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Whistleblower: Flynn Vowed Obama’s Russia Sanctions Would be ‘Ripped Up’



According to a new report by the New York Times, President Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn told a former business associate that one of the Trump administration’s first priorities was to dismantle President Obama’s economic sanctions against Russia.

Flynn boasted the economic sanctions against Russia imposed by President Barack Obama would be “ripped up,” a whistleblower has told the House Oversight Committee.

Flynn, who last week pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with a Russian official, also believed the lifted sanctions would help move ahead a stalled business deal he had been involved with at one time involving the building of nuclear power plants, according to the whistleblower.

On Inauguration Day, Flynn allegedly texted his former business associate on the nuclear project to declare it was “good to go.”

The bombshell revelations are contained in a lengthy letter written by Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, and sent to committee chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy. Cummings asked Gowdy to probe the charges.

The former National Security Advisor specifically told his colleague that the sanctions would be “ripped up,” according to a new account given to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) by a whistleblower. Apparently, Flynn and his business partner were looking to expand their financial footprint in the region.

The whistle-blower’s account stems from a conversation with Alex Copson of ACU Strategic Partners, a company that had previously hired Flynn in 2015. On Inauguration Day, Copson reportedly said “this is the best day of my life” because of “the start of something I’ve been working on for years, and we are good to go.” He then claimed Flynn had texted him “to tell others involved in the nuclear project to continue developing their plans,” which were “going to make a lot of very wealthy people” once the Russia sanctions were “ripped up.”

Cummings, the House Oversight Committee’s top-ranking Democrat, relayed these points and others in a letter to Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-South Carolina). The Times acquired a copy of Cummings’s letter and highlighted its most pertinent points regarding the allegations against Flynn:

Mr. Flynn had worked on a business venture to partner with Russia to build nuclear power plants in the Middle East until June 2016, but remained close with the people involved afterward. On Inauguration Day, according to the whistle-blower, Mr. Flynn texted the former business associate to say that the project was “good to go.”

The Maryland congressman never identified the whistleblower in the letter. Nevertheless, he insisted the allegations compel a full, credible and bipartisan congressional investigation in tandem with the ongoing probe currently headed by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller. Considering that Flynn previously agreed to a plea deal with the Justice Department, and is currently cooperating with Mueller’s team of investigators, such a point makes sense.

“Based on the information provided by this whistleblower – and other information we have uncovered – I request that the committee issue a subpoena to compel the White House to produce all of the documents it is currently withholding relating to Gen. Flynn that our committee requested on a bipartisan basis in March,” Cummings wrote.

“These grave allegations compel a full, credible, and bipartisan congressional investigation,” he said, adding the whistleblower will to meet with Gowdy if his identity is kept secret.

“I have attempted to advance this investigation without exposing individuals to personal or professional risk. But the exceptionally troubling allegations in this case — combined with ongoing obstruction from the White House and others — have made this step necessary.”

Flynn is one of four Trump associates charged with crimes by FBI special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russia’s interference with the 2017 presidential race and whether there was collusion by the Trump campaign.


LeNora Millen         12-06-17

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The Former President Barack Obama Speaks: In your own ability to make a difference in your community and your country.

The Former President Barack Obama Speaks:

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Friend —

A little over a year ago, at my farewell address in Chicago, I asked you to believe. Not in a candidate, or a politician, or a party — in yourself.

In your own ability to make a difference in your community and your country.

For eight years in the White House — and long before that — I’d seen it happen time and time again: ordinary people who got involved, stayed involved, and pushed for a better future for this country we love.

That’s how change happens.

And this November, we have a chance to make that change happen in local and federal elections across the country. We cannot squander it.

Commit to vote in November 2018. Say you’ll fulfill your duty as a citizen, and that you’ll keep pushing for progress.

That faith I placed all those years ago in the power of ordinary Americans to bring about change — that faith has been rewarded in ways I couldn’t possibly have imagined.

In the past year, I saw people like Kim, an OFA volunteer in Virginia, bravely share her story during the health care fight — of how, before Obamacare, her 13-month-old son Isaac was on the verge of being kicked off insurance as he went through surgery after surgery. She spoke up, and helped save health care for Isaac and millions of Americans.

I saw folks in South Carolina identify a problem with their town’s outdated, dangerous school buses — then roll up their sleeves, do some organizing, and get the statehouse to fund new buses for Charleston’s kids.

And I saw a new generation of young leaders grab clipboards, collect signatures, and decide to run for office themselves.

Throughout 2017, I saw Americans all over the country step up, have the tough conversations, and speak out about the issues affecting us all. We have to keep it up in 2018 — because every ballot measure, every election, every conversation on an issue we care about — it all matters.

There are no do-overs.

So right now, I’m asking you to make a commitment: Seize the power you have. Speak up. Make this democracy work. Do not succumb to cynicism. And say you’ll vote in 2018 — there’s too much at stake this year to sit this out.

I’m in

Thank you,

Barack Obama

Reported by Tam Lawrence

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Trump Tweets About an ‘Insecure’ and ‘Biased’ Oprah Winfrey Over Her ’60 Minutes’ Segment



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Oprah Winfrey in a 60 minutes segment with a voter focus group on America’s political divide.  (Photo Courtesy of CBS News).

Donald Trump venting over the FBI and the Russia investigation took to Twitter on Sunday night in a tweetstorm attack on Oprah Winfrey following her “60 Minutes” segment on America’s political divide. Despite his denial of spending time watching television, his response to Winfrey stated otherwise.

“Just watched a very insecure Oprah Winfrey, who at one point I knew very well, interview a panel of people on 60 Minutes,” tweeted Trump, “The questions were biased and slanted, the facts incorrect. Hope Oprah runs so she can be exposed and defeated just like all of the others!”

Winfrey’s report followed up her September segment featuring the same panel of Trump voters and non-Trump voters in the battleground state of Michigan. The goal of the segment was to understand their thoughts on his presidency and direction of the country one year after he took office.

In the wake of Winfrey’s historic #MeToo speech during the Golden Globes in January, an #Oprah2020 movement took root, with many stars – including Meryl Streep and Steven Spielberg – calling on Winfrey to consider running. Days later, Trump addressed the speculation, telling the press, “Yeah, I’ll beat Oprah.”

In 1999, Trump thought Winfrey would be a good running mate.  At the time Trump said: “I know her very well. You know, I did one of her last shows. She had Donald Trump – this was before politics – her last week, and she had Donald Trump and my family. It was very nice.”

Oprah Winfrey, despite earlier rumors of a presidential bid, has been clear that she has no intention of running for president.  Making it clear on her intentions she said in a 60 Minutes overtime clip separate from Sunday’s report. “If God actually wanted me to run, wouldn’t God kind of tell me?”

@LeNoraMillen       02-20-18

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Dodge MLK Super Bowl Ad Sparks Controversy



A Dodge Super Bowl ad has attracted criticism for its use of a sermon by Martin Luther King Jr. to sell trucks.

The ad featured a section of King’s The Drum Major Instinct sermon delivered February 4, 1968, overtop images of American patriotism, including America’s military and other service jobs like teachers and firefighters.

“If you want to be important—wonderful. If you want to be recognized—wonderful. If you want to be great—wonderful. But recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your servant,” King is heard saying in the ad. “That’s a new definition of greatness.”

The ad, which ran in support of the Ram Nation volunteer program, also featured images of Dodge trucks. On airing, it began to get immediate blowback.

“The use of MLK to promote Ram trucks strikes many people as crass and inappropriate,” Tim Calkins, a marketing professor at Northwestern University told the Associated Press.

Bernice A. King, the youngest child of the civil rights leader and his wife Coretta Scott King urged people to listen to the sermon “in its entirety.”

“Please listen to/read his speeches, sermons, and writings. Understand his comprehensive teachings and his global perspective. Study his nonviolent philosophy. It’s more than a tactic,” she tweeted, providing a link to the sermon.

A social media user took that message to heart and created a different version of the ad with King’s warning to his congregation from the same sermon that advertisers pressure them to buy more than they can afford, playing on their selfishness and the “drum major instinct” that pushes them to prove that they are better than others.

King said: “They have a way of saying things to you that kind of gets you into buying. In order to be a man of distinction, you must drink this whiskey. In order to make your neighbors envious, you must drive this type of car. In order to be lovely to love, you must wear this kind of lipstick or this kind of perfume. And you know, before you know it, you’re just buying that stuff (…) That’s the way the advertisers do it.”

King said people end up living “their lives trying to outdo the Joneses” rather than building communities around themselves.

The Dodge ad also appeared to some to contradict what King stood for as he famously argued for U.S. military spending to be cut and instead go to programs that served the poorest Americans.

“Are MLK’s words really being used right now to sell cars?” wrote Nicholas Thompson, the editor-in-chief of Wired magazine in response to the ad on Twitter.

The King Center distanced itself from the ad, pointing out it was not responsible for approving the use of King’s image and words,

Fiat Chrysler said it worked with King’s estate on the ad, which licenses King’s image and speeches, and is run by King’s son Dexter Scott King. The estate’s managing director, Eric D. Tidwell, said in a statement early Monday: “We found that the overall message of the ad embodied Dr. King’s philosophy that true greatness is achieved by serving others. Thus we decided to be a part of Ram’s ‘Built To Serve’ Super Bowl program.”

Source: Newsweek

@LeNoraMillen            02-05-18




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