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Donald Trump | The Guardian: The Guardian view on Donald Trump and racism: a moral failure that shames America | Editorial
Donald Trump: China has a vested interest in keeping the peace between Trump and Kim
Donald Trump: Trump aides seek to placate China ahead of trade move
Russian Intelligence services – Google News: Sonic Weapons in Cuba: on the Cutting Edge? – The Cipher Brief
trump psychological profile – Google News: The Latest: US seeks ‘effective’ ties with China’s military – San Francisco Chronicle
trump psychological portrait – Google News: The Latest: US seeks ‘effective’ ties with China’s military – Washington Post
trump russia treason – Google News: LYONS: Trump presidency a badly scripted reality TV show – pharostribune.com
Donald Trump: Violence in Virginia, void in the White House
trump electorate – Google News: Pennsylvania a battleground in next election? – Indiana Gazette
trump in financial times – Google News: Steve Bannon is undermining Trump, says Scaramucci – Financial Times
Donald Trump: Steve Bannon is undermining Trump, says Scaramucci
Donald Trump: Charlottesville Mayor Blasts Trump’s ‘Repeated Failure’ To Denounce White Supremacists
trump as danger to National Security – Google News: N Korean leader playing dangerous game with US: McMaster – Press TV
Russian Intelligence, organized crime and war on police – Google News: JK Rowling among celebs calling out Trump over white nationalist rally in Charlottesville – EW.com
trump russian candidate – Google News: JK Rowling among celebs calling out Trump over white nationalist rally in Charlottesville – EW.com
trump russian ties – Google News: JK Rowling among celebs calling out Trump over white nationalist rally in Charlottesville – EW.com
Donald Trump | The Guardian: Donald Trump and the snub that wasn’t | Open Door | Paul Chadwick
Donald Trump: How What Happened Here In Charlottesville Was Inevitable
trump anxiety – Google News: Why Trump won’t stand up against hate – CNN
Trump anxiety – Google News: Why Trump won’t stand up against hate – CNN
Donald Trump – Google News: Donald Trump and the snub that wasn’t – The Guardian
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Strategic coordination between Robert Mueller and Congress is paying off in Trump-Russia probe
Anthony Scaramucci, HR McMaster, Mike Pompeo: Sunday guests – Orlando Sentinel
Experts Say Journalists Could Be Espionage Act’s Next Frontier – Courthouse News Service
Fired NSC Aide Reveals Political Warfare Operation Targeting Trump – Washington Free Beacon
Report On McMaster Proves Fired Staffer Right – The Daily Caller
What could Trump’s plans to declare opioid use a national emergency mean for S. Utah? – St. George Daily Spectrum
Trump threatens ‘military option’ in Venezuela as crisis escalates
Paul Manafort and Mike Flynn are struggling to pay for legal defense in Russia probe: Report – Washington Examiner
At Netroots, liberal activists demand full-throttle approach to Trump-Russia ties – Politico
Indiana psychologist gets probation for falsifying report – WSBT-TV
Donald Trump warns North Korea that US is locked and loaded
Does Trump love Putin more than his Cabinet and Americans serving overseas? – Washington Post
Russia’s ‘Fancy Bear’ Hackers Used Leaked NSA Tool to Target Hotel Guests – WIRED
Rape as a Tactic of Terror: Holding the Islamic State Accountable
Who’s who in the government’s investigation into Russia ties – Washington Post
Rape as a Tactic of Terror: Holding the Islamic State Accountable – Just Security
Trump believes his CIA director, but only to a point – MSNBC
Surviving America’s Political Meltdown – Project Syndicate
President Trump Officially Declares Opioid Epidemic a National Emergency – Fortune
Americans Aren’t Thrilled With Trump’s Threat Of ‘Fire And Fury’ Against North Korea
Trump Surprised by FBI Raid on Manafort Home: ‘Pretty Tough Stuff’ – NBCNews.com
Donald Trump: I’m Not Firing Robert Mueller; No Collusion With Russia – Breitbart News
What if President Trump can’t do the job? Here’s the Constitutional answer – Seattle Times
Manafort’s son-in-law met with federal investigators, sources say – CNN International
Batavick: Internet has brought unfortunate consequences to politics – Carroll County Times

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Now we know why Donald Trump wanted North Korea distraction: the FBI has raided Paul Manaforts home
Fact-checking Donald Trump’s misleading tweet about US nuclear arsenal – PolitiFact
Trump friend Roger Stone blasts Robert Mueller for Russia probe – Palm Beach Post (blog)
Hours after FBI raided Paul Manaforts home, Donald Trump began ranting about the FBI on Twitter
1 in 4 say Trump acted illegally with Russia: poll – The Hill
The US sanctioned a ‘smooth as butter’ cartel operator and a Mexican soccer star allegedly working with him – Business Insider
Donald Trump is so desperate to distract from Paul Manafort bombshell, hes attacking Mitch McConnell
Russian spy plane trolls Trump – Politico
Russian intelligence-gathering aircraft flies over Washington: report – The Hill
Trump Clearly Has No Clue How to Stop the Opioid Epidemic – Fortune
Will President Trump implement new sanctions against Russia? – Hurriyet Daily News
Saddam Hussein’s lesson for Trump – CNN
President Trump and His Team Send Mixed Signals on North Korea Threat – TIME
Why Do We Entertain The Idea Of Entertainers Running For Office? – Newsy
Senate panel gets more details about Trump Tower meeting, reviews Comey memos – Gant Daily
FBI conducted predawn raid of former Trump campaign chairman Manafort’s home – Washington Post
AP News in Brief at 6:04 pm EDT – Washington Post
Are the US and Russia on a Collision Course? – Military.com
FBI agents searched former Trump campaign chair’s home – The Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Michael Cohen Owes NY More Than $40K In Unpaid Taxes From His Taxi Biz – TPM
felix sater – Google News: Michael Cohen Owes NY More Than $40K In Unpaid Taxes On His Taxi Biz – TPM
Stocks Fall on Trump’s North Korea Warning; Dollar Up After Data – New York Times
As Mueller investigation intensifies, Trump unleashes angry rant on Russia probe – ThinkProgress
Trump threatens North Korea with fire and fury video
Fragile baby Donald Trump requires a daily briefing of compliments – A.V. Club

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7:54 AM 8/6/2017 – Trump – Google News: Obama’s army takes on Trump – Politico – Trump News from mikenova

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Trump Investigations – trumpinvestigations.org – on The Web

Review of Media Reports – The Web – News and Information Service

 

1. Trump from mikenova (190 sites)
Trump – Google News: Obama’s army takes on Trump – Politico
trump and intelligence community – Google News: On Russia, Two Trumps: In DC, Constrained; For The Nation, Defiant – NPR
trump russian candidate – Google News: On Russia, Two Trumps: In DC, Constrained; For The Nation, Defiant – NPR

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7:49 AM 8/6/2017 – “That’s why Trump is so terrified…”

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“The Mueller dream-team now has the top 14 financial crimes prosecutors in America,” said Malcolm Nance, a former US intelligence officer and the author of a book on Moscow’s role in the 2016 US election, The Plot to Hack America. Nance predicted that the Mueller investigation would look into every corner of Trump and Kushner’s past business dealings.

“The wheels of justice grind finely and slow but this is a wood chipper, and all these various items and going to get fed into it – Flynn, [Jared] Kushner, Trump, Manafort and anyone who has been assigned to the White House over this period,” Nance said. “Their entire lives are going to be subjected to scrutiny. No one is getting out unscathed. That’s why Trump is so terrified.”

1. Trump from mikenova (190 sites)
trump and intelligence community – Google News: On Russia, Two Trumps: In DC, Constrained; For The Nation, Defiant – NPR
trump russian candidate – Google News: On Russia, Two Trumps: In DC, Constrained; For The Nation, Defiant – NPR
trump and intelligence community – Google News: David Cohen, former top spy, warns Trump not to ‘politicize’ Iran intelligence – Jewish Telegraphic Agency
putin won US 2016 election – Google News: When a Candidate Conspired With a Foreign Power to Win An Election – Politico
former FBI agents power influence – Google News: When a Candidate Conspired With a Foreign Power to Win An Election – Politico
Trump Investigations trumpinvestigations.org on The Web: Thats why Trump is so terrified
putin and trump – Google News: Donald Trump’s vacation vs Vladimir Putin’s vacation in 8 photos – The indy100
Putin Trump – Google News: Donald Trump’s vacation vs Vladimir Putin’s vacation in 8 photos – The indy100
Putin Trump – Google News: Donald Trump’s vacation vs Vladimir Putin’s vacation in 8 photos – The indy100
trump and putin – Google News: Donald Trump’s vacation vs Vladimir Putin’s vacation in 8 photos – The indy100
1. Trump Circles: Elections from mikenova (16 sites): Putin Trump – Google News: Donald Trump’s vacation vs Vladimir Putin’s vacation in 8 photos – The indy100
trump anxiety – Google News: Trump Administration Stirs Alarm Over Voter Purges – NBCNews.com
Trump anxiety – Google News: Trump Administration Stirs Alarm Over Voter Purges – NBCNews.com
2016 elections anxiety – Google News: Trump Administration Stirs Alarm Over Voter Purges – NBCNews.com
US elections and russia – Google News: Tillerson meets top Russian diplomat after new US sanctions – Miami Herald
trump and intelligence community – Google News: Donald Trump won the election, and we don’t know whether he colluded but he’s not a legitimate president – Salon
Donald Trump – Google News: Donald Trump won the election, and we don’t know whether he colluded but he’s not a legitimate president – Salon
donald trump russia – Google News: Donald Trump won the election, and we don’t know whether he colluded but he’s not a legitimate president – Salon
1. Trump Circles: Elections from mikenova (16 sites): Donald Trump – Google News: Donald Trump won the election, and we don’t know whether he colluded but he’s not a legitimate president – Salon
trump anxiety – Google News: Does Trump care about the average American? – Chicago Tribune
Trump anxiety – Google News: Does Trump care about the average American? – Chicago Tribune

 

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President Trump is tasked with governing, but he keeps harping on these 7 things – Los Angeles Times
Does Trump care about the average American? – Chicago Tribune
Donald Trump won the election, and we don’t know whether he colluded but he’s not a legitimate president – Salon
Tillerson meets top Russian diplomat after new US sanctions – Miami Herald
Trump Administration Stirs Alarm Over Voter Purges – NBCNews.com
“Thats why Trump is so terrified
When a Candidate Conspired With a Foreign Power to Win An Election – Politico
David Cohen, former top spy, warns Trump not to ‘politicize’ Iran intelligence – Jewish Telegraphic Agency
On Russia, Two Trumps: In DC, Constrained; For The Nation, Defiant – NPR
Analysis: Trump turns to Russia probe to poke at his critics – Akron Beacon Journal
Donald Trump tweets This is not a vacation while in the middle of a round of golf
‘There is too much anger out there.’ Bombing of a Minnesota mosque leaves Muslims concerned – Los Angeles Times
Mueller team zeroes in on Trump financial crimes because they’re faster to prosecute: CNN – Raw Story
Trump Russia gambit could backfire – Albany Times Union
Terrorism convicts pose unanswered question – Santa Fe New Mexican
Report: Trump Eyes Stephen Miller To Replace Scaramucci
Challenges mount for President Donald Trump, but the bully pulpit is still his – Houston Chronicle
Steve Bannon and H.R. McMaster are trying to kill each other and Donald Trump is too far gone to care
Fox News just unwittingly tipped off that Donald Trump knows hes about to be proven guilty on Russia
Buchanan: Is Trump’s Russia policy being hijacked? – The Ledger
Tough new sanctions approved by UN could cost North Korea $1 billion in exports annually – Los Angeles Times
Trump turns to Russia probe to poke at his critics – Concord Monitor
Huang Jing isn’t S’pore’s first brush with a foreign agent: A S’porean was seduced by a Russian spy – Mothership.sg (registration)
OPINION: In Trumpland, a potty mouth is what offends – Daily Record
Blackburn tells senators to ‘show some spine’ in dealing with health care – Columbia Daily Herald

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12:06 PM 8/5/2017 – Trump Investigations Newsline: trumpinvestigations.org – on The Web: trump and intelligence community – Google News: Trump Slams Russia Probe As Grand Jury Issues Subpoenas – CBS Miami

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TRUMP-RUSSIA INVESTIGATION: A grand jury has been impaneled in Washington by special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate Trump-Russia collusion, a sign that Muellers probe is entering a new phase of increased intensity according to people familiar with the matter who spoke to Del Quentin Wilber and Byron Tau at the Wall Street Journal.

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Washington Times
Fact-checking the Trump-Russia investigation
Washington Post
On May 9, 2017, Trump fired James BComey as FBI director. As a justification, Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions pointed to Comey’s handling of the agency’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server. But during the 2016 
Trent Franks: Mueller must resign from Russia probe because of long friendship withComeyWashington Times
Mueller, Comey have had long, close relationship | Fox NewsFox News
Trump questions Mueller’s investigation: It’s full of ‘Hillary Clinton supporters’Washington Examiner
Reuters –Congressman Trent Franks
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TRUMP-RUSSIA INVESTIGATION –  The Early Edition: August 4, 2017

A grand jury has been impaneled in Washington by special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate Trump-Russia collusion, a sign that Muellers probe is entering a new phase of increased intensity according to people familiar with the matter who spoke to Del Quentin Wilber and Byron Tau at the Wall Street Journal.

Mueller has not impaneled a new grand jury, according to several lawyers involved in the case, but he has issued subpoenas from a pre-existing Washington-based grand jury in recent weeks, at least some of which were for documents related to the business dealings of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Matt Apuzzo reports at the New York Times.

Subpoenas in connection with a June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and others in President Trumps inner circle and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya have also been issued by Muellers grand jury, Reuters Karen Freifeld and John Walcott report.

There were no Russians in our campaign, President Trump told a rally in Huntingdon, West Virginia, yesterday, insisting that Mueller and his team were trying to cheat you out of the leadership that you want with a fake story. David Smith reports at the Guardian.

A measure that would bar the president from directly firing any special counsel that would apply retroactively to cover special counsel Robert Muellers appointment in May will be introduced by Sens. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) next week in an effort to protect Mueller, Tom LoBianco reports at CNN.

President Trump is not considering firing Mueller, Trumps attorney Jay Sekulow said yesterday, John Bowden reporting at the Hill.

The federal probe into alleged Trump-Russia collusion has expanded to focus on possible financial crimes, including some leads unrelated to Russia but involving people close to the president, CNNs Evan Perez, Pamela Brown and Shimon Prokupecz report.

News that Mueller has impaneled a grand jury isnt a nothing-burger, but it doesnt suggest anything new. Grand juries are how federal prosecutors conduct their investigations, having the subpoena power that prosecutors require to compel reluctant witnesses to testify and gather documentary evidence, explains Randall D. Eliason at the Washington Post.

People are leaping to conclusions following the news that Mueller has impaneled a grand jury in his investigation into Trump-Russia collusion, including that this means that President Trump is about to be charged with committing a felony pursuant to the U.S. Constitution but merely impaneling a grand jury, which has the power to issue an indictment, doesnt mean that Mueller will ultimately seek an indictment, former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti cautions at POLITICO MAGAZINE.


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 9:48 AM 8/4/2017 – Mike Nova Tweeted

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  1. Mike Nova Retweeted

    Newsweek cover: Trump is a “Lazy Boy” http://hill.cm/IP5iVXl 

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    Poll: 80 percent of voters disapprove of GOP handling of health care http://politi.co/2uphgSs 

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    Trump helped build a Baku hotel that appears to be a corrupt operation linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard: http://nyer.cm/eEurRzr 

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    JUST IN: Senate unanimously blocks Trump from making recess appointments http://hill.cm/kPHlgpv 

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    All the stages of crushing in one animation. 💓 This heartwarming short brings all the gay feels → https://goo.gl/qp8oKP 

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    Dubai authorities says 82-floor high-rise “successfully evacuated” as firefighters try to bring blaze under control. http://abcn.ws/2vmI1LS 

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    BREAKING: Robert Mueller’s investigation is following the Trump-Russia money trail, sources tell CNN http://cnn.it/2u5m7sJ 

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    BREAKING: Mueller impanels D.C. grand jury in Russia probe http://thebea.st/2u5xm4k 

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    Support is gathering behind a bipartisan push to protect Robert Mueller from potentially being fired by Trump http://cnn.it/2u53qW0 

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  10. Jared Kushner sealed real estate deal with oligarch’s firm cited in money-laundering case https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/24/jared-kushner-new-york-russia-money-laundering?CMP=share_btn_tw 

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    Jared Kushner sealed real estate deal with oligarch’s firm cited in money-laundering case

    Donald Trump’s son-in-law bought part of old New York Times building from Soviet-born tycoon, Guardian investigation into Russian money in NYC property market finds

    theguardian.com

  11. The “German hypothesis” of the “Trump-Russia scandal” – Michael Novakhov – In My Opinion – on The Web http://webworldtimes.com/blog/2017/08/01/the-inexorable-and-the-most-interesting-rise-of-germany-at-the-center-of-her-old-european-empire-as-the-world-power/  … …

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  12. Robert Mueller’s investigation plunges across Trump’s red line. @GrahamDavidA has more: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/08/mueller-grand-jury/535875/?utm_source=twb 

    Photo published for Mueller Reportedly Impanels a Grand Jury in a Widening Probe

    Mueller Reportedly Impanels a Grand Jury in a Widening Probe

    A Wall Street Journal story claimed the investigation had moved before a grand jury, while CNN reported Mueller is looking into potential financial crimes unrelated to the 2016 election.

    theatlantic.com

  13. Mueller latest move in the Russia probe may foreshadow a ‘large-scale series of prosecutions’ http://read.bi/2hsedHU  via @bi_politics

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    Mueller’s latest move in the Trump-Russia probe may foreshadow a ‘large-scale series of prosecuti…

    It marks an escalation of the probe into last year’s election meddling.

    businessinsider.com

  14. Exclusive: Grand jury subpoenas issued in relation to Trump Jr., Russian lawyer meeting – sources http://reut.rs/2v2m4PB 

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    Trump says ties with Russia at ‘all-time low,’ blames Congress

    U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday said Washington’s “relationship with Russia is at an all-time and very dangerous low,” and blamed Congress for the situation.

    reuters.com

  15. National security veterans worry about impact of Trump transcript leaks ➡️ @AkbarSAhmed http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/national-security-veterans-worry-trump-leaks_us_59833617e4b0fa1575fc52f2?ncid=engmodushpmg00000004  via @HuffPostPol

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    National Security Veterans Worry Trump Transcript Leaks May Have Nasty Impact

    Some say it’ll perturb allies and make the president even more secretive. But the striking content leads other commentators to support the revelations.

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  16. Special counsel Robert Mueller reportedly assembles grand jury, ramping up Russia probe http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/robert-mueller-grand-jury-russia-probe_us_59837b30e4b0cb15b1bd6508?ncid=engmodushpmg00000004  via @HuffPostPol

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    Special Counsel Robert Mueller Reportedly Assembles Grand Jury, Ramping Up Russia Probe

    Special Counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury as part of his investigation into possible collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign …

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  17. Trump urged Mexican president to end his public defiance on border wall, transcript reveals http://wapo.st/2hqtKIl?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.37b4c4c92d83 

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    ‘You cannot say that to the press’: Trump urged Mexican president to end his public defiance on…

    The president described paying for the wall as a “political problem” and said the best solution is just not to talk about it.

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  18. Trump Supports Plan to Cut Legal Immigration by Half https://nyti.ms/2hnRKvI 

    President Trump just before an announcement about immigration legislation with Senator Tom Cotton, second from right, and Senator David Perdue, far right, at the White House on Wednesday.

    Trump Supports Bill Basing Immigration on Skills and Employability

    Two Republican senators visited the White House to introduce their legislation, which some critics said would keep out badly needed low-wage workers.

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  19. The “German hypothesis” of the “Trump-Russia scandal” – Michael Novakhov – In My Opinion – on The Web http://webworldtimes.com/blog/2017/08/01/the-inexorable-and-the-most-interesting-rise-of-germany-at-the-center-of-her-old-european-empire-as-the-world-power/ 

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  20. Oh, Wait. Maybe It Was Collusion. https://nyti.ms/2uljCC5 

    Donald Trump, right, with his son Donald Trump Jr. at the Republican National Convention last year.

    Opinion | Oh, Wait. Maybe It Was Collusion.

    Russian intelligence may have been trying to recruit allies within the Trump campaign to influence the election — and our government.

    nytimes.com

  21. BBC News – After Trump, “big data” firm Cambridge Analytica is now working in Kenya http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-40792078 

    Donald Trump posing with African leaders in Italy

    After Trump, “big data” firm Cambridge Analytica is now working in Kenya – BBC News

    After helping to elect Trump, big data company Cambridge Analytica is going global.

    bbc.com

  22. No let-up in spying amid tit-for-tat Russian sanctions: U.S official http://reut.rs/2vgFnXN 

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    No let-up in spying amid tit-for-tat Russian sanctions: U.S official

    Russia still runs a versatile spying campaign against the United States despite sanctions and daily publicity about Moscow’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the top U.S. counte…

    reuters.com

  23. Russia’s slumping grain yields are bad news for Putin http://read.bi/2h9RhNJ  via @bi_contributors

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    Russia’s slumping grain yields are bad news for Putin

    Russia’s grain harvesting season normally starts in June, but this year, it started in July.

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  24. Putin is in a corner, trying not to look weak @CNN http://cnn.it/2f15AmW 

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    Putin is in a corner, trying not to punch himself in the face

    Vladimir Putin’s counter to new US sanctions on Russia was curiously out of date.

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  25. This issue, “Google censorship”, has the enormous importance – Michael Novakhov – In My Opinion – on The Web http://webworldtimes.com/blog/2017/08/02/this-issue-google-censorship-has-the-enormous-importance/ 

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  26. This issue, “Google censorship”, has the enormous importance – Michael Novakhov – In My Opinion – on The Web http://webworldtimes.com/blog/2017/08/02/this-issue-google-censorship-has-the-enormous-importance/ 

  27. The Great Political Divide Over American Identity https://nyti.ms/2hnxn1x  via @UpshotNYT

    Gathering for an Independence Day parade in Washington, D.C., last month.

    The Great Political Divide Over American Identity

    The data show that the nation as a whole is moving away from exclusionary conceptions of identity that President Trump benefited from.

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  28. Mike Nova Retweeted

    EXCLUSIVE: Former Justice Department official Greg Andres joins special counsel Mueller’s team. http://reut.rs/2tXfJUt  via @karen_freifeld

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    We stand w/ Georgia in defense of what @POTUS calls the “ties that bind us together as nations, as allies, & as a civilization.”

  30. Conservative daily promotes Germany’s nuclear armament – World Socialist Web Site: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/08/02/fazg-a02.html 

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    Conservative daily promotes Germany’s nuclear armament

    In two recent articles published in the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”, the newspaper makes the case for Germany arming itself with nuclear weapons.

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  31. Whose Message to Believe on Russia? https://nyti.ms/2hmmv41 

    Vice President Mike Pence addressed service members at an air base outside Tbilisi, Georgia, on Tuesday.

    Opinion | Whose Message to Believe on Russia?

    The vice president’s blunt comments in Eastern Europe do little to ease doubts about the president’s views on Moscow.

    nytimes.com

  32. Germany as the world power – Google Search Tuesday August 1st, 2017 at 10:29 AM – Saved and Shared Articles Review http://worldwt.com/blog/2017/08/01/germany-as-the-world-power-google-search-tuesday-august-1st-2017-at-1029-am/ 

  33. Germany threatens retaliation if U.S. sanctions harm its firms http://reut.rs/2s8rSHr 

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    Germany threatens retaliation if U.S. sanctions harm its firms

    Germany threatened on Friday to retaliate against the United States if new sanctions on Russia being proposed by the U.S. Senate end up penalizing German firms.

    reuters.com

  34. Trump Removes Anthony Scaramucci From Communications Director Role https://nyti.ms/2udFxeg 

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    Trump Removes Anthony Scaramucci From Communications Director Role

    The decision to remove Mr. Scaramucci came at the request of the new chief of staff, John Kelly, people close to the decision said.

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  35. Putin’s Bet on a Trump Presidency Backfires Spectacularly https://nyti.ms/2ub8HKN 

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    Putin’s Bet on a Trump Presidency Backfires Spectacularly

    If the sanctions passed by Congress last week sent any message to Moscow, it was that Mr. Trump’s hands are tied in dealing with Moscow, probably for years to come.

    nytimes.com

  36. After Fleeing Bias at Home, Gay Russians Say It Persists in Brooklyn https://nyti.ms/2rIaBlg 

    A rally in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn on Saturday in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people was described as the first Russian-speaking event of its kind in the country.

    After Fleeing Bias at Home, Gay Russians Say It Persists in Brooklyn

    On Saturday, about 200 people rallied in Brighton Beach to protest discrimination in what was described as the country’s first Russian-speaking march for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

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Mr. Galeotti: Are you singing the Russian tune: softly, subtly, and for some time now? – “Stop Hyping Trump’s Links to the Russian Mob (Op-ed)” – The Moscow Times

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Mr. Galeotti: Are you singing the Russian tune: softly, subtly, and for some time now?

Stop Hyping Trump’s Links to the Russian Mob (Op-ed)

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It seems there is some new claim to link Donald Trump and his business empire with “Russian organized crime” almost every day.

There are plenty of reasons to think that Trump’s business model is flawed to the point of being a pyramid scheme, and that his taste in buyers and investors is in the extreme.

But talk of his becoming an ally or instrument of organized crime misses the point.

There is real organized crime in Russia, just as there is everywhere. Some proper gangsters have, from time to time, shown up in these Trump tales.

One notorious old-school Russian criminal or “thief-within-the-code,” as the old underworld elite was called, even lived in the New York Trump Tower for a while.

But there is no evidence Trump and Vyacheslav “Yaponchik” Ivankov, ever met. And given that at the time Ivankov had no criminal record in the United States, there is a distinct limit to how big a deal one can make of this.

The real connection, it would seem, is that many dubious Russian figures who are in the United States illegally have bought into Trump properties. As with so much up-market real estate dealing, it is likely these deals are in part money laundering.

Trump certainly stands accused of building a property empire which has disproportionate exposure to questionable Russian cash. But that’s not quite the “smoking gun” so many yearn for.

First of all, Trump’s aesthetics — all gilt, no guilt — probably appealed to the 1990s generation of Russian nouveau riche. For them, no excess was excessive. Furthermore, communities often cluster, and as the “Trump brand” became known, others gravitated towards it.

More to the point, 1990s Russian money was by definition dirty, generated in a bare-knuckled era of gangster capitalism where the laws were still being rewritten and the market was whatever your muscle or connections made it.

Things have moved on, and there are genuinely quite reputable Russian companies and banks these days, but even they are usually built on money made in the days when all money was dirty.

This is how capitalism emerges, how generations slowly turn yesterday’s dirty practices into today’s historical foibles — think Lloyd’s underwriting slavery or America’s “robber barons.” Unpicking clean money from dirty in the Russian economy is no more possible than it is in the global economy.

So if you sell to Russians without caring too much who they are, or if you look for investments outside the handful of blue-chip Russian sources, what will you get?

A mix of a clean, gangster but mainly just grubby money, courtesy of what is still a rapacious, corrupt, capital-flighty, embezzlement-heavy, corrupt economy.

That said, the odds are that you’re dealing with Russian businessmen, not tattooed criminal gangsters.

Get beyond the street-level thuggery and the supply chains moving trafficked people and drugs to the lucrative Western markets and your modern “Russian organised crime” figure is likely an entrepreneur with a portfolio of assets from the dirty to the essentially clean.

He’ll be educated and solvent, connected to local and even national political circles and savvy enough to move his money around so that it is next to impossible to prove its criminal origins.

In this respect, they are not that different from so many investors from China, Africa or so many other parts of the world where economic opportunities have outpaced morality and governance. And they are not just buying into Trump properties, they are investing in central London penthouses, Caribbean mansions, Miami beachfront condos, and luxury yachts.

In the current feverish mood, in which many believe that opposing and decrying Trump is a patriotic duty, there is a risk that all this sounds like excusing him. However, I would suggest it is actually raising the rather more real and general problem.

However satisfying it might be to find proof that a tattooed Russian mobster carried a suitcase of blood-stained cash into Trump Tower and bought off the president-to-be, that seems rather unlikely.

Trump was ahead of the downward curve, driven by his desperate need to bail out an often-mismanaged property empire by looking for emerging market money, including from Russia.

There is no evidence yet that this has turned him into a pawn of a mythologized “Russian mafia” or the Kremlin, but that shouldn’t be the only point.

Instead, his business dealings hold up a depressingly accurate mirror to the worst-case scenarios of today’s transnational financial markets.

They also show the “business-is-business” values these markets embody, in which compliance too often simply means deniability, and in which everyone is willing to be a money laundry, so long as there has been a little pre-washing beforehand.

Trump’s sin, and his service, is to show us the dangers in unrestrained, globalized capitalism. Bigly.

Mark Galeotti is a senior researcher at the Institute of International Relations Prague and coordinator of its Center for European Security.

The views and opinions expressed in opinion pieces do not necessarily reflect the position of The Moscow Times.


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