The performance review

Or, as Paul Krugman says:

 

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Captain Babyman of Star Search

Let’s put this in context: If a Louisiana stripper, porn actress with a high school education has dirt on the Cheeto coated carnival barker, what do you think the the guy who once and still runs Russia’s spy agency have on his little puppet?

Based on this piece in last week’s New Yorker, I’m gong with pee tape:

Of all the allegations about Donald Trump contained in the ex-British spy Christopher Steele’s infamous “dossier,” the most notorious remains a secondhand report that Trump consorted with prostitutes in 2013 while staying in the Presidential suite at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, in Moscow, and that, at his request, the prostitutes urinated on a bed in which President Barack Obama and his wife had previously slept.

Early last year, when this allegation became public, along with much of the rest of the dossier, Trump denounced it as “crap” compiled by “sick people.” Since then, the allegation has remained uncorroborated, a fact that has given ammunition to those who want to dismiss the entire dossier as a fabrication. When it first emerged in public, the hotel-room allegation’s credibility was so hotly debated, it split the legendary investigative-reporting team of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who won a joint Pulitzer Prize for their exposure of the Watergate scandal. Bernstein, who helped CNN break the news of the Steele dossier, last January, argued that it was “not fake news.” But Woodward dismissed it as “garbage,” a comment that won him a thank-you note from Trump.

In a new book being published on Tuesday, “Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump,” the co-authors Michael Isikoff and David Corn report an anecdote suggesting that so-called golden showers were a form of entertainment familiar to some in Trump’s circle, even if not necessarily to Trump himself.

 

White House crime stories

Now, watch them turn against each other:

A former top aide to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign will plead guilty to fraud-related charges within days — and has made clear to prosecutors that he would testify against Paul Manafort, the lawyer-lobbyist who once managed the campaign.

The change of heart by Trump’s former deputy campaign manager Richard Gates, who had pleaded not guilty after being indicted in October on charges similar to Manafort’s, was described in interviews by people familiar with the case.

Haven’t said I hold babyman voters in contempt enough

Because the cinnamon dipshit did this a little while ago:

President Trump questioned the intensifying special counsel investigation of his 2016 campaign and his administration while attacking his own national security adviser, the FBI, Hillary Clinton, former president Barack Obama, Democrats in Congress, CNN and others in a remarkable nine-hour span of tweets that included profanity and misspellings.

Posting from his palatial estate, he seemed most aggrieved that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s team on Friday had filed 13 indictments against Russians and alleged that they could have swayed the 2016 election to benefit Trump.

The guy is a traitor who sold us out for Russian money and influence, and everyone who voted for him is an accomplice to treason.

And don’t forget, pump truppets, everything your addled little brains thought he was going to do to help you? Not happening. He’s making sure you die hungry, poor, sick and miserable. But you’re too stupid to even admit that.

 

Putin the fox guards the American chicken coop

Can someone explain this to me?

When President Vladimir V. Putin in July ordered American diplomatic missions in Russia to slash their staff by 755 employees, the State Department said it would need time to assess the “impact of such a limitation and how we will respond to it.”

Part of that response has now become clear: To make up for the loss of security guards axed in the Russian-mandated staff cuts, Washington has hired a private Russian company that grew out of a security business co-founded by Mr. Putin’s former K.G.B. boss, an 82-year-old veteran spy who spent 25 years planting agents in Western security services and hunting down their operatives.

Under a $2.8 million no-bid contract awarded by the Office of Acquisitions in Washington, security guards at the American Embassy in Moscow and at consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok will be provided by Elite Security Holdings, a company closely linked to the former top K.G.B. figure, Viktor G. Budanov, a retired general who rose through the ranks to become head of Soviet counterintelligence.

So a Putin crony is now in charge of security at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow? Am I the only one who sees a problem with this?

Sounds like collusion to me. Don’t you think Putin’s little puppet has gone too far?