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  1. Griff

     /  March 19, 2018

    The Cambridge Analytica Files
    ‘I made Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool’: meet the data war whistleblower

    For more than a year we’ve been investigating Cambridge Analytica and its links to the Brexit Leave campaign in the UK and Team Trump in the US presidential election. Now, 28-year-old Christopher Wylie goes on the record to discuss his role in hijacking the profiles of millions of Facebook users in order to target the US electorate

    …..

    In 2014, Steve Bannon – then executive chairman of the “alt-right” news network Breitbart – was Wylie’s boss. And Robert Mercer, the secretive US hedge-fund billionaire and Republican donor, was Cambridge Analytica’s investor. And the idea they bought into was to bring big data and social media to an established military methodology – “information operations” – then turn it on the US electorate.

    https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/mar/17/data-war-whistleblower-christopher-wylie-faceook-nix-bannon-trump

  2. Joe Bloggs

     /  March 19, 2018

    Mr. Integrity-is-my-brand Sessions caught out lying under oath to Congress. Other attendees at the meeting flat-out contradict him.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-sessions-exclusive/exclusive-sources-contradict-sessions-testimony-he-opposed-russia-outreach-idUSKBN1GU0NC

    • Joe Bloggs

       /  March 19, 2018

      Sessions is guilty of a lie that’s much more serious than
      his unsupported claim about McCabe — Sessions’ lie is one that goes to the heart of the Trump–Russia investigation.

      In Sessions’ descriptions of that meeting, he cut off Papadopoulos and waved off this suggestion.

      NADLER: There are reports that you shut George down, unquote, when he proposed that meeting with Putin. Is this correct, yes or no?

      SESSIONS: Yes. I pushed back. I’ll just say it that way, because it was —

      NADLER: Your answer is yes.

      SESSIONS: Yes.

      Except three witnesses to that meeting say Sessions is lying.

      Three people who attended the March campaign meeting told Reuters they gave their version of events to FBI agents or congressional investigators probing Russian interference in the 2016 election. All three said Sessions had expressed no objections to Papadopoulos’ idea.

      Those witnesses corroborate the claim in Isakoff and Corn’s book Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump. Papadopoulos told Mueller’s investigators that Trump encouraged him, saying he found the idea “interesting,” according to the book: “Trump looked at Sessions, as if he expected him to follow up with Papadopoulos, and Sessions nodded in response”, the authors wrote.

      Mr. Integrity-is-my-brand Sessions has made multiple appearances before the HPSCI, and on every appearance he’s been caught out. No one owes Sessions the benefit of the doubt. He lied. Then lied. Then lied, and lied and lied. He has simply lied about everything related to Russia, until evidence forced him to “remember” what he’d conveniently forgotten. In fact, it’s hard to think of a single instance in which Sessions told the truth. Which is not a property anyone can afford in an attorney general.

  3. Not a surprisng result.

    The main opposition leader was barred from standing.

    • Gezza

       /  March 19, 2018

      Accusations of widespread irregularities. Aljaz tv showed security cam footage of a little old lady voting twice, another one forcing a thick wad of votes into the votes box.

  4. Joe Bloggs

     /  March 19, 2018

    The crusade by Republican Kris Kobach to prevent Democrat voters from voting is being exposed for the fraud it really is.

    [Kobach] has been preaching his gospel of deception to Republican lawmakers for years. He has won plenty of converts, even though he has failed to identify more than a tiny handful of possible cases of fraud. In his eight years as secretary of state, he has secured a total of nine convictions, only one of which was for illegal voting by a noncitizen; most were for double-voting by older Republican men.

    Typical behaviour from trump’s corrupt sycophants – lie shamelessly so often and so loud that gullible people are suckedin.

    one of Mr. Kobach’s witnesses, a political scientist, Jesse Richman, testified that up to 18,000 noncitizens have registered or tried to register in Kansas. When the A.C.L.U.’s lawyer asked him about his methods for analyzing the state’s list of suspended voters, Mr. Richman said that, among other things, he flagged foreign-sounding names.

    What about a name like “Carlos Murguia,” the lawyer asked. Would he flag that one? Yes, Mr. Richman said. He was then informed that Carlos Murguia is a federal district judge who sits in the courthouse where the trial is being held.

    This reminds me of Labour’s Chinese-sounding surnames nonsence from 2015. And no doubt someone among trump’s supporters will buy into the madness/badness to push a conspiracy theory that Judge Murguia was born in Kenya and is in America illegally.

    trump appointed Mr. Kobach to lead his so-called election integrity commission. In January, after months of futility and infighting, the commission folded, having made no findings and issued no recommendations. No surprise there — there’s virtually nothing to find.

    This sounds suspiciously like the Uranium One ‘scandal’ that has held gullible trumpists in its power since the Republicans first made their allegations. It took a year for the Justice Department to reluctantly admit that there were ‘no allegations of impropriety or illegality’ regarding Secretary Clinton in any of the documents they reviewed.

    These [Voter ID] laws masquerade as common-sense measures, but they are in truth anti-democratic shams, and it is gratifying to see them unravel in the harsh light of a federal courtroom.

    And not before time. Kobach is one of the biggest frauds in the GOP. His sham campaigns to disenfranchise voters has deliberately prevented legal voters from casting a vote. When it involves hundreds or thousands of voters it’s theft on a grand scale.

  5. Gezza

     /  March 19, 2018

    So far today. Panicking since the Trump organisation files were subpoenaed? Trying to set it up to shut Mueller down?

    • Joe Bloggs

       /  March 19, 2018

      One of the many ironies of the first toxic tweet in your line-up, Gezza: Mueller is a lifelong registered Republican voter who was appointed by another lifelong registered Republican voter, who was appointed by trump, and Mueller’s appointment was lauded by trump backers

      What trump’s denunciation of the Mueller team lacks is any instance of wrongdoing by a member of Mueller’s team, much less Mueller himself. No proof of wrong-doing and no violation of protocols and rules.

      It’s true that some of Mueller’s staff donated to Dem candidates but that’s clearly and specifically allowed within Department of Justice guidelines; and it ignores the fact that Mueller is the head of the investigation. Bear in mind too that Gingrich supported the investigation of Bill Clinton by Republican donor Ken Starr.

      To anyone who suggests Mueller is somehow biased ithink about this: Mueller’s been appointed or held top jobs in the administrations of all five of the last presidents, and was appointed to the Justice Department, the head of the criminal division, under George H.W. Bush’s administration, then was appointed a U.S. attorney by Bill Clinton, then appointed the acting deputy attorney general by George W. Bush, and then later FBI director — a position he was reappointed to, in an unprecedented move, by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate by a vote 100-0.

      That is as stunning a bipartisan track record in today’s times as anyone could ever demonstrate.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  March 19, 2018

        Mueller terminated his Republican affiliation.

        • Joe Bloggs

           /  March 19, 2018

          Fox News says differently to you. They describe Mueller as “the only known Republican on the team”

          The Chicago Tribune says differently to you. They describe Mueller as “a registered Republican, as is the man who appointed him, Rod Rosenstein.”

          You may be confusing Mueller with Comey – Comey was a registered Republican until he moved to Virginia, which has no registration.

          It’s also worth noting that Trump himself was a big donor to the Dems, including seven times for Hillary Clinton, before he decided to run for the Republican presidential nomination. Trump switched his party registration at least five times; he was a registered Democrat from 2001 to 2009.

          This campaign by trump against Mueller is the single greatest witch hunt of a special investigator in American history

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  March 19, 2018

            Fox say Mueller’s current status is not known. Was last known to be Republican in 2001.

            • Joe Bloggs

               /  March 20, 2018

              So you say Fox claims Mueller’s current status isn’t known and you’ve somehow twisted that into Mueller terminated his Republican affiliation. That’s plain dishonest.

      • Gezza

         /  March 19, 2018

        Righto. Hang on…

      • Gezza

         /  March 19, 2018

        No, I didn’t like that one. No use to me I’m afraid.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  March 19, 2018

          Re Coney lie allegation.

          • Gezza

             /  March 19, 2018

            I’ve lost interest & moved on. If no one’s prosecuting Comey there must be a good reason & maybe it’s because he’s committed no crime.

  6. Joe Bloggs

     /  March 19, 2018

    Kushner’s in the news again – this time for routinely filing false paperwork with NY City, declaring it had no rent-regulated tenants in dozens of buildings when in fact it had hundreds.

    “It’s bare-faced greed … the fact that the company was falsifying all these applications with the government shows a sordid attempt to avert accountability”
    – Aaron Carr, founder of Housing Rights Initiative

    “The Kushners appear to be engaging in what I call the weaponization of construction”
    – Richard Torres, New York City council member

    Kushner still owns a stake in Westminster Management, the Kushner subsidiary that oversees its residential properties, and earned US$1.6m from the holding, and his operations are now under investigation by a tenant-harassment task force who have identified at least 80 false filings between 2013 and 2016

    Then there’s this little gem:
    https://www.businessinsider.com.au/qatar-has-damaging-information-on-jared-kushner-trump-mueller-2018-3

    • Joe Bloggs

       /  March 19, 2018

      Not a good look for Comey

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  March 19, 2018

        An old acquaintance who would have been your political ally has bad news for you, Joe. He’s bullish on Trump and his reelection.

        http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12013254

        • Joe Bloggs

           /  March 19, 2018

          haha, you and your little friends can be quite funny on the odd occasion Alan…

          in order for trumpy to run for a second term, he has to survive the first, and no amount of dotard-like maundering from you or your Dick-acquaintance will convince me that’s a given.

          trump’s presidency is unraveling spectacularly and politically America is clearly shifting leftwards in response.

          The biggest problem I see is that the Dems are spectators at trump’s car crash when they should be in the driving seat. Inevitably there will be many more innocent victims to add to the already long list.

  7. Gezza

     /  March 19, 2018

    Aljaz tv 3pm news
    The SFA & Turkish forces have successfully defeated the US-backed YPG defenders & taken the city of Afrin. Turkish Pesident Erdogan has given a speech referring to the victory of Turkish forces over Western armies at Gallipoli, telling the audience that the Kurdish ‘terrorists’ have run with their tails between their legs and are now being hunted down by Turkish Special Forces & their allies, the SFA.

  8. Note the date.

    Sarah Sanders is currently Assistant to the President & White House Press Secretary.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  March 19, 2018

      I’ve read Democrats saying Graham has little credibility. Trump has fired plenty of people already. Mueller might be just one more. He’s hired a team of Democrats out to get Trump by hook or crook and Trump may eventually decide he’s got nothing to lose. Or he may just be bluffing and playing politics his way.

      • Gezza

         /  March 19, 2018

        Sessions must be about to be out on his ear, surely? Trump thinks he’s an idiot. How come Trump’s appointed so many idiots? You have to ask yourself that. what happens when his replacement appointees become idiots too & he has to get rid of them?

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  March 19, 2018

          I’m not sure he’d notice that as a problem. When you’ve fired one idiot you are ready for the next. If Sessions goes Mueller will be next I suspect though possibly a replacement might just constrain Mueller more tightly to his brief.

          • Gezza

             /  March 19, 2018

            It’s no good backing him any more, Al. They have to get rid of him. He’s running the whole country like it’s The Apprentice, but he’s just a rich egotistical moron. Any good that he achieves he’ll undo in another crazy tweet at 3am in the morning. He’ll have to go I’m afraid. The Dems aren’t up to much as regards a replacement Prsident. Who else have the Republicans got?

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  March 19, 2018

              I think the Republicans are reasonably happy with him. So long as they have majorities he will stay.

            • Gezza

               /  March 19, 2018

              We’ll have to see how the mid-terms go. Hopefully he doesn’t start a war with some country to try and up his ratings before then.