—–ON THE AGENDA—–
PUTIN’S CRIMINAL MAFIA STATE OF THE UNION
USA Today reports, “Russian President Vladimir Putin boasted Thursday that his country has developed a nuclear-powered missile with an unlimited range that is also completely immune to enemy intercept. Speaking during an annual state-of-the-nation speech in Moscow, Putin said the cruise missile is capable of penetrating any missile defense and can reach virtually any target around the world. ‘No defense systems will be able to withstand it,’ he said.” Recall this is for an audience of economically insecure Russians and no matter the country nuclear weapons are a means to rally a nation and show strength. USA Today notes, “NATO has nicknamed this missile — an RS-28 Sarmat rocket — ‘Satan 2.’ Russian media has claimed it could entirely wipe out an area the size of Texas or France.” In preparing for the speech, The Moscow Times tells us what to expect when we are only expecting bullshit. The Moscow Times notes, “Traditionally held in December, the address to members of both houses of parliament usually serves as a roadmap for policymakers and the Russian elite on what to expect in the year ahead.” But what to expect this year when Lubyanka’s 2016 plan is breaking down just like the Russian economy and a real shooting war feels increasingly inevitable? For starters, “This year’s address however is different, analysts say. For the first time in a decade, the speech was delayed, with the new March 1 date announced by Putin’s campaign manager, rather than his spokesperson Dmitry Peskov. It was also moved from the Kremlin, where it is usually held, to Moscow’s Manege building — a large exhibition space in the city center — which Peskov said will be outfitted with a large screen to display infographics.” The Moscow Times adds, “Putin is expected to use the address to shed light on the fourth term he is slated to win in March.” Analysts say, “Russia’s economy will be high on the agenda,” because the Russian people live in real poverty overall. Other key topics include social reforms, the non-existent business climate and Russia’s foreign policy, or lack of it beyond brute thuggery. The Moscow Times notes, “The speech will be shown by state-run television channels starting at noon on Thursday.”
TWITLER HAS AN EXECUTIVE TIME MELTDOWN, AGAIN! FOR REAL!
CNN reports, “President Donald Trump on Wednesday publicly chastised Attorney General Jeff Sessions over an investigation into alleged surveillance abuses. The scathing tweet is the latest in a long line of public rebukes the President has leveled against his attorney general”. So it goes Twitler pounded out with his baby hands, “Why is A.G. Jeff Sessions asking the Inspector General to investigate potentially massive FISA abuse. Will take forever, has no prosecutorial power and already late with reports on Comey etc. Isn’t the I.G. an Obama guy? Why not use Justice Department lawyers? DISGRACEFUL!” CNN recalls, “Sessions said Tuesday that the Justice Department is looking at whether the FBI has properly handled applications for surveillance orders under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.” Of course, “Trump’s anger toward Sessions stems from his decision to recuse himself from all investigations into the 2016 campaign, including special counsel Robert Mueller’s expanding investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives bent on meddling in the election.” POLITICO notes, “Despite Trump’s suggestion that Horowitz is an ‘Obama guy,’ Horowitz has been appointed to roles by presidents of both parties. He held Justice Department positions under four presidents: George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama, who appointed him inspector general in 2012.” And CNN reports Private Russian Sessions reacted by going to dinner with Rod Rosenstein and the man who would replace him should Trump fire Rosenstein. Ballers!
DEPATURES: HOPE SINKS WHEN FULL OF SHIT
The New York Times reports, “Hope Hicks, President Trump’s communications director and one of his longest-serving advisers, said Wednesday that she planned to leave the White House in the next few weeks.” Beautiful! Regimes crumble when the inner circle collapses. Known as a Trump whisperer of sorts or great enabler, The New York Times adds the 29 year old advisor’s “title belied the extent of her power within the West Wing — after John F. Kelly was appointed White House chief of staff, she had more access to the Oval Office than almost any other staff member. Her own office, which she inherited after the departure of another Trump confidant, Keith Schiller, was just next door.” The New York Times observes, “for a politician who relies so heavily on what is familiar to him, her absence could be jarring.” Of course, “as the person who spent the most time with Mr. Trump, Ms. Hicks became enmeshed in a number of controversies over the past year, including key aspects of the investigations by Congress and the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, into possible collusion between the Russian government and the Trump campaign.” The New York Times notes, “Her resignation came a day after she testified for eight hours before the House Intelligence Committee, telling the panel that in her job, she had occasionally been required to tell white lies but had never lied about anything connected to the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.” She was also tied to the Rob Porter scandal as “her personal life drew attention when it was reported that she had dated” him just before he “resigned under pressure over allegations that he had abused his two former wives.”
From The New York Times.
FEEL THE FIRE + THE FURY NOW! PART I: COLLUSION
NBC News reports, “Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is asking witnesses pointed questions about whether Donald Trump was aware that Democratic emails had been stolen before that was publicly known, and whether he was involved in their strategic release”. In short: of course he was. NBC News adds, “Mueller’s investigators have asked witnesses whether Trump was aware of plans for WikiLeaks to publish the emails. They have also asked about the relationship between GOP operative Roger Stone and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and why Trump took policy positions favorable to Russia.” So it goes Mueller “is looking into possible coordination between WikiLeaks and Trump associates in disseminating the emails, which U.S. intelligence officials say were stolen by Russia.” NBC News notes, “In one line of questioning, investigators have focused on Trump’s public comments in July 2016 asking Russia to find emails that were deleted by his then-opponent Hillary Clinton from a private server she maintained while secretary of state. The comments came at a news conference on July 27, 2016, just days after WikiLeaks began publishing the Democratic National Committee emails. ‘Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,’ Trump said.” Who could forget that?
From NBC News.
FEEL THE FIRE + THE FURY NOW! PART II: OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE
The Washington Post reports, “Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has been investigating a period of time last summer when President Trump seemed determined to drive Attorney General Jeff Sessions from his job”. The Washington Post notes, “a key area of interest for the inquiry is whether those efforts were part of a months-long pattern of attempted obstruction of justice. In recent months, Mueller’s team has questioned witnesses in detail about Trump’s private comments and state of mind in late July and early August of last year, around the time he issued a series of tweets belittling his ‘beleaguered’ attorney general.” Of course, “The thrust of the questions was to determine whether the president’s goal was to oust Sessions in order to pick a replacement who would exercise control over the investigation into possible coordination between Russia and Trump associates during the 2016 election”. Then of course see the first item today even about Twitler’s “Executive Time” meltdown Wednesday, now a near daily occurrence.
From The Washington Post.
SENATOR WYDEN CALLS FOR PUBLIC HEARING ON TRUMP’S FINANCES
CNN reports, “Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden is calling on Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr to hold public hearings on President Donald Trump’s finances, accusing the committee of failing to adequately investigate the matter.” CNN adds, “Wyden told Burr and the committee’s top Democrat, Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, they should hold public hearings with those involved in Trump’s finances, including with Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen, his son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, and his son Donald Trump Jr. Wyden, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee who also serves as ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, also called for a hearing with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin,” who has failed to provide requested records. Treasury has also blown its own deadline to answer to TRUMPISTAN WATCH’s FOIA concerning a meeting in which the real sanctions list was provided before vanishing in favor of the Forbes rich list and the Kremlin phone book and no sanctions.
SENATOR BURR BACKS AWAY FROM PUBLIC HEARING FOR MICHAEL COHEN
CNN reports, “Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr appears to be backing away from plans to bring Trump attorney Michael Cohen in for a public hearing before his panel, breaking from the committee’s top Democrat, who has called for the high-profile witness to be questioned in an open session. Burr told CNN Wednesday that he sees little reason to bring Cohen into an open hearing after the attorney met with Senate Intelligence Committee staff for a private interview last fall.”
RUSSIA IS THE “INCREDIBLY DESTABILIZING” ACTOR IN SYRIA GENERAL SAYS
Defense One reports, “Weeks after Tillerson said the U.S. and Russia share a postwar vision, [U.S. General Joseph] Votel says Moscow is playing both ‘arsonist and firefighter.’” Gee, who do you believe: an American general on the ground engaged in the fight or a Russian Order of Friendship medal recipient like our fake Secretary of State T Rex? Well you know not to believe anything until the Russians deny it, and the Russian state is not exactly denying T Rex’s peace and harmony after the slaughter bullshit so don’t believe it. General Joseph Votel, the top U.S. General in the Middle East told Congress, “Russia does not want — or is unable — to help end the Syrian war, and instead has become an ‘incredibly destabilizing’ force in the region”. Naturally it goes almost without saying but Defense One does so anyways that, “Russian actions since have fallen short of any partnership toward peace; on Tuesday, Votel repeatedly said Moscow should be held accountable for stoking the conflict.” Despite the nonsense covfefe of T Rex’s public pronouncements and his unwillingness to check his friends who have decorated him with a medal for mendacity, Defense One adds, “Moscow’s failure to live up to a 2013 agreement to remove chemical weapons from Syria leaves it responsible for January’s gas attacks on civilians, he said last month. And on Feb. 7, Pentagon leaders have said, U.S.-led coalition forces killed or wounded 300 Russian-backed fighters who attacked a coalition base in southern Syria.” Partners in peace!
From Defense One.
US AMBASSADOR CALLS OUT RUSSIA, NORTH KOREA ON CHEMICAL WEAPONS
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “A senior U.S. disarmament official says Russia has violated its commitments as guarantor of the destruction of Syria’s chemical-weapons stockpile and failed to prevent President Bashar al-Assad’s government from using them. Robert Wood, U.S. ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament, spoke to reporters in Geneva on February 28 following new reports of chlorine gas being used on civilians by Syrian forces, which the government denies.” Wood said, “Russia is on the wrong side of history”. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty notes Wood “made the comments shortly before Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, addressing the UN-sponsored disarmament conference in Geneva, asserted that Syria had eliminated its chemical-weapons stockpiles and placed them under international control,” which is of course total bullshit.
EXXON ABANDONING JOINT VENTURES WITH ROSNEFT
Bloomberg reports, “Exxon Mobil Corp. said it’s abandoning joint ventures with Russia’s Rosneft PJSC after international sanctions against the nation’s energy sector paralyzed a historic drilling project. Exxon’s decision to quit its biggest exploration region was made late last year as the U.S. expanded sanctions, the company said in a 10-k filing on Wednesday. ‘The corporation expects it will formally initiate the withdrawal in 2018,’ Exxon said.” Bloomberg notes, “Exxon’s deal with Rosneft to drill millions of acres on and offshore from Russia’s Arctic to the Black Sea in 2013 was the crowning achievement of Rex Tillerson’s 11-year tenure at the head of the world’s largest oil explorer by market value. Vladimir Putin personally blessed the arrangement, which envisioned decades of exploration in some of Russia’s richest, untouched fields.” Country over company! Bloomberg notes however, “The withdrawals announced on Wednesday won’t impact the company’s long-standing venture with Rosneft on Sakhalin Island in the Russian Far East that predates the 2013 deals.”
MERCURIA SEEKING TO BUY CITGO COLLATERAL FROM ROSNEFT
Reuters reports, “Energy and commodities trading firm Mercuria is leading a group of investors seeking U.S. government approval to buy the nearly 50 percent of collateral in refiner Citgo held by Russia’s Rosneft”. Reuters notes, “The investors’ move would prevent Moscow from seizing a portion of the ninth-largest U.S.-based refining company,” Citgo, “in the event of a debt default by its parent, state-run Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA),” the Venezuelan state oil company. While Mercuria declined comment, “The commodities firm has a long trading relationship with Citgo Petroleum that allows the U.S.-based refiner to acquire oil on preferential terms.”
SHIT SERGEY LAVROV SAYS TRANSLATED: WE WILL BREACH NPT TREATY
CNBC reports, “Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday that the U.S. was still deploying ‘strategic arms’ in Europe and was training European countries to use nuclear weapons, violating a major nuclear arms agreement called the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).” Translation: Russia is looking for and inventing a pretext to violate the NPT Treaty. CNBC notes, “Article I of the NPT prohibits nuclear states from transferring nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices, or control over such weapons or explosive devices, to any recipient whatsoever, directly or indirectly. Article II prohibits non-nuclear states from receiving the transfer, directly or indirectly.” Lavrov, the donkey, claims, “Everyone understands that this way, the U.S. military prepares the military of European countries for the use of nuclear weapons against Russia”. Contrary to his own misguided fanciful notions of self, Sergey Lavrov does not speak for “everyone,” just himself and the mafia state criminals, murderers, thieves and drug traffickers in the Kremlin – a tiny, infinitesimally small portion of (in)humanity. Consider Lavrov’s words just a preview of today’s State of the Union Putin delivered.
DERIPASKA’S ESCORT ASKS FOR ASYLUM FROM US EMBASSY BANGKOK
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “The woman at the center of Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny’s recent report about an alleged meeting between billionaire Oleg Deripaska and Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Prikhodko has asked for political asylum from the U.S. Embassy in Thailand, where she and an associate were detained after a police raid on a ‘sex training’ seminar.” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty adds, “Anastasia Vashukevich, who goes by the name Nastya Rybka, and her partner Aleksandr Kirillov — known as Alex Lesley — were detained by Thai police in the city of Pattaya on February 25 along with eight other Russian nationals and are expected to be deported to Russia within 48 hours, their representative, Ivan Yunko,” which adds, “Yunko provided RFE/RL with photographs of the handwritten letter he said Vashukevich, Kirillov, and the others sent to the U.S. Embassy in Thailand. In the letter, scrawled in English and addressed to ‘USA Consul,’ Kirillov says that he has been ‘repressed by Russia’ because he provided material for Navalny’s report alleging a meeting on a yacht between Deripaska and Prikhodko, a longtime former senior foreign policy adviser to President Vladimr Putin.” In part, the letter reads, “We ask you political asylim (sic) and help us and protect us as quickly as possible, because we have very important information for USA and we risk our lives very much”. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty notes, “There was no immediate comment from the U.S. Embassy.” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty adds, “Meanwhile, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on February 28 that there is no connection between a visit to Thailand by Nikolai Patrushev, the secretary of Putin’s advisory Security Council, and Vashukevich’s detainment there. Patrushev, who headed Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) between 1999 and 2008, arrived in Bangkok on February 27.” Never believe anything until the Kremlin denies it. The U.S. has an extradition treaty with Thailand whereas Russia has none. Also of note, the Thai authorities previously handed Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout over to American authorities, so there is precedent that predates the 2016 election coup.
I DON’T BELIEVE YOU
BuzzFeed reports, “For the second time since October, Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, pleaded not guilty to charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller’s office. Appearing in court on Wednesday morning, Manafort was arraigned on a new, superseding indictment that a federal grand jury in Washington, DC, returned against him on Feb. 23.” BuzzFeed adds, “For the first time, US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson set a trial date: Sept. 17. Special counsel prosecutor Greg Andres told the judge that they were ready for a trial sooner, but the judge said she thought the fall date was appropriate given the amount of motions and legal fighting she anticipated having to resolve before then.” BuzzFeed notes, “The latest indictment largely tracks the original one that a grand jury returned in October. It charges Manafort with conspiracy to defraud the United States, money laundering conspiracy, failing to disclose to the US government the extent of his work on behalf of former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych and other Ukrainian entities, and making false statements.” BuzzFeed adds, “Bank fraud is the most serious charge filed against Manafort to date — it carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in jail. In Virginia, he’s also facing charges that he submitted false information in tax returns and failed to report foreign bank accounts.”
—–KNOW YOUR ENEMY—–
TRUMP WANTS HIS PERSONAL PILOT TO LEAD THE FAA
Axios reports, “The president’s personal pilot is on the administration’s short list to head the Federal Aviation Administration. Trump has told a host of administration officials and associates that he wants John Dunkin — his longtime personal pilot, who flew him around the country on Trump Force One during the campaign — to helm the agency, which has a budget in the billions and which oversees all civil aviation in the United States.” That’s some bullshit. As Axios notes, “One industry insider equated this to the Seinfeld episode when Cosmo Kramer [on ‘Seinfeld’] used his golf caddy as a jury consultant.”
PRINCELING JARED NEEDS GOVERNMENT TO KEEP HIS BUSINESSES AFLOAT
The New York Times reports, “Early last year, a private equity billionaire started paying regular visits to the White House. Joshua Harris, a founder of Apollo Global Management, was advising Trump administration officials on infrastructure policy. During that period, he met on multiple occasions with Jared Kushner”. While a possible White House job was floated, one never materialized but princeling Jared walked away with capital to keep his business afloat. The New York Times reports, “in November, Apollo lent $184 million to Mr. Kushner’s family real estate firm, Kushner Companies.” The New York Times notes, “Even by the standards of Apollo, one of the world’s largest private equity firms, the previously unreported transaction with the Kushners was a big deal: It was triple the size of the average property loan made by Apollo’s real estate lending arm, securities filings show.” The New York Times adds, “It was one of the largest loans Kushner Companies received last year. An even larger loan came from Citigroup, which lent the firm and one of its partners $325 million to help finance a group of office buildings in Brooklyn. That loan was made in the spring of 2017, shortly after Mr. Kushner met in the White House with Citigroup’s chief executive, Michael L. Corbat”. The New York Times adds, “Apollo, best known for investing in companies such as Caesars Entertainment and Norwegian Cruise Lines, was founded by Mr. [Joshua] Harris, Marc Rowan and its current chief executive, Leon Black. Mr. Black and Mr. Kushner sat next to each other at the 2016 US Open, a few months before the presidential election.” Now wait for the real dirt as, “Apollo does not make real estate loans directly. Instead, it makes them through a so-called real estate investment trust, called Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance. The trust is a publicly traded company with its own set of shareholders. It is managed by Apollo, which charges the trust management fees, and has no employees of its own. One of the largest investors in Apollo’s real estate trust is the Qatari government’s investment fund, the Qatar Investment Authority.” While, “Kushner’s firm previously sought a $500 million investment from the former head of that Qatari fund for its headquarters at 666 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan”. And what did the firms get? A desirable tax loophole which Trump had previously championed was not closed.
From The New York Times.
NY STATE BANKING REGULATOR ASKS 3 BANKS FOR PRINCELING JARED INFO
Reuters reports, “New York’s state banking regulator asked Deutsche Bank and two other lenders for information on their relationships with U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and his family’s real estate company.” Reuters adds, “The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) made the requests to Deutsche Bank, Signature Bank and New York Community Bank for information on loans and other financial arrangements including lines of credit and loan guarantees a week ago”. Reuters notes, “The regulator also asked for information related to other family members”.
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF DELUSIONAL: PRINCELING JARED 2020
POLITICO reports, “Jared Kushner showed up for work at the White House on Wednesday and acted like everything was normal. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser attended the daily senior staff meeting, where he launched into a discussion about Trump’s 2020 reelection bid”. Delusional! Trump might beat this back yet and get it but with princeling Jared around for the ride? He is about to hit massive turbulence, so this will be a fun time for all of us TRUMPISTAN WATCHians as he lingers for a bit in the Department of Delusional. As POLITICO notes, “Now, he is in an increasingly tenuous position, restricted in his ability to view information and limited in his duties — and there is growing speculation about his future in the White House.” Beautiful.
SYRIA IS RUSSIA’S PROVING GROUND
The Jamestown Foundation writes, “the General Staff is certainly exploiting the Syria operations to boost military prestige and extrapolate the lessons learned. However, the potential lessons the General Staff may glean from the complex variety of operational experience in Syria reveals something about the Russian approach to military science. Like no previous conflict since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Moscow has been able to use Syria as a testing ground for personnel, equipment, weapons and experimental systems”. The Jamestown Foundation notes, “The most outstanding features of the Russian military performance in Syria relate to its use of airpower in support of regime forces as well as the limited numbers of Russian troops engaged on the ground. Russia has also gained experience in conducting a train-and-equip program in wartime that has contributed to preventing the collapse of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). Moreover, Russian sources constantly frame these observations in terms of avoiding a ‘second Afghanistan.’” It also sounds like they have studied American forces there and in Iraq and have extrapolated lessons of warfare but are combining it with the Russian way of total destruction. The Jamestown Foundation adds in Russian sources, “the lack of perception by the General Staff that the conflict has exposed weaknesses on the part of Russia’s Armed Forces mitigates a ‘lessons learned approach.’” The Jamestown Foundation reports, “In the context of discussing military operations in Syria, Gerasimov singled out the important role played by the National State Defense Management Center (Natsionalnyy Tsentr Upravleniya Oboronoy— NTsUO), in Moscow, which facilitates operations in real time.” The Jamestown Foundation quotes Gerasimov, “The establishment of the National State Defense Management Center has cardinally changed approaches to the command, control, and management of the state’s entire military organization. This, specifically, is what we experienced during the conduct of operations in Syria. All forms of communication are accessible when the daily data collection and situation analysis is organized. We have begun to feel comfortable in our work, and we have no sense that we are lacking any information”.
From The Jamestown Foundation.
IMAGINE IF MCMASTER WERE A DRUG SMUGGLER, WELL IN RUSSIA IT IS SO
Meduza reports more on the kerfuffle around a bonkers story that began the week out of the Russian Embassy in Argentina and a plane full of suitcases of cocaine that were stored in a school on embassy grounds. The “suitcases packed with 400 kilograms (880 pounds),” and, “A year later, those suitcases were sent to Moscow, but the drugs had now been swapped out for flour, and police detained the recipients in Moscow. Soon after the special operation was announced, Argentinian law enforcement published photographs showing the bags of ‘cocaine’ being loaded onto an Ilyushin Il-96 aircraft with the tail number 96023,” which we knew to be “part of the ‘Rossiya’ Special Flight Detachment, which is responsible for transporting top Kremlin officials”. Now Meduza notes, “The photos have led to speculation that the cocaine was supposed to be smuggled into Russia aboard a plane in Russia’s special detachment. The Kremlin denies these allegations, claiming that the tail number on the plane in the photographs was altered using photo-editing software,” but never believe anything until the Kremlin denies it. So it goes, “On February 27, Argentinian law enforcement announced that the photos of the plane are genuine, stating that the same tail number appears on the pictures in their case files.” Meduza gives us a run down of the reports but perhaps most interesting is, “The Telegraph reported that the drugs were transported to Moscow aboard Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev’s plane.” Patrushev is one of the most significant figures in the Putin regime (also mentioned in the report on Oleg Deripaska’s escort as he arrived in Thailand Tuesday). Then Meduza adds, “Pavel Chikov, the head of the human rights group ‘Agora,’ wrote on his Telegram channel that the cocaine-filled suitcases were discovered at the embassy in December 2016, and on December 20, 2016, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Latin American Department, Pyotr Polshikov, was found dead in his Moscow apartment. He’d been shot in the head, but police called it ‘an accident.’”
TIFFANY TRUMP SELLS THE WHITE HOUSE ON THE MEGA CHEAP
The Washington Post reports, “Tiffany Trump is the kind of Instagram ‘influencer’ whose massive social media following of 958,000 people and high-profile platform (“first daughter” is a pretty exclusive title) makes designers and companies looking for product placements drool. So when the 24-year-old Georgetown Law student posted an Instagram story Tuesday night showing an apparent gift of a luxury nail-polish set from manicurist-to-the-stars Deborah Lippmann, it was no doubt a coup for the beauty brand.” As The Washington Post notes, “Such promotions are common in Hollywood, where A-list actresses regularly thank Lippmann by name from red carpets with a waggle of their well-manicured digits, and elsewhere on Instagram, where model-like women with huge followings tag designers who send them freebies in exchange for the exposure.” However, “they’re hardly typical in Washington, where such transactions just aren’t done.” Seems it is not the first time it isn’t done either. Get this trash out of our lives.
From The Washington Post.
SNOWFLAKE STEVIE + THE STUDENTS WHO HECKLED HIM
The Hill cites a Wall Street Journal story in reporting, “Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin asked the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) not to post a recording of a speaking engagement where students heckled him”. Snowflake Stevie! The best people! The Hill adds, “Mnuchin visited UCLA on Monday to take part in a conversation about the economy at the school’s Burkle Center for International Relations. During the event, students booed and coughed, frequently interrupting him.” It’s like they know how fucking shitty their futures will be if this whole kleptocratic mafia state under Russian occupation were to really take off instead of be on the verge of collapse due to scrutiny, incompetence, arrogance and a strong dose of treason. A UCLA spokesman told The Wall Street Journal that, “After the event, Mnuchin retracted his permission for the school to post video and audio of the event to the internet”. Snowflake Stevie! The Hill hilariously adds, “Mnuchin reportedly addressed the hecklers multiple times during the speech, saying he typically speaks to ‘people who wanna listen to me speak.’” That is definitely not what people who have met with him say; nobody deals with Snowflake Stevie because of what he has to say, only because of who he is, or rather what position he occupies. Also memo to Snowflake Stevie from someone who never wants to hear him speak again but when you fuck over a nation by not sanctioning those who have attacked it and expect everything ever after to go over well, you are not simply an asshole but a rather stupid asshole. Hope that does not hurt too much Snowflake Stevie because it will not be retracted or disappeared from the internet but rather posted for the world to see. The best people!
From The Hill.
—–RADIO MOSCOW: STORIES FROM THEIR PRESS AND OURS—–
RUSSIA CAN RETURN TO THE NEXT OLYMPICS
Reuters reports, “The head of Russia’s Olympic Committee said on Wednesday that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) had reinstated his organization’s membership after suspending it over doping allegations.” Reuters notes, “Russians competed as neutrals in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics after the IOC suspended Russia in December, saying it had found evidence of an ‘unprecedented systematic manipulation’ of the anti-doping system.”
PAMELA ANDERSON IS NOW PLAY ACTING AN AFFAIR WITH PUTIN
The Sun, the British tabloid, reports, “Pamela Anderson ‘hinted at a romance’ with Vladimir Putin during an interview with Piers Morgan”. So gross. The guy is seriously a tiny man and botoxed to shit and rumors are he is physically abusive but more importantly, how much Pamela? While “The ex-Baywatch star was grilled by Piers for the latest episode of his show Life Stories,” it was while Morgan was promoting his show that “Piers said: ‘She’s friends with Julian Assange, she’s friends with Vladimir Putin of all people. She even hints at a bit of a romance with Vladimir Putin!’” So the official story on this is, “The blonde 90s megastar met the Russian leader to try to persuade him to ban seal clubbing in Russia and importing products made from the fluffy sea creatures.” If you believe that, so very sorry as it is maximum covfefe. These are very sad people who obviously rely on Russia for careers of any kind at this point.
From The Sun.
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