UMich Survey Shows Depressed Democrats Weighing Down Sentiment

By Tyler Durden

After August's collapse, UMich Sentiment survey was expected to bounce a little (most notably in a rebound of expectations) and a little it did.

Oddly, the headline beat expectations handily (92.0 vs 90.8 exp and up from prior 89.8), but both current and future expectations disappointed expectations (current 106.9 vs 107.8 and future 82.4 vs 85.2 exp).

Source: Bloomburg

Source: Bloomburg

"The data do indicate that consumers anticipate that the Fed will cut interest rates next week, with net declines in interest rates more frequently expected at present than anytime since the depths of the Great Recession in February 2009 (see the chart). These expectations are likely to diminish the impact on spending from a quarter-point rate cut, but if rates remain unchanged, it may increase negative reactions by consumers."

It appears the weakness is driven by Democrats (weakest since the survey began)...

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Hysteria Dominates Official Response in U.S. to Trump-Putin Summit

Hysteria Dominates Official Response in U.S. to Trump-Putin Summit

July 20 -- In reaction to the outpouring of rage, bitterness and hysteria towards him following his successful summit and press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 16 in Helsinki, Finland, President Donald Trump sent out a tweet on July 18 which further angered his opponents.  "Some people HATE the fact that I got along well with President Putin of Russia," he wrote.  "They would rather go to war than see this.  It's called Trump Derangement Syndrome.

Responding to this in her July 19 Schiller Institute webcast, Helga Zepp LaRouche said it is not simply "Trump Derangement Syndrome...some of these people really have a deranged mind...they are deranged; because any peace-loving person in the world, should be happy about this," referring to the result of the summit (*****see article on summit).

How then should one assess the overwhelming rancor toward Trump exhibited by his political opponents in both parties, the intelligence community and the mainstream media?  Is it possible that the anti-Trump networks really would prefer to go to war with Russia, than to engage in dialogue?  And does this represent the view of the American people?

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Sen. Rand Paul Praises President, Says ‘Trump Is Right To Meet Putin’

Sen. Rand Paul Praises President, Says ‘Trump Is Right To Meet Putin’

Kentucky Senator and ophthalmologist Paul may not be his libertarian legend father Dr. Ron Paul, but he is emerging as a staunch defender of President Trump’s sincere desire for detente with Russia. For challenging the bipartisan hysteria over Trump’s #HelsinkiSummit press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, he has received hatred from #TheResistance and its likely paid trolls online, who tweet congratulations to Paul’s former neighbor Rene Boucher, now awaiting federal sentencing for battering a member of Congress.

Together with Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson, who rhetorically asked why his son should have to die for newly admitted NATO member state Montenegro (notably omitting Russia, as opposed to irredentist greater Albania nationalists, as the likely aggressor), Paul is one of the leading defenders of dialogue with Moscow. Paul made very clear in a pre-summit interview with CNN’s Russiagate pusher Jake Tapper that he does not excuse or apologize for all of Russia’s foreign policy actions, but that Washington needed to admit it reneged on a promise not to expand NATO eastward given to the Russians as Germany reunified in 1990.

In an interview with Fox News that followed the mostly Trump friendly network’s hosts criticizing the President for being too soft on Putin and the Robert Mueller indictments-alleged ‘election hacking’ of the Democratic National Committee, Paul referred to ex-CIA director John Brennan as ‘unhinged’. He also reminded the audience that John Brennan who is today shrieking about Trump being a Russian agent cast a vote for the Communist Party presidential candidate as a ‘protest vote’ during the 1970s, at a time when the U.S. and USSR were locked in the last Cold War.

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Trump and Putin: The New Paradigm in Action, Sending Traitors into Hysterical Fits of Rage

Trump and Putin: The New Paradigm in Action, Sending Traitors into Hysterical Fits of Rage

The historic summit today between Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin has marked a dramatic phase-shift in history. It is the result of a long, difficult battle, led in no small part by Lyndon LaRouche over the past fifty years, to create an alignment of interests among the great nations and cultures of history as the necessary and sufficient force required to end the tyranny of the British Empire once and for all. In particular, LaRouche posed that cooperation among "Four Powers" — Russia, China, India, and the United States (representing the distillation of the best of European culture) — could replace the broken Western financial system centered in London and Wall Street with a new paradigm, based not on monetary power and colonial wars, but on a credit system to bring peace and prosperity through mutual development for all nations.

Before stepping into the private, one-on-one meeting with Putin, Trump told the press that they would be discussing many things, mentioning, in particular, that Russia and the U.S. were cooperating with "our mutual friend President Xi."

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It only took two years, but now a majority of Americans believe the Mainstream Media is Fake News

It only took two years, but now a majority of Americans believe the Mainstream Media is Fake News

When CNN attempted to create a narrative that the Alternative Media was Fake News, then Presidential candidate Donald Trump cleverly co-opted that term and turned it against the Mainstream media itself.  And very quickly, the public more and more began to scrutinize CNN, ABC, NBC, MSNBC and the like and found more often than not that much of what they publish or broadcast was indeed manipulated news.

Now less than two years into his Administration, we can add another 'Win' to the Trump column as a new poll out shows that the majority of Americans fully believe the Mainstream Media is guilty of creating fake news, with even 53% of Democrats coming to this realization.

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Major Changes Can Keep Coming, Trump And Xi Can Solve Both Trade and Immigration

Major Changes Can Keep Coming, Trump And Xi Can Solve Both Trade and Immigration

The summit just accomplished in Singapore has already changed the relations of nations in Asia for the better, showed President Donald Trump's unusual leadership capacity, and should be changing the way Europeans and Americans look at what is possible. The very real potential is now emerging for an early summit of Presidents Trump and Putin, absolutely critical to ending 15 years' continuous disasters of war in Southwest Asia and North Africa. And there can be more "game-changers" — no crisis situation is fixed at this moment, if citizens and leaders will move optimistically for peace and mutual economic development.

Above all, this is a time when many should be joining with the Schiller Institute and LaRouche Political Action Committee, who for decades since the Berlin Wall fell, have held the torch for a "new paradigm" of economic and scientific progress and peace. What is happening in Asia through the New Silk Road and the Korea summits, can "break out" in Europe and the United States if there are any forceful leaders for cooperation of major nations' cooperation — as President Trump has shown he is.

Helga Zepp-LaRouche's call for an EU summit next week which actually solves the migrant crisis there — by European nations joining China in the economic development of Africa — is now circulating internationally in many languages; now the same solution has been proposed in China's Global Times newspaper. Her call should go out far and wide, to trigger action, and action now.

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Keeping RussiaGate Going By Any Means Necessary: The DNC/Crowdstrike GRUccifer 2.0 Hoax

Keeping RussiaGate Going By Any Means Necessary: The DNC/Crowdstrike GRUccifer 2.0 Hoax

Last week saw a major doubling down in London and Washington on Cold War 2, despite President Donald Trump defying his advisers with a phone call to Vladimir Putin congratulating the Russian President on his reelection to a fourth and likely final term in office.

The British government is maintaining in the first court hearing regarding the Sergei Skripal poisoning case that the Russian Foreign Ministry if not relatives of Russian citizen Yulia Skripal are lying, and not seeking details about the Skripals medical conditions. The implication of the UK judge and barristers' arguments is that Her Majesty's Government is therefore not in violation of its international legal obligations under the 1963 Vienna Conventions, by withholding medical details and consular access to a citizen in distress, as Moscow has complained of in recent days.

After booting his leaky Russia-bashing National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, President Trump named John Bolton as the new chief of his national security team. Bolton's record of hawkishness on Russia and support for the US/NATO propped up Kiev government is only exceeded by his belligerence towards Iran and North Korea. The former UN Ambassador and neocon lunatic is on record advocating preemptive strikes on Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile program sites, and also vowing to celebrate with the international terrorist group MEK their victory over the mullahs in Tehran sometime in 2019(!). Of course, even if Bolton weren't on record with so many anti-Russian and Putin bashing statements, his stated goal if implemented of regime changes in Iran and North Korea would put him and any White House national security team he leads on a collision course with the Iranians' allies in Moscow and Beijing.

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Russian Intelligence Chiefs Meet with CIA’s Pompeo and DNI Dan Coats

Russian Intelligence Chiefs Meet with CIA’s Pompeo and DNI Dan Coats

Either Cold War 2 is not what it seems, or the American 'Deep State' is a house divided against itself, with a significant pro-Trump faction willing to cooperate -- at least on counter-terrorism -- with the Russians. It is a fact that Daesh terrorists returning to their home countries from 'Syraq' represent a threat to both Russia and US allies in Europe. Intelligence sharing on this and related topics was likely the subject of the meeting between Director of National Intelligence and former Indiana Republican U.S. Senator Dan Coats and CIA Director Mike Pompeo with their Russian counterparts -- who are subject to the U.S. sanctions list. That had Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and a host of #TheResistance trolls on Twitter crying foul, with the latter suggesting that the Trump Administration's defiance of the sanctions at least on this narrow topic of intelligence sharing is more proof that Trump is 'Putin's puppet'. Nevermind if U.S.-Russia cooperation recently saved lives in St. Petersburg and likely other places we don't yet know of.

The Russian Analyst will have more thoughts on this subject as well as the shoot down of a Russian SU25 ground attack jet by Al-Qaeda jihadists in Idlib region later this weekend. -- JWS

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BOMBSHELL: "The Memo" Details One Small Step in the Conspiracy; Go After the Whole Thing on Behalf of All of Mankind

BOMBSHELL: "The Memo" Details One Small Step in the Conspiracy; Go After the Whole Thing on Behalf of All of Mankind

The pundit class and the Democratic Party have gone absolutely bonkers over the past week over the release of the four page memo authored by the House Intelligence Committee, following declassification by President Trump.

You are told: Don’t even look at it or think about it because it could help Trump. John McCain went so far as to say the whole memo was the devil’s work of Russian President Vladamir Putin. Most surprisingly, with respect to what used to be called the “Democratic” Party, we now are witnessing them cheering and cheering our surveillance police state, prosecutorial misconduct, and outright fraud on the FISA court as if it all was as American as apple pie. Don’t look at that ugly man behind the curtain, folks, just pretend and watch our magic show.

They are shrieking like the stuck pigs they are.

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AG Sessions, Rep. Nunes Set Stage for Taking Down British Coup Aimed at the President

AG Sessions, Rep. Nunes Set Stage for Taking Down British Coup Aimed at the President

On Monday January 22, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Justice Department 'would leave no stone unturned' in investigating 'missing' text messages between FBI ranking counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and his Bureau attorney mistress, Lisa Page. The FBI blamed software glitches for its inability to produce texts between the now notorious Trump loathing lovebirds dated between December 14, 2016 and May 17, 2017.  The latter was the date Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, acting in lieu of Sessions (who had been forced to recuse himself due to scurrilous allegations about his brief exchange of pleasantries with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kisylak during the campaign) appointed Robert S. Mueller independent counsel. Mueller of course, immediately brought Strzok and Page on board his investigation. Strzok and Page were re-assigned when the first batch of texts between them were made public, discussing an 'insurance policy' against the election of Donald Trump -- the Russia investigation and Steele Dossier Strzok and his pals promoted through the Bureau.

We now know that the Steele Dossier, contrary to the lies of 'ex' GCHQ British spook Matt Tait aka @PwnAlltheThings and especially Washington Post reporter Shane Harris, was in fact used to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on Trump campaign aide Carter Page. Judging from AG Sessions press release, the Bureau is not getting the benefit of the AG's doubt regarding this deletion of potentially exculpatory evidence proving investigators' bias against the future President and his campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. Most importantly for the Democratic Party deep state, the AG is hinting that he has resources to recover the texts (from the NSA?) even if Strzok and Page or someone allied with them in the Bureau tried to cover their tracks.

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Trump Versus Durbin: Who is the Real Hypocrite Fostering Institutional Racism? Why is this Happening Now?

Trump Versus Durbin: Who is the Real Hypocrite Fostering Institutional Racism? Why is this Happening Now?

Within days, and, at most weeks, the American people will have the evidence from the House Intelligence Committee and others that they have been watching a coup, since the summer of 2016, against candidate and then President Donald Trump conducted by the Clinton campaign, corrupt officials in the Justice Department and the FBI, and Obama’s intelligence chiefs acting at the behest of British intelligence. Hence the frantic race now to falsely paint the President as an irrational madman and a dyed-in-the wool racist. This is the fallback option as Russiagate threatens indictments, not of Trump, but of the co-conspirators who sought to reverse the election and destroy his presidency.

Look carefully at the present furor. The President admits that he used tough words but not the ones cited by the Democrats. He has been focused on the drugs and attendant criminal gangs and terrorists which flow across our borders, a product of the lax law enforcement and drug legalization policies of Barack Obama. Lyndon LaRouche spent a great deal of time writing about both immigration and drugs. He pointed out, years ago, that there is absolutely no solution to the problems of immigration absent full scale economic development both within the United States and in developing nations. There is no solution to rampant drug use without economic development and a war on drugs which includes wiping out the banks financing the drug trade and the Hollywood promotion of a decadent drug culture.

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Nunes Bombshell—Closing in on the Beast, Establishment Screams Like Stuck Pigs

Nunes Bombshell—Closing in on the Beast, Establishment Screams Like Stuck Pigs

Happy New Year to Harley Schlanger, Helga Zepp LaRouche, her husband Lyndon LaRouche, to Executive Intelligence Review (EIR) writers/editors, and to the volunteer singers/classical musicians of the Schiller Institute NYC!

Over the past year, Harley and LaRouchePAC's analyses of the Russiagate soft coup against President Trump and its linkages to British intelligence and the dying petrodollar geopolitical paradigm have been an indispensable contribution to RogueMoney.net. After months of stonewalling the Congressional committees investigating alleged but never proven Russian interference in the 2016 election and Obama Administration spying on the Trump campaign under false pretenses, the truth is starting to come out.

Following Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) who had formerly been an ally of Sen. John McCain and among the President's biggest GOP critics, telling Fox News that the so-called Steele Dossier of Democrat funded oppo research garbage was used to obtain FISA warrants in 2016, the FBI deep staters around retiring Deputy Director Andrew McCabe rushed out their CYA story in The New York Times this weekend. But as the Conservative Treehouse site points out, the claim that a single boastful campaign volunteer George Papadopoulos and a tip from 5Eyes intel partner Australia provided a hearsay pretext in July 2016 for the FBI to open its investigation under then Director James Comey into supposed Trump campaign links to Russia doesn't pass the laugh test. The Bureau's agents didn't bother to interview Papadopoulos until over six months later. In other words, the deep staters are scrambling to cover their tracks and protect themselves from a pending Justice Department Inspector General (IG) report as well as Congressional subpeonas into FBI use/sponsorship of the dirty dossier under the direction of Comey, McCabe and the Bureau's since exposed as a bitterly anti-Trump, anti-Bernie Sanders and pro-Hillary partisan counterintelligence chief, Peter Strzok.

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Mueller and Neocon Unilateralists Escalate Against Trump

 Mueller and Neocon Unilateralists Escalate Against Trump

Dec. 22 -- The urgency of defeating the efforts of special counsel Robert Mueller to conduct a coup against elected U.S. President Trump, on behalf of British and Wall Street imperial interests, can be seen in the attempt by neocons both within the administration and outside, who insist that the U.S. must continue the policy of geopolitical confrontation with Russia and China, which was supported by his opponents.  In the last days, there are further indications that it is Trump's continuing commitment to strategic collaboration with Russia and China that precipitated "Russiagate," and not "meddling" in the U.S. election by Russian President Putin, nor "collusion" by Trump with Putin to steal the election, that has made him a target of unprecedented vitriolic attacks, lying media stories, and a corrupt "investigation" which his opponents hope will lead to his ouster. 

Throughout the 2016 campaign, Trump aggressively targeted both the Bush Republicans and the Obama-Hillary Clinton Democrats as supporters of endless wars, which have resulted in millions of casualties and the waste of trillions of dollars, while America has become less safe.  He launched devastating attacks against the Bush administration, accusing President George W. Bush of "lying" to get the U.S. into a war with Iraq, and against Obama and Clinton, for the policy of "regime change" in Libya and the attempt to oust Syrian President Assad, at the risk of a war with Russia.  He also blasted the deployment of U.S. and NATO troops eastward, targeting Russia, saying he was convinced that it would be "great" if the U.S. and Russia would be friends and allies, especially in the war against terrorists.  He said at several campaign events that he would have no neocons in his administration. 

The war-weary American people responded to his attacks on the neocon wars, by electing him President.  The neocons responded to his election by launching Russiagate! 

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Trump to Press after APEC: Praises Putin, Rips ‘Hacks’ Brennan, Clapper, Comey

Trump to Press after APEC: Praises Putin, Rips ‘Hacks’ Brennan, Clapper, Comey

Nov. 11, 2017 (EIRNS)—On the plane from Da Nang to Hanoi in Vietnam today, where President Trump is being hosted in a state visit, the President opened up to the press corps, clearly energized by the historic events of the past days. He focussed at length on the importance of ending the insane Russiagate, establishing close relations with Russia and Putin, while also ripping into the "political hacks" Brennan, Clapper and Comey, the cohorts of legal assassin Robert Mueller in the coup attempt against Trump. Some quotes from the White House transcript:

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CIA Partisans in Media and on Twitter Furious Over Director Pompeo Meeting with VIPS' William Binney, Undermining their 'Russia Hacked the DNC' Narrative

CIA Partisans in Media and on Twitter Furious Over Director Pompeo Meeting with VIPS' William Binney, Undermining their 'Russia Hacked the DNC' Narrative

CNN and NBC are denouncing William Binney, one of the most successful mathematicians and systems architects in the history of the National Security Agency before he retired and spoke out against mass surveillance after 9/11, as a 'conspiracy theorist'. The reason is that Binney and his organization Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) joined by cyber security analysts Adam Carter and The Forensicator have challenged three U.S. intelligence agencies core finding -- that Russian hackers stole emails from the Democratic National Committee.

As The Intercept reported this week, CIA Director Mike Pompeo has met with Binney and recommended he share his findings with the FBI and NSA. That has apparently produced some panicking in Foggy Bottom, the FBI headquarters, and at Langley, exposing many of their media mouthpieces as three letter agency sockpuppets rather than journalists. As LaRouchePAC and this website have reported, the a private cyber security firm led by a Soviet-born Russian American CEO with links to the NATO G-NGO the Atlantic Council called Crowdstrike, was brought in to 'prove' the hacking thesis the Clinton team led by John (my brother lobbied for Russian oligarchs) Podesta and Donna Brazile's nemesis campaign manager Robbie Mook demanded. We now know that Crowdstrike lied about its 'proof' that the same Russian agents who hacked the DNC also exploited Ukrainian military officers iPads and personal devices for artillery targeting in the war-torn Donbass.

We also know that Crowdstrike was hired by the same sleazy law firm Perkins Coie that handled payments to 'ex' MI6 agent Christopher Steele for the dirty dossier on Trump. At no point were the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)'s cyber unit permitted to physically access the DNC servers, a fact acknowledged even in Wednesday's article by Buzzfeed designed to prop up the Narrative.

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Desperate Mueller Unveils British/FBI Sting to "Get Trump", Crowdstrike's 'Russian Hacking' Findings Unaudited by Comey's Crew Funded by Same Clintons Law Firm that Supported Steele Dossier

Desperate Mueller Unveils British/FBI Sting to "Get Trump", Crowdstrike's 'Russian Hacking' Findings Unaudited by Comey's Crew Funded by Same Clintons Law Firm that Supported Steele Dossier

Nearly a week has passed since special counsel Robert Mueller indicted former Donald Trump presidential campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his aide Rick Gates, in connection with alleged money laundering that took place well before Manafort joined Trump's team.

Since then, Congressional Republican committee chairmen Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) have stepped up pressure on the FBI, which has released documents related to whether it paid before or after the fact for the Steele Dossier, or used a trashy piece of partisan oppo research as the basis for any FISA warrants against the President's campaign staff. Grassley and Nunes also have subpoenaed documents related to fired FBI director James Comey's efforts to preemptively exonerate Hillary Clinton from charges of grossly mishandling classified data on a home bathroom email server. Three House Republicans (and likely soon many more)  called for Mueller to resign from the special counsel investigation over his severe conflicts of interest, including a longstanding friendship if not multiple investigations conducted with Jim Comey, and Mueller's involvement in downplaying or covering up bribery related to the Uranium One deal approved by the Obama Administration/Clinton Secretary of State's office.

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Bring the U.S. and Europe into the New Spirit of the Silk Road!

Bring the U.S. and Europe into the New Spirit of the Silk Road!

LaRouchePAC's message regarding the boomerang RussiaGate scandal and the failing attempt by the deep state to soft coup President Trump even before his inauguration via the fake 'ex' British intelligence and Hillary Clinton camp created Steele Dossier is breaking through an MSM wall of denial. Democratic Party Twitter trolls and CIA Operation Mockingbird 2.0 sock puppet presstitutes were left sputtering this week that it didn't matter who paid for the 'dodgy dossier' -- joining the partisan ex-Director of National Intelligence and former perjuring NSA director James Clapper in making that assertion on CNN. Of course, if he were discussing any piece of allegedly vetted intel not having to do with Trump, Clapper would be laughed out of the room, as trained intelligence officers the world over rather than incompetent partisan hacks know 'he who pays the piper calls the tune.' 

However thanks to pressure from Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) as well as the Capitol Hill circulation of LaRouchePAC's dossier on legal hitman and ex-FBI director Robert Mueller, the Clinton crime family and former Obama Administration members are panicking. The 'non-partisan' FBI is stonewalling Congressional subpoenas demanding documents as to why it promoted the Steele Dossier as authenticated intelligence under the tutelage of Mueller's friend James Comey, working closely with Clapper and then CIA director John Brennan.

On October 12, RogueMoney regular guest and contributor Harley Schlanger interviewed Lyndon LaRouche's wife Helga Zepp LaRouche for her new weekly program. In the following transcript Mrs. Zepp-LaRouche speaks to her organization's expose of Mueller, which we see bearing fruit on weeks later, and how President Trump's upcoming trip to China could be revolutionary if the Administration commits to the U.S. joining the One Belt One Road project of the century.
-- JWS

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Exposing the Corrupted U.S. Intelligence Agencies 'Russians Hacked the DNC' and Guccifer 2.0 Hoaxes: EIR's Interview with UK-Based Researcher 'Adam Carter'

Exposing the Corrupted U.S. Intelligence Agencies 'Russians Hacked the DNC' and Guccifer 2.0 Hoaxes: EIR's Interview with UK-Based Researcher 'Adam Carter'

On September 26, a UK citizen writing under the pseudonym Adam Carter responded to several short questions from EIR regarding his role in uncovering numerous inconsistencies in the reporting on Russia-Gate, most prominently regarding the ['US intelligence community assessment'] purported Russian hacker Guccifer 2.0.

'Adam Carter's work was a key reference in the July 24 VIPS memo “Was the Russian Hack an Inside Job,” the contents of which were discussed by VIPS members Ray McGovern and Bill Binney at two LaRouche events in Manhattan: one on Aug 19 (by video) and on Sept 9 (in person)...

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When will the conduct of the DNC be investigated with respect to Ukraine?

When will the conduct of the DNC be investigated with respect to Ukraine?

Revelations that Ukrainian Soviet-derived rocket technology was delivered to UN sanctioned North Korea have in recent days caused considerable embarrassment to the U.S.-backed Kiev government.

Such reports regarding the extent of the corruption in Ukraine and the country's willingness to covertly assist the rocket program of a regime that has repeatedly threatened to nuke the United States politically complicate neocon and deep state efforts to re-arm the Ukrainians against Russia and the Russian backed breakaway republics of the Donbass at American taxpayer expense. As Monday's RogueMoney radio regular guest London Paul writes in The Sirius Report article reposted below, Kiev's efforts to intervene in the 2016 election against Donald Trump have yet to be properly investigated by the  U.S. Justice Department. -- JWS

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