Monday, August 15, 2016

Guess whose campaign manager may have taken secret payments from a pro-Russian group in Ukraine. Did I make that too easy? Update!

Courtesy of the BBC:

The New York Times article says Mr Manafort and his business played a key role in advising Ukraine's former pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych, who fled after an uprising in November 2013. 

It said Ukraine's National Anti-Corruption Bureau had discovered the listed payments in the ledgers of Mr Yanukovych's then governing Party of the Regions - allegedly part of "an illegal off-the-books system". 

The bureau is also investigating business deals worth millions of dollars put together with the help of Mr Manafort's business.

However, the bureau is yet to determine if Mr Manafort actually received any of the $12.7m. 

The Times quoted Mr Manafort's lawyer, Richard Hibey, as saying his client had not done so. 

"It is difficult to respect any kind of allegation of the sort being made here to smear someone when there is no proof and we deny there ever could be such proof."

You know I'm no lawyer but it would seem to me that listed payments in a ledger, constitutes at least some kind of proof.

As you might imagine the Clinton team is demanding that the Trump campaign come clean with all of their ties to Russia.

Here is how Howard Dean responded to the news.
I am not sure that this can be categorized as a "smoking gun" until there is proof that Manafort took those payments.

But I think we're all pretty sure that he did.

Gee I wonder what's next?

My money's on a Vladimir Putin/Donald Trump sex tape.

Though I am really, really hoping that's not it. 

Update: Sorry I was wrong about the sex tape, the next thing is that Trump's daughter Ivanka is vacationing with Putin's girlfriend.


Courtesy of Gawker:

This weekend, Ivanka Trump and Wendi Deng Murdoch went “sight seeing” in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Deng Murdoch, Rupert Murdoch’s ex-wife, is reportedly dating Vladimir Putin.

Does WTF even cover this anymore?

114 comments:

  1. Anonymous8:35 AM

    Eeeww! Please, no sex tapes. How did his name get into those files, anyway? Something IS Not right.

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    1. SallyinMI8:45 AM

      You know how. It was the Obabma/Clinton Crime Syndicate. /s

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  2. Anonymous8:41 AM

    May have taken $? Are you fucking kidding me???!!! That's just how the Russkies roll in Ukraine politics. And you can add murder to that as well--anyone who gets in their way.
    Manafort is up to his eyeballs in it. But right about now he should be very, very worried about those bank accounts of his....

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  3. Dinty8:45 AM

    Guess which candidate's daughter is pallin around with Vladimir Putin's girlfriend in a former eastern-bloc country?

    http://gawker.com/ivanka-trump-hanging-out-in-croatia-with-vladimir-putin-1785290129

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    1. Anonymous8:54 AM

      http://juanitajean.com/who-is-wendy-deng-murdoch/

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    2. Anonymous9:15 AM

      To be unbiased, Wendy introduced Ivanka to her husband well before she started to date Putin so this one is sort of a lame tie. they have been pals for quite some time.
      It was pretty damned dumb for Ivanka to pick NOW to go for a visit but who said she was smart? Seems like all the Trumps are pretty stupid when it comes to shit like this.

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    3. Anonymous9:53 AM

      9:15 -
      It's typical of how the Trumps go through life. They do WHAT they want to do WHEN they want to do it without any consideration for how it may affect anyone else.

      I'm sure the campaign staff strongly suggested she put off her little trip until after the election, but none of the Trumps have listened to the staff before so why start now.

      It's not as if they're on a tight budget and can't afford to change their travel plans!

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    4. Anonymous10:25 AM

      Putin is right now, smiling very satisfied that things are working his way. The Trumps know exactly what they are doing too. It's the crazy fans that are not too bright. They want to save their country so bad from the Muslims, and Mexicans, that they are letting the wolf into the back door.

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    5. Anonymous2:01 PM

      I've really fucking had it with this "Trump thing"! Does the RNC NOT EVEN BOTHER TO VET ITS POTUS CANDIDATES? OR WHO IS MANAGING THEM? We know they don't vet
      the VPOTUS had a pimp's wife running there with her pimping husband, but COME fucking on, now Trump is "probably-most likely" associated with a man who muddled in politics in the Ukraine, a double agent and he turns up as Trump "campaign manager" DNC gets hacked by Russians, he quits or was fired...WHAT THE FUCK ELSE DOES THE RNC NEED TO KEEP THIS MOTHERFUCKER OUT TO THE CURB?

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    6. Anonymous2:10 PM

      so TeddyBoiCruz calls this "Troubling"...!
      SENATORS COONS, WHITEHOUSE CALL ON SENATOR CRUZ TO HOLD HEARING ON TRUMP’S SUPPORT FOR RUSSIAN INVOLVEMENT IN U.S. ELECTION
      WTFFF!

      http://bit.ly/2b7lSXn

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    7. Anonymous3:48 PM

      Ivanka and Jared’s Power Play

      How the patrician couple came to have an outsized influence on a populist Presidential campaign.

      http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/08/22/ivanka-trump-and-jared-kushners-power-play

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    8. Anonymous7:29 PM

      9:15 I really don't think "when" they met matters nearly as much as "what" they discuss.

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  4. Anonymous8:49 AM

    My money's on a Vladimir Putin/Donald Trump sex tape.
    Staring $arah and AIPorn Crew...
    with
    GOPee exxxtras....

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  5. SallyinMI8:51 AM

    This just gets better and better. For Democrats! Can you imagine the hate if Chelsea was hanging out with anyone connected to Putin?
    Speaking of hate, if Mike Pence misuses Democrat for Democratic one more time, I may have to send him a nasty email.

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    1. Anonymous9:16 AM

      Forgive stupid Mike Pence, he isn't very smart at all.

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    2. Anonymous10:33 AM

      That has been a Republican meme for quite some time. They started in the 90s. I think Karl Rove came up with it. To emphasis the RAT in DemocRAT and use it instead of Democratic. His dream was for it to go mainstream and become automatic. From my reading, it pretty much has. It is a very subtle branding as opposed to Trump's crude and obvious labeling.

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    3. Anonymous11:04 AM

      Please do. It's fucking offensive and childish the way they insist on saying that.

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  6. Anonymous8:52 AM

    Doesn't Ivanka have a young baby? Did she learn parenting from Bristol?

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    1. Anonymous8:59 AM

      "Ivanka Trump dumped her three kids including the newborn on her nanny and is palling around Eastern Europe with Wendy Deng Murdoch."

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    2. Anonymous9:35 AM

      BWAHAHAHAHA, "learned parenting from Bristol". Nannies r Us?

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    3. Anonymous11:16 AM

      Didn't Sarah teach Bristol how to be a baby mama?

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    4. Anonymous1:15 PM

      11:16-Sarah taught her how to HAVE the babies and use them for cash, but she has no idea what you do with them once they are out.

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  7. Ferry Fey8:58 AM

    Snopes says there is no proof that Deng is Putin's girlfriend.

    http://www.snopes.com/2016/08/15/ivanka-trump-socializes-with-wendi-deng/

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    1. Anonymous9:12 AM

      Could you point out where it says that in the Snopes article? All I could find is that it is a rumor.

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    2. Anonymous9:16 AM

      US Weekly reported it as true.

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    3. Putin seems to prefer blondes. The last girlfriend known of for certain was a blonde Russian. Deng is kind of known for chasing guys with money and power, so she might have attempted to charm Putin.

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    4. Anonymous10:10 AM

      "All I could find is that it is a rumor."
      Rumor: Noun, A piece of unverified information of uncertain origin usually spread by word of mouth.

      In other words, something there's no proof of. SMH.

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    5. Anonymous11:43 AM

      But Us did report Deng was spotted earlier this week boarding the St. Barths–docked yacht of Russian businessman Roman Abramovich. After Putin’s election, the billionaire reportedly gifted him a $35 million yacht to add to his collection of playthings, according to the Daily Mail. This one degree of mega-yacht separation isn’t quite a confirmation, but it has to count for something, right?

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    6. Anonymous1:06 PM

      Snopes merely mentions that there's a rumor. They did not investigate the rumor in the article to determine if there was proof or not. The article dealt primarily with the long relationship between the two ladies.

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  8. Anonymous8:59 AM

    It's hilarious how Ivanka and the other Trump kids are supposed to be oh-so classy. They just happen to be rich and have learned how to pretend You can tell a person by the company they keep. Wendy Deng is pure trash. Major golddigger who slept her way to the top. And heck, I can understand her wanting to sleep with someone else when married to old man Rupert Murdoch, but when she hooked up with such an insanely wealthy and influential man, I'd have expected her to think she ought to be faithful. All the info out there on her shows her to be major user, starting with how she clawed her way into this country.

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    1. Anonymous9:18 AM

      Rupert dumped Wendy for fucking Tony Blair. Rupert then goes after the old ho bag Jerry Hall. Wendy, who knows if she reallyis Putin's squeeze.

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    2. Anonymous9:34 AM

      OT?“Trump is the master of creating a perception that he is successful, when he has used aggressive lawsuits and multiple bankruptcies in attempts to mask huge failures,”""“He’s the master of the long con, pretending to be something he isn’t to scam the next victim,”"
      Schwartz described a man unable to focus for any period of time and driven by a compulsive need for more money and more attention, to the point of reckless behavior.
      If he were writing the book today, he said, it would be called The Sociopath."
      "“He builds buildings. He runs a large business,” Andy Puzder, the CEO of the company that owns the Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. restaurant chains, told HuffPost recently. “He certainly has all the indications of wealth.” <FOOL!
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-wealth-myth_us_57b09a63e4b007c36e4f1bff?

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    3. Anonymous10:19 AM

      Rupert dumped Wendy for fucking Tony Blair. Rupert then goes after the old ho bag Jerry Hall.


      You can't always get what you want
      You can't always get what you want
      But if you try sometime you find
      You get what you need

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    4. Anonymous10:38 AM

      9:34 -

      I have no doubt that Donald Trump is a bigger con artist than Madoff. It's just a matter for time before it is exposed that he's broke as his debts are much greater than his assets.

      I wouldn't be surprised if this campaign is designed not only to cover up that fact and distract his creditors, but he's praying if he wins he can somehow get the money to pay everyone off and still have plenty to live on. I think he's really in it for the money and the misdirection.

      Indications of wealth. That's Madoff. That's Trump.

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    5. Anonymous11:27 AM

      1038a, also too: US banks won't lend money to the SOB any more, having been burned too many times in the past along with other creditors. If not for the dirty money from his Russian friends, the ship would've sunk years ago. He had to pay them back somehow.

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    6. Anonymous7:27 PM

      The T.Rumps = trailer trash with cash.

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  9. Anonymous8:59 AM

    Donald saw a video of a plane being loaded with cash.

    Now we find out video probably was the 12.7 million being loaded to go to Manafort.

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    1. Anonymous10:02 AM

      I think I love you, 8:59~!

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  10. Dubya9:09 AM

    >>Does WTF even cover this anymore? <<

    That's why I say "Mission Accomplished" when put food on your family.

    “I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy. We had a very good dialogue. I was able to get a sense of his soul; a man deeply committed to his country and the best interests of his country.”

    http://dallasmorningviewsblog.dallasnews.com/2010/06/i-looked-the-ma.html/

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  11. Anonymous9:09 AM

    Trump’s Daughter And Putin’s Girlfriend Just Went On Vacation Together

    http://occupydemocrats.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2016-08-15-at-5.36.42-AM.png

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  12. Anonymous9:12 AM

    “The war is a total disaster…there’s only one person who you can blame, and that’s our current President [George W. Bush]. Obviously Rumsfeld was a disaster, and other people that are giving him advice are a disaster.” Trump’s record on the Iraq War is about as fluid as you can get – in 2002, he was for the war; in 2007 he was against it. In 2008 he was for withdrawing our troops, and in 2016 he was against it. It’s just more evidence that Donald Trump has no concrete convictions or beliefs; that he will simply say whatever pops into his head, and everything that came before it no longer exists.

    http://occupydemocrats.com/2016/08/12/bombshell-interview-surfaces-trump-blaming-bush-isis-not-obama/

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    1. Anonymous10:18 AM

      Many people are saying they saw it. Believe me.

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  13. A. J. Billings9:37 AM

    PLEASE tell me that post about Trump's daughter and Wendy is an Onion article, right?

    Aside from the obvious political fallout that could look even more hideous for Trump, what WOMAN IN HER RIGHT MIND WOULD DATE PUTIN?!!

    Putin is an autocratic insanely powerful potentate who ran the KGB, and has an entire secret police service at his beck and call.

    You disappoint Murdoch, you might get an apartment on Park Ave and a settlement.

    Disappoint PUTIN, and you're nothing more than pile of ashes at the bottom of the Volga river.

    WTF WENDY!! RUN!

    Murdoch is an ancient fat wrinkled up rich troll, but he's not an autocratic dictator refugee from

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    1. Anonymous7:30 PM

      Xactly! Wendy is into notching the old bedpost - and protecting herself from Rupie. To do that she needs some rubles.

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  14. Anonymous9:41 AM

    Pals Ivanka Trump and Wendi Deng Murdoch Go Sightseeing in Croatia

    http://www.people.com/article/ivanka-trump-wendi-deng-murdoch-croatia

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    1. Anonymous10:43 AM

      Even setting aside whether Deng is Putin's girlfriend or not, choosing now to vacation and choosing Croatia as the location are both poor choices.

      She should have waited until after the election or at least closer to it. She also should have chosen a much more neutral and touristy location.

      I think October would have been fine. Any tropical place would have done too.

      Croatia - bad choice.

      August - bad choice.

      And Trump said Ivanka was the smart one.

      Well, at least she's not there shooting animals for trophies.

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    2. Anonymous11:28 AM

      As far as I can tell, your problem with Croatia as a vacation destination is based on appalling ignorance. The Dalmatian Coast of Croatia on the Adriatic Sea, especially Dubrovnik, is a wonderful, popular summer vacation destination. Croatia is a parliamentary democracy. Has been since 1991. It's laughable how many of you are so fucking ignorant you think Slovenia and Croatia are communists. Commies! There's commies everywhere! And they're all after Hillary!

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    3. Anonymous11:31 AM

      Do a little research. Dubrovnik, Croatia is pretty "touristy". IMers seem to be pretty uninformed about their world.

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    4. Anonymous1:12 PM

      I don't care where she goes, but the company she keeps is interesting. And where's her infant? I guess the nanny must be keeping the baby, huh? Great mom.

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    5. Anonymous2:39 PM

      Sounds like you been getting your mean mommy buzz on again, 11:31. Shouldn't you at least wait to hit the wine until after you've picked up the kids from school in Mat-Su?

      Most of the people who post here are actually quite smart and well-travelled. We are also well-read and informed.

      Dubrovnik was a lovely place to visit (after the war) until the greedy developers paved the coastline with their soul-less concrete high-rises.

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    6. Anonymous2:45 PM

      1:12 Because good mothers should be with their children all the time? Do you have the same disdain for the millions of working women who leave their kids at day care every day? This attack-the-daughter, red scare stuff is ignorant and beneath the dignity of Democrats.

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    7. Anonymous7:33 PM

      Bullshit 1:12. Leaving a few months old infant to vacation just shows how little any of the T.Rumps understand about child care. Are you so stupid you can't figure out the difference between putting a baby in childcare because you HAVE to work, and leaving an infant to vacation across the world?

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  15. Anonymous9:43 AM

    NOW they think dRUMPf is a security risk? He has been since he began campaigning. NOW he gets security briefings!

    Is anyone surprised that the dRUMPf kids hang out with lowlifes? Whether she is Putin's GF or not, she is a lowlife/gold diger.

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    1. Anonymous4:26 PM

      "he dRUMPf kids hang out with lowlifes"

      Ivanka Trump and Chelsea Clinton are still very good friends according to WaPo August 8. Chelsea Clinton: lowlife Trump hanger out with. LOL.

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    2. Anonymous7:39 PM

      "Hanger out with"... has to be a Palin.

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  16. Anonymous9:44 AM

    Clinton Surges Past 270 Electoral Votes in NBC News Battleground Map

    http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/first-read/clinton-surges-past-270-electoral-votes-nbc-news-battleground-map-n630851

    The State of the Clinton-Trump Race: Is It Over?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/16/upshot/the-state-of-the-clinton-trump-race-is-it-over.html

    Pollsters: Trump approaching zero hour

    Candidates polling ahead after the conventions have won the popular vote in 16 straight elections.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/pollsters-trump-approaching-zero-hour-227000

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  17. Anonymous9:45 AM

    Even Donald Trump’s Supporters Are Telling Him To Release His Tax Returns

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-tax-returns_us_57b12a33e4b069e7e505b0a6?section=&

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  18. Anonymous9:48 AM

    Who Will Be President?

    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/upshot/presidential-polls-forecast.html

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  19. Anonymous10:00 AM

    The more they tie Trump and his cohorts to Putin and his cronies, the more denial. Double standard comes to mind here. And if this was Hillary the Republians would be calling a press conference and a hearing. But no Donald, and his boys, and Putin and his boys, can do no wrong. Sad. I will vote Hillary because despite her imperfections when it comes to keeping assholes like Putin in his place she has the experience. It's a tough job but somebody has to do it. Forget Donald. He's just trying to hawk our country to that dictator for very cheap.

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  20. Anonymous10:01 AM

    DEMENTED DONALD wants to "nogotiate" the deal for debating Hillary Clinton---headphones for feed directly to a team of spinners to help answer the questions, pre-rehearsed questions and answers, close-circuit broadcasts to Trump accepted private Republican clubs only, his hand-picked "journalists" moderators, and above all, 99.8% air time with camera focused on him with a picture of Hillary Clinton at her worst while she speaks.
    He wants it all recorded so that he can personally censor it.......that's it.

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    1. Anonymous3:59 PM

      You're just makin' stuff up.

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  21. Anonymous10:02 AM

    How do you turn around a campaign predicated on filthy fascism? And now trump's connections to Russia have been discovered. He's doomed.

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    1. Anonymous10:43 AM

      Totally. Doomed.

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  22. Anonymous10:21 AM

    The Republicans tried to sink Obama. Instead, the party imploded

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/aug/09/gop-tried-sink-obama-imploded-extremism?CMP=share_btn_tw

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  23. Anonymous10:21 AM

    All those years Murdoch had this network that on a 24 hour basis undermines our democracy under the guise of patriotism, then his minion gets caught sexually harassing the girl staff, and Wendy use to cater to Murdoch's every old man needs, and now she's with fucking Putin!!!! What the hell! Even hollywood couldn't come up with anything this bizarre. Now we have many, many red flags telling us Americans that Putin has his little fingers into our system and still no one gets upset? Just a bit. Edgar Hoover would be shittin' his panties. I mean us Americans, are so desensitized by reality tv, and all that, but are we really that blind? Wake up America, Trump is setting us up to be sold out. It's just a reality tv thing to that old fart. He's gone too far.

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  24. Anonymous10:23 AM

    Looks like we got an October surprise in August.

    If this doesn't give Trump a stroke, I don't know what will. His blood pressure must be through the roof. If he's got an aneurism, it's going to blow.

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    1. Anonymous11:33 AM

      The first of several October surprises?
      Throughout the primaries both the media and the Democrats clearly held their fire. One had to figure that opposition research had turned up a mountain of ammunition, given how publicly Drumpf has spewed BS, including talking out of both sides of his prissy little mouth about just about everything. The GOP might have blown their wad years ago: email! Benghazi! Bill's infidelities! You had to figure the Democrats would be smarter than that.

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    2. Anonymous1:10 PM

      Oh yeah. Hillary has been calm, collected and very smooth through all the insults, lies, and conspiracy theories. You have to know they have loads of info to dump on Trump. He's nothing like what he says he is-he's a liar, a cheat, a creep, and those are the nice things about him.

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  25. Anonymous10:24 AM

    https://twitter.com/HistoryDTrump

    Many very highly educated people say that this is a great account. And, you know—it is. This is an amazing account.

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  26. Anonymous10:28 AM

    O/T - Here's one you missed Gryp:

    https://www.rt.com/usa/355799-satanic-temple-alaska-assembly/

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  27. erica from dallas10:31 AM

    Deeper into the article is Manafort's connection with the president of the Philippines in the 1980's, Ferdinand Marcos. There is so much more in this article than a possible exchange of money.Trump-Manafort-Yanukovich-Putin-Marcos. connection.

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    1. Anonymous10:45 AM

      Is this the crew Jack Abramoff was in?

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    2. Anonymous11:41 AM

      @10:45>
      http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/5/18/518116/-

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      @11:41:

      Dengre, Troutfishing both all good at the GOS...

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  28. Anonymous10:33 AM

    Trump is speaking live now on his foreign policy plans (and how to defeat ISIS) - could only listen for a minute (at work so can't have sound on) - but he sounded medicated and flat, and you see the tan (makeup?) line by the hair line (wide inch or more of skin showing that is lighter than the rest of his orangey coloring)
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-foreign-policy-speech-live_us_57b20232e4b007c36e4f9139?section=&

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    1. Anonymous10:58 AM

      I've got it on TV. What a contrast to Hillary and Joe just before Trump started. I could have listened to Joe all day. I loved how Joe made a preemptive strike in his speech.

      Did you hear Trump say that Hillary lacks the "physical stamina" to be president? He or his people (can't recall) made a mention last week about her health records when she was pushing for his tax records. But to me it's not really that he doubts her health. I hear what he's saying as sexist.

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    2. Anonymous11:00 AM

      I loved hearing Ron Reagan on TV this morn speaking up against Trump and calling him "an absurdity." Whatever anyone might think about Hillary, he said, she is the one "credible candidate." He really tore into Trump. It was great.

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    3. Anonymous4:09 PM

      Medicated and flat means someone else wrote it and he was instructed to read it with no embellishments or side comments.

      Reince Priebus' little patty fingers all over it.

      Bet he was standing within sight making sure Trump toed the line.

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  29. Anonymous10:41 AM

    Spin, spin, spin!

    Lewandowski Claims He Shared Anti-Manafort NY Times Piece to Prove Paper Was Biased

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/lewandowski-claims-he-shared-anti-manafort-ny-times-piece-to-prove-paper-was-biased/

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    1. Anonymous1:07 PM

      Geez, a paper reports news and they're biased? Poor Corey-the CNN gig isn't working out so well, is it? I hope they fire your Trump-Loving behind.

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  30. Anonymous10:43 AM

    So my guess is that Trump will simply blame the news media here, stick by Manafort, and pretend this is a non-issue. I also think that he will largely get away with such an audacious gambit.

    http://www.mediaite.com/online/the-new-york-times-story-on-trump-campaign-manager-manafort-is-so-nuts-it-will-have-little-impact/

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  31. 66gardeners10:47 AM

    Here's some commentary by Charles Lipson of RealClearPolitics.
    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2016/08/15/election_shift_from_mad_as_hell_to_is_trump_qualified_131507.html

    Now, in the early stages of the general election, that strategy is faltering. Why? Not because

    Potential Trump oters are not suddenly happy with the status quo. They are still disgusted with established politicians, insider deals, slow economic growth, and rising dangers at home and abroad. They still don’t trust Washington insiders to solve those problems. They still think those insiders are cutting special deals for themselves and cutting out ordinary people.

    But those anxieties are now being eclipsed by another, even larger one. Voters are increasingly worried Donald Trump is not stable enough to be entrusted with the vast powers of the presidency, not prudent enough to make life-and-death decisions, and not respectful enough of constitutional limitations to head the executive branch.

    Trump is in deep trouble, not because he's an outsider, not because of his controversial views on trade and immigration, but because the American public increasingly sees him as erratic and undisciplined. They see his attacks on John McCain, Megyn Kelly, and others as worse than "mistakes." Voters are beginning to think they reveal deep-seated character flaws—flaws that he would inevitably bring to the Oval Office. For Trump, that perception is disastrous.

    Hillary Clinton is certainly painting him that way. She's getting a lot of help from a friendly media (who are less pro-Clinton than anti-Trump), and, most of all, from Trump's own impromptu remarks on the campaign trail. In her narrative, Trump is beginning to resemble the Glenn Close character in “Fatal Attraction,” whose weekend fling with a married man (played by Michael Douglas) turns into his nightmare as it dawns on him that, however enticing she was at first glance, she’s really irrational, obsessive, and dangerous.

    Once voters believe that about Trump, their views are likely to stick. Like red wine spilled on a white carpet, you can scrub and scrub, but you cannot erase the stain. To be considered erratic and impulsive, driven by pique and personal grudges, is just such a stain. Voters know, in their guts, that all presidents must make momentous decisions under great stress and great uncertainty. They want stability, careful consideration of alternatives, and calm, prudent judgment."

    Hillary 2016 - Baby!

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    1. Anonymous11:14 AM

      Donald is bringing himself down because he's realized that selling out his country to the Russians might not go well with Americans, after all. Plus, he's dumb and can't do the real work. It got real for him when he tried to get Kasich to run with him, then he got Pence. Or rather Pence was put to babysit that fat baby with a big mouth. That's why Trump goes off "message" and says crazy shit, cuz he resents the hell out of the fact that he has to be watched.

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  32. ibwilliamsi10:47 AM

    And his supporters won't care. They'll cry "Benghazi!" "Four dead!" "Emails!" "Bernie was cheated out of the nomination!" and last but not least, "Liberal Medial lies!"

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    1. Anonymous11:40 AM

      The true nutcase core won't care. But that core does not make up his entire 35-40% based of support. Doubling down on the cray-cray has given pause to some of his supporters, and done nothing to expand his core base. So, yeah, his supporters will keep screaming, and he'll keep believing he's on the right track because a few 1000 nutcases show up and scream for him at his campaign stops.
      What say we keep him talking?

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    2. Anonymous4:22 PM

      He can't win with just his core nutcase supporters. There simply aren't enough of them.

      To win whoever is running needs to woo independents, non-partisans and undeclared, plus any iffy registered party people who have a history of swinging or voting a mixed ticket.

      Not only is Trump not gaining any of these people he is losing Republicans and no Democrats are crossing the line.

      I wouldn't be surprised if registered Green, Libertarian and other parties would vote for Hillary just to ensure Trump was defeated.

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  33. Thesis Schmesis10:49 AM

    OT, but Gryphen, have you seen Bristol's latest Instagram post with herself, Tripp, and Trig? It truly does seem like she's not even hiding that he is her son, at this point.

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    1. Anonymous11:09 AM

      Are you a Russian detractor? Trying to get us off this subject?

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    2. Anonymous11:17 AM

      i just looked at her ig, and what i can't get over is that bad pic of sailor--the baby looks 80 years old!

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    3. Anonymous11:44 AM

      10:49 must be a Putin Stooge.

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    4. Thesis Schmesis2:58 PM

      11:49/11:44- get your heads out of your tightly wound sphincters. I'm a longtime IM'er, multiple time donor to levi & sunny, and frequent comment poster. I marked it as OT, what the fuck do you want, blood? Are YOU a "Putin stooge"? Christ, what claptrappy nonsense.

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    5. Anonymous3:41 PM

      OMG, that is a bad, bad photoshop if I ever saw one!

      https://www.instagram.com/p/BJI3tg8Bcgc/?taken-by=bsmp2&hl=en

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  34. Anonymous10:52 AM

    @10:33
    "Nation building shall come to a decisive end!" drumpf quote!

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  35. Anonymous11:03 AM

    When Trump does these teleprompter Xanax speeches of his, his mouth contortions are even uglier. I mean, it's one thing when he's all hyped up and yelling and his ugly mouth gets uglier then, but who talks like he's medicated and still makes those freaky shapes happen where his mouth stretches down to his chin over and over and he exposes that hideous underbite of his. He is so fucking ugly!

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  36. Anonymous11:03 AM

    Conservative Pundit Owns Up To Role In Trump’s Rise: We 'Created This Monster’

    “When this is all over, we have to go back. There’s got to be a reckoning on all this,” Sykes said, according to an interview excerpt Darcy tweeted on Sunday. “We’ve created this monster.”

    “And I am feeling, to a certain extent, that we are reaping the whirlwind at that. And I have to look in the mirror and ask myself, ‘To what extent did I contribute?’” he continued.

    In response to Sykes remarks, conservative blogger Erick Erickson also took stock of his role fostering a movement that led to Trump’s candidacy.

    “For some, like me, perhaps we pushed too hard on issues and held too many people to many promises we took more literally than we should. Perhaps we encouraged activists to have too little grace for others,” Erickson wrote at The Resurgent.

    It’s worth reading the full excerpt, via Oliver Darcy:

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/charlie-sykes-conservative-media-created-trump-monster

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    1. Anonymous12:11 PM

      "...[P]erhaps we pushed too hard on issues" is a curious thing to say when Republicans in recent decades have had virtually nothing to say to the American public about proposals to make life better for the working class, for the elderly, for those needing health care, for those needing education, etc. They have totally ignored the realities of living in the modern world in favor of fear mongering and starving the government which has become their arch-enemy. No one who hates the very concept of government should have a right to participate by being in office, at any level.

      Oh, in related crazy GOP news, last week the Grand Traverse County (MI) GOP threw former (and much esteemed) Governor William Milliken out of the Republican Party because he has refused to endorse Donald Trump. He is the last moderate Republican of the Old School alive in the country. The Grand Traverse GOP is controlled today by the Tea Party and is hard at work destroying everything in the county. Now they're worried because so many essential county employees are leaving their jobs. Well, if you could go elsewhere and get decent pay and benefits, why shouldn't you? The county, and local municipalities, owned lock-stock-and-barrel by the Koch brothers, are starting to reap what they have sown and it's not pretty for the rest of us.

      Nationally the GOP has to do a lot of soul searching. I doubt it they will. There's always someone else to blame. Somehow, this will all be President Obama's fault over the next several months.
      Beaglemom

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    2. Anonymous4:26 PM

      Well, it's about time someone took responsibility.

      I guess that's as close to an apology as we're going to get.

      Erickson is a mealy mouth schmuck.

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  37. Anonymous11:06 AM

    The idea of 'bad optics' doesn't even dawn on them.

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  38. Anonymous11:06 AM

    New August Electoral College Ratings

    http://cookpolitical.com/story/9840

    http://cookpolitical.com/story/9855

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  39. Isn't it time that the American public got to audit Trump's tax returns? He should put out or bow out.

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    1. Anonymous1:11 PM

      well no, not when he's trying to bullshit his way into POTUS

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  40. Anonymous11:18 AM

    https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ctzElqUqNZM/V7Ct31sHzKI/AAAAAAAAlM0/HTay2F0nYU0cgFNkIh__o_t5JJvVmpQAgCLcB/s1600/Screenshot%2B2016-08-14%2Bat%2B10.43.38%2BAM.png

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  41. Anonymous11:34 AM

    Summary of Trumps foreign policy speech (which just ended a little while ago)- bashing Obama and Clinton, and fear mongering, empty promises to keep America safe etc etc - but no real policy or plans - not much substance - basically a robot delivering a speech written by some one who on his staff - the audience was small (30 to 50)

    http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/Trump-Speech-Outlines-Foreign-Policy/2016/04/27/id/726081/

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    1. Anonymous1:04 PM

      "No, the audience was HUGE-the media just made it look small. And Donnie was BRILLIANT because he's so smart, the smartest guy really a smart man, the smartest guy he knows because Wharton and good genes and the crooked media and crooked Hillary start all the wars, and they hate our vets, really hate them, but my man Paul, he's a patriot and all that stuff is lies about his 12 million. Gee, he'd be richer than I am if he got 12 million from somewhere-why would he work for me?"

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  42. Anonymous12:00 PM

    There is a small faction of Trumpettes who adore Putin and who might see this connection as a plus. Nothing will deter those die-hard Trumpers but this steady drip, drip of outrageous soundbites from The Donald, along with these continual revelations such as the Manafort connection to Putin will seriously impact those undecideds who will either hold their noses and vote for Hillary and cast their vote for one of the third party candidates.

    Sheesh

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  43. Anonymous12:01 PM

    Starting to think Viagra is the cause of all this insanity! 911!
    http://www.rawstory.com/2016/08/crazier-than-drumpf-internet-hilariously-flays-rudy-giuliani-for-ignoring-911-ever-happened/

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  44. Marthe12:04 PM

    Note that the lawyer did not say that his client had never received the amounts of money listed in the ledger, just that there is no proof and that his client is confident that no one will ever be able to find such proof. After all, isn't it the purpose of payments in cash which, of course, the guy was not stupid enough to deposit in a bank account.

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    1. Anonymous1:10 PM

      Manafort has quite a few *cough cough* foreign bank accounts

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  45. Anonymous12:08 PM

    I gave out medications for decades as a nurse. No Xanax is likely to sedate Drumpf to the degree that he was today. No teleprompter is going to slow him to the degree that was evident. Don't know who is in charge of slipping him the "Mickey" but why not up the dose so he can lay down and read off the ceiling?

    Hope all the effort possible is used tracking the Russian connections, the illegal Melabnorma and anything possible on Ivana who is considered an advisor to the campaign.

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    1. Anonymous4:26 PM

      right!! right!! the last two times I have heard Trump on the radio, he sounds so stoned, I figured that is what they were doing to him, medicating the stupid to a slow drip.

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  46. Anonymous12:16 PM

    MUST SEE TWEET

    Scott Wooledge – ‏@Clarknt67

    Melania Trump pictured taking @realDonaldTrump extreme vetting ideology test.

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  47. Anonymous12:45 PM

    OT?""They were very excited, very drunk, under the influence of something, almost a mad state, walking around shooting off rounds inside the rooms," one American said."
    "Some of the soldiers were violent as they sexually assaulted women, said the woman who said she was raped by 15 men. Others, who looked to be just 15 or 16 years old, looked scared and were coerced into the act.
    "One in particular, he was calling you, 'Sweetie, we should run away and get married.' It was like he was on a first date," the woman said. "He didn't see that what he was doing was a bad thing." "During the attack on the Terrain, several survivors told the AP that soldiers specifically asked if they were American. "One of them, as soon as he said he was American, he was hit with a rifle butt," said a woman."

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/south-sudan-troops-raped-beat-foreigners-u-n-force-ignored-n630876

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  48. Anonymous1:06 PM

    Hell no don't stop at manofart! ASSociation,loans, biz, friends, family is also informative info to digest. Whew)))(((silent but communist, f'ing all. A grove of info awaits you journalist. dig.

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  49. Anonymous3:35 PM

    #manafort was trending big time on twitter as soon as the NYT story broke...and now it isn't...because the SOB actually did delete his account...

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