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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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Donald Trump the Mad King runs smack into a wall

“President” Donald Trump has informed Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi that he will deliver his State of the Union address from the House chambers, despite her telling him no. Trump again shows his ignorance of history and how any of this works. The president has no privileges on the House floor.





What must happen is that Pelosi must bring a concurrent resolution that is needed to hold a joint session of Congress. The concurrent resolution must then be adopted by both chambers for there to be a joint session. And the Senate will not work either, without both chambers signing off and adopting such a resolution. Apparently, the Mad King thinks he can do as he pleases. He cannot and allowing him to move forward would be unprecedented and a dangerous encroachment on the institutions set up by our United States Constitution.


The Constitution requires no public event or a speech, providing in Article 2, Section 3: “He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union….” Trump could theoretically convene a joint session as Article 2, Section 3 also provides: “he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them….”





However, the humanitarian crisis or the shutdown, both of which Trump is responsible for (to the extent there is a humanitarian crisis at border, it is the policies the Trump administration is enforcing), do not appear to rise to an extraordinary occasion. The last time this provision was used was in 1948, when President Truman convened both houses regarding a variety of laws he wished to be passed. Congress was adjourned at the time.



The main triggering event is that Congress is “not in session and that an extraordinary occasion has arisen which requires that it be in session,” according to an opinion from 1947 by the Attorney General at the time. Here, Congress is in session. So, no Mad King, there is no authority for you to enter the House chamber without a concurrent resolution, as the Congress is in session and not adjourned. If you do so, you may be committing trespass.

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“Jared Kushner” – Google News: ‘Master negotiator’ or ‘nonentity’? Kushner thrusts himself into middle of shutdown debate – Danbury News Times

‘Master negotiator’ or ‘nonentity’? Kushner thrusts himself into middle of shutdown debate  Danbury News Times

WASHINGTON – Jared Kushner spoke up at a recent Oval Office meeting about cutting a deal to end the government shutdown, which has been the latest …

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“Trump Investigations” – Google News: 70-plus Congressmen accuse Trump’s USDA of ‘inappropriate’ overreach for pushing 4-H to dump LGBTQ policy – Des Moines Register

70-plus Congressmen accuse Trump’s USDA of ‘inappropriate’ overreach for pushing 4-H to dump LGBTQ policy  Des Moines Register

More than 70 members of Congress signed a letter of inquiry Wednesday seeking more information about the USDA’s involvement in the removal of a …

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