Эрик Холдер
Эрик Холдер
Эрик Химптон Холдер-младший (англ. Eric Himpton Holder, Jr., род. 21 января 1951) — американский политик, Генеральный прокурор США с 3 февраля 2009 года. До своего назначения работал в юридической фирме Covington |&| Burling.
Эрик Химптон Холдер-младший (англ. Eric Himpton Holder, Jr., род. 21 января 1951) — американский политик, Генеральный прокурор США с 3 февраля 2009 года. До своего назначения работал в юридической фирме Covington |&| Burling.
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03 апреля, 13:35

Playbook: ‘THE TRUMP SLUMP’

Since President Donald Trump announced his plan to institute tariffs and his top adviser Gary Cohn quit, the S&P 500 has been down roughly five percent.

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02 апреля, 15:47

TO ERIC HOLDER, A CITIZENSHIP QUESTION ON THE CENSUS IS VOTER INTIMIDATION, BUT TWO JACK-BOOTED THUG…

TO ERIC HOLDER, A CITIZENSHIP QUESTION ON THE CENSUS IS VOTER INTIMIDATION, BUT TWO JACK-BOOTED THUGS WITH BILLY CLUBS SHOUTING RACIAL EPITHETS IN FRONT OF A POLLING PLACE AREN’T: If you’ve forgotten how the Holder Dept. of Justice failed to enforce voting rights law when the victims were white (and then denied it), this detailed […]

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29 марта, 23:32

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PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS: ● Eric Holder: If I Run for President, It’ll Be From Concluding I Could Unify the Country. —The Washington Free Beacon, yesterday. ● Holder: U.S. a ‘nation of cowards’ on race discussions. —CNN, February 19th, 2009.

29 марта, 13:21

Playbook: House Republican leadership battle begins

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise said in an interview with POLITICO he's interested in the speakership if Paul Ryan retires, but Ryan's predecessor says he isn't going anywhere.

28 марта, 06:15

California AG, Eric Holder To Sue Trump Administration Over Citizenship Question On 2020 Census

California's Attorney General, Xavier Becerra (D) said a new question included on the 2020 census asking for citizenship status is illegal, and he will sue the Trump administration to remove it. "We're prepared to do what we must to protect California from a deficient Census. Including a citizenship question on the 2020 census is not just a bad idea — it is illegal," said Becerra in a statement. #BREAKING: Filing suit against @realdonaldtrump's Administration over decision to add #citizenship question on #2020Census. Including the question is not just a bad idea — it is illegal: https://t.co/vW8sa7khq9 — Xavier Becerra (@AGBecerra) March 27, 2018 "Including a citizenship question on the 2020 census is not just a bad idea — it is illegal," Becerra wrote in a Monday San Francisco Chronicle opinion piece along with California Secretary of State Alex Padilla. "The size of your child’s kindergarten class. Homeland security funds for your community. Natural disaster preparation. Highway and mass transit resources. Health care and emergency room services.  Vital services such as these would be jeopardized and our voice in government diminished if the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2020 count resulted in an undercount" -Xavier Becerra In other words - the U.S. government shouldn't be allowed to ask if U.S. residents are legal citizens, because it may lead to underreporting and therefore fewer benefits and Congressional representation would go to regions with high concentrations of illegal aliens.  Becerra argues that the Constitution requires the government conduct an "actual enumeration" of the total population - which, the California AG argues, should be conducted regardless of citizenship.  The census has a specific constitutional purpose: to provide an accurate count of all residents, which then allows for proper allotment of congressional representatives to the states. The Census Bureau has a long history of working to ensure the most accurate count of the U.S. population in a nonpartisan manner, based on scientific principles. Separately, former Obama Attorney General Eric Holder announced that he is also filing a lawsuit to stop the citizenship question from being included in the 2020 census.  "We will litigate to stop the Administration from moving forward with this irresponsible decision," Holder said in a Tuesday morning statement. "The addition of a citizenship question to the census questionnaire is a direct attack on our representative democracy. This question will lower the response rate and undermine the accuracy of the count, leading to devastating, decade-long impacts on voting rights and the distribution of billions of dollars in federal funding. By asking this question, states will not have accurate representation and individuals in impacted communities will lose out on state and federal funding for health care, education, and infrastructure." Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the reinstatement of the citizenship question in a post to the department's website (here). The question last appeared on the 1950 census. As The Hill notes, the DOJ under Attorney General Jeff Sessions pushed for the inclusion of the question - arguing that it would allow Justice to better enforce the Voting Rights Act.  The census question has led lawmakers and pundits alike to opine on the legality, morality and practicality of such a move:  Kamala: The census is just trying to find all your voters (illegal). https://t.co/DBWYxx0tWz — thebradfordfile (@thebradfordfile) March 27, 2018 U.S. Department of Commerce Announces Reinstatement of Citizenship Question to the 2020 Decennial Census | The Left is going ballistic because they don't want Americans to know the full extent of the illegal alien invasion. https://t.co/OyXyLRPRzu — Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) March 27, 2018 So liberals say asking about citizenship in the census is illegal, but they won't say illegal immigrants being here is illegal? — Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) March 27, 2018 The federal census is NOT a tool to rally the President’s base. It’s a constitutionally mandated count of every single PERSON living in this country. More important than ever to pass my bill to prevent this w/ @CoryBooker @maziehirono & many @SenateDems https://t.co/RbU1Z2wEPk https://t.co/VC8Wfu1r7A — Senator Bob Menendez (@SenatorMenendez) March 27, 2018 By adding a citizenship question to the #2020Census, @SecretaryRoss has succumbed to the hateful, nativist views that are the hallmark of this administration & deliberately compromised the integrity of the #Census for political purposes. https://t.co/fVMRJYtiqK — Carolyn B. Maloney (@RepMaloney) March 27, 2018 #CitizenshipMatters Apportionment for Congressional seats and electoral votes should be based on citizens, not on residents. Otherwise citizens are underrepresented... For example, California gets roughly three extra members of Congress based on estimates of illegal residents. https://t.co/Acq02zM4Ev — Warren Davidson (@WarrenDavidson) March 27, 2018 It will be interesting to see how this is somehow spun as a Russian trick by the usual suspects... 

28 марта, 01:20

Supreme Court to consider limits on gerrymandering

When the Supreme Court hears oral arguments this week examining whether partisan gerrymandering can violate voters’ constitutional rights, the time-honored ability of the two parties to draw congressional maps to maximize their advantages will be under existential threat.In the case in question, the justices will examine whether Democrats improperly retaliated against Republican voters in Maryland by changing the district lines to beat a GOP congressman. It’s the second such case currently before the high court, which last year heard arguments over Wisconsin’s GOP-drawn state legislative map.Taken together, the two cases raise the prospect the court could soon put limits on how far the parties can go in redistricting -- and could erase some of the decade’s most egregious political maps.Though the Supreme Court is hearing arguments about maps drawn by each party, Republicans remain in control of the redistricting process in a greater number of states. That means a ruling establishing restrictions on political considerations would likely boost Democrats, at least in the short term.But Democrats are the ones under the court’s microscope in the Maryland case, which centers around a unique legal theory: That, in tweaking the borders of a western Maryland-based congressional district, the Democratic-controlled legislature and then-Gov. Martin O’Malley were punishing voters for supporting Republicans in the past, including then-GOP Rep. Roscoe Bartlett. That punishment, the plaintiff’s theory says, amounts to a violation of their First Amendment rights.“The mapdrawers and Democratic leaders in Annapolis in 2010 and 2011 looked at the way voters had cast their ballots in the 6th District in the years before redistricting and in effect disapproved that,” said Michael Kimberly, the lead attorney for the plaintiffs in the case.Bartlett was first elected in 1992, and in each of his nine successful reelection campaigns, he never earned less than 57 percent of the vote. But after the 2010 Census, Democrats in Annapolis took aim at his district, tweaking the lines so it took in more of the well-heeled, heavily Democratic bedroom communities near Washington, including Potomac.Democratic Rep. John Delaney, who is retiring this year to mount a 2020 presidential bid, has held the district since 2012. And Republicans, who for most of the previous decade held two of the state’s eight congressional districts, were down to only one seat in the state.“The evidence in our case shows the goal was to go from a quote-unquote 6-2 map to a 7-1 map,” Kimberly said.In the larger, national House landscape, one Democratic seat in Maryland does little to offset Republicans’ overall advantage in drawing the district lines. The GOP electoral sweep in the 2010 midterm elections allowed the party to take control of the line-drawing process in a number of states, giving the party an advantage for the decade in elections both for state legislatures and Congress.A report last week from the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School suggests that, because of the way the districts are drawn, Democrats may need to win the aggregate congressional popular vote by 11 percentage points this fall to reclaim the House majority. While some experts claim that overstates the built-in GOP advantage, court-imposed limits on partisan redistricting would boost Democrats.Advocates say court action is needed more now because redistricting software is growing far more sophisticated, and there are more streams of granular data to slice voters into districts where the electoral outcomes are predetermined.“If the Supreme Court does not get involved, it’s only going to get worse,” said Michael Li, senior counsel at the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program.Already, legal action at the state level has helped Democrats chip away at hostile maps in two large states: Florida and Pennsylvania. In both states, the states’ highest court threw out the maps drawn by Republicans for improperly taking into account partisanship. Democrats gained a seat in Florida in the 2016 elections, but they are poised to gain between two and six seats in Pennsylvania this year under a new, court-drawn map.And litigation over partisan gerrymandering is still ongoing in a number of other states. A federal court voided North Carolina’s congressional map earlier this year — the first time a federal court had thrown out district lines because of excessive partisanship, not because of racial considerations or unequal populations. The Supreme Court has put that ruling on hold while it considers the Wisconsin and Maryland cases.Another partisan gerrymandering case is pending in Michigan, where Republicans have held a nine-to-five advantage in the delegation for the entire decade.Criticism of gerrymandering is nothing new. Former Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry was pilloried by a local newspaper for signing a state legislative map in 1812 that maximized his party’s advantage with oddly-shaped districts, including one that resembled a salamander.But good-government activists and other reformers have succeeded in recent years in constraining partisan gerrymandering in a number of states. An independent commission now draws maps in California following a successful 2010 ballot initiative. That same year, Florida voters approved an amendment to the state constitution that prohibited legislators from considering electoral performance when drawing the state’s congressional districts; it led to Republicans’ first map, used in the 2012 and 2014 elections, to be voided by a court.In Ohio, there will be an initiative on the ballot this May to establish a bipartisan commission that would draw a congressional map if the legislature didn't produce one on a bipartisan basis.Increasingly, redistricting is a political campaign issue, too. The Maryland case puts Democrats on the defensive. The state's GOP governor, Larry Hogan, has long fought Democrats in the state over redistricting, and he signed a friend-of-the-court brief backing the challengers to the map in the current case.The National Democratic Redistricting Committee, the group headed by former Attorney General Eric Holder and backed by former President Barack Obama, was founded after 2016 to fight Republican gerrymanders across the country — and to help Democrats win at the state level between now and 2021, when the maps will be redrawn again.The NDRC's communications director, Patrick Rodenbush, told POLITICO that the group is monitoring the Maryland case and believes "there should be some guardrails" for states in partisan redistricting. "The Supreme Court now has an opportunity to tell Democrats and Republicans if there’s a line that you can’t cross," he said. "And we think that would be good."Democrats, including the NDRC, aren't counting on the high court to erase all the GOP-drawn maps. The Democratic Governors Association announced this month will spend $20 million in gubernatorial races this year in states where the governor plays a role in the redistricting process. The goal was to achieve “fairer maps for voters around the country,” said Elisabeth Pearson, the DGA's executive director, in a press release.But Pearson said this week that the DGA isn't seeking to elect Democrats to approve gerrymandered maps in the party's favor, but rather as checks on GOP legislatures, in states where Republicans drew the state legislative maps and retain an advantage in those races.“There is no potential scenario, even in an Democratic sweep in 2018, we’ll be in a position to have enough power to do the same thing [in 2021] as what Republicans have done,” Pearson said.The Republican Governors Association did not immediately return a request for comment.But what the Supreme Court may determine in the Maryland case — Benisek v. Lamone — is how far the parties can go in redrawing the maps after the next Census.“In taking these two cases, it’s clear the Supreme Court wants to say something about partisan gerrymandering,” said Li. “And we don’t know what that is yet.”

27 марта, 05:15

States to sue Trump administration for adding citizenship question to U.S. Census

The California AG quickly filed a legal complaint, while New York's Schneiderman said he would lead a multi-state lawsuit.

23 марта, 03:30

In The 'Brave New World', Who Controls The Matrix?

By Doug “Uncola” Lynn via TheBurningPlatform.com, The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left. – Ecclesiastes 10:2  For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. – 2 Timothy 4:3-4 Today, I read an exercise in surreality entitled:  ”Yes, This Is Going To Be Worse Than Watergate”.  When I first clicked the link, which was posted on Drudge this morning, I thought it was about the forthcoming Inspector General’s report and was hoping it might shed some light on FBI, DoJ, and State Department corruption at the highest levels.  Instead, the article rendered liberal outrage at the possibility of the Evil Trump firing the noble and honorable Robert Mueller.  The author, furthermore, claimed such a travesty would be a larger scandal than Watergate and lamented how not enough Republicans will join the high-minded, justice-seeking Democrats to save America. Unbelievable. The article even cites a vituperative Tweet to Trump from former CIA Director, leaker, and likely perjurer, John Brennan: When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history. You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but you will not destroy America…America will triumph over you.     — John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) March 17, 2018 Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.  One can only hope the Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, will soon make these fools look even more stupid.  Even still, when actual crimes that are truly bigger than Watergate are completely revealed, will liberal journalists and corrupt former spies plead for the Democrats in Congress to rally and save the country?  Nope.  It’s all just big fat nothingburgers to them. Additionally, this week, we witnessed the Mainstream Corporate Media turn Trump’s newly-hired attorney, Joe Digenova, into a “conspiracy theorist” for accurately identifying the “vast law-enforcement conspiracy to take down Trump”. Yes, conspiracy, the same term that was coined by the U.S Central Intelligence Agency’s Clandestine Services Unit in a dispatch marked “psychological operations” in 1967, will never die; like fake news. Remember when it used to be called skepticism and critical thinking? Isn’t it bizarre how the Centralizers can use both “conspiracy theorist” and “fake news” against their political opponents while propagating Russian election hacking lies and, furthermore, reporting on the falsehoods as actual news?  How do they pull that off? In large part by misappropriating language in order to set any basic premises, and therefore, establishing the ensuing conversational constraints. However, it also goes deeper than that in ways difficult to describe. Have you ever had the words, but not sure of the right way to chain them together?  That’s me right now. Like a man during a power outage, in a dark basement at 2 AM, trying not to step on his recently dropped and broken flashlight with his bare feet; looking for the stairs. Random thoughts and flashes of insight mix into dusky amalgamations. When watching the news, or reading the headlines, Robert A. Heinlein’s “Stranger in a Strange Land” comes to mind.  I’m a Martian in a new reality, constantly questioning and ever perplexed. Too big to scale. One way to understand is to use the Matrix films as a frame of reference. These are, indeed, a clear cognitive construct to conceptualize the brave new world.  For those who have not seen the science fiction trilogy, the actor Keanu Reeves plays a hacker by the name of Neo who learns his entire life was a digital simulation created by computers.  In the first movie, a member of the “resistance”, named Morpheus (played by Lawrence Fishburne), entered the Matrix to recruit Neo by asking him to ingest a red pill to learn truth – or a blue pill, whereby nothing would change. Neo chose the red pill and, in turn, “woke up” to discover he was nothing more than a living “battery” whose body was electrically charging the computer simulation along with hundreds of thousands of other poor souls dreaming in a digital world. Behold! The prophecies of the imaginary Book of Morpheus, Chapter One: For Neo did not enter into the Matrix to condemn the Blue Pilled People, but rather, to save those digesting the Red Pill and lead them into Reality. The madness is also reminiscent of the rock group Metallica’s “One” video, featuring scenes from the 1971 movie “Johnny Got his Gun” (based on the 1939 book of same name); where a conscious World War I quadruple amputee with annihilated eyes, ears, and mouth, says in his tortured mind: “I don’t know whether I am alive and dreaming or dead and remembering.” That’s how I feel about America. The Borg is dreaming new realities it wishes to be true. The Leftists are daily becoming ends unto themselves. By means of sheer will, their fantasies will come to pass; any contravening facts be damned. Propaganda works by reinforcing what people want to believe. It’s how the Corporate Media, in all of its various forms, provides the context to make real the illusions of the hive mind. In other words, like Neo in the Matrix, virtual is the new reality. The implementation set forth by the Centralizers is two-pronged: they mold consensus to give dreams consistency while, simultaneously, denigrating reality.  For example, before and after the election of Donald Trump, key officials in the highest levels of American government colluded with the mainstream media to absolve the criminal activity of Hillary Clinton, while concomitantly undermining Trump on various fronts, ranging from female genital grasping to Russian collusion. It is always a double whammy. Desired narratives are propagated as countervailing truth is diminished; by degree, or in entirety, throughout multiple mediums. The same people who defended a previous U.S. president for staining a blue dress now, twenty years later, expect to derail another president over his previous Stormy relations. Whatever happened to the private business between two consenting adults defense?  Hey, they established the new rules, so they can’t blame the Deplorables for abiding by them.  Nevertheless, have you ever noticed how liberals consistently weaponize the integrity of their opponents while having no shame themselves?  How does that work? Rosebud. By way of the magic bubble do sleighs slide downward as souls are sold: consensus morality = mob rule A handful of corporate entities control 90% of the media today.  This means hundreds of media executives control the information regimen of near 300 million Americans. Sigmund Freud’s nephew, Edward Bernays, who was the famous pioneer in the field of public relations, put it this way: The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. …In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind. – Bernays, Edward. (1928). “Propaganda”, Ig Publishing, Brooklyn, NY, Sept, 2004, page 37 How do the weaponized snowflakes (i.e. useful idiots) engage in such widespread blind hypocrisy on a daily basis, you ask? Perhaps because emotions are relative and instincts are eternal as logic dissipates like morning fog. Most people are too lazy to think critically and, thus, propaganda becomes hypnosis.  It’s how lies travel the world as the truth ties its shoes. It is why, in America today, citizens are labeled as Deplorables and the children of illegal immigrants are called Dreamers.  It’s how guns are guilty and why America’s oldest civil rights organization is being bullied. Marshall Mcluhan’s “the medium is the message” comes to mind.  The World Wide West has become an electronic grid; zapping freedoms like winged pests.  Our devices plug us into a grand neural network and the Centralizers use various platforms, including social media, to reward ideological conformity which gives rise to specific orthodoxies that, in turn, set the table for rewards and punishments in three dimensions. Required consensus by Human Resource Departments or militarized police: When staring down tyranny, what’s the difference? The messaging wars are not meant to be won; they’re meant to be continuous. Thusly, reality is bent until inverted into Mirrorworld where down is up, up is down, dark is light, left is right, right is wrong, wrong is right, and lies are true. Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness… – Isaiah 5:20 Orthodoxy has replaced natural law. Diversity and genealogy are now valued over liberty on both extremes of the political spectrum.  Obama fundamentally transformed America and Trump is forever despised by Democratic voters even though labor unions support his policies on immigration and trade. The New World is virtual paradox. Today, the Political Left measures both Obama and Trump by standards of politically correct orthodoxy as opposed to the legality, or efficacy, of their respective administrations. Who has established these new standards? Who is legislating the new morality now? In the 2012 Presidential Election, no one complained about Team Obama using Facebook to target users for campaign ads.  In fact, Obama’s former campaign staffer, Carol Davidsen, recently tweeted: Facebook was surprised we were able to suck out the whole social graph, but they didn’t stop us once they realized that was what we were doing.     — Carol Davidsen (@cld276) March 19, 2018 However, when it was revealed Team Trump utilized similar data mining through a company called, Cambridge Analytica, Facebook’s stock plummeted and the company’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, has been called to testify before Congress.  All this, even though: In the case of the Trump campaign, Facebook’s allowance for the misuse of its data was an accidental oversight; as far as the Obama campaign goes, it appears that it was completely intentional. – SOURCE There’s a name for that kind of arbitrariness. It’s called bullshit. Why is it that Trump is always guilty and Obama, Hillary, Bill, James Comey, Eric Holder, Susan Rice, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Andy McCabe, and all of the other Deep State and Democratic Party clowns are never, truly, held to account; either legally, or in the court of public opinion? It’s because advertising works. In the global technocracy, the Planners only need to control the access points in any governing networks. They do. Politics, law enforcement, internet, and media.  The all-seeing eye decides what the snowflakes see, and it knows your address. Who has the power to censor truth?  Who has the power to keep the stupid, stupid, and their intellectual opposites stumbling around in the dark?  Who has the legal mandate to enforce the new rules under threat of poking holes into their subjects with bullets and bombs? Who controls the matrix? As of this time, it seems these questions have been answered.  Who currently holds a double-digit advantage in the upcoming U.S. Midterm Elections this fall?  The Democrats. There’s a name for that too.  It’s called winning. Will the forthcoming Inspector General’s Report turn back the approaching Blue Wave, stem the tide, and rebuild the ramparts of law and liberty on America’s shores? Are your fingers crossed?

20 марта, 18:13

Holder: Sessions has to ‘have the guts’ to ‘say no’ to Trump

Former Attorney General Eric Holder says Jeff Sessions needs to “to have the guts” to stand up to President Donald Trump, suggesting the Justice Department leader may have rushed to fire former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe at the president’s behest. Holder, who led the department under former President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2015, urged Sessions on Monday to take greater ownership of internal personnel decisions, questioning the decision to dismiss McCabe amid criticisms of the FBI leader from Trump. “It may be that at the end of the day, his separation, his termination is appropriate but you don’t rush that component of it to meet a deadline that I think the president essentially set,” Holder said during an event at Georgetown University. Sessions on Friday fired the FBI’s former No. 2 a little over a day before he was set to formally retire from the bureau, a move that sparked a public war of words between McCabe and the president.Sessions said the dismissal was prompted by internal reviews that found McCabe had violated Justice Department policies and had not been forthcoming regarding the probe into the FBI's actions before the 2016 presidential election, including their investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails.McCabe has denied any wrongdoing.Holder, who was succeeded by former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and then Sessions at the Justice Department, framed the dismissal of McCabe as premature and urged the sitting attorney general to challenge Trump when necessary. “If you’re the attorney general of the United States, you run the damn Justice Department, you know?” Holder said. “And you’ve got to have the guts to look at the president every now and again and say no.”The White House said last week that any decision on McCabe’s status would be left to Sessions, though press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders expressed concern over the former FBI deputy’s actions. “We do think it is well documented that he has had some very troubling behavior and by most accounts a bad actor and should have some cause for concern,” Sanders said at a press briefing Thursday.

19 марта, 22:51

Supreme Court won't block new Pennsylvania congressional map

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied Pennsylvania Republicans' request to stop the imposition of new congressional districts ahead of the 2018 midterms.A statement from the court said a request to stay a ruling from the Pennsylvania state Supreme Court had been denied without comment or recorded dissent. The state Supreme Court ruled the previous map, drawn by Republicans in the state legislature and signed into law in 2011 by then-GOP Gov. Tom Corbett, was a partisan gerrymander that violated the state's constitution.The court’s statement followed an order from a three-judge federal panel earlier Monday turning down a Republican request to halt the new map — essentially leaving Republicans with little recourse to stop the new district lines before the May 15 primary elections.The filing deadline for candidates running under the new map is Tuesday. The new map, drawn by the state Supreme Court, weakens Republicans’ hold on a number of seats, especially in the Philadelphia suburbs. Behind the scenes, Republican consultants prepared their clients for the new maps to stand, even as GOP congressmen and state legislative leaders sought relief from the courts. One GOP incumbent who saw his district become more Democratic under the new lines, Rep. Ryan Costello (R-Pa.), is reportedly considering retiring rather than filing for reelection before Tuesday’s deadline.It's the second time Republicans have failed to halt the state Supreme Court’s actions at the federal high court. The GOP initially applied for a stay after the state Supreme Court threw out the old map, but Justice Samuel Alito rejected that effort last month.After the state Supreme Court drew a map that unwound the GOP-friendly lines — on the new map, President Donald Trump would have carried 10 of the state’s 18 congressional districts, versus 12 on the old map — Republicans tried again, with urging from Trump himself."Hope Republicans in the Great State of Pennsylvania challenge the new 'pushed' Congressional Map, all the way to the Supreme Court, if necessary," Trump tweeted last month. "Your Original was correct! Don’t let the Dems take elections away from you ..."The high court could still agree to hear the case, even after denying Republicans' stay application. But none of the court's nine justices dissented for the record on Monday to indicate openness to reversing the state Supreme Court's actions.Republicans in Harrisburg expressed disappointment Monday with the dual court rulings leaving the map in place."We are upset by the decisions today of the three judge panel in Middle District Court and the U.S. Supreme Court regarding redistricting. It is disappointing that the U.S. Supreme Court did not intervene," said GOP state Sens. Joe Scarnati, Jake Corman and Mike Folmer in a joint statement, noting that the district court case "was dismissed on the legal issue of standing," and not on the merits of the case.“We still believe these issues in this case are vital constitutional questions that deserve to be heard, including the [state] Supreme Court taking on the role of creating legislation," the statement continued, insisting the state Supreme Court's decision to draw the maps itself "takes us down a path for the creation of another legislative body in Pennsylvania.”Democrats, meanwhile, celebrated the decisions.“Today’s two court rulings, including one from the United States Supreme Court, are important victories for the citizens of Pennsylvania and the fight against gerrymandering," said former Attorney General Eric Holder, chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee. "This November, Pennsylvanians will finally have the opportunity to vote for a congressional delegation on a fair map. By fighting against a fair map drawn by an independent court, Republicans have shown they are afraid of the very voters they claim they want to represent.”Josh Gerstein contributed to this report.

19 марта, 09:00

Things Must Be Serious, Everyone's Lying

Authored by Tom Luongo, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had a moment of clarity once.  He famously said, “When things get serious, you have to lie.” Given the state of affairs in his beloved European Union right now Mr. Juncker and company are doing a lot of lying. It is rare in politics to get that kind of honesty from a politician, especially one currently in office.  But, Juncker’s statement shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who is even a semi-serious political observer. It’s why I find it funny that the Democrats and Antifa-Left get so bent out of shape when Donald Trump exaggerates or outright lies.  To him it’s a tactic.  Catching Donald Trump in a falsehood is like trying to ladle water with a sieve. So, by the Juncker Maxim, things must be getting very serious because the amount and type of lies being thrown around by people who are supposed to know better have been staggering. To the point that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, “I simply don’t have any normal terms left to describe all this.” Lavrov has been the world’s most effective diplomat over the past few years, effectively talking to and cutting deals with people who should hate him and Russia’s policies.  What it highlights is that Lavrov and his boss, Vladimir Putin, have been effective simply because they make a deal and keep to it. They are the opposite of Mr. Juncker.  When things get serious they become honest, speaking with one voice. Part of that comes from having a single administration in power for the past 17 years.  It’s easy to keep to agreements when those in power don’t change.  The U.S.’s diplomatic history with North Korea, for example, highlights the problems of shifting domestic political winds in Washington. But, that part stems from the way these men comport themselves on international stage. So, watching the hyperventilations of of Theresa “Gypsum Lady” May and her Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson over the poisoning of Former Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia means there is a lot more going on here than anyone cares to admit. The quick reversals from European leaders as well as Donald Trump from their initial skepticism of May and Johnson’s bloviating tells me that not only are they lying but they are being forced to lie by some vaguely unseen hand. Just Blame Putin-stan! It’s not just that the Neocons are losing, like I talked about in my last article.  It is that stench of desperation that’s everywhere right now. The level of histrionics, lying and insanity over Former Assistant FBI Director Andrew McCabe’s firing is telling.  From McCabe himself, to his disgraced former boss, James Comey, the level of mendacity, chutzpah and, frankly, evil on display is impressive. I guess the situation’s been serious for a long time for the lies to come this easily to their tongues. This week we had the staged walk-outs by high school students over the Parkland, Fl shooting calling for gun control.  How desperate are those clinging to power behind the scenes that they’ve turned to weaponizing mal-educated children to do their bidding? His Ideas Resonated Better in the Original German The French Foreign Ministry instructing its diplomats to not travel to Syria is also telling.  It’s all about lying to support the narrative that Assad and Putin are the bad guys. The Reuters article I just linked to spends more column inches perpetuating the lie that there are no humanitarian corridors in Eastern Ghouta, Syria, even though there are plenty images, video and reports of thousands of civilians having been liberated from ISIS/Al-Qaeda-linked jihadists. But it mentions reports of chlorine gas attacks, again neglecting to say anything about the Syrian Army liberating a major chemical weapons facility in their advances against US-backed proxies. How bad is the situation behind the scenes in the financial markets that Goldman-Sachs CEO Lloyd “Doin’ God’s Work” Blankfein suddenly decides it’s time to step down?  Derivative book that bad, Lloyd? Or did you bet that Gary Cohn would get Trump to heel to allow Goldman to finish destroying Europe? Long-established diplomatic norms and rules of conduct are simply thrown out the window because they need to be to induce hysteria to take people to war, otherwise, a war-weary, anxiety-ridden population will turn on their own governments. So, Theresa May tells Russia to prove to her they’re innocent to distract from her betrayals on Brexit. This is a joke, Right? Boris Johnson threatens Putin directly and the moron in charge of Britain’s defense department screeches for the Russians to ‘shut up and go away.’  Presumably he said it from his safe space rubbing his safety pin like Captain Queeg. Meanwhile Mr. Juncker continues to lie about everything as it pertains to Brexit negotiations because the EU’s financial situation must be that serious.  If it weren’t they wouldn’t be trying to shake the U.K. down for tens of billions of euros. Why So Serious?! Look around you, step back from the craziness and see the bigger picture.  When you do you just see a bunch of incompetent, venal people covering their asses.  While a lot of what I write here could be considered ‘conspiratorial’ I would disagree. In fact, I rarely, if ever, chalk up to conspiracy that which incompetence explains far better.  As a root cause analyst, I prefer Occam’s Razor to Alex Jones. Yes, there are groups of people with power conspiring to achieve personal and societal goals which are anathema to life and decency. But, that doesn’t mean that because they have power they are competent at wielding it.  In fact, power makes you lazy.  Winning makes you complacent and, eventually, stupid. Does anyone with any shred of self-respect believe that thirteen Russian trolls armed with Tweetium could derail Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign?  Really? When the more obvious answer is that Hillary and her backers thought they had perfected the art of rigging an election and never conceived of losing.  It never crossed their minds until a few days before the election and internal polling forced Obama to campaign in Michigan on her behalf. And he only did that to help himself, since he was in up to his neck in all of her dirty laundry. The Theory of the All-Powerful Putin is a childish and nonsensical as the Alt-Right’s blaming Jews for everything. The Gypsum Lady is trying to save her government by invoking it now.  So is Nikki Haley at the U.N., Mika Brzezinski at MSNBC, George Soros and David Brock, the leadership at CNN, Google, Facebook and Twitter.  The bigger the lies get, the more desperate you know they are. All of the Obama administration traitors — Samantha Power, James Brennan, Susan Rice, Robert Mueller, Comey, McCabe, Eric Holder, etc. — lie every time they open their mouths. It their narrative fails it means the end of not only their careers, but the plans of the incompetent globalist oligarchs who fund and power them. And those are the stakes in play here. Ye Gods, and I haven’t even brought up the Saudi Arabians, yet.  Or the attempted military coup against the U.S. pet in Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, from within his own government, no less. Talk about gross incompetence! Cooler Heads or Heads in a Cooler? While I’m not sanguine about how all of this plays out, I refuse to give into hysteria and add to the cacophony.  It serves no purpose. The markets still believe, as they always do, that ‘cooler heads will prevail.’ But, markets aren’t allowed to believe anything else.  The central banks ensure that.  The sheer size of the money at stake makes it nearly impossible to move much of it without inducing even more panic. So, the default position of most money managers is sit tight and hope. But, hope is not a plan or a path to the stars.  It is, as I’ve said before, the worst thing in the world — that which you have when you have nothing else.  But, changes are coming, war or the collapse of the post-WWII institutional order or both. As I’ve pointed out, banks are getting nervous, emerging market central banks are positioned for radical currency defense.  Rates are rising and dollar liquidity is falling.  Bitcoin and gold are screaming this.  If there was ever a time to get to cash it’s now. The acceleration of events since Putin’s speech on March 1st is itself accelerating.  Windows are closing fast.  It’s time to get serious. *  *  * To support the production of more work like this and get access to Tom's investment ideas and portfolio advice sign up for the Gold Goats ‘n Guns Investment Newsletter at my Patreon page.  

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18 марта, 20:44

NEW CIVILITY UPDATE. Rage-Democrats return: Eric Holder vows to knife the GOP. “The whole statemen…

NEW CIVILITY UPDATE. Rage-Democrats return: Eric Holder vows to knife the GOP. “The whole statement calls to mind President Obama’s campaign statement about knife fights, one of the very few things he ever said that was memorable.”

18 марта, 01:17

Brennan, Holder, Comey Rage After McCabe Fired; Veiled Threats And Temper Tantrums Fly

Following the 11th hour firing of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe on the recommendation of the DOJ's Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, and the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), for lying under oath and leaking to the press, former Obama administration officials have thrown a temper tantrum. Recall Sen. Schumer (D-NY) warning Trump that the intelligence community has "six ways from Sunday" to get revenge... Amid Comey, Brennan, and Power issuing veiled threats over McCabe's firing, never forget Schumer warned Pres. Trump that the intel community has 'six ways from Sunday' to get revenge. pic.twitter.com/ZIm6KRj48E — Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) March 17, 2018 Well, consider the hornet's nest kicked:  Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI - A great day for Democracy. Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2018 For starters, Obama's ex-CIA director John Brennan broke out the thesaurus and lashed out at President Trump. "You may scapegoat Andy McCabe," Brennan wrote "but you will not destroy America...America will triumph over you."  As an aside, Brennan - who insisted on being sworn in under Obama on an original draft of the constitution - without the Bill of Rights and all those inconvenient amendments - notably spied on members of Congress, endorsed torture, and ran Obama's covert drone war. Maybe he became so cutthroat while learning Arabic and Middle Eastern studies in Cairo? When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history. You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but you will not destroy America...America will triumph over you. https://t.co/uKppoDbduj — John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) March 17, 2018 Not a good idea to piss off John Brennan. https://t.co/VLg94OLL2R — Samantha Power (@SamanthaJPower) March 17, 2018 Next - Obama's Attorney General Eric Holder - who challenged Republicans to a "knife fight" last Wednesday, lashed out over the "cruel" timing and caving to an "increasingly erratic President." Analyze McCabe firing on two levels: the substance and the timing. We don’t know enough about the substance yet. The timing appears cruel and a cave that compromised DOJ independence to please an increasingly erratic President who should’ve played no role here. This is dangerous — Eric Holder (@EricHolder) March 17, 2018 Of note - Holder appointed Robin Ahston to head up the Office of Professional Responsibility in 2010, saying she would "lead the office with the highest standards of professionalism, integrity and dedication."  It was her recommendation that McCabe be fired for violations we won't know the full extent of until IG Michael Horowitz releases his report. Earlier we reported on former FBI Director James Comey's tweet after McCabe's firing, warning cryptically that Americans will" soon" be able to "judge for themselves who is honorable and who is not."  Mr. President, the American people will hear my story very soon. And they can judge for themselves who is honorable and who is not. — James Comey (@Comey) March 17, 2018 You are not honorable @Comey. You tarnished the reputation of the FBI. You exonerated criminal Hillary Clinton despite having overwhelming evidence. You wrote a not guilty “memo” months before you interviewed her. You illegally leaked your own classified memos to the press. pic.twitter.com/AzNVPXDgJ7 — Andrew Sarega (@AndrewSarega) March 17, 2018 Soon indeed James... pic.twitter.com/WCcxe4hTmb — TrumpIsMyPresident™ (@Trumpism_45) March 17, 2018 Throwing shells from the peanut gallery Various other Trump-haters also gnashed their teeth; issuing threats and making little comments:  Gloat now, but you will be fired soon. And it’s not going to be done cowardly, as you’ve done to so many who’ve served you. There’s a storm gathering, Mr. President, and it’s going to wipe out you and your corrupt organization all the way down to the studs. https://t.co/I0UlNAlwxI — Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) March 17, 2018 If you had any doubt about whether the McCabe firing was an act of retribution, here is a flagrant victory dance from the man who ordered the hit. He just couldn’t resist. https://t.co/VLPaeSKuTY — David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) March 17, 2018 The whole "attack the FBI that is investigating you and humiliate career public servants" strategy maybe isn't the best approach to either governing or the Russia investigation. https://t.co/JvT9Yvdq1w — Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) March 17, 2018 And yet, not everyone is so bitter... Andrew McCabe: EAT CAKE. Justice never tasted so sweet. pic.twitter.com/li8H70TelD — thebradfordfile (@thebradfordfile) March 17, 2018

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17 марта, 14:31

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NEW CIVILITY WATCH: Eric Holder tells GOP, ‘You want to have a knife fight, we’re gonna do it.’ I eagerly await Paul Krugman’s stern denunciation of this eliminationist rhetoric.

17 марта, 06:50

McCabe’s Firing Chips Away at the Justice Department’s Independence

Shortly after he was dismissed Friday by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the former FBI deputy director pinned the blame directly on President Trump.

16 марта, 12:01

Cabinet shakeups give Democrats a chance to block Trump picks

The White House faces an uphill battle getting nominees Pompeo and Haspel confirmed ahead of the midterm elections.

13 марта, 13:16

Playbook: Pence and McCarthy have 6-million-dollar day in NYC

Pence and McCarthy have already proven to be major fundraising forces for the GOP.

13 марта, 12:04

Holder to Wisconsin to pump judge race

Eric Holder is heading to Wisconsin to campaign this week as Democrats there aim to turn a race for state Supreme Court into the next nationalized race after Tuesday’s Pennsylvania special House election. The election is April 3, and Holder is backing Rebecca Dallet, a Milwaukee County circuit court judge. Democrats involved with the campaign say that they’re eager for all the help that might come in from afar, and that it was Republicans who went first in nationalizing it through the involvement of the National Rifle Association and other groups behind Dallet’s opponent, Michael Screnock, a Sauk County circuit judge. But they’re hoping that the national conversation around guns and women’s rights boosts support for Dallet in the statewide race. “ "This campaign is about the people of Wisconsin but the outside spending for our opponent has certainly brought additional interest to this race," said Dallet campaign manager Jessica Lovejoy. They’re touting an internal poll that has Dallet up by 11 points, and insisting she can expand that lead. Dallet is pegging her campaign on standing up to Gov. Scott Walker, who's up for re-election this year, and Screnock pegging his on Dallet being too liberal and activist for the state. Holder, President Barack Obama's former attorney general, will do three events across Thursday and Friday, in Milwaukee and Madison. There won’t be explicit campaign rallies: instead he’ll do a roundtable discussion with Black Leaders Organizing for Communities on his first stop, then head to the state capital for a Friday discussion on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus to talk about activism and engagement in this year’s elections. He’ll finish off the trip with a happy hour with Obama alumni and members of Organizing for Action, the Obama-inspired group his National Democratic Redistricting Committee has partnered with to push the redistricting election efforts. The visit is on the heels of a lawsuit filed by a non-profit affiliated with the NDRC to try to force Walker to call special elections in two vacant state legislature districts. Walker is fighting the lawsuit, and a hearing is scheduled for March 22. The NDRC has also identified Wisconsin as one of its target states to focus efforts on redistricting reform in the campaigns into November. But already, it has invested $140,000 into a digital ad program promoting Dallet. Holder said that his appearances in Wisconsin pull all the threads together, including fighting the voter ID law passed there. “During my trip, I’m going to be focused on engaging with activists and voters, particularly African-Americans and young people, about the stakes of the upcoming state Supreme Court race and elections that will happen this fall,” Holder said.

10 марта, 19:33

Assange Lashes Out: "Hypocritical Motherf*ckers... Remember How I Exposed Your Secret Deal With The Saudis"

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange lashed out at the UK government over Twitter on Friday after Britain's official UN account (UK Mission to the United Nations) tweeted "A free and independent media fulfils a vital role in holding the powerful to account and giving a voice to the powerless," with a link to a puff piece waxing eloquent over the UK's commitment to free speech. Assange - apparently not included in the UK's definition of "free and independent media" (facing arrest and detention should he leave the Embassy), fired off a stunning reply - claiming that the UK's has spent roughly twice as much spying on him as it has on their entire international human rights program.  "And that is exactly why you have detained me without charge for eight years in violation of two UN rulings and spent over 20 million pounds spying on me you hypocritical mother fuckers. Your entire international human rights programme is £10.6m you pathetic frauds." And that is exactly why you have detained me without charge for eight years in violation of two UN rulings and spent over 20 million pounds spying on me you hypocritical mother fuckers. Your entire international human rights programme is £10.6m you pathetic frauds. https://t.co/wjSQnmM5jp — Julian Assange ⌛ (@JulianAssange) March 9, 2018 Assange then followed up with "Remember how I exposed your secret deal to put Saudi Arabia on the Human Rights Council?" referring to a 2015 vote-trading deal in which the UK approached Saudi Arabia in secret, promising it a seat on the UN Human Rights Council in exchange for council support. Remember how I exposed your secret deal to put Saudi Arabia on the Human Rights Council? https://t.co/SE4d7aQ1mp — Julian Assange ⌛ (@JulianAssange) March 9, 2018 Assange, 46, remains confined in the Ecuadorian embassy in London following a failed appeal of his arrest warrant for skipping bail to enter the embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over allegations of sexual assault (which Sweden has dropped).  The UN, meanwhile, has twice ruled that Assange's detention is unlawful. Despite this, the judge in his most recent appeal - Emma Arbuthnot, who said “I find arrest is a proportionate response even though Mr Assange has restricted his own freedom for a number of years." Judge Arbuthnot's impartiality in the Assange matter has been called into question, while her husband and ex-Conservative MP, Baron James Arbuthnot, is listed as the director of a security company along with the former head of MI6. Not exactly friends of WikiLeaks.  Moreover, a February report from the Guardian reveals that Sweden wanted to drop their case against Assange as early as 2013, but was pressured by the UK to maintain it.  The newly-released emails show that the Swedish authorities were eager to give up the case four years before they formally abandoned proceedings in 2017 and that the CPS dissuaded them from doing so. The CPS lawyer handling the case, who has since retired, commented on an article which suggested that Sweden could drop the case in August 2012. He wrote: “Don’t you dare get cold feet!!!”. -The Guardian Assange Drops Bombs In yet another angry tweet by the WikiLeaks founder, Assange replied to a two-week old comment by former Eric Holder - blaming the former Attorney General for putting him in the position to release emails from the DNC, Hillary Clinton and John Podesta during the 2016 US election.  Ostensibly getting ahead of the upcoming midterm elections in November, Holder tweeted "Russian threat to our upcoming elections: do something!" Holder then called for sanctions, ending the tweet with "We were attacked!"  Russian threat to our upcoming elections: do something! Do anything. Impose sanctions overwhelmingly approved by even this dysfunctional congress. Are you simply unfit, without the necessary nerve or do they have something on you? We were attacked! — Eric Holder (@EricHolder) February 20, 2018 Assange replied: "Attacked? By what? The truth? It's entirely your own fault, Eric. Thanks to your unconstitutional grand jury against @WikiLeaks you left me with nothing to do but work 24/7, in harsh  conditions, for years--and I'm good, very good, at my job." Attacked? By what? The truth? It's entirely your own fault, Eric. Thanks to your unconstitutional grand jury against @WikiLeaks you left me with nothing to do but work 24/7, in harsh conditions, for years--and I'm good, very good, at my job. — Julian Assange ⌛ (@JulianAssange) March 9, 2018 Holder, who was President Obama's Attorney General, attempted to prosecute WikiLeaks and Assange personally over the publication of military documents and US diplomatic cables regarding Iraq and Afghanistan.  "Russia-theorists" - particularly neoconservatives and hawkish Democrats, have maintained that WikiLeaks is a "cutout" for Russian to engage in information warfare, and blame Moscow for the theft and publication of the leaked emails.  Assange added to his response to Holder, tweeting "Next time, not that there will be one, try following the constitution you swore to uphold," with a link to a 2014 article calling for Holder to drop the investigation against WikiLeaks or resign.  Next time, not that there will be one, try following the constitution you swore to uphold: https://t.co/PNSDPzOToD — Julian Assange ⌛ (@JulianAssange) March 9, 2018  

09 марта, 22:14

Joe Biden Seriously Considering 2020 Run

Authored by Jim E via ThePoliticalInsider.com, Uncle Joe is getting ready to run! That’s the buzz around D.C. this morning, as former Vice President Joe Biden is putting our serious feelers for a 2020 presidential run against President Trump. Politico just rocked Washington with the exclusive report: Joe Biden knows that winning in 2020 would require a shoot-the-moon set of circumstances and luck. So his team is on the hunt for a moon shot. Between stops on his book tour and in the ramp-up for what will be a heavy midterms campaign schedule, a tight circle of aides has been brainstorming a range of tear-up-the-playbook ideas for a White House run, according to people who’ve been part of the discussions or told about them. The talk has gotten so serious that Biden is actually plotting campaign strategies, and is mulling whether or not to announce his candidacy early and be the front-runner, or announce late in the process to burst through what is shaping up to be a crowded field. If Biden thinks he’s going to be the only all-star Obama Administration alumnus in the race, he may be surprised. Former Attorney General Eric Holder is seriously considering a run. Former Secretary of State John Kerry is doing the same. Even Julian Castro, the former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under Obama, is thinking about running. Honestly, it seems like everyone and everything left from the Obama White House is pondering a presidential bid, except for maybe the North Lawn gardener. Then, of course, there are the slew of liberal senators champing at the bit to challenge Trump. Bernie Sanders, Kirsten Gillibrand, Corey Booker, and Kamala Harris are all vying to be the upstart anti-Trump champion of angry Democrats. Then there’s Mark Cuban, a liberal billionaire who shilled for Hillary during the 2016 election. Biden has his work cut out for him if he expects to waltz right into the Democratic Convention for a coronation ceremony where he receives the Party’s nod. We all know how that worked the last time it happened.

27 мая 2013, 11:26

Простым языком об организованной преступности финансового бизнеса. Тема: ставки Libor

Организованная преступность финансового бизнесаПора перестать смеяться над любителями теорий заговоров. Может быть, за нитки за кулисами дергают не ротшильды с рокфеллерами, а наемные менеджеры, но суть от этого не меняетсяМеждународная финансовая система, ставшая сегодня основой современной корпоративной свободнорыночной экономики - это мошенничество в особо крупных размерах.Странные порядки царили в советских СМИ. Интересные вещи появлялись в самых неожиданных местах. Журналы «Наука и жизнь» и «Знание сила» писали про политическую философию, рассказы Кафки появлялись где-нибудь в «Сибирских огнях», репродукция Пикассо впервые в СССР была опубликована в сатирическом «Крокодиле», а о Роллинг стоунз впервые написали не в музыкальном обозрении, а в детском журнале «Ровесник».В Америке все скоро будет, как в СССР эпохи застоя. Уже сейчас расследованиями финансовых спекуляций занимаются не солидные «Уолл-стрит джорнал» или «Файненшиал таймс», а журнал «Роллинг стоунз». Финансовый корреспондент журнала Мэтт Тайби практически единственный в мейнстриме, кто пишет о разрегулированном и дисфункциональном американском и мировом финансовом рынке и о том, насколько этот рынок мошеннический.Почему, как в СССР? А потому, что все меньше и меньше реальных хозяев, а делами заправляет цех наемных менеджеров, заинтересованный лишь в высокой зарплате и жирном пакете бенефитов в конце года. Именно менеджеры и финансовые спекулянты, да еще их адвокаты составляют тот 1%, который присваивает себе львиную долю национального богатства Америки. Как заметил ветеран американской журналистики Хедрик Смит, распределение богатства в Америке аналогично тому, что было в Египте в эпоху фараонов. Однако, в отличие от Египта, собственность здесь обезличена, а богатство рассредоточено и перемешано в различных банковских и финансовых продуктах, которые давно уже никто не способен контролировать.На встречу с Мэттом Тайби я шел с большим интересом. Его последняя статья «Все – мошенничество. Крупнейшая финансовая афера фиксирования цен в истории» рассказывает о манипулировании на рынке свопов. Комиссия по торговле товарными фьючерсами недавно начала следствие по делу брокерской фирмы ICAP и 15 банковских учреждений Уолл Стрит. Комиссия расследует их сговор с целью манипуляции скоростью публикации индекса ISDAfix.О ФИНАНСАХ ПРОСТО И ИНТЕРЕСНОЕсли продолжать писать о финансах в том же псевдопрофессиональном духе, зараженном корпоративным новоязом, то даже самые преданные мои читатели скоро потеряют интерес. Потому объясню просто. Что бы вы сказали, если бы результаты скачек объявлялись публике через несколько дней после того, как скачки состоялись? А в это время «умным людям» внутри системы разрешалось делать ставки? Собственно, так и происходит со скоростной электронной торговлей. Комбинаторы внутри системы получают возможность видеть и прогнозировать результаты торгов в конце дня, и на этом основании делают свои ставки, покупают и продают до того, как остальные игроки узнают, что там происходит. Покупают и продают не на свои деньги, а на деньги клиентов, против интересов которых они часто играют. ISDAfix – один из многих индексов, существующих на финансовых рынках. Он служит для определения курса в финансовых сделках. Libor – другой такой индекс, с помощью которого определяют курс практических всех банковских сделок с переменным курсом. Фокус здесь в том, что эти индексы составляются на основе оценочных данных, которые финансовые компании предоставляют добровольно и имеют возможность их поправлять.Самое простое объяснение свопа. Скажем вы – город или компания – заняли деньги под переменный курс и хотите иметь стабильность займа с фиксированным процентом. Тогда  фиксированный процент вы платите банку, а уже он разбирается с переменными процентными ставками. Это выходит дороже, но освобождает от хлопот. Своп – это многошаговая операция,  в ходе которой активы переходят из рук в руки, одновременно продаются и покупаются на заранее договоренных условиях.Сговор был в том, чтобы лишить широкую публику возможности своевременно узнавать об этих условиях. Банки докладывают о своих курсах добровольно, а это прямое приглашение не говорить всей правды.Большинство американского среднего класса слишком озабочено своими растущими долгами,  невозможностью сводить концы с концами, необходимостью выкладываться на двух-трех работах. Лишь мельком они могут услышать о скачках индекса Доу Джонс на Уолл Стрит. В конце дня им по телевизору расскажут, как шутка хакеров о взрыве в Белом Доме завалила на несколько минут финансовые рынки. Уровень торгов  потом восстановится. Вот только самого главного - кто нагрел на этом руки - СМИ не расскажут.Только недавно без лишнего шума закончилось судебной сделкой расследование аферы, в которой мошенники сманипулировали индексом Libor на пятьсот триллионов долларов. Штрафы заплатят, как водится, не виновники, а вкладчики компаний и налогоплательщики. Да еще законодатели дадут проворовавшимся банкирам налоговые скидки.Так случилось в рождественскую ночь, когда для компании, оштрафованной на $750 миллионов за уголовные нарушения, конгрессмены тихонько протащили закон об освобождении от налогов на $500 миллионов. ПОЧЕМУ ЖЕ ЗАКОНОДАТЕЛИ РАЗРЕШАЮТ ПОДОБНОЕ?– Раньше это работало или, по крайней мере, ничего не всплывало на поверхность, – говорит Тайби. – Теперь же выясняется, что котировки подправлялись довольно долгое время. Это очень легко сделать. Достаточно одному биржевому маклеру и одному из сотрудников рейтингового агентства вступить в сделку и позвонить по нескольким номерам. И это без преувеличения затрагивает интересы миллиардов людей.На манипуляциях поймали три банка, которые уже заключили судебные сделки, еще четыре - под следствием, но предполагается, что все 16 «первоклассных» банков, определенных в маркетмейкеры индекса, занимались манипуляциями. Тайби говорит, что по его данным, следствие ведется против 15-ти из них:Если там было мошенничество, то во всех 16-ти банках должны были знать о нем? – В деле есть множество косвенных улик, подтверждающих, что руководство знало о мошенничестве, – говорит Тойби. – В деле фигурирует переписка между Bank of England и гендиректором одного из крупнейших в Великобритании и мире финансовых конгломератов – Barklays в разгар глобального финансового обвала 2008 года о том, чтобы установить индекс ниже, чем он был на самом деле.Индекс Libor, по сути, измеряет, как банки доверяют друг другу, и поэтому является показателем благосостояния финансовой системы в целом. Если индекс низкий, банки доверяют и занимают друг другу деньги. Если индекс высокий – значит, банковская система нестабильна.Котировки межбанковского обмена устанавливаются ежедневно, и, вероятно, можно было создать независимую организацию для мониторинга и предотвращения мошенничества?– Да, если бы использовали реальные данные. Однако сегодня никто не обязан подавать реальные цифры о том, сколько денег они заняли вчера и по какому курсу. Предоставляют лишь свои предположения о том, какая котировка будет. Там довольно сложный процесс подсчета, охватывающий разные периоды времени и 16 основных мировых валют.Новый сговор, который расследует Комиссия, влияет на затраты по обслуживанию займов во всем мире и процентные свопы стоимостью в $379.000.000.000.000  – триста семьдесят девять триллионов долларов. Для сравнения – валовой национальный продукт США составляет около 15 триллионов, а совокупное национальное богатство США – 57.4 триллиона (на 2011 г). Эта мошенническая схема затрагивает любого, кто платит по ипотечной ссуде, по ссуде на машину, расплачивается кредитной карточкой. От этого зависит сама цена денег, обменные курсы валют во всем мире. Речь идет о небольшом подразделении внутри ICAP, – говорит Тайби. –  Около 20 человек, которые, по сути, определяли курсы свопов во всем мире. Хотя фирма зарегистрирована в Лондоне, действовали они из Джерси-сити, потому американские регуляторы смогли расследовать их деятельность.По сути же, транснациональные банковские корпорации действуют в сумеречной зоне, с неопределенными юрисдикциями. В афере Lidor все началось с японского биржевика, вступившего в сговор с сотрудником Lidor, тоже находившимся в Японии. Национальные границы не всегда позволяют эффективно расследовать новые виды корпоративной преступности.Это совершенно новый вид преступлений. Нет надобности красть у людей деньги и имущество. Вместо воровства манипулируют стоимостью имущества, которое имеется у людей, манипулируют процентными ставками, которые мы платим.НОВЫЙ ЭТАП МЕЖБАНКОВСКИХ МЕЖДУНАРОДНЫХ ПРЕСТУПЛЕНИЙЧто же здесь нового, если Уолл-стрит и банки всегда отличались "творческими" и "новаторскими" подходами к поиску путей, как делать деньги? – Здесь нечто совершенно новое. Во время финансового коллапса 2008 вскрылся огромный объем системной коррупции в финансовых корпорациях, систематической обман в ипотечном бизнесе, укорененные аферы в аудите, мошеннические схемы в банках и компаниях, как в Лэмон Брозерс.Однако раньше мы никогда не сталкивались со случаями коррупции и мошенничества, включавшие сговор между банками. Последние аферы свидетельствуют о том, что корпоративная преступность вступила в новый этап межбанковских международных преступлений. На сцену выходит глобальная институцианализированная организованная преступность, способная безнаказанно подавить конкуренцию и манипулировать международными финансовыми рынками в невиданных ранее масштабах.Речь не идет о группе злоумышленников, ловящих рыбку в мутной воде рынка производных финансовых продуктов - деривативов. Определенные деятели зарабатывают миллиарды потому, что делают бизнес по-блатному, имеют нечестные преимущества. Мощные силы лоббируют политическую систему, и не допускают сделать рынок деривативов и свопов более прозрачным и понятным. Они имеют своих людей в Конгрессе. Они помогли Обаме избраться, а он расставил нужных людей в своей администрации. Громко разрекламированная финансовая реформа Обамы, известная еще как Додд-Френк Акт была без зубов, содержала множество лазеек и исключений, позволявший обойти закон. Даже те скромные меры обеспечения прозрачности рынка, которые содержит закон, администрация Обамы за полтора года так и не провела в жизнь.Разве банки не конкурируют между собой? Разве незримая рука свободного рынка не способна упорядочить рынок? А как же базисные мифы капитализма, которые американцы (а теперь и все остальные) впитывают чуть ли не с молоком матери? Предвидя возмущенные возгласы моих читателей-свободнорыночных энтузиастов "где вы видели свободный рынок", скажу, то, что называет себя свободным рынком, таковым и является, другого - нет.С другой стороны мои читатели-либералы, свято верящие, что американское общество стоит на защите их прав и равных возможностей, возразят, мол, а как же антимонопольное законодательство? Что бы сказал борец с монополизацией Тедди Рузвельт?Я полагаю, что антимонопольное законодательство должно применяться к подобным сговорам, но оно не применяется, – говорит Мэтт Тайби. –  Большие корпорации, контролирующие огромные сегменты рынка и национальных ресурсов, являются монополиями. Тем самым они становятся опасными для общества.Однако, когда появляются доказательства того, что они находятся в сговоре между собой для манипуляций курсами и котировками, это становится чрезвычайно опасным  для общества. Если мы ничего с этим не делаем радикально, то это ведет нас к эскалации.ЧЕМУ БАНКИРЫ НАУЧИЛИСЬ У МАФИИ?И все-таки, что же с конкуренцией. Неужели "Чейс" и "Сити банк" не конкурируют между собой? – Они ведут борьбу за клиентов. Они конкуренты на каком-то уровне, но есть целые сферы в финансовом бизнесе, когда они заодно, – говорит Мэтт Тайби. –  Я проводил журналистское расследование по поводу манипуляций на аукционах государственных облигаций. Мало кто об  этом знает, но если город, штат или даже целая страна хочет мобилизовать средства, то по закону, они обязаны провести торги. Аукцион призван создать конкуренцию между финансовыми корпорациями, и тем самым снизить учетные ставки, которые общество платит. На деле банкиры поделили между собой рынок с целью не допустить конкуренции, мол, мы возьмем облигации этого города, вы – другого.Материал по расследованию торгов облигациями Тайби называется «Чему банкиры научились у мафии». Читателю на просторах бывшего СССР они живо напомнят мошеннические аукционы веселых времен приватизации 1990-х.В Америке власти все же уличили пять крупнейших финансовых корпораций Уолл-Стрит, да еще банковскую компанию «Дженерал Электрик» в махинациях на сумму в $3.7 млрд. Как водится, в тюрьму никто не сел. В Штатах элита выше этого и понятие личной ответственности здесь напрочь отсутствует. Никто не заплатил штрафа из собственного кармана. Откупились многомиллионными штрафами из денег держателей акций. Такие штрафы никого не отпугивают. Когда делаются десятки миллиардов, то многомиллионые штрафы – лишь производственные расходы.Да и не доходят штрафы до пострадавших. Когда американское министерство финансов в рамках судебной сделки оштрафовала банки за нарушения в сфере ипотеки, то пострадавшие получили компенсацию в размере $300 на душу, зато адвокаты банков положили в карман два миллиарда. Прокуратура предпочитает не связываться с финансистами. Уходящий министр юстиции Эрик Холдер заявил недавно, что эти компании слишком большие и не по силам прокуратуре.«Министерство юстиции не провело во время президентства Обамы никаких серьезных расследований ни одного из крупных финансовых учреждений», – говорил мне Уильям Блак, адъюнкт-профессор экономики и права в Университете Миссури, Канзас-Сити. В 1980-х годах он работал следователем в скандале S&L (saving&loans). За 4 года Холдер и его люди не только не завели ни одного дела против крупных банковских воротил, но и тщательно следили, чтобы на местах не появились такие дела. Когда генеральный прокурор Нью-Йорка Эрик Шнайдерман завел было уголовные дела за массовые нарушения законов банками при выселении людей из домов за долги, Холдер и его люди тут же надавили и заставили Шнейдермана подписать сделку с банками. При подготовки статьи, из офиса генерального прокурора штата сообщили, что взамен он добился, чтобы из сделки исключили пункт о предоставлении иммунитета банкирам от дальнейших расследований по ипотечным преступлениям.Обама привел Холдера из адвокатской фирмы «Ковингтон и партнеры», которая обслуживает и представляет худших финансовых нарушителей. Холдер зарабатывал там $2,5 млн. в год. Холдер привел с собой Ленни Брюэра, возглавлявшего в фирме отдел "белых воротничков" по защите финансовых уголовников. В юстиции Обамы, Брюэр возглавил отдел уголовного преследования и всячески заботился, чтобы его бывшие клиенты не стали его подследственными. В одном из интервью Брюер признался, что, прежде всего, его заботит, что финансовые фирмы могут пострадать, если их менеджеры окажутся на скамье подсудимых.Брюэра хорошо вознаградили, и после завершения работы в министерстве юстиции, он получил работу лоббиста с окладом $4 млн. в год. Еще два юриста из Ковингтон заняли при Холдере ключевые позиции в системе правосудия Обамы, а первый заместитель Холдера Джеймс Кол пришел из другой, не менее одиозной юридической фирмы Bryan Cave LLP.Не удивительно, что и расследование аферы Libor, по сути, закончилось пшиком.Первым обвиняемым, с кем заключили сделку, оказался Barclays. Они заплатили относительно небольшой штраф ($450 млн. способны ослепить человека с улицы, но это копейки по сравнению с суммами, которые они оборачивают). Мой друг в правоохранительных органах говорил тогда, что все ожидают, как обычно, что за легкое наказание они сдадут всех остальных и последуют обвинительные иски в уголовных преступлениях. Оказалось, что сделка с Barclays стала эталоном для всех остальных подобных сделок.    СМИ не уделяют большого внимания финансовым аферам. Когда я ехал на встречу с Мэттом Тайби, в поезде пролистал газеты. Первые полосы были заняты сообщениями о том, что Джейон Коллинз стал первым открытым геем в Высшей спортивной лиге, Анджелина Джоли в целях профилактики удалила себе грудь (в качестве рекламной кампании по защите многомиллиардного бизнеса корпорации, запатентовавшей на себя человеческие гены – прим. ред.) в городских джунглях Сиэттла нашлись три женщины, проведшие 10 лет в рабстве в подвале дома в тихом городском районе. Одна из рабынь сумела сбежать, когда ее хозяин отправился покушать в местный МакДональдс.Мэтт Тайби - один из немногих в Америке, кто берется распутать аферы и рассказать о них публике, а «Роллинг Стоунз магазин» - практически единственное издание мейстрима, готовое предоставить свои страницы для расследований на эту тему.Много лет назад я слушал выступление легендарного Бена Бредли, многолетнего главреда «Вашингтон пост», запустившего расследование «Уотергейтского дела» и опубликовавшего знаменитые «Бумаги Пентагона». В русскоязычном мире многие помнят блестящую роль Джейсона Робардса, сыгравшего Бредли в фильме «Вся президентская рать». Бредли тогда спросили, а почему бы ему не заняться финансовыми аферами. Как раз тогда в самом разгаре был кризис S&L, в котором прогорело больше четверти всех кредитно-сберегательных ассоциаций США. Бредли тогда усмехнулся и сказал, что у публики «glaze over» – глаза остекленеют от этих дел. Американская публика способна до остервенения спорить по поводу толкования конституции, гражданских, гендерных или религиозных прав, но совершенно не обучена реагировать, когда задевают ее реальные социальные или классовые интересы. Капиталистический реализм, в котором здесь выросли, не дает необходимого словаря, моделей и понятий.Михаил Дорфман