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Credit Cards / Re: Amex Offers Discussion Thread
« on: June 01, 2018, 07:20:22 PM »

Works with personal cards, though clearly not intended to.  ;D

And it finally posted for real on May 22. Yay double credit.

Credit Cards / Re: Amex Offers Discussion Thread
« on: March 27, 2018, 10:39:47 AM »
J. Crew offer noted here:  $20 / 2K MR off $100

Just wanted to add that you can split tender to two credit cards online. Cart of $200 can be split into $100 and $100.

Took a few SMs back and forth, but they're giving me a manual credit.

Seems like drugstore was a bust.

Guess I'm going to have to fight them for it. Opportunity cost of putting more grocery spend on this card is too high.

Still hasn't posted for me three weeks after spend.

Any reports of this posting/ not posting?

I will say that the past month has been mighty impressive.

Just Shmooze / Re: US Politics/2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread
« on: December 30, 2017, 09:37:16 PM »
Glad to know that Australia has America's interests at heart, unlike apparently the Trump campaign or administration.

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 Australias 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 Russias attempts to disrupt the election and whether any of President Trumps associates conspired.

The information that Mr. Papadopoulos gave to the Australians answers one of the lingering mysteries of the past year: What so alarmed American officials to provoke the F.B.I. to open a counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign months before the presidential election?

It was not, as Mr. Trump and other politicians have alleged, a dossier compiled by a former British spy hired by a rival campaign. Instead, it was firsthand information from one of Americas closest intelligence allies.

Interviews and previously undisclosed documents show that Mr. Papadopoulos played a critical role in this drama and reveal a Russian operation that was more aggressive and widespread than previously known. They add to an emerging portrait, gradually filled in over the past year in revelations by federal investigators, journalists and lawmakers, of Russians with government contacts trying to establish secret channels at various levels of the Trump campaign.

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