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« Reply #16500 on: March 05, 2018, 10:03:54 AM »

State Dept. Was Granted $120 Million to Fight Russian Meddling. It Has Spent $0.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/04/world/europe/state-department-russia-global-engagement-center.html
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« Reply #16501 on: March 05, 2018, 10:04:43 AM »

https://twitter.com/ThePlumLineGS/status/970617171616452608
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« Reply #16502 on: March 05, 2018, 10:13:41 AM »

So the Trump Administration claiming their steel/aluminum tariff is allowable under a national security exception under their WTO agreement.

Now Trump is tweeting that its about European VAT, and also that he would lift it if Canada renegotiates NAFTA.

Whoops.

New York didn't send their best and brightest to the rest of the US with that one, did they?

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« Reply #16503 on: March 05, 2018, 11:48:21 AM »

It's disturbing to me that the national conversation right now isn't about how the heck the executive branch can impose tariffs all by itself.  Forbes questions this:

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The current fiasco and potential economic crisis Donald Trump has created by announcing he would impose tariffs of 25% on steel imports and 10% on aluminum has one root cause – too much power over trade policy vested in a U.S. president.

Would Republicans want President Bernie Sanders to have the authority to raise taxes whenever he wants? If not, then why would they be fine with giving any president the power to impose tariffs on imported goods? After all, every economist knows a tariff is just another name for a tax.

I asked Donald J. Boudreaux, a professor of economics at George Mason University, to evaluate Donald Trump’s understanding of international trade and his qualifications to decide tariff levels for all Americans. “If Trump were a student in my Econ 101 class, an 'F' would be too high a grade,” said Boudreaux. “When it comes to trade, President Trump has the dubious distinction of being unfailingly and spectacularly wrong on every issue, big and small.”

Would Congress allow someone who thinks the moon is the center of the solar system to plan a manned mission to Mars? The crew might end up flying into the sun.

Despite this, over the years, Congress has passed laws that give too much authority over international trade to the president, whoever that president might be. The perils of such laws are now apparent.

Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) has introduced the Global Trade Accountability Act (S. 177), which empowers Congress to approve tariff increases or other “unilateral trade actions.” The bill is simple: “Unilateral trade actions shall require congressional approval,” according to a Congressional summary. Unilateral trade actions are defined as prohibiting the import of an article, imposing an increase in duty or “tightening” a tariff-rate quota or quantitative restriction, or suspending, withdrawing or preventing trade agreement concessions or other restrictions on importing an item.

If the bill were in effect today, then Donald Trump would have to convince members of Congress that imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum were a good idea....
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« Reply #16504 on: March 05, 2018, 12:20:13 PM »

State Dept. Was Granted $120 Million to Fight Russian Meddling. It Has Spent $0.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/04/world/europe/state-department-russia-global-engagement-center.html

This is a battle on multiple fronts and our government is thumb-twiddling like a [can't think of the right metaphor here].  Also would be useful if the FBI has enough staff to make progress on Torshin laundering money into the 2016 campaign via the NRA...

https://www.npr.org/2018/03/01/590076949/depth-of-russian-politicians-cultivation-of-nra-ties-revealed

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« Reply #16505 on: March 05, 2018, 01:06:59 PM »

State Dept. Was Granted $120 Million to Fight Russian Meddling. It Has Spent $0.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/04/world/europe/state-department-russia-global-engagement-center.html

This is a battle on multiple fronts and our government is thumb-twiddling like a [can't think of the right metaphor here].  Also would be useful if the FBI has enough staff to make progress on Torshin laundering money into the 2016 campaign via the NRA...

https://www.npr.org/2018/03/01/590076949/depth-of-russian-politicians-cultivation-of-nra-ties-revealed



Our government?

Or the Republican Party? This is not a matter of “both sides do it” because the GOP is going out of its official way to... well, let’s say they’re being less than helpful.
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« Reply #16506 on: March 05, 2018, 01:26:56 PM »

I guess the guys over at Harley Davidson gunned their bikes and woke up Speaker Ryan
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« Reply #16507 on: March 05, 2018, 01:27:25 PM »

"Mr President, this will be remembered by our people THROUGHOUT THE AGES"

- Benjamin Netanyahu, on US moving the embassy to Jerusalem
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« Reply #16508 on: March 05, 2018, 01:45:28 PM »

"Mr President, this will be remembered by our people THROUGHOUT THE AGES"

- Benjamin Netanyahu, on US moving the embassy to Jerusalem

They can paint portraits of each other on their respective cell walls.

A 25% tariff on foreign steel and a 10% tariff on foreign aluminum is going to depress the price and increase the desirability of aluminum realative to steel. This will impact design decisions in vehicles, appliances, and many things besides. It’s an aluminum discount which in stoking demand for aluminum works to the benefit of any oligarch with substantial aluminum holdings. More business as usual from corruption junction on the Potomac.
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« Reply #16509 on: March 05, 2018, 01:46:21 PM »

"Mr President, this will be remembered by our people THROUGHOUT THE AGES"

- Benjamin Netanyahu, on US moving the embassy to Jerusalem
Yeah, others will remember it that long too. Some are recruiting on it now.

Others, working towards.peace, will remember our fickleness in moving unilaterally on a final status issue contrary to our long standing policy and without input all other concerned.parties. But people with no geopolitical understanding love it. Fuck YEAH! We don't listen to anyone else!
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« Reply #16510 on: March 05, 2018, 02:22:02 PM »

State Dept. Was Granted $120 Million to Fight Russian Meddling. It Has Spent $0.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/04/world/europe/state-department-russia-global-engagement-center.html

This is a battle on multiple fronts and our government is thumb-twiddling like a [can't think of the right metaphor here].  Also would be useful if the FBI has enough staff to make progress on Torshin laundering money into the 2016 campaign via the NRA...

https://www.npr.org/2018/03/01/590076949/depth-of-russian-politicians-cultivation-of-nra-ties-revealed



Our government?

Or the Republican Party? This is not a matter of “both sides do it” because the GOP is going out of its official way to... well, let’s say they’re being less than helpful.

Imagine what they would be doing if Putin was trying to elect Democrats.  That even this is a partisan issue for them, that they put Party that far over Country, is astounding.

Interesting bit in the New Yorker profile of Steele that slots in to this.  Apparently he wrote another memo that says the Russians killed Trump's first pick for Secretary of State, Mitt Romney.  Not so hard to believe given how things worked out for them...a head of the State Department with extensive ties in Russian Oil who won't spend the money he is given to help combat Russian interference...
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« Reply #16511 on: March 05, 2018, 02:51:42 PM »

When I googled “aluminum oligarch “, this was the top result

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oleg_Deripaska

Amazing the results you get when you have a pee-tape to wiggle, and much else besides.

And no US State Department to ride herd on US business and their deals abroad.

And the chief geek dances any time an oligarch gives him just a little squeeze.
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« Reply #16512 on: March 05, 2018, 03:19:41 PM »

When I googled “aluminum oligarch “, this was the top result

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oleg_Deripaska

Amazing the results you get when you have a pee-tape to wiggle, and much else besides.

And no US State Department to ride herd on US business and their deals abroad.

And the chief geek dances any time an oligarch gives him just a little squeeze.

Total speculation, and of course it would be crazy if the Russians have this much control over policy or appointments (remember, though, Steele considered credible by the FBI, and much of what he has turned up has been confirmed...)

BUT...it occurred to me a couple of weeks ago that the more the "Russia Thing" heats up, the less use any kompromat over Trump has.  Trump can (amazingly) refuse to implement new sanctions or use resources to combat election interference, and that doesn't cause too many waves.  But he can't do much more than that for Putin without setting off alarm bells.  He certainly is not in a position right now, for example, to lift sanctions, or return assets seized under Obama.

So at some point (in an election year no less) the Kompromat becomes more valuable to Putin politically if it becomes known.   The propaganda value to him if people had confirmation that he screwed with the US's vaunted Democracy?  Huge.  It makes him look like the most powerful guy in the world.  And he gets to sit back and enjoy watching the chaos that would cause here without the threat, at least in the short term, of it bringing about more sanctions.

If there is any truth to this, you would look to see Trump doing more to prove his value, that Putin shouldn't pull the plug yet.  Could the Tariffs be a sign of that?  Or Trump antagonizing our European allies? 

Its crazy to think any of this could be true, but the crazier thing right now is that we have zero reason to think that it couldn't be.
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« Reply #16513 on: March 05, 2018, 03:29:32 PM »

"And he gets to sit back and enjoy watching the chaos......"

Shouldn't be any chaos.
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« Reply #16514 on: March 05, 2018, 04:53:39 PM »

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Ummmmmm….not to state the obvious, but how would you know this if you had not been here before, and for a goodly length of time at that?

LoL.  As anyone who's been here for a goodly time knows, the dramatically announced departeds almost always come back.  

For a good time, call Elba?

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