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Posted in: Netherlands set to prosecute suspects in MH17 airliner downing See in context

one more time... very likely the accused will only ever be tried in absentia.. sheesh

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Posted in: Netherlands set to prosecute suspects in MH17 airliner downing See in context

...Only ever be tried...

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Posted in: Netherlands set to prosecute suspects in MH17 airliner downing See in context

Well-documented, well-evidenced case. Sadly, very unlikely the accused will ever be tried in absentia.

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Posted in: Trump slashes aid to Central America over migrants See in context

Yet again, abysmal, short-sighted, stupid policies from this WH. Plays well with the red-meat eating morons that are his base. Inane and insane. It’s almost as if they’re trying to drive people to migrate...

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Posted in: Hillary Clinton: Mueller report shows obstruction occurred See in context

No need to even read the report (unless you’re unclear why Mueller couldn’t pronounce on whether a crime was committed), the obstruction was committed in plain sight.

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Posted in: Trump says he is confident Mexico will enforce new immigration deal See in context

The usual con job on his low info supporters. They’ll lap it up like he’s actually accomplished something.

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Posted in: Putin says Russia didn't meddle in U.S. election, despite evidence See in context

So mueller puts out 10 things and makes no determination on the legality of any of them. Why? Because he can’t indict doesnt mean he can’t say it’s illegal to do it.

Its pretty simple really.... “Since the president cannot be prosecuted while in office, any determination that he committed a crime while not allowing for a trial would undermine legal principles of fairness, as it “affords no such adversarial opportunity for public name-clearing before an impartial adjudicator,”

you can either go back to Mueller’s statement or the report. It’s been explained.

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Posted in: Trump says impeachment is 'dirty, filthy, disgusting word' See in context

I used to think Dems ought not impeach the ... Leave it to the ballot box. I’ve changed my mind since.

The Dems ought to impeach even though Senate Republicans through cowardice and political opportunism will almost certainly never convict. Mueller did his job, Dems should do theirs, and let the Senate Republicans once again fail to do theirs. When it fails make that case to the American people in the 2020 and let the chips fall where they may. And if this means another 4 years of Trump... so be it.

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Posted in: Trump hits Mexico with 5% tariff in response to illegal immigration See in context

...US car manufacturers would get hit pretty hard

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Posted in: Trump hits Mexico with 5% tariff in response to illegal immigration See in context

So, from a value add standpyabout 35% of U.S. auto exports, from a value added standpoint, consist of parts manufactured in Mexico.

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Posted in: New Zealand says budget leak was bungled, not hacked See in context

"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity." Hanlon’s razor

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Posted in: U.S. ending aid to El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras over migrants See in context

This is just plain stupid policy reflective of an utterly incompetent administration bent on their own version idiocy signaling to its base.

You address the problem of illegal migration by working to solve the issues of crime and poverty at the source. You don’t cut aid and make it worse. You increase aid and work with these countries. You don’t waste billions on a pointless wall.

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Posted in: Trump declares victory now but legal perils far from over See in context

This was the best outcome for the Mueller investigation; for the country and for Democrats. Any finding of conspiracy would’ve precipitated the mother of all political hitstorms. This way we avoid MAGA nuts being triggered to violent reaction.

Democrats need to avoid focusing on the obstruction angle (even if there’s meet there) and instead remind the country that if Trump and his corrupt cohorts (how many convicted so far?) hadn’t obstructed, acted like they were in Putin’s pocket this wouldn’t have been so difficult. It’s really on Trump that country went through this. That’s the tack to take.

And of course the other investigations!

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Posted in: Mueller submits Trump-Russia inquiry report to U.S. attorney general See in context

Robert Mueller was one of the people who insisted Iraq had WMD and got us into the Iraq war. 

Seriously? as they say. Really? You’re kinda poorly placed to be throwing stones on that account (to say the least) as you yourself, on this very site continually posted in support of going to war, pointedly rejecting all the obvious warnings about the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld (with whom you still have never laid any blame) administration’s intel cherry-picking, intel spinning, pr campaign and merry march off to war. And when it turned out to be a crock that you’d bought into, for years after you continued to post-rationalize “Saddam and his winsome sons, checking, yeah” until, well, Trump said it was one of the worst foreign policy disasters. One you fully supported

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Posted in: Mueller submits Trump-Russia inquiry report to U.S. attorney general See in context

Thank you for your service, Mr Mueller. You did your job with integrity under difficult circumstances without fear or bias. We’ll be interested in reading your further findings in your report.

MAGA-nuts can attack your integrity and patriotism, but then consider the source.

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Posted in: 12 GOP senators join Democrats to block Trump border emergency declaration See in context

30 billion a year for Israel - no problem!

You mind providing your source for this figure? Sounds like a made up number to me.

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Posted in: Trump says he would be 'very disappointed' in Kim if reports about N Korea launch site true See in context

Literally, he has been played the same way NK has played everyone else. Hook them in, make a promise, break the promise, get aggressive, make concession to peace, hook them in, make a promise...

Yes, but difference being that none of the previous administrations ever thought it was going to be easy. A lot of diplomatic groundwork by seasoned professionals went into previous initiatives. They never thought it was going to be easy and all went in to dealings with the DPRK with a healthy dose of “we know they can’t be trusted”.

The difference here is the seat of the pants, it’s easy I can just do it because I’m Trump lunacy.

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Posted in: Epileptic driver of wheel loader that hit and killed 11-year-old girl gets 7 years in prison See in context

Many epileptics, at least in the United States, drive. And they are allowed to drive.

“In the U.S., people with epilepsy can drive if their seizures are controlled with medication or other treatment and they meet the licensing requirements in their state. How long they have to be free of seizures varies in different states, but it is most likely to be between three months and a year.”

reasonable enough.

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Posted in: Syrian gov't rejects watchdog report on deadly chlorine attack See in context

No mention of Russia’s reaction. No hard to guess though.

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Posted in: Trump says he would be 'very disappointed' in Kim if reports about N Korea launch site true See in context

KEEP KOREA DIVIDED!

Yep, that’s we chant at every CNN believers meeting; “Orange bad so keep Korea divided”

Meanwhile in the adult conversation, I read an interesting take earlier today that our best tack would be to undermine Kim by targeting his generals - selectively sanctioning some and not others, fanning rivalries, and by raising troops levels in ROK, drawing DPRK troops away from their sanctions busting activities. The generals would start to feel the pinch putting pressure on Kim.

Interesting idea

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Posted in: Syrian gov't rejects watchdog report on deadly chlorine attack See in context

The Syrian regime used chemical weapons in Douma; now it’s definitively proven.

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Posted in: Trump says he would be 'very disappointed' in Kim if reports about N Korea launch site true See in context

ever heard of diplomacy? 

Yes. It’s something the United Stated used to do more or less competently before the orange moron came along and hopelessly ballsed it up.

Hope you weren’t under the impression that’s what Trump was doing.

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Posted in: Trump says he would be 'very disappointed' in Kim if reports about N Korea launch site true See in context

I think only liberals and the Norwegians care about it.

You think wrong. His orangeness desperately wants one because Obama got one. Begging foreign leaders to nominate him. Narcissism with no bounds.

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Posted in: Trump says he would be 'very disappointed' in Kim if reports about N Korea launch site true See in context

I glad the president can question America's intelligence agencies. They lied plenty of times to get us into war. Like wmds and babies in incubators thrown on the floor and the gulf of Tonkin. Just to name a few.

Babies in incubators on the floor.., asi recall had to do with with the firm Hill & Knowlton and congressional testimony by the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambasssdor to the US.

Gulf of Tonkin Maddox “incidents” more of an indictment of the Johnson administration than of the intelligence agencies.

Presidents shouldnt blindly trust the information you’re right about that. But what’s really scary is when the intelligence agencies start to be influenced in giving presidents what they want to hear rather than best available info. Case in point with the cherry picking of intelligence about Saddam’s WMD. That wasn’t a case of the Bush administration not questioning the intelligence but of bending it, misrepresenting it.

This president seeming to go beyond that and ignore altogether when he doesn’t like it.

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Posted in: Foreign leaders lavish Trump with diplomatic gifts See in context

@RowanM

The article does say that they don't get to keep the gifts.

Mmm... You think that’s enough of an explanation? Seems almost purposely inadequate to me but if you think it’s ticks that box, I’ll concede it does say so.

And, as been said, that title... Media need to be careful that articles and their titles not be or even appear to be slanted. Give MAGA fanatics the opportunity to whine about something real for once.

And Matthew doesn’t say whether there’s any significant difference from levels of gift receiving vs previous presidents. He tosses in that many of the gifts are designed to appeal to Trump’s ego. Okay, one would assume that’s been frequently the case throughout the presidencies. Has it?

I think the editor should’ve returned this to Matthew to rewrite.

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Posted in: Foreign leaders lavish Trump with diplomatic gifts See in context

Not quite sure what the point is...

This article doesn’t explain that presidents don’t actually get to keep these gifts unless they’re below a certain value threshold 130$-180$? not sure. Presidents do have the opportunity to buy them back at market value but can’t just keep these gifts. They’re gifts to the United States.

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Posted in: Putin suspends Russian obligations under key nuclear pact See in context

Russia’s been in violation of the treat for years. Guess they knew they couldn’t take advantage for ever.

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Posted in: Democrats may have votes to block Trump's border emergency in U.S. Senate See in context

It's doubtful, but the possibility does exist that once the Republicans have crossed that threshold of rebuking Trump by passing this bill, it may become easier for them to do it again in larger numbers.

Right. Individually they are pretty cowardly. But if they feel they have a critical mass, a herd to hide in they’ll pivot. Every single Trump loss nudges in that direction.

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Posted in: AP Fact Check: Trump's epic speech laced with false statements See in context

TRUMP, on his Electoral College win: "We didn't get to 270. We got 306."

Also it’s petty to say he didn’t get 306! He only got 304! I’m not wasting my time past that because these 2 show it’s just a biased fact check.

Actually it's one of the more telling fact checks. Good revealer of Trump's lack of character; what he's lying about. He's made the claim more than once before and been called on it. Isn't it petty and pathetic to repeat a lie because you just can't accept you lost 2 faithless voters?

He also claimed to have had “the biggest Electoral College win since Ronald Reagan.” Another lie. Called on it he then claimed "that he meant he achieved a bigger Electoral College victory than any Republican since Reagan". Another lie. And then, as is his habit he blamed someone else for giving him the information.

It's the petty lies that are revealing... and he makes so, so, so many of them.

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Posted in: AP Fact Check: Trump's epic speech laced with false statements See in context

Just to set the record straight; As Trump has lied, he is a liar by definition.

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