1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Yet another of Donald Trump’s biggest supporters meets his downfall

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Back when Donald Trump first announced his ridiculous campaign for president in extraordinarily racist fashion, only a handful of Republicans in Congress were quick to support him. In what could be coincidence, or karma, or a direct correlation, those specific Republicans are now dropping like flies.




First came the criminal indictment of GOP Congressman Chris Collins last year on financial crimes. Then came the indictment of GOP Congressman Duncan Hunter on campaign finance crimes. These were, remarkably, the first two Republicans in Congress to endorse Donald Trump. Collins and Hunter both decided to run for reelection in their deep red districts, and they both won. But they’re each headed for criminal trial, and based on the publicly available evidence, there is every reason to expect them both to be convicted and sent to prison. That brings us to door number three.






Yesterday, GOP Congressman Tom Marino – who was also an early supporter of Donald Trump – abruptly resigned without warning or explanation. He said he’s taking a job in the private sector. But that makes no sense, considering that he was just sworn in for a new term two weeks ago, and he wouldn’t have gone to all the trouble to get reelected just to turn around and immediately quit.



It’s fair to assume that there are ulterior motives for Marino’s bizarre resignation. Perhaps he’s running from some kind of scandal. Perhaps he’s about to be indicted himself. Or maybe he just figured out that Donald Trump is getting impeached, and since he serves on the House Judiciary Committee where the impeachment process begins, he didn’t want to stick around for it. Either way, Trump’s earliest and biggest supporters in Congress are dropping like flies.

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“Conspiracy Against US” – Google News: Bill Whitaker: Who’s to blame for all the turmoil in Hewitt? How many fingers you got? – Waco Tribune-Herald

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Bill Whitaker: Who’s to blame for all the turmoil in Hewitt? How many fingers you got?  Waco Tribune-Herald

All last week, anchors on 24/7 cable news quizzed political scientists, historians, reporters, pundits and one another on how the federal government shutdown …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “trump and putin” – Google News: Eric Swalwell: All Evidence I’ve Seen Shows Trump Is a Russian Agent – Breitbart

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Eric Swalwell: All Evidence I’ve Seen Shows Trump Is a Russian Agent  Breitbart

Appearing on MSNBC’s Hardball Friday, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) asserted President Donald Trump is an agent of the Russian government.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “Russian Intelligence services and international organized crime and terrorism” – Google News: Tajikistan: Towards the Next Level of Development – Modern Diplomacy

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Tajikistan: Towards the Next Level of Development  Modern Diplomacy

Today, Tajikistan finds itself at a juncture, where—with the right decisions taken—it could step onto a path of rapid socio-economic development, dynamic rates …

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“Conspiracy Against US” – Google News: Lengthy, secretive investigation of federal agent on New Orleans drug squad comes to trial Tuesday – The Advocate

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Lengthy, secretive investigation of federal agent on New Orleans drug squad comes to trial Tuesday  The Advocate

When former federal narcotics agent Chad Scott walks into a New Orleans federal courtroom Tuesday to face trial on perjury and obstruction of justice charges, …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “crime and terror link” – Google News: Nobody hurt in car bombing in Londonderry in Northern Ireland, police say – CNN

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Nobody hurt in car bombing in Londonderry in Northern Ireland, police say  CNN

Londonderry, Northern Ireland (CNN) Police in Northern Ireland said it appears nobody was hurt in a Saturday night car bombing that shook central …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: GOP Congressman lashes out at Donald Trump’s idiotic border wall

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Now that Donald Trump’s government shutdown has failed to generate any additional support for his border wall idea, he’s trying the new tactic of offering DACA concessions that aren’t actual concessions in exchange for wall funding. Even as the Democrats reject the offer and Trump’s base fumes at him for even making the offer, some of the least conservative Republicans are now going after Trump from the other direction.




We’ve seen various Republicans in the House and Senate openly call for Donald Trump to reopen the government without any funding for his wall, as they’ve come to realize that it’s a losing issue for their party. But it’s been far more difficult to find any Republicans in Congress willing to flat out admit that the wall is a stupid and ineffective idea. That’s finally changed.






You may recall that Republican Congressman Will Hurd just barely won reelection in 2018 in his district, which sits on the Texas border with Mexico. Hurd has long been a critic of Donald Trump on various issues, and in fact hit Trump hard on Russia last summer. Now Hurd is acknowledging that Trump’s claims about the border are a “myth” and that the wall proposal is a “third-century solution to a 21st-century problem.” So what’s going on here?



Will Hurd has surely figured out that if he wants any chance of being reelected in his district as it comes ever closer to turning blue, he’s got to hit Donald Trump harder than ever. Hurd is wrong on a number of other issues, and his district can surely do better by replacing him with a liberal Democrat in 2020. But it’s a big deal that a GOP Congressman is finally flat-out calling Trump’s wall stupid; we all know what happens after someone finally admits that the emperor has no clothes.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Donald Trump just lost Ann Coulter again – and this time it matters

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This afternoon Donald Trump revealed just how weak his shutdown hand is. He offered to protect DACA in exchange for getting his border wall funded, a weak compromise that no one wants. DACA is already protected by the courts for at least another year, so he’s not really giving away anything. But even his symbolic cave on immigration is immediately causing him problems.




One of the reasons we’re in this mess is that after Donald Trump originally caved on his border wall, Ann Coulter and a few other racist pundits threw a fit. This prompted Trump to flip flop and cave to them instead, resulting in a government shutdown that’s lasted nearly a month. This seemed to be enough to get the likes of Coulter back on his team, if not enthusiastically so. But now that’s changed again – and this time it matters.






Coulter is now in the midst of a Twitter tirade against Donald Trump, because she’s offended that he would make any offer that involves any pro-immigrant concessions. Even though the Democrats are going to reject this offer because it’s disingenuous and unacceptable, Trump can’t simply undo the fact that he’s made the offer. He’s now the guy who caved, and it’s difficult to imagine he can get the anti-immigrant pundits back on his side.



Donald Trump must have decided that his only remaining play was to make a “reasonable” sounding offer and then slam the Democrats when they don’t take it. But Trump will gain zero new supporters with the offer he made today, just like he gained zero supporters with his prime time speech and his press conference at the border. Instead, it looks like his latest desperate and tepid move has cost him existing supporters – at a time when he can’t afford to lose a single one of them.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Ted Lieu teaches Donald Trump a lesson

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Donald Trump did today what he always does once he realizes he’s lost: he began to cave. No, he didn’t declare bankruptcy, like he always does when he fails in business, which is often. Instead, this time around he’s failing in politics, partly because he’s the world’s most incompetent negotiator.




Today saw Donald Trump floating a new DACA-for-wall proposal which went nowhere. DACA is already protected by the courts, and the Democrats aren’t stupid enough to fall for the fact that Trump isn’t actually offering anything. But his racist base quickly soured on the fact that he had made the offer at all, particularly as the proposed $5 billion is only enough to pay for a small fraction of the mythical wall.






This led white supremacist Republican Congressman Steve King to lash out at Donald Trump on Twitter, yelling “NO AMNESTY!” This gave Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu an opportunity to explain to Trump how negotiations actually work: “Dear POTUS: The fact that white supremacists don’t support your proposal doesn’t mean Dems will. Why are we even talking about DACA, which is a status issue, in a shutdown based on your failure to sign funding bills? Reopen government & then we can resolve the issues.”



We’re not sure what Donald Trump will do next. But each time he steps to the microphone with regard to his disastrous government shutdown and imaginary border wall, he tepidly makes his negotiations situation even worse for himself. The next time around perhaps he’ll figure out how to turn even more people against him.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “trump as danger to National Security” – Google News: Trump Offers Temporary Protections for ‘Dreamers’ in Exchange for Wall Funding – The New York Times

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Trump Offers Temporary Protections for ‘Dreamers’ in Exchange for Wall Funding  The New York Times

President Trump cast the proposal, which included $5.7 billion for a border barrier, as a compromise as he sought to shift pressure to Democrats to end the …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Michael Cohen sentencing memo makes clear Donald Trump told him to lie after all

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“President” Donald Trump has taken to Twitter Saturday morning, gloating about how fake the media is and that the Buzzfeed report proves it. It is a false victory dance. People are forgetting what the Michael Cohen sentencing memo dated November 30, 2018, stated.



Trump has made several tweets about the mainstream media, including: “Many people are saying that the Mainstream Media will have a very hard time restoring credibility because of the way they have treated me over the past 3 years (including the election lead-up), as highlighted by the disgraceful Buzzfeed story & the even more disgraceful coverage!”


He also tweeted: “Newt Gingrich just stated that there has been no president since Abraham Lincoln who has been treated worse or more unfairly by the media than your favorite President, me! At the same time there has been no president who has accomplished more in his first two years in office!”


However, as has been noted by Palmer Report, everyone should stop and take a deep breath. First, the Special Counsel statement was not an outright refutation of the Buzzfeed story. If the story were completely false, that office would have stated so, in those words. Instead, it issued a very nuanced statement clarifying that specifics and attribution are not completely accurate. We will find out what exactly the Special Counsel took issue with when the final report is issued.






Second, and more importantly, there is a specific paragraph in Cohen’s sentencing memo from his lawyers that clearly states and makes clear that Cohen lied at the direction of the president. The specific statement in the memo is: “The campaign finance and false statements allegations…arose from Michael’s fierce loyalty to Client-1.  In each case, the conduct was intended to benefit Client-1, in accordance with Client-1’s directives.”



Folks can read whatever they like into the assertions that the media is attacking Trump and that the mainstream media is out to get Trump with falsehoods (whether Buzzfeed is in mainstream media notwithstanding), but what cannot be done, as Ken Dilanian from NBC News has made clear, is discount or dismiss out of hand what has been on file for months in the Southern District of New York.

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Trump digital operations from Michael_Novakhov (2 sites): “social media in trump campaign” – Google News: The man who stood behind Trump – Washington Post

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The man who stood behind Trump  Washington Post

After his laugh was heard around the country, Joe Davidson is wondering: “I’m a good person. Isn’t that what people say about me?”

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FBI News Review: “fbi and trump” – Google News: Trump government shutdown – live: President demands $5.7bn border wall funding in Daca deal instantly dismissed as ‘unacceptable’ – The Independent

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Trump government shutdown – live: President demands $5.7bn border wall funding in Daca deal instantly dismissed as ‘unacceptable’  The Independent

Donald Trump has proposed a compromise to reopen the federal government which would provide extensions to protections for certain undocumented …

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FBI News Review


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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Donald Trump offers lame compromise, outrages his base, Nancy Pelosi tells him to shove it

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When Donald Trump announced last night that he’d be making a “major announcement” today about his government shutdown and imaginary border wall, various pundits suggested he was about to brazenly declare a national emergency or worse. Palmer Report predicted that he would once again simply say something weak and ineffective, because that’s what he always does in these situations. Trump’s “announcement” turned out to be even weaker than we were expecting.




Donald Trump spent nearly fifteen minutes giving a monotone and at times barely conscious speech, full of the usual racist lies about immigration, before getting to the punchline. Trump essentially offered to extend DACA for existing Dreamers in exchange for $5 billion for his border wall. This is absurd considering that DACA is already safe in the courts for at least another year.






Not only did the Democrats show no interest in his offer, his own racist base quickly began turning on him for having offered any pro-immigrant concessions at all. Nancy Pelosi quickly issued a statement lambasting Trump for trying to repackage the same old failed ideas as if they were something new, and making clear that Trump won’t have the votes.



Ann Coulter posted this tweet, making clear how unhappy Donald Trump’s base is about the fact that he’s caving even an inch on immigration: “100 miles of border wall in exchange for amnestying millions of illegals. So if we grant citizenship to a BILLION foreigners, maybe we can finally get a full border wall.” So now Trump still doesn’t have the votes, doesn’t have his wall, and it looks like he doesn’t have his racist base anymore either. Ta da!

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