“wilbur ross” – Google News: US restrictions won’t hurt Huawei’s growth, says CEO Ren Zhengfei – Livemint

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US restrictions won’t hurt Huawei’s growth, says CEO Ren Zhengfei  Livemint

‘We have not done anything that violates the law,’ Ren said, criticizing the US restrictions.Trump signed an order that’s expected to restrict Huawei and ZTE …

“wilbur ross” – Google News


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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Palmer Report: Donald Trump just got backed into a no-win corner

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What are you going to do now, Donald Trump? One of the members of Congress from your own party just openly called for your impeachment. Are you going to wake up tomorrow and viciously attack him for it? Or are you going to ignore the whole thing like a coward? Either way, you can’t win.



That’s right, Donald Trump has been backed into a no-win corner, and it took a Republican to put him there – though let’s all give Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic House leadership credit for having spent the past month steering things in this direction. Let’s say Trump decides to ignore the fact that GOP Congressman Justin Amash has come out in favor of impeachment. The media is still going to run with it, because this kind of high stakes intra-party squabbling is a blockbuster development and a ratings goldmine. If Trump stays silent, he doesn’t even get a voice in what will be a major and transformative news narrative.




On the other hand, good luck to Donald Trump if he wakes up tomorrow and attacks Justin Amash. He’s from a moderate district in Michigan, so if Trump attacks him, it’ll probably only serve to boost Amash’s prospects for reelection in 2020. Further, because Trump would be attacking Amash for such an unmistakably guilty reason, GOP House leaders like Kevin McCarthy would probably have to find a way to tepidly offer a public defense of Amash. Then the narrative wouldn’t just be that a Republican Congressman has called for Trump’s impeachment. It would be that the Republican leadership is squabbling with Trump.


We all saw the William Barr hearings send the pro-impeachment poll numbers from the 37-40% range to the 45-49% range. We all know what a big deal this week’s Michael Flynn bombshell was. We all know that Robert Mueller and Don McGahn will be on live national television soon enough, exposing Donald Trump’s crimes. We all know impeachment is coming. Something like Justin Amash’s statement today was inevitable. And there’s no way for Trump to deal with this without making it worse for himself.



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Trump-Russia investigation | The Guardian: Michigan’s Justin Amash becomes first Republican to back Trump impeachment

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Congressman says Mueller report ‘identifies multiple examples of conduct satisfying all the elements of obstruction of justice’

The Michigan congressman Justin Amash has called for Donald Trump to be impeached, adding a first Republican voice to a growing chorus of Democrats demanding Congress move against the president.

Amash is a libertarian and independent-minded politician who has flirted with the idea of a run against Trump in 2020, and has in turn been attacked by the White House. Elected in the Tea Party wave of 2010, he was a founder of the House Freedom Caucus, which has become a hard-right mouthpiece for Trump.

Related: Barr’s inquiry into the Trump-Russia inquiry is corruption eating itself | Richard Wolffe

Related: There are many reasons not to impeach Trump. The House should do it anyway | Robert Reich

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Trump-Russia investigation | The Guardian


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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Palmer Report: Nancy Pelosi just got lucky – or did she?

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi sure caught a lucky break today when Republican Congressman Justin Amash called for impeachment proceedings to begin against Donald Trump. It makes it a lot easier for Pelosi and the House Democrats to move forward with impeachment now that they have a sliver of bipartisan cover. But did Pelosi really get lucky at all?



I would argue that this wasn’t luck, and Nancy Pelosi simply knows what she’s doing. Maybe she had a heads-up from Justin Amash that he was eventually going to make this announcement, and maybe she didn’t. But it was easy to see this kind of thing coming. Amash is a Republican from such a moderate district, he gains points back home by doing this. As far as the timing, consider that the Flynn bombshell just made clear where this is heading, and the Mueller and McGahn hearings over the next two weeks are about to put it over the top. Do you really think Pelosi wasn’t are that some House Republican from a moderate district would jump on the opportunity to “beat” her to the impeachment punch? She won today by not saying it before Amash did.




Pelosi keeps saying that she wants to wait on impeachment until the evidence is there. But even as she says this, she keeps moving forward with an impeachment strategy – she simply isn’t calling it that. If she announced tomorrow that impeachment has begun, it would largely consist of the same slow process we’re seeing now: subpoena battles in court and carefully scheduled hearings. In fact, if Pelosi were calling it “impeachment” right now, Trump would boast that the necessarily slow and complex process was a sign that the Democrats had nothing on him.


Even as opportunist pundits and confused observers within the Resistance continue to yell and scream at Nancy Pelosi for not waving a magic wand at Donald Trump – or whatever it is they think they want her to be doing – the reality is that this process keeps tilting more heavily in her favor. When it comes to taking Donald Trump down, everything is lining up just as any realist with an understanding of the process would hope. Either Pelosi just keeps getting lucky, to the point that she should run out and buy lottery tickets, or – spoiler alert – she really does know what she’s doing.



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Trump digital operations from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): “social media in trump campaign” – Google News: The expert who predicted Trump, Brexit – and Scott Morrison – Sydney Morning Herald

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The expert who predicted Trump, Brexit – and Scott Morrison  Sydney Morning Herald

In the five days before election night, Professor Bela Stantic analysed 2 million social media comments, from more than half a million unique accounts, relating to …

“social media in trump campaign” – Google News

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Palmer Report: Forces are aligning against Donald Trump from within

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Between Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and National Security Adviser John Bolton, it’s nothing short of a miracle that we’re not all pink mist and bone dust. Trump has managed to stoke the ire of nearly every US ally, Pompeo has kowtowed to some unstable dictators and irritated others, and Bolton is having a hard time deciding which war to start first. Amazingly, there appears to be a check on Trump and his goons – one that could herald rougher seas ahead for him.


The Democrats may have found odd bedfellows in Republican leadership this time. In particular, Senate Republicans, who historically have been keen on rubber stamping every eye-wateringly awful Trump agenda, are resisting his moves regarding China and Iran. The trade war with China is, as I’ve written before, economically inefficient for businesses and citizens. In a vain attempt to quell mounting disapproval, the administration reiterated the point that China steals intellectual property and that the trade “squabble” was a power-play to leverage stolen intellectual property against the trade deficit we have with China.



The idea is that we can forge a new agreement in which it is stipulated that China must buy more American products to repent for the stolen IP in order for us to continue regular trading practices with them. There are a number of problems with this approach, the most germane being that Trump manufactured this crisis by killing off the Trans-Pacific Partnership that the Obama administration established, in which there were strong protections for American IP. Many Republican senators aren’t buying Trump’s approach.




Senate Republicans appear to be particularly agitated with the Trump administration for keeping them in the dark about Iran, especially considering this past week’s order to non-emergency government employees to get out of neighboring Iraq. This is the sort of order that a country makes in anticipation of conflict, so Republicans demanded answers and many expressed immediate disapproval. Senate Republicans, who are almost all ardent pro-lifers, are even distancing themselves from Alabama’s draconian abortion law, itself a reaction to Trump’s Supreme Court.


This consistent disapproval of Donald Trump’s policies and posturing by senate Republicans is telling. They spent the first two years of his presidency basking in his fetid turbulence, and now they distance themselves from him in key moments when he desperately needs their support. In considering these developments, it’s becoming increasingly unrealistic to believe that the Senate won’t remove Trump when he finally gets bombarded by the results of ongoing investigations. Don’t listen to those who say it can’t be done.



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Trump Investigations, Middle East, and Israel from Michael_Novakhov (5 sites): “Mueller Investigation and Israel” – Google News: AP News in Brief at 9:04 p.m. EDT – Lexington Herald Leader

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AP News in Brief at 9:04 p.m. EDT  Lexington Herald Leader

Biden rejects Democrats’ anger in call for national unity. PHILADELPHIA (AP) — His party may be enraged by Donald Trump’s presidency, but Democratic …

“Mueller Investigation and Israel” – Google News

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): “crime and terror link” – Google News: Ocasio-Cortez accuses prosecutors of going easy on white supremacists – New York Post

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Ocasio-Cortez accuses prosecutors of going easy on white supremacists  New York Post

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rehashed her recent accusations of white supremacy with two Saturday tweets.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): “Russian Intelligence, organized crime and political interference” – Google News: Five foreign tourists killed in plane crash in Honduras – Yahoo News

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Five foreign tourists killed in plane crash in Honduras  Yahoo News

Five foreign tourists, four of them Canadians, died on Saturday after a private plane they were traveling in crashed into the sea shortly after taking off from the …

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