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Jim Fawcette
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Sen. Chris Coons asks Senate Judiciary Committee to call Donald Trump Jr back for more testimony, citing evidence that he lied to the committee before. Specifically, the committee asked Donald Jr if any "other foreign governments" or "other foreign nationals" offered to help the Trump campaign. He said they had not. We now have video evidence that Don jr met with both, and testimony that he was offered campaign help by both.

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Trump Hides his Dog Whistles in Plain Sight

Did Trump mean "animals" were MS-13 members or all Hispanics? Both. Quite deliberately, not just because he's a clumsy, babbler. And Trump does this incessantly. He feeds raw meet to his racist core, while creating (im)plausible deniability for his defenders, all hidden behind his jumbled words.

OpEd Greg Sargent: "Whether he’s talking about Latino immigrants or kneeling African American football players, President Trump has a consistent way of disguising his racism, bigotry and dehumanization while dog-whistling it out to those voters who he believes may thrill to it."

"The game is always that Trump fluidly conflates one set of individuals who constitute a less sympathetic target — one he ostensibly goes after, and one that is harder to defend — with the broader group he’s actually trying to belittle or dehumanize but cannot do so overtly."

Sargent quotes this story about Trump in a speech review meeting: "Trump reminded them the crowds loved his rhetoric on immigrants along the campaign trail. Acting as if he was at a rally, he then read aloud a few made up Hispanic names and described potential crimes they could have committed, like rape or murder. Then, he said, the crowds would roar when the criminals were thrown out of the country — as they did when he highlighted crimes by illegal immigrants at his rallies, according to a person present for the exchange and another briefed on it later. Miller and Kushner laughed."
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Triumph of photographer over image thief: $40,000 settlement
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Concise Trumcessment, journalist questioning nuclear disarmament expert
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At Trump Tower, Michael Cohen and Oligarch Discussed Russian Relations https://nyti.ms/2GOyajJ

"Eleven days before the presidential inauguration last year, a billionaire Russian businessman with ties to the Kremlin visited Trump Tower in Manhattan to meet with Donald J. Trump’s personal lawyer and fixer, Michael D. Cohen, according to video footage and another person who attended the meeting."

"...Days after the inauguration, Mr. Intrater’s private equity firm, Columbus Nova, awarded Mr. Cohen a $1 million consulting contract,
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Sadly insightful, from FBI takedown of Russian Botnet.

"“Patching routers is hard,” the person familiar with the takedown operation said. “Most individuals and small businesses will do better to just go and buy another router.”
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FBI Seizes, Virtually, Giant Russian Botnet

"The Justice Department said Wednesday that it has seized control of a key server in a network of 500,000 routers hacked by the Kremlin.
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Facebook's Legal Defense Turns its Normal Claims Upside Down

Suit claims Facebook knowingly exploited "friend's data" use by advertisers, per a trove of FB email.

Facebook now says it is an "editor" and thus has first amendment rights. But I thought you were a"utility" thus protected from liability for your content? How, the Zuckster will be juggle those direct contradictions will be entertaining.

"A legal motion filed last week in the superior court of San Mateo draws upon extensive confidential emails and messages between Facebook senior executives including Mark Zuckerberg. He is named individually in the case and, it is claimed, had personal oversight of the scheme."

And: "Sandy Parakilas, a former Facebook employee turned whistleblower who has testified to the UK parliament about its business practices, said the allegations were a “bombshell”. He claimed to MPs Facebook’s senior executives were aware of abuses of friends’ data back in 2011-12 and he was warned not to look into the issue."
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This is why the Senate is considering a bill forcing American tech companies that sell software to the government to disclose whether they have allowed Russia or China to look at their source code. Amazing.
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