Tuesday Open Thread Keiko Matsui Week

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  1. eliihass says:

    Ugh, Chuck Todd moderating our gubernatorial candidate debate..

    They somehow managed to pare down the 27 candidates on the ballot to just 6 debating on stage..

    Including 4 dems, one of whom is a woman, and 2 stinky buffoon-loving Republicans – ugh..

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    • eliihass says:

      And until they stop reverentially assigning a sacred title that undeservedly boosts and puffs up a treasonous narcissitic buffoon …a sacred title that he has neither earned, deserved, or lived up to in any way..

      Until the media stop muddying up the narrative…and stepping all over and pooh-poohing credible leads and smoking guns – the very next minute after reporting them …and groveling to and running interference on behalf of, and talking up an ignorant, racist treasonous buffoon, as a ‘strongman’ getting so-called ‘economic and foreign accomplishments’, And giving his entitled alt-right, minority of supporters unprecedented coverage and airtime to air their opinions and faux-grievances, and insisting only they and their thoughts matter..

      And coddling, fluffing-up, elevating, protecting and playing save a damsel for his vapid, plastic, 2-bit, sleazy nudes-posing something, plagiarist, liar, birther imported courtesan turned 3rd wife.. with a whole lot to hide… but whose white skin and inserted silicone balloons automatically absolves her complicity, inferiority …with the bar so lowered that the mere act of brushing her veneers and showing up briefly every blue moon to plagiarize the words and ideas in barely discernible English, at yet another gaslighting production, gets applause and high praise..

      Until the media stops with the wink-wink, swooning and cover up of the treasonous atrocity playing out before our eyes, they too will be held as equally guilty and party to this devastation of our union and hard-won democracy ..

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  3. rikyrah says:

    It’s over FOUR MILLION funneled to the Cohen LLC

    Avenatti is on LarryO right now

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    You can now return to FOX ‘news’ with your Kremlin-funded conspiracies, Dennis Kucinich… Love, the ‘Deep State’..

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    • eliihass says:

      “..Chabad of Port Washington, a Jewish community center on Long Island’s Manhasset Bay, sits in a squat brick edifice across from a Shell gas station and a strip mall. The center is an unexceptional building on an unexceptional street, save for one thing: Some of the shortest routes between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin run straight through it.

      Two decades ago, as the Russian president set about consolidating power on one side of the world, he embarked on a project to supplant his country’s existing Jewish civil society and replace it with a parallel structure loyal to him. On the other side of the world, the brash Manhattan developer was working to get a piece of the massive flows of capital that were fleeing the former Soviet Union in search of stable assets in the West, especially real estate, and seeking partners in New York with ties to the region.

      Their respective ambitions led the two men—along with Trump’s future son-in-law, Jared Kushner—to build a set of close, overlapping relationships in a small world that intersects on Chabad, an international Hasidic movement most people have never heard of.

      Starting in 1999, Putin enlisted two of his closest confidants, the oligarchs Lev Leviev and Roman Abramovich, who would go on to become Chabad’s biggest patrons worldwide, to create the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia under the leadership of Chabad rabbi Berel Lazar, who would come to be known as “Putin’s rabbi.”

      A few years later, Trump would seek out Russian projects and capital by joining forces with a partnership called Bayrock-Sapir, led by Soviet emigres Tevfik Arif, Felix Sater and Tamir Sapir—who maintain close ties to Chabad. The company’s ventures would lead to multiple lawsuits alleging fraud and a criminal investigation of a condo project in Manhattan.

      Meanwhile, the links between Trump and Chabad kept piling up. In 2007, Trump hosted the wedding of Sapir’s daughter and Leviev’s right-hand man at Mar-a-Lago, his Palm Beach resort. A few months after the ceremony, Leviev met Trump to discuss potential deals in Moscow and then hosted a bris for the new couple’s first son at the holiest site in Chabad Judaism. Trump attended the bris along with Kushner, who would go on to buy a $300 million building from Leviev and marry Ivanka Trump, who would form a close relationship with Abramovich’s wife, Dasha Zhukova. Zhukova would host the power couple in Russia in 2014 and reportedly attend Trump’s inauguration as their guest.

      Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, as Trump looked for business and investors in the former Soviet Union during the first years of this century, he struck up an enduring relationship with a firm called Bayrock-Sapir.

      Bayrock was co-led by Felix Sater, a convicted mob associate.

      Sater and another Bayrock employee, Daniel Ridloff, who like Sater later went on to work directly for the Trump Organization, belong to the Port Washington Chabad house. Sater told POLITICO Magazine that in addition to serving on the board of the Port Washington Chabad house, he sits on the boards of numerous Chabad entities in the U.S. and abroad, though none in Russia.

      The extent of Sater’s ties to Trump is a matter of some dispute. Working out of Trump Tower, Sater partnered with the celebrity developer on numerous Trump-branded developments and scouted deals for him in the former Soviet Union. In 2006, Sater escorted Trump’s children Ivanka and Don Jr. around Moscow to scour the city for potential projects, and he worked especially closely with Ivanka on the development of Trump SoHo, a hotel and condominium building in Manhattan whose construction was announced on “The Apprentice” in 2006.

      In 2007, Sater’s stock fraud conviction became public. The revelation did not deter Trump, who brought him on as “a senior advisor to the Trump Organization” in 2010. In 2011, a number of purchasers of Trump SoHo units sued Trump and his partners for fraud and the New York attorney general’s office opened a criminal inquiry into the building’s marketing. But the purchasers settled and agreed not to cooperate with the criminal investigation, which was subsequently scuttled, according to the New York Times. Two former executives are suing Bayrock alleging tax evasion, money laundering, racketeering, bribery, extortion and fraud.

      Under oath, Sater has described a close relationship with the Trumps, while Trump has testified under oath that he barely knew Sater and would not be able to pick his face out in a crowd.

      Several people who worked closely with Sater during this period and who agreed to speak on condition of anonymity, citing fear of retaliation from both men, scoffed at Trump’s testimony, describing frequent meetings and near-constant phone calls between the two. One person recalled numerous occasions on which Trump and Sater dined together, including at the now-defunct Kiss & Fly in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District.

      “Trump called Felix like every other day to his office. So the fact that he’s saying he doesn’t know him, that’s a lot of crap,” said a former Sater colleague. “They were definitely in contact always. They spoke on the phone all the time.”

      In 2014, the Port Washington Chabad house named Sater its “man of the year.” At the ceremony honoring Sater, the chabad’s founder, Shalom Paltiel, recounted how Sater would spill his guts to him about his adventures working as a government cooperator on sensitive matters of national security…”

      https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/04/the-happy-go-lucky-jewish-group-that-connects-trump-and-putin-215007

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  13. rikyrah says:

    Break it down like a fraction

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  15. rikyrah says:

    This level of stupidity hurts my brain😒😒

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    • eliihass says:

      In the end, every republican candidate – and their supporters, are for the most part the same.

      There’s very little daylight between Blankenship and Jeff Flake, Bob Corker etc. in the end..

      Jeff Flake, Bob Corker et al just put on a faux-decent face as they callously and greedily push and vote for largely the same loathsome ideas and policies as Blankenship ..

      A republican is a republican, is a republican..

      Don’t trust any..

      Not even those temporarily ‘making sense’ at the moment, and saying stuff we might agree with – at this time..

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    • Just wow! And he’s too ignorant to know he’s ignorant…..

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  16. eliihass says:

    The founder and chairman of Bayrock Group Tevik Arif, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Donald Trump announces the launch of Trump SoHo Hotel Condominium New York New York City, USA August 19, 2007.

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      “…In June of 2005, Tevfik Arif celebrated his birthday at the grand opening of Turkey’s most luxurious hotel, the “seven-star” Rixos Premium Belek.

      Guests came from all over the world: from America, from Latvia, from St. Petersburg, Israel, the Cote d’Azur, Ukraine and Samara. Attendees included retired NHL star Pavel Bure, Moscow restaurateurs, Russian businessmen, and billionaires who sailed in by yacht or flew in on private jets.

      Donald Trump, who had partnered with Arif’s New York company Bayrock to build a tower in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, could not make it, but he sent a message of congratulations: “Tevfik is my friend! Let’s drink to Tevfik!”

      Recep Erdogan, the prime minister of Turkey and future president, stopped by to join the well-wishers, according to a gossipy report on the party in the Kremlin-friendly Russian newspaper Izvestia.

      Turkey has been good to Arif. It became Arif’s home after he left Kazakhstan in 1994. Arif obtained a Turkish passport that same year and went into business with Fettah Tamince, the founder of the Rixos hotel chain. The two men partnered in 1999 to build a hotel Antalya. Then Arif expanded his business in New York.

      Another guest at the Rixos Premium Belek was Tamir Sapir, the New York real estate tycoon and Soviet emigre who partnered with Trump and Arif to build Trump SoHo. Sapir arrived on his 160-foot yacht Mystere.

      Two years later, Arif will stand next to Donald Trump at another lavish party in lower Manhattan for the launch of Trump SoHo, the tower the two men are building together.

      And that was the top of Arif’s roller coaster ride.

      Shortly after the Trump SoHo launch one of his employees, Felix Sater, was exposed in The New York Times as a convicted felon who had swindled investors out of $40 million with the help of the Russian and American mafia. Trump SoHo opened on 2010 and began a multi-year slide to foreclosure.

      And then, on the night of September 28th, 2010, Turkish police roped down from helicopters onto a yacht and bust up a prostitution ring with underage girls that prosecutors alleged was run and financed by Arif. Some 20 people are detained. Among them, according to the Israeli press, is the Kazakh billionaire Alexander Mashkevitch, who paid for the yacht…”

      https://trump-russia.com/2017/10/03/who-is-tevfik-arif-part-ii/

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      • eliihass says:

        “..Arif’s friends, including Donald Trump, can’t get away from him fast enough. “I really don’t know him well, Mr. Arif,” Trump said in a 2011 deposition. “I’ve met him a couple of times.”

        According to a copy of the bill of indictment, obtained by theblacksea.eu, the charges laid against Arif are: “Trade in human beings, involvement in, inducement or aiding and abetting to prostitution, traffic in juveniles under 18, creation of criminal organization with the purpose of commission of crime…”

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    • eliihass says:

      “…A New York real estate mogul with ties to Donald Trump is at the center of an international sex scandal – suspected of running a high-priced prostitution ring.
      Tevfik Arif, 57, has been detained in Turkey on suspicion of setting up trysts between wealthy businessmen and Eastern European models – some underage – aboard a $60 million yacht once used by the nation’s founder, Mustafa Ataturk.
      Arif, whose Bayrock Group co-developed the Trump SoHo and the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Fort Lauderdale, was among 10 people rounded up in Tuesday’s raid on suspicion of running a prostitution ring..”

      http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/trump-pal-busted-allegedly-running-hooker-ring-yacht-article-1.191136

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      • eliihass says:

        “…A decade later, of course, much has changed. Bayrock, which was once located in Trump Tower, is now defunct. Trump SoHo has been involved in ongoing litigation, including a lawsuit claiming that it was partly financed from “questionable sources,” as the Times would put it, from Russia and Kazakhstan. More recently, it has again found itself at the center of a new scandal. As Bloomberg News reported on July 20, Trump SoHo is among the targets special counsel Robert Mueller is scrutinizing in his probe into ties between the president and Russia. Mueller’s mandate, of course, is investigating possible collusion relating to the 2016 presidential election. The fact that Bayrock, which began working with Trump nearly 15 years ago, is now in his sights suggests that he understands that Russian-intelligence tradecraft is often indistinguishable from business, with its operatives navigating international flows of capital. In Vladimir Putin’s regime, business and organized crime and intelligence are often intertwined, and can all be used as weapons of the state. Mueller’s investigators are looking to unravel this web by following the money. And one company that potentially questionable Russian money flowed through was Bayrock.

        Sater’s history, after all, would have likely raised eyebrows. In order to stay out of prison in the wake of his 1998 conviction for stock fraud, he became a clandestine asset for the F.B.I. and other government agencies. His case came up during Loretta Lynch’s confirmation hearings for attorney general in 2015. Asked why the records in Sater’s fraud conviction were sealed, she responded that Sater had provided “information crucial to national security and the conviction of over 20 individuals, including those responsible for committing massive financial fraud and members of La Cosa Nostra.”

        https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/08/why-robert-mueller-has-trump-soho-in-his-sights

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  17. rikyrah says:

    THREAD

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  18. eliihass says:

    Massively, massively under-reported story..

    “…Earlier this month, the United States announced a remarkably aggressive set of sanctions against the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska and his aluminum company Rusal: The United States would freeze all assets that the metal giant had been keeping in American institutions, prohibit American firms from doing business with the Russian corporation, and slap sanctions on any foreign individual or firm that engaged in commerce with the company.

    The impact of this announcement was immediate and profound. Rusal had provided 7 percent of the world’s alumina, the raw material for aluminum production. With the company ostensibly sidelined for an indefinite period of time, global aluminum prices surged to a six-year high, while Rusal’s share price plummeted by more than half. But the most damaging aspect of the move, from the Russian perspective, may have been the message that it sent — that the U.S. was prepared to destroy Russian firms in the blink of an eye, even at a cost to the global economy, if the Kremlin persisted in interfering in the internal politics of Western democracies.

    Fortunately for Moscow, it now appears that the sanctions against Rusal may never actually take effect. On Monday, the Treasury Department extended the sanctions’ “wind down” period — a window in which U.S. and foreign entities could complete their unfinished business with Rusal without facing any penalty — by six months, while expressing openness to lifting the sanctions entirely…”

    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/04/trump-administration-eases-sanctions-on-russian-metal-giant.html

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  20. That’s his intention. He could care less about this country. All of the destruction and chaos on this country is his revenge for American banks not loaning him any money. He’s a petty vengeful mofo!

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  22. eliihass says:

    Meanwhile, Vlad just swore himself …amidst some serious fleeting dagger looks from some of his ‘chums’ in the audience secretly chomping at the bit to take him down…

    Kim Jung Un has been hanging out with Xi in China the past couple of days…

    And the Kremlin installed greedy, incurious dum-dum in the People’s house …and the neocons controlling him, are so out of their depth – and on a fast track to a devastating crash …which hopefully, the good Lord intervenes at some point, so they don’t take the rest of the world down with them..

    Massively insecure, little faux con/strongmen, greedy, power-hungry, treasonous Weasels and megalomaniac Buffoons all trying to outwit each other..

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  29. eliihass says:

    Incurious, greedy, treasonous megalomaniac buffoons, neocons, the military industrial complex …puppets – and the puppeteers who own and control them..

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  30. eliihass says:

    This is Pompeo arriving in Saudi Arabia to report to his owners, the day after he was confirmed as impostor-SOS..

    And then on to Israel to take their chum Bibi’s take-out order..

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  31. eliihass says:

    One of Pompeo’s first acts as CIA director was to fly to Saudi Arabia to present the then Saudi Crown Prince the CIA George Tenet award for ‘fighting terrorism’. LOL.

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  32. rikyrah says:

    😠😠😠

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  33. Liza says:

    Here’s what Rep Martha McSally (AZ CD2) had to say about Trump and the Iran deal.

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    • Liza says:

      Martha, of course, has her head all the way up into Trump’s ass because she is running for Jeff Flake’s seat in the Senate. She has mostly blown off CD2, and spends her time on Fox and Friends building name recognition. If she were to win Flake’s seat, it is really just a stepping stone to a big job at the Pentagon.

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  34. rikyrah says:

    BREAKING: Israeli fighter jets strike Syria army position south of Damascus, Assad ally says https://t.co/E8kQM5ne56

    — Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) May 8, 2018

    Its going great so far, thanks for asking. #Breaking: Explosions Heard Near Damascus as Israeli Military Believes Iran is Planning Imminent Attack https://t.co/U1IXPc3lCA

    — Noga Tarnopolsky (@NTarnopolsky) May 8, 2018

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  35. rikyrah says:

    President Obama put his statement on Facebook:

    Barack Obama

    22 mins ·

    There are few issues more important to the security of the United States than the potential spread of nuclear weapons, or the potential for even more destructive war in the Middle East. That’s why the United States negotiated the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in the first place.

    The reality is clear. The JCPOA is working – that is a view shared by our European allies, independent experts, and the current U.S. Secretary of Defense. The JCPOA is in America’s interest – it has significantly rolled back Iran’s nuclear program. And the JCPOA is a model for what diplomacy can accomplish – its inspections and verification regime is precisely what the United States should be working to put in place with North Korea. Indeed, at a time when we are all rooting for diplomacy with North Korea to succeed, walking away from the JCPOA risks losing a deal that accomplishes – with Iran – the very outcome that we are pursuing with the North Koreans.

    That is why today’s announcement is so misguided. Walking away from the JCPOA turns our back on America’s closest allies, and an agreement that our country’s leading diplomats, scientists, and intelligence professionals negotiated. In a democracy, there will always be changes in policies and priorities from one Administration to the next. But the consistent flouting of agreements that our country is a party to risks eroding America’s credibility, and puts us at odds with the world’s major powers.

    Debates in our country should be informed by facts, especially debates that have proven to be divisive. So it’s important to review several facts about the JCPOA.

    First, the JCPOA was not just an agreement between my Administration and the Iranian government. After years of building an international coalition that could impose crippling sanctions on Iran, we reached the JCPOA together with the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the European Union, Russia, China, and Iran. It is a multilateral arms control deal, unanimously endorsed by a United Nations Security Council Resolution.

    Second, the JCPOA has worked in rolling back Iran’s nuclear program. For decades, Iran had steadily advanced its nuclear program, approaching the point where they could rapidly produce enough fissile material to build a bomb. The JCPOA put a lid on that breakout capacity. Since the JCPOA was implemented, Iran has destroyed the core of a reactor that could have produced weapons-grade plutonium; removed two-thirds of its centrifuges (over 13,000) and placed them under international monitoring; and eliminated 97 percent of its stockpile of enriched uranium – the raw materials necessary for a bomb. So by any measure, the JCPOA has imposed strict limitations on Iran’s nuclear program and achieved real results.

    Third, the JCPOA does not rely on trust – it is rooted in the most far-reaching inspections and verification regime ever negotiated in an arms control deal. Iran’s nuclear facilities are strictly monitored. International monitors also have access to Iran’s entire nuclear supply chain, so that we can catch them if they cheat. Without the JCPOA, this monitoring and inspections regime would go away.

    Fourth, Iran is complying with the JCPOA. That was not simply the view of my Administration. The United States intelligence community has continued to find that Iran is meeting its responsibilities under the deal, and has reported as much to Congress. So have our closest allies, and the international agency responsible for verifying Iranian compliance – the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

    Fifth, the JCPOA does not expire. The prohibition on Iran ever obtaining a nuclear weapon is permanent. Some of the most important and intrusive inspections codified by the JCPOA are permanent. Even as some of the provisions in the JCPOA do become less strict with time, this won’t happen until ten, fifteen, twenty, or twenty-five years into the deal, so there is little reason to put those restrictions at risk today.

    Finally, the JCPOA was never intended to solve all of our problems with Iran. We were clear-eyed that Iran engages in destabilizing behavior – including support for terrorism, and threats toward Israel and its neighbors. But that’s precisely why it was so important that we prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Every aspect of Iranian behavior that is troubling is far more dangerous if their nuclear program is unconstrained. Our ability to confront Iran’s destabilizing behavior – and to sustain a unity of purpose with our allies – is strengthened with the JCPOA, and weakened without it.

    Because of these facts, I believe that the decision to put the JCPOA at risk without any Iranian violation of the deal is a serious mistake. Without the JCPOA, the United States could eventually be left with a losing choice between a nuclear-armed Iran or another war in the Middle East. We all know the dangers of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon. It could embolden an already dangerous regime; threaten our friends with destruction; pose unacceptable dangers to America’s own security; and trigger an arms race in the world’s most dangerous region. If the constraints on Iran’s nuclear program under the JCPOA are lost, we could be hastening the day when we are faced with the choice between living with that threat, or going to war to prevent it.

    In a dangerous world, America must be able to rely in part on strong, principled diplomacy to secure our country. We have been safer in the years since we achieved the JCPOA, thanks in part to the work of our diplomats, many members of Congress, and our allies. Going forward, I hope that Americans continue to speak out in support of the kind of strong, principled, fact-based, and unifying leadership that can best secure our country and uphold our responsibilities around the globe.

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  36. All of that hard work @JohnKerry did and a buffoon destroys it cuz OBAMA. This is why I hate him with the heat of ten thousands suns.

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    • Liza says:

      I was just thinking that I haven’t got the words to express what I think of Trump. But “I hate him with the heat of ten thousands suns” is pretty much how I feel. Thanks. :)

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  37. rikyrah says:

    Harry and Meghan to Move Into Flat Next to William and Kate, With Connecting Door
    Harry and William have always been close. Now they’ll be closer than ever, as their apartments will have an interconnecting door.
    TOM SYKES
    05.08.18 8:35 AM ET

    Talk about brothers-in-arms.

    Prince Harry is to move in next door to his brother Prince William shortly after his marriage to Meghan Markle, according to reports.

    Harry, 33, is to take over Apartment 1 in Kensington Palace, which boasts an interconnecting door to apartment 1A, better known as the home of Prince William and Kate Middleton and their ever expanding family.

    “Apartment” is in fact something of a misnomer, since both apartments are enormous townhouses spread over some 20 rooms.

    According to a report in the Daily Mail, Harry and Meghan will move into their new apartment as soon as renovations on the property, which has until now been occupied by the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, are completed.

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    Harry and Meghan are also reportedly in line for another house in the country—it is said they will be handed York Cottage, in the grounds of the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, by the Queen.

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  38. rikyrah says:

    Atlanta has a new mayor named Keisha.
    Well, New Orleans won’t be stopped…they have a LaToya :)

    New Mayor LaToya Cantrell takes office: New Orleans ‘A city open to all’
    Updated May 7, 1:32 PM; Posted May 7, 11:51 AM

    By Kevin Litten klitten@nola.com,
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

    Mayor LaToya Cantrell ascended to New Orleans’ highest public office Monday (May 7), becoming the first woman to lead the city in its 300-year history, and telling a large audience at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre that “There’s only you and me and the work before us.”

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  39. MORONS!

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  40. rikyrah says:

    When I think of Iran and those who want war, I always go back to the movie – Syriana.
    In it, there’s a scene of a ‘ Committee for a Free Iran’….
    and, everyone in the meeting was a White Male.
    That scene always stuck with me.

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  41. rikyrah says:

    UH HUH
    UH HUH

    Amid crab industry labor shortage, Maryland Rep. Harris says approval of 15,000 guest worker visas ‘imminent’
    BY Scott Dance
    The Baltimore Sun

    Federal immigration officials have agreed to approve 15,000 new guest worker visas for seasonal work, including in a Maryland crab industry grappling with a significant labor shortage, U.S. Rep. Andy Harris said Thursday.

    U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services would not confirm any changes to its H-2B visa program, which brings 66,000 immigrants to the country for work that employers can show they are unable to hire Americans to do.

    But Maryland’s lone Republican congressman said the expected approval was imminent, and that he is working with President Donald Trump’s administration to find a way to raise the cap on the visas or to allow Maryland seafood businesses to employ workers through a different visa program.

    Still, he acknowledged that the 15,000 additional visas “is probably not going to be adequate.”

    ………………………………………….

    The visa program was overwhelmed with demand this year, leaving Eastern Shore seafood processing plants without 40 percent of their typical work force, which picks the crabs and produces the meat used in restaurants and sold in supermarkets.

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  42. rikyrah says:

    From Silverman over at BJ about Dolt45 and Iran. This paragraph is key for me:

    Despite the President’s zero sum, hyperbolic style of negotiation, the Trump Doctrine isn’t in play with the Iranians. They don’t care if the President feels as if he, and by extension the US, is being treated fairly. They’re not going to invite him for a summit, roll out the red carpet, and schedule a military review for his edification. They’re also not going to empower someone close to the government to do business with his companies.And they don’t care about the or else. The Iranians are not concerned with a reimposition of US sanctions because they’ve decided that if they stay in compliance with the JCPOA that France, German, the EU, China, and their strategic partner in the region Russia will not reimpose their own sanctions or go along with reimposed US sanctions. Moreover, because the leadership of our British, French, and German allies personally intervened to ask the President to stay in the JCPOA and he disregarded their entreaties, he has further isolated the US from its traditional allies. Chess was invented in Iran. They know and understand the game better than almost anyone and have maneuvered the pieces on this game board to isolate the American king. Just think of the cost for the President ordering the US withdrawal of the JCPOA as the price required to Make America great again.

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  43. rikyrah says:

    It reportedly took four hours for Trump to get through two questions during a practice session for a Mueller interview https://t.co/qbbQBDk5uW pic.twitter.com/zBp5uNkV27— Talking Points Memo (@TPM) May 8, 2018

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  44. rikyrah says:

    Trump admin eyed for effort to smear Obama Iran deal architects

    Colin Kahl, former deputy assistant to President Obama, talks with Rachel Maddow about reports that an Israeli intelligence firm was hired to find ways to smear members of the Obama administration to undermine the Iran nuclear deal, with some suggestion that the Trump administration is responsible.

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  45. rikyrah says:

    NY AG Schneiderman accused of physical abuse by four women: NYer

    Jane Mayer, staff writer for the New Yorker, talks with Rachel Maddow about accusations of physical abuse and sexual impropriety against N.Y. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman by four women who were intimately involved with him.

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  46. rikyrah says:

    Trump anti-family border policy tramples Melania message on kids

    Rachel Maddow juxtaposes First Lady Melania Trump’s announcement supporting the wellbeing of children with announcement by Jeff Sessions a few minutes later that it is officially the policy of the United State to remove children from their parents as part of border enforcement.

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    What a move: Republicans will make striking teachers pay for their own raises. https://t.co/14VAfwLr2F

    — Alexia Campbell (@AlexiaCampbell) May 8, 2018

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  53. rikyrah says:

    It’s Black Panther Day!!!

    Ordering the Digital from Amazon, as well as the DVD :)

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  54. rikyrah says:

    Sorry, here’s the cop tweet

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  55. rikyrah says:

    Cops called because music is ‘too loud’

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  56. rikyrah says:

    uh huh
    uh huh

    Wikileakers:
    EXCLUSIVE: Defector: WikiLeaks “will lie to your face.” From @kpoulsen:

    Iain said he felt compelled to leak the messages after the revelation that Assange held friendly, supportive online conversations with Donald Trump Jr. during the election

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  57. rikyrah says:

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  58. I was so disturbed last night. I want to cry. Hope is leaving fast. Democrats are here demanding other Dems resign immediately without investigation, without due process. If they do this to white Democrats WTF will they do to Black and Brown people?

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    • rikyrah says:

      I understand what you mean, SG2. I really do. They have no spine. Let the man get due process. That phucking Governor in Missouri actually got due process. He didn’t leave, but he got due process. I’m pissed that Dems don’t seem to believe in due process. The timing for me is SUSPECT. If he’s a freak in his private life, then he’s a freak.

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    • Ametia says:

      They are spinless, whenit comes to their opponnents. On the one hand they try to appeal to a virtuous nature, and on the other hand, they are blinded by their own shortcomings and those of their opponnents. What a paradoxical dilemma, huh?

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  60. rikyrah says:

    Hollering 😅😅😅

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  62. rikyrah says:

    Thread

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  63. rikyrah says:

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    • rikyrah says:

      This just disturbs my very soul.
      And, any muthaphucka that purses their lips to defend this?
      We have nothing to talk about. We have nothing to discuss. I don’t give two shyts about what you think. There IS NO MIDDLE GROUND.
      So, when you purse your phucking lips on trying to tell me that I should ‘try to understand’ Dolt45 voters, THIS IS A POLICY DECISION AMONG MANY, that say to me, I ain’t gotta understand shyt about muthaphuckas who back evil like this.

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  64. rikyrah says:

    Ametia,

    You are a Renaissance Woman😄

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    • Ametia says:

      LOL I do believe I am. I plan on traveling to Cornwall, England & Scoutland in the next few years, before I retire.

      BTW, my facination with Cornwall began with watching the PBS series “Poldark” It’s a wonderful series on Amazon Prime. Season 4 airs this summer. MUST WATCH

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      • eliihass says:

        Be sure to indulge in lots of yummy Cornish ice cream ..

        Some of the best include, Treleavens, Moomaid of Zennor, and of course, Jelberts..

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  65. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning Everyone 😄😄😄

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