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Senior US Officials: Putin Directly Involved in Hacking Election

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Two senior intelligence officials with direct access to CIA information have told NBC News they believe with “a high level of confidence” that President Vladimir Putin was directly involved in the Russian interfere in the US presidential election. They said their information comes from diplomatic sources and spies working for “US allies.”

Putin’s objectives were multifaceted, a high-level intelligence source told NBC News.

According to the officials, the hacking campaign began as a “vendetta” against Hillary Clinton, then evolved into an attempt to expose how corrupt American politics have become, in an attempt to “split off key American allies by creating the image that [they] couldn’t depend on the US to be a credible global leader anymore.”

The CIA apparently believes that from discrediting the US, the campaign evolved eventually into an all out effort to elect Donald Trump.

The FBI, which has done its part to discredit the Clinton campaign, is yet to endorse the CIA view, but, according to NBC News, US security agencies recognize across the board that the Russians were behind the leaking of embarrassing emails from the account of chairman of the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign John Podesta.

A former CIA official told NBC News that the US will find it difficult to retaliate by embarrassing Putin, for the same reason the Russians didn’t bother to release embarrassing information about Donald Trump. In both cases the Russian and the American public is already familiar with the allegations about them, most of which came, in Trump’s case, from the President-Elect himself. In Putin’s case, the Russian public has so far accepted and forgiven, reports that he has grown rich through corruption and has ordered the killings of political adversaries.

David Israel

TIME Magazine Chooses Donald Trump as ‘Person of the Year’

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

TIME magazine has named Donald J. Trump as its 2016 Person of the Year.

On its cover, the magazine subtitled the photo of the America’s new president-elect, “President of the Divided States of America.”

Trump called in his thanks to NBC’s “Today” show, where TIME editor-in-chief Nancy Gibbs revealed the magazine’s choice on Wednesday morning.

But the president-elect said the “divided” bit on the cover was snarky – his words – and pointed out, “I’m not president yet, so I didn’t do anything to divide.”

Nevertheless, “It’s a great honor,” he said. “It means a lot.”

Gibbs said the choice was “straightforward,” as she referenced Trump’s zoom to the top, from a Washington outsider and complete political novice to the Number One seat in the nation when he enters the White House on January 20, 2017.

Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was named runner-up by the magazine. Computer hackers were in third place.

The magazine tradition began in 1927, citing the person who “had the greatest influence, for better or worse, on the events of the year.”

That didn’t always mean it was the best person of the year. In 1938, the magazine chose to feature Adolf Hitler, for instance.

Fidel Castro was on the cover. So was Joseph Stalin, in 1939 and 1942.

Gibbs coyly asked the magazine’s readership, “So which is it this year, better or worse?

“The challenge for Donald Trump is how profoundly the country disagrees about the answer… Like all newly elected leaders, he has a chance to fulfill his promises, and defy expectations.”

As Gibbs reminded the readership, “truth is only as powerful as the trust in those who speak it.”

Hana Levi Julian

Sharpton Pushing Democrats to Go to War over Trump Nominations

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Rev. Al Sharpton and other Black activists are campaigning to convince Democrats in Congress to challenge President-elect Donald Trump’s appointments, which they argue would result in an Administration with an anti-civil rights agenda, The Hill reported Tuesday.

Congressional Black Caucus senior member Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), issued a statement Monday, attacking the appointment of Ben Carson as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Meeks said that “Dr. Carson’s past statements on housing have not been consistent with the Congressional intent behind many of HUD’s programs.” He added that Carson had “lambasted the Department’s fair lending mission, calling our civil rights laws ‘mandated social engineering schemes.’”

Sharpton, for his part, is organizing a rally at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington six days before Trump’s inauguration. He told The Hill the rally is intended to “put the Democrats on notice that we expect them to use the nomination hearings to really go after” Trump’s picks.

Nancy Zirkin, executive vice president of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, argued that “Stephen Bannon’s white nationalist ties, Sen. Sessions’s clear record of antagonism to civil rights throughout a very long career, Betsy DeVos’s intent to defund public education, former labor secretary Elaine Chao’s rollback to worker protections, Ben Carson’s opposition to enforcing the Fair Housing Act, Rep. Tom Price’s efforts to roll back Medicare […] these are just some of our concerns about how this administration will govern. And every American who cares about their kids, their health care, their jobs or their housing should take notice.”

According to exit polls, Black voters supported Hillary Clinton over Trump by 89% to 8%. Sharpton said he expected “thousands” to turn out for his anti-Trump rally. “Our focus is not President Trump, who we don’t think we can turn around,” he added, “Our focus is that the Democrats should not weaken, and so weaken everything that Dr. King achieved and everything that President Obama has achieved.”

In August 1991, during the Crown Heights pogrom, Sharpton led a march of some 400 Blacks in front of the Chabad-Lubavitch headquarters, chanting “Whose streets? Our streets!” and “No justice, no peace!” During the pogrom Black youths looted Jewish stores, beat Jews in the street, and hurled rocks and bottles at Jews. Yankel Rosenbaum, a yeshiva  student from Australia, was stabbed to death while the Black mob chanted “Kill the Jew” and “get the Jews out.”


Steven Mnuchin Confirms Treasury Appointment

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Jewish-American banker, film producer, and political fundraiser Steven Mnuchin on Wednesday confirmed his nomination to become President-Elect Donald Trump Treasury Secretary. A former partner for Goldman Sachs for 17 years (his father, Robert E. Mnuchin, also worked for Goldman Sachs), Mnuchin, served as national finance chairman for Trump’s campaign. He would be the third Goldman alumnus to serve as head of Treasury, after Henry M. Paulson Jr. under President George W. Bush and Robert E. Rubin under President Bill Clinton.

Mnuchin Sr. founded the Mnuchin Gallery at 45 East 78th Street, New York.

Before the elections, Mnuchin was chairman of Dune Capital Management, financing the X-Men film franchise, Avatar, American Sniper and Mad Max: Fury Road, among other blockbusters. Before Goldman Sachs, Mnuchin worked for Soros Fund Management and co-founded OneWest Bank Group.

Mnuchin, who had given to Democrats including Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, was an early Trump supporter, and attended his victory party after his New York primary win April 19. The next day he accepted Trump’s invitation to be finance chairman.

David Israel

Michigan Vote Recount Reaffirms Trump Election Was Legitimate

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

A recount of votes in the state of Michigan has re-affirmed that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump legitimately won the office on election night earlier this month.

The GOP candidate, now president-elect, won the state by a total of 306 electoral votes to 232 for Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton, according to the results of an official recount certified unanimously by the Michigan State Board of Canvassers.

ABC News reported the certified results were as follows:
Trump 2,279,543 (47.6%)
Clinton 2,268,839 (47.4%)
Johnson 172,136 (3.6%)
Stein 51,463 (1.1%)

Hana Levi Julian

Report: Obama Talked Hillary into Conceding

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

President Barack Obama called Hillary Clinton on election night and talked her into conceding to Republican candidate Donald Trump, The Hill reported this weekend. Citing Clinton campaign sources, Amie Parnes and Jonathan Allen, authors of an upcoming book on the campaign from Crown Publishing, have told The Hill that Obama advised his former Secretary of State, “You need to concede.”

Obama made his move at 1:30 AM, according to the new book, after the AP had called the race for Trump. A while later, close to dawn, Clinton called Trump to concede her defeat.

According to The Hill, a fight has ensued between the Obama and Clinton camps over the wisdom of the concession so early in the process, and of trying to force a recount of three Rust Belt states: Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

Several Clinton campaign sources are now saying the Democratic candidate would not have called Trump had Obama not pushed her to do it, because the numbers were very close. “If anybody knew what actually happened that night, no one would have conceded,” one source said.

Meanwhile, the Democratic National Committee does not want to be officially affiliated with Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s effort to recount the votes, because they are afraid of being perceived in a negative light as sore losers and as calling the elections rigged – something they criticized Trump for after the third debate. But the Democrats are nonetheless hopeful that Stein would succeed in proving an error in tabulating, if not worse, an outright hacking of the vote.

Stein filed her request for a recount in Wisconsin on Friday, hoping to be able to enforce a similar move in Michigan and Pennsylvania as well. Wisconsin registered just under 3 million votes, and the deadline to complete a recount is Dec. 13. Stein’s campaign needs to raise about $7 million for the effort, and so far its online crowdsourcing has picked up more than $6 million as of Saturday night.

President-elect Trump has tweeted furiously in response to the recount effort, stating, among other things, “Hillary Clinton conceded the election when she called me just prior to the victory speech and after the results were in. Nothing will change.” He also called the Green Party’s effort a “scam” to “fill up their coffers.”


Bannon Skips ZOA Event to Avoid Protesters

Monday, November 21st, 2016

President-Elect Donald Trump’s chief strategist Stephen Bannon did not attend the Zionist Organization of America annual gala Sunday, where he had been scheduled to speak, blaming the hundreds of protesters who had gathered outside the NY Grand Hyatt hotel event, CBS News reported.

ZOA President Mort Klein told JTA that Bannon had initiated the appearance. “He asked us to come, we never invited him,” Klein stated, adding, “Of course, an important guy like him says he wants to come, I say yes.”

Last week, Klein rebuked ADL head Jonathan Greenblatt for his attack on Bannon that accused him of racism and anti-Semitism. “The ZOA welcomes the appointment of Stephen Bannon as chief strategist to the incoming Trump/Pence administration,” Klein wrote on his organization’s website. “We wish Mr. Bannon every success in his new position.” Klein then urged Greenblatt and the ADL “to withdraw and apologize for their inappropriate character assassination of Mr. Bannon and Breitbart Media.”

The protest outside the Grand Hyatt was organized by leftwing extremist Jewish group IfNotNow, which promises on its website: “We will be the generation that ends our community’s support for the occupation.” By “occupation,” they mean, of course, Jewish life east of the 1949 armistice border, which was liberated by Israel in 1967. Police removed  the protesters, who continued their protest in a local park.

Incidentally, the IfNotNow website declares: “We are grounded in the values of the Jewish tradition,” but mentions not once a reference to Jewish practice, God, or even Jewish solidarity. The values it appears to espouse are political action against fellow Jews. But then the same website also states: “We participate in the Jewish practice of teshuva (repentance). We value intention and action more than we do correct language. We will make mistakes. We will reflect. We will ask for forgiveness and offer it as we build deep trusting relationships.” So there’s still hope.

Meanwhile, according to the Jerusalem Post, Professor Alan Dershowitz, who had defended Bannon against accusations of anti-Semitism, was booed during his ZOA speech, for reminding the audience that Hillary Clinton had won the popular vote, and that therefore the US presidential contest “was a tie election, that one person won the electoral and one person won the popular vote.”

So there’s room for a lot of tshuva to go around.


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