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    Default Part of the Republican plan [at all levels of government] for stealing/changing voters election will

    Will new Jim Crow scam tip Georgia’s
    Ossoff-Handel Congressional Race?

    GOP goons grab reporter when he asks how 40,000 minority voter registrations vanished

    by Greg Palast

    Catch Palast’s reports for Joy Reid, Thom Hartmann and Amy Goodman

    Karen Handel took a break from beating up Democrat John Ossoff to attack a reporter: me. In the televised debate between the two candidates vying for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, Republican Handel claimed, “a reporter supposedly representing some very liberal Democratic organization almost literally accosted me.”
    In fact, is was a trio of galoots working for Handel who accosted me.
    Handel's handlers trying to prevent Greg Palast from asking a tough question

    But who accosted whom is less important than Handel promoting the dangerous new trend of attacking the press, sometimes physically, when questions are uncomfortable or challenging.

    Handel is afraid I’ll report what I began uncovering in my investigations in Georgia’s 6th. I first came here in 2014 for Al Jazeera, when I interviewed an enthusiastic group of Korean-Americans based in the 6th, the Asian-American Legal Advocacy Center. When I returned to cover the current race, I found the Asian-American voting rights office shuttered and empty.
    Helen Ho from the Asian-American Legal Advocacy Center (photo by Zach D Roberts)

    Apparently, the group which had launched a “10,000 Korean Votes” registration drive discovered that many of their registrants simply never appeared on voter rolls. Their lawyers’ query about missing voters to the Secretary of State resulted in a raid by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and a threat of criminal charges.

    Voting rights attorney Nse Ufot told me what happened:

    They were doing a campaign to register 10,000 Korean-Americans to vote, and had quite a bit of success. At some point during the campaign, they noticed that many of the folks that they were registering were not showing up on the voter rolls. So, they reached out to the Secretary of State to say, "Hey, where are our folks? Why aren't they showing up on the rolls?" They never got an official response. What they did get was the GBI kicking in the door and requesting all of their files.”

    While no charges were brought, the terrifying raid, was enough to put the Korean voter group out of business.

    And Ufot’s own group, New Georgia Project has seen the registrations of new voters of color suspiciously…vanish.

    Ufot told me, ‘We submitted 86,419 voter registration forms. There are 46,000 of the folks that we've registered who have made it, and 40,000 of them are missing.’

    So New Georgia Project contacted the Republican Secretary of State’s office.
    “You know what they told us? ‘We don't know what you're talking about. What forms?’ They did not disappear. We intentionally registered voters on paper forms so that we could make copies. We knew who they were. They were not on the voter rolls.

    When African-American activists raised a ruckus over the disappearance, they got the same treatment as the Korean-Americans: a Gestapo-style raid on their offices, threats of criminal charges and jail term.

    But the African-American organizers had long faced down Jim Crow intimidation tactics.
    I wanted Handel’s story—and not just as a candidate. She herself was Secretary of State, and up to her chin in these vote suppression games.

    I started out by asking if the Democrats were stealing the election, and she was pleased to say, “They’re pulling out all stops!”

    But when I got to the subject of her office purging voters, one of her henchmen jumped in front of me, slammed me backwards and while two others grabbed and muscled me away. She refused to answer to a question about the raids on voter registration groups, but the crowd answered for her, chanting “U! S! A! U! S! A!” – as if a journalist asking a question is the new enemy of America. And that’s frightening. Not the clowns who assaulted me. They were more buffoonish than threatening.

    I don’t want compensation, I don’t want to press charges. I want an answer to the question: Who will decide the race in the Sixth—the voters or Jim Crow?
    If there is no struggle there is no progress. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” - Frederick Douglass
    "Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws. - Mayer Rothschild
    "Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience! People are obedient in the face of poverty, starvation, stupidity, war, and cruelty. Our problem is that grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem!" - Howard Zinn

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    Government of, by and for Trump

    Posted on Jun 18, 2017

    By Robert Reich

    Donald Trump. (DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. James K. McCann)

    “I need loyalty, I expect loyalty,” Trump told then FBI Director James Comey in January – even though FBI directors are supposed to be independent of a president, and Comey was only 4 years into a 10 year term.
    Comey testified before the Senate that Trump tried to “create some sort of patronage relationship,” based on personal loyalty.
    After Comey refused and continued to investigate possible connections between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives, Trump fired him.
    Preet Bharara, who had been the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said Trump tried to create the same sort of patronage relationship with him that he did with Comey.Bharara’s office had been investigating Trump’s secretary of health and human services, Tom Price, and also looking into Russian money-laundering allegations against Deutsche Bank, Trump’s principal private lender.
    When Bharara didn’t play along, Trump fired him.
    Bharara said Comey’s testimony “felt a little bit like déjà vu.”
    In his first and best-known book, “The Art of the Deal,”Trump distinguished between integrity and loyalty – and made clear he preferred loyalty.
    Trump compared attorney Roy Cohn – Senator Joe McCarthy’s attack dog who became Trump’s mentor – to “all the hundreds of ‘respectable’ guys who make careers out of boasting about their uncompromising integrity but have absolutely no loyalty … What I liked most about Roy Cohn was that he would do just the opposite.”
    As president, Trump continues to prefer loyalty over integrity.
    Although most of his Cabinet still don’t have top deputies in place, the White House has installed senior aides to monitor their loyalty. As Barry Bennett, a former Trump campaign adviser, explained to the Washington Post, “they’re functioning as the White House’s voice and ears in these departments.”
    Last Monday, the White House invited reporters in to watch what was billed as a meeting of Trump’s Cabinet. After Trump spoke, he asked each of the Cabinet members around the table to briefly comment.
    Their statements were what you might expect from toadies surrounding a two-bit dictator.
    “We thank you for the opportunity and blessing to serve your agenda,” said Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. “Greatest privilege of my life, to serve as vice president to a president who’s keeping his word to the American people,” said Vice President Mike Pence. “You’ve set the exact right message,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions, adding, “The response is fabulous around the country.”
    When I was sworn in as Bill Clinton’s Secretary of Labor, I took an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” I didn’t pledge loyalty to Bill Clinton, and I wouldn’t have participated in such a fawning display.
    That oath is a pledge of loyalty to our system of government – not to a powerful individual. It puts integrity before personal loyalty. It’s what it means to have a government of laws.
    But Trump has filled his administration with people more loyal to him than they are to America.
    His top advisers are his daughter, Ivanka, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
    To run his legal defense and be his spokesman on the investigation into collusion with Russian operatives, Trump has hired Marc Kasowitz.
    Kasowitz is not an expert in criminal or constitutional law. His only apparent qualification is his utter loyal to Trump.
    He’s been Trump’s personal legal fixer for almost two decades – representing him in his failed libel lawsuit against a journalist, the Trump University fraud case that ended in January with a $25 million settlement from Trump, and candidate Trump’s response to allegations of sexual assault by multiple women last year.
    Kasowitz called the New York Times article containing interviews with the women “per se libel” and demanded “a full and immediate retraction and apology” (which the Times refused).
    Kasowitz has said he played a central role in the firing of Preet Bharara. Kasowitz told Trump, “This guy is going to get you,” according to a person familiar with Kasowitz’s account.
    Now, Kasowitz is taking on a public role. Bypassing the White House Counsel, he instructed White House aides to discuss the investigation as little as possible, and advised them about whether they should hire private lawyers.
    The horrifying reality is that in Trumpworld, there is no real “public” role. It’s all about protecting and benefiting Trump.
    When loyalty trumps integrity, we no longer have a government of laws. We have a government by and for Trump.

    If there is no struggle there is no progress. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” - Frederick Douglass
    "Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws. - Mayer Rothschild
    "Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience! People are obedient in the face of poverty, starvation, stupidity, war, and cruelty. Our problem is that grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem!" - Howard Zinn

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