WSJ.com: World News: South Korea to Pay More Under New Military Deal With U.S.

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The U.S. and South Korea signed a one-year deal outlining the shared costs of their military alliance, removing a potential distraction ahead of the second summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un scheduled for late this month.

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Courtly behavior: How Manafort gave data to Russia (& lies about it)  dagblog

https://www.emptywheel.net/2019/02/09/paul-manafort-sold-out-donald-trump-and-his-anonymous-leakers-are-lying-about-it-publicly/. Add new comment; 5 …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Donald Trump’s most humiliating moment yet

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One could almost envy the Trump supporter for how little they have to remember. For us the embarrassment of riches that are the felonies, treacheries, bigotries, misogynies, calumnies, hate crimes, broken promises, petty vengeances, lies and sexual assaults of Donald Trump are so staggering in their number and dumbfounding in their implications, it’s next to impossible to keep track of them all. Oh for the simple life of the Trump apologist, who only has the discredited cry of “Benghazi” and “her emails” to remember, and no worries about those twin sophisms actually being investigated and exposed for the trivialities that they are either, because they already have.


Still, for my money, the scandal I like best is Donald Trump’s failure to disclose his tax returns. I realize that breaking his promise to show the American people his tax returns if elected president isn’t the most horrible thing Donald Trump has ever done, not by a long shot. No, I like it because I suspect that it is the one thing, more than anything else, that Donald Trump wants to keep hidden.



Showing his tax returns will embarrass Trump beyond any other thing he’s ever done. I also suspect that it will once and for all dislodge from Trump fandom those members of his base who depend on Trump being a financial genius for their continued support. Trump’s tax returns will show two things: that he isn’t nearly as rich as he says, and he isn’t nearly as smart as he says.




So despite reservations from committee member Ron Kind of Wisconsin, who says, “I’d suspect that Bob Mueller and his team are looking at that already,” House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal plans to acquire and investigate Donald Trump’s tax returns. As Ron Kind aptly puts it, Mueller probably is also looking at it, but what harm can another set of eyes do? In the service of mortally humiliating Donald Trump, spare no expense, I say.



Whoever wrote what will probably turn out to be Donald Trump’s final State of the Union address, cannot seriously believe that a couple of rhetorical diads will halt Trump’s numerous investigations. There most certainly can be “peace and legislation” with “war and investigation.” The new people in Congress are smart enough to multitask. And, mark my words, they will expose Donald Trump’s tax returns.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “Russian Intelligence services and international organized crime and terrorism” – Google News: 75 best action movies of all time – Tuko.co.ke

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75 best action movies of all time  Tuko.co.ke

Chills, spills, kills, and thrills: this is why we are lured to the film, to see improbable and amazing stuff happen on the big screen. The spectacular feats of …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “Elections 2016 Investigation” – Google News: How 1MDB finally caught up with Najib Razak – CNN

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How 1MDB finally caught up with Najib Razak  CNN

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (CNN) On Tuesday, former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak will appear in court — facing years in prison if convicted on corruption …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “2016 elections anxiety” – Google News: Asian shares slip, looming US-China trade talks in focus – Economic Times

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Asian shares slip, looming US-China trade talks in focus  Economic Times

Trading volumes are expected to be light with Japan on public holiday.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Everyone piles on after Donald Trump makes up new word

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Donald Trump’s literacy issues are the least of his problems. He’s a Russian operative who rigged the election and is illegally occupying the Oval Office. He has immigrant kids locked in cages. He’s plotting against the United States with a murderous Saudi Arabian prince. He’s pure evil. Even as we work to oust him and bring him to justice, Trump occasionally – and unwittingly – gives us something to make fun of him for.



Trump really wants us to believe that a whole lot of bad people are coming across the border. Today alone, he claimed that an astounding 42 million Latin American people are about to enter the United States. He then claimed that the Democrats are just fine with the ones who are supposedly murderers. At least we think he meant to say murderers.




Here’s what Trump came up with: “The Border Committee Democrats are behaving, all of a sudden, irrationally. Not only are they unwilling to give dollars for the obviously needed Wall (they overrode recommendations of Border Patrol experts), but they don’t even want to take muderers into custody! What’s going on?” Wait, what is a muderer?



The responses came fast and furious, and they weren’t exactly kind. The general consensus is that, while no one really cares whether or not Donald Trump knows how to spell or edit, he has the nearly limitless resources of the presidency at his disposal, and it would be very easy for him to avoid these kinds of embarrassing moments. We’re left to wonder if Trump hates the “muderers” so much because they stole all his “hamberders” amid “global waming.”

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “Donald Trump” – Google News: View: Donald Trump should end interventionist foreign policy of US in Afghanistan – Economic Times

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View: Donald Trump should end interventionist foreign policy of US in Afghanistan  Economic Times

Talks between Khalilzad, chief US negotiator, and Talibans are likely to continue to thrash out the issues.

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“Jared Kushner” – Google News: Trump administration’s Middle East peace plan finished, officials say – Fox News

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Trump administration’s Middle East peace plan finished, officials say  Fox News

The Trump administration’s Middle East peace plan is finished and President Trump has been briefed on its contents, two senior administration officials told Fox …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Just Security: EXCLUSIVE: FBI’s War Crimes Unit on the Chopping Block

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A special unit within the Federal Bureau of Investigation that handles war crimes may be shut down imminently, according to officials familiar with the administration’s decision-making process. The FBI’s International Human Rights Unit takes the lead on investigating individuals within the United States who have been accused of committing international crimes, including war crimes, torture, genocide, female genital mutilation, and the recruitment of child soldiers. It also investigates international crimes committed against or by U.S. citizens abroad and enforces immigration statutes that can be invoked against abusers who cannot be prosecuted for their underlying crimes for whatever reason.

The rationale for suddenly scaling back the United States’ commitment to investigating and prosecuting war criminals is unclear. President Donald Trump’s National Security Strategy recognizes the importance of the United States taking the lead on this imperative policy objective:

We will not remain silent in the face of evil. We will hold perpetrators of genocide and mass atrocities accountable.

U.S. foreign policy has expressed a commitment to this strategic objective in the form of support for various international accountability efforts, including documenting atrocities in conflicts (such as the ongoing genocide in Myanmar), assisting the remaining U.N. tribunals and other domestic justice processes, and building the law enforcement capacity of foreign partners. Here in the United States, the administration boasts a trio of offices working to investigate and prosecute perpetrators of atrocities, in which the FBI’s International Human Rights Unit plays a vital role:

● The first key component is the Department of Justice’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section (HRSP), formed from the unit historically knows as the “Nazi hunters.” These lawyers and analysts focus on prosecuting cases in federal courts in conjunction with local U.S. Attorneys when the most severe human rights abusers are found in the United States.

● The second and third components are linked to the Department of Homeland Security’s Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Unit and the FBI’s International Human Rights Unit (IHRU), which comprise a fusion cell called the Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center.

Together, these entities work to prevent the United States from becoming a safe haven for individuals who commit serious human rights abuses. In addition to focusing on perpetrators who make their way here, the FBI component also investigates situations in which Americans are either the victims or the perpetrators of atrocities overseas. In so doing, it leverages the FBI’s intelligence capabilities, vast network of field agents and analysts, and contacts within diaspora communities. It has also cultivated international partnerships with foreign law enforcement entities (such as Interpol), nongovernmental organizations, and others to research and build cases. Once developed, these dossiers can be handed off to domestic FBI field offices and the Justice Department for indictment and prosecution.

The reality is that the Justice Department cannot succeed in its prosecutorial work without skilled and dedicated investigators to identify perpetrators, witnesses, and evidence within their fields of operation around the country.

The timing of this potential closure is surprising. This team of specialized units, working in conjunction with FBI field offices and state prosecutors, recently won a significant victory with the conviction of “Jungle Jabbah,” a ruthless warlord who committed atrocities—including cannibalism—in Liberian and was later found living comfortably in Pennsylvania. (See Just Security’s prior coverage here and here). Numerous other perpetrators of atrocities from Guatemala and the former Yugoslavia have also been successfully prosecuted based upon this Unit’s investigations. What’s more, attesting to his support for this work, President Trump finally succeeded in deporting Jakiw Palij, who is believed to be the last Nazi living in the United States—a diplomatic feat that Presidents Obama and Bush were not able to accomplish.

Another potential case on the horizon involves the assassination of American journalist Marie Colvin by the Assad regime (see my coverage here and here). In a civil judgment unsealed two weeks ago by a federal court in Washington, D.C., the Colvin family was awarded over $300 million in civil damages. A criminal case may be in the works that would be well within the wheelhouse of the U.S. law enforcement team focused on atrocities.

If the FBI’s International Human Rights Unit is disbanded, its portfolio (but not the majority of the staff) will apparently shift to other Civil Rights Unit staff. The Civil Rights Unit is already fully engaged in their day jobs, pursuing violations of the federal civil rights statutes, particularly on behalf of vulnerable members of American communities. Saddling it with this additional responsibility threatens to jeopardize its core civil rights mission and deemphasize new war crimes cases. In addition, removing expertise from within the Bureau will undermine operations in the field when it comes to these most specialized of cases. Individual FBI field agents, however talented, rarely confront international cases in which crime scenes, physical evidence, and potential witnesses may all be overseas. Experts within the FBI’s International Human Rights Unit work up the cases and then, after handing them off, continue to provide support to investigators and prosecutors in the field, helping to link them with foreign counterparts, enable witness interviews, and connect to additional lead and background sources. New investigations will inevitably suffer absent this dedicated team of war crimes investigators.

It is difficult to conceive of the value in disbanding a small unit of nine FBI agents and analysts who have a track record of success, who are accustomed to working in close coordination with other federal and foreign law enforcement counterparts, and who are singularly focused on preventing the United States from becoming a safe haven for war criminals and bringing to justice those who may commit atrocities against Americans overseas. Members of Congress and others within the U.S. government who support this work should immediately raise their concerns before this ace team is disbanded and their expertise is dissipated.

 

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Senator hints that Donald Trump is going to prison

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Whenever Palmer Report lays out the argument for why Donald Trump is more likely to be in prison by 2020 than to be a candidate in the 2020 election, we inevitably face pushback from cynics who think Trump will simply never face the consequences of his criminal actions. It doesn’t help that cable news is still insisting he’ll be the 2020 Republican nominee, despite all evidence to the contrary. But now it turns out an influential U.S. Senator agrees with us.



Earlier this month Palmer Report urged the 2020 Democratic candidates for president to keep in mind that the 2020 Republican nominee will probably be someone other than Donald Trump, and to plan accordingly. We don’t think Senator Elizabeth Warren is sitting around reading Palmer Report, but she is thinking along the same lines we are. In fact she spelled it out quite clearly today.




Warren told attendees at a campaign rally over the weekend that “By the time we get to 2020, Donald Trump may not even be President. In fact, he may not even be a free person.” It’s about time a national political figure finally said it. Even if Robert Mueller’s big endgame is merely enough to oust Trump, and not to put him in prison, the minute Trump steps out of office, New York will arrest him on state level felony charges – and those can’t be pardoned.



So yeah, it’s time for the participants and observers in the 2020 presidential race to acknowledge that Donald Trump is more likely to be in prison by 2020, or out on bail while awaiting trial, than he is to be running for reelection in 2020. And after Trump hit Elizabeth Warren this weekend with one of his ugliest attacks on her to date, it’s clear that she’s not backing down one inch.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “2016 elections anxiety” – Google News: Toledo library adds program for web, news literacy – Toledo Blade

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Toledo library adds program for web, news literacy  Toledo Blade

First, the bad news: A large majority of Americans report decreased trust in news media over the past decade. The good news: Respondents say news …

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Trump-Kim summit to focus on NKorea nuke complex, US rewards  Macon Telegraph

When President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un first met in Singapore last year, there was pomp, there was circumstance, but there wasn’t …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: So we’re back to Donald Trump and his magic pardons

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Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker testified Friday before the House Judiciary Committee. While he said little of substance and fought the entire hearing, at one time being reminded that this was not a football field or contact sport, one exchange was especially interesting and requires additional inquiry.



Representative Veronica Escobar asked Whitaker: “Did you ever create, direct the creation of, see, or become aware of the existence of any documents relating to pardoning of any individual?” Whitaker, after looking down and after a pregnant pause, responded, “I’m aware of documents relating to pardoning of individuals, yes.”




What is most interesting about this exchange, other than the fact that nobody followed up on it after he uttered it, is that the Deputy Attorney General, currently Rod Rosenstein, is the person who would recommend pardons to the president. In addition, Whitaker became Acting Attorney General in November 2018, while the last pardon issued by “President” Donald Trump was in July 2018. So, Whitaker has either seen pardon paperwork for future pardons, which would not be the ordinary protocol, or has otherwise seen pardon paperwork. Trump cannot pardon his way out of this, due to state-level charges and other factors. But if he’s planning to futilely try it, the public deserves to know.



The House likely will bring Whitaker back for questioning on this and other topics, and we can once again witness him drink more water than most people drink in a week in a span of five hours. After Whitaker left the hearing, he reportedly went to Trump International Hotel, perhaps to debrief, perhaps for a stiff drink. How long he stayed and what the reason was for the visit, other than perhaps to flaunt this administration and corruption, we do not know.

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Trump Investigations: M.N.: Donald Trump’s Family History is suggestive … trumpinvestigations.blogspot.com/2019/02/mn-don…


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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “trump and republican party” – Google News: ‘Dangerous Territory’ for Democrats as Republicans Seize Venezuela Moment in Miami – The New York Times

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‘Dangerous Territory’ for Democrats as Republicans Seize Venezuela Moment in Miami  The New York Times

MIAMI — For 60 years, the lifeblood of Miami’s idiosyncratic politics has been Cuba, the communist government’s countless sins denounced in street protests, …

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“elections 2016 russian ads on social media” – Google News: Why Our World Seems Out of Control – History News Network (HNN)

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Why Our World Seems Out of Control  History News Network (HNN)

Government shutdowns. Brexit. Weird climate happenings. Dissolved arms agreements. Parents unable to control their teens’ smartphone apps. Super Bowl ads …

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“elections 2016 russian ads on social media” – Google News: Adam Schiff to probe Trump, family money laundering – Washington Times

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Adam Schiff to probe Trump, family money laundering  Washington Times

Rep. Adam Schiff in 2017 kicked off the House’s most publicized hearing into Russia election interference by leveling a number of felony charges against …

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“2016 Presidential Election Investigation” – Google News: In Closed Hearing, a Clue About ‘the Heart’ of Mueller’s Russia Inquiry – New York Times

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In Closed Hearing, a Clue About ‘the Heart’ of Mueller’s Russia Inquiry  New York Times

Prosecutors for the special counsel suggested plans discussed by Trump associates to address Russia’s conflict with Ukraine and the resulting sanctions …

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Agent F-7124…how fashion icon Coco Chanel ‘worked for Nazis

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Coco Chanel spent WWII collaborating with the Nazis, says a new book that outlines her life. According to US journalist Hal Vaughn, author of ‘Sleeping With the … Vaughn, who is Amercian but lives in Paris, writes that ‘grande couturi?’ … The designer was labeled in Abwehr records as Agent F-7124, …
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The New York Nazis: U-boats landed saboteurs on the US coast

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Nazi Germany landed eight saboteurs in America on a secret mission to … Canaris, chief of the German Abwehr counter-intelligence service.
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Iran-Contra also introduced us to many of the future players, neocons … for his head, while the new President accuses the CIA of acting like Nazis, yet … Reality TV this is not: Donald Trump is no longer merely the …… Walter Rauff, inventor of the mobile gas-chambers used by Gehlen’s Abwehr and the SS …
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Alan Turing is widely seen as the father of modern computing – but was … The Abwehr Enigma decoding machine at Bletchley Park: The …

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