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Post by RoadScholar » Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:04 pm

Foggy wrote:A lady named Clint? That is just wrong on so many levels. :nope:
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Post by Suranis » Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:11 pm

One possible thing is that he is getting a load of applications. This investigation would look like fun.


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Post by gupwalla » Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:46 pm

RVInit wrote:Does anyone think the fact that Mueller's team is getting larger is an indication of anything? Just curious what members of the boogle think about that aspect of it.
It's a sign that the investigation is important enough to warrant having the best legal minds reviewing the evidence. That's true whether or not there are eventually any criminal charges. If this team presses charges, there was more than enough evidence. If this team doesn't press charges, there was far too little evidence.

Mueller is running a really tight shop, so I don't think it's possible to go beyond - he wants whatever outcome to be accepted as legitimate.


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Post by Kendra » Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:00 pm

I have no idea where to put this, unless we have an oligarch thread I haven't seen.

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/business ... H02L6RimO/
PALM BEACH —
Why did a Russian oligarch pay now-President Donald Trump $95 million for his Palm Beach mansion?

Almost a decade later, the answer is less clear than it was at the time of the sale, the largest price paid for a Palm Beach home.

In 2008, Dmitry Rybolovlev bought the Palm Beach mansion owned by Trump for $13 million more than the most expensive Palm Beach mansion sale up to that moment. It’s been almost a decade since the sale, but the transaction is newsworthy again as new questions surround contacts between members of Trump’s administration and Russian government officials.
Lots of interesting coincidences at the link. Oh, and the story I came across that led me to that one?

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/nat ... rQ0hm9zlN/
The coincidences are piling up.

Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev last week disavowed any contact with President Donald Trump.

But speculation again was stoked when his state-of-the-art yacht Anna sat anchored in the British Virgin Islands on Friday night and another equally resplendent luxury liner, the Sea Owl, sidled up, according to a website that tracks the movement of yachts.

The owner of the dark-hulled yacht? President Donald Trump’s biggest financial supporter and Breitbart News moneyman, Robert Mercer.



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Post by Addie » Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:48 pm

:eek2:

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Trump Thanks Russia's Putin for Slashing U.S. Diplomatic Staff

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for slashing the number of U.S. diplomatic staff in Russia, "because now we have a smaller payroll."

"I want to thank him because we're trying to cut down our payroll and as far as I'm concerned I'm very thankful that he let go of a large number of people," Trump told reporters at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. "There's no real reason for them to go back."

Putin, reacting to new sanctions imposed by the U.S. Congress, on July 30 ordered Washington to cut 755 of its 1,200 embassy and consulate staff by September. Many of those affected are likely to be local Russian staffers. [nL5N1KM3ZT]

It was unclear if Trump was joking in his comments, his first substantive reaction to Putin's move.

Nicholas Burns, formerly the State Department's third-ranking official, called Trump's comments "grotesque."


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Post by MN-Skeptic » Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:37 pm

MN-Skeptic wrote:Trump has said that he wants to reduce the number of federal employees. Now, with Russia's help, he is.
My comment from the 31st. What a douche.


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Post by Addie » Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:37 pm

Politico
Trump thanks Putin for expelling U.S. diplomats, infuriating State Department ...

It wasn't clear if Trump's remarks were meant to be in jest, and he gave no solid indication either way. In any case, the comments did not go down well among employees at the State Department, where many U.S. diplomats have felt ignored and badly treated by the Trump administration. Some noted that locally hired staff members affected the most are crucial to American diplomats' work overseas.

A senior U.S. diplomat serving overseas called Trump's remarks "outrageous" and said it could lead more State Department staffers to head for the exits.

"This is so incredibly demoralizing and disrespectful to people serving their country in harm's way," the diplomat said.

"I kid you not, I have heard from three different people in the last five minutes," one State Department official told POLITICO shortly after Trump's comments. "Everyone seems pretty amazed. This statement is naive and shortsighted. It sends a terrible signal to local employees everywhere."

"THANK Putin?" another bewildered State Department official responded. "I don't have words that are printable to describe my reaction."


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Post by RTH10260 » Wed Sep 06, 2017 5:59 pm

Freshly uploaded to Youtube, but unsure of the acual date of this press conference
Putin On Trump: He is not my bride, and I am not his groom
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9JV2U0xjTI



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Post by Addie » Sat Sep 30, 2017 8:42 am

Book excerpt: Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible by Peter Pomerantsev

The Atlantic
The Hidden Author of Putinism

“I am the author, or one of the authors, of the new Russian system,” Vladislav Surkov told us by way of introduction. On this spring day in 2013, he was wearing a white shirt and a leather jacket that was part Joy Division and part 1930s commissar. “My portfolio at the Kremlin and in government has included ideology, media, political parties, religion, modernization, innovation, foreign relations, and ...”—here he pauses and smiles—“modern art.” He offers to not make a speech, instead welcoming the Ph.D. students, professors, journalists, and politicians gathered in an auditorium at the London School of Economics to pose questions and have an open discussion. After the first question, he talks for almost 45 minutes, leaving hardly any time for questions after all.

It’s his political system in miniature: democratic rhetoric and undemocratic intent.

As the former deputy head of the presidential administration, later deputy prime minister and then assistant to the president on foreign affairs, Surkov has directed Russian society like one great reality show. He claps once and a new political party appears. He claps again and creates Nashi, the Russian equivalent of the Hitler Youth, who are trained for street battles with potential pro-democracy supporters and burn books by unpatriotic writers on Red Square. As deputy head of the administration he would meet once a week with the heads of the television channels in his Kremlin office, instructing them on whom to attack and whom to defend, who is allowed on TV and who is banned, how the president is to be presented, and the very language and categories the country thinks and feels in. Russia’s Ostankino TV presenters, instructed by Surkov, pluck a theme (oligarchs, America, the Middle East) and speak for 20 minutes, hinting, nudging, winking, insinuating, though rarely ever saying anything directly, repeating words like “them” and “the enemy” endlessly until they are imprinted on the mind. ...

There is no mention of holy wars in Surkov’s vision, none of the cabaret used to provoke and tease the West. But there is a darkling vision of globalization, in which instead of everyone rising together, interconnection means multiple contests between movements and corporations and city-states—where the old alliances, the EUs and NATOs and “the West,” have all worn out, and where the Kremlin can play the new, fluctuating lines of loyalty and interest, the flows of oil and money, splitting Europe from America, pitting one Western company against another and against both their governments so no one knows whose interests are what and where they’re headed.

“A few provinces would join one side,” Surkov continues. “A few others a different one. One town or generation or gender would join yet another. Then they could switch sides, sometimes mid-battle. Their aims were quite different. Most understood the war to be part of a process. Not necessarily its most important part.”

The Kremlin switches messages at will to its advantage, climbing inside everything: European right-wing nationalists are seduced with an anti-EU message; the Far Left is co-opted with tales of fighting U.S. hegemony; U.S. religious conservatives are convinced by the Kremlin’s fight against homosexuality. And the result is an array of voices, working away at global audiences from different angles, producing a cumulative echo chamber of Kremlin support, all broadcast on RT.


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Post by MsDaisy » Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:03 pm

FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot before Obama administration approved controversial nuclear deal with Moscow
Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews.

Federal agents used a confidential U.S. witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather extensive financial records, make secret recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, FBI and court documents show.

They also obtained an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill.

The racketeering scheme was conducted “with the consent of higher level officials” in Russia who “shared the proceeds” from the kickbacks, one agent declared in an affidavit years later.
http://thehill.com/policy/national-secu ... nistration

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Post by Addie » Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:58 am

Politico Mag
How Russia Became the Leader of the Global Christian Right

In early April 2014, as the post-Cold War order roiled in the aftermath of Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula—the first forced annexation in Europe since the Second World War—Pat Buchanan asked a question. Taking to the column-inches at Townhall, Buchanan wondered aloud: “Whose side is God on now?”

As Moscow swamped Ukraine’s peninsula, holding a ballot-by-bayonet referendum while local Crimean Tatars began disappearing, Buchanan clarified his query. The former speechwriter for Richard Nixon and intellectual flag-bearer of paleoconservatism—that authoritarian strain of thought linking both white nationalists and US President Donald Trump—wrote that Russian President Vladimir Putin was “entering a claim that Moscow is the Godly City of today[.]” Despite Putin’s rank kleptocracy, and the threat Moscow suddenly posed to stability throughout Europe, Buchanan blushed with praise for Putin’s policies, writing, “In the culture war for the future of mankind, Putin is planting Russia’s flag firmly on the side of traditional Christianity.”

Three years on, it’s easy to skip past Buchanan’s piece in discussing Russian-American relations, drenched as they are in mutual sanctions and the reality that Moscow attempted to tip the scales in Trump’s favor during the election. But Buchanan’s article crystallized a paradigm shift in religious relations between Moscow and Washington, and in Moscow’s role within the global Christian right. Before 2014 Russia was largely seen as an importer for Christian fundamentalists, most especially from the U.S. But as the Kremlin dissolved diplomatic norms in 2014, Moscow began forging a new role for itself at the helm of the global Christian right.

And Moscow’s grip at the tiller of a globally resurgent right has only tightened since. Not only have Russian banks funded groups like France’s National Front, but Moscow has hosted international conferences on everything from neo-Nazi networking to domestic secessionists attempting to rupture the U.S. Meanwhile, American fundamentalists bent on unwinding minority protections in the U.S. have increasingly leaned on Russia for support—and for a model they’d bring to bear back home, from targeting LGBT communities to undoing abortion rights throughout the country.


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Post by RTH10260 » Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:58 am

Addie wrote:
Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:58 am
Politico Mag
How Russia Became the Leader of the Global Christian Right
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OMG - what a screwed up bunch of ignoramuses :brickwallsmall: :brickwallsmall: :brickwallsmall:



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Post by RTH10260 » Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:41 pm

Putin in an Q/A excerpt with a question about the his position on USA and N.Korea




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Post by Sterngard Friegen » Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:21 pm

Putin can stick it to Trump, but Trump is all kisses when it comes to Putin.

What kompromat does Russia have? It must be pretty good.



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Post by GhostOfSolomon » Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:56 pm

It is important to note this alliance and the effect on US politics.

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Post by Addie » Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:34 pm

BBC News
CIA 'helped stop Russia terror attack'

Information provided by the CIA helped Russian security services foil an attack on a St Petersburg cathedral, Russian media reports say.

The news has emerged in accounts of a phone call between the US and Russian presidents.

President Vladimir Putin thanked Donald Trump for the CIA's intervention, the Kremlin was quoted as saying.

Mr Putin promised to alert US officials if it received any similar intelligence relating to the US, Interfax reported.

Russia's FSB security service said in a statement on Friday that it had detained seven members of a cell of Islamic State supporters and seized a significant amount of explosives, weapons and extremist literature.

The cell was planning to carry out a suicide attack at a religious institution and kill citizens on Saturday, the FSB statement said (in Russian).


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Post by AndyinPA » Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:17 pm

Note that this was released by the Russians and not by this country. That seems to be a thread in 45's administration.



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Post by Sterngard Friegen » Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:20 pm

Could have been a Russian disinformation campaign to out USA spies in Russia. Yes Trump is that stoopid



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Post by RTH10260 » Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:30 pm

AndyinPA wrote:
Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:17 pm
Note that this was released by the Russians and not by this country. That seems to be a thread in 45's administration.
I don't see any significance in this, as it is up to the Russians to determine when it is oportune to spread the news as not to warn other bad guys too early.



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Russian submarines are prowling around vital undersea cables. It’s making NATO nervous.
BRUSSELS — Russian submarines have dramatically stepped up activity around undersea data cables in the North Atlantic, part of a more aggressive naval posture that has driven NATO to revive a Cold War-era command, according to senior military officials.

The apparent Russian focus on the cables, which provide Internet and other communications connections to North America and Europe, could give the Kremlin the power to sever or tap into vital data lines, the officials said. Russian submarine activity has increased to levels unseen since the Cold War, they said, sparking hunts in recent months for the elusive watercraft.

“We are now seeing Russian underwater activity in the vicinity of undersea cables that I don’t believe we have ever seen,” said U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Andrew Lennon, the commander of NATO’s submarine forces. “Russia is clearly taking an interest in NATO and NATO nations’ undersea infrastructure.”

NATO has responded with plans to reestablish a command post, shuttered after the Cold War, to help secure the North Atlantic. NATO allies are also rushing to boost anti-submarine warfare capabilities and to develop advanced submarine-detecting planes.
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Post by Volkonski » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:29 pm

Russia not happy with media coverage of this year's upcoming World Cup. However to claim that the UK government has ordered the negative coverage is just deeply weird. :roll:

Russia accuses British media of ‘pumping out’ propaganda against World Cup hosts

https://www.theguardian.com/football/20 ... CMP=twt_gu
However, despite the seemingly overwhelming evidence against the World Cup hosts, Russia has now accused the British media – on behalf of the government – of whipping up stories to “smear” the country.

Russia’s foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said: “We learned that reporters from the United Kingdom – not just one media outlet, but a number of them – received, in the truest sense of the word, a state order to launch a smear campaign for holding the World Cup in Russia.”

Zakharova then suggested that journalists were dissuaded from focusing on searching for different news angles because “stories, topics and approaches had been already conjured up”.

“Talking points were developed and offered to the UK media to be used in their materials,” she added. “Among these subjects and stories, I can name the following: Russia’s alleged lack of the necessary infrastructure and conditions to hold the championship, the aggressive behaviour of Russian fans, a lack of professionalism among local law enforcement officials and the inability to guarantee foreign tourists’ safety. The Western media will be actively pumping out this story in the runup to the World Cup in Russia.”


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Post by Volkonski » Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:26 am


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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov accuses the US of destabilizing the world, airing a list of grievances at his annual press conference http://cnn.it/2r7DiwS
Mostly objects to US actions and words regarding North Korea and Iran. Trump will not be happy.


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