Palmer Report: John Bolton goes off the rails as Donald Trump circles the drain

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Is John Bolton blind, daft, or what? Just like his boss Donald Trump, he refuses to see what’s right in front of his face. Bolton recently appeared on This Week with Martha Raddatz, who asked him about North Korea rebuilding its long-range rocket launching capabilities. This information has been in the news all week, yet Bolton refused to acknowledge that evidence exists. Seriously, is he just dumb? We best believe something else is afoot, like Bolton trying to play down Trump’s failure in North Korea and being in cahoots with Russian benefactors.

Bolton disregarded Raddatz’s questions regarding North Korea by saying, “The United States government… expends a lot of resources and effort so we don’t have to rely on commercial satellite imagery.” Well, this is not just “commercial satellite imagery.” The imagery comes from an outfit called Beyond Parallel.


Beyond Parallel was initiated by the Center for Strategic & International Studies. Its sole purpose is the study of actions in Korea. Beyond Parallel was created to provide “clarity and understanding to policymakers, strategists, and opinion leaders about Korean unification.” Putting it simply, all they do is study Korea, and they are, therefore, very well-versed on activities in both North and South Korea. Just this past Tuesday, Beyond Parallel published photos indicating that the Sohae facility is rapidly being rebuilt. Given that this organization’s very existence is based on observing Korea, wouldn’t you assume that they know what they’re talking about? Apparently, not if you’re John Bolton.




Bolton wouldn’t even comment directly on photographs he was presented, responding instead, “We’ve seen a lot in North Korea. We watch it constantly. There’s a lot of activity all the time in North Korea, but I’m not going to speculate on what that particular commercial satellite picture shows.” Photos and satellite are what they are; they’re showing what they “see.” If a leader refuses to see what’s before his eyes, I’m hard pressed to figure out why unless some ulterior motivation is at play.




John Bolton unquestionably has ties to Russia. Elijah Cummings and Stephen Lynch requested records regarding Bolton in August 2018 about Bolton’s connections to the group The Right to Bear Arms, a Russian pro-gun outfit. Because of that connection, Cummings and Lynch voiced concern over Bolton’s security clearance and the Trump administration’s vetting process (or lack thereof). Considering all of the security clearance problems in the Trump administration to date, Cummings and Lynch were right to be concerned. This is before getting to Bolton’s connections to Cambridge Analytica and Russian spy Maria Butina.



Now that the House Democrats are in power, we should see more activity surrounding John Bolton in the coming months. Considering Bolton’s denials of what has been captured in (non-commercial) satellite photographs and his continued attempts to cover for Trump, that may well happen sooner rather than later. Organizations like Beyond Parallel and our intelligence community have kept our nation safe for many years. Only this Administration questions them. This is the most corrupt administration in U.S. history – and we don’t yet know how far that corruption runs.



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FBI News Review: “mueller” – Google News: Gary B. Ostrower: Muellers life defined by duty, honesty – Corning Leader

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Gary B. Ostrower: Muellers life defined by duty, honesty  Corning Leader

During the next few weeks, we are going to hear a lot about Robert Mueller as he gets ready to release his report about the 2016 election. It’s time we learned …

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“organized crime and terrorism” – Google News: Syria Accuses US Stole 40+ Tons of Its Gold – Modern Diplomacy

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Syria Accuses US Stole 40+ Tons of Its Gold  Modern Diplomacy

The Syrian National News Agency headlined on February 26th, “Gold deal between United States and Daesh” (Daesh is ISIS) and reported that,Information from …

“organized crime and terrorism” – Google News


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“Russian Intelligence services and international organized crime” – Google News: Syria Accuses US Stole 40+ Tons of Its Gold – Modern Diplomacy

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Syria Accuses US Stole 40+ Tons of Its Gold  Modern Diplomacy

The Syrian National News Agency headlined on February 26th, “Gold deal between United States and Daesh” (Daesh is ISIS) and reported that,Information from …

“Russian Intelligence services and international organized crime” – Google News


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“Russian Intelligence services and international organized crime and terrorism” – Google News: Syria Accuses US Stole 40+ Tons of Its Gold – Modern Diplomacy

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Syria Accuses US Stole 40+ Tons of Its Gold  Modern Diplomacy

The Syrian National News Agency headlined on February 26th, “Gold deal between United States and Daesh” (Daesh is ISIS) and reported that,Information from …

“Russian Intelligence services and international organized crime and terrorism” – Google News


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Trump digital operations from Michael_Novakhov (2 sites): “social media in trump campaign” – Google News: Takeaways from CNN’s 2020 town halls at South by Southwest – CNN

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Takeaways from CNN’s 2020 town halls at South by Southwest  CNN

Austin, Texas (CNN) Pete Buttigieg on Sunday made the case for generational change in the Oval Office. Tulsi Gabbard advocated against US military …

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“russian facebook ads” – Google News: Cutbacks in local news leave hundreds of communities in the dark – The Santa Rosa Press Democrat

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Cutbacks in local news leave hundreds of communities in the dark  The Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Newspapers in more than 1400 cities and towns across the U.S. have closed over the past 15 years, an analysis found.

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Palmer Report: Donald Trump sinks to desperate new low as he circles the drain

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How bad have things gotten for Donald Trump? He’s officially lost Ann Coulter. Not only that, he knows he’s not going to be able to get Coulter back, which is why he’s now viciously attacking her. So what happens after you’ve lost the support of a cartoonish pundit who’s such a joke that both sides know she’s a joke, and the right just humors her? Trump just gave us that answer, and it isn’t pretty.




In the past few days Donald Trump has retweeted the likes of Paul Sperry, Charles Payne, Mark Levin, Tim Young, and Hans Von Spakovsky. How obscure are these people? They’re all real, but if I had made them all up, most of you wouldn’t know the difference.




Don’t feel bad if you haven’t heard of these people; you’d have to be pretty well versed in the far-right echo chamber to have any idea who these people are, because none of them exist outside of it. But that’s who Donald Trump has left now. As he circles the drain, even people like Ann Coulter are cutting bait, because they want to retain relative credibility with their far-right base once Trump has been flushed. The people speaking the most loudly and consistently in Trump’s defense are people whom no one has heard of or even cares about.



But don’t tell that to Donald Trump, who is such a malignant narcissist, he’ll embrace anyone who sings his praises, no matter how laughable that person is. In fact Trump has retweeted Paul Sperry, whoever the heck that might be, nine times in the past two days. This is all that Trump has left to work with. Instead of giving up and resigning, Trump is clinging to what little he has left, no matter how embarrassing it may be.



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Donald Trump | The Guardian: Trump, Brexit and the rise of populism | Today in Focus podcast

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It has become the political buzzword of the decade: populism is said to explain political movements from Brexit to the rise of Donald Trump. But how has it taken hold – and can it be quantified? The Guardian’s Paul Lewis investigates. Plus: Sam Delaney on the problem with men and mental health

A team of researchers around the world has been working with the Guardian to measure exactly how global politics is changing – and becoming more populist. From Donald Trump in the US to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Turkey, from Narendra Modi in India to Theresa May in the UK, the researchers analysed hundreds of speeches, and what they found surprised them.

The Guardian’s Paul Lewis tells Anushka Asthana about the two-decade surge in populist rhetoric that has upended the global political landscape.

Continue reading…

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“former FBI agents power influence” – Google News: Home Democrats goal Trump-Putin talks, obstruction – Infosurhoy

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Home Democrats goal Trump-Putin talks, obstruction  Infosurhoy

By David Morgan and Sarah N. Lynch. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats in the U.S. Congress unleashed an unexpectedly sweeping series of demands in …

“former FBI agents power influence” – Google News


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“putin won US 2016 election” – Google News: Home Democrats goal Trump-Putin talks, obstruction – Infosurhoy

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Home Democrats goal Trump-Putin talks, obstruction  Infosurhoy

By David Morgan and Sarah N. Lynch. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats in the U.S. Congress unleashed an unexpectedly sweeping series of demands in …

“putin won US 2016 election” – Google News


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“trump putin” – Google News: Home Democrats goal Trump-Putin talks, obstruction – Infosurhoy

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Home Democrats goal Trump-Putin talks, obstruction  Infosurhoy

By David Morgan and Sarah N. Lynch. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats in the U.S. Congress unleashed an unexpectedly sweeping series of demands in …

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Palmer Report: This whole Kellyanne Conway thing just keeps getting stranger

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One of the stranger anomalies over the last few years has been the harsh criticism of Donald Trump coming from George Conway. There are still a handful of conservative pundits critical of Trump’s increasingly anti-American ideals, and deviation from democratic norms, but this particular conservative lawyer happens to have the distinction of being married to a senior counselor to the president. Kellyanne Conway is one of the few in the Trump orbit who’s been around since the beginning, routinely making laughable excuses – and even not so vague threats – for Donald Trump on television whenever he lies outrageously.




Unlike Kellyanne, whose brazen lying has seemingly gotten her banned from a few talk shows, her husband usually expresses his resentment of the Trump administration quietly – typically via tweets, which led to Kellyanne using the absurd defense that the media was attacking her family when she was questioned about the subject. George Conway’s opposition to Donald Trump just got a bit louder, however, as he attacked the administration in a speech he made at Georgetown Law School. George’s rhetoric has also gotten more dire.




“If people were to get indicted or not indicted on the basis of whether or not the president likes them, we wouldn’t have a republic,” he warned. “We’d have a banana republic.” An unsettling array of news has been emanating from the White House now – that Donald Trump did indeed order an investigation against his political rivals, and saw people investigating him as disloyal.



As the House investigations ramp up, we’ll likely be seeing more people emboldened by George Conway’s warning and turning against this administration, which is quickly turning radioactive. We still don’t know how Kellyanne Conway feels about this, but it’s not likely that her husband will be backing down anytime soon.



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Politics, Economy, World News from 100k+ sources: Fed chief Powell says Trump can’t fire him

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Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell delivers the Federal Reserve’s Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the House Financial Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington February 27, 2019. — Reuters pic
Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell delivers the Federal Reserve’s Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the House Financial Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington February 27, 2019. — Reuters pic

WASHINGTON, March 11 — US Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, who has faced bitter criticism from Donald Trump, said in an interview broadcast yesterday that the president can”t fire him.

“The law is clear that I have a four-year term. And I fully intend to serve it,” Powell told CBS television”s 60 Minutes.

However, Powell refused to criticise Trump or discuss private conversations with him, saying “it would not be appropriate” for him to do so.

“I try not to comment on the president. I just don”t think it”s appropriate for me to comment on the president or frankly any other elected official,” Powell said.

“If I do that, I think it”s a distraction from the important job that we have.”

Last year, Trump angrily and very publicly denounced the Fed”s “crazy” interest rate hikes, breaking with traditional reserve from presidents toward the world”s most powerful central bank.

The acrimony was such that it led to talk of Trump planning to fire Powell, even though he was the president”s nominee.

Turning toward the economy at large, Powell noted that the growth rate was expected to slow this year, but denied there was a risk of a recession.

“This year, I expect that growth will continue to be positive and continue to be at a healthy rate,” he said.

Powell pointed to concerns for cyber crime, calling it the “major focus in terms of big risks.”

“Cyber risk is a constantly evolving risk. We devote very large amounts of time and resources to protect the Fed, but also to protect financial institutions and the financial markets. And private corporations do the same thing,” he added. — AFP

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Politics, Economy, World News from 100k+ sources: Fed chief Powell says Trump can’t fire him

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Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell delivers the Federal Reserve’s Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the House Financial Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington February 27, 2019. — Reuters pic
Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell delivers the Federal Reserve’s Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the House Financial Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington February 27, 2019. — Reuters pic

WASHINGTON, March 11 — US Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, who has faced bitter criticism from Donald Trump, said in an interview broadcast yesterday that the president can”t fire him.

“The law is clear that I have a four-year term. And I fully intend to serve it,” Powell told CBS television”s 60 Minutes.

However, Powell refused to criticise Trump or discuss private conversations with him, saying “it would not be appropriate” for him to do so.

“I try not to comment on the president. I just don”t think it”s appropriate for me to comment on the president or frankly any other elected official,” Powell said.

“If I do that, I think it”s a distraction from the important job that we have.”

Last year, Trump angrily and very publicly denounced the Fed”s “crazy” interest rate hikes, breaking with traditional reserve from presidents toward the world”s most powerful central bank.

The acrimony was such that it led to talk of Trump planning to fire Powell, even though he was the president”s nominee.

Turning toward the economy at large, Powell noted that the growth rate was expected to slow this year, but denied there was a risk of a recession.

“This year, I expect that growth will continue to be positive and continue to be at a healthy rate,” he said.

Powell pointed to concerns for cyber crime, calling it the “major focus in terms of big risks.”

“Cyber risk is a constantly evolving risk. We devote very large amounts of time and resources to protect the Fed, but also to protect financial institutions and the financial markets. And private corporations do the same thing,” he added. — AFP

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Palmer Report: The real reason Erik Prince just confessed in the Trump-Russia scandal

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Heading into what is already set to be a pivotal week in Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia investigation, Erik Prince just threw us all a curveball by admitting that he participated in the long-alleged second Trump Tower meeting with Donald Trump Jr and others during the election. He then comically claimed that this meeting is only missing from the transcript of his sworn House testimony because the transcript is somehow wrong. Even as everyone rightly marvels over the absurdity of this, Prince just gave away something larger.




From an optics standpoint, what Erik Prince just said looks absolutely terrible. There is no one in the court of public opinion who is going to believe that he confessed to this meeting during his House Intel Committee testimony two years ago, but no one from either party remembers him saying it, and the transcriber somehow missed it as well, and even though Prince has known all this time that this incriminating transcript was incorrect, he’s never thought to ask anyone to go back and check the tape until now. By claiming this, Prince is making himself look like an idiot.




As Palmer Report likes to point out, there are only two reasons a person tries to make a scandal go away by floating an excuse that has absolutely terrible optics. The first is if they’re simply an idiot and they simply don’t know how bad it’s going to make them look. The second is if they’re savvy enough to know that they’re facing criminal implications in the scandal, and they’re making the calculated decision to sacrifice the optics in the name of establishing a criminal defense. After all, obtaining a “not guilty” plea only requires carving out a sliver of reasonable doubt, even if the jury thinks you’re very probably guilty.



Erik Prince is a steaming pile of crap, but he’s definitely not an idiot. He’s a shadowy figure who’s suddenly decided to come out of the shadows and do an interview with a journalist he knew would be hostile toward him, just so he could admit the second Trump Tower meeting happened, while claiming the meeting was about Iran policy instead of conspiring to rig the election, and laying out a legal defense against perjury charges. The only reason for Prince to do this right now: he expects Mueller to indict him any day, and he’s focused on his own trial defense.



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“Trump personality profile” – Google News: ‘American Idol’ singer Wade Coda shares shocking tale of abuse survival: ‘My biological father was the devil’ – Yahoo Entertainment

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‘American Idol’ singer Wade Coda shares shocking tale of abuse survival: ‘My biological father was the devil’  Yahoo Entertainment

This Sunday on Idol, Coda channeled all of his pain — and his love for his mother — into a stunning audition that showcased what judge Katy Perry said was one …

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“Trump liar” – Google News: Schiff says it’s ‘mistake’ for Mueller not to interview Trump – Danbury News Times

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Schiff says it’s ‘mistake’ for Mueller not to interview Trump  Danbury News Times

WASHINGTON – The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday that special counsel Robert Mueller was making a “mistake” by not demanding …

“Trump liar” – Google News


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Trump News TV from Michael_Novakhov (9 sites): CNN’s YouTube Videos: John Delaney: This is most damaging part of Trump’s presidency

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From: CNN
Duration: 09:24

Former US Representative and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate John Delaney says he believes the degradation of standards in our society is the most damaging long-term effect of President Donald Trump’s time in office.

#CNN #News

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