The Real Russia-Gate Scandal

Josh Gerstein’s Politico story about the owners of a Russian bank suing BuzzFeed for publishing the “Trump Dossier” containing “unproven claims” doesn’t go far enough. These “unproven” and even disproven claims that have guided the FBI’s dead-end investigation of President Donald Trum, are one reason that former Director James Comey deserved to be fired.

The real Russian disinformation has been the notorious “Trump Dossier,” which has been serving as the “roadmap” for the FBI.

Weeks after Accuracy in Media exposed the nature of this phony document in a three-part series, “The Final Truth About the Trump Dossier,” Wall Street Journal columnist Holman W. Jenkins, Jr., has stumbled upon the truth, saying the dossier smells like a Russian plant. Our verdict was that the dossier compiled by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele was part of a Russian effort, financed by Hillary Clinton donors, to smear Trump. That’s what the evidence shows.

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5 Takeaways From Trump’s First Overseas Trip As President

With his first trip abroad as president behind him, when President Trump lands in Washington overnight Saturday he arrives to a slew of controversies besieging his administration. It may be a rude awakening after what Trump called a “home run” of a trip.

The White House has remained largely quiet on controversies swirling at home and will likely seek to emphasize the president’s traveling successes in coming days. Trump and his aides hope to take a victory lap over his first overseas trip — a sweeping nine-day excursion through five different countries across the Middle East and Europe.

In Saudi Arabia, the president’s first stop abroad, Trump secured a massive arms sale, worth about $110 billion.

In Jerusalem, he shored up the United States’ relationship with Israel and reaffirmed his commitment to Middle East peacemaking.

And in Brussels, Trump ratcheted up his call for NATO members to bolster their defense spending in order to meet their treaty obligations.

Here are five takeaways from the president’s tumultuous trip.

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Did Trump Just Save NATO By Shaming It?

The mutual defense pact forged by the U.S. with its allies in Europe after World War II has, unfortunately, become a hollow alliance in recent years, with America shouldering most of the financial and military burdens. Thanks to President Trump, those days look to be at an end.

During last year’s campaign, Trump had some rather harsh things to say about NATO, including “we pay too much,” and that the military and political alliance needed to be “changed.” He even suggested that the U.S. might leave NATO.

Such talk would clearly not endear him with other leaders. And Thursday’s NATO meeting was not exactly a love fest. The media didn’t help, doing all they could to play up imaginary splits and slights that they claim Trump made during his meeting with other NATO leaders.

During his speech, he bluntly took the other leaders to task for not spending enough on their own defense. What few will say in his defense is that he’s exactly right; European nations have relied for far too long on U.S. might, without living up to their own financial obligations to the military alliance.

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Merkel Furious With Trump After “Unprecedented” G-7 Failure To Reach Consensus On Climate Change

In the end it was not mean to be. As discussed on Friday, during Trump’s first G-7 summit, world leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and new French President Emmanuel Macron, had hoped to persuade the the US president to endorse the Paris Agreement climate pledge to fight global warming. By the end of the summit – held at a luxury hotel in Taormina, Sicily that was once a Dominican monastery and base for the Nazi air force during World War Two – they realized they had failed, as Trump “underscored his determination to break the global mold” by refusing to follow the Group of Seven line not only on global warming but also by resisting measures on trade.

Furthermore, in what was described as an “unprecedented step“, the final G-7 communique gave the U.S. its own section to say that it is “undergoing a review process” and is unable to join in the discussion, an official cited by Bloomberg said. As a result while the US will remain excluded from the final affirmation, the other six, call it the G-6, will recommit to the Paris Agreement on climate change, which Trump tweeted Saturday he’d come to a decision on next week.

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How Team Obama Tried To Hack The Election

New revelations have surfaced that the Obama administration abused intelligence during the election by launching a massive domestic-spy campaign that included snooping on Trump officials.

The irony is mind-boggling: Targeting political opposition is long a technique of police states like Russia, which Team Obama has loudly condemned for allegedly using its own intelligence agencies to hack into our election.

The revelations, as well as testimony this week from former Obama intel officials, show the extent to which the Obama administration politicized and weaponized intelligence against Americans.

Thanks to Circa News, we now know the National Security Agency under President Barack Obama routinely violated privacy protections while snooping through foreign intercepts involving US citizens — and failed to disclose the breaches, prompting the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court a month before the election to rebuke administration officials.

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Melania Trump’s $51,500 Coat Reminds Us We Live in an Oligarchy

Look upon it and despair.

I don’t know about you, but most of the time I can hum along on my daily routine without being crushed by the sheer unfairness and brutality of the world. We all live on a spectrum between children born in a war zone and people who get Instagram famous because of their gross displays of wealth, but thinking about it too much makes existence unbearable, and ultimately leads to a shattering sense of a life unfulfilled.

So my advice is to not let your gaze linger on the jacket Melania Trump was wearing at the G-7 summit in Italy this week. It costs $51,500, and if you want to buy one just like it, you have to make a $25,750 deposit, only it’s not available right now and also you can’t afford it because who can? Not the workers at Ivanka Trump’s Chinese clothing factory, who reportedly get paid around $60 a week. Not Americans making the federal minimum wage, who earn around $15,000 a year if they only have one full-time job (they probably have to have more than one in order to survive). Not you, unless you are fabulously wealthy, in which case congrats.

oligarchy – a government in which a small group exercises control especially for corrupt and selfish purposes
Donald Trump was said to have been a billionaire and likely lost hundreds of millions running for President. They have the means & lived THAT lifestyle. How much were Hillary Clinton’s pantsuits & designer jackets? How much did the Clintons earn AFTER Bill left office AND WHILE Hillary was SoS?!? Lastly, is the Clinton (Foundation) Global Initiative still active? NO!

Black College Leader: Trump A Step Up From Obama

Blacks didn’t fare so well under America’s first black* president.

“Sadly — and it pains me to say this — over the last decade, black folk, in the era of Obama, have lost ground in every major economic category,” liberal black broadcaster Tavis Smiley said in 2016.

During Obama’s tenure, black Americans below the poverty line rose to 26%; real median income dropped; food-stamp recipients soared 58%; home ownership dropped down 9%, National Reviewreported.

Still, many black leaders praise Barack Obama for his efforts to advance the lives of African Americans. But not Walter Kimbrough, president of Dillard University in New Orleans, a historically black school. Kimbrough says leaders of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) “are noticing that Trump is a step up from Obama,” the Los Angeles Times reports.

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