Obama Administration

"Emergency" Anti-War Protests Hit Across America - "Hands Off Syria"

No matter the years of intervention by the Obama administration, and calls for airstrikes by Hillary Clinton, America's leftist 'community organizers' are out en masse nationwide today protesting President Trump's actions in Syria - presumably they find Assad's decision to drop chemical weapons on his people doubtful too...?

Trump Weighs Military "Saturation Strike" In Syria, Resulting In Russian Deaths

The Pentagon has briefed Trump on various military options contemplated against Syria among which are a "no fly zone" or the potential use of cruise missiles to take out key military installations. The current "saturation strike" proposal would likely result in Russian military deaths and mark a drastic escalation of U.S. force in Syria.

Gary Cohn Backs Reinstating Glass-Steagal, Breaking Up Big Banks

The former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. executive who is the top White House economic adviser told lawmakers he could support legislation breaking up the largest U.S. banks, according to people familiar with the matter, a development that bolsters congressional efforts to reinstate the Depression-era Glass-Steagall law.

Trump Tells Members Of Congress He Is Considering Military Action In Syria

It appears that the neo-cons are on the verge of victory again: according to CNN, Trump has told some members of Congress that he is considering military action in Syria in retaliation for this week’s chemical attack and recognizes the seriousness of the situation, a source familiar with the calls tells CNN.

"Assad Crossed Many, Many Lines": Trump Signals Imminent Change In Syria Policy

“I do change. I am flexible. I am proud of that flexibility. I will tell you that attack on children yesterday had a big impact on me. Big impact. It was a horrible, horrible thing. I've been watching it and seeing it, and it does not get any worse than that. And it is very, very possible, and I will tell you it is already happened, that my attitude toward Syria and Assad has changed very much.”

WSJ: Susan Rice Was Not Alone In "Unmasking" Team Trump

The WSJ provides two new pieces of incremental information : i) in addition to Michael Flynn, at least one more member of the Trump transition team was "unmasked" in intelligence reports due to multiple foreign conversations that weren't related to Russia; and ii) Rice wasn't the administration official who instigated Mr. Flynn’s unmasking, suggesting there is at least one more high-level official giving "unmasking" orders.

Frontrunning: April 5

  • No big bets ahead of Trump-Xi meeting; oil, metal prices firm (Reuters)
  • Senate on the Brink of ‘Nuclear Option’ in Gorsuch Vote (WSJ)
  • Le Pen Ambushed on Euro in French Debate (BBG)
  • Trump touts coal but utilities aren't listening (Reuters)
  • Trump Officials Alarmed China May Bid for Westinghouse Unit (BBG)

House Intel Panel Wants Susan Rice To Testify

Susan Rice is on a list of witnesses drawn up by the committee as part of its probe. House Republicans and Democrats have agreed upon a preliminary list of about 30 witnesses that officials say will be expanded as needed.

Trump Blames Obama For Syrian Chemical Attack

What was lost in all of today's conflicting narratives is that it was an almost identical alleged chemical attack by Assad in 2013 that got the Obama administration involved in the Syria proxy war in the first place; the motive behind today's attack is hardly any different.

If What Susan Rice Did Wasn't Illegal, It Should Be

If her actions were indeed totally by the books, we need to use this incident as a rallying call to reform the laws immediately. Likewise, Donald Trump should be pushing such reform tirelessly from his bully pulpit, but given his authoritarian nature I doubt he will. Fortunately, Rand Paul is heeding the call.