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Polls close in Louisiana primary as Democratic governor seeks to avoid runoff

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Polls have closed in Lousiana‘s primary election, which will determine whether Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards will face a runoff election next month against one of two GOP contenders.

Under Louisiana’s so-called “jungle primary” system, all the candidates of both parties appear on a single ballot and a runoff is triggered if no candidate achieves a simple majority.

Voters went to the polls one night after President Trump held a rally in Lake Charles in a last-ditch attempt to encourage voters to vote for either U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham or businessman Eddie Rispone in order to prevent Edwards from hitting the magic number of “50 percent plus one.” A runoff would take place on Nov. 16.

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Trump was careful not to throw his weight behind either of the Republican challengers running and instead was joined on stage by both Abraham and Rispone at the “Keep America Great Rally.”

Abraham, 65, a third-term congressman from rural Richland Parish in northeast Louisiana, touted his background as a doctor. He pledged tax cuts while promising new spending on early childhood education, roads and public safety. He didn’t explain how he would balance the budget with less revenue.

Rispone, 70, founder of a Baton Rouge industrial contracting company, is a long-time GOP political donor running for his first elected office. He largely self-financed his campaign, pouring $11 million in the race. He presented himself in the mold of Trump, describing himself as a conservative outsider who would upend the traditional political system of Baton Rouge.

Edwards dealt with a crisis on Saturday morning after a portion of the Hard Rock Hotel under construction in downtown New Orleans collapsed killing one person and injuring dozens more. Rescue efforts were ongoing inside the building as law enforcement officials said two people remained trapped inside even as a 270 feet tall crane remained unstable, requiring possibly larger equipment to stabilize it.

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Republicans sought to prove that Edwards’ longshot victory in 2015 was a fluke, aided by a flawed GOP opponent, David Vitter, who was hobbled by a prostitution scandal and attacks on his moral character from fellow Republicans in the primary.

Democrats want an Edwards reelection win to show they can compete even in a ruby red state that Trump won by 20 points. Throughout his campaign, Edwards sought to make the election a referendum on his performance rather than a commentary on Louisiana’s views on national politics.

Edwards, a West Point graduate and former Army Ranger opposes abortion and gun restrictions, talks of working well with the Trump administration and calls the U.S. House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry a distraction to governing in Washington. He signed one of the nation’s strictest abortion bans, but also expanded Louisiana’s Medicaid program, adding nearly a half-million new people to government-financed health care and lowering the state’s uninsured rate below the national average.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson says Elizabeth Warren is ‘a baller’ after she praises ‘Ballers’

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson thinks 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is “a baller.”

The star of HBO’s “Ballers” tweeted Saturday night and acknowledged that his bond with Warren is “such a wild and pleasant one.”

“No surprise however, as my character & show transcends politics. Drive, ambition, getting knocked down, getting back up and moving on,” Johnson said, adding: “She’s a baller 😉”

Warren is not shy about her love of the show and its main character, retired NFL player-turned financial adviser-turned team owner Spencer Strasmore, played by Johnson. The senator from Massachusetts gushed about the program in an interview with Entertainment Weekly published Friday.

“Why would people be surprised that I like Ballers? It’s got The Rock! What’s not to love?” Warren told EW.

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In an early scene from season five, which is to be the series’ last, Johnson’s character is seen on the beach reading Warren’s book, “This Fight Is Our Fight.”

“I loved it! I laughed out loud,” Warren said. “I thought it was fabulous and I hope he got to finish the book.” She added that the scene was “very meta.”

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She also called Johnson’s wardrobe choices “eye candy” and said she would welcome his character, Strasmore, to the presidential race.

“I would welcome him to the race. I know he would fight for the principles that he believes in — he’s my kind of guy!” Warren said.

The final episode of “Ballers” airs Sunday night at 11 p.m. ET on HBO.

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Trump’s envoy who denied quid pro quo now says he isn’t certain

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Also another tid bit not trending on r/politics

Sorry for sniping top post…

These guys have about 1/12th (or more) of 1.5 Billion (or more) riding on all this, as well as all the nuts and bolts to erect the Biden/Ukraine conspiracy. Firtash is trying to get his extradition removed. This is why the envoy was fired. These guys were trying to get the stolen Ukrainian money moving.

Semyon Kislin is the longtime associate of Rudy Guiliani who is in control of part of $1.5 Billion stolen by the Former Pro-Russian Ukrainian President Victor Yanucovich.

In the 1980s, Donald Trump bought some 200 televisions for one of his hotels from an electronics store run by Semyon “Sam” Kislin and Tamir Sapir, immigrants from the then-Soviet Republics of Ukraine and Georgia, respectively. Their store was a known hot-spot for senior government officials, spies, and politicians all from the Soviet Union.

Sapir may have (once) been part of or even come to the U.S. secretly working for the Soviet Ministry of Internal Affairs (at whose academy he had apparently studied). Rumors swirled around the sources of his extremely unlikely and massive wealth. One of his primary business partners pled guilty to longtime scams with the Gambino Crime family.

Tamir Sapir is a former financier and development partner for the construction of the Trump SoHo in Manhattan through Sapir Organization. Alex Sapir of Sapir Organization accompanied Trump on his 2013 trip to Russia, where they reportedly “tried to pull strings behind the scenes with to make Trump Tower Moscow a reality”.

“It was during that weekend that Agalarov, the developer, met with Trump and his SoHo hotel partners, Alex Sapir and Rotem Rosen, to discuss a potential Moscow project, Real Estate Weekly reported two days after Trump’s return.” – Bloomberg

A little bit unrelated but the Agalarov’s were part of the chain that arranged the Trump tower meeting for passing info from the Russian government to the campaign.

About 2 weeks ago the House Oversight Committee sent Kislin a document preservation order.

As for Sapir’s partner, as I noted in more detail previously, Kislin was a longtime ally of Rudolph Giuliani: a prolific repeat donor to the future-Trump-ally’s mayoral campaigns, with Giuliani as mayor even appointing Kislin to his economic council where he served until Giuliani’s final year as mayor. Kislin would also later serve on another of the city’s economic advisory groups. By at least the mid-1990s, U.S. authorities believed Kislin had helped launder millions for the Russian mafia, had helped bring in a suspected hired assassin to America, and specifically had been linked by the FBI to Vyacheslav Ivankov’s Russian mob crew based in Brighton Beach as a “member or associate.”

Ivankov—one of the Russian mafia’s top men in America—lived in Trump Tower, had the Trump Organization’s private contact numbers in his address book, and also loved frequently spending time—along with other Russian mobsters at Trump’s Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, NJ.

Ivankov reported to Russian mafia “boss of bosses” Semion Mogilevich, perhaps the most powerful mobster in the world today, a financial mastermind known for long-term schemes, a top concern of the FBI for decades, and a longtime-friend and ally of current Russia President Vladimir Putin, who shields him to this day from U.S. (and other) authorities.

Mogilevich set up a front company in America in 1995 that would perpetrate a massive stock fraud worth $150 million on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Its ostensible “CEO” was Jacob Bogatin, who made repeated donations in this role to the National Republican Congressional Committee. Jacob’s brother, David Bogatin, had served in the Soviet Army in Vietnam during the Vietnam War, targeting U.S. aircraft. By the mid-1980s, Bogatin had purchased five Trump Tower apartments that Trump had personally sold to him. By 1990s, he was also a key soldier for Mogilevich.

A man that a U.S. Supreme Court petition for a writ of certiorari alleges was another Mogilevich lieutenant, Mikhael Sheferovsky, had a son, Felix Sater, who, even without his father’s possible relationship with Mogilevich (which Felix denies), ended up having his own ties to the Russian mafia.

Sater was involved in a massive stock fraud and money laundering scheme worth tens of millions. Sater ran his illegal operation in the mid-1990s from an office in none-other-than-Trump-owned 40 Wall Street. It’s well-known that Sater’s plan involved the Russian mafia, but it is not publicly known if Mogilevich was involved. If Mogilevich were involved, it would hardly be surprising because of his involvement in similar stock fraud and money laundering in the U.S. and Canada during the same period.

Many details of Sater’s case remain sealed because he later mysteriously cooperated with the U.S. government on national security issues in a deal made on the government’s side by Andrew Weissmann, then a federal prosecutor and now a key member of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team.

Glenn Simpson (a Fusion GPS opposition research lead investigator on numerous Russian cases including Trump’s connections to Russia and the infamous Prevezon/Magnitsky case, discussed later) also testified to U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee staff that Sater has strong ties to the Mogilevich crew. Specifics on which basis Simpson is alleging this are not clear.

Sater also grew up in Brighton Beach—a neighborhood notorious for being a Russian mafia enclave—and had a friend since childhood from that neighborhood whose uncle ran a catering establishment in New York then popular with the Russian mafia figures. That friend was Michael Cohen, the same Michael Cohen close to Trump and at the center of the Stormy Daniels saga.

https://hillreporter.com/how-cohens-and-manaforts-ukraine-ties-tell-the-deeper-story-of-trump-russia-and-the-mueller-probe-4886

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Impeachment Support Grows, but So Does the Public Divide

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CULPEPER, Va. — Over lunch at the Frost Cafe, a corner diner in a picturesque pocket of Virginia that President Trump won handily in 2016, opinion over his impeachment is as varied as anywhere in the country.

Garland Gentry, 74, a pro-Trump retiree, declared the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry “another in a long line of hoaxes,” while Cindy Rafala, 59, a therapist, sat nearby and wondered, “If we don’t impeach, then what are our principles?”

Donnie Johnston, a newspaper columnist who voted for Mr. Trump but has since soured on him, said Democrats are right to look into the president’s effort to pressure the leader of Ukraine to dig up dirt on political rivals. Mr. Trump, he said, makes “a wonderful tyrant but he’s a miserable president.”

The shifting tides in Culpeper, a rural town of about 18,000 nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and in communities across the country, are a warning sign for Mr. Trump as Congress returns to Washington Tuesday after a two-week recess and Democrats’ impeachment inquiry kicks into high gear. They suggest that while Americans are deeply split along party lines over the push to remove Mr. Trump, their views on impeachment are beginning to crystallize in some unexpected ways.

From Iowa to Texas to Virginia to New York — and especially in swing districts like this one, where Representative Abigail Spanberger, a freshman Democrat, flipped a seat long held by Republicans — interviews with dozens of voters suggest what public polls have begun to show: that there is growing support for the impeachment inquiry that could ultimately result in Mr. Trump’s ouster, even as sharp divides remain over his conduct and character.

Democrats, aware of the risks of a backlash by voters against the impeachment process, have been monitoring public opinion vigilantly and tailoring their message and strategy accordingly. On a private conference call on Friday afternoon, leaders briefed their rank and file on private polling of 57 politically competitive districts that confirmed what public polls have reported in recent days: while a stark partisan divide persists, public support is growing for impeaching the president, and for the inquiry itself.

An average of impeachment polls calculated by the website FiveThirtyEight found that, as of Oct. 11, 49.3 percent of respondents supported impeachment and 43.5 percent did not. A survey released this past week by The Washington Post found 58 percent said the House was correct to open an inquiry.

And polling by a group of Democratic strategists found a potential opportunity to sway the public still further: nearly a quarter of the respondents categorized by strategists as “impeachment skeptics” opposed the inquiry but were not ready to say that Mr. Trump did nothing wrong.

Those figures do not point to a broad consensus around impeachment, and the interviews in recent days made clear there is none. Republicans here and around the country view the Democrats’ inquiry as just one more effort to undo the results of the 2016 presidential race. Just 14 percent of them back impeachment, according to FiveThirtyEight, compared to 82 percent of Democrats.

At a weekly steak fry in Trump-friendly Bandera, Texas, a town that bills itself as the “Cowboy Capital of the World,” most people seemed to agree with Holly Mydland, a fiddler, that the inquiry is “just bull crap,” and the local congressman, Representative Chip Roy, a Republican who has said he wants to follow the facts, but insisted that “only in Washington are people all in a tizzy about this.”

But Michael Clark, 69, a retired purchasing agent for an oil company who considers himself an independent, said the inquiry “has merit — we need to know the truth whatever the truth may be.”

And in Westerville, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus that will host a Democratic presidential debate Tuesday, Don Foster, who voted for Mr. Trump but no longer supports him, said he found the latest allegations as more dire than those investigated by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, involving Russian interference in the 2016 election.

“This one seems more true than the Mueller report,’’ he said. “I’m guessing that Trump really is guilty, I just don’t know yet.’’

Still, Democrats are confronting some warning signs of their own as they pursue what Speaker Nancy Pelosi has conceded is the most divisive process in American political life. While the Democratic base overwhelmingly supports impeachment, many share the view of Ms. Rafala, the therapist in Culpeper, who said she is “worried to death that it could backfire.”

Holly Mydland said that the inquiry is “just bull crap.”CreditCallaghan O’Hare for The New York Times Michael Clark, who considers himself an independent, said the inquiry “has merit.”CreditCallaghan O’Hare for The New York Times

In West Des Moines, Iowa, Dimeka Jennings said she is far more focused on the 2020 election than on the efforts in Congress to remove Mr. Trump, which she predicts will fail.

“We need to look at beating Trump, and doing so at all costs,” Ms. Jennings said.

And in Reno, Nev., April Friedman, 48, a teacher for students with special needs, said she thought the impeachment inquiry was important but wished the government would also address other more pressing issues.

“I’m in a Title I school and we have cockroaches in our trailer,” she said, referring to the law that mandates extra federal funding for schools with large concentrations of low-income students. “I know there’s a lot going on, but that’s what I’m focused on.”

When lawmakers left Washington for their home districts at the end of September, Ms. Pelosi instructed her fellow Democrats to speak about impeachment in “prayerful, respectful, solemn” tones in an effort to persuade the public that Democrats were acting out of principle, not politics. Two weeks later, it is not clear whether they have succeeded.

“I think the jury’s still out,” said Celinda Lake, a Democratic pollster. For Democrats, she said, “the risk is less that voters disagree with them on impeachment and more that people will think: ‘Why are you engaged in this when my prescription drug bill has gone up, my health care is uncertain, my job doesn’t pay very well, my kid’s got student debt?’ ”

Meantime, the impeachment inquiry is barreling ahead as Democrats seek to build their case that Mr. Trump abused his power by using a security aid package and the promise of a White House visit to pressure President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine to investigate Democrats including former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Mr. Biden’s younger son, Hunter. On Friday, Marie L. Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine, testified behind closed doors, telling impeachment investigators that the president had personally pushed for her ouster based on “false claims.”

During their conference call on Friday, Representative Cheri Bustos of Illinois, who runs the party’s campaign arm, urged fellow Democrats to focus on kitchen-table issues and to speak about impeachment in “direct, simple and values-based” language, according to aides who listened to the call.

The advice reflected the findings of internal polls that the most potent argument for Democrats is that Mr. Trump has abused his power and put himself above the law. It was also an acknowledgment that Republicans are succeeding at persuading some voters that the impeachment push is distracting Democrats from getting things done for their constituents.

“They’ve been hassling the president since the day he got in office,” said Diane Segura, 56, who works as a nurse near the 11th Street Cowboy Bar in Bandera. “I’m tired of hearing it, tired of dealing with it.”

“It’s just more of the same,” she added.

But for many Democratic voters, the impeachment push is long overdue.

“Regardless of what your party is, I don’t understand how you could look at that and think this is not worthy of an investigation,’” said Deborah Harris, a self-described “strong Democrat” in Iowa City, referring to Mr. Trump’s entreaties to President Zelensky. She added, “This is crossing a line.”

But in between there are hints of an important shift among a constituency critical to the president’s future: independents. The FiveThirtyEight tracker shows 44 percent of independents favor impeachment, up from 33 percent after Mr. Mueller concluded his two-year investigation. A memo prepared by Navigator Research, a progressive polling project, entitled “How to Talk About Impeachment,” found even stronger support among independents, with 51 percent backing impeachment.

Culpeper, a town that is older than America itself and sits roughly halfway between Washington, D.C. and Charlottesville, Va., offers a snapshot of America’s impeachment divide.

At the Rusty Willow Boutique, an upscale women’s clothing shop that was preparing for its grand opening, just the mention of Mr. Trump prompted a squabble between Sonya Pancione, 57, the shop’s owner, and Denise Reynolds, 50, one of her best friends from church. Ms. Pancione is dead-set against impeachment.

“Respect the office. It’s a democracy. People voted for him,” she said.

Ms. Reynolds loathes Mr. Trump and blames him for inciting racial hatred. She was once excited about his candidacy — “I thought we needed somebody who understood business in that seat,” she said — but says now that if he were impeached and removed from office, “it would not upset me in the least.”

Denise Reynolds, left, and Sonya Pancione feel differently about the impeachment inquiry.CreditJason Andrew for The New York Times Nick Freitas, a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates, helped organize a “Stop the Madness!” rally.CreditJason Andrew for The New York Times

Ms. Spanberger, a former C.I.A. officer and federal postal inspector who worked on money laundering cases before joining Congress, reflects the shifting tide. She won her district, which includes Culpeper, narrowly in 2018, casting herself as a moderate who wanted to solve problems like the high cost of prescription drugs. She visited Culpeper this past week, making it the first stop on a two-day “education tour,” but declined an interview for this article.

For months, she resisted calls for impeachment. But after the Ukraine news broke, she joined six freshman Democrats who have national security backgrounds in writing an opinion piece in The Washington Post to call for Ms. Pelosi to open an inquiry.

Now Mr. Trump and his allies are targeting vulnerable Democrats like her. In Pennsylvania, Florida, Iowa and other battleground states, scores of Republicans turned out this month for “Stop the Madness!” rallies orchestrated by the Trump campaign. Here in Culpeper, the local party staged its own rally last Saturday.

“Abigail won on a blue-wave year, and she really won on this whole notion that she was going to go down and be an independent voice, the she wasn’t interested in impeachment, she was really interested in getting things done,” said Nick Freitas, a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates, who helped organize the event.

“And here we are.”

Emily Cochrane contributed reporting from Bandera, Texas; Nick Corasaniti from Iowa City, Trip Gabriel in Westerville, Ohio, and Astead W. Herndon from West Des Moines, Iowa and Reno, Nev.

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White Texas police officer fatally shoots black woman in her home after welfare call

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A black Texas woman was shot and killed by a white Fort Worth police officer who was called to the woman’s home for a welfare check, authorities said.

In a statement, the department said it received a call at 2:25 a.m. reporting an open front door at a residence. Responding officers searched the perimeter of the house and saw a person standing inside near the window, according to police.

“Perceiving a threat, the officer drew his duty weapon and fired one shot, striking the person inside the residence,” the department stated. In body camera video released by police, two officers search the home from the outside with flashlights before one shouts, “Put your hands up, show me your hands.” One shot is then fired through a window.

Officers entered the house and located an individual and a firearm, and began performing emergency medical care.

Fox 4 Dallas-Fort Worth identified the woman as 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson. She succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. There were no other injuries.

The officer has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation, according to police. He has been with the Fort Worth Police Department since April 2018.

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The department released bodycam footage of the incident “to provide transparent and relevant information to the public as we are allowed within the confines of the” investigation, it stated. Any video taken inside the house could not be distributed due to state law.

The neighbor who called 911 about the open front door told Fox 4 the police officers didn’t announce who they were or knock on the door before searching the outside of the house.

“When I made that non-emergency call, I didn’t say it was a burglary. I didn’t say it was people fighting. I didn’t say anything to make them have a gun. All they needed to do is ring the doorbell,” James Smith said.

“They didn’t park up front, they parked on the side. They sent SRT, which is the special response team. They didn’t have a plainclothes officer to knock on that door,” Pastor Kyev Tatum told Fox 4.

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The incident comes less than two weeks after a white former Dallas police officer was sentenced to 10 years in prison for killing her black neighbor inside his own apartment. Amber Guyger said during her trial that mistook Botham Jean’s apartment for her own, which was one floor below Jean’s.

Guyger, 31, was convicted of murder for Jean’s September 2018 death.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Tlaib says Democrats have discussed detaining White House officials who don’t testify

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Two different things.

A judge held McDougal in contempt of court.

What Tlaib is talking about is “inherent contempt”, a power Congress has not exercised in 85 years.

How inherent contempt would even work is unclear. Capitol Police and the Sergeant At Arms don’t have jurisdiction outside of Congress and the area around Congress, so unless the target of the contempt resolution comes to Congress, there is not much Congress can do.

Neither the Capitol Police nor Sergeant At Arms can walk into an executive branch office building and arrest someone.

So the person would just have to avoid Congress, which is what s/he is already doing.

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Trump’s envoy who denied quid pro quo now says he isn’t certain

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Also another tid bit not trending on r/politics

Sorry for sniping top post…

These guys have about 1/12th (or more) of 1.5 Billion (or more) riding on all this, as well as all the nuts and bolts to erect the Biden/Ukraine conspiracy. Firtash is trying to get his extradition removed. This is why the envoy was fired. These guys were trying to get the stolen Ukrainian money moving.

Semyon Kislin is the longtime associate of Rudy Guiliani who is in control of part of $1.5 Billion stolen by the Former Pro-Russian Ukrainian President Victor Yanucovich.

In the 1980s, Donald Trump bought some 200 televisions for one of his hotels from an electronics store run by Semyon “Sam” Kislin and Tamir Sapir, immigrants from the then-Soviet Republics of Ukraine and Georgia, respectively. Their store was a known hot-spot for senior government officials, spies, and politicians all from the Soviet Union.

Sapir may have (once) been part of or even come to the U.S. secretly working for the Soviet Ministry of Internal Affairs (at whose academy he had apparently studied). Rumors swirled around the sources of his extremely unlikely and massive wealth. One of his primary business partners pled guilty to longtime scams with the Gambino Crime family.

Tamir Sapir is a former financier and development partner for the construction of the Trump SoHo in Manhattan through Sapir Organization. Alex Sapir of Sapir Organization accompanied Trump on his 2013 trip to Russia, where they reportedly “tried to pull strings behind the scenes with to make Trump Tower Moscow a reality”.

“It was during that weekend that Agalarov, the developer, met with Trump and his SoHo hotel partners, Alex Sapir and Rotem Rosen, to discuss a potential Moscow project, Real Estate Weekly reported two days after Trump’s return.” – Bloomberg

A little bit unrelated but the Agalarov’s were part of the chain that arranged the Trump tower meeting for passing info from the Russian government to the campaign.

About 2 weeks ago the House Oversight Committee sent Kislin a document preservation order.

As for Sapir’s partner, as I noted in more detail previously, Kislin was a longtime ally of Rudolph Giuliani: a prolific repeat donor to the future-Trump-ally’s mayoral campaigns, with Giuliani as mayor even appointing Kislin to his economic council where he served until Giuliani’s final year as mayor. Kislin would also later serve on another of the city’s economic advisory groups. By at least the mid-1990s, U.S. authorities believed Kislin had helped launder millions for the Russian mafia, had helped bring in a suspected hired assassin to America, and specifically had been linked by the FBI to Vyacheslav Ivankov’s Russian mob crew based in Brighton Beach as a “member or associate.”

Ivankov—one of the Russian mafia’s top men in America—lived in Trump Tower, had the Trump Organization’s private contact numbers in his address book, and also loved frequently spending time—along with other Russian mobsters at Trump’s Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, NJ.

Ivankov reported to Russian mafia “boss of bosses” Semion Mogilevich, perhaps the most powerful mobster in the world today, a financial mastermind known for long-term schemes, a top concern of the FBI for decades, and a longtime-friend and ally of current Russia President Vladimir Putin, who shields him to this day from U.S. (and other) authorities.

Mogilevich set up a front company in America in 1995 that would perpetrate a massive stock fraud worth $150 million on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Its ostensible “CEO” was Jacob Bogatin, who made repeated donations in this role to the National Republican Congressional Committee. Jacob’s brother, David Bogatin, had served in the Soviet Army in Vietnam during the Vietnam War, targeting U.S. aircraft. By the mid-1980s, Bogatin had purchased five Trump Tower apartments that Trump had personally sold to him. By 1990s, he was also a key soldier for Mogilevich.

A man that a U.S. Supreme Court petition for a writ of certiorari alleges was another Mogilevich lieutenant, Mikhael Sheferovsky, had a son, Felix Sater, who, even without his father’s possible relationship with Mogilevich (which Felix denies), ended up having his own ties to the Russian mafia.

Sater was involved in a massive stock fraud and money laundering scheme worth tens of millions. Sater ran his illegal operation in the mid-1990s from an office in none-other-than-Trump-owned 40 Wall Street. It’s well-known that Sater’s plan involved the Russian mafia, but it is not publicly known if Mogilevich was involved. If Mogilevich were involved, it would hardly be surprising because of his involvement in similar stock fraud and money laundering in the U.S. and Canada during the same period.

Many details of Sater’s case remain sealed because he later mysteriously cooperated with the U.S. government on national security issues in a deal made on the government’s side by Andrew Weissmann, then a federal prosecutor and now a key member of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team.

Glenn Simpson (a Fusion GPS opposition research lead investigator on numerous Russian cases including Trump’s connections to Russia and the infamous Prevezon/Magnitsky case, discussed later) also testified to U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee staff that Sater has strong ties to the Mogilevich crew. Specifics on which basis Simpson is alleging this are not clear.

Sater also grew up in Brighton Beach—a neighborhood notorious for being a Russian mafia enclave—and had a friend since childhood from that neighborhood whose uncle ran a catering establishment in New York then popular with the Russian mafia figures. That friend was Michael Cohen, the same Michael Cohen close to Trump and at the center of the Stormy Daniels saga.

https://hillreporter.com/how-cohens-and-manaforts-ukraine-ties-tell-the-deeper-story-of-trump-russia-and-the-mueller-probe-4886

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Trump’s envoy who denied quid pro quo now says he isn’t certain

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Also another tid bit not trending on r/politics

Sorry for sniping top post…

These guys have about 1/12th (or more) of 1.5 Billion (or more) riding on all this, as well as all the nuts and bolts to erect the Biden/Ukraine conspiracy. Firtash is trying to get his extradition removed. This is why the envoy was fired. These guys were trying to get the stolen Ukrainian money moving.

Semyon Kislin is the longtime associate of Rudy Guiliani who is in control of part of $1.5 Billion stolen by the Former Pro-Russian Ukrainian President Victor Yanucovich.

In the 1980s, Donald Trump bought some 200 televisions for one of his hotels from an electronics store run by Semyon “Sam” Kislin and Tamir Sapir, immigrants from the then-Soviet Republics of Ukraine and Georgia, respectively. Their store was a known hot-spot for senior government officials, spies, and politicians all from the Soviet Union.

Sapir may have (once) been part of or even come to the U.S. secretly working for the Soviet Ministry of Internal Affairs (at whose academy he had apparently studied). Rumors swirled around the sources of his extremely unlikely and massive wealth. One of his primary business partners pled guilty to longtime scams with the Gambino Crime family.

Tamir Sapir is a former financier and development partner for the construction of the Trump SoHo in Manhattan through Sapir Organization. Alex Sapir of Sapir Organization accompanied Trump on his 2013 trip to Russia, where they reportedly “tried to pull strings behind the scenes with to make Trump Tower Moscow a reality”.

“It was during that weekend that Agalarov, the developer, met with Trump and his SoHo hotel partners, Alex Sapir and Rotem Rosen, to discuss a potential Moscow project, Real Estate Weekly reported two days after Trump’s return.” – Bloomberg

A little bit unrelated but the Agalarov’s were part of the chain that arranged the Trump tower meeting for passing info from the Russian government to the campaign.

About 2 weeks ago the House Oversight Committee sent Kislin a document preservation order.

As for Sapir’s partner, as I noted in more detail previously, Kislin was a longtime ally of Rudolph Giuliani: a prolific repeat donor to the future-Trump-ally’s mayoral campaigns, with Giuliani as mayor even appointing Kislin to his economic council where he served until Giuliani’s final year as mayor. Kislin would also later serve on another of the city’s economic advisory groups. By at least the mid-1990s, U.S. authorities believed Kislin had helped launder millions for the Russian mafia, had helped bring in a suspected hired assassin to America, and specifically had been linked by the FBI to Vyacheslav Ivankov’s Russian mob crew based in Brighton Beach as a “member or associate.”

Ivankov—one of the Russian mafia’s top men in America—lived in Trump Tower, had the Trump Organization’s private contact numbers in his address book, and also loved frequently spending time—along with other Russian mobsters at Trump’s Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, NJ.

Ivankov reported to Russian mafia “boss of bosses” Semion Mogilevich, perhaps the most powerful mobster in the world today, a financial mastermind known for long-term schemes, a top concern of the FBI for decades, and a longtime-friend and ally of current Russia President Vladimir Putin, who shields him to this day from U.S. (and other) authorities.

Mogilevich set up a front company in America in 1995 that would perpetrate a massive stock fraud worth $150 million on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Its ostensible “CEO” was Jacob Bogatin, who made repeated donations in this role to the National Republican Congressional Committee. Jacob’s brother, David Bogatin, had served in the Soviet Army in Vietnam during the Vietnam War, targeting U.S. aircraft. By the mid-1980s, Bogatin had purchased five Trump Tower apartments that Trump had personally sold to him. By 1990s, he was also a key soldier for Mogilevich.

A man that a U.S. Supreme Court petition for a writ of certiorari alleges was another Mogilevich lieutenant, Mikhael Sheferovsky, had a son, Felix Sater, who, even without his father’s possible relationship with Mogilevich (which Felix denies), ended up having his own ties to the Russian mafia.

Sater was involved in a massive stock fraud and money laundering scheme worth tens of millions. Sater ran his illegal operation in the mid-1990s from an office in none-other-than-Trump-owned 40 Wall Street. It’s well-known that Sater’s plan involved the Russian mafia, but it is not publicly known if Mogilevich was involved. If Mogilevich were involved, it would hardly be surprising because of his involvement in similar stock fraud and money laundering in the U.S. and Canada during the same period.

Many details of Sater’s case remain sealed because he later mysteriously cooperated with the U.S. government on national security issues in a deal made on the government’s side by Andrew Weissmann, then a federal prosecutor and now a key member of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team.

Glenn Simpson (a Fusion GPS opposition research lead investigator on numerous Russian cases including Trump’s connections to Russia and the infamous Prevezon/Magnitsky case, discussed later) also testified to U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee staff that Sater has strong ties to the Mogilevich crew. Specifics on which basis Simpson is alleging this are not clear.

Sater also grew up in Brighton Beach—a neighborhood notorious for being a Russian mafia enclave—and had a friend since childhood from that neighborhood whose uncle ran a catering establishment in New York then popular with the Russian mafia figures. That friend was Michael Cohen, the same Michael Cohen close to Trump and at the center of the Stormy Daniels saga.

https://hillreporter.com/how-cohens-and-manaforts-ukraine-ties-tell-the-deeper-story-of-trump-russia-and-the-mueller-probe-4886

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Nationals take 2-0 NLCS lead over Cardinals as Scherzer takes no-hitter into 7th

Max Scherzer followed Aníbal Sánchez’s near no-hitter with a try of his own and the stingy Washington Nationals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 on Saturday for a 2-0 lead in the NL Championship Series.

Scherzer didn’t allow a hit until Paul Goldschmidt led off the seventh inning with a single that left fielder Juan Soto played conservatively with a one-run lead. A day earlier, Sánchez held the Cardinals hitless until José Martínez had a pinch-single with two down in the eighth.

Sánchez and Scherzer also began the 2013 ALCS with consecutive no-hit bids of at least five innings for Detroit against Boston.

Scherzer, a St. Louis native who played college ball for the University of Missouri, struck out 11 and walked two in seven innings.

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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer delivers during the fourth inning of Saturday’s game. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

It doesn’t get any easier for St. Louis, either. Ace Stephen Strasburg gets the ball for the wild-card Nationals when the best-of-seven series moves to Washington for Game 3 on Monday night. Jack Flaherty pitches for the Cards.

St. Louis got another solid performance from Adam Wainwright, who struck out 11 in 7 1/3 innings.

But after getting only one hit in the opener, the Cardinals’ inconsistent lineup managed just three hits against Scherzer and the Washington bullpen.

The NL Central champions got their first run of the series when center fielder Michael A. Taylor misplayed Martínez’s pinch-hit liner into an RBI double with two out in the eighth. But Dexter Fowler flied out on Sean Doolittle’s next pitch.

Patrick Corbin got the first out of the ninth before Daniel Hudson closed for his third save of the playoffs. The right-hander was reinstated from the postseason paternity list before the game after he missed the series opener to be with his wife, Sara, for the birth of their third child, a girl named Millie.

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Michael A. Taylor is congratulated in the Nationals dugout after his third-inning home run. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Corbin is expected to start Game 4 for the Nationals on Tuesday night.

Scherzer, who has pitched two no-hitters in the regular season, has a record five career postseason no-hit bids of at least five innings, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The three-time Cy Young Award winner came closest to finishing in Game 3 of the 2017 NL Division Series, getting one out in the seventh inning before allowing a hit.

There have only been two postseason no-hitters. Don Larsen threw a perfect game for the New York Yankees against Brooklyn in the 1956 World Series, and Roy Halladay pitched a no-hitter for the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2010 NL Division Series.

The Cardinals got one baserunner into scoring position while Scherzer was on the mound. Kolten Wong walked with one out in the first and stole second, but Goldschmidt and Marcell Ozuna struck out.

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After Goldschmidt’s hit, Ozuna struck out again and Yadier Molina bounced into an inning-ending double play on Scherzer’s final pitch of the afternoon.

Washington went ahead to stay when Taylor homered on Wainwright’s first pitch of the third. The Nationals added two more on Adam Eaton’s two-run double down the first-base line with one out in the eighth.

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Winners and losers from Week 7 in college football are led by Georgia, Oklahoma

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SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Paul Myerberg provides his opinion of the top three programs in the history of college football. USA TODAY

In one of the dumbest overreactions of the season’s first month, Clemson was pushed to the margins of the College Football Playoff race — and out of the top spot in the Amway Coaches Poll — after narrowly escaping North Carolina on the road to end September. So, then, what will be said of Georgia after Saturday’s loss to South Carolina?

Clemson beat UNC on the road. The Bulldogs lost to South Carolina at home. The Tar Heels beat the Gamecocks to open the season. Georgia was a 24-point favorite facing off against an opponent’s third-string quarterback. If Clemson was drummed for getting past UNC, the Bulldogs should be the laughingstock of college football.

Oh, but they are. There’s a word for what happened to Georgia on Saturday, and it’s this: embarrassing. This was an embarrassing, humiliating loss if only for the simple fact that South Carolina entered the weekend having lost three of four against Bowl Subdivision competition while Georgia had been pegged as one part of the SEC’s mighty threesome, joining Alabama and LSU.

Georgia belongs in that group based on pure talent. Yet few coaches in the country seem better equipped to win on signing days in December and February before flopping when the games matter than Kirby Smart. He’s become the inheritor of the derisive label once placed on Mack Brown by his detractors: “Coach February,” for Brown’s ability to reel in top-ranked signing classes during his early seasons at Texas without winning a conference championship.

Smart’s program can out-talent and out-athlete most teams on its schedule but has a flaw: Smart himself. Whether it’s against Alabama — twice, once in the national championship game — or South Carolina, Georgia has become the big-name, big-goals college program most likely to lose games due to its own in-game mismanagement and a dismal imagination.

That’s an issue, obviously, as it pertains to Georgia’s hopes of winning its first championship in nearly 40 years. Elite, nearly unmatched recruiting has gotten Georgia to the doorstep of ending that drought, and for that Smart deserves recognition. He also shoulders the blame for why Georgia leaves the weekend with its championship hopes circling the drain after falling to an inferior opponent.

Here are the rest of Saturday’s winners and losers:

WINNERS

Oklahoma’s defense

Yeah, Oklahoma probably should’ve led at halftime by more than a touchdown. (Two turnovers stymied offensive productivity.) And yeah, maybe the final score, 34-27, doesn’t adequately reflect the gap between Oklahoma and rival Texas. Even if not a terrific overall performance from the Sooners, what spoke volumes from Saturday’s win was the play of the defense under first-year coordinator Alex Grinch. This revamped unit held Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger to minus-9 yards rushing just 5.5 yards per passing attempt, limited Texas to only 100 rushing yards and had nine sacks. Previously the team’s biggest weakness, the Oklahoma defense now looks the part.

SOONERS SHINE: No. 5 Oklahoma beats Texas win surprisingly stingy defense

Tennessee

Tennessee won a game against an SEC opponent, 20-10 against Mississippi State, and for that deserves to be taken out of its normal space in the “losers” section of this weekly post. Congratulations, Volunteers for improving to 2-4. But you’ve got Alabama next week.

Will Muschamp

South Carolina’s win takes some heat off the Gamecocks’ fourth-year coach, who was in no real danger of being replaced but needed this marquee win to salvage any hopes of reaching postseason play. Even now it might be a stretch: South Carolina is an even 3-3 at the midseason point with games to come against Florida, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Appalachian State, Texas A&M and Clemson. Nonetheless, Saturday’s win boosts confidence, will impact recruiting and has the Gamecocks trending upward heading into the second half of the regular season.

Temple

Temple added its name to a crowded race for a New Year’s Six bowl with a 30-28 win against No. 20 Memphis, previously the lone unbeaten team in the American. Led by first-year coach Rod Carey, the Owls have two wins against the Power Five and the chance to add a second win in a row against a ranked opponent in next weekend’s matchup against No. 22 SMU. While Boise State leads the chase among the Group of Five, Temple has put itself in position to capitalize should the Broncos stumble.

LOSERS

Maryland

Maryland once scored 63 points against Syracuse and earned a spot in the Top 25, though the past month has told us two things: that Syracuse is terrible and Maryland is, too. Since topping the Orange, the Terrapins have lost to Temple, been destroyed by Penn State, whipped up on more-dysfunctional Rutgers and, on Saturday, lost 40-14 to a Purdue team dinged by injuries on offense.

Rutgers

Picking on Rutgers is low-hanging fruit. Still, let’s recognize the Scarlet Knights for allowing a defensive touchdown 10 seconds into a 35-0 loss to Indiana and for accounting for one passing yard (yes, one) on 13 pass attempts. Five of those passes were completed and gained one yard. Amazingly, this is the third time since the 2016 season that Rutgers has accounted for single-digit passing yards in a game.

Florida State

You can imagine the wide gap between Florida State and Clemson but then still be taken aback when you witness the space separating the Tigers from their former rival for ACC dominance. Clemson has now won five in a row in the series, the past two by a combined 80 points. Saturday’s matchup was 42-0 at halftime before Dabo Swinney went through most of his roster of backups and walk-ons. The final score, 45-14, doesn’t do the justice to how far FSU trails Clemson in every area.

Texas A&M

Not because of the 47-28 loss to Alabama, which was entirely expected. But because the midway point is a good time to highlight what’s behind A&M and what is still to come in the second half. The Aggies are 3-3 with losses to Clemson, Auburn and the Crimson Tide. From here, A&M has road games against Georgia and LSU, along with another three SEC matchups with Ole Miss, Mississippi State and South Carolina. A schedule projected in August to be the toughest in the country looks as difficult as advertised. And the Aggies are only halfway done.

BIG-PLAY RECEIVER: Jaylen Waddle leads way in Alabama’s defeat of Texas A&M

Vanderbilt

Just look at this score: UNLV 34, Vanderbilt 10. That’s a shocking result for the Commodores. This is the third win for the Mountain West against the SEC this season, joining San Jose State over Arkansas and Wyoming against Missouri. And it’s the most surprising of the three despite the fact that Vanderbilt isn’t good, since UNLV is in the running with New Mexico and Colorado State as the worst team in the Mountain West.

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