NUMBER OF STORIES ABOUT NEWS THAT DOESN’T SUCK: 9
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QUISLING SUMMIT: TRUMP BLATHERS ABOUT CRIMEA
Bloomberg reports, “President Donald Trump left the door open to recognizing Russia’s annexation of Crimea, telling reporters that such a move would be up for discussion when he meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin next month. ‘We’re going to have to see,’ Trump told reporters Friday on Air Force One when asked if the U.S. would accept Russia’s claim on the territory it seized from Ukraine in 2014.” Like the Russian tool he is, “Trump has not criticized Russia or Putin for the seizure, and instead has blamed former President Barack Obama.” Another thing these two quislings Trump and Putin can bond over: racism so strong it prohibits thinking straight.
* QUISLING SUMMIT: OBAMA WILL HAVE IMMEDIATE REBUTTAL
The Washington Post reports, “Former president Barack Obama, who has kept a low public profile since leaving the White House a year and half ago, is wading back into politics ahead of the November elections.” Most importantly, “On July 17, Obama will give a high-profile speech in South Africa marking the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth. While that speech to thousands of people is unlikely to directly address the raw political division in the United States, Obama will talk about tolerance and inclusion, organizers said.” David Axelrod, Obama’s chief strategist for both presidential campaigns teed it up, “Mandela stood and sacrificed greatly for democratic values and the universal rights of man. At a time when those values and human rights are under assault throughout the world, this is an essential moment for President Obama to speak”.
From The Washington Post.
QUISLING SUMMIT: MOSCOW’S EXPECTATIONS DON’T ECLIPSE OUR FEARS
The New Yorker reports, “no one in Moscow expects any great achievements from the summit; there is little expectation that Trump will, say, lift sanctions against Russia or formally recognize Crimea. That is not the point—at least not yet. Most centrally, Putin is after the symbolism of a bilateral summit, as a clear recognition that U.S. attempts to isolate and marginalize Russia have failed. Inherent in the high-profile meeting in Helsinki, sure to be heavy on television pageantry, is an admission that Russia is a world power that cannot be ignored and must be dealt with as an equal.” That’s a joke. It sounds like they know who is in charge and who the showman is. After all, Trump can promise the moon, if the Department of Defense fails to deliver it, the promise itself is irrelevant except for in the realm of public consumption. The New Yorker notes, “As far as Putin and his inner circle are concerned, the Trump Presidency has been full of promising statements but unwelcome action, whether in signing a new sanctions bill, agreeing to supply Ukraine with lethal weapons, or launching missile strikes in Syria.” The New Yorker adds, “The substance of the Helsinki summit is expected to center on talks over the war in Syria, Ukraine, and likely arms control. That latter issue is one where some agreement on the legal and technical levels is possible, which makes it an obvious place for Putin and Trump’s advisers to want to start. For political reasons, Trump will have to raise the question of election interference, though both he and Putin share an interest in keeping the conversation short and vague, without getting into the specifics of Russia’s influence operation in 2016.”
From The New Yorker.
FAKE RUSSIAN BULLSHIT POTUS ENCOURAGED FRANCE TO LEAVE THE EU
The Washington Post reports, “During a private meeting at the White House in late April, Trump was discussing trade with French President Emmanuel Macron. At one point, he asked Macron, ‘Why don’t you leave the E.U.?’ and said that if France exited the union, Trump would offer it a bilateral trade deal with better terms than the E.U. as a whole gets from the United States, according to two European officials. The White House did not dispute the officials’ account, but declined to comment.” As The Washington Post notes, “This is an instance of the president of the United States offering an incentive to dismantle an organization of America’s allies, against stated U.S. government policy.” The Washington Post adds, “Trump has been publicly trashing the E.U. and NATO since his campaign, but the pace and viciousness of his attacks have increased. Just this week, at a rally in North Dakota, Trump said: ‘The European Union, of course, was set up to take advantage of the United States, to attack our piggy bank.’ He then complained about a $150 billion trade deficit with the E.U., inflating the figure.” The Washington Post notes, “Trump defenders often say he is simply throwing out ideas to see what sticks. Some say his motives are primarily political and domestic — or that he is more talk than action. Many cling to the hope that the president’s top diplomatic and military officials can still execute sound policy, reassure allies, manage Trump and head off any real catastrophe.” TRUMPISTAN WATCH is firmly in the latter category because hope never dies but since the election coup and most definitely catastrophe of Inauguration, TRUMPISTAN WATCH has believed that if a slaughter is to be offset it will be left to the military. If there is a military coup in the former USA, it will be in all but name only, and TRUMPISTAN WATCH even puts forth a branding suggestion: “peaceful transition to ensure democratic continuity”. Yes, it’s that fucking bad now and we have just a small window of time to head off a veritable slaughter. Yhe nation’s institutions of power and so-called checks and balances are being consolidated rapidly by a death cult, so when all options are terrible you go with the least terrible as a source for hope.
From The Washington Post.
PENTAGON ASSESSING COST OF TROOPS IN GERMANY
The Washington Post reports, “The Pentagon is analyzing the cost and impact of a large-scale withdrawal or transfer of American troops stationed in Germany, amid growing tensions between President Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, according to people familiar with the work.” The Washington Post adds, “The effort follows Trump’s expression of interest in removing the troops, made during a meeting earlier this year with White House and military aides, U.S. officials said. Trump was said to have been taken aback by the size of the U.S. presence, which includes about 35,000 active-duty troops, and complained that other countries were not contributing fairly to joint security or paying enough to NATO.” The Washington Post notes, “Word of the assessment has alarmed European officials, who are scrambling to determine whether Trump actually intends to reposition U.S. forces or whether it is merely a negotiating tactic ahead of a NATO summit in Brussels, where Trump is again likely to criticize U.S. allies for what he deems insufficient defense spending.” The Washington Post adds, “U.S. officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to comment on the unpublicized effort, emphasized that the exercise is limited to an internal exploration of options. The top military brass is not involved as yet, and the Pentagon has not been tasked with figuring out how to execute any option.” May it never get there; U.S. troops in Germany are a pretty happy lot so they will be the most disappointed of everyone. The Washington Post notes, “Several officials suggested that Pentagon policymakers may have moved ahead with the assessment to prove the worth of the current basing arrangement and dissuade Trump from carrying the thought of withdrawal any further.”
From The Washington Post.
US AMBASSADOR TO ESTONIA RESIGNS IN DISGUST
Foreign Policy reports, “The U.S. ambassador to Estonia, James D. Melville Jr., a career diplomat and member of the senior foreign service ranks, announced to friends Friday that he was resigning amid a string of controversial comments President Donald Trump made about U.S. allies in Europe.” Foreign Policy adds, “Melville, who has served as a diplomat for 33 years and as ambassador to Estonia since 2015, was due to retire soon but said in a private Facebook post announcing his retirement that Trump’s behavior and comments accelerated his decision.” In the post, obtained by Foreign Policy, he wrote, “A Foreign Service Officer’s DNA is programmed to support policy and we’re schooled right from the start, that if there ever comes a point where one can no longer do so, particularly if one is in a position of leadership, the honorable course is to resign. Having served under six presidents and 11 secretaries of state, I never really thought it would reach that point for me”. He added, “For the President to say the EU was ‘set up to take advantage of the United States, to attack our piggy bank,’ or that ‘NATO is as bad as NAFTA’ is not only factually wrong, but proves to me that it’s time to go”. Unfortunately however that leaves the post open for Trump to appoint some fashy lowlife who will carry out the marching orders for a slaughter of innocents behind him. So TRUMPISTAN WATCH implores: hold the line, know that sometimes resisting means preventing someone far worse from taking your job, slowing the cogs of bureaucracy, doing what you can to subvert from the inside. Your training does not equip you for these situations but rather ordinary ones and these are no ordinary times.
From Foreign Policy.
WHEN EVERYTHING IS FAKE, CALL A BLUFF WITH ANOTHER BLUFF
POLITICO reports, “Donald Trump’s planned meeting with Vladimir Putin next month is a ‘sign of strength’ and does not undermine NATO’s approach to Russia, the head of the military alliance said Thursday. Addressing journalists on his way into the European Council summit in Brussels where he will discuss EU-NATO military cooperation, Jens Stoltenberg said, ‘For me dialogue is not a sign of weakness, dialogue is a sign of strength.’” POLITICO adds, “‘It is totally in line with NATO policies to talk to Russia,’ he said, adding, ‘We don’t want a new Cold War.’” POLITICO notes, “Stoltenberg said it was essential to keep the military alliance together. ‘We should have no illusions: Europe and North America need one another,’ he said, adding, ‘I am absolutely confident and certain that President Trump is committed to NATO.’” This is excellent bluffing because Stoltenberg would be the lone wolf if he truly believed this, so nobody get to thinking this too is also real, it is not.
* HR MCMASTER WILL JOIN HOOVER INSTITUTION
The Hill reports, “Former White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster will join Stanford University’s Hoover Institution as a senior fellow in an effort to foster bipartisanship ideas in the national security field.” The Hill adds, “‘Our discourse about national security has become infected by this severe form of political polarization, and it’s regrettable because I do think some really excellent work has happened across the last year-and-a-half to help frame some of the most significant strategic challenges and to craft strategic approaches to advance and protect our interests,’ McMaster told The Wall Street Journal in a new interview.” The Hill notes, “McMaster also revealed that he plans to write a book on national security during his tenure at the institution.”
From The Hill.
DARKNESS AT NUNES CAN’T QUIT HIS INTERFERENCE OPERATION
The Washington Examiner reports, “House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., wrote a letter to fellow GOP chairmen referring the names of 17 current and former Justice Department and FBI officials to be interviewed for information related to potential surveillance abuse during the 2016 election. The letter, sent Friday, was addressed to House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va. Nunes pressed his colleagues to reach out to these individuals because they may ‘have relevant information’ and because the DOJ and FBI are under the purview of their panels’ oversight.” The Washington Examiner notes, “Among those listed in Nunes’ letter are Joseph Pientka, an agent who took part in the FBI’s interview with then-national security adviser Michael Flynn.”
From The Washington Examiner.
ACCUSED “VAULT7” LEAKER PENS 137-PAGE MANIFESTO, GIVES IT TO JUDGE
The AP reports, “Calling himself an ‘innocent man,’ a former CIA employee accused of stealing classified national defense information and possessing child pornography said in a letter to a judge the US government had used falsehoods to put him behind bars.” The AP adds, “Schulte, 29, alternated in his repetitive and rambling letter between despair and determination to prove he’s wrongly accused in an embarrassing and damaging episode for the CIA that is known as the ‘Vault 7’ leak.” The AP notes, “He said his specialty at the CIA was data hiding and cryptography and claimed he was among the top specialists in the world. He said he had worked on ‘the most sensitive operations’ including special projects touching countries including Russia, Pakistan, Iran, Denmark and Turkey.” The AP adds, “Schulte signed his name beneath the words: ‘Innocent Indefinitely Incarcerated Inmate #79471-054.’ The letter was publicly filed for several minutes before it was taken out of the public court file.” The AP notes, “In his court filing, Schulte said at least 20 people had access to the information leaked by WikiLeaks, but investigators thought only three could have accessed the data.”
From the AP.
MORE FAKE WEAPONS FOR A FAKE SUPERPOWER?
The AP reports, “Russian President Vladimir Putin boasted about his country’s prospective nuclear weapons Thursday, saying they are years and even decades ahead of foreign designs. Speaking before the graduates of Russian military academies, Putin said the new weapons represent a quantum leap in the nation’s military capability.” But are they real?
From the AP.
RUSSIANS OFFERED LUCRATIVE DEALS TO BREXIT’S FOR PROFIT QUISLINGS
The New York Times reports, “Arron Banks, a British financier who bankrolled the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union, has long bragged about his ‘boozy six-hour lunch’ with the Russian ambassador eight months before the vote. Some also wondered about Mr. Banks’s Russian-born wife and their custom license plate, X MI5 SPY, after the British intelligence agency, MI5. But Mr. Banks always laughed off questions about his ties to the Kremlin.” The New York Times adds, “a leaked record of some of Mr. Banks’s emails suggest that he and his closest adviser had a more engaged relationship with Russian diplomats than he has disclosed. While Mr. Banks was spending more than eight million British pounds to promote a break with the European Union — an outcome the Russians eagerly hoped for — his contacts at the Russian Embassy in London were opening the door to at least three potentially lucrative investment opportunities in Russian-owned gold or diamond mines.” The New York Times notes, “In Washington, the investigators for the special prosecutor, Robert S. Mueller III, and Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee have also obtained records of Mr. Banks’s communications, including some with Russian diplomats and about Russian business deals.” The New York Times adds, “‘From what we’ve seen, the parallels between the Russian intervention in Brexit and the Russian intervention in the Trump campaign appear to be extraordinary,’ said Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.” That is because they are the same scandal. The New York Times continues, “Earlier this month, Mr. Banks testified before a committee of Parliament in part to answer questions about his Russian ties. He acknowledged having had three meetings — ‘two lunches and a cup of tea,’ as he later said in interviews — with the Russian ambassador, Alexander V. Yakovenko, rather than just the famous boozy lunch. He also acknowledged reports that the ambassador had invited him to invest in the consolidation of six Russian gold mines, an offer he said he ultimately declined. But in his testimony, Mr. Banks did not mention the two other potentially lucrative opportunities detailed in the broader record of his electronic communications.” The New York Times adds, “One involved a state-controlled Russian diamond mining giant, Alrosa. The other involved a Russian businessman — described in an email to Mr. Banks as ‘a mini oligarch’ — and a gold mine in Conakry, Guinea.” The New York Times notes, “He and Mr. Wigmore met a Russian diplomat, Alexander Udod, who was later among a list of 23 suspected spies expelled from Britain after the recent poisoning of a former Russia spy, Sergei V. Skripal, on British soil.”
From The New York Times.
LAVROV, MAN WITH NO INFLUENCE, TALKS OF WEST’S LOSS OF INFLUENCE
The Washington Examiner reports, “Western powers are going through the ‘painful’ process of learning of their loss of influence, Russia’s top diplomat said Friday.” This is very funny because a) Sergey Lavrov really has no influence in the Kremlin but is a sort of mouthpiece on par with Dmitry Peskov, who probably has more influence, b) no matter how bad things get in America and they will get very bad because there are consequences in this world, it will never be so bad as in Russia and c) Lavrov’s daughter is educated at Columbia University in New York City, so tell us more about the decadent West, Sergey. Harping on an old talking point, one they tried to sell at the Munich Security Conference last year and it got them nowhere, The Washington Examiner adds, “‘I think that we are in the post-West world order,’ Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Channel 4 News, a British outlet.” Dream on. And let us know when your daughter quits America and Peskov’s daughter quits France because Russia is such a fucking wonderful place and so safe for mindless thieving elites to keep their kids.
From The Washington Examiner.
* ALEXEY NAVALNY’S BROTHER RELEASED FROM JAIL AFTER 3.5 YEARS
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “Oleg Navalny, the younger brother of Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny, has been released from prison after spending 3 1/2 years behind bars in the so-called Yves Rocher case. Aleksei Navalny met his brother after he was released from a penal colony in the western region of Oryol on June 29. After being greeted by his wife, Viktoria, and his brother, Oleg said he was a bit tired and expressed his gratitude to all who supported him while he was in prison.” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty recalls, “The two brothers were convicted in 2014 of stealing about $500,000 from two Russian firms, one of which was affiliated with French cosmetics company Yves Rocher, between 2008 and 2012, and of laundering part of the amount.” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty notes, “In October, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that the brothers were convicted unfairly. But the Russian Supreme Court upheld the verdict against the two in April.”
LATVIA CENTRAL BANK CHIEF TOOK CASH BRIBE, HOLIDAY
Reuters reports, “Latvia’s public prosecutor accused its central bank chief on Friday of accepting the offer of a 500,000-euro ($582,000) bribe, in a case that has rocked faith in the Baltic state and cast a cloud over the euro currency bloc. The announcement of detailed charges paves the way for the trial of Ilmars Rimsevics, one of Europe’s most influential economic policymakers, who led the former Soviet country into the euro.” Reuters notes, “Viorika Jirgena, a Latvian state prosecutor, told journalists that the bribes had been paid by two shareholders of Trasta Komercbanka at a time when the Latvian bank was worried about its future.” Reuters adds, “She said the bribery dated back to 2010, when the shareholders paid for Rimsevics to spend a vacation in Kamchatka, a wilderness region in Russia’s far east. In return, Jirgena said Rimsevics helped them prepare answers to questions from the Latvian regulator, the Financial and Capital Market Commission (FCMC). Later, in 2012, the shareholders agreed to pay him 500,000 euros in two equal installments, in return for Rimsevics using his influence to soften the Latvian agency’s treatment of the bank.” Reuters notes, “Rimsevics was, however, unsuccessful in preventing Trasta Komercbanka’s demise. As a result, the shareholders refused to pay Rimsevics the second 250,000-euro installment. The bank closed in 2016 after the Latvian regulator said it had broken money-laundering rules.”
I SHALL BE RELEASED
POLITICO reports, “Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is asking a federal appeals court to order his release in advance of two upcoming criminal trials where he’s set to face charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller.” POLITICO adds, “Manafort had been under house arrest at his Alexandria, Virginia condo since last October, but a judge in Washington ordered him jailed earlier this month after he was charged with attempting to tamper with the testimony of two men who helped orchestrate what prosecutors say was a unregistered lobbying campaign for Ukraine several years ago.” POLITICO notes, “Manafort is set to go on trial July 25 in Alexandria on charges of bank fraud, tax evasion and failing to report foreign bank accounts. A trial for the veteran lobbyist and political consultant on a separate federal indictment for money laundering, failing to register as a foreign agent and, now, witness tampering, is set for Sept. 17 in Washington.”
LOCKER ROOM TALK
Bloomberg reports, “Prosecutors and FBI agents learned of the existence of a storage locker containing 30 years of business records belonging to Paul Manafort from Associated Press reporters who were investigating him, an FBI agent testified in federal court. The agent, Jeff Pfeiffer, testified Friday that four AP employees met with a group of prosecutors and agents on April 11, 2017, to discuss the business dealings of Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman. The news agency later wrote about Manafort’s business ties to Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch who’s thought to be close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.” Bloomberg adds, “Six weeks after meeting the reporters, Pfeiffer said, he interviewed a personal assistant to Manafort who gave him permission and a key to enter the locker and survey its contents. A day later, agents returned with a search warrant and took most of the records, Pfeiffer said at a pretrial hearing in Alexandria, Virginia.” Bloomberg notes, “At the hearing, Pfeiffer said the Manafort employee, Alexander Trusko, ran errands for his boss and drove him around. Trusko, who signed the lease, told Pfeiffer that he moved boxes of records and a file cabinet into the unit from a smaller storage locker and from Manafort’s home in Alexandria.”
* KEEP ON KEEPING ON
POLITICO reports, “Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office is asking a federal court to continue postponing setting a sentencing hearing for Michael Flynn, the former Trump national security adviser who pleaded guilty last year to a felony count of making false statements in the course of an FBI investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.” POLITICO adds, “‘Due to the status of the special counsel’s investigation, the parties do not believe that this matter is ready to be scheduled for a sentencing hearing at this time,’ prosecutors and defense attorneys wrote in a one-page report filed on Friday with U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan.” POLITICO notes, “The delay suggests that Flynn is still actively cooperating with Mueller’s office, that prosecutors believe his testimony could be useful at some future trial, or that the sentencing process might disclose some aspect of the investigation that Mueller still wishes to keep secret.”
* FOLSOM PRISON BLUES
NBC News reports, “A former Trump campaign aide who pleaded guilty to lying to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators will be sentenced by a federal judge in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 7. George Papadopoulos, who spent 11 months as an adviser to the Trump campaign, was arrested in July 2017, and pleaded guilty three months later. He agreed to cooperate in Mueller’s probe of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.”
From NBC News.
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* 19 ICE INVESTIGATORS WANT AGENCY DISSOLVED DUE TO THE BULLSHIT
The New York Times reports, “At least 19 Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigators are seeking to dissolve the agency, concerned that the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal migrants has limited their ability to pursue national security threats, child pornography and transnational crime.” That is quite the testament to the bullshit parallel state Trump is trying to establish within the Department of Homeland Security and also how you know those who see their responsibilities as real are calling bullshit on the whole farcical effort to bastardize the agency which has real responsibilities to attend to. The New York Times adds, “In a letter sent last week to Kirstjen Nielsen, the homeland security secretary, the special agents proposed creating a stand-alone investigations unit and another agency to handle immigration detention and deportation. The request was sent as a growing number of Democrats and immigration-rights advocates have called for eliminating ICE.” The New York Times notes, “The more than 6,000 special agents assigned to Homeland Security Investigations focus on money laundering, drug trafficking, human smuggling, child exploitation and cybercrimes. The agents have been involved in some of the highest-profile criminal investigations in recent years, including the takedown of the Silk Road website, an online market where illegal drugs and fake identifications were sold. The agency was also involved in the arrest and capture of drug lord Joaquín Guzmán Loera, better known as ‘El Chapo,’ who led the Sinaloa cartel before he was extradited to the United States last year.” So some of the serious folks are like we do not really want our work hindered by the bullshit about arrested undocumented workers driving without a license, we have real work to deal with.
From The New York Times.
* STATE DEPARTMENT USES HUMAN TRAFFICKING REPORT AS A PLATFORM
The New York Times reports, ‘The State Department warned in a report on Thursday that separating children from their parents can cause lasting psychological damage that leaves them vulnerable to trafficking, a cautionary tale that comes amid an uproar over a Trump administration immigration policy that has temporarily broken up migrant families as they enter the United States. ‘Children in institutional care, including government-run facilities, can be easy targets for traffickers,’ the department’s annual Trafficking in Persons report concluded.” Of course Miss Human Trafficking herself, Aryan princess Ivanka was present at the ceremony to play government and hand out awards because nothing is without gaslighting irony to these regime cockroaches.
From The New York Times.
PARENTS + RELATIVES ARE BEING DEPORTED WITHOUT THEIR KIDS
The Corpus Christi Caller Times reports, “Hundreds of migrant adults have been deported without the minors who were accompanying them, according to data that researchers at Syracuse University published Wednesday. The case-by-case analysis of Customs and Border Protection detentions from October 2014 through April came from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a nonpartisan data-gathering, research and distribution organization at Syracuse University.” The Corpus Christi Caller Times adds, “Many adults who arrived in the U.S. with children were quickly deported, the data shows. Nearly 1 in 4 adults with children that Border Patrol agents took into custody in April — 1,060 of 4,537 — have been deported. The number of children arrested with adults in April was higher than the total of adults, but fewer than 1 in 6 of the children — 851 of 5,144 — have been deported. ‘Thus, several hundred parents appear to have been deported without their children in April alone,’ according to the records clearinghouse.”
MAKE AMERICA A GULAG FOR THE MOST VULNERABLE
The Houston Chronicle reports, “She crossed the border illegally in May with her four children, one of whom was still breastfeeding and was the progeny, along with another, of her rapists. She was seeking asylum, afraid for her life in her home country, where her attackers, police officers, threatened to kill them all because they were evidence of the crimes. Instead of the refuge she sought, the mother was arrested, imprisoned and her children taken away. She had no idea where they were when she tried to convince an asylum officer of the veracity of her claim. The bureaucrat denied it.” The Houston Chronicle adds, “Last week, appearing without an attorney in a small cavernous courtroom in the sprawling Port Isabel detention center, the woman made one last-ditch appeal to a harried, over-worked immigration judge that she be allowed to stay in the United States, and that her children be returned to her.” The Houston Chronicle notes, “The administration has declined to say how many separated children have thus far been reunited with their parents, or how many have been deported alone. Not knowing where their children are complicates a parent’s claims for asylum, lawyers said. Federal agencies struggled under unclear guidance and protests around the nation mounted against a practice that has stirred outrage across political and religious lines.”
From The Houston Chronicle.
MELANIA ASKS KIDS SEPARATED FROM PARENTS IF THEY’VE MADE FRIENDS
Yes, really. Reuters reports, “First lady Melania Trump made a second trip on Thursday to view facilities housing children brought illegally across the border with Mexico and who have yet to be reunited with their parents after the Trump administration reversed its separation policy. She also got a glimpse of the anger that erupted over the break-up of families due to the crackdown by her husband, President Donald Trump, on migrants at the southern border. Dozens of sign-waving protesters briefly ran beside her motorcade and others chanted from nearby buildings.” She left her statement of indifference/crisis management through distracting outrage jacket at home this time but the fascist bullshit came tumbling from her lips instead as she asked the children, “Do you like it here? Have you met some friends?” Yahoo notes, “protesters in Phoenix awaited the first lady’s arrival alongside a large, inflatable replica of President Trump. POTUS appeared to be wearing a suit underneath a white robe marked with the KKK insignia, a hood in his right hand.”
* LATEST WAVE OF MASS DEMONSTRATIONS TACKLES IMMIGRATION POLICY
POLITICO reports, “Protesters gathered in front of the White House and across the nation on Saturday to slam the Trump administration’s separation of migrant families, the latest mass demonstration to push back on the president and his administration. Marchers chanted ‘families belong together,’ the name of the rally in Washington and in events that were scheduled to take place in more than 750 cities across the country. The protest was organized by the liberal organization MoveOn.Org, the Americans Civil Liberties Union, The Leadership Conference and National Domestic Workers Alliance.” POLITICO notes, “The Associated Press reported marches took place in range of communities, from cities such as New York and Los Angeles to small towns such as Antler, N.D. Many of the attendees in Washington, where it was 92 degrees, and elsewhere marched despite sweltering heat.”
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STATE DEPARTMENT BANKROLLING QUSAY’S TRIPS TO SCOTLAND
The Scotsman reports, “federal receipts passed to The Scotsman show the US government is bankrolling trips connected to” Qusay or Eric Trump’s “visits to the luxury property. The US State Department has spent more than £10,000 in relation to trips by Eric Trump to Turnberry hotel and golf course, which is owned by his father.”
From The Scotsman.
GIULIANI CALLS FOR REGIME CHANGE IN IRAN AT MEK CULT EVENT
The Guardian reports, “Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, addressed a rally staged by an extreme Iranian opposition group in Paris on Saturday, calling for regime change in Tehran. Giuliani spoke to the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), an umbrella coalition largely controlled by the Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MeK), which was once listed as a terrorist organisation in the US and Europe and is still widely viewed as a Marxist-Islamist cult built around the personality of its leader, Maryam Rajavi.” TRUMPISTAN WATCH has observed how the same long time supporters of the Rajavi cult are now involved in the Trump death cult that one must wonder if this was a test case or merely monitored closely by our great friend in that shithole Russia. Among other delusional things, “Giuliani told a crowd of about 4,000, many of them refugees and young eastern Europeans who had been bussed in to attend the rally in return for a weekend trip to Paris,” that, “The mullahs must go, the ayatollah must go, and they must be replaced by a democratic government which Madam Rajavi represents”. The Guardian notes, “Another prominent guest on Saturday was Newt Gingrich, a former House speaker and a close Trump ally,” who is also the husband of the current U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, Callista Gingrich. The Guardian recalls, “The guest of honour at last year’s NCRI conference was John Bolton, who has since become Trump’s third national security adviser. The most shocking attendee this year: former New Mexico governor and Clinton era Energy Secretary Bill Richardson.
From The Guardian.
AMBASSADOR TO CHINA’S SON PIMPS REGIME CONNECTIONS FOR BUSINESS
The Wall Street Journal reports, “A son of the American ambassador to Beijing used his connections to President Donald Trump this week to drum up business for his public-relations firm. Eric Branstad, a son of Ambassador Terry Branstad, and the U.S. Commerce Department’s liaison to the White House until January, spoke on Thursday in Shanghai to more than 100 lawyers, bankers and advisers at a seminar titled ‘How to React To (Potential) US-China Trade War?’” First they have to provide the need for snake oil before they can sell you the snake oil cure.
From The Wall Street Journal.
* #WOKE SNOWDEN
The Guardian reports, “National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden has delivered his most trenchant criticism yet of the Russian government, describing it unequivocally as ‘corrupt’.” No shit, pal. The Guardian notes, “His comments mean the proposed US-Russia summit in Helsinki on 16 July is potentially risky for him if Donald Trump was to request Vladimir Putin to hand him over.” The Guardian adds, “In an interview with the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung Snowden, who has lived in Russia since 2013, said: ‘The Russian government is corrupt in many ways, that’s something the Russian people realise. Russian people are warm. They are clever. It’s a beautiful country. Their government is the problem not the people,’” which are words TRUMPISTAN WATCH can agree with – it’s too damn big not to have something nice but the Russian state is a pariah that ruins everything it touches, much like Trump. The Guardian notes, “Russia is the only safe haven in the world for Snowden. China would not allow him access to the mainland when he was in Hong Kong in 2013. Neither Germany, where there is strong public support for Snowden, nor any other European country appears willing to fall out with the US by offering him sanctuary. If he made it to Latin America or anywhere else in the world, the US could apply economic pressure or send in a CIA team to kidnap him.”
From The Guardian.
NOT EVEN 24 HOURS AFTER SLAUGHTER, TEAM TRUMP ATTACKS FAKE NEWS
Mediaite reports, “It didn’t take long for President Donald Trump’s team to attack the media following yesterday’s shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper’s office. One day after a gunman killed five staffers for the Annapolis, Maryland newspaper, the Trump campaign sent out a press release bashing ‘the fake news media.’” Is anyone surprised or do you know what to expect from the goddamn death cult by now? Mediaite adds, “Michael Glassner, the Chief Operating Officer for Trump’s reelection effort, heralded a planned rally in Great Falls, Montana next week as a ‘great chance for President Trump to connect directly with patriotic Americans without the filter of the fake news media to celebrate all of the successes of the Trump agenda.’” Yes, it’s a chance for all Trump’s killers to rally around the leader before the real slaughter.
COMEDIAN PRANKS FAKE RUSSIAN BULLSHIT POTUS + GETS A CALL BACK
Business Insider reports, “John Melendez, the comedian who hosts ‘The Stuttering John Podcast,’ said he prank called President Donald Trump and got a call back from him on Air Force One.” Yes, it’s true: the empire has no security. Business Insider adds, “Melendez said the call took place Wednesday evening, as Trump was flying back from a rally in North Dakota. Melendez apparently got through by pretending to be Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey.” Business Insider notes, “Melendez said the White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, called him back and got the president on the phone for the comedian. On his show, Melendez said this was a sign of ‘how easy it is to infiltrate’ the Trump administration.” He’s right.
From Business Insider.
MEDIA “DID NOT SEE THE RUSSIAN INTERVENTION” BECAUSE THEY WERE IT
The Atlantic looks at Yale Professor Timothy Snyder’s new book The Road to Unfreedom in some depth, which has been out for some time. But the paragraph in this piece on the scholar of twentieth century totalitarianism’s newest work that stands out is the one dedicated to the role of the media: “Perhaps this campaign might have been defeated by strong responses by Western governments and truthful reporting by Western media. Indeed, Snyder dedicates his book to reporters, ‘the heroes of our time.’ But alongside those heroes were others working for other ends. Snyder quotes his own warning from the Ukraine war: ‘Here is going to be there.’ Americans and Europeans were left unready to face the new Russian techniques ‘because writers they trusted were not analysts of, but rather participants in, the Russian campaign to undermine factuality.’ Snyder cites repeated examples of journalists in prominent platforms, trusted by left-of-center readerships, whose reporting seemed to support Russian claims that Ukraine had become a romper room for neo-Nazis—or alternatively to ‘the green flag of jihad.’ Many of these reports cited second- and third-hand sources, some of whom disappeared untraceably after depositing their testimonies on Facebook. Hard-left and alt-right social-media trolls then tidied up after the reporters, belittling claims that the original sources were disinformation. Of one such troll, Snyder quips—in an apothegm that applies sadly widely—‘he did not see the Russian intervention because he was the Russian intervention.’”
From The Atlantic.
PARDONED DINESH D’SOUZA RETWEETS INCENDIARY RACIST HASHTAG
Law and Crime reports, “A conservative author and filmmaker recently pardoned by President Donald Trump is under fire after retweeting a Twitter post with the hashtag #burnthejews.” As one does as a “joke” or “in error” or let he who has not retweeted a racist incendiary hashtag cast the first stone. Law and Crime notes, “Dinesh D’Souza pleaded guilty to using a ‘straw donor’ in order to make an illegal campaign contribution to a U.S. Senate race in 2012. In 2014, D’Souza entered his plea and was eventually sentenced to five years probation, eight months in a halfway house and a $30,000 fine. On May 31 of this year, President Trump issued a pardon, saying D’Souza ‘was treated very unfairly by our government.’” Law and Crime adds, “Fast forward one month. D’Souza is currently promoting a new film which compares Trump to Abraham Lincoln. In service of that self-promotion, D’Souza retweeted a Twitter post by user @RedManDan84. Twitter subsequently suspended that account,” probably because it’s a troll from our great friends in that shithole country Russia.
From Law and Crime.
RUSSIAN STATE TV BOASTS THEY ELECTED TRUMP
The Independent reports, “Russia 24, a government-funded network covering domestic and international news, criticised the issue of cyber security being included in Mr Putin’s planned discussions with American officials.” The Independent adds, “‘Cyber security is a topic for this summit because what are the main accusations that we hear in the past years from the American side?’ A Russia 24 analyst said. ‘That our great and terrible Russian hackers invaded the American space.’ The analyst went on to say Americans viewed the alleged hacking as ‘aggression against the country’ and believed the Russian government ‘caused some trouble there.’ ‘What trouble did we cause?’ he asked. ‘We just elected Trump, that’s all.’”
From The Independent.
RUSSIA HAS A HISSY FIT AFTER BEING CALLED OUT ON ITS BULLSHIT
Agence France Presse reports, “Russia’s state media regulator on Friday accused television channel France 24 of violating the country’s media laws, after Paris issued a warning to the French arm of Kremlin-backed broadcaster RT.” Agence France Presse adds, “The law in question bans foreigners from holding more than a 20-percent stake in Russian media outlets, forcing them to be controlled by local legal entities. France 24 broadcasts in English on Russian satellite packages.” Agence France Presse notes the KGB scum enemy is getting bolder and absconding all pretense of plausible deniability as “RT chief editor Margarita Simonyan called the Roskomnadzor letter a retaliatory measure.” Reuters notes France 24 is not alone as, “Russia said on Friday it might strip the France 24 TV channel and German broadcaster Deutsche Welle of their Russian operating licenses amid deteriorating relations between the West and Moscow.” Wait so confused! Isn’t Russia conquering the world? Does the world not want the mental, social and economic pollution of Russian bullshit? Reuters notes the cause of the tit for tat, ‘Russia’s communications watchdog said it may act against the French media outlet a day after French authorities accused Russian broadcaster RT of airing distortions about the conflict in Syria, Russian news agencies reported.”
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NORTH KOREA INCREASES NUCLEAR PRODUCTION AT SECRET SITES
NBC News reports, “U.S. intelligence agencies believe that North Korea has increased its production of fuel for nuclear weapons at multiple secret sites in recent months — and that Kim Jong Un may try to hide those facilities as he seeks more concessions in nuclear talks with the Trump administration”. NBC News adds, “The intelligence assessment, which has not previously been reported, seems to counter the sentiments expressed by President Donald Trump, who tweeted after his historic June 12 summit with Kim that ‘there was no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea.’ Analysts at the CIA and other intelligence agencies don’t see it that way”. NBC News notes, “While the North Koreans have stopped missile and nuclear tests, ‘there’s no evidence that they are decreasing stockpiles, or that they have stopped their production,’ said one U.S. official briefed on the latest intelligence. ‘There is absolutely unequivocal evidence that they are trying to deceive the U.S.’” NBC News adds, “The intelligence assessment comes on the heels of a report by 38north.com showing that North Korea was continuing to make improvements at its major disclosed nuclear facility at Yongbyon.”
From NBC News.
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IN MEMORIAM: GUDRUN BURWITZ, HEINRICH HIMMLER’S LOYAL DAUGHTER
The Washington Post reports, “Gudrun Burwitz, the true-believing daughter of Heinrich Himmler, the architect of the Holocaust and Nazi Germany’s highest-ranking official after Adolf Hitler, died May 24 in or near Munich. She was 88.” The Washington Post adds, “Her death was first reported by the German newspaper Bild, which also confirmed that Mrs. Burwitz had worked for two years in West Germany’s foreign intelligence agency. The agency’s chief historian, Bodo Hechelhammer, told the newspaper that Mrs. Burwitz worked as a secretary under an assumed name in the early 1960s. The agency does not comment on current or past employees until they have died.” Like Ivanka, “Mrs. Burwitz, who was sometimes called a ‘Nazi princess’ by supporters and detractors alike, remained unrepentant and loyal to her father to the end. Although she had visited a concentration camp, she denied the existence of the Holocaust and, in later years, helped provide money and comfort to former Nazis convicted or suspected of war crimes.” Recall, “The only person who outranked Himmler in the Nazi hierarchy was Hitler himself.” The Washington Post notes, “Gudrun, who was Himmler’s oldest child and only legitimate daughter, was exceptionally devoted to her father. Himmler and his wife later adopted a son, and had two other children with his mistress.” The Washington Post adds, “Throughout the 1930s and early 1940s, the bespectacled, undistinguished-looking Himmler enjoyed having Gudrun at his side, as a blond, blue-eyed symbol of Aryan youth. In a diary later seized by Allied authorities, she noted that she liked to see her reflection in her father’s polished boots. She attended Christmas parties with Hitler, who gave her dolls and chocolates.” She wrote of her trip to Dachau in her diary at 12 years old: “Today we went to the SS concentration camp at Dachau. We saw everything we could. We saw the gardening work. We saw the pear trees. We saw all the pictures painted by the prisoners. Marvelous.” Burwitz added in her diary, “And afterward we had a lot to eat. It was very nice.”
From The Washington Post.
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