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In Two So-Called Fact Checks of Facebook, NYT Forgets Everything It Knows about Indictments

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emptywheel
NYT twice tried to fact check Facebook VP for ad sales Rob Goldman. Both times they confused what Mueller put in the Internet Research Agency indictment for the whole universe of IRA Facebook trolling.
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Meanwhile, Over In Turkey . . .

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Peterr
Well isn't this interesting? From Diplopundit last Friday comes a post with this title: Tillerson Meets Erdoğan in Ankara With Turkish Foreign Minister as Interpreter. Notice anyone missing?
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Illiberal Hollywood: Kicked in its Pants by a Panther

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Rayne
Though conservatives love to disparage the American entertainment industry as liberal, Hollywood's business practices have been anything but, evident in its continued racism. Disney/Marvel Studios' Black Panther gives Hollywood a solid kick in its racist ass.
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The Conspiracy to Defraud the United States Backbone of the Internet Research Agency and Manafort Indictments

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emptywheel
The Manafort indictment is so solidly within the scope of Mueller's authority because the larger project is to demonstrate that, by bypassing the agencies mandated with preventing foreign sabotage of our democratic process, the Russian-backed efforts broke a more fundamental law. 
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What Did Mueller Achieve with the Internet Research Agency Indictment?

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emptywheel
The most interesting aspect of the Mueller indictment of 13 Russian trolls and their managers is how it parallels the conspiracy to defraud the US charge against Paul Manafort and Rick Gates.
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Economic Elites Drive Trumpian Motion

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Ed Walker
The rich allow Trumpian Motion to rattle us because it benefits them personally.
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Open Thread: Guns, Guns, and More Bloody Guns

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Rayne
Bring your discussions about guns here. Keep them out of other threads so that others can have uninterrupted discussions on topic.

Rosemary Collyer Moves to Lock Down the FISA Court

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emptywheel
Presiding FISC Judge Rosemary Collyer's continued subservience to the Executive is, in my opinion, a far graver challenge to FISA Court legitimacy than the Carter Page approvals are.
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New Right Hook: Mike Flynn Lied When He Admitted to a Judge He Lied to the FBI

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emptywheel
Republicans are inventing a new conspiracy theory. Based on the claim that FBI Agents didn't believe Mike Flynn was lying in January 2017, they're arguing that Mike Flynn lied to a judge when he admitted he lied to the FBI.
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Nothing Happens in a Vacuum: Diplomatic Scuffles and Academic Speeches in Moscow

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Rayne
A 2016 scuffle in Moscow between an American diplomat and a FSB guard didn't occur in complete isolation. Rather, an academic speech by an erstwhile foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign didn't happen completely independent of other political events in Russia.
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2018 Senate Intelligence Global Threat Hearing Takeaways

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emptywheel
Today was the annual Senate Intelligence Committee Global Threat Hearing, traditionally the hearing where Ron Wyden gets an Agency head to lie on the record. That didn't happen this time. Instead, Wyden gave FBI Director Christopher…
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Graham and Grassley Are Seeing Christopher Steele's Ghost Where Mike Flynn Lurks

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emptywheel
Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham have gotten so paranoid about Christopher Steele they're seeing him where Mike Flynn probably really lurks.
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Media Criticism: The Press Needs to Get Far More Rigorous about Reporting on Cybersecurity

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emptywheel
DHS wrote a scathing critique of NBC's latest effort to sow panic about our elections.
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In Op-Ed Calling for Counter-Disinformation Strategy, Will Hurd Engages in His Own Disinformation

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emptywheel
Will Hurd is normally an adult, but departed from that norm when he voted to release the Nunes memo. Now, he's trying to spin criticism of the Nunes memo hoax as Russian disinformation.
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On the Grassley-Feinstein Dispute

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emptywheel
The Grassley-Graham referral of Christopher Steele is more substantive than the Nunes memo. And it does raise important points, notably about the possibility it included disinformation. But there are still problems with the argument.

Negative Responses to Trumpian Motion

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Ed Walker
Centrists haven't figured out that their habitus isn't working, let alone how to change.

In Which Mark Warner Refuses to Repeat His Comment That He Hadn't Seen Evidence of "Collusion"

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emptywheel
At the end of January, Mark Warner refused to repeat a claim he made some time ago that he hadn't seen evidence of collusion between the Trump camp and the Russians.
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How a Russian Dangle about Shadow Brokers Started Dictating NSA's Twitter Feed

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emptywheel
The most interesting part of the dueling NYT and Intercept stories about a Russian peddling disinformation while promising Shadow Brokers files is the timing. Does the government still not know how and what Shadow Brokers got?