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Saturday, February 23, 2019

How Elliott Abrams Helped To Spring A CIA-Connected Coke Trafficker

When U.S. policymakers needed to spring a convicted CIA-connected drug trafficker from doing hard time in federal prison, who did they call?

Trump’s infamous appointed special envoy to Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, according to a September 1986 National Security Council email, written by NSC staffer Oliver North.

In a U.S. House Committee hearing on Thursday, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) scorched Abrams for his covering up of the infamous El Mozote massacre and lying to Congress during the Iran-Contra conspiracy in the 1980s.

Her interrogation drew rebuke from Max Boot, the apostate conservative, and a chorus of right-wing media commentators. Boot described Omar’s comments as a “disgraceful ad hominem attack.”

Actually, the impertinent congresswoman from Minneapolis could have gone much further about Abrams’ untrustworthy behavior.…

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#EndorseThis: Trevor Noah On Trump’s Total Ignorance Of Immigration Law

Trevor Noah is fabulous at making a crowd relax and see the lighter side, and his daily send-up of GOP-controlled Washington is badly-needed medicine for Democrats. But when it comes to President Trump’s complete lack of knowledge, the voluble comedian admits to not having a single joke left in the bag.

Noah showcases Trump’s ignorance on immigration, playing a clip of the clueless dotard describing a 15-million-strong online data bank as “names from a bowl.” In Trump’s world, of course, the names drawn are exclusively those of criminals and crooks. In Trevor’s world, Trump is ridiculous, and he lets the Orange One have it for a full five minutes.…

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Trump Is Playing Dangerous Military Gambit In Central America

Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

There has been a flurry of Trump administration activity around Central America recently. Most prominently, several cabinet members and Vice President Pence traveled to Miami last month for the administration’s “Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America” that the United States cohosted with Mexico.

The signals so far are not encouraging. In the Trump White House’s proposed 2018 budget, we can see a shift toward trying to spur private sector investment in Central America, while increasing “defense” spending to more than half the overall budget. State Department and USAID programs for Central America are cut by over 30 percent, while additional security assistance is expected to come from the Pentagon budget.…

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