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This past summer, a Facebook account called Blacktivist posted a horrifying video. It depicted a blackman handcuffed, his face planted to the …

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Russian troll factory paid US activists to help fund protests during …

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One Russian-linked campaign posing as part of the Black Lives Matter … CNN has separately established the links between the Facebook page … and encouraging other Americans to view black activism as a rising threat.
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Trump Suggests ‘Pee Tape’ Dossier Was Financed Jointly by Russia, the FBI

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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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Congress is spending millions on Russia investigations — but you’ll probably never know exactly how much – USA TODAY

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Actually, No, Bob Corker and John McCain Are Doing Nothing to Hold Trump Accountable – The Nation.

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Donald Trump is claiming, for the moment, that he is on exceptionally good terms with congressional Republicans — even with some of the Republicans that his once-and-future chief strategist Steve Bannon has targeted for political extinction. Indeed and more »

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Trump Campaign Spending on Legal Fees Surges as Russia Inquiries Widen – New York Times

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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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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 »

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

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The Early Edition: October 19, 2017 

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Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news.

SYRIA

The U.S.-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (S.D.F.) have cleared 98 percent of the Islamic State’s de facto capital of Raqqa, the spokesperson for the U.S.-led coalition Col. Ryan Dillon tweetedtoday.

The impending defeat of the Islamic State group in Raqqa will open a new phase in the Syrian conflict, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said yesterday, blaming Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime for hindering previous efforts to liberate the city. Sarah El Deeb reports at the AP.

The U.N. seeks access to Raqqa and is ready to increase assistance following the defeat of Islamic State militants, a U.N. official in the Syrian capital of Damascus said yesterday, adding that aid groups were struggling to support the thousands of civilians in camps for the displaced near Raqqa. The BBCreports.

The S.D.F. will redeploy fighters to the frontlines of the eastern Deir al-Zour province, a spokesperson for the S.D.F. said yesterday, adding that victory in Raqqa would have a “positive impact” on the offensive against the Islamic State fighters. Tom Perry and Lisa Barrington report at Reuters.

A senior Syrian army commander has been killed in the near the eastern city of Deir al-Zour in an operation against Islamic State militants, Brig. Gen Issam Zahreddine led government offences in the Homs province and maintained a government presence in Deir al-Zour despite the almost three year long siege on his forces. The AP reports.

The U.N. must “ensure accountability” for the April 4 chemical weapons attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said yesterday, urging the Security Council to quickly vote on renewing the Joint Investigative Mechanism which is investigating the incident that killed more than 90 people. Edith M. Lederer reports at the AP.

The al-Qaeda-linked Tahrir al-Sham alliance released a video yesterday purporting to show its leader Abu Mohamad al-Golani, two weeks after the Russian military said it had critically injured Golani. Reuters reports.

The Islamic State group’s loss of territory has undermined its ability to raise revenue and collect money from civilians in its self-styled caliphate; it is likely that the group will now adopt insurgent tactics instead of pursuing state-building ambitions. Maria Abi-Habib explains at the Wall Street Journal.

The Islamic State group is set to establish itself as a guerilla force following the heavy territorial losses it has suffered in Syria and Iraq, many counterterrorism officials have said; the group still has many fighters, sympathizers and the ability to inspire attacks abroad. Margaret Coker, Eric Schmitt and Rukmini Callimachi explain that the terrorist group is far from defeated at the New York Times.

The defeat of the Islamic State group in Raqqa ushers in a period of uncertainty, the plethora of parties on the battlefield in Syria and Iraq trying to gain influence now that their common enemy faces impending downfall. Sarah El Deeb and Zeina Karam set out the various parties and alliances and their conflicting interests at the AP.

Tahrir al-Sham is set to benefit from the downfall of the Islamic State, the alliance, also known as the Levant Liberation Committee, dominates Syria’s northern Idlib province and has allowed some Islamic State fighters who have fled to the province to join their group. Bassem Mroue and Qassim Abdul-Zahra explain at the AP.

The U.S. lacks a strategy for the next phase of the war in Syria, the Financial Times editorial board sets out the potential future dangers.

U.S.-led airstrikes continue. U.S. and coalition forces carried out two airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on October 17. Separately, partner forces conducted five strikes against targets in Iraq. [Central Command]

TRUMP-RUSSIA

Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended his role in the firing of former F.B.I. director James Comey in testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday which focused on Russian interference in U.S. politics, saying that he did not think “the significance of the error the Mr. Comey made on the Clinton matter” had been “fully understood,” referring to Comey’s 2016 comments that the was not recommending charges against presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her private email use. Aruna Viswanatha and Del Quentin Wilber report at the Wall Street Journal.

Sessions pointedly changed his previous account of his contacts with former Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in 2016, stating that he did “not recall” whether certain areas were discussed in the meeting. Sessions also said that he “did not have a continuing exchange of information” with the Russians, a shift from his previous claim that he had no contacts with them. Julian Borger reports at the Guardian.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has not interviewed Sessions in relation to the Russia investigation, the Attorney General said yesterday, at the hearing Sessions also refused to address questions about his private conversations with Trump on the Russia investigations, the firing of Comey and other key issues. Josh Gerstein and Elana Schor report at POLITICO.

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) questioned Sessions on his comments during his confirmation hearing, pointing out his shifting testimony, to which Sessions responded that he had “conducted no improper discussions with Russians at any time regarding a campaign or any other item facing this country.” Lydia Wheeler reports at the Hill.

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was interviewed by the Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday, according to a source familiar with the matter, Lewandowski was privy to campaign officials’ efforts to set up a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin and maintained close ties to the Trump campaign after his departure. Karoun Demirjian reports at the Washington Post.

Officials from opposition research firm Fusion GPS met with the House Intelligence Committee yesterday in response to a subpoena issued by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), but refused to testify before the panel. Focus has been on the firm as it commissioned a controversial dossier about Trump’s connections to Russia compiled by former British Intelligence officer Christopher Steele. Kyle Cheney and Josh Gerstein report at POLITICO.

Google has privately briefed the House and Senate Intelligence Committees ahead of two Nov. 1 hearings into Russian interference in the U.S. election and the online disinformation campaigns. Mary Clare Jalonick reports at the AP.

Facebook general counsel Colin Stretch will testify before the House and Senate Intelligence Committees at the Nov. 1 hearings, Jonathan Allen reports at NBC News.

Democratic senators are preparing today to unveil new legislation targeted at political ads on social media, subjecting them to transparency and disclosure laws. Ali Breland reports at the Hill.

An account purporting to speak for Tennessee Republicans was a fake Twitter account set up by Russian operatives, according to two people familiar with the matter, the success of the account demonstrating the reach of the Russian disinformation campaign. Craig Timberg, Elizabeth Dwoskin and Adam Entous reveal at the Washington Post.

Prominent Trump campaign officials and supporters amplified the tweets by the fake Tennessee Republicans account, Betsy Woodruff, Ben Collins, Kevin Poulsen and Spencer Ackerman report at The Daily Beast.

IRAQ

Thousands of Iraqi Kurds have fled northern Iraq following the Iraqi government forces’ seizure of a host of territory from Kurdish Peshmerga forces, the Iraqi forces have taken control of the disputed Kirkuk region, demonstrating the changing political map in Iraq and the potential for new conflict between ethnic groups. Isabel Coles and Ali A. Nabhan report at the Wall Street Journal.

“We have not yet closed the gates [with Iraq], but this could happen at any time,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Tuesday in response to the Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum. Hande Firat reports at The Hürriyet Daily News.

A united Iraq is “best for our stability” and “best for the stability of the region and the world,” the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi writes at the New York Times, noting the successes of the Iraqi people in the fight against the Islamic State, castigating the Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum and urging unity.

This week’s battle for the Iraqi disputed city of Kirkuk put the U.S. and Iran on the same side and against the U.S.’ Kurdish allies. David Zucchino and Eric Schmitt explain the strange dynamics and the U.S. approach to the Kurdish independence referendum at the New York Times.

AFGHANISTAN

A Taliban attack on an Afghan army base yesterday killed 43 soldiers, and the fight ended with a U.S. airstrike, according to N.A.T.O. officials. Antonio Olivo reports at the Washington Post.

The latest attack marks a week of bloodshed in Afghanistan, including a suicide bombing in the city of Gardez on Tuesday that killed at least 41 and the killing of at least 30 on the same day in Ghazni province. The BBC reports.

New fencing and guard posts along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border would help to reduce militant attacks in both countries, Pakistan’s military said yesterday, however the Afghan government has objected the fence and does not recognize the frontier as an international border. Munir Ahmed reports at the AP.

IRAN

“I don’t want to waste time on answering the rants and whoppers of the brute U.S. president,” Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said yesterday, responding to Trump’s decision not to certify Iran’s compliance with the 2015 nuclear agreement. The BBC reports.

Europe’s opposition to Trump’s decision was “good, but not enough,” Khamenei added, saying that they “must stand up against the U.S. measures … including the sanctions they anticipate to emerge from Congress.” Frederik Pleitgen, Tamara Qiblawi and Shirzad Bozorgmehr report at CNN.

“Where’s the outrage?” the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley asked the Security Council yesterday, saying that member states should not judge Iran “by the narrow confines of the nuclear deal” as this “misses the true nature of the threat.” Michelle Nichols reports at Reuters.

Trump has provided Europe with a “moment of truth on Iran,” Europeans too readily embraced Iran and the business opportunities provided by the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and they should now work with Washington to craft a better approach. The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes.

NORTH KOREA

A nuclear powered U.S. aircraft carrier patrolled waters off the Korean Peninsula today in a show of power in the face of the North Korean threat, Tim Kelly reports at Reuters.

Trump administration officials are debating whether the president should visit the demilitarized zone (D.M.Z.) between North and South Korea, with some saying his presence could further increase tensions and others expressing concern about his personal safety. David Nakamura reports at the Washington Post.

European leaders will deliver a statement today calling on North Korea to “abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner,” Reuters reports.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FOREIGN POLICY

The U.S. is a reliable partner to India and shares its “values and vision for global stability, peace and prosperity,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a speech yesterday ahead of a planned trip to Asia, also chastising China for, “at times, undermining the international, rules-based order.” Felicia Schwartz reports at the Wall Street Journal.

The Trump administration seeks to deepen ties between the U.S. and India, Tillerson also said, his remarks comparing the U.S. relationship with India versus its relationship with China marking a significant and pointed criticism of Beijing. Gardiner Harris reports at the New York Times.

China “contributes to and defends the rules-based world order,” the Chinese embassy in Washington said in a statement, responding to Tillerson’s comments. The BBC reports.

The U.S. would hold Myanmar’s military leaders accountable for its actions against the Rohingya Muslim minority, Tilllerson said yesterday, but stopped short of saying whether the U.S. would take any measures against the military leaders. David Brunnstrom and Jonathan Landay report at Reuters.

ISRAEL-PALESTINE

The Islamist militant Hamas group must explicitly commit to nonviolence if it is to play any role in the Palestinian government, and it must recognize the state of Israel, the U.S. Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt said today, reflecting demands made by Israel. The AP reports.

The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can enjoy the support of Trump, however some in Israel have expressed concerns about the future should the Israeli government be perceived as being too close to Trump. Aron Heller provides an analysis at the AP.

GUANTÁNAMO

Guantánamo Bay prison guards seized court-approved, non-networked laptop computers and hard drives issued to the accused Sept. 11 attack plotters yesterday, raising questions about respect for client-attorney privilege. Carol Rosenberg reports at the Miami Herald.

The chief war crimes prosecutor at Guantánamo has postponed his retirement for at least another two years, a Pentagon spokesperson said yesterday. Carol Rosenberg reports at the Miami Herald.

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

Chad was included in Trump’s latest travel ban because it ran out of passport paper, U.S. officials have said, the AP reports.

Lawyers for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl filed a brief on Tuesday arguing that Trump’s comments about the sergeant – who walked off his base in Afghanistan in 2009 – cast “impermissible shadow” over upcoming sentencing proceedings. Rebecca Kheel reports at the Hill.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) has expressed “deep concerns” about reports that Hewlett Packard Enterprise complied with a Russian request to review its cybersecurity software in a letter to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, urging the Pentagon to disclose any “specific risk” to U.S. military systems. Morgan Chlafant reports at the Hill.

The key points made by Chinese President Xi Jinping in his speech to the 19th Community Party Congress, including his comments on China’s place in the world and its foreign policy aims, are set out by Chris Buckley and Keith Bradsher at the New York Times.

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Lawsuit says Trump’s ownership of hotels violates the constitution 

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Case filed in New York concerns interpretation of ‘emoluments clause’ in regards to president’s hotels patronized by foreign government officials

A federal judge on Wednesday pressed government lawyers to explain why Donald Trump’s ownership of hotels patronized by foreign government officials did not violate the constitution, a key question that could shed light on Trump’s finances if a civil lawsuit heard in New York is allowed to proceed.

At issue in the case brought by the left-leaning public policy group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (Crew) is the interpretation of the so-called foreign “emoluments clause” of the constitution, a provision meant to prohibit bribery of federal officials by foreign governments.

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Former Facebook employees regret working for company as Russia election probe continues: ‘What have I done?’ – The Independent

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Former Facebook employees regret working for company as Russia election probe continues: ‘What have I done?’
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Trump questions who paid for dossier: ‘Russia, the FBI or the Dems (or all)?’
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President Trump on Thursday questioned who paid for a controversial and unverified dossier about his alleged connections to Russia. “Workers of firm involved with the discredited and Fake Dossier take the 5th. Who paid for it, Russia, the FBI or the 
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Trump Says ‘Fake Media’ Doesn’t Want to Cover Obama/Clinton Uranium Deal With Russia – CNSNews.com

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Over a third of active US military personnel are racial minorities

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Trump has offended two bereaved military families. That could be linked to his record for attacking minorities – or it may be because the military is so non-white

When Donald Trump was asked on Monday why he hadn’t commented on the deaths of four US soldiers in Niger on 4 October, the president said he would make some calls to the bereaved families.

The next day, Trump telephoned Myeshia Johnson, the widow of one of the soldiers. Johnson was on her way to the airport with Democratic representative Frederica Wilson to meet her husband’s body when she received the call. Both women claim that Trump told Johnson that her husband “must have known what he signed up for”.

Related: Trump digs in over call to soldier’s widow: ‘I didn’t say what the congresswoman said’

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How Russia and Trump Collusion Would Have Worked, From First Contact to Election Day – Newsweek

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To get further insight, Newsweek spoke with a handful of former intelligence and law enforcement officials to map out how collusion could have worked, based on Russia’s long history of sophisticated intelligence and influence operations. … foreign and more »

Trump reacts and a crisis is born – CNN

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(CNN) President Donald Trump’s chronic inability to turn the other cheek to a perceived slight has landed the White House with a crisis on multiple fronts over his handling of the ISIS ambush in Niger that killed four US troops. White House seeks to 
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Russia may have used Messenger to influence US elections – Facebook – Rappler

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Russia may have used Messenger to influence US elections – Facebook
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Marcus also said that along with federal investigators, they are still trying to determine the full extent to which Russian agents used online platforms and their various tools to influence the US elections. At this point, while Facebook says they are and more »

Iran’s Ayatollah says Trump is ‘foul-mouthed’ and ‘pretends to be an idiot’ – CNN

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Last week President Trump said Iran was violating the nuclear accord and has threatened to withdraw the US from the deal of which several countries, including Russia, China, and the EU, are all also party to. So far, the other participants have said and more »

3:47 AM 10/19/2017 – Fake Melania Trump? Some think Melania is being impersonated by a Secret Service agent who looks like her 

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Gold Star Dad Wants To Learn How To Use Twitter Just To Call Donald Trump A ‘Damn Liar’

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Another military family rebukes the president.

Senators Demand Online Ad Disclosures as Tech Lobby Mobilizes – New York Times

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Citing United States intelligence findings that Russia was behind the hacking and dissemination of damaging emails from the Democratic National Committee in 2016, Mr. Elias said, “TheRussians were willing to break the law to help Donald Trump. I doubt …and more »

How Russia Meddled in the 2016 Election

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Is there any internet platform Russia didn’t use in its plot to disrupt the 2016 election?

That’s the question beginning to emerge as the sprawling federal investigations into Russia’s propaganda campaigns reveal new details into Moscow’s disruptive efforts. The short answer: Probably not.

With all the moving parts and new reports bombarding us each week, it’s time to add a bit of clarity to this chaotic mess. Below, we’ve compiled a running list of the platforms Russian agents apparently used in its efforts and how they used them.

It’s important to note that simply because Russia reportedly used these platforms, that does not mean their efforts successfully swayed any votes. They might have, of course, but we’ll never know with certainty what effect Russia’s disruption efforts had—just that they existed.

1. Facebook

Besides being rampant with fake news ahead of the election, the social media giant announced in September that it had sold $100,000 worth of ads to accounts connected to a notorious Russian “troll farm” that was seeking to target younger voters.

The first ads were sold in the summer of 2015 and mostly focused on divisive issues such as gun rights, immigration, LGBTQ rights, and racial discrimination. Roughly 3,000 ads—connected to 470 inauthentic accounts that were likely “affiliated with one another and likely operated out of Russia”—were found by Facebook and determined to most likely be connected to the Internet Research Agency, a Russian firm known to push pro-Russia propaganda, according to an investigation by Russian news outlet RBC.

Since then the revelation in September, Facebook has been at the center of the ongoing probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and a representative for the company is scheduled to speak before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Nov. 1. The House Intelligence Committee has also requested the company testify in its hearing on the same day.

2. Google

In early October, Google said it had discovered evidence that Russian operatives purchased between $60,000 to $100,000 in ads across its various platforms, including search, Gmail, and YouTube, according to the Washington Post and New York Times.

Sources told the Post that the entities who purchased the ads through Google’s advertising platforms were likely not the same as those who purchased ads through Facebook. According to the Times, the bulk of the ads appeared alongside search results.

Google has also been asked to testify to testify before the Senate and House intelligence committees. The company has not yet said if it plans to do so.

3. Twitter

Twitter has long struggled to rein in bots and other fake accounts on its platform, hundreds of which the company says are linked to Russian operatives.

Researchers have uncovered Russian-linked accounts promoting stories that push anti-American, anti-Hillary Clinton, and anti-leftist narratives, the New York Times reports. The aforementioned RBC investigation uncovered hundreds of accounts linked to Russian operatives, which the publication says were likely part of the Internet Research Agency’s alleged disinformation campaign. One of the suspected accounts, @TEN_GOP, amassed over 130,000 followers while posing as an account operating on behalf of the Tennessee Republican Party before Twitter shut it down, according to BuzzFeed News.

Like Facebook, Twitter will send staff members to testify before congressional committees on Nov. 1. The company has reportedly already turned over 201 accounts it believes are linked to Russia’s influence campaigns to Senate investigators, according to the Associated Press.

4. Pokémon Go

Not even the seemingly innocuous augmented reality game was safe from Russian influence. CNN reported in October that the game was used by a Russia-linked group posing as part of the Black Lives Matter movement using a campaign called “Don’t Shoot Us.”

The group used the game to encourage people to find and train Pokémon near areas where alleged incidents of police brutality occurred and give the creatures names of victims of such incidents. A contest was held by “Don’t Shoot Us” offering people Amazon gift cards if they won. It’s unclear if the ploy worked or if the group gave out any gift cards.

5. WikiLeaks

Although WikiLeaks denies any collusion with Russia, the U.S. intelligence community believesRussian operatives leaked emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton’s 2016 campaign chairman, John Podesta, which the transparency organization published at the height of the 2016 election cycle.

Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder, has repeatedly pushed back against accusations that its publication of DNC and Podesta emails were intentional efforts to sway the election against Clinton on Russia’s behalf. Regardless, the emails are believed to have benefited Russia—and the theory that WikiLeaks is in the bag for the Kremlin remains alive and well. In fact, Clinton herself accused Assange of being a “tool for Russian intelligence” during a recent interview.

6. Outbrain

The content distribution network Outbrain is investigating ads possibly purchased by Russian operatives on its network, BuzzFeed News reports. Unlike Facebook, Google, and Twitter, Outbrain has not yet said whether any Russian-linked ads were found on its platform.

Outbrain appears on countless sites across the web, including major destinations like <a href=”http://CNN.com” rel=”nofollow”>CNN.com</a> and others, including, at one point, the Daily Dot. Outbrain boasts that it reaches 557 million readers a month. The company said in a statement that it is “currently conducting a thorough investigation specific to election tampering.”

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Tomi Lahren Says Trump Groping The Flag Is #RelationshipGoals. Twitter Disagrees.

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“This is sarcasm right?”

Democracy Can Plant the Seeds of Its Own Destruction – New York Times

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Trump is the most prominent of the right-wing populist politicians continuing to gain strength both here and in Europe (despite some electoral setbacks), but because the viewpoint he represents is now so widespread, he is in one sense personally 

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