Writer’s Lounge – Ambassador Taylor, President Zelenskyy, Taco Bell And “Chalupa”

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  Impeachment Inquiry features faulty GOP counter narratives   Everyone that is paying attention, is following the open hearings at the Capitol, where committee witnesses are being interviewed by Democrats and Republicans. As such, we won’t get too far into that, other than sharing just a few observations. The main argument GOP House members seem to be advancing – and this will be consistent going forward, is that the testimony of Ambassador Taylor and  Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, George Kent, is “hearsay” and that as such,…

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Writer’s Lounge: Fiona Hill, Rudy Giuliani, Gordon Sondland, Donald Trump, ERA

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  If Jim Jordan is leading the team, you might want to bet against that team.   In perusing the transcript of the Fiona Hill deposition before the joint House Impeachment Inquiry committee, presided over by Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), I happened across this gem, which gives us a bit of a preview how ineffective House Oversight Committee member Jim Jordan (R-OH) is going to prove to be when he is moved over to the House Intelligence Committee as replacement for Devin Nunes (R-CA), who has become a self caricature. …

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Trump’s Failing And Feckless “Executive Privilege” Impeachment Strategy

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  by Richard Cameron   Friday closed out yet another turbulent week for the endangered presidency of Donald Trump. The White House counsel’s office, Cabinet agency level attorneys and GOP members of Congress in both houses have been maintaining that the House Impeachment Inquiry is either unlawful, un-Constitutional or lacking in “due process” or all of the above. Trump himself, tweeted, “The Ukraine investigation is just as Corrupt and Fake as all of the other garbage that went on before it.”  On the matter of whether the inquiry / investigation…

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Countering Russia’s ‘Ideologies For Export’ Propaganda And Disinformation War

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by Kseniya Kirillova    Ideologies For Export Western countries have been battling Russian propaganda and disinformation campaigns for years. As Russian “information operations” spread around the world, more and more initiatives are being created to expose the lies and distortions emanating from the Kremlin: projects to expose fake news, analytical centers that review and monitor disinformation campaigns, and many private initiatives to observe Russian media. However, experts increasingly acknowledge that despite all these efforts, Kremlin propaganda remains a very effective tool of information warfare – much more effective than its…

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Whistleblowers Are as American As Apple Pie And Hot Dogs

Lynda Bryant Work   “Every country needs its whistleblowers. They are crucial to a healthy society. The employee who, in the public interest, has the independence of judgement and the personal courage to challenge malpractice or illegality is a kind of public hero.”                                                   – Fuad Alakbarov   From the dawn of the United States, Congress has supported democracy and public integrity by protecting those who…

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Trump’s Paramilitary Militia Eager for a Second Civil War

by Tony Wyman In April 2016, months before the American people elected Donald Trump president of the United States, Brandon Smith, author and member of Oath Keepers, a far-right paramilitary group made up largely of past and present U.S. soldiers and law enforcement officers, made this comment in an article he posted here. I have said it before and I’ll say it again, if Hillary Clinton is chosen by the establishment to take Obama’s place, the result would probably be outright civil war in the U.S. The level of hatred…

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Trump’s Witness Tampering, Treason, Civil War According To United States Law

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  By Lynda Bryant Work   Witness tampering is the act of attempting to alter or prevent the testimony of witnesses within criminal or civil proceedings. Laws regarding witness tampering also apply to proceedings before the U.S. Congress, executive departments, and administrative agencies. To be charged with witness tampering in the United States, the attempt to ALTER or PREVENT testimony is sufficient. There is no requirement that the intended obstruction of justice be completed. In situations where intimidation or retaliation against witnesses is likely (such as cases involving organized crime),…

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Tobin Smith’s “Foxocracy” Is An Explosive Must Read Before The 2020 Election

Tobin Smith, former Fox News financial analyst and author of upcoming book, "Foxocracy - Fox News' Network's Playbook of Tribal Warfare".

by Tony Wyman Author’s note: As a frequent political commentator, I’ve read dozens of articles professing to expose for readers the true secrets of the Fox News behemoth.  While many were interesting and informative, none captured the true picture of how frighteningly powerful Fox News has become and what a threat to American democracy the network is like “Foxocracy” does.  Tobin Smith’s book, the first I’ve read that pulls back all the blinds hiding the true nature of Fox News, should be on the bedside of every American voter and…

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Open Carry Denied – The Retail Dominoes Fall; First Walmart, Now Publix And 7 More

  by Richard Cameron   National Compass recently published a comprehensive and wide ranging report on the issue of open carry in the United States; an issue that has become a prime facet of the debate over gun violence and the high visibility sub set of gun deaths – mass shootings. In that report, “Open Carry – The Legality, The Ethics And The Risk To Public Safety” we covered specifics of laws applying to open carry, both at the federal level and its status in the various states. We also…

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The Electoral College, Faithless Electors and 2020 – What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

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by Richard Cameron   The Electoral College, “Faithless Electors” and the 2020 US Presidential Election   As if the uncertainties that loom over the 2020 Presidential election are not severe and sobering enough, mainly featuring the ongoing efforts of the Russian regime of Vladimir Putin to subvert America’s most vital democratic process – another contingency has emerged which might be added to the mix, “faithless electors”. Now – faithless electors, might at first blush, seem like a term of scorn, a badge of disgrace, a political Scarlet Letter, but once…

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