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From Vanity Fair: A Brief History of Team Donald’s Ties to Russia


Obama Blacklists 15 Russian Individuals and Companies


Number of Russian individuals and companies President Obama has blacklisted “for their dealings in Crimea and Ukraine, creating an early test for the new administration of President-elect Donald J. Trump, who is widely expected to roll back the pressure campaign against Russia,” the New York Times reports. “The Treasury Department designated seven individuals and eight corporate entities involved in a range of projects, including the construction of a bridge connecting Russia to the Crimean peninsula. It also targeted businesspeople who are associates of President Vladimir V. Putin or are involved in activities that aid in Russia’s destabilization of Ukraine.”


Obama: Russians, Trump Campaign Linked

This was not a secret running up to the election! The president-elect in some of his political events specifically said to the Russians, ‘Hack Hillary’s emails so that we can finally find out what’s going on, and confirm our conspiracy theories.’ You had what was very clear relationships between members of the president-elect’s campaign team and Russians, and a professed shared view on a bunch of issues.

— President Obama, drawing a direct line between President-elect Donald Trump’s team and Russia’s attempt to sway the presidential election, the Daily Beast reports.


CIA Has No Doubt Russia Has Hacked U.S.

There is not just smoke here. There is a blazing 10-alarm fire, the sirens are wailing, the Russians provided the lighter fluid, and Trump is standing half-burnt and holding a match.

— Ex-CIA officer Glenn Carle, quoted by The Guardian, on Russian attempts to influence the U.S. presidential election.


Russian Media Are in the Disinformation Busines to Undermine Democracy

FI mean, that is the main goal of Russian disinformation, whether it be through their television channels, whether it be through other measures like hacking, like their legions of paid trolls. That is the ultimate goal is to undermine democracy, to undermine faith in our institutions, like the media. … And I think that’s the point of Russian media, Russian disinformation has been happening for years now. But people didn’t really take it seriously.

— Former “Russia Today” anchor Liz Wahl, telling CNN that the goal of the Russian media is to create disinformation to undermine democracy.

Poetic Justice

Oodles of Rubles

Paul Manafort’s tenure as Trump’s guy is done.
His departure will go unmourned by anyone.
We can’t express joy
That he’s unemployed,
Because we know he still has his Russian slush fund.


Manafort Took Secret Payments from Russians

$12.7 million

Amount that handwritten ledgers show “in undisclosed cash payments designated for Mr. Manafort from Mr. Yanukovych’s pro-Russian political party from 2007 to 2012. … Investigators assert that the disbursements were part of an illegal off-the-books system whose recipients also included election officials,” reports the New York Times.


Former CIA Chief Calls Trump an ‘Unwitting Agent’ of Russia

In the intelligence business, we would say that Mr. Putin had recruited Mr. Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation.

— Former CIA Director Michael Morell, writing in the New York Times.

Poetic Justice

He’s Wooing Putin

Mitch McConnell had to relieve the international pressure,
Reassuring our allies that we would be there with our militia.
Donald Trump’s NATO comments
Might have made more sense
If he were instead running for president of Russia.


U.S. Scrambled Fighters for Russian Bombers July 4


Number of Russian bombers that were flying close to the U.S. coast off California and Alaska on Independence Day, according to the Independent. In response, the U.S. scrambled fighter jets to intercept them. “The North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) has not said if either pair of bombers was armed. At the time of the interceptions, Russian President Vladimir Putin had called President Obama to wish him a happy July 4th.”