Zelensky

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

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

.Jen Psaki is just that good as she silences a reporter asking about Rep CawthornCawthornthor's statement that Ukraine's president is a thug. Jen Psaki has the perfect answer x x YouTube Video Watch Politics Done Right T.V. here. . Recently Right-Wing hack Rep. Madison Cawthorn called Ukraine's President Zelensky a thug and...

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  • March 10, 2022

Vladimir Putin has made his second foray into Ukrainian territory since 2014, first Crimea and now poised to march into Kyiv. Both moves were against Democratic presidents, and both seem retaliatory for personal reasons. Putin’s tension with the Obama administration is well documented, especially with former Secretary of State Hilary...

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  • February 23, 2022

A new audio recording shows that Kurt Volker set up and was on a phone call in which Giuliani badgered Zelensky’s aide Yermak to “announce investigations into possible corruption by Biden in Ukraine, and into claims that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election to hurt Trump.” There clearly was a...

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  • June 8, 2021

Once Senator Mitch McConnell staked out the politically uncompromising GOP opposition to ‘everything’ Democrats proffered, during the Obama administration, the redline was drawn. Slowly but surely, the so-called moderate Republicans like; Susan Collins, Rob Portman, and John Thune have repeatedly torn their knickers on the fence. Collins, for example, agreed...

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  • May 28, 2021

Fear and loathing rises in the land of previous guy. The raid on Giuliani’s apartment and office netted the Feds 10 devices, laptops and phones. According to the Trump adviser, the (Giuliani) raid ignited a sense of fear inside the former President's orbit that Justice Department officials may be more willing...

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  • May 2, 2021

Remember when Trump said: “I know people that like the Confederate flag and they're not thinking about slavery”. Maybe we can finally get to that obstruction of justice because the former United States President tried to blackmail Ukraine into helping him cheat in our 2020 election. We’ll have more chances...

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  • April 29, 2021

Feebs are closing in. Rudy’s electronic devices have now been seized in a NYC raid on his Manhattan apartment (and a Park Avenue office location). Darn that Deep State down by the Four Seasons Lawn Center. The buried lede is that the warrant was blocked under the former guy, but Merrick Garland unblocked...

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  • April 28, 2021

Lots of events happening even if they’re all quite chaotic in the Russian Federation. Numerous anti-Putin demonstrations in the middle of winter. and some mysterious doings. Considering how long Trump was groomed, there are very few Trump-like Russian stooges in the wings although Rand Paul, Ron Johnson, and Devin Nunes...

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  • February 5, 2021

Since we have allowed ourselves to sink into the wormhole of conspiracies like QAnon and election fraud, my contribution is Warhammer. I actually know little about the dark arts, or how serious its followers are, but in my word searches I found out that an encyclopedia exists for its aficionados....

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  • January 4, 2021

Axios gives us a map of Trumpian sycophancy with the consistent “always Trumpers” in Congress as Trump goes back on the road to more super-spreader events in swing states. Tonight’s Trump remarks: Andrew Feinberg @AndrewFeinberg INBOX: @TeamTrump has done something unusual for them. They've released excerpts of @realDonaldTrump's prepared remarks...

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  • October 13, 2020

This is what happens to patriots in Donald J. Trump’s America. They’re browbeaten into surrender.  The Washington Post: Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who served as a national security aide at the White House until earlier this year and was up for promotion to colonel, will leave the military instead, his...

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  • July 8, 2020

At the end of the movie Cast Away starring Tom Hanks, in the final scene he is left contemplating his next move after reaching a literal fork in the road. Ok, I think I left that vague enough so as not to ruin the ending for the few who have...

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  • July 6, 2020

Recent attempts to distort COVID information in Florida are only a symptom of how GOP states will be undercounting or suppressing data. This is only part of the larger GOP project of vote suppression distorted by Trump’s ignorance of public policy. Even Rudy Giuliani has reemerged to flog Ukrainian disinformation...

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  • May 20, 2020

This anticipated move of Meadows to replace Mulvaney could distract from the current Trump messaging. Mulvaney gets to work on his golf game for the remainder of the Trump term. He can still be subpoenaed, but he’s at least out of the WH. A four-term lawmaker, Meadows announced in December that...

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  • March 7, 2020

x This Saturday will mark *600* days of ongoing @KremlinAnnex protests outside the White House. I’ve committed to adding 200 grassroots contributions to support the protestors in March. Please retweet and chip in here, and thanks for your support: https://t.co/FOJu73fWY0 — John Aravosis🇺🇸 (@aravosis) March 5, 2020 x Have you...

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  • March 6, 2020

Guess we haven’t gone full banana republic just yet. Or else the banana is still green. But you know how little time it takes for a banana to rot. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said on Friday at a National Press Club event that Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman would not be...

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  • February 14, 2020

Subpoenaed witnesses have gotten “fired” / reassigned as Trump continues retaliation. One witness was Mick Mulvaney, who never testified but confessed live on television to his part in what John Bolton called a “drug deal”.  Washington (CNN) With a five-month impeachment saga behind them, White House aides are bracing for the prospect...

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  • February 8, 2020

Another, less remarkable stunt last night at the SOTU was the celebrity acknowledgement of Juan Guaido as the “leader in exile” of Venezuela. The prize he received was something Ukraine president Zelensky has yet to receive, the credibility of a WH visit. Will the dog-wag for the post-acquittal impeached Trump...

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  • February 5, 2020

The stupid, it hurts: President Trump reportedly dismissed Republican Sen. Susan Collins's (Maine) suggestion that he had learned a lesson from impeachment just a day before his expected acquittal. Asked about Collins's comment during a private lunch with news anchors ahead of the State of the Union address on Tuesday, Trump said...

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  • February 5, 2020

The once honorable Senator, then Rep. Lindsey Graham deemed in the 1998 Clinton Impeachment that as president “… your conduct as a public official is clearly out of bounds in your role . . . because impeachment is not about punishment. Impeachment is about cleansing the office. Impeachment is about...

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  • February 3, 2020

Expect Bolton to get called before House committees, despite the possibility that he would give some kind of press interview before the release of the book. It has been 30 days since the WH received the manuscript. x I have a suggestion for @RepAdamSchiff: Within five minutes of the Senate...

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  • February 1, 2020

Ultimately, conservatism is about mercenary money, so at some point, delays in the perishable publication of the Bolton memoir could be no different than the “catch and kill” of any Trump paramour’s story. en.wikipedia.org/… Rick Wilson ignores how Bolton’s superPAC could get some bigly money from somewhere foreign/domestic that would...

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  • February 1, 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

Trump communicated to the House — “If you are going to impeach me, impeach me fast, so we can have a fair trial in the Senate,” with the goal of getting acquitted by the time of the Super Bowl and/or the SOTU, because audience and ratings. This is all that...

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  • January 30, 2020

Doesn’t everyone in Trump-land know that John Bolton is an agent of the Deep State (sic), ready to bring on the Sixth International (sic). We just never see him at the membership meetings (or the BBQs). x ….many more mistakes of judgement, gets fired because frankly, if I listened to him, we would be...

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  • January 29, 2020

Nicholas Fandos writes in the New York Times impeachment liveblog that “There might be a strategic reason the trial is slowing down,” pointing out that the Trump defense has slowed its delivery, and that the question period (16 hours total) may be stretched out over two days. This will push...

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  • January 28, 2020

The stupid, it hurts! Chris Cillizza at CNN nails it: Sometimes politicians can't help themselves. They get careless. They say stuff they shouldn't say. They tell the truth that they have been trying to disguise. So it went for Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst on Monday night. Following an afternoon at the...

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  • January 28, 2020

I’m not a lawyer nor a constitutional scholar, but the Media has not being doing its job when it comes to covering the upcoming Senate trial of Trump.  I know.  “A real shocker there Merlin.  Have you thought about auditioning for the role of Captain Obvious?” Hear me out for...

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  • January 19, 2020

I’m sure you’ve read the news today … oh boy.  If not, here’s a rundown from Daily Kos’ own Kerry Eleveld. According to a new trove of documents supplied by Rudy Giuliani pal Lev Parnas and released today by the House Intelligence Committee, Trump donor Robert Hyde tracked former U.S. ambassador Marie Yovanovitch’s...

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  • January 15, 2020

The disinformation persists as Trump’s “perfect” shake down conversation with Ukraine president Zelensky only appears to be unrelated to the actual Russian hacking campaigns that helped elect him. They might also be on the path of “exonerating” him. We’ve returned to 2016, as the same Russian military intelligence GRU continues its...

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  • January 14, 2020

The disinformation persists as Trump’s “perfect” shake down conversation with Ukraine president Zelensky only appears to be unrelated to the actual Russian hacking campaigns that helped elect him. They might also be on the path of “exonerating” him. We’ve returned to 2016, as the same Russian military intelligence GRU continues its...

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  • January 14, 2020

Apparently Alan Dershowitz got insulted when he claimed he had a perfect sex life, and forensic psychiatrist Bandy X. Lee thought it verged on delusion like his buddy, IMPOTUS*. Darn those tweets and darn that tendency to lawfare.  This may have seemed like symmetric media messaging because Dershowitz and Trump were sharing...

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  • January 12, 2020

Using a description from Wikipedia, admittedly a dubious source, after the roll of a pair of dice and the chance presentation of a single pip on each die, placed together they resemble a snake’s eyes. This sort of roll also draws a comparison with the discomfiting reputation of the snake...

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  • January 3, 2020

More reports of Trump’s continuing barrage of disinformation and outright lies to bring in the New Year. So it appears that @SpeakerPelosi is throwing a New Year’s Eve party inside @realDonaldTrump’s head. #IMPOTUS https://t.co/SlGNCSOqYY — George Conway🌻 (@gtconway3d) January 1, 2020 Trump is at his golf club in West Palm...

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  • January 1, 2020

Trump did hold the aid to ensure a personal benefit including the ordering of various agencies and staff to rationalize the hold in order to force a Ukraine investigation announcement. Trump may still be emboldened to force such a statement from Ukraine president Zelensky after that expected acquittal. “If Republicans bear...

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  • December 31, 2019

A new article provides a narrative that while explaining the story of the Arms for Dirt scandal, that there’s a timeline for several parallel activities. It also shows that there are more than a few strands of related activity at work, especially since running in the background of Arms for...

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  • December 30, 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

When the history obscene bathroom-stall doodles of this presidency are finally written, they will note that Donald Trump was an impeached president. And you’ll be able to find GOP Congress members’ souls for sale at deep discounts in St. Vinnie’s bargain bins across the country — because having sold them...

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  • December 19, 2019

Four days ago, Rep. Mark Meadows posted this video of Nancy Pelosi while absurdly claiming that Donald Trump never attempted to bribe anyone. Because it wasn’t true https://t.co/YKb51C6CIN — Mark Meadows (@MarkMeadows) December 13, 2019 Okay, fine. Clearly, Trump did try to bribe Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky by dangling foreign aid...

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  • December 16, 2019

How is it that everyone in America is skeptical of Russia’s intentions except the very people who for decades have had the most jaundiced view of the country? Now we have a pr*sident who openly favors Vladimir Putin at the expense of Ukraine, and they’re actively attempting to cover up...

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  • December 16, 2019

Since the beginning of the year, Trendency has been tracking the views and opinions registered voters hold when it comes to the impeachment of President Donald Trump. This was not a question we asked very often, since there was very little movement among voters on this question throughout most of...

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  • December 16, 2019

Doug Collins: “That was the most lack of integrity thing I’ve seen in my whole life.” Trump was panicked today as a marathon House judiciary committee continued late into the night, with a resumption at 10am ET Friday. Trump's tweeted more today than Barack Obama did in February through December 2016....

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  • December 13, 2019

x Who made the decision to give Lavrov a second Oval office meeting? There is no substantive reason for this meeting. Why didn't they invite Zelensky to fly from Paris? Very strange. I hope the horrible symbolism here was just a mistake & not on purpose. — Michael McFaul (@McFaul)...

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  • December 11, 2019

One anticipates that Trump flushes “10 to 15 times” down the Hershey highway (HersheyPark Drive) in tonight’s 7pm ET Hershey PA speech. Pence will also be there so expect something slightly longer and with above average lies/falsehoods. It’s a 10,500 seat venue. Trump supporters “from all parts of Pennsylvania to...

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  • December 10, 2019

Former President Obama Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, snuffs out Republican talking points about Trump hate being responsible for Trump’s impeachment. He did not lose his cool as he listened to the misinformation. Republican strategist Alice Stewart attempted to give Trump’s impeachment a Trump-hate narrative. Emanuel systematically deconstructed the trope. Impeachment...

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  • December 9, 2019