Deputy AG Rosenstein Denies NYT Report That He Discussed Secretly Recording Trump

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In the days after FBI Director James Comey’s May 2017 firing, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussed wearing a “wire” to record conversations with President Donald Trump and recruiting Cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office, The New York Times reported Friday.

The extraordinary allegations, depicting a panic-stricken No. 2 official at the Justice Department who has been a target of the President in the past, are outlined in memos authored by former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, according to the Times. CNN has not reviewed the memos, but they have been turned over to special counsel Robert Mueller, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Rosenstein issued a rare statement himself forcefully denying the Times report.

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PIP Video Recording Preparations Have Begun

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Contrary to the belief of the Work and Pensions Committee, it appears that preparations are being made for the introduction of video recording of PIP assessments, though with no clear evidence that this is what claimants want.

Earlier this week we reported on the Work and Pensions Committee’s concern that no progress at all had been made on the issues of video recording PIP medicals or improving PIP or ESA claim packs.

However, we have now heard from a welfare rights worker who tells us that, behind the scenes, work on video recording is indeed taking place.

The worker, who has asked to remain anonymous, told us:

“Just to let you know that DWP have been working on this issue over the summer – they have been consulting with a very wide range of charities and volorgs [voluntary organisations] to get their views…

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Dutch Wilders party politician advocates burning refugees

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PVV local councillor Emil Smeding, photo PVV Delfzijl

This photo shows Emil Smeding, local councillor of Geert Wilders‘ xenophobic PVV party in Delfzijl town.

Last weekend, there was a fire in housing for refugees in Ter Apel. On the Facebook page of regional broadcaster RTV Noord, Mr Smeding reacted to that news item by advocating to throw petrol on the fire to make it worse.

RTV Noord removed that comment. Smeding got many angry reactions. He at first reacted to that by doubling down on his racist advocacy of arson.

However, after more upset reactions, Smeding decided to resign as council member.

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OHCHR | UN Human Rights Chief urges U.K. to tackle tabloid hate speech, after migrants called “cockroaches”

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An article by a Sun columnist on 17 April began with the words “Show me pictures of coffins, show me bodies floating in water, play violins and show me skinny people looking sad. I still don’t care.” Elsewhere in the article she described migrants as “a plague of feral humans,” compared them to “a novovirus” and said some British towns were “festering sores, plagued by swarms of migrants and asylum seekers shelling out benefits like Monopoly money.”

The Sun columnist also advocated using gunboats to stop migrants, threatening them with violence, and said “drilling a few holes in the bottom of anything suspiciously resembling a boat would be a good idea too.”

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The DWP could face an almighty debate over eight years of cuts | The Canary

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Trump’s de facto Ideology

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By Robert A. Vella

Ever since Donald Trump entered the arena of politics and campaigned for the presidency in 2015, observers from across the spectrum have struggled to identify his political ideology.  Although he ran as an anti-establishment populist from the Right, his public statements and declared positions were wildly inconsistent and opportunistic.  Trump contradicted himself so frequently that he either was trying to exploit the short attention span of the general public, or that he was intellectually incapable of being consistent.  In hindsight, both explanations are probably true.  Trump never has been a man of integrity, but that didn’t matter to his supporters.

Now, after nearly 20 months of controversy, ineptitude, scandal, and abuses of power in the White House, it is quite apparent that Trump has no self-conceived political ideology.  He is a President onto himself, obsessed with his own immediate self-interest and compulsively bent on using any…

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Neonazism in Greece and Germany

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A huge demonstration in Piraeus, Athens, Greece this week. The front banner reads in red 'finish with the nazis.' Demos marked the fifth anniversary of the murder of rapper Pavlos Fyssas

By Kevin Ovenden:

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Call a Nazi a Nazi

KEVIN OVENDEN reports on the fascist right and racism in Greece and Germany

Demonstrations and concerts took place across Greece this week to mark the fifth anniversary of the murder by Golden Dawn neonazis of rap artist Pavlos Fyssas.

That case forms part of the base of the trial of Golden Dawn to determine it a criminal organisation masquerading as a political party. The trial began in April 2015 and is now in its final stages. Verdicts are expected early next spring.

To mark the anniversary also, the radical left GUE/NGL grouping of members of the European Parliament published a study I produced for them and the wider anti-fascist movement. It is titled “The Terrorist Activity Of Neonazi Organisations In Europe: the case of Golden Dawn.”

It is based on the three-and-a-half years of court…

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Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen cooperating with Robert Mueller

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CBS News has confirmed that former Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former personal attorney, has been collaborating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller over the past few weeks. News of Cohen’s recent cooperation with the special counsel’s investigation was first reported by ABC News.

Investigators have asked Cohen about any interactions between Mr. Trump and Russia, in his business dealings or during his presidential campaign. They have also asked about whether Mr. Trump has ever offered to pardon Cohen, which could be possible evidence of obstruction of justice.

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Debt collection agencies contracted to collect so called Universal Credit debt. Woman forced to attend appointment four days after giving birth. Welcome to Universal Credit hell.

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How Putin’s Oligarchs Got Inside the Trump Team

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