USA Today reports, “President Trump said Monday he will disclose his plans for the future of the Iran nuclear deal at 2 p.m. ET Tuesday, as his hard-line advisers urge him to kill the deal and allies around the world urge him to stay in.” Money on he sides with the hard liners. USA Today adds, “Trump’s options range from efforts to re-impose sanctions on Tehran to delaying any move on the agreement he has condemned since his first days on the campaign trail in 2015.” USA Today notes, “The president’s new secretary of State and his national security adviser, Mike Pompeo and John Bolton, are much more anti-agreement than their predecessors, Rex Tillerson and H.R. McMaster, suggesting that Trump is prepared to void it by seeking to reimpose sanctions on Iran.” USA Today adds, “A steady stream of foreign dignitaries — French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson — have visited the United States to lobby Trump to stick with the Iran agreement.” (On Johnson’s visit see more below in “BREAKING”).
From USA Today.





Ok Trumpistanis, who has not raped or smacked a bitch? Just kidding – because that’s about the seriousness with which any accusation by any woman was ever taken before now. Trumpistan, like the former USA before it has a MASSIVE violence against women and minorities problem! Who knew? Well women, but can you trust a bitch with her own story? White men, who control all the instruments of justice in the former USA, surely never did. So it goes that #MeToo has claimed another scalp, this one critical to the investigations into Trump associate Michael Cohen! The New York Times reports, “Eric T. Schneiderman, the New York State attorney general who rose to prominence as an antagonist of the Trump administration, abruptly resigned on Monday night hours after The New Yorker reported that four women had accused him of physically assaulting them.” Oh hello! Sadly his transgressions are not even exceptional now that all of Trumpistan’s raping and bludgeoning of women and their rights — remember only unborn fetuses have true personhood rights – are seeing daylight! While Schneiderman denies the accusations, his resignation is effective as of the end of the day today. The New York Times adds, “Two of the women who spoke to the magazine, Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam, said they had been choked and hit repeatedly by Mr. Schneiderman. Both said they had sought medical treatment. Another woman, a lawyer, said she was slapped violently across the face. A fourth woman said she had similar experiences.” Is that so wrong? Nobody in the former USA gave a fuck! The New York Times notes, “All the women in the article, who had been romantically involved with Mr. Schneiderman, said the violence was not consensual.” The New York Times reports, “Under New York’s Constitution, Mr. Schneiderman’s replacement will be selected by the State Assembly and Senate by joint ballot — effectively placing the decision in the hands of the Assembly, which has many more members.” Because this is in TRUMPISTAN WATCH, it is relevant to our fake Russian bullshit president and investigations into him and his associates, “Since 2017, Mr. Schneiderman had raised his profile nationally by taking on President Trump’s agenda repeatedly in the courts. He was pushing to change state law so that his office could prosecute Mr. Trump’s aides even if the president pardoned them; his resignation makes the status of that effort less certain.” The New York Times notes, “By night’s end, Mr. Schneiderman had retained a criminal defense lawyer from the law firm of Lankler Siffert & Wohl, a person with knowledge of the matter said.” But he would never hurt a fly.

From The New York Times.



The New York Times reports, “President Trump trained his rancor on federal investigators on Monday and appeared to warn that negative material would emerge about the prosecutors leading the inquiry into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.” The New York Times adds, “In a series of Twitter posts on Monday, the president said the investigation was being run by Democrats and raised the question of whether the special counsel’s work was being drawn out to influence the outcome of the coming midterm congressional elections, when Democrats could win enough seats to take control of the House and possibly the Senate.” However, “The veiled threat to the special counsel,” is not the same as the New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who operates on the state as opposed to federal level. CNN adds, “President Donald Trump suggested Monday that ‘angry Democrats’ on special counsel Robert Mueller’s team could face legal action over alleged ‘conflicts of interest.’”

From The New York Times and CNN.



CBS News reports, “special counsel Robert Mueller’s office has rejected proposals to allow Mr. Trump to answer questions from investigators in writing.” CBS News adds, “If negotiations are not successful and Mr. Trump is subpoenaed, he will fight it, Giuliani said. The case would likely end up at the Supreme Court.” The Wall Street Journal reports, “Lawyers advising President Donald Trump in the Russia investigation hope to decide whether he should testify by May 17, the one-year anniversary of the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani said Monday.”

From CBS News and The Wall Street Journal.



POLITICO reports, “British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said U.S. President Donald Trump would be a deserving winner of the Nobel Peace Prize if he can solve problems in Iran and on the Korean peninsula.” POLITICO notes, “Johnson is on a two-day visit to the United States, during which he is seeking to prevent Trump from pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal. Earlier Monday, Johnson wrote an op-ed for the New York Times in which he warned Trump that it would be ‘a mistake’ to scrap the deal. He argued that its weaknesses ‘can be remedied,’ and expressed his belief that British, German and French diplomats would cooperate with Americans to address the president’s concerns about the agreement.” Johnson “also appeared on Trump’s TV news show of choice, ‘Fox & Friends.’” POLITICO notes, “Johnson’s trip follows similar endeavors by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, who both traveled to the U.S. late last month and attempted to persuade Trump not to leave the Iran pact.”




Haaretz reports, “Israeli intelligence company Black Cube was hired to spy on former aides in the Obama administration last year. A source close to the company says that the Israeli intelligence company was acting on behalf of a business entity, however, and not on behalf U.S. President Donald Trump’s aides.” Haaretz adds, “A source close to the company said the purpose of its data collection was to serve the client’s business or legal interests, and had nothing to do with Trump. The source also said correspondence regarding Iranian nuclear issues related to the business interests of the client who hired the spy firm.” Haaretz notes, “the source refused to say who hired Black Cube.” Haaretz notes, “Black Cube was founded by Dr. Avi Yanus and Dan Zorella in 2010, and has been linked to several scandals in recent years. It was hired by Harvey Weinstein last July, to investigate several women who had accused the Hollywood producer of sexual assault and the journalists working on the stories.” Additionally, “It has also been linked with Cambridge Analytica by Christopher Wylie, a former Cambridge employee-turned-whistleblower who said Black Cube had been hired to hack the personal data of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari prior to his election. Cambridge denied Black Cube was the espionage agency it worked with.” How intersectional!

From Haaretz.


reports, “A Russian company indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller says it plans to plead not guilty to the criminal charge that it engaged in a fraud conspiracy to influence the 2016 US presidential election. In a court filing in federal court in Washington, DC, on Saturday, US-based defense attorneys for the Russian company, Concord Management and Consulting, snapped back at Mueller’s office by calling the lawyering by one of the prosecutors ‘pettifoggery.’” CNN adds, “The federal judge on Saturday also denied prosecutors’ request to postpone Concord’s initial appearance, scheduled for Wednesday. The special counsel’s office had asked to reschedule Concord’s appearance because it hadn’t properly served the company with a summons.” Isn’t this fun? We get to watch our system self-destruct from the inside. CNN notes, “Concord, a company with ties to the Internet Research Agencya Kremlin-linked troll group, opposed moving the hearing.” It is remarkable to watch companies and individuals responsible for the collapse of our system and sovereignty receive better treatment than is even possible for Russians in their shithole country.

From CNN.



The New York Times reports, “Roger J. Stone Jr., the self-described political dirty trickster who has served as an informal adviser to President Trump, sought on Monday to portray his contact with a Trump campaign aide as minimal in response to a report that the special counsel is scrutinizing their ties. Mr. Stone made the comments after a CNBC report that the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, is focusing on links between him and Rick Gates, the deputy campaign chairman.” The New York Times notes, “Those links included dinners before and after the campaign, according to CNBC, which cited unnamed people with direct knowledge of the matter, but Mr. Stone said in an interview that he recalled eating only one meal with Mr. Gates in 2016.” The New York Times adds, “Mr. Stone said he still had not heard from the special counsel’s office.”

From The New York Times.


reports, “Oliver North, the Fox News contributor and central figure in the Iran-Contra scandal, will be the National Rifle Association’s new president, the group announced Monday.” CNN adds, “‘Oliver North is, hands down, the absolute best choice to lead our NRA Board, to fully engage with our members, and to unflinchingly stand and fight for the great freedoms he has defended his entire life,’ NRA executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre said in a statement on the pick.” CNN adds, “North will become president ‘within a few weeks,’ the group said, and is retiring from his position at Fox News, effective immediately.” Surely he will be back on air in his new role soon enough. In addition to the group coming into focus in the investigation over collusion with Russia due to its ties to the now sanctioned Russian official Alexander Torshin, a lifetime NRA member, and his protégé, Maria Butina, Trump “made his fourth consecutive appearance at the NRA’s annual convention on Friday.” CNN recalls, “North became a national figure during the Reagan administration as a public face of the Iran-Contra scandal and faced years of legal battles as a result before his charges were dropped in 1991. The scandal arose over secret arms sales to Iran; the US used the proceeds to fund anti-communist rebels in Nicaragua, called the Contras. Iran-Contra was a central controversy for President Ronald Reagan.” It’s really a goddamn shame we put Timothy McVeigh to death, he would more than have a place in Trumpistan. If Oliver North is the new face of the so-called law abiding gun owner, which are no doubt the majority of gun owners in America, then why not McVeigh as the face of fertilizer producers or ammonium nitrates? Imagine the Twitter. Imagine the Fox News show.

From CNN.



The Guardian reports, “Facebook’s failure to compel Cambridge Analytica to delete all traces of data from its servers – including any ‘derivatives’ – enabled the company to retain predictive models derived from millions of social media profiles throughout the US presidential election”. The Guardian adds, “Leaked emails reveal that when Cambridge Analytica told Facebook almost a year before the election that it had deleted data harvested from tens of millions of Facebook users, it stopped short of agreeing to also erase derivatives of the data.” The Guardian notes, “Derivatives of data, which can include predictive models, or clusters of populations in psychological groupings, can be highly valuable to companies involved in micro-targeting advertisements to voters. Data scientists say such models and analysis are often more valuable than underlying raw data.” The Guardian adds, “Zuckerberg told the Senate last month that Facebook had ‘commanded’ Cambridge Analytica to ‘delete any of the data that they had, and their chief data officer told us that they had’ when the social media company first heard about the scandal, in December 2015.” But now The Guardian reports, “Zuckerberg’s account conflicts with a months-long correspondence between Facebook and Cambridge Analytica that began in December 2015.” Will Zuck face any consequences? Is he rich and white and male? No one is above the law except those of course who are. The Guardian adds, “Two former Cambridge Analytica employees, both of whom have knowledge of the firm’s data storage, said that models and other personal information derived from Facebook data were retained throughout 2016 and into 2017.”

From The Guardian.



The Daily Beast reports, “Last February leaked messages from a private WikiLeaks chat group offered an unfiltered glimpse of Julian Assange, complete with misogyny, anti-Semitism, and a clear, early preference for a GOP election victory. Now the U.K. man who leaked those messages is stepping forward to explain why he turned on the secret-spilling group, which he argues has abandoned its truth-telling mission altogether. Iain (The Daily Beast has agreed not to use his last name) is a 41-year-old writer, artist, and musician based in Edinburgh who joined a small circle of key WikiLeaks supporters after meeting with Assange in 2013, and remained connected to the group until October 2016.” Iain said, “I never understood at the time that these people are really quite fanatical, and not in a good way,” adding, “They will lie to your face, they will lie on Twitter… The pressure is being piled on, the lies are being piled on.” The Daily Beast adds, “In May 2015, at WikiLeaks’ request, Iain set up a private Twitter direct messaging group called ‘WikiLeaks Plus 10’ for Assange, himself, and other key online supporters. The group was described as a ‘low security channel for some very long term and reliable supporters who are on Twitter.’” The Daily Beast recalls how “in December 2013, Assange’s father, John Shipton, led a WikiLeaks Party delegation to Damascus and had tea with Assad,” was the process of the realignment with Russian interests at the heart of WikiLeaks unstated mission. The Daily Beast notes, “Iain accepted Assange’s assurances that he had nothing to do with the party’s overnight embrace of Putinism, until WikiLeaks followed precisely the same path to influence America’s 2016 election. In October 2016, Iian withdrew from the WikiLeaks Plus 10 conversation and ended his public support for WikiLeaks.”

From The Daily Beast.



Tech Crunch reports, “Around the time of the FCC’s vote to roll back existing 2015 rules and replace them with threadbare new ones, many senators and representatives were sending stern letters to the agency informing its chairman of their displeasure. Pai has recently responded to these diverse voices of concern — with a form letter repeating the same misinformation he and other proponents were spouting all through 2017.” Tech Crunch notes, “Dozens in Congress received the same letter in the past couple of weeks, regardless of their position on the issue or the contents of their own letters.”

From Tech Crunch.


CBS News
reports, “It was an ambush in a frozen pine forest. Russian-backed separatists surprised the group of Ukrainian soldiers. In the chaos, the Ukrainian forces took cover and fought back. But they fired blanks. This time it was just an exercise, run by the U.S. military. But the Ukrainian soldiers taking part in the counter attack drill will be headed to the real front line very soon.” CBS News adds, “The U.S. is supporting its ally Ukraine in a war against Russian-backed militants. The [Russian] rebels have seized swathes of territory in eastern Ukraine since 2014, in a conflict that’s killed 10,000 people by some counts. Soldiers from the New York Army National Guard directed the training exercise in the far-west of Ukraine.” CBS News notes, “Lt Col William Murphy has been there since November, and he told CBS News the Ukrainians don’t have the equipment they need, but ‘what they can do with the little they have is exceptional,’” adding, “The U.S. is still ramping up its support for Ukraine; more than 200 anti-tank missiles were delivered this month.”

From CBS News.



The New York Times reports, “In a theatrical touch, a televised ceremony began on Monday with Mr. Putin sitting at his desk in the Kremlin, suit jacket looped over his chair, as if hard at work until moments before the ceremony. A phone rang, letting him know it was time for his fourth term; he donned his jacket and walked alone through the red-carpeted Kremlin corridors and into a hall packed with about 6,000 invited, cheering guests.” The New York Times adds, “The honor guard and flag bearers wore uniforms with tall military caps, of a style dating from Russia’s war with Napoleon in 1812. The ceremony itself unfolded in a Kremlin hall used to crown three czars — Alexander II, Alexander III and Nicholas II — as well as previous presidential inaugurations. And later, Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, gave Mr. Putin an 18th century icon while blessing him for his new term.” Meanwhile on the Russian streets, “two days before the inauguration, the police arrested about 1,600 people at protest actions called ‘He is not our czar.’ Demonstrators wore paper crowns to mock Mr. Putin’s long rule, now running longer than any Russian leader since Stalin.” The New York Times notes, “The violence included a throwback to an earlier era of crowd-control tactics in Russia. Men wearing Cossack uniforms and carrying a type of traditional leather whip known as a nagaika had mingled in the crowd, occasionally lashing out. The Echo of Moscow radio station reported Monday that the Cossack group had won municipal contracts to train for and help with crowd control, though it remained unclear whether they acted in an official capacity on Saturday.” But inside the Kremlin, The New York Times reports, “In the ceremony, Mr. Putin strode through several interlinked, gilded and chandeliered halls in an historical Kremlin palace before arriving at the Andreyevsky Hall, where guests waited. Few foreign dignitaries attended. Among those in the hall were Gerhard Schröder, the former German chancellor and longtime supporter of Mr. Putin.” The Washington Post notes Schroeder’s visibility “served as a reminder that the former East Germany-based KGB officer who now rules Russia continues to look to Berlin as his key bridge to Europe. And it looked to be an effort to show Russians — and the West — that the Kremlin still has allies abroad despite sanctions and criticism.”

From The New York Times and The Washington Post.



Russian state-run RT reports, “After the swearing-in ceremony at the Kremlin, President Vladimir Putin formally nominated current chair of the Russian government, Dmitry Medvedev, to retain his post. The candidacy is to be confirmed by the Russian parliament.” Surprise! Russian state-run RT notes, “According to the Russian constitution, the government has to resign after the inauguration of the president-elect,” as if the constitution in Russia means anything more than such procedures.

From Russian state-run RT.



Reuters reports, “VTB, Russia’s second biggest lender, is ready to provide a loan to Qatar to buy out a stake in Russian state energy company Rosneft if needed, the bank’s chief executive Andrey Kostin told reporters on Monday.” Reuters notes, “QIA is taking a stake in Rosneft of nearly 19 percent, after a deal to sell a 14.16 percent stake to China’s CEFC fell through.”

From Reuters.





POLITICO reports, “President Donald Trump calls them his ‘warriors’: a band of four House Republicans defending Trump with a relentless counterattack against the Justice Department’s Russia investigation that thrills the president even as it unsettles some House Republican colleagues who think they’re going too far.” POLITICO then proceeds to misuse the term “hard-charging” to describe these sycophantic clowns, a misuse of a term that only exists in what we call “journalism,” not in real life. Of course in Trumpistan loyalty is prized above all else so the four sycophantic losers “have emerged as some of Washington’s most prominent Republicans, enjoying direct lines to the Trump White House and flights on Air Force One.” And their Great Lunatic calls out to them by name as he did on Fox News on April 26, “Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows and Matt Gaetz and [Ron] DeSantis.”   Of course POLITICO correctly notes, “Their emergence underscores a reality of the Trump era: Power and prominence on Capitol Hill these days often flow not to the most senior lawmakers but to Republicans who display allegiance to a president who prizes loyalty. None of the four holds a powerful committee chairmanship, but they have something just as important: regular airtime on Fox News.” So it goes that natural one of these clowns who brought a Holocaust denier to the State of the Union, Matt “Gaetz, a 35-year-old freshman from Florida, routinely gets calls from the president, including critiques of his Fox News appearances, and has flown at least twice on Air Force One. In a November House floor speech, Gaetz called on Mueller to resign, warning of the ‘risk of a coup d’état in this country if we allow an unaccountable person with no oversight to undermine the duly-elected president of the United States.’” Gee he missed the big one on November 9, 2016 that installed the fake Russian bullshit president he so adores, but never mind fact, fiction is preferable in Trumpistan. And Jordan “drew national attention last month for telling CNN he has never heard the president lie — said he believes the Justice Department is biased against the president and has lost sight of the principle of ‘equal treatment under the law.’” Yeah Trump is so disadvantaged by his status he is practically a Black Latina Muslim.




Slate reports Rep. Adam “Schiff said there is a concerted effort by some of his colleagues to force the DOJ into an impossible bind by issuing subpoenas on classified topics. Those requests force the DOJ to either interfere with the Russia probe, by publicizing currently secret evidence, or reject the subpoenas, giving the administration a pretext to remove officials like Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.” Schiff notes, “If the evidence is increasingly incriminating to the defendant, you put the government on trial.” Schiff adds, “The president is tweeting his attacks on Mueller, and I think it’s a two-pronged strategy: One that tries to lay the predicate to fire Mueller’s boss as a way of putting someone in who can kneecap the investigation privately outside of the public view by telling Mueller, ‘You can’t look into certain things.’ But if all else fails, then so discrediting the investigators that no matter what they produce, they can cast doubt on it.” Schiff notes, “There’s an effort to tar anyone who’s a witness against the president.” Of the individuals at the FBI that the fake Russian bullshit president and his allies in Congress have attacked, “This is not by accident that they’ve singled out these people. They’ve singled them out because they corroborate evidence of potential obstruction of justice by the president. And it’s a scorched earth strategy.”

From Slate.



The New York Times Magazine features an excellent, highly recommended long piece by Keith Gessen, brother of Masha Gessen, on Russia hands. In it, Gessen notes, “Many but not all Russia hands have Ph.D.’s — in Russian history or political science or security studies. Others got their graduate education on the job.” Gessen adds, “The Russia hands have clear generational characteristics. Those who came of age at the height of the Cold War worked on Russia because it was America’s most important foreign-policy problem. Many of those who finished graduate school or officer-training school in the late ’80s or early ’90s bear the scars of having studied a subject that became seemingly irrelevant overnight.” The generational divide is clear as Gessen observes, “there is the younger generation, those 40 and under. These Russia hands are for the moment a rarer species,” as one Andrew Weiss, a National Security Council official under Clinton now at the Carnegie Endowment notes, “If you were an ambitious young Foreign Service officer after 9/11, you wanted to get sent to some reconstruction team in Afghanistan or Iraq”. Gessen adds, “the Russia hands divide less along party lines than along foreign-policy philosophies: They are either ‘realists’ or ‘internationalists.’ Realists tend to be cautious about American overseas commitments and deferential toward state sovereignty; internationalists tend to be more inclined to universalist ideals like democracy and human rights, even where these are forced to cross borders. But the two supposed categories are blurred by a thousand factors, not least of which being that realists don’t like being called realists, because it suggests that they have no values, and internationalists don’t like to be called internationalists, as opposed to realists, because it suggests that they have no common sense.” Ultimately, “In the end, a vast internationalist middle, consisting of neoconservative Republicans and interventionist Democrats, predominates, with tiny slices of hard realists on the right and soft realists, or ‘neorealists,’ on the left. And there are many shades of difference among all these people.” The lineage of these Russia hands traces back to George Kennan, the master of masters. Must read.

From The New York Times Magazine.



The AP reports, “Melania Trump gave a splashy launch Monday to her public awareness campaign to help children, calling it ‘Be Best.’” The AP adds, “The first lady said the ‘Be Best’ campaign will focus on childhood well-being, social media use and opioid abuse.” Of course, “after she promised to use her White House platform to discourage cyberbullying,” that “choice was ridiculed almost immediately, given her husband’s habit of name-calling on Twitter”. The AP notes, “Written material distributed in support of the initiative includes a booklet adults can use to talk to children about being online. It is similar to one the Federal Trade Commission released during the Obama administration,” when in fact it is as identical as her convention speech was to Michelle Obama’s convention speech in 2008. Some on Twitter were also quick to point out that Be Best is also a school in Russia. Sadly this is the Trumpistani elite being its best, and it is still so overwhelmingly pathetic and plagiarized.

From the AP.



The Washington Post reports, “Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Monday that the Justice Department will begin prosecuting every person who illegally crosses into the United States along the Southwest border, a hard-line policy shift focusing in particular on migrants traveling with children.” Remember pizzagate and the first rule of propaganda is accuse your opponent of that which you are guilty as you read Private Russian Sessions said, “If you’re smuggling a child, then we’re going to prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you, probably, as required by law. If you don’t want your child separated, then don’t bring them across the border illegally.” What happens to unattended children placed in federal custody that would make them less vulnerable to being trafficked? Does the inhumane Trumpistani elite crowd care? Signs point to “no”. The Washington Post notes that among those who still retain their humanity despite an all out assault on it from the state, “Advocates for migrants have said most are fleeing violence in Central America and should be treated as asylum seekers, not criminals. The American Civil Liberties Union has already filed a federal lawsuit in California over past separations.” And, “In San Diego, Sessions was interrupted by a heckler with a megaphone. ‘We don’t want you in our state,’ the man yelled. ‘Are you going to be separating families? Is that why you’re here? Why are you doing this? Do you have a heart? Do you have a soul? Why do you work for this administration?’” Hundreds of children have already been separated from their parents in what will be a stain on our nation for generations to come and at some point in the future, an official apology may be offered as it was for Korematsu, assuming the nation survives this all systems attack, somehow. However not even in Korematsu’s day was separating children from parents a thing.

From The Washington Post.



Haaretz reports, “After the majority of Israeli lawmakers discovered that due to the order of precedence they were not on the list of those invited to the opening of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem on Monday – members of the opposition have now learned that most of them will not attend the gala to be held the night before either.” Haaretz adds, “The event, slated for Sunday night in Jerusalem, will include Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. Ambassador David Friedman, U.S. President Donald Trump’s adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka, as well as Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and a delegation of U.S. lawmakers. Also invited are members of the Israeli government, Knesset members who are on the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and all MKs that are members of the ruling coalition. However, besides chairman of the opposition, MK Isaac Herzog of the Zionist Union, not a single member of the opposition was invited who does not hold a spot on the key committee.” This mirrors the recent state dinner for Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte where no Democrats were invited. But of course there are those hallmark Trumpistani touches such as, “Kushner and Ivanka Trump are expected to represent the U.S. administration at the opening ceremony”. Truth be told, they only represent themselves and the fake Russian bullshit president and his artificial construct, Trumpistan.

From Haaretz.



Public Radio International (PRI) reports, “Konstantin Rykov understands the art of trolling on the internet. Rykov’s knack for creating caustic, snarky, attention-grabbing content made him millions as an internet entrepreneur and got him elected to the Russian Parliament. And now, the Russian government understands the art of trolling too.” PRI elaborates, “Rykov first went online in the mid-1990s. He quickly became fluent in the language of a Russian internet subculture,” and “he accrued large followings by sharing pictures of scantily clad women, telling crude jokes and spreading a satiric, nihilistic brand of humor.” PRI notes, “Rykov eventually made his way into more mainstream Russian media, joining Russia’s state-owned Channel 1 as the head of the internet department. In 2005, he started an online newspaper called ‘Vzglyad,’ which quickly became a propaganda outlet for the Kremlin. President Vladimir Putin’s former deputy chief of staff, Vladislav Surkov, maintained direct lines with Vzglyad’s editorial department”. PRI notes, “Initially Putin’s government let this criticism flow freely,” as, “The internet was outside Putin’s comfort zone.” However, PRI notes, “geopolitical unrest put an end to the Putin administration’s laissez-faire attitude toward online news media,” with the examples of Ukraine in 2004 and Russia’s invasion of Georgia in 2008 where Russia was portrayed as an aggressor rather than as “protectors”. So it came to be that “In 2007, Surkov organized private fundraisers for Rykov’s ventures. Rykov was elected to the Russian Parliament in 2008 as a member of the United Russia party, the same party as Putin. Rykov was only 28-years-old.” PRI adds, “In return, Rykov developed tactics to help the Kremlin boost support for its image online,” as he, “showed the Kremlin how to spread competing narratives on social media to deflect attention away from reporting that was critical of their activities.” PRI concludes, “In 2015, Rykov did what he does best, built a new website. This one was called Trump2016.ru. This marked the beginning of Rykov’s active campaigning for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential run. While the impact of Rykov’s campaigning is unknown, Rykov has boasted that he is responsible for helping Trump take the White House.”

From Public Radio International (PRI).





The New York Post’s Page Six reports, “President Trump’s new ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, got a grand send-off to his prominent post in Europe, at a party attended by a parade of political power players.” Page Six notes, “Guests at the elegant cocktail party — hosted by Bill White and Bryan Eure at their sprawling Chelsea apartment — included Donald Trump Jr.,” as well as Bush The Second era White House press hands Ari Fleischer and Dana Perino as well as the voice of gravitas and credibility in Trumpistan, Sarah Huckabee Sanders. As the swamp had to be drained to hasten the search for bottom feeders, “Grenell — the highest-ranking gay official in the administration — told the crowd, ‘I really want to thank President Trump for believing in me, and pushing hard when a lot of other people said no . . . I believe not being a part of the Washington culture is the exact reason I am here today.’” Who the hell is at this party? No Trumpistani elite party would be complete without threats of physical violence and attacks on the media! So it goes, “Bill O’Reilly was a surprise guest, and said in a speech to the crowd, which included Sarah Huckabee Sanders, that ‘heads would have rolled’ if he’d been at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, and, ‘I would love just to get my big hands around Jim Acosta’s neck.’” Dood, I thought this was a gun friendly crowd! Bare hands are for black men taking down white nationalists at a Waffle House. Wave your AR15 next time, Bill O’Reilly!

From The New York Post.





The Kyiv Post reports, “German athletic fashion brand Adidas’ new ‘Russia Tank Dress’ has sparked outrage online. The $90 dress, released in anticipation of the 2018 World Cup, which is being hosted by Russia this summer, does not feature Russian national insignia, but instead has ‘USSR’ emblazoned on the front. It also features a badge with the hammer and sickle symbol of the repressive Soviet totalitarian regime.” Yes, just as in Trumpistan it is an effort to make mass slaughter chic! The Kyiv Post notes, “According to the Adidas website, the dress, and the accompanying replica 1991 soccer jersey, are made into ‘fashion forward statement pieces.’” That’s a funny way to describe mass murder, human enslavement, wholesale theft by the state! Of course, “Twitter users sarcastically suggested that Adidas should create an entire line of totalitarian attire options.” They could start with a line of MAGA red caps, Nazi jerseys and go from there.

From The Kyiv Post.


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