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Evo Morales resigns as Bolivian coup emerges

Unlike the failed coup in Venezuela, this time in Bolivia, the military has prevailed upon Evo Morales to resign. Banana Republicans finally manage a military coup, this time in Bolivia, but there are cautionary tales. x Breaking News: President Evo Morales of Bolivia has announced


Tass announces joint US cyber operations with Russia – again?

A surprise announcement from the Russian news service, TASS: According to the FSB in Russia, the US government has now agreed to carrying out joint cyber operations with Russian intelligence. What? — Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) October 18, 2019 This bit of cynical non-collusive activity


Trump talks Turkey: sternly-worded threats, tweeted loudly

Trump has now made threats against Turkey, having tried to bluff Erdogan and failed, again, as Axios reports. Unfortunately, Trump cannot erase a crisis of his own making with initiatives that will take weeks to implement while people die. This raises more questions about conversations

whistle-blower (-gate) is still about #TrumpRussia

As we wait for more whistle-blower news and an inevitable flurry of Trumpian disinformation and diversions, we need to review that Trump’s impeachable offense in Ukraine was also a move in a corruption history favoring Russia back through Manafort. Trump’s hold on Congressional aid to Ukraine


Javelin Catcher: what's the cost of a favor if it's not a quid pro quo

Recalling the delaying action of the Bill Barr “summary” of the Mueller report, the White House released a 5-page memo to frame the eventual release of the whistle-blower complaint. In it Ukraine President Zelensky mentions Javelin missiles (page 2), and then Trump immediately asks for a

Pompeo signals that he'll be slow-walking the Impeachment Inquiry's demands

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) stated that Pompeo was obstructing Congress. x Pompeo blocks depositions with State Dept officials in Ukraine inquiry. The officials are Ambassador Marie “Masha” YovanovitchAmbassador Kurt VolkerDeputy Assistant Secretary George KentCounselor T. Ulrich Brechbuhl and Ambassador Gordon Sondland— Anthony DeRosa🗽 (@Anthony)

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Iranian-flagged oil tanker on fire in Red Sea, some oil spilled

Report of an explosion aboard a National Iranian Oil Company Tanker Sinopa carrying 1 million barrels, sailing in the Red Sea near Jiddah. Block TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s state-run news agency and other media say an explosion has struck an Iranian oil tanker off


Arms for Dirt in the shotgun-trap presidency

x Editorial cartoon:The GOP defends Trump. — Las Vegas Sun (@LasVegasSun) October 8, 2019 Trump’s the guy who would sue an automaker for damages because his getaway car got a flat, just as he said he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and not lose voters.

A woman holds a sign depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump during a protest outside the White House, Tuesday, July 17, 2018, in Washington. This is the second day in a row the group has held a protest following President Donald Trump's meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump warms the climate for a large-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine

“Today Putin-puppet Trump condemned ‘corrupt’ Ukraine, ordered US withdrawal in Syria, cancelled Open Skies.” Pulling out of the Open Skies treaty may blind some aspects of monitoring Russian militarization of the Ukrainian conflict, as Trump does more of Putin’s bidding. x The Trump administration is pulling out