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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The National Security Case For Campaign Finance Reform

By Nathan Kohlenberg // Truman National Security Project.

After meeting with Vladimir Putin briefly at a summit in Vietnam this week, Trump announced that he believes the Russian president when he says that Russia did not meddle in the 2016 presidential election. He later amended that statement, clarifying that “I believe that he feels that he and Russia did not meddle in the election. As to whether I believe it or not, I am with our agencies, especially as currently constituted with the leadership.”

If Trump believes that Putin genuinely did not know about his own intelligence apparatus’ efforts to meddle in the election, he is not, in fact, “with our agencies,” which concluded months ago that Putin was intimately and directly involved with overseeing the operation.…

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Saudi Prince’s Tantrum Has Global Impact

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

What ails the royal court of Saudi Arabia? The Crown Prince—Mohammed Bin Salman—has arrested 11 rich and powerful princes and about 200 businessmen. These men of great wealth and might are being held in the Ritz Carlton hotel in Riyadh. Their assets are being seized in stages. Among these men is Alwaleed bin Talal, one of the richest men on the planet—whose holdings include Twitter and Citigroup, and Miteb bin Abdullah (Minister of the National Guard), Adel Fakeih (Minister of Economy and Planning), Bakr bin Laden (head of the Saudi Binladin Group) and Mohammed al-Amoudi (a businessman with substantial holdings in Ethiopia).…

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For Harasser Halperin, It’s Goodbye Nantucket

It’s getting to where you can’t keep track of the lechers, gropers and sexual abusers without a scorecard. Once one of these sexually-tinged moral panics we have so frequently gets going, there’s no telling whose squalid little sins will be exposed to public view.

If nothing else, they start a lot of titillating conversations. Shouldn’t there, for example, be a general immunity for office Christmas parties? OK, that’s a joke. But hold the phone.

Certain details are hard to assimilate. Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly personally paid a $32 million settlement to a woman he sexually harassed? Yowza! That sounds like a lot more than unwanted kisses and pats on the fanny to me.



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