Bad Actors Are Using Social Media Exactly As Designed

March 14, 2018

When Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller announced criminal charges against Russian operatives for interfering with the 2016 presidential election, descriptions of how the Russians used modern communications technologies were all too familiar. Journalists referred to the ways in which Russia “manipulated social-media platforms,” and tech company executives like Facebook’s Rob Goldman decried “how the Russians abused our …


Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Received Inside Info From Russia Probe

March 10, 2018

… answer to committee Democrats who asked if Nunes or his staff collaborated in any way with the White House on his memo, which presented a counternarrative on Russia highly convenient for Trump. And committee Democrats have signaled that they still seek to verify Cohens testimony. At a recent closed-door committee meeting on February 5, a discussion of the Steele dossier pivoted to an aspect of it concerning Cohenspecifically, ex-MI6 spy Christopher Steeles claim that Cohen had visited Prague …


We’d like to introduce you to Russian senator Valentina Petrenko’s hair

March 8, 2018

Image: Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS/Getty Images Who is Valentina Petrenko? She is a Russian senator. She represents the Republic of Khakassia. She is the chair of Russia’s Committee on Social Policy. And she is the owner of the most fascinating hair international politics has to offer. Every few months, Twitter rediscovers Petrenko’s coiffed, vaguely Simpsons-esque hairstyle. And every few months, we ask these questions: Is it a wig? How does it stay up like that? And why does she …


A Facebook Executive Apologizes To His CompanyAnd To Robert Mueller

February 22, 2018

… Russia’s plots. Friday seemed liked it might be a good day. But then, roughly eight hours after the indictment appeared online, Rob Goldman, a VP for ads for Facebook, decided he had a few points to add to the debate. He was just freelancing, and had not cleared his thoughts with either Facebook’s communications team or its senior management. Facebook has been praised, notably by Digiday, for letting its executives sound …


A Blockbuster Indictment Details Russia’s Attack on US Democracy

February 19, 2018

Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation into Russia’s impact on the 2016 election entered a new phase Friday, as his team indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian organizations for their “conspiracy” to illegally influence the US presidential campaign. It was an indictment unprecedented in American history—a direct and public charge that America’s main foreign adversary meddled extensively, expensively, and expansively in the core of the …


Mueller Still Investigating Possible Collusion, Source Says

February 18, 2018

Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his prosecutors haven’t concluded their investigation into whether President Donald Trump or any of his associates helped Russia interfere in the 2016 election, according to a person with knowledge of the probe. Friday’s indictment of a St. Petersburg-based “troll farm” and 13 Russian nationals should be seen as a limited slice of a comprehensive investigation, the person said. Mueller’s work is expected to continue for …


Did Russia Affect the 2016 Election? Its Now Undeniable

… changed any votes.” But the bombshell 37-page indictment issued Friday by Robert Mueller against Russia’s Internet Research Agency and its leadership and affiliates provides considerable detail on the Russian information warfare targeting the American public during the elections. And this information makes it increasingly difficult to say that the Kremlin's effort to impact the American mind did not succeed. The indictment pulls the curtain back on four big questions that have …

February 18, 2018

Julian Assange Thought He Was Messaging Sean Hannity When He Offered News on Democrat Investigating Trump-Russia

At about 4 a.m. on Saturday morning, a couple hours after she started pretending to be Julian Assange. Thats when she said she kind of panicked. I felt bad. He really thought he was talking to Sean Hannity, said Gilliam. Gilliam, a technical writer from Texas, was bored with the flu when she created @SeanHannity__ early Saturday morning. The Fox News host's real account was temporarily deleted after cryptically tweeting the phrase Form Submission 1649 | #Hannity on Friday night. Twitter …

February 4, 2018

The Dark Side of Americas Rise to Oil Superpower

… chance the world will witness that rarest of market loop-de-loops—high oil prices as well as rising U.S. production. Saudi Arabia and Russia could then remain formidable obstacles to U.S. energy independence. They would be crowing from the top of the hill even as they keep a wary eye on America’s shale drillers. These are troubles that would have been an embarrassment of riches for Americans who had to wait in line to fill up in the 1970s, when the U.S. determining its own energy …

January 29, 2018

Grassley Says Spooked Kushner Wont Agree to Russia Interview

… created a stir by releasing the transcript of the interview with Simpson, whose firm commissioned a dossier of unverified allegations concerning Trump and Russia. Republicans say the dossier, largely paid for by Democrats and Clinton’s campaign, was misused to open the continuing investigations into Trump. Grassley noted that Feinstein already has access to the transcript of Kushner’s interview with the Intelligence Committee, where the California lawmaker is a senior member, and …

January 26, 2018

Bannon Will Tell All to Mueller

Former White House chief strategist special counsel Robert Muellers team, according to a person familiar with the situation. Mueller will hear everything Bannon has to say, said the source, who is familiar with Bannons thinking. During a closed-door hearing before the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, Bannon reportedly told lawmakers that Devin Nunes, the typically Trump-friendly chairman of the committeeBannon refused to answer questions about events that happened after Election Day. …

January 24, 2018

Did Russia Use the NRA to Help Trump? FBI Wants to Know.

… outreach to the Trump campaign. In March and April 2016, a London professor told campaign George Papadopoulos that Russia had dirt on Hillary Clinton in the form of thousands of emails. In June 2016, a Kremlin-connected lawyer talked about U.S. sanctions on Russia with Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort in Trump Tower. More From this publisher : HERE ; This post was curated using : TrendingTraffic Recommended ProductsOnline Marketing Classroom (Lifetime) PIXELCOVER (Extended) …

January 23, 2018

Pro-Kremlin Twitter Trolls Take Aim at Robert Mueller

… Russia-linked influence network. According to newly released figures, in the month of December, by far the most popular articles shared by the trolls aimed to undermine Mueller and the Department of Justice's investigation into Russian interference. In fact, 16 percent of the articles shared by those accounts between December 9 and December 31 were related in some way to the so-called deep state, the bulk of which aimed to discredit Mueller. That's a lot of tweets, considering the site …

January 12, 2018

Democrats Release Fusion GPS Testimony on Trump and Russia

Senate Democrats on Tuesday released the transcripts from a closed-door Senate Judiciary interview with Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson as part of the committees Russia probe. Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), a Republican, had previously denied multiple Democratic requests to make public the transcripts. Among the highlights from within the transcripts: Simpson claimed that the FBI informed Trump dossier author Christopher Steele that the bureau had a walk-in whistleblower from within the …

January 11, 2018

Nikki Haley threatens the entire U.N. over Jerusalem vote

… Those would be: China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, Bolivia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Senegal, Sweden, Ukraine, and Uruguay. Update 1:19pm CT, Dec. 20: At the beginning of his cabinet meeting today, President Trump threatened to cut off U.S. aid to any country that voted to condemn the U.S. Related video Dave Rubin is defending free speech from progressives “All these nations that take our money and then vote against us at the Security Council or the assembly, they …

December 22, 2017

Exclusive: Rex Tillerson, in Meeting With U.S. Diplomats, Says Russia Interfered in Election

Beleaguered Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged in a closed-door meeting with U.S. diplomats on Tuesday that Russia interfered in democratic processes here, something President Trump still describes as fake news intended to delegitimize his presidency. Its a precarious position for Tillerson to take, even privately. Tillersons job is on thin ice, as rumors swirl that he will be swapped out for CIA Director Mike Pompeo. Within the department, Tillersons support is wafer-thin, as …

December 19, 2017

If Time Picked a Loser of the Year, It Would Be: The Idiot Sons

… despite the nine women who have come forward. But I digress.) Yesterday, The First Idiot Son was called to testify in front of a closed-door Senate panel, where he was asked about just how stupid hed been with respect to the Russia investigation. Junior claimed attorney-client privilege in refusing to answer the committees questions about a conversation hed had with his father over the phone. Neither Junior nor Senior are attorneys, but Junior claimed that because there was an attorney on the …

December 15, 2017

Guess Which Shady Country Just Got Banned From The Olympics

If taught me anything, it’s that cooking meth can make you rich af drugs are very very bad. You would think that an organization such as, oh a National Olympic Committee, would also have a basic understanding that drugs are pretty high on the list of no-no’s they hand out to each country before competition, but it looks like Russia may have missed their middle school D.A.R.E. presentation. Yesterday the International Olympic Committee announced that Russia would officially …

December 13, 2017

White House Says U.S. Considering NOT Participating In 2018 Olympics And Has To Walk It Back Immediately!

… Americans is our top priority and we are engaged with the South Koreans and other partner nations to secure the venues. — Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) December 7, 2017 Of course, the fact we even considered dropping out had Twitter aflame with forehead slaps, as well as theories Trump was trying to send a message of solidarity with Vladimir Putin after Russia was banned from the games for doping violations. Ch-ch-check out some of the hottest takes on the Winter Olympics fiasco (below): …

December 9, 2017

House Republicans Prepare Contempt Action Against FBI, DOJ

U.S. House Republicans are drafting a contempt of Congress resolution against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray, claiming stonewalling in producing material related to the Russia-Trump probes and other matters. Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes and other committee Republicans, after considering such action for several weeks, decided to move after media including the New York Times reported Saturday on why a top FBI official assigned to Special Counsel …

December 7, 2017