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Pssssssssssssst! Dakota Access pipeline company and Donald Trump have close financial ties

Trumpís financial disclosure forms show he invested in Energy Transfer Partners, operators of the controversial pipeline, and its CEO donated to his campaign

Oliver Milman in New York
Donald Trumpís close financial ties to Energy Transfer Partners, operators of the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline, have been laid bare, with the presidential candidate invested in the company and receiving more than $100,000 in campaign contributions from its chief executive.
Over 120 arrested at North Dakota pipeline protests, including journalists
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Trumpís financial disclosure forms show the Republican nominee has between $500,000 and $1m invested in Energy Transfer Partners, with a further $500,000 to $1m holding in Phillips 66, which will have a 25% stake in the Dakota Access project once completed. The information was disclosed in Trumpís monthly filings to the Federal Election Commission, which requires candidates to disclose their campaign finance information on a regular basis.

The financial relationship runs both ways. Kelcy Warren, chief executive of Energy Transfer Partners, has given $103,000 to elect Trump and handed over a further $66,800 to the Republican National Committee since the property developer secured the GOPís presidential nomination.

On 29 June, Warren made $3,000 in donations to Trumpís presidential campaign. The limit for individual contributions to a candidate is $2,700 per election and itís unclear whether Trump returned $300 to Warren. Trumpís campaign was contacted for comment.

Warren made a further $100,000 donation to the Trump Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee among Trumpís campaign, the RNC and 11 state parties, on 29 June. A day earlier, the Energy Transfer Partners chief executive doled out $66,800 in two separate donations to the RNC.

We are Whining Folks - from n2doc's cartoon thread


The spy who couldnít spell: how the biggest heist in the history of US espionage was foiled

The classrooms and hallways of Farmingdale High in Long Island were deserted on the morning of Saturday 19 August 2001, when a van pulled into the schoolís parking lot. Turning off the engine, the driver Ė a tall man in his late 30s Ė stepped out into the warm summer sun. He cast a sweeping gaze upon the institution he had graduated from two decades earlier.

Whatever nostalgia he might have felt for his old school was tinged with bitterness. It was here that he had suffered some of lifeís early humiliations: taunted by classmates for his apparent dimwittedness; held in low esteem by his teachers. If they remembered him at all, they would remember him as the boy who had difficulty reading. The boy who was so bad with spellings. His bearish frame may have protected him from physical bullying, but combined with his severe dyslexia and his social awkwardness, it had also cemented his image as a dolt.

That image had stuck with him, despite a successful career in US intelligence, where he had been given access to some of the countryís most valued secrets. Being underestimated Ė by family, classmates and colleagues Ė had been the theme of his life, a curse he had borne silently since childhood. But for the mission he had now embarked upon, it was a blessing. None of his co-workers or managers in the intelligence community could have imagined that he of all people was capable of masterminding a complex espionage plot.

He had already pulled off what was then the biggest heist of classified information in the history of American espionage. In just a few days, he hoped to execute the final step of a meticulous plan to exchange those secrets for millions of dollars. If he succeeded, he would have enough money to pay off the mortgages of his brothers and sisters, settle his personal debts and secure the financial future of his children.

With fortune, he imagined, respect would follow. Those who had known him would no longer doubt his intelligence. Once and for all, he would shake off the image that had dogged him since childhood.

A long but great read

Rachel about to break some news on Groper Don the 'I Con' after the break

Also - news tonight Rove and the Turtle found $25M to help ReTHUGs down ballot
Full metal panic - from Rachel

A Selfish little Sleaze ball - Go Elizabeth Warren!!

Oops - not live - a clip from her ongoing rally

Groper Don the 'I Con' forced his staff

to rally for him in Miami - this man is a sociopath on steroids.

watching report on ABC

Global Gender Gap Report 2015

Despite an additional quarter of a billion women entering the global workforce since 2006, wage inequality persists, with women only now earning what men did a decade ago, according the Forumís Global Gender Gap Report 2015.
The global gender gap across health, education, economic opportunity and politics has closed by only 4% in the past 10 years, with the economic gap closing by just 3%, suggesting it will take another 118 years to close this gap completely.
Is education failing women? The gap has widened in 22% of surveyed countries since 2006 and, while more women than men are enrolling at university in 97 countries, women make up the majority of skilled workers in only 68 countries and the majority of leaders in only four.
The Nordic countries still dominate the Global Gender Gap Index. Ireland is the highest placed non-Nordic country, ranking 5th. Rwanda (6), Philippines (7) and New Zealand (10) are the only non-European countries in the top 10; and the United States falls eight places to 28th.

Mississippi: Call for investigation over 'noose put on black student'

rights group in the US state of Mississippi has demanded a federal hate crime investigation after the family of a black high school student said white students put a noose around his neck.

The alleged incident took place during a break in football practice, according to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

As many as four students are believed to have been involved in the case.

The alleged victim, a second-year student football player at Stone High School in Wiggins, has not been identified. He has since returned to school and football practice.

Names and ages of the students accused have also not been released, but reports say they are all under 17.

In the 13 October incident, the noose was "yanked backward" while on the student's neck as the group was in the locker room, Derrick Johnson, president of the Mississippi NAACP, said.

"No child should be walking down the hall or in a locker room and be accosted with a noose around their neck," he told reporters.

Expel them! I hope the Feds get involved. Lock them Up!

Groper Don the 'I Con' is campaigning in Sanford Florida

Think long and hard about that - Sanford was the location of the murder of Trayvon Martin.

Obama's phone drop last night

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