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This Democrat lawmaker has "damning evidence" Russia meddled in US elections. His smoking gun is John McCain

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Tucker Carlson asks this Democrat nutcase to show evidence of Trump-Russia collusion.

How many lies can a politician say in one 5 minute TV segment.

Wisconsin Democrat Mark Pocan says he's read classified reports and there's "damning evidence" of Trump-Russia collusion and that reporters will be breaking stories.

We are eight months into this complete liberal left scam, and we have exactly zero evidence from anyone.

Chess

Destroy Daesh? No consensus yet


Anti-Daesh coalition
While Washington multiplies the signals confirming its intention to destroy Daesh, the British and the French, followed by the rest of the Europeans, are contemplating going their own way. London and Paris may have coordinated the attacks on Damascus and Hama in order to force the Syrian Arab Army to move out to defend them, and consequently, to weaken their presence around Raqqa. The Europeans are hoping to organise the flight of the jihadists towards the Turkish frontier.

The meeting of the anti-Daesh Coalition in Washington, on 22-23 March, went very badly. Although in appearance, the 68 members reasserted their will to fight this organisation, in reality, they only displayed their differences.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reminded the Congress of President Trump's commitment to destroy Daesh, and no longer simply to reduce it, as the Obama administration had stated. By doing so, he placed before the members of the Coalition a fait accompli - without discussion.

First problem - how can the Europeans in general, and the British in particular, save their own jihadists, if it's no longer a question of displacing them, but eliminating them.

Document

Bill to audit the FED passes House Committee, and could become law

For decades, the Federal Reserve of the United States Government has been ignoring Freedom of Information requests (FOIA), even finding and using loopholes to get around such requests from citizens, in regards as to how the world's most powerful financial institution conducts its business. Nearly everything about the Federal Reserve remains a carefully and closely guarded secret. Yet, despite repeated requests from officials aware of its unscrupulous nature, the FED refuses to open its doors, let alone its financial books, to those stakeholders who dutifully claim the rights to know more: the U.S. citizenry.

For years, proponents of transparency have made repeated attempts to force the FED to operate with at least the same level of transparency with which the Congress operates to no avail. However, that could soon change.

The latest bill to hold the FED accountable was approved by the Republican-controlled Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Tuesday. This bill began under former Congressman Ron Paul's term and is being pushed through by his son.

As Market Watch reports, analysts said the measure has a better chance to become law now that Republicans control both houses of Congress and the White House. Paul's son, Rand, the Republican senator from Kentucky, has introduced a similar measure in the Senate.

Proponents of auditing the FED say the central bank wields too much power, operates in near total secrecy, and is accountable to no one. Only an "outside auditor" employed by the FED is allowed to audit the FED's books, not the government itself.

Magnify

Senate probe into alleged 'Russian meddling' in 2016 US election set to focus on 'fake news'

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Gearing up to start hearings in the probe of alleged Russian interference in the US presidential election, the Senate Intelligence Committee leaders said they would look at "propaganda" and "fake news" stories that supposedly hurt Hillary Clinton.

Though it has been provided with thousands of pages of documents already, the committee has requested raw intelligence from the CIA, NSA, FBI and the Director of National Intelligence, to see what was left on the "cutting room floor" when the agencies compiled the joint intelligence report presented in January.

Attention

Former Obama insider, Evelyn Farkas, reveals she was involved in "helping to spy on Trump for Obama"


Farkas admitted to having first hand knowledge that the Obama administration spied on a US presidential candidate’s transition team in order to gather “intelligence” for political use, information which was then leaked to the media through Obama January executive order 12333.
Evelyn Farkas says Barack Obama was indeed spying on candidate Trump.

#Obamagate picks up more speed, as the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Obama White House, Evelyn Farkas, has admitted that Donald Trump was spied on, and that Obama tried to hide both the source, and how the information was being disseminated to "the hill."

Farkas was on MSNBC's Morning Joe, when she made the stunning revelation that she was involved in "helping to spy on Trump for Obama."

Farkas unknowingly ratted out her former boss Barack Obama on the liberal left propaganda outlet, MSNBC...
"I was urging my former colleagues, and, and frankly speaking the people on the Hill [Democrat politicians], it was more actually aimed at telling the Hill people, get as much information as you can - get as much intelligence as you can - before President Obama leaves the administration.

Because I had a fear that somehow that information would disappear with the senior [Obama] people who left; so it would be hidden away in the bureaucracy, um, that the Trump folks - if they found out HOW we knew what we knew about their, the Trump staff, dealing with Russians - that they would try to compromise those sources and methods; meaning we no longer have access to that intelligence.

So I became very worried because not enough was coming out into the open and I knew that there was more. We have very good intelligence on Russia; so then I had talked to some of my former colleagues and I knew that they were also trying to help get information to [Democrat] politicians.

Comment: Potential 'smoking gun' showing Obama administration spied on Trump team, source says


Info

'Smurfing' around China's capital controls

Riddle me this: As we all know by now, China is bleeding capital, with a record $725 billion in outflows last year alone. Accordingly, the ChiComs have been flipping their lid, imposing new capital controls left and right to try and stop the bleeding. One of the most straightforward of these capital controls limits each Chinese citizen to $50,000 worth of foreign exchange transactions a year. In other words, if they want to buy anything overseas or even park their money in an overseas (dollar-denominated) account, they're stuck at $50,000 a year.

So why do Chinese nationals account for the vast majority of the US government's EB-5 immigrant investor program, a program that issues visas for immigrants that invest at least $500,000 in a new American business? Wouldn't it require 10 years of diligent savings before a Chinese investor could possibly amass the needed capital to qualify for the visa in the first place?


Cowboy Hat

The psychology and consequences of Neo-McCarthyism and the demonization of Russia

The American public is being conditioned to fear and hate Russia, but why?

This article is not intended to alter your position in regard to Donald Trump in any way. Whether you love him or hate him isn't an issue of global importance, nor is his political survival relevant to this analysis. Some of the tactics being used in the push to take Trump down however, are.

THE STAKES

Before we dive into the quagmire that the topic of of Russia, Trump and the 2016 elections has become, it behooves us to anchor to the stakes: Russia is a nuclear power. The demonization of foreign nations is a precursor to war, and even a limited conflict between the United States and Russia would kill millions (if not billions) of people; rendering much of the planet uninhabitable for decades. Using U.S. Russian relations as a political football in this context is foolish and irresponsible.

Stock Up

Dow up over 150 points, ends longest losing streak since 2011

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The poverty of wealth by the numbers.
Rebounding from an historical eight-day decline, the Dow Jones Industrial Average stock market index gained over 150 points when consumer confidence hit a 16-year high and President Donald Trump signed an executive order revoking energy regulations.

The Dow gained 150.52 points on Tuesday, or 0.7 percent to reach 20,701.50 points after eight consecutive days of declines. The last time the Dow fell nine days in a row was in 1978.


Comment: The nature of money has an ebb and flow in order to create balance, like a monetary Newton third law. Investors seem to forget how that works, basing their bets on situational wishful thinking versus grounded economic sense.


Brick Wall

Build or not build: Funding border wall may force government shutdown

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The deeper and permanent connotation of a surface impression.
Mexico won't pay for the border wall, and it seems Congress isn't quite ready either. A $3.8 billion proposal by President Donald Trump is expected to complicate lawmakers' negotiations to prevent a government shutdown.

Senate Republican leaders signaled Tuesday that they are unlikely to seriously pursue Trump's supplemental border wall funding to avoid a potential government shutdown, courtesy of Senate Democrats who have vowed to block any funding of the 30-foot southern border wall.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Senator Roy Blunt (R-Missouri), a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, confirmed that he had received the $1 billion request for supplemental funding that would build an estimated 62 miles of the border wall, according to The Hill. It also includes a $2.8 billion request for border infrastructure and technology for next year as well.

With a deadline of April 28 for fiscal year 2017 fast approaching, Blunt was not willing to commit to the supplemental request that would improve 14 existing miles of the wall and add an additional 48 miles. "All of the committees, House and Senate leaderships, are working together to try to finalize the rest of the FY17 bill," he added. "My guess is that comes together better without the supplemental."

Comment: Interesting the correlation in the implications of 'Wall' and 'Shutdown'.


X

German proposal: EU sanctions for countries not taking back deported immigrants

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Refugee deportation center in Manching, Germany
Germany suggests the EU should impose sanctions on countries refusing to take back their nationals deported from the bloc. The measures include tightening "generous" visa policies towards these countries' senior officials, as well as curbs on financial aid. Addressing an EU meeting in Brussels, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said the 28-member bloc needs to get tough on countries reluctant to take back failed asylum applicants, Spiegel reported on Tuesday.

Berlin's proposal to unleash "a whole range of policy measures to encourage the readiness to receive the returnees" has been met with "great approval," the magazine said. "It is mandatory under international law to take one's own citizens back," de Maiziere stated, adding that "many states are not pleased to do so. If a country is not ready to take its own citizens back, it has to understand that visa policies which allow travel to Europe are not as generous as they used to be, maybe even for the country's leadership," de Maiziere said.The minister added it is necessary "to put all eggs you have in the negotiation basket" while talking to North African and other countries.

According to government statistics cited by Spiegel, around 207,000 migrants were obliged to leave Germany as of the end of 2016, including approximately 99,000 failed asylum seekers. Last year, 27,000 people were deported, while another 54,000 decided to leave voluntarily after receiving government cash offers incentivizing them to return home.

Some EU countries, however, resist the implementation of certain repatriation schemes, particularly the Dublin Regulation stipulating that refugees can be returned to the first EU state they arrived in. Greece has recently said it will cease to take refugees back as its immigration capacities are all but on the verge of collapse.

Comment: The old adage of "divide and conquer" doesn't work if it is within an organization dependent on member unity. By threatening and alienating member EU countries in order to hold together a leaky premise and policy, it could be far more trouble than worth. Germany, et al, should be looking for cohesive and collective solutions, while recognizing and acknowledging the rush to accommodate was not well thought out and a dagger in its side. Sanctions on countries within the EU are self-defeating, lending credence to the idea the EU is in jeopardy of coming apart.

Victim countries, vanquished by war, have insufficient means and infrastructure to quickly accommodate thousands, or hundreds-of-thousands, of home-bound refugees, no matter what the 'mandate under international law' says. Someone broke their country. Someone has to fix it. Sanctions on these countries are doubly detrimental to the outcome to which Germany attests.