Tag Archives: 2016 elections

BRITAIN: Tearful Assange Battles Extradition To US

The London Evening Standard reports: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange struggled to say his own name as he appeared in the dock facing extradition to the US. The 48-year-old is wanted in the United States over claims that he was involved in the hacking and leak of a mass of classified documents in 2010 through the Wikileaks website. But Assange says …

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Russian Troll Farms Boosted Trump’s 2016 Poll Numbers

The Hill reports: The Russian troll farms that carried out a sophisticated disinformation campaign on U.S. social media platforms in 2016 may have influenced President Trump’s standing in public opinion polls during the campaign, according to a new study released Monday. Researchers at the University of Tennessee said that for every 25,000 retweets each week by the Internet Research Agency …

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Bernie “Scares” Trump In Doctored Campaign Video

The Independent reports: By now, it’s a well-known fact that politicians and social media go hand-in-hand. The latest politician to illustrate this is Bernie Sanders, who has been extremely active on Instagram. The US senator for Vermont, and potential Democrat presidential candidate, took to Instagram on Sunday and shared the bizarre video in an effort to raise money for his …

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Trump Hits Back At “Terrible President” Jimmy Carter

The Associated Press reports: Donald Trump on Saturday dismissed former President Jimmy Carter’s swipe at the legitimacy of his presidency, calling it nothing more than a “Democrat talking point,” while offering his own digs at the 94-year-old Carter. Speaking to reporters at a press conference in Japan, Trump said he was surprised by the former president’s comments alleging that Russian …

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Russian Trolls Earned Big Ad Bucks With 2016 Meddling

NBC News reports: The effort by a Russian internet deception factory to manipulate American public opinion during the 2016 election was better planned and executed — and also more lucrative — than previously understood, according to a new analysis of nearly 10 million tweets by a leading cybersecurity firm. The operation by the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency amounted to …

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Trump Gives Bill Barr Broad Powers In “Spying” Probe

The Hill reports: President Trump has ordered U.S. intelligence officials to cooperate with Attorney General William Barr’s investigation into surveillance of members of his 2016 campaign, the White House said Thursday. Trump also gave Barr “full and complete authority” to declassify information related to the investigation, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. The notice comes as …

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Mueller: Russia Organized Dozens Of Pro-Trump Rallies

Reuters reports: Special counsel Robert Mueller in his highly-anticipated report said his team identified “dozens” of U.S. political rallies organized on social media by the Internet Research Agency (IRA), a Russian troll farm that was later indicted for attempting to interfere with the 2016 presidential election. According to Mueller’s report, which was released on Thursday, the IRA organized political rallies …

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Hillary: Assange Must Answer For What He Has Done

Time Magazine reports: Bill and Hillary Clinton on Thursday night were at the first stop in their new speaking tour, and she spoke about Assange. “I think it’s clear from the indictment that it’s not about punishing journalism,” said Clinton. “It’s about assisting the hacking of the military computer to steal information from the United States government.” “I’ll wait and …

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Kremlin Denies Mueller Report On Interference: You Can’t Find A Black Cat In Dark Room If There’s No Cat

Reuters reports: Russia is ready to improve ties with the United States but it is up to Washington to make the first move, the Kremlin said on Monday after the conclusion of a U.S. investigation into alleged collusion between Donald Trump and Moscow in the 2016 election. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov [photo] dismissed the report on a conference call and …

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Trump Notes “Multiple Offers” Of Russian Help In 2016

Newsday reports: The conclusion of Robert Mueller’s special report which exonerates Donald Trump and his associates of any collusion with Russia during the 2016 election has been described by some of Trump’s opponents as a “victory for Putin”. The reality could not be more different as the report exonerates Trump, his family and his associates but from what the world …

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Hillary Clinton: Just Because I’m Not Running, I’m Not Shutting Up, I’ll Still Keep Speaking Out Against Trump

The Hill reports: Hillary Clinton says she “can’t imagine” running for president again but says in a new interview that she’s “going to keep speaking out” about President Trump. “I can’t imagine that, no,” the former secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee said Monday on Tina Brown’s podcast “TBD” when asked whether she could change her mind about …

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Chris Christie Hints At Future Run For President

The Palm Springs Desert Sun reports: Chris Christie is making it clear that his political ambitions are far from over. One week before his book “Let Me Finish” hits shelves, the former New Jersey governor and Republican presidential candidate gave a broad and crowd-pleasing speech Tuesday evening in Indian Wells that covered his past and possible future. Christie did not …

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Bernie Apologizes For Harassment Of Female Staffers: Our 2016 Safeguards Were Clearly Inadequate [VIDEO]

The Rising reports: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Thursday apologized to women who allege they were sexually harassed while working on his 2016 presidential campaign. “To the women in our campaign who were harassed on the street I apologize — our standards, our procedures, our safeguards were clearly inadequate,” the potential 2020 contender told reporters Thursday at a press conference …

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Bernie 2016 Staffers Complain Of Sexual Harassment

Talking Points Memo reports: As Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) gears up for another likely run at the presidency, women who worked on his last campaign are voicing their pain and anger after experiencing indignities including sexual harassment and pay inequality. As first reported by Politico, 2016 Bernie alums got the ball rolling Sunday with a letter to the senator’s campaign …

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Russian Trolls Promoted Jill Stein To Help Trump Win

NBC News reports: Building support for Jill Stein was one of a “roster of themes” the Moscow-sanctioned internet trolls “turned to repeatedly” in their effort to disrupt the election, according to a research team led by the New Knowledge cybersecurity firm. The researchers also found that the campaign to bolster Stein gained in intensity in the final days of the …

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Senate Gets New Report: Russia Targeted US Blacks In 2016 Effort To Suppress Turnout By Democratic Voters

The New York Times reports: The Russian influence campaign on social media in the 2016 election made an extraordinary effort to target African-Americans, used an array of tactics to try to suppress turnout among Democratic voters and unleashed a blizzard of posts on Instagram that rivaled or exceeded its Facebook operations, according to a report produced for the Senate Intelligence …

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Bernie Backers Battle DNC In Federal Appeals Court

Courthouse News reports: A group of Bernie Sanders supporters faced off against the Democratic National Committee before an 11th Circuit panel Tuesday, fighting to resurrect their claims that the committee shafted them by favoring Hillary Clinton over Sanders in the 2016 presidential primary. The Sanders supporters urged the Atlanta-based federal appeals court, which held hearings in Miami on Tuesday, to …

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Filing Shows Assange Has Been Charged Under Seal

The Washington Post reports: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been charged under seal, prosecutors inadvertently revealed in a recently unsealed court filing — a development that could significantly advance the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election and have major implications for those who publish government secrets. The disclosure came in a filing in a case unrelated to Assange. …

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Hillary: My Fears About Trump Were Not Overblown

Hillary Clinton has penned an essay for The Atlantic. An excerpt: It’s been nearly two years since Donald Trump won enough Electoral College votes to become president of the United States. On the day after, in my concession speech, I said, “We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.” I hoped that my fears for our future …

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LIVE VIDEO: Social Media Heads Testify Before House

Already underway. The Washington Post reports: Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey tried to convince skeptical lawmakers Wednesday they are better prepared to combat foreign interference on their platforms than during the 2016 election. Sandberg and Dorsey delivered their message at a congressional hearing about countries such as Russia that seek to spread divisive political messages online using inauthentic …

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