Thursday Open Thread | More on Voter Suppresor Kris Kobach

From the New York Times:

The Man Behind Trump’s Voter-Fraud Obsession
How Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state, plans to remake America through restrictive voting and immigration laws.
By ARI BERMAN
JUNE 13, 2017

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The A.C.L.U. has filed four suits against Kobach since he was elected in 2010. All of them challenge some aspect of his signature piece of legislation, the Secure and Fair Elections Act, or SAFE Act, a 2011 state law that requires people to show a birth certificate, passport or naturalization papers to register to vote. Kobach has long argued that such a law is necessary to prevent noncitizens from registering to vote, a phenomenon that he has repeatedly claimed is both pervasive and a threat to democracy. The A.C.L.U. has countered that the real purpose of the law is not to prevent fraud but to stop the existing electorate from expanding and shifting demographically. The same principle informed the “grandfather clauses” of the Jim Crow era, which exempted most white voters from literacy tests and poll taxes designed to disenfranchise black voters. Even a seemingly small impediment to registration, like a new ID requirement, favors the status quo, and in Kansas, and indeed nationally, the status quo favors the Republican Party.

The A.C.L.U. has filed four suits against Kobach since he was elected in 2010. All of them challenge some aspect of his signature piece of legislation, the Secure and Fair Elections Act, or SAFE Act, a 2011 state law that requires people to show a birth certificate, passport or naturalization papers to register to vote. Kobach has long argued that such a law is necessary to prevent noncitizens from registering to vote, a phenomenon that he has repeatedly claimed is both pervasive and a threat to democracy. The A.C.L.U. has countered that the real purpose of the law is not to prevent fraud but to stop the existing electorate from expanding and shifting demographically. The same principle informed the “grandfather clauses” of the Jim Crow era, which exempted most white voters from literacy tests and poll taxes designed to disenfranchise black voters. Even a seemingly small impediment to registration, like a new ID requirement, favors the status quo, and in Kansas, and indeed nationally, the status quo favors the Republican Party.

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Today the A.C.L.U. was arguing that a new program called Birth Link — which crosschecked flagged names on the list of voter registrations with Kansas state birth records, conveniently automating the proof-of-citizenship process — discriminated against Kansas residents who were born outside the state. “The Birth Link policy is, in our view, a constitutional smoking gun,” Danjuma said. “There’s nothing wrong at all with the fact that the Kansas Department of Vital Records records people who were born in the state. The problem is when the state starts to distribute benefits — like the right to vote — based on whether or not you’re in that database.”

For Kobach, the question of citizenship, and who has a rightful claim to it, is at the heart of his lawsuits and legislation. Years before Donald Trump began talking about building a wall, the fate of America’s white majority was a matter of considerable interest to Kobach, who once agreed with a caller to his radio show that a rise in Latino immigration could lead to the “ethnic cleansing” of whites and has written scores of laws across the country to crack down on undocumented immigration. He told The Associated Press in May that he met Trump through his son Donald Trump Jr., with whom he has a mutual friend. Kobach has since become close to the White House inner circle, including the president and his chief strategist, Steve Bannon. Two weeks after the election, Kobach met with Trump at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., where the president-elect was auditioning potential members of his cabinet before the press, and was photographed holding a white paper outlining a “Kobach Strategic Plan for First 365 Days.” Though partly obscured, what could be read of the document was a bullet-pointed wish-list of right-wing policies that included “extreme vetting” and tracking of “all aliens from high-risk areas,” reducing “intake of Syrian refugees to zero,” deporting a “record number of criminal aliens in the first year” and the “rapid build” of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Kobach’s plans represent a radical reordering of American priorities. They would help preserve Republican majorities. But they could also reduce the size and influence of the country’s nonwhite population. For years, Republicans have used racially coded appeals to white voters as a means to win elections. Kobach has inverted the priorities, using elections, and advocating voting restrictions that make it easier for Republicans to win them, as the vehicle for implementing policies that protect the interests and aims of a shrinking white majority. This has made him one of the leading intellectual architects of a new nativist movement that is rapidly gaining influence not just in the United States but across the globe.

At every turn of GOP Voter Suppression, here he is.
And now, he wants to do to America, what he has done to Kansas.
Hell No.

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83 Responses to Thursday Open Thread | More on Voter Suppresor Kris Kobach

  1. eliihass says:

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  3. Ametia says:

    HAS NUCLEAR CODES, FOLKS!

    Both of you can remain in Poland, and MAKE AMERICA FEARLESS AGAIN.

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  4. rikyrah says:

    The GOP Still Has a Women Problem
    by Martin Longman
    July 6, 2017 3:04 PM

    While trying to explain both why the Republicans have so few women in the Senate and why they should run more women as candidates, Nathan L. Gonzales of Roll Call offers this observation:

    One seemingly obvious way to avoid Republican men’s temptation to offer their biological views on abortion and choice is to nominate a woman.

    He’s obviously hearkening back to Senate candidates Todd Akin of Missouri and Richard Mourdock of Indiana who both lost five years ago when they expressed their views on pregnancies that result from rape. Akin said that rape pregnancies don’t happen and Mourdock said that they’re God’s will.

    Presumably, no woman would ever say something so stupid and offensive. I guess that’s the argument. But isn’t it sad that anyone would think this was a necessary precaution? And how does that work when trying to recruit women to run? Please represent this party that is full of rape-baby apologists?

    I read analysis like this and it’s not so much that I think it’s wrong exactly as that I just don’t ever want to get to the point where I think it’s normal.

    How about recruiting women to run because you think they’ll be good politicians and excellent public servants?

    And how about having a party that’s not so chock full of nutcase men that you think women’s primary value is that they won’t say something so dumb and toxic as to lose you a winnable seat?

    http://washingtonmonthly.com/2017/07/06/the-gop-still-has-a-women-problem/

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  9. Liza says:

    Ava DuVernay is creating a limited series on the Central Park Five for Netflix https://t.co/yMP0hy3GEh pic.twitter.com/bSyPfxFZxc— Shadow And Act (@shadowandact) July 6, 2017

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  10. Liza says:

    Every person of faith in America should denounce 45's exploitation of the Polish people's prayer.— Rev. Dr. Barber (@RevDrBarber) July 6, 2017

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    • Liza says:

      And what do you figure the future might hold for this little piece of shit?

      He’s destined for a life of crime, let’s hope it’s a short one and that he doesn’t kill or hurt anyone other than himself. Who raises these monster children?

      Ormond and Daytona are two of my favorite beaches from when I lived in Florida. I used to think I would go back there someday, maybe my last stop. Now it doesn’t seem too likely with what has been going down in Florida.

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    • Ametia says:

      DEMON, look @ the eyes.

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  13. LOOK AT THE FLAG

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  14. BREAKING….

    Protesters & police outside the G20 in Hamburg

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  16. rikyrah says:

    “…63 Russians, some with political connections, [have] spent $100m buying property at seven Trump-branded luxury towers in Florida.” pic.twitter.com/s8rZamKvdM
    — Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) July 6, 2017

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  17. rikyrah says:

    NEW: Here is a definitive collection of facts about Trumpcare you can point people to.
    All sourced. C/o @TCFdotorghttps://t.co/HVoVcp6NUr pic.twitter.com/4rwvxR4VnZ
    — Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) July 6, 2017

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  18. rikyrah says:

    Mark Penn Has Some Really Bad Advice
    by Martin Longman
    July 6, 2017 12:55 PM

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    The way to look at this is not that the party has lost the support of white working class voters by doing too good of a job representing the people in their urban strongholds. The party has lost support from the white working class by doing a lousy job of representing the white working class. And there are a whole host of areas where the interests of the white working class and the Democrats’ urban base are not in conflict.

    For Penn, the Democrats’ problem is that they’ve criticized the police and gone too far in pushing LGBT rights. They’re too soft on illegal immigration, and they’re proposing too many “socialist” solutions. But that’s how the Democrats represent their clients. Their problem isn’t that they do this too well. Their problem is that these issues aren’t addressing what is foremost on the minds of people living outside of the large population centers of the country.

    If these people want someone to outlaw abortion, they’re going to hire the other firm. If they want someone to help them with the opioid epidemic then they might well hire the Democratic firm. If the Democrats would develop a plan for revitalizing small-town entrepreneurship and regional equality, they could take that plan to these communities and make a case that they’re best prepared to revitalize them economically.

    If the Democrats have a problem, it’s their impulse to impose a uniformity on the party that just won’t work if the goal is to compete everywhere. Everyone seemed enthusiastic about Howard Dean’s 50-state strategy when he rolled it out as chairman of the DNC. Progressives want the party to compete everywhere. What they don’t want is to have the party speak with two voices on key issues. That’s understandable, but it’s easy to make the perfect the enemy of having any political power on the state or national level.

    Too often, progressives operate from the reverse side of the same basic paradigm that Penn is using, which is that any emphasis on attracting white working class voters must of necessity involve a zero-sum calculation where they get the short end of the stick.

    Admittedly, things can get uncomfortably fuzzy at the juncture where contentious issues meet. But progressives need to be mindful that civil rights, the environment and social justice are best served and protected when the broad left has majorities. If a little fuzz is the price for obtaining those majorities, the tradeoff is well worth it.

    Living at all times at that intersection where divisions are emphasized and hashed out is not a productive way of going about our business. The productive course is figuring out how the party can serve the interests of potential clients in more communities without at the same time failing to represent the left.

    Mark Penn doesn’t attempt this. At all.

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  19. rikyrah says:

    We Can’t Afford a Mentally Unfit Commander in Chief
    by Martin Longman
    July 5, 2017 3:51 PM

    The way David Petraeus describes U.S. foreign policy under Donald Trump is hard to quickly summarize. I guess he’s basically saying that the foreign policy establishment, including the key figures in Trump’s cabinet, is like a really sturdy ship with lots of ballast and an excellent crew. While it might be true that the captain is charting an erratic zig-zag course, there’s little danger that the ship will get lost or capsize. In fact, the basic structure and crew is so solid that it’s “immaterial” whether or not the captain is mentally ill because he is incapable of doing any lasting harm.

    This is nonsense, of course. Trump is destroying America’s credibility on the world stage, and there is now statistical evidence to support this. Pew Research recently surveyed people in 37 nations, and only the people of Israel and Russia have a better opinion of Trump’s America than they had of Obama’s. In most cases, the drop-off is very large. We’re down 83 points in Sweden, for example, and 75 points in Germany and the Netherlands.

    Moreover, not every impulsive, ill-informed, ill-considered decision can be corrected by Trump’s staff and the foreign policy establishment. Petraeus cites a few cases of this happening, like when Trump seemed to waffle on the two-state solution in Israel/Palestine or the One-China policy. Petraeus assured us that the failure to reassure Europe about our commitment to Article 5 of NATO has been rectified and that our Syria policy is ultimately on a sound course. But some decisions can’t be taken back.

    What happens when Trump gives an order that commits us to a course of action? And, however wise our foreign policy establishment might be (and recent history call this premise into serious question), what happens when they don’t agree with each other and a mentally ill person needs to make the final call?

    Anyone who says that it’s okay to have a mentally ill captain isn’t a serious person. We’re now faced with making a decision about whether we can wait around until after North Korea has miniaturized their nuclear weapons to the point that they can place them on ICBMs before we respond. Does Trump understand what might be required of our nation if we decide to take preventive military action against Pyongyang. Does he know what will happen to Seoul and perhaps Tokyo? Does he even know what China did the last time we had a conflict on the Korean peninsula or what would be required to prevent a potentially nuclear-armed conflict with them?

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  20. rikyrah says:

    Trump Trashes the United States on the World Stage
    by Nancy LeTourneau
    July 6, 2017 10:18 AM

    If anyone had any doubts about whether or not Trump would confront Vladimir Putin with the facts about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, he put them to rest during a press conference in Poland today.

    After a muddled acceptance from the White House of the facts related to Russia’s interference, today’s statement by the president more closely resembled what Putin has said than what his own intelligence services have documented and even the vast majority of Republicans have determined to be the truth.

    Trump said:

    “I think it could very well have been Russia but I think it could well have been other countries, I won’t be specific,” Trump said at a news conference in Warsaw with Polish President Andrzej Duda. “I think a lot of people interfere. I think it’s been happening for a long time.”

    “Nobody really knows,” Trump added. “Nobody really knows for sure.”

    In this country, we’ve grown accustomed to Trump’s lying. But on an international stage, this president just told a couple of whoppers. We know exactly who tried to interfere in the election, there are no doubts about that. The president said this after being briefed thoroughly on his meeting with Putin tomorrow. It’s clear that he has no intention of doing anything to hold the Russian leader accountable.

    He also degraded our democracy in the eyes of the world by saying, “I think a lot of people interfere. I think it’s been happening for a long time.” If the President of the United States thinks that, he has a duty to gather evidence, prove his point and do something to restore faith in our electoral system. If he fails to do that, he demonstrates that he has no interest in preserving our democracy. However, it is much more likely that he simply made up the idea that “it’s been happening for a long time” in order to give Putin a pass.

    Trump went on to repeat his lie about Obama doing nothing about Russian interference in the election. That’s nothing more than his typical pattern of lie, distract and blame. Once again, we’re used to that. But it’s pretty unprecedented for a sitting president to attack his predecessor on the world stage.

    Finally, he mocked U.S. intelligence services in front of the whole world by suggesting that he doesn’t believe their reports on Russian interference by comparing it to this:

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  21. rikyrah says:

    THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 7/5/17
    Trump gives win to Putin by granting unearned meeting
    Rachel Maddow reports on the recent political shift in Poland that is the context for Donald Trump’s visit, and notes that where previously a meeting with a U.S. president is an earned honor, what Vladimir Putin has done to earn his meeting with Trump is not clear.

    THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 7/5/17
    How Putin will try to manipulate Trump at their G20 meeting
    Michael McFaul, former U.S. ambassador to Russia, talks with Rachel Maddow about how Vladimir Putin will likely tell Donald Trump things he wants to hear to manipulate Trump into serving Russia’s interests.

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  22. rikyrah says:

    David Petraeus: Trump’s fitness for office is ‘immaterial’
    07/06/17 10:11 AM—UPDATED 07/06/17 11:10 AM
    By Steve Benen

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    Rothkopf’s question for his fellow panelists was straightforward: “Do you think the president of the United States is fit to serve as president?” Given a chance to answer, Petraeus didn’t seem at all eager to respond.

    “As I used to say in uniform, that sounds like a policy question. [LAUGHTER] And look, I think it’s immaterial. Again, what I’m focusing on is the team. [GROANS]

    “Let me explain. You know, pronouncing yes or no, I don’t think that changes a darn thing. What I’m pointing out is that around him, he has a very good team….”

    From there, Petraeus went on to say he sees elements of this administration’s foreign policy with which he broadly agrees.

    The response, while evasive, is nevertheless telling.

    Asked if Trump is fit to serve as president, Petraeus, whom Trump considered as a possible secretary of state, might have been expected to say something along the lines of “yes” or “of course.” Another option might have been to say, “That’s a judgment for the American people to make.” That wouldn’t have been a great answer since the American people voted in larger numbers for Trump’s opponent, but it probably would’ve worked anyway.

    But Petraeus didn’t go that route, instead arguing that it doesn’t matter whether Trump is fit for the office or not, since members of the president’s team are generally reliable. That’s more than just an unsatisfying answer.

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  23. rikyrah says:

    Trump administration raises alarm with dubious voting inquiries
    07/06/17 09:20 AM—UPDATED 07/06/17 09:35 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Donald Trump’s voting commission, led in part by notorious voter-suppression pioneers such as Kansas’ Kris Kobach, sent letters to every state in the nation last week, requesting full voter rolls, including the name, address, date of birth, party affiliation, last four Social Security number digits, and voting history for every voter going back more than a decade.

    The move, not surprisingly, faced broad, bipartisan opposition – though the Trump administration prefers not to look at it that way. The White House issued a written statement yesterday, on Kobach’s behalf, that read in part, “While there are news reports that 44 states have ‘refused’ to provide voter information to the Commission, these reports are patently false, more ‘fake news.’”

    We can certainly debate the semantics of the word “refused,” but Trump’s commission made a request for expansive amounts of information, and as of yesterday, officials in 45 states said they would either ignore the request or limit the responses to public data. There’s nothing “fake” about this.

    But let’s not forget that Kobach’s letter wasn’t the only correspondence Trump World sent to states last week related to voting. The Huffington Post noted yesterday:

    The DOJ sent the letter to 44 states last Wednesday, the same day the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity sent a letter controversially requesting personal voter information. The DOJ letter requests that election officials respond by detailing their compliance with a section of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA), which covers 44 states and was enacted to help people register to vote, but also specifies when voters may be kicked off the rolls. […]

    Former Justice Department officials say that while there’s nothing notable about seeking information about compliance with the NVRA, it is unusual for the department to send out such a broad inquiry to so many states seeking information. Such a wide probe could signal the department is broadly fishing for cases of non-compliance to bring suits aimed at purging the voter rolls.

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  24. rikyrah says:

    Republicans try to get Democrats to write a health plan for them
    07/06/17 01:05 PM
    By Steve Benen

    Republicans in the White House and Congress have discovered overhauling the nation’s health care system isn’t as easy as they thought it’d be. This week, however, the Republican National Committee decided it’d be a good idea to turn the tables, demanding that congressional Democrats come up with their own blueprint. The Washington Post reported:

    To state the obvious: Partisan video clips are not designed to make the other party look good. There’s an art to these things. You compile the worst moments by the other team, or by an opponent, and try to make them go viral.

    But a strange, flailing campaign by the Republican National Committee to demand a Democratic fix for the Affordable Care Act goes unusually far in misrepresenting what the opposition party is doing or saying.

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  25. rikyrah says:

    Trump sticks to Obama’s ISIS plan, but hopes it looks different
    07/06/17 11:20 AM
    By Steve Benen
    When Donald Trump claimed during the campaign to have a secret to plan to defeat ISIS “quickly and effectively,” he was obviously lying. Indeed, as regular readers know, it’s been clear for months that Trump’s plan would mirror the Obama administration’s plan – the plan Trump said was a failure – and Trump administration officials have little interest in abandoning Obama’s strategy.

    The Washington Post reported last week that Trump’s “new” ISIS policy is nearly complete and it “looks very much like the one the Obama administration pursued.”

    With this in mind, the Daily Beast reported an interesting tidbit yesterday.

    Trump’s changes to the campaign so far have been tactical – namely, giving the military more autonomy to strike, including special operators. But the effectiveness of the current Obama-era strategy of attacking ISIS via local forces together with allies calls into question whether there’s a need for more dramatic revision.

    That’s presented a dilemma for those working on the Trump anti-ISIS strategy and slowed its public unveiling, U.S. officials tell The Daily Beast. The White House has asked defense officials to come up with new ideas to help brand the Trump campaign as different from its predecessor, according to two U.S. officials and one senior administration official.

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  27. rikyrah says:

    Hobby Lobby becomes controversial for an entirely new reason
    07/06/17 08:40 AM
    By Steve Benen
    There was a point in which Hobby Lobby was just an arts-and-crafts retail chain. Those days, however, are long gone.

    Hobby Lobby, owned by Christian conservative Steve Green, rose to political and legal prominence when the company argued that its corporate spirituality entitles Hobby Lobby to deny contraception coverage to its employees. Green also made headlines for creating a Bible curriculum to be used in public schools.

    But Hobby Lobby’s owners have also become known for collecting rare artifacts for a new museum dedicated to the Bible, which is scheduled to open later this year just a couple of blocks from the National Mall in Washington, D.C. What we didn’t know is how Green and his family obtained those artifacts.

    The arts-and-crafts chain Hobby Lobby will pay $3 million to settle a federal case over smuggled Iraqi antiquities it bought to demonstrate its “passion for the Bible.”

    The Oklahoma-based retailer also agreed to forfeit thousands of clay artifacts it bought in 2010 – an acquisition that prosecutors said was “fraught with red flags” the company didn’t heed.

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  29. rikyrah says:

    This is not impossible at all. It would be the easiest thing in the world if it’s what congressional Republicans actually wanted to do. https://t.co/LgKeRa1G4q
    — Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) July 6, 2017

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  30. rikyrah says:

    Today, 19 AGs are filing suit against @BetsyDeVosED for abandoning rules protecting students from abuse by predatory for-profit schools. pic.twitter.com/j7Rsz3VzzO
    — Eric Schneiderman (@AGSchneiderman) July 6, 2017

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  31. rikyrah says:

    GOP senator argues millions who will lose coverage under Trumpcare just don’t want it enough https://t.co/GsPe1wHb9S
    — ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) July 6, 2017

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  33. rikyrah says:

    Republicans are going to frame their updated Senate health bill, expected later this month, as a totally new bill! https://t.co/lWvSemCBHH
    — Jennifer Haberkorn (@jenhab) July 6, 2017

    They’ll try. They also tried to frame their bill as much different from the House bill. Wasn’t true, didn’t work. https://t.co/MyVBsdCdUt
    — Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) July 6, 2017

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  34. rikyrah says:

    I can’t get enough of people getting mad online because @NPR tweeted the Declaration of Independence pic.twitter.com/D7MpparS5g
    — Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) July 5, 2017

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  35. rikyrah says:

    💥The Senate Finance Office is tallying calls from people who want a public hearing of the healthcare bill: (202)224-4515. It’s very easy💥 pic.twitter.com/VdWAUSTWKc
    — Nick Decaro (@decaro_nick) June 28, 2017

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  36. SHHHHHADE…….

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  37. rikyrah says:

    He’s been protected in the past, if the writings have been correct.

    If this is true, that means that The Spooks have told him that they no longer care about his services because they have bigger fish to fry.

    Felix Sater has now agreed to co-operate with an international investigation into the alleged money-laundering network, five people with knowledge of the matter said. The co-operation has included working with a team of lawyers and private investigators pursuing civil cases across three continents, the people said.

    Sater, a Russian-born dealmaker with organised-crime connections who worked on property ventures including Trump Soho in Manhattan, has attracted attention in recent months as efforts continue to chart the links between the US president’s circle and moneymen from Russia and its neighbours.

    In October the Financial Times revealed Mr Sater had helped the family of Viktor Khrapunov, a former Kazakh minister now exiled in Switzerland, invest millions in US real estate through front companies. The Khrapunovs have spent heavily across the US, including, records indicate, buying apartments in Trump Soho.

    Mr Khrapunov is accused by Kazakhstan’s rulers of embezzling government funds and hiding the cash around the world. Kazakh authorities claim the Khrapunovs’ laundering schemes also funnelled money from a fellow dissident, Mukhtar Ablyazov, an oligarch accused of stealing billions of dollars from a bank.

    https://www.ft.com/content/159eb2d8-6162-11e7-8814-0ac7eb84e5f1

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  38. TOO SWEET!

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  44. rikyrah says:

    If you or I steal 5,000 of something, we’d be on our way to jail.

    Hobby Lobby steals 5,000 artifacts, and they get A FINE?

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  45. rikyrah says:

    Hey folks, let me tell you a story about the National Rifle Association’s delegation to Moscow in Dec 2015: https://t.co/uFryUgl8MZ pic.twitter.com/LJ4nAghqVd
    — Tim Mak (@timkmak) March 8, 2017

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  46. rikyrah says:

    When Trump says Obamacare is exploding,he means Republican governors have managed to wreck exchanges in their states https://t.co/W9Ns4x0cIQ
    — Dean Baker (@DeanBaker13) July 4, 2017

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  47. rikyrah says:

    Activists cry cowardice as Republican senators shut doors to healthcare town halls: Pat Toomey’s closed-door talk… https://t.co/tT1teBNIT1
    — WhiteBoard Animation (@GboruM) July 6, 2017

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  48. rikyrah says:

    Zainab Ahmad joins Mueller’s team—she takes down terrorists and has never lost. Read Bill Finnegan’s Profile: https://t.co/Q4933QQP2N
    — Sean Lavery (@SeanLavery) July 6, 2017

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  51. rikyrah says:

    Claude Taylor‏ @TrueFactsStated 22h22 hours ago

    Senior CNN Executive: “We have seen and have copies of transcripts of calls between Kushner, Bannon and high level Russian officials”. 1/2

    241 replies 2,956 retweets 5,128 likes

    Claude Taylor‏ @TrueFactsStated 22h22 hours ago

    “At the least, those two committed treason, and it’s hard to believe Trump wasn’t part of it”. 2/2

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  53. rikyrah says:

    GOP aides say the proposal that Cruz and his allies are framing as the potential key to passing the stalled healthcare bill is a nonstarter with most Republicans in the upper chamber.

    The proposal would allow insurance companies the freedom to sell any kinds of health plans they want as long as they also sell at least one plan that qualifies under the regulatory requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

    “I would say that if we voted on the Cruz proposal, it would be in the neighborhood of 37 to 15 against, 37 no votes and 15 yeses, and that’s probably generous,” said a GOP aide familiar with the Senate negotiations.

    “Nobody wants to go home and say to a 45-year-old steelworker with diabetes that you should have to pay a lot more for your health insurance,” the aide added.

    Frustrations are mounting with Cruz among Senate negotiators because leaders have felt blindsided by his demand that the legislation essentially eliminate the protection for people with pre-existing conditions.

    […]

    “From day one of the Senate discussions, in a working group that Sen. Cruz started with Chairman Alexander, consumer freedom has been one of Cruz’s major points. The idea that this is sprouting at the last minute is inaccurate,” said a senior conservative Republican aide.

    The Hill reported Monday that Senate GOP leaders have sent two versions of a revised healthcare bill to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), one with the Cruz amendment and one without it.

    Republican aides who say Cruz’s amendment is politically untenable acknowledge that the CBO could report some good news, like that the proposal would send down premiums without significantly affecting coverage.

    But they think it’s more likely that the CBO analysis will be damning.

    “Or CBO will come back and say the market will be destroyed and 45 million people will be left without insurance,” said one staffer.

    Conservatives close to Cruz admit the CBO score will be better for the revised bill that does not include Cruz’s amendment because that version includes a market stabilization fund without including any of the regulatory reforms that would destabilize — at least temporarily — the market.

    http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/340765-gop-tensions-rise-over-cruz-proposal

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  54. Ametia says:

    An inside look at One America News, the insurgent TV network taking ‘pro-Trump’ to new heights
    By Marc Fisher July 5 at 2:18 PM

    One America News is an obscure TV channel struggling to emerge from the cellar of the cable ratings, but it is nonetheless one of President Trump’s favorite media outlets. It’s not hard to see why: On One America newscasts, the Trump administration is a juggernaut of progress, a shining success with a daily drumbeat of achievements.

    One America — a tiny father-and-sons operation that often delivers four times as many stories per hour as its competitors — promises “straight news, no opinion,” promoting itself as the antidote to the Big Three cable news networks’ focus on punditry and the one big story of the moment.

    But since its inception in 2013, and especially since Trump began his march to the White House, One America’s owner, Robert Herring Sr., a millionaire who made his money printing circuit boards, has directed his channel to push Trump’s candidacy, scuttle stories about police shootings, encourage antiabortion stories, minimize coverage of Russian aggression, and steer away from the new president’s troubles, according to more than a dozen current and former producers, writers and anchors, as well as internal emails from Herring and his top news executives.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/an-inside-look-at-one-america-news-the-insurgent-tv-network-taking-pro-trump-to-new-heights/2017/07/05/7475f0a4-4fa2-11e7-91eb-9611861a988f_story.html?utm_term=.d23d84184860

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