Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Russians and Russian Spy in Trump's Oval Office. ("No puppet! No puppet! You're the puppet!" Part the Infinity.)





Maria Butina, explained: The accused Russian spy tried to sway US politics through the NRA, used sexual favors to get what she wanted, met with Donald Trump Jr., and lived with a Republican consultant.

And then is invited to the Oval Office!

MAGA!









"The federal indictment also notes that Butina and the official believed to be Torshin had plans to “meet with a U.S. Congressman during a Congressional Delegation trip to Moscow in August 2015." That congressman is widely believed to be Rohrabacher. “There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump,” Republican Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy infamously remarked on an open mic in 2016, according to the Washington Post. For his part, Rohrabacher admits to having dinner with Butina and a visiting delegation from Russia back in 2015."  --Lee Arnold


New York Times:


WASHINGTON — For four years, a Russian accused of being a covert agent pursued a brazen effort to infiltrate conservative circles and influence powerful Republicans while she secretly was in contact with Russian intelligence operatives, a senior Russian official and a billionaire oligarch close to the Kremlin whom she called her “funder,” federal prosecutors said on Wednesday. 

 The woman, Maria Butina, carried out her campaign through a series of deceptions that began in 2014, if not earlier, prosecutors said. She lied to obtain a student visa to pursue graduate work at American University in 2016. Apparently hoping for a work visa that would grant her a longer stay, she offered one American sex in exchange for a job. She moved in with a Republican political operative nearly twice her age, describing him as her boyfriend. But she privately expressed “disdain” for him and had him do her homework, prosecutors said.


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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Putin's Asset


Trump discussed the possibility of allowing the Russians to question Americans, including former US ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, for what they call "crimes" by Bill Browder."





MAGA!



European press mocks Trump as 'weak,' 'Putin's poodle' after summit




"Weak," a "poodle," and a "stooge:" these were some of the ways European newspapers described President Donald Trump following his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin this week. 

 On Tuesday, headlines and op-eds in major papers across Europe slammed Trump's decision to side with Putin over his own intelligence agencies on whether Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. 

Many outlets said the summit had made Trump appear craven and outmaneuvered by a more experienced Russian leader whom he was all too eager to befriend. 

 Spanish newspaper El Mundo ran with the headline "Trump surrenders to Putin after humiliating Europe." 

 British paper The Mirror branded Trump "Putin’s Poodle." 

France’s paper-of-record, Le Monde, opened its editorial on the summit with a single word: "Weak." 

The overwhelmingly negative coverage in part reflected a sense in Europe that Trump had spent his week-long trip insulting America’s traditional allies before embracing Russia's authoritarian leader, who is accused even now of running a hostile campaign to undermine stability in European countries and the U.S. Coupled with concerns that the U.S. was turning away from Europe was a certain schadenfreude that a man who has touted himself as a strongman had found himself pandering to Putin in the eyes of many Europeans.



Are you tired of all that winning yet?



EU and Japan sign trade deal covering a third of the world's economy




 "The European Union and Japan signed a huge free trade deal on Tuesday that cuts or eliminates tariffs on nearly all goods. 

The agreement covers 600 million people and almost a third of the global economy. It's also a major endorsement of a global trading system that is under increasing threat from protectionism. It will remove tariffs on European exports such as cheese and wine. Japanese automakers and electronics firms will face fewer barriers in the European Union. 

 The dismantling of trade barriers stands in stark contrast to the approach taken by President Donald Trump, who has imposed tariffs on a range of foreign goods and is threatening more action. Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, hailed the agreement as the 'largest bilateral trade deal ever.' "

I WOULD BELIEVE TRUMP'S LATEST LIE. OOPS! I MEANT "I WOULDN'T!"





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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

TRUMP TRIES A DO-OVER ON HIS HELSINKI DISASTER

Don't believe the lying liar. Trump meant what he said when he said he believed Russian dictator and thug, Putin, over his own intelligence agencies.

Trump has said it before:

December 2017, Dayton Daily News:

Trump says he believes Putin’s denials over election meddling

Rather than defend America against those who would threaten it, Trump attacked his own citizens and institutions while hailing the leader of a hostile power.







New York Times Op-Ed columnist, Thomas Friedman: "Donald Trump is either an asset of Russian intelligence or really enjoys playing one on TV."











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