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Frank Atanassow
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I think that if Trump can imagine innocent, peacable people protesting alongside people chanting "Jews will not replace us!" then he can imagine himself doing so. And he is doing so.

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What I thought of when I heard Trump respond to North Korea.
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Talk of presidential pardons has been in the news lately, but there is something I don't understand. If you wanted to impeach Trump and prosecute members of his administration, in order to avoid letting Trump pardon his cohorts couldn't you simply remove him from office first and then charge/prosecute the others? It's true that Pence or whoever his successor would be could still issue pardons, but at least it would be someone who (presumably) was not implicated.

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Reading this, something occurred to me. If I were Russia and I simply wanted to help Trump win by giving him access to material that could damage his opponent, I would not have contacted his campaign through an award-winning Russian lawyer -- or through a Russian bank like VEB or a Russian ambassador like Kislyak. I would have sent them the material anonymously. Why? Because, firstly, they might not accept it if they knew it had come from Russia, and, secondly, because if I got my Russian fingerprints all over their operation my attempt to help them win could backfire and ensure their loss.

However, if I thought Trump were an unscrupulous egomaniac who felt entitled to my aid, and also wanted to compromise Trump or his campaign, then I might do exactly this. I might try to entangle them with Russia as much as possible so that I could pressure them later when/if they were in office by threatening to reveal that they had colluded with me. I might approach many members of their team to attract the suspicions of US intelligence, without going so far as to incriminate them. I might suggest a "back-channel" at the Russian embassy.

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A Pew poll says that 58% of Republicans think colleges and universities have a negative effect on "the way things are going" in the US; only 36% say they have a positive effect.

The good news is that this attitude changes gradually as Republicans get younger: the least positive are those 65+, of whom only 27% have a positive opinion; but among those 18-29, 52% have a positive opinion. For Democrats, age does not correlate with opinion about colleges/universities.

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> Weeks before his inauguration, Donald Trump was allied with a company in the former Soviet republic of Georgia that planned to build a 47-story luxury tower in the Black Sea resort of Batumi...

> The Trump Organization’s push into Georgia and the broader region called Eurasia offers a made-to-order example of how little is publicly known about its foreign commitments, both past and present, and the sometimes conflicted activities of overseas associates.

> A McClatchy investigation reveals that Trump ventured more aggressively into the former Soviet empire from 2005 to 2015 than has previously been known, even seeking to have his name atop a massive shimmering glass tower in Astana, the post-Soviet capital of Kazakhstan.

> And Trump sought a trademark in Iran, a country he has sought to isolate as president, that would reserve use of his name among other things for real estate and hotels.

Salon wrote of this news, "There is a reason why Trump has been so desperate to end the Russia probe, and Occam’s razor says this is probably the reason. A G-Man with an unlimited mandate looking into all his dicey business dealings undoubtedly has him waking up in a cold sweat in the middle of the night." http://www.salon.com/2017/06/30/forget-the-stupid-tweets-theres-big-news-on-trumps-russia-connections-and-he-doesnt-want-you-to-read-it/

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Here's a new ad from the NRA, which 'prompted backlash from some progressives, who called it “an open call to violence” and “barely a whisper shy of a call for full civil war.”'

> They use their media to assassinate real news. They use their schools to teach children that their president is another Hitler. They use their movie stars and singers and comedy shows and award shows to repeat their narrative over and over again. And then they use their ex-president to endorse the resistance.

> All to make them march, make them protest, make them scream racism and sexism and xenophobia and homophobia. To smash windows, burn cars, shut down interstates and airports, bully and terrorize the law-abiding – until the only option left is for the police to do their jobs and stop the madness.

> And when that happens, they’ll use it as an excuse for their outrage. The only way we stop this, the only way we save our country and our freedom, is to fight this violence of lies with the clenched fist of truth. I’m the National Rifle Association of America, and I’m freedom’s safest place.

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> Early last August, an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Sent by courier from the CIA, it carried “eyes only” instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides.

> Inside was an intelligence bombshell, a report drawn from sourcing deep inside the Russian government that detailed Russian President Vladi­mir Putin’s direct involvement in a cyber campaign to disrupt and discredit the U.S. presidential race.

> But it went further. The intelligence captured Putin’s specific instructions on the operation’s audacious objectives — defeat or at least damage the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and help elect her opponent, Donald Trump.

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> If we are now locked in the Cold Civil War of 2017, most are firmly on either side of our not-so-Great Divide, MAGA caps vs. pussycat hats. But I have the vantage of an American mutt, raised in constant motion. I'm a local in small towns and big cities, a native to states red and blue, at home in the branches of so many different trees thanks to a family that broke before I could walk.
My father was a liberal, atheist homicide detective who fled Milwaukee's inner-city chaos for the serenity of the Rockies. My mother left him when I was two, found Jesus when I was four and one Saturday announced over breakfast "I had a dream from God last night."

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Climate change will cause destabilization and mass emigration. "Will"? No, we're already feeling those effects.

Two of conservatives' favorite bugaboos are security and immigration. Climate change played a role in the rise of ISIS in Syria, and the subsequent influx of refugees into Europe.

> "One of the things that preceded the failure of the nation-state of Syria and the rise of ISIS was the effect of climate change and the mega-drought that affected that region, wiped out farmers, drove people to cities, created a humanitarian crisis," [Dem. presidential candidate Martin] O’Malley told Bloomberg TV on July 20[, 2015]...

> A spokesperson for the O’Malley campaign told us that his source was a March 2015 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study, which was well received in its field, does not mention ISIS at all, but its authors told us O’Malley’s extrapolation makes sense.

> The study found evidence that climate change led to an extreme drought in Syria’s breadbasket between 2006 to 2009. Food prices skyrocketed, nutrition-related diseases became widespread, and 1.5 million internal refugees abandoned their farms and flooded into Syrian cities already crowded with 1.5 million Iraqi refugees displaced by the Iraq war, according to the study.

> This influx of people exacerbated existing problems like unemployment, corruption and brewing discontent with the regime of Bashar al-Assad, which failed to respond to the situation, according to the study. In 2011, the unrest reached boiling point and erupted into the Syrian uprising.

> If we follow the sequence of events like O’Malley does, it’s reasonable to say the next fallen domino is the rise of ISIS.
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