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

TWO PIGS IN A BLANKET IN HAMBURG | TRUMP IN POLAND | ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER HOLOCAUST ABSENT JEWS | TRUMP’S WAR ON THE IC | UKRAINE ENVOY NAMED | END OF ETHICS + ELECTIONS

-----ON THE AGENDA-----   TWO PIGS IN A BLANKET: TRUMP-PUTIN CONFAB IN HAMBURG Well they already shook hands, CNBC reports. Today is the day Trump and Putin finally meet at the G20 in Hamburg, Germany. Axios reports, “There will likely only be six people in the room,” naming them as, “Trump, Putin, the Secretary of … Continue reading TWO PIGS IN A BLANKET IN HAMBURG | TRUMP IN POLAND | ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER HOLOCAUST ABSENT JEWS | TRUMP’S WAR ON THE IC | UKRAINE ENVOY NAMED | END OF ETHICS + ELECTIONS

CAR BOMB IN KIEV | MAKE AMERICA LOSE ITS MORAL COURAGE | NATO GENERAL ON RUSSIA’S CONTINUUM OF PEACE + CONFLICT | RECUSENIK FOR LEASE | STALINIST RUSSIA ALIVE + NOT WELL

-----BREAKING-----   CAR BOMB KILLS UKRAINIAN MILITARY INTEL COLONEL IN CENTRAL KIEV Reuters reports, “A colonel in Ukraine's military intelligence was killed by a car bomb in central Kiev on Tuesday, the defense ministry said, describing the incident as a ‘terrorist act.’” Reuters notes, “The police and the ministry did not give further details or … Continue reading CAR BOMB IN KIEV | MAKE AMERICA LOSE ITS MORAL COURAGE | NATO GENERAL ON RUSSIA’S CONTINUUM OF PEACE + CONFLICT | RECUSENIK FOR LEASE | STALINIST RUSSIA ALIVE + NOT WELL

SIX MONTHS OF DR. STRANGELOVE IN REAL LIFE | EVER CLOSER TO TOTAL WAR | T REX’S NEW “STRATEGIC STABILITY” IS BIGGER BULLSHIT THAN THE RUSSIA RESET | RUSSIA’S PIPELINE POWER OVER EUROPE

-----ON THE AGENDA-----   UKRAINE’S PRESIDENT AT THE WHITE HOUSE TODAY Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko may have pulled off a small coup in winning an audience with U.S. President Donald Trump before Russian leader Vladimir Putin could,” but, “Judging from the deafening silence coming from the White House, however, it’s … Continue reading SIX MONTHS OF DR. STRANGELOVE IN REAL LIFE | EVER CLOSER TO TOTAL WAR | T REX’S NEW “STRATEGIC STABILITY” IS BIGGER BULLSHIT THAN THE RUSSIA RESET | RUSSIA’S PIPELINE POWER OVER EUROPE

U.S. ARMY 242 YEARS OLD TODAY, TRUMP 71 GOING ON 7 | GUNFIRE AT CONGRESSIONAL BASEBALL GAME | A MESSAGE OF SORTS? | RUSSIAN HACKING MORE WIDESPREAD THAN REPORTED AGAIN | SENATE VOTES ON SANCTIONS

BREAKING STORY: CONGRESSIONAL BASEBALL GAME SHOT UP Multiple outlets are reporting a shooting at a baseball game in Alexandria, Virginia involving members of Congress. Early reports indicate Rep. Steve Scalise was shot. CBS News reports four shot, including the gunman and Scalise. Given what else is going on in the country and the fact that … Continue reading U.S. ARMY 242 YEARS OLD TODAY, TRUMP 71 GOING ON 7 | GUNFIRE AT CONGRESSIONAL BASEBALL GAME | A MESSAGE OF SORTS? | RUSSIAN HACKING MORE WIDESPREAD THAN REPORTED AGAIN | SENATE VOTES ON SANCTIONS

PRIVATE RUSSIAN SESSIONS ON THE HILL | TRUMP’S FIRST CABINET MEETING LIKE NORTH KOREA | HOW GREAT IS THE GREAT LEADER? | PRE-COUP-LIKE PRESS | ARYAN PRINCESS IVANKA’S FEELINGS ARE HURT | MEGYN KELLY NORMALIZES PRESIDENT’S FAVORITE CONSPIRACY NUT | CAPITALISM CONSENTS

-----ON THE AGENDA----- PRIVATE RUSSIAN SESSIONS ON THE HILL POLITICO reports, “Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify in an open hearing Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee on his role in the unfolding Russia investigation, according to congressional and Justice Department officials.” The Washington Post has some useful background as a reminder, “Sessions had a … Continue reading PRIVATE RUSSIAN SESSIONS ON THE HILL | TRUMP’S FIRST CABINET MEETING LIKE NORTH KOREA | HOW GREAT IS THE GREAT LEADER? | PRE-COUP-LIKE PRESS | ARYAN PRINCESS IVANKA’S FEELINGS ARE HURT | MEGYN KELLY NORMALIZES PRESIDENT’S FAVORITE CONSPIRACY NUT | CAPITALISM CONSENTS

GAME OVER? | BY THE SEASHORES OF SOCHI | PUTIN CHUCKLES OVER ELECTION HACKING | “ANYTIME IS A GOOD TIME” TO SANCTION RUSSIA | MATERIAL INCONSISTENCIES IN A MATERIAL WORLD | MEMOIRS OF TRUMP TRASH

-----ON THE AGENDA-----   GAME OVER? PLEASE SAY YES PLEASE SAY YES The Washington Examiner, the Lynn Sweet of the Trump era, reports Trump and Putin will speak by phone today at 12:30pm EST. “After the call, Trump will talk with National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster.” So the White House dad will talk to him … Continue reading GAME OVER? | BY THE SEASHORES OF SOCHI | PUTIN CHUCKLES OVER ELECTION HACKING | “ANYTIME IS A GOOD TIME” TO SANCTION RUSSIA | MATERIAL INCONSISTENCIES IN A MATERIAL WORLD | MEMOIRS OF TRUMP TRASH