Monday, May 8, 2017

News Reviews and Opinions: 9:43 PM 5/8/2017 - Sally Yates James Clapper Testi...

News Reviews and Opinions: 9:43 PM 5/8/2017 - Sally Yates James Clapper Testi...: 5.8.17 - M U.S. reviews Syria safe zones but warns 'devil's in the details' | Reuters CSIS suspected ...

12:07 AM 5/8/2017 - Kushner Cos. Pushes Investor Visas to Wealthy Chinese in Skyscraper Pitch

Kushner Cos. Pushes Investor Visas to Wealthy Chinese in Skyscraper Pitch

1 Share
Nicole Meyer, sister of senior Trump adviser Jared Kushner, is leading a marketing campaign targeting major Chinese cities for wealthy individuals to invest a combined $150 million in a New Jersey development for the chance to secure U.S. immigration rights.

trump - Google Search

1 Share
Image result for trump

Mysterious rash of Russian deaths casts suspicion on Vladimir Putin

1 Share
A former member of the Russian parliament is gunned down in broad daylight in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev. A longtime Russian ambassador to the United Nations drops dead at work. A Russian-backed commander in the breakaway Ukrainian province of Donetsk is blown up in an elevator. A Russian media executive is found dead in his Washington, D.C., hotel room.
What do they have in common? They are among 38 prominent Russians who are victims of unsolved murders or suspicious deaths since the beginning of 2014, according to a list compiled by USA TODAY and British journalist Sarah Hurst, who has done research in Russia.
The list contains 10 high-profile critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin, seven diplomats, six associates of Kremlin power brokers who had a falling out — often over corruption — and 13 military or political leaders involved in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, including commanders of Russian-backed separatist forces. Two are possibly connected to a dossier alleging connections between President Trump's campaign staff and Kremlin officials that was produced by a former British spy and shared with the FBI.
Twelve were shot, stabbed or beaten to death. Six were blown up. Ten died allegedly of natural causes. One died of mysterious head injuries, one reportedly slipped and hit his head in a public bath, one was hanged in his jail cell, and one died after drinking coffee. The cause of six deaths was reported as unknown.
  (Photo: USAToday)
Putin has long dealt with opponents harshly. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said in March that Putin “has murdered his political opponents and rules like an authoritarian dictator.”
Yet the list of fatalities — 36 men and two women — suggests that Putin’s alleged attacks on his critics and whistle-blowers are more extensive and lethal than previously known. It also raises new concerns about contacts Putin and his lieutenants had with Trump’s campaign staff.
Trump praised Putin in March 2016 as a "strong leader," and in 2015 said “I’d get along great with” the Russian leader. On Feb 6, Trump defended Putin when Bill O’Reilly, then of Fox News, called Putin a killer. "There are a lot of killers," Trump replied. "Do you think our country is so innocent?"
The FBI and Congress are currently investigating contacts between Kremlin officials and Trump's campaign advisers, as part of its investigation into Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Leahy made his comment about Putin at a congressional hearing that featured Vladimir Kara-Murza, a Russian political activist with personal experience of his government's efforts to silence outspoken critics.
"We’ve seen political opposition leaders and activists, whistle-blowers, anti-corruption campaigners and independent journalists lose their lives in one way or another," Kara-Murza told USA TODAY. "Sometimes these are suspicious suicides and plane crashes, really rare and horrible diseases. In many others they are straight murders."
Kara-Murza worked with former deputy prime minister and Putin opponent Boris Nemtsov before Nemtsov was gunned down in Moscow in 2015. Kara-Murza worked until recently with Russian anti-corruption lawyer and political candidate Alexei Navalny, who suffered eye injury Thursday after being attacked with a chemical following his release from jail for leading unsanctioned protests against the Putin government across Russia this spring.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny poses says unknown attackers doused him with green antiseptic April 27 outside a conference in Moscow. Navalny made a documentary about government corruption.     (Photo: Evgeny Feldman, AP)
“Sometimes there are near-misses," Kara-Murza testified in March before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee.
Kara-Murza said he was the victim of attempted poisonings twice: in May 2015 and this past February.
"Twice in the past two years I have experienced symptoms consistent with poisoning, both times in Moscow," he said in an interview. "Both times, symptoms came on suddenly and out of nowhere. Both times spending weeks in a coma on life support machines. Both times, doctors set my chance of survival at 5%, so I’m very fortunate to be here today. "
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., noted at the hearing the dangers of winding up on the wrong side of politics in Russia. “In our system, if we make a bad decision, we might lose an election and have to work as a paid analyst on TV," he told Kara-Murza. "In your case, people die.”
Rubio and other senators had called on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to meet with members of Russia’s political opposition during his April visit to Moscow, but Tillerson did not have time for a meeting, deputy spokesman Mark Toner said.
Most of the older diplomats on the list were probably victims of poor health, said Boris Zilberman, a Russia analyst at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.
“Knowing how diplomats live, going from one cocktail party to the next and not to the gym in between, it finally catches up to you,” Zilberman said.
That could apply to Vitaly Churkin, 64, the Russian ambassador to the U.N., who died on Feb. 20 in New York of an apparent heart attack. Others, like Petr Polshikov, 56, a chief adviser to the Latin America department at the Russian Foreign Ministry, found dead with a gunshot wound in his Moscow home on Dec. 20, require further investigation, Zilberman said.
“There’s almost a fever on the Russia story,” Zilberman said. “Some of it is substantial. It’s almost like there’s something nefarious behind every piece of news. Sometimes there is. ... They tend to clean up their messes this way.”
Many of the recent deaths raise suspicions because a string of Putin critics have died in obvious murders years earlier. They include:
• Nemtsov, who was shot to death while walking after dinner with his girlfriend in a security zone near the Kremlin. Two Chechen suspects, one a former bodyguard to Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, are on trial, but the investigation did not reveal whether anyone ordered the hit.
• Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian tax lawyer who died in prison while investigating the alleged theft of $230 million by Russian government officials. No one was ever charged.
• Alexander Litvinenko, a Russian spy who defected, became a British citizen and was murdered in London in 2006 with radioactive polonium-210 while helping European authorities in a corruption investigation. The "state-sponsored murder" was an effort by the Russian government to send a chilling message to its critics, Peter Clarke, Scotland Yard's former deputy commissioner who led the investigation, told the British Daily Mail on April 17. Two Russian suspects were identified by British authorities, but Russia refused to extradite them, and no one was charged.
• Anna Politkovskaya, an investigative journalist who exposed Russian atrocities during the war in the restive Russian republic of Chechnya. She was gunned down in her Moscow apartment stairway in 2006. Former police officer Dmitry Pavliutchenkov was convicted of ordering surveillance of the journalist but denied killing her. He was sentenced in 2012 to 11 years in prison. Five alleged accomplices were later convicted, including two who were sentenced to life in prison. Pavliutchenkov's promise to identify who ordered the hit never resulted in further charges.
Russian police officers stand next to trace of the body of Boris Nemtsov, a former Russian deputy prime minister and opposition leader, at Red Square with the Kremlin Wall in the background in Moscow on Feb. 28, 2015.   (Photo: Pavel Golovkin, AP)
Two of the recent victims, Oleg Erovinkin and Alex Oronov, have been described by Russian analysts as possibly connected to a dossier written by a former British spy about Trump and his campaign staff’s alleged collusion with Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.
Erovinkin, 61, a general in the Russian spy agency and a close associate of a Putin confidant, was found dead in the back of his car on Dec. 26 in Moscow. The cause of death is unknown.
Oronov, 69, a Ukrainian-born businessman in New York, died under unknown circumstances around March 2, according to Andriy Artemenko, a member of Ukraine's parliament. Oronov had arranged a meeting between Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen; Trump business associate Felix Sater, and Artemenko in January about a peace plan for Ukraine that would benefit Russia. Artemenko alleged that Oronov died because of the peace-plan plot.
The list of recent deaths does not include Matthew Puncher, 46, a British polonium expert in the Litvinenko inquiry, reported to have stabbed himself to death in his home in Oxfordshire after returning from a trip to Russia last May.
Luke Harding chronicled a succession of suspected political murders in his 2016 book, A Very Expensive Poison; the Assassination of Alexander Litvinenko and Putin's War with the West. Former KGB officers and defectors described Soviet-era research into poisons used to kill enemies that continued in post-Soviet Russia, Harding wrote. Some substances are so rare and leave so little trace that death can be easily mistaken for a heart attack.
Journalist Hurst, who helped compile the list of deaths, said the recent uptick appears to be a sign of the growing political pressure on Putin and his cronies. “Putin is at the top of a criminal organization (and) there are all these people who have dirt on him,” she said. “It’s not surprising he’s willing to bump people off."
Kara-Murza, who is still recovering from the alleged poisoning, said he has "absolutely no doubt this was an attempt to kill me because of my political activities in the Russian opposition for the last several years, and more specifically because of my active involvement in the campaign in support of the Magnitsky Act," which calls for U.S. sanctions on Russian officials involved in human rights abuses and corruption.
He plans to push for similar laws in other Western countries, and to return to Russia to continue his activism when he is physically stronger.
Since many of the suspicious deaths are related to government corruption or those who exposed it, Kara-Murza urged Congress to block Russians who stole their nation’s wealth from investing in the United States.
"This is not only about money," he said in his Senate testimony. “Much more importantly it is about the message that the U.S. sends to Russia.”
© 2017 WHAS-TV
Read the whole story
 
· · · · · · ·

US Senate Panel Taking New Look at Russian Meddling in Presidential Election

1 Share
WASHINGTON — 
A U.S. Senate panel is taking a new look Monday into the extent of Russian meddling in last year's presidential election, even as President Donald Trump continues to dismiss Moscow's interference.
The Senate Intelligence Committee is hearing testimony from Sally Yates, who was briefly acting attorney general, the country's top law enforcement official, in the early days of the Trump administration before the new president fired her.
She had been a key Justice Department official under former president Barack Obama and is expected to answer questions about warnings she gave the incoming administration about discussions that Michael Flynn, the retired Army general Trump had named as his national security adviser, was having with Russia's ambassador to Washington.
Flynn served only 24 days in the key White House post before Trump fired him after U.S. intercepts of Flynn’s conversations with Sergey Kislyak showed that Flynn had lied to Vice President Mike Pence and others about his contacts with the Russian diplomat. Yates feared that as a result of his denial of the contacts, Flynn might be vulnerable to blackmail.
FILE - Then deputy attorney general Sally Yates testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 24, 2015. Yates is among former U.S. officials to testify Monday.
FILE - Then deputy attorney general Sally Yates testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 24, 2015. Yates is among former U.S. officials to testify Monday.
In addition, James Clapper, Obama's director of national intelligence, is expected to testify. He was instrumental in the U.S. intelligence community's conclusion that Russia sought to boost Trump's chances of winning by hacking into the computer of the campaign chief for his opponent, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
WikiLeaks’ role
The anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks subsequently released thousands of emails in the weeks before the election that showed embarrassing behind-the-scenes Democratic operations aimed at helping Clinton win her party's presidential nomination.
Clinton last week partly blamed her upset loss to Trump on the daily release of the emails just before the November election.
FILE - Then director of national intelligence James Clapper is seen at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, on Capitol Hill, Feb. 9, 2016, in Washington. Clapper is also expected to testify Monday.
FILE - Then director of national intelligence James Clapper is seen at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, on Capitol Hill, Feb. 9, 2016, in Washington. Clapper is also expected to testify Monday.
Trump, not wanting to give credence to any election happenstance that might undermine the legitimacy of his victory, continues to downplay the congressional investigations of Russian meddling and a probe by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the country's top law enforcement agency, into whether Trump campaign aides colluded with Russian interests to help him win.
He again last week rejected the official view that Russia hacked into the computer of Clinton campaign chief John Podesta, saying that it "could have been China, could have been a lot of different groups."
In a Twitter comment, Trump said, "The phony Trump/Russia story was an excuse used by the Democrats as justification for losing the election."
Read the whole story
 
· · ·

Report: Comedian Stephen Fry focus of blasphemy complaint

1 Share
Thousands of Canadians across the country spent the weekend in a desperate struggle with rising floodwaters caused by unusually persistent rainfall.
Quebec has been hardest hit, with nearly 1,900 flooded homes in roughly 130 municipalities, from the Ontario border in the west, to the Gaspe peninsula.
National Defence said in a release that approximately 800 additional troops were deployed in Quebec on Sunday, joining more than 400 Canadian Armed Forces members already assisting with the flood effort in the province.
The troops, along with aircraft and 12 boats from the Naval Reserve, were being positioned to aid communities across Quebec, several of which are under a state of emergency, it said in a release.
On Sunday, Montreal became the latest Quebec city to declare a state of emergency after three dikes gave way in the Pierrefonds-Roxboro borough, in the north end of the city by the Rivieres des Prairies.
Canadian Forces Capt. Frederick Lavoie was overseeing 35 army reservists bagging sand and helping to save houses along the river in Pierrefonds.
His men, all from the Montreal area, took over from a regular forces unit Sunday morning and “couldn’t wait to get their hands dirty and feet wet,” Lavoie said.
There should be up to 100 reservists helping in the borough by Tuesday, he added.
“We are here to serve the civilian power,” Lavoie said. “The main thing we can do is save houses from being flooded. And it’s always good to have people on the ground to reassure the population.”
Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre said about 220 people in the city had been evacuated from their homes.
He said officials were prepared to remove people if they refused to comply with evacuation orders.
“I understand that morally or psychologically, physically, mentally, people are very, very tired. We’re talking 24 hours in a row of people helping each other,” Coderre told reporters. “But sometimes we need to protect people from themselves.”
Coderre said officials are warning water levels could rise another 20 centimetres in the next 24 hours.
Donald McElligott was standing outside his home near the Rivieres des Prairies in Pierrefonds, where a steady stream of water was leaking out of his garage.
A few feet away, several large, white bags of sand were acting as a dam, blocking off what used to be the entrance to the shore of the river.
“Right now I’m worried,” he said. “My wife was born in this house.”
West of Montreal, the small town of Rigaud issued a mandatory evacuation order Sunday and a state of emergency has been in place for several days.
Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr. told reporters at a town hall that firefighters will be going door to door to make sure people in the affected areas leave their homes.
“We will follow the fire department and actually remove the people if need be,” Gruenwald said. “Because it is either that or services will be stuck to remove those people under a state of emergency at two o’clock in the morning on a stretcher – I’m sorry but we are not going to go there.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited a flood-affected area in Terrasse-Vaudreuil, just west of Montreal.
“Friends & neighbours, civilians & soldiers coming together to help those affected by floods. Inspiring to see it,” Trudeau tweeted Sunday night along with pictures showing him talking to residents and helping fill a bag with sand.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweet on Quebec flooding
Lt.-Col. Pascal Larose said about 400 members of the Canadian Forces were deployed between Gatineau and Rigaud, and another 550 in the Montreal area including its northern suburb of Laval.
About 75 members were deployed around Trois-Rivieres, located about halfway up the St. Lawrence River between Montreal and Quebec City, and roughly 200 members were aiding relief efforts south of Montreal.
In Gatineau, Que., near the border with Ontario, 380 residences were evacuated and officials want to evacuate another 900 homes Sunday.
Some federal employees were being advised not to go to work on Monday because of the flooding.
Officials said federal buildings in Gatineau would be closed, and employees who normally get to their offices via the interprovincial bridges in the National Capital Region were being asked not to go to their offices.
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said no other province had so far requested military help, but forces personnel, including reserves, are on stand-by across the country.
The situation in Ontario seems to be “generally stabilizing,” although there are many unstable local circumstances, he said.
In the eastern Ontario village of Cumberland, Christina Hajjar said she and her family likely won’t be returning to live in their two homes that were destroyed by the flood.
“They are quite old,” she said Sunday. “I don’t think they’ll be salvageable after sitting in a foot of water for goodness knows how long.”
For the moment Hajjar is staying in an inn in the nearby town of Clarence-Rockland, where she said she’s receiving a lot of community support.
“At this point, we just really are hoping that the faith we’re putting in the government is put in the right place and they’ll come through for us in the end.”
Goodale said the Ontario government had requested “additional flood mitigation resources” to help in its battle against the flooding and that support would be provided.
“This Ontario request does not involve the deployment of Canadian Armed Forces personnel,” he said.
Rob Kuhn, an Environment Canada meteorologist based in Toronto, said Sunday that eastern Ontario saw the most rainfall in the province. He added that upward of 80 millimetres of rain fell between Friday and Sunday morning in the Trenton area.
In Atlantic Canada, some parts of New Brunswick recorded more than 150 millimetres of rain after a nearly 36 hour non-stop downpour.
A weather station northeast of Saint John, N.B., measured 155 millimetres of precipitation from late Friday to early Sunday.
While the deluge tapered off in the province early Sunday, New Brunswick’s St. John River has spilled its banks, prompting several road closures.
“It’s above flood stage in several areas from Fredericton down south,” said Robert Duguay, a spokesman with the province’s emergency measures organization. “Water levels are going to stay high probably for the rest of the week.”
In British Columbia, searchers looked for two men missing as flooding continued to plague province’s Interior, and the possibility of further rain and snowmelt had residents bracing for more.
RCMP spokesman Dan Moskaluk said Cassidy Clayton, a fire chief in Cache Creek, remained unaccounted for two days after he was believed to have been swept away by a swollen waterway west of Kamloops. Clayton is presumed dead and the search had turned into a recovery effort, the Mounties said.
And a statement from the Columbia Shuswap Regional District said an urban search and rescue team from Vancouver was searching for a 76-year-old man whose home north of Salmon Arm was “completely enveloped” in a mudslide Saturday.
Read the whole story
 
· · · · · ·

Cybersecurity expert: Macron party hacker left ‘digtal fingerprints’ pointing back to Russian involvement

1 Share
Tom Boggioni
Tom Boggioni
07 May 2017 at 17:07 ET                   
A specialist in cybersecurity told the Wall Street Journal that digital fingerprints left behind by a hacker on emails and documents belonging to new French President Emmanuel Macron’s En Marche party show ties to the Kremlin.
According to Selahaddin Karatas, CEO of the San Francisco-based cybersecurity company SAASPASS, a deep look into caches of hacked records shows evidence that an employee who once worked with Russian internet firm Evrika was involved.
Karatas noted that the man, who he did not identify, appeared nine times as the last person to have modified some of the files — although there is a question whether the man still works with the firm.
The security experts said it was unusual for someone with that level of skill to digital fingerprints behind.
“This is a schoolboy error and looks very strange to see it coming from someone who works at a government contractor. Attribution and provenance are hard to pinpoint, and it’s very easy to create fake trails to throw people of from those who may really be working with the data,” Karatas explained.
Karatas went on to note that Evrika does not appear, nor is it mentioned, in the metadata he has seen.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Evrika has offices in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kursk, and the company has previously provided services for  Russia’s Defense Ministry and the Federal Security Service, or FSB — Russia’s intelligence service.
On Friday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied Putin’s government had anything to do with the  hacking of En Marche, saying accusations “mean nothing in and of themselves and are pure slander.”
The hacking of the French party mirrors Russian involvement in accessing computer servers at the Democratic National Committee  prior to the 2016 election, with US intelligence officials believing the Russians attempted to influence the election in favor of now-President Donald Trump.
Read the whole story
 
· · · ·
Next Page of Stories
Loading...
Page 2

White House’s Trumpcare victory party gets cut short by Russia probe news

1 Share
President Donald Trump and Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives may be celebrating their successful passage of the American Healthcare Act (AHCA) on Thursday, but the White House’s victory lap is “already grinding to a halt,” according to a Sunday night report at Politico.com.
As the House’s bill meets an uncertain fate in the Senate — some Senate members have made it clear that they intend to rewrite the House bill so as to render it unrecognizable or destroy it altogether — the White House is headed straight toward the “political buzzsaw” that is the investigation into allegations that the Trump 2016 campaign colluded with Russia to tamper with November’s elections.
On Monday, former acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates is due to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about disgraced ex-national security adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. Late last week, news broke that Flynn was warned by officials within the Trump transition team about meeting with Russian ambassador and purported spymaster Sergey Kislyak.
“Meanwhile, the health care bill that the White House spent the weekend celebrating appears destined for the trash can on the other side of the Capitol,” wrote Politico’s Matthew Nussbaum.
Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday that the Senate won’t even look at the House bill as it constructs its own attempt to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
“First of all, the House bill is not going to come before us,” Collins said. “The Senate is starting from scratch. We’re going to draft our own bill. And I’m convinced that we’re going to take the time to do it right.”
Meanwhile, Democrats are blasting Senate Republicans for including no women in its committee to draft a bill that directly affects child care, women’s healthcare funding and reproductive freedom.
“The GOP is crafting policy on an issue that directly impacts women without including a single woman in the process. It’s wrong,” wrote Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) on Twitter.
Democrats are also attacking the House bill on the grounds that it hasn’t been scored or vetted by Congressional Budget Office (CBO) since it was amended. Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) clumsily insisted that it has been vetted — echoing his embattled spokeswoman AshLee Strong’s phony spin from Saturday — on Sunday’s edition of “This Week.”
“(E)ven as senators have been pressing the brakes,” wrote Nussbaum, “some in the White House”  like Chief of Staff and former RNC Chairman Reince Priebus are demanding “fast action” on the Obamacare repeal.
The double-punch of Flynn’s news from late last week and the announcement by French President-elect Emmanuel Macron that his campaign was hit with a “massive hack” operation akin to the one deployed against the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 race, left Republicans facing stiff questions about Russia on Sunday when they would rather have been celebrating the House bill — which is poised to strip health coverage from an estimated 24 million Americans.
Early on Sunday, Trump attempted a pre-emptive inking of the waters around Monday’s testimony by Yates and the ongoing Russia investigation by tweeting, “When will the Fake Media ask about the Dems dealings with Russia & why the DNC wouldn’t allow the FBI to check their server or investigate?”
There are rumblings in the capital and beyond that two grand juries have been secretly empaneled to investigate the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia and a second investigation involving Russian organized crime and money-laundering.
Under Rule 6 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure — which outlines the legal parameters, structure and regulations of a federal grand jury — all grand jurors, interpreters, court reporters, operators of recording devices, transcriptionists, government attorneys and “person to whom disclosure is made under Rule 6(e)(3)(A)(ii) or (iii)” are under orders not to disclose any matters occurring before a grand jury.
This Technology Will Be Bigger Than the Internet
Read the whole story
 
· · ·

Iranian Defense Minister Dehghan Warns Saudi Arabia Over ‘Battle’ Comments

1 Share
Iran says it would hit back at nearly all of regional rival Saudi Arabia’s territory with the exception of Islam's holiest places if the Saudis do anything "ignorant."

Macron Wins French Presidency

1 Share
Emmanuel Macron was elected president of France in a watershed victory that hands the political newcomer a strong mandate to overhaul France’s economy and stems a tide of nationalism sweeping the European Union.

Macron and Le Pen Face Off in Pivotal French Election

1 Share
The French are voting in the deciding round of a presidential election that has sidelined mainstream parties and redrawn French politics as a contest between globalists and nationalists.

Russian Link Cited in Hacked Macron Party Files

1 Share
Head of cybersecurity company says digital fingerprints of a Russian computer specialist are on metadata of some files hacked from Emmanuel Macron’s party

Plan to gut drug czar’s office not a done deal, White House chief of staff says 

1 Share
Plan to gut drug czar's office not a done deal, White House chief of staff says

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said Sunday that President Trump remains committed to fighting the nation’s opioid crisis and that “nothing is finalized” regarding a proposal to gut the budget of the White House’s “drug czar.” “I would always tell people, judge President Trump by his actions, not leaked documents and hypotheticals,” Priebus […]
Next Page of Stories
Loading...
Page 3

Trump congratulates Macron on his ‘big win’ in France

1 Share
Trump congratulates Macron on his ‘big win’ in France
President Trump on Sunday took to Twitter to congratulate Emmanuel Macron for winning France’s presidential election, giving a nod to a centrist who didn’t seem to have been his preferred candidate. “Congratulations to Emmanuel Macron on his big win today as the next President of France,” Trump said in his tweet. “I look very much […]
Kushner Cos. Pushes Investor Visas to Wealthy Chinese in Skyscraper Pitch
CSIS suspected Soviet spies of pinching King diary full of atomic secrets - CTV News
Senators Looking Ahead to Sally Yates Testimony on Russia and Flynn - NBCNews.com
What's Behind FBI Head Comey Calling Russia the 'Greatest Threat' - Sputnik International
Eric Trump said family golf courses attracted Russian funding, author claims
Eric Trump reportedly bragged about Russian funding streams - ThinkProgress
Trump team's curious query tripped concerns about Flynn - Military Times
LANDSLIDE: France Overwhelmingly Says "NON" to Fascism, Trumpism - Common Dreams
Analysis: Despite Le Pen's loss, European populism lives on - ABC News
Eric Trump said Russians fund family's golf courses: golf writer - New York Daily News
Eric Trump said dad's golf courses were funded by Russia - New York Post
Time to get caught up: the comprehensive Palmer Report on Trump-Russia version 2.0
Eric Trump once dished on business ties to Russia, golf writer claims in interview - MarketWatch
Eric Trump: 'We have all the funding we need out of Russia' for Trump golf courses - Business Insider
US Senate Panel Taking New Look at Russian Meddling in Presidential Election - Voice of America
Le Pen Lost French Election, but Battle Against Populism Is Far From Over - Haaretz
Cybersecurity expert: Macron party hacker left 'digtal fingerprints' pointing back to Russian involvement - Raw Story
Cybersecurity expert: Macron party hacker left 'digtal fingerprints' pointing back to Russian involvement - Raw Story
White House health care victory short-lived as Russia probe looms - POLITICO.eu
Eric Trump has blown it by admitting to a reporter that Donald Trump really is a financial puppet of Russia
Hillary Clinton fires back at the media over Russian election interference
Sally Yates set to testify about Russia's attempts to interfere in US election - CBS News
The Anti-Russia Inquisition Intensifies - The National Interest Online
'Grinding to a halt': White House's Trumpcare victory party gets cut short by Russia probe news - Raw Story
Macron Wins French Presidency

-
Saved Stories - None 
Kushner Cos. Pushes Investor Visas to Wealthy Chinese in Skyscraper Pitch

Nicole Meyer, sister of senior Trump adviser Jared Kushner, is leading a marketing campaign targeting major Chinese cities for wealthy individuals to invest a combined $150 million in a New Jersey development for the chance to secure U.S. immigration rights.

CSIS suspected Soviet spies of pinching King diary full of atomic secrets - CTV News


CTV News

CSIS suspected Soviet spies of pinching King diary full of atomic secrets
CTV News
Among them: theft of the diary by the Russian intelligence services or their agents to learn what King, Clement Attlee of Britain and Harry Truman, then U.S. president, discussed concerning the atomic bomb and, quite possibly, the unfolding American ...

and more »
Senators Looking Ahead to Sally Yates Testimony on Russia and Flynn - NBCNews.com


Frederick News Post (subscription)

Senators Looking Ahead to Sally Yates Testimony on Russia and Flynn
NBCNews.com
That Senate subcommittee is one of a number of investigations within Congress looking into Russian attempts to interfere in the 2016 elections, in addition to inquiries in the Senate and House Intelligence Committees. Meanwhile, Sen. Dianne Feinstein ...
Former top Justice Dept. official Sally Yates to testify about Michael Flynn and RussiaLos Angeles Times
Pentagon joins intensifying investigation of former Trump aide FlynnFrederick News Post (subscription)
Top Obama officials to testify on Russian election interferenceRappler

all 119 news articles »
What's Behind FBI Head Comey Calling Russia the 'Greatest Threat' - Sputnik International


Sputnik International

What's Behind FBI Head Comey Calling Russia the 'Greatest Threat'
Sputnik International
Commenting on Comey's remarks, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said at a press briefing: "I think that's the view of the FBI. We rely on them and the rest of the intelligence community to provide the president with updates on what they are ...

and more »
Eric Trump said family golf courses attracted Russian funding, author claims

Three years ago he allegedly said the Trump Organization had all the funding we need from Russia and Donald Trump tossed off that he had access to $100m
Eric Trump said three years ago the Trump Organization had all the funding we need out of Russia for its golf course projects, according to an author recounting the story of a 2014 meeting with Donald Trump and his son.
Related: Trump-Russia investigation reignites as Senate asks aides to hand over notes
He said, Well, we dont rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia'
Related: Escape from New York: protesters are scarce at Trump's Jersey retreat
Continue reading...
Eric Trump reportedly bragged about Russian funding streams - ThinkProgress


ThinkProgress

Eric Trump reportedly bragged about Russian funding streams
ThinkProgress
This wouldn't have been the first time one of the Trump offspring bragged about Russian funding. At a real estate conference in 2008, Donald Trump Jr. said that the Russian money was pouring in to the Trump business. And in terms of high-end product ...
Eric Trump said Russians fund family's golf courses: golf writerNew York Daily News
Eric Trump said dad's golf courses were funded by RussiaNew York Post
We Have All the 'we have all the funding we need out of Russia', golf writer claimsThe Independent
Eric Trump: 'We Have All The
 
Funding We Need Out of Russia.TPM (blog)
The Guardian-The Independent-Business Insider-WBUR
all 23 Of Russia'UPROXX
Eric Trump brags about receiving funding from Russia in 2014 interviewBlasting News

all 11
 
news articles »
Trump team's curious query tripped concerns about Flynn - Military Times


Military Times

Trump team's curious query tripped concerns about Flynn
Military Times
FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2013, file photo, Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the U.S. speaks with reporters following his address on the Syrian situation at the Center for the National Interest in Washington. A member of DonaldTrump's transition ...
Flynn was warned by Trump transition officials about contacts with Russian ambassadorChicago Tribune
Trump transition raised flags about Flynn Russia contactsYahoo News
Trump's Russia problems under scrutiny next weekSalon
Washington Post
all 110 news articles »
LANDSLIDE: France Overwhelmingly Says "NON" to Fascism, Trumpism - Common Dreams


Common Dreams

LANDSLIDE: France Overwhelmingly Says "NON" to Fascism, Trumpism
Common Dreams
Centrist Emmanuel Macron has won the French presidency with a landslide victory over the far-right, nationalist Marine Le Pen of Front National. Macron, 39, a former economy minister who ran as a neither left nor right independent, took 65.1% to Le ...
Obama's Macron Endorsement Is an Effort to Stop the Spread ofTrumpismThe Nation.
Projections Show Macron With with a Comfortable Win in French ElectionPJ Media
While American liberals celebrate his win, Emmanuel Macron readies for a great challengeWashington Examiner

all 5,157 
PJ Media

all 4,568
 
news articles »
Analysis: Despite Le Pen's loss, European populism lives on - ABC News


The Local France

Analysis: Despite Le Pen's loss, European populism lives on
ABC News 
A larger slice than ever of the French electorate, fraught with anxiety and anger about globalization's bruising impact on jobs and security, saw solace in Le Pen's promises of "French-first" protectionism, no matter how half-baked. She pledged to ...
Why Marine Le Pen was always likely to fail in her quest to match DonaldTrumpThe Local France
Emmanuel Macron elected President of FranceNPI's Cascadia Advocate (blog)
French Election Results: Macron Projected WinnerHeavy.com
The Australian-The Globe and Mail-Arab News
all 5,247 news articles »
 
Analysis: Despite Le Pen's loss, European populism lives on. By john leicester ... France's campaign this year redrew the nation's political landscape, throwing out mainstream parties from left and right and putting electoral newcomer Macron in the ...

and more »
Eric Trump said Russians fund family's golf courses: golf writer - New York Daily News


New York Daily News

Eric Trump said Russians fund family's golf courses: golf writer
New York Daily News
A prominent golf writer says Eric Trump, one of President Trump's sons, once claimed their family took money from Russians to fund their golf courses. James Dodson recounted the alleged encounter Friday on the Boston radio station WBUR, claiming Trump...
Eric Trump reportedly bragged about Russian funding streamsThinkProgress
Eric Trump said dad's golf courses were funded by Russia: reportNew York Post
We Have All the Funding We Need Out of Russia.TPM (blog) 
The Guardian-

Business Insider-The Guardian-The Independent-WBUR
all 25 Independent
all 24
 
news articles »
Eric Trump said dad's golf courses were funded by Russia - New York Post


New York Post

Eric Trump said dad's golf courses were funded by Russia
New York Post
President Trump's son Eric once said that his father got funding for his golf courses from the Russians, according to a report. Golf writer James Dodson said he hit the links with Eric and Donald at the Trump National Golf Club in Charlotte, N.C., in ...
Eric Trump reportedly bragged about Russian funding streamsThinkProgress
Eric Trump said family golf courses attracted Russian funding, author claimsThe Guardian
Eric Trump said Russians fund family's golf courses: golf writerNew York Daily News
Business Insider -Telegraph.co.uk -MarketWatch
all 23 news articles »
Time to get caught up: the comprehensive Palmer Report on Trump-Russia version 2.0

Donald Trump’s Russia scandal has become so vast and complex, with new pieces of the puzzle arriving from all direction, that it’s become difficult to keep track of the pieces long enough to figure out how they fit together. I’ve been reporting on the Trump-Russia scandal since the summer of 2016. As we head into the latest Congressional hearings on the scandal, I’ve updated the comprehensive document which ties all the pieces together and explains how we got to this point.
The Palmer Report on Trump-Russia begins with the financial bodyblow which Donald Trump suffered in 2008, leaving him unable to continue borrowing money from U.S. banks, and making him vulnerable to Vladimir Putin and Russia. My report goes on to document how the Kremlin built Trump back up over the next several years by using a carrot and stick approach of secretly laundered money and carefully orchestrated blackmail. I document how, by the time Trump entered the 2016 election, his newfound status as a Russian political puppet was a natural extension of his existing status as a Russian financial and societal puppet.
From there the Palmer Report on Trump-Russia breaks down Donald Trump’s connections to Russia during the campaign on a month by month basis, weaving them together to paint the full picture of how Putin and his associates orchestrated every major event within the Trump campaign. I also document how that Kremlin influence continued into the transition period and then into the White House. The connections include Trump campaign advisers, Trump business associates, Trump’s friends and family, Russian diplomats, Russian spies, a double digit number of Russians who have dropped dead, and behind the scenes at the center of it all Vladimir Putin.
In the interest of disseminating this vital information as far and wide as possible, and helping the nation and the world to fully understand what it’s currently up against, I’m making my report available as a free PDF download to everyone. Click here to download the Palmer Report on Trump-Russia for free or read it via the document viewer below. If you find my report useful, feel free to contribute whatever you think this report is worth via PayPal.
PalmerReportTrumpRussia2
If you find my report useful and you appreciate independent political journalism, feel free to contribute whatever you think this report is worth via PayPal.
The post Time to get caught up: the comprehensive Palmer Report on Trump-Russia version 2.0 appeared first on Palmer Report.
Eric Trump once dished on business ties to Russia, golf writer claims in interview - MarketWatch


MarketWatch

Eric Trump once dished on business ties to Russia, golf writer claims in interview
MarketWatch
Golf writer James Dodson says he once spent some time at the TrumpNational Golf Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he got treated to a bro hug from pre-presidency Donald Trump, ate a cheeseburger, and hit the links with Eric Trump before a ...
Eric Trump : 'We have all the funding we need out of Russia' for Trump golf coursesBusiness Insider
Eric Trump said dad's golf courses were funded by Russia: reportNew York Post
Eric Trump 
said 'we have all the funding we need out of Russia', golf writer claimsThe Independent
 
ThinkProgress
 
Eric Trump reportedly bragged about Russian funding streamsThinkProgress
Eric Trump said family golf courses attracted Russian funding, author claimsThe Guardian
UPROXX-Business Insider UK
 -Washington Examiner -Slate Magazine (blog)
all 25 

all 18
 news articles »
Eric Trump: 'We have all the funding we need out of Russia' for Trump golf courses - Business Insider


Business Insider

Eric Trump: 'We have all the funding we need out of Russia' for Trump golf courses
Business Insider
An unverified dossier on Trump's ties to Russia included an explosive allegation that his campaign agreed to minimize US opposition to the Kremlin's aggressiveness towards Ukraine if the Kremlin released negative information about his opponent, Hillary ...
Eric Trump said dad's golf courses were funded by Russia : report New York Post
Eric Trump reportedly bragged about Russian funding streamsThinkProgress
Eric Trump said 'we have all the funding we need out of Russia', golf writer claimsThe Independent
The GuardianUPROXX- Slate Magazine (blog) -UPROXX
all 24 

all 22
 news articles »
US Senate Panel Taking New Look at Russian Meddling in Presidential Election - Voice of America


Voice of America

US Senate Panel Taking New Look at Russian Meddling in Presidential Election
Voice of America
In addition, James Clapper, Obama's director of national intelligence, is expected to testify. He was instrumental in the U.S. intelligence community'sconclusion that Russia sought to boost Trump's chances of winning by hacking into the computer of ...

and more »
Le Pen Lost French Election, but Battle Against Populism Is Far From Over - Haaretz


Financial Express

Le Pen Lost French Election, but Battle Against Populism Is Far From Over
Haaretz
Italy is in a more advanced state of political meltdown than other Western European countries. The old parties collapsed there in the 1990s, following the Mani Pulite (or clean hands) investigation into ties between veteran politicians and organized ...
Macron campaign says its emails have been subjected to 'massive, coordinated' hackingWashington Post
Macron target of massive email hackKuwait Times

all 4,642 news articles »
Cybersecurity expert: Macron party hacker left 'digtal fingerprints' pointing back to Russian involvement - Raw Story


Raw Story

Cybersecurity expert: Macron party hacker left 'digtal fingerprints' pointing back to Russian involvement
Raw Story
According to the Wall Street Journal, Evrika has offices in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kursk, and the company has previously provided services for Russia's Defense Ministry and the Federal Security Service, or FSB Russia's intelligence service. On ...

and more »
Cybersecurity expert: Macron party hacker left 'digtal fingerprints' pointing back to Russian involvement - Raw Story


Raw Story

Cybersecurity expert: Macron party hacker left 'digtal fingerprints' pointing back to Russian involvement
Raw Story
According to the Wall Street Journal, Evrika has offices in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kursk, and the company has previously provided services for Russia's Defense Ministry and the Federal Security Service, or FSB Russia's intelligence service. On ...

White House health care victory short-lived as Russia probe looms - POLITICO.eu


POLITICO.eu

White House health care victory short-lived as Russia probe looms
POLITICO.eu
President Donald Trump's health care victory lap is already grinding to a halt. After the White House's biggest legislative victory yet with the House's narrow passage Thursday of the American Health Care Act, momentum will slow as the Senate settles ...

and more »
Eric Trump has blown it by admitting to a reporter that Donald Trump really is a financial puppet of Russia

Were all aware by now that Donald Trump Jr. bragged back in 2008 that his father was taking on a disproportionate amount of investment from Russia, a benchmark that some view as the basis for investigating just how and why Russia began converting Donald Trump into a puppet. But it turns out another Trump son, Eric, has blown it even more thoroughly by going into more details about that Russian money.
In partial defense of Eric Trump, his loose lips flew all the way back in 2014, long before his father decided to run for president. But it happened while he was golfing with a golf reporter, who is now finally outing him over it. Heres the conversation that golf writer James Dodson is claiming took place between himself and Eric Trump while they were golfing:
So when I got in the cart with Eric, as we were setting off, I said, Eric, whos funding? I know no banks because of the recession, the Great Recession have touched a golf course. You know, no ones funding any kind of golf construction. Its dead in the water the last four or five years. And this is what he said. He said, Well, we dont rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia. I said, Really? And he said, Oh, yeah. Weve got some guys that really, really love golf, and theyre really invested in our programs. We just go there all the time.'
Dodson made the remarks while speaking with radio station WBUR (link). What stands out here is that Donald Trump himself has long insisted that he has no financial ties to Russia of any kind. If Eric was telling the truth in 2014 and if his brother Donald Jr. was telling the truth back in 2008, then it means their father really is a Russian financial puppet and hes lying about it. Help fund Palmer Report
The post Eric Trump has blown it by admitting to a reporter that Donald Trump really is a financial puppet of Russia appeared first on Palmer Report.
Hillary Clinton fires back at the media over Russian election interference

When Hillary Clinton pointed out last week that the the 2016 election had been tainted by the interference of Russia and the FBI, a number of reporters at major news outlets began criticizing her for it. As I’ve previously explained, those reporters seem to be trying to distract from the fact that their own consisting misreporting on the election was what set the stage for that external interference to succeed (link). And now Hillary herself is firing back at the media over the matter.
Emmanuel Macron won the French presidential election today by a more than twenty point margin, even after Russian hackers made a desperate last minute attempt at rigging the election in favor of Vladimir Putin’s puppet Marine Le Pen by hacking Marcon’s emails. After the blowout victory, Hillary Clinton took to Twitter and referred to it as a “Victory for Macron, for France, the EU, & the world. Defeat to those interfering w/democracy.”
She added the zinger: “But the media says I can’t talk about that.”
This comes even as Hillary Clinton is on the verge of launching a new political group called Onward Together, aimed at fighting back against Donald Trump’s agenda (link). Meanwhile a number of major media pundits on the left and right are trying to convince her to be silent (link). But it’s increasingly clear that neither Hillary nor her voters will be silenced by anyone involved. Help fund Palmer Report
The post Hillary Clinton fires back at the media over Russian election interference appeared first on Palmer Report.
Sally Yates set to testify about Russia's attempts to interfere in US election - CBS News


CBS News

Sally Yates set to testify about Russia's attempts to interfere in US election
CBS News
BRANCHBURG, N.J. -- Sally Yates, a top Justice Department official in the Obama administration, is set to testify on Monday about Russia's attempts to interfere in the presidential election. Yates was fired by the Trump administration in January after ...
Top Obama officials prepare to testify on Russia's link with US electionsDeccan Chronicle 
Senators Looking Ahead to Sally Yates Testimony on Russia and FlynnNBCNews.com

Russia probe may get new jolt with Yates, Clapper testimony to Senate panelPalm Beach Post (blog)
CNBC-Journal Times
 KRMG
Senators Looking Ahead to Sally Yates Testimony on Russia and FlynnNBCNews.com
CNBC-Business Insider
 
-Washington Post

all 131 128 news articles »
The Anti-Russia Inquisition Intensifies - The National Interest Online


The National Interest Online

The Anti-Russia Inquisition Intensifies
The National Interest Online
The Trump administration's decision to launch missile strikes against a Syrian air base despite Russian President Vladimir Putin vehement objections to the assault on his ally, quieted accusations that Trump was Putin's puppet. Indeed, hawks in both ...

and more »
'Grinding to a halt': White House's Trumpcare victory party gets cut short by Russia probe news - Raw Story


Raw Story

'Grinding to a halt': White House's Trumpcare victory party gets cut short by Russia probe news
Raw Story
There are rumblings in the capital and beyond that two grand juries have been secretly empaneled to investigate the Trump campaign's ties to Russia and a second investigation involving Russian organized crime and money-laundering. Under Rule 6 of the ...

and more »
Macron Wins French Presidency

Emmanuel Macron was elected president of France in a watershed victory that hands the political newcomer a strong mandate to overhaul Frances economy and stems a tide of nationalism sweeping the European Union.