1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Palmer Report: What a day to be Donald Trump

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What a day to be Donald Trump. Imagine if your Secretary of the Treasury, your former White House Counsel, and your Attorney General are all simultaneously under threat of being held in contempt of Congress? Bad enough? Now imagine The New York Times releases a decade’s worth of proof of your grotesque business incompetence showing over a billion dollars in losses, upending the lynchpin of the persona you’ve cultivated your entire life, that you’re a self-made and highly successful real estate mogul. Bad enough?


Now imagine that there are over a dozen active investigations against you and just about everything you’ve ever touched. Everything King Midas touched turned to gold; everything Donald Trump touches turns to a flaming bag of shit. If that doesn’t get your burger greased-heart pumping, nothing will.



One criticism among Trump supporters and cynics alike has been that liberals, and more broadly people who exercise logic and critical thinking, have been shrieking into the abyss, waving their arms about with enraged abandon, but to no avail. The chelonian curse to humanity that is Mitch McConnell said as much this morning, vainly proclaiming “case closed.” Talk about speaking too soon.



Case not closed. This isn’t a witch hunt so much as a boar hunt. People have been wondering when it all starts to come crashing down on Trump. Well, here we are. No one can say for sure how long this will last, but I suspect that for some investigations at least, the answer very well could be several years. Trump’s incremental coup, his attempt at dismantling democracy and the American system by taking nibbles on the edges, is, like everything he does, a flop. The entropy of the situation is building, and it’s only going to worsen for Trump.


Robert Mueller will testify to Congress in the near future, and he’ll give testimony that you’ll probably remember for years to come. It’ll be memorable, but it might only come in second to the date when Trump finally gets his whopper dragged out of the White House. The fight isn’t nearly over, but for the first time, I think we can start to see the light at the end of the tunnel.



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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Politics: Barr to Trump: Invoke executive privilege over redacted Mueller materials

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The Justice Department told the House Judiciary Committee that Attorney General William P. Barr would ask President Trump to assert privilege over the sensitive materials subpoenaed by Democrats.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Donald Trump: Colbert Reveals How Fox News Viewers Are Now In An ‘Existential Crisis’ Over Trump

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The “Late Show” host jokes about how viewers of the right-wing network are trying to process the latest news about the president.

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Trump Investigations, Middle East, and Israel from Michael_Novakhov (5 sites): “Mueller Investigation and Israel” – Google News: White House launches new uphill bid to overhaul immigration – ABC NEWS 4

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White House launches new uphill bid to overhaul immigration  ABC NEWS 4

Reviving a deeply contentious issue that has stymied both Congress and the administration, the White House launched a new bid Tuesday to overhaul a legal …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): “Russian Intelligence services and organized crime” – Google News: White House launches new uphill bid to overhaul immigration – CNYcentral.com

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White House launches new uphill bid to overhaul immigration  CNYcentral.com

Reviving a deeply contentious issue that has stymied both Congress and the administration, the White House launched a new bid Tuesday to overhaul a legal …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): “Russian Intelligence services and organized crime” – Google News: White House defies Congress on McGahn subpoena as Trump battles Democrats – Japan Today

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White House defies Congress on McGahn subpoena as Trump battles Democrats  Japan Today

The White House on Tuesday instructed Don McGahn, its former counsel, to refuse to comply with a congressional subpoena for documents related to Special …

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“Mueller Report” – Google News: Justice Department may advise Trump to claim privilege over Mueller report – Reuters

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Justice Department may advise Trump to claim privilege over Mueller report  Reuters

The U.S. Justice Department threatened on Tuesday to completely withhold Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s unredacted report from Congress if House …

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Trump Investigations, Middle East, and Israel from Michael_Novakhov (5 sites): “Mueller Investigation and Middle East” – Google News: Australian political parties woo Chinese-Australian voters – Yahoo News

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Australian political parties woo Chinese-Australian voters  Yahoo News

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Chinese diaspora in Australia are being wooed like never before by political parties who see them as key to winning critical …

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Trump Investigations, Middle East, and Israel from Michael_Novakhov (5 sites): “israel and germany” – Google News: Germany Proposes Massive Fines For Parents Who Don’t Vaccinate Kids Against Measles – ScienceAlert

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Germany Proposes Massive Fines For Parents Who Don’t Vaccinate Kids Against Measles  ScienceAlert

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Pompeo in Iraq: Iran escalating its activity  Arutz Sheva

Secretary of State says he visited Iraq to ensure it remains a sovereign, independent nation.

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Mitch McConnell: Mueller cleared Trump — now get over it  New York Post

This investigation went on for two years. It’s finally over. Many Americans were waiting to see how their elected officials would respond.

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“Peter Strzok” – Google News: Attempt to hack email server stunned Clinton aide, FBI files show – Fox News

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Attempt to hack email server stunned Clinton aide, FBI files show  Fox News

“omg.” That was the three-letter response from top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin when told by Justin Cooper, the technology professional overseeing …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Palmer Report: The real reason Michael Cohen is still sitting on secrets about Donald Trump

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On his way to prison yesterday, Michael Cohen told reporters that he knows even more secrets about Donald Trump’s crimes. This was widely interpreted as some kind of tease, as if Cohen were saying that he’s going to keep it entirely to himself for the next three years. But that can’t possibly be what Cohen meant, because such a move would make no sense on any level.



Michael Cohen has spent the past few months showing us just how eager he is to expose Donald Trump’s crimes in the name of trying to lighten his own prison sentence. If he has more dirt on Trump that we don’t yet know about, it’s not because he likes to keep secrets. It’s because he can’t publicly reveal it yet – and the only explanation for that is ongoing criminal cases that aren’t yet public in nature.



By all accounts, Cohen spent a huge number of hours giving cooperative testimony to Robert Mueller, for the Feds at the SDNY, and for the State of New York. The redacted Mueller report has since been released, but we have almost no knowledge of the fourteen ongoing criminal cases he spun off to other prosecutors. Whatever Trump-related criminal cases the SDNY is pursuing, we’ve very little of it. Whatever New York State is working on, we’ve seen none of it beyond the Manafort charges, which had nothing to do with Cohen. Whatever Cohen gave these various prosecutors, it’s still under wraps.


It’s not difficult to parse that when Michael Cohen says he has additional Trump-related criminal dirt that he can’t talk about yet, it’s because it’s connected to these ongoing criminal cases. To publicly spill the beans now would be to risk those cases. Cohen also expressed confidence that he might get out of prison a lot sooner than his sentence calls for – but he’s legally required to serve at least 85% of it. The only way Cohen would get out early is if his cooperation ends up leading to convictions, and prosecutors then ask the judge to shorten his sentence. We’ll see what happens, but Cohen seems to be counting on it.



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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): “trump russian money” – Google News: Keeping Trump’s Tax Returns Secret Is an Insanely Huge Security Risk – New York Magazine

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Keeping Trump’s Tax Returns Secret Is an Insanely Huge Security Risk  New York Magazine

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): “russian organized crime in us” – Google News: White House welcomes release of Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar – Yahoo News

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White House welcomes release of Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar  Yahoo News

The White House said on Tuesday it welcomed the release of Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who were jailed in Myanmar for more than a year.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): “trump and intelligence community” – Google News: Watchdog Probes FBI Reliance on Dossier in Surveillance of Trump Aide – Wall Street Journal

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Watchdog Probes FBI Reliance on Dossier in Surveillance of Trump Aide  Wall Street Journal

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Politics: White House tries to rally Republicans around changes to legal immigration system

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But with little support among Democrats for such a dramatic overhaul the effort serves as primarily a political document that Trump and Republicans can rally behind.

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“Trump – Russia Investigations” – Google News: Republicans want to move on from Russia investigation even as they reopen probe – Los Angeles Times

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Republicans want to move on from Russia investigation even as they reopen probe  Los Angeles Times

Republicans say they want to move on from the Russia investigation, but they’re reopening their own high-profile probes into the origins of the case while …

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“2016 Presidential Election Investigation” – Google News: Decade in the Red: Trump Tax Figures Show Over $1 Billion in Business Losses – The New York Times

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Decade in the Red: Trump Tax Figures Show Over $1 Billion in Business Losses  The New York Times

Newly obtained tax information reveals that from 1985 to 1994, Donald J. Trump’s businesses were in far bleaker condition than was previously known.

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Devin Nunes signaled to the Justice Department that he may join with congressional Democrats in voting to subpoena evidence gathered by special counsel …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): “Trump and Russia” – Google News: Motive Matters in Trump Spygate – Wall Street Journal

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Motive Matters in Trump Spygate  Wall Street Journal

When intelligence actions are launched for political effect, we’re in trouble.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Palmer Report: Michael Cohen throws Jerry Falwell Jr under the bus

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Michael Cohen is now in prison, and yet he’s still finding ways to cause problems for Donald Trump and his allies. It turns out Cohen wasn’t just working as a fixer for Trump’s scandals, he was also working as a fixer for Trump’s close ally Jerry Falwell Jr during the 2016 election cycle.


Michael Cohen has been recorded stating that during the election, Jerry Falwell Jr asked Donald Trump to help him out with some embarrassing private photos that had fallen into the hands of an unnamed person who was demanding money. Trump then had Cohen negotiate with that person to have the photos destroyed. Shortly thereafter, Falwell endorsed Trump for president. This is all according to Reuters. Here’s where it gets dicey for Falwell.



Cohen said these photos involve Falwell and his wife, and that they’re “terrible.” But that doesn’t mean that there’s anything illegal going on in these photos. For that matter, Falwell’s far-right supporters, who are about as far removed from “Christian” morals as possible, wouldn’t turn against him even if these photos were plastered on billboards in every city in America. But the key here is in the “fixing” of the scandal, because the only way Cohen could have convinced the person holding the photos to destroy them is through money or threats.



As you recall, it would have been legal for Donald Trump to pay Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about their affair, if not for the campaign finance aspects of the payoff. Jerry Falwell Jr isn’t a political candidate, so those laws won’t apply to any payoff that he might have made through Cohen. But these kinds of payoffs have a tendency to cross various legal lines, so Falwell had better hope he didn’t break any laws in this coverup. Cohen says he kept one of the photos, presumably as an insurance policy – and he’s surely spilled his guts about it to prosecutors.


This also means that Michael Cohen was fixing scandals for a larger circle of Donald Trump’s friends than we previously knew. Up to now, the known list had been rather short. Are there even more names coming? Keep in mind that if prosecutors are pursuing potential criminal cases against additional people in Trump’s circle, they would have instructed Cohen not to go public about it until the investigations make their way into public view.



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U.S. ambassador to Ukraine is recalled after becoming a political target – The Washington Post

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U.S. ambassador to Ukraine is recalled after becoming a political target  The Washington Post

Allies of President Trump have been attacking a career Foreign *Service* officer as part of their effort to link Ukraine to Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton.


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