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Sounds like we got a CEO skills gap. Wonder when the Business Clowntable is going to address this issue.

It's not a skills gap per se. It's that the goals of a CEO have changed. Because of the nature of shareholder investment, and the legal requirement to maximize shareholder interests, keeping a company healthy and looking out for employees is no longer the point. The rise of the MBA program hasn't helped either; bschools push this idea. A CEO's job now is to maximize quarterly profits, nothing else.

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50 minutes ago, Zorral said:

What so alarmed the FBI that it began an investigation months before the election itself.

NY Times paywall:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/30/us/politics/how-fbi-russia-investigation-began-george-papadopoulos.html?

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WASHINGTON — During a night of heavy drinking at an upscale London bar in May 2016, George Papadopoulos, a young foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, made a startling revelation to Australia’s top diplomat in Britain: Russia had political dirt on Hillary Clinton.

About three weeks earlier, Mr. Papadopoulos had been told that Moscow had thousands of emails that would embarrass Mrs. Clinton, apparently stolen in an effort to try to damage her campaign.

Exactly how much Mr. Papadopoulos said that night at the Kensington Wine Rooms with the Australian, Alexander Downer, is unclear. But two months later, when leaked Democratic emails began appearing online, Australian officials passed the information about Mr. Papadopoulos to their American counterparts, according to four current and former American and foreign officials with direct knowledge of the Australians’ role.

The hacking and the revelation that a member of the Trump campaign may have had inside information about it were driving factors that led the F.B.I. to open an investigation in July 2016 into Russia’s attempts to disrupt the election and whether any of President Trump’s associates conspired.

If Mr. Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I. and is now a cooperating witness, was the improbable match that set off a blaze that has consumed the first year of the Trump administration, his saga is also a tale of the Trump campaign in miniature. He was brash, boastful and underqualified, yet he exceeded expectations. And, like the campaign itself, he proved to be a tantalizing target for a Russian influence operation.

 

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OK, maybe you guys an fill me in here since I feel googling info will just shit all over my screen, but who is this Sherrif that has been going apeshit on twitter? I mean, I get he hates us pussy libs, etc, but I have no idea who he actually is or what he did. Just that people seem to be making fun of him for going bananas.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Clarke_(sheriff)

David Clarke is an ex-sheriff who is a big supporter of Trump and just also happens to be a black man.  He's crazy and has been thought to be abusive as a law enforcement officer.  He went Russia in 2015 with Pete Brownell of the NRA to meet with the Russian version of NRA and some Kremlin leaders thrown into the mix.

He resigned the Sheriff position bragging he was going to have a top position in Trump's cabinet.  Didn't happen.  Rumors are swirling around that the FBI is interested in his little Russian jaunt and he may be in trouble.  He's sending out mendacious tweets because he's an authoritarian asshole.  That's my take anyway.

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So Politico came out with their Top 10 Governor's Races of 2018 (if you're interested last week they did the same for the Senate and the House).  Lots of ripe opportunities there for the Dems.  Sad thing is, even if they picked up all 8 mentioned, the spread would still be 26 GOP, 23 Dem, and 1 Independent (Alaska's Bill Walker, who's also on the list) - although they also have opportunities in New Hampshire (Chris Sununu) and Wisconsin (Scott Walker).  

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47 minutes ago, dmc515 said:

So Politico came out with their Top 10 Governor's Races of 2018 (if you're interested last week they did the same for the Senate and the House).  Lots of ripe opportunities there for the Dems.  Sad thing is, even if they picked up all 8 mentioned, the spread would still be 26 GOP, 23 Dem, and 1 Independent (Alaska's Bill Walker, who's also on the list) - although they also have opportunities in New Hampshire (Chris Sununu) and Wisconsin (Scott Walker).  

Great resource. I'mma look for places I can help here in Washington.

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59 minutes ago, dmc515 said:

So Politico came out with their Top 10 Governor's Races of 2018 (if you're interested last week they did the same for the Senate and the House).  Lots of ripe opportunities there for the Dems.  Sad thing is, even if they picked up all 8 mentioned, the spread would still be 26 GOP, 23 Dem, and 1 Independent (Alaska's Bill Walker, who's also on the list) - although they also have opportunities in New Hampshire (Chris Sununu) and Wisconsin (Scott Walker).  

Given the gerrymandering of the state legislatures, the 2018 Governor races are probably the most important lot of contests this year.

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13 minutes ago, Roose Boltons Pet Leech said:

Given the gerrymandering of the state legislatures, the 2018 Governor races are probably the most important lot of contests this year.

Yep, and a lot of those states - Illinois, Florida, Ohio, Michigan - have a whole bunch of districts that can be...un-gerrymandered (albeit Illinois had a Dem governor during the last redistricting process).

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Been wondering lately a bit about 'Trump' issues.

1 - Been multiple comments in articles stating Trump views the world in a sort of predatory 19th century context, when wars of annexation were still acceptable.  As articles linked to in these threads point out, Trump has systematically withdrawn from or scaled down involvement in various treaties, and managed to horrify/tick off various world leaders.  US is fast going from 'Leader of the World' to 'America Alone.'

2 - Yet, the impulse towards war and conquest remains.  Trumps past is one of bullying and preying on those he deemed weaker - a sort of smaller scale version of his foreign policy.  Plus, whether for religious reasons (wipe the Islamic scum from the face of Gods earth) or something else (justifying defense spending, major portions of the conservative movement have little issue with Trump starting a war.

3 - However, just because the US is absent from key agreements does not mean those agreements cease to exist.  Trump starts a war, those people, victim country depending, could present a unified front against the US.  Maybe sanctions?  Or US troops in direct combat against those of say...the UK or France or some other ally? 

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3 hours ago, Dr. Pepper said:

Rethuglicans sure love their vaycays!

 

Well by doing so much travel themselves they are saving other government employees from having to do so, streamlining the executive branch's travel department and creating smaller more efficient government.

 

 

Ugggh it's almost too easy to see how a trumper could explain this away.

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No, the real way Trumpers explain this away is by claiming that every time Trump is on the golf course, or at one of his hotels, or on the beach, he's 'doing business' and 'making deals', because that's how hotshot businessmen get things done, dummy. (But of course when Obama was on holiday he was just lazing around.)

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4 hours ago, mormont said:

No, the real way Trumpers explain this away is by claiming that every time Trump is on the golf course, or at one of his hotels, or on the beach, he's 'doing business' and 'making deals', because that's how hotshot businessmen get things done, dummy. (But of course when Obama was on holiday he was just lazing around.)

Work or play, we foot the bill for that slacker.

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1 hour ago, Nasty LongRider said:

Work or play, we foot the bill for that slacker.

And we pay him for his own travel, because invariably he stays in one of his awful, tacky, leveraged resorts. Him and his flunkies and whatever supplicants have been gulled into coming along, and their Secret Service protection. Welcome to the age of President Rent-Seeker.

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