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Now that Donald Trump’s racist attacks on the San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz have run out of steam, he’s moved on to racist attacks on Florida State Congresswoman Frederica Wilson. Trump is attempting to fire up his racist base, while trying to distract the mainstream from his incompetent handling of the families of fallen U.S. soldiers and his Niger scandal coverup. But one prominent House Republican says Trump has picked the wrong fight.U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen has never been a big fan of Donald Trump, despite being a Republican. But in this instance she’s making a point of calling him out for having spent so much time playing golf instead of calling the families of the U.S. soldiers who were killed in Niger. She’s also flatly stating that “Trump is messing with the wrong woman” when it comes to his feud with Frederica Wilson.

Trump sent John Kelly to the White House podium to invent a phony scandal about Congresswoman Wilson. Then he sent Sarah Huckabee Sanders to the podium to make fun of Wilson’s hat, a reminder that Trump’s White House is the trashiest pile of trash in the history of trash. He’s also spewed his own toxic garbage about Wilson, first tweeting “The Fake News is going crazy with wacky Congresswoman Wilson(D), who was SECRETLY on a very personal call, and gave a total lie on content” (this was a flat out lie), and then tweeting “I hope the Fake News Media keeps talking about Wacky Congresswoman Wilson in that she, as a representative, is killing the Democrat Party!”

But Ros-Lehtinen is siding with Frederica Wilson, saying “I wouldnt bet against her” (link). Wilson is so popular in her local district, she ran for reelection unopposed in the 2016 general election. In comparison, Trump is struggling to keep his national approval rating above the essentially disqualifying thirty percent mark.

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Now that Donald Trump’s racist attacks on the San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz have run out of steam, he’s moved on to racist attacks on Florida State Congresswoman Frederica Wilson. Trump is attempting to fire up his racist base, while trying to distract the mainstream from his incompetent handling of the families of fallen U.S. soldiers and his Niger scandal coverup. But one prominent House Republican says Trump has picked the wrong fight.U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen has never been a big fan of Donald Trump, despite being a Republican. But in this instance she’s making a point of calling him out for having spent so much time playing golf instead of calling the families of the U.S. soldiers who were killed in Niger. She’s also flatly stating that “Trump is messing with the wrong woman” when it comes to his feud with Frederica Wilson.

Trump sent John Kelly to the White House podium to invent a phony scandal about Congresswoman Wilson. Then he sent Sarah Huckabee Sanders to the podium to make fun of Wilson’s hat, a reminder that Trump’s White House is the trashiest pile of trash in the history of trash. He’s also spewed his own toxic garbage about Wilson, first tweeting “The Fake News is going crazy with wacky Congresswoman Wilson(D), who was SECRETLY on a very personal call, and gave a total lie on content” (this was a flat out lie), and then tweeting “I hope the Fake News Media keeps talking about Wacky Congresswoman Wilson in that she, as a representative, is killing the Democrat Party!”

But Ros-Lehtinen is siding with Frederica Wilson, saying “I wouldnt bet against her” (link). Wilson is so popular in her local district, she ran for reelection unopposed in the 2016 general election. In comparison, Trump is struggling to keep his national approval rating above the essentially disqualifying thirty percent mark.

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On Oct. 17, 2017, Judge Theodore D. Chuang of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland issued an opinion and an order enjoining the implementation of President Trumps latest travel ban. This round of litigation concerns Presidential Proclamation 9645, issued on Sept. 24, 2017, entitled Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry Into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats. The proclamation is the third iteration of an executive order that President Trump first issued in January 2017, more commonly known as the travel ban.In the instant case, Intl Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump (IRAP) plaintiffs seek injunctive and declaratory relief; plaintiffs moved for a preliminary injunction on Oct. 6, 2017. IRAP, previously before the Supreme Court, was vacated and remanded for dismissal after the temporary entry ban in the second immigration executive order expired and was replaced with the third proclamation (EO-3 or the Proclamation). Judge Chuang indicated that all questions of law would be decided anew because the Supreme Court vacated the case without reaching the merits.

 

Justiciability

Standing

The court first takes up the governments arguments that the plaintiffs fail to satisfy Article IIIs standing requirements. As the court explains, this means at least one plaintiff must allege (1) a concrete and particularized injury that is actual or imminent, (2) fairly traceable to the challenged conduct, (3) and likely to be redressed by a favorable judicial decision. Judge Chuang found all three to be satisfied for both the individual plaintiffs and the organizational plaintiffs.

In addition to the above-mentioned constitutional standing requirements, statutory standing requires that a plaintiffs interest fall within the zone of interests protected by the law invoked. The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) is the law invoked here.

  • Individuals: With respect to injury, the court concluded that [t]he Proclamations indefinite ban on the issuance of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas for nationals of the Designated Countries has imposed an actual, imminent injury on these Plaintiffs by prolonging their separation from their family members. According to the court, even the threat of such an injury that is real and immediate–which the court concluded is the case here–constitutes a sufficient injury. The court also pointed out that the D.C. Circuit had found standing where, like here, a plaintiff alleged a violation of 8 U.S.C. § 1152 in the form of failure to process a visa application. The court then quickly concluded that the injuries were traceable to the Proclamation and likely to be redressed by an injunction.
  • Organizations: Citing the Supreme Courts opinion in Havens Realty Corp. v. Coleman and the Fourth Circuits opinion in Lane v. Holder, Judge Chuang concluded that the organizational plaintiffs alleged a sufficient injury to their proprietary and organizational interests. For example, the court found an injury-in-fact in claims that the Proclamation would disrupt upcoming conferences and events . . . by preventing individuals from the Designated Countries from attending. Thus, the Proclamation would disrupt[] their ability to raise money, train staff, and convene programs designed to foster the free flow of ideas on topics of significance to their organizations purpose. Moreover, the court found the plaintiffs to be within the requisite zone of interest protected by the [Immigration and Nationality Act]. According to the court, organizations which engage in collaboration and exchange with foreign nationals who visit the United States or focus[] on refugee resettlement have an interest in the effective operation of the INA. The court then quickly concluded that the injuries were traceable to the Proclamation and likely to be redressed by an injunction. It also found that two of the organizational plaintiffs could assert standing on behalf of their members; each had identified a specific individual who would suffer harm which was germane to the organizations purposes as a result of the Proclamation.

Establishment Clause

  • Individuals: As the court explains, a cognizable establishment clause injury requires a plaintiff to have personal contact with the alleged establishment of religion resulting in a personal injury. Relevant injuries include noneconomic, intangible harm to spiritual beliefs, such as [f]eelings of marginalization and exclusion. The court then recounts a litany of allegations that the Proclamation caused plaintiffs to feel insulted, demeaned, depressed or insecure. One plaintiff explained feeling attacked, targeted, and disparaged by the Proclamations hostility to Muslims and . . . [felt] fear for their safety as a result. The court concluded that [t]hese feelings of marginalization constitute an injury in fact in an establishment clause case. The court then quickly concluded that the injuries were traceable to the Proclamation and likely to be redressed by an injunction by removing the stigma associated with the Proclamation.
  • Organizations: The court found that two of the organizational plaintiffs had standing to assert claims on behalf of their members who had personal contact with and suffered direct injury from the alleged establishment of religion and had suffered a concrete injury as a result of the proclamation.

Ripeness

The court rejected the governments arguments that the Plaintiffs claims are not ripe because their relatives have not yet been denied both a visa and a waiver. Although the court acknowledged that a claim is generally not ripe if it is based on contingent future events, here it found that visa ineligibility alone was sufficient because the waiver process itself presents an additional hurdle not faced by other visa applicants which would delay reunification. Additionally, the court observed that the Proclamation has already been issued in its final form, and is not dependent on facts that may derive from application of the waiver process.

Consular Nonreviewability

The court rejected the governments claim that any judicial review of the Presidents decision to exclude an alien for any reason is unreviewable. Though Judge Chuang does not rely on the opinion, the Fourth Circuit rejected this argument in the earlier round of litigation which upheld an injunction Judge Chuang had issued in the previous IRAP litigation (which Jordan and Amira discussed here). The court, citing a number of other opinions, seemed to find this inapposite here:

Plaintiffs . . . challenge not individual visa decisions by consular officers, but the overarching travel ban policy imposed by the Proclamation. . . . The Defendants reliance on Knauff and Saavedra Bruno is thus misplaced. These decisions relate only to aliens appealing individual denials of entry into the United States. . . . Where Plaintiffs include U.S. citizens asserting statutory and constitutional claims challenging a broader policy as opposed to individual consular determinations, the doctrine of consular nonreviewability is not applicable.

This echos the Fourth Circuit’s conclusion that the doctrine of consular nonreviewability does not bar judicial review of constitutional claims. Indeed, Judge Chuang here cites to the Fourth Circuits vacated opinion, presumably for its persuasive power (which Judge Chuang indicated the parties consented to in footnote 1 of the opinion).

APA

The court rejected a number of Administrative Procedure Act-related (APA) justiciability claims. Holding that the defendants fulfilled the statutory standing requirements imposed by the APA, the court turned to the governments Franklin v. Massachusetts argument. In that case, the Supreme Court held that the presidents actions are not reviewable under the APA. Thus, according to the government, judicial review is not available because the Proclamation was issued by the President, not the head of a federal department or agency, and thus is not a final agency action within the meaning of the APA. Judge Chuang disagreed: To the extent that the Plaintiffs seek an injunction against the President himself, this argument has merit. . . . However, Plaintiffs have named as defendants federal agency officials who will implement the Proclamation. Judge Chuang also cited Chamber of Commerce v. Reichwhere the D.C. Circuit concluded that [r]eview of the legality of a Presidential action can ordinarily be obtained in a suit seeking to enjoin the officers who attempt to enforce the Presidents directive. The court also rejected the governments argument that, per 5 U.S.C. § 702(a)(2), Congress committed the use of  § 1152(f) to the sole discretion of the President, such that a reviewing court has no manageable standard by which to evaluate it. Rather, courts have regularly reviewed Presidential action, including action taken in the context of foreign policy and immigration, to ensure that it fits within the bounds of federal statutes.

 

Legal Standard for Preliminary Injunction

Upon finding that the case is justiciable, the court considers in turn whether each of the requirements for a preliminary injunction is met: likelihood of success on the merits; likelihood of irreparable harm in the absence of preliminary relief; whether the balance of equities tips in favor of the plaintiffs; and whether an injunction is in the public interest.

Statutory Claims Likelihood of Success on the Merits

Judge Chuang begins with the plaintiffs three statutory claims under the INA.

Discrimination Based on Nationality Claim

First, plaintiffs argue that EO-3 violates § 1152(a) of the INA, which prohibits discrimination based on nationality in the issuance of immigrant visas. In response, the government contends that the presidents power to issue proclamations–such as EO-3–under § 1182(f) of the Act is not subject to § 1152(a)s limitations. Judge Chuang is persuaded of the plaintiffs position after applying traditional canons of statutory construction. The court notes that § 1152(a) was more recently enacted than § 1182(f), that § 1152(a) is more specific than § 1182(f), and that § 1152(a) specifically excludes certain sections of the INA from its scope, of which § 1182(f) is not one. Finding § 1182(f) subject to § 1152(a)s restrictions, Judge Chuang points out that this conclusion is consistent with the Ninth Circuits opinion in Hawaii v. Trump (related to EO-2).

The court also rejects the governments assertion that even if the presidents authority under § 1182(f) is not excluded from § 1152(a)s scope, in practice, there is no conflict between the two because § 1182(f) empowers the president to bar entry of certain aliens while § 1152(a) specifically prohibits discrimination only in the issuance of immigrant visas. For Judge Chuang, this is one tick too clever (the governments claim here is not helped by the fact that the State Department publicly describes EO-3 as the Presidential Proclamation on Visas.). The court notes that obtaining a visa and seeking entry are activities that usually go hand-in-hand, and that a visa is meaningless without later receiving permission to enter. The court refuses to adopt such a construction that would allow the president to flout § 1152(a) so easily by first issuing visas to nationals of certain countries then denying those same nationals entry. Nor does EO-3s permanent, nationality-based bar to entry fall into a discrete set of historical examples; it does not resemble the Iranian hostage crisis and the disruption of migration relations between the U.S. and Cuba in 1986, where entry, but not visas, was denied on the basis of nationality until the crises had passed. The court concludes that in substance and design, EO-3 is a permanent ban on the issuance of immigrant visas to nationals of the designated countries and therefore violates § 1152(a). But because § 1152(a) only covers immigrant visas, the court must consider the plaintiffs remaining statutory claims to determine their likelihood of success on the merits with respect to EO-3-covered nonimmigrants seeking entry into the United States.

Inadequate Finding of Detriment Claim

Next, the plaintiffs assert that the president has not triggered his authority to act because he has failed to make the threshold finding that the entry of EO-3-designated aliens would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, as required by § 1182(f). The plaintiffs argue that the nationality-based restrictions are unnecessary, an argument supported by dozens of former national security officials, that EO-3 is both over- and underinclusive, and that the information-sharing failures of designated-country governments is irrelevant in a system that relies on applicants, not their governments, to furnish the information necessary for an immigrant or nonimmigrant visa. Judge Chuang recognizes these criticisms but finds no requirement that § 1182(f) entry restrictions be narrowly tailored. Furthermore, the court reads the detrimental to interests language as creating quite a broad standard, even more so than that invoking national security. The court concludes that the plaintiffs have failed to show their likelihood of success on the merits for this claim.

Insufficient Statutory Authority Claim

Finally, the plaintiffs assert that the president exceeded his authority pursuant to § 1182(f) by issuing a ban that overrides Congresss policy choices enshrined in the INA, specifically related to visa issuance criteria and the Visa Waiver Program. They argue that,in order for nationals of designated countries under EO-3 to obtain a visa, they must seek a waiver by demonstrating that visa denial would cause undue hardship, that entry would not pose a threat, and would be in the national interest. These additional criteria go above and beyond those that Congress prescribed in its statutory scheme, which requires applicants to show that they do not fall into an ineligible category such as those with links to terrorism. As for the Visa Waiver Program, Congress has already made policy choices regarding nations covered by EO-3, rendering dual citizens of Iran and Syria ineligible for the program, and considered the factors used by EO-3 to come up with its list of banned countries. For example, country-use of machine-readable passport[s] containing biographic and biometric data. Therefore, EO-3 conflicts with Congresss policy judgments on the same issues.

The court begins by dispensing with the governments claim that presidential action taken pursuant to § 1182(f) is committed to his discretion and not subject to judicial review. This argument fails as the Supreme Court reached the merits of a challenge to the presidents use of § 1182(f) in a previous case, Sale v. Haitian Ctrs. Council. Turning to the claims, Judge Chuang notes that the plaintiffs theory is unpersuasive for two reasons. First, § 1182(f) specifically authorizes the president to impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate, allowing precisely the kinds of additional criteria presented in EO-3. Second, while EO-3 and the Visa Waiver Program address similar problems they are not directed at the same countries or classes of aliens. Thus EO-3 did not legislate[] changes to the INA in contravention of Congressional intent.

Lastly, the plaintiffs allege that the sheer magnitude of EO-3, banning upwards of 150 million nationals from entry, must exceed Congresss intended delegation of power to the president. The court recognizes that EO-3 does not comport with historical examples in which the president used § 1182(f) to ban entry based on nationality (responding to the Iranian hostage crisis and  the Cuban governments decision to cancel a migration agreement in 1986). And if ever there were a § 1182(f) order, past or present, that exceeds the authority of that statute, it would be this one. But the court could find no clear limit on the presidents § 1182(f) authority other than § 1152(a). The president has sweeping proclamation power that Judge Chuang believes must have some upper limit, but whatever that limit is, it that has not been crossed here with respect to nonimmigrant visas.

Finding that the plaintiffs have failed to show their likelihood of success with respect to EO-3 covered nonimmigrants seeking entry on purely statutory grounds, the court determines that it must consider the plaintiffs constitutional claims.

Constitutional Claims Likelihood of Success on the Merits

Because the statutory claims could not completely support the plaintiffs requested relief, Judge Chuang moved on to the Constitutional analysis. The court first evaluated EO-3 under the standard set forth for evaluating visa denial motives in Kleindienst v. Mandel. Under Mandel, courts review a claim that a visa denial violated constitutional rights first only to determine whether there was a facially legitimate and bona fide reason for the denial. If there is, the denial is lawful. But, if the stated reason is not valid or if there is a particularized showing of bad faith, the court will look behind the stated reason to determine if the true purpose is constitutional.

As employed here, the analysis was largely an extension of the same one the court performed in March when reviewing President Trumps revised travel ban. There, Judge Chuang said that the governments rationale provided was not bona fide and was instead likely a bad-faith pretext for the presidents true motivation of anti-Muslim bias. The court concluded this by relying on several public statements the president had made about Muslims, including his initial call for a ban on Muslims entering the country. Judge Chuang reasoned that bad faith could still plausibly be found since EO-3 comes out of this history of bad faith.

Given that the stated motivation appeared to not be bona fide, the court looked to determine if the purpose violated the establishment clause. To judge a facially neutral statute against an establishment clause challenge, Judge Chuang used the test set out in Lemon v. Kurtzman:an act will only withstand the challenge if (1) it has a primarily secular purpose, (2) its principal or primary effect must be one that neither advances nor inhibits religion, and (3) it must not foster an excessive government entanglement with religion.  Here, Judge Chuang again leaned on his analysis of the second executive order. In March, Judge Chuang ruled that the first and second executive orders would likely fail the first prong of the Lemon test because of President Trumps many public statements suggesting anti-Muslim motivations. Because Judge Chuang viewed EO-3 in [the] shadow of EO-1 and EO-2, the government had not only to persuasively present a primary nonreligious effect, but also to disassociate the [government action] from its previous religious effect.

The primary indicators the government could use to suggest EO-3 had a secular purpose was its inclusion of North Korea and Venezuela and the review process undertaken by DHS to produce the new policy. Judge Chuang was not moved, writing that the Venezuela and North Korea restrictions had little practical consequence, because the Venezuela restrictions only affect government officials and the North Korea restrictions affect fewer than 100 people.  The DHS review was also insufficient, as Judge Chuang suspected the administration did not perform its review in earnest. He pointed to statements from the president predicting the review would result in a very, very strict ban, suggesting the review had a preordained result. Judge Chuang saw a similar indication from the fact that the second executive order that initiated the review instructed the Secretary of Homeland Security to submit to the President a list of countries recommended for inclusion in a Presidential proclamation that would prohibit the entry of appropriate categories of foreign nationals. This wording did not allow the Secretary of Homeland Security to recommend that no-nationality based ban was necessary at all.

On top of the insufficiency of these textual indicators, Judge Chuang noted that the Presidents public statements undercut his legal teams argument, just as they did in March. Judge Chuang pointed out that not only had the president not repudiated his previous anti-Muslim statements, he had made other new statements since the second executive order that suggest he maintains the same motivations as ever for his travel ban. For example, in August, President Trump tweeted a statement that a method hostile to Islamshooting Muslims with bullets dipped in pigs bloodshould be used to deter future terrorism. At a campaign rally after the second Executive Order was enjoined, the president called it a watered down version of the first one that had been tailor[ed] by lawyers to respond to legal challenges. In light of the process that produced EO-3 and the Presidents public statements around it, Judge Chuang could not find that a reasonable observer would understand that the primary purpose of the Proclamations travel ban is no longer the desire to impose a Muslim ban.

Analysis of Other Factors for an Injunction

The court next turned to whether or not the plaintiffs would suffer irreparable harm from EO-3 should it go into effect. The Supreme Court held in Elrod v. Burns that loss of First Amendment freedoms, for even minimal periods of time, unquestionably constitutes irreparable injury. The Fourth Circuit had not extended that to establishment clause claims, but several other districts had. Judge Chuang was persuaded enough by this argument to find that the plaintiffs were likely to suffer irreparable harm. The court also found a likelihood of irreparable harm for the plaintiffs with family members seeking immigrant visas, because [t]he absence of a family member cannot be cured through a later payment of money damages, and is therefore irreparable.

In balancing the equities, Judge Chuang compared the harm of separation from ones family to the national security harms created by not enforcing EO-3. These tipped in the plaintiffs favor, particularly because [a]n injunction would not grant entry to any individual foreign national, but would only preclude the use of a blanket ban. Even with an injunction, visa applicants from the Designated Countries would be screened through the standard, individualized vetting process under which the burden is on individual applicants to prove that they are not inadmissible to the United States. The court did note however that the balance would tip in the governments favor in the case of individuals who lacked a connection with people or entities in the United States so this factor would only support an injunction extending to people with such connections.

Judge Chuang also found that the public interest would be served by preventing an establishment clause violation and by guarding Congress wishes in the implementation of the INA. While the public also has a national security interest, Judge Chuang was not persuaded that it would be harmed sufficiently to outweigh these concerns.

Because an establishment clause violation has effects beyond the parties in the case, and because the organizational plaintiffs in the case operate across the country, Judge Chuang issued a nationwide injunction. However, because the balance of the equities on the restrictions on travel from Venezuela and North Korea favored the government, the injunction does not apply to nationals from those countries.

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On Oct. 17, 2017, Judge Theodore D. Chuang of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland issued an opinion and an order enjoining the implementation of President Trumps latest travel ban. This round of litigation concerns Presidential Proclamation 9645, issued on Sept. 24, 2017, entitled Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry Into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats. The proclamation is the third iteration of an executive order that President Trump first issued in January 2017, more commonly known as the travel ban.

In the instant case, Intl Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump (IRAP) plaintiffs seek injunctive and declaratory relief; plaintiffs moved for a preliminary injunction on Oct. 6, 2017. IRAP, previously before the Supreme Court, was vacated and remanded for dismissal after the temporary entry ban in the second immigration executive order expired and was replaced with the third proclamation (EO-3 or the Proclamation). Judge Chuang indicated that all questions of law would be decided anew because the Supreme Court vacated the case without reaching the merits.

 

Justiciability

Standing

The court first takes up the governments arguments that the plaintiffs fail to satisfy Article IIIs standing requirements. As the court explains, this means at least one plaintiff must allege (1) a concrete and particularized injury that is actual or imminent, (2) fairly traceable to the challenged conduct, (3) and likely to be redressed by a favorable judicial decision. Judge Chuang found all three to be satisfied for both the individual plaintiffs and the organizational plaintiffs.

In addition to the above-mentioned constitutional standing requirements, statutory standing requires that a plaintiffs interest fall within the zone of interests protected by the law invoked. The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) is the law invoked here.

  • Individuals: With respect to injury, the court concluded that [t]he Proclamations indefinite ban on the issuance of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas for nationals of the Designated Countries has imposed an actual, imminent injury on these Plaintiffs by prolonging their separation from their family members. According to the court, even the threat of such an injury that is real and immediate–which the court concluded is the case here–constitutes a sufficient injury. The court also pointed out that the D.C. Circuit had found standing where, like here, a plaintiff alleged a violation of 8 U.S.C. § 1152 in the form of failure to process a visa application. The court then quickly concluded that the injuries were traceable to the Proclamation and likely to be redressed by an injunction.
  • Organizations: Citing the Supreme Courts opinion in Havens Realty Corp. v. Coleman and the Fourth Circuits opinion in Lane v. Holder, Judge Chuang concluded that the organizational plaintiffs alleged a sufficient injury to their proprietary and organizational interests. For example, the court found an injury-in-fact in claims that the Proclamation would disrupt upcoming conferences and events . . . by preventing individuals from the Designated Countries from attending. Thus, the Proclamation would disrupt[] their ability to raise money, train staff, and convene programs designed to foster the free flow of ideas on topics of significance to their organizations purpose. Moreover, the court found the plaintiffs to be within the requisite zone of interest protected by the [Immigration and Nationality Act]. According to the court, organizations which engage in collaboration and exchange with foreign nationals who visit the United States or focus[] on refugee resettlement have an interest in the effective operation of the INA. The court then quickly concluded that the injuries were traceable to the Proclamation and likely to be redressed by an injunction. It also found that two of the organizational plaintiffs could assert standing on behalf of their members; each had identified a specific individual who would suffer harm which was germane to the organizations purposes as a result of the Proclamation.

Establishment Clause

  • Individuals: As the court explains, a cognizable establishment clause injury requires a plaintiff to have personal contact with the alleged establishment of religion resulting in a personal injury. Relevant injuries include noneconomic, intangible harm to spiritual beliefs, such as [f]eelings of marginalization and exclusion. The court then recounts a litany of allegations that the Proclamation caused plaintiffs to feel insulted, demeaned, depressed or insecure. One plaintiff explained feeling attacked, targeted, and disparaged by the Proclamations hostility to Muslims and . . . [felt] fear for their safety as a result. The court concluded that [t]hese feelings of marginalization constitute an injury in fact in an establishment clause case. The court then quickly concluded that the injuries were traceable to the Proclamation and likely to be redressed by an injunction by removing the stigma associated with the Proclamation.
  • Organizations: The court found that two of the organizational plaintiffs had standing to assert claims on behalf of their members who had personal contact with and suffered direct injury from the alleged establishment of religion and had suffered a concrete injury as a result of the proclamation.

Ripeness

The court rejected the governments arguments that the Plaintiffs claims are not ripe because their relatives have not yet been denied both a visa and a waiver. Although the court acknowledged that a claim is generally not ripe if it is based on contingent future events, here it found that visa ineligibility alone was sufficient because the waiver process itself presents an additional hurdle not faced by other visa applicants which would delay reunification. Additionally, the court observed that the Proclamation has already been issued in its final form, and is not dependent on facts that may derive from application of the waiver process.

Consular Nonreviewability

The court rejected the governments claim that any judicial review of the Presidents decision to exclude an alien for any reason is unreviewable. Though Judge Chuang does not rely on the opinion, the Fourth Circuit rejected this argument in the earlier round of litigation which upheld an injunction Judge Chuang had issued in the previous IRAP litigation (which Jordan and Amira discussed here). The court, citing a number of other opinions, seemed to find this inapposite here:

Plaintiffs . . . challenge not individual visa decisions by consular officers, but the overarching travel ban policy imposed by the Proclamation. . . . The Defendants reliance on Knauff and Saavedra Bruno is thus misplaced. These decisions relate only to aliens appealing individual denials of entry into the United States. . . . Where Plaintiffs include U.S. citizens asserting statutory and constitutional claims challenging a broader policy as opposed to individual consular determinations, the doctrine of consular nonreviewability is not applicable.

This echos the Fourth Circuit’s conclusion that the doctrine of consular nonreviewability does not bar judicial review of constitutional claims. Indeed, Judge Chuang here cites to the Fourth Circuits vacated opinion, presumably for its persuasive power (which Judge Chuang indicated the parties consented to in footnote 1 of the opinion).

APA

The court rejected a number of Administrative Procedure Act-related (APA) justiciability claims. Holding that the defendants fulfilled the statutory standing requirements imposed by the APA, the court turned to the governments Franklin v. Massachusetts argument. In that case, the Supreme Court held that the presidents actions are not reviewable under the APA. Thus, according to the government, judicial review is not available because the Proclamation was issued by the President, not the head of a federal department or agency, and thus is not a final agency action within the meaning of the APA. Judge Chuang disagreed: To the extent that the Plaintiffs seek an injunction against the President himself, this argument has merit. . . . However, Plaintiffs have named as defendants federal agency officials who will implement the Proclamation. Judge Chuang also cited Chamber of Commerce v. Reichwhere the D.C. Circuit concluded that [r]eview of the legality of a Presidential action can ordinarily be obtained in a suit seeking to enjoin the officers who attempt to enforce the Presidents directive. The court also rejected the governments argument that, per 5 U.S.C. § 702(a)(2), Congress committed the use of  § 1152(f) to the sole discretion of the President, such that a reviewing court has no manageable standard by which to evaluate it. Rather, courts have regularly reviewed Presidential action, including action taken in the context of foreign policy and immigration, to ensure that it fits within the bounds of federal statutes.

 

Legal Standard for Preliminary Injunction

Upon finding that the case is justiciable, the court considers in turn whether each of the requirements for a preliminary injunction is met: likelihood of success on the merits; likelihood of irreparable harm in the absence of preliminary relief; whether the balance of equities tips in favor of the plaintiffs; and whether an injunction is in the public interest.

Statutory Claims Likelihood of Success on the Merits

Judge Chuang begins with the plaintiffs three statutory claims under the INA.

Discrimination Based on Nationality Claim

First, plaintiffs argue that EO-3 violates § 1152(a) of the INA, which prohibits discrimination based on nationality in the issuance of immigrant visas. In response, the government contends that the presidents power to issue proclamations–such as EO-3–under § 1182(f) of the Act is not subject to § 1152(a)s limitations. Judge Chuang is persuaded of the plaintiffs position after applying traditional canons of statutory construction. The court notes that § 1152(a) was more recently enacted than § 1182(f), that § 1152(a) is more specific than § 1182(f), and that § 1152(a) specifically excludes certain sections of the INA from its scope, of which § 1182(f) is not one. Finding § 1182(f) subject to § 1152(a)s restrictions, Judge Chuang points out that this conclusion is consistent with the Ninth Circuits opinion in Hawaii v. Trump (related to EO-2).

The court also rejects the governments assertion that even if the presidents authority under § 1182(f) is not excluded from § 1152(a)s scope, in practice, there is no conflict between the two because § 1182(f) empowers the president to bar entry of certain aliens while § 1152(a) specifically prohibits discrimination only in the issuance of immigrant visas. For Judge Chuang, this is one tick too clever (the governments claim here is not helped by the fact that the State Department publicly describes EO-3 as the Presidential Proclamation on Visas.). The court notes that obtaining a visa and seeking entry are activities that usually go hand-in-hand, and that a visa is meaningless without later receiving permission to enter. The court refuses to adopt such a construction that would allow the president to flout § 1152(a) so easily by first issuing visas to nationals of certain countries then denying those same nationals entry. Nor does EO-3s permanent, nationality-based bar to entry fall into a discrete set of historical examples; it does not resemble the Iranian hostage crisis and the disruption of migration relations between the U.S. and Cuba in 1986, where entry, but not visas, was denied on the basis of nationality until the crises had passed. The court concludes that in substance and design, EO-3 is a permanent ban on the issuance of immigrant visas to nationals of the designated countries and therefore violates § 1152(a). But because § 1152(a) only covers immigrant visas, the court must consider the plaintiffs remaining statutory claims to determine their likelihood of success on the merits with respect to EO-3-covered nonimmigrants seeking entry into the United States.

Inadequate Finding of Detriment Claim

Next, the plaintiffs assert that the president has not triggered his authority to act because he has failed to make the threshold finding that the entry of EO-3-designated aliens would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, as required by § 1182(f). The plaintiffs argue that the nationality-based restrictions are unnecessary, an argument supported by dozens of former national security officials, that EO-3 is both over- and underinclusive, and that the information-sharing failures of designated-country governments is irrelevant in a system that relies on applicants, not their governments, to furnish the information necessary for an immigrant or nonimmigrant visa. Judge Chuang recognizes these criticisms but finds no requirement that § 1182(f) entry restrictions be narrowly tailored. Furthermore, the court reads the detrimental to interests language as creating quite a broad standard, even more so than that invoking national security. The court concludes that the plaintiffs have failed to show their likelihood of success on the merits for this claim.

Insufficient Statutory Authority Claim

Finally, the plaintiffs assert that the president exceeded his authority pursuant to § 1182(f) by issuing a ban that overrides Congresss policy choices enshrined in the INA, specifically related to visa issuance criteria and the Visa Waiver Program. They argue that,in order for nationals of designated countries under EO-3 to obtain a visa, they must seek a waiver by demonstrating that visa denial would cause undue hardship, that entry would not pose a threat, and would be in the national interest. These additional criteria go above and beyond those that Congress prescribed in its statutory scheme, which requires applicants to show that they do not fall into an ineligible category such as those with links to terrorism. As for the Visa Waiver Program, Congress has already made policy choices regarding nations covered by EO-3, rendering dual citizens of Iran and Syria ineligible for the program, and considered the factors used by EO-3 to come up with its list of banned countries. For example, country-use of machine-readable passport[s] containing biographic and biometric data. Therefore, EO-3 conflicts with Congresss policy judgments on the same issues.

The court begins by dispensing with the governments claim that presidential action taken pursuant to § 1182(f) is committed to his discretion and not subject to judicial review. This argument fails as the Supreme Court reached the merits of a challenge to the presidents use of § 1182(f) in a previous case, Sale v. Haitian Ctrs. Council. Turning to the claims, Judge Chuang notes that the plaintiffs theory is unpersuasive for two reasons. First, § 1182(f) specifically authorizes the president to impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate, allowing precisely the kinds of additional criteria presented in EO-3. Second, while EO-3 and the Visa Waiver Program address similar problems they are not directed at the same countries or classes of aliens. Thus EO-3 did not legislate[] changes to the INA in contravention of Congressional intent.

Lastly, the plaintiffs allege that the sheer magnitude of EO-3, banning upwards of 150 million nationals from entry, must exceed Congresss intended delegation of power to the president. The court recognizes that EO-3 does not comport with historical examples in which the president used § 1182(f) to ban entry based on nationality (responding to the Iranian hostage crisis and  the Cuban governments decision to cancel a migration agreement in 1986). And if ever there were a § 1182(f) order, past or present, that exceeds the authority of that statute, it would be this one. But the court could find no clear limit on the presidents § 1182(f) authority other than § 1152(a). The president has sweeping proclamation power that Judge Chuang believes must have some upper limit, but whatever that limit is, it that has not been crossed here with respect to nonimmigrant visas.

Finding that the plaintiffs have failed to show their likelihood of success with respect to EO-3 covered nonimmigrants seeking entry on purely statutory grounds, the court determines that it must consider the plaintiffs constitutional claims.

Constitutional Claims Likelihood of Success on the Merits

Because the statutory claims could not completely support the plaintiffs requested relief, Judge Chuang moved on to the Constitutional analysis. The court first evaluated EO-3 under the standard set forth for evaluating visa denial motives in Kleindienst v. Mandel. Under Mandel, courts review a claim that a visa denial violated constitutional rights first only to determine whether there was a facially legitimate and bona fide reason for the denial. If there is, the denial is lawful. But, if the stated reason is not valid or if there is a particularized showing of bad faith, the court will look behind the stated reason to determine if the true purpose is constitutional.

As employed here, the analysis was largely an extension of the same one the court performed in March when reviewing President Trumps revised travel ban. There, Judge Chuang said that the governments rationale provided was not bona fide and was instead likely a bad-faith pretext for the presidents true motivation of anti-Muslim bias. The court concluded this by relying on several public statements the president had made about Muslims, including his initial call for a ban on Muslims entering the country. Judge Chuang reasoned that bad faith could still plausibly be found since EO-3 comes out of this history of bad faith.

Given that the stated motivation appeared to not be bona fide, the court looked to determine if the purpose violated the establishment clause. To judge a facially neutral statute against an establishment clause challenge, Judge Chuang used the test set out in Lemon v. Kurtzman:an act will only withstand the challenge if (1) it has a primarily secular purpose, (2) its principal or primary effect must be one that neither advances nor inhibits religion, and (3) it must not foster an excessive government entanglement with religion.  Here, Judge Chuang again leaned on his analysis of the second executive order. In March, Judge Chuang ruled that the first and second executive orders would likely fail the first prong of the Lemon test because of President Trumps many public statements suggesting anti-Muslim motivations. Because Judge Chuang viewed EO-3 in [the] shadow of EO-1 and EO-2, the government had not only to persuasively present a primary nonreligious effect, but also to disassociate the [government action] from its previous religious effect.

The primary indicators the government could use to suggest EO-3 had a secular purpose was its inclusion of North Korea and Venezuela and the review process undertaken by DHS to produce the new policy. Judge Chuang was not moved, writing that the Venezuela and North Korea restrictions had little practical consequence, because the Venezuela restrictions only affect government officials and the North Korea restrictions affect fewer than 100 people.  The DHS review was also insufficient, as Judge Chuang suspected the administration did not perform its review in earnest. He pointed to statements from the president predicting the review would result in a very, very strict ban, suggesting the review had a preordained result. Judge Chuang saw a similar indication from the fact that the second executive order that initiated the review instructed the Secretary of Homeland Security to submit to the President a list of countries recommended for inclusion in a Presidential proclamation that would prohibit the entry of appropriate categories of foreign nationals. This wording did not allow the Secretary of Homeland Security to recommend that no-nationality based ban was necessary at all.

On top of the insufficiency of these textual indicators, Judge Chuang noted that the Presidents public statements undercut his legal teams argument, just as they did in March. Judge Chuang pointed out that not only had the president not repudiated his previous anti-Muslim statements, he had made other new statements since the second executive order that suggest he maintains the same motivations as ever for his travel ban. For example, in August, President Trump tweeted a statement that a method hostile to Islamshooting Muslims with bullets dipped in pigs bloodshould be used to deter future terrorism. At a campaign rally after the second Executive Order was enjoined, the president called it a watered down version of the first one that had been tailor[ed] by lawyers to respond to legal challenges. In light of the process that produced EO-3 and the Presidents public statements around it, Judge Chuang could not find that a reasonable observer would understand that the primary purpose of the Proclamations travel ban is no longer the desire to impose a Muslim ban.

Analysis of Other Factors for an Injunction

The court next turned to whether or not the plaintiffs would suffer irreparable harm from EO-3 should it go into effect. The Supreme Court held in Elrod v. Burns that loss of First Amendment freedoms, for even minimal periods of time, unquestionably constitutes irreparable injury. The Fourth Circuit had not extended that to establishment clause claims, but several other districts had. Judge Chuang was persuaded enough by this argument to find that the plaintiffs were likely to suffer irreparable harm. The court also found a likelihood of irreparable harm for the plaintiffs with family members seeking immigrant visas, because [t]he absence of a family member cannot be cured through a later payment of money damages, and is therefore irreparable.

In balancing the equities, Judge Chuang compared the harm of separation from ones family to the national security harms created by not enforcing EO-3. These tipped in the plaintiffs favor, particularly because [a]n injunction would not grant entry to any individual foreign national, but would only preclude the use of a blanket ban. Even with an injunction, visa applicants from the Designated Countries would be screened through the standard, individualized vetting process under which the burden is on individual applicants to prove that they are not inadmissible to the United States. The court did note however that the balance would tip in the governments favor in the case of individuals who lacked a connection with people or entities in the United States so this factor would only support an injunction extending to people with such connections.

Judge Chuang also found that the public interest would be served by preventing an establishment clause violation and by guarding Congress wishes in the implementation of the INA. While the public also has a national security interest, Judge Chuang was not persuaded that it would be harmed sufficiently to outweigh these concerns.

Because an establishment clause violation has effects beyond the parties in the case, and because the organizational plaintiffs in the case operate across the country, Judge Chuang issued a nationwide injunction. However, because the balance of the equities on the restrictions on travel from Venezuela and North Korea favored the government, the injunction does not apply to nationals from those countries.

For more information on the travel ban litigation, and a direct look at the litigation documents, take a look at Lawfares roundup here.

Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices

FBI politicization – Google News: Emotional Gen. Kelly Rips Rep. Wilson’s Politicization Of Soldier’s Death – The Jewish Press – JewishPress.com (blog)

Emotional Gen. Kelly Rips Rep. Wilson’s Politicization Of Soldier’s Death
The Jewish Press – JewishPress.com (blog)
I’ll end with this: In October April, rather, of 2015, I was still on active duty, and I went to the dedication of the new FBI field office in Miami. And it was dedicated to two men who were killed in a firefight in Miami against drug traffickers in 

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Donald Trump – Google News: Jimmy Carter would like Donald Trump to delegate the North Korea problemto him – Quartz


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Jimmy Carter would like Donald Trump to delegate the North Korea problemto him
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Donald Trump loves delegating. He has the secretary of defense deciding troop levels in Afghanistan, his daughter pinch-hitting at meetings, and his son-in-law handling the Middle East, Mexico, China, criminal justice reform, and the opioid crisis. Now 

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Jimmy Carter would like Donald Trump to delegate the North Korea problemto him
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Donald Trump loves delegating. He has the secretary of defense deciding troop levels in Afghanistan, his daughter pinch-hitting at meetings, and his son-in-law handling the Middle East, Mexico, China, criminal justice reform, and the opioid crisis. Now 

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Donald Trump – Google News: Jimmy Carter would like Donald Trump to delegate the North Korea problemto him – Quartz


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Jimmy Carter would like Donald Trump to delegate the North Korea problemto him
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Donald Trump loves delegating. He has the secretary of defense deciding troop levels in Afghanistan, his daughter pinch-hitting at meetings, and his son-in-law handling the Middle East, Mexico, China, criminal justice reform, and the opioid crisis. Now 

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Saved Stories – 1. Trump
How John Kelly Exposed Himself As Steve Bannon Lite

He’s proven himself to be an authoritarian and a true Trump soulmate.

AP report: Trump plans to help pay aides’ legal costs for Russia probes – PBS NewsHour


Newsweek
AP report: Trump plans to help pay aides’ legal costs for Russia probes
PBS NewsHour
WASHINGTON President Donald Trump intends to spend at least $430,000 of his own money to help pay the legal bills of White House staff and campaign aides related to the investigations into Russian election meddling in the 2016 election, a White …
Russia Update: Trump Campaign Official Under InvestigationNewsweek
Senate panel postpones hearing with Trump lawyer Cohen in Russia probeReuters
Does the House Intel Committee Have Enough Staff to Investigate the Trump-Russia Scandal?Mother Jones
USA TODAY –Washington Post
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Is Trump Smart Enough To Reappoint Janet Yellen?

Trump is likely to give us a Wall Street guy to chair the Fed.

McConnell Says GOP Senate Candidates Don’t Need to Commit to Him – Bloomberg


Bloomberg
McConnell Says GOP Senate Candidates Don’t Need to Commit to Him
Bloomberg
McConnell also said the Republican agenda in the Senate is one and the same as Trump’s, and that’s what should drive the selection of Republican candidates. In order for president’s agenda to advance, we have to be able need to elect people who …

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Lindsey Graham: The Trump administration has ‘a blind spot on Russia I still can’t figure out’ – Business Insider


Business Insider
Lindsey Graham: The Trump administration has ‘a blind spot on Russia I still can’t figure out’
Business Insider
“I think that the Trump administration is slow when it comes to Russia,” Graham said when asked why he thought the administration had not yet implemented the new sanctions against Russia that Trump signed into law on August 2. “They have a blind spot 

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Trump To Release Classified Files On JFK Assassination

More than 3,000 documents related to the 1963 shooting death have never been publicly released. 

Report: White House Rush-Sending Condolences To Gold Star Families

At least three families said they received express-shipped packages from the White House after Trump claimed he called “virtually everybody.”

Trump Offers $430,000 Of His Own Money For Aides’ Legal Fees In Russian Probe

The funds ethical issues if associates have information about the president.

Donald Trump’s 2012 Yankees Tweet Proves There Really Is A #TweetForEverything

Yes, even for Major League Baseball.

Trump pledges at least $430000 to help staff pay for Russia probe lawyers – Politico


Politico
Trump pledges at least $430000 to help staff pay for Russia probe lawyers
Politico
President Donald Trump is committing at least $430,000 from his own wallet to help White House and former campaign staffers pay legal bills tied to the Russia investigation, White House officials said on Saturday. Details on how and whereTrump will 
Trump pledges $430K to help cover legal bills of aides amid Russia probeThe Hill (blog)
Trump pledges at least $430000 of his own money to help cover aides’ legal costs related to Russia probesWashington Post
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Putin says Trump hampered from delivering electoral promises – Reuters


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Putin says Trump hampered from delivering electoral promises
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SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that if President Donald Trump is unpredictable, it is because his domestic opponents are stopping him from delivering on many of his election promises. Russia’s President …

Putin Says Americans Should Not ‘Disrespect’ Trump, Because He’s the President and ‘Doesn’t Need Any Advice’ – Newsweek


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Putin Says Americans Should Not ‘Disrespect’ Trump, Because He’s the President and ‘Doesn’t Need Any Advice’
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Putin, who U.S. officials have accused of swaying the 2016 U.S. presidential race in Trump’s favor, broke a streak of hostile diplomatic exchanges between the two leading powers during a speech Thursday in order to defend his former political ally from 
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Putin says Trump should be respectedReuters 
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Putin says ‘Mr Trump should be respected’ by the American people video – The Guardian


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Putin says ‘Mr Trump should be respected’ by the American people video
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Russia’s Vladimir Putin has said the US president, Donald Trump, should be respected because he has a democratic mandate. Speaking to an audience of foreign Russia scholars, Putin said an unprecedented anti-Russia campaign was being conducted in …
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Putin says Trump ‘won honestly,’ deserves more respectWGN-TV
Putin: Americans don’t give Trump enough respectNew York Post
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Putin says Trump ‘won honestly,’ deserves more respect – WGN-TV


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Putin says Trump ‘won honestly,’ deserves more respect
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RUSSIA Russian president Vladimir Putin believes President Donald Trump is worthy of more respect from the American people, reports Russian new agency TASS. The statement came in response to a question from a Valdai International Discussion Club …
Putin says ‘Mr Trump should be respected’ by the American people videoThe Guardian
Stop Criticizing Donald Trump. Vladimir Putin Says So.HuffPost
Putin: Americans don’t give Trump enough respectNew York Post
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Donald Trump launches desperate last ditch bid to prevent his advisers from flipping on him

At the end of a week which saw his own top former White House advisers Sean Spicer and Reince Priebus beginning to cooperate in the investigation against him, Donald Trump is now making a last ditch bid to prevent anyone else from flipping on him. However, the effort appears to be too little too late, and it instead reveals just how nervous Trump has become as the Robert Mueller investigation closes in on him.

Trump is now promising his associates that he’ll chip in $430,000 of his own money to help pay their mounting legal bills, according to an Axios report (link). That’s far too little money to be of much help, considering the sheer number of Trump advisers and associates who have been forced to hire high priced attorneys to represent them in the Trump-Russia scandal. If anything, the report raises questions about how this pittance of money is supposed to be spread around, and whether Trump might try to use it to specifically convince individual witnesses to not flip on him as Mueller corners them. If so, this could constitute obstruction of justice.

Strangely, Axios says that Trump will not pay any of the legal bills for his former National Security Adviser and former campaign foreign policy adviser, Michael Flynn. Why? No one knows. Flynn is considered one of the prime witnesses against Trump, and he’s facing serious criminal charges that could send him to prison for a long time. Why wouldn’t Trump want to motivate Flynn to remain on his side? It raises the question of whether Flynn may already be cooperating against Trump or perhaps Trump simply thinks Flynn may have flipped on him.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump’s own legal bills in the Russia continue to be paid by the Republican National Committee, with money it received from a Kremlin oligarch who is using his dual U.S. citizenship to skirt the law. And as has previously been widely reported, Donald Trump is using funds raised for his own phony “2020 reelection” campaign to pay the legal bills of his son, Donald Trump Jr.

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Donald Trump Jr chimes in and reminds us how stupid he is

Donald Trump Jr chimes in and reminds us how stupid he is

Donald Trump Jr chimes in and reminds us how stupid he is

The debate has been long-running: which of Donald Trump’s adult sons is the dumbest? Is it Eric Trump, who seems to know he’s dumb and pulls his punches accordingly? Or is it Donald Trump Jr,

Senile Donald Trump brags that he only represents “rich people” then incoherently babbles about Vladimir Putin

Senile Donald Trump brags that he only represents “rich people” then incoherently babbles about Vladimir Putin

Senile Donald Trump brags that he only represents “rich people” then incoherently babbles about Putin

Trump clearly needs immediate professional medical attention

George W Bush condemns bigotry and lies in coded attack on Trump – The Guardian


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George W Bush condemns bigotry and lies in coded attack on Trump
The Guardian
The president has pointedly refused to accept the conclusion of the US intelligence agency that the Russians meddled in the2016 election against the backdrop of the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

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Facebook, Twitter and Google Counsel to Testify Before Congress in Russia Investigation – Law.com


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Facebook, Twitter and Google Counsel to Testify Before Congress in Russia Investigation
Law.com
With the U.S. Senate and House intelligence committees looking at Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidentialelection, counsel for tech giants Facebook Inc., Google Inc. and Twitter Inc. are scheduled to testify in Nov. 1 hearings, according to …
Facebook’s Evidence of Russian Electoral Meddling Is Only ‘the Tip of the Iceberg’The Atlantic

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All five living former U.S. Presidents to make joint public appearance tonight

As major hurricanes began ravaging various regions of the United States and it became clear that the Donald Trump administration wasn’t going to come close to providing a proper disaster response, all five living former U.S. Presidents came together to unveil a charitable foundation called One America Appeal. Since that time they’ve begun condemning Trump in semi-coordinated fashion, suggesting they have much more up their sleeves. Tonight, all five of them will be making a joint public appearance together.

Former Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama will be the special guests at tonight’s One America Appeal benefit concert in Texas which will benefit the victims of the hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. The musical lineup mostly consists of country music acts, including Alabama, Lyle Lovett, and Lee Greenwood. But even as funds are being raised for charity, all eyes will be on the five Presidents to determine what they’re really up to.

Earlier this week George W. Bush, the most conservative of the five former Presidents, delivered a blistering speech condemning Donald Trump. Then almost immediately afterward, Barack Obama gave an anti-Trump speech of his own. This couldn’t have been a coincidence, and it points to a degree of coordination in their messaging. This has only served to further the expectation that there’s more to the five-way partnership than simply charity work, making tonight intriguing.

Due to the charitable nature of tonight’s concert, you can expect the five former Presidents to keep the entire thing cordial. This will be, in effect, their coming out party for their alliance. Once the American public becomes comfortable with the idea of its former leaders coming together to speak with one authoritative voice, we may soon find out what they’re planning when it comes to deposing Donald Trump.

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felix sater – Google News: But Trump suffers ‘convenient memory loss’! – The Island.lk

But Trump suffers ‘convenient memory loss’!
The Island.lk
“I mean, I’ve seen him a couple of times; I have met him,” Trump said, in a deposition in a court case involving Sater in 2013. And The New York Times quoted him as saying, “If he were sitting in the room right now, I really wouldn’t know what he 

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The Russians have sold out Donald Trump and Donald Trump Jr to Robert Mueller

Even as Congress and Special Counsel Robert Mueller continue to plow their way through Donald Trump’s inner circle in an attempt at pressuring Trump’s underlings to flip on him, another more surprising angle has emerged. The Russians are now voluntarily cooperating with the investigation into the Trump-Russia scandal, in a manner which could end up taking down both Donald Trump and Donald Trump Jr.

Mueller has been zeroing in on Donald Trump Jr’s meeting with Russian government representatives in which Junior sought dirt on Hillary Clinton and on Donald Trump’s subsequent attempt at covering up the real reason for the meeting. Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, and other Trump people who were in the meeting, are still largely refusing to cooperate. But now the Russians who were in the meeting are cooperating with the investigation. This is a remarkable development, because these people wouldn’t need to cooperate unless they wanted to.

Some of the Russians at the meeting have now met with congressional investigators, according to a CNN report (link). Although details about Robert Mueller’s investigation rarely leak out, this means that these same Russians have almost certainly spoken with Mueller as well. They’re not U.S. citizens and they don’t reside in the United States, so U.S. investigators have little if any legal leverage over them yet they’ve decided to cooperate anyway. Considering that the Russians in question all have relationships with Vladimir Putin, they wouldn’t be cooperating unless he wanted them to.

It’s still not clear precisely what information the Russians have given to Congress and Mueller. But the Russians are well aware that the investigators are trying to use the details of this meeting to nail Donald Trump Jr for collusion and to nail Donald Trump for obstruction of justice. By voluntarily providing any level of cooperation, the Russians have sold out them both.

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Trump more optimistic on Isis after Raqqa than key advisers

President hails step toward lasting peace and political transition but advisers say militants remain a threat and Assad government newly strengthened

Donald Trump on Saturday issued a statement on the Islamic States expulsion from Raqqa that ran counter to warnings in recent days from his national security aides that the militants remain fully capable of striking American interests.

Events in Raqqa were a milestone in the fight against terrorism and a step toward a political transition and lasting peace in Syria, Trump said in a White House statement.

Related: The fall of Raqqa – in pictures

Related: Escape from Raqqa: how my three-year ordeal in the Isis stronghold ended | Tim Ramadan

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Donald Trump goes berserk with bizarre Pee Pee Tape denial

Of all the things Donald Trump is worried about surfacing in his Trump-Russia scandal, he’s not the most worried about his treasonous election-rigging collusion or even his lifetime of financial crimes. Instead it’s the mythical “Pee Pee Tape” which allegedly shows him engaging with Russian prostitutes. Now more than ever, Trump has become paranoid about the tape in question. We know this because he’s going off the deep end while specifically denying its existence.

On Saturday afternoon, out of nowhere, Trump tweeted “Officials behind the now discredited ‘Dossier’ plead the Fifth. Justice Department and/or FBI should immediately release who paid for it.” It’s important to point out that not one word of Trump’s tweet is true. The dossier in question has not been discredited in any way, shape, or form and much of it has now been independently confirmed. The officials in question have not pleaded the fifth. Instead they’ve fully cooperated with the investigation, and have only rebuffed a fake subpoena from Trump’s own corrupt puppet Devin Nunes.

It’s nothing new for Trump to lie through his teeth in a tweet. However, what does stand out here is that this tweet came out of nowhere. There were no major news reports about the dossier or the Pee Pee Tape yesterday or today so why is Trump suddenly bringing it up just to try to discredit it? This strongly suggests that he’s recently learned something which has led him to fear that it could surface.

If Russian President Vladimir Putin has indeed been using the Pee Pee Tape to blackmail Donald Trump, it’s possible that Trump now fears Putin might leak it. Putin has personally lost billions of dollars as a direct result of Trump’s failure to get U.S. sanctions against Russia lifted which is now impossible in the current political climate. Does Trump fear Putin is about to cut his losses?

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Trump calls on FBI to release names behind dossier – The Hill (blog)


The Hill (blog)
Trump calls on FBI to release names behind dossier
The Hill (blog)
President Trump on Saturday renewed his criticism of the controversial dossier alleging that Moscow had compromising information on Trump during the 2016 election, calling for the FBI to “release who paid for it.” “Officials behind the now discredited …
Devin Nunes Went Rogue to Find Out Who Paid for TrumpRussia Dossier, Firm ClaimsDaily Beast
Trump: Justice Dept., FBI should release ‘who paid for’ Russia dossierPolitico
Donald Trump just suggested the FBI, Democrats and Russia might all be co-conspiratorsCNN
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“We don’t know what these Facebook ads looked like, we don’t know who they were targeting, and we don’t know how many millions of Americans may have been exposed to them.”

Putin’s Pro-Trump Operation May Have Been Far Bigger Than We Yet Know
Did the Kremlin help make Trump the “first Facebook president”?
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11:23 AM 10/22/2017 – What is the “Khazarian Mafia (KM)”? 

What is the “Khazarian Mafia (KM)”?

“Khazarian Mafia (KM) against America and many Middle East …” – Khazarian Mafia has Gone Mad, Follows the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror Kashmir Watch

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And now Gordon Duff has asked President Putin to release Russian Intel which will expose about 300 traitors in Congress for their serious serial felonies and statutory espionage on behalf of the Khazarian Mafia (KM) against America and many Middle East 

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Khazarain Mafia has Gone Mad, Follows the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror

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By Sajjad Shaukat

Renowned historians agree that besides other causes, major cause of the French Revolution of 1789 was the class distinction between the privileged and the unprivileged, which rapidly increased under the reign of King Louis XVI who had continued the policy of taking out international loans, and the debt drove the country to near bankruptcy, leading to the Revolution.

They opine, “The French Revolution began because the people of France wanted to end the monarchy and aristocracy…The people signed the Declaration of the Rights of Man, which declared that all estates are equal…all men are born equal under the law…the Revolution cherished the genuine aspirations of people such as liberty, equality and justice, which became the inspiration of people not only in France, but also in Europe and from there to the whole world.”

But, this enthusiasm died, when France witnessed the era of Reign of Terror from September 1793 to July 1794. The Reign of Terror was essentially created by the radical leader of the revolution Maximilien de Robespierre.

According to a researcher, “The guillotine became the preferred method of executions and became known as “The National Razor.” Joseph Guillotine, a doctor, suggested its use for all executions, because it was a quick, painless death…The device was a large timber frame with a space at the bottom for the neck of the prisoner. At the top of the machine is a large angled blade. Once the prisoner is secured, the blade is dropped, severing the head and bringing about immediate death.”

During the Reign of Terror, the revolutionaries executed many high ranking members of France’s elite class through the guillotine which also included King Louis XVI, his wife Marie Antoinette, Louis Philippe II, Madame Roland, and the Girondins.

The Reign of Terror was controlled by the Committee of Public Safety-the Jacobins. Robospierre ran the country and got an army of 800,000. It was the biggest army ever, in Europe, up to that time. Researchers say, “Between 20,000 and 40,000 people were executed. At their trials, they could not speak in their own defense. The victims were clergy, aristocracy, and common people. Anyone who disagreed with the Jacobins was a threat to the Republic.”

Robespierre even executed some of his fellow leaders like Danton and others who were beheaded in 1794. The Reign of Terror ended when several of the main instigators, including Robespierre and Saint-Just, were beheaded. However, the French Revolution had started to murder itself.

Regarding the Reign of Terror, David Thomsan writes, “The Terror was not an instrument of class war, and 70 percent of its victims belonged to the peasantry and laboring classes.”

According to Indian historian, V. D. Mahajin, “The Reign of Terror has been described as martial law gone mad…On 10 November [1793], Madam Roland was executed. When she mounted to the scaffold, she exclaimed: Liberty! What crimes are committed in thy name!”

By taking advantage of the Reign of Terror and unrest in the country, Napoleon Bonaparte, the French General seized the power through a coup and became head of the government as the First Consul. He later proclaimed himself Emperor of France. Quite opposite to the ideas of the French Revolution, Napoleon ruled over France by establishing a dictatorship, a monarchy and an aristocracy. He also militarized France and engaged the country in several wars.

If we take cognizance of the bloody aftermath of the French Revolution, we need to know that in the modern era, Khazarain Mafia has also gone mad and follows the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror in its worst form. This Mafia has refined the tactics of the guillotine and tortured to deaths millions of people, belonging to various nations. If guillotine resulted into quick death of persons, Kazarian Mafia’s techniques have been eliminating the human beings not only through mass murder, but also through perennial pain which may also be equated with slow poison.

As regards the historical background of the Kazarian Mafia and its connections with Israel and Zionist Jews, various writers of the Veterans Today, including Senior Auditor Gordon Duff have already exposed its evil-designs.

In this respect, under the titles, “The Hidden History of the Incredibly Evil Khazarian Mafia” and “Khazarians Then, Khazarians Now”, Preston James and Mike Harris wrote on the VT, “The curtain is now being pulled back to fully expose the Khazarian Mafia and its evil plan to infiltrate, tyrannize the whole world and eradicate all Abrahamic Religions and allow only their Babylonian Talmudism also known as Luciferianism, Satanism or ancient Baal worship…the Khazarian Mafia (KM), the World’s largest Organized Crime Syndicate that the Khazarian oligarchy morphed into by their deployment of Babylonian Money-Magick…It has been exceedingly difficult to reconstruct this hidden secret history of the KM…We have done the best we can to reconstruct it…It was Mike Harris that connected the dots and made the actual discovery of the presence of the Khazarian Mafia’s secret history and blood oath to take revenge on Russia for helping Americans win the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, and their blood oath of revenge against America and Americans for winning these wars and sustaining the Union. At the Syrian Conference on Combating Terrorism and Religious Extremism December 1, 2014—in his Keynote address, Veterans Today Senor Editor and Director Gordon Duff disclosed publicly for the first time ever that World Terrorism is actually due to a large International Organized Crime Syndicate associated with Israel…And the shock-waves from his historic speech in Damascus continue to reverberate around the world even to this very day. And now Gordon Duff has asked President Putin to release Russian Intel which will expose about 300 traitors in Congress for their serious serial felonies and statutory espionage on behalf of the Khazarian Mafia (KM) against America and many Middle East nations. We now know that the Khazarian Mafia (KM) is waging a secret war against America and Americans by the use of False-flag Gladio-style terrorism, and via the illegal and Unconstitutional Federal Reserve System, the IRS, the FBI, FEMA, Homeland Security and the TSA. We know for certain that the KM was responsible for deploying an inside-job, Gladio-style False-flag attack on America on 9-11-01, as well as the Murrah Building Bombing on April 19, 1995….Khazarians develop into a nation ruled by an evil king, who had ancient Babylonian black arts, occult oligarchs serving as his court…The leaders of the surrounding nations, especially Russia, have had so many years of complaints by their citizens that, as a group, they deliver an ultimatum to the Khazarian king…he must choose one of the three Abrahamic religions for his people…Islam, Christianity and Judaism. The Khazarian king chose Judaism, and promised to stay within the requirements laid out by the surrounding confederacy of nations led by the Russian czar. Despite his agreement and promise, the Khazarian king and his inner circle of oligarchs kept practicing ancient Babylonian black-magic, also known as Secret Satanism…Sadly, the Khazarians continued their evil ways, robbing and murdering those from surrounding countries who traveled through Khazaria. Khazarian robbers often attempted to assume their identities after they murdered these visitors, and became masters of disguises and false identities—a practice they have continued even to this very day, along with their child-sacrifice occult ceremonies, which are actually ancient Baal Worship…The Khazarian leaders had a well-developed spy network through which they obtained prior warning and escaped from Khazaria to European nations to the west, taking their vast fortune with them in gold and silver. They laid low and regrouped, while assuming new identities…To accomplish their invasion, they hired Oliver Cromwell to murder King Charles 1, and make England safe for banking again. This began the English Civil Wars which raged for nearly a decade, resulting in regicide of the royal family and hundreds of the genuine English nobility. This is how the City of London was set up as the banking capital of Europe and launched the beginning of the British Empire. The Khazarian Mafia (KM) decides to infiltrate and hijack all World Banking using Babylonian Black-Magick, also known as Babylonian Money-Magick or the secret art of making money from nothing also using the power of pernicious usury to accumulate interest…The Rothschild banksters regroup and continue their covert attempts to install their own Babylonian money-magick bank inside America. In 1913, the Rothschild KM was able to establish a beachhead by bribing crooked, treasonous members of Congress to pass the illegal, Unconstitutional Federal Reserve Act on Christmas Eve without a required quorum. The Act was then signed by a crooked, bought off President, who was a traitor to America, like the members of Congress who voted for it. The KM put an illegal, unconstitutional tax system in place, in order to make sure that Americans would have to pay for high-level USG spending, approved by a bought-off, crooked Congress and Presidential puppets, put in place by corrupt KM campaign finance…It is easy for the KM to garner enough money to elect anyone they want, because when you control a bank that is a secret major counterfeiter, you have all the money made for you that you desire…they also bribed members of Congress to approve the Internal Revenue Service, which is their private collection agency incorporated in Puerto Rico…The Bolsheviks, at the direction of the Rothschild KM, raped, tortured and mass-murdered approximately 100 million Russians, including women, children and infants. Some of the torture and bloodletting was so extreme, we are not going to mention it here in this article…They called this racially-paranoid mass Judaic delusion of world conquest, “World Zionism”, which is really a form of covert Babylonian Talmudism or Luciferianism…It is important to realize that the Rothschild KM took Germany down to nothing after WWI, created a vacuum for Fascism, and then rebuilt it, creating Naziism and installing Hitler as a counter-force to their Russian Bolshevism…Hitler became a problem for the KM when he broke free and begin acting in the interests of the German people and the free people of the world, and developed his own banking system free of the Rothschilds…We see the same thing today with the Khazarian war against Islam, because Islam forbids usury. That is why Israel is so vocal and aggressive about destroying the Islamic people of the world…The KM expected this to be a large WWII and when they supported both sides, this could be used to industrialize the whole world and maximize their bankster money-power…After WWII was finished, the Rothschild KM deployed the Cold War, and used this as an excuse to bring Nazi scientists and mind-kontrol experts to America under Operation Paperclip. This allowed them to set up a worldwide spying and espionage system that far exceeded any of their prior efforts…Under this new system, they continue to infiltrate and hijack all American institutions, including the various American church systems, Freemasonry (especially the Scottish Rite and York Rite), the US military, US Intel, and most private defense contractors, the Judiciary and most agencies of the USG, including most State governments, and both major political parties as well…The Rothschild KM was able to use their self mis-labelled, so-called “holocaust” to serve as a mind-kontrol trigger to thwart and resist any criticism of their Zionist ways.”

As a matter of fact, Jews are owners of the many big cartels of the US in particular and the world in general. Based in the US, they have been running the major multinational corporations, arms factories, five star hotels, oil companies, liquor business, banks, film industry, print and electronic media on international level. Having influence on the financial institutes like World Bank and International Monetary Fund, Jews have direct and indirect hold on the global economy. Thus, by dominating the American internal policies Khazarian Jewish Mafia has moulded country’s foreign policy for their own interests and those of Israel. By changing America into a corporate industry, they have converted the world into a corporate industry.

It is notable that after the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991, the US emerged as the sole superpower in the unipolar world. In consultation with his Zionist-advisers, American former President Bush, (The Senior) replaced the old bipolar order with the New World Order (NWO), with the US acting as a kind of global policeman to protect the political, economic and religious interests of the Khazarian Mafia.

In the unipolar world, even the United Nations system became an instrument of the US policy to establish American hegemony in the world. The Third World—Muslim countries were compelled to realign their domestic policies according to Washington’s dictates. In order to obtain the hidden agenda of the Khazarian Jewish Mafia, the US imposed its sudden terms of globalization such as free markets, privatization and de-nationalization etc. on the ill-prepared developing countries and the Muslim countries, which left behind shattered nations and a global financial crisis and increased poverty in most of these countries, which resulted into painful deaths of many persons due to diseases and lack of medical treatment. It further widened the gap between the poor and the rich countries or G-7 countries. The Khazarian Mafia has continued to drive the project of globalization.

Besides, America’s child-killing sanctions against Iraq and Iran; late action to curb ethnic cleansing in Kosovo, support to Israel’s aggressive occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, with vetoing any effective action by the UN to curb the Israeli state terrorism greatly annoyed the Muslims all over the world.

When President George W. Bush became the US president, he and the neo-conservatives crossed all the limits in securing the political, economic and religious interests of Israel and the Khazarian Mafia at the cost of Muslims and patriot Americans.

Once Henry Kissinger stated “legitimacy is not natural or automatic, but created.” Under the cover of the false flag operation of the 9/11, the US President Bush orchestrated the drama of global war on terror.

Bush who used the words, “crusade against the evil-doers” adding to the perception that the ongoing ‘different war’ against terrorism is actually a war against the Islamic countries also warned the world to choose sides by saying, “either you are with us or with terrorists.” It was due to employment of pressure-diplomacy on the weak states—Muslim countries like Pakistan, Indonesia, Libya etc., including almost all the Arab states joined Bush anti-terrorism war. By manipulating the 9/11 carnage, Bush also got the sympathies of almost all the major Western countries including NATO states which also joined the fake global war on terror.

During the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq (By the US-British-led forces) and after occupation, the brutal tactics of the US-led NATO like heavy air bombardment and ground shelling by the sophisticated war machinery, including special military operations and extra-judicial assassinations killed several innocent persons. Particularly, the US military strategic warlords who preferred to create a paralyzing effect of ‘shock and awe’ displayed the terrible inferno of destruction in Afghanistan and Iraq.

In case of Iraq, many of the Iraqis including some members of the former Interim Governing Council were shocked at the violence in Fallujah. Even the US weekly, ‘Newsweek’ admitted in its publication of April 19/April 26, 2004 that the US forces “used very heavy hand in Fallujah where more than 400 people were killed. Four members of the [former] Governing Council resigned in a protest against America’s crackdown in Fallujah…according to doctors figure of the deaths was impossible to check and it is more than 400…an airstrike dropped a 500 pound bomb. Arab language TV claimed that the bomb killed more than a score of civilians at prayer.”

Like Afghanistan, American soldiers also massacred several wounded people and civilians in Iraq. In November, 2004, a number of world’s televised channels including those of America showed footage of a US marine who was shooting and killing an already captive and wounded Iraqi prisoner at close range in a mosque in Fallujah where civilians had taken shelter.

Nobody can deny the fact that these were the worst examples of the US-led state terrorism or use of abnormal force.

It is of particular attention that the US-led troops, assisted by CIA have carried out indiscriminate mass round-ups in catching up suspected Muslim men and women in Afghanistan and Iraq, including some Arab countries without evidence. Israeli intelligence agency Mossad and Indian secret agency RAW have helped the CIA officials in arresting the Muslim men, having beard and ladies, wearing scarves. Besides Guantanamo Bay and Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison, CIA torture cells were present in several Islamic countries and were also set up in ships where US secret agencies and military personnel employed various methods of torture on the militants and suspected persons like physical violence and even murder. American notorious private military firm Blackwater also eliminated countless Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In March, 2013, an investigative report by the British Guardian/BBC disclosed that acting under the direction of the top US officials; the CIA utilized a global network of secret prisons, foreign intelligence agents and torture centers in various Islamic countries including Belgium, Thailand etc. where torture was conducted directly by American intelligence operatives.

The report also mentioned atrocities of the US-backed entities, carried out in Bagram Airbase (Afghanistan), Guantanamo and Iraq—unleashed a deadly sectarian militia which terrorized the Sunni community and germinated a civil war between Sunnis and Shias, and claimed tens of thousands of lives.

It revealed, “At the height of that sectarian conflict, 3,000 bodies a month were strewn on the streets of Iraq. Rounding up Sunnis in American pickup trucks, the captives were thrown into secret prisons established in libraries, airports, and ministries. Anti-occupation politicians, human rights activists, and journalists were murdered. The purpose was also to terrorize ordinary Iraqis who opposed the US occupation.”

In this regard, the report focuses on the role of retired Colonel James Steele who worked with the Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Gen. David Petraeus who also served as President Obama’s CIA director. Steele sent regular memos to Donald Rumsfeld who forwarded them to Vice-President Dick Cheney and President George Bush, while, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis died and millions were displaced as a result of the chaos and brutal practices.

In this connection, some latest reports suggest that more than 3 million people including civilians died in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan which was not attacked, but was, deliberately, destabilized by CIA, RAW and Mossad, as the latter is the only nuclear country in the Islamic World.

Following his predecessor, President Barack Obama also continued the ruthless killings of the Muslims to complete the unfinished agenda of the Khazarian Mafia.

Apart from air strikes on funerals, marriage-ceremonies and mosques in Afghanistan, he converted Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen etc. into concentration camps. As part of the US double game, CIA which created Al-Qaeda and then Islamic State group (Also known as Daesh, ISIS and ISIL), including Al-Qaeda’s Al-Nusra Front and Syrian rebel groups in fighting against the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Iraqi regime is responsible for the mass murder of more than 2 million Muslims and Christians who were killed in civil wars—ground and aerial strikes of the US-led Western countries—suicide attacks and bomb blasts, conducted by Al-Qaeda and ISIS. Besides, during the phony global war on terror, in these countries and Afghanistan and Iraq, especially in Syria, millions of Muslims became homeless. The plight of refugees—countless deaths, particularly of children due to lack of medical treatment and starvation has shocked the peace-loving people of the international community.

President Obama had also broken all the record of human rights violations by extrajudicial killings of the innocent people through illegal CIA-operated drone attacks in Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen etc. in general and Pakistan in particular.

It is mentionable that through the war against terrorism, President Bush and President Obama provided a golden chance to Israel and India to accelerate the systematic genocide of the Palestinians and Kashmiris by equating the wars of liberation in the controlled territories of Palestine and Kashmir with terrorism. Their forces have been employing military terrorism such as curfews, crackdowns, sieges, massacre and targeted killings to maintain alien rule on these territories.

It is noteworthy that a number of investigative reports after lab-verification verified that since 1948, Israel used the banned chemical and radiological materials against the Palestinians, Egyptians and Syrians, and during various phases of the Palestinian Intifada, which resulted in to severe convulsions, the burning sensation, the difficulty to breathe, the vomiting and pain found in relation to the victims—mostly women and children, a majority of whom died in the long run. In 2006, during the war against Lebanon, Israel used banned chemical weapons like phosphorous bombs in Lebanon and Gaza, which killed 286 Palestinians and injured 4,200.

Notably, the main purpose of occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq by the US-led forces was to possess energy resources of Central Asia and Iraq. In case of the Middle East, we can see the resources of natural gas reserves in the whole Persian Gulf region. Hence, the motives of the CIA-led Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates in financing with billions of dollars to the opposition rebel groups and ISIL in Syria was to occupy the natural gas and oil of the region.

Many analysts say that Russia supplies Europe with a quarter of the gas. America and its European allies which are involved in the Syrian war want to end European dependence on Russia. American President Obama had openly said to reduce Europe’s reliance on Russian gas.

In this context, F. William Engdahl wrote, “Today the US-backed wars in Ukraine and in Syria are but two fronts in the same strategic war to cripple Russia and China and to rupture any Eurasian counter-pole to a US-controlled New World Order. In each, control of energy pipelines, this time primarily of natural gas pipelines—from Russia to the EU via Ukraine and from Iran and Syria to the EU via Syria—is the strategic goal.”

It is worth-mentioning that according to the retired NATO Secretary General Wesley Clark, a memo from the Office of the US Secretary of Defense just a few weeks after 9/11 revealed plans to attack and destroy the governments in 7 countries in five years, starting with Iraq and moving on to Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran. In an interview, Clark said that this strategy is fundamentally about control of the region’s vast oil and gas resources.

Similarly, when during the regime of the then President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan initiated the construction of Gwadar deep-seaport in Balochistan province in March 2002 with Chinese assistance, sirens went off in the capitals of some European countries, especially the US, India and Israel which took it as a threat to their global and regional plans.

Located on the southwestern coast of Pakistan, Balochistan’s Gwadar seaport is close to the Strait of Hormuz from where more than 17 million barrels of oil passes every day. Its ideal location among South Asia, the oil-rich Middle East, and oil and gas-resourced Central Asia has further increased its strategic significance. Besides, Balochistan’s abundant mineral resources irritate the eyes of Washington, New Delhi and Tel Aviv who intend to weaken Pakistan for their collective aims.

Based in Afghanistan, CIA, Mossad and RAW which are well-penetrated in the ISIS and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) including their linked terror outfits and Baloch separatist groups are using their terrorists to destabilize Tibetan regions of China, Iranian Sistan-Baluchistan and Pakistan’s Balochistan by arranging the subversive activities. In this connection, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is their special target.

Machiavelli advises the rulers to have a lion-like image outwardly, and act upon the traits of goat inwardly. He also suggests them foreign adventures and the use of terror to obtain their goals. In his sense, a good ruler should be a good opportunist and hypocrite. While echoing Machiavelli, Morgenthau points out that sometimes, rulers act upon immoral activities like deceit, fraud, falsehood and even murder to fulfill their selfish aims.

Indicating dual policy, Morgenthau, and Palmer and Perkins opine, “Just as power became the instrument of ambitious nationalism and state’s leaders, it has now become the tool of ideologies. The true nature of the policy is concealed by ideological justifications and rationalization.”

Although in the present world of social media and Internet, such a sinister politics has been replaced by modern trends such as fair-dealings, reconciliation and economic development, yet by following the old strategies, Khazarain Mafia has been practicing the most horrible form of colonialism and neo-colonialism, while employing ruthless techniques of terrorism by assisting the militant groups like Al-Qaeda and ISIS which conducted various terrorism-related attacks in the US, Europe and other Western countries, including Turkey, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Iran, Indonesia, Philippines etc., and some African countries. Thus, they massacred thousands of persons which also include Christians.

It is also of particular attention that on September 25, 2016, at the UN General Assembly, while indicating the unjust global order, Pope Francis condemned the global financial institutions, calling on them to ensure that countries “are not subjected to oppressive lending systems which, far from promoting progress, subject people to mechanisms which generate greater poverty, exclusion and dependence.”

Earlier, addressing the US Congress, Pope Francis said, “No religion is immune from forms of individual delusion or ideological extremism…We must be especially attentive to every type of fundamentalism. A delicate balance is required to combat violence perpetual in the name of a religion, an ideology or an economic system…Every life is sacred.”

Taking note of America’s non-acceptance of the Syrian refugees, Francis reminded the law-makers by remarking that the United States “is part of a larger whole on America in the Americas, where immigration is a deeply rooted part of history…We, the people of this continent, are not fearful of foreigners, because most of us were once foreigners.”

While calling for an end to the arms trade by arms dealers, Francis explained, “Deadly weapons for money are being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society…Money that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood.”

He further added, “If politics must truly be at the service of human person, it follows that it cannot be slave to economy and finance.”

Meanwhile, since September 2015, when Russian-led coalition of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon-based Hezbollah started successful military operations against the CIA-supported rebels and mercenaries after their failure to topple Assad’s government, proving links of Al-Qaeda and ISIS, several false flag terror assaults in Europe and the US, were, in fact, arranged by Mossad in connivance with some CIA operatives and ISIS terrorists to increase anti-Muslim phenomena in the West—now, more resentment is found against the US-led West, and even the moderate Muslims are likely to join the militants. Another aim, especially of Mossad is to radicalize the Muslims against the Western Christians and the latter against the former.

The pro-Israeli President Donald Trump who manipulated these terror assaults, continues his anti-Muslim policies. Being a capitalist, President Donald Trump is blindly pursuing the goals of the Khazarain Mafia. Like Napoleon Bonaparte, he is a staunch warrior, as his policy war-like strategy regarding Afghanistan and North Korea show. Taking note of Trump’s contradictory approach and emotional statements, some Americans call him a sick man. In fact, like the revolutionaries of the French Revolution, President Trump has also gone mad.

Now, Russian-led coalition has almost defeated the ISIS and its linked militants groups in Syria and Iraq, who are on flee.

While, implementing secret strategy of the Khazarain Mafi, besides supporting the fanatic Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, American extremist President Donald Trump is also backing the Indian leader of the fanatic party BJP and the fundamentalist Prime Minister Narindra Modi against China and Pakistan in accordance with anti-China, anti-Pakistan and anti-Muslim agenda. President Trump is leading the clandestine Indo-Israeli nexus as part of the invisible war of the Khazarian Mafia.

Nonetheless, according to an estimate, more than 8 million Muslims (Excluding the missing persons) have been killed during war on terror and in various terror related attacks by the terrorist groups. The figure of their fatalities is more than 6 or 7 million, which has, exaggeratedly been claimed by the Jews in connection with the Holocaust. While, the fake war on terror shows no end, American President Trump is likely to accelerate the massacre of the Muslims, Christians and military personnel of the US-led West in Syria, Afghanistan etc., and other vulnerable countries by furhter motivating the terrorist outfits like ISIS to target the Muslims and Christians through more acts of terrorism.

If not checked in time by the peace-loving Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Jews and Buddhists, the rigid and racist policies of the President Donald Trump who is completing the unfinished agenda of the Khazarain Mafi could culminate into civil war in the US who is already facing multiple internal crises which are owing to the prolonged war on terror (And in Afghanistan). While the world has already been radicalized on religious lines, this cabal can bring about a major war between the Muslim and the Christian worlds. The most dangerous aspect is that this conspiracy of the Khazarain Mafi may culminate into nuclear war between America and Russia, which will envelope the entire world and take it to the state of nature.

Returning to our earlier discussion, we can, undoubtedly, conclude that like the radicals of the French revolution, Khazarain Mafia has gone mad and follows the Reign of Terror of the French Revolution in its worst form.

Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants, Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations

Email: <a href=”mailto:sajjad_logic_pak@hotmail.com”>sajjad_logic_pak@hotmail.com</a>

Courtesy Veterans Today

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The impact of the presumed Russia’s (or any other) interference in the 2016 American presidential election and its outcome is the whole heart and crux of the issue. It is unanswered at this time, and requires statistical studies, especially in the light of the new series of reports about the significant social media involvement. The issues and the questions to solve are the principles and the methods of measuring these presumed, hypothetical, and strongly suspected influence and its practical impact. This appears to be solvable in principle by good statisticians and other researchers, which will address the dilemma, raised by Mr. Trump, regarding the “billions” spent on the conventional advertising and the “thousands” spent on the social media, but in the decisive fashion and location, and specifically by Cambridge Analytica and other similar involved entities. 

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Even as Congress and Special Counsel Robert Mueller continue to plow their way through Donald Trump’s inner circle in an attempt at pressuring Trump’s underlings to flip on him, another more surprising angle has emerged. The Russians are now voluntarily cooperating with the investigation into the Trump-Russia scandal, in a manner which could end up taking down both Donald Trump and Donald Trump Jr.

Mueller has been zeroing in on Donald Trump Jr’s meeting with Russian government representatives – in which Junior sought dirt on Hillary Clinton – and on Donald Trump’s subsequent attempt at covering up the real reason for the meeting. Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, and other Trump people who were in the meeting, are still largely refusing to cooperate. But now the Russians who were in the meeting are cooperating with the investigation. This is a remarkable development, because these people wouldn’t need to cooperate unless they wanted to.

Some of the Russians at the meeting have now met with congressional investigators, according to a CNN report (link). Although details about Robert Mueller’s investigation rarely leak out, this means that these same Russians have almost certainly spoken with Mueller as well. They’re not U.S. citizens and they don’t reside in the United States, so U.S. investigators have little if any legal leverage over them – yet they’ve decided to cooperate anyway. Considering that the Russians in question all have relationships with Vladimir Putin, they wouldn’t be cooperating unless he wanted them to.

It’s still not clear precisely what information the Russians have given to Congress and Mueller. But the Russians are well aware that the investigators are trying to use the details of this meeting to nail Donald Trump Jr for collusion and to nail Donald Trump for obstruction of justice. By voluntarily providing any level of cooperation, the Russians have sold out them both.

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President Trump on Saturday seemingly downplayed the significance of Russian-bought Facebook ads, which some lawmakers investigating election meddling have said were intended to influence last year’s campaign and divide Americans. “Keep hearing about ‘tiny’ amount of money spent on Facebook ads,” Trump said on Twitter, before taking aim at U.S. television networks. “What about the […]

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Investigators zero in on Donald Trump’s self-confessed intermediary with Vladimir Putin 

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On Friday, the Senate Intelligence Committee sent shockwaves through the Trump-Russia investigation by abruptly canceling the upcoming public testimony of Trump’s longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen, who was long considered one of the key witnesses in the scandal. It wasn’t immediately clear why such a sharp turn was being taken, only that it had to have been for a vital reason. That picture has since become much more clear.

Even as the Senate Intel Committee was ditching its scheduled hearing with Cohen, it announced its interest in a different Trump adviser: George Papadopoulos (link). Why is Papadopoulos important? Although he has a much lower public profile than some of the other players in the Trump-Russia scandal, by his own admission he appears to have been the linchpin for the entire collusion scandal.

According to a Washington Post article from August 14th, Papadopoulos joined the Donald Trump campaign and then immediately informed campaign leaders that he was “acting as an intermediary for the Russian government” before offering to set up a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin (link). This stunning revelation went under-noticed at the time, partly because the Trump campaign claimed that Papadopoulos was a mere campaign “volunteer” (a term the campaign used to describe any adviser who never received payment as promised), and because the campaign insisted that it didn’t believe Papadopoulos was the real deal and thus ignored his offer.

However, this premise is largely blown out of the water by the fact that the Trump campaign didn’t fire the guy. Papadopoulos literally walked into the campaign, introduced himself as a representative of the Russian government, and offered to set up what would have been a profoundly scandalous meeting with a foreign enemy. If the campaign believed he was for real and didn’t fire him, it means the campaign was perfectly comfortable with having a Kremlin agent within its ranks. If the campaign believed he was lying and didn’t fire him, that would have meant the campaign was comfortable with having an adviser who made up bizarre lies about Putin.

In any case, the real story here is that the Senate Intel Committee has suddenly decided George Papadopoulos is so important to the Trump-Russia scandal, it’s pushing prized target Michael Cohen aside so it can talk to Papadopoulos first. There is no new publicly available news about Papadopoulos to explain such a shift – meaning that something major has broken behind the scenes in Robert Mueller’s investigation, and it simply hasn’t become public yet.

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Did Jared Kushner’s Data Operation Help Select Facebook Targets for the Russians?

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The headlines were about Facebook admitting it had sold ad space to Russian groups trying to sway the 2016 presidential campaign. But investigators shrugged: they’d known or assumed for months that Facebook, as well as Twitter and other social-media platforms, were a tool used in the Kremlin’s campaign. “The only thing that’s surprising is that more revelations like this haven’t come out sooner,” said Congressman Mike Quigley, an Illinois Democrat and a member of the House Intelligence Committee. “And I expect that more will.”

Mapping the full Russian propaganda effort is important. Yet investigators in the House, Senate, and special counsel Robert Mueller’s office are equally focused on a more explosive question: did any Americans help target the memes and fake news to crucial swing districts and wavering voter demographics? “By Americans, you mean, like, the Trump campaign?” a source close to one of the investigations said with a dark laugh. Indeed: probers are intrigued by the role of Jared Kushner, the now-president’s son-in-law, who eagerly took credit for crafting the Trump campaign’s online efforts in a rare interview right after the 2016 election. “I called somebody who works for one of the technology companies that I work with, and I had them give me a tutorial on how to use Facebook micro-targeting,” Kushner told Steven Bertoni of Forbes. “We brought in Cambridge Analytica. I called some of my friends from Silicon Valley who were some of the best digital marketers in the world. And I asked them how to scale this stuff . . . We basically had to build a $400 million operation with 1,500 people operating in 50 states, in five months to then be taken apart. We started really from scratch.”

Kushner’s chat with Forbes has provided a veritable bakery’s worth of investigatory bread crumbs to follow. Brad Parscale, who Kushner hired to run the campaign’s San Antonio-based Internet operation, has agreed to be interviewed by the House Intelligence Committee.

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Bigger questions, however, revolve around Cambridge Analytica. It is unclear how Kushner first became aware of the data-mining firm, but one of its major investors is billionaire Trump backer Robert Mercer. Mercer was also a principal patron of Breitbart News and Steve Bannon, who was a vice president of Cambridge Analytica until he joined the Trump campaign. “I think the Russians had help,” said Congresswoman Jackie Speier, a California Democrat who is a member of the House Intelligence Committee. “I’ve always wondered if Cambridge Analytica was part of that.” (Cambridge Analytica did not respond to a request for comment.)

Senator Martin Heinrich is leading the charge to update American election laws so that the origins of political ads on social media are at least as transparent as those on TV and in print. Heinrich, a New Mexico Democrat, is also part of the Senate Intelligence Committee that is tracing Russia’s 2016 tactics. “Paul Manafort made an awful lot of money coming up with a game plan for how Russian interests could be pushed in Western countries and Western elections,” Heinrich said, referring to a mid-2000s proposal Manafort pitched to a Russian oligarch. “Suddenly he finds himself in the middle of this campaign. If there is a person who I think is very sophisticated in this stuff, and runs in pretty dicey circles, that is the place where I would dig.”

No evidence has emerged to link Kushner, Cambridge Analytica, or Manafort to the Russian election-meddling enterprise; all have denied colluding with foreign agents. (Kushner’s representatives declined to comment for this article. Manafort’s spokesman could not be reached.) Yet analysts scoff at the notion that the Russians figured out how to target African-Americans and women in decisive precincts in Wisconsin and Michigan all by themselves. “Could they have hired a warehouse full of people in Moscow and had them read Nate Silver’s blog every morning and determine what messages to post to what demographics? Sure, theoretically that’s possible,” said Mike Carpenter, an Obama administration assistant defense secretary who specialized in Russia and Eastern Europe. “But that’s not how they do this. And it’s not surprising that it took Facebook this long to figure out the ad buys. The Russians are excellent at covering their tracks. They’ll subcontract people in Macedonia or Albania or Cyprus and pay them via the dark Web. They always use locals to craft the campaign appropriately. My only question about 2016 is who exactly was helping them here.”

Maybe no one. Or perhaps the chaotic Trump campaign unwittingly enlisted Russian-connected proxies who were eager to exploit any opening to damage Hillary Clinton’s run. It’s also plausible that Trump’s long-shot, anti-establishment bid was willing to take on assistance without asking too many questions. “Are we connecting the dots? I’m finding more dots,” said Quigley, who recently traveled to Prague and Budapest to learn more about the history of Russian influence campaigns. “I believe there was coordination, and I’m going to leave it at that for now.”

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Most viewers watching a charismatic Tantric sex expert featured on a CNN program about “sexual healing” earlier this month didn’t know her controversial backstory.

They only saw Psalm Isadora, 42, as compelling and radiant on camera as any movie star, showing a young couple how to connect through Tantric yoga touch and leading a group sex therapy session chanting “Orgasm is God!”

Many were shocked at the end of the episode when they learned Isadora had apparently killed herself in March 2017, a few months after taping the show.

Why? That’s what everyone asked, especially Isadora’s devastated devotees who believed her message of female sexual empowerment based on 5000-year-old Eastern teachings and how it could heal and transform you, no matter what your pain.

The answer, when it comes to her death, which was ruled a suicide by the L.A. County coroner’s office but is still under investigation by the Santa Monica Police Department, depends on whether you talk to her friends or her enemies.

Isadora, real name Psalm Brother, was a Santa Monica-based sex and love guru who apparently triumphed after growing up in a fundamentalist Christian cult where she said she’d been sexually abused by her father. Still traumatized and diagnosed as bipolar years later, she landed in the ER at 29 after a crystal meth overdose and suicidal ideations.

She turned her life around with yoga and rose almost overnight from being a teacher giving free classes to running a million-dollar empire including online courses, live events, and TV shows. She coached celebrities and even an NFL player after going to southern India in 2007, where a Tantric master gave her initiation in Shakti Tantra Yoga. The ancient teachings on feminine and sexual energy were kept secret even in India for centuries because of religious taboos.

“Psalm said you cannot be a powerful woman and be afraid of your pussy,” one of her earliest L.A. students, Zoe Kors, told The Daily Beast. “Women are sitting on the biggest energy generators on the planet but we don’t realize it because of all the secrecy and shame in our history for thousands of years. Psalm, in the short time she was here, got that information out to us.”

Isadora’s followers—and they weren’t all women—were as inspired by her glam persona on Playboy TV’s Cougar Club as well as the help she gave trafficked sex workers in Calcutta, which was the subject of a documentary called Shakti.

“She could hang with swamis or strippers and treat them with the same respect and acceptance,” Zachariah Z. Fisher wrote on her Facebook page after her death. “She was a warrior who refused to diminish her light in the face of others’ fear and judgments.”

By turns witchy, magnetic, tough, funny, and vulnerable, she had a killer story and she knew how to sell it, especially in the last two years when she became a popular speaker at hip, pricey global events like Mindvalley’s A-Fest.

“I hit a rock bottom,” Isadora said at a talk in Greece in May 2016. “Then I flew halfway across the world, gave up everything, risked everything, to meet a teacher, my Tantra teacher, in the jungles of India. He taught me about sacred sexuality.”

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Her guru Sri Amritananda, who died in 2015, was, by many accounts, including a new biography, the real deal. He was a nuclear physicist who, after a vision of what he called “the Goddess,” left his job in the Indian defense industry 40 years ago and built a huge temple complex that included dozens of statues of penises and vaginas in the remote eastern jungles of India. It was called Devipuram and “Guruji,” as he was called, taught Tantra in the Śrī Vidyā tradition, an ancient lineage devoted to worship of the feminine.

Amritananda broke down the scholarly Śrī Vidyā rituals into something accessible for contemporary women, emphasizing the earthier, erotic side of Tantra with Indian music and dance.

Isadora, in turn, took what she learned back to Los Angeles and repackaged it as O Yoga, short for Orgasmic. She gave the timeless practices names like the Bliss Breath, the Kiss Meditation, and the Breath of Arousal. She taught women to use jade eggs in their “yoni” (vagina) to “unlock their full sexual potential.”

“We’re part of a spiritual subculture where people are vulnerable and go to people who have it all figured out. Psalm didn’t. She wasn’t healed and she needed her bipolar meds.”

— Julian Walker, a fellow L.A. yoga instructor

But her work wasn’t just a dirty-sounding gimmick for women who wanted to be hotter in bed. Isadora wanted to help people, men included, overcome the shame and trauma around sex and their bodies—particularly victims of abuse.

“I realized this was something so necessary in our modern world and that’s really my mission,” Isadora said at A-Fest, referring to her abuse beginning at age 5. “I’ve taken my greatest wound and made it my greatest power. I can now help carry other people through their dark places and into empowerment and light around our sexuality and spirituality. Because there’s an orgasmic breakthrough on the other end for all of us.”

What she said was true, at least as evidenced by the outpouring of grief online after her death. Meg Berry, 44, a New Jersey-based singer, Pilates teacher, and a Harvard graduate with a degree in anthropology, studied with Isadora for months during the last year of her life, becoming one of her lead trainers. Berry credits Isadora for rescuing her from chronic suicidal depression.

“What Psalm taught was self-love,” Berry said. “Until July 2016 I’d had two husbands and three kids and many achievements but never tasted self-love, just self-loathing. I looked into the mirror one day and an inner voice said, I love me. No matter what anyone says about Psalm that’s what she gave me and many people. And her work lives on in me and in the students she taught.”

But for every Isadora fan, there were ex-lovers, girlfriends whom she had fallen out with, and other yoga teachers in the competitive L.A. yoga world who told a darker story.

Writing on her Facebook page after her death, one person accused Isadora of “using childhood sexual abuse to build her business, which consists of telling others how to heal from the horrors of the past and emerge as oversexed phoenixes from the ashes.”

Isadora, many said, still struggled with her own demons. Whip-smart, she knew how to hustle and market herself in a cutthroat field, but they say she went too far too fast—at the expense of her own mental health and to the detriment of some of her students.

“The last time I saw her she was a lot different than I remembered,” said her ex-boyfriend, yoga teacher Mateo J. Daniel. “Glossed and glammed up, Hollywood to the hilt. Botox and a boob job and thousand dollar shoes. Handlers, stories of stalkers, and guest spots on Playboy TV. A far cry from the crunchy, barefoot yoga teacher who dreamed of living in a cave, playing a banjo and eating coconuts.”

She drank and took prescription pills like Xanax off and on and sometimes used LSD in certain, more extreme Tantra seminars she led, a dangerous cocktail for someone with precarious brain chemistry, according to several people close to her. As her fame grew, “she lost her connection to her practice,” said one friend.

Some close friends on her Facebook page said she had been going cold turkey off Xanax in the days before her death, had chronic insomnia, and had stopped taking medication for her bipolar disorder. Rumors flew that she had not committed suicide but been targeted for death because of her outspoken beliefs.

“I am shaken to my core, as she was one of my heroes,” wrote Katie Wise on Isadora’s Facebook page. “One of my sisters. A fellow angel of darkness. An embodiment of Kali. And now she is gone, in this violent, senseless and tragic way.

Julian Walker, a well-respected L.A. yoga teacher since 1994 who’s known for a protective attitude toward other members of the community, said he liked Isadora, especially her intelligence, but said the suicide of a teacher like Isadora can be a crisis for her students.

“Her persona was, ‘I grew up in a cult, I used to be bipolar, and I threw away my meds because I’ve recovered from my sexual trauma,’” Walker said. “But it’s tricky to think a spiritual solution can replace conventional medication. When you’re a teacher it can be even more dangerous because idealization occurs. We’re part of a spiritual subculture where people are vulnerable and go to people who have it all figured out. Psalm didn’t. She wasn’t healed and she needed her bipolar meds.”

Walker said it was troubling when some women told him they had gone to Isadora for private therapy sessions where the breathwork sometimes put them in a trance. (The majority of her work did not involve overt sexual practices.) On at least two occasions, women reported that when they came out of the trance, Isadora was going down on them or manually manipulating their vaginas to orgasm without their consent.

For many others, however, the ritual, called yoni puja and part of the ancient traditions Isadora learned in India, was consensual and life-changing. It normally is performed manually, not as cunnilingus.

“I was one of the first women she practiced the yoni puja on,” said Nianna Rose Bray, an L.A. yoga teacher who met Isadora in 2003. “She was a big part of unlocking me. She understood the power of sex and salvation but it was a very potent scene. It can be dangerous when you tell people you’re going to help their sexual wounds because you can end up re-traumatizing them.”

Zoe Kors, another L.A.-based Tantra teacher, also met Psalm when she was starting out as a yoga teacher. Kors also consented to the yoni puja ritual with her. (A similar ritual, called lingam puja, can be practiced on men.)

“People don’t understand it’s not just about getting off,” Kors said. “The yoni puja opens up a channel in a woman’s body and activates all the nerve endings to cultivate deep sensation. Very few women have experienced that kind of pleasure. But it’s also about unleashing and unblocking a life force that women all have and makes you so powerful in all areas of your life.”

But the work that helped so many women seemed to fail Isadora herself.

“I think how many places in myself I still am holding on like a knot, like a fist,” she wrote in 2011 after visiting her guru. “The anger, rage and grief in me for the way I have been wounded, for the way I wish things had been in the past instead of the way they were. But acceptance brings power.”

Isadora first opened up about growing up in a strict Christian cult called Lord’s Land in Mendocino County, California, in 2010. She lived there with her parents and two younger brothers in a log cabin without electricity or running water and wore long dresses and bonnets to maintain modesty. She said they had to leave the commune at 10 because her father had been molesting little girls there.

Her father, Micheal, was from the New York and her mother, Bella, oddly enough, had grown up in Echo Park, California, and married the future self-made billionaire John Paul DeJoria when they were both penniless teenagers.

Isadora once interviewed DeJoria without either acknowledging their connection. DeJoria often spoke of how he came home one day, when he was barely 21, and found that Bella had abruptly left him and their infant son. DeJoria declined to comment for this story. Isadora and his eldest son are half-siblings, while Isadora’s only son, Gabe Valdez, 24, has changed his name to Gabe Isadora and is reportedly being groomed to take over her business. He declined to comment for this story.

In subsequent interviews, Isadora said her father had sexually abused her as well as the other little girls on the commune. In the last year of her life, she gave two major talks, one at A-Fest and one sponsored by Mindbodygreen. In one she said her father had abused her as well as 10 of her young friends when he was principal of the commune school. In the other talk, Isadora said her mother had told her her father had not victimized her.

Some friends of Isadora’s say she told them that she didn’t remember her father’s abuse until much later and a few are cynical about it, accusing her of using it as a way of branding a business selling hope to victims of sex abuse.

Prior to Isadora’s death, according to Meg Berry, a group of those victimized young girls who remained Isadora’s friends planned to file suit against her father but it’s unclear if they have gone ahead with it.

The Daily Beast located Micheal Brother, 71, who was divorced from his wife years ago, and asked him if he had molested his daughter and the other little girls in the commune. He sounded weak and tired, and said he was “heartbroken” over his daughter’s death.

“It’s terrible,” he said. “I haven’t been the same since it happened.”

He denied sexually abusing Isadora and said he told her as well in email correspondence the two occasionally had over the years. “We had a difficult relationship,” he said. “Her mother was not easy, either.”

But when asked if he had molested other little girls on the commune, he said he couldn’t discuss it. When asked a second time, he also declined to comment.

“I can’t change the past,” Brother said. “I can only mourn it.”

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Convincing versus manipulation[edit]

Concern raised about organizations such as this crossing the line from persuading subjects to adopt ideas by presenting convincing evidence and that of manipulating subjects,[39] was raised by a social scientist who studies organizational behavior, Michal Kosinski, previously a researcher in the psychology department at the University of Cambridge and in 2017, an assistant professor of organizational behavior at the business school of Stanford, when he stated that, “there’s a thin line between convincing people and manipulating them.”[39]

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Even in Death, the Spy Kim Philby Serves the Kremlin’s Purposes

New York TimesSep 30, 2017
A new portrait of the British double agent Kim Philby, second from right, at a state art gallery in Moscow. Mr. Philby defected to the Soviet Union …

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Russia Probe Panel Turns to Trump Data Firm

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After meeting with a Facebook executive on Wednesday, the House Intelligence Committee investigating possible Russia interference turned its attention to Cambridge Analytica, the data mining company that worked on President Donald Trump’s campaign.

A top executive from Facebook on Wednesday met with House members conducting investigations into Russia-linked ads ahead of a Nov. 1 House Intelligence Committee hearing at which Facebook, Twitter and Google will testify, Fox News noted.

California Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the panel, said Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg was serious about the issue despite members of Congress harbouring concerns that the company was not willingly sharing information.

Sandberg said Facebook was “determined to take whatever steps are necessary to ferret out foreign actors creating fake identities and using their platform,” Schiff noted, according to Fox News.

More than 3,000 ads Facebook traced to a Russian internet agency were turned over to congressional committees, Fox News reported, adding that. Schiff and Rep. Mike Conaway said they expect those ads will eventually be released.

According to The Daily Beast, part of the House’s investigation into Russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 race will now include the work that Cambridge Analytica did for Trump’s campaign.

A source familiar with the committee’s work revealed that the company was handing over documents to the House, while another source close to investigations said the probe on Cambridge Analytica was proving to be “fruitful,” The Daily Beast reported.

A Cambridge Analytica spokesman took issue with the report, saying it had “significant inaccuracies,” The Hill reported.

“As one of the companies that played a prominent role in the election campaign, Cambridge Analytica has been asked by the House Intelligence Committee to provide it with information that might help its investigation,” the spokesman said, according to The Hill.

“We believe that other organizations that worked on the campaign have been asked to do the same. [Cambridge Analytica] is not under investigation, and there is no suggestion of any wrongdoing by the company,” he said.

When profiling voters for targeting political ads, Cambridge Analytica claims to look at the whole picture, including Facebook likes, to compile its data.

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They were once Steve Bannon’s favorite analytics shop. Now investigators want to know if the Kremlin had a thing for Cambridge Analytica, too.

‘Bing, bing, bing’: Trump reveals his thinking behind firing off all those tweets 

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'Bing, bing, bing': Trump reveals his thinking behind firing off all those tweets

President Trump has a ready weapon in hand to return fire when he feels under attack. “When somebody says something about me, I am able to go bing, bing, bing and I take care of it,” the president said. Trump, of course, was talking about Twitter, which has become a staple of his presidency. In […]

The Iran Business Ties Trump Didn’t Disclose – The New Yorker

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Azarpassillo has another interesting connection; one of its apparent partners in money laundering, the Mammadov family of Azerbaijan, was also, until quite recently, in business with the Trump Organization. In fact, for the entire Presidential campaign and more »

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As at least three congressional committees continue investigating Russian interference in our2016 elections and related matters—including possible involvement by the Trump campaign—fifteen experts on congressional investigations and on national …
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Senator Warner: Tech Needs to ‘Come Clean’ about 2016

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If Congress regulates social networks in new ways following the 2016 election, no single person will have been more responsible than Senator Mark Warner of Virginia. In the aftermath of the election, it was Warner who pushed Silicon Valley executives to delve more deeply into their data, looking for signs of Russian electoral interference.

As the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Warner has hauled tech-company executives to Washington for questioning. The pressure he applied appears to have been a motivating factor in the companies eventually coming forth with evidence of Russian meddling.

How much the social networks have cooperated is still on Warner’s mind, however. He believes that there are far more ad purchases and more Russian-linked accounts than the companies have disclosed, and he’s pushing them to search more deeply.

“I said, ‘This doesn’t pass the smell test. You gotta go back and dig in. If this were a new market opportunity, I know the resources you could put into it,’” Warner told me.

The next step of Warner’s investigation will be in two weeks, when executives from Google, Twitter, and Facebook will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee. The following Q&A details what Warner’s thinking about in the weeks leading up to the hearing.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.


Alexis Madrigal: So, as of today, what do we know about the Russian disinformation campaign on Facebook and other social-media platforms?

Mark Warner: First of all, let’s step back and put the Russian involvement in 2016 in the overall context. It was approved at the highest level. It was coordinated in ways that were unprecedented. It included the things that have been much reported on, like hacking into both political parties and releasing information harmful to one candidate, Clinton, and helpful to Trump.

We know that Russians and even Trump’s Department of Homeland Security have acknowledged that 21 states had their electoral systems probed, if not fully hacked into. We know that this is part of a pattern that has been going on and continues after the election. And it included interventions in the French election, where Facebook was much more active.

I think our government and the platform companies were more than a little bit caught off guard. I don’t think anyone had seen anything of this scale before.

Madrigal: When did you start investigating what happened?

Warner: Right around the time of the election a guy who works for me said, if you Google “election hacking,” you don’t get Fox or MSNBC or CNN. Four of the first five stories were from Russia Today and Sputnik. This was Google, not even Facebook and Twitter. And there were lots of reports of trolls on social media pushing stories. So, it was clear they were using these tools.

I’ve been a supporter of these tech companies from a policy standpoint. But when I started saying that it appears that there were these trolls trying to use these platform companies to interfere in the election, the companies’ initial reaction was that they blew it off. That disappointed me. There was the famous Zuckerberg comment. And into February and March, they were dismissive.

Yet at the same time, coincident with this, there were the Dutch elections and the Dutch ended up hand counting their ballots because they were concerned about potential foreign intervention.

Some of the senior Facebook and social-media companies’ executives came out in the spring and I really pressed them. They started to say they were acknowledging something. Facebook talked about the 30,000 to 50,000 accounts in France that they banned. They said, “We’ve woken up to this.” But it was still many months later, this summer, before any of the companies started to produce some of the content and acknowledge paid advertising and fake accounts. That was just Facebook.

We had experts come in who said, this could very well be targeted on a geographic basis, targeted on demographics. Having been in politics and in the tech business, you look at a 750 percent increase in digital advertising in politics between 2012 and 2016, and you say, if you’re going to try to disrupt an election, you would use digital tools. Because it is a lot easier to target it and it’s the Wild West, there’re no election-advertising rules.

And if you do it right the way, you leave few fingerprints.

Madrigal: In your mind, what are the key outstanding questions?

Warner: All these companies need to come fully clean about what happened in 2016. Don’t tell me they found 450 accounts linked to the American election when they found 50,000 in France. And don’t tell me they found all the ads.

The first pass from Twitter was worse. They took only things that were derivative of what Facebook found. And they found some stuff. But I said, you have to go back and dig in. So, we need to figure out, number one, what happened in 2016.

While I’m trying to not get into the whole editorial-content argument, this notion that we can’t curate at all just doesn’t hold water. They’ve had to do it every time there has been something that has created consequences. Child pornography for example, or terrorist activity, or information on how to create bombs.

A lot of that was forced by the European governments. Areas reach a tipping point, the [platform companies] step in and act. They have to, if you don’t want over-the-top regulation, or worse yet, we allow this to continue and we have some massive upheaval or loss of faith in the democratic process. Because people see how bad this was with relatively small amounts of dollars spent.

Madrigal: How might this translate into legislation?

Warner: Where we’re headed with legislation is the lightest touch possible. Keep some residual location where someone can go look at the [political-advertising] content. Basically apply some of the most basic rules that apply to print and broadcasting to digital media. It doesn’t get at the whole problem, but it gets at the question of tagging political advertising.

There is not a legislative proposal here, but I think there is going to be a growing interest in this topic. What I want to make sure is clear to the American people, this is not as simple as following the money on Russian ads. We need to look at the bots on Twitter and the pages on Facebook. Has this been done in collaboration with hate groups in the United States? Is it reinforcing the hate groups? How much responsibility do the companies have to sort through all that?

Madrigal: Facebook executives, publicly and privately, as well as pundits like Mark Penn, have argued that any Russian interference had a negligible effect because it was too small-time within the scale of Facebook. Are they right?

Warner: If this tiny tip of the iceberg is the extent of the activity, that might hold some water. But if there is, which I suspect, a much bigger piece of the iceberg below, then they are wrong. The numbers are much, much larger. The public press, so far, is really looking at what is still a limited universe.

You can target very discrete demographic locales. There still remains a question: How did they know where to target? I don’t have an answer yet. I don’t know if we’ve got the full evidence. Some people suspect this was very targeted in Wisconsin and Michigan where the Democrats were asleep at the switch. How were they smarter than the Democrats? That may not be a high hurdle to get over.

Madrigal: You represent a lot of non–Silicon Valley tech companies in Virginia. How have they reacted to the pressure you’ve been putting on Facebook, Google, Twitter, and others?

Warner: I’ve been surprised that they have been so generally supportive of me driving the whole investigation to its conclusion. The fact that we’ve kept it bipartisan is extraordinarily important. There is not a week that goes by that I don’t get more worried about our vulnerabilities, in my work on this or the banking committee or looking at Equifax.

Since we’re a high-defense state, it’s not always the best thing to say, but if you take all the Russians spent in messing with our election, the French elections, Dutch elections, and all double it, you’re still less than the cost of one F-35.

As someone who comes from a pro-defense state, we have to ask: Do we have the best military money can buy, when we’re seeing the first attacks made in 21st-century digital conflict? I would not narrow it to just the Russian electoral interference. I would talk about the Chinese OPM breach, Chinese intellectual-property stealing around stealth. This is such an asymmetrical area. Our technology advantages end up being a disadvantage.

We have been reluctant as a nation to respond too much. You start a cyber conflict when we are so technology-dependent, who knows where it ends?

The one thing that is absolutely clear: We don’t have a whole-government approach to cyber. Yahoo has a 500 million user breach. How’s that not material enough to report it in your [Securities and Exchange Commission] filings? We have 49 different cyber-breach laws in 49 states. They didn’t need to disclose it.

Madrigal: You mentioned driving this investigation “to its conclusion.” What might that look like?

Warner: Let’s make sure we know entirely what happened. Let’s try to figure out specifically: Was there collaboration or collusion? And in terms of the social-media companies and platform companies, let’s get all the facts of how extensive this interference was. What happened in 2016 happened. We need to know the extent of it to protect our elections. And I don’t think there is any indication that what was happening during the election stopped on November 8.

Going forward, let’s have at least regulations on transparency on spending and the ability to look at the content of political advertisements. And in a way that’s not too heavy-handed and maintains the freedom of the internet, let’s at least start the discussion about information integrity, so that Americans know that if they see somewhere that Mark Warner is saying something bad about Donald Trump, you have some faith that it actually is real.

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Poland Pushes Back Against Putin’s Special War

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Did Russia’s Facebook Ads Actually Swing the Election?

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With pressure on Facebook mounting in anticipation of general counsel Colin Stretch’s testimony in front of the House and Senate Intelligence Committee, it can be helpful to step back and take stock of what we the public know, and what we don’t. We know, for example, that some institution linked to the Russian government — likely the infamous Internet Research Agency — bought ads on Facebook between 2015 and 2017, with the assumed intent of stoking anger and partisanship. We know that the ads concerned wedge issues like immigration, the Second Amendment, and police brutality; we even know what some of the Russian pages and accounts were. And we know that around 3,000 ads were purchased at a cost of around $100,000. Other platforms like Google and Outbrain are investigating Russian ad buys on their networks as well.

Here’s what we don’t know: whether or not, and to what extent, those ads were effective at swinging votes.

Digital advertising is a complicated business, and it can be a bit of a black box. Even with the absurd amount of data collected by Facebook and its various third-party partners, it can be hard to pin down the actual effects of a given campaign — and everyone is incentivized to play up or play down results. A fantastical theory recently floated by a marketing agency claimed that with just $42,800, a dedicated campaign could have swayed the 10,704 Michigan voters that won Trump the state. It’s a fun theory — but it’s a theory that represents an absolute edge-case scenario, in which Facebook ads are supernaturally effective and persuasive. People who’ve worked in digital advertising are more dismissive: Antonio García Martínez, a former Facebook product manager and author of Chaos Monkeys, called theories like this “utter bullshit.”

Part of the problem with assessing the effect of Russian ads is that Facebook itself sends mixed messages. According to the company, 10 million people are estimated to have seen at least one of the ads (25 percent of them were never shown to any users). Facebook rarely makes raw data public, and its public metrics can be misleading. For instance, a video view is registered if someone watches the first 3 seconds with the sound off. So, 10 million people “saw” the ads — but the number that actually absorbed what they saw is totally unclear. (And that’s setting aside that on several occasions now, Facebook has admitted to accidentally misreporting its own metrics.)

At the same time, Facebook brags about its ability to influence voters. Its business section is full of case studies about political campaigns. According to Facebook, Republican governor Rick Scott, running for reelection in 2014, used Facebook to create a “22% increase in Hispanic support,” which the case study calls “a deciding factor” in his win.

Obviously, the ad platform’s effectiveness in political campaigns lies somewhere between all-powerful and house of cards. But so long as Facebook holds back its own data, the rest of us won’t be able to tell which side it falls on. “Facebook probably has the data that would help us understand whether or not there was an impact,” Yochai Benkler of Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society said in a recent interview with Select All. If Facebook released, for example, precise data about which geographical and demographic groups were targeted by Russian ads, third-party researchers could compare that information to actual and expected turnout in last year’s election. “They have the data that will help us understand,” Benkler says. “They’re not releasing it in any significant way.”

Absent that data, the best we can do is make educated assessments based on past experience. And to anyone who’s worked in online advertising or social-media management, the $100,000 spent by the Russian government is laughably small, no matter how precisely targeted. In contrast, the official Trump campaign spent $90 million on digital ads — and, unlike the Russians, had assistance from Facebook employees to target and deploy them effectively. “There’s no way $100,000 in ad budget impacted the election. It’s ridiculous,” García Martínez said.

None of this means that Facebook doesn’t need regulation. The Russian government secretly paying for political advertisements aimed at influencing a domestic election is a clear violation of U.S. sovereignty — a real problem that Facebook, and the government, must investigate and address. To their credit, both legislators and Facebook executives appear to understand the need to confront the issue. Days after Facebook disclosed its findings, Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company would now require full public disclosure of an ad’s sponsor and target audience. This week, Senators Amy Klobuchar and Mark Warren introduced the Honest Ads Act, a law that would bring digital political ads in line with the more stringent regulations that govern political ads on radio and television.

At the same time, the focus on Russian ads, no matter how well-intended, ignores the many other troubling aspects of Facebook’s influence on the election. For one — buying ads isn’t really what the Internet Research Agency does. Loosely referred to as a “troll operation,” the employees specialize in creating and performing as “sock puppets,” seemingly normal commenters and posters who are actually acting under ulterior motives.

Sock puppets, not nefariously developed and purchased political advertisements, are the IRA’s bread and butter, as recent reports out of Russia corroborate. According to former employees, “the Internet Research Agency targeted U.S. audiences in part by posting provocative ‘comments’ pretending to be from Americans on newspaper articles that appeared on the websites of the New York Times and Washington Post.”

Those comments and other reported elements of the IRA’s intelligence operation — Trump rallies organized by Russian sock puppets, for example — portray a secretive attempt to harness not the ad-buying tools of these companies, but their completely free-to-use network effects. In form and function, many of the things that the IRA is described as doing on social media and in comment sections is not all that different from what anyone else does. Russian trolls (and their profit-minded cousins in “fake news”) “didn’t make up stuff that wasn’t already part of the folklore of the right,” Benkler said. They just “circulated and cut and paste and created all sorts of remixes of all the same sets of stories that were already circulating widely, on the right anyway.” And that’s far more concerning.

At the peak of its influence campaign, the IRA had about 90 people focused on the United States, though that number has apparently now dropped to 50. When social-media companies cracked down on their sock-puppet accounts over the last two months, they suspended 118 communities that could reach an estimated 6 million users. Among the accounts was a Twitter account masquerading as the Tennessee GOP, @TEN_GOP, which had 136,000 followers — ten times as many as the actual Twitter account for the state’s Republican Party. The organization reported the fake account to Twitter three times since September 2016, and yet the company was unresponsive.

According to BuzzFeed:

All told, the account was quoted dozens of times across conservative news outlets. Fox News quoted an @TEN_GOP tweet in at least three stories, including one syndicated by the Daily Caller. The Daily Caller itself quoted it in six stories. Breitbart mentioned it in seven; Infowars in four; RedState in eight.

The Gateway Pundit, another conservative outlet, cited the Russian account in 19 different stories, ranging from one about a motorcyclist who drove through an anti-Trump protest, for which he was arrested, to a story about how it was unfair that banks had stopped lending money to French nationalist presidential candidate Marine Le Pen.

The account’s tweets often derided African-Americans, Muslims, and immigrants.

This kind of free movement of misinformation between disingenuous and malevolent outside actors, passionate true believers, and the reading and voting public should be the real concern of anyone trying to assess the effects of social media on the political process — not a relatively small number of easy-to-identify (and easy-to-regulate) advertisements. A few weeks ago in a press conference, Senator Mark Warner, who is helping lead the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Russia inquiry, said that he was more concerned about sock puppets than ad buys. “It’s the organic posts masquerading as reality that nobody has to pay for, that, to me, is the bigger concern,” said García Martínez.

Put another way, what we should worry about isn’t what Facebook was paid to do, but what it did for free. Clinton outraised and outspent Trump substantially over the course of the campaign, but his earned media — the chatter he generated — was upwards of a billion dollars, according to García Martínez. “The ability for Facebook to amplify that sort of message? That’s the scary, high-value thing.”

And what’s dangerous isn’t just that false stories and conspiracy theories can travel up what Benkler calls the “attention backbone” of social media. In disclosing the Russian ads, Facebook stated plainly that it viewed the ability to communicate across borders as a strength of the system, not a liability. It’s the corrosive effect of these “inauthentic” accounts — which Facebook has no easy way of dealing with — and the attention economy that gives Trump a freebie campaign. There is a growing tendency for people to label anyone they don’t agree with online as a bot. A few months ago, an enterprising college student retweeted by Trump was accused of not existing simply because her profile picture was of a stock photo (raise your hand if you’ve ever used an avatar that wasn’t actually your own face). During the campaign, American trolls tried to suppress the vote by creating fake promotional images telling Clinton supporters that they could vote by text. They didn’t need to set up a Facebook campaign. They were able to spread them around the internet at no cost.

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WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) —Reports that members of President Donald Trump’s campaign shared content from a Twitter account linked to the Russian effort to interfere in the 2016 election have left experts disturbed by Russia’s apparent success in embedding itself in U.S. political discourse at the highest levels and concerned about what that means for future elections.

According to the Daily Beast, several senior Trump campaign officials and allies retweeted posts from @Ten_GOP, which claimed to be the “unofficial” account of the Tennessee Republican Party.

Instead, the account reportedly originated from the Internet Research Agency, a Kremlin-linked “troll farm” believed to be responsible for much of Russia’s election propaganda campaign.

Then-Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway retweeted the account two days before the election, suggesting opponent Hillary Clinton should be in prison.

“Mother of jailed sailor: ‘Hold Hillary to same standards as my son on Classified info’ #hillarysemail #WeinerGate” it said.

The account had extraordinary reach, particularly when compared with the actual Tennessee Republican Party, which spent months fruitlessly urging Twitter to suspend it. By the time it was shut down, it had 136,000 followers, about ten times as many as the real @TNGOP account.

President Trump’s son retweeted the account three times, including once on Election Day. He also shared a dubious allegation of voter fraud in Florida a week before the election.

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn retweeted @Ten_GOP once, and his son retweeted it 34 times, according to the Daily Beast.

“The fact that Russian trolls were able not just to mimic but to spoon-feed the Trump campaign their fake messages testifies to their deep understanding of the campaign’s messaging strategy,” said Michael Carpenter, a non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center.

In August 2017, the account tweeted a photo of the Cleveland Cavaliers 2016 victory parade and claimed it was the crowd outside Trump’s rally in Phoenix.

According to John Cohen, former acting undersecretary for intelligence and analysis at the Department of Homeland Security, the revelations about @Ten_GOP suggest the Russian influence operation is more sophisticated than initially believed. Their account operators figured out what to post and how to get presidential campaign officials to amplify their message.

“What this really illustrated is to protect this country we have to better understand how criminals, terrorists, foreign intelligence services are turning to social media and internet-based communication platforms to engage in illicit activities, and we can no longer think about these problems in the traditional way,” said Cohen, now a professor at Rutgers University.

Recent media reports have revealed how extensive Russian efforts to meddle in U.S. society have become, including an apparent attempt to weaponize Pokémon Go.

Experts warn these efforts did not cease after Election Day. According to Facebook, less than half of the 10 million Americans believed to have seen Russian ads on the site viewed them before the election.

Attempts to stoke racial tensions have reportedly gone as far as paying trainers to hold self-defense classes for African-Americans earlier this year. Russia-linked fake accounts also promoted Black Lives Matter messaging, which CNN reported may have been intended to encourage black Americans to protest and to make others view their activism as a threat.

“One part of the Russian plot is that they look at social media behavior within the community they want to target,” Cohen said.

Operatives study legitimate posts, analyze the areas where they want to influence voters, and then they target their content to influencers in that community in the hope they will share it, as happened repeatedly with the @Ten_GOP account.

Russians may have used similar tactics to infiltrate online communities of military personnel and veterans. Cohen cited research showing “significant and persistent interactions” in April 2017 between military personnel Twitter accounts and a network of Russia-focused and conspiracy theory accounts.

“These interactions are often mediated by pro-Trump users and accounts that identify with far-right political movements in the U.S.,” wrote researchers from the Project on Computational Propaganda.

In all of these cases, Cohen said the goals were similar, “influencing our election, undermining confidence in government, and exacerbating tensions that were already existing in our country on important social issues.”

People who have worked at these “troll farms” recently told a Russian media outlet that their content often aligned with Donald Trump’s message, but it was more about linking Clinton to the “ruling party” and defeating her.

“The Kremlin’s overarching aims are to divide Western societies internally by stoking discord and sowing chaos, discredit NATO and the EU, and delegitimize the liberal international order,” Carpenter said.

Glenn Carle, a former CIA agent and author of “The Interrogator: An Education,” said the latest reports provide “red-handed evidence” that Russia is engaged in “a multi-layer, sophisticated, sustained effort” to alter the opinions of American citizens and policymakers.

“Even if Trump did not exist, they would be doing things like this and have been doing things like this because they can foster discord in the American system and distrust for the American system,” he said.

This type of disinformation and propaganda campaign has been “the bread and butter” of Russian and Soviet intelligence operations for decades, according to Cohen. What is new is utilizing pretty much every social media service available—Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr and more—to spread the message.

“Other intelligence services conduct intel and propaganda campaigns, and its very likely that they are leveraging social media and other internet-based platforms as well,” he said.

Carpenter also suggested other adversaries are closely watching Russia’s machinations play out and noting the relatively muted U.S. response.

“The Russian government has turned information warfare into an art unlike any other nation-state,” he said. “But China, Iran, North Korea and other states are watching and learning and will soon be replicating Russia’s tactics, particularly if they perceive these operations as having achieved their goals at little cost.”

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., raised alarm about the extent of Russia’s ambitions at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday.

“Anybody who reads intelligence knows that we face a sophisticated long-term effort by a foreign adversary to undermine our foreign policy and our ability to lead in the world by trying to undermine confidence in American institutions,” he said.

Speaking to Attorney General Jeff Session, Sasse emphasized the danger these tactics pose.

“We live at a time when info ops and propaganda and misinformation are a far more cost-effective way for people to try to weaken the United States of America than by thinking they can outspend us at a military level,” he said.

Asked by Sasse whether the government is fully prepared to protect the 2018 and 2020 election from inevitable attempts to interfere again, Sessions responded bluntly, “Probably not. We’re not.”

That is Cohen’s fear, and he is not confident the Trump administration is taking that threat seriously enough.

“The sad thing is that the administration, for the most part, has seemed unwilling to acknowledge that this effort by the Russians has taken place and continues,” he said.

Despite the evidence of the scale and depth of the Russian operation, President Trump continues to publicly dismiss any discussion of it as a “hoax” intended to invalidate his victory. Other administration officials have also attempted to downplay it.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo claimed incorrectly Thursday that the intelligence community concluded Russia did not affect the outcome of the election. The CIA issued a statement afterward contradicting him and confirming that the intelligence community did not assess the political process or public opinion.

“The first thing we need to do is we need to get beyond the polarized nature of the public debate on this issue,” Cohen said.

The politicized rhetoric and reflexive responses on both sides obscure the goal of addressing what he views as America’s biggest national security priority.

“It’s imperative that we learn from what they were able to do and put in place the right measures to counteract it in the future,” he said.

Cohen warned that social media companies cannot be counted on to police this content themselves, as the 2016 campaign clearly demonstrated. Instead, the public needs to be educated about how to identify and combat it.

“We can’t just sit here passively and hope it will go away,” he said.

Carle said some kind of regulation of social media is needed, much like limits are placed on particularly incendiary speech in the real world.

“You and I cannot shout fire in a crowded room. You cannot own a piece of artillery and fire it at your neighbors,” he said.

Carpenter suggested looking to Finland and the Baltic states, societies that have largely inoculated themselves from Kremlin disinformation.

“This is because the media in these countries are very proficient at quickly exposing Russian propaganda for what it is, and societies have become accustomed to questioning sources and looking for possible Russian spin,” he said. “In short, the more Russian propaganda is exposed, the less effective it becomes.”

To similarly vaccinate the American electorate against Russian meddling, people must learn to ensure that information they rely on to make decisions and form opinions is accurate and comes from a trustworthy source.

“At the end of the day, the best way you can counteract this campaign is for people to be skeptical about what they see on social media,” Cohen said.

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5:41 PM 10/19/2017 – The Impact of Russia’s interference in the 2016 American presidential election and its outcome

The impact of the presumed Russia’s (or any other) interference in the 2016 American presidential election and its outcome is the whole heart and crux of the issue. It is unanswered at this time, and requires statistical studies, especially in the light of the new series of reports about the significant social media involvement. The issues and the questions to solve are the principles and the methods of measuring these presumed, hypothetical, and strongly suspected influence and its practical impact. This appears to be solvable in principle by good statisticians and other researchers, which will address the dilemma, raised by Mr. Trump, regarding the “billions” spent on the conventional advertising and the “thousands” spent on the social media, but in the decisive fashion and location, and specifically by Cambridge Analytica and other similar involved entities. 

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CIA Director Mike Pompeo declared Thursday that U.S. intelligence agencies determined that Russia’s interference in the 2016 American presidential election did not alter the outcome, a statement that distorted spy agency findings.

“The intelligence community’s assessment is that the Russian meddling that took place did not affect the outcome of the election,” Pompeo said at a security conference in Washington.

His comment suggested — falsely — that a report released by U.S. intelligence agencies in January had ruled out any impact that could be attributed to a covert Russian interference campaign that involved leaks of tens of thousands of stolen emails, the flooding of social media sites with false claims and the purchase of ads on Facebook.

A report compiled by the CIA and other agencies described that Russian operation as unprecedented in its scale and concluded that Moscow’s goals were to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process and help elect Donald Trump.

But the report reached no conclusions about whether that interference had altered the outcome — an issue that U.S. intelligence officials made clear was considered beyond the scope of their inquiry.

“We did not make an assessment of the impact that Russian activities had on the outcome of the 2016 election,” the report said. U.S. spy agencies are “charged with monitoring and assessing the intentions, capabilities, and actions of foreign actors,” the report said, but do “not analyze U.S. political processes or U.S. public opinion.”

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Former U.S. intelligence officials voiced concern over Pompeo’s statement.

“This is another example of Pompeo politicizing intelligence,” a former senior U.S. intelligence official said. Pompeo “is the most political CIA director since Bill Casey” during the Reagan administration, the former official said. “This significantly undermines the intelligence community’s credibility.”

The former official and others spoke on the condition of anonymity, citing the subject’s sensitivity.

A CIA spokesman denied that Pompeo intended to mislead the public with his remarks. “The intelligence assessment with regard to Russian election meddling has not changed,” said the spokesman, Ryan Trapani, “and the director did not intend to suggest that it had.”

Pompeo’s comment came in response to a question about Russian meddling at the end of a lengthy public appearance at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a conservative think tank.

Pompeo also criticized former U.S. intelligence officials for their television appearances, implying that they have violated their oaths and potentially contributed to the leaks of sensitive information.

“There are an awful lot of former CIA talking heads on TV,” Pompeo said, adding that their obligation to remain quiet about their work “far extends beyond the day you turn in your badge.”

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His comment seemed to be aimed mainly at former senior intelligence officials in the Obama administration, including James R. Clapper Jr., the former director of National Intelligence, who said in a recent interview that Russia’s interference had “cast doubt” on Trump’s win.

“Our intelligence community assessment did, I think, serve to cast doubt on the legitimacy of his victory,” Clapper said in an interview on CNN last month. He added that he worried Trump’s perceived focus on the issue “transcends, unfortunately, the real concern here, which is Russian interference in our political process.”

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Clapper could not immediately be reached to comment.

Michael Morell, the former CIA deputy director who is employed by CBS News to comment on national security issues, responded to Pompeo with a post on Twitter. Pompeo’s caution against leaking is “wise,” Morell said. “But, to be clear, critiquing policy is not leaking.”

Pompeo’s mischaracterization of the intelligence report was the latest in a series of statements from the former Republican congressman that have seemed aimed at minimizing the significance of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

At a security forum in Aspen, Colo., earlier this year, Pompeo said that “it is true” that Russia interferedbut had also done so in the election “before that, and the one before that.” He continued that refrain Thursday, saying he had recently been reading accounts of Russian attempts to meddle in “the Nixon elections” in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The intelligence report released in January, which was produced in part by Pompeo’s own agency, noted Russia’s “longstanding desire to undermine the U.S.-led liberal democratic order” but said the 2016 effort “demonstrated a significant escalation in directness, level of activity and scope of effort compared to previous operations.”

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President Donald Trump took to Twitter Thursday morning to suggest a potentially explosive dossier of allegations concerning his links to Russia may have been paid for by the FBI, Russia, the Democratic Party or a combination of the three. Trump’s tweeted speculation came a day after two officials with the intelligence firm that commissioned the dossier last year appeared before the House Intelligence Committee but invoked their constitutional privilege not to provide testimony.

Related: Here’s what the ‘golden shower’ dossier now being investigated by Mueller claims about Trump and Russia

“Workers of firm involved with the discredited and Fake Dossier take the 5th,” Trump tweeted. “Who paid for it, Russia, the FBI or the Dems (or all)?”

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The Washington-based firm Fusion GPS commissioned former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele to produce the dossier during the 2016 election campaign. It has refused to bow to pressure to disclose who paid for it. A lawyer for the firm, Josh Levy, wrote a letter to the House Intelligence Committee this week accusing Republican Chairman Devin Nunes of an “abuse of power” after he issued a subpoena to get the firm’s representatives to testify on Capitol Hill.

It has been widely reported that the dossier was initially financed by anti-Trump Republicans before Democrats picked up the check as the campaign moved toward the general election. Steele contacted the FBI with his findings and in October the two parties reached an agreement that he would continue his research with compensation from the bureau, according to a report from The Washington Post. That agreement never came to fruition, however.

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with members of the Senate Finance Committee and his economic team at the White House, on October 18. Trump took to Twitter Thursday morning to suggest a potentially explosive dossier of allegations concerning his links to Russia may have been paid for by the FBI, Russia or the Democratic Party or a combination of the three. Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images

A summary of the dossier’s findings was provided to Trump and President Barack Obama ahead of January’s presidential inauguration. And, while Trump labeled the dossier “discredited” and “fake,” investigators looking into Russian interference in the 2016 election have been taking it increasingly seriously.

Earlier this month, it was reported that the investigation into the dossier had been taken up by the man leading the FBI’s Russia probe, Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The former FBI director’s team has also met with Steele, CNN has reported.

Some of the more salacious details of the dossier, including that Russia possesses a video of Trump getting Russian prostitutes to urinate on a bed in a Moscow hotel room was once occupied by President Barack Obama and wife Michelle, have not been verified. But some aspects of the so-called pee-tape dossier have been corroborated, according to the CNN report.

Suggesting that a federal intelligence service coordinated with a foreign power to produce a dossier about him is just Trump’s latest explosive and unsubstantiated accusation. Notably, he has also claimed that three million to five million people voted illegally in the 2016 election and that then-President Barack Obama wiretapped his residence at Trump Tower.

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As congressional investigations wear on, some eye a finish – WBOC TV 16

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As congressional investigations wear on, some eye a finish
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WASHINGTON (AP) – As congressional investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 elections wear on in the Capitol, some lawmakers are starting to wonder when – and how – the probes will end. After months of clandestine interviews and a few 
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Anthony Weiner scandals: From politics to sexting cases – Fox News

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Anthony Weiner scandals: From politics to sexting cases
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In the video announcement, Weiner, Abedin and their son appear to be a happy family, putting the scandal behind them. “Look, I’ve made … Abedin, at the time, was one of Hillary Clinton’s top campaign aides for the 2016 presidential election. August and more »

Donald Trump promotes criticism of Hillary Clinton for role in Russian uranium deal while attacking ‘fake’ media – The Independent

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Donald Trump promotes criticism of Hillary Clinton for role in Russian uranium deal while attacking ‘fake’ media
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Donald Trump has called criticism over Hillary Clinton’s role in a uranium deal with Russia “the biggest story that Fake Media doesn’t want to follow”. As the controversy over the president’s handling of grieving military families grows, he lashed out and more »

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Trump and Putin’s Strong Connection: Lies
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Also the author of a 2012 biography of Putin, The Man Without a Face, Gessen of late has been a frequent critic of the authoritarian tendencies of President Donald Trump. She spoke with Mother Jones about the similarities she sees between Trump and and more »

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The Trump White House is unmoored – Washington Post

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The Trump White House is unmoored
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President Trump’s most faithful supporters like to believe he’s always a step ahead of the media and the political establishment — that he’s playing three-dimensional chess while we’re stuck on checkers. Where we see utter discord, they see carefully …
Trump’s Unforced ErrorThe Atlantic
Father of Soldier Killed in Niger: Trump Was Respectful When He Called MeTIME
How did Trump’s response to four soldiers’ deaths go so wrong?Los Angeles Times
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Thursday’s Morning Email: How Trump Turned A Call For A Fallen Soldier Into Another Gold Star Firestorm

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Russia Is Using Marxist Strategies, and So Is Trump – Bloomberg

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Russia Is Using Marxist Strategies, and So Is Trump
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During the 2016 campaign, Russians did something very much like that, not to produce a revolution, but to deepen and intensify social divisions (and to help elect Donald Trump). Mimicking American voices, they used Facebook to energize and inflame a …and more »
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Report: White House Rush-Sending Condolences To Gold Star Families
Trump Offers $430,000 Of His Own Money For Aides’ Legal Fees In Russian Probe
Donald Trump’s 2012 Yankees Tweet Proves There Really Is A #TweetForEverything
Trump pledges at least $430000 to help staff pay for Russia probe lawyers – Politico
Trump plans to help pay aides’ legal costs for Russia probes – USA TODAY
Putin says Trump hampered from delivering electoral promises – Reuters
Putin Says Americans Should Not ‘Disrespect’ Trump, Because He’s the President and ‘Doesn’t Need Any Advice’ – Newsweek
Putin says ‘Mr Trump should be respected’ by the American people video – The Guardian
Putin says Trump ‘won honestly,’ deserves more respect – WGN-TV
Donald Trump launches desperate last ditch bid to prevent his advisers from flipping on him
Donald Trump Jr chimes in and reminds us how stupid he is
Senile Donald Trump brags that he only represents “rich people” then incoherently babbles about Vladimir Putin
George W Bush condemns bigotry and lies in coded attack on Trump – The Guardian
Facebook, Twitter and Google Counsel to Testify Before Congress in Russia Investigation – Law.com
All five living former U.S. Presidents to make joint public appearance tonight
felix sater – Google News: But Trump suffers ‘convenient memory loss’! – The Island.lk
The Russians have sold out Donald Trump and Donald Trump Jr to Robert Mueller
Trump more optimistic on Isis after Raqqa than key advisers
Donald Trump goes berserk with bizarre Pee Pee Tape denial
Trump calls on FBI to release names behind dossier – The Hill (blog)
Trump says Russian-bought Facebook ads were tiny compared with U.S. fake news
Trump says Russian-bought Facebook ads were ‘tiny’ compared with US ‘fake news’ – Washington Post
The Sewer of Trumpism – TPM (blog)
Trump: Justice Dept., FBI should release ‘who paid for’ Russia dossier – Politico

 

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Trump To Release Classified Files On JFK Assassination
More than 3,000 documents related to the 1963 shooting death have never been publicly released. 
Report: White House Rush-Sending Condolences To Gold Star Families

At least three families said they received express-shipped packages from the White House after Trump claimed he called “virtually everybody.”

Trump Offers $430,000 Of His Own Money For Aides’ Legal Fees In Russian Probe

The funds ethical issues if associates have information about the president.

Donald Trump’s 2012 Yankees Tweet Proves There Really Is A #TweetForEverything

Yes, even for Major League Baseball.

Trump pledges at least $430000 to help staff pay for Russia probe lawyers – Politico


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Trump pledges at least $430000 to help staff pay for Russia probe lawyers
Politico
President Donald Trump is committing at least $430,000 from his own wallet to help White House and former campaign staffers pay legal bills tied to the Russia investigation, White House officials said on Saturday. Details on how and whereTrump will 
Trump pledges $430K to help cover legal bills of aides amid Russia probeThe Hill (blog)
Trump pledges at least $430000 of his own money to help cover aides’ legal costs related to Russia probesWashington Post
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is promising to help pay legal costs for White House staffers in Russia probeABC News 
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Trump plans to help pay aides’ legal costs for Russia probes – USA TODAY


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Trump plans to help pay aides’ legal costs for Russia probes
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WASHINGTON President Trump intends to spend at least $430,000 of his own money to help pay the legal bills of White House staff and campaign aides related to the investigations into Russian election meddling in the 2016 election, a White House …
Trump plans to release classified JFK documentsCNN
Trump Says He Will Release Final Set of Documents on Kennedy AssassinationNew York Times
Trump to Allow Classified ‘JFK Files’ to Be ReleasedNBCNews.com
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Putin says Trump hampered from delivering electoral promises – Reuters


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Putin says Trump hampered from delivering electoral promises
Reuters
SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that if President Donald Trump is unpredictable, it is because his domestic opponents are stopping him from delivering on many of his election promises. Russia’s President …

Putin Says Americans Should Not ‘Disrespect’ Trump, Because He’s the President and ‘Doesn’t Need Any Advice’ – Newsweek


Newsweek
Putin Says Americans Should Not ‘Disrespect’ Trump, Because He’s the President and ‘Doesn’t Need Any Advice’
Newsweek
Putin, who U.S. officials have accused of swaying the 2016 U.S. presidential race in Trump’s favor, broke a streak of hostile diplomatic exchanges between the two leading powers during a speech Thursday in order to defend his former political ally from 
Russia’s PutinTrump’s foes have blocked his agendaABC News
Putin says Trump should be respectedReuters 
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Putin says ‘Mr Trump should be respected’ by the American people video – The Guardian


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Putin says ‘Mr Trump should be respected’ by the American people video
The Guardian
Russia’s Vladimir Putin has said the US president, Donald Trump, should be respected because he has a democratic mandate. Speaking to an audience of foreign Russia scholars, Putin said an unprecedented anti-Russia campaign was being conducted in …
Stop Criticizing Donald Trump. Vladimir Putin Says So. | HuffPostHuffPost
Putin says Trump ‘won honestly,’ deserves more respectWGN-TV
Putin: Americans don’t give Trump enough respectNew York Post
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Putin says Trump ‘won honestly,’ deserves more respect – WGN-TV


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Putin says Trump ‘won honestly,’ deserves more respect
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RUSSIA Russian president Vladimir Putin believes President Donald Trump is worthy of more respect from the American people, reports Russian new agency TASS. The statement came in response to a question from a Valdai International Discussion Club …
Putin says ‘Mr Trump should be respected’ by the American people videoThe Guardian
Stop Criticizing Donald Trump. Vladimir Putin Says So.HuffPost
Putin: Americans don’t give Trump enough respectNew York Post
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Donald Trump launches desperate last ditch bid to prevent his advisers from flipping on him

At the end of a week which saw his own top former White House advisers Sean Spicer and Reince Priebus beginning to cooperate in the investigation against him, Donald Trump is now making a last ditch bid to prevent anyone else from flipping on him. However, the effort appears to be too little too late, and it instead reveals just how nervous Trump has become as the Robert Mueller investigation closes in on him.

Trump is now promising his associates that he’ll chip in $430,000 of his own money to help pay their mounting legal bills, according to an Axios report (link). That’s far too little money to be of much help, considering the sheer number of Trump advisers and associates who have been forced to hire high priced attorneys to represent them in the Trump-Russia scandal. If anything, the report raises questions about how this pittance of money is supposed to be spread around, and whether Trump might try to use it to specifically convince individual witnesses to not flip on him as Mueller corners them. If so, this could constitute obstruction of justice.

Strangely, Axios says that Trump will not pay any of the legal bills for his former National Security Adviser and former campaign foreign policy adviser, Michael Flynn. Why? No one knows. Flynn is considered one of the prime witnesses against Trump, and he’s facing serious criminal charges that could send him to prison for a long time. Why wouldn’t Trump want to motivate Flynn to remain on his side? It raises the question of whether Flynn may already be cooperating against Trump or perhaps Trump simply thinks Flynn may have flipped on him.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump’s own legal bills in the Russia continue to be paid by the Republican National Committee, with money it received from a Kremlin oligarch who is using his dual U.S. citizenship to skirt the law. And as has previously been widely reported, Donald Trump is using funds raised for his own phony “2020 reelection” campaign to pay the legal bills of his son, Donald Trump Jr.

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Donald Trump Jr chimes in and reminds us how stupid he is

Donald Trump Jr chimes in and reminds us how stupid he is

Donald Trump Jr chimes in and reminds us how stupid he is

The debate has been long-running: which of Donald Trump’s adult sons is the dumbest? Is it Eric Trump, who seems to know he’s dumb and pulls his punches accordingly? Or is it Donald Trump Jr,

Senile Donald Trump brags that he only represents “rich people” then incoherently babbles about Vladimir Putin

Senile Donald Trump brags that he only represents “rich people” then incoherently babbles about Vladimir Putin

Senile Donald Trump brags that he only represents “rich people” then incoherently babbles about Putin

Trump clearly needs immediate professional medical attention

George W Bush condemns bigotry and lies in coded attack on Trump – The Guardian


The Guardian
George W Bush condemns bigotry and lies in coded attack on Trump
The Guardian
The president has pointedly refused to accept the conclusion of the US intelligence agency that the Russians meddled in the2016 election against the backdrop of the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

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Facebook, Twitter and Google Counsel to Testify Before Congress in Russia Investigation – Law.com


Law.com
Facebook, Twitter and Google Counsel to Testify Before Congress in Russia Investigation
Law.com
With the U.S. Senate and House intelligence committees looking at Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidentialelection, counsel for tech giants Facebook Inc., Google Inc. and Twitter Inc. are scheduled to testify in Nov. 1 hearings, according to …
Facebook’s Evidence of Russian Electoral Meddling Is Only ‘the Tip of the Iceberg’The Atlantic

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All five living former U.S. Presidents to make joint public appearance tonight

As major hurricanes began ravaging various regions of the United States and it became clear that the Donald Trump administration wasn’t going to come close to providing a proper disaster response, all five living former U.S. Presidents came together to unveil a charitable foundation called One America Appeal. Since that time they’ve begun condemning Trump in semi-coordinated fashion, suggesting they have much more up their sleeves. Tonight, all five of them will be making a joint public appearance together.

Former Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama will be the special guests at tonight’s One America Appeal benefit concert in Texas which will benefit the victims of the hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. The musical lineup mostly consists of country music acts, including Alabama, Lyle Lovett, and Lee Greenwood. But even as funds are being raised for charity, all eyes will be on the five Presidents to determine what they’re really up to.

Earlier this week George W. Bush, the most conservative of the five former Presidents, delivered a blistering speech condemning Donald Trump. Then almost immediately afterward, Barack Obama gave an anti-Trump speech of his own. This couldn’t have been a coincidence, and it points to a degree of coordination in their messaging. This has only served to further the expectation that there’s more to the five-way partnership than simply charity work, making tonight intriguing.

Due to the charitable nature of tonight’s concert, you can expect the five former Presidents to keep the entire thing cordial. This will be, in effect, their coming out party for their alliance. Once the American public becomes comfortable with the idea of its former leaders coming together to speak with one authoritative voice, we may soon find out what they’re planning when it comes to deposing Donald Trump.

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felix sater – Google News: But Trump suffers ‘convenient memory loss’! – The Island.lk

But Trump suffers ‘convenient memory loss’!
The Island.lk
“I mean, I’ve seen him a couple of times; I have met him,” Trump said, in a deposition in a court case involving Sater in 2013. And The New York Times quoted him as saying, “If he were sitting in the room right now, I really wouldn’t know what he 

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The Russians have sold out Donald Trump and Donald Trump Jr to Robert Mueller

Even as Congress and Special Counsel Robert Mueller continue to plow their way through Donald Trump’s inner circle in an attempt at pressuring Trump’s underlings to flip on him, another more surprising angle has emerged. The Russians are now voluntarily cooperating with the investigation into the Trump-Russia scandal, in a manner which could end up taking down both Donald Trump and Donald Trump Jr.

Mueller has been zeroing in on Donald Trump Jr’s meeting with Russian government representatives in which Junior sought dirt on Hillary Clinton and on Donald Trump’s subsequent attempt at covering up the real reason for the meeting. Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, and other Trump people who were in the meeting, are still largely refusing to cooperate. But now the Russians who were in the meeting are cooperating with the investigation. This is a remarkable development, because these people wouldn’t need to cooperate unless they wanted to.

Some of the Russians at the meeting have now met with congressional investigators, according to a CNN report (link). Although details about Robert Mueller’s investigation rarely leak out, this means that these same Russians have almost certainly spoken with Mueller as well. They’re not U.S. citizens and they don’t reside in the United States, so U.S. investigators have little if any legal leverage over them yet they’ve decided to cooperate anyway. Considering that the Russians in question all have relationships with Vladimir Putin, they wouldn’t be cooperating unless he wanted them to.

It’s still not clear precisely what information the Russians have given to Congress and Mueller. But the Russians are well aware that the investigators are trying to use the details of this meeting to nail Donald Trump Jr for collusion and to nail Donald Trump for obstruction of justice. By voluntarily providing any level of cooperation, the Russians have sold out them both.

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Trump more optimistic on Isis after Raqqa than key advisers

President hails step toward lasting peace and political transition but advisers say militants remain a threat and Assad government newly strengthened

Donald Trump on Saturday issued a statement on the Islamic States expulsion from Raqqa that ran counter to warnings in recent days from his national security aides that the militants remain fully capable of striking American interests.

Events in Raqqa were a milestone in the fight against terrorism and a step toward a political transition and lasting peace in Syria, Trump said in a White House statement.

Related: The fall of Raqqa – in pictures

Related: Escape from Raqqa: how my three-year ordeal in the Isis stronghold ended | Tim Ramadan

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Donald Trump goes berserk with bizarre Pee Pee Tape denial

Of all the things Donald Trump is worried about surfacing in his Trump-Russia scandal, he’s not the most worried about his treasonous election-rigging collusion or even his lifetime of financial crimes. Instead it’s the mythical “Pee Pee Tape” which allegedly shows him engaging with Russian prostitutes. Now more than ever, Trump has become paranoid about the tape in question. We know this because he’s going off the deep end while specifically denying its existence.

On Saturday afternoon, out of nowhere, Trump tweeted “Officials behind the now discredited ‘Dossier’ plead the Fifth. Justice Department and/or FBI should immediately release who paid for it.” It’s important to point out that not one word of Trump’s tweet is true. The dossier in question has not been discredited in any way, shape, or form and much of it has now been independently confirmed. The officials in question have not pleaded the fifth. Instead they’ve fully cooperated with the investigation, and have only rebuffed a fake subpoena from Trump’s own corrupt puppet Devin Nunes.

It’s nothing new for Trump to lie through his teeth in a tweet. However, what does stand out here is that this tweet came out of nowhere. There were no major news reports about the dossier or the Pee Pee Tape yesterday or today so why is Trump suddenly bringing it up just to try to discredit it? This strongly suggests that he’s recently learned something which has led him to fear that it could surface.

If Russian President Vladimir Putin has indeed been using the Pee Pee Tape to blackmail Donald Trump, it’s possible that Trump now fears Putin might leak it. Putin has personally lost billions of dollars as a direct result of Trump’s failure to get U.S. sanctions against Russia lifted which is now impossible in the current political climate. Does Trump fear Putin is about to cut his losses?

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Trump calls on FBI to release names behind dossier – The Hill (blog)


The Hill (blog)
Trump calls on FBI to release names behind dossier
The Hill (blog)
President Trump on Saturday renewed his criticism of the controversial dossier alleging that Moscow had compromising information on Trump during the 2016 election, calling for the FBI to “release who paid for it.” “Officials behind the now discredited …
Devin Nunes Went Rogue to Find Out Who Paid for TrumpRussia Dossier, Firm ClaimsDaily Beast
Trump: Justice Dept., FBI should release ‘who paid for’ Russia dossierPolitico
Donald Trump just suggested the FBI, Democrats and Russia might all be co-conspiratorsCNN
Newsweek –ABC News –Washington Post –Bloomberg
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Trump says Russian-bought Facebook ads were tiny compared with U.S. fake news

Trump says Russian-bought Facebook ads were 'tiny' compared with U.S. 'fake news'

President Trump on Saturday seemingly downplayed the significance of Russian-bought Facebook ads, which some lawmakers investigating election meddling have said were intended to influence last years campaign and divide Americans. Keep hearing about tiny amount of money spent on Facebook ads, Trump said on Twitter, before taking aim at U.S. television networks. What about the […]

Trump says Russian-bought Facebook ads were ‘tiny’ compared with US ‘fake news’ – Washington Post


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The Sewer of Trumpism – TPM (blog)

The Sewer of Trumpism
TPM (blog)
Col. Jack Jacobs, a medal of honor recipient himself, says Gen. John Kelly should simply apologize. More broadly, I thought this brief discussion from him is a good meditation on the moral sewer of Trumpism and even more, Donald Trump himself.

Trump: Justice Dept., FBI should release ‘who paid for’ Russia dossier – Politico


Politico
Trump: Justice Dept., FBI should release ‘who paid for’ Russia dossier
Politico
President Donald Trump on Saturday called on the Justice Department “and/or” the FBI to identify who paid for a dossier that contains allegations of ties between his campaign and Russian officials, and about the president himself. “Officials behind the
Trump says Russian-bought Facebook ads were ‘tiny’ compared with US ‘fake news’Washington Post
Trump calls on FBI to release names behind dossierThe Hill (blog)
Trump rails against Russia investigation and Russian Facebook ads in Saturday tweetstormBusiness Insider
Daily Beast –CNN –Newsweek –Twitter
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Trump Investigations Review – October 2017

The Showboats, The CyberWars, and The Russian Trolls, Real and Virtual: Why didn’t the FBI see all of this?! | The Profile Of Mass Shooter and The Neuro-Psychological (“Psychotronic”) Manipulation Of Voting Behaviors Online 

8:45 AM 10/21/2017 – Cambridge Analytica – News Review | VOX – Link

When you consider how a few thousands votes in a few swing states determined the election, this is no small thing.

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Cambridge Analytica, the shady data firm that might be a key Trump-Russia link, explained. Why House investigators think this company might have helped Russia spread fake news.

Cambridge Analytica Darren Bolding says Donald Trump Facebook – CNBC
Use an iPhone? Here’s what this Trump-linked data firm knows about you – The Daily Dot
Cambridge Analytica Announces Launch of New TV Targeting … – PR Newswire (press release)
Trump’s Data Firm Is Selling A Top Conservative Think Tank Its Trump Voter Playbook – Daily Beast
Congress in touch with Cambridge Analytica who helped Trump win – ETtech.com
’60 Minutes’ profiles the genius who won Trump’s campaign: Facebook – Washington Post
Russia Probe Now Investigating Cambridge Analytica, Trump’s ‘Psychographic’ Data Gurus – Daily Beast
House Intel Committee targets shady RNC-aligned data firm Cambridge Analytica in Russia probe: report – Raw Story
House Intelligence Committee to release Russian-backed Facebook ads – Washington Post
Facebook exec meets with lawmakers amid Russia probe – Fox Business
Trump campaign data firm cooperating with House on Russia … – Politico
Cambridge Analytica: Russia Probe Panel Turns to Trump Data Firm – Newsmax
Cambridge Analytica: Russia Probe Panel Turns to Trump Data Firm – Newsmax
Cambridge Analytica under scrutiny in House committee Russian probe – SC Magazine
An intern at the Trump campaign data firm, Cambridge Analytica, left sensitive voter targeting tools online for … – Business Insider Australia
The future of propaganda is on the line in election probe – Newsday
Data mining firm behind Trump election built psychological profiles of nearly every American voter – CBC.ca
Cambridge Analytica, the shady data firm that might be a key Trump-Russia link, explained – Vox
Privacy Advocates Criticize Kenyan Government’s Hiring of Cambridge Analytica – snopes.com
“Bing, bing, bing: Trump reveals his thinking behind firing off all those tweets
Trump UN envoy: Russia’s election interference is ‘warfare’ – CTV News
Obama Administration, Hillary Clinton Covered Up Their Deep, Corrupt Ties To Russia – Investor’s Business Daily
Trump: Obama-era uranium deal is ‘real Russia story’ – The Hill
The Iran Business Ties Trump Didn’t Disclose – The New Yorker
Trump claims false laurels – Daily Times
Cambridge Analytica Darren Bolding says Donald Trump Facebook – CNBC
Use an iPhone? Here’s what this Trump-linked data firm knows about you – The Daily Dot
Cambridge Analytica Announces Launch of New TV Targeting … – PR Newswire (press release)
Trump’s Data Firm Is Selling A Top Conservative Think Tank Its Trump Voter Playbook – Daily Beast
Congress in touch with Cambridge Analytica who helped Trump win – ETtech.com
’60 Minutes’ profiles the genius who won Trump’s campaign: Facebook – Washington Post
Russia Probe Now Investigating Cambridge Analytica, Trump’s ‘Psychographic’ Data Gurus – Daily Beast
House Intel Committee targets shady RNC-aligned data firm Cambridge Analytica in Russia probe: report – Raw Story
House Intelligence Committee to release Russian-backed Facebook ads – Washington Post
Facebook exec meets with lawmakers amid Russia probe – Fox Business
Trump campaign data firm cooperating with House on Russia … – Politico
Cambridge Analytica: Russia Probe Panel Turns to Trump Data Firm – Newsmax
Cambridge Analytica: Russia Probe Panel Turns to Trump Data Firm – Newsmax
Cambridge Analytica under scrutiny in House committee Russian probe – SC Magazine
An intern at the Trump campaign data firm, Cambridge Analytica, left sensitive voter targeting tools online for … – Business Insider Australia
The future of propaganda is on the line in election probe – Newsday
Data mining firm behind Trump election built psychological profiles of nearly every American voter – CBC.ca
Cambridge Analytica, the shady data firm that might be a key Trump-Russia link, explained – Vox
Privacy Advocates Criticize Kenyan Government’s Hiring of Cambridge Analytica – snopes.com
“Bing, bing, bing: Trump reveals his thinking behind firing off all those tweets
Trump UN envoy: Russia’s election interference is ‘warfare’ – CTV News
Obama Administration, Hillary Clinton Covered Up Their Deep, Corrupt Ties To Russia – Investor’s Business Daily
Trump: Obama-era uranium deal is ‘real Russia story’ – The Hill
The Iran Business Ties Trump Didn’t Disclose – The New Yorker
Trump claims false laurels – Daily Times

 

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Cambridge Analytica Darren Bolding says Donald Trump Facebook – CNBC

CNBC
Cambridge Analytica Darren Bolding says Donald Trump Facebook
CNBC
The man who ran Trump’s Facebook ad campaign tells SF internet gathering says software can find ‘the worst’ in humanity.
Is Big Data Killing Democracy? – FortuneFortuneall 2 news articles »
Use an iPhone? Here’s what this Trump-linked data firm knows about you – The Daily Dot

The Daily Dot
Use an iPhone? Here’s what this Trump-linked data firm knows about you
The Daily Dot
Do you like to read? Consider yourself a political buff? Shopped at H&M recently? Then you’re probably an iPhone user, according to Cambridge Analytica, the international data analytics group with deep ties to President Donald Trump’s election victory.
Cambridge Analytica Announces Launch of New TV Targeting … – PR Newswire (press release)

PR Newswire (press release)
Cambridge Analytica Announces Launch of New TV Targeting …
PR Newswire (press release)
NEW YORK, Sept. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Cambridge Analytica’s brand-focused division, CA Commercial, today announced the launch of its new TV …and more »
Trump’s Data Firm Is Selling A Top Conservative Think Tank Its Trump Voter Playbook – Daily Beast

Daily Beast
Trump’s Data Firm Is Selling A Top Conservative Think Tank Its Trump Voter Playbook
Daily Beast
The company, Cambridge Analytica, inked a deal with the nation’s leading conservative think tank, the Heritage Foundation, for the purpose of hitting up Trump voters for donations. The marrying of the two institutions was made easier by a shared principle.
Congress in touch with Cambridge Analytica who helped Trump win – ETtech.com
Congress in touch with Cambridge Analytica who helped Trump win
ETtech.com
Congress in touch with Cambridge Analytica who helped Trump win Has the Congress found the Brahmastra for the next general elections? Perhaps it has, if one goes by reports that Congress is in touch with Big Data firm Cambridge Analyticathat helped US …
’60 Minutes’ profiles the genius who won Trump’s campaign: Facebook – Washington Post

Washington Post
’60 Minutes’ profiles the genius who won Trump’s campaign: Facebook
Washington Post
Right after the campaign, it was the firm Cambridge Analytica that was making this case, arguing that its black-box analysis of the psychology of American voters allowed Trump to target specific sorts of people with ads that dug deep into their brains 
How Facebook helped the Trump campaign in 2016Salon
Facebook “embeds,” Russia and the Trump campaign’s secret  weapon CBS Newsall 44 36 news articles »
Russia Probe Now Investigating Cambridge Analytica, Trump’s ‘Psychographic’ Data Gurus – Daily Beast

Daily Beast
Russia Probe Now Investigating Cambridge Analytica, Trump’s ‘Psychographic’ Data Gurus
Daily Beast
The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) is looking at Cambridge Analytica’s work for President Donald Trump’s campaign as part of its investigation into Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 race, according to sources familiar with  
Congress Is Investigating Trump Campaign’s Voter Targeting Firm as Part of the Russia ProbeSlate Magazine (blog)
House Intel investigation expands to Trump campaign data firmThe Hill
Trump-linked data firm reportedly now a focus of Russia probeThe Daily Dot
Raw StoryShareblue MediaPoliticoCNN
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House Intel Committee targets shady RNC-aligned data firm Cambridge Analytica in Russia probe: report – Raw Story

Raw Story
House Intel Committee targets shady RNC-aligned data firm Cambridge Analytica in Russia probe: report
Raw Story
We brought in Cambridge Analytica. I called some of my friends from Silicon Valley who were some of the best digital marketers in the world. One of the major investors in Cambridge Analytica is Robert Mercer, the billionaire Trump backer who also  and more » 
House Intel investigation expands to Trump campaign data firmThe Hillall 3 news articles » 

House Intelligence Committee to release Russian-backed Facebook ads – Washington Post

Washington Post
House Intelligence Committee to release Russian-backed Facebook ads
Washington Post
As one of the companies that played a prominent role in the election campaign, Cambridge Analytica has been asked by the House Intelligence Committee to provide it with information that might help its investigation, a Cambridge Analyticaspokesman 
Facebook exec meets with lawmakers amid Russia probeSacramento Beeall 222 news articles »
Facebook exec meets with lawmakers amid Russia probe – Fox Business

Washington Post
Facebook exec meets with lawmakers amid Russia probe
Fox Business
“We believe that other organizations that worked on the campaign have been asked to do the same,” Cambridge Analyticasaid in a statement, adding that there was no “suggestion of wrongdoing.” ___. Associated Press writer Chad Day contributed to this …
Cambridge Analytica: Russia Probe Panel Turns to Trump Data FirmNewsmax
House Intelligence Committee to release Russian-backed Facebook adsWashington Post
Sheryl Sandberg Says Facebook Will Reveal How Russia Targeted US VotersNBCNews.com
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Trump campaign data firm cooperating with House on Russia … – Politico

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Trump campaign data firm cooperating with House on Russia …
Politico
A data analysis company that played a major role in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is sharing material as part of the House Intelligence Committee’s …and more »
Cambridge Analytica: Russia Probe Panel Turns to Trump Data Firm – Newsmax

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Cambridge Analytica: Russia Probe Panel Turns to Trump Data Firm
Newsmax
The leaders of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., center, and Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, right, speak with reporters as they emerge from a closed-door meeting at the Capitol with Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of
Facebook exec meets with lawmakers amid Russia probeFox Business
House Intelligence Committee to release Russian-backed Facebook adsWashington Post
Sheryl Sandberg Says Facebook Will Reveal How Russia Targeted US VotersNBCNews.com
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Cambridge Analytica: Russia Probe Panel Turns to Trump Data Firm – Newsmax

Washington Post

Newsmax
Cambridge Analytica: Russia Probe Panel Turns to Trump Data Firm
Newsmax
After meeting with a Facebook executive on Wednesday, the House Intelligence Committee investigating possible Russia interference turned its attention to Cambridge Analytica, the data mining company that worked on President Donald Trump’s campaign.
Facebook exec meets with lawmakers amid Russia probeFox Business
House Intelligence Committee to release Russian-backed Facebook adsWashington Post
Sheryl Sandberg Says Facebook Will Reveal How Russia Targeted US VotersNBCNews.com 
San Antonio Express-News
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Cambridge Analytica under scrutiny in House committee Russian probe – SC Magazine

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Cambridge Analytica under scrutiny in House committee Russian probe
SC Magazine
Cambridge Analytica, the data firm partially owned by former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon and widely credited with helping Donald Trump gain the presidency, is handing over relevant documents to the House Permanent Select Committee on …
An intern at the Trump campaign data firm, Cambridge Analytica, left sensitive voter targeting tools online for … – Business Insider Australia

Business Insider Australia
An intern at the Trump campaign data firm, Cambridge Analytica, left sensitive voter targeting tools online for …
Business Insider Australia
An intern at the data mining and analysis firm Cambridge Analytica left online for nearly a year what appears to be programming instructions for the voter targeting tools the company used around the time of the election, raising questions about who 
The future of propaganda is on the line in election probe – Newsday

Newsday
The future of propaganda is on the line in election probe
Newsday
A spotlight shines anew on Cambridge Analytica, the company part-owned by the billionaire Mercers of Long Island that has been deeply involved in analyzing and mining people’s data to influence election campaigns. Last week the company acknowledged …
Data mining firm behind Trump election built psychological profiles of nearly every American voter – CBC.ca

CBC.ca
Data mining firm behind Trump election built psychological profiles of nearly every American voter
CBC.ca
This week, it was the House Committee on Intelligence investigating Russian interference in the U.S. election reaching out toCambridge Analytica. A spokesperson says “the company is not under investigation, and there is no suggestion of any wrongdoing …
Cambridge Analytica, the shady data firm that might be a key Trump-Russia link, explained – Vox

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Cambridge Analytica, the shady data firm that might be a key Trump-Russia link, explained
Vox
The Daily Beast reported last week that the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is looking into a data analytics company called Cambridge Analytica as part of its investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia … 
Who is Alan Futerfas, Donald Trump Jr.’s lawyer?CNN
Trump re-election campaign paid $50000 to law firm now representing Donald Trump Jr.CNN
Trump Campaign Spending on Legal Fees Surges as Russia Inquiries WidenNew York Timesall 49 news articles » and more » 

Privacy Advocates Criticize Kenyan Government’s Hiring of Cambridge Analytica – snopes.com

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Privacy Advocates Criticize Kenyan Government’s Hiring of Cambridge Analytica
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Online privacy advocates have expressed concern over the hiring of Cambridge Analytica the data firm that claimed to spur the electoral successes of both President Donald Trump and the Brexit campaign by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta’s party …
“Bing, bing, bing: Trump reveals his thinking behind firing off all those tweets
'Bing, bing, bing': Trump reveals his thinking behind firing off all those tweets

President Trump has a ready weapon in hand to return fire when he feels under attack. When somebody says something about me, I am able to go bing, bing, bing and I take care of it, the president said. Trump, of course, was talking about Twitter, which has become a staple of his presidency. In […]

Trump UN envoy: Russia’s election interference is ‘warfare’ – CTV News

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Trump UN envoy: Russia’s election interference is ‘warfare’
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NEW YORK — Nikki Haley, U.S. President Donald Trump’s chief envoy to the United Nations, cast Russian interference in the 2016 election as “warfare” on Thursday, breaking in tone, if not substance, from a president who has consistently downplayed …and more »
Obama Administration, Hillary Clinton Covered Up Their Deep, Corrupt Ties To Russia – Investor’s Business Daily

Investor’s Business Daily
Obama Administration, Hillary Clinton Covered Up Their Deep, Corrupt Ties To Russia
Investor’s Business Daily
That’s certainly true with the growing scandal over the Russians‘ extortion racket in the U.S., possible bribes to the Bill and Hillary Clinton Foundation, and the FBI’s curious decision not to reveal the Russians‘ activities and ties to the Obama 
Donald Trump promotes criticism of Hillary Clinton for role in Russian uranium deal while attacking ‘fake’ mediaThe Independent 
Republicans are freaking out about a new report tying Hillary Clinton to a Russian uranium dealBusiness Insider
Team Obama’s stunning cover-up of Russian crimesNew York Post
Commentary MagazineAxiosTownhallThe Hill
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Trump: Russia Uranium One Story ‘One of the Biggest Stories of the Decade’Breitbart News
From Russia to Hillary: Bribes, Extortion, Uranium and LiesFrontPage Magazine
TownhallLombardi Letter
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Trump: Obama-era uranium deal is ‘real Russia story’ – The Hill

The Hill
Trump: Obama-era uranium deal is ‘real Russia story’
The Hill
The Hill reported Wednesday that the FBI uncovered evidence that Russian nuclear officials were involved in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering before the Obama administration approved the deal. It wasn’t the first time Trumphas 
Trump blasts ‘Fake Media’ for ignoring Russia uranium deal sealed ‘with Clinton help’Fox News
Trump: Clintons’ uranium deal is the ‘biggest story that Fake Media doesn’t want to follow’Washington Examiner
Trump: ‘It’s a Disgrace’ That the Media Is Not Covering ‘Real Russia’ Uranium StoryMediaite
Daily Mail –The Daily Dot –Slate Magazine (blog)
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The Iran Business Ties Trump Didn’t Disclose – The New Yorker

The New Yorker
The Iran Business Ties Trump Didn’t Disclose
The New Yorker
Azarpassillo has another interesting connection; one of its apparent partners in money laundering, the Mammadov family of Azerbaijan, was also, until quite recently, in business with the Trump Organization. In fact, for the entire Presidential campaignand more »
Trump claims false laurels – Daily Times

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Trump claims false laurels
Daily Times
Trump has put his immaturity on display once again with this statement. Those familiar with the history of the ongoing conflicts in Syria are … I hope that this dishonest political strategy will not work. A re-election of DonaldTrump in the next and more »

 

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Did Russia’s Facebook Ads Actually Swing the Election? – New York Magazine
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2:25 AM 10/22/2017 – The Sewer of Trumpism – TPM (blog) – Selected and Saved News Stories

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Trump says Russian-bought Facebook ads were tiny compared with U.S. fake news
Trump says Russian-bought Facebook ads were ‘tiny’ compared with US ‘fake news’ – Washington Post
Trump: Justice Dept., FBI should release ‘who paid for’ Russia dossier – Politico
Will The U.S. Ever Win The War In Afghanistan?
Trump family meltdown: Ivanka Trump, Donald Jr, and Erics wife Lara all go off the stupidity deep end
Czech Trump and insurgent parties benefit from ‘voting hurricane’ in Czech Republic election – Deutsche Welle
Donald Trump Attacks Mainstream Media While Downplaying Russian Election Ads on Facebook – Newsweek
Donald Trump unwittingly tips off that the mother of all bombshell scandals is about to land
5:56 PM 10/21/2017 Links: Cambridge Analytica 10.21.17
6:01 PM 10/21/2017 Russia Probe Now Investigating Cambridge Analytica, Trumps Psychographic Data Gurus
Trump says Russian-bought Facebook ads were ‘tiny’ compared with US ‘fake news’ – Chicago Tribune
The face of the machine: The emotional toll of working in social media – Salon
Trump rails against Russia investigation and Russian Facebook ads in Saturday tweetstorm – Business Insider
Trump Plans to Help Pay Aides’ Legal Costs for Russia Probes – U.S. News & World Report
Trumputin: Fake President – LA Progressive (press release) (blog)
These 5 U.S. Towns Are Powered Entirely By Renewable Energy
How to counter Trump? Democrats still searching – ABC News
8:45 AM 10/21/2017 Cambridge Analytica News Review | VOX Link
JFK assassination: Trump to allow release of classified documents – CBS News
Putin says ‘Mr Trump should be respected’ by the American people video
‘Fake news’ exposes Trump’s swamp creature – Times-Enterprise
Donald Trump to Release JFK Secret FilesBut Spies Don’t Want Them Made Public – Newsweek
Trump to release JFK files, subject to ‘further information’ – Reuters
Dan Gainor: Media won’t touch Russian uranium story tied to Hillary, and other epic journalism disasters – Fox News

 

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Trump says Russian-bought Facebook ads were tiny compared with U.S. fake news

Trump says Russian-bought Facebook ads were 'tiny' compared with U.S. 'fake news'

President Trump on Saturday seemingly downplayed the significance of Russian-bought Facebook ads, which some lawmakers investigating election meddling have said were intended to influence last years campaign and divide Americans. Keep hearing about tiny amount of money spent on Facebook ads, Trump said on Twitter, before taking aim at U.S. television networks. What about the […]

Trump says Russian-bought Facebook ads were ‘tiny’ compared with US ‘fake news’ – Washington Post


Washington Post
The Sewer of Trumpism – TPM (blog)

The Sewer of Trumpism
TPM (blog)
Col. Jack Jacobs, a medal of honor recipient himself, says Gen. John Kelly should simply apologize. More broadly, I thought this brief discussion from him is a good meditation on the moral sewer of Trumpism and even more, Donald Trump himself.

Trump: Justice Dept., FBI should release ‘who paid for’ Russia dossier – Politico


Politico
Trump: Justice Dept., FBI should release ‘who paid for’ Russia dossier
Politico
President Donald Trump on Saturday called on the Justice Department “and/or” the FBI to identify who paid for a dossier that contains allegations of ties between his campaign and Russian officials, and about the president himself. “Officials behind the
Trump says Russian-bought Facebook ads were ‘tiny’ compared with US ‘fake news’Washington Post
Trump calls on FBI to release names behind dossierThe Hill (blog)
Trump rails against Russia investigation and Russian Facebook ads in Saturday tweetstormBusiness Insider
Daily Beast –CNN –Newsweek –Twitter
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Will The U.S. Ever Win The War In Afghanistan?

The American consciousness simply has no conception, not even a Trumpian illusion, of what winning looks like.

Trump family meltdown: Ivanka Trump, Donald Jr, and Erics wife Lara all go off the stupidity deep end

Donald Trump’s three oldest children seem to be in a constant state of competition against each other. The trouble: they think they’re competing to see who can be the most impressive, when they’re actually competing to see who can come off as the most stupid. Over the past twenty-four hours we’ve seen Ivanka, Donald Junior, and Eric’s wife Lara all find striking new ways to go off the stupidity deep end.

First there was Lara Trump, who insisted that she had read the transcript of Donald Trump’s phone call to the pregnant widow of a fallen U.S. soldier. Lara insisted that Trump hadn’t said anything offensive to the widow, even as White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was at the podium insisting that there was no transcript. It’s not clear who’s lying here (likely Lara and Sarah both), but the blame here goes on Lara. She’s not an official White House voice, so it was her responsibility to clear her words with official channels to make sure she wasn’t stupidly making them all look like liars.

Then there was Donald Trump Jr, who threw a fit when a CNN commentator pointed out that his father has a natural tendency to attack black people and minorities. Junior retorted “You mean like Goodell, McCain, low energy Jeb!, Scarborough, John Kasich, Biden, Comey, Chuck Todd, Flake, Corker.. etc need 240 characters.” He appears to be stupid enough to believe that by listing off the white people his father has inappropriately attacked, it means his (more commonplace) attacks on minorities aren’t racist.

Then came Ivanka Trump, who may have done the most stupid thing of all though she did it months ago and she just now got caught in the act. She left her work with the discredited Donald Trump Foundation off her security clearance form (link), presumably because her father’s fake charity is under criminal investigation.

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Czech Trump and insurgent parties benefit from ‘voting hurricane’ in Czech Republic election – Deutsche Welle


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Czech Trump and insurgent parties benefit from ‘voting hurricane’ in Czech Republic election
Deutsche Welle
The country’s second-richest man and former finance minister has been dubbed the “Czech Trump” for his populist anti-establishment rhetoric including lambasting the press as morons. Speaking after the victory, Babis sought to allay fears that the

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Donald Trump Attacks Mainstream Media While Downplaying Russian Election Ads on Facebook – Newsweek


Newsweek
Donald Trump Attacks Mainstream Media While Downplaying Russian Election Ads on Facebook
Newsweek
While the intelligence community and recent reports have indicated that the social media campaign was decidedly inTrump’s corner, the president was correct in saying Clinton spent much more on the presidential election. The Democratic nominee raised …

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Donald Trump unwittingly tips off that the mother of all bombshell scandals is about to land

Donald Trump has such a consistent habit of telegraphing that he knows a major bombshell scandal is about to hit the newswires, you can almost plan your week around it. Major news outlets ask Trump’s White House for comment just before publishing their biggest breakthrough stories about him, and he then feels clinically compelled to try to preemptively refute the story or create a bizarre bombastic distraction from it. On Saturday afternoon, Trump tipped off that he knows the mother of all bombshells is coming.

Trump kicked off his panic-fest by tweeting “Officials behind the now discredited “Dossier” plead the Fifth. Justice Department and/or FBI should immediately release who paid for it.” Suffice it to say that literally every word of that tweet is a lie (no one has taken the fifth and the dossier has been largely confirmed, not discredited). But here we have Trump bringing up the Pee Pee Tape dossier just so he can falsely discredit it. Why? His next tweets offered additional insight into what’s coming.

About an hour later, Trump tweeted “Keep hearing about “tiny” amount of money spent on Facebook ads. What about the billions of dollars of Fake News on CNN, ABC, NBC & CBS?” So now Trump is resorting to bringing up the ads that Russia ran on Facebook in the name of helping him to rig the election in his favor, just to falsely refute it. Then a bit later, he added “Crooked Hillary Clinton spent hundreds of millions of dollars more on Presidential Election than I did. Facebook was on her side, not mine!”

So why is Donald Trump suddenly bringing up his Pee Pee Tape scandal, and his Facebook Russian ad scandal, just so he can shoot them both down? No one in the media was talking about either scandal on Saturday, until he brought them both up. There are only two possibilities here. Either a media bombshell is about to drop which connects those two scandals together or something even bigger is about to land (perhaps about Niger), and Trump is resorting to using these existing scandals to try to distract from it. Either way, buckle up.

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Trump says Russian-bought Facebook ads were ‘tiny’ compared with US ‘fake news’ – Chicago Tribune


Chicago Tribune
Trump says Russian-bought Facebook ads were ‘tiny’ compared with US ‘fake news’
Chicago Tribune
… Russian-bought Facebook ads, which leading lawmakers investigating election meddling have said were intended to influence last year’s campaign and divide Americans. “Keep hearing about ‘tiny’ amount of money spent on Facebook ads,”Trump said on …
Trump: Justice Dept., FBI should release ‘who paid for’ Russia dossierPolitico
Trump and conservative media have their own, quite different version of the Russia scandalVox
Trump demands Justice Department say who paid for salacious dossierFox News
Esquire.com –The Independent –Business Insider
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The face of the machine: The emotional toll of working in social media – Salon


Salon
The face of the machine: The emotional toll of working in social media
Salon
Working in media, I can say safely that my education did not prepare me for the psychological toll that accompanies having thousands of strangers harass you; few, if any, journalism schools prepare students to deal with the inevitable cyberbullying 

Trump rails against Russia investigation and Russian Facebook ads in Saturday tweetstorm – Business Insider


Business Insider
Trump rails against Russia investigation and Russian Facebook ads in Saturday tweetstorm
Business Insider
… Intelligence Committee, but also contains several unverified and salacious allegations. Trump was also frustrated over the attention being paid to Facebook over its involvement in Russia’s disinformation and trolling campaign during the 2016 election
Partisan feud undercuts Trump-Russia probe, US Democrats chargeReuters
Fusion GPS asks court to stop lawmakers from seeing financial recordsCNN

Trump suggests FBI may have ‘paid for’ dossier alleging Russia tiesChicago Tribune 
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Donald Trump just suggested the FBI, Democrats and Russia might all be co-conspiratorsCNN
Trump Suggests ‘Pee Tape’ Dossier Was Financed Jointly by Russia, the FBINewsweek
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Trump Plans to Help Pay Aides’ Legal Costs for Russia Probes – U.S. News & World Report


U.S. News & World Report
Trump Plans to Help Pay Aides’ Legal Costs for Russia Probes
U.S. News & World Report
President Donald Trump intends to spend at least $430,000 of his own money to help pay the legal bills of White House staff and campaign aides related to the investigations into Russian election meddling in the 2016 election. … Norman Eisen, an 
Trump pledges at least $430000 to help staff pay for Russia probe lawyersPolitico
Trump’s offer to pay White House aides’ legal bills stuns MSNBC panel: ‘Potentially an admission of guilt’Raw Story

all 26 23 news articles »

Trumputin: Fake President – LA Progressive (press release) (blog)


LA Progressive (press release) (blog)
Trumputin: Fake President
LA Progressive (press release) (blog)
fake presidency Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush have issued veiled condemnations of the wayTrumputin (as I call him) has conducted the Presidency in the nine months (it seems much longer) since Donald Joseph Trump assumed …

These 5 U.S. Towns Are Powered Entirely By Renewable Energy

“For too long, dirty fuels have jeopardized the health of our communities and put our childrens future at risk.”

How to counter Trump? Democrats still searching – ABC News


U.S. News & World Report
How to counter Trump? Democrats still searching
ABC News
We have Tom Perez. We have Keith Ellison. We have Leader Pelosi. We have Leader Schumer,” he said. Still, that reliance on Capitol Hill means the party is touting a leadership core much older than the electorate. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is 77.
Dems Struggle to Avoid Discord for Unified Counter to TrumpU.S. News & World Report

all 22 news articles »

8:45 AM 10/21/2017 Cambridge Analytica News Review | VOX Link

Cambridge Analytica News Review: Selected Articles  10/21/2017 9.15.7 Cambridge Analytica Darren Bolding says Donald Trump Facebook CNBC Use an iPhone? Heres what this Trump-linked data firm knows about you The Daily Dot Cambridge Analytica Announces Launch of New TV Targeting PR Newswire (press release) Trumps Data Firm Is Selling A cambridge analytica Google News    You apparently do not have JavaScript enabled on your browser lest you would be viewing an RSS Feed here from RSS Dog Cambridge Analytica Russia Probe Now Investigating Cambridge Analytica, Trumps Daily BeastOct 11, 2017 They were once Steve Bannons favorite analytics shop. Now investigators want to know if Continue reading“8:45 AM 10/21/2017 Cambridge Analytica News Review | VOX Link”
JFK assassination: Trump to allow release of classified documents – CBS News


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JFK assassination: Trump to allow release of classified documents
CBS News
President Trump announced on Twitter that he will allow the release of thousands of classified documents about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy after years of delays. The unexpected move means the trove of never-before-seen documents are …
Trump plans to release JFK assassination documents despite concerns from federal agenciesWashington Post
Trump suggests he’ll allow release of classified files on Kennedy assassinationFox News
Trump says he’ll allow classified JFK assassination files to be openedWBAL Baltimore

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Putin says ‘Mr Trump should be respected’ by the American people video

Russias Vladimir Putin has said the US president, Donald Trump, should be respected because he has a democratic mandate. Speaking to an audience of foreign Russia scholars, Putin said an unprecedented anti-Russia campaign was being conducted in the US in which every domestic failure was being blamed on Moscow. But the Russian president said he believed the problems in his countrys relations with Washington could be resolved.

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‘Fake news’ exposes Trump’s swamp creature – Times-Enterprise

‘Fake news’ exposes Trump’s swamp creature
Times-Enterprise
Prior to the law (which President Obama signed, so he rates a share of responsibility), the DEA had broad authority to halt drug shipments that it deemed to be an imminent danger to a community. But under Marino’s law, the DEA can’t halt shipments 

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Donald Trump to Release JFK Secret FilesBut Spies Don’t Want Them Made Public – Newsweek


Newsweek
Donald Trump to Release JFK Secret FilesBut Spies Don’t Want Them Made Public
Newsweek
For decades, conspiracy theorists have speculated about the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. And on Saturday, President Trump, who established his political career propagating the birther conspiracy about Barack Obama, pledged the …
President Donald Trump says he will open ‘long blocked and classified JFK files’MassLive.com
Trump plans to release classified JFK documentsCNN
Donald Trump Plans to Allow Release of ‘Long Blocked and Classified’ JFK FilesTIME
Telegraph.co.uk –The Hindu –The Sun
all 105 news articles »
Trump to release JFK files, subject to ‘further information’ – Reuters


Reuters
Trump to release JFK files, subject to ‘further information’
Reuters
Despite serious questions about the official inquest, and theories purporting that organized crime, Cuba or a cabal of U.S. security agents was involved, conspiracy theorists have yet to produce conclusive proof that Oswald acted in consort with anyone 

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Dan Gainor: Media won’t touch Russian uranium story tied to Hillary, and other epic journalism disasters – Fox News


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Dan Gainor: Media won’t touch Russian uranium story tied to Hillary, and other epic journalism disasters
Fox News
It’s been nearly a year since President Trump was elected and the media have been trying to tie him to Russia for most of it. Finally, after 11 months, there’s strong evidence linking Russia to a 2016 presidential candidate. But the candidate is 
Officials Tied to Russian Nuclear Bribes Have Pushed TrumpRussia Collusion AccusationsThe Epoch Times
Liberal Media Attempt to Whitewash Clinton’s UraniumGate ScandalThe New American
John Pilger On Hillary Clinton, Julian Assange And The ABC’s War On TruthNew Matilda
The HillThe Hill
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