Monday, October 12, 2020

White House News (白宮消息) | Oct 13, 2020

Christopher Steele

FBI spreadsheet exposed folly of Steele dossier claims, declassified copy shows
Document obtained by Just the News shows almost no intel reporting to support Steele's claims, except for suspect sources like Sputnik or the brother of a DNC operative.

Oct. 13 - An FBI spreadsheet that evaluated the credibility of Christopher Steele's dossier found almost no corroborating evidence from official intelligence reporting, leaving analysts to grope after flimsy sources like a Democratic operative, a Russian propaganda news site and U.S. news media story leaks that amounted to circular reporting.

In one entry, FBI analysts tried to evaluate one of Steele's most lurid claims — later debunked — that Trump was videotaped committing lewd sex acts with prostitutes at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Moscow. "There is no confirmation that Trump stayed here," they found. "There is no 'Presidential Suite' currently listed."
The 94-page document was obtained Monday by Just the News in a mostly declassified state, with some redactions...    continue to read

What Vladimir Putin Has Said about Joe Biden
Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses participants of the 7th Forum of the Regions of Russia and Belarus via video feed at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence, outside Moscow, on September 29, 2020. During a television interview last week, Putin said he sees an “ideological basis” for working with Biden if the former vice president wins the election on November 3.

Oct. 13 -...Putin said that Black Americans' fight for justice and equality in the U.S. was another issue on which Russia agreed with the Democratic Party. The Black Lives Matter movement reignited over the summer as protesters reacted to the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died while in police custody in Minneapolis on Memorial Day. Putin once again tapped into the history of the Communist Party to make his point, saying that communist leaders unified Black and white workers during the 1930s against "imperialism and capitalism."...   more details
PBS NewsHour full episode, Oct. 12, 2020
Oct 13, 2020
Monday on the NewsHour, the Senate Judiciary Committee begins confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s latest nominee to the Supreme Court. Plus: An update from the presidential campaigns, global protests by Indigenous peoples, Rick Gates on President Trump, a competitive Texas congressional district, Politics Monday and the legacy of NBA superstar LeBron James.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

White House News (白宮消息) | Oct 12, 2020

Donald Trump on Sunday morning promised 'breathtaking' new revelations were imminent relating to the investigation into Russian support of his 2016 election campaign. Earlier in the week the president said he had authorized the declassification of all documents in connection with the probe, which ultimately sparked the Mueller investigation. Trump has demanded, with increasing urgency, the prosecution and jailing of those involved.

'We caught them cold, we have them cold': Trump promises 'breathtaking' new documents about Mueller's Russia probe will be released that 'prove Obama campaign and Hillary Clinton tried to set him up'

Oct. 12 - President Donald Trump promised on Sunday that 'breathtaking' new documents would soon be made public, relating to the events leading up to the Mueller probe.
Trump has already vowed to declassify all information surrounding the investigation into the Trump campaign's relationship with Russia.

On Sunday the president told Fox News' Maria Bartiromo that the documents proved the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton had tried to set him up.     more details


PBS NewsHour Weekend Full Episode October 11, 2020
Oct 12, 2020
On this edition for Sunday, October 11, President Trump says he is clear to hit the campaign trail, confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett are set to begin, and how a mobile truck is helping social workers reach out to people in need during the pandemic.

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The future of American terror
Oct. 12, 2020

The FBI announced terrorism charges on Thursday against an anti-government militia group for plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D). Now, University of Michigan professor Alexandra Minna Stern says that politically motivated violence may only get worse.
  • Plus, the debate around whether another presidential debate will or won't happen.
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Saturday, October 10, 2020

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Oct 10, 2020
Russia INF TreatyDeal on Nuclear Warhead Freeze Could Deter Next US Leader From U-Turns, Russian Lawmaker Says
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The signing of a Russian-US agreement on nuclear warhead freeze under the Donald Trump administration could become an incentive for its successor to hold back hawkish policies and stick to arms control principles, the first deputy chair of the Russian lower house's foreign affairs committee said.

Oct. 11 - "If such an agreement becomes a reality, then in any case, it is, first of all, an unconditional success of the forces that advocate for arms control and, hence, for preserving guarantees of preventing a new world war," Dmitry Novikov said.
According to the lawmaker, the signing of a freeze agreement would become not only a success for the current administration but also an incentive for its successor to stick to arms control commitments, in case Democrats come to power in November.

"The new head of the White House will have to choose between the roles of a peacemaker and a hawk. Democrats have already made some statements committing them to move toward maintaining control mechanisms on the most significant and serious types of weapons. If they suddenly make a U-turn on their policy after entering the White House, they will have to explain this at least," he added.

Such an agreement, Novikov went on, would also positively affect the situation in the world, "where too many security mechanisms have already been broken, making the world very fragile"...     continue to read

Oct 10, 2020
Pompeo in Dubrovnik Warns Croatia Against Close Ties With China
October the 11th, 2020 - Mike Pompeo in Dubrovnik attracted a lot of media attention, and the former head of the CIA had a clear message to Croatia when it comes to doing business with the Chinese - Be careful.

Oct. 11 - As Novac/David Lekaj writes, "Open your eyes when doing business with China," was the message of the former head of the Central Intelligence Agency, who received his military training at the prestigious West Point and his doctorate in law from Harvard.

Mike Pompeo in Dubrovnik explained the geopolitical dangers and pitfalls of cooperation with China in great detail as part of the "17 + 1" initiative. His statement that "the Chinese just want to take money from Croatia" surprised the Croatian public, considering that newspaper columns have been filled with articles about Chinese investments in various projects within the country for several years. However, what was happening far from the radar of the Croatian public was the presentation of Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma to Chinese businessmen at the "Green Forum" on Tuesday (September the 29th) when he uttered almost the same words as Pompeo in Dubrovnik. All in all, we should encourage our government to seriously consider Croatia's further role in the "17 + 1" initiativ...   continue to read

Friday, October 9, 2020

White House News (白宮消息) | Oct 10, 2020

Washington can initiate peace in the South Caucasus

Oct. 9 - As fighting intensifies between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Washington’s silence is deafening. Domestic distractions are no excuse for the Trump administration to ignore a war that threatens to engulf Turkey, Russia and Iran, and place NATO partner Georgia in grave danger. Indeed, America is the sole power that can defuse the conflict and take a leadership role in a long-overdue peace settlement.

Fierce fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan has not subsided since September 27, making negotiations more difficult with each passing day. Battles are taking place along the line of contact that has separated Azerbaijani and Armenian forces since the 1994 ceasefire. Armenian-controlled cities in Nagorno-Karabakh region have been shelled, including the capital Stepanakert, as well as Azerbaijani villages on the other side of the line of contact, with both sides reporting civilian deaths. 

Armenian mid-range missiles have also hit civilian targets far beyond the conflict zone, reaching as far as the Absheron region near Azerbaijan’s capital Baku. Several missiles hit Azerbaijan’s second-largest city Ganja, located close to major oil and gas pipelines from the Caspian Sea to Europe. On October 6, Armenian forces reportedly fired a rocket targeting the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline in Azerbaijan’s Yevlakh region. The rocket barely missed the oil pipeline and the nearby South Caucasus natural gas line, but the threat to major energy, transportation and communication corridors remains high.     continue to read


Armenia and Azerbaijan Agree to Cease-Fire in Nagorno-Karabakh

Pigeons fly near Holy Mother of God Cathedral in Stepanakert during a military conflict in the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Oct. 9, 2020. Armenia and Azerbaijan say they have agreed to a cease-fire.

Oct. 9 - Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to a cease-fire in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region beginning at noon Saturday.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov made the announcement in Moscow in the early hours Saturday after mediating 10 hours of talks between the two sides.
The agreement stated the truce would allow both sides to exchange prisoners and recover the dead. Lavrov said the cease-fire should pave the way for further talks on the settlement of the conflict.

The talks between the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan were held following an invitation by Russian President Vladimir Putin after nearly two weeks of fighting.

On Friday, United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet called for an “urgent cease-fire” in Nagorno-Karabakh, citing a heavy toll on civilians.     continue to read

PBS NewsHour full episode, Oct. 9, 2020
Oct. 10 2020
Friday on the NewsHour, Hurricane Delta, a Category 2 storm, approaches the southwest Louisiana coast. Plus: The World Food Program receives the Nobel Peace Prize, Mark Salter on the legacy of John McCain, Saudi Arabia two years after Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, COVID-19 surges in battleground state of Wisconsin, politics with Mark Shields and David Brooks and remembering victims of the pandemic.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

White House News (白宮消息) | Oct 9, 2020

Nancy Pelosi vows to ‘talk about’ the 25th Amendment: Here’s what that is—again

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters that Democrats would discuss the amendment, which provides for removing a medically unfit president, on Friday.

Oct. 8 - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a Thursday press conference that Democrats plan to discuss the 25th Amendment, the constitutional provision that deals with replacing a president, on Friday.

The amendment was added to the Constitution in the 1960s after John F. Kennedy was assassinated, in order to clarify the rules for replacing a deceased or incapacitated president. It allows for the vice president and members of the Cabinet to remove a president who is unable to carry out the duties of office, with provisions for handling a dispute between the president and other officials about whether the president is fit for office.

Pelosi didn’t specify exactly what Democrats plan to discuss about the amendment, but, as The Hill reports, the discussion arose as she critiqued President Trump for not revealing more about his coronavirus diagnosis and the outbreak involving the White House. Pelosi declined to say whether she felt the amendment should be invoked to suspend Trump from office, but she later suggested that he might be in an “altered state” because of the drugs he’s been prescribed for COVID-19.

It seems unlikely the amendment will be invoked without a further change in the president’s health, since it requires either the president or the vice president to declare the president medically unfit. Both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have said Trump is in good health after his treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

It’s not the first time the topic has come up during Trump’s term in office. Two years ago, The New York Times reported that Rod Rosenstein—then the deputy U.S. attorney general—discussed recruiting Cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment. At the time, Rosenstein denied the report.   source
Nancy Pelosi suggests future discussion on Donald Trump's fitness for office 
Oct. 8, 2020
Nancy Pelosi teased a discussion about the 25th amendment, which pertains to the president’s removal from office if found unfit, which she said would be held tomorrow. The House speaker also spoke about Trump calling himself a 'perfect physical specimen'. She said the president owed it to the American people to share when he tested positive for Covid-19 after the White House refused to provide a timeline of the president’s testing before he was admitted to the hospital


The 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution deals with presidential authority in the event of death or removal from office, and was ratified in 1967, in the wake of John F Kennedy's assassination.

What does the 25th Amendment say?

It is in four sections, all dealing with the president leaving office during his or her elected term. 

The first section states that the vice president takes over the Oval Office if the president dies or resigns – or is removed – something which the original Constitution did not clearly state.

Presidents of course can be removed by impeachment, a feature of the constitution from the start. They can also be removed through the 25th Amendment - of which more below.

Section II states that if the vice president dies, or resigns – or is fired – both the House and Senate have to confirm a new vice president. Until 1967, presidents could change vice presidents mid-term on their own if they got the vice president to agree to resign - not something that actually happened, but which was possible in principle.

Section III makes clear that a president can temporarily delegate his powers to the vice president, and later reclaim them when he - or she - is capable of serving. This is most often invoked if a president is under the influence of surgical anesthetic for a short period of time. 

Section IV is the amendment's most controversial part: it describes how the president can be removed from office if he is incapacitated and does not leave on his own...     continue to read

PBS NewsHour full episode, Oct. 8, 2020
Oct. 9 2020
Thursday on the NewsHour, it’s unclear when President Trump and Joe Biden will face off again after Trump declines a virtual debate. Plus: The debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris, Dr. Anthony Fauci on COVID-19 in the White House, a terror plot in Michigan, Afghan peace talks, fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan, a contentious Maine Senate race and taking the stage.

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