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Brett Kavanaugh Is A Man The Right Can Get Behind
He's a monster and so this makes the point that confirming the monster would demonstrate victory.
thesupremes  trumpadministration  deadspin  sexualassault  brettkavanaugh  gop 
11 hours ago by UltraNurd
Opinion | I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration - The New York Times
Pretty wild. Someone wants to make him angry and therefore manipulatable. I don't buy their bona fides though — a Republican administration of any kind remains a harmful one.
trumpadministration  opinion  nyt 
20 days ago by UltraNurd
גורמים המעורבים במו"מ: "דיל המאה" יידחה בחודשים | ישראל היום
גם גורמים ערבים בכירים אישרו ל"ישראל היום" כי תוכנית השלום צפויה להידחות בכמה חודשים, ולדבריהם הסיבה לכך היא ההערכה בקהיר ובריאד שהבחירות ייערכו בתחילת 2019. עם זאת ציינו הגורמים כי ללא קשר לאפשרות של בחירות, מנהיגי מדינות ערב המתונות ובראשן סעודיה, מצרים וירדן העבירו מסר אחיד לבית הלבן כי הן מעדיפות להמתין לבחירות לקונגרס בארה"ב בטרם תוצג תוכנית השלום האזורית.
Israel  TrumpAdministration  Peace_Process  2018MidTerms 
4 weeks ago by elizrael
Congressional Republicans Are Failing the Test of Trump - The Atlantic
That’s 20 senators total. The current GOP majority includes 31 more, most of whom are even stauncher party-line voters than those listed above and thus would give rise to sarcastic “Oh, sure!” eye-roll reactions at the mere idea of their breaking ranks.

But remember: Every one of them swore an oath to defend the U.S. Constitution, not simply their own careerist comfort. And not a one of them, yet, has been willing to risk comfort, career, or fund-raising to defend the constitutional check-and-balance prerogatives of their legislative branch.
senate  trumpadministration  americawhatwentwrong  jamesfallows 
4 weeks ago by sampenrose
AP Sources: US ends Syria stabilization funding - Aug 17, 2018
U.S. officials said the administration notified Congress on Friday that it would not spend some $200 million that had been planned for Syria programs and would instead shift that money to other areas. Nearly all of that money, initially pledged by former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in February, had been on hold and under review since he was fired in March. A small fraction of that amount was released in June.

They said the cut will be more than offset by an additional $300 million pledged by coalition partners, including $100 million that Saudi Arabia announced it had contributed late Thursday. The State Department immediately welcomed the Saudi contribution, which is intended to help revitalize communities liberated from the Islamic State group like Raqqa.
TrumpAdministration  Mar15  aid 
5 weeks ago by elizrael
Report: US postpones rollout of Mideast 'deal of the century' - Israel Hayom, Aug 3, 2018
A White House source and senior Arab officials on Thursday said the Trump administration was postponing by several months the rollout of its so-called "deal of the century" to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The U.S. official said the administration has already decided not to present the peace plan before the congressional mid-term elections on Nov. 6 because certain components of the plan call for Israeli concessions and could harm Republican candidates' election bids.

The official also said that if Israel goes to elections after the Jewish holidays this September, then the administration would postpone the peace plan even further, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would not be able to adopt certain aspects during an election campaign.

Announcing the peace plan during an Israeli election campaign "would play into the hands of [Habayit Hayehudi Chairman Naftali] Bennett and the administration understands this," the official said, referring to the politician deemed Netanyahu's chief rival for the premiership.
TrumpAdministration  Peace_Process  2018USElections  elections  Israel 
6 weeks ago by elizrael
Trump is mad that Turkey’s economic crisis has made their currency weaker, so now he’s making it even weaker - The Washington Post
It all started with Turkey’s own mistakes — or, more accurately, with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s. He subscribes to the completely backward theory that lower interest rates cause lower inflation, which, now that he’s given himself the power to pick the country’s top central banker and made his son-in-law the finance minister, is actually being put to the test. Spoiler alert: It is not going well. The predictable result is this has made inflation get out of control — it is up to 15.9 percent when they are supposedly trying to keep it to 5 percent — because the central bank has been so slow to raise rates, and, in fact, refused to do so at its most recent meeting.

Far worse than that, though, is this has also sent Turkey’s currency on a downward spiral that threatens to destroy its entire economy. Why is that? Well, there are three things to understand. The first is Turkey needs to borrow a lot of money from overseas; the second is the Federal Reserve’s rate hikes have made holding money in the United States attractive enough that it is hard for Turkey to get what it needs without sweetening the pot for investors by raising rates itself; and the third is, as a result of all its past borrowing, Turkey has foreign currency debts equal to 30 percent of its economy. Put these all together, and you get a pretty classic emerging markets crisis: Money has been leaving Turkey because it can now get good enough returns elsewhere, which is then pushing down the value of their currency so much that their dollar debts are getting harder to pay back.
Turkey  economy  inflation  TrumpAdministration  trade 
6 weeks ago by elizrael
Trump May Cut Suspended Aid To Palestinians Soon : NPR
There have been some exceptions to the funding freeze, officials say. The U.S. recently released money to support Palestinian Authority security forces cooperating with Israel on safety in the West Bank. The U.S. is expected to release about $25 million to support East Jerusalem hospitals that treat Palestinian patients.

Harden said he learned that the administration would likely return unspent money to government coffers, not repurpose it for development projects in other parts of the world.
aid  UNRWA  TrumpAdministration  Palestinians 
6 weeks ago by elizrael
Israeli, Saudi, and Emirati Officials Privately Pushed for Trump to Strike a “Grand Bargain” with Putin | The New Yorker, July 9, 2018
Current and former U.S. officials said that bin Zayed, known as M.B.Z., was not the only leader in the region who favored rapprochement between the former Cold War adversaries. While America’s closest allies in Europe viewed with a sense of dread Trump’s interest in partnering with Putin, three countries that enjoyed unparallelled influence with the incoming Administration—Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the U.A.E.—privately embraced the goal. Officials from the three countries have repeatedly encouraged their American counterparts to consider ending the Ukraine-related sanctions in return for Putin’s help in removing Iranian forces from Syria.
Iran  Mar15  Israel  UAE  Saudi-Arabia  TrumpAdministration  Russia  sanction  Ukraine 
7 weeks ago by elizrael
Trump and Allies Seek End to Refugee Status for Millions of Palestinians – Foreign Policy, Aug 3, 2018
In the same January email, Kushner wrote: “Our goal can’t be to keep things stable and as they are. … Sometimes you have to strategically risk breaking things in order to get there.”

“[Kushner said] the resettlement has to take place in the host countries and these governments can do the job that UNRWA was doing,” said Hanan Ashrawi, a member of Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
UNRWA  Palestinians  rightOfReturn  TrumpAdministration  leak  Kushner 
7 weeks ago by elizrael
Flynn, Comey, and Mueller: What Trump Knew and When He Knew It
Trump knew Flynn was under criminal investigation when he pressured Comey to close the case
FBI  Trump  corruption  TrumpAdministration 
8 weeks ago by elizrael
You're on your own, US tells Syrian rebels, as Assad goes on offensive | Reuters, June 23, 2018
The US message sent to heads of the Free Syrian Army said Washington wanted to make clear that “you should not base your decisions on the assumption or expectation of a military intervention by us”.
TrumpAdministration  Mar15  Daraa  FSA  MOC 
8 weeks ago by elizrael
Is Trump handing Putin a victory in Syria? - The Washington Post, June 28, 2018
● Russia and the Assad regime will expand their outreach to Syrian Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria, in areas where the Kurds have partnered successfully with U.S. Special Operations forces to defeat the Islamic State and restore stability. U.S. commanders hope American troops can remain for 18 more months or so. But Trump has voiced his impatience with this mission.
Russia  Israel  TrumpAdministration  Iran  Daraa  SDF 
8 weeks ago by elizrael
With Trump strategy unclear, U.S. allies turn to Moscow to secure their interests in Syria - The Washington Post, July 14, 2018
Confused by apparently conflicting administration messages, and doubtful that the United States has a plan for achieving its own long-term goals in Syria, regional allies have reached out to Russia. “For years, there has been a growing disappointment with the U.S. posture in the region,” a third official said. “Countries are beginning to make their own calculations.”
Russia  Mar15  Israel  Saudi-Arabia  Iran  TrumpAdministration 
8 weeks ago by elizrael

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