Again. On 22 Jun, CNN published, as part of its pseudo-journalism series on alleged ties between President Donald Trump and his associates and Russia, a claim that Anthony Scaramucci, an informal advisor to President Donald Trump, was tied to the Russian Direct Investment Fund, a sovereign fund of the Russian government and led by Dmitri Medvedev and Vladimir Putin, with whom readers might have a passing familiarity. The fund has been sanctioned by the US government (by the Obama administration; although it’s not under Senate Intelligence Committee investigation, then or now, another of CNN‘s false claims), hence the nefariousness of Scaramucci’s alleged association and the depth of CNN‘s smear against him.
The Washington Post wrote about some a bit over a week ago—maybe is one itself. Citing Ben Rhodes, “a foreign policy aide to former president Barack Obama” on the Cuba situation:
“[P]ersonally, part of what makes it difficult [to accept] is that we were six years into the administration and spent a year and a half of exhaustive negotiations before announcing” the Cuba opening….
And the poor dear didn’t even get a participation ribbon. He went on:
They seemed to do this in such a slipshod way. Years of work and painstaking negotiations are countered by what feels like very minimal work and thought.
Islamic State militants bombed the historic Nouri Grand Mosque in Mosul late Wednesday, Iraq’s military said, destroying the site where Islamic State’s leader first announced the creation of a self-declared caliphate straddling Iraq and Syria.
They did it purely out of petty, venal spite. Blowing up the place served no useful purpose, not even in the twisted minds of these Daesh barbarians.
They just can’t let go, even after they’ve been shown, graphically, what their incitement to violence achieves.
“My advice would just be to Republicans who do cozy up to him—it’s like hugging a suicide bomber,” [MSNBC Political analyst Elise Jordan] said. “He blows you up in the process with him.”
Her problem with reality continued, as she insisted that Trump “wasted the country’s collective time speculating over the tapes’ existence.” Never mind that the only ones wasting time in the speculation was the NLMSM: it was their editorial decision to obsess over an obvious trolling move. No one made them. And no one outside the “press” room cared.
The New York City Council is at it this time.
A new bill would require the New York Police Department to disclose and describe all “surveillance technology,” which it defines as “equipment, software, or system capable of, or used or designed for, collecting, retaining, processing, or sharing audio, video, location, thermal, biometric, or similar information.” The cops would have to post this information online annually and respond to public comments.
Naturally, the ACLU thinks this is a good idea, too.
Yeah. It is a good idea to tell criminals and terrorists just how they’re being identified and might be preempted. Sure.
In a Deutsche Welle piece on the likelihood of Emmanuel Macron being able to reform French labor and pension law, is this statement by Julie Hamann, a political scientist with the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin.
The French have high expectations of the state, for it to fulfill its protective function with regard to social welfare. As soon as reforms are announced that may lead to cuts in social services or labor market insecurity, this very quickly gives rise to very great and very emotional fears.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on leaks about ongoing investigations:
Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories any stories attributed to anonymous “officials,” particularly when they do not identify the country—let alone the branch or agency of government—with which the alleged sources supposedly are affiliated.
Indeed. And here’s Peter Carr, a Robert Mueller spokesman, assuring us that Mueller’s special counsel operation
has undertaken stringent controls to prohibit unauthorized disclosures that deal severely with any member who engages in this conduct.
Then, I have to ask, why is Mueller still allowing these leaks to occur? Why hasn’t he hailed his leakers into court, civil or criminal?
Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rosselló is coming to the mainland to stump for statehood for the territory on the basis of the just completed referendum on matter. The referendum had only a 23% turnout after heavy boycotting by several other interests; the last referendum had a 78% turnout. That tiny turnout, though, voted strongly for statehood rather than the status quo or independence, the alternatives on the ballot.
Rosselló’s effort should be strongly rejected.
President Donald Trump’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey is now a subject of the federal probe being headed by special counsel Robert Mueller, which has expanded to include whether the president obstructed justice, a person familiar with the matter said.
The rest of the article continued in that vein: no real-world sources cited, only this deliberately unidentified one. The Wall Street Journal‘s article at the link also cited a Washington Post article on the same subject; that bit also only cited “sources”—five of them in WaPo‘s case—whose identities were carefully withheld.
There has been on Wednesday a deliberate, carefully targeted attack against a collection of Republican Congressmen practicing for a Congressional baseball game that was intended to be a bipartisan fund-raiser (the Progressive-Democrats were practicing their own team at another venue) that injured five, including the Republican House Whip who is the third most powerful House Republican, who was seriously injured.
In the aftermath we got Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D, NY) making a tendentious speech on the Senate floor proclaiming his regret over this shooting, and we got the House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D, CA) making a similarly overwrought speech on the House floor. Both called for bipartisanship and expressed their sympathy for the shooting victims.