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

NK, NYT + SUSPECT RUSSIAN DISINFO | TRUMP CAN’T CRITICIZE PUTIN + WHITE NATIONALISTS + THEY ARE LINKED | TRUMP CAMPAIGN AIDE WANTED TO ARRANGE PUTIN MEETING | MANAFORT + MORE RUSSIAN DIRTY MONEY | PENCE ANGLES TO BE 46 | VOLKER-SURKOV TO MEET | FIGHT HATE

-----BREAKING-----   LET’S TALK ABOUT NK, NYT + SUSPECT RUSSIAN DISINFO The New York Times reports – and there should be some pretty heavy quotations there – “North Korea’s success in testing an intercontinental ballistic missile that appears able to reach the United States was made possible by black-market purchases of powerful rocket engines probably … Continue reading NK, NYT + SUSPECT RUSSIAN DISINFO | TRUMP CAN’T CRITICIZE PUTIN + WHITE NATIONALISTS + THEY ARE LINKED | TRUMP CAMPAIGN AIDE WANTED TO ARRANGE PUTIN MEETING | MANAFORT + MORE RUSSIAN DIRTY MONEY | PENCE ANGLES TO BE 46 | VOLKER-SURKOV TO MEET | FIGHT HATE

TRUMP TRAITOR TRASH THANKS PUTIN, AGAIN | MANAFORT FALL OUT CONTINUES AS HIS WORLD SEEMS TO CRUMBLE | TRUMPISTAN WATCH IS NO CULTURAL MARXIST ALIGNED WITH ISLAMISTS | PIZZAGATE TRUTHER POLL SUPPORT TRUMP | BREITBART ATTACKS BACKFIRE ON BANNON

-----BREAKING-----   TRUMP TAKES GOLF BREAK TO THANK PUTIN FOR EXPELLING US DIPLOMATS Seriously. POLITICO reports, “On Day Four of his working vacation,” which POLITICO should have in quotes, “Trump summoned reporters to his Bedminster National Golf Club twice in one day, in order to unburden himself,” and say, “I want to thank him,” meaning … Continue reading TRUMP TRAITOR TRASH THANKS PUTIN, AGAIN | MANAFORT FALL OUT CONTINUES AS HIS WORLD SEEMS TO CRUMBLE | TRUMPISTAN WATCH IS NO CULTURAL MARXIST ALIGNED WITH ISLAMISTS | PIZZAGATE TRUTHER POLL SUPPORT TRUMP | BREITBART ATTACKS BACKFIRE ON BANNON

WEEKEND READING | From Russian Theater to American Reality Politics: Donald Trump, Vladislav Surkov, Alexander Herzen and You!

by Amanda Rivkin   Imagine you are at the theater but the performance instead of the stage is everything that surrounds you in your everyday real life. Everything is the same but at the same time nothing is. In life, you attend a performance to escape, to succumb to character-driven plots performed by actors who … Continue reading WEEKEND READING | From Russian Theater to American Reality Politics: Donald Trump, Vladislav Surkov, Alexander Herzen and You!

CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS WON’T BACK TRUMP TWEETS | NSC FLYNNSTONE FIRED | SENATE PASSES RUSSIA SANCTIONS (BERNIE VOTES NO) | RUSSIA RETALIATES | 35% APPROVAL | O TRUMPISTAN!

-----BREAKING-----   CHAIRMAN OF JOINT CHIEFS WON’T BACK TRUMP’S TRANSGENDER TWEETS POLITICO reports, “There will be ‘no modifications’ to the military’s transgender policy as a result of President Donald Trump’s tweets, the chairman of the joint chiefs said in a message to top military officers on Thursday.” Now before you scream, “Transgender troops are a … Continue reading CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS WON’T BACK TRUMP TWEETS | NSC FLYNNSTONE FIRED | SENATE PASSES RUSSIA SANCTIONS (BERNIE VOTES NO) | RUSSIA RETALIATES | 35% APPROVAL | O TRUMPISTAN!