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YOU’RE FIRED! With Jeff Sessions out, Trump’s war on Deep State begins (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 146.

Alex Christoforou

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Trump wasted no time after the midterm elections to warn Democrats (ready to take over the House) that should they drag the country back towards Russia collusion hoaxes, tax return fantasies, or impeachment procedures, that this time the office of the President, along with a strengthened Senate, would strike back at Democrat leadership.

First order of business for Trump, fire Jeff Sessions and appoint as acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker.

Here is Jeff Sessions’ the resignation letter, as requested by President Trump…

Via Zerohedge

During a raucous Wednesday press conference (the same press conference where he berated two CNN reporters), Trump again threatened Democrats with partisan gridlock if they try to probe him or his administration. Trump said that, since before he announced he would run, Democrats have been bombarding him with “investigation fatigue” – as he phrased it. He then threatened to adopt a “war posture” if Democrats try and come after his tax returns, or launch another investigation into his Russian ties.

He then made clear that, if they pursue an investigation, Republicans in the Senate would launch an investigation of their own into leaks of classified information by Democrats, including former FBI Director James Comey.

“They can play that game but we can play it better,” Trump promised.

He also suggested that if Democrats want to work with the administration on policy priorities like infrastructure, they shwould drop any plans for further investigations. Otherwise, Trump said, they should expect two years of partisan gridlock.

“They want to do things. I keep hearing about investigations – fatigue. From almost the time I announced I was going to run, they’ve been giving us this investigation fatigue. We have a thing called the United States Senate – and a lot of questionable things were done. Leaks of classified information. All you’re going to do is end up with a back-and-forth-and-back-and-forth and all of a sudden two years will go by and you won’t have done a thing.”

In a brief respite from his typically antagonistic tone toward Democrats, Trump reversed course minutes later and praised Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi over her calls for bipartisanship Tuesday night, adding that Pelosi “loves this country.” He even sarcastically offered to push Republicans to vote for her as speaker if progressive Dems make good on their campaign threats not to vote for her.

“We actually have a great relationship,” Trump said of Pelosi. “I give her a great deal of credit for what she’s done and what she’s accomplished.”

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Pelosi “loves this country, and she’s a very smart woman,” Trump said, adding that he had “a very warm conversation” with her on Tuesday.

Asked how he would respond to Democratic demands that he release his tax returns, Trump repeated an oft-used line about waiting for audits to be completed.

In a press briefing given shortly after the president’s, Pelosi sounded undeterred, clearly stating that Democrats have investigation plans ready.

“We have a constitutional responsibility to have oversight,” Pelosi said. “This doesn’t mean we go looking for a fight.” She added that she hopes the administration will respond to requests for information voluntarily, but regarding a possible inquiry into the policy of separating families at the border, she said: “If that requires a subpoena, so be it.”

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the shocking departure of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and Trump’s emboldened position, after the midterm election results, which appear to have strengthened the US President’s hand, and cleared the path for a two year battle with Democrats, the Deep State and Pelosi…all the way to his re-election bid in 2020.

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Zerohedge further reports that on Wednesday President Trump tweeted a warning to Democrats who have threatened to investigate him upon reclaiming a majority in the House of Representatives:

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), who will lead the House Intelligence Committee, told the Los Angeles Times on Monday that he will revive the investigation into so-called “Russian collusion” – vowing to go after Trump’s personal business interests.

“The president has sought to keep that off limits, but if that’s the leverage Russians pose that’s a real threat to our country,” said Schiff.

Schiff insisted in March that there was “more than circumstantial evidence” connecting Trump to Russia, however despite the best efforts of the US-UK-Australian intelligence community and the DOJ/FBI’s multi-year counterintelligence “sting” and now probe, no such evidence has emerged.

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), meanwhile, who has repeatedly called to impeach President Trump, is set to lead the House Financial Services Committee. As chair, she will be able to subpoena officials at financial regulatory agencies for testimony and other information.

In September, Waters renewed her calls to impeach Trump – and told a crowed of constituents at a rally that she would “get” Vice President Mike Pence once Trump was gone.

“I had a conversation here today with someone [who] asked, ‘Well, what about Pence? If you are able to impeach, Pence will be worse,’” said Waters. “And I said, ‘Look, one at a time. You knock one down, one at a time. You knock one down, and we’ll be ready for Pence. We’ll get him, too.”

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It’s all just another deceitful game of distraction for the masses – the Zio-liars are all in it together from both sick sides of the fraudulant two-party system. A vulture never flew on one wing!!

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“We live in interesting times” … That is true. Thank you very much for this interview, Alex and Alexander. I always like watching you and listening to you because your analysis is so astute and comprehensive. I wonder whether President Trump and/or his advisers are watching your videos, too? He seems to do exactly what you predict or advise him to do. I have one request, though. Could you please talk more about Russia and President Putin? You concentrate on the USA, rarely looking at Russia. Peter Lavelle over at “Russia Today” with his Crosstalk also mostly talks about the… Read more »

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Brilliant analysis by Alexander and Alex, as always.

Trump is indeed a very clever politician. How clever he is at avoiding nuclear war remains to be seen.

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Hopefully he’s lulling Pelosi. He’d better be serious about cleaning out the swamp, and not just duping for them. And he’d better start a serious cleaning out right now, or gridlock will make it a lost cause.

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Trump Has Gifted “No More Wars” Policy Position To Bernie Sanders (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 148.

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RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou discuss how US President Donald Tump appears to have ceded his popular 2016 ‘no more wars’ campaign message and policy position to Bernie Sanders and any other US 2020 candidate willing to grad onto a non-interventionist approach to the upcoming Democrat primaries.

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“Is Bernie Stealing Trump’s ‘No More Wars’ Issue?” by Patrick J. Buchanan…


The center of gravity of U.S. politics is shifting toward the Trump position of 2016.

“The president has said that he does not want to see this country involved in endless wars… I agree with that,” Bernie Sanders told the Fox News audience at Monday’s town hall meeting in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Then turning and staring straight into the camera, Bernie added:

“Mr. President, tonight you have the opportunity to do something extraordinary: Sign that resolution. Saudi Arabia should not be determining the military or foreign policy of this country.”

Sanders was talking about a War Powers Act resolution that would have ended U.S. involvement in the five-year civil war in Yemen that has created one of the great humanitarian crises of our time, with thousands of dead children amidst an epidemic of cholera and a famine.

Supported by a united Democratic Party on the Hill, and an anti-interventionist faction of the GOP led by Sens. Rand Paul and Mike Lee of Utah, the War Powers resolution had passed both houses of Congress.

But 24 hours after Sanders urged him to sign it, Trump, heeding the hawks in his Cabinet and National Security Council, vetoed S.J.Res.7, calling it a “dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities.”

With sufficient Republican votes in both houses to sustain Trump’s veto, that should be the end of the matter.

It is not: Trump may have just ceded the peace issue in 2020 to the Democrats. If Sanders emerges as the nominee, we will have an election with a Democrat running on the “no-more-wars” theme Trump touted in 2016. And Trump will be left defending the bombing of Yemeni rebels and civilians by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia.

Does Trump really want to go into 2020 as a war party president?

Does he want to go into 2020 with Democrats denouncing “Trump’s endless wars” in the Middle East? Because that is where he is headed.

In 2008, John McCain, leading hawk in the Senate, was routed by a left-wing first-term senator from Illinois, Barack Obama, who had won his nomination by defeating the more hawkish Hillary Clinton, who had voted to authorize the war in Iraq.

In 2012, the Republican nominee Mitt Romney, who was far more hawkish than Obama on Russia, lost.

Yet, in 2016, Trump ran as a different kind of Republican, an opponent of the Iraq War and an anti-interventionist who wanted to get along with Russia’s Vladimir Putin and get out of these Middle East wars.

Looking closely at the front-running candidates for the Democratic nomination of 2020 — Joe Biden, Sanders, Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke, Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker — not one appears to be as hawkish as Trump has become.

Trump pulled us out of the nuclear deal with Iran negotiated by Secretary of State John Kerry and reimposed severe sanctions.

He declared Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization, to which Iran has responded by declaring U.S. Central Command a terrorist organization. Ominously, the IRGC and its trained Shiite militias in Iraq are in close proximity to U.S. troops.

Trump has recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, moved the U.S. Embassy there, closed the consulate that dealt with Palestinian affairs, cut off aid to the Palestinians, recognized Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights seized from Syria in 1967, and gone silent on Bibi Netanyahu’s threat to annex Jewish settlements on the West Bank.

Sanders, however, though he stands by Israel, is supporting a two-state solution and castigating the “right-wing” Netanyahu regime.

Trump has talked of pulling all U.S. troops out of Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet the troops are still there.

Though Trump came into office promising to get along with the Russians, he sent Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine and announced a pullout from Ronald Reagan’s 1987 INF treaty that outlawed all land-based intermediate-range nuclear missiles.

When Putin provocatively sent 100 Russian troops to Caracas — ostensibly to repair the S-400 anti-aircraft and anti-missile system that was damaged in recent blackouts — Trump, drawing a red line, ordered the Russians to “get out.”

Biden is expected to announce next week. If the stands he takes on Russia, China, Israel and the Middle East are more hawkish than the rest of the field, he will be challenged by the left wing of his party, and by Sanders, who voted “no” on the Iraq War that Biden supported.

The center of gravity of U.S. politics is shifting toward the Trump position of 2016. And the anti-interventionist wing of the GOP is growing.

And when added to the anti-interventionist and anti-war wing of the Democratic Party on the Hill, together, they are able, as on the Yemen War Powers resolution, to produce a new bipartisan majority.

Prediction: By the primaries of 2020, foreign policy will be front and center, and the Democratic Party will have captured the “no-more-wars” political high ground that Candidate Donald Trump occupied in 2016.

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Over 200 killed, hundreds injured in series of blasts at Sri Lankan hotels & churches

A series of bombings hit churches and hotels across Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing more than 200 people.

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A series of eight explosions rocked Catholic churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka as Christians began Easter Sunday celebrations, with over 200 killed and hundreds injured, media reported, citing police.

The blasts started at around 8:45am local time at St. Anthony’s Church in Colombo and St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, a Catholic-majority town outside of the capital. The Zion Church in Batticaloa on the eastern coast was also targeted. At around the same time, the Shangri-La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury five-star hotels were also hit, police confirmed.

Two more explosions happened later in the day, targeting two more locations in Colombo. All attacks appear to have been coordinated.

At least 207 people were killed, Reuters reported, citing police. More than 450 were injured in the attacks.

Alleged footage of the aftermath, shared on social media, showed chaos and large-scale destruction inside at least one of the churches.

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Mike Pompeo reveals true motto of CIA: ‘We lied, we cheated, we stole’ (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 147.

Alex Christoforou

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris take a look at a Texas A&M University speech, and subsequent interview, with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The former CIA Director admitted, ‘as an aside’ to the question asked, that the Intelligence agency he headed up before being appointed as the top US Diplomat had a motto “we lied, we cheated, we stole”…which, according to Pompeo, contained entire CIA training courses based on ‘lying, cheating and stealing.’

Pompeo finally speaks some truth.

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