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Eighth man in Trump Tower conspiracy reinforces purpose: money laundering through real estate (mark Sumner) · Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 4:56 pm

The last person—so far—in the meeting held at the Trump Tower office of Donald Trump Jr. has been revealed.

Ike Kaveladze’s presence was confirmed by Scott Balber, an attorney for Emin and Aras Agalarov, the Russian developers who hosted the Trump-owned Miss Universe pageant in 2013. Balber said Kaveladze works for the Agalarovs’ company and attended as their representative.

Irakly “Ike” Kaveladze is the vice president of the Crocus Group, a Russian real estate developer. The president of that company is Aras Agalarov. As in:

This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and it’s government’s support for Mr. Trump — helped along by Aras and Emin.

That means you can list the attendees of this meeting at Trump Tower:

Donald Trump Jr — The Trump Organization
Jared Kushner — Kushner Companies
Natalia Veselnitskaya — Prevezon Holdings
Rinat Akhmetshin — Prevezon Holdings
Irakly Kaveladze — Crocus Group
Rob Goldstone — Crocus Group
The only people in the room who weren’t employed by international real estate development firms were translator Anatoli Samochornov, whose work for Veselnitskaya has been on an as-needed basis, and Paul Manafort—though the former Trump campaign chair has his own share of killer real estate deals.

And Kaveladze joins the rest in having one thing: a long history of money laundering.


Paul Ryan: Oh, hey, since we can't destroy Medicaid, let's go ahead and privatize Medicare (joan Mccarter) · Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 3:56 pm

While Obamacare repeal—and the destruction of Medicaid—continues to crumble around Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's feet, House Speaker Paul Ryan is going back to his tried-and-true efforts to try to destroy Medicare. And this time around, Social Security is in his sights, too.

The proposal calls for more than $200 billion in cuts to mandatory programs. It also serves “as a vehicle for changing taxes,” CNN reports, which is “the primary legislative focus of the 2018 budget.”

“In past years, our proposals had little chance of becoming a reality because we faced a Democratic White House,” said House Budget Committee Chairman Diane Black in a statement. “But now with a Republican Congress and a Republican administration, now is the time to put forward a governing document with real solutions to address our biggest challenges.”

The spending plan will likely face hurdles within the Republican Party: While it may alleviate concerns from deficit hawks and fiscal conservatives, it may also receive pushback from moderate Republicans for the entitlement cuts.

Yes, it’s safe to say that moderate Republicans might be a bit concerned about having to take more votes on destroying the social safety net while slashing taxes for the wealthy. Because that wasn't a problem for them at all in Obamacare repeal. That's a great way to lead into 2018.

One little problem for Ryan is that the budget assumes Obamacare repeal, which isn't happening. It includes Medicaid cuts beyond what they were planning for in Trumpcare, and of course privatizes Medicare—all the things that Trump promised he would never do. But that was so 2016.


This is what mass deportation looks like (gabe Ortiz) · Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 2:56 pm

Jesus Lara, an Ohio father of four American citizens, was deported to Mexico earlier today after nearly two decades in the U.S. Lara had no criminal record, was a taxpayer, and followed ICE’s rules by checking in regularly for years. That didn’t matter to immigration officials, who treated Lara no differently than they would someone who actually did pose a danger to public safety. Instead, he was ordered to leave.

With his options exhausted, Lara’s family and advocates went with him to Cleveland's Hopkins International Airport to say goodbye. "These are the darkest times I've ever seen as an attorney,” said former American Immigration Lawyers Association president David Leopold, who represented Lara. “When the best and the brightest that we have to offer are taken from their homes and sent away. The law is so broken."

It’s a law that tears families apart and leaves U.S. citizen children behind with no regard for their future, for their emotional and physical well-being, or even for who will feed and support them after a breadwinner gets deported. In footage shot by advocates, Lara’s children, one dressed in a U.S. flag-style hoodie, are seen tearfully clutching their dad. At one point, the camera cuts away so that Lara and his loved ones can say their goodbyes in private.

This is the dark vision Donald Trump and DHS Sec. John Kelly have for America, of tearing hard-working families apart while claiming that it’s only “bad hombres” they’re targeting.


Trump says he'll 'let Obamacare fail': 'I'm not going to own it' (hunter) · Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 2:26 pm

In televised presidential remarks that can only be described as pouting and pissy, Donald Trump declared that in the wake of Senate Republicans' failure to advance legislation repealing Obamacare he will now "let Obamacare fail."

From a transcript:
I think we're probably in that position where we'll just let Obamacare fail. We're not going to own it. I'm not going to own it. I can tell you the Republicans are not going to own it. We'll let Obamacare fail and then the Democrats will come to us and say how do we fix it, how do we fix it, or how do we come up with a new plan.
Whether or not this means Trump will use the powers of his office to sabotage healthcare exchanges by withholding subsidy payments from insurers—which would have a catastrophic effect on Americans insured through those programs—is unclear. If he did, the loss of coverage for many Americans would be immediate.

He vowed "we" would have a "very good" plan despite the current setback, and castigated Democrats for not voting for the legislation they were barred from seeing or amending. He also ranted about the Republican defectors.
We have to go out and we have to get more people elected that are Republican. And we have to probably pull in those people, those few people that voted against it. I don't know. They're going to have to explain to you why they did and I'm sure they'll have very fine reasons. But we have to get more Republicans elected because we have to get it done. We got it passed in the House. We would have gotten it very much -- you can't use his head as a stand, right? We don't want that to happen. You're messing with the wrong guy here.
He closed with the admonishment to "stay tuned."

And by the way, Obamacare isn't failing. It's failed. It's gone. So I think something's going to happen. We'll find out. Stay tuned.


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