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  1. Jake Tapper Wants Mark Warner To Explain Why Obama Didn't Do More On The Russian Hacking

    No one is ever going to book me to opine on a news show, so I'm just going to flat out say it: Our mainstream media is the goddamned laziest bunch of bozos to ever be complicit in destroying our democracy.

    Case in point: Jake Tapper, who is by all accounts, a smart guy who likes to fancy himself a serious journalist above partisan bickering. Perhaps he decided to butter up the Trump administration since they backed out of appearing on his Sunday show on the pretense that the entire channel is "fake news". But there really is no reason why he should grab up and run with a talking point coming straight out of the White House Comms Office.

    While speaking to Senate Intel Vice Chair Mark Warner, Jake Tapper wanted to know if the indictments this week of 12 Russian GRU intelligence agents for hacking into our election systems really means that President Obama is to blame for this hostile foreign power interfering in our democracy.

    "Now, Senator Warner, obviously, the Russians are responsible for Russian actions. But looking at the indictment and everything we know now about the Russian election interference, in retrospect, shouldn't President Obama and his administration have done much more?"

    Gosh, where have we heard that?

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  2. Donald Trump's Clueless Response To Twelve Russian Indictments: 'I Hadn't Thought About' Asking Putin To Extradite Them To US

    During Saturday's interview with CBS Evening News, Trump appeared clueless when asked about the twelve Russians recently indicted by Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation.

    Host Jeff Glor asked if Putin should be asked to send them back to the U.S. to face criminal charges.

    Gor asked, "The Russians that were indicted, would you ask Putin to send them here?"

    Trump replied, "I hadn't thought of that. But I certainly, I'll be asking about it."

    Hadn't thought of it? Of course not. Trump's mind is squarely on Mueller's special counsel as it pertains to him only. Who cares about the integrity of democracy itself for this country?

    Literally any other head of state in any other nation at any other time in history would not be so dismissive of a full on assault on the country by a hostile foreign entity. Minimally, they'd ask for those twelve indicted hackers to be remanded to the US to face charges. But that doesn't occur to Trump.

    Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein briefed Trump before he left to go to the U.K. on these criminal charges before Rosenstein held Friday's press conference so Trump and his advisers have had plenty of time to formulate a strategy on how to deal with it if they were serious at all. Certainly, it would be a very good time to pull back from a meeting with no other participants.

    But when it comes to Trump and Putin, his non-words of condemnation speak loudly, don't they?

    Then Trump attacked the previous administration as if to wash his hands of it completely.

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  3. Trump Congratulates Putin On World Cup After France Wins Event
    Trump Congratulates Putin On World Cup After France Wins Event

    Donald Trump offered "congratulations" to Russian President Vladimir Putin for "one of the best ever" World Cup tournaments on Sunday.

    Minutes after France won the 2018 World Cup event, Trump tweeted out congratulations to the winning country, but exerted much more energy praising the Russian president.

    "Congratulations to France, who played extraordinary soccer, on winning the 2018 World Cup. Additionally, congratulations to President Putin and Russia for putting on a truly great World Cup Tournament -- one of the best ever!" Trump wrote.

    Congratulations to France, who played extraordinary soccer, on winning the 2018 World Cup. Additionally, congratulations to President Putin and Russia for putting on a truly great World Cup Tournament -- one of the best ever!

    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2018

    Trump's tweet comes a day before the American president is scheduled on Monday to meet with Putin. Earlier on Sunday, Trump suggested that the European Union -- and not Russia -- was a "foe" of the United States.

  4. Fox Trump Apologists Attack CNN's Smerconish For Calling Russian Election Meddling 'Terrorism'
    Fox Trump Apologists Attack CNN's Smerconish For Calling Russian Election Meddling 'Terrorism'

    CNN's Michael Smerconish isn't the first person, and won't be the last to call what Russia did during the 2016 presidential election "terrorism," but this was apparently a bridge too far for the Trump apologists over on state-run TV this Sunday.

    HENRY: So Barack Obama did nothing about the meddling in 2016. The president's tweet is accurate. But you shouldn't let Vladimir Putin off the hook. He was involved in meddling, and these were 12 Russian intelligence officials. It doesn't mean there was collusion. Even Rod Rosenstein said there's no evidence of collusion. However, there is evidence that Vladimir Putin was interfering in our election, right Pete?

    HEGSETH: Yeah, there's no doubt. Listen, Russia is not our friend. I don't think president Trump goes into this meeting with naive eyes believing that somehow peace will break out inevitably. However, some of the hyperbole Ed from our so-called mainstream media here in the states. Another network, CNN, a host there, and again, we want to... Russian interference in our elections is a bad thing, but it's over-the-top the way they're characterizing it in many ways Listen to Michael Smerconish yesterday.

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  5. Donald Trump: 'I Think The European Union Is A Foe'

    Donald Trump is on third leg of his disastrous overseas trip and he is clearly trying to score high marks on his annual review with his boss, Russian president Vladimir Putin. His latest stunt: calling the European Union our "foe".

    CBS is reporting that during a wide ranging interview with "CBS Evening News" in Scotland on Sunday, Trump lashed out at the EU while taking a softer tone towards Putin and China - shocking, I know.

    Pull out your Trump-to-English dictionary, because this is what he said:

    "Well, I think we have a lot of foes. I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade. Now, you wouldn't think of the European Union, but they're a foe. Russia is foe in certain respects. China is a foe economically, certainly they are a foe. But that doesn't mean they are bad. It doesn't mean anything. It means that they are competitive....I respect the leaders of those countries. But, in a trade sense, they've really taken advantage of us and many of those countries are in NATO and they weren't paying their bills."

    Why is everything transactional with this guy? It is always about "deals" and "protection" and money. My god, allies cannot be broken down into those simplistic terms. But clearly no one has told him that. Or, most likely they did, but he ignored them.

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