Trump Presidency: ‘The Greatest Intelligence Operation of Our Time’

In an interview on MSNBC, investigative journalist Craig Unger, author of the new book, House of Putin, House of Trump, described how Donald Trump first gained access to Russian mob money, starting with New York real-estate transactions in the 1980s:

I go back nearly 40 years, and I see essentially the greatest intelligence operation of our times. It started off in 1984 with a man who has ties to the Russian mafia, and he meets with Donald Trump in the Trump Tower, the supreme moment of Donald Trump becoming a master of real estate in the United States — and what we end up seeing is Trump Tower become sort of a cathedral of money laundering.

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Ron Desantis is Proud to Portray Himself as an Idiot to Show His Devotion to Trump

Don’t skip this ad just because you don’t live in Florida. But first, tie a bow around your chin so your jaw won’t get hurt when it drops to the ground.

Florida’s choices for governor are a Republican who is owned and operated by the NRA and Big Sugar (and whose agency stopped conducting background checks for concealed carry permits because it couldn’t remember its password), a Hillary Clinton-esque moderate Democrat who is almost guaranteed to lose because of the lack of enthusiasm she inspires among voters, and…this putz.

To paraphrase the old saying about Mexico, “Poor Florida — so far from God and so close to the United States.”

Nightmare Scenario is Too Simple, Too Close

Norm Ornstein’s nightmare will be yours after you read this.

The magnificent Diane Rehm recently had the very smart Mr. Ornstein as a guest on her podcast. His book with his writing partner, Thomas Mann, It’s Even Worse Than It Looks, was criticized for its lack of false equivalencies in mostly blaming Republicans for obstructionism under Obama, but to many others this only lent him greater credibility.

That’s why I can’t get his nightmare scenario for how Trump could end our democracy out of my head. Here’s what Ornstein said on Rehm’s podcast. You must understand it too. BELOW THE FOLD »

NY Daily News Cover: ‘Open Treason’

If You Know Your Own Family’s Immigration Story, You Should Watch This

And If You Don’t, Maybe You Should Look Into It

If you find yourself growing immune to the trauma we are inflicting on our southern border, watch this video for a little reminder of how shameful our current president’s policies are.

“It’s like we’re an outbreak, and they are the treatment…”

And Doesn’t He Look Buoyant?

This is a screenshot of the actual Al-Jazeera news website, not a headline and photo from The Onion.

Thank you to our friends in England for making this perfect headline and photo combination possible. Unlike the Republicans in Congress, it appears the Brits are not suffering from battered spouse syndrome.

Reagan Warns against Trumpism in 1988: Beware Demagogues Who Declare Trade War against Our Friends

We should beware of the demagogues who are ready to declare a trade war against our friends — weakening our economy, our national security, and the entire free world — all while cynically waving the American flag.

Transcript via Snopes:

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Kavanaugh’s Judicial Ideological Score

‘Trump’s Trojan Horse,’ a Poem by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Trump’s Trojan Horse
by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Homer didn’t live long enough
To tell of Trump’s White House
Which is his Trojan horse
From which all the president’s men
Burst out to destroy democracy
And install corporations
As absolute rulers of the world
Ever more powerful than nations
And it’s happening as we sleep
Bow down, oh Common Man
Bow down!

Happy Fourth!