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Trump helps Putin gain popularity with American Republicans….

Overall he isn’t popular among Americans…

But the Russian leader does better with Trump people…

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Russian President Vladimir Putin’s favorability among Americans is at its highest point since 2003, with Republicans behind his gains, according to a new Gallup poll released Tuesday.

Twenty-one percent of Americans have a favorable view of the Russian president in the survey — up from 13 percent in 2015 — while 72 percent have an unfavorable view.

Putin’s favorability is up 20 percentage points among Republicans, with 32 percent holding a favorable view of him today, compared to 12 percent in 2015.

Ten percent of Democrats have a favorable view of Putin today, compared to 15 percent in 2015. The Russian leader’s favorability among independents is up 11 percentage points, with 23 percent having a favorable view of him today compared to 12 percent two years ago.

Some 28 percent of Americans have a favorable view of Russia itself, while 70 percent hold an unfavorable view of the country….

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This poll is a year old…There are NO current polls on this question that I could find….

 

Russian Oppostion leader jailed in protest against Russian President’s Putin election for 4th term….

The main oppostion guy has been removed from the March vote ballot for Russian President….

Putin ( unlike Trump ) has the political will and juice to make sure certain people do NOT mount a serious campaign against him is the cry from the opposition leader Alexei Navalny….

The protests are unlikely to have an immediate political impact in Russia, where voters will go to the polls in the March 18 presidential election and deliver what is expected to be a resounding endorsement of a fourth term for Putin. But they showed the resilience of a vocal minority of Navalny supporters, even in Russia’s far-flung regions, who are willing to risk arrest to back his grass-roots campaign to unseat Putin.

“I support Navalny because I want something to change,” said Vita, a 19-year-old protester in Murmansk who declined to give her last name. “It may be for better, it may be for worse. I totally understand that.”

While some Putin critics will be on the March presidential ballot, the most prominent one — Navalny — will not. The anti-corruption activist launched the campaign for a boycott of the vote after Russian officials rejected his bid to run for president last month because of a past fraud conviction that he deems politically motivated. Navalny’s camp says that without their man on the ballot, the Russian elections are a sham, and they hope to embarrass the Kremlin by depressing turnout…..

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Donald Trump Still prefers Putin….

The Washington Post does an intriguing in-depth piece on President Donald Trump and his continual dysfunctional relationship with his intelligence community….

This has been going on from BEFORE Trump was elected….

The guy is locked into a ‘want’ to get in bed with the Russian President Putin….

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The piece points to the efforts that Trump National Security staff goes to everyday to NOT brief the American President on anything negative about the Russian President and his actions against the American political system…

The staff found out early on that including the ‘real’ on Putin actions would turn their prime intel briefing client defensive and annoyed at them and the information ….

One wonders how America can deal with aggressive actions against it’s political organizations when its leader cannot acknowledge that threat …

This dog wonders WHY is this so….

And I do NOT believe this is about Trump trying to get over the election view that Russia helped him beat Hillary Clinton….

I hope that Robert Mueller can give the REAL answer to this….

Nearly a year into his presidency, Trump continues to reject the evidence that Russia waged an assault on a pillar of American democracy and supported his run for the White House.

The result is without obvious parallel in U.S. history, a situation in which the personal insecurities of the president — and his refusal to accept what even many in his administration regard as objective reality — have impaired the government’s response to a national security threat. The repercussions radiate across the government.

Rather than search for ways to deter Kremlin attacks or safeguard U.S. elections, Trump has waged his own campaign to discredit the case that Russia poses any threat and he has resisted or attempted to roll back efforts to hold Moscow to account.

His administration has moved to undo at least some of the sanctions the previous administration imposed on Russia for its election interference, exploring the return of two Russian compounds in the United States that President Barack Obama had seized — the measure that had most galled Moscow. Months later, when Congress moved to impose additional penalties on Moscow, Trump opposed the measures fiercely.

Trump has never convened a Cabinet-level meeting on Russian interference or what to do about it, administration officials said. Although the issue has been discussed at lower levels at the National Security Council, one former high-ranking Trump administration official said there is an unspoken understanding within the NSC that to raise the matter is to acknowledge its validity, which the president would see as an affront.

Trump’s stance on the election is part of a broader entanglement with Moscow that has defined the first year of his presidency. He continues to pursue an elusive bond with Putin, which he sees as critical to dealing with North Korea, Iran and other issues. “Having Russia in a friendly posture,” he said last month, “is an asset to the world and an asset to our country.”

His position has alienated close American allies and often undercut members of his Cabinet — all against the backdrop of a criminal probe into possible ties between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin…

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Former US Intel people say Donald Trump is getting ‘played’ by Putin…

These guys are only finally saying out loud what most people have come to realize for a while….

Donald Trump for some reason unknown?

Is hell bent of getting in bed with the Russians….

He’s been President for 9 months and his mind STILL hasn’t changed…

If you read between the lines?

His National Security team KNOWS it is their job to ride herd on their boss to keep him from giving away the country…

Even Trump’s own CIA Director is on record as backing his departments assessment that the Russian’s HAVE been meddling in America’s political process….

Robert Mueller’s investigators maybe the great last hope on this since the Republicans in Congress ALSO know about Trump’s efforts but are afraid to confront their party leader for fear that getting rid of him would hurt their POLITICAL lives and admit that the American political system messed up in letting a guy assume the Presidency  who is untrustworthy and unqualified for the office….

There is also the fear that by removing him?

The office of the Presidency could/would be more tainted then it already is…

There is NOT doubt that Donald Trump IS being ‘play’….

Robert Mueller’s probes maybe the only way to find out why and how badly….

Two top former U.S. intelligence officials said Sunday that President Trump is being “played” by President Vladi­mir Putin on Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and accused him of being susceptible to foreign leaders who stroke his ego.

“By not confronting the issue directly and not acknowledging to Putin that we know you’re responsible for this, I think he’s giving Putin a pass,” former CIA director John Brennan said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I think it demonstrates to Mr. Putin that Donald Trump can be played by foreign leaders who are going to appeal to his ego and try to play upon his insecurities, which is very, very worrisome from a national security standpoint.”

Appearing on the same program, former director of national intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. said he agrees with that assessment.

“He seems very susceptible to rolling out the red carpet and honor guards and all the trappings and pomp and circumstance that come with the office, and I think that appeals to him, and I think it plays to his insecurities,” Clapper said.

Trump told reporters traveling with him in Asia that Putin had assured him at a conference in Danang, Vietnam, on Saturday that Russia did not interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, and he indicated that he believed Putin was sincere.

Later, in a news conference Sunday in Hanoi with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, Trump appeared to be trying to parse his earlier remarks, saying, “What I said is that I believe [Putin] believes that.”…

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The Russian Cyber-War against the West….

The New York Times does a piece on how the Russian actions in last years American election was just a  part of a large effort by Russian supported actor’s against Western Governments on a new battle field…..

Officials in Germany and at NATO headquarters in Brussels view the Lisa case, as it is now known, as an early strike in a new information war Russia is waging against the West. In the months that followed, politicians perceived by the Russian government as hostile to its interests would find themselves caught up in media storms that, in their broad contours, resembled the one that gathered around Merkel. They often involved conspiracy theories and outright falsehoods — sometimes with a tenuous connection to fact, as in the Lisa case, sometimes with no connection at all — amplified until they broke through into domestic politics. In other cases, they simply helped promote nationalist, far-left or far-right views that put pressure on the political center. What the efforts had in common was their agents: a loose network of Russian-government-run or -financed media outlets and apparently coordinated social-media accounts.

After RT and Sputnik gave platforms to politicians behind the British vote to leave the European Union, like Nigel Farage, a committee of the British Parliament released a report warning that foreign governments may have tried to interfere with the referendum. Russia and China, the report argued, had an “understanding of mass psychology and of how to exploit individuals” and practiced a kind of cyberwarfare “reaching beyond the digital to influence public opinion.” When President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia visited the new French president, Emmanuel Macron, at the palace of Versailles in May, Macron spoke out about such influence campaigns at a news conference. Having prevailed weeks earlier in the election over Marine Le Pen — a far-right politician who had backed Putin’s annexation of Crimea and met with him in the Kremlin a month before the election — Macron complainedthat “Russia Today and Sputnik were agents of influence which on several occasions spread fake news about me personally and my campaign.”

But all of this paled in comparison with the role that Russian information networks are suspected to have played in the American presidential election of 2016. In early January, two weeks before Donald J. Trump took office, American intelligence officials released a declassified version of a report — prepared jointly by the Central Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation and National Security Agency — titled “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections.” It detailed what an Obama-era Pentagon intelligence official, Michael Vickers, described in an interview in June with NBC News as “the political equivalent of 9/11.” “Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the U.S. presidential election,” the authors wrote. “Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton and harm her electability and potential presidency.” According to the report, “Putin and the Russian government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump.”

The intelligence assessment detailed some cloak-and-dagger activities, like the murky web of Russian (if not directly government-affiliated or -financed) hackers who infiltrated voting systems and stole gigabytes’ worth of email and other documents from the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign. But most of the assessment concerned machinations that were plainly visible to anyone with a cable subscription or an internet connection: the coordinated activities of the TV and online-media properties and social-media accounts that made up, in the report’s words, “Russia’s state-run propaganda machine.”….

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Could the next Alabama US Senator Like Russia’s Putin more than America?

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Roy Moore leads in the early polling for the US Senate Special election in Alabama to replace Atty Gen. Jeff Sessions…….

When The Guardian told Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore (R) that Ronald Reagan once called Russia “the focus of evil in the modern world,” Moore replied, “You could say that very well about America, couldn’t you?”

He added: “We promote a lot of bad things,” specifically citing same-sex marriage.

When the reporter suggested that’s an argument Vladimir Putin makes, Moore said, “Well, then maybe Putin is right. Maybe he’s more akin to me than I know.”

Politicalwire….

Vladimir Putin’s favorability ratings have tripled among Americans in recent years – and the polls say he’s most popular among Republicans. To find out why, Paul Lewis travelled to deeply conservative Alabama, before next week’s Republican Senate primary to choose a replacement for Jeff Sessions. Could Putin’s rising popularity be explained through the Christian evangelicals backing Roy Moore, the famed ‘Ten Commandments Judge’ turned Senate frontrunner?

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Czar Vladimir Putin- Part 2…Red State….

Yesterday, I posited the idea that Vladimir Putin aspires to the glory days of the Russian empire before the collapse of the Romanov dynasty and the rise of Communism.  Specifically, there are parallels between Putin and Czar Nicholas I who ruled the country from 1825 to 1852.

In fact, Putin rules over Russia like a czar of days gone by with near total control.  He has embraced and elevated the Russian Orthodox Church and pushes many of their agenda items.  He is a secretive and self-disciplined geopolitical tactician who no doubt draws on his experience as a judo black belt.  Like many of the czars, he also presides over a cult of personality that appears somewhat comical to Westerners (the iconic picture of him bare-chested on the back of a horse).

Yet this macho nationalism that he resonates is exactly what many Russians craved after the chaos of the breakup of the Soviet Union.  As such, Putin now views himself as the bearer of a special morality and a special feeling of justice with Russia and the Russian people above everyone else.  He is certain about Russia’s historical mission and that mission is empire.  And the best way to assert that mission is through demonization of the spiritless West.

Initially, Putin secured his power through a network of cronies from his hometown of St. Petersburg.  That has expanded since to exacting obedience from the Russian security forces.  Objectively, Russia is a weakened power after 75 years of the failed Communist experiment, the rampant corruption during the collapse of the Soviet Union, and some missteps by Putin himself.  He realistically knows this, but also realizes that he can count on the reluctance of many to challenge his ideas and actions thus making him appear stronger than he actually is which is why he sports approval ratings above 80%.  He casts himself as first and foremost concerned about stability.  But the irony is that his veneer of domestic stability is predicated upon international instability…..

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Fareed Zakaria GPS…Putin…The Most Powerful Man in the World….

An EXCELLENT piece of Media about Russian President Vladimir Putin and his history, actions and the why he elistited action against Hiullary Clinton becoming the 45th American President….

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FAREED ZAKARIA, CNN ANCHOR (voice-over): Winston Churchill famously said of Russia, it is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. Prime Minister Churchill, meet Vladimir Putin.

DONALD TRUMP, U.S. PRESIDENT: He is really very much of a leader. He’s been a leader far more than our president has been a leader.

HILLARY CLINTON, (D) FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: He was a KGB agent. By definition, he doesn’t have a soul.

SEN. JOHN MCCAIN, (R) ARIZONA: Vladimir Putin is a thug and a murderer and a killer.

BILL BROWDER, EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF HERMITAGE CAPITAL MANAGEMENT: He’s the richest man in the world. Hundreds of billions of dollars of wealth.

ZAKARIA (voice-over): What does he want from Donald Trump?

JULIA IOFFE, JOURNALIST WHO WITNESSED INAUGRAL CRACKDOWN: Putin is going to eat him like a sandwich.

H. CLINTON: He’d rather have a puppet as president.

TRUMP: You’re a puppet.

ZAKARIA (voice-over): Just how powerful is he?

ROBERT GATES, FORMER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE: Putin has an untrammeled authority.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: How did you check his power?

ZAKARIA (voice-over): So powerful he rigged the American election?

DAVID REMNICK, EDITOR, THE NEW YORK: Of course Putin wanted Hillary Clinton to lose. He despised Hillary Clinton.

DMITRY PESKOV, VLADIMIR PUTIN’S DEPUTY: Whom would you like better?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Of the world.

ZAKARIA (voice-over): While Russia celebrates, Americans ask, what does he want? And is he really the most powerful man in the world?….

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Here’s the Special Report link….

[voice-over]: He has created what he calls a vertical of power, unlike any we have seen in any great nations. As the Russian chess grandmaster, Kasparov, noted, himself a harsh critic of Putin, the entire structure of Russian political authority rests on one man. When the Czar died after all, you knew the process by which his successor, his son would be elevated. When the General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party died, the standing committee and the politburo would select his successor. But when Putin dies, I almost said if, what will happen? No one knows….

Culturally, it has often thought of itself as the third Rome, preserving Christianity even as Roman Byzantium fell to the barbarians.

Putin understands Russia, but he also understands the world. He’s not foolish enough to make a frontal assault on America or Europe. He knows how to use power asymmetrically with cyber tools and disinformation. He understands the vulnerabilities of free societies, the internal divisions and discord, and the gaping openness. He understands the fragility of institutions like the European Union and NATO and ideas like integration and diversity.

(on camera): In other words, Vladimir Putin understands us very well. The question is, do we — does Donald Trump really understand him?

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Washington Post questions Why is Donald Trump hell bent on cozying up with Russian President Putin?

Donald Trump ‘s paying off Russian efforts to make sure he got his new job is NOT gonna be the way things are gonna be …..

American’s SHOULD get to the bottom to whatever is pushing Donald Trump to discard warnings from America’s Intelligence Community, The FBI , Congress and President Obama…

Could a Russian Presidentr actually ‘have something ‘ on Trump?

At what point is America gonna see ALL of the financial information on the guy who is tightlipped on his worth and business partnerships and will be th coutries leader  ….

Mr. Trump has been frank about his desire to improve relations with Russia, but he seems blissfully untroubled by the reasons for the deterioration in relations, including Russia’s instigation of an armed uprising in Ukraine, its seizure of Crimea, its efforts to divide Europe and the crushing of democracy and human rights at home.

Why is Mr. Trump so dismissive of Russia’s dangerous behavior? Some say it is his lack of experience in foreign policy, or an oft-stated admiration for strongmen, or naivete about Russian intentions. But darker suspicions persist. Mr. Trump has steadfastly refused to be transparent about his multibillion-dollar business empire. Are there loans or deals with Russian businesses or the state that were concealed during the campaign? Are there hidden communications with Mr. Putin or his representatives? We would be thrilled to see all the doubts dispelled, but Mr. Trump’s odd behavior in the face of a clear threat from Russia, matched by Mr. Putin’s evident enthusiasm for the president-elect, cannot be easily explained….

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Russia will NOT respond to Obama actions…Will wait for Trump….

After President Obama’s expulsion of 35 Russian ‘s from the United States and new sanctions imposed on them….

The Russians Foreign Minister said Russia would respond in kind against the United States….

‘That isn’t gonna happen….

Russian President Putin has decided to take the hit and wait for a President Trump Administration to try and see if they will UNDO the actions President Obama has made….

The political dynamic is VERY different…..

The question is?

Will a President Trump be able to undo American/Russian Foreign Policy all BY HIMSELF….Or with Obama out of office?

Will Congress seek to blunt a Russian President’s chess moves ….

In a rare break from the diplomatic tradition of reciprocal punishment, Russian President Vladi­mir Putin said Friday he would not deport U.S. diplomats in a tit-for-tat response to U.S. hacking sanctions, as Russia looks to cultivate relations with the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump.

“We won’t create problems for American diplomats,” Putin said in a statement released by his press service Friday afternoon, adding that Russia retained the right to punish U.S. diplomats in the future. He said he would “plan further steps for restoring the Russian-American relationship based on the policies enacted by the administration of President Donald Trump.”

The surprising decision came just hours after the Russian Foreign Ministry suggested that Putin expel 35 U.S. diplomats and close two properties used by the U.S. Embassy in Moscow as part of a growing diplomatic slugfest over Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election….

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Trump is most certainly going to try to spin this as a example of how he can work ‘deals’….And Both he and the Russian will try to make Obama the bad guy…

But if the focus remains on the cyber hacking influence actions of the Russians?

Putin WILlLbe looked at CONTINUING to help Trump help HIM to get what HE wants….

Why is Russia a problem for America?

The Editor of the Talking Points Memo Blogs looks at Russia on different levels……

Economically, Militarily and Politically….

One of the three of those shows Russia as a small player in the world economies….

Which is NOT a threat to America….

But Josh Marshall, the editor , points to the fact that Russia does have nukes, and the ability to deliver them anywhere on the planet, something few countries can do….

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The most serious problem Marshal points to is Russia’s push by its President Putin to reclaim the soveign countries that have left the old Soviet Empire….

For my part I see Russia as a wounded, diminished and because of that in many ways dangerous state – one that needs to be handled with care and caution. I mentioned a few days ago that in all international relations, the most important questions are really not so much what’s the right or wrong policy but whether you are prepared to handle the consequences of your decisions – in military, economic and human terms.

In this sense I think the US made a number of mistakes in the post-Cold War era basically pushing our web of economic, diplomatic and military alliances right up to Russia’s borders, in some cases inside what many Russians believe are their historic borders. Commitments we’ve made we cannot go back on. That’s what makes the Baltics so dangerous in mind under Trump – not Trump abandoning them to Russia but his erratic and confusing course leading to misunderstandings that could end in war.

In any case, we should be very focused on Russian efforts to subvert our own elections and even more focused on their efforts to subvert elections in Europe, where they have considerably more ability to do so. But their main ability is to aggravate existing tensions and fissures in America and Europe. They are fundamentally the weaker party, trying to sow discord among the states they perceive to be enemies because they have little alternative means of defending themselves.

I am all for the people of Georgia have freedom and self-determination. But are we prepared to sustain the consequences of ensuring that or supporting pro-US regimes right on Russia’s borders? I would say that requires a lot more thought than we’ve given it. Russia today is autocratic, revisionist and illiberal. But the Russians also see themselves as a great power and a great civilization. And we have given them a lot of reasons to believe that we pressed our advantage, to extend our sphere of influence right up to their borders during their period of national weakness. I think we did that for a mix of traditional great power self-aggrandizement and a more myopic belief that no one could reasonably oppose the democracy, stability and affluence we believed and to a significant extent bring in our wake.

Now, here we are…..

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Donald Trump Likes Russian President Putin…

Seems like ANYBODY who says they LIKE donald Trump gets props from the guy….

Even if it’s a ex-KGB Colernel that is behind cyber hijinx against this country?

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Donald Trump’s extraordinary embrace of Russian President Vladimir Putin has put his campaign on the defensive for a second straight day, coming after the Republican nominee praised the Kremlin strongman and appeared in an interview on a TV network backed by Moscow.

Trump’s warm words for Putin have raised the hackles of fellow Republicans and put his allies in the awkward position of claiming their party’s standard-bearer is not really praising the Russian leader. It has particularly alarmed the GOP’s hawkish national security wing, which hews almost universally to its longstanding view of Russia as an implacable foe of the United States.

Trump inflamed the situation Thursday evening by criticizing U.S. foreign policy during an interview broadcast on RT America, a television network owned by the Russian government that often toes the Kremlin’s line. He even dismissed U.S. officials’ concern that Russia may be seeking to disrupt the Nov. 8 election as “pretty unlikely,” though he went on to say that any such interference would be “inappropriate.” (Trump’s campaign manager said the interview was meant as a “favor” to host Larry King, whose show is syndicated and broadcast on RT.)

That followed a series of overtures from Trump this week, including during NBC’s Commander-In-Chief Forum on Wednesday night in which he said of Putin, “If he says great things about me, I’m going to say great things about him” and lauded the Russian president’s 82 percent approval ratings….

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