Putin’s Puppet

Vladimir Putin has a plan for destroying the West—and that plan looks a lot like Donald Trump.
If the Russian president could design a candidate to undermine American interests—and advance his own—he’d look a lot like Donald Trump.

On Wednesday, Donald Trump told the New York Times that he would not necessarily come to the aid of NATO states threatened by Russia and would make his decision to defend them from an attack after reviewing whether they “have fulfilled their obligations to us.” It was the latest statement from Trump that was likely greeted with delight in the Kremlin. Earlier this month, Franklin Foer wrote on the frightening ways in which Trump seems to be playing right into Vladimir Putin’s plans for destabilizing the West.

Vladimir Putin has a plan for destroying the West—and that plan looks a lot like Donald Trump. Over the past decade, Russia has boosted right-wing populists across Europe. It loaned money to Marine Le Pen in France, well-documented transfusions of cash to keep her presidential campaign alive. Such largesse also wended its way to the former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi, who profited “personally and handsomely” from Russian energy deals, as an American ambassador to Rome once put it.

The destruction of Europe is a grandiose objective; so is the weakening of the United States. Until recently, Putin has only focused glancing attention on American elections. Then along came the presumptive Republican nominee.

Donald Trump is like the Kremlin’s favored candidates, only more so. He celebrated the United Kingdom’s exit from the EU. He denounces NATO with feeling. He is also a great admirer of Vladimir Putin. Trump’s devotion to the Russian president has been portrayed as buffoonish enthusiasm for a fellow macho strongman. But Trump’s statements of praise amount to something closer to slavish devotion.

Read the rest of Putin’s plan on SLATE

Joe Montano, Jr., 47, Friend, Activist, Dedicated Public Servant

Joe Montano, Jr.

It is with our deepest sorrow and gratitude that the Montano family share the news of the untimely passing of their son, brother and uncle Joe Montano, Jr. 47, in his home in Falls Church, Virginia. He is survived by his parents Lori Montano and Jose Montano, his siblings Amy Lopez and Ben Montano.

A friend to all, Joe was a passionate community activist, committed public servant, and champion of the Filipino American community. He was serving as the Regional Director for Senator Tim Kaine.

The collective pain that we feel as we process his passing brings us together to remember his love, his energy, and his laughter. He loved his family, he was proud of who he was and where he came from. Share your stories of Joe and continue to keep him in our hearts.

The family asks that your thoughts and prayers at this time further details regarding the memorial services will follow. The family is currently making arrangements services to be held in hometown area of Hampton Roads.

Bernie Sanders’ DNC Speech

We need leadership in this country which will improve the lives of working families, the children, the elderly, the sick and the poor. We need leadership which brings our people together and makes us stronger – not leadership which insults Latinos, Muslims, women, African-Americans and veterans – and divides us up.

By these measures, any objective observer will conclude that – based on her ideas and her leadership – Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States. The choice is not even close.

The School-to-Prison Pipeline Starts in Preschool

Disparities in education begin at an early age and we as a society need to make a commitment to fund our schools equitably so all students have a chance to succeed.

Larry Sabato on Trump’s Scorched Earth Campaign

“We need to examine what has happened to have pushed us so low.”

Larry J. Sabato

In this week’s ‪#‎AmericanForumTV‬ episode with host Doug Blackmon, political scientist and prognosticator Larry Sabato on the past and future of our political conventions and parties.


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