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Russian Companies Will Make A Lot Of Money Thanks To Trump Pulling Out Of Iran Deal

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When Trump pulled out of the Iran deal, he didn’t just risk causing a global crisis and a new war in the Middle East — he also ensured that his rich Russian friends would get richer.

Russia has condemned Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal President Obama worked so hard to secure, but that’s all fluff — Russian companies stand to gain quite a bit from the United States’ nonparticipation.

“The deal and the lifting of sanctions in 2015 marked the return of European business to Iran. But it’s unlikely they can keep doing business today, giving room to Russia,” political scientist Vladimir Sotnikov says. “Russia can now go ahead at full speed.”

“European companies are more exposed to the US market, they must comply not to get into trouble. The Russians are less (exposed) and have less to lose,” Igor Delanoe, an analyst at the Franco-Russian Observatory group, explained, adding that Russia and Iran managed a good business relationship “without any fuss” before the deal was put in place.

“They are used to working within legal and economic constraints,” Delanoe says, adding that Russia has a “real role to play” in Iran’s energy and electricity sectors. “The US has systematically forced Iran to turn more towards Russia and China.”

“Russia wants to sell steel, transport infrastructure and other manufactured goods to Iran. The less competition from the US and the EU, the better,” Charlie Robertson, an analyst at Renaissance Capital, says. Both Russia and China have said that they intend to continue doing business with Iran. As Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov says, “we are not scared of sanctions.”

Part of the reason Russia is not scared of sanctions is that Trump repeatedly refuses to enforce sanctions against his friend Vladimir Putin’s country.

Another thing Russia has going for it is that the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran deal has pushed oil prices to their highest level since 2014, which Russia’s Alfa Bank calls a “great relief for the Russian market.”

Trump’s interest, as most of us know, has never been what is good for the United States — and this is yet another example of him putting Russian interests ahead of our own.

It’s time to get the butternut bigot out of office. As he said himself, you “either have a country or you don’t.” We need to remove him while we still do.

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Ivanka Advising Daddy To ‘Cut Bait’ On Kavanaugh

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The Kavanaugh confirmation has turned out 180 degrees from the way it was expected to, going from slam dunk to problematic, to nightmare. Trump said it was “ridiculous” when asked recently if he would withdraw his nomination, but maybe that’s how it will in fact go down. Gabriel Sherman, Vanity Fair:

Two sources told me the White House has heard rumors that Ford’s account will be verified by women who say she told it to them contemporaneously. People worry, without apparent evidence, of another Ronan Farrow bomb dropping. One source says Ivanka Trump has told her father to “cut bait” and drop Kavanaugh.

Another reason Trump hasn’t gone to the mat for Kavanaugh is that he’s said to be suspicious of Kavanaugh’s establishment pedigree. “‘He’s a Bush guy, why would I put myself out there defending him?’” Trump told people, according to a former White House official briefed on the conversations. Trump also has expressed frustration with White House counsel Don McGahn, who aggressively lobbied for him to choose Kavanaugh, a source said. “Trump wants this guy on the court, but Trump knows there are five other people he could put on the court if this falls apart,” a former official said.

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Even before the Kavanaugh crisis, Trump has been worried about Republicans’ declining fortunes, and he’s been finding ways to shift the blame. Trump told a friend in the Oval Office last week that it would be Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan’s fault if Republicans lost the House and the Senate, according to a person familiar with the conversation. “This is the election about Ryan and McConnell—it’s about those guys,” Trump said. Trump referred to his 2020 campaign as “the real election.” “It’s pure Trump. He has to come up with a way he’s not responsible if Republicans lose,” a former West Wing staffer said.

Maybe he’s worried about impeachment as well. If the Democrats take the Senate, what was once an impossibility, 67 votes, might become doable.

The only thing that is sure of, is that as usual, just when you think you have a handle on things, the narrative is going to change.

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David Brock, a different but crucial perspective on Kavanaugh

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David used to be a Republican but not any more as he explains in his book Blinded by the Right : The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative (which I didn’t read).

While working for The American Spectator, he wrote an article on Anita Hill, which he later expanded into The Real Anita Hill, a book that made him popular in the conservative movement. Brock would later say that many of the details he used were false.

The Seduction of Hillary Rodham was the beginning of Brock’s falling out with the conservative movement. The issue that forced him to leave the conservative movement was the movement’s intolerance towards homosexuality. Brock had reluctantly come out of the closet prior to writing the Hillary Clinton book, and believes this contributed to his being shunned by many in the movement.

Brock voted for Al Gore in 2000, the first time he voted since he voted for Ronald Reagan in 1984.

He was on MSNBC today (with Chris Hayes?) so I Googled and I got this;

I knew Brett Kavanaugh during his years as a Republican operative. Don’t let him sit on the Supreme Court.

This is the sub-title;

We were part of a close circle of cynical hard-right operatives being groomed for much bigger things.

And it starts with this introduction to his perspective;

I used to know Brett Kavanaugh pretty well. And, when I think of Brett now, in the midst of his hearings for a lifetime appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, all I can think of is the old “Aesop’s Fables” adage: “A man is known by the company he keeps.”

And that’s why I want to tell any senator who cares about our democracy: Vote no.

Twenty years ago, when I was a conservative movement stalwart, I got to know Brett Kavanaugh both professionally and personally.

Then it gets interesting;

Call it Kavanaugh’s cabal: There was his colleague on the Starr investigation, Alex Azar, now the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Mark Paoletta is now chief counsel to Vice President Mike Pence; House anti-Clinton gumshoe Barbara Comstock is now a Republican member of Congress. Future Fox News personalities Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson were there with Ann Coulter, now a best-selling author, and internet provocateur Matt Drudge.

At one time or another, each of them partied at my Georgetown townhouse amid much booze and a thick air of cigar smoke.

And then down to the trees;

A detailed analysis of Kavanaugh’s own notes from the Starr Investigation reveals he was cherry-picking random bits of information from the Starr investigation — as well as the multiple previous investigations — attempting vainly to legitimize wild right-wing conspiracies. For years he chased down each one of them without regard to the emotional cost to Foster’s family and friends, or even common decency.

And David concludes;

But I don’t need to see any documents to tell you who Kavanaugh is — because I’ve known him for years. And I’ll leave it to all the lawyers to parse Kavanaugh’s views on everything from privacy rights to gun rights. But I can promise you that any pretense of simply being a fair arbiter of the constitutionality of any policy regardless of politics is simply a pretense. He made up his mind nearly a generation ago — and, if he’s confirmed, he’ll have nearly two generations to impose it upon the rest of us.

The perspective of a fellow fast rising Republican operative who has gotten out of the immoral bubble is very significant.  If Kavanaugh gets confirmed we will have in the SCOTUS an long time operative with a nightmarish vision of America.

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Over 700 Holton-Arms alumni release letter in support of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford

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Great carpool guy, alleged sexual assaulter, and historic liar Brett Kavanaugh is weighing whether or not he will remain absent, and allow his old white friends in the Senate do the dirty work of cross examining the woman who has accused him attempting to rape her back at a high school party in the early 1980s. Christine Blasey Ford is being set up by Republicans, so craven to get “wins” that they are willing to overlook one of the least qualified Supreme Court nominees in history, and his alleged immoral character, and punish the potential victim of his crimes a second time by publicly blaming her in some shape or form.

Republican tool Chuck Grassley (IA) already magically produced a letter signed by some 65 women who did not go to school with Kavanaugh but felt like they could vouch for his character. Christine Blasey Ford’s former high school Holton-Arms School was the all-girls equivalent to Kavanaugh’s all-boys Georgetown Preparatory School. On Sunday, the head of Holton-Arms, Susanna A. Jones posted a statement of support—reprinted in the Washington Post.

In a recent article, The Washington Post describes an alleged assault of one of our alumnae by Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh that occurred in the early 1980s, while she was a student at Holton-Arms. In these cases, it is imperative that all voices are heard. As a school that empowers women to use their voices, we are proud of this alumna for using hers.

Now 731 Holton-Arms alumni have signed their support (at the time of this diary) and posted that to StandWithBlaseyFord.com.

BETHESDA, MARYLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: The entrance to the Holton Arms School is shown on September 18, 2018 in Bethesda, Maryland. Christine Blasey Ford, who attended the all-girls prep school, has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who attended the all-boys Georgetown Preparatory School, of assaulting her when the two were students. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

We are alumnae of the Holton-Arms School, and we are writing in support of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a fellow Holton graduate.

We believe Dr. Blasey Ford and are grateful that she came forward to tell her story. It demands a thorough and independent investigation before the Senate can reasonably vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to a lifetime seat on the nation’s highest court.

Dr. Blasey Ford’s experience is all too consistent with stories we heard and lived while attending Holton. Many of us are survivors ourselves.

We demand a thorough and independent investigation of these charges before any vote on Brett Kavanaugh. The fact remains, Brett Kavanaugh has shown himself to be a liar, so taking his “word” for anything at this point is suspect.

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