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Sources: Russia tried to use Trump advisers to infiltrate campaign

The FBI gathered intelligence last summer that suggests Russian operatives tried to use Trump advisers, including Carter Page, to infiltrate the Trump campaign, according to US officials.

I’d say they were quite successful.

Racism motivated Trump voters more than authoritarianism

FBI obtained FISA warrant to monitor Trump adviser Carter Page

“This confirms all of my suspicions about unjustified, politically motivated government surveillance,” Page said in an interview Tuesday. “I have nothing to hide.” He compared surveillance of him to the eavesdropping that the FBI and Justice Department conducted against civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Good luck with that comparison, Carter.

Why FBI Can’t Tell All on Trump, Russia

Super-deep dive on Felix Sater. Shows how far back the Trump-Russia stuff goes.

Our investigation also may explain why the FBI, which was very public about its probe of Hillary Clinton’s emails, never disclosed its investigation of the Trump campaign prior to the election, even though we now know that it commenced last July. Such publicity could have exposed a high-value, long-running FBI operation against an organized crime network headquartered in the former Soviet Union. That operation depended on a convicted criminal who for years was closely connected with Trump, working with him in Trump Tower — while constantly informing for the FBI and the Department of Justice (DOJ), and being legally protected by them.

Why Michael Flynn may be seeking immunity

pretty good analysis

Trump Russia dossier key claim ‘verified’

“Watergate doesn’t even come close.” There are a lot of new allegations here, including hacking of voter rolls in coordination with the Trump campaign.

The Long, Twisted, and Bizarre History of the Trump-Russia Scandal

Pretty good timeline

How the White House and Republicans Blew Up the House Russia Investigation

What a mess

Mayflower: the heart of the Trump-Russia scandal

Wow, this is juicy conspiracy stuff. Seems well-sourced though?

Devin Nunes Vanished the Night Before He Made Trump Surveillance Claims

This is out of a dimestore spy novel

Trump Blames Democrats as Major Push to Repeal Health Law Fails

Amazing!

Manafort had plan to benefit Putin government

Was paid $10-mil to promote Putin’s interests in the US and abroad. Wow.

Donald Trump, Frank Gaffney, and the Looming Threat to American Muslims

Chilling. 

The government’s vast post-9/11 counterterrorism powers have never resided in the hands of people who consider America’s Muslim organizations to be agents of treason. And the Trump administration could use those powers to cripple not only American Muslim civil-society groups, but also mosques.

Justin Trudeau Brings Ivanka Trump to Broadway Show on Welcoming Outsiders

The play’s the thing?

Analysis: GOP plan to cost Obamacare enrollees $1,542 more a year

We reported above the results for individuals. For families, the Republican bill would increase costs by $2,243 if the bill were in effect today. For families with a head of household age 55 to 64, the bill would increase costs by $7,604. For families with income below 250 percent of poverty, the bill would increase costs by $6,228.

US Senate calls on British spy Christopher Steele to give evidence on explosive Trump-Russia dossier

We can’t see yet what’s at the center of the Trump/Russia black hole. But we can tell a lot about its magnitude by the scope of the event horizon and the degree of its gravitational pull, which is immense.

Sessions met with Russian envoy twice last year, encounters he later did not disclose

Trump, Putin, and the New Cold War

Pretty good overview, but doesn’t get into the full extent of his Russian ties

New Commerce Secretary at nexus of lucrative Trump Russian deal

More serious dope on Trump/Russia connections

The 8 Craziest Moments Of Trump’s Impromptu Press Conference

yikes

Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence

Looks like I picked the wrong day to quit reading Trump news.

Trump advisers’ space plan: To moon, Mars and beyond

No wonder Musk is so cozy with Trump

The Spy Revolt Against Donald Trump Begins

NSA and other agencies are withholding data from the White House because they think Russia “had ears” there.