TRUMP WANTED ADVICE ON PUTIN FROM MERKEL
CNN reports, “President Donald Trump questioned German Chancellor Angela Merkel about how to deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their at times heated discussions at the White House last week”. CNN adds, “Merkel, the longest-serving leader in the European Union, has a well-established history and rivalry with Putin. It’s not clear what advice she offered Trump, though the officials suggested the President at times didn’t really seem to be listening to the answers. The officials said the one-on-one meeting was calm and Trump ‘behaved himself’ but became agitated at a larger plenary session, which became contentious when he repeatedly raised the issue of Germany’s large trade surplus and its defense spending, which falls below the NATO-recommended threshold.”
TRUMP-BACKED RAID SEIZES TRUMP’S MEDICAL RECORDS FROM DOCTOR
NBC News reports, “In February 2017, a top White House aide who was Trump’s longtime personal bodyguard, along with the top lawyer at the Trump Organization and a third man, showed up at the office of Trump’s New York doctor without notice and took all the president’s medical records. The incident, which Dr. Harold Bornstein described as a ‘raid,’ took place two days after Bornstein told a newspaper that he had prescribed a hair growth medicine for the president for years.” NBC News adds, “Bornstein told NBC News that he felt ‘raped, frightened and sad’ when Keith Schiller and another ‘large man’ came to his office to collect the president’s records on the morning of Feb. 3, 2017. At the time, Schiller, who had long worked as Trump’s bodyguard, was serving as director of Oval Office operations at the White House.” NBC News notes, “‘They must have been here for 25 or 30 minutes. It created a lot of chaos,’ said Bornstein, who described the incident as frightening.” NBC News reports, “Bornstein said the original and only copy of Trump’s charts, including lab reports under Trump’s name as well as under the pseudonyms his office used for Trump, were taken.” NBC News adds, “Another man, Trump Organization chief legal officer Alan Garten, joined Schiller’s team at Bornstein’s office, and Bornstein’s wife, Melissa, photocopied his business card. Garten declined to comment for this article.” NBC News notes, “Bornstein said that Trump cut ties with him after he told The New York Times that Trump takes Propecia, a drug for enlarged prostates that is often prescribed to stimulate hair growth in men. Bornstein told the Times that he prescribed Trump drugs for rosacea and high cholesterol as well.” NBC News reports, “During Trump’s presidential campaign, Bornstein wrote a letter declaring ‘unequivocally’ that Trump would be the healthiest president in history. He called Trump’s health ‘astonishingly excellent.’ The Trump campaign released the letter in December 2015. In his recent interview, Bornstein told NBC News that the language in the letter actually came from Trump.” So what is Trump hiding? Top guesses include pills or an STD.
From NBC News.
MUELLER RAISED FAKE POTUS SUBPOENA POSSIBILITY IN MEETING
The Washington Post reports, “In a tense meeting in early March with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, President Trump’s lawyers insisted he had no obligation to talk with federal investigators probing Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. But Mueller responded that he had another option if Trump declined: He could issue a subpoena for the president to appear before a grand jury”. The Washington Post reports, “In the wake of the testy March 5 meeting, Mueller’s team agreed to provide the president’s lawyers with more specific information about the subjects that prosecutors wished to discuss with the president. With those details in hand, Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow compiled a list of 49 questions that the team believed the president would be asked”. The Washington Post adds, “Trump’s remade legal team is now led by former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, who told The Washington Post on Tuesday that he views Mueller as the utmost professional, but is still reviewing documents and considering conditions he might set before deciding whether to recommend that Trump agree to an interview. ‘Hopefully we’re getting near the end. We all on both sides have some important decisions to make,’ Giuliani said. ‘I still have a totally open mind on what the right strategy is, which we’ll develop in the next few weeks.” Damn, that could mean a negotiated surrender – could it not? The Washington Post notes, “In the meantime, Trump’s lawyers are also considering whether to provide Mueller with written explanations of the episodes he is examining.”
From The Washington Post.
TRUMP’S LEGAL TEAM LACKS PROPER SECURITY CLEARANCES
Bloomberg reports, “Donald Trump’s current team of lawyers lacks the security clearances needed to discuss sensitive issues related to a possible presidential interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller”. Bloomberg notes, “Trump’s former lead lawyer John Dowd had been the only member of the president’s personal legal team with a security clearance”. Bloomberg adds, “When Dowd quit in March over disagreements with Trump on legal strategy, Jay Sekulow became the lead lawyer on the investigation and is still waiting for his clearance.”
FAKE POTUS TAKES ON FORMER FIXER VIA TRASHY TABLOID PRESS
CNN reports, “A National Enquirer cover story targeting Michael Cohen could be a strong sign President Donald Trump is upset with his personal lawyer and turning against the man known for years as his ‘fixer,’ a source close to Trump said.” CNN adds, “Enquirer publisher David Pecker, who is a longtime friend of Trump’s, would not have allowed the publication of the story — which featured a headline including the phrase ‘Trump’s Fixer’s Secrets & Lies’ — without the President’s blessing.”
SURPRISE! MUELLER GOES DEEPER THAN DEATH CULT GOP’S SHAM
POLITICO reports, “Robert Mueller wants to question President Donald Trump about a change to the 2016 Republican Party platform’s language about Ukraine and Russia, rekindling a subject that House Republicans dismissed as a non-starter.” Not only does the death cult GOP in Congress not care about Ukrainian sovereignty, they barely deign to care about sovereignty in the former USA. POLITICO adds, “President Donald Trump has denied any role in a decision by party activists at the 2016 Republican National Convention to strike language calling for the supply of U.S. arms to help Ukraine defend against Russian territorial aggression. Instead, the convention delegates approved only a vague call for the provision of ‘appropriate assistance’ to Ukraine’s pro-Western forces.” POLITICO notes, “It’s unclear whether Mueller has any specific reason to doubt Trump’s denial, but he has access to documents and witnesses never consulted by the House Intelligence Committee”.
UKRAINE HALTS COOPERATION WITH MUELLER
The New York Times reports in Ukraine, “four meandering cases that involve Mr. Manafort, Mr. Trump’s former campaign chairman, have been effectively frozen by Ukraine’s chief prosecutor. The cases are just too sensitive for a government deeply reliant on United States financial and military aid, and keenly aware of Mr. Trump’s distaste for the investigation by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, into possible collusion between Russia and his campaign, some lawmakers say.” The New York Times notes, “The decision to halt the investigations by an anticorruption prosecutor was handed down at a delicate moment for Ukraine, as the Trump administration was finalizing plans to sell the country sophisticated anti-tank missiles, called Javelins.”
From The New York Times.
BALLER ROSENSTEIN ACCUSES DEATH CULT GOP OF EXTORTION ATTEMPT
The Washington Times reports, “Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Tuesday compared the articles of impeachment drafted against him by members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus to an extortion attempt.” Such a baller! “‘There have been people who have been making threats privately and publicly against me for quite some time and I think they should understand the Department of Justice is not going to be extorted,’ he said, speaking at the Newseum’s Law Day event. ‘We are going to do what is required by the rule of law and any kind of threats anybody makes are not going to affect the way we do our job.’” Baller! The Washington Times notes, “The House Freedom Caucus, led by Rep. Mark Meadows, North Carolina Republican, has drafted eight articles of impeachment against Mr. Rosenstein, multiple media outlets reported late Monday. Those drafts reportedly accuse Mr. Rosenstein of abusing his authority when he renewed a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant on Trump campaign aide Carter Page ahead of the 2016 presidential campaign.” The Washington Times adds, “The impeachment draft states that Mr. Rosenstein ‘failed to enforce multiple laws’ including ‘improper authorization of searches and electronic surveillance’ under FISA and failing to act on behalf of the attorney general by ‘failing to demonstrate probable cause to believe the targets of surveillance were a foreign power or agents of a foreign power,’ the news outlets reported.” So how did America’s biggest baller respond? “‘They can’t even resist leaking their own drafts,’ he said. ‘I just don’t have anything to say about documents like that, that nobody has the courage to put their name on and that they leak in that way.’” Goddamn, take notes. This is how you become a baller.
From The Washington Times.
THE MALTESE PROFESSOR MAKING IT IN MOSCOW
BuzzFeed News reports, “Joseph Mifsud, the enigmatic Maltese professor at the center of the Trump-Russia probe, was in Moscow just weeks before special counsel Robert Mueller unsealed court documents alleging that Mifsud had told a Trump campaign adviser that Russia had ‘dirt’ on Hillary Clinton”. BuzzFeed adds, “Three weeks after his Russia trip, Mifsud was identified as the unnamed ‘overseas professor’ who allegedly told foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos in April 2016 that Russia had thousands of emails from the Democrats. That was weeks before the Democrats themselves were aware that their computer systems had been hacked. Mifsud was last seen in public Oct. 31, 2017, in Rome. His current whereabouts are unknown,” so he’s probably in Russia, perhaps chillin’ like a villain with the Agalarovs and the Russian mafia all-stars at the Ritz. BuzzFeed notes, “the new information on Mifsud’s travels indicates that even after he’d been questioned by the FBI, and as US investigators were about to make his role public, he remained in contact with Russian government circles. The Maltese professor was formally invited to Moscow by the Russian Council of International Affairs (RIAC), a think tank close to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, according to a visa dated Oct. 4, 2017.” BuzzFeed adds, “In Moscow, Mifsud participated in a seminar about security challenges in Yemen organized by RIAC and Saudi Arabia’s King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies. Two sources at RIAC told BuzzFeed News that Mifsud was a member of the official delegation of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, who was in Russia on an official visit to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the same dates.” BuzzFeed reports, “During his stay in Moscow, Mifsud met with at least one other individual referenced in the Mueller documents. According to the documents, Mifsud introduced Papadopoulos to a “Russian national connected to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs” over email in April 2016. Media reports have suggested that the unnamed Russian national is Ivan Timofeev, RIAC’s director of programs. Timofeev acknowledged over email that Mifsud was in Moscow last October and volunteered the information about the seminar, but he declined to say whether they discussed interactions with Papadopoulos.”
From BuzzFeed News.
DEMOCRATS PUSHING FOR SUBPOENA OF MANAFORT’S CHICAGO BANK
Bloomberg reports, “Two Democratic lawmakers are pushing for the House Oversight Committee to issue a subpoena to force the Federal Savings Bank in Chicago to turn over documents related to its loans to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.” Yes, it remains remarkable that the bank’s initials are FSB, just as it is incredible that princeling Jared is set to go into default over loans to a building with the address number 666. The truth is stranger than the fictions.
ACTIVE MEASURES WATCH: JILL STEIN IS A GARBAGE PERSON
CNN reports, “Green Party 2016 presidential candidate Jill Stein downplayed Russia’s meddling in the 2016 US election on Tuesday by pointing to US overseas intelligence efforts.” Oh, hello Russian mouthpiece! CNN adds, “She went on to add later, ‘We’re in a multipolar world right now and we need to behave as an exemplary member of the community and that is by upholding ourselves and leading the way on international law, human rights and diplomacy.’” No, no we are not; the U.S. is still vastly richer and vastly outspending all competitors in defense spending. Who is our peer competitor, Jill Stein? It’s not Russia. We have one big problem and Jill Stein helped that orange sack of shit into office by acting as a spoiler on the left. America First has given us something akin to multi-polarity but in limited form.
BRITISH PARLIAMENT SUMMONS ZUCK FOR A RECKONING
ITV reports, “The select committee for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has ordered Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to give evidence before its inquiry into fake news by May 24 – or face a summons next time he’s on British soil.” He is likely as chicken shit as George W. Bush whose outstanding warrants at the Hague have prevented travel to Europe because responsibility is for the poors who must lift themselves up by their bootstraps. ITV notes, “Facebook’s chief technical officer Mike Schroepfer testified before the inquiry on April 26 but committee chair Damian Collins found his evidence ‘lacked many of the important details that we need’.” ITV adds, “In his letter to Facebook UK’s head of public policy Rebecca Stimson, Mr Collins wrote: ‘Following reports that he will be giving evidence to the European Parliament in May, we would like Mr Zuckerberg to come to London during his European trip.’” The likelihood of Zuck accounting publicly for his extreme negligence however is probably nil as “Mr Collins noted that parliament does have the power to compel him to appear if he continues to refuse to do so.” Toothless accountability will not protect what is called democracy. However, “The committee has requested Zuckerberg to appear before its inquiry into fake news by May 24, giving the billionaire chief executive until May 11 to respond.” Will he? Do Zuck and FARAbook even care about bad form? Ultimately there is a difference between telling yourselves you are good and connecting the world and connecting yourself to the British Parliament to bring the world back together.
CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA BARRED FROM TWITTER ADVERTISING
Tech Crunch reports, “It has emerged that Cambridge Analytica, the political consultancy firm at the center of a data misuse storm involving Facebook user data, has also been banned from advertising on Twitter’s platform.” Tech Crunch adds, “A Twitter spokesperson confirmed to us what the company describes as a ‘policy decision to off-board advertising from all accounts owned and operated by Cambridge Analytica on advertising’, adding the decision was taken ‘weeks’ ago.”
From Tech Crunch.
RUSSIAN FIGHTER JET BUZZES US MILITARY PLANE OVER BALTIC SEA
Fox News reports, “A Russian fighter jet buzzed a U.S. military spy plane in the Baltic Sea on Tuesday morning”. Fox News adds, “The Russian Su-27 jet performed a ‘safe’ but ‘unprofessional’ intercept of a U.S. Navy P-8 surveillance plane while flying in international airspace over the Baltic Sea. The Russian jet came within about 20 feet of the U.S. Navy aircraft, but the American pilots told officials they never felt threatened or unsafe,” because they are brave men and women. Fox News notes, “It’s the first incident between Russian and American military aircraft since January, when a Russian fighter jet buzzed a U.S. Navy EP-3 spy plane over the Black Sea.”
From Fox News.
RUSSIAN MILITARY SPENDING DROPPED LAST YEAR
Reuters reports, “Russian military spending fell by a fifth last year, its first decline in nearly two decades, with tighter purse-strings likely to affect Moscow’s military activity ahead, a report by defense think-tank SIPRI showed on Wednesday.” Great! Reuters adds, “while global military spending rose one percent to $1,739 billion last year, Russia’s fell 20 percent in real terms to $66.3 billion, the report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) showed.” Reuters notes, “It was the first fall since 1998, a year of a major crisis when Russia’s economy collapsed and it defaulted on domestic debt.” Life is beautiful!
US TREASURY EXTENDS A LIFELINE TO SANCTIONED RUSSIAN COMPANIES
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “The U.S. Treasury Department has extended a deadline for investors to relinquish their interests in three Russian companies, a move that gives the firms time to reduce ties with Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska and ultimately avoid U.S. sanctions.” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty adds, “Late on May 1, Washington extended by a month until June 6 a deadline for Russian Energy giant En+, aluminum producer Rusal, and automotive manufacturer GAZ to carry out divestment plans to reduce Deripaska’s holdings in each of the companies.”
UK LAWMAKERS BACK MAGNITSKY ACT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSERS
Reuters reports, “Britain will be able to impose sanctions on people who commit gross human rights violations under a so-called ‘Magnitsky amendment’ backed by members of parliament on Tuesday.” So the oligarchs can really sweat their cushy London lives now that it has been terribly inconvenient to host them. Reuters notes, “The amendment to a new Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill going through parliament passed without a vote as it was backed both by the ruling Conservatives and the main opposition Labour Party.” Reuters adds, “The amendment is not specifically aimed at Russians, but it comes at a time of crisis in relations between Britain and Russia”. Bravo Bill Browder, take a bow!
LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE WON’T TRADE IN DERIPASKA’S EN+ NOW
The Telegraph reports, “EN+’s journey from blockbuster flotation to ignominy appears to be almost complete after the London Stock Exchange said it would suspend trading in the sanctions-hit energy giant from tomorrow,” so today, May 2. Victory! Eat it, Oleg! The Telegraph adds, “The LSE said it would halt trading in EN+’s global depositary receipts – certificates that allow UK investors to hold its shares – from 5:15pm tomorrow.” Bye bye!
From The Telegraph.
RUSSIA’S GOT MONEY TROUBLES: ROSNEFT REMIX
Reuters reports, “Russia’s largest oil producer Rosneft (ROSN.MM) has proposed a $2 billion share buyback to improve returns, alongside plans to cut total debt and trading liabilities by a minimum of 500 billion roubles ($7.9 billion) this year. Rosneft said in a statement on Tuesday that it would reduce debt partly by selling non-core assets, adding that the proposed share buyback programme would be carried out between 2018 and 2020 through open market repurchases.” Reuters adds, “The company also said it would achieve an improvement in its working capital position of 200 billion roubles by the end of 2018 through ‘a number of initiatives in the trading business and the procurement function’.” Procurement is the term Russia is using to politely gloss over wholesale theft from competitors.
FREE ESTONIA HOSTS ITS LARGEST MILITARY EXERCISE
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “An international military exercise involving 13,000 troops from 16 countries kicked off in Estonia on May 2. The exercise, dubbed Siil (Hedgehog) is scheduled to last until May 14 and is the largest such drill to be held in the Baltic country since it regained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty adds, “Part of the exercise will be held in neighboring Latvia. Besides the Estonian military, some 2,000 troops from 15 countries — the United States, Britain, Germany, France, Canada, Poland, Ukraine, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, and Georgia — were set to take part.”
CNN reports, “The special counsel’s office wants two more months before it looks toward sentencing former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who has pleaded guilty to lying to investigators and is cooperating in the Russia probe.” CNN notes, “Flynn pleaded guilty five months ago. Prosecutors have previously delayed scheduling his sentencing.” CNN adds, “On Tuesday, they said they would provide an update to the court no later than June 29,” noting, “George Papadopoulos, who also worked on the campaign with Flynn, had a status report due to the court last week, and its deadline was pushed back one month.”
MICHAEL CAPUTO MEETS SENATE INTEL COMMITTEE
ABC News reports, “Former Trump campaign aide Michael Caputo was on Capitol Hill Tuesday for a closed-door meeting with Senate Intelligence Committee investigators as part of the panel’s probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.” ABC News notes, “Caputo worked for the Trump campaign from November 2015 to June 2016 as a political adviser. Last summer, Caputo testified before the House Intelligence Committee in a closed-door session.” CNN adds, “Former Donald Trump campaign aide Michael Caputo slammed the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Russia investigation on Tuesday, charging that the probe has cost him $125,000 and is forcing him to move from the Buffalo area in order to pay off legal bills.” Yeah treason fucking sucks, buddy. Tell us about it!
—–KNOW YOUR ENEMY—–
WHAT’S IT WORTH ANYWAY IF KISSINGER + AUNG SAN SUU KYI HAVE ONE?
The Washington Post reports, “Early progress toward an agreement aimed at ridding North Korea of nuclear weapons has suddenly raised an idea that thrills many Republicans as much as it horrifies many Democrats: a Nobel Peace Prize for President Trump.” Yes you read that right, sprinkle some covfefe on it and eat it for breakfast. Just a thought but, “the prospect of a Nobel Prize for Trump has set off a fierce partisan debate over whether such an honor is deserved so early in negotiations — especially given North Korea’s long history of dangling promises regarding its nuclear capability upon which it later fails to deliver.” Shucks! Reality and truth is creeping in… shut it down! The Washington Post adds that so eager are foreign officials to butter up our fake Russian bullshit president that, “South Korean President Moon Jae-in — who has gone out of his way to flatter Trump and credit him for helping to lay the groundwork for a potential diplomatic breakthrough — added to the debate Monday,” when he said, “President Trump should win the Nobel Peace Prize,” over the likely objections of every minority with a brain in America and of course the parents of over 700 would-be immigrant kids he has cruelly ripped from their parents, not to mention the women he treats like pieces of meat. For more dousing of cruel reality and truth, “Christopher R. Hill, a former senior diplomat who led denuclearization talks with North Korea at the end of the George W. Bush administration, joked that Trump’s internal challenges are daunting. Alongside the high hurdle of any deal with North Korea, he is seeking peace while advised by Bolton. ‘On the Nobel, if the president can work with John Bolton, he will have earned it,’ Hill quipped.”
From The Washington Post.
POMPEO BUTTERS UP THE PRESS
POLITICO reports, “Mike Pompeo, the new secretary of state, is leaning hard into the side of the job his predecessor seemed to hate the most: public relations. Within hours of being confirmed last week, Pompeo took along several journalists on a trip to Europe and the Middle East, answering their questions in public and private, and appearing Sunday on ABC News’ ‘This Week.’ He’s planning a town hall meeting with State Department staff soon. And he may even start tweeting.” Last time he tweeted regularly during the campaign it was usually to promulgate and then delete conspiracy theories, but will the press care or remember? Of course not! Batter, flour, fry, that is how you cook fish but also the media. POLITICO adds, “On Tuesday afternoon, his first full day in Foggy Bottom itself, Pompeo will deliver a speech introducing himself to the department. Staffers and journalists won’t be the only ones listening; foreign diplomats will also parse Pompeo’s words carefully.” Of course this is all supposed to contract with the far smarter Rex Tillerson who, “refused to engage reporters, didn’t hold a town hall until three months in and had no social media presence. U.S. diplomats soon found themselves aimless, lacking guidance from Tillerson and his small coterie of advisers. Veteran NBC News reporter Andrea Mitchell took to loudly asking questions of a silent Tillerson during his public appearances, videos of which went viral. The department’s daily press briefing, a decades-old tradition, was put on ice for nearly two months. Under pressure, Tillerson brought it back, but in a scaled back format. Headlines asked: ‘Where’s Rex?’” Alas, that is what TRUMPISTAN WATCH is asking now. Circumstance trumps substance.
UDAY WANTS DETAILS ON WIFE’S INHERITANCE
People Magazine reports, “Donald Trump Jr. is trying to find out how much money his estranged wife, Vanessa, has in the bank after a report that her family recently inherited millions of dollars from her late father.” But isn’t he supposed to be the son of a self-professed, super scammy billionaire? People adds, “a ‘defendant’s demand for statement of net worth’ was filed on behalf of President Trump’s eldest son on Friday in Manhattan Supreme Court.”
From People Magazine.
MICHAEL COHEN OWES MAD MONEY IN TAXES ON TAXI BUSINESS
New York real estate publication The Real Deal reports, “As the federal investigation into his financial and business dealings continues, Michael Cohen is facing more than $185,000 in new state warrants for unpaid taxes on his taxi businesses. The new round of warrants means Cohen owes a total of $282,000 to New York State in taxes for 16 of his taxi-medallion holding companies”.
From The Real Deal.
THIS IS THE RACIST GARBAGE THEY ARE + THEY ARE NOT SORRY
USA Today reports, “Carl Higbie, the director of advocacy at the pro-Trump America First Policies, said the comments that led to his resignation from a Trump administration post in January were ‘statistical observations’ that were ‘taken out of context’ and were not racist.” When racism goes back out of fashion, remember who the racists and the garbage and the Nazis are during this time because that is not going away despite all forthcoming disavowals, for now they remain loud and proud. USA Today recalls, “Higbie, a former Navy Seal, stepped down as chief of external affairs for the Corporation for National and Community Service, which manages the volunteer organization AmeriCorps, on Jan. 18 after CNN’s KFile uncovered radio interviews in which Higbie made remarks disparaging remarks about African-Americans, women, homosexuals and Muslims.” USA Today notes, “Among the comments highlighted by CNN were Higbie saying that black women ‘think that breeding is a form of employment’ and that the ‘high percentage of people on welfare in the black race’ is because of ‘lax’ morals. Higbie also said, ‘I believe wholeheartedly, wholeheartedly, that the black race as a whole, not totally, is lazier than the white race, period.’” Dignity is hard for the Trumpistani elites, both respecting it in others but also possessing it themselves – the struggle is all too real when you are complete garbage.
From USA Today.
FROM “LAW + ORDER” TO CRIMINAL CANDIDATES
The Washington Post reports, “Former New York congressman Michael Grimm is a felon who has admitted to hiring undocumented workers, hiding $900,000 from tax authorities and making false statements under oath. To hear him tell it, that’s a reason Staten Island Republicans should vote him back into office. ‘It’s almost identical to what the president has been going through,’ Grimm says of the federal investigation that led to his imprisonment. ‘It’s not an accident that under the Obama administration, the Justice Department was used politically. And that is all starting to come out.’” The fake “law and order” president has candidates with “Criminal convictions, once seen as career-enders, are no longer disqualifying,” now riding his coattails. The Washington Post notes the breakdown in law and order as, “Following his lead, Republican Senate candidates with criminal convictions in West Virginia and Arizona have cast themselves as victims of the Obama administration’s legal overreach. Another former Trump adviser who pleaded guilty to a felony has also become an in-demand surrogate, as Republicans jump at the chance to show their opposition to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.”
From The Washington Post.
EVERYTOWN AGAINST THE NRA + RUSSIA
NPR reports, “As attendees of the National Rifle Association’s annual convention ride on the interstate this week from the Dallas airport to their convention hall, they might look out the window to see a billboard questioning why the group has ‘cozied up’ with Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin.” What a polite term for all the sexy time the NRA and Russia have been engaged in! The group behind the ads, “Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control group that opposes the NRA,” was also the lead organizer behind this spring’s “March for Our Lives” that was propelled forward by students following the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida by a red cap. Everytown will also “be blanketing the homepage of the Dallas Morning News with ads on the links between NRA and Russia starting on Thursday, to coincide with the start of the convention.” Additionally, “Throughout the four days of convention, a mobile truck billboard will circle the convention center, as well as the site of the NRA’s prayer breakfast and the site of the NRA’s country music event. In Russian and English, they’ll ask NRA convention attendees: ‘How much money have you taken from Russia?’ and ‘Why have you cozied up to Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin?’” Great questions! Also, why don’t they love America? Is it because the last president of the former USA was Black? If so, what a bunch of sad, stupid racists! No wonder they need their guns: the problems they have cannot be solved with their brains.
—–RADIO MOSCOW: STORIES FROM THEIR PRESS AND OURS—–
THIS IS RUSSIA’S WAY OF SAYING KANYE MADE THAT CHOICE
CBS News New York reports, “Before the last one had a chance to simmer down, Kanye West caused another stir, calling American slavery a ‘choice’ in an interview Tuesday.” Recall Kanye visited Moscow in November 2016 and while the enslavement of many from Africa in the new world was definitely not a choice, it’s important to recall here that Russia only sees others as enemies or vassals. Do you imagine they see an enemy or a vassal in chaos agent Kanye? This is Russia’s way of saying Kanye made that choice.
From CBS News New York.
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