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Saturday, October 24, 2020

Tim Alberta: The reasons I expected [Joe] Biden to get mauled by the likes of Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg are exactly the reasons he outlasted them all. The reasons I wondered how he would fare against Donald Trump are exactly the reasons he outperformed the president in each of their two debates. Biden is slow. He is steady. He is unspectacular. In other words, he is what much of the electorate seems to want. read more

Friday, October 23, 2020

Some 41,000 people are now hospitalized across the country, including many in the Midwest and the Mountain West. While the nation has seen more people hospitalized at earlier points in the pandemic -- during an onslaught of cases in New York City in April and in the Sun Belt in July -- patients are now spread out much more broadly, raising concern for critically ill patients in rural areas with limited medical resources. read more

Aaron Mak and Molly Olmstead: Again and again, Trump attempted to make bruising attacks on Biden's policies, background, and family - attempted because you'd need to have spent the year pumping nothing but Fox News, Breitbart, and Dan Bongino's Facebook page into your brain to make sense of what the president of the United States was talking about. We, however, are paid to understand exactly that. Here's a rundown, and we're sorry. read more

Nationwide, 77,640 new cases were reported [Thursday], up from the previous record of 75,723 on July 29, according to NBC News' tally. The record-breaking daily tally comes as the total number of coronavirus cases in the country has reached nearly 8.5 million, with 224,280 deaths. There were 921 coronavirus-related deaths reported on Thursday. read more

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

John Danforth, a Missouri Republican who left the Senate in 1995, explained in an op-ed for The Washington Post Tuesday - titled "Trump's attack on the debate commission is an attack on the election itself" - that he'd maintained "a strict vow of silence regarding my personal feelings about the current presidential campaign." But now, Danforth wrote, he feels "compelled to respond" to the criticism and conspiracy theories leveled at the commission by Trump and his allies. read more


The former vice president's loyalists who have spent two years holding their breath, certain that he could say something disqualifying at any moment, are exhaling today with equal parts relief and amazement. The truth is, for all Biden's history of veering outside the lines and putting his foot in his mouth, he has navigated the most hyperexposed and instantly scrutinized political climate in history without ever putting himself in real jeopardy.

Over the past two years, Biden has executed a campaign that is all the more brilliant because it suppresses his own core instincts. The wise guy who loved to instigate is now the wise man who wants to mediate.

Biden has been the public's own choice for an antidote to Trump and Trumpism with a demeanor that other candidates simply didn't have. I said long ago that this year's contest was never going to be strictly fought over broad issues, but one fought based on a return to competence and civility to the White House by someone representing decency and calm as much as with vision and soaring rhetoric. Covid only narrowed the focus even further as Trump ignorantly allowed America to become the world's leader in infection and death due to his own narcissism and incompetence - choosing to gamble his economic gains over the health and lives of Americans, and obviously threw snake eyes.

In this year unlike any other, it was a fairly good bet that it was going to take a septuagenarian to beat a septuagenarian and now that ending is a complete certainty. But it wasn't the most charismatic one that Democratic voters chose to carry their banner this year, it was the most boring, yet executive-experienced one. Hopefully the majority of voters are making the same choice themselves all across America.

Taras Burdeinyi is the chief executive officer of Burisma Holdings,[1][11] and Alan Apter is chairman of the board of directors.[2][3] As of 14 October 2019, the members of the board of directors, in order of seniority, are Alan Apter, Aleksander Kwaniewski, Joseph Cofer Black, Karina Zlochevska, Christina Sofocleous, Riginos Charalampous, and Marina Pericleous.[2][3] Aleksander Kwaniewski, former president of Poland, joined the board in January 2014.[34][35]

In 2017, Joseph Cofer Black, former director of the Counterterrorism Center of the Central Intelligence Agency (1999"2002) in the George W. Bush administration and former Ambassador-at-Large for counter-terrorism (2002"2004), was appointed to the board.[36] Karina Zlochevska, daughter of Mykola Zlochevskiy, was also appointed in February 2016.[2][3]

In April 2014, Devon Archer, a former senior adviser to the John Kerry 2004 presidential campaign, and Hunter Biden, an attorney and the son of then-US vice president Joe Biden, joined the board.[34][37] Archer left the company in 2018[38] and Hunter Biden left in April 2019, when his term as a director expired.[9]

In April 2014, the Serious Fraud Office of the United Kingdom launched a money laundering investigation against Zlochevsky and accounts of Burisma Holdings and its parent Brociti Investments at the London branch of BNP Paribas containing US$23 million were frozen. That money was transferred as a result of complex transactions by a company controlled by a Ukrainian businessman Serhiy Kurchenko, a subject of the European Union restrictive measures.[39] When the Ukrainian prosecutor general's office failed to provide documents needed for the investigation, a British court in January 2015 dropped the case and ordered to unfreeze the assets.[40] In September 2015, then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt gave a speech in which he called out Ukrainian prosecutors for failing to cooperate with the investigation.[40]

Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine and National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) have conducted in total 15 investigations on Burisma's owner Zlochevsky.[41] In 2016, former Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko accused Burisma subsidiaries of conspiracy and tax evasion of about one billion hryvnias (US$70 million) in 2014"2015, but later during investigation subsidiaries of Burisma were not mentioned.[42] Tax audit of Esko-Pivnich by the State Fiscal Service found some violations in 2016. As a result, 50 million hryvnias (US$1.9 million) of additional taxes was paid to eliminate criminal charges.[42]

In total, Burisma paid additional 180 million hryvnias (US$7.44 million) of taxes to avoid further criminal proceedings.[9][25] A criminal investigation was conducted if natural resources extraction licenses were issued to Burisma subsidiaries legally during the period Zlochevsky held government office. Although violations of the procedure were established by NABU, the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office missed procedural deadlines for a lawsuit and the case for nullifying licenses was dismissed by the court.[42] In October 2019, Prosecutor General Ruslan Riaboshapka announced that all 15 investigation cases will be reviewed.[41]


The highlighted portion shows that the U.S. Government was upset that the Ukraine prosecutor refused to cooperate with the British court's investigation - this was one of the reasons Joe Biden wanted that prosecutor fired before allowing Ukraine to get their loan guarantees.

In actuality, Joe's actions were detrimental to Burisma, not helpful. So again, where exactly is a scandal?

Could he have been put on that board because of all the accusations of ethics against that company and they picked him to help the company become more ethical?

Now I'm not saying it was ethical and appropriate. All I'm saying is that assuming that it might be problematic without knowing the facts is just as inappropriate as justifying it as perfectly ethical without all the facts.

You are absolutely correct. I personally researched this and posted a thread many, many moenths ago where I listed each board member's name, occupation, and nationality at the time Hunter was seated. The former President of Poland had approached Biden's business partner and tapped him for a spot, and he in turn first asked Hunter. The owner of the company was himself under investigation for having used government ties to secure certain leases/contracts - something that the prosecutor AFTER the one Joe had fired levied a multi-million dollar fine against him for.

The point of the new board appointees was indeed to change the international image of Burisma and almost all of its business was concentrated in the region - there never were any ties to America or American interests. The goal was to make Burisma attractive for outside investors, not to gain favor with the U.S. government, because Burisma's business had nothing to do with the U.S..

One of the board members was a Cyprus attorney, another was an accountant based in London, another was the owner's college-aged daughter. If I remember correctly, only 2 or 3 members had any background in the energy industry themselves. Of course Hunter got the position due to his name and already having been a contractor for Burisma on other corporate business that was his company's field of business wholly unrelated to energy.

The "scandal" never made any sense.

Big Man - In one of the supposed emails found on the laptop, one of Hunter's business associates outlined an equity split from a business deal with a Chinese energy company, with 10 percent going to someone identified as "the big man." Conservatives have speculated that "the big man" is Joe Biden, though no solid evidence has surfaced, and the Biden campaign has denied that he received any stock.

Moscow Wife - The [Senate Finance and Homeland Security committee] report claimed that Elena Baturina, the widow of Moscow's former mayor, had wired the money to an investment firm co-founded by Hunter Biden. Hunter's lawyer has denied that he was a co-founder or had any interest in the firm, or that he received the money, and Republicans have not furnished any evidence to support the claim.

$3 Million From Burisma - He was making a reference to Hunter's role on the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma. Trump has changed his story over time about how much Hunter was making, with figures ranging from $50,000 to $83,000 to $183,000. The amount is actually closer to $50,000. It's unclear where the $3 million figure came from, though it could be a reference to the fact that Hunter may have been able to accrue $3 million in total during his five years on the board based on this monthly salary.

Biden's Brother in Iraq - In 2010, James Biden was named the executive vice president of an international construction firm. According to Politico, that position became controversial when James' firm, HillStone International, was awarded $1.5 billion to build homes in Iraq"while Joe Biden was leading the White House's Iraq policy. HillStone has denied that Joe Biden had anything to do with the deal.

Pillows and Sheets - This line of attack is a reference to the Obama administration's decision not to provide lethal aid to Ukraine. In 2015, John McCain complained, "The Ukrainians are being slaughtered, and we're sending blankets and meals. Blankets don't do well against Russian tanks." But while "pillows and sheets" may have been part of the Obama administration's aid to Ukraine, it also sent $100 million in security assistance as well as equipment viewed as essential for the functioning of the Ukrainian military. The Trump administration has supplied much of the same aid, as well as weapons.

Posted as a public service to us Earth 1 inhabitants unfamiliar with the lingo and jargon utilized in the Earth 2 multiiverse.

You have my opinion, and factually we're under-represented. ... I have no idea who Karine is.

Jean-Pierre identifies as lesbian.[17]

In an interview regarding her tenure working for the Obama Administration as an openly gay staffer, she said: "What's been wonderful is that I was not the only; I was one of many. President Obama didn't hire LGBT staffers, he hired experienced individuals who happen to be LGBT," she says. "Serving and working for President Obama where you can be openly gay has been an amazing honor. It felt incredible to be a part of an administration that prioritizes LGBT issues."[18]


I have no argument with you because I have no idea who the people around Biden are but for these 2 who hold quite visible, prominent roles. You asked for representation, and I pointed out that there is indeed representation.

Perhaps it would be wiser to dive deeper on your own or to check q sources that you respect and see what they are saying about Biden's staff make-up before you pass judgments that seem hasty and ill-informed - at least from your own acknowledgments of not knowing that the highest ranking staff person of the vice presidential nominee is both gay and an alumni from the Obama Administration, not Bernie's.

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