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‘Not Just Insane, But Deeply Chilling’ Parnas Docs Spark Calls for Secretary Pompeo’s Resignation

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Hello, Reddit! My name is Mark Caro, and I am a Chicago-based writer who has just published a readable, comprehensive, factual novelization of the Mueller Report. AMA!

Westlake Legal Group It1cdPCL0A29-X_TH6HNqlrLzT7WIMH1zWPKBvvdcKY Hello, Reddit! My name is Mark Caro, and I am a Chicago-based writer who has just published a readable, comprehensive, factual novelization of the Mueller Report. AMA! r/politics

The Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election”—a.k.a. The Mueller Report—may be the most-cited yet least-read government document ever produced. President Trump and many Republicans claim it proves he was not involved in the Russian government’s efforts to throw the election his way. Many Democrats assert that it doesshow such coordination, as well as presidential efforts to obstruct justice. Yet few people on either side actually have made their way through the 448 pages of legalese, tiny footnotes and onslaught of names presented with little context.

Since the report’s publication in April, there have been attempts to repackage this material in more digestible versions — a graphic novel here, a staged reading there, a CliffsNotes-like summary over there — but we still lacked one that was comprehensive. So I took a crack at it, imagining that Robert Mueller had become so fed up with partisan efforts to undercut his conclusions that he created his own people’s version of his report. His narration is the only fiction in the book The Special Counsel: The Mueller Report Retold. Everything else is absolutely true…and often terrifying.

Pulling also from related indictments and news reports, this brisk retelling conveys the full extent of the Russian military’s massive, deceptive social-media campaign to spark pro-Trump/anti-Hillary Clinton activities, as well as the hacking and coordinated release of sensitive materials from Democratic leadership computers. It also breathes life into White House dramas and betrayals such as the president’s actions against FBI director James Comey, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Mueller himself. This is history as political thriller, as well as information necessary to process the impeachment proceedings. As Republicans push an unfounded conspiracy theory that pins 2016 election interference on Ukraine instead of Russia, you should know how former Trump campaign chair (and current federal inmate) Paul Manafort passed confidential campaign data to pro-Putin Ukrainian oligarchs, including at least one to whom he was in debt.

I was a longtime Chicago Tribune reporter who wrote the award-winning nonfiction book The Foie Gras Wars and has contributed to Chicago magazine and The New York Times. Considering my journalistic background and how much time I’ve spent digesting the Mueller report, I thought I might be able to help answer any questions about its relevance to either the recent impeachment proceedings or the current news cycle.

Thanks for hearing me out, and please AMA!

Proof: https://i.redd.it/vzc5pjywhs941.jpg

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Sanders calls for investigation into possible surveillance of Yovanovitch

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[Matt Gaetz Storms into Meeting]

“What TEXTS! I demand access to these texts!”

Sensible citizen: Oh, they’re public, you can just google..

“So why are you doing this in a basement closet behind closed doors then!?”

Sensible citizen: Is this a closet? It’s also got windows so not really a basement. I mean….I just read the news. it’s not hard to find the texts

“Oh so you believe the news then! You know Hunter Biden got paid 40k a month to sit on the board of an energy company! I DEMAND access to these texts!!!!”

[Gym Jordan has entered the conversation]

“I mean (snickers) this is an outrage!”

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Majority of Black Voters Say They Could Vote for Bernie Sanders in the 2020 Election

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Majority of Black Voters Say They Could Vote for Bernie Sanders in the 2020 Election

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‘CNN Is Truly a Terrible Influence on This Country’: Democratic Debate Moderators Pilloried for Centrist Talking Points and Anti-Sanders Bias

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Are people really surprised by this? Are people JUST NOW waking to this idea that CNN is insane?

I suppose the casual viewer is more in the dark than those that actually follow political discourse more closely, but mainstream media has always been this way. It is about creating narratives that drive “sales” (ratings, views, clicks, etc). Nothing more.

They are not and have never been interested in honest dialogue. I’m kind of shocked people thought CNN was some bastion of integrity. They don’t swing as hard with the Fox mentality, but they’re close.

These 24-hour news channels are just nonsense to rile up the masses. For a multitude of reasons, people should unequivocally stop watching them.

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Discussion Thread: Speaker Pelosi Announcing Impeachment Managers

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Speaker Pelosi’s Press Release from Speaker.gov

JANUARY 15, 2020 PRESS RELEASE

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi today named Impeachment Managers.

“Today, I have the privilege of naming the Managers of the impeachment trial of the President,” said Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  “It is their responsibility to present the very strong case for the President’s impeachment and removal.  The Impeachment Managers represent the patriotism, pluralism and vibrancy of America.”

“The House has demonstrated its courage and patriotism,” she continued.  “Our Managers reflect those values, and will now honor their responsibility to defend democracy For The People with great seriousness, solemnity and moral strength.”

The Impeachment Managers are:

  • Chair Adam Schiff of California, Lead Manager: Congressman Adam Schiff, Chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, is serving his 10th term in Congress.  Before Congress, Mr. Schiff was a California State Senator and served as federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles for 6 years, most notably prosecuting the first FBI agent ever to be indicted for espionage. 

  • Chair Jerry Nadler of New York: Congressman Jerry Nadler, Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, is serving his 15th term in Congress.  Mr. Nadler has served as the top Democrat on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties for 13 years.  Before Congress, Mr. Nadler served in the New York State Assembly for 16 years. 

  • Chair Zoe Lofgren of California: Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, Chair of the Committee on House Administration, which has jurisdiction over federal elections, is a senior Member of the House Judiciary Committee.  Ms. Lofgren is serving her 13th term in Congress.  The Congresswoman has played a role in three presidential impeachment proceedings: as a Judiciary Committee staffer during Nixon, as a Judiciary Committee Member during Clinton, and now as a Manager. 

  • Chair Hakeem Jeffries of New York: Congressman Hakeem Jeffries is the Chair of the House Democratic Caucus and is currently serving his 4th term in Congress.  Mr. Jeffries is a Member of the House Judiciary Committee.  Before Congress, Mr. Jeffries served in the New York State Assembly for 6 years.  An accomplished litigator in private practice before running for elected office, Mr. Jeffries clerked for the Honorable Harold Baer Jr. of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. 

  • Congresswoman Val Demings of Florida: Congresswoman Val Demings is a Member of both the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Judiciary Committee.  Ms. Demings is serving her 2nd term in Congress.  Before Congress, Ms. Demings served in the Orlando Police Department for 27 years, including serving successfully as Orlando’s first female Chief of Police. 

  • Congressman Jason Crow of Colorado: Congressman Jason Crow is Member of the House Armed Services Committee.  Mr. Crow served his country bravely as an Army Ranger in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Before running for elected office, Mr. Crow was a respected litigator in private practice in Colorado.

  • Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia of Texas: Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia is a Member of the House Judiciary Committee.  Before Congress, Ms. Garcia served in the Texas State Senate.  Previously, Ms. Garcia was the Director and Presiding Judge of the Houston Municipal System and was elected City Controller.  Ms. Garcia was later elected the first Hispanic and first woman to be elected in her own right to the Harris County Commissioner’s Court. 

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CNN moderator criticized for question to Sanders

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The League of Women Voters bowed out of hosting debates in 1988 because:

LEAGUE REFUSES TO “HELP PERPETRATE A FRAUD” WITHDRAWS SUPPORT FROM FINAL PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE

WASHINGTON, DC —”The League of Women Voters is withdrawing its sponsorship of the presidential debate scheduled for mid-October because the demands of the two campaign organizations would perpetrate a fraud on the American voter,” League President Nancy M. Neuman said today.

“It has become clear to us that the candidates’ organizations aim to add debates to their list of campaign-trail charades devoid of substance, spontaneity and honest answers to tough questions,” Neuman said. “The League has no intention of becoming an accessory to the hoodwinking of the American public.”

Neuman said that the campaigns presented the League with their debate agreement on September 28, two weeks before the scheduled debate. The campaigns’ agreement was negotiated “behind closed doors” and vas presented to the League as “a done deal,” she said, its 16 pages of conditions not subject to negotiation.

Most objectionable to the League, Neuman said, were conditions in the agreement that gave the campaigns unprecedented control over the proceedings. Neuman called “outrageous” the campaigns’ demands that they control the selection of questioners, the composition of the audience, hall access for the press and other issues.

“The campaigns’ agreement is a closed-door masterpiece,” Neuman said. “Never in the history of the League of Women Voters have two candidates’ organizations come to us with such stringent, unyielding and self-serving demands.”

Neuman said she and the League regretted that the American people have had no real opportunities to judge the presidential nominees outside of campaign-controlled environments.

“On the threshold of a new millenium, this country remains the brightest hope for all who cherish free speech and open debate,” Neuman said. “Americans deserve to see and hear the men who would be president face each other in a debate on the hard and complex issues critical to our progress into the next century.”

Neuman issued a final challenge to both Vice President Bush and Governor Dukakis to “rise above your handlers and agree to join us in presenting the fair and full discussion the American public expects of a League of Women Voters debate.”

Source

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Viewers trash CNN following debate for biased questions against Bernie Sanders

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I’m Warren this time around, but it was so painfully obvious that CNN Corporate execs were bought out by centrist / Republican bidders…

“Bernie Sanders… You advocate for Medicare For All.. Why are you raping and pillaging the people as they drown in the taxes wrought by your disastrous plan?”

Quick facts:

  • These questions NEVER consider how much excess we pay ALREADY

  • They never consider how many people are UNINSURED or UNDER-INSURED AND DIE because of this.

  • They never look at the ROI of true Universal Healthcare and its positive-feedback loop on society.


Foreword: I work in the healthcare system from a logistical standpoint. My wife is also an RN. I’ve researched this passionately for a while. I’ll do my best to target exactly what makes it more efficient while simultaneously being more ethical:

Americans pay 1.5-2x MORE per-capita for the cost of healthcare than comparative first-world industrialized OECD nations. So when people say “how will we pay for it?” tell them in all likelihood it will be cheaper than what we’re paying now. And yet they’re able to provide healthcare coverage to their entire population. In America? Even today despite the ACA helping, ~28 million people still lack healthcare coverage despite gains with the ACA. Because of this, up to 40,000 people die annually due solely to a lack of healthcare. Even a fraction of this figure is disgusting and causes more deaths to innocent Americans than 9/11 every 28 days.

  • They’re able to closely match (and sometimes out-pace) the health outcomes of the United States (WHO, OECD, Commonwealth)

  • They’re able to do this at almost half the cost (whether it’s private or via taxes, it makes no difference when you’re broadly paying less).

  • They’re able to provide ethical coverage to EVERYONE.

  • In doing so, you standardize administrative costs and billing (where a much higher overhead and waste occurs in the U.S. Up to 30% in administrative costs is unparalleled from elsewhere, even Medicare has much lower overhead).

  • You have a Return On Investment (ROI). It’s no surprise that when your workforce is healthier, happier, they’re more productive seeing as they’re less stressed and more capable of tackling their health ailments while they’re small instead of waiting for them to snowball to the point they’re unavoidable. (Per Kaiser Family Foundation, ~50% of Americans refuse to seek medical attention annually due to concerns for medical costs. Being in the healthcare industry, I assure you this is not what you want as you will inevitably be forced to confront your ailment when it’s exacerbated and exponentially more costlier to treat).

  • Medicare (what would likely be expanded to all) has superior patient satisfaction, leverages better rates against Hospitals, and is better at auditing fraud–all the while keeping things transparent (which is why their reports are broadly public and private insurers keep their data a closely guarded secret).

A final note is that apologists like to tout our advanced medical technologies. But here are a few points to make on that: 750,000 Americans leave to go elsewhere in the world for affordable health care. Only 75,000 of the rest of the world engage in “medical tourism” and come here to America annually. Let’s also note that most people lack the top-tier health insurance plans to access/afford such pioneering procedures. Meanwhile, countries like Germany and Japan are still innovators, so don’t let the rhetoric fool you. Worst case, America could easily take the savings from streamlining the billing process and inject that into research grants to universities, CDC, or NIH.

It is more efficient and ethical, and momentum is building. I’ll end with posting this AskReddit post of people telling their heartfelt stories in universal healthcare nations. While these are a collection of powerful anecdotes, it is 99% highly positive, with valuable views from those who’ve lived both in America and elsewhere. Simply speaking, both the comparative metrics and anecdotes do not support our current failed health care system.

If they’re still asking, “how will we pay for it?” Ask them if they cared about the loss in tax revenue that resulted from unnecessary tax-breaks on the wealthy, or the $2.4 trillion dollar cost of the Iraq War for which we received no Return-On-Investment (ROI). Remind them what the Eisenhower Interstate Highway Project did for us as an ROI. Remind them what technology we reaped from putting men on the moon, or the cost of WWII and development of the atom-bomb. Curiously, these people do not speak a word to these issues. Put simply, America is “great” when we remember that we have a reputation for a can-do attitude. Making excuses for why we cannot do something isn’t our style when we know it’s the right thing. We persevere because it’s the right thing.

Please, support Universal Healthcare in the form of Single-payer, Medicare-For-All. Be it Sanders’ plan or Warren’s plan, it doesn’t matter. Both are sufficient to push the concept forward into actual policy which will evolve.

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Viewers trash CNN following debate for biased questions against Bernie Sanders

Westlake Legal Group HLYJlsu33mLhFV1gR9UTyMbSGqGi6t9km9j4e1F5pRQ Viewers trash CNN following debate for biased questions against Bernie Sanders r/politics

I’m Warren this time around, but it was so painfully obvious that CNN Corporate execs were bought out by centrist / Republican bidders…

“Bernie Sanders… You advocate for Medicare For All.. Why are you raping and pillaging the people as they drown in the taxes wrought by your disastrous plan?”

Quick facts:

  • These questions NEVER consider how much excess we pay ALREADY

  • They never consider how many people are UNINSURED or UNDER-INSURED AND DIE because of this.

  • They never look at the ROI of true Universal Healthcare and its positive-feedback loop on society.


Foreword: I work in the healthcare system from a logistical standpoint. My wife is also an RN. I’ve researched this passionately for a while. I’ll do my best to target exactly what makes it more efficient while simultaneously being more ethical:

Americans pay 1.5-2x MORE per-capita for the cost of healthcare than comparative first-world industrialized OECD nations. So when people say “how will we pay for it?” tell them in all likelihood it will be cheaper than what we’re paying now. And yet they’re able to provide healthcare coverage to their entire population. In America? Even today despite the ACA helping, ~28 million people still lack healthcare coverage despite gains with the ACA. Because of this, up to 40,000 people die annually due solely to a lack of healthcare. Even a fraction of this figure is disgusting and causes more deaths to innocent Americans than 9/11 every 28 days.

  • They’re able to closely match (and sometimes out-pace) the health outcomes of the United States (WHO, OECD, Commonwealth)

  • They’re able to do this at almost half the cost (whether it’s private or via taxes, it makes no difference when you’re broadly paying less).

  • They’re able to provide ethical coverage to EVERYONE.

  • In doing so, you standardize administrative costs and billing (where a much higher overhead and waste occurs in the U.S. Up to 30% in administrative costs is unparalleled from elsewhere, even Medicare has much lower overhead).

  • You have a Return On Investment (ROI). It’s no surprise that when your workforce is healthier, happier, they’re more productive seeing as they’re less stressed and more capable of tackling their health ailments while they’re small instead of waiting for them to snowball to the point they’re unavoidable. (Per Kaiser Family Foundation, ~50% of Americans refuse to seek medical attention annually due to concerns for medical costs. Being in the healthcare industry, I assure you this is not what you want as you will inevitably be forced to confront your ailment when it’s exacerbated and exponentially more costlier to treat).

  • Medicare (what would likely be expanded to all) has superior patient satisfaction, leverages better rates against Hospitals, and is better at auditing fraud–all the while keeping things transparent (which is why their reports are broadly public and private insurers keep their data a closely guarded secret).

A final note is that apologists like to tout our advanced medical technologies. But here are a few points to make on that: 750,000 Americans leave to go elsewhere in the world for affordable health care. Only 75,000 of the rest of the world engage in “medical tourism” and come here to America annually. Let’s also note that most people lack the top-tier health insurance plans to access/afford such pioneering procedures. Meanwhile, countries like Germany and Japan are still innovators, so don’t let the rhetoric fool you. Worst case, America could easily take the savings from streamlining the billing process and inject that into research grants to universities, CDC, or NIH.

It is more efficient and ethical, and momentum is building. I’ll end with posting this AskReddit post of people telling their heartfelt stories in universal healthcare nations. While these are a collection of powerful anecdotes, it is 99% highly positive, with valuable views from those who’ve lived both in America and elsewhere. Simply speaking, both the comparative metrics and anecdotes do not support our current failed health care system.

If they’re still asking, “how will we pay for it?” Ask them if they cared about the loss in tax revenue that resulted from unnecessary tax-breaks on the wealthy, or the $2.4 trillion dollar cost of the Iraq War for which we received no Return-On-Investment (ROI). Remind them what the Eisenhower Interstate Highway Project did for us as an ROI. Remind them what technology we reaped from putting men on the moon, or the cost of WWII and development of the atom-bomb. Curiously, these people do not speak a word to these issues. Put simply, America is “great” when we remember that we have a reputation for a can-do attitude. Making excuses for why we cannot do something isn’t our style when we know it’s the right thing. We persevere because it’s the right thing.

Please, support Universal Healthcare in the form of Single-payer, Medicare-For-All. Be it Sanders’ plan or Warren’s plan, it doesn’t matter. Both are sufficient to push the concept forward into actual policy which will evolve.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com