US Politics December 2018: ~very legal and very cool~

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apparently someone died?

gbx, Saturday, 1 December 2018 19:18 (two weeks ago) Permalink

not the right one.

A is for (Aimless), Saturday, 1 December 2018 19:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

not the right quantity

21st savagery fox (m bison), Saturday, 1 December 2018 19:24 (two weeks ago) Permalink

all the new memes are tedious and unfunny we need someone bad to die

— Brandy Jensen (@BrandyLJensen) November 27, 2018

resident hack (Simon H.), Saturday, 1 December 2018 19:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

very legal

and very cool

Karl Malone, Saturday, 1 December 2018 19:27 (two weeks ago) Permalink

This got a hair lost last night in the wake of Bush's passing, but turns out Cohen wasn't done yet:

BREAKING / NBC NEWS: Michael Cohen's attorneys have told a judge tonight that their client is cooperating in an ongoing federal investigation in New York and he has met with the New York AG's office about their suit against the Trump Foundation and the President.

— Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) December 1, 2018

FRIDAY NIGHT NEWS DUMP:

Michael Cohen's legal team just released his 33-page sentencing submission seeking a time served sentence for "voluntarily" cooperating with the Mueller probe. There are 37 exhibits.

Here's a snippet from the memo. pic.twitter.com/d4TVEUz6YV

— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) December 1, 2018

More on what that all means:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/cohen-trump-knew-i-called-kremlin-for-help-with-trump-tower-moscow

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 1 December 2018 19:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Also one of several pieces on the fairly obvious re Nunes' culpability and resultant unintended consequences. Though it slightly underscores that this may be a long month:

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/11/michael-cohen-lying-to-congress-plea-deal-devin-nunes.html

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 1 December 2018 19:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

good thread title

very legal and very cool (k3vin k.), Saturday, 1 December 2018 19:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The thread title was a no brainer but the tildes add a little flair, kudos

The Poppy Bush AutoZone (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 1 December 2018 20:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

you know i do what i can

gbx, Saturday, 1 December 2018 20:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The North Carolina stuff is *nuts*:

It seems a Republican campaign went to the houses of older Democrats, claimed to be officials, took their absentee ballots and got rid of them. The Republican “won” by 900 votes. It’s 2018. Every major newspaper should be on that story. #NC9

— Neera Tanden (@neeratanden) December 1, 2018

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 1 December 2018 23:42 (two weeks ago) Permalink

xp i’m a huge tilde-as-em dash fan, and through my ilx fandom, i incorporated (mis-incorporated?) it into my personal board correspondence style. first i’ve been aware of the fingerprints but i’m comforted by the idea that i swiped from the best.

but i'ma chud. i'ma weirdo. what the hell am i doing here? (Hunt3r), Sunday, 2 December 2018 04:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i guess its less of a dash than an intensifier in many of my applications. still tho.

but i'ma chud. i'ma weirdo. what the hell am i doing here? (Hunt3r), Sunday, 2 December 2018 04:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Per these observations, Trump resolved nothing with China aside from no immediate tariff escalation:

Again, unless there's more here than meets the eye, this is hardly the predicted "cave" by Xi begging for mercy for US trade pressure. Not even close. Buying farm goods for tariff time-out is basically status-quo-ante, which is what China wants.

— Patrick Chovanec (@prchovanec) December 2, 2018

Cannot be emphasized enough: this is not a deal and it is not a resolution. This is an agreement to delay further escalation. Neither side really gave anything except some cotton candy sweeteners. Nothing fundamental. Maybe be happy escalation had been delayed

— Interpol CEO Balding (@BaldingsWorld) December 2, 2018

And now there's this

BREAKING: Trump says he'll be 'formally terminating NAFTA,' says Congress will have choice between replacement or nothing

— The Associated Press (@AP) December 2, 2018

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 2 December 2018 05:15 (two weeks ago) Permalink

his trademark negotiation style: take a hostage

Karl Malone, Sunday, 2 December 2018 05:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"Russia is building up its land forces and weapons along the border, Ukraine’s president said Saturday"

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

https://apnews.com/201537791dc8404496eb4d9f5bd4d387

reggie (qualmsley), Sunday, 2 December 2018 16:59 (two weeks ago) Permalink

very legal & very cool

crispy fun in a bun (bizarro gazzara), Sunday, 2 December 2018 17:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Got to admit, of all the brazen dickheadedness Russia has been up to, I really don't understand what the endgame in Ukraine is.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 2 December 2018 17:23 (two weeks ago) Permalink

ok, i understand this is not likely, but can we all agree that there is a NON-ZERO probability, maybe even as high as 0.001%, that one endgame for all of this is Trump being installed as the new President of Ukraine, with the pardoned Manafort as his Chief of Staff

Karl Malone, Sunday, 2 December 2018 17:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

he would probably love that.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 2 December 2018 17:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink

xpost That article is 4 years old. Do its arguments still stand?

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 2 December 2018 17:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Speaking at a Ukrainian military event, President Petro Poroshenko said Russia has deployed “more than 80,000 troops, 1,400 artillery and multiple rocket launch systems, 900 tanks, 2,300 armored combat vehicles, 500 aircraft and 300 helicopters” along their common border.

These numbers, which have not been verified, would account for the vast majority of men and hardware assigned to Russia’s Western Military District.

Karl Malone, Sunday, 2 December 2018 17:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Maybe Russia is worried Ukraine might invade?

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 2 December 2018 17:51 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I mean invading Russia in the winter what could go wrong?

The Poppy Bush AutoZone (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 2 December 2018 17:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Not if Ukraine brings the heat!

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 2 December 2018 17:59 (two weeks ago) Permalink

lock yulia tymoshenko up!

reggie (qualmsley), Sunday, 2 December 2018 18:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

xpost That article is 4 years old. Do its arguments still stand?

― Josh in Chicago, Sunday, December 2, 2018 11:35 AM (twenty minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

short version: yes
long version: yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

21st savagery fox (m bison), Sunday, 2 December 2018 18:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink

ok, so let's see where all the dumbass statements and stances vs actual policies and actions lead us, from the US side of things

- trump consistently attacks NATO. not just the amount of money NATO members spend on it, but also the idea of NATO itself. he sees it as a transactional thing, and doesn't think the US is getting enough out of its investment
- he also likes to refer to NATO members as "so-called allies", and to argue that they don't care about us, and that they rip us off, etc
- beyond all the bluster and the stupidity of his tweets, the US has actually increased funding and support for NATO
- he blames the last russian annexation of Crimea on Obama. not putin for doing it, but obama for "letting it happen"
- putin seems to own him

???

Karl Malone, Sunday, 2 December 2018 18:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

It sounds like our president is an idiot.

Newsted joins this band and quickly he’s subdued (Leee), Sunday, 2 December 2018 18:08 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i think it's this mess of contradictions that leads me to the 0.003% scenario where putin fully invades ukraine, trump issues some weirdass tweet/ "press statement" saying that the US refuses to help NATO, the entire world yells at trump, confusion ensues, and then there's iconic CNN footage of trump trying taking off on a private plane toward russia and everyone's just like "fuck it, let him leave"

Karl Malone, Sunday, 2 December 2018 18:16 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Trump's constant flak aimed at NATO is probably just playing to his know-nothing base, the same who lapped up the birther nonsense. Such people probably think of NATO countries as filled with uppity wine-drinking snobs who laugh at rural America and should be taken down several pegs, because we are the greatest nation on earth and they are a bunch of has-beens who be speaking Russian if we hadn't saved them.

A is for (Aimless), Sunday, 2 December 2018 18:20 (two weeks ago) Permalink

It sounds like our president is an idiot.

― Newsted joins this band and quickly he’s subdued (Leee), Sunday, December 2, 2018 12:08 PM (seventeen minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Yeah otm have to admit I'm starting to have some concerns about Trump

The Poppy Bush AutoZone (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 2 December 2018 18:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

of course it plays well the base, all you have to do is go "europeans are like THIS!" and do the 'hold your pinky up while you drink tea' gesture. but trump has been consistently attacking "allies" for decades now, since the mid-80s at least. whoever is a putative ally is also a competitor in his mind, because he sees international trade as a contest, and you trade with your allies

Karl Malone, Sunday, 2 December 2018 18:27 (two weeks ago) Permalink

it's like

https://i.imgur.com/NtWm2lX.jpg
LET'S RUN THE GOVERNMENT LIKE A BUSINESS!

only if you didn't know how businesses are run

Karl Malone, Sunday, 2 December 2018 18:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Having just returned from a trip to Oslo, I gotta say the absolute worst thing about traveling is having to come back to America when you're done.

grawlix (unperson), Sunday, 2 December 2018 21:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yeah i just finished watching all of the swedish 'girl w/ dragon tattoo' and i feel the same way

j., Monday, 3 December 2018 00:11 (two weeks ago) Permalink

we need to make america great again guys

reggie (qualmsley), Monday, 3 December 2018 01:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

are there any tax returns you'd suggest looking at in order to make that happen

j., Monday, 3 December 2018 01:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Aimless otm; he wouldn't give a shit about NATO one way or the other if it weren't a MAGAnaut rally applause line.

Brian Oenophile (Ye Mad Puffin), Monday, 3 December 2018 01:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Actually not sure. The Black Helicopter crowd is obviously part of his base. But obviously there's reason to believe something else is up too.

fajita seas, Monday, 3 December 2018 01:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

idk -- he does seem to resent money being spent on things, like nato, that don't immediately enrich him personally, and he clearly has no broader grasp of geopolitics or long-term strategy in general. i think he'd be against nato even if it weren't an applause line

mookieproof, Monday, 3 December 2018 01:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

any money not spent by the *job creators* (peace be unto them) is an affront to jesus

reggie (qualmsley), Monday, 3 December 2018 01:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Got to admit, of all the brazen dickheadedness Russia has been up to, I really don't understand what the endgame in Ukraine is.

Not all of those reasons still hold up but the idea that Russia wants to maintain a sphere of influence and not be surrounded to the West by NATO does, as does the broader idea that they have an obligation to protect Russians and Russian-speakers within Ukraine. Another major factor is that it is a relatively popular distraction from domestic issues (primarily the increase in pension age, which has seen Putin’s approval rating dip significantly).

It’s worth noting that Poroshenko is playing the same game, though. There isn’t any evidence Russia is particularly up to anything new - over and above the incident in the Kerch Straight - and Poroshenko’s implementation of martial law, the ban on Russian nationals entering Ukraine, hyping up the threat of ground invasion, etc, has much more to do with the fact that an election campaign kicks off this month and he is currently polling 8%. The original martial law proposal would have run for twice as long and potentially delayed the election - but it was rejected by members of his own coalition.

ShariVari, Monday, 3 December 2018 01:44 (two weeks ago) Permalink

8% is pretty rough

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Monday, 3 December 2018 02:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Remembering the murder of 4 US churchwomen in El Salvador, 12/2 1980. And what US officials said: UN Amb. Jean Kirkpatrick: “The nuns were not just nuns, [they] were also political activists on behalf of the Frente. We ought to be more clear-cut about this than we usually are.” pic.twitter.com/CCEWFmloKV

— Robert Ellsberg (@RobertEllsberg) December 2, 2018

Glower, Disruption & Pies (kingfish), Monday, 3 December 2018 07:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

“I think that there are a lot of reasons people became Trump voters,” said Springsteen to the Sunday Times Magazine of London. “You had severe blows to working people in the 1970s and 1980s as all the steel mills shut down. Then you had an explosion of information technology. These are life-changing, upsetting occurrences.”

So far, a second term for Trump looks likely to Springsteen. “I don’t see anyone out there at the moment,” said Springsteen of the 2020 election. “The man who can beat Trump, or the woman who can beat Trump. You need someone who can speak some of the same language (as Trump) and the Democrats don’t have an obvious, effective presidential candidate.”

https://www.app.com/story/entertainment/music/2018/12/03/bruce-springsteen-donald-trump-voters-feel-your-pain/2189165002/

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 3 December 2018 15:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

he's running

Freda VanFleet (symsymsym), Monday, 3 December 2018 15:18 (two weeks ago) Permalink

prefer him to Harris or Booker

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 3 December 2018 15:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Zinke out at Interior

WmC, Saturday, 15 December 2018 14:29 (two days ago) Permalink

Excellent

Οὖτις, Saturday, 15 December 2018 14:55 (two days ago) Permalink

I’m hearing Mulvaney for interior

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Saturday, 15 December 2018 15:11 (two days ago) Permalink

So he's now the secretary of the exterior?

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 15 December 2018 15:11 (two days ago) Permalink

That would be my political burn.

Congratulations, you are now the secretary of the exterior. (opens door) Get out!

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 15 December 2018 15:12 (two days ago) Permalink

also lol

Senior WH people were telling reporters this morning that Christie was likely choice. Then he said no. POTUS angry about rejections and notion that no one wants job. Mulvaney had unrelated meeting in West Wing this PM. And then he was chief of staff. https://t.co/cjRueTUUg6

— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) December 15, 2018

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Saturday, 15 December 2018 17:32 (two days ago) Permalink

Lots of friends still freaking out about ACA decision. I wish news networks wouldn't issue breaking news with dubious headlines just CV os they know they can fix them in 3 seconds later. Nobody views the amended bylines.

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Saturday, 15 December 2018 17:33 (two days ago) Permalink

folks he's more isolated

I know this sort of story is just as robotic and predictable as the "day he finally became president" or "he's coming unhinged" stories, but it is probably true that his political capital is running at low ebb after the midterms, and because he's never held office before his political connections to other power centers in DC have always been shallow. Add to this the steady pressure of indictments, guilty pleas and convictions coming out of Mueller's investigation and the balance of fear is slowly shifting from fear of Trump's power to an even greater fear of Trump's bringing down his party with him.

In fine, for DC insiders he's got "one-term disaster" written all over him atm. Unless he can pull another rabbit out of his hat that revitalizes the fear of his power among Republicans, he'll be slowly set adrift, still holding office, but losing much of his leverage over real power as the party elites try to protect themselves from his 'dead man walking' stank.

A is for (Aimless), Saturday, 15 December 2018 18:19 (two days ago) Permalink

Right -- I mean, the newest inner circle person on board is Cipollone, and he's clearly a damage control person at best who knows he's working with a pretty bad hand. Mulvaney moved sideways, Barr hasn't faced the Senate, etc. It's a bit of a dull churn of usual suspects (literally) and grizzled apparatchiks.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 15 December 2018 18:39 (two days ago) Permalink

Up Schiff's creek:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/12/24/adam-schiffs-plans-to-obliterate-trumps-red-line

Though I've got to admit, the red line shit bugs me. I remember when that Times interview took place (about 122 years ago, iirc). It was totally at their prompting. They were like, what if Mueller looked into your personal business, would that be a red line? And he's all, yes. And ever since then it's been "omg, Trump said looking into his family business is a red line!" But has Trump said anything about a red line since that first interview? Though I've got to admit I'm surprised he hasn't taken credit for inventing the term "red line."

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 15 December 2018 19:47 (two days ago) Permalink

Anyway, this is a headline:

With nearly every organization Trump has led under investigation, legal threats could dominate his third year in office

That's a good way to put it. "With nearly every organization Trump has led under investigation." It's the singularity.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 15 December 2018 19:59 (two days ago) Permalink

Trump Elected President in Elaborate Sting Operation

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Saturday, 15 December 2018 21:02 (two days ago) Permalink

The stories saying he’s more isolated than ever before are not wrong

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Saturday, 15 December 2018 22:53 (two days ago) Permalink

They need to hold off on those stories until he's literally the only person in the White House, weeping in some corner.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Saturday, 15 December 2018 23:15 (two days ago) Permalink

Donald Trump.....otm

The pathetic and dishonest Weekly Standard, run by failed prognosticator Bill Kristol (who, like many others, never had a clue), is flat broke and out of business. Too bad. May it rest in peace!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 15, 2018

No Smockin' (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 16 December 2018 00:29 (yesterday) Permalink

"Prognosticator" seems like a new vocabulary entry

Scape: Goat-fired like a dog! (Myonga Vön Bontee), Sunday, 16 December 2018 00:52 (yesterday) Permalink

he doesn't like to read, but he hangs out with college graduates and picks things up from them.

A is for (Aimless), Sunday, 16 December 2018 01:03 (yesterday) Permalink

Lobbyist pleads guilty to funneling foreign money to Trump inauguration.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 16 December 2018 01:49 (yesterday) Permalink

? Link?

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 16 December 2018 02:04 (yesterday) Permalink

Well, pled guilty — that’s from August.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 16 December 2018 06:39 (yesterday) Permalink

How did Scott Walker come up with the brain power to pull off a power grab when he doesn't even know how Venn diagrams work?

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/12/14/18141221/scott-walker-gop-power-grab-venn-diagram

The Boorish Manners of a Yaleee (Leee), Sunday, 16 December 2018 09:50 (yesterday) Permalink

That is certainly the face of someone who misunderstands Venn diagrams. Can't wait to see what people do with this photo.

Home Despot (Old Lunch), Sunday, 16 December 2018 13:54 (yesterday) Permalink

Good morning!

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 16 December 2018 14:13 (yesterday) Permalink

xpost Weird, I wonder why it didn't ring a bell or that I didn't come across it earlier?

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 16 December 2018 14:21 (yesterday) Permalink

I think the president just had a stroke

A REAL scandal is the one sided coverage, hour by hour, of networks like NBC & Democrat spin machines like Saturday Night Live. It is all nothing less than unfair news coverage and Dem commercials. Should be tested in courts, can’t be legal? Only defame & belittle! Collusion?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 16, 2018

frogbs, Sunday, 16 December 2018 14:49 (yesterday) Permalink

How could he possibly still not understand what 'collusion' means.

Home Despot (Old Lunch), Sunday, 16 December 2018 14:56 (yesterday) Permalink

He feels belittled. Sad.

jmm, Sunday, 16 December 2018 14:58 (yesterday) Permalink

dem dry commercials

nashwan, Sunday, 16 December 2018 15:00 (yesterday) Permalink

Well, here it comes
Here comes the sound
The sound of collusion

Evan, Sunday, 16 December 2018 15:02 (yesterday) Permalink

Up next for pardon, a war criminal?

At the request of many, I will be reviewing the case of a “U.S. Military hero,” Major Matt Golsteyn, who is charged with murder. He could face the death penalty from our own government after he admitted to killing a Terrorist bomb maker while overseas. @PeteHegseth @FoxNews

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 16, 2018

jmm, Sunday, 16 December 2018 15:17 (yesterday) Permalink

I'm just reading about this case and it's insane that this guy hasn't been charged already.

jmm, Sunday, 16 December 2018 15:18 (yesterday) Permalink

*hadn't, rather

jmm, Sunday, 16 December 2018 15:19 (yesterday) Permalink

lol @ Trump of all people wanting the Fairness Doctrine back.

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Sunday, 16 December 2018 15:44 (yesterday) Permalink

Trump otm

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 16 December 2018 15:46 (yesterday) Permalink

yo prognosticator! xps

Trϵϵship, Sunday, 16 December 2018 16:33 (yesterday) Permalink

that's some word. day he became president imo.

Trϵϵship, Sunday, 16 December 2018 16:34 (yesterday) Permalink

Oct. 3, 2016: Wikileaks DM to Don Jr. ‘great if you could.. push this story’.
Oct. 3. Don Jr. to WL: “Already did that earlier today,” 1/

— Laura Rozen (@lrozen) December 16, 2018

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 16 December 2018 17:06 (yesterday) Permalink

all i want for christmas is you don jr to go to jail

21st savagery fox (m bison), Sunday, 16 December 2018 17:08 (yesterday) Permalink

A very low-level son, who despite his loyalty is a great disappointment to me. I beat him like a dog in front of his friends!

sans lep (sic), Sunday, 16 December 2018 19:10 (yesterday) Permalink

probably accurate

Scam jam, thank you ma’am (Sparkle Motion), Sunday, 16 December 2018 19:25 (yesterday) Permalink

literally accurate, iirc sic is referring to an eyewitness account of an incident from when Don Jr was in college

sleeve, Sunday, 16 December 2018 19:32 (yesterday) Permalink

I knew it had the ring of truth

Scam jam, thank you ma’am (Sparkle Motion), Sunday, 16 December 2018 20:16 (yesterday) Permalink

I was hanging out in a freshman dorm with some friends, next door to Donald Jr.'s room. I walked out of the room to find Donald Trump at his son's door, there to pick him up for a baseball game. There were quite a few students standing around watching, trying to catch a glimpse of the famed real estate magnate. Don Jr. opened the door, wearing a Yankee jersey. Without saying a word, his father slapped him across the face, knocking him to the floor in front of all of his classmates. He simply said "put on a suit and meet me outside," and closed the door.

and

Donald Jr. was a drunk in college. Every memory I have of him is of him stumbling around campus falling over or passing out in public, with his arm in a sling from injuring himself while drinking. He absolutely despised his father, and hated the attention that his last name afforded him. His nickname was "Diaper Don," because of his tendency to fall asleep drunk in other people's beds and urinate. I always felt terrible for him.

sans lep (sic), Sunday, 16 December 2018 21:26 (yesterday) Permalink

jesus christ

hard to believe thats whats in store for ye after chelsea

gabbnebulous (darraghmac), Sunday, 16 December 2018 23:32 (yesterday) Permalink

I kinda love that for all the chest-beating the GOP may not simply have enough people in town to do anything.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/16/us/politics/congress-trump-shutdown.html

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 16 December 2018 23:54 (yesterday) Permalink

i missed this important photo from back in february

I saw this image of Rep. Mike Bost delivering Trump a bag of 'thoughts and prayers' and thought it was satire or The Onion.

Nope, this really happened. pic.twitter.com/bYWgwsnGiW

— Austin Braun (@AustinOnSocial) February 19, 2018

Karl Malone, Monday, 17 December 2018 00:17 (three hours ago) Permalink

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2018/12/16/new-report-russian-disinformation-prepared-senate-shows-operations-scale-sweep/

A report prepared for the Senate that provides the most sweeping analysis yet of Russia’s disinformation campaign around the 2016 election found the operation used every major social media platform to deliver words, images and videos tailored to voters’ interests to help elect President Trump — and worked even harder to support him while in office.

The report, a draft of which was obtained by The Washington Post, is the first to study the millions of posts provided by major technology firms to the Senate Intelligence Committee, led by Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), its chairman, and Sen. Mark Warner (Va.), its ranking Democrat. The bipartisan panel hasn’t said whether it endorses the findings. It plans to release it publicly along with another study later this week.

The research — by Oxford University’s Computational Propaganda Project and Graphika, a network analysis firm — offers new details of how Russians working at the Internet Research Agency, which U.S. officials have charged with criminal offenses for interfering in the 2016 campaign, sliced Americans into key interest groups for targeted messaging. These efforts shifted over time, peaking at key political moments, such as presidential debates or party conventions, the report found.

j., Monday, 17 December 2018 02:46 (fifty-six minutes ago) Permalink

it’s pretty impressive tbh

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Monday, 17 December 2018 02:57 (forty-five minutes ago) Permalink


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