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October 1, 2018

Cabinet Secretary (Elaine Chao) logged 290 hours of mysterious 'private' time


Elaine Chao has taken the equivalent of weeks of vacation in 'private' meetings.

Trump’s Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao has already put in nearly 300 hours of “private” time while serving as a Cabinet member.

The highly unusual practice raises all sorts of questions about how Chao is spending her time as a taxpayer-paid public official.

“In total, Chao clocked more than 290 hours of appointments labeled private
— the equivalent of about seven weeks’ vacation — during her first 14 months in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet, based on a review of documents provided under the Freedom of Information Act,” Politico reports.

There’s a suspicion that Chao just isn’t work that hard, as she constantly fills up her Friday afternoon schedules with “private time” meetings. Either that or Chao and her office are purposefully trying to hide from the public what she’s doing as secretary of transportation.

If Chao is regularly checking out early on Friday afternoons, she would be mirroring the light work schedule of her boss. Trump typically doesn’t start his workday until 11 a.m., after he’s taken advantage of three hours of “executive time,” which usually means watching Fox News.

Chao’s office insists the unknown “private” time blocks of time listed on her day-to-day calendars are used to conceal Chao’s travel plans for security reasons. Or they’re because she’s doing things like meeting with personal friends, going to the doctor, or having lunch with her husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
October 1, 2018

Old Bush pal Kravenaugh stopped the FL Bush/Gore recount

Was he promised the SC seat for his help in getting GW the 2000 win?
The FBI docs they refuse to release also contain damning data on the GW/Cheney Admin.

Twitter Link

Brett & his wife Estes both have Long time relationships with GW Bush family

October 1, 2018

Lindsey Graham Received $800,000 in Campaign Donations From Firm Tied To Russian Oligarch


Lindsey Graham Received Campaign Donations From Firm Tied To Russian Oligarch

GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham received $800,000 from a Ukrainian-born oligarch with ties to Putin's inner circle.
As President Donald Trump appears to sink deeper into legal trouble and special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation pushes forward, the relative silence of congressional Republicans becomes increasingly difficult to ignore.

But apart from the obvious reasons conservative lawmakers might steer clear of commenting on Trump’s situation — party loyalty and fear of inviting a presidential Twitter attack come to mind — it is worth remembering that several noteworthy Republicans have Russia links as well.

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham is one such lawmaker.

The Dallas Morning News reported last year that Graham was one of several Republican politicians to receive contributions from “a Ukrainian-born oligarch who is the business partner of two of Russian president Vladimir Putin's favorite oligarchs and a Russian government bank.”

During the last election, Ukrainian-born billionaire Leonard "Len" Blavatnik $6.35 million to Republican candidates and and incumbent senators, using two holding companies, Access Industries and AI Altep Holdings.

Graham received $800,000 of that money.

Len Blavatnik, considered to be one of the richest men in Great Britain, holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and the U.K. He is known for his business savvy and generous philanthropy, but not without controversy.

Blavatnik's relationships with Russian oligarchs close to Putin, particularly Oleg Deripaska, should be worrisome for Trump and the six GOP leaders who took Blavatnik's money during the 2016 presidential campaign. Lucky for them no one has noticed. Yet.

Deripaska founded RUSAL, the second largest aluminum country in the world, and until earlier this year, he was the majority owner. In an agreement struck with the U.S. Treasury Department following financial difficulties due to Deripaska’s placement on the U.S. sanctions list, the billionaire stepped down as director and pledged to reduce his ownership stake to less than 50 percent.

According to The Dallas Morning News, Blavatnik owns a significant stake in the company as well and served on its Board until just two days after Trump was elected president.

Though Graham has been less shy than other Republicans about criticizing Trump on occasion, he was the first GOP lawmaker to signal openness to the president firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, saying Thursday that Trump is “entitled to having an attorney general he has faith in” and “there will come a time sooner rather than later where it will be time to have a new face and a fresh voice at the Department of Justice”, according to CNN.


Here is the article from Dallas Morning News, dated August 2017 it has since been updated also.

Donald Trump and the political action committees for Mitch McConnell, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Lindsey Graham, John Kasich and John McCain accepted $7.35 million in contributions from a Ukrainian-born oligarch who is the business partner of two of Russian president Vladimir Putin's favorite oligarchs and a Russian government bank.

During the 2015-2016 election season, Ukrainian-born billionaire Leonard "Len" Blavatnik contributed $6.35 million to leading Republican candidates and incumbent senators. Mitch McConnell was the top recipient of Blavatnik's donations, collecting $2.5 million for his GOP Senate Leadership Fund under the names of two of Blavatnik's holding companies, Access Industries and AI Altep Holdings, according to Federal Election Commission documents

Read more at Link

This is in part, why their desperate need to shove Kavanaugh's SC vote through asap.
They are compromised up to their eyeballs.

I say it's a big part because there is no doubt more that would send them all to prison.
They are desperate.

September 30, 2018

Sec Hillary Clinton at the Seneca Women's Forum - Sept 29/18

SenacaWomen's Global Mission

Hillary Clinton at the Seneca Women’s Forum
Hillary Clinton made an appearance Saturday at the Fast Forward Women’s Innovation Forum sponsored by Seneca Women.



Seneca Women is a global leadership platform centered on the principle that advancing women and girls will fast forward us to a more equitable and prosperous world. Seneca Women focuses on driving impactful media and thought leadership, including at institutions such as the World Economic Forum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the World Bank, the U.S. State Department and the United Nations, among others.

Seneca is led by co-founders Ambassador Melanne Verveer and Kim Azzarelli, co-authors of the best-selling book Fast Forward: How Women Can Achieve Power and Purpose.
Seneca Point Global is the world’s leading strategic organization focused on advising Fortune 100 companies and public sector institutions seeking to advance women and girls.
For more than two decades, we have worked with companies, media, governments and non-profits to help shape global policy and business practices that create shared value.
Seneca’s co-founders have helped launch and/or implement some of the largest media, philanthropic and business initiatives focused on women.

Fast Forward Women’s Innovation Forum
Saturday, September 29, 2018
3:00 PM 5:00 PM

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City (map)
Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, Madeleine Albright and other notable speakers join an audience of leaders from the realms of business, government and philanthropy at Seneca Women’s annual Fast Forward Women’s Innovation Forum at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium in New York City.
The Forum consists of an afternoon of conversation about power, purpose and innovating through technology to design our future.

This is Hillary Clinton's lifelong legacy.
She is respected worldwide among women, men & those who have committed there lives, who have built & joined positions of power to always advance the value of a struggling minority in this world.

This is where America would shine & where it's global strength would be focused, had the course of humanity in this country allowed foresight to see this far better path when it had the opportunity to so choose.

Here is the very reason why patriarchial & dictatorial governments presented a multifaceted assault on the one woman who stood strong, who went face-to-face against the oppressors, the victimizers of women & girls around the world.
What we witnessed in the Kavanaugh/Ford hearing this past week, the oppressive voices of Hatch, Grassley, Graham is a mirror image of the reaction within global dictatorial regimes, to the threat of a woman challenging their self appointed omnipotent heirarchy.

We woman honor Hillary Clinton for her lifelong efforts for advancing women, children, the politically oppressed, & her relentless work in connecting those around the world who openly challenge the inhumanity of ruthless regimes.

To Sec Clinton and those of power she gathers with, we hold your worth among women in the highest regard.

We stand together in gratitude and forever honor you.

Thank you

"Women's Rights are Human Rights, once and for all"

September 28, 2018

✔Democratic Coalition files perjury charges against Kavanaugh


Democratic Coalition
The nation's largest grassroots Resistance organization. We campaign for Democrats, investigate Trump/GOP and we fight foreign influence. #TheResistance
New York, USAdemocraticcoalition.org


Thank you Scott Dworkin & the Democratic Coalition

September 28, 2018

Kavanaugh Lost the Catholic Vote - The Jesuits have spoken

This happened late last night 9/27/2018


The Lady Red- the night is dark and full of terror
Replying to
Last hour:

Alan Dershowitz: No vote until FBI investigates

The Jesuit Review: Pull Kavanaugh Nomination

American Bar Association: FBI must investigate Kavanaugh allegations

Doug Jones: I’ve called for everything and now I’m a NO vote

Previously : Mormon Women urge delay

From Scott Dworkin Twitter Link

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