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Last year he made matters much, much worse for himself on

Twitter when he actually argued it should be legal for a man his age to have sex with a young teenager. Anybody remember that?

First he denied it.
Then he said he kept his underwear on.
Then he said there was nothing wrong with it, and that it should be legal.
Then Twitter users asked him if he was drunk-tweeting.
Then he said he was just speaking hypothetically.

Agree about Chris Steele

He was the former head of the Russia desk at MI6.

Tangentially related, one of the clearest explanations I've ever encountered of the perplexing relationship between the United Kingdom and Putin's Russia is to be found in From Russia With Blood by Heidi Blake. It's an extraordinary, almost thrilling, look at why Britain tended to conceal or treat lightly assassinations by Putin on British soil (until it could no longer be reasonably ignored), but it gets heavily into the politics. I think in a sense it's related to why May and Johnson might "turn a blind eye to allegations about Trump."

There's been smoke around the Giuliani/Barr relationship since the release of

the Ukraine (truncated) transcript, where Trump tells Zelensky to get in touch with Barr. Barr distanced himself assiduously but it was suspicious. There are probably some parts of this story I'm forgetting. Barr went nation-shopping to find something--perhaps dirt on Hunter Biden/Burisma. Those two are very much connected so it wouldn't be surprising if an investigation into Giuliani implicated Barr.

The police scanner has been interesting

There have been numerous incidents, one in particular: a person or persons impersonating the Secret Service who could produce no credentials when asked. Also, some early preparation for VP Pence. Sounds like he might be arriving early, although it's hard to tell from the police traffic exactly what the situation is.

https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/17430

"When you're right, you're right, and you're right."

J. J. Gittes, Chinatown

In the summer if 1944, when Hitler's health noticeably deteriorated,

he drastically curtailed public appearances and let Speer and Himmler take over as the public face of Nazi-ism. Trump doesn't know any better. The whole Trump Thing is riding on him alone, and he's under intense pressure.

Now, Dr. Bandy Lee says Trump won't "break down". But I hope she's wrong.

I don't know about the number of debates.

If I were advising Biden, I'd coach him to talk past Trump and directly to the audience, and to speak of Trump in the third person unless the debate rules specified otherwise. Almost like he's speaking about the coronavirus.

I think Trump is bluffing about wanting four debates. I'll be surprised if he does two.

The Deplorables might not read such a book, but...

if your ideas could be reduced to a series of ads, some of it might sink in.

About a month ago Howard Stern directly addressed the Deplorables in his audience (and they are there) when he told them that Trump despises them, and that if they were to go to Mar-A-Lago they wouldn't see anyone who looks like them. Then he told them that he hopes they drink bleach and die.

I'd leave that last part out, but essentially let them know that Trump hates their guts and would be embarrassed to be seen with them in public.

And all this time we thought Pompeo was a "true believer"

From the NYT:

Mr. Trump did not seem to know, for example, that Britain is a nuclear power and asked if Finland is part of Russia, Mr. Bolton writes. He came closer to withdrawing the United States from NATO than previously known. Even top advisers who position themselves as unswervingly loyal mock him behind his back. During Mr. Trump’s 2018 meeting with North Korea’s leader, according to the book, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slipped Mr. Bolton a note disparaging the president, saying, “He is so full of shit.”


https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/17/us/politics/bolton-book-trump-impeached.html?campaign_id=60&emc=edit_na_20200617&instance_id=0&nl=breaking-news&ref=cta®i_id=50692058&segment_id=31156&user_id=023573c5d55e5cc08299abdc2913a988

Be still my heart

It is a withering portrait of a president ignorant of even basic facts about the world, susceptible to transparent flattery by authoritarian leaders manipulating him and prone to false statements, foul-mouthed eruptions and snap decisions that aides try to manage or reverse.

Mr. Trump did not seem to know, for example, that Britain is a nuclear power and asked if Finland is part of Russia, Mr. Bolton writes. He came closer to withdrawing the United States from NATO than previously known. Even top advisers who position themselves as unswervingly loyal mock him behind his back. During Mr. Trump’s 2018 meeting with North Korea’s leader, according to the book, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slipped Mr. Bolton a note disparaging the president, saying, “He is so full of shit.”
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