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  1. badlatitude

    Speaking of Kashoggi

    Lovely people, Trump and Kushner need to answer for this. A full transcript of slain Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi's final moments reveals that he told his Saudi attackers "I can't breathe," before a team of agents dismembered him, a source who reviewed the transcript told CNN. Khashoggi, whose October death at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul set off an international diplomatic crisis, protested and gasped for air as he was abducted and killed by a group of Saudi agents, some of whom have been identified as top Saudi government officials, the source told CNN. "You are coming back," a man identified as former Saudi diplomat and intelligence official Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb told Khashoggi, CNN reported. Mutreb intercepted Khashoggi in front of the consulate. "You can't do that," Khashoggi replied. "People are waiting outside." According to the source, citing the transcript, a group of people then began to attack Khashoggi and he gasped for air. "I can't breathe," Khashoggi said. The transcript then reads, "Scream. Scream. Gasping." "Saw," it continues, according to CNN's source. "Cutting." Another man who Turkish authorities have identified as Dr. Salah Muhammad al-Tubaiqi, the head of forensic medicine at Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry, advised the agents to listen to music as they dismembered Khashoggi's body, the source said. "Put your earphones in, or listen to music like me," al-Tubaiqi said, according to the transcript. Mutreb then made a phone call, saying at one point, "Tell yours, the thing is done, it's done." CNN reported the source believes "yours" is a reference to someone's boss. Top intelligence officials have heard and reviewed the audio recording, which was obtained by Turkish authorities. The involvement of Mutreb and al-Tubaiqi was previously known, but the source's account provides the most insight into Khashoggi's final moments. A Saudi official in a statement to CNN said, "The relevant Saudi security officials have reviewed the transcript and tape materials through Turkish security channels and nowhere in them is there any reference or indication of a call being made." The transcript directly contradicts multiple official explanations put forward by the Saudi government, including one explanation that accused Khasoggi of getting into a fist fight with a team of rogue agents, and another that implied he could have been on drugs. The source told CNN that the transcript substantiates the Turkish account of an organized team of Saudi agents assassinating Khashoggi as part of a premeditated mission. The CIA has reportedly concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered Khashoggi's killing. CNN's source said it is widely believed Mutreb spoke on the phone to Saud al-Qahtani, bin Salman's closest aide, who has since been removed from his position. CNN reported the details of the transcript on Sunday, shortly after the New York Times reported that President Trump's adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, offered advice to bin Salman about how to “weather the storm” after Khashoggi's death. Despite pressure from lawmakers and intelligence community conclusions that the crown prince ordered the murder, the president has refused to condemn bin Salman directly for any involvement. Lawmakers, including many Republicans, have slammed the administration for failing to acknowledge proof that they say leaves little doubt of the crown prince’s involvement.
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    What will the Faithful do....

    Charging Nixon, who committed an offense against the country would have been proper and called for. He obstructed and hid evidence, he used hush money, he suborned perjury, he promised clemency, he interfered with investigations, he abused power, he mislead the public, he belonged in an impeachment, he should have been removed. The country was still mad decades later, justice should have been served.
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    What will the Faithful do....

    Ford was wrong, he issued a pardon to the person who had appointed him. He took Nixon off the hook for a crime against the country. He put Richard Nixon above the law. His lazy view of the law was a complete lack of faith in America and its institutions.
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    What will the Faithful do....

    Some people like Schiff, need to find out things the hard way.
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    What will the Faithful do....

    Best headline of the day. Schiff: Trump may face 'real prospect of jail time' Source: The Hill Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Sunday said that President Trump might "face the real prospect of jail time" after prosecutors indicated last week that he directed illegal payments during his 2016 presidential campaign. "There’s a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office, the Justice Department may indict him. That he may be the first president in quite some time to face the real prospect of jail time," he said on CBS's "Face the Nation." @AdamSchiff on the Russia Investigation: "My takeaway is there's a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office the justice department may indict him. That he may be the first president in quite some time to face the real prospect of jail time." Read more:
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    What will the Faithful do....

    Except historically, it is the Republican Party who has surrendered the mantle of fiscal responsibility and the Democrats who have had to rebuild the economy. You haven't been paying attention, or just listening to old memes to guide your thoughts about debt.
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    Paris is Burning!

    This is Trump's America, the Ambassador probably doesn't speak French.
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    Paris is Burning!

    France tells Trump to fuck off. France tells Trump to stop interfering in its politics Source: AFP via France24 Paris (AFP) The French government on Sunday urged Donald Trump not to interfere in French politics after the US president posted tweets about the protests rocking the country and attacked the Paris climate agreement. "We do not take domestic American politics into account and we want that to be reciprocated," Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told LCI television. "I say this to Donald Trump and the French president says it too: leave our nation be." Trump had on Saturday posted two tweets referring to the "yellow vest" anti-government protests that have swept France since mid-November and sparked rioting in Paris. Read more:
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    What will the Faithful do....

    Christie Says Prosecutors Have Evidence Trump Broke Law December 9, 2018 Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) told ABC News that the language federal prosecutors are using to refer to President Trump in an indictment against Michael Cohen makes it sound as if they might have corroborating evidence that Trump violated campaign finance law. Said Christie: “The language in the sentencing memo is different from what we’ve heard before. The only thing that would concern me if I was the president’s team this morning about this sentencing memo is the language.” He added: “The language sounds very definite. And what I’d be concerned about is, what corroboration do they have?”
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    What will the Faithful do....

    The argument that a sitting President cannot be indicted is both wrong and untested. I would enjoy seeing how the Supreme Court would rule on something like that; I'm sure we would see pitchforks on the court steps. That said, the Office of Legal Counsel has always served the interests of the President. In Watergate we couldn't indict, In Clinton, we could, In Bush, torture was okay, In Trump, we can't indict. It's all conjecture. We are being pushed along to impeachment, and it will be interesting to see Republicans squirm when forced to decide a decision that will affect the 2020 race. If Mueller hits a home run, Republicans will have a quandary for the ages.
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    A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words

    Dog being walked by his master this morning.
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    What will the Faithful do....

    After Watergate, Conservatives rallied around Nixon, refused to believe the liberal press, and wanted revenge for what they considered was a partisan action. The same could happen now, and I think the best way to handle this is not through impeachment, but charges in a criminal court. A person found guilty through a jury deliberation would put this whole episode to bed and help put an end to future bad actors entering politics. A jury conviction in Watergate would have eliminated Iran Contra, Bush II, and waterboarding, phony intelligence, and Donald Trump.
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    Paris is Burning! That's enough commentary to get you branded a curmudgeon. The only thing I feel qualified to counter is the comment about healthcare. As far as I know, France healthcare is in excellent shape.