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Friday, August 17, 2018

Not Climate Change? Trump Team Blames ‘Environmental Terrorists’ For Wildfires

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

 

In a desperate attempt to blame anything except climate change for the deadly wildfires rampaging across California, Trump’s Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke blamed “environmental terrorist groups” for the blazes. The escalation of rhetoric is a troubling trend in an administration known for authoritarian impulses.

Within the first minute of an interview with Breitbart, a site with known white supremacist ties, Zinke used the word “terrorist” to describe groups that have different political ideas than him.

Zinke claims, citing no specific examples, that environmental groups prevent the type of forest management Zinke says would prevent these catastrophic wildfires.…

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Trump Campaign Aide Sought To Shield Russian Oligarch

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

According to a bombshell report from The Daily Beast, a Trump campaign staffer by the name of Daniel Gelbinovich worked behind the scenes to help shield Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich from potential inclusion for Treasury Department sanctions.

The story has been corroborated by two D.C. lobbyists who chose to remain anonymous due to the sensitive nature of the news. Even more incredibly, Gelbinovich himself does not deny it happened:

“I approached the lobbyists on behalf of a private equity firm that requested outreach for this type of work,” he said in an email to The Daily Beast.



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Trump Campaign Hires Lawyer Who Destroyed Gawker To Go After Omarosa

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

Charles Harder, the lawyer behind Hulk Hogan’s monumental lawsuit that helped destroy the website Gawker, will lead the Trump campaign’s legal battle against former White House official Omarosa Manigault Newman, according to a new report from CNBC.

Manigault Newman has attracted press attention as she promotes her new book Unhinged, which accuses President Donald Trump of being mentally unfit for his role and racist and says that the White House is rife with corruption. The former official, who first worked with Trump as a competitor on his reality show “The Apprentice,” has also begun releasing recordings of private conversations she had with Trump and his associates.…

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