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Рэнд Пол
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Рэндал Говард "Рэнд" Пол (Randal Howard "Rand" Paul, p. 7 января 1963 года, Питтсбург, Пенсильвания) — американский политик, сторонник либертарианских политических взглядов, сенатор от штата Кентукки, член Республиканской партии, один из активистов движения чаепития. С ...

Рэндал Говард "Рэнд" Пол (Randal Howard "Rand" Paul, p. 7 января 1963 года, Питтсбург, Пенсильвания) — американский политик, сторонник либертарианских политических взглядов, сенатор от штата Кентукки, член Республиканской партии, один из активистов движения чаепития. Сын Рона Пола, первый в истории США действующий сенатор, один из родителей которого является членом Палаты представителей США.

 

Рэндал Говард Пол родился 7 января 1963 года, в Питтсбурге, штат Пенсильвания, в семье Рональда Эрнеста Пола и Кэрол Пол (урожденной Уэллс). В семье третий ребёнок из пяти В подростковом возрасте стал верующим христианином.

В 1968 году, семья Пола переехала в Лейк-Джексон, штат Техас, где он вырос. Когда ему было 13 лет, его отец был избран в Палату представителей США.

В 1988 году поступил в медицинский университет и закончил его в 1993 году.

5 августа 2011 года вступил в должность сенатора США.

7 апреля 2015 года объявил о намерении баллотироваться на пост Президента США в качестве кандидата от Республиканской партии на выборах 2016 года.

Вики

 

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30 мая, 12:12

Debt fight blindsides Congress

Lawmakers aren't ready for a bruising debt ceiling battle, but it may be coming sooner than expected.

27 мая, 21:08

Jim Bunning, U.S. senator and baseball luminary, dies at 85

The Kentucky Republican was also a baseball Hall of Famer.

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26 мая, 14:24

RAND PAUL: Say au revoir to Paris Climate Agreement. President Trump has delivered on almost all …

RAND PAUL: Say au revoir to Paris Climate Agreement. President Trump has delivered on almost all of his promises to have an America First energy plan. He has directed the EPA to suspend, revise, and rescind certain actions related to the Clean Power Plan. He has removed regulatory roadblocks to American energy independence, including signing […]

26 мая, 01:29

Former Obama Officials Relieved By Partial Victory On Iran Sanctions Bill

WASHINGTON ― The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a modified version of an Iran sanctions bill on Thursday that includes changes recommended by former Obama administration officials. The original version of the sanctions bill had broad bipartisan support. But Obama-era national security officials warned that it risked violating the Iran nuclear deal and alienating U.S. allies. With Republicans now in control of both chambers of Congress and the White House, Iran deal advocates didn’t have much leverage to convince lawmakers to tweak the legislation. But with a well-coordinated public and private messaging campaign, a group of Obama alumni succeeded in altering two sections of the bill they deemed risky. The amended legislation, approved by a vote of 18-3, changes language that would impose sanctions on anyone the president determines “poses a risk of materially contributing” to Iran’s ballistic missile program, to anyone who “knowingly” contributes to the program. The original description, critics argued, was overly broad and would have been difficult to enforce. “What if your car company was used to haul a missile?” said Richard Nephew, who was the lead sanctions expert on the U.S. team during the Iran nuclear negotiations. Lawmakers also reworded a section that would have created new conditions for lifting some ballistic missile sanctions that are set to expire in seven years as part of the nuclear deal. The original wording risked violating the nuclear deal by changing the terms of sanctions relief, critics said. The modifications closely mirror changes recommended by former officials who served in the previous administration’s National Security Council, State Department, Treasury Department, CIA, and Pentagon. Days after lawmakers introduced the bill in March, seven Obama-era foreign policy staffers proposed three changes to the text. Earlier this month, former Acting Treasury Secretary Adam Szubin embraced two of those proposed changes in a letter to members of the Foreign Relations Committee. The two changes endorsed by Szubin ultimately made it in the amended text of the bill. “In almost every meeting we’ve had with members and staff since Mr. Szubin and other Obama administration officials weighed in, the offices have referenced their opinions as reasons for concern,” a lobbyist who advocated for changes to the legislation told HuffPost. Szubin, an Obama appointee who served briefly under President Donald Trump, “had a particular impact on the Republican side because he is someone who is known and not seen as overtly political,” the lobbyist added. The only recommendation from former Obama staffers that failed to make its way into the amended bill was the removal of language that imposes sanctions reserved for global terrorist groups on the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, a component of Iran’s military. Critics warned that the language will have the practical effect of designating the IRGC as a foreign terrorist group, a move that defense officials have warned could compromise U.S. military operations in Iraq. Because the IRGC is involved in a significant portion of Iran’s business transactions, the designation could scare foreign companies away from doing business with Iran, which would undermine sanctions relief promised to Iran under the nuclear deal, Nephew said.  Of the 21 members on the committee, only four ― Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) ― voted in favor of a failed amendment to modify the IRGC provision. Convincing lawmakers to make any changes to a bill that was likely to pass with bipartisan support in its original form was a coup for critics of the legislation. But even with the modifications, some Obama administration officials say they remain concerned about potential effects of new sanctions legislation on the fragile international nuclear accord. The evening before the committee vote, former Secretary of State John Kerry warned lawmakers against passing a new sanctions bill in the immediate aftermath of the re-election of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the more moderate of the candidates. Jeff Prescott, a former National Security Council official who helped draft the March warning to lawmakers, said on Thursday that the changes to the bill may prevent “an outright violation” of the nuclear deal, “but we remain concerned about lending bipartisan license to an Administration that has signaled an intent to revisit aspects of the nuclear deal and escalate against Iran in the absence of a clear strategy or diplomatic engagement.” That concern was echoed even by some lawmakers who voted in favor of additional sanctions. “The reticence that some of us have brought to this debate is due to the fact that we worry that this can be construed as a congressional pre-endorsement” of future actions by the Trump administration that could undermine the deal, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said on Thursday, shortly before the committee vote. Though the Trump administration has so far upheld U.S. obligations under the nuclear deal and certified Iranian compliance, the president has indicated a willingness to change course. In a recent joint statement between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia ― Iran’s main regional adversary ― the two countries agreed that “the nuclear agreement with Iran needs to be re-examined in some of its clauses.” -- 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.

25 мая, 18:31

Senators make new push to rein in Trump's military powers

As President Donald Trump increasingly flexes the might of the military he now controls, the Senate is reviving efforts to claw back some of that authority from the White House. Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) are joining forces to reintroduce an Authorization of the Use of Military Force against the Islamic State and other terror groups, aiming to assert more congressional power over the post-9/11 war on terror. Elsewhere in the Capitol, Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) are unveiling legislation Thursday that would halt a small portion of offensive weapons sales to Saudi Arabia in what Trump’s White House has touted as a $110 billion deal.The bipartisan efforts aren’t new. Flake and Kaine pushed for an AUMF debate two years ago after President Barack Obama sent lawmakers his own draft of military authorization amid the conflict in Syria. And last fall, Paul forced a vote on a separate arms sale to the Saudis in Obama’s final months in office.But the renewed efforts show real appetite among Democrats and Republicans to rein in some of the new president’s authority on matters of war, which came into focus with Trump’s missile strikes in Syria last month after a chemical weapons attack that killed dozens, including children.Trump earned broad praise for the strikes from Capitol Hill, but lawmakers also warned against escalating military action abroad without first getting the approval of Congress. The White House has operated under war resolutions passed by Congress in 2001 and 2002.“When I voted in 2001 to authorize military force against the perpetrators of the Sept. 11 attacks, I had no idea I would be authorizing armed conflict for more than 15 years and counting,” Flake said Thursday. “It is past time for Congress to voice its support for the war against ISIS, something many military officers and diplomats working to defeat ISIS have advocated for, and for Congress to reassert some of the authority it has abdicated over the years.”Flake and Kaine’s proposed AUMF would repeal the existing war resolutions; explicitly authorize force against ISIS, al Qaeda and the Taliban; and sunset after five years. It also includes several measures that would exert congressional oversight over the White House, including more power for lawmakers to determine what can be considered as being “associated” with the three terror groups and to expand military action beyond Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Somalia. “It’s our constitutional duty in Congress to authorize military action,” Kaine said. “Yet we’ve stood silent as administrations have stretched the 2001 AUMF far beyond its original purpose.”Meanwhile, the odd couple of Paul and Murphy are again promoting their efforts to block an administration’s arms sale to Saudi Arabia, which Paul announced he would do earlier this week. The duo failed in a similar effort to disapprove of a Saudi arms sale by the Obama administration last year, though they won bipartisan support, and Murphy predicted their numbers would grow as they take on an estimated $500 million portion of Trump's multi-billion-dollar deal.Paul warned that offensive weapons sales to Riyadh risk involving the U.S. in a Middle East "arms race" that amounts to engagement in a war without formal congressional authorization. Saudi Arabia's military intervention in Yemen's civil war, escalated in an effort to check its regional foe Iran, has raised major humanitarian concerns amid thousands of civilian deaths."[W]e still haven’t clarified whether we’re at war with ISIS," Paul told reporters, welcoming the opportunity "to have an overall discussion about the Middle East, which has been lacking here — about Saudi Arabia's involvement in Yemen." Both Paul and Murphy indicated they plan to force a disapproval vote, using authority given by a 1976 law that gives privileged status to Senate resolutions objecting to arms deals.The Obama administration canceled plans to sell the same offensive weapons to Saudi Arabia that Trump is now proceeding with, Murphy noted to reporters, adding "There are no strings attached to this arms sales ... and thus these munitions we are selling to the Saudis will be used to increase humanitarian catastrophe on the ground."

25 мая, 15:00

RAND PAUL: $110B Saudi arms deal ‘a travesty.’ Well, yes. The Saudis are not our friends. …

RAND PAUL: $110B Saudi arms deal ‘a travesty.’ Well, yes. The Saudis are not our friends. On the other hand, Trump seems to have put together an anti-Iran, anti-Russia alliance in the Middle East that has brought the Saudis together with the Israelis, Egypt, etc. That’s because the Saudis are scared — and, now that […]

25 мая, 01:24

The Left/Right Challenge To The Failed 'War On Drugs'

More and more conservatives and liberals, from the halls of Congress to people in communities across the country, are agreeing that the so-called “war on drugs” needs serious rethinking. First, we should define our terms. The “war on drugs” that was started by Richard Nixon in 1971 and persists to this day, refers to illegal “street drugs” – cocaine, heroin, marijuana and variations thereof. It is not used to mean a war on legal pharmaceuticals, whose excessive and often inappropriate prescribing takes over 100,000 lives a year in our country. Ironically, prescription opioids alone took 35,000 lives last year – about equal to traffic fatalities. The argument to criminalize “street drugs,” and severely punish their sellers and users, is largely based on the assumption that a “tough on crime” approach will reduce addiction and abuse of these dangerous substances. Criminalizing drug use consistently fails to address the health problems of addiction, and drives the drug trade underground where crime, violence and death flourish. Our country learned this hard lesson firsthand when it prohibited the production and sale of alcoholic beverages in 1920 through the 18th Amendment to the Constitution. That led to an underworld of organized crime and illegal undercover stills making “moonshine,” whose victims could hardly go for medical treatment. Considered a failure, the amendment was repealed in 1933 with the 21st Amendment. This national experiment with prohibition verified the wise observation of the famous dean of the Harvard Law School, Roscoe Pound, who said that there were certain human behaviors that are beyond “the effective limits of legal action.” In short, the law couldn’t stop the addicting alcohol business; it could only drive it underground. Legalizing the sale and possession of alcohol allowed people suffering from alcoholism to come out of the shadows and find support through thousands of successful chapters of Alcoholics Anonymous and other treatment options. Alcoholism is still a problem in our country, but it is out in the open where a rational society can address it. Nicotine from tobacco products is one of the most addictive drugs that people can ingest. Lawmakers since the days of the Virginia tobacco growers in the 17th century have not prohibited the smoking of tobacco. For generations, smoking cigarettes and cigars was not considered harmful; it was said to help concentrate your mind on your tasks. The mass media perpetuated such false statements through ads that claimed doctors preferred Lucky Strikes because they were “less irritating.” Then the historic and widely reported US Surgeon General’s Report of 1964 concluded that cigarette smoking is a cause of lung cancer and laryngeal cancer in men, a probable cause of lung cancer in women and the most important cause of chronic bronchitis. Over time, accumulating scientific knowledge connecting smoking to lung cancer and a host of other diseases began changing habits. In 1964 about 44 percent of American adults smoked regularly; now it is down to 17 percent. Now smokers cannot indulge on airplanes, buses, trains or in schools, waiting rooms and most office buildings. Had we driven tobacco use underground, organized crime would have claimed the tobacco market and smokers and low-level dealers would have been jailed. If alcohol prohibition taught us the limitations of drug criminalization, efforts to reduce tobacco use have shown what is possible when dangerous products are taxed and regulated and consumers are educated. So, what about “street drugs?” The drug trade is tearing Mexico apart. Just in the past few years, over 50,000 people have been slain by the fights between drug cartels and against police, judges, reporters and innocents who just happen to be in the way of the machine guns. Fear, anxiety, outright terror and political corruption grips large regions of our southern neighbor as the cartel’s violently work to meet the black market demand in the US and elsewhere. Drug dealers in the US fight each other, producing violent crimes and terrorized neighborhoods. To suppress this drug trade the US is spending tens of billions of taxpayer dollars a year. Drug cases are clogging our court dockets and crowding out important cases involving corporate crimes and negligence. Low-level drug offenders continue to receive mandatory minimum sentences; filling our prisons and leading to the expansion of the private prison industry whose lobbyists prefer a status quo that commodifies the ruined lives who sustain their profitable inventory. For decades, conservatives like William F. Buckley and progressives like the then Mayor of Baltimore, Kurt Schmoke, have called for decriminalization, or legalization and regulation, of illegal drugs. We don’t jail alcoholics for being alcoholics, or incarcerate people for smoking highly addictive cigarettes. Their addictions are treated openly as afflictions to be treated individually and more broadly through sound public policies. Despite the many calls for reform, the arch-reactionary Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, has recently ordered 5,000 federal assistant US attorneys to charge defendants peddling street drugs, many of whom are addicts themselves, with the most serious crimes and impose the toughest penalties possible. Not so fast, say a growing group of liberal and conservative members of Congress. From Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) to liberal Patrick Leahy (D-VT), lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are joining together to sponsor a bill to end mandatory minimum sentences. Senator Paul said such sentences “disproportionately affect minorities and low-income communities” and will worsen the existing “injustice” in the criminal justice system, while Senator Leahy declared that as “an outgrowth of the failed war on drugs, mandatory sentencing strips criminal public-safety resources away from law-enforcement strategies that actually make our communities safer.” The bipartisan bill, S.1127, is already supported by 37 Senators and 79 members of the House. Both the NAACP and the Koch brothers support this legislation! We need more open debates about the impact of the “war on drugs.” As Justice Louis Brandeis said years ago – “sunlight is the best disinfectant.” To learn more about the need for drug policy reform, and the history of the failed war on drugs, watch this informative video from the Drug Policy Alliance. -- 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.

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25 мая, 00:00

Say Au Revoir to Paris Climate Agreement

Sen. Rand Paul, FOX NewsIt is my duty as a senator to uphold and defend the Constitution. One of my most important responsibilities in this role is to provide advice and consent on treaties, a check and balance on the Executive Branch. It gives us the opportunity to make sure the deals we’re signing up for are good for all Americans. President Obama wanted to cement his legacy of environmentalism through the Paris Agreement on climate change. Obama also knew the Senate would never ratify the agreement, so he deliberately labeled it as an “executive agreement” to avoid the ratification process and...

24 мая, 01:49

Trump undermines Senate GOP’s Medicaid backers

The president’s sharp budget cuts align with conservatives eager to constrain the program’s growth in an Obamacare repeal bill.

24 мая, 00:32

Rand Paul to tee up vote on blocking Trump's Saudi arms deal

Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul is expected to offer legislation as soon as Wednesday that would block President Donald Trump's $110 billion weapons sales to Saudi Arabia.Paul's planned bill disapproving of the arms deal, confirmed by a Senate source familiar with the timeline, comes as Trump completes the first leg of an overseas trip that began with a warm welcome from the Saudi royal family in Riyadh. Paul recently joined three Democrats in proposing to make future arms sales contingent on reining in Saudi military involvement in Yemen's civil war, and he is likely to take advantage of a 1976 law that allows any senator to force a vote on halting overseas arms sales.Paul partnered with Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut last year in forcing a Senate vote to halt then-President Barack Obama's plans for a $1.15 billion Saudi arms sale. Their effort was defeated on a 71-27 vote, with Republican Sens. Dean Heller of Nevada and Mike Lee of Utah joining 23 Democrats in voting to block the deal.Murphy has worked on a possible bill with Paul, according to a source familiar with the discussions, but it remains unclear how many Democrats are preparing to sign onto the disapproval measure. The Connecticut Democrat also has spoken out against Trump's Saudi arms sales, warning in a Saturday column that the inclusion of precision-guided munitions goes further than Obama's weapons deal and runs the risk that "more — not fewer — civilians will be killed" in the ongoing Yemeni conflict.

23 мая, 22:35

The Fuzzy Claims Used to Justify Cutting Social Security Disability Insurance

Republican leaders characterize the program and its recipients in ways that do not hold up to scrutiny.

23 мая, 15:30

Rand Paul Potentially To Block Saudi Arabia Arms Deal

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22 мая, 21:51

Frustrated Republicans try to rewrite Congress’ rules

Long-standing norms are being swept aside in the GOP’s haste to enact its agenda.

21 мая, 06:48

Report: Sheriff Clarke Plagiarized Parts Of Thesis On Homeland Security

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Wisconsin sheriff and outspoken Donald Trump supporter David Clark reportedly plagiarized parts of his college master’s thesis on U.S. security, according to evidence uncovered by CNN. The sheriff used nearly identical language from sources without properly attributing passages 47 times in his thesis on security, CNN’s investigative KFile reported Saturday.   The controversial Milwaukee lawman, who labeled the Black Lives Matter movement a hate group, announced this week that he was joining the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as an assistant secretary. Clarke earned a master’s degree in security studies at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, in 2013. His thesis was titled, “Making U.S. Security and Privacy Rights Compatible.” CNN listed sections of Clarke’s thesis alongside source material with virtually verbatim language that was not set off by quotes, as required by school guidelines. The sections were, however, footnoted, CNN reported. Clarke reportedly used language from sources including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Pew Research Center, the 9/11 Commission, the Government Accountability Office, as well as sections from a textbook, a Washington Post article and George W. Bush’s book “Decision Points.” A spokesman for the Naval Postgraduate School told CNN that “standard procedure” when a plagiarism accusation is made is to launch an investigation. “In this particular case, we would be unable to determine any violation until the full investigation is complete,” the spokesman said in a statement to the network. Clarke’s thesis was not available on the school’s website Saturday night.  Clarke has dismissed the story on Twitter saying that CNN’s ”MO” — method of operation — is to “accuse plagiarism. I’m next.” He also called reporter Andrew Kaczynski a “sleaze bag.” This @CNN hack @KFILE oppo research MO is to accuse plagiarism. I'm next. Did it to Rand Paul, Monica Crowley et al. https://t.co/KgoHKermpe— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) May 20, 2017 Clarke is one of Trump’s most inflammatory backers. He said last year that Americans should take up “pitchforks and torches” to protest a “rigged” election system that seemed at the time to be going against Trump.  Clarke is under fire over four deaths in his Milwaukee County Jail. Earlier this month, jurors recommended felony charges against seven employees at the jail where a man died of dehydration after guards caged him without water for a week. The Trump administration has a bad history of plagiarism accusations. In January, conservative commentator Monica Crowley backed out of a job as the National Security Council’s communications director after another CNN report. The network reported that dozens of passages in her 2012 book, “What the (Bleep) Just Happened,” were lifted from other sources without credit. Publisher HarperCollins later pulled the book. Melania Trump was hit with plagiarism accusations last year when her address at the Republican National Convention included two paragraphs almost identical to language in a previous speech by Michelle Obama. The First Lady’s speechwriter took the blame for lifting the lines. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=587d0a6be4b0e58057ffc833,578da752e4b0a0ae97c33675,578fa921e4b07c722ebd4376       -- 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.

18 мая, 14:02

The special prosecutor: ROBERT S. MUELLER III -- TRUMP’s reaction to bad news: ‘extremely measured’ -- ‘RADIO SILENCE’ from White House on growing crisis -- EX-CAMPAIGN aides back in the fray

Listen to the Playbook Audio Briefing http://bit.ly/2qzJ8mP ... Subscribe on iTunes http://apple.co/2eX6Eay ... Visit the online home of Playbook http://politi.co/2f51JnfGood Thursday morning. CONNECTING THE DOTS -- The Washington Post’s Adam Entous published a fascinating story yesterday afternoon with a Kiev, Ukraine dateline, that had House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Speaker Paul Ryan going back and forth about Donald Trump and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) being on Vladimir Putin’s payroll. The GOP leadership said the exchange was a joke, and the transcript notes several bouts of laughter. It’s not clear where the story originated, but it does quote Evan McMullin, the failed presidential candidate who worked in House GOP leadership. ... The McCarthy/Ryan transcript http://wapo.st/2rhXkU5 -- WAPO STORY: “Evan McMullin, who in his role as policy director to the House Republican Conference participated in the June 15 conversation, said: ‘It’s true that Majority Leader McCarthy said that he thought candidate Trump was on the Kremlin’s payroll. Speaker Ryan was concerned about that leaking.’” http://wapo.st/2qUOEDu ... FLASHBACK to FEB. 17, 2017… EVAN MCMULLIN WROTE AN NYT OP-ED REFERENCING THE SAME MEETING!: “Suspect public comments like these led one senior Republican leader to dolefully inform his peers that he thought Mr. Trump was on the Kremlin’s payroll, suggesting that Mr. Trump had been compromised by Russian intelligence. Other leaders were surprised by their colleague’s frank assessment, but did not dispute it.” http://nyti.ms/2ru1qF2 OK, WHERE WERE WE … -- BREAKING THIS MORNING -- REUTERS: "Exclusive: Trump campaign had at least 18 undisclosed contacts with Russians - sources," by Ned Parker, Jonathan Landay and Warren Strobel: "Michael Flynn and other advisers to Donald Trump’s campaign were in contact with Russian officials and others with Kremlin ties in at least 18 calls and emails during the last seven months of the 2016 presidential race, current and former U.S. officials familiar with the exchanges told Reuters. "The previously undisclosed interactions form part of the record now being reviewed by FBI and congressional investigators probing Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election and contacts between Trump’s campaign and Russia." http://reut.rs/2pZMQnK-- BREAKING LAST NIGHT ONLINE, A1 OF TODAY’S NYT -- “Trump Team Knew Flynn Was Under Investigation Before He Came to White House,” by Matt Rosenberg and Mark Mazzetti: “Michael T. Flynn told President Trump’s transition team weeks before the inauguration that he was under federal investigation for secretly working as a paid lobbyist for Turkey during the campaign, according to two people familiar with the case.“Despite this warning, which came about a month after the Justice Department notified Mr. Flynn of the inquiry, Mr. Trump made Mr. Flynn his national security adviser. The job gave Mr. Flynn access to the president and nearly every secret held by American intelligence agencies.“Mr. Flynn’s disclosure, on Jan. 4, was first made to the transition team’s chief lawyer, Donald F. McGahn II, who is now the White House counsel. That conversation, and another one two days later between Mr. Flynn’s lawyer and transition lawyers, shows that the Trump team knew about the investigation of Mr. Flynn far earlier than has been previously reported.” http://nyti.ms/2pO8e3V THE SPECIAL PROSECUTOR: ROBERT S. MUELLER III … THIS ISN’T GOING AWAY ANYTIME SOON-- JOSH GERSTEIN: “7 questions that explain the special counsel: A closer look at how Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump and Russia will play out”: “Mueller will have all the authority of a typical U.S. attorney to convene grand juries, issue subpoenas, file criminal charges and pursue those charges to trial, if he deems it appropriate. In practice, he’ll probably have more control over the FBI agents involved in his probe than most prosecutors do. …“There’s no fixed duration for the investigation. … Mueller is likely to be given effective control over what information the Justice Department shares with Congress about the probe and what requests it makes to Congressional committees to defer questioning sensitive witnesses or avoid publicizing potential leads in the investigation. … Ultimately, Congress can do what it wants to demand witnesses and evidence, but lawmakers are typically leery of taking steps that could jeopardize the criminal probe.” http://politi.co/2pZjiGD … NYT’s Charlie Savage: “How a Special Counsel Alters the Russia Investigation” http://nyti.ms/2quzSBZ ... Rod Rosenstein’s order appointing Mueller http://bit.ly/2pZDYhG -- PHILIP SHENON in Politico Magazine, “Trump’s Worst Nightmare Comes True: President Trump fired James Comey. He got his mentor, Robert Mueller instead -- and years of trouble” http://politi.co/2qw13MVKNOWING MUELLER -- JOSH MEYER, “Meet the legendary G-man investigating Russia’s meddling”: “Mueller was born in New York City in 1944 and grew up outside of Philadelphia. After getting degrees at Princeton and New York University, he enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1968, led a rifle platoon in Vietnam and earned a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart and other medals for valor. After receiving a law degree from the University of Virginia, Mueller worked as a federal prosecutor in San Francisco, rising to become head of the criminal division before moving to Boston to serve as the Justice Department’s top prosecutor there before ultimately returning to headquarters in Washington. There he rose to become head of the criminal division, and oversaw the investigation into the Lockerbie bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, and the investigation and the prosecutions of Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega and New York mobster John Gotti.” http://politi.co/2ri6390 -- FLASHBACK, The New Yorker, March 15, 2004, “Rink Rat in Chief,” by Ben McGrath: “As a senior at St. Paul’s, in the winter of 1961-62, [John] Kerry played on the varsity [hockey] team. The captain and best player was a guy named Bobby Mueller, who is now better known as Robert S. Mueller III, the director of the F.B.I.” http://bit.ly/2qvWClr -- JOSH DAWSEY and ANNIE KARNI on “How Trump learned about the special prosecutor”: “A battalion of White House aides entered the Oval Office together to present a unified front after the bombshell. The Justice Department had appointed a special prosecutor to oversee the probe into Russia’s alleged involvement in the 2016 presidential election, White House counsel Don McGahn had just told President Donald Trump.“Many of Trump’s top aides gathered with the president Wednesday evening just after deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein signed the order and called McGahn -- and just before the news exploded publicly in Washington. Trump handled it better than anyone expected, according to a person in the room. His reaction was ‘extremely measured,’ another said. He didn’t yell or scream. He told the assembled crowd they had nothing to hide. The mood in the room appeared to be one of resigned acceptance even though they were blindsided. ‘Everyone knew this wasn’t good news,’ this person said.” http://politi.co/2qupqu6-- THE WEST-WING REACTION: “With a special prosecutor, ‘people are fearful whatever they’ve done’,” by Darren Samuelsohn: “Working in President Donald Trump's White House is about to get a whole lot harder. Robert Mueller, the former FBI director named Wednesday as the special counsel for investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election, starts his job with an unlimited time and budget to pursue leads wherever they go. Veterans of previous scandals from Whitewater on say that kind of scrutiny can exact a toll even on a well-functioning White House-which Trump’s, consumed as it is by constant infighting and drama, isn’t.“‘There’s always a mood in a White House. If you have a special prosecutor, that can dampen the spirit. It just changes things. It makes life more complicated for people who are completely innocent,’ said Peter Wehner, a former senior aide to President George W. Bush during the investigation into the leak of CIA agent Valerie Plame’s identity. … The pressure won’t be limited just to senior staff. From the interns up, having a special prosecutor in place means responding to urgent tasks that have nothing to do with the day-to-day business of the presidency.” http://politi.co/2pNLLURBEHIND THE SCENES -- Before the Mueller news broke at around 5:15 p.m., JASON CHAFFETZ, the House oversight chairman from Utah, pretaped a segment for the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley. But he came back live after Mueller was announced.ANOTHER JOB FOR JARED, per Ashley Parker and Abby Phillip in the WaPo: “If and when Trump does overhaul his team, Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and senior adviser, is expected to play a key role in rethinking the structure and personnel within the West Wing.” http://wapo.st/2pO824Y -- ALSO FROM THAT STORY: “Some White House staffers have turned to impeachment gallows humor. Other mid-level aides have started reaching out to consultants, shopping their resumes. And at least one senior staffer has begun privately talking to friends about what a post-White House job would look like, according to two people close to the staffer. ... For many White House staffers, impromptu support groups of friends, confidants and acquaintances have materialized, calling and texting to check in, inquiring about their mental state and urging them to take care of themselves.”PETER BAKER ZOOMS OUT on NYT A1 -- "Washington Is Abuzz With Surround Sound of Scandal" http://nyti.ms/2quQhGDTHE GANG, BACK TOGETHER -- “Trump turns to ex-campaign aides as scandals pile up,” by Tara Palmeri: “Former officials including Jason Miller, David Bossie and Corey Lewandowski have slid back into the president’s group of advisers as Trump has chafed at the steady stream of damaging leaks and critical blind quotes that have flowed out of the West Wing. ... Bossie, a former deputy campaign manager who briefly ran a pro-Trump super PAC, sat in a meeting on Monday morning during which Trump blasted press secretary Sean Spicer and communications director Mike Dubke for their handling of the fallout of Trump’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey ...“Meanwhile, Lewandowski ... was spotted in the West Wing lobby on Tuesday ... Trump has also turned to his former campaign communications director Jason Miller for messaging advice, as his frustrations grows with Dubke, whom Trump believes is an ineffective defender and advocate ... Miller, who has visited the White House multiple times and regularly talks with Trump by phone, has become one of the president’s favorite surrogates and informal advisers. Trump has openly mused about taking Miller on in Dubke’s role as communications director ... but Miller has told friends in the administration that he plans on remaining on the outside.” http://politi.co/2pO7IDi -- IT’S WORTH NOTING: Jason Miller is a paid CNN contributor and consultant. Lewandowski has openly discussed with potential corporate clients his close relationship with the president.DEPT. OF PROFESSIONAL MALPRACTICE -- “Republicans get radio silence from Trump amid growing crisis: The White House has done little damage control, leaving GOP lawmakers with no way to defend the president,” by Burgess Everett and Josh Dawsey: “Sen. John McCain stood up in front of the media Tuesday night and compared President Donald Trump’s daily scandals to Watergate and Iran-Contra. And no one from the White House bothered to call up the Arizona Republican afterward and check in with him. ‘I’m going to wait by the phone,’ McCain said dryly Wednesday. The Trump White House has done essentially no damage control in the aftermath of reports that ousted FBI Director James Comey wrote a memo alleging that Trump tried to kill a probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. No talking points have been distributed, and few reassurances have been given to Republicans, leaving frazzled and exhausted lawmakers to freelance their own response.“Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), whose job in leadership is to help Republicans formulate a message and conceivably defend a president of their own party, had received no outreach from the White House as of Wednesday afternoon.” http://politi.co/2quzweJ WHY THIS ALL MATTERS -- “Trump scandals threaten GOP agenda,” by Nancy Cook and Burgess Everett: “Republicans’ long-held dreams of tweaking Medicaid, repealing Obamacare and overhauling the tax code appear in more jeopardy than ever as scandal and investigations beset President Donald Trump’s White House. Some Republicans fear that subpoenas and congressional inquiries will swamp the time they need to pass a health care or tax bill in 2017 — not to mention renegotiate NAFTA, unify behind a $1 trillion infrastructure plan or build that border wall.” http://politi.co/2qzvn7n-- “Europe, Asia Stocks Extend Losses on Political Concerns,” by WSJ’s Riva Gold and Kenan Machado: http://on.wsj.com/2qzDhxu--“World’s 500 Richest People Lose $35 Billion From Trump Turmoil,” by Bloomberg’s Brendan Coffey and Jack Witzig: https://bloom.bg/2pWQjV1 JOE LIEBERMAN INTERVIEWS FOR FBI DIRECTOR -- WaPo’s Matt Zapotosky and John Wagner: “In addition to Lieberman, the president was to meet with former Oklahoma governor Frank A. Keating, who worked previously as a U.S. attorney and as the No. 3 official in the Justice Department; Richard A. McFeely, a former FBI official who spent more than two decades in the bureau; and acting FBI director Andrew McCabe, who has taken over for Comey in the short term.” http://wapo.st/2pWfirv -- INSIDE THE CAPITOL: A former senator like Lieberman or Keating would be a smart pick for Trump. Lieberman is especially smart. Republicans like Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.) love Lieberman. And it would give Trump the ability to say he has chosen someone who spent most of his career as a Democrat. THE BACKUP -- “Kochs boost Trump tax plan,” by Ken Vogel and Brian Faler: “In a potential boost for President Donald Trump’s largely stagnant tax reform effort, the Koch brothers’ advocacy operation is planning to spend millions of dollars advocating for changes to the tax code that mirror the ones proposed by the White House. The two leading groups in the conservative advocacy operation spearheaded by the billionaire mega-donors Charles and David Koch on Thursday unveiled an outline of tax reforms and announced that they intend to launch a robust campaign to rally public support for the blueprint. The campaign is notable because the Kochs expressed deep reservations about Trump during the campaign, and their deep-pocketed network declined to support Trump, but it has a history of mounting aggressive congressional issue advocacy pushes.” http://politi.co/2qw5nf7 TRUMP INC. -- “Donald Trump Jr., Dubai business partner discuss ‘new ideas’,” by AP’s Jon Gambrell in Dubai: “Donald Trump Jr. traveled to Dubai and met a billionaire business partner in the city-state, discussing ‘new ideas’ as the Emirati’s real estate firm still lists possible plans for future joint projects while Trump’s father is in the White House. The Trump Organization has said it won’t make new foreign deals while Donald Trump serves as America’s 45th president. That didn’t affect the Trump International Golf Club in Dubai’s opening in February, while a previously planned Trump-branded golf course designed by Tiger Woods is still being built nearby.“Both projects are being built by Dubai’s DAMAC Properties, owned by Emirati billionaire Hussain Sajwani. His company has paid the Trump Organization’s subsidiaries between $1 million to $5 million for the projects, according to a U.S. Federal Election Committee report submitted in May 2016. Sajwani’s Instagram account posted a picture Tuesday night showing him with Trump, who now runs the Trump Organization with his brother Eric, at a table covered in a spread of Middle Eastern food and a plate of French fries. ‘It was great having my dear friend and business partner Donald Trump Jr. over for lunch,’ a caption with the photo read. ‘Discussing new ideas and innovation always make our meetings even more interesting.’” http://apne.ws/2pZqySQ … The Instapic of Don Jr. in Dubai http://bit.ly/2ru3YmT MIKE SHEAR and MAGGIE HABERMAN -- “Foreign Trip Comes at Crucial Time, but Trump Is a Reluctant Traveler”: “President Trump leaves on Friday for a nine-day, five-city foreign excursion, his first trip outside of the United States as the country’s leader and top diplomat. He doesn’t really want to go.“In recent days, Mr. Trump has groused to several friends that he is not looking forward to leaving his new White House cocoon for high-profile, high-pressure meetings with dozens of world leaders in unfamiliar settings. At one point, he barked at an aide that he thought his first tour abroad should be only about half as long. He will have to abandon his well-known preference for sleeping in his own bed (or in one at the hotels or golf resorts he owns) as he hops between Saudi Arabia, Israel, Belgium, Italy and the Vatican -- all places without a Trump-branded property.” http://nyti.ms/2rud4je THE JUICE … -- SPOTTED, tax reform edition: Rep. Pat Tiberi, a top Ways and Means Republican from Ohio, dining with Gary Cohn at Osteria Morini in Navy Yard last night. -- SUPREME COURT JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBURG hosted her bi-annual “Musicale at the Court” with special guests Itzhak Perlman and Rohan De Silva Wednesday evening. Justice John Roberts closed the performance with remarks on how he wanted attendees to read the 10-page Brown vs. Board of Education opinion, it was the anniversary of that decision, according to a Playbooker in attendance. SPOTTED: Justice Paul Stevens, Maureen Scalia, Toby Perlman, Deborah Rutter, Ambassador for Sri Lanka Prasad Kariyawasam and Douglas Wheeler.-- CNN’S S.E. CUPP and REPS. ADAM KINZINGER (R-ILL.) and BRENDAN BOYLE (D-Pa.) are screening Evgeny Afineevsky’s documentary “Cries from Syria” at the Capitol Visitor Center theater tonight at 5 p.m., in partnership with HBO and Cupp’s organization, HelpMeGoHome.org. Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) and French Hill (R-Ark.) are also expected to attend. Trailer http://bit.ly/2pvotxN -- SEAN SPICER is the special guest at an evening reception tonight hosted by the Republican Party of Virginia at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia. One ticket to the general reception goes for $175 while six tickets to the VIP and general reception cost $5,000. http://bit.ly/2rucwL3 HAPPENING TODAY -- “Trump to lunch with network anchors,” by Hadas Gold: “President Donald Trump is set to have an off-the-record lunch with network anchors on Thursday, two sources with knowledge of the plans and a White House official confirmed. The lunch is expected to cover Trump’s upcoming foreign trip. But with bombshell reports about the Trump White House dropping nearly every day this week, the lunch is sure to cover more ground. The get-together is expected to be much smaller than past lunches with the media. ... At least one anchor, Scott Pelley, is moving the CBS evening news show from New York to Washington on Wednesday and Thursday partly as a result of the lunch.” http://politi.co/2rtSO1t -- HOT VIDEO -- @CNN: “DHS chief caught on hot mic jokingly telling Trump to use his new ceremonial Coast Guard saber on the press”: http://bit.ly/2quqYEy PIC DU JOUR -- @brianstelter: “Spotted: @Lawrence and MSNBC president Phil Griffin chatting outside 30 Rock Tuesday afternoon” http://bit.ly/2qvzdR1 WHAT PHIL GRIFFIN AND JEFF ZUCKER ARE READING -- THR: “TV Ratings: Trump Crisis Intensifying, CNN and MSNBC Again Beat Fox News” http://bit.ly/2ruaOt8COMING ATTRACTIONS -- “5 things to watch in Trump’s financial disclosures,” by Darren Samuelsohn: http://politi.co/2qUTi4gSNEAK PEEK -- at the new Bloomberg Businessweek cover: “If America were a company would you keep this CEO?” by Bloomberg Editor in Chief John Micklethwait. http://bit.ly/2rhRnqk … The story https://bloom.bg/2pWLwml FOR YOUR RADAR -- “Trump administration to send NAFTA notification letter Thursday,” by Adam Behsudi, Megan Cassella and Doug Palmer: “The Trump administration is expected to send to Congress on Thursday morning a final letter notifying lawmakers that it intends to open trade talks with Canada and Mexico in an attempt to renegotiate NAFTA, according to an administration official and congressional aides. … Sending the letter triggers a 90-day consultation period that must conclude before negotiations can officially begin -- a process set out under the 2015 Trade Promotion Authority legislation that gives the White House the ability to fast-track passage of the deal in Congress. The 90-day period would end Aug. 16.” http://politi.co/2qzST4iKEVIN MCCARTHY PROFILE -- “Trump’s Man in Congress: Few on Capitol Hill are closer to the president than Kevin McCarthy,” by Laurel Rosenhall in California Sunday Magazine: http://bit.ly/2rtRnzVTHE RESISTANCE -- “Jolted by Trump, Orange County Democrats see a shot at victory on GOP turf,” by L.A. Times’ Sarah Wire: “Catherine Nadeau was never a supporter of Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, but as a resident of historically conservative Orange County she had never bothered to get involved in local politics either. Donald Trump’s surprise presidential win changed that. … Nadeau is among the newly energized residents giving Democrats hope they can claim at least some of the congressional seats in Orange County that have been red for a generation. “Despite the vocal optimism from activists and local dissatisfaction with Trump, it will be an uphill battle for Democrats to flip the four heavily Republican congressional districts in Orange County, all but one of which the incumbent won in 2016 by double digits. More than a dozen resistance groups have formed in Orange County since the presidential election. They’ve demanded meetings with the four Republican members of Congress, and staged town halls in their name when the members decline. They’ve delivered petitions and Valentines and even protested outside the members’ homes. Most Tuesdays, at least a few dozen people show up with signs outside district offices (some of which they’ve been told they can no longer enter).” http://lat.ms/2pWJqToTHE FAMILY -- “Ivanka Trump Criticized Over Chinese Factories Allegedly Paying $1 an Hour,” by Bloomberg’s Stephanie Hoi-Nga Wong: “Ivanka Trump’s apparel brand is facing criticism from a labor-rights group for relying on Chinese factories that it says force some employees to work long shifts at the equivalent of about a dollar an hour. The nonprofit organization China Labor Watch said it investigated two Chinese factories that produce goods for Ivanka Trump’s brand. It then shared its findings in a letter sent to the first daughter, saying employees are forced to work at least 12 1/2 hours a day and at least six days a week -- at a monthly salary of about 2,500 yuan ($363).” https://bloom.bg/2quGCQh MEDIAWATCH -- “MSNBC To Pair Stephanie Ruhle, Ali Velshi On New Business Show,” by Forbes’ Mark Joyella: “Ruhle and Velshi will get to escape the frantic news cycle and talk about those big issues in a new show, Velshi & Ruhle, which MSNBC will formally announce ahead of the show’s debut Saturday.” http://bit.ly/2pZw8ENSPOTTED: Jose Diaz-Balart sipping a beer yesterday in the lobby of the W Hotel.TRANSITIONS – Andrew King is joining Glover Park Group’s government relations practice as a managing director. He worked for two decades for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), most recently as his deputy chief of staff. http://politi.co/2rtN4V6 OUT AND ABOUT -- Marissa Mitrovich -- on behalf of Capitol File Magazine and in partnership with Jose Andres Think Food Group’s China Chilcano -- hosted a dinner last night with friends across industries. SPOTTED: Nicole Mortier, Carl Holshouser, Christine Delargy, Mark Paustenbach, Anne Brady, Trevor Frye, Ryan Triplette, Sarah Mamula, Andy Smith, Jessica Speckhard, Catherine Cassidy, Patrick Mellody, Joe Janolo, Amal Zaari, Desirée Venn Frederic, Erin Gleason and Christina Cuevas.-- “War Machine”, the new Netflix/Brad Pitt movie based on the Michael Hastings book “The Operators” and the Rolling Stone article on General Stanley McChrystal (http://rol.st/2rtXQe3), was screened last night at the E Street Cinema followed by an after party at Hotel Monaco’s Dirty Habit. Trailer http://bit.ly/2rhMkWW SPOTTED: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Elise Jordan, David Michod, Allison Jaslow, Mike Hogan, Jesse Rodriguez, Steve Clemons, McKay Coppins, Jeremy Peters, Andrew Bacevich, Julian Mulvey, Tad Devine, Mark Longabaugh, Margie Omero, Ben Chang, Graham Brookie, Jason Dempsey, Benjamin Freed, Lindsay Colker, Rodney Faraon, Jon Finer, Susan Phalen, Erica Walters, and Terris Barnes. -- MWWPR Founder and CEO Michael Kempner hosted a reception last night at the firm’s D.C. office. SPOTTED: Sens. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), New Jersey Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, Neera Tanden, David Brock, former Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake, former Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning, Trish Hoppey, Katherine Miller, Ken Weinstein, Michael Kempner, Michael and Tovah Meehan, Terence Samuel, Jodi Enda, Mike Gehrke, Adrienne Cooper, Melissa Roy, Tom McMahon, Cara and Keith Stern and Leigh Garland.WELCOME TO THE WORLD -- Kristine Frazao, national correspondent for Sinclair Broadcast Group, and Andrew Smith, photojournalist for CGTN, have welcomed Emerson Elisabeth Smith. She weighed 7 lbs 14 oz and is 20 inches long. She is her big brother Eliot’s twin ... just 22 months younger. Pics http://bit.ly/2rtMWoA ... http://bit.ly/2pNR8Dq SUNDAY SO FAR – “Fox News Sunday”: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Panel: Brit Hume, Jane Harman, Kim Strassel, Juan WilliamsBIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Erik Smith, founder of Blue Engine Message & Media and co-founder of Bully Pulpit Interactive – how he’s celebrating: “Our family has a favorite getaway destination and my wife and I have planned a surprise trip for the kids to meet up with their grandparents and cousins at that special place. (Since you’re publishing this before we leave Friday, I’m keeping the destination undisclosed in case anyone at their elementary school is an avid Playbooker.)” Read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2pWB4LJ BIRTHDAYS: Tina Fey is 47 ... Tim Chapman, COO at Heritage Action for America ... Vox’s Matt Yglesias and Libby Nelson ... Querry “The Gatekeeper” Robinson, MSNBC’s “Hardball” senior booking producer … Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) is 69 ... Politico national security editor Bryan Bender is 45 ... “Pistol Pete” Watkins, Sette maestro (h/t Blain Rethmeier) … Politico’s Cristiano Lima ... Anthony Cruz of Sen. Rubio’s office (h/t Sally Fox) ... AP’s Josh Lederman ... Clyde Haberman, former NYT columnist and foreign correspondent (hat tip: Maggie) ... Alex Witt, digital director at Northam for Governor ... Gary Kopff ... Teddy Nykiel ... Abby Sugrue ... Snapchat’s Sofia Gross (h/t Peter Hamby) ... Robin Roberts, senior director of media relations at NRF ... State alum Jason Meininger ... Nate Denny is 35 ... Dana Singiser … Politico Europe’s Elsa Rinta-Kanto ... Rokk Solutions’ Ryan Hughes (h/t Katy Summerlin) ...... Eliza Krigman, a journalist in London at CEB and a Politico alum ... Julie Percha ... Ariel Min ... John Pouland, VP of government solutions at Philips Electronics North America and the pride of Zavalla, Texas (h/t Randy White) ... Pete Boogard, comms director at FWD.us and alum of Obama WH and DHS, celebrating by finishing a staff retreat in Los Altos, California (h/t Chris Golden) ... Nate Garvis ... Darla Marburger ... AP South Carolina scribe Meg Kinnard … GMMB VP Liz Oxhorn ... Taylor West, deputy director of the National Cannabis Industry Association … Judy Boullet ... Sam Graham-Felsen … Kari Lacosta … Caitlin Bozell Manaois … Katie Young ... Pat Ewing (not the basketball player) ... Beth Scovith ... Brenda Kole ... Dawn Connet ... Harriet Goldberg (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... Shlomo Yanai, senior advisor at Moelis & Company, is 65 (h/t Jewish Insider)

16 мая, 17:00

Clapper: Defender Or Destroyer Of Democracy & Constitution?

Mainstream media is painting James Clapper as a reluctant warrior, returning from retirement to fight for truth, justice and the American way rather than the lying political hack who pried into our private lives and ripped the Constitution to pieces. As Rand Paul has pointed out, the real investigation that needs to take place is whether the surveillance state was used as a political weapon in the last election. Follow David on Twitter - https://twitter.com/libertytarian Help us spread the word about the liberty movement, we're reaching millions help us reach millions more. Share the free live video feed link with your friends & family: http://www.infowars.com/show Follow Alex on TWITTER - https://twitter.com/RealAlexJones Like Alex on FACEBOOK - https://www.facebook.com/AlexanderEmerickJones Infowars on G+ - https://plus.google.com/+infowars/ :Web: http://www.infowars.com/ http://www.prisonplanet.com/ http://www.infowars.net/ :Subscribe and share your login with 20 friends: http://www.prisonplanet.tv http://www.InfowarsNews.com Visit http://www.InfowarsLife.com to get the products Alex Jones and his family trust, while supporting the growth of our expanding media operation. [http://bit.ly/2dhnhbS] Biome Defense™ [http://bit.ly/2bnEj91] Bio-True Selenium™ [http://bit.ly/1WYw8jp] Vitamin Mineral Fusion™ [http://bit.ly/1QYBNBv] Joint Formula™ [http://bit.ly/1nNuR3r] Anthroplex™ [http://bit.ly/1ljfWfJ] Living Defense™ [http://bit.ly/1Iobcj2] Deep Cleanse™ [http://bit.ly/1DsyQ6i] Knockout™ [http://bit.ly/1Kr1yfz] Brain Force™ [http://bit.ly/1R5gsqk] Liver Shield™ [http://bit.ly/1cOwQix] ProstaGuard™ [http://bit.ly/1mnchEz3] Child Ease™ [http://bit.ly/1xs9F6t] WinterSunD3™ [http://bit.ly/1L3gDSO] Ancient Defense™ [http://bit.ly/1EHbA6E] Secret-12™ [http://bit.ly/1txsOge] Oxy Powder™ [http://bit.ly/1s6cphV] Occu Power™ [http://bit.ly/1rGOLsG] DNA Force™ [http://bit.ly/1nIngBb] X2 Survival Shield™ [http://bit.ly/1kaXxKL] Super Female Vitality™ [http://bit.ly/1mhAKCO] Lung Cleanse™ [http://bit.ly/1mGbikx] Silver-Bullet - Colloidal Silver™ [http://bit.ly/1xcoUfo] Super Male Vitality™ [http://bit.ly/1z5BCP9] Survival Shield - Nascent Iodine™ [http://bit.ly/1o4sQtc] Patriot Blend 100% Organic Coffee™ [http://bit.ly/1iVL6HB] Immune Support 100% Organic Coffee™ All available at - http://www.infowarsshop.com/ INFOWARS HEALTH - START GETTING HEALTHY BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE - http://www.infowarshealth.com/ Newsletter Sign up / Infowars Underground Insider : http://www.infowars.com/newsletter The Alex Jones Show © copyright, Free Speech Systems .LLC 1995 - 2017 All Rights Reserved. May use for fair use and educational purposes

16 мая, 16:42

This Is How Republicans Treated Hillary Clinton When She Was Accused Of Mishandling Sensitive Information

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); During the 2016 election campaign, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton received a slew of criticism from Republicans who said she wasn’t qualified to be president because she used a private email server during her time heading the State Department. Their tough criticism of the former secretary of state could haunt them in the wake of a Washington Post report that said President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian officials during a meeting in the White House last week. The information Trump relayed to the Russians had been provided to the U.S. by a partner in an intelligence-sharing arrangement, according to The Washington Post. While it did not concern specific intelligence sources and methods, his alleged disclosure could compromise the U.S.’s relationship with that partner. The president has the authority to declassify information at will, so Trump’s actions are not illegal, as he noted on Twitter Tuesday. But Republicans who called Clinton “reckless” may find themselves in an awkward position in the wake of Trump’s admission. Trump himself got in on the criticism in July, saying Clinton was “not fit” to be president. Crooked Hillary Clinton and her team "were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information." Not fit!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 6, 2016 House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was one of Clinton’s biggest critics, tweeting at least once a month from July to November about what he called “reckless” and “downright dangerous” actions. It's simple: Individuals who are ‘extremely careless’ w/ classified info should be denied further access to it. https://t.co/XWuvfDugly— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) July 7, 2016 The American people need to know what accountability Sec. Clinton will face for her mishandling of classified info. https://t.co/Wrge2UkvAL— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) July 27, 2016 It’s no small matter to hand over classified info to a person as reckless w/ national security info as Sec. Clinton. https://t.co/Wrge2UC6Zl— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) August 31, 2016 The documents from the FBI demonstrate Hillary Clinton's reckless & downright dangerous handling of classified info. pic.twitter.com/6tgRJTEOB0— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) September 2, 2016 I renew my call for the Director of National Intelligence to suspend all classified briefings for Secretary Clinton. https://t.co/NgzMLP6lsg— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) October 29, 2016 These documents further demonstrate Secretary Clinton's complete disregard for handling classified information. https://t.co/s5DektWj9l pic.twitter.com/iwOxJIKHAL— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) November 4, 2016 Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said Clinton was “disqualified” from being president for her emails. The FBI's decision regarding Clinton's mishandling of classified emails once again proves that she is DQ'd from being Commander in Chief.— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 5, 2016 Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) suggested Clinton’s actions could have been worthy of jail time. The appearance is terrible. The decision is astounding. Ppl have gone to jail for less severe classified breaches and national security.— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) July 5, 2016 Republicans have issued more measured responses to the Post’s report, with many calling for more information while hesitating to outright condemn Trump’s actions. Ryan seemed especially cautious in a statement released by his spokesperson, asking for a “full explanation of the facts” while omitting any criticism of the president. This statement from Speaker Paul Ryan's office puts the onus on the administration to explain what happened here pic.twitter.com/5t2oKP3IRr— Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) May 15, 2017 type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related... + articlesList=58a7fc48e4b037d17d282c92,591a9bdde4b05dd15f0abd91,591a4014e4b07d5f6ba578e4 -- 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.

16 мая, 16:30

SCOTUS Rejects Voter ID But REAL Jim Crow Is War On Drugs

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16 мая, 14:30

ENDING THE DRUG WAR WOULD BE A BETTER IDEA: Rand Paul slams Jeff Sessions’ new drug sentencing po…

ENDING THE DRUG WAR WOULD BE A BETTER IDEA: Rand Paul slams Jeff Sessions’ new drug sentencing policy as an “injustice” to minority communities.

16 мая, 12:16

Cruz, Paul want to go ‘nuclear’ on Obamacare repeal

But other Senate Republicans aren’t on board, setting up an intra-party showdown over how to gut the health law.

11 апреля 2015, 20:18

В президентскую гонку вступил кандидат, готовый покончить с гегемонией США

Сенатор Рэнд Пол официально объявил о своем выдвижении в президенты США вторым среди республиканцев. Сейчас невозможно предсказать ни исход выборов 2016 года, ни даже фамилию республиканского кандидата, но Пол в любом случае занимает уникальное место в американском политическом истеблишменте, потому что реально бросает ему вызов. Доктор Пол идет ломать вашингтонскую машину и закрывать глобальный проект.52-летний сенатор от Кентукки вступает в кампанию под лозунгом «Разрушить вашингтонскую машину! Дать волю американской мечте!». Тут интересно все: и обещание сломать сложившуюся власть партийно-бюрократической элиты, и невольная перекличка с главным китайским лозунгом последних лет, выдвинутым председателем Си Цзиньпином и обещающим достичь «малого процветания» (важный элемент достижения «китайской мечты») как раз к 2020 году, то есть времени, когда завершится срок полномочий президента США, избранного в 2016-м.Конечно, «мечтой» спекулируют многие американские политики, но практически все из реально претендующих на высшую власть считают, что мировая гегемония Америки является неотъемлемой частью американской миссии. А Рэнд Пол – антиинтервенционист, который видит Америку «достаточно сильной, чтобы отразить любую агрессию, и достаточно мудрой, чтобы не ввязываться в ненужные интервенции». Причем эта позиция Пола совершенно логично вытекает из его консерватизма и либертарианства – он один из вождей и кумиров «чайной партии», движения, апеллирующего к наследию отцов-основателей и занимающего сейчас очень серьезные позиции в среде республиканцев. Далеко не все «чайники» столь миролюбивы во внешней политике, но Рэнд еще и сын своего отца, чья известность сыграла немалую роль в быстром взлете молодого сенатора.79-летний Рон Пол больше двух десятилетий провел в Палате представителей, но был там абсолютной «белой вороной», выступая не только за жесткое ограничение власти федерального правительства и его вмешательства в жизнь граждан и права штатов, за кардинальную реформу американской финансово-банковской системы (настаивая на ликвидации Федеральной резервной системы), но и за отказ США от внешней экспансии. Пол голосовал против войны в Ираке, предлагал выйти из ООН и НАТО, а уже во время украинского кризиса осуждал вмешательство США, говоря, что «без спонсируемой США «смены режима» сотни людей не погибли бы в ходе беспорядков, которые последовали за свержением президента Януковича».«Если наша гиперинтервенционалистская политика с большой вероятностью дает нам такую «отдачу», нужна ли нам такая внешняя политика? Оно реально того стоит? Основной акцент нашей критики, другими словами, состоит в том, что внешняя политика правительства ставит под угрозу американский народ и делает его более уязвимым для атак, чем было бы в других случаях... Внешний интервенционализм не приносит выгод гражданам Америки, а является угрозой нашим свободам», – подчеркивал он.Пытаясь опорочить Пола, его называли расистом, гомофобом и антисемитом. При этом сам Рон не согласен считаться даже изоляционистом:«Любой, кто защищает антиинтервенционистскую внешнюю политику, должен быть готов к тому, что его заклеймят изоляционистом. Но я, например, никогда не был изоляционистом... Настоящие изоляционисты – это те, кто изолируют свою страну, настраивая против нее мировое общественное мнение, проповедуя бессмысленную агрессию и войну, которые не имеют ничего общего с легитимной концепцией национальной безопасности».Именно благодаря своей последовательности и идейности Пол стал очень популярен среди либертарианцев, а позднее и консервативного «движения чаепития». Пол-старший – абсолютная противоположность Бушу-старшему или Клинтонам, и более чем символично, что его сын вступает в борьбу за президентство в кампании, которую многие уже считают обреченной стать битвой двух президентских фамилий и династий.Но если Пол-старший антисистемщик (будучи при этом весьма последовательным сторонником как раз исконных американских ценностей, от которых отошли сами американские элиты), то его сын пытается хоть как-то приспособиться к системе, чтобы изменить ее. Осуждать Рэнда Пола за измену принципам, как это делают некоторые из сторонников его отца, не стоит – в США просто невозможно прийти к власти, минуя одну из двух «партий власти»: сама выборная машина построена так, что независимые кандидаты или представители карликовых партий не имеют никаких шансов (максимум, на что они способны – будучи очень богатыми эксцентриками собрать много голосов, как это сделал Рос Перро в 1992-м). Для победы нужна партийная поддержка, и Рэнд Пол пытается ее получить, учитывая при этом неудачный опыт своего отца, который тоже не раз боролся за выдвижение от республиканцев.В 2008 году Рона Пола игнорировали мейнстримные СМИ, но он был очень популярен среди интернет-аудитории, что проявлялось даже в том, что он получал больше всех пожертвований на свою кампанию (и это были именно переводы от обычных граждан). В 2012 году Пол первое время даже лидировал по популярности в опросах среди республиканских избирателей. Но тогда не помогло ни движение чаепития, ни симпатия избирателей – он проиграл праймериз Миту Ромни, который в свою очередь не смог лишить Барака Обаму второго срока.А политическая карьера его сына началась всего двумя годами ранее – в ноябре 2010 года Рэнд был избран сенатором от Кентукки. До этого Пол-младший никогда не занимался политикой – врач, как и его отец, он 18 лет проработал офтальмологом (так что в случае избрания станет вторым президентом с такой профессией наряду с Башаром Асадом). О его президентских перспективах заговорили почти сразу – впрочем, очень многое зависело от внутренних процессов в Республиканской партии. «Чайники» наступали, и как ни сопротивлялась партийная машина, приобретали все большее влияние в партийных структурах и Конгрессе.«Чаепитие» нельзя назвать чисто антиэлитным движением, это скорее сочетание низового протеста с внутриэлитной борьбой: не говоря уже о том, что большинство американцев выступает за ограничение власти правительства, в США достаточны сильны противоречия и между экспансионистскими элитами побережий, и элитами внутренних штатов, между теми, кто давно уже считает себя частью и ядром мировой наднациональной элиты, и сторонниками самодостаточной Америки. Это и не чистой воды изоляционизм, но это очень важный шаг к нему.Понятно, что сейчас в американской элите преобладает интервенционистская позиция – конечно, в разных ее вариантах, но ключевые фигуры как среди республиканцев, так и среди демократов не ставят под сомнение миссию США по «поддержанию порядка» во всем мире. Рэнд Пол, конечно, не столь жесткий антиинтервенционист, как его отец, но все же его внешнеполитическая концепция однозначно резко отличается что от взглядов Клинтон, что от позиций Джеба Буша или Тэда Круза. Во время своего выдвижения Пол заявил, что внешняя политика США «должна порождать стабильность, а не хаос».При этом в отношении украинского кризиса Пол, сначала, до присоединения Крыма, призывавший «не стремиться ущипнуть Россию», в марте прошлого года изменил позицию, потребовав «принять решительные меры против российской агрессии». Жесткая позиция Пола вызвала недоумение у сторонников его отца, который в те же дни выступал с прямо противоположных позиций.Но поведение Рэнда объясняется достаточно просто – сенатор уже тогда готовился к президентской кампании и понимал, что для успешной борьбы за выдвижение ему необходимо будет существенно увеличить число своих сторонников. Отмолчавшись по Крыму и Путину, в отношении которых тогда в Штатах было абсолютное согласие, Пол рисковал маргинализацией. Для России при этом принципиальны не эти высказывания Рэнда Пола, а его общий настрой на отказ от внешней экспансии США, от которого в случае его победы на президентских выборах он в любом случае не сможет отказаться.#{interviewpolit}Пол, конечно, не сможет свернуть американский проект и отказаться от планов глобализации (президент в США все-таки достаточно зависимая фигура), но он сможет существенно повлиять на их корректировку, а значит, и способствовать хотя бы относительному снижению мировой напряженности и смягчению процесса ухода Америки с позиции мирового гегемона. Пол не Обама в том смысле, что он имеет стройную систему взглядов и не откажется от их воплощения. Он боец. Достаточно вспомнить, как два года назад он пытался заблокировать утверждение Бренана директором ЦРУ, выступив в сенате с 11-часовой речью, или то, сколь упрямо он настаивает на аудите ФРС.К тому же внешнеполитическая концепция Пола является лишь продолжением внутриполитической. А она, ограничивая власть федерального правительства и уменьшая его влияние, как раз очень серьезно бьет по интересам и власти глобалистски настроенной части американского истеблишмента. Меньше государства внутри США автоматически означает и меньше империи вовне. Президент-антиинтервенционист проторит дорогу президенту-изоляционисту, но есть ли сейчас шанс на победу Пола?Пока что по всем опросам Клинтон побеждает любого республиканского кандидата. Но это сейчас – ее известность и влияние не сравнятся ни с одним из республиканских кандидатов. Против Клинтон играет слишком многое – президентство однопартийца Обамы, в целом оцениваемое скорее как неудачное, собственный тяжелый характер, слабая работа в качестве госсекретаря. Кроме того, республиканцы сейчас на подъеме, они, по сути, правящая партия везде, кроме Белого дома. У них большинство в обоих палатах Конгресса, власть в большинстве штатов. У них есть огромное желание отыграться – вопрос только в том, сумеют ли они выбрать сильного кандидата.Сейчас у «слонов» нет явного фаворита, хотя понятно, что республиканская элита выдвинула бы Джеба Буша, сына и брата президентов. Но непонятно, насколько он избирабелен, хотя сейчас его рейтинг выше, чем у остальных претендентов-республиканцев, Клинтон он все равно проиграет. Да и внутри Республиканской партии у бывшего губернатора Флориды не все просто.По опросам Буш пока что немногим опережает губернатора Висконсина Скотта Уокера (консерватор, дважды победивший в либеральном штате). Вслед за ними идет группа преследователей, в которую входит и Пол – опросы пока что дают ему с третьего по пятое место.В этой группе бывший губернатор Арканзаса Майк Хакаби (серьезно боровшийся за выдвижение в 2008-м, но уступивший Маккейну), знаменитый нейрохирург чернокожий Бен Карсон (неожиданно включившийся в гонку), губернатор Нью-Джерси Крис Кристи (пару лет назад считавшийся фаворитом) и сенатор Тэд Круз (близкий к «чайной партии»), в конце прошлого месяца первым объявивший о своем официальном выдвижении.Но эти опросы мало о чем говорят, потому что впереди еще много времени – все будет зависеть от борьбы партийных элит и настроений внутри партии, а также способности победить Клинтон. Второго чернокожего претендента подряд (Карсона) республиканцы стране явно не предложат, баптистский пастор Хакаби не способен сплотить республиканцев и свое уже отыграл. Кристи после скандалов сидит в засаде, Круз слишком молод, а есть спрос на опыт.Самый опытный, конечно, Буш, но у него и множество минусов. Главный из которых – само происхождение. Тот факт, что Америка уже открыто уподобляется так любимому отцами-основателями Риму с его соперничающими за власть патрициями, не нравится очень многим избирателям. И в этом смысле кампания Клинтон–Буш сама по себе может стать серьезным ударом по и так уже очень низкому авторитету центральной власти.На борьбу со сложившейся американской номенклатурой (связки политиков с финансово-промышленной олигархией), которую и называют «вашингтонской машиной», и вышел Рэнд Пол. Подтверждением этому является и то, что из всех республиканских кандидатов Пол пользуется наибольшей симпатией среди неопределившихся и беспартийных, то есть его воспринимают шире, чем просто партийного кандидата. Внутри Республиканской партии пока что Пола будут пытаться остановить Уокером – консерватором, который не имеет антиэлитарных убеждений и вполне приемлем для республиканского истеблишмента, но понятно, что главная борьба ему предстоит с Бушем.Она и станет главной интригой нынешней кампании, причем это будет не обычное американское шоу, в котором разница во взглядах имеет второстепенное значение, а принципиальный спор. Пол представляет собой «другую Америку» – ту, которую давно уже оттерли от ключевых рычагов управления. И которая хочет взять реванш – опираясь на ключевые принципы самоуправления, прийти в Вашингтон, чтобы лишить его большей части власти, незаконно присвоенной им у штатов.По исходу противостояния Буш–Пол можно будет судить о том, насколько ситуация в Штатах созрела для подобных революционных изменений. Которые интересны нам в первую очередь теми последствиями, которые они окажут на поведение США на глобальной арене, ведь именно там мы будем заниматься изолированием «атлантической империи», минимизацией разрушительных последствий ее агрессивного мессианства. Было бы неплохо – и для самих США, и для России – если бы новый президент облегчил нам эту задачу. Даже если Пол станет президентом не в 2016-м, а в 2020 году.источник