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Bombshell and generally unnoticed note filed by Fed attorney re: Cohen today

This wasn't the first warrant on Michael Cohen. Turns out that they have been reading his emails for some time.

They are making a broad assertion in a 22 page submission to the court that privilege isn't going to apply for most of what they were looking for and have taken from Cohen's office because

The Southern District of New York (SDNY) has an interesting counterargument: Cohen is barely a practicing lawyer, anyway—which they claim to know because they’ve been reading his emails.

This wasn't the first warrant.


NLawyers for Michael Cohen, personal lawyer to Donald Trump, argued in a hearing today that a recent FBI raid on his offices swept up sensitive documents that should be protected by client-attorney privilege. The Southern District of New York (SDNY) has an interesting counterargument: Cohen is barely a practicing lawyer, anyway—which they claim to know because they’ve been reading his emails.

A 22-page opposition document filed by the US attorney to counter Cohen’s request for a temporary restraining order on seized files (pdf) reveals that the Southern District has been privy to Cohen’s email for a while now, having obtained a previously undisclosed search warrant. According to the documents, “Cohen has exceedingly few clients and a low volume of potentially privileged communications” (p.1) and “performs little to no legal work” (p.4).

The US attorney also questioned the Cohen team’s grasp of the law in his own defense, noting that: “Not only is Cohen’s reliance on the [United States’ Attorney Manual] USAM misplaced, but he invokes the wrong section,” which “applies to ‘attorneys who are not suspects’ of a criminal investigation” (p.13).

The government’s argument emphasizes that information seized from Cohen’s work or home were taken as part of an investigation seeking “evidence of crimes, many of which have nothing to do with his work as attorney, but rather relate to Cohen’s own business dealings” (p.4).


Would somebody please tell Stupid about rare earth minerals and the fact that China owns 97%.

Our trade with China is very complex. When Stupid puts on a hefty import tax on aluminium it will raise the cost of everything we make that uses aluminium, like Boeing jets. This will put pressure on sales and profits.

There are dozens of other economic inter relations that we share with China where someone who is an amateur on trade will think is a really good idea but will damage us more than it will China.

One of these areas where we need rare earth minerals for advanced electronics.

One of the advantages of the WTO is that it sets a basic level playing field where trade issues are settled on principle and precedent. Multi lateral institutions have worked very very well for the US. We have own most of the cases we have brought. One of the most important areas is when the Obama administration took China to the WTO and won over China's use of quotas to keep rare earth minerals in China so that advanced manufacturing would have to be done in China. This is the kind of thing that a China First President would do as Stupid would try and do if we owned 97% of rare earth minerals.

If Trump continues his idiotic trade war expect China to hold back rare earth minerals and even threaten to leave the WTO if necessary.

Here is some background on rare earth minerals:

1) Obama administration wins WTO complaint about export quotas for rare earth minerals:


The Rare Earths Trade Dispute was a trade dispute between China on one side and several countries led by the US on the other. The dispute was over China's export restrictions on rare earth elements, plus Tungsten and Molybdenum, which are used to make many electronics such as smartphones. China controls 97% of the production of these elements. The US, EU and Japan argued that the restrictions were a violation of the WTO trade regulations. In 2012, the Obama administration filed a case with the Dispute Settlement Body of the WTO. In 2014, the WTO ruled against China, which led China to drop the export quotas in 2015.

2) China has a near monopoly on Rare Earth Minerals

The rare earth industry in China is a large industry that is important to Chinese internal economics. The rare earth metals are used to manufacture everything from electric or hybrid vehicles, wind turbines, consumer electronics and other clean energy technologies.[1] Rare earth minerals are a group of minerals containing relatively large amounts of the 17 rare earth elements[2]. They are dispersed in low concentrations and are costly to extract from ore.[3]

China's rare earth industry makes up 97 percent of rare earth trade worldwide.[4][5] It is estimated the world has 99 million tonnes of rare earth reserve deposits.[6] China's reserves are estimated to be 36 million tonnes or roughly 30 percent of the world's total reserves.[6]

3) Where Rare Earth Minerals are needed and the industries that Stupid is about to wipe out in the US. All that is needed to wipe out the companies that use Rare Earth Minerals as essential raw materials is to disrupt shipments for 6-9 months. A dispute with the WTO typically takes about 3-5 years to settle and China could simply walk away from the WTO if there is an escalated trade war.


Rare Earth Metals and Their Applications

In order of increasing atomic mass, the rare earth metals and some of their common applications are given below.
•Scandium: Atomic weight 21. Used to strengthen aluminum alloys.
•Yttrium: Atomic weight 39. Used in superconductors and exotic light sources.
•Lanthanum: Atomic weight 57. Used in specialty glasses and optics, electrodes and for hydrogen storage.
•Cerium: Atomic weight 58. Makes an excellent oxidizer, used in oil cracking during petroleum refining and is used for yellow color in ceramics and glass.
•Praseodymium: Atomic weight 59. Used in magnets, lasers and as green color in ceramics and glass.
•Neodymium: Atomic weight 60. Used in magnets, lasers and as purple color in ceramics and glass.
•Promethium: Atomic weight 61. Used in nuclear batteries.
•Samarium: Atomic weight 62. Used in magnets, lasers and for neutron capture.
•Europium: Atomic weight 63. Makes colored phosphors, lasers, and mercury-vapor lamps.
•Gadolinium: Atomic weight 64. Used in magnets, specialty optics, and computer memory.
•Terbium: Atomic weight 65. Used as green in ceramics and paints, and in lasers and fluorescent lamps.
•Dysprosium: Atomic weight 66. Used in magnets and lasers.
•Holmium: Atomic weight 67. Used in lasers.
•Erbium: Atomic weight 68. Used in steel alloyed with vanadium, as well as in lasers.
•Thulium: Atomic weight 69. Used in portable x-ray equipment.
•Ytterbium: Atomic weight 70. Used in infrared lasers. Also, works as a great chemical reducer.
•Lutetium: Atomic weight 71. Used in specialty glass and radiology equipment.

Stupid isn't going to just wreck havoc in our agricultural exports and high paying manufacturing like airplanes he is about to put us 10 years behind in key future manufacturing like lasers and magnets, and no Stupid we are not talking about magnets for kids but industrial magnets.

At Q&A in Provo, Mitt Romney says he's more conservative than Trump on immigration

Source: Provo Daily Herald

U.S. Senate candidate Mitt Romney spent much of a question-and-answer session in Provo Monday describing his relationship with President Donald Trump if elected, as well as establishing his conservative credentials. Romney spoke to a crowd of a couple hundred at the Provo Library at an event sponsored by the Utah County Republican Women Monday afternoon.

Audience members were able to write questions for the former presidential candidate on note cards to have Romney answer them as they were read by a moderator. One note card said that the person writing it, and all their Facebook friends, did not consider Romney to be very conservative, asking him whether he considered himself conservative, and if so, in what ways.

Romney said most people got to know his platforms during his 2012 presidential campaign, most of which were what he called “mainstream conservative.” Romney went so far as to say he’s more conservative on certain issues than President Trump.

“For instance, I’m a deficit hawk,” Romney said. “That makes me more conservative than a lot of Republicans and a lot of Democrats. I’m also more of a hawk on immigration than even the president. My view was these DACA kids shouldn’t all be allowed to stay in the country legally.”

Read more: https://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/elections/at-q-a-in-provo-mitt-romney-says-he-s/article_efee3320-23ac-5435-8c49-ddca54a69fe8.html

Mitt's father, George Romney, a respectable man who was a Republican politician that supported welfare and civil rights was born in Mexico because his family

In the United States, Romney grew up in humble circumstances.[19] The family subsisted with other Mormon refugees on government relief in El Paso, Texas,[20] benefiting from a $100,000 fund for refugees that the U.S. Congress had set up.[21] After a few months they moved to Los Angeles, California, where Gaskell Romney worked as a carpenter.[17][20] In kindergarten, other children mocked Romney's national origin by calling him "Mex".[22][23]

George Romney would be very disappointed in his immoral son.

Go here to say "hi" to those who feel that Congressman Lamb is not a real Democrat

Use this service to say "Hi" or "fuck off" to those who think that Lamb is too conservative to be a Democrat

Inspired by pnwmom's thread about Lamb


VF Breaking: TRUMP IS GOING FOR A CLEAN RESET Kelly, McMaster, Jivanka all out


The president will meet with potential chief-of-staff candidates at Mar-a-Lago next weekend. McMaster is likely next to go. Then Jivanka.

Even before he decided to launch a trade war and roll the nuclear dice by agreeing in the course of a West Wing afternoon to a risky sit-down with Kim Jong Un, Donald Trump was telling friends he was tired of being reined in. “I’m doing great, but I’m getting all these bad headlines,” Trump told a friend recently. A Republican in frequent contact with the White House told me Trump is “frustrated by all these people telling him what to do.”

With the departures of Hope Hicks and Gary Cohn, the Trump presidency is entering a new phase—one in which Trump is feeling liberated to act on his impulses. “Trump is in command. He’s been in the job more than a year now. He knows how the levers of power work. He doesn’t give a fuck,” the Republican said. Trump’s decision to circumvent the policy process and impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum reflects his emboldened desire to follow his impulses and defy his advisers. “It was like a fuck-you to Kelly,” a Trump friend said. “Trump is red-hot about Kelly trying to control him.”

According to five Republicans close to the White House, Trump has diagnosed the problem as having the wrong team around him and is looking to replace his senior staff in the coming weeks. “Trump is going for a clean reset, but he needs to do it in a way that’s systemic so it doesn’t look like it’s chaos,” one Republican said.

Sources said that the first officials to go will be Chief of Staff John Kelly and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, both of whom Trump has clashed with for months. On Tuesday, Trump met with John Bolton in the Oval Office. When he plans to visit Mar-a-Lago next weekend, Trump is expected to interview more candidates for both positions, according to two sources. “He’s going for a clean slate,” one source said. Cohn had been lobbying to replace Kelly as chief, two sources said, and quit when he didn’t get the job. “Trump laughed at Gary when he brought it up,” one outside adviser to the White House said. (The White House declined to comment.) Next on the departure list are Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. Trump remains fiercely loyal to his family, but various distractions have eroded their efficacy within the administration.

Things are about to get very Stormy.

So with all of the official "babysitters" leaving what could go wrong?

More chaos, chaos all the time. Pure idiocy.

2 Grandiose Surprise Actions n 2 days, Trump knows Mueller has the goods.

The surprise moves on Tariffs and North Korea in 2 days coming right after the revelations that Eric Prince actions as Trump negotiator meeting with Putin banker in the Seychelles can mean only one thing:

Trump knows that Mueller has the evidence to prove collusion.

On top of that his lawyer's inability to keep Stormy Daniels off the front page has created a perfect storm where the President of the United States wakes up every morning with only one thing on his mind: What outlandish grandiose action can he take that will suck all of the oxygen out of the media.

Expect more big moves, some of which like the NK move may appear to appease Democrats. Perhaps he will do an executive action on DACA or background checks, anything that will keep people's attention away from the damning facts of his crimes and illicit behavior.

On top of this Trump is desperate to push Saccone to victory in the PA special election


Tuesday’s special election, which is being held in a district President Donald Trump won by 20 percentage points, has emerged as the latest testing ground of whether Republicans are headed for a midterm bloodbath. A loss would be wholly embarrassing, many Republicans privately acknowledge, given that it would take place in a state that Trump made a cornerstone of his 2016 victory. And the themes that the GOP has highlighted in the special election — namely tax cuts and opposition to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — are the centerpieces of the party’s 2018 campaign plan.

But as election day grows closer, the national GOP is increasingly pinning the blame on Saccone. In interviews with nearly two dozen administration officials, senior House Republicans and top party strategists, Saccone was nearly universally panned as a deeply underwhelming candidate who leaned excessively on the national party to execute a massive, multimillion-dollar rescue effort. It was complete with visits from the president, vice president and several Cabinet members.

They describe a candidate who largely ignored pleas to raise the money he needed, who blindsided the White House and the national party with his choice of a political strategist, and whose amateur-style social media feed included low-quality videos of him at a local bar and yukking it up with Santa. To make matters worse, Saccone is up against a Democratic rival the party could hardly have engineered had it tried: Conor Lamb, an Ivy League-educated 33-year-old Marine veteran and former federal prosecutor.

. . .

Particularly concerning, they say, is the fact that the millions of dollars Republicans have spent — much of it highlighting the GOP tax cuts and attempting to tie Lamb to Pelosi — has failed to move the needle.

Trump is growing more erratic by the hour. You can smell the desperation in the air. A Prince indictment is likely to push him over the edge.

Kushner loans story will bring the whole Trump enterprise down faster than anything else

Detailed and accurate stories about Kushner meeting with business people on policy issues and piggy backing $ 500 million in loans in the White House is going to have devastating impact on the whole Trump enterprise that will cause almost instant pressure on the Trump/Kushner enterprises which have nothing to do with either the political or legal quicksand that he is in.

If you remember back to the Trump-Clinton debates there was an instance when Secretary Clinton listed 5 different problems with Trump going to the White House and one of them was that he was way over leveraged and in financial trouble. When Trump had the opportunity to respond he repeated five times "I am not over leveraged, I am not over leveraged, I am not overleveraged". As everyone now knows Trump has an obvious tell and that is when he is really worried about the truth of a charge against him he will state the opposite and repeat; "I am very smart, I am very smart, I am very smart" or "no collusion, no collusion, no collusion".

So we know that he has a massive liquidity or cash flow problem.

We have known this for some time when we learned that Eric said, we don't need American loans we get all we need from Russia, or the fact that the Deutsche Bank is their main lender. They can't get lower interest loans from American banks.

The reporting on these loans isn't going to just cause problems for Trump/Kushner it is going to bring glaring spotlight on to the bankers. Bankers don't like spotlights. They don't like grand juries.

The New York Attorney General will probably beat Mueller on getting the bankers before a grand jury.

Here is the immediate problem that Kushner/Trump will now face:

There isn't a US banker that will be the least bit interested in talking with them now with this level of scrutiny. The good ethical bankers wont be interested in these corrupt personalities and the bad bankers will absolutely not come forward because they won't want subpoenas that will force them to open their books and create additional exposure.

It is widely reported that Kushner is upside down on the 666 W 5th Ave property and has an immediate payment of $ 1.2 billion that needs to be paid.

The collapse of Trump/Kushner financial liquidity will strike into the heart of their operations much faster than the political or legal machines that are marching against him.

And that is why Sessions and Rosenstein are sporting such wide grins tonight:

By the way, Papadopoulos Russian handler, Joseph Mifsud, has "vanished"


The "cut out" from Russia who met with Papadopoulos to offer "dirt on Hillary Clinton"

Very detailed report at Buzzfeed including screen shots texts from Mifsud


Amid the opportunists, weirdos, trolls, and pawns who make up the cast of the Russian plot to interfere in American politics, Joseph Mifsud stands out.

The Maltese professor, who allegedly delivered word of Hillary Clinton’s stolen emails to Donald Trump's campaign, is an authentically mysterious figure, his true role and ties to Russian intelligence unclear.
. . .

Neither can Anna, his 31-year-old Ukrainian fiancé, who says he is the father of her newborn child. And her story, snatched from the pages of a John le Carré novel, offers a glimpse at the human collateral damage of an intelligence operation in which the mysterious Mifsud was allegedly a central figure.

Anna, whom BuzzFeed News has agreed to identify only by her first name because she doesn’t want the attention, says she was seven months pregnant and engaged to Mifsud when he became the focus of world media attention as the professor who told Papadopoulos that Russia had “dirt” on Clinton. Shortly thereafter, he dropped from sight. He also cut off all contact with Anna, including phone calls and WhatsApp messages. That silence has held, even six weeks after the daughter Anna says he fathered was born. “He never helped me,” she said. “Only talk and promises.”
. . .

Now, however, feeling deceived, she’s changed her mind. The result is new information about Mifsud’s activities, including his claim of having dined with Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister. “He said, ‘I have dinner with Lavrov tonight. Lavrov is my friend. Lavrov this, Lavrov that,’” Anna said. “He even show me picture with Lavrov.” Russia’s Foreign Ministry didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Fascinating story by the student newspaper where he "taught"


You think that Russian intelligence would have provided a better name than Mifsud, lol.

The Trump Conundrum


a confusing and difficult problem or question.
"one of the most difficult conundrums for the experts"

a question asked for amusement, typically one with a pun in its answer; a riddle.
synonyms: riddle, puzzle, word game; informalbrainteaser

Is he a intelligent but not very well educated person who has a basic evil intent and is clever at hitting the hot button of the vile?


Is he an idiot with less brains than God gave a grapefruit?

And no "both" is not an acceptable answer.

I have several friends who play this game on a daily basis and we have been asking this question for the past two years. It isn't as easy as it looks, the analysis can run very deep and it is not at all unusual for people playing the "Trump Conundrum Game" to switch from the former to the latter on a daily basis, if not several times during the day.

I normally tend to the former answer. Today has pushed me into the "less brains than God gave a grapefruit" camp and I may never leave it.

The "I would have run in without a gun" statement has no real upside to it, he is reminding everyone of a problem that he has no solution to it. Even if you are a Trumpster and believe that nonsense to be true you still don't have an answer because he isn't going to spend time outside schools so even his base isn't going to feel good about it. It shows how really out of touch and delusional he is, the guy who nearly fainted at the site of blood running into a violent lethal situation with only his vulgarity to defend him.

That is not the critical factor in deciding the "evil vs. idiocy" question however. He didn't shout it in front gym filled with of his normal sycophantic beer guzzling "Friends of Fox" flat earthers, he said it in front of a gathering of the country's governors, none of whom were likely to accept any part of what he was saying as tethered to a rational point in the universe.

He is not only delusional with fantasies of grandeur, he can't focus on what room he is in.

Today we are back at the "less brains than large citric fruit" camp and may never leave it.

The family who took him in.

CNN is reporting that the shooter who had been orphaned twice was taken in by a family who opened their home to take in someone that wasn't doing well.


The family took Cruz in last year after his adoptive mother died. Cruz was depressed, Lewis said. The family's son knew Cruz, so they opened their home, got him into a GED class and helped him get a job at a Dollar Tree store, the lawyer said.

. . .

Cruz had a gun. The family knew that, but they had established rules. He had to keep it in a lockbox in his room. Cruz had the key to the lockbox, the attorney said.

"This family did what they thought was right, which was take in a troubled kid and try to help him, and that doesn't mean he can't bring his stuff into their house. They had it locked up and believed that that was going to be sufficient, that there wasn't going to be a problem. Nobody saw this kind of aggression or motive in this kid, that he would ever do anything like this," Lewis said.

. . .

His host family knew nothing of his social media activity, Lewis said.

"They're not social media people. They're parents. They're just not that kind of folks. And he's an adult, and they tried to help him. But did they check up on him and follow him every minute of every day? They didn't, because they didn't see any of the signs that would indicate that there was anything really amiss, that he was capable of something violent," he said.

A good deed never goes unpunished and in this case this family will suffer for years. Ours is a throwaway society and we throw away families, children, women, vets or anyone when they no longer fit. Hillary was right that it takes a village to raise a child and when that village gets infected by the aggressive Ayn Rand philosophy of the far right Republican party it comes down to individual families doing heroic things.

Even before the victims were identified harsh sentiments were raining down on the "parents" who enabled this shooter, except that his parents have been long dead and the single mother who adopted him died of flu/pneumonia in November. Even on DU judgements were being made. Even if they had not allowed him to bring the guns into the house he would have easily found a place to store them.

The family who took him in appeared to be an example of the best of us and today, with the rest of the shooter's victims I think about the kindness of the family who took him in and all of the abuse that they will have to endure on top of their own sadness.

All I can say is thank you for the kindness that you showed him.
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