PUTIN WANTED TO KISS AND MAKE UP | SANCTIONS THREATEN RUSSIAN DEFENSE BUILD UP | RUSSIA USED FACEBOOK TO ORGANIZE U.S. PROTESTS | TURKEY BUYS MISSILES FROM MOSCOW | MONITORING RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA IN GERMANY

-----BREAKING-----   PUTIN WANTED FULL RAPPROCHEMENT WITH AMERICA Putin is the little boy with a crush who will never ever get what he truly seeks because she is too beautiful, too shiny, too full of herself, too distracted. He also misjudged terribly how not broken the West is and how he would get his way. … Continue reading PUTIN WANTED TO KISS AND MAKE UP | SANCTIONS THREATEN RUSSIAN DEFENSE BUILD UP | RUSSIA USED FACEBOOK TO ORGANIZE U.S. PROTESTS | TURKEY BUYS MISSILES FROM MOSCOW | MONITORING RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA IN GERMANY

HAPPY SEPTEMBER 11 | EVERYONE IS A WITNESS | “HELP WORLD PEACE + MAKE A LOT OF MONEY” | WHO HAS EVEN LESS CREDIBILITY: RUSSIA OR THE WH? | FAKE NEWS FACEBOOK | EUROPEANS FINALLY FREAKING OUT RIGHT ON TIME FOR ZAPAD

-----ON THE AGENDA-----   HAPPY SEPTEMBER 11! ABC News notes Trump will preside over his first September 11 ceremony as president. Be still, beating heart! You can of course hear the audio of Trump boasting as the towers fell that now he has the tallest building in Manhattan, which still is not even remotely true. … Continue reading HAPPY SEPTEMBER 11 | EVERYONE IS A WITNESS | “HELP WORLD PEACE + MAKE A LOT OF MONEY” | WHO HAS EVEN LESS CREDIBILITY: RUSSIA OR THE WH? | FAKE NEWS FACEBOOK | EUROPEANS FINALLY FREAKING OUT RIGHT ON TIME FOR ZAPAD

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

BANNON’S NO LENIN | U.S. CYBER COMMAND | U.S. EMBASSY MOSCOW SUSPENDS NON-IMMIGRANT VISAS | MATTIS TO UKRAINE SOON | MINSK MEETING FOR VOLKER + SURKOV | PUTIN IN CRIMEA | EIGHTH MAN AKHMETSHIN’S HARD CORE KREMLIN TIES | WIKILEAKS WANTS WH PRESS PASSES

-----BREAKING-----   TO THE DUSTBIN OF HISTORY, FAKE NEWS FAKER BANNON IS NO LENIN Nor is he as good as the Nazi Julius Streicher TRUMPISTAN WATCH has long compared him to. On Friday, POLITICO reported, “Steve Bannon, the populist firebrand who had become increasingly isolated in the West Wing, is out as President Donald Trump’s … Continue reading BANNON’S NO LENIN | U.S. CYBER COMMAND | U.S. EMBASSY MOSCOW SUSPENDS NON-IMMIGRANT VISAS | MATTIS TO UKRAINE SOON | MINSK MEETING FOR VOLKER + SURKOV | PUTIN IN CRIMEA | EIGHTH MAN AKHMETSHIN’S HARD CORE KREMLIN TIES | WIKILEAKS WANTS WH PRESS PASSES

NO TRUMP BUMP IN RUSSIA EITHER | RUSSIA SAYS VOLKER + SURKOV WILL MEET IN MINSK | ZAPAD WATCH: PRE-GAME | CRYSTALLEX SEEKS TO MANEUVER CITGO FROM ROSNEFT COLLATERAL | REMEMBERING THE KURSK TRAGEDY, ANNIVERSARY MARKS 17 YEARS OF KREMLIN’S AGE OF DECEPTION

-----BREAKING-----   SANCTIONS HIT RUSSIA, NO “TRUMP BUMP” THERE EITHER Reuters reports, “New U.S. sanctions on Moscow have forced Russian business chiefs to accept that Donald Trump's rise to power is not about to produce a ‘Trump Bump’ in foreign investment.” Moscow’s great miscalculation comes back to bite them. Recall, “The latest measures allow Congress … Continue reading NO TRUMP BUMP IN RUSSIA EITHER | RUSSIA SAYS VOLKER + SURKOV WILL MEET IN MINSK | ZAPAD WATCH: PRE-GAME | CRYSTALLEX SEEKS TO MANEUVER CITGO FROM ROSNEFT COLLATERAL | REMEMBERING THE KURSK TRAGEDY, ANNIVERSARY MARKS 17 YEARS OF KREMLIN’S AGE OF DECEPTION

TRUMP HANDS SYRIA VICTORY TO PUTIN | TRUMP’S DEUTSCHE BANK LOANS UNDER SCRUTINY | PRIVATE RUSSIAN SESSIONS NEXT TO GO? | MANAFORT OWED RUSSIANS $17 MILLION BEFORE TRUMP CAMPAIGN | RECRUITING ROHRABACHER

-----BREAKING-----   TRUMP ENDS CIA PROGRAM TO ARM ANTI-ASSAD REBELS The Washington Post reports, “President Trump has decided to end the CIA’s covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels battling the government of Bashar al-Assad, a move long sought by Russia,” U.S. officials said. The Washington Post notes, “Officials said the phasing out … Continue reading TRUMP HANDS SYRIA VICTORY TO PUTIN | TRUMP’S DEUTSCHE BANK LOANS UNDER SCRUTINY | PRIVATE RUSSIAN SESSIONS NEXT TO GO? | MANAFORT OWED RUSSIANS $17 MILLION BEFORE TRUMP CAMPAIGN | RECRUITING ROHRABACHER

MUSLIM BAN TO BEGIN TONIGHT | DIA DETAILS RUSSIA’S REGIME CHANGE CONCERNS | GIULIANI CONCEDES RUSSIAN HACKING HAPPENED | RUSSIA’S RETALIATORY ROUNDS | MILITARY ACTIVITIES IN UKRAINE + THE BALTICS | TRUMP ATTACKS SPECIAL COUNSEL | FIGHT FOR FOREIGN POLICY

-----ON THE AGENDA-----   MUSLIM BAN TO GO INTO EFFECT TONIGHT Bloomberg reports, “The Trump administration will introduce new restrictions on travel to the U.S. by refugees and migrants from six countries as of 8 p.m. eastern time Thursday,” citing a single source “familiar with the matter.” This is how America loses its moral courage? … Continue reading MUSLIM BAN TO BEGIN TONIGHT | DIA DETAILS RUSSIA’S REGIME CHANGE CONCERNS | GIULIANI CONCEDES RUSSIAN HACKING HAPPENED | RUSSIA’S RETALIATORY ROUNDS | MILITARY ACTIVITIES IN UKRAINE + THE BALTICS | TRUMP ATTACKS SPECIAL COUNSEL | FIGHT FOR FOREIGN POLICY