Tag Archives: Russia

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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Twitter Boots Popular Account Followed By Major Right Wing Figures Because (Shocker) It’s Run By Russians

I followed this account for months after seeing how many major right wingers were retweeting it. Eventually I was blocked but I never dreamed it was by Russians. Buzzfeed News reports: Twitter took 11 months to close a Russian troll account that claimed to speak for the Tennessee Republican Party even after that state’s real GOP notified the social media ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Sessions Testifies Before Senate Judiciary Committee, Fireworks Expected From Democrats

CNN reports: Attorney General Jeff Sessions will once again be in the hot seat in front of his former colleagues Wednesday, when he testifies before the Senate judiciary committee. Wednesday’s hearing will be the Judiciary committee’s first turn to ask questions of Sessions since his confirmation hearing, a sore subject for committee Democrats who have pushed for a chance to ...

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Oligarch Kremlin Insider Bankrolled “Troll Factory”

CNN reports: Yevgeny Prigozhin is a Russian oligarch dubbed “chef” to President Vladimir Putin by the Russian press. In 2002, he served caviar and truffles to President George W. Bush during a summit in St. Petersburg. Before that, he renovated a boat that became the city’s most exclusive restaurant. But his business empire has expanded far beyond the kitchen. US ...

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Roy Moore Gains 20K Twitter Followers…From Russia

The Washington Examiner reports: Judge Roy Moore is a big deal in Alabama — and also, apparently, in Russia. A swarm of Russian Twitter bots has suddenly followed the Republican front-runner in the special Alabama senate race, helping to increase his social media audience from about 27,000 followers on Friday to 47,000 on Monday. But don’t call him Russian Roy ...

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Russian Troll Factory Worker Reveals All Were Made To Watch House Of Cards To Learn About US Politics

Yahoo News reports: The Russians who worked for a notorious St. Petersburg “troll factory” that was part of Vladimir Putin’s campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election were required to watch the “House of Cards” television series to help them craft messages to “set up the Americans against their own government,” according to an interview broadcast Sunday (in Russian) with ...

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FEC Filing Shows Trump’s Re-Election Committee Paid Junior’s Russia Probe Lawyer $238K In Third Quarter

Bloomberg reports: President Donald Trump’s re-election committee paid almost $238,000 in the third quarter to the law firm representing Donald Trump Jr. in connection with ongoing investigations of Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to campaign finance disclosures. Trump’s campaign made two payments — one in mid July, the other in early August — to the law firm of ...

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House Intelligence Committee Gives Roger Stone 24 Hours to Name Wikileaks Contact Or Face Subpoena

CNN reports: The leaders of the House intelligence committee are warning that President Donald Trump associate Roger Stone will be slapped with a subpoena Friday if he does not reveal the name of his intermediary with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. “We’ll give it until tomorrow,” Rep. Mike Conaway, the Texas Republican who is running the House panel’s Russia investigation, told ...

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Carter Page Pleads The Fifth In Russia Probe

The New York Daily News reports: Former Trump adviser Carter Page is pleading his Fifth Amendment right and refusing to hand over documents to a Congressional inquiry into Russian election-meddling. Page, a former financier in Moscow who was name-dropped as a foreign policy adviser by the future President last spring, told CNN that he would still like to testify publicly. ...

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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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Facebook Tests “Context” Button To Fight Fake News

TechCrunch reports: Facebook thinks showing Wikipedia entries about publishers and additional Related Articles will give users more context about the links they see. So today it’s beginning a test of a new “i” button on News Feed links that opens up an informational panel. “People have told us that they want more information about what they’re reading” Facebook product manager ...

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Junior Rants In Speech That Universities Are Teaching Students How To Become “Actual Fascists” [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: Donald Trump Jr. ripped America’s universities and colleges during a speech Thursday in Alabama, blaming college professors for teaching students “how to become an actual fascist.” Speaking at a benefit dinner for Faulkner University, President Trump’s eldest son said that statements such as “we need borders” or “our founders were great people” had become hate speech on ...

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PISSGATE: “Trump Dossier” Now Part Of Mueller’s Probe

Reuters reports: The special counsel investigating whether Russia tried to sway the 2016 U.S. election has taken over FBI inquiries into a former British spy’s dossier of allegations of Russian financial and personal links to President Donald Trump’s campaign and associates, sources familiar with the inquiry told Reuters. A report compiled by former MI6 officer Christopher Steele identified Russian businessmen ...

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Facebook Publishes Full-Page Ads In Wake Of Russia Revelations: We Will Fight Against Election Interference

Fortune reports: Facebook took out full-page advertisements in Wednesday’s issues of the New York Times and Washington Post in an effort to defend itself as the company takes fire for its role in Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The company, which has acknowledged that about 10 million Americans saw Russian-linked ads on Facebook, outlined in its ad the ...

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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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TRY THE PRIEST: Russian Cannibal Couple Confesses To Killing 30, Served “Human Meat Pies” To Local Soldiers

The New York Daily News reports: A Russian couple who confessed to killing and eating at least 30 people turned soldiers into unknowing cannibals, and tried to sell “human meat pies” to local restaurants, according to authorities. Dmitry Baksheev and wife Natalia are believed to have given “frozen meat pieces” to personnel at a military academy based near their home ...

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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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Mueller Almost Ready To Interview White House Staffers

CNN reports: Special counsel investigators could start interviewing current and former White House staff as soon as later this week regarding the Russian probe, two sources familiar with the matter tell CNN. One source cautioned it is still being worked out with Robert Mueller’s office and said it might be delayed until next week. As CNN previously reported, among the ...

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Roger Stone Calls Congress “Cowards And Liars” In Statement Released Ahead Of Today’s House Testimony

Yahoo News reports: In a feisty statement to be delivered to the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, Roger Stone, President Trump’s longtime political adviser, denies any collusion with Russia during last year’s presidential election and accuses panel members of “cowardice” for insisting that he testify behind closed doors rather than in a public session. While acknowledging that he is “no ...

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