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None of that is interesting to average American, and no minds will be changed as long as Trump (via Twitter and his minions in the House and Senate) can play "it was tit-for-tat, "they did this and that" / "hoax" / "plot" / "treason" / "corruption" / "I am the good guy here, draining the 'swamp' and protecting the country from the 'evil deep state'" etc.

He's only happy to play "victim" and "defender of the faith and fatherland" and will proudly wear the impeachment "badge" after "exoneration" by the Senate's Kangaroo Kourt - that's his kind of show.

The real / only thing that will truly hurt him, personally (his psyche and "reputation / resume") - and will make a serious dent in hearts and minds of average people, including some non-cult Republicans - is if Democrats will expose his personal financial crimes, graft, corruption, money-laundering (especially on behalf and the benefit of Russian oligarchs and Saudi "princes"), lack of personal wealth and botched deals, which he uses to offload losses onto other people, while writing them off on his own tax returns (part of money-laundering schemes), before and after him "taking" the office (emoluments).

THAT would not be a game that "great business can turn around and point fingers on others, or that it would work or matter if he tries to play "I know you are, but who am I?"

Until then, have popcorn, but "you investigate me for political acts, I (Barr) investigate you for political acts" will be as productive as "Mueller investigation" - it doesn't help that on the other side there are Clintons, both corrupt and life-long grifters themselves.

These two clans should be married, in fact Ivanka and Chelsey used to be best buds.

China said Friday that it has reached a consensus with the U.S. in principle

China needs pork (due to "swine flu" epidemic) and soybeans which they have procured from Brazil and Russia after canceling U.S. imports. Trump needs a semblance of a deal, to show he is the "great dealmaker" and to please farmers and stop the bleeding from taxpayers-funded farms bailout, which gives his stupid "strategy" of tariffs the most visible big black eye.

The "deal" is going to be China buying some pork and soybeans - lesser amount than they bought before the "trade war" - in exchange for Huawei and other tech companies relief (they will suddenly stop being "spies"). Trump will announce that China had no choice ("China wants trade deal so much!") and that this is just a "phase one" of the "greatest deal ever made."

They will keep talking to maintain appearance and stave off further tariffs from both sides, because China doesn't need anything else at the moment and will be happy waiting Trump out, and Trump needs appearance of potential "great deal" and being "tough on China" and occasionally get Pavlovian response from the market when it starts tanking, by tweeting about "great things" happening in trade talks (so-called "Trump put" which has been fading of late) but nobody will be making any moves, since Trump already saw the damage to the economy higher tariffs could bring and can't risk recession or visible slowdown that we already have in manufacturing and some service industries in this gig economy.

When we saved the banks we gave them $3 trillion.
If Saving Conoco means we get to take the oil why doesn't saving the banks mean we get to take the money?
#5 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2019-10-28 03:08 PM

The ignorance still displayed by both right and the left regarding so-called 'bank bailout' during the GFC, after more than 10 years, is staggering. 1) Nobody 'gave' banks $3 trillion. Banks received guarantees and Federal Reserve backstop facilities of up to $700B in revolving credit line facility and direct infusion of little more than $200B in exchange of passive, non-voting shares owned by Federal government (i.e., "we, the people") via Dept of Treasury.

Some banks felt they didn't need the infusion, carrying hefty amount of interest to be paid, but they were forced to accept it by Hank Paulson (Treasury Secretary at the time) to avoid speculation on financial condition of other banks.

At any given time there was less than $625B debt outstanding drawn on this facility. The amounts borrowed by the banks as short term loans have been repaid to the Fed with substantial interest, which the Fed returned to the treasury as portion of the profits it makes on lending every year. In other words, the taxpayers made money off this 'bailout' from the banks, not even counting penalties they were later subjected to by the DOJ, SEC and some states agencies who found convenient cookie jars to get their hands into.

why doesn't saving the banks mean we get to take the money?

Whose money would you get to take? The depositors, who keep their money in the bank (mostly in digitally recorded form) and stood a good chance of losing some or most of it (FDIC didn't have nearly as much in their piggy bank to bail out depositors if multiple banks failed, and would have to ask government / Treasury and the Fed to bail it out)? Or shareholders of the banks who in many cases were the same depositors in form of individuals or their pension plans or institutions who held banks' shares in their 401(k)'s? Or would you stop paying the workers at the bank by raiding whatever little (by comparison) amount of money banks had on in payroll accounts?

Unfortunately, most people's idea of what happened is derived from watching many stupid cartoon videos on Youtube, provided by people with good artistic skills but complete financial and economic illiteracy.

Donald Trump wants Romney shot. not impeached.

Mitt Romney should avoid Fifth Avenue when in New York City.

I can't believe Republicans can have any respect for Trump.

Most don't, they despise him for any number of reasons (some for moral / religious / behavior; some for financial / economic failures, incompetence and ignorance; some for legal / constitutional; some for disastrous incompetent and incoherent foreign policy, lurching from right to left trying to win that elusive "Obama's" Nobel Peace Prize and please his bosses Putin and the Oligarchs by weakening U.S. economic and "soft" power in the world etc.) but the ignorant "base" spurred by propaganda apparatus built and honed by Roger Ailes keeps them in the closet or on the outside (#NeverTrump).

Grow a pair and remove him from office.

Easier said than done, and besides, Trump would get a pardon for federal crimes (Ford / Nixon), including treason, which might also make state crimes more difficult to prove or carry sufficient recourse or penalty, so he will continue to be a menace via Twitter-sphere and his own TV, radio and cyber Trump Media Group Networks.

Sometimes I am amazed at how low Pres Trump has pulled the Republican Party.

Don't be amazed or even surprised. This is not your father's Republican Party, it's a Trump Party and he'll attempt to keep a hold of it as long as he and Ivanka can - it's just another channel for him to hawk his wares, but this one is of incredible size he's never had before. He breeds corruption and destroys anything he touches and anywhere he goes. Whether "they" go high or go low, Trump can and will always go lower, to bring "them" down to his level, because he can't possibly go any higher - that's his lifetime Modus Operandi, see his entire CV.

Trump has neither the law nor the facts on his side.

So, as the saying goes, he pounds the table Twitter, and before Twitter he was pounding the media (National Enquirer, NY Post etc. Now he has Roger Ailes and Steve Bannon's Breitbart media channels, but if they go soft on him, I suspect there will be plenty of money (legal or illegal, foreign or domestic) funneled to him to become a "media mogul" to undermine this country's morale and policies from within - he wants to be the "King, Czar and Pope of all media." Unlike Nixon, he will not go quietly into that good night.

Crowdstrike is a now-public cybersecurity company that was managing security for DNC website and email (note: that's not the same as managing a single server - in fact most of the website data was in the cloud, spread over 140 servers. Crowdstrike and FBI made snapshots of entire website data and structure for forensic analysis, before clearing servers to wipe out Russian malware and rebuild website from scratch.)

Crowdstrike was the first one to get the call when DNC suspected a breach of their computers.

CTO of Crowdstrike is Dmitri Alperovich, who was born in Russia and is a naturalized American citizen which likely makes him more patriotic American than Trumps who care mostly about American $Dollars and self-aggrandisement.

Alperovitch is also a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, which received funding from the Viktor Pinchuk Foundation. Pinchuk, a Ukrainian billionaire, has previously donated to the Clinton Foundation but had no known investment in Crowdstrike.

"With regards to our investigation of the DNC hack in 2016, we provided all forensic evidence and analysis to the FBI," CrowdStrike said in a statement. "As we've stated before, we stand by our findings and conclusions that have been fully supported by the US Intelligence community."

Trump adviser Roger Stone's legal team alleged the 2016 hack was an inside job and that CrowdStrike tampered with the evidence to pin the activity on Russian hackers. Stone's legal team used this argument to claim of the U.S. government's warrants in the case were invalid.

Stone has been indicted for making false statements before congressional committees and has a history of spreading conspiracy theories online.

This is not the first time Trump has brought up the missing server conspiracy theory " he raised similar questions during his press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in July last year.

"You have groups that are wondering why the FBI never took the server," Trump said last year. "Why didn't they take the server? Where is the server, I want to know, and what is the server saying?"


Why did President Trump mention CrowdStrike to the Ukrainian president?

Russia Hackers to Blame for Wikileaks Emails - Proof Vladmir Putin Was Behind the Clinton Email Hack (October 20, 2016 - before most people even heard of DNC hack)
"How Russia Pulled Off the Biggest Election Hack in U.S. History"
"The inside story of kompromat."


Russian Expat Founds CrowdStrike to Guard Against Russian Email Hackers - Who Is Dmitri Alperovitch? (October 27, 2016)
"The Man Leading America's Fight Against Russian Hackers Is Putin's Worst Nightmare"
"In a war against hackers, Dmitri Alperovitch and CrowdStrike are our special forces"


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