Trump Is Being Manipulated by Putin. What Should We Do?

Trump Is Being Manipulated by Putin. What Should We Do?
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July 20, 2018 at 07:50AM
via My Reading List: Unread https://nytimes.com/2018/07/19/opinion/trump-russia-putin-republican-congress.html

«The president’s failure to defend the United States intelligence community’s unanimous conclusions of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and condemn Russian covert counterinfluence campaigns and his standing idle on the world stage while a Russian dictator spouted lies confused many but should concern all Americans. […]

As a member of Congress, a coequal branch of government designed by our founders to provide checks and balances on the executive branch, I believe that lawmakers must fulfill our oversight duty as well as keep the American people informed of the current danger. »

Trump Is Being Manipulated by Putin. What Should We Do?

Trump Is Being Manipulated by Putin. What Should We Do?
By

July 20, 2018 at 07:50AM
via My Reading List: Unread https://nytimes.com/2018/07/19/opinion/trump-russia-putin-republican-congress.html

«The president’s failure to defend the United States intelligence community’s unanimous conclusions of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and condemn Russian covert counterinfluence campaigns and his standing idle on the world stage while a Russian dictator spouted lies confused many but should concern all Americans. […]

As a member of Congress, a coequal branch of government designed by our founders to provide checks and balances on the executive branch, I believe that lawmakers must fulfill our oversight duty as well as keep the American people informed of the current danger. »

Chart of the Day? Jobless Claims Hit 50 Year Low

Chart of the Day? Jobless Claims Hit 50 Year Low
By Kevin Drum

July 19, 2018 at 11:33AM
via Kevin Drum – Mother Jones https://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2018/07/chart-of-the-day-jobless-claims-hit-50-year-low/

«The economy has been expanding for 108 consecutive months, and if it keeps going for another year it will set the all-time record for longest economic expansion in American history.¹»

Uh oh. :/

From the Start, Trump Has Muddied a Clear Message: Putin Interfered

From the Start, Trump Has Muddied a Clear Message: Putin Interfered
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July 19, 2018 at 07:23AM
via My Reading List: Unread https://nytimes.com/2018/07/18/world/europe/trump-intelligence-russian-election-meddling-.html

This is a rather jaw-dropping set of disclosures. Seems like the IC is done with his shit.

«Two weeks before his inauguration, Donald J. Trump was shown highly classified intelligence indicating that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia had personally ordered complex cyberattacks to sway the 2016 American election.»

U.S. Officials ‘at a Fucking Loss’ Over Latest Russia Sell Out

U.S. Officials ‘at a Fucking Loss’ Over Latest Russia Sell Out
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July 18, 2018 at 05:52PM
via My Reading List: Unread https://thedailybeast.com/us-officials-at-a-fucking-loss-over-latest-russia-sell-out?ref=home

«“By failing to reject the idea out of hand – immediately and forcefully – Trump signaled that absolutely nothing is off limits when it comes to Putin. And just as shocking, he’s willing to play Putin’s brand of ball, in which the world is purely transactional and lives are expendable.”»

The GOP Really Needs Mueller’s Report

The GOP Really Needs Mueller’s Report
By Martin Longman

July 18, 2018 at 05:40PM
via Washington Monthly https://washingtonmonthly.com/2018/07/18/the-gop-really-needs-muellers-report/

«Maybe that sounds like hyperbole, but there’s a reason we took the actions we did at the conclusion of World War Two, and if we lose the Western Alliance and democratic countries lose the cohesiveness and unity needed to fight against nuclear proliferation and for human rights and conflict resolution, then the risks can not be overstated.»

This (the article, not my pullquote) is smart. But this isn’t the reason most people are saying Mueller should finish up soon…