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“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocites." — Voltaire
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3 Jan
The Iran Cables: Secret Documents Show How Tehran Wields Power in Iraq |
“Hundreds of leaked intelligence reports shed light on a shadow war for regional influence — and the battles within the Islamic Republic’s own spy divisions.” nytimes.com/interactive/20…
2/ “Leaked Iranian documents offer a detailed portrait of just how aggressively Tehran has worked to embed itself into Iraqi affairs, and of the unique role of Suleimani. The documents are contained in an archive of secret Iranian intelligence cables obtained by The Intercept.”
3/ “The leak exposes Tehran’s vast influence in Iraq, detailing years of painstaking work by Iranian spies to co-opt the country’s leaders, pay Iraqi agents working for the Americans to switch sides and infiltrate every aspect of Iraq’s political, economic and religious life.”
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20 Nov 19
What did Mark Sandy, the OMB official say in a closed-door deposition about the hold-up of military/financial aid? • White House budget official testifies in closed-door deposition in Trump impeachment inquiry - CNNPolitics cnn.com/2019/11/16/pol…
1/ “Mark Sandy, OMB official, testified that it was unusual of a process it was that a political appointee came in, took over the apportionment process and placed a hold on the military aid.”
2/ “Sandy said he raised questions to the OMB general counsel about whether the move violated the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974, the source said. He would not discuss what the OMB general counsel said because of concerns it could violate privilege.”
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29 Oct 19
Oh jeez. I knew this was coming:

“Evidence suggests that the CIA and intelligence communities (ICs)—including potentially ICs of the UK, Italy, and Australia—fabricated contacts between Russian officials and people involved in Trump’s 2016 campaign.” thefederalist.com/2019/10/25/all…
2/ This essay asks: Did Brennan (as “plotter-in-chief”) engage Joseph Mifsud, Felix Sater, Stefan Halper and many others to serve as CIA assets who’d set up meets between Trump associates and real or fake Russians in order to prevent a ‘President Trump’—or to destroy him later?
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6 Oct 19
THREAD on Trump Family NEPOTISM, CRONY CAPITALISM, HYPOCRISY, SELF-DEALING: “You have Ivanka Trump getting Chinese trademarks for voting machines, April 2017, three new trademarks for the Ms. Trump brand the day she met China's president, Xi Jinping.” 1/
You’ve got Ivanka Trump getting sixteen new trademarks from China over a slice of devil’s food cake (oh so rich!) — including Chinese trademarks for Ivanka’s own brand of VOTING MACHINES for use in U.S. ELECTIONS. 2/
“You’ve got Donald Trump Jr. in Indonesia kicking off sales of luxury condos. You've got all of these wonderful things Donald Trump is selling, all sorts of businesses all over the world that he's selling for money, money, money. And his kids are involved in all of it.” 3/
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30 Sep 19
THREAD: In case we’ve lately forgotten... in case Trump’s vast and past thuggishness, his raping of the rule of law... his breaking of our barely-born democracy... his siphoning of our civic sense of public service, our commonwealth of uncommon ideals...
2/ ... in case all of that’s has dimmed, or lost imminence... in case we’re anesthetized a bit to this week to Trump’s irrevocably corrupt core...
3/ ... in case we see narrowly this week and weep only for that which Trump has stolen over the summer months in his snakelike playing of his Ukraine game... Well, then...
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29 Sep 19
Graham says he has "zero problems" with Trump-Ukraine call for the following reasons — Sadly, his concerns are badly addressed by a terrible news moderator — a smart high school debate club member could far surpass her poverty of thought. FRUSTRATING!
2/ Additionally, I think there’s risk in Pelosi’s strategy to drastically narrow the scope of potential articles of impeachment; most Dems KNOW that Trump is deeply, broadly, and fundamentally CROOKED — and KNOW his misdeeds are NOT too nuanced to be included in the Articles.
3/ It’s the feckless, naive, toothless dilly-dallying of House hearings—and their predictable failures to counterpunch Trump’s obstruction, that render Trump’s corruption “too nuanced” for Articles of Impeachment. A terrorized House, failing to exert power, led to a blunted case.
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19 Sep 19
Israel's Netanyahu wins re-election, main challenger Gantz concedes defeat reuters.com/article/us-isr…
2/ “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secured a clear path to re-election on Wednesday, with religious-rightist parties set to hand him a parliamentary majority and his main challenger conceding defeat.”
3/ “With more than 99% of votes counted (ballots cast by soldiers at military bases will be tallied over the next 2 days) Netanyahu’s Likud party is llikely to muster enough support to control 65 of the Knesset's 120 seats and be named to head the next coalition government.”
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1 Sep 19
I want to re-gift 1/3 of the $20,000+ giveaway to #TwitterPhilanthropy #TeamPULTE — and to gift 1/3 to a brave, bright (one-full-year-sober-from-opioid-addiction) woman of 31 years, to upgrade her growing “graphics/video/web design” business with a MacBook Pro setup... 1/
2/ ...properly handles her professional Adobe application suite — and so Lillian can thrive in her career — and stay free of opioids for another year (and many more, ad infinitum). She is so talented at this graphics/video/web design business — and has already built this... /2
@ Ti @pulte 3/ ...and has already built a growing clientele — and is such a smart, loving, warm person — that I’m supercharged to finance the computer equipment that Lillian needs to REALLY grow her business — and fully blossom.
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