Tuesday Open Thread | State Department declines to sanction Russia for election meddling

WTF happened to Checks and Balances? Where are our leaders? If nothing is done then democracy is dead & the GOP is complicit. God help us all.

WASHINGTON — The US State Department said on Monday a 2017 US law was deterring billions of dollars in Russian defense sales, but it did not announce any sanctions under the measure designed to punish Russia for allegedly seeking to influence the 2016 US presidential election.

“Today, we have informed Congress that this legislation and its implementation are deterring Russian defense sales,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said. “Since the enactment of the … legislation, we estimate that foreign governments have abandoned planned or announced purchases of several billion dollars in Russian defense acquisitions.”

With the statement, President Donald Trump’s administration signaled it was not imposing new sanctions under a bill he reluctantly signed into law in August, just six months into his presidency.

Members of Congress, including Democrats and some of Trump’s fellow Republicans, have been clamoring for his administration to use sanctions to punish Moscow for past election interference and prevent future meddling in US polls.

“Given the long timeframes generally associated with major defense deals, the results of this effort are only beginning to become apparent,” Nauert said. “From that perspective, if the law is working, sanctions on specific entities or individuals will not need to be imposed because the legislation is, in fact, serving as a deterrent.”

In what was seen as a test of Trump’s willingness to crack down on Russia, Congress had given the administration a Jan. 29 deadline to release key reports under the law.

The State Department said further details were contained in a classified report it had submitted to Congress.

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50 Responses to Tuesday Open Thread | State Department declines to sanction Russia for election meddling

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  2. nedhamson says:

    Benedict Arnold was a lightweight compared with #TraitorTrump

  3. yahtzeebutterfly says:


    NEW YORK (January 29, 2018) – Today, MSNBC named Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Trymaine Lee a Correspondent for MSNBC. Lee – who until now was a National Reporter contributing online and on air for NBC News and MSNBC digital – will remain based in New York City. His appointment is effective immediately.

    In his new position, Lee will cover the role of race, violence, politics and law enforcement in America and bring his expertise in social justice issues to MSNBC’s primetime and weekend programming. He will appear regularly across “All In with Chris Hayes,” “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” and “AM Joy.” </blockquote.

  4. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    “Hundreds of New Mexico inmates held past parole date”

  5. yahtzeebutterfly says:


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  6. Ametia says:

    I won’t be watching the CIRCUS tonight. I’ll wait to watch Auntie Maxine on BET:
    Our Voices Will Be Heard! BET News Presents:
    Angela Rye’s State Of The Union
    News Special
    Wed. Jan. 31 10/9C

    The special will feature Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA, 43rd District) delivering an exclusive rebuttal to the president’s state of the union address. Representative Waters is widely recognized as one of the most outspoken political leaders against Donald Trump’s presidency and his administration; she has called for his impeachment on several occasions.


  7. Ametia says:

    I have a feeling, Nunes and that memo fuckery is a trap to get Dems to release their memo of classified info to see what’s in it to help #45.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Jon Favreau@jonfavs
    ICE refused a request from Congress to review this man’s case. They are out of fucking control.

    ICE Deports Palestinian Man Living In The U.S. For Almost 40 Years Despite Outcry
    The agency defied a request from the House Judiciary Commitee to review his case.

  9. rikyrah says:

    So, Peanut had a project to do in English. They had to choose a book, and do a presentation on it. She chose A Wrinkle In Time. Been working on getting her pictures for her presentation. The movie looks beautiful from the pictures I’ve been getting.

    She’s totally excited about the movie, and now I am too. We gotta show up for this in March.

  10. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, 3 Chics Family. IT’S HIGH TIME THE FBI GROW SOME BALLS.

    Who the fuck’s in this Department that can’t do their jobs without intimidation from a reality show thug, sexual predator, bankruptcy king, lying orange piece of shit?

  11. When the media asks “does Trump get credit for this”, know that they’re trying to steal credit from President Obama?


  12. rikyrah says:

    Breaking – CIA chief Mike Pompeo tells the BBC he expects Russia to try and interfere in US mid term elections later this year. He tells me he hasn’t seen a significant decrease in its subversive activity in Europe or the US.

    — Gordon Corera (@gordoncorera) January 29, 2018

    Also today, the Trump administration said there was no need to oppose sanctions because Russia is already deterred. https://t.co/i0HFgfmaTN

    — Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) January 30, 2018

  13. rikyrah says:

    Story after story like this…

    But…it was supposed to be the CRIMINALS, REMEMBER?

    Ripped Apart: A Real-Life Example of the Trump Administration’s Deportation Policy

    “It’s just a devastating situation.”

    There’s a sad, somber tone in Jacob Leonce’s voice as he tries to smile. He looks much younger than his 45 years tell you he should look. He wears jeans and a long-sleeved white t-shirt, a casual dress compared to others around him. His skin is a shade of mocha, a reflexion of his Caribbean birth and upbringing. Seated beside him in church this morning sit his two sons, both under the age of 10. Like many their age, they wish they could be doing something else rather than sitting through a Sunday service. All they know is that their Dad wanted them to be there today.

    Because this was no average Sunday service at the New England Pentecostal Church in Pelham, New Hampshire. This was a service dedicated to Jacob, an immigrant from the Caribbean nation of St. Lucia, who was facing imminent deportation. Despite community groups rallying to his cause, a campaign to raise awareness by his pastor Bishop Stanley Choate, and a group of nearly 30 community leaders who attended Jacob’s most recent ICE check-in, there seemed to be little hope for Jacob. After having his stay of deportation appeal denied in December, Jacob knew that his time in the United States was limited. Despite the presence of multiple media outlets in attendance willing to share Jacob’s story, there wasn’t a whole lot that could be done for Jacob at the 11th hour.

    Jacob is what this administration would refer to as a bad hombre. He came here on a sponsorship from the Caribbean nation of Saint Lucia in 1999. He is gainfully employed as a landscaper. He pays his taxes. He has no criminal record. He has a spouse and two children who are American citizens. He attends church and is active within his church community. As today’s service showed, he is respected and admired by a congregation whose members openly embraced and wept for him when it was announced that today would be his last service. Despite his initial melancholy, Jacob became more and more animated as the service progressed and by the time he spoke at the end of the service, he confided that he believed his deportation was part of God’s plan and he intended to embrace it.

  14. rikyrah says:

    Just talked to a source in Moscow who is close to the Foreign Ministry. “The whole world is laughing at America,” he said. “America has never been as ridiculous as it is now.

    — Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) January 29, 2018

  15. rikyrah says:

    Just today: Trump admin declined to impose new Russia sanctions, a top FBI official probing Trump&Russia was forced out, and House Intel R’s voted to release a classified memo that purports to undermine Russia probe. Also, DOJ/FBI are officially under investigation by HPSCI R’s.

    — Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) January 29, 2018

    Make no mistake what’s happening here: this is a full scale assault on the criminal justice system for the sole purpose of immunizing Trump from accountability https://t.co/PYAPwHve8M

    — Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) January 29, 2018

  16. rikyrah says:

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