
    Like sex scandals real or not make a difference any more to the American public (except the two obsessed Melania freaks on the Tattler!).
    Some in the Democratic Party continue to act as a party of self indulgent and not as "We the People". I get it, Obama really did devide this Country with his term in office and cast doubth on Law Enforcement, again Party of Self Indulgence.
    I tuned no drama Obama out for eight years, now it's "your" turn. Do your best, "Go ahead, make my day".

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    1. Trump loons can't spell. Maybe they smoked a lot of rugs back in the '70s?

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    2. BOOM! Just liked I called it- trump guy desperately tries to change the subject

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    3. Why don't you just tune the Tattler out and plug back into the matrix

      You'll feel so much better and wont have to rant so early in the morn

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  4. Really going to miss Obama. He was unflappable and reasonable. Trump so crooked.

    Waiting for trump guy to chime in and try to change the subject after reading today's right wing talking points

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    1. I'm not "Trump Guy", but I am someone who is disbelief of 5:47's admiration of the undeniably worst President in the history of our great nation. I used to think that the Mod was on the right side of most political issues, but not anymore. He has let his anti-Trump sentiment overwhelm him and this blog. Obviously, supporters of his mindset log on here daily and those with differing viewpoints (myself included), rarely log on anymore. Apparently the water in San Dimas comes out of the tap boiling and has infiltrated the Mod's blood. Sad. Now it's time for all the dim witted Dems to chime in with their rants. Certainly amusing and entertaining, if nothing else.

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    2. The First Booty
      http://static2.egotastic.com/data/images/egotastic-all-stars/136/951/309/327/738/683/melania-trump-naked-in-1995-651a1d52_web.jpg?1470038171

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    3. 7:24 - There are quite a few Republicans who are concerned about the dog collar Putin and the KGB have put around Trump's fat neck. Lindsay Graham and John McCain being two of them. You don't have to be a Democrat to be a patriot.

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    4. Senate panel to probe if Donald Trump campaign had contact with Russia

      “As part of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s oversight responsibilities we believe that it is critical to have a full understanding of the scope of Russian intelligence activities impacting the United States,” said chairman Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, and Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, in a joint statement late Friday.

      http://www.livemint.com/Politics/S5YKRuirEFUwITna88q1GL/Senate-panel-to-probe-if-Donald-Trump-campaign-had-contact-w.html

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    5. Isn't it ironic that the conservative party presents the first naked First Lady in the US?

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    6. Did Putin help elect Trump to restore $500 billion Exxon oil deal killed by sanctions?
      https://thinkprogress.org/putin-helped-trump-exxon-oil-deal-sanctions-6f169c4a4cd0#.fb1k5bw6v

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    7. I'm with 5:47. I never can get a straight answer when someone claims Obama was so horrible and ruined the country. He fixed a bunch of the Bush messes in spite of the Republicans blocking his every turn. They actually signed a pledge to oppose everything he proposed while President, even if they agreed with his ideas. I think the had that meeting on his inauguration day.

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    8. 7:57, funny point, and yes, on the face of it, it is ironic. However the conservatives are all about controlling women - telling them what they can and cannot do with their bodies, telling them what they are supposed to look like, how they are supposed to live. The First Lady naked is a perfect symbol.

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    9. Trump probably forced her to do those pictures. Wanted to impress his creepy friends.

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    10. Ms. Trump is a person in her own right. She obviously has accepted the job of being a blow-up doll. It's going to get bad for her soon, because that is a role with a very strict age limit. See Ivana. Plastic surgery can only do just so much.

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    11. Trump wives have a freshness dating label of 35 years. After that he orders a new on from Slovakia.

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    12. 9:56 AM.
      Agreed, but just imagine the response if such pictures existed from Michelle Obama.

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    13. Some idiots made a stink because Michelle Obama wore a sleeveless dress.

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    14. 8:19, you don't get a straight answer about why Obama is so horrible because even those who say that are loathe to publicly admit that their "rationale" has more to do with skin tone than policy.

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    15. Skin tone, really? I think most, but not all of the country is beyond that with Obama and well into his extremely left sided, progressive policies. Why is Obama horrible? $9.5 trillion added to national debt, and like you said, Republicans opposed every proposal, so that run up is almost exclusively on him. His appointment of Kagan and Sotomayor. The Benghazi scandal. Obamacare being the utter disaster that it is with premiums increasing, on average, over 60% just this past year. The racial divide in the country that gained massive momentum over his eight years. His bowing to foreign leaders showing weakness, not respect. A lengthy list of permanent, Federal judge appointments that are undeniably unconstitutional in their beliefs. Indicating that if you like your health plan, you can keep it, end of story, while millions of people were cancelled after that. George H.W. Bush was effectively crucified after "Read my lips, no new taxes", which parallels this outright lie. Downsizing our military to historic, unprecedented lows furthering our global weakness. I'd gladly go on, but I'm afraid I'll run out of space.

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    16. The Senate Republicans Just Voted to Add $10 Trillion to the National Debt Because Why Not - Every single Republican, except for Rand Paul, voted for this legislation.
      http://thedailybanter.com/2017/01/senate-republicans-just-voted-to-add-10-trillion/

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    17. What are conservatives doing voting to increase debt by $9 trillion?
      http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/congress/article125030014.html

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    18. It is skin tone.

      A significant portion of the increase in debt was due to increased spending--unemployment, welfare, the multiple wars started by your boy W, and yes, bailouts--necessitated by your boy W and the Great Recession he and his ilk caused. And please do tell how Obama alone increased the debt without legislation foisted by the Republican Congress. (I will concede that Obama did wrong by not insisting that the bank bailout go to homeowners who could then pay their mortgages and thus keep the banks afloat and keep their homes. But the GOP would have none of that because then its donors couldn't profit from others' misery through foreclosure.)

      Benghazi? Please tell us how you in your wisdom could have prevented that. And compare the 4 deaths there to the hundreds easily preventable deaths under St Ronnie (remember Lebanon?) and thousands on 9/11 because W was too busy bein' a real man clearing brush in TX to read briefings on an imminent attack. (Heck, he couldn't even get up from his gripping reading of "My Pet Goat" that day. Those are real scandals.

      Increased Romneycare insurance premiums? First, you exaggerate the amount. Second, what convenient timing (an election year), and third an increase is preferable to NO health insurance and the attendant disease and death Obama haters don't give a darn about (even though some of those fools will be losing big time voting for someone so repugnant.)

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    19. Global weakness? How so? We project power anywhere on Earth. We spend far more than the next x countries combined. Terrorists don't stick their heads out the window to check the weather for fear of a Hellfire missile. Why do you want to hurt the morale of our military personnel and support our enemies by making such unfounded claims?

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    20. As to the notion of "unconstitutional beliefs" I can only say Wow!

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    21. 3:23 really, you're a pawn of the media or paranoid with historical blinders. There's really no point in even trying to debate it if you have such an expensive you are such a mainstream guy

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  5. Don's what? Portable toilet names covered for inauguration

    It's the great port-a-potty cover-up for President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration.

    Workers preparing for the inauguration Jan. 20 have taped over the name of the company — "Don's Johns" — that has long supplied portable restrooms for major outdoor events in the nation's capital.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/dons-portable-toilet-names-covered-inauguration-183314522.html

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  6. RINO = Lindsey Graham and John McCain.

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    1. Trump = Traitor

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    2. There is no real republican. They all pandering phonies

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  7. Left slant Liberal side, thank you for Buzz FEED the and now MTV Writers and Journalists . Jeff Sessions grandbaby was used as a political point for supporting what everyonethe already knows, that Racism attacks are "owned" by the Liberals.

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  8. Well, this can't be good for America. Or the Free World Or emerging Democracies.

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  9. 7:24 .... Dim witted Dems or what ever you want to label people at least use the right label. Past and present US military personal would call this situation, TREASON. Bottom line here is we are under attack by one of our enemies, if you don't know about modern electronics you will not understand the dangers. Voters who have never served there country may not see the threat here with the Trump situation. It is just too bad that the hate for Clinton is so great that it clouds a persons view of the facts.

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  10. And by the way 7:24, I don't always like what this site writes about but when I look into what is said I cant with a "Just The Facts Mam" attitude disagree. I may wish to show another side of the discussion and hope a fair review is given by all. Hatred should not cloud making the best decision for all on something so important as our life here in America.

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  11. Obama was blocked so many times on everything. No one wanted a black man to do good just like that same group doesn't want a woman as president. And, most of that group call themselves Christians, I don't think so.

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  12. 9:24am and 932am. Historians assess Legacy of Nation's first African-American President.
    Well anyway Mulatto. Penning in last minute road blocks for incoming administration. Why won't he just go away?

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    1. Because he knows the next president is Putin's poodle. As does most of the world.

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    2. 9:52 I hope you are comforted with your bigotry.It is quite insiteful and amusing if nothing else.

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    3. Bigotry is too mild a word for 9:55. Racist is the correct word.

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    4. I don't think Obama is undignified a fellow tonstoop to the level of 'roadblocks' for trump. But trump has given him every reason to with his bullshit fake news claims about his birth

      It's all such a sham and you believe it. Sad

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  13. The Disinformation campaigns are devastatingly central to our time. They are very successful. It is becoming impossible to know what is fact and what is fantasy.

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  14. That is why it is so important to have a government that you trust to have your countries best interests at heart, not there wallet.

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  15. 10:46 is so right.

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  17. This is all a good start, but my question is what did Pence know and when did he know it?

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    1. You should not expect Pence to become president before March. The bigger question then being will he pardon Trump.

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  18. Israeli spies: Trump 'golden showers' dossier only one of many troubling reports being investigated

    Intelligence agencies from around the world are investigating multiple reports that allege some connection between President-elect Donald Trump and the Russian government, according to Israeli intelligence officers who spoke to .

    Last week, BuzzFeed published an unverified dossier that claimed the Russian government had material that could be used to blackmail Trump. The dossier claimed Russia had recordings of Trumps personal obsessions and sexual perversion. It was later revealed that the dossier had been compiled by Christopher Steele, a former member of the British intelligence agency MI6.

    Intelligence agencies have reportedly been circulating several other reports regarding Trumps alleged ties to Russia.

    There have been various reports about Trumps ties to Russia, an intelligence officer told BuzzFeed. The dossier is one of them, but there are others, they make other allegations. Some are more specific, and some are less. You can trust me that many intelligence agencies are trying to evaluate the extent to which Trump might have ties, or a weakness of some type, to Russia.

    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/israeli-spies-trump-golden-showers-dossier-only-one-of-many-troubling-reports-being-investigated/

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  19. I hear the SMPD may open an investigation of Ruskie Commie ties in Encinitas and the Madre.

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    1. Did they put Dead Eye Amos on the case?

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  20. Bigotry and Racists? "You" must be white-Americans.

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  21. A bit of decorum from the White House please. Never mind the short sleeve dress, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy wore that style. Never did Mrs. Kennedy do a squat or push-up on live T.V.
    The times have not changed all that much.
    All the wives of diplomats and women holding political office, the Queen of England for example. Have a different standard to which they are held. Along those lines, never ahould a United States President bow to another head of State

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    1. What's that got to do with Melania waving her naked rump around in the air like a Confederate flag at a Trump rally?

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    2. The Kennedys as moral leaders?

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    3. The Trumps as moral leaders?

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    4. There hasn't been a real moral leader in the presidency since Truman.

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  22. Trump Is The Most Unpopular President-Elect In Modern History
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-most-unpopular-president-elect-181954302.html

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  23. The Kennedy's were a bootlegging family, the Trumps were in construction. Hussian Obama grew up with his white family and became a Union Organizer. All hold the title, President of the United States.

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    1. Neither Kennedy or Obama offered aid and comfort to America's enemies.

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    2. 'Hussian'? Really, you're a rambling racist child. So boring dealing with you

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  24. On Twitter, search #FlimFlamMan

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