1:43 PM 11/13/2017 – TRUMP-RUSSIA

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TRUMP-RUSSIA

The issue of Russian interference in the 2016 election dogged the president during his Asia trip, Trump saying yesterday in Vietnam that “I believe that he [Russian President Vladimir Putin] feels he and Russia did not meddle in the election,” but adding that his assessment of Russian meddling was “with our agencies.” A day before making the comments, the president dismissed the intelligence agencies as “political hacks” and cast doubt on their findings about Russian interference. Jonathan Lemire and Jill Colvin report at the AP.

The C.I.A. Director Mike Pompeo “stands by and has always stood by the January 2017 intelligence community assessment” of Russian interference in the U.S. election, a spokesperson for the agency said Saturday, making the statement following Trump’s comments about Putin’s denials that there was any Russian involvement. Mallory Shelbourne reports at the Hill.

Trump’s comments expressing support for the agencies failed to placate those he had criticized a day earlier, the former C.I.A. Director John Brennan saying that he believed Trump was trying to “delegitimize” the intelligence communities’ assessment of Russian interference and the former director of the National Intelligence James Clapper saying that the “Russians do not harbor good intentions toward the United States, and there shouldn’t be any illusions or any ambiguity about that.” Michael C. Bender reports at the Wall Street Journal.

Brennan and Clapper said that Trump has been “played” by Putin in relation to the Russian meddling in the election, Clapper adding that the threat posed by Russia is “manifest and obvious.” Eli Watkins reports at CNN.

Trump “is not getting played by anybody,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said yesterday, saying that “it’s really time to move on off this issue.” Zachary Warmbrodt reports at POLITICO.

A photograph of the British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson with the academic Joseph Mifsud emerged at the weekend, Mifsud has been a person of interest in the Russia investigations as there have been allegations that he acted as a conduit between the Trump campaign and Russia. Johnson has said that he has no recollection of the meeting, however the revelation raises questions about possible Russian influence in the U.K. government. David M. Herszenhorn reports at POLITICO.

No charges have yet been filed against Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn despite many stating that evidence of wrongdoing has been gathered. There has been speculation that Flynn may already be cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and multiple news outlets have alleged that Flynn is under investigation for his ties to the Turkish government and a deal to try and secure the extradition of the U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gülen, who was accused of being the mastermind behind last year’s failed coup in Ankara. Katie Bo Williams reports at the Hill.

The background to Flynn’s appointment as national security adviser is set out by Nancy Cook at POLITICO.

Every known interaction between members of the Trump campaign and Russians are set out by Meg Kelly at the Washington Post.

“Putin is a world-class liar,” the truth remains elusive inside Russia and Russia’s actions across Europe and in the U.S. demonstrate Putin’s mastery of the art of deception. Within this context, Trump’s acceptance of Putin’s blatant lies regarding Russian interference are weakening America’s institutions and defenses. Ryan Goodman, the co-editor-in chief of Just Security, and John Sipher, a former member of the C.I.A. National Clandestine Service, write at the Atlantic.

CYBERSECURITY, PRIVACY AND TECHNOLOGY

The breach of confidential National Security Agency (N.S.A.) information in April 2016 has shaken the agency, there has been broad agreement that the breach has already far exceeded the damage down by the Snowden leaks and the wide-ranging investigation into the leak has not yet concluded whether the information was obtained through a high-level hack, an insider’s leak, or both. Scott Shane, Nicole Perlroth and David E. Sanger report at the New York Times.

Britain’s digital surveillance agency G.C.H.Q. has expressed concern that products from the Russia-based Kaspersky Lab may be being used by Russian government as a means to gather intelligence, Kaspersky Lab anti-virus software is used by more than two million U.K. customers. Sam Jones and Martin Arnold report at the Financial Times.

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President Donald Trump praised his great relationship with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte after meeting with him during a summit in Manila, the New York Times reported. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the two leaders discussed trade, terrorism and combating illegal drug trade. Sanders maintained that Trump brought up human rights briefly when discussing the Philippines crackdown on illegal drugs, but Dutertes spokesperson denied that they broached the subject. Human rights groups have accused Duterte of organizing a campaign of extrajudicial killings in his war on drugs.

Saad Hariri, the recently resigned prime minister of Lebanon, promised to return to Beirut soon from Saudi Arabia, the Washington Post reported. In live interview from Riyadh, Hariri said he was free to travel where he wishes, contradicting suggestions that the Saudi government was holding him captive. Michel Aoun, Lebanons president, reacted positively to Hariris statement that he would return to Beirut, Reuters reported. Aoun also raised the possibility that Hariri could rescind his resignation. Hariri has yet to officially present his resignation to Aoun, a legal formality required to leave his post.

The top U.S. Air Force commander in the Middle East said Iran likely manufactured the missile that Yemeni rebels fired at the Riyadh airport last week, the AP reported. Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian backed Saudi Arabias accusation that Iran supplied the missile to Houthi rebels fighting a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen. The coalition said on Monday that it would begin reopening Yemens ports after closing them in response to the missile strike, the Post reported. However, the coalition will keep the main entry point for desperately-needed food and health supplies into the country closed until it can verify that no weapons are entering the country, according to Reuters.

European leaders agreed on a new defense pact to strengthen military cooperation within the European Union, the Wall Street Journal reported. As Britain prepares to exit the EU, 23 of the remaining EU members reached an accord on sharing military logistical resources and joint emergency response forces. Separately, EU foreign ministers approved economic sanctions and an arms embargo on Venezuela, according to Reuters. The measures respond to irregularities in recent elections and political chaos that has engulfed the country.

Iraqi and Kurdish leaders are engaging in informal diplomacy to resolve the crisis over control of Iraqi Kurdistans border crossings, the Times reports. While formal talks have broken down, officials in Baghdad and Erbil are exchanging daily phone calls to avoid further clashes between Iraqi and Kurdish forces.

Israel will continue to strike targets in Syria despite U.S. and Russian efforts to reach a local ceasefire accord, Reuters reported. Israel said it would not refrain from striking Iranian-linked forces, including Hezbollah, that come near its positions on the Golan Heights. Last week, the U.S. and Russia announced they would expand a local ceasefire near the Israeli frontier in Syria that is meant to separate rival factions fighting in the civil war. Israeli officials said the accord did not adequately prevent Iranian-liked forces from approaching Israels borders.

The murdered Green Beret in Mali discovered that two Navy SEALs he was working with were siphoning money from an intelligence fund to pay informants, the Daily Beast reported. The two SEALs falsely claimed that the Green Beret, Sgt. Logan Melgar, was drunk before he was found asphyxiated in his hotel room. An investigation into Melgars death found he had no substances in his body.

YouTube took down thousands of videos of Al-Qaeda propagandist Anwar al-Awlaki, the Times reported. After allowing al-Awlakis content to persist on its platform for years, YouTube dramatically reduced the amount of the clerics preachings available to the public, including many lectures not specifically related to terrorism.

North Korean forces fired on one of their own soldiers as attempted to defect to South Korea, according to the Times. The soldier, despite being shot, managed to cross the demilitarized zone and reach South. He is now at a South Korean hospital.

The Times Scott Shane, Nicole Perlroth and David Sanger wrote about the devastating effect of recent malware leaks on operations and morale at the National Security Agency.

ICYMI: This (Holiday) Weekend on Lawfare

Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes discussed the revelation that the special counsel is investigating whether Michael Flynn worked with Turkish officials to kidnap or extradite Fethullah Gulen to Turkey.

Wittes posted a special edition of the Lawfare Podcast covering the Flynn story.

Benjamin Wittes shared the Mr. Page Goes to Washington edition of Rational Security.

In the Foreign Policy Essay, Dave Blair and Karen House argued that drone warfare is morally and psychologically hazardous to its operators.

Vanessa Sauter posted the Lawfare Podcast, featuring an interview between Alina Polyakova and Andrei Soldatov on Russian influence operations.

 

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8:47 AM 11/13/2017 Russias Election Meddling Is Another American Intelligence Failure The New Yorker: Members of Congress should pay special attention to the F.B.I., which conducts counterintelligence in the United States but which, according to most insiders I interviewed recently, is not up to the job of detecting and countering Russian disinformation.
The Cabal against Clinton: Giuliani, Bannon and the FBI New York bureau (part 2 of 2) 4:33 PM 5/7/2017 – Recent Posts: WATCH: Comey admits FBI investigating leaks to Giuliani and Trump team To add some comments to this very good and straightforward article, in my humble opinion. The situation is further complicated by the Continue reading”8:47 AM 11/13/2017 Russias Election Meddling Is Another American Intelligence Failure The New Yorker: Members of Congress should pay special attention to the F.B.I., which conducts counterintelligence in the United States but which, according to most insiders I interviewed recently, is not up to the job of detecting and countering Russian disinformation.”

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FBI Releases 2016 Hate Crime Statistics – Federal Bureau of Investigation (press release) (blog)
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Another Thing Putin and Trump Share: Support for Makhaevism

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Staunton, November 13 Makhaevism, a phenomenon Lenin denounced a century ago, is making a comeback not only in Russia but in the United States and for the same reason: those who view the educated as the key problem and most appropriate target for attack are less inclined to go after their class enemies, the wealthy, exactly what the latter want.

The way in which the draft tax bills in the US Congress target those whose work is based on educational achievement and who seek to improve themselves via higher education to the benefit of those who are in business or even more those who live on the basis of unearned income has attracted widespread comment in the US.

And the attacks by Donald Trump on expertise and education per se have enjoyed remarkable resonance among many working-class Americans, especially given that these attacks have been accompanied by the American presidents insistence than any talk about increasing income inequality is a form of impermissible class war.

 

Now the same thing is happening in Russia, where Vladimir Putin and his regime are encouraging attacks on intellectuals of various stripes, portraying them as a fifth column or worse, in order to distract attention and make illegitimate any criticism of the wealth Putin and his entourage have gained for themselves (novayagazeta.ru/articles/2017/11/13/74527-goppi).

In the American case, this phenomenon hasnt been given a name; but in the Russian one, some have suggested goppi or gopniki — although in both a far better and more descriptive term would be Makhaevism, the term of abuse its opponents a century ago gave to the attitude of working-class Russians that the intelligentsia was more culturally alien than the rich.

What was called Makhaevism then reflects the attitudes of many working-class people across the world today and also and especially importantly to the way wealthy leaders are exploiting this anger in ways that ultimately work against that interests of those who feel it than do many of the terms now applied to the various tectonic shifts taking place around the world.

On the one hand, hostility to educated cultural elites explains the voting and polling behavior of workers better than class interests. Thus, many working-class people in many places view such elites as alien and out of touch with their needs even while supporting those who have or have gained great wealth.

But on the other, one of the basic failings of Makhaevism, its lack of a solution to this problem except to call for a permanent general strike by the workers against the educated, points to an outcome that history has seen before: the rise of authoritarian populism which in the name of protecting the workers from the alien cultural elite ends by defending those in power.

The term comes from the denunciations by Lenin and then Stalin of the writings of Jan Waclaw Machajski (1866-1926), a Polish Marxist of anarcho-syndicalist tendencies. (For background, see Paul Avrich, What is Makhaevism? Soviet Studies, July 1965, available online at theanarchistlibrary.org/library/paul-avrich-what-is-makhaevism; Marshall Shatz, Jan Wavlaw Machajski (Pittsburgh, 1989), and Albert Parrys introduction to the collection of Machayskis writings collected and republished as Umstvennyy rabochy(New York, 1968).

Lenin first denounced Machajski and Makhaevism both because the Polish writers argument was fundamentally non-Marxist in that it viewed cultural and educational divides as deeper than economic ones and because it threatened Lenins Bolshevik Party which included far more intellectuals than workers.

In the early and mid-1920s, Stalin joined in that denunciation, viewing it as a useful tool in his campaign against his better educated opponents in the Bolshevik party by playing to the hostility of many workers and peasants against a class they often despised as those who wore glasses and deserved to be killed rather than listened to.

Later in the mid-1930s, after he had vanquished his more educated Old Bolshevik opponents and sought to promote support for the new Soviet intelligentsia, Stalin too joined in the denunciation of Makhaevism among the Soviet population as something antithetical to the interests of Marxism-Leninism.

Now, however, the term and the phenomenon it refers to not only have re-emerged but with the support of the leaders of two important countries to the detriment of the futures of the people in both.

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He also laughed when the Philippine leader referred to journalists as “spies.”

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US president offers no public rebuke of Rodrigo Dutertes brutal drugs crackdown as he nears end of 12-day Asia tour

Donald Trump has hailed his great relationship with the Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, who stands accused of acting with impunity over a brutal war on drugs that has left thousands dead.

The US president made no mention of human rights during brief remarks to reporters prior to a meeting with his Philippine counterpart, and both leaders ignored shouted questions about the drugs drugcrackdown.

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Rep. Green: Public Must Know Trump Doesn’t Have to Commit Crime to be Impeached
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Al Green (D-Texas) told PJM that the Democrats have to do a better job of informing the public that Congress could still impeach President Trump even if former FBI Director Bob Mueller’s Russia investigation concludes that he did not commit any crimes.

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Robert Mueller has an ace up his sleeve against Donald Trump and Mike Pence

Special Counsel Robert Muellers investigation into Donald Trumps Russia scandal has increasingly begun to play out in public. Three of Trumps key campaign advisers have been arrested. One of them has already pleaded guilty. Another is providing cooperative testimony to a grand jury. Even as the probe moves closer to Trump and Mike Pence, Mueller has an ace up his sleeve hidden in plain sight that most observers have lost track of in the chaos.

Trumps campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who is now under house arrest, is being as uncooperative as possible. That might change if Mueller offered him a deal that included little or no prison time. But Mueller doesnt need to do that, because he already has has already Manaforts unwitting cooperation. Hes had it for the better part of two years, because there was a FISA surveillance warrant against Manafort during and after the campaign.

There is no doubt that Mueller and his team have already taken possession of every relevant Manafort phone call that was recorded on those wiretaps. That means Mueller has lower level campaign people nailed left and right, and hes likely already working to flip those individuals. More importantly, Donald Trump and Mike Pence are both known to have communicated with Manafort by phone, after Manafort left the campaign, in the general timeframe that the FISA warrant is known to have been active. Pence was relying on Manafort during the transition period, for reasons that cannot have been above board. Trump was calling Manafort after he took office, for reasons that likely constitute obstruction of justice or witness tampering.

Robert Mueller only needs to trap Trump and Pence into lying to him about whats on those tapes, and thatll be a felony right there. On the other hand, if Trump and Pence admit what they truly said to Manafort, thatll probably take them down as well. Trump and Pence are each likely finished the minute they sit down with Mueller.

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Donald Trumps unhinged Twitter meltdown last night was due to trouble with Melania

Donald Trumps unhinged Twitter meltdown last night was due to trouble with Melania

Donald Trumps unhinged Twitter meltdown last night was due to trouble with Melania

Something new has gone wrong with Donald and Melania Trump

GOP strategist: ‘Trump has made the Democratic Party great again’ – The Hill


POLITICO Magazine

Los Angeles Times
GOP strategist: ‘Trump has made the Democratic Party great again’
The Hill
Virginia Democrat Ralph Northam easily won his race over Republican Ed Gillespie, invigorating a party that had been largely cautious in the lead-up to the election. Castellanos said Gillespie still lost after he successfully “got out the Trump vote  
Republicans hurting after election day? It’s worse in HawaiiLos Angeles Times

Right, Left, Center react to Democrats’ election victoriesFresno Bee (blog)
How to Fix the Democratic PartyPOLITICO Magazine 
ASCH: Northam’s win in Virginia serves as an example for Democrats nationwideUniversity of Virginia The Cavalier Daily
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Jen Gerson: The greatest weakness in Western democracies is us – National Post


National Post
Jen Gerson: The greatest weakness in Western democracies is us
National Post
Whether Russia succeeded in helping Trump get elected will long remain an open debate; but there is now little question that the country certainly tried. Its American operations were of a piece with similar campaigns in Ukraine, Germany and France.

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Donald Trump no longer thinks hell survive this

Donald Trump is psychologically so far removed from reality to begin with, and more recently so jarringly senile, it’s been difficult to figure out if he’s truly understood just how screwed he is when it comes to this Russia scandal. However, in the past few days, it’s become abundantly clear what Trump thinks about his prospects and he’s now fairly certain he’s not going to survive this one way or the other.

Now that three of Trump’s campaign advisers have been arrested, and one of them has already confessed to conspiring with Russia to alter the outcome of the election, he’s in a position where he has to do something to distance himself from it. Now would be the time for him to take a stand against Russia, condemn his advisers for having conspired with Russia, and attempt to insulate himself from the scandal. Or if he can’t bring himself to do that, he could at least shut up and stay out of his own way.

We all know Trump likes to talk, tweet, and try to control the narrative. So it wasn’t shocking to see him begin blabbing yesterday. The trouble for him is that he’s going in precisely the opposite direction he needs to go. At a time when mainstream America is taking a look at the mounting Trump-Russia arrests and beginning to conclude that the scandal really is as dire as Trump’s detractors have long claimed, Trump has publicly pledged his allegiance to Putin twice in two days.

First, Donald Trump announced that he believes Vladimir Putin’s assertion that Russia didn’t meddle in the election. Then, Trump announced that he wants sanctions against Russia eased. These statements are a desperate attempt at placating Putin, even though Trump knows that his words are making his Russia scandal much worse for him back home. Trump is facing impeachment and imprisonment, yet he’s even more afraid of what Putin will do to him if he doesn’t keep playing along. Trump now clearly knows he’s screwed either way.

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Putin Trump – Google News: Putin manipulating Trump with flattery, ex-director suggests – Las Vegas Sun


CBC.ca
Putin manipulating Trump with flattery, ex-director suggests
Las Vegas Sun
“I think Mr. Putin is very clever in terms of playing to Mr. Trump’s interest in being flattered. And also I think Mr. Trump is, for whatever reason, either intimidated by Mr. Putin, afraid of what he could do or what might come out as a result of 
Trump says he believes both US agencies and Putin on election claims, insults Kim Jong-unCBC.ca
Donald Trump says Vladimir Putin ‘absolutely did not’ interfere with America’s 2016 presidential electionNEWS.com.au

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 Putin Trump – Google News

PBS NewsHour Weekend full episode Nov. 12, 2017

From: Trump
Duration: 24:55

On this edition for Sunday, Nov. 12, President Trump arrives in the Philippines, his last stop on a five-nation Asia tour. Also, researchers in Hawaii, already a state leader in renewable energy, are using ocean waves to make electricity. Megan Thompson anchors from New York.

Twitter’s 280 character limit is too long for President Trump – The Daily Titan

Twitter’s 280 character limit is too long for President Trump
The Daily Titan
Perhaps the greatest legacy Trump will leave as president will be the late night and early morning tweetstorms in which he seems to document all of his thoughts regarding sensitive topics like national security or ongoing FBI investigations. Instead of 

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James B. Comey, called a ‘liar’ and ‘leaker’ by Trump, tweets a quote … – Washington Post


Washington Post
James B. Comey, Comey, called a ‘liar’ and ‘leaker’ by Trump, tweets a quote 
Washington Post
Hours after President Trump resurrected attacks against him, former
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Washington Post
Former
 
FBI director James B. Comey tweeted an old sermon about the difference between a truth  has been somewhat active on Twitter over the past month, mostly tweeting nature photos and avoiding anything blatantly political. In one of his latest tweets, he quoted a sermon from the late English Baptist preacher  …
James Comey tweets about ‘truth’ and ‘lies’ after Trump lashes out at himBusiness Insider 
Comey Parries Back at Trump’s InsultsNewsmax
James Comey Subtweets Trump For Defending Vladimir Putin And …UPROXX
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James Comey tweets about ‘truth’ and ‘lies’ after Trump lashes out at …AOL
James Comey may have just dropped the subtweet of the century on Donald TrumpThe Daily Dot
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Trump suggested softening the US stance toward Russia and easing sanctions – Business Insider


Business Insider
Trump suggested softening the US stance toward Russia and easing sanctions
Business Insider
His comments Sunday came on the heels of remarks he made on Saturday, when he claimed he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin when Putin said Russia did not interfere in the 2016 election. Trump said an amicable relationship with Russiawould …
Trump complicates his effort to build warmer Russia ties – CNNPoliticsCNN 
Ex-intelligence chiefs blast Trump over Russia commentsLos Angeles Times

Trump Russia: US ‘in peril over president’s stance’BBC News 
Trump on Russia sanctions: ‘Having Russia in a friendly posture’ is an assetThe Hill
Los Angeles TimesCNBC
 
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Tough-talking sheriffs raise their voices in Trump era – Washington Post


Washington Post
Tough-talking sheriffs raise their voices in Trump era
Washington Post
TITUSVILLE, Fla. Sheriff Wayne Ivey was so anxious on election night last year that he secluded himself in his house and hooked up his iPad to a projection screen showing the electoral map. When a state was called for Donald Trump, Ivey shouted with …

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Liz Smith, gossip columnist who dished on the boldfaced-name set, dies at 94 – Washington Post

Liz Smith, gossip columnist who dished on the boldfaced-name set, dies at 94
Washington Post
Liz Smith started her gossip career in the early 1950s writing about Shelley Winters for a pulp movie magazine and ended it nearly seven decades later tweeting about actor Ryan Gosling. In between, she dished with and about pretty much every author, …

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Former US intelligence official says Trump is being ‘played’ – Press Herald


Press Herald
Former US intelligence official says Trump is being ‘played’
Press Herald
Former CIA director John Brennan, appearing Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union with former national intelligence director James Clapper, said Trump was deriding them in an attempt to delegitimize the intelligence community’s assessment. I think Mr.
Trump clarifies: ‘I’m with our agencies’ on Russian election meddlingLa Junta Tribune Democrat

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Trump era brings lowest stock market volatility since early 1960s – Financial Times


Financial Times
Trump era brings lowest stock market volatility since early 1960s
Financial Times
Financial Times analysis of historic returns for the S&P 500, dating back to its inception in 1927, shows only one previous period with lower average volatility. The quietest 12 months on record also followed a political shock, starting a week after 

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This is probably the week we say goodbye to Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions, we hardly knew ye. Actually, we’ve known him for decades, and he long ago revealed himself to be a racist liar with little respect for the Constitution. But he’s only been Attorney General for less than year, and it appears his tenure is already about to end in rather abrupt fashion. A series of events now strongly suggests that this is the week we’ll see his firing or resignation. At one time, that might have been bad news for the anti-Trump Resistance. But even that seems to have suddenly changed.

Last week it became clear that Sessions had known all about the Donald Trump campaign underlings who were plotting various conspiracies with the Russian government during the election. This has prompted the Democrats in Congress to collectively decide that it’s time to force Sessions out of office. They’re calling for his resignation on Twitter and on cable news. They’re hauling him in to testify in public on Tuesday about these revelations about his role in the Trump-Russia scandal. This is a clear attempt at making Sessions so radioactive, he either has to resign, or Trump has to fire him. “But wait a minute,” you’re asking.

For a long stretch of time, it was believed that Trump might fire Sessions so he could also fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and then appoint someone as Acting Attorney General who is willing to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller. However, the Democrats are clearly no longer worried about that scenario. It’s as if the Republicans have tipped off that they now want Mueller to remain on the job and get rid of Trump, so they won’t have Trump hanging around their necks as they head into the midterms.

If you’re looking for evidence that this is indeed the week Jeff Sessions is likely to exit the stage, consider this. For a long time it appeared the Republicans in Congress weren’t going to allow Trump to fire their old friend Sessions. But if the Republicans still wanted to protect Sessions, they wouldn’t be allowing the Democrats to haul him in for damaging public Trump-Russia testimony. It’s as if, after absorbing such harsh election losses on Tuesday, the GOP has decided to let the Democrats finish Trump off. That means Sessions goes first.

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Trump voters were motivated by racism, not economic anxiety – The Massachusetts Daily Collegian


The Massachusetts Daily Collegian
Trump voters were motivated by racism, not economic anxiety
The Massachusetts Daily Collegian
Racial animus was the single most potent factor in the 2016 election. There is an inherent danger in telling one dominant story to communicate the intentions of millions of people. Of course not all Trump supporters are racist or sexistmany even have …

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Bulgaria’s Richest Man or Mafia Kingpin? Possibly Both – OZY


OZY
Bulgaria’s Richest Man or Mafia Kingpin? Possibly Both
OZY
According to a report published last year by Transparency International, Bulgaria is perceived as the most corrupt country in the European Union on measures that include freedom of the press, independent judiciary and organized crime. Corruption risks  

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Russian Intelligence services and international mafia – Google News: How Spain’s Fight Against Gangsters Revealed Russian Power Networks – Moneylife

How Spain’s Fight Against Gangsters Revealed Russian Power Networks
Moneylife
At a time when Russian intelligence and criminal activities have become an urgent concern in the United States and Europe, the Spanish investigations of Petrov and other Russians offer a remarkable view of the way that some of the most powerfulmafia 

 Russian Intelligence services and international mafia – Google News

17 Signs of Trump Team Collusion with Russia – PlanetSave.com


PlanetSave.com
17 Signs of Trump Team Collusion with Russia
PlanetSave.com
One European bank Trump could get loans from reportedly the only US or European bank he could get them from wasDeutsche Bank, which later got busted for laundering Russian money through a bank in Cyprus. Among several KGB- and …

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Palmer Report: Kellyanne Conway accidentally calls for Donald Trump to resign

Now that Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore has been accused of sexually molesting underage girls, the Republican Party and the Donald Trump administration have been scrambling to try to figure out how to respond. Trump has been on his Asia trip during the entirety of the scandal, so he sent Kellyanne Conway onto national television to field questions. Conway got herself so spun around that by the end of the interview she was accidentally calling for Donald Trump to resign.

Kellyanne Conway appeared on the ABC News morning show this weekend, and she was of course asked about Roy Moore. Her response: “If there’s anyone currently in public office who has behaved that way toward any girl or woman, maybe they should step aside.” As of yet, Moore has not admitted to the accusations against him. However, Donald Trump has been caught on tape bragging in graphic detail about how he’s sexually assaulted women. Thus Kellyanne just called for Trump to resign.

Conway still has no clear role in Donald Trump’s White House, other than to periodically go on television and say ridiculous and dishonest things, typically as a distraction from Trump’s latest failures and scandals. However, when she says something this stupid, it only serves to amplify the Trump scandal she’s supposed to be drawing attention away from.

Kellyanne Conway tends to disappear from public view for long stretches whenever she screws up and says something this stupid. Considering that she’s now accidentally calling for Donald Trump to resign, after this she may end up disappearing for quite a long time.

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