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2 May
"The easiest way to get fired at Camp Runamuck is to do your job the way it's supposed to be done,"

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So why the sudden change?

The answer is easy enough to divine: her report released last month laid bare Trump’s feckless coronavirus response.

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27 Feb
“The individual claims that workers were sent to two bases in California to assist in processing American evacuees from China without being trained in safety protocol and without adequate protection.”

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One of those people is from an unknown source, raising the concern that the virus is spreading among the general public for the first time in the U.S.

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3 Jan
"At the direction of the President, the US military has taken decisive defensive action to protect US personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force,"

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"General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region."

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12 Nov 19
“I tell it to everybody: If we don’t make a deal, we’re going to substantially raise those tariffs”

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There is, in fact, no trade deal with China.

Trump’s negotiators haven’t even agreed among themselves what they want from China, making it a three-way negotiation between China and two factions in the White House.

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"Very simply put, less cargo means less jobs”

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30 Oct 19
The released memo used ellipses to indicate where some speech had been excluded, raising concerns that the White House is hiding more damaging details of the call.

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“Before the inauguration in May, my colleagues and I saw a tweet by Rudolph Giuliani alleging that President-elect Zelensky was surrounded by enemies of President Trump,”

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17 Oct 19
It’s rare for high-level military members to speak out against the CinC and McRaven said he isn’t speaking for any other members of the military, but he was motivated by those eager to always “do the right thing” in the name of American values.

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14 Oct 19
Exports fell 3.2% in September, which was worse than Bloomberg analysts expectations of 2.8% and imports fell 8.5% year on year.

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Mnuchin’s commitment to keeping tariffs on the table comes days after President Trump announced a “fundamental agreement in principle” for a “phase one deal” following a round of renewed high-level negotiations.

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“China hasn’t confirmed elements of deal touted by Trump”

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13 Oct 19
The US is definitely getting out of “liberating the oppressed” business.

Instead, US troops will now be deployed to do the biddings of the highest bidder..

..like MbS.

#EpicFail
“The most xenophobic and isolationist American president in modern history has been selling America to foreign powers for his own personal benefit.”

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13 Oct 19
Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the US is "preparing to evacuate" its remaining 1,000 troops in northern Syria, as per a Saturday night authorization for "deliberate withdrawal" by President Donald Trump.

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He also said that Kurdish forces are looking to work with Syrians and Russians to counter-attack against Turkish forces in the north, and that American forces could be caught in the crosshairs.
Hundreds of Islamic State group supporters escaped from a displacement camp in the area and there were reports of alleged atrocities amid growing international alarm.

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10 Oct 19
Erdogan told party officials Thursday that 109 "terrorists" have been killed so far in Operation Peace Spring — a reference to the U.S.-allied Syrian Kurdish fighters.

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“He doesn’t understand the problem. He doesn’t understand the repercussions of this. Erdogan is an Islamist, not a level-headed actor.”

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7 Oct 19
More frustration is present because a number of people are going to lose their businesses.

They're gonna lose farms that they've had in their families for generations.

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7 Oct 19
Turkey's operation is aimed at clearing the US-backed Kurdish militia -- the People's Protection Units (YPG) -- away from Turkey's border.

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'A huge mistake'

The announcement is a major blow to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, which the United States relied upon heavily as the most effective fighting force against ISIS and the reaction from Kurds so far has been one of anger.

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1 Oct 19
The national-security community’s way of doing business assumes that the president is working with (not against) his own government, and that his execution of foreign policy is in the interests of the U.S. alone.
What really matters is not the manner in which the call transcripts get distributed, but Trump’s use of his foreign-policy powers to advance his personal interests.
Experts on presidential power and the law will dedicate the coming months to assessing whether the president’s conduct broke with his constitutional duties.

But the irregular processes he embraced revealed the values he intended to advance.
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1 Oct 19
Since BRI was launched, in 2013, China has sunk hundreds of billions of dollars into ports, railways, and energy projects across Asia, Africa, and Europe.
The goal is to not only expand infrastructure, including in many developing countries, but also win over local populations and governments by funneling investment, jobs, and economic growth in their direction.

The path forward has been bumpy, though.
Questions regarding the commercial value of certain projects and concerns over the initiative being a backdoor for more sinister geopolitical ambitions have undercut Beijing’s official rhetoric of “win-win” cooperation and illustrated the uncertainty surrounding its plans.
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1 Oct 19
It's "absolutely very unusual for the AG to get involved in making such requests,"

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"The ICIG reviewed the information provided as well as other information gathered and determined that the complaint was both urgent and that it appeared credible,"

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The clarification came as Trump and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have claimed the rules for filing a complaint were changed just before the whistleblower on the Ukraine call came forward.
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29 Sep 19
"One-in-thousand-year events are happening every couple of years,"
"Temperatures are rising, snow and rainfall patterns are shifting, and more extreme climate events – like heavy rainstorms and record high temperatures – are already happening,"
"Many of these observed changes are linked to the rising levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, caused by human activities."
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26 Sep 19
The president in this document is asking his counterpart to deliver the goods on a possible electoral opponent.

And he is doing it himself.

There is no plausible deniability.
If this is not collusion in precisely the sense that collusion’s absence was purportedly so exculpatory in the Russia context, it’s hard to imagine what collusion would look like.
The full complaint was released to the intelligence committees in both the House and Senate earlier Wednesday.

It is now public.

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26 Sep 19
“If a domestic investigation into a U.S. citizen requires information from a foreign government, U.S. law enforcement has specific processes to request that information—including, but not limited to, agreements like mutual legal assistance treaties.”
This foreign law enforcement cooperation occurs within a framework designed to both share information and also respect the rights of the relevant parties within the respective jurisdictions of both governments.
The inverse sometimes happens as well: Foreign governments will initiate investigations that require U.S. law enforcement cooperation and will make requests of the Department of Justice for information to be shared.
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26 Sep 19
Kim is stalling..he has no intentions of ever giving up his nukes.

By flattering Trump, he’s managed to keep its nuclear program under the radar...but it should be obvious to everyone the threat for DPRK is growing by the day!
North Korea, along with Russia, Venezuela, and Iran, have all pursued cryptocurrencies, largely as a means to circumvent sanctions.

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Another reason why pulling out of JCPOA was a bad idea.

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26 Sep 19
America's share of the global export market is declining, and world trade is at its "worst performance in nearly a decade."

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The trade war is threatening the longest economic expansion on record, now in its 11th year.

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The economy is largely losing speed as the stimulus from the White House’s $1.5 trillion tax-cut package and a government spending blitz fades.

Economists are forecasting growth this year around 2.5%, below the Trump administration’s 3% target.
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23 Sep 19
“Since Trump came to power, he has systematically disrespected the U.N., promoting advisers that disdain the organization while pulling out of a litany of multilateral treaties and institutions.”

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At every opportunity, he has emphasized that national sovereignty rather than international cooperation is his highest priority.
Over the past year in particular, Washington has aimed to marginalize the U.N.’s role in crises from Libya to Venezuela, alienating even close allies along the way.
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