CIA knew in August 2016 that Putin sought to boost Trump — But Obama administration “choked”

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Published June 24, 2017, 2:19 PM

By Agence France-Presse

The CIA had top-level intelligence last August that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered an operation to help Donald Trump win the US presidential race, the Washington Post reported Friday.

A combination of file photos showing Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia, January 15, 2016 and US President Donald Trump posing for a photo in New York City, US May 17, 2016. (Reuters)

A combination of file photos showing Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia, January 15, 2016 and US President Donald Trump posing for a photo in New York City, US May 17, 2016. (Reuters)

The intelligence shocked the White House and put US security chiefs on a top-secret crisis footing to figure out how to react.

But amid confidence that Democrat Hillary Clinton still had the election in the bag and worries over president Barack Obama himself being seen as manipulating the election, the administration delivered warnings to Moscow but left countermeasures until after the vote, the Post reported.

After Trump’s shock victory, there were strong…

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Report: Measured for Social Progress, U.S. Is a Second-Tier Nation

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Source: Wall Street On Parade, by Pam Martens and Russ Martens

Top Countries for Social Progress (Source: Social Progress Index Released June 21, 2017)

You can tell a lot about a nation by the kind of research reports it spews out monthly or quarterly. In the United States, we are bombarded with Federal government reports on Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Durable Goods Orders, Retail Sales, Housing Starts and the like. If you want to know the price of gold or oil or thousands of corporate stock prices, you can get those numbers on a second by second basis on your laptop or mobile app.

Research releases in the United States that measure how the nation is doing in the area of social progress are far fewer and less timely. You’re not going to find such data released monthly or even quarterly. Take, for example, Federal studies that measure…

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Russia-Gate Flops As Democrats’ Golden-Ticket

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24.06.2017

Written by Robert Parry; Originally appeared at ConsortiumNews.com

The national Democrats saw Russia-gate and the drive to impeach President Trump as their golden ticket back to power, but so far the ticket seems to be made of fool’s gold.

The national Democratic Party and many liberals have bet heavily on the Russia-gate investigation as a way to oust President Trump from office and to catapult Democrats to victories this year and in 2018, but the gamble appears not to be paying off.

The Democrats’ disappointing loss in a special election to fill a congressional seat in an affluent Atlanta suburb is just the latest indication that the strategy of demonizing Trump and blaming Russia for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 defeat may not be the golden ticket that some Democrats had hoped.

Though it’s still early to draw conclusive lessons from Karen Handel’s victory over Jon Ossoff – despite his…

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Sears Canada Melts Down 

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Source: Wolf Streetby Wolf Richter

Goes Bankrupt. Lays Off 2,900 People. Shareholders rue the day.

Sears Canada and its subsidiaries, which operate 95 department stores, 29 Sears Home stores, 71 Hometown stores, 16 Outlet stores, 69 Sears Travel offices, and 32 Corbeil appliance stores, and thus lease a lot of mall space, filed for bankruptcy protection today. It will also close a slew of stores and fire 2,900 people.

The company was partially spun off from similarly struggling Sears Holdings in the US in 2012, which still holds a 12% stake, and whose CEO Eddie Lampert owns a 45% stake in part via his hedge fund, ESL Investments.

In the announcement, Sears Canada said that it has applied to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice for protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (“CCAA”), in order to restructure its debts. It doesn’t plan to liquidate.

In a…

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Former Obama intelligence official: Russian hack ‘the political equivalent of 9/11’

To Inform is to Influence

For almost a decade we’ve been screaming about influence attacks and cyber attacks against the US, but the Obama administration did nothing. Finally, the inaction is being raised into daylight after eight years of active ignorance, purposefully not being addressed, and raising issues of much lesser importance to the forefront. Now we are seeing how it literally crippled this nation in countless ways and hopefully, some will be held accountable.

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BY JOHN BOWDEN –

Former President Barack Obama‘s top intelligence official at the Pentagon said Saturday that the Russian interference in the 2016 elections was “the political equivalent of 9/11.”

Michael Vickers, who served as Obama’s undersecretary of defense, said in an interview with NBC News that there’s little evidence of a response from the Trump administration to protect the next election.

“This attack is really the political equivalent of 9/11 — it is…

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