September 16th – 2019 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #970

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678 Responses to September 16th – 2019 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #970

  1. blognificentbee says:

    Oh happy day – just realized that it is a rally day! Yay!!!

    🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸Happy Rally Day, Treepers🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

    All aboard the Trump Train 🚂 💨💨

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  2. sunnyflower5 says:

    Hopefully, Kavanaugh accuser doesn’t recall incident will sue.

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  3. tozerbgood8315 says:

    Is this real or fake? Russia hacked FBI communications starting in 2010, discovered in 2012, and then the warning to Carter Page in 2013… which he (cough cough) supposedly ignored?

    I’m suspecting some media fakery here.

    https://www.businessinsider.my/russia-hacked-fbi-to-prevent-tracking-russian-spies-us-report-2019-9/

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    • tozerbgood8315 says:

      So wait… does this mean the Russians interfered with our elections in 2012 and got Obama reelected? (asking for a friend – LOL)

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    • tozerbgood8315 says:

      The more I think about this… the media attempts to link it to Carter Page (who was never charged with a crime) and breaking now… just before the FISA report… seems highly suspicious to me… looks like they’re trying to get the jump on the story… trying to justify the obvious FISA abuse.

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  4. FofBW says:

    Back in the good old days, /s, it was easy for the Dems to intimidate whoever they wanted to do what they wanted.

    Now we are woke, so desperation and radicalism is setting in.

    Just a matter of time till they destroy themselves like they do everything else they touch.

    IMHO

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  5. burnett044 says:

    what an odd little world we do live in…..I was just watch thye leaders of Syria Turkey and Russia ..
    in a news conference….
    and thinking about the recent attack on the SA oil, we all sort of thoughts ran thru me head…
    so I went looking for something odd the clear my head and ran across this….something a wee bit different to give me a laff…

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    • thedoc00 says:

      Yep, thoughts like a Iranian pipelines through Turkey an Syria as well as Russian Pipelines to the EU.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        The pipelines for the Pars field are in place and underway. Russia’s wooing Turkey, first with S-400s and now the hot-to-trot SU-27 to replace the F-35s we pulled back. Russia’s also playing with giving Turkey back a chunk of Syria that Turkey says was part of the Ottoman Empire that Turkey wants to reclaim.

        Russia already has gas lines running through Turkey and Greece to supply Europe through its southern route and still has plans for a LNG port in Syria that will supply Central and South America, among other places. Russia has had plans to run petro lines through Turkey for a long time, it’s part of a strategy to neutralize Turkey as a NATO asset on Russia’s southern flank, make the Black Sea Fleet relevant again and project power in the Med.

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        • interesting…………..can the Ruskies afford to do that?

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          • czarowniczy says:

            Take a look: https://www.mondialisation.ca/the-geopolitics-of-oil-and-gas-pipelines-in-the-middle-east/5492595

            This has been in the plans for years, well before the Syria mess started. The Russians held on to Syria with bare claws, it was their last and best base in the Mideast. Their plans are to get Gulf gas, and the Pars complex is about the biggest in the world, into their streams for Europe and western export. Their southern lines are in operation,ensuring that the old Bloc countries can’t interrupt Russian flow to Europe when they want higher transit fees.

            The Russians, like the Chinese, readily adopted capitalist business practices backed by the full weight of their government. I’d predicted, no big shakes, years back when Syria started to destabilize that were it to look bad for Assad Russia would step in and not only save him but sit on Syria as its own. Russia’s situated itself deeply into the Mideast and has lines on the ground and in the works. It provides a secure transit of petro from the Gulf through the Levant saving the Gulf producers a lot in shipping fees, and it can tie them into its European lines.

            Look at Gazprom’s transmission map: https://www.gazprom.com/about/production/transportation/

            Note that Gazprom’s route not only goes through multiple routes to Europe but is heading towards China . There’s work being done in Syria but note the transmission lines on the map in Syria head to the Gulf, once the outlands are secured those will link to the Gulf. Iran should be able to pump billions of cubic feet of gas a day with Gazprom taking about 30% of that into its lines. Do you think the US would be able to stop Iran from exporting gas through Russian lines? If the US did manage to ‘discourage’ the other companies getting South Pars gas from selling Russia could just step up the transmission.

            You can see the Black Sea influence in the Russian petro plans, an obvious reason Russia stepped back into the Crimea to ensure its strategic naval base at Sevastopol stays safe to protect its Black Sea and Med interests. Russia’s got a lock on this – wonder why Obama didn’t do more to blunt these moves?

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          • thedoc00 says:

            The USSR and now “Russia” have been propping up the Assad family fortunes since 1956 in return for their major base in Latakia, Syria. By adding Turkey to the equation and having Turkey pull out NATO, Russian access via the Bosporus becomes allot easier. Also, the removal of NATO & US facilities in Turkey would be an huge INTEL win for the Russians, as in denying access that has existed for nearly 70 years.

            Of course Erdogan, in Turkey, will first have rounds of bidding between the EU-NATO-US-Russia before making his middle of the road “Byzantine” like answer of giving a little to everybody to keep all the bidders involved as well as at each other’s throats..

            Assad at this time, is along for the ride if he wants to literally survive.

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        • mikeyboo says:

          The truth is Turkey was never a NATO “asset”.. The US had hopes Turkey would be an asset. The reality is Turkey been an anti-american drag for sometime. Turkey should never have been admitted to NATO.

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          • czarowniczy says:

            It’s proven handy when we needed to secure the south shore of the Black Sea, base nike missiles aimed at Russia, use it as an intel launch pad and block the Bosporus and Dardanelles. It would have been much more of an asset had %$#@&% Germany not blocked its admission to the EU for decades, that’s a big part of why Turkey joined NATO and a reason it’s cozying up to Russia.

            We still have basket case Greece so all is not lost if Turkey goes Red.

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    • Karen says:

      Putin’s singing to Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell?
      Symbolic banner, kids and DNA ?

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    • Serena says:

      Yes that was when the Dems,media and Hollywood elites all loved Putin. And Trump was not a ray cist back then. LOL

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  6. auscitizenmom says:

    I wasn’t there……….but I saw it. 🙄

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    • George 1 says:

      The president should put her in charge of Immigration reform. At the last state of the Union address the President said: 1. ” We want even more immigration but they have to come in legally”. 2. We will never be a socialist country”.

      With all due respect, you cannot have both. Not when the new immigrants have very low IQs for the most part and will vote 80% democrat.

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      • Marc says:

        Why can’t we just have less immigration overall? No illegal immigration and less refugees and legal immigrants as well. We should only let in folks we NEED in the job areas that are lacking workers. POTUS, I think, is waiting until his reelection to to go full nationalist on immigration and cut the rate of entry and increase deportations.

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      • SAM-TruthFreedomLiberty says:

        That’s not what te President said! You’re cutting out the most important part which CLEARLY OPPOSES your b.s. IQ charge.

        Either YOU are low IQ or you’re a despicable slanderous liar.
        hmmm,.. It could be both..

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        • KnowSERENoFear says:

          Your personal attacks on posters that you don’t agree with is getting old. Is it possible to offer an intelligent, fact-based, counterpoint without the emotional labeling?

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        • George 1 says:

          As a matter of fact SAM, most legal and illegal immigration into the country is of the low IQ type. Yes SAM. I know something about the topic. Another fact is that regardless of their IQ, immigrants vote approximately 80 percent democrat.

          So, the more legal immigration you have the more socialism is voted for. A high IQ guy like you Sam should be able to understand that.

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      • Ma McGriz says:

        I was told by reliable sources behind the badge that 75% of illegals are illiterate in their own native languages.
        It’s something the American people should know.

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    • aisheschayal says:

      I like listening to her speak, she is knowledgeable, quick witted, well spoken and explains the issues in a way even those dim witted anchors could understand.

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  7. WeThePeople2016 says:

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    • mandy says:

      Speaking of lawsuits against media, what ever happened to the Covington kid’s lawsuits? I have not seen anything about it lately?

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    • thedoc00 says:

      Unfortunately, the NYT is covered with this correction. No court room in the US, in today’s climate will support an attack on a “newspaper’s” 1st Amendment Rights as looka s they declare oopsies… However, the individual authors of the book and articles may be the ones left out to dry.

      The Covington Case proved this point. News Organizations and even celebrities feel free to attack underaged minors today.

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      • sunnyflower5 says:

        The female former student can sue the former student and Clinton lawyer…and the government, if they insist on harassing her for something that did not occur.

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      • mikeyboo says:

        “the individual authors of the book and articles may be the ones left out to dry.”
        I think that would be a great start!!!!!!!!. These INDIVIDUALS need to be held accountable.

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        • TheLastDemocrat says:

          I read the NYT story. At the end, it said that the story was based on the book.

          IOW, the story was a Reader’s Digest version of the book. Not a NYT reporter covering a news story that has popped up because a book is coming out.

          This is an extremely low level of “journalism,” and may not even count as “journalism.”

          It is like when we would write “reports” in grade school, and all we did was copy down what the encyclopedia said.

          It is possible that the article was run with some financial deal – book promotion deal. IOW, that may have been an “article” paid for by the publisher. It would be interesting if that bit of the entire deal were to leak out.

          We can be pretty sure that the matter of running the story was all coordinated by a handful of like-minded Progressives. What I am adding is: was there a money incentive in the entire deal?

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        • Ma McGriz says:

          It might be an excellent development, since we know the very next thing to occur would be those individuals filing lawsuits against their former employers.

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  8. bofh says:

    The accusation is too important an issue to dismiss just because it didn’t happen, right?

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  9. sunnyflower5 says:

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  10. WeThePeople2016 says:

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    • Phil aka Felipe says:

      “ELECTION MEDDLING?” I’m gonna go out on a Tree House limb and say…yeah!

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    • Ma McGriz says:

      I don’t know what happened, but it looks like things got straightened out.

      Here is a link to today’s coverage of the President’s visit to Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

      It indicates it was broadcast live.

      Here’s a tweet from RSB from this morning: ” Missed last night’s pre-rally show?! No worries, we will be LIVE all day from the venue where @realDonaldTrump will hold his #KeepAmericaGreat Rally ”

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  11. WeThePeople2016 says:

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  12. carterzest says:

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  13. ilcon says:

    Uh huh

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    • thedoc00 says:

      This is proof of the contempt the media and DNC Leadership holds, with respect to level of intelligence, for their own adoring lemming followers as well as their own members of the DNC Caucus.

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    • Kaco says:

      The reason why this is going on again against Kavanaugh is because the lies weren’t prosecuted the first time! Didn’t Lindsay Graham say he was going to get to the bottom of it? Well, where is it?

      This is a preview if we don’t prosecute the Deep State for their sedition against a presidential candidate, President-Elect, and President! They will go after him and us after his term and they will do it again to the next person.

      They all need to be held accountable, starting with Ford and her team and Barr better nail these traitors against our country.

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      • jx says:

        Couldn’t agree more.

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      • Zippy says:

        “The reason why this is going on again against Kavanaugh is because the lies weren’t prosecuted the first time!”

        As Dan Bongino pointed out in his podcast today, the left according to online sources he secretly monitors seriously thinks RBG might croak before the 2020 election thereby allowing a conservative appointment and they’re trying to send Kavanaugh a message – if that happens vote correctly (left) or we’ll continue to hound you with false accusations and try to make your life hell.

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        • Kaco says:

          Well, well, well, look what I found!

          “Sen. Lindsey Graham, we’re still waiting. We’re still waiting for that flash of righteous indignation you showcased during the confirmation hearings of now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh to turn into action. You know, when you turned to your Democrat colleagues and seethed that their efforts to “destroy this guy’s life” were “the most despicable things that I have seen in politics.” We’re still waiting for that tie-straightening smile in the face of protestors to turn into . . . something.

          Yes, Kavanaugh was confirmed. But that isn’t justice. Justice requires consequences for those who tarnished the man and lied to Senate Judiciary investigators and committee members. Justice requires consequences for Christine Blasey Ford and her handlers.

          Your inaction has so inspired the left that not even a year after Ford professed to senators, while under oath, that she was not “acting out of partisan political motives” in testifying that Kavanaugh had attempted to rape her while they were both high school students, Ford’s attorney Debra Katz felt no qualms about telling an audience that Roe v. Wade was part of Ford’s motivation.
          …….
          So, now in addition to the many contradictions and inconsistencies in Ford’s testimony, as well as the evidence that Ford lied about whether she had provided guidance to anyone on taking a polygraph test, there is evidence Ford lied about her apolitical motivation in coming forward—and to top it off, her own family didn’t even believe her.

          Ford isn’t going away. She just laid low long enough to feel safe, as did Kavanaugh’s other putative accusers and the liberal press. So emboldened are the left now that The New York Times dares to tweet out that “having a penis thrust in your face at a drunken dorm party may seem like harmless fun. But when Brett Kavanaugh did it to her, Deborah Ramirez says, it confirmed that she didn’t belong at Yale in the first place.””

          Seriously, this is a case in the here and now staring at us in the face. We will worry about RBG speculation and when that time comes. Because we need to hold them accountable to what they’re doing now to Kavanaugh. Not why or wherefore. They are lying, they are smearing. Smack them with the full force of the law. And let’s face it, they will attack whoever a Republican president nominates from hereon out.

          Shall we have a massive campaign in contacting Lindsay Graham about this?

          Dear Senator Graham,

          I am writing you as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary “Committee. As you are well aware, Justice Kavanaugh is being attacked and smeared again. And as you are aware, he is a good man who has been unjustly accused. I recall you said you were going to get to the bottom of what happened the last time. Since then, more evidence has come out that Christine Blasey Ford and her team are liars who were out to attack a conservative opponent to their ideology to stop his confirmation. I suspect you never even got an investigation started. I hope you aren’t allowing this injustice to continue and sweep it under the rug thinking it would go away and will be forgotten. It hasn’t and it never will. This man and his family have been put through the ringer and therefore, the American people with this travesty as well. The time is yesterday to have started this to not only clear a good man’s name, but to bring the corrupt instigating attackers to justice. The Democrats will never stop and will also do it to the next person and on and on if they aren’t prosecuted.

          Sent to:
          https://www.lgraham.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=contact-form

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  14. A2 says:

    Sad an beautiful. From the heart. Give it a read.

    “The Unbearable Heaviness of Being in Hong Kong
    All I feel is anger”
    https://gen.medium.com/the-unbearable-heaviness-of-being-in-hong-kong-e000bf42bb95

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  15. ilcon says:

    “The newspaper reports that “due to the fact the incident caused concern for many and helped create a negative athletic environment, according to Tucker, the NCHSAA decided to reprimand the cheerleaders by putting them on probation.”

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  16. Rock Knutne says:

    Rush reading the Treehouse Corn POP story on air.

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  17. sunnyflower5 says:

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  18. youme says:

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  19. ilcon says:

    It made the news.

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    • Partience says:

      Was “Some people did something” also forecasting what was to come in her distric?.

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    • Ma McGriz says:

      That’s really hard to watch, but I’m glad FOX is exposing it.

      If they can’t hire cops and/or their police force is utterly powerless, how far can things devolve before it will eventually become necessary to call out the National Guard there?

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    • JustaVerb says:

      locusts

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    • Kaco says:

      Somebody brought up a good point about these interstate Lefty migrants. The company they work for moves to a Red State and the reason why these people move there is because of a job transfer! Not so sure they were actually seeking “relief”.

      Red States make it attractive to corporations due to low taxes, breaks, etc. So these Commie corporations are setting up shop there and bringing their people in. It’s happening in Ohio, Facebook and Google are coming to New Albany and I am very upset, it’s very near where I grew up. It has made it easier for when we put my parents’ house up for sale but I worry about Ohio turning blue when it’s already kind of purple. Columbus also has the second highest population of Somalians next to Minneapolis. Someone brought up Georgia, with Hollywood infiltration.

      We really can’t stop these Red States from attracting business and these businesses bringing their Comrades with them..

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    • CNN_sucks says:

      Leftists are parasites.

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  20. ilcon says:

    Brock boy.

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  21. dallasdan says:

    AOC should stick to pulling trains.

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  22. Summer says:

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    • Nigella says:

      If only

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    • yy4u says:

      Ms. Broaddrick is right. People who accuse men of these kinds of things ought to be held accountable. Blasey Ford’s accusations do not stand up to common sense.

      1. What reasonable parent drops off his/her 15 y.o. at a swim practice w/o making plans to pick him/her up. No, in all likelihood, B-F was 16 and DROVE HERSELF to the practice which also is how she got home. This wouldn’t work, however, because if she was 16, then Kavanaugh was 18 and the FBI would have investigated any pool party he attended.

      2. I might not know who gave me a ride home when I was 15 but I damned well know who among my friends was 16 and MIGHT HAVE. In all likelihood she DROVE HERSELF HOME after the party that may or may not have happened.

      3. Nobody remembers the pool party she “attended” and many witnesses claimed they’d never seen Kavanaugh and BF at the same party EVER.

      In short – she needs to have to PROVE these allegations are even possible. People like her should not be able to destroy someone’s reputation this way and unless what they say is true, not pay any penalty. LIKE JAIL. That is the ONLY way it will end.

      Sooner or later one of these men is going to have to use the only weapon available. A LAW SUIT.

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    • jx says:

      ChiFi has a lot to answer for as well

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    • rcogburn says:

      It’s time for Tom Fitton and Judicial Watch to FOIA Feinstein and the Judiciary Committee to expose this farce..

      Let’s see the emails and text messages, including those with the journalists reporting on it.

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  23. WeThePeople2016 says:

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  25. ilcon says:

    Greenpeace cites “global warming”, how gauche.

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  26. A2 says:

    👇👇👇

    US India trade deal!

    President Trump’s road trip to Houston with PM Modi reportedly will be where it will be announced.

    “Piyush Goyal hints India-US may announce trade package
    1 min read . 16 Sep 2019
    Asit Ranjan Mishra
    ‘We are finalising the agreement. Whether US President Trump and PM Modi announces it during their meeting is up to them,’ Goyal said
    Modi is in the US to attend the ‘Howdy Modi’ event in Houston, Texas”

    https://www.livemint.com/news/india/piyush-goyal-hints-india-us-may-announce-trade-package/amp-1568627283403.html?__twitter_impression=true

    Howdy Modi

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  27. Guyski says:

    As always, it is important to check a person’s connections. Robin Pogrebin one of the authors of the book: “The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation,” is the daughter of Letty Cottin Pogrebin.

    Letty Cottin Pogrebin was a founding editor of Ms. Magazine and a cofounder of Ms. Foundation for Women and the National Women’s Political Caucus.

    Here is a link to her Facebook page:

    https://m.facebook.com/letty.c.pogrebin/

    The images tells you all you need to know.

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  28. sunnyflower5 says:

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  29. WeThePeople2016 says:

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  30. WeThePeople2016 says:

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  31. WeThePeople2016 says:

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    • freespeechfanatic says:

      What right do they have to his private tax returns? Total persecution. It never ends.

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    • Matthew LeBlanc says:

      Only in his home town and in his own house is a prophet without honor.

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    • Kaco says:

      Can they appeal this or not?

      I had heard because this is a STATE case, it cannot be appealed to a FEDERAL court.

      If Russian Collusion had been prosecuted justly, we might not have seen this continued attack on the President and his family.

      George Soros has been donating a lot of money to progressive candidates of State DA races.

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      • thedoc00 says:

        Unfortunately this is part of the insurance policy. NY State Government made a pact long ago with the DNC and numerous elected NY State Officials promised to take this action.

        So, this would have happened no matter if Mueller came about or not.

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  32. Troublemaker10 says:

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  33. sunnyflower5 says:

    recalled making pancakes one morning after her husband died and said Trump ‘put a few pancakes in pocket and never said ‘cheerio’ or anything’

    Who hasn’t stuck pancakes in their pockets? 🤣😂

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  34. Troublemaker10 says:

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  35. ilcon says:

    “Google”?, idiot.

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  36. sunnyflower5 says:

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  37. Zippy says:

    DOJ Accuses JPMorgan’s Precious Metals Trading Desk Of Being A Criminal Enterprise
    16 Sep 2019

    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/three-jpmorgan-traders-charged-massive-gold-market-manipulation-fraud

    Who would have thought that JPMorgan’s precious metals trading desk is the functional equivalent of the mafia, and that its one-time leader, Blythe Masters, was the mafia’s don?

    Well, almost everyone who didn’t mind being designated a conspiracy theorist for years. And now comes vindication, because this has just been confirmed by the DOJ, which accused the PM trading desks at JPMorgan of being deeply involved in what prosecutors described as a “massive, multiyear scheme to manipulate the market for precious metals futures contracts and defraud market participants.”

    In an indictment unsealed on Monday morning, the DoJ charged Michael Nowak, a JPMorgan veteran and former head of its precious metals trading desk and Gregg Smith, another trader on JPM’s metals desk, in the probe. (Blythe Masters was somehow omitted).

    “Based on the fact that it was conduct that was widespread on the desk, it was engaged in in thousands of episodes over an eight-year period — that it is precisely the kind of conduct that the RICO statute is meant to punish,” Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski told reporters.

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    • Zippy says:

      “engaged in in thousands of episodes over an eight-year period”

      Soooooooo, it required THOUSANDS of episodes over EIGHT years allowing investors to be screwed over that entire time before you decided to do something?

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  38. ilcon says:

    Ilhan has put on some weight.

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  39. ilcon says:

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    • Pale rider says:

      So, like a blunt?? Come on people! If we had any, I mean any, valid reporting it would be a joke. I miss johnny Carson, at least he would have laughed at this joke.

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  40. Bigly says:

    Comment I found interesting from the web

    Iran attacking saudis

    Did Iran think they could do this just because Bolton’s gone?

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    • Pale rider says:

      No, Iran did this because they are paid to do this by, whomever. I assume communist globalists? The kids get brainwashed, the leaders tell them it’s for allah and boom another attack. And we got one in congress.

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      • thedoc00 says:

        The interesting part is, if the pictures of the weapon used are accurate, they were French Made or Designed missiles. Maybe part of the $15 billion credit line??

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    • czarowniczy says:

      There are still a few warhawks around Trump, Bolton was just the most loosest cannon. Maybe his being repurposed will give the others a cooling down.

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  41. ilcon says:

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  42. fred5678 says:

    Yet another Never-Trumper pops up … and off. SO disappointing!!!!

    Will not hold my breath waiting for his criticisms of the Democrat candidates.

    https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/461505-judd-gregg-trump-is-the-almost-occasionally-pretty-close-to-socialist-policy

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  43. tuskyou says:

    POTUS on tv now from the Oval Office

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  44. tuskyou says:

    POTUS just said when he first started his term General Mattis told him we’re low on ammo. POTUS says he’s never told this story before. Well here’s my question: what about all the ammo DHS purchased years back?? Various kinds of ammo so what’s he talking about. Holy crap!

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    • czarowniczy says:

      If we’re talking Mattis as SecDef, the military ammo and civilian ammo (DHS) has slight differences. For example firing military M-16 5.56mm ammo in an AR or even M-4/M-16 with a civilian .223 Remington barrel you can get jammed cases or even dangerous pressure spikes. Firing civilian .223 in a military M-16/M-4 can cause problems and decreased accuracy too.

      Military and civilian ammo are made and packed to different specs and the military storage specs are usually more stringent than the rest of the government’s, swapping ammo just makes military folks’ heads swim.

      The government closed some of its military ammo plants believing that civilian companies could make up the difference. As it were between DHS and DOD ordering tons of ammo it was damned hard for a few years for civilian shooters to find ammo – luckily Russia stepped up and kept us supplied with tons of mediocre ammo.

      BTW, during the Carter regime ammo was in such short supply as he diverted funds that we were being issued early Vietnam 5,56mm and Korean War vintage.45 ACP to shoot at the range. By the end of his blighted regime we actually were pitching in our own cash to buy civilian ammo to shoot at qualifications. If you are an AR aficionado you are aware of the .22 LR adapter that replaces the bolt carrier group and allows you to fire .22 LR in an AR. They came during the Carter years as there was .22LR available and at least we could make the M-16s shoot for familiarization. e were back to buying ammo out of our own pockets under Clinton too.

      Low ammo ain’t no new thang.

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      • thedoc00 says:

        During Carter’s term, I was a Cavalry Troop XO and took my heavy mortar section to Wildflecken, Germany for off-cycle live fire practice.

        During a fire for effect, the rounds leaving 2 of 3 mortars made a “thunk” sound and could be seen tumbling out the muzzle of the mortars, landing 50 meters from the mortar point without exploding. After EOD blew the rounds, I did an investigation and discovered the ammo was boxed in 1944. Of course we ate lunch earlier that day eating rations boxed in 1943.

        Yep, I have many “fond memories” of the Carter years.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          I remember using blocks of 2X4 wood painted blue and plastic clothesline cord to practice demo. Did you ever shoot the M72 LAWS modified to shoot beer/soda cans?

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      • tuskyou says:

        Thx for this info (didn’t know about the shortage under Carter). When POTUS would talk about our military being depleted I was thinking more about low # of people joining and old equipment.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          When Clinton was in office he decimated the military. He reduced the ranks markedly with early outs and early retirements. He gave away TONS of military equipment, you’ve probably seen it in your local POD and Homeland Security. When we went to war in 2001 we had troops buying their own equipment as we were so short.

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          • tuskyou says:

            Yes, I remember hearing about police depts getting equipment. I think Obama did that too. POTUS is always reminding the world of how strong our military is now. I think most of us esp civilians will never know just how bad it was. I remember the reports about high ranking officers Obama fired. Thank God Trump is Commander in Chief.

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            • czarowniczy says:

              You see those military 5-ton trucks, humvees, even M-16s (by the thousands) went to police from state to local. Obama handed out some stuff but halted it – remember his whine about the police (non-Federal, that is) becoming too ‘militaristic’ acting and looking?

              Thing is the government reserves the right to take back anything that it has given away/sold. Word was that the POtuS was looking to take back at least the firearms the police departments were given, especially the M-16s but there was too much pushback.

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              • tuskyou says:

                Oh, I didn’t know they could take things back. If there was pushback as you say probably better to just leave it alone….

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  More than a few JAG officers have told me that the Feds maintain that any government property is never really sold to become the exclusive property of a civilian. It’s an extension of the same doctrine the Feds use to make sure surplus military property sold to a foreign user is used according to agreement or they take it back. It’s been used to prevent US citizens from buying military planes sold to foreign governments who don’t need them any more.

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        • thedoc00 says:

          Ah, a people shortage during the Carter and Clinton years, let me tell you about the empty crew positions in the Sheridans and then Tanks as well as missing scouts in my Cavalry Platoon and then Troop. Let me tell you about towing broken down vehicles to our battle positions during alerts, to the East German border from home base… many more stories to tell.

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  45. dwpender says:

    It’s now 117 days since AG Barr got his declassification authority.

    If the latest excuse is “waiting for the IG Report release,” how about a clear directive that we’ll see essentially the whole thing, with plenty of the underlying incriminating documents not just alluded to in text, but attached in full in an extensive appendix?

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    • jx says:

      This waiting on the IG report before beginning a criminal investigation is slow-walking garbage.

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      • L4grasshopper says:

        What evidence do you have that a criminal investigation HAS NOT begun?

        Or was Barr supposed to send YOU a personal email to give notice 🙂

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        • jx says:

          Because he’s said he’s waiting on IG report.

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          • jx says:

            May 31, 2019 – Barr: Huber had originally been asked to take a look at the FISA applications and the electronic surveillance but then he stood back and put that on hold while the Office of Inspector General was conducting its review, which would’ve been normal for the department. And he was essentially on standby in case Mr. Horowitz referred a matter to him to be handled criminally. So he has not been active on this front in recent months and so Durham is taking over that role.

            https://www.cbsnews.com/news/william-barr-interview-full-transcript-cbs-this-morning-jan-crawford-exclusive-2019-05-31/

            Prosecutors are on “standby” pending IG referral. IG report was due in May. Then June. Then July. Now in September it has finally been delivered. Now a month or two for review and it’s October or November. A half a year frittered away with what amounts to an HR investigation.

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    • Koot Katmando says:

      Oh next they claim because of Durham. As much as I wish Barr would totally declassify the IG report and tell Wray to pound sand, I doubt he will. I still think the delay tactic is in full force. Delay in hope PDT looses the election and it can all just go away.

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      • L4grasshopper says:

        Nonsense. Your frustrations are overwhelming your ability to THINK.

        If YOU were Barr….how much of what you want to do would YOU telegraph just to make anxious bloggers happy?

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  46. ilcon says:

    Better idea. Automatic 20 year minimum for any politician who lies, freeeeeeeeee

    No congressman, especially Indian congressmen, are above the law.

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