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David Cay Johnston on the Abuse of Power: Not Disclosing to the IRS

You May Never Know Who Owns Your Representative Or Senator

Mnuchin Covers Up Congressional Campaign Spending by Corporations, Billionaires, Even Russians
By Jillian S. Ambroz

Call it Déjà GRU.

The U.S. Treasury Sec. Steve Mnuchin’s recent decision to remove the already limited government oversight on dark money groups could open the doors for foreign donors. Add to that the FEC’s inability to regulate online advertising, which is expected to see $2 billion flood the digital platforms such as Facebook and Google this mid-term season. And then there’s Vladimir V. Putin’s generous offer to help us with our cybersecurity problem at the Helsinki Summit. And it feels like 2016 all over again.

But let’s take a closer look at the Treasury’s recent move to loosen donor disclosure requirements.

It means groups like the National Rifle Association and the Koch Brothers’ Super PAC Americans for Prosperity don’t have to disclose their donors to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), because they are not pure political organizations. Under the new requirements, only charities and political organizations must continue to report donor information to the IRS.

That means less transparency for campaign financing and less information for voters.

https://www.dcreport.org/2018/07/23/you-may-never-know-who-owns-your-representative-or-senator/

Call it Déjà GRU.


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Sarah Sanders: Mueller probe a 'hoax and a waste of time'




And then there is the fix noise white couch crowd.....................also enabling treason...........why don't they run the part in Helsinki, that the murder said..............he helped trump ........


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Sarah Sanders: Mueller probe a 'hoax and a waste of time'

Source: The Hill

BY EMILY BIRNBAUM - 07/23/18 09:02 AM EDT

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Monday called special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into possible ties between President Trump's campaign and Russia "a hoax and a waste of time."

"We’d all be a lot better off if ... Congress and the special counsel could come to the same conclusion that the rest of America has - that this is a hoax and a waste of time," Sanders said on "Fox and Friends."

Mueller's probe has led to indictments or guilty pleas for 32 people and three Russian companies.

Mueller has charged four former Trump campaign aides — Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Richard Gates and George Papadopoulos — though none of the charges are related to misconduct by the president's campaign.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/398317-sarah-sanders-mueller-probe-is-a-hoax-and-a-waste-of-time



I see your father taught you well.....................to be fucking traitor to this country..............your a fucking disgrace, when all of this is settled which it will be ...................your kids will be left to deal with this lady and your father......................you have no fucking principles, your party just outed four judges, that could be threatened....................but you and your "ayn rand" Ryan and Devin Nunes, Mitch McConnell, and your "republican treasonous party don't give a shit".........................they / you hate this country and this action speaks volumes of the treason.....................


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Georgia lawmaker exposes himself, yells racial slurs on Sacha Baron Cohen show

BY AVERY ANAPOL - 07/23/18 07:19 AM EDT

A Georgia lawmaker is facing calls to resign after footage of him yelling racial slurs and exposing himself aired on Sacha Baron Cohen’s new show Sunday night.

In the latest episode of “Who Is America?,” the comedian plays Israeli military expert Erran Morad, and enlists state Rep. Jason Spencer (R) to film an “anti-terrorism video.”

In the video, Spencer repeatedly shouts the “N-word” after Cohen tells him that using the “forbidden” word will help ward off terrorists.

In another clip, Spencer pulls down his pants and chases Cohen with his buttocks exposed, yelling “USA, Motherf—er!”


http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/398303-georgia-lawmaker-exposes-himself-yells-racial-slurs-in-sacha-baron-cohen


Un fucking believable.................how in the hell did this country elect psychopaths to office................no wonder people are getting shot, no wonder people are getting beaten, no wonder white nationalists run down innocent protesters with cars, and no wonder white nationalist are invading our educational system because they have professors on campus that shouldn't be there..............................................and then this and a fascist "party" trying to distance themselves from this shit...............no you should be held accountable .......................

Jake Tapper presses Carter Page on alleged Russia ties




Fucking spy.............................Page............

The only thing the newly released FISA documents show is that Republicans have been lying for months

Trump and his allies claim the Steele Dossier was the sole basis for a surveillance warrant of Carter Page. They are lying.

ADAM PECK JUL 22, 2018, 11:07 AM

On Saturday night, the New York Times published a report detailing the public disclosure of more than 400 pages of heavily redacted documents related to a FISA warrant filed in 2016 against Carter Page, an adviser for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

Page has been a key focus of the intelligence community’s investigation into Russian interference from the very beginning. And as Saturday’s disclosure reveals, the FBI presented enough probable cause suggesting Page had been recruited by Russian officials that four separate Republican-appointed judges authorized still-undisclosed surveillance measures targeting Page.

Oddly, both Donald Trump and Carter Page tried to spin Saturday’s disclosure as some kind of victory. Several members of the far-right fringe in Congress — led by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) — lied to the public several months ago via a memo that falsely asserted the FBI sought the warrant on the sole basis of the infamous Steele dossier, a Republican-conceived memo written by a former British intelligence officer containing several salacious rumors about Donald Trump.

As Democrats and the FBI later disclosed — and as Saturday’s release makes clear — the dossier was far from the only evidence provided to the FISA court, and its inclusion contained a lengthy caveat noting the politicized nature and unsubstantiated claims contained within the document. Incidentally, several of the allegations contained in the dossier have since been verified. On Sunday, CNN’s Jake Tapper invited Page to respond to Saturday’s revelations, and it took exactly one question for him to trip over the facts of the case.

https://thinkprogress.org/fisa-release-gop-lying-9973e5c28101/

I hate spies and I really dislike spies tied to Russia..............................




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Paul Erickson Is Our Duke Of The Week

By Kate Riga | July 21, 2018 9:00 am

This week Mariia Butina, the Ginny Weasley of illegally acting as a foreign agent, has understandably sucked a lot of air out of the room with her sudden arrest and the revelation that the FBI has long had her in its sights.

But her sidekick, her main squeeze, the Harry to her Ginny, Paul Erickson has his own alleged part in the plot and an absolutely bonkers backstory to boot.

Note: Erickson was not explicitly named in the charges brought against Butina, but the description seems to closely match his history and role in her life.

Erickson has had a long and storied past, getting his start in politics through college Republicans. His career since then has been varied and often bizarre, including writing a comedy routine to help get Ronald Reagan reelected, producing an anti-communism film and being an agent for John Wayne Bobbitt, a Virginia native who experienced an abrupt separation from a much-valued body part (a.k.a. his wife hacked off his penis while he was sleeping).

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/paul-erickson-is-our-duke-of-the-week

So this is the person that got the whack..............................

'A Big Hoax!': After Week Of Walkbacks, Trump Returns To Doubting Russia Meddling

Source: Talking Points Memo

By Zeke Miller | July 23, 2018 6:36 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Capping a week of drama, back tracking, a double negative and blistering statements from allies about his attitude toward Russian election interference, President Donald Trump on Sunday was back to referring to “a big hoax.”

Trump spent days trying to reassure the country that he accepts that the longtime foe interfered in the 2016 election after his public undermining of U.S. intelligence agencies in Helsinki while standing alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin. But Trump cast doubt once again in a Sunday tweet, diminishing at least the significance, if not the existence, of the interference and the U.S. investigation into Russia’s actions.

“So President Obama knew about Russia before the Election,” Trump tweeted. “Why didn’t he do something about it? Why didn’t he tell our campaign? Because it is all a big hoax, that’s why, and he thought Crooked Hillary was going to win!!!”

It was not immediately clear whether Trump was suggesting that the entire notion of Russian interference — U.S. intelligence agencies unanimously concur it took place and Trump reluctantly accepted their assessment amid the firestorm — was fraudulent, or just the investigation of potential collusion by Trump associates with Russian agents.

Read more: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/trump-returns-doubting-russian-meddling



And over at the "ayn rand" Ryan and Devin Nunes conspirators get together.......................they released the names of the four judges in the FISA court...............way to go in undermining the DOJ FBI, and everyone involved in protecting this country..........what could possibly go wrong...................everything, the undermining of justice....................absolutely amazing..............


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Human rights groups condemn UK's stance on US death penalty for Isis pair

Source: The Guardian

Amnesty International says development is deeply worrying after Javid says UK seeks no assurances suspects would be spared execution

A marked departure in the UK’s stance towards the use of the death penalty has triggered widespread anger and condemnation among human rights and civil liberty campaigners.

It has emerged the home secretary, Sajid Javid, wrote to the US attorney general, Jeff Sessions, to confirm the UK would not demand a “death penalty assurance” in the case of two former Britons accused of being members of the Islamic State call known as the “Beatles”. The prime minister, Theresa May, was aware of the position adopted in the letter.

Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh are alleged to have been members of a four-man cell of Isis executioners in Syria and Iraq responsible for killing a series of high-profile western captives.

The position in Javid’s letter signals a shift in the UK government’s policy towards the death penalty, which up until now was considered to be one of “blanket opposition”.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jul/23/uk-will-not-oppose-us-death-penalty-for-isis-beatles



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The mother of one of the cell’s victims told Today she was “very against” any use of the death penalty if Kotey and Elsheikh were convicted.

“I think that you just make them martyrs in their twisted ideology,” said Diane Foley, whose son, James Foley, a US journalist, was killed in 2014. “I would like them held accountable by being sent to prison for the rest of their lives. That would be my preference.”

Execution would be too easy for them, she added. “In a way that allows them to take a much easier way out.”
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