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Дик Чейни
Ричард Брюс (Дик) Чейни (англ. Richard Bruce (Dick) Cheney 30 января 1941, Линкольн, Небраска — американский политик, республиканец, работал в администрациях четырёх президентов США. В администрации Дж. Буша-старшего 1989—1993 министр обороны США.
Ричард Брюс (Дик) Чейни (англ. Richard Bruce (Dick) Cheney 30 января 1941, Линкольн, Небраска — американский политик, республиканец, работал в администрациях четырёх президентов США. В администрации Дж. Буша-старшего 1989—1993 министр обороны США.
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08 декабря, 15:08

NYT: Trump will keep a stake in his biz -- Union leader gets death threats after Trump tweets -- EXCLUSIVES: MIKE SHIELDS and ROB SIMMS start a firm; Danielle Burr going downtown -- WH XMAS party spotteds

Listen to Playbook in 90 Seconds http://bit.ly/2gFaCBJ … Subscribe on iTunes http://apple.co/2eX6EayTRUMP GOES AFTER UNION BOSS -- @realDonaldTrump at 7:41 p.m.: “Chuck Jones, who is President of United Steelworkers 1999, has done a terrible job representing workers. No wonder companies flee country!” … at 8:56 p.m.: “If United Steelworkers 1999 was any good, they would have kept those jobs in Indiana. Spend more time working-less time talking. Reduce dues”.--DANIELLE PAQUETTE (@DPAQreport) of the Washington Post at 8:41 p.m.: “Just talked to Chuck: ‘He needs to worry about getting his cabinet filled and leave me the hell alone.’ … “Chuck, a union leader in Indianapolis, says he is now getting death threats.” Danielle’s story http://wapo.st/2hnaSoK Good Thursday morning. The government is set to shut down tomorrow evening. (No, we don't expect that it will)A MUST READ -- NYT, A1: “Donald Trump Is Said to Intend to Keep a Stake in His Business,” by Maggie Haberman and Jo Becker: “President-elect Donald J. Trump is considering formally turning over the operational responsibility for his real estate company to his two adult sons, but he intends to keep a stake in the business and resist calls to divest, according to several people briefed on the discussions. Under a plan now being considered by the Trump family and its lawyers, Ivanka Trump, Mr. Trump’s elder daughter, would also take a leave of absence from the Trump Organization, in the surest sign that she is exploring a potential move to Washington with her husband, Jared Kushner. Mr. Kushner is discussing an as-yet undetermined role advising his father-in-law, and Ms. Trump plans on being an advocate on issues in which she has a personal interest, like child care. …“The Office of Government Ethics has told Mr. Trump’s lawyers that only a divestiture would resolve ethical concerns, guidance that was made public in an extraordinary stream of posts on the office’s Twitter feed. Officials with the office did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the plan under consideration.” http://nyti.ms/2gdX9je TRANSITION UPDATE -- “Trump Team Said to Consider Thiel Associate O’Neill for FDA,” by Bloomberg’s Drew Armstrong, Jen Jacobs and Robert Langreth: “President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team is considering a Silicon Valley investor close to billionaire Peter Thiel to head the [FDA] ... [Jim] O’Neill is a managing director at Thiel’s Mithril Capital Management, and last served in government during the George W. Bush administration as principal associate deputy secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services. He’s also a board member of the Seasteading Institute, a Thiel-backed venture to create new societies at sea, away from existing governments.” http://bloom.bg/2hj8h3f FROM TRUMP TOWER - SCOTT PRUITT NAMED EPA DIRECTOR - News release Thursday morning: “For too long, the Environmental Protection Agency has spent taxpayer dollars on an out-of-control anti-energy agenda that has destroyed millions of jobs, while also undermining our incredible farmers and many other businesses and industries at every turn. As my EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, the highly respected Attorney General from the state of Oklahoma, will reverse this trend and restore the EPA’s essential mission of keeping our air and our water clean and safe,” said President-elect Donald Trump. “My administration strongly believes in environmental protection, and Scott Pruitt will be a powerful advocate for that mission while promoting jobs, safety and opportunity.”-- CRITICAL READING on Pruitt from NYT’s Eric Lipton in 2014, “Energy Firms in Secretive Alliance With Attorneys General” http://nyti.ms/2gYRaCR-- NYT A18, “What It’s Like to Apply for a Job in Donald Trump’s White House,” by Julie Davis: “Mr. Trump’s interview style in the real world is direct but conversational, according to people who have sat opposite him. He did not take notes or appear to refer to a set list of questions, but he did have dossiers on his visitors and often displayed intricate knowledge of their backgrounds and experience. He rarely drank or ate. He kept his suit jacket on. In New York, he liked to show off the sweeping views of Central Park visible over his shoulder. ... “Mr. Trump has been more hands-on in the interviews than his predecessors were. George W. Bush rarely spoke in person to more than one finalist for each cabinet post, said Clay Johnson III, who directed his transition effort in 2000. President Obama also interviewed a single finalist for each post in most cases, usually in a one-on-one discussion meant to confirm an already well-established conclusion that the candidate would be right for the job … Mr. Trump, who prizes loyalty, also wanted to know precisely what the job seekers did to propel him into the White House.” http://nyti.ms/2hnz8qN -- “Obama officials alarmed at slow pace of agency-level transition: Despite rush of cabinet appointments, Trump’s team lags in crucial, lower-profile work that will help launch his agenda,” by Sarah Wheaton: “The slower pace applies not only to key appointments throughout his administration, but also to Trump’s lower-profile agency review teams whose nitty-gritty work with Obama’s career bureaucrats could make or break Trump’s pledge to get his presidency off to a barn-burning start. Obama administration officials assigned to the transition say Trump’s representatives have been AWOL at some agencies, leaving them sitting on binders full of briefing materials that have been amassed since March.” http://politi.co/2h9Ed7i SPOTTED -- @kevcirilli: “Spotted in @TrumpDC, Old Post Office Building, lobby earlier this afternoon: Heidi Cruz. I’m told she’s in town on business. Small town!” Sen. Ted Cruz was spotted there as well. Pic http://politi.co/2gdv4gRBEHIND CLOSED DOORS -- “Trump thrills donors with tales of election night,” by Isaac Arnsdorf, Alex Isenstadt and Ben White: “President-elect Donald Trump treated more than 800 donors to a play-by-play of election-night drama at a New York breakfast fundraiser on Wednesday ... Trump’s recounting of his emotions on Nov. 8 took up the bulk of his remarks at the restaurant Cipriani, with one attendee relaying that Trump said he expected to lose and take a vacation with his wife, Melania. Trump said he would name his secretary of state next week, but didn’t say who he’s considering or provide other details. He also singled out Ronna Romney, the Michigan GOP chair and a niece of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, saying she’d get something big. She’s seen as a possible choice to lead the [RNC]. ...“When it comes to his inauguration, Trump said he recently met with TV producer Mark Burnett, who urged him to plan an extravagant celebration with events in Washington and New York. ... Trump said he even converted one opponent to a $10 million donor. ‘They said Never Trump, now they’re Only Trump,’ he bragged to laughter and applause ... ‘I got Jeff Zucker his job and they spent 18 months trashing me!’ Trump said, according to a source in the room, referring to the president of CNN. Trump’s choice for chief of staff, Reince Priebus, also spoke, and joked that Trump would be such a good president his face would one day be on the $20 bill.” http://politi.co/2h61syJSPOTTED from DC attending the breakfast fundraiser: Jeff Deboer of The Real Estate Roundtable; Richard Hunt of the Consumer Bankers Association; Molly Wilkinson of the Electronic Payments Coalition; Nick Owens of Magnolia Strategy Partners; Leah Ann Pusey of the American Insurance Association; Loretta and Bill Greene; Ali Tulbah; Geoff Grey; Noe Garcia; and Chris Berardini of Quicken Loans. The franchise industry also had a strong contingent: IFA President and CEO Robert Cresanti, FirstService Brands President and CEO Charlie Chase, SportClips founder and CEO Gordon Logan, JaniKing President and CEO Jerry Crawford and Dairy Queen franchisee William C. Hall.COMING ATTRACTIONS -- @TeddyDavisCNN: “Hillary Clinton will headline a ‘thank you celebration’ for her top donors in on Dec. 15. The event will take place at The Plaza in NY.”-- “The RNC Is Hosting Its Christmas Party This Year At Donald Trump’s Hotel,” by HuffPost’s Sam Stein: “The event ... is said to be a more exclusive and celebratory affair this year owing to the unexpected election victories enjoyed by the party this November. But in moving the proceedings to Donald Trump’s downtown D.C. hotel, which only opened this past fall, the committee risks furthering the perception that the president-elect is leveraging his newfound political power for private gains.” http://huff.to/2gnuwTT KOCH WORLD -- “Koch brothers announce layoffs: The billionaire brothers, who sparred with Donald Trump, are reorganizing their advocacy network,” by Ken Vogel: “The Koch brothers’ massive conservative advocacy organization, which this summer began consolidating its operations after deciding to sit out the presidential race, on Wednesday announced it would be laying off 81 people. ... Also on Wednesday, the network announced the creation of a for-profit communications firm called ‘In Pursuit Of,’ which will be owned by the central non-profit group in the Koch network, Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce. In Pursuit Of will provide paid services to Freedom Partners and other groups in the network, as well as to other clients that adhere to the small government brand of conservativism that animates the Kochs.” http://politi.co/2gYo1aOFIRST FAMILY -- “Tiffany Trump tours Harvard Law School,” by Daniel Lippman and Josh Dawsey, making his Politico debut even though he doesn't officially start until Monday: “Tiffany Trump, the 23-year-old daughter of President-elect Donald Trump, toured Harvard Law School on Tuesday, according to multiple on-campus sources. ... Trump, the only child of Donald and Marla Maples, graduated this spring from the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in sociology and urban studies. ... Trump gave a hint of her future education plans earlier this year when she posted a picture of LSAT prep books with the phrase ‘I got this,’ garnering more than 6,000 likes on Instagram.” http://politi.co/2h7ikYCHARRY REID EXIT INTERVIEW -- “Reid predicts end of filibuster,” by Seung Min Kim, Burgess Everett and John Bresnahan: “Senate Democrats are about to get rolled on Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks. They could spend years in the minority. And instead of the GOP collapse that many expected on Nov. 8, it's now Democrats soul-searching about what went wrong. But as Harry Reid prepares to leave the Senate this month after 34 years in Washington, he says everything is just fine with his party, thank you … “And Reid not only refused to admit any misgivings about invoking the ‘nuclear option’ for most nominations - a move that’s backfiring now by empowering Republicans - he predicted it's just a matter of time before the filibuster is done away with altogether. Though the filibuster is Democrats' best weapon against Trump, Reid said it would be a ‘mistake’ for his party to reflexively oppose whatever Trump proposes. But the outgoing minority leader also wants Democrats to stand firm for their core principles, urging lawmakers to do ‘everything in their power’ to block ‘wacky’ Supreme Court nominees and to not be ‘complicit’ in supporting GOP priorities like tax cuts for the rich and repealing Obamacare.” http://politi.co/2h9zUc4 ... The seven best quotes: http://politi.co/2hjfAI7--“Senate Dems shamed for nearly all-white top staffers: Activists say there’s a ‘soft bigotry’ at work — and party leaders say they need to do a better job hiring minorities,” by Elana Schor and Anna Palmer: “Senate Democrats are facing growing pressure to break the white male stranglehold on senior staff positions in their ranks — a push that's uniting consultants and lobbyists inside the Beltway with Black Lives Matter and other minority leaders who are accusing the party of ‘soft bigotry.’ The attacks are prompting uncomfortable discussions among Democrats even as they welcome their historic Senate freshman class, which includes the chamber’s first Latina and Indian-American members … “Now, activists are shaming Senate Democrats, noting that the chamber’s only African-American chief of staff works for Republican Sen. Tim Scott. And civil rights groups are holding a public conference call on Thursday to escalate their campaign for more diverse hiring by newly elected senators … More than a dozen lobbyists — some big donors, some smaller donors — have been meeting to discuss how to proceed. The group has focused on the [DSCC] in particular. ‘As minority lobbyists, we know we invest in the DSCC directly, financially, and we want them to, in return, invest in us as a community and not just take our money and then — when they make decisions on who to hire as vendors and staff — to look the other way,’ said Oscar Ramirez, a lobbyist at the Podesta Group.” http://politi.co/2h8N7EBSCHOCK UPDATE -- A federal judge has denied former Rep. Aaron Schock’s (R-Ill.) request that she move his trial on 24 criminal counts from Springfield to his hometown of Peoria. Schock will be arraigned on Monday in Springfield.WOMP WOMP -- “Judge’s order suspends Michigan’s recount,” by Detroit News’ Robert Snell and Chad Livengood: “A federal judge Wednesday suspended a recount of the Nov. 8 presidential election that started three days ago and has yet to reveal fraud or significantly alter the results. ... [Jill] Stein failed to show she was an aggrieved candidate as defined by state law and entitled to a recount, the judge said. He concluded Stein’s request to test the election system’s vulnerability to fraud lacked evidence.” http://detne.ws/2hn6N3V -- “Joe Biden Says He Has ‘No Intention’ of Running in 2020,” by WSJ’s Siobhan Hughes: “Vice President Joe Biden, heading into a farewell party organized after a series of tributes on the Senate floor, on Wednesday pulled back from his own suggestions he could make a bid for the presidency in 2020. ‘I have no intention of running,’ Mr. Biden told reporters on his way in to a farewell party at the Senate.” http://on.wsj.com/2gYNuRCVIDEO DU JOUR – Kellyanne Conway’s funny story Wednesday morning at POLITICO’s #WomenRule event about how she negotiated her first speaking fee (with a Mark Mehlman cameo). 2-min. video http://politi.co/2h7ffry IF YOU LOOK AT ONE THING -- “‘They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals’” -- photographs and text by Daniel Berehulak in the NYT: “Inside President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal antidrug campaign in the Philippines, our photojournalist documented 57 homicide victims over 35 days.” http://nyti.ms/2gnwVxY NIGEL FARAGE PROFILE -- Bloomberg Businessweek’s Joshua Green: “Green spends time with Nigel Farage, aka Mr. Brexit, who has some radical international trade ideas for his new BFF, Donald Trump, which would upend U.S. policy toward the U.K. and the European Union. ‘His ideas will always be listened to seriously in a Trump White House,’ said Steve Bannon, Trump’s senior counselor and chief strategist.” Story live at 7 a.m. http://buswk.co/Farage FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: MIKE SHIELDS AND ROB SIMMS START THEIR OWN SHOP -- Mike Shields and Rob Simms, two of D.C.’s top GOP operatives, are starting Convergence Media, a “political strategy, public affairs, creative, online, television digital agency,” Shields said. Shields most recently ran American Action Network and the Congressional Leadership Fund, organizations that support House Republicans. Before that, Shields was chief of staff of the Republican National Committee under Reince Priebus, who is now the incoming White House chief of staff. Simms has spent the last four years in top positions at the NRCC -- he was the executive director this cycle, and the political director the cycle before. The pair are not going to lobby but plan to have corporate and political clients. FUN FACT: Shields and Simms were fraternity brothers at George Mason and first talked about starting their own firm in 1994. WHY THIS MAKES SENSE: They both have both run massive political organizations and have worked in government. Shields is close to Priebus, and will be able to translate what the White House is up to. The firm’s website www.convergencemedia.us/-- DANIELLE BURR, director of external affairs for House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, is leaving to become a partner at Peck Madigan Jones. A former lobbyist at Navigators Global, Burr has also served as whip liaison for then-Senate Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.). “Danielle’s knowledge of the intersection between Capitol Hill, advocacy groups, and the private sector has made her such a valuable member of my team,” McCarthy said in an email. “She has earned a reputation for her honesty and her collaborative style. While we’ll miss her on Capitol Hill, I know Danielle’s experience working for me and the House Leadership team will bring her success wherever she goes.”--“Rep. Dana Rohrabacher to Yahoo’s Bianna Golodryga on Human Rights Abuses in Russia: ‘Oh, baloney!’”: “When Golodryga brought up Russia’s history of alleged human rights abuses, he responded, ‘Baloney–where do you come from?’ Golodryga responded that she immigrated to the United States from the former Soviet republic of Moldova as a political refugee. ‘Then the American people know you’re biased,’ Rohrabacher retorted. ‘Oh, baloney!’” Video https://yhoo.it/2glaJ7C WEST COAST WATCH -- “Capitol Journal: When a door opened unexpectedly for Rep. Xavier Becerra, he walked in and impressed,” by George Skelton in Sacramento for the LA Times: http://lat.ms/2geLxkD JEN PALMIERI SPEAKS, in the Washington Post - “Our campaign lost the election. But Trump’s team must own up to how he won”: “I know how to be a gracious loser. I could have let it go last week when Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, challenged me to look her in the eye and say she ran a campaign that gave white supremacists a platform. I considered for a split second. I knew you were supposed to be gracious when you come for the post-election forum at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. But I decided this was a year where normal rules don’t apply. Speaking the truth was more important.” http://wapo.st/2geuQ9iGREAT TRUMP ANECDOTE -- HuffPost's Arthur Delaney: "President-elect Donald Trump has asked his chief of staff to get him a list of every American company that has plans to shift production to another country. 'Hey, Reince, I want to get a list of companies that have announced they’re leaving,' Trump said to Reince Priebus last week in the middle of an on-the-record interview with Time magazine that was published on Wednesday. 'I can call them myself,' Trump said. 'Five minutes apiece. They won’t be leaving. O.K.?'" http://huff.to/2gnFiK5JACK SHAFER on “America’s First Real Estate Presidency”: “A real estate guy doesn’t just sell things — he oversells them. For instance, Trump has mythicized the repair job he did on the Wollman skating rink in Central Park when the real story is much less heroic. He oversold his 58-story tower on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue as a 68-floor building. Floor 30 follows floor 19 in the tower.” http://politi.co/2gERXWx JAMIE DIMON, Chairman and CEO of JP Morgan, has been named the new chairman of Business Roundtable, succeeding Doug Oberhelman, chairman and CEO of Caterpillar. COAL FOR CHRISTMAS -- “Left wing PR firms keep canceling Christmas over Trump win,” by Page Six’s Carlos Greer and Emily Smith: “Clinton friendly p.r. firm Sunshine Sachs, which counts Leo DiCaprio, Jon Bon Jovi and Barbra Streisand among its clients — all who threw their celebrity weight behind Hillary Clinton — has joined LaForce and canceled its holiday party because of Donald Trump’s election win. ‘Ain’t no party like a Sunshine Sachs party, but this year ain’t no party,’ a non-invite said. Boss Ken Sunshine is a Democratic adviser and a donor to the Clintons. The firm says it plans to instead donate the dough from the bash to charity.” http://pge.sx/2gnp4jQ MEDIAWATCH -- “Vice CEO Shane Smith: ‘we’re going to try and make the most’ of post-election political turmoil,” by Hadas Gold: “Shane Smith, the bombastic founder and CEO of Vice, thinks the current political climate is ‘crazy’ and that the level of dysfunction in Washington is at a whole new level never seen before in history … Smith explores that turmoil in a new feature for Vice called ‘Special Report: A House Divided’. Debuting Friday on HBO, the feature examines the fierce partisan fighting and political climate that gave rise to Donald Trump and features interviews with President Obama, Vice President Biden, Sen. Harry Reid, former Speaker John Boehner, Sen. Lindsey Graham, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, former Rep. Eric Cantor and others.” http://politi.co/2hjoCFb ... Exclusive 1-min. preview clip of Boehner: http://bit.ly/2h8R3VW-- SHEP SMITH paid tribute to his father yesterday, and tied it into the 75-year anniversary of Pearl Harbor – 90-second video http://bit.ly/2gERzaB BRIAN ROSS (with help from Matthew Mosk and Ali Dukakis) made his way into the Trump Hotel for a segment for yesterday’s ABC’s “World News Tonight.” He confronted dignitaries in attendance for the national day celebration for Bahrain, which spent $100K to use the hotel’s presidential ballroom space for the occasion. Of course, it turned into a mini-confrontation and security men tried to block Ross’ cameras. 2-min. video http://bit.ly/2h5UTvQSTAT DU JOUR – “U.S. life expectancy declines for the first time since 1993,” by WaPo’s Lenny Bernstein: “Rising fatalities from heart disease and stroke, diabetes, drug overdoses, accidents and other conditions caused the lower life expectancy revealed in a report released Thursday ... In all, death rates rose for eight of the top 10 leading causes of death. ... Overall, life expectancy fell by one-tenth of a year, from 78.9 in 2014 to 78.8 in 2015.” http://wapo.st/2gF5Q7dLATE NIGHT BEST – “Pizzagate Is An Alt-Right Fever Dream”: “For the record, Stephen Colbert has no part in this fake conspiracy. At least that’s what ‘they’ want him to say.” Video http://bit.ly/2hjjsJfDESSERT -- HOWARD WOLFSON’s annual best music list in The Daily Beast, “A Bad Year That Was Good for Music”: “Beyoncé—Lemonade ... Drive-By Truckers—American Band ... Radiohead—A Moon Shaped Pool ... Sturgill Simpson—A Sailor’s Guide to Earth ... Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds—Skeleton Tree ... Hiss Golden Messenger—Heart Like a Levee ... The Gloaming—2 ... A Tribe Called Quest—We Got It From Here … Thank You 4 Your Service ... Bob Mould—Patch the Sky ... 75 Dollar Bill—Wood / Metal / Plastic / Pattern / Rhythm / Rock.” http://thebea.st/2hnku2H SPOTTED -- Colorado Rep. Jared Polis hosted Democratic members first elected in the 111th Congress at his home -- pic http://bit.ly/2h921dN … Carol Melton having breakfast yesterday morning at the Four Seasons with Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes before Wednesday’s Senate Antitrust hearing ... At Cafe Milano Tuesday night: former VP Dick Cheney and his wife Lynn with former Sen. Trent Lott -- Cheney had also been the special guest that night at a Bush Cheney alumni party in which Brian McCormack “recommended” Cheney for Sec of State and Cheney responded by joking, “I don’t think Darth Vader would be welcome in the State Department” -- pic of Brian and Cheney (wearing a cowboy hat): http://bit.ly/2gEODuv ... FLOTUS at We The Pizza on Tuesday night … Juan Williams at Dunkin Donuts at DCA en route to New York to do his show … Elizabeth Warren enjoying an evening last night at Shake Shack in Penn QuarterJOE BIDEN’s former Senate colleagues turned out in force on Wednesday to honor him. Sen. Chris Coons organized the tribute on Delaware Day while Sen. Tom Carper anchored the event. “Lots of former senators and spouses came Back. Biden said he felt like he was at his own funeral,” according to one Playbooker. Fun sidebar: Elaine Chao, Trump’s pick for transportation secretary, was working the room. http://bit.ly/2geJKfr--“Mitch McConnell just gave a seriously moving tribute to Joe Biden” -- video http://wapo.st/2gnuATJ HOLIDAY CIRCUIT SPOTTEDS -- at the White House print media Christmas party last night: Ben Smith, Paul Kane, Michael Crowley kneeling down at the East Wing entrance by the coat check and taking notes as he interviewed Henry Kissinger on the phone, Reid Epstein, Byron Tau, Miranda Green, Kate Bennett, Al Hunt, Jonathan Karl, John Harris, Carrie Budoff Brown, Kristin Roberts, Katty Kay, Ryan Grim, Jason Zengerle, Jake Horowitz, Bill Press, Mark Leibovich, Howard Fineman and Amy Nathan, Steven Mufson, Sheryl Gay Stolberg, Joe and Giovanna Lockhart, Ben Labolt, Marty Baron, Sam Stein, Ben Chang, Craig Gordon, Neil King, Nick Timiraos, Ari Melber. Pics http://bit.ly/2gYKsN7 ... http://bit.ly/2hnkwrA … The giant stuffed dogs representing Bo and Sunny http://bit.ly/2gnmDOu … The dessert table http://bit.ly/2hjmiy3 … “Please don’t touch the maps” http://bit.ly/2h9vLFe ... Carol Lee with her adorable kid in front of a WH Christmas tree on the way out from the party http://bit.ly/2gnl2bs--SPOTTED at a very loud and enthusiastic set from The Struts at 9:30 Club hosted by Toby Knapp of 99.5, benefitting Musicians On Call: Chris Ortman, Katie Berner, Julian Epstein, Rick Lane, Alex Byers, Mike Huppe, Cary Sherman, Kendra Barkoff, Todd Flournoy, Dave Grimaldi, Gayle Osterberg, Jonathan Lamy, Ed Hill, John Morton, Ian Alberg, Kevin McDonald, Andrew Kovalcin, Brendan Kownacki, Cara Duckworth, Mitch Glazier, Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), Toby Knapp, John Fowler, Tyler Grimm, Mike Platt, Daniel Swartz. -- Once again, the Entertainment Software Association’s Mike Gallagher hosted the annual holiday party that brings together the digital creatives of Austin, San Francisco and Seattle along with folks from Trumpland and Capitol Hill. SPOTTED at the Rock N Roll Hotel (under the ESA signature klieg lights beaming over H Street): Marc Lampkin, Tommy Quinn, Shana Teehan, Christian Dawson, Suzanne Kianpour, Jared Parks, Ashley Darby, Ali Amirhooshmand, Tim Teehan, Michael Pachter, Alex Slater, Sunny Mehta, Alan Lewis, Dan Hewitt.SUNDAY SO FAR:-- “Fox News Sunday”: Donald Trump (his first Sunday show appearance as president elect http://politi.co/2gnet8M)-- CNN’s “State of the Union”: Vice President Joe BidenBIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: The Guardian’s Sabrina Siddiqui, a HuffPost alum, celebrating by spending the day with her parents, who live in Maryland, and probably an Italian dinner -- read her Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2gYRm4Z BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): NBC News’ Katie Wall BIRTHDAYS: Rachel Sklar … ABC News special events king Marc Burstein ... Jordan Morrell ... World Bank President Jim Yong Kim is 57 … Ann Coulter is 55 … AP’s Pablo Martinez Monsivais ... Lizzie O’Leary, host of Marketplace Weekend ... Honey Sharp (h/t forever grateful and lucky son Daniel Lippman) ... Think Progress editor Judd Legum ... Politico’s Danica Stanciu ... Ginny Badanes, strategic advisor for Civic Tech Services at Microsoft ... Brie Sachse of Siemens USA ... Cayman Clevenger of Imagine Louisiana Political Communications who has worked in Louisiana politics at every level since he was 17 (h/t Lamar White, Jr.) … Stephen Spaulding, special Counsel to FEC Commissioner Ann M. Ravel and a Common Cause alum ... Nick Colvin, alum of the Obama Senate Office, OFA and White House Counsel’s Office now a lawyer in Chicago (h/t the Ortiz crew) ... Steve Bouchard (h/t Jon Haber) ... CNN’s Brooke Lorenz (h/t sister Taylor, who gave her Snapchat Spectacles) ... P. Lynn Scarlett ... … Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) is 49 ... former Rep. Duke Cunningham (R-Calif.) is 75 ... Sylvester Okere ... Al Williams is 67 ... Mark Zavatsky is 52 ... Michael Shapiro ... M. Dolon Hickmon is 41 ... Courtney Johnson, executive director of Women Lead PAC ... Luis Rosero, an Obama HHS alum … Karen Keller, director of special events and protocol at the Smithsonian ... B.R. McConnon, CEO of DDC ... Philadelphia Magazine’s Emily Leaman, a Washingtonian alum … Solange Uwimana ... Jeff Neubauer … Steve Day … Jackie Gran … Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett … Nancy Balz (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... Nick Colvin … Linda Rotunno … Deloitte’s Alison Matarazzo Edwards ... Jen Minton … Anna Waterfield of House ASC ... Tom Bush, senior LA for Sen. Moran ... Courtney O’Neal ... Gregg Allman is 69 … Kim Basinger is 63 (h/ts AP)

08 декабря, 08:13

Клан Бушей решил поддержать политику Трампа в отношении России

Российский вектор в политике избранного президента США Дональда Трампа поддержало влиятельное крыло американской консервативной элиты: клан Буша меняет свои взгляды на внешнеполитическую программу Трампа.

08 декабря, 04:09

Клан Бушей поддержит российский вектор Трампа

Видные представители американской элиты начали менять свое отношение к политическому курсу 45-го президента США Политику Дональда Трампа в отношении России поддержало влиятельное крыло американской консервативной элиты. Представители клана Бушей начали менять свои взгляды на 45-го президента США и его внешнеполитическую программу. Об этом сообщил "Известиям" источник в Республиканской партии. До сих пор одна из самых значимых групп американского истеблишмента сохраняла нейтралитет. Представители клана Бушей поддержали курс избранного президента на улучшение отношений с Москвой. Один из наиболее влиятельных вице-президентов в истории США Дик Чейни на недавней встрече единомышленников в узком кругу в Институте Рональда Рейгана заявил, что Россией управляют рациональные люди, поэтому с ней можно иметь дело. По информации "Известий", между советниками избранного президента и кланом Бушей уже несколько недель идут активные консультации. - Между переходной командой [Дональда Трампа] и людьми из администрации Джорджа Буша-младшего идут активные консультации. У них есть общие интересы, и взгляды на многие мировые проблемы у них сходятся. Это касается и отношений Вашингтона с Москвой, - сказал источник в Республиканской партии США. Бывший вице-президент США Дик Чейни на встрече в Институте Рональда Рейгана заявил, что с Москвой можно сотрудничать и выстраивать взаимодействие. Также Дик Чейни выразил готовность оказать поддержку Трампу. - Разумеется, если президент США попросит совета, я буду рад ему помочь. Я даже (был) готов дать совет Обаме, но он никогда у меня его не просил, - саркастически отметил консервативный политик, известный своим негативным отношением к уходящему президенту. Вместе с Чейни в Институте Рейгана выступал бывший директор ЦРУ Леон Панетта. Он также заявил, что иметь дело с Владимиром Путиным можно. - Отношения с Россией являются ключевыми для безопасности в мире. А самая большая угроза для национальной безопасности США - "дисфункция" Вашингтона. В провалах американского курса виноваты все: и президент [Обама], и конгресс, - сказал Леон Панетта. Оба политика являются неоконами и придерживаются консервативных взглядов на то, каким образом должна выстраиваться политика США в мире. Поэтому наряду с заявлениями о возможности диалога с Россией Чейни и Панетта посоветовали Трампу укреплять НАТО. - Нам нужно в очередной раз убедить наших партнеров и союзников, что США - доминирующая сила в мире, - сказал Дик Чейни. На встрече присутствовал также председатель Объединенного комитета начальников штабов Джозеф Данфорд. Он подчеркнул, что Россия за последние годы добилась большого прогресса в усилении своих вооруженных сил. Американский политолог, директор Центра военно-политического анализа в The Hudson Institution (Вашингтон) Ричард Вайц сказал "Известиям", что клан Бушей изменил свои взгляды и теперь поддерживает Дональда Трампа и его подходы к России. - Элита Республиканской партии, которая ранее относилась с подозрением к Трампу, теперь более благосклонна к новому президенту. Поствыборная риторика и назначения Трампа импонируют традиционному консервативному истеблишменту, в частности, представителям команды Буша, - сказал американский эксперт. По мнению Ричарда Вайца, республиканцы из клана Бушей будут поддерживать и политику нового президента США по России. - Представители старой республиканской элиты проводят множество встреч с Трампом и его советниками. Консерваторы пересмотрели отношение к Москве и выражают партнерству США и России, Дональда Трампа и Владимира Путина всё большую поддержку, - отметил он. Политолог и президент Американского университета в Москве Эдвард Лозанский, находящийся в Вашингтоне, подтвердил "Известиям", что отношение "старой" элиты Республиканской партии к Трампу меняется. - У Дональда Трампа есть серьезная поддержка со стороны таких влиятельных американских политиков, как Дик Чейни. Они этого не скрывают и открыто выступают за Трампа. То, что заявления бывшего вице-президента Чейни и экс-директора ЦРУ Панетты были сделаны в Институте Рональда Рейгана, неслучайно. Команда Рейгана, люди, которые с ним работали, также оказывают поддержку Трампу. Новый президент США, в свою очередь, считает Рейгана своим кумиром, - заключил эксперт.(http://izvestia.ru/news/6...)

07 декабря, 19:34

Donald Trump Just Contradicted Everything Republicans Have Said About The Economy For 8 Years

In an interview with Time magazine for its Person Of The Year issue, President-elect Donald Trump said something... true? “Well sometimes you have to prime the pump,” Trump told the Time editors. “So sometimes in order to get the jobs going and the country going, because look, we’re at 1% growth.” “I was taking to the head of a major country, because most of them have called me and I’ve talked to all of them,” he went on. “[They said,] ‘Yes, we are doing not well, not well. Our GDP is only 4.5%.’ I said wow, if our GDP was 4.5% we’d be the happy ― I mean our GDP is probably less than 1% if you think about it. And going in the wrong direction.” OK, well, that last part is wrong. The United States’ real GDP grew 3.2 percent in the third quarter of this year, which was better than the 1.4 percent growth the country experienced in the second quarter. But whatever. The point is that with his talk of “priming the pump,” Trump appears to be embracing the version of Keynesian economic theory that has dominated American policymaking since World War II. The idea is pretty simple: When the economy gets into a rut, the government can get it out by spending money. Hiring workers to fix bridges and paint schoolhouses puts money in their pockets, which they can, in turn, go out and spend on other goods. Retailers can thus afford to employ workers to sell those goods, who in turn can spend their pay on other things, and off we go. The economy grows. Republicans have made a show of rejecting this idea since President Barack Obama took office in 2009. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and others have insisted that government spending is economic poison, and that a responsible government can somehow cut its way to growth. This is what much of Europe has been trying to do since the financial crisis, with lousy economic (and political) results.  Trump has talked like a Keynesian before. During the campaign, he vowed to implement a $550 billion infrastructure project, and basically said he would borrow money to pay for it. That’s what Obama did with his 2009 stimulus package, but Republicans voted against it, denounced it and insisted the country was headed for a “debt crisis” that never actually materialized.  Conservatives condemn big budget deficits and government spending when Democrats are in power, but they tend to govern as militarist Keynesians, slashing taxes and spending big on defense. “Reagan proved that deficits don’t matter,” Vice President Dick Cheney once said, while pursuing exactly those policies, which Ryan voted for. Maybe conservatives actually believe their rhetoric this time and we’ll have a government of Republicans divided against themselves that can’t pass legislation. Or maybe not. Things are crazy right now. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

07 декабря, 19:34

Donald Trump Just Contradicted Everything Republicans Have Said About The Economy For 8 Years

In an interview with Time magazine for its Person Of The Year issue, President-elect Donald Trump said something... true? “Well sometimes you have to prime the pump,” Trump told the Time editors. “So sometimes in order to get the jobs going and the country going, because look, we’re at 1% growth.” “I was taking to the head of a major country, because most of them have called me and I’ve talked to all of them,” he went on. “[They said,] ‘Yes, we are doing not well, not well. Our GDP is only 4.5%.’ I said wow, if our GDP was 4.5% we’d be the happy ― I mean our GDP is probably less than 1% if you think about it. And going in the wrong direction.” OK, well, that last part is wrong. The United States’ real GDP grew 3.2 percent in the third quarter of this year, which was better than the 1.4 percent growth the country experienced in the second quarter. But whatever. The point is that with his talk of “priming the pump,” Trump appears to be embracing the version of Keynesian economic theory that has dominated American policymaking since World War II. The idea is pretty simple: When the economy gets into a rut, the government can get it out by spending money. Hiring workers to fix bridges and paint schoolhouses puts money in their pockets, which they can, in turn, go out and spend on other goods. Retailers can thus afford to employ workers to sell those goods, who in turn can spend their pay on other things, and off we go. The economy grows. Republicans have made a show of rejecting this idea since President Barack Obama took office in 2009. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and others have insisted that government spending is economic poison, and that a responsible government can somehow cut its way to growth. This is what much of Europe has been trying to do since the financial crisis, with lousy economic (and political) results.  Trump has talked like a Keynesian before. During the campaign, he vowed to implement a $550 billion infrastructure project, and basically said he would borrow money to pay for it. That’s what Obama did with his 2009 stimulus package, but Republicans voted against it, denounced it and insisted the country was headed for a “debt crisis” that never actually materialized.  Conservatives condemn big budget deficits and government spending when Democrats are in power, but they tend to govern as militarist Keynesians, slashing taxes and spending big on defense. “Reagan proved that deficits don’t matter,” Vice President Dick Cheney once said, while pursuing exactly those policies, which Ryan voted for. Maybe conservatives actually believe their rhetoric this time and we’ll have a government of Republicans divided against themselves that can’t pass legislation. Or maybe not. Things are crazy right now. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

06 декабря, 18:03

Pence to meet with Senate Republicans today

"That's really his job” to deal with the Hill, said Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch.

06 декабря, 13:03

Trump kids' diplomatic forays rattle State Dept.

'It makes us look like we’re some sort of banana republic,' one official told POLITICO. 'This is not the way that grown-up nations do things.'

06 декабря, 04:30

A Response: My Election Blame List

This article was written in response to a “Huffington Post” article by Max Weiss, which was in turn written as a response to a “Slate” article. The original “Slate” article was titled: “So We’re Still Blaming Jill Stein And James Comey, Huh?” and the Weiss response was titled: “Things I Blame For Hillary Clinton’s Loss, Ranked.” But the Weiss list was so far removed from my own feelings about the Clinton loss that I felt it was time to respond with my own blame list. It’s been a month since the election, so hopefully enough time has passed that Democrats can discuss what went so wrong. So here is my own list of the things I blame for the 2016 election loss, ranked. And I have to quote Weiss in saying (while he was blaming Bernie Sanders): “I know this is going to piss a lot of people off, but so be it.”   1-15. HILLARY CLINTON AND HER CAMPAIGN Hillary Clinton was the wrong candidate for this election. She might have won in a different year, against a different opponent. Her strongest point, oddly enough, was the one thing the Democratic National Committee seemed scared to highlight ― she is a great debater, and whether facing Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump did an excellent job on the debate stage. But it just wasn’t enough. So here it is, broken down. (1) Hillary is a bad campaigner. She doesn’t have anywhere near the political/people skills her husband does, and it showed throughout the entire election. Clinton is fully capable of showing her human side ― as she actually proved in a speech immediately after the election ― but she seemed incapable of presenting that authenticity to the public during the campaign. Also, imagine just for a minute if Hillary had been more forceful in responding to all of Donald Trump’s tweetstorms, in real time. If she had answered back with snappy (and scathing) tweets every single time Trump tweeted something outrageous, then she would have shared all those news cycles with Trump. Is competing for the presidency via Twitter battles unseemly? Sure it is, but Trump just proved how downright effective it can be ― it is, in fact, the new “bully pulpit of the 21st century.” Trump used this to his advantage, and Clinton just couldn’t keep up. (2) As the saying goes, “you campaign in poetry, you govern in prose.” Hillary Clinton tried to campaign in prose. Over and over again, she refused to do proper sloganeering, instead lapsing into lawyerly talk about incremental changes she felt certain she could actually deliver. But this translates into a posture of timidity, and being unwilling to risk shooting for the moon on any particular issue. That may be a realistic way to govern, but it’s not a great way to get elected. Comparing her campaign to Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign proves this beyond a shadow of a doubt. (3) Because of this, Clinton’s entire message could really be boiled down to a rather non-inspirational slogan: “Dream small!” Don’t even dream of a $15-an-hour minimum wage, and maybe I’ll be able to get something like $12 an hour. Maybe. Free college tuition for some ― not for all. Marijuana legalization needs more “study” before I can even make up my mind on whether I support it or not. Don’t break up the big banks, I’ll slap them on the wrist and they’ll fall into line, trust me. Clinton reinforced this message of cautious baby steps every time she debated Bernie Sanders, even ridiculing Sanders for being too wildly unrealistic. Unfortunately for Clinton, this wasn’t what the public was looking for this time around. (4) If Clinton’s incrementalism ever had a chance, it certainly would have been helped if she had more forcefully made the case for Barack Obama’s legacy. Maybe this wouldn’t have worked in any case ― maybe it was always going to be a “change” election ― but she could have made the attempt with a bit more forcefulness. Reminding voters of what America was like in 2008 when Obama got elected would have strengthened her case for tinkering around the edges. (5) Clinton’s hesitancy was most notable in her economic message. Blue-collar voters just didn’t believe her when she promised to “fight every day” for their issues. Her campaign’s choice to not visit states like Wisconsin over attempting to flip states like Arizona just reinforced this problem. They would have done a lot better to have adopted the Bill Clinton slogan: “It’s the economy, stupid” as their central identity, but they didn’t. (6) The Clinton campaign made a big strategic choice, and it didn’t work. They chose to primarily attempt to scare suburban Republican voters into switching their votes from Trump to Clinton. This is the same sort of triangulation that worked well for her husband back in the 1990s, but no matter how many tens of millions of dollars of Trump fearmongering ads they ran, it had a very limited amount of success. The Clinton campaign came off looking angry and trying to fear-monger, instead of positive and hopeful for the future. (7) Clinton refused to release the transcripts of speeches she gave to the big Wall Street banks and hedge fund managers. This made it look like she was hiding something, which is never a good look for a politician. This also totally undermined all her promises to fight for working-class Joes, since she so obviously was telling them one thing while whistling a completely different tune to (as Bernie would say) the millionaires and billionaires. When Clinton came out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, for example, very few voters believed that she was sincere in her new-found populism. (8) This was a larger problem than just her speeches. Hillary Clinton gave rise to an unprecedented amount of distrust among even Democratic voters. When you can’t even convince your own base that you are trustworthy and believable, you’re going to have a very hard time convincing anyone else, to put it bluntly. This was especially pronounced in the youngest voters. (9) Which leads to a related point. Hillary Clinton just didn’t excite young voters. There were a lot of people voting this year who had turned 18 since 2004 ― some of whom are now almost 30 years old ― who had never voted for anyone but Barack Obama for president. That’s the level of expectation they had for presidential candidates and presidential campaigns. That’s a very hard bar to clear for any candidate, but this year they all flocked to Bernie Sanders only to see Clinton tear him down as much as possible for being too idealistic and promising too much ― which were, in fact, exactly the same things Obama won on. When Sanders lost to Clinton, she had the chance to energize them with her general election campaign, but she failed to do so. (10) Which brings me to one of the biggest disappointments of Hillary Clinton’s entire campaign: her choice of Tim Kaine as her running mate. There was a lot of speculation at the time that Clinton chose Kaine because he was guaranteed never to upstage her in popularity ― she went for boring, instead of trying for some excitement. Imagine how different a Clinton/Warren ticket would have been for young voters. Clinton/Sanders was probably never going to happen, but even something like Clinton picking Sherrod Brown would have gone a long way towards building some excitement in the base (and among undecided blue-collar voters). There were many intriguing possibilities for the veep slot, any one of which might have helped Clinton increase the excitement level, but she chose the one guy seemingly guaranteed not to do so. (11) Conversely, with voters old enough to recognize the name, Clinton’s praise of Henry Kissinger was just downright bizarre. Those too young to know who he was probably weren’t affected, but to those Democrats who still consider Kissinger a war criminal (at worst) or the architect of America’s realpolitik foreign policy (at best), her continued praise of Kissinger was just inexplicable. Imagine a Democratic candidate in about 15 or 20 years, offering up words of praise for Dick Cheney out on the campaign trail, if you don’t understand the magnitude of this error. (12) Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” is right up there with Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” statement. Obama had a similar stumble (”cling to their guns and religion”) but managed to overcome it in 2008. When, oh when will Democrats learn that it is just not a good idea to insult a huge portion of the electorate? Sheesh. As Joe Bob Briggs would say: “I’m surprised I have to explain this stuff.” (13) If Team Clinton was going to appeal to voters’ fears, they missed a rather large avenue to do so very effectively. If Clinton had won, liberals would have achieved a 5-4 majority on the Supreme Court for the first time in roughly 40 years. That’s a big deal for a lot of people. We wouldn’t have to deal with the outcome of cases like Citizens United if the court was reliably liberal. This is a change that could have made the next few decades a lot better, but Clinton barely mentioned it (especially in her advertising, where it might have done some good with voters not totally enthused to vote for her). (14) Hillary Clinton would never have had an email problem if she hadn’t created her own private server. The problem wouldn’t have been as acute if she had handled it differently when the media started making it a big deal. If she had just admitted: “I set up the server because I didn’t want every email I ever sent to be used against me politically,” then people would have at least believed the explanation. Because she refused to ever admit what was so obvious, the problem dogged her for her entire campaign, as she struggled to parse her answer into something you’d expect in a deposition. (15) Hillary Clinton’s sense of entitlement was on display in the primary campaign in the same way it was in her 2008 primary campaign. How dare any other candidate challenge her for the Democratic nomination! This sense of entitlement ― it was her nomination, and Bernie Sanders should never have even run ― was off-putting to many (even many who didn’t even support Sanders). Republicans are the ones who usually respond to this “let’s nominate the next one in line” thinking, not Democrats.   OK, there were a few others outside of the Clinton campaign who I felt should share the blame, and then at the end I’ll get to those who I feel are blameless: 16. JAMES COMEY The F.B.I. director’s actions were unprecedented throughout the campaign. Even J. Edgar Hoover never interfered in elections in such blatant fashion (he favored doing so behind the scenes, to be fair). Comey’s original press conference where he castigated Clinton for her email server while saying he wasn’t going to recommend indictment was, again, unprecedented. First, this is really the Justice Department’s decision, not Comey’s; and, second, press conferences are simply not usually held unless the prosecution is going forward. That’s normal F.B.I. policy, which was ignored. Third, Comey’s October Surprise was possibly the biggest factor in Clinton’s loss outside of her own campaign. Comey blatantly interfered in a presidential election, and he shouldn’t have. Period. 17. MAINSTREAM MEDIA The media were unfair to Hillary Clinton. But she should have been ready for it. It’s pretty much a given that the media are simply not going to focus on what is important in a presidential election (see: the last 50 years or so of coverage), and are instead going to chase the shiny, shiny objects dangled in front of them. Clinton should have been ready for this onslaught, because it was inevitable. 18. THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE That really should read “...and the entire concept of superdelegates.” Debbie Wasserman Schultz was obviously in the tank for Hillary from the get-go, and the machinations that happened to cut Bernie’s campaign off at the knees got so bad that Debbie had to resign her position the day the Democratic National Convention kicked off. That’s a stunning amount of party disunity to put on display, right at the start of the convention. Plus, Clinton locking up the lion’s share of superdelegates early on just contributed to her air of inevitability, which highlighted their anti-democratic (but apparently not anti-Democratic) nature. It’s time to rethink the whole superdelegate idea, folks. 19. RUSSIA AND WIKILEAKS A large part of the D.N.C.’s problem in the general election was the exposure of all of their emails, too. This pulled the curtain back and showed how political operatives talk amongst themselves, and it wasn’t pretty. 20. NO NEW ANSWERS FOR THE RUST BELT Democrats are generally stronger on economic message than Republicans, since they support things like unions, minimum wage raises, guaranteed worker benefits (like sick pay), and equal pay (and too many other economic issues to list, in fact). But they are failing badly in coming up with an answer for what to do to help towns and communities devastated by the loss of manufacturing jobs. Listen close to just about any Democrat, and they’ll trot out their only solution: more job training. That’s it. That’s all they’ve got. But these communities have seen previous efforts at job training, and they’re not impressed. What is the point in getting trained for a different career if there are no jobs in that sector where you live, after all? “Move” seems to be the Democrats’ only answer to that, which just isn’t good enough. Trump’s answers to the problem may not work, but at least he had something new to say to them. Democrats just don’t seem to, at least not so far. “Get a better education” sends two messages simultaneously: losing your job when your factory moved overseas was not only your fault, but it was your fault because you are stupid. That’s not a great message to inspire these voters, to state the obvious. 21. MADELINE ALBRIGHT AND GLORIA STEINEM Second and third place in the “worst campaign gaffe” category (after Hillary’s “basket of deplorables”) went to Madeline Albright and Gloria Steinem, two feminist icons. Both used lines that they have used before, to absolutely horrific effect among millions of young, female voters. Albright’s: “There’s a special place in Hell for women who don’t help each other,” and Steinem’s explanation of why young women were supporting Sanders: “When you’re young, you’re thinking ‘Where are the boys?’ The boys are with Bernie,” did an unbelievable amount of harm to Clinton’s campaign among young voters of both sexes. Albright at least has been using that line (in generic fashion) for a long time, so she thought she could use it during the primary campaign in support of Clinton. Steinem really has no excuse ― that is just as sexist and demeaning a line as anything heard on Mad Men. She’s fought her entire life for all women to be treated every bit as intelligent, serious, and influential as men ― and her only answer for Bernie’s popularity is that his young female supporters have all seemingly stepped out of a “Gidget” movie? Really? Wow. Millions of young voters were repulsed by these ham-fisted attempts to shame them into supporting Clinton. 22. MISOGYNY Yep, plenty of misogyny out there. Even among lots of Democrats. No denying it. And it certainly was more pronounced, due to Donald Trump’s entire persona and history. But any woman running for president is going to face this. Breaking that glass ceiling will mean future women candidates might face less of it, there’s no doubt about that, but misogyny will always be an incredibly strong headwind for the first woman president to have to overcome.   And finally, a few things I don’t blame for Hillary Clinton’s loss: 1. BERNIE SANDERS Bernie Sanders had every right to run for the Democratic nomination, and his voters had every right to vote for him. Having a tough primary battle doesn’t mean your campaign is necessarily weakened ― as Barack Obama proved, in 2008, when Hillary Clinton challenged him. It made him stronger, and he went on to win the general election. So it can be done, no matter how bruising the primary fight was. Once Bernie conceded, he campaigned for Hillary Clinton and tried to get his voters to vote for her. If he hadn’t done so, perhaps he would share some blame, but that simply wasn’t the case. 2. BERNIE’S MESSAGE Bernie’s message didn’t “force Clinton to tack to the left,” she decided to do that when it became obvious that his message was resonating better with the Democratic base. Bernie’s populism was what people wanted to hear. So was his idealism, and so was his lifelong commitment to fighting for the little guy over Wall Street. If Bernie’s message was so bad, then why did Clinton try to co-opt so much of it, after all? 3. JILL STEIN Just as everyone has a right to run in the primaries, all political parties have the right to run in the general election. Ralph Nader didn’t lose the election for Al Gore ― instead, Al Gore did not convince enough Nader voters that Gore was the better choice. Period. That’s how elections work. Stein convinced a lot of people to vote for her. That is her right, and it is the American way. Deal with it. 3a. SUSAN SARANDON Celebrities have rights too, and one of those is the right to advocate for ― or against ― whichever candidate you wish. Period. It’s a personal decision, and anyone who says any individual should support a candidate simply because of the “D” after their name just doesn’t understand the free nature of American politics ― where nobody else gets to make up your mind for you.   Chris Weigant blogs at: Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisWeigant   -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

05 декабря, 19:21

Trump blames unfair media for driving him to tweet

President-elect Donald Trump on Monday suggested he wouldn’t skirt the media by posting directly to his millions of social media followers if the Fourth Estate covered him “accurately & honorably.”“If the press would cover me accurately & honorably, I would have far less reason to ‘tweet,’” Trump wrote in a Twitter post Monday morning, apparently blaming the media for his inclination to tweet his unfiltered thoughts rather than communicating through more traditional means like statements via press releases and interviews.“Sadly,” Trump added, “I don't know if that will ever happen!”

05 декабря, 12:39

Трамп просто актер?

Стоит ли перед ним задача подготовить США к войне?

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04 декабря, 21:29

CHOOSE THE FORM OF YOUR DESTRUCTOR: Dick Cheney Tells CNN’s Barbara Starr that Trump Took Us To “t…

CHOOSE THE FORM OF YOUR DESTRUCTOR: Dick Cheney Tells CNN’s Barbara Starr that Trump Took Us To “the Point Where We Don’t Need You Guys Anymore.” (Via Ace of Spades.)

04 декабря, 18:41

TRUMP on Twitter: I’ll punish companies that ship jobs overseas -- PENCE’S POWER PLAY -- Trump’s tax nightmare -- SPOTTED at ERIC WILSON and RACHAEL DEAN wedding -- B’DAY: Al Hunt

Good Sunday morning. 47 days until Donald Trump becomes president of the United States. Kellyanne Conway spoke to reporters this morning at Trump Tower and said the search for a secretary of state search has expanded beyond the four previously known candidates: presumably Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, David Petraeus and Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.). Trump will interview more people this week, she said.THE PRESIDENT ELECT is tweeting this morning. 6:41 a.m.: “The U.S. is going to substantialy [sic] reduce taxes and regulations on businesses, but any business that leaves our country for another country, … fires its employees, builds a new factory or plant in the other country, and then thinks it will sell its product back into the U.S. ...... without retribution or consequence, is WRONG! There will be a tax on our soon to be strong border of 35% for these companies ...... wanting to sell their product, cars, A.C. units etc., back across the border. This tax will make leaving financially difficult, but..... these companies are able to move between all 50 states, with no tax or tariff being charged. Please be forewarned prior to making a very … expensive mistake! THE UNITED STATES IS OPEN FOR [email protected]: “Dick Cheney praises Trump’s going around the press to communicate by tweet: ‘We don’t need you guys anymore.’ #RNDF”-- A FEW THOUGHTS to unpack. Yes, congressional Republicans have been dying to reform the tax code for years. But most Republicans privately say they are against punitive tariffs to keep jobs in the U.S. Costs would go through the roof. Furthermore, there are also significant concerns about Trump making deals on a company-by-company basis. Not to mention, the Carrier deal only worked because Pence is still governor of Indiana.TRUMP’S WORLD -- “Dispensing With Tip-Toeing, Trump Puts Taiwan in Play: The future of U.S.-China relations depends on Trump’s intentions with Tsai phone call,” by WSJ’s Andrew Browne in Taipei: “Donald Trump took the call. The voice on the other end of the line was Taiwan’s president congratulating him. They chatted for a few minutes about economic matters and security—the normal business of politics. Why all the fuss? After all, China didn’t object too strenuously, directing its displeasure primarily toward Taiwan for what it called a ‘petty trick.’ That’s far from the explosion Beijing’s past behavior may have indicated for such a breach of protocol: No president-elect, or president, has spoken to a Taiwan leader since Washington cut formal diplomatic ties with Taipei and recognized the People’s Republic in 1979. Yet the future of U.S.-China relations, and the stability of East Asia, depends in large part on what Mr. Trump meant by the exchange.” http://on.wsj.com/2h7hcEOSUNDAY BEST -- MIKE PENCE on “Meet the Press” with Chuck Todd -- TODD: “What is your advice to your counterparts in China?” PENCE: “I think I would just say to our counterparts in China that this was a moment of courtesy. The president-elect talked to President Xi two weeks ago in the same manner that was not a discussion about policy. And we’re going to be preparing after January 20th to advance now what will be President Trump’s agenda on the world stage and we’ll deal with policy at that time.”--PENCE to Todd on “Meet the Press” -- asked about Petraeus: “General David Petraeus is an American hero, led forces in battle, acquitted himself with great distinction ... He paid a price for mishandling classified information. ... I think the president-elect will weigh that against a backdrop of an extraordinary career in military service whether it’s in the role as Secretary of State or in another role in this administration. It’ll be the president-elect’s decision about the totality of General Petraeus’ experience and background ... He’s an American hero and has our great respect.” 1-min. video http://nbcnews.to/2g7K121 ... Transcript of Pence and Petraeus on "This Week" http://abcn.ws/2gV9Vat ALL IN THE FAMILY -- “Business Since Birth: Trump’s Children and the Tangle That Awaits,” by NYT’s Matt Flegenheimer, Rachel Abrams, Barry Meier and Hiroko Tabuchi: “[A]n examination of the professional histories of the three children — who also serve on the presidential transition team — shows how deeply the Trump family, Trump business and Trump politics are interwoven, raising significant doubts about how meaningful a wall can ever be erected between Mr. Trump and his heirs at the Trump Organization. “For years, the three siblings have operated with few rigid dividing lines in their international travels as ambassadors of the Trump brand, allowing them to lean heavily on the reputation and financial backing of their father while establishing their own credibility in business. It is not merely that the Trumps are at peace commingling family and business. They have known no other way. Officially, all three siblings are executive vice presidents for development and acquisitions. Practically, they have served as their father’s advance guard: the polished public faces of the next Trump generation, conducting initial meetings with prospective partners and reporting back to Mr. Trump.” http://nyti.ms/2gV9f2BTRUMP INC. -- “Trump’s tax nightmare: The president-elect would have to navigate a staggering tax bill if he eased out of his business empire,” by Josh Gerstein and Darren Samuelsohn: “President-elect Donald Trump’s unwillingness to give up his far-flung real estate empire by selling it off or giving it outright to his children may be driven by a factor he has yet to mention publicly: a potentially staggering tax bill triggered by such a transaction. ‘It could be billions,’ said David Herzig, a tax law professor at Valparaiso University ... Trump ... could put off paying part of those taxes by taking advantage of a law permitting a tax-free trade to comply with federal conflict-of-interest rules, but there are legal questions about whether Trump is eligible for it. To take advantage of the provision, he might have to sign an executive order qualifying himself—an action that would surely generate a barrage of criticism that he was giving himself a big tax break.” http://politi.co/2h7hZFKVP WATCH -- “Pence’s power play: The VP-elect holds sway over Cabinet, soothes conservatives,” by Eliana Johnson and Andrew Restuccia: “He may not have the power or mystique of Dick Cheney, but it’s clear that [Mike] Pence is already assuming a serious and workmanlike role as vice president-elect, shoring up Trump’s weaknesses in governing and intra-party relationships. It was Pence who made the call on Trump’s behalf to make it clear the president-elect wanted Paul Ryan to remain speaker. It was Pence whose fingerprints are on the selection of at least four of the eight nominees to Trump’s administration so far — Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Georgia Rep. Tom Price, all of whom he quietly elevated behind the scenes.“Seema Verma, Trump’s pick to head the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, worked with Pence to design Indiana’s Medicaid expansion. And it was Pence who helped close the deal with Carrier, which marked the first de facto policy victory of the Trump administration, while his ‘Art of the Deal’ president-elect swept in this week to claim credit before a frenzied audience. Those assignments are a signal of the weighty role Pence is already playing, and they are serving as reassurance to anxious Republicans eager to see a conservative influence on the White House.” http://politi.co/2gPMo88-- “In Mr. Pence’s new D.C. neighborhood, not exactly the welcome wagon,” by WaPo’s Ian Shapira: “In the affluent Washington neighborhood of Chevy Chase, the tinsel, poinsettias and Christmas trees are competing for attention this holiday season with an unusual house decoration: gay pride rainbow flags. When news filtered out in late November that Vice President-elect Mike Pence was temporarily moving into the white colonial with green shutters on Tennyson Street NW -- in the heart of Chevy Chase, a liberal Democratic stronghold -- neighbors decided to greet the Republican interloper with polite protest: rainbow flags flapping from their homes. … [A]t least seven homes on the street boast the flags.” http://wapo.st/2gPVCkHREADING THE TEA LEAVES – AP’s Jonathan Lemire and Julie Pace: “According to two people close to the transition, Trump is moving away from two of the front-runners for the job, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee. ... Former CIA director David Petraeus is still in the mix, though both people close to the transition said Trump’s prolonged decision-making process has left the door open to other options. One of the sources said Trump was open to expanding his short list ... Among the possibilities: Jon Huntsman, a former Republican Utah governor who also served as the ambassador to China and speaks Mandarin.” http://apne.ws/2gPDeZw-- “After Trump-Romney feud, genuine effort to join forces,” by the Boston Globe’s Matt Viser: “Few could have predicted the head-snapping turnaround that brought Romney to a jocular meeting with Trump in a fancy French restaurant [Jean-Georges] in New York last week to discuss a possible role as secretary of state. But conversations with sources close to both men show that they have grown closer, and that Romney and Trump have developed a rapport, talking on the phone several times and holding two meetings. Trump is considering other candidates as well — and an announcement may not come for another week or two — but more meetings with Romney could come soon. ‘Romney’s very much in the mix here,’ said the transition source, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss private deliberations. ‘The meetings have gone well.’” http://bit.ly/2h7spFqTRUMP ATTENDS MERCER PARTY – Per pooler Ben Walsh: “The motorcade arrived at the ‘Owl’s Nest,’ the Head of the Harbor, New York home of hedge fund billionaire and Trump donor Robert Mercer, at 8:35. PEOTUS is attending a ‘Heroes and Villians’-themed costume party hosted by Mercer. ... Asked who he was dressed as, PEOTUS -- wearing a dark suit, overcoat and checked tie -- pointed at himself and mouthed ‘me.’ ... Kellyanne Conway and Steve Bannon were in PEOTUS’ car and are attending the party. Ms. Conway was dressed as Super Woman. ... “PEOTUS delivered remarks to party attendees who were in a tent on the lawn of the house. … From the tent, what sounded to be a cover band churned out a polished set of contemporary banquet standards (Winehouse, Cher, Gaga, Tina Turner, Whitney Houston, Adele, Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On). Staff and security at the Mercer property are dressed as Hells Angels and retro Salvation Army members.” Bloomberg story previewing the party http://bloom.bg/2h7kKafKEN VOGEL broke the news of the Trump appearance at the Mercer party 4 1/2 hours before anyone else: http://politi.co/2h1Trd3SNL’s COLD OPEN last night: President-elect Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) repeatedly interrupts a security briefing to retweet random people – TRUMP: “Next I’m going to do what I promised my whole campaign. And I’m going to build that swamp.” KELLYANNE CONWAY (Kate McKinnon): “Okay, don’t you mean drain the swamp and build the wall? TRUMP: “No that’s too many things. Just smush them together. Smush smush smush.” ... CONWAY: “We need to get moving because you have that dinner with Mitt Romney tonight.” TRUMP: “Ugh, do I have to?” CONWAY: “Yes sir.” TRUMP: “Well can we at least have a picture of us together where he looks like a little b****?” CONWAY: “Yes.” Video http://bit.ly/2goq4lu -- @realDonaldTrump at 12:13 a.m.: “Just tried watching Saturday Night Live - unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can’t get any worse. Sad”MIKE FLYNN PROFILE -- NYT A1, “In Trump’s Security Pick, Michael Flynn, ‘Sharp Elbows’ and No Dissent,” by Matt Rosenberg, Mark Mazzetti and Eric Schmitt: “Many of those who observed the general’s time at the agency described him as someone who alienated both superiors and subordinates with his sharp temperament, his refusal to brook dissent, and what his critics considered a conspiratorial worldview. Those qualities could prove problematic for a national security adviser, especially one who will have to mediate the conflicting views of cabinet secretaries and agencies for a president with no experience in defense or foreign policy issues ... In numerous interviews and speeches over the past year, Mr. Flynn ... has maintained that he was forced out as director for refusing to toe the Obama administration’s line that Al Qaeda was in retreat. ... But others say he was forced out for a relatively simple reason: He failed to effectively manage a sprawling, largely civilian bureaucracy.” http://nyti.ms/2h7iq2WPHILIP GORDON in Politico Magazine, “Why Trump’s Foreign Policy Might Prove Less Radical Than You Think”: “[W]hile there is plenty to worry about—and as a liberal, internationalist, former Hillary Clinton adviser far be it from me to downplay the real danger Trump represents—there are reasons to believe some of these concerns are misplaced. While Trump will be by far the most ill-informed, inexperienced and morally compromised man ever to assume the presidency, his foreign policy may not prove to be as radical as many seem to assume. The risk with Trump is less that he will pursue a grand strategy that causes problems than that he will have no coherent strategy at all.” http://politi.co/2h0aGeLFIRST IN PLAYBOOK – “HOMELAND” PREVIEW -- Showtime is running two short first-look videos later today with Mandy Patinkin (Saul) and F. Murray Abraham (Dar Adal) describing what’s on tap for the next season.Per Showtime: “After thwarting a terrorist attack at Berlin’s Hauptbahnhof Station during the climactic finale of Season 5, Season 6 [premiering Jan. 15] picks up several months later following the recent election of the new President of the United States. Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) is back on American soil, living in Brooklyn, NY, and working at a foundation that provides aid to the Muslim community living in the United States.” Saul – 2-min. video: http://bit.ly/2fNnadR ... Dar -- 2-min. video: http://bit.ly/2fSgdDn … Season 6 trailer http://bit.ly/2gl8iQcWHAT WHARTON IS READING – Bloomberg Businessweek, Thursday, “A Reckoning at Wharton, Trump’s Alma Mater: The business school’s future CEOs are afraid. Or thrilled. Or both,” by Katia Porzecanski: http://bloom.bg/2gU5s5s --FLASHBACK, Nov. 6, Politico Magazine, “Why Penn Won’t Talk About Donald Trump: As Trump becomes the university’s most famous alum, campus leaders scramble to protect its brand,” by Dan Spinelli: http://politi.co/2fTXcW7FUN READ -- “The Hillary Clinton Selfie as Political Salve, or Weapon,” by NYT’s Amanda Hess: “Adam Parkhomenko, a longtime Clinton aide, has started a Twitter account, @HRCInTheWild, for tracking the spontaneous sightings. ... In each photograph, Mrs. Clinton smiles warmly. Her face is free of makeup, her hair undone. She wears practical layers — leggings, turtlenecks, patterned fleeces, fun scarves. After the knock-down, drag-out battle of the campaign, the images suggest she has, unexpectedly, found peace. She has cast off the militaristic coats, the pantsuit uniform, the helmet hairdo and the mask of TV news makeup that she wore as Hillary Clinton, embattled Democratic hopeful and Republican villain. Now she presents as a recently retired woman living her best life.” http://nyti.ms/2fZfAIc -- “True to her roots! Hillary Clinton has worn the same Patagonia fleece for more than 20 years,” by James Gordon for the Daily Mail -- with 5 pix on the same page http://dailym.ai/2h7e1NpBONUS GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman: --“Bernie Sanders: Where We Go From Here,” by Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi: “It feels like a bomb went off in Washington. In less than a year, the leaders of both major parties have been crushed, fundamentally reshaping a political culture that for generations had seemed unalterable.” http://rol.st/2h4RJMr (h/t TheBrowser.com) --“Leonard Cohen: Remembering the Life and Legacy of the Poet of Brokenness,” by Mikal Gilmore in Rolling Stone: “For nearly half a century, the novelist, ladies’ man and Buddhist monk built a tower of song – even though darkness was never far off.” http://rol.st/2h4J9NF --“52 things I learned in 2016,” by Tom Whitwell on Medium: http://bit.ly/2gLKkOm --“The Seductive Allure of Precision Weapons,” by Mike Benitez and Mike Pietrucha in War on the Rocks: “The allure of precision weapons has proven too much for policymakers. They have been seduced into believing that somehow, aerial warfare is not the dirty, dangerous, and destructive child of modern warfare that it actually is.” http://bit.ly/2gSyjXT --“They Went to Sea in a Sieve, They Did,” by Shannon Proudfoot on Sportsnet: “In 1969, Donald Crowhurst fooled the world into believing he was completing the fastest non-stop solo circumnavigation of the globe. Then his boat was found, empty and adrift in the Atlantic.” http://sprtsnt.ca/2gYfJfJ(h/t Longreads.com) --“Unclaimed,” by Brooke Jarvis in California Sunday Magazine – per Longform’s description: “On a mysterious migrant in a San Diego hospital bed, and the thousands of families who hope that he’s theirs.” http://bit.ly/2gTW0iL --“How Humans Became ‘Consumers’: A History,” by Frank Trenmann in The Atlantic: “Until the 19th century, hardly anyone recognized the vital role everyday buyers play in the world economy.” http://theatln.tc/2gyzjCt --“The Colombian Peace and its Discontents,” by Juan Diego Prieto on n+1 magazine: “Colombians can disagree without killing each other. But throughout the country’s history, certain matters have tended to fall outside the scope of peaceful disagreement.” http://bit.ly/2gRrLv6 --“A new path for the US and Cuba? What Ike and JFK might tell President-elect Trump,” by Fox News’ Bret Baier, author of “Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission” (out Jan. 10): “As president he will oversee the beginning of the post-Fidel Castro era, with all the complexity that entails. The decisions he makes early in his term could shape our relationship with the island nation for decades to come.” http://fxn.ws/2gRPAmC ... Pre-order -- $21.74 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2gl9MJZ --“2 Brothers’ Thanksgiving on the Front Lines in Ukraine,” by The Daily Signal’s Nolan Peterson: “This war is different from the ones in Afghanistan and Iraq ... This isn’t a country at war, this war is a destination. Once you’re at it, you’re in it. It has been like this in Ukraine for almost three years.” http://dailysign.al/2g2en6a --“Wild thing,” by Jacob Mikanowski in Aeon Magazine: “How and why did humans domesticate animals – and what might this tell us about the future of our own species?” http://bit.ly/2gLP2vL --“The Kurds Are Nearly There,” by Christian Caryl in the N.Y. Review of Books: “And then there are the Kurds. For the past twenty-five years, since a crucial intervention following the first Gulf War by the United States to protect them from Saddam Hussein’s killings, the 5.5 million Kurds of northern Iraq have been quietly running their own affairs.” http://bit.ly/2fS2pxy --“The Devil’s Hair Dryer: Hell is other people, with leaf blowers,” by David Dudley in CityLab: “The crude little two-stroke engines used by most commercial backpack-style blowers are pollution bombs. ‘Simplest benchmark: running a leafblower for 30 minutes creates more emissions than driving a F-150 pickup truck 3800 miles,’" James Fallows has written. http://bit.ly/2gRvQ2g SPOTTED: Spike Lee leaving Union Station this morning en route to NY … Former Sen. Richard Lugar on seat 2F on a Friday morning American flight 5523 from DCA to Indianapolis ... A photographer snapping pics of actor Sean Penn (baseball cap pulled low) at DCA baggage claim on Saturday afternoon … Bret Baier chatting up Sen. Orrin Hatch at Rick and Debbie Hohlt’s annual Christmas party in Belle Haven in Alexandria, Va., where Reince Priebus also made an appearance ... Wolf Blitzer at Joe’s yesterday ... Ari Fleischer in downtown St. Petersburg’s holiday-lit Straub Park HOLIDAY PARTY CIRCUIT -- SPOTTED at last night’s annual America Rising/Definers/Advoc8 party at Capitale where the party favors were Moscow Mule cups with the logos of the groups throwing the party: Tim Miller DJing (pic: http://bit.ly/2g7yn7r), Matt Rhoades, Joe Pounder, Ben Ginsberg, Jeremy Adler, Raj Shah, Veronica Pollock, Anna Sugg, Olivia Perez Cubas, Jill Barclay, Josh and Melissa Sharp, Jeremy Rose and Caity Moran (who got engaged during the Cannes Lion festival this past summer - at midnight on a beach in Antibes, France -- pic: http://bit.ly/2h1WhPo), Brian Baker, Ben Adams, Matt Gorman, Polson Kanneth, Andrew Rafferty, Ryan Williams, Jenna Sakwa, Leah Nelson, Will and Kelly Ritter, Jeff Bechdel, Allie Brandenburger, Ryan Mahoney, Lauren Pratapas, Dan Knight, Jim Bognet, Jared Parks, Amelia Chasse, Rebecca and Matt Haller.TRANSITIONS – “Millennial Action Project hires Layla Zaidane for Chief Operating Officer”: “Zaidane comes to MAP from Generation Progress at the Center for American Progress.” http://politi.co/2gMiKkmWELCOME TO THE WORLD -- John Paul Schnapper-Casteras, NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s special counsel for appellate and Supreme Court advocacy, and Tamara Klajn, chief of staff on policy planning staff at the State Department, welcomed their son Theodore Schnapper Casteras Klajn on Nov. 30. “He measured 8 lbs 12 oz and 20 inches long. Both mom and baby are doing well and we look forward to introducing him to you,” wrote Schnapper-Casteras. Pic http://bit.ly/2gVbtipWEEKEND WEDDINGS – ERIC WILSON, just named to be digital director for Ed Gillespie’s 2017 gubernatorial race and most recently at NRSC, yesterday married RACHAEL DEAN, comms director for Sen. McCain and a Javelin alum, at the St. Mary, Mother of God Church in Chinatown. Pool report from Dan Conston: “The celebration continued at the Willard Hotel, with guests noshing on peking duck wraps, curried butternut squash soup, and chicken Wellington. The party continued on late into the night. There was a wedding cake with strawberry filling and an additional groom’s cake shaped as a NASCAR tire, paying homage to Eric’s favorite sport. There was also a portrait artist on site painting the scene live!” The wedding band was the Klassix; they had previously played Caitlin and Alex Conant’s wedding. Pic of the couple http://bit.ly/2gPCZ0s … The couple on the dance floor http://bit.ly/2gPCXFS … The menu http://bit.ly/2g7yAYi SPOTTED: Sen. John McCain, Ed and Cathy Gillespie, Matron of honor and sister of the bride Jessica Dean Rutherford and Blake Rutherford, Alex and Caitlin Conant, Samantha Smith and Bubba Atkinson, Brittany Brammell and Dan Punaro, Brooke Buchanan, Michael and Hilary Goldfarb, Robert and Cat Jones, Joe Donoghue, Dan Conston, Brian Rogers and Nicole Beemsterboer, Chris Leavitt, Nate Hodson, Mike Haidet, Nick Butterfield, Carla Eudy, Julie Tarallo, Patrick Brennan, Caroline McCain, Kara McKee, Arpit Patel, Cabot Phillips, Maggie Dougherty, Candace Lee, Hallie Williams, Ellen Cahill.--“Emily Cahn, Jacob Singer” – N.Y. Times: “Mrs. Singer, 27, is a senior political reporter in Manhattan for the news and media website Mic. She graduated cum laude from George Washington University. ... Mr. Singer, 27, is a law clerk to Judge Cheryl L. Pollak of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, with chambers in Brooklyn. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, from which he also received a law degree. ... The couple met New Year’s Eve 2012 at a party in Washington.” With a pic http://nyti.ms/2gULkCP … Wedding pic http://bit.ly/2fZgMvbSPOTTED: Louis and Becky Nelson, Lauren French, Rebecca Shabad, Nate Cohn, Alexis Levinson, Kyle Trygstad and Abby Livingston. --Cathy Keefe, manager of media relations at the U.S. Travel Association, married Chris Reynolds of the State Department in a ceremony at the Hotel Monaco downtown Saturday at 5 p.m. They met through a mutual friend when Chris was working overseas. Pic http://bit.ly/2fVOWF5REMEMBERING WYATT DICKERSON – NYT’s Alessandra Stanley: “C. Wyatt Dickerson, a dapper investor and real estate developer who, alongside his wife, Nancy Dickerson, glittered at the top of the Washington A-list from the Kennedy era to Reagan’s, died on Tuesday in Washington. He was 92. His son John Dickerson, the host of ‘Face the Nation’ on CBS, said the death was caused by complications of esophageal cancer. During their 20-year marriage, Wyatt and Nancy Dickerson were the Gerald and Sara Murphy of the Cold War establishment: wealthy bons vivants who witnessed history over candlelight at dinner parties, inaugural balls and even 1970s discothèques.” With a great pic of Wyatt and Nancy “at Merrywood, their 22-acre estate in McLean, Va., around 1968,” per the caption http://nyti.ms/2g7rIdrREMEMBERING MIKE SPICER, father of Sean: He “passed away peacefully on December 1, 2016 at his home in Barrington surrounded by his loving and devoted family, after a long, brave battle against pancreatic cancer. For 47 years, he was married to Kathryn (Grossman) Spicer, who he called an amazing wife and incredible mother to their three children, Sean (Rebecca) of Alexandria, VA; Shannon of Boston, MA; and Ryan (Emma) of Scarsdale, NY. ... He was industrious from an early age, starting work in the boat business rebuilding outboard motors at only 13. … He ... spent several decades in the yacht business, moving next to C&C Yachts in Middletown, before eventually launching his own yacht brokerage company, New Wave Marketing.” Obit http://bit.ly/2gYwXd7 ... Sean posted a pic of his dad and him with the caption: “Sailing in Newport with your Dad while drinking a Narragansett. Nothing better. He will be missed.” http://bit.ly/2fXL6pOBIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Kevin O’Neill, partner at Arnold and Porter, celebrating with a “post-church brunch with the kids before flying to client meetings” -- read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2fZyQVS BIRTHDAYS: Griffin Harris (Red Sox tip: Mom and Dad, Ann and John) … Al Hunt is 74 ... Bill Muratt, COS for Sen. Tammy Baldwin … Claire Lucas, DNC member (h/ts Hilary) … Jackie Kucinich Allen, Washington bureau chief at The Daily Beast, CNN political analyst and the pride of Worthington, Ohio, a Columbus suburb, celebrating by surfing on Oahu’s North Shore and then birthday dinner at Haleiwa Joe’s (h/t Matt Dornic, filing from Hawaii) ... PBS NewsHour’s deputy senior producer Anne Davenport (h/ts Nick Massella) ... Politico alum Nick Gass, starting on Monday as a news editor at McClatchyDC, is 27 ... Rep.-elect Francis Rooney (R-Fla.), the former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See under Bush 43, is 63 ... Edelman alum Craig Brownstein ... Peter Freeman, the pride of Orcas Island, Wash., who celebrated his birthday early in the office with Chic-Fil-A, cupcakes, and making the interns guess how old he was (h/t Team Royce) ... CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux … Ashley (Nerz) Levey, comms at LinkedIn and a Fox News alum (h/t Chip Cutter) ... Ben Keller, VP at Kea Consultants in London ... Andrew Shult, digital director at House Oversight ... Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.) is 8-0 ... Tyquana Henderson-Parsons, president at Connective Strategies ... Whitney Ksiazek, a field producer for Fox News in NYC ... Cesi Covey … Dani Kurtzleben, political reporter at NPR … Campbell Marshall ... Jon Fleischman …… Matthew Bevens, deputy COS for the Export-Import Bank, a Treasury, Obama 2012 and GPG alum and the pride of Cumming, Ga. (h/t Ashley Chang) ... Shelbi Warner, DLCC’s ops and compliance manager (h/t Carolyn Fiddler) ... Washington Institute’s Louisa Keeler (h/t Ian Byrne) ... Sarah “pedal to the metal” Baron, campaign manager for early childhood policy in CAP’s War Room (h/t Emily Tisch Sussman) ... Joe Britton ... Leigh Strope, an AP and Teamsters alum, now senior director of public affairs and crisis and Dallas market advisor at Burson-Marsteller (h/t Bill McQuillen) ... Lis Buck ... Sean Gagen ... Nate Beecher ... Mike Stratton (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... Patrick Collins ... Jennifer Hurley, WaPo’s director of financial planning and analysis and a Politico alum ... Francesca de Quesada Covey, strategic partner manager at Facebook ... Nancy Rose Senich ... Steve Fowler ... Leslie Rhode ... Laura Derby, director of writing at Podesta Group ... Emily Hines … Doug Nation ... Brian Svoboda, partner at Perkins Coie ... Steen Hambric ... Doug Tiet of Rep. Dave Trott’s office ... Yesenia Chavez of Rep. Raul Grijalva’s office ... Meg Badame, LC for Rep. Duncan Hunter ... Fred Armisen is 5-0 … Marisa Tomei is 52 ... Jay-Z (not Zeleny, Zuckman or Zeidman) is 47 … Tyra Banks is 43 (h/ts AP)

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28 ноября, 05:00

Is This The Democrats' Real Strategy In Launching Recounts?

Over the past couple of days we've written numerous times about Jill Stein's recount efforts in WI, MI and PA (see here, here and here).  And while it's clear that Stein intends to move forward with recounts in all three states (she's now up to $6.1mm in donations), what is unclear, and quite perplexing, is exactly why she's pursuing these recounts in the first place.  Here are the potential justifications from Stein's perspective, as we see them: Personal self-interest? - Obviously, No.  With less than 1% of the vote in WI, MI and PA, Stein obviously has no shot of winning any of the states in question. Hopes of recount tipping states to Hillary? - No.  Multiple experts and even Hillary campaign insiders have admitted that overturning election results with a margin of victory of several 1,000 votes is extremely unlikely.  To win, Hillary would have to flip WI, MI and PA even though she trails by ~20k, ~12k and ~70k votes in each of those states, respectively...not going to happen. Exposing voting machine hacking? - No.  Even the Obama administration has confirmed the the election was "free and fair from a cybersecurity perspective" and that votes "accurately reflect the will of the American people."  By failing to present even a shred of evidence of vote tampering in her WI recount petition, instead choosing to focus on wild conspiracy theories, Stein effectively also admits that there was no "hacking" of voting machines. Fundraising scam to get millions in donations from disaffected Hillary voters? - Maybe.  As of right now, Stein has raised ~$6mm of the $7mm she says she needs to fund recount efforts.  Assuming Stein goes through with recounts in all three states and her cost estimates are reasonably accurate then she won't really have that much money left over to be added to the general Green Party coffers. So, with no practical reason for forcing recounts, what exactly is Jill Stein up to?   One theory is that Stein is simply hoping to disrupt the electoral college process to push the 2016 election into the hands Congress while drawing the legitimacy of Trump's presidency into question. As Edward Foley, an expert in election law at Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University, pointed out to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, electors from around the country have to meet by December 19th to cast their electoral college votes.  To the extent recounts in WI, MI and PA have not been completed by that time, which experts assign a high probability that they will not, there is a chance that the electoral votes from those three states wouldn't be counted leaving neither candidate with the required electoral votes to win the presidency (electoral count would be Trump 260 versus Hillary 232).  If the electoral college process fails to select a President then the election would be left in the hands of Congress to decide.  Given that the Senate and House are both controlled by Republicans, in theory they would then choose Trump/Pence, though in this election cycle nothing is a certainty.  Moreover, even if Trump/Pence are chosen, the whole process of being appointed by Congress, combined with a loss of the popular vote, would then cast a dark shadow over their administration. Wisconsin's recount will likely begin late next week, once the state has tallied a cost estimate and received payment from Stein's campaign, said Michael Haas, administrator of the Wisconsin Elections Commission.   Political scientist Barry Burden, the director of the Elections Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said it would be extremely difficult to complete the recount on time.   "You may potentially have the state electoral votes at stake if it doesn't get done by then," said Haas.   A lawyer with Stein's campaign has said it wants the recount done by hand. That would take longer and require a judge's order, Haas said.   Perhaps the most important deadline is Dec. 19, when electors around the country must meet to cast their Electoral College votes, said Edward Foley, an expert in election law at Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University.   "That is a hard deadline and if a state were to miss that deadline, it would be technically in jeopardy of not having its electoral votes counted," he said. Of course, if this theory is even partially true then it's extremely disturbing on a variety of levels. That a person with absolutely no standing. in terms of personal damages, and no presentation of credible evidence of wrongdoing could unilaterally disrupt a presidential election is not only a failure of Stein's personal character but it's a failure of our election rules and procedures that such reckless behavior would be permitted.   

27 ноября, 17:19

The Western War On Truth — Paul Craig Roberts

The Western War On Truth Paul Craig Roberts The “war on terror” has simultaneously been a war on truth. For fifteen years—from 9/11 to Saddam Hussein’s “weapons of mass destruction” and “al Qaeda connections,” “Iranian nukes,” “Assad’s use of chemical weapons,” endless lies about Gadaffi, “Russian invasion of Ukraine”—the governments of the so-called Western democracies… The post The Western War On Truth — Paul Craig Roberts appeared first on PaulCraigRoberts.org.

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26 ноября, 01:41

«САМАЯ ОПАСНАЯ ИГРА» в исполнении Джорджа Буша и Дика Чейни

Здесь находился самый крупный секретный лагерь по работе с программно-контролируемыми рабами. Буш и Чейни имели здесь общий офис, а внешний периметр, заросший лесом, они рассматривали как охотничьи угодья, где они играли в «Самую опасную игру».

26 мая, 05:11

Вице-президент для Дональда Трампа

Как только Дональд Трамп триумфально выиграл праймериз в штате Индиана и фактически обеспечил себе номинацию от Республиканской партии, заставив Теда Круза и Джона Кейсика сняться с гонки, журналисты и эксперты начали спекуляции на тему: а кто же будет его партнером на всеобщих выборах (как говорят в Америке, running mate), т.е. кандидатом в вице-президенты.

25 июля 2015, 06:23

Новые фото 9/11

В основном Скандализа и Чейни и помощники, можно посмотреть здесь. по 9/11 тэг стоит вспомнить,что китайская биржа фактически перестала функционировать, а за ней перестала работать американская, правда, на время- Нью-Йоркская фондовая биржа остановила торги всеми бумагамиЧто касается Чейни, то я уже переводила:Вице-президент США Дик Чейни взял на себя управление государством после того,как вошел в правительственный бункер и это произошло по его словам около 10:00 утра, через 20 минут после того, как в Пентагоне погибло более 100 человек.Министр транспорта Норман Минета сообщил комиссии 9/11,что он присоединился к Чейни и к остальным в бункере уже в 9:20 и услышал разговор между ним и молодым человеком, когда "самолет направлялся в сторону Пентагона"Когда молодой человек в третий раз запросил Чейни, так как самолет приближается и "все ждут приказа", Чейни решительно ответил, что "он обдумывает".Норман Минета не единственный свидетель, кто подтверждает нахождение Чейни в бункере уже в 9:20. Помимо него об этом говорят Ричард Кларк  и фотограф Белого дома Дэвид Борер.Сам же Чейни утверждает,что он вошел в бункер после того,как был атакован Пентагон.Казалось бы- ну и что? Какое это имеет отношение к экономике? А самое прямое. Напомню,что во время 9/11 были объявлены банковские каникулы, после которых в течении недели рынок потерял более 1 триллиона капитализации:Эти атаки оказали значительное экономическое воздействие на американский и мировой рынки. ФРС временно сократил контакты с банками из-за нарушений коммуникационного оборудования в финансовом районе Нижнего Манхэттена. Обратная связь и контроль над денежной массой, включая мгновенную ликвидность банков, была восстановлена в течение нескольких часов. Нью-Йоркская фондовая биржа (NYSE), Американская фондовая биржа и NASDAQ не открылись 11 сентября и оставались закрытыми до 17 сентября.Объекты NYSE и её центры обработки данных не пострадали, но члены биржи, клиенты и другие биржи потеряли с ней связь из-за разрушений телефонного узла около ВТЦ. Когда 17 сентября биржи открылись, после самого долгого периода бездействия со времён Великой депрессии в 1929 году, Индекс Доу-Джонса («DJIA») потерял 684 пункта, или 7,1 %, до 8920, это было самым большим его падением в течение одного дня. К концу недели DJIA упал на 1369,7 пунктов (14,3 %), это было самым большим недельным падением в истории. Американские акции потеряли 1,2 триллиона долл. в течение недели.Стоит обратить внимание на слова Билла Гросса "The Good Times Are Over, The Time For Risk Taking Has Passed" о том, что :"институциональные инвесторы финансовой экономики такие как, фонды денежного рынка, страховые, пенсионные, банковские и даже потребительские балансы больше не могут обеспечить уровень доходности, необходимых для оправдания своих будущих обязательств  и их стало невозможно достичь. Доход по депозитам слишкам мал,чтобы покрыть обязательства. В связи с чем доход по многим классам активов станет отрицательным. По мере снижения ливидности можно будет наблюдать, как ряды рискованных активов будут пополняться , напоминая всем известную игру с музыкальными стульями. И то, что 2015 год или ближайшие 12 месяцев- это время принятия рисков, можно судить по тому,что активов с положительным денежным потоком становится все меньше".Вы мне скажете: а при чем тут Дик Чейни? Прямое отношение, конечно, он уже не имеет, просто надо иметь в виду,что США действуют всегда шаблонно, поэтому, например, не исключен вот какой вариант:прогнозирует Байрон Уин из Blackstone Group LP:По словам Уина, в этом году по настоящему проявят себя киберпреступники, которые становятся более ловкими, чем полиция.«Хакеры захватят частные и корпоративные счета одного крупнейшего банка, а Федеральная резервная система закроет это учреждение на пять дней для проверки его счетов»А хакеры- ,понятно, кто- Федеральное бюро расследований США расследует кражу данных из американского банка JP Morgan Chase. Она произошла в середине августа, сообщило агентство Bloomberg со ссылкой на двух сотрудников, имеющих отношение к следствию. По данным агентства, под подозрение попали российские хакеры. Они украли петабайты закрытой информации настолько умело, что эксперты подозревают — хакеры действуют при поддержке российских властей. ФБР расследует, является ли взлом JP Morgan местью российских властей за санкции США из-за конфликта вокруг Украины.или :Блумберг:"элитные российские хакеры взломали биржу Nasdaq и заложили туда цифровую бомбу".Я , надеюсь, что понятно. В условиях, когда ставки находятся на нуле и практически все активы показывают отрицательное значение, то есть идут убытки по причине невозможности капитал воспроизводить, происходит органический рост - за счет поглощения конкурентов. В США давно поглощены мелкие банки, настала очередь крупного финансового капитала выяснять, кто будет сидеть на стуле. В свою очередь, Россия только вступила в данный этап , когда крупные банки выживают за счет разорения мелких, в чем немало способствует ЦБ РФ. Во всяком случае, мы наблюдаем назревание явно революционной ситуации:"верхи не могут, низы не хотят". Вернее: верхи разбираются, для кого стул лишний, а когда разберутся, то назначат мальчика для битья, коим,скорее всего, будет российская элита,этакий хакерский Бен Ладен. Хотя проблемы финансового капитала США должны решаться несколько иными решениями, но американская элита иначе не может- виноват в их проблемах всегда кто-то другой, вот они и решают их, как могут- за чужой счет. И если это кто-то другой согласен его оплачивать- то тем более.

02 июля 2015, 21:20

Империя Vanguard в России

«Доктор Зло» управляет РФ через корпоративный пиар? Посвящается Татьяне Волковой

11 мая 2015, 00:17

Skofield: Провокация пока отложена.

Начальник ГУ ГШ ВС РФ (ГРУ) генерал-полковник Игорь Дмитриевич Сергун, помимо прочего, награждён медалью «Участнику марш-броска 12 июня 1999 г. Босния — Косово», т.е. о событиях в этом регионе и о действующих там лицах он осведомлен очень хорошо. Детали биографий Виктора Ивановича Гвоздя и Геннадия Владимировича Анашкина были рассмотрены в http://pravosudija.net/article/vdv-vozdushno-desantnaya-vanguard

07 января 2015, 14:33

Во время 9/11 Дик Чейни был не там, как это он утверждал официально.

Напомню, что я - аналитик и подборка информации идет соответственно- аналитическая, предполагающее самостоятельное изучение материалов.сначала с вами вспомним как звучит официально:Википедия:9:32: Диспетчеры аэропорта Даллеса в Виргинии наблюдают «цель на первичном обзорном радаре, двигающуюся с высокой скоростью в восточном направлении», относя это к рейсу 77.9:33 до 9:34: Руководитель башни аэропорта Рейган сообщает центру Секретной Службы Белого дома, что «в вашу сторону летит самолёт, который не выходит с нами на связь.» имея в виду рейс 77. Белый дом готовится к эвакуации, когда башня сообщает, что рейс 77 повернул, и заходит на посадку в аэропорт Рейган.9:34: Командный центр ФАА передает штаб-квартире ФАА имеющуюся информацию о рейсе 93.9:37: Вице-президент Чейни направляется в подземный бункер по туннелю.9:37:46: Рейс 77 врезается в западное крыло здания Пентагона, отчего начинается сильный пожар. Это крыло Пентагона находится на ремонте, и большинство офисов в нём не заняты. Погибают все 64 человека на борту и 125 человек в здании.1 канал, Россия:В 8:46 первый самолет врезался в северную башню Всемирного торгового центра в Нью-Йорке. Мэр города и руководитель службы спасения немедленно выехали к башням-близнецам. "Подъехав к торговому центру, мы убедились, что все намного хуже, чем мы думали, - рассказывает мэр Нью-Йорка в 2001 году Рудольф Джулиани. - Мы пытались дозвониться до начальника полиции, начальника пожарного департамента, даже до Белого дома. Но сотовая связь почти не работала".В 9:03 в южную башню Всемирного торгового центра врезался второй самолет. После этого первым лицам США стало понятно, что это нападение на страну. Президенту Бушу доложили о втором самолете.В этот момент новость о втором самолете получили журналисты президентского пула. Встреча со школьниками подошла к концуПервый звонок Буша – вице-президенту Дику Чейни. Они обсудили, с какими словами президент должен обратиться к нации. Оба понимали, что это террористический акт и они обязаны об этом сказать.В то время как президент завершал свое обращение к нации, в Центре управления ПВО возникла новая кризисная ситуация. Был замечен самолет в 10 километрах к востоку от Белого дома. При угрозе нападения на Вашингтон Белый дом должен быть немедленно эвакуирован. "Я работал за своим столом, когда в кабинет ворвался один из руководителей охраны. Он приказал следовать за ним без каких-либо объяснений. Потом одной рукой схватил меня за ремень, а другой за плечо и буквально вынес меня из кабинета сначала в коридор, а потом в туннель, ведущий в подземный оперативный центр", - вспоминает Дик Чейни.Оперативный центр находится в бункере. Он предназначен для управления страной в случае начала ядерной войны. Отсюда Чейни мог руководить организацией обороны страны и подготовкой ответного удара. Задача №1 – нейтрализация рейса 77 American Airlines, взявшего курс на Вашингтон.В 9:37 третий угнанный самолет врезался в здание Пентагона. В это время министр обороны Дональд Рамсфелд находился в своем рабочем кабинете. Выйдя на улицу, чтобы оценить ситуацию, он увидел пламя, дым и раненых и бросился помогать пострадавшим. Почти полчаса его не могли найти. Но затем он вернулся в свой кабинет, чтобы связаться с президентом и вице-президентомА теперь обращаемся к всежим американским источникам, коим является ранее мною упоминаемая согласительная комиссия по альтернативному (официальной точке зрения) расследованию этой трагедии. Ранее она находила свидетелей, которые утверждали,что черные ящики от врезавшихся самолетов в ВТЦ, были найдены: Новые доказательства отрицают,что не были найдены черные ящики самолетов.Пожарные, работающие в Граунд Зеро, утверждают,что были найдены три из четырех черных ящиков, так как они находятся в коробках, которые практически не поддаются разрушению. Эта информация была предоставлена согласительной комиссии из 24 членов по 9/11.Сейчас эта же комиссия утверждает,что слова Дика Чейни расходятся с показаниями свидетелей:Point MC-3: The Claim about the Time of Dick Cheney’s Entry into the White House Bunker  Поставим точку в MC-3: заявление относительно того времени, когда Дик Чейни находился в подземном бункере.The Official Account Официально:Vice President Dick Cheney took charge of the government’s response to the 9/11 attacks after he entered the PEOC (the Presidential Emergency Operations Center), a.k.a. “the bunker”. 9/11 Commission Report said1that Cheney did not enter the PEOC until almost 10:00 AM, which was at least 20 minutes after the violent event at the Pentagon that killed more than 100 people.Вице-президент США Дик Чейни взял на себя управление государством после того,как вошел в правительственный бункер и это произошло по его словам около 10:00 утра, через 20 минут после того, как в Пентагоне погибло более 100 человек.(1)The Best Evidence  Лучшее доказательство:Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta told the 9/11 Commission that, after he joined Cheney and others in the bunker at approximately 9:20 AM, he listened to an ongoing conversation between Cheney and a young man, which took place when “the airplane was coming into the Pentagon.”2After the young man, having reported for the third time that the plane was coming closer, asked whether “the orders still stand,” Cheney emphatically said they did.However, testimony that Cheney was in the PEOC by 9:20 was reported not only by Mineta but also by Richard Clarke3 and White House photographer David Bohrer.4 Cheney himself, speaking on “Meet the Press” five days after 9/11, reported that he had entered the PEOC before the Pentagon was damaged.5The 9/11 Commission’s attempt to bury the exchange between Cheney and the young man confirms the importance of Mineta’s report of this conversation.Министр транспорта Норман Минета сообщил комиссии 9/11,что он присоединился к Чейни и к остальным в бункере уже в 9:20 и услышал разговор между ним и молодым человеком, когда "самолет направлялся в сторону Пентагона".(2)Когда молодой человек в третий раз запросил Чейни, так как самолет приближается и "все ждут приказа", Чейни решительно ответил, что "он обдумывает".Норман Минета не единственный свидетель, кто подтверждает нахождение Чейни в бункере уже в 9:20. Помимо него об этом говорят Ричард Кларк (3) и фотограф Белого дома Дэвид Борер (4)Сам же Чейни утверждает,что он вошел в бункер после того,как был атакован Пентагон.(5)References for Point MC-31. 9/11 Commission Report (2004), note 213, p. 464.2. “911 Commission: Trans. Sec. Norman Mineta Testimony.”3. Richard Clarke, Against all Enemies (New York: Free Press, 2004), pp. 2-5.4. See “9/11: Interviews by Peter Jennings,” ABC News, September 11, 2002.5. “The Vice President Appears on Meet the Press with Tim Russert,” MSNBC, September 16, 2001.Казалось бы- ну и что? Какое это имеет отношение к экономике? А самое прямое. Напомню,что во время 9/11 были объявлены банковские каникулы, после которых в течении недели рынок потерял более 1 триллиона капитализации:Эти атаки оказали значительное экономическое воздействие на американский и мировой рынки. ФРС временно сократил контакты с банками из-за нарушений коммуникационного оборудования в финансовом районе Нижнего Манхэттена. Обратная связь и контроль над денежной массой, включая мгновенную ликвидность банков, была восстановлена в течение нескольких часов. Нью-Йоркская фондовая биржа (NYSE), Американская фондовая биржа и NASDAQ не открылись 11 сентября и оставались закрытыми до 17 сентября. Объекты NYSE и её центры обработки данных не пострадали, но члены биржи, клиенты и другие биржи потеряли с ней связь из-за разрушений телефонного узла около ВТЦ. Когда 17 сентября биржи открылись, после самого долгого периода бездействия со времён Великой депрессии в 1929 году, Индекс Доу-Джонса («DJIA») потерял 684 пункта, или 7,1 %, до 8920, это было самым большим его падением в течение одного дня. К концу недели DJIA упал на 1369,7 пунктов (14,3 %), это было самым большим недельным падением в истории. Американские акции потеряли 1,2 триллиона долл. в течение недели.Стоит обратить внимание на слова Билла Гросса "The Good Times Are Over, The Time For Risk Taking Has Passed" о том, что :"институциональные инвесторы финансовой экономики такие как, фонды денежного рынка, страховые, пенсионные, банковские и даже потребительские балансы больше не могут обеспечить уровень доходности, необходимых для оправдания своих будущих обязательств  и их стало невозможно достичь. Доход по депозитам слишкам мал,чтобы покрыть обязательства. В связи с чем доход по многим классам активов станет отрицательным. По мере снижения ливидности можно будет наблюдать, как ряды рискованных активов будут пополняться , напоминая всем известную игру с музыкальными стульями. И то, что 2015 год или ближайшие 12 месяцев- это время принятия рисков, можно судить по тому,что активов с положительным денежным потоком становится все меньше".Далее мы с вами наблюдаем любопытные вещи, происходящие в крупнейших финансовых учреждениях США.Зерохедж. Is Citi The Next AIG? Citi  - это новый AIG? Напомню, что в Сити работает Саммерс. Тот самый, который организовал в свое время провалившийся фонд Гарварда в России, планировавшийся для того,чтобы организовать то,что сейчас происходит на Украине. Стоит вспомнить о том,что война довольно затратное, а зачастую убыточное мероприятие. И не исключено,что пополнение баланса деривативами как-то связано с тем,что происходит на Украине- Украина банкрот, но , например, Обама подписал закон о поддержке Укрианы на 400 миллионов, к тому же он(Обама) довольно плотно работал с Саммерсом и только общественность заставила отклонить его кандидатуру на пост председателя ФРС, удовольствовашись кандидатурой Фишера на "вторых ролях", хотя Фишер от этого не испытывает никаких страданий.Мы обнаружили,что Citigroup, ранее пролоббировавшая деривативы за счет FDIC, увеличили деривативы на своем балансе в третьем квартале до $70.2 трлн, опередив в этом даже  JPM!Ну раз завели дело о JPM, то давайте поговорим о нем. Этот мегабанк уже довольно давно испытывает давление от регуляторов в том плане, что у них Джейми Даймон одновременно является и генеральным директором и председателем совета директоров. Но, как нам сообщает Зерохедж, основная опасность исходит от конкурента гиганта- Голдман Сакс, чьи люди как раз и работают в регуляторе. Кого заинтересовало, могут подробнее прочитать в оригинале:Зерохедж Goldman's Modest Proposal: It May Be Time To Break Up JPMorgan  Скромное предложение от Голдмана: может, пришло время разбить JPMorganЕще в 2008 году, после падения фондовых рынков, Голдман избавился от двух своих конкурентов: от Bear и Lehman, когда ФРС отказалась спасать эти банки. Теперь, волне возможно, пришла очередь и для JPM.Голдман: недавно было озвучено ФРС,что капитал JPM необходимо поднять до 11,5%,что на 100%-200% выше, чем у всех остальных, то, может быть имеет смысл говорить о целесообразности разделения акционерного капитала, учитывая,что он сейчас является отрицательным. Распад может создать стоимость ниже на 20% и его можно разделить на:  (1) трастовый банк, инвестиционный банк и бизнес по управлению активами и (2) все остальное (то есть более традиционный банковский бизнес). Разделение банка будет способствовать росту акционерного капитала.Вы мне скажете: а при чем тут Дик Чейни? Прямое отношение, конечно, он уже не имеет, просто надо иметь в виду,что США действуют всегда шаблонно, поэтому, например, не исключен вот какой вариант:прогнозирует Байрон Уин из Blackstone Group LP:По словам Уина, в этом году по настоящему проявят себя киберпреступники, которые становятся более ловкими, чем полиция.«Хакеры захватят частные и корпоративные счета одного крупнейшего банка, а Федеральная резервная система закроет это учреждение на пять дней для проверки его счетов»А хакеры- ,понятно, кто- Федеральное бюро расследований США расследует кражу данных из американского банка JP Morgan Chase. Она произошла в середине августа, сообщило агентство Bloomberg со ссылкой на двух сотрудников, имеющих отношение к следствию. По данным агентства, под подозрение попали российские хакеры. Они украли петабайты закрытой информации настолько умело, что эксперты подозревают — хакеры действуют при поддержке российских властей. ФБР расследует, является ли взлом JP Morgan местью российских властей за санкции США из-за конфликта вокруг Украины.или :Блумберг:"элитные российские хакеры взломали биржу Nasdaq и заложили туда цифровую бомбу".Я , надеюсь, что понятно. В условиях, когда ставки находятся на нуле и практически все активы показывают отрицательное значение, то есть идут убытки по причине невозможности капитал воспроизводить, происходит органический рост - за счет поглощения конкурентов. В США давно поглощены мелкие банки, настала очередь крупного финансового капитала выяснять, кто будет сидеть на стуле. В свою очередь, Россия только вступила в данный этап , когда крупные банки выживают за счет разорения мелких, в чем немало способствует ЦБ РФ. Во всяком случае, мы наблюдаем назревание явно революционной ситуации:"верхи не могут, низы не хотят". Вернее: верхи разбираются, для кого стул лишний, а когда разберутся, то назначат мальчика для битья, коим,скорее всего, будет российская элита,этакий хакерский Бен Ладен. Хотя проблемы финансового капитала США должны решаться несколько иными решениями, но американская элита иначе не может- виноват в их проблемах всегда кто-то другой, вот они и решают их, как могут- за чужой счет. И если это кто-то другой согласен его оплачивать- то тем более.

24 апреля 2012, 18:11

Военные компании на службе страны

В своем выступлении перед депутатами Госдумы глава правительства РФ Владимир Путин неожиданно для многих выступил с поддержкой идеи создания российских частных военных компаний, которые «могли бы предоставлять услуги по охране объектов и тренировке иностранных военных за границей без участия российского государства». Откровеннее ведь не скажешь. Такая позиция главы правительства – это смена подходов в защите государственных интересов, и, если хотите, выражение столь всеми ожидаемой политической воли России. Необходимость такого шага продиктована актуальными вызовами, стоящими перед Россией. Наступающий новый колониализм стремительно меняет «контурные карты» планеты. Успеет ли Россия в довольно сжатые сроки выработать условия и механизмы для успешной работы этого нового для РФ инструмента военной политики – вот в чем вопрос. Скажем прямо, частные военные компании (далее – ЧВК) – это инструмент колониализма. Конец XX века ознаменовал собой финал национального государства как исторического феномена и начало нового наднационального института – корпоративной власти, соединяющей государственные, финансовые и общественные институты. На текущем этапе ЧВК – это динамично растущий рынок, чьи объемы в целом можно сравнить с ведущими индустриями потребления и производства. По ряду данных объем рынка составляет ежегодно в среднем 200 миллиардов долларов[1]. Сам термин «частные военные компании» не в полной мере отражает специфику их деятельности. Сегодня (в отличие, например, от 1970-90х годов) большинство такого рода компаний не столько вовлечены в боевые действия, сколько занимаются обслуживанием соответствующей инфраструктуры – обучают персонал, занимаются консультированием и охранной деятельностью. Когда же это происходит в зонах боевых действий – вот тут-то специфика может и поменяться. Причины использования ВЧК вполне очевидны. Это экономия финансовых средств, оперативность и результативность. Выгоднее под конкретную задачу подписать контракт с частной компанией, которая уже располагает обученным персоналом, чем вводить армию и содержать гарнизоны. В современных международных военных операциях ЧВК являются равноправным правовым субъектом наряду с вооруженными силами национальных государств. История вопроса Показательным историческим примером (с рядом оговорок) является деятельность голландской и британской Ост-Индских компаний. Голландская в 1641 году самостоятельно, без помощи государства, выбила из нынешней Индонезии своих конкурентов – португальцев. Британская же за короткий срок завоевала Индию и ряд других территорий[2]. Правительства обеих стран изящно использовали формально торговые фактории для ведения скрытых войн в мирное время, иначе говоря – занимались захватом территорий, не вовлекая вооруженные силы своих стран. Это был успешный исторический опыт – войну «отдали на контракт», что дало вполне конкретные геополитические результаты. Второе дыхание ЧВК обрели в середине XX века, в период становления национальных государств стран Третьего мира. Тогда на Ближнем Востоке, в Африке и Латинской Америке ЧВК выполняли как легальные задачи (обучение армии и спецслужб молодых государств), так и нелегальные (перевороты и спецоперации). Впервые американское правительство официально прибегло к помощи частных военных компаний для обучения войск своих союзников в 1974 году, когда американская компания Vinnell Corp. принадлежавшая военно-промышленному концерну Northrop Grumman получила контракт на подготовку Национальной гвардии Саудовской Аравии[3]. Согласно некоторым данным стоимость контрактов достигала общей суммы в полмиллиарда долларов[4]. В Африке пионером в области организованного ведения такого бизнеса была (ныне уже несуществующая) южноафриканская компания Executive Outcomes которая возникла в 1989 году во главе с бывшим начальником западноевропейского отдела службы диверсий (Civil Cooperation Bureau) Министерства Обороны ЮАР Эбеном Барлоу[5]. В 90-е годы ЧВК убедительно показали свою способность решать стратегические задачи. Executive Outcomes в период 1993-1996 году сумела полностью подготовить армию Анголы и нанести серьезное поражение силам УНИТА, практически закрыв многолетнюю гражданскую войну[6]. В 1995 году та же компания Executive Outcomes получила контракт с правительством Сьерра-Леоне по подготовке армии Сьерра-Леоне. Фактически же этот контракт означал проведение боевых операций против повстанцев Обьединенного революционного фронта, которые к тому времени вошли в столицу Сьерра-Леоне Фритаун и захватили контроль над рудниками оксида титана Sierra Rutile и бокситов Sierramoco. Компания Executive Outcomes освободила Сьерра-Леоне и уже в течение ряда операций свела до нуля военные возможности мятежников[7]. В итоге в ноябре 1996 года было подписано соглашение о мире в Сьерра-Леоне. Параллельно схожие процессы шли в Европе. Компания Military Professional Resources Inc., действующая в интересах армии США, в сжатые сроки подготовила вооруженные силы сепаратистских республик бывшей Югославии. Эд Сойстер, тогдашний вице-президент MPRI и бывший шеф DEA (американской военной разведки) заявил 11 мая 1995 года в интервью британской газете Observer: «Мы не можем им сказать, как стрелять, но можем им показать, как лучшим образом организовать своих людей, чтобы те стреляли»[8]. В результате работа этой компании сыграла важную роль в разгроме сербских войск в Западной Славонии (1-2 мая 1995 г), в Книнской Краине (4-8 августа 1995 г.) и в Боснийской Краине (июль-октябрь 1995 г.)[9]. В 1998-99 годах компания осуществила также аналогичную работу в Албании по обучению албанской УЧК ведшей партизанскую войну против сербских войск в Косово и Метохии. После входа американских войск в Афганистан в 2001 году и в Ирак в 2003 году, MPRI получила контракты на создание новых армий Афганистана и Ирака, а впоследствии еще ряд контрактов, в том числе по подготовке воинского контингента Грузии для участия в операциях в Ираке и в Афганистане[10]. Таким образом, к началу этого века в мире появилась достаточно мощная индустрия частного военного предпринимательства с основным работодателем в виде правительства США. Ныне во всем мире существует широкий рынок подобных услуг, отнюдь не ограничивающийся Ираком и Афганистаном. Но именно Ирак стал полем, на котором произошло становление ЧВК в их современном виде, когда ЧВК стали сосредотачиваться на рынке услуг снабжения и инфраструктурной поддержки. Не последнюю роль в становлении этого огромного рынка сыграла администрация Джорджа Буша-младшего, чьи ключевые представители были прямо связаны с компаниями-подрядчиками. Halliburton Corporation, чьим главой с 1995 по 1999 год был Дик Чейни, будущий вице-президент США, долгое время была основным мажоритарием компании KBR (Kellogg Brown & Root), которая, в свою очередь, была одним из основных подрядчиков армии США[11]. В 2001 году KBR получила контракт LOGCAP-III на тыловое обеспечение американских войск в Афганистане, Ираке, Джибути а позднее и в Грузии[12]. В 2007 году был подписан тендер на новый контракт LOGCAP-IV общей стоимостью 2,4 миллиарда долларов на обеспечение баз американской армии в Афганистане, Ираке, Гаити и Кувейте[13]. В самой Российской Федерации компания KBR согласно межправительственному соглашению осуществляет с 2009-го года переброску грузов для армии США в Афганистан[14]. Не последнюю роль ЧВК сыграли в процессе замещения и усиления «официальных» войск формально гражданскими, а по сути – профессиональными военными специалистами. Если в годы первой войны в Персидском заливе в сухопутных силах США числилось 780 тыс. человек личного состава, то теперь лишь 480 тыс. Если в 1991 году в дни высадки американцев в Кувейте на 50 кадровых военных приходился один солдат из так называемых вспомогательных сил, то в начале второй иракской кампании один сотрудник PМC (private military companies – так называют фирмы, которые предоставляют заказчику профессиональных солдат) приходился на 10 военных[15]. Активно растущим сегментом деятельности ЧВК является розыскная и разведывательная деятельность. В качестве наилучшего примера можно упомянуть компанию Кролл (Kroll). С началом войн в Афганистане (2001) и в Ираке (2003) году компания активно включилась в охранную деятельность по содействию коалиционным войскам в Ираке и контингенту НАТО в Афганистане. В ряду коммерческих контрактов на охрану, Кролл получила тендер на программу подготовки новой армии Ирака а так же на развитие разведывательной сети в Ираке в интересах коалиционных войск[16]. Эта же компания засветилась и в России. По сообщениям СМИ, в 2002 и 2003 годах компания «Кролл» вела «аудиторскую» работу в интересах компании «Альфа-Групп»[17]. Подобные компании позволяют на совершенно законных основаниях вести техническую и агентурную разведку на территории любого государства, и в отношении любых лиц. Согласно заключениям экспертов, компании подобного типа со временем будут приобретать всё большую роль в войнах и вооруженных конфликтах. Совершенно особое место занимает в планах администрации Белого Дома использование ВЧК на Ближнем Востоке. Эксперты прямо называют американские и британские ВЧК основным инструментом подготовки вооруженных отрядов оппозиции в Ливии и Сирии[18]. Есть свидетельства и прямого участия специалистов военных компаний в боевых действиях. Продолжается работа и по укреплению лояльных США режимов. В 2011 году прошла информация о том, что американская компания Reflex Responses получила контракт на 529 миллиардов долларов от наследного принца Абу-Даби шейха Мухаммеда бен Заида Аль Нахайянна, по созданию и подготовке в ОАЭ батальона в 800 военнослужащих для ведения охранной и контртеррористической деятельности[19]. Ставка на ЧВК в военном плане сигнализирует об одном очень важном факторе – в обозримой исторической перспективе западные элиты не заинтересованы в широкомасштабных боевых кампаниях. Но это не значит, что следующие десятилетия будут проникнуты духом пацифизма. Масштабное применение ЧВК напрямую связано с дальнейшим курсом на использование непрямых методов в геополитической и геоэономической конкуренции, которая будет только увеличиваться на фоне общей глобальной нестабильности. Возможные выгоды для России Что дает России использование ЧВК? В первую очередь – это получение недорогого и эффективного инструмента защиты государственных интересов здесь и сейчас. В настоящее время РФ проходит стадию реформирования военно-политической системы. Очевидно, что не за горами и переформатирование системы разведывательного сообщества. Реформа ГРУ только избавила ведомство от тяжести функций прошлого века. Политическая разведка оправляется от серии тяжелых поражений и ждет кардинальной реорганизации. Очевидно, что в текущем состоянии, СВР не может эффективно решать поставленные задачи. В первую очередь это вызвано отсутствием необходимых ресурсов. Проблема актуальна и для военной разведки. Вместе с военно-политическим фактором, есть вполне приземленные экономические причины. В ходе двух чеченских компаний армия доказала свою необходимость и защитила целостность и суверенитет России. Вместе с тем, расходы по обеспечению группировки войск на Северном Кавказе ложились тяжким бременем на российский бюджет. Не будем также забывать, что российская армия на протяжении многих лет уверенно возглавляет хит-парад самых коррумпированных институтов нашего государства. Необходимость появления российских ЧВК существует и для обеспечения интересов отечественного крупного бизнеса. С проблемами безопасности российские компании сталкиваются не только на взрывоопасном Ближнем Востоке, но и в Африке, и в странах Индокитая. Российскому бизнесу необходимо не только обеспечение безопасности в этих странах, но и работа по сбору информации и по лоббированию своих интересов в государственных и структурах. Нередки случаи, когда зарубежные компании под разными предлогами отказывали российским специалистам в оплате их труда, действуя не только беззаконно, но и жестоко. Стоит упомянуть случай в иракском Курдистане, где крупная британская компания, не желая выплачивать денежное довольствие российским служащим, около полугода удерживала их под надуманным предлогом фактически в неволе, принуждая «добровольно» отказаться от своих «претензий». Были случаи, когда российских специалистов, просто, что называется «кидали», оставляя в чужой стране без денег и документов. Американцы в аналогичных сложных ситуациях создавали частные военные компании, так как обнаружили, что иного пути защиты их интересов нет. Россия пока имеет союзников среди военно-политического руководства практически на всех континентах. В ключевых регионах планеты – в Африке, на Ближнем Востоке и в Индокитае у нашей страны до сих пор есть ключевое преимущество – выращенные при деятельном участии еще СССР элиты. Но через 10 лет им на смену придет новое поколение, получившее образование на Западе и в Китае. У России есть и другой немаловажный ресурс: пока существует костяк военной машины Советского Союза – оперативный и руководящий состав разведки и спецподразделений, имеющий опыт действий по всему миру, и вполне успешно легализовавшиеся (в большинстве своем) в реалиях нового мира. Это «спящий резерв» государства, который при желании можно реанимировать. Все перечисленные плюсы – это не полноценное конкурентное преимущество, а то, что осталось, и что еще можно эффективно использовать. Немногие российские ЧВК, действующие за рубежом, испытывают жесточайший прессинг со стороны своих иностранных конкурентов. При этом правительства США и Великобритании оказывают своим компаниям всемерную поддержку, ставя всевозможные препоны для российских специалистов. Как создавать российские частные военные компании? В России сейчас любой инициатор создания ЧВК может загреметь по статье 359 УК РФ «Наемничество», или статье 208 «Создание вооруженного формирования». Подобное весьма мрачное положение дел ставит государство перед необходимостью принципиально определиться с идеологией в отношении двух фундаментальных вопросов а) частного бизнеса в сфере ОПК и безопасности; б) гражданской практики использования (хранения, владения) оружием. В настоящий момент у нас нет какого-либо нормативного правового акта, регламентирующего деятельность частных военных компаний. Во многих странах (например, в США) законодательно допускается деятельность национальных охранных компаний за пределами этих стран. Такая деятельность приравнивается к экспорту военной продукции и подлежит лицензированию. Международное право в вопросах использования ЧВК руководствовалось до недавнего времени Женевской конвенцией, затем Конвенцией ООН и Документом Монтрё, который подписали уже 22 государства. Последний регламентирует работу ЧВК на международном рынке, его же и признают базовым нормативно-правовым актом в вопросах функционала частных военных компаний. Совершенно отдельной проблемой стоит вопрос допуска частных лиц к государственной тайне. Такого механизма в отечественной законодательной базе просто нет. Существующий рынок частных охранных услуг, подразумевающий действия в ситуациях высокого риска, мал и фрагментирован. Фактически его можно поделить на предприятия-«дочки» крупных ФПГ и охранные компании, которые работают на личные политические связи их владельцев. Есть также небольшой сегмент компаний, основанных энтузиастами из военной среды. Их доходы – небольшие контракты за рубежом (главным образом проводка конвоев и судов), которые неинтересны лидерам рынка из-за высокого риска или малой цены. Потенциальная среда ЧВК подвержена тем же болезням, что и весь российский бизнес – коррупция, непрозрачность тендеров, противодействие правоохранителей, отсутствие внятной государственной политики. Лидеры охранного бизнеса в России по причине отсутствия опыта и необходимых навыков ведения бизнеса не способны взять на себя функции локомотива зарождающегося рынка. Единственным, и, наверное, наиболее эффективным инициатором процесса могут выступить компетентные в международной геоэкономике инвесторы, максимально далекие как от государства, так и от интересов российских ФПГ. В России есть позитивный опыт вхождения в сферу ОПК частного бизнеса весьма далекого от специфики среды, но владеющего инструментарием успешного стартапа и ведения производственного бизнеса в России. Главными направлениями, требующими обеспечения российских интересов, являются зоны Центральной Азии и Среднего Востока. Данные ареалы являются территорией стратегически важных ресурсных потоков для России и интересны с точки зрения экспорта прямых военных услуг. Большие перспективы имеют рынки стран Африки и Латинской Америки, где вопросы общественной и государственной безопасности актуальны как никогда. Понимание необходимости ЧВК как инструмента политической и экономической конкуренции уже существует, и выступление Владимира Путина тому порука. Вместе с тем, реализация данного проекта наталкивается на системную проблему нашего государства – дремучесть правовой системы. И одной политической воли здесь будет недостаточно. 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