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The shameful silence of the CEOs | Salon.com

The shameful silence of the CEOs | Salon.com | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it

As the Republican Party moves toward Trump’s looniness — his xenophobia, isolationism, attacks on the press and on truth, conflicts of interest, anti-Muslim and racist provocations, climate-change denials, proposed cuts in Medicare and Medicaid, dismantling of the Affordable Care Act, and evisceration of the constitutional divide between church and state — Jamie Dimon and his ilk could come out big losers.

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Why don't the skinflints, cheapskates and misers in the GOP leadership stand up for the needs of voters? It's because, between the kickbacks and the dark money, they have no need for you.

 

It doesn't matter whether you're a GOP constituent or not.

 

The middle class and working people don't pay GOP leaders enough to care, but the CEOs do. So when CEOs don't want Republican leaders to help the voting public, help doesn't come. 

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Paul Ryan, Trump Enabler - TheAtlantic.com

Paul Ryan, Trump Enabler - TheAtlantic.com | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it

The outgoing House speaker, more than any other lawmaker, paved the path for congressional Republicans’ subjugation to the president.

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Republicans Promise To Slash Medicare And Social Security — But Keep Tax Cuts - NationalMemo.com

Republicans Promise To Slash Medicare And Social Security — But Keep Tax Cuts - NationalMemo.com | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it
Republicans in Congress are pushing plans for their most unpopular ideas, even as the party faces major challenges in upcoming elections.
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GOP had to spend $1 million to barely hold a deep red seat in Arizona - ShareBlue.com

GOP had to spend $1 million to barely hold a deep red seat in Arizona - ShareBlue.com | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it
Republicans desperately dumped a ton of money into the Arizona race, and the seat still swung 32 points toward Democrats.
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Wall Street banks pocketed over $3 billion, thanks to GOP tax scam - ShareBlue.com

Wall Street banks pocketed over $3 billion, thanks to GOP tax scam - ShareBlue.com | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it

Mega-banks on Wall Street have already received more than $3.5 billion in giveaways from the GOP tax scam, and are en route to take home over $19 billion.

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Flint man, 79, gets probation for embezzlement - The Detroit News

Flint man, 79, gets probation for embezzlement - The Detroit News | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it
A 79-year-old Flint man has been sentenced to five years probation and $698 in fines for stealing nearly $37,000 in gaming funds from a Catholic church.

David Lee Thiese received the sentence Tuesday in Genessee County Circuit Court, according to the Michigan Gaming Control Board.

He also has to pay the church, the St. Pius X Catholic Church and School in Flint, restitution.

Thiese pleaded guilty in February to a felony charge of embezzlement and faced up to 15 years in prison.
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Lawyer accused of stealing $10M from clients to fund a gambling addiction | Daily Mail Online

Lawyer accused of stealing $10M from clients to fund a gambling addiction | Daily Mail Online | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it

Brody Clarke, a lawyer who used to work for at Sydney law firm Atanaskovic Hartnell, has been accused of siphoning almost $10million from two companies to feed his gambling addiction.

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'So ordered': Court grants Trump request to intervene in Michael Cohen case - RawStory.com

'So ordered': Court grants Trump request to intervene in Michael Cohen case - RawStory.com | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it

A federal judge in Manhattan granted President Donald Trump’s request to intervene in the court hearing regarding longtime attorney Michael Cohen, whose offices were raided on Monday. Erica Orden, a political reporter for The Wall Street Journal broke the news via Twitter on Friday. “The Court GRANTS the application of President Trump to intervene in this proceeding. SO ORDERED,” she tweeted. "President Trump" was, officially, granted intervention in the Cohen case. pic.twitter.com/0fqDnOVPlj — Chris Geidner …

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Trump fought fire legislation and refused to install sprinklers on residential floors of Trump Tower - RawStory.com

Trump fought fire legislation and refused to install sprinklers on residential floors of Trump Tower - RawStory.com | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it

President Donald Trump lobbied not to have sprinklers installed on the residential floors of his New York properties. After one person died in a fire at Trump Tower on Saturday, CBS News noted that Trump had not fought against legislation to require sprinklers in residential skyscrapers. The New York Times reported in 1999 that Trump opposed the legislation, claiming that he could not afford to put sprinklers in his buildings.

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Is it time to break up the tech giants such as Facebook? | Larry Elliott | The Guardian

Is it time to break up the tech giants such as Facebook? | Larry Elliott | The Guardian | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it

Amazon, Facebook and Google are as dominant as Standard Oil and AT&T were. But breaking them up is not going to be easy

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CNN’s Camerota gets evangelical to admit he cares more about tax cuts than Trump’s alleged sex assault victims - RawStory.com

CNN’s Camerota gets evangelical to admit he cares more about tax cuts than Trump’s alleged sex assault victims - RawStory.com | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it

CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on Wednesday got into a contentious argument with evangelical author Stephen Strang about evangelicals’ continued support for President Donald Trump despite his numerous affairs and scandals. At the start of the interview, Strang tried to claim that Trump has changed a great deal ever since he allegedly had sex with an adult …

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WATCH: Here's how one town got rid of a racist billionaire Trump ally - RawStory.com 

WATCH: Here's how one town got rid of a racist billionaire Trump ally - RawStory.com  | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it

It’s an age-old question: how do you fight a bully? Or perhaps yet more timely, how do you topple a bullying racist billionaire politician? The new Field of Vision documentary Adversary zooms in on a town doing its best to answer this question. Buffalo is home to Carl Paladino, who amassed his enormous fortune by putting up buildings all over town and across western New York state. 

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Trump lawyer demands Rosenstein fire Mueller following Sessions' 'brilliant and courageous' purge of McCabe - RawStory.com

Trump lawyer demands Rosenstein fire Mueller following Sessions' 'brilliant and courageous' purge of McCabe - RawStory.com | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it

President Donald Trump’s personal defense lawyer, John Dowd, told The Daily Beast on Saturday that he is praying for an end to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Dowd, confirming he was speaking on behalf of President Trump, hoped that the controversial firing of Andrew McCabe was only the beginning. Without outright calling for Mueller to be fired, the president’s attorney clearly made his hopes known for “an end” to the investigation.

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This is what it looks like when criminals are running the White House.

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Trump claims immunity, asks court to toss foreign payments suit - PoliticusUSA.com

Trump claims immunity, asks court to toss foreign payments suit - PoliticusUSA.com | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it

President Donald Trump has again asked a U.S.court to dismiss a suit accusing him of flouting constitutional safeguards against corruption by refusing to separate himself from his business empire while in office, claiming "absolute immunity."...

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Donald Trump not only wants a pass after knowing breaking U.S. laws, he wants a permanent "stay out of jail card." If that happens, greed and avarice won't be the only sins driving the Trump administration and the rest of the skinflints, cheapskates and misers in Congress.

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'Putin has no further use for Trump': CNN analyst explains why Trump Tower lawyer just admitted Kremlin connections - RawStory.com

'Putin has no further use for Trump': CNN analyst explains why Trump Tower lawyer just admitted Kremlin connections - RawStory.com | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it
Why did Kremlin-connected lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya just admit that she’s a Russian informant? A CNN panel discussed that today, with everyone agreeing that it was something Putin wanted her to do—and wondering aloud whether it’s just to sow more chaos, or if there is a greater strategy at play. Brain Karem, said his sources are indicating that this may be the next phase in Putin’s efforts to undermine the United States by exposing his help …
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OH-Sen: Sherrod Brown (D) Continues To Expose The GOP Tax Scam As One Big Giveaway To The Banks - DailyKos.com

OH-Sen: Sherrod Brown (D) Continues To Expose The GOP Tax Scam As One Big Giveaway To The Banks - DailyKos.com | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown’s (D. OH) re-election campaign.

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Michael Cohen case shines light on Sean Hannity's property empire | The Guardian

Michael Cohen case shines light on Sean Hannity's property empire | The Guardian | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it
Hannity, who is reportedly paid $36m per year for his television and radio shows, was criticised this week following Cohen’s court hearing, after it became clear he had defended Cohen and Trump on the air without disclosing that he also consulted Cohen for legal services.

He also declined to note his financial interest when he hosted Carson on Fox News last June for a discussion about Hud and housing. Hannity praised privatisation plans pushed by Trump and Carson.
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1988: Giuliani Had FBI End Investigation of Trump Money Laundering - Trump raised $2M for Giuliani | DailyKos.com

1988: Giuliani Had FBI End Investigation of Trump Money Laundering - Trump raised $2M for Giuliani | DailyKos.com | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it

U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani had FBI Agent Tony Lombardi end the FBI’s investigation on Trump money laundering.  A few weeks later, Donald Trump raised $2Million for Giuliani’s mayoral campaign.  Quid Pro Quo?

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Former employee at Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City sentenced for embezzlement | News OK

Former employee at Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City sentenced for embezzlement | News OK | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it
Margarita I. Solis, 47, of Oklahoma City, pleaded guilty last week to three felony counts of embezzlement. Oklahoma County prosecutors alleged she stole thousands of dollars meant for clients' immigration fees.

She was sentenced according to a plea agreement. If she successfully completes her probation, she won't be considered a felon.
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Greed will send them all to prison. And Mueller will put them there, one way or another. - DailyKos.com

Greed will send them all to prison. And Mueller will put them there, one way or another. - DailyKos.com | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it

I am not by nature a greedy person. As a father of four, with a stint as a single parent, I long ago decided that as long as they were cared for, that's all that mattered. Now? Hell, I've got a wife and kids that love me, my pooties, a roof over my head, food in my belly, a wifi connection, my laptop, MSNBC and CNN, my readers, and my X-Box 360. What more does a crusty old fart need? Gordon Gekko was right when he said "Greed id good." He's absolutely right, in moderate doses, greed is not only good, it's necessary. Without an inherent desire to better our own personal situations, and our world, there would be no cars, airplanes, computers or lifesaving medical treatments. Oh yeah, and kiss Starbucks goodbye too. Most of the worlds great advancements had some ulterior motive behind them. Greed equals human progress. But taken to extremes, greed can be not only corrosive, but self destructive. Just ask Michael Millken, Jack Abramoff, Martha Stewart, Leona Helmsley, and Bernie Madoff about that. And right now, a large chunk of our current political turmoil can be laid at the feet of greed, greed overcoming many, but fueled by the greed of one in particular. Tom Price gave up his safe House seat to become the Secretary of HHS. Now he has neither, being forced out by an ethics scandal involving possible improper stock trades involving companies he held sway over by dint of his House chairmanship. Scott Pruitt gave up his cushy House seat to become the EPA administrator. His days are numbered, and for what? Rampant greed. First class or private air travel, a taxpayer paid junket to Paris and Morocco, full time security., shady housing accommodations. Pruitt will be sacrificed at the Trump alter as a distraction to some other scandal when the time is right. And how about Michael "What Hit Me" Cohen? There's a good reason why Donald Trump is Michael Cohen's only paying client. Nobody with the IQ of celery would let this guy fight a traffic ticket for them. But apparently Cohen talks a good New York tough guy fixer game, and Trump will lose to celery on Final Jeopardy every time out, so it's all good. But Cohen's greed, and his high profile association with Trump is going to land him in prison. Not only for his fumble thumbing of the Stormy Daniels affair, but for whatever dirt they can dig up on his NY based taxi business, as well as God only knows what other sins they're finding as they turn over his business rocks. A Trump pardon won't save him when Eric Schneiderman drops on him like a hammer. The only thing Cohen has to decide is whether he prefers the safety of a federal pen or a NY state slammer. Jared Kushner is going to prison, one way or the other. If any multi cell organism is stupid enough to be caught pimping green card visas to Chinese investors in return for keeping his inheritance afloat, who knows what kind of lame shit he was pulling before the big time came along? But Robert Mueller sure as hell is looking now. And if things keep "Breaking Bad," this cut rate preppie Walter White may end up with his ex con father as his cell mate. And again, a Trump pardon won't save either of them from the clutches of the NY and NJ Attorneys General. I also believe that Donnie Redux, and quite possibly his idiot brother Eric will be modeling orange in the future. Where IQ is concerned, these two nitwits actually look up to celery as a mentor. Their life ambition is to rise to carrot. The Trump organization is under a Mueller microscope, and anything hinky that has occurred since January 20, 2017 will be laid directly at their doorstop, considering the fact that their treacherous father fingered them as exclusively running the business in his absence. Never mind that anything more complicated than Push-twist-open had to come from the old man himself, their signatures will be on the documents. Seeing as how the Trump organization is based in New York, Eric Schneiderman will scrape them up like bugs off of a windshield. I doubt that his vapid daughter Ivanka will suffer the same fate, since she was not publicly linked to the Trump organization in any official capacity, but she may be at risk of ruinous litigation involving her own business practices, including violating child labor laws in foreign countries. Let it percolate for a bit. And now, we get to the "Head Cheese" himself so to speak (pun intended). All by himself, Donald John Trump is the axis of evil here. Look above, all of these people were swimming along, contented as carp bottom feeding, pulling their little scams under the radar, until Trump came along. When you look at them individually, theirs is actually a rather plebian form of greed, they're puny spuds. But when Trump shit in his own mess kit on Russia, all of these people came under the microscope, and all of them will pay. Shit, Scott Pruitt wouldn't even have a problem if it wasn't for the open EPA checkbook Trump handed him. I have said since the primaries, where I covered him almost exclusively, and when he made his campaign as obnoxious as possible, that he never wanted to win, that this was nothing more than a "branding exercise" to him. A good measure of Trump's stupidity is that he tailored his campaign to supporters who couldn't buy his overpriced shit, live in one of his schlock condo's, or stay in one of his glitzy wealth wet dream hotels. But that's Trump, all bullshit, and no brains. And it was a totally self inflicted gunshot wound! Trump had been cruising along as an all purpose scumbag for 40 years, and likely could have cruised on indefinitely. But, when the criminal charges for his business, and there will be criminal charges, for things like wire fraud and money laundering start pouring in, enraged business partners, vendors, and tenants are going to start suing. And when she sees that, Melania is going to abandon the sinking garbage scow that is her marriage, and grab everything she can before it ends up in the grubby mitts of litigants. Hell, they didn't have to suffer through sleeping with Trump for that money! Trump is going to prison, of that I have no doubt. While there may be a DOJ "opinion" that states that a sitting President can't be indicted, even if Mueller decides not to test its tensile strength, there is no prohibition against a state from indicting a sitting President. And even if the US Supreme Court rules that he cannot be tried on state charges while serving, it doesn't matter, he can't run out the clock on the statute of limitations. Most states, including the federal code have an exemption to the statute. This exemption is based on the "availability of the defendant to stand trial." This prevents felons from committing a crime in the US, and then fleeing to a non extradition country to run out the statute clock. This is why Erdogan's bodyguards can never return to the US, there are outstanding arrest warrants in Washington DC on them for beating up protesters. As long as Schneiderman charges or indicts in time, he can wait for Trump to leave office. And who is going to put them all there? Why, Robert Mueller III of course. One way or another. Because Robert Mueller is no moron. He has known all along that he has been living on borrowed time since day one. MSNBC analyst Barbara McQuaid, a former US Attorney, stated that she thought that Mueller had started preparing his reports to congress and Rosenstein on the day he started, updating them with every new piece of information. If his firing were imminent, she believes that he would have the reports couriered over to congress as a last act, and possibly to the media. I believe so too, he has worked to hard on this, and believes too strongly in justice to let this come to naught. And for the exact same reason, I believe that since day one, whenever his investigation turns up something on any of the principals listed above, as well as others such as Roger Stone, that may facilitate a state charge, he has regularly forwarded that information to the applicable state Attorney General, mostly Eric Schneiderman, with the explicit understanding that they would not move on any charges until either Mueller charged them federally, or he was fired. I firmly believe that Mueller has been building their cases for them, side by side with his, letting them buttress their own eventual prosecutions. All they're waiting for is the go ahead. We should start getting some early examples of that if and when Trump starts handing out pardons like candy on Halloween to his faithful cronies. For instance, I'm betting that if Trump pardons Paul Manafort, it won't take a week for either the Virginia Attorney General or the Washington DC prosecutor to charge him. "Greed is good." Somehow or other, I find it hard to believe that that is going to be the Trump Mob;s slogan for very much longer. And it can't come soon enough. It’s here! The moment you’ve been dreading looking forward to. My new e-book President Evil. A common man looks at Trump and the 2016 primaries. You can get it now on Amazon. And please feel free to leave a review at either Amazon or goodreads, every review helps, positive or negative. Cross posted on The Trump Impeachment.

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WATCH: Reporter hints on CNN that we've only scratched the surface of Trump's sleazy hush payouts - RawStory.com

WATCH: Reporter hints on CNN that we've only scratched the surface of Trump's sleazy hush payouts - RawStory.com | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it

Reporter Ronan Farrow appeared on CNN Thursday morning to talk about his latest story in the New Yorker about how the National Enquirer had paid off a Trump Tower doorman to keep quiet about a rumor he’d heard about President Donald Trump fathering an out-of-wedlock child. During an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, Farrow pointed out that the Enquirer’s $30,000 payoff to doorman Dino Sajudin in late 2015 means that we now know of multiple …

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Oklahoma governor doubles down on attacks against striking teachers who just want 'a better car' - RawStory.com

Oklahoma governor doubles down on attacks against striking teachers who just want 'a better car' - RawStory.com | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it

Oklahoma Republican Gov. Mary Fallin drew national outrage when she accused striking teachers of being like “teenagers” who “want a better car.” Now the governor is doubling down on the statement. “Teachers want more. But it’s kind of like a teenager wanting a better car,” Fallin said this week. In an interview with KFOR, Fallin was asked about the statement and retold the encounter with the CBS News reporter who asked her about the teachers’ …

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Scott Pruitt is paying rent to the wife of an attorney representing the NRA in Russia probe - RawStory.com

Scott Pruitt is paying rent to the wife of an attorney representing the NRA in Russia probe - RawStory.com | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it

Scott Pruitt may have to recuse himself from overseeing the Russia probe if he slides over to attorney general, as President Donald Trump reportedly would like him to do. The Environmental Protection Agency administrator has been renting a room in a Washington, D.C., townhouse partially owned by an oil lobbyist’s wife, and that connection could complicate Trump’s rumored plan to replace Jeff Sessions. According to Bloomberg Politics, Pruitt has been paying $50 a night for …

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Poll: Public thinks drug companies have more influence in Washington than NRA - USTODAY.com

Poll: Public thinks drug companies have more influence in Washington than NRA - USTODAY.com | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it

Drug companies are viewed as having more clout in Washington than the NRA, according to a poll released Friday.

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Spending bill: Senate averts government shutdown with passage - CNBC.com

Spending bill: Senate averts government shutdown with passage - CNBC.com | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it

The $1.3 trillion spending legislation now only awaits President Donald Trump's signature.

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