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Here’s how after Obama’s sabotage Trump can shorten future transition periods

Barack Obama is doing everything in his power to sabotage Donald Trump before he moves into the White House. There is a simple Constitutional solution required so that this cannot happen to future administrations.

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US Presidential elections go on for far too long.

The process might be an impactful way for individual candidates to raise money, and it also gives news outlets something to talk about when they’ve run out of ideas, but it is bad for democracy.

A six month primary period followed by a six month general election campaign provides more than enough time for citizens to make an informed choice, especially in the age of social media, online news and 24/7 coverage of everything. It is in fact far more time than is allotted in most democracies around the world.

More importantly, the gap between a Presidential election and the inauguration of the new president, must be decreased.

There is an existing precedent for this in US history. Prior to 1933 the new president assumed office in April. With the passage of the 20th amendment to the Constitution, April was swapped for late January.

A vast country like the United States had to have a slow moving political process. It could take weeks from news in Washington to reach the western frontier in the epoch prior to rail travel.

But in the internet era, this no longer applies. Only the drawbacks of such a lengthy gap still hold true.

A smooth and quick transition is the sign of a healthy democracy. Constitutionally, America’s transition is too slow for the modern age, and practically, it leaves the outgoing lame-duck administration plenty of time to sabotage the incoming administration should this be their modus operandi.

It’s not even January and Barack Obama has done more to try and embarrass, stifle and make difficult, the Presidency of his successor, than any outgoing US leader in recent memory.

Here are just some of the things he has done:

–Wave any limitations of delivery of weapons to terrorists in Syria.

This directly contradicts Donald Trump’s stated desire to work with Russia against the common terrorist enemy. Obama wants to destroy Assad, Trump wants to eliminate radical Islamic terrorists.

— Supporting a UN resolution aiming to create a privately funded inquiry into war crimes in Syria.

The sponsors of such an investigation, all of whom are anti-Russia and anti-Assad, will likely reach a conclusion they have already decided upon. This is designed to weaken Donald Trump’s appeal for US-Russian cooperation amongst Americans traditional European and Arab ‘allies’.

–Continuing to blame Russia for hacking an election.

Russia never hacked the election. Yet Obama continues with threats to punish Russia over something that all of the experts say Russia did not do. Obama is yet again emboldening elements of the US Deep State who already salivate at the idea of derailing Trump’s ‘mission reconciliation’.

— Abstaining from the UN Security Council resolution condemning Israel’s settlement building on the occupied territories.

Here, Obama is showing that he is using the Israel-Palestine conflict as a domestic political football. He’s well aware that Trump wants to bring both sides to the table and that instinctively Trump is pro-Israel, though in the way he actually handles the situation, I believe he might surprise many on both sides. So instead of allowing Trump to approach the matter with a clean slate, he has muddied the waters.

This churlish approach to democracy is disgraceful. Obama has shown his true colours and they aren’t kind or gentlemanly.

The only way such things can be prevented in future election cycles is to do the following:  Hold the US Presidential election on 8th December rather than 8th November, and swear in the new President on the 2nd January.

It will mean some people will have to work a bit over Christmas, but frankly people prepared to work for the President of the United States have more important things to do than deck the halls.

This ought to be something Trump considers. He has personally been the victim of Obama’s vendetta, and with a Republican majority in both Houses of Congress and with the Republicans controlling a majority of state governments, he has the opportunity to rectify this antiquated aspect of American democracy.

 

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EU leaders dictate Brexit terms to Theresa May (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 115.

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss how EU leaders have agreed on a plan to delay the the Article 50 process which effectively postpones Brexit beyond the 29 March deadline.

The UK will now be offered a delay until the 22nd of May, only if MPs approve Theresa May’s withdrawal deal next week. If MPs do not approve May’s negotiated deal, then the EU will support a short delay until the 12th of April, allowing the UK extra time to get the deal passed or to “indicate a way forward”.

UK PM Theresa May said there was now a “clear choice” facing MPs, who could vote for a third time on her deal next week.

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Theresa May outlines four Brexit options, via Politico

In a letter to MPs, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May set out the four options she believes the country has in light of Thursday’s decision by EU leaders to extend the Brexit deadline beyond next Friday.

The U.K. is faced with a four-way choice, May wrote late Friday.

The government could revoke Article 50 — which May called a betrayal of the Brexit vote; leave without a deal on April 12; pass her deal in a vote next week; or, “if it appears that there is not sufficient support” for a vote on her deal in parliament next week or if it is rejected for a third time, she could ask for an extension beyond April 12.

But this would require for the U.K. taking part in European elections in May, which the prime minister said “would be wrong.”

May wrote that she’s hoping for the deal to pass, allowing the U.K. to leave the EU “in an orderly way,” adding “I still believe there is a majority in the House for that course of action.”

“I hope we can all agree that we are now at the moment of decision,” she wrote.

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US media suffers panic attack after Mueller fails to deliver on much-anticipated Trump indictment

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom said it all: “Mueller – The name that ended all mainstream media credibility.”

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Important pundits and news networks have served up an impressive display of denials, evasions and on-air strokes after learning that Robert Mueller has ended his probe without issuing a single collusion-related indictment.

The Special Counsel delivered his final report to Attorney General William Barr for review on Friday, with the Justice Department confirming that there will be no further indictments related to the probe. The news dealt a devastating blow to the sensational prophesies of journalists, analysts and entire news networks, who for nearly two years reported ad nauseam that President Donald Trump and his inner circle were just days away from being carted off to prison for conspiring with the Kremlin to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

Showing true integrity, journalists and television anchors took to Twitter and the airwaves on Friday night to acknowledge that the media severely misreported Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia, as well as what Mueller’s probe was likely to find. They are, after all, true professionals.

“How could they let Trump off the hook?” an inconsolable Chris Matthews asked NBC reporter Ken Dilanian during a segment on CNN’s ‘Hardball’.

Dilanian tried to comfort the CNN host with some of his signature NBC punditry.

“My only conclusion is that the president transmitted to Mueller that he would take the Fifth. He would never talk to him and therefore, Mueller decided it wasn’t worth the subpoena fight,” he expertly mused.

Actually, there were several Serious Journalists who used their unsurpassed analytical abilities to conjure up a reason why Mueller didn’t throw the book at Trump, even though the president is clearly a Putin puppet.

“It’s certainly possible that Trump may emerge from this better than many anticipated. However! Consensus has been that Mueller would follow DOJ rules and not indict a sitting president. I.e. it’s also possible his report could be very bad for Trump, despite ‘no more indictments,'” concluded Mark Follman, national affairs editor at Mother Jones, who presumably, and very sadly, was not being facetious.

Revered news organs were quick to artfully modify their expectations regarding Mueller’s findings.

“What is collusion and why is Robert Mueller unlikely to mention it in his report on Trump and Russia?” a Newsweek headline asked following Friday’s tragic announcement.

Three months earlier, Newsweek had meticulously documented all the terrible “collusion” committed by Donald Trump and his inner circle.

But perhaps the most sobering reactions to the no-indictment news came from those who seemed completely unfazed by the fact that Mueller’s investigation, aimed at uncovering a criminal conspiracy between Trump and the Kremlin, ended without digging up a single case of “collusion.”

The denials, evasions and bizarre hot takes are made even more poignant by the fact that just days ago, there was still serious talk about Trump’s entire family being hauled off to prison.

“You can’t blame MSNBC viewers for being confused. They largely kept dissenters from their Trump/Russia spy tale off the air for 2 years. As recently as 2 weeks ago, they had @JohnBrennan strongly suggesting Mueller would indict Trump family members on collusion as his last act,” journalist Glenn Greenwald tweeted.

While the Mueller report has yet to be released to the public, the lack of indictments makes it clear that whatever was found, nothing came close to the vast criminal conspiracy alleged by virtually the entire American media establishment.

“You have been lied to for 2 years by the MSM. No Russian collusion by Trump or anyone else. Who lied? Head of the CIA, NSA,FBI,DOJ, every pundit every anchor. All lies,” wrote conservative activist Chuck Woolery.

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom was more blunt, but said it all: “Mueller – The name that ended all mainstream media credibility.”

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Canadian Lawmaker Accuses Trudeau Of Being A “Fake Feminist” (Video)

Rempel segued to Trudeau’s push to quash an investigation into allegations that he once groped a young journalist early in his political career

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Canada’s feminist-in-chief Justin Trudeau wants to support and empower women…but his support stops at the point where said women start creating problems for his political agenda.

That was the criticism levied against the prime minister on Friday by a conservative lawmaker, who took the PM to task for “muzzling strong, principled women” during a debate in the House of Commons.

“He asked for strong women, and this is what they look like!” said conservative MP Michelle Rempel, referring to the former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould, who has accused Trudeau and his cronies of pushing her out of the cabinet after she refused to grant a deferred prosecution agreement to a Quebec-based engineering firm.

She then accused Trudeau of being a “fake feminist”.

“That’s not what a feminist looks like…Every day that he refuses to allow the attorney general to testify and tell her story is another day he’s a fake feminist!”

Trudeau was so taken aback by Rempel’s tirade, that he apparently forgot which language he should respond in.

But Rempel wasn’t finished. She then segued to Trudeau’s push to quash an investigation into allegations that he once groped a young journalist early in his political career. This from a man who once objected to the continued use of the word “mankind” (suggesting we use “peoplekind” instead).

The conservative opposition then tried to summon Wilson-Raybould to appear before the Commons for another hearing (during her last appearance, she shared her account of how the PM and employees in the PM’s office and privy council barraged her with demands that she quash the government’s pursuit of SNC-Lavalin over charges that the firm bribed Libyan government officials). Wilson-Raybould left the Trudeau cabinet after she was abruptly moved to a different ministerial post – a move that was widely seen as a demotion.

Trudeau has acknowledged that he put in a good word on the firm’s behalf with Wilson-Raybould, but insists that he always maintained the final decision on the case was hers and hers alone.

Fortunately for Canadians who agree with Rempel, it’s very possible that Trudeau – who has so far resisted calls to resign – won’t be in power much longer, as the scandal has cost Trudeau’s liberals the lead in the polls for the October election.

 

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