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Saturday, July 08, 2017

Today's Must-Read: The Russia Thing

Trump's meeting with Putin looks to be, from the few reports available (the meeting was limited to six people -- Trump, Tillerson, Putin, Lavrov, and two interpreters -- at Trump's request) a big win for Putin and a big disaster for the U.S. The reaction (on Twitter, of course, the current medium of choice for political commentary) is -- well, "appalled" seems to fit. Anne Laurie has a rundown at Balloon Juice. A couple of highlights:

It gets better. The final tweet hits a key point, I think:

It's much more than the White House being aligned with Russia. It's the fact that the Republican party has spent the last decade or more trying to destroy the American system of elections -- voter suppression, gerrymandering, you name it. Putin's interference in the 2016 election is a Republican wet dream, and right in line with their attempts to destroy the federal judiciary and now the press: they don't like democracy.

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