“Manafort” – Google News: Report: Ukrainian Embassy Says DNC Operative Alexandra Chalupa Wanted Dirt on Trump in 2016 – Breitbart

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Report: Ukrainian Embassy Says DNC Operative Alexandra Chalupa Wanted Dirt on Trump in 2016  Breitbart

The Ukrainian Embassy confirmed recently that a DNC contractor had asked for dirt on former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Palmer Report: Donald Trump is taking the GOP Senate down with him

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Senator Thom Tillis is one of the Republicans who rarely makes headlines, and probably prefers it that way to keep getting re-elected. Few on the national stage had heard of him until last month when he came out against Donald Trump’s national emergency nonsense, only to vote for it anyway after being threatened with a primary challenger. It’s probably the same threat that’s caused him to open his mouth yet again – only to make him look even more foolish.



In an interview with NC Policy Watch this week, Tillis was asked if he was concerned at all about Donald Trump’s increasingly weird behavior, particularly when it came to the Mueller report. “What I liked the most is about the smart people that he had advising him. Because that’s why at the end of the day they drew the conclusion there was no obstruction,” said Tillis.



Of course, Tillis knows there was no conclusion of the kind, but he doesn’t care as long as his own base buys that. The Republicans have already been asked to run independently of Trump in 2020, when Tillis is up for re-election in a relatively purple state. He’s afraid to effectively dismiss the report – but he’s also afraid of stoking Donald Trump’s anger. Rather than admit there’s evidence that Trump is guilty, he’s decided to rationalize it by saying “Good thing for Trump’s people! They kept him from breaking the law!”


In other words, Tillis has completely given up on trying to defend Trump’s moral character, because there isn’t any. The bar for president is apparently someone with a staff who will simply disobey his illegal and morally questionable orders. We’ll see how well it resonates with voters, especially since Tillis may be facing a whole other environment by next November, and whether he’ll have to distance himself from these remarks by then – something he seems prepared to do – but the bottom line here is they can’t vouch for Trump’s character anymore and it’s no longer a secret.



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“Manafort” – Google News: For 2019 graduate, home is where the start is – Temple University News

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For 2019 graduate, home is where the start is  Temple University News

Temple University graduate Cassie Semyon, who went viral as an NBC News intern on the Paul Manafort trial, starts her career in Scranton.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): “trump in financial times” – Google News: North Korea reported to have launched short-range missiles – Financial Times

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North Korea reported to have launched short-range missiles  Financial Times

First test in more than a year comes during period of stalemate in talks with the US.

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“2016 Presidential Election Investigation” – Google News: Prosecutors urge judge to reject Roger Stone’s challenges to indictment, Mueller probe – Washington Post

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Prosecutors urge judge to reject Roger Stone’s challenges to indictment, Mueller probe  Washington Post

U.S. prosecutors urged a judge Friday to reject Trump confidante Roger Stone’s request to toss out his indictment in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s …

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“Peter Strzok” – Google News: Trump calls bombshell report on alleged campaign spying ‘bigger than ­Watergate’ – New York Post

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Trump calls bombshell report on alleged campaign spying ‘bigger than ­Watergate’  New York Post

President Trump on Friday called the FBI’s use of a blond bombshell to get dirt on his campaign “bigger than WATERGATE” — as Vice President Mike Pence …

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“Mueller’s Russia investigation” – Google News: DOJ attorneys defend Mueller’s ability to investigate Trump in Roger Stone filing – CNN

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DOJ attorneys defend Mueller’s ability to investigate Trump in Roger Stone filing  CNN

The Justice Department attorneys prosecuting Roger Stone — who no longer work under special counsel Robert Mueller — defended the special counsel’s …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Palmer Report: Details revealed of Adam Schiff’s plan to completely dismantle Donald Trump

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Even as Chairman Jerry Nadler and the House Judiciary Committee takes the lead on de facto impeachment hearings against Donald Trump involving cooperating witnesses like Robert Mueller and Don McGahn, Chairman Adam Schiff and the House Intelligence Committee are taking the lead on exposing the Trump-Russia scandal. New details just surfaced about Schiff’s plan, and they reveal that he plans to completely dismantle Trump.



Earlier this week the Daily Beast reported that Adam Schiff and the House Intel Committee has hired a former FBI financial crimes chief to investigate Trump. Then last night Rachel Maddow reported that Schiff has also hired three former U.S. Attorneys and an investigator who speaks Russian. Schiff is a former prosecutor himself, so it’s not surprising that he would want to assemble this kind of prosecutorial firepower. But these specific details help point to where this is headed.



Various House committees are probing various aspects of Donald Trump’s finances, but the House Intel Committee is specifically focused on Trump’s financial ties to foreign nations and foreign entities. By hiring such an A-list financial crimes investigator, Schiff is revealing that he intends to expose the money trail between Donald Trump and other nations, even though Robert Mueller apparently didn’t go there. The addition of the Russian-speaking investigator tips off that Schiff is going deep into the Trump-Russia connection.


Meanwhile, the addition of three former U.S. Attorneys suggests that Adam Schiff is planning to build a de facto federal criminal case against Donald Trump, which could then be served up to the Department of Justice once Trump is gone so he can be prosecuted for what Schiff finds. One big thing to keep in mind: although these hires are being reported now, they may have already been on the job for awhile. Schiff has had control of the committee for the past four months. The only reason to reveal these hires now is that some aspect of their work is about to become public-facing.



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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): “trump and intelligence community” – Google News: It’s Time for Saudi Arabia to Stop Exporting Extremism – Foreign Policy

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It’s Time for Saudi Arabia to Stop Exporting Extremism  Foreign Policy

Here’s a sobering fact: Even after the destruction of the Islamic State’s territorial caliphate in Iraq and Syria, there are today more jihadis fighting in more …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Politics: Florida legislators agree to limit felons’ voting rights. Critics call it a new poll tax.

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The measure would require felons to pay court-ordered financial obligations before they can cast a ballot. Critics said they would label Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) the “Jim Crow” governor if he signs the bill.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): “trump authoritarianism” – Google News: Letter – Lima Ohio

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Letter  Lima Ohio

Dictators consolidate power only if they control the administration of the law.We were relieved when Bill Barr, an “institutionalist,” was appo.

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“Trump Investigations” – Google News: House Democrats say Deutsche Bank records necessary for array of Trump investigations – New York Daily News

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House Democrats say Deutsche Bank records necessary for array of Trump investigations  New York Daily News

House Democrats sought to intervene in President Trump’s effort to block Deutsche Bank from turning over records on his finances Friday, arguing the …

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“Trump Investigations” – Google News: Harris requests probe into if Trump pressured Barr to open investigations | TheHill – The Hill

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Harris requests probe into if Trump pressured Barr to open investigations | TheHill  The Hill

… issue | CBO estimates 7M more uninsured by ObamaCare mandate repeal MORE (D-Calif.) is requesting the Justice Department’s top watchdog to investigate …

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“wilbur ross” – Google News: US Unemployment at 49-year Record Low, 2.1% for Asian-Americans – The Epoch Times

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US Unemployment at 49-year Record Low, 2.1% for Asian-Americans  The Epoch Times

According to April Jobs Report, the U.S. Unemployment is now at a 49-Year record low, and among Asian-Americans, it is at a 2.1% record low.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): “Russian Intelligence services and international organized crime” – Google News: May 4, 2019. – The CyberWire

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May 4, 2019.  The CyberWire

Wipro hack updates. Election interference and social control. Naming and shaming. Op Snakeoil. Government and industry notes.

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FBI Official’s Testimony Raises New Questions about Surveillance of Trump Campaign – National Review

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FBI Official’s Testimony Raises New Questions about Surveillance of Trump Campaign  National Review

Deputy assistant director Jonathan Moffa’s testimony, which has been obtained exclusively by National Review, suggests there was more going on than has yet …


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Ex-FBI Official: Trump Gave Putin ‘Green Light’ to Meddle in 2020 Election – The Daily Beast

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Ex-FBI Official: Trump Gave Putin ‘Green Light’ to Meddle in 2020 Election  The Daily Beast

‘It’s troubling to think the president is finding comfort in our adversary,’ former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi said on MSNBC.


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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): “trump russian money” – Google News: What’s known about surveillance of Trump campaign aides – Washington Post

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What’s known about surveillance of Trump campaign aides  Washington Post

WASHINGTON — In a London bar three years ago, a young foreign policy adviser for Donald Trump’s campaign told an Australian diplomat something …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): “trump authoritarianism” – Google News: State Department Goes Tribal – And Not in a Good Way – Bearing Drift

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State Department Goes Tribal – And Not in a Good Way  Bearing Drift

When a group of people are accused of being racist and unconcerned about democracy, there are few things that validate such criticisms quite like expressing …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Palmer Report: Donald Trump holds bizarre, senile, treasonous press conference about Vladimir Putin

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Earlier today we all learned that Donald Trump had a lengthy phone call with Russian president Vladimir Putin this morning, and that they discussed the Mueller report. After this news surfaced, Trump confessed to it on Twitter, declaring that they had discussed the “Russian hoax.” Now Trump is holding an informal press conference with reporters, and his answers are stunning on multiple levels.



When Donald Trump was asked just now if he asked Putin not to meddle in the 2020 election, he ignored the question. When the same reporter then asked the question again, Trump once again refused to answer it. This means his answer is “no.” Considering that the Mueller report spells out all the ways in which Putin and Russia actively meddled in the 2016 election, and the ways in which the report documents all of the Trump campaign’s efforts to court Russia’s help during that election, Trump’s failure to warn Putin about the 2020 election is treasonous. But it got worse.



At one point Donald Trump said these words about Putin: “He actually sort of smiled when he said something to the effect that ‘it started off as a mountain and it ended up being a mouse.” Wait, Putin smiled? This was a telephone call. How would Trump know if Putin was smiling? Were they on FaceTime? Trump lies constantly, but he’s reached a point where he’s too senile to come up with lies that even make a lick of sense.


Today’s phone call alone is grounds for impeachment, which is now inevitable. It also definitively proves that Donald Trump not only colluded with the Russian government, he’s still colluding with the Russian government – and he considers it such a priority, he’s not even really trying to hide it. This is treason, and nothing short of it.



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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): “Donald Trump” – Google News: Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un need the European Union – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

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Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un need the European Union  Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

US-North Korea negotiations are stuck. Trump should deploy the European Union.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices: Today’s Headlines and Commentary

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The FBI sent an investigator posed as a research assistant to Professor Stefan Halper to question George Papadopoulos about the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia in September 2016, according to the New York Times.

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler has given Attorney General Barr until 9 a.m. Monday to comply with a House subpoena for evidence underlying the Mueller report, says Politico. Nadler has said that he will hold Barr in contempt of Congress if the attorney general does not comply with the request.

Three Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee are seeking documents from the NRA to evaluate possibly financial crimes in the wake of leadership turmoil and accusations of blackmail, reported the Washington Post. The senators are looking into allegations of extortion, tax fraud and other financial misconduct.

Trump spoke with Putin Friday for more than an hour, covering topics that included Venezuela and the Mueller report, revealed Politico. The two also discussed North Korea and its nuclear program.

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Mikhaila Fogel and Quinta Jurecic analyzed whether Barr’s statements to Congress qualified as perjury.

Steve Slick announced the Bobby R. Inman award for student scholarship in intelligence and national security.

Mikhaila Fogel posted an April 19 letter from the White House to the Attorney General regarding the Mueller investigation and the 2018 Department of Defense report on civilian casualties.

Elena Kagan launched a bonus edition of the Lawfare Podcast with a truncated audio version of  the Barr hearings.

Jarod Taylor evaluated the potential for escalation in the U.S.-Turkey relationship.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): “putin and trump” – Google News: Trump and Putin’s Phone Call Is Helsinki All Over Again – The Atlantic

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Trump and Putin’s Phone Call Is Helsinki All Over Again  The Atlantic

Once again, the president has failed to hold Russia to account.

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“trump putin” – Google News: Trump, Putin discussed Mueller report during phone call Friday – East Bay Times

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Trump, Putin discussed Mueller report during phone call Friday  East Bay Times

(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 16, 2018 US President Donald Trump (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin arrive for a meeting in Helsinki.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): “trump and putin” – Google News: Trump, Putin discuss nuclear weapons and, ‘very briefly,’ the Mueller report – Chicago Tribune

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Trump, Putin discuss nuclear weapons and, ‘very briefly,’ the Mueller report  Chicago Tribune

President Donald Trump spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday about nuclear weapons, China, Venezuela and the Mueller report.

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