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Turkey's Erdogan: Russia's Putin willing to end war

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In an interview with US broadcaster PBS, the Turkish leader said he gained the impression that the Russian president wanted a speedy end to the war.

"He is actually showing me that he's willing to end this as soon as possible," Mr Erdogan said. "That was my impression, because the way things are going right now are quite problematic."

Asked by PBS whether Russia should be allowed to keep any territory it had taken since February, and whether that should be part of a peace deal, Mr Erdogan said: "No, and undoubtedly no."

He also said that "lands which were invaded will be returned to Ukraine". It was not clear whether he also included territory held by Russian-backed separatists since 2014.
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Baby Bitch Putin losing his penis measuring war.

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Trump Rally Plays Music Resembling QAnon Song, and Crowds React

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Former President Donald J. Trump appeared to more fully embrace QAnon on Saturday, playing a song at a political rally in Ohio that prompted attendees to respond with a salute in reference to the cultlike conspiracy theory’s theme song.

While speaking in Youngstown in support of J.D. Vance, whom he has endorsed as Ohio’s Republican nominee for the Senate, Mr. Trump delivered a dark address about the decline of America over music that was all but identical to a song called “Wwg1wga” — an abbreviation for the QAnon slogan, “Where we go one, we go all.”

As Mr. Trump spoke, scores of people in the crowd raised fingers in the air in an apparent reference to the “1” in what they thought was the song’s title. It was the first time in the memory of some Trump aides that such a display had occurred at one of his rallies.

Aides to Mr. Trump said the song played at the rally was called “Mirrors,” and it was selected for use in a video that Mr. Trump played at the conservative meeting CPAC and posted on his social media site, Truth Social. But it sounds strikingly like the QAnon theme song.

Taylor Budowich, a spokesman for Mr. Trump, said, “The fake news, in a pathetic attempt to create controversy and divide America, is brewing up another conspiracy about a royalty-free song from a popular audio library platform.”
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Ukraine tricks Russia into wasting bombs to destroy decoy ‘artillery’

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Remember all those HIMARS Russia claimed to have destroyed? They got bamboozled into wasting the rockets that weren't blown up by HIMARS.

KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine may be outgunned, but in the latest sign it is not yet outfoxed, a fleet of decoys resembling advanced U.S. rocket systems has tricked Russian forces into wasting expensive long-range cruise missiles on dummy targets, according to interviews with senior U.S. and Ukrainian officials and photographs of the replicas reviewed by The Washington Post.

The Ukrainian decoys are made out of wood but can be indistinguishable from an artillery battery through the lens of Russian drones, which transmit their locations to naval cruise-missile carriers in the Black Sea.
“When the UAVs see the battery, it’s like a VIP target,” said a senior Ukrainian official, referring to unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, encountering long-range artillery replicas.

After a few weeks in the field, the decoys drew at least 10 Kalibr cruise missiles, an initial success that led Ukraine to expand the production of the replicas for broader use, said the senior Ukrainian official, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive military matters.
The use of rocket system decoys, which has not been reported previously, is one of many asymmetrical tactics Ukraine’s armed forces have adopted to fight back against a bigger and better-equipped invading enemy. In recent weeks, Kyiv’s operatives have blown up rail and electricity lines in occupied Russian territory, detonated explosives inside Russian arms depots and assassinated suspected collaborators.

The destruction of Ukrainian replicas may partly account for Russia’s unusually boastful battle damage assessments on Western artillery, particularly the U.S.-made High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or HIMARS.
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Pushilin, said that the allied forces had gone on the offensive in the Artemivsk direction

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The head of the Donetsk People's Republic Denis Pushilin said on the air of the TV channel "Coлoвьeв Live" that the allied forces went on the offensive in the Artemivsk direction.

"Krasnolimanskoe direction: <...> in the settlements of Koroviy Yar, Novoselovka, Drobyshevo, the enemy tried to use the forces of two assault battalions of the 95th Brigade to move to very active actions. But the attack was repulsed, the enemy suffered quite significant losses," Pushilin said.

He added that Russian solders and people's militia of the DPR and LPR were able to go on the offensive in a key direction.

"As for the Artemivsk direction, the allied forces have already moved from defensive positions on the outskirts of Artemivsk to a new stage, that is, they are already moving into residential quarters, and there is also a certain progress in the area of the Artemivsk champagne factory, Pushilin said.
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Donald Trump is (still) very unpopular

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The revived hopes of Democrats heading into the midterm election are due, in no small part, to this fundamental political reality: Trump is very, very unpopular.

While Trump never really left the political stage – thanks to his ongoing attempts to dispute the 2020 election – his profile has increased as of late in the wake of the FBI search of his home that turned up classified documents from when he left the White House in 2021.

That is a very bad thing for Republicans. While Trump remains popular among the Republican base, he is decidedly unpopular among the general electorate.

The latest NBC poll tells the story. Just 34% of voters nationally said they had a positive view of Trump, while 54% said they had a negative view. But even those topline numbers gloss over how unpopular the former President actually is. While 1 in 5 voters said they felt “very positive” about him, almost half (46%) said they felt “very negative” – a massive disparity.

And NBC’s results are far from the only poll showing that reality for Republicans. A Quinnipiac poll from August echoed the NBC results, with 34% of registered voters viewing Trump favorably and 57% viewing him unfavorably.

What’s interesting about those numbers is that they are largely unchanged from where Trump stood with the public when he left office. For example, a Gallup poll conducted in January 2021 showed that 34% of Americans approved of Trump’s job performance, while 62% disapproved. (The poll was in the field during the January 6 riot at the US Capitol.)

Usually, presidents’ poll numbers begin to improve once they leave office – as people tend to remember the good things about their tenure and forget the bad stuff as time passes. That hasn’t happened for Trump, for two big reasons:

1) He’s never really stepped off the national stage.

2) 1/6 was such a cataclysm that people haven’t forgotten it.
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Trump is fuming over the attention DeSantis is getting for sending migrants to Martha's Vineyard

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Former President Donald Trump is complaining to aides in private that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis stole his limelight, per a new report from Rolling Stone.

Two sources close to Trump told Rolling Stone that the former president has been telling his close aides that he fears DeSantis is attempting to pull the spotlight away from him.

Specifically, Trump was concerned about the political stunt DeSantis pulled last week, when he chartered two planes to bring 50 migrants to Martha's Vineyard. The migrants, who were living at a shelter in San Antonio, were tricked into boarding the plane, thinking they were going to Boston, per Reuters.

The stunt has earned DeSantis solid rebukes from Democratic lawmakers and approval from the right-leaning wing of the GOP. For his part, DeSantis claimed the migrants flown to Martha's Vineyard "hit the jackpot" and said he plans to continue flying migrants out to other states.

Trump suspects DeSantis timed the Martha's Vineyard stunt to boost his profile among GOP voters, per Rolling Stone's sources. The former president has also been irritated that DeSantis is getting credit for this stunt, which he claims is his "idea."

Trump has repeatedly lashed out at the implication that DeSantis might be a contender for the 2024 GOP presidential ticket. In July, Trump slammed Fox & Friends for reporting on polls that showed DeSantis ahead of him, accusing the show's hosts of having "gone to the dark side." This month, Trump took a swipe at DeSantis, sharing an Insider story about his polling lead over DeSantis via his Save America political action committee.
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Proud Boys memo reveals meticulous planning for ‘street-level violence’

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The document is so dowdy and formal it resembles the annual minutes of a society of tax accountants. Its index lists sections on “objectives” and “rules of engagement” and carries an “addendum” that provides recommendations for hotels and parking.

On the cover, two words give a clue to the notoriety of the group that produced it: “MAGA” and “WARNING”. That and the date: 5 January 2021, the day before the US Capitol attack.

What goes unsaid on the cover and is barely mentioned throughout the 23 pages is that this is the work of one of the most violent political gangs in America, the far-right street fighters who Donald Trump told to “stand back and stand by”: the Proud Boys.

The document, published by the Guardian for the first time, gives a very rare insight into the meticulous planning that goes into events staged by the far-right club.

The Proud Boys have been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and are alleged to have acted as key organizers of the violent assault on the Capitol.

In the wake of January 6, which has been linked to the deaths of nine people, the New York march featured in the document was called off and the strategy so fastidiously laid out was never implemented. But the document remains sharply revealing.

It shows the lengths to which the Proud Boys go to prepare for potentially violent encounters and then to cover their tracks – something prosecutors have stressed but that has never been seen in the group’s own words. It exposes the militaristic structure and language the Proud Boys have adopted, and their aspiration to become the frontline vigilante force in a Trump-led America.

It also provides clues as to how the group continues to spread its tentacles throughout the US despite the fact that many of its top leaders, including its national chairman, Enrique Tarrio, are behind bars awaiting trial on charges of seditious conspiracy.
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NBC deletes tweet calling immigrants trash

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NBC deletes a tweet calling illegal immigrants trash. Despite hiding their honesty on Twitter, the original article they pulled it from is still live.
NBC News faced backlash Friday afternoon after it tweeted out a news article that featured a quote from an immigration activist who compared the illegal immigrants that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) sent to Martha’s Vineyard to “trash.”

The deleted tweet stated: “Florida Gov. DeSantis sending asylum-seekers to Martha’s Vineyard is like ‘me taking my trash out and just driving to different areas where I live and just throwing my trash there,’ a founding member of a foundation which helps refugees says.”

The quote was from Max Lefeld, a founding member of the Casa Venezuela Dallas foundation, which helps migrants, according to NBC News.

“Holy s—. Wow,” political commentator Jason Howerton tweeted. “Sometimes you really just want to shut up and let them talk.”

Former Republican Senate candidate in Ohio Bernie Moreno tweeted, “Jill Biden compares Hispanics to breakfast tacos and the extremists democrats, who make money from the suffering of illegal immigrants, compare migrants to ‘trash.’ I wonder why @NBCNews deleted their tweet? @NBCLatino Que paso?”

“It can’t have been this easy,” MSNBC contributor Noah Rothman tweeted. “It just cannot be that Republicans would stumble into this stunt and their opponents would adopt all their arguments while also making themselves into fastidious, snobbish caricatures. It just cannot be.”

“Refugee group compares immigrants to trash and NBC just runs with it,” reporter Laurel Duggan tweeted.

DeSantis’ office confirmed earlier this week that it sent the illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard as “part of the state’s relocation program to transport illegal immigrants to sanctuary destinations.”
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Judge isn't convinced documents are classified

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In a bombshell report signalling that the walls are closing in, the judge presiding over the investigation of documents seized from mar a Lago ruled that she is not convinced by the doj that the documents taken are classified. Ruled to allow a special master to review all seized documents.
Judge Picks Special Master In Mar-A-Lago Case—And Rejects DOJ’s Request To Exclude Classified Documents

U.S. District Judge Aileen M. Cannon appointed Dearie after former President Donald Trump’s legal team recommended him for the job and the DOJ said he was a satisfactory choice.

The DOJ had asked Cannon to exclude about 100 classified records from an earlier order barring prosecutors from using any of the seized Mar-A-Lago records until a special master—or a court-appointed third party who reviews the documents for privileged materials—can finish his work.

Trump’s attorneys argued that the court should not grant the DOJ’s request, claiming the government can’t say if all the documents marked as classified actually were, because Trump could have declassified them—but the filing did not say whether or not he actually did.

Cannon sided with Trump on whether to include classified records in the review, writing that she “does not find it appropriate to accept the Government’s conclusions on [classified documents] without further review by a neutral third party in an expedited and orderly fashion.”

The judge, whom Trump appointed, directed Dearie to review all the documents seized and filter out materials that are potentially covered by either attorney-client privilege or executive privilege—with classified materials being prioritized—and said Trump’s attorneys will review the documents and log which ones Trump claims are privileged.
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