• BREAKING: Police officer goes public after OBAMA ignored 8 deaths in 8 days

    09/Dec/2016 // 454 Viewers

     

    8 Police Officers Killed In 8 Days, And Obama Has Said NOTHING
    In the past week, 8 brave police officers have lost their lives to assassins. And yet, Obama didn’t fail to fit in a round of golf after his $4,500,000 trip across Africa.
     
    Oddly, it only took Obama a few days to address the “clock boy” incident, touting the young boy as a hero (for what exactly, I’m not sure).
     
    One sheriff has had enough though. He decided to make a public statement to Obama about his extreme lack of care in the officers’ deaths.
     
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  • Breaking News: Barack Obama endorses Hillary Clinton!

    09/Jun/2016 // 786 Viewers

     

    President Obama formally endorsed Hillary Clinton for president Thursday, her campaign announced. The endorsement came right after after the president met with her primary rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders, at the White House.

    “I don’t think there’s ever been someone so qualified to hold this office,” Obama said in a video released by Clinton’s team. “She’s got the courage, the compassion and the heart to get the job done.”

    The two will campaign together in Green Bay, Wisc., Wednesday.

    The president, whose national approval rating hovers around 50 percent, will be a key ally for Clinton going into the general election. Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump, as of now, has no former presidents campaigning for him, as both former Bush presidents have indicated they will stay out of the race. Trump tweeted in response Thursday afternoon: “Obama just endorsed Crooked Hillary. He wants four more years of Obama—but nobody else does!” (Clinton replied “delete your account.”)

    Clinton told NPR she’s “thrilled” Obama endorsed her. “We started off as fierce competitors. We’ve ended up as true friends,” she said.

    Obama has been eager to campaign openly for Clinton against Trump, but wanted to remain neutral during the Democratic primary. “I want us to run scared the whole time,” Obama told a group of donors last week in Miami, according to the New York Times.

    In his endorsement, Obama congratulated Sanders on running a “great campaign” and said he believed the primary “will make the Democratic party stronger.”

    Clinton gained enough pledged and unpledged delegates to become the nominee this week, but Sanders has said he will campaign at least until Washington, D.C., votes Tuesday — the final election of the primary. Sanders is under pressure to concede ahead of next month’s Democratic convention.


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  • Romney is ‘ungrateful’ for my help in 2012: Trump

    09/May/2016 // 353 Viewers

     

    Presumptive US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has denounced Mitt Romney, the GOP nominee for the 2012 White House race, as "ungrateful" for refusing to support his candidacy.
     
    "I believe I won for him, or helped him win, fives states that he was going to lose in the primaries. ... He was ungrateful," Trump said NBC News on Sunday.  
     
    "What happened is I was rough on Mitt because I didn't think they treated me properly. I helped him, really helped him. Gave him a lot of money. Helped him with robocalls. Every single robocall I made, he won that state. Every single speech I made, he won the state, in terms of the primaries,” the billionaire businessman said.
     
    A Romney aide told The Hill newspaper last week that the former Massachusetts will skip the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July.
     
    Romney has been a virulent critic of Trump throughout his Republican primary campaign, imploring voters to reject his candidacy.
     
    In March, he said the victory of Trump in the 2016 presidential election “will have profound consequences for the Republican Party and, more importantly, for the country."
     
    “If we Republicans choose Donald Trump as our nominee, the prospects for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished,” he warned.
     
    "Here's what I know: Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud," said Romney, who, according to American scholar and researcher Dr. Kevin Barrett, is an organized crime figure.
     
    Romney said that "dishonesty is Donald Trump's hallmark," pointing to his "bullying, the greed, the showing off, the misogyny, the absurd third-grade theatrics."
     

    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gives a speech on the state of the Republican Party at the

    Hinckley Institute of Politics on the campus of the University of Utah on March 3, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (AFP photo)


    Romney, a businessman, served as the governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007. In 2012, he won the Republican nomination, but was defeated by incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama.

    After Trump's commanding victory in Indiana's primary last week, his remaining challengers, Ted Cruz and John Kasich, both suspended their presidential bids, leaving the businessman tycoon on an uncontested path to the nomination.

    Trump’s campaign has been marked by controversial statements, including with disparaging remarks about Mexican immigrants and Muslims.-Press TV

     


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  • How Trump won the White House: Video footage of key moments of #Election2016

    09/Nov/2016 // 336 Viewers

     

    The race is over. Donald Trump is president-elect, defeating HIllary Clinton and putting a Republican back in the White House. The 2016 election campaign wasn’t pretty, but it was entertaining.

     
    Trump’s announcement in June 2015 that he would run for president was met largely with ridicule, as many saw the reality TV star’s bid to make the White House as a joke. Trump’s lack of any experience in political office positioned him as an outsider from the start.
     
    Building walls
     
    Campaigning started off controversially, with Trump laying down his mission with the now-infamous statement that he would build a “great wall” on the US-Mexican border, claiming their neighbours were sending “criminals, drug dealers, rapists,” into the US.
     
    His attack on immigrants was ramped up in December 2015 in the wake of the San Bernardino shooting. Trump called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the US, causing further division amongst Republicans and outrage from his future Democratic rival.
     
     

    A bitter Republican race

    The bizarreness of the Republican campaign continued when, in the first primary debate in August 2015, Trump declared he would not pledge his support to a Republican nominee other than himself and didn’t rule out running as a third-party candidate.

    Trump, already gaining traction in the polls despite not being backed within the party, later signed a pledge promising his allegiance to the Republican Party.


    Convention controversies

    Both parties’ conventions took place in July, with Melania Trump grabbing the headlines with her allegedly-plagiarized speech from Michelle Obama.


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    Clinton used the Democratic National Convention to attack Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim immigrants to the US, with the Pakistani-American parents of deceased US soldier Humayun Khan speaking.

    “Have you ever been to Arlington Cemetery? Go look at the graves of brave patriots who died defending the United States of America. You will see all faiths, genders, and ethnicities.” his father Khizr Khan said.


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    Trump caused outrage with his rebuttal when he said “If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably — maybe she wasn't allowed to have anything to say.”

    Ghazala Khan responded that she was too upset to speak about her deceased son.

    Trump picked Indiana governor Mike Pence as his running mate, with Clinton choosing junior Senator from Virginia Tim Kaine.

    The 'Aleppo moment'

    The Green Party’s Jill Stein and Libertarian Gary Johnson, among other third-party candidates, would keep the nominees company on the ballot. Johnson’s gained most notoriety for famously not knowing what Aleppo was.


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    Meanwhile, Stein become embroiled in accusations she was “anti-vaccine” after claiming they were not to be trusted, a statement from which she later attempted to distance herself.


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    'Basket of deplorables' and 'locker room talk'

    Comments made by Clinton in September this year that described half of Trump supporters as a “basket of deplorables” caused further damage to her reputation. She apologized for the comment claiming she was wrong to be “grossly generalistic.”




     


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  • 'I'll not let you down' Watch Video footage of Trump's victory speech

    09/Nov/2016 // 399 Viewers

     

    The win

    Walls, bans and inappropriate grabs weren’t enough to derail the Republican's campaign though, with Trump becoming president-elect with a stunning win.

    Trump delivered his victory speech after receiving a call from Clinton who conceded defeat. She has yet to address her supporters.


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  • 25 African-Americans thrown out of South Carolina restaurant after a white woman complained of feeling 'threatened

    09/Sep/2016 // 755 Viewers

     

    A South Carolina man and several of his friends say they were refused service at a Wild Wing Cafe in Charleston last month and asked to leave. The reason: Michael Brown and his group of 24 friends and family members are African-American, and another customer - a white woman - complained that she felt threatened by the group.

    That's according to Brown, who was celebrating his cousin's last day in Charleston with a night out at the Wild Wing Cafe. Brown took his beef to social media, and the story went viral.
    The apparent race-based snub came after Brown and his group waited for a table for about two hours.

    Brown called the restaurant's corporate headquarters repeatedly to explain what had happened to the manager's superiors. But nobody ever called him back - so he turned to Facebook.

    'I will never go to Wild wings cafe in N. Chs again! We (Party of 25 family and friends) waited 2hrs, patiently and were refused service because another customer (White) felt threatened by us. 

    This type of racial discrimination is unacceptable and we have to put a STOP TO IT. The manager looked me dead in the face and said she was refusing us service because she had a right to and simply she felt like it. DO NOT SUPPORT THIS ESTABLISHMENT... PLEASE SHARE THIS POST... We need your help,' he posted on the restaurant's Facebook page. 
    After Brown's post started getting a bit of attention, the restaurant finally acknowledged Brown's complaint.

    'We got alerted through social media, so we always encourage our customers to respond to us or to comment on our social media pages,' Debra Stokes, the chief marketing officer for Wild Wing Cafe, told the station.

    After the post, representatives for Wild Wing Cafe said they immediately responded and spoke to Brown.

    'We had a conversation,' said Stokes. 'It was a really good conversation. He and many of his family and friends were there about a month ago, and they are regular customers of ours. So, they were having a going away party, and they just didn't receive the experience that they have come to know and love.'

    At no point did Stokes deny that Brown's story was true.
    The restaurant offered Brown and his family a free meal for the entire group. But Brown isn't completely satisfied.

    'We weren't coming there for a free meal. When we came there that night, we were coming to patronize the business. This is not a situation where you can just give us a free meal and everything is ok because it's deeper than that,' he said.

    As of Sunday night, Brown's post was shared on Facebook nearly 3,000 times.

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  • TREASON OF THE HIGHEST KIND: Special forces just exposed GOV. order to abort Benghazi rescue

    10/Dec/2016 // 889 Viewers

                                  Biggest traitors in American history


    Hillary Clinton deserves an orange jumpsuit, nothing else. Anyone that can leave Americans to die deserves to rot in hell.
     
    Anyone that can leave Americans to fight for 13 hours against hundreds of terrorists without any help should be charged with treason.
     
    These latest revelations are coming from Col. Andrew Woods, who is claiming that his quick response team was actually in route to the firefight that was taking place at the American compound in Benghazi, when word came from President Obama to turn back, because he would not give the “go-ahead-order” and thus Woods was forced to abandon his comrades.
     
    Something that no military man would ever do, unless forced to do so by the Commander-in-Chief.
     
    Col. Woods, who once commanded a Special Forces anti-terrorism team protecting Ambassador Chris Stevens and other diplomats in Libya, reiterated his claim: “Those individuals I know loaded aircraft and got on their way to Benghazi to respond to that incident. They were not allowed to cross the border as per protocol until they got approval from the commander-in-chief,” Wood explained.
     
    “That authority has to come from him or they’re not allowed to enter the country.”
     
    We will never forget!
     
    Additionally, there were dozens of requests filed that a terrorist attack was looming, yet Clinton and Obama refused to take any calls or do anything about it.
     
    Now, we have 4 innocent Americans dead and Hillary Clinton is free to live life in her mansion without any worry in the world.
     
    How does it make you feel knowing Hillary and Obama deliberately left our men and women to die that night?
     
    Tell us your thoughts below and share this to honor our brave Americans that lost their lives that night.
     


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  • Breaking News: Again, Donald Trump makes a very important appointment - The Washington Post Reports

    10/Dec/2016 // 2203 Viewers

     

    President-elect Donald Trump is expected to choose Rex Tillerson, the chief executive of Exxon Mobil who has worked extensively around the globe and built relationships with world leaders, as his secretary of state, three people close to the transition team confirmed Saturday.

    Tillerson’s nomination could face intense scrutiny in the Senate considering his years of work in Russia on behalf of the multinational petroleum company and his close relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump spokesman Jason Miller said there would be no official announcement until next week, but other sources said that the pick is expected to be Tillerson, barring a late shift in Trump’s thinking.

    Tillerson’s nomination would fit the pattern of other Trump appointments, installing a wealthy business leader with little experience in policymaking. But Tillerson, 64, has spent much of his career dealing with the complexities of one of the world’s biggest enterprises, spanning six continents and about six dozen nations.

    The company’s deep ties to Russia would potentially serve Tillerson well given Trump’s desire to repair relations with the Kremlin. But Tillerson’s close relationship with Vladi­mir Putin could also become a flashpoint during confirmation hearings, especially in light of a recent CIA assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system.

    “Few corporate titans are closer to Putin than Tillerson,” said Jason Bordoff, founder of Columbia University’s center for global energy.

    During the 1990s, Tillerson oversaw an Exxon project on Russia’s Sakhalin island and developed a working relationship with Putin. In 2011, the company signed an agreement with the state-controlled oil company, Rosneft, to work jointly on oil exploration and development in the Arctic and Siberia.

    After inking the deal in New York, Tillerson and Rosneft chairman and Putin confidante Igor Sechin dined on caviar at the luxury Manhattan restaurant Per Se, according to one account. The next day they gave oil analysts black pens with the date of the agreement engraved in gold.


    Two years later, the Kremlin awarded Tillerson the Order of Friendship, honoring foreigners.

    “I don’t know the man much at all, but let’s put it this way: If you received an award from the Kremlin, [an] order of friendship, then we’re gonna have some talkin’,” said Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.). “We’ll have some questions. I don’t want to prejudge the guy but that’s a bit unnerving.”

    Exxon discovered oil in a well it drilled in the Kara Sea, but the joint partnership was put on ice after Russian intervention in Ukraine and annexation of the Crimea led to international economic sanctions. As secretary of state, Tillerson, who has been critical of the sanctions, would be in a position to argue for an easing them, which could allow Exxon to resume operations.

    “Russia is critical for Exxon,” said Fadel Gheit, oil analyst for Oppenheimer & Co. “Not only for how much production it has there, but the potential growth is huge.” He said once sanctions are lifted, “Exxon will go back to develop the Arctic business at a rapid pace.”

    As Secretary of State, which takes the lead in international climate talks, the oil industry veteran could also play a role in unwinding U.S. commitments under the recent Paris accord.

    “The closest thing we have to a secretary of State outside government is the CEO of Exxon,” Robert McNally, president of the consulting firm Rapidan Group and a director for energy at President George W. Bush’s national security council. Because ExxonMobil invests in huge, long-term projects, it is concerned “by nature with enduring interests, vulnerabilities, and opportunities,” McNally said.

    His selection ends one of the most high-profile contests for a top cabinet post, whose losing candidates included former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and Sen. Bob Corker (R-NC).

    Tillerson has spent his entire working life at ExxonMobil after earning a civil engineering degree and joining the company in 1975. His career has taken him from Oklahoma and Texas to Yemen and Russia, and as ExxonMobil’s top executive he has cultivated relationships, meeting regularly with world leaders such as Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Saudi oil minister, and the emir of Qatar. He will retire with a nest egg of about $300 million including stock options and pension benefits.

    Yet Tillerson’s track record — during a decade in which crude oil prices lurched from under $30 to nearly $150 a barrel — has been mixed. The company has managed some of the world’s biggest infrastructure projects often in forbidding locations, but it has spent heavily on share buybacks and has borrowed heavily to maintain both capital spending and dividend payments. Wall Street analysts say it overpaid for XTO, a domestic shale gas company, and it has failed to meet the production targets Tillerson himself set. In April, Standard & Poor’s downgraded the company’s gold-plated triple A credit rating to double A plus, the first time Exxon had lost its triple A rating since the advent of color television and the communists took over China.

    Moreover, Tillerson’s career with ExxonMobil isn’t seen as an asset by environmentalists. The company has become a target of environmental groups that allege the company’s scientists knew about the impact the use of fossil fuels was having on climate change, and that the company suppressed internal research rather than sharing it with investors and the public.

    The New York and Massachusetts attorneys general have issued broad subpoenas to ascertain whether ExxonMobil’s failure to disclose that information violated Securities and Exchange Commission requirements. ExxonMobil has fought back, persuading a Texas federal court to order that ExxonMobil could do discovery, depose the Massachusetts attorney general and search her internal emails and documents for any signs that she acted out of “bad faith.”

    “Covering up climate science and deceiving investors qualifies you for federal investigation, not federal office,” May Boeve, executive director of the climate group 350.org said in a statement. “An oil baron as Secretary of State would do enormous damage.”

    When Tillerson took the helm at ExxonMobil a decade ago, he was seen as moderating the company’s position on climate change. Whereas his predecessor opposed any action on climate change, Tillerson said in 2009 that he favored a carbon tax and proposed an initial price “somewhere north of $20” a ton. And he reduced ExxonMobil’s own emissions.


    Under Tillerson, ExxonMobil also curtailed funding for the Competitive Enterprise Institute, whose energy and climate expert Myron Ebell played down the extent of climate change and said that no action was needed. Ebell has been the head of the Trump transition team on environmental issues.

    Yet Tillerson still insisted that oil use was essential. He chaired the American Petroleum Institute, which hammered on the idea that jobs were at stake. “To say that you’re addicted to oil and natural gas seems to me to say you’re addicted to economic growth,” he once told Fortune magazine.

    Exxon has important relationships with countries other than Russia, most notably the Middle East. It relies on Saudi Arabia for oil supplies and is a partner in refinery projects. It has enormous liquefied natural gas export projects in Qatar. It has also managed to carry out exploration and production ventures in both Kurdistan and southern Iraq, transcending rivalries between Baghdad and the Kurds.

    But under Tillerson, Exxon has also walked away from some countries. It left Venezuela after contract disputes with the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez and it ended its onshore operations in Nigeria, where local insurgents sabotaged infrastructure.

    Tillerson said later that “you have to be willing to say ‘no, we aren’t going to do it that way...if we can’t do it this way, we won’t be here.’”

    Within the oil industry, ExxonMobil has been regarded as the most button-downed company, conservative and sometimes arrogant.

    “Rex is a very, very, very honorable man,” said Gheit, who is also one of his critics. “He is smart, level headed. He has tremendous resolve and very strong character.”

     Rex Tillerson, chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil, testifies about the company's acquisition of XTO Energy before the House Energy and Environment Subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington January 20, 2010. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)


    Tillerson was born in Witchita Falls, Tx., the son of a Boy Scout administrator. He still lists the rank of Eagle Scout on his resume, and he has remained active in the organization throughout his life. In 2012, he was instrumental in pushing the Boy Scouts board to admit openly gay youths.

    The Exxon chief also chaired the $50 million campaign to restore Washington’s Fords Theatre, where President Lincoln was assassinated. ExxonMobil and Qatar were major donors.


    In confirmation hearings, Tillerson can also expect to face tough questions about his views on international pipelines such as the Keystone XL, which require State Department approval. He’ll also be quizzed on climate change.

    “I’d expect the State Department’s climate change envoy— a key role under [Hillary] Clinton and [John F.] Kerry—to have a lot of free time on his or her hands, and that State Department permits to build oil pipelines to Canada will be quite a bit easier to get,” Bordoff said.

    Tillerson has acknowledged that climate change is caused by humans, but questioned the costs of weaning the world from fossil fuels.

    “What good is it to save the planet if humanity suffers,” he said at a 2013 stockholders meeting, citing the outsized impact on poor people if environmental activists succeeded in establishing company goals to reduce emissions.

    Karoun Demirjian contributed to this report.


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  • Breaking News: Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House (VIDEO)

    10/Dec/2016 // 617 Viewers

     

    The CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, according to officials briefed on the matter.
     
    Intelligence agencies have identified individuals with connections to the Russian government who provided WikiLeaks with thousands of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and others, including Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, according to U.S. officials. Those officials described the individuals as actors known to the intelligence community and part of a wider Russian operation to boost Trump and hurt Clinton’s chances.


     
    “It is the assessment of the intelligence community that Russia’s goal here was to favor one candidate over the other, to help Trump get elected,” said a senior U.S. official briefed on an intelligence presentation made to U.S. senators. “That’s the consensus view.”
     
    The Obama administration has been debating for months how to respond to the alleged Russian intrusions, with White House officials concerned about escalating tensions with Moscow and being accused of trying to boost Clinton’s campaign.
     
    In September, during a secret briefing for congressional leaders, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) voiced doubts about the veracity of the intelligence, according to officials present.
     
    The Trump transition team did not respond to a request for comment.
     
    Trump has consistently dismissed the intelligence community’s findings about Russian hacking. “I don’t believe they interfered” in the election, he told Time magazine this week. The hacking, he said, “could be Russia. And it could be China. And it could be some guy in his home in New Jersey.”
     
    The CIA shared its latest assessment with key senators in a closed-door briefing on Capitol Hill last week, in which agency officials cited a growing body of intelligence from multiple sources. Agency briefers told the senators it was now “quite clear” that electing Trump was Russia’s goal, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters.
     
     
    The CIA presentation to senators about Russia’s intentions fell short of a formal U.S. assessment produced by all 17 intelligence agencies. A senior U.S. official said there were minor disagreements among intelligence officials about the agency’s assessment, in part because some questions remain unanswered.
     
    For example, intelligence agencies do not have specific intelligence showing officials in the Kremlin “directing” the identified individuals to pass the Democratic emails to WikiLeaks, a second senior U.S. official said. Those actors, according to the official, were “one step” removed from the Russian government, rather than government employees. Moscow has in the past used middlemen to participate in sensitive intelligence operations so it has plausible deniability.
     
    Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has said in a television interview that the “Russian government is not the source.”
     
    The White House and CIA officials declined to comment.
     
    On Friday, the White House said President Obama had ordered a “full review” of Russian hacking during the election campaign, as pressure from Congress has grown for greater public understanding of exactly what Moscow did to influence the electoral process.
     
    “We may have crossed into a new threshold, and it is incumbent upon us to take stock of that, to review, to conduct some after-action, to understand what has happened and to impart some lessons learned,” Obama’s counterterrorism and homeland security adviser, Lisa Monaco, told reporters at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.
     
    Obama wants the report before he leaves office Jan. 20, Monaco said.
     
    During her remarks, Monaco didn’t address the latest CIA assessment, which hasn’t been previously disclosed.
     
    Seven Democratic senators last week asked Obama to declassify details about the intrusions and why officials believe that the Kremlin was behind the operation. Officials said Friday that the senators specifically were asking the White House to release portions of the CIA’s presentation.
     
     
    This week, top Democratic lawmakers in the House also sent a letter to Obama, asking for briefings on Russian interference in the election.
     
    U.S. intelligence agencies have been cautious for months in characterizing Russia’s motivations, reflecting the United States’ long-standing struggle to collect reliable intelligence on President Vladi­mir Putin and those closest to him.
     
    In previous assessments, the CIA and other intelligence agencies told the White House and congressional leaders that they believed Moscow’s aim was to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system. The assessments stopped short of saying the goal was to help elect Trump.
     
    On Oct. 7, the intelligence community officially accused Moscow of seeking to interfere in the election through the hacking of “political organizations.” Though the statement never specified which party, it was clear that officials were referring to cyber-intrusions into the computers of the DNC and other Democratic groups and individuals.
     
    Some key Republican lawmakers have continued to question the quality of evidence supporting Russian involvement.
     
    “I’ll be the first one to come out and point at Russia if there’s clear evidence, but there is no clear evidence — even now,” said Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and a member of the Trump transition team. “There’s a lot of innuendo, lots of circumstantial evidence, that’s it.”
     
    [U.S. investigating potential covert Russian plan to disrupt elections]
     
    Though Russia has long conducted cyberspying on U.S. agencies, companies and organizations, this presidential campaign marks the first time Russia has attempted through cyber means to interfere in, if not actively influence, the outcome of an election, the officials said.
     
    The reluctance of the Obama White House to respond to the alleged Russian intrusions before Election Day upset Democrats on the Hill as well as members of the Clinton campaign.
     
    Within the administration, top officials from different agencies sparred over whether and how to respond. White House officials were concerned that covert retaliatory measures might risk an escalation in which Russia, with sophisticated cyber capabilities, might have less to lose than the United States, with its vast and vulnerable digital infrastructure.
     
     
    The White House’s reluctance to take that risk left Washington weighing more limited measures, including the “naming and shaming” approach of publicly blaming Moscow.
     
    By mid-September, White House officials had decided it was time to take that step, but they worried that doing so unilaterally and without bipartisan congressional backing just weeks before the election would make Obama vulnerable to charges that he was using intelligence for political purposes.
     
    Instead, officials devised a plan to seek bipartisan support from top lawmakers and set up a secret meeting with the Gang of 12 — a group that includes House and Senate leaders, as well as the ranking members of both chambers’ committees on intelligence and homeland security.
     
    Obama dispatched Monaco, FBI Director James B. Comey and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to make the pitch for a “show of solidarity and bipartisan unity” against Russian interference in the election, according to a senior administration official.
     
    Specifically, the White House wanted congressional leaders to sign off on a bipartisan statement urging state and local officials to take federal help in protecting their voting-registration and balloting machines from Russian cyber-intrusions.
     
    Though U.S. intelligence agencies were skeptical that hackers would be able to manipulate the election results in a systematic way, the White House feared that Moscow would attempt to do so, sowing doubt about the fundamental mechanisms of democracy and potentially forcing a more dangerous confrontation between Washington and Moscow.
     
    In a secure room in the Capitol used for briefings involving classified information, administration officials broadly laid out the evidence U.S. spy agencies had collected, showing Russia’s role in cyber-intrusions in at least two states and in hacking the emails of the Democratic organizations and individuals.
     
    And they made a case for a united, bipartisan front in response to what one official described as “the threat posed by unprecedented meddling by a foreign power in our election process.”
     
     
    The Democratic leaders in the room unanimously agreed on the need to take the threat seriously. Republicans, however, were divided, with at least two GOP lawmakers reluctant to accede to the White House requests.
     
    According to several officials, McConnell raised doubts about the underlying intelligence and made clear to the administration that he would consider any effort by the White House to challenge the Russians publicly an act of partisan politics.
     
    Some of the Republicans in the briefing also seemed opposed to the idea of going public with such explosive allegations in the final stages of an election, a move that they argued would only rattle public confidence and play into Moscow’s hands.
     
    McConnell’s office did not respond to a request for comment. After the election, Trump chose McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, as his nominee for transportation secretary.
     
    Some Clinton supporters saw the White House’s reluctance to act without bipartisan support as further evidence of an excessive caution in facing adversaries.
     
    “The lack of an administration response on the Russian hacking cannot be attributed to Congress,” said Rep. Adam B. Schiff (Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, who was at the September meeting. “The administration has all the tools it needs to respond. They have the ability to impose sanctions. They have the ability to take clandestine means. The administration has decided not to utilize them in a way that would deter the Russians, and I think that’s a problem.”
     
    Philip Rucker contributed to this report.
     
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  • Breaking: Thanks Jill! The recount just created a huge win for Republicans in Congress

    10/Dec/2016 // 1645 Viewers

                            Bet They Didn’t See This Coming!

    Jill Stein’s recount effort was not only a huge scam and a testament to the swamp that must be immediately drained, but also a huge success in pushing stricter voter ID laws.
     
    Yes, you read that correctly. Stein’s whole recount fiasco just caused the Michigan state legislature to buckle down and institute tougher laws when it comes to voting. They have now instituted tough voter ID laws in response to Jill’s plea for “fairer” elections.
     
    She probably didn’t see that coming and instead expected to open up an opportunity for more fraud to take place (it’s already been confirmed that Soros is the reason for much of her fundraising success).
     
    In the end though, the Michigan legislative body was smart enough to see through the nonsense, stating that the only reason the recount is even being pushed is because “Democratic lawmakers representing substantial black district populations are more opposed to restrictive voter ID laws”.
     
    In short, the only reason voter ID laws aren’t an automatic thing is because Liberals know they would hurt voter turnout (a clear example being the 3,000,000+ illegals that voted on November 8th).
     
    Michigan is leading the fight in voter reform, and it’s our duty to share and support their efforts as we take a stand to Make America Great Again!
     


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