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Paul Horner, the high-profile purveyor of fake news, died this month in much the way he lived surrounded by questions, skepticism, uncertainty. The first words out of Jeffrey Augustines mouth, when asked about his friends demise, were: Is he really dead?

Brooke Binkowski, managing editor of the fact-checking website snopes.com, called Horners death alleged, adding she was only half joking. I want to write an obituary, she said, but what if hes not dead? Nothings true. Everythings true. Its amazing.

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Palmer Report: Donald Trumps top White House economic adviser thinks a new car costs $1,000

Remember when Trump White House adviser Gary Cohn was publicly lambasting Donald Trump for his racism? It appears that brief moment of virtue has come and gone, because Cohn long a Wall Street shill is now promoting Trump’s tax cut plan for the wealthy in stunningly dishonest fashion. But his lies about who benefits from the tax plan may not be the worst part of it. Cohn appears to honestly have no idea how much anything costs.

Cohn appeared behind the White House podium and pushed the (largely false) claim that the Trump tax plan will save the average working class household around a thousand dollars per year. Various independent analyses have revealed that some middle class households would actually see an tax increase under the plan; after all, someone has to pay for the tax cuts for the wealthy. But then Cohn got to the part about what he thought the common folk could use that imaginary thousand dollars for.

“They can buy a new car,” Cohn exclaimed (link). That’s right, he thinks a new car costs a thousand dollars. Some have floated the notion that perhaps Cohn was referring to a thousand dollar down payment on a new car. But that’s rather thoroughly disproven by the fact that Cohn also said in the breath that a kitchen renovation costs a thousand dollars. In other words, he truly has no idea what any of these things cost.

Gary Cohn has a net worth in the hundreds of millions of dollars, thanks largely to his time with Goldman Sachs. It’s not as if he’s bought a Toyota Corolla lately. But if he’s going to be in charge of revamping the tax structure for the middle class, he owes it to the American people to take a moment to find out what the middle class actually pays for things. Or maybe he got his math skills from Trump University.

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Donald Trump has already lost more cabinet members to scandal than President Obama lost in eight years

Donald Trump’s Health and Human Services Secretary resigned on Friday evening, amid a scandal involving his excessive use of private chartered flights at taxpayer expense. This marks Trump’s first loss of a cabinet member to scandal, eights months into his administration. That’s remarkable, considering that President Barack Obama didn’t lose a cabinet member to scandal in eight years. Trump is on the verge of losing four more cabinet members as well.

Price was forced to resign under intense public pressure. Four other Trump cabinet members have been caught partaking in similar antics (link). Now that the American public has drawn the line on such behavior, there is every reason to expect more resignations from Trump’s cabinet. None of this should come as a shock; Trump seemed to pick the most financially corrupt people he could find for each position, many of whom he owed favors to. It gets worse.

Trump’s National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was forced to resign after he’d been on the job for just twenty-four days, due to his role in the Trump-Russia scandal. Flynn was not technically a cabinet member, but he was considered to be in a cabinet level position. Trump’s White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, also a cabinet level position, controversially resigned due to his internal feud with Anthony Scaramucci who himself was fired just a few days later.

Nearly every president loses cabinet members over the years to retirement, burnout, or shifts in direction. President Obama lost multiple cabinet members along the way, but none of them were due to scandal during his entire eight years. Donald Trump has lost his ability to make that claim after just eight months. If we’re being realistic instead of technical, Trump lost that claim after just twenty-four days. Drain the swamp? The Trump administration is the swamp.

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Who is Tevfik Arif? Part I

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Tefvik Arif was the chairman of Bayrock Group, the murky company that partnered with Donald Trump to build Trump SoHo in lower Manhattan.

Figuring out who he is was not an easy task.

Tevfik Arif (Тевфик Ариф) was born Toifik Arifov (Тофик Арифов) on May 15, 1953 in the Soviet Socialist Republic of Kazakhstan. He was one of four brothers born to a Turkish family in the Jambyl Region in northern Kazakhstan.

That’s about the only thing we know about his early life with any certainty.

What he did for the next 38 years is unclear. The oft-repeated facts of his background come from a short profile on Arif published in Real Estate Weekly in 2007, just as Trump was preparing to kick off sales of Trump SoHo.

Real Estate Weekly reported that Arif had received a degree from Moscow Institute of Trade and Economics and then worked in the Soviet Ministry of Commerce and Trade in the former Soviet Union for 17 years, where he served as the chief economist and deputy director of the Ministry’s Department of Hotel Management.

Many journalists have repeated this story. It may be true, but no one seems to have bothered to check.  It’s worth noting that this is the only reference to a Soviet Ministry of Commerce and Trade that I found on the Internet. There is a Russian ministry that has this name, but I could find nothing from the Soviet era.

There was, however, something called the USSR Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which was run by the KGB and spied on the West. A third of the chamber’s staff were KGB, according to a US State Department report that cited CIA information. And the USS Chamber of Commerce and Industry did have a hotel division, V/0 Sovintsentr, which ran a trade center and various Moscow hotels.

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After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Arif left the government and made a career leap. A huge leap.

In a court proceeding in Turkey, the former Soviet hotel bureaucrat testified that he worked in energy sector, chemical sector and metallurgy sector. I was producing coal in Russia and copper in Kazakhstan. Due to lack of coal, it was not possible to make production. I started to organize them.” He started a private company called the Speciality Chemicals Trading Co., trading in chrome, rare metals and raw materials.

And then he went to work for Trans World Group. TWG was a British company headed by two brothers, David and Simon Reuben. After the Soviet Union collapsed, the Reubens moved aggressively into metals production, buying up smelters and refineries.

As foreigners, however, the Reubens needed locals to build their business. Enter Arif. He became an “agent on the ground” — a fixer, in other words — for TWG in Kazakhstan, according to internal company documents reviewed by theblacksea.eu, an online investigative Website.

Arif apparently did his job well. Very well. In a few years, TWG’s holdings of steel, iron, chrome and alumina refineries in Kazakhstan generated one fifth of the entire country’s gross revenues.

Maybe Arif was just a Soviet hotel bureaucrat who seized a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get into the post-Soviet metals sector. But his hotel background would have been of little use to TWG. What TWG needed was someone with deep connections in the country’s political and business circles. The kind of people who had those connections in the Russia of the 1990s were either ex-KGB, or mobsters.

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Michael Cherney

Consider another pair of fixers the Reubens brought into TWG in 1992. They were the Cherney brothers, Lev and Michael, and they formed a 50-50 partnership with TWG. It was a successful partnership. With the Cherneys help, TWG grew by leaps and bounds. The problem for the Reubens was that Michael Cherney’s name soon became publicly linked to Russian organized crime groups. The Reubens quickly bought out Cherney’s share of TWG for $410 million.

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Vyacheslav Ivankov

Swiss authorities in 1996 accused Michael Cherney of “drug trafficking, money laundering, fraud and sponsoring murder” on behalf of  a Russian organized crime group run by “V Ivankov.” This was the infamous Russian mob boss nicknamed “Yaponchik” who had settled in New York, where the FBI found him hiding out in Trump Tower and Trump’s New Jersey casino.

Michael Cherney has repeatedly denied these allegations, which he blames on his archenemy and former partner Oleg Deripaska, one of the wealthiest men in Russia. In 2008, the federal Swiss court exonerated him of the charges, but two years later, Spain issued an international arrest warrant for Michael Cherney’s arrest on money laundering charges.

Did Arif have links to the Russian Mafia? Felix Sater, who worked under Arif at Bayrock, seems to think so.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Sater and his attorney threatened to expose Arif’s past unless he paid Sater’s attorney fees. Sater warned of a possible lawsuit that would include details of Arif’s wrongdoing “in the post-Soviet metals business in Kazakhstan.”

In a personal memo, Sater was even more blunt: “The headlines will be, The Kazakh Gangster and President Trump.’”

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“The head of the family is my uncle Roustam Arif [sic], Tevfik’s son Arif writes in 2013 in correspondence obtained by theblacksea.eu. In our culture, the patriarch is usually the oldest member of the family. Roustam is my fathers oldest brother. Even though my father is a successful entrepreneur in his own right (hotels, construction and real estate), his younger brother Refik Arif is the principal figure in the main family business (commodities).”

In the mid-90s, Refik reportedly acquired control of the Aktyubinsk Chromium Chemicals Plant (ACCP) in Aktobe, in north-western Kazakhstan, near the border with Russia.  How he managed this is unclear. He also established a highly profitable chemicals trading business.  And this is an important piece of the story, because the money for Bayrock, at least part of it, came through Kazakhstan.

Around 1999, Refik Arif’s chemical trading business was generating so much cash that the family retained Hamels, a UK tax consultancy, to help structure their investments. On its website, Hamels describes its typical clients as “high net worth individuals seeking to minimize their respective tax burdens on current income or investment streams…”

In a 2011 memo, Hamels partner Zig Williamowski wrote, “Mr. Refik Arif is one of four brothers who have over many years built up a substantial and profitable international business from the sale of chrome-based chemicals.” Williamowski said he was in a position to verify the “good origin” of the Arif family’s wealth.

With the help of Hamels, the Arifs set up a network of shell companies, many of which were established in the Caribbean tax haven of the British Virgin Islands. These companies included Bennington Trade Assets Ltd., which owns property in the center of London and Merlin Trading Assets Ltd., which owns an executive jet. There are too many companies to name them all. Many are found in the Panama Papers leak of offshore companies founded by the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.

The real moneymaker for the family was Castello Global Ltd., which handled the profits from the chrome trading business. Here is a breakdown of Castello Global’s profits:

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So much money was pouring out of Kazakhstan that Tevfik Arif decided it was time to try something big. Really big.

He moved to New York and set out to do a real estate deal with the biggest and the best. So he set up offices of his new company Bayrock Group in Trump Tower, one floor below Trump’s own offices.

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Donald Trump has run out of distractions

During his time as a candidate and his time in office, Donald Trump has consistently relied on a tactic that’s been fairly unique in its brinksmanship. Whenever Trump has been facing yet another scandal that he thought might hurt him, he’d purposely create a less harmful scandal for himself, as a distraction from the more harmful scandal. But as of today, that strategy has finally run out of gas.

Trump seemed to have been nearing the end of that rope this past week when he created an NFL scandal to try to distract from his failed response to the Puerto Rico post-hurricane crisis. The NFL controversy went so poorly for Trump, with team owners making a point of showing him up, he ended up having to talk about Puerto Rico after all as a sort of distraction from his distraction. For the first time, Trump’s endless scandals had come at him so fast and furious that even he couldn’t figure out how to fend them off. But then came Friday night.

Trump’s cabinet member Tom Price had gotten caught up in a financial corruption scandal involving needless private chartered flights. This should have been a layup for Trump. All he had to do was swiftly force Price out of a job, making clear that he wasn’t willing to tolerate these kinds of things, and he would have ended up looking good. He could even have used the firing as a bit of a distraction from his own numerous scandals. But he couldn’t pull it off.

Donald Trump ended up announcing Tom Price’s “resignation” in a Friday night news dump, which is when you release bad news that you’re hoping no one will notice. Trump didn’t even bother trying to use the Price ouster as a distraction. He seemed to understand that his own scandals are now too out of control and there’s no longer any way to fend them off. Contribute to Palmer Report

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Donald Trumps Russia scandal just got even worse for him

Donald Trump is awash in scandal this weekend due to his failed response to the Puerto Rico post-hurricane crisis and his cabinet member Tom Price’s controversial resignation. But even as Trump heads out on yet another taxpayer funded weekend golfing trip, his original scandal his Russia mess just found a way to get even worse for him.

Two months ago, Congress undertook a bipartisan effort to back Trump into a corner when it came to Russia. Congress passed legislation taking away Trump’s ability to ever ease sanctions on Russia, thus making him of less use to his puppet master Vladimir Putin. It passed so overwhelmingly that Trump couldn’t have succeeded in vetoing it, so he quietly signed it. But two months later, Trump still hasn’t implemented the provisions of the sanctions bill. He’s refusing to follow the law, even though he signed that law. Now he’s being backed in order a corner again.

Senators John McCain and Ben Cardin have come together to formally call out Trump for his failure to implement the sanctions bill (link). This is crucial because McCain is a Republican and Cardin is a Democrat, meaning this is once again a bipartisan effort. It forces Trump to now very publicly deal with a no-win issue that he’s been desperate to sidestep for rather obvious reasons.

Donald Trump must now quickly decide between two bad choices. He can go ahead and implement the Russian sanctions, which will anger Putin, and could prompt Russia to retaliate by leaking blackmail material about him. Or, if Trump refuses to promptly implement the sanctions, leaders of both political parties are preparing to publicly push the issue. Doing so would make Trump look even more guilty on Russia in the eyes of the public at a time when he’s already awash in so many other kinds of exploding scandals.

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The Strange Impotence of the Republican Party – New York Times


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The Strange Impotence of the Republican Party
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Should it be any wonder, either, that in the intramural fights the Donald Trumps and Roy Moores of the party are winning? As in economics, so too in G.O.P. politics: Gresham’s law applies. Bad money drives out good. Bad Republicans drive out good ones.
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Donald Trump inexplicably brags about the body count in Puerto Rico

Donald Trump has, by any objective measure, botched his federal response to the Puerto Rico post-hurricane crisis on a historically incompetent level. Now, even as his belated and insufficient efforts struggle to get out of the gate, he’s desperate to spin tall tales of a successful response. That’s led him to say some rather stupid and insensitive things. Now he’s stuck his foot in his mouth regarding dead Americans.

Trump is now reduced to bragging that thanks to his wonderful response to the Puerto Rico crisis, not all that many people have died there. In fact he said it today in exact words: “The loss of life, it’s always tragic. But it’s been incredible. The results that we’ve had with respect to loss of life” (link). By now the majority of the American public is well aware of how horribly things are going on Puerto Rico, with images of devastation being displayed on the nightly news, and the Mayor of San Juan literally begging for any kind of help.

Even against this tragic backdrop, Trump is boldly boasting about how his response has been so “incredible” that only sixteen people have died. The cold hard reality is that almost none of these people had to die. It’s not as if they died during the hurricane. They’ve died for various reasons related to the inexcusably delayed federal response by the Trump administration. And because it can’t be stressed enough, the people in Puerto Rico are United States citizens. That doesn’t make their lives any more valuable than the lives of anyone else. But it does mean their well-being is Donald Trump’s responsibility.

The Puerto Rico crisis isn’t Donald Trump’s Katrina. In terms of the failure of his response, it’s Katrina times ten. Now Trump’s own mouth is adding insult to injury.

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Google Prepares to Brief Congress on Its Role in Election – New York Times


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Google Prepares to Brief Congress on Its Role in Election
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SAN FRANCISCO Google has become the latest Silicon Valley giant to become entangled in a widening investigation into how online social networks and technology products may have played a role in Russian interference in the 2016 election. On Friday … 
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New Report Sheds Light On Why Mueller Is Investigating Michael Flynn – The Daily Caller


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A business associate of a Turkish client of retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn testified before a federal grand jury last week, according to a new report which helps shed light on why Flynn is being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller. According 
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What We Actually Know About Trump and Russia – Uloop News


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The U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations. The recent … In addition to what we know about 

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Russia’s intelligence agency arrests two spies – Pakistan Observer

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Russia’s intelligence service has detained two citizens, including a member of the armed forces, who allegedly passed military secrets to Ukraine. The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) said in a statement on Friday that it had 

Heck of a job, dumbass

It’s been difficult for many among the American public to wrap their heads around Donald Trump’s tenure in the White House, for two distinct reasons. The first is that, with Trump being an illegitimately elected Russian puppet who’s acted like a demented cartoon game show host, they haven’t known what to make of it. The second is that, up to now, Trump hasn’t had to play the role of an actual president. This is the week that all changed.

For his first nine months, Trump had it easy. There was no economic crisis to deal with, thanks to the strong economy he inherited from President Obama. There were no foreign policy crises, beyond the ones he strategically manufactured for effect. There were no cabinet scandals, because the media wasn’t bothering to cover them. And there were no hurricanes, because it wasn’t yet the season. Trump only had to deal with his own unique BS, and not the kind of BS that sneaks up on a president and demands his attention.

But suddenly this week, Donald Trump is being tested along traditional presidential lines. When faced with a devastating hurricane aftermath in the United States territory of Puerto Rico, he managed to botch his initial response even more thoroughly than George W. Bush had botched his own response to Katrina in New Orleans. The American middle finally figured out how out of touch and full of crap Bush was when he declared “Heck of a job, Brownie” as a way of congratulating inept FEMA Director Mike Brown, who was failing on every level. Trump has taken that kind of ignorance to a whole new level by repeatedly bragging about how well his (disastrous) relief effort is going.

Donald Trump is now botching his response to his cabinet member Tom Price’s financial corruption scandal, even as he botches his response to the Puerto Rico crisis. These are the kinds of established lines by which a president’s suitability is judged. Trump is blowing these things on a historic level. Heck of a job.

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Officer involved shooting at Glamorgan 7-11 – 660 News


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Police are on scene after an officer-involved shooting at a 7-11 in the neighbourhood of Glamorgan. It was around eight o’clock Friday … The commissioner said he knew then that the Flames had no chance of getting a deal that made sense, but Nenshi 

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Updated with video Bill Maher took a CSI approach to the Russia investigation tonight, mocking up one of those bulletin boards with photos and yarn and connect-the-dots explanations, all to unmask the culprit behind a global conspiracy: Donald Trump‘s …

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Russian Collusion? – Patriot Post


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It listed every threat ever reported by a commercial cybersecurity company that was suspected of having a Russian origin, Carr noted, lumping them under the heading of Russian Intelligence Services, without providing any supporting evidence that such a 

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Jared Kushner finds his way into even deeper trouble

Jared Kushner has broken so many laws over the past year, it’s difficult to recite them all by memory. But those were mostly lies on paperwork, and sinister as they may have seemed, came with an inherent plausible deniability. Now Kushner is in a different kind of trouble. He’s the most prominent of Donald Trump’s White House advisers to use personal email on the job. Here’s the thing: there’s now proof that he knew what he was doing was wrong.

All the way back in late January, shortly after Trump and his band of merry criminals took over the White House, the National Security Agency is confirmed to have briefed Jared Kushner on why he shouldn’t use personal email on the job (link). He went on to do it anyway, because he thinks the rules and laws don’t apply to him. This means that he can’t possibly use the ‘I’m too stupid and incompetent to have known I was doing something wrong’ defense when it comes to his emails.

Unlike Hillary Clinton, who broke no laws whatsoever with her use of personal email while Secretary of State, the story is more complex when it comes to Kushner and Trump’s gang. But as we’ve been reminded this week by HHS Secretary Tom Price’s private jet scandal, which cost him his job, these things don’t always come down to whether they’re technically legal. These kinds of scandals ultimately get decided by the court of public opinion.

Now that we know for 100% certain that Jared Kushner knew he wasn’t supposed to be using private email for White House business, and that the NSA had told him why he wasn’t supposed to be using it, his email scandal takes on an air of sinister intent. Couple that with his campaign’s decision to (falsely) accuse Hillary of committing crimes by using personal email, and Kushner might as well be Tom Price right now except Trump can’t dump him as easily.

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AP sources: Note in church shooting refers to Roof shooting – Economic Times


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Donald Trumps top White House economic adviser thinks a new car costs $1,000

Remember when Trump White House adviser Gary Cohn was publicly lambasting Donald Trump for his racism? It appears that brief moment of virtue has come and gone, because Cohn long a Wall Street shill is now promoting Trump’s tax cut plan for the wealthy in stunningly dishonest fashion. But his lies about who benefits from the tax plan may not be the worst part of it. Cohn appears to honestly have no idea how much anything costs.

Cohn appeared behind the White House podium and pushed the (largely false) claim that the Trump tax plan will save the average working class household around a thousand dollars per year. Various independent analyses have revealed that some middle class households would actually see an tax increase under the plan; after all, someone has to pay for the tax cuts for the wealthy. But then Cohn got to the part about what he thought the common folk could use that imaginary thousand dollars for.

“They can buy a new car,” Cohn exclaimed (link). That’s right, he thinks a new car costs a thousand dollars. Some have floated the notion that perhaps Cohn was referring to a thousand dollar down payment on a new car. But that’s rather thoroughly disproven by the fact that Cohn also said in the breath that a kitchen renovation costs a thousand dollars. In other words, he truly has no idea what any of these things cost.

Gary Cohn has a net worth in the hundreds of millions of dollars, thanks largely to his time with Goldman Sachs. It’s not as if he’s bought a Toyota Corolla lately. But if he’s going to be in charge of revamping the tax structure for the middle class, he owes it to the American people to take a moment to find out what the middle class actually pays for things. Or maybe he got his math skills from Trump University.

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