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The Suffocation of Democracy

By: Christopher R. Browning

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As a historian specializing in the #Holocaust, #Nazi Germany, and #Europe in the era of the world wars, I have been repeatedly asked about the degree to which the current situation in the United States resembles the interwar period and the rise of #fascism in Europe.
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I would note several troubling similarities and one important but equally troubling difference.

In the 1920s, the US pursued #isolationism in foreign #policy and rejected participation in international organizations like the League of Nations.
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🔥Hillary Clinton is calling on the White House to reopen the background investigation on Brett Kavanaugh.

That’s the procedure.

The FBI is not refusing to investigate.

They’re not saying it’s not “their thing.”

#Democrats everywhere—especially in the #Senate—should support!
💥💥💥@SenateDems please support this request!

‼️The investigation can not reopen without the White House directive!

Another thing! Sinclair Broadcasting posts an article saying “Hillary Clinton urges White House to request...”

💥If you click, you get different GOP headline!
💥💥It’s called the Federal Bureau of INVESTIGATION!

🎯I’m thinking investigating is “their thing!”
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Constitutional Decay: The fundamental challenge to American democracy.

Want to protect and defend the #Constitution? Then stop hoping to paper over its rot with amendments: the framework of our nation requires a rebuild. Thread:

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In sum: While its values still hold, much of the detail in the world’s oldest living constitution is increasingly incompatible with reality. This harms America by subjecting modern solutions to 18th century thinking. The #Constitution needs major revisions within a decade. 2/
America faces multiple domestic political problems. Underlying many, if not all of them, is a structural problem that will only become more severe with time, and may ultimately threaten our very nationhood. 3/
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#PurduePharma—makers of the notorious painkiller #OxyContin—is part of a team that has been granted a patent aimed at helping to battle the opioid epidemic the company has been accused of helping create. #FoodWorldOrder qz.com/1382585/oxycon…
Problem, Reaction, Solution ✅ patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Pa…
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What is the real context of today’s #SCOTUS hearing? Here are some facts:
Over the next few days, senators will ask Judge #Kavanaugh questions about #SCOTUS cases, his record, and his qualifications. Some of these questions will be fair. Many others will be unfair.
Some of these unfair questions will ask him to promise to vote a certain way in particular cases likely to come before the Court.
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The #KavanaughSCOTUS hearings start today.

I've seen MANY people express frustration, and trolls posing as progressive far left are bashing Schumer & Senate Dems.

Dems can't stop this confirmation.

Here's why, and what WE need to do. #TuesdayThoughts THREAD 1/6
🙋‍♂️ Why don't Dems just not show up? Then the senate can't vote on the confirmation!

👩‍🏫 There are easy procedural ways around that, esp. after McCain’s replacement is named (will be sooner than later if Dems try no-show). They could slow it down by hours - not weeks. 2/6
🙋‍♀️ Dems gave in too easily! Why didn't they fight back?

👨‍🏫 They did - they filibustered & insisted on roll call votes for some controversial candidates, which passed.

As the minority, there isn't much else they can do. 📰goo.gl/Dxkejr 3/6
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⚖️Sessions⚖️

Trump revived the idea of firing Sessions. Likely thinks Uncle Jr Rudy would be divine.🙄

David Pecker, Head Of National Enquirer, resigns from Postmedia Board

Michael Cohen, Lanny Davis & the Russian Mafia, oh my! Lanny Davis’ most notorious client is Firtash
⚖️Sessions2⚖️

Cohen atty Lanny Davis Is registered foreign agent for Dmitry Firtash a pro RU Oligarch wanted by US gov’t directly linked to Putin

19 mos into the Trump administration, we're starting to see what a real culture of corruption looks like.

None of it is normal
⚖️Sessions3⚖️

📌Ukrainian oligarch Dmitry Firtash, who has close ties to Manafort, has been wanted in Chicago since 2014 for his alleged role as the mastermind of an international titanium racket

Trump “is rage-googling himself, and he doesn’t like what he’s found
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⚖️Obstruction⚖️

Trump is obstructing justice in plain sight as he tweeted out to Sessions to shut down Mueller's probe into RU interference in the 2016 elex.

Mueller wants to askTrump about obstruction of justice.

Who says COLLUSION is a crime?

⚖️The Justice Department
⚖️Obstruction2⚖️

Three members of the notorious international cybercrime group “Fin7” In US custody for role in attacking over 100 US companies. 🤗
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Paul Manafort = Evidence of Collusion with the Kremlin

Trump & Manafort have known each other since the 1980s.
⚖️Obstruction3⚖️

Manafort Trial Day 2: Fake bills (💰wash), a banned word & a Rick Gates surprise, a parade of luxury vendors testify for the pros’n

Senate GOP kill extra funds for elex security despite intel warning & evidence hacking has already occurred targeting DEMs
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Highlights fro #Senate Intelligence Committee Hearing on foreign interference via social media platforms:

"Election interference from abroad represents an intolerable assault on the democratic foundation this republic was built on" per @SenatorBurr
"It's also important that the American people know that these activities neither began nor ended with the 2016 elections" per @SenatorBurr "Foreign actors continue an aggressive and pervasive influence campaign against the #UnitedStatesofAmerica"
Efforts like those id'd by @facebook "creating events on our streets w/real #Americans unknowingly participating" adds @SenatorBurr
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The Uphill Battle to Take the #Senate
We have a chance for Democrats to gain the #SenateMajority after the Nov elections. The balance is currently 51/49 (including 2 Indep’s.). We need turnover at least 2 GOP seats, w/o any losses. With losses, we will need to win more.
Senators serve for six years, divided into three ‘classes’. One-third of Senate seats are in play every two years, plus any vacancies for early resignations. This year there are two of the latter.
Unfortunately, in 2018, we have an uphill battle. There are 35 races, but 26 are for Democratic seats, and only 9 are GOP. And most of the latter are considered ‘safe’ for the incumbents. So, taking the Senate in 2018 is a daunting task.
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The very conservative @weeklystandard editorial shocker:
"Only one president in history, Andrew Jackson, has ever been censured by #Congress, but #Republicans on the Hill would not be out of line in seeking a formal censure of Donald #Trump. [MORE]
weeklystandard.com/the-editors/ed…
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"We understand that such a measure wld be largely symbolic. But symbols matter. It would be no small thing for congressional #Republicans to declare, in a formal manner, that a president who coddles and defends an anti-American despot doesn’t deserve their support." MORE
[CONT 3]
"Passage of a censure resolution by the House or #Senate wld be a powerful statement that #GOP leaders will not excuse a sitting president of either party openly crediting America’s enemies at the expense of its public servants—& of the truth."
weeklystandard.com/the-editors/ed…
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GOOD DAY AMERICA & FRIENDS...! So much has happened this week. BUT there is so much more to do. Been thinking about heading to the print shop to have marathon-like tags for upcoming #POTUS rallies: Marathon tags can be pinned on the back of your shirts: #FAKENEWS! Thats it.
Imagine of GOP supporters at rallies with marathon-like tags pinned on in which ALL the cameras see is #FAKENEWS! Oh my...I think I'm gonna do it. Head to the local printers or search online for this sort of product. THEN, I'm going to research all upcoming #MidTerm rallies.
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@realDonaldTrump @FoxNews Doesnt sound like IC thinks its a witch hunt. Will u acknowledge #Russia is STILL trying to disrupt our society? #IntelligenceCommittee hearing former IO said Russia was lingering abt USA n areas where they werent normally supposed 2b n '17 & arnd undergrnd fiber optic cables 1/
@realDonaldTrump @FoxNews 2/this led IOs to conclude that #Kremlin was quietly waging effort to map USA's telecommunications infrastructure perhaps preparing for an opportunity to disrupt it. #russia escalating #spygames report from June 2017 n @politico went unnoticed at the time @AriMelber
@realDonaldTrump @FoxNews @politico @AriMelber 3/then n '18 YOUR admin accused #russia of engineering a series of cyberattacks targeting US & EU nuclear powr plnts & electrical sys. @nytimes did a story "Cyberattacks put Russian fingers on switch at power plants, US says" March 15, 2018 @nicoleperlroth @SangerNYT #Maddow
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💪#WMFAction
☎️ REPRESENTATIVE BRIAN KAVANAGH 212-298-5565

Honoring #Sarsour JUN 13 @Hester_Street and tell him #DontElevateHate
eventbrite.com/e/hester-stree…

👉 BRIAN KAVANAGH @BrianKavanaghNY
#BrooklynWaterfront #LowerManhattan
@NYSenate #District26
💪#WMFAction
☎️ REPRESENTATIVE CARLOS MENCHACA 718-439-9012 📞 212-788-7372

Honoring #Sarsour JUN 13 @Hester_Street & tell him #DontElevateHate

👉 CARLOS MENCHACA @cmenchaca
#RedHook #SunsetPark #GreenwoodHeights #WindsorTerrace #DykerHeights #BoroPark
@NYCCouncil #District38
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UNFAITHFUL SHEPHERDS

"Many years ago, the then president of The National Council of Churches warned that the danger of the great religious awakening taking place in our country, might become fanatical and be carried into our political and business life!
"Perhaps this was a fair assessment, that is, if you conflate #Christian #Zionism with religious awakening. Unfortunately, these "fanatical" #Evangelicals have 0 faith in the #Christian religion to which they give empty lip service--while paying homage to those who hate #Christ.
"For lack of faith in the actual #Bible, #Evangelicals make Scofield’ Notes, (Scofield! A drunkard and a con-man allied with the Satanist, Darby) --#Evangelicals have turned Scofield’s NOTES into a DIABOLICAL FORCE in our #national life.
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Hey #Kentucky
Who are the Democratic Candidates #PrimaryWinners running for office in your District?
#Midterms2018 #VoteBlue
Here's a THREAD of All Dems
With links to Websites & Voter Info Links
VOTE NOVEMBER 6, 2018
Register by Oct 9 here vrsws.sos.ky.gov/ovrweb/govoteky
#BlueWaveKY
REGISTER TO VOTE in #KENTUCKY
Online Application here: vrsws.sos.ky.gov/ovrweb/
or download voter registration card here: elect.ky.gov/SiteCollection…
In person at County Clerk's office here sos.wv.gov/public-service…
KEEP verifying Registration Status here:
vrsws.sos.ky.gov/vic/
ABSENTEE VOTING #KENTUCKY
#Midterms2018
Apply for Absentee Ballot from County Clerks by October 30th:
Here: app.sos.ky.gov/elections/cand…
Or apply for ballot here: absentee.vote.org/?state=Kentucky
Overseas? Military?
Apply here elect.ky.gov/CONTACTCOUNTYC…
Or here overseasvotefoundation.org/vote/VoterInfo…
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Accessible introductory information (as it sticks closely to the #PrimarySource, the #Senate's #CIA #TortureReport):
bostonglobe.com/news/nation/20…
" Read the Senate’s executive summary of the CIA torture report
The report found that the methods used by the CIA were more brutal than the agency acknowledged either to Bush administration officials or to the public. "
bostonglobe.com/news/nation/20…
"the CIA itself determined from its own experience with coercive interrogations,that such techniques'do not produce intelligence,"will probably result in false answers,'& had historically proven to be ineffective…[🤔]#futurepresident #withthestrokeofapen" assets.documentcloud.org/documents/1377…
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THREAD

Michael #Cohen and the case vs Vladimir #Malakhov
1.Vladimir #Malakhov is a #Russian-born retired professional hockey player. He was active in the NHL 1992 to 2006, playing for the New York Islanders, the Montreal Canadiens, and the New Jersey Devils.
2. In January of 1999, #Malakhov wrote a check for $350,000 to #Cohen The check was deposited — and then the money disappeared.

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1 .In 1981, David #Bogatin arrived in #NewYorkCity, #Bogatin was a former pilot in the #Soviet Army, and shot down #USA planes during the #VietnamWar, he arrived in #NewYorkCity broke.
2. Three years later in 1984, David #Bogatin bought an apartment in #TrumpTower on Fifth Avenue, paying $6 million to buy five luxury condos. #Trump personally attended the closing, along with #Bogatin.

books.google.se/books?id=ZQ_9C…
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1.Len #Blavatnik owns a company called Al-Altep Holdings and Access Industries, and has contributed vast amounts of money to the #GOP and #Senate Leadership Fund and #Trump, inclusive of 1 Million to the Inauguration of #Trump.

2..#Blavatnik co owns #RUSAL with Oleg #Deripaska and Viktor #Vekselberg, they own together 69 % of the company.
#RUSAL is the second largest Aluminum Company in the world.
#Blavatnik has a net worth of 20 Billion Dollars.
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1) Attribution to an #Anon. Not wholly my work. Poke holes where required.

“It's not a Budget it's an #Omnibus"

It’s not an official ‘Federal Budget.’ It’s an Omnibus bill.

Did @POTUS outsmart them yet again?

#QanonPosts #Qanon #TheStormIsHere #DrainTheSwamp #Q
2) Congress basically screwed themselves by not passing a formal budget. Per the Constitution, the #President must adhere to a budget set forth by #Congress and direct the expenditures as provided therein.

#PaulRyan #SenateChairman #Pelosi #Schumer #DrainTheDeepState
3) This is another one of those big Porkulus bills like they gave #Obama for his horrid 8 years. An #omnibusbill may have some ‘instructions’ as to how the money will be spent, but #Obama ignored them.

#Governance #Government #governmentshutdown
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I'm back on the #soapbox. And I'm going to be on it a long time talking up #CitizensUnited until it sinks into the brain of everyone here. If we want a HOPE of restoring the #integrity of our #elections it MUST be overturned. #DarkMoney is overriding our voices in the ballot box.
#CitizensUnited was and is the nail in the coffin to any pretense of #democracy. How do you think this #IllegitimateRegime was installed? #DarkMoney is the major culprit. Then there was the #Russian interference, #Hacking, #VoterSuppression and #Gerrymandering.
A #PerfectStorm
We lost our voices this last #election that was a #coup. #WI alone suppressed 300K votes & that's just the tip of that iceberg. Throw in the #CitizensUnited #DarkMoney of #Adelson #Kochanistan #Mercerville et al #Russians #hacking #Gerrymandering & there you go. #Democracy dies.
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