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A Republican Congressman Just Got Caught Literally Taking Orders From Putin

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A Republican Congressman Just Got Caught Literally Taking Orders From Putin

The Daily Beast has just revealed that last April, Vladimir Putin’s favorite Republican Congressman Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) traveled with a Congressional delegation to Moscow where he met privately with Russia’s Prosecutor-General Yuri Chaika.

Chaika is the very same Russian government official who music publicist Rob Goldstone emailed Donald Trump Jr. about to set up an apparently incriminating meeting for dirt on Hillary Clinton last year.

The Daily Beast reports that the Republican legislator came back to America with a secret document and mission: to hold a posthumous show trial of murdered Russian tax auditor Sergey Magnitsky and his client Bill Browder in Congress:

Members of the team of Russians who secured a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner also attempted to stage a show trial of anti-Putin campaigner Bill Browder on Capitol Hill.

The trial, which would have come in the form of a congressional hearing, was scheduled for mid-June 2016 by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), a long-standing Russia ally who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe. During the hearing, Rohrabacher had planned to confront Browder with a feature-length pro-Kremlin propaganda movie that viciously attacks him—as well as at least two witnesses linked to the Russian authorities, including lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.

A driving factor in passing Magnitsky Sanctions against Russia, which Congress approved in 2012, was that Russia put the dead auditor on trial posthumously along with his client Bill Browder, violating all international norms of the rule of law. So the Russians asked Rohrabacher to do the same in the United States Congress, and he complied.

Rep. Rohrabacher took documents from the Russian official Yuri Chaika last April, and then scheduled Congressional hearings, acing to remove the name Magnitsky from the new Global Magnitsky anti-corruption law and touted Putin’s cause in a House Foreign Relations Committee meeting on May 18th, 2016. (see video below)

The House Foreign Relations Committee rejected Rohrabacher’s amendment and his extensive arguments, approving the anti-corruption bill over his objections.

Next, the Republican-controlled foreign affairs committee decided to hold a hearing about “U.S. Policy Toward Putin’s Russia“(Transcript) instead of the hearing Rep. Rohrabacher wanted to hold grilling Browder and his dead employee, which was heard on June 14th, 2016.

Rep. Rohrabacher and Veselnitskaya attended an anti-Magnitsky propaganda film screening at Washington’s Newseum the night before the hearing. A showing of the Russian propaganda film at the EU Parliament only six weeks earlier was scrapped in a major political flap over its false contents. Rep. Rohrabacher had dinner with the major players in Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting at a private club for Republicans after the film:

During Royce’s hearing, Rohrabacher approvingly compared Donald Trump to Vladimir Putin. The congressman also submitted, for the congressional record, testimony that claimed Russia had not been behind the radioactive poisoning of former FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko in London.

Rohrabacher, Behrends, Akhmetshin, Veselnitskaya, and Matlock had dinner together later that night at the Capitol Hill Club, a private members’ establishment for Republicans. The evening was organized by Lanny Wiles, a veteran GOP operative.

The following day, Veselniskaya attended the House Foreign Relations Committee meeting and was quoted in a Sputnik News story about both events.

Rep. Rohrabacher’s top aide Paul Behrends – a former Blackwater lobbyist – was also at the meeting with Russian officials, and deeply involved in shepherding the Russian government’s agenda through the halls of power in D.C. In fact, also he knows ex-Blackwater CEO Erik Prince personally after serving with him in Rohrabacher’s office when the soldier for hire was just a Naval cadet and intern, long before he became Trump’s secret back channel to Russia this January.

Paul Behrends reached out to Bill Browder a couple of weeks before the loaded hearing and tried to get him to testify.

Russian prosecutor-general Yuri Chaika is so notriously corrupt and deeply loathed in Russia – as Maddow reported on MSNBC –  that he personally inspired a Pussy Riot song and hand gesture based on his name, which translates as ‘seagull.’

Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya worked previously as a prosecutor for Chaika and she told the Wall Street Journal that she regularly met with the government lawyer. Her client in America was a Cyprus company named Prevezon, and its owner’s father is also a Russian transportation executive.

All of those men worked underneath a Russian billionaire former public railways boss Victor Yakunin, who publicly endorsed Donald Trump on CNBC in a story entitled “Putin Ally Backs Donald Trump for President” days after Donald Trump Jr.’s damning meeting with the lawyer Veselnitskaya and Rohrabacher’s hearing:

“It was always Republicans when, in the old days, some of kind of bridges were constructed. If Mr Trump is coming into power, that will be more facilitative to faster establishing new kinds of relations.”

Victor Yakunin is considered extremely close to Putin and has siphoned billions of Russian state dollars into strange places according to this extensive Reuters expose.

While in Russia last April, Rep. Rohrabacher met with the former state-owned Russian Railways boss Vladimir Yakunin, who was forced out of official office in 2015 when his son applied for British citizenship – seen as a disgrace akin to leaving the family businesses with the loot. Vladimir Yakunin served as a UN Diplomat for the USSR in the 1980s, prompting rumors of having KGB training.

Politico confirmed the meeting between Rep. Rohrabacher and the sanctioned tycoon in Moscow, just after last year’s election.

In fact, the list of dubious behaviors is so disgusting, that even Republican Senator Chuck Grassley – better known for being a staunch Trump apologist – has been raising hell with the Department of Justice to get to the bottom of an apparent spy ring in the House of Representatives.

The Global Magnitsky Act was ultimately added to a major defense bill and passed last December, aiming to sanction officials who commit human rights atrocities.

The Russian government’s aggressive and illegal lobbying efforts expose a web of corruption that stretches directly from the Kremlin’s halls of power right into Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher’s office and into the Trump campaign. President Trump’s reliance on felonious assistance from Russian government agents has been revealed and his campaign’s admitted collusion must be punished by Special Counsel Mueller to the fullest extent of the law.

Via: Occupy Democrats

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Watch the first full trailer for Marvel’s Black Panther

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Watch the first full trailer for Marvel’s Black Panther

The first full trailer for Marvel’s Black Panther is here, and it gives us a better look at the world of Wakanda, where T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) is the newly crowned king. In the trailer, we see Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan), as he attempts to dethrone the Black Panther, plus lots of slow-motion, aerial views, and tight spandex. Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) reminds the Black Panther, “You get to decide what kind of king you are going to be.”

Directed by Ryan Coogler, Black Panther is a highly anticipated addition to Marvel’s cinematic slate, and it’s the first Marvel film to feature a predominately black cast.

Black Panther comes out on February 16th, 2018.

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Jigsaw Trailer Recaps The Saw Franchise

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Jigsaw Trailer Recaps The Saw Franchise


A new trailer for Jigsaw gives fans and newcomers alike a refresher course on the series so far. The Saw franchise was a staple for horror fans every Halloween in the mid to late 2000s, until the series seemingly called it quits with The Final Chapter back in 2010. The Saw movies revolved around the exploits of John Kramer, a man diagnosed with a terminal illness who decides to use the time he has left to kidnap victims and test them to see how much they value their lives.

He would place inside vicious, themed traps, where they would usually have to shed some blood – or limbs – to survive; most of them didn’t. The series is one of the few horror franchises that paid close attention to continuity, with each sequel building on characters and plot revelations from the previous entry. By the time the series reached part seven, though, the story had gotten too convoluted for many, and it felt like Saw had run out of steam by the time The Final Chapter opened in theaters.

Jigsaw aims to revive the series once more, and a new trailer has appeared that quickly recaps the first seven Saw movies, and explains Kramer’s motivations and philosophy. The new sequel follows a fresh batch of victims being tested – and tormented – by the legendary Jigsaw… which should be impossible, since John Kramer died in Saw III.

It will be interesting to see if Jigsaw does well, since audiences seemed burnt out on the series back when The Final Chapter was released. The Saw franchise belongs to an era of horror commonly known as “torture porn”, which typically featured victims being graphically tortured and dismembered. Other movies from this subgenre including the Hostel films, The Collector and Wolf Creek; and while they proved profitable for a few years, their inherent nastiness soon turned most viewers off.

The original Saw was actually more of a taut thriller with little in the way of gore, and this new entry appears to be playing up the mystery of who exactly is behind the new tests. Jigsaw may have also lucked out in terms of timing since horror is experiencing a real boon right now. IT is now one of the highest grossing horror movies of all time, and Blumhouse is having a great year thanks to films like Happy Death Day, Split and Get Out.

With Pennywise emerging as a new horror icon, and the forthcoming Halloween reboot bringing Michael Myers back to life, maybe there’s room after all for Jigsaw in the modern horror scene.

Source: Lionsgate


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Fox & Friends Loses It Over Female Thomas The Tank Engine Characters (VIDEO)



Fox & Friends Loses It Over Female Thomas The Tank Engine Characters (VIDEO)


Taking a break from trying to remember whether or not President Donald Trump ever admitted to committing sexual assault, the hosts of Fox & Friends turned their shrieking ire to a new target: children’s cartoon Thomas and Friends.

Specifically, it is Thomas and Friends’ addition of two female characters that have ruffled the F&F feathers. Host Pete Hegseth really kicked things off with this brilliant observation, sputtering as he tried to string together an argument.:

“Traditionally, boys have probably loved trains and girls probably do too. But there are more boy engines than girl engines. They’re balancing it out. They’re getting rid of two of the males and replacing them with female trains, one from Africa. And then the other changes — they are going to make Thomas more sustainable. He’s going to follow U.N. goals and stop polluting so much, and start being more environmentally friendly.”

This then launches into an argument about allowing “childhood to be childhood,” because, apparently, a show that includes female anthropomorphic train engines is too much for some children to deal with. Male anthropomorphic train engines that love polluting, however, are just fine.

Host David Webb continued to express his concern for our children, trying to clarify his anti-female train stance:

“I’m not against girl or boy trains or any trains. I would like to see a nice high-speed train represented, whatever the case may be. You know, Abby, I just don’t see the agenda being the driver.”

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Third host Abby Huntsman is the lone voice of reason in the discussion, arguing that gender equality in the cartoon train world is okay by her, all while her co-hosts attempt to interrupt her:

“Adding more women faces to trains, as a woman, I think that’s great. Also, clean energy, I’m all for clean energy in this country. I’m all for being more energy independent in this country. So, if this is something to be worried about, I just don’t know if that’s on the top of my list.”

Webb claims that the female trains on Thomas & Friends are “killing childhood.” Huntsman questions that argument, incredulously stating:

“Does that kill childhood, though? Because I know I’m about to have a girl and to read her that book or show her that, I don’t think that ends her childhood.”

Adding women to popular entertainment has long ruffled the skirts of the far right; alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos was booted off Twitter for (among other things) directing his fans to harass actor Leslie Jones, who was starring in the female reboot of Ghostbusters.

Keep in mind that this was a four minute segment on President Trump’s favorite morning news show, and it was discussing if the children of the United States are being indoctrinated because they added female trains to an animated children’s show. Watch the unbelievable exchange below, and especially note Abby Huntsman trying not to laugh in Pete Hegseth’s face as he introduces the segment:

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