MATTIS IN UKRAINE | TRUMP CAMPAIGN AIDE TRIED TO ARRANGE FOR PUTIN CONFAB | STERN DEPICTS TRUMP’S SEIN KAMPF | SENATE COMMITTEE TO VOTE WHETHER TO DISCLOSE STEELE DOSSIER FIRM’S TESTIMONY | “WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOUR EXPECTING ZAPAD” | NUKES OF HAZARD

-----ON THE AGENDA-----   MATTIS IN UKRAINE FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is in Kyiv for Ukrainian Independence Day celebrations and talks with President Petro Poroshenko and Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak.” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty notes, “The 26th anniversary of Ukraine's declaration of independence from the Soviet … Continue reading MATTIS IN UKRAINE | TRUMP CAMPAIGN AIDE TRIED TO ARRANGE FOR PUTIN CONFAB | STERN DEPICTS TRUMP’S SEIN KAMPF | SENATE COMMITTEE TO VOTE WHETHER TO DISCLOSE STEELE DOSSIER FIRM’S TESTIMONY | “WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOUR EXPECTING ZAPAD” | NUKES OF HAZARD

UKRAINE SCHOOL YEAR START CEASE FIRE TO BE ANNOUNCED TODAY | RUSSIA-FRIENDLY ICELANDIC BANK WANTED TO INVEST IN TRUMP PROJECTS | SENATE WANTS TO DECLARE WIKILEAKS “HOSTILE SPY SERVICE” | NAVY TO REVIEW HACKING POSSIBILITY | US COAL IN UKRAINE | DANISH AF VIDEO OF INTERCEPT

-----ON THE AGENDA-----   ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY: UKRAINE CEASE FIRE FOR SCHOOL YEAR’S START Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has proposed a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine starting on August 23 at the beginning of the school year and got unanimous support from Russia, Germany, France, and the United States.” According to Radio … Continue reading UKRAINE SCHOOL YEAR START CEASE FIRE TO BE ANNOUNCED TODAY | RUSSIA-FRIENDLY ICELANDIC BANK WANTED TO INVEST IN TRUMP PROJECTS | SENATE WANTS TO DECLARE WIKILEAKS “HOSTILE SPY SERVICE” | NAVY TO REVIEW HACKING POSSIBILITY | US COAL IN UKRAINE | DANISH AF VIDEO OF INTERCEPT

KLEPTOCRACY WATCH AS TRUMP TRASH FAMILY DRAINS SECRET SERVICE BUDGET | MANAFORT MONEY TRAIL | ANTONOV OFFICIALLY NAMED NEXT RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR TO US | LITHUANIA RECEIVES US LNG | CRAZY MOSCOW MANEUVERS

-----BREAKING-----   KLEPTOCRACY WATCH: TRUMP TRAVEL DRAINS SECRET SERVICE BUDGET USA Today reports, “The Secret Service can no longer pay hundreds of agents it needs to carry out an expanded protective mission – in large part due to the sheer size of President Trump's family and efforts necessary to secure their multiple residences up and down the East Coast.” … Continue reading KLEPTOCRACY WATCH AS TRUMP TRASH FAMILY DRAINS SECRET SERVICE BUDGET | MANAFORT MONEY TRAIL | ANTONOV OFFICIALLY NAMED NEXT RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR TO US | LITHUANIA RECEIVES US LNG | CRAZY MOSCOW MANEUVERS

RUSSIA STEALS MALWARE DESIGNS FROM UKRAINIAN HACKER, NOW FBI WITNESS | PUTIN’S FAV RUSSIA PARTY’S ROHRABACHER MEETS PUTIN AGENT ASSANGE | RUSSIA LOVES NAZIS | ZAPAD WATCH | FBI COUNTER-INTELLIGENCE OFFICER STEPS DOWN FROM MUELLER PROBE | GULAG MEMORIAL GOES UP

-----BREAKING-----   FBI HAS A UKRAINIAN HACKER WITNESS; RUSSIA STOLE MALWARE DESIGN The New York Times reports, “The hacker, known only by his online alias ‘Profexer,’” whose “ posts, already accessible only to a small band of fellow hackers and cybercriminals looking for software tips, blinked out in January — just days after American intelligence agencies … Continue reading RUSSIA STEALS MALWARE DESIGNS FROM UKRAINIAN HACKER, NOW FBI WITNESS | PUTIN’S FAV RUSSIA PARTY’S ROHRABACHER MEETS PUTIN AGENT ASSANGE | RUSSIA LOVES NAZIS | ZAPAD WATCH | FBI COUNTER-INTELLIGENCE OFFICER STEPS DOWN FROM MUELLER PROBE | GULAG MEMORIAL GOES UP

TRUMP BEST NOT OUT NORTH KOREA NORTH KOREA | DOCUMENTS DRIP | EVERYTHING RUSSIA DOES BAD IS BILL BROWDER’S FAULT | VENEZUELA: RUSSIA’S $6 BILLION SINKHOLE | 32% | MOSCOW’S DANGEROUS MISCALCULATIONS

-----BREAKING-----   TRUMP BEST NOT OUT NORTH KOREA NORTH KOREA POLITICO reports, “President Donald Trump's warning Tuesday that North Korea ‘will be met with fire and fury’ if it continues its saber rattling sparked new fears that the standoff over the regime's advancing nuclear and missile programs could devolve into a shooting war.” Please, it … Continue reading TRUMP BEST NOT OUT NORTH KOREA NORTH KOREA | DOCUMENTS DRIP | EVERYTHING RUSSIA DOES BAD IS BILL BROWDER’S FAULT | VENEZUELA: RUSSIA’S $6 BILLION SINKHOLE | 32% | MOSCOW’S DANGEROUS MISCALCULATIONS

PENCE IN EAST EURO | PRELUDE TO A SLAUGHTER | WHITE HOUSE SURVIVOR: REINCE SASHAYS AWAY, KELLY IN, MCMASTER ON THE ROCKS | BEWARE THE BACK DOOR TO REMOVING SANCTIONS | RUSSIA RETALIATES + RESTRICTS THE INTERNET | PROFILES OF KEY PLAYERS

-----ON THE AGENDA-----   PENCE KICKS OFF EASTERN EUROPE TOUR The AP reports, “Vice President Mike Pence visits three countries in Russia's neighborhood,” in order “to signal support for them and NATO while drawing a line against aggression.” According to the AP, “Pence's mission will be encouraging those countries to continue to ally with the … Continue reading PENCE IN EAST EURO | PRELUDE TO A SLAUGHTER | WHITE HOUSE SURVIVOR: REINCE SASHAYS AWAY, KELLY IN, MCMASTER ON THE ROCKS | BEWARE THE BACK DOOR TO REMOVING SANCTIONS | RUSSIA RETALIATES + RESTRICTS THE INTERNET | PROFILES OF KEY PLAYERS

FUSION GPS IN FOCUS | TRUMP REPEATS RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA ON HILLARY + UKRAINE | WHY INVESTIGATING BARRON ISN’T A BAD THOUGHT | MANAFORT SUBPOENA DROPPED | ALFA BANK DOJ APPOINTEE CONFIRMATION HEARING | PURGES + SANCTIONS | ARMING UKRAINE

-----ON THE AGENDA-----   SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE SPOTLIGHT ON FUSION GPS The Washington Post reports, “On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee is set to finally hold the hearing that was derailed earlier this month by the unfolding scandal over a meeting between top Trump officials and a Russian lawyer.” The Washington Post adds, “When Chairman Charles E. … Continue reading FUSION GPS IN FOCUS | TRUMP REPEATS RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA ON HILLARY + UKRAINE | WHY INVESTIGATING BARRON ISN’T A BAD THOUGHT | MANAFORT SUBPOENA DROPPED | ALFA BANK DOJ APPOINTEE CONFIRMATION HEARING | PURGES + SANCTIONS | ARMING UKRAINE