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Crime in Progress

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    About once a week, I'll go the local library to see what new books have come in.

    One of the books that was on the table in the front of the library was "Crime In Progress", written by Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch. These are the guys who founded Fusion GPS in 2010 in order to conduct open source investigations for businesses and law firms - and opposition research for political candidates. In the fall of 2015, they were hired to look into the finances of Donald Trump.

    As they started digging, they discovered names that they had previously run into during the days covering Russian corruption. To help them make sense of what they were seeing, they hired a former British intelligence agent and Russia expert names Christopher Steele - and you know the rest of the story.

    This should be a fascinating read.

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    I'm a little more than halfway through this book, and will likely finish it by the end of the week.

    It's not an easy read, but it DOES provide very convincing evidence of Russian involvement in our politics. In a way, it reminds me of one of Ken Follett books, which usually contain a large cast of characters that are hard to keep track of.

    This one if full of "he knew do-and-so, who knew so-and-so etc", but it is probably worth the struggle.

    Another book that JUST came out is "A Very Stable Genius", by Philip Rucker. I just put a hold on it at my local library.

    Here's a summary:

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    I finished “Crime in Progress” yesterday.

    The phrase that comes to mind is “canary in the coal mine”. Long before most intelligence sources were aware of the Russian connections, Michael Steele had uncovered them. Although both he and Fusion came under attack by the GOP, they were ultimately vindicated.

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    That guy, As always your contributions are excellent. We all appreciate the suggestion and the information.