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  1. U.S. Politics: From Russia, With Love

    CNN is reporting that the WH has denied the investigation request from the House Oversight Committee to provide documents in relation to Michael Flynn. The next logical step would be a subpoena but not sure Chaffetz has the stones or desire to do that. WH has absolutely nothing to hide here. Nothing at all.
  2. Bosch... Amazon Original

    I thought it was a solid show, especially season 2. I'm about 3-4 episodes into season 3 and I think I'll withhold judgement until it's finished since it just seems to be one long show.
  3. U.S. Politics: From Russia, With Love

    I buy it. A lot of doctors have been talking about it. The issue is none of them have had a chance to examine him. In other news, State Department is now promoting Mar-a-Lago on government websites. ETA: The Mar-a-Lago article has been removed. From the website: "The intention of the article was to inform the public about where the President has been hosting world leaders. We regret any misperception and have removed the post."
  4. U.S. Politics: From Russia, With Love

    We'll see. I tend to believe there is a clear link between Trump and Russia (way too many coincidences otherwise). Last I read in the Guardian, there was 7 different countries that turned SIGINT over to the FBI/CIA, they had enough probable cause to get at least one FISA warrant and the NSA has asked for immunity to tell his story. Not sure Trump ultimately goes down for this because of the inadmissible nature of SIGINT, but I do think they're sitting on enough evidence to prove collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. As with all CI/criminal investigations, it'll take awhile to build a case to convict so I think we'll be waiting a long time before something comes to the public forefront but I definitely think people are going to go to jail over this or money laundering. I could see AG Schneiderman try to build a RICO case based on the connections between Russia, Cyprus, Deutsche Bank and Trump. As for whether it helped or not, who knows. At the end of the day, the election was won by 80,000 votes in 3 states and these 3 states were heavily targeted by Russian disinformation (1000s of online accounts were set up to look like Midwestern people with similar interests to other people in that state and continued to pump a pro-Trump narrative). They also had their voter records hacked by the Russians and based on a recent FOIA request, had election machine issues. Hard for me to believe that there wasn't some influence from the Russians there to help sway some of those votes. Not to mention the daily leak of Podesta emails which would constantly keep Hillary's email and campaign issues in the forefront of the voters minds. Did Clinton run a bad campaign? Yea. Did she have a poor message? Yea. Are those factors in her defeat? Sure. But with 80,000 votes separating a win and loss, I can't discount Russian disinformation/hacking played a part. Maybe it would have been less had Clinton done a better job but I firmly believe it played a part in the election. And to your final point, it was barely out there that Russia hacked the election and it wasn't clear to the level of disinformation that they spread. In addition, it wasn't clear that Trump was connected to Russia (even though the CIA chief went to the Gang of 8 to show them evidence in August) and it was massively overshadowed 1000 fold by Clinton's emails. If the Russian hacking got even a 10th of the coverage that the emails got, the end result might have been different.
  5. Westeros Fantasy Baseball 2017

    I have something like 5-6 blown saves already this season. Absolutely painful destruction of my ratios.
  6. U.S. Politics: From Russia, With Love

    And it's not like he did anything. He nominated a judge and the Senate Republicans removed the filibuster to get him appointed. Well done Trump.
  7. Football - #WengerOut

    Wenger is always safe no matter what. The only way he leaves is if he wants to leave and he doesn't want to leave. So expect to see Wenger sign another 2 year deal. As for the match, really happy we won. Some players were pretty terrible the entire game (looking at you Ozil, Ramsey, Giroud) but thought Monreal, Chamberlain and the back three were excellent. I don't see how we beat Chelsea playing like we did but happy to get to the finals and have a shot.
  8. Football - #WengerOut

    What a terrible goal to concede and one completely unnecessary. Jesus Ramsey and Cech are terrible.
  9. Football - #WengerOut

    Yea, we got lucky. That's a tough call for the linesman though, I thought it was out when I first saw it as it went over the top of the goal. Also, the angle we saw was slightly from the left which is a different angle then the linesman would have seen (right on the end line).
  10. Football - #WengerOut

    Sorry, I realize you're talking about United. Forgot they were playing at the same time. Just as you posted that, the announcers on the City/Arsenal game were talking about Arsenal trying to set up the count attack and needed pace with Giroud up front.
  11. Football - #WengerOut

    Neither of which is evident from the set up. Boring.
  12. We shall see where all this goes. I'm intrigued.
  13. Football - #WengerOut

    I can buy that. Voters are fickle. Also, who the hell wants to watch Arsenal play this season?
  14. Yea but this was yesterday before it seemed like he was stepping down from Congress all together. It's one thing not to run for re-election in 2018 when gearing up for a 2020 Governor run but it's another thing to step down from Congress in 2017 so suddenly. You don't do that if you're running for another office, you do that because there is a scandal coming out soon.
  15. Football - #WengerOut

    Last post on this but just to add some facts to the conversation. Sanchez played 18 games at CF this season out of 31 total ( 58%). He has scored 2 penalties. In 18 games as CF, Sanchez has scored 14 goals and had 7 assists. In 13 games as LW, he scored 4 goals and had 3 assists. If Sanchez played CF the entire season, like Kane or Lukaku, he'd lead the league in goals but he didn't and I don't think it's fair for him to be compared to people who did. By comparison, Harry Kane has scored 20 goals total with 5 assists, 5 of which were penalties and he played 24 games at CF and Lukaku scored 24 goals and 6 assists in 32 games as CF, with no penalties. Fair enough if you think he shouldn't be compared to Mane or Alli since he played CF part of the season but then it's unfair to compare him to Kane/Lukaku who played CF the entire season. If that's the case, Sanchez just shouldn't make the team because he doesn't have a set position to fit into and we can ignore the fact he's contributed directly to the 2nd most goals this season and the only guy with more (2) is a guy who played 14 more games at CF.