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It's interesting that the intelligence community is willing to leak the fact that the information came from somebody close to Putin. That fact hadn't previously leaked. Presumably the leak came now because the source is either dead or in hiding. And given the number of high-level Russian diplomats and other officials who have died in the past year...
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thoreau wrote:
19 Jul 2018, 15:32
It's interesting that the intelligence community is willing to leak the fact that the information came from somebody close to Putin. That fact hadn't previously leaked. Presumably the leak came now because the source is either dead or in hiding. And given the number of high-level Russian diplomats and other officials who have died in the past year...
Or that Putin wanted it to be known, though not officially.
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thoreau wrote:It's interesting that the intelligence community is willing to leak the fact that the information came from somebody close to Putin. That fact hadn't previously leaked. Presumably the leak came now because the source is either dead or in hiding. And given the number of high-level Russian diplomats and other officials who have died in the past year...
Or that they figured that Trump burned the asset in Helsinki.
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Mo wrote:
19 Jul 2018, 16:43
thoreau wrote:It's interesting that the intelligence community is willing to leak the fact that the information came from somebody close to Putin. That fact hadn't previously leaked. Presumably the leak came now because the source is either dead or in hiding. And given the number of high-level Russian diplomats and other officials who have died in the past year...
Or that they figured that Trump burned the asset in Helsinki.
Given the number of Russian officials who have died in the past year, if Trump's the leak it's likely that he did a awhile ago.

Either way, if Trump burned a source, that's gotta be impeachable. Gotta be.

Nah, they'd just say "BENGHAZI!!!! EMAIL SERVERS!!! VINCE FOSTER!!!"
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thoreau wrote:
Mo wrote:
19 Jul 2018, 16:43
thoreau wrote:It's interesting that the intelligence community is willing to leak the fact that the information came from somebody close to Putin. That fact hadn't previously leaked. Presumably the leak came now because the source is either dead or in hiding. And given the number of high-level Russian diplomats and other officials who have died in the past year...
Or that they figured that Trump burned the asset in Helsinki.
Given the number of Russian officials who have died in the past year, if Trump's the leak it's likely that he did a awhile ago.

Either way, if Trump burned a source, that's gotta be impeachable. Gotta be.

Nah, they'd just say "BENGHAZI!!!! EMAIL SERVERS!!! VINCE FOSTER!!!"
The president can declassify what he wishes.
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Butina was denied a visa twice, then the NRA came to Russia.

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/ ... sas-734946
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Mo wrote:
20 Jul 2018, 10:23
Butina was denied a visa twice, then the NRA came to Russia.

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/ ... sas-734946
I would be surprised if this whole thing has too big an impact on the NRA unless warier and more skilled operatives leave the central org leading to it fucking up.

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So some of this makes me wonder is there any way to go through non-official channels in Russia without those channels being connected to the mafia, intelligence agent, oligarch, or Putin henchmen? All countries have these back channels and influencers and are used by various politicos all the time to grease the wheels and get things done here or abroad. So is that even possible with Russia? Are we to assume everything flows to Putin one way or the other?

This is a question that I have seen many wonder about with China previously. Mostly that being where does a Chinese business end and the Chinese government begin given there level of involvement?

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Fin Fang Foom wrote:
Mo wrote:
20 Jul 2018, 10:23
Butina was denied a visa twice, then the NRA came to Russia.

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/ ... sas-734946
I would be surprised if this whole thing has too big an impact on the NRA unless warier and more skilled operatives leave the central org leading to it fucking up.
Replacing LaPierre with Ollie North is a big downgrade.
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Mo wrote:
20 Jul 2018, 17:11
Fin Fang Foom wrote:
Mo wrote:
20 Jul 2018, 10:23
Butina was denied a visa twice, then the NRA came to Russia.

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/ ... sas-734946
I would be surprised if this whole thing has too big an impact on the NRA unless warier and more skilled operatives leave the central org leading to it fucking up.
Replacing LaPierre with Ollie North is a big downgrade.
Not if they want a leader experienced in under-the-table dealings with countries who are Not America's Friends.
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Mo wrote:
20 Jul 2018, 17:11
Fin Fang Foom wrote:
Mo wrote:
20 Jul 2018, 10:23
Butina was denied a visa twice, then the NRA came to Russia.

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/ ... sas-734946
I would be surprised if this whole thing has too big an impact on the NRA unless warier and more skilled operatives leave the central org leading to it fucking up.
Replacing LaPierre with Ollie North is a big downgrade.
Why? Did LaPierre have skillz? Or is just Ollie North's history?

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LaPierre seemed to have decent political skills.
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Mo wrote:
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LaPierre seemed to have decent political skills.
Yeah, the NRA certainly wasn't total crazypants then.

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Wayne LaPierre may or may not be a better executive than Ollie North (depends on a lot of information I don't have), but in terms of alienating large chunks of America I think that LaPierre held his own. Thing is, alienating much of America doesn't hurt the NRA when they long ago decided on a strategy of preaching to the choir. That strategy will work as long as their choir is willing to donate faithfully and vote faithfully, and there are enough gerrymandered districts where the choir is of consequential size and the alienated folks are either few or else caught in the snare of various vote suppression laws.

Going full-wacko does have the potential to drive away competent people, of course, but America seems to have no shortage of political operatives who are competent at catering to the crazies, getting money from the right donors, and keeping the organization solvent.

And even if the NRA did manage to melt down, there are other gun rights groups that would gladly step into the void. Gun rights issues will continue to be of huge importance in the GOP for some time to come, and so there will be an organization that rallies the relevant base.
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Mo wrote:
20 Jul 2018, 17:11
Fin Fang Foom wrote:
Mo wrote:
20 Jul 2018, 10:23
Butina was denied a visa twice, then the NRA came to Russia.

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/ ... sas-734946
I would be surprised if this whole thing has too big an impact on the NRA unless warier and more skilled operatives leave the central org leading to it fucking up.
Replacing LaPierre with Ollie North is a big downgrade.
They didn't. LaPierre is in the same job (CEO & exec VP) he's been in for over 25 years, North is merely the biggest name that's held the title of President since Heston.

(To be clear, I didn't know any of this until they announced the new leadership. I too thought at first that Ollie was replacing The Pierre)
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Painboy wrote:
Mo wrote:
20 Jul 2018, 17:35
LaPierre seemed to have decent political skills.
Yeah, the NRA certainly wasn't total crazypants then.
There are degrees of totally crazypants. Like if they replaced North with the Nuge, it would be even more crazypants.

Also, thanks K for the correction.
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Kolohe wrote:
20 Jul 2018, 17:57
Mo wrote:
20 Jul 2018, 17:11
Fin Fang Foom wrote:
Mo wrote:
20 Jul 2018, 10:23
Butina was denied a visa twice, then the NRA came to Russia.

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/ ... sas-734946
I would be surprised if this whole thing has too big an impact on the NRA unless warier and more skilled operatives leave the central org leading to it fucking up.
Replacing LaPierre with Ollie North is a big downgrade.
They didn't. LaPierre is in the same job (CEO & exec VP) he's been in for over 25 years, North is merely the biggest name that's held the title of President since Heston.

(To be clear, I didn't know any of this until they announced the new leadership. I too thought at first that Ollie was replacing The Pierre)
Didn't Selleck hold the Pres. title for a while after Heston's ALZ diagnosis?
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Super serial and not at all in the bag for Trump, Andy McCarthy said the following about the Cohen news, "Look, I don't think that it's bad if campaigns are turning to foreign governments for dirt. It's not collusion. It's not something that's impeachable; it's icky, but that's what this is." When it's Obama in office, the line for impeachment is making the Iran deal or DACA.
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How are the brit press covering trump? I'm hoping for snide dickery.
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If Cohen's latest bombshell is verified, can we have an impeachment? Please? Pretty please?
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thoreau wrote:
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If Cohen's latest bombshell is verified, can we have an impeachment? Please? Pretty please?
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dhex wrote:
27 Jul 2018, 10:47
How are the brit press covering trump? I'm hoping for snide dickery.
Isn't that how the British press covers everything all the time?
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dhex wrote:
27 Jul 2018, 10:47
How are the brit press covering trump? I'm hoping for snide dickery.
There's this one issue of the Economist I've saved for the cover art: remember that Miley Cyrus "Wrecking ball" thing from a few years ago? It's that, only with Cyrus replaced by a cartoon caricature of Trump. (The "wrecking ball" on the cover is smashing various longstanding US alliances, IIRC.)
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Jennifer wrote:
27 Jul 2018, 13:27
dhex wrote:
27 Jul 2018, 10:47
How are the brit press covering trump? I'm hoping for snide dickery.
There's this one issue of the Economist I've saved for the cover art: remember that Miley Cyrus "Wrecking ball" thing from a few years ago? It's that, only with Cyrus replaced by a cartoon caricature of Trump. (The "wrecking ball" on the cover is smashing various longstanding US alliances, IIRC.)
I think this is the one you mean.
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