Wednesday Open Thread | Comey urges Americans to vote for Democrats

Former FBI Director James Comey called on Americans to vote for Democrats in the midterm elections.

In a tweet Tuesday night, Comey – a longtime Republican who distanced himself from the party in April – slammed the GOP for not standing up to President Trump.

“This Republican Congress has proven incapable of fulfilling the Founders’ design that ‘Ambition must … counteract ambition,’” he tweeted. “All who believe in this country’s values must vote for Democrats this fall.”

“Policy differences don’t matter right now,” he added. “History has its eyes on us.”

Comey’s comments come the day after Trump’s joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in which he refused to denounce Russia for interference in the 2016 election, and criticized his own intelligence agencies.

Trump walked back the comments Tuesday, reading a prepared statement in which he claimed that he misspoke when he said that he did not see any reason why Russia would have interfered in the 2016 election.

“I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia,” Trump said Tuesday. “It should have been obvious. So you can put that in and I think that probably clarifies things.”

Comey, who was fired by Trump in May 2017, said in April that he was leaving the Republican Party because of the president.

“The Republican Party has left me and many others,” he said. “I just think they’ve lost their way and I can’t be associated with it.”

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video: President Obama delivers the annual Nelson Mandela lecture in Johannesburg

Full video of speech MUST WATCH

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Tuesday Open Thread | DOJ charges Russian national with espionage

Washington (CNN) The Justice Department charged a Russian national who, along with her mentor, aimed to set up backchannel communications during the presidential campaign between Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, with conspiring against the US as a foreign agent.

Mariia Butina, also known as Maria, was arrested on Sunday and appeared in court in Washington, DC, on Monday, according to the Justice Department. She’ll be detained for three days until her next court appearance.

She and her mentor, Kremlin-linked banker Alexander Torshin, spent three years trying to make inroads with US political organizations and operatives to develop a more conciliatory approach to Russia among American politicians, according to court filings and CNN reporting. Torshin and Butina feared the end of the Obama administration in 2016, and targeted Republicans, according to court filings.

Their primary avenue of influence appeared to be the National Rifle Association, according to CNN reporting and court filings, though the organization is not explicitly referred to by name in the legal documents.

Torshin bragged both publicly and privately that he and Butina were the only Russians who were also lifetime members of the NRA, and they leveraged their relationship with the NRA’s leadership to foster relationships with Republican Party leaders, American politicians and business leaders. They even used their connection to try to establish a covert communications channel between then-candidate Trump and Putin.

The NRA did not respond to a request for comment.

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Trump Sided with Russia Against Intelligence Agencies

Ta-Nehisi Coates told us…all Trump had to be was rich and white. The media refused to do their job & allowed this monster on America. They aired his klan rallies in its entirety and now he stood on foreign soil & sided with Russia over our intelligence agencies.  He committed treason, in the open, in broad daylight for the whole country to see. IMPEACH HIM NOW!

After face-to-face talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Mr Trump contradicted US intelligence agencies and said there had been no reason for Russia to meddle in the vote.

Mr Putin reiterated that Russia had never interfered in US affairs.

The two men held nearly two hours of closed-door talks in the Finnish capital Helsinki on Monday.

At a news conference after the summit, President Trump was asked if he believed his own intelligence agencies or the Russian president when it came to the allegations of meddling in the elections.

“President Putin says it’s not Russia. I don’t see any reason why it would be,” he replied.

US intelligence agencies concluded in 2016 that Russia was behind an effort to tip the scale of the US election against Hillary Clinton, with a state-authorised campaign of cyber attacks and fake news stories planted on social media.

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Monday Open Thread | #Helsinki protests against Trump

Trump is hated around the world……

(CNN)Protests were already underway in Helsinki on Sunday as President Donald Trump left Scotland, bound for the Finnish capital ahead of his Monday meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Sunday’s demonstrations capped a weekend in which the US president drew protests no matter where he went — whether in Finland, in London or even at his own golf resort in Turnberry, Scotland.

People hold placards and flags during a “Helsinki Calling” march to defend human rights, freedom of speech and democracy on Sunday in Helsinki.

Finnish Demonstrators gathered for a colorful and peaceful protest in Senate Square in central Helsinki, carrying signs, giving speeches and making their opposition known to the US-Russia summit.

“USA & Russia, you did not send your best,” read Hammu Jaakkola’s sign. “You sent leaders that have lots of problems. They’re bringing crimes against humanity.” The sign added, “Some of you, I assume, are good people” — a reference to Trump’s disparaging comments about Mexican immigrants.

Protesters carried signs in Senate Square, protesting the policies of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.
Niina, 27, and Semmi, 21, brought with them a sign of Trump’s face inside the triangular recycling logo. “Please recycle,” it said. “He is dangerous for the environment and for all of us.”

The women, who did not give their last names, showed up to the protests to “have their voices heard,” they told CNN.

“Trump and Putin don’t represent what we in Finland stand for,” Niina said. “All people in Finland are free.”

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Sunday Open Thread

Happy Sunday, Everyone.

World Cup finals today.  France vs Croatia… See schedule
here.

2018 FIFA World Cup Final Schedule, TV, Live Stream

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Saturday Open Thread

Enjoy your weekend with Family & Friends.

ICYMI

Ms. Anita Baker for your enjoyment:

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