Kyiv

Time and anti-tank weapons favor the Ukrainians even if air superiority remains complicated. An extended siege of Kyiv looks possible with the current stalemate, and long-range bombardment continues. Mercenaries are being recruited to support Russian forces. The disinformation campaign continues, including the relocation of some of the Mariupol population elsewhere,...

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  • March 21, 2022

The situation has become fraught with increases in attacks on civilians, amid charges and counter charges. Bombardment continues and a few Ukrainian counter attacks are offset by brutality in places like Mariupol. Russia appears to be trying to achieve the capture of the land bridge from Moldova to Donbas. Ukraine...

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  • March 18, 2022

We haven’t yet reached that point where the losses to the Russians are sustainable. Replacements may be on their way to the front. They likely will not see the same troops who have until now resisted any new advances. There have been some Ukrainian counter-attacks. The Russians now settle for longer range...

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  • March 17, 2022

The war continues with Russian troops hiding among hospital facilities in the south using staff as cover or shields. They exhibit slow progress toward Kiev even as talks continue and the PR offensive remains solid with Zelensky speaking to the Canadian Parliament and the Prime Ministers of Czechia, Poland, and Slovenia....

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  • March 16, 2022

Bombardment continues with over 900 missiles launched against Ukraine and the notable media appearance was the on-air protest by an editor on Russian State TV. She was arrested and seems to be held incommunicado from her lawyers. “(T)oo many civilian targets have been hit by Russian bombs for them all...

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  • March 15, 2022

All wars are battles among falcons, they are never fought between hawks and doves. A UN enforced no-fly-zone would have no doves. As James Clapper said on CNN: “The game’s on”. The reality is that wars like Ukraine-Russia are fought in blood even if they can be modeled as a series of...

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  • March 14, 2022

An “operative lull” seems now ready to end. Bombardment resumes and the messaging about “foreign fighters” increases with the slowing of the Russian advance to take major cities. Smaller cities that have been captured are being repressed by Russians and some proxies with brutal efficiency. The war continues to be...

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  • March 13, 2022

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty released a very interesting video that gives a closer look on the armament of a Ukrainian anti-tank squad. The scenes were filmed during a skirmish between Ukrainian and Russian forces in an undisclosed village in the area of Kyiv. The footage shows the Ukrainian soldiers advancing...

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  • March 10, 2022

Putin may win the initial overall battle, but he will lose the war. Malcolm Nance and Ben Rhodes agree. Hillary Clinton slams Trump’s complicity. Putin will ultimately lose. x YouTube Video Chat – Join In Historic First, NATO Activates Military ‘Response Force’: The move came as both Kyiv and Moscow voiced...

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  • February 25, 2022

Foreign Affairs Journalist Terrell Jermaine Starr speaks to us directly from Ukraine. Condi Rice is on Biden’s side. Crime high? Blame GOP. Journalist speaks from Ukraine x YouTube Video Chat – Join Politics Done Right Live weekdays @ 11:00 AM Central Video Zoom: LINK — Live Calls: (346)248-7799 ID:254 0...

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  • February 21, 2022

The use of federal protection squads in Portland and DC is expected to expand, even as there is no need for them except as actors in re-election campaign media. It’s more security theater, situated in cities rather than airports. It is pseudo martial law, transgressing on state and local laws, superspreading...

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  • July 22, 2020

Got caught, evaded justice, and could get impeached again. x BREAKING: Remember America? We do.#ImpeachmentDay pic.twitter.com/tzGPwX7zBG — Eleven Films (@Eleven_Films) February 5, 2020 “[The Founders] gave you a remedy and they meant for you to use it. They gave you an oath and they meant for you to observe it. We...

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  • February 5, 2020

On the eve of Trump’s State of the Union paean to himself, it may help to be reminded of all the ways in which the Guy  Who Knows Everything doesn’t know much, and doesn’t care. Jennifer Rubin, in her latest (well, latest as of yesterday) swipe at the Pr*sident Sh!t-for-Brains...

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  • February 4, 2020

Trial without witnesses is no trial at all. The impeachment as indictment can never be withdrawn. The constant attempts to reduce the impeachment to a civil, rather than a criminal trial, since a bribe of $391 million was at stake for a personal use of public monies in the pursuit...

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  • January 31, 2020

Just before leaving for the golf course this morning, Trump reminded us of his concern for law enforcement hygiene. Darn those dirty (filthy) cops. Darn that psychological projection. New unredacted emails between OMB and DoD show that Trump did continue the hold on Arms for Dirt funds. x ….had happened...

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  • January 2, 2020

Politicians thinking of entering the recent Giuliani Ukraine “documentary” piece into trial evidence, need to first read this WaPo article by Ian Bateson. x Opinion: What Rudy Giuliani’s version of reality looks like from Ukraine https://t.co/pz3iyiY5CT— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) December 27, 2019 Earlier this month, Rudolph W. Giuliani made an...

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  • December 28, 2019

The collusion of IMPOTUS and Russia continues while he waits for his trial. One area that will see greater problems as cybersecurity experts leave the federal government because of Trump, is the electronic vulnerability of the US. https://twitter.com/gregpmiller/status/1209943121620013056? The new Russia adviser at the White House — the third in...

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  • December 26, 2019

Commander-in-Chief claimed he was working, then went golfing. There will be media distractions with an impending DPRK missile launch, but we are reminded that the funny business with the Three Amigos was more about fossil fuel than the media framing of a “perfect call”. x Asked by a member of the...

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  • December 24, 2019

Trump continues to service Russia and support the “dirt on Biden” quest, whining that it doesn’t feel like he’s been impeached. Because shaking down the Ukrainian president isn’t violating bribery and extortion statutes even if Congressional aid was worth $391 million in announcing investigations. If only Zelensky had been found having sexy...

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  • December 19, 2019

Trump continues to service Russia and support the “dirt on Biden” quest, whining that it doesn’t feel like he’s been impeached. Because shaking down the Ukrainian president isn’t violating bribery and extortion statutes even if Congressional aid was worth $391 million in announcing investigations. If only Zelensky had been found having sexy...

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  • December 19, 2019

A new Washington Post article describes the mechanics of disinformation underlying portions of the smear campaign to which Rudy Giuliani claimed credit as a private citizen working for Trump. Colludy or Conspiry? 'I needed #Yovanovitch out of the way' so  malign actors in Arms for Dirt created fake lists The story that...

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  • December 17, 2019

It’s not animal husbandry, but like Rachel Maddow’s new book chronicles, US crony capitalism in the Trump era can often devolve to fossil fuel kleptocracy. In today’s Arms for Dirt, the GOP demand to prosecute the Bidens distracts from the concurrent deals Rick Perry made for his cohorts. These potential crimes...

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  • December 17, 2019

Inspector Clouseau is back from his farce-finding trip to Ukraine, and he tells Donald Trump that he found more than Trump “can imagine.” I don’t think he fully comprehends the depth and breadth of Trump’s imagination, but whatever. Donald Trump will believe anything, so long as he wants to believe it....

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  • December 14, 2019

All Washington is astonished that Trump, about to be impeached for putting the arm on Ukraine, sent his personal shyster back to Kyiv to do it some more. But remember that Trump thinks there’s nothing wrong with doing that, because he just knows Joe Biden was corruptly interfering in Ukraine’s...

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  • December 8, 2019

Oh, hey, Rudy Giuliani is about to break the wackadoodle Ukraine conspiracy story wide open! This intel comes from none other than Donald Trump — the guy who thinks exercise is bad for you, vaccines cause autism, climate change is a Chinese hoax, Ted Cruz’s dad may have been involved in...

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  • December 8, 2019

Rudy Giuliani is returning from Ukraine. He tried to divert attention from his producing propaganda with OANN support, as one of his Ukraine cronies might get called to testify in the Senate trial. Politico thinks Giuliani is “shook”, as he tries to spin distractions and disinformation. It was another revelatory week in...

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  • December 7, 2019

Yes, Max Boot is a conservative. But despite his Republican roots, he’s been one of Donald Trump’s fiercest and most consistent critics. That makes him useful — at least for the time being. And yesterday, he once again blew holes in the fragrant hunk of Swiss cheese that used to be...

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  • December 7, 2019

This has been clear for some time. In the hierarchy of things Donald Trump cares about, No. 1 is Donald Trump. Way, way down the list somewhere at No. 2 is Chicken McNuggets. Light-years beyond that, somewhere in the far reaches of inky-black space, is Ivanka Trump. After that, it’s just a...

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  • December 6, 2019

Disinformation in plain sight now includes a series of stunts, supported by OAN and apparently pro-Russian Ukrainian politicians as Rudy Giuliani tries to spin more mischief for Trump. Coincidentally a Sinclair reporter asked Speaker Pelosi the “hate” question today.  Giuliani’s trips were organized around filming of a multipart television series...

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  • December 5, 2019

More Trump lies and disinformation. Remember that Trump did his little recitation stunt on the South Lawn during chopper talk to draw attention away from the testimony of the July 26 French restaurant phone call in Kyiv.  There’s no evidence Trump’s September 9 ‘no quid pro quo’ conversation with Sondland ever...

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  • November 30, 2019

(This diary is based partly on information provided by The Daily 202 and JustSecurity). Often times a timeline is useful in sorting out a complicated story, and Bog knows the Ukraine story is a complicated mess. I’ve thought about creating several timelines, but with this morning's diaries of Trump looking...

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  • November 27, 2019

After this week’s testimony in the impeachment hearings, the contours of President Donald Trump’s abuse of power for personal advantage have become crystal clear. Trump violated U.S. law when he solicited the interference of a foreign power in an American election. Looking ahead to 2020, Trump demanded the new Ukrainian...

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  • November 24, 2019

Pudding, proof, eating. x My favorite part about the Republicans' whole “you can't trust anyone who doesn't have first-hand knowledge” excuse is that the *very next witnesses* (Vindman and Williams) both have first-hand knowledge and have testified privately that Trump conditioned aid on political help. — Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen)...

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  • November 18, 2019

“Sideshow Amigos” and “Sideshow Shreks” still remain at large in our imagination, as the House Intel Committee deposed Ambassador Yovanovitch. The GOP tried several procedural stunts, but lost the message as Trump tweeted an attack during the opening. What remained were what has now become routine in terms of distractions...

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  • November 15, 2019

On 12 October 2019, Gordon Sondland's decision to testify was a complete turnaround. He said he'd been directed by the State Department to not speak to the committees. The difficulty of a perjury conviction might not be enough to compel him to not show up Wednesday, considering there are now two witnesses to Trump’s direct...

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  • November 14, 2019

The Arms for Dirt whistleblower has, like Christopher Steele and his dossier, yet to be proven wrong, and yet considerable effort has been spent on trying to discredit them. Several times during today’s hearings attempts were made to try to insert the whistleblower into the proceedings. The reasons are mainly...

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  • November 14, 2019

docs.house.gov/… Taylor identified the “second channel” of the amigos reporting to Giuliani, as well as indicating that his notes are in the custody of the State Department. Analysis: 3 big takeaways from Bill Taylor’s full transcript https://t.co/jqWUBN8udx — The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) November 6, 2019 1. A second quid pro...

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  • November 6, 2019

In today’s House testimony, Philip Reeker helped fill in the story about how the Ambassador to Ukraine was unfairly removed, firming up the abuse of power argument, even if bribery and other actions were clearly evident. Notable—Trump ally Andrew McCarthy now argues that Trump should not deny the existence of a...

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  • October 26, 2019

Mitt Romney has never missed an opportunity to be an opportunist. Romney the leveraged buyout pioneer took advantage of the U.S. tax code to pocket tens of millions of dollars from investments in companies that failed. Mitt the mythical Massachusetts moderate transformed himself into the “severely conservative” 2012 presidential nominee...

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  • October 14, 2019

Ever since Parnas and Fruman, Giuliani’s two comrades-in-crime, were arrested as they were preparing to fly Frankfurt (and possibly Vienna) on one-way tickets, there have been reports that Rudy “A noun, a verb, and 9/11” Giuliani is himself under investigation by the very office he used to run: SDNY. This...

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  • October 13, 2019

The Giuliani subpoena is also about Giuliani’s association with mobsters, especially ones relevant to Ukraine, which as we know from Michael Cohen’s case, is an important component of NYC and Florida activity x @tribelaw THIS is where this scandal lives. Trump is willing to lead us to crimes beginning &...

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  • October 12, 2019

We have long suspected that Former Ukrainian Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch was dismissed for interfering with drumpf and Rudy’s illegal effort to pressure Ukraine into investigating Joe Biden to boost drumpf’s 2020 campaign. The AP has found one source willing to confirm that we were right. Associated Press “WASHINGTON (AP) —...

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  • October 11, 2019

WaPo is just out with a new story about how fast WH officials raised alarms: At least four national security officials raised alarms about Ukraine policy before and after Trump call with Ukrainian president At least four national security officials were so alarmed by the Trump administration’s attempts to pressure...

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  • October 10, 2019

Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman were nabbed at Dulles airport (perhaps) “trying to flee the country” and have been indicted for financial violations but more importantly in connection to Rudy Giuliani’s role in the Arms for Dirt scandal. Former Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) is mentioned as ‘Congressman-1’, one of their...

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  • October 10, 2019

“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 of the Open Skies Treaty,...

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  • October 8, 2019

Trump still did it. x The corruption associated with @realDonaldTrump is unprecedented in our nation's history. https://t.co/FZfazCMENU— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) October 7, 2019 It’s perfectly clear now that Rudy was also motivated by the grifting possibilities of Ukraine but this doesn’t change Trump’s actual impeachable acts. There will be so many...

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  • October 7, 2019

The AP is reporting that some wealthy Trump and Guiliani political donors were trying to shakedown the Ukrainian state owned firm Naftogazt.  The story is a bit complex, but Energy Secretary Perry and four American businessmen were pressuring Ukrainian President Zelensky to replace Nfotgazt’s management board with men who would then OK...

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  • October 7, 2019

As some of you might have read, it was reported overnight that the dotard, on a private call to Republican Congress critters, asserted that the perfectly illegal phone conversation that he had with Ukrainian President Zelensky was actually made at the behest of his energy Secretary Rick Perry… about a Ukrainian liquefied...

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  • October 7, 2019

This isn’t about Trump telling Ukraine “nice country you’ve got there…” This is about the White House protecting Trump from himself (and not incidentally protecting the country from Trump); that protection is breaking down. Russ Douthat (yeah, I know, not a favorite around here) published an op-ed in the NY...

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  • October 6, 2019