You could get one of Putin's intel officers to admit it right in front of him and Putin would still deny it. You aren't going to change Putin's behavior. Bush couldn't, Obama couldn't, and now Trump is trying is a different approach. Putin will be Putin & he'll put Russia first.
Putin does not care what our president (any of them) has thought of him nor does he care if you have proof of his doing something wrong. The only way to beat Putin at something is do it better than he does.
Putin could care less who wins in US elections, what he cares about is damaging the winner badly enough to paralyze them in scandals and investigations. The intelligence community also assessed Putin never believed Trump could win the election. He suspected HRC would win.
Calling out Putin on the world stage at a summit accomplishes nothing more than exacerbating an already existing problem. Obama did not do it when he was in office. He waited until he was back at the White House to claim he told Putin to cut it out.
Difference is Trump has something already prepared by the intelligence community to counter Russian interference in the midterms if Russia decides to meddle again. Which, it likely will. We had the capability to hit Iran with Stuxnet, do you really think we can't hit Russia?
The US can hit GRU far harder than it can hit us if Trump so wishes to do it. However, we'd receive some form of retaliatory strike by Russia. The US needs to do better at filtering out spam coming from Russia rather than escalating cyber warfare any further than it has risen.
Pundits are asking how do you stop this? Some of it can be stopped pretty simply by not being stupid enough to respond to a phishing scheme by giving them your user name and password. The hacking may be preventable by upgrading security measures.
While the liberal side of the media will fawn over this indictment, they miss the fact that it also states no Americans were witting accomplices to anything done by the Russians charged in the indictment. Pretty much blows the collusion theory.
Ask Peter Strzok if such a meeting to discuss a statue would have taken place regarding Kristian Saucier who was sent to prison for taking pictures of his workplace on a submarine to show his children.
Ask Peter Strzok why senior government officials that mishandle classified information get a different view on the statute than a congressional aide or a military person. A military officer was prosecuted for using nonsecure methods to warn of imminent danger to US troops.
Senior government officials, to include presidential candidates, should be held to the same standard when it comes to a statute as those of us in the military or intelligence community. Not doing so is not treating people equally under the law.
Harley Davidson says it is moving overseas because of Trump policies, but it has been moving overseas since at least 2010. It has a plant in India (2011) and Thailand (2017). Harley hurt itself by not adapting its business model for younger riders.
In 2011, Harley Davidson announced plans to open a factory in India to produce the new Street 500 & 750 models. The company also expressed interest in moving overseas in 2009 due to employee costs.
So, where are Harley-Davidson motorcycles made? All over the world, actually. But those sold in America, are assembled here in the United States, using a lot of foreign made parts. Harley also opened a plant in Brazil in 1998.
The arms at the time of the Constitution were the equivalent of what government arms were. This is indisputable. Thinking the Founders could not foresee that arms would change over time is ludicrous because there had already been changes during their lifetimes.
The Second Amendment gives citizens the right to keep and bear arms that are equal in capability of current arms. Arms refer to individual arms, rifles and pistols, which is why things like cannons were not listed as part of the amendment.
The well regulated militia refers to the minute men of the time, the equivalent of what we call the National Guard today, but also for the unregulated militia which by US law is any male between the age of 17-45.
People losing their minds over the president signing the bill fail to see it would have been a wasted veto. It would have gone back to Congress and would have likely been overridden. You want to stop this nonsense? Elect people that don't break down in Congress.
23 Republicans in the US Senate voted against the bill and 39 Democrats supported it. The total vote was 65 votes in favor in the US Senate just shy of enough to override a presidential veto. 90% likely another vote would override a veto with a shutdown between the second vote.
Trump is president, he isn't king or emperor. He can barely get more conservative bills through Congress as it is, particularly in the senate where he has a 1 seat majority which isn't really there because 2 Republicans aren't voting each time.
If I'm not mistaken Ralph Peters is one of those guys that served 22 years in the US Army and never once was in combat. He was what we often referred to as a "Garatrooper" somebody that was always in garrison and avoided the field like the plague.
Ralph Peters is the liberal hero of the day for bashing Fox News as being a propaganda outlet for the Trump Administration. Yet Peters was a propagandist pushing for the Iraq War before the 2003 invasion betting dollars to donuts we'd find massive WMD to include nuclear potential
Peters served briefly as an Infantry officer before rebranching to Military Intelligence. He later became a Foreign Affairs Officer. Peters spouts out a lot of doctrinal terms to sound impressive to the civilian world that hung on his every word, but he was often far off base.
Adam steps in Schiff again! Rep. Adam Schiff stated the House Intel Cmte needed to continue it's investigation into Russia collusion. Yet, all this time he's said "we need to trust Mueller" proving he doesn't believe Mueller has any evidence of Trump-Russia collusion.
Adam Schiff has been on television more than 200 times pushing the Trump-Russia collusion narrative. Whenever asked to provide evidence is his common response is "I can't comment publicly, but there's adequate information in the public domain" which is totally false.
Most of the alleged proof Adam refers to is from media interviews with himself, Rep Eric Swalwell, and Senator Warner. All three of which regurgitate the same exact talking points. Here is Adam getting humiliated on the view
Obama would not fire him even though there were calls from his own party for his ouster. Was it because Brennan was willing to do the dirty work of the administration against our own citizen? That appears to be the case after his response about an ambassador unmasking Americans.
Here is John Brenna nearly choking when Rep. @TGowdySC asked him if any ambassador had requested the unmasking of a US citizen.
So, the Comey FBI dropped surveillance of Omar Mateen (Pulse Night Club shooter) even though there was evidence he was a danger, but used a bogus dossier to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on Trump campaign & transition members.
So, the terrorist that was a danger among us was given a pass by Comey's FBI, but Carter Page, who doesn't exactly come off as an intelligent Russian spy, has FBI assets trained on him as if he were about to bring down the entire country in a nanosecond. Not much logic there.
IF Carter Page was such an imminent danger to the country then the FBI never should have allowed him near a presidential candidate under secret service protection. Evidence was so flimsy against Page that FISA court wouldn't grant the warrant without the dirty dossier.
Haiti is a reflection of more than 200 years of poor leadership. It hasn't been a stable country since its independence in 1804 (declared in 1803). It's first leader immediately ordered the slaughter of all remaining French and Creole inhabitants torturing and killing them.
That same leader Jean-Jacques Dessalines would be assassinated in October 1806 for atrocities against the Haitian people. He also used the practice of Corvee, which is a form of indentured servitude to government where laborers were forced to work without pay for the government.
This practice continued under other leaders even through the US occupation from 1915 to 1934 after Haitians assassinated another president there.
The border wall is in the national security interests of both the US and Mexico. The wall is more than just a physical barrier. It will incorporate active and passive security measures.
This includes increased surveillance of the border. This also includes seismic monitoring of the area along the wall. This aids border patrol in observing the activity near the US border as well as detecting tunneling operations.
Similar types of technology are used by US military in combat zones to monitor perimeter walls of forward operating bases. This greatly enhances security by allowing technology to augment personnel assigned to observes the areas beyond the perimeter to include active patrolling.
Journalists don't know the difference between conditions and people. A sh*thole is a description of a geographic location. It is not the description of a person. People flee Haiti because of conditions there. People don't flee Norway because of conditions there.
Go live in Haiti at the average wage of a citizen there for 3 months. Going there as a journalist is not the same as living as a citizen there. Then do the same in another country and report on the differences you find.
In fact, do a year long series of having somebody spend 60 days in Haiti, Norway, Liberia, China, Russia, and Malaysia living on the average wage in each country. At the end rank each country on economics, freedoms, and other conditions. See which journalist volunteers to do so.
DACA wasn't America's promise, it was Barack Obama's promise through an unconstitutional executive order which is exactly why it was sent back to Congress. EO's can be undone from one president to the next. Senator Warren should know that as a sitting US Senator.
It is also ridiculous for a circuit court to rule a president can't undo an executive order by a previous president. This is something that has been done routinely as Obama was able to undo Bush EO's, Bush did on Clinton's and all the way through the history of the country.
Congress needs to come up with a legislative solution for DACA, whether the decision is popular or not is irrelevant. Congress makes laws and presidents sign them into laws. Presidents do not legislate through executive orders, that is called tyranny.
Diane Feinstein's release of the Fusion GPS testimony is already backfiring. It shows how Fusion refused to answer critical questions pertaining to their activities and those of Christopher Steele. Feinstein doesn't think any further ahead than the next headline.
Feinstein has now set up a showdown with the FBI to reveal the name of the source Fusion claims the FBI had inside the Trump campaign. IF no source existed then Feinstein will singlehandedly have destroyed her own Trump-Russia narrative. Same if the source is not credible.
Keep in mind the Democrats started this Trump-Russia line of accusations in the early spring/late winter before Trump had secured the nomination. They reached a fever pitch later in the summer as Trump gained momentum.