Donald Trump’s mental health, hypothetically possible cognitive dysfunctions, and the need for their evaluation

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The important issue was raised in this article “Alzheimer’s and dementia are a necessary part of the conversation about Donald Trump” in “Palmer Report”, see the copy below. The evaluation of the cognitive functions should be quantitative and measurable, from the simple clinical tests to extensive psychological testing, if needed. So far I did not notice any significant cognitive deficits or problems. Sleep can affect cognition, and it looks like he suffers from chronic insomnia, the causes of which may be many, but depression is quite frequently the cause, and it is likely in his case. Irritability, anger, rage, verbal and Twitter venting, etc. might also be the symptoms of depression to which he might be constitutionally (hereditarily, genetically) predisposed. His mother looks somewhat depressed in the old photos. His affective instability, if it has a lifelong pattern, and that’s how it looks like, might fit into the clinical impressions of cyclothymic or dysthymic personality traits or disorders, but they are not disabling in and by themselves. Trump was a boxer in his youth, and the head traumas or post-concussion syndrome are a possibility, but I do not know enough about his medical history to make the impression about the roles of these factors. 

Generally speaking, a psychological testing, including the tests for the cognitive functions, together with the other tests, like a head MRI, would be a very good idea, if he agrees to them, but no one can force him to take these tests. Although it might be beneficial for him politically if it clears any doubts about his mental state, and most definitely this information would be beneficial for him health wise, as a clinical evaluation. R. Reagan did have the subtle symptoms long before he developed the full blown dementia. 

Alzheimers and dementia are a necessary part of the conversation about Donald Trump

If you’ve ever watched a loved one suffer through a disease that caused severely diminished mental capacity, you know how tragic and devastating it can be. For that reason, diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia are generally spoken about with great care. They’re also arguably not spoken about often enough, out of rightful fear of being offensive. But when it comes to the ongoing and evolving conversation about Donald Trump, it’s well past time to acknowledge the obvious.It would be counterproductive, not to mention grossly unfair to those who do suffer from these diseases, for us to arbitrarily accuse someone like Donald Trump of suffering from a disease like Alzheimer’s and dementia simply because we have a low opinion of him to begin with. But based on the rapidly deteriorating cognitive function that Trump has begun displaying in recent months, the average layperson who’s been paying close attention has been able to see that he’s clearly suffering from some type of rapidly worsening condition.Trump often doesn’t appear to know where he’s at or to whom he’s speaking. He blankly wanders out of the room in the middle of press conferences and bill signings, seemingly with no idea of why he was supposed to have been there. He blankly wanders away from his own motorcade. He can’t be trusted to speak to groups of children. His spoken vocabulary is shrinking. He no longer appears to be writing his own tweets. His staff seems to be having a harder time covering for him by the day.So in addition to the numerous political arguments for why Trump isn’t fit for the job, based on everything from his extremism, to his lack of decency, to his election rigging, to his lifetime of financial crimes, to his obstruction of justice, we now have this more fundamental issue. Even if Trump had been doing a suitable job as president up to this point, his collapsing cognitive condition alone is enough to make the case for his removal by the 25th Amendment.

It’s time for us to begin talking out loud about the fact that Donald Trump is clearly suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia or a similar condition. It’s time to get doctors, and those who have witnessed these diseases up close, to back us up on it. And we must do it in a respectful enough manner such that moderates will come around to seeing his deteriorating condition for themselves, rather than merely assuming that we’re trying to be mean to Trump because we don’t like him. After all, if President Obama had begun demonstrating these kinds of symptoms of rapidly collapsing cognitive function, we’d have had no choice but to call for his removal as well.

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Trump has some positive qualities…

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Trump has some positive qualities, to counterbalance the barrage of the broad criticism of him in the media: 

  • He is a deal-maker, which implies flexibility and adaptability, and the search for the non-orthodox solutions. 
  • He is a practical man to the core, to the bone; common sense is his flesh, blood, and soul. Putin called this trait of “being concrete“: “He is very concrete, he fully perceives his interlocutor [is able to take a measure of men, in his own system of coordinates – M.N.], and he analyzes and answers questions or new elements that come in the course of the discussion quickly enough,” Putin added.” To sum up, according to Putin’s impressions, he is fast and adequate in his reactions, perceptions, analysis, and evaluation of the situation and the players within the given, and the very here and now, “real” situation, context. It can be called the mechanical paradigm of political behavior: it might not be seen as very “sophisticated” or “refined” but this style of the characteristic for him, (“business like”), political behavior is “clear”, automatic, “instinctive”, reactional, and “exact” (like a fighter’s punch), and sometimes it can be amazingly adept, adroit, precise, and “prudent” in a predatorial context, “correct”, not without some artistic flair in delivery, and “efficient”. Just sometimes, and under the certain circumstances and in certain milieus. This paradigm might also be called “monarchical”: it is centered essentially around one person or a small group of persons in power. Nowadays, we would also call it “oligarchical”. Overall and most of the time, however, this political style and performance appear to be helpless, immature, improvisational, and which is worst of all, inefficient; in the present context. 
  • Trump thinks and talks simply, and sometimes can be taken for a simpleton which he is not at all. This simplicity, that goes to the heart of the common man, is one of his greatest political assets and weapons. Twitter is his weapon’s platform. Nice. A new master-communicator for a new era. Very nice. Promoted by whom and by which Twitter bots, that’s the question. 

I could list the other qualities too, but the unfortunate point is that the same qualities, and first of all his practicality, and the one-dimensional, “yes or no”, “black and white” simplicity, cause the great concern in his Russian affairs and his hypothetical Russian connections: they raise the suspicions that he would make a deal with the devil (the Russians in this instance) if it helps and saves his skin financially and politically, at the expense of the best interests of his country. That’s where the conflict and the dilemma is. 


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The way the American Democracy handles the “Trump Crisis” proves that it is a viable, strong, and self-sustaining institution

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The way the American Democracy handles the “Trump Crisis”: measured, fair, truth and roots seeking, etc., etc.,  proves that it is a viable, strong, and self-sustaining institution, and I have no doubts that it will resolve and overcome this crisis and will come out of it stronger. In the end, it will enhance the security of the country and, do not be surprised, the global security. “What does not kill us, makes us stronger“. Hopefully, it will not kill us. 


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We are witnessing the continuing process of transformation of the Trump Presidency into the National Security Presidency under Trump. The “Trump Transformation” follows the “Obama Transformation”. They can also be called the “mini-revolutions”.

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I think we are witnessing the continuing process of transformation of the Trump Presidency into the National Security Presidency under Trump, which is his only rational choice and his only salvation, that’s how it looks like. Unless he sabotages them in a self-defeating fashion. The military people saved him in his adolescence, and they can save him now if only he cooperates and plays the game, which he is willing to do.

It is possible that the further process of “normalization” will include the decline in influence and the eventual easing out of both Bannon and Kushner

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The “failing or rising New York Times” complained just shortly prior to Mr. Kelly’s appointment as Trump’s chief of staff: 

“But it’s unlikely that the generals will consistently rein in Mr. Trump at the strategic level. Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and therefore, on paper at least, the president’s primary military liaison and adviser, rarely has one-on-one meetings with Mr. Trump. Mr. Kelly, a former Marine general who had served as his secretary of homeland security and whom many had hoped would temper the president on immigration, apparently shares Mr. Trump’s policy views and seems disinclined to challenge him.

Relying on the generals was always a dubious, ad hoc plan prompted by Mr. Trump’s uniquely troubling peculiarities. Generals aren’t supposed to make policy, let alone get involved in politics.”

Now, after this appointment, the realities and their perceptions might have changed. Some reality challenged and metaphorically inclined observers might even perceive this situation to be as close to the declaration of the military emergency as it can get in America, after the series of the continuing palace mini-coups. The others might see it as the encouraging signs of adjustment to reality, or perhaps, even the preventive security measures of the “deep state”. And for the third “camp”, it is nothing but the plain old fashioned common sense. 

“It is now Mr. Kelly’s job to give it a try”, NYT says. 


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Germany plays the hypocritical double game

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German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel signaled Germany intends to take a firm line in defending German-Russian energy cooperation.

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This is another example and the one more piece of evidence of how Germany plays the hypocritical double game, inserting itself in the US – Russia relations and deftly playing one side against the other, or rather playing its own tune, depending on the circumstances, and most definitely, playing her own side, and first of all minding her own interests. It’s “natural”, you might say. But not in these circumstances, when it looks and feels more unnatural and quite pre-meditated, pre-planned, possibly pre-manufactured, and more than suspicious. 

Investigate the role of Germany in the “Trump affair” and the “Trump-Russia scandal” vigorously, objectively, and in-depth. 

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My Comment: The rules of evidence, in this case, are the subject to the Congressional opinions and decisions

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Said Mr. Rotunda: “As interesting as this debate is, it also strikes me as entirely premature. In my assessment, the “case” against Trump right now amounts to a mountain of innuendo built on a foundation of loose sand. The facts so far do not come close to making an obstruction case against the president, and for now there is no evidence that he engaged in any underlying crime.

If and when Mueller comes up with something that might create an indictable case, though, he is apt to run into serious questions about the limitations of his office, questions that Starr did not face.”

My Comment: The rules of evidence, in this case, are the subject to the Congressional opinions and decisions: if there is a will there is a way to base the mountain of facts on the solid foundation that would lead to the solid legal case and the indictment. 


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Is there a connection between the Firtash extradition activities and this Barcelona train crash?!

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Is there a connection between the Firtash extradition activities and this Barcelona train crash, as the Russian Mafia’s retaliation and warning gesture and signal? It would not be surprising, and it would not be the first one (see the recent “fire ball” accident in Ohio). Nor the last? 

If this hypothetical causal connection, at least the circumstantial one, is demonstrated and investigated fully and properly, it might be one of the first cases of established association between the Russian government’s and the Russian Mafia’s retaliatory threats and the actual accidents. 

In my humble opinion: Fight fire with fire: unleash the Italian Mafia on the Russian Mafia, they are the old rivals, and the “Cosa Nostra” lost in this competition. Italian Mafia is the lesser of these two evils: they do not have any government backing, as the Russian Mafia does; they never dared to challenge the US government and to interfere with the US system of elections and governing, and they can be dealt with to the mutual satisfaction at a later point. 

Ann Applebaum: “I’m sure there will eventually be a lot more to say about the details of the Trump-Russia financial relationship. But this story should make us ponder some larger themes, too. After all, the double rise of Trump and Putin might have been halted if only Western governments and financial institutions had acted, over the past two decades, as if they truly believed that these kinds of dealings are wrong. Laws were not enforced — or did not exist. Blind eyes were turned.”

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» NYT > World: Train Crash in Barcelona Injures at Least 50
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Was Abedin-Weiner emails affair the FBI “sting operation”, conceived and conducted with the clear political purpose of discrediting Mrs. Clinton?! – DOJ inspector general testimony may shed light on 2016 election inquiry

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One of the most important, intriguing, and mysterious aspects of the 2016 Elections is the Abedin-Weiner emails affair and directly connected with it, Mr. Comey’s October 28 “surprise” Letter, which most likely changed the voters’ mood and attitude, and most likely changed the outcome of the Elections. “Weiner did not deny sending the messages to the girl, but claimed he was the victim of a ‘hoax.’” The “Weinergate” was perceived as “the strange scandal” by some media outlets.

My personal (and I would guess, many other people’s as well) impression, at the time of these events and now, is that Abedin-Weiner emails affair was the FBI “sting operation” (inspired by the foreign – Russian?! – actors?!), conceived and conducted with the clear political purpose of discrediting Mrs. Clinton.

“What better way to keep the ball rolling then some sort of sting operation, to get access to Huma. I Feel something we aren’t being told is going on behind the scenes, and this just a cover story for what is really happening.”

The information about the “Weinergate” on the Internet includes the significant amount of the blatant disinformation, with the interpretation of the events turned in the directly diametrical, opposite direction and repositioned upside down from the feet to the head. This style suggests that this disinformation might be of the foreign origin, which indicates the importance of these issues and events for the hypothetical foreign operators.

“A Scandal Exposed by Patriots to Prevent a Clinton Presidency… Just like Watergate, Operation Weinergate was implemented by those closest to the Democratic nominee… Counter-Coup by White Knights in the Intelligence Community in Progress…
It ought to be apparent to any observer that this entire string of scandals was manufactured by those who wished to send a message — LOUD & CLEAR — to the Clinton clan that their time is up. The very same message was delivered to the Bush Crime Family by Donald Trump, whereupon Jeb Bush quickly exited the presidential race.”

The former FBI officials, besides its acting members, such as Mr. Kallsrom, and the persons very close to the FBI, such as R. Giuliani, most likely know much more about it than we do, or probably even more than the Congress knows at this point. I think, in my humble opinion, that the Abedin-Wiener emails affair and the circumstances around the October 28 Letter should absolutely be the subject of the investigation by Inspector General Michael Horowitz and other active investigative bodies. This aspect could shed some light on the issue of undue, politicized FBI’s involvement in the elections.

Anthony Weiner was one of the first persons who mentioned the connection between the Trump’s financial difficulties and his ties to the Russian mafia and the oligarchs, and the Weiner’s troubles and the blown out of proportions “scandal” started soon after these public revelations. Please, read my previous posts on these subject and do your own research also.

“The reason he loves Putin, we know this now. The banks no longer loan him money because he’s a terrible risk. So he goes to these (Russian) oligarchs and borrows money. He knows the end game is coming for him. He’s thinking about who he wants to ingratiate himself (with). We have a presidential candidate who is literally kind of approaching Russia on his knees because he needs them to loan him money.”

After Weiner’s opinion was published, he was promptly attacked by Trump, who called him a “sleazeball and pervert.”

This presumed “sting operation” against Weiner might be viewed as an attempt to silence Weiner by the FBI and to prevent the public airing of Weiner’s opinions about Trump and his connections with the Russian oligarchs.

Disclose the parts of the FBI’s Anthony Weiner file under the FOA which are relevant to this subject!

Now Weiner is bound by the FBI’s gag rule, as the condition of his sentence. Rescind this condition, and let him testify openly and fully. These issues are too important for the investigation and for the future directions of the corrective measures to disregard or omit them, they should be the important part of Mr. Horowitz’ activities and report.

Investigate the “investigators”!
Save America!
Reform the FBI! 

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Inspector General Michael Horowitz is expected to make his first public statements about the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General’s little-noticed investigation looking into several key issues in the Russia saga stretching back to before President Trump’s inauguration when he appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee today, Josh Gerstein reports at POLITICO.

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Amid criminal and congressional Russia inquiries, Justice’s internal watchdog is quietly running its own review of issues linked to last year’s election.

By Josh Gerstein

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With special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s criminal inquiry into Russian meddling in the 2016 election now well underway and at least four congressional probes ongoing, it may seem like every aspect of the controversy is already being closely scrutinized.

But there’s also a less-noticed investigation by the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General, which has been exploring several issues key to the Russia saga since before President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

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Inspector General Michael Horowitz has offered few public indications of the status of his probe, which some lawmakers said he initially told them was expected to be complete by early next year. On Wednesday, he’s likely to make his first public statements at a hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee about the status of his inquiry – and whether he’ll acquiesce to any of the many requests from Republicans and Democrats to expand his review to include the firing of former FBI director James Comey or other developments.

“I think he’ll find a way to engage with the committee on that, while still being a little bit cagey,” said Michael Bromwich, who served as Justice’s inspector general from 1994 to 1999.

About a week before Trump’s inauguration in January, Horowitz announced a multi-faceted probe, focused primarily on whether Comey acted properly in his handling of the FBI’s investigation into classified information found in Hillary Clinton’s private email account.

The inquiry has examined Comey’s decision to make a public statement about the closure of the investigation in July 2016 and to send politically explosive notices to Congress about developments in the case just before Election Day.

Horowitz also announced a determination to try to get to the bottom of election-season leaks from the FBI and the Justice Department, as well as claims that FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s judgement in the email probe and other matters may have been tainted by financial support his wife received in a state Senate race from Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-Va.), a longtime Clinton backer.

Trump has raised that issue repeatedly in recent months, including in tweet on Tuesday morning.

“Problem is that the acting head of the FBI & the person in charge of the Hillary investigation, Andrew McCabe, got $700,000 from H for wife!” the president wrote.

In recent months, Horowitz—an Obama appointee who previously worked in top roles at the Justice Department under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush—has been on the receiving end of a slew of letters from lawmakers and interest groups, asking him to expand the scope of the inspector general inquiry.

In February, the then-chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), and the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), asked Horowitz to look into leaks of classified intelligence intercepts about National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

In March, several Senate Democrats led by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) asked the inspector general to explore Attorney General Jeff Sessions decision to recuse himself from the Trump-Russia inquiry.

Later that month, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) urged Horowitz to look at whether White House officials pressured the Justice Department to drop the FBI’s investigation of ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.

In May, Chaffetz asked the inspector general to investigate Trump’s firing of Comey.

And last month, more than 30 House Democrats asked Horowitz to consider whether Sessions violated the terms of his recusal by taking part in Comey’s dismissal.

“One of the first things an IG has to do when lawmakers want you to jump is to figure out how high to jump,” said Bromwich, who runs the Bromwich Group consulting firm and is senior counsel at law firm Robbins Russell. “You’ve got to make careful discriminating judgements about what you do. I think Horowitz and his staff will make individual judgements about what is fairly included or can be fairly included without taking him down a rabbit trail.”

A spokesman for Horowitz declined to comment this week and has repeatedly rebuffed questions about the status of his inquiry. In a recent letter obtained by POLITICO, the inspector general alludes to the possibility that Mueller’s May 17 appointment as special counsel could impact and perhaps even limit what the Justice Department’s permanent internal watchdog office can do.

Horowitz’s letter, sent to Democratic senators more than four months after their request on Sessions’ recusal, notes that Justice has “appointed a Special Counsel to investigate allegations regarding the Russian government interference in the 2016 Presidential election and related matters.”

“We are continuing to assess what, if any, additional review would be appropriate for the OIG to undertake and will update you as appropriate,” Horowitz wrote on July 14, days before he was first scheduled to testify to Senate Judiciary.

The inspector general’s response raises the question of whether Mueller and Horowitz are coordinating and whether the inspector general may be asked to step back in certain areas while given the green light in others.

A spokesman for Mueller declined to comment for this story. Horowitz’s comments at the hearing may also give hints into what Mueller is up to.

For instance, it seems certain that Comey’s firing is now under examination by Mueller, but it’s less clear whether the special prosecutor will seek to explore in detail Comey’s explanations for his actions in the Clinton email probe.

“Some of the details of the probe now seem to overlap at least somewhat with what Mueller is doing,” Bromwich said. “I’m sure they’ve talked and Mueller’s criminal investigation would take preeminence and I’m sure Michael will defer to some extent to him.”

At a hearing just days before he was fired, Comey said he welcomed the inspector general investigation into his decisions.

“Yes, I’ve been interviewed. The Inspector General’s inspecting me look and looking at my conduct in the course of the e-mail investigation, which—I know this sounds like a crazy thing to say—I encourage,” Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 3.

Comey also pointed to one key feature of an inspector general inquiry: unlike a criminal investigation, it traditionally culminates in a public report.

“I want that inspection because…I want my story told because some of its classified but, also, if I did something wrong, I want to hear that. I don’t think I did, but, yes, I’ve been interviewed and I’m sure I’ll be interviewed again,” the then-FBI chief said.

At a committee meeting in May, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said Horowitz had assured his staff that the investigation would move forward, despite the fact that Comey’s dismissal obviated the possibility of any punishment for violating department policies or regulations.

“Through my staff, I had conversations because we had heard that because of Comey going that he might not continue that investigation,” the Iowa senator told colleagues. “He’s informed me that he was going to continue the investigation and, if there was any attempt to stop him from continuing that investigation, he’s going to let the whole world know.”


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Who cares about the American Psychiatric (not Psychoanalytic, please read the previous posts and news) Association, its “ethics committee”, it’s “Goldwater rule”, its prescriptions and its proscriptions, its stupidity, and its little nincompoopy membership?! Just disband them, they push themselves more and more into the utter irrelevance. 

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Who cares about the American Psychiatric (not Psychoanalytic, please read the previous posts and news) Association, its “ethics committee”, its “Goldwater rule”, its prescriptions and its proscriptions, its stupidity, and its little nincompoopy membership?! Just disband them, they push themselves more and more into the utter irrelevance.

American Psychoanalytic Association, a much more authoritative body, said very clearly: discussions on political matters, including the subject of the Presidents mental health issues, is not a matter of clinical practice, and therefore cannot be regulated by the ethical rules pertaining to the clinical practice.

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American Psychoanalytic Association

July 6th, 2017
Dear Colleagues,
A poll of the Executive Councilors was undertaken June 19-23 after the Austin annual
meeting. Executive Councilors were asked to comment on two things: whether they
endorse the policy that APsaA as an organization speaks to sociopolitical issues only, not
about specific political figures; and whether they support a poll of the membership to
further assess whether the Association should take a public stance on persons.
The poll yielded the following results: 78% of Councilors replied; 100% endorsed the
policy that APsaA as an organization will speak to issues only, not about specific political
figures; 79% opposed a poll of the membership.
The Executive Committee reviewed these results today and decided based on the data not
to survey the membership. APsaA will continue to speak to issues about which it has
something relevant to say.
However, it is important to note that members of APsaA are free to comment about
political figures as individuals. The American Psychiatric Association’s ethical stance
on the Goldwater Rule applies to its members only. APsaA does not consider political
commentary by its individual members an ethical matter. APsaA’s ethical code
concerns clinical practice, not public commentary.
Recent political discussion within our APsaA online communities has broadened to include
diverse opinion. A respectful openness to different points of views is a welcome and
encouraging shift in the direction of the Community Vision that Council unanimously
endorsed in Austin.


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The American Psychiatric Association was run and governed by the FBI informant at its very top (its former “President”, Carol Bernstein). It degenerated and degraded into the total and complete irrelevance and impotence in scientific and the organizational matters. Very logical and even unavoidable outcome in these circumstances…

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The American Psychiatry is nothing without its Psychoanalytic tradition and its depth. Psychopharmacology does not explain the human soul, and it does not even attempt to. Psychoanalysis does not explain it either, but at least it does attempt to, and searches for its “royal roads”, although very often it is simply lost on the old side streets. At least the Psychoanalysis retained its intellectual independence, as exemplified in its stand on the so called “Goldwater rule“.

American Psychiatry is in a deep crisis, and the American Psychiatric Association, a bureaucratic Stalinist institution, which lost its touch with reality a long time ago, is the part, the parcel, and one of the many reasons for this crisis.

“The APA was once the leader in psychiatric medicine—now it too is a joke; compromised beyond measure.  For the APA and the DSM, it is clear.  If you get enough votes, you can negate, soften, redefine, and ultimately legitimize any of the mental disorders.  With enough votes you can turn a disorder into a disability or by elimination, like a magician’s trick and a snap of the fingers, “you’ve just become plain normal.””

Apparently, as I have good reasons to believe, at least until very recently, the American Psychiatric Association was led, run, and governed by the FBI informant at its very top (its former “President”, Carol Bernstein, who is nothing more than the mediocre, treacherous, double-dealing nincompoop, hungry for power). It degenerated and degraded into the total and complete irrelevance and impotence in scientific and the organizational matters. Very logical and even unavoidable outcome in these circumstances. 

Investigate this in depth. Clean up and reform the American Psychiatry and the APA (Association). 

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September 12, 2016
Analyze zis, to your hearts’ content! No “Goldwater rules”! We use zi “Hot Water Rules”!

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The Mind of Donald Trump

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An expert panel has released a new report containing recommendations to rectify the severe shortage of psychiatrists and the dearth of mental health services in the United States.

Released by the National Council Medical Director Institute, which advises the National Council for Behavioral Health on issues strongly related to clinical practice, the report, The Psychiatric Crisis: Causes and Solutions, contains a wide-ranging set of recommendations that touch on every area of the specialty, including training, funding, and models of care delivery.

Lead authors Joe Parks, MD, medical director, National Council for Behavioral Health, and Patrick Runnels, MD, co-chair, Medical Director Institute, discussed the report’s recommendations at a press briefing on March 28, where they were joined by Saul M. Levin, MD, CEO and medical director of the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

The number of psychiatrists is plummeting – down by 10% from 2003 to 2013. The average age of practicing psychiatrists is the mid-50s, compared to the mid-40s for other specialties, said Dr Parks.

Furthermore, approximately 55% of counties across the United States currently have no psychiatrist, and 77% report a severe shortage – a situation that is partially due to an increase in demand.

“People want psychiatric services. They know treatment works, and it’s less stigmatizing than it used to be, so people are more willing to accept and seek treatment,” said Dr Parks.

But their search is often in vain. Two thirds of primary care physicians report having trouble getting psychiatric services for patients, so patients often end up in the emergency department.

“There has been a 42% increase in patients going to ERs for psychiatric services in the past 3 years, but most of them aren’t staffed with psychiatrists,” Dr Parks noted.

“So people end up stuck in the ERs for hours and at times days – two to three times as long as for general medical conditions.”

To make matters worse, some hospitals are closing inpatient psychiatric units because they cannot find psychiatrists to staff and run them.

The lack of services and long wait times for these scarce services are taking a toll on patients.

“These are people burdened and suffering from anxiety, from depression. Some of them feel suicidal, and some of them have hallucinations,” said Dr Parks.

Psychiatrist Burnout

Psychiatry has not received the increase in support that some other specialties, such as obstetrics and gynecology, have. Psychiatrists also do not get the same ancillary staff to assist them in tasks such as arranging patient follow-up, he added.

In many cases, psychiatrists are forced to receive reimbursement that is lower than usual. “About 40% of psychiatrists are in cash-only services. Psychiatrists are rushed, and they burn out and leave the profession earlier,” said Dr Parks.

He described the current mental health care delivery system as “old fashioned,” noting that it “has not kept up with modern, data-driven, evidence-based technologies and has certainly not taken advantage of some of the new, innovative social media ways we can reach out and touch patients.”

Another “looming potential problem” is immigration. Some 50% of new psychiatry trainees are foreign medical graduates, and changes in visa requirements by the Trump administration could add to the workforce problems, he said.

If nothing is done about the psychiatrist shortage, the demand for psychiatry is expected to outstrip supply by 25% by 2025.

Becoming a psychiatrist requires 12,000 hours of training, said Dr Levin, who heads the APA, the largest psychiatric association in the world.

According to Dr Runnels, medical students are more likely to opt for a psychiatry residency if the medical school’s psychiatric department offers a highly-rated and relatively long rotation.

“That’s hugely important, and medical schools need to start working on that,” he said. He added that currently, many training “milestones” are “fuzzily or not well-defined.”

Training does not adequately address team-based collaborative care or supervision of clinicians from other disciplines, for example, physician assistants, said Dr Runnels.

“Medication-assisted treatment for addictions is definitely something that most residents get very little exposure to,” he added.

New Models of Care

The expert panel that developed the report included representatives from all areas of healthcare. In addition to psychiatrists, it included CEOs of healthcare organizations, primary and managed care representatives, academic experts, and those representing related professions, such as nursing.

The panel was tasked to develop recommendations that were “specific and actionable – not broad, vague, pie in the sky but things that a payer could do, things that government could do, things that individual psychiatrists could do, and things that the professional organizations could do to relieve this emergency,” said Dr Parks.

The expert panel recommended that the care delivery system be updated so that psychiatrists would operate more as expert consultants and work in teams, said Dr Parks.

“So they would do the essential things only psychiatrists can do and delegate other parts of care and follow-up for patients who are stable, or services that can be provided by other professionals, such as psychiatric nurses or perhaps physician assistants.”

The panel also recommended new and advanced forms of treatment, such as collaborative care and telepsychiatry.

“We should all be advocating for new, innovative models of care, such as telepsychiatry, which can increase access to specialty psychiatric services across the country,” said Dr Levin.

“We would love to see more telepsychiatry, and we would love to see the payment system actually pay for it,” he added. However, he said, it is important to ensure that patients who receive treatment remotely are “always safe” and that if they begin to show signs and symptoms of distress on the psychiatry call, “we are able to get them help very quickly.”

The APA has a toolkit to help educate psychiatrists and other healthcare providers on how to practice telepsychiatry, said Dr Levin. “I think we all see this as one of the ways we are going to be practicing well into the future.”

The panel also wants to see burdensome governmental rules removed. For example, said Dr Parks, a psychiatrist who provides telepsychiatry services in eight states now has to be licensed in all eight states.

As for medical education, the task force recommended that all residents receive integrated care experience and be placed in a range of different settings to broaden their experience with medication-assisted treatment programs and collaboration with other professions.

Cost-Saving Investment

All of this requires additional funding, which the panel also addressed.

“We are aware that overall, the healthcare system is looking to cut costs, so we want to point out that our call for increased funding for psychiatry was not something we took lightly,” said Dr Runnels.

“However, we want people to understand that our call for increased funding is about helping to save money overall.”

He pointed out that the use of psychiatry services leads to overall reductions in spending on healthcare.

“We believe insurance companies are leaving money on the table by not adequately funding those services.”

Some of the report’s specific recommendations include the following:

  • Removing barriers to integrated care: Fund technical assistance programs that help develop alternatives to fee-for-service reimbursement models, because chronic physical conditions are known to improve when mental health conditions are managed, particularly among high-risk populations.
  • Cutting red tape: Streamline administrative paperwork so that physicians can spend more time with patients and that information exchanges between physicians are more attuned to the patients’ needs.
  • Changing how psychiatrists are paid: Create awareness about behavioral health’s role in the total cost of care, then shift from fee-for-service arrangements to bundled payments to increase the quality of care and reduce the overall cost of care.
  • Improving confidentiality regulations: Although the recently revised 42 CFR Part 2 confidentiality regulations are advances, they burden psychiatrists by restricting information regarding treatment of substance use disorder, sometimes keeping patients and their families in the dark to protect psychiatrists.

The authors of the report made other recommendations specific to government and payers, healthcare treatment, and advocacy organizations, as well as nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other stakeholders. The full report is available for download.

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… ways to improve self-awareness in addition to psychoanalysis. … later, and President of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in 1981.

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A psychiatry group told its members they can comment on the mental health of President Trump—going against the longstanding so-called Goldwater Rule, a self-imposed code that prevents the psychiatry community from commenting on the mental health of public figures.

In an email, the American Psychoanalytic Association told its 3,500 members they don’t have to abide by the Goldwater Rule, which states that mental health professionals should not discuss the mental state of someone they have not personally evaluated, Stat News reported on Tuesday.

“We don’t want to prohibit our members from using their knowledge responsibly,” Prudence Gourguechon, past president of the association, told Stat News.

The debate over whether health professionals can comment on Trump’s mental faculties has raged since the president was elected, with several mental health experts arguing that the Goldwater Rule needs more flexibility regards to Trump. An online petition that calls Trump “mentally ill,” started by psychiatrist John Gartner, has received more than 55,000 signatures since April.

Despite the note from the American Psychoanalytic Association, the American Psychiatric Association—which has more than 37,000 members — said on Tuesday that it continues to stand by the Goldwater Rule.

The Goldwater Rule stems from a controversy in 1964, when Fact magazine reported that more than 1,000 mental health professionals said they believed that then-Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater was not mentally fit for office. Goldwater successfully sued Fact for libel after he lost the election, leading to the rule’s addition to the American Psychiatric Association’s ethics guidelines.

The American Psychoanalytic Association did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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The mask of humanity, the face of hypocrisy: “My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun… black wires grow on her head…”

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What do you see in this lady’s deep blue eyes? I see just hypocrisy poorly disguised as “humanity”.

What do you see in this lady’s deep blue eyes? In this middle of the bold and crude, tabloid, poster-like, placard-like strokes of colors and facial expressions, without many shades and quarter-tones, ironically, bacchanallically and warhol-lically spiritually impoverished, almost empty, and intriguing in their near-emptiness? I see just hypocrisy poorly disguised as “humanity”. Her stare is beautiful, charming, engaging, pulling to like and love her, but it is empty, in all its alluring attacking charm. 

“My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun… black wires grow on her head… And in some perfumes is there more delight
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.”

I suspect, that the artist, whose style was described as “the idealization and stylization of known celebrities”, was well paid for her artistic mastery of disguise, which cannot really hide the crude, artificially over-sweetened, commercial, superficial, cheap, lying, showy sentimentality. It looks like the famed German propaganda machine is in a full up-swing mode. “If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it, and you will even come to believe it yourself”, Goebbels said. If you exaggerate the lie ad absurdum and artfully, they and you might eventually believe it too. 

“However, as the documents show, the BND had in the past no inhibitions to tap government facilities in Washington. The US Treasury Department, the US Department of State, and even the White House, were on the nick list.

The German foreign secret service also pegged telephone, facsimile and e-mail addresses of American companies such as Lockheed Martin, the Nasa space agency, the human rights organization Human Rights Watch and universities in several federal states. Similarly, the BND’s connections with military installations such as the US Air Force, the Marine Corps, or the Defense Intelligence Agency , the military secret service of the American armed forces,

The BND spies also received follow-up data from well over one hundred foreign embassies in Washington, from institutions such as the International Monetary Fund or the Washington office of the Arab League.”

Would you trust the person in this portrait? I wouldn’t. Is she really a person or a well tuned, calculating political mechanism, painted over, for her own political reasons, with these absurdly deep, incredible, helpless, domineering, loving, so feminine, and so mysterious German-Russian blue eyes? 

Some other interpretations of the same subject, just in case if you did not notice them, are here

By the way, do you think that with such the astonishing audacity, reach, breadth and depth of the German surveillance activities and penetration (the very important questions in these circumstances about the degree of the German infiltration of the US Intelligence and Security services, and the FBI first of all, remain essentially and quite conveniently unasked and unanswered), as they were described in these recent German spying episodes, the German Intelligence was not informed in details about Trump-Russia activities, affair, and scandal, especially given the situation with and around the Deutsche Bank
But the most intriguing questions are if the German Intelligence itself was involved in the planning and the execution of this affair from the beginning, using the Russians and the others as their unwitting patsies, and laughing at them in the process. This is the more likely explanation for this tragicomedy, with all its funny incongruencies. It looks like the German historical revenge for their historical loss in the WWII, and the very convenient way to drive the wedge between two former allies and the Germany’s conquerors. 
And there are some signs that the German Intelligence (with its long standing and deep roots buried and alive within the American society) might have been very much involved in this affair, and still very much is. The traditional benefits of the “plausible deniability” were most likely provided to the Madam Chancellor by her faithful Intelligence servants. 

“Chancellor Angela Merkel, who took office in 2005, recently denied she had any knowledge of BND’s foreign spying operations.

“I assumed that the BND does not engage in such activities,” Merkel told a parliamentary enquiry Feb. 17. “It’s a waste of effort and energy.””

Apparently, some of her colleagues in the German Government and power structures have a directly opposite opinion on this subject. 

Doesn’t the whole situation remind you the old tale about the peasant and the snake that he saved? 
 Man and Snake
“In pity he brought the poor Snake
To be warmed at his fire. A mistake!
For the ungrateful thing
Wife & children would sting.
I’have known some as bad as the Snake.”

With regard to the future developments and some attempts at the sound prognostications, “The Independent Florida Alligator” asks a salient question: “Do progressives really want a President Pence?”

Well, when the “Independent Alligators” start to ask this sort of questions, it means that “the times are really changing”… 

Mr. Putin, dispensing his valuable educational instructions for the political novice Trump, as recorded by the “KGB fly on the wall”, shared the conventional political wisdom, which might be applicable for a variety of uses

“Putin: I like you, tovarich. But listen to me. You are new to this political business. I have been in the trenches for a long time, and I have learned things. We have an old saying in Russia. It goes: Little thieves are hanged, but the great ones escape. Your mistake was that you appointed your hangman, gave him the rope, and now he is going to hang you.

Trump: What do I do?

Putin: Hang him first.”

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German intelligence systematically spied on the White House and US government departments over a number of years, it has been claimed.
Mrs Merkel in 2013 said: “Spying among friends is not on”
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German intelligence systematically spied on the White House and US government departments over a number of years, it has been claimed.

The damaging allegations could prove highly embarrassing for Angela Merkel and expose her to charges of hypocrisy.

The German chancellor demanded an explanation when it emerged in 2013 that the US had spied on her mobile phone, and famously said: “Spying among friends is not on”.

Who Is Spying on the U.S.? German Intelligence Had American Surveillance Targets, Says Report

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel was famously outraged in 2013 when she heard that the U.S. had allegedly bugged her phone, telling then-President Barack Obama: “Spying between friends, that’s just not done.”

But Germany’s foreign intelligence service spent years spying on American public and private sector targets, a report in the German news magazine Der Spiegel claimed Thursday.

The magazine said that it had seen evidence suggesting German security agency the BND had used almost 4,000 keywords in internal surveillance databases that related to American targets from 1998 to 2006. These included White House email addresses as well as phone and fax numbers, as well as the U.S. Department of State and Treasury.

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Other targets included the US Air Force, the Marine Corps, the engineering company Lockheed Martin, space agency NASA, several universities and the NGO Human Rights Watch, Spiegel reported.

German spies also accessed data from more than 100 foreign embassies in Washington, according toDie Zeit.

The findings are likely to prove embarrassing for the German government at a time when U.S.-German relations are already strained following forceful remarks by President Donald Trump about trade and tariffs on German industries, and an awkward meeting between the president and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in March.

The BND declined to comment on the reports, but its president, Bruno Kahl, did address the organization’s future oversight, according to Deutsche Welle.

“The question concerning who can scout the BND and who cannot does not just depend on increasing authorization for lawmakers, but also implementing an ambitious series of controls,” he said.

Merkel earlier this year said to a parliamentary committee looking into the actions of America’s National Security Agency (NSA) that she did not know about any BND spying in the U.S.

Another report in Spiegel this April said that the BND also spied on Interpol, the international crimefighting agency, and in February the magazine said it had seen evidence that the agency had accessed phones, faxes and emails of several news organizations, including the New York Times and Reuters.


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The fall of Trump might mean the eventual fall of Putin after the loss of his “last straw” and the non-delivery of the relief of sanctions and other goodies, which might be viewed as the “breach of contract” by the Russian ruling elites. That is why Putin might feel strongly committed to help Trump and to do everything he can to enhance Trump’s chances for political survival. They are the Siamese twins now, joined at the hip. The recent events only confirm this monstrosity, despite all their “pragmatic values”.

“So a pressing question arises: Why would the Trump administration embrace a Syria policy that serves Russian and Iranian interests and harms American interests? In time, we will learn the answer.”

The antagonistic – competitive aspect is the part of their fledgling symbiotic relationship. Unless Putin decides to ditch Trump completely for his “non-delivery” and his own “breach of contract”, and to throw him to the wolves, which is not very likely for this late stage Putin, with his characteristic and demonstrative “Papa Theresa” caring paternalistic streak.

With the fall of Putin, the whole system of Putinism might collapse, despite its illusory stability, exposing all its ugly criminal Mafiosi underpinnings. This might lead to the major political repercussions inside Russia and on the global geopolitical scene.

All eyes are now on Mr. Mueller and his team.

As to Mr. Putin: Володя, никогда душа моя, и многих других тоже, не примет криминальную, преступную, уродливую, больную Россию, которую ты со товарищи построил.

Resign now and open the way for the new era. And, as I see it, it will be much better for your personal survival. Remember the fate of Ceaușescu.


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The “Invisible” Hand Of The Kremlin pulls the strings: force Sessions to resign, fire Mueller, suppress the investigation. 

“Thank you, Sergey, the kindred spirit…”

“Nice job”, Kislyak! This is his last (?) “goodbye present”, his “kiss of death”… 

The “Kremlin Playbook” plan apparently is to turn America into the Russian vassal, into the Putinist-Trumpist entity with the tight micromanagement directly from the Putin’s office. 

The one-dimensional singularity of thrust in thinking and talking about “Trump-Russia scandal” among our political mavens and commentators is impressive. 

“With Sessions out of the way, Trump can try to appoint a new Attorney General who wouldn’t have to recuse himself from the Russia investigation, meaning that the new Attorney General could theoretically fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller. But this isn’t going to play out like Trump might hope.”

“Donald Trump − after extended personal contact with Vladimir Putin and the complete surrender to Russian interests in Syria − acts precisely like he has been bought and sold by a strategic rival…

Russia has made the political affairs of the United States very much its business. With almost no serious American response. Russian interference in America’s self-defining civic ritual has been almost costless…

The problem is the damage to American interests done in the meantime. 

It now seems that the Russians − by meddling in a presidential election and by downplaying such aggression − has achieved an intelligence coup beyond the dreams of the Soviet era. The result is an America strategically and morally disarmed.”

“And meanwhile, America’s global stock tumbles. Polls demonstrate that the respect in which the United States is held is falling around the world.”

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The Putin’s style of acquiring and holding to power which he demonstrated so adeptly within his own country and political system, is now exported to the U.S. and the rest of the “free world”. This style is to play on and to exploit the opponents’ own inner inherent contradictions and vulnerabilities, as in his dealings with the Russian Opposition, and generally, with anyone or anything that opposes him. The non-admission of Georgia to NATO due to the “ongoing ethnic conflict” and the lack of stability is another example.

Another, more recent and closer to the native ground examples of the same hypocritical style are firing Comey on the pretenses of the “mishandling” of Clinton’s emails investigation and hypothetical firing or resignation of Sessions for conveniently “not recalling” the meetings with Kislyak, which were just as conveniently and “timely” reminded to him by Kislyak himself. 

This style is simple, shrewd, sophisticated, and efficient. 

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The “First American Black President” (the foreign interference in his election was alluded to in the recent Senate hearings and claimed in the various media websites, but was not really fully explored, as if it were some mysterious and shameful venereal disease), paved the way for the “First American Mobster President”. “Nice job” all around. 

“At the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado, Pompeo was asked whether he supports the findings of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

“Of course,” he replied. “And the one before that, and the one before that.”

Later in the question-and-answer session with New York Times columnist Bret Stephens, Pompeo was asked whether he was downplaying Russia’s meddling in 2016 by also mentioning the Kremlin’s behavior in previous years.

“I am confident that the Russians meddled in this election, as is the entire intelligence community,” Pompeo said, appearing agitated at the skepticism towards his previous answer. “I hope I didn’t stop at 2008 [for when he says Russian began interfering in U.S. elections]. You can go back to the 70s. My point was simply this: This threat is real. The U.S. government, including the Central Intelligence Agency, has to figure out a way to fight back against it and defeat it.”

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Who and what are the culprits to point the finger at? The Russians, the Mob, the Germans, the Israelis, the Chinese, the Persian cats, any other cats, the excessive role of money in American politics, the fall in the standards of the moral-political values? All of these together, in various degrees, mixtures, combinations, and affiliations, imaginable and unimaginable? Can you picture this situation now? Is this a result of the irrational, sick, determined, aggressive, evil, malevolent, vicious hatred, envy, and the fear of America? The “soft power” concepts and the “understanding” diplomacy did not help much to diffuse these sentiments, despite the long, determined, and the sincere well-wishing efforts. This well intentioned, “eyes wide shut” blindness also paved the way to the present hell in which we find ourselves landed, now longing to keep our noses shut. 

With all this, the serious and reasonable doubts about the “Russia only” hypothesis do persist, especially among the experts. 
“Here’s the irony. Were the Russians running Trump, they probably would have been cautious, unwilling to burn an asset on anything less than a major score. But as is, they can sit back, enjoy the show, and watch his one-man Putin tribute act.” 
The peculiar position of Germany was also noted by the observers. 
“NATO members are scrambling to build up their own defenses, in part, because they are no longer certain that they can fully trust Washington, something Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel acknowledged in May.” 
It might be somewhat premature to make any definitive impressions and conclusions before the Mueller Investigation is completed and its results are revealed. But the enormous, pivotal, trend setting importance of these issues are not doubted and disputed by anyone. 

Do perform and publish the historical-political study of the foreign interference into the American political processes and elections from the beginning of the past century: in-depth, objective, detailed and well researched. There are definitely the lessons to learn from all of this. The present episode is really unprecedented and “unpresidented“, it can be explained in part by the Putin’s and his criminal Mafiosi minions’ extraordinary chutzpah and cunning, but these endeavors were not built on an empty ground, they have “solid and venerable” KGB foundation going back decades.

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The Russians, just like the Germans and the others, love, preserve and study with diligence the historical traditions and the skills of their spycraft, especially if they worked, and worked well. As many people did say, it does encourage them to continue their pursuits unabated, especially if there is no resistance to them; just the bewilderment and confusion. 

“Congrats”, bros. And what are you going to do about it now? 

The self-assuring claims, including my own, that “it will never work” in America are not enough. 

“The question is, how much more damage will he do to America and the world in the meantime, and at what cost?”

Do you want a dangerous BS-er-In-Chief as your President? Donald Trump as the stimulus for “the Coming Fall of American Empire” is apparently in many “common and uncommon dreams” as well as in many “progressivists’ leftist hopes.

Something decisive, smart, and fast enough (barring the political assassinations, God forbid) has to be done until it is really too late. This is a very real crisis of enormous, hard to imagine proportions, that weakens America and her standing in the world. “A real threat”, as Mr. Pompeo said. The times of the pretentious innocence and the willful blindness have to be replaced by the times of the most vigorous investigations, educated and the well-founded insights, and actions. 

The latest rumors from Russia are that Agalarov&Co started building a special secret government dacha for Trump and his family in Peredelkino, the Moscow suburb populated by the Russian writers and “intellectuals”, so Mr. Trump, his family, and their “significant others” wouldn’t feel too much out of touch with their familiar “reality show” element when they defect to Russia. 

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Laughter as FBI Cointelpro Weapon: was that woman an FBI informant or the FBI secret agent on assignment? Does FBI use laughter as a psychological weapon? Investigate the investigators! Send the FOI requests to the FBI on this subject en mass.

“When asked by the prosecutor, Coronado maintained that the laugh was loud and disruptive, but Fairooz said it was simply an involuntary reaction to a ludicrous claim.”

I have an “involuntary reaction” to laugh at the FBI’s “ludicrous claims”, and I will. Prepare the spittoons and the handkerchiefs for the other reactions too. Thank you, fast, furious, considerate, aspiring FBI secret agents! What would we do without you?!

Another option: just laugh at the little nincompoops!

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Trump is the Obama’s biggest and the most important legacy. The American people will be ready to fire Trump after he completes his mission of de-Obamafication, and their rage subsides, but not earlier, methinks. Not until his mission is accomplished. Such is this strange and weird political cycle.

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How could the degree of American people’s rage and anger at Obama and his administration be measured? Trump’s election is a pretty good measurement, regardless of all the other factors. And it is not so much “racial” and “biased” – these are very convenient foils and defenses, these rage and anger are directed at the past administration’s lack of competence and efficiency in many matters. The lack of forceful actions in Elections 2017 Interference, for whatever reasons, is just one of them. “It’s quite clear that that was not sufficient”, Ash Carter said. These rage and anger are the real and the most important roots of the Democrats’ defeat. To be objective, the lack of experience might be a putative sin of any new administration, including Trump’s.

Who ate whom for lunch, and with whom; and who did say or did not say what – seem to be our most pressing preoccupations, while Russia expands its spying network in the USA (150 operatives appears to be quite a modest assessment), and plans her next steps in her intelligence war with the West.

Trump or no Trump, their strategy on “a genetic level” is the same: to deceive, to steal, to dominate. This sounds familiar: tell me who is your friend, and I will tell you what your strategy is: from Roy Cohn to Trump to Putin: “Attack, attack, and attack! Lie, deceive, steal, and dominate more! And do it with a panache: the straight face, or better with some natural and sincere smile on it. D&D: Denial and Deception are the keys.” The old art of winning votes and influencing uncles.

On the related subject of Trump Investigation: Felix Sater agreed to sing. It remains to be heard if his performance will impress the public, and how sufficiently. The largely ignored by the media elephant in the room, the subject of the “Red Mafia“, starts to come to light. Mr. Mueller assembled the impressive “all-star legal team“, and showed as reported, the prosecutorial leanings in his selections. Hopefully, they will work. The whole story is so epical, so much the “crime of the century”, that it is imperative to extract the pure and unadulterated truth from it.

All these troubles do not deter the Rooster-In-Chief from wanting to team up with the Fox-In-Chief to guard his cyber henhouse. You might just as well hand to the Fox the keys from the Kingdom, the digital and otherwise. The joint US – Russian ““impenetrable” cybersecurity unit to combat election hacking”! What could be a better idea?!

No wonder, some young and impressionable, real nice sweet ladies feel the ominous shadow of Vlad The Impaler, somewhere here. That’s what is called a “smell test”.

While everyone is so feely-touchy however, Pence appears to be ready to fly up and to touch something big, too. Like in a song: “Oh, no, I am not afraid!” And also: “Come fly with me!”

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller has turned in a proposed budget to the Justice Department, but officials declined to make the document public and committed only to releasing reports of the team’s expenditures every six months.

That means the public won’t get a window into how much money Mueller thinks he will need to spend, though he will provide information on what he is spending. The first report will come sometime after Sept. 30, said Peter Carr, a spokesman for the special counsel’s office.

Mueller is less than two months into his investigation of possible coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russian government to influence the 2016 election, and his every move has come under scrutiny. President Trump has decried the probe as a “witch hunt,” and he and his supporters have raised questions about whether Mueller and his hires can be impartial.

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A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment.

Carr said Mueller has hired 16 lawyers to work with him. Together, the team is a formidable collection of legal talent with experience prosecuting national security, fraud and public corruption cases, arguing matters before the Supreme Court and assessing complicated legal questions.

Trump and his allies have pointed out that many are Democratic donors.

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The special counsel’s budget also could become a source of contention. Shortly before Mueller was appointed, Trump seemed to express disdain that tax dollars were being spent on the Russia investigation, writing on Twitter, “The Russia-Trump collusion story is a total hoax, when will this taxpayer funded charade end?” He will likely soon have specific dollar figures to pair with his tweets.

The regulation under which Mueller was appointed does not specifically detail how the special counsel must disclose expenses to the public. It requires only that Mueller “be provided all appropriate resources by the Department of Justice,” that he submit a proposed budget within his first 60 days and that he make a budget request 90 days before the start of the fiscal year.

When Patrick J. Fitzgerald, at the time a U.S. attorney, was appointed as special counsel to investigate the leak of the identity of CIA Officer Valerie Plame, the U.S. Government Accountability Office audited his expenditure statements every six months and released them publicly.

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters Friday that President Trump raised the issue of Russian election interference in a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump opened the more than two-hour meeting “by raising the concerns of the American people” about Russia’s meddling in last year’s presidential race, according to Tillerson. Trump and Putin had a “robust and lengthy exchange on the subject,” the secretary of state said.

As he has done in the past, Putin denied involvement in any meddling in the election.

Trump and Putin agreed, however, that the issue of election interference was a substantial hindrance in their ability to move the U.S.-Russia relationship forward. The two world leaders also agreed to work on further commitments of noninterference in the affairs of the United States and in the democratic process in the U.S. as well as in other countries.

There is “more work to be done in that regard,” Tillerson said.

The top U.S. diplomat spoke Friday at a press briefing after Trump held his first official meeting with Putin. Trump and Putin exchanged a warm handshake in a brief interlude with reporters and photographers before their meeting began.

“President Putin and I have been discussing various things, and I think it’s going very well. We’ve had some very, very good talks,” Trump told reporters before the meeting. “We’re going to have a talk now and obviously that will continue, but we look forward to a lot of very positive things happening — for Russia, for the United States, and for everybody concerned. And it’s an honor to be with you.”

The two men were scheduled for a 30-minute meeting on the sidelines of the Group of 20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, but ended up talking almost five times that long.

Beforehand, Putin mentioned that they have talked already a few times over the phone.

“But phone conversation is never enough,” he said through a translator. “If we want to have positive results in bilaterals and be able to resolve most acute international topics and issues, definitely we need personal meetings.

“And I’m delighted to be able to meet you personally, Mr. President, and I hope, as you have said, our meeting will yield positive results for Russia and the U.S.”

The two presidents were joined in the meeting by their translators and by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Tillerson.

Speaking from Hamburg on Russian state TV, Lavrov said Trump “heard President Putin’s clear statements that it’s not true the Russian leadership intervened in the election and that he accepts those statements.”

Tillerson told reporters that his interpretation of the exchange was that the two men agreed on the need to move past the issue of election interference. The secretary of state said the focus is now on how the U.S. secures a commitment that Russia has no intention of interfering in U.S. elections in the future — and how the Trump administration creates a framework to judge whether Russia is keeping that commitment.

Last month, Putin told international journalists in St. Petersburg that it’s possible that “patriotic” Russian hackers outside of his government might be trying to engage in cyber attacks against the world’s democracies. “I must stress, on a state level, we are never engaged into these kind of activity,” said Putin at the time, according to a media report.

The U.S. intelligence community has unanimously concluded, however, that Russian intelligence services did interfere with “active measures” including cyber attacks, social media bots and other techniques — and that they did so at Putin’s direction.

The majority of the meeting, Tillerson said, was spent parsing out details of a cease-fire in southwest Syria that between the U.S. and Russia. Jordan and Israel are also part of the deal. A state-run news agency in Jordan reported that the cease-fire would go into effect on Sunday.

Putin and Trump also discussed the increasing threat posed by North Korea. Earlier this week, that country tested an intercontinental ballistic missile, which showed the theoretical potential to reach Alaska.

“I would say the Russians see (North Korea) a little differently than we do,” Tillerson said. “We’re going to continue those discussions and ask them to do more. Russia does have economic activity with North Korea. But, I would also hasten to add, Russia’s official policy is the same as ours: a denuclearized Korean peninsula.”

Friday’s warm meeting between the two leaders also came just a day after Trump spoke in Poland, a country known for its distaste for Russia, and reiterated America’s commitment to Article 5 of the NATO charter.

“The United States has demonstrated not merely with words, but with its actions, that we stand firmly behind Article 5, the mutual defense commitment,” he said.

The statement would not have been newsworthy if not for Trump’s decision in May to omit a line in a speech that reaffirmed the U.S. commitment. That decision raised eyebrows especially in Eastern Europe, as Putin has shown in Ukraine and Crimea that he is intent on projecting Russia’s power and influence in Europe beyond his country’s borders.

While Friday’s meeting was the first time the two men have met since Trump became president, it’s unclear whether they’ve met in person before.

In an interview in 2013 with David Letterman, the Late Show host asked Trump whether he had met Putin before.

“I met him once,” Trump said.

But in 2016, Trump seemingly began to backtrack on that claim. In July, he told a CBS affiliate in Miami, “I never met Putin, I have nothing to do with Russia whatsoever.”

He reiterated that at a news conference that month, too.

“I never met Putin,” he said. “I don’t know who Putin is.”

CNN put together a list of 80 times Trump talked about the Russian president over the past four years, which gives insight into how his rhetoric has and hasn’t changed.

Compared with predecessor President Barack Obama, however, Trump has been noticeably warmer toward Russia. Whereas Obama once mentioned the threats posed by Ebola and “Russian aggression” in the same sentence back in 2014, Trump has repeatedly talked about wanting to improve relations with Russia.

On Friday, the two presidents hit it off immediately, Tillerson said.

“There was a clear positive chemistry between the two,” he added. “There was such a level of engagement and exchange, neither one of them wanted to stop.”

He said that at one point the first lady was even sent into the meeting to try to persuade them to finish up, but “that didn’t work either.” They continued talking for another hour.

That is good news for many Americans. According to a recent NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist poll, 46 percent of adults view Trump’s goal of improving relations as a mostly good thing, whereas 41 percent view it as a mostly bad thing.

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With all the major hiring that he’s been doing right out of the gate, one might expect Robert Mueller to be hiring investigators, but he’s not. Sure, he already has access to the investigative resources of the FBI and other agencies. But he has a theoretically unlimited budget. If he felt he needed to accelerate the investigative phase by hiring outsiders, he could do it. Instead, he’s hiring prosecutors.

There would be no motivation for prosecutors to come on board yet unless the probe is far enough along for them to be relevant to it. And yet Mueller has hired a boatload of some of the most respected and sought-after prosecutors in the country. That means the investigative phase is quite far along, and they have the evidence they need.

Still no magic red button. Mueller’s job is not to prosecute Donald Trump. So his only reason to hire all these prosecutors is so they can prosecute Trump’s underlings and associates for their crimes in relation to Trump’s scandal. On paper this is because any guilty participants need to be punished. But in reality, you prosecute guilty underlings so they’ll flip on the boss. By the time Mueller’s team is done with all this prosecuting, enough underlings will be pointing the finger at Donald Trump that he’ll no longer be tenable in office. If you’re a regular reader, feel free to support Palmer Report.

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Putin says he thinks Trump agreed with his election-hacking denial
Asheboro Courier Tribune
The U.S. agencies concluded that Russian hackers stole and released emails of officials in the Democratic National Committee with the intent to damage Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and help Trump. Since the election, there have been other 

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trump russian candidate – Google News: How Trump, Russia and purging voters is shaping the race for Ohio’s next elections chief – Akron Beacon Journal

How Trump, Russia and purging voters is shaping the race for Ohio’s next elections chief
Akron Beacon Journal
Two of the three candidates to succeed Ohio’s current secretary of state support his decision not to release sensitive voter information to President Donald Trump’s Commission on Election Integrity. And the third, who would not comment for this story, …

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donald trump russia – Google News: Donald Trump Jr. Reportedly Met With A Russia-Linked Lawyer During Presidential Campaign – Elite Daily

Donald Trump Jr. Reportedly Met With A Russia-Linked Lawyer During Presidential Campaign
Elite Daily
Donald Trump Jr., along with the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and his then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort, met with Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower in New York City on June 9, 2016, The New York Times reported on Saturday.

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Anthony Weiner – Google News: The Readers’ Forum: Sunday letters – Winston-Salem Journal

The Readers’ Forum: Sunday letters
Winston-Salem Journal
How ironic to begin one’s celebration of Independence Day with the July 4 article Disbarred injury attorney convicted of embezzlement, about a regional lawyer whose dependence on crack cocaine fueled his embezzlement of more than $100,000 from his …

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trump under federal investigation – Google News: Wyden talks about health care, Russia investigation, education during Springfield town hall – The Register-Guard


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Wyden talks about health care, Russia investigation, education during Springfield town hall
The Register-Guard
Another top concern from audience members was the federal investigation into Trump’s ties with the Russian government. Some feared that Senate Intelligence … I will not let this get swept under the rug, he said of the investigation. Other issues 

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Anthony Weiner – Google News: Sky Views: Snubbing cops for G20 could cost De Blasio – Sky News


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Sky Views: Snubbing cops for G20 could cost De Blasio
Sky News
It’s why some Canadians dismiss Justin Trudeau as “Mr Selfie” and why disgraced congressman Anthony Weiner’sspectacular fall from grace was observed with so much glee. It’s even part of the reason why Hillary Clinton couldn’t ever quite gain the …

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Politico
Trump’s nationalists triumphant after Europe trip
Politico
At the G-20 summit in Germany, Trump stuck to his dissent from a global climate change consensus, befriended RussianPresident Vladimir Putin and weighed potential new steel tariffs that a top European Union official angrily branded protectionist

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former FBI agents power influence – Google News: Everything President Trump has tweeted (and what it was about) – Los Angeles Times


Los Angeles Times
Everything President Trump has tweeted (and what it was about)
Los Angeles Times
His tweets have the power to shape international relations, send stock prices up or down and galvanize the American public. We’re watching …. Amid speculation that Putin, a former KGB agent, might manage to maneuver Trump into making some 

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Trump – Google News: Ivanka Trump takes father’s seat at G-20 leaders’ table in break from diplomatic protocol – Washington Post


Washington Post
Ivanka Trump takes father’s seat at G-20 leaders’ table in break from diplomatic protocol
Washington Post
HAMBURG Ivanka Trump was deputized to fill in for her father at a table of world leaders at the G-20 summit on Saturday, reigniting questions about the unorthodox mixing of family and government in President Trump’s White House. The moment, captured …
Ivanka Trump briefly sits in for her father at G20 sessionCNN
Ivanka Trump sits in for President Trump at G-20 meetingCBS News
Ivanka Trump takes Donald Trump seat at G20 leaders’ tableBBC News
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Donald Trump: Trump Team Met Lawyer Close To Kremlin, Report Says

Donald Trump Jr. said the meeting was to discuss an adoption program.

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Chicago Tribune
Fact check: Trump on Moscow mischief, Putin meeting and ‘blazing’ economy
Chicago Tribune
TRUMP, in a chronological mashup of statements from 2013 to 2016 on whether he had met Putin: “I met him once.” “Yes. One time, yes. Long time ago. Got along with him great, by the way.” ”I got to know him very well because we were both on ’60 Minutes 

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Chicago Tribune
Fact check: Trump on Moscow mischief, Putin meeting and ‘blazing’ economy
Chicago Tribune
Trump initially claimed to have met Putin during business meetings in Russia or when he owned the Miss Universe beauty pageant, which was held in Moscow in 2013. As a foreign policy neophyte, he found it advantageous before his presidential campaign 

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Chicago Tribune
Fact check: Trump on Moscow mischief, Putin meeting and ‘blazing’ economy
Chicago Tribune
This much is known: Trump and Putin were only “60 Minutes” ”stablemates” because they were on the same program. Trump’s segment was taped in New York; Putin’s in Russia. TRUMP, on whether Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. elections: “Nobody really …

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Putin Trump – Google News: Fact check: Trump on Moscow mischief, Putin meeting and ‘blazing’ economy – Chicago Tribune


Chicago Tribune
Fact check: Trump on Moscow mischief, Putin meeting and ‘blazing’ economy
Chicago Tribune
TRUMP, in a chronological mashup of statements from 2013 to 2016 on whether he had met Putin: “I met him once.” “Yes. One time, yes. Long time ago. Got along with him great, by the way.” ”I got to know him very well because we were both on ’60 Minutes 
Trump confronts Putin on election hacking in first meetingMinneapolis Star Tribune
Donald Trump criticises Russia ahead of G20 meeting with PutinFinancial Times
Ahead of Putin meeting, Trump waffles on Russian meddling in 2016 electionLos Angeles Times
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Fact check: Trump on Moscow mischief, Putin meeting and ‘blazing’ economy
Chicago Tribune
TRUMP, in a chronological mashup of statements from 2013 to 2016 on whether he had met Putin: “I met him once.” “Yes. One time, yes. Long time ago. Got along with him great, by the way.” ”I got to know him very well because we were both on ’60 Minutes 
Trump confronts Putin on election hacking in first meetingMinneapolis Star Tribune
Donald Trump criticises Russia ahead of G20 meeting with PutinFinancial Times
Ahead of Putin meeting, Trump waffles on Russian meddling in 2016 electionLos Angeles Times
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Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner met with Russian lawyer during 2016 campaign: source
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Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner met with a Russian lawyer who has connections to the Kremlin last spring, just aftercandidate Donald Trump had clinched the Republican nomination for the presidency, ABC News has confirmed. According to a report …
Report: Trump son, son-in-law met with Kremlin-linked lawyerSacramento Bee
Donald Trump Jr., Campaign Aides Met With Kremlin-Linked Lawyer During CampaignMediaite

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Palmer Report: Collusion bombshell: Donald Trump team secretly met with Kremlin lawyer during campaign

Up to now, the confirmed meetings between the Donald Trump campaign and Russia have all been highly suspicious but have all had ways in which they could be explained away. Jeff Sessions claimed he only met with the Russian Ambassador because he was doing so in his role as a Senator, for instance. But now comes confirmation of a meeting that could not have been anything but collusion between the Trump team and the Russian government.

Key members of Donald Trump’s family and campaign staff held a meeting with a top Kremlin lawyer during the campaign, then lied about it, according to an explosive new report from the New York Times (link) and incredibly, Donald Trump Jr is now admitting to the meeting but is insisting that it was about the adoption of Russian kids.

So we’re supposed to believe that everyone from Donald Trump Jr to Jared Kushner to Paul Manafort had such a strong moral compunction about Russian adoption that they stopped what they were doing in the middle of the campaign to hold a meeting with a Kremlin lawyer, just to get the adoption issue cleared up. This might actually be the weakest on-the-fly excuse that a stupid criminal has ever come up with to try to explain away criminal activities after getting caught in the act.

To be clear, we still don’t know what was discussed in the meeting. If there are tapes of the meeting, as Donald Trump seems to keep unwittingly hinting at during his recent Twitter rants, then the NY Times doesn’t appear to have those tapes. But considering that the upper ranks of the Trump campaign all piled into a meeting with a notorious Kremlin attorney like Natalia Veselnitskaya during the campaign, this is nothing short of a collusion bombshell. Moreover, there are likely larger collusion bombshells forthcoming. If you’re a regular reader, feel free to support Palmer Report.

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Todays Trump-Putin humiliation was a necessary step in Donald Trumps demise

If you’re an American, today just plain sucked. The United States hasn’t been humiliated like this on the world stage in as long as anyone can remember. Donald Trump, the most embarrassing and illegitimate “president” in our nation’s history, met with Vladimir Putin and fully submitted to him, thus confirming that he’s indeed a Russian puppet. But if you want Trump’s demise to happen, today was a necessary and major step.

Donald Trump’s base probably loved it today when Trump kissed Putin’s proverbial ring today, because all his base seems to care about is harming America from within in order to punish the rest of us. But Trump’s base is no more than perhaps 15% of the country. No president has ever survived on 15%, so it doesn’t matter what his base thinks. Since Trump took office we’ve watched his approval rating slide from the low forties to the high-to-mid thirties. That may not seem like much but it’s actually everything.

Trump’s roughly 35% approval rating is 15% base, and 20% tentative support from not-all-that-political people who were never fully sold on him. We’ve that second group slowly but surely slip away from Trump as his time in office has gone on and gotten uglier. I’ve said from the start that if he drops below 30%, even the Republicans in Congress will have to find a way to jettison him in order to maintain some chance of getting reelected. They care far more about saving their own jobs than they do about Trump.

And while things like gerrymandering and voter suppression are forms of cheating, they only buy a point or two at most. So yes, the Democrats can very much win the midterms no matter how much the Republicans cheat. If Donald Trump keeps embarrassing himself on the national stage, as he did today in such plainly obvious fashion that even the people in the middle who don’t watch cable news will hear about it, he’ll become so toxic that large chunks of congressional Republican will come out against him. And that’ll be the end of him. For better or worse, the things Trump does that hurt America’s stature are also the things that march him that much closer to his demise. If you’re a regular reader, feel free to support Palmer Report

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Welcome to the Twilight Zone

I just happened to walk past the World Trade Center memorial today, which took me back to the feelings I had on 9/11. On that day we didn’t know who was attacking us, or why, or how bad it was, or even when it would end. The world was changing by the minute that day, in ways we could never have imagined, and couldn’t comprehend. It was the Twilight Zone. And then I went home today and tuned in for Donald Trump’s meeting with Vladimir Putin, and realized we’re right back in it.

I lack the breadth of scope to properly compare the 9/11 attack on America to the Trump-Russia attack on America. It’s not even a comparison that can be fully fleshed out yet because, by definition, we don’t yet fully know what this Trump-Russia attack is, or how bad it is, or when or how it’ll end. All I know is that the Twilight Zone haze I felt on that day sixteen years ago was a feeling that gradually dissipated the next day and beyond as we regained a bit of control and understanding of the situation. But without consciously realizing it, I’ve been increasingly having that same Twilight Zone feeling every day since last year.

The thing about 9/11 is that we didn’t feel it coming. Sure, everyone (except George W. Bush) knew that Bin Laden was looking to hit us in a big way and go out with a bang. But he’d hit us before, and it was nothing like that. So we went from zero to chaos within minutes that morning. But this Trump thing has been different altogether.

All along we’ve been the proverbial frog in the pot of boiling water, lacking the impetus to jump out because the temperature was rising so gradually. This mentally deranged Russian traitor game show host Donald Trump invaded us one step at a time. First he destroyed a political party. Then he destroyed the integrity of the election process. Now he’s destroying the Executive Branch. And he’s trying to destroy the United States as sovereign nation.

I still think the rule of law will prevail, because people like Trump never succeed in the end. You won’t find a single Trump-like figure in history who didn’t come to a very bad end. But in the mean time, as we try to figure out how to work our way through this daily national crisis, I’m left to consider that the Twilight Zone feeling of 9/11 has once again crept up on us all.

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Trump doubts Russia’s role in 2016 attack, mocks US intel agencies – MSNBC


MSNBC
Trump doubts Russia’s role in 2016 attack, mocks US intel agencies
MSNBC
When it comes to Russia’s attack on the American elections, the Kremlin wants nothing more than for U.S. officials to raise doubts about Russia’s role. Every time an American tries to shield Vladimir Putin’s government, or suggests others may bear …

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Trump says Russia, maybe ‘other’ countries, meddled in US election – New York Post


New York Post
Trump says Russia, maybe ‘other’ countries, meddled in US election
New York Post 
Nobody really knows for sure. The US intelligence community has concluded that Russia interfered
 
Members of the Obama administration said they were reluctant to go public with the information out of fear they would themselves be interfering
 in the election at the direction of Putin. It’s now the subject of a number of congressionalinvestigations, as well as the FBI and special counsel . They opened an investigation into Russia’s involvement and reached out to state election 
If Trump doesn’t raise election interference with Putin, he’s inviting more in 2018Washington Post (blog) 
Trump Shouldn’t Smile When He Meets Putin, Says Ex-US DiplomatNewsweek
Senate Democrats urge Trump to discuss Russia’s election meddling with PutinWashington Examiner
U.S. News & World Report
 
Four sore topics Trump might bring up when he meets Putin
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Russia ‘could have’ interfered with 2016 US election, says US President TrumpWION
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17 intelligence organizations or 4? Either way, Russia conclusion still valid – PolitiFact


New York Post
17 intelligence organizations or 4? Either way, Russia conclusion still valid
PolitiFact
He justified his doubt by noting that the New York Times and the Associated Press recently corrected stories to clarify that four agencies, rather than 17, were directly involved in the January intelligence assessment about Russia’s interference in the 
Trump says Russia, maybe ‘other’ countries, meddled in US electionNew York Post
Trump Is Being Un-American at G-20 in EuropePatheos (blog)
In big U Turn, Donald Trump says Russia could have interfered in the US electionsFinancial Express
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Donald Trump has sided with Vladimir Putin on US election hackingover the CIA and FBI – Quartz


Quartz
Donald Trump has sided with Vladimir Putin on US election hackingover the CIA and FBI
Quartz
To hear the Russians tell it, the president of the United States took Vladimir Putin’s word over the work of US intelligence agencies when it comes to whether Moscow meddled in the 2016 race for the White House. During their lengthy meeting on … They 
Trump Wants Russia to Interfere for Him AgainNew Republic

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Melania Trump Meets Putin After Being Trapped in Residence Amid G-20 Protests – NBCNews.com


NBCNews.com
Melania Trump Meets Putin After Being Trapped in Residence Amid G-20 Protests
NBCNews.com
President Donald Trump and Putin, Tillerson explained, had such good chemistry that they didn’t want to stop talking even after their scheduled time was up. The task then fell to the first lady to nudge them toward finishing up. “It didn’t work 
Thanks to Donald Trump, the 2017 G20 summit has even more fireworks than usualQuartz
Trump Scrambles for G-20 HotelU.S. News & World Report 
The Merkel-Trump handshake heard ’round the worldCNN International
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Trump, Merkel start off tense visit with a handshakeCNN
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Donald Trump vs. CNN: How the President Is Trolling the Media Into Oblivion – Newsweek


Newsweek
Donald Trump vs. CNN: How the President Is Trolling the Media Into Oblivion
Newsweek
It’s not an elegant turn of phrase. But it is, I think, the correct terminology to capture a political moment so monstrously stupid that even Jerry Springer finds it embarrassing. To shitpost, according to the scholarly journal Urban Dictionary, is to 
Donald Trump Jr.: Wingman, Attack DogRealClearPolitics 
Donald Trump implies NBC News should be biased toward him because it ran The Apprentice, while extolling honesty …The Independent

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The brilliant wrestling match tweetWashington Times
How CNN found the Reddit user behind the Trump wrestling GIFCNN
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Trump, Putin meeting shifts from discourse to discord – CNN


CNN
Trump, Putin meeting shifts from discourse to discord
CNN
“It’s an honor to be with you,” Trump told Putin as he shook his counterpart’s hand, after telling reporters they were having “very, very” good talks. Putin, the global power player and master of the body language of the mano-a-mano photo op, adopted
Trump Pressed Putin on Election Hacking During G-20 Meeting, Tillerson SaysNBCNews.com
Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin Meet At G-20 SummitHuffPost
Melania Trump Unsuccessfully Tried to End Donald Trump’s Meeting with Vladimir PutinVanity Fair
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Europe loves America, but not Trump – Los Angeles Times


Los Angeles Times
Europe loves America, but not Trump
Los Angeles Times
In other words: Do not be like Donald Trump. L.A. Times. Is Trump mentally fit to serve? Three weeks ago on The Times’ op-ed page, Dr. Prudence L. Gourguechon a physician, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst evaluated the president’s leadership style …

President Trump’s ‘fake news’ attacks on CNN are mostly bluster. This tweet proves it. – Washington Post


Washington Post
President Trump’s ‘fake news’ attacks on CNN are mostly bluster. This tweet proves it.
Washington Post
President Trump claims to regard CNN, in general, and Jim Acosta, in particular, as peddlers of fake news who fabricate sources and should not be trusted. Yet when his administration wanted to push back against Russia’s assertion that Trumpaccepted …
Donald Trump just defined what being ‘modern day presidential’ president looks likeCNN
Other presidents boosted free press abroad; Trump bashes itCNNMoney 
White House Warns CNN That Critical Coverage Could Cost Time Warner Its MergerNew York Magazine
 
CNN Story About Source of Trump Wrestling Video Draws Backlash

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AP FACT CHECK: The curious case of Trump, Putin encounters – SFGate


SFGate
AP FACT CHECK: The curious case of Trump, Putin encounters
SFGate
This much is known: Trump and Putin were only “60 Minutes” ”stablemates” because they were on the same program. Trump’s segment was taped in New York; Putin’s in Russia. ___. TRUMP: “No matter where you look, the economy is blazing. And on every …

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Trump’s mixed performance: Getting it right on Poland and Russia: Carl M. Cannon – LA Daily News


LA Daily News
Trump’s mixed performance: Getting it right on Poland and Russia: Carl M. Cannon
LA Daily News
Vladimir Putin is no Stalin, but U.S. presidents haven’t done much better in relating to Uncle Vlad. I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy, George W. Bush explained in an observation he later rued. I was 

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Trump confronts Putin about election meddling in an epic first encounter – Buffalo News


Buffalo News
Trump confronts Putin about election meddling in an epic first encounter
Buffalo News
HAMBURG, Germany President Donald Trump questioned President Vladimir Putin of Russia on Friday about Moscow’s interference in the 2016 election, using their epic first face-to-face meeting to directly raise what has become a vexing political issue 

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Putin Trump – Google News: Trump, Putin discuss working together on cyber issues – The Hill


The Hill
Trump, Putin discuss working together on cyber issues
The Hill
U.S. and Russian officials indicated Friday that the two countries would work together in a number of areas, including cybersecurity. The officials revealed the effort following the first high-stakes meeting between President Trump and Russian 

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Trump, Putin Spar on Hacks, Act on Syria – Wall Street Journal (subscription)


Wall Street Journal (subscription)
Trump, Putin Spar on Hacks, Act on Syria
Wall Street Journal (subscription)
… but made tentative progress toward curbing the bloodshed in Syria’s long-running war. President Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin spoke for more than two hours Friday on the sidelines of the Group of 20 leading nations summit in Germany. The.
The Latest: TrumpPutin meeting lasts 2 hours, 16 minutes – WKOW 27: Madison, WI Breaking News, Weather and SportsWKOW

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US appeals court denies Hawaii bid to narrow Trump travel ban – Reuters


Reuters
US appeals court denies Hawaii bid to narrow Trump travel ban
Reuters
The Trump administration then decided that spouses, parents, children, fiancés and siblings would be exempt from the ban, while grandparents and other family members traveling from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen would be barred.Trump …
Appeals Court Declines Hawaii’s Request on Trump’s ‘Travel Ban’NBCNews.com

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Adam Schiff doesn’t trust that Trump pushed Putin on election meddling – Washington Examiner


Washington Examiner
Adam Schiff doesn’t trust that Trump pushed Putin on election meddling
Washington Examiner
won‘t be specific,” the president said. “I think a lot of people interfere. I think it’s been happening for a long time.” Despite Tillerson’s insistence that Trump did push Russia on its election hacking, Schiff continued to question the U.S 
Trump Misleads on Russia HackingFactCheck.org
Sally Yates: Trump’s refusal to believe Russia hacked US election means it could happen againThe Independent
Clapper: No evidence others besides Russia hacked US electionPolitico

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US and Russia Agree to Cease-Fire in Syria – The Atlantic


The Atlantic
US and Russia Agree to Cease-Fire in Syria
The Atlantic
Tillerson said President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin reached the defined agreement during a lengthy two-hour conversation for which both he and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov were present. On Friday, Lavrov confirmed that 
US, Russia announce Syria cease-fire after Trump-Putin talksMilitary Times

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Rob Reiner: ‘Russia Has Invaded US’ – Breitbart News


Breitbart News
Rob Reiner: ‘Russia Has Invaded US’
Breitbart News
Filmmaker and actor Rob Reiner took to Twitter Friday to proclaim that Russia has invaded the United States, shortly after U.S. President Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Hamburg. Russia has invaded US …

Violence casts shadow over G20 meeting in Hamburg

Angela Merkel condemns clashes providing backdrop to testy summit of world leaders
Trump Has Putin over a Barrel – National Review


National Review
Trump Has Putin over a Barrel
National Review
Vladimir Putin’s circle of corrupt oligarchs gouge whatever money they can from the impoverished Russian economy and move it to bank accounts overseas. And they do this after giving Putin his cut, after which he apparently also sends the moneyoverseas.
Putin wants Trump to lift sanctions on Russia. Here’s how that could actually happen.Vox
The Russian-American relationship is no longer about Russia or AmericaWashington Post
Trump’s mistake in his meeting with PutinCNN US Media’s Murky Coverage of Putin and Trump
The New Yorker  
Putin Meets Tons of Trumps
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Trump Joined Putin in Ridiculing Our American Press and Our Intelligence Community – The Daily Banter


The Daily Banter
Trump Joined Putin in Ridiculing Our American Press and Our Intelligence Community
The Daily Banter
… at his own people shows us exactly where Trump’s loyalties reside, and they’re certainly not with his own people, nor is it about putting them “first.” His loyalties don’t appear to be with either his own intelligence community or with journalists 
Trump Pressed Putin on Election Hacking During G-20 Meeting, Tillerson SaysNBCNews.com 
Trump meets Putin, and Russia claims he accepted its denials of US election interferenceLos Angeles Times

The White House and Russia had 2 very different accounts of Trump and Putin’s conversation on election meddlingBusiness Insider 
New York Daily News
 
Putin denies election hacking after Trump pressed him, Tillerson saysWashington Post
 The Boston Globe CNN
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Video reveals widespread rebellion against EU, Muslim invasion – WND.com


WND.com
Video reveals widespread rebellion against EU, Muslim invasion
WND.com
The world watched as Donald Trump had a face-to-face meeting with a portrait of Jan Sobieski, whose faith and achievements are now being recalled far and wide. Sobieski united European armies to resist the same enemy the EU refuses to call an enemy.

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From Nixon to Trump, the FBI has always had a duty to keep the President in check – Irish Examiner


Irish Examiner
From Nixon to Trump, the FBI has always had a duty to keep the President in check
Irish Examiner
JOHN Mindermann is part of an unusual fraternity. A former agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), now 80 and retired in his hometown, San Francisco, he is among the relative handful of law-enforcement officials who have investigated a

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Donald Trump | The Guardian: Trump, North Korea and shifting alliances: is this a new world disorder?
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trump is politically immature – Google News: What has become of civility in the age of Twitter – Sacramento Bee
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Donald Trump: Colorado Voters Are Canceling Their Registration After Trump Request For Voter Data
Trump – Google News: Trump officials signal intent to begin refilling Guantanamo – The Hill
trump as danger to National Security – Google News: Vice President Pence stays loyal to Trump, but it could come at a cost – La Crosse Tribune
Elections 2016 Investigation – Google News: Rep. Maxine Waters incorrectly claims all 17 intelligence agencies concluded Russian election meddling – Washington Examiner
Donald Trump – Google News: Elizabeth Warren says Donald Trump has done ‘incalculable damage’ to US foreign policy – MassLive.com
Donald Trump – Google News: Elizabeth Warren says Donald Trump has done ‘incalculable damage’ to US foreign policy – MassLive.com
Donald Trump – Google News: Donald Trump Jr. one-ups his dad with new Instagram that shows the president shooting down ‘CNN’ – Business Insider
Donald Trump – Google News: Donald Trump Jr. one-ups his dad with new Instagram that shows the president shooting down ‘CNN’ – Business Insider
Donald Trump: Nikki Haley Contradicts Trump Line On Russian Election Interference
Trump FBI file – Google News: Report: FBI investigated claims that former Texas Tech coach Bob Knight groped women – Dallas News
trump narcissist – Google News: Why Does Donald Trump Keep Dissing Jews? – New York Times
2016 elections and mental health – Google News: Iowa Woman Pleads Guilty To Voting Twice For Donald Trump – HuffPost

 

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Trump doubts Russia’s role in 2016 attack, mocks US intel agencies – MSNBC
Trump says Russia, maybe ‘other’ countries, meddled in US election – New York Post
17 intelligence organizations or 4? Either way, Russia conclusion still valid – PolitiFact
Donald Trump has sided with Vladimir Putin on US election hackingover the CIA and FBI – Quartz
Melania Trump Meets Putin After Being Trapped in Residence Amid G-20 Protests – NBCNews.com
Donald Trump vs. CNN: How the President Is Trolling the Media Into Oblivion – Newsweek
Trump, Putin meeting shifts from discourse to discord – CNN
Europe loves America, but not Trump – Los Angeles Times
President Trump’s ‘fake news’ attacks on CNN are mostly bluster. This tweet proves it. – Washington Post
AP FACT CHECK: The curious case of Trump, Putin encounters – SFGate
Trump’s mixed performance: Getting it right on Poland and Russia: Carl M. Cannon – LA Daily News
Trump confronts Putin about election meddling in an epic first encounter – Buffalo News
Putin Trump – Google News: Trump, Putin discuss working together on cyber issues – The Hill
Trump, Putin Spar on Hacks, Act on Syria – Wall Street Journal (subscription)
US appeals court denies Hawaii bid to narrow Trump travel ban – Reuters
Adam Schiff doesn’t trust that Trump pushed Putin on election meddling – Washington Examiner
US and Russia Agree to Cease-Fire in Syria – The Atlantic
Rob Reiner: ‘Russia Has Invaded US’ – Breitbart News
Violence casts shadow over G20 meeting in Hamburg
Trump Has Putin over a Barrel – National Review
Trump Joined Putin in Ridiculing Our American Press and Our Intelligence Community – The Daily Banter
Video reveals widespread rebellion against EU, Muslim invasion – WND.com
From Nixon to Trump, the FBI has always had a duty to keep the President in check – Irish Examiner

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