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    Trump Putin: Incredulity as Russian leader is invited to visit US

    President Donald Trump has invited Russian leader Vladimir Putin to visit America, in a move that drew startled laughter from a US intelligence chief.

    "That's gonna be special!" said Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, when he was told about the invitation during a live interview.
    A row is continuing over Mr Trump's first summit with Mr Putin, in Helsinki, where they talked privately.
    Opposition Democrats say there should be no more one-to-one talks.

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    Trump's 'most serious mistake'

    "Until we know what happened at that two-hour meeting in Helsinki, the president should have no more one-on-one interactions with Putin," said the top Democratic senator, Chuck Schumer, in a statement. "In the United States, in Russia, or anywhere else."

    Mr Trump's presidency has been clouded by allegations that Russian hackers meddled in the 2016 US presidential election in his favour. The Kremlin denies the allegations.

    In Helsinki, Mr Putin offered access to 12 Russians indicted in absentia by the US authorities over the alleged interference, on condition the Russian authorities could question 12 Americans over a different case. Mr Trump first praised the suggestion as "incredible" but later rejected it.

    Since his return from Finland, he or the White House have had to correct or clarify other comments regarding Russia, creating confusion and prompting the Democrats to demand details of his private talks with Mr Putin.

    Trump prepares a sequel

    By Anthony Zurcher, BBC News, Washington

    Donald Trump has tweeted that the summit with Mr Putin was a "great success" and people at "higher ends of intelligence" loved his Helsinki news conference. As if to underline that point, plans are already under way for a sequel - this time in Washington DC.

    Never mind that the White House has spent three days trying to clean up the political fallout from the summit amid bipartisan criticism, or that the special counsel investigation into Russian meddling in 2016 continues apace.

    Mr Trump may have been encouraged by recent opinion polling showing that while the public at large is uneasy with Mr Trump's Russia policies, his Republican base - by a sizeable majority - is fine with his performance.
    The president campaigned on closer ties with Russia, a goal that had been thwarted during his first year in office. With his base still behind him, Mr Trump appears ready to press on with his efforts.

    What do we know about Putin's potential visit?

    Mr Putin, in power in Russia since 2000, last visited the US in 2015, when he met President Barack Obama, Mr Trump's predecessor, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York to discuss the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria.

    On Thursday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted that discussions about a visit by Mr Putin to Washington DC this autumn were already under way.

    Russia's ambassador to Washington, Anatoly Antonov, said his country had always been open to the idea of a visit but it was "up to the Kremlin to decide how many summits are needed, and when".

    The announcement appeared to come as a surprise to US intelligence chief Mr Coats, who was told about it during a live interview at the Aspen Security Forum in the state of Colorado.

    He added that he did not yet know what Mr Trump and Mr Putin had discussed during their meeting, at which only the pair and their interpreters were present.

    What was Putin's 'incredible offer'?

    Asked at the post-summit news conference in Helsinki whether he would extradite 12 Russian intelligence agents indicted in the US for hacking Democratic Party computers, Mr Putin said he would meet the US government "halfway".

    He said Russia wanted, in turn, to question US citizens in a case against financier Bill Browder, who was instrumental in the US imposing sanctions in 2012 on top Russian officials accused of corruption.
    At the same news conference, Mr Trump said: "He [Mr Putin] offered to have the people working on the case come and work with their investigations with respect to the 12 people. I think that's an incredible offer."
    However, now he says he "disagrees" with the proposal.
    The idea of allowing Russia to quiz US citizens sparked outrage and the US Senate voted 98-0 against it. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said it was "not going to happen".

    Mr Browder has told the BBC he is glad Mr Trump "isn't going to hand me over to President Putin".

    President Trump has also clarified remarks at the news conference in which he said he saw no reason for Russia to have meddled in the 2016 US election - despite US intelligence concluding just that.

    Speaking to CBS News on Wednesday, Mr Trump said he held Mr Putin personally responsible for interfering in the election, and that he was "very strong on the fact that we can't have meddling".

    Mr Putin has also described the summit as "successful" but warned "there are forces in the United States that are prepared to casually sacrifice Russian-US relations".

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    The Helsinki summit was a good day for Putin and the oligarchs in Russia. But it was a bad day for people in the United States and all over the world who believe in democracy and who are trying to understand what world our idiot president lives in.

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    New York Times: FBI seized tape of Trump discussing Playboy model payment | MSNBC


    The New York Times is reporting that during their raid of Michael Cohen's office, the FBI seized a secret recording of President Trump discussing a payment to former Playboy model Karen McDougal. The conversation took place two months before the 2016 election.

    Michael Cohen recorded Trump discussing payment to ex-Playboy model | CNN

    When informed about the 2016 recording discussing Karen McDougal, the President said, 'I can't believe Michael would do this to me,' a source tells CNN


    The FBI is in possession of a recording between President Donald Trump and his former personal attorney Michael Cohen in which the two men prior to the election discuss a payment to a former Playboy model who has alleged an affair with Trump, Rudy Giuliani and a source familiar with the matter told CNN Friday.

    Cohen has other recordings of the President in his records that were seized by the FBI, said both a source with knowledge of Cohen's tapes and Giuliani, who described the other recordings as mundane discussions.

    The recording about the former Playboy model, Karen McDougal, was among the troves of documents and materials seized in the FBI raid of Cohen's hotel, residence and office earlier this year amid a criminal investigation of Cohen by the US attorney's office for the Southern District of New York. A transcript of the recording was reviewed by the Trump legal team, which does not believe it poses a legal problem for the President.

    The disclosure of the McDougal recording, which was first reported by The New York Times, raises fresh questions about the lengths to which Trump and his confidante would go to suppress allegations of extramarital affairs from becoming public before the election. Adult film actress Stormy Daniels has sued Trump over a $130,000 agreement Cohen made to her on Trump's behalf to keep her quiet about an alleged affair, which Trump has denied, along with McDougal's allegations.

    McDougal eventually signed a contract with the company that owns the National Enquirer, which barred her from publicly speaking about the alleged affair before the 2016 election.

    Giuliani said Trump had no idea he was being recorded during the McDougal discussion, which took place in the then-candidate's office at Trump Tower in September 2016. When informed about the recording, Trump said, "I can't believe Michael would do this to me," a source familiar with the tapes told CNN.

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    The Michael Cohen Donald Trump tapes story is just getting started | CNN


    The big story here -- and it is a B-I-G story -- is that Cohen secretly recorded a conversation with Trump. And that this wasn't the only conversation with Trump he taped. And certainly not the only conversation that might be of interest to special counsel Robert Mueller that Cohen taped.
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    Court rejects new Trump attempt to halt kids' climate lawsuit | TheHill


    A federal appeals court blocked the Trump administration's second attempt to halt a lawsuit filed by a group of children over climate change.

    The California-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously on Friday that the lawsuit can go forward.

    The suit argues that the Trump administration "violated the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property, as well as failed to protect essential public trust resources" through their climate policies.

    “We denied the government’s first mandamus petition, concluding that it had not met the high bar for relief at that stage of the litigation. No new circumstances justify this second petition, and we again decline to grant mandamus relief,” read a court order.

    Today's ruling was not on the merits of the case, but rather clears the way for an Oct. 29th hearing.

    The Trump administration has twice sought to either halt the case or have it thrown out entirely.

    The same court ruled against the Trump administration earlier this year after attorneys for the Justice Department argued that the burden for the process of discovery would be overbearing.

    “The defendants’ argument fails because the district court has not issued a single discovery order, nor have the plaintiffs filed a single motion seeking to compel discovery. Rather, the parties have employed the usual meet-and-confer process of resolving discovery disputes,” the three-judge panel wrote in March.

    The lawsuit was originally filed under the Obama administration in 2015 in a federal court in Oregon by 21 children and an environmental group, and targeted numerous federal agencies.

    The plaintiffs argue the federal government's knowledge of the consequences of climate change makes gives them a constitutional duty to take strong actions to protect children.

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    Stephen Colbert‏ @StephenAtHome 5 hours ago
    “Hi, Welcome to the Donald Trump Presidential Library. Are you all over 18 years old?”

    Stephen Colbert @StephenAtHome 3 hours ago
    Not to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but these Michael Cohen tapes coming out during Shark Week can't be a coincidence.

    Stephen Colbert‏ @StephenAtHome 34 minutes ago
    Donald Trump tomorrow: “I meant to say I WOULDN’T pay a Playboy model to keep quiet about the affair we had while my wife was home with our newborn son.”
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    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 5 hours ago
    Inconceivable that the government would break into a lawyer’s office (early in the morning) - almost unheard of. Even more inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client - totally unheard of & perhaps illegal. The good news is that your favorite President did nothing wrong!

    Trump says 'inconceivable' that Cohen recorded him | CNN

    Donald Trump Fret-Tweets About Michael Cohen’s Recording But Reassures, “Your Favorite President Did Nothing Wrong!” | Deadline

    Donald Trump and Michael Cohen are officially at war with each other | Palmer Report
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    Leaked Text Messages From Paul Manafort’s Daughters Appear Online, Leading To Debate On How To Cover Them

    By Nathan Francis, Inquisitr


    Hundreds of thousands of text messages from the daughters of Paul Manafort have appeared online, leading to some controversy among news outlets on how to cover — or not cover — the voluminous documents.

    Their full set of nearly 285,000 text messages related to Donald Trump’s former campaign manager were posted this week on Twitter by a user named @NatSecGeek [ ], who included a link to read a searchable version of the texts. This garnered some viral attention on social media, but scant coverage from media. As Rantt explained, many saw an ethical dilemma in publishing the unverified text messages.

    As columnist Zak Ali noted, there is a hesitancy in the media to cover personal correspondences after the lessons learned from the vast coverage of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chief during the 2016 presidential election. A number of news outlets have since expressed regret on the coverage of these email leaks, which were part of the Russian government’s campaign to interfere in the 2016 presidential election with the goal of helping Donald Trump be elected.

    As Ali noted, these text messages gave way to unfounded conspiracy theories and later, in the wake of the presidential election, debate in the media over whether it is appropriate to report on stolen materials. Little was revealed in either set of emails, but they contributed to a rift among Democrats who supported Bernie Sanders and those supporting Clinton.

    A number of major news outlets reported on the initial, more selective leak of text messages from Paul Manafort’s daughters last year. Politico reported that the text messages revealed that Manafort’s daughter hinted at his involvement with murders in Ukraine.

    “In one March 2015 exchange that appears to be between the two sisters, Andrea Manafort seems to suggest that their father bore some responsibility for the deaths of protesters at the hands of police loyal to Yanukovych during a monthslong uprising that started in late 2013,” the report noted.

    The new set of longer text messages go into more detail on these and other sordid claims, but they have received little media coverage. Outside of those sharing the original tweet and the link to the database of 285,000 text messages, there were few news outlets actually reporting on the content of the leaks.

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    A note on the Manafort texts | Emma Best


    This cache of Manafort texts (links at the bottom) is made up of more than 285,000 SMS messages and iMessages (over 7,200 pages) sent and received by one of Paul Manafort’s daughters. Several years ago, the phone was hacked and a database of the messages became available in certain circles. Some outlets have previously reported on some of these messages, such as ones implicating Paul Manafort in the commission of murders, but other messages have gone largely overlooked or have been available without the full context. This is largely due to one thing:

    The public haven’t had access to the messages, and the press (including high profile and high budget outlets) haven’t had access to an easily searchable version – instead only to an unwieldy database.

    This was nearly not the case, however – WikiLeaks had a copy of the database, but ultimately didn’t publish it, despite its newsworthiness and their willingness to publish unredacted information on the Democrats. Their unexplained decision not to put the database into a searchable format and make it public struck me as questionable at the time, but in light of the disclosure of their preference for the GOP it has become not only questionable, but hypocritical. WikiLeaks’ decision can no longer be trusted prima facie or viewed in terms of presumed good faith.

    This noteworthy refusal, along with ongoing probes and charges filed against Manafort by the Special Counsel’s office, makes the text messages and their contents undoubtedly newsworthy. Their relevance to the general public may go beyond this, as the personal reality reflected in the messages presents the Manaforts as real people, rather than merely as abstract figures. This same reality is, of course, also relevant to news and current events, and to understanding the character and actions of those involved.

    The decision to not redact the text messages was made only after careful consideration and for several reasons, including but not limited to:
    1. The data has already been exposed, and the damage done.
    2. Those involved know that the messages were hacked, and that their phone numbers and email addresses (in the case of some iMessages) have been exposed. They’ve had over a year to change their numbers and take steps to block harassment. Therefore, any harm in this regard is minimal.
    3. Tabloids and trolls have already mined the transcripts and exploited them. While this release may result in a small resurgence of this, the real damage has long been done and mitigated.
    4. The hack was confirmed and some of the messages verified by the Manaforts. While information in the texts may be challenged by various parties, the validity of the texts does not appear to be in doubt.
    5. While some personal details may seem lurid, they are ultimately meaningless. People have bodies which sometimes itch, people have sex and personal lives. The instances that are meaningless will be quickly forgotten (as they already have been by the trolls who were once determined enough to dig through nearly 300,000 messages), while significant pieces of data will be found and preserved. In some instances, the personal messages shine a light on things of more significance (see below).
    6. It’s important for people to have as much information as possible, and it’s not always clear ahead of time what will have significance. For instance, the existence of a personal family issue on a certain date may be correlated to movements and behavior of some of those involved, or a family trip to Trump Tower may be correlated to an significant date.
    7. The participants and subjects of these messages are not not random individual or low level political workers, but individuals, many of them rather wealthy and powerful, who have ties to (or are) someone accused of significant crimes, someone with close ties the White House and politicians around the world.
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  9. Trey Gowdy Suggests Top WH Advisers Quit Over Trump Siding With Russia

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    Release of FISA warrant is bad news for Carter Page – and even worse news for Devin Nunes and Donald Trump

    By Bill Palmer, Palmer Report, July 22, 2018


    On top of everything else that’s currently playing out with regard to the Trump-Russia treason scandal and Donald Trump’s other various criminal scandals, the FISA surveillance warrant against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page has just been released to the public. The warrant is heavily redacted, but based on what is visible, it’s bad news for Page – and even worse news for Devin Nunes.

    The release of the FISA warrant does not signify any new developments with regard to the FBI’s investigation into Carter Page. Instead, the warrant was released because the New York Times forced its release under the Freedom of Information Act. But the warrant nonetheless tells us a lot. First, it spells out that Page was being investigated to determine whether he was an “agent of a foreign power” – namely, Russia. This does not prove Page guilty of anything, but it means a federal judge felt there was enough evidence against Page to justify secretly wiretapping him.

    As far as anyone knows, Carter Page has not been indicted, charged, or arrested for any crime. Is Special Counsel Robert Mueller building a criminal case against Page, or is Page already off the hook? This warrant doesn’t give us any answers in that regard. But it does confirm that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes flat out lied about the nature of the Page warrant in his infamous “Nunes memo,” which should all but seal the deal on potential obstruction of justice charges against Nunes.

    This also confirms that Donald Trump hired a guy to help run his campaign who was under federal surveillance at the time, because a federal judge believed there was evidence that he was acting as a foreign agent of Russia. It’s yet another Trump-Russia “coincidence” – and as we’ve seen, these things almost never turn out to be coincidences.


    Donald Trump goes ballistic after Carter Page FISA warrant blows up his entire Trump-Russia defense

    By Bill Palmer, Palmer Report, July 22, 2018


    Last night, on top of everything else that’s gone wrong for Donald Trump this past week, the original FISA surveillance warrant application against his campaign adviser Carter Page was released to the public. Not only did the document serve to vindicate the FBI, it also blew up the entire defense narrative that Trump and his allies had been floating in the Trump-Russia scandal. Not surprisingly, Trump went ballistic about it this morning

    The FISA application reveals that the FBI had a good faith reason to investigate whether Carter Page was acting as a foreign agent of Russia, as evidenced by a federal judge’s willingness to sign off on it. The document also reveals that Donald Trump’s close ally, House Intel Chairman Devin Nunes, has been flat out lying about where the FBI got the evidence it used in the warrant application. So much for the Trump-Russia investigation being a witch hunt, and so much for the warrant having been based on controversial evidence.

    This morning, Donald Trump made this bizarre false claim, based on literally nothing at all: “Looking more & more like the Trump Campaign for President was illegally being spied upon (surveillance) for the political gain of Crooked Hillary Clinton and the DNC.” Then he quoted a Fox News host who had made up a complete lie about the FISA warrant. Trump then went on to quote a pro-Trump propagandist who called for the judge who signed off on the warrant to be investigated.

    So now Donald Trump is trying to retaliate against the judges who have approved the investigation into his endless list of crimes. For this alone, he should be impeached, removed, and imprisoned while awaiting criminal trial. Based on this FISA warrant release, we still don’t know if Carter Page is innocent or guilty; the legal process will have to determine that. But it is now fairly clear that Devin Nunes is going to prison for obstruction of justice.

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    Here's the money trail from Maria Butina to Vladimir Putin to Donald Trump

    By Bill Palmer, Palmer Report, July 22, 2018


    Indicted Russian political operative Maria Butina has connections to too many Republican politicians to list – but how is she specifically tied to Donald Trump? As the old adage goes, follow the money. Based on the various details that are now surfacing, it turns out it’s not that difficult to connect the money trail from Butina to the Kremlin to Trump.

    Maria Butina’s political efforts in the United States were being at least partially financed by Russian oligarch Konstantin Nikolaev, according to her own Senate testimony. Nikolaev and former Putin adviser Alexander Voloshin jointly own a company called American Ethane. Last year Donald Trump went out of his way to highlight American Ethane during a public event. Based on his track record, Trump only highlights companies if he has some kind of personal financial incentive for doing so.

    Considering how deeply Trump is connected to the Kremlin, none of the above comes as a shock. What may be most surprising here is that it’s so easy to follow the money from Maria Butina, through a Putin lackey, to Donald Trump. Just as Butina was largely carrying out her Kremlin political operation in the United States in plain sight, the people calling the shots weren’t being particularly careful about hiding any of what they were doing either. But the biggest revelation here is that Butina appears to have already given up quite a bit of valuable information to the Senate Intel Committee, which has generally been coordinating its efforts with Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

    This is all before getting to Maria Butina’s connections to the NRA, which was heavily involved in the Trump campaign, or the fact that Butina met with Donald Trump Jr at a conference during the 2016 election cycle. The connections just keep surfacing, making more clear than ever that Donald Trump is a Kremlin puppet, and that his campaign was a Kremlin political operation.

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    Dan Coates Might Not Be As Crazy As Trump Wants You to Believe

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez WINS!!!

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    Trump and Rouhani trade angry threats!

    US President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani have traded hostile warnings, amid rising tensions between the two countries.
    Mr Trump tweeted that Iran "will suffer consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before" if it threatened the US.
    Mr Rouhani earlier said that war with Iran would be "the mother of all wars".
    In May, the US left a deal which curbed Iran's nuclear activities in return for the lifting of international sanctions.

    Iran faces up to its options

    Who are the winners and losers?

    Washington is now re-imposing the sanctions, despite objections from the UK, France, China, Russia and Germany, who all signed the 2015 agreement.

    Washington is now re-imposing the sanctions, despite objections from the UK, France, China, Russia and Germany, who all signed the 2015 agreement.
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    4:24 AM - Jul 23, 2018
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    In a separate development on Sunday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Iranian regime "resembles the mafia more than a government".

    Addressing a group of Iranian Americans in California, Mr Pompeo denounced Mr Rouhani and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, who negotiated the nuclear deal, as "merely polished front men for the ayatollahs' international con artistry".

    Mr Pompeo said he wanted to try to stop countries importing Iranian oil by November as part of continued pressure on Tehran.

    Is there a Plan B?

    Why Trump ditched the deal?

    Why did the US withdraw?

    In May, Mr Trump called the nuclear accord - or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) as it is formally known - a "horrible, one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made".

    Mr Trump alleged that the deal did not restrict Iran's "destabilising activities" in the region enough, and could not detect or prevent any breaking of the terms of the deal.

    What is the nuclear accord?

    Pain for some of Europe's biggest companies
    Has Iran's economy been better off under the deal?

    Iran insists its nuclear programme is entirely peaceful, and its compliance with the deal has been verified by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which has said Iran is honouring its commitments.

    Trump noises up Iran, then says he's saving the world from another war with the middle east?
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  18. "TRUMP TWEETED THIS!!!" Sarah Sanders GETS HUMILIATED for Defending Trump's Unhinged Presidency

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  23. I don't know, did he ?

    Trump Just Illegally Used Taxpayer Money To Hold A Campaign Event In Missouri

    Here is how much money the Trump family is making off of the White House

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    “Did They Think I Was Just Going to Roll Over and Die?”: The Cohen vs. Trump Battle Ratchets Up | Vanity Fair

    What might Cohen know about the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower between Don Jr., Kushner, Manafort, and a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin who promised to provide them with “dirt” on Hillary Clinton? “When Michael says that he wants the truth out there, and that the truth is not the president’s friend, he is not talking about marginal issues,” says a person close to Cohen. “He’s talking about core issues at the heart of the Mueller probe.”
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    “(CNN)Ivanka Trump has decided to shut down her company after deciding to pursue a career in public policy instead of returning to her fashion company.”
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  27. Dome that shit.
  28. Daddy told her to because he is getting shit about racking up bills for the secret service at his golf resorts.
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    CNN obtains secret Trump-Cohen audio recording | CNN


    Presidential candidate Donald Trump is heard on tape discussing with attorney Michael Cohen how they would buy the rights to a Playboy model's story about an alleged affair Trump had with her years earlier.

    Exclusive: CNN obtains secret Trump-Cohen tape | CNN


    Presidential candidate Donald Trump is heard on tape discussing with his attorney Michael Cohen how they would buy the rights to a Playboy model's story about an alleged affair Trump had with her years earlier, according to the audio recording of the conversation aired exclusively on CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time."

    The recording offers the public a glimpse at the confidential discussions between Trump and Cohen, and it confirms the man who now occupies the Oval Office had contemporaneous knowledge of a proposal to buy the rights to the story of Karen McDougal, a woman who has alleged she had an extramarital affair with Trump about a decade ago.

    Cohen told Trump about his plans to set up a company and finance the purchase of the rights from American Media, which publishes the National Enquirer.

    "I need to open up a company for the transfer of all of that info regarding our friend David," Cohen said in the recording, likely a reference to American Media head David Pecker.

    Trump interrupts Cohen asking, "What financing?" according to the recording. When Cohen tells Trump, "We'll have to pay." Trump is heard saying "pay with cash" but the audio is muddled and it's unclear whether he suggests paying with cash or not paying. Cohen says, "no, no" but it is not clear what is said next.

    No payment was ever made from Trump, Rudy Giuliani, the President's attorney, has said. Giuliani has previously acknowledged that the recorded discussion related to the buying the story rights.

    The recording, which was provided to CNN by Cohen's attorney Lanny Davis, was made in September 2016.

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    The Trump-Michael Cohen tape transcript, annotated | The Washington Post

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    Spotting CNN on a TV Aboard Air Force One, Trump Rages Against Reality

    By Katie Rogers and Maggie Haberman, The New York Times


    On the first couple’s recent trip overseas, Melania Trump’s television aboard Air Force One was tuned to CNN. President Trump was not pleased.

    He raged at his staff for violating a rule that the White House entourage should begin each trip tuned to Fox — his preferred network over what he considers the “fake news” CNN — and caused “a bit of a stir” aboard Air Force One, according to an email obtained by The New York Times. The email, an internal exchange between officials in the White House Military Office and the White House Communications Agency last Thursday, also called for the ordering of two additional televisions to support Beam, a TiVo-like streaming device, to make sure the president and first lady could both watch TV in their separate hotel rooms when they travel.

    At the end of the email chain, officials confirmed that tuning the TVs to Fox would be standard operating procedure going forward.

    The channel-flipping flap was the latest example of how Mr. Trump, at a pivotal moment in his presidency, is increasingly living in a world of selected information and bending the truth to his own narrative. As his aides work to keep him insulated from the outside world, Mr. Trump is doubling down in his efforts to tell supporters to trust him over the words of critics and news reports.

    For now, his approach is working: His standing with Republicans continues to rise, according to a series of new polls.

    “Stick with us. Don’t believe the crap you see from these people, the fake news,” Mr. Trump said Thursday at the annual convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Kansas City, Mo.

    And then: “What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.”

    Similarly, as the negative headlines continue after Mr. Trump’s meeting in Finland last week with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, Mr. Trump has shifted from blaming American institutions for a bad relationship with Russia to telling people not to believe the facts of what they have seen or heard.

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    Michael Cohen has now officially turned on Donald Trump | CNN

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    Everyone on the speakers list for this Bund rally:

    Turning Point USA’s High School Leadership Summit July 23-26, 2018 (Alt-Right site)

    U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions
    Secretary Betsy DeVos
    Senator Orrin Hatch
    Kyle Kashuv
    Anthony Scaramucci
    Charlie Kirk
    Donald Trump Jr.
    Senator Rand Paul
    Congressman Steve Scalise
    Candace Owens
    Jason Miller
    Congressman Thomas Massie
    Congressman Ron DeSantis
    Congressman Lee Zeldin
    Jesse Watters
    Dave Rubin
    Sean Spicer
    Benny Johnson
    Guy Benson
    Senator Rick Santorum
    Rabbi Shmuley
    Congressman Scott Taylor
    Jaco Booyens
    "Dr." Sebastian Gorka
    Kimberly Guilfoyle
    "Judge" Jeanine Pirro
    Nigel Farage
    Andrew Pollack
    Congressman Warren Davidson
    Dr. John Lott
    Kay C. James
    Congressman Clay Higgins
    Chris Cox
    Bernard B. Kerik
    Senator David Perdue
    Dennis Prager
    House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy
    Mark Cuban
    Peter Thiel
    Alexander Marlow
    Corey Lewandowski
    Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel
    Ambassador James Woolsey
    Congressman Matt Gaetz
    Congressman Louie Gohmert
    Mercedes Schlapp
    "Dr." Gina Loudon
    Mark Smith

    (I saw a picture of the audience. It reminded me of a "high school" TV show where all the actors are in their twenties. I guess they have a lot of repeat-graders.)
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  32. Of all the most disgusting pigs on the planet, the USA chose Trump.

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    Federal judge allows emoluments case against Trump to proceed | The Washington Post


    A federal judge on Wednesday rejected President Trump’s latest effort to stop a lawsuit that alleges Trump is violating the Constitution by continuing to do business with foreign governments.

    The ruling, from U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte in Greenbelt, Md., will allow the plaintiffs — the attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia — to proceed with their case, which says Trump has violated little-used anti-corruption clauses in the Constitution known as the emoluments clauses.

    This ruling appeared to mark the first time a federal judge had interpreted those Constitutional provisions and applied their restrictions to a sitting president.

    If the ruling stands, it could bring unprecedented scrutiny onto Trump’s businesses — which have sought to keep their transactions with foreign states private, even as their owner sits in the Oval Office.

    Messitte’s 52-page opinion said that, in the modern context, the Constitution’s ban on “emoluments” could apply to Trump — that it could cover any business transactions with foreign governments where Trump derived a “profit, gain or advantage.”

    “This includes profits from private transactions, even those involving services given at fair market value,” Messitte wrote.

    In the last year, the Trump Organization has hosted several large events paid for by foreign governments and reported about $150,000 in what it called “foreign profits” last year.

    “In sum, Plaintiffs have plausibly alleged that the President has been receiving or is potentially able to receive ‘emoluments’ . . . in violation of the Constitution,” Messitte wrote.

    Trump still owns his company, though he says he has stepped back from day-to-day control.

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    Someone Completely Demolished Trump's Hollywood Star with a Pickax | VICE


    Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has become an easy target for folks looking to vent their rage against the president: They've covered it in graffiti, let their dogs shit on it, blocked it off with tiny border wallsdefaced it in pretty much every way imaginable. But on Wednesday, somebody apparently decided to just wipe the thing off the face of the Earth, laying into it with a pickax until it was reduced to a pile of rubble.

    According to NBC Los Angeles, a man walked up to the star in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, pulled a pickax out of a guitar case, and went to town on it. And in a move even stranger than pulling a mining tool out of a guitar case, the man apparently went straight to the police station afterward to report what he'd done to the cops. There's no line on the 25-year-old's name or motive — but between Trump threatening Iran, buddying up with Putin, putting Roe v. Wade in serious jeopardy, and separating immigrant parents from their children, there's plenty for someone to be ticked off about.

    It's the second time someone has completely decimated Trump's star on the Walk of Fame, which he was awarded in 2007 for his role on The Apprentice. Back in 2016, a guy disguised as a city worker demolished the thing with a sledgehammer, saying he wanted to auction off the pieces to support Trump's sexual assault accusers. If Wednesday's vandal gets slapped with the same charges as his predecessor, he could face up to three years in prison — though the first star-smasher just wound up getting 20 days of community service and a $4,400 fine, NBC LA reports.

    It took about a month to rebuild Trump's star last time it got demolished, so it shouldn't be too long before the president's name is back on the Walk of Fame, ready for the next round of protesters to scrawl swastikas on it, flip it off, and piss on it, until the next guy with heavy construction equipment presumably comes along to destroy it.

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  35. Disambiguation Global Moderator

    “Melania Trump will watch 'any channel she wants,' spokeswoman says“
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  36. Disambiguation Global Moderator

    About the soccer ball Putin gave Trump:
    “Soccer ball Putin gave Trump contains transmitter chip — but for Adidas: report”
    ”unlikely” doesn’t apply when it’s the Russian cyber army.

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