AP: Former Trump Campaign Mgr Manafort Paid $10 Million to Aid Putin
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President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to advance the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin a decade ago and proposed an ambitious political strategy to undermine anti-Russian opposition across former Soviet republics, The Associated Press has learned. The work appears to contradict assertions by the Trump administration and Manafort himself that he never worked for Russian interests. [Associated Press]

THE OLD MAN walks in circles inside an oval office.

The headline blares bad news.

Nothing surprising, really, because everyone knows the company the Old Man keeps.

With his slick-backed hair, expensive suits, and snake-charming skills, an old time political warrior walked into Trump Tower and dazzled the billionaire know-nothing. No one bothers to notice the slime on his shoes that he tracked into The President’s House.

I don’t care what he’s done, as long as he can do it for me, the Old Man had thought.

It brought memories of another bromance he’d had. A man he had to cut off without looking back so no one would think to check the ties that blind.

I hope Roger Stone is okay, President Loco ruminated. I hated to do it but no one can know what he is. The bodies he’s buried. The people he dealt with so I could win the presidency.

The Old Man couldn’t get out of his head. It was warm and safe and cozy and no one said no to him in his brain.

A grave error had been made and he’d made it.

Public life demands a high price and the few who are able and come prepared to survive the scrutiny do not have ties to Russia.

To survive the glare of presidential klieg lights you cannot have men with black deeds and darker secrets doing your bidding.

The Old Man is tired. His fury is barely kept at bay over insubordination of the Fourth Estate. His gambit to make Fox News state TV has failed. The tweets that made him president have now revealed his deeply rooted insecurity, ignorance, and comprehension vacuum.

The mask has melted.

Nothing is certain.

The Old Man is afraid for the first time in his privileged life.

Flop sweat is his cologne.

“Yet the President clings to his assertion like a drunk to an empty gin bottle…” [Wall Street Journal]

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