2016 Election

Howard Dean Dismisses Claims Of “Rigged” Primaries: DNC’s Agreement Was Standard Operating Procedure

The Hill reports: Former Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair Howard Dean said Friday an agreement between Hillary Clinton and the DNC was “standard operating procedure.” Brazile said this week in an excerpt from her upcoming book that an agreement between Clinton and the DNC was “unethical” and harmed Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) chances against Clinton in the Democratic primary. More ...

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DOJ May Charge Russian Officials For DNC Hacking

The Hill reports: Department of Justice investigators have identified at least 6 Russian government officials who took part in hacking the Democratic National Committee (DNC), The Wall Street Journal reported early Thursday. Prosecutors may file charges next year, according to the report, but the individuals likely won’t be indicted in the United States. The newspaper noted that the investigation into ...

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Trump Staffers Promoted Russian Twitter Trolls

The Daily Beast reports: Some of the Trump campaign’s most prominent names and supporters, including Trump’s campaign manager, digital director, and son, pushed tweets from professional trolls paid by the Russian government in the heat of the 2016 election campaign. The Twitter account @Ten_GOP, which called itself the “Unofficial Twitter account of Tennessee Republicans,” was operated from the Kremlin-backed “Russian ...

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Anti-Hillary YouTubers Were On Kremlin Payroll

The Daily Beast reports: According to the YouTube page for “Williams and Kalvin,” the Clintons are “serial killers who are going to rape the whole nation.” Donald Trump can’t be racist because he’s a “businessman.” Hillary Clinton’s campaign was “fund[ed] by the Muslim.” These are a sample of the videos put together by two black video bloggers calling themselves Williams ...

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Russian Facebook Ads Targeted Key Swing States

CNN reports: A number of Russian-linked Facebook ads specifically targeted Michigan and Wisconsin, two states crucial to Donald Trump’s victory last November, according to four sources with direct knowledge of the situation. Some of the Russian ads appeared highly sophisticated in their targeting of key demographic groups in areas of the states that turned out to be pivotal, two of ...

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TODAY: Twitter Speaks To Congress On Russia Probe

CNN reports: Officials from Twitter will trek to Capitol Hill on Thursday to talk to congressional Russia investigators about how Russian-linked accounts may have used the social media platform to try to sway the 2016 election. Twitter officials will meet behind closed doors with Senate intelligence committee staff to discuss Russian efforts to use Twitter during the 2016 election, as ...

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Zuckerberg Hits Back At Trump’s Conspiracy Claim

From Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook page: I want to respond to President Trump’s tweet this morning claiming Facebook has always been against him. Every day I work to bring people together and build a community for everyone. We hope to give all people a voice and create a platform for all ideas. Trump says Facebook is against him. Liberals say we ...

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Russian Facebook Ads Backed Stein, Sanders, Trump

Politico reports: Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein was the beneficiary of at least one of the Russian-bought political ads on Facebook that federal government officials suspect were intended to influence the 2016 election. Other advertisements paid for by shadowy Russian buyers criticized Hillary Clinton and promoted Donald Trump. Some backed Bernie Sanders and his platform even after his presidential ...

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Viral Fake News Writer Found Dead At Age 38

The Associated Press reports: A leading purveyor of fake news in the 2016 presidential election has died outside Phoenix at the age of 38. Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Mark Casey said Tuesday authorities discovered Paul Horner dead in his bed on Sept. 18. Casey said the Maricopa County medical examiner performed an autopsy which showed there were no signs ...

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Facebook To Hand Over Russian Ads: We Don’t Want Anyone Using Us To Undermine Democracy [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: Under growing public pressure to reveal more about the spread of covert Russian propaganda on its site, Facebook said on Thursday that it was turning over more than 3,000 Russia-linked ads to Congressional committees investigating the Kremlin’s influence operation during the 2016 presidential election. “I care deeply about the democratic process and protecting its integrity,” ...

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Colbert Gives Hillary Unused Victory Jokes [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: Comedian Stephen Colbert presented former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton with a packet of unused jokes from election night on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” “One of the things I regret the least about that night, but I do regret, is that we had a whole packet of unused Clinton victory jokes. This was a whole ...

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Hillary Won’t Rule Out Challenging Election Result

Talking Points Memo reports: Hillary Clinton said in an interview that aired Monday that she wouldn’t rule out challenging the legitimacy of the 2016 election based on the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the election. “Democrats have said that they think there was Russian interference in the election, but that they’re not challenging the results of the election,” “Fresh ...

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BERNED: Hillary Shades Sanders In New Book

The New York Daily News reports: Feel the burned. Hillary Clinton torches her Democratic primary rival Bernie Sanders and blames him in part for her defeat in an excerpt from her upcoming memoir about the 2016 race. In a passage from “What Happened,” Clinton accuses Sanders and the so-called “Bernie Bros” sect of his supporters for slinging mud on her ...

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Jill Stein Has No Regrets About Ruining Everything

This morning Politico published a longread interview with Jill Stein. An excerpt: Had a few thousand votes in key Midwestern states gone to Hillary Clinton instead of Jill Stein, many on the left believe, America might be having a very different conversation today. Instead, Democrats are still fuming about the role the Green Party nominee may have played in electing ...

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Hillary Clinton: I Was On The Way To Winning Until James Comey’s Letter and “Russian Wikileaks” [VIDEO]

Business Insider reports: Hillary Clinton told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour during a women’s event on Tuesday that she believes she was “on the way to winning” the 2016 presidential election until the FBI announced 11 days before the election that it was revisiting the investigation into her emails. The former Secretary of State said that while she takes “absolute personal responsibility” ...

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US House Panel Schedules First Trump-Russia Hearing

Politico reports: The House Intelligence Committee is asking former Obama administration officials to testify in its first open hearing this month as part of the panel’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. Those being asked to testify March 20 include former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former acting Attorney General ...

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Multiple Federal Agencies Investigate Whether Kremlin Money Was Used To “Covertly Aid” Trump Campaign

Gosh, hearing about this when it started totally could have affected the election. McClatchy reports: The FBI and five other law enforcement and intelligence agencies have collaborated for months in an investigation into Russian attempts to influence the November election, including whether money from the Kremlin covertly aided President-elect Donald Trump, two people familiar with the matter said. The agencies ...

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House Dems Fail With Electoral College Challenge

All they need was ONE Senator to force a debate, but it was a lost cause from the start. Politico reports: A challenge by several House Democrats to Donald Trump’s election on Friday collapsed when they failed to convince a single Democratic senator to join their protest. The short-lived, doomed-from-the-start effort — spearheaded by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas ...

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House Democrats Mull Electoral College Challenge

Politico reports: Several House Democrats are weighing a formal challenge to Donald Trump’s election on Friday, when Congress meets in joint session to certify Trump’s Electoral College victory. Reps. Ed Perlmutter of Colorado, Bobby Scott of Virginia [photo] and Jamie Raskin of Maryland are among a group of Democrats eyeing challenges. Members have the right to lodge those protests when ...

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Matt Baume: There Was SOME Good News This Year

This morning activist Matt Baume reminds us that there actually was some good news this year. From his clip description: “Do we have to do a year in review for 2016? This was a rough one, but what if I told you there were some really great milestones for LGBTs this year? It’s true! Amidst all the bad news, 2016 ...

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