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Roy Moore says it’s Mitch McConnell who should step aside

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Roy Moore says its Mitch McConnell who should step aside

Early Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called on Roy Moore to step aside from his bid to represent Alabama in the Senate, citing “I believe the women” in the Washington Post bombshell article from last week. Shortly after McConnell’s announcement, Moore responded…

The article in the Washington Post claimed four women have come forward against Moore with accusations of sexual misconduct ranging from dating underage teens to sexually assaulting a 14-year-old when Moore was 32. Since then, another accuser has come forward.

McConnell has been an outspoken adversary to Moore since the former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice announced his candidacy for Senate. McConnell twice backed Luther Strange, first in the primary and then in the runoff. His super PAC spent a great deal of money trying to discredit Moore, but it wasn’t until after Strange lost that the fruits of McConnell’s labors were realized in the Washington Post article. Now, it seems he’s so against Moore that he would rather see the Democrat win the seat.

Scarlett is a mom and a friend. She blogs for a living but really prefers to read more than write. She writes mostly about politics, but occasionally delves into book and movie reviews.

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Michael Flynn’s lawyers break contact with White House lawyers

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Michael Flynns lawyers break contact with White House lawyers

The legal team for former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn have stopped sharing information about special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian tampering in the 2016 election. This could be a blow for the President and some who are close to him if information gleaned from Flynn points to the Trump campaign, his transition team, or his administration itself.

The NY Times is reporting that four anonymous sources have said the agreement between the two legal teams has been ended from Flynn’s side. It is normal for teams with parallel interests to share information, but when there becomes a conflict of interest, any such sharing is halted. This leaves two likely possibilities: either Flynn is negotiating a deal to cooperate with the investigation or they’re cooperating already.

If it’s the former, there’s a chance the information sharing could be renewed if no deal is struck

Flynn is at the heart of the investigation. It was his actions and the White House’s reactions before and after he resigned that prompted the investigation in the first place. Flynn had lied on more than one occasions about financial interactions he’d had with Russian and Turkish interests. This made him vulnerable to blackmail, according to former acting attorney general Sally Q. Yates. After Flynn resigned, the President had a one-on-one meeting with then-FBI Director James Comey and allegedly asked him to stop pursuing Flynn. Comey was fired by the President, then leaked a memo detailing the meeting regarding Flynn.

Outcry from many in DC and in the media prompted Mueller’s appointment. Since then, he charged Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and George Papadopoulos. Charging or cutting a deal with Flynn would likely be the step prior to pursuing people directly associated with the President.

Further Reading

Flynn moving to cooperate with Mueller in Russia probe: report | TheHill

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/361687-flynn-moving-to-cooperate-with-mueller-in-russia-probe-reportThe report comes after NBC News on Wednesday reported that Mueller is looking to question Bijan Kian, an associate of Flynn. Previous reports have suggested that the special counsel already has enough evidence to indict Flynn and his son, who also worked for Trump’s campaign.

Trump’s legal team has insisted recently that Mueller’s probe will end in the coming months, though legal experts have said the investigation is likely to drag on.

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After nearly 4 decades of crimes against his people, Robert Mugabe granted immunity, military protection

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After nearly 4 decades of crimes against his people Robert Mugabe granted immunity military protecti

In what may be the best deal ever struck by a dictator forcibly removed by the military and despised by a majority of his people, Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe has been granted full immunity, a “generous pension,” and military protection so he can stay in his country without fear that any of the millions of people he persecuted will be able to seek their vengeance.

Zimbabwe grants Robert Mugabe immunity from prosecution

Mugabe, who ruled Zimbabwe with an iron fist for 37 years, resigned on Tuesday, hours after parliament launched proceedings to impeach him. He had refused to leave office during eight days of uncertainty that began with a military takeover.

Emmerson Mnangagwa, the former vice-president sacked by Mugabe this month, is to be sworn in as president on Friday.

My Take

Despite complaints from the people, this is the smart move. If they allow him to leave, they have no control over him or the influence that he continues to wield at home and abroad. If they jail him, kill him, or otherwise make him face prosecution, he would be at best a distraction and at worst a martyr. This move allows them to move forward the fastest which is what former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his military allies want.

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Homeless vet Johnny Bobbit Jr to send additional donations to other charities

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Homeless vet who helped woman 20 GoFundMe Kate McClure Johnny Bobbit Jr

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The page was taken down for a short time, but public outcry had them put the page back up. They now intend to donate the excess money to others, thus “paying forward the pay it forward.” Here’s the update from the GoFundMe page:

Okay, well that didn’t last very long. We just called Johnny explaining that many people are requesting the donations be left open. He is more than happy with the amount that has been raised so far, and didn’t want to seem like he is taking advantage. For the short time that we took it down, though, it is obvious that people still want to donate to this cause. He said that he has more than a few ideas of where this money can go, which he will explain more in detail tonight. You guys continue to amaze us.

Then, they posted this:

Hey guys, just to clear it up real fast. I’ve seen some things about mark or I deciding where this “extra” money will go. That couldn’t be further from the truth. The second we told Johnny about this, his first thought was to pay forward the pay it forward. He is fully aware of the world wide interest in this over the last few days. It will be his decision and his decision only on what organizations and or private parties he decides to help!! I promised myself I wouldn’t let the very few negative comments or accusations get to me but I couldn’t let THIS one sit. So that being said… I hope everyone had or is having a wonderful thanksgiving and you’re going to hear what Johnny has in mind very shortly!!

Ps. To the thousands of people who took the time to write something nice directed towards Johnny.. believe me, he is seeing all of it and you have no idea how far your kind words are going!!

Original Story

In a feel-good story just in time for Thanksgiving, an act of kindness has turned into a chance for rebuilding.

Kate McClure needed help when her car ran out of gas. That help came from an unexpected source. Homeless U.S. Marine veteran Johnny Bobbit Jr, disheveled and cold in Philadelphia, approached her as she walked to the nearest gas station. He told her to get back in her car and lock the doors. Then he spent his last $20 to buy her gas and get her on her way.

How a homeless man’s selfless act changed his life

https://nypost.com/2017/11/22/how-a-homeless-mans-selfless-act-changed-his-life/“He came back and I was almost in shock,” McClure told The Post.

Bobbit asked for nothing in return — but McClure and her boyfriend stopped by his spot several times in recent weeks, repaying him for the gas money and dropping off clothes.

“We went to Target and got him a big backpack filled with stuff, and he opened the granola bars and offered us one,” she said. “We are like, ‘We just got this for you.’ He’s extremely generous.”

As is growing more common in the age of crowdfunding, McClure and her boyfriend, Mark D’Amico, set up a GoFundMe page with an ambitious goal of $10,000. In less than two weeks, it’s at a quarter of a million dollars. Now that it’s really hitting the news hard, donations are coming in every few minutes.

“This is nuts,” McClure said.

Bobbit has been homeless for a year and a half. He was in a homeless shelter but moved under a bridge when he was robbed there.

With plenty of money for him to get off the streets, acquire transportation, and push forward, he has asked McClure to stop accepting donations:

Johnny asked me to please stop accepting donations today. He is beyond humbled by the amount of support and love he has received over the last few days! He asked, instead of donating to his campaign, to maybe take a second to search for another worthy cause that, for whatever reason, hasn’t gotten the attention his has. Later tonight, we will take some time to post a video with Johnny! He can’t wait to thank all of you and wishes he could individually if possible. Mark and I couldn’t begin to express how grateful we are that you guys made this little fantasy a reality!!

There may still be decent people in the world after all.

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