1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Palmer Report: The brilliant move that Nancy Pelosi just pulled off against Donald Trump and the Republicans

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi just keeps racking up wins over Donald Trump, partly because she expertly knows how things work, and Trump largely doesn’t. Take for instance the procedural maneuver that Pelosi just pulled off which, regardless of how the vote goes, will end up helping the Democrats and harming Trump and the Republicans.

Nancy Pelosi and her allies like Joaquin Castro introduced what’s called a “privileged resolution” to bring an end to Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration. This means that not only will it be voted on in the House (where it’ll pass), it will also have to be voted on in the Senate; Mitch McConnell can’t block it. It also only needs a simple majority to pass, thus sidestepping the sixty vote supermajority that sometimes derails Senate votes.


This means that just four Republican Senators have to vote for this resolution, and it’ll pass the Senate. There’s buzz right now that there may indeed be four or more such votes. We’ll see if that happens, or if the GOP ends up being as big a bunch of cowards as ever. But that’s not what matters here.




Even if this resolution passes the House and Senate, it’ll still be vetoed by Trump, and there won’t be enough votes to override the veto. However, passing this resolution isn’t the point. Trump’s national emergency will be blocked by the courts anyway. The point here is to force the vote to happen.




Every single Republican in the House and Senate will have to vote for or against Donald Trump’s national emergency. This will hurt Trump because at least some Republicans will vote against him on this, which will weaken him and begin to isolate him from his own party.



This will also hurt several Republicans in the House and Senate. When casting their vote for or against Trump’s national emergency, they’re having to guess right now how their constituents back home will view Trump by 2020, and they’re having to commit themselves to it with this vote. Some of these Republicans will guess wrong, and when they seek reelection in 2020, the Democrats will be able to use their vote against them.

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“Manafort” – Google News: Paul Manafort’s Lawyers Argue He Has Been Unfairly ‘Vilified’ Before Sentencing – New York Times

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Paul Manafort’s Lawyers Argue He Has Been Unfairly ‘Vilified’ Before Sentencing  New York Times

In a filing, defense lawyers suggested Mr. Manafort was facing the prospect of dying in prison only because he had been unfairly caught in the Russia inquiry’s …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): “russian organized crime in us” – Google News: Manafort should receive less than 10 years in prison, his attorneys tell judge – Laredo Morning Times

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Manafort should receive less than 10 years in prison, his attorneys tell judge  Laredo Morning Times

WASHINGTON – Attorneys for Paul Manafort urged a judge to sentence him to substantially less than the 10-year maximum prison term he faces in his case in …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Donald Trump | The Guardian: Kim Jong-un flanked by aides as he arrives in Vietnam for second summit with Donald Trump – video

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has arrived in Vietnam by train from China for the second summit with US president Donald Trump. Flanked by bodyguards, the North Korean dictator arrived in Hanoi to a red carpet welcome. His team of running aides formed a human shield around his car as the delegation left the train station in a black limo. Donald Trump is expected to arrive in coming hours ahead of a private dinner on Wednesday which kicks off the second summit between the two leaders. It has been eight months since their first historic summit in Singapore

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“2016 Presidential Election Investigation” – Google News: Manafort lawyers ask judge for leniency in sentencing – POLITICO

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Manafort lawyers ask judge for leniency in sentencing  POLITICO

His attorneys described a client who has been “personally, professionally, and financially” broken by the special counsel’s probe.

“2016 Presidential Election Investigation” – Google News


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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): “Elections 2016 Investigation” – Google News: Scroll investigation: How linking voter IDs with Aadhar may have compromised India’s electoral rolls – Scroll.in

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Scroll investigation: How linking voter IDs with Aadhar may have compromised India’s electoral rolls  Scroll.in

Election Commission used dubious means to collect Aadhaar data of 31 crore voters, often without their consent, before the Supreme Court stopped the …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Palmer Report: Donald Trump is already having a bad week, and it’s rapidly getting even worse

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This has been a bad week for Donald Trump. He was clearly hoping that William Barr would shut down the Mueller investigation this week, and that did not happen. Trump’s Labor Secretary Alex Acosta was in the news for a plea deal he brokered that broke the law, and New York State has criminal charges ready to file against Paul Manafort, greatly weakening Trump’s power to pardon him, and sending a clear message to others who might hope for a pardon from the president.

Yet one big story went underreported this week. It is the story connecting the dots between not only convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and Donald Trump, but also Donald Trump and other sex offenders, and how it relates to the Trump-Russia scandal. Donald Trump’s ties to Jeffrey Epstein go beyond just two friends hanging out.


As reported by the Huffington Post in June of 2016, Donald Trump was credibly accused of raping a thirteen-year-old girl at a party hosted by Jeffrey Epstein. This accusation against Donald Trump is consistent with the criminal charges leveled against Jeffrey Epstein, which included rape of underage girls as well as soliciting underage girls for the sexual gratification of his friends. While news outlets are reporting about Trump’s friendship with Epstein, I have not heard anyone bring up the charges that were brought against Trump regarding an incident that allegedly took place at Epstein’s home and involved a then thirteen-year-old girl.




Trump also has ties to alleged pedophile George Nader, and of course his friend Robert Kraft was charged this week with patronizing a massage parlor where young Asian women were held against their will. Kraft denies any wrongdoing, but law enforcement officials claim to have tapes of Kraft engaging in sex acts inside the establishment.




Besides Trump’s friendships with pedophiles and other accused sex offenders, there is also his own words and behavior. Mariah Billado, the former Miss Vermont Teen USA, told Buzzfeed in 2016, that Trump entered the dressing room of the 1997 pageant unannounced while several young women were undressed. Trump reportedly said something like: “Don’t worry, ladies, I’ve seen it all before” to the undressed teenagers.



Half of America is currently speculating what kind of compromising information the Russian government has on Donald Trump. The speculation includes alleged tapes of Trump with prostitutes. In light of Trump’s friendships with pedophiles and sex offenders, is it possible that the prostitutes in the alleged tape of Donald Trump are underage? That would certainly make the alleged tape far more damaging and it would give the Kremlin more power over Trump.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): “Trump FBI file” – Google News: Facing prison, Manafort asks for leniency in Mueller case – WLOS

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Facing prison, Manafort asks for leniency in Mueller case  WLOS

WASHINGTON (AP) — Paul Manafort, the longtime political consultant who once led Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, asked a federal judge for leniency …

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Trump-Russia investigation | The Guardian: Paul Manafort seeks leniency from judge as he faces life in prison

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Lawyers for former Trump campaign chair suggest he is victim of circumstance whose crimes were ‘garden variety’

Paul Manafort, the longtime political consultant who once led Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, asked a federal judge for leniency Monday as he faces the potential of spending the rest of his life in prison in criminal cases stemming from the Russia investigation.

In a new court filing, Manafort’s attorneys painted the 69-year-old as a victim of circumstance, prosecuted by special counsel Robert Mueller only because the government could not make the case that he colluded with the Kremlin’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. They also dismissed the prosecutors’ characterization of Manafort as a hardened criminal, saying he was merely a wealthy consultant who committed “garden variety” crimes by illegally lobbying for Ukrainian interests and hiding millions from the IRS.

Related: Mueller: Paul Manafort is hardened criminal who ‘repeatedly’ broke law

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Donald Trump | The Guardian: Kim Jong-un arrives in Vietnam for second summit with Donald Trump

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North Korean leader to meet US president on Wednesday for dinner after three-day overland trip

Kim Jong-un has arrived in Vietnam, transferring from train to car for the final leg of his overland trip to Hanoi where the North Korean leader is scheduled to have a private dinner and meeting with Donald Trump on Wednesday.

Kim will meet the US president for a brief one-on-one conversation, followed by a social dinner, at which they will each be accompanied by two guests and interpreters, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

Related: US negotiating position in disarray ahead of summit with North Korea

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): “trump in financial times” – Google News: US senators seek to pressure Perry over Huawei – Financial Times

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US senators seek to pressure Perry over Huawei  Financial Times

A group of senators have written to Rick Perry calling on the US energy secretary to ban solar equipment made by Huawei saying the Chinese tech group’s …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Palmer Report: Donald Trump goes completely off the rails and is spiraling out of control

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Today is not the first time in which Donald Trump has carried out a public feud with a cancer patient, and it’s not the first or the tenth time in which Trump has carried out a feud with a black public figure while questioning that person’s intelligence. But this morning stood out as being remarkable because Trump simultaneously carried out a feud with a cancer patient and a black public figure, as he appeared to be trying to create a mess on as many fronts as possible.




After Spike Lee used his Academy Awards speech last night to encourage people to vote in 2020 for morally superior candidates, Donald Trump accused Lee this morning of having given a “racist” speech. Trump also implied that Lee was too stupid to give a speech without notes, and that he was too illiterate to even read his own notes. This was remarkable, considering that Trump’s own tweets suggest he’s semi-illiterate, and he’s easily the worst teleprompter reader in modern political history.




Then Donald Trump lashed out at former Senator Harry Reid, who is now battling cancer. Trump falsely claimed that Reid was run out of politics (he retired), and accused Reid of career long dishonesty. As per usual, this was a matter of Trump projecting his own failings on others. But what stood out is that Trump was clearly, desperately, looking to create a distraction this morning.



A couple hours later, Alva Johnson accused Donald Trump of trying to kiss her while she was working for his 2016 campaign. Trump knew this story was coming out today. So were his Twitter antics this morning a way of trying to distract the media and the public from that, or is there another big shoe yet to drop? Just how poorly does Trump expect his Kim summit to go? Are Trump’s criminal scandals about to get even worse for him? Stay tuned. Trump is even more out of control than usual.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): “Trump anxiety” – Google News: Trump Heads to Hanoi for Second Summit With Kim – VOA News

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“paradise papers” – Google News: Lucknow, Mumbai and Chennai: First prosecutions filed in Paradise Papers – The Indian Express

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Lucknow, Mumbai and Chennai: First prosecutions filed in Paradise Papers  The Indian Express

After the release of the Paradise Papers, the Finance Ministry announced that details of offshore holdings of 714 Indians named would be investigated by the …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices: Document: Manafort Files Sentencing Memo

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Paul Manafort’s defense team has filed its sentencing memo in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The document is available here and below. The special counsel’s sentencing memo is available here.

 

Manafort Defense Sentencing Memo (PDF)

Manafort Defense Sentencing Memo (Text)

Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Politics: Trump ally launches effort to blunt a potential 2020 challenge by Md. governor

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David M. Bossie, the president’s former deputy campaign manager, is trying to pressure Larry Hogan by lining up endorsements of Trump by prominent Republicans in the state.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Palmer Report: Donald Trump Jr goes on Fox & Friends and has surreal meltdown

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Donald Trump Junior, white Christian extraordinaire, has just exposed who he really is. In his last gasp before the Office of Special Counsel takes him down, he went on Fox & Friends to talk about reincarnation. Really.


The Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh and Jainist religions have beliefs that are based on reincarnation and past lives. The quote from Don Jr. is, “There are no actual crimes. There’s only things that people did in past lives, in 2006 before we even thought we’d ever get into this crazy world.” What? First of all, is he seeing dead people? And if not, since these people’s past lives were in 2006, are these people children he’s talking about?




What seems to be their ploy now is to talk about something as if it were ancient history. Trump, in his defense of Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, exclaimed that not only was Acosta “a great Labor Secretary,” but Acosta’s offense for letting a pedophile off with a slap on the wrist after racking up dozens of charges “seems like a long time ago.”




Sorry Don Jr. We see you. And we really see your father. Manafort’s crimes were in real time during the campaign. There is also this thing called Signals Intelligence. If you think Robert Mueller has to go looking for crimes while your father chats away on an unsecured cell phone to God-knows-who, we know the word, intelligent, doesn’t apply to your family.



The other thing Don Jr. spouted off this morning was the, “old Stalinist tactic” of: You find the man; we’ll find the crime. Well, if you’d only done the most cursory homework on the government your family was about to work for, you’d understand that we don’t need a judge to sign off on a warrant to tap your father’s phone calls. We will get the conversations perfectly legally from all our allies who listen to unsecured, high-level conversations as part of their intelligence gathering operations. This is why your father was urged to use a secure device. These countries share with us all the time. Mueller knows everything. Bye bye, junior and daddy. Enjoy ADX Florence, or a similar maximum security facility, for the rest of your lives. You are both done for.

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“Jared Kushner” – Google News: Kushner starts Mideast tour, could meet Saudi prince – WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando

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Kushner starts Mideast tour, could meet Saudi prince  WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner has embarked on a five-nation Middle East tour that could involve his first face-to-face meeting with Saudi Arabia’s …

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