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TOPSHOT - US President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

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Catherine Belton, formerly the Moscow correspondent for the Financial Times, writing for The Washington Post, relies on Russian sources to explain how the long-term perspective of Putin’s aims reflect his perception of Western weakness and vacillation when faced with the prospect of the slow, grinding assault he envisions for Ukraine.

Putin “believes the West will become exhausted,” said one well-connected Russian billionaire, speaking on the condition of anonymity for fear of retribution. Putin had not expected the West’s initially strong and united response, “but now he is trying to reshape the situation and he believes that in the longer term he will win,” the billionaire said. Western leaders are vulnerable to election cycles, and “he believes public opinion can flip in one day.”

Belton’s sources believe that the impact of global inflation, higher energy costs, and potential food shortages will gradually erode public support in Europe for continuing punitive sanctions on Russia. She quotes close Putin ally and fellow former KGB head Nikolai Patrushev (who Putin briefly placed in charge of the country while he was undergoing surgery three weeks ago), expressing his conviction in multiple interviews since the Ukraine invasion that Europe will fall into crisis as a result of its sanctions against Russia—particularly its energy sanctions—“in which rising inflation and falling living standards were already impacting the mood of Europeans, while a fresh migrant crisis would create new security threats.”

Of course, Patrushev is an ideological bobblehead to Putin, infected with the same zealotry and delusional fanaticism in his hatred of Ukraine. But his opinions are not without basis. In the United States, after all, despite what may be the most singular threat to the NATO alliance in 70 years, 57 Congressional Republicans voted against providing military and economic aid to Ukraine. In the Senate, Kentucky Republican Rand Paul held up that aid for days, citing what he described as concerns about rising gas prices and economic fallout to the U.S. resultant from aiding the Ukrainian people. He was joined in opposing that aid by 11 Republican senators, including Missouri’s Josh Hawley, who claimed that the aid did not reflect the goals of what he believed should be a “nationalist” foreign policy.

The anonymous Russian billionaire’s reference to “election cycles” is particularly telling. Lurking in the shadows of Patrushev’s, Putin’s, and Hawley’s sentiments—and still fresh in the mind of our European allies—is the specter of Donald Trump, and the unfortunate possibility that in 2024 he may once again, as Commander-in-Chief, preside over the NATO alliance.

It doesn’t take a genius to project what that would mean for NATO, for Ukraine, and for the remainder of the Western world still clinging to the promise of democracy in the face of autocracy and incipient fascism. Trump—more than “arguably,” and despite the declamations shrieked by the American right—owes his first administration’s existence to Russian meddling. He very likely would not have been elected president without Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election, and he made that fact abundantly clear in his obsequious pandering to the Russian leader during his four-year tenure in office.

A second Trump term would be a gift to Putin like no other, and one can easily imagine a Republican Congress already prostrate in its gratitude to comply with whatever Trump directed—overtly or through intimidation—in terms of the “Ukraine question.” The people who guide Trump’s mercurial and infantile persuasions on foreign policy are not only anti-democratic, they are assiduously pro-autocrat, and implicitly (if not explicitly) pro-Putin. Putin represents an unrealized ideal to them, in his blithe and cruel exercise of power, his dominance over opposing public opinion, and his pseudo-religious brand of ethno-nationalism.

This twisted ethic that prioritizes self-interest with a winking acceptance of national treachery was already fully in bloom during Trump’s administration, and there is no reason to expect it not to resurface in full measure—with a vengeance—if Americans are foolish enough to give him a second opportunity. Stripped of its forceful pretensions, NATO, as it is currently constituted, exists only because of U.S. leadership at its helm. Trump, who threatened to abandon NATO unless it complied with his spurious whims, will surely dissolve this country’s commitment to that alliance with a just a small bit of prodding from his Russian benefactors, carefully coordinated with their complicit media allies in the U.S. Putin knows this; in fact, he doubtlessly holds that certitude tenderly and close in his heart.

Europe also knows this, and that is why they are reacting to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine the way they are, by arming themselves with the prospect of American abandonment of leadership like none since World War II. They are sensibly hedging their bets—and fortifying their defenses—against the face of a terrible, uncertain future: an America they can no longer trust.


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Exclusive: Grand jury in Fulton County, Georgia, subpoenas Giuliani, Eastman, and Graham over Jan. 6 conspiracy – TalkOfNews.com

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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 6: (L-R) President Donald Trump shakes hands with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) during an event about judicial confirmations  in the East Room of the White House on November 6, 2019 in Washington, DC. More than 150 of the president's federal judicial nominees have been confirmed by the Republican-controlled Senate. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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It’s not the House select committee on Jan. 6 that wants a better look at many of those involved in Donald Trump’s scheme to overturn the results of the 2020 election. Thanks to their wide-ranging activities in many states, investigations are going on at the local, state, and federal level into actions that Trump’s team took in attempting to reverse the will of the American people.

No state may have borne more of Trump’s focused fury than Georgia. President Joe Biden carried the state by over 12,500 votes, making it second to Arizona when it comes to the the narrowest margin of victory. This was far outside the realm of possible change that might be addressed by a recount, but Georgia conducted a recount anyway. When that didn’t make things any better for Trump, he requested that Georgia count a third time, which it did. Trump still lost, and by a bigger number than ever.

But Trump wasn’t done with Georgia. Right up until Jan. 6, Trump’s team tried every possible way to steal Georgia’s electoral votes. And now some of the most familiar names in MAGA land are getting hauled before a grand jury in Fulton County, Georgia. That includes Rudy Giuliani, Sen. Lindsey Graham, and attorney John Eastman. 


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Exclusive: NEW POLL: Overturning Roe Very Unpopular in Battleground States, Giving Democrats Opportunity With Key Voters – TalkOfNews.com

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 More voters identify as pro-abortion rights than as Democrats, making abortion an important issue for picking up swing voters

Washington, D.C. – Today, MoveOn Political Action released new polling from battleground states showing that the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade is very unpopular and gives Democrats an opportunity with key voters.

The survey was fielded before the U.S. Supreme Court released its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, making it more likely the data has shifted in the aftermath to further increase the urgency with which voters view abortion rights and their willingness to engage on the issue.

“If we want to restore abortion rights and prevent Republicans from passing a national abortion ban, we need to fight to hold the House and add two Democratic senators who will prioritize abortion rights over the filibuster,” said MoveOn Political Action Executive Director Rahna Epting. “Democrats speaking out for abortion rights doesn’t motivate only base voters—it’s an extremely important issue for swing voters, as well.”

“The electorate in several battlegrounds—like Pennsylvania and Wisconsin—are far more supportive of abortion than conventional political wisdom thinks they are,” said Lake Research Partners President Celinda Lake. “More voters in these states identify as pro-abortion rights than as Democrats, making abortion a key issue for picking up support from swing voters.” 

Other findings include: 

  • The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade runs counter to public sentiment in the battleground states of Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
  • Democrats and pro-abortion rights voters are very motivated to turn out in November in support of candidates who will protect people’s right to an abortion. Additionally, Democrats and pro-abortion rights voters are much more energized to vote in response to the decision to overturn Roe and a possible abortion ban in their state than are Republicans or voters who oppose abortion in all or most circumstances. 
  • While it is true that there are many issues competing for voters’ attention at this time, not the least of which are gas prices and inflation, polling shows that voters are ready to hold lawmakers accountable in November for ensuring or restricting access to abortion.

MoveOn commissioned Lake Research Partners to design and administer an online survey of 300 likely 2022 voters in each of four battleground states—Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin—as well as 200 Democratic surge voters across the four states. The survey fielded June 6-14, 2022. The margin of error for each state is +/-5.7%.

Full polling memo can be found here.

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Exclusive: BREAKING: Chicago News Channel WGN Obtains Picture of Highland Park Shooter in Drag Attempting to Evade Police – TalkOfNews.com

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BREAKING: Chicago News Channel WGN Obtains Picture of Highland Park Shooter in Drag Attempting to Evade Police

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WGN in Chicago released a picture of the Highland Park shooter attempting to evade police after killing 6 and injuring more than 20 others. 

We reported earlier that it was reported that the Highland Park killer wore women’s clothing when evading the police:

Developing: Police Admit Highland Park Shooter Was Wearing Women’s Clothing at Time of Attack

 

TRENDING: BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: Information Uncovered Overnight Shows Highland Park Shooter, Bobby Crimo, Is Tied to Socialists, Progressives, Antifa and the Occult

WGN reported moments ago:

The gunman accused of fatally shooting seven and wounding over 30 people at a Highland Park Fourth of July parade wore a disguise and blended into the crowd he fired upon before he fled the scene and was eventually caught by police.

At a news conference Tuesday morning, Christopher Covelli, Lake County Major Crime Task Force spokesman, said 21-year-old Robert “Bobby” Crimo III legally purchased the weapon used in the mass shooting. Crimo was arrested about eight hours after police said he opened fire during the holiday event. A second gun was found in his car following his arrest.

The downtown parade was disrupted around 10:10 a.m. after shots were fired near Central Avenue and 2nd Street.

According to WGN News anchor the channel had obtained a picture of the killer in drag.

Here is as reported from WGN:

 


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