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Tehran should not view the US’s decision to hold back from launching a retaliatory military strike against Iran as a sign of weakness, US National Security Advisor John Bolton told reporters in Jerusalem on Tuesday. 


Bolton spoke after a historic trilateral meeting with his Russian and Israeli counterparts, Nikolai Patrushev and Meir Ben-Shabbat, about regional security. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu headed the Israeli delegations at the talks.
Bolton repeated twice to reporters that Iran "should not mistake [restraint] as a sign of weakness." 


Iran must halt its pursuit of nuclear weapons and “all options are on the table” until it does, US National Security Advisor John Bolton told reporters in Jerusalem on Tuesday.


“They should give up their pursuit of deliverable nuclear weapons. They should make that strategic step, they have not done it yet,” Bolton said.


Prior to the meeting, Bolton said, that US President Donald Trump “has held the door open for real negotiations, to completely and verifiably eliminate Iran’s nuclear weapons program, it's pursuit of ballistic missile delivery systems, it’s support of international terrorism and its other maligning behavior worldwide.” 

“All Iran needs to do is walk through that open door,” he explained.

Bolton noted that other top US officials - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US envoy on Iran Brian Hook - were also in the region to discuss Iran with Arab leaders.

“As we speak, US diplomats are surging across the Middle East seeking a path to peace,” Bolton said. “In response Iran’s silence is deafening,” he added.

"Iran’s provocations, which also include threats to and acts upon American personnel and assets in the Middle East, are the external manifestations of the essential threat Iran poses, namely its continued pursuit of deliverable nuclear weapons,” Bolton said.

“There is simply no evidence that Iran has made the strategic decision to renounce nuclear weapons and open realistic discussion to demonstrate that decision,” he added.

“In just a few days - perhaps by the the end of the week - Iran has threatened to exceed the key limits possessed by the inadequate 2015 nuclear deal, exposing once again the fatal deficiencies of that failed agreement,” Bolton said.

“All around the Middle East, we see Iran as the source of belligerence and aggression,” he said, giving as examples its support of Hezbollah in Lebanon, its assistance to the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, the arming of militia groups in Iraq, the weaponizing of the Houthis in Yemen, its support of terrorist activities against US forces in Afghanistan and its threat to oil supplies.

Bolton said that the trilateral meeting was taking place at a “particularly critical moment.” The US envoy also spoke glowingly of Netanyahu’s leadership and the role he plays in maintaining Israeli security.

The trilateral meeting, Bolton said to Netanyahu, “is a tribute to your leadership and a recognition of the central role that Israel does and must play in securing international peace and security.”

He added that, “through your strong relationships with both [Russian] President [Vladimir] Putin and President Trump, there is a substantially greater prospect for coordination of our perspective policies in order to achieve a secure and lasting peace in the region.”

The trilateral talks will include discussions in particular on Iran’s military presence in Syria. Israel and Russia are at odds over that presence, with Israel pushing for Iran to be ousted from Syria. Moscow holds that Israeli security is important but believes that the Assad regime has a right to open its doors to Iran.
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      Patrushev pledged his support to the joint battle against terrorism, which his country is waging alongside Israel and the US, particularly against ISIS.

      “It is extremely important to guarantee Israel’s security,” he said, recalling that there are two million Russians living in Israel.

      But he said that it is also important to respect other regional powers, hinting at Iran and noting that, “if we ignore them, we won’t achieve results.”

      Russia is opposed to Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, and Patrushev hinted at that opposition in his remarks. “There should be a peaceful, prosperous and sovereign Syria,” he said.

      Netanyahu said the trilateral meeting showed that there was“a wider basis for cooperation between the three of us than many believe. This summit represents a real opportunity to help advance that stability in our region, particularly in Syria.”

      “Israel has acted hundreds of times to prevent Iran from entrenching itself militarily in Syria,” Netanyahu said, adding that, “Israel will continue to prevent Iran from using neighboring territory as platforms to attack us and Israel will respond forcibly to any such attacks,” he said.

      Netanyahu thanked Russia for working out a deconfliction mechanism with Israel, which allows it to operate in Syria without the risk of harming Russian forces in Syria.

      “All three of us [Israel, Russia and the US] would like to see a peaceful, stable and secure Syria,” Netanyahu said.

      “We also have a common objective to achieve that goal... that no foreign forces that arrived in Syria after 2011 remain in Syria,” Netanyahu said. He counts Iran as one of those foreign forces. Russia believes that Iran is not included in that list, because it is there at the request of the Assad regime.

      “We think there are ways to achieve that common goal. I believe the outcome that I have just described - the departure of all foreign forces from Syria, who entered after 2011 - will be good for Russia, good for the US, good for Israel and good for Syria,” Netanyahu said.

      Ben-Shabbat stood behind Netanyahu, saying that regional stability could not be obtained without stopping Iran.

      Bolton, who has been in Israel since Sunday, met with Patrushev on Monday to prepare for a meeting on Thursday between Trump and Putin at the G20 meeting in Osaka, Japan.

      On Sunday, Bolton met with Netanyahu. The security adviser's message was that Iran should not mistake "prudence and discretion for weakness," and that Iran does not have a license to do what it wants in the region.




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      “Right now, you can have the biggest rally in the country pop up overnight, but what happens the day after?,” Makiya told me. “There is an energy out there. People want to canvass or get involved but don’t know how. Even now, still, budgets are spent on ads and impersonal marketing. Texting from campaigns came into play a few years ago, but that novelty is already wearing off. People are getting all of them. The thing that works best is when a friend makes a recommendation. That’s not just in politics, it applies to everything. You do what your friends are doing in any aspect of life.” Organizations like <a href="http://MoveOn.org" rel="nofollow">MoveOn.org</a>, the DNC and Beto O’Rourke’s Senate campaign have used OutVote’s tools to tap into small, curated networks of peers, who share political content and encourage one another to get involved, even for 30 minutes a week. Like many Democrats who labored in the campaign trenches of 2018, he heralded the growing importance of “peer-to-peer” campaigning. “We are hoping to grow around relationships and friends,” Makiya said.

      Campaigns have long been reluctant to embrace the animating idea of OutVote and other Higher Ground companies: allowing civilians outside the protected shell of a professional staff put their own twist on outreach and messaging. That remains true in 2019, even as terms like “focus-grouped” and “poll-tested” have become everyday pejoratives for politicians who just can’t relate, advised by ladder-climbing staffers who tend to play it safe cycle-to-cycle. Today, though, political power flows not from perceived stature or the best consultants, but from the two most important commodities on the internet: attention and trust. Both forces are powered by the friends, peers and influencers you follow and connect with online. “We have to trust our activists,” Dutta told me. “The way we used to run command-and-control campaigns needs to change, and now the activist needs to be the center of the hub of action. Trust is at an all-time low for hierarchical systems, whether it’s in government, media, politicians. Even hospitals and universities. The only place trust has actually increased is in a distributed fashion amongst your peers. And because trust has changed, the kinds of people you have to listen to in politics has to fundamentally change.”

      Democrats have the data to identity and reach voters. It’s never been easier for commercial marketers or campaigns to target Americans based on their online behaviors, purchasing habits or voting history. But how Democrats are using that data—and what they are saying to voters once they find them—has become a source of grumbling among digital strategists who want the party to evolve. In 2012, the Obama campaign perfected the use of large-scale surveys to slice-and-dice the electorate into targeted audiences of voters, an idea carried over onto Clinton’s campaign in 2016. With its statistical models and voter scores, Democratic politics almost became too sophisticated for its own good, with too many machines but no emotional core. Guy Cecil, the chief strategist for Priorities USA, told me after Clinton’s loss in 2016 that “Democrats micro-targeted themselves to death.”

      While Democrats spent the last decade running A/B tests and refining their voter models, Republicans stumbled into learning how to weaponize content on social media by going after the heart and gut. “You have right-wing organizations like Turning Point USA pouring millions and millions of dollars into churning out videos, GIFs and memes that are then fed into massive distribution networks,” said Lindsay Holst, who served as Director of Digital Content in the Obama White House. “For these groups, the digital content is the point, not the window dressing. We’re lacking the necessary volume of emotional messaging that appeals to people as human beings, not as data points. Most Americans don’t wake up in the morning charged with purpose to share some talking points, or a canned direct-to-camera fundraising appeal, or language that sounds like it was incubated in some kind of pollster laboratory. We don’t view ourselves as brand ambassadors for a particular PAC or party committee. But this is precisely what so many Democrats seem to be assuming with the majority of the content we're producing.” Democrats opting for a more unvarnished approach on social media—Bernie Sanders in 2016, Beto O’Rourke and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in 2018, or Andrew Yang this cycle—have seen their stocks rise from almost nowhere. “Social media is a reflection of humankind,” said Hougland, the Main Street One founder. “It’s non-binary, it’s conflicted, it’s nuanced. Our campaigning needs to reflect that.” It’s a problem that technology cannot solve on its own. Candidates themselves have to find a way to forge an emotional connection with voters, and those candidates are granted more leeway to experiment and fight their opponents online as results. When Ocasio-Cortez was mocked by the right for an unearthed video of her dancing at Boston University, she responded by posting a video on Twitter of herself dancing into her new congressional office—a video that now has over 21 million views. But even candidates without that kind of charisma can be aided by more sophisticated tools and a greater willingness to plug into the normalized behaviors of the social web.

      On issues like climate, abortion, immigration or guns, Hougland said, public opinion lands on the side of Democrats. With facts on their side, he added, Democrats don't need to create their own disinformation campaigns to fight back, as one progressive cyber security firm did in the 2017 Alabama Senate race when they invented phony accounts to meddle with Republican candidate Roy Moore. (The firm apologized after their Russian-style efforts came to light.) Hougland’s case is that the facts just need to be presented in a vernacular that reverberates online—the mission of Main Street One. Still, much of the content produced by Democrats for the web—mostly video and display ads on social media platforms—still often resembles the canned and predictable television advertising that ruled campaigns for decades. Those advertisements represent one side of an asymmetrical political war. On the other, Trump and his supporters are gleefully tossing red meat and false information to the algorithms of agnostic platforms, allowing misinformation to flourish and reach swing voters. “All our donors are obsessed with ways to get content to the right people more efficiently—but not on the actual content we're feeding into these fancy tools,” Holst said. “We love talking about our six-figure digital ad buys, but how confident are we about the actual substance of the ads themselves? We’re not doing a sufficient job of putting content in voter’s hands that allows them to say, to their peers and to anyone else who might be persuaded by them, ‘Yes, this is what I believe.’” Progressives are running ads starring middle-aged people in suits talking sternly about health care costs. Conservatives are being shown trash memes about Elizabeth Warren’s heritage and sinister YouTube videos about Mexicans coming across the southern border to rape and steal. Which packs more of a punch?

      A handful of the companies funded by Higher Ground are charging into this territory, largely uncharted for Democrats, using artificial intelligence and more responsive listening techniques to help campaigns get a better feel for what’s energizing voters. “We, as Democrats, have a really bad habit of bringing facts to an emotional battle and getting our asses kicked,” said Michiah Prull, the CEO of Avalanche Strategy, which marries artificial intelligence with online surveys to reveal “the values, emotions and associations” around certain issues. In a past life, Prull worked in Florida politics and for environmental causes, but found that white papers and 10-point plans rarely moved the opinion needle. Democrats listen to people, he said, but not deeply enough to understand what connected them to a cause. And until recently, strategists have been unable to connect certain emotional dots across a broad sample of voters to figure out what’s meaningful and what’s noise. “The core challenge for Democrats isn’t that we are bad at writing ad copy. It’s that we don’t understand people very well, where they are when it comes to values,” Prull said. “Emotional resonance dictates political power.” Avalanche performs what the company calls “psychographic listening,” prompting representative samples of a community to give written responses to open-ended questions on an issue—essentially a focus group at a much larger scale, with as many as 10,000 respondents at a time. Humans and artificial intelligence analyze these tranches of qualitative data to divine how voters are thinking about a topic, giving clients valuable intelligence on how to run their campaigns.

      Avalanche recently worked with one of the country’s largest labor unions for a campaign on income inequality. The union assumed that raising the minimum wage would be the top issue among its target audience. But through Avalanche’s listening tool, they found the issue of gender pay equity emerging as the top concern for its targeted voters. Minimum wage was “only sixth or seventh” on the list, allowing the campaign to adjust its messaging. “What distinguishes us from traditional polling, is that with a poll you sometimes have to decide which five things to put on the survey,” Prull said. “But we find things you wouldn’t even know to put on the list in the first place. Usually people that are inside the bubble, be it the D.C. or the Twitter bubble, leave things off that list because they just never thought of it. But what we saw was that minimum wage was assumed to be the top issue, only because we didn’t even bother to put gender pay equity on the list.” Avalanche also published research last week on the hot-button topic of presidential electability. Predictably, given the media narratives around the campaign, the research revealed that a candidate’s gender was a source of worry for Democrats hoping to defeat Trump. But the research revealed something more nuanced about electability: women, not men, are the Democrats most likely to harbor doubts about a woman’s ability to win in 2020. “There’s a lot more texture around what drives people than we assume,” said Dutta. “What Democrats usually do is they look at a Latino woman who is 30-something with kids and say, ‘Oh, immigration is her issue! It must be immigration! This is her demographic. Let’s talk to her about immigration!’ The reality is more complicated. We need to find ways of making sense of all of the data available around people, while listening to them carefully in their own words. And the data has made it abundantly clear that we are just all emotional decision makers.”

      Deck Apps, another Higher Ground-backed firm, is trying to make the data-focused aspects of campaigning more responsive to the social media age, when voters are constantly bombarded with flecks of information about politics. Campaigns using data typically rely on statistically-created models of voter audiences—married white moms, for instance, or African-American women under 30—which can be targeted with ads or volunteer outreach. Those voters universes are “scored” over the campaign to track movements in support, allowing campaigns to pull levers where necessary. But according to Max Wood, the founder of Deck, those models are created at a single point in time at the outset of race, instead of constantly being re-trained during a campaign to respond to shifting signals like media coverage or fundraising spikes in certain demos. “If our finance data that we’re collecting shows that younger people, for example, are donating in really large numbers to candidate X, the model would infer that that group likes that candidate more, and people with those traits are more likely to vote for that candidate,” Wood said. “Or, if we have media data from a particular outlet, and we know certain groups are more likely to pay attention to that news outlet, then that’ll influence it, too.”

      “The idea,” Wood continued, “is that you run a campaign because you’re trying to change the context in which people are making their decisions. So, basing all of our strategic and targeting decisions on data that reflects one specific point in time, and isn’t reflective of whether or not those changes are successfully being made, doesn’t feel aligned with the goal.” Wood wants Democratic targeting models to refresh themselves as fast as we scroll and tap and refresh our screens every day. Online lives and offline lives are no longer distinct, he said, and political technology must respond in kind. “If you’re the kind of person who clicks on a Bounty ad, and Bounty makes an ad buy on Facebook, Facebook will start showing you more Bounty ads, right? That’s the targeting system that powers all the digital ad networks. We’re just trying to bring some of that to organizing and kind of targeting.”

      Whether these start-ups fail or achieve wide adoption on the left, their backers say the stakes are too high not to take risks and re-imagine how campaigns can work. “What’s missing right now is a digital-first argument against Trump, because Trump is doing that right now in battleground states on his own, uninterrupted right now, with zero pushback,” Dutta said. “And that should be deeply, deeply concerning.” Higher Ground says it is “in the business of saving democracy”—an audacious boast for a private sector entity. But is anyone else? Congress, federal regulators, cash-starved political campaigns, righteous newspapers columnists complaining about the platforms: none of them are doing much to save democracy from the hungry algorithms and fever swamps of the web. Nor is most of the Democratic establishment, focused on the presidential primary and preoccupied with the insular world of Twitter and cable news, blind to vast swaths of the internet where support for Trump thrives unchecked.

      “Democrats are largely still relying on traditional media outlets to put their stories out,” Dutta added. “It’s not going to work. Right-wing websites and MAGA people are very good at flooding networks with lots of content all the time, and those networks have biases towards outrage and fear and anger and disgust. We have to learn how to cope with those things.” Hougland, who arrived to politics after studying ISIS and Russian intelligence, said he’s not sure that Democrats fully comprehend the mammoth challenge ahead of them, or the risks required to confront it. “With ISIS, that was the seminal moment on the internet when you realized a small group of people online could inflict global damage and push an ideology far beyond the reach anyone else had,” he said. “If you want to know the future of mankind, it’s what happens when a small group of individuals gains control over a system. And that could be happening right now.”

      Peter Hamby is the host of Snapchat’s Good Luck America.

      Dear Democrats, Here’s How to Guarantee Trump’s Reelection
      Michael_Novakhov shared this story .

      To: All Democratic candidates

      As you prepare for your first debates later this week, some unsolicited thoughts on what you could do to blow this election. With 20 of you clamoring for attention over two nights, the opportunities are abundant for you to kick off the primary season with an easy win for the president.

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      This might seem impossible. Donald Trump remains historically unpopular because the past three years have cemented the public’s image of the president as a deeply dishonest, erratic, narcissistic, Twitter-addicted bully. As a result, a stunning 57 percent of voters say they will definitely not vote to reelect him next year and he trails Democratic challengers in key states. Trump himself seems to have given up on swing voters, instead focusing on ginning up turnout among his hard-core base. But, as columnist Henry Olsen points out, this is unlikely to be successful because millions of “reluctant Trump voters” from 2016 have already shown a willingness to bail on him by voting for Democrats in last November’s midterms.

      Even so, Trump could still win reelection, because he has one essential dynamic working in his favor: You.

      Trump’s numbers are unmovable, but yours are not. He doesn’t need to win this thing; he needs for you to lose it. There are millions of swing voters who regard Trump as an abomination but might vote for him again if they think you are scarier, more extreme, dangerous, or just annoyingly out of touch.

      And, you have some experience at this, don’t you?

      Despite the favorable poll numbers and the triumphalism in your blue bubble, you’ve already made a solid start at guaranteeing another four years of Trumpism. Last week’s pile-on of Joe Biden was a good example of how you might eat your own over the next 16 months.

      On Tuesday, Trump refused to apologize for calling for the death penalty for the Central Park 5, a group of black and Latino men who were later exonerated of charges that they had beaten and raped a woman in the 1980s. But rather than focusing on the latest Trumpian racial outrage, many of you spent the next few days hammering your front-runner for saying that civility required working with people like the late segregationist senators John Eastland and Herman Talmadge.

      This week’s debates give you two more chances to form circular firing squads, turn winning issues into losers, and alienate swing voters.

      Here are 11 pointers on how to guarantee that the most unpopular president in modern polling history wins reelection next year.

      1. Hold firmly to the idea that Twitter is the beating heart of the real Democratic Party.

      Woke Twitter is convinced that anger over Trump means that voters want to move hard left. You should ignore polls showing that most Democrats, not to mention swing voters, are much more likely to be centrist.

      2. Embrace the weird.

      George Will carries around a small card listing all the things that you have said “that cause the American public to say: ‘These people are weird, they are not talking about things that I care about.’” A short list:

      Terrorists in prison should be allowed to vote. End private health insurance. Pack the Supreme Court, abolish the Electoral College, ‘Green New Deal,’ … reparations for slavery.

      “The country hears these individually,” says Will, “and they say I’m not for that.”

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      He’s going to need a bigger card.

      3. Keep promising lots of free stuff and don’t sweat paying for it.

      Trump and his fellow Republicans have run up massive deficits, but you can make them look like fiscal hawks by outbidding one another. People like free stuff, but they are less keen on having to pay for free stuff for other people, so talk as much as possible about having taxpayers pick up the tab for free college, day care and health care.

      By one estimate, Elizabeth Warren’s various plans would cost about $3.6 trillion a year—or $36.5 trillion over 10 years. She insists she can pay for much of this with a vast new wealth tax that is politically impossible and constitutionally dubious, but, hey, at least she’s not Bernie.

      4. Go ahead and abolish private health insurance.

      Health care should be a huge winner for Democrats in 2020, as it was in 2018. But you can turn that around by embracing a Bernie Sanders-like ‘Medicare for All’ plan.

      Sure, the idea polls well and is wildly popular in MSNBC green rooms. But, unfortunately, when voters find out that it would double payroll taxes, cost trillions of dollars and lead to the abolition of private health insurance, support plummets—even among Democratic primary voters. In fact, when Democratic primary voters are told that Medicare for All would cost $3.2 trillion a year, support drops to just 38 percent. And that is among Democrats.

      The numbers are even worse with the wider electorate. The Kaiser Tracking Poll found that Medicare for All’s net favorability drops to minus 44 percent “when people hear the argument that this would lead to delays in some people getting some medical tests and treatments.” Voters also turn sharply against the idea when they are told that it would threaten the current Medicare program, require big tax increases and eliminate private health insurance. Count on the GOP to spend hundreds of millions of dollars making those arguments.

      5. Spend time talking about reparations.

      There may be no magic bullet to guarantee Trump’s reelection, but support for reparations for slavery may be awfully close. Even before Charlottesville, Trump’s record on race was horrific, and his winking appeasement of the white nationalist alt-right has been a running theme of Trumpism. But Democrats can neutralize Trump’s most glaring weaknesses by redoubling their support for reparations.

      You have already made the hyperdivisive issue a big theme of the campaign and the Democratic House seems poised to pass legislation calling for a study of the issue. Support for considering reparations has also quickly gained support in the 2020 Democratic primary, with contenders like Senators Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris expressing their interest in Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee’s plan. It’s a stark shift from previous presidential campaigns in which Barack Obama opposed reparations.

      The problems here are obvious. No one really knows how reparations would work. The historic wrongs committed against African Americans are undoubtedly unique, but as the debate heats up, the questions will be: Who pays? Who is owed? How do we pick the winners and losers? And then there are other inevitable questions: Who else? The Irish? Jews? Native Americans? Asian Americans? Gays and lesbians?

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      What is clear, however, is that reparations are opposed by somewhere between 80 and 90 percent of white voters, so your support is a huge gift to Trump’s reelection campaign, which would like nothing more than to drive a deeper wedge between black and white Americans.

      6. Trump thinks that immigration and the crisis at the border are winning issues for him. They aren’t. But you can turn that around.

      Trump is actually underwater on the immigration issue. In a recent Fox News poll, 50 percent of Americans said Trump has gone too far, more than double the number of voters who think he hasn’t been aggressive enough. Family separations continue to shock the conscience of the nation and his threats to round up millions of illegals could backfire badly on him. Moreover, huge majorities favor giving legal status to the so-called Dreamers.

      But you can flip the script: instead of talking about Dreamers, talk as much as possible about your support for sanctuary cities, double down on proposals to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and be as vague as possible about whether or not you really do support open borders.

      7. Lots more focus on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

      By no means allow voters to hear more about centrists who actually swung the House like Abigail Spanberger in Virginia, Mikie Sherrill in New Jersey or Dean Phillips in Minnesota. Trump wants nothing more than to make AOC the face of the Democratic Party. You can make it happen.

      8. Socialism.

      Trump will accuse Democrats of being socialists who want to turn the United States into Venezuela. This is a tired, implausible trope. But you can make it work for him by actually calling yourself socialists and loudly booing your fellow Democrats who suggest that “socialism is not the answer.”

      9. Turn the abortion issue from a winner into a loser.

      Polls suggest that there is wide opposition to overturning Roe v. Wade and Republicans have drastically overreached in states like Alabama where they have outlawed abortion even in cases of rape and incest.

      But here again, Democrats can snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by moving to a hard-line maximalist position. While the public leans pro-choice, its views are quite nuanced. So, instead of talking about abortion as “safe, legal, and rare,” you should demand the legalization of late-term abortions, focus on taxpayer funding and express as much contempt as possible for people with different views.

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      A model for this is Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who compares being anti-abortion to being racist. When she was asked whether her pro-choice litmus test for judges threatened their independence, she said:

      “I think there’s some issues that have such moral clarity that we have as a society decided that the other side is not acceptable. Imagine saying that it’s OK to appoint a judge who’s racist or anti-Semitic or homophobic. Telling or asking someone to appoint someone who takes away basic human rights of any group of people in America, I don’t think that those are political issues anymore.”

      You might recall how Hillary Clinton’s “deplorables” comment played in 2016; this time around, Democrats can convey their contempt for much larger groups of people, which will be immensely helpful to Trump’s efforts to convince his base and swing voters that Democrats look down on them.

      10. You can also turn a winner into a loser on the issue of guns.

      There is a growing bipartisan constituency for reasonable restrictions on guns, including overwhelming support for expanded background checks. Trump’s GOP is especially vulnerable here because it remains a wholly-owned subsidiary of the National Rifle Association, which is stumbling under the weight of its own extremism and grift these days.

      But you can easily turn this into a firewall for Trump by joining Senator Cory Booker’s call for vast expansions of the licensing of guns and banning certain kind of weapons. Under Booker’s plan, “a person seeking to buy a gun would need to apply for a license in much the same way one applies for a passport.”

      Let’s see how that plays in Texas, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Ohio and Michigan.

      11. As you try to get Americans more alarmed about Trump’s attacks on democratic norms, make sure you talk as much as possible about your support for court-packing.

      Tinkering with the makeup and independence of the Supreme Court hasn’t been a winning issue since 1937, but, waving the bloody shirt of Merrick Garland as often as possible still feels satisfying, doesn’t it?

      Given Trump’s deep unpopularity, losing to him won’t be easy. But don’t despair; remember, you managed to pull it off in 2016.

      Trump’s Confused Russia Policy Is a Boon for Putin
      Michael_Novakhov shared this story .

      Andrew S. Weiss is vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment. During the administrations of Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, he worked on Russian affairs at the National Security Council, the State Department and the Defense Department.

      The next Trump-Putin meeting in Osaka, Japan is only days away, but the White House is maintaining radio silence about what it hopes to achieve there. Meanwhile, three senior voices with experience of dealing with Russia, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Joseph Dunford, the NSC’s in-house Russia expert Fiona Hill, and, reportedly, U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman, are all on their way out.

      These developments are not linked, but they tell us a lot about how Russia policy actually works in the Trump administration.

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      The conventional wisdom has long held that Trump’s bizarre brand of Russian policy (which he invariably describes as “getting along with Russia”) doesn’t matter all that much because the rest of the U.S. government is taking a tougher line on the Kremlin’s misbehavior. When it comes to sanctions, military cooperation with Ukraine, or cyber operations against Russian critical infrastructure, this argument goes, largely sensible day-to-day decisions are being made.

      Experienced professionals like Ambassador Huntsman, General Dunford, and Hill have focused on reestablishing reliable lines of communication with Russian counterparts that can be used to manage discrete pieces of business. In Dunford’s case, a secure hotline with Russian General Staff chief Valeriy Gerasimov has helped reduce (but not eliminate) the risk of unintentional military clashes in Syria’s crowded battlespace. All three have tried, with remarkable patience and firmness, to channel their boss’s undiminished desire to strike a grand bargain with Putin in a more realistic direction and to focus his energies on contending with a Kremlin that keeps ratcheting up the pressure rather than seeking a new modus vivendi.

      Yet none of this obscures the fact that there is still no overarching Russia strategy in place, let alone the discipline to implement it. The Administration’s actual day to day policy on Russia is mostly reactive, bordering on incoherent. Sure, there’s lots of attention on the appearance of countering the Kremlin’s malign activities, but little sustained focus on how best to manage an adversarial relationship with Moscow over the long haul. Tough talk on issues like Venezuela or U.S. election meddling has hardly changed the Kremlin’s risk calculus. With different parts of the president’s team marching off in different directions, the result is a mishmash of competing approaches that don’t add up to an effective policy.

      Consider the following. Hardly a week goes by without gratuitous moves by the White House to antagonize Germany, which used to be America’s single most important partner in managing relations with Russia. Trump’s frequent slaps at NATO and other U.S. alliance relationships are a gift to the Kremlin that keeps on giving. The decision to deploy more U.S. troops to Poland does little to deter Russia and serves mainly as a vehicle for tweaking the Germans while catering to Trump’s vanity about creating a possible “Fort Trump.”

      Making matters worse is the propensity of powerful figures to pursue pet policies even if doing so doesn’t obviously align with the president’s stated priorities. For National Security Adviser John Bolton, that means trying to dismantle what’s left of the U.S.-Russian arms control edifice. His next target appears to be the 2010 New START Treaty on strategic arms reductions, which is due to expire in early 2021. In recent months, Bolton and his team of arms control skeptics (including Tim Morrison who will replace Hill) have been talking about roping in countries like China for new initiatives, but this seems to be a smokescreen for blocking agreement with Moscow on extending the New START treaty.

      Then there are thinly disguised tensions between top players at the NSC, State Department and the Pentagon on whether it’s even useful to engage with the Russians. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has minimized his dealings with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and subcontracted most of the work on topics like North Korea, Syria, and Afghanistan to special envoys. For his part, Bolton is actively courting Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, including via an unusual three-way conversation in Jerusalem June 25 with their Israeli counterpart.

      That brings us to the questionable desirability of the Osaka meeting between the two presidents. Trump keeps insisting that release of the Mueller report means he can finally get down to business with Putin. But what exactly does he have in mind? Trump has never provided a coherent explanation for why Russia is so important to his vision for U.S. foreign policy. Instead, he’s limited himself mostly to happy talk while endorsing Putin’s clumsy denials about interference in the 2016 presidential election, including a disastrous performance alongside Putin at their Helsinki summit meeting last summer.

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      The blowback from Trump’s past encounters with Putin have even prompted jokes that the best way to avoid further deterioration to the U.S.-Russian relationship is simply to prevent the two leaders from ever meeting again. Putin has effortlessly outmaneuvered a far less experienced counterpart who famously disdains preparation and briefing materials. Does anyone even remember the time Trump endorsed Putin’s suggestion about forced repatriation of Syrian refugees under the auspices of the Assad regime? Or the “impenetrable Cyber Security unit” to fight election hacking unveiled at a July 2017 meeting in Hamburg, Germany? (The latter gaffe helped trigger a near-unanimous Congressional vote on new Russia sanctions legislation.)

      The rest of the agenda for a meeting in Osaka looks almost completely barren. Russian officials have sharply criticized U.S. actions on Iran amid reports of aborted U.S. airstrikes late Thursday, suggesting that Trump is deliberately pushing the region into war. And they have compared tough U.S. rhetoric about Iran to the “ vials with white powder” that the Bush administration used to justify its invasion of Iraq.The administration has rather conveniently blamed Russia for its failure to engineer the swift removal of Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro, even though that exaggerates the extent of Russian influence in Latin America. In Ukraine, the Russians have ratcheted up pressure on newly-elected President Volodymyr Zelensky by handing out passports to residents of Donbas; Trump’s feckless attempt to condition any future meetings with Putin on the prompt release of 24 Ukrainian sailors and three naval vessels seized at the end of last year has been quietly buried.

      Even in the best of times, none of these problems would be easy to manage, let alone resolve. But they are being exacerbated by Trump’s glaring shortcomings as a manager and continued inability to staff his national security team properly. Against that backdrop, the U.S.-Russian relationship is likely to stay stuck regardless of any grand gestures aimed at turning Putin into his “new best friend.” And, sadly, Trump’s own staff will continue to view interactions like the Osaka meeting as exercises in damage limitation, not as serious chances to advance U.S. national interests.

      What Does Putin Really Want?
      Michael_Novakhov shared this story .

      When I met Ruslan Pukhov, director of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, a military think tank, at the elegant Cafe Pushkin, he did not mince words. “Every time some Western observer says ‘Russians did this, Russia did that,’ I say: ‘You describe Russians like they are Germans and Americans. We are not.’ I also ask: ‘Do you know the word bardak?’ ” I did. “If you don’t know the word bardak, you are an idiot and not an analyst of Russia. Because bardak is disorder, it’s fiasco.” Pukhov’s point about bardak — which technically means “mess” but is also used colloquially to describe utter chaos — was that Russia’s political system isn’t a streamlined, top-down dictatorship. Only naïveté, paranoia or both could convince you that the system functioned efficiently enough to execute a grand global anything.

      Russia has long been a canvas on which Americans project their thoughts or fears — of the Red menace, and of Putin’s quest for world domination. This tradition only accelerated after the 2016 election, when it seemed as if everyone were an expert on Putin’s agenda. There wasn’t an election he didn’t hack, a border he wouldn’t violate or an American ally he couldn’t manipulate. The very word “Putin” has come to symbolize a coherent, systematic destruction of the post-Cold War international order. But no one I spoke with who had an intimate knowledge of Russia saw that as anything but fiction. Instead, they talked about Russia’s strides back onto the world stage as improvised reactions, tactics, gambles that were at times more worrisome than masterful.

      Because a nation’s foreign policy is in part built on its perceptions of itself, magnified to the world stage, I came to Moscow to understand how Russians saw themselves as much as how they saw the world. On and off for over two years, I visited other countries in the Middle East and Europe — historical allies of the United States that were portrayed in the press as pivoting to Russia — to do the same. If Americans tried to see the world as the Russians did, and as our allies did, could we better understand what any of these countries were doing? And if we understood what they really wanted, could we better understand the world ourselves?

      To comprehend contemporary Russian thinking about the West, I was told to start at the beginning. Yet even identifying the beginning of the post-Cold War international order is a fraught exercise. Russian policymakers often set the start date in 1989, when General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev willingly dismantled Russia’s political and military dominance over Eastern Europe. After such a magnanimous gesture, Moscow believed it would be treated as an equal partner of the United States, rather than as a rival, with the right to retain influence over countries in what it considered its neighborhood.

      Western observers, on the other hand, date the dawn of the American hegemonic age as 1991, when the Soviet Union was roundly defeated and collapsed, costing Russia any say over its neighboring countries. That is, each side would come to blame the other for reneging on a post-Cold War compact that the other side never agreed on or perhaps even really understood. As the Russian academics Andrej Krickovic and Yuval Weber noted in a 2016 article in the journal Russia in Global Affairs: “The basic disagreement becomes clear: Was the status quo set in 1989, making the U.S. a revisionist hegemon, or was it set in 1991, making Russia a revisionist challenger?”

      The 1999 war in Kosovo provided the first clear indication that the Russian view would not be reciprocated. Under President Boris Yeltsin, Russia had joined the Council of Europe in 1996 and the G7 in 1998. It sought special status with NATO and even flirted with joining the European Union. The Russians were furious when NATO forces launched a military campaign in Kosovo without United Nations Security Council authorization. The Kremlin viewed Yugoslavia as within its sphere of influence. Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov was over the Atlantic, en route to Washington, when Vice President Al Gore called to inform him that airstrikes had commenced. In a show of anger, Primakov turned his plane around.

      When Putin assumed the presidency in 2000, he remained “convinced that he could build good relations with the West, in particular with the United States,” the Russian journalist Mikhail Zygar writes in “All the Kremlin’s Men: Inside the Court of Vladimir Putin.” He took pains to court Tony Blair and George W. Bush, and he was the first leader to call Bush after the Sept. 11 attacks. Russia was fighting the second Chechen war, and Putin sought to portray Chechen separatists as terrorists. He mistakenly believed the attacks on Sept. 11 would align the two countries’ world views around the war on terror.

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      President Trump wouldn't say during an interview with The Hill Monday if he has confidence in FBI Director Christopher Wray, stressing he disagrees with him over his administration's claims its agents spied on his 2016 campaign.

      Well, we’ll see how it turns out."
      — President Trump's response to a question on his level of confidence in Wray

      The big picture: During his interview with The Hill, Trump made clear he disagreed with Wray telling Congress in May he would not describe FBI investigations as "spying." Wray made the comments in response to a question about Attorney General Bill Barr's assertion that law enforcement officials "spied" on the 2016 Trump campaign.

      "I mean, I disagree with him on that and I think a lot of people are disagreeing. You may even disagree with him on that."
      — President Trump to The Hill

      Why it matters: Trump has a history of issues with the FBI. In 2017, he fired then-FBI director James Comey. He publicly criticized then-acting director Andrew McCabe, who was later fired by Trump's first attorney general, Jeff Sessions. The president has also criticized on several occasions former FBI agent Peter Strzok and ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page, who exchanged anti-Trump text messages during the 2016 campaign.

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      Considering the nightmarish horror film this has all been, it sounds like far too happy of an ending: once Donald Trump’s time as illegitimate President of the United States is over, he’s going to prison for the numerous crimes he’s committed before and since taking office. But it’s not merely some kind of fairy tale or pipe dream: it really is the (only) logical outcome for where this all headed.


      There’s a reason Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said weeks ago that she wants to put Donald Trump in prison: the whole thing is already teed up. Robert Mueller didn’t just lay out the eleven obstruction felonies that Trump committed; he made a point of spelling out that Trump can be criminally charged for these crimes and prosecuted in the court system once he’s out of office. But that’s only one-third of the equation.


      We’ll see if the next presidential administration goes forward with obstruction charges against Donald Trump, which would likely have to be signed off on by the next Attorney General. But either way, the Feds at the SDNY have already teed up felony charges against Trump in the Cohen-Daniels payoff scheme, and they’ve spelled it out in the Cohen court filings.


      Even if Trump somehow ends up pardoned on all of these federal charges, it’s a given that the New York Attorney General and/or Manhattan District Attorney will bring state charges against Trump over a number of criminal matters. Those can only be pardoned by the Governor of New York, which obviously isn’t happening. And while a jury may not convict Trump on every last criminal charge brought against him, some of the charges will be so straightforward that a conviction is essentially a given; just ask Paul Manafort.


      So yeah, Donald Trump is going to prison when this is all over. That’s the only part of the story we know for sure. Other questions, such as how soon he’ll be removed from office, and how much more horrific damage he’ll do along the way, remain unanswered. But Trump’s future status as a prisoner-for-life is already written. Those fatalistically grumbling that he’s going to magically “get away with it all” are suffering from reverse-Pollyanna thinking, in defiance of all available facts.

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      12:43 PM 6/24/2019 - Ariel Cohen is absolutely correct in highlighting this issue, problem, and connection: "Russia is Drowning in Corruption. Trump Should Offer to Help".
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      Ariel Cohen is absolutely correct in highlighting this issue, problem, and connection: "Russia is Drowning in Corruption. Trump Should Offer to Help".

      I did call on Mr. Trump to fight the New Mob, and to make it his priority. Regardless of the course of  continuing Investigations, multiple and multi-prong, from the Congressional to the various criminal investigations on Mr. Mueller's referrals, into Mr. Trump and his business and political dealings; this prioritized (but not necessarily advertised), the ANTI-MOB course and direction seem to be the most logical and appropriate, it will strike the Beast in his heart. 

      The Global New Mob is the Global parasite which sucks the blood and resources from the World Economy, depriving the millions of the opportunities for the decent living. 

      Russia is their first and primary victim. 

      The coordinated and sophisticated, decisive, smart actions are needed to fight this Hydra, which is combination of the New Abwehr Intelligence Services and Special Operations works with the activities of their criminal underlings-mobsters as the storm troopers, money mangers, and accountants. 

      Hopefully, these issues will be addressed also at the Jerusalem Security Meeting, which just has started today. 

      Michael Novakhov

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