Daily Check-In 11/01/2017

HSIOW. Holy Shit, It’s Only Wednesday.

George Carlin is my favorite comedian of all time. I can only imagine how he would react to the news of this era.

LAWMAKERS RELEASE RUSSIAN ADS

The Washington Post has a great write-up of the ads paid for by Russia during, and after the campaign. I’ve seen quite a few of these during the election.

Some of these are downright insidious, others are more tongue in cheek dick moves. Photoshopping Aziz Ansari with some tricks to suppress voter turnout is obviously bad, but I have to admit that I appreciate the brazen dickishness of organizing an Anti-Muslim rally and a Pro-Muslim rally at the same place and time. It’s a recipe for chaos.

TRUMP TEAM DIDN’T TURN DOWN IDEA OF MEETING WITH RUSSIA

George Papadopoulos said that Trump didn’t turn down the idea of meeting Russia to get the stolen mails from HRC.

Holy. Fucking. Shit. How many crimes were broken?

There’s not reporting contacts with a foreign power, seeking stolen goods, benefiting from hacking, partaking in espionage. And that’s just off the top of my head.

TRUMP READY TO THROW KUSHNER UNDER THE BUS

Things are looking pretty gloomy in Trumpistan. The indictments have hit them pretty hard, no matter how much bluster they show. Manafort ties directly to Trump, they have a Very long history,according to Paul’s daughter. George Papadopoulos ties to Paul, and to Multiple heads of state.

But George is just one cooperating witness. There are multiple accounts of several people that have flipped, from Sam Clovis to Mike Flynn. All of whom have a direct line to Donald Trump.

Three big takeaways.

Trump blames Kushner for this whole mess because Trump fired Comey at his recommendation.

Steve Bannon does not believe that Trump could survive an Impeachment vote.

Bannon is still in contact with Trump, in violation of Federal law. Senior White House officials are not allowed to contact the President for a year following their leaving to avoid improperly lobbying the President. This could be added to Bannon’s list of crimes.

MORE INFORMATION ON MANAFORT COMES TO LIGHT

Since Paul Manafort was the first big name arrested, we’re in for some doozies.

Paul Manafort approached a Public Relations group to lobby for his Ukraine interests, and wanted to pay them from his Cyprus accounts.

Manafort’s daughter texts secrets to friends that incriminate Paul.

Ukraine wants a piece of him.

WALL STREET JOURNAL EDITORIAL BOARD GOES BATSHIT CRAZY, FIGHTING WITH JOURNALISTS ENSUES

Vanity Fair is on point today.

I mentioned yesterday on how all of Rupert Murdoch’s properties are doing a full-court press against Mueller, trying to defend Trump. This isn’t sitting well with the Journalists breaking the stories about the collusion, like the Peter Smith saga.

They are afraid that these actions are hurting the credibility of the paper.

I’m wondering if we’ll see a full blown revolt at Fox News or the Wall Street Journal soon.

That’s it for today. Something big is coming Friday. Trump starts his Asian trip, and as soon as that plane goes wheels up, expect WaPo, NYT, or someone else to drop a bombshell. One rumor is that Mike Flynn flipped, and that’s coming out like Kevin Spacey. Well, maybe not with the sexual harassment part. That’s for other members of the Trump Administration.

Thank you, and have a good one.

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

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