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Russia Monitor: Russia’s Highly Placed American Asset

  “Malcolm Nance argues Trump became a ‘witting asset’ to Russia.” — Malcolm Nance, NBC Morning Joe (6/26/18): ‘The Plot to Destroy Democracy’ book release. Dear Fellow Readers, Three former intelligence officers came forward in the last few days to explain that Trump is a ‘witting asset’ of Russia. Russia has “successfully penetrated some of Florida’s election systems ahead of the 2018 midterm elections” according to both Florida Senators, one Democrat and one Republican: “An 11 Year-old Girl Hacked A Replica Of The Florida Secretary Of State’s Website Within 10 Minutes – And Changed The (Election) Result”.  Meanwhile, House Intelligence Chair, the…

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Russia Monitor: The Number One, Most Important Bigly Question For All Of Us

 “My client didn’t do it, and even if he did it, it’s not a crime.” — Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, FOX News (7/30/18″ By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (8/2/18) Dear Fellow Readers, Let’s put Giuliani’s comment in context. We’ll make use of a tweet by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA; minority leader House Intelligence Committee) from this week: The evolution of Trump on Russia: No meetings with any Russians. Ok, lots of low level meetings. Ok, high level meetings too, but about adoptions. Ok, not about adoptions, but Trump didn’t know. Ok, maybe he did, but no crime. Next? Ok,…


Russia Monitor: Lot’s Of Smoke. Lots Of Lies. And A Expanding Russpublican Complicity

  “Donald Trump says it’s okay for him to lie since “people agree with me.”” — Donald Trump on ABC News 2016   By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (7/30/18) Dear Fellow Readers, The last two editions of the Russia Monitor covered Putin’s assurance that he did interfere in the U.S. election for the benefit of Trump: Trump Colluded With Putin & Russia To Help Him Get Elected. We now have Trump lawyer Michael Cohen saying Trump had advance knowledge of Donnie Jr.’s meeting with Russians to get ‘dirt’ on Hillary: Cohen Claims Trump Knew In Advance Of 2016 Trump Tower Meeting. “Michael…


Sssh! Nothing But Crickets From NRA On Maria Butina Case

  By Jamil Smith Rolling Stone (7/20/18) It typically takes a mass shooting to keep the National Rifle Association this quiet. As of this writing, the NRA has issued no public comment about this week’s arrest and indictment of Maria Butina, a 29-year-old Russian gun rights activist who had spent years ingratiating herself with the NRA, as well as Republican politicians and conservative notables. Butina is suspected of conspiracy to act as an unauthorized agent of the Russian Federation within the United States without the authorization of the Attorney General. And yet all we hear from the notoriously outspoken group is crickets. The…


34 Years Ago A KGB Defector Chillingly Predicted Trumputin’s America We Now Face

[Editor’s Note: We post this story and link to accompanying video with a caution. The interviewer was a member of the right wing conspiracy group John Birch Society. The KGB defector speaks in truly Cold War terms of the times, yet, the plan he outlines sounds disturbingly like what we are now facing in the U.S. Where the program described was framed in terms of a Marxist-Leninist coup that program could have easily been adjusted to the kleptocractic goals of Putin’s Russia. It’s a story and interview worth considering. — Mark L. Taylor]   By Paul Ratner Big Think (7/18/18)…


Russia Monitor — Another Week Of Freakin’ Flip, Flopping For Putin

  “Kompromat: He’s never said a bad word about Putin. He’s exercised a degree of self-control with respect to Russia that he doesn’t with anything else.” — Keith Darden, kompromat expert and professor at American University. By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (7/26/18) Dear Fellow Readers, Or as a reader suggested, ‘Dear Comrades’… While highlighting this opening article from The New Yorker.: A Theory of Trump Kompromat. Is there anyone feeling good about knowing that Donald Trump — the kinda’, sorta’ president of the United States — is compromised by former KGB colonel — now Russian president — Vladimir Putin? Or watching Putin…


Russia Monitor: Trumputin Weather Forecast — Is That Rain Or Pee?

  “Listening to Trump, it was as if Franklin Roosevelt had announced after Pearl Harbor: “Hey, both sides are to blame. Our battleships in Hawaii were a little provocative to Japan — and, by the way, I had nothing to do with the causes for their attack. So cool it.” — Thomas Friedman, The New York Times (7/16/18) By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (7/19/18) Dear Fellow Readers, It is with a degree of sadness that we report: We Just Watched A U.S. President Acting On Behalf Of A Hostile Power. Watching a shockingly docile and subservient Donald Trump embarrass his country…


Founded In Russian Interference, Trump’s Presidency Is Illegitimate

  It’s not a tough call. Donald Trump is president because Vladimir Putin wanted him to be. By Lucian K. Truscott IV Salon (7/14/18) t’s all right there in the indictment — day by day, hack by hack, theft by theft — how agents of the Russian intelligence service, the GRU, set out in the spring of 2016 to steal the election for Donald Trump. When you track the actions taken by Russian intelligence in the indictment with statements made by Trump and actions taken on his behalf by members of his campaign, the picture is as clear as an iPhone photo….


Russia Monitor: Could Russian Intel Agency Indictments Lead To Collusion Collision?

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (7/16/18) Dear Fellow Readers, The case for Trump-Putin collusion has been made. How? Thank Roger Stone for one; we’ll come back to that. What happens now, is this a legal challenge, a political challenge, a public opinion challenge, a voter challenge? Yes. Thursday and Friday were remarkable days. On Thursday, FBI agent Peter Strzok testified for hours at a congressional hearing. For almost 24 hours this was a big news story as Russpublicans tried in vain to make Strzok a poster-boy for the Deep State, and we’ll better explain why. Keep in mind,…


Russian Monitor: Donald’s European Road Trip, Nixing NATO & Pleasing Putin

By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (7/12/18) Dear Fellow Readers, “…is captive to Russia!” Trump now openly revels in insulting trusted U.S. allies while touting his desire for a close relationship with Russia’s Vladimir Putin. There is no more subtlety, no more debate about alternative meaning to the exact words he just used – it’s all about his Putin desire. If you missed a few days in the news cycle you might read the quote and think, ho-hum, or even womp, womp, some liberal is mouthing off again about Trump-Russia. If you were a guest on ‘Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell…


Russia Monitor: Sen. Ron Johnson Joins Russpublican Pals For Home Office Visit

Wisconsin’s Own Senator Babushka By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (7/9/18) Dear Fellow Readers, If you live in Wisconsin, where did your Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) spend his July 4th celebration of American Independence Day? Daily Kos columnist Kerry Eleved posed the question for the day: What On Earth Compelled 8 GOP Lawmakers To Flee America For Moscow On July 4? Optics, schmoptics, the entire enterprise is atrocious. No Democrats invited. No U.S. media – which is now the pattern in Trump-Putin Russpublican get-togethers. The optics are atrocious: Eight top lawmakers of the American political party now in sole control of Congress running off to Moscow to meet…


Russia Monitor: Bipartisan Senate Committee Investigation Concludes Putin Gamed The 2016 Election

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (7/5/18) Dear Fellow Readers, The Senate Intelligence Committee had this to say: Senate Intelligence Committee Backs Assessment Of Russia Election Meddling. Not only did the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee conclude that Russia indeed meddled in the 2016 election, there was a strong conclusion that the Russians sought to benefit Trump, the meddling continues and this: “The finding that reveals Russia meddled in far more extensive ways than previously known is yet another strong rebuke to Trump and many of his allies who continue to cast doubt on the finding from the intelligence community that…


Russia Monitor: Relax, Russian Official Assures There Is Nothing To Worry About

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (7/2/18) Dear Fellow Readers, Russian TV continues to lay claim to Trump. We reported this a few weeks ago, the new refrain is “Trump is not a hero, he’s just OURS”. Who amongst us would argue with this claim?   Julia Davis‏ @JuliaDavisNews FollowFollow @JuliaDavisNews More Should I even bother to keep mentioning it every time they say “Trump is ours” on #Russia‘s state TV? Ah, heck…. Ukrainian panelist: “Stop calling people like Trump “our heroes,” then tearing them down when they don’t come through.” Host: “Trump is not a hero, he’s just OURS.” 11:05…


Russia Monitor: Our Very Own Weasel Walker Makes Big Time Big Money In Russia Scandal

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (6/28/18) Dear Fellow Readers, We’re feeling challenged to write anything that isn’t about Justice Kennedy’s announcement that he will retire from the Supreme Court. Even though this has been anticipated for many months, it is still a shock given the timing. With nary a blink a hypocritical eye, Senate Majority Leader McConnell offered his assurance that the Senate would promptly vote on a Trump nominee this fall. And the response from Democrats? Do you find this tweet from Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) reassuring? Richard Blumenthal‏Verified account @SenBlumenthal FollowFollow @SenBlumenthal More Earth-shaking&gut-wrenching. Departure of Justice Kennedy…


Russia Monitor: Rushing Russians Here, There & Everywhere

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (6/25/18) Dear Fellow Readers, In spite of all Trump’s distractions, Trump-Russia and the risk to Trump has not gone away, in fact it’s the opposite. One byproduct or his Trump-Russia exposure is the frequency of times he tweets “witch hunt”; like the number of lies he tells, both are on the increase. Though not without impact as public opinion of special counsel Robert Mueller continues to erode. Trump-Russia and the corruption of the 2016 election has not gone away, in fact it’s clear it wasn’t even the first use of the Russian game…


Russia Monitor: The Monster Conservatives Have Warned About (He’s One Of Their Own)

“What’s most significant is this: The Trump administration immigration officials have become exactly the kind of monsters that conservatism has always warned against. This illustrates something crucial about this administration. It is not populated by conservatives. It is populated by anti-liberal trolls. There’s a difference.” — David Brooks writing for New York Times (6/19/18)   By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (6/21/18) Dear Fellow Readers, The party of Trump – ‘Ready, Fire, Aim’. What single word would you choose – cruelty? As we are pulling this together the breaking news is about Trump’s willingness to sign an executive order ending family…


Russia Monitor: Trump Pal Manafort Follows 2,000 Innocent Children Into Jail

“I call this a concentration camp for kids because that’s exactly what it’s turning out to.” — Former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele, 6/15/18 MSNBC Live with Stephanie Rule   By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (6/18/18) Dear Fellow Readers, There is an evil man who presumes to have powers above the law, he believes he can do whatever he wants without consequence, he believes he can punish as he sees fit. Yet somehow, be it DACA or anything related to his Wall – he presents himself as weak and incapable to change the ugly, punitive policies he enacts. ‘Your…


Russia Monitor: Trump Calling Up His Army Of Trolls, Haters & Racists

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (6/14/18) Dear Fellow Readers, Good news – Caleb Frostman won the Wisconsin 1st state Senate district special election, winning a seat that had previously voted for Trump by a wide margin. Meanwhile it is clear the GOP is the party of Trump. Before we dive into the specifics, let’s consider why this is important. Trump believes he can get away with it — that Trump-Russia will not stick. He will achieve greatness and rake in the cash along the way – the greatest con in the history of American politics. Trump doesn’t have…


Russia Monitor: Vladimir Cashes In Bigly On His Investment

“Today crystallizes precisely why Putin was so eager to see Trump elected. For Putin, this is return on his investment, and it’s safe to say that his investment has paid off beyond even his wildest dreams.” — Ned Price, a former CIA analyst and the National Security Council spokesman under then-President Barack Obama ***** “With his “no collusion” chant, Trump is like an embezzler who yells, “There was no murder”—and asserts that is the only relevant benchmark.” — Author David Corn writing for Mother Jones, June 2018     By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (6/11/18) Dear Fellow Readers, In…


Russia Monitor: The Legal Contortions Of ‘Howdy Rudy’ And The Constitutional Crisis Already In Motion

  “In Jan 2017, I gave a Putin’s Wish List” to explain what he most wanted from Trump. Lifting sanctions was #1, but Flynn got caught & blew it up. A trade war with NATO allies was #2.” — Russian dissident Garry Kasparov tweet (6/1/18).   By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (6/4/18) Dear Fellow Readers, Trump and his lawyer, Giuliani, set out each day to convince us of two things: Trump has now advanced beyond no collusion with Russia, to; Clinton and Democrats colluding with Russia. In complete absence of evidence, Trump tweets: “There was No Collusion with Russia…


Russia Monitor: Tapes? Could There Really Be Tapes? Trump Lawyer May Provide Accidental Public Service

“Trump is like a magician pulling one gaudy illusion after another out of his hat, pockets and possibly bodily orifices.” By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (5/31/18) Dear Fellow Readers, “Lordy, I hope there are tapes.” — Former FBI Director James Comey, June 2017 Senate Intelligence hearing.  And so there may be. We’ll take a look at: Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s status. Trump’s ever-evolving Trump-Russia corruption self defense. What works for Trump… Let’s start with Cohen: Michael Avenatti Says Trump’s Voice Is On Cohen Tapes That Are Unprivileged: ‘This whole thing appears to stink’ Yes, there are tapes – apparently. Early headlines,…


Russia Monitor: Counting Raindrops In The Downpour

  “Democracy Dies in Broad Daylight.” — Bill Kristol tweet 5/27/18 By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (5/28/18) Dear Fellow Readers, What each of us believes about Trump-Russia corruption is likely set in stone. Maybe there a few of us that are yet to be convinced in spite of a steady daily downpour. Sometimes the noise is new information; sometimes the noise is hard to sort out – what actually happened, does it matter? Here’s an example where the FBI received requested wiretap transcripts from the Spanish police of Russian oligarch, NRA and Donnie Jr. friend Alexander Torshin. Torshin’s conversations…


Russia Monitor — Taking Us To The Cleaners: Trumputin Steals & Scuzzy Russpublican Deals

  “… they swung the election to a Trump win.” — Former DNI James Clapper from “Facts and Fears” By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (5/24/8) Dear Fellow Readers, Rachel Maddow interviewed former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper in two segments. Clapper has a new book out, “Facts and Fears”. Clapper explains that he wrote the book: “…after experiencing the election, the unprecedented Russian interference in our political process, and the behavior by and impact of the Trump administration.” Maddow doesn’t sugar coat the history of James Clapper up to and including Clapper leaving the DNI position the day of…


The Russia Monitor: Russpublican Arsonists In The Trumputin Match Factory

    By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (5/21/18) Dear Fellow Readers, Today we’ll use a few voices to summarize the guilt and corruption of Trump, his campaign and his sycophant administration. The left counts trees while Russpublicans torch the forest. It’s time to switch gears. Trump TV lawyer Rudy Giuliani has gone on the offensive by offering the case that the Trump-Russia debate is now about whether Trump can be indicted. That is a LONG way from “no Russia”. Could it be Giuliani is burning a new fire break in anticipation of even worse news? From a conservative voice we have…


Russia Monitor: Donald Trump Defends Chinese Jobs, Cashes In On Shady Deal And Is Right About One Thing

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (5/17/18) Dear Fellow Readers, It turns out there are consequences. On good days, when you make decisions based on questionable ethics, someone will be held accountable: Novartis Lawyer To Retire Over $1.2 Million Contract With Trump Attorney Michael Cohen. “The Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis announced Wednesday that a top lawyer who co-signed a $1.2 million contract to hire President Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen will step down in June. “Felix R. Ehrat, group general counsel of Novartis, is retiring “in the context of discussions surrounding Novartis’ former agreement with Essential Consultants, owned by Michael…


The Russia Monitor: An Oligarch Or Toady Behind Every Door At Trumputin’s ‘No-Tell-Motel’

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (5/14/18) Dear Fellow Readers, At the core of Trump’s self measure, manipulations, taint and many of the angles of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is – money. The same can’t be said of his 3,000+ documented lies since landing in the White House; his lies are about everything. Money is what will bring Trump to ground. Sadly for Trump, his ego may have led him to overreach, he and his cronies likely could have laid low and led a very nice lifestyle based on what they already had. Trump’s lawyer and long time…


Russia Monitor: Bombshells, Big Biz In Trump’s Barrel & The Rapidly Spreading Super Fungi

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (5/10/18) Dear Fellow Readers, On Tuesday, after Trump had what Rudy Giuliani described as his greatest day in office cancelling the U.S. nuclear deal with Iran, Trump readies for an early bedtime of cheeseburger and cable news, anxious to watch the accolades and consider whether he might be awarded two Nobel Peace Prizes. He props his pillows, settles in, balances his plate on his belly and turns on the television. And who appears but Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti. He changes to another news provider, Michael Avenatti – again and Michael Avenatti. He…


It’s Too Chaotic To Simply Be Chaos: Is The Trump Crazy Whirlpool A Move From The Kremlin’s Playbook?

(Editor’s Note: This article came out over a year ago but presents the clearest explanation for the non-stop, escalating chaos of the Trump shitstorm. As the headline above notes, ‘ its too chaotic to simply be chaos’. — Mark L. Taylor) By Mikie Mariana Vanity Fair (3/28/17) On March 12, 2014, the Russian author Natan Dubovitsky published a short story titled “Without Sky” in the literary journal Russian Pioneer. In the story, which takes place in a dystopian future, a man recalls the events of the fifth World War, decades earlier. He describes these events as the first “non-linear war.” Instead…


Russia Monitor: The Disaster Twins & Their Multiplying Lies And Lies About Lies

  “What we have is the president inarguably demanding of both the institutions and their leadership that their first priority is personal loyalty to him rather than to the norms that have governed their behavior for a couple of centuries.” — Ret. General Michael Hayden (5/4/18)   By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (5/7/18) Dear Fellow Readers, Country over party. Didn’t all of us grow up saying the pledge of allegiance? Even if we didn’t contemplate the meaning, isn’t it self-evident? How can anyone misconstrue, “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and to the Republic for which it stands, one…


Russia Monitor: Do The Dems Dare Play The Trump-Russia Card?

  “As far as the presidential race in 2020, the Democrats seem to be repeating the mistake that Hillary Clinton made: counting on the awfulness of Trump to do their work for them.” — New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd (4/29/18). By Dan Peak The Connoner Call (4/30/18) Dear Fellow Readers, Let’s give the answer to a question as a way to start. The answer is: Vladmir Putin just broke form and has openly demonstrated he influenced the U.S. election in favor of Trump. There is much competition for the most important news of the latest cycle for Trump-Russia corruption. Maybe your…


Russia Monitor: Russian Lullaby Lies & And Weird Stuff To Keep You Awake At Night

  “We are experiencing a dangerous time in our country, with a political environment where basic facts are disputed, fundamental truth is questioned, lying is normalized, and unethical behavior is ignored, excused or rewarded.” — James Comey, “A Higher Loyalty” By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (4/26/ Dear Fellow Readers, Some days politics seems like something worse than just a dirty word. Certainly, as the Washington Post documents,  Trump and his cronies contribute to such a feeling: The Daily 202: Mick Mulvaney’s Confession Highlights The Corrosive Influence Of Money In Politics. As Breanne Deppisch and Joanie Greve write about the head of…


Russian Dissident Garry Kasparov’s ‘Winter’ Warning To The West

“‘Winter is coming’ is a warning, not an inevitable conclusion. The good thing about the seasons of political and social change is that we can affect them if we try hard enough. If we rouse ourselves fro complacency and relearn how to stand up to the dictators and terrorists who threaten the modern world we have built, we can alter the course. Anti-modernity is a dangerous virus, and to remove a virus a reboot or re-set is not enough. We have to build a values based system that is robust enough to resist the virus at home, smart enough to…


Russia Monitor: World’s Biglyest Liar Keeps Spinning Them Out. Honestly!

  “The Comey Memo is a distraction from the Michael Cohen scandal which is a distraction from the love child payoff scandal which is a distraction from the Stormy Daniels scandal which is distraction from the Trump U fraud scandal which is a distraction from the election.” — Mikel Jollett tweet from 4/20/18   By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (4/23/18) Dear Fellow Readers, We hope for government and leaders with integrity. We imagine leaders that put the interests of all ahead of their own cramped personal interests. We want our leaders to address real problems – make our world safer,…


Russia Monitor: Trumputin’s Fixer & Redefining ‘Normal’ In America

“And people wonder why Putin is “popular” with total control of Russian politics, civil society, and the media? One year of Trump & one cable channel and half the GOP happily attacks the FBI!” — Garry Kasparov, April 18 tweet By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (4/19/18) Dear Fellow Readers, Before we jump into the most important Trump-Russia news of the cycle, we’ll lead with a conclusion. It has long been clear that the simplest case to be made against Trump is criminality of his business dealings over decades. So what is the biggest Trump-Russia topic over the last few…


Russia Monitor: From Bombings To Trump’s Booby Trap Lawyer — A Pivotal Week

  “We don’t know the precise path the next few months will take. There will be resistance and denial and counterattacks. But it seems likely that, when we look back on this week, we will see it as a turning point. We are now in the end stages of the Trump Presidency.” — Adam Davidson writing for The New Yorker.   By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (4/16/18) Dear Fellow Readers, It’s not possible to walk past the U.S., U.K., France strike against Syria without comment. We will look at this from a Trump-Putin perspective to stay within guardrails. Friday…


Russia Monitor: Trumputin’s Lawyer On The Griddle As Former FBI Director Comey Hits The Book Promotion Circuit

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (4/2/18) Dear Fellow Readers, Former MI6, head of Russia desk, author of the Steele dossier, Christopher Steele offered the case that Trump was susceptible to blackmail over his sexual exploits. For some weeks now it seems we’ve been watching confirmation, not in Moscow, but in the lead-up to the U.S. election with what we continue to learn about porn star Stormy Daniels, former Playmate Karen McDougal and the Access Hollywood “I grab her by the pussy” video. Given all the threads of Trump-Russia and the investigations of special counsel Robert Mueller this might…


Russia Monitor: Sanctions & Scotty Walker’s Campaign Financing T’rubles

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (4/9/18) Dear Fellow Readers, At long last, the Trump administration has finally issued serious sanctions against Russia. The sanctions cover a combination of Russian oligarchs, related companies and Russian officials. These sanctions are issued under previous censure of Russian involvement in Ukraine and Syria. Congress overwhelmingly passed bipartisan sanctions meant to punish Russia for election interference in August 2017, while these latest additions are not part of that legislation, these are certainly aimed squarely at Russian influence in the 2016 election. More specifically, these latest sanctions punish many Russians directly linked to Trump and…


Inside The Decade-Long Russian Campaign To Infiltrate The NRA & Help Elect Trump

Femme fatales, lavish Moscow parties and dark money – how Russia played the National Rifle Association. By Tim Dickinson The  Rolling Stone (4/1/18) In November 2013, the president of the National Rifle Association, David Keene, was introduced as an honored guest at the conference of the Right to Bear Arms, a gun lobby in Moscow. “There are no peoples that are more alike than Americans and Russians,” Keene said. “We’re hunters. We’re shooters. We value the same kinds of things.” Keene underscored his friendship with Alexander Torshin, a top politician in the ruling party of Vladimir Putin; for the past three…


Russia Monitor: Trump Makes His Case For Top Billing In Worst Leadership

  Tonight’s results show we are at risk of a #BlueWave in WI. The Far Left is driven by anger & hatred … Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) Tweet, 7:50 PM April 3, 2018 By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (4/5/18) Dear Fellow Readers, Even though the last few days has rained Trump-Putin and Trump news, Gov. Scott Walker gets top billing for his astute political assessment with his typical, cynical, overstatement of liberals as boogeymen. The above tweet was issued shortly after the election for Wisconsin Supreme Court was called in favor of Rebecca Dallet. Congratulations to all the winners…


Russia Monitor: From Chess To High Stakes Trumputin Pinochle, Investigation Grows

  “In the typical weasel words, “strategic considerations.” The truth is, if they acknowledged what Putin has done on their soil, they would have to act far more seriously then they could bring themselves to.” — Garry Kasparov (3-28-18)   By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (4/2/18) Dear Fellow Readers, The above quote was a March 28th tweet by Russian dissident and former world chess champion Garry Kasparov (@Kasparov63). He has long been an outspoken critic of Russian president Vladimir Putin, as well as Trump. Kasparov had this to say about the recent Russian election while appearing on ABC ‘This Week’…