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Bus overturns on Highway 101 in San Francisco, major injuries reported – The Mercury News

30 injured when private charter bus overturns on Hwy. 101 in SF – SFGate
Parents of Seminole Heights murder suspect in court for contempt hearing – TBO.com
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FBI director defends bureau’s integrity as GOP lawmakers press him on Trump, Clinton probes – Washington Post
Planned Parenthood under investigation by Justice Department over sale of fetal tissue – Fox News
Hundreds gather to mourn victims of Aztec High School shooting – Albuquerque Journal
What??!! Trump Brags He & Gen. Mattis Defeated Daesh in Syria and Iraq – Sputnik International
Essential California: Fires rage from San Diego to the San Fernando Valley – Los Angeles Times
Donald Trump’s Approval Rating Just Hit A New Low – TIME
Trump, Mattis turn military loose on ISIS, leaving terror caliphate in tatters – Fox News
9:55 AM 12/7/2017 Ex-intelligence chiefs probed over worst type of betrayal: Polish defence minister thenews.pl |  The Early Edition: December 7, 2017|  Mike Flynn Google News: Mike Flynn and the Russians: Was he reckless, greedy or hopelessly corrupt? Salon
8:14 AM 12/8/2017 Wray seemingly confirmed that the F.B.I. had applied for warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (F.I.S.A.) as part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion by the Trump campaign
Trump, campaign aides got email with WikiLeaks encryption key for documents: Report – Washington Times
Criminals are cashing in on Bitcoins for illegal activity from buying drugs, hiring hitmen and forging passports on the Dark Web
Jake Tapper: Trump Attacks FBI Only When His Side Is Threatened
California fires: 3 people burned in new blaze – CNN
Two Teens Killed In US School Shooting, Attacker Dead: Police – NDTV
Reza Zarrab Recounts Death Threat to Iran Sanctions Jury – New York Times
Donald Trump Is Making It Hard For Santa Claus To Fulfill Melania’s Christmas List – HuffPost
NJ’s weekend snow forecast just got worse; up to 4 inches possible – NJ.com
5:23 PM 12/6/2017 FBI and DOJ have Been Under Investigation Since January American Lens
5:46 PM 12/6/2017 The FBIs constant bungling is an American embarrassment | TheHill
7:56 AM 12/7/2017 FBIs Crisis and Peter Strzok My Bullet Points by Michael Novakhov
12:57 PM 12/5/2017 Trump Said Probing His Finances Would Be A Red Line. Thats Exactly What Robert…

 

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Bus overturns on Highway 101 in San Francisco, major injuries reported – The Mercury News
 


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Bus overturns on Highway 101 in San Francisco, major injuries reported
The Mercury News
Fire crews responded to a bus that had overturned Friday evening on Highway 101 in San Francisco. (Courtesy San Francisco Fire Department.) By Erin Baldassari | ebaldassari@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group. PUBLISHED: December 8, 2017 at 9:40 
Multiple serious injuries in bus crash on Highway 101 in SFSFGateall 13 news articles »
30 injured when private charter bus overturns on Hwy. 101 in SF – SFGate
 


SFGate
30 injured when private charter bus overturns on Hwy. 101 in SF
SFGate
A private charter bus loaded with 30 people overturned on Highway 101 in San Francisco Friday night, tumbling onto its side and skidding across the busy freeway, leaving everyone aboard injured, four seriously, officials said. The crash occurred just and more »
Parents of Seminole Heights murder suspect in court for contempt hearing – TBO.com
 


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Parents of Seminole Heights murder suspect in court for contempt hearing
TBO.com
Rosita Donaldson, left, and Howell Donaldson Jr., speak about their 24-year-old son, Howell “Trai” Donaldson III, on Friday. He faces four counts of first-degree murder as Tampa police believe he is the one who killed four people in Seminole Heights and more »
WH: Trump treats women with ‘highest level of respect’ – The Hill
 


The Hill
WH: Trump treats women with ‘highest level of respect’
The Hill
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday defended President Trump · Donald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at 
Trump to undergo routine physical and release health report, White House saysCNBC
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FBI director defends bureau’s integrity as GOP lawmakers press him on Trump, Clinton probes – Washington Post
 


Washington Post
FBI director defends bureau’s integrity as GOP lawmakers press him on Trump, Clinton probes
Washington Post
FBI Director Christopher A. Wray defended his agency’s integrity and independence in response to skeptical questioning Thursday from Republicans who repeatedly suggested its personnel are biased against President Trump. Wray spent the morning being 
Trumpocalypse: The End GameNew York Times
FBI Director Christopher Wray Defends His Agency On Capitol HillNPR
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Planned Parenthood under investigation by Justice Department over sale of fetal tissue – Fox News
 


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Planned Parenthood under investigation by Justice Department over sale of fetal tissue
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The Justice Department has launched a federal investigation into Planned Parenthood’s practices and the sale of fetal tissue. In a letter first obtained by Fox News, Justice Department Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Stephen Boyd 
Justice Department opens probe into Planned Parenthood’s fetal tissue practicesWashington Examiner 
Justice Department Moves To Investigate Planned Parenthood’s Fetal Tissue PracticesDaily Beast
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Family Research Council Commends DOJ for Pursuing Investigation into Planned Parenthood Baby Parts ScandalPR Newswire (press release)
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Hundreds gather to mourn victims of Aztec High School shooting – Albuquerque Journal
 


Albuquerque Journal
Hundreds gather to mourn victims of Aztec High School shooting
Albuquerque Journal
Hundred gathered at a candlelight vigil in honor of the victims of a shooting at Aztec High School Thursday morning that left three dead, including the suspected shooter. (Marla Brose/Albuquerque Journal and more »
What??!! Trump Brags He & Gen. Mattis Defeated Daesh in Syria and Iraq – Sputnik International
 

What??!! Trump Brags He & Gen. Mattis Defeated Daesh in Syria and Iraq
Sputnik International
President Donald Trump said yesterday that Defense Secretary James Mattis knocked the hell out of ISIS because the president and his policies made it possible. Is Trump already trying to rewrite history? War correspondent Ali Musawi and journalist and more »
Essential California: Fires rage from San Diego to the San Fernando Valley – Los Angeles Times
 


Los Angeles Times
Essential California: Fires rage from San Diego to the San Fernando Valley
Los Angeles Times
Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Friday, Dec. 8, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES. Flames roar through Southern California. Powerful Santa Ana winds helped fuel new destructive wildfires 
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Chelsea Handler, Lea Michele, more celebrities flee homes as California fires rageUSA TODAY
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Donald Trump’s Approval Rating Just Hit A New Low – TIME
 


TIME
Donald Trump’s Approval Rating Just Hit A New Low
TIME
President Donald Trump’s approval rating continues to fall, according to one survey, reaching 32% in November its lowest point since he took office in January. The new poll, conducted by the Pew Research Center at the end of last month, drew on a 
Poll: Trump approval at 32 percent; most believe ‘improper’ Russia contactUPI.com
Trump Approval Rating Hits 45 PercentThe Epoch Timesall 69 news articles »
Trump, Mattis turn military loose on ISIS, leaving terror caliphate in tatters – Fox News
 


Fox News
Trump, Mattis turn military loose on ISIS, leaving terror caliphate in tatters
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The U.S. military estimates the terror group now controls just 3 percent of Iraq and only 5 percent of Syria after the fall of Raqqa. BAGHDAD Hundreds of ISIS fighters had just been chased out of a northern Syrian city and were fleeing through theand more »
9:55 AM 12/7/2017 Ex-intelligence chiefs probed over worst type of betrayal: Polish defence minister thenews.pl |  The Early Edition: December 7, 2017|  Mike Flynn Google News: Mike Flynn and the Russians: Was he reckless, greedy or hopelessly corrupt? Salon

Ex-intelligence chiefs probed over worst type of betrayal: Polish defence minister Thursday December 7th, 2017 at 10:14 AM 1 Share PR dla Zagranicy Paweł Kononczuk 07.12.2017 13:13 Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz has said that former heads of Polands Military Counterintelligence Service (SKW) are suspected of the worst type of betrayal a Pole can commit.” Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz. … Continue reading“9:55 AM 12/7/2017 – Ex-intelligence chiefs probed over ‘worst type of betrayal’: Polish defence minister – thenews.pl |  The Early Edition: December 7, 2017|  Mike Flynn – Google News: Mike Flynn and the Russians: Was he reckless, greedy or hopelessly corrupt? – Salon”
8:14 AM 12/8/2017 Wray seemingly confirmed that the F.B.I. had applied for warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (F.I.S.A.) as part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion by the Trump campaign

Wray seemingly confirmed that the F.B.I. had applied for warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (F.I.S.A.) as part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion by the Trump campaign Saved Stories Saved Stories – None The Early Edition: December 8, 2017 FBI Director Chris Wray Briefs Congress And Defends … Continue reading“8:14 AM 12/8/2017 – Wray seemingly confirmed that the F.B.I. had applied for warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (F.I.S.A.) as part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion by the Trump campaign”
Trump, campaign aides got email with WikiLeaks encryption key for documents: Report – Washington Times
 


Washington Times
Trump, campaign aides got email with WikiLeaks encryption key for documents: Report
Washington Times
In this July 11, 2017, file photo, Donald Trump Jr. is interviewed by host Sean Hannity on the Fox News Channel television program, in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) more >. Print. By Sally Persons – The Washington Times – Updated: 9:17 a.m 
Don Jr and other Trump campaign officials were offered secret link to WikiLeaks hacks: reportRaw Storyall 13 news articles »
Criminals are cashing in on Bitcoins for illegal activity from buying drugs, hiring hitmen and forging passports on the Dark Web

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Jake Tapper: Trump Attacks FBI Only When His Side Is Threatened

Saved Stories Saved Stories – None Jake Tapper: Trump Attacks FBI Only When His Side Is Threatened Donald Trump: The huge Israel announcement has overshadowed the Russia turmoil at home – ABC Online Judge: Man accused of threatening court unfit to stand trial – Hudson Valley 360 Russian social media executive sought to help Trump … Continue reading“Jake Tapper: Trump Attacks FBI Only When His Side Is Threatened”
California fires: 3 people burned in new blaze – CNN
 


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California fires: 3 people burned in new blaze
CNN
Carpinteria, California (CNN) Wildfires roared across Southern California for a fifth day Friday, with new blazes leading to additional evacuations as neighborhoods went up in flames in San Diego County. Six large wildfires have scorched 141,000 acres 
Firefighters Battle Intense Wildfires Ravaging Southern CaliforniaU.S. News & World Report
California Struggles To Gain On Fires As New Ones Appear DailyNPR
Some Skirball Fire Evacuees To Be Allowed To Return To Homes TonightDeadline
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Two Teens Killed In US School Shooting, Attacker Dead: Police – NDTV
 


NDTV
Two Teens Killed In US School Shooting, Attacker Dead: Police
NDTV
The attack took place at Aztec High School, New Mexico State Police said on Twitter. The school is located in the small town of Aztec some 180 miles (300 kilometers) northwest of Albuquerque in an area close to Navajo tribal lands. World | Agence and more »
Reza Zarrab Recounts Death Threat to Iran Sanctions Jury – New York Times
 


New York Times
Reza Zarrab Recounts Death Threat to Iran Sanctions Jury
New York Times
Reza Zarrab, the chief government witness in a trial involving a billion-dollar scheme to smuggle gold for oil in violation of United States sanctions on Iran, testified on Thursday that his life had been threatened in a federal detention center in 
Turkish Leader Restarted Iran Laundering Scheme, Witness SaysBloomberg
Turkish gold trader Reza Zarrab accused of raping NYC cellmateNBCNews.com
Star witness in Iran sanctions case sexually assaulted his cellmate: suitNew York Post
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Donald Trump Is Making It Hard For Santa Claus To Fulfill Melania’s Christmas List – HuffPost
 


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Donald Trump Is Making It Hard For Santa Claus To Fulfill Melania’s Christmas List
HuffPost
Santa Claus is going to have a devil of a time getting Melania Trump what she wants for Christmas, thanks to her husband. On Thursday, the first lady visited Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., to cheer up the kids, according to the Daily 
Melania Trump Tells Children Her Dream Christmas Would Be on ‘A Deserted Island’Daily Beast
Melania Trump Mocked For Wishing To Spend Christmas On Deserted IslandInternational Business Times
Flotus gets a fast food fix: Melania Trump and Karen Pence do lunch at Whataburger as they help Hurricane Harvey …Daily Mailall 162 news articles »
NJ’s weekend snow forecast just got worse; up to 4 inches possible – NJ.com
 


NJ.com
NJ’s weekend snow forecast just got worse; up to 4 inches possible
NJ.com
A storm system is now expected to move closer to the Atlantic coast than was initially anticipated, upping the probability that most areas of New Jersey will see their first snow accumulations of the season this weekend. In a revised forecast issued 
New Orleans area braces for wintry weather: What to knowNOLA.com
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5:23 PM 12/6/2017 FBI and DOJ have Been Under Investigation Since January American Lens

Mike Novas Shared NewsLinks Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks FBI and DOJ have Been Under Investigation Since January American Lens Peter Strzok Photo: See First Image of the FBI Agent fbi criticism – Google Search How Nonpartisan and Independent Was the FBI’s Leadership in 2016? DANA MILBANK: Latest fallback: Who cares if Trump colluded with Russia? … Continue reading“5:23 PM 12/6/2017 – FBI and DOJ have Been Under Investigation Since January American Lens”
5:46 PM 12/6/2017 The FBIs constant bungling is an American embarrassment | TheHill

FBI from mikenova (7 sites) Saved Stories – FBI: Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital – CNN 1. FBI from mikenova (16 sites): Christopher Wray – Google News: House conservatives ramp up accusations of bias against Trump in Russia probe – USA TODAY 1. FBI from mikenova (16 sites): Andrew McCabe – Google News: The … Continue reading“5:46 PM 12/6/2017 – The FBI’s constant bungling is an American embarrassment | TheHill”
7:56 AM 12/7/2017 FBIs Crisis and Peter Strzok My Bullet Points by Michael Novakhov

Michael Novakhov My Bullet Points:  Stop this hysteria, and stop scapegoating Peter Strzok. The political attitudes, and expressing them, on the part of the FBI agent, might or might not be ethical, depending on the circumstances (office email to a colleague and lover probably is not), but it is not a crime. Mr. Muellers … Continue reading“7:56 AM 12/7/2017 – FBI’s Crisis and Peter Strzok – My Bullet Points – by Michael Novakhov”
12:57 PM 12/5/2017 Trump Said Probing His Finances Would Be A Red Line. Thats Exactly What Robert…
 

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Criminals are cashing in on Bitcoins for illegal activity from buying drugs, hiring hitmen and forging passports on the Dark Web
Jake Tapper: Trump Attacks FBI Only When His Side Is Threatened
California fires: 3 people burned in new blaze – CNN

Two Teens Killed In US School Shooting, Attacker Dead: Police – NDTV

Reza Zarrab Recounts Death Threat to Iran Sanctions Jury – New York Times
Donald Trump Is Making It Hard For Santa Claus To Fulfill Melania’s Christmas List – HuffPost
NJ’s weekend snow forecast just got worse; up to 4 inches possible – NJ.com
FBI Director Denies Political Bias Is Tainting Investigations – New York Times
The Op-Ed Paul Manafort Allegedly Tried to Have Planted Is Comically Worshipful of Paul Manafort – Slate Magazine
Rachel Maddow Explains Mystery Around Arrests of High-Level Russian Intelligence Officers – AlterNet
Can Steve Bannon Realign American Politics? – New York Times
There Was No Peace Process for Trump to Destroy – New York Times
Tweeters Give Melania Trump Vacation Ideas After Deserted Island Holidays Joke
Few policy differences narrowed at Trump meeting with congressional leaders – CNN
Intelligence Committee chair Devin Nunes cleared of wrongdoing in House ethics probe – Washington Post
Devin Nunes Cleared of Misconduct Over Disclosing Monitoring of Trump Aides – New York Times
Paul Manafort, Special Counsel Mueller tussle over Ukrainian op-ed – Reuters
Donald Trump Jr frantically tries to defend himself after latest Trump-Russia bombshell lands
Paul Manafort’s legal team bites back at Robert Mueller over Ukraine op-ed – Washington Examiner
Paul Manafort says he edited Ukraine op-ed, is silent on colleague’s alleged ties to Russian intelligence – Washington Post
Trump’s mental meltdown – Washington Post
What if Mueller catches Trump and it isn’t enough? – Washington Post
“Checkmate! Legal scholar says this clause in Michael Flynns plea deal means its over for Donald Trump
Putin ‘deeply concerned’ by Trump’s Jerusalem move – Arutz Sheva
House Intelligence chairman cleared of disclosing classified information – Reuters

 

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Jake Tapper: Trump Attacks FBI Only When His Side Is Threatened

Saved Stories Saved Stories – None Jake Tapper: Trump Attacks FBI Only When His Side Is Threatened Donald Trump: The huge Israel announcement has overshadowed the Russia turmoil at home – ABC Online Judge: Man accused of threatening court unfit to stand trial – Hudson Valley 360 Russian social media executive sought to help Trump … Continue reading“Jake Tapper: Trump Attacks FBI Only When His Side Is Threatened”
California fires: 3 people burned in new blaze – CNN
 


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California fires: 3 people burned in new blaze
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Carpinteria, California (CNN) Wildfires roared across Southern California for a fifth day Friday, with new blazes leading to additional evacuations as neighborhoods went up in flames in San Diego County. Six large wildfires have scorched 141,000 acres 
Firefighters Battle Intense Wildfires Ravaging Southern CaliforniaU.S. News & World Report
California Struggles To Gain On Fires As New Ones Appear DailyNPR
Some Skirball Fire Evacuees To Be Allowed To Return To Homes TonightDeadline
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Two Teens Killed In US School Shooting, Attacker Dead: Police – NDTV
 


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Two Teens Killed In US School Shooting, Attacker Dead: Police
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The attack took place at Aztec High School, New Mexico State Police said on Twitter. The school is located in the small town of Aztec some 180 miles (300 kilometers) northwest of Albuquerque in an area close to Navajo tribal lands. World | Agence and more »

Reza Zarrab Recounts Death Threat to Iran Sanctions Jury – New York Times
 


New York Times
Reza Zarrab Recounts Death Threat to Iran Sanctions Jury
New York Times
Reza Zarrab, the chief government witness in a trial involving a billion-dollar scheme to smuggle gold for oil in violation of United States sanctions on Iran, testified on Thursday that his life had been threatened in a federal detention center in 
Turkish Leader Restarted Iran Laundering Scheme, Witness SaysBloomberg
Turkish gold trader Reza Zarrab accused of raping NYC cellmateNBCNews.com
Star witness in Iran sanctions case sexually assaulted his cellmate: suitNew York Post
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Donald Trump Is Making It Hard For Santa Claus To Fulfill Melania’s Christmas List – HuffPost
 


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Donald Trump Is Making It Hard For Santa Claus To Fulfill Melania’s Christmas List
HuffPost
Santa Claus is going to have a devil of a time getting Melania Trump what she wants for Christmas, thanks to her husband. On Thursday, the first lady visited Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., to cheer up the kids, according to the Daily 
Melania Trump Tells Children Her Dream Christmas Would Be on ‘A Deserted Island’Daily Beast
Melania Trump Mocked For Wishing To Spend Christmas On Deserted IslandInternational Business Times
Flotus gets a fast food fix: Melania Trump and Karen Pence do lunch at Whataburger as they help Hurricane Harvey …Daily Mailall 162 news articles »

NJ’s weekend snow forecast just got worse; up to 4 inches possible – NJ.com
 


NJ.com
NJ’s weekend snow forecast just got worse; up to 4 inches possible
NJ.com
A storm system is now expected to move closer to the Atlantic coast than was initially anticipated, upping the probability that most areas of New Jersey will see their first snow accumulations of the season this weekend. In a revised forecast issued 
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FBI Director Denies Political Bias Is Tainting Investigations – New York Times
 


New York Times
FBI Director Denies Political Bias Is Tainting Investigations
New York Times
WASHINGTON Christopher A. Wray, the director of the F.B.I., defended his work force on Thursday in a politically charged hearing on Capitol Hill, rebutting President Trump’s accusation that the bureau was in tatters and fending off attacks from and more »

The Op-Ed Paul Manafort Allegedly Tried to Have Planted Is Comically Worshipful of Paul Manafort – Slate Magazine
 


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The Op-Ed Paul Manafort Allegedly Tried to Have Planted Is Comically Worshipful of Paul Manafort
Slate Magazine
As such, the special counsel’s office has retracted its decision to acquiesce to Manafort’s request for less stringent bail requirements and is asking the court to maintain GPS monitoring and provide for a fully secured bond of unencumbered real 
Paul Manafort’s draft op-ed is what collusion with Russia might look likeWashington Post
Prosecutors: Paul Manafort should stay on house arrest after cowriting op-ed with colleague tied to Russian intelWGRZ-TV
The Latest: Trump lawyer denies financial record subpoenaABC News
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Rachel Maddow Explains Mystery Around Arrests of High-Level Russian Intelligence Officers – AlterNet
 

Rachel Maddow Explains Mystery Around Arrests of High-Level Russian Intelligence Officers
AlterNet
Well now, from the Russia side, ‘The Bell’ is reporting, based on conversations with acquaintances of the men arrested, that the reason they were arrested is because they were the Russian sources who helped U.S. intelligence services get evidence last  

Can Steve Bannon Realign American Politics? – New York Times
 


New York Times
Can Steve Bannon Realign American Politics?
New York Times
But realignments are made, not born. A recent outbreak of Republican congressional retirement announcements reflects fears of a Democratic wave in next year’s midterms more than any clear pattern of looming party transformation. Still, the volatile and more »

There Was No Peace Process for Trump to Destroy – New York Times
 


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There Was No Peace Process for Trump to Destroy
New York Times
I don’t know anyone who believes that: America supports and favors Israel over the Palestinians for a variety of domesticpolitical, strategic and sentimental reasons. Well, Trump has provoked the unswerving ire of the Palestinians (who now refuse to 
Donald Trump set to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocate US embassyThe Independent
Balance of Power: Consequences Come Quickly on Jerusalem MoveBloomberg
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Few policy differences narrowed at Trump meeting with congressional leaders – CNN
 


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Few policy differences narrowed at Trump meeting with congressional leaders
CNN
That interaction raised fears Trump and congressional Democrats wouldn’t be able to bridge their differences. However, there have been numerous positive signs in recent days that congressional leaders, despite their stark divisions on policy, want to 
Did President Trump slur his Jerusalem speech? You be the judgeUSA TODAY
Congress averts government shutdown for nowReutersall 1,215 1,078 news articles »

Intelligence Committee chair Devin Nunes cleared of wrongdoing in House ethics probe – Washington Post
 


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Intelligence Committee chair Devin Nunes cleared of wrongdoing in House ethics probe
Washington Post
The House Ethics Committee announced Thursday that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes had not disclosed classified information or violated House rules when he publicly discussed foreign surveillance reports earlier this year, formally 
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Devin Nunes Cleared of Misconduct Over Disclosing Monitoring of Trump Aides – New York Times
 


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WASHINGTON A congressional ethics panel cleared Representative Devin Nunes, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, on Thursday of wrongdoing related to accusations that he improperly disclosed classified information. The House  
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Paul Manafort, Special Counsel Mueller tussle over Ukrainian op-ed – Reuters
 


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Paul Manafort, Special Counsel Mueller tussle over Ukrainian op-ed
Reuters
I can only wonder why some American media dare falsely claim that Paul Manafort lobbied Russian interests in Ukraine, the piece said. Without his input Ukraine would not have had the command focus on reforms that were required to be a nation and more »

Donald Trump Jr frantically tries to defend himself after latest Trump-Russia bombshell lands

One day after his controversial testimony about the Trump-Russia scandal, things have managed to get even worse for Donald Trump Jr today. A new bombshell has just landed which demonstrates that his Trump Tower meeting with the Russian government was even more nefarious than previously believed. As a result, Junior is now frantically trying to defend himself from this new bombshell on Twitter and he may have given away a few things in the process.CNN is now reporting that after the meeting, Donald Trump Jr’s friend Rob Goldstone followed up via email with Trump campaign adviser Dan Scavino (link). This comes after Junior had long characterized the meeting as a bust, and it demonstrates that at least someone involved seemed to think the meeting was fruitful. This does not further incriminate Donald Trump Jr, as he was not included in these emails. However, Junior is overreacting on Twitter, which suggests there’s more to this.

Junior retweeted a political ally who had opined that “[CNN host Jake] Tapper’s on-air presentation of this story led with a clip of Don Jr. denying he had any follow up with Russians after Trump Tower. Portrayed as misleading.” He then referenced the portion of the CNN online article which stated “None of the newly disclosed emails were sent directly to Trump Jr.” But that’s not the point here.

This new reporting merely reveals that other participants judged the meeting to have been more fruitful than he’s claimed. That could simply mean that he was mistaken. Maybe he didn’t even know that Goldstone continued to communicate with the Trump campaign about the meeting after the fact. If so, why not just say so? Why is Donald Trump Jr frantically trying to defend himself against a report that doesn’t even appear to incriminate him? Is there more to this, or is he just panicking at this point?

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Paul Manafort’s legal team bites back at Robert Mueller over Ukraine op-ed – Washington Examiner
 


Washington Examiner
Paul Manafort’s legal team bites back at Robert Mueller over Ukraine op-ed
Washington Examiner
Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, and his deputy, Rick Gates, have been charged with violating federal money laundering, foreign lobbying, and banking laws. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin). Former Trump campaign chairman Paul 
Manafort attorney: Op-ed published to ‘correct the public record’ in UkrainePolitico
Paul Manafort says he edited Ukraine op-ed, is silent on colleague’s alleged ties to Russian intelligenceWashington Postall 21 news articles »

Paul Manafort says he edited Ukraine op-ed, is silent on colleague’s alleged ties to Russian intelligence – Washington Post
 


Washington Post
Paul Manafort says he edited Ukraine op-ed, is silent on colleague’s alleged ties to Russian intelligence
Washington Post
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“Checkmate! Legal scholar says this clause in Michael Flynns plea deal means its over for Donald Trump

It’s been nearly a week since Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s plea agreement with former Donald Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn became official, but the details of that deal are still leaking out. Today a new clause in the deal surfaced publicly, which reveals additional requirements for Flynn whose sole purpose is to prevent Trump from sabotaging things. This led one respected legal scholar to simply declare “Checkmate!”Here’s how Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe summed up the latest news: “Flynns plea deal, unlike nearly all other plea deals, includes a sweeping, open-ended pledge by Flynn to cooperate fully with any state & local prosecutors Mueller might designate which defangs Trumps power to shield himself by firing or pardoning people. Checkmate!” (link). There are two specific things here at play.

First, let’s say that Trump decides to pardon Flynn on all federal charges, in a belated attempt at preventing Flynn from continuing to rat him out. Flynn would still be at the mercy of state level prosecutors such as New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who could either charge Flynn based on his confession, or force Flynn to cooperate in any state-level charges that are brought against Trump. Second, even if Trump fires Mueller, Flynn will still be locked into helping to take down Trump on a state level. It seems a given that any additional high ranking targets who cut a deal will be subject to this same clause.

In short, this means that Donald Trump can’t get very far by trying to pardon anyone, or by trying to fire Robert Mueller. It was already too late for that. Trump would have needed to pardon Flynn before his plea deal for it to have helped him much, and Trump would have needed to fire Mueller months ago back when he would have had more political muscle for trying to pull it off. But this plea deal clause helps to wall Trump in even further. It’s simply too late. The game isn’t finished being played yet, but it is indeed checkmate, as he’s going to lose.

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It’s a foregone conclusion that Vladimir Putin will win Russia’s March 2018 presidential elections, so why is the Kremlin fretting about turnout? And how is Russia’s big business supposed to help get people to vote? Here’s what’s going on.

Russia’s Central Election Commission is expected to formally kick off the campaign season sometime in mid-December, and Putin will likely declare his candidacy shortly afterwards. But Russia under Vladimir Putin is not a democracy. The Constitutional Court has deemed the country’s best-known opposition figure, Alexei Navalny, ineligible to register for the upcoming March 2018 election, citing two controversial financial-crimes convictions. The European Court of Human Rights ruled that both decisions were arbitrary and unreasonable.

In Navalny’s place, the election will feature Ksenia Sobchak, a television personality. Sobchak polls nationally at less than 1 percent — and her supposedly oppositional campaign has refused to criticize Putin.

Why do unfair elections even matter?

Putin’s regime represents what Steven Levitsky and Lucan Way term “competitive authoritarianism.” Elections in hybrid systems like Russia are not designed to determine who rules, but rather to signal the regime’s power and resilience to potential challengers.

Elections in these polities are often marred by abuses of state power, but they are nonetheless held and can be bitterly fought. It is tempting to disregard the results of such elections because of the extent to which they are manipulated by elites in power. Yet counterintuitively, the level of state control over the electoral process is itself a reason to pay close attention.

In his book “Patronal Politics,” Henry Hale points out that authoritarian regimes deploy every available resource to dominate elections, even when opposition candidates would not win a free and fair contest. Competitive, if unfair, elections send a potent message about the power of incumbent regimes.

A crushing electoral victory signals to potential opponents that they can expect the regime to remain in power, and that open opposition will be futile. But low turnout can communicate the regime’s potential weakness. Challengers may become empowered, while erstwhile allies consider defection to avoid falling on the wrong side of a revolutionary wave.

The Kremlin has high turnout goals for 2018

The “great power of expectations,” as Hale labels this phenomenon, drives Russian politics — and the Putin regime has set a high bar for itself. Last year, the Kremlin’s top political technologists established a “70 at 70” objective for Putin’s reelection in March 2018 — 70 percent of the vote with 70 percent turnout. In a recent interview, Russian political expert Tatyana Stanovaya remarked, “Putin just needs to be elected quietly and quickly, without fuss, with good turnout, and a good result.”

…but may struggle to meet them

September’s regional and municipal elections, though, showed Russians aren’t particularly excited about voting. The low turnout has left the Kremlin scrambling to boost voter enthusiasm for next March. Putin remains popular, but protest activity is rising, particularly in the provinces.

According to the Russian government’s own polling, public support for government policies is at the lowest level in nearly a decade. Russia’s regional governments remain under the Kremlin’s tight control, but they are increasingly at odds with federal policies.

In three regions, fiscal problems have become so dire that their governors circumvented official channels and appealed publicly to Moscow for bailouts. Foreign policy adventures — first in Ukraine, then in Syria — may have temporarily distracted Russians from problems at home, but public interest in both conflicts is waning.

The Kremlin has enlisted help from big business

Putin has publicly downplayed Russia’s low turnout but Kremlin policy tells a different story. Russian authorities have long included state-owned enterprises (SOEs) in their voter mobilization efforts, but “corporate mobilization” has taken on new significance this election cycle. Following record low turnout in Russia’s 2016 parliamentary elections, reports emerged that SOEs, rather than the ruling party United Russia, would drive get-out-the-vote efforts and socioeconomic monitoring in future elections.

Here’s how this played out in September’s regional and municipal elections. State-run energy giants Rosatom and RosHydro funded initiatives to monitor pre-election risks in the regions, and report the findings to the Kremlin. With the presidential contest approaching, Rosatom recently hired a contractor to file reports on socioeconomic conditions in the remote “closed cities” in which the company operates power plants. Rosatom’s former chief executive, Sergei Kiriyenko, is first deputy head of the Presidential Administration tasked with managing domestic politics.

The Kremlin increasingly expects SOEs to deliver investment and social services that struggling regional governments cannot provide. For instance, state-run Gazprom ratcheted up its spending on development projects this year, according to Bloomberg reporting. Despite initial plans to slash “non-core expenditures,” outlays on charity were up 60 percent 2017, reaching 26.3 billion rubles ($438 million).

The company built a patriotic theme park and a sports complex in the Siberian city of Irkutsk — projects that may provide temporary jobs and boost support at the polls for Putin next March. SOEs routinely subsidize economically impractical investments across Russia, especially in the country’s single-industry towns. Economists Clifford Gaddy and Barry Ickes have referred to a political imperative to “keep the lights on” in the Russian provinces.

Reuters report, meanwhile, suggests the Kremlin ordered major energy and utility companies to supply the Presidential Administration with news items that cast Russia’s leadership in a positive light. A memo to industry leaders requested stories “where it’s possible to say that state support helped lift the economy out of crisis” and benefited local residents. State-run media outlets are supposed to disseminate the stories to the public.

Prioritizing short-term political goals hinders Russia’s growth

Over the past decade, the Kremlin has allowed SOEs to monopolize and dominate the Russian economy. The regime is asking SOEs to leverage their weight and reach to ensure Putin wins a convincing mandate in the March 2018 election.

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But the tacit trade of market share for political help comes at the cost of competitiveness in Russia’s economy. Relying on corporations, rather than regional and municipal governments, to fulfill the state’s development goals also risks further atrophying of the country’s federal structure. Under Putin, the Kremlin has increasingly sought to circumvent lower levels of government, preferring instead to dictate policy from Moscow.

Choosing political goals over economic efficiency harms minority investors and will limit Russia’s potential to improve its ranking in the World Bank’s “Ease of Doing Business” report, once a key goal of Putin’s third term.

According to a Levada Center poll from late November, 67 percent of likely voters would vote for Putin, with anticipated turnout between 53 and 55 percent — not the 70 percent figure the Kremlin hopes to see. Trailing far behind are the nationalist firebrand Vladimir Zhirinovsky and the Russian Communist Party’s Gennady Zyuganov, each with just four percent.

Nonetheless, the logic of patronal politics demands that the authorities pull out all the stops to encourage a high turnout in an election Putin will surely win, even if their methods hinder Russia’s future development.

Christopher Jarmas is a master’s candidate in Russian, Eastern European, and Central Asian area studies at Harvard University. Follow him on Twitter @jarmascm.

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The investigation into suspected collusion between US President Donald Trump and the Russian government has claimed its first three victims: one (Paul Manafort) for completely unconnected money laundering charges, and two (George Papadopoulos and Michael Flynn) for lying to investigators about things which were not themselves criminal, and which are therefore crimes which would never have happened had there never been an investigation. To date, the evidence of direct collusion between Trump and the Russians is looking a little thin, to say the least. Now, into this maelstrom steps Guardian reporter Luke Harding with his book Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russian Helped Donald Trump Win.

Collusion spends over 300 pages insinuating that Trump is a long-standing agent of the Russian secret services, and hinting, without ever providing any firm evidence, that Trump and his team acted on orders from the Kremlin to subvert American democracy. I’ll be honest, and admit that I picked this book up expecting it to be a series of unsubstantiated conspiracy theories, and to be utterly unbalanced in its analysis, and in that sense I’m not an unbiased reader. At the same time, I was interested to see if Harding had come up with anything that everybody else had not, and was willing to give him a chance. I needn’t have bothered. For alas, my worst suspicions proved to be true, and then some.

collusion

The first thing to note about Collusion is that most of it is padding. That is to say, that it consists mainly of a lot of digressions in which Harding describes people and events not directly related to the main story of collusion. Whenever a new character is introduced, you tend to get pages of background information, along with descriptions of various places they’ve been to, things they’ve done in the past, and so on. At the start of the book, for instance, Harding introduces Christopher Steele, who prepared an infamous dossier purportedly based on secret sources within the Kremlin, which made all sort of extreme accusations against Trump. We learn about Steele’s parents, his childhood, his education, his career, and so on. Harding recounts how he met Steele. We learn about how they tried one café, then another, who drank what, etc, etc. This pretty much sets the tone for the rest of the book. There’s a lot of padding. This padding makes Collusion an easy read, and gives it colour, and the flavour of a spy novel. But none of it adds anything to our knowledge of Donald Trump and his relationship with Russia. It’s just filler, designed to cover up the fact that, when it comes to the matter of collusion, Harding doesn’t have a whole lot new to say and certainly doesn’t have enough to fill up an entire book.

The second thing to note is that Harding’s modes of argumentation and standards of evidence are not  – how can I be polite about this? – what I’m used to as an academic. Let’s take the example of Trump’s former convention manager, Paul Manafort, to whom Harding devotes an entire chapter, obviously on the basis that the Trump-Manafort connection somehow proves a Trump-Kremlin connection. The problem Harding has is that, despite pages of fluff about Manafort, he hasn’t got any evidence that Manafort is a Kremlin agent. In fact, he quotes one source – a former Ukrainian official, Oleg Voloshin – as telling him that when Manafort worked as a political advisor to Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich:

Manafort was an advocate for US interests. So much so that the joke inside the Party of Regions [in Ukraine] was that he actually worked for the USA. … He supported Ukraine’s association with NATO and with the EU. He warned Yanukovich not to lock up [former Prime Minister Iuliia] Tymoshenko. “If it weren’t for Paul, Ukraine would have gone under Russia much earlier,” Voloshin told me.

This is pretty funny behaviour for a Kremlin agent, and Harding has to admit that, “It’s unclear to what extent, if any, Manafort was involved in supplying intelligence to Russia.” This doesn’t fit with the conclusion that Harding obviously wants readers to draw – that Manafort was a Kremlin agent, and so Trump must be too. So, he comes up with something else: some of Manafort’s associates in Ukraine “were rumoured to have links with Russian intelligence.” Note the use of the word “rumoured”. It’s not exactly convincing, but it’s good enough for Luke, who uses it to tell a story about one such associate, Konstantin Kilimnik. Harding recounts that he contacted Kilimnik by email to ask him about his relationship with Manafort. Kilimnik responds by telling him that the collusion accusations are  “insane” and “gibberish”, and signs off his email with a bit of self-mockery: “Off to collect my paycheck at KGB. :))”

And here’s where it gets interesting. For Harding thinks there’s something suspicious about Kilimnik’s answer. He writes:

The thing which gave me pause was Kilimnik’s use of smiley faces. True, Russians are big emoticon fans. But I’d seen something similar before. In 2013 the Russian diplomat in charge of political influence operations in London was named Sergey Nalobin. Nalobin had close links with Russian intelligence. He was the son of a KGB general; his brother had worked for the FSB; Nalobin looked like a career foreign intelligence officer. Maybe even a deputy resident, the KGB term for station chief. On his Twitter feed Nalobin described himself thus:

A brutal agent of the Putin dictatorship : )

And that’s it. That’s Harding’s evidence. Just to make sure readers get the point, he follows the last line up with a double paragraph space. Stop and think what this means, he seems to be saying. Someone who “looked like a career foreign intelligence officer” uses smiley faces. Kilimnik uses smiley faces!!! Say no more.

This is the level at which Harding’s logic works. Harding recounts a meeting of Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in the White House, a meeting which was photographed by someone from the Russian news agency TASS. As Harding tells us:

The Times put the photo of Trump and Lavrov on its front page. At the bottom of the photo taken inside the White House was a credit. It said: “Russian Foreign Ministry.”

Yet another double paragraph break follows,  just to make sure that readers take in the implication of what this means.

Take another example. We learn (which in fact we knew already if we’d been following this story) that Trump’s short-lived National Security Advisor, and former head of the US Defense Intelligence Agency, Michael Flynn, attended a conference on the subject of intelligence at Cambridge University, where he met a Russian woman, Svetlana Lokhova. Harding admits that, “There is no suggestion she is linked to Russian intelligence.” Nevertheless, he feels it necessary to tell us that Flynn later corresponded with her by email. He writes:

In his emails, Flynn signed off in an unusual way for a US spy. He called himself “General Misha.”

Misha is the Russian equivalent of Michael.

Again, Harding then introduces a section break, leaving this ominous fact hanging in the air. Think of what it means, he is saying!

This is typical of how Harding argues. He puts in some suspicious sounding fact, or asks some question, and then just leaves it hanging. The implication is that the question doesn’t need answering, that the most damaging and extreme answer is obviously true. There’s an awful lot of this technique in Collusion. Harding spends pages on a digression about Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybovlev before telling us that Rybovlev’s private jet sometimes parks next to that of Donald Trump. Seems suspicious, huh? Except that Harding tells us that, ‘The White House … said that Trump and Rybovlev had never met. This appears to be true.” But Harding isn’t satisfied, and asks, “Had he [Rybovlev] perhaps met someone else from Trump’s entourage during his travels? Like, for example, Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen?” Later, Harding tells us that Rybovlev’s yacht was once at Dubrovnik at the same time as Ivanka Trump’s yacht. “Was this perhaps planned” he asks.

Harding’s method is to ask these questions, as if asking was itself proof of guilt. Trump borrowed money from Deutsche Bank. Deutsche Bank was bailed out at one point by the Russian bank VTB. “Was there a connection?” Harding asks. But Harding doesn’t answer these questions. In fact, one of the interesting things about this book is that again and again the author has to confess that the facts don’t really fit what he’s trying to say. For instance, when discussing Trump and Deutsche Bank, and trying to make it sound as if Trump was in some way connected to the Kremlin because he was borrowing from the Germans, Harding writes, “The sources insist that the answer was negative. No trail to Moscow was ever discovered, they told us.”

This isn’t a lone example. Harding spends quite a few pages discussing Carter Page, a businessman who appeared on RT and gave a talk at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, and who at one point had a marginal role in the Trump election campaign. It’s clear that he wants it all to sound really damaging. And yet, he writes that Page’s “attempts to meet Trump individually failed.” So, it turns out that there’s not much of a connection there after all. Likewise, when discussing Russian computer hackers, Harding writes: “By the second decade of the twenty-first century the cyber world looked like the high seas of long ago. The hackers who sailed on it might be likened to privateers. Sometimes they acted for the ‘state’, sometimes against it.” This rather undermines his claim that the Russian state was behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee.

In another example, Harding discusses the sudden death of Oleg Erovinkin, who worked for the oil company Rosneft. He speculates that “Erovinkin was Steele’s source deep inside Rosneft,” and was murdered because word of Steele’s document had leaked out. The murder, he implies, is proof of the dossier’s validity. Except that Harding admits that, “there was nothing suspicious about Erovinkin’s sudden death” and “Steele was adamant that Erovinkin wasn’t his source.” Yet this doesn’t stop Harding from writing that, “in the wake of the dossier the Kremlin did appear to be wiping out some kind of American or Western espionage network. … It certainly looked that way.”

I could give other examples, but I can’t make this review too long. The point is that Harding ignores his own evidence. He argues by innuendo, and on occasion he just lets his imagine run away with itself. Steele’s dossier alleged that Trump had hired prostitutes while on a trip to Moscow. Vladimir Putin’s response was to crack a joke about Russian prostitutes being the best in the world. But to Harding it wasn’t a joke. As he writes:

Putin may have been sending a second message, darkly visible beneath the choppy, translucent waters of the first. It said: we’ve got the tape, Donald!

I wish I could say that this book was a joke. If you were going to write a parody of the collusion story, this is perhaps what it would look like. Unfortunately, Harding is deadly serious and I suspect that a lot of uncritical readers will soak it all up, not stopping to reflect on the awful methodology. So, I end on a word of warning. By all means read this book. But don’t do so in order to find out the truth about Donald Trump and Russia; do so in order to understand the methods currently being used to enflame Russian-Western relations. In that respect, Collusion is really quite revealing.

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Collusion

The investigation into suspected collusion between US President Donald Trump and the Russian government has claimed its first three victims: one (Paul Manafort) for completely unconnected money laundering charges, and two (George Papadopoulos and Michael Flynn) for lying to investigators about things which were not themselves criminal, and which are therefore crimes which would never have happened had there never been an investigation. To date, the evidence of direct collusion between Trump and the Russians is looking a little thin, to say the least. Now, into this maelstrom steps Guardian reporter Luke Harding with his book Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russian Helped Donald Trump Win.

Collusion spends over 300 pages insinuating that Trump is a long-standing agent of the Russian secret services, and hinting, without ever providing any firm evidence, that Trump and his team acted on orders from the Kremlin to subvert American democracy. Ill be honest, and admit that I picked this book up expecting it to be a series of unsubstantiated conspiracy theories, and to be utterly unbalanced in its analysis, and in that sense Im not an unbiased reader. At the same time, I was interested to see if Harding had come up with anything that everybody else had not, and was willing to give him a chance. I neednt have bothered. For alas, my worst suspicions proved to be true, and then some.

collusion

The first thing to note about Collusion is that most of it is padding. That is to say, that it consists mainly of a lot of digressions in which Harding describes people and events not directly related to the main story of collusion. Whenever a new character is introduced, you tend to get pages of background information, along with descriptions of various places theyve been to, things theyve done in the past, and so on. At the start of the book, for instance, Harding introduces Christopher Steele, who prepared an infamous dossier purportedly based on secret sources within the Kremlin, which made all sort of extreme accusations against Trump. We learn about Steeles parents, his childhood, his education, his career, and so on. Harding recounts how he met Steele. We learn about how they tried one café, then another, who drank what, etc, etc. This pretty much sets the tone for the rest of the book. There’s a lot of padding. This padding makes Collusion an easy read, and gives it colour, and the flavour of a spy novel. But none of it adds anything to our knowledge of Donald Trump and his relationship with Russia. Its just filler, designed to cover up the fact that, when it comes to the matter of collusion, Harding doesnt have a whole lot new to say and certainly doesnt have enough to fill up an entire book.

The second thing to note is that Hardings modes of argumentation and standards of evidence are not  – how can I be polite about this? what Im used to as an academic. Lets take the example of Trumps former convention manager, Paul Manafort, to whom Harding devotes an entire chapter, obviously on the basis that the Trump-Manafort connection somehow proves a Trump-Kremlin connection. The problem Harding has is that, despite pages of fluff about Manafort, he hasnt got any evidence that Manafort is a Kremlin agent. In fact, he quotes one source a former Ukrainian official, Oleg Voloshin as telling him that when Manafort worked as a political advisor to Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich:

Manafort was an advocate for US interests. So much so that the joke inside the Party of Regions [in Ukraine] was that he actually worked for the USA. He supported Ukraines association with NATO and with the EU. He warned Yanukovich not to lock up [former Prime Minister Iuliia] Tymoshenko. If it werent for Paul, Ukraine would have gone under Russia much earlier, Voloshin told me.

This is pretty funny behaviour for a Kremlin agent, and Harding has to admit that, Its unclear to what extent, if any, Manafort was involved in supplying intelligence to Russia. This doesnt fit with the conclusion that Harding obviously wants readers to draw that Manafort was a Kremlin agent, and so Trump must be too. So, he comes up with something else: some of Manaforts associates in Ukraine were rumoured to have links with Russian intelligence. Note the use of the word rumoured. Its not exactly convincing, but its good enough for Luke, who uses it to tell a story about one such associate, Konstantin Kilimnik. Harding recounts that he contacted Kilimnik by email to ask him about his relationship with Manafort. Kilimnik responds by telling him that the collusion accusations are  insane and gibberish, and signs off his email with a bit of self-mockery: Off to collect my paycheck at KGB. :))

And heres where it gets interesting. For Harding thinks theres something suspicious about Kilimniks answer. He writes:

The thing which gave me pause was Kilimniks use of smiley faces. True, Russians are big emoticon fans. But Id seen something similar before. In 2013 the Russian diplomat in charge of political influence operations in London was named Sergey Nalobin. Nalobin had close links with Russian intelligence. He was the son of a KGB general; his brother had worked for the FSB; Nalobin looked like a career foreign intelligence officer. Maybe even a deputy resident, the KGB term for station chief. On his Twitter feed Nalobin described himself thus:

A brutal agent of the Putin dictatorship : )

And thats it. Thats Hardings evidence. Just to make sure readers get the point, he follows the last line up with a double paragraph space. Stop and think what this means, he seems to be saying. Someone who looked like a career foreign intelligence officer uses smiley faces. Kilimnik uses smiley faces!!! Say no more.

This is the level at which Hardings logic works. Harding recounts a meeting of Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in the White House, a meeting which was photographed by someone from the Russian news agency TASS. As Harding tells us:

The Times put the photo of Trump and Lavrov on its front page. At the bottom of the photo taken inside the White House was a credit. It said: Russian Foreign Ministry.

Yet another double paragraph break follows,  just to make sure that readers take in the implication of what this means.

Take another example. We learn (which in fact we knew already if wed been following this story) that Trumps short-lived National Security Advisor, and former head of the US Defense Intelligence Agency, Michael Flynn, attended a conference on the subject of intelligence at Cambridge University, where he met a Russian woman, Svetlana Lokhova. Harding admits that, There is no suggestion she is linked to Russian intelligence. Nevertheless, he feels it necessary to tell us that Flynn later corresponded with her by email. He writes:

In his emails, Flynn signed off in an unusual way for a US spy. He called himself General Misha.

Misha is the Russian equivalent of Michael.

Again, Harding then introduces a section break, leaving this ominous fact hanging in the air. Think of what it means, he is saying!

This is typical of how Harding argues. He puts in some suspicious sounding fact, or asks some question, and then just leaves it hanging. The implication is that the question doesnt need answering, that the most damaging and extreme answer is obviously true. Theres an awful lot of this technique in Collusion. Harding spends pages on a digression about Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybovlev before telling us that Rybovlevs private jet sometimes parks next to that of Donald Trump. Seems suspicious, huh? Except that Harding tells us that, The White House said that Trump and Rybovlev had never met. This appears to be true. But Harding isnt satisfied, and asks, Had he [Rybovlev] perhaps met someone else from Trumps entourage during his travels? Like, for example, Trumps personal lawyer Michael Cohen? Later, Harding tells us that Rybovlevs yacht was once at Dubrovnik at the same time as Ivanka Trumps yacht. Was this perhaps planned he asks.

Hardings method is to ask these questions, as if asking was itself proof of guilt. Trump borrowed money from Deutsche Bank. Deutsche Bank was bailed out at one point by the Russian bank VTB. Was there a connection? Harding asks. But Harding doesnt answer these questions. In fact, one of the interesting things about this book is that again and again the author has to confess that the facts dont really fit what hes trying to say. For instance, when discussing Trump and Deutsche Bank, and trying to make it sound as if Trump was in some way connected to the Kremlin because he was borrowing from the Germans, Harding writes, The sources insist that the answer was negative. No trail to Moscow was ever discovered, they told us.

This isnt a lone example. Harding spends quite a few pages discussing Carter Page, a businessman who appeared on RT and gave a talk at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, and who at one point had a marginal role in the Trump election campaign. Its clear that he wants it all to sound really damaging. And yet, he writes that Pages attempts to meet Trump individually failed. So, it turns out that theres not much of a connection there after all. Likewise, when discussing Russian computer hackers, Harding writes: By the second decade of the twenty-first century the cyber world looked like the high seas of long ago. The hackers who sailed on it might be likened to privateers. Sometimes they acted for the state, sometimes against it. This rather undermines his claim that the Russian state was behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee.

In another example, Harding discusses the sudden death of Oleg Erovinkin, who worked for the oil company Rosneft. He speculates that Erovinkin was Steeles source deep inside Rosneft, and was murdered because word of Steeles document had leaked out. The murder, he implies, is proof of the dossiers validity. Except that Harding admits that, there was nothing suspicious about Erovinkins sudden death and Steele was adamant that Erovinkin wasnt his source. Yet this doesnt stop Harding from writing that, in the wake of the dossier the Kremlin did appear to be wiping out some kind of American or Western espionage network. It certainly looked that way.

I could give other examples, but I cant make this review too long. The point is that Harding ignores his own evidence. He argues by innuendo, and on occasion he just lets his imagine run away with itself. Steeles dossier alleged that Trump had hired prostitutes while on a trip to Moscow. Vladimir Putins response was to crack a joke about Russian prostitutes being the best in the world. But to Harding it wasnt a joke. As he writes:

Putin may have been sending a second message, darkly visible beneath the choppy, translucent waters of the first. It said: weve got the tape, Donald!

I wish I could say that this book was a joke. If you were going to write a parody of the collusion story, this is perhaps what it would look like. Unfortunately, Harding is deadly serious and I suspect that a lot of uncritical readers will soak it all up, not stopping to reflect on the awful methodology. So, I end on a word of warning. By all means read this book. But dont do so in order to find out the truth about Donald Trump and Russia; do so in order to understand the methods currently being used to enflame Russian-Western relations. In that respect, Collusion is really quite revealing.

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Mike Pence’s people are preparing him for what they believe is an inevitable interview with Mueller, according to details buried pretty far down the page in a lengthy new CNN online report (link). Mueller now has Michael Flynn on his side, and Flynn’s testimony and evidence are enough to incriminate Pence. Make no mistake: if Mueller is sitting down with Pence while he’s still investigating Trump, it’s to try to nail Pence. So where does this go?

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White House: Reports of anti-Trump investigator on Mueller team ’cause a great deal of concern’ – Washington Examiner
Trump’s Jerusalem decision promises upheaval – CNN
Editorial: Get gangsters out of casinos – Times Colonist
The Zarrab Affair: Dark Clouds over Ankara – Gatestone Institute
Mueller’s Russia Probe Tops $6.7M So Far – U.S. News & World Report
Three steps Republicans should take to start reining in Trump – Washington Post
Rudy Giuliani – Google News: Witness says Giuliani, Mukasey tried to broker deal for his freedom – NBCNews.com
Witness says Giuliani, Mukasey tried to broker deal for his freedom – NBCNews.com
UK terror attacks: Review reveals what MI5 knew about Manchester, London Bridge and Westminster attackers – The Independent

 

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Trump Will Recognize Jerusalem As Israel’s Capital And Announce U.S. Embassy Move

The decision threatens to inflame Israeli-Palestinian tensions and provoke outrage across the region.

White House: Jerusalem embassy move a ‘recognition of reality’ – CNN


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Erik Prince proposed private spy network to Trump administration … – CNN


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Erik Prince proposed private spy network to Trump administration …
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The founder of the controversial military contracting firm Blackwater, Erik Prince, and his allies lobbied contacts inside the administration to provide the CIA with a private network of intelligence contractors, according to a US official with 
US official: Erik Prince proposed private spy network to Trump administrationWENY-TV

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Donald Trump Jr. likely to face questions on Russian contacts from House panel – NBCNews.com


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Donald Trump Jr. likely to face questions on Russian contacts from House panel
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During a committee interview with the firm behind a 35-page dossier on then-candidate Trump last month, a Fusion GPS official not only stood by its claims but provided additional leads about Russian money flowing to Trump real estate projects 
Russian Lawyer To Senate: Don Jr. Asked For Clinton Info At Trump Tower MeetingTPM
President Trump’s eldest son to face congressional questions on his contacts with Russians, WikiLeaksLos Angeles Times
Music promoter behind Trump Jr. meeting with Russian lawyer to testify before congressional investigators: ReportWashington Examiner
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Gangster Capitalism and Nostalgic Authoritarianism in Trump’s America – Truthdig


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Gangster Capitalism and Nostalgic Authoritarianism in Trump’s America
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Just one year into the Donald Trump presidency, not only have the failures of American democracy become clear, but many of the darkest elements of its history have been catapulted to the center of power. A dystopian ideology, a kind of nostalgic 

The media feeding frenzy about Donald Trump firing Robert Mueller is out of control

Donald Trump is going to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller any minute now, according to nearly every political news outlet in the country, based on no evidence whatsoever. Last month’s logic: Mueller arrested Paul Manafort, therefore Trump is about to fire Mueller. Last week’s logic: Michael Flynn cut a deal, therefore Trump is about to fire Mueller. This week’s logic: Mueller is probing Trump’s finances, therefore Trump is about to fire Mueller. It’s a media feeding frenzy, and it’s out of control.

Remember all the media buzz about Donald Trump firing James Comey just before it happened? No, you don’t, because there was none. That was the entire point. Trump was trying to catch everyone off guard by firing Comey at a time when no one was expecting it, hoping that he would get away with it because not enough of the public was paying attention to the Russia scandal at the time. It backfired on him, but there was a logic to it.

Trump firing Mueller right now would be completely logicless, even by Trump’s warped standards. He knows everyone is watching him right now. He knows the public is eager to eat him alive if he does it. He knows his own Republican Party might even have to dunk him for it. They could, and at this point probably would, turn around and immediately reappoint Mueller as a more powerful Independent Counsel. It’s not that the GOP cares about doing the right thing. It just doesn’t want to go into the midterms having to answer for why it let Trump fire Mueller. Trump, for all his deranged ideas and increasingly addled brain, knows this.

So why is the media pushing the narrative so vigilantly about Donald Trump preparing to fire Robert Mueller? It’s the same reason the media has begun automatically hyping this same narrative every time Mueller has made a breakthrough. It comes down to one word: ratings. People hear this, they get scared, they tune in for more. It’s not that the odds of Trump firing Mueller are zero. Anything is possible. It’s just that the odds of it are no better now than the last time ten times the media breathlessly overhyped this particular narrative.

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Firing Mueller would be hard for Trump and Congress should make it impossible – USA TODAY


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Firing Mueller would be hard for Trump and Congress should make it impossible
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White House attorney Ty Cobb has reportedly built up President Trump’s expectation that special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation would be winding down by Christmas. But now that Mueller has secured the guilty pleas of former national 
Trump slams DOJ and FBI in weekend tweetstormCNN
Feinstein: Senate Russia probe building obstruction case against TrumpNBCNews.com
Donald Trump’s Lawyers Keep Saying the Russia Investigation Will End Soon. Here’s WhyTIME
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Trump’s Endorsement of Roy Moore Points Up a GOP Problem: Chaos – New York Times


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Trump’s Endorsement of Roy Moore Points Up a GOP Problem: Chaos
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WASHINGTON President Trump’s sudden decision on Monday to endorse Roy S. Moore and direct the Republican National Committee to restore funding for the embattled Senate candidate in Alabama undercut party officials who have disavowed him. But it did 
White House defends Trump’s Moore endorsementCNN
GOP senators grumble over Trump, RNC backing MoorePolitico 
Was Trump’s Endorsement Of Roy Moore A Mistake?FiveThirtyEight
 
Senate GOP won’t follow Trump’s lead in backing Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore

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How Robert Mueller is using Deutsche Bank to prove Russia bought off Donald Trump

Many Americans were surprised to learn today that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is working with a bank in Germany to try to connect the dots between Donald Trump and the Russian government. If you’ve been reading Palmer Report since January, you’re not surprised to see this story at all. All year long it’s been inevitable that Mueller would target Deutsche Bank in the Trump-Russia scandal. We know exactly what he’s looking for, because the biggest clues have long been hiding in plain sight.

For years, Deutsche Bank has been loaning unreasonably large sums of money to Donald Trump. Even after most banks worldwide concluded that Trump had become too unlikely to repay his loans and had thus stopped lending to him, Deutsche Bank continued floating Trump almost single handedly. Even after Deutsche Bank hit hard times of its own and should’t have been making risky loans of any kind, it continued to keep Trump afloat for no apparent reason. Then in January of 2017, we learned what appeared to be the reason.

Regulators in the United States and Europe busted Deutsche Bank for having laundered billions of dollars in Russian money into the hands of clients in places like New York City. The story was widely reported in the British press at the time, but it barely got a mention in the American press. Nonetheless it wasn’t difficult to put the pieces together: the Russian government appeared to be sending money to Deutsche Bank, which the bank then turned around and “loaned” to Donald Trump, as a way of funneling money to him.

We’ve never been able to definitively prove this, but Robert Mueller can. It’s why he sent a subpoena to Deutsche Bank months ago in order to get his hands on financial records in relation to the Trump-Russia scandal. We don’t yet know why Deutsche Bank has chosen now to finally cooperate. But we do know what Mueller is looking for: the money trail that proves Russia bought Trump with cold hard cash before installing him as a puppet in the White House.

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Music promoter behind Trump Jr. meeting with Russian lawyer to testify before congressional investigators: Report – Washington Examiner


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Music promoter behind Trump Jr. meeting with Russian lawyer to testify before congressional investigators: Report
Washington Examiner
In addition to Trump Jr., former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, were present at the meeting. Manafort and his associate Rick Gates were indicted by a federal grand jury this fall on 12 charges 

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Comey Gets Emotional in Latest Subtweet Against Trump: Lady Liberty ‘In Rough Weather’ – Mediaite


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Comey Gets Emotional in Latest Subtweet Against Trump: Lady Liberty ‘In Rough Weather’
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In James Comey’s latest subtweet against President Donald Trump, the former FBI director got a little emotional about the health of America’s democracy. In NYC to meet with my publisher. Hope leadership book will be useful. Reassuring to see Lady 

Robert Muellers holiday gift to the American people: even more Trump-Russia indictments

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Donald Trump’s Russia scandal has become increasingly fruitful over the past five weeks. He’s now indicted and arrested four people, including two of Trump’s most infamous advisers, two of whom have pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with the investigation. Now comes word that even more Trump-Russia indictments may soon be on the way.

We’ve already documented that the publicly available schedule for the federal court in Washington DC, where Mueller has carried out most of his grand juries to date, has dozens of sealed items on it. Based on the manner in which the case numbers are grouped, they appear to represent sealed indictments against six or seven individuals. Items are only sealed for good reason. Most or all of these indictments are likely against Trump-Russia players. But now something else entirely is playing out in the public view, and it involves one of the names you’ve already heard.

The attorney for Rick Gates was forced to appear in front of a judge this week because there was a perceived conflict of interest between his representation of Gates and that of another client. For reasons known only to him, the attorney used this as an opportunity to tell the judge that Mueller’s team has informed him that even more indictments could be coming against Gates, according to a new CNN report (link). This means Gates would be hit with charges for alleged crimes that Mueller either didn’t have ready, or didn’t know about, at the time of the arrest. Why does this matter?

By the time the smoke clears, few among the public are going to care or remember what ends up happening to Rick Gates. But it’s notable that this is coming almost immediately after Robert Mueller busted Gates’ business partner Paul Manafort for having conspired with a Russian spy to try to taint the jury pool. No one knows how Mueller found out about it unless Gates told him. All we know is that more indictments are coming soon. Some are against the same old faces, and some are against even bigger players. Happy holiday.

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Mike Pompeo just proved why America needs him at the CIA – Washington Examiner


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Mike Pompeo just proved why America needs him at the CIA
Washington Examiner
Praising Panetta for his work on counterterrorism operations while at the CIA, Pompeo stated that he frequently asks the Obama-era director “how to think about things.” This might seem simple, but it shows a bipartisan intellectual introspection 

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Russia’s Influence Spreads – American Spectator


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Russia’s Influence Spreads
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The FBI has a lot to answer for and ought to itself be investigated. As for the Russians they now have more say in Washington than at any time I can remember. Those in Official Washington who have adopted Hillary’s strategy have made Kislyak a powerful  
Trump: Fired National Security Adviser Treated UnfairlyVoice of America
Gingrich: The swamp is more corrupt than we thought it wasFox News
Prosecutor: No evidence Trump knew Flynn lied to FBIWND.com
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Press backpedals on Trump collusion charge, focuses on obstruction – Washington Examiner


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Press backpedals on Trump collusion charge, focuses on obstruction
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TheHill.com columnist Brent Budowsky wrote a piece Tuesday that said, New evidence raises the danger that PresidentTrump will ultimately be charged with obstruction of justice by Robert Mueller and his special counsel team. The pivot came after a 
Obstruction of justice watch: Trump attacks the FBIThe Hill
We need to keep our focus on the real damage Trump is doingChicago Tribune
An “obstructionist” tweetAL DIA News
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Obstruction of Justice was Coming from Inside the FBI – FrontPage Magazine


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Obstruction of Justice was Coming from Inside the FBI
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Hillary Clinton, Mills and Huma Abedin made what appear to be false statements to the FBI. Had Mills been working for Trump, the same number would have been run on Mills as on Flynn and Papadopoulos. But the men interviewing Mills didn’t want her to 

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White House: Reports of anti-Trump investigator on Mueller team ’cause a great deal of concern’ – Washington Examiner


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White House: Reports of anti-Trump investigator on Mueller team ’cause a great deal of concern’
Washington Examiner
Her comment came days after the New York Times and other outlets reported Mueller had reassigned Peter Strzok, a top FBIinvestigator, over the summer in response to the discovery that Strzok had sent anti-Trump text messages to a colleague. The news 
WH Expresses ‘Concern’ About Bias in Mueller ProbeNewsmax

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Trump’s Jerusalem decision promises upheaval – CNN


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Trump’s Jerusalem decision promises upheaval
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There are fears Trump’s action will trigger violence against Americans and US interests and a wider Middle East conflagration, especially in countries where leaders support the US government. The US Consulate in Jerusalem warned Americans to be wary of 
US to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital, Trump Says, Alarming Middle East LeadersNew York Times
Donald Trump steps into Jerusalem spatBoston Herald
Why President Trump’s Jerusalem Decision Could Derail Middle East Peace TalksTIME
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Editorial: Get gangsters out of casinos – Times Colonist

Editorial: Get gangsters out of casinos
Times Colonist
Organized crime has reached into B.C. casinos, and the provincial government is trying to root it out. International crime groups are so successful at laundering their money through the province’s gaming establishments that one intelligence 

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The Zarrab Affair: Dark Clouds over Ankara – Gatestone Institute

The Zarrab Affair: Dark Clouds over Ankara
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In the text above replace the words “in the Arab world” with “Turkey,” and delete the word “Iran” in the preceding line, and one will get a short paragraph “Explaining Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan: A Psychological Profile.” A number of high 

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Mueller’s Russia Probe Tops $6.7M So Far – U.S. News & World Report


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Mueller’s Russia Probe Tops $6.7M So Far
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In the late 1990s, independent counsel Kenneth Starr and his successor, Robert Ray, spent more than $52 million toinvestigate President Bill Clinton and then-first lady Hillary Clinton. Those investigations lasted 4 1/2 years and didn’t include a 
What you missed over the weekend in the Russia investigationWashington Post
Mueller Removed Top Agent in Russia Inquiry Over Possible Anti-Trump TextsNew York Times
This investigation into Trump’s campaign is way out of controlThe Hill
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Three steps Republicans should take to start reining in Trump – Washington Post


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Three steps Republicans should take to start reining in Trump
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Now that former national security adviser Michael Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and is cooperating with Mueller, preventing Trump from rashly firing the special counsel is more important than ever. Two bipartisan bills have already been 

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Rudy Giuliani – Google News: Witness says Giuliani, Mukasey tried to broker deal for his freedom – NBCNews.com


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Witness says Giuliani, Mukasey tried to broker deal for his freedom
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A gold trader who has become a star witness in a U.S. sanctions-busting trial was asked Tuesday about his hiring of Rudy Giuliani and Michael Mukasey to find a “political” resolution after prosecutors initially rebuffed his bid to cut a deal. “Within  
Turkish Banker’s Lawyers Launch Methodical Attack on Gold TraderBloomberg
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Turkey detains 17 in graft case as Erdogan denounces US ‘plot’Digital Journal

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Witness says Giuliani, Mukasey tried to broker deal for his freedom – NBCNews.com


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Witness says Giuliani, Mukasey tried to broker deal for his freedom
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A gold trader who has become a star witness in a U.S. sanctions-busting trial was asked Tuesday about his hiring of Rudy Giuliani and Michael Mukasey to find a “political” resolution after prosecutors initially rebuffed his bid to cut a deal. “Within  
Gold Trader Says He Never Liked Turkish Banker Facing TrialU.S. News & World Report
Turkish Banker’s Lawyers Launch Methodical Attack on Gold TraderBloomberg
Turkish gold trader says he’s not angry over failed bids to dodge prosecution for US sanctions violationsNew York Daily News
 
Turkey detains 17 in graft case as Erdogan denounces US ‘plot’

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UK terror attacks: Review reveals what MI5 knew about Manchester, London Bridge and Westminster attackers – The Independent

UK terror attacks: Review reveals what MI5 knew about Manchester, London Bridge and Westminster attackers
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Butt was under live investigation as the principal subject of an MI5 operation opened in mid-2015 following information suggesting he wanted to commit a terror attack in the UK. Redouane was known for immigration offences but had no police orterror 

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