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LAWSPLAINER. Okay. Let me try to do a less half-assed job of thoughts on Manafort's plea agreement. Meanwhile, consider this treatment by friend and classmate @MitchellEpner, as to whom #ff.

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/2 BIG POINT NUMBER ONE: In this DC agreement, Manafort pleads to two charges with a maximum 10 year penalty. He agrees to facts that support the government's Sentencing Guideline calculation, which starts at 210 months, much higher.
/3 What does that MEAN? Well, the Guidelines are only suggestions, but it means that even with respect to the DC conviction only, Manafort has a lot of cooperatin' to do before he starts making a difference on that sentence -- it's likely to max out at 10 years.
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On August 30th, an archive of communication between former US President Bill Clinton and former Russian President Boris Yeltsin was declassified by the White House. We downloaded tweets containing 'Clinton' and 'Yeltsin', resulting in 7200 tweets from 5588 accounts.
Among the themes that pop up in these tweets is the notion that former President Clinton "colluded" to help Yeltsin win, with the implication that any collusion with a foreign power on the part of Trump isn't so bad.
720 accounts have tweets containing "Clinton", "Yeltsin", and either "collusion" or "election" in the last ten days. This chart shows the news sources mostly frequently linked by these accounts. Russian state media seems popular.
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September is a big month! I’m at the airport on my way Florida for The #Exvangelical Community: Paths, Projects, Prospects. In the last two days I’ve filed two pieces with editors, and this week I did podcasts w/ @NiceMangos and @kitchencultpod (@haettinger and @mxdarkwater). #FF
Next weekend I’ll be in Charleston, South Carolina to give a talk for @CHShumanists, and am very much looking forward to that! October is also pretty full!



#Exvangelical #EmptyThePews #FridayFeeIing #FF
And next week I’ll also be doing a second podcast episode with @TwistedSisterds! It’ll be my second time on, and I sure had fun last time!

twistedsisterds.podbean.com

#Exvangelical #FF
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7 September 2018  #BeatCancer
@Bradleysfight May Bradley Rest In Peace and his family and friends always be comforted by his memory. I hope the #HelenRollasonAward 2017 from BBC
Sport will have helped them.
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7 September 2018  #BeatCancer
@harry_moseley @Jack_Marshall_ May they
Rest In Peace and may their families and friends always be comforted by their memory.
#ff
7 September 2018  #BeatCancer
@Rachael_Hodges @steveevans51 @_StephensStory May Rachael
Bland, Steve Evans and Stephen Sutton Rest In Peace and their family and friends always be comforted.
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The @meme_america account promoting #VerifiedHate was previously run by "Millennial Matt." It's a stage name used by Holocaust denying white supremacist Matt Colligan, a Unite the Right marcher.

h/t to my colleague @aoifegall who discovered this:
Matt Colligan is pretty comfortable waving a swastika flag, as reported by @crislopezg mediamatters.org/blog/2017/10/1…
#VerifiedHate has some significant reach in Trump circles that goes a little beyond Colligan's usual audience of anti-Semitic NEETs. The planning of it was chronicled by @chick_in_kiev: mediamatters.org/blog/2018/08/0…
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🔥EndGame🔥

Weisselberg, TrumpOrg CFO, has Immunity in Cohen Probe-he knows everything

NYAG criminal probe likely re Cohen's taxes & senior TrumpOrg execs re hush 💰payments.

The illegal acts that may have helped Trump win the presidency:
Hush Money, Hackers, Trolls & psyops
🔥EndGame2🔥

Manafort tried to get the US military kicked out of Central Asia to help RU

WH Criticizes China Over El Salvador Recognition

Sen. John McCain will discontinue medical treatment for his brain cancer.🙏🏽

Omarosa: I’m ready to testify at Trump impeachment trial🔥
🔥EndGame3🔥

Senators are demanding info about Giuliani’s history with opioid maker Purdue Pharma

Cohen wasnt alone: records suggest two senior TrumpOrg execs had role in hush 💰 arrangements.

Trump killed stories about his kids, ex-wives, & Melania—the Pecker & safe knows all
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1/ A lawsuit the government settled more than 20 years ago ensures that a federal judge can oversee how the government treats immigrant children in detention.

Now, the Trump administration is trying to do away with that oversight. revealnews.org/blog/governmen…
2/ The proposal to end the Flores agreement, as it’s known, comes after the federal government has admitted it didn’t reunify more than 500 migrant kids with their parents.
3/ The settlement was the result of a class-action lawsuit filed in 1985. It states that the government “shall continue to treat, all minors in its custody with dignity, respect and special concern for their particular vulnerability as minors.”
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this fabricated Salena Zito quote could have been "crafted" and "massaged" a bit better tbh
nypost.com/2018/08/22/why…
townhall.com/columnists/sal…
should be easy to find the tape of the interview
she liked the real guy's quote so much she recycled the exact language for the guy she made up for her kicker
nypost.com/2018/06/16/the…
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Hey journalists - can we talk?

I know you are under a lot of pressure lately. And I know you are sick and tired of being called "fake news" and I don't blame you. I know you're mostly doing good things.

However...
You need to do better when covering activist press releases. As a scientist, let me just say, you really suck sometimes. If you don't want to be accused of publishing fake news, one great thing to do would be to stop publishing actual fake news.
Here's one small tip for identifying fake news: if it's from @ewg then it has a high likelihood of being complete and utter bullshit. Dont be their stenographer. Don't legitimize their pseudoscience by making it a he said/she said story. Just stop already.
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It's Friday and I want to show some love to some of my favorite accounts, so #FF (in no order):

@mguariglia, @alexadobrien, @zenalbatross, @SiobhanFTB, @bbhorne, @NathanBLawrence, @arabellesicardi, @yaelwrites, @ElleArmageddon, @hexadecim8, @_blip_, @LaurenLeHarper
@mguariglia @alexadobrien @zenalbatross @SiobhanFTB @bbhorne @NathanBLawrence @arabellesicardi @yaelwrites @ElleArmageddon @hexadecim8 @_blip_ @LaurenLeHarper I love and respect these folks both, and am genuinely proud to be mutuals with most of them. 10/10 would recommend following them anyday.
agh edit fail. Originally said "both personally and professionally," I edited it out because I didn't think it needed saying.
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130 million years ago, when dinosaurs roamed Earth and the first flowering plants were beginning to bloom, two neutron stars spiraled into each other. #OTD in 2017 the gravitational waves arrived and made a mirror here on Earth move about 1/1000 of a proton radius.
Image: LIGO
About the same time one of @LIGO’s detectors was ringing, the @NASAFermi space telescope detected a burst of gamma rays. @LIGO and @ego_virgo’s automated systems determined that the signals were probably related.
The same subatomic shiver was confirmed in the second LIGO detector, and an alert went out that turned telescopes around the world towards the patch of sky that issued the chirp and burst.
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#FF to my good friend @halpernnaomi1 who is also an incredible consultant on complex trauma. I highly recommend going to any of her workshops. It’s changed my life for the better so much.
The mental health system in Australia is pretty rubbish at dealing with complex trauma - standard CBT and meds won’t touch the sides and many therapies that are first port of call for anxiety and depression will make it worse.
Psychs and GPs need to be better trained to screen for complex trauma and once identified people should be case managed to get all the help the need. Complex trauma trashes the brain and the body and people need help with both.
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No because we know you’ve already blocked them all and called everyone a Nazi
Guys I’m kidding. He has 200 followers, don’t dogpile him. In fact you should follow him
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ACTORS WILL ACT

#QANON
#MAGA
#INFOWARS
ENJOY THE SHOW

#QANON
#MAGA
#ENJOYTHESHOW
DOJ airplane in Arkansas?

Do not link to [CF].
[CF] docs kept in NYC>>UT.
Q

#QANON
#MAGA
#ClintonFoundation
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Let's wish those who are going to Charlottesville the best. They'll be providing vital coverage of another hate rally.
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In my series of Tweets exploring The White Helmets Conspiracy Network, I looked at PartisanGirl’s Map and notice something odd happening on the right hand side.

Let’s find out what it is. *spoiler alert* It’s a coordinated ‘Pile-On” by The Russian Government.
At the centre, of the node and the Target of the ‘Pile-On’ is Bellingcat.

You can lear about them here 👉 bellingcat.com
The cause of The Russian Government sponsored ‘Pile-on’ on Bellingcat was this article about MH17 in the Washington Post

washingtonpost.com/news/politics/…
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Here’s the short documentary I mentioned to @JoyAnnReid on @amjoyshow we made with @NBCLeftField about next steps for reunited families.

Remember: now harder to win asylum under AG Sessions. And 1,000 reunited families are slated for deportation.

#amjoy
Maria Gloria came to the U.S. with her 11 and 7 year old boys from Honduras to escape death threats.

They were separated for a month and a half, now finally reunited.

I told @JoyAnnReid what they and 1400+ now face.

Here's our @NBCLeftField short doc:
#FF the amazingly talented @carlospbeltran of @NBCLeftField who we worked closely with to tell the story of Maria Gloria and her boys.
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Okay here begins the big thread for Portland's Patriot Prayer protest and counterprotest this weekend. @PortlandPolice have issued their plan for the day, they say they will have a "significant" presence & will carrying out weapons screening at park entrances #AllOutPDX
(If you are not into this coverage, which will be going for up to 48 hours or more, just mute the thread. Sorry but this will be my weekend)
So @PortlandPolice's press release suggests an answer to a question that activists on both sides, reporters, and citizens have been asking - will police have enough people there to separate the two sides. It looks like that is their intention.
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5,900 on my birthday*!! Thank you America! Let’s get to 6,000 on this #FollowFriday #FF
*not actually my birthday.
Statement regarding the “Birthday claim”

Our over zealous reporter made a mistake. Zhe was trolling randos who had been assailing xir with targeted birthday messages.

This is not who we are America. Let’s get back to the days of Obama when we couldn’t even say Happy Birthday
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In light of the #FIN7 "Combi Security" DOJ indictment, we've released our massive technical post and indicator release: fireeye.com/blog/threat-re…

We reveal new information from @Mandiant IRs about the extent of FIN7's crimes, their innovative techniques, & how to find them today.
#FIN7 targeted other financial data when they encountered encryption in POS networks. New information today - and certainly helped stack up the charges against Combi Security.

Also @BarryV @stvemillertime first shared SEC filing targeting in March 2017: fireeye.com/blog/threat-re…
Crime doesn't pay. Unless you worked for Combi Security, in which case it paid a pretty decent wage for Russian/Ukrainian "pen testers" 😄

Sidenote: @FireEye's red team is hiring but their operations *are* authorized and the only payment card hijinks is over who expenses dinner.
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Twitter Level 1: Du hast dich angemeldet weil Du gehört hast, dass Du mit Twitter dein Business größer machen kannst. Oder deinen Freundeskreis. Oder irgendwas mit Nachrichten.

Auf jeden Fall verfasst Du deinen ersten Tweet. In der Profilbeschreibung.
Level 2: Nachdem über Wochen nichts geschehen ist und Du dich über die drei neuen Follower wunderst, möchtest Du diese kontaktieren und klickst einfach alle Links in deren Tweets an.

Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Du hast jetzt einen Trojanerclan auf deinem Rechner.
Level 3: Du hast jetzt aus eigener Erfahrung verstanden, dass Tweets mit Geschlechtsteilen erfolgreich sein könnten. In Ermangelung sekundärer Weiblicher entschließt Du dich ein Foto von zwei Herdplatten und deinem

*plötzlich, ein gleißendes Licht, ein Einhorn erscheint*
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It's shaping up to be a real builders #FF

@MessariCrypto launched messari.io, which features thoughtful news summaries.
I’m v interested in the tokenized fund/localized investor approach of @CityBlockCap + boss team: @RJNance @crypto_bobby @APompliano
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@DoveyWan has been sharing daily market observations from east Asia. That type of translation is invaluable.

@NadavAHollander + @DharmaProtocol are a model for execution and project transparency. /2
@foamspace + @frothcity have put together an approach to token offerings that has people not only not cynical but genuinely excited

Lastly, @ClayCollins has just finished up an epic 3-part podcast documentary on security tokens that is essential listening.

Follow + Share!
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Let me explain why this is a bad defense of Trump's trade policy:

1) Evidence that is trump's goal is scarce. Thus far we have only seen increasing tariffs and Trump has repeatedly said he is fine with that, which is consistent with his lifelong support for protectionism.
2) Many of Trump's tariffs have actually been targeted at countries who already have lower average tariff rates than us. (Ex: Canada overall rate on all products = 1.56% vs. U.S. was 1.67% in 2016 via the World Bank).
When confronted with this fact, Trump has babbled about trade deficits (which are not bad) & repeatedly deflected by pointing out tariffs on specific products being high which makes no sense as an excuse for him raising tariffs on completely different products/raw materials.
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