The President’s son-in-law becomes part of the look at the Russian’s connection by the Trump campaign….
Former acting CIA director John McLaughlan on Friday responded to reports that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner discussed setting up a secret communications line between Trump’s transition team and the Kremlin, saying if such reports are true, it would be considered espionage.
“I don’t want to overstate this because obviously there is a lot we don’t know — we don’t know the exact content of the conversation. We don’t know the objective that was a part of the conversation — those things we don’t know,” McLaughlan said on MSNBC’s “The Last Word” Friday.
“But I can’t keep out of my mind the thought that, if an American intelligence officer had done anything like this, we’d consider it espionage.”
The president’s son-in-law and senior adviser inquired about using Russian diplomatic facilities for the communications, apparently to shield the talks, U.S. officials briefed on intelligence reports told The Washington Post.
Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak told his superiors that Kushner floated the idea during a meeting at Trump Tower on Dec. 1 or 2, according to the Post, which cited intercepts of Russian communications reviewed by U.S. officials….
While the FBI is investigating Kushner’s contacts with Russia, he is not currently a target of that investigation, the current law enforcement official said.
The new information about the two calls as well as other details uncovered by Reuters shed light on when and why Kushner first attracted FBI attention and show that his contacts with Russian envoy Sergei Kislyak were more extensive than the White House has acknowledged.
NBC News reported on Thursday that Kushner was under scrutiny by the FBI, in the first sign that the investigation, which began last July, has reached the president’s inner circle. …
This whole story HAS exposed American capabilities to ‘listen’ to Russian communications in the nations capital and New York…
Boehner got out when the getting was good because they wanted him gone…
He’s Happy they sent him packing…
His a lobbyist for a tobacco company now ….Probably making a WHOLE lot MORE money and having a lot less stress than Paul Ryan the guy who has his old job….
Former House Speaker John Boehner engaged in some schadenfreude Wednesday at the setbacks experienced by the Trump administration.
In an interview at the KPMG Global Energy Conference reported by industry publication Rigzone, Boehner expressed a familiar relief at trading government for corporate work.
“I wake up every day, drink my morning coffee and say hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah,” he said.
“Everything else he’s done [in office] has been a complete disaster,” Boehner said, referring to President Donald Trump. “He’s still learning how to be president.”
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The judge ruled that Clinton’s communicating with her staff was official business and the email server issue was irrelevant in connection with the suit against her…
A federal judge in Washington has dismissed a lawsuit alleging that Hillary Clinton’s lax security surrounding her emails led to the deaths of two of the Americans killed in the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.
In a ruling Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson tossed out the wrongful death claims as well as allegations that Clinton essentially slandered the parents of the deceased by contracting accounts the parents gave of their children’s deaths.
The suit was filed last August by Patricia Smith, the mother of State Department information officer Sean Smith, and Charles Woods, the father of CIA operative Tyrone Woods. The case was brought weeks after Patricia Smith took to the stage at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and delivered an emotional speech blasting the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee and for failing to save the four Americans who died in the Benghazi attack while she was secretary of state: Smith, Woods, CIA operative Glen Doherty and U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens.Share on Facebook
NSA Admiral Mike Rogers is reported to have admitted ‘in-house’ that his agency has intercepts that prove the Trump campaign people WERE communicating with Russian assets about coordinating efforts against the Clinton campaign…
What or how that information is used is gonna be the question…
In his town hall talk, Rogers reportedly admitted that President Trump asked him to discredit the FBI and James Comey, which the admiral flatly refused to do. As Rogers explained, he informed the commander in chief, “I know you won’t like it, but I have to tell what I have seen”—a probable reference to specific intelligence establishing collusion between the Kremlin and Team Trump.
Rogers then added that such SIGINT exists, and it is damning. He stated, “There is no question that we [meaning NSA] have evidence of election involvement and questionable contacts with the Russians.” Although Rogers did not cite the specific intelligence he was referring to, agency officials with direct knowledge have informed me that DIRNSA was obviously referring to a series of SIGINT reports from 2016 based on intercepts of communications between known Russian intelligence officials and key members of Trump’s campaign, in which they discussed methods of damaging Hillary Clinton.
NSA employees walked out of the town hall impressed by the director’s forthright discussion of his interactions with the Trump administration, particularly with how Rogers insisted that he had no desire to “politicize” the situation beyond what the president has already done. America’s spies are unaccustomed to playing partisan politics as Trump has apparently asked them to do, and it appears that the White House’s ham-fisted effort to get NSA to attack the FBI and its credibility was a seriousShare on Facebook
The effort has little chance of success since adding a 51st State that would most assuredly vote Democratic isn’t what the Republican majority Congress would want to have…
Add an economy in deep trouble and the two things are giant roadblocks in the way of Congressional action…
The Commonwealth wants to have a non-binding vote on the issue, but the Dept. of Justice must approve the wording of the vote and they have NOT moved on the request….
The Justice Department must approve ballot language for the vote on whether to keep Puerto Rico’s political status, which at first only included two options: statehood or independence.
[ Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo] Rosselló, joined by the commonwealth’s nonvoting member of Congress Rep. Jenniffer Gonzalez, and Puerto Rico Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz, told reporters and congressional staff assembled on Capitol Hill that the ballot would be consistent with language the Justice Department had required.
“This is a mandate that Congress did,” Gonzalez said, referring to a broader 2014 government funding law passed by Congress that provides $2.5 million for a referendum.
While the bill didn’t actually mandate a vote, it did require the Justice Department to certify language at least 45 days before ballots were cast and allowed that some of the money could also be used for educational materials if Puerto Rico opted for the referendum.
Even if the Justice Department were to approve ballot language, Congress has shown little interest in adding a new state. Republicans worry that Puerto Rico would consistently send Democrats to the House and Senate. And the commonwealth would bring the baggage of a massive debt crisis and sky-high unemployment….Share on Facebook
Who ACTUALLY told this guy to say this?
President Trump on Friday wished Muslims a “joyful Ramadan” in a statement, talking up the fight against terrorism and avoiding his campaign rhetoric on Islam.
Trump targeted recent terror attacks in England and Egypt, calling them “acts of depravity that are directly contrary to the spirit of Ramadan.”
“Such acts only steel our resolve to defeat terrorists and their perverted ideology,” he said.
Trump mentioned his recent trip to Saudi Arabia, during which he decried terrorism but avoided controversial terms like “radical Islamic terror.” Trump frequently argued during his campaign that politicians can’t be afraid to use that term.
“I reiterate my message delivered in Riyadh: America will always stand with our partners against terrorism and the ideology that fuels it,” Trump said Friday.
“During this month of Ramadan, let us be resolved to spare no measure so that we may ensure that future generations will be free of this scourge and able to worship and commune in peace.”
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Hillary Clinton is talking to her alma mater at Wellesley….
The lady is attacking Trumpism…
She SURE sounds like she is BACK on the campaign trail…..
And she HAS the audience in her hands …something she struggled for last year…
….this is 47 years after she did the same address as the President of the student body….
She also tries to correct something that cost her votes…
She asks that we listen to those who do NOT agree with us…
She pushes ‘service’ as apposed to just enriching one’s self….
She pushes registering to vote…Not just Presidential’s…
Don’t sit on the sideline…
Run for office…
Her comments are so different form Trump’s…
More looking inward…
More emotionally reaching….
She did NOT have this before because she was more guarded in her public persona…
As her speech unfolded, it became increasingly critical of the administration of the man who defeated her in November, without ever naming him.
She drew parallels between the year she graduated and the current year, noting that the president who was elected back then had ultimately been forced to resign while facing accusations of obstruction of justice. And she lacerated the atmosphere of “alternative facts,” warning that this can lead to the beginning of the end of a free society.
She spoke under an enormous white tent as a persistent drizzle coated the lush campus, where the top of Galen Stone Tower and its 32-bell carillon poked above the trees.
It is hard to imagine a more fitting place than Wellesley for Mrs. Clinton, 69, to reflect on her life’s trajectory. The college’s commencement has served as her platform twice before, at major turning points in her life…
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Politico names 6 Democratic ‘Hell No’ US Senators thats seem to be in the running to possibly run for the 2020 Democratic nomination by swinging against Donald Trump’s picks for his administration ….
Among Senate Democrats’ broad opposition to President Donald Trump’s Cabinet, six stand out in having voted against nearly all of his nominees — and each senator just happens to be a potential Trump challenger in 2020.
The Democrats’ latest hell-no caucus includes Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Vermont independent Bernie Sanders, according to a POLITICO analysis of votes on 35 Trump nominees confirmed this year.
With the Senate having taken up virtually no major legislation as it nears its sixth month in session, these votes offer the best clue to who are positioning themselves as leaders of a party eager to take the fight to Trump.
How the hell-no caucus voted
Among Senate Democrats, Gillibrand has taken the most aggressive stance toward Trump’s nominees, only voting for only a single one — though other potential 2020 contenders weren’t far behind.
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WHO VOTED AGAINST
|# OF TRUMP NOMINEES THE HELL-NO CAUCUS BACKED||1||2||3||3||3||6|
My money iOS on Cory Booker right now…
Bernie Sanders is NOT a Democrat even if he hangs with them…Share on Facebook
Once on the brink of forced retirement, the A-10 attack plane with the ungainly shape and odd nickname has been given new life, spared by Air Force leaders who have reversed the Obama administration’s view of the plane as an unaffordable extra in what had been a time of tight budgets.
In the 2018 Pentagon budget plan sent to Congress this week, the Air Force proposed to keep all 283 A-10s flying for the foreseeable future.
Three years ago, the Pentagon proposed scrapping the fleet for what it estimated would be $3.5 billion in savings over five years. Congress said no.
The following year, the military tried again but said the retirement would not be final until 2019. Congress again said no.
Last year, officials backed away a bit further, indicating retirement was still the best option but that it could be put off until 2022.
Now the retirement push is over, and the Warthog’s future appears secure.
“The world has changed,” said Maj. Gen. James F. Martin Jr., the Air Force budget deputy, in explaining decisions to keep aircraft once deemed expendable….
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The media call this morning is the Donald Trump has made his first Foreign Trip a ‘Disaster ‘ and it isn’t even finished....
The last American that had the word President in front of his name is in Europe….
His visit has attracted LARGE crowds and he , unlike the current American leader, he is warmly embraced…
Barack Obama is making HIS disagreement with the Trump’s style and views on how things should be….It is as if he is reminding others that Trump is just a temporary aberration in America….
Oh, by the way?
Obama ‘s hanging out WILL help German Merkel….
Trump’s dissing her actually will also ….
When they realized former President Barack Obama was going to be in Berlin the same day President Donald Trump was going to be in Brussels, Angela Merkel was the one who called the White House to break the news.
The German chancellor invited Obama to the event in front of the Brandenburg Gate last year, before the election. Officially part of a multi-day gathering sponsored by the Protestant church in Germany, focused on youth and highlighting an exchange program between Berlin and Chicago, it was really about letting Obama boost his friend ahead of her fall reelection campaign and begin the international phase of his own post-presidency.
But, as soon as he accepted earlier this year, it also became an integral piece of Obama’s approach to Trump: present the contrast by continuing to pop up, push back on the sense that Trump’s winning while barely saying a word explicitly about Trump.
The only request the former president’s aides made of the organizers of the Berlin event was it not be structured as an Obama versus Trump debate. Other than that, they said, “the conversation can go where it will.”
“In this new world we live in, we can’t isolate ourselves. We can’t hide behind a wall,” Obama said Thursday, in the closest he came to directly taking on his successor.
Obama is aware how much people are searching for Trump attacks in every word he says. He’s just as opposed to Trump’s presidency as he was on the morning of Election Day. How he’s doing this is deliberate.
“Obama has a clear view on how countries, including the U.S., should confront the challenges we all face. He didn’t shy away from making that case as president and he’s not going to now,” said one person close to him. “But not everything needs to be said to be understood — as Woody Allen famously put it, 80 percent is just showing up.”
With his early post-presidency focused on inspiring more young people to get involved civically, he said Thursday of the kind of burn-down-the-establishment that propelled Trump, those who believe “politicians are all corrupt, and institutions are all corrupt … if that’s your attitude, then yes, things will get worse. But it’ll get worse because you did not make the commitment to live out the values and the things you believe in most.”
Obama talked health care and immigration policy. He defended his cautious use of drones in response to a question from a German college student. He urged against militarism and the kind of bigger military budget that Trump has touted — “the national security budget shouldn’t just be seen as military hardware, it should be seen as development, it should be seen as diplomacy,” he said.
While Trump was meeting with European leaders, Obama was cautioning against absolutism and self-assurance….
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Last night someone here at the PDog said that Gianforte’s win was a ‘blow-out’….
It was a 6% win in state that SHOULD have a Republican flexing winning by MORE….
After reading in this morning I found a piece in Axios that should give Democrats a smile….Yes, a Smile….
In the last few Special Elections the Grand Ole party HAS scored wins…But?
Those wins have been consistently by LOWER margins…
Ya gotta crawl before ya walk…
We’ve seen this before: A similar situation unfolded in 2009 when three blue-state seats opened up following Obama’s win. The GOP gained ground in each of those special elections (without winning), foreshadowing the 2010 midterms when Republicans picked up 63 seats and took control of the House….
Boston lost , as expected , to Lebron and the Cav’s 135 to 103 in game 5 of the semi-finals…
The first of the finals series games is June 1st @ 9:00PM on ABC….
The Celtics started this season with hope and optimism and a belief they would be capable of joining the league’s elite. They returned most of the young core from last year’s 48-win team and then added four-time All-Star Al Horford and the draft’s No. 3 overall pick, Jaylen Brown.
And, in a sense, they did ascend to the top tier. They won 53 games, secured the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, and then surged into the conference finals with home-court advantage against the Cavaliers.
But then this series served as a cold, hard reminder that there is still a sizable gap between the Celtics and the top.
Cleveland obliterated Boston in the first two games at TD Garden, and even though the Celtics were able to steal a win in Cleveland, the Cavaliers treated it more as a hiccup than a reason for concern.
In Game 5 on Thursday, the Cavaliers stomped on the Celtics early and did not lift their feet until they felt like it, as they coasted to a 135-102 win that was just as thorough as it appears….
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Sport Sailing will begin around the beautiful island of Bermuda….
It reaches closer and CLOSER…..
Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and one of his senior advisers, has come under FBI scrutiny in the Russia investigation, multiple U.S. officials told NBC News.
Investigators believe Kushner has significant information relevant to their inquiry, officials said. That does not mean they suspect him of a crime or intend to charge him.
The FBI’s scrutiny of Kushner places the bureau’s sprawling counterintelligence and criminal investigation not only on the doorstep of the White House, but in the Trump family circle. The Washington Post first reported last week that a senior White House official close to Trump was a “person of interest,” but did not name the person. The term “person of interest” has no legal meaning.
The officials said Kushner is in a different category from former Trump aides Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn, who are formally considered subjects of the investigation. Records of both Manafort and Flynn have been demanded by grand jury subpoenas, NBC News has reported.
It is not known whether Kushner has received any records requests from federal investigators.
Also unclear is what precisely about Kushner’s activities has drawn the FBI’s interest as it investigates whether Trump associates coordinated with the Russian campaign to interfere in the election. Former FBI Director Robert Mueller is now leading the probe as a special counsel….Share on Facebook