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John Pilger: Major pillars of US power, including Democrats and media, want Trump out

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The so-called Deep State wants President Donald Trump removed from office over fears of what a NATO rollback in Europe would do to the profit margins of the defense industry, journalist, film-maker and author, John Pilger, told RT's Going Underground.

When asked by Going Underground host Afshin Rattansi if there was a "Deep State coup" against Donald Trump over his willingness to forge a partnership with Moscow, Pilger agreed with that proposition.

"There is a rolling coup attempt against the President of the United States at the moment, there's no question about that," Pilger responded. "They want him out. All the major pillars of power in the United States, plus the Democratic Party, plus most of the media, want Trump out."


Officials say Kelly considers a further shuffling of West Wing staff

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White House chief of staff John Kelly spent this week in Bedminster, N.J., pondering changes in the West Wing, according to four White House officials.

Kelly summoned aides to President Donald Trump's golf club there to ask about their portfolios and make suggestions on how to make the West Wing communicate better and get more done, while giving people clear responsibilities and then holding them accountable. The role of chief strategist Steve Bannon has come under particular scrutiny in several conversations, particularly because he has a large staff, including an outside public relations expert, but no specific duties.

In a number of daily meetings, Kelly generated a list of concerns, including aides without clear portfolios, decisions that aren't made with proper vetting and internal fights - particularly a sustained campaign against national security adviser H.R. McMaster. He has met with top aides, including the president's son-in-law Jared Kushner, about making changes, the four officials say. In some of the encounters, he has suggested that people should be more concerned with the president's agenda and less concerned with their own.

Gold Seal

Why Trump should be asking for the head of Jeff Bezos every day

Here is what Donald Trump should call for this morning. This is the right time to up his ante in the struggle against the Lügenpresse. All his efforts to fix the sinking ship of the US society are in vain with a breach below the waterline. If the Fake News applauds every jerk in a mantle who stops a presidential decree, the jerks will multiply and president's decrees will be worth what? A collector's rarity. A quirky exhibit from the days of Donald Trump's short-lived presidency. The fake news media ridiculed the POTUS so completely, that this big man with big orange hair shrunk down to Lilliput's finger.

Trump can't get out of his disposition by foreign policy acts. Forget about North Korea. It is a big hedgehog: a lot of bother to catch and kill, many prickles and no meat. The only thing Kim wants to tell Trump is "I am not a soft target, go look elsewhere". Is North Korea dangerous? Only for those who want to step on it.

Life Preserver

Tillerson, a needed calm and cautious voice for a volatile foreign policy messenger

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The voice of reason.
President Trump is in front of the rhetorical brinkmanship with North Korea, but it's Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson who has the tough behind-the-scenes role of managing fallout from the administration's first genuine international crisis, sparked by reports that Pyongyang may now have a nuclear bomb small enough to fit on a missile that could hit the U.S. mainland.

The standoff is a defining moment for America's top diplomat six months into his tenure at Foggy Bottom. Meanwhile, many key leadership posts - including ambassador to South Korea - remain unfilled, fears of budget cuts and reorganizations are high, and questions swirl over how much clout the former Exxon Mobil chief has with the president.

But Mr. Tillerson, who has been criticized from the left and scrutinized from right over speculation that he is not on message with Mr. Trump, has built a reputation for cool nonchalance under pressure that supporters say is exactly what is needed to provide a foundation of calm behind a president bent on confronting North Korea.

However, nobody said it was going to be easy.

Comment: Think how it would be without the Tillerson counterbalance.

Snakes in Suits

Joint Chiefs of Staff claim US ready to use 'full military capabilities' against N. Korea

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford
The United States is ready to use the "full range" of its capabilities if provoked by North Korea, the country's top military officer said, noting that Washington is still hoping for a "peaceful resolution" to the crisis.

Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made clear on Monday that Washington is ready"to use the full range of military capabilities to defend our allies and the US homeland," according to US military spokesman Capt. Darryn James, as cited by AP.

Dunford previously stressed to reporters, however, that the US is"seeking a peaceful resolution to the crisis," local media reported.

Comment: Does all of this tough rhetoric signal an escalation in the crisis or does it simply prove, as Pepe Escobar recently wrote, that 'the Emperor is naked?'

War Whore

CIA director Pompeo piles on the doublespeak: 'Nuclear war with North Korea not imminent, but Denver could be hit any day now'

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Beyond the 'cusp'.
There's no "imminent" threat of a nuclear war between the US and North Korea, according to CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who explained that Donald Trump's threats against Pyongyang describe only a possible response for "certain actions."

"There's nothing imminent today," Pompeo told Fox News on Sunday. "But make no mistake about it, the continuation, the increased chance that there will be a nuclear missile in Denver is a very serious threat and the investigation is going to treat it as such. What I'm talking about is I've heard folks talking about being on the cusp of a nuclear war," he added. "No intelligence that would indicate that we're in that place today."

Comment: In other words; 'be afraid of us, but not so afraid that you might ever come to realize that we can't protect you'.

Rather than an escalation to a nuclear war, Pompeo argued that Trump's heated rhetoric towards Pyongyang was to send a message that its continued pursuit of a nuclear arsenal and ballistic missile technology would not be tolerated.

Snakes in Suits

CIA Director Pompeo: 'Iran, Hezbollah & Russia have overrun Venezuela - USA needs to go in and save it'

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CIA Director Mike Pompeo claimed Venezuela is overrun with Iranians, Hezbollah, Cubans and Russians in response to questions about Donald Trump's statements about US military intervention. Pompeo appeared on Fox News Sunday where he responded to comments made by President Donald Trump on Friday, in which he said there was "a possible military option" for Venezuela.

The CIA head said he believes Trump's comments were an effort to "give the Venezuelan people hope and opportunity to create a situation where democracy can be restored."

Comment: Is there anyone around the world who still believes the 'US military option' is a reason for hope, opportunity and democracy?

Pompeo described "continued deterioration" in Venezuela as "[President Nicolas] Maduro is continuing to assert more power, inflict more pain on the people of Venezuela, you can see the beginning of fissures among various groups. The intelligence makes very clear that the Maduro regime continues to put snipers in towers," Pompeo said with a laugh, "And do things that are horrible, repressive and the American policy is to work with our Latin American partners to try and restore democracy," he said.

Comment: Sick insiders' joke. "Snipers in towers" (shooting at protestors, then Chavez taking the blame) is of course precisely what the CIA did to Venezuela when it last came this close to overthrowing its government in 2002.

Comment: Pompeo, the ultimate Swamp Monster, has spoken: Venezuela is next.

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Snakes in Suits

Trump quietly making appointments, puts his stamp on the courts

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President Trump has been quietly making lifetime appointments to fill more than 100 vacancies on federal courts across the country.

With five judges confirmed, another 30 pending and 123 seats left to fill, according to one group tracking the numbers, Trump has the opportunity to revamp the judiciary branch and carve out a legacy for himself that could stand the test of time.

"It can't be overstated the impact the individuals he's appointing will have on millions of people across the country and their children for a generation or two," said Dan Goldberg, legal director at the liberal Alliance for Justice. "The Supreme court only hears about 80 cases a year. 99 percent of cases end in the federal courts of appeal or at the trial level."

Trump's biggest achievement in office so far has been the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, for whom Republicans changed the Senate rules to proceed to a confirmation vote with a simple majority.


Greek Orthodox Archbishop Hanna: Assad is the protector of Christians in the Middle East

Atallah Hanna, the Archbishop of Sebastia from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem has visited Damascus today.

During his visit, he met with the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, stressing that President Assad assured himself as an important figure of protecting the Christians, not just in Syria, but elsewhere in the Middle East too, noting that he does not consider Christians just as a "minority", but rather an important and integral part of the Syrian society.

He noted that during the past few years Christians have suffered a lot, but thanks to President Assad there is hope now, as was also seen in Maaloula where wounds are slowly healing.


China continues to urge implementation of Sino-Russian peace plan for Korea

The Chinese government hopes that all countries interested in settling the North Korean nuclear issue would carefully examine Moscow and Beijing's joint proposals on the issue, the Chinese Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, said Monday.

In early July, the Russian and Chinese foreign ministries issued a joint statement regarding tension on the Korean Peninsula, suggesting that the issue be settled by Pyongyang declaring a moratorium on nuclear tests, while South Korea and the United States at the same time refrain from military drills in the region. Furthermore, the statement stressed that the parties should start negotiations and approve common principles of relations, including non-use of force and intentions to make efforts for denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.

"At the moment, China hopes that all the sides will seriously consider and accept China and Russia's proposals on the settlement. They are based on 'double freeze' initiative and pursue the appropriate solution of Korean Peninsula's issue," Hua said.