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  1. Only way to compare debt levels is by percentage. Because the absolute numbers just keep getting bigger. Making real totals meaningless. Reagan added 186% to the debt in 8 years Bush Sr added 44% in 4 years Clinton added 34% in 8 years Bush Jr added 101% in 8 years Obama added 69% in 8 years.
  2. White House: Trump Asked Bolton To Invite Putin To DC In The Fall WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has asked national security adviser John Bolton to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to Washington in the fall. That’s the latest update Thursday from White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders following Trump’s meeting with Putin earlier this week in Finland. Sanders says “those discussions are already underway” for a fall meeting between the two presidents. It presumably would take place at the White House, but Sanders did not say where Trump and Putin would meet. In a tweet about Putin earlier Thursday, Trump said, “I look forward to our second meeting.” ********************************* First date went well, why not a 2nd? I wonder if Donald will give Vlad a rose on this date?
  3. Yours is a thankless job. So let me say thank you for taking out the trash.
  4. Yeah but how do you really feel?
  5. From the Start, Trump Has Muddied a Clear Message: Putin Interfered July 18, 2018 WASHINGTON — Two weeks before his inauguration, Donald J. Trump was shown highly classified intelligence indicating that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia had personally ordered complex cyberattacks to sway the 2016 American election. The evidence included texts and emails from Russian military officers and information gleaned from a top-secret source close to Mr. Putin, who had described to the C.I.A. how the Kremlin decided to execute its campaign of hacking and disinformation. Mr. Trump sounded grudgingly convinced, according to several people who attended the intelligence briefing. But ever since, Mr. Trump has tried to cloud the very clear findings that he received on Jan. 6, 2017, which his own intelligence leaders have unanimously endorsed. The shifting narrative underscores the degree to which Mr. Trump regularly picks and chooses intelligence to suit his political purposes. That has never been more clear than this week. On Monday, standing next to the Russian president in Helsinki, Finland, Mr. Trump said he accepted Mr. Putin’s denial of Russian election intrusions. By Tuesday, faced with a bipartisan political outcry, Mr. Trump sought to walk back his words and sided with his intelligence agencies. On Wednesday, when a reporter asked, “Is Russia still targeting the U.S.?” Mr. Trump shot back, “No” — directly contradicting statements made only days earlier by his director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, who was sitting a few chairs away in the Cabinet Room. (The White House later said he was responding to a different question.) Hours later, in a CBS News interview, Mr. Trump seemed to reverse course again. He blamed Mr. Putin personally, but only indirectly, for the election interference by Russia, “because he’s in charge of the country.” In the run-up to this week’s ducking and weaving, Mr. Trump has done all he can to suggest other possible explanations for the hacks into the American political system. His fear, according to one of his closest aides who spoke on the condition of anonymity, is that any admission of even an unsuccessful Russian attempt to influence the 2016 vote raises questions about the legitimacy of his presidency. The Jan. 6, 2017, meeting, held at Trump Tower, was a prime example. He was briefed that day by John O. Brennan, the C.I.A. director; James R. Clapper Jr., the director of national intelligence; and Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency and the commander of United States Cyber Command. The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, was also there; after the formal briefing, he privately told Mr. Trump about the “Steele dossier.” That report, by a former British intelligence officer, included uncorroborated salacious stories of Mr. Trump’s activities during a visit to Moscow, which he denied. According to nearly a dozen people who either attended the meeting with the president-elect or were later briefed on it, the four primary intelligence officials described the streams of intelligence that convinced them of Mr. Putin’s role in the election interference. They included stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee that had been seen in Russian military intelligence networks by the British, Dutch and American intelligence services. Officers of the Russian intelligence agency formerly known as the G.R.U. had plotted with groups like WikiLeaks on how to release the email stash. And ultimately, several human sources had confirmed Mr. Putin’s own role. That included one particularly valuable source, who was considered so sensitive that Mr. Brennan had declined to refer to it in any way in the Presidential Daily Brief during the final months of the Obama administration, as the Russia investigation intensified. Instead, to keep the information from being shared widely, Mr. Brennan sent reports from the source to Mr. Obama and a small group of top national security aides in a separate, white envelope to assure its security. Mr. Trump and his aides were also given other reasons during the briefing to believe that Russia was behind the D.N.C. hacks. The same Russian groups had been involved in cyberattacks on the State Department and White House unclassified email systems in 2014 and 2015, and in an attack on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. They had aggressively fought the N.S.A. against being ejected from the White House system, engaging in what the deputy director of the agency later called “hand-to-hand combat” to dig in. The pattern of the D.N.C. hacks, and the theft of emails from John D. Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, fit the same pattern. After the briefings, Mr. Trump issued a statement later that day that sought to spread the blame for the meddling. He said “Russia, China and other countries, outside groups and countries” were launching cyberattacks against American government, businesses and political organizations — including the D.N.C. Still, Mr. Trump said in his statement, “there was absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election.” Mr. Brennan later told Congress that he had no doubt where the attacks were coming from. “I was convinced in the summer that the Russians were trying to interfere in the election,” he said in testimony in May 2017. “And they were very aggressive.” For Mr. Trump, the messengers were as much a part of the problem as the message they delivered. Mr. Brennan and Mr. Clapper were both Obama administration appointees who left the government the day Mr. Trump was inaugurated. The new president soon took to portraying them as political hacks who had warped the intelligence to provide Democrats with an excuse for Mrs. Clinton’s loss in the election. Mr. Comey fared little better. He was fired in May 2017 after refusing to pledge his loyalty to Mr. Trump and pushing forward on the federal investigation into whether the Trump campaign had cooperated with Russia’s election interference. Only Admiral Rogers, who retired this past May, was extended in office by Mr. Trump. (He, too, told Congress that he thought the evidence of Russian interference was incontrovertible.) And the evidence suggests Russia continues to be very aggressive in its meddling. In March, the Department of Homeland Security declared that Russia was targeting the American electric power grid, continuing to riddle it with malware that could be used to manipulate or shut down critical control systems. Intelligence officials have described it to Congress as a chief threat to American security. Just last week, Mr. Coats said that current cyberthreats were “blinking red” and called Russia the “most aggressive foreign actor, no question.” “And they continue their efforts to undermine our democracy,” he said. Christopher A. Wray, the F.B.I. director, also stood firm. “The intelligence community’s assessment has not changed,” Mr. Wray said on Wednesday at the Aspen Security Forum. “My view has not changed, which is that Russia attempted to interfere with the last election and continues to engage in malign influence operations to this day.” The Russian efforts are “aimed at sowing discord and divisiveness in this country,” he continued. “We haven’t yet seen an effort to target specific election infrastructure this time. We could be just a moment away from the next level.” “It’s a threat we need to take extremely seriously and respond to with fierce determination and focus.” Almost as soon as he took office, Mr. Trump began casting doubts on the intelligence on Russia’s election interference, though never taking issue with its specifics. He dismissed it broadly as a fabrication by Democrats and part of a “witch hunt” against him. He raised unrelated issues, including the state of investigations into Mrs. Clinton’s home computer server, to distract attention from the central question of Russia’s role — and who, if anyone, in Mr. Trump’s immediate orbit may have worked with them. In July 2017, just after meeting Mr. Putin for the first time, Mr. Trump told a New York Times reporter that the Russian president had made a persuasive case that Moscow’s cyberskills were so good that the government’s hackers would never have been caught. Therefore, Mr. Trump recounted from his conversation with Mr. Putin, Russia must not have been responsible. Since then, Mr. Trump has routinely disparaged the intelligence about the Russian election interference. Under public pressure — as he was after his statements in Helsinki on Monday — he has periodically retreated. But even then, he has expressed confidence in his intelligence briefers, not in the content of their findings. That is what happened again this week, twice. Mr. Trump’s statement in Helsinki led Mr. Coats to reaffirm, in a statement he deliberately did not get cleared at the White House, that American intelligence agencies had no doubt that Russia was behind the 2016 hack. That contributed to Mr. Trump’s decision on Tuesday to say that he had misspoken one word, and that he did believe Russia had interfered — although he also veered off script to declare: “Could be other people also. A lot of people out there.” ********************************** Trump has been involved in a disinformation campaign and a cover up of the truth since before his inauguration. He is unfit for office and should be removed.
  6. Vlad is divorced. Was married from 1983-2014. He ditched Lyudmila in 2014. Surprisingly she was allowed to live. So I guess she made out OK in the divorce settlement.
  7. It's a good job if you can get it.
  8. Unless he's dumped her and moved on Vlad has a girlfriend. She's a gymnast. Vlad likes em flexible.
  9. Much ado about nothing. Trump just misspoke. All better now. Under fire, Trump says he 'misspoke' about Russian interference in U.S. election Facing withering criticism over Monday’s deferential joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, President Trump asserted Tuesday that he misspoke when he said that Russia had not interfered with the U.S. presidential election. “Let me begin by saying that once again, full faith and support for America’s intelligence agencies. I have a full faith in our intelligence agencies,” Trump said, in a prepared statement. Speaking from the White House, Trump said that after reviewing a transcript of the press conference he realized that “in a key sentence I said the word ‘would’ instead of ‘wouldn’t.’” “Just to repeat it, I said the word would instead of wouldn’t,” Trump said, referring to his answer at the press conference, in response to a question about whether Russia had tried to influence the American election: “All I can do is ask the question — my people came to me, Dan Coats came to me and some others, they said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin he just said it’s not Russia. I will say this, I don’t see any reason why it would be,” Trump had said, in a remark that stunned listeners and provoked outrage, even from many Republicans. Blasted for questioning the findings of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russian operatives had meddled in the election — also a subject of more than two dozen indictments by the Department of Justice — Trump seemed more open to the intelligence findings, but continued to qualify his remarks. “I accept our intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election took place,” he said. “Could be other people also. A lot of people out there.” And after attempting to explain his inaccurate choice of words, Trump again insisted that his campaign had not colluded with the Russians during the election. “As has been stated, and we’ve stated it previously on many occasions: no collusion,” Trump said. Democrats held a separate news conference Tuesday in which some described Trump’s comments in Helsinki as “treason.” The president had insisted that he held “both countries responsible” for the poor relations between Washington and Moscow, despite the conclusion by U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. election. “I have great confidence in my intelligence people,” he added, “but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today.” Trump’s embrace of Putin angered lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. “Today’s press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said in a statement released shortly after the summit. “The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate. But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake. “President Trump proved not only unable, but unwilling to stand up to Putin,” McCain continued. “He and Putin seemed to be speaking from the same script as the president made a conscious choice to defend a tyrant against the fair questions of a free press, and to grant Putin an uncontested platform to spew propaganda and lies to the world.” Dan Coats, Trump’s own national intelligence director, took the remarkable step of issuing his own statement that refuted the president following the press conference. “The role of the Intelligence Community is to provide the best information and fact-based assessments possible for the President and policymakers,” Coats said. “We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy, and we will continue to provide unvarnished and objective intelligence in support of our national security.” Trump’s comments also stunned some pundits on the president’s favorite television channel: Fox News. “President Trump must clarify his statements in Helsinki on our intelligence system and Putin,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich tweeted. “It is the most serious mistake of his presidency and must be corrected — immediately.” CNN’s Anderson Cooper put it this way: “You have been watching one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president at a summit in front of a Russian leader that I’ve ever seen.” ***************************************** As incompetent as this man is he is not being served well by his handlers. This is the lamest excuse they could have come up with. It's the equivalent of "the dog ate my homework".
  10. I'd be willing to bet his ventures are widely funded with Russian funds as well as Middle Eastern funds. You have to ask the question how did he survive the real estate crash of 2007-09? Many organizations were completely wiped out or financially crippled and had to unload RE at fire sale prices. Credit was completely frozen. Add to the fact that Trump has always been an over leveraged gambler in his business ventures. Evidenced by his overly ambitious purchase of the Plaza Hotel in NYC and his near personal bankruptcy in the early 90's. American lenders stopped funding him back then. A lot of his portfolio is in New York RE. That was hit especially hard in 07-09. So how did he survive? Well his idiot son Donald Jr let the cat out of the bag in 2008........... "In terms of high-end product influx into the US, Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets," Donald Trump Jr. said at a New York real-estate conference that year. "Say, in Dubai, and certainly with our project in SoHo, and anywhere in New York. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia." In 2008 no one was putting fresh money to work in RE. The money sloshing around was for bail outs and fire sale asset purchases. I'd be stunned if Mueller doesn't have the records from Deutschbank as well as all of his tax returns. I'd also be surprised if there wasn't a significant amount of money laundering having taken place. Further to Trump's business acumen/stupidity immediately preceding the Great Recession of 07-09. ....... In 2006, there were already warning signs that the housing market was in trouble. But that didn't deter Donald Trump from getting into the mortgage business. Trump Mortgage, LLC launched in spring 2006. But the company didn't last long. Despite the warning signs, Trump was still upbeat about the real estate market. During an April 2006 interview on CNBC, Trump said he thought it was "a great time to start a mortgage company," according to a transcript of the interview. "I've been hearing about this bubble for so many years from you and everybody else in your world, but I haven't seen it. I will let you know when I see it." He also said during the interview that the company was "swamped" with customers seeking out financing and that "the real estate market is going to be very strong for a long time to come." Sadly, it wasn't. ************************** Trump Mortgage would fold in 2008.
  11. Former CIA director Brennan is not exactly a fan of Trump but this is eye catching.
  12. Pretty humorous you criticizing someone's comments on Trump's incoherent take on Brexit.
  13. ICBC Situation.

    It's probably the NWA he's blaring and the "**** the Police" bumper sticker.