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    William Barr and Opus Dei, the Secretive Ultra-Conservative Catholic Organization That Poses an Existential Threat to Democracy and Pluralism

    It is no secret that Attorney General William P. Barr has ties to Opus Dei, the highly secretive, ultra-conservative Catholic organization. Opus Dei, which literally means "The Work of God," “is known for recruiting very influential members, especially those simpatico with culturally conservative causes,” veteran journalist Frank Cocozzelli recently explained. Barr’s connections to Opus Dei – it is unclear how deep it runs -- might in part explain, as Cocozzelli pointed out in an early May story headlined “Did Opus Dei Teach A.G. Barr to ‘Puts Away His Scruples’?,” Barr’s “apparent ‘ends justifies the means’ strategy” regarding his testimony about the Mueller Report before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.

    “Before his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in January, Barr had completed a questionnaire,” Betty Clermont reported. “On page 4, he listed positions he’s held as director of the Catholic Information Center [which is managed by priests from Opus Dei], (2014-1017), director of the [decidedly right wing think tank] Ethics and Public Policy Center (2004-2009) and director of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty (1994-2015).

    In her blog, The Open Tabernacle, Clerment, the author of The Neo-Catholics: Implementing Christian Nationalism in America, wrote: “the Opus Dei Catholic Information Center’s ‘members and leaders continue to have an outsize impact on policy and politics. It is the conservative spiritual and intellectual center … and its influence is felt in all of Washington’s corridors of power,’ the Washington Post stated recently.”

    “As Cozocelli points out,” researcher D. Cary Hart told me in an email, ”Barr was on the board of Catholic Information Center. The priests who manage CIC are all Opus Dei members and it is generally believed that membership is required of the board of directors. [However] [y]ou will never be able to prove it, [since] Supernumeraries and Cooperators keep their identities secret.”
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    They helped Trump win Michigan, then his immigration crackdown split their community

    MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. — The kettle steamed in the background as a familiar yet painful argument began to boil over between father and daughter in the Slewo home last Inauguration Day.

    “My president is going to be good for the Christians and the economy,” Warda Slewo, an ardent Donald Trump fan, told his daughter, Ashourina Slewo, in her small kitchen in the northeastern suburbs of Detroit on Jan. 20, 2017.

    “Your president is a racist,” Ashourina shot back. “I can’t look at your face when you’re saying that his plan for the economy outweighs the horrible things he’s saying about humans.”

    The argument got so heated that Ashourina’s big sister Ashley physically inserted herself between the two, telling her father to leave the house while everyone cooled down.

    Warda later apologized to his daughter, and the two made up.
    But just a few months later, Ashourina’s worst fears about what Trump’s election would mean for their Iraqi Christian family came true. On a hot Sunday in June, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents fanned out in the Detroit suburbs, picking up more than 100 Iraqi immigrants as they made their way home from churches or family lunches. One of them was Ashourina’s father.

    When Warda Slewo reached a detention center in Ohio early the next morning, ICE allowed him a one-minute phone call. “Write this down,” he told his daughter. “They’re holding me in Youngstown. Don’t leave me.”

    An automated voice chimed in the background, warning the two that they only had 10 seconds left to speak.

    “Hey Dad,” Ashourina said, unable to help herself. “Do you still support Trump?”

    She heard the sound of her dad cursing in Aramaic before the line went dead.
    Love the daughter! Sad it had to hit him in particular and their family before the wakeup call. You see it so often, its fine as long as its 'someone else' taking the hits. Yeah get "them" . Then when the realization dawns that you are "THEM" too. It's too late you are caught up in your consequences now.

    As long as everyone else you screwed over with your vote.

    I felt the daughters anger. They were being so shortsighted. All the evidence was there. They choose to embrace someone with no morals.

    Its just insane how they saw what they wanted to see with trump. He had NO MORAL character. Yet so many evangelicals, and Christians somehow thought he was a savior or something. They ignore what he said and did and the racism. And just put some kind of weird halo on him its mind boggling to this day.

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    The Fiona Hill Hearing is going on.


    ‘Trump’s eyes and ears’: Matt Gaetz blocked from closed-door hearing with Russia aide

    Someone tried to sneak in when he wasn't supposed to.

    Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) was prevented from entering the closed-door hearing where former Russia adviser Fiona Hill was testifying.

    The former foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump was subpoenaed by the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees for closed door depositions — which Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) blocked Gaetz from entering.
    Gaetz does not sit on any of those committees, and the House parliamentarian agreed with House Intelligence committee chairman Schiff that the Trump ally could not attend the hearing.

    “It’s not like I’m on the agriculture committee,” Gaetz complained afterward.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    The Fiona Hill Hearing is going on.


    ‘Trump’s eyes and ears’: Matt Gaetz blocked from closed-door hearing with Russia aide

    Someone tried to sneak in when he wasn't supposed to.
    Every time I see that guy on TV I think.....repulsive toady

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    Inside Trump’s Botched Attempt to Hire Trey Gowdy

    For 24 hours last week, Trey Gowdy, the former South Carolina congressman best known for leading congressional investigations of Hillary Clinton, was the new face of President Trump’s outside legal defense and a symbol of a streamlined effort to respond to a fast-moving impeachment inquiry.

    A day later, the arrangement fell apart, with lobbying rules prohibiting Mr. Gowdy from starting until January, possibly after the inquiry is over. Now, according to two people familiar with events, Mr. Gowdy is never expected to join the team. And Trump advisers are back to square one, searching for a different lawyer.

    How a celebrated announcement quickly ended in disarray offers a rare public glimpse into the internal posturing — and undercutting of colleagues — that has been playing out in the West Wing on a daily basis since Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry last month. Even as the White House confronts a deepening threat to Mr. Trump’s presidency, it has struggled to decide how to respond, and who should lead that response.
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    1 day? I didn't think anyone would beat Scaramucci's record.

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    So according to the article, the Trump Administration was unaware of the law prohibiting Gowdy from working for them until January. Would not be the first time this administration is ignorant of the law.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malvolio View Post
    So according to the article, the Trump Administration was unaware of the law prohibiting Gowdy from working for them until January. Would not be the first time this administration is ignorant of the law.
    Could also be that he was aware and just didn't think it should apply to him.
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    Inside Mark Zuckerberg's private meetings with conservative pundits

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been hosting informal talks and small, off-the-record dinners with conservative journalists, commentators and at least one Republican lawmaker in recent months to discuss issues like free speech and discuss partnerships.

    The dinners, which began in July, are part of Zuckerberg’s broader effort to cultivate friends on the right amid outrage by President Donald Trump and his allies over alleged “bias” against conservatives at Facebook and other major social media companies. "I’m under no illusions that he’s a conservative but I think he does care about some of our concerns,” said one person familiar with the gatherings, which multiple sources have confirmed.
    News of the outreach is likely to further fuel suspicions on the left that Zuckerberg is trying to appease the White House and stay out of Trump’s crosshairs. The president threatened to sue Facebook and Google in June and has in the past pressured the Justice Department to take action against his perceived foes.

    “The discussion in Silicon Valley is that Zuckerberg is very concerned about the Justice Department, under Bill Barr, bringing an enforcement action to break up the company,” said one cybersecurity researcher and former government official based in Silicon Valley. “So the fear is that Zuckerberg is trying to appease the Trump administration by not cracking down on right-wing propaganda.”

    Facebook has been criticized in recent days, including by Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, for its ad policy, which exempts politicians from third-party fact-checking and arguably facilitates the spread of disinformation.
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    The news is becoming more and more depressing.

    I miss the days when we hear more good news than horrific news.
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    Would you give up Google for $17,000 a year? The Federal Reserve wants to know.

    WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve wants to know what the internet is worth to you.

    The answer could help the central bank solve one of the most puzzling paradoxes of the modern economy. The current economic expansion is the longest in history, yet productivity gains are weak and GDP growth, while steady, is far from stellar.

    In a speech this week, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell raised the possibility that the problem is with the data itself. GDP measures the value of products and services that are bought and sold. But many of the greatest technological innovations of the internet age are free. Search engines, e-mail, GPS, even Facebook — the official economic statistics are not designed to capture the benefits they generate for businesses and consumers.

    “Good decisions require good data, but the data in hand are seldom as good as we would like,” Powell said.

    Instead, Powell cited recent work by Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist Erik Brynjolfsson, one of the leading academics on the intersection of technology and the economy. In a paper with Avinash Collis of the National Bureau of Economic Research and Felix Eggers of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, the authors conducted massive surveys to estimate the monetary value that users place on the tools of modern life.

    The results? The median user would need about $48 to give up Facebook for one month. The median price of giving up video streaming services like YouTube for a year is $1,173. To stop using search engines, consumers would need a median $17,530, making it the most valuable digital service.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KNIGHT OF THE LAKE View Post
    Okay.... and he was still called a socialist at every turn. His signature legislation was deemed socialist. The Republicans ran against it for his entire 8 years and won back government over it. Obama was literally the only exception in that he was a strong candidate and could win. 2008 was also the earliest and the socialism attack then was rather light. So really 2012 was the only time he won with a heavy socialist attack. And even then he had a surging economy and Romney was a weak candidate
    He was called a socialist, but that doesn't mean all the swing voters took it seriously.

    That's hardly an indication that there are voters out there eager for a confirmed socialist.

    Quote Originally Posted by SquirrelMan View Post
    Of course not.
    But there will be more like him.
    Because of your party and his base.
    We've seen less qualified Presidents on both sides recently.

    Bill Clinton is the only person to get elected to the White House mainly on his experience as a small-state Governor.
    George W Bush was Governor of a state where the legislature had all the power.
    Barack Obama didn't even have a full term as a part time Senator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Mets View Post
    He was called a socialist, but that doesn't mean all the swing voters took it seriously.

    That's hardly an indication that there are voters out there eager for a confirmed socialist.

    We've seen less qualified Presidents on both sides recently.

    Bill Clinton is the only person to get elected to the White House mainly on his experience as a small-state Governor.
    George W Bush was Governor of a state where the legislature had all the power.
    Barack Obama didn't even have a full term as a part time Senator.
    Wait... did you just?

    You did, didn't you?

    Man. No wonder you're still a Republican.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    The news is becoming more and more depressing.

    I miss the days when we hear more good news than horrific news.
    When was that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mathew101281 View Post
    When was that?
    After January 20, 2009 and before November 2016
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