Trump asked Russia to find Clinton’s emails. Within 24 hours, Russians attacked her accounts.

July 27, 2016. Trump: "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”

Indictment: That evening, Russian operatives targeted Hillary Clinton campaign emails “for the first time.” Read the rest

Mueller indicts 12 Russian military officers for election hacking, says DCLeaks & Guccifer 2.0 were Russia intel

As Mister Trump and his wife greeted the Queen of England, a reporter on a hot mic broke the embargo that the U.S. is indicting 12 Russian military officers with attacks on the 2016 U.S. Presidential elections, and that Guccifer 2.0 and DC LEAKS were Russian intelligence missions. Read the rest

Woodchucks devour Paul Ryan's car

Quitting Republican congressman and house speaker Paul Ryan has a car problem: woodchucks ate it. NPR:

The car was parked at his mother's house in his hometown in Wisconsin, and when she came back from her annual trip to Florida for the winter, it wouldn't start. As a top congressional leader, Ryan has a security detail and hasn't been allowed to drive in three years.

"So I towed it into the dealer, they put it up, and they realized that a family of woodchucks lived in the underbody of my Suburban," Ryan said.

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Russia exploited Twitter for disinformation as early as 2014, targeting local news

As early as 2014, Russian operatives working out of the Internet Research Agency (IRC) in St. Petersburg were busy creating fake Twitter accounts for U.S. local news organizations that did not exist. Read the rest

Cambridge Analytica spawns creepy new spinoff: meet 'Auspex International.'

Another shady data company emerges from the ashes of Cambridge Analytica. It's fronted by a man who, in an undercover documentary, once boasted of Cambridge Analytica's links to government intelligence agencies. And the new company has already won a contract in an unnamed African state, the FT reports. Read the rest

CDC joins investigation into 'sonic attacks' in China, Cuba against U.S. personnel

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will join a government investigation into 'sonic attacks' that have left more than 25 U.S. personnel with mysterious ailments. Read the rest

Trump compares his lack of an organ to Elton John's organ

Trump went off script in Montana last week, conceding "I don't have a guitar, or an organ." Trump did note that he has a mouth "and hopefully the brain attached to the mouth." Stephen Colbert analyzes the rambling Trump rant so weird that Snopes had to confirm it.

Democratic Underground was kind enough to share a handy pic of the moment.

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Black people 'are a threat to all,' says the GOP's latest racist candidate

Seth Grossman is a white supremacist pundit who is now the GOP nominee for Congress in New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District. Read the rest

Trump Inauguration Day rioting charges against 200+ people abruptly dropped by U.S.

Charges brought by the U.S. government against more than 200 people who protested on the day Donald Trump was inaugurated President were abruptly dropped today.

The government's case amounted to threatening 234 people with a maximum sentence of 70 years in prison for 6 broken windows. It's great that reason prevailed. It's not great that it took a year and a half, and that exercising their right to free speech cost these people so much.

Keith Alexander at the Washington Post:

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Police called on state representative for canvassing while black

Oregon State Representative Janelle Bynum, who is running for reelection, was canvassing in Clackamas County when one of her constituents called the police. Why? According to Bynum's Facebook post, the resident thought she was acting suspiciously "going door to door and spending a lot of time typing on (her) cell phone after each house."

She praised the deputy who responded for being professional, and said she asked him if she could meet the woman who made the call, but she was not available.

"The officer called her, we talked and she did apologize," Bynum said, without specifying the race of the caller.

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Man brandishes gun at immigration rally

Shane Ryan Sealy, 34, was charged with menacing and reckless endangerment Saturday after pulling a gun on protestors gathered in a Huntsville, Alabama park to support immigrants. He shouted "Womp womp" and sang "Ice Ice Baby" to little attention before pulling out the gun. He was then chased off by those he sought to intimidate, according to reports.

Gun, gun, gun, gun!” someone shouted in video published by WAFF 48 — just as Holder-Joffrion was praying for the nation’s strength.

Panicked shouts drowned her out, and the camera turned from the priest to Sealy, about 15 feet from the gazebo, brandishing what appeared to be a pistol at the crowd.

Most people dropped. “I got down on my face on the other side of the gazebo right here and just cried, I was so in shock,” rally organizer Ava Caldwell told WBTV.

Raw Story reported finding a Facebook profile by his name "full of extremist conservative propaganda," but it's been deleted. The Huntsville Police Department would like to remind "the public" that you cannot bring firearms within 1000 ft. of a protest.

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Watch this cutting-edge presentation on world population

The late, great Hans Rosling presents entertaining global population information here, but equally remarkable is the 3D graphics package he uses in his lecture. Read the rest

Protest without strategy is performance

In times of trouble, people want to do something, but as activist Kat Calvin points out, make sure your time and resources are spent wisely. Otherwise you end up enriching grifters: Read the rest

Sara Netanyahu charged with fraud

Sara Netanyahu, wife of scandal-plagued Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has been charged with misusing state funds. She was indicted this morning.

From CNN:

In a case known as the "Meals Ordering Affair," prosecutors say Sara Netanyahu used state money to pay for $100,000 worth of meals at the prime minister's residence, according to an indictment filed in Jerusalem's magistrate's court on Thursday.

Sara Netanyahu also illegally paid approximately $10,000 for private chefs, prosecutors said.

The charges carry a maximum sentence of 8 years in prison.

Her lawyers slammed the indictment, describing it as "false and hallucinatory".

Police have been investigating the prime M=minister for fraud, bribery, and breach of trust, and say they have enough evidence to indict him.

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'Family detention' existed under Obama, too. But systematically separating kids is all new.

THE LOWDOWN: Here's an immigration lawyer's first-hand account of confronting former President Barack Obama on family detention centers. Trump's a monster, but failings of previous administrations paved the way for his abuses. Read the rest

U.S. withdraws from U.N. Human Rights Council, calling it 'not worthy of its name.'

Trump envoy Nikki Haley today said the United States is withdrawing from the U.N. Human Rights Council. Read the rest

Yet another Trump White House staffer is leaving.

"More than 60 percent of those who served in senior positions at the beginning of the administration have exited." Read the rest

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