—–ON THE AGENDA—–
BALTIC SUMMIT AT THE WHITE HOUSE
Voice of America reports, “The U.S. relationship with fellow NATO members comes under scrutiny again this week as U.S. President Donald Trump hosts a Baltic Summit at the White House on Tuesday. According to a White House statement, Trump and President Kersti Kaljulaid of Estonia, President Raimonds Vejonis of Latvia, and President Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania are set to discuss how to strengthen security, business, trade, energy, and cultural partnerships between the United States and these three NATO allies.” Voice of America notes, “Latvia’s Defense Ministry said Thursday it was concerned by a sudden announcement from Russia that it will test-fire missiles in the Baltic Sea between Latvia and Sweden on April 4 and 6.” Agence France Presse adds, “Baltic state leaders will ask the United States to send more troops and bolster air defences on NATO’s eastern flank to deter Russia when they meet President Donald Trump on Tuesday”.
THE FIRST SCALP: VAN DER ZWAAN SENTENCING THIS MORNING
CNN reports Alex “Van der zwaan is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday in Washington at 10 a.m. ET in the first case in Mueller’s investigation to reach that stage. The Dutch lawyer pleaded guilty to lying to Mueller’s team in February, and likely faces up to six months in prison.” Lock him up! The New York Daily News notes, “The former lawyer for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom” happens to also be “the son-in-law of Russian oligarch German Khan.” Lock him up!
TRUMP INVITED PUTIN TO THE WHITE HOUSE IN CONGRATULATORY CALL
BBC News reports, “Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov announced that US President Donald Trump had invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to a meeting at the White House during their 20 March phone call, according to the TASS state media agency.” BBC News adds, “‘When our presidents spoke on the phone, it was Trump who proposed holding the first meeting in Washington in the White House,’ Mr Ushakov said, according to Russian state news agency RIA Novosti.” Horror of horrors normally lying piece of shit “White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders responded: ‘As the President himself confirmed on March 20, hours after his last call with President Putin, the two had discussed a bilateral meeting in the “not-too-distant future” at a number of potential venues, including the White House.’” The Guardian notes, “The news of a White House invitation, first revealed by the Kremlin, came as the state department confirmed that Russia would be able to replace the diplomats the US expelled last week in response to the nerve agent attack in the UK. Both developments cast doubt on the effectiveness of what the US presented last week as a strong gesture of solidarity with the British government”. Azerbaijan’s Trend News Agency adds, “Belgrade has suggested hosting a meeting between the Russian and US presidents, Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic told Pink TV on Monday, [Russian state-run] TASS reports.” Pink TV began as a turbofolk station in the nineties.
TWITLER LOVES SINCLAIR’S ORWELLIAN OLD SCHOOL PROPAGANDA
Mother Jones reports, “Sinclair Broadcast Group, the unabashedly pro-Trump TV company with nearly 200 stations nationwide, is taking a beating recently for forcing its anchors around the country to read a script railing against ‘fake stories’ and journalists who ‘use their platforms to push their own personal bias and agenda.’” Mother Jones continues, “On Monday, President Trump rushed to Sinclair’s defense in his morning blitz of tweets: ‘So funny to watch Fake News Networks, among the most dishonest groups of people I have ever dealt with, criticize Sinclair Broadcasting for being biased. Sinclair is far superior to CNN and even more Fake NBC, which is a total joke.’” The Washington Post adds, “In a memo to Sinclair employees on Monday, Scott Livingston, the company’s vice president of news, shot back that the company’s critics were ‘upset about our well-researched journalistic initiative focused on fair and objective reporting.’” The Baltimore Sun put it another way in their headline: “Trump tweets away what’s left of Sinclair’s credibility”.
BALLER DEPUTY AG ROSENSTEIN OK’D MUELLER’S MANAFORT PROBE
POLITICO reports, “President Donald Trump’s No. 2 appointee at the Justice Department, Rod Rosenstein, specifically authorized Special Counsel Robert Mueller to investigate former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort and approved his indictment.” POLITICO adds, “Mueller’s team submitted a previously undisclosed memo to a federal court in Washington showing that a few months after Mueller was appointed last May, Rosenstein gave him explicit authority to target Manafort over the financial aspects of his lobbying work for the Ukrainian government — in addition to allegations he was linked to Russian interference in the 2016 election.” Boom. What a baller.
MUELLER LOOKING INTO POSSIBLE ROGER STONE, J-ASS MEETING
The Wall Street Journal reports, “The special counsel investigating alleged links between Trump campaign associates and Russians is looking into longtime adviser Roger Stone’s 2016 claim that he had met with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange”. The Wall Street Journal adds, “In an email dated Aug. 4, 2016, Mr. Stone wrote: ‘I dined with Julian Assange last night’”. For his part, “Mr. Stone said he was flying out of Los Angeles the night before the email, putting him thousands of miles away from Ecuador’s embassy in London, where Mr. Assange has been holed up since 2012 under asylum.” The Wall Street Journal notes, “Mr. Stone has been inconsistent in his statements about WikiLeaks and Mr. Assange. During the 2016 campaign, he indicated that he was in direct contact with Mr. Assange. He has also said he communicated with him, but through an intermediary. In a text message with the Journal Friday, he said he never communicated with Mr. Assange.”
From The Wall Street Journal.
EX FBI DEPUTY DIRECTOR MCCABE ENDS LEGAL FUNDRAISER WITH $500K+
CNN reports, “A fundraiser for fired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s legal defense fund will stop taking donations at 7 p.m. ET Monday after it tripled the original $150,000 goal.” CNN adds, “The GoFundMe campaign had raised more than $530,000 as of Monday morning, far surpassing an updated goal of $250,000. More than 12,000 people donated to the campaign, which was created on March 29. McCabe said in a statement the support has ‘left us stunned and extraordinarily grateful.’” McCabe noted in his statement that he “never imagined we would rely on this type of assistance”. McCabe’s wife, Jill McCabe, also had an op-ed in The Washington Post in which she writes, “Andrew’s a reliable Republican”. In other words, definitely in the tank for Hillary like our fake Russian bullshit president alleges. Deep State!
HOUSE DEMS WANT TO KNOW WHO IS FUNDING TRUMP AIDES’ LEGAL FEES
The Washington Post reports, “Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee raised concerns Monday about the transparency of a legal-defense fund to help defray the costs faced by aides to President Trump who have been drawn into the various Russia investigations. They requested that the Office of Government Ethics produce records that would open up the trust’s operations.” The Washington Post adds, “In a letter sent to OGE Director David Apol on Monday, Democratic lawmakers requested a slew of documents that would show how the fund was established, which concerns were raised during the planning process, and how and whether those issues were resolved. They requested that the office provide the documents by April 12 and that a representative from OGE provide a briefing to the committee by April 13.” The Washington Post notes, “‘The structure of the Fund appears to allow secret donations to these individuals, and it raises serious concerns about whether it complies with ethics, tax, and elections laws, as well as OGE guidance,’ lawmakers wrote, echoing concerns various ethics experts raised after the draft agreement for the trust was made public.”
From The Washington Post.
RUSSIAN STATE-RUN RT GONE FROM DC AIRWAVES
The AP reports, “For years, the state-funded Russian TV channel RT had broadcast its slickly produced English-language news programs over the airwaves in the Washington area. But in early February, the network was taken off the air by a northern Virginia TV station. RT had remained on area cable channels until midnight Sunday when the station permanently closed.” The AP notes Russian state-run “RT blames the loss of the broadcasts on the network having to register as a foreign agent with the Justice Department in November — something that many media outlets with substantial backing from a foreign government have been required to do.” Sad!
From the AP.
RUSSIAN HACKER EXTRADITED TO US WILL APPEAR IN COURT THIS WEEK
USA Today reports, “An accused Russian hacker blamed for attacking LinkedIn, Dropbox and Formspring is finally facing American prosecutors after a lengthy extradition fight in the Czech Republic. Yevgeniy Aleksandrovich Nikulin is due to appear in U.S. federal court in California on Thursday for a detention hearing. He’s facing decades of prison time in connection with the charges.” USA Today recalls, “Nikulin was indicted in October 2016 and taken into custody almost immediately by Czech authorities. But the Russian government also tried to extradite him on charges that some skeptics say were invented to prevent Nikulin from being interviewed by American authorities. House Speaker Paul Ryan raised the issue with Czech officials last month, and Nikulin was sent to the United States days later.” USA Today adds, “All three of the companies Nikulin is accused of hacking are based in California, although Formspring is defunct.”
From USA Today.
LEAKED EMAILS REVEAL KREMLIN TRICKS MENU – WITH PRICES!
The Times of London reports, “Russian attempts to fuel dissent and spread disinformation have been exposed by a cache of leaked documents that show what the Kremlin is prepared to pay for hacking, propaganda and rent-a-mob rallies. Hacked emails sent by Moscow-linked figures outline a dirty-tricks campaign in Ukraine”. Tory MP Bob Seely called it “shopping list of subversion”. Business Insider lists the menu options:
– “$100 to $300 to hack email accounts”
– “$130,500: A plan to ‘troll’ opponents of Russia, ‘demotivate enemies’ on social media, and collect personal data of opponents in Kharviv.”
– “A $120,460 proposal to discussed in June 2015 to arrange for 30 ex-communist figures elected to local government”
– “A $19,200 proposal to buy a month of rallies in Ukraine‘s second-largest city Kharviv, including 100 participants, 3 organisers, and 2 lawyers. Organisers would orchestrate anti-Ukraine, pro-Russia rallies featuring crowds of martial-arts trained protestors, and lawyers would buy off the police”.
PUTIN + ERDOGAN MEET IN ANKARA
Russian state-run Tass reports, “Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meet in Ankara on Tuesday as part of Putin’s first visit abroad after reelection as President of the Russian Federation on March 18.” Russian state-run Tass notes, “Item number one on Putin’s itinerary is a teleconference on the occasion of a start of construction works at the Akkuyu nuclear power plant. The two Presidents are expected to say welcoming words to participants in the project who will get together on the construction floor of the plant.” Russian state-run Tass adds, “Also, Putin and Erdogan will discuss the supplies of S-400 anti-aircraft defense systems and other pressing issues. Russia is making drastic efforts to complete the supplies of S-400 systems to Turkey before 2020.” Recall Turkey is a NATO member, if only barely these days.
From Russian state-run Tass.
SHIT SERGEY LAVROV SAYS: WEST PLAYING “CHILDREN’S GAMES”
BBC News reports, “Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused the UK and Western partners of playing ‘children’s games’ in their response to the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter.” In his unnatural Orwellian manner, Lavrov “accused countries of ‘disregarding all accepted behaviour’ and resorting to ‘open lies and disinformation’”. Well Russophobia in such a context is merely for those who do not wish to end up braindead, dear. Additionally, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he welcomes U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent pledge to pull U.S. troops out of Syria ‘very soon’ now that the Islamic State (IS) militant group has been largely defeated there.” Of course.
UKRAINIANS HAND US ENVOY VOLKER APPEAL FOR POWS IN EAST
Ukrinform reports, “Chairwoman of the Center for Civil Liberties Oleksandra Matviychuk has handed over an appeal on kidnapping, torture and unlawful detention of people in occupied Donbas, Crimea and Russia to U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker.” Ukrinform adds, “the chairwoman of the Center for Civil Liberties notes, ‘the problem is that these lists are incomplete. According to the Kremlin’s republics, 246 (!) people were arrested on suspicion of espionage and treason only in Donetsk last year. We do not know who these people are and in what conditions they are held. We do not know the real scale of this phenomenon. The only thing we know is that the practice of abduction, torture and illegal detention of people in the occupied territory of Donbas is ongoing. The issue of liberation of political prisoners held in Russia and in the occupied Crimea still remains relevant.’”
RUSSIAN SEX COACHES INCLUDING DERIPASKA”S ESCORT STILL IN THAI JAIL
The New York Times reports, “A pair of self-described sex instructors from Belarus have been stuck in a Thai detention center for weeks. They say that they have evidence demonstrating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign in the United States, and that they have offered it to the F.B.I. in exchange for a guarantee of their safety.” The New York Times adds, “In February, a top critic of Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin, released a video that included footage she [Anastasia Vashukevich aka “Nastya Rybka”] recorded during a brief affair she had with a Russian aluminum tycoon while working as an escort aboard his yacht in 2016. The evidence included photos she posted of the tycoon and his guest, Sergei E. Prikhodko, a deputy prime minister, and a recording of them talking about relations between the United States and Russia.” The New York Times notes, “The aluminum tycoon, Oleg V. Deripaska, has close ties with Mr. Putin and with Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, who has been indicted on money laundering charges by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel looking into election interference.” A new detail as The New York Times notes, “The police arrest report says that a ‘foreign spy’ infiltrated the Russian-language seminar and provided the Royal Thai Police with information about the training.” Additionally, “The work permit charge is relatively minor, and Mr. Kirillov had been conducting training sessions in Pattaya for years. But high-level officials appeared to take an unusual interest in this case: Six police generals and two colonels had responsibility for the raid”. The New York Times notes, “A law enforcement official said the F.B.I. tried to speak with the two but was not successful.”
From The New York Times.
CNN reports, “Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office is defending an agreement it made with a Dutch lawyer tied to former Trump deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates to waive his right to request public records.” CNN adds, “In a new court filing, prosecutors make clear that Alex van der Zwaan knows key details about Mueller’s ongoing investigation.” The Monday morning filing reads, “Van der Zwaan is in an unusual position of having information related to the office’s investigation that is not widely known — including information that he knows first-hand due to his role in the conduct the Office is investigating”. CNN recalls, “Last week, prosecutors revealed that van der Zwaan was privy to fall 2016 communications between Gates and a person with ties to the Russian military intelligence service, and that his knowledge of those communications was relevant to the investigation.” Prosecutors argued, “Van der Zwaan’s forfeiture of his Freedom of Information Act ability prevents him from interfering with the Mueller investigation by requesting documents from it, tipping others off to ‘investigative facts that are otherwise not known’ and burdening the office with freedom of information tasks,” according to CNN.
The Wall Street Journal reports, “Special counsel Robert Mueller has asked questions about the work of a private consulting firm that has undertaken projects for the United Arab Emirates, according to people familiar with the investigation, suggesting his probe is looking more deeply at foreign influence in Washington.” The Hill adds, “Mueller’s team has begun asking questions about the private consulting firm Wikistrat and its founders, Joel Zamel and Daniel Green.” The Hill notes, “Mueller’s team met with Zamel and questioned him about his business relationship with George Nader, a top adviser to UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed who also had a close relationship with the Trump administration last year.”
TAKE ON ME
Think Progress reports, “On Thursday at a Chicago nightclub, Papadopoulos had some drinks and, in a conversation with a new acquaintance, allegedly made new and explosive claims about Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Papadopoulos, according to this new acquaintance, said that Sessions was well aware of the contact between Papadopoulos and Joseph Mifsud, an academic from Malta with high-level connections in Russia. Papadopoulos’ indictment revealed that Mifsud had told Papadopoulos that the Russians had ‘”dirt” on then-candidate Hillary Clinton in the form of “thousands of emails.”’” Think Progress adds, “Jason Wilson, a computer engineer who lives in Chicago, told ThinkProgress that Papadopoulos said during their conversation that ‘Sessions encouraged me’ to find out anything he could about the hacked Hillary Clinton emails that Mifsud had mentioned.” Think Progress continues, “Wilson said he recognized Papadopoulos and his wife Simona Mangiante at Hydrate, a Chicago nightclub, on Thursday night at approximately 11 p.m. Wilson sat down their table and introduced himself. He said the couple, who were drinking vodka, were extremely friendly and a bit flattered that Wilson had recognized them.” After reading this initially TRUMPISTAN WATCH asked a friend who goes to nightclubs in Chicago unless they are gay clubs or drag shows; in the grocery store last night, coincidentally the checkout clerk said he was going out after work to a drag show at Hydrate, the club Papadopoulos was spotted at, which is located in Boys Town, the city’s historic gay neighborhood. Think Progress notes, “Wilson provided ThinkProgress with a photo of Papadopoulos, Mangiante, and himself outside of Hydrate. The bar’s address is visible over Papadopoulos’ shoulder.”
From Think Progress.
—–KNOW YOUR ENEMY—–
TIMOTHY SNYDER ON THE ORIGINS OF UNFREEDOM
Raw Story interviews Timothy Snyder, author of a new book on Unfreedom. Raw Story notes how Snyder sees “the United States, in Europe and Russia are bouncing between these poles of what you call the politics of inevitability and the politics of eternity. In both cases, the role of citizens is shrinking.” Snyder elaborates, “By the politics of inevitability, what I mean are ideas of automatic progress where we don’t think they’re really alternatives [remaining] in history. We think capitalism is going to create democracy and there aren’t really any alternatives, and history’s basically over. A lot of us have been living with that spirit, unfortunately, in the last 25 years and we’ve educated a whole generation I’m afraid, largely in that spirit.” Certainly Barack Obama embodies this spirit, as does Macron to a certain, lesser extent. Snyder continues, “What happens when inevitability goes wrong is that people then slip into something that I call the politics of eternity. Let’s say inevitability leads to economic inequality, which it does. Let’s say people stop seeing that there is a future, which they do. In many parts of the U.S. that’s already happened. It’s been happening since 2008; it’s been happening for a decade now. That means that people have been vulnerable to another idea, which says, ‘Well, all the good stuff was in the past and the reason why things aren’t good anymore is other people. It’s the immigrants. It’s blacks. It’s Muslims. It’s the outsiders.’” Snyder observes, “we’re kind of shifting from one thing to the other thing; of expecting a future where things were automatically going to get better according to certain rules, to then shifting to a situation where we’re all kind of spinning around. Whether we’re on the right or the left now, we don’t really expect the government to be doing anything. We just expect it to give us our daily injection of feeling righteous, or feeling outraged.” Snyder notes how totally absent ideology this all is as, “The other thing that is new is the kind of lack of a final goal. In the 20th century, there were big ideas about where you might take the nation, or where you might take the class. Those don’t exist anymore.”
From Raw Story.
WHITE HOUSE CHANGES ITS STORY ON FIRED VA SECRETARY DAVID SHULKIN
POLITICO reports, “The White House appears to be shifting its explanation about the departure of former Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, now saying he was offered ‘the opportunity to resign’ after previously saying that he ‘resigned from his position.’ The changing narrative comes as Shulkin has refused to go quietly, saying he was fired and accusing the White House of politically knifing him.”
TRUMP TRIES TO MOVE STORMY SUIT INTO ARBITRATION
POLITICO reports, “Lawyers for President Donald Trump are asking a federal judge to order that an arbitrator resolve a dispute with Stormy Daniels, a former adult film actress, over an alleged ‘hush money’ agreement reached weeks before the 2016 presidential election as she shopped a story about an alleged sexual liaison with Trump a decade earlier.” POLITICO adds, “In a new court filing on Monday afternoon, they asked U.S. District Court Judge James Otero to require Daniels to pursue any disagreements in arbitration, as the agreement provides.”
TRUMP APPEALS IN ZERVOS SEXUAL ASSAULT CASE
POLITICO reports, “Lawyers for President Donald Trump are seeking an appeal after a judge last month refused to dismiss a lawsuit by a former ‘Apprentice’ contestant who says Trump groped and kissed her following her appearance on the reality-TV show.” POLITICO adds, “Trump’s attorneys filed court papers over the weekend to appeal the New York court decision that allows Summer Zervos to proceed with her lawsuit, in which she says Trump defamed her by denying her account of their encounters.”
THIRD WOMAN SUES TRUMP TO INVALIDATE NDA
CBS News reports, “A third woman has come forward with a lawsuit seeking to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) related to Donald Trump”. The woman, “Jessica Denson, a former Trump campaign staffer, signed an NDA as a condition of her employment with the campaign.” CBS News adds, “Denson’s document does not appear to be a hush money agreement or one related to a sexual relationship with Donald Trump. Denson previously sued Mr. Trump for employment discrimination and defamation.” CBS News adds, “In November 2017, she sued the campaign for employment discrimination and defamation. Denson claims she was discriminated against, harassed, and subject to a hostile work environment at the Trump campaign, especially after she was promoted to Hispanic engagement director soon after she was originally hired. The NDA requires disputes to be settled in arbitration, so she is moving to have the NDA invalidated.” CBS News notes, “In her original lawsuit, Denson claimed the campaign accused her of illegally leaking portions of Mr. Trump’s taxes. She also claims Steve Bannon, a top adviser to the president-elect, offered her a job in the transition which did not materialize. “
From CBS News.
RUSSIA + THE NRA: FTW
Rolling Stone reports, “In November 2013, the president of the National Rifle Association, David Keene, was introduced as an honored guest at the conference of the Right to Bear Arms, a gun lobby in Moscow. ‘There are no peoples that are more alike than Americans and Russians,’ Keene said. ‘We’re hunters. We’re shooters. We value the same kinds of things.’ Keene underscored his friendship with Alexander Torshin, a top politician in the ruling party of Vladimir Putin; for the past three years, Keene said, ‘I’ve hosted your senator Alexander Torshin at the National Rifle Association’s annual meetings.’” What shared values? Greed and indifference to minorities and the plebes? The infiltration of the NRA was largely the operation of “Torshin, now 64,” described as, “a roly-poly politician, perhaps five feet six, with thick glasses and a passion for borscht”. Rolling Stone notes, “His embrace of Keene, says Steven Hall, who served as chief of Russian operations for the CIA until 2015, was about more than forging ‘an international brotherhood of the NRA.’” Of great note, “Russia experts believe Torshin’s interest in U.S. gun culture masked a dark, ulterior motive. ‘It’s all a big charade, basically,’ Glenn Simpson, founder of the research firm behind the infamous Steele Dossier, testified to the House Intelligence Committee. Much of what passes for civil society in modern Russia is, in fact, controlled by Putin. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee published a January 2018 report on ‘Putin’s Asymmetric Assault on Democracy,’ which describes how the Kremlin has ‘sought to co-opt civil society by ‘devot[ing] massive resources to the creation and activities of state-sponsored and state-controlled NGOs,’” also known as GONGOs or Government Organized Non-Governmental Organizations. Rolling Stone notes, “Nearly as soon as Torshin joined the NRA, he began targeting the gun lobby’s leadership, leaning on a friend, a Nashville lawyer named G. Kline Preston IV,” who is described, rather unfortunately, as “a jovial Russophile”; others might call him a know nothing. Naturally Preston is very pro-Putin (“He’s been fantastic for Russia”). Disturbingly, Rolling Stone adds, “A campaign banner from Putin’s 2012 election hangs in Preston’s Nashville office, also decorated with Russian nesting dolls of the Trump family. Preston believes Russia shares the values of the American South, but his own views are reactionary.” However, “Outside the NRA bubble, however, senator Torshin was becoming infamous. Spanish authorities reportedly sought to arrest him at a 2013 birthday party for Alexander Romanov, a member of the Russian Taganskaya mob,” as Rolling Stone notes, “Romanov referred to Torshin as ‘boss’ and ‘godfather’ on intercepted phone calls; Spain suspected Torshin had laundered 14 million euros through the purchase of a hotel on the island” of Mallorca. Torshin infiltrated the NRA “with Marina Butina, who would become the face of gun rights in Russia.” Rolling Stone notes, “Right to Bear Arms’ international outreach extended to John Bolton, the former U.N. ambassador and longtime NRA activist,” who will soon destroy the world when he takes office as Trump’s National Security Advisor on April 9. “At the 2014 convention in Indianapolis, Butina met with the highest-ranking officers of the NRA – including, Rolling Stone can report, Wayne LaPierre, the NRA’s executive vice president.” Of note, “Trump addressed the NRA’s 2015 convention in Nashville. “We need strength,” Trump said. ‘We need people that are respected. Putin has no respect for our president.’ Torshin has claimed he met Trump in Nashville, and that Trump ribbed him: ‘So, you’re from Russia – when are you going to invade Latvia?’ The Trump White House has denied this encounter took place.” Given that one of the things Latvia is famous for is the women, it’s very possible that it was a country on Trump’s radar.
From Rolling Stone.
CALIFORNIA WANTS TO PREVENT TRUMPIAN LAND GRAB SO HE SUES
POLITICO reports, “The legal war between the Trump administration and the state of California expanded Monday as the Justice Department sued to block a new state law that limits transfers of federal lands. The suit, filed in federal court in Sacramento on Monday, contends that the state law is unconstitutional because it interferes with Congress’ right to control the sale of federal property.” POLITICO notes, “California’s Legislature adopted the law last October at the urging of environmentalists concerned that the Trump administration was readying plans to sell off federal land for real estate development, mining or drilling.” In a properly realized full Trumpistan, we are no longer citizens but rather Trump owns the country and we are his sheep.
RUSSIA CONSIDERING PERMANENT NAVAL PRESENCE IN BLACK SEA
Russian state-run Sputnik reports, “The command of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet is considering the issue of ensuring the safety of navigation in the north-eastern part of the Black Sea, in particular, the permanent presence of naval forces and equipment in this area, in addition to maritime border guards,” citing “a Crimean security source”.
AFTER DINING WITH TRUMP FRIDAY, HANNITY WARNS OF CIVIL WAR
Mediaite reports, “Hannity warned listeners that a ‘civil war’ could tear this country apart if Special Counsel Robert Mueller decides to go after Trump,” on his radio show Monday afternoon. Mediaite quotes Hannity, “This country is headed towards a civil war in terms of two sides that are just hating each other and if Robert Mueller wants, there’s a big red button in the middle of the table,” adding, “And if Robert Mueller is so pompous and so arrogant and so power hungry and so corrupt that he’s going to hit the red button and he’s going to ignite a battle that we’ve not seen in this country before.”
TRUMP’S 2020 CAMPAIGN MANAGER PICKING A FIGHT WITH CNN
The Hill reports, “President Trump’s 2020 campaign manager is calling for Jim Acosta to be stripped of his press credentials after the CNN White House correspondent questioned Trump during the White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday. Brad Parscale shared an article from The Daily Caller, which reported that Acosta ‘yelled at Trump’ during the event.” Jesus he is just as much and every bit the antidemocratic authoritarian shitbird his boss is. The Hill notes in response, “‘Just doing my job,’ Acosta tweeted. ‘Which is protected by the First Amendment of The Constitution. You might want to give it a read.’” But you know meanwhile the republic is in flames but how dare a journalist try and ask a question on behalf of other humans at great risk of seeing their lives upended during a precious Easter egg roll! Très scandale!
From The Hill.
RUSSIAN BOTS LOVE THOSE WHO WANT DEAD KIDS
The Washington Post reports, “Embattled Fox News host Laura Ingraham has found some unlikely allies: Russian bots.” Of course. The Washington Post adds, “Russian-linked Twitter accounts have rallied around the conservative talk-show host, who has come under fire for attacking the young survivors of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting. According to the website Hamilton 68, which tracks the spread of Russian propaganda on Twitter, the hashtag #IstandwithLaura jumped 2,800 percent in 48 hours this weekend. On Saturday night, it was the top trending hashtag among Russian campaigners.” Additionally, “The website botcheck.me, which tracks 1,500 ‘political propaganda bots,’ found that @ingrahamangle, @davidhogg111 and @foxnews were among the top six Twitter handles tweeted by Russia-linked accounts this weekend. ‘David Hogg’ and ‘Laura Ingraham’ were the top two-word phrases being shared.” That’s right! Russia is literally trolling our children.
From The Washington Post.
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