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  1. PaladinSolo

    ~The 2018 midterms/special elections thread~

    Blackburn is a nutter, like Roy Moore, might be a deep red state but candidates do matter, especially when shes up against a former Governor that was well liked, hes also not likely to be chanting abolish ICE anytime soon either though, lol.
  2. Trump has 1 thing on tomorrow's schedule, a meeting with members of congress that no one in congress knows about.
  3. I don't even know wtf this is, luckily i don't think i'm alone on that, lol.
  4. Dan Coats apparently defied Supreme Leader Trump, when does he get the AA treatment?
  5. She has connections between the Kremlin, NRA, and the GOP, this Daily beast story from February lays it out pretty well. Like who in the GOP circle isn't talking to Russians? https://www.npr.org/2018/07/16/629531772/feds-charge-russian-graduate-student-with-conspiracy-to-violate-u-s-law Authorities said Butina established contact with an unnamed American political operative in Moscow in 2013 who worked with her to arrange introductions to influential people inside the U.S. and to advance Russian interests. One of the contacts was with an "organization promoting gun rights," which NPR has previously reported is the National Rifle Association. "I believe that Butina and the Russian official took these steps in order to infiltrate those groups and advance the interests of the Russian Federation," agent Helson wrote. The FBI affidavit said she reported her activities to a Russian official via email, Twitter and other means. That Russian official is not named in the court filing but fits the description of Alexander Torshin, who was sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department in April https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-kremlin-and-gop-have-a-new-friendand-boy-does-she-love-guns Depending on the audience, Butina has presented herself as a Russian central bank staffer, a leading gun rights advocate, a “representative of the Russian Federation,” a Washington, D.C., graduate student, a journalist, and a connection between Team Trump and Russia. She used each role to help her gain more high-level contacts in the nation’s capital. It’s another chapter in what’s becoming a familiar story in Washington: Kremlin-connected operators building bridges to the GOP. Butina’s relationships, formed with Washington’s conservative society through her fierce advocacy for firearms—one conference described her as the “public face of gun rights in the Russian Federation”—provide a previously unreported link between the Russian government and the Republican Party. Two of Butina’s friendships in particular have raised eyebrows. She started a business with Paul Erickson, a decades-long Republican Party activist. And she served as a special assistant to the deputy governor of Russia’s central bank, Alexander Torshin, a former Russian senator belonging to Vladimir Putin’s political party with alleged ties to the Russian mob world. On Nov. 12, 2016, shortly after the election of President Donald Trump, Butina held a birthday party at Cafe Deluxe near American University, where she attends graduate school classes. The event was a costume party attended by Trump campaign aides and Erickson, who told guests that he was on the Trump presidential transition team. She dressed as Russian Empress Alexandra while Erickson was dressed as Rasputin. As chilled vodka flowed through an ice sculpture—a bottle imprinted with the Soviet hammer and sickle—she took some time to brag. She brazenly claimed that she had been part of the Trump campaign’s communications with Russia, two individuals who were present said. On other occasions, in one of her graduate classes, she repeated this claim. “She said so in my class. And she said so several times in the last semester,” Svetlana Savranskaya, Butina’s former American University professor and a staffer at the National Security Archive, told The Daily Beast. “She is a former journalist, so she keeps up her connections in Russia. And she also works and [claims to] keep connections with a member of the Russian Duma.”
  6. PaladinSolo

    ~The 2018 midterms/special elections thread~

    More midwest leaning Dem, even if internal polling.
  7. Fuck this motherfucker, is it possible to turn the Washington Monument into a hangmans Gallow?
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