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"I See Him as a Modern-Day Pablo Escobar": Inside Bill Browder's War Against Putin

In a series of revealing new interviews, Putin’s public enemy No. 1 offers scintillating details about his investigation into Russian financial malfeasance, running for his life, and the Helsinki fallout.
by Marie Brenner

November 11, 2018 5:00 pm

Perhaps all you need to know to understand the essense of Bill Browder is what he carried with him in his briefcase when he lived in Putin’s Russia. “At all times,” he told me not long after we met, “I had $5,000 in cash in case I had to flee for the border and pay off the guards.”

Bill Browder’s stories are melodramas. They often begin with a ringing phone—or a knock on a door. In May of this year, for example, the American-born financier was bundled into a police car in Madrid by the Spanish police, who, acting on an Interpol warrant at the behest of Russian authorities, simply appeared outside his hotel room and took him away. “I was frightened this wasn’t an arrest but an illegal rendition to Moscow,” Browder said. (He was let go an hour later.) These moments of crisis are familiar to his 180,000 Twitter followers—“the army of Bill,” they are called—who worry about his safety in his adopted role as both human-rights advocate and financial sleuth, taking on Putin and his kleptocrats. “Vladimir Putin wants me dead,” he says almost every time he is interviewed.

Is there anyone, by now, who is unaware of Browder’s relentless crusade? At 54, he circles the globe helping governments recover millions that Russian oligarchs have illegally parked overseas. He has dodged six warrants seeking his arrest. He takes precautions in his daily routine, wary of possible security threats. His weapons are judicial and legislative: sanctions blocking the assets and the international travel of Russian criminals, murderers, and corrupt industrialists who have plundered their companies.

And he is succeeding. “Now every country knows the names of these guys,” he contends. “Now everyone who thought they could operate under the radar is discovering that you can’t. It started with [Special Counsel] Robert Mueller’s indictment of the 12 G.R.U. agents”—operatives from Russia’s military-intelligence service—“and they discovered that every e-mail they ever sent is available to the Justice Department. All of a sudden [the authorities] arrested a spy in Norway. They arrested two people who were getting ready to break into a chemical-weapons lab.


Progressive group launches petition to urge Dems to investigate Trump's taxes

BY NAOMI JAGODA - 11/12/18 12:52 PM EST

A progressive group on Monday launched a petition to urge congressional Democrats to investigate President Trump's tax returns, as House Democrats prepare to request the documents from the Treasury Department next year when they are in the majority.

The petition launched by CREDO Action comes less than a week after Democrats won control of the House in the midterm elections. It calls on congressional Democrats to take advantage of the election results to "investigate Donald Trump's taxes – including alleged tax fraud, compromising foreign and domestic financial ties, and how he might be illegally profiting from his government position – and pass anti-corruption legislation that forces all future candidates to release their tax returns."

As of 12:45 p.m. Monday, more than 24,000 people had signed the petition.

Trump is the first president in decades to refuse to release his tax returns. He has said he won't make them public while under audit by the IRS, but the tax agency has said that nothing prevents people from releasing their own tax information.



Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.), who is expected to become chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee next year, said he plans to request Trump's tax returns, though he also expects that will lead to a fight with the administration in court.

Republicans have questioned whether it's smart politics for Democrats to seek Trump's tax returns, arguing that there could be backlash from "presidential harassment." But Democrats have said they would be careful during any review of the returns.

That's a new one "presidential harassment"........................... ...................your "guy" harasses everyone.........he's republican.....................

Hey, Republicans you have a question if it's smart politics for Democrats.....................let me give you a clue as to why this is smart.......................400 million in tax fraud in New York alone........................figure it out yet, democrats have................

And if you think this is "presidential harassment"..............he made his bed, just like you do, the public is not going to fall for your garbage this time.................we want answers, which your fascist party and some in the media never did provide...............except cover, and trying to do it now..................not going to happen this time.

And oh yeah, I signed the petition.......................

Abrams Files New Lawsuit To Demand Absentee And Provisional Ballots Counted

Source: Talking Points Memo

By Nicole Lafond
November 12, 2018 12:08 pm

Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams filed a new lawsuit on Sunday evening to try to force counties not to throw out some absentee and provisional ballots, The Washington Post reported.

About 5,000 votes were added to the total over the weekend, primarily in Abrams’ favor. Abrams’ campaign has said it needs at least 21,700 more votes in order to force a runoff against Republican Brian Kemp, who has already resigned as secretary of state and claimed victory in the governor’s race with 50.3 percent of the vote, to Abrams’ 48.8 percent. To get a recount, Abrams would need more than 19,300 additional votes.

Abrams’ campaign estimates there are at least 26,000 provisional ballots that were cast in the Georgia race, according to the Post.

“The bottom line is this race is not over. It is still too close to call, and we do not have confidence in the secretary of state’s office,” Lauren Groh-Wargo, Abrams’s campaign manager, told reporters Sunday, according to the Post.

Read more: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/abrams-files-new-lawsuit-demand-absentee-provisional-ballots-counted

This anti-LGBTQ hate group is staying at the Trump Hotel

The Family Research Council plans to stay in the hotel in March.
NOV 10, 2018, 1:57 PM

n March, the Family Research Council, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has identified as an anti-LGBTQ hate group, plans to hold a “DC Christian Heritage Tour and Summit” and will hold some events at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

According to its website, from March 28 to 31, visitors can “enjoy five-star accommodations” at Trump International Hotel. The group will get dinner at the hotel on Saturday and will hold their brunch and worship service there on Sunday.

“There will be opportunities to discuss issues and policy while receiving up-to-the-minute briefings from national leaders, members of Congress and, pending approval, a White House briefing,” wrote Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC).

The FRC supports conversion therapy, a harmful practice that falsely claims to change someone’s sexuality and gender. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has said these “therapies” lack scientific credibility and increase the “risk of causing or exacerbating mental health conditions.”

In a recent email to supporters, Perkins wrote, “We must resist politicians who advocate for adults and/or children to be prohibited from seeking psychological and spiritual help when they suffer from unwanted same-sex attraction or gender confusion.”


Ah yes,then Perkins has these words of Wisdom......................


“Scripture does speak to the poor, it does speak to the immigrant, but it also speaks to the rule of law,” he said. “In fact, in almost every instance you read in the Old Testament about taking in the poor, immigrant and stranger, it is then that they have an obligation to operate by your customs and laws. It’s the assimilation, it’s the rule of law.”

So, what did your "Christians" do exactly what to the Indigenous People of this country.....................FUCK YOU

I think a law should be passed to tax your ass............in fact "every church"....................

House Democrats plan to grill Labor Department officials about tip and child labor policies

Now that Democrats have the House, they plan to hold the Labor Department accountable.

NOV 10, 2018, 10:39 AM

After winning back the House on Tuesday, Democrats plan to grill Labor Department officials about some of their proposals, which they have safety and transparency concerns about.

Democrats have long had questions about the U.S. Department of Labor’s approach on issues such as child labor in health care jobs and not informing the public about an analysis that did not favor one of their proposed regulations on tipping.

Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), who will be chair of the Education and Workforce Committee, told Bloomberg Law about his plans and said, “If you’re having a regulatory change, the law requires you to produce the evidence to support the change.”

In December, the department proposed a rule rescinding parts of Obama-era tip regulations and allow employers who pay the minimum wage to take workers’ tips. The department said it would allow “back of the house” workers, such as dishwashers and cooks, who don’t typically receive tips, to be part of a tip-sharing pool. But the rule wouldn’t actually prevent employers from just keeping the tips.

According to Economic Policy Institute research, tipped workers would lose $5.8 billion a year in tips as a result of this rule. Women in tipped jobs would lose $4.6 billion annually.


Maybe the New House Majority can take a look at how the states have been enacting right to work bull shit, and maybe they can present a bill to repeal the Taft-Hartley Act....................

H.R. 6407 (109th): Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act

This Act must be one of the first items on the New Democratic Congress agenda for repeal, and a law should be passed that denies Congress from robbing from the retirement fund, this law was enacted when that asshole John Boehner and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) were in office..........................they are now gone.

I am urging everyone to write and phone our new majority elected representatives and all new / and re-elected members in the Democratic party to repeal this Act, that has placed a undue burden on a Constitutional mandated system, and to turn postal offices into banks and mail delivery service should be expanded.

Congressional phone: United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121.




Half of white women continue to vote Republican. What's wrong with them?

Moira Donegan

Some 53% of white women voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election – the real story of white women voters is both more grim and more complex than the figure reveals

For the past two years, the American left has been haunted by a number: 53. It is the percentage of white women who voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. In the sectors of the left where the figure and its implications have become a perennial theme, the number is treated both as disappointing and darkly unsurprising, a reflection of the conventional wisdom that white women would rather choose the racism espoused by the Republican party than join in the moral coalition represented by men of color and other women. On the left, this number can elicit exasperation, rage, and even suspicions about the moral legitimacy of the feminist project. It casts doubts on the political convictions of liberal white women, colors leftist perception of female-coded liberal political projects like the Women’s March, and has prompted long-overdue calls for increased political leadership by women of color.

The real story of white women voters is both more grim and more complex than the 53% figure reveals. The truth is that the 53% of white women who voted for Trump in the last presidential election was actually an improvement on even worse numbers from previous cycles. White women supported Mitt Romney at 56% in 2012, and supported George W Bush by 55% in 2004. Even these robust showings by Republican white women were down from their previous highs: Ronald Reagan won a staggering 62% of white women in 1984. All of these totals were lower than those for white men, who continue to support Republicans at alarming rates, but they were solid majorities nonetheless.

Preliminary results from this week’s midterm elections seem to suggest that the trend is continuing, with Republican candidates slowly losing the support of suburban white women across the country. According to the Wall Street Journal, white women’s overall support for Republicans slipped from the infamous 53% in 2016 down to 50% in 2018. CNN’s polling places white women’s support for Republicans just lower, at 49%. As the Republican party has shifted its rhetoric away from drab Romneyite fiscal conservatism and towards the sadistic racism that is Donald Trump’s stock and trade, there is some evidence that growing numbers of white women are turning away, repulsed.

This shift makes white women at once one of the largest voting blocs in the nation and also one of its most divided, least ideologically coherent demographics. No other race and gender group is so split. There is a battle on for the soul of America, between the peevish, racist cruelty of Trump and his supporters and a vision of inclusion, justice, and decency forwarded by an increasingly diverse coalition on the left. Much of that battle is being waged in white women’s hearts, with the left hoping that more and more of them will break with their historical loyalty to white supremacy and embrace a kinder, more sustainable model for the future.


Republican activists harass the only black people they see at Florida 'election theft' demonstration

A group of white women at an “election theft demonstration” targeting Florida’s controversial vote count were recorded harassing black people in the crowd in two videos filmed multiple hours apart.

The video recorded and posted by Twitter user @ARAEveryDay at the Broward County Supervisor of Elections office in Lauderhill, Florida describes the women as “haranguing” them as they held an Andrew Gillum shirt at the rally.

“It’s all about ‘let’s vote black,'” said one of the women who was wearing a badge or sticker emblazoned with the name of gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis. She was filmed holding a sign calling Broward SOE Brenda Snipes, the target of a voter fraud lawsuit brought by governor and Senate candidate Rick Scott, “corrupt.”

“Identity politics here,” a woman clad in a Tea Party snake t-shirt responded.


Get angry: Newly elected Arizona Rep. Raquel Teran is being sued because she's brown

Elvia Díaz

Arizona Republic Published 3:51 p.m. MT Nov. 9, 2018 | Updated 4:43 p.m. MT Nov. 9, 2018
Opinion: Newly elected Arizona Rep. Raquel Teran will win the lawsuit challenging her citizenship. But that's not the point.

Raquel Teran has nothing to worry about in the lawsuit challenging her U.S. citizenship, which was filed after she won a seat in the Arizona House of Representatives.

She was born in the U.S.

But that’s not the point.

The point – and the problem – is our political atmosphere where anyone can sue to question the legal status of non-white elected officials.

Alice Novoa, an anti-immigrant activist, has once again filed suit against Teran in Maricopa County Superior Court.

Teran, a Phoenix Democrat, has to show up in court with her U.S. birth certificate, like she did in 2012 when Novoa first challenged her.

“She’s fixated,” Teran told me Friday afternoon about Novoa, who didn’t return calls to Arizona Republic reporter Dustin Gardiner. “She knows I’m a freaking U.S. citizen.”



Teran should be preparing to take office, to introduce legislation, to talk to her constituents.

Instead, she has to go to court, spend money defending herself and otherwise waste time with a unhinged anti-immigrant activist.

Teran is right to speak up. Nobody should be harassed just because of the color of his or her skin or how they speak.

Anyone who has an ounce of decency and common sense should speak up and say enough. ¡Ya basta! (That means stop.

Lawsuit challenges Arizona state Rep.-elect Raquel Tern's citizenship, cites no evidence

Source: The Arizona Republic

Dustin Gardiner

Arizona Republic Published 12:45 p.m. MT Nov. 9, 2018 | Updated 2:35 p.m. MT Nov. 9, 2018

An anti-immigrant activist has filed a lawsuit falsely claiming that Arizona state Rep.-elect Raquel Terán isn't qualified to hold public office because she is "not a legal citizen of the United States."

The lawsuit, which cites no evidence for the claim, was filed by Alice Novoa on Monday in Maricopa County Superior Court. Terán has a U.S. birth certificate, according to court records from a similar lawsuit that Novoa filed against her in 2012.

Terán, D-Phoenix, was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in Tuesday's midterm elections. She posted on social media Thursday night to protest the lawsuit after she said she was served with the papers at home.

"This is obviously upsetting, but not surprising," Terán wrote in a widely shared Facebook post. "It is just another attempt to silence me and the community I fight for. #bringit"

Read more: https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/elections/2018/11/09/arizona-state-rep-elect-raquel-teran-citizenship-challenged-lawsuit-alice-novoa/1943446002/
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