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A timeline of the 3 Trump-Russia scandals

Rand Paul breaks with Republicans as he doubts Trump supreme court pick

Source: The Guardian

Republican senator concerned by Brett Kavanaugh’s views on privacy but he has flip-flopped on a Trump nominee before

Breaking with many Republican colleagues, the Kentucky senator Rand Paul has revealed his concern over Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy on the supreme court.

Paul told Fox and Friends on Sunday he was worried Kavanaugh, a judge on the DC circuit court of appeals, could cancel out supreme court justice Neil Gorsuch’s vote on fourth amendment cases and allow the federal government to collect the phone records of millions of Americans.

Kavanaugh’s confirmation rests on a knife edge. Republicans hold a 51-49 advantage in the Senate. They need a simple majority or a tie broken by Vice-President Mike Pence to confirm Kavanaugh as Trump’s second supreme court pick, after Gorsuch.

With John McCain absent through illness and Democrats promising all-out opposition to a pick that could tilt the court to the conservatives for a generation, public attention has focused on three Democrats facing re-election in Republican states and two moderate GOP senators. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are considered possible opponents of Kavanaugh, based on his position on abortion rights.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/law/2018/jul/15/rand-paul-trump-supreme-court-pick-brett-kavanaugh

Lets not forget that this same person decided with his other jerks to vote on a person that should not have been given squat or consideration to sit on the bench because a prior man was denied due process in the advise and consent of the Constitution by a president.....................so this coming out on privacy............is a smokescreen in my opinion...............and what he has been saying as of late on Russia.............


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Archaeologists and astronomers solve the mystery of Chile's Stonehenge

A solar phenomenon found above mysterious pillars, or saywas, was likely designed to broadcast the ‘sacred power’ of the Inca

Growing up on the edge of the Atacama desert in northern Chile, Jimena Cruz was often made to feel ashamed of her indigenous identity.

On visits to nearby petroglyphs, her father would explain their history, while her mother situated them in legend. “I always had this relationship between the scientific and the cultural,” said Cruz.

But at school, this kind of knowledge was mocked.

“One day they asked us what we wanted to be when we were big,” added Cruz. “I said that I wanted to be an archaeologist. But the teacher said that I should forget it, because Indians were only fit for giving birth.”

Twenty years later, Cruz is an anthropologist and curator at the Gustavo Paige archaeological museum – and she has played a key role in a project bringing together archaeologists, historians and astronomers to help solve a 500-year-old enigma.


That is so cool......................

Trump winks at Putin at the start of Helsinki summit

Fucking traitor............................

Tributes paid to Ray Emery after NHL champion drowns at age of 35

Source: The Guardian

Goaltender won title with Chicago and reached final with Ottawa

Police were called after incident early on Sunday morning

Former NHL goaltender Ray Emery, who helped the Ottawa Senators reach the final in 2007 and won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013, has drowned in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. He was 35.

Hamilton Police said Emery was identified as the victim of a swimming accident on Sunday morning. Staff sergeant Paul Evans said police received a call just after 6am that an adult swimmer did not surface and that the Niagara Police assisted in the recovery effort. A cause of death will be confirmed after a post-mortem.

Nicknamed “Razor” for his aggressive style, Emery played parts of 11 seasons with the Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks from 2003-2015. He helped the Senators reach the Stanley Cup Final in 2007 and won it as a backup with the Blackhawks in 2013.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jul/16/ray-emery-drowning-death-nhl

With my deepest condolences to your family..............................

He was really a good man.....................and as a Blackhawk fan..........................

'We all do it': Rand Paul downplays Russia election interference, calls Mueller probe 'witch hunt'

No jerk off.................we do not "all" do it...................your fucking party does it.............voter suppression, just to name one of the top crimes off the top of my head..................so sit on it and fucking twirl there asshole, its the fascist republican party of enabling traitors.........because "all" of you are enabling treason, in my bias and personnel opinion............fuck you

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Fire near Yosemite explodes as officials mourn firefighter killed on front lines

Source: LA. Times

By ANDREA CASTILLO and MAYA LAU JUL 15, 2018 | 10:45 AM

A dangerous forest fire burning near Yosemite National Park continued to grow Sunday as officials mourned the death of a firefighter killed battling the blaze.

The Ferguson fire exploded to 4,000 acres Sunday morning and was only 2% contained.

The blaze was burning near the park and prompted evacuations in Briceburg, Cedar Lodge and Mariposa Pines north of Bear Clover. An evacuation advisory was in effect Sunday for the Jerseydale area.

Braden Varney, a heavy equipment operator with Cal Fire, died at the scene as crews battled the Ferguson fire Saturday, said Cal Fire spokesman Scott McLean.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-yosemite-fire-20180715-story.html#

This Is Why Oversight Matters (And It Won't Be Good for Novartis)

By Josh Marshall | July 14, 2018 10:27 pm

It got overwhelmed by news of the new Special Counsel indictments on Friday. But a group of Senate Democrats released a report late on Thursday (or early Friday) which shows why Congressional oversight is so important and what might be in store for next year. Most coverage of the report focused on the fact that Novartis gave Trump fixer Michael Cohen policy recommendations that ended up included in official administration policy. But that’s not the most important finding.

First, the report is by minority staff from four senators from a few different committees (different jurisdictions): Sens. Wyden (the lead), Murray, Warren and Blumenthal. Key is that since they’re in the minority they have no subpoena power. They had to ask the players involved and the players were free to say no, which most did. Novartis turned over communications between Cohen and the company but declined to turn over any company documents about its internal deliberations about its work with Cohen.

First, let’s review the backstory.

Back in early May Michael Avenatti released banking records that showed that Michael Cohen’s ‘Essential Consultants LLC’ was not only used to make payments to Stormy Daniels and other women. He also used it to set up as a de facto lobbyist selling access to and influence over the Trump White House and particularly President Trump, his client. The company which paid the most was Novartis, which signed a $1.2 million one year contract in February 2017 and paid for the entire year.

After the news broke, Novartis put out a statement the gist of which was that they signed up Cohen, eager to find access to the Trump administration. But on their first meeting with Cohen in March 2017 they realized he knew nothing about health care policy or Novartis and wasn’t going to be able to help them. So they cut off contact.


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Is John Roberts poised to become the supreme court's key swing vote?

The conservative Roberts has sided with the liberal wing before, but don’t expect him to anchor the court in the political center

Time and again over the past three decades, civil rights campaigns in favor of reproductive choice, LGBTQ equality and affirmative action have crested with thin US supreme court rulings protecting marginalized groups.

That might be about to change. The retirement announcement last month of 81-year-old justice Anthony Kennedy means that the court’s most reliable swing vote – the deciding vote in a number of crucial cases – might stop swinging, legal analysts say, leaving the court’s four liberal-leaning justices to be routinely dominated by a newly strengthened conservative bloc.

Dominated, that is, unless a new swing vote materializes who might occasionally deliver 5-4 victories that American progressives can cheer the way they have cheered landmark rulings clinched by Kennedy on issues such as same-sex marriage and abortion rights.

There is exactly one potential candidate to fill the swing-vote role Kennedy is now vacating, analysts agree. Barring some truly dramatic twist in the intellectual wiring or confirmation prospects of circuit court judge Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump’s nominee-in-waiting, that candidate is the sitting chief justice, John Roberts.


John Roberts is a full fledged member of the Federalists Society first and foremost..............


He was in the majority when it came to attacking the Civil Rights Acts and Heller.............and Citizens United .......he is not for "We the People" by any means..........................

A Reckoning For Hannity And Fox News On Seth Rich Fraud?

Marko AvramoskiJuly 14, 2018 3:33 am

Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters.

Earlier today the Department of Justice announced that special counsel Robert Mueller’s office had secured indictments against 12 Russian intelligence officers for the 2016 hack of the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Those indictments align with what intelligence agencies have long since concluded: The Russian government hacked these Democratic political groups and disseminated their internal correspondences.

The alternative, batshit-insane theory to how the DNC’s emails made it into the wild is that they were provided to WikiLeaks by DNC staffer Seth Rich, who was then murdered while walking home to his Washington, D.C., apartment as part of some sinister cover-up. This theory was, for a while, a favorite topic of Fox News’ Sean Hannity, who was heavily invested in portraying the deceased Rich as the source of the emails because, to his mind, that would debunk allegations that Donald Trump’s presidential campaign colluded with Russia.

The whole disgusting conspiracy theory was powered by a since-retracted Fox News report that had been quickly debunked by Rich’s family. But Hannity kept pounding away at the false story and lashing out at anyone who criticized him for his abominable exploitation of a murder victim. It wasn’t until advertisers started fleeing his program that Hannity finally relented. On his May 30, 2017, show he said: “Out of respect for the family’s wishes, well, I decided for the time being not to discuss it unless there were further developments,” although he added, “I will not stop investigating.”


Hey Hannity..................how do you say oh shit.................your pockets if it was me are not deep enough..............I would bankrupt your ass...................

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