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Russia suppports "Populist" candidates across the globe

Moscow is encouraging a wave of populism that extends from the election of President-elect Donald Trump through Brexit and rise of nationalist politics in France and Germany to bring about “real security threats to Europe,” according to a report in a new NATO journal....

The piece makes the case that a strong EU is important to European support for NATO, and is vital to strong European security. And this, the piece argues, is the root of Russian efforts to encourage popular dissatisfaction.

If there is one crucial lesson in the current discussions about Russia’s way of war — whether we call it hybrid, non-linear or asymmetric — it is that conflict in the twenty-first century is just as much fought in the realms of politics, morale, economics and governance as on the battlefield,” he wrote. “Especially as it faces the loss of the United Kingdom — with Europe’s biggest military budget — the EU needs to focus on two, parallel priorities: firstly, increased ‘non-kinetic’ security, improving common counter-intelligence and financial and political protection measures; secondly, encouraging member states to devote adequate resources to their own national militaries. However, if the EU breaks apart or simply pales into irrelevance, then individual nations will in the main be far less willing and able to address these needs.”

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article125396679.html#storylink=cpy


Two thumbs up -

America's ass.

FBI Russia investigation is 'now at the door of the Oval office', says former Obama administration s

Source: Independent U.K.

Hes the man Donald Trump considers a very smart guy, a very good guy, and a quality person. So smart, so good and with such qualities, indeed, that he blessed his marriage to his eldest daughter, gave him a White House job and tasked him with bringing peace to the Middle East.

Now, it has been confirmed Jared Kushner is a focus of the FBIs investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russias alleged effort to influence the 2016 election.

The Washington Post said investigators were looking at a series of meetings Kushner held last year with Russian officials, including Moscows Ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak.

Right now, were at the door of the Oval Office, Juliette Kayyem, a political analyst who served in Barack Obamas Department of Homeland Security, told The Independent. Its getting wider in terms of its theory, and its getting faster. All of these things explain why the President is lawyering up.

Read more: https://www.google.com/amp/www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/fbi-russia-investigation-oval-office-donald-trump-jared-kushner-impeached-barack-obama-white-house-a7758251.html%3Famp

There has to be a knock - knock joke in this....

Misdemeanor assault charges for Gianforte, Sheriff is campaign contributor

"In his statement on the Gianforte's misdemeanor assault citation, Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin, who has previously donated $250 to Gianforte's congressional campaign, said that his "contribution has nothing to do with our investigation which is now complete."


Haley: 'We're trying to reassure' allies on intel sharing

Washington (CNN)The US is working to reassure allies that the Trump administration can be trusted with sensitive information in the wake of President Donald Trump's reported disclosure of highly classified material, US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Monday.

Haley's comments on NBC's "Today" show come one week after revelations that Trump reportedly shared sensitive intelligence with Russian officials in the Oval Office earlier this month. The disclosure may have compromised a key Israeli source of anti-ISIS information. Trump arrived in Israel Monday as part of his first foreign trip in office.

"I've talked with (CIA) Director (Mike) Pompeo on this as well because so much of what I do at the United Nations is based on sensitive information. So much of what a lot of the Cabinet members, what they do, is based on sensitive information," Haley said.
"We're trying to reassure all of our counterparts what they tell us is kept, trust, and valued, and we will return the favor," she added.


"Trump needs grown ups around him" - Panetta

Video at link

Chris Christie: I warned Trump about Flynn

(CNN) New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said on Monday that if it were up to him, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn never would have had a White House job.

After ending his own presidential bid in 2016, Christie was one of the first major Republican figures to endorse Donald Trump and served as the head of his transition team before being replaced by Vice President Mike Pence after the election.

"I think it's safe to say that General Flynn and I didn't see eye-to eye," Christie told reporters at a news conference in Trenton, New Jersey. "I didn't think that he was someone who would bring benefit to the President or to the administration, and I made that very clear to candidate Trump, and I made it very clear to President-elect Trump."


Trump eyeing Lewandowski, Bossie as crisis managers

The White House is looking to wall off the scandals threatening to overtake the president’s agenda by building a separate crisis management operation.

President Donald Trump personally reached out to two of his former campaign aides – his first campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, and his deputy campaign manager, David Bossie – to sound them out about working with the administration as crisis managers, according to two people familiar with the situation. POLITICO previously reported that both men were spotted in the West Wing last week, before Trump departed on his overseas trip.


Lewandowsi, the alleged stripper biter and female reporter assaulter, and Bossie, Mr. Citizens United who was removed as head of one of the many Clinton witch hunts because NEWT GINGRICH found his tactics repulsive.

(As an aside, after what the right has put the Clintons through, hearing 45 whine about "witch hunts" is positively disgusting in its hypocrisy.)

It is helpful to bear in mind the true nature of what we are dealing with.

Which of Team Trump will pull a Snowden on the Overseas Trip?

Just became a *STAR* member, and this is my first poll!

I'm truly excited!

Now that the heat is really turned up, what a perfect time for one of the rats to bolt!

Who would it be?


James Taylor and I have both seen this before.

God have mercy on your shit filled soul for what you have done to this nation.

Hunter S. Thompson predicted this

Israeli intelligence 'boiling mad' over Trump disclosure: report

Source: Washington Post

Israeli intelligence officers are "boiling mad and demanding answers" after President Trump reportedly shared classified information from Israel with Russia, according to a new report.

Two Israeli intelligence officers confirmed to BuzzFeed Tuesday that Israel had shared specific intelligence with the U.S. about Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) plots to smuggle explosive laptops onto planes.

"We have an arrangement with America which is unique to the world of intelligence sharing," one intelligence officer told BuzzFeed. "We do not have this relationship with any other country."

"To know that this intelligence is shared with others, without our prior knowledge? That is, for us, our worst fears confirmed," the officer added.

Read more: https://www.google.com/amp/thehill.com/homenews/administration/333670-israeli-intelligence-boiling-mad-at-trump-report%3Famp

Damage to our interests incalculable.
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