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His message was brief, if alarming. At least one computer system belonging to the D.N.C. had been compromised by hackers federal investigators had named “the Dukes,” a cyberespionage team linked to the Russian government.

The F.B.I. knew it well: The bureau had spent the last few years trying to kick the Dukes out of the unclassified email systems of the White House, the State Department and even the Joint Chiefs of Staff, one of the government’s best-protected networks.

So the FBI had been trying and apparently failing to exclude a known Russian intelligence operation from secured government servers for years... There are so, so many problems with this.

1. Explain to me again why the US government should be allowed to conduct wide spread surveillance on it's citizens, compiling untold amounts of data in light of it's demonstrated inability to keep that information from foreign intelligence? Also why the citizenry should trust the government with keys and back doors to their private encryption?

2. In light of this knowledge, how is the Secretary of State keeping an off the books, even less secure, private email server containing at the very least sensitive, quite likely explicitly classified, information not criminally negligent?

“I had no way of differentiating the call I just received from a prank call,” Mr. Tamene wrote in an internal memo, obtained by The New York Times, that detailed his contact with the F.B.I.

Wait, what? No way? You're working for the former first lady and Secretary of State, surely there's someone at the FBI you could call and verify.

It was the cryptic first sign of a cyberespionage and information-warfare campaign devised to disrupt the 2016 presidential election, the first such attempt by a foreign power in American history.

Cryptic? The FBI calling the presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee and explicitly stating that their email has been hacked by the Russians is an, umm, direct sign of cyber espionage. One which you're saying both the sitting Democratic executive and presumptive nominee knew about nearly a year before it was "leaked" to the public. In which time they were able to do nothing to eliminate, undermine or usefully frame the issue. Failing to even properly mobilize their spin machine until it was too late. In the best of all possible lights the Democrats come off as grossly incompetent here but are being portrayed as victims.

Also, lol at the claim that this is the "first such attempt by a foreign power in American history." We've been subtly, and not so subtly, manipulating elections all over the globe for the better part of a century (as have the Russians). Which is to say nothing of the times we've actively subverted democratically elected governments. You're saying that just now, in 2016, someone thought to do it to us? Color me dubious.

All of this in the first six paragraphs of an absurdly long article published by one of the most reputable US news sources. Maybe the reason people are taken by "fake news" is that the "real news" has been feeding them bullshit for so long they can't tell the difference.

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"Benenson said the trend of voters switching allegiance after Comey’s first letter was “significant” in Florida and in Wisconsin, where Stein garnered strong support among liberals and where Clinton lost by one point."

Umm, so now we're just making shit up? Stein got 0.7% in Florida and 1% in Wisconsin... If Clinton gets every single one of those votes she still loses Florida and the election. Also Stein got 0.9% in Texas and 1% nationally, so I don't think that theory holds water.

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I feel like I should mention that my book was not a comedy or a musical
Do you guys actually watch the movies you give awards to? 'Cause I kind of get the sense that you don't. Also, my book was not a movie -Bojack Horseman

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$869 for a Pixel XL with 128gb... Not going there, we'll see where the price is in 6 months. This is the first time I've regretted signing up for Project Fi.

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Wow, this is tone deaf... Hasn't the whole sales pitch of the military been 'defending our freedom'? Not interested in anyone actually exercising that freedom. Or whether it's being infringed upon domestically. 

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Beyond the obvious spin of the source, they make a powerful suggestion... that the populist message is far more dangerous to the status quo coming from the left. They're hoping that the Democrats continue to ignore that fact, in deference to their paymasters, and in so doing they keep the Republicans as currently organized legitimate contenders. Something that, not coincidentally, is also in the interest of their mutual paymasters.

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What do we suppose is more likely... That the Russians really, truly care who is elected president* or that they're a patsy for those on both sides opposed to Trump? Been playing that "terrorism" jam for too long now, time for some classic rock 😉

*So the Democratic narrative is that the Russians prefer Trump because the Democrats took a hardline on the Crimea thing by doing... Nothing? Or cause they're aching for the global thermonuclear war Trump is allegedly probably more (though not at all) likely to provide?

** I dislike basically everything that comes out of Trump's mouth but he has been startlingly effective at exposing the commonality between establishment Republicans and Democrats. It all really leaves me wanting for an alternate world where we see if Pelosi is siding with Rubio against Sanders.

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It's been an unqualified win for me in the ~13 months I've had it and like so many Google products it continues to iterate much faster than the competition.

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Scrolling through my feed, saw +Tony Milano​'s post... Hey, I'm drinking one of those. I raise 😉
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