Secretive dark money group got $22 million to get Trump SCOTUS pick confirmed – and most came from one anonymous donor

There is a good chance that money came from Russia:

A just-published report by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics’ award-winning OpenSecrets.org reveals the Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative secretive dark money group received $22 million from anonymous donors in the year leading up to the Tump administration and conservatives’ push to place Brett Kavanaugh on the U.S. Supreme Court.$17 million of that $22 million came from one anonymous donor.

Deutsche Bank Staff Saw Suspicious Activity in Trump and Kushner Accounts

In other words, the Obama administration could have exposed the criminal acts before Trump became president. Because money is more important than duty:

Anti-money laundering specialists at Deutsche Bank recommended in 2016 and 2017 that multiple transactions involving legal entities controlled by Donald J. Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, be reported to a federal financial-crimes watchdog.

The transactions, some of which involved Mr. Trump’s now-defunct foundation, set off alerts in a computer system designed to detect illicit activity, according to five current and former bank employees. Compliance staff members who then reviewed the transactions prepared so-called suspicious activity reports that they believed should be sent to a unit of the Treasury Department that polices financial crimes.

But executives at Deutsche Bank, which has lent billions of dollars to the Trump and Kushner companies, rejected their employees’ advice. The reports were never filed with the government.

Source: NY Times

GOP senators raise alarms, criticize Trump as U.S.-China trade war heats up

We need more Republicans speaking out against what Trump is doing to his their own constituents. They haven’t spoken out more forcefully in the past because they are afraid of his voters. What these cowards don’t realize is that the occupant in the White House is destroying the GOP. His ‘policies’ will lead to a recession which will cost Republicans control of the Senate and lose them the presidential race in 2020:

Senate Republicans expressed growing concern Tuesday that President Trump’s escalating trade war with China is hurting their constituents in rural America, ratcheting up tension between the White House and Congress on a signature issue.

Some Republican lawmakers, increasingly frustrated with Trump, took the unusual step of openly criticizing a president from their own party.

“I’m not sure if you talk to him face to face, he hears everything you say,” said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), who has emerged as one of Trump’s chief critics on trade and who said he planned to write to the president to explain farmers’ concerns.

Is a Desperate Trump trying to start a war with Iran to Divert Attention?

A desperate Trump will do anything to save his skin. Including diverting attention by starting another major war in the middle east, either by design or miscalculation. Unfortunately, the press never seems to understand that Trump is a master at wagging-the-dog. Whenever the press coverage turns to his crimes the liar-in-chief does something outrageous to change the subject. For years now he’s been race-baiting  as favorite tactic, especially as it relates to the border. He also does it to motivate his ‘base.’ That isn’t working so much anymore. He needs a new distraction. Why not a war with Iran? We can’t put it past Trump. Anybody for a new ‘Gulf of Tonkin’?

President Trump denied a report from the New York Times that his top national security aides discussed a plan to send up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East in case of a fallout with Iran, adding that if they were planning to, “we’d send a hell of a lot more troops than that.”

…Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have been warning of an unspecified “escalating threat” from Iran in recent weeks, after receiving intelligence from Israel about a possible Iranian plot to attack U.S. interests in the region. Trump told reporters Monday that he’d been “hearing little stories about Iran,” adding: “If they do anything, they will suffer greatly.”

Washington Senate passes bill that would keep Trump off 2020 ballot unless he releases tax returns

Now we need to get other states to go along. Such a law would encourage other Republicans to challenge Trump during the primaries:

Washington’s state Senate passed a bill this week that would drop President Trump from the state’s 2020 presidential ballot until he releases his tax returns.

The bill, which advanced Tuesday to the state’s House of Representatives, according to CBS News, would require any candidate on the ballot for president in the state to release five years of tax returns before appearing in a general or primary election.

Trump makes it clear that U.S. forces overseas aren’t defending freedom—they’re mercenaries

Trump has consistently tried to sabotage the NATO alliance. Which is further proof that he is a Russian agent:

Donald Trump isn’t done destroying American military alliances. After battering NATO, demeaning the support of allies in Afghanistan and Iraq, abandoning allied forces in Syria, and generally treating every other nation with ill-disguised contempt, Trump is ready to make it clear that he doesn’t think American forces are defending freedom. He thinks they are mercenaries.

Bloomberg reports that Trump is “drawing up demands” for the nations that currently host America’s overseas forces to pay up. Not pay up as in paying a share of the cost, because they do that already. Pay up as in paying all the cost, and then some. Trump intends to demand that U.S. allies cover the full cost of all U.S. military deployed to their countries, plus “50 percent or more for the privilege of hosting them.” That’s a “privilege” that few countries would be willing to pay for, and a recipe for ending a policy that has been the backbone of America’s military strategy for over 60 years.

Trump Back In Florida, Again Putting Republican Donor Money In His Own Pocket

Everything about Trump is a scam:

President Donald Trump has traveled to his for-profit resort in Palm Beach, Florida, this weekend, where he will participate in Republican fundraisers that will put hundreds of thousands of dollars into his own cash registers.

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago will host a dinner for six-figure donors to the Republican National Committee on Friday evening and a “low dollar” lunch on Sunday, tickets for which cost $2,800, the maximum contribution allowable to a federal candidate for the 2020 election.

“It’s the perfect storm of corruption,” said Robert Weissman, the president of the liberal watchdog group Public Citizen. “This big money fundraiser by the RNC is being held to pursue a corrupt corporate agenda at a property owned by the president of the United States, who is using the highest office in the land to enrich himself.”

Trump administration reportedly tracked and targeted journalists and activists involved with migrant caravan.

This is dictatorship. And will only get worse unless we remove Trump from office. Time is running out:

Days before the Nov. 2018 midterm elections, President Trump cooked up pre-election hysteria over the so-called “caravan” of migrants a thousand miles away in southern Mexico, who were slowly making their way on foot towards the U.S. border. The president’s anti-immigrant chauvinism couldn’t stop his party from losing the House in a blue wave of Democratic victories, and afterward Trump largely dropped the issue until it became politically useful again months later during the government shutdown. The American government, however, sharpened its focus after the furor died down, according to a chilling report from NBC 7, NBC News’ local affiliate in San Diego. Documents leaked to NBC 7 show that the Trump administration went about gathering names of journalists, activists, and attorneys who had covered or worked with the fleeing migrants, and created a database that included dossiers on 57 people, including 10 journalists.

As Trump and Kim Met, North Korean Hackers Hit Over 100 Targets in U.S. and Ally Nations 

Apparently it doesn’t concern Trump that he’s being played for a fool by Kim Jong Un:

North Korean hackers who have targeted American and European businesses for 18 months kept up their attacks last week even as President Trump was meeting with North Korea’s leader in Hanoi.

The attacks, which include efforts to hack into banks, utilities and oil and gas companies, began in 2017, according to researchers at the cybersecurity company McAfee, a time when tensions between North Korea and the United States were flaring. But even though both sides have toned down their fiery threats and begun nuclear disarmament talks, the attacks persist.

Meanwhile the liar-in-chief has ended military exercises with South Korea to appease the North Koreans. Just call him Neville:

President Trump on Sunday defended the decision to cancel large-scale military exercises between U.S. and South Korean forces following his failed summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

“The reason I do not want military drills with South Korea is to save hundreds of millions of dollars for the U.S. for which we are not reimbursed,” Trump tweeted. “That was my position long before I became President. Also, reducing tensions with North Korea at this time is a good thing!”