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  1. #10516

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    Alex Weprin ‏@alexweprin 1m1 minute ago
    Inbox: Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, brother of Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and Hollywood agent Ari Emanuel, is joining Fox News as a contributor
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  2. #10517

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    Trump Parties Over Presidents’ Day Weekend With Bigoted Conspiracy Theorist Who Called For Killing 100 Million Muslims
    Trump Attends Closed Event With Michael Savage And Newsmax CEO Who Criticized Reince Priebus For "Weakness"
    Blog ››› 2 hours 55 min ago ››› ALEX KAPLAN



    President Donald Trump spent time over the Presidents’ Day weekend in the company of right-wing media figures who have a history of pushing anti-Muslim bigotry and conspiracy theories.

    At a private event at his Florida property, Mar-a-Lago, on February 18, Trump met with Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy and radio host Michael Savage. Savage, whose wife Janet Weiner is a member of Mar-a-Lago, tweeted a photo of the get-together, writing, “PRES. TRUMP THANKS SAVAGE FOR VICTORY! W/ CHRIS RUDDY NEWSMAX! Mar-a-Lago.”

    Savage, a conspiracy theorist with an extensive history of bigotry, was an early backer of Trump’s campaign and said last February that he was “the architect of Trump’s messaging.” In 2006, Savage called for “kill[ing] 100 million” Muslims. Following the terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium, in March 2016, Savage asked Trump to consider “closing the radical mosques in America.” In December, Savage mocked Muslim-Americans worried about Trump’s election, suggested Muslim immigrants came here “to stab people in the street, jump the curb with a car and run them over,” and argued that if you “interpret” the Quran “literally, you'll wind up cutting everyone's throat, blowing things up, and killing children.” Savage was also a birther, like Trump, who said Obama’s birth certificate was not valid, and claimed that Obama was gearing up to “fight a war against white people” and that Obama was engaging in “genocide” against white people. He has demanded a “revolution” in response to multiculturalism.

    Savage regularly hosted Trump on his program throughout his campaign, and Trump has thanked him for being “amazing,” “really nice,” and “so loyal.” Last year after Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died, Trump went on Savage’s show and questioned whether Scalia had been murdered. Savage claimed that Scalia "was found dead under suspicious circumstances,” and Trump said that "they found a pillow on his face, which is a pretty unusual place to find a pillow.”

    In 2008, Savage claimed that autism was “a fraud” because “in 99 percent of the cases, it's a brat who hasn't been told to cut the act out.” Savage also has claimed that former President Barack Obama wanted “to infect the nation with Ebola,” attacked those with PTSD as “weak” and “narcissistic” “losers,” claimed lesbians are “jealous that they don't have an AIDS epidemic that they can cash in on,” and suggested that seltzer water and its “little bubbles of carbon dioxide” have driven liberals to “insanity.” More recently, Savage said in December that homeless people were “bums” and that the word “homeless” was “a construct of the radical left.” Trump has said that America would get “common sense” if Savage headed the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

    Ruddy, a longtime personal friend of Trump’s and the CEO of Newsmax, said in 2011 that Media Matters was “right” that Newsmax was an “early and enthusiastic promoter of Trump's presidential ambitions.” The website also repeatedly pushed the false claim that Obama’s birth certificate was not real. Ruddy himself said in 2009 that while there was “no evidence" Obama wasn't born in the United States, "there's some legitimate issues involving the birth certificate." Earlier this month, Ruddy criticized Trump’s chief of staff, Reince Priebus, saying there’s “a lot of weakness coming out of the chief of staff."

    Another radio host, Laura Ingraham, who also was in Florida with Trump, shared the same photo on Twitter of the Mar-a-Lago event as Savage. Ingraham, a staunch supporter of Trump and one of Trump’s initial considerations for press secretary, has a history of using xenophobic rhetoric, such as claiming that Mexicans “have come here to murder and rape our people,” suggesting that northern Virginia is “a problem” because of an “illegal immigrant population” and “mosques going up,” and saying that she doesn’t “think of Jewish people as minorities because they're so successful.” Earlier this month, she speculated about whether former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s resignation, which came after he lied about discussing Russian sanctions with a Russian ambassador, was due to a “setup” by “neoconservatives.”

    https://mediamatters.org/blog/2017/0...million/215401

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  3. #10518

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    GOP Rep. Charlie Dent has just become the 4th House Republican to sign on as a cosponsor to the Russian Sanctions Review Act.

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  4. #10519

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    The More Said, the More Questions Raised in Flynn Firing
    FEBRUARY 21, 2017 | WALTER PINCUS

    White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, during three Sunday television interview programs, gave different and sometimes confusing stories about what activities led to President Trump’s firing of his National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, and what still may be going on about that situation.

    The first thing to note was Priebus’ answer to a question from NBC’s Chuck Todd: “Did he [Flynn] mislead the FBI or lie to the FBI” when agents interviewed him on January 23 about his telephone conversations last December 28 and 29 with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak?

    “I’m just not in the position to answer it,” Priebus said, but then he added, “Certainly we’ve talked about that issue with leadership at the FBI, but I’m not in a position to talk about that with you.”

    That raises the question: What are the conflicts of interest involved with the White House talking with “FBI leadership” about whether a senior White House official “misled” or “lied” to agents? If Flynn lied to FBI agents, that could be a felony. Who from the White House, talked to whom at the FBI, about what?

    Priebus went on to say, “We have talked about this. I think we’ve laid it out very clearly and now it’s up to the DOJ [Department of Justice] and the FBI to take it any further, if that’s what they do.”

    What did the White House lay out “very clearly?”

    And since the next step, whether to investigate further or even prosecute is “up to” the Justice Department, isn’t this cause enough for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself, since he and Flynn were colleagues in the Trump campaign when the calls took place?

    During the run up to his confirmation hearing last month, Session wrote Congress that when it came to Russian related investigations, he was “not aware of a basis to recuse myself.” Priebus’ statements should be enough to change that.

    Priebus also gave Todd a slightly different story than he told Fox News and CBS’ Face the Nation on Sunday about how and why the White House itself dealt with events leading up to Flynn’s firing on the evening of February 13.

    Here is what is generally known.

    On December 28, 2016, Obama, in Hawaii, talked by phone to Trump, and it was later learned that on the 28th the Obama administration informed the Trump transition team that it will announce sanctions the next day against Russia for interfering with the U.S. presidential election. The notification may have come in that Obama/Trump phone conversation.

    That evening, Trump, at Mar-a-Largo, told reporters that “nobody knows what’s going on” when it came to Russian hacking, but intelligence officials "should do the best they can, figure it all out."

    On December 29, the Obama administration announced new sanctions, ejecting 35 alleged Russian intelligence operatives from the U.S., closing two Russian waterfront estates used for electronic interceptions, and sanctioning individual Russian intelligence officials.

    One hour before the public announcement, the U.S. informed Russian Ambassador Kislyak.

    Trump responded to the Obama sanctions in a statement that said, “It’s time for our country to move on to bigger and better things.”

    In Moscow, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said retaliatory measures were being considered, but the sanctions “obviously [were] to deal a blow to the foreign policy plans of the incoming administration of the president-elect,” Peskov said.

    On December 29, Flynn spoke with Ambassador Kislyak. When that call first became public, in a January 12 article by Washington Post Columnist David Ignatius, Flynn and the White House denied discussion of the sanctions took place.

    However, it is now known that the Obama sanction actions were discussed in that Flynn/Kislyak phone call. Flynn described it in an interview with The Daily Caller on the morning of February 13, hours before he was fired.

    Describing what he said in the call, Flynn said, “It wasn’t about sanctions. It was about the 35 guys being thrown out,” he told The Daily Caller reporter. “It was basically, ‘Look, I know this happened. We’ll review everything. I never said anything such as, ‘We’re going to review sanctions,’ or anything like that,” Flynn said, according to The Daily Caller story.

    Flynn went on to describe the December conversation as “not to relieve sanctions. It was basically to say, ‘Look, we’re coming into office in a couple of weeks. Give us some time to take a look at everything.”

    Since Russian diplomats being expelled were part of the sanctions, saying sanctions were not discussed in the conversation is a distinction without a difference.

    Questions remain about how much Trump and others on the transition team knew about Flynn’s call to Kislyak at the time it happened. It is clear that Flynn’s message to Kislyak had an effect on Putin.

    As is well known, Putin ignored Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s plan to expel 35 American diplomats and close two U.S. facilities and instead said he would do nothing and look to President-elect Trump’s future policies before taking any steps – other than to invite the children of U.S. diplomats to the Kremlin’s holiday parties.

    That drew Trump’s warm Twitter response, “Great move on delay (by V. Putin) - I always knew he was very smart!”

    Did Flynn at that point discuss what he had said to Kislyak?

    One group that was taken aback by the Putin response was inside the intelligence community. A search began into what had led to the unusual Moscow reaction, and it eventually found one possible answer in the transcripts of the Flynn/Kislyak conversations.

    Ignatius’ January 12 disclosure of the phone call forced Trump transition spokesman Sean Spicer on January 13 to tell reporters he had spoken to Flynn who told him sanctions were not discussed. On January 15, Vice President Mike Pence went on Face the Nation and said he had discussed the matter with Flynn and “it was strictly coincidental that they had a conversation [on the 29th], they did not discuss anything having to do with the United States’ decision to expel diplomats or impose censure against Russia.”

    The FBI interviewed Flynn on January 23 and on January 26. Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, an Obama holdover, told White House Counsel Don McGahn about the FBI interview, and that Flynn was not admitting what the Bureau knew about the call, based on the intercept transcripts.

    None of this became public until February 9, when The Washington Post published a story about Yates’ disclosure to the White House that there was proof Flynn discussed the Obama sanctions with Kislyak, in contrast to earlier denials by Pence, Spicer, and Flynn himself.

    After The Post story appeared, Pence’s staff announced that was the first time the vice president learned the truth about Flynn having misled him – though it was two weeks after the Yates disclosure to White House Counsel McGahn.

    One day later, February 10, Trump told reporters he, too, was unaware that Flynn had discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador, but Spicer later said he only was unaware of the Post story, not the phone call.

    On Sunday’s Meet the Press, Priebus described Yates telling the White House that “something wasn’t adding up with his [Flynn’s] story” about his December 28 and December 29 phone calls with the Russian ambassador.

    In this version, Priebus did not say what that “something” was, although he said “our legal department went into a review of the situation…and then some time after that the legal department came back and said that they didn’t see anything wrong with what was actually said.”

    However, according to Priebus, “we [in the Trump White House] started thinking about whether or not Michael Flynn was being straight with us.” That led to “sort of deposing” Flynn who, Priebus said, “maintained the fact that he never talked to the Russian ambassador about sanctions, but something wasn’t adding up.”

    Priebus said, “Eventually, we determined that he did in fact, talk about the sanctions.” although he did not say how.

    One simple way for the White House to have found out was to get transcripts from the FBI intercepts of the Russian embassy phone conversations. But asked by Todd, “Did you read those transcripts yourself?” Priebus answered, “I can't answer that question, but I can assure you that I am fully aware of the situation.”

    Another question would be who at the White House, if anyone, asked for and received the transcripts.

    Priebus went on to say, without indicating exactly when and why, “We determined that he wasn't being straight with the vice president and others. And that's why we asked for his resignation.” Asked by Todd, “Why did more than a week go by before the vice president was informed of this issue?” Priebus replied, “I think he was always aware of the issue as to whether or not he talked about sanctions. I mean that was an ongoing conversation.” Priebus later added, “The vice president is in the loop on everything.”

    On Fox News Sunday, Priebus said Yates had given the White House a “heads up,” but did not say to what. Priebus then said, “It was later determined there was no investigation ongoing,” without identifying who was investigating what.

    When the White House legal department determined there was nothing illegal in the conversation, “then the issue turned to whether or not Michael Flynn was being honest and direct with the vice president. And, ultimately, the president determined that it was an unsustainable situation. And he fired, or he asked for a resignation of Mike Flynn.”

    In this version, Priebus ignored the FBI/Justice inquiry into whether Flynn had told Bureau agents the truth, something he did mention on Meet the Press.

    On CBS’ Face the Nation, we get another insight into the matter when John Dickerson asked Priebus whether Trump believed it was correct for Flynn to talk about the Obama sanctions with Kislyak before the inauguration. Priebus said, “The president didn’t comment on that.”

    Later, Priebus said, “There is nothing wrong with [Flynn] having a conversation about sanctions. And there was nothing wrong about having a conversation about the fact that the Obama administration put further sanctions in place and expelled some folks out of the United States. There is nothing wrong with that topic coming up in a conversation.”

    If there was nothing wrong with Flynn’s conversation about the sanctions, and since apparently President Putin reacted positively to what his then-national security advisor had done, why hasn’t Trump taken credit for it or at least not had his staff hide what was done?

    And why did Flynn hide what he had done from Spicer and Pence?

    Or did he?

    https://www.thecipherbrief.com/colum...nn-firing-1093
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    This is what happens when you don't know what you're doing.

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  7. #10522

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    Bannon hired him. Has he commented yet?
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    Bannon hired him. Has he commented yet?
    Please tell me you mean "Bannon hired him originally at Breibart", and not "Bannon just hired him to work in the White House"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post
    Bannon hired him. Has he commented yet?
    To my knowledge, President Bannon has not yet commented.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Woody View Post
    Please tell me you mean "Bannon hired him originally at Breibart", and not "Bannon just hired him to work in the White House"
    Yes he hired him at Breitbart. Sorry for the confusion.
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  11. #10526

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    Tue Feb 21, 2017 | 1:10 PM EST
    Exclusive: White House delivered EU-skeptic message before Pence visit - sources

    By Noah Barkin | BERLIN
    In the week before U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited Brussels and pledged America's "steadfast and enduring" commitment to the European Union, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon met with a German diplomat and delivered a different message, according to people familiar with the talks.

    Bannon, these people said, signalled to Germany's ambassador to Washington that he viewed the EU as a flawed construct and favoured conducting relations with Europe on a bilateral basis.

    Three people who were briefed on the meeting spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter. The German government and the ambassador, Peter Wittig, declined to comment, citing the confidentiality of the talks.

    A White House official who checked with Bannon in response to a Reuters query confirmed the meeting had taken place but said the account provided to Reuters was inaccurate. "They only spoke for about three minutes and it was just a quick hello," the official said.

    The sources described a longer meeting in which Bannon took the time to spell out his world view. They said his message was similar to the one he delivered to a Vatican conference back in 2014 when he was running the right-wing website Breitbart News.

    In those remarks, delivered via Skype, Bannon spoke favourably about European populist movements and described a yearning for nationalism by people who "don't believe in this kind of pan-European Union."

    Western Europe, he said at the time, was built on a foundation of "strong nationalist movements", adding: "I think it's what can see us forward".

    The encounter unsettled people in the German government, in part because some officials had been holding out hope that Bannon might temper his views once in government and offer a more nuanced message on Europe in private.

    One source briefed on the meeting said it had confirmed the view that Germany and its European partners must prepare for a policy of "hostility towards the EU".

    A second source expressed concern, based on his contacts with the administration, that there was no appreciation for the EU's role in ensuring peace and prosperity in post-war Europe.

    "There appears to be no understanding in the White House that an unravelling of the EU would have grave consequences," the source said.

    The White House said there was no transcript of the conversation. The sources who had been briefed on it described it as polite and stressed there was no evidence Trump was prepared to go beyond his rhetorical attacks on the EU - he has repeatedly praised Britain's decision to leave - and take concrete steps to destabilise the bloc.

    But anxiety over the White House stance led French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and Wolfgang Ischinger, chairman of the Munich Security Conference, to issue unusual calls last week for Pence to affirm during his visit to Europe that the U.S. was not aiming to break up the EU.

    Pence obliged on Monday in Brussels, pledging strong ties between the United States and the EU, and making clear his message was shared by the president.

    "President Trump and I look forward to working together with you and the European Union to deepen our political and economic partnership," he said.

    But the message did not end the concerns in European capitals.

    "We are worried and we should be worried," Thomas Matussek, senior adviser at Flint Global and a former German ambassador to the Britain and the United Nations, told Reuters.

    "No one knows anything at the moment about what sort of decisions will be coming out of Washington. But it is clear that the man on top and the people closest to him feel that it's the nation state that creates identity and not what they see as an amorphous group of countries like the EU."

    With elections looming in the Netherlands, France and Germany this year, European officials said they hoped Pence, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson could convince Trump to work constructively with the EU.

    The worst-case scenario from Europe's point of view was described by Ischinger in an article published last week, entitled "How Europe should deal with Trump".

    He said that if the U.S. administration actively supported right-wing populists in the looming election campaigns it would trigger a "major transatlantic crisis".

    (Additional reporting by Roberta Rampton and Alastair Macdonald in Brussels, Jeff Mason in Washington; editing by Mark John)

    http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN1601DS
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  12. #10527

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    Thousands of emails detail EPA head’s close ties to fossil fuel industry
    By Brady Dennis and Steven Mufson February 22 at 11:08 AM

    Oklahoma has turned over thousands of pages of emails between former attorney general Scott Pruitt’s office and the energy industry, meeting a deadline set by a judge who ordered the documents’ release following more than two years of effort by an advocacy organization.

    The Center for Media and Democracy, which went to court to compel the state to release the emails under public records laws, said Wednesday that they offer more details about the close ties that Pruitt, now administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, has long had with the oil and gas industry. (The emails can be viewed here.)

    “The newly released emails reveal a close and friendly relationship between Scott Pruitt’s office and the fossil fuel industry, with frequent meetings, calls, dinners and other events,” Nick Surgey, the center’s research director, said in a statement.

    (...)

    The emails’ release comes just days after Pruitt was confirmed as the EPA’s new leader. Senate Democrats and environmental groups made a last-minute push to delay his confirmation vote last week, contending that lawmakers — and the public — ought to be able to review his correspondence with industry officials before putting him in charge of safeguarding the nation’s environment. Republicans forged ahead anyway, and Pruitt was confirmed by a 52-to-46 vote.

    In a statement Tuesday, the Oklahoma attorney general’s office said it “went above and beyond what is required under the Open Records Act and produced thousands of additional documents that, but for the Court’s order, would typically be considered records” outside the scope of the act. “This broad disclosure should provide affirmation that, despite politically motivated allegations, the Office of the Attorney General remains fully committed to the letter and spirit of the Open Records Act,” spokesman Lincoln Ferguson said.

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  13. #10528

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    I think this comment sums it up:

    jaxspp1
    12:26 PM EST
    So, to summarize:
    A surgeon in charge of a housing agency
    A person with a degree in animal husbandry in charge of energy and nuclear weapons
    A surgeon who puts his own investments first in charge of health care
    An education secretary who knows nothing about public education
    An EPA director who is anti-EPA
    A Secretary of State who has business ties with our biggest threat
    A racist attorney general
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