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Trump Reportedly Uses Campaign And RNC Funds To Pay Legal Bills In Russia Probe

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Trump would be the first U.S. president in the modern campaign finance era to use such funds to cover the costs of responding to a criminal probe.

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(CNN) The Republican National Committee spent more than $230,000 in August to cover some of President Donald Trump’s legal fees associated with the federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, an RNC official told CNN on Tuesday.
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Trump’s statements at the United Nations General Assembly came in the middle of the night for Koreans, but they prompted late-evening rebuttals from leaders here in Russia, a country with which Trump had hoped to foster a breakthrough in relations.
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Roger Stone has meltdown after he figures out he’s been caught on Paul Manafort wiretap 

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Last night it was revealed that the Feds had a secret wiretap on Donald Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort’s phone before and after the election. Even as the public and the media scramble to figure out who may have been caught up on that wiretap, one individual is now confirming that he’s been caught up in it – and he’s not taking the news well.

Former Trump campaign adviser and longtime Trump friend Roger Stone reacted to the news in all caps fashion, which typically signifies a meltdown: “THE FEDS WERE EAVESDROPPING ON MY TELEPHONE CALLS WITH MANAFORT DURING THE INAUGURATION AND TRANSITION.” Stone appeared to be trying to paint himself as a victim, which is absurd considering that the wiretap on Manafort’s phone was signed off on by a federal judge and everything was above board. Instead, Stone may have just made it all that much easier for Special Counsel Robert Mueller to target him in the Trump-Russia investigation.

Thanks to Stone’s admission, Mueller now has confirmation that Manafort and Stone had multiple phone conversations that need to be looked into. His angry defensive response suggests those conversations may have been incriminating. Moreover, Mueller now knows when those calls happened, potentially making it easier to zero in them. With every one of Manafort’s phone calls having been automatically recorded, investigators are sitting on potentially thousands of hours of recordings to sift through. This just made it easier for them to find what they’re looking for. Stone is far from the only Trump team member caught up on the wiretap.

Based on the known timeframe of the Paul Manafort wiretap, it’s a near certainty that Donald Trump himself has been recorded during his phone calls to Manafort before and after the election. In addition, as Palmer Report reported last night, Mike Pence is also known to have spoken regularly with Manafort by phone during the transition.

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Donald Trump signals how much he’s worried about the New York Attorney General taking him down 

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One of the biggest advantages for those trying to take down Donald Trump is that he keeps blatantly telegraphing his intentions at every turn. Earlier this month it was revealed that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is working with the State of New York to bring parallel state level charges in the Trump-Russia scandal, which can’t be pardoned. This evening, Trump signaled he finally understands how much trouble he’s in when it comes to those state level charges.

Trump has spent years hurling personal insults at New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, calling him a “lightweight” and at one point randomly accusing him of being a cocaine addict. But after all that bluster, Trump invited Schneiderman to join him at a United Nations reception this evening in New York City according to a Politico report (link). We all know what Trump is trying to do here, because we’ve seen him do it before, and we know what it means.

When FBI Director James Comey was in charge of the Trump-Russia investigation, Donald Trump invited him to a private dinner in an attempt at schmoozing him, under the narcissistic and delusional belief that he could charm Comey into going easy on him. When it didn’t work, Trump fired Comey, which resulted in Mueller taking over the investigation. Once it became clear to Trump how screwed he was, he reportedly began sending personal messages to Mueller in an attempt at buttering him up into going soft on him. Now Trump is trying to schmooze Eric Schneiderman.

This means Donald Trump has finally figured out what the rest of us figured out awhile ago: Mueller’s coordination with Schneiderman means two things. First, it means Trump can’t pardon people like Paul Manafort, which greatly increases the odds of them flipping on him. Second, it means that the minute Trump is ousted from office, the State of New York is going to make a very serious effort at putting Trump in prison.

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Donald Trump’s First UN Address Gets Mixed Reviews From Political Leaders

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Some condemned Trump’s remarks as “dangerous.” Others praised the speech for being “strong.”

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Beyond pragmatism, the speech will likely be remembered as one in which the president of the United States sounded more like a mob boss than a statesman—think Robert DeNiro as Al Capone in “The Untouchables” minus the baseball bat. This was a … 

Today’s Headlines and Commentary 

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Addressing the U.N. General Assembly, President Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea and labeled Iran a “rogue nation,” the New York Times reported. In remarks at the summit of world leaders, Trump called the North Korean regime “a band of criminals” and said the U.S. would act unilaterally to defend itself against North Korea if necessary. Trump also denounced Iran as a “corrupt dictatorship” and a supporter of terrorism in the Middle East and called the Iran nuclear deal “an embarrassment.” Furthermore, Trump said the U.S. was “prepared to take further action” to respond to violence and repression in Venezuela. In the speech, the president emphasized an “America First” approach to foreign policy to the audience of foreign leaders and diplomats.

The FBI wiretapped Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort under Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants before and after the election, CNN reported on Monday. The FBI obtained a FISA warrant to surveil Manafort for a 2014 investigation into consulting firms working for Ukraine’s former ruling party, the Party of Regions, which was linked to Russia. Last year, investigators discontinued that surveillance because of a lack of evidence. However, the FISA court granted the FBI  a new warrant in fall 2016 to resume monitoring of Manafort in connection with the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and elements linked to the Russian government. The surveillance continued into this year. Separately, the Times reported that during a raid on Manafort’s house in July, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team warned Manafort that they planned to indict him.

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Trump Threatens To ‘Totally Destroy’ North Korea In ‘America First’ Speech At United Nations

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Trump also strongly indicated he would not renew the Iranian nuclear deal, in a forceful first speech before the international body.

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Iraq Braces for Kurdish Independence Referendum

As world leaders gather in New York this week, Iraqi President Fuad Masum, who had been scheduled to address the U.N. General Assembly, will be conspicuously absent. He decided at the last minute to cancel his trip as Iraq prepares for a Kurdish referendum on independence. The vote is scheduled for September 25 and is approaching fast, despite months of efforts by Iraqi and international diplomats to convince Kurdish President Masoud Barzani to delay the referendum.

Attempts to reach a compromise have failed so far, and Baghdad has started taking legal and political action. The Iraqi parliament passed a resolution last week rejecting the referendum and authorizing Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to “take all measures” to preserve the unity of the country. The parliament also voted to remove Najmaddin Kareem, the governor of Kirkuk, a contested oil-rich province, from office in response to his support for the referendum; Kareem told Reuters he will not abide by the parliamentary order. The Iraqi Supreme Court intervened as well, ordering the vote be postponed while its constitutionality is reviewed. If it proceeds, Arab officials in Kirkuk say they will request federal protection—which could mean a military occupation of the contested city.

Barzani and the Kurdish leadership are taking on a large risk for a mostly symbolic gesture, but they may be in too deep to back out now.

The United States has repeatedly warned Kurdish officials not to go through with the planned referendum and tried to broker some face-saving measures to facilitate a delay. “The United States does not support the Kurdistan Regional Government’s intention to hold a referendum later this month,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters last week. “The United States has repeatedly emphasized to the leaders of the Kurdistan Regional Government that the referendum is distracting from efforts to defeat [the Islamic State] and stabilize the liberated areas.” The U.S. Congress, which includes many outspoken supporters of Kurdish interests, has been quiet on the issue; a Kurdish diplomat told Politico that State and Defense Department officials have been advising members of Congress not to weigh in. Iraqi Kurdistan’s neighbors in Turkey and Iran have also been urging Barzani to call the referendum off, and factions within Iraq, including Iranian-backed militias, are issuing saber-rattling threats of reprisals if the vote is held. A spokesman for one Shia militia left Al-Monitor with the impression that Tehran has “given the unit the green light to attack Kirkuk if it decides to secede from Iraq.” The violence may have already started—on Monday, two men were killed in a shootout outside a Turkmen party office in Kirkuk, which the Washington Post reports may have been tied to the referendum.

As the vote has drawn near, Kurdish officials have increasingly tried to downplay its significance. “We are pledging dialogue and a peaceful solution,” one told the Post. As noted in a previous Ticker, the vote is subject to some ambiguities under Kurdish law and is designed to be a signal of intent, rather than a decisive rupture. Barzani and the Kurdish leadership are taking on a large risk for a mostly symbolic gesture, but they may be in too deep to back out now.

 

This Is What Authoritarian Upgrading Looks Like

Saudi Arabia’s economic reform project, Saudi Vision 2030, is reaching a critical juncture. Previous Saudi attempts to buck the country’s dependency on oil have faltered at early signs of economic trouble or the first hint of rebounding petrol prices. Now foreign lenders are feeling increasingly anxious about the Kingdom and two major European banks are looking to sell off their branches there, Bloomberg reports. That’s not a vote of confidence in the long-term promise of the reform plan.

Saudi Vision 2030 is hitting delays—the much-touted IPO for state oil giant Saudi Aramco will now likely be pushed until 2019, a separate Bloomberg article reported last week. That’s “a reflection of the deep discomfort with the need to expose the state to the scrutiny of open markets,” Karen Young, of the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, wrote recently for the Institute’s Market Watch blog. She also notes spending that has dried up a third of Saudi Arabia’s total reserve assets since 2014. This could force spending cuts in the next three years. “[T]here will be moments of reckoning, especially in debt management,” she warns.

With the economic challenges will come political challenges as well. Economic reforms also invite political turmoil. Saudi Arabia has tried to preempt and manage some shocks with a few reforms—municipal elections and women’s suffrage, for instance—but it is also cracking down hard. While the new crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, has been a worldwide charm offensive promoting a more cosmopolitan vision for the future of the Kingdom, authorities have been arresting dozens of political dissenters for such mild offenses as being reluctant to support Riyadh’s flailing feud with Qatar. More than 30 people have been arrested so far, including several prominent clerics. “In the starkest terms, Saudi Arabia is trying to moderate the extreme viewpoints of both liberal reformers and conservative clerics. And the arrests span that spectrum,” Saudi political analyst Jamal Kashoggi writes; his column in Al-Hayat was recently canceled due to government pressure, so his assessment appeared in the Washington Post.

The Saudi government’s reform plans may be dramatic, but even if they go through—a big if—the goal is to reinforce the central authority of the monarchy.

A decade ago, Steven Heydemann identified this mix of economic reform, palliative political changes, and ruthless crackdowns as a strategy for regime maintenance. “Authoritarian upgrading consists … not in shutting down and closing off Arab societies from globalization and other forces of political, economic, and social change. Nor is it based simply on the willingness of Arab governments to repress their opponents,” he wrote in a 2007 Brookings report. “Instead, authoritarian upgrading involves reconfiguring authoritarian governance to accommodate and manage changing political, economic, and social conditions.” The Saudi government’s reform plans may be dramatic, but even if they go through—a big if—the goal is to reinforce the central authority of the monarchy. The recent arrests and suppression of dissent underscore that subtext of Saudi Vision 2030.

 

Are the Gulf States Sending Up a Trial Balloon with Israel?

The Gulf states have been quietly shifting their position on Israel for years now. They’ve found common cause in their opposition to Iran’s regional policy and, more recently, Qatar’s media empire. That quiet relationship may be coming into open view. It was made public last week that King Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa of Bahrain will allow Bahraini citizens to visit Israel and that he opposes boycotts of the Israeli state; his comments were released at an event hosted by the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, at which the king was represented by his son, Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad al Khalifa. The announcement follows recent rumors that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman paid a secret visit to Tel Aviv to discuss “regional peace.” There’s no clear indication that this prefigures an public diplomatic opening, but experts like Dennis Ross have speculated that the Trump administration may be trying to nudge the Arab states into the peace process to try to break the diplomatic deadlock.

Palestinian politics are currently subsumed in their own internal conflicts.

President Donald Trump is expected to discuss the peace process in separate meetings with President Benjamin Netanyahu and President Mahmoud Abbas at the U.N. General Assembly in New York this week, but there’s no sign of a shakeup. Palestinian politics are currently subsumed in their own internal conflicts. This past weekend, Hamas announced that it would dissolve its administrative committee in Gaza in an effort to convince Abbas to ease sanctions against the Strip. As Grant Rumley, research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and coauthor of a new biography of Abbas, wrote for The Atlantic, this is likely to fare as well as other reconciliation attempts between the Palestinian factions. “The reality is that Hamas is unlikely to ever truly give up its military control over Gaza,” he writes. “The faction wants Abbas to pay for the costs of governing. Abbas wants total acquiescence and disarmament. Ultimately, there’s no middle ground here.”

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Recent revelations about special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia’s election interference and potential collusion with President Donald Trump’s campaign team indicate that the investigation has reached the point where Mueller may soon start announcing criminal charges.

The Wall Street Journal and CNN reported on Friday that Mueller had obtained a search warrant for records of the “inauthentic” accounts Facebook shut down earlier this month and the targeted ads these accounts purchased during the 2016 election.

Legal experts said the warrant meant Mueller had been able to convince a federal judge that there was good reason to believe a foreign entity had committed a crime by making campaign contributions in the form of ads and the spread of fake news, and that evidence of that crime would be found on Facebook.

Three days later, the New York Times reported that Mueller told Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort he was going to be formally charged with a crime following a raid on his Virginia home over the summer.

Mueller has also issued subpoenas to Manafort’s spokesman Jason Maloni and former attorney Melissa Laurenza to testify before a federal grand jury.

The developments indicate that Mueller’s probe “is nearing the litigation stage,” said Brookings Institution fellows and legal experts Benjamin Wittes and Susan Hennessey.

“Combined with a flurry of stories about subpoenas, grand-jury appearances and other activity, it’s reasonable to expect that Mueller is moving forward on a number of different fronts and is getting close to entering a litigation phase,” wrote Wittes and Hennessey, a former attorney for the National Security Agency.

“The key question is what he will allege, to what extent it will deal with campaign activity, and against whom he will allege it,” they added.

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CNN reported on Monday that the FBI obtained a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court last year to surveil Manafort, which typically requires “some indication of criminal conduct,” Wittes and Hennessey said, rather than merely “a showing of probable cause that a crime has or will be committed.”

Manafort was previously surveilled under a separate FISA authorization that began in 2014 as the FBI scrutinized his lobbying work on behalf of the pro-Russia Party of Regions in Ukraine and his business dealings with Russian entities.

That surveillance ended due to a lack of evidence, according to CNN, but was later restarted under the new warrant that extended into 2017. Information obtained from the newly discovered FISA warrant was shared with Mueller’s team.

An early foreign policy adviser to Trump’s campaign, Carter Page, was also placed under FBI surveillance following a trip he took to Moscow last July.

It is still unclear whether Manafort has already been indicted, and if so, on what charges. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was recently recruited by Mueller to help investigate Manafort for possible financial crimes and money laundering. The IRS’s criminal-investigations unit has been brought onto the investigation to examine similar issues.

Manafort’s spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.

It is difficult to predict whether Mueller will charge specific foreign entities with a crime for what could be perceived as illicit campaign contributions — there is little if any precedent for an election interference as brazen and multifaceted as Russia’s.

Taken together, though, wrote Wittes and Hennessey, the developments signal that “Mueller’s investigation has reached a critical stage — the point at which he may soon start making allegations in public.”

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Trump was a subdued figure at the first day of the General Assembly, pledging to cooperate with world leaders to restructure the U.N. and refraining from aggressive anti-U.N. rhetoric deployed throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, however a different and hardline side of the president is expected today during his inaugural speech. Peter Baker and Somini Sengupta observe at the New York Times.

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  • The government wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret orders authorized by the court that handles the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (F.I.S.A.), with investigators surveilling Manafort from 2014 over his connections with Russia and continued into early this year. Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz and Pamela Brown reveal at CNN.

Hillary Clinton’s former campaign manager John Podesta testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday in a private session, Katie Bo Williams reports at the Hill.

  • House and Senate investigators have expressed concern that Facebook has not revealed critical details relating to Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election, according to sources familiar with the matter. Carol D. Leonnig, Elizabeth Dwoskin and Craig Timberg explain at the Washington Post.
  • Three Democratic lawmakers have asked the Federal Communications Commission to investigate the Russian government-funded radio station and news site Sputnik, David Shepardson reports at Reuters.
  • Steven Groves has joined Trump’s legal team and will serve as deputy to White House special counsel Ty Cobb, signaling that the White House expects more legal work in relation to the Russia investigation. Eliana Johnson reports at POLITICO.
  • Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has been aggressive in its approach to the Russia investigation, issuing a series of subpoenas, targeting key figures such as Manafort and warning him that he faces indictment. Sharon LaFraniere, Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman explain Mueller’s tactics and the dynamics of the investigation at the New York Times.
  • White House lawyer Ty Cobb was overheard loudly discussing the Russia investigation by a journalist last week, including making statements that White House counsel Don McGahn has a “couple documents locked in a safe” in relation to the Russia investigation, marking yet another blunder in Cobb’s career and another example of indiscretion from Trump administration officials. Dana Milbank writes at the Washington Post.
  • What can be expected from Mueller’s investigation and who is he focusing his efforts on? Renato Mariotti writes at POLITICO Magazine.

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Recent revelations about special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia’s election interference and potential collusion with President Donald Trump’s campaign team indicate that the investigation has reached the point where Mueller may soon start announcing criminal charges.

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It is difficult to predict whether Mueller will charge specific foreign entities with a crime for what could be perceived as illicit campaign contributions — there is little if any precedent for an election interference as brazen and multifaceted as Russia’s. 

Taken together, though, wrote Wittes and Hennessey, the developments signal that “Mueller’s investigation has reached a critical stage — the point at which he may soon start making allegations in public.” 

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Recent revelations about special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia’s election interference and potential collusion with President Donald Trump’s campaign team indicate that the investigation has reached the point where Mueller may soon start announcing criminal charges.

The Wall Street Journal and CNN reported on Friday that Mueller had obtained a search warrant for records of the “inauthentic” accounts Facebook shut down earlier this month and the targeted ads these accounts purchased during the 2016 election.

Legal experts said the warrant meant Mueller had been able to convince a federal judge that there was good reason to believe a foreign entity had committed a crime by making campaign contributions in the form of ads and the spread of fake news, and that evidence of that crime would be found on Facebook.

Three days later, the New York Times reported that Mueller told Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort he was going to be formally charged with a crime following a raid on his Virginia home over the summer.

Mueller has also issued subpoenas to Manafort’s spokesman Jason Maloni and former attorney Melissa Laurenza to testify before a federal grand jury.

The developments indicate that Mueller’s probe “is nearing the litigation stage,” said Brookings Institution fellows and legal experts Benjamin Wittes and Susan Hennessey.

“Combined with a flurry of stories about subpoenas, grand-jury appearances and other activity, it’s reasonable to expect that Mueller is moving forward on a number of different fronts and is getting close to entering a litigation phase,” wrote Wittes and Hennessey, a former attorney for the National Security Agency.

“The key question is what he will allege, to what extent it will deal with campaign activity, and against whom he will allege it,” they added.

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CNN reported on Monday that the FBI obtained a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court last year to surveil Manafort, which typically requires “some indication of criminal conduct,” Wittes and Hennessey said, rather than merely “a showing of probable cause that a crime has or will be committed.”

Manafort was previously surveilled under a separate FISA authorization that began in 2014 as the FBI scrutinized his lobbying work on behalf of the pro-Russia Party of Regions in Ukraine and his business dealings with Russian entities.

That surveillance ended due to a lack of evidence, according to CNN, but was later restarted under the new warrant that extended into 2017. Information obtained from the newly discovered FISA warrant was shared with Mueller’s team.

An early foreign policy adviser to Trump’s campaign, Carter Page, was also placed under FBI surveillance following a trip he took to Moscow last July.

It is still unclear whether Manafort has already been indicted, and if so, on what charges. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was recently recruited by Mueller to help investigate Manafort for possible financial crimes and money laundering. The IRS’s criminal-investigations unit has been brought onto the investigation to examine similar issues.

Manafort’s spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.

It is difficult to predict whether Mueller will charge specific foreign entities with a crime for what could be perceived as illicit campaign contributions — there is little if any precedent for an election interference as brazen and multifaceted as Russia’s.

Taken together, though, wrote Wittes and Hennessey, the developments signal that “Mueller’s investigation has reached a critical stage — the point at which he may soon start making allegations in public.”

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For nearly a decade, lobbyists, academics and politicians alike have hailed the shale revolution as the guarantor of U.S. energy security. U.S. President Donald Trump has even taken their expectations a step further, envisioning a world of American “energy dominance,” where the country’s oil exports would fortify the supplies of its closest allies. But as the severe fuel shortages that swept across Texas and Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Harvey have shown, America still heavily relies on those states’ Gulf coasts to refine crude oil into gasoline, diesel and other petroleum products. True energy security, then, still seems to be just out of the United States’ reach.

At least, it is based on some definitions of energy security, of which there are many. To the International Energy Agency, the term refers to “the uninterrupted availability of energy sources at an affordable price.” But even this simple explanation raises more questions than it answers: What is an affordable price, and what’s the tradeoff between the affordability and reliability of supplies? Faced with unique challenges in the energy sector, every nation would respond to these questions in a slightly different way based on their own priorities. And as technological progress reshapes the structure of global energy markets in the 21st century, the priorities of producers and consumers around the world will doubtless change.

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For its part, the United States has traditionally centered its energy policy on the goal of self-sufficiency. Driven by fears of the price shocks that OPEC’s 1973 oil embargo triggered, American politicians have long touted the idea of reducing the country’s dependence on Middle Eastern producers. In doing so, they hoped, U.S. interests in the region would decline by default, creating room for the United States to someday withdraw from it entirely.

That belief, though certainly applicable in the 1970s, is now largely outdated. In a physical sense, U.S. energy supplies are quite secure: The country is already a net exporter of coal, and it is expected to become a net exporter of natural gas by the end of the year. Meanwhile, though the United States still imports about 8 million barrels per day of oil, the international oil market has become so flexible — and oil so fungible — that the United States could counter any shortfalls in supplies from one producer with output from another. Even in the worst-case scenario, in which oil trade through the all-important Strait of Hormuz ceases, Washington could mitigate oil shortages for some time by tapping into its strategic petroleum reserve.

Rather than preserving its access to oil, then, the United States is more interested in protecting itself from price changes in the market at large. After all, sharp dips in Middle Eastern oil production would push energy prices upward worldwide — including in the United States. A lengthy shipping shutdown in the Strait of Hormuz, moreover, would wreak havoc among Asian economies by restricting their energy supplies, carrying consequences that would ripple throughout the global economy as well. In light of these concerns, it is no surprise that the United States and Saudi Arabia remain such close allies: Riyadh has a long-standing policy of maintaining enough spare capacity to quickly ramp up its production in order to stabilize oil-starved markets.

The United States’ energy strategy abroad, therefore, is simply an extension of its broader imperative to keep global sea lanes open. But as hurricanes Katrina and Harvey have made clear, the greatest threats can come from within. The United States’ rigid distribution systems have opened the door to short-term supply crises, and though the country is unlikely to move its refining centers away from the coast, it may seek to build more flexibility into supply lines at home in order to mitigate the risk of severe shortages in petroleum products down the road.

Europe: Weaning Off Russian Supplies

Across the Atlantic, Europe is coming to grips with a problem of its own: For the Continent, there is no real substitute for Russian natural gas. Last year, European countries imported 190 billion cubic meters of Russian natural gas via pipeline, a volume equal to more than half the amount of liquefied natural gas traded by sea each year. To make matters worse, most Central and Eastern European nations lack the physical infrastructure that would be needed to bring in supplies from non-Russian producers — a shortcoming made painfully clear in the 2000s, when Russia twice cut off natural gas flows to Europe as a means to political ends. Consequently, Europe’s energy policy revolves around Russia’s ability to use energy supplies as a political weapon, and the Continent’s inability to stop it.

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The attorneys representing Donald Trump in his Russia scandal have seemingly been in a race to see who could screw up in the most embarrassing fashion. Two of them have had late night email feuds with strangers. One accused a reporter of being on drugs. One of them was fired after he threatened someone. Now one of his attorneys has found an entirely new way to screw up: he unwittingly gave away secrets about the internal workings of Trump’s legal team when he was overheard in a restaurant.The incredible story comes by way of the New York Times, which reveals that one of its reporters overheard Trump attorney Ty Cobb (yes that’s his real name) while they were both dining at the same steakhouse (link). Cobb was overheard accusing his colleague, White House Counsel Don McGahn, of having his own spies within the administration.The Times contacted the White House to follow up on what it had overheard Cobb saying, and in the process McGahn became aware of what Cobb had said about him. This prompted McGahn to privately “erupt” at Cobb. It also led Chief of Staff John Kelly to “reprimand” Cobb for having discussed such things in public at a restaurant where he could be overheard. This is just some of the dysfunction that’s going on within Trump’s no-star legal team.Donald Trump hired Ty Cobb as a White House lawyer so taxpayers would have to pick up the tab, even though Cobb is directly representing Trump in the Russia scandal. But this may backfire, as it means Cobb and Trump don’t have the usual attorney-client privilege. Nor is there any such privilege between Trump and McGahn. For that matter, Special Counsel Robert Mueller is targeting McGahn as a potential witness or co-conspirator, as he helped Trump craft his attempted cover-up of Donald Trump Jr’s Russia meeting.The post Donald Trump’s bumbling attorney accidentally gives away secrets when he’s overheard at restaurant appeared first on Palmer Report.

Donald Trumps White House advisers accuse each other of wearing a wire for Robert Mueller


Anyone paying close attention to Donald Trump’s Russia scandal has figured out Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s strategy. He’s pursuing everyone in Trump’s orbit for their own alleged crimes, or for having participated in a conspiracy with Trump to commit crimes. He’s trying to get as many of them to flip on him as possible. Some will indeed flip, if they haven’t already. Now it turns out Trump’s own advisers believe it’s already happened – and they suspect someone’s wearing a wire.The incredible revelation is buried all the way down in the eighteenth paragraph of a new piece from the New York Times that’s largely otherwise focused on the general dysfunction within Trump’s legal team (link). Here’s the buried bombshell: “White House officials privately express fear that colleagues may be wearing a wire to surreptitiously record conversations for Mr. Mueller.” This suggests things may be much further along than had previously been believed.At this point a double digit number of current and former Trump advisers have hired attorneys to represent them in the Russia scandal. Trump’s own personal attorney Michael Cohen, and Trump’s White House Counsel Don McGahn, have each hired attorneys of their own. It was revealed last week that Mueller is pursuing six advisers who worked with Trump to cover up the true nature of his son’s Russia meeting, meaning that he may be pursuing them all for criminal conspiracy. It’s a matter of when, not if, some of the targets begin flipping in the hope of getting the best deals while there are still good deals to be had. This latest revelation threatens to become a self fulfilling prophecy.

Let’s say that no one in Donald Trump’s White House has flipped on him yet. Even if advisers merely thinksomeone has flipped, it’ll motivate them to consider hurrying up and flipping before things get so far along that they no longer have anything worthwhile to offer. This kind of paranoia tends to set off feeding frenzies.

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At this point a double digit number of current and former Trump advisers have hired attorneys to represent them in the Russia scandal. Trump’s own personal attorney Michael Cohen, and Trump’s White House Counsel Don McGahn, have each hired attorneys of their own. It was revealed last week that Mueller is pursuing six advisers who worked with Trump to cover up the true nature of his son’s Russia meeting, meaning that he may be pursuing them all for criminal conspiracy. It’s a matter of when, not if, some of the targets begin flipping in the hope of getting the best deals while there are still good deals to be had. This latest revelation threatens to become a self fulfilling prophecy.

Let’s say that no one in Donald Trump’s White House has flipped on him yet. Even if advisers merely think someone has flipped, it’ll motivate them to consider hurrying up and flipping before things get so far along that they no longer have anything worthwhile to offer. This kind of paranoia tends to set off feeding frenzies.

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Donald Trumps inept attorneys are now angrily feuding with each other

Donald Trump promised that if he won the election, he’d only hire the best people. Instead he’s seemingly hired the worst people he could find: the most unsuited, the most corrupt, and the most inept. He’s saved the worst hires of all for his own legal team tasked with protecting him in the Russia scandal, which consists of a cast of characters who would be considered too unrealistic to play cartoonish sidekicks on a sitcom. Now they’re angrily turning against each other.The feuding within Trump’s legal team has found its focal point between Don McGahn and Ty Cobb, who were both technically hired as White House employees, but who have both acted as de facto Trump attorneys in the Russia scandal. The trouble between them began when Cobb made a series of allegations about McGahn while sitting in a restaurant. The conversation was randomly overheard by a New York Times reporter (link), and let’s just say things got ugly from there. McGahn got word of what Cobb had accused him of, and it resulted in McGahn taking Cobb’s head off.The two attorneys have been pushing incompatible legal strategies for how Donald Trump should approach Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, and instead of meeting in the middle, they’re trying to destroy each other. Cobb is accusing McGahn of having spies in the White House. McGahn had John Kelly reprimand Cobb for the restaurant incident.Donald Trump has a long and consistent history of hiring people he knows are unqualified and unsuitable for their jobs, based solely on his belief that they’ll be personally loyal to him. That’s resulted in numerous inept advisers resigning in disgrace during his relatively brief time in the White House. Now it turns out Trump has swung and missed on at least one, or possibly both, of the people he’s entrusted to get him off the hook in the Russia scandal. Which one will he fire first?The post Donald Trump’s inept attorneys are now angrily feuding with each other appeared first on Palmer Report.
Why Mike Pence and Jeff Sessions should resign – Conservative Review
 


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Why Mike Pence and Jeff Sessions should resign
Conservative Review
Morell explained in his resignation letter that the Kennedy School’s invitation to Manning will assist Ms. Manning [sic] in her [sic] long-standing effort to legitimize the criminal path that she [sic] took to prominence and may encourage others to 
Trump in Moscow: what happened at Miss Universe in 2013 – The Guardian
 


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Trump in Moscow: what happened at Miss Universe in 2013
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The 2013 pageant has become a focal point for the simultaneous investigations, led by special counsel Robert Mueller and congressional committees, into whether associates of Trump colluded with Russian officials to help them win the 2016 US 

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