1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “trump and intelligence community” – Google News: ‘Pathetic and telling’: Meghan McCain responds after Trump reportedly taunted John McCain after his death – Business Insider

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‘Pathetic and telling’: Meghan McCain responds after Trump reportedly taunted John McCain after his death  Business Insider

“He wrote a book and the book bombed,” Trump reportedly said of the late Republican Sen. John McCain.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “putin won US 2016 election” – Google News: State of the Union: Trump attacks Democrats and Mueller in divisive speech – live – The Guardian

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State of the Union: Trump attacks Democrats and Mueller in divisive speech – live  The Guardian

President also urges construction of border wall and announces second summit with North Korean leader.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Behind the SOTU scenes, Donald Trump launches profane attack on Chuck Schumer

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Donald Trump is supposedly about to give a State of the Union address about “unity” or “healing old wounds” or whatever talking points his handlers are leaking at any given moment. But Trump seemed to call that theme into question when he attacked Chuck Schumer on Twitter this morning. Now, in a private pre-SOTU meeting, Trump just had a profane meltdown about Schumer.





Trump met privately with media leaders today, and he promptly began attacking various prominent Democrats and Republicans in vicious fashion. He called Joe Biden “dumb.” He made fun of the late John McCain over his book sales. Then he called Chuck Schumer a “nasty son of a bitch.”




This profane revelation is coming by way of the New York Times and MSNBC, so as eye popping as it sounds, it all but definitely really happened. It’s not clear if Trump mistakenly thought such a remark in that kind of meeting wouldn’t leak, or if he intended to get this remark out there publicly, or if he’s too far gone to understand what he’s saying.



In any case, it’s clear that Donald Trump is in an angry, bitter, frustrated, and profane mood. We’ll see if he’s trying to get it out of his system now before he ends up giving a subdued speech, or if he’s so far over the edge, he’s about to set his podium on fire and start punching himself in the face. Stay tuned. Better, don’t stay tuned, and wait for the Stacey Abrams rebuttal speech instead.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Ivanka Trump tried to fight back against the vacuum cleaner thing. It didn’t go well.

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There’s a new art exhibit which consists of an Ivanka Trump lookalike who is willing to vacuum up any crumbs you might throw in front of her. The specific intent of the work of art is open to interpretation, but the general idea seems clear enough: Ivanka is willing to cover up any garbage that her odious father might spew. It turns out she’s not happy about it, and in return, no one is exactly happy with her.





Ivanka Trump cited an article on Twitter about the “Ivanka vacuum” exhibit, and added her own commentary: “Women can choose to knock each other down or build each other up. I choose the latter.” Her vague attempt at painting herself as the victim didn’t go over particularly well.




One respondent on Twitter fired back with this: “Still waiting for you to speak out against your father knocking down women. He’s calling them horse face, Pocahontas, dogs and saying that they’re bleeding out of their whatever’s.” Another asked a crucial question: “Why the sweatshops and human trafficking then Ivanka?”



We think it’s extraordinarily disingenuous for Ivanka Trump to continue defending her father, who has been caught bragging on tape about being a serial sexual assaulter, and who spews sexist insults at his female adversaries on a regular basis, to turn around and try to paint herself the victim. Whatever one might think of the art exhibit in question, it’s not the problem here – she is.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “Trump liar” – Google News: Amid raging partisan warfare, Trump’s State of the Union to call for compromise – NBC Montana

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Amid raging partisan warfare, Trump’s State of the Union to call for compromise  NBC Montana

The theme of President Donald Trump’s second State of the Union address will be “Choosing Greatness,” according to the White House, and it aims to offer …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: The real reason House Democrats are busting out a subpoena against Matthew Whitaker

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Donald Trump’s illegitimate Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has promised to show up and publicly testify before the newly Democratic-controlled House Judiciary Committee this Friday. The trouble: no one believes you when you’re a scam toilet dunderhead like Matt Whitaker. So he’s getting subpoenaed accordingly, and it’s a bigger deal than merely forcing him to show up.





House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler released a statement today confirming that he’s arming himself with the Matthew Whitaker subpoena, and that he’s merely keeping it in reserve as insurance in case Whitaker decides not to show up at the last minute, or shows up and refuses to answer questions about his Trump-Russia probe non-recusal in a sufficient manner. The latter might end up being the key to all this.




As the House Democrats start bringing in Donald Trump’s criminal co-conspirators like Matt Whitaker to testify, Trump is inevitably going to tell them to refuse to answer any sticky question and invoke executive privilege instead. Of course executive privilege doesn’t apply to criminal conspiracies, so if someone like Whitaker shows up and tries to invoke it, the subpoena will force them to make an uncomfortable choice: go ahead and testify about Trump’s crimes, or risk getting arrested on the spot for contempt of Congress.



This is the latest reminder that, even though Chairman Jerry Nadler chooses his words carefully and tries to avoid getting ahead of the process, he’s not messing around. Matt Whitaker is walking into a no-win situation on Friday where he can either sell out Trump or go down for protecting Trump, and so all the other Trump henchmen who get hauled in before the cameras will face the same.

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Moscow Alleges a ‘Massive Campaign’ in Germany to Discredit Russian Media

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On January 31, Russian Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Maria Zakharova stated during her regular press conference that the German press had launched a ”massive campaign to discredit Russian and Russian-language media.” She alleged that the campaign targeted RT Deutsch and Sputnik in Germany, branding them as the Kremlin’s propaganda institutions for spreading disinformation. She named the Internet news portal T-online.de, Bild, and Deutsche Welle in support of her allegations.

Zakharova vowed that Russia was going to file a complaint with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) about Germany’s alleged violation of the freedom of the media, particularly since criticism was also coming from the public broadcaster Deutsche Welle. According to her, the reason for such a campaign was allegedly a request by the German establishment for “suppressing the voice of the Russian and Russian-language mass media.”

Earlier in January, the German Association of Journalists (DJV) urged the state media regulatory authorities not to grant a broadcasting license to the channel Russia Today for its website RT Deutsch.

“Russia Today is not an information medium for us, but a propaganda instrument of the Kremlin, which tries to make politics with disinformation,” said DJV Federal Chairman Frank Überall. He added that, RT “has repeatedly invented stories in the past.” There should not be a broadcasting license for a propaganda station.”

Following Zakharova’s press conference on January 31, DJV issued a statement saying that there was no campaign against Russian foreign media in Germany, there is only “unanimous criticism toward the methods of their work.”

The editor-in-chief of T-online.de Florian Harms, and Christian Mihr, the Managing Director of the German office of “Reporters without Borders,” an International NGO based in Paris, joined in denying the Russian allegations.

The German government also rejected Russian MFA’s accusations that German press, in cooperation with the government, are waging a campaign against Russian media. Government spokesperson Steffen Seibert said, “Those who spread such unfounded claims have little to no idea of Germany and little idea of freedom of the press. I explicitly reject such allegations.”

Talking to T-online.de, the new leader of the Christian Democratic Union Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer denounced what she called “aggressive attacks” of the Russian government against the German media.

American analyst Vladimir Socor told Polygraph.info that the German media is indeed very critical of Russia’s lack of democracy. The four largest national newspapers, the right-of-center leaning Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Die Welt and Bild as well as the left leaning Süddeutsche Zeitung, are all critical of Russian influence operations in Germany. The newspapers editorially oppose the prospective Russian gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea, Nord Stream 2. The German government, on the other hand, takes a stand of cautiously criticizing Russia on democracy grounds, but making deals with Moscow on practical grounds.

“But Berlin is concerned about potential Russian interference in the upcoming elections for EU parliament,” said Socor who resides in Germany.

Donald Jensen from the Center for European Policy Analysis in Washington said that Moscow’s reaction is typical of the Kremlin when RT is criticized in the West.

“In fact, RT is a state propaganda organization that seeks to advance Russian foreign policy objectives. In Germany, these are the construction of Nord Stream 2, the fostering of popular anxiety over immigration, and supporting that portion of the German political and business class, which promotes closer ties with Russia,” Jensen said.

Socor noted that the Russian MFA spokesperson’s strong accusations, however, reveal Moscow’s changed expectations of Berlin. Russian officials usually use this kind of language to criticize countries they consider partners. With the German government supporting Nord Stream 2, Socor said Moscow is sending a message that it will not tolerate criticism of its society, media or means of foreign influence.

RT and Sputnik face mistrust not only in Germany, but throughout most of Europe, including Britain and France. The French government has opened an investigation into possible Russian interference during the Yellow Vest protests last year, when social-media accounts linked to Moscow spread false news published by Russia Today and Sputnik.

An earlier fact check established that Moscow used the two outlets to undermine Emmanuel Macron’s presidential election campaign in 2017.

Macron has stated openly in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin that “Russia Today and Sputnik were agents of influence and propaganda that spread falsehoods about me and my campaign.”

And in December 2018, UK’s media regulator Ofcom, which has launched numerous probes of RT activities, found that the Russian channel has failed to comply with Britain’s broadcasting rules, which could result in fines and ultimately revocation of its broadcast license.

The European Parliament adopted in November 2016 a comprehensive resolution laying out the European Union’s “strategy to counteract propaganda” by Russia aimed at the EU. The EU concludes that media such as Sputnik and RT pose a threat to European unity.

The U.S. branch of the Russian international broadcasting conglomerate RT was forced by the U.S. Department of Justice to register as a foreign agent under the U.S. Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA) on November 10, 2018. Sputnik also subsequently registered as a foreign agent. The activities of RT and Sputnik are a major part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections in the US.

Notably, in December 2008, the Russian government designated ANO “TV-Novosti,” the umbrella organization for RT, and MIA Rossiya Segodnya, which includes Sputnik and RIA Novosti among others, as its core organizations for strategic defense. Despite Moscow’s persistent attempts to present RT and Sputnik as independent media organizations, government records show that the Russian federal agency controlling ANO “TV Novosti” exercises “functions of a state client” under Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “main directions of the information policy” – not independent media.


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