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The line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either - but right through every human heart.
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20 Jul
Esther Salas is the federal judge overseeing a lawsuit against Deutsche Bank by investors alleging the bank made false and misleading statements before agreeing to pay a $150 million fine for compliance failures related to Jeffrey Epstein. (h/t @mkees1) globenewswire.com/news-release/2…
Also mentioned in the lawsuit against Deutsche Bank: the bank's dealings with Danske Estonia, which was involved in a $230 billion Russian moneylaundering scandal (including the proceeds of the theft uncovered by Magnitsky).
Suspect in shooting of US District Court Judge Esther Salas' son and husband at her New Jersey home has died of what is believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound amp.cnn.com/cnn/2020/07/19…
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26 Jun
"The intelligence finding was briefed to Trump, and the NSC discussed the problem at an interagency meeting in March ...

The @WhiteHouse has yet to authorize any step [in response]."

Russia secretly offered Afghan militants bounties to kill US troops nytimes.com/2020/06/26/us/…
"The US concluded months ago that the Russian unit, which is linked to assassination attempts & other covert operations in Europe intended to destabilize the West or take revenge on turncoats, had covertly offered rewards for successful attacks last year."

And Trump did nothing.
"The officials did not explain the @WhiteHouse delay in deciding how to respond to the intelligence about Russia.

While some of his closest advisers have counseled more hawkish policies toward Russia, Trump has adopted an accommodating stance toward Moscow." #putinspuppet Image
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20 May
Democrats open investigation into the replacement of @USDOT’s acting inspector general, concerned that the move was tied to an investigation into whether @SecElaineChao granted preferential treatment to @senatemajldr's state of Kentucky
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"[Transportation Committee chairman] DeFazio also raised questions about Chao’s family’s shipping business and whether she followed her ethics agreement to divest stock in Vulcan Materials, both of which the House Oversight Committee is also investigating."

From Sept 2019:
"Stephen Akard showed up at the office on Monday morning and immediately assumed the boss’s role. Yet he is keeping his job as head of the @StateDept’s Office of Foreign Missions.

Adding the inspector general’s job to his duties essentially means he will be overseeing himself."
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6 Mar
Bravo @BrianKarem for trying to get a response to a question of the utmost importance to the American people from this deceitful, corrupt regime.

FTR, he was calm and professional, not "screaming," but certainly would have been justified had he done so.
"In the 1980s @CDCDirector Redfield worked closely with the Christian organization ASAP, which maintained that AIDS was "God's judgment" against homosexuals, spread in an America weakened by single-parent households and loss of family values." #covid19
"Health officials and academics are concerned that a mix of high numbers of uninsured people, a lack of paid sick leave and a political class that has downplayed the threat could mean [#coronavirus] spreads more quickly than in other countries.” #covid19
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27 Feb
Muzzling public health experts on the front lines of responding to the outbreak, while giving an inept sycophant a megaphone to praise his "strong leadership" on Hannity and other safe spaces.

Endangering the public to avoid bruising Trump's ego. #TrumpVirus
"Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the country’s leading experts on viruses and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told associates the @WhiteHouse had instructed him not to say anything else without clearance." #TrumpVirus
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Whistleblower: HHS officials sent over a dozen workers to receive the first Americans evacuated from Wuhan without proper training for infection control or appropriate protective gear, and allowed them to travel freely #TrumpVirus
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25 Feb
All within the space of 3 hours.

Corruption kills.
HHS Secretary Alex Azar refuses to say a #coronavirus vaccine would be affordable to all, also appears to contradict Trump's claim that the virus will disappear once it gets warmer #Covid_19 independent.co.uk/news/world/ame…
The CDC has been informed of the first case of the #coronavirus in a person who did not recently return from a foreign country or have contact with a confirmed case #Covid_19
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23 Feb
South Korea: increased national threat level to “red alert,” the highest level, after 169 new #coronavirus cases confirmed (total 602, 5 deaths)
China: 648 new cases, 97 deaths (total 76,936, 2,442 deaths)
Iran: 7th death, highest # outside China
#Covid_19
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Pakistan closes border with Iran, Afghanistan bans travel to Iran over #coronavirus fears #Covid_19 rappler.com/world/regions/…
With tens of thousands of tourists already in the city for the event, Italy cuts short Venice’s world-famous Carnival amid #coronavirus crisis #Covid_19 dw.com/en/italy-cuts-…
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10 Jan
"The Iraqi leader asked @SecPompeo to “send delegates to Iraq to prepare a mechanism to carry out the parliament’s resolution regarding the withdrawal of foreign troops from Iraq."

#Iraq PM tells US to start working on troop withdrawal apne.ws/b3frZ5p
PM Mahdi: “#Iraq is keen on keeping the best of relations with its neighbors and its friends in the international community."

Iraqi prime minister asks U.S. to start talks on troop withdrawal
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Not an imminent threat, not national security, but saving his own criminal arse.

"After the strike, #Trump told associates he was under pressure to deal with #Soleimani from GOP senators he views as important supporters in his Senate #impeachment trial." wsj.com/articles/trump…
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3 Jan
.@AriFleischer, last night: "I think it is entirely possible that this is going to be a catalyst inside Iran where the people celebrate this killing of #Soleimani."

#Iran, today:
.@SecPompeo: “We have every expectation that people not only in Iraq but in Iran will view the American action last night [killing #Soleimani] as giving them freedom."
And @AmbJohnBoIton – who can score a $2 million book deal for his intimate knowledge of Trump's misconduct but won't testify about it to the American people – says the quiet part out loud: not an "imminent threat", not "deterrence", but regime change.
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28 Dec 19
"It seems like it's open season on Jews in New York City": NYPD steps up patrols amid at least 8 anti-Semitic attacks since Hanukkah began nbcnewyork.com/news/local/man…
Five people are in critical condition after a stabbing attack at a Hanukkah celebration at a rabbi's home in Rockland County, NY
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"@NYGovCuomo said he thought the crime was an act of domestic terrorism and expected it to be prosecuted that way."

#Monsey Hanukkah stabbings suspect will face 5 counts of attempted murder and 1 count of burglary
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7 Dec 19
–Saudi who killed 3 at FL naval base hosted a party days before where he and 3 other Saudis watched videos of mass shootings
–1 of the 3 filmed Friday's rampage & 2 others watched from a car
–10 Saudis are being held; several others are unaccounted for
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Even as evidence grows that Saudi Air Force officers operated a terror cell on an American military base, Trump is STILL sucking up to the Saudi regime.

Does he seriously believe a bribe to the victims' families from the king will silence them?
#PensacolaNAS gunman and 3 other Saudi students traveled to NY to watch the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony – attended by thousands of people – just 36 hours before the mass shooting took place nytimes.com/2019/12/07/us/…
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21 Nov 19
I have not been able to watch most of the impeachment hearings. Has anyone asked @DevinNunes about his taxpayer-funded escapades with indicted Giuliani associate Lev Parnas?
Rep. @ericswalwell reads portions of a @thedailybeast article on how indicted Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas helped with @DevinNunes' foreign investigations.

(Thanks to all of you who flagged it for me!)
#ImpeachingHearing #ImpeachmentHearings
#Schiff invokes Elijah Cummings (rest in power):

"This president thinks he is above the law, beyond accountability. And in my view, there is nothing more dangerous than an unethical president who believes he is above the law ...

We are better than that."
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11 Oct 19
If only there was a Trump Tower Kobani.

US is deploying an additional 2,800 troops to Saudi Arabia, along with 2 fighter squadrons, two Patriot missile batteries and a THAAD system #KurdsBetrayed abcn.ws/2M8b9OL
"Given the Turkish military offensive in north-eastern #Syria, the Federal Government will not issue any new permits for any military equipment that could be used in Syria by #Turkey."

#Germany bans weapons exports to Turkey #KurdsBetrayed dw.com/en/german-gove…
"I need to know if you are capable of protecting my people, stopping these bombs falling on us .. If not, I need to make a deal with Russia & the regime now."

Military leader of Syrian #Kurds tells US: "You are leaving us to be slaughtered" #KurdsBetrayed cnn.com/2019/10/12/pol…
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9 Oct 19
Trump's proposed concessions to Turkey:
–$100 billion trade deal
–a solution to a ban on Turkey’s contributions to & purchases of the F-35
–a White House visit

In return, US asked for a safe zone in NE Syria.

Erdoğan refused, and Trump capitulated.
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#pt This is what the National Security Council official who heard the call meant when he said “Trump was rolled … he was definitely out-negotiated" by Erdoğan ... The president has no spine." newsweek.com/exclusive-offi…
French President @EmmanuelMacron met on Tuesday with the spokeswoman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (#SDF), to express #France's solidarity with them in their fight against ISIS #twitterkurds reuters.com/article/us-syr…
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1 Oct 19
What is striking about the recent revelations is the extent to which this administration – already staffed largely by acting agency heads and the president's children – has devoted its time and resources to settling Trump's personal scores.

We are operating without a government.
Rep. @JoaquinCastrotx: "Would you say the whistleblower's complaint is remarkably consistent with the transcript released?"

Acting DNI Maguire: "I would say the whistleblower's complaint is in alignment with what was released yesterday by the president."
"@TheJusticeDept, after reviewing a @WhiteHouse document that treated this information as Secret, instead bumped up the classification of it to Top Secret, including the detail that the AG himself was implicated in the attempt to frame Trump’s opponents."
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23 Sep 19
As @RitaKonaev notes, "Mattis had no problem disagreeing w/Obama about transgender people in the military or women in combat but won’t criticize Trump for asking foreign powers for dirt about political opponents.

This isn’t about him being above politics. This is his politics."
Excellent point here, and makes you wonder why Mattis' deference to the commander-in-chief is selectively applied in this manner 🤔
7 freshman House Ds, all with natsec experience: "If true, we believe these actions represent an impeachable offense ...

We call on our colleagues in Congress to consider the use of all congressional authorities available, including inherent contempt."
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22 Sep 19
"By repeating this lie, Giuliani is not only deceiving American citizens. He is not only intervening in Ukrainian politics, smearing parliamentarians & officials of the presidential administration.

He is also trying to drag the new president of Ukraine into an American election"
"My desire to expose Manafort’s doings was motivated by the desire for justice. Neither Clinton, nor Biden, nor Podesta nor Soros asked me to publish the black ledger.

I wanted accountability for the lobbyist whose client immersed Ukraine in a blood bath"
.@Leshchenkos: "As a person who has had direct experience of many of these events, I express my readiness to testify to the US Congress."

The American people deserve to hear from this Ukrainian journalist, @RepAdamSchiff @RepJerryNadler @RepCummings.
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18 Sep 19
"Gantz’s Blue & White party appeared to come out ahead of Bibi’s Likud, giving a 3rd party the power to decide the outcome.

And his desire to form a unity govt inc. both their parties made it likely Gantz would be given the 1st chance of forming a govt." nyti.ms/2AqkdYD
"With indictments against him looming in 3 corruption cases, the apparent outcome puts Netanyahu in grave jeopardy. As PM, he could stay in his post even if indicted ..

But as a lesser minister or ordinary lawmaker, he would have to resign." #IsraElex19v2
"In the hours after the election, #Israel was effectively on hold, suspended between two [contrasting] visions and unclear about its path forward." #IsraElex19v2
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15 Sep 19
"A classmate, Max Stier, saw Brett Kavanaugh with his pants down at a different drunken dorm party, where friends pushed his penis into the hand of a female student.

Stier notified senators and the FBI about this account, but the FBI did not investigate."
Bill Barr, in his continuing degradation of the integrity and independence of the DOJ, is bestowing one of its top awards to the lawyers who worked on Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Perhaps he should give it to the @FBI agents who buried Brett's investigation.
"Ramirez’s legal team gave the @FBI a list of at least 25 individuals who may have had corroborating evidence.

But the bureau interviewed none of them, though we learned many of these potential witnesses tried in vain to reach the FBI on their own."
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9 Sep 19
"@SecretaryRoss phoned Neil Jacobs, acting administrator of @NOAA, from Greece & instructed him to fix the agency’s perceived contradiction of the president.

Jacobs objected to the demand & was told that the political staff at NOAA would be fired if the situation was not fixed."
@SecretaryRoss @NOAA .@NOAA’s chief scientist Craig McLean will investigate why the agency backed Trump over its experts on Dorian, creating a “danger to public health and safety.”

National Weather Service @NWSDirector Louis Uccellini has also broken with #NOAA leadership washingtonpost.com/weather/2019/0…
The White House was directly involved in demanding @NOAA repudiate the weather forecasters who contradicted Trump’s Alabama claim: acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told Commerce @SecretaryRoss to have the agency publicly disavow the scientists’ position nytimes.com/2019/09/11/us/…
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8 Sep 19
Trump announces he has canceled a secret meeting at Camp David with Taliban leaders set for Sunday – three days before the 18th anniversary of September 11 –after a car bombing in Kabul nytimes.com/2019/09/07/us/…
Thread from a pre-eminent expert on Afghanistan & former senior advisor to the State Department's special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. (h/t @metaquest)
.@BRRubin nailed it.

"At Camp David, separate meetings with each side would then lead to a grand announcement by Trump.

The Taliban leaders, however, compared the proposal to the Americans’ tricking them into political suicide."
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