Grind for October 27th, 2018
“He that lives upon hope will die fasting.” – Benjamin Franklin
President Trump says he will withdraw from a Cold-War era nuclear pact with Russia; sends John Bolton to speak with Vladimir
President Trump last weekend threatened to pull the United States out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty of 1987 (INF) – an agreement which forbids Russia and the US from having or using “ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges of between 500 and 5,500 kilometers.”
Washington has pointed to Russia’s “Novator” ground-based missile as proof that it is violating the treaty, while Russia argues the US is violating the treaty by using drones.
Russia has also expressed concern that a US-backed missile defense system in Europe could easily be converted into a nuclear-armed offensive weapon.
“We’re the ones that have stayed in the agreement, and we’ve honored the agreement,” said Trump. “But Russia has not, unfortunately, honored the agreement. So we’re going to terminate the agreement and we’re going to pull out.”
Pulling out of the INF “would be a very dangerous step,” warned Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
Trump’s threat to withdraw is probably just a negotiating tactic (think NAFTA), but as Security Adviser John Bolton has pointed out, withdrawing from the INF would free us up to develop the sort of missiles needed to stay on par with China.
Bolton, who visited Moscow this week, also opposed to the extension of the 2010 New Start agreement with Russia, which restricts the number deployed strategic warheads for both sides.
GOP women’s group bankrolled by Democratic billionaire
Republican Women for Progress is a PAC representing GOP women who oppose President Trump – or at least that’s what it’s supposed to be.
“We think the best thing that we can do for the party and for the country right now is to make sure there are good women – Democrat or Republican – that are elected to office and who can serve as a check on this administration and on the president,” says co-founder Meghan Milloy.
“We think that if more women were involved in politics and policy, especially in leadership positions within the Republican Party, Donald Trump never would have been our nominee, and certainly not our president…We think that with the extreme partisanship and tribal politics these days, we need more women at the table to bring us back to civility. Women of both parties need to be elected in November to serve as a check on this administration and their, at best, indifference toward women.”
Other areas of concern for the group include: immigration policy, the successful confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh, and Trump’s indifference to Saudi Arabia following the death of Jamal Khashoggi.
So far this cycle, Republican Women for Progress has spent $231,000 supporting Mikie Sherrill in New Jersey, Amy McGrath in Kentucky, and Elissa Slotkin in Michigan’s 8th congressional district.
All three candidates are Democrats.
Another fun fact about the group: its members supported Hillary Clinton during her 2016 run for president.
So what we have here is a group of “Republican” women who consistently support Democrats and Democratic causes.
As revealed in the group’s first quarterly filing, the group’s only donor is Reid Hoffman, the billionaire co-founder of LinkedIn who has donated millions of dollars to Democratic campaigns and committees.
“In terms of the Reid Hoffman donation, even male tech billionaires and major Democratic donors recognize the important role women should play in the Republican Party,” claimed the group. “We are pleased to have the support of donors across the ideological spectrum to ensure the voice of Republican women is heard across the country.”
Here’s what’s really going on:
Either Hoffman believed his donation would help destabilize the GOP and the women’s group is blissfully unaware of Hoffman’s agenda OR the organization is another deceptive Democratic Party front.
GOOD TO THE LAST DROP:
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