Donald Trump may have disclosed highly classified information regarding intelligence “sources and methods” during a meeting with Russian officials, Americans are probably wondering how such a thing could have happened.One thing is clear, it’s not illegal for a President to discuss such information, because doing so effectively declassifies it. So while it definitely raises questions of judgment regarding how or why such a disclosure could happen, President Trump almost certainly isn’t the first POTUS to make that decision (or mistake).As it turns out, President Barack Obama appears to have done it, and perhaps George W. Bush before him.When journalist Bob Woodward was doing research for his book, Obama’s Wars, he gained incredible access to officials and information. In the book, Woodward provides details regarding Obama’s first intelligence briefing from the Director of National Intelligence after the 2008 election. … [Read more...] about That Time President Obama Apparently Disclosed Classified Intel Information
Donald Trump threatened to sue the women who accused him of sexual assault for defamation? Or when he threatened to sue the New York Times? Or when he filed that ridiculous lawsuit against Bill Maher for joking that he’d been the result of orangutan sex? We’re used to Trump’s crying “slander!” at every turn – but what about former President Obama? Could he sue Donald Trump for accusing him of having wiretapped Trump Tower?Let’s face it, the idea of Barack Obama squaring off against Donald Trump in a courtroom would be nothing short of show-stopping, even if it’s just a civil courtroom, and even if it’s not for impeachment purposes. By now, Obama must have had his fill of unfounded Trump-inspired accusations about everything from his citizenship to his religion; he would hardly appear thin-skinned if he attempted to hold Trump’s feet to the fire over claims of campaign corruption and misuse of … [Read more...] about Could Obama Sue Trump for Libel Over Wiretapping Accusation?
Russian media is reporting that representatives from their country’s Central Election Commission had “a series of talks” with the U.S. State Department, asking about sending people to monitor U.S. polling stations during the November 8 elections.What?After all of the allegations that the Russian government has hacked the networks of American political organizations, they want to send people to the actual physical polls? Even if the allegations are false and Russia has nothing to do with the hacks, asking the U.S. government to do this is pretty ballsy.According to RT.com, “U.S. officials categorically rejected even the possibility” of Russian monitors being present at polling sites. The U.S. does allow a certain number of monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and officials reportedly told Russia they can join that mission, if they so desire.The same report says that Russia also contacted a number of states about … [Read more...] about UPDATE: Russia Seriously Tried to Send Election Monitors to U.S., Report Says
Barack Obama’s annual Christmas vacation to Hawaii with his family in 2015 cost taxpayers nearly $5 million.The government watchdog group Judicial Watch obtained records from the U.S. Secret Service that show the agency spent $1.2 million on the trip. Combined with previously obtained expense records, the group found that brings the total cost of Obama’s 2015 Christmas vacation to at least $4,823,206.88. The combined total for all of the Obama family vacations to date is now over $85 million, according to the group.A detailed breakdown of the expenses shows a majority of the money spent by the Secret Service went to hotels and lodging at a total cost over just over $1 million.The Secret Service paid hotel and lodging expenses at two separate resorts over the course of 19 nights on the island of Oahu.“The Secret Service and the Air Force are being abused by unnecessary travel,” Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said in a … [Read more...] about Records Show 2015 Obama Family Vacation to Hawaii Cost Taxpayers Over $4.8 Million
The courtroom gallery brimmed with lawyers during the trial in January of four men accused of murdering Anna Politkovskaya, a reporter for the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta who was gunned down in 2006 at the elevator of her Moscow apartment.The newspaper had paid a high price for its investigations into political corruption. In 2000, another Novaya reporter had been beaten to death with hammers on a Moscow street. Three years later, the paper’s managing editor died mysteriously from something that caused his skin to peel off.For the lawyers gathered to watch it, the trial of those accused in Politkovskaya’s murder was itself a victory. The very fact there was a trial at all signaled that the rule of law finally mattered in Russia.Suddenly, cell phones began to chime across the courtroom with text messages; Politkovskaya’s attorney—34-year-old human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov—had been murdered. A young Novaya Gazeta intern walking with … [Read more...] about Russia Claws at the Rule of Law