May 27, 2017

Now we know the big difference between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton violated national security by using a private server. Jared Kushner wanted to violate national security by using a Russian server.

Trump complains to EU leaders about problems with his setting up golf courses in Europe

The Hill  - President Trump reportedly complained to world leaders about roadblocks he has faced setting up golf courses in the European Union.

Belgian daily newspaper Le Soir reported Trump told Belgian Prime Minister he has mixed feelings about the European Union due to issues he has faced in the past setting up golf courses within its borders.

“Every time we talk about a country, he remembered the things he had done. Scotland? He said he had opened a club. Ireland? He said it took him two and a half years to get a license and that did not give him a very good image of the European Union.,” a source told Le Soir.

“One feels that he wants a system where everything can be realized very quickly and without formalities.”

Trump has not distanced himself from conducting business at his golf clubs. He has visited them 25 times, according to The New York Times.

Kushner's felon father and two ex-inmate friends back in his business

Bloomberg - It’s hard to find work right out of prison. But Avram Lebor and Richard Goettlich walked from their Alabama penitentiary into top jobs at the real estate company then run by Jared Kushner, now President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser. The two men, convicted in separate sprawling fraud schemes, were hired several years ago by his father, Charles Kushner, who had been locked up in the same federal prison with them.

As 36-year-old Jared Kushner settles into a White House role that includes personnel decisions and Middle East peace, the most extensive organizational experience he has to draw from is his lifetime at the closely held family real estate company, where his father is once again deeply involved. It’s a business where, like Trump’s, family and loyalty loom large. Management at Kushner Cos. has been mercurial, its feuds bruising and its political influence considerable. Recent joint ventures and investments expanded by Jared could lead to opportunities for unseen influence. Given the company’s history, ethics lawyers say, such opportunities merit close watching.

“It can’t hurt to be doing business with Jared Kushner’s family,” said Larry Noble, general counsel for the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan organization focused on election laws. “It’s a road to the administration. At the very least they’re going to have an inside track.”

Alzheimer's disease is soaring

Web MD - As more baby boomers age, deaths from Alzheimer's disease have jumped 55 percent, and in a quarter of those cases the heavy burden of caregiving has fallen on loved ones, U.S. health officials report.

"Alzheimer's disease is a public health problem that affects not only people with Alzheimer's disease, but also the people who provide care to them, which is often family members," said report author Christopher Taylor. He's an epidemiologist at the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

One Alzheimer's expert described the news as dire.

"This is an enormous problem that is only growing, it's only going to get worse -- we are staring at a tsunami of Alzheimer's disease," said Keith Fargo, director of scientific programs and outreach at the Alzheimer's Association.

California Democrats decry US support for Israeli occupation

Mondoweiss - At the California Democratic Party convention in Sacramento Palestinian rights supporters steered to passage a groundbreaking resolution that puts California Democrats far ahead of the national and other state parties. Time will tell whether the new resolution can become a model for other Democratic Party institutions, and more importantly, whether it will help accelerate a shift in the party’s stance on Israel/Palestine.

The resolution starts by decrying the fact that despite occasional criticism of Israel’s ongoing occupation, successive U.S. administrations have failed to take “actual steps to change the status quo and bring about a real peace process.” It warns about inflammatory moves by the Trump administration and notes that they are encouraging even more illegal settlement building and anti-democratic measures by Israel’s government.
The resolution starts by decrying the fact that despite occasional criticism of Israel’s ongoing occupation, successive U.S. administrations have failed to take “actual steps to change the status quo and bring about a real peace process.” It warns about inflammatory moves by the Trump administration and notes that they are encouraging even more illegal settlement building and anti-democratic measures by Israel’s government. - See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2017/05/groundbreaking-resolution-california/?utm_source=Mondoweiss+List&utm_campaign=22e67e6bda-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b86bace129-22e67e6bda-398539609&mc_cid=22e67e6bda&mc_eid=4c2540a5c4#sthash.loqaFqoz.dpuf
The resolution starts by decrying the fact that despite occasional criticism of Israel’s ongoing occupation, successive U.S. administrations have failed to take “actual steps to change the status quo and bring about a real peace process.” It warns about inflammatory moves by the Trump administration and notes that they are encouraging even more illegal settlement building and anti-democratic measures by Israel’s government. - See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2017/05/groundbreaking-resolution-california/?utm_source=Mondoweiss+List&utm_campaign=22e67e6bda-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b86bace129-22e67e6bda-398539609&mc_cid=22e67e6bda&mc_eid=4c2540a5c4#sthash.loqaFqoz.dpuf
The resolution starts by decrying the fact that despite occasional criticism of Israel’s ongoing occupation, successive U.S. administrations have failed to take “actual steps to change the status quo and bring about a real peace process.” It warns about inflammatory moves by the Trump administration and notes that they are encouraging even more illegal settlement building and anti-democratic measures by Israel’s government. - See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2017/05/groundbreaking-resolution-california/?utm_source=Mondoweiss+List&utm_campaign=22e67e6bda-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b86bace129-22e67e6bda-398539609&mc_cid=22e67e6bda&mc_eid=4c2540a5c4#sthash.loqaFqoz.dpuf

Trump had Russia mania thirty years ago

Raw Story - Nobel Peace Prize-winning cardiologist Bernard Lown claims that Donald Trump approached him in 1986 and asked him for information that would help him secure a key U.S. government post in Moscow.

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Lown says that Trump asked him for information about Mikhail Gorbachev, who had just risen to become the Soviet Union’s head of state in 1985. Lown also says Trump revealed plans to ask President Ronald Reagan to appoint him to “an official post to the USSR in order to negotiate a nuclear disarmament deal on behalf of the United States, a job for which Trump felt he was the only one fit.”

Trump told Lown that his plan was to sit down in a room with Gorbachev and use his negotiating prowess to end the entire Cold War in the span of a mere hour.

“I sat there dumbfounded,” said the 95-year-old Lown, who was born in the former Soviet satellite state of Lithuania. “Who is this self-inflated individual? Is he sane or what?”

Things to do while waiting for Trump to go away

Amend the Constitution to do away with Citizens United

Charter school teachers prepare to strike

in These Times - For the third time in eight months, Chicago charter school teachers are on the verge of going on strike.After a year of negotiations with management for their first contract since unionizing last spring, close to 50 teachers, paraprofessionals and teacher assistants at Passages Charter School are prepared to walk off the job Thursday morning if an agreement is not reached. It would be the first time teachers at a U.S. charter school ever went on strike.

The Russian side of Trump update

Daily Beast  - A quartet of stories, published on Friday ... each touched on a facet of the ongoing investigation into the Kremlin’s attempts to influence the outcome of last year’s U.S. presidential election. Two, concerning White House senior adviser and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner, allege that one of the president’s closest confidantes engaged in previously undisclosed communications with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak, including an alleged attempt to set up a secret communications channel between Trump’s transition team and the Kremlin.

Kushner’s proposed backchannel, first reported by The Washington Post, would have protected discussions between the transition team and the Russian government from being monitored by U.S. intelligence agencies—and, since they were to have been conducted using Russian diplomatic facilities in the U.S., would have almost certainly exposed those discussions to Russian intelligence agencies. ..

Later on Friday night, Reuters, citing seven current and former U.S. officials, reported that Kushner had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with Kislyak during and after the presidential election, two of which occurred between April and November of last year. None of those contacts with Kislyak were disclosed in Kushner’s application for top-secret security clearance before his father-in-law’s inauguration in January.

Jamie Gorelick, Kushner’s attorney, stated that Kushner “participated in thousands of calls in this time period,” and “has no recollection of the calls as described.”

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