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Spicer is literally saying "The Clinton's did it too".
Not even that. He's talking about legal surveillances with incidental collection, that to his knowledge had "little or no value". There is literally no news in all that. And not even an implication of a misconduct.

First the BS 'hacking voting machines' question, now this. Nunes seems to be the official Squid Ink Procucer of the administration.
I know journalists have their hands full with lots of angles to pursue, but I wish Trump or GOP politicians would be pushed on what specific new laws/rules they'll push for to reign in the intelligence agencies' spying on American citizens.
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New day, new Manafort revelation:
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Manafort proposed in a confidential strategy plan as early as June 2005 that he would influence politics, business dealings and news coverage inside the United States, Europe and the former Soviet republics to benefit the Putin government, even as U.S.-Russia relations under Republican President George W. Bush grew worse. Manafort pitched the plans to Russian aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska, a close Putin ally with whom Manafort eventually signed a $10 million annual contract beginning in 2006, according to interviews with several people familiar with payments to Manafort and business records obtained by the AP. Manafort and Deripaska maintained a business relationship until at least 2009, according to one person familiar with the work.
AP link
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The Manafort saga continues:
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A Ukrainian lawmaker released new financial documents Tuesday allegedly showing that a former campaign chairman for President Trump laundered payments from the party of a disgraced ex-leader of Ukraine using offshore accounts in Belize and Kyrgyzstan.
WaPo
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
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And then, understating the role of Trump's former campaign chairman, Spicer added: "There has been discussion of Paul Manafort, who played a very limited role for a very limited amount of time."
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/paul-manafort-role-in-trump-campaign-236269
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Glenn Greenwald flagged up this everyone-got-it-wrong-except-me-type piece by Byron York... Despite the unlikelihood of everyone except York getting it wrong, it actually does, AFAICT, make a relevant point about the GOP platform change in connection with the GOP convention. York claims (a) the draft platform originally contained support for sanctions and territorial integrity of Ukraine, (b) this remained, (c) a Texas politician named Diana Denman proposed additional paragraphs, (d) these additional paragraphs got shorted and softened ("lethal" -> "appropriate assistance") before being added.
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/how-pundits-flubbed-on-trump-and-russia/article/2617802

Anybody know more about this? Might be worth looking for replies to York's piece.
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My bet is Trump would have written Merkel off the instant he decided her tits weren't impressive enough.
Merkel is absolutely hated among the alt-right because she took in refugees, so I bet a public show of disrespect played well with them. OTOH, I'm sure he would've gotten away with a simple handshake, so maybe it was just one of his least sharp moments like the earlier phone call Turnbull.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
If you have any suggested specs for the Trump Wall, now is the time to submit them.
https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-03-18/trump-sets-terms-for-nice-looking-wall-impervious-to-pick-axes
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
Lutefisk is basically a solid argument against white people being the master race.
Yeah. Maybe part of my indifference to culture is that of the nominally 2 cultural identities I could adopt, both basically eat preserved fish and flour and lard fried on a flat thing as their signature cuisine.
Eta: and wild game
If lutefisk is too hardcore, there's always bacalao to unite Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian cooking.
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I think the visitor handshake in front of the press is going to be like the initial couch scene in The Simpsons. He'll find a slightly new way each time.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
I don't get a paywall and that article is a glowing trump review.
Hmm... it worked on my phone but not my laptop---I must have used up my free articles.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: So-Called Democrat
It's all yours now, you decide.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: So-Called Democrat
haha, OK, I fell for the thread necromancer trick
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Politics and Current Events / Re: So-Called Democrat
Any inside info on how Trump is being received in Korea, BSB?
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
Paywalled so I can only see the short quote but wow if this is true.

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Behind Trump's Russia Romance, There's a Tower Full of Oligarchs (not sure there's much new, just a nice summary of business ties)
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This is fucking evil.
In combination with the excessive costs for frequent Mar-a-Lago vacations and security at Trump Tower, it does send a pretty clear message.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
Uh...

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/tillerson-stresses-regional-cooperation-to-curb-north-koreas-weapons-programs/2017/03/16/4ec5e07c-09ab-11e7-bd19-fd3afa0f7e2a_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-more-top-stories_tillerson-8a%3Ahomepage%2Fstory
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Diplomacy has failed and it's time to "take a different approach" to North Korea, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said here Thursday, as the North Korean Embassy in China warned that American military threats were bringing the region to the brink of nuclear war.
IIRC it was a major Fox News talking point a few years back that Obama was wreckless in his foreign policy. Good times.
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lol, fighting back by sharing credit for the work
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"Obviously, the major components are staying intact because this is something we wrote with President Trump," Ryan told Fox Business.
http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/324077-ryan-the-gop-health-plan-was-written-with-trump
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
What's the movie that seriously involves air traffic controllers? i'ts apparently not Tin Cup or Happy Gilmore. So what is it?

Thinking about it, I think it probably is Tin Cup, and descriptions of the film have just failed me.
Ground Control?
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
What could possibly go wrong?
Yeah, seems like there's a high risk of e.g. collusion with the richest airline companies and loosening the security protocols. The article mentions that a few other countries have privatized ATC---a bit of Googling led me to the list Australia, New Zealand, Germany, and Switzerland. I don't know how it has worked out there.
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse


Trump's sources were a NYT article and Bret Baier. Also he chooses not to prove the claim now but the WH has some good evidence he might show the intel committee.

Prediction:
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
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Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
I'm still trying to get my head around the white house confirming the leaked tax return pages last night and Trump implying in a tweet that they're fake news this morning.

And also that nobody has ever heard of the  pulitzer prize winning reporter who published the leaked pages.
Pass on the second, but the first in isolation just seems like the usual Trump self-contradiction.
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19 is up from 2012 (15) and down from 2010 (24).

Highest turnout in 31 years according to @EuropeElects, so at least people recognize that this is an important election.