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Given she's only really done 2 noteworthy things during his presidency, a 2 for 2 hit rate seems pretty high.
Apparently she set the table very nicely for the Macrons when they came over for dinner. There's that, too.
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Anyone think this was driven by Spankys disdain for the deal? rather that by his seething hatred of anything Obamas administration put in place?

I'm guessing the other parties will just carry on as is, the U.S. is becoming more and more irrelevant on the world stage.
Iran seems to be willing to carry on with other countries for now.

The elephant in the room is the US plan to sanction any companies that deal with Iran and in these days of globalisation it is hard to find companies that do not have US links.

If Trump really believed the deal was bad then why did he not try to renegotiate it?

Likely this will drive up oil prices which hit a 4 year high today after the announcement that will in turn drive up US petrol prices. This is unlikely to please Trump's base especially if the Dems successfully pin the blame on him.

The fact he cancelled the deal although the deal monitors said Iran was in compliance might complicate his N. Korea negotiations?
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

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After significant investigation, we have discovered that Mr. Trump’s attorney Mr. Cohen received approximately $500,000 in the months after the election from a company controlled by a Russian Oligarch with close ties to Mr. Putin.
These monies may have reimbursed the $130k payment.

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CNN reported Tuesday evening that special counsel Robert Mueller's team has questioned the oligarch Vekselberg about the payments to Cohen. In April 2018, the United States imposed sanctions on him and 23 other Russian nationals.

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Net tightens?

Edit: There is also a report by Avenatti here listing a number of possibly dubious financial transactions involving Cohen including payments from Novartis!
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Nice timing Trump with your Iran decision. Right before the mid-term. Might get a couple more votes for you
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Apparently she set the table very nicely for the Macrons when they came over for dinner. There's that, too.
Oh yes, I forgot her "Xmas from Elm Street" festive White House decorations, too...

https://www.vox.com/culture/2017/11/...as-horror-meme
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

AT&T confirmed Tuesday evening that it paid President Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen in 2017 for "insights into understanding the new administration."
The payments were revealed in a document published by Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti Tuesday afternoon.

Selling access to or influence with a president is not illegal, but it has the whiff of the so-called "swamp" that Trump rails against.

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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

Far too much good stuff this morning, even for the more Trump-obsessed of us ... but I found this story particularly cheering:

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer...ot-broidy.html

Broidy, a 'uge Republican donator, used Trump's lawyer to pay a Playmate $1.6M, to shut up and also for her abortion... But the story is not that likely, as the article explains. The alternative version is that Broidy was paying off another of Trump's Ivanka-look-alikes. Makes a lot of sense (he says with fingers firmly crossed).

Without going into all the ins and outs , Broidy has a history of buying influence from the Republican party, so this payoff would be another in a series of similar bits of swamp politics. He also has no need to pay such a huge sum (ten times more than Stormy Daniels got) for "his" indiscretion.

Did I mention that you could not make this stuff up?
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Man, she's milking it....
She's a pro..
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/08/u....co/vPGxPk5Hdt

The N. Y. Times reports that over $4.4 million was paid to the shell company created by Michael Cohen that paid off Stormy Daniels. Why would anyone pay that kind of money to Michael Cohen?

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A shell company that Michael D. Cohen used to pay hush money to a pornographic film actress received payments totaling more than $1 million from an American company linked to a Russian oligarch and several corporations with business before the Trump administration, according to documents and interviews.

Financial records reviewed by The New York Times show that Mr. Cohen, President Trump’s personal lawyer and longtime fixer, used the shell company, Essential Consultants L.L.C., for an array of business activities that went far beyond what was publicly known. Transactions adding up to at least $4.4 million flowed through Essential Consultants starting shortly before Mr. Trump was elected president and continuing to this January, the records show.
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The N. Y. Times reports that over $4.4 million was paid to the shell company created by Michael Cohen that paid off Stormy Daniels. Why would anyone pay that kind of money to Michael Cohen?

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Well, I guess there might be a couple of more ... ahem... actors who were paid off and who have not yet come forward.
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Well, I guess there might be a couple of more ... ahem... actors who were paid off and who have not yet come forward.
Well, say Cohen takes half and the other half goes to the "actors". So, half of 4.4m = 2.2m or 11 Stormies.
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Well, say Cohen takes half and the other half goes to the "actors". So, half of 4.4m = 2.2m or 11 Stormies.
Nearly 17 Stormies, actually!

I love that new unit. Is it the SI unit for corruption?
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

3 American prisoners released by North Korea, credit where credit is due, the first thing I would call a 'win' for Spanky.
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3 American prisoners released by North Korea, credit where credit is due, the first thing I would call a 'win' for Spanky.
Do not forget that two of them were jailed during Trump's tenure on "trumped up" charges solely to put pressure on Trump so it is somehow just theater!
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CNN reported Tuesday evening that special counsel Robert Mueller's team has questioned the oligarch Vekselberg about the payments to Cohen. In April 2018, the United States imposed sanctions on him and 23 other Russian nationals.

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Net tightens?

Edit: There is also a report by Avenatti here listing a number of possibly dubious financial transactions involving Cohen including payments from Novartis!
Novartis said on Wednesday that it was contacted by the special counsel’s office in November about its arrangement with Cohen’s firm. The company has declined to answer questions about whether it first contacted Cohen, or vice versa.

“Novartis cooperated fully with the special counsel’s office and provided all the information requested,” the company said in a statement. “Novartis considers this matter closed as to itself and is not aware of any outstanding questions regarding the agreement.”

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Novartis said on Wednesday that it was contacted by the special counsel’s office in November about its arrangement with Cohen’s firm. The company has declined to answer questions about whether it first contacted Cohen, or vice versa.

“Novartis cooperated fully with the special counsel’s office and provided all the information requested,” the company said in a statement. “Novartis considers this matter closed as to itself and is not aware of any outstanding questions regarding the agreement.”

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Novartis said today in a statement said that it hired Cohen in February 2017 for consulting services, paying him a total of $1.2 million for a one-year contract.

President Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen promised the pharmaceutical company Novartis that they could have access to President Trump and his inner circle if they signed a contract with him.

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I suppose Cohen registered as a lobbyist?
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

As Trump pulls out of a deal that experts agree was the best deal possible with no idea what to do next the United Kingdom says that you’d never catch them doing something so bloody stupid.
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

A majority of Republicans said President Trump is being framed by the FBI and the Department of Justice, according to a new poll from The Economist/YouGov released Wednesday.

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Trump has succeeded in convincing many US people that the FBI and DOJ are fraudulent partisan organisations and that the media publish mostly fake news.

I am sure Putin is very happy to hear this but what does it mean for America? How will the US ever return to being a country where people believe in law and order and accept authority?
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I am sure Putin is very happy to hear this but what does it mean for America? How will the US ever return to being a country where people believe in law and order and accept authority?
Stop being so corrupt and biased?
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A majority of Republicans said President Trump is being framed by the FBI and the Department of Justice, according to a new poll from The Economist/YouGov released Wednesday.

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Trump has succeeded in convincing many US people that the FBI and DOJ are fraudulent partisan organisations and that the media publish mostly fake news.

I am sure Putin is very happy to hear this but what does it mean for America? How will the US ever return to being a country where people believe in law and order and accept authority?

I was under the impression that this has been the case for some time.

I remember one curious episode: a classmate bought a T-shirt with the letters "FBI" in Rome (Italy), sometime in early 1990 I think (our big school trip).

Fast forward a couple of years and he and a few friends made a trip to the US, bought a car and drove around.

He later told a story about when he wore the T-shirt while they were in a shopping mall and people were openly hostile to him.

That was after the Waco-thing, IIRC.

There has been a sizable anti-fed movement in the US - and Trump's election is a testament of the wrath and contempt a large part of the population have for the "establishment" (whatever that is).

It's the same kind of contempt that people in the whole EU have for the EU-beaurocracy and its institutions and that basically led Brits to vote for Brexit.

I was always puzzled by the strange view a lot of Americans have on their government - until I realized that the EU is moving into the same direction, with a central government governing from far, far away, without any perceived control or checking.

Politicians need to "get" this and act on it, before it's too late.
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