Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Today's links

Yeah, right  ...

SEN. CHRIS MURPHY (D-CT): ...the Democrats have to be hyper-focused on an economic message that tells people that the Republican Party is all about economic growth for millionaires and billionaires. And the Democratic Party is about economic growth for everybody.

1--Democrats escalate anti-Russia witch hunt with lawsuit linking Trump and Assange as Russian agents


This lawsuit is just the latest among many examples of the Democrats’ unflinching resort to abusing institutions of our government for their cheap partisan chicanery and nefarious scheming. It should come as no surprise to anyone...We now know that some of the highest officials of the Obama regime, as well as intelligence and law enforcement agencies, criminally abused the most sensitive possible national security powers to spy on a major party presidential candidate and his campaign, during and after the election, using a salacious “dossier” they had fabricated in collusion with foreign spooks, paid for by Hillary Clinton herself....

The DNC’s harassment legal action is...just politically-motivated litigation smear campaign by degenerate partisans willing and ready to, yet again, abuse the justice system for their sordid purpose."

3--DNC Lawsuit Text

4--The CIA Democrats vs. Julian Assange

5--Facebook codifies its censorship regime

6-- A majority says the Democratic Party stands for nothing."

Whatever Trump’s struggles, the poll shows clear risks of Democrats’ opposition to Trump. Some 37 percent say the party currently stands for something, while 52 percent say it mainly stands against Trump. Even among Democrats, over one-quarter say their party primarily stands in opposition to Trump rather than for their own agenda.

7-- Democrats Sue Russia And Trump Campaign, Alleging Conspiracy In 2016 Election

8--  China, Feeling Left Out, Has Plenty to Worry About in North Korea-U.S. Talks

9-- North Korea’s pledge to suspend all nuclear testing could be a trap ahead of potential summits with the South Korean and US leaders. This is what President Trump’s aides told the Washington Post on condition of anonymity. Sputnik discussed this with Tong Zhao, a fellow at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy in Beijing.

10-- Geoffrey Rush defamation case: Australian judge dismisses newspaper’s latest defence

11-- Why American LNG is no substitute for Russian gas in Europe

 12-- Trump’s secret diplomacy with North Korea

 It is by no means certain that a Trump-Kim summit will produce a deal between the two countries. While meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday, Trump told the media that the summit would be a “great chance to solve a world problem,” adding: “We’ll either have a very good meeting or we won’t have a good meeting. And maybe we won’t even have a meeting at all, depending on what’s going on.”...

Significantly, Trump chose to reveal Pompeo’s trip to Pyongyang in the middle of his meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Abe. Just as Nixon blindsided Japan in announcing his trip to Beijing in 1972, Trump kept Abe in the dark—firstly over his announcement of a summit with Kim and now with his “extremely high level” secret diplomacy. Abe who has been just as bellicose toward North Korea as Trump, using its missile-testing as a pretext for remilitarisation, confronts the possibility of a Pyongyang-Washington deal that cuts across Japanese strategic interests.

Trump’s shift on North Korea is bound up with his acute political crisis at home, as well as external geo-political considerations. Facing multiple scandals and ongoing attacks over his failure to take a tougher stance against Russia, Trump might see the opportunity to answer his critics by orchestrating a diplomatic coup to solve “a world problem”—to Washington’s advantage. His move is certain to provoke determined resistance from Trump’s factional opponents in ruling circles, as already indicated by the initial hostile reaction of the New York Times to Pompeo’s secret trip...

The very fact that Trump has chosen Pompeo, who only last year hinted that the CIA had plans to “separate” Kim from his nuclear arsenal via assassination, is a warning that the pendulum could rapidly shift toward wa

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mad dog to the rescue?

On Tuesday, the Times published a report based on statements by anonymous military and administration officials that Defence Secretary Mattis had urged Trump to seek congressional approval for the bombing, but was overruled by the president. The article states that “in several White House meetings last week, he [Mattis] underscored the importance of linking military operations to public support—a view Mr. Mattis has long held.”

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