1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “Russian Intelligence services and organized crime” – Google News: Cohen postpones House testimony due to ‘threats’ from Trump, Giuliani, attorney says – WLS-TV

Cohen postpones House testimony due to ‘threats’ from Trump, Giuliani, attorney says  WLS-TV

Cohen cancels testimony before Congress due to ongoing threats against his family.

“Russian Intelligence services and organized crime” – Google News

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “trump and putin” – Google News: Letter: Trump and Putin | Letters to the Editor – Charleston Post Courier

Letter: Trump and Putin | Letters to the Editor  Charleston Post Courier

I continue to be amazed by Americans who voice support for President Donald Trump. The evidence is mounting about certain aspects that led to him being …

“trump and putin” – Google News

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Donald Trump has deranged late night meltdown, caves to Nancy Pelosi


Donald Trump lost on Wednesday. Badly. He decided to announce that he would simply show up to the House and deliver his State of the Union address even without Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s approval, thus gambling that Pelosi would back down and let him get away with it. Instead, Pelosi reminded the nation that Trump can’t do that without a House concurrent resolution first, which she has no intention of giving him. Accordingly, Trump launched into a berserk late night meltdown about it.





Sometime after 11pm eastern time, Donald Trump posted this two-part rant: “As the Shutdown was going on, Nancy Pelosi asked me to give the State of the Union Address. I agreed. She then changed her mind because of the Shutdown, suggesting a later date. This is her prerogative – I will do the Address when the Shutdown is over. I am not looking for an alternative venue for the SOTU Address because there is no venue that can compete with the history, tradition and importance of the House Chamber. I look forward to giving a “great” State of the Union Address in the near future!”





So where does this leave us? Make no mistake about it. For all his angry bluster and bravado in the above statement, Donald Trump just caved. He agreed to essentially forfeit his opportunity to address the nation and try to steer Americans toward siding with him on his government shutdown and racist border wall.



Donald Trump set himself up for failure, and Nancy Pelosi won simply by standing her ground. By caving on the State of the Union, Trump just inched himself closer to having to cave on his government shutdown, which in turn puts Trump closer to ouster from office. When it comes to negotiating a deal, Trump is an all-time weakling, and he just reminded us of it yet again.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “putin won US 2016 election” – Google News: Opinion: Disagreeing with conventional D.C. wisdom isn’t a crime – The Detroit News

Opinion: Disagreeing with conventional D.C. wisdom isn’t a crime  The Detroit News

“it’s become a matter of faith among Democrats that the very act of disagreeing with their foreign policy positions is a crime against “democracy.”

“putin won US 2016 election” – Google News

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: We told you John Bolton was going down


Back when Donald Trump first revealed that he was hiring John Bolton to be his White House National Security Adviser, most political observers opined that it must have something to do with starting some unspecified land war. Palmer Report pointed out that Bolton had just gotten exposed in the Trump-Russia scandal, and that Trump was obviously hiring Bolton to keep him from flipping, and that Bolton would end up going down anyway. In this instance, we love to say we told you so.





At the time, we didn’t think it was particularly difficult to piece together what was really going on. Cambridge Analytica, which had deep financial ties to John Bolton and deep connections to Russia, had just been pulled front and center in the Trump-Russia scandal. Russian spy Maria Butina had also just come to the forefront of the Trump-Russia scandal, as had her close ties to Bolton. There was no longer any question that Bolton was an agent of Russia on at least some level. Just as this became clear, Trump decided to bring Bolton into the fold.





On Wednesday, new House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings revealed that he’s targeting John Bolton for his numerous ties to the Trump-Russia scandal and to the Kremlin. This is a big deal because, while we’ve always assumed Special Counsel Robert Mueller was busy getting to the bottom of Bolton’s role in the scandal, there has been virtually no mainstream public discussion of Bolton’s status as a Russian agent. That’s about to change in a big way.



For instance, as a result of Elijah Cummings’ announcement, Rachel Maddow devoted most of the first segment of her MSNBC show on Wednesday night to laying out John Bolton’s ties to Russia. As we’ve learned, where Maddow takes things, other TV hosts and pundits end up tending to follow. Once the House Oversight Committee begins holding public hearings into Bolton, it’ll become a front page story. It’s clear Bolton is going down; now we know that he’s going to go down in public.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Donald Trump’s advisers appear on-air together, end up attacking each other


As Special Counsel Robert Mueller keeps closing in on Donald Trump and his numerous henchmen, some of them have cut plea deals against each other, while others are still trying to find a way to hold their ground. In an unusual move, MSNBC decided to have four of Trump’s Russia-Connected associates on air together this evening. It didn’t go well for them – at all.





Host Ari Melber invited former Donald Trump political advisers Sam Nunberg, Michael Caputo, and Carter Page, along with Trump-connected conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi, on air for a joint interview. The four of them initially tried to jointly paint themselves as all being victims of a Robert Mueller witch hunt, but it didn’t take long for their solidarity to collapse, and they quickly began turning on each other.





Corsi and Nunberg began blaming their former friend Roger Stone for their troubles. This prompted Caputo to defend Stone, and to openly accuse Corsi of lying, telling him to drop his “George Washington” act. This came even as Melber played earlier clips of them contradicting themselves. For much of this three-way argument, Carter Page just sat there uncomfortably, as if he’d accidentally wandered onto the set by accident.



When it was finally Carter Page’s turn, he acknowledged that he’s associated with Russian spies, while still insisting that he’s done nothing wrong, and that the Trump-Russia probe is one big conspiracy against him. It’s not clear what any of these four individuals were trying to accomplish by agreeing to this joint appearance – but they all came away worse for wear.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Donald Trump | The Guardian: Kim Jong-un expresses ‘great satisfaction’ at Trump letter ahead of talks

North Korea’s leader is making ‘good technical preparations’ for February summit, official news agency reports

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un has expressed “great satisfaction” after receiving a letter from Donald Trump ahead of a second summit between the two leaders, Pyongyang’s state media reported on Thursday.

Kim is making “good technical preparations” for the meeting, the official KCNA news agency said, in the country’s first comments on the talks scheduled for February.

Related: Trump and Kim Jong-un to meet again at second nuclear summit

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “Russian Intelligence services” – Google News: Paul Whelan Russia arrest designed to divide Americans, ex-CIA official says – Washington Times

Paul Whelan Russia arrest designed to divide Americans, ex-CIA official says  Washington Times

Russia’s arrest of ex-Marine Paul Whelan on espionage charges is part of a larger Kremlin scheme to exacerbate partisan divisions in Washington, according to …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices: Rational Security: The ‘Uninvited Co-Conspirator’ Edition

BuzzFeed drops a bomb that turns out to be more of a dud. Or is it? The president’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, could be doing more harm than good for his client. And Congress takes aim at the administration’s Russia-friendly policies. 

 
Shane takes note of the new national intelligence strategy

Susan suggests help for people affected by the government shutdown. 

Tamara is ready for some football! 

Ben has Rational Security merch

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