Russia Employed Hundreds, Spent Millions on U.S. Disinformation Campaign

Russia Employed Hundreds, Spent Millions on U.S. Disinformation Campaign

Special counsel Robert Mueller has indicted thirteen Russian citizens on charges that they interfered with the 2016 presidential election. “Defendants knowingly and intentionally conspired with each other (and with persons known and unknown to the Grand Jury) to defraud the United States by impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful functions of the government..for the purpose of interfering with the U.S. political and electoral processes, including the presidential election of 2016,” the indictment read. According to the indictment the disinformation campaign…

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FBI Says Protocols Weren’t Followed in Follow Up on Tip About Parkland Shooter, Florida Governor Calls on Director to Resign

FBI Says Protocols Weren’t Followed in Follow Up on Tip About Parkland Shooter, Florida Governor Calls on Director to Resign

Florida Governor Rick Scott has called on FBI Director Christopher Wray to resign in the wake of an admission by the FBI that it missed a tip that may have prevented a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed seventeen students. The FBI acknowledged earlier today that some “protocols were not followed” when a tip was submitted that warned that 19-year-old shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz had amassed weapons, written “disturbing” social media posts, and exhibited erratic behavior.  That warning, reportedly…

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller Indicts 13 Russians for Interfering in 2016 Presidential Elections

Special Counsel Robert Mueller Indicts 13 Russians for Interfering in 2016 Presidential Elections

Special counsel Robert Mueller has announced the indictment of thirteen Russian nationals for interfering in the 2016 presidential election.  The charges include supporting Donald Trump’s campaign as well as “disparaging” Hillary Clinton. At a press conference, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the defendants allegedly conducted what they called “Information Warfare” against the U.S., with the expressed goal of spreading distrust of presidential candidates, as well as of the U.S. political system in general. The indictment charges all of the…

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No. 3 Official at Veterans Affairs Resigns After Doctoring Emails That Allowed Secretary’s Wife to Accompany Him on Taxpayer-Funded Trip

No. 3 Official at Veterans Affairs Resigns After Doctoring Emails That Allowed Secretary’s Wife to Accompany Him on Taxpayer-Funded Trip

Veteran Affairs Secretary David Shulkin’s Chief of staff has announced her resignation after it was learned she lied to investigators about doctoring an email that allowed Shulkin’s wife to accompany him on a trip to Europe last year at the taxpayer’s expense.  Vivieca Wright Simpson, a 32-year veteran, told coworkers she would be retiring this morning.  Simpson had spent the last two years working for Shulkin. Two days ago, the VA inspector general released a report recommending that Wright be…

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Russian-Linked Bots Seek to Amplify Loudest Voices, Deepen Divisions in Wake of Parkland Shooting

Russian-Linked Bots Seek to Amplify Loudest Voices, Deepen Divisions in Wake of Parkland Shooting

The aftermath of one of the deadliest school shootings in the nation’s history in Parkland, Florida, this week saw a spike in Twitter activity of accounts linked to Russian disinformation campaigns.  Hamilton 68, a website that tracks the Twitter activity of Russian-related accounts, reports that within 24 hours of the massacre, shooting-related terms dominated the site’s trending hashtags and topics, including Parkland, guncontrolnow and Nikolas Cruz, the alleged shooter’s name. Two Berkeley students created Botcheck.me, which, like Hamilton 68, also…

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Former Mass. Gov. & Republican 2012 Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney Declares for Open Utah Senate Seat

Former Mass. Gov. & Republican 2012 Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney Declares for Open Utah Senate Seat

Former Governor of Massachusetts and former Republican candidate for president in 2012 Mitt Romney, has announced a bid for the Utah Senate seat being vacated by retiring Republican Senator Orrin Hatch.  Romney announced the run in a Tweet Friday morning. Mitt Romney on Twitter I am running for United States Senate to serve the people of Utah and bring Utah’s values to Washington. https://t.co/TDkas6gD2p Romney portrayed his candidacy as one where his Midwestern-Utah values could be a cure for some…

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Rick Gates, Former Trump Campaign Staffer, Enters Plea Negotiations with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Has “Queen for a Day” Interview

Rick Gates, Former Trump Campaign Staffer, Enters Plea Negotiations with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Has “Queen for a Day” Interview

Former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates has entered into plea negotiations with special counsel Robert Mueller.  The talks could indicate that he is prepared to cooperate with Mueller in his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. Gates has reportedly had what’s known as a “Queen for a Day” interview, in which a defendant answers any questions from prosecutors in a case.  In such an interview, a defendant is usually allowed to…

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Immigration Reform Dies Again

Immigration Reform Dies Again

Republicans made a last-ditch effort to pass a DACA solution this week only to have it thwarted by Democrats.  Are we seeing the beginning of a midterm election strategy by Democrats?  We discuss DACA and the failure of Congress to once again get an immigration bill passed in today’s episode.   http://media.blubrry.com/itn/p/content.blubrry.com/itn/Immigration_Reform_Dies_Again.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

A Bipartisan Plan to Fix DACA, Fund Border Wall Draws Harsh Criticism, Then Fails in the Senate

A Bipartisan Plan to Fix DACA, Fund Border Wall Draws Harsh Criticism, Then Fails in the Senate

A bipartisan plan put forth by a group of twenty-two senators has drawn the ire of the White House and other agencies in the Trump administration, and failed in a vote in the Senate.  “The changes proposed by Senators Schumer-Rounds-Collins would effectively make the United States a Sanctuary Nation where ignoring the rule of law is encouraged,” the Department of Homeland Security said in a statement. The bill would grant a 10-12-year pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants who were…

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President Trump Addresses Nation in Wake of Parkland Shooting, Says School Safety Will Become Administration’s “Top Priority”

President Trump Addresses Nation in Wake of Parkland Shooting, Says School Safety Will Become Administration’s “Top Priority”

President Trump addressed the nation today in the wake of one of the deadliest school shootings in the nation’s history.  “No child, no teacher should ever be in danger in an American school,” the President said. A gunman, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, walked into the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, yesterday and began shooting.  He killed seventeen students in all and wounded fourteen others, five with life-threatening injuries according to hospital officials.  Cruz was believed to have used…

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