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Шелдон Адельсон
Шелдон Адельсон
Шелдон Адельсон (Sheldon Gary Adelson) — один из крупнейших мировых воротил игрового бизнеса и один из самых богатых жителей планеты. Ему принадлежит игорная корпорация Las Vegas Sands, расположенная в Лас-Вегасе, производительность которой составляет примерно миллион долларов в час. По данным ...

Шелдон Адельсон (Sheldon Gary Adelson) — один из крупнейших мировых воротил игрового бизнеса и один из самых богатых жителей планеты. Ему принадлежит игорная корпорация Las Vegas Sands, расположенная в Лас-Вегасе, производительность которой составляет примерно миллион долларов в час. По данным на 2014 год, его состояние оценивается в 38 млрд долларов. Самый состоятельный американский еврей и самый щедрый в истории США политический донор.

 

Как-то Буш, отвечая на вопросы журналистов о его отношения с Шелдоном Адельсоном, сказал – «Этот сумасшедший еврей-миллиардер постоянно на меня кричит!»

Шелдон Адельсон родился 1 августа 1933 г. в окрестностях Бостона в городе Дорчестер. Его родители – второе поколение еврейских эмигрантов в США: мать – c Украины, отец – литовец. Сам он считает себя американцем, однако от исторической составляющей не отказывается.

В то время Америка все еще ощущала на себе последствия Великой депрессии, Великой засухи и отмены сухого закона. Отец Шелдона – водитель такси, который не мог нормально прокормить семью, так как львиную долю не самого большого заработка ему приходилось отдавать мафии: «Я родился в очень бедной семье и вырос в нищете. На всю семью у нас была одна кровать, на ней спали мои родители, а дети спали на полу» – так рассказывал Адельсон о своем детстве. И тем не менее в те суровые годы Адельсон-старший преподал сыну урок, который он запомнил на всю оставшуюся жизнь: «Однажды я заметил, что отец откладывает деньги в какую-то коробку. На мой вопрос, зачем он это делает, он ответил, что это деньги для бедных. Тогда я спросил его: «Папа, но мы сами бедные, зачем же ты откладываешь эти деньги?» Он ответил: «Да, мы бедные, но это деньги для тех, кто еще беднее, чем мы». И когда Адельсон разбогател, он стал львиную долю своих доходов отдавать на благотворительность и разнообразные медицинские исследования. Он вообще говорит, что вся его деятельность и его богатство «просто позволяют мне заниматься добрыми делами».

 

Упорный труд и первые успехи

Шелдон понимал, что у него перед родителями есть преимущество: он уже не эмигрант, а человек «местного разлива», и следовательно, возможностей у него гораздо больше, чем у папы с мамой. Мальчик видел, как тяжело его семье, и думал: нет, я так жить не буду. Поэтому с младых ногтей принялся упорно трудиться.

Свои первые деньги Шелдон Адельсон заработал в десять лет, продавая газеты. Но очень скоро ему это наскучило: парень смекнул, что «в этом бизнесе нет системы». Свою систему юный Адельсон внедрил уже через неделю. Нанял группу сверстников, которых расставил в самых людных местах своей улицы с одним условием: с каждого проданного экземпляра надо было платить. При этом сам менеджер внимательно следил за тем, чтобы система не давала сбоев, и не уходил домой, пока не кончалась торговля.

 

Но в неблагополучном районе Бостона, в котором рос Шелдон, мало было заработать несколько монет, нужно было еще донести их до дома. «Я не был еврейским мальчиком со скрипочкой, – вспоминает Шелдон Адельсон. – Зато я умел хорошо драться. Моим оружием было все: кулаки, ногти, зубы, кирпичи, палки… Я и сейчас не позавидую тому, кто захочет загнать меня в угол.» Улица – второй главный учитель в жизни Шелдона. Именно улица научила его находить общий язык с откровенными бандитами и никогда не отдавать своего.

 

Вместе со своими друзьями – Тедом Катлером, Ирвином Хафецом и Джорданом Шапиро – Шелдон придумывал различные способы заработка. Консьержи в отелях с удовольствием перепоручали мальчишкам забрать из химчистки чей-то костюм или доставить из магазинов покупки для постояльцев. «Мальчики» – Шелдон до сих пор называет так своих многолетних партнеров: их уличную компанию не разделили ни годы, ни деньги – имели свой процент с вознаграждения, которое получал консьерж.

По окончании школы Шелдон решил не искать новых путей, а развивать «отельный бизнес». Вместе с друзьями он стал продавать небольшим отелям туалетные принадлежности: бумагу, салфетки, мыло, крем для бритья, помазки, различные щетки и мочалки. Все те же, уже знакомые консьержи, управляющие, швейцары и горничные помогали Шелдону и его «мальчикам» реализовывать товар, получая с этого свой процент.

По воспоминаниям друзей, Шелдону приходили в голову самые невероятные и безумные идеи, и он без тени сомнения брался их реализовывать. Торговля театральными билетами, организация чартерных перелетов, сдача в аренду коммерческой недвижимости… Что бы ни предложил Шелдон, «мальчики» безоговорочно принимали участие в любой авантюре. По другому и быть не могло: Шелдон не терпел возражений, лени, отсутствия настойчивости и тупости. Если у него закрадывалось сомнение в том, что друзья его поддержат, Шелдон начинал орать так, что уши закладывало.

Шелдон впадал в ярость, если его приказы не выполнялись, – рассказывает Питер Янг, много лет проработавший с Адельсоном в качестве менеджера по связям с общественностью – «Его бешеные вопли стали легендой. Но никому и в голову не приходило обижаться на это. Он был боссом не потому, что его назначили, а потому, что он был самым умным и совершенно «без тормозов», как сейчас говорят. Если Шелдон ставил цель, он пёр на нее, не думая о трудностях. И ему было все равно, кто и что думает по этому поводу. Если бы кто-то принялся ему возражать или учить, Шелдон послал бы его куда подальше, невзирая ни на возраст, ни на положение

Своим напором, неутомимостью, а иногда неистовым криком Шелдон Адельсон «жарил» и своих партнеров, и потенциальных клиентов. Со временем в окружении Адельсона вошла в обиход такая поговорка: «Хочешь работать с Шелдоном – купи себе тефлоновый костюм».

Через некоторое время он осознал, что некоторые виды деятельности приносят ему больше денег, чем другие, и стал заниматься только прибыльными. Например, балаганом своего дядюшки на местной ярмарке. Он внимательно наблюдал за тем, как дядя крутит «Колесо фортуны» и кладет себе в карман немаленькие суммы. Впоследствии это пригодилось ему, когда он купил свое первое казино: «Все дело в законе больших чисел. У моего дяди имелось деревянное колесо, в которое было забито 100 гвоздей. Игрок мог поставить на любое число от 1 до 100. Если угадывал, то получал игрушку стоимостью $10. Стоимость участия составляла $0,1. То есть приз был в 100 раз дороже стоимости участия. Согласно закону больших чисел, если вы крутанете колесо 100 раз, то оно по разу остановится на каждой цифре. И сколько бы раз вы ни крутили, шансы для каждого номера будут 1/100. Если кто-то поставит разом 100 монет, то он точно выиграет приз. Фактически вы даете возможность получить удовольствие игрокам, торгуя игрушками. В нашем бизнесе вместо игрушек вы получаете доллары…»

Вот так незамысловато мальчик постигал науку больших чисел и науку управления финансами. Цифры давались Шелдону легко.

Несколько лет назад дотошные журналисты подсчитали, что за свою жизнь Шелдон Адельсон создал больше пятидесяти компаний в самых разных сферах деятельности. В 60-х годах Шелдон попробовал себя в качестве театрального антрепренера, потом переквалифицировался в торговца недвижимостью и ипотечного брокера. «Деньги нужно зарабатывать ТАМ, где деньги ЕСТЬ», – не уставал повторять Шелдон. Следуя этому принципу, он пошел на биржу. Здесь, в «машинном отделении бизнеса», Шелдон постигал, как работают экономические законы. Полученного за несколько лет практического опыта хватило Адельсону для того, чтобы стать финансовым и инвестиционным консультантом. Теория Шелдона подтверждалась: хочешь быть богатым – держись ближе к деньгам и тем, у кого они есть.

Несмотря на то что денег он зарабатывал прилично, высшее образование так и не получил: ему было интересно зарабатывать, а не слушать о том, как можно заработать. Как можно заработать, он и сам знал…

Вместе с двумя своими друзьями в конце 60-х он открыл чартерное туристическое агентство. К началу 70-х Шелдон решил основательно заняться «обслуживанием бизнеса». «Ездить на переговоры к каждому потенциальному клиенту или партнеру обременительно и скучно, – рассуждал Шелдон. – Куда как правильнее несколько раз в год собирать всех в одном месте и заключать сделки, не отходя от барной стойки. В этом и заключается роль руководителя.»

 

Выставочный бизнес

Кто бы мог подумать, что на выставке можно заработать миллионы? В середине 70-х годов прошлого века – никто. Никто кроме Шелдона Адельсона.

Как-то в конце апреля 1979 года Шелдон просматривал пилотный номер журнала Computer Systems News, впоследствии канувшего в Лету. Издание предназначалось для производителей компьютерной техники и публиковало материалы, посвященные тому, что потом стало называться дистрибуцией. Тут-то его и осенило: в мире нет ни одной крупной выставки или заметного представительного форума, посвященного этой проблеме — дистрибуции с участием дилеров-профессионалов.

Его предложение об учреждении регулярной экспозиции, которая стала бы, по его словам, барометром всей компьютерной индустрии в мире, было воспринято китами бизнеса на ура. Ради этого хозяева полусотни компаний из заранее составленного и тщательно обдуманного списка, к которым Шелдон обратился со своим предложением, готовы были раскошелиться. Так под его началом возникает компания Computer Dealers Exhibition, больше известная как Comdex.

Учуяв возможности невероятного развития компьютерных технологий, Шелдон обустроил в 1979 году первую частную компьютерную выставку. Она имела невероятную популярность и завоевала все возможные награды в компьютерном и выставочном мирах, какие только возможны. Не имея собственных площадей для обустройства постоянной экспозиции, Адельсон снимал для своих целей отели и быстро заработал миллионы.

«Фантастические перспективы, которые открывала компьютерная индустрия, привлекли к мероприятию внимание прессы, и мы получили грандиозную рекламу почти бесплатно, – вспоминает бывший исполнительный директор «СOMDEX» Джейсон Чудновский (Jason Chudnofsky). — Производители компьютеров, программного обеспечения, многочисленные инвесторы бронировали выставочные площади, места для переговоров и номера в отелях. Шелдон Адельсон арендовал выставочные площади по цене 25 центов за метр в сутки, компании-участники платили Адельсону уже 25 долларов за метр, не считая монтажа выставочного оборудования, обслуживания и других дополнительных возможностей

К 1988 году Comdex развилась настолько, что ей потребовались собственные площадки. И тогда!.. «Для строительства экспоцентра мне нужен был кусок земли, причем непременно рядом с крупным отелем. Только в таком случае мой экспоцентр работал бы наиболее эффективно. Изначально я искал именно кусок земли, а нашел отель, у которого было много земли. Но купить участок отдельно было невозможно. Так что мы купили все разом. И отель, и находившееся в нем казино, и земельный участок, на котором мы и построили наш экспоцентр. Один из моих партнеров тогда сказал мне, что у него есть приятель, который разбирается в гостиничном и игорном бизнесе. Я сказал, что пусть тогда он им и управляет, но у него это получилось плохо. Второй и третий управляющие тоже не справились. В конце концов мне все это надоело и я сам разобрался, что к чему. Так я и оказался в игорном бизнесе…» — вспоминает Шелдон Адельсон.

Comdex тем временем продолжал приносить очень хорошую прибыль, но Шелдону уже стало неинтересно – его увлекло казино. И поэтому он продал экспоцентр японской Soft Bank Corporation за 862 миллиона. Доля Адельсона составила чуть больше полумиллиарда.

 

Игорный бизнес

в 1988 году Адельсон и его партнеры выкупили легендарное казино «The Sands Hotel & Casino» в Лас-Вегасе, где любили бывать Фрэнк Синатра и популярная в США группа «The Rat Pack». На следующий год Адельсон и его партнеры построили новый выставочный центр «The Sands Expo Convention Center», который упрочил позиции Лас-Вегаса в выставочной индустрии США.

Колорит Лас-Вегаса и слава клуба «Sands», где, по слухам, нередко собирались мафиозные боссы, создали Шелдону Адельсону репутацию непростого человека, который сумел найти общий язык даже с мафией. Да ведь всем известно, что казино заправляют сплошь мафиози, а Лас-Вегас вообще построил калифорнийский бандит Бенджамин Сигел.

Однако на вопросы журналистов, касающиеся этой деликатной темы, Шелдон реагирует спокойно и обстоятельно рассказывает: «Когда-то, когда Лас-Вегас только становился игорным центром, этот бизнес действительно был тесно связан с организованной преступностью. Багси Сигел имел репутацию «человека мафии». Первые несколько десятилетий казино в Лас-Вегасе были под контролем мафии. Но потом появился Говард Хьюз владеющий множеством методов по разрешению конфликтов, который скупил половину казино в Лас-Вегасе и выгнал оттуда мафию. Кроме того, власти штата Невада установили строжайшие правила, согласно которым даже человек, который просто знал члена мафии, уже не мог получить лицензию на занятие игорным бизнесом. Система лицензирования и строгие правила помогли очистить этот бизнес. Я могу с уверенностью сказать, что сегодня никакой мафии в Лас-Вегасе нет. Тогда уже не было. Я бы сказал, что этот бизнес чист уже лет тридцать-сорок. Если бы я узнал, что там есть мафия, я бы уехал из Лас-Вегаса…»

Во время свадебного путешествия в Венецию, в которое он отправился со своей второй женой, Адельсону в голову пришла идея мегакурорта. Адельсон решил обустроить огромный отель-казино с венецианскими мотивами на месте своего «Sands», которые самолично взорвал (уничтожение легендарного отеля направленным взрывом транслировали даже в прямом эфире телевидения), не моргнув глазом. Вот так и появился полуторамиллиардный Venetian – шикарнейшее местечко в Лас-Вегасе. В нем все напоминает о любезной сердцу Адельсона и миллионам туристов Венеции: кухня, оформление и даже шопинг-центры с каналами, гондолами и поющими гондольерами.

Казалось бы: сиди себе тихо и радуйся жизни. Не тут-то было! Неугомонный антрепренер знал только одно направление по жизни: против шерсти. До появления Адельсона Город Грехов специализировался исключительно на низкопробном кайфе: гостиничные номера по бросовым ценам (10–20 долларов в сутки), дешевый общепит, дешевые варьете и дешевый гамблинг от квотера за ставку. Адельсон не просто взорвал The Sands Hotel & Casino, но пересмотрел всю концепцию удовольствия в пустыне. Курорт – а это именно курорт, а не просто казино – получил все мыслимые и немыслимые архитектурные награды, и Шелдон решил начать завоевание мира.

 

Мировая экспансия

«Я почувствовал себя богатым, когда перестал беспокоиться о сведении баланса по своей чековой книжке. Когда я был молодой и еще небогатый, я клал деньги в банк и затем выписывал чеки. В конце месяца мне приходилось долго разбираться с чеками и беспокоиться, чтобы не превысить баланс. Когда необходимость в этом отпала, я понял, что стал богатым…» В 1999 году бизнесмен Шелдон Адельсон захотел переместить свои интересы в… Китай. Ну то есть не в сам Китай, а в Макао – бывшую португальскую колонию, которую КНР получала обратно от колонизаторов именно в конце 1999 года. Почему именно туда? «В Макао я инвестирую $12 млрд. Это крупнейшая инвестиция частной компании в одну страну. Зачем? Затем, что мне возвращают $6 млрд, только чтобы я вложился в их страну! Да еще и выделяют землю рядом с крупным городом с 8–10 млн населения, обеспечивают доступ к международному аэропорту, рабочей силой и строительными мощностями и т. п

Затраты на Макао отбились меньше чем за год, и тогда Адельсон понял, что можно двигаться по миру дальше. Может быть, в Россию? «Нет. Я не вижу для себя никаких возможностей в России. Мне предлагали инвестировать в Калининград. Но это же смешно! Чтобы открыть комплекс, как в Макао, мне нужно, чтобы он был рядом с крупным городом с большим международным аэропортом, в который летают все крупные международные авиакомпании. А в Калининграде ничего этого нет. Туда не летают основные авиакомпании. Там нет достаточных строительных мощностей, чтобы построить комплекс площадью 1,5 млн кв. м. Кроме того, мне нужно жилье и отели для рабочих на время строительства, а затем для гостей. В результате это слишком большая инвестиция ради слишком маленькой прибыли. Мы не просто ставим рулетку и пару стульев, мы не сконцентрированы исключительно на казино. Мы создаем интегрированные курорты…»

Las Vegas Sands Corp. построил гостинично-развлекательный комплекс The Marina Bay Sands в Сингапуре стоимостью в $1,4 млрд.

Выход на международную арену придал деловой хватке Адельсона недостающую уверенность. В Лас-Вегасе Шелдон мучился и всегда говорил, что чувствует себя аутсайдером. Даже в Белом Доме ощущал себя скованным по рукам и ногам упрямым нежеланием чиновников пусть даже самого высокого ранга исполнять его прихоти. Зато в Китае и Сингапуре Адельсон вдохнул полной грудью и заработал по-взрослому.

Сегодня два испанских города, Барселона и Мадрид, рьяно соревнуются за право заиметь на своей территории европейский аналог Лас-Вегаса. Ее победитель определится только в сентябре – именно в этом месяце Шелдон Адельсон пообещал объявить место, в котором его компания Las Vegas Sands построит комплекс казино под названием EuroVegas.

Европейский проект, предусматривающий строительство шести фешенебельных казино, 12-этажного отеля и целого ряда развлекательных объектов, позволит испанцам получить порядка четверти миллиона новых рабочих мест. Предполагаемая стоимость объектов недвижимости колеблется в пределах от $2,5 миллиардов до $3 миллиардов.

 

Состояние Шелдона Адельсона

В 2004 году компания Шелдона Адельсона (он и его семья владеют почти 70 % акций) разместила акции на Нью-Йоркской фондовой бирже. В результате стоимость состояния Адельсона возросла многократно: в 2003 году эксперты оценивали его в 1,3 миллиарда долларов, но после выхода на фондовый рынок стоимость его активов была уже 17 миллиардов. Как сказал сам бизнесмен, он не ощутил какой-либо очевидной разницы между владением одним миллиардом и семнадцатью миллиардами; впрочем, меняться в обратную сторону он желания не выказал. В 2007 году Адельсон с капиталом в 26 миллиардов долларов был шестым богачом на планете Земля. Мировой кризис существенно сказался на доходах игрового бизнеса, так что Шелдон в 2010 году был почти в два раза беднее – «всего» 14,7 миллиардов. Но в предыдущем году финансовые дела Адельсона снова резко пошли в гору – и в марте 2011 года он «стоил» уже 23,3 миллиарда долларов.

По данным на 2014 год, его состояние оценивается в 38 млрд долларов.

 

Личная и семейная жизнь Шелдона Адельсона

Со своей первой женой Шелдон расстался в 1988-м, после покупки «Сэндс Хотел» и казино «Лас-Вегас» – того самого, которое некогда служило базой для пресловутой «Крысиной стаи» Фрэнка Синатры и Дина Мартина. Многие говорили, что правоверная еврейка Сандра не вынесла вхождения мужа в криминальный бизнес.

Вообще личная жизнь Шелдона Адельсона складывалась менее удачно, чем бизнес. К тому времени, когда он стал «королем Лас-Вегаса», оба его сына, Митчел и Гэри, были законченными наркоманами. Их жизнь протекала между бесконечными кокаиновыми вечеринками и палатами дорогих частных клиник, куда отправлял их отец. Даже свою вторую жену Адельсон встретил в одной из клиник для наркоманов: Мириам Ошсорн работала врачом в клинике, где лечился старший сын Шелдона Митчел. К тому моменту, когда Мириам и Шелдон решили узаконить свои отношения, Митчел был уже неизлечим. Для нормального существования ему требовалось пять–шесть доз героина ежедневно. Ходили слухи, что Митчел болен СПИДом. В 2005 году Митчел умер от передозировки наркотиков.

Помня заветы отца, Шелдон Адельсон не жалеет денег на благотворительность. Ежегодно он переводит в собственный благотворительный фонд 200 миллионов долларов, которые расходуются на нужды Израиля и евреев. Регулярно Адельсон делает многомиллионные пожертвования сионистским организациям. На его средства в 2007 году был создан и функционирует Центр медицинских исследований в Тель-Авивском университете.

 

Секреты успеха Шелдона Адельсона

«Он очень резкий, некоторые даже могут сказать: беспричинно резкий, – говорит Гарри Лавмен (Gary Loveman), исполнительный руководитель «Harrah’s», крупнейшей сети казино в Лас-Вегасе. – Когда у него есть своя точка зрения, он следует ей без малейших отклонений. С ним бывает невыносимо работать. Но Шелдон – прекрасный бизнесмен, – добавляет Лавмен.»

Несмотря на свой возраст – в 2008 году ему исполнилось 75 лет – Шелдон, по его собственному выражению, «крепко сидит в седле». Он по-прежнему в состоянии поставить на место любого «зарвавшегося засранца». В 2008 году он выиграл иск на 4 миллиона фунтов стерлингов у английского издания «Daily Mail», которое позволило себе заподозрить Адельсона в «коррупции» и «политической поддержке бизнеса». Рассказывают, что, когда во время конфликта Шелдона с профсоюзом кулинаров какой-то хулиган забрался в ванную одного из его особняков и написал на зеркале «мертвый еврей», Шелдон лично примчался, чтобы «надрать ему задницу». Шелдон не упускает момента, чтобы нанести очередной удар по своим врагам.

Часто Адельсона обвиняют в заискивании перед властями. В 2007 Адельсон основал группу Freedom’s Watch, выступающую в поддержку курса Буша в Ираке (как-то Буш, отвечая на вопросы журналистов о его отношения с Шелдоном Адельсоном, сказал – «Этот сумасшедший еврей-миллиардер постоянно на меня кричит!»), а сегодня готов спонсировать Митта Ромни, кандидата на пост президента США от республиканской партии. Впрочем, в этом обвиняли многих миллиардеров, в том числе и самого богатого человека Бразили Эйке Батисту, самого богатого человека Мексики Карлоса Слима, металлургического магната Лакшми Миттала и многих других.

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11 сентября, 01:10

George Soros And The Politics Of Hope And Hate

Authored by Matthew Jamison via The Strategic Culture Foundation, The hackneyed international billionaire enigma known by the name of George Soros (redolent of the James Bond villain Blofeld – the head of the sinister shadow government organisation Spectre – in Ian Fleming’s novels) is up to his old tricks yet again in stirring up tensions and trouble to suit his own warped personal, political and financial agenda. This time Soros is not only poking his unwanted nose into the security, internal affairs and politics of the Russian Federation, or the United States of America, or the State of Israel, but now also another one of his old loathed adversaries in the form of Britain. George Soros likes to parade around as a humanitarian liberal devoted to good and noble causes. The old spiv and speculator has taken it upon himself as the self-anointed, self-righteous judge of who is full of hope and who is full of hate in Britain by setting up and funding his own «spy network» euphemistically called «Hope Not Hate». This is curious as Mr. Soros himself is in no position to lecture and dictate to others who is full of hope and who is full of hate especially when it comes to Britain. After-all, Mr. Soros loathes Britain so much he was the man responsible for breaking the Bank of England on Black Wednesday which cost the UK taxpayer over $10 Billion in currency reserves and triggered the worst financial crisis in the country's history (that was up until 2008) which cost every man, woman and child in the UK an estimated 70 pounds per head in 1992 money. Mr. Soros made quite a lot of money off the backs of the financial misery he helped inflict on the already recession hit British population. Mr. Soros himself has a lot of hatred inside him. First of all he has an unmitigated hatred for his own people of the Jewish civilization and the great State of Israel. Soros is a deeply insecure, neurotic, self-hating person. During an interview with the New Yorker he stated: «I don't deny the Jews to a right to a national existence – but I don't want anything to do with it». Ouch!  Soros's Open Society Foundation has also been active in attempting to deligitimise Israel, with a self-described objective of «challenging Israel’s racist and anti-democratic policies» in international forums, in part by questioning Israel’s reputation as a democracy and encouraging the boycott, divestment and sanctions lobby against Israel. For someone who is Jewish and grew up in Nazi occupied Hungary this is beyond the pale. But then Mr. Soros and his self-hating, upper-middle class family have no real connection or sympathy for their fellow Jews having done a deal with the devil in Hungary during WWII to enable him and his family to flee to England to save their own bacon. When it comes to Israel and the plight of the Jewish people George Soros is full of hatred, pathological hatred. Then there is the pathological hatred George Soros has for Russia, the Russian people and the Russian State and for the Russian President Vladimir Putin. In January 2015 Soros ludicrously claimed in the most wild and paranoid fashion that: «Europe needs to wake up and recognize that it is under attack from Russia». What nonsense! Soros sounds as if he wants to start a new Cold War. He has also been a leading proponent and cheerleader in the West for expansive economic sanctions against Russia. Soros has gone out of his way and done everything in his power along with his billions to attempt to undermine (if not overthrow) President Putin and the Russian Government. Instead of attempting to foster a new alliance with Russia based on mutual respect, mutual admiration and mutual interests (and honouring the massive sacrifice that the heroic Russian people made in defense of ironically Western civilization during WWII) Soros is doing everything he can to start a war between NATO and Moscow. He cannot be allowed to get away with this.  Now not content with attempting to undermine the State of Israel or the Russian Federation for his own agenda, he and his followers have set up shop in Britain with their own «spy network» in a little known charitable organisation based in St. James Square, London under the title of «Hope» not «Hate». This is an echo of President Obama's vacuous and superficial 2008 slogan «Hope & Change». Yet to President Obama's credit he hoovered up all the funding that Soros gave him in 2008 and then once inside the Oval Office refused to meet with him. Soros had hoped to establish himself in the long line of American «super-donors» by setting himself up as the shadow President. When President Obama was not willing to play that game Soros rued his investment and stated he should have backed Hillary Clinton instead. This explains why he went all in for Hillary in 2016 banking on finally getting the position of shadow President which he thought was his due in 2008. Yet he did not reckon on his other «super-donor» rival breaking the rules and actually standing for office instead of funding from the sidelines, thus liberating the Oval Office from the grip of outside big money multi-millionaire and billionaire «special interest shadow Presidents» such as a Soros or a Sheldon Adelson or a Pamela Harriman et al. What is going on in internal American politics at the moment is very much a personal/political battle between President Trump and the wannabe shadow President Soros.  Yet Soros and his misguided followers in his «Hope» not «Hate» spy network cult have started targeting anyone in Britain who exercise their legitimate democratic and civil liberty rights to intellectual freedom, freedom of speech and freedom of thought in advocating for and speaking out in support of a new realist alliance and Grand Accommodation with Russia. Anyone who has the audacity to attempt to chart a new geopolitical course in international relations and remind the West of the massive debt it still has to properly honour towards Russia is immediately targeted by his «Hope» not «Hate» network. Anyone who has the temerity to question the wisdom of US-UK policy on Syria from the very start of the conflict way back in 2011 is immediately targeted by Soros's «Hope» not «Hate» network. Anyone who makes the slightest positive comment about Russia or the Russian people or expresses admiration for Russia is immediately targeted by Soros's «Hope» not «Hate» network. How such an independent spy network can be allowed to operate this way in Britain is deeply disturbing and is yet another sign of the 1984 quasi-Gestapo State the UK is steadily slipping into. Indeed there is close coordination between certain elements in the British State along with Soros's «spies».  His followers in «Hope» not «Hate» should be aware that their Leader is no saint. Soros is a deeply sinister individual full of hatred of his own. Hatred for Israel. Hatred for Russia. Hatred for Britain. Ironically his hedge fund he started in the 1960s is called «Quantum». Mr. Soros hates Britain and has a personal axe to grind against Britain just has he has a personal axe to grind against Israel, Russia and certain people in America. Once again, useful idiots are being manipulated within a much larger global geopolitical/geo-personal context. Perhaps it is time for Mr. Soros and his «Hope» not «Hate» spy cult to take a long hard look at themselves in the mirror and ask themselves if they are so pure and innocent to sit in judgement over others?  

23 июня, 08:27

Кто заработает на отмене Obamacare?

Это не учитывает прирост капитала, который Aдельсон может получить путем продажи своих акций или за счет дохода от других инвестиционных средств, которыми владеет. Это означает, что доходы могут быть еще больше. Средства от этого налога идут на финансирование таких расходов, как расширение Medicaid и налоговых кредитов. Состояние Адельсона достигает $36 млрд. И сэкономленные $44 млн будут равны лечению 7670 американцев в рамках Medicaid.

23 июня, 00:11

Кто заработает на отмене Obamacare?

Шелдон Адельсон, миллиардер, магнат в сфере игрового бизнеса, ключевой спонсор Республиканской партии получит огромную выгоду от перестройки системы здравоохранения, одобренную Палатой представителей США.

23 июня, 00:11

Кто заработает на отмене Obamacare?

Шелдон Адельсон, миллиардер, магнат в сфере игрового бизнеса, ключевой спонсор Республиканской партии, получит огромную выгоду от перестройки системы здравоохранения, одобренную палатой представителей США.

22 июня, 12:44

Forbes назвал самых богатых жителей каждого из штатов США

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22 июня, 12:07

Журнал Forbes назвал самого богатого жителя США

Состояние возглавившего рейтинг Билла Гейтса оценивается в 88,9 миллиарда долларов

22 июня, 08:40

Миллиардеры-лоббисты: кто стоит за этническими лобби в США

Вопреки стереотипам, национальные диаспоры далеко не всегда отстаивают политику своей исторической родины

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Trump's Israel Embassy Move Would Have Been Disastrous

Daniel R. DePetris Politics, Middle East In March 2016, during the height of the combat that was the Republican presidential primary, then-candidate Donald Trump addressed a giant crowd at the annual AIPAC conference in Washington and made a promise that nearly every presidential candidate in the past has made. “We will move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem,” Trump declared to the crowd, earning a standing ovation from thousands of people in the arena. For a man who loves to be loved, it was a great moment. Now that he’s president of the United States, however, he’s come to the very same conclusion on the embassy question as that of his predecessors: moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem is actually a really, really bold step that, if taken lightly, could roil the region, close the door on a Middle East peace process that is already dormant, and hurt Washington’s critical relationships with Jordan and Egypt—the only Arab states that have signed formal peace treaties with Israel. On June 1, Trump issued his first waiver under the Jerusalem Embassy Act, which will delay the relocation of the American embassy for another six months. It was a big decision for a president who just months ago hinted that U.S. diplomats may soon be doing their daily work in Jerusalem rather than Tel Aviv. Trump will get considerable heat from Israel’s powerful right-wing parties, whose members assumed that Donald Trump would be the most pro-Israel president in America’s history. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is clearly disappointed with Trump’s decision, even if he probably knew that it was coming. Sheldon Adelson, one of the wealthiest donors to the Republican Party (and someone who was reportedly “furious” when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said suggested on Meet the Press last month that Trump was trying to determine whether moving the embassy would be worth the trouble) will likely be furious again. Criticism from these corners aside, Trump is making the right decision—even if it hurts him in his gut. Failing to renew the waiver authority would have been one of the dumbest foreign-policy moves that the administration could have made in its first five months. If there is one thing that can be said about Donald Trump, it’s that he seems to be enormously interested in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for good. Why he wants to resolve it—promote peace in the region, massage his ego, get some much-needed positive coverage, or win a Nobel Peace Prize—is irrelevant. What matters is that the dispute gets solved, a goal that has proven time and again to be a mission impossible. To make the impossible into the doable, Trump can’t afford to put campaign politics and emotion above rationality and incrementalism. All indications are that President Trump is sincere in wanting to make history. Indeed, he’s done and said (with the exception of his past allusion to a one-state solution) all of the right things so far: he’s dispatched his special envoy, Jason Greenblatt, to the region on numerous occasions to talk with a diverse group of constituencies and get the lay of the land; he’s requested Netanyahu to rein in the type of settlement building that would be overly provocative; he’s hammered the incitement issue with Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas; and he’s met with Netanyahu and Abbas face to face on two occasions. The Trump administration isn’t sitting on its hands, waiting for the Israelis and Palestinians to take the initiative; according to Haaretz, the White House “is considering drawing up a set of principles for resolving the core issues.” The administration, in other words, is paving a path that one hopes will eventually lead to both sides coming back to the table. Given all of the behind-the-scenes machinations, moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem wouldn’t make any sense, particularly at this stage in the process. Whether there would be a spark of violence in the Arab world if Trump neglected to extend the waiver is difficult to say. But what’s certain is that Mahmoud Abbas, a man past his prime—suffering from pathetic approval ratings from his fellow Palestinians—would be placed in the uncomfortable position of choosing between two terrible alternatives: ruining whatever credibility he has left in the bank by continuing to participate in a peace process, or looking to Washington like an obstructor by dropping out in protest. Netanyahu and Abbas are stubborn, strong personalities. They aren’t moved one way or the other easily. Netanyahu views Abbas as a dangerous inciter of violence against his people and a politically weak leader. Abbas sees in Netanyahu a man who doesn’t give a damn about the Palestinians and who has fooled the international community for years about his sincerity for peace. It will take a miracle to get these two men engaging again. Trump bought himself some more time by deferring on the embassy question. Daniel R. DePetris is a fellow at Defense Priorities. Image: Donald Trump visits the Western Wall, Jerusalem. Wikimedia Commons/U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv

04 июня, 16:43

Тайные переговоры ОАЭ с произраильскими организациями

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04 июня, 07:12

U.S. Takes Step Towards Embrace Of Gulf Plan To Destabilize Iran

The Trump administration this week appeared to take a potential step closer to backing efforts plotted by Saudi Arabia and the UAE to destabilize Iran; possibly topple its Islamic government; and force Qatar to fall into line with Gulf policies that target Iran, political Islam, and militants; with the appointment of a seasoned covert operations officer as head of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Iran operations. The appointment of Michael D’Andrea, a hard-charging, chain-smoking operative, alternatively nicknamed the Dark Prince or Ayatollah Mike, whose track record includes overseeing the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, suggested that the CIA was likely to take a more operational approach in confronting Iran in line with President Donald J. Trump’s Saudi and UAE-backed hard line towards the Islamic republic, which involves a possible push for regime change. Mr. D’Andrea took up his new post at a moment that the US focus appeared to be shifting to Iran as the Islamic State suffered significant defeats with the near fall of Mosul in Iraq and the imminent fall of Raqqa, the group’s self-declared capital in Syria. Saudi support of militant groups in Pakistani Balochistan that operate across the border in the Iranian province of Sistan and Balochistan is abetted by a US policy that allows militancy to fester by failing to recognize links between multiple conflicts in South and Central Asia. Balochistan serves as a safe haven for the Afghan Taliban and as a transit station in the smuggling of drugs from Afghanistan to Iran and beyond. It is also the focal point of at least two regional proxy wars: the escalating rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran and the perennial dispute between Pakistan and India. Pakistan accuses Indian intelligence of supporting Baloch separatists in retaliation for Islamabad’s backing of militants in Kashmir. Mohammad Baksh Sajdi, the assistant commissioner of the Baloch district of Kharran, in a demonstration of the influence of Saudi-inspired, anti-Shiite, anti-Iranian Sunni Muslim ultra-conservatism, recently banned barbers from “cutting beards in a fashionable way which is against the principles of Islam according to all religious scholars.” A similar edict was issued in Balochistan’s Omara district. A magistrate in Kharran re-imposed the ban after it was cancelled by the government because it was illegal. Mr. D’Andrea, who converted to Islam to marry his Muslim wife rather than out of religious conviction, brings an impressive covert operations record to challenging Iran. Mr. D’Andrea was reportedly involved in the use of torture in interrogations of suspected militants under President George W. Bush. He also played a key role in the targeting in 2008 of Imad Mugniyah, the international operations chief for Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah who maintained close ties to Iran. Mr. Mugniyah was assassinated in Damascus in an operation carried out together with Israel’s intelligence agency, Mossad. Mr. D’Andrea was also involved in the ramping up of US drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen that target Islamist militants. The New York Times noted that Mr. D’Andrea’s appointment came as some US officials, including Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the National Security Council’s senior director for intelligence, were pushing for a US policy of regime change in Iran. Mike Pompeo, an advocate in the past of military action against Iranian nuclear facilities, wrote last summer before his appointment by Mr. Trump as CIA director that “Congress must act to change Iranian behaviour, and, ultimately, the Iranian regime.” Other senior Trump administration officials, including Defense Secretary General (retired) James Mattis and National Security Advisor Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster, are believed to be hardliners when it comes to Iran. Mr. D’Andrea’s appointment stroked with an emerging Saudi strategy to escalate the kingdom’s proxy war with Iran by fomenting unrest among the Islamic republic’s ethnic minorities as well as to confront together with the United States Iranian-backed groups in Syria and Yemen. The Trump administration has already stepped up support for Saudi Arabia’s two-year old, ill-fated intervention in Yemen. Iran is unlikely to stand by idly if Saudi Arabia and the US were to initiate covert operations against it. “There’s just one small problem: Iran is unlikely to back down,” said US Naval Postgraduate School Iran expert Afshon Ostovar. Mr. Ostovar noted that Iran’s ability to operate through proxy groups like Hezbollah, Lebanon’s Shiite militia, Palestine’s Islamic Jihad, and militias in Iraq was “its most strategic asset.” As a result, the US-Saudi-UAE strategy risks Iran retaliating by attempting to stir trouble among Shiites in Bahrain, home to a low-level insurgency since the island’s Sunni Muslim minority regime brutally squashed a popular uprising in 2011 with the support of Saudi troops, and in Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich, predominantly Shiite Eastern province. To be sure, Shiites in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia are Bahrainis and Saudis first and Shiites second. But decades of discriminatory policies in both regions have left their toll, and offer Iran potential opportunity to stir the pot. Saudi Arabia’s Okaz newspaper reported this week that authorities had foiled an attack on US forces based in Qatar. The newspaper said the foiled attempt was planned by an Al Qaeda unit headed by a Qatari national. Okaz’s report came in the wake of a suicide bombing in Qatif in the Eastern Province and a Saudi and UAE-sponsored media campaign against Qatar because of its ties to Iran and alleged support for militants. Saudi Shiite activists accused a US-trained Saudi interior ministry unit of having instigated the Qatif bombing in an effort to bolster the kingdom’s claim that it is a victim of Iran-inspired political violence. Qatar announced amid the Saudi-UAE campaign that six of its soldiers had been wounded in Yemen “while conducting their duties within the Qatari contingent defending the southern borders of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”. In a move reminiscent of past Qatari efforts to placate UAE and Saudi criticism, Qatar was reported to have expelled several officials of Hamas, the Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip, who were involved in the group’s activities on the Israeli occupied West Bank. In the latest episode of the Gulf cyberwar, leaked mails from the email account of the UAE ambassador in Washington, Yousef Al Otaiba, whose authenticity was confirmed by Huffpost and The Intercept, showed the UAE looking at ways to influence Iran’s domestic situation. The UAE was also pressing the Trump administration in cooperation with the Washington-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies to move its US air force base, the largest in the Middle East, out of Qatar. The emails also revealed efforts to persuade US companies not to pursue opportunities in Iran. Various media reports suggested that Saudi Arabia and the UAE were gunning for the removal of Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani as emir of Qatar. A proposed agenda for a meeting this week between senior UAE officials and Foundation executives included discussion of possible US and UAE “policies to positively impact Iranian internal situation”. Among the list of policies were “political, economic, military, intelligence, and cyber tools,” and efforts “contain and defeat Iranian aggression.” The agenda also included countering Qatari support for Islamist and militant groups; its “destabilizing role in Egypt, Syria, Libya, the Gulf;” and “Al Jazeera as an instrument of regional instability.” The Foundation, which has played a leading role in arguing against the 2015 agreement that ended the Iranian nuclear crisis and lifted crippling international sanctions against the Islamic republic, enjoys funding from wealthy US conservatives, including gambling mogul Sheldon Adelson, who supported Mr. Trump’s election campaign and is a close associate of Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu. The Saudis backed by the US are likely to be fishing in murky ponds in Iran. Baloch groups are largely delineated along either nationalist or Sunni Muslim ultra-conservative lines with Pakistani intelligence backing religious groups against the nationalists. However, communities like the Iranian Arabs in Khuzestan, Iran’s oil-rich province that Arabs call Ahwaz after the region’s main city, are deeply divided and factitious and often a cesspool of personal, political and ideological rivalries. Various of the Ahwazi and Baloch groups maintain links with one another. Yet, sorting out who is who is often an almost impossible task. In an assertion of ethnic identity, thousands of Iranian Arabs attended in March 2017 an Asian soccer competition match between Esteghlal Ahvaz FC, the local team in the Khuzestan capital of Ahwaz, and Qatar’s Lekhwiya SC dressed in traditional Arab garb. Ahwaz Monitor, an Iranian Arab website, said the fans were protesting government efforts to suppress their identity. It said the fans cheered their team in Arabic rather than Farsi and chanted “Arabic is my identity and honour” and “Al Ahwaz for Ahwazis and all Gulf state residents are dearest to us.” Fans also reportedly recited poetry celebrating their region’s Arab heritage. The website created last summer by Iranian Arab activists is emblematic of the factitiousness of exile Iranian ethnic minority groups. Yasser Abadi, an Ahwazi activist, who founded the website, rejected allegations that it was Saudi-backed or had links to militant Saudi-backed groups like Jundullah in Balochistan or the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Al-Ahwaz (Harakat Al-Nizal L’Tahrir al-Ahwaz) that has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks in Khuzestan. Al Nizal is believed to have close ties to Sunni Muslim ultra-conservatives in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait as well as the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood. The group’s spokesmen appear on Wesal TV, a Saudi-based, virulently anti-Shiite satellite broadcaster. Mr. Abadi insisted that he had funded the site himself, paying GBP 350 for three years of Internet hosting. The site “doesn’t need Saudi or Arab League support or encouragement,” Mr. Abadi said. Mr. Abadi described Saudi policy towards Khuzestan as “volatile’ and geared towards “militarizing the region.” Mr. Abadi said most Ahwazis rejected violence because of the death and destruction they see elsewhere in the Middle East. He said his group relied on “Arab influence,” which he defined as indirect “media support, Arab votes in UN sub-committees against Iranian practices...publications, and legal support.” Iran watchers noted that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has allowed some voice of dissent to be heard. “The more that this happens, the less the Saudi-backed separatists win. What the separatists want is the polarisation of views and to incite the regime to attack the (Iranian Arab) community, thereby securing a popular backlash. In recent weeks, they have conducted more murders, mostly of security personnel but also of non-security officials. They want mass arrests and public executions in order to establish themselves as the vanguard of the Ahwazi resistance,” one expert said. Dr. James M. Dorsey is a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, co-director of the University of Würzburg’s Institute for Fan Culture, and the author of The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer blog, a book with the same title, Comparative Political Transitions between Southeast Asia and the Middle East and North Africa, co-authored with Dr. Teresita Cruz-Del Rosario and three forthcoming books, Shifting Sands, Essays on Sports and Politics in the Middle East and North Africa as well as Creating Frankenstein: The Saudi Export of Ultra-conservatism and China and the Middle East: Venturing into the Maelstrom. -- 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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SLAMMED: GIANFORTE WINS, vows to ‘stay out of limelight’ -- TRUMP at G7: Declines to discuss whether GERMANY is bad -- JARED KUSHNER a focus of Russia inquiry

Listen to the Playbook Audio Briefing http://bit.ly/2rXrTMb ... Subscribe on iTunes http://apple.co/2eX6Eay ... Visit the online home of Playbook http://politi.co/2f51JnfBULLETIN at 6:17 a.m. -- "CAIRO (AP) - Egyptian state TV says 23 people were killed and 25 wounded in the attack on a bus with Coptic Christians south of Cairo."Good Friday morning, and happy beginning of the Memorial Day weekend! We hope you take advantage of the unofficial start to the summer vacation season. Send us some vacation pics and we’ll feature the best in Playbooks over the weekend. GREG GIANFORTE, the Republican facing misdemeanor assault charges for allegedly body slamming Ben Jacobs, won a special election for the Montana House seat late last night. (The AP alert came into our email at 12:31 a.m., but top House Republicans were texting us around 11 p.m., telling us Gianforte had it in the bag.)-- RESULTS as of 4:20 a.m. in Montana, per the secretary of state: Greg Gianforte 50, Rob Quist 44. http://bit.ly/2s2gXfB **SUBSCRIBE to Playbook: http://politi.co/2lQswbhTHE MEA CULPAS -- NYT’S JONATHAN MARTIN IN BOZEMAN and ALEX BURNS IN NEW YORK -- “‘You deserve a congressman who stays out of the limelight and just gets the job done,’ he said to a group of supporters at a hotel in Bozeman, who repeatedly yelled out that they forgave him.” http://nyti.ms/2rXgzjf ELENA SCHNEIDER -- “‘When you make a mistake, you have to own up to it. That’s the Montana way,’ Gianforte said. ‘Last night I made a mistake and I took an action that I can’t take back. I’m not proud of what happened. I should not have responded in the way that I did and for that I am sorry.’ ‘I should not have treated that reporter that way and for that I am sorry Mr. Ben Jacobs,’ he added. Gianforte, however, did not address his campaign’s contradictory statement released last night.” http://politi.co/2r2o1tf GABE DEBENEDETTI’S 5 TAKEAWAYS: “Trump was an asset, not a drag … All eyes shift to Georgia … So when do Democrats actually win something? … The Republican freak-out has been delayed … Press-bashing: the new normal.” http://politi.co/2rnCovo-- WELCOME TO WASHINGTON, MR. GIANFORTE. The Capitol has hundreds of reporters roaming around daily. Cameras are running at all times. Recorders are thrust into lawmakers face all day. We have practically unfettered access to everywhere besides the House floor and your private office. Expect to get a lot of questions on this on the days to come.-- THE GOFUNDME. Danny Carlson set up a GoFundMe page to pay for Ben Jacobs’ new glasses. (Warby Parker also offered him a pair.) The drive, which has a goal of $10,000, has raised $2,660 so far. Ben emailed Danny saying “If you could donate it all to [the Committee to Protect Journalists] I would appreciate it. I can figure out glasses on my own and protecting journalism is far more important than the state of my spectacles right now.” http://bit.ly/2rGdBCpPRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the front end of the G7 summit in Sicily. POOL REPORT from Jerome Cartillier of AFP (who has duties with our own Tara Palmeri): “POTUS said there would be a ‘particular focus on the North Korea problem’. ‘It’s a big problem, it’s a world problem’ ‘It will be solved at some point. It will be solved’, he added.” … A FUNNY LINE FROM P.M. SHINZO ABE: “‘There is one unfortunate thing I have to confess, this time around we will not be able to play golf together.’” TRUMP'S FRIDAY -- The president is attending G7 events all day. In the evening, he'll go to the La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra. Italian President Sergio Mattarella is hosting a dinner in the evening. AN OMINOUS NOTE from the first pool report of the day: “Looks like pool access will be extremely limited all day.”THE G7 SCHEDULE, per Gary Cohn on Air Force One yesterday afternoon, courtesy WaPo’s Phil Rucker: “First session on Friday: Foreign policy and role of the G7, including terrorism and Syria … Second session on Friday: Foreign policy, including Libya, North Korea, Afghanistan, Pakistan and cyber … Third session on Friday: Global issues, including global economy, trade, climate innovation and energy”.-- “In Taormina, a Playground for the Jet Set, Trump’s Worlds Will Collide,” by NYT’s Jason Horowitz. http://nyti.ms/2qVxMeI DER SPIEGEL -- “‘The Germans Are Bad, Very Bad’: At a meeting with European Union leaders on Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump was sharply critical of Germany. DER SPIEGEL spoke with meeting participants,” by Peter Müller in Brussels: “U.S. President Donald Trump voiced significant displeasure over Germany’s trade surplus on Thursday during a meeting with European Union leaders in Brussels. ‘The Germans are bad, very bad,’ Trump said, according to meeting participants.“The participants told DER SPIEGEL that Trump went on to say: ‘See the millions of cars they are selling to the U.S. Terrible. We will stop this.’ European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker showed solidarity with the Germans at the meeting and contradicted Trump's rebuke. Free trade benefits everybody, Juncker said. Participants at the meeting who spoke with DER SPIEGEL said that Juncker tried to maintain a collegial tone, but remained uncompromising on that point.” http://bit.ly/2r4pnpv -- TRUMP’S SILENCE: Per Cartillier’s pool report: ‘Asked at the end of the pool spray about his comments on Germany (‘Did you say that Germany is very bad?’), POTUS did not say a word.” ... GARY COHN CLARIFIES, per Tara Palmeri's pool report: "'He said they're very bad on trade but he doesn't have a problem with Germany. He said his dad is from [G]ermany.' ... 'I don't have a problem [with] Germany, I have a problem with German trade.'"WAPO -- “Jared Kushner now a focus in Russia investigation,” by Matt Zapotosky, Sari Horwitz, Devlin Barrett and Adam Entous: “Investigators are focusing on a series of meetings held by Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and an influential White House adviser, as part of their probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and related matters, according to people familiar with the investigation. Kushner, who held meetings in December with the Russian ambassador and a banker from Moscow, is being investigated because of the extent and nature of his interactions with the Russians, the people said.“The Washington Post reported last week that a senior White House official close to the president was a significant focus of the high-stakes investigation, though it did not name Kushner. FBI agents also remain keenly interested in former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, but Kushner is the only current White House official known to be considered a key person in the probe. The Post has not been told that Kushner is a target — or the central focus — of the investigation, and he has not been accused of any wrongdoing.” http://wapo.st/2qlQHg0--“Lawyer: Kushner willing to answer questions on Russian meetings,” by Josh Gerstein and Cristiano Lima: “‘Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings,’ Kushner’s lawyer, Jamie Gorelick, told POLITICO in a statement. ‘He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry.’” http://politi.co/2r3lSO1ONTO THE SUPREME COURT! -- “Trump travel ban showdown headed for Supreme Court,” by AP’s Jessica Gresko and Mark Sherman: “Donald Trump’s administration is pledging a Supreme Court showdown over his travel ban after a federal appeals ruled that the ban ‘drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination.’ … The Supreme Court is almost certain to step into the case over the presidential executive order issued by Trump that seeks to temporarily cut off visas for people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. ... The case pits the president’s significant authority over immigration against what the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit said was a policy that purported to be about national security but was intended to target Muslims.“Parties generally have 90 days to appeal to the Supreme Court, but if the administration waits until late August to ask the court to step in, the justices probably would not vote on whether to hear the case until October and arguments probably wouldn’t take place until February 2018 at the earliest. ... Administration lawyers could instead seek the justices’ approval to put the travel policy in place on an emergency basis, even as the court weighs what to do with the larger dispute.” http://apne.ws/2rX4qL4 -- “Visas to Muslim-majority countries down 20 percent,” by Nahal Toosi and Ted Hesson: “President Donald Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ may be tied up in court, but newly released figures show his administration is issuing fewer visas to visitors from Arab and Muslim-majority countries. Data posted online this week by the State Department showed that non-immigrant visas granted to people from nearly 50 Muslim-majority countries were down almost 20 percent in April compared to the 2016 monthly average. When only Arab countries were considered, non-immigrant visas were down nearly 30 percent in April compared to the 2016 monthly average. Visas issued to the six countries targeted by Trump's March 6 travel ban — Iran, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen — declined even further, down 55 percent compared to the 2016 monthly average.” http://politi.co/2qVpymt PAGING MITCH MCCONNELL -- “GOP turns gloomy over Obamacare repeal,” by Burgess Everett and Jen Haberkorn: “A feeling of pessimism is settling over Senate Republicans as they head into a week-long Memorial Day recess with deeply uncertain prospects for their push to repeal Obamacare. Senators reported that they’ve made little progress on the party’s most intractable problems this week, such as how to scale back Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion and overall Medicaid spending. Republicans are near agreement on making tax credits for low-income, elderly Americans more generous, but that might be the simplest matter at hand.“Republicans have started writing the very basics of their repeal legislation, even though they’ve made few decisions about what it will say. Staffers will work on the bill over the break to try to increase the pace of negotiations, as well as haggle with the Senate parliamentarian over whether the chamber can even consider the bill because of procedural reasons. But in the meantime, frustrations are rising and confidence is diminishing. ‘We talk about it every goddamn day,’ said one GOP senator, who did not want to be quoted criticizing his own party. ‘But we haven't done anything about it.’” http://politi.co/2rXjCbo-- TRUTH TALK FROM JOHN MCCAIN, via NBC’s Leigh Ann Caldwell: “Here’s the reality: We’ve got 11 weeks between now and the end of September. We’ve got repeal of Obamacare, we’re talking about tax reform, we’re talking about a defense bill, we’re talking about … there’s about three other things -- a looming debt limit. How do you pack all that in? And so far, I’ve seen no strategy for doing so. I’m seeing no plan for doing so.” -- MCCAIN IS RIGHT: But he didn't mention that Trump wants to do an infrastructure package, Congress needs to fund the government and pass a 2018 budget if it wants to do much of anything. If you’ve been reading these pages, you know we’re skeptical about Congress’s ability to get stuff done. This isn’t a new phenomenon. If you’ve been in the Capitol the last few years, you know that you should keep expectations low. Very low.YOU DON’T SAY … -- “Key Republicans Are Encouraging Hillbilly Elegy Author J.D. Vance To Run For Senate In Ohio,” by BuzzFeed’s Henry J. Gomez: “Some Republican activists and donors worried about the prospects of their party’s Senate candidate in Ohio are kicking around an outside-the-box alternative: Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance. The recruiting overtures reflect unease with the early GOP frontrunner, state Treasurer Josh Mandel, who is seeking a rematch with Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown.” http://bzfd.it/2qq8yBq THE JUICE …-- SPOTTED -- REINCE PRIEBUS at lunch at Tally Thai Thursday afternoon.-- THE MEGYN KELLY SHOW’S new promo. http://nbcnews.to/2r3ZOoL LATE-NIGHT BEST -- STEPHEN COLBERT interviewed APRIL RYAN last night to talk about what life is like inside the White House briefing room these days. 7-min. video http://bit.ly/2r39ZrF POLITICO MAGAZINE FRIDAY COVER – “Meet the Real Jared Kushner: He’s a lot tougher than he looks,” by David Freedlander: “The widespread assumption liberals make about Kushner seems to be this: Because he is soft-spoken, slim and handsome, with degrees from Harvard and NYU and a family that donates to Democrats, he couldn’t possibly be the same guy knifing his West Wing rivals and urging the president to go to war with the Justice Department and the FBI. But that assumption is wrong. ... [T]hose who know him from his days as a young New York real estate magnate and newspaper publisher say that America is just getting to know the Jared Kushner they have always known, that beneath the unflappable golden exterior is someone unafraid to bungee jump or to counter-punch when he feels slighted.” http://politi.co/2qVDyNb DAVID HERSZENHORN on “Trump makes forceful NATO debut”: “He came, he saw, he harangued. U.S. President Donald Trump capped his first official visit to Brussels with a commanding — and meandering — speech at NATO’s new headquarters, in which he berated allies for not spending enough on defense, insisted that even NATO’s goal of increasing annual military expenditures to 2 percent of GDP was insufficient and provocatively declared that some allies ‘owed’ arrears for years of lagging contributions. Trump’s remarks were also notable for what he did not say: to the consternation of some allies, Trump once again did not explicitly endorse NATO’s common defense principle — that an attack on one is an attack on all.” http://politi.co/2qiFhh5FUNNY HOW THAT WORKS -- NYT Business Day front, “Blackstone Works With Saudi Arabia on U.S. Infrastructure Investments,” by Kate Kelly and Landon Thomas Jr.: “A little over a year ago, the private equity titan Stephen A. Schwarzman sat down with Mohammed bin Salman, the deputy crown prince of Saudi Arabia and chairman of the kingdom’s largest sovereign wealth fund, in hopes of expanding their relationship.“Mr. Schwarzman’s company, the Blackstone Group, already counted Prince bin Salman’s Public Investment Fund as a major client. But the American financier now had a bold new idea: Court Saudi money to invest in projects like tunnels, bridges, airports and other sorely needed infrastructure improvements, predominantly in the United States. It was a prescient notion. Thirteen months and one election upset later, Mr. Schwarzman, who leads an elite committee of business executives advising President Trump, has announced a $20 billion cornerstone investment by the Saudi entity in a soon-to-be-created Blackstone infrastructure fund.“That investment vehicle, which Blackstone plans to double in size, represents a new focus for the firm. More important, the fund — announced during Mr. Trump’s visit to Riyadh, the Saudi capital, and a summit meeting of global chief executives that Mr. Schwarzman attended — dovetails with a $1 trillion infrastructure initiative the Trump administration has promised, to be fueled by government partnerships with the private sector.” http://nyti.ms/2rWPLzz YOLO! -- “With state budget in crisis, Conn. governor says history will vindicate him,” by the Boston Globe’s Joshua Miller: “Asked about a recent poll that ranked him one of the least popular governors in the country, with a job approval rating of only 29 percent, Malloy interrupted a Globe reporter. ‘Well-deserved,’ [Gov. Dannel] Malloy said. Because he’s made hard choices? ‘Because I’m making the hard choices,’ the governor said, sitting in front of a wallpaper rendition of the forces of British General Charles Cornwallis surrendering at Yorktown, Va., and concluding the American Revolution.” http://bit.ly/2rX59vQ OFF MESSAGE PODCAST BONUS EPISODE: Reps. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) and Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) are co-chairs of the bipartisan effort to pass tax reform. The two sit down with Isaac Dovere in this week’s bonus episode of Off Message to share how they have made the case to their colleagues to pass the biggest tax reform package in history in an overwhelmingly partisan environment. Listen and subscribe http://apple.co/2nEa7y0-- “Problem Solvers insist it’s not too late for tax reform,” by Isaac Dovere: http://politi.co/2r2VrIfIN ISRAEL -- “Sheldon Adelson questioned by police in Netanyahu corruption investigation” – JTA: “Adelson was questioned Thursday at the headquarters of the Israel Police’s serious crime investigative unit in Lod. His wife, Miriam, also was expected to be questioned. The couple came to Israel earlier this week in conjunction with President Donald Trump’s visit and remained. ... Part of the investigation includes accusations that Netanyahu and Arnon Mozes, publisher of the daily Yediot Acharanot, discussed a deal in which Netanyahu would receive favorable coverage in Yediot in exchange for legislation that would cut into the circulation of Adelson’s paper.” http://bit.ly/2s2mRNHWEST COAST WATCH -- “Progressives decried Jimmy Gomez’s ‘coronation’ in L.A.’s congressional primary. Now they’re lining up behind him,” by LA Times’ Christine Mai-Duc: http://lat.ms/2rG8fayCONGRATS – JUAN WILLIAMS won the Television Broadcast Journalist of the Year last night at the Multicultural Media Correspondents Dinner: http://bit.ly/2qqhnvfMEDIAWATCH -- “Trump team keeps U.S. reporters in the dark overseas,” by Tara Palmeri in Brussels: “President Donald Trump has left American journalists in the dark during key moments of his nine-day foreign trip, delaying readouts, keeping reporters at a distance and not holding news conferences — which has allowed him to avoid having to answer to controversies at home. ... Ari Fleischer, who was press secretary for George W. Bush, said his team never went through an entire foreign trip without a presidential news conference.” With other cameos by Alex Conant and Tommy Vietor http://politi.co/2rnWPs3SPOTTED: Donald Trump Jr., 11th on the upgrade list, for the 5 p.m. DCA to LGA shuttle yesterday … Former Energy Secretary Ernie Moniz coming out of The Bottom Line yesterday.SUNDAY SO FAR – “Fox News Sunday”: Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly ... Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) ... Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) ... Power Player: Cmdr. Ryan Bernacchi, Blue Angels Commanding Officer aka “Boss”. Panel: Michael Needham, Gerald Seib, Gillian Turner, Charles Lane--NBC’s “Meet the Press”: John Kelly ... Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) ... New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Panel: Joy Reid, Kim Strassel, Charlie Sykes, Amy Walter--CNN’s “State of the Union”: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C). Panel: Rick Santorum, Jennifer Granholm, Kevin Madden, Nina Turner--CBS’ “Face the Nation”: Defense Secretary James Mattis OUT AND ABOUT -- On Thursday evening, friends and fellow diplomats gathered at a black-tie masquerade party to bid “au revoir” to French Ambassador Gérard Araud, who is departing Washington in July. Even the portraits and busts joined in the fun (portrait of George Washington, busy of Lafayette -- pics http://bit.ly/2s2vCaH ... http://bit.ly/2rnSWU1 ... http://bit.ly/2r31vQZ SPOTTED: Amb. Susan Rice and Ian Cameron, Amb. Stuart and Gwen Holliday, Septime Webre, Jake Tapper, Amb. Charles Rivkin, Fred Hochberg, Juleanna GIover and Christopher Reiter, Tracy and Adam Bernstein, Ben and Ashley Chang, Lyndon Boozer and Karen Anderson, Jonathan Capehart and Nick Schmit, Tammy Haddad, Francesca Craig, Stephanie Green, Amb. Capricia and Robert Marshall, Sir Kim and Lady Vanessa Darroch, Neera Tanden, Justice and Mrs. Samuel Alito, Kate Bennett, Kathleen Biden, Ambassador Bill and Cathy Burns, Buffy Cafritz, Kevin Chaffee, Eleanor Clift, Nelson Cunningham, Maureen Dowd, Mark and Sally Ein, Carol Melton, Fred Hochberg, Margaret Carlson, Sally Quinn, Eric Fanning, David Frum, Rep. Bart Gordon, Amb. and Mrs. Lloyd Hand, Katty Kay, Margaret Carlson, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), Jim Lehrer, Tamera Luzzatto and David Leiter, Jane Mayer and Bill Hamilton, Timothy and Anita McBride, Maureen Orth, Trevor Potter, Heidi and Douglas Rediker, Diane Rehm, Roxanne Roberts, Secretary Wilbur Ross, Rep. Edward Royce (R-Calif.).SPOTTED at a fundraiser in Brooklyn last night for Run for Something, a gaggle of HFAers out to support the organization and its founder Amanda Litman: Liz Zaretsky, Amy Beihl, Genevieve Roth, Dennis Cheng, Mike Taylor, Taylor Salditch, Anne Hubert, Sierra Kos, Maxwell Nunes, Rob Russo, John Buysse, Yahel Carmon, Margit Westerman, Alex Wall, Danielle Kantor, Emily Samsel, Nell Thomas, Julie Zuckerbrod, Patrick McHenry, Anthony Mercurio.HENRY MUNOZ WEDS -- INBOX: “[Thursday] at a private home in Washington, former Vice President Joe Biden officiated the civic marriage ceremony of DNC Finance Chair Henry R Munoz, III, and his fiance, Kyle Ferari. Kyle and Henry were spiritually married three weeks ago in Bermuda. Munoz is the first Latino and openly gay finance chair of a major political party. Henry is a Member of the Latino Advisory Committee of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, an Alumni Board Member of the Smithsonian Institution, Trustee of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum of the Smithsonian in New York City, and Member of the Board of Trustees of Loyola University, New Orleans. He is a co-founder of Latino Victory Project, created to mobilize Hispanic voters and support Hispanic elected officials and candidates, and is a co-founder of TheDream.US, a nonprofit created to raise private-sector dollars for DREAMers to attend college. Henry served as Co-Chairman of the Congressional Commission to establish the National Museum of the American Latino in Washington D.C.” WELCOME TO THE WORLD -- Adam Fromm, House Energy and Commerce Committee’s director of coalitions and outreach, and Molly Fromm, House Science, Space, and Technology Committee’s general counsel, welcomed their firstborn Patrick William Fromm into the world earlier this week. Patrick arrived Wednesday at 6:24 p.m. and headed home yesterday to enjoy Memorial Day weekend with mom and dad. Pic http://politi.co/2r3ZJ4tBIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Michael Oreskes, head of news at NPR and an AP alum. How he’s celebrating: “With my friend Eric Lane and our wives. He is a law professor and co-author of our book on the Constitution, ‘The Genius of America: How the Constitution Saved Our Country--and Why It Can Again.’ (http://bit.ly/2rXafbB) Eric’s birthday is May 25. So we celebrate together by doing our favorite thing: critique our government and politics. This is the tenth anniversary of our book. It warned that political life was deteriorating because we are losing touch with our basic political values, what we called our Constitutional Conscience. I wish I could say that we were wrong.” Read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2r3YIsX BIRTHDAYS: Devon Spurgeon (hat tip: Warren Buffett) ... Gwen Rocco, public affairs at WeWork and HFA alum ... Politico’s Steven Stiles and Margaret Shanley ... Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) is 73 ... former Rep. Rich Nugent (R-Fla.) is 66 ... former Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), now senior policy consultant at Akin Gump, is 64 … British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is 68 ... Andrew Beilein ... Jonny Dach (h/t Jon Haber) ... Bloomberg’s Derek Wallbank ... Joe Baerlein, owner and principal at Baerlein Partners ... Scott Crider ... Dina Ellis Rochkind (h/t Lee Lubarsky) ... Morgan Jacobs ... Arjun Jaikumar, law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit … Mike Harney, COS for Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) … Stephanie Sherman, Jake’s mom … ... Pete Madigan, of Peck Madigan Jones, is 58 ... Ben Cavataro, associate at Covington and Burling ... Hank Williams Jr. (h/t Kurt Bardella) ... Rachel VerVelde, chief of staff for Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Wis.) (hubby tip: Brandon) … Mia Shaw, founder and editor in chief of Justice Writers ... Matt Keelen … Laura Baños … Charlene Zettel … Alex Likowski … Sally Whouley ... Kevin Bailey ... Angel Combs (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... Emily Langer ... April Anspach … Nelson Patterson … Yardena Schwartz ... Jediah Grobstein ... John Brodtke ... Shahid Masood ... Allison Davis ... Sunny Lee ... Terry Baren ... Bill Roberts ... Alyssa McClenning ... Stoddart Pierce ... Jennifer Vinson ... Carnegie Endowment is 106 ... Stevie Nicks is 69 ... Lenny Kravitz is 53 (h/ts AP)

25 мая, 16:26

Шелдон и Мириам Адельсон дали показания по делу против Биби

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25 мая, 15:35

Американский миллиардер допрошен в Израиле

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25 мая, 14:49

Israeli PM to undergo procedure for kidney stone

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office says he will undergo a medical procedure to remove a kidney stone.

25 мая, 13:36

Israeli police question U.S. casino mogul Adelson in Netanyahu probe

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli police questioned U.S. casino magnate Sheldon Adelson on Thursday as part of an ongoing criminal investigation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a law enforcement source said.

23 мая, 20:01

Trump Leaves Israel Pushing Peace, but Staying Vague

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23 мая, 15:52

Trump: Israelis and Palestinians are ‘ready to reach for peace’

The president projects confidence in a renewed peace process despite the Middle East leaders’ skepticism.

22 мая, 23:49

Trump Goes After 'the Ultimate Deal'

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21 мая, 17:52

TRUMP on the ‘battle between good and evil’ -- Egypt reset continues, WH planning trip -- WOODWARD byline on WaPo Pentagon investigation -- SNL last night -- WEEKEND READS -- B’DAY: Mosheh Oinounou

Good Sunday morning. ‘BATTLE BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL’ -- Here are some bites from President Donald Trump’s speech today in Saudi Arabia -- from the pool. “OUR FRIENDS will never question our support, and our enemies will never doubt our determination. Our partnerships will advance security through stability, not through radical disruption. We will make decisions based on real-world outcomes – not inflexible ideology. We will be guided by the lessons of experience, not the confines of rigid thinking. And, wherever possible, we will seek gradual reforms – not sudden intervention. … “America is a sovereign nation and our first priority is always the safety and security of our citizens. We are not here to lecture -- we are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship. Instead, we are here to offer partnership – based on shared interests and values – to pursue a better future for us all. Every time a terrorist murders an innocent person, and falsely invokes the name of God, it should be an insult to every person of faith. …“America is prepared to stand with you -- in pursuit of shared interests and common security. But the nations of the Middle East cannot wait for American power to crush this enemy for them. The nations of the Middle East will have to decide what kind of future they want for themselves, for their countries, and for their children. … “That means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamist extremism and the Islamist terror groups it inspires. And it means standing together against the murder of innocent Muslims, the oppression of women, the persecution of Jews, and the slaughter of Christians. Religious leaders must make this absolutely clear: Barbarism will deliver you no glory -- piety to evil will bring you no dignity. If you choose the path of terror, your life will be empty, your life will be brief, and your soul will be condemned.” SUNDAY BEST -- SEN. MARCO RUBIO shoots back in an interview with JAKE TAPPER on CNN’s “State of the Union.” Jake asked him to respond to Trump’s “we are not here to lecture” line. TAPPER: “Senator, frankly, I cannot imagine you ever saying anything like that when standing in a country like Saudi Arabia. Are you concerned at all about the president seemingly abdicating the very public role of the United States in standing up to for democracy and human rights?” RUBIO: “Well, I mean, yes, that would not have been a part of a speech that I would have delivered, for the reason that I think it's in our national security interest to advocate for democracy and freedom and human rights, now, with a recognition that you may not get it overnight. There needs to be a period of transition. And I think, further in that speech, they talk about gradual improvements in places, which I think is wise and pragmatic.”RUBIO on TRUMP on CBS’s “Face the Nation”: “I don’t understand why people are that shocked; this president ran a very unconventional campaign. I was there for a big part of it at the beginning alongside being one of his competitors. And that’s what the American people voted for and in essence, this White House is not much different from the campaign. We -- people got what they voted for; they elected him. Obviously, it’s in the best interest of this country to help him succeed. As far as the drama’s concerned, yeah it’s unique. It’s different from anything we’ve confronted. I think our job remains to do our work. We’ll have to deal with these issues. These issues come up, these questions, every single day. And I do think the White House would benefit from some systems in place that perhaps avoid some of the unnecessary friction points that come up on a daily basis.”During a bilateral meeting with Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, the emir of Kuwait, PRESIDENT TRUMP said he’ll have a news conference in two weeks to let people know how the U.S. is doing in its fight against ISIS, per NYT’s Mike Shear, one of today’s poolers. ANNIE KARNI in Riyadh: “Trump plans Middle East return — to Egypt”: “President Donald Trump, a homebody by nature who spent five months in office before making his first trip abroad, said Sunday that he is planning a return trip to the Middle East, to visit Egypt. ‘We will absolutely be putting that on the list very soon,’ Trump said of an upcoming trip to Egypt, during a bilateral meeting with the Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, at the Ritz Hotel in Riyadh. The visit would mark the latest step in a major reset in American relations with Egypt — and a tighter embrace by the Trump administration of the authoritarian regime.” http://politi.co/2rEHBvA -- IN THE MEETING Trump also commented on Sisi’s shoes. “Love your shoes. Boy, those shoes. Man,” Trump said. See a pic via Jen Jacobs of one of his shoes http://bit.ly/2qKxLIH TRUMP spoke with Israel HaYom -- Sheldon Adelson's newspaper -- ahead of his trip to Israel. "Trump apologized for not having a lot of time, saying, 'I can't believe I'm sitting down with you, Boaz. Do you realize how many things I have going on this week? But I promised you an interview before my trip to Israel so I'm going to keep my word. Right? Did you see that I smiled at you during the press conference?' ... "When I bid Trump farewell, I reminded him that the next time we meet will be in Israel. We have already met in Washington, in Las Vegas, in Florida, in New York and twice in the Oval Office. 'Goodbye, thank you, and have a great trip, Mr. President.' 'See you in Israel, Boaz,' he answered with the friendly smile of an acquaintance who has turned into a good friend." http://bit.ly/2pZ5xg9 THE FAMILY -- “Saudi Arabia, U.A.E. Pledge $100 Million to World Bank’s Women Entrepreneurs Fund,” by WSJ’s Carol Lee in Riyadh: “[A]t an event with Ivanka Trump ... Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates [are pledging] $100 million collectively toward a fund for women who own or want to start businesses ... The money for the bank’s proposed Women Entrepreneurs Fund would be aimed at women in the Middle East ... [T]he fund’s goal [is] helping women start and run successful businesses by easing their access to finance, markets and networks.” http://on.wsj.com/2rqaUVAANNIE’S LOOKAHEAD TO JERUSALEM from Riyadh: “Can Jason Greenblatt Deliver Peace for Donald Trump? The trusted Trump Organization negotiator is charged with figuring out how to deliver ‘the ultimate deal’”: “Greenblatt is the rare, old-school, Trump loyalist in a work environment where many of Trump’s top advisers are newcomers who date back only as far as his 2016 campaign. He reports directly to senior adviser Jared Kushner, and functions outside of the competing spheres of influence in the West Wing. ... In his previous life, the soft-spoken, sharp listener taught a class at Yeshiva University, entitled ‘The Anatomy of a Real Estate Deal,’ which was capped off with a field trip to Trump Tower.” With cameos by Josh Raffel, Jeremy Bash, Dennis Ross, Elliott Abrams, Martin Indyk http://politi.co/2qLiHus TRUMP spoke with Israel HaYom -- Sheldon Adelson's newspaper -- ahead of his trip to Israel. "Trump apologized for not having a lot of time, saying, 'I can't believe I'm sitting down with you, Boaz. Do you realize how many things I have going on this week? But I promised you an interview before my trip to Israel so I'm going to keep my word. Right? Did you see that I smiled at you during the press conference?' ... "When I bid Trump farewell, I reminded him that the next time we meet will be in Israel. We have already met in Washington, in Las Vegas, in Florida, in New York and twice in the Oval Office. 'Goodbye, thank you, and have a great trip, Mr. President.' 'See you in Israel, Boaz,' he answered with the friendly smile of an acquaintance who has turned into a good friend." http://bit.ly/2pZ5xg9 TOP TWEETS -- @maggieNYT: “Priebus is said to be leaving the traveling White House caravan early, returning this week instead of staying the full foreign trip.” … @Acosta: “Tillerson dances at dinner for POTUS and King Salman in Saudi Arabia” http://bit.ly/2r5B401 … @anniekarni: “Spicer has landed.” http://bit.ly/2pYQcfr … Ben Hubbard (@NYTBen): “Country star @TobyKeithMusic with Saudi musician @RabehSaqer in Riyadh last night for an audience of hundreds of Saudi men (and no women).” http://bit.ly/2qEpebT ... @NYTBen: “An audience of Saudi men listening politely to country music in Riyadh.” http://bit.ly/2rF8vnp ARTICLE OF THE DAY -- NYT, A1 -- “Killing C.I.A. Informants, China Crippled U.S. Spying Operations,” by Mark Mazzetti, Adam Goldman, Mike Schmidt and Matt Apuzzo: “The Chinese government systematically dismantled C.I.A. spying operations in the country starting in 2010, killing or imprisoning more than a dozen sources over two years and crippling intelligence gathering there for years afterward. “Current and former American officials described the intelligence breach as one of the worst in decades. It set off a scramble in Washington’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies to contain the fallout, but investigators were bitterly divided over the cause. Some were convinced that a mole within the C.I.A. had betrayed the United States. Others believed that the Chinese had hacked the covert system the C.I.A. used to communicate with its foreign sources. Years later, that debate remains unresolved. “But there was no disagreement about the damage. From the final weeks of 2010 through the end of 2012, according to former American officials, the Chinese killed at least a dozen of the C.I.A.’s sources. According to three of the officials, one was shot in front of his colleagues in the courtyard of a government building -- a message to others who might have been working for the C.I.A. Still others were put in jail. All told, the Chinese killed or imprisoned 18 to 20 of the C.I.A.’s sources in China, according to two former senior American officials, effectively unraveling a network that had taken years to build.” http://nyti.ms/2rqPsQaBOB WOODWARD BYLINE! -- “At the Pentagon, overpriced fuel sparks allegations — and denials -- of a slush fund,” by WaPo’s Craig Whitlock and Bob Woodward: “The Pentagon has generated almost $6 billion over the past seven years by charging the armed forces excessive prices for fuel and has used the money — called the ‘bishop’s fund’ by some critics — to bolster mismanaged or underfunded military programs, documents show. “Since 2015, the Defense Department has tapped surpluses from its fuel accounts for $80 million to train Syrian rebels, $450 million to shore up a prescription-drug program riddled with fraud and $1.4 billion to cover unanticipated expenses from the war in Afghanistan, according to military accounting records. The Pentagon has amassed the extra cash by billing the armed forces for fuel at rates often much higher -- sometimes $1 per gallon or more -- than what commercial airlines paid for jet fuel on the open market.” http://wapo.st/2rFOagI THE SPECIAL COUNSEL -- “Russia meeting revelation could trigger obstruction investigation,” by Josh Meyer: “The new special counsel investigation into possible collusion between associates of President Donald Trump and Russia is just getting started — and it could take years to resolve. But Trump’s Oval Office boast to Russian officials May 10 about why he fired FBI Director James Comey will almost certainly trigger a more immediate, and potentially perilous, legal development: an obstruction of justice investigation into whether the president intentionally engaged in a cover-up that warrants the filing of criminal charges, current and former Justice Department officials say.” http://politi.co/2q5OIMt THE INVESTIGATION -- “House Inquiry Turns Attention to Trump Campaign Worker With Russia Ties,” by NYT’s Maggie Haberman: “Michael Caputo, who served as a communications adviser to the Trump campaign, has been asked by the House committee investigating Russian election meddling to submit to a voluntary interview and to provide any documents he may have that are related to the inquiry. “The House Intelligence Committee … made its request in a letter on May 9. Mr. Caputo, who lives near Buffalo and spent six months on the Trump team, worked in Russia during the 1990s and came to know Kremlin officials. He also did work in the early 2000s for Gazprom Media, a Russian conglomerate that supported President Vladimir V. Putin.” http://nyti.ms/2q6bmUR FOR YOUR RADAR -- “North Korea fires midrange missile in its latest test,” by AP’s Kim Tong-Hyung in Seoul: “North Korea fired a medium-range missile on Sunday, U.S. and South Korean officials said, the latest ballistics test for a country speeding up its development of nuclear weapons and missiles. The rocket was fired from an area near the North Korean county of Pukchang, in South Phyongan Province, and flew eastward about 500 kilometers (310 miles), said South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. The U.S. Pacific Command said it tracked the missile before it landed into the sea.” http://apne.ws/2qKRIiu -- “Exclusive: North Korea’s Unit 180, the cyber warfare cell that worries the West,” by Reuters’ Ju-min Park and James Pearson in Seoul: “North Korea’s main spy agency has a special cell called Unit 180 that is likely to have launched some of its most daring and successful cyber attacks, according to defectors, officials and internet security experts. North Korea has been blamed in recent years for a series of online attacks, mostly on financial networks, in the United States, South Korea and over a dozen other countries. Cyber security researchers have also said they have found technical evidence that could link North Korea with the global WannaCry ‘ransomware’ cyber attack that infected more than 300,000 computers in 150 countries this month. Pyongyang has called the allegation ‘ridiculous’.” http://reut.rs/2qHMHcn K FILE STRIKES AGAIN! -- “Sheriff David Clarke plagiarized portions of his master's thesis on homeland security,” by CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski, Christopher Massie and Nathan McDermott: “Controversial Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who this week announced he will be joining Donald Trump’s administration as assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security, plagiarized sections of his 2013 master's thesis on U.S. security, a CNN KFile review has found. “Clarke, a visible surrogate for Trump during the campaign known for his incendiary rhetoric, earned a master's degree in security studies at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. In his thesis, ‘Making U.S. security and privacy rights compatible,’ Clarke failed to properly attribute his sources at least 47 times.” http://cnn.it/2r62Cm3 SUNDAY BEST -- GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS speaks with H.R. MCMASTER on ABC’s “This Week”: STEPHANOPOULOS: “Did you understand how this might look though? To an average American right now. You have the President of the United States telling the Russian foreign minister, in their first meeting, that that the pressure is off because he's fired the FBI director investigating Russian interference in the campaign. Does that seem appropriate to you?” MCMASTER: “As you know it’s very difficult to take a few lines, to take a paragraph out of what are what appear to be notes of that meeting. And to be able to see the full context of the conversation. As I mentioned last week, the real purpose of the conversation was to confront Russia on areas, as I mentioned, like Ukraine and Syria, their support for Assad, and their support for the Iranians. While trying to find areas of cooperation as in the area of counterterrorism and the campaign against ISIS. And so … that was the intent of that conversation was to say what I’d like to do is move beyond all of the Russia news so that we can find areas of cooperation.” STEPHANOPOULOS: “So did the president confront them on their interference in our election? This was their first meeting.” MCMASTER: “Well you know, there already was too much that’s been leaked from those meetings. And one of the things that I’m most concerned about is the confidence, the confidentiality of those kind of meetings, as you know, are extremely important. And so, I’m really concerned about these kind of leaks because it undermines everybody’s trust in that kind of an environment where you can have frank, candid and oftentimes unconventional conversations to try to protect American interests and secure the American people.”-- CHRIS WALLACE interviews SECRETARY OF STATE REX TILLERSON on “FOX NEWS SUNDAY” -- per Zach Warmbrodt: “Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday denounced a violent clash in Washington last week involving Turkish security personnel and protesters, as the administration faced political pressure to respond. In an interview on ‘Fox News Sunday,’ Tillerson said the State Department had called in the ambassador of Turkey to discuss the incident and say ‘that this is simply unacceptable.’ ‘There is an ongoing investigation,’ he said. ‘We'll wait and see what the outcome of that investigation is. But we have expressed our dismay at what occurred at the Turkish embassy.’” http://politi.co/2rEYnef -- WALLACE: “Mr. Secretary, you were in the Oval Office when the president met with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov on May 10, and according to the official summary, the president’ told Lavrov, ‘I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job. I face great pressure because of Russia, that’s taken off.’ My question to you, sir, as someone who was in that meeting -- was he telling the Russians that firing Comey was taking off legal and political pressure? TILLERSON: “Chris, that’s not my -- my interpretation, certainly, of the conversation. And I think what the president was trying to convey to the Russians is, look, I’m not going to be distracted by this -- all these issues that are here at home, they -- that, you know, affect us domestically. I’m not going to let that distract from our efforts to see if we can engage with you, engage with Russia, and identify areas where we might be able to work together. The president I think reemphasized the message to the Russians that the relationship is at a low point and we need to change that, we need to both work towards trying to improve that. So I think the point he was making is I’m not going to be distracted by those things that are happening here at home. Won’t let them get in the way of the important work of engaging Russia to see what can be done to improve this relationship.” SNL’S SEASON FINALE LAST NIGHT -- “Hallelujah Cold Open”: “Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) [wearing a Russian flag lapel pin], Kellyanne Conway (Kate McKinnon), Mike Pence (Beck Bennett), Eric Trump (Alex Moffat), Donald Trump Jr. (Mikey Day), Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Aidy Bryant), Melania Trump (Cecily Strong) and Ivanka Trump (Scarlett Johansson) perform ‘Hallelujah.’” 3-min. video http://bit.ly/2rq9rPaREMINDER: Trump’s budget will be released TUESDAY … AP’S ANDY TAYLOR: “Republicans already giving Trump’s budget a cold shoulder” http://apne.ws/2rqLK9l MULLER AND COMEY -- BOSTON GLOBE front page, “2 former FBI directors, 1 investigation,” by Annie Linskey and Matt Viser: “It’s unclear if the two men will remain allied, with Comey shifting to the role of probable witness and Mueller the lead investigator. ‘They’re different — and both people of great capacity,’ [John] Ashcroft said in an interview last week. ... ‘This is not the first rodeo for either of these folks.’ ... ‘Both men were viewed differently within the White House,’ said [Alberto] Gonzales, who went on to serve as a US attorney general. ‘Mueller was much more respected,’’ he said. ‘He has better judgment. He’s much more mature.’” http://bit.ly/2qKT1xU THE RESISTANCE -- “Feinstein scalded by anti-Trump fervor,” by California Playbookers David Siders and Carla Marinucci in Sacramento: “Liberal hecklers have protested outside Dianne Feinstein’s home. She’s been confronted at a Los Angeles fundraiser and a San Francisco town hall meeting by progressives angered by her skeptical view of single payer health care and support for some of Donald Trump’s earliest nominees. In a state marked by its unfettered resistance to the president, California’s senior senator and ranking Democratic member of the Judiciary Committee is dealing with burgeoning unrest in the party ranks at home, a symptom of the roiling anti-Trump politics on the left. “Despite her interrogation of Neil Gorsuch at his Supreme Court confirmation hearings, Feinstein’s brand of moderation is showing signs of slipping out of favor in a state that delivered a landslide margin against Trump. Her public approval rating, while still in relatively positive territory, has ticked down. ‘The time has absolutely changed for politicians like her,’ said Robert Shearer, a state party executive board member who served as a delegate whip for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign last year.” http://politi.co/2q91rNP -- L.A. TIMES: “Rep. Adam Schiff calls for Democratic unity in speech that suggests an ambitious future for himself,” by Cathleen Decker: “Rep. Adam B. Schiff has been one of President Trump’s most able tormenters in Washington as the ranking Democrat on the House committee looking into the involvement of Russia in the 2016 presidential election. In the process, the congressman from Burbank has also vaulted himself into the top ranks of California Democrats. On Saturday night he delivered to party members at their state convention a speech that spoke of ambitions for them -- and, none too subtly, himself. “Schiff has been high on the list of Democrats considered interested in a run for the U.S. Senate if incumbent Democrat Dianne Feinstein were to announce that she will not seek another term in 2018. (So far, she has said she’s running.)” http://lat.ms/2q5RnG4 BILL SCHER in POLITICO Magazine on “An Outrageously Early Field Guide to 2020”: http://politi.co/2rqtVapWHAT DINA POWELL IS READING -- “Why Staying Put Was McMaster’s Most Patriotic Act: The National Security adviser was called a hypocrite for defending Trump’s handling of classified intelligence. But critics misread his book and his motives,” by Mark Perry in POLITICO Magazine: “There are some things not to like about H.R. McMaster: He can be overbearing, has a volcanic temper and promotes a strategy of ‘forward deterrence,’ which means, his critics claim, more American troops in more unwinnable wars. But McMaster is not invisible, will not stay in his lane, will not be intimidated, and will not remain silent. McMaster might not win any lifetime achievement awards, but he won’t walk away. He’ll be a patriot.” http://politi.co/2q8WvZb BONUS GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman: --“Tesla factory workers reveal pain, injury and stress: ‘Everything feels like the future but us,’” by The Guardian’s Julia Carrie Wong in Fremont, California: “Ambulances have been called more than 100 times [to Tesla’s factory] since 2014 for workers experiencing fainting spells, dizziness, seizures, abnormal breathing and chest pains, according to incident reports obtained by the Guardian. Hundreds more were called for injuries and other medical issues.” http://bit.ly/2qEjxL9 --“A Girls’ Guide to Saudi Arabia,” by Maureen Dowd in Vanity Fair in August 2010 with pix by Ashley Parker: “Saudi Arabia! Just the vacation spot for a headstrong, adventure-loving, cocktail-imbibing, fashion-conscious chick. Long averse to non-Muslim curiosity seekers, the Kingdom is now flirting with tourism, though drinking is forbidden and women can’t drive—or do much of anything—without a man. Armed with moxie and a Burqini, the author confronts the limits of Saudi Arabian hospitality, as well as various male enforcers, learning that, as always, it matters whom you know.” http://bit.ly/2rFNhoD --“Saudi Arabia Experiments with Reform Amid Economic Downturn,” by Susanne Koelbl in Der Spiegel: “‘Why’ is a word that didn’t previously exist in Saudi Arabian public debate. Suddenly, it can be heard all over the place, as if the economic crisis is forcing the country to undergo a kind of late-period enlightenment. Everything is being renegotiated, from benefits to the distribution of money, and the question of who will enjoy new freedoms and who will lose old privileges. In sum, the country’s previous social pact – prosperity in exchange for submission – is being challenged.” http://bit.ly/2q4yDpm --“When Your Child Is a Psychopath,” by Barbara Bradley Hagerty in June’s Atlantic: “Whereas normally developing children at that age grow agitated when they see other children cry — and either try to comfort them or bolt the scene — these kids show a chilly detachment.” http://theatln.tc/2qFJM1R --“Why ‘Net Neutrality’ Drives the Left Crazy,” by Tunku Varadarajan in the WSJ: “The FCC’s new chairman [Ajit Pai] on his plan to reopen the internet to competition—and the agitators picketing his family home.” http://on.wsj.com/2pWmjwu --“Sending Jobs Overseas,” by Christopher Caldwell in the Claremont Review: “Computers were the key. Once a complex manufacturing process could be supervised from afar, it could be broken up into the simplest constituent tasks, and those could be done almost anywhere. Corporations could play governments off against one another. Globalisation is not about nations. It is not about products. And it has not been about people for a long time. No, it is about tasks.” http://bit.ly/2qFBZBt --“BASIS: Inside the Acclaimed School Network That’s Blended Together the World’s Best Education Practices,” by Kate Stringer in The 74: BASIS is “a chain of 27 public charter, private, and international schools in five states, Washington, D.C., and China that recently captured four of the top five spots on U.S. News and World Report’s annual ranking of America’s best high schools. BASIS makes advanced, immersive coursework a requirement for all students, from pre-K through high school — an approach that some dub ‘deep content.’” http://bit.ly/2rFTnFd --“Slop Machines,” by John Semley in Eater Magazine: “How a family of hog farmers manage the excess of the world’s most indulgent city.” http://bit.ly/2rA4bEU--“A Murderous History of Korea,” by Bruce Cumings in the London Review of Books: “The Republic of Korea was one of the bloodiest dictatorships of the early Cold War period. South Korea’s stable democracy and vibrant economy from 1988 onwards seem to have overridden any need to acknowledge the previous forty years of history, during which the North could reasonably claim that its own autocracy was necessary to counter military rule in Seoul. It’s only in the present context that the North looks at best like a walking anachronism, at worst like a vicious tyranny.” http://bit.ly/2q4dvzQ (h/t TheBrowser.com) --“An Underground College for Undocumented Immigrants,” by Jonathan Blitzer in The New Yorker: “Refused admission by public universities and unable to get funding from private ones, aspiring students find another way.” http://bit.ly/2rAs003 --“Breaking News: The Secret Transcripts of the Six-Day War, Part I,” by Yaacov Lozowick in Tablet Magazine: “Dayan, flamboyant and erratic, boasted that Israel could reach Cairo if anyone was interested, and would soon take Sharm el-Sheikh and hold it for 300 years. He also told the ministers they needed to talk less as he didn’t have time for a long meeting. Perhaps the single most important decision in millennia — that the Jews should rule in Jerusalem — was probably made early on June 7 by Moshe Dayan, not by Israel’s government.” http://bit.ly/2rmCjaP --“Platonically irrational,” by Nick Romeo in Aeon Magazine: “How much did Plato know about behavioural economics and cognitive biases? Pretty much everything, it turns out.” http://bit.ly/2qG7ueE --“The Future of Media Is Here, and I Was There,” by Sean Cooper in Tablet Magazine: “Content marketers convene in Boston to rid the world of bad content, get under your skin, and scavenge the rotting bones of journalism.” http://bit.ly/2q1kVVl (h/t ALDaily.com)SPOTTED: Kellyanne Conway hanging out on Wisconsin Ave yesterday at 11 a.m. Pic http://bit.ly/2r5H5tt ... former Obama ambassador Islam Siddique, Suhail Khan and Jana Plat yesterday at a performance by Comedy Central’s Hasan Minaj at the 6th and I historic synagogue … Jose Andres, Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) and the founders of Ben & Jerry’s, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, getting awards last night at the Halcyon Awards Gala at Union Station. Ben and Jerry personally scooped ice cream for attendees. SPOTTED in the Stronach Group Owner’s chalet at the Preakness: DJ Ben Chang playing throughout the day, warming up for DJ Cassidy, Ashley Chang, Kevin Spacey, Josephine Skriver, Carson Kressley, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, Ralph Northam, Belinda Stronach and the Stronach family, Dan Swartz, Mark and Sally Ein, Steve Clemons, Tammy Haddad, John Arundel, Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger, and musicians Sam Hunt, High Valley, and LOCASH. OUT AND ABOUT -- SPOTTED last night at the birthday party for communications guru Christine Delargy in Georgetown’s East Village: Kimball Stroud, Scott Mulhauser, Kara Carscaden, Rodell Mollineau, Sheena Arora, Matt Dornic, Kyle Volpe, Nick Massella, Jay Newton-Small, Eliot Pence, Shawna Thomas, Mark Paustenbach, Andy Baldwin, Dan Ronayne and Paul Kane. TRANSITIONS -- OBAMA ALUMNI -- Dave Wilkinson has joined Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy’s cabinet as Commissioner of Early Childhood, running a new state agency. He was previously director of the White House office of social innovation for President Barack Obama. WEEKEND WEDDINGS – ERIC BRADNER, CNN Politics reporter and a Politico alum, on Saturday married JESSICA WRAY, communications manager for the Global Entrepreneurship Network, a nonprofit in DC. They’re both from Indiana, which is where they met. Pool report from Eric’s CNN colleague Tom LoBianco: The ceremony was “held at a beautifully restored United Methodist church just outside downtown Indy. This photo was taken just outside Indiana’s statehouse, where Eric and Jessica used to report together. They both choked up a few times through their vows, we learned a few interesting items -- like who stuffs socks in the couch when they’re sleepy.” Pics http://politi.co/2q5SBRG … http://politi.co/2rqHgQ4 --Adam Hitchcock, formerly of the Obama White House, now with Guggenheim Partners and Sarah Kammerer, Romney campaign alum, now with Susan Crown Exchange, were married Friday at a Chicago courthouse. The newlyweds kept everyone in the dark, alerting only their parents and choosing the five-year anniversary of when they met at the NATO summit in Chicago as their wedding date. Pic http://bit.ly/2rq66zC (h/t Kevin Madden) -- Kasia Witkowski and Joshua Kagan were married last night in Washington at Toolbox Studio in Dupont Circle. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) officiated the wedding -- the couple met on his 2010 campaign. Kasia worked in intergovernmental and external affairs at HHS, and now works at Hewlett Packard in D.C.. Josh works at Hargrove Inc., and has worked on the last two Democratic conventions. The couple departed down the aisle to “Fight Song,” the song of choice for HFA 2016. Pics http://politi.co/2q94oxP ... http://politi.co/2qKVyYM ... http://politi.co/2qHDKQA“Jennifer Cizner, Jeffrey Amsel” – N.Y. Times: “Ms. Cizner, 39, is the chief operating officer at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, a programming and research center in Chicago. She worked in the Obama administration in the Office of Presidential Personnel from 2009 to 2011, and became the deputy chief of staff. She graduated from the University of Michigan. ... Mr. Amsel, 46, is the vice president for global strategic sourcing and real estate at HERE Technologies, an information technology company in Chicago. He graduated from Ohio State and received an M.B.A. from Loyola University Chicago. ... The couple met in 2014 on JDate.” http://nyti.ms/2rFOLPA -- “Michelle Ker, Jacob Locke”: “Ms. Ker, 27, works in Washington as an economics and trade policy analyst at the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received a master’s degree in international affairs from George Washington University. ... Mr. Locke, 28, is an analyst at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va. He graduated from American University, from which he also received a master’s degree in international affairs. ... The couple met in 2010 while volunteering at a Washington nonprofit dedicated to education for nomadic people.” With pic http://nyti.ms/2qHKr58 -- “Amanda Erickson, John Davisson”: “The couple met at Columbia, from which they graduated. Ms. Erickson, 29, is a foreign affairs reporter for The Washington Post. ... 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17 марта 2015, 17:30

Американский олигарх против мира в Палестине.

Шелдон Адельсон (Sheldon Adelson) – богатый спонсор Израиля и Биньямина Нетаньяху.О последнем выступлении израильского премьер-министра Биньямина Нетаньяху в Конгрессе США мы должны знать только одно – присутствие на галерее посетителей одного мужчины - Шелдона Адельсона.Он - магнат азартных игр и крёстный отец правых республиканцев. Кандидаты в президенты от обеих партий выстраиваются в очередь, чтобы поцеловать его руку. Кланяясь и расшаркиваясь, они вымаливают его благословение в виде подписанных им чеков. Беспартийный Центр за ответственную политику (Center for Responsive Politics) и Центр за общественную интеграцию (Center for Public Integrity) утверждают, что во время выборов 2012 года Адельсон и его жена Мириам (чей кошелёк прославился недавно, свалившись с галереи на голову демократического конгрессмена) заплатили 150 млн. долларов республиканцам и их сторонникам, в том числе 93 млн. долларов лояльному к плутократам super PAC Карла Роува (Karl Rove) American Crossroads, Congressional Leadership Fund, Republican Jewish Coalition Victory Fund, Winning Our Future (super PAC поддержки Ньюта Гингрича (Newt Gingrich)) и Restore Our Future (super PAC поддержки Митта Ромни (Mitt Romney)).И всё же, мы не знаем обо всех «тёмных деньгах», вложенных Адельсонами в политику, так как мы не имеем на это права. Как и дорогие квартиры в Нью-Йорке, купленные олигархами, которые прячутся за ширмами легальных организаций, тёмные деньги позволяют нашим политикам смыть отпечатки пальцев с подписанных чеков спонсоров-миллиардеров.Но Шелдон Адельсон не просто так сидел в галерее Палаты Представителей – он дёргал за ниточки, которыми управляет Соединёнными штатами. Шелдон Адельсон – богатый спонсор Израиля и своего идеологического партнёра Биньямина Нетаньяху. Хотя законы о финансовом реформировании предвыборных кампаний в Израиле строже, чем в США, Адельсон смог и их купить, что историк и журналист Гершом Горенберг (Gershom Gorenberg) назвал «однозначно пагубным» влиянием.Адельсон владеет ежедневными газетами Israel Hayom и Makor Roshon (религиозной право-сионистской направленности), а также новостным веб-сайтом NRG. Газета Israel Hayom раздаётся бесплатно для распространения его жёсткой точки зрения. На следующий день после переизбрания Обамы, на первой полосе этой газеты появился заголовок: «США проголосовали за социализм».Ещё важнее то, что он использует свои газеты для постоянной пропаганды Нетаньяху и его ультраправой Likud Party, под властью которой Израиль всё ближе и ближе приближается к теократии. Как считает экономист Моми Дахан (Momi Dahan) из Еврейского университета, «де-факто, само существование таких газет как Israel Hayom – однозначное нарушение закона, так как Адельсон предоставляет своему кандидату практически неограниченные информационные ресурсы».Шелдон поддерживает тесные отношения с Рупертом.На самом деле, приближаясь к израильским выборам 17 марта, Адельсон увеличил тираж Israel Hayom на 70%. Администрация газеты пишет, что увеличение коснулось, в основном, рекламы, но газета Ha’aretz считает по-другому: «Некоторые политики убеждены, что дополнительный тираж – один из пунктов бизнес плана, направленного на переизбрание Нетаньяху». И выступление Нетаньяху перед Конгрессом США накануне выборов – просто совпадение, не так ли? «Я искренне сожалею, что некоторые чувствуют, что моё присутствие здесь носит политической характер», - сказал Нетаньяху конгрессменам. – «Этого никогда не было в моих планах». Ну конечно.Гершом Горенберг считает, что премьер-министр «наслаждается выгодой наличия в его лагере ведущей газеты, которая изображает мир с точки зрения его правительства – мир, в котором Израиль окружён врагами (включая президента США); мир, в котором цель мирных переговоров – разрушение Израиля; мир, в котором левые израильтяне действуют в сотрудничестве с врагами, и даже те правые, которые выступают против Нетаньяху, готовят переворот, используя выборы».Таким образом, Нетаньяху пользуется плодами деятельности Адельсона - его мощной пропагандистской машиной в Израиле и его кампанией по сбору денег в США. В совокупности, эти машины позволяют Нетаньяху узурпировать американскую внешнюю политику, так как он управляет Конгрессом США, который сделали услужливым миллионы долларов Адельсона, придерживающегося правой точки зрения по Израилю и Ближнему Востоку.Итак, вот что мы имеем. Этот казиношный магнат – не только неофициальный вождь республиканской партии США («он и его золотые правила»), но и некоронованный король Израиля – Давид с печатным станком и чековой книжкой, вместо рогатки и камня. Всё это всплыло во время выступления Нетаньяху. США не могут определять своё будущее, так как американская политика на Ближнем Востоке и большинство в Конгрессе находятся под каблуком у другой страны.Подобно королю Мидасу, Шелдон Адельсон определяет вопросы войны и мира в самом нестабильном регионе мира. Именно этот человек, выступая в 2013 году в еврейском университете Иешуа в Нью-Йорке, осудил президента Обаму за дипломатические переговоры с Ираном, и предложил сбросить на иранцев атомную бомбу, превратив их землю в пустыню. «Поймите! Следующим должен быть Тегеран. То есть, мы говорим о бизнесе. Вы хотите быть уничтоженными? Идите вперёд, займите жёсткую позицию и продолжайте использовать своё ядерное оружие».О последнем выступлении израильского премьер-министра Биньямина Нетаньяху в Конгрессе США мы должны знать только одно – присутствие на галерее посетителей одного мужчины. Мы все – его заложники.Авторы - Билл Мойерс (Bill Moyers) и Майкл Уиншип (Michael Winship).Билл Мойерс – ведущий еженедельной общественной телевизионной передачи Moyers & Company. Мойерс получил 35 премий Эмми, 9 премий Пибоди, премию за достижения в течение жизни Национальной академии телевидения. Он является почётным доктором изящных искусств Американского института кино за 40 лет журналистской работы на радио.Майкл Уиншип – ведущий автор Moyers & Company и президент Гильдии сценаристов восточной Америки.Источник: How an American Billionaire Stands in the Way of Mideast Peace, Bill Moyers, Michael Winship, AlterNet, March 6, 2015.____________ ____________