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House Intel Dem accuses Trump of being ‘bought by Putin’ and lays out her case in devastating detail

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A California congresswoman suggested a fishy, decade-old real estate deal may explain how Russian President Vladimir Putin “bought” Donald Trump.

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) noted in a San Francisco Chronicle column that there’s something very off about the way Trump sold a Palm Beach, Florida mansion to Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev for $95 million in 2008 — Trump had paid $41.35 million for it four years prior.

The July 2008 sell date was in “the middle of the recession” and the house had only had “modest” renovations, Speier noted, adding that those were far from the only irregularities about the deal.

“Despite the recession it was also $13 million above the highest price previously paid for a Palm Beach mansion, according to the Palm Beach Post,” the congresswoman noted. “Rybolovlev did not conduct an inspection. He did not obtain an appraisal. He did not order any professional review or undertake any other form of due diligence before purchasing the property.”

Stranger still, Rybolovlev never lived in the house as of 2017.

There are a number of potential explanations — that the oligarch wanted to hide his assets from his ex-wife in a messy divorce or make an investment — but another, Speier noted, “is that Russian leader Vladimir Putin saw an opportunity to exploit Trump’s financial problems to obtain his loyalty and indebtedness.”

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During that era, Trump’s financial problems were well-known — but Rybolovlev was too in spite of his estimated $13 billion net worth.

After inheriting a state-owned potash-mining company at 29, Rybolovlev served time (and was later cleared) for murder. Two years before buying the Palm Beach house, a part of the mine collapsed resulting in no deaths but ample damage.

The oligarch’s purchase of the Palm Beach house gave Trump some “oxygen” and millions in the bank, and as Speier noted, Rybolovlev was cleared of guilt in the mine collapse.

With the real estate deal, “Trump was being enrolled in the Russian system of kompromat, of which Putin is a master,” the congresswoman wrote.

“Grant a favor, ask for nothing,” she added. “Both parties understand that someday something may be expected in return.”

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Pentagon gives senators classified briefing on UFOs reported by the Navy

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While it might sound like something out of "The X-Files," Navy pilots have been seeing UFOs, and U.S. Senators now want to know what's happening.

According to Politico, three more senators met with Pentagon officials for a classified briefing Wednesday about encounters pilots are having with unidentified aircraft. It seems the Pentagon is getting more and more requests by officials with high clearances to figure out what's happening.

The crafts are, at their most basic, nothing more than "unidentified aircraft," and while it isn't likely they're little green men, there are some senators who might have concerns about whether these UFOs are actually a foreign adversary.

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Wall Street Journal issues blistering editorial asking Trump what the point is of a second term

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In a blistering editorial, the Wall Street Journal is asking President Donald Trump what the point of a second term is since he hasn't done anything in his first term.

During his rally in Orlando Tuesday, Trump repeated the same tired lines and same tired policies from 2016. The "Promises Made, Promises Kept" slogan shown over the crowd, yet the supporters didn't understand the irony.

"The most striking fact of his speech was how backward looking it was," the editorial board said. "Every incumbent needs to remind voters of his record, Mr. Trump more than most because the media are so hostile."

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‘Crosses a line’: New York Times publisher unleashes on Trump for accusing paper of ‘treason’

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On Wednesday, New York Times publisher A. G. Sulzberger wrote a blistering editorial in the Wall Street Journal, saying that President Donald Trump's latest attack on his paper "crosses a line."

First it was the "the failing New York Times." Then "fake news." Then "enemy of the people," wrote Sulzberger. "President Trump's escalating attacks on The New York Times have paralleled his broader barrage on American media. He's gone from misrepresenting our business, to assaulting our integrity, to demonizing our journalists with a phrase that’s been used by generations of demagogues. Now the president has escalated his attacks even further, accusing the Times of a crime so grave it is punishable by death.

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