Maria Butina Said in 2015 Russians Had “A Right To Negotiate” With GOP

Kremlin-Tied Russian Agent Maria Butina

In case you missed it, there was a very interesting observation(as usual) on the 7/16/2018 Rachel Maddow show regarding Russian agent Maria Butina. The main story was that the FBI had arrested her the previous night for “conspiracy to act as an agent of Russia” in the U.S.

However in the same segment, Maddow threw in some additional details about Maria Butina that Yours Truly found quite interesting.


The most interesting fact was that as early as 2015 Maria Butina and by extension her Russian sponsors were confident that the GOP would win the election in 2016. Even more interesting, she apparently said in 2015 that they(Russians) “had a right to negotiate” with the incoming GOP administration. Maddow, like Yours Truly wondered out loud why Kremlin-tied Russians would think they “had a right to negotiate” with any U.S administration? The implication is obvious folks–The Russians had delivered something to TeamTrump/GOP and thus felt they had a “right to negotiate” over U.S. policies affecting Russia. This in itself is a very strong indication that as early as 2015 there was already collusion between Kremlin-tied Russians and the GOP/TeamTrump

There are other interesting tidbits from the must watch Maddow segment(see full segment below). For example the Russians apparently sent a Kremlin-approved delegation to the Prayer Breakfast, a very popular event among U.S. Evangelicals. Why would a Kremlin-approved delegation attend the Prayer Breakfast? This raises questions that the Mainstream Media never asks Trump Evangelicals–and that is their ties to Putin’s Russia. In other words there is a yet untold story about how the strong support Trump gets from Evangelicals is all part of the larger TrumpRussia scheme of things.

Are Trump Evangelical leaders and their Churches beneficiaries of monies from Putin-tied oligarchs? These are questions the media never asks but hopefully soon they’ll start delving into.

Maria Butina communicating with Alexander Torshin about the Russian delegation to the Prayer Breakfast

Dems and the Mainstream Media need to start asking some of the Trump Evangelical leaders whether they worked with Kremlin-tied Russians to help Trump get elected. Somehow the Evangelicals are left out of the collusion debate yet it is very clear that they played a major part in the TrumpRussia collusion scheme.

Maddow also reported that on 2016 election night, after it became apparent that Trump had won, Maria Butina sent Alexander Torshin a message saying she was “waiting for further orders”. This raises the interesting question as to whether Torshin has sent messages/instructions to Maria Butina after Trump assumed the Presidency and whether any such messages/instructions have been acted upon by President Trump. We talk about TrumpRussia collusion only in the pre-election context. Could there be TrumpRussia collusion still taking place even after Trump became President?

Maria Butina’s message to Alexander Torshin on election night after Trump won

Bottomline Dems and the Mainstream Media need to do some serious inquiry as to why Kremlin-tied Russian agent Maria Butina was so sure back in 2015 that the GOP would win the White House giving them(Russians) a “right to negotiate” with the GOP over U.S. policies affecting Russia. Any reasonable person would conclude that the Kremlin-tied Russians had done the GOP a favor which they believed earned them the “right to negotiate”–the quintessential TrumpRussia collusion.

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Michael Avenatti Running For Prez In 2020

Attorney Michael Avenatti

Attorney Michael Avenatti who has become a household name for his fearless attacks on Trump and his long time lawyer Michael Cohen over their cobduct regarding pornstar Stormy Daniels(his client), has apparently made a July 4, 2018 announcement that he is willing to run for President in 2020 if Trump is the GOP nominee.


This is undoubtedly music to the ears of grassroots Dems who have been urging Avenatti to run for President (#Avenatti2020) because they believe his fearlessness towards Trump will work well for him in 2020 against the inevitable attacks by TeamTrump.  There are a lot of upsides to a potential #Avenatti2020 but Yours Truly will focus at the moment on the effect of Avenatti’s announcement on our #Dem2020Poll analysis.


When we first began the popular #Dem2020Poll, it was very clear that grassroots Dems were excited about Sen Kamala Harris and Rep Joe Kennedy III and wanted them to run together, with Harris on top of the ticket.

Roughly around mid-May 2018 we saw a shift towards Joe Biden with most grassroots Dems favoring either a Biden/Harris or a Biden/Kennedy ticket. Various iterations of #Dem2020Poll have shown that Biden/Harris is slightly popular than Biden/Kennedy but that overall grassroots Dems prefer Biden on top of the 2020 Dem presidential ticket(#BidenTheory)

With Avenatti officially in the 2020 mix, the question now becomes will he upend the prevailing #BidenTheory(topple Biden) or will grassroots Dems prefer him as Biden’s running mate? Also how will Avenatti’s entry affect the other two prominent contenders Sen Harris and Rep Kennedy III?

As always, Yours Truly with the vibrant #Dem2020Poll community will get to the bottom of all these pressing questions for the benefit of the DNC– and the #MSM who’ll never admit it but are deeply captivated by the highly civilized, exceptionally well informed #Dem2020Poll community.

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Putin Told Trump To Stop Joint Military Exercises With S. Korea

From the beginning Yours Truly has maintained that there is something very strange/suspicious about the Trump/North Korea deal–that this is a Putin operation designed to help Trump politically, not solve the nuclear crisis

A bombshell 6/25/2018 segment on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show just confirmed Yours Truly’s suspicions. Turns out per Maddow, that Trump had initially wanted to end  joint military operations between the U.S. & North Korea but dropped the idea after pushback from Defense Secretary Mattis.

Later however, following a phone conversation with Putin, Trump abruptly decided to end the crucial joint military exercises that are meant to provide readiness in the unfortunate event North Korea launches a nuclear strike.


Even more troubling, and an issue that Congressional Dems should definitely inquire into, is the shocking revelation by Maddow that prior to Trump making the highly consequential decision on S. Korea joint exercises, neither Sec Def Mattis nor senior White House officials were consulted. In other words Putin simply told Trump to do it and he did it—fast!!


This is a very troubling development given that virtually all U.S. Intel agencies agree that Russia is not only America’s enemy but is actively working to inflict harm on America. The shocking report by Maddow that despite this threat, Putin is literally telling the U.S. President what to do with senior government officials seemingly left in the dark should be cause for great alarm.

Bottom line Congressional Dems must push for hearings on this issue

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Manafort And The Case For TrumpRussia Collusion

As the TrumpRussia investigation chugs along, the public has become accustomed to public pronouncements by Trump and his GOP operatives that there was no TrumpRussia collusion. To prove their point, they have repeatedly pointed to the length of the Mueller probe saying after one year and countless interviews there is still no collusion bombshell–their point being this late in the game, the public should stop expecting a collusion bombshell


Goodman's strongest argument for collusion is that there are emails proving that then Trump Campaign Chairman Manafort knew of the Russian DNC hack in April 2016, way before this became public information(reported in the media). According to Goodman, Trump Campaign Chair Manafort learnt about the Russian hack through emails that were copied to him by another Trump Campaign operative George Papadopoulos. Manafort apparently was coordinating with the Russians, including a known member of the Russian military intelligence on how to disseminate/weaponize the hacked DNC emails to hurt Hillary Clinton's campaign. In an email Manafort sent to Rick Gates, also a member of Trump campaign, Manafort reportedly said "we shouldn't let DT do this, we should let somebody low level do this so as to send no signals."

Think about that folks--way back in April 2016 before the public was aware that Putin-allied Russians had hacked DNC emails, Trump Campaign Chair Manafort and Papadoupolis already knew about it. They not only knew that the emails had been hacked, but they were also communicating/colluding with the Russians on how to disseminate/weaponize the hacked emails to hurt Hillary Clinton's campaign--something they eventually did. Manafort even sent an email to Rick Gates, a Trump campaign operative suggesting that they should disseminate the hacked emails in a way that does not implicate "DT"--a clear cut consciousness of guilt on Manafort's part. Folks this is a slam dunk case of TrumpRussia collusion and the Dems better get on it--fast.

Bottom line, its about time Dems started pushing back on Trump and his GOP's bogus claim that there was no collusion between Trump campaign and the Russians. Manafort's case proves clearly that there was not only TrumpRussia collusion but that Team Trump violated federal law(s). A large part of the reason Dems are excited to go to the polls this November is to finally get rid of Trump-supporting GOP Members of Congress who have made a conscious decision not to take any action on what clearly appears to be a Trump Administration in bed with Putin's Russia--an enemy of the United States. Dem candidates need to forcefully make the case that there is strong evidence of TrumpRussia Collusion as we head into midterms 2018

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TrumpSwamp–NY AG Sues Trump Family Over Trump Foundation Corruption

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood has slapped the Trump family with a $2.8 million lawsuit claiming among other things that the Trumps used the Trump Foundation, a non-profit organization, to conduct “unlawful political coordination with the Trump presidential campaign” and “repeated and willful self-dealing transactions” in violation of both state and federal law.

Interestingly the NY AG in addition to filing the lawsuit also sent referral letters to the Internal Revenue Service(IRS) and Federal Election Commission(FEC) for “further investigation and legal action”

There is nothing in the NY AG’s lawsuit that is particularly shocking, or a “bombshell” as the mainstream media calls it because by now the public is very aware of the corrupt business dealings of the Trump family. To this day the public is still longing to see the elusive Trump tax returns, mostly because people are convinced there are a lot of corrupt business dealings hidden there.

There is however an interesting detail in the NY AG's lawsuit that caught Yours Truly's attention--a handwritten note by Donald Trump directing Trump Foundation staff to settle a legal dispute involving his Mar-a-lago Hotel--a clear cut violation of the law

Straightforward/clear cut violations of the law like these have traditionally provided the mainstream media with an easy opportunity to question politicians and inform the public. In the age of Trump however, even slam dunk media opportunities like these seem to go by the wayside, with the mainstream media either afraid or unwilling to confront Trump. Democrats however have no choice but to confront Trump not only on this clear cut violation of the law but also on the other troubling issues raised by the NY AG lawsuit.

Bottom line TrumpSwamp/Corruption by Trump Admin and Trump family is an issue Dems must push hard during this midterm 2018 campaign season. As you can see from the lawsuit, the state and federal violations are so numerous and flagrant that they are impossible to justify. As Yours Truly has repeatedly stated, there are a lot of Independents and even Republicans out there who are also fed up with TrumpSwamp/Corruption and are shopping for alternative candidates in Midterm 2018. Dems need to be those alternative candidates

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Trump And GOP Hypocrisy Over NFL Players Kneeling For The Flag

Trump has made a point of attacking NFL players(majority black) for not “respecting the flag” when they kneel in protest during the playing of the national anthem–the so-called #TakeAKnee in Twitter circles.

By “not respecting the flag” Trump and his GOP are essentially arguing that the NFL players(majority black) are not patriotic, with some even suggesting that they should be kicked out of the league.


For the record the lack of patriotism charge is baseless because the players have made it clear from the beginning that #TakeAKnee is a protest of police brutality against minorities. Specifically, professional black athletes kneel to express their solidarity with minorities who continue to lose their lives to police brutality only for their grieving families to witness the errant officers walk away scott free–no indictment. It has always been a protest against the unfair U.S. criminal justice system–nothing to do with the flag.

The Trump Administration knows that but because they’ve made a conscious decision that stoking racial divisions plays well with their white voting base, they’ve twisted #TakeAKnee into a debate about patriotism–“those blacks are not grateful to America eventhough America has made them millionaires–plus they are disrespecting the soldiers who died defending the flag.” This is a totally false, albeit very powerful message to Trump’s white voting base. It is also deliberately racist.

So far the NFL athletes or even Democrats for that matter have not pushed back effectively against this false patriotism narrative pushed by Trump Admin against NFL athletes. Well, not anymore because Yours Truly has a forceful pushback argument, especially after what the entire world has witnessed at the recently concluded G7 Summit

In a nutshell, how can Trump accuse professional black athletes of not being patriotic when the entire world believes he, the U.S. President, is controlled by Putin? Think about that folks–how can Trump accuse NFL players of “disrespecting the flag” when the whole world believes he has sold the country, with the flag, to Putin’s Russia? This is hypocrisy to the nth degree.

In addition to that there’s an ongoing investigation in the U.S. into whether Trump campaign colluded with the Russians to help him get elected in 2016, an investigation that is constantly obstructed by members of his own GOP–borderline treasonous conduct. How can Trump and his GOP turn around and question anybody’s patriotism when they are under investigation for borderline treason?

Hang in there folks, Yours Truly is going to mount a massive pushback on this shameful assault on professional athletes who, it cannot be left unsaid, are predominantly black.

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TrumpSwamp-Kushner, Ivanka, Michael Cohen And The Shady Real Estate Land Deals

Yours Truly has repeatedly stated that Dems need to make TrumpSwamp/Corruption a key campaign issue in midterms 2018 and even beyond that in the 2020 presidential election year. One year into the Trump Presidency, Americans are already shocked at the levels of brazen corruption they are witnessing with seemingly no push back from Congress.

Just last week it was reported that while Trump was negotiating a trade deal with China, the Chinese government awarded trademarks to his daughter and Senior Adviser Ivanka Trump. In any other previous administration such a flagrant conflict of interest would be a major scandal but as we’ve become accustomed to with the Trump Administration, ethical/corruption issues are no problem.

Now thanks to a bombshell USA Today piece, we find out that in late 2014-early 2015 President Trump's son in law Jared Kushner led a joint venture that invested $72.5 Million in three Brooklyn New York contaminated pieces of land.

Why is this newsworthy? First, Kushner purchased this contaminated Brooklyn piece of land at a price way more than its market value. Second, and more importantly, Kushner miraculously secured a $40 million morgage loan for this clearly high risk venture from Signature Bank. Sitting on Signature Bank's Board of Governors was none other than Ivanka Trump, his wife and now workmate at the White House.

According to the USA Today article, it was Ivanka's job to analyze/screen Signature Bank's risky loans which means she would have had to approve the super risky mortgage loan awarded to Kushner.

In response to questions by the media, Signature Bank says Ivanka was not involved in the decision to award a mortgage loan to Kushner adding that during discussions about the morgage she(Ivanka) "walked out of the meeting." Signature Bank is currently under investigation by New York banking regulators so rather than speculate on Ivanka's role in the mortgage decision, Yours Truly will wait for the outcome of the said investigation.

So you ask, @Emolclause how is this TrumpSwamp when the deal took place in 2014-2015 long before Trump became President and Kushner and Ivanka began working at the White House. Well, you'll be shocked to learn that in April 2018 with Kushner(and Ivanka) in the White House this contaminated high risk piece of land which was bought at an inflated $72.5 million was sold for $115 million, a cool $42.5 million profit, with the land still contaminated. Hmmm--a risky $40 millon morgage from Ivanka's Signature Bank netted a $42.5 profit. A little too convenient?

The USA Today article also points out that that the highly inflated $72.5  million used to purchase the contaminated Brooklyn land was paid to a company owned by New York developer Herbert Chaves, who then used the money to purchase apartments from Trump attorney Michael Cohen. Specifically, Chaves paid $32 million for four apartments Cohen had bought less than three years earlier for $11 million--very shady indeed.

Bottom line folks, Michael Cohen is currently under investigation by New York state authorities. This USA Today piece shows that his shady business deals have been tied to the Trump family, in this case Ivanka and Kushner who currently work in the White House. All the media focus on the Cohen investigation has surrounded his ties to President Trump. Maybe its time the Mainstream Media dug deeper into Cohen's dealings with Kushner, Ivanka and the Trump sons

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Dems Must Expose GOP’s Super Secret Group CNP-A Haven For Extremists

In previous posts Yours Truly has talked about Koch Brothers, ALEC, The Mercers and other dangerous power players who through their extreme wealth control/influence the modern Republican Party. Naturally these wealthy power players prefer to operate in secret because the appearance of politicians acting at their behest instead of the voters who elected them will never sit well with Americans. It is therefore vitally important that the public(Democrats) keep a close eye on these shadowy power players. As a wise man once said, “sunlight is the best disinfectant.”


Turns out there is also a dangerous and super secretive organization of Conservatives called the Council for National Policy(CNP) which Democrats must keep a close eye on. Apparently CNP is a grouping of the most powerful Conservatives in the country–leading politicians, talk radio hosts, Evangelical leaders etc. CNP is so powerful that the last 5 Republican Presidential candidates have felt compelled to address the group.

So whats the big deal with the CNP that the public/Dems should be on the lookout for? Well, turns out this highly secretive organization which boasts membership from leading Republican leaders is also home to some of the most controversial radicals including one Michael Peroutka, a known racist and segregationist

Why are leading Republicans including Evangelical leaders paling around with these radicals? Is this why CNP is a super secret organization? Hang in there folks, Yours Truly will dig deeper into CNP and keep you posted.

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Harris County Key To Lupe Valdez Beto O’Rouke Wins

In Texas statewide elections, Republicans do well in the relatively small rural counties while their Democratic counterparts dominate the larger urban counties–Harris, Dallas, Travis County(Austin) etc. This is such an entrenched political phenomenon in Texas that seasoned politicos have dubbed it–“Its the metroplexes stupid!!”.  The phenomenon featured heavily in the 2016 presidential election where Trump dominated the rural Texas counties while Hillary Clinton posted huge numbers in the metroplexes, especially Harris County. Simply put, any statewide candidate that wins big in Harris, Dallas and Travis Counties inevitably wins the election.

It therefore goes without saying that Dem hopefuls Lupe Valdez (for Texas Governor) and Beto O’Rourke (for U.S. Senate) will have to contend with the “Its the metroplexes stupid!” hurdle. There is no question that Valdez’s and O’Rourke’s candidacies are crucial to the national Democratic Party not only because of the internal morale boost such wins will inevitably provide, but more importantly because of the aftershocks their wins may inflict on the Republican party. Simply put, if Dem Lupe Valdez is elected Texas Governor and Beto O’Rourke U.S. Senator from Texas, expect the GOP’s blind faith in President Trump to come to an abrupt end. There will be a lot of Republicans looking for a Trump alternative–an indirect win for the Dems

So how do Dems Lupe Valdez and Beto O’Rourke post huge numbers in Harris County? The reflexive answer is of course bringing out the vote—voter turnout. Turnout is obviously key to Dems winning. Yours Truly however suggests/highly recommends that this time in addition to seeking high voter turnout, the Dem candidates also focus heavily on voting machine security. After the Russian election interference in 2016, not doing so would amount to “campaign malpractice”. As Yours Truly pointed out in a previous post, Texas has somehow packed unverifiable voting machines in Dem strongholds. The biggest Dem stronghold is the populous Harris County where Obama posted huge numbers both in 2008 and 2012. Hillary Clinton also posted huge numbers in Harris County in 2016 beating Trump 54-41%(706,000 to 544000 votes). Big numbers in Harris County will be crucial to Lupe Valdez and Beto O’Rourke if they are to win statewide so the kind of voting machines used in Harris County must be of primary concern to their campaigns


According to the Harris County Clerk’s website, the county uses electronic (totally paperless) e-slate  voting machines for county-wide voting. The County Clerk’s website has a picture of the e-slate machines and even a demo on how they are supposed to work.(give it a test run please)

Well it turns out that in 2017 Dan S. Wallach,  a Computer  Science Professor at Houston’s Rice University (an Ivy League school) wrote a piece in the Houston Chronicle attacking Harris County’s e-slate machines as easily hackable. That drew sharp responses from sitting Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart who defended the e-slate voting machines as hacker proof. The interesting back and forth between the Rice University Professor and the Harris County Clerk are all recorded in this MUST READ Houston Chronicle article. Yours Truly is not a Computer Science expert and therefore will not attempt to weigh in on the merits/demerits of the technical back and forth arguments between Professor Wallach and County Clerk Stanart, both of whom have extensive Computer Science/technology backgrounds. Instead Yours Truly will direct your attention to a revelation in the article that way back in 2011, way before TrumpRussia, Tarrant County Clerk Dana Debeauvoir(a Democrat) asked Professor Wallach to design a safe voting machine to replace e-slates which many considered unsafe and unreliable.

The article points out that Prof Wallach did indeed come up with STAR-Vote which apparently is not only much safer than e-slate machines in that it provides a paper trail, it is also cheaper. According to the article, Travis County was very receptive to STAR-Vote and immediately began taking steps to transition from e-slates. In stark contrast Republican County Clerk Stan Stanart of Harris County(according to article) was very dismissive of STAR-Vote and appears intent on using e-slate machines in Harris County even with the threat of Russian hacking. Yours Truly found County Clerk Stanart’s hostility towards STAR-Vote, a safer and cheaper alternative to e-slate machines very strange and will definitely inquire further as to why. Why would the Harris County Clerk vouch for unsafe and costlier e-slate voting machines? Folks these are questions TeamLupe and TeamBeto and the DNC for that matter need to start asking—fast!!

Rest assured folks that your Pulitzer-deserving Citizen Journalist will reignite this clash between Computer Scientist Wallach and Harris County Clerk Stanart so that Harris County voters are fully informed about the highly suspect e-slate machines before they head out to vote this November. Folks these are the issues the Mainstream Media should be focussed on ahead of Midterms 2018. Instead we’re inundated with Samantha Bee’s “c*unt” talk.

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Medicaid Expansion Key To Dems Winning State Houses

Folks Yours Truly readily admits that this week the Mainstream Media has done very well highlighting two issues that are very important to grassroots democrats across the country–voting machine security and the fight to save Medicare/Medicaid in the states


After bashing the Mainstream Media for weeks on end about their inexplicable silence regarding voting machine security in an election year, it was a pleasant surprise to see a report on Reuters addressing similar concerns. Hopefully MSM will continue reporting on this issue of great concern especially in Texas, where Dems are finally poised to make Historic electoral gains but are confronted with the sad reality of unverifiable voting machines in the Trump-Putin era. In years past fears about unverifiable voting machines would be shunned as conspiracy theorist talk. Grassroots Dems however are aware of just how real these fears are in the age of Trump and are desperate for more media coverage on this issue, not less.

Another big grassroots Dem story by the MSM this week was the Medicare expandion vote by the Virginia legislature that was largely pushed by the newly elected state Democrats. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow hosted one of the Virginia state Democrats, Danica Roem, who was instrumental in the Medicare expansion push


The Virginia case is a classic example of why Dems need to wage the Medicare/Medicaid war in the states. As Maddow pointed out in the segment, the Dem electoral sweep in Virginia was largely because they campaigned on restoring healthcare to a public that is increasingly witnessing GOP efforts to take away their healthcare. In other words Medicare/Medicaid is a winning issue for Dems in the states

As Yours Truly has repeatedly stated, the fight for Medicare/Medicaid and Social Security are very important to grassroots Dems and could reap huge harvests in state legislatures. Democrats could literally recapture a huge chunk of the state legislatures they have lost to the GOP in recent years if they campaign hard on the theme that Republicans are out to take away people’s Medicare/Medicaid.

To be clear, Yours Truly’s argument has been that the Koch Brothers/ALEC funded clamor for a Constitutional Convention(ConCon) by state GOP politicians is aimed ultimately at the elimination of Medicare/Medicaid because they are the biggest driver of the national debt.


There is a lot of proof out there supporting this argument but you’ll never hear that from the Mainstream Media probably because it is still considered a “radical” argument because its main pusher, Yours Truly is regarded by the MSM as a “radical leftist”. But the proof is staring the Mainstream Media in their faces if they cared to look. Consider for instance, Virginia GOP’s pushback argument to the Medicare expansion move by the Democrats. Virginia’s GOP Senate Majority Leader opposed the Medicare expansion move because it “abandons Virginia’s long-standing reputation for fiscal responsibility.”–the quintessential balanced budget amendment argument behind GOP’s Constitutional Convention effort.

Bottom line folks we still have a lot of pushing to do to get the Mainstream Media to talk about issues near and dear to grassroots Dems. However where, as here, they show a slight improvement we have to give them partial credit. The ideal situation(worthy of full credit) would be for Mainstream Media to “go there” and say boldly like Yours Truly that the ultimate goal of the Constitutional Convention push by state Republicans is the elimination of Medicare/Medicaid because they believe these programs are huge drivers of both the national and state government debt. Let us hope from now until midterms 2018 the Mainstream Media sticks with issues important to grassroots Dems like voting machine security and the NoConCon war as opposed to say, “c*unt” talk

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