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McCarthy outlines what Cohen's claim means, and doesn't mean, for Trump:

https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/andrew-mccarthy-collusion-comments-fox-news-clarification/



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Here's a good article on some of the inequities surrounding the Mueller investigation, in particular the difference between the soft peddling of the Clinton investigation compared to the scorched earth tactics used in the Trump-Russia one:

https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/robert-mueller-investigation-perception-inequality/

The strategy taken on the latter investigation is the normal FBI/DOJ one, but it just makes it clear how much the fix was in, in the Clinton investigation. We now know that Comey had already decided not to recommend prosecution of Clinton, despite the clear evidence, before he even interviewed her, partly because he knew the Obama DOJ wouldn't indict her and partly because he didn't want the FBI to get involved in an election campaign. The latter goal might be seen as worthy, until we realise it meant here not applying the law equally. This explains such gross law enforcement bungling as letting Clinton be represented at the interview by likely co-accused.
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India on the other hand has a leader I actually quite like in Narendra Modi. However, we are now seeing rising violence in India which demonstrates the dangers associated with identity politics.


David, I sincerely hope this was posted before one of Modi's toadies called for the banning of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Of course, that would just be furthering the anti-Christian, Hindu nationalist policies of his BJP.

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The what? Oh, confession. While I personally think it is an abominable practice, especially when enforced on helpless children, and it certainly has been exploited many, many times as an avenue to sexual abuse, I agree with the Times of India. The proposed ban is silly, unworkable and also a grave infringement of civil liberties. Shouldn't think it is going to get anywhere or is anything to worry about, unlike say President Trump or the Marxist anti-Semite currently heading the Labour Party, the nominal topics of this thread.
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Just to be clear, the above was not intended to cause offence, it is just my private opinion which I am more than prepared to defend in any discussion that might ensue. It also was not intended to reprove off-topic digression, which I am frequently guilty of myself and rarely object to. Any offence caused to Corbynites on the other hand was intentional, though alas is unlikely to happen since why would any of them be reading this? Corbyn incidentally is increasingly being publicly named as an anti-Semite, indeed a senior Labour MP, Margaret Hodge, is currently undergoing disciplinary proceedings for calling Corbyn an 'anti-Semitic racist' in a private conversation in the Commons chamber which rapidly deteriorated into a full-volume public row.

And today Jewish organisations have made the same public accusation that Corbyn is personally an anti-Semite. This was following the issue of another of his insincere, inadequate apologies, the release of which was carefully timed for Friday afternoon, thus preventing observant Jews from making any response until Saturday evening at the earliest. They have, however, been making up for lost time. And until we see disciplinary proceedings against Labour figures, like many of those around Corbyn for example, for committing anti-Semitic acts, as opposed to those who object to anti-Semitic acts, the accusation against the Dear Leader himself will stand.
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I clicked on this article because its headline was concerned with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex expressing support for gay people in Pride month. So why have I linked it here? Scroll down. Trump and the Duchess are rather in the news today -- well, they both always are, but linked to each other this time. Among various other indiscreet and objectionable remarks in advance of his forthcoming state visit to Britain, the self-described extremely stable genius called her 'nasty' when informed that during the 2016 campaign the Duchess had supported his Democrat rival and said she would emigrate to Canada should Trump win.

Her Royal Highness was not then anyone other than plain Ms Meghan Markle, and so was at liberty to say whatever she wished. Since her engagement she has however been the soul of discretion. Not exactly terms in which his most devoted admirer would describe the Blunderer-in-Chief. Though on second thoughts as he is his own most devoted admirer, he might actually. Anyway, today I come not to bury Trump (under opprobrium, I don't want him really buried because, you know, Mike Pence) but to praise him. Because blow me down if the article doesn't include a warmly supportive message from Trump to gay people in Pride month. Which the parenthetically mentioned Pence certainly wouldn't be giving. Well then, just for this once I have to conclude 'Thanks, Donald.'
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I wonder, at times, if the 'blunderer-in-chief' is really blundering.  At times I'm convinced that he does these idiotic things on purpose to keep the attention on his own self-manufactured persona.  He does, often enough, support policies that 'work', while twittering his way back to the top of my 'just shut up and work' list.  Would Johnson or Truman have been like this in the current age?
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With the latest firing/resignation (who really knows) of John Bolton as National Security Advisor, and the President announcing this over Twitter, the crazy-train at the White House continues. 

https://www.boston.com/news/politics/2019/09/11/the-diy-foreign-policy-president-bolton-ouster-confirms-it

https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-three-bolton-aides-resign-trump-exit-20190911-tm3ndci7dvas7n7dij2vxxlfvm-story.html

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-fires-john-bolton-his-services-are-no-longer-needed-at-the-white-house/

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With the latest firing/resignation (who really knows) of John Bolton as National Security Advisor, and the President announcing this over Twitter, the crazy-train at the White House continues. 

https://www.boston.com/news/politics/2019/09/11/the-diy-foreign-policy-president-bolton-ouster-confirms-it

https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-three-bolton-aides-resign-trump-exit-20190911-tm3ndci7dvas7n7dij2vxxlfvm-story.html

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-fires-john-bolton-his-services-are-no-longer-needed-at-the-white-house/

I support Trump's firing of Bolton. Bolton is a warmonger, who wants USA to invade Iran, and he supports PYD, the Syrian branch of PKK, which is an infamous Kurdish Communist terrorist movement. Kurdistan must be saved from Communism. 
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We agree about something at least. Good riddance, I say.
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The media and Democrats (but I repeat myself) are at it again with the smears and dishonest attacks on Kavanaugh:

https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/09/the-new-york-times-anti-kavanaugh-bombshell-is-actually-a-dud/

The NYT in its article omitted the fact the alleged victim claims to have no recollections of the alleged incident. The allegation itself came from a lawyer who served as an attorney for Bill Clinton im the Whitewater investigation, on the opposite side to Kavanaugh, who worked with Ken Starr. As McCormack notes, omitting such an important detail is not an oversight, it's rank journalistic malpractice. As that article makes clear, even the (somewhat graphic) logistics of what supposedly happened don't make a lot of sense - it isn't even clear here that, in the unlikely event the allegation is true, Kavanaugh assaulted her, given his friends allegedly pushed him into her. Of course, the claim will be no smoke without fire, but I am sceptical of such an appeal even when there is relatively little reason to think the claims could have some ulterior motive. But here it is obvious that the political context could, and in fact has been, an incentive to make claims against Kavanaugh. Several of the claims, including the most explosive, fell apart and were clearly politically motivated. Even Blasey-Ford's lawyer admitted in April that Ford was partly motivated to come forward for political reasons, although Ford herself had claimed otherwise previously. That the left are again acting as if Kavanaugh is as good as guilty is both telling and unsurprising.

Interestingly, as mentioned here, Ford's lifelong friend, Leland Keyser, whom Ford cited as one of four witnesses, says she essentially doesn't have confidence in Ford's account:

https://thefederalist.com/2019/09/15/new-book-christine-blasey-fords-friend-leland-keyser-doesnt-believe/

Also, that article points out the behind the scenes pressure from mutual friends and acquittances on Keyser to make her more supportive of Ford's account. We know that similar pressure and intrigue has been at work in many parts of this scandal.

I had thought the Ford allegation, unlike all the others, was at least to be taken seriously, even if I thought that the complete lack of corroboration meant that Kavanaugh's confirmation shouldn't have been stopped. But there are increasing questions about Ford's credibility.
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Hillary Clinton seems to have actually gone mad:

https://reason.com/2019/10/18/hillary-clinton-tulsi-gabbard-donald-trump-russia/

Her loss and the Trump-Russia hoax seems to have broken her. She is now not only accusing Trump of being a Russian agent, but casually tossing such smears at Jill Stein, the Green party candidate and at Tulsi Gabbard.
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Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are my favourite US politicians. I like the foreign policies of Trump and the economic policies of Sanders. 
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The foreign policy achievements of Donald Trump:

1. Recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and recognizing the Golan Heights as Israeli territory.
2. Abrogating Obama's nuclear deal with Iran and introducing sanctions against Iran.
3. De-escalating the conflict with North Korea.
4. Withdrawing US troops from Syria.

Unfulfilled foreign policy goals of Donald Trump:

1. Solving the Ukrainian conflict.
2. Solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
3. Withdrawing US troops from Afghanistan.

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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, has committed suicide after being cornered in a tunnel by US special forces. This is another great foreign policy achievement of Donald Trump. I remember, when ISIS tried to invade South (Iraqi) Kurdistan in 2014. I was very afraid of ISIS, but the Peshmerga defeated the ISIS terrorists. 
https://www.rudaw.net/english/world/27102019

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