Another day brings another damaging story of the growing number of difficult to explain intersections between the Trump campaign and Russia (and the even more difficult to explain public denials of those connections). This time, the exclusive comes courtesy of the AP: Manafort’s plan to advance Putin’s interests: “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 work appears to contradict assertions by the Trump administration and Manafort himself that he never worked for Russian interests.”