—–ON THE AGENDA—–
MERKEL VISITS WASHINGTON
The Washington Post reports, “German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s one-day visit to Washington on Friday includes meetings at the White House and a news conference alongside President Trump, but it is a businesslike affair that seems more duty than pleasure for both leaders.”
From The Washington Post.
HISTORIC KOREAS SUMMIT AS TWO LEADERS SIGN ACCORD TO END WAR
The AP reports, “With a single step over a weathered, cracked slab of concrete, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made history Friday by crossing over the world’s most heavily armed border to greet South Korean President Moon Jae-in for talks on North Korea’s nuclear weapons. Kim then invited Moon to cross briefly back into the north with him before they returned to the southern side.” Th AP adds, “both leaders smiled broadly as Moon grasped Kim’s hand and led him along a blindingly red carpet into South Korean territory, where school children gave Kim flowers and an honor guard stood at attention for inspection, a military band playing traditional Korean folk songs beloved by both Koreas and the South Korean equivalent of ‘Hail to the Chief.’ It’s the first time a North Korean leader has crossed over to the southern side of the Demilitarized Zone since the Korean War ended in 1953,” without a signed armistice. On Friday, CNN reports, “Leaders of the two Koreas have agreed to end the Korean War, 65 years after hostilities ceased, in a wide-ranging joint announcement struck Friday, that includes working towards the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his North Korean counterpart, Kim Jong Un, signed the ‘Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification on the Korean Peninsula,’ at the demilitarized zone (DMZ) that has divided the two countries for more than six decades.” CNN adds, “Following the signing ceremony, the two leaders clasped hands and hugged in a symbolic act of togetherness after a full day of meetings, including a 30-minute private conversation beamed live around world.” CNN reports, “In separate speeches they promised a new era for the Korean Peninsula. Addressing the world’s media, Kim said the Koreas ‘will be reunited as one country.’” The declaration included, “Quadrilateral meetings to be held with the Koreas, the US and China ‘with a view to declaring and end to the War,’” transforming the DMZ “into a peace zone,” “A commitment to reunite families separated by the war with family reunion programs to resume on August 15 this year,” “The establishment of a joint liaison office in Kaeseong, a shared economic zone near the border,” “Closer diplomatic relations,” and “Joint teams to be sent to international events, starting with the 2018 Asian Games.” Gives you chills to see one of the oldest conflicts dating back to the early Cold War wind down.
TRUMP GIVES TOTALLY UNHINGED BATSHIT “FOX + FRIENDS” INTERVIEW
Trump gave a totally unhinged batshit 30-minute phone interview to his favorite show “Fox and Friends” Thursday morning. CNN reports, “President Donald Trump denied on Thursday that he told former FBI Director James Comey that he didn’t spend a night in Moscow, saying, ‘Of course I stayed there.’” Even the lies reveal further lies. The Washington Post adds, “Trump hinted that he may get more deeply involved in the management of his Justice Department,” noting, “Trump said that he tries to ‘stay away from’ intervening in the Department of Justice, before adding, ‘But at some point I won’t.’” He raged on and “Trump quickly turned to slamming his own Justice Department’s leadership, complaining that 13 of Mueller’s investigators are Democrats and that Andrew McCabe, the deputy director of the FBI who was recently fired just shy of his retirement, accepted $700,000 from a Clinton ally for his wife’s unsuccessful 2016 Virginia state Senate campaign.” But on planet fantasy, “Trump, who has repeatedly demonized both the FBI and the Justice Department leadership, also cast himself as a champion of the agency. ‘By the way, you take a poll at the FBI — I love the FBI,’ he said. ‘The FBI loves me.’” BuzzFeed News adds, “During the 30-minute long phone interview with Fox & Friends, where the president spoke almost uninterruptedly, he went off on his Justice Department, saying he was ‘very disappointed’ by them and that there were people in the Justice Department ‘that shouldn’t be there.’”
STORMY FRONT: TRUMP GIVES BATSHIT FOX + FRIENDS INTERVIEW
The Washington Post reports, “President Trump made a rare public comment about the Michael Cohen-Stormy Daniels case Thursday morning, playing down the lawyer’s work for him and insisting that he didn’t know about Cohen’s business activities.” The Washington Post adds, “While describing Cohen’s allegedly limited work for him — a ‘tiny fraction’ of his legal work, Trump assured — Trump confirmed to ‘Fox and Friends’ that Cohen ‘represented’ him in the Daniels case.” What Trump said exactly was, “He represents me — like with this crazy Stormy Daniels deal, he represented me.” The Washington Post adds, “Daniels’s attorney, Michael Avenatti, said shortly after Trump’s interview that this constitutes a ‘hugely damning admission.’” The Washington Post notes how cornered our fake Russian bullshit president is as, “Experts generally agree that Trump faces an impossible choice. He can either disown Cohen’s actions — which would undermine both his claims to attorney-client privilege and the non-disclosure agreement that Daniels signed — or he can own them and potentially implicate himself in Cohen’s actions.” The New York Daily News adds, “President Trump’s bizarre phone interview with ‘Fox and Friends’ Thursday morning was used against him only hours later by federal prosecutors in New York,” at work on the Michael Cohen case.
FORMER JUDGE APPOINTED SPECIAL MASTER IN MICHAEL COHEN CASE
POLITICO reports, “A New York federal judge says she is appointing a former Manhattan federal judge to help determine what materials seized in raids on the home and office of President Donald Trump’s private attorney are protected by attorney-client privilege. Judge Kimba Wood said Thursday at a hearing that Barbara Jones has the right amount of experience to handle the study of materials seized in the April 9 raids that targeted attorney Michael Cohen.” POLITICO adds, “Jones was a federal judge in New York for 17 years before leaving for private practice five years ago.”
KREMLIN LAWYER AT TRUMP TOWER MEETING VERY CLOSE TO KREMLIN
The New York Times reports, “newly released emails show that in at least one instance two years earlier, the lawyer, Natalia V. Veselnitskaya, worked hand in glove with Russia’s chief legal office to thwart a Justice Department civil fraud case against a well-connected Russian firm.” The New York Times adds, “Ms. Veselnitskaya also appears to have recanted her earlier denials of Russian government ties. During an interview to be broadcast Friday by NBC News, she acknowledged that she was not merely a private lawyer but a source of information for a top Kremlin official, Yuri Y. Chaika, the prosecutor general.” In the interview she describes herself as a lawyer and informant.
From The New York Times.
BILL TO PROTECT MUELLER PASSES IN SENATE COMMITTEE
The AP reports, “Bipartisan legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller now lies in the hands of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell after the GOP-led Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to advance it. McConnell, R-Ky., has said the bill is unnecessary and he won’t let it reach the Senate floor. But the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee added to the pressure on McConnell by voting for the measure and saying McConnell should change his mind.” The AP adds, “‘While my constitutional concerns remain, I believe this bill should be considered by the full Senate,’ said Sen. Chuck Grassley.” The AP notes, “four Republicans joined Democrats in the 14-7 vote to pass the legislation from committee.” The AP notes, “Trump appeared to suggest Thursday he has no intention of trying to fire Mueller, for now. But he left open the possibility he could change his mind,” during his batshit morning call-in interview with “Fox and Friends”. The AP reports, “The legislation would give any special counsel a 10-day window to seek expedited judicial review of a firing and would put into law existing Justice Department regulations that a special counsel can only be fired for good cause.” The four lawmakers sponsoring the bill are “GOP Sens. Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Democrats Chris Coons of Delaware and Cory Booker of New Jersey”.
From the AP.
CONSTANT COVFEFE: NEW TEXTS FROM ADULTEROUS FBI PAIR TO CONGRESS
Fox News reports, “Recovered text messages exchanged by anti-Trump FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page have been delivered to at least five congressional committees”. Oh be still, my beating heart. Remember the non-existent FBI Secret Society? Well at the heart of its origin myth are texts sent between these two while engaging in an extramarital affair whilst investigating Hillary Clinton’s private email server. They were joking and it’s clear but the death cult GOP will grasp for any strand they think they can cling to so as to propel their tsunami of disinformation.
From Fox News.
AMERICA’S TOP DIPLOMAT IS A RAGING HOMOPHOBIC ISLAMOPHOBE NOW
POLITICO reports, “The Senate confirmed Mike Pompeo to be President Donald Trump’s secretary of state on Thursday, after a handful of Democrats facing difficult reelection challenges joined every Republican in backing the CIA director. Pompeo’s hawkish foreign policy views drew strong opposition from the left, but he ultimately won over Democratic Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Bill Nelson of Florida, Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Doug Jones of Alabama.” POLITICO adds, “Pompeo, who was confirmed on a 57-42 vote, was sworn in early Thursday afternoon by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, according to State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert.” POLITICO notes, “Almost immediately after being sworn in, Pompeo was to fly to Brussels for a meeting of foreign ministers, followed by stops in Riyadh, Jerusalem and Amman over the next four days.” POLITICO adds, “Pompeo is also expected to play a major role in talks with North Korea. He met with dictator Kim Jong Un over Easter weekend in a private trip to Pyongyang. The secret summit came ahead of an expected meeting between Trump and Kim.”
POMPEO ARRIVES AT NATO HQ
The New York Times reports, “A day after he was sworn in as secretary of state, Mike Pompeo arrived at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Friday morning with some words his hosts eagerly wanted to hear as he started a four-day, four-nation trip that will include talks with top allies about Russian aggression and the Iran nuclear deal.” The New York Times adds, “Mr. Pompeo, however, will also reiterate Mr. Trump’s frequent complaints that some NATO members are not spending enough on their own defense, and the alliance will discuss its unsuccessful efforts to defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan. The secretary of state will fly on Saturday to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he will meet King Salman and Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir. On Sunday, he will travel to Israel, where he will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and he will then go to Amman, Jordan, for talks with King Abdullah II. He is scheduled to return home Monday.”
From The New York Times.
STATE DEPARTMENT ADDING MORE STAFF, FUNDING TO FIGHT V. DISINFO
Axios reports, “Amid criticism that it has failed to adequately respond to Russian propaganda and misinformation, the State Department says it’s adding new staff and resources to the effort. The latest: State’s Global Engagement Center (G.E.C), designed to counter propaganda from U.S. adversaries, has now been exempted from a hiring freeze and plans to bring on experts on Russia, China and Iran, Acting Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Heather Nauert told Axios.”
WE HAVE AN AMBASSADOR TO GERMANY, FINALLY
The Washington Post reports, “The Senate voted Thursday to confirm Richard Grenell — a Republican commentator, operative and former aide to new national security adviser John Bolton — as the next ambassador to Germany, despite objections from Democrats that his past epithets about prominent female politicians made him unfit for the job.” The Washington Post adds, “The vote of 56 to 42 establishes Grenell as the U.S. envoy to Berlin just in advance of a planned Friday visit from German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the United States.” The Washington Post notes, “Grenell worked on restrictions and sanctions against Iran over its nuclear ambitions as the long-serving spokesman for the U.S. mission to the United Nations during the George W. Bush administration — where he worked with Bolton during his stint as U.N. ambassador. Since leaving the government, he has been openly critical of the Iran deal, calling it ‘a direct blow to the U.N.’s credibility’ and the negotiations that led to it ‘a colossal and dangerous waste of time.’” The Washington Post adds, “Democrats have focused on the undiplomatic tone Grenell has struck in several comments on his Twitter profile and as a frequent commentator on Fox News, where he has jeered about the appearance of several high-profile political women, including Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Madeleine Albright and Callista Gingrich, Trump’s ambassador to the Vatican,” and wife of former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (the two were engaged in an affair as Newt lead the charge to impeach Bill Clinton over a blow job). Luckily women are not really people in Trumpistan, they are just sort of these sex things whose pussies you grab or whatever, so who cares.
From The Washington Post.
MATTIS TELLS CONGRESS RUSSIA SANCTIONS PUNISHING ALLIES
Defense One reports, “Because no good deed goes unpunished, a law passed last year to hold Russia accountable for international adventurism has now hamstrung the Pentagon’s efforts to counter Moscow’s influence, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told lawmakers”. Defense One adds, “‘Russia is in a position, basically, to checkmate us,’ Mattis said, because last year’s Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, or CAATSA, makes it difficult for the U.S. to convert countries who have historically depended on Moscow’s defense exports into American allies. The law imposes sanctions, among other groups, on anyone who buys Russian military equipment. The secretary said there needs to be a ‘national security exception’ for countries the U.S. is trying to woo away from Moscow.” Defense One notes, “Mattis asked senators to create a ‘national security waiver’ for CAATSA in this year’s defense policy bill, which the committee is currently working on. He suggested that the power to grant such a waiver would reside with the State Department, and would help the U.S. avoid being ‘boxed in’ by Russia.”
From Defense One.
NATO MINISTERS MEETING AT BRUSSELS HQ
The AP reports, “NATO will hold its last major meeting in its old headquarters on Friday, with talks focused on strained ties with Russia, a fresh peace effort in Afghanistan and a new training mission for Iraq. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the allies are trying to arrange a meeting with Moscow’s envoy before U.S. President Donald Trump joins his NATO counterparts in Brussels for a summit in July.” The AP adds, “The ministers, holding their 70th and final meeting before moving across the road to NATO’s new, sprawling billion-dollar premises, will also discuss Georgia and Ukraine’s aspirations to join the world’s biggest military alliance.” And “On NATO expansion, Stoltenberg said the ministers will discuss the wishes of Macedonia and Georgia, noting that Macedonia could be given an invitation to join at the July summit if a dispute with Greece over the tiny former Yugoslav republic’s name is resolved.”
From the AP.
FCC APPEARS TO BE INTENTIONALLY DELAYING NET NEUTRALITY REPEAL
Vice’s Motherboard reports, “While numerous news outlets claimed net neutrality officially died this week, that’s not technically true. Before net neutrality rules can truly be scrubbed from the books, the repeal needs to not only be posted to the Federal Register, but the US Office of Management and Budget needs to sign off on the flimsy replacement protections proposed by the FCC. But consumer advocates this week pointed out that the FCC appears to be intentionally delaying the final repeal via intentional, bureaucratic gridlock.” Vice’s Motherboard notes, “Harold Feld, one of the foremost authorities on FCC and telecom policy, wrote a blog post this week noting that the delay is particularly unusual for an FCC that (falsely) proclaimed that the rules had a massive, negative impact on ISPs ability to invest in broadband networks.” Vice’s Motherboard adds Feld observes, “There is absolutely no reason for FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to have stretched out this process so ridiculously long. It is especially puzzling in light Pai’s insistence that he had to rush through repeal of net neutrality over the objections of just about everyone but the ISPs and their cheerleaders…” So what’s going on? Vice’s Motherboard notes, “The most popular theory is that ISPs and the FCC wanted more time to garner support for their effort to pass a bogus net neutrality law. A law they promise will ‘solve’ the net neutrality feud once and for all, but whose real intention is to pre-empt tougher state laws, and block the FCC’s 2015 rules from being restored in the wake of a possible court loss. While it may seem like ISPs scored a major victory with last December’s vote at the FCC, that’s simply not the case. Given the FCC’s bizarre behavior during the repeal (ranging from ignoring comment fraud and identity theft during the public comment period to making up a DDOS attack), the repeal remains on some shaky legal ground courtesy of FCC ethical gaffes. In addition to their looming legal challenge, ISPs are worried that more than half the states in the country are now pursuing their own net neutrality rules.”
From Vice’s Motherboard.
OLEG DERIPASKA HOPES TO KEEP RUSAL BUT CHANGE UP THE BOARD
Bloomberg reports, “Oleg Deripaska plans to keep control of United Co. Rusal even as the Russian aluminum giant battles for survival in the face of harsh U.S. sanctions”. Reuters reports, “Russia’s Rusal (0486.HK) will overhaul its board and management in the hope the United States will remove the aluminium firm from a sanctions list so it can restart shipments to its customers around the world.” Reuters adds, “Russia’s Rusal will be forced to quit the global aluminum market and focus on domestic consumers if the United States does not lift sanctions once an independent board is in place.”
GAZPROM BUILDING NEW PIPELINES TO THE FINNISH BORDER
The Independent Barents Observer reports, “Gazprom CEO Aleksey Miller confirms that towns and villages along the border to Finland will be linked up with the company’s pipeline grid. In a meeting with Head of Karelia Artur Parfenchikov, the Gazprom leader said that his company this year will spend 1.45 billion rubles (€19 million) on the construction of a pipeline to the town of Pitkäranta and nearby settlements. In addition, the company will continue to plan for the laying of a pipeline to Kostomuksha. That pipeline will be connected also with the towns of Sortavala, Pudozh and Lakhdenpokhja”.
TWITTER + FARABOOK BLOCKED IN TELEGRAM BAN
The Moscow Times reports, “Russia’s campaign to block the messaging service Telegram temporarily took down Twitter, Facebook and Russian tech giants, according to a registry of blacklisted Internet Protocol (IP) addresses.” The Moscow Times adds, “State media regulator Roskomnadzor has begun blocking websites en masse to enforce an April 13 court order to ban Telegram over its refusal to grant access to its users’ private messages to Russia’s security services. Google and Amazon cloud services have experienced major disruptions as Roskomnadzor continues to seek their cooperation in denying Telegram accessibility.” Why does this feel like a test version of a larger operation, one that may take place abroad and not in Russia?
From The Moscow Times.
LATVIAN PARLIAMENT VOTES TO DISMANTLE OFFSHORING STRUCTURES
Reuters reports, “Latvia’s parliament voted on Thursday to scale back domestic banks’ ties with risky shell firms under laws aimed at tackling money laundering, but pressure will remain on the Baltic state to do more. Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis vowed to improve policing of banks after the United States triggered the closure of Latvia’s third biggest bank, ABLV, accusing it of money laundering and breaching sanctions on North Korea.” By way of background, “Since securing independence from Russia in 1991, more than a dozen Latvian banks have promoted themselves as a gateway to Western markets for clients in Russia and former Soviet states such as Ukraine – and promised Swiss-style secrecy for clients,” Reuters notes, adding, “In many cases, money was lodged in a Latvian bank and then funneled to accounts elsewhere, such as Switzerland”. Reuters reports, “More than 200 million euros was taken out of Latvia last year in cash, bringing the total value of banknotes leaving to more than 750 million euros since the start of 2015.”
—–KNOW YOUR ENEMY—–
TO UNDERSTAND NORTH KOREA, TRUMP ADVISORS MADE HIM A MODEL
Reuters reports, “Early in his administration, Trump was shown a scale model of North Korea’s sprawling nuclear bomb test site with a removable mountaintop and a miniature Statue of Liberty inside so he could grasp the size of the facility”. Reuters notes, “Trump’s defenders say he is adept at absorbing facts visually. ‘His successful building career means he was very good at studying architectural renderings and floor plans. So he’s a visual learner, and it works well for him,’ the White House official said.” As childlike as this seems, this is not so unusual. In the 1980s, the CIA made short films for then President Ronald Reagan about geopolitical events and world leaders ranging on everything from the Andropov succession to Chernobyl.
MICHAEL COHEN: MORE CONNECTIONS TO RUSSIA THAN AEROFLOT
The Wall Street Journal reports that Trump’s personal attorney and fixer Michael Cohen “once bragged that he was part of the Russian mob,” in the words of Business Insider, adding, “According to The Journal, Cohen once told someone at a former friend’s wedding that he belonged to the Russian mob.”
From Business Insider.
MEET THE RASKINS, TRUMP’S NEW LAWYERS!
The Washington Post has us meet “Jane and Martin Raskin, a husband and wife who practice law together in a Miami suburb,” who our fake Russian bullshit president hired after meeting them earlier this month at Mar-a-Lago. The Washington Post notes the Raskins “have both tried and defended clients in criminal cases and in hardball negotiations with prosecutors.” The Washington Post adds, “Jane Raskin has a long-ago work connection with Mueller, which associates said could be a plus to Trump’s legal team. She prosecuted Mafia underbosses for a federal Organized Crime Strike Force in Boston when Mueller held supervisory positions in the U.S. attorney’s office there. Mueller closely tracked her work, according to associates.” The Washington Post adds, “Martin Raskin headed the criminal division in the U.S. attorney’s office in Miami. After his marriage to Jane, the couple opened a two-person firm, Raskin & Raskin, in Coral Gables, specializing in white-collar defendants.”
From The Washington Post.
YOU MEAN THE LYIN’ WHITE HOUSE LIED, AGAIN!?
The New York Times reports, “The F.B.I. first gave the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, a file containing spousal abuse allegations against Rob Porter in March 2017, according to a detailed new timeline the bureau has given to Congress that casts further doubt on the West Wing’s account of how accusations against one of President Trump’s closest advisers were handled.” The New York Times recalls, “Mr. Porter, Mr. Trump’s staff secretary, resigned under pressure in February after allegations that he had been physically violent toward two former wives were aired in the press. The White House — which initially sprang to his defense — has issued several competing accounts of how Mr. Trump’s team handled the allegations, which they insisted no senior officials knew about until just before Mr. Porter left his job.” The New York Times notes, “Mr. Porter’s former wives have said the F.B.I. interviewed them about their abuse claims in January 2017. Mr. Porter himself also alerted Mr. McGahn that an aggrieved ex-wife was making potentially damaging accusations about him”. The New York Times adds, “In November, the F.B.I. gave the White House another report, Mr. Roberts wrote, ‘which contained additional derogatory information.’” Lovely!
From The New York Times.
ATYPICAL HAPPENINGS FOR A MAFIA STATE: BEING HELD TO ACCOUNT
The New York Times reports, “Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, testified on Capitol Hill on Thursday in what turned out to be a daylong grilling over allegations of ethical infractions and lavish spending.” We are not even a proper –stan if the grifters must face a grilling! We are neither here nor there but instead in a post-Soviet purgatory here in the former USA. The New York Times adds, “Democrats opened an aggressive, coordinated line of questioning — on Mr. Pruitt’s spending, housing arrangements, security team and raises for political appointees,” with questions concerning how “he had approved pay raises for two E.P.A. employees he brought with him from Oklahoma,” and “whether he had sidelined or demoted at least five employees who disagreed with him”. Meanwhile, “Republicans also chastised Mr. Pruitt from the beginning, but their questions tended to be much more gentle.” That’s the GOP death cult we all know and occasionally fear, perhaps less than we should! Pruitt of course enjoys first class travel on the taxpayer and what is so wrong with that? To attack a man for his penchant for luxury reeks of McCarthyism! And if there is one thing the death cult knows, it’s McCarthyism, it’s just not about or for Russians anymore. But before long the accountability anxious Democrats were back at it asking about “Pruitt’s famous soundproof booth, installed in his E.P.A. office at a cost of $43,000. The Government Accountability Office has ruled that the expenditure broke the law.” Ugh, McCarthyism! Pruitt was also asked about real estate he had in a shell company in Oklahoma – which he clarified as “financial structures” – as well as about how “the E.P.A. would restrict the kinds of scientific studies that it would use in forming policy,” staffing and other things no active measure actively dismantling their agency should ever have to account for in a proper kleptocratic mafia state. Witch hunt! Axios adds, “The EPA has sent some lawmakers a 23-page document detailing — and defending — the various spending and ethical controversies facing Administrator Scott Pruitt ahead of two House hearings today.”
From The New York Times.
RYAN DISMISSES HOUSE CHAPLAIN WHO PRAYED FOR ECONOMIC EQUITY
The Washington Post reports, “House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) dismissed the Rev. Patrick J. Conroy this month as chaplain of the chamber”. The Washington Post notes, “Conroy said he did not know whether politics were behind his departure. But he pointed to a prayer he had given on the House floor in November, when Congress was debating tax overhaul legislation.” The Washington Post adds his comments on that occasion included the words, “May their efforts these days guarantee that there are not winners and losers under new tax laws, but benefits balanced and shared by all Americans.” How dare he want economic equity for those people! They live across town, they are not like us!
From The Washington Post.
HALF OF DEATH CULT GOP BELIEVES MEDIA IS “ENEMY OF PEOPLE”
The Washington Post reports that propaganda works as, “Last month, Quinnipiac University’s pollsters asked Americans if they agreed with the sentiment Trump expressed in that tweet,” of Twitler’s in his first month in office where he declares, “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!” The result? The Washington Post reports that last month “Nearly 4 in 10 said yes — including more than 8 in 10 Republicans.” And “In a poll released Thursday,” it seems, “Less than a quarter of the public says that the news media broadly are better described as an ‘enemy of the people’ than an ‘important part of democracy.’ But among Republicans, more than half preferred the former term to the latter.”
From The Washington Post.
KREMLIN SPOKESMAN STILL USING TELEGRAM DESPITE BAN
The Moscow Times reports, “Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said he still uses the Telegram messaging service despite the state regulator’s efforts to block it from being accessible in the country.” Meanwhile, “Ordinary Russians experienced major disruptions with online payments, games, even so-called ‘smart homes’ while Telegram lost an estimated 3 percent of its Russian audience.” Hypocrisy is the order of the day for all serving the Russian mafia state, however confirming the absence of true believers in state directives, “‘It works for me and there’s nothing to it,’ the RBC business portal cited Peskov as saying on a conference call with reporters Thursday.”
From The Moscow Times.
—–TOWARDS A PEACEFUL NUCLEAR EXCHANGE—–
MACRON BELIEVES TRUMP WILL PULL OUT OF THE IRAN DEAL
The Wall Street Journal reports, “French President Emmanuel Macron said it was his ‘bet’ that President Donald Trump would withdraw the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal, a move he said would lead to a period of heightened tensions with an outcome that was hard to predict.” Of course this comes after “Macron traveled to Washington this week hoping to persuade Mr. Trump to stay in the 2015 accord”.
From The Wall Street Journal.
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