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Author: Raine    Date: 07/25/2018 13:15:05

It's been a week and a half since the TrumPutin press conference in Helsinki. Only a week and a half and since then we have the normal deluge of horrific and breaking news from the mis-administration.

Just last night, we learned that the White House will stop announcing calls with foreign leaders.
Official descriptions of the President's calls with foreign leaders -- termed "readouts" in Washington parlance -- offer administrations the chance to characterize in their own terms the diplomacy conducted at the highest levels between countries. While news is rarely contained in the rote, often dry descriptions, they do offer the only official account that a phone call took place. Readouts are still released internally.

Trump has had at least two calls with other leaders in the last two weeks, including Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The White House confirmed that the calls took place after they were reported by foreign media, but declined to elaborate on what was said.

The White House has not published a readout of a call between Trump and a world leader since mid-June when he called to congratulate the Hungarian prime minister on his re-election victory.
You will recall early on in this administration the press leaked, as it were, phone calls between the President of Mexico and the Prime minister of Australia. I bring this up because if it wasn't already clear, this announcement is not a surprise to me. I also bring this up because it will only lead to more leaks about the calls that are made to foreign leaders. They do not want transparency because they do not want to be held accountable to the people they are supposed to be serving.

Let's go back to the Helsinki meeting. We can all agree to the interaction with the press was jaw-dropping but even more jaw-dropping? The White House changed the transcript of what we actually saw and heard.
It was perhaps the most explosive exchange in an incendiary press conference: Russian President Vladimir Putin appearing to frankly admit to a motive for, and maybe even to the act of, meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, despite repeatedly denying Russian interference in American politics during the rest of his appearance with Donald Trump in Finland on Monday.

But the exchange doesn’t appear in full in the White House’s live-stream or transcript of the press conference, and it’s missing entirely from the Kremlin’s transcript of the event. The White House did not immediately provide an explanation for the discrepancy.

Understanding what Putin said depends on what you watch or where you look. If you watch the video of the news conference provided by the Russian government, or by news outlets such as PBS and the Associated Press, you will hear the Reuters reporter Jeff Mason ask a bombshell of a question: “President Putin, did you want President Trump to win the election and did you direct any of your officials to help him do that?”

Putin then responds with a bombshell of an answer, according to the English translation of his remarks that was broadcast during the press conference: “Yes, I did. Yes, I did. Because he talked about bringing the U.S.-Russia relationship back to normal.”


It is important to remember that Putin is a calculating, intelligent and quick thinker. With that said, I want to point out something most of the press is doing, They are assuming that Puting repeated the answer to only the first question, much the way Americans might.

He didn't. He answered both questions.

He admitted to the world last week that directed his officials to get his puppet elected. Believe it.

Happy Wednesday!

and
Raine
 

32 comments (Latest Comment: 07/25/2018 22:46:29 by Raine)
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Comment by Raine on 07/25/2018 13:18:55
good morning!





Comment by Raine on 07/25/2018 13:20:12
Quote by Raine:
good morning!



Link to story.


Comment by wickedpam on 07/25/2018 13:29:07
Morning

Comment by Raine on 07/25/2018 13:29:18
This is interesting.
Davis, a damage-control maestro going back to the Clinton administration, told me: "Michael Cohen has made a turn. This is on the record — Michael and I talked about it."

"Michael is going to tell the truth to the powers that be, and let the chips fall where they may."

"I've used this line too many times, but who talks about cash like that besides drug dealers and mobsters?"

Davis said that the tape's release sends the message: "I am no longer the previous Michael Cohen that you knew — taking a bullet for Donald Trump, saying anything to defend him, being a good soldier. ... That is over."

Davis said he was unable to say what Cohen's next move is: "I’m not saying there are more tapes as telling as [this] one, ... but there are more tapes. ... There is more to come."


Comment by wickedpam on 07/25/2018 13:30:56
Quote by Raine:
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good morning!



Link to story.



Maybe its time they think of removing that star altogether. Its more nuisance and really doesn't deserve to be there. Or move it to some place more appropriate like the sewage plant or a tar pit.

Comment by Raine on 07/25/2018 13:32:41
Quote by Raine:
This is interesting.
Davis, a damage-control maestro going back to the Clinton administration, told me: "Michael Cohen has made a turn. This is on the record — Michael and I talked about it."

"Michael is going to tell the truth to the powers that be, and let the chips fall where they may."

"I've used this line too many times, but who talks about cash like that besides drug dealers and mobsters?"

Davis said that the tape's release sends the message: "I am no longer the previous Michael Cohen that you knew — taking a bullet for Donald Trump, saying anything to defend him, being a good soldier. ... That is over."

Davis said he was unable to say what Cohen's next move is: "I’m not saying there are more tapes as telling as [this] one, ... but there are more tapes. ... There is more to come."
and more here.


Comment by Scoopster on 07/25/2018 13:48:46
Mornin' all! That wasn't the first time it got smashed up, and it probably wont be the last time.

So NPR's reporting has taken a major serious journalism turn lately. Some of the interviews with midwestern residents, farmers, business owners & political figures has been fantastic.

Here's an interview with Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE), who claims this aid package represents revenue of American Farmers that has already been lost since these idiotic protectionist policies were started. He also points out that it's already too late to change things back, because the trade markets that have been lost would only come back at 80% maximum.

And this story brings up another point. Where is that other 20% gonna come from? And in the meantime, what happens to that 20% of crops, meat, milk, etc.? And what happens to their debt payments?

Comment by Scoopster on 07/25/2018 13:52:24






Comment by Will in Chicago on 07/25/2018 13:59:20
Good morning, bloggers!!!

I believe that we are in for a rough road ahead with Trump. We will likely see him become more desperate and erratic as Mueller's indictments approach. Part of me fears that Norm Ornstein is correct, that Trump will call his followers out to commit violence (or have his media supporters do so), they cause violence, and Trump declares martial law. (I am not sure that the army would comply.)

Let me post a few images appropriate for this blog.



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Comment by Will in Chicago on 07/25/2018 14:07:13
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We have left the world of the Onion far behind. We are now taking that One Step Beyond the Outer Limits of the Twilight Zone.

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Comment by Will in Chicago on 07/25/2018 14:46:43
I agree with Malcolm Nance about bulk purchases for books. The GOP will give anything away to promote their agenda.

As for reasoning with Trumpsters, Raw Story has a piece on a conservative Naval professor trying to reason with Trump supporters.

Comment by Will in Chicago on 07/25/2018 14:58:48
Comment by Raine on 07/25/2018 15:07:55
Quote by Scoopster:
Mornin' all! That wasn't the first time it got smashed up, and it probably wont be the last time.

So NPR's reporting has taken a major serious journalism turn lately. Some of the interviews with midwestern residents, farmers, business owners & political figures has been fantastic.

Here's an interview with Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE), who claims this aid package represents revenue of American Farmers that has already been lost since these idiotic protectionist policies were started. He also points out that it's already too late to change things back, because the trade markets that have been lost would only come back at 80% maximum.

And this story brings up another point. Where is that other 20% gonna come from? And in the meantime, what happens to that 20% of crops, meat, milk, etc.? And what happens to their debt payments?
You know all of this bothers me, but what bothers me MOST is that we still haven't bailed out Puerto Rico.


Comment by livingonli on 07/25/2018 15:35:37
Maybe the only question is whether Trump/GOP policies/incompetence will cause the economy to crash before the midterms.

Comment by Raine on 07/25/2018 16:41:58



Comment by livingonli on 07/25/2018 17:02:19
London may hit an all time record high today but the right still says climate change isn't happening.

Comment by Raine on 07/25/2018 17:06:15




Comment by Raine on 07/25/2018 17:21:38
Does anyone know where I can get the entire recording of the Cohen tape?

Comment by Raine on 07/25/2018 17:41:49
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Does anyone know where I can get the entire recording of the Cohen tape?

This has been spinning for 15 minutes.

Is there any other place?

Comment by Scoopster on 07/25/2018 18:37:34
Putin visiting the WH in the fall isn't happening, or so John Bolton is saying..




Comment by Raine on 07/25/2018 18:44:56
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Putin visiting the WH in the fall isn't happening, or so John Bolton is saying..




This, after the Kremlin signaled it wouldn't be meeting.





Comment by Scoopster on 07/25/2018 18:50:51
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Putin visiting the WH in the fall isn't happening, or so John Bolton is saying..



This, after the Kremlin signaled it wouldn't be meeting.

The funny part is it seems like Bolton is expecting Mueller to be done by the end of the year.

Comment by wickedpam on 07/25/2018 18:52:03
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Does anyone know where I can get the entire recording of the Cohen tape?

This has been spinning for 15 minutes.

Is there any other place?



Only one I've heard was MSNBC this morning and it was cut right after the word that sounded like check. Also that first bit I heard "hun".

Comment by wickedpam on 07/25/2018 18:52:49
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Scoopster:
Putin visiting the WH in the fall isn't happening, or so John Bolton is saying..




This, after the Kremlin signaled it wouldn't be meeting.






Is this a sign that his usefulness if done?

Comment by livingonli on 07/25/2018 18:54:00
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Quote by Raine:
Quote by Scoopster:
Putin visiting the WH in the fall isn't happening, or so John Bolton is saying..



This, after the Kremlin signaled it wouldn't be meeting.

The funny part is it seems like Bolton is expecting Mueller to be done by the end of the year.

Probably they realize that such a summit in the current situation might hurt the GOP in the mid-terms.

Comment by livingonli on 07/25/2018 18:54:35
That presser in Helsinki should provide enough material for ads in this coming election.

Comment by Raine on 07/25/2018 19:15:30
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Quote by Scoopster:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Scoopster:
Putin visiting the WH in the fall isn't happening, or so John Bolton is saying..



This, after the Kremlin signaled it wouldn't be meeting.

The funny part is it seems like Bolton is expecting Mueller to be done by the end of the year.

Probably they realize that such a summit in the current situation might hurt the GOP in the mid-terms.
Correct on both accounts.


Comment by Raine on 07/25/2018 19:19:29
Pompeo just called for Russia to end its annexation of Crimea.

Comment by livingonli on 07/25/2018 20:28:20
Raine, are you listening to Randi?

Comment by Raine on 07/25/2018 21:22:25
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Raine, are you listening to Randi?

No. I am listening to the Pompeo hearing.

What is she saying?

Comment by livingonli on 07/25/2018 21:46:47
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Raine, are you listening to Randi?

No. I am listening to the Pompeo hearing.

What is she saying?

She was going off on Pompeo and how he was answering the questions and toadying up to his boss.

Comment by Raine on 07/25/2018 22:46:29
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Raine, are you listening to Randi?

No. I am listening to the Pompeo hearing.

What is she saying?

She was going off on Pompeo and how he was answering the questions and toadying up to his boss.
Well, I was kinda saying the same thing on twitter.

Love her but I was listening to the same thing.