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The Mystery of the Havana Syndrome
"The request became a crucial sticking point in the negotiations. Much of the wrangling fell to Roberta Jacobson, the Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs. 'In nonpermissive environments, you have to be able to send a container that they won’t be able to look inside,' she explained. 'When we built our new Embassy in China, they gave us an unlimited quota for secure containers.' The Cubans argued that history had left them apprehensive, she recalled: 'They said to us, "You used your secure containers in the past to bring in materials for counter-revolutionary groups." Which is true—but we hadn’t really been doing that for some time. The thing is, you’d give a fax machine to a dissident and it would be seized the next day, so it was kind of pointless anyway.' After six months of negotiations, the Cubans grudgingly agreed to allow one container into the country without an inspection."
a:Adam-Entous  a:Jon-Lee-Anderson  p:The-New-Yorker★★  d:2018.11.19  w:10500  diplomacy  intelligence-gathering  Cuba  Barack-Obama  Donald-Trump  Russia  China  from instapaper
6 days ago by bankbryan
Three Remarkable Things About Michael Cohen's Plea
"Even if the pursuit of the hotel deal wasn’t criminal (and there’s no evidence that it was), everyone in Trump’s orbit who made statements about it—whether under oath or in interviews with the FBI—is in jeopardy today. They’re not just in danger from Mueller, either. In just weeks, a Democratic majority will take over the House of Representatives. Control of committees will shift, and subpoenas will fly like arrows at Agincourt. Each hearing will present new terrible choices: Take the Fifth, tell uncomfortable truths, or lie and court perjury charges? Each subpoena is a new chance for frightened Trump associates to make new bad decisions like the ones that have felled Cohen and Manafort and Gates and Flynn and Papadopoulos."
a:Ken-White★★★  p:The-Atlantic★★  d:2018.11.29  w:1000  Donald-Trump  law  from iphone
7 days ago by bankbryan
In Conversation: Penn Jillette
"I will now violate a nondisclosure agreement."
"Only if you want to."
"I know you’ll use it properly and if you don’t, I don’t give a fuck anyway."
a:David-Marchese  a:Penn-Jillette★  p:Vulture★★  d:2018.08.14  w:6500  interview  politics  gender  Donald-Trump  future  race  alcohol  from twitter
5 weeks ago by bankbryan
Trump and The Horseface - YouTube
Another week, another Twitter meltdown from The White House.
donald-trump  politics  video  youtube 
6 weeks ago by kogakure
Sarah Huckabee Sanders Is Just Doing What White Women Do Best | GQ
She isn't being held captive; she's a captor. She is not swallowing her pride and her integrity for the party; the party is her pride and her integrity. You can not sell your soul if you don't possess one.
damon-young  gq.com  sarah-huckabee-sanders  christine-blasey-ford  brett-kavanaugh  white-women  white-supremancy  politics  donald-trump 
9 weeks ago by yolandaenoch
In Conversation: Billy Joel
"It didn’t bother me. I remembered it because it was so over-the-top. Had I been younger and still recording it would have bothered me because it was so wrong. I know good music: You can’t tell me everything I do is bad. But some people just have that reaction to my stuff."
"What is that visceral reaction about?"
"I chalk up a lot of it to my voice — I hear my voice and it annoys me. Or maybe it’s my persona or how I come off on TV or in interviews. I could probably come off obnoxious unless you’re from my neighborhood and know how we talk. But back in the ’70s, critics decided who was going to be in the good group and the bad group and I thought I got a bad shake."
a:David-Marchese  a:Billy-Joel  p:Vulture★★  d:2018.07  w:7500  interview  music  Donald-Trump  from instapaper
10 weeks ago by bankbryan

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