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Judicial Nominee Brett Talley Did Not Disclose He Is Married to a White House Lawyer

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/11/13/us/politics/trump-judge-brett-talley-nomination.html?referer=https://t.co/Eh69FRfppc?amp=1

Trump Judicial Pick Did Not Disclose He Is Married to a White House Lawyer

Nov. 13, 2017
WASHINGTON — One of President Trump’s most controversial judicial nominees did not disclose on publicly available congressional documents that he is married to a senior lawyer in the White House Counsel’s Office.

The nominee, Brett J. Talley, is awaiting a Senate confirmation vote that could come as early as Monday to become a federal district judge in Alabama. He is married to Ann Donaldson, the chief of staff to the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II.

Mr. Talley was asked on his publicly released Senate questionnaire to identify family members and others who are “likely to present potential conflicts of interest.” He did not mention his wife.

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Brett J. Talley is awaiting a Senate confirmation vote that could come as early as Monday to become a federal district judge in Alabama.

A fourth judicial nominee under Mr. Trump had been deemed “not qualified” by the American Bar Association.
If confirmed, Brett Talley, who has never tried a case, would serve as a trial judge in his home state of Alabama.





How Doug Jones prosecuted two Klansmen for killing 4 black girls

About Doug Jones.
https://still4hill.com/2017/11/11/our-most-vulnerable-members/

Let’s take a look at the Democrat running against Roy Moore.

1963 Birmingham church bombing:
How Doug Jones prosecuted two Klansmen for killing 4 black girls


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From left, Denise McNair, 11; Carole Robertson, 14; Addie Mae Collins, 14, and Cynthia Dianne Wesley, 14, were killed Sept. 15, 1963, when a bomb exploded at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. (AP)
The case haunted Birmingham for years.

Four black girls in Alabama had been killed in the 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church — a crime that shocked the country and helped fuel the civil rights movement.

Yet the men responsible — members of the Ku Klux Klan who’d boasted about their role — were never tried and convicted. That changed in 1977 when Robert “Dynamite Bob” Chambliss, the suspected ringleader of the bombing, was put on trial.

At the time, Doug Jones, now a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in a hotly contested race Alabama, was a second-year law student. He skipped classes to sit in on the trial, watching in amazement as William Joseph Baxley II, then U.S. attorney in Alabama, presented evidence against Chambliss.

Baxley had received death threats from white supremacists, including an ugly letter from KKK Grand Dragon Edward R. Fields. Baxley responded with a one-sentence missive typed on official stationery: “Dear Dr. Fields, my response to your letter of February 19, 1976, is kiss my ass. Sincerely, Bill Baxley, Attorney General.”

As Jones watched the testimony in the Jefferson County Courthouse, it became clear that Chambliss did not act alone in the bombing.
The four girls killed — 11-year-old Denise McNair and 14-year-olds Carole Robertson, Addie Mae Collins and Cynthia Wesley — had been in the church basement preparing for Sunday service. Addie Mae’s sister, Sarah Jean Collins, who was 12 then, lost an eye in the explosion.

As I gave my undivided attention to Baxley’s powerful closing argument,” Jones told a House crime subcommittee two decades later, “I never in my wildest imagination dreamed that one day this case and my legal career would come full circle, giving me the opportunity, some 24 years later to prosecute the two remaining suspects for a crime that many say changed the course of history.”

More than 20 years after Chambliss was convicted, Jones would become U.S. attorney in Alabama and set out to finish what Baxley started. He brought charges against two more Klan members, Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., and Bobby Frank Cherry.


The prosecutions have helped make him a contender in his Senate race against Republican Roy Moore, a controversial former judge. On Thursday, Moore was accused by a woman of initiating a sexual encounter with her when she was 14 and he was 32 — allegations he called “completely false” and his campaign dismissed as “the very definition of fake news.”

I remember that bombing and had traveled enough in the Jim Crow South by then to know that I had met little girls just like these four.
Both Condoleeza Rice and Angela Davis knew these little girls.

For many of us, these four deaths hit with a sickening thud.
Much like the Sandy Hook deaths, these children’s murders said we were not protecting our must vulnerable.

When an industry can take strong steps in the face of assaults on the most trusting and vulnerable and government makes excuses, e.g. the ballots are printed, have gone out, folks have voted early … there must be questions.

This is a special election for pete’s sake! It cannot be rescheduled? You cannot find a more honorable candidate and replace this child molester?

Apparently the answer to all of that is no.

I suggest: perhaps instead of a negative campaign against Roy Moore, child molester, a positive campaign in favor of Doug Jones, child defender, might be in order.

MORE at LINK ABOVE & at https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/11/09/an-alabama-senate-race-conjures-the-awful-1963-church-bombing-that-killed-4-black-girls/?utm_term=.e02bbd600604
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"The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members" ~Mahatma Gandhi


There is a reason why, when you visit Hillary Clinton’s Twitter account, this is the tweet pinned to the top. It has been pinned there for a year and two days as of this writing,

Here:

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton
@HillaryClinton
"To all the little girls watching...never doubt that you are valuable and powerful & deserving of every chance & opportunity in the world."

"Human Rights are Women's Rights"
Hillary Clinton, Bejing 1995

Please support & fund the campaign for Doug Jones

Robert Mueller

@MatrixTMN

Only one man has ALL the intelligence from all 17 agencies in Washington + our European allies, and his name is Robert Mueller.

CEPA: "The Kremlin's 20 toxic tactics"

http://cepa.org/EuropesEdge/The-Kremlins-20-toxic-tactics

Edward Lucas
30 October 2017
The Kremlin's 20 toxic tactics

Human weakness means we find it is easier to admire problems than to solve them, to focus on the dangers we can see than worry about those that we can’t, and to use the tools we have on hand rather than try to acquire the ones we actually need.

All that is particularly true of the West’s approach to Russian political warfare. We over-focus on easy-to-see Kremlin propaganda, especially in English and other Western languages.
In fact, information warfare—meaning deliberately misleading “fake news” plus the disorientating use of trolls and bots—is just one, albeit conspicuous, element of Russia’s well-stocked arsenal.
At a NATO conference in September, I outlined another 19. Here they are, in alphabetical order:

1. The targeted use of corruption;

2. Cyber-attacks on the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data held on a target country’s computer systems;

3. Diplomatic divide-and-rule games designed to weaken multilateral rule-based organizations, and to create the perception of the targeted country’s isolation and indefensibility;

4. The exploitation of economic, ethnic, linguistic, regional, religious, social and other divisions;

5. Economic sanctions such as import curbs and restrictions on exports and transit;
Interference with energy supplies, especially natural gas;

6. Stoking financial panics;

7. Weaponizing history to besmirch the reputation of a target country and hide Kremlin crimes;

8. Covert information operations

11 more...At Link

Excellent Read

These are the US startups that Russian investors are backing

https://techcrunch.com/2017/11/11/these-are-the-us-startups-that-russian-investors-are-backing/

A taxi-hailing app.
A transplant device developer.
An online mortgage provider.


Those businesses may have little in common, but one shared thread is that U.S. startups in these sectors have all secured large funding rounds led by Russia-based investors.

They’re not alone.
Over the past seven years, Russia-based strategic and venture investors have participated in more than 300 funding rounds for U.S.-based startups, according to Crunchbase data. Investments span all stages, major sectors and round sizes, and include both equity and debt financings. (See deal list here.)

The cross-border deal-making isn’t limited to Russian investors backing U.S. startups.
Venture firms based in the U.S. have invested in more than 150 funding rounds for Russian startups over the past decade, with a particular focus on e-commerce and consumer internet deals.
We’ll look at those trends in the second installment of this two-part series.

Start clenching Repuks 😣 "How Robert Mueller Works a Case"

https://mobile.twitter.com/ericgarland/status/929051684151717889


Eric Garland
@ericgarland

A former FBI counterintelligence director shows how Mueller is going to send this whole gang to jail.


How Robert Mueller Works a Case

By Robert Anderson November 9, 2017
http://time.com/5016175/robert-mueller-donald-trump-george-papadopoulos/
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Anderson is a managing director at Navigant. He was the assistant director of counterintelligence for Robert Mueller at the FBI from 2011 to 2013

I worked for Bob Mueller for 12 years while he was the FBI director,
Russian spy services use two main methods to run agents.
Either they recruit people as traditional assets, where the targets know they’re working for a foreign government. Or they use unwitting agents—people targeted to exploit not just what they know, but who they know.
That’s what seems to have happened here.

Russian intelligence services have run political-influence operations since the beginning of time, and if you put a seasoned intelligence officer in front of a traditional, unsuspecting businessman, there’s just no match.
More at Link

Great Read

Drudge Report became a regular conduit to Russian propaganda.

https://mobile.twitter.com/ericgarland/status/929011050133032960

Eric Garland
Eric Garland
@ericgarland

Drudge Report became a regular conduit to Russian propaganda.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/politics/wp/2017/11/10/one-of-the-busiest-websites-in-the-u-s-in-2016-regularly-linked-to-russia-propaganda/

One of the busiest websites in the U.S. in 2016 regularly linked to Russia propaganda

By Philip Bump
November 10, 2017 at 10:31 AM

https://img.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/imrs.php?src=

"By July 2016, according to the analysis site SimilarWeb, Matt Drudge’s link-aggregation site Drudge Report was the second-most-visited on the Internet in the United States. Over the course of the month — the month of the Republican and Democratic presidential conventions and the month of the leak of emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee — SimilarWeb estimates that Drudge had 1,472,220,000 pageviews.
That’s 1.4 billion, the equivalent of 47 views of the Drudge Report every second of every minute that month.


Being the second-most-visited site, incidentally, means that Drudge had more page-views than Yahoo, Disney (including ABC and ESPN) and Time Warner.
It had more than the New York Times and The Washington Post, combined — with enough space left over to also outpace Hearst.

By December, Drudge had fallen to third, the position it had held for most of 2016.
That month, though, the number of pageviews had climbed to 1.83 billion.
That’s as though 58 people loaded Drudge Report every second that month.

Translated into universally accessible terms, the Drudge Report was a traffic behemoth during the 2016 election.
And every time the page was loaded last year (and today, should you visit), there were two direct links to the conspiracy-theory-hawking site Infowars.

READ MORE..

Hillary Clinton Speaking at Geisinger Health Symposium

https://still4hill.com/2017/11/09/hillary-clinton-talks-healthcare-at-the-geisinger-national-symposium/


GEISINGER MEDICAL CENTER — Former Secretary of State and U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton is speaking at a national health symposium at Geisinger Medical Center near Danville.


Clinton was the keynote speaker at Geisinger’s National Health Symposium, which brought together medical professionals from all over the country.


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The former Democratic presidential nominee also discussed the opioid epidemic and health care for women and children. Clinton is disappointed Congress has not reauthorized funding for the CHIP program.

"There's got to be a better way of expressing, explaining, and convincing women and men to take some of these steps to get help for themselves and their families."

"We have about 250 people coming in from outside of Geisinger from 20 states, one from outside the country," said Nancy Lawton-Kluck, Geisinger chief philanthropy officer.

Instead of being just a speaker, Clinton and Geisinger president/CEO Dr. David Feinberg sat on stage and had a chat about health care. Clinton spent a lot of time talking about universal health care.

“We should try to be figuring out how to cover everybody at an affordable cost and get better results,” Clinton said.[/]

Read more and see video >>>>
http://wnep.com/2017/11/09/hillary-clinton-speaking-at-geisinger-health-symposium/

Comments:

"She was really knowledgeable in how to get to the core of both medicine and politics," said Kaitlin Sweeney.

"Just to hear about her intention to serve the underserved population," said Andrea Wary, Geisinger emergency medicine.

"Of all the people, she's probably had one of the careers in dedicating herself to health and health care," Lawton-Kluck said.

The symposium's theme is, "from crisis to cure: revitalizing America's health care." but much of the focus is on the opioid epidemic.

"It's a safety issue, it's a health issue, it's a human issue," Brazil said.

Instead of just speeches, the speakers have conversations with the invitation-only crowd to make it personal.
"The concept of bringing all of these folks together in the same room and having these conversations together," Dr. Strony said.
MORE..

Mueller likely to probe Gates moonlighting as movie producer/Money Laundering

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article183122106.html

Mueller likely to probe Gates’ moonlighting as movie producer

Rick Gates, indicted last week with his former boss and mentor Paul Manafort in the special counsel investigation of Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election, is best known as a political consultant and lobbyist. In tandem with Manafort, he raked in tens of millions from Ukrainian and Russian oligarchs and a pro-Moscow Ukrainian political party. And when Manafort chaired Donald Trump's bid for the White House, Gates was his deputy.

Less well known is his sideline as a Hollywood producer.
Gates has been involved in a handful of films, including this year’s Walk of Fame, which starred Clint Eastwood’s son Scott.

Some of Gates’ colleagues in those Tinseltown endeavors, however, have run into trouble with the law. Gates — who, with Manafort, was charged with money laundering and failing to disclose foreign banks accounts in the first public indictments to emerge from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe — was listed as providing backing for several films whose other producers have been accused of defrauding investors of millions of dollars.

SNIP

Williams and Steven J. Brown, another producer, along with Minnesota Republican fundraiser Jerry Seppala, were ordered in March 2016 to pay back $10.5 million to one of the duped investors, Bill Busbice Jr., owner of a hunting company in Louisiana and, until recently, star of the reality show Wildgame Nation.


Gates' ties to Brown go beyond being co-producers, though. Manafort’s former lobbying firm, where Gates also worked, paid Brown $40,000 for political and media outreach he did in 2012 and 2013 on behalf a Ukrainian political party, Ukrainian Party of Regions.


SNIP

Shell game

Rather than use Busbice’s money for films, Williams and Brown transferred it to personal accounts they used for lavish vacations, a Jaguar, payments on a yacht loan and initial payments on a $3.5 million home for Williams in Calabass, California, according to Busbice’s lawsuit. They sent Busbice and his lawyer false bank statements they created to mask their activity, the suit said.

The two producers also allegedly sent more than $100,000 of the fraudulently-obtained funds to a politically-oriented nonprofit called the Bipartisan Coalition for American Security, which was cochaired by former U.S. Sens. Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) and Scott Brown (R-MA) and whose advisory board was led by Elliott Broidy, a national deputy finance chair for the Republican National Committee. (Brown is now U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand.)

SNIP

Gates’s film connections also have a distinctly former Soviet flavor. An upcoming film that is backed in part by an entity tied to Gates is a Czech production directed and produced by Petr Jakl, a former Czech judo champion; Jakl appeared in several Hollywood films in the early 2000s, including xXx, starring Vin Diesel, and EuroTrip. Brown is listed as the film’s co-producer on the website for Jakl’s production company. Brown and Williams were also both executive producers for Jakl’s last production, 2015’s Ghoul, which was set and partially filmed in Ukraine.

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And from Twitter:

eplying to @ericgarland
Steve Mnuchin too. Great way to launder money, btw.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/amp/news/avatar-borat-devil-wears-prada-a-look-at-all-films-trumps-treasury-pick-steven-mnuchin-helped-f



Eric Garland
@ericgarland
Multiple people in Trump's inner circle are movie producers.

Malaysia was laundering money through U.S. movies..


Bannon. Mnuchin. Bigly.

Replying to @ericgarland
Manafort did it too. Produced his daughter's movies.

https://mobile.twitter.com/ericgarland/status/928661590991425537
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Some have also questioned money laundering thru Trump's underaged modelling business & ties to the porn movie industry.

Makes you want to throw up.
This is who's running our country.

Another great GOP upset in Tuesday's Election !

https://shareblue.com/23-year-old-latina-trounces-gop-incumbent-who-defended-trumps-sexual-assault/

Democrats painted a wide portrait of victories on Election Day. From governor races to city council contests, a winning message resonated.


23-year-old Latina trounces GOP incumbent who defended Trump’s sexual assault

Crystal Murillo, Aurora's newest city council member

Murillo’s family moved to the United States two decades ago from Mexico. She became the first member of her family to graduate high school, and then college, earning a bachelors degree from the University of Denver.

She was inspired to run after Trump’s win last November, saying his electoral victory was the “catalyst” for her decision to get involved in politics.
“But the more I looked at my own city and my own community, the more I realized that there was a legitimate reason for me to run in Aurora,” she said. “Our city council is made up entirely of older, white council members… the community here isn’t reflected.”



SNIP
Signaling a burgeoning youth movement in local Democratic politics, 23-year-old Crystal Murillo won a seat on the traditionally conservative Aurora, Colorado, city council on Tuesday.
In the process, she ousted a Republican incumbent and fervent Donald Trump supporter.


Her win was part of a larger Democratic mosaic of victories that unfolded Tuesday across the country, as women in particular, and newcomers in general, secured victory after victory and sent a message to Donald Trump’s Republican Party.

Along with Murillos, Nicole Johnston and Allison Hiltz also secured victories in the Aurora race.

All three women are graduates of Emerge Colorado, which is part of a nationwide organization that trains Democratic women on how to launch successful political campaigns. Since it was founded in 2002, the group has trained more than 2,500 women across the country.

EMERGE AMERICA is sponsored by Hillary Clinton's ONWARD TOGETHER
https://emerge.ngpvanhost.com/sites/emerge/files/Onward Together-5.png

"The day after Election Day, I said that women and girls are “valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world.” I believe in that message more fiercely than ever. You are valuable and powerful. You are eminently qualified and capable. And I cannot wait to see how you use your unique gifts and skills to make your community, our country, and our world a better place."

You can do this,
Hillary





EMERGE AMERICA
https://emerge.ngpvanhost.com/home

What an amazing organization.
The training is lead by some of our absolutest finest.
The wins in Aurora Co by the 3 fine women is proof that "When Women Run, Women Win".

EMERGE AMERICA was the traing ground & support necessary for future political involvement.

Read the list of Staff also, these women are the best in the business. They have seen the political world inside & out.

Advisory Board:
https://emerge.ngpvanhost.com/about/board/advisory
(These women are in good hands)

Congrats to all women involved in defeating the old guys & the women who stand with such archaic ideals.

Thanks Hillary!



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