Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Ivanka's Emails

Been front page news the last two days:

Ivanka Trump used personal e-mail for government work, report says

It's an AP report for the webbers; my print was a WaComPo pile:

"Ivanka Trump used personal e-mail account to send e-mails about government business" by Carol D. Leonnig Washington Post  November 20, 2018

WASHINGTON — Ivanka Trump sent hundreds of e-mails last year to White House aides, Cabinet officials, and her assistants using a personal account, many of them in violation of federal records rules, according to people familiar with a White House examination of her correspondence.

White House ethics officials learned of Trump’s repeated use of a personal account when reviewing e-mails gathered last fall by five Cabinet agencies to respond to a public records lawsuit. This review revealed that throughout much of 2017, the unpaid senior adviser often discussed or relayed official White House business using a private e-mail account with a domain that she shares with her husband, Jared Kushner.

The discovery alarmed some advisers to President Trump, who feared that his daughter’s practices bore similarities to the personal e-mail use of Hillary Clinton, an issue he made a focus of his 2016 campaign. Trump attacked his Democratic challenger as untrustworthy and dubbed her ‘‘Crooked Hillary’’ for using a personal e-mail account as secretary of state.

Let's think of that for a minute before turning to Ivanka. Hillary is still walking around free, and any time you mention her scandal surrounding e-mails as Secretary of State, the chief diplomatic officer and foreign representative of this country, it's dismissed by Democrats and their pre$$ as a witch hunt, etc, she was cleared, etc, Comey blew it for her, etc, never mind that the Obama DoJ and FBI worked overtime to shield her from legal liability. Even worse, Sessions laughed when urged to move on her -- proving that the criminal enterprise that is the Clintons has somehow reached that rarified air above the law.

What you would expect in this case is much more fluff, but the treatment is going to be different. It's not an excuse for Ivanka, but the double standard is going to be so damn obvious. House Democrats must be drooling over this.

Some aides were startled by the volume of Ivanka Trump’s personal e-mails — and taken aback by her response when questioned about the practice. Trump said she was not familiar with some details of the rules, according to people with knowledge of her reaction.

That's the Hillary excuse, and Comey agreed that she didn't mean to do it!

The White House referred requests for comment to Ivanka Trump’s attorney and ethics counsel, Abbe Lowell.

In a statement, Peter Mirijanian, a spokesman for Lowell, acknowledged that the president’s daughter occasionally used her private e-mail before she was briefed on the rules, but he said none of her messages contained classified information.

Unlike Hillary's, which were then subsequently "lost" or destroyed. 

Of course, the NSA has all the stuff. They have everything.

‘‘While transitioning into government, after she was given an official account but until the White House provided her the same guidance they had given others who started before she did, Ms. Trump sometimes used her personal account, almost always for logistics and scheduling concerning her family,’’ he said in a statement.

Mirijanian said Ivanka Trump turned over all her government-related e-mails months ago so they could be stored permanently with other White House records, and he stressed that her e-mail use was different than that of Clinton, who had a private e-mail server in the basement of her home in Chappaqua, N.Y. At one point, an archive of thousands of Clinton’s e-mails was deleted by a computer specialist amid a congressional investigation.

Looks criminal to me and what happened there?

Answer is nothing, and with the Republicans losing control of the House the rat's nest of Obama leftovers will be left in tact.

‘‘Ms. Trump did not create a private server in her house or office, no classified information was ever included, the account was never transferred at Trump Organization, and no e-mails were ever deleted,’’ Mirijanian said.

Like Trump, Clinton also said she was unaware of or misunderstood the rules. However, Clinton relied solely on a private e-mail system as secretary of state, bypassing government servers entirely.

Wondering why my pre$$ never bothered to investigate. 

Is it all the dead bodies of those that do that surround the Clintons (think Seth Rich)?

I can not believe they are seriously talking about her stealing the nomination again in a possible 2020 bid.

Both Trump and Clinton relied on their personal attorneys to review their private e-mails and determine which messages should be retained as government records.

Hers was Lanny the Liar!

Clinton originally said none of the messages she sent or received were ‘‘marked classified.’’ The FBI later determined that 110 e-mails contained classified information at the time they were sent or received.

So she lied.

Austin Evers, executive director of the liberal watchdog group American Oversight, whose record requests sparked the White House discovery, said it strained credulity that Trump’s daughter did not know that government officials should not use private e-mails for official business.

‘‘There’s the obvious hypocrisy that her father ran on the misuse of personal e-mail as a central tenet of his campaign,’’ Evers said. ‘‘There is no reasonable suggestion that she didn’t know better. Clearly everyone joining the Trump administration should have been on high alert about personal e-mail use.’’

Yeah, it SURE IS!

Let's hope Trump doesn't use the IRS to investigate his political enemies like Obama did, huh, or spy on and infiltrate the opponent's campaign in 2020.

Ivanka Trump used her personal account to discuss government policies and official business less than 100 times — often replying to other administration officials who contacted her through her private e-mail, according to people familiar with the review.

Another category of less-substantive e-mails may have also violated the records law: hundreds of messages related to her official work schedule and travel details that she sent herself and personal assistants who cared for her children and house, they said.

People close to Ivanka Trump said she never intended to use her private e-mail to shroud her government work. After she told White House lawyers she was unaware that she was breaking any e-mail rules, they discovered that she had not been receiving White House updates and reminders to all staff about prohibited use of private e-mail, according to people familiar with the situation.

Using personal e-mails for government business could violate the Presidential Records Act, which requires that all official White House communications and records be preserved as a permanent archive of each administration. It can also increase the risk that sensitive government information could be mishandled or hacked, revealing government secrets and risking harm to diplomatic relations and secret operations.....

Unless you are running a pay-to-play racket out of the U.S. State Department and using a separate server in your basement to do it.

Of course, the ones they destroyed had to do with Libya and the death of the ambassador in the political false flag gone wrong.


Here is the hypocrisy:

"House Democrats plan to investigate Ivanka Trump’s use of personal e-mail for government business" by Felicia Sonmez and Colby Itkowitz Washington Post  November 20, 2018

WASHINGTON — The House Oversight Committee plans to investigate whether Ivanka Trump violated federal law by using a personal e-mail account for government business, the panel’s incoming chairman, Representative Elijah Cummings, Democrat of Maryland, said Tuesday.

In a statement, Cummings said the committee launched a bipartisan investigation last year into White House officials’ use of personal e-mail accounts, but the White House did not provide the requested information.

‘‘We need those documents to ensure that Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, and other officials are complying with federal records laws and there is a complete record of the activities of this administration,’’ Cummings said.

(You just shake your head at the level of disingenuousness by Democrats these days)

President Trump downplayed reports that his daughter used personal e-mail for government business, saying the e-mails didn’t contain classified information and haven’t been deleted.

Trump, speaking to reporters as he left the White House to spend Thanksgiving in Florida, said his daughter didn’t do anything to hide her e-mails and called recent reports about the private e-mail use “fake news.”

“Ivanka can handle herself,” Trump said. “No deletion whatsoever.”

In what appeared to be an acknowledgment of the potential risk of a backlash against Democrats for aggressively probing the Trump administration, Cummings also emphasized that his focus upon becoming chairman of the committee will be to address the everyday issues affecting Americans.

Hey, why worry when you can rig elections with fraud while the pre$$ pushes the narrative?

‘‘My goal is to prevent this from happening again — not to turn this into a spectacle the way Republicans went after Hillary Clinton,’’ he said.

Then he is dropping it?

House Republicans created a special committee to investigate the deadly 2012 attacks on US facilities in Benghazi, Libya, and it was that panel that uncovered Clinton’s use of a personal e-mail server for government business during her tenure as secretary of state under President Barack Obama.

Republicans excoriated Clinton’s use of personal e-mail during her 2016 bid for president, prompting an FBI investigation that found that she had been ‘‘extremely careless’’ but that there was no intention to violate laws on handling classified information.

Look at how they cleaned that up!

That the same FBI that botched the Kavanaugh investigation?

Besides, Ivanka is saying the same thing. No intent to violate. 

Of course, in her case it likely is the truth. Not so much for the other. They hide things.

During the yearslong Benghazi panel’s investigation, House majority leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, acknowledged the political impact, saying the committee’s inquiry hurt Clinton’s poll numbers.

The Washington Post contacted representatives for all of the Republicans still in office who served on the Benghazi committee or as chairmen of the Oversight and Government Reform committee about Trump’s e-mail use. Of those, only one — a spokesman for Representative Susan Brooks of Indiana — replied: ‘‘No comment.’’

American Oversight, the liberal watchdog group whose record requests led to the discovery regarding Trump’s use of her personal e-mail, said in a letter to the top members of the panel and the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier Tuesday that ‘‘it is incumbent on Congress to investigate this matter immediately.’’

Did you see who makes up their staff of lawyers?

‘‘The parallels between Ms. Trump’s conduct and that of Secretary Clinton are inescapable,’’ Austin Evers, the group’s executive director, said in the letter. ‘‘In both her use of personal e-mail and post-discovery preservation efforts, Ms. Trump appears to have done exactly what Secretary Clinton did — conduct over which President Trump and many members of Congress regularly lambasted Secretary Clinton and which, they asserted, demonstrated her unfitness for office.’’

Yeah, they sure are!

I'm fine with that. Clearing out all the Orthodox Chabad can only help.

Evers added that ‘‘while much of the rhetoric surrounding Secretary Clinton’s use of personal e-mail was hyperbolic and untethered to the law or facts, the extensive use of personal e-mail by a senior public official raises important questions that merit investigation.’’

He's untethered himself!

The White House has been bracing for the new revelation to spur a deeper investigation next year by House Democrats of Ivanka Trump’s correspondence in her personal, official, and business life.

Ivanka Trump first used her personal e-mail to contact Cabinet officials in early 2017, before she joined the White House as an unpaid senior adviser, according to e-mails obtained by American Oversight and first reported by Newsweek.

When she joined the White House, Trump pledged to comply ‘‘with all ethics rules,’’ but she continued to occasionally use her personal e-mail in her official capacity, people familiar with an administration review of her e-mail use said.

In a statement Monday, Peter Mirijanian, a spokesman for Ivanka Trump’s attorney and ethics counsel, Abbe Lowell, said that the first daughter’s e-mail use was different than that of Clinton, who had a private e-mail server in the basement of her Chappaqua, N.Y., home. At one point, an archive of thousands of Clinton’s e-mails was deleted by a computer specialist amid a congressional investigation.

Sure looks criminal.

Behind the scenes, White House officials urged supporters and allies to defend Ivanka Trump and make the case publicly that her personal e-mail use was different than that of Clinton, according to two people familiar with the administration’s talking points.

The core of their argument: The volume of private e-mails she sent was much smaller, the messages did not contain classified material, and she did not delete them, they said. The White House is urging surrogates to make the case that it would be Democratic overreach to investigate her, the people added.

In the wake of the news, several lawmakers ridiculed President Trump for having attacked Clinton over her e-mail use.

‘‘Cue the chant?’’ tweeted Representative Joyce Beatty, an Ohio Democrat, in a nod to Trump supporters’ frequent cries of ‘‘Lock her up!’’ at the president’s rallies.

Representative William Lacy Clay, a Missouri Democrat, tweeted a story about Ivanka Trump’s e-mail and commented, ‘‘Karma has a sense of humor.’’

Look at Democrats gloat and engage in the very behavior they claim of the president.

I will never vote for a Democrat ever again.


They didn't get the message, and it's not like I'm part of the family, either:

"A firsthand account of the tumult inside President Trump’s White House is scheduled to be published in January, the latest in a string of books that seek to decipher his unprecedented presidency. The new book, “Team of Vipers,” is written by Cliff Sims, a former aide in the White House communications office who had previously worked on the Trump campaign. “He saw how Trump handled the challenges of the office, and he learned from Trump himself how he saw the world,” Sims’s publisher, Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, said in announcing the book. A person familiar with the deal said Sims had received a seven-figure advance from the publisher. As the title indicates, the book does not paint a rosy picture of the atmosphere in the White House, but Sims’ goal, according to people familiar with the book, was not to damage Trump....."

Couldn't get it out in time for Christmas, huh?

CNN drops suit against White House after press pass is fully restored

Forgot all about Assange.

"President Donald Trump’s famously opaque business will face a bracing new reality next year when House Democrats hit it with a flurry of subpoenas for the first time. Republicans and the Trump Organization have been able to ignore Democrats’ questions about the company’s finances and business practices. Come January, Democrats taking control of the House will be able to investigate many angles, starting with how much contact the president maintains with Trump Organization executives after agreeing to suspend his role in running the company. They’ll be asking whether Trump discusses business with his sons, Eric and Donald Jr., who he left in charge. Democrats also have unanswered questions about the Trump Organization’s contacts with foreign governments, its potential ties to Russian and Saudi interests, and its dealings with Deutsche Bank. Representative Jackie Speier of California has even released a memo from advisers theorizing that Trump’s business may be a racketeering enterprise that facilitates money laundering. The Democrats’ pent-up demands for investigations face one major constraint, though: the risk Republicans will portray them as indulging in an anti-Trump vendetta instead of attending to legislative business....."

Because that is what the donors want, and did you just hear a pop?

Trump provides special counsel with answers to questions

Democratic senators challenge Whitaker appointment in court

They are Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Mazie K. Hirono of Hawaii, and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.

Filings show nonprofit paid Whitaker nearly $1m

Time to begin an investigation:

"Trump pressed to have Justice Department prosecute Comey and Clinton" by Michael S. Schmidt and Maggie Haberman New York Times  November 20, 2018

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump told the White House counsel in the spring that he wanted to order the Justice Department to prosecute two of his political adversaries: his 2016 challenger, Hillary Clinton, and former FBI Director James Comey, according to two people familiar with the conversation.

Has he used the IRS to audit them like Obama did?

The lawyer, Donald McGahn, rebuffed the president, saying that he had no authority to order a prosecution. McGahn said that while he could request an investigation, that too could prompt accusations of abuse of power. To underscore his point, McGahn had White House lawyers write a memo for Trump warning that if he asked law enforcement to investigate his rivals, he could face a range of consequences, including possible impeachment.

Trump must have the wrong color skin because the guy before him actually did all that stuff and there was never a whiff of impeachment. 

In fact, we are told it was one of the most scandal free administrations ever when the truth was far from it. Parties paid by lobbyists at all the alphabet agencies, government workers viewing porn, the VA scandal, Fast and Furious, IRS audits of political enemies, the Gulf Gusher, jailing and spying on reporters, spying on and infiltrating the opposing party's presidential campaign, and on and on.

But all that has been flushed down the agenda-pushing pre$$'s memory hole.

The encounter was one of the most blatant examples yet of how Trump views the typically independent Justice Department as a tool to be wielded against his political enemies. It took on additional significance in recent weeks when McGahn left the White House and Trump appointed a relatively inexperienced political loyalist, Matthew Whitaker, as the acting attorney general.

Gee, the NYT sure has the hatchet out today, and it is applying it in generous, Lizzy Borden-like portions.

It is unclear whether Trump read McGahn’s memo or whether he pursued the prosecutions further, but the president has continued to privately discuss the matter, including the possible appointment of a second special counsel to investigate both Clinton and Comey, according to two people who have spoken to Trump about the issue. He has also repeatedly expressed disappointment in the FBI director, Christopher Wray, for failing to more aggressively investigate Clinton, calling him weak, one of the people said.

In other words, this is more NYT ax-grinding and agenda-pushing fake news.

Who even knows if it is true!?

A White House spokesman declined to comment. A spokeswoman for the FBI declined to comment on the president’s criticism of Wray, whom he appointed last year after firing Comey.

“Mr. McGahn will not comment on his legal advice to the president,” said McGahn’s lawyer, William Burck. “Like any client, the president is entitled to confidentiality. Mr. McGahn would point out, though, that the president never, to his knowledge, ordered that anyone prosecute Hillary Clinton or James Comey.”

So who leaked this? 

Or did the NYT just make it up? 

It wouldn't be the first time!

It is not clear which accusations Trump wanted prosecutors to pursue. He has accused Comey, without evidence, of illegally having classified information shared with The New York Times in a memo that Comey wrote about his interactions with the president. The document contained no classified information.

Trump’s lawyers also privately asked the Justice Department last year to investigate Comey for mishandling sensitive government information and for his role in the Clinton email investigation. Law enforcement officials declined their requests. Comey is a witness against the president in the investigation by the special counsel, Robert Mueller.

Comey is also a major source for the New York Times. 

There is a video out there somewhere of him walking into their offices!!

Trump has grown frustrated with Wray for what the president sees as his failure to investigate Clinton’s role in the Obama administration’s decision to allow the Russian nuclear agency to buy a uranium mining company. Conservatives have long pointed to donations to the Clinton family foundation by people associated with the company, Uranium One, as proof of corruption, but no evidence has emerged that those donations influenced the U.S. approval of the deal.


Ever hear of a quid-pro-quo?

Yeah, just breeze past that example of Russian collusion and influence, as well as endangering the national security of this country, like they breeze past the U.K. interference and meddling in the 2016 election by helping the Clinton campaign compile a phony piece of propaganda to then send up through various channels within the Obama administration and Congre$$ to thereby obtain a warrant of false premises to spy on American citizens of the opposing political campaign while attempting to infiltrate said campaign. I'm sure those were in her emails somewhere!

In his conversation with McGahn, the president asked what stopped him from ordering the Justice Department to investigate Comey and Clinton, the two people familiar with the conversation said. He did have the authority to ask the Justice Department to investigate, McGahn said, but warned that making such a request could create a series of problems.

McGahn promised to write a memo outlining the president’s authorities. In the days that followed, lawyers in the White House counsel’s office wrote a several-page document in which they strongly cautioned Trump against asking the Justice Department to investigate anyone.

The lawyers laid out a series of consequences. For starters, Justice Department lawyers could refuse to follow Trump’s orders even before an investigation began, setting off another political firestorm.

If charges were brought, judges could dismiss them, and Congress, they added, could investigate the president’s role in a prosecution and begin impeachment proceedings.

Ultimately, the lawyers warned, Trump could be voted out of office if voters believed he had abused his power.

Trump’s frustrations about Comey and Clinton were a recurring refrain, a former White House official said. “Why aren’t they going after” them? the president would ask of Justice Department officials.

It's a damn good question. 

Where is Mueller, btw? 

This is supposed to be part of his mandate.

For decades, White House aides have routinely sought to shield presidents from decisions related to criminal cases or even from talking about them publicly. Presidential meddling could undermine the legitimacy of prosecutions by attaching political overtones to investigations in which career law enforcement officials followed the evidence and the law.

Well, the way they handled the Clintons already ruined it!

Perhaps more than any president since Richard Nixon, Trump has been accused of trying to exploit his authority over law enforcement. Witnesses have told the special counsel’s investigators about how Trump tried to end an investigation into an aide, install loyalists to oversee the inquiry into his campaign and fire Mueller.

Now they are accusing him of Nixonian tactics!

Let me tell you this: he only used the national security agencies of this country to try and help him cover up what his political plumbers were doing. Obama actually used those instruments of national security in an active effort to spy on and infiltrate the opposing campaign before trying to cover it up. That is to the nth degree worse than anything Nixon ever did.

In addition, Trump has attacked the integrity of Justice Department officials, claiming they are on a “witch hunt” to bring him down.

Well, if the shoe fits.....

More significant, Mueller is investigating whether the president tried to impede his investigation into whether any Trump associates conspired with Russia’s campaign to sow discord among the U.S. electorate during the 2016 presidential race.

And he has come up with nothing, or what he has come up with has led him down roads he can't go.

Trump stoked his enmity for Clinton during the campaign, suggesting during a presidential debate that he would prosecute her if he was elected president. “If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation,” Trump said.

“It’s just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country,” Clinton replied.

“Because you would be in jail,” Trump shot back.

I guess that is his first broken promise, and it tells you the power they have over the entire system. 

During the presidential race, Whitaker, a former U.S. attorney, also said he would have indicted Clinton, contradicting Comey’s highly unusual public announcement that he would recommend the Justice Department not charge her over her handling of classified information while secretary of state.

“When the facts and evidence show a criminal violation has been committed, the individuals involved should not dictate whether the case is prosecuted,” Whitaker wrote in an op-ed in USA Today in July 2016.

Two weeks after his surprise victory, Trump backed off. “I don’t want to hurt the Clintons, I really don’t,” Trump said in an interview with The Times. “She went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways, and I am not looking to hurt them at all. The campaign was vicious.”

So it's all an act and bull, huh? 

Law means nothing!

Nonetheless, he revisited the idea both publicly and privately after taking office. Some of his more vocal supporters stirred his anger, including Fox News commentator Jeanine Pirro, who has railed repeatedly on her weekly show that the president is being ill-served by the Justice Department.

Pirro told Trump in the Oval Office last November that the Justice Department should appoint a special counsel to investigate the Uranium One deal, two people briefed on the discussion have said. During that meeting, the White House chief of staff, John Kelly, told Pirro she was inflaming an already-vexed president, the people said.

Shortly after, Attorney General Jeff Sessions wrote to lawmakers, partly at the urging of the president’s allies in the House, to inform them that federal prosecutors in Utah were examining whether to appoint a special counsel to investigate Clinton. A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney for Utah declined to comment Tuesday on the status of the investigation.

That's comment enough! 

He's sitting on it and burying it.

Trump once called his distance from law enforcement one of the “saddest” parts of being president.

“I look at what’s happening with the Justice Department,” he said in a radio interview a year ago. “Well, why aren’t they going after Hillary Clinton and her emails and with her, the dossier?” He added: “I am not supposed to be doing the kind of things that I would love to be doing. And I am very frustrated.”

He's not the only one frustrated by the double standard.


Also seeWhy does Trump hate the military so much?

Has to do with his rejection of the bin Laden cover story. 


"Pakistan summoned the top US diplomat in Islamabad on Tuesday to protest President Trump’s allegation that the country had harbored Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden despite getting billions of dollars in American aid. According to a statement, Foreign Secretary Tahmina Janjua told the US diplomat, Paul Jones that ‘‘such baseless rhetoric . . . was totally unacceptable.’’ The statement also claimed that the cooperation from Pakistan’s intelligence service had provided initial evidence that helped Washington trace bin Laden. Washington and Kabul have long accused Islamabad of harboring militants — a charge it denies. US commandos killed bin Laden in a May 2011 raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where he had been living in seclusion in a house near a well-known military academy. Pakistan denies it knew bin Laden’s whereabouts prior to the raid, which was carried out without its knowledge. It later arrested Dr. Shakil Afridi, who had run a fake vaccination campaign in Abbottabad to help the CIA confirm bin Laden’s whereabouts. 

No wonder they are opposed to vaccination campaigns in those hills.

Trump said in an interview with ‘‘Fox News Sunday’’ that ‘‘everybody in Pakistan’’ knew bin Laden was there and no one said anything despite the United States providing $1.3 billion a year in aid. That statement created a furor in Islamabad. New Prime Minister Imran Khan fired back, tweeting on Monday that Pakistan suffered 75,000 casualties and lost $123 billion in the ‘‘US War on Terror,’’ despite the fact that no Pakistanis were involved in the Sept. 11 attacks. He says the US has only provided a ‘‘miniscule’’ $20 billion in aid. Janjua went so far as to say that ‘‘no other country had paid a heavier price than Pakistan in the fight against terrorism,’’ adding that the US leadership acknowledged on multiple occasions that Pakistan’s cooperation helped in ‘‘decimating’’ al-Qaida. ‘‘Baseless allegations about a closed chapter of history could seriously undermine’’ the cooperation that exists today between Islamabad and Washington, she added."

Hey, don't take it personally. It's just the way he is.

Trump renews criticism of Fed

He might want to watch that criticism, though. It's the kind of thing that can get your head taken off driving through Dallas.


Time to head on over to the House

Seth Moulton catches heat for Pelosi rebellion

You know, “anybody who respects veterans should be angered by this” when only half of the House Democrats in New England support Pelosi. All he is doing is shaking things up and rubbing people the wrong way while trying to keep our democracy intact.

"Brenda C. Snipes, the elections supervisor of Broward County, Florida, turned in a letter of resignation Sunday, hours after the conclusion of a vote recount that exposed a series of failures in her office, including a poorly designed ballot that may have contributed to a weak showing by the defeated Democratic Senate incumbent, Bill Nelson. Snipes, an elected Democrat who was the subject of searing criticism during the recount, submitted her resignation to the state government in Tallahassee, effective Jan. 4. “It has been my passion and honor to serve as the Supervisor of Elections for Broward County voters,” she said in a letter to Governor Rick Scott. “Although I have enjoyed this work tremendously over these many election cycles, both large and small, I am ready to pass the torch.” Snipes becomes the first political figure to fall in the wake of the tumultuous recount, which revealed systemic flaws and areas vulnerable to human error in Florida’s election system, 18 years after the infamous presidential recount of 2000. Scott, who is now the state’s Republican senator-elect, last week had asked the state’s Department of Law Enforcement to investigate potential wrongdoing in Snipes’s office. Snipes, 75, did not immediately comment on her plans."

She's moving to Mexico:

Trump’s ban on asylum for illegal border crossers challenged in court

The article was written by a former Globe reporter.

"In Mexico, thousands of Central American migrants are waiting in a crowded sports complex and squalid shelters to head north into the United States, where thousands of armed American soldiers are guarding the line to deter them from crossing, but a spokesman for the migrant caravan said the Central Americans were waiting peacefully in Mexico and had no intention of forcing their way into the United States. The challenge to the asylum ban was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and other advocacy groups on behalf of East Bay Sanctuary Covenant......"

So where did the 3,000 Haitians come from?

The ban has been ruled unconstitutional as the stores close in Mexico.

Some are tying that even with this:

Frantic search goes on for missing after California wildfire

The photo in my printed paper was this:

Jacob Saylors, 11, walks through the burned remains of his home in Paradise, Calif., Sunday. His family lost a home in the same spot to a fire 10 years earlier. Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

When you look in the background and still see the building and greenhouse/shed, the directed energy weapons theory starts to make sense.

I don't know about Finland, but there was an air ambulance crash during rescue operations.

Next article over in any event:

"How climate change will cause more simultaneous disasters" by John Schwartz   November 20, 2018

Global warming is posing such wide-ranging risks to humanity, involving so many types of phenomena, that by the end of this century some parts of the world could face up to six climate-related crises at the same time, researchers say.

Bring on the weather weapons, huh?

Yeah, forget the unreported below-average temperatures all across the planet.

This chilling prospect is described in a paper published Monday in Nature Climate Change, a respected academic journal, that shows the effects of climate change across a broad spectrum of problems, including heat waves, wildfires, sea level rise, hurricanes, flooding, drought, and shortages of clean water.

They just got caught phoning up the sea temperatures while plucking hypothermic turtles out of the Atlantic around here, etc, etc. 

Maybe shutting down the war machine would help, 'eh?

Such problems are already coming in combination, said the lead author, Camilo Mora of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He noted that Florida had recently experienced extreme drought, record high temperatures, and wildfires — and also Hurricane Michael, the powerful Category 4 storm that slammed into the Panhandle this summer. Similarly, California is suffering through the worst wildfires the state has ever seen, drought, extreme heat waves, and degraded air quality that threatens the health of residents.

Things will get worse, the authors wrote. The paper projects future trends and suggests that, by 2100, unless humanity takes forceful action to curb the greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change, some tropical coastal areas of the planet, like the Atlantic coast of South and Central America, could be hit by up to six such crises at a time.

The authors include a list of caveats about the research: Since it is a review of papers, it will reflect some of the potential biases of science in this area, which include the possibility that scientists might focus on negative effects more than positive ones; also, the authors cite the ongoing margin of uncertainty involved in discerning the imprint of climate change from natural variability.

Already walking back their Chicken Little scenario because the science doesn't support it.

New York can expect to be hit by four climate crises at a time by 2100 if carbon emissions continue at their current pace, the study says, but if emissions are cut significantly that number could be reduced to one. The troubled regions of the coastal tropics could see their number of concurrent hazards reduced from six to three.


They can't possibly know that. It's all reliant on their unreliable computer models.

The paper explores the ways that climate change intensifies hazards and describes the interconnected nature of such crises. Greenhouse gas emissions, by warming the atmosphere, can enhance drought in places that are normally dry, “ripening conditions for wildfires and heat waves,” the researchers say. In wetter areas, a warmer atmosphere retains more moisture and strengthens downpours, while higher sea levels increase storm surge and warmer ocean waters can contribute to the overall destructiveness of storms.

To coin a phrase, I'm tired of having hot air blown up my butt.

In a scientific world marked by specialization and siloed research, this multidisciplinary effort by 23 authors reviewed more than 3,000 papers on various effects of climate change. The authors determined 467 ways in which those changes in climate affect human physical and mental health, food security, water availability, infrastructure and other facets of life on Earth.

The paper concludes that traditional research into one element of climate change and its effects can miss the bigger picture of interrelation and risk.

Climate change also has different effects on the world’s haves and have-nots, the authors found: People are not generally attuned to dealing with problems like climate change, Mora said. “We as humans don’t feel the pain of people who are far away or far into the future,” he said. “We normally care about people who are close to us or that are impacting us, or things that will happen tomorrow,” and so, he said, people tend to look at events far in the future and tell themselves: “We can deal with these things later, we have more pressing problems now,” but, he added, this research “documented how bad this already is.”

Speak for yourself, and take your internalized supremacism somewhere else.

A coauthor of the new paper, Kerry Emanuel of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, hailed its interdisciplinary approach.....


It's also caused the lettuce to wilt, and you know where to deposit that study.

"The Trump administration is moving to expand the territory open for oil exploration in Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve, a process that could shift drilling rigs closer to herds of caribou and flocks of threatened birds. The effort responds to complaints from oil companies and state officials that the Obama administration’s plan was overly restrictive, blocking drilling in promising areas while hampering the construction of pipelines across the reserve. Environmentalists argue the Obama administration in 2013 rightly blocked development in 11.8 million acres of the reserve home to caribou herds and polar bears — and those protections shouldn’t be undone now. Both environmental concerns and oil industry interest center on Teshekpuk Lake. The freshwater lake in northern Alaska provides habitat for the Teshekpuk caribou herd as well as nesting shorebirds, molting geese and the Spectacled Eider, a bird threatened with extinction. The lake also happens to sit on top of an oil-rich geologic formation known as the Barrow Arch, making it a potent lure for energy companies....."

People are erupting in outrage on social media.


"Police in the Seattle suburb of Kirkland apologized this week for helping the owner of a frozen yogurt shop kick out a black man because employees said they felt uncomfortable. Outrage led police to announce they have launched an internal investigation, and the city apologized Monday. The owner of the shop apologized Monday....."

RelatedThe Kansas county official who made a ‘master race’ comment to a black city planner has resigned

Kansas now a blue state.

Four dead, including suspected gunman, after Chicago hospital shooting, police say

It's been minimized by the pre$$, and has the stench of another mind-bending false flag psyop hoax.

"A man who fatally shot his ex-fiancee outside a Chicago hospital before killing two people inside the building was once kicked out of the city’s firefighting academy after threatening a female cadet, officials said Tuesday. Juan Lopez, who died following the shooting Monday at Mercy Hospital, was also the subject of a protection order request filed four years ago, and he legally purchased several guns in recent years, police said. It was unclear whether Lopez shot himself or was fatally shot by police....."

He was no hero.

Police say mother drove with son on car hood over dentist dispute

Making airline travel safe for all

Says the Democratic US senator from New Hampshire.

Tell it to the Indonesians and Malaysians.

Message from the men: We know the power of women on boards

Kill the King?

Related: "The setback for the hard-liners is some rare good news for May, who is fighting for her political life....."

Which is on life $upport at the moment.

Euro countries to consider budget proposed by France and Germany

Yeah, the French know how to handle money:

"Societe Generale SA settled its longstanding sanctions violations case with US authorities, entering a deferred prosecution agreement with federal prosecutors and paying $1.34 billion to regulators in New York and Washington. As part of the settlement announced on Monday, France’s third-largest bank acknowledged violations of US sanctions laws against Cuba, Iran, and Sudan starting as far back as 2003 and extending to 2013. The bank agreed to pay $1.34 billion in all to settle the matter, the US Federal Reserve said in a statement. In addition to paying $717 million to the US Justice Department, the bank will pay $420 million to New York’s Department of Financial Services, $163 million to the Manhattan district attorney’s office, $81 million to the US Federal Reserve, and $54 million to the US Treasury."

That is what is called a kickback.

The French people have other concerns:

"Citizen protests of fuel tax hikes are choking facilities critical to the French economy, and police have orders to remove the drivers blocking sensitive sites to show their anger, France’s interior minister said Monday. In a third day of actions, grass-roots protesters blocked oil depots with their vehicles and disrupted English Channel traffic in a bid to keep up pressure on President Emmanuel Macron’s government. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said the demonstrations around France had grown smaller while yielding ‘‘a multiplication of violent acts, racist acts, anti-Semitic acts, and vandalism’’ since Sunday. Scattered road blockades have continued around France since mass protests of the tax increases Saturday left one protester dead. An injured motorcyclist was between life and death, Castaner said. Since the main protests on Saturday, 528 people have been injured — 17 seriously, the minister said. The figure did not include 92 police officers who were injured, two of them seriously. He said that 27,000 protesters blocking strategic traffic zones were active on Monday, far fewer than the nearly 300,000 counted Saturday."

He's toast despite the agent provocateurs they deployed.