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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:45 am 
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The top watchdog for the Department of Interior has opened up an investigation into newly confirmed Secretary David Bernhardt.

Deputy inspector general Mary L. Kendall wrote in a letter to lawmakers that the department's Office of Inspector General had received seven complaints alleging conflicts of interest or potential ethics violations by Bernhardt, who was at the time deputy secretary of the department.

"The Office of Inspector General for the Department of Interior has received seven complaints, including yours, from a wide assortment of complainants alleging various potential conflicts of interest and other violations," Kendall wrote in a letter to Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.).

"We are continuing to gather pertinent information about the complaints and have opened an investigation to address them. We will conduct our review as expeditiously and thoroughly as practicable," she added.

Kendall sent a similar letter on Monday to other lawmakers, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who had previously raised concerns with the department's IG office about potential conflicts of interest and ethics violations.

The announcement of a probe comes less than a week after the Senate confirmed Bernhardt to be secretary of the Interior Department.

Democrats and environmentalists have taken issue with Bernhardt’s lobbying ties as well as policies he’s helped draft as Interior deputy secretary that appear to benefit some former clients.


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Donald Trump said Friday he would remove the United States from a global arms treaty, the latest example of his administration’s disdain for international agreements and restrictions on weapons sales.

His pledge to abandon the “badly misguided” Arms Trade Treaty, which restricts the transfer of weapons to terrorists and other malicious actors outside of the country, drew a standing ovation at the annual National Rifle Association meeting in Indianapolis, where Trump was speaking.
“We will never allow foreign bureaucrats to trample on your Second Amendment freedoms,” he said. “I hope you’re happy.”

The Arms Trade Treaty was signed by Secretary of State John Kerry in 2013 with overwhelming support from the international community. Only three countries—Iran, North Korea, and Syria—opposed it.


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Donald Trump said Friday he would remove the United States from a global arms treaty, the latest example of his administration’s disdain for international agreements and restrictions on weapons sales.

His pledge to abandon the “badly misguided” Arms Trade Treaty, which restricts the transfer of weapons to terrorists and other malicious actors outside of the country, drew a standing ovation at the annual National Rifle Association meeting in Indianapolis, where Trump was speaking.
“We will never allow foreign bureaucrats to trample on your Second Amendment freedoms,” he said. “I hope you’re happy.”

The Arms Trade Treaty was signed by Secretary of State John Kerry in 2013 with overwhelming support from the international community. Only three countries—Iran, North Korea, and Syria—opposed it.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:17 am 
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The Arms Trade Treaty was signed by Secretary of State John Kerry in 2013 with overwhelming support from the international community. Only three countries—Iran, North Korea, and Syria—opposed it.


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Oh I dunno. Maybe canpakes might have felt that the US is getting into slightly strange territory when the only company it has on the international stage is Iran, North Korea, and Syria.

Of course there's the NRA too. I'm sure Kim Jong Un is a corresponding member of that.

An interesting question is how on earth Trump ever heard of this agreement in the first place. What's the betting one of his aides said to the NRA 'Is there some big political gesture the President could make that might energise your supporters? Something he can do on his own, with just a signature, and talk about at your meeting?'. And this is what they gave him.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:29 pm 
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An interesting question is how on earth Trump ever heard of this agreement in the first place. What's the betting one of his aides said to the NRA 'Is there some big political gesture the President could make that might energise your supporters? Something he can do on his own, with just a signature, and talk about at your meeting?'. And this is what they gave him.

Yes. The NRA has always adopted a hair-fire reaction to the treaty and claimed that it would somehow infringe upon second amendment rights stateside, which it cannot, of course. But why should Trump waste a perfectly good chance to whore himself out for a few domestic votes by pandering to their conspiratorial hysteria? Not that any of those folks would blink an eye to our standing with three of the planet’s worst actors simply because The Donald is insecure about 2020.


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PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2019 7:59 am 
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MeDotOrg just created a new thread about this, but it’s fun enough to get additional mention in this thread, too.


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WASHINGTON — Rudolph W. Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer, is encouraging Ukraine to wade further into sensitive political issues in the United States, seeking to push the incoming government in Kiev to press ahead with investigations that he hopes will benefit Mr. Trump.

Mr. Giuliani said he plans to travel to Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, in the coming days and wants to meet with the nation’s president-elect to urge him to pursue inquiries that allies of the White House contend could yield new information about two matters of intense interest to Mr. Trump.

One is the origin of the special counsel’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. The other is the involvement of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s son in a gas company owned by a Ukrainian oligarch.

Mr. Giuliani’s plans create the remarkable scene of a lawyer for the president of the United States pressing a foreign government to pursue investigations that Mr. Trump’s allies hope could help him in his re-election campaign. And it comes after Mr. Trump spent more than half of his term facing questions about whether his 2016 campaign conspired with a foreign power.

“We’re not meddling in an election, we’re meddling in an investigation, which we have a right to do,” Mr. Giuliani said in an interview on Thursday when asked about the parallel to the special counsel’s inquiry.

“There’s nothing illegal about it,” he said. “Somebody could say it’s improper. And this isn’t foreign policy — I’m asking them to do an investigation that they’re doing already and that other people are telling them to stop. And I’m going to give them reasons why they shouldn’t stop it because that information will be very, very helpful to my client, and may turn out to be helpful to my government.”

Mr. Giuliani’s planned trip, which has not been previously reported, is part of a monthslong effort by the former New York mayor and a small group of Trump allies working to build interest in the Ukrainian inquiries. Their motivation is to try to discredit the special counsel’s investigation; undermine the case against Paul Manafort, Mr. Trump’s imprisoned former campaign chairman; and potentially to damage Mr. Biden, the early front-runner for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.


I guess that the best way to legitimize obstruction and collusion is to do it so frequently as to make it commonplace.


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PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2019 10:38 am 
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WASHINGTON — Rudolph W. Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer, is encouraging Ukraine to wade further into sensitive political issues in the United States, seeking to push the incoming government in Kiev to press ahead with investigations that he hopes will benefit Mr. Trump.

Giuliani was simply the willing henchman for this idea. It was so bad that it had Trump written all over it. General Kelly, if he was still Chief of Staff, would have redirected Guiliani's flight to North Dakota. Fortunately, this hairbrained plan has been scuttled for now and Trump will have to rely on Russian agents.

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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2019 12:36 am 
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Kevin 'the cock goblin' Graham


How is this kind of stuff interesting, amusing or even vaguely related to the thread topic?

Something bad seems to have happened to DrC since I first read his posts on this board, and I wish it hadn't.

Like you, I am shocked and dismayed by what DrC seems to have devolved into. Whatever respect I used to have for him has all but vanished. He sometimes sounds more like Trump than Trump himself. His new tactic of giving demeaning nicknames like "Creeper Kevin" and "'the cock goblin' Graham" to those who disagree with him or criticize him is pure Trump, not to mention extremely childish!

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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2019 9:14 am 
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Like you, I am shocked and dismayed by what DrC seems to have devolved into.

Actually, Doc has gone missing for a while. I’m hoping that all is OK with the fellow.


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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2019 9:27 am 
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I’m hoping that all is OK with the fellow.


You're not the only one.

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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2019 1:17 pm 
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Oh I dunno. ....

you and pancakes could always stop at that point. The insistence you have at arguing from a position of ignorance is adorable, but at times its tedious.

Try to form your opinion on your own...it might be refreshing.

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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2019 2:22 pm 
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The Arms Trade Treaty was signed by Secretary of State John Kerry in 2013 with overwhelming support from the international community. Only three countries—Iran, North Korea, and Syria—opposed it.

and?

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Oh I dunno. Maybe canpakes might have felt that the US is getting into slightly strange territory when the only company it has on the international stage is Iran, North Korea, and Syria.

Of course there's the NRA too. I'm sure Kim Jong Un is a corresponding member of that.

An interesting question is how on earth Trump ever heard of this agreement in the first place. What's the betting one of his aides said to the NRA 'Is there some big political gesture the President could make that might energise your supporters? Something he can do on his own, with just a signature, and talk about at your meeting?'. And this is what they gave him.

... The insistence you have at arguing from a position of ignorance is adorable, but at times its tedious....

So, nothing substantive of your own to say on the point at issue, then?

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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2019 2:58 pm 
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Like you, I am shocked and dismayed by what DrC seems to have devolved into.

Actually, Doc has gone missing for a while. I’m hoping that all is OK with the fellow.

Yeah, and I hope his recent unpleasant behavior was a temporary aberration, and that he is in a happier place than he seemed to be last time he posted.

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So, nothing substantive of your own to say on the point at issue, then?

Substantive just ain’t his thang. Weak trolling attempts, perhaps, but that might be all you’ll see from him.


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The “Rule of Law” Party has changed its tune ...

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... (A) social media campaign to see #LindseyGrahamResign was sparked by a deluge of Democratic Coalition demands and the South Carolina Republican's own hard turn toward what many see as his defense of the Trump family over the rule of law.

Tens of thousands of tweets and Facebook posts created the trending hashtag calling for Graham's resignation Tuesday, focusing criticism on the increasingly ardent Trump supporter with accusations he's tied to Russian oil money. In addition to his impassioned defenses of President Donald Trump each week on cable news programs, it was Graham's Sunday advice to Donald Trump Jr. that he should break the law and ignore a Senate subpoena that pushed his critics into demands for his resignation.


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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2019 8:23 pm 
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And Lindsey Graham used to be a "never Trumper!"
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Graham elaborated on his refusal to get behind Trump as the nominee in a Friday interview on CNN, describing an election between Clinton and Trump as a “race to the bottom.”

“He lost me when he said my friend John McCain was a loser because he was captured as a P.O.W. He lost me when he accused George W. Bush of lying to the American people about the Iraq War. And he thinks Putin’s a good guy,” Graham said. “So I just can’t go there. I respect people who can. And to Donald Trump, congratulations, you did a hell of a thing. You beat me and everybody else. I just really believe that the Republican party has been conned here.”

The senator also cited Trump’s penchant for conspiracy theories as a reason he won’t be supporting the real estate mogul’s presidential nominee.

“I’ve got a hard time supporting somebody for president who spent thousands of dollars of their own money trying to find out if President Obama was born in Kenya versus Hawaii. I think that’s crazy. I’m just glad we’re having the convention in Cleveland, not Area 51,” he said. “I think Donald Trump is going to places where very few people have gone and I’m not going with him.”


I wonder how much he had to be bribed to change from a "never Trumper" to just another Trump sycophant.

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Because there was no other residence option available, right?

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The Interior Department has renewed two controversial mining leases for Ivanka Trump’s billionaire Chilean landlord despite significant fears the operation will destroy a pristine Minnesota wilderness area.

The announcement Wednesday by the Bureau of Land Management is a “continuation of the Trump Administration’s assault on the Boundary Waters Wilderness,” said a statement by the nonprofit advocacy group Save The Boundary Waters. The group says the Trump administration’s environmental review of the project was “wholly insufficient to determine the impact of sulfide-ore copper mining.”

Interior Undersecretary Joe Balash said that extending the leases for 10 years “balances” conservation policies with the “need to produce minerals that add value to the lives of all Americans.”

Minnesota businesses and environmentalists went to court to block the mining operation planned by a local subsidiary of Chilean copper conglomerate Antofagasta. The family-owned company is headed by Chilean businessman Andrónico Luksic, who bought a $5.5 million mansion in Washington shortly after Donald Trump won the presidency. Luksic now rents the 7,000-square-foot mansion to the first daughter and her husband Jared Kushner at a bargain $15,000 a month, The Wall Street Journal has reported.


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Russian and foreign election interference? Welcomed by the Trump Swamp -

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The Senate will not vote on any legislation to protect US elections from foreign interference, a Republican committee chair said, despite the consensus of the intelligence community that Russia will once again seek to hack election systems and manipulate American voters in 2020.

The reason, said Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) on Wednesday, is that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has decided not to bring any election security bills to the floor for a vote. Blunt’s remark occurred during a hearing of the Rules and Administration Committee, which has oversight of election administration. When Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) asked Blunt, the chairman, whether he was planning mark-ups of any of the several election security bills pending before the committee, Blunt responded that it would be fruitless to advance legislation that McConnell would not allow to come up for a vote.

“I don’t see any likelihood that those bills would get to the floor if we marked them up,” Blunt said. After prodding from Durbin, Blunt explained, “I think the majority leader just is of the view that this debate reaches no conclusion.”

Blunt also acknowledged that it was McConnell who stopped the Rules Committee last year from advancing the Secure Elections Act, a bipartisan bill to protect elections from interference. The committee was poised to mark up that bill last August when the hearing was mysteriously canceled the same morning that it was set to begin.

The decision by Republicans not to consider election security bills is frustrating to Democrats who have been cranking out bills to stop foreign interference and increase security ahead of the 2020 elections. In addition to the Secure Elections Act, the Rules Committee has failed to take up the Protecting the Right to Independent and Democratic Elections (PRIDE) Act, the Protecting American Votes and Elections (PAVE) Act, and the bipartisan Honest Ads Act, which would give online political ads the same disclosure requirements as political ads on television and other media. All three bills were introduced last year and reintroduced this year after no action was taken in the previous Congress.

Democrats are increasingly frustrated that despite the sense of urgency from law enforcement and intelligence agencies, Republicans in Congress have taken very little action on election security. Just last month, the FBI shifted additional resources toward stopping Russians from interfering in 2020. “We are very much viewing 2018 as just kind of a dress rehearsal for the big show in 2020,” Director Christopher Wray warned. But Republicans in Congress appear unwilling to cross President Donald Trump, who does not like to hear Russian election interference mentioned, according to reporting by the New York Times. Democrats in Congress say this reticence to confront the issue has trickled down, affecting not only preparedness at federal agencies but also the willingness of lawmakers to take up the issue.

“I hope you catch the irony here that at the CIA and intelligence agencies, millions of dollars are being spent to stop the Russians from making a mess of the 2020 election,” Durbin said Wednesday, “and yet, in the United States Senate, we can’t bring a bill to the floor to even debate it.”


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PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2019 9:00 am 
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I wonder how much he had to be bribed to change from a "never Trumper" to just another Trump sycophant.

I don't think Graham got anything to become a Trump ass-licker. He's coming up on reelection next November and doesn't want Trump to give him a nickname. Simple as that.

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PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2019 10:55 am 
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Trump is hugely popular in S.Carolina now, so Graham really has no choice but to start licking his arse.


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PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2019 4:37 pm 
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Trump is hugely popular in S.Carolina now, so Graham really has no choice but to start licking his arse.


Would it be inappropriate to accuse those supporting Mayor Pete of licking his arse?


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