Protesters chant anti-Putin slogans at Moscow rally against…

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Thousands protested in central Moscow on Sunday against a proposed increase to the retirement age and the crowd chanted slogans critical of President Vladimir Putin whose approval ratings have been dented by the bill.

Treasury Raises Borrowing Outlook With Second-Half Projection Hitting $769 Billion

How’d that tax cut work out? The GOP & Trump are ruining your country.

‘The Treasury Department predicted the U.S. government’s borrowing needs in the second half of this year will jump to the most since the financial crisis a decade ago as the nation’s fiscal health deteriorates despite a strong economy.’

Sessions announces new ‘religious liberty task force’

In a speech at the Department of Justice’s Religious Liberty Summit in Washington, Sessions said the goal of the task force will be protecting religious groups from persecution.

“The task force will help the department fully implement our religious liberty guidance by ensuring that all Justice Department components are upholding that guidance in the cases they bring and defend, the arguments they make in court, the policies and regulations they adopt and how we conduct our operations,” Sessions said. “That includes making sure that our employees know their duties to accommodate people of faith.”

Read the 207 Arguments President Trump Has Made Against the Mueller Investigation

‘President Donald Trump has made at least 207 separate arguments about the Russia investigation.

To arrive at that number, TIME combed over statements from the Trump campaign, transition team and administration and key figures such as Donald Trump Jr. and Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani to isolate the major arguments. (We did not include Trump allies in Congress or the media.)’

Manafort Made More Than $60 Million in Ukraine, Mueller Says

‘Some exhibits also show how some Ukrainian oligarchs paid Manafort through foreign accounts, particularly in Cyprus. The indictment of Manafort said he made “tens of millions” of dollars in Ukraine from 2006 to 2015, moved money from Cyprus to pay U.S. vendors to fund a lavish lifestyle and avoided paying taxes on income by disguising it as loans from offshore shell companies. It said that $75 million flowed through the accounts and that he laundered $30 million’

Analysis | Rudy Giuliani just obliterated the goal posts on Trump-Russia collusion

Things are moving much more quickly now – Trump & Rudy are changing the story again – it will really being to unravel soon – IF you haven’t been paying attention you may want to get caught up quickly to enjoy this moment in history. Team Trump is going to jail.

“I don’t even know if that’s a crime — colluding with Russians,” Giuliani said on CNN. “Hacking is the crime. The president didn’t hack. He didn’t pay for the hacking.”

The spectacular rise and fall of Paul Manafort

Interesting high-level overview of Paul Manafort – Timely as his trial starts tomorrow!!

THE FOREIGN CONSULTANT – Before he was Donald Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort was an adviser to a Ukrainian strongman. After what happened in Kiev, he could spend the rest of his life in prison.

Week 89

Week 89

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Week 89 – This week there were dramatic developments in several areas which could be perilous for Trump: a federal judge ruled an emoluments clauses lawsuit can proceed; Michael Cohen asserted Trump knew about, and approved, the June 9 Trump Tower meeting with Russians to get dirt on Hillary; Trump’s decades-long bookkeeper was subpoenaed to testify in the Southern District; leaked tapes revealed Trump knew about the payments to silence former Playboy model Karen McDougal just before the election — all as the trial of Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, is set to kick off Tuesday.

Administration ending rule that made industry pay for damages to key animal habitat

‘The Trump administration is ending an Obama-era practice of mandating that industry alleviate the destruction of key habitats for endangered species by paying the government.

The Fish and Wildlife Service announced on Friday the withdrawal of the compensatory mitigation policy for the Endangered Species Act, which directed the agency to set a “net-benefit” goal for natural resources extraction on public land.’