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Day 567

Updated 8/9/2018 11:24 AM PDT

1/ Mike Pence detailed Trump's proposal to create a "Space Force" as the sixth branch of the U.S. military by 2020. Pence said the creation of the Space Force, the first new branch of the military since 1947, represented a response to new and emerging threats. The new branch would require a significant reorganization of the Department of Defense and how it handles space operations. Pence said that the U.S. must not only increase its involvement in space-related affairs, but that "we must have American dominance in space." After the announcement, Trump tweeted: "Space Force all the way!" (Washington Post / USA Today / Fox News / Associated Press / ABC News)

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Russian manufacturers [of asbestos] see an opportunity to expand their markets with Trump as president, given his past support for asbestos, with one company going as far as stamping his face on their packaging . . .

The Trump “stamp of approval” on Russian asbestos:

If you’d like to leave a public comment regarding this new EPA policy that opens the door to more asbestos products in the U.S., here’s the link. Then click on the blue “Comment Now” button on the right about half way down. You can leave a simple, anonymous message – no personal information is requested.

The “Russia connection” here is especially troubling and suspicious.

Here’s my post about this from Tuesday – and here’s another good article from Vox that digs deeper into the links between this new policy and Russian asbestos producers.


Here comes the House Judiciary Committee ready to subpoena those who worked on the Steele Dossier findings. It falls under lets determine there was no Russian interference because Hillary’s group may at one point have paid for some of research on the Dossier. But it was funded initially by a Republican candidate running for President.

All the usual suspects are involved - Rep Goodblatte (R-VA), Jim Jordan (R-OH)

GOP chairman readies Steele dossier subpoenas
© Greg Nash

The Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee is readying subpoenas for people connected to the controversial “Steele” dossier, sources tell The Hill.

Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) is preparing subpoenas for Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, his wife Nellie Ohr and Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson, according to two congressional sources familiar with the matter.

The committee will also go after other current and former FBI and DOJ officials including Jim Baker, Sally Moyer, Jonathan Moffa and George Toscas, the sources said.

Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores told The Hill that Goodlatte has been in touch with the DOJ about seeking testimonies from these officials.

A Republican House Judiciary Committee aide confirmed to The Hill they plan to seek such interviews.

We plan to interview the people [mentioned] in the coming weeks and we will issue subpoenas to compel their attendance if necessary,” the aide said.

Goodlatte could issue the orders as early as this week as part of his panel’s joint investigation with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is examining FBI and DOJ decision-making during the 2016 presidential election.

Bruce Ohr has come under Republican scrutiny for his contacts with Simpson and former British spy Christopher Steele during the presidential campaign, a revelation that sparked demands from Trump allies for a special counsel investigation into the DOJ and the FBI last December.

Simpson hired Steele to help compile the controversial dossier that made a series of salacious allegations about President Trump’s ties to Russia.

Ohr’s wife Nellie worked for Fusion GPS during the 2016 election, which Republicans have seized on as a possible connection that links the opposition research firm and the Justice Department.

The matter became a major flashpoint among conservatives when it was revealed that the Clinton campaign had funded some of the research included in the dossier.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), when asked about the matter, broadly replied that Congress needs to “be talking to Bruce Ohr and Nellie Ohr."

Jordan said it was “crazy” that federal officials would be having contacts with individuals working at an opposition research firm that was digging up dirt on the Republican presidential nominee.

The FBI used Steele as a source in their application to obtain a surveillance warrant on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, according to the heavily redacted FISA application released by the DOJ last month.


I have nothing to add but it’s 2018 and these is the headlines we’re reading. The creation of Space Force is one of the most bizarre things to happen ever. And if you remember this idea came from the same man who though it was a good idea to sell steak through Sharper Image.

WTF?! It’s just weird!


Kohbach’s real response

The close contest between the embattled governor and a conservative lightning rod took another acrimonious turn as Kobach’s already tiny lead shrunk from 191 votes to just 121 out of 311,000 ballots cast, after two counties reported discrepancies between their tallies and what Kobach’s office reported on its website.

Kobach needled Colyer in a Fox Business network appearance Thursday evening, saying it would be “pointless” to remove himself from the process because the state’s 105 counties handle the counting of ballots but he might do so just to make Colyer “feel good.

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Proposed Space Force = shiny object to divert headlines


Congressional budget leaders are already on record opposing the idea — House and Senate negotiators killed it in discussions over the defense budget last year.

And while Trump wants the Space Force in place in less than a year and a half, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters on Thursday that the Defense Department has yet to work out any specifics.

We haven’t put together a legislative proposal,” Shanahan said.

Selva acknowledged that “the first steps are to make sure that you do no harm to the missions that are being accomplished today.”