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The Method In His Madness

Donald Trump Tells Palestinian President He Plans to Move US Embassy to Jerusalem Despite Opposition – TIME
Deutsche Bank sends Trump financial details to Mueller investigation – Financial Times
Why can’t Donald Trump keep his story straight? – Chicago Tribune
Cross-border cash movements: Tightening up anti-terror and crime checks – Modern Diplomacy
Enraged crowd swarms police, frees former Georgian president Saakashvili – CBC.ca
Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia inquiry cost $3.2m in first four months
What’s The Matter With Eastern Europe? Welcome To The Birthplace Of Trumpism – HuffPost
Whats The Matter With Eastern Europe? Welcome To The Birthplace Of Trumpism
Trump risks backlash as he prepares to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
Abbas urges Putin, Pope to intervene ahead of Trump decision – The Jerusalem Post
Trump’s revamped fight against the FBI is a distillation of his approach to the presidency – Washington Post
Trump bank records subpoenaed in Russia probe – ABC News
Mueller investigation cost $6.7 million within first five months – Washington Post
Whenever America is in crisis, Russia is its whipping boy – Washington Post
Today’s Headlines and Commentary
Trump Said Probing His Finances Would Be A ‘Red Line.’ That’s Exactly What Robert Mueller Is Now Doing.
Subpoena For Deutsche Bank May Put Mueller On Collision Course With Trump – NPR
Trump Tells Palestinian President He Intends To Move U.S. Embassy In Israel To Jerusalem
GOP Brings Back Support for Roy Moore
“Get Me Roger Stone: Documentary on GOP mastermind of dirty tricks – People’s World
Donald Trump Is Just the Front Man for a Massive Heist – The Nation.
What’s the Matter with Eastern Europe? – Common Dreams
Why weren’t Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills charged when they lied to Peter Strzok and the FBI? – Hot Air
Abbas warns Trump against moving embassy to Jerusalem – Financial Times

 

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The Method In His Madness

Dont expect the outbursts, the Islamophobic tweets or any of it to end soon. It rallies the base. It works and he knows it.

Donald Trump Tells Palestinian President He Plans to Move US Embassy to Jerusalem Despite Opposition – TIME


TIME
Donald Trump Tells Palestinian President He Plans to Move US Embassy to Jerusalem Despite Opposition
TIME
(JERUSALEM) Vociferous Arab and Muslim opposition was building Tuesday to any possible U.S. recognition of contested Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, as European leaders expressed concern about harm to fragile Mideast peace efforts. PresidentDonald 
Turkey joins US allies in warning Trump not to recognize JerusalemCNN
Jerusalem: Turkey warns Trump against crossing ‘red line’BBC News
Donald Trump tells Palestinian president he intends to move US embassy to JerusalemThe Independent
The Guardian –Sky News
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Deutsche Bank sends Trump financial details to Mueller investigation – Financial Times


Financial Times
Deutsche Bank sends Trump financial details to Mueller investigation
Financial Times
A person with direct knowledge of the German bank’s actions told the Financial Times that the production of Trump-related documents had begun several weeks ago. Deutsche could not hand over client information without a subpoena, said a second person 
Mueller Demands Trump’s Deutsche Bank Account Details, Where President Owes Millions: ReportNewsweek
Mueller Subpoenas Deutsche Bank, Friendly to the Trumps, Mercers, and RussiansDaily Beast
Subpoena For Deutsche Bank May Put Mueller On Collision Course With TrumpNPR
Vox –New York Magazine –Reuters
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Why can’t Donald Trump keep his story straight? – Chicago Tribune


Chicago Tribune
Why can’t Donald Trump keep his story straight?
Chicago Tribune
Taking a step back, one has to believe Trump and his top aides were acting suspiciously and lying about something that was not a problem or, instead, that they were deathly afraid something else about the Trump-Russia relationship was going to come out 
Robert Mueller’s Investigation Has Transformed the White House Into a Paranoid HellscapeGQ Magazine
The madness of King DonaldThe Japan Times
White House paranoid: ‘Everyone thinks they’re being recorded’Politico

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Cross-border cash movements: Tightening up anti-terror and crime checks – Modern Diplomacy

Cross-border cash movements: Tightening up anti-terror and crime checks
Modern Diplomacy
Mady Delvaux (S&D, LU), co-rapporteur, said: Large sums of cash, be it banknotes or gold bullion, are often used for criminalactivities such as money laundering or terrorist financing. With this legislation, we give our authorities the tools they 

Enraged crowd swarms police, frees former Georgian president Saakashvili – CBC.ca


CBC.ca
Enraged crowd swarms police, frees former Georgian president Saakashvili
CBC.ca
Police put him in the back of van, but Saakashvili’s enraged partisans were having none of it. They battled through tear gas and pepper spray to spring him (watch the video). After his liberation, Saakashvili led a march to the Ukrainian parliament 

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Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia inquiry cost $3.2m in first four months

  • Cost of investigation reaches $6.7m when other expenses taken into account
  • Office of special counsel releases details of costs between May and September

Robert Muellers investigation into whether the Trump campaign conspired with the Kremlin to try to sway the 2016 presidential election has cost taxpayers $3.2m over its first four months.

That is roughly the same estimated cost as a single presidential golfing trip to Mar-a-Lago.

Related: Trump’s personal banking information handed over to Robert Mueller

Related: Was Michael Flynn asked to wear a wire in Mueller hunt for evidence on Russia?

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What’s The Matter With Eastern Europe? Welcome To The Birthplace Of Trumpism – HuffPost

What’s The Matter With Eastern Europe? Welcome To The Birthplace Of Trumpism
HuffPost
He was a rich businessman, an outspoken outsider with a love of conspiracy theories. And he was a populist running for president. In 1990, when Donald Trump was still beyond the furthest outskirts of American politics, Stanislaw Tyminski was trying to 

Whats The Matter With Eastern Europe? Welcome To The Birthplace Of Trumpism

When it comes to Trump’s version of populism, Eastern Europe led the way.

Trump risks backlash as he prepares to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

  • President calls Abbas to announce break with decades of US diplomacy
  • Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as capital of future state

Donald Trump appeared on the verge of formally recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in a move that would upend decades of US presidential diplomacy and could trigger unrest across the Middle East.

The suggestion came ahead of a key speech on the issue on Wednesday, as Trump called the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, and other Arab leaders, to tell them that he plans to move the US embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

Related: Why would moving the US embassy to Jerusalem be so contentious?

Related: Why would moving the US embassy to Jerusalem be so contentious?

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Abbas urges Putin, Pope to intervene ahead of Trump decision – The Jerusalem Post


The Jerusalem Post
Abbas urges Putin, Pope to intervene ahead of Trump decision
The Jerusalem Post
While Trump signed a six-month waiver in June, he failed to sign a new waiver earlier this week. Later on Tuesday, Trumpalso spoke with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Sisi warned Trump of taking measures that would undermine the chances of 
Russia’s Putin tells Palestinians’ Abbas he supports talks on Jerusalem – KremlinReuters

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Trump’s revamped fight against the FBI is a distillation of his approach to the presidency – Washington Post


Washington Post
Trump’s revamped fight against the FBI is a distillation of his approach to the presidency
Washington Post
According to automated transcripts from TVEyes, the two hosts and their guests mentioned the FBI nearly 80 times over the course of the two hours. The word Trump was said 62 times and the word Hillary 60 times. The next two most commonly 
Trump: Fired National Security Adviser Treated UnfairlyVoice of America
Can Presidents Obstruct Justice? The Latest Trump Fight, ExplainedNew York Times
Prosecutor: No evidence Trump knew Flynn lied to FBIWND.com
POLITICO Magazine –LifeZette
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Trump bank records subpoenaed in Russia probe – ABC News


CBS News
Trump bank records subpoenaed in Russia probe
ABC News
Later this week, members of the House Intelligence Committee will be interviewing Felix Sater, a one-time Trump business partner who helped develop the Trump SoHo project. Mueller is investigating Russian attempts to influence the 2016 U.S. election 
Robert Mueller is targeting Trump family’s money, ties to bankThe Grio

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Mueller investigation cost $6.7 million within first five months – Washington Post


Washington Post
Mueller investigation cost $6.7 million within first five months
Washington Post
Mueller was appointed special counsel in May, after President Trump fired FBI director James B. Comey. The Justice Department’s report covered the period from May 17 to Sept. 30. Though Mueller’s investigation is not yet a year old, his team of 
Mueller Subpoenas Trump Deutsche Bank RecordsBloomberg
Mueller’s Trump-Russia Probe Cost Nearly $7M So FarNewsmax

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Whenever America is in crisis, Russia is its whipping boy – Washington Post


Washington Post
Whenever America is in crisis, Russia is its whipping boy
Washington Post
Ivan Kurilla is a professor of history and international relations at the European University at St. Petersburg. ST. PETERSBURG Russians are watching the unfolding scandal of their country’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. election with a mixture of 
Top Vladimir Putin Critic Pays Visit To SCFITSNews
Trump has been torture for foreign correspondents in RussiaBusiness Insider
Who’s an Oligarch? Rich Russians Fret Over US Sanctions LabelBloomberg
Financial Times
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Today’s Headlines and Commentary

The Supreme Court permitted the administration to fully enforce the Sept. 24 revised travel ban order pending litigation in federal appellate courts, the Washington Post reported. In orders issued Monday, the justices lifted injunctions from the Fourth and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals that exempted individuals with bona fide relationships with family members or organizations in the U.S. from the ban. Challenges to the banwhich restricts travel from eight countries, including six Muslim-majority nationswill proceed in the coming weeks in the Fourth and Ninth circuit courts.

The U.N. dispatched its top diplomat to North Korea for talks about its nuclear program, the Wall Street Journal reported. Jeffrey Feltman, the U.N. undersecretary general for political affairs, will meet North Koreas foreign minister and other senior officials in a three-day trip to Pyongyang.

The chief U.N. human rights official said Myanmars security forces may have committed genocide against Rohingya Muslims, Reuters reported. Zeid Raad al-Hussein, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, said that the burning of villages, murders of civilians, widespread rape and indiscriminate shootings of Rohingya people by Myanmars military forces could amount to genocide. Zeid called for the establishment of an international inquiry into crimes committed in Myanmar. Myanmar denies that its forces carried out atrocities against the Rohingya, a group whose very existence it contests.

Prosecutors from the special counsel investigation withdrew their support for a bail deal with Paul Manafort, saying Manafort was writing an editorial defending his political activities in Ukraine to be published under the name of a third party, the Post reported. In a court filing, the prosecutors said Manafort violated a court order to limit his public statements by ghostwriting an editorial about his activities in Ukraine as recently as Nov. 30. They also said Manafort was working with a partner assessed to have ties to a Russian intelligence service.

The special counsel subpoenaed President Donald Trumps financial records from Deutsche Bank, the Journal reported. The subpoena requested records related to Trumps business dealings with the bank, which the Journal described as Trumps primary lender in recent years.. Deutsche Bank has provided over $300 million in financing to Trump and entities affiliated with him.

Emails between KT McFarland, the former deputy national security adviser, and transition officials raised questions about the accuracy of McFarlands testimony to senators this summer about her knowledge of Michael Flynns contacts with Russian officials, the New York Times reported. Emails showed McFarland knew at the time about a phone call between Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak. In July, McFarland testified that she was not aware of contacts between Flynn and Kislyak. On Friday, Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about the nature of his discussions with Kislyak.

The U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital, a move that Middle Eastern leaders have strongly condemned, the Times reported. President Trump informed Palestinian and Israeli leaders of the decision in phone calls on Tuesday. Trump told Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas he plans to eventually move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, a decision Abbas told him could undermine the Israel-Palestine peace process. However, Trump is expected to sign a waiver on Wednesday that would keep the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv for the next six months.

The son of the recently killed Yemeni ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh said he would fight against Houthi rebels to avenge his fathers death, the Times reported. Ahmed Ali Saleh, speaking from his exile in the United Arab Emirates, vowed to push the Houthi rebels that killed his father out of Yemen. Saleh was a top military commander under his fathers government. Fighting between rival rebel factions in Sanaa, Yemens capital, has ceased, leaving more than a hundred people dead, according to Reuters. Airstrikes from the Saudi-led coalition hit the city in retaliation for Salehs death.

Protesters freed former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili after Ukrainian police took him into custody, the Post reported. It is was unclear why police attempted to detain him. Saakashvili called for protests against Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, a former ally. Saakashvili has gained popularity in Ukraine for his strong anti-Russia stance, but the Ukrainian government has taken steps to constrain his political rise, including revoking his passport.

The Kremlin denied that information from Michael Flynn influenced Vladimir Putin to modulate the Russian response to U.S. sanctions enacted last year, NBC News reported. A Kremlin spokesperson said Flynns request for Russia to hold off responding to sanctions designed to punish Moscow for interfering in the 2016 election played no role in Putins decision to not retaliate.

The Times published an interactive feature examining whether Saudi missile defense systems actually intercepted a missile from Yemen aimed at the Riyadh airport.

Politicos Ali Watkins detailed how a top terrorist interrogation team has struggled to find bureaucratic backing in the national security establishment.

 

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Robert Chesney argued that the government’s arguments in ACLU v. Mattis raise troubling questions about the governments ability to block the exercise of the writ of habeas corpus.

Bob Bauer discussed how the lies from Trump associates will affect the special counsel investigations focus on collusion.

Eliot Kim updated Water Wars, covering the ASEAN summit and Japan-China maritime talks.

Stewart Baker defended expanding protections against unmasking and the leaking of intelligence information.

Vanessa Sauter posted the criminal information and plea agreement from the case against an NSA employee who took classified documents to his home.

Benjamin Wittes listed five questions for Alan Dershowitz to answer about his argument that the Russia investigation is the criminalization of political differences.

Matthew Kahn posted the Supreme Court orders staying the partial injunctions against the revised travel ban.

Peter Margulies detailed the context for the Supreme Courts travel ban orders.

Josh Blackman argued that the Supreme Court order suggests the government will prevail against the challenges to the travel ban.

 

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Trump Said Probing His Finances Would Be A ‘Red Line.’ That’s Exactly What Robert Mueller Is Now Doing.

Mueller has asked Deutsche Bank for data on Trump’s finances for his Russia investigation.

Subpoena For Deutsche Bank May Put Mueller On Collision Course With Trump – NPR


NPR
Subpoena For Deutsche Bank May Put Mueller On Collision Course With Trump
NPR
Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly subpoenaed Trump family financial records from the German financial giant Deutsche Bank, a move that could signal a major new direction for his inquiry. Deutsche Bank has so far not 
Trump-Russia probe: Mueller ‘demands Deutsche Bank data’BBC News
Trump bank records subpoenaed in Russia probeABC News
Deutsche Bank receives subpoena from Mueller on Trump accounts: SourceCNBC
Reuters –CBS News –Bloomberg
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Trump Tells Palestinian President He Intends To Move U.S. Embassy In Israel To Jerusalem

The move would endorse Israel’s claim to all of Jerusalem as its capital, breaking with decades of U.S. policy.

GOP Brings Back Support for Roy Moore

The Republican National Committee has restarted funding Roy Moores Alabama Senate campaign. It had stopped giving cash to Moore after multiple allegations of child molestation were leveled against him.

“Get Me Roger Stone: Documentary on GOP mastermind of dirty tricks – People’s World

Get Me Roger Stone: Documentary on GOP mastermind of dirty tricks
People’s World
A new Netflix original documentary created by filmmakers Dylan Bank, Daniel DiMauro and Morgan Pehme traces the life and scandalous career of right-wing political operative Roger Stone, who’s been an influential member of Team Trump for decades. With 

Donald Trump Is Just the Front Man for a Massive Heist – The Nation.


The Nation.
Donald Trump Is Just the Front Man for a Massive Heist
The Nation.
Trump’s major contribution has been to push for measureselimination of the estate tax, elimination of the alternative minimum tax, lower taxes on pass through incomethat will fill his own pockets. The tax bill Republicans are trying to ramrod 
Wall Street sets record highs after passage of Donald Trump’s tax cutsThe Guardian
Would Donald Trump’s tax plan really help ordinary working Americans and boost US growth?The Independent

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What’s the Matter with Eastern Europe? – Common Dreams


Common Dreams
What’s the Matter with Eastern Europe?
Common Dreams
They’d suffered the early consequences of the shock therapy economic reforms that would soon be introduced across much ofEastern Europe and, after 1991, Russia. Although the Polish economy had finally stabilized, unemployment had, by the end of 1990 

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Why weren’t Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills charged when they lied to Peter Strzok and the FBI? – Hot Air


Hot Air
Why weren’t Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills charged when they lied to Peter Strzok and the FBI?
Hot Air
Comey was asked about Abedin’s and Mills’s lies during congressional testimony last year and spun his decision not to recommend charges by claiming that, hey, sometimes people misremember things and sometimes those things aren’t essential to a case 

Abbas warns Trump against moving embassy to Jerusalem – Financial Times


Financial Times
Abbas warns Trump against moving embassy to Jerusalem
Financial Times
Mahmoud Abbas warned Donald Trump of the dangerous consequences of transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem after the US president informed the Palestinian leader he planned to move the mission, a Palestinian spokesman said. Nabil Abu Rdainah 

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