Facebook central to Russian propaganda

Part of Russia’s strategic aim to sow discord among the American electorate, its operators set up an organization called the Internet Research Agency. It would grow into “hundreds of employed individuals,” organized into separate departments: graphics, data analysis, search engine optimization, digital infrastructure maintenance, and budget finance, according to the Friday federal grand jury indictment. […]

Russia spent $1.25m a month on U.S. elections meddling

Within the 37-page indictment against the Russian agents, the Mueller team revealed how and how much Moscow financed its operation in granular details. They charged Yevgeny Prigozhin, also known as “President Vladimir Putin’s chef,” as the primary backer for using his companies, Concord Management and Consulting and Concord Catering, to fund the operation. To conceal […]

U.S. indicts 13 Russian agents, 4 entities

As early as 2014, Russian intelligence operatives traveled to the United States and began laying the groundwork for an ambitious, multi-prong mission. Over the next two years, one group would travel around the southern, red states like Texas and Louisiana to “gather” insights into the American political landscapes. First, they learned that the best way […]

Rand Paul single-handedly shuts down government

For the second time less than a month, the government couldn’t pay for itself, thanks to Sen. Rand Paul and his sudden renewed interests in the national debt and budget deficit. “I ran for office because I was very critical of President Obama’s trillion-dollar deficits,” the LA Times quoted Paul. “Now we have Republicans hand […]

Nunes memo openly fires on FBI

Some observations on the released document written by Rep. Devin Nunes on what he considered professional malpractice at the FBI: 1. Bias by association. The memo accused Bruce Ohr of bias against Trump because Ohr’s wife worked for the firm that produced the Steele dossier. 2. A cluster of derps. The memo admitted that the […]

Trey Gowdy 38th Republican to quit Congress

There are political retirements and then there is Trey Gowdy’s retirement. The former prosecutor, former co-foe of Hillary Clinton in the Benghazi investigation, said he will not seek reelection. Gowdy told Politico that he found the current political climate tiring, “There is more civility in a death penalty case than there is in some congressional […]

Sam Brownback fails Kansas, gets promoted

I have nothing but disdain for Sam Brownback. Beside being a total failure of a governor from Kansas, he is the next American ambassador to the world on “religious freedom.” There is nothing kosher about that idea. Brownback is an evangelical zealot who ran Kansas into financial ruin because of some right-wing, free-market myth that […]