The Magnitsky Act – Why Vladimir Putin Wants To Get Bill Browder In His Clutches

by Richard Cameron   Editor’s Note:  Legal theory recognizes that there are three essential components to establishing that a person or organization has committed a crime and that must be established when prosecuting the defendants in court – means, motive and opportunity. Most articles have delved into the opportunity and means involved in the coordination and cooperation between members of Trump’s campaign, family members and likely, Trump himself, with a foreign power, Russia, to subvert our election process. Less examination and focus has centered on the motive behind it.  Although…

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Ongoing Fallout From Trump’s Press Conference And Helsinki Summit With Putin

by Richard Cameron Helsinki Summit – A Disaster and a bigly clean up job Donald Trump, after approximately 24 hours of furious reactions to his abominable actions in Helsinki, relented to administration political advisors and agreed to stage what amounted to a transparently insincere damage control dog and pony show. What caused the firestorm to begin with?  Let’s put those on the table first, so we can examine the validity of Trump’s gainsaying of his behavior on foreign soil. Trump’s statements at the post private meeting press conference were standard…

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Why Did Justice Kennedy Retire Now? – The More Or Less Likely Answers

Donald Trump and outgoing Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy at public event

by Tony Wyman For the only perceived swing-vote justice on the United States Supreme Court to suddenly announce his retirement just months before the crucial November elections couldn’t be worse news for Democrats hoping a Blue Wave is going wash away Republican majorities in the House and Senate. Now, thanks to the opening Justice Anthony Kennedy has made, the GOP has an argument to make to get right-wing and center-right voters to the polls in November: turn out to vote so we can get a conservative judge on the Court.…

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Democracies Don’t Disappear With A Bang, They Go Out With A Whimper

cartoon style image in which professor asks student "What's Democracy" and student answers, "Democracy is the freedom to elect your own dictators"

by Tony Wyman To learn all we need to know about the death of a democracy, all we need to do is look at what dictator Daniel Ortega did to Nicaraguan democracy after his election as president in 2006 with just 37.99% of the vote. His party, the Sandanista National Liberation Front (FSLN), failed to gain a majority in the legislature, but allied with the Liberal Constitutionalist Party (PLC) to form a coalition that held more than two-thirds of the seats in the National Assembly.  With allies in the legislature, Mr.…

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Trump Heads To Nuclear Talks In Singapore After Alienating Allies In Canada

Trump on the south lawn of the White House with short statement about bringing Russia back into G-7 group

by Richard Cameron   If Donald Trump gets the Singapore summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un as wrong as he just got the G6+1 meeting in Canada – the US is going to get taken to the cleaners, bigly. Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul put it in these terms:       Trump, as has been reported, slunk out of the meetings in Charlevoix, Quebec, pouting and grumbling that the other national leaders did not dance to his tune the way the GOP Congress has for the past…

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Journalists: Free Press in Danger of Extinction

photo of protest in Turkey against the persecution, arrest and murder of journalists.

By Lynda Bryant-Work   Freedom of the press is on the verge of collapse and with it goes liberty. Around the world in 2017, a total of 65 media workers and journalists were killed, 326 imprisoned and 54 held hostage. The deadliest countries for journalists are Syria, Mexico, Afghanistan, Iraq and the Philippines. Countries holding journalists hostage include Syria, Yemen, Iraq and the Ukraine. Countries detaining the most journalists include China, Turkey, Syria, Iran and Vietnam.   We’ve recently detailed how that Russian journalists who run afoul of the regime of…

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Is Roger Stone About To Flip On Trump?

Trump operative Roger Stone striking Nixon pose

by Tony Wyman Last week, President Donald J. Trump issued a presidential pardon for Dinesh D’Souza, the polarizing  maker of films promoting dubiously documented conspiracy theories, for the crime of using a “straw donor” to make a felonious political contribution to the failed 2012 campaign of Republican Senate candidate Wendy Long. “I’ve always felt he was very unfairly treated,” the president said to reporters as he headed to Texas on Air Force One. “And a lot of people did, a lot of people did. What should have been a quick minor…

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As Long As Assad Remains In Power, The West Is Losing In Syria

photo image of bombed out apartments and buildings in the suburbs of Damascus.

by Tony Wyman Assad will remain in control of Syria – Missile strikes or not   President Trump rightly called Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad a monster. That is precisely what the tyrant is, an evil man with no conscience who deserves to meet a bloody end at the hands of his own people. While last night’s strikes degraded his ability, we’ve been told, to use chemical weapons such as Chlorine gas, to murder more helpless children in his country, it did nothing at all to remove Mr. Assad from power. What…

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Rex Tillerson Dumped By Trump For Not Following Trump’s Line On Russia

photo of now former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at a foreign diplomatic mission.

by Richard Cameron   Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was fired this morning (Tuesday) by Donald Trump.  Trump’s manner of communicating the dismissal was via Twitter around 8:44 a.m. Eastern Time.       . Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2018 The State Department issued…

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Trump’s Self-Destructive Nature Is Why His Administration Was Doomed From The Start

by Tony Wyman We have witnessed this month the spiralling descent of a presidency doomed from the start.  The media proclaimed recent revelations and departures to be “astounding” and “shocking,” but they are neither. Instead, what they are is inevitable.  From the start of his campaign for the presidency, Donald Trump made it abundantly clear that he was little more than a political vandal, a man intent upon creating as much conflict, discord and destruction as possible, and that he would leave in his wake lives wrecked and institutions weakened,…

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