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And won.

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/44464913

Sharing with Mexico and Canada. Will be interesting to see how that pans out given current relations.
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

Let the games begin!!

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North Korea state media reporting Trump agreed to lift sanctions
North Korean-controlled media on Wednesday reported that President Trump agreed to lift sanctions against the country during his historic summit with leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, Reuters reported
http://thehill.com/homenews/administ...lift-sanctions
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Not really surprised that he dislikes CNN. They do seem quite biased against him. Whenever they have guest commentators on, those critical of him always seem to outnumber those who are neutral or supportive.
Maybe they are simply representing the market of available commentators?
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Isn't it a secret ballot? Considering most other things about FIFA are all cloak-and-dagger, I'm surprised...

Why can't Trump put the 11 billion in a brown envelope and get in the queue like everyone else anyway?
Yeah, I know. Silly me to even get annoyed.
Trump and Fifa - like a hand in a glove. Although Fifa at least is smart enough to let people find out slowly instead of bragging freely

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Maybe they are simply representing the market of available commentators?

Remember what Rob wrote further up?

This is gonna be a whole new way of playing the game. Could be fun to watch.

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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

The world-cup is usually a bottomless pit.


It is believed that the 2006 world cup in Germany was more or less cash-neutral, due to sharply increased tourism in the years after (due to the overwhelmingly positive picture of the team and country in the media), the relative efficiency of the organization and the fact that a lot of stadiums were already in place and in relatively good shape.


It's like the Olympics, but just 22 men running after a ball and Germany always winning ;-)


Also, you only get to host the world-cup if it's tax-free for FIFA. So FIFA is the only one profiting from it.
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Back to the real business.

According to ABC, Cohen has FLIPPED.

ABC News: https://abcnews.go.com/US/trump-lawy...ry?id=55861988
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Old 13.06.2018, 18:57
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Back to the real business.

According to ABC, Cohen has FLIPPED.

ABC News: https://abcnews.go.com/US/trump-lawy...ry?id=55861988
Cohen seems to do that a lot.

What was not real business about Trump's/the US stunt about the games?
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Cohen seems to do that a lot.

What was not real business about Trump's/the US stunt about the games?
The real business is the STORMY business of course.

Stay tuned.
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The real business is the STORMY business of course.

Stay tuned.
I see

Well, I'm sure, when Cohen starts talking he will say things that interest me a lot more.
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Back to the real business.

According to ABC, Cohen has FLIPPED.

ABC News: https://abcnews.go.com/US/trump-lawy...ry?id=55861988
The absolute hammer here is that the Feds are only interested in flipping people who have really valuable and relevant information!!
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The latest now is supposedly that Cohen is begging Trump for a pardon (sending signals) so he does not have to flip. Stay tuned.
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The latest now is supposedly that Cohen is begging Trump for a pardon (sending signals) so he does not have to flip. Stay tuned.
I don't see where he'd have to beg. Trump has made it clear he's willing to pardon anyone who has been the target of an FBI investigation that he (Trump) thinks is a witch hunt.

Problem is, if he's not guilty and this is all a witch hunt, what is there to pardon?
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I don't see where he'd have to beg. Trump has made it clear he's willing to pardon anyone who has been the target of an FBI investigation that he (Trump) thinks is a witch hunt.

Problem is, if he's not guilty and this is all a witch hunt, what is there to pardon?
This is neither the time nor the place to be logic about things
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Old 14.06.2018, 00:19
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

White House Counsel Don McGahn recused his entire staff last summer from working on the Russia investigation because many of his office’s lawyers played significant roles in key episodes at the center of the probe, former White House attorney Ty Cobb said on Wednesday.

McGahn made the decision to halt his staff’s interactions with Special Counsel Robert Mueller because many of his own attorneys “had been significant participants” surrounding the firings of national security adviser Michael Flynn and FBI Director James Comey, Cobb said.

The former Trump White House lawyer explained that McGahn’s recusal was a key reason for why he was hired last summer to manage President Donald Trump’s official response on the Russia case, including filling Mueller’s requests for documents and arranging interviews with current and former White House aides.

While it’s been widely known that McGahn handed over day-to-day responsibilities to Cobb when he started working in the White House last July, neither of the Trump lawyers had ever specified that the entire White House legal office had been recused from the Russia probe in its entirety.

“It tells us how deeply rooted this scandal is in every different part of the White House,” said Norm Eisen, a former top Obama White House ethics attorney in the audience for Cobb’s remarks

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/...counsel-643709

Makes Sessions recusal a very insignificant thing!!
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"Donald, you must do what we tell you!"

"F*** you"
Possibly why all his official Govt. lawyers have recused themselves from the Russian probe?
Firstly the US attorney general Jeff Sessions and now the White House counsel McGrath and the whole White House legal team!
Or maybe it is all a cunning plan!
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The latest now is supposedly that Cohen is begging Trump for a pardon (sending signals) so he does not have to flip. Stay tuned.
Nobody can be pardoned until they've been convicted, and they can't be convicted until they've been interviewed at length, then tried (and presumably examined further in court, under oath)—so all of Cohen's dirty little secrets are likely to be exposed to Mueller anyway. The only way for Trump to avoid that result is for him to guarantee Cohen a pardon in the event of his conviction, which he would do only if Cohen kept his mouth shut in front of Mueller and in court. This would be obstruction of justice, which would leave Trump liable to prosecution and impeachment, upon conviction of which even he wouldn't be able to pardon himself if the charges were brought in State court (not Federal).

Fresh from being played openly by Kim Jong-Un, Trump is now getting himself wrapped around Robert Mueller's little finger.

This whole spectacle is getting more and more delicious!
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True - but OTOH, when the preconditions are too strict, the side that has to cave-in looks like a wimp, if they cave-in. Not a good thing in Asia, and not a good way to start negotiations AFAIK.

<Begin Historical Insert>
In 1945, before the a-bombs were thrown on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, there were various careful attempts from the Japanese side to broker some kind of face-saving capitulation. These attempts ultimately failed due to various reasons - but one reason was that the US insisted that the Tenno had to resign - a condition that the Japanese side felt it could not agree upon. History took its course and to or three days after the Nagasaki bomb, Japan capitulated, unconditionally.
The document they signed, however, didn't ask for a resignation of the Tenno.
(Of course, he was stripped of most powers and is now mostly what the Queen is to England - but it's all about face-saving there and the gesture counts for a lot).
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It's true that Trumps predecessors had their reservations and preconditions. But the thing with preconditions is that you have to follow through at some point, as per above. In 1945, the US could be very confident in this regard because they knew they had a very big hammer they could swing.
If you say that you don't accept NK as a sovereign state because you feel only SK is the real thing - then, at some point you have to make it happen. If you don't make it happen, the other side knows that it's just words and you'll never follow through.
The result with the Tenno in Japan could quite easily have been obtained without having to actually deploy the atomic bombs. The bombings were thus ultimately pointless and the lives lost were lost for no good reason. It is extremely tragic.

The same is true today in a way. If it does come to a military escalation, the end result won't be fundamentally different to before. The USA will still be the strong guy. They will still get what they want. It will just have cost very many lives and maybe many years to prove something that we knew already.
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Old 14.06.2018, 10:59
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What Trump is really good at is forcing the hands of his opponents (if it's to America's benefit or detriment - we'll know soon enough) by playing an incredibly crazy and dangerous game of chicken and escalating conflicts by (mostly) words and (less so) actions.

The thing with chicken is, you can only win if you can convince your opponent that you are even crazier than him. And while the world was convinced that KYU was a crazy SOB, Trump made sure you were never quite sure he wouldn't press the button first. John Bolton even thought loudly about the perfect legality of an American first strike.
There is one big difference between Trump playing chicken and somebody like, say, Reagan or Kennedy, playing chcken.

Reagan and Kennedy knew that if only once they didn't follow up on a threat, their credibilty would be in tatters forever. That made them predicatble. Maybe even manipulable.

Trump doesn't give a hoot about his credibility. He talks a lot, he changes his mind a lot, and he doesn't follow up. This makes him incredinly unpredictable, which can be something that strikes much more fear into his oppopnens
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

Now a public spat between the US and the Korea's about what was agreed at the summit! Pompeo publically claiming Trump did not agree to lift sanctions and S.Korea stating Trump does not have the unilateral right to cancel the war games.

I did forecast this outcome of the summit but I never expected Trump to have a private meeting with Kim so there are no witnesses of what was actually agreed!

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/06/14/a...ntl/index.html
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Now a public spat between the US and the Korea's about what was agreed at the summit! Pompeo publically claiming Trump did not agree to lift sanctions and S.Korea stating Trump does not have the unilateral right to cancel the war games.

I did forecast this outcome of the summit but I never expected Trump to have a private meeting with Kim so there are no witnesses of what was actually agreed!

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/06/14/a...ntl/index.html
He's managed to unite the Koreas for the first time in a long time. Sadly, the only thing they are united on are that they both think he's a div.
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