Thursday Open Thread | Does This Smell Like Selling State Secrets? Just Asking for a Friend.

You didn’t think that Jared was reading the President’s Daily Briefing for fun, did you?
There was a reason for that story about the four countries that admitted that they choose to meet with Jared ALONE.

Saudi Crown prince said he has Kushner ‘in his pocket’ after allegedly receiving sensitive information from the President’s Daily Briefing
Bob Brigham
21 Mar 2018 at 19:30 ET

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman reportedly bragged about having White House senior counsel Jared Kushner “in his pocket” and may have used highly sensitive intelligence from the President’s Daily Briefing in his violent crackdown on dissent in Saudi Arabia, The Intercept reported Wednesday.

Three sources told The Intercept that Kushner had revealed names of Saudis disloyal to the crown prince.

“The Saudi figures named in the President’s Daily Brief were among those rounded up; at least one was reportedly tortured,” The Intercept explained.

Mohammed bin Salman also was said to have told UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed that Kushner was “in his pocket.”

Kushner communicates with both the Saudi and Emirati crown princes via Whats-App. A source claims that Kushner’s lawyers have since told him not to use the app for government business.

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FMR CIA Director John Brennan Believes America’s in Jeopardy Over Trumps’s “Antics”

Former CIA Director John Brennan on #45:

“Mr. Trump” lacks integrity, lies, and mean-spirited, a charlatan, hoodwinks….

Keep telling us how you REALLY FEEL & THINK, Mr. Brennan.

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Breaking News: Austin bomber kills himself with explosive device

CNN— A suspect in a wave of bombing attacks in Austin killed himself inside his car with an explosive device early Wednesday as authorities closed in, police said.

Since the bombings started on March 2, investigators frantically searched for clues, calling the attacks the work of a”serial bomber” who increasingly changed tactics. The bombings killed two people and left the Texas capital terrorized with fear for 19 days.

In the past 36 hours, law enforcement received information directing them to a person of interest, who ultimately became a suspect.

Surveillance teams tracked the suspect’s vehicle to a hotel in Round Rock, north of Austin. As police waited on tactical units, the vehicle left the hotel.

SWAT approached the vehicle and the suspect detonated a bomb, killing himself and injuring a SWAT member.

A SWAT officer fired his weapon at the suspect after an officer was knocked down by the blast. It’s unclear whether the officer shot the suspect.

The suspect is a 24-year-old white man, and authorities don’t know whether he acted alone or what his motive was.

He is responsible for all the incidents in Austin, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said.

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Wednesday Open Thread | Well well well….The KKKeebler Elf Lied? Ya don’t say…..

As if this is news…but, it does bear repeating…
Do you think Bilbo Bigot was dumb enough to lie to the Special Counsel?

March 18, 2018 / 9:41 AM / Updated 2 hours ago
Exclusive: Sources contradict Sessions’ testimony he opposed Russia outreach
Karen Freifeld, Sarah N. Lynch, Mark Hosenball

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ testimony that he opposed a proposal for President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign team to meet with Russians has been contradicted by three people who told Reuters they have spoken about the matter to investigators with Special Counsel Robert Mueller or congressional committees.

Sessions testified before Congress in November 2017 that he “pushed back” against the proposal made by former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos at a March 31, 2016 campaign meeting. Then a senator from Alabama, Sessions chaired the meeting as head of the Trump campaign’s foreign policy team.

“Yes, I pushed back,” Sessions told the House Judiciary Committee on Nov. 14, when asked whether he shut down Papadopoulos’ proposed outreach to Russia.

Sessions has since also been interviewed by Mueller.

Three people who attended the March campaign meeting told Reuters they gave their version of events to FBI agents or congressional investigators probing Russian interference in the 2016 election. Although the accounts they provided to Reuters differed in certain respects, all three, who declined to be identified, said Sessions had expressed no objections to Papadopoulos’ idea.

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Tuesday Open Thread | About Those Rural White Voters….Uh huh

Done told you…I’m tired of articles about them…
Interesting how nobody ever goes and studies rural BLACK’s like they don’t exist.

A Princeton sociologist spent 8 years asking rural Americans why they’re so pissed off
Hint: it’s not about the economy.
By Sean Illing
Mar 13, 2018, 8:50am EDT

Robert Wuthnow, a sociologist at Princeton University, spent eight years interviewing Americans in small towns across the country. He had one goal: to understand why rural America is so angry with Washington.

Wuthnow’s work resulted in a new book, The Left Behind: Decline and Rage in Rural America. He argues that rural Americans are less concerned about economic issues and more concerned about Washington threatening the social fabric of small towns and causing a “moral decline” in the country as a whole. The problem, though, is that it’s never quite clear what that means or how Washington is responsible for it.

So I decided to speak with Wuthnow about what he learned and whether fears about America’s “moral decline” are really just a cover for much deeper fears about race and demographic changes.


Sean Illing

In the book, you argue that the anger we’re seeing in rural America is less about economic concerns and more about the perception that Washington is threatening the way of life in small towns. How, specifically, is Washington doing this?
Robert Wuthnow

I’m not sure that Washington is doing anything to harm these communities. To be honest, a lot of it is just scapegoating. And that’s why you see more xenophobia and racism in these communities. There’s a sense that things are going badly, and the impulse is to blame “others.”

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Breaking News: Police confirm fourth explosion in Austin Texas

AUSTIN — Officials are responding to an explosion in Southwest Austin Sunday night, Austin police confirmed at a press conference.

This latest explosion is the fourth in the month of March alone.

Officials said they responded to the 4800 block of Dawn Song Drive in Southwest Austin at 8:32 p.m. March 18. Two men in their 20s were transported to South Austin Medical Center with serious injuries. At 11:30 p.m., hospital staff confirmed to KVUE’s Christy Millweard that the two men were in good condition. They’re expected to be okay.

Police are asking anyone in the immediate area — about a half-mile radius — to wait in their homes until at least daylight and follow instructions from officers if and when given.

Police said they are also working to clear a backpack found in the area.

They are asking anyone who sees a package to not even go near it and ask anyone who saw something suspicious to call 9-1-1 immediately.

Initially, Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services said officials received “unconfirmed reports” at 4721 Eagle Feather Drive at 8:32 p.m., where six patients were reported, “on the ground.”

This last confirmed explosion follows three others in the month of March — two of which were deadly. The first was reported on March 2 in Northeast Austin in the Harris Ridge neighborhood. Anthony Stephan House, 39, was critically injured after finding a package on his front doorstep. He died the same day at the hospital. The second explosion happened at a single-family home in Central East Austin on March 12. A 17-year-old boy, identified as Draylen Mason, was killed and a woman in her 40s was seriously injured. A few hours after the explosion that killed the teen, a 75-year-old woman, identified as Esperanza “Hope” Herrera, was injured in the third explosion in Southeast Austin after picking up a package left on her front doorstep. She remains in critical condition. Police said they believe the three explosions are tied to the same suspect(s).

Police have not confirmed if this fourth explosion involved a package or if it is connected to the previous three. Austin Interim Police Chief Brian Manley said he would provide more updates on the latest explosion Monday morning.

Officials with Regents School of Austin, located in the 3200 block of Travis County Circle, said they’re aware of the explosion and classes will be delayed by two hours so that Regent staff can perform a sweep of the area. Staff said they will let the community know updates on their website homepage, text, or email.

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Monday Open Thread | Cambridge Analytica in the Hotseat

Cambridge Analytica scrambles to halt Channel 4 exposé
Firm with links to Trump election under pressure after Facebook ban over data harvesting

Cambridge Analytica, the data firm alleged to have used the personal information of millions of Facebook users without their knowledge in its work for Donald Trump’s election campaign, is trying to stop the broadcast of an undercover Channel 4 News report in which its chief executive talks unguardedly about its practices.

Channel 4 reporters posed as prospective clients and had a series of meetings with Cambridge Analytica that they secretly filmed — including at least one with Alexander Nix, its chief executive. Channel 4 declined to comment.

Mr Nix referred the FT to Cambridge Analytica’s spokesperson when asked if he was aware of the Channel 4 report, which is due to air this week, according to people briefed on the situation. Cambridge Analytica’s spokesman declined to comment on the undercover Channel 4 report.

The company is under mounting pressure over how it uses personal data in political and election campaign work. It was banned by Facebook on Friday, which claimed it had violated the social network’s rules by failing to delete Facebook user data collected by an app for research purposes.

Press reports on Saturday claimed the company had harvested data from more than 50m profiles mostly belonging to US voters.

Christopher Wylie, a former Cambridge Analytica employee, showed documents to the New York Times, The Observer and Channel 4 News, which the news outlets said detailed a programme that used data from a survey without users’ permission. Some 270,000 users had granted permission for their data to be used for research purposes, not passed to a political data analytics firm, and they may have exposed data from their friends in the process.

From the beginning, I have said that the data always leads back to:
a) Kushner
b) The Mercers

Facebook is only taking this step NOW, after being revealed that they continuously lied about what they knew about Russian involvement in using Facebook during the 2016 Election. They think that these actions are going to stop folks from digging deeper about what Facebook knew, and what they’ve been LYING about. Not gonna happen.

From AM JOY:

Cambridge Analytica: Facebook data of 50 million allegedly seized
Cambridge Analytica is coming under fire for reports that the Facebook data of 50 million users was allegedly stolen by the company for use by the Donald Trump presidential campaign. Joy Reid and her panel discuss how this could ‘add a new dimension’ to Robert Mueller’s investigation

And, then they tried to lie on the people who did the 2008 Obama Campaign.

The data ALWAYS leads back to the same places:

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