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Another Potential Land Mine Surfaces in Probe of Russian Collusion with Trump Campaign

By Lainey Bobainey | Pajiba Love | August 23, 2017 |

By Lainey Bobainey | Pajiba Love | August 23, 2017 |

I will give her ALL THE MONEY IN MY PIGGY BANK! Former CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson is starting a GoFundMe to raise the necessary cash to buy a controlling interest in Twitter - to delete President* Trump’s account. - (Aol)

I know the Russian investigation has taken a backseat to Charlottesville, but connections between Russia and the Trump campaign still remains our best chance at evicting the man from the White House before 2020. In that regard, this could be huge. This could be nothing, but a previously unreported email has surfaced. The email sent to Rick Dearborn — a high-level campaign aide at the time and now Trump’s Deputy Chief of Staff — sought to set up a meeting between the Trump campaign and Vladimir Putin himself. The email was sent right around the same time that Don Jr., Manafort, and Kushner met with a Russian lawyer and a former Soviet Spy.

It could be nothing, but it could be big — remember, Donald Jr.’s email didn’t seem like a huge deal the day it was revealed, but additional reporting eventually transformed it into one of the biggest pieces of evidence in the case.

Meanwhile, Politico is reporting that Donald Trump had heated conversations with at least three Republican Senators (including Mitch McConnell) in an attempt to prevent them from passing the Russian sanctions bill. He also asked that they not move ahead with legislation to prevent Trump from firing Bob Mueller. (Politico)

There are people who are not self-aware and then there is MiMi. “I’ve never had a diva moment.” Bless her sparkly heart. - (Celebitchy)

Speaking of self-awareness, Pajiba favorite Chrissy Teigen realized that she was maybe throwing back the drinks a little too often and put a stop to it before it became a problem. Good for her! - (CNN)

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s wife Louise Linton (as I typed this, I heard a chorus of voices yell out, “WHO?”) apologized for her rude-ass braggy Instagram post the other day, but I’m pretty sure Louise isn’t the least bit sorry. She’s just sorry someone made her say she was sorry. - (Dlisted)

A young man with a cerebral palsy and autism loves parades more than anything, so when his mother asked friends and family to drive by their house and honk for his 21st birthday, she figured that would be like a parade and would make him happy. She had no idea the whole town would turn out! I’m not crying. I’M NOT! - (Bored Panda)

Soooo, yeah, Louise Linton? Super tacky. Mel B.? This outfit is so far beyond tacky! I legiterally have no fucking idea what your brain was thinking when you put this on. I’m actually *kind of* digging your hair, but this outfit and last week’s spangly unitard? MEL. B better! - (GFY)

James Cromwell’s ringtone is a famous line from a movie. One of his famous lines. The best famous line. - (EW)

I spent several years in Human Resources and received many resignation letters. To my knowledge, none of them ever spelled out coded messages in the first letter of each paragraph and now I’m bummed about it. BUT, I’m loving the hell out of the resignation letters from Kal Penn and the White House Presidential Arts Commission from last week and today’s State Department science envoy. - (The Hill)

How in the world is Mark Wahlberg the highest paid actor? I can’t even think of anything he’s been in recently except that Daddy’s Home sequel and another Transformers. - (Lainey)

Halbs, a 30-something man who loves sports and comics, loves Amy Heckerling’s Clueless. It’s one of his all time favorites. As If!: The Oral History of Clueless as told by Amy Heckerling and the Cast and Crew by Jen Chaney is the perfect book for a Clueless fan. It examines how the movie got made and what makes it such a beloved classic. Don’t you just assume that Paul Rudd is always the cast and crew’s favorite person on every set? (Cannonball Read 9)

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