CNN’s Brianna Keilar Grills Sen. Hirono: Were You Told to Go Easy on Facebook By Chuck Schumer?

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) defended Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) after a New York Times investigation reported that he attempted to interfere in an Intelligence Committee probe into Facebook’s handling of Russian misinformation. Speaking to CNN on Thursday, roughly 24 hours after the article was published, Hirono was grilled by anchor Brianna Keilar — who wanted to know whether Schumer encouraged her to take it easy on the social media giant. “Not at all,” Hirono said. “What these new revelations point out is that we, the Congress, should think about regulations of some sort because it’s disturbing to know that Facebook had information ahead of time.” In the Times investigation, Facebook is said to have been aware of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election at least months before voting had even occurred, despite C.E.O. Mark Zuckerberg‘s claim that any idea his company helped Continue reading "CNN’s Brianna Keilar Grills Sen. Hirono: Were You Told to Go Easy on Facebook By Chuck Schumer?"

Hillary Clinton Fires Back at Trump Claims She Colluded: ‘You Asked Russia to Hack Me on National Television’

After President Donald Trump accused Hillary Clinton of colluding with Russians to sabotage the 2016 election during his Pennsylvania rally, the former first lady defended herself using his favorite medium. “Seriously, you asked Russia to hack me on national television,” Clinton tweeted Thursday afternoon, less than 24 hours following the commander in chief’s speech the night before. Her post was in reference to an NBC News article recapping Trump’s unsubstantiated claims. Without evidence, Trump not only accused Clinton of engaging in a conspiracy, but her party as well. “There was collusion between Hillary, the Democrats and Russia,” he told the crowd, which had again wheeled out its signature “lock her up” chant. Clinton has been quite active on Twitter lately, calling for voters to get out for the midterms as November Continue reading "Hillary Clinton Fires Back at Trump Claims She Colluded: ‘You Asked Russia to Hack Me on National Television’"

Trump Campaign Aide Rick Gates Reportedly Sought Proposals on Online ‘Manipulation’ from Israeli Intel Firm in 2016

Remember Rick Gates? Well, the former Trump campaign aide is back in the news. Per The New York Times, Gates sought proposals from the Israeli intelligence company Psy-Group on online manipulation during the campaign:
A top Trump campaign official requested proposals in 2016 from an Israeli company to create fake online identities, to use social media manipulation and to gather intelligence to help defeat Republican primary race opponents and Hillary Clinton, according to interviews and copies of the proposals… The campaign official, Rick Gates, sought one proposal to use bogus personas to target and sway 5,000 delegates to the 2016 Republican National Convention by attacking Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, Mr. Trump’s main opponent at the time. Another proposal describes opposition research and “complementary intelligence activities” about Mrs. Clinton and people close to her, according to copies of the proposals obtained by The New York Times and interviews with Continue reading "Trump Campaign Aide Rick Gates Reportedly Sought Proposals on Online ‘Manipulation’ from Israeli Intel Firm in 2016"

Trump Goes After the ‘Fake News Media’ Again at Vegas Rally: ‘They’re Still Crying’

Kicking off a Las Vegas rally to drum up support for Republicans ahead of the midterm elections, President Donald Trump turned to the past to reminisce while taking a swipe at the media. “You remember when we had that great, great election, almost two years ago, can you believe?” he asked the crowd Thursday night from the podium, claiming there were “tears from the fake news media when it was obvious that we were going to win.” Notorious for his anti-press rhetoric, Trump’s rally had barely even begun before he started ripping into journalists who were there covering the event. “Look at them, they’re still crying,” he said. “And let them cry. They don’t know what the hell happened, but it happened, and that’s why we are setting all-time records, that’s why we are doing so well, but we have to get out for the midterms.” The Continue reading "Trump Goes After the ‘Fake News Media’ Again at Vegas Rally: ‘They’re Still Crying’"

The View Grills George Papadopoulos: Did The Trump Campaign ‘Set You Up?’

President Donald Trump‘s former campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos, has been under fire for his efforts to arrange a meeting between his boss and Russian President Vladimir Putin — with his lies to investigators on the matter landing him 14 days in jail. However, during his Tuesday appearance on The View, Papadopoulos argued the campaign was aware of his efforts, leading one of the show’s co-hosts to ask whether he’d been played. The question arose as Papadopoulos recalled his interactions with Maltese professor and suspected Russian operative Joseph Misfud, who met with him in 2016, claiming he could help the Trump campaign obtain dirt on then challenger Hillary Clinton. But the White House appears to have distanced itself from Papadopoulos, Trump dismissing him as an insignificant volunteer and Attorney General Jeff Sessions contending that he didn’t endorse a Trump-Putin summit. “Did they set you up?” Whoppi Continue reading "The View Grills George Papadopoulos: Did The Trump Campaign ‘Set You Up?’"

Roll Call Political Cartoonist Slammed for 9/11 Illustration: ‘So Bad and Dumb and Inflammatory’

On the 17th anniversary of the most devastating attack on the U.S. in the 21st century, a cartoonist is facing backlash for his politicization of tragedy. Tuesday morning, Roll Call’s Capitol Ink featured an illustration titled “Never Forget.” While that phrase may evoke somber remembrances of Sept. 11th, 2001, the artist, Robert Matson, turned it into a commentary on election meddling instead. Shown in his drawing is a Russian plane headed toward two grey towers meant to represent ballot boxes. The implication is clear: Russia is a treat to the security of U.S. elections. While the point, based on American intelligence, is valid, the way in which it was made has already begun sending shock waves through social media.

Former CIA Chief Leon Panetta: Mueller ‘Very Close to Making a Case for Obstruction of Justice’ Against Trump

Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s probe into Russian involvement in the 2016 election has been a source of never-ending speculation while remaining virtually leak-free, but Leon Panetta suspects an obstruction of justice case may be on the way. On Sunday, the former CIA director and defense secretary told ABC News’ Martha Raddatz evidence is mounting against President Donald Trump that might land him in the hot seat. “They are getting very close to making a case for obstruction of justice not only by the steps that were taken in terms of the president demeaning and attacking a witch hunt, but also the fact that Rudy Giuliani himself has said that the whole purpose of their effort is to undermine the credibility of the special counsel, and then when you add to that the dismissal of those that were involved in the investigation, I think you begin to piece together the Continue reading "Former CIA Chief Leon Panetta: Mueller ‘Very Close to Making a Case for Obstruction of Justice’ Against Trump"