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oralloy
 
  -1  
Wed 23 Sep, 2020 03:35 pm
@MontereyJack,
montereyjack wrote:
remember merrick garland and gop blatant hypocrisy+

Blocking Merrick Garland was payback for the Democrats mass blocking W's nominees in 2007-08.

Now that both sides are even, there is no reason not to go forward with the confirmation of Mr. Trump's nominee.
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Builder
 
  1  
Wed 23 Sep, 2020 06:05 pm
Meanwhile, the plot thickens on the Hunter Biden report.

HUNTER BIDEN SCANDALS EXPLAINED: UKRAINE, CHINA AND MORE
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The committees stated that they received records that Hunter Biden “sent thousands of dollars” to individuals who have “either been involved in transactions consistent with possible human trafficking; an association with the adult entertainment industry; or potential association with prostitution.”

“Some recipients of those funds are Ukrainian or Russian citizens,” the report states, adding that “the records note that it is a documented fact that Hunter Biden has sent funds to non-resident alien women in the United States who are citizens of Russia and Ukraine and who have subsequently wired funds they have received from Hunter Biden to individuals located in Russia and Ukraine.”

“The records also note that some of these transactions are linked to what ‘appears to be an Eastern European prostitution or human trafficking ring,’” the report stated.

Meanwhile, the report states that Senate investigators found millions of dollars in “questionable financial transactions” between Hunter Biden and his associates and foreign individuals, including the wife of the former mayor of Moscow as well as individuals with ties to the Chinese Communist Party.

According to the report, an investment firm co-founded by Hunter Biden, Rosemont Seneca Thornton, “received $3.5 million in a wire transfer” from Elena Baturina, the wife of the former mayor of the Russian capital.

The report goes further and alleges that not just Hunter Biden but other members of the Biden family “were involved in a vast financial network that connected them to foreign nationals and foreign governments across the globe.”

In one instance, the report stated that Hunter Biden “opened a bank account” with a Chinese national linked to China’s communist government, which “financed a $100,000 global spending spree” for the former vice president’s brother, James Biden, and his wife, Sara Biden.


Not to be forgetting that Obama was told things were very murky, but took no action.

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The chairmen added that “there remains much work to be done” in their probe. Hunter Biden is the son of the Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. His work background played a starring role in the Trump impeachment efforts earlier this year. He and his father have denied any wrongdoing related to his work.

The 87-page report stated that Obama administration officials “knew” that Hunter Biden’s position on the board of Burisma was “problematic” and that it interfered “in the efficient execution of policy with respect to Ukraine.”

“This investigation has illustrated the extent to which officials within the Obama administration ignored the glaring warning signs when the vice president’s son joined the board of a company owned by a corrupt Ukrainian oligarch,” the report’s executive summary stated.
glitterbag
 
  2  
Wed 23 Sep, 2020 06:34 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
Pete Hoekstra is a disgrace, they should send him back to the States.
coldjoint
 
  -1  
Wed 23 Sep, 2020 07:33 pm
@glitterbag,
glitterbag wrote:

Pete Hoekstra is a disgrace, they should send him back to the States.

Who would want to come back to this evil and racist country? That will teach him.
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goldberg
 
  0  
Wed 23 Sep, 2020 08:16 pm
@Builder,
Lots of American liberals have been gulled into believing that Biden should be able to tackle racism once he gets elected. And their reasoning is simply that Biden has more black voters voting for him. That's a dotty idea because America is by no means a black nation overrun by black people-that is to say, Biden won't be able to bring equality to America simply by piggybacking on black people's support. Consider this: alt-right conservatives could stage its own version of White Lives Matter movement after Biden wins the election, just like the Tea Party movement. And it could be a violent one if more hard-right members decide to pack heat and butt heads with BLM's supporters. That would lead to social conflagration if hatred between them boil over and morph into another full-scale Civil War. Please don't forget that Asian Americans also have had dust-ups with black people, say, the Los Angeles Riots of 1992, during which shops owned by Korean Americans were looted by black gangsters chomping at the bit to break into Asian Americans' shops.

What's more, Biden's far-left friends are more than saltier souls; their thinking and world-view coalesce around Stalinism or even fascism, despite their professed loathing for Russia. By which I mean these far-left members , whose ideology has been weaponised, don't prescind from Neronian persecution. And they just want to extirpate anything or anyone trying to hold them back. The old Soviet Union did that with the establishment of Gulag.

It's disconcerting that some vulpine Americans or even foreigners want to rebuild America based on this model. Most Americans have the obligation to fulminate against this and fight for democratic norms that Americans hold dear in life. Freedom takes precedence over equality,
Builder
 
  1  
Wed 23 Sep, 2020 08:23 pm
@goldberg,
None of which addresses what Biden and his son were involved in, in the Ukraine.

Biden bragged about doing what the DNC tried to impeach the president of doing.
goldberg
 
  1  
Wed 23 Sep, 2020 08:39 pm
@Builder,
That would need the Wall Street Journal's fly-on-the-wall reporting style. Remember such old hands like James Stewart, Bryan Burrough, and Jane Mayer: James Stewart now writes for the New York Times; Bryan Burrough writes for Vanity Fair; Jane Mayer writes for New Yorker, all of which are liberal publications.

In other words, even the Wall Street Journal, which seems to have hired lots of young reporters, has trouble digging up dirt on Biden son's financial dealings with foreign nations, albeit with some financial numbers released by conservative publications.

goldberg
 
  1  
Wed 23 Sep, 2020 08:45 pm
@Builder,
There is no denying that liberal reporters and columnists are calling the shots in America. Fox News, by and large, is akin to tabloid television.
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goldberg
 
  1  
Wed 23 Sep, 2020 08:47 pm
@goldberg,
James Stewart, Bryan Burrough, and Jane Mayer used to write for the Wall Street Journal.
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goldberg
 
  0  
Wed 23 Sep, 2020 09:01 pm
@goldberg,
That would lead to social conflagration if hatred between them boils over
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MontereyJack
 
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Wed 23 Sep, 2020 09:13 pm
@Builder,
way to slant the truth. the report reads like a QAnon screed. Here's the other side:
Quote:
The report comes as the investigation itself has faced scrutiny from Democrats and even some Republicans.


Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates on Wednesday blasted the investigation, and Johnson directly, for pursuing a “conspiracy theory.”

"As the coronavirus death toll climbs and Wisconsinites struggle with joblessness, Ron Johnson has wasted months diverting the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee away from any oversight of the catastrophically botched federal response to the pandemic, a threat Sen. Johnson has dismissed by saying that 'death is an unavoidable part of life.’ Why? To subsidize a foreign attack against the sovereignty of our elections with taxpayer dollars -- an attack founded on a long-disproven, hardcore rightwing conspiracy theory that hinges on Sen. Johnson himself being corrupt and that the Senator has now explicitly stated he is attempting to exploit to bail out Donald Trump's re-election campaign,” Bates said in a statement Wednesday.

And last week, Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, slammed the Homeland Security Committee’s probe into the younger Biden’s role on the board of Burisma Holdings as a "political exercise."

“I know the committee has undertaken two major investigations [that have] political implications and one, of course, is the, I’ll call it the Biden/Burisma investigation,” Romney said last week. “And that, I think, from the outset had the earmarks of a political exercise and I’m fearful that comments made in the media recently have only confirmed that perspective.”

Romney went on to say that “obviously, it’s the province of campaigns and political parties, opposition research, the media, to carry out political endeavors to learn about or dust up at one’s opponent.”

HUNTER BIDEN MAKES RARE APPEARANCE AT DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION
Builder
 
  0  
Thu 24 Sep, 2020 12:05 am
@MontereyJack,
Quote:
way to slant the truth.


The article I linked to includes the content you posted. You may (or may not) recall the attack on your president pre-election 2016, incorrectly linking him to Putin.

Biden and son were actively courting Russians and Ukrainians and Chinese.
farmerman
 
  4  
Thu 24 Sep, 2020 01:56 am
@Builder,
Mueller didnt exonerate Trump, he stated that the prosecutor couldn't find evidence of collusion, not interference by Russia. Further the Mueller report stated firmly that there is evidence of Presidential wrongdoing that must wait till after hes out of office.


How soon we change meanings
farmerman
 
  4  
Thu 24 Sep, 2020 01:57 am
@Builder,
The GOP commission investigated the Bidens an, like Trumps colluion, found nothing .
Its like Obamagate, its Trumpian Bullshit
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Builder
 
  1  
Thu 24 Sep, 2020 02:14 am
@farmerman,
Mueller looks like a hunted man, lately.

We're not hearing the full story there, at all.

The evidence is very damning on Hunter.

Keen on prostitutes, and splashing cash left right and centre.

Time will tell.
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hightor
 
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Thu 24 Sep, 2020 02:52 am
H.C. Richardson wrote:

Today Americans were roiled by an article in The Atlantic, detailing the method by which the Trump campaign is planning to steal the 2020 election. The article was slated for The Atlantic’s November issue, but the editor decided to release it early because of its importance.

The article’s author, Barton Gellman, explains that Trump will not accept losing the 2020 election. If he cannot win it, he plans to steal it. We already know he is trying to suppress voting and his hand-picked Postmaster General is working to hinder the delivery of mail-in ballots. Now Trump’s teams are recruiting 50,000 volunteers in 15 states to challenge voters at polling places; this will, of course, intimidate Democrats and likely keep them from showing up.

But if those plans don’t manage to depress the Democratic vote enough to let him declare victory, he intends to insist on calling a winner in the election on November 3. His legal teams will challenge later mail-in ballots, which tend to swing Democratic, on the grounds that they are fraudulent, and they will try to silence local election officials by attacking them as agents of antifa or George Soros. The president and his team will continue to insist that the Democrats are refusing to honor the results of the election.

Gellman warns that the Trump team is already exploring a way to work around the vote counts in battleground states. Rather than appointing Democratic electors chosen by voters, a state legislature could conclude that the vote was tainted and appoint a Republican slate instead. A Trump legal advisor who spoke to Trump explained they would insist they were protecting the will of the people from those who were trying to rig an election. “The state legislatures will say, ‘All right, we’ve been given this constitutional power. We don’t think the results of our own state are accurate, so here’s our slate of electors that we think properly reflect the results of our state,’ ” the adviser explained. The election would then go to Congress, where there would be two sets of electoral votes to fight over… and things would devolve from there.

They would likely end up at the Supreme Court, to which Trump this morning said he was in a hurry to confirm a new justice so there would be a solid majority to rule in his favor on the election results. “I think this will end up in the Supreme Court and I think it’s very important that we have nine justices, and I think the system’s going to go very quickly,” he said. "Having a 4-4 situation is not a good situation."

Amidst the flurry of concern over The Atlantic piece, a reporter this afternoon asked Trump if he would commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the election. "Well, we’re going to have to see what happens," Trump said. "You know that I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots and the ballots are a disaster." He went on to say: "Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very — we’ll have a very peaceful — there won’t be a transfer frankly, there’ll be a continuation."

In response to this shocking rejection of the basic principles of our government, Adam Schiff (D-CA), chair of the House Intelligence Committee, tweeted, “This is how democracy dies.” He said: “This is a moment that I would say to any republican of good conscience working in the administration, it is time for you to resign.” But only one Republican, Mitt Romney (R-UT), condemned Trump’s comments as “both unthinkable and unacceptable.”

On Facebook, veteran journalist Dan Rather wrote of living through the Depression, World War Two, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy, Watergate, and 9-11, then said: “This is a moment of reckoning unlike any I have seen in my lifetime…. What Donald Trump said today are the words of a dictator. To telegraph that he would consider becoming the first president in American history not to accept the peaceful transfer of power is not a throw-away line. It's not a joke. He doesn't joke. And it is not prospective. The words are already seeding a threat of violence and illegitimacy into our electoral process.”

There is no doubt that Trump’s statement today was a watershed moment. Another watershed event is the fact that Republicans are not condemning it.

But there are two significant tells in Trump’s statement. First of all, his signature act is to grab headlines away from stories he does not want us to read. Two new polls today put Biden up by ten points nationally. Fifty-eight percent of Americans do not approve of the way Trump is doing his job. Only 38% approve of how he is handling the coronavirus. Voters see Biden as more honest, intelligent, caring, and level-headed than Trump. They think Biden is a better leader.

Trump’s headline grabs keep attention from Biden’s clear and detailed plans, first for combating coronavirus and rebuilding the economy, and then for reordering the country. The Republicans didn’t bother to write a platform this year, simply saying they supported Trump, but Trump has not been able to articulate why he wants a second term.

In contrast, Biden took his cue from Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and has released detailed and clear plans for a Biden presidency. Focusing on four areas, Biden has called for returning critical supply chains to America and rebuilding union jobs in manufacturing and technology; investing in infrastructure and clean energy; and supporting the long-ignored caregiving sector of the economy by increasing training and pay for those workers who care for children, elderly Americans, and people with disabilities. He has a detailed plan for leveling the playing field between Black and Brown people and whites, beginning by focusing on economic opportunity, but also addressing society’s systemic racial biases. Biden’s plans get little attention so long as the media is focused on Trump.

The president’s antics also overshadow the reality that many prominent Republicans are abandoning him. Yesterday, Arizona Senator John McCain’s widow Cindy endorsed Biden. “My husband John lived by a code: country first. We are Republicans, yes, but Americans foremost. There's only one candidate in this race who stands up for our values as a nation, and that is [Biden].” She added “Joe… is a good and honest man. He will lead us with dignity. He will be a commander in chief that the finest fighting force in the history of the world can depend on, because he knows what it is like to send a child off to fight."

McCain is only the latest of many prominent Republicans to endorse Biden, and her endorsement stings. She could help Biden in the crucial state of Arizona, especially with women. "I'm hoping that I can encourage suburban women to take another look, women that are particularly on the fence and are unhappy with what’s going on right now but also are not sure they want to cross the line and vote for Joe. I hope they’ll take a look at what I believe and will move forward and come with me and join team Biden," McCain said.

That McCain’s endorsement stung showed in Trump’s tweeted response: “I hardly know Cindy McCain other than having put her on a Committee at her husband’s request. Joe Biden was John McCain’s lapdog…. Never a fan of John. Cindy can have Sleepy Joe!”

And, of course, Trump’s declaration has taken the focus off the Republican senators’ abrupt about-face on confirming a Supreme Court justice in an election year. The ploy laid bare their determination to cement their power at all costs, and it is not popular. Sixty-two percent of Americans, including 50% of Republicans, think the next president should name Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s replacement.

The second tell in Trump’s statement is that Trump’s lawyers confirmed to Gellman that their strategy is to leverage their power in the system to steal the election. Surely, they would want to keep that plan quiet… unless they are hoping to convince voters that the game is so fully rigged there is no point in showing up to vote.

Trump’s statement is abhorrent, and we must certainly be prepared for chaos surrounding this election. But never forget that Trump’s campaign, which-- according to our intelligence agencies-- is being helped by Russian disinformation, is keen on convincing Americans that our system doesn’t work, our democracy is over, and there is no point in participating in it. If you believe them, their disinformation is a self-fulfilling prophecy, despite the fact that a strong majority of Americans prefers Biden to Trump.

Trump’s statement is abhorrent, indeed; but the future remains unwritten.

Builder
 
  0  
Thu 24 Sep, 2020 03:01 am
@hightor,
Where's the link?

Your article is pure conjecture.

Biden isn't the best choice for president, and even Obama knows that.
hightor
 
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Thu 24 Sep, 2020 03:28 am
@Builder,
Quote:
Where's the link?

The piece is printed in its entirety, what's the point?
Quote:
Your article is pure conjecture.

Oh, you think I wrote it?
Quote:
Biden isn't the best choice for president, and even Obama knows that.

What choice is better? How do you know what Obama thinks? Maybe he prefers Trump? Kanye West?
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Frank Apisa
 
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Thu 24 Sep, 2020 04:42 am
@Builder,
Builder wrote:

Where's the link?

Your article is pure conjecture.

Biden isn't the best choice for president, and even Obama knows that.


The question is not, "Is Biden the best choice for president?"...but rather, "Is Biden a better choice for president than Trump?"...

...to which any intelligent, sane person would answer with a resounding:

YES, OF COURSE HE IS!
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MontereyJack
 
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Thu 24 Sep, 2020 07:48 am
@hightor,
Considering that all presidential elections when the constitution was written cold not possibly have been finished counting on election day, since communicatons could not move faster than a racing horse, so no finaltally could have been made for weeks, trump's argument that a Nov. 3 tally is the only possible one is clearly bogus, just like he is.
 

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