24 Jul

Clinton Cash

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The Clintons are disgusting. Private partnerships are the new pork barrel spending making corporations rich thru non profits government economic developments. It’s disgraceful but not too many people are smart and patient enough to follow the money.

 People have to raise their voices. More than just voices. Raise holy hell! Write, call, get involved.

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In 2015, Harper Collins published Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich, a 256-page book investigating the donations made to the Clinton Foundation by foreign entities.[15] Several media outlets received advance copies, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Fox News, all of whom agreed to pursue stories found in the book.[15] Time wrote that “allegations are presented as questions rather than proof” but that “the book’s dark suggestions reflect the growing problem Clinton faces in her run for the White House in 2016 as more and more details of the foundation’s fundraising activities present the appearance of impropriety and lack of transparency during her time as Secretary of State.”[16]

Several weeks after the book’s initial publication, Harper Collins and the author made several corrections to the Kindle edition of the book. Schweizer corrected “seven or eight” passages that were revealed to be inaccurate after the book was released.[17]

In the wake of the book’s publication, the Clinton Foundation admitted that it made mistakes in disclosing some of its contributions and that it implemented new rules increasing financial reporting and limiting foreign donations.[18]

Politifact investigated and found false one of the book’s claims which Donald Trump cited. Clinton Cash claims that Hillary Clinton funneled money from the State Department to a non-profit, Laureate Education, which employed her husband. Poltifact found Schweizer had conflated Laureate Education with a different charitable organization (The International Youth Foundation) which had long received funds from other government agencies, but not the State Department.[19]

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24 Jul

Hillary Clinton, Disclosures & Truth, Up Dated


Tim Kaine Calls To Deregulate Banks As He Campaigns To Be Clinton’s VP

Who needs consumer protections when we have all these job creators?

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Hillary Clinton and Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) appeared together at a rally in Virginia earlier this month. Many saw it as his audition to be her VP.

WASHINGTON ? Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) is on Hillary Clinton’s short list of potential vice presidential nominees. He’s also actively pushing bank deregulation this week as he campaigns for the job.

Kaine signed two letters on Monday urging federal regulators to go easy on banks ? one to help big banks dodge risk management rules, and another to help small banks avoid consumer protection standards.

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is believed to be weighing Kaine among a handful of other potential VP choices. Her pick is widely viewed in Washington as a sign of her governing intentions. The former secretary of state has spent weeks attempting to woo progressive supporters of vanquished primary challenger Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Choosing from one of the handful of names on her short list ? Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) or Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), for instance ? would signal that her camp is taking progressive concerns seriously.

Kaine, by contrast, is setting himself up as a figure willing to do battle with the progressive wing of the party. He has championed the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal that both Sanders and Warren oppose, and he is now publicly siding with bank deregulation advocates at the height of Clinton’s veepstakes.

The big bank letter would help major firms including Capital One, PNC Bank and U.S. Bank, all of which control hundreds of billions of dollars in assets. Such large “regional banks,” Kaine writes, are being discriminated against based solely on the fact that they are so big………….

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24 Jul

News and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective

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13,165 detained over failed coup attempt: Erdogan


A total of 13,165 people have been detained over the July 15 failed coup attempt, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said, as he commented on the ongoing operations against members of the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), which the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) says was behind the failed attempt.

“Some 8,838 among the detained are soldiers, 2,101 are judges and prosecutors, 1,485 are police officers, 52 are local authorities and 689 are civilians,” Erdogan said in a speech broadcast in squares around Turkey, while adding that 123 among the jailed 5,863 individuals were generals, 282 were high-ranking police officers and 1,559 were judges and prosecutors.

“The interrogations of the others are ongoing,” he also said.

Saying that a total of 246 people were killed, of whom 62 were police officers, 179 were civilians and five were soldiers, Erdogan noted that 2,186 people were also wounded.

“A total of 934 schools, 109 dormitories, 15 universities, 104 foundations, 35 health institutions, 1,125 associations and 19 unions belonging to FETÖ have been closed down. Their assets were seized by the state,” he added.

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Amid allegations of torture, relatives wait anxiously for news as Turkey’s justice system struggles to keep up with arrests

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Erdo?an supporters in Istanbul’s Taksim Square were told to take to the streets to defend democracy Photograph: Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images

In the marble corridors of the Istanbul Palace of Justice, dozens of people press against a metal barrier in the hope of catching a glimpse of a family member – a son, husband or brother – detained in the aftermath of the bloody coup attempt.

As a file of handcuffed soldiers is led in, the crowd surges forward. One woman shouts the name of her brother before he vanishes behind a courtroom door. When a lawyer makes her way towards the crowd, she is immediately surrounded and showered with questions: will there be a decision? Who was detained, and who released?

Since the coup attempt in Turkey on 15 July that left at least 265 people dead and more than 1,000 wounded, tens of thousands of military personnel, judges, prosecutors and civil servants have been detained or suspended from their jobs as part of the investigation into possible plotters. The Turkish government immediately fingered US-based cleric Fethullah Gülen, a long-time ally of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan now turned foe, as the mastermind of the attempted military takeover.

On Saturday his nephew, Muhammed Sait Gülen, was detained in the northeastern Turkish city of Erzurum and is to be taken to Ankara for questioning…………..

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Nearly two-thirds favor nationwide bans on the sale of semi-automatic assault weapons such as the AR-15, according to recent poll

Handguns in trash can

Despite the support for tighter gun laws, many Americans oppose banning handguns or making gun manufacturers or sellers liable if guns are later used in a crime. Photograph: Damian Dovarganes/AP

Americans favor tougher gun laws by margins that have grown wider after a number of mass shootings in recent months, but they also are pessimistic that change will happen any time soon, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

Nearly two-thirds of respondents expressed support for stricter laws, with the majority favoring nationwide bans on the sale of semi-automatic assault weapons such as the AR-15 and on the sale of high-capacity magazines holding 10 or more bullets.

The percentage of Americans who want such laws is the highest since the AP-GfK poll started asking the question in 2013, about 10 months after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20 children and six adults were killed.

High-profile shootings also appear to have taken a toll on Americans’ sense of safety. Strong majorities of those polled expressed some degree of concern that they or a relative will be a victim of gun violence or a mass shooting.

“If you live in the United States in these days right now, you have to be concerned,” said Milonne Ambroise, a 63-year-old administrative assistant from Decatur, Georgia. “You could be on the street somewhere. You could be at a shopping mall thinking there will be a mass shooting and you will be in the middle of it. You can’t not think about it.”

Ambroise, a native of Haiti who moved to the US nearly 50 years ago, said she was now much more alert and on guard whenever she is in public……………

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US secretary of state traveling to Laos to meet with south-east Asian countries, following the 12 July international court ruling denying China’s claims

Secretary of State John Kerry

The US secretary of state will also discuss economics and trade, efforts to combat climate change, counter-terrorism and North Korea during his meetings. Photograph: Cliff Owen/AP

Secretary of State John Kerry will urge south-east Asian countries in meetings in Laos next week to explore diplomatic ways to ease tensions with China over the South China Sea, following an international court ruling denying China’s claims.

Kerry travels to Laos’ capital Vientiane on Monday for meetings of foreign ministers from the 10-member Association of South East Asia Nations (ASEAN), where tensions between China and several members, in particular the Philippines and Vietnam, is expected to dominate talks. Laos has close political and economic ties with China.

“The secretary will reinforce our hope that … the parties will now turn to constructively engaging in a effort to find diplomatic ways to peacefully interact in the South China Sea,” a senior US official told reporters ahead of the trip.

The annual ASEAN gathering will be the first since the 12 July ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague in a claim brought by the Philippines that China has no historic title over the waters of the South China Sea.

China has angrily rejected the verdict and pledged to pursue claims that conflict with those of several smaller neighbors. China has also blamed the US for stirring up trouble in the South China Sea, a vital waterway through which more than $5tn of trade moves annually.

Citing international rules, the US has conducted freedom-of-navigation patrols close to Chinese-held islands where China has been bolstering its military presence, which has exacerbated tensions……………..

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  • Law enforcement and loved ones join memorial for Brad Garafola
  • ‘My deputy went down fighting,’ says sheriff
Baton Rouge funeral

The casket of Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputy Brad Garafola is carried by police honor guard. Photograph: Jonathan Bachman/Reuters

Hundreds of loved ones and fellow law enforcement said farewell to the 45-year-old sheriff’s deputy, as the funeral procession moved past the convenience store outside which he was killed.

Garafola, a father of four children aged from seven to 21, served in the East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s office for 24 years.

A self-professed black separatist shot six officers last Sunday, wounding three as he targeted the men with “chilling, sheer brutality”, law enforcement authorities said afterwards.

Two of the three wounded officers have been released from the hospital, one after reconstructive surgery on an arm. The third remained in critical condition. The gunman was shot dead by a police Swat team.

Garafola took cover behind a dumpster when the shooting began, but was killed after he went to the aid of two Baton Rouge police officers – Montrell Jackson, 32, and Matthew Gerald, 41 – who also died in the attack.

Garafola’s boss, the East Baton Rouge sheriff, Sid Gautreaux, described to reporters how he could see Garafola on surveillance video, firing at the gunman as bullets hit the concrete around him……………..

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TC: How the US and UK recruited Saddam’s worst war criminals for ‘regime change’

Part 2: ‘The Other Chilcot’

A major mythology of the 2003 Iraq War, perpetuated by the Chilcot report, is that the US and British genuinely wanted to remove Saddam Hussein to install a democracy that would be less repressive.

No wonder, then, that you won’t find any mention of the ‘Wolf Brigade’ in the Chilcot report.

Recruitment to the Wolf Brigade was organised by the US-installed interim government, headed by Iyad Allawi during 2004.

ALJ: Deadly Baghdad suicide bombing targets Shia area

At least 11 Iraqis killed aftert bomber blows himself up at police checkpoint in the mainly Shia district of Kadhimiya.

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Pakistan says it strongly condemn attack in Kabul which left 80 dead

The government of Pakistan has issued a statement following a deadly attack in Kabul city that left scores of people dead. “Pakistan strongly condemns the dastardly terrorist acts in Kabul today that resulted in the loss of a number of precious human lives while injuring several others,” a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs …………..

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Atmar off to Russia to discuss delivery of Mi-35s to Afghanistan

The National Security Adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar has left for Russia on an official invitation by his Russian counterpart to discuss mutual cooperation between Kabul and Moscow. The Office of the National Security Adviser said Mr. Atmar will stay in Russia for four days to discuss military cooperation between the two nations, including supply of ………….

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Putin vows most intense cooperation with Afghanistan after Kabul attack

The Russian President Vladimir Putin has pledged ‘most intense’ cooperation with Afghanistan to battle terrorism following a deadly attack in Kabul yesterday. Putin made the commitment as he offered his condolences to President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani as the attack left at least 80 people dead. “The head of Russian state has vehemently condemned this cynical…………

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Ghani names Deh Mazang ‘Martyrs Square’ after deadly attack

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has named Deh Mazang ‘Martyrs Squre’ following a deadly attack that left over 80 dead. The Office of the President in a statement said President Ghani has named Deh Mazang ‘Matyrs Squre’ to honor and respect the victims of the brutal attack as well as help remember those who have lost ……….

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Zabul police chief rejects attack on governor’s convoy

The provincial police chief of southern Zabul province has rejected reports suggesting an ambush by the Taliban militants aimed at the provincial governor’s convoy. Mirwais Noorzai said the vehicle convoy of the governor reached uninterrupted to Shah Joy district and rejected that any ambush by the militants. Earlier a security official said the militants tried ………

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ISIS commander behind barbaric civilians execution killed in Nangarhar

A commander of the loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group who was involved in the barbaric execution of at least 11 civilians has been killed in an airstrike in Nangarhar province. Provincial governor’s spokesman Ataullah Khogyani said the airstrike was carried out by the foreign forces late on Friday ………..

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3 key Taliban commanders arrested in North of Afghanistan: MoI

Three key commanders of the Taliban group have been arrested during an operation in northern Samangan province of Afghanistan. The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said Saturday “Afghan National Police, Afghan National Army and NDS launched a joint clearance operation to clear Dara-e-Sof district from the armed Taliban.” According to a statement by MoI “As a …………..

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Kabul attack toll rises to 80 dead, 231 wounded: MoI

The deadly Kabul attack toll has increased to at least 80 dead and 231 wounded, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said. According to a statement by MoI, the incident took place around 2:30 pm due to suicide attack among the demonstration participants in Deh Mazang area. The statement further added that the terrorists managed to use …………

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Recent Casualties:

1st Lt. Anais A. Tobar, 25, of Miami, Florida, died July 18 in Southwest Asia from a non-combat-related injury. She was assigned to the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina.


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