Sunday, June 25, 2017

Do Not Offend the Comrades

Mod: A little Sunday Trumpian news and review for those who enjoy such things. A lot has been going on and it is now time to catch up a little. That said, I do hope none of this offends.

Russia's Putin: Top Goal for Journalists Is 'Do Not Offend' (US News & World Report link): MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin says the most important principle for journalists is to avoid upsetting those featured in their articles and television broadcasts. Journalists should ensure their work "won't be offensive to those about whom they do their reports," Putin said Saturday, according to the TASS news agency.

The Russian leader made the comments while talking to a child interested in working in journalism at a summer camp in Crimea, the southern Ukrainian region that Russia annexed in 2014.

The number of independent media outlets in Russia has fallen drastically under Putin and there have been several murders of high-profile journalists.

The journalists' group Reporters Without Borders placed Russia 148th in its ranking of world press freedoms published this year.

It’s Now Illegal to Protest Against Trump, It Violates His “First Amendment Right” (Blue Dot Daily link): Donald Trump has never been a champion of civil rights, and in fact, several people in his administration (we’re looking at you, Mr. Attorney General) have actively worked to oppress civil rights.  Now, one of the President’s attorneys argued in court last week that it is actually illegal for people to protest against the President.

The filing argues that citizens “have no right” to “express dissenting views” at Trump rallies, because it violates the President’s first amendment rights. The lawyers argue that the protesters “obviously interfered with the Trump campaign’s First Amendment right vigorously expressing their disdain for Mr. Trump,” which included chanting, holding up pictures of Trump’s face on the body of a pig and other messages.

This filing is in response to a judge ruling that Trump was responsible for inciting violence at a 2016 Louisville, KY rally in which three protesters were violently ejected from the venue after Trump riled the crowd up against them.

Putin Personally Ordered Campaign Interference to Help Trump (Mother Jones link): Early last August, an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House….Inside was an intelligence bombshell, a report drawn from sourcing deep inside the Russian government that detailed Russian President Vladi­mir Putin’s direct involvement in a cyber campaign to disrupt and discredit the U.S. presidential race.

But it went further. The intelligence captured Putin’s specific instructions on the operation’s audacious objectives — defeat or at least damage the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and help elect her opponent, Donald Trump.

….The White House turned to Congress for help….But Republicans resisted, arguing that to warn the public that the election was under attack would further Russia’s aim of sapping confidence in the system.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) went further, officials said, voicing skepticism that the underlying intelligence truly supported the White House’s claims. Through a spokeswoman, McConnell declined to comment, citing the secrecy of that meeting.

Key Democrats were stunned by the GOP response and exasperated that the White House seemed willing to let Republican opposition block any pre-election move.

Evidence is mounting that Russia took 4 clear paths to meddle in the US election (Business Insider link): It was September 2015 when the FBI first noticed that Russian hackers had infiltrated a computer system belonging to the Democratic National Committee. It was the first sign that Moscow was attempting to meddle in the presidential election.

Nearly a year later, further reporting and testimony from current and former intelligence officials have painted a portrait of Russia’s election interference as a multifaceted, well-planned, and coordinated campaign aimed at undermining the backbone of American democracy: free and fair elections.

Now, as FBI special counsel Robert Mueller and congressional intelligence committees continue to investigate Russia's election interference, evidence is emerging that the hacking and disinformation campaign waged at the direction of Russian President Vladimir Putin took at least four separate but related paths.

Meet the all-star team of lawyers Robert Mueller has assembled for the Trump-Russia investigation (Business Insider link): As the investigation into the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russia gains traction, special counsel Robert Mueller has begun quietly assembling a formidable team of top lawyers and investigators.

Mueller has so far hired 12 people and intends to bring on more, his spokesman Peter Carr told The New York Times.

Only a handful have been named publicly so far, but legal experts and fellow lawyers who have spoken to media in recent days lauded the new hires as a powerhouse team of experienced professionals with sterling credentials who rank among the best in their field.

"That is a great, great team of complete professionals," Kenneth Starr, the former independent counsel who investigated President Bill Clinton, told ABC News.

The members of Mueller's team who've been named have a cumulative 37 years of experience at the FBI and 85 years at the Department of Justice, The Washington Post reported on Friday.

Half of Americans want Democrats to control Congress as Trump struggles, poll shows (CNBC link): As President Donald Trump continues to struggle, Democrats have moved into a stronger position to challenge Republicans for control of Congress next year, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

The survey shows that just 40 percent of Americans approve of Trump's job performance, while 55 percent disapprove. That's virtually unchanged since last month.

At the same time, Americans now say by 50 percent to 42 percent they want Democrats to control Congress after the 2018 mid-term elections. That's the largest lead either party has held on that generic ballot question in the NBC/WSJ poll since 2013, and the first time either party reached 50 percent on that question since 2008.

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31 comments:

  1. LoL, NBC and Wall Street Journal, joke of the day! "Survey says", Americans want Democrats to control Congress, after the mid-term elections! The Democratic party is desperately trying to figure out how to remain relevant.
    The party once known for "looking out for the working guy", has shown that the party has been looking out for itself and its elitists; example: Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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    1. Dude. The guy who owns the Wall Street Journal also owns Fox News. Don't go getting whiplash, now!

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  2. While Putin, allegedly was "helping" out Trump; the DNC was "helping" out H.Clinton against B. Saunders.
    One cannot make this stuff up!

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    1. Sure you can. You just did!

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    2. 7:25 - so you're saying that Hillary colluding with Democrats is the same as Trump colluding with Putin? You're right, you can't make this stuff up. You have to be born that way.

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    3. So where is this "collusion"? Meddling yes, but I have yet to see any evidence of collusion other than from media "sources"

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  3. Good Morning;
    trump has a small hands and dainty fingers.

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    1. And an enormous fanny.
      http://hollywoodlife.com/2017/05/13/bill-maher-calls-donald-trump-fat-kim-kardashian-butt-video/

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  4. "...The White House turned to Congress for help", but Republicans refused..."
    Why that's like saying the Republicans might ask for Special Counsel and try to look into Clinton's campaign.
    The White House wouldn't obstruct that request!

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  5. We could introduce an 'Amendment that Bans Communism in the United States of America' under penalty of prison or being exported by to their communist country of choice.

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    1. Clearly that would be unconstitutional because people have the right to form Political oarti s and express free speech.


      You're not a real American

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    2. We need to build a wall and make Russia pay for it.

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  6. A recent study by the Duke Reporters’ Lab shows that, in addition to a partisan difference in the frequency of lying, there is a partisan division over the very idea of fact-checking itself.

    The researchers logged 792 statements mentioning fact-checkers and coded them as positive, negative or neutral. While a majority of citations (68 percent) were neutral, they found a dramatic divide in the source of negative comments. The study noted 71 accusations of bias against fact-checkers. Conservative websites were responsible for 97 percent of them.

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  7. New poll shows majority of Americans are unaware Trumpcare slashes Medicaid
    https://thinkprogress.org/majority-of-americans-unaware-trumpcare-slashes-medicaid-bd1eb61c4eb0

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    1. Remember to call your senators and ask them not to kill you.

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  8. This meglamaniac, rigid, unbalance baby has kicked people out while
    everyone cheered. He speaks to people who know nothing and takes advantage
    of their ignorance. Wait trump voters just wait til you have zilch, zero, nada.

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  9. REPORT: Donald Trump In Nervous Breakdown Mode, He Doesn’t Want To Be President Anymore
    https://www.leftscoop.com/2017/06/report-donald-trump-nervous-breakdown-mode-doesnt-want-president-anymore/

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    1. That I doubt- guy craves power. Like putin. He's not going anywhere

      Unless forced to

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    2. I think Trump hates the job but is afraid to leave office. He knows the Feds have the goods on him and if he leaves the White House he loses much of his ability to defend himself. This is in no way just the issue of Russia interfering with the election. Some of the most serious problems Trump has is his deep ties to Russian organized crime. Also known as the Russian government.

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    3. Source please?

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  10. 8:11am. Remember, your Senators don't care about you.

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    1. They don't talk to you. But they do talk to big health corporations and insurance companies.

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  11. 10:26am. What's the problem with that? It's called commerce. You purchase insurance that fits your needs.
    Health insurance is not a guarantee, just like owning a car is a privilege not a right.
    There is always low subsidized health care for individuals needing assistance; Canada, England and France are good examples.
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    1. Every advanced economy except ours has its health needs covered by the government. This gives their corporations a tremendous competitve advantage. Ours alone are forced to carry that burden. One of the reasons many of our industrial jobs have gone to Mexico is that country covers health care.

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    2. Here's a problem with that:

      The United States health care system is the most expensive in the world, but this report and prior editions consistently show the U.S. underperforms relative to other countries on most dimensions of performance. Among the 11 nations studied in this report—Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States—the U.S. ranks last, as it did in the 2010, 2007, 2006, and 2004 editions of Mirror, Mirror. Most troubling, the U.S. fails to achieve better health outcomes than the other countries, and as shown in the earlier editions, the U.S. is last or near last on dimensions of access, efficiency, and equity. In this edition of Mirror, Mirror, the United Kingdom ranks first, followed closely by Switzerland (Exhibit ES-1).

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    3. But growing majority believe access to healthcare is a right and should be guaranteed.

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    4. That is the way it is in the rest of the world. Only a matter of time until it happens here. Competitive economics demands it. The United States needs it to remain competitive worldwide.

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    5. Tying healthcare to employment stifles entrepreneurship.

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  12. Thanks to the US picking up the tab for research and development and the FDA giving a passing grade, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment costs are greatly reduced for those "advanced countries".
    Then "you" do the math for the number of individuals here vs. other countries divided by types of medical requests etc. then you have your stats.
    Medicare/Medicaid will be available, California already signed on, so new Subsides will figure into insurance for person's in this catagory. Who and how the funding is a sticking point.
    In order to be fair to all, the bipartisan Senate should work together.
    If not; then the Senate should give up their platinum health care packages.

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    1. R&D happens all over the world. Your argument is hollow

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    2. It is a BS Trump talking point. A lot of R&D does happen in the US, but those companies funding it make billions off the jacked up prices of their products here.

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