Please recall that our comments major domo Jules is on holiday today and tomorrow, and so yours truly will be moderating comments. But yours truly seldom faces the day before mid-PM, so please cut us some slack if your contribution gets snagged by our moderation tripwires.
It’s true, as @JGForsyth says, that No10 prefers no-deal to a deal that would curb UK ability to subsidise domestic business. But this view is based on a false view of the reality. No-deal would, in fact, be a double surrender on state aid (THREAD) https://t.co/MnGokzKAbL
Senate‘s Trump-Russia Report Shows What Mueller Missed Intercept. Help me. I must confess not to have read the whole report, but I did read the entire part about Trump’s visit and dalliance in 1996. First, he was then married to Wife #2, Marla Maples, with whom he had a rock solid and not very generous prenup. Second, more generally, Trump has long had a thing for swimsuit models and partying, so the idea that he’d had a fling overseas wouldn’t give anyone leverage over him, even before getting to what America and the rest of the world has come to recognize as part of his brand: shamelessness. Third, and it was in the report, Trump dragged a woman with him to all his 1996 meetings in Moscow, and she clearly was at best arm candy, which the locals saw as bizarre. In other words, he was not just not hiding that he was carrying on with Russian “models,” he was broadcasting it. And fourth…this was 1996. Maples and Trump separated in May 1997 and had divorced by 1999. What miniscule “kompromat” value there was ended when their marriage was over. And as for Manafort, he was Trump’s campaign manager for all of four months, the last six to eight weeks of which Manafort was getting the Jeff Sessions treatment. The idea that Manafort had meaningful influence over Trump is questionable.
Can you imagine if ANY foreign leader said he would hold the President of the United States accountable for his crimes?
From bad to worse? After more than 2 weeks as “restricted” our twitter account @venanalysis now appears as “suspended.” Again, no explanation, no suggestion of rule violations. We filed an appeal but don’t really expect much at this point. Follow this account pic.twitter.com/en1liWMPyq