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Trump's AG Jeff Session Announced He will Recuse Himself from Trump Campaign Russia Connection
Trump's Budget Increases Military Spending - Cuts EPA
Trump's Mar-a-Lago Wealthy Membership
Trump's National Security Advisor Reportedly Misled Officials
Yemen Suspend U.S. Special Ops Missions
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March 2, 2017 (4:37 PM - EST)

Trump's AG Jeff Session Announced He will Recuse Himself from Trump Campaign Russia Connection

Donald Trump's newly appointed Attorney General, Jefferson (Jeff) Sessions announced today that he will recuse himself from any criminal investigation into the Trump campaign Russia connection 


This announcement came to day after the Washington Post broke a story last night that Sessions had at least two meetings with the Russian Ambassador during the transition period, and in the mist of reports that Russia has both meddled into the 2016 U.S Election to help Trump and to undermine Hillary Clinton's campaign and potential presidency.

This announcement came to day after the Washington Post broke a story last night that Sessions had at least two meetings with the Russian Ambassador during the transition period, and in the mist of reports that Russia has both meddled into the 2016 U.S Election to help Trump and to undermine Hillary Clinton's campaign and potential presidency. 

According to the Washington Post's By Adam EntousEllen Nakashima and Greg Miller published on the evening of March 1 at 9:35 PM,  Sessions met with Russian envoy twice last year, encounters he later did not disclose. 

"Then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) spoke twice last year with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Justice Department officials said, encounters he did not disclose when asked about possible contacts between members of President Trump’s campaign and representatives of Moscow during Sessions’s confirmation hearing to become attorney general.

One of the meetings was a private conversation between Sessions and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak that took place in September in the senator’s office, at the height of what U.S. intelligence officials say was a Russian cyber campaign to upend the U.S. presidential race."



February 26, 2017

Donald Trump's Draft Budget Plan Circulated Sunday Calls for Sharp Increase in Military Spending and Major Cuts in Domestic Programs, Such as the Environmental Protection Agency

According to news released today, Donald Trump will instruct federal agencies on Monday to assemble a budget for the coming fiscal year that would include sharp increases in Defense Department spending, and major cuts to other agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency. Citing four senior administration officials, the New York Times reported that no reductions are proposed to Social Security and Medicare.The outline, drafted by Office of Management and Budget director, Mick Mulvaney, is the first volley to the federal agencies.


February 25, 2017

First planned North Korea-U.S. contact in Trump administration canceled: WSJ

Plans for the first contact between North Korea and the United States after President Donald Trump took office were canceled after the U.S. State Department denied a visa for the top envoy from Pyongyang, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday.

The talks, between senior North Korean foreign ministry envoy Choe Son Hui and former U.S. officials, were scheduled to take place on March 1 and 2 in New York but were called off after Choe was denied a visa, the Journal said.

South Korean and U.S. officials have said they believe North Korean agents assassinated Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half brother of Kim Jong Un, on Feb. 13.vA U.S. State Department official denied so-called track two discussions had been scheduled. "The U.S government had no plans to engage in track 2 talks in New York," the official said, declining comment on individual visa cases.
A South Korean foreign ministry official declined to comment on the report of the canceled meeting in New York, saying the reported plan did not involve the U.S. or South Korean government. The meeting in New York would have been the first time a senior North Korean envoy would visit the United States since 2011 and the first contact between U.S. and North Korean representatives since Trump took office.


February 19, 2017

The New York Times Obtained a List of Trump's 
Mar-a-Lago Wealthy Membership

President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., is a kind of Washington steakhouse on steroids, situated in a sunny playground of the rich and powerful, where members and their guests enjoy a level of access that could elude even the best-connected of Washington lobbyists.Membership lists reviewed by The New York Times show that the club’s nearly 500 paying members include dozens of real estate developers, Wall Street financiers, energy executives and others whose businesses could be affected by Mr. Trump’s policies.


February 14, 2017



The ground-launched cruise missile at the center of American concerns is one that the Obama administration said in 2014 had been tested in violation of a 1987 treaty that bans American and Russian intermediate-range missiles based on land.The Obama administration had sought to persuade the Russians to correct the violation while the missile was still in the test phase. Instead the Russians have moved ahead with the system, deploying a fully operational unit.


February 13, 2017


The Justice Department warned the White House that Mr. Flynn had misled senior Trump administration officials about whether he had discussed American sanctions against Vladimir V. Putin’s regime during a phone call with Russia’s ambassador to the United States weeks before the inauguration, and that he could be open to blackmail by Russia, said a former senior official.At the same time, Mr. Pence has told administration officials that he believes Mr. Flynn lied to him by saying he had not discussed the topic of sanctions on a call with the ambassador in late December. Even the mere discussion of policy — and the apparent attempt to assuage the concerns of an American adversary before Mr. Flynn took office — represents a remarkable breach of protocol.

If Mr. Flynn was not entirely honest with the F.B.I., it could expose him to a felony charge. President Trump asked for Mr. Flynn’s resignation on Monday night.While it is not clear what he said in his F.B.I. interview, Mr. Flynn maintained publicly for more than a week that his conversations with the ambassador were innocuous and did not involve Russian sanctions, something now known to be false.


Tuesday, February 7, 2017 



Angry at the civilian casualties incurred last month in the first commando raid authorized by President Trump, Yemen has withdrawn permission for the United States to run Special Operations ground missions against suspected terror groups in the country, according to American officials.Grisly photographs of children apparently killed in the crossfire of a 50-minute firefight during the raid caused outrage in Yemen. A member of the Navy’s SEAL Team 6, Chief Petty Officer William Owens, was also killed in the operation.While the White House continues to insist that the attack was a “success” — a characterization it repeated on Tuesday — the suspension of commando operations is a setback for Mr. Trump, who has made it clear he plans to take a far more aggressive approach against Islamic militants.


February 4, 2017 




A day after a federal judge temporarily blocked the White House’s immigration order, the government on Saturday began opening the nation’s doors again to refugees and travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations even as President Trump unleashed a fusillade of criticism against the court ruling and the Justice Department moved to have it overturned.


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February 19, 2017

Donald Trump on Russia and the U.S. as a Criminal State

Election 2016

Hillary Clinton's popular vote lead: 65,756,948 or 2.1 percent more than Donald Trump: 62,913,088.

The New US President Has Been Compromised by Russia

Evidence has surfaced, which shows that foreign actors intervened in the American election in support of Donald Trump, namely Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and / or Russian government-sanctioned hackers working in concert with  Julian Assange of Wikileaks to influence the outcome of our election. Evidence also exists, which points to the exercise of undue influence by other forces that also interfered with the election process on behalf of Donald Trump, in violations of election law.

JUST days before he was due to be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump became embroiled in yet another scandal. An ex-British MI6 spy claimed Russia has “compromising” evidence to blackmail the president-elect with. Trump slammed the alleged dossier as “fake news,” but the claims have inspired a new hashtag #watersportsgate that trended on Twitter. 

American law enforcement and intelligence agencies intercepted communications around the same time that they were discovering evidence that Russia was trying to disrupt the presidential election by hacking into the Democratic National Committee, three of the officials said. The intelligence agencies then sought to learn whether the Trump campaign was colluding with the Russians on the hacking or other efforts to influence the election. In a ranting press conference during the transition period, where Trump summoned all of the major organizations to his tower on New York Fifth Avenue, he stood in front of a pile of empty manila folders and chastised the press, humiliating a CNN anchor for what Donald Trump called "fake news," and attacked the intelligence community, referring to the agencies as "so-called intelligence."


This week, following a press conference in which he showed himself as unhinged, Donald Trump blasted the media as the "enemy of the American people," a tactic that is routinely used by dictators and totalitarian regimes to discredit the press in propaganda campaigns as a first step to silence journalists and to make them disappear.

January 21, 2017 Counter Trump Inauguration Protest

On January 21, 2017, millions of people marched to protest Donald Trump from Iceland, to Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and other countries worldwide.  An estimated 500,000 marched in Washington DC, and New York City saw one of the biggest protests in the U.S. around the country, people protested in dozens of cities in all 50 states. From Chicago, to Los Angeles, Boston, Phoenix Arizona, Atlanta Georgia, Denver Colorado, to St. Paul. Florida Key West, to Hawaii, New Mexico, and Washington State, citizens and residents marched to reject and resist Trump's agenda of division, bigotry, White supremacy, as well as his complete lack of knowledge and understanding of domestic and foreign policy. The marchers also protested to denounce Trump's plan to dismantled education, healthcare, environmental protection, and to ban Muslims from entering the country and deport millions of undocumented families. Trump's billionaire cabinet made up Goldman Sacks bankers, polluters, lobbyists, and inexperienced campaign associates was also at the top of the protesters' contentions.

From a Resistance Playbook

1. A Movement needs a leader or  leaders — someone  or a group of people who can serve as the center of gravity and negotiate on behalf of the people. There have been various groups protesting around the country for the past couple of years: immigrants, workers, water protectors, LGBT, Women rights activists, Black Lives Matter, Occupy and others. Alone, those groups can be waited out or even suppressed. Together, they would represent a force to be reckoned with.  A leader should be drawn from each of those groups to form a national opposition leadership group. This opposition leadership should then recruit strong leaders with conviction and experience from groups such as the ACLU and members of Congress.

2. An opposition needs a list of specific  and key [emphasis] demands to let the other side know what they want changed or done, with time tables if possible and where necessary.

3. Peaceful protests and marches are commendable, but they  can easily be ignored and turned into a common feature, a nuisance to live with,. The Supreme Court has ruled in many cases that the First Amendment comes with the implication that changes in the status quo cannot be  engendered without some form of disruption. The myth that disrupters are evil thugs and anarchists must be debunked. This myth has been used to demonize and isolate Blacks in their quest for justice and equality, when in fact any time the cause of justice is advanced under any circumstance anywhere, it benefits everyone everywhere. That is why the people taking to the streets now should have been marching and protesting alongside Occupy, BlLM, and labor, all along. But it’s not too late to course-correct.

4. The resistance  is not reflective of the country[s population. It looks very white and greatly female; That’s good, more millions of men must join.  The opposition also  appears to include  people who did not vote at all, some who voted for Trump, and others who voted for Republican or third party candidates. This is important to figure out, in that the glue that binds an opposition together is SOLIDARITY. It is not at all clear as to whether or  not this solidarity actually exists among the protesters, and if so how strong it may be. 

5. The fact that the protests and marches seem to be spontaneous — although they are being organized on and offline, is a weakness. It is a sign that the movement could stall, wither away, or die altogether at any time. To be successful a movement must be sustained, the numbers must be large, and the tactics and strategies must be multi-faceted.

6. If this movement fails — and it has the potential to fail miserably in a hundred different ways, a failure on the part of this resistance to provoke tangible results in the Trump regime will strengthen the hands of the white nationalists  and corrupt cabal that have high jacked the White House.

7. The resistance must push Congressional Democrats and Democratic Senators to grow a backbone and fight on the Republicans’ playground. The old playbook got us where we are — on the verge of a precipice. That old playbook must be burned, and on with a new one to match this dangerous era of Trump.

8. The print and electronic media must be flooded with telephone calls and emails, tweets, and others forms of communication to force anchors, reporters,  and editors to keep the focus on Trump’s violations of law, ethics, corruption, his Russia connection, and political malpractice and malfeasance.

9. Force media organization to change the narrative of "Is this lie true?: And the whole business of shifting from "on this one hand and on the other hand" contortions. If we cannot accomplish this, the media will defeat us. They can call Trump anything they want, except "president.” Trump can't run anything. He is illiterate and unstable. The country is coming apart at the seams, and will not survive this chaos. We are being ruled by Steve Bannon and a mobster family and a cabal of various other factions. Everyone must be forced to take their place in history now!

10. Boycott the media and their sponsors, and hold protests in front of CNN, FoxNews, NBC, ABC, CBS, The New York Times, and  any other that will not put America before Trump or throw themselves between our country in this run-away train.   



Director of National Intelligence report: ‘Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections’
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Russian President Vladimir Putin directed a campaign to influence the presidential election in favor of Donald Trump, according to a declassified report from U.S. intelligence agencies. Arguing for declassifying as much information as quickly as possible, Sen. Angus King of Maine said, "We need to have our people understand when they are being manipulated." 

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