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Storm clouds gather as hurricane Trump prepares to hit White House

Storm clouds gather as hurricane Trump prepares to hit White House

From the Daily Mail, edited and abridged by Lasha Darkmoon with additional notes and comments

Trump Press Secretary: Alternative Media,Bloggers To Become Part Of Press Corps

Trump Press Secretary: Alternative Media,Bloggers To Become Part Of Press Corps

White House press briefings may be relocated to a bigger room to accomodate bloggers and alternative media reporters. Includes video

CIA Director John Brennan

Donald Trump does not understand the threat Russia poses, CIA chief warns

Actually John Brennan’s “warning” may be a veiled threat. The real danger may come not from Russia but the CIA itself. Includes videos

Jared Kushner fired me over Israel ten years ago

Jared Kushner fired me over Israel ten years ago

What sort of advice will Jared Kushner give Donald Trump? Philip Weiss, who worked for Kushner for a year, has some personnel insight into the man

Trump’s Foreign-Policy Appointees Are Set to Provoke War With Iran

Trump may try to avoid conflict with Moscow but with so many Iran hawks in his administration conflict that wont be so easy with Tehran. And if that happens Russia could still step in to assist its ally across the Caspian

‘Fake news and a political witch hunt': Trump denies claims he was told of Russian blackmail file

Dossier claimed Russians purport to have footage showing Trump ordered prostitutes to commit sex acts at a hotel used by the president and first lady ‘whom he hated’

Maria Zakharova. Click to enlarge

Russian Foreign Ministry: Entire World ‘Disgusted’ by Obama’s Disastrous Foreign Policy

The Obama administration has been an unmitigated disaster for human rights, says Russian spokeswoman Maria Zakharova

Trump suggests he would ditch F-35 in favor of alternate plane

President-elect has reportedly “asked Boeing to price-out a comparable F-18 Super Hornet!”

Freedom Rider: Syria, Russia and American Desperation

If it is true that Trump is a fascist he won’t be the first one in the White House. His predecessor fits that description just as well

Making Sense of Trump

To better understand what the future may hold with Trump as president, we should concentrate on what we know for certain – his team.

US Intel Vets Dispute Russia Hacking Claims

Intelligence veterans claim Clinton email disclosures are not the result of Russian hacking but insider leaks

U.S. intelligence officials claim: Putin ‘PERSONALLY ordered the election hack as part of a vendetta against Hillary Clinton’

Thing is these claims are coming from the very same quarters that once echoed claims about Saddam’s WMD

Murray suggested that John Podesta's emails might be 'of legitimate interest to the security services' in the U.S., due to his communications with Saudi Arabia lobbyists and foreign officials. Click to enlarge

Ex-British ambassador who is now a WikiLeaks operative claims Russia did NOT provide Clinton emails

Craig Murray claims the emails were handed to him by “disgusted” Democratic Party insiders in a Washington park

Rex Tillerson. Click to enlarge

Trump picked Tillerson for tough new Iran policy

Debkafile reports that the incoming administration is looking to revise the Iran nuclear deal. If Tehran refuses to accept the revised accord new sanction will follow

Tillerson’s Assault on Scouting

Tillerson’s Assault on Scouting

Trump’s choice of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State should set alarm bells ringing. Timothy Birdnow explains

Peter Van Buren: Freedom’s Just Another Word

This is an attempted coup as sure as it would be if there were tanks on the White House lawn. The CIA might as well have tried to shoot Trump during his next trip to Dallas.

Officials: Obama Prioritized Defeating Assad Above Defeating Jihadists

Eric Zuesse reviews an article by Seymour Hersch, (which the U.S. ‘news’ media wouldn’t publish), on why Trump may not drain the Swamp but be drawn even deeper in

Trump’s ‘Mad Dog’ Military Policy

To quote Creedence Clearwater Revival: “There’s a bad moon rising”. Brother Nathanael on the president elect’s choice for vice president and secretary of defense

Donald Trump Silent on #PizzaGate, But Close Supporters Talking

Pizzagate is the Watergate of our time. Only it’s fundamentally more disturbing and far-reaching. This is the latest report from, David Seaman, who first exposed it

Iran hawks lay out their wish list for Trump era

Trump urged to extend sanctions and “put the military option back on the table”