House Democrats Break Campaign Fundraising Record

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The campaign arm of the House Democrats claims that it’s broken a fundraising record with the largest off-year August total ever—$6.26 million, NBC News reports. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has outraised Republicans in each of the last three months. The committee raised $4.15 million in August 2015—the previous high. (Republicans have not yet released their 2017 August totals.) “With the House in play, another record-breaking month of fundraising for the DCCC is a clear sign that the grassroots energy behind House Democrats is constantly growing stronger,” Tyler Law, a spokesman for the committee, told NBC News. So far in 2017, the DCCC has raised a total of $72.46 million.







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Experts Say the Use of Private Email by Trump’s Voter Fraud Commission Isn’t Legal


Experts Say the Use of Private Email by Trump’s Voter Fraud Commission Isn’t Legal

President Donald Trump’s voter fraud commission came under fire earlier this month when a lawsuit and media reports revealed that the commissioners were using private emails to conduct public business. Commission co-chair Kris Kobach confirmed this week that most of them continue to do so. Experts say the commission’s email practices do not appear to comport…

Trump-Russia Probe: Robert Mueller’s Most Important Job

Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller and President Donald Trump (Photos: Screen capture and AFP)


The Trump-Russia investigation: Every day, we hear something new about Robert Mueller’s criminal probe—from rumors of Kremlin-connected money laundering to questions about why the president fired former FBI director James Comey. Considering how polarized this country is, it’s understandable that much of the focus has centered on Mueller’s criminal probe. But as the special counsel investigates…

The fake-news industrial complex

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No, not Fox News that would be too easy
The year's most consequential storylines have collided — and are now one mega-story worthy of your undivided attention — with the revelation by Bloomberg's Chris Strohm that "Russia's effort to influence U.S. voters through Facebook and other social media is a 'red-hot' focus of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation."
  • Why it matters: Mueller's investigation, based on people he's interviewing and questions he's asking, could very well expose in vivid detail not only Russia's influence in the election, and sketchy if not illegal behavior by Trump associates, but also how Facebook, Twitter and social media helped facilitate a lot of it.
The latest Mueller news would make the "House of Cards" writers blush, bringing together fake news, Mueller, Trump, Russia and the winds blowing against the tech giants. Bloomberg's details:
  • "Mueller's team of prosecutors and FBI agents is zeroing in on how Russia spread fake and damaging information through social media and is seeking additional evidence from companies like Facebook and Twitter about what happened on their networks."
  • "Facebook officials likely to face Congress, key lawmaker says."
  • "Agencies ...are now examining what could be done to prevent similar interference and espionage in ... the 2018 midterm congressional vote."
  • "Russia is ramping up its hacking operations, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said."
At the same time, Hillary Clinton is out there sounding the alarm with the promotion tour for "What Happened," where she writes that Russian manipulation of the election ("an attack on our democracy by our principal foreign adversary") is "much more serious" than Watergate.
Confronting "hybrid war" ... Jim Rutenberg, in the cover storyof Sunday's N.Y. Times Magazine ("RT, Sputnik and Russia's New Theory of War"), writes that the Kremlin has "built one of the most powerful information weapons of the 21st century," and that it "may be impossible to stop": 
  • "Russia's media and social-media machinery ... contributed to the informational chaos — the fake news and conspiracy theories that coursed through social-media feeds — that characterized the final stretch of the election, to, it turned out, Trump's benefit."
Another development that'll keep this convergence in the news ... "FBI investigating Russian media's U.S. intentions," the L.A. Times reports on A1:
  • "The FBI is investigating two Russian government-funded media organizations that operate in the United States following accusations that they were part of a massive Kremlin operation to help swing" the election.
  • "Russia Today, Moscow's flagship English language television broadcaster, and Sputnik News, a radio and wire service funded by the Kremlin, claim to be legitimate news gathering organizations, no different from the BBC."
  • "But the FBI is exploring whether the two Russian organizations should be required to register as foreign agents ... A U.S. intelligence community report on Moscow's interference in the 2016 presidential race concluded in January that Sputnik and RT ... were part of a multi-faceted Russian intelligence operation."
Be smart: The Russia angle will vastly amplify congressional and media scrutiny of the tech giants, increasingly on the defensive for what they know about us and how they have used their power.
  • Per the N.Y. Post: "CNN boss Jeff Zucker slammed ... Facebook at Tina Brown's first Women in the World Canada Summit, saying, 'I urge more folks to hold them to account' for taking ads in a Russian-backed campaign to influence the election."


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NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Wins Democratic Primary


New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is closer to winning a second term Tuesday night with an easy win in the city’s Democratic primary, the Associated Press reports. Amid what was described as “abysmal” turnout, de Blasio was declared the winner by the AP shortly after the polls closed at 9 pm , with 73 percent of the vote. His main opponent, lawyer and former City Council member Sal F. Albanese, trailed behind with 16 percent. De Blasio’s other three opponents—Richard Bashner, a Brooklyn community board leader; Robert Gangi, a police reform activist; and Michael Tolkin, a technology entrepreneur—pulled in less than 10 percent of the vote. De Blasio is now due to go up against Republican candidate Nicole Malliotakis, and Bo Dietl, a former police detective running as an independent, in the Nov. 7 general election.







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Netanyahu to be indicted





Sara Netanyahu to be indicted on Friday

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit will file an indictment against Sara Netanyahu, wife of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, on Friday, Channel 2 reported Thursday night. The pending indictment against Mrs. Netanyahu is related to suspicions she misused public funds in a series of cases known collectively as the "Residences Scandal". According to the report, the AG notified…

Trump Jr. Says He Wanted Russian Dirt to Determine Clinton’s ‘Fitness’ for Office


Donald Trump, Jr. was looking for dirt on Hillary Clinton and, he told members of the Senate behind closed doors, he wanted to determine the Democratic candidate's "fitness" for office.
The The New York Times obtained the opening statement given by Trump, Jr. to the Senate Judiciary Committee:
"In a prepared statement during an interview with Senate Judiciary Committee investigators, the younger Mr. Trump said he was initially conflicted when he heard that the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, might have damaging information about Mrs. Clinton. Despite his interest, he said, he always intended to consult with his own lawyers about the propriety of using any information that Ms. Veselnitskaya, who has ties to the Kremlin, gave him at the meeting."

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KKK-Style Photo of Iowa Students Sparks Backlash

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Five Iowa students have been disciplined after being pictured wearing Ku Klux Klan hoods and burning a cross, in a photo circulated widely on social media. The photo shows one of the five male students holding a rifle and another with what appears to be a Confederate flag in his hand. The students attend Creston Community…

Patient In Viral Nurse Arrest Video Was A Cop

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Patient From Viral Video Of Nurse Being Arrested For Refusing To Draw Blood Turns Out To Be Police Officer

Patient In Viral Nurse Arrest Video Was A Cop

Police in Utah have revealed the patient whose blood a nurse refused to let a police officer draw without consent was, in fact, an officer himself. Footage of the incident, in which University Hospital nurse Alex Wubbels was placed under arrest by Officer Jeff Payne for refusing to draw the blood of an unconscious patient who…

Burning Man Attendee Dies After Jumping Into Flames

"Burning Man 2005" by Aaron Logan via Wikimedia Commons


A Burning Man participant who ran into the flames of a burning effigy Saturday night after running past the security ring was pronounced dead Sunday morning. He was identified as 41-year-old Aaron Joel Mitchell — a US citizen who lived in Switzerland with his wife. According to Pershing County Sheriff's Office in Nevada, fire personnel attempted…