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Judicial Watch discovers more pay-to-play in classified Hillary emails

Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch discovered new classified emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton showing more pay-to-play.

Judicial Watch reports:
On January 6, 2012, Clinton can be seen "expediting" a citizenship request so the requestor can get a government job in policy or law enforcement:

"I am told by Citizenship and Immigration (CIS) caseworkers that it may be at least another 8 months before they get to me, making the total time more than a year (they advertise 6 months total turnaround time).

"Would you consider helping me by reaching out to DHS Secretary Napolitano or CIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas who reports to her on my behalf? The ask is to simply consider moving up my applications for review ASAP. My application is complete, straight forward and I have nothing to hide."

Clinton responds: "I'm copying Huma [Abedin] and asking her to see if we can help expedite this for you because we want you to be a citizen as soon as possible! I've got my fingers crossed. Happy New Year-H"

On August 4, 2009, Terrence Duffy, a donor to the Clinton Foundation and executive chairman of the derivatives giant CME Group, asks Clinton for her assistance in setting up meetings with Asian leaders.

"I am planning a trip to Asia for October 3-10. While there, I will be traveling to Beijing, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore and I was wondering if there is any way you could help set up a meeting or 2 with some elected officials in any of those regions. Once again, you're doing an amazing job and all of America is very fortunate to have you as our Secretary of State."

Clinton responds: "Terry-I'm emailing from Capetown [sic], one of my favorite cities in the world. I'm copying your email to Huma so she can follow up w you regarding your Asia trip. Hope you're well. All the best, H"
"Judicial Watch previously reported that Duffy had also asked Clinton in September to arrange "government appointments" for his October trip. Duffy gave $4,600 to Hillary's 2008 presidential campaign; in November 2013 CME Group paid Hillary Clinton a $225,000 speaking fee and has donated between $5,001 and 10,000 to the Clinton Foundation," reports Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton.


Trump delivers Twitter kill shot to Al Franken

President Trump came out swinging on Twitter Thursday evening and absolutely destroyed Al Franken.

Trump first tweeted, "The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words. Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps? ....." OUCH!

Then Trump hits Franken with a kill shot.

".And to think that just last week he was lecturing anyone who would listen about sexual harassment and respect for women. Lesley Stahl tape?"

Comment: The Lesley Stahl bit probably refers to the time Franken "pitched" an idea for SNL in 1995:
"I give the pills to Lesley Stahl. Then when Lesley is passed out, I take her to the closet and rape her," Franken was quoted as saying. He then added, " When she passes out. I put her in various positions and take pictures of her, " Fox News reported.

This is not the first time Franken has been caught making sexually inappropriate statements. According to a report in Star Tribune, a Minnesota news organization, Franken wrote an article named "Porn-O-Rama" for Playboy magazine in 2000, in which he stated that he fantasizes about a robot giving him oral sex.
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Debunking news of Venezuela's "default"

© Reuters
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that "default" will never come to Venezuela.
Let us not forget that Standard & Poor, Moody and Fitch rating services are financed by the banks and therefore have no real independence.

The media fabricated "default" comes before the real one. The stage is slowly being set with economic sanctions; psychological pressure on Venezuelan bondholders and a media campaign that blows out of all proportion routine financial transactions.

Last Sunday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that "default" will never come to Venezuela because the South American country "will always have a clear strategy" aimed at the renegotiation and restructuring of debt - as reported by the Spanish daily El Mundo.

However, just a day later, dawn broke in Venezuela with the news that the U.S. rating agency Standard & Poor's, S&P, downgraded the country's CC rating (very vulnerable) to "selective default" due to non-payment of US$200 million of the coupon on its bonds 2019 and 2024 within the 30-day grace period, according to a report in the Venezuelan daily El Universal.

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Gold Seal

Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan: 'Why is the US elite so afraid of RT?'

© Vasily Maximov/Agence France-Presse via Getty Images
People walk across Moscow’s Red Square, with the Kremlin's Spasskaya (Saviour) Tower (right) and St. Basil's Cathedral (left)
It started as a whisper, now it's a scream. David Kramer's Op-Ed is just the latest jab thrown in a seemingly endless anti-RT barrage in certain sections of the US media and body politic.

This has manifested itself in various forms, from John Kerry dubbing RT a "propaganda bullhorn" to Andrew Lack, briefly CEO of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), throwing the network in with ISIS as a "challenge" to the US because he was bothered by our particular "point of view," to a stream of less-than-rigorous publications simply inventing facts about the channel.

A few days ago in The Washington Post, Kramer, of John McCain's eponymous Institute for International Leadership, launched into a tirade of anti-Russia vitriol. He reserved particular contempt for RT, extolling the virtues of freezing its assets. Ostensibly, this would punish Moscow for two court rulings "involving the multibillion-dollar Yukos oil company." Two birds, one stone.

Comment: Bonus feature, courtesy of The Saker, where you can find a complete transcript: Margarita's one-hour interview on Russian TV about the US attacks against RT:


Erdogan decides withdraw troops from Norway after his name was listed as 'enemy' during NATO drills

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that the country's troops have left ongoing NATO war games ahead of schedule, after his name appeared in an "enemy chart." The move comes amid tensions between the US and Turkey within the military bloc.

On Friday, the Turkish leader slammed an "incident" during NATO drills in Norway, in which Erdogan himself and Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who founded the modern Turkish state, were depicted in an "enemy chart."

"They used an enemy chart in Norway. In that chart, there was my name and [Mustafa Kemal] Ataturk's picture," the Turkish leader told his Justice and Development (AK) Party members, as cited by Turkish media.

Comment: See also: NATO General says Turkey will likely be punished for buying Russian defense systems instead of American


Russian MoD announces Russian long-range bombers hit ISIS targets in Syrian city of Abu Kamal for 2nd day

© Ministry of defence of the Russian Federation / Sputnik
A Tupolev Tu-22M3 long-range bomber
Russian Air Force strategic bombers have conducted a new airstrike on Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) positions in eastern Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry announced.

The strike was carried out by Tu-22M3 supersonic bombers, and successfully targeted IS locations near the city of Abu Kamal in the Deir ez-Zor province in eastern Syria. Terrorist strongholds near the border with Iraq were destroyed, as were armored vehicles, the military said in a statement Friday.

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Mr. Potato

#MeToo: Spanish government blames Russia for Catalan vote

Few people are able to recognize their own mistakes. Many prefer to deny the truth becoming willfully oblivious to obvious facts. Why assume responsibility if there is such a thing as blame shifting - a true-and-tried method to get away with it? Pointing a finger at someone else to divert attention serves the purpose. There is method to this madness and Western politicians have been resorting to blame-shifting tactic increasingly often. Each and everything going awry in the world is the fault of Russia. The drive of peoples for independence is a good example. Take Catalonia to illustrate the point.

The Spanish government said on Nov.10 that it had noted news manipulation about the Catalan crisis on social media originating from Russia's territory. Spain's government spokesman Inigo Mendez de Vigo said disinformation on social networks was a "serious issue." According to Spanish Defence Minister Maria Dolores de Cospedal, the government had established that "many messages and interventions via social networks come from Russian territory." She did not offer any specific examples to confirm the affirmation. Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis said there was evidence of activity by Russian networks and hackers. The trolls are said to be spreading misinformation across social media to further "destabilize" Spain and the EU.

The issue was even raised at the EU foreign and defense ministers meeting on Nov.13-14, where Spain briefed the EU on the alleged interference. The debate comes after eight member states urged EU foreign service chief Federica Mogherini to build up the counter-propaganda cell in her service.

Comment: What more can you say at this point? Western governments have gone full looney tunes.



Lebanese FM Gebran Bassil: Lebanon suffers intimidation attempts to cancel gas deal with Russia

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Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil
Lebanese Minister for Foreign Affairs Gebran Bassil has said that there is currently an anti-Lebanon campaign in the Middle East, aimed at "intimidating" his country and forcing it to give up a joint gas project with Russia.

Beirut has faced certain difficulties in the course of its own efforts to "stabilize the region," the Lebanese foreign minister said on Friday, ahead of his talks with Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov in Moscow. He revealed that, prior to the current crisis, Lebanon was "almost at a threshold of the first-ever contract to develop shale-gas fields with... Russian companies." However, a campaign to hinder the deal "under various pretexts" is now underway, he claimed.

"Some countries are trying to use certain forces to remove the head of Lebanon," he said.

Comment: See also: IDF chief Gadi Eizenkot says Israel ready to share intelligence on Iran with Saudi Arabia

Piggy Bank

JPMorgan accuses bitcoin of money laundering, gets busted for money laundering - as bitcoin recovers, sets new record

© Michaela Begsteiger / Global Look Press
The Swiss subsidiary of US bank JPMorgan Chase has been sanctioned by Switzerland's financial regulator FINMA for money laundering and "seriously violating supervision laws," according to the local weekly Handelszeitung.

The sanctions are reportedly related to breaches of due diligence in connection with money laundering standards. That literally means the Wall Street banking giant assisted in money laundering.

The ruling was reportedly issued on June 30, but the regulator did not make it known as JPMorgan has been actively trying to prevent the publication. The Federal Administrative Court has since dismissed an appeal by the bank.

It is two months since JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon slammed bitcoin, the world's leading cryptocurrency, labeling it a fraud. According to Dimon, bitcoin could be useful "if you were a drug dealer or a murderer."

Dimon also compared bitcoin to the 17th-century Dutch tulip mania bubble. At the time, the CEO predicted the eventual demise of the digital currency and pledged to fire any trader trading bitcoin for being stupid.

Comment: Dimon's comment is pretty sleazy. Drug dealers and murderers already have perfect venues for money laundering: they're called banks. Meanwhile bitcoin recovered again from its latest dip:
The world's biggest cryptocurrency has reached another peak after touching $8,000 on Friday. Bitcoin is now worth near $130 billion, bigger than Total, British American Tobacco or Mastercard.

"I recommended bitcoin in 2011 at $3 with a price target of $100,000. The price has been compounding at approximately one percent a day for this entire run and will continue to do so until it reaches $100,000 when I foresee the price leveling off," Max Keiser, host of RT's financial program 'Keiser Report' said.

Keiser previously predicted bitcoin would be worth $1 trillion in the foreseeable future.

Bitcoin reached its latest high after altcoin bitcoin cash suffered a sharp decline, plummeting more than 25 percent in under 48 hours, according to CoinMarketCap data.

Recent trading has been volatile for the world's most popular cryptocurrency. After reaching a record $7,882 on November 8, bitcoin plummeted to $5,519 on Sunday. This week saw its price surge back to record levels.

The two digital currencies, bitcoin and its offshoot, have been competing for investment. Developers behind bitcoin have postponed the SegWit2x hard fork, which resulted in an over $2,000 decline in the bitcoin price, while bitcoin cash surged more than 50 percent.
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Black Cat 2

The Left is turning on Bill Clinton and Joe Biden over their disgusting actions towards women

In the wake of an outpouring of sexual misconduct allegations hitting the world of media and politics, the left is slowly but steadily turning on former President Bill Clinton -- and even former Vice President Joe Biden -- over their behavior toward women.

The former veep is taking some heat in liberal publications over past claims of inappropriate touching. The allegations against Clinton are far more serious and longstanding -- but while Clinton family allies brushed them off during the heated 2016 presidential race, liberal writers and commentators suddenly have gained an appetite for revisiting them.

"As gross and cynical and hypocritical as the right's 'what about Bill Clinton' stuff is, it's also true that Democrats and the center left are overdue for a real reckoning with the allegations against him," MSNBC host Chris Hayes tweeted Friday, touching off a series of columns from typically left-wing outlets.

The shift comes amid an intense focus on sexual assault and harassment, with allegations rocking Hollywood and East Coast media circles -- including against producer Harvey Weinstein, actor Kevin Spacey, comedian Louis C.K., and MSNBC's Mark Halperin.