Watch Michelle Obama present Chance the Rapper with Humanitarian Award at the BET Awards

Chance the Rapper has won big this year and that continued Sunday night at the 2017 BET Awards. Tonight, Chance was awarded with the Humanitarian Award, which winners in the past include John Legend, Alicia Keys and more. Chance undoubtedly deserves this award, mainly for all of the work that he has done for his hometown of Chicago.

BET Chairman, Debra Lee, kicked off the dedication, by informing the crowd of all of Chance’s efforts, following by a video tribute. The real treat, though, and a huge surprise to everyone in attendance, was a video message from no other than former-First Lady Michelle Obama herself. 

Watch the speech from her below, and click here to see a complete list of winners at the 2017 BET Awards

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BET Awards Celebrate 'Our Forever First Lady' Michelle Obama

Airing on June 25, the 2017 BET Awards were hosted by comedienne Leslie Jones and mostly featured live musical performances. Otherwise, the focus of the awards was a message of encouraging Black Lives Matter social justice warriors, although, without the long preachy political sermons delivered in many other awards shows. References to people killed in police-involved shootings – including the acquittal last week of the officer who shot Philando Castile – were present throughout.

Four members of the cast of an upcoming movie titled Detroit, about the 1967 riots in that city, came out to present the Centric Award to Solange Knowles. They said they wanted to take a moment to honor “fallen brothers and sisters” like Treyvon Martin, Michael Brown, Sandra Bland, and so on. They told the audience, “We got to stand up and vote.”

Announcer: From upcoming film Detroit please welcome Laz Alonso, Jacob Latimore, Jason Mitchell and Algee Smith.
Mitchell: Hey, y’all look good. That’s right.
Alonso: Tonight is about celebrating the accomplishments of talented artists whose work touches the world with all things black and beautiful. But let’s not forget what’s happening in our country today.
Smith: After L.A., Ferguson, Minneapolis and Baltimore were still fighting for social justice our film Detroit is a reminder about our turbulent past and how much further we have to go.
Latimore: Tonight we honor our fallen brothers and sisters with a few of names. Philando Castile, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Alton Sterling, Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Trayvon Martin.
Mitchell: Our generation has power. The power to use our voices, our art to influence change. We got to influence change. We got to stand up and vote. Feel me.
Alonso: Like some of the talent of young air forces in the Centric award presented by Burlington.

The Detroit cast also took the time to promote their movie to be released in August. Before a clip of the movie was shown, which showed a lot of police brutality, their appearance ended with the words: “Stay woke, y’all.”

A Young Stars Award was presented to Yara Shahidi, who noted that it was Tamir Rice’s birthday. Then a young woman named Tamika Mallory was presented the Shine A Light Award from Solange. Tamika is a budding social justice warrior – the daughter of founding members of the National Action Network.

Solange: Tonight I am honored to share the stage with a sister who does everything to use her voice to advocate for issues that impact people of women and color. A social justice leader and activist Tamika Mallory works tirelessly to give a voice to minority groups and is championing for correcting social injustices. This past week we have been reminded of just how much work needs to be done, and I’d like to take a moment silence to reflect on the lives of our brothers and sisters that we have lost due to brutality and violence.

Tamika was born into activist for parents who are founding members of the National Action Network and continues to stand on the front lines using her platform to continue the work. Her efforts in helping organize the Women’s March was as she states to ensure that black women’s voices were upheld, uplifted and that our issues were addressed and hers. Tamika ensured just that. I am so pleased and honored to honor Tamika who works daily to highlight the many contributions that women continue to make around the world. To help further her initiatives, Black is Beautiful will be providing her with a gift to continue her outstanding work on women’s issues. Tamika Mallory, on behalf of My Black is Beautiful, and B.E.T., we shine a light on you, because your black is beautiful.

Chairman and CEO of BET, Debra Lee, presented the Humanitarian Award to Chance the Rapper. Before he accepted, though, Lee introduced “our forever First Lady, Michelle Obama,” in a video congratulating him. The rapper is also from Chicago and Mrs. Obama began by expressing her sorrow that she “and Barack” couldn’t be there in person. Chance the Rapper is the youngest to receive this award at the age of 24 and is most known philanthropically for donating money to educating children.

Debra Lee: Before we welcome chance to the stage, we have one more surprise from a very special lady.

Michelle Obama: Thank you so much, Debra and hello B.E.T. Family. Barack and I are so sorry we can’t be there tonight in person, but, please know that we are with you in spirit and we are so incredibly proud of you, chance. We have known chance and his family since he was a wee little baby rapper, and it has been a thrill watching him come into his own in so many ways. In addition to making some really amazing music, chance has been taking that big, bright spotlight that follows him around and he’s shining it on young people in our home town of Chicago. Time and again he has been standing up, speaking out and doing the work to get kids in our community the education they deserve. And with these passionate efforts, chance is showing our young people that they matter. That they have something inside of them that is worthy of being expressed, and that they have so much to contribute to their communities and to our country. Chance, you are an outstanding role model, and an inspiration to all of us who care about our next generation. Because of you, countless young people will grow up believing in themselves. Fulfilling their God-given potential, and then reaching back and lifting up other people along the way. I can think of no better legacy to leave, and I am thrilled to celebrate you here tonight, and honored to call you my friend. Thanks so much for everything.

Chance the Rapper is to be commended for his philanthropy benefiting young people through education but as he began his acceptance speech, he launched into his list of grievances – he wants to tell “everyone in this government that y’all need to let everybody out of jail for selling weed before you start making it legal for people to sell it and make capital off of it. I was going to tell the Chicago public school system not to take out a loan from Chase bank when they know our schools are planning on failing in the district. I was going to tell those judges that we just need a conviction when you know these BLEEP was wrong for doing this.” But, unlike last year’s winner Jesse Williams who went on a 5 minute screed against “whiteness,” he stopped himself and said, “We got to work on ourselves before we can work on the world.”

This awards show was less angry than those involving Hollywood actors dramatically telling the audience how bad Republicans and President Trump are making the world. Shockingly there were no anti-Trump rants at all. The focus was on making change instead of liberal politics and that was a refreshing change of pace.

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Where Is the Investigation of Obama and What Is Trump Doing to Stop Russia?

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The White House is attempting to deflect attention from Trump’s Russian connections, to blaming Obama for doing nothing to stop Russia from interfering in the 2016 Presidential election in favor of Donald Trump. The Democrats agree that Obama was wrong to do nothing. I also agree, but unlike our subverted government, I think Obama should be investigated for treason.

Trump has reneged on his promise to prosecute Hillary Clinton. He is accusing Obama of what amounts to acts of treason. Why isn’t Obama being investigated for these alleged crimes?

Not only did Obama do nothing to stop Russia from interfering in the election, he did nothing to stop Russia from invading the Ukraine and annexing the Crimea. Obama did nothing to prevent Russia from making gains in the Arctic. Obama also did nothing to punish Israel for transferring our military secrets to communist China. Obama’s familial, academic and friendly connections to the communists are well known. The bankers backed communism and Obama, and Obama richly rewarded the bankers and the communists his entire presidency, stealing our wealth in typical communist kleptocratic fashion.

Obama also allowed himself to be portrayed in the media as if an enemy of Israel. This profited the Israeli-Russian zionist-communist axis by making it appear to common Jews that they are better off seeking a change from the Western-Israeli alliance to the Israeli-Russian alliance.

Obama repeatedly betrayed America and Europe to the Israelis and communists, so where is the investigation and prosecution? Obama opened our borders and sought to use his executive orders to undermine our immigration laws and national sovereignty.

Stalin conducted massive transfers of indigenous peoples out of their national homelands and into other regions, gulags and mass graves. Obama and Merkel followed Stalin’s lead in destroying the national homogeneity of America and European nations, in pursuit of communist internationalism. Obama made open borders Hillary Clinton Secretary of State, and global zero Chuck Hagel Secretary of Defense, and Obama opened our borders and gutted our military and nuclear defenses. Obama did this deliberately and in pursuit of foreign communist objectives. He is a traitor, but none will investigate, let alone prosecute, so deep is the communist rot in our government.

Now that Trump has admitted he lied when he claimed that Russian interference was a “Hoax”, what is Trump doing to protect America from Russia and punish Russia for its acts of war against us?

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Obama approved ‘cyber weapons’ in response to Russian attacks: report

In its final months, the Obama administration debated dozens of options to punish Russia for its cyber campaign to disrupt U.S. democracy, according to a new report.

The Washington Post published a deeply sourced article Friday morning on former President Barack Obama’s secret campaign to make Moscow pay for attempting to influence and discredit last year’s presidential election.

Last August, Obama received a report from the CIA that Russian President Vladimir Putin laid out specific instructions to damage or defeat then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and help elect Trump, according to the Post.

“He also has a personal animus toward Hillary Clinton, whom he blames for uprisings in Russia several years ago when he returned as president of Russia. There were protests — lots of protests. And he still believes that a lot of that activity was incited not just by the United States, but by Hillary Clinton,” one of the report’s authors, Greg Miller, said on the “Can he do that?” podcast.

Though Obama approved retaliatory measures in late December — sanctions and the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats — they were modest compared to the more aggressive alternatives the White House had reportedly considered: stronger sanctions that would “crater” Russia’s economy, the release of material (gathered by the CIA) that would humiliate Putin and cyberattacks on Russian infrastructure.

Former President Barack Obama wanted Russian President Vladimir Putin to pay for interfering with the U.S. democratic process last year. (Yahoo News photo Illustration; photos: AP)Former President Barack Obama wanted Russian President Vladimir Putin to pay for interfering with the U.S. democratic process last year. (Yahoo News photo Illustration; photos: AP)

In fact, according to the Washington Post report, which cites more than three dozen current and former senior U.S. government officials, Obama had authorized “planting cyber weapons in Russia’s infrastructure — the digital equivalent of bombs that could be detonated if the United States found itself in an escalating exchange with Moscow.”

“The project, which Obama approved in a covert-action finding, was still in its planning stages when Obama left office. It would be up to President Trump to decide whether to use the capability,” the report said.

President Trump seems unlikely to follow through on using these cyber weapons, considering his dismissive comments about Russian interference in the election.

And during the campaign, Trump embraced the WikiLeaks email disclosures that the U.S. intelligence community later said were the result of Russian hackers weaponizing information stolen from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton’s campaign chairman.

The Obama administration was largely silent throughout this time, issuing an Oct. 7 statement accusing the Kremlin of being behind the attack. But that news failed to make much of an impact, as Oct. 7 was the same day the Washington Post published the 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape in which Trump boasted about groping and forcibly kissing women.

After Trump won the election, Obama issued the round of sanctions against Russia and seized two diplomatic compounds. Despite intense deliberation — reportedly treated with secrecy tantamount to that surrounding the Osama bin Laden raid — those moderate sanctions are still the most significant public response to the Russian influence campaign.

Some administration officials regret that the White House’s response was not more forceful.

President Donald Trump smiles at supporters as he arrives to speak at a rally, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Photo: Charlie Neibergall/AP)President Donald Trump smiles at supporters as he arrives to speak at a rally, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Photo: Charlie Neibergall/AP)

“Russia violated our sovereignty, meddling in one of our most sacred acts as a democracy — electing our president. The Kremlin should have paid a much higher price for that attack,” Michael McFaul, the former U.S. ambassador to Russia under Obama, told the Post.

On Friday morning, CNN’s Alisyn Camerota asked Kellyanne Conway, a top Trump adviser, what the White House is doing to respond to the Russian attack.

“This report is very new and we’ll discuss it with him later, but he’s been very clear on the record that he believes in any type of numbers of measure to make sure that democracy flourishes and that our voter integrity is intact,” Conway replied.

Clearly frustrated, Camerota pushed Conway several times to provide concrete examples of Trump’s actions, but her responses focused mostly on Trump’s “clear” statements that he disapproves of foreign interference.

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Both Putin and Obama Feared an Alien Attack-Is Trump Joining Them?

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Donald Trump recently tweeted that something very “threatening” Most have taken this threat and have linked it to Chinese EMP weapons. Given what I have written in the past, I agree that this is a strong possibility. However, We should note that during the Obama administration, Putin threatened to reveal the existence of UFO’s. Is this one of the reasons behind the marginalization of Russia by the Deep State?  More stunning evidence surfaced in an UK publication that is revealing the Obama and Putin had discussed creating a planetary defense system to defend against alien attack. Of course, most will be skeptical. However, we should be mindful of the Operation Bluebeam was indeed real and it was about perpetuating a fake alien invasion in order to introduce a planetary government in response to the threat and here’s why.

When Trump talks about a vague and nebulous threat of an unspecified nature, this is one of the places my mind will visit.

The Prevalence of the Perception of the Alien Threat

The Internet is increasingly carrying content about the ET/UFO subject. For example, the highly respected Mike Adams (Natural News) wrote a story on the pitfalls of first contact. Famous people from many walks of life are taking notice. From Presidents (e.g. Jimmy Carter) to Astronauts (e.g. Edgar Mitchel who walked on the moon) to high ranking government officials (e.g. Paul Hellyer the retired Canadian Secretary of Defense), have proclaimed interest and knowledge on the topic. Yet, there is not formal recognition of the phenomenon from our leaders. Putin has warned the United States that if disclosure does not come soon, he will force the issue out into the open.

One would have to possess a very closed mind to not give this topic some attention.

Three Possibilities

From where I sit, there are three possibilities when it comes to the topics of ET’s/UFO’s.

  1. There are ET’s behind the scenes manipulating mankind in order to control our destiny. Some suggest that is why the planet is in such disarray.
  2. This is part of the great deception and ET’s are actually fallen angels and the have come to deceive and form one world government for Satan to rule over.
  3. This is a carefully orchestrated plot designed to fool the people on this planet that we are in danger from ET’s and will come to accept global governance.

Catholic Doctrine has Been Morphed Into the Perverted Practice Global Religious Unification

The leaders of the multi-religious, pagan event, sponsored a gathering last year known as the  “Mekudeshet”.

This was the beginning of the mandatory One World Religion. The Pope popularizd Chrislam, the blending of Christianity and Islam. This is something that Francis has been working towards. However, this is not the only thing that the Pope, or more accurately, the anti-Pope has been pursuing over the last couple of years. He has seemingly been on a one man crusade to promote belief in the notion of the existence of exterrestial life.

The Pope and ET’s

The current pope is no stranger to the topic of ET's an has been very outspoken in his beliefs.

The current pope is no stranger to the topic of ET’s an has been very outspoken in his beliefs.

I have been noticing a trend in Hollywood movies with an extraterrestrial overtone (e.g. Independence Day) and this tone is reaching a crescendo within the past month. In a search for predictive programming trends, I have noticed a distinct pattern with regard various networks to play older movies that involve the people of the Earth versus some alien threat.

Christianity and Islam worship the same God.

Christianity and Islam worship the same God.

pope and etI have long thought that this Pope might be suffering from early onset dementia as he recently said he would baptize extraterrestrials as they would visit the Earth. This is the same Pope who has stated that Islam and Christianity are basically one and the same religion. This false doctrine sets the stage for the official state sponsored (United Nations) approved religion which we commonly call Gaia which is about as a pagan of a religion that there is. In light of these facts, does anyone have any questions as to why I have great trepidation with regard to the upcoming religious unification conference?

Before I discuss Operation Blue Beam, it is important to note that the predictive programming for this event goes far beyond Hollywood as we are seeing predictive programming in many segments of our society.

Key General Predicts that Graduating Officers Will One Day Fight Aliens

The following video depicts General Mark A Milley, mentioning “little green men”, and he’s not joking” as being one of the potential adversaries in the lineup of enemies that a graduating class of military officers will one day have to fight.

The Day the Earth Stood Still

In the 1951 movie, The Day the Earth stood Still,  visiting alien,  Klaatu,  emerges from a spaceship and addresses an assembled dignatiaries, concluding with “It is no concern of ours how you run your own planet, but if you threaten to extend your violence, this Earth of yours will be reduced to a burned-out cinder. Your choice is simple: join us, and live in peace, or pursue your present course and face obliteration.”

 

This planetary unification message  is common. IT was the theme behind Independence Day.  The message is clear, the only way for man to survive is to capitulate to a world government.

Conclusion

What do you think? Clearly there is something to this phenomenon. What is it in your opinion? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section. Many people feel it, this is coming to a climax.

Steve Quaye covered some of these possibilities in his book, Empire Beneath the Ice which is available at www.stevequayle.com

It will be interesting to see where this narrative takes us.

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CNN Contributor: Obama Administration Was "Completely Under Siege" By The Media

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Despite Obama’s Hostility and Stunts, CNN Blames Trump For ‘Strain’ Between the Two

President Donald Trump has been in office for almost five months. CNN’s Kevin Liptak, whose network bio still brags about how he, as “White House producer,” “has traveled the world covering President Obama,” noted in a Saturday report updated Sunday morning that Trump and Obama “haven’t spoken or seen each other” since Inauguration Day.

Gosh, I wonder why?

CNN.com‘s headline naturally blames it all on The Donald: “Trump’s strain with Obama marks departure from presidential fraternity.”

There’s plenty of blame to spread around, but the idea that it’s all on Trump, or even mostly on Trump, is ludicrous.

Here are a few paragraphs from Liptak’s ludicrous effort (bolds are mine throughout this post):

… For a President who seeks extensive counsel from outside the White House — in calls to old friends, business executives, and even despotic foreign leaders — Trump has largely forgone advice or guidance from any of the men who have held his job previously.

In the months after Trump and Obama carried out a peaceful hand off of power, the two have failed to develop any sort of working relationship, according to White House advisers and former administration officials.

… Perhaps it’s a predictable outcome for two men with a long and bitter history; to be sure, the ice-out is the product of deep-rooted enmity that extends well beyond differences in policy or style.

But in the scope of recent history, it’s unprecedented for a sitting president and his predecessor to eschew even the faintest of ties.

If that final excerpted statement is true — and it’s not all that clear, depending on your definition of “recent” (see Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan) — there are at least four “unprecedented” reasons for this situation which Liptak either didn’t mention or downplayed.

First and perhaps foremost, there’s Obama’s long history of insulting Trump.

Trump’s strident public questioning of why Obama’s birth certificate hadn’t been seen led to the White House releasing what it claimed was the long-form version of that document in April 2011.

This episode bothered Obama and his thin-skinned administration to such a degree that he and his staff, while allegedly engaged in governing the country, put extraordinary effort into making the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner a bullying, Trump-bashing extravaganza:

President Obama’s Long History of Insulting Donald Trump

… Obama took his criticism of Trump to a higher level of roast at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. With Trump in attendance, Obama needled him on the issue by walking out to Rick Derringer’s “Real American” and later “revealing” his “long-form birth video,” which ended up being a clip from “The Lion King.”

Obama noted that Trump was in the room and then went after him. “I know that he’s taken some flak lately, but no one is happier, no one is prouder to put this birth certificate issue to rest, and that’s because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter, like did we fake the moon landing? What really happened in Roswell? And where are Biggie and Tupac?” Obama said.

He then teased Trump about his “credentials and breadth of experience” by citing a tough decision that Trump had to make on a then-recent episode of “The Apprentice” that involved firing actor Gary Busey.

Obama even pointed to a mock-up picture of what the White House could look like if Trump ever became president — with an added high-rise, a neon sign with Trump’s name on the facade and a whole lot more gold.

The linked ABC report from just after November’s election notes that “The edgy insults didn’t stop in 2011.” (“Edgy” is apparently a synonym for “rude, inappropriate, and unpresidential” in the network’s dictionary.)

The insults went into especially high gear once Obama embarked on the second unprecedented element affecting the relationship.

Breaking with tradition set by every other sitting president in my lifetime, Obama, seeing that Hillary Clinton could actually lose the 2016 general election to Trump, stumped aggressively during the campaign’s final two months. This is something the three presidents who could genuinely have assisted their party’s putative presidential successor — Bill Clinton in 2000, Ronald Reagan in 1988, and Dwight Eisenhower in 1960 — deliberately did not do. (The assistance of George W. Bush in 2008 or LBJ in 1968 to their party’s nominee clearly would not have been helpful in the circumstances.)

But Obama went even further, choosing to make the election a referendum on his eight years in office and “his legacy.” To the already long of list of excuses Mrs. Clinton has identified as reasons for her loss, she should consider adding “Obama portrayed me as his third term at crunch time, and the voters in states representing an Electoral College majority didn’t want that.”

The ABC report linked earlier notes that Obama’s penchant for insults in place of argument “became more pointed and political during the 2016 presidential campaign.”

The third unprecedented element, which Liptak did mention, is “Trump’s March tweets accusing Obama of ordering surveillance of Trump Tower.” But Liptak insists that it is a “baseless claim, which Obama’s team denied, (and) was said to irk and exasperate the former President.”

Sorry, Kevin. Excuse the pun, but that insults our intelligence.

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Among the insulted is liberal lawyer and columnist Jonathan Turley. Reacting to news that “intelligence is said to leave no doubt the Obama administration, in its closing days, was using the cover of legitimate surveillance on foreign targets to spy on President-elect Trump, according to sources,” Turley concluded that “Trump was right after all about the Obama administration wiretaps” in late March.

Subsequent disclosures of the Obama administration’s massive spying apparatus strongly reinforce Turley’s assessment. In late May, National Review’s Andrew McCarthy described the Obama administration as involved in “Enabling of domestic spying, contemptuous disregard of court-ordered minimization procedures (procedures the Obama administration itself proposed, then violated), and unlawful disclosure of classified intelligence to feed a media campaign against political adversaries.”

There’s a fourth unprecedented element which would cause any president interested in their administration’s self-defense to cut off ties with their predecessor. Described as “Obama reemerges,” Liptak pretends that it’s something recent.

That’s nonsense. Just nine days after Trump’s inauguration, Obama signaled his intent to be involved in the anti-Trump “resistance” by (through a spokesperson) publicly condemning Trump’s temporary travel ban from several countries. That ban has since been hung up in courts where judges have unconstitutionally decided that they can usurp the role of Commander-in-Chief. In March, Obama had a private meeting with Silicon Valley leaders from the same companies his snooping NSA had co-opted. In May, he met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel before Trump did, prompting a Washington Examiner editorial to tell readers that “he essentially trolled Trump during the president’s first official trip abroad.”

Kevin Liptak’s and CNN’s attempt to place the onus on Trump for this non-relationship doesn’t pass the stench test, let alone the smell test.

One suspects that both Donald Trump and Barack Obama are perfectly content not to be communicating, for their own individual reasons. In fact, both the left and the right would be having serious cases of indigestion if it were any other way.

Cross-posted at BizzyBlog.com.

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Chelsea Manning wishes she could say 'Thanks, Obama'

Chelsea Manning said if given the chance to speak with former President Barack Obama, she would say thank you.

In her first interview since her May 17 release from prison, Manning was in tears when asked by ABC News journalist Juju Chang what she would say to the president.

“Thank you for giving the chance, that’s all I wanted,” said Manning. “That’s all I asked for was a chance. That’s it, and now this is my chance.”

Manning, a transgender U.S. Army private, was arrested in 2010 for releasing over 700,000 documents to WikiLeaks. As Bradley Manning, she was sentenced to 35 years in prison, but came out as transgender during her time at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas. During a fight with the military for hormone treatments, Manning attempted suicide, which resulted in solitary confinement. Obama granted her clemency in the final days of his presidency, commuting her sentence after seven years served.

“It has been my view that given she went to trial, that due process was carried out, that she took responsibility for her crime, that the sentence that she received was very disproportionate relative to what other leakers had received, and that she had served a significant amount of time, that it made sense to commute and not pardon her sentence,” Obama said in his final press conference as president.

A Pentagon review of the documents leaked by Manning determined that they did not result in the deaths of any U.S. personnel.

When asked if she owed an apology to the American people, Manning took responsibility for her actions.

“I accept the responsibility.” Manning said. “No one told me to do this, no one directed me to do this, this is me, it’s on me.”

The full interview will air on an upcoming “Nightline” special on ABC.

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In Montreal, Obama defends his legacy as Trump aims to dismantle it in Washington

In one of his first international speaking engagements since leaving office, former President Barack Obama laid out his defense of his administration’s goals, including reforming immigration policy, ending extreme poverty and curbing carbon emissions through the Paris climate agreement.

“When it comes to the threat of climate change, we have shown that environmental sustainability and economic progress are not contradictory, but rather are complementary,” Obama said in a speech to the Montreal Chamber of Commerce, disputing President Trump’s claim that the Paris Agreement would disadvantage the American economy. “In the United States, under my administration we doubled production of renewable energy at the same time as we saw a record duration of job creation.”

Obama also referred to the United States’ lack of involvement in the climate change accord as “temporary.”

In addition to criticizing the current administration’s policy decisions, Obama warned against the populist distrust of the federal government.

“That’s a recipe for more cynicism and more polarization, less trust in our institutions and less trust in each other,” Obama said. “And it’s part of what leads people to turn to populist alternatives that may not actually deliver.”

Obama cautioned the audience against adopting an “us vs. them” mentality as a result of economic uncertainty, saying that such attitudes helped cause World Wars I and II.

“It is important to remember that the world has gone through similar moments, in the shift from, for example, agriculture to industry,” Obama told his sold-out audience in Montreal. “And then too there was a temptation to respond to great uncertainty and economic upheaval by falling into the comforts of tribe and extreme nationalism and xenophobia and the politics of ‘us vs them.’”

“The First and Second World Wars showed us all too terribly what happens when we fail to adapt to changes. But our history also shows that there is a better way,” Obama said.

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The former president was addressing the Montreal Chamber of Commerce as part of a series of events celebrating the city’s 375th anniversary. Obama is said to charge a speaking fee of $400,000 for such appearances, according to the Toronto Star.

 

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In his scheming arrogance, Obama has given Trump a powerful weapon to destroy Obamacare

J.D. HEYES–President Donald J. Trump has been pressuring reluctant Republicans in the House and Senate to send him an Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill that substantially rolls back the worst public health law in decades, one that is single-handedly destroying the private health insurance industry and creating financial havoc for tens of millions of Americans.

So far the GOP-controlled Congress, whose majority Republicans nearly all ran on getting rid of the broken and failing Affordable Care Act, has yet to deliver. A bill has passed the House — the American Health Care Act — but only barely. And last week a leading GOP senator all but declared repeal-and-replace a pipe dream this year (and maybe forever). (RELATED: Cowardly Lawmakers Relying On Bogus CBO Estimates Of People Who Will “Lose Coverage” Under Obamacare Repeal: Is Collapse Of The System Better?)

Some Americans will take their wrath out at the ballot box on wavering members of Congress who pledged to back the president’s effort to sack Obamacare next year. But in the meantime, Trump has been bequeathed, albeit accidentally no doubt, a big weapon he can wield to essentially defang the law, The New York Times reports.

The paper noted that Obama officials were well aware they improperly spent billions of taxpayer dollars providing health insurance subsidies for Americans who were buying coverage through the health care exchanges established by Obamacare. However, they believed they would eventually prevail in a legal challenge to the expenditures filed by House Republicans in 2014 — mostly because they knew they would be out of office by the time a final ruling was handed down, and that an initial ruling against the White House would be tossed out by higher courts.

As a backup, the Obama administration believed that Hillary Clinton would become president and would fix the issue if need be.

However, Clinton didn’t win the Oval Office, Trump did, and “the uncertain status of the cost-sharing payments now looms as the biggest threat to the stability of the insurance exchanges created” under the law, the Times said — meaning a constitutionally questionable decision made by Obama has gifted Team Trump with a powerful tool to utilize against a health care law it has promised to vanquish.

“The administration should not have found an appropriation where none existed,” Nicholas Bagley, a University of Michigan law professor who has studied and written about the issue, told the Times. “The Obama administration argument that the Affordable Care Act included an appropriation for the cost-sharing payments never held water.”

In a ruling last year, U.S. District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer, a senior judge for the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, agreed with Bagley’s assessment when she said the Obama administration did not possess authority to pay out as much as $130 billion to insurance companies over 10 years to reimburse out-of-pocket expenses for lower-income Americans who bought coverage via the exchanges. In her same ruling, Collyer said the GOP-led House definitely had standing to sue since that chamber has the inherent constitutional power, not the Executive Branch, to authorize (or not) government spending.

Still, many constitutional law experts believed that her ruling would be overturned when the government appealed, which would have meant the suit would be dismissed (and taxpayers would remain on the hook for expenditures that Congress never specifically authorized).

Trump’s victory, however, altered the landscape in a way legal scholars hadn’t considered, since the president-elect had no interest in defending the Executive Branch against the House suit in appeals.

That said, Republicans and the Trump White House are not eager to simply pull the Obama-initiated appeal; doing so would immediately cut off reimbursement payments in the billions of dollars to insurers, which would throw the industry into economic upheaval. Instead, payments are being made on a month-to-month basis while the administration uses them as a bargaining chip of sorts to push an Obamacare repeal measure through. (RELATED: Obamacare collapse continues as major insurer Aetna dumps ALL exchanges, leaving millions without options)

“This law is in the middle of a collapse,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. in an interview with reporters prior to the Memorial Day break. “We need to bring down the cost of coverage, and we need to revitalize the market so that people have real choices and real access to affordable health care.”

Democrats are attempting to saddle Republicans with blame for any subsequent loss of insurance subsidies, but they counter that a) the public knows their party is responsible for all of Obamacare, and b) Trump and Republican ran on repealing the law.

J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for NaturalNews.com and NewsTarget.com, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.

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