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    The Precipitous Rise and Fall of Paul Manafort
    Aug19

    The Precipitous Rise and Fall of Paul Manafort

    Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was already in the midst of a rough spot when The New York Times published a story Sunday night, detailing millions in cash payments to Manafort listed in a secret ledger in Ukraine.By Friday, Manafort had resigned from the Trump campaign, two days after the Republican nominee effectively sidelined him by...

    Emails show Trump advisers waged covert lobbying operation, never disclosed work as foreign agents
    Aug19

    Emails show Trump advisers waged covert lobbying operation, never disclosed work as foreign agents

    Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesWASHINGTON (AP) — A firm run by Donald Trump’s campaign chairman directly orchestrated a covert Washington lobbying operation on behalf of Ukraine’s then-ruling political party, attempting to sway American public opinion in favor of the country’s pro-Russian government, emails obtained by The...

    Paul Manafort resigns from Trump campaign
    Aug19

    Paul Manafort resigns from Trump campaign

    Donald Trump’s campaign is still trembling from its shakeup this week.Trump on Friday announced that campaign chairman Paul Manafort had resigned, two days after the Republican nominee put in place a new leadership structure that appeared to minimize Manafort’s role.Manafort had increasingly come under fire for his past lobbying work...

    11 Dangerous Right-Wing Kooks, Cranks and Operatives Surrounding Donald Trump
    Aug19

    11 Dangerous Right-Wing Kooks, Cranks and Operatives Surrounding Donald Trump

    It used to be that people like this only got backstage passes to the GOP’s big doings. Now they’re part of the show. Since the 1980 takeover of the Republican Party by its right wing, backstage passes to party proceedings and hijinks for its kooks, cranks and stealth operatives has been the norm. Think professional woman-hater about...

    Will The U.S. Army Get Serious About Revolutionizing Long Range Fires?
    Aug19

    Will The U.S. Army Get Serious About Revolutionizing Long Range Fires?

    Dan Goure U.S. Army, United States The Army can take advantage of innovations already available in the private sector that could revolutionize long-range fires. U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces face two particular challenges from the modernized Russian military in Europe. The first is an increasingly sophisticated air...

    Putin visits Crimea as Russian forces stage war games
    Aug19

    Putin visits Crimea as Russian forces stage war games

    Vladimir Putin has arrived in Crimea, two years after the Black Sea peninsula was annexed from Ukraine. …read more Source: FOX...

    Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort resigns
    Aug19

    Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort resigns

    Donald Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort resigned on Friday in the wake of campaign shake-up and revelations about his work in Ukraine. …read more Source: CTV...

    Putin Appoints Education Minister As Envoy To Ukraine
    Aug19

    Putin Appoints Education Minister As Envoy To Ukraine

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has appointed Dmitry Livanov as the president’s envoy on trade and economic ties with Ukraine. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Putin, in Crimea, slams Ukraine ‘terror attacks’
    Aug19

    Putin, in Crimea, slams Ukraine ‘terror attacks’

    He calls the issue “alarming” but says the Kremlin does not intend to cut ties with Kiev. …read more Source: USA...

    Context
    Aug19

    Context

    [ed.note: I wrote this post last night, prior to Paul Manafort’s resignation from the Trump campaign. His departure doesn’t change the story, if anything it tends to confirm it. But the rapidity and totality of his departure looks to me much more tied to his mounting legal trouble and efforts to protect Trump from those troubles than...