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Josh Marshall on Putin and Trump

I know this has been posted before, but in case anyone missed it:

"Trump & Putin. Yes, It's Really a Thing," by Josh Marshall

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/trump-putin-yes-it-s-really-a-thing

Here are just a few points he makes, but the whole article deserves to be read:

1. All the other discussions of Trump's finances aside, his debt load has grown dramatically over the last year, from $350 million to $630 million. This is in just one year while his liquid assets have also decreased. Trump has been blackballed by all major US banks.

2. Post-bankruptcy Trump has been highly reliant on money from Russia, most of which has over the years become increasingly concentrated among oligarchs and sub-garchs close to Vladimir Putin. Here's a good overview from The Washington Post, with one morsel for illustration ...


To put this all into perspective, if Vladimir Putin were simply the CEO of a major American corporation and there was this much money flowing in Trump's direction, combined with this much solicitousness of Putin's policy agenda, it would set off alarm bells galore. That is not hyperbole or exaggeration. And yet Putin is not the CEO of an American corporation. He's the autocrat who rules a foreign state, with an increasingly hostile posture towards the United States and a substantial stockpile of nuclear weapons. The stakes involved in finding out 'what's going on' as Trump might put it are quite a bit higher.

There is something between a non-trivial and a substantial amount of circumstantial evidence for a financial relationship between Trump and Putin or a non-tacit alliance between the two men. Even if you draw no adverse conclusions, Trump's financial empire is heavily leveraged and has a deep reliance on capital infusions from oligarchs and other sources of wealth aligned with Putin. That's simply not something that can be waved off or ignored.

Excellent Analysis of Bill Clinton's Speech and What It Accomplished.

"Bill Clinton Pulls Off a Presidential First: A First Lady Speech Delivered by a Man"

http://nymag.com/thecut/2016/07/clinton-is-first-man-to-give-first-lady-speech.html

This article is a must read, I think. Here are just a few excerpts:

Bill Clinton did a thing on Tuesday night that I wasn’t completely sure he was capable of: he moved deliberately, persuasively out of the spotlight and to the loyal side of his wife....

And then, at the end, the speech turned elegiac. Bill looked old on Tuesday night, and you could feel his mortality weighing on him, as it has for some years. “I have lived a long, full, blessed life,” he said, “and it really took off when I met and fell in love with that girl.” He went on, “Those of us who have more yesterdays than tomorrows tend to care more about our children and grandchildren, and the reason you should elect her is that in the greatest country on earth we have always been about tomorrow.”

This treacly crescendo was notable mostly for the familiarity of its frame: the speaker advocating for the spouse in comfortably familial terms, appealing to voters through references to children and grandchildren. But for the first time, the spouse wasn’t a wife. It was a husband, who was managing, for once in his life, a moment of self-control and of submission. Bill was reversing the order of things by doing what Hillary had done for him so many years ago: putting himself and his ambitions and achievements and career second to hers.


Many thanks to Al Giordano for recommending this article: https://twitter.com/AlGiordano

O'Malley clan in Ireland wants former Maryland governor to attend their gathering

Sarah Kelly, incoming chieftain of the O’Malley Clan Association, wants Martin O'Malley to attend their get-together.

Kelly has followed Martin O’Malley’s career for years. Though she has never met the Governor, her mother saw his band, O’Malley’s March, play at a pub in Ireland once. “She thought it was great fun,” Kelly said.

This past weekend, Kelly was appointed chieftain of the O’Malley clan at their 62nd consecutive summer gathering in Limerick, Ireland. Nearly 200 and 250 friends and members of the O’Malley clan attended to participate in genealogy workshops, where they could research their family tree (Kelly herself is an O’Malley on her mother’s side – her grandfather was an O’Malley)....

Kelly plans to invite Governor O’Malley to next year’s clan gathering, which will take place in her own hometown of Galway, near to Galway County, where the former mayor’s own family is from. She has a letter all ready to go, and she’ll send it as soon as she finds his mailing address. “Obviously he’s a busy man,” she said, but she hopes he might find time to attend – perhaps with his guitar in tow. “We love if he might play a tune,” she said.

Though the governor may have lost his bid for president, Kelly said he could be eligible to become a future chieftain of the O’Malley clan.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/features/baltimore-insider-blog/bal-o-malley-clan-in-ireland-wants-former-maryland-governor-to-attend-their-gathering-20160626-htmlstory.html

Trump campaign soliciting illegal donations from Scottish MP

Blatant FEC violation on the part of the Trump campaign.

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/6/28/1543337/-The-Trump-campaign-s-likely-going-to-regret-asking-this-fierce-Scottish-MP-for-an-illegal-donation

The Federal Elections Commission is very clear on the fact that foreign nationals cannot legally donate to candidates in the United States. The reason is pretty simple—they don’t want U.S. elections to be influenced by outside money. That apparently didn’t stop the Trump campaign from sending a fundraising solicitation to Scottish Parliament members. The email was from Donald Trump, Jr., on behalf of his father. Scottish Member of Parliament Natalie McGarry was repulsed by Trump’s “repugnant campaign” and she fiercely replied back with a public flogging.


Apparently, they sent fundraising emails to Icelandic parliamentarians as well:

Numerous members of the Icelandic parliament are both bemused and confused by an email, apparently received by all of then, asking for donations to the presidential campaign of Donald Trump. Independence Party MP Guđlaug­ur Ţór Ţórđar­son told MBL that he was surprised to receive the email; more so to be addressed as a “friend” of Trump in said email. He also confirmed for reporters that he would not be donating to the Trump campaign.

Martin O'Malley to Campaign for Hillary Clinton in Iowa

"Martin O'Malley is headed back to Iowa -- for Hillary Clinton"

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/blog/bal-martin-o-malley-is-headed-back-to-iowa-for-hillary-clinton-20160622-story.html

O'Malley, who exited the race for the nomination after coming in a distant third in the Iowa caucuses, will campaign at a phone bank in Des Moines on Thursday and will speak at a Clinton campaign organizing event in Sioux City the next day....

The former governor is expected to focus his address Friday on Clinton's economic plans.

Martin O'Malley Calls for Reinstatement of Assault Weapons Ban

"Reinstate The Combat Assault Weapons Ban Now"

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gov-martin-omalley/reinstate-the-combat-assa_b_10630392.html

Excerpts:

When it comes to reducing gun violence in America, our leaders are playing a deadly game of small ball. And everyday Americans are losing badly.

This year alone, including Orlando, more than 6,200 Americans have lost their lives due to gun violence. It is a staggering toll as we near the half way mark for 2016. An incalculable loss for every family and community struck.

And yet, the United States Congress is fighting to debate and vote on only the most incremental reforms to reduce gun violence.

While enhanced background checks, closing gun show loopholes, and imposing “no fly - no buy” provisions are important, these steps represent a fraction of what we must do as a society to curb gun violence in our communities.


Read more at the link.

I received my first hide.

And I got it for saying something truthful and compassionate.

No snark. No anger. No name-calling. Just compassion and concern based upon observation of actual behavior.

And I said it in this protected group.

What I said is likely to be proved true in the next several weeks or months.

So, when does this primary end?

Has anyone else thought of the movie -- "The King of Hearts"?

Bernie will have to be an adult and speak for himself.

He will have to publicly concede and commit to campaigning for Hillary Clinton and against Donald Trump.

He won't do it, in my humble opinion. Not ever. That movement on his part would require an admission that his attacks against Clinton and the Democratic party were, at the very least, exaggerations.

He is imprisoned by his inability to change his mind about people and politics.

Bernie has been attacking the Democratic party for decades.

He isn't going to stop now. His fundamental resentment goes deeper than winning or losing a primary.

He has become too attached to his anger to let go of it. He wants to destroy the Democratic party and then recreate it in his own image.

He is being consumed by his own rage. I do not think that anyone, including President Obama and Secretary Clinton, will be able to talk him out of his self-destructive mission to destroy the Democratic party.

He doesn't seem to have objective close friends, who are concerned about his "obsessive" behavior and might be able to reason with him. I also see no inclination on the part of his wife Jane to intervene to end Bernie's self-contradictory "vendetta."

It seems that neither he nor anyone close to him sees the futility of his continuing to throw punches after the fight has been called in his opponent's favor.

I just received this email from Martin O'Malley:

Martin O'Malley - O'Say Can You See PAC

Friends,

Yesterday I joined millions of Americans across the country by endorsing Hillary Clinton to be our next president.

The voters have spoken, and it is now time to unite our Party. I urge all of my friends and supporters to campaign for Secretary Clinton, and am committing my energies to doing the same.

Democrats, Independents and Republicans alike must come together to confront the dangerous threat to our democracy presented by Donald Trump.

We deserve better.

Together we can create an economy that works for all of us again. Together we can remind America that every citizen matters. Together we can keep the Democratic Party where it belongs- leading America towards a more progressive future.

Let’s get to work,

Martin

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