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  1. So sorry I once again forgot! Please forgive me! Happy Birthday!
  2. Oh crap! Just yesterday I said to myself that I know rjm's birthday is coming up and I have to email her. Guess what...I forgot again! I am so very sorry! It sounds like you had a wonderful day. Happy Birthday!
  3. Kushner, Senate investigators to meet in wake of Russian ambassador meetings (CNN)One of President Donald Trump's closest advisers, son-in-law Jared Kushner, has volunteered to testify before senators investigating ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, because of his role in arranging meetings between top campaign advisers and Russian ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak. Sources on the Senate Intelligence Committee confirmed to CNN Monday that Kushner is expected to speak with them, though the exact timing has not been set. The White House on Monday insisted Kushner's meetings were appropriate given his broad profile during the presidential campaign and transition. "Throughout the campaign and transition, Jared Kushner served as the official primary point of contact with foreign governments and officials. Given this role, he has volunteered to speak with (Senate Intelligence) Chairman (Richard) Burr's Committee, but has not yet received confirmation," a White House spokesperson told CNN. The New York Times first reported Monday that Kushner was wanted for questioning because of his role in arranging meetings between campaign advisers and Kislyak, along with other foreign leaders. In December, during the presidential transition, Kushner met with the Russian ambassador at Trump Tower. Following the meeting, Kislyak requested another sit down. Instead of attending himself, Kushner sent his deputy, Avrahm Berkowitz, a senior administration official confirmed. Kushner had one additional meeting with a Russian official, according to a senior Trump administration official. This one took place between Kushner and Sergey N. Gorkov, the head of Russia's economic development bank, at the insistence of the Russian ambassador. Last week, White House spokeswoman Hope Hicks downplayed Kushner's meetings with Russian officials, noting that Kushner met only once with Kislyak. "Jared's only meeting with Ambassador Kislyak took place during the transition, as has been reported. He met hundreds of people on the campaign and may have shaken the Ambassador's hand prior to an April 2016 speech on foreign policy by the President," Hicks told CNN last Wednesday. Kushner was involved in a wide array of issues during the presidential transition and maintains a broad scope of influence in the White House. In that context, his meetings with Russian officials may have been entirely appropriate. However, the meetings are drawing increased scrutiny as committees in the House and Senate -- as well as FBI investigators -- are looking at the extent of Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and potential ties between Trump associates and suspected Russian operatives. The White House has struggled to move beyond questions about Russia, in part because previously undisclosed contacts between Trump associates and Russian officials have repeatedly come to light. Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, was also in attendance for that December meeting at Trump Tower with the Russian ambassador and Kushner. Flynn was ousted in February after misleading senior administration officials about his contacts with Russian officials. CNN's Manu Raju and Jeremy Herb contributed to this report. LINK:
  4. Have a great day!
  5. Nunes says he was on WH grounds day before revealing Trump surveillance info Washington (CNN) It has been something of a mystery, the whereabouts of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes on the day before his announcement that he saw information suggesting that communications of then-President-elect Donald Trump and his advisers may have been swept up in surveillance of other foreign nationals. The California Republican confirmed to CNN in a phone interview Monday he was on the White House grounds that day -- but he said he was not in the White House itself. (Other buildings, including the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, are on the same grounds.) Nunes went to the building because he needed a secure area to view the information, he told CNN. He said he didn't believe the President nor any of his West Wing team were aware he was there. Nunes said he was there for additional meetings "to confirm what I already knew" but said he wouldn't comment further so as to not "compromise sources and methods." A spokesman for Nunes said he "met with his source at the White House grounds in order to have proximity to a secure location where he could view the information provided by the source." A government official said Nunes was seen Tuesday night at the National Security Council offices of the Eisenhower building which, other than the White House Situation Room, is the main area on the complex to view classified information in a secure room. The official said Nunes arrived and left alone. Nunes told CNN he had been working on nailing down the surveillance information before Trump's unsubstantiated claim earlier this month that he was wiretapped by President Barack Obama. Last week, Nunes told CNN he was unaware of any evidence to back up Trump's claim. He told CNN Monday he wanted to "reiterate this has nothing to do with Russia." In a statement, Nunes' spokesman, Jack Langer, said the congressman is "extremely concerned by the possible improper unmasking of names of US citizens." Two congressional sources said Nunes was with a staff member Tuesday night when he got a message, got out of the car and got into an Uber. Staff did not hear again from him that night. They next heard from Nunes Wednesday morning, the day he scheduled a news conference before going to the White House. The staff do not know where he went Tuesday night. Nunes pushed back strongly against an account in The Daily Beast that suggested efforts of subterfuge in his path to his sources that day. "I was in a cab with staff and we dropped them off before I went to my meeting," he said. "Anything other than that is just false." 'He owes us an explanation' Nunes' disclosure that Trump's own communications may have been picked up in "incidental" collections by domestic spies -- and decision to speak to the press and White House before informing the Democrats on the Intelligence Committee -- infuriated Democrats and led him to apologize to his colleagues on the panel. Trump has said he feels "somewhat" vindicated by Nunes' findings. Some Democrats have said Nunes' actions mean he can't conduct an impartial investigation into potential Trump-Russia ties, though House Speaker Paul Ryan said Monday he has "full confidence" Nunes can oversee the probe. "We still really want this investigation to be non-partisan, and what the chairman did this week makes that very hard," Intelligence Committee ranking member Democrat Adam Schiff told CNN on Friday. A spokesman for Schiff told CNN Monday the California Democrat was declining to comment for now about Nunes' meeting on the White House grounds. But Rep. Eric Swalwell, a California Democrat who also sits on the Intelligence Committee, accused the White House Monday of "obstructing" the panel's investigation and called for an independent commission to review the matter. And Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., told CNN's Kate Bolduan Monday that Nunes' actions were "bizarre" and "loopy," adding that Nunes has told Democrats "nothing" about developments in the investigation. "Whatever it is he's done, it has been at the White House, it appears to have been in the service of the White House, and so, it is very clear that he owes us an explanation," Himes said on "At This Hour." This story is being updated. LINK:
  6. It notifies you that someone mentioned you in a post @Kay.
  7. I'm an ambivert...I am both an introvert and an extrovert. Even when it comes to Bruce's music. There are times I just want to sit and listen on my own and other times I just want to dance and sing with friends while listening. The extrovert time of Bruce's music comes from growing up with it. From the very beginning I shared his music with many friends. Playing loud, singing along, going to concerts together. It was always an integral part of my friendships. But again, there are times I just want to experience his music on my own. Especially the first time I hear a new song. Also, I think part of growing older brings out the introvert a little more...for everyone and in everything.
  8. He was very close to Carrie Fisher. This is the song that he wrote for Carrie and Debbie's memorial. It's on the new album.
  9. James Blunt thinks 'You're Beautiful' is 'f**ked up and not romantic' Tell us what you really think, James. When James Blunt's 'You're Beautiful' was unleashed upon the world in 2005, it instantly became one of the most Marmite-y songs of all time. Some people love it and want it as the first dance at their wedding, others despise it with every fibre of their being. James Blunt himself is pretty mixed on the song (he does owe it a lot), but he thinks that loads of people have got the song completely wrong. Speaking to The Huffington Post, Blunt said "Everyone goes, 'Ah, he's so romantic. I want 'You're Beautiful' as my wedding song'. "These people are f**ked up." So, what is the song actually about then, Blunty? "'You're Beautiful' is not this soft romantic f**king song," he continued. "It's about a guy who's high as a f**king kite on drugs in the subway stalking someone else's girlfriend when that guy is there in front of him. "He should be locked up or put in prison for being some kind of perv." Blunt is currently at work promoting his new album, The Afterlove, which contains a touching tribute to the actress Carrie Fisher. Blunt had a very close friendship with Fisher, describing her recently as his "American mum". He also explained on The Nightly Show that she let him stay in her house in LA while he recorded his breakthrough album. Shall we have a listen to everyone's favourite/least favourite song of all time? LINK:
  10. Actually, something about his voice reminds me of Cat Stevens.
  11. Ugh...thank God that can never happen. The me becoming him part I mean. I detest him if you haven't noticed.
  12. I know. I hesitated posting it, but I just had to. Plus, we got your great joke out of it!