Friday, October 23, 2020

President Trump And His, U.S. Intelligence Chief Push To Declassify Document On Russia's 2016 Election Role

Reuters: Exclusive: Trump, U.S. intelligence chief push to declassify document on Russia's 2016 election role - sources 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and his intelligence chief have pushed for quick declassification of a document disputing the 2017 intelligence community finding that Russia acted to help Trump get elected in 2016, three U.S. government officials familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday. 

But their effort faces strong objections from inside the intelligence agencies, two officials said on condition of anonymity given the sensitivity of the matter. One reason for their opposition is the proximity of the Nov. 3 election. 

An Oct. 15 letter written by Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe to the inspector general for the intelligence community, reviewed by Reuters, confirmed he was seeking the declassification of the document at the request of Devin Nunes, the senior Republican on the House Intelligence Committee.

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WNU Editor: The American public have a right to know. Do it!

The Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic Is Out Of Control In Europe


Oct 22 (Reuters) - Europe's reported coronavirus cases more than doubled in 10 days, crossing 200,000 daily infections for the first time on Thursday, according to a Reuters tally, with many Southern European countries reporting their highest single-day cases this week. 

Europe reported 100,000 daily cases for the first time on Oct. 12. Europe has so far reported about 7.8 million total coronavirus cases and about 247,000 deaths, according to a Reuters tally. European countries like Italy, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia reported their highest single-day coronavirus cases on Thursday. 

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Tweets For Today

US Senate Investigators Have Demanded That Hunter Biden Turn Over All Records Of His Business Dealings Within 48 Hours

Zero Hedge: Senate Demands Hunter Biden Turn Over Bank Records Wire Transfers Account Balances And Travel Records 

Senate investigators have demanded that Hunter Biden turn over a mountain of evidence following bombshell emails and text messages which appear to show he and his business partners engaging in an international influence-peddling scheme while his father was Vice President of the United States, according to CBS News' Catherine Herridge - who brought receipts as usual. 

"According to recent reports that published emails allegedly from your client’s laptop, the Committees have identified your client as an individual involved in one or more of these business arrangements or financial transactions," reads a Wednesday letter from Sens. Ron Johnson and Chuck Grassley. 

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WNU Editor: Demanding all of these documents within 48 hours is asking for the impossible. Hunter Biden does not strike me as someone who is meticulous over his records. I know I would not able to do it, and I am meticulous about everything. Maybe his lawyers have already taken care of this and organized his business affairs because they expected it, but I have my doubts.

Former Hunter Biden Business Partner Tony Bobulinski Says He Is Providing All Evidence To The FBI That Implicates Joe Biden Doing Business Deals With China


 * A series of texts and emails about Hunter Biden's purported to involve his business operations came to light Thursday 
 * Some appear to reference Joe Biden as the 'chairman' and one message between business partners says 'Don't mention Joe being involved' 
 * Another has a reference to 'My Chairman' – who could be Biden 
 * 2017 email lists 'phase one domestic contacts' It was provided by James Biden to Hunter Biden and others discussing venture with Chinese energy company 
 * President Trump has already said he plans to raise Hunter issues at debate Fox News says they were obtained not from Hunter laptop that Rudy Giuliani gave to the press 
 * The disclosures come as President Trump has been hammering Joe Biden for 'corruption' - and he is bringing one of the business partners, Tony Bobulinski, with him to the debate in Nashville 
 * Biden has denied any overseas business dealings and has called the release of emails from son Hunter's laptop a 'smear.' 

President Donald Trump’s campaign pulled off another pre-debate surprise Thursday, putting a former business partner of Hunter Biden on camera to level the charge that Joe Biden was ‘familiar’ with his son’s business dealings in China. 

Former Hunter Biden business partner Tony Bobulinski spoke to reporters at the Marriott in downtown Nashville three hours before start time of the final presidential debate – and said he will turn over three cell phones to the FBI and meet with Republican senators about his former business deals. 

He said he was angry with Hunter after he wanted to use funds for a prospective deal with a Chinese energy company was his ‘Hunter’s personal piggy bank.’ 

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WNU Editor: A good summary on what was revealed today by former Hunter Biden business partner Tony Bobulinski is here .... In Shock Presser, Hunter's Ex-Biz Partner Speaks; Says Turning Over "All Evidence To FBI" (Zero Hedge). What's my take. The Bidens have a lot of enemies. This former business associate is definitely one of them. He is also a Democrat who has contributed to the Democrat party and candidates. He is also clearly miffed at the Bidens. Tony Bobulinski also said he is giving everything to the FBI tomorrow. Three cell phones. Text and email messages. Documents. Agreements and other evidence. All to provide proof to his claim that the former Vice-President is lying when he says that he was not involved in his son's business affairs. I do not know where this breaking news story is going to go. It is not illegal to do business with China, and even President Trump has a bank account in China. But it is an October surprise directed at the former Vice President, and if he does not address it properly and soon, it is going to suppress his vote. 

Update: I thought the main stream media was not going to cover this story. But it looks like that is now changing. Reuters is now carrying this story. 

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More Details Emerge On Why President Trump Walked Out On The 60 Minutes Interview


 * President Donald Trump posted his full interview with '60 Minutes' on Facebook Thursday showing that he cut the back-and-forth short after 37 minutes 
 * 'I think we have enough of an interview, let's go, let's go,' Trump said after someone reminded him Vice President Mike Pence would join them soon 
 * Trump had bristled that Lelsey Stahl had kicked off the interview by asking the president, 'Are you ready for some tough questions?' 
 * He brought that up directly before he cut the interview short telling the journalist, 'That's no way to talk'
 * Earlier Thursday, he had tweeted that he would release the '60 Minutes' interview in its entirety before the show broadcasted it on Sunday 

President Donald Trump posted his full interview with '60 Minutes' on Facebook Thursday showing that he cut the back-and-forth short after 37 minutes. 'I think we have enough of an interview, let's go, let's go,' Trump said, after someone off-screen had mentioned that the vice president was due to join him for the Q&A in five minutes. 

The White House had taken their own footage of the CBS News interview for the 'archive.' 

WNU Editor: Apparently what ended the interview was when President Trump realized that .... Stahl was repeatedly denying the reality of two scandals — the evolving Hunter Biden scandal and the Obamagate scandal. Stahl said 60 Minutes could not air Trump’s comments about the scandals because “we can’t verify them.” More here .... Now We Know Why Trump Decided to Air the Leslie Stahl Interview Before '60 Minutes' (PJ Media). 

Update: Guess how many times CBS reporter Leslie Stahl interrupted President Trump in their 37 minute interview. Hint. It is a lot (see below).


Picture Of The Day

Donald Trump and Joe Biden walk on stage. Morry Gash/Pool via REUTERS 

WNU Editor: The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... Trump and Biden face off in final presidential debate (Reuters).

Russian President Putin Says Germany And China Are Emerging Superpowers

© Reuters / Fabrizio Bensch 

The era when world affairs were decided between Moscow and Washington is long gone, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, adding that other countries, such as China and Germany, are on their way to becoming superpowers. 

"In terms of its economic weight and political influence, China is actively moving towards the status of a superpower. Germany is moving in the same direction,” Putin said, addressing a meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club think tank via a video link. The role of the UK and France in international affairs has also been significantly transformed, he added. 

WNU Editor: China is already the superpower in Asia. And economically, it is already a global superpower. Germany is the powerhouse in Europe. 

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Russian President Putin Says Russia-China Military Alliance 'Quite Possible'

© Sputnik / Sergey Mamontov 

Russian President Vladimir Putin says there is no need for a Russia-China military alliance now, but notes it could be forged in the future. 

Mr Putin, speaking at the annual meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club via video conference on Thursday, signaled deepening ties between Moscow and Beijing amid growing tensions in their relations with the United States. 

When asked during the conference if a military union between Moscow and Beijing was possible, Mr Putin replied that "we don't need it, but, theoretically, it's quite possible to imagine it". 

WNU Editor: I do not see such an alliance happening.

My Take On Tonight's Presidential Debate

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and U.S. President Donald Trump arrive to participate in their second 2020 presidential campaign debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, October 22, 2020. REUTERS/Jim Bourg/Pool 

WNU Editor: Moderator Kristen Welker could have done a better job. At the beginning she was interrupting President Trump too much, but after 30 minutes she pulled back and did OK. President Trump is far better in this debate than the first one, even with Welker's constant interruptions. He had problems talking about his taxes and explaining Hunter Biden's laptop. But his remarks on crime, black incarceration, race relations, immigration, etc. .... Trump needed to give Republican-leaning holdouts an excuse to vote for him, and he did that tonight.

Like President Trump in the first debate, former Vice-President Biden showed the "ugly" side of his character in this debate. Especially when his son's laptop and his history on passing crime bills that incarcerated many minorities was mentioned. His promise to transition from oil was an eye-opener. This is what happens when you are not use to being challenged. He also rambled too much in his 2 minute segments. But I predict his supporters will be happy with his performance.

The big moment in this debate was when Joe Biden promised to phase out the oil industry, and repeated that again when the moderator asked him why would he do that. Wow! Joe Biden just lost Pennsylvania and who knows what else. 

Update: This is a good review on tonight's debate .... Debate Post-Mortem: "Malarkey" Takes On "401K's In Hell" In Informative But Firework-Free Spectacle (Zero Hedge)

Update #2:
You know Joe Biden did not have a good debate performance when the media are calling this debate a "tepid" event (when it was not), and nothing major was revealed .... Final Presidential Debate Review: Joe Biden & Donald Trump Offer Few Surprises As Campaign Limps To The End (Deadline). I 

Final 2020 Presidential Debate Between President Donald Trump And Joe Biden (Live)

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- October 22, 2020


Even while negotiations are continuing, it is clear that developments on the battlefield are driving events far more strongly than anything agreed over the negotiation table. 

Azerbaijan’s armed forces are continuing to advance deeper into previously Armenian-held territory, raising the prospects of an offensive into the heavily populated core of Nagorno-Karabakh itself. 

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 Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- October 22, 2020 

Honeymoon over? Saudi Arabia-U.S. ties face reset with Biden win -- Marwa Rashad, Ghaida Ghantous, Jonathan Landay, Reuters

Lukashenko’s Opponents Regroup in Lithuania -- Katrin Kuntz, Spiegel Online 

Breaking the Ice: High Stakes in the High North -- Henri-Nicolas Grossman, RCD 

World News Briefs -- October 22, 2020


Nearly two-thirds of U.S. states were in a danger zone of coronavirus spread and six, including election battleground Wisconsin, reported a record one-day increase in COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday while the pandemic's resurgence in Europe strained hospitals. 

Coronavirus deaths hit fresh daily records in Hawaii, Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana and Wisconsin, a state that also reported a record daily increase in new cases together with Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky and Ohio, according to a Reuters analysis. 

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Ahead of F-35 sale to UAE, Pentagon pledges to keep Israel strong. 






Sent from Gitmo to UAE, detainees fear final stop: Yemen. 


Wall Street closes higher, trade choppy as U.S. stimulus talks eyed. 

Gallup Poll: 56% of U.S. Voters Say Trump Does Not Deserve Reelection. 68% Believe Members Of Congress Do Not Deserve To Be Reelected

Gallup: 56% of U.S. Voters Say Trump Does Not Deserve Reelection 

 * 68% of voters say "most members of Congress" do not deserve reelection 
 * 60%, however, believe their personal House representative does deserve it 

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The majority of U.S. registered voters, 56%, believe President Donald Trump does not deserve to be reelected, while 43% say he does. Voters are even less likely to think "most members of Congress" deserve reelection (29%), although six in 10 say their own House member does. 

These data are from a Sept. 30-Oct. 15, 2020, Gallup poll. 

The percentage of voters who say Trump deserves reelection to a second term is down seven percentage points from Gallup's previous measure in January -- a much different time in Trump's presidency, when confidence in the U.S. economy was high, the Senate was preparing to vote to keep Trump in office during his impeachment trial, and only a few cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed in the U.S. 

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WNU Editor: President Trump's approval numbers from Gallup are going up .... Trump Job Rating Steady; Other Mood Indicators Tick Up (Gallup). These polls were done from October 1 - October 15, reflecting President Trump's first debate performance and his positive Covid-19 test. I would not be surprised if this poll was done now, his numbers would be higher. As for Congress. Voters may not like congress, but they are satisfied with their representative. This tells me that there will be few if any changes in Congress and the Senate.

President Trump Invites Hunter Biden Ex-Associate Tony Bobulinski As A Guest To Tonight's Final debate


President Trump is expected to bring former Hunter Biden associate Tony Bobulinski as his guest to the final presidential debate Thursday night, 

Fox News has learned. Bobulinski is a retired lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and the CEO of Sinohawk Holdings, which he explained "was a partnership between the Chinese operating through CEFC/Chairman Ye and the Biden family." 

He said he was brought on as CEO by Hunter Biden and James Gilliar and on Thursday released emails and text messages that appear to show Joe Biden's involvement with his son's foreign business dealings. 

He was slated to deliver a statement to the media before the debate, and planned to say that he is turning his electronic devices over to the FBI. 

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WNU Editor: Will Biden's campaign staff tell Joe Biden who is in the audience tonight? This could be interesting.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- October 22, 2020


WASHINGTON and PORSTMOUTH, New Hampshire — Two of the Trump administration’s top national security officials have signaled in the last week that the NATO target of spending 2 percent of gross domestic product on defense is now the “gold standard” being applied to all allies around the globe. 

While not a hard figure from the administration, the target may catch the attention of allies in the wake of years of comments from President Donald Trump that those nations are not spending enough on defense. 

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 Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- October 22, 2020 

Reports Say Israel And Sudan Have Reached A Deal To Formalize Ties


Announcement to be made over weekend or early next week, reports say, following trip by Israeli-US delegation to Khartoum 

Israel and Sudan will announce the establishment of diplomatic ties over the weekend or early next week in a US-brokered deal, Hebrew media reported Thursday, citing officials involved in the negotiations. 

The announcement will likely come after a phone call between US President Donald Trump, Sudan’s transitional leader Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to the Walla news site. 

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NATO Plans New Space Center In Germany To Track Russian And Chinese Space Weapons

Daily Mail: Nato experts are building a 'space hub' to track Chinese and Russian weapons amid fears the countries may try to 'shoot down satellites' 

 * Jens Stoltenberg warned two countries were developing anti-satellite systems 
 * General Sir Patrick Sanders said the UK was not 'fit for information age warfare' 
 * Space centre, at the Ramstein air base, Germany, will gather threat information 

NATO is building a new space hub to track Chinese and Russian weapons it fears may try to 'shoot down satellites', its secretary general said yesterday.

Jens Stoltenberg warned the two countries were developing anti-satellite systems. 

His comments came as General Sir Patrick Sanders, the head of the Ministry of Defence's Strategic Command, said Britain 'is under direct threat, certainly in the cyber domain'. 

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