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CNN: Assassinating Trump & Pence might keep Obama in power

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As the nation prepares for the peaceful transfer of power on Inauguration Day, CNN is dreaming up scenarios whereby the Obama administration can keep power if President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence were blown up as they prepared to take to oath of office.

On the Wednesday, January 18 broadcast of CNN's The Situation Room, host Wolf Blitzer aired a segment with a chyron featuring the headline "Developing Now." During that "developing" segment, Blitzer and correspondent Brian Todd discussed what would happen if the unthinkable occurred on January 20.

Blitzer introduced the segment, saying, "What if an incoming president and his immediate successors were wiped out on day one?" and from there, CNN contributor Brian Todd took over to outline the line of succession if an attack blew up the inaugural dais, killing both Trump and Pence.

The upshot was that in the case of both heads of state being killed, the Secretary of State would take over. Currently that man is Secretary of State John Kerry, But in case some objected because his office would also end as of noon on Inauguration Day, then it would be the Speaker of the House — Republican Paul Ryan — or even Obama's Under Secretary for Political Affairs Tom Shannon.

The report also noted that the designated survivor appointed by the Obama administration could also become president in the case of a disaster. So, in CNN's analysis, most of the people who would take over in the worst-case scenario would keep the Obama administration in power, at least indirectly.


So while most of the country is looking to enjoy the day's events and waiting expectantly to hear what our new president will have to say for his first address as our leader, CNN is wondering what will happen if he is assassinated. Perhaps CNN is still stuck in anger, the second stage of grief.

Comment: Is there anyone left on the planet not questioning the integrity of the news and insanity this station produces?


Георгиевская ленточка

"New Russia" political movement plans reforms in economy and state management

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The head of Russia's Institute of Contemporary Economics has announced the start of the New Russia political movement, which will attempt to re-format the management of the state and fight economic recession through major reforms.

In comments with RIA Novosti, Nikita Isayev noted that in his opinion Russia needs "new faces, new approaches and a comprehensive and familiar ideology" and the New Russia movement will fulfill these demands through changes in the political elite and corps of experts.

"Our people are already starting to work in federal and municipal power bodies. These are new faces, not yet made popular through PR, guys who are used to work instead of idle talking," Isayev said.

However, the economist told reporters that the movement's registration had just started and did not name even an approximate date for its official launch.

When asked about the general political and economic course of the new movement, Isayev answered that he intended to implement his own 'New NEP' policy in which NEP stands for "national economic policy" (the abbreviation is a nod to the New Economic Policy - the partial return to private entrepreneurship allowed by Bolsheviks in 1920s to facilitate the restoration of the country devastated by the Civil War).

Snakes in Suits

Sore loser Soros lashes out at Trump and his 'self-contradictory' ideas

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The gray eminence of US politics, billionaire financier George Soros, criticized President-elect Donald Trump, calling him a con man and would-be dictator. A supporter of liberal causes, Soros donated generously to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

"I have described him as an imposter, a con man and would-be dictator," Soros, the chairman of Soros Fund Management, told Bloomberg at the World Economic Forum on Thursday. "But he is only a would-be-dictator because I am confident that the Constitutions of United States are strong enough, the division of power, is in operation."

Soros said that Republicans have a unique victory by taking control of the presidency, Congress and the Supreme Court. He remarked that Trump has greater powers in foreign policy than domestically, but he thinks Congress will "be a bulwark protecting its rights."

"When Trump oversteps the mark they will fight back and if they have a bipartisan coalition, they will actually succeed in limiting him," stated Soros.

Comment: Soros has enough of his own problems:


USA

Pepe Escobar: How the Trump presidency will play out

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The day breaks behind the White House in Washington,DC.
The Trump era starts now - with geopolitics and geoeconomics set for a series of imminent, unpredictable cliffhangers.

I have argued that Trump's foreign policy guru Henry Kissinger's strategy to deal with the formidable Eurasia integration trio - Russia, China and Iran — is a remixed Divide and Rule; seduce Russia away from its strategic partnership with China, while keep harassing the weakest link, Iran.

In fact that's how it's already playing out - as in the outbursts of selected members of Trump's cabinet during their US Senate hearings. Factions of US Think Tankland, referring to Nixon's China policy, which was designed by Kissinger, are also excited with the possibilities of containment regarding at least one of those powers "potentially arrayed against America".

Kissinger and Dr. Zbig "Grand Chessboard" Brzezinski are the two foremost, self-described Western dalangs - puppet masters - in the geopolitical arena. In opposition to Kissinger, Obama's foreign policy mentor Brzezinski, true to his Russophobia, proposes a Divide and Rule centered on seducing China.

Yet an influential New York business source, very close to the real, discreet Masters of the Universe, who correctly predicted Trump's victory weeks before the fact, after examining my argument offered not only a scathing appraisal of those cherished dalangs; he volunteered to detail how the new normal was laid out by the Masters directly to Trump. Let's call him "X".

USA

Mark Zuckerberg scheming to be President of the United States

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At this point, I've seen enough. It's becoming quite clear that Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg wants to be President of these United States.

The topic first piqued my interest about a week ago when I read an article published at Vanity Fair titled, Will Mark Zuckerberg be Our Next President?

Then, this morning, I came across the following tweets.



Mr. Potato

Delusional: CNN president says FakeNews network's credibility is "higher than ever"

CNN's president claims his network's credibility is "higher than ever," calling it a "mistake" for the new US administration to be at odds with the news media. His statements come amid a fake news controversy on Donald Trump's ties to the Russian government.

"I think our credibility is higher than ever, and our viewership is higher than ever, and our reporting is as strong as ever," Jeff Zucker said in an interview with Gabriel Sherman at New York Magazine, published on Wednesday.

His comment comes at a time when CNN's credibility is actually under scrutiny. CNN appeared at the center of a fake news controversy, having reported on an unverified memo that suggested that the Russian government is blackmailing President-elect Trump with compromising personal and financial information about him and that he has deep ties with the Russian government.

In a press-conference that followed shortly afterwards, Trump slammed CNN as "disgraceful" and also called Buzzfeed, another news network that published a report on the controversial memos, as "a failing pile of garbage." The leader-in-waiting then refused to take a question from a CNN reporter during his first press conference since July.

Comment: It's like Stalin saying his government's transparency is higher than ever...


Stock Up

Le Pen leading the polls among French voters

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French presidential candidate and leader of the right-wing National Front party Marine Le Pen is gaining more support, leading with 25 to 26 percent of the vote, according to the latest Ipsos Sopra Steria survey, carried out for Cevipof and Le Monde.

Francois Fillion comes in second, with 23 to 25 percent of the vote, and Emmanuel Macron - also gaining support - is third with 19 to 21 percent.

The fluctuation in the percentages depends on the eventual Socialist Party candidate, as yet unnamed. The party's candidate could be former Prime Minister Manuel Valls, former Minister of Industrial Renewal Arnaud Montebourg, or former Minister of Education Benoit Hamon.

Almost 16,000 people over 18 years old were interviewed for the Ipsos Sopra Steria poll, making it a major survey in the country, about 16 times the size of usual French political polls. The survey was conducted from January 10 to 15, 2017.

In mid-December, Fillon topped the list with 28 percent, while Le Pen had around 25 percent.

The poll shows a significant drop for center-right Fillon, and a significant consolidation for Le Pen as well as Macron, with the latter rising dramatically over the past few weeks.

Under the French electoral system, the two leading candidates will meet in a May 7 run-off.

Among Le Pen's policies is support for 'Frexit,' or French exit from the EU. She has also stated that France should leave NATO, as the bloc exists "only to serve Washington's objectives."

Comment: Le Pen says she'll also recognize Crimea as Russian. Further reading:


Info

Victim or aggressor: Chrystia Freeland's family record for Nazi war profiteering and murder of the Cracow Jews

Chrystia Freeland (lead image), appointed last week to be the new Canadian Foreign Minister, claims that her maternal family were the Ukrainian victims of Russian persecution, who fled their home in 1939, after Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin agreed on a non-aggression pact and the division of Poland between Germany and the Soviet Union. She claims her mother was born in a camp for refugees before finding safe haven in Alberta, Canada. Freeland is lying.

The records now being opened by the Polish government in Warsaw reveal that Freeland's maternal grandfather Michael (Mikhailo) Chomiak was a Nazi collaborator from the beginning to the end of the war. He was given a powerful post, money, home and car by the German Army in Cracow, then the capital of the German administration of the Galician region. His principal job was editor in chief and publisher of a newspaper the Nazis created. His printing plant and other assets had been stolen from a Jewish newspaper publisher, who was then sent to die in the Belzec concentration camp. During the German Army's winning phase of the war, Chomiak celebrated in print the Wehrmacht's "success" at killing thousands of US Army troops. As the German Army was forced into retreat by the Soviet counter-offensive, Chomiak was taken by the Germans to Vienna, where he continued to publish his Nazi propaganda, at the same time informing for the Germans on other Ukrainians. They included fellow Galician Stepan Bandera, whose racism against Russians Freeland has celebrated in print, and whom the current regime in Kiev has turned into a national hero.

Attention

Secret Service: Unprecedented level of threats at Trump inauguration

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Media documents inaugural workers on Capitol Hill
As the upcoming US Presidential inauguration approaches, the Secret Service is preparing itself for a new kind of violent attack, as concerns over the event are said to be "different" than usual. "I think people today are willing to do things they may not have been willing to do in the past," Secret Service director Joseph Clancy told WTOP.

Clancy pointed out several instances on the campaign trail "where people jumped over those bike racks or security zones into our buffer. In the past, it was very rare for somebody to do that. Today, in this past campaign, people were willing to do it."

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Security fencing in waiting.
Beyond those relatively tame acts, law enforcement officers will be taking precautions including preparing for truck attacks similar to those that took place in Berlin and Nice earlier this year, while staying on watch for more innovative acts of violence.

Paul Abbate, executive assistant director of the FBI's Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services branch remarked, "We know that this (Washington region) is a high-profile [terror] target. It's been attacked in the past, historically...We, from the FBI standpoint, are ready to counter terrorist attacks and are working with our partners in building out the intelligence picture."

According to FBI officials, intercepted terrorist communications indicate that Washington DC is named as a potential target for terror attacks on a daily basis.

"We know of no specific credible threat directed toward the inauguration," said Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson, who added "that is only part of the story."

Comment: While there is still (possibly) no 'known attack' planned, the media is going out of its way to create an atmosphere of fear.

See also: Media warning: Possible inauguration drone bombing


Attention

Media warning: Possible inauguration drone bombing

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The media is raising concerns about a drone bombing at the 58th Presidential Inauguration on Friday. On Thursday's Today show, a report indicated that U.S. Secret Service has put in place several anti-drone efforts out of concern that an I-inspired "flying IED" will smash into the crowd, or worse.

The report quoted an official from DroneShield, a drone countermeasure firm, saying that the Inauguration "is not something I would feel safe at."

Reports of violent protests and attacks has Washington on edge, though past threats have never come.

But the Today show report, headlined Drone Danger At Inauguration? Dealing with a new high-flying security threat, noted that drone bombs have been seen flying over coalition forces in Iraq at least once a day. "When strapped with a bomb, a worse case scenario especially with hundreds of thousands of people gathered at one spot like the Inauguration," the report said.

Comment: Is this report a public service or media fear mongering in order to diminish attendance? If there truly is a threat of drone warfare on the inauguration attendees, the Secret Service, FBI and other protection agencies would be working behind the scenes to stop or minimize the threat, not broadcast it on the Today show. Filters not flaunts. Would they be covering the inaugural in the same way if it was Killary?

This from The Political Insider and the video below from CNN:
The Today show report, combined with CNN's segment that openly wonders what would happen if a terrorist or assassination attack were to kill Trump, has to leave one questioning whether or not the media is giving lunatic leftists food for thought.