Here's a prediction. It's only logical, as an outgrowth of Rex Tillerson's agenda in Moscow. Everything we've learned of all the players over the last year, in the White House and in Moscow, leads to this.
1) Russia cares about Syria, for its warm water port and strategic value -- but Russia has no allegiance to Bashar Assad, who has become a pariah.
Russia will broker a deal to ferry Assad out of power, and install a replacement government. To great acclaim. Russia has enough control of key generals and armed factions there to continue its military role in Syria.
2) Russia's bigger goal is to get stifling financial sanctions lifted, in return for removal of Assad.
On this goal, Exhibit A -- delivery of a plan to former national security advisor Michael Flynn, in early February, to install a Russia-friendly government in the Ukraine, in exchange for Russia withdrawing its forces from eastern Ukraine.
As a bonus -- sanctions removed. The proposal uncovered by the NY Times was sent by Trump business associate Felix Sater, Trump Organization lawyer Michael Cohen and a Ukrainian lawmaker, the Times wrote.
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TROJ.HORSE ( T*he *R*eal *O*bject and *J*ive of the *H*ealth *Or *R*use/*S*ham *E*xercise)- Tax Cuts
The multitude of taxes that the substitute plan will lop off amounts to about $ 1 Trillion over a 10-yr period, through 2026 -- or $890B to be more precise. That's according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) scoring.
That huge revenue loss is why there's simply not enough funding to give adequate coverage to subscribers, though tax credits or subsidies. The tax credit thresholds will fall far, far short of what's needed to purchase insurance for low- or moderate-income subscribers in the individual market. For people of modest means the tax credits are generally much lower than in the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.
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Quoting directly from her post:
"the FBI's counter-intelligence arm, sources say, re-drew an earlier FISA court request around possible financial and banking offenses related to the server.
"The first request, which, sources say, named Trump, was denied back in June, but the second was drawn more narrowly and was granted in October after evidence was presented of a server, possibly related to the Trump campaign, and its alleged links to two banks ... "
"The fact that the alleged warrant was a FISA warrant is itself significant. The court exists to grant warrants to examine cases concerned with Foreign Intelligence."
Mensch's story ties directly to the article of Franklin Foer (Slate) who reported, on October 31, on communications between a server of Russia's Alfa Bank and a server operated on behalf of the Trump organization.
Who is Louise Mensch, and when did Newscorp push her out from reporting/editing for website HEATST.com?
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First here is the image of Southern states, where 4,500,000 Democratic votes in Florida and 3,900,000 Democratic votes in Texas counted for naught, zilch, in awarding 29 electoral votes (EV) from FL and awarding 38 EV from Texas.
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The first one is a list of labeled "potential double voters", distributed to more than 2 dozen states, including key swing states. See below a screenshot from the lists, sent within the last few years by Trump ally Kris Kobach to the Secretaries of State, from the Interstate Crosscheck list compiled by Kobach.
The fallacious voter list used for purges includes partially mismatched names, yet sends the names off to states to consider for a scrub list.
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In fact, a FOIA suit filed on the last business day of December seeks to unearth these communications, and the US intelligence investigation of them. It looks like Trump is slamming (or threatening) our spy services, in the hopes that all of it stays under wraps.
We can acknowledge the threats to the legitimacy of the election, the 1-acre – 1-vote nature of the electoral college, along with the impact of what may have been coordinated foreign interference — but there are other factors too.
On commemorating MLK Day, it's important to see something else was at play also. A fallacious, scurrilous "crosscheck" list of voters' names across states, dubbed "Interstate Crosscheck", flagged "suspected double voters" across state lines, by sending participating states the names of voters that were only partial matches. Screen shot of some of the matches is shown directly below. A much larger, clearer image of the name matches can be seen here at the reporter's website (gregpalast.com). Note Greg Palast uncovered Crosscheck in a research project published by Al Jazeera America, which is no longer operating. The reporting is republished here [November 2014], and at his own website. It's clear to see, especially in the larger image, that these "Case #s" of 2 names are generally not of the same person. These are persons with common last and first names.
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That's Vladimir Putin, along with Russia's propaganda arm RT (Russia Today), a channel shown across cable-and-satellite networks in the US and worldwide, and funded directly from Moscow.
The fawning between Putin and the Donald is public, and mutual. On Sunday's Meet the Press in December, Trump boasted to Chuck Todd, Putin "called me brilliant. He said very nice things about me. I mean, I accept it." Then the Republican then-future nominee returned the compliment to President Putin: "He's a strong leader. And I'm not going to be politically correct. He's got an 80% of approval rating done by pollsters .... And it would be very nice if we got along with Russia, Chuck."
The Leningradian Candidate
It goes far beyond mutual admiration. Trump employs and consults with top advisors who hold mysterious ties to Moscow. And Donald and son Donald, Jr. have flown to Russia multiple times trying to launch mega-hotel projects.
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TRUMP: 'Hillary Clinton accepted $58,000 in jewelry from the government of Brunei when she was secretary of state -- plus millions more for her foundation. The sultan of Brunei has pushed oppressive Sharia law.'
"THE FACTS: Clinton is not sporting Brunei bling.
"In September 2012, she accepted a $58,000 jewelry set with gold, sapphire and diamond earrings, a necklace and bracelet, given by the queen of Brunei when Clinton visited for meetings and to inaugurate an English-language training program, according to the Federal Register. The gift was not to her, but to the United States.
"Federal law prohibits officials from keeping such gifts unless they pay the estimated value to the U.S. government. According to the State Department's protocol office, Clinton chose not to buy the jewelry, and instead turned it over to the General Services Administration -- the standard procedure for most gifts from foreign leaders.
"It's true that Brunei is an Islamic nation that observes Sharia law and has been widely criticized for its human rights record, particularly when it comes to gays and lesbians."
But gift exchanges are standard practice. As with almost all gifts to all officials, the Federal Register notice says "non-acceptance would cause embarrassment to donor and U.S. government."
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Reuters has the story.
Is it better late than never, for Donald Trump, Mr. Second Amendment? So far, Republican members of Congress, including Speaker Paul Ryan, have blocked Democratic efforts to get anything like this done. Speaker Ryan has literally gaveled the Democratic congressmen out-of-order this week for moving to put this out on the floor of the House.
Two days ago, on Monday, Hillary Clinton and President Obama spoke out on the recent massacre in Orlando, Florida, and pushed for common-sense restrictions to keep guns out of the hands of persons deemed too dangerous to fly.
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Dear David Cameron,
You recently claimed that certain forms of modern communication cannot be allowed to happen in private. I wanted to let you know that writing was invented over five thousand years ago and speaking, privately or publicly, predates writing by hundreds of thousands of years. There is nothing modern about private communication. What is modern, are high literacy rates and the Internet. High literacy rates mean people communicate though writing much more than they used to. The Internet facilitates written communication, identifies the communicators, and due to the nature of writing, keeps a record of it.
This gives governments the ability to monitor their citizen's communication on mass for the first time. Ever.
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IOWA polls are open to 9:00.
If you're young or you're old, and not yet registered - note that any Iowa potential voter can register and vote even on Election Day. If you reside in Iowa and are a US citizen you need to select from one of these documents in order to Register: - a photo ID that is current and contains an expiration date that is either:
an out-of-state driver's license or non-driver card (for proof of identity),
or an Iowa driver's license,
or student ID from an Iowa high school or Iowa college,
or employer ID card,
US military card,
or US passport.
If the document above does not show your current Iowa address then you can use one of these documents to prove your address in Iowa: cell phone bill or utility bill, residential lease, bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government document.
If you don't have these documents to demonstrate your identity / residency, another registered voter from your precinct can attest for you. You and the attester will both sign written oaths to accomplish this.
Polls stay open TIL 9 pm, in IOWA
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For NORTH CAROLINA, Early Voting is available through Saturday 11/1, until 1 p.m. at many sites, each county. Check the link to list below [a couple of centers close at noon].
Bank your vote ahead at one of the vote centers in your county – so you don't get caught up in the "precinct shuffle" (disqualifying shenanigans) that can happen on Election Day.
Click to reach the interactive map, and List of early voting sites, with hours.
The printed list is organized by county, and the order is semi-alphabetical, not fully alphabetized. (Some Brunswick and Mecklenburg come lower than Yancy, at the bottom, for example).
During early voting, you can vote at ANY early vote center in your county. This is an advantage: it can be better than on Election Day, where if election officials switch or move your precinct assignment (sometimes there are different precincts at different tables in the same building for voting), they will disqualify your vote for voting in the "wrong precinct".
So I recommend early voting.
1 thing you need to know.
ID: It's not needed in 2014 in No. Carolina. But poll worker in 2014 will ask about it anyway.
In 2014, the poll worker will ask you for ID, but this year you can say, I didn't bring ID, and you can vote anyway in 2014. This is important! So know the rules, and the bureaucratic procedure you'll encounter!
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In Georgia -- Friday was the last day to request an absentee ballot -- at the County Registrar's office -- or to head to an Early vote center to cast an early in-person vote. For in-person voting or early voting in Georgia, a strict voter photo ID rule applies. Some counties have Early voting open Friday, see list of early voting sites, and hours, here.
To return an absentee ballot to the County Registrar, if you already supplied identifying info when you registered, you generally don't need to supply ID documents again.
[List of County Registrars can be found here].
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- - North Carolina
- - Georgia
- - Colorado
ID in North Carolina will be asked for, but does not need to be shown until the 2016 election, except for some 1st-time voters whose identifying information wasn't verified with registration.
The early voting advantage is this -- you can vote at any center in your county during the early vote period to have your vote counted. Votes will not be disqualified for being "out of precinct."
GEORGIA. In a few places you can find the locations for early voting. I've found a list here
[ www.gavotes.org/early-votin g-locations ] – with dates and hours for Bibb County, Chatham, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Dougherty, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Muscogee, and Richmond.
The list shows some with Sunday (10/26) early voting, at some of the locations in >> Chatham County, Clayton, DeKalb, Fulton, and Richmond.
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Click below to see link to interactive map, with hours.
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