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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The electric car company founded by former Gov. Terry McAuliffe filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this week, blaming in part a wave of negative coverage by a conservative news website for its financial woes.

GreenTech Automotive's bankruptcy petition cites 76 articles by the website Watchdog.org it says "negatively affected governmental, investor and public perception of GreenTech" and prompted investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Homeland Security.

GreenTech in 2013 sued Watchdog.org, operated by the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, for $85 million. A judge dismissed the case in 2014. read more

Monday, February 26, 2018

Since the tax law's passage in December, Republicans have watched it become more popular, the economic news grow more positive, and their own political standing improve. Now comes a much bigger challenge: Can the party's tax cuts actually move votes? A special House election in Pennsylvania next month will be the best political test yet of the tax law, a potential vindication of – or warning to – Republicans who hope that its passage will fundamentally alter a political environment that recently appeared to threaten their House majority.

Already, the race between Republican Rick Saccone and Democrat Conor Lamb has featured clashes over the tax legislation, with the candidates sparring over it at a debate and one GOP super PAC putting its message front-and-center in TV ads. Now, both parties will watch the contest's final three weeks closely for concrete signs of how the Republicans' signature legislative achievement is shaping the broader midterms landscape. read more

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Democratic activists in Orange County threw an impromptu party with cake, party hats and singing after Republican Rep. Darrell Issa announced he was retiring. But the exhilaration over the opportunity to capture a Republican congressional seat quickly turned to political panic. There are so many Democrats running for Congress in some districts that they could split the votes in the June 5 primary and send two Republicans to the November election, thanks to California's top-two primary system. read more

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Special counsel Robert Mueller turned up the pressure on former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and aide Rick Gates, as a federal grand jury returned a new indictment Thursday charging the two men with tax and bank fraud. The new 32-count indictment returned by a grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia comes after Mueller separately charged the pair in Washington last year with money laundering and failing to register as foreign agents for their work related to Ukraine. The new indictment accuses Manafort and Gates of repeatedly understating their income on federal tax returns and of bank fraud surrounding three loans Manafort applied for in connection with various homes he owns. No new defendants were charged in the indictment, but it alleges that the men had a "conspirator" at at least one of the lenders from which Manafort obtained the loans. read more

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Vermont Public Radio interviewed Sen. Bernie Sanders today, in response to listeners questions about the Mueller indictments he had this to say:

Listener: "If he was aware that Russians were trying to promote him and divide Democrats against Mrs. Clinton, why did he not communicate this to his supporters?"

Sen. Sanders: "I did not know that Russian bots were promoting my campaign. Russians bots were not promoting my campaign. What we found out is that in April and May, it appeared that there were lots of strange things happening, attacking Hillary Clinton."

Interviewer: "Why did you and your campaign did not tell supporters about Russian interference if you knew Moscow was meddling to sow divisions?"

Sen. Sanders: "I would say that the real question to be asked is what was the Clinton campaign -- they had more information about this than we did, and at this point, we were working with them." read more


What policies are you talking about???

#7 | POSTED BY SNOOFY AT 2018-02-27 06:39 PM

For almost eight years, Obama variously excused, denied, ignored or backed down before the predations of Putin's Russia, here's a few examples that you can chew on:

1. When Obama took office, in 2009, he blamed chilly Russian-U.S. relations not on Putin and his attempted military takeover of the former Soviet state of Georgia, but on President George W. Bush.

2. Obama courted Putin by shelving plans for missile defense in Eastern Europe and dispatching then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to present Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov with a juvenile (and mislabeled) "reset" button.

3. During the U.S. presidential campaign year of 2012, Obama was caught on a live microphone in Seoul, telling Russia's (placeholder president), Dmitry Medvedev, that he needed some "space" from Putin, but only till after the U.S. vote: "This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility."

4. In 2013, Putin delivered Obama a public slap in the face by giving asylum to American turncoat Edward Snowden, with his haul of National Security Agency secrets. Obama never even attempted to demand that Putin hand over Snowden.

5. In a pivot to Syria, Obama displayed some of that promised flexibility, alternatively declaring then disavowing his "red line" against the use of chemical weapons in Syria, instead "turning over the problem" to Putin.

6. When Obama was asked in a Feb. 2014 NBC interview whether his relationship with Putin had turned "icy," Obama shrugged it off, saying Putin had always treated him "with the utmost respect," and "there's a surprising amount of humor, and a lot of give and take."

7. Showing that humor and give and take, the following month, over U.S. objections, when Putin annexed Crimea, and went to work trying to violently destabilize the rest of Ukraine, Obama's response was tepid, at best. The reason why:

8. While Putin was annexing the Crimea, Obama welcomed Russia's presence at the Iran nuclear talks and didn't want to jeopardize what he saw as part of his legacy.

9. The resulting nuclear deal allowed terror-sponsoring Iran access to a vastly enhanced flow of capital, billions of which Iran is now spending on Russian weapons as a way of thanking their Russian sponsors.

10. In response to Putin's territorial grabs in Ukraine, Obama imposed targeted sanctions on Russia, but apparently not enough sanctions to persuade Putin to relinquish Crimea.

11. Recognizing that Obama was all bark and no bite, in Sept. 2015, Putin made a major military move into Syria, rolling right over the plans of Obama, who had just chaired a big conference on Syria at the United Nations in New York.

12. While Obama is at the Syria conference, Putin sent envoys one day later to deliver a demarche to U.S. embassy officials in Baghdad, informing them that Russia was about to begin bombing in Syria.

13. That same day, in New York, Secretary of State John Kerry meekly told a Russian-chaired meeting of the U.N. Security Council that the U.S. was prepared to "welcome" Russia's "action," unless Russia's aim was to protect Syria's President Bashar Assad, in which case, "we would have grave concerns."

14. Putin was unimpressed, allegedly calling Kerry "глупый маленький человек" (a silly little man.) The Russians, and Assad, are still there, and the Russians have expanded their bases in Syria without objection from the Obama Administration.

Should I go on?

That's funny, when Mitt Romney stated that the number one foreign policy threat to the US was Russia, Obama said "The 1980s Are Calling, They Want Their Foreign Policy Back" and you freaks all ate it up, laughing hysterically that Romney was hopelessly stuck in the Cold War.

It wasn't the Republicans who said "we will have more flexibility in the Second Term" to the Russians.

It wasn't the Republicans who so proudly gave the Russians a "Reset Button."

Guess what, Russia has always been a rogue state, you just are just now trumpeting this like it is some kind of revelation because it is politically expedient to do so.

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