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One of Putin’s fiercest critics explains how Russia propaganda has changed to accommodate Trump

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Renowned chess grandmaster and chairman of the Human Rights Foundation Garry Kasparov noted a peculiar change in Russia since the election of President Donald Trump, during a Monday interview with MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt.

“President Trump’s official demand of the Justice Department has reignited the debate on that department’s independence,” Hunt introduced, while reading a tweet from Kasparov.

“What I see is Donald Trump keeps trying to divert an investigation into the minor details, because at the end of the day we have to find out more about contact between his campaign and Russians,” the former world champion observed. “We know these meetings took place, we know that many of Trump’s associates lied about them and if you have a bunch of people working for Trump who first denied the meeting took place and then lied about them…it’s very suspicious.”

“There is something quite unusual that has been happening in Russia over the last eight months,” Kasparov noted. “For many years, America bashing was a core of Putin domestic propaganda — 24/7 bashing America, criticizing America, calling America all the names and trying to defy America and America’s interests worldwide.”

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“But today we could see the same pattern with one notable exception, the President of the United States is not mentioned,” he explained. “Any Trump name appears on Russian state news, it’s more like being sympathetic with his inability to confront the deep state.”

“So, I guess it is quite an unusual pattern,” Kasparov continued. “On the other side, we could see Donald Trump, who not shy from criticizing anything, not saying one negative word about Vladimir Putin.”

Kasparov, who was the youngest ever undisputed World Chess Champion, explained why Trump was an inviting target for Russian intelligence operatives looking for kompromat, the Russian term for compromising material that could be used for blackmail.

“I guess that factors like money, women, gambling — they were definitely the top priorities, and it sounds quite familiar,” Kasparov noted. “So we can definitely point out one person who could be connected to all three of them.”

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Bill Maher ‘Real Time’ panel details why Trump will lose in what will be the ‘dirtiest election ever’

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A discussion on the "Overtime" segment of HBO's Real Time on who will come out ahead in the upcoming Democratic debates turned to the general 2020 election which was described as likely becoming the "dirtiest ever."

With conservative George Will seeing Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) as a standout candidate, comedian Martin Short threw his support behind South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

"He is incapable of anything coming out of his mouth that isn't impressive, " Short said of the Democratic mayor. "He's going to be phenomenal on television."

"Do you think he can beat Trump? " asked conservative columnist Bari Weiss.

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BUSTED: Ex-GOP state chairman was arrested — for the second time in two weeks

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On Friday, Idaho GOP chairman Jonathan Parker, who stepped down prior to being arrested for stalking, was arrested again. This time Parker was arrested for trespassing.

"Officers made contact with that man and identified him as Parker. Further investigation revealed that there is an active protection order between Parker and a woman living nearby — his estranged wife — and Parker was then arrested and charged with felony stalking. During his arraignment, the judge issued a issued a no-contact order, which bars Parker from getting within 500 feet of his wife," a report from the Idaho Statesman said.

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Impeachment is no longer about ‘registering outrage’ — it’s now about ‘averting an ongoing crisis’: columnist

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President Donald Trump continues to defy presidential norms.

Boston Globe’s Michael A. Cohen wrote that Trump's behavior would be laughable if it weren't so dangerous for Americans. Cohen explained that in one week, President Trump has shown to put his interest above the U.S.

Trump started the week by telling ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos that he would take dirt on a rival from foreign operatives. He also downplayed the threat of North Korea.

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