If you're wondering why President @realDonaldTrump is so busy spinning a web of even bigger lies, lies that anyone can see are nonsense, and Republicans are releasing damaging information to him but living in opposite land, let me explain.
He stood in the Oval Office with Russian spies, laughed about firing the chief law enforcement officer investigating him, and then gave them classified intelligence.
What will it take? Recarving the Lincoln Memorial in Cyrillic?
We could sit for hours, in hundreds of tweets listing evidence from secret meetings in the Seychelles to the President's son's own emails, to the Intelligence Community's unanimous conclusion of Russian election tampering
#MikePompeo@SenatorMenendez This committee considers your nomination after nearly a year-and-a-half of reckoning with Trumps erratic approach to foreign policy that has left our allies confused and our adversaries emboldened. It's an approach driven by impulse and not strategy.
#MikePompeo@SenatorMenendez Trump's America First policies have left us alone in the midst of unprecedented challenges. challenges from an aggressive Russia who seeks to undermine the international order we helped create after World War II. @POTUS
#MikePompeo@SenatorMenendez the ongoing threat of terrorism in the Middle East, an emboldend China in the South China Sea militarily and economically right here in the Western Hemisphere.
And you can honestly right here in the Western Hemisphere.
Jurisdictions don't have 💰 or staff to buy new machines frequently or keep the ones they have up to date with security updates. There's no voting machine that can't be hacked. 2/10 nytimes.com/2018/02/21/mag…
Manufacturers & election officials say since the machines aren't connected to the internet, they can't be hacked. But that's not accurate. Polling places transmit voting results using modems. 3/10 #technology#hack#telecommunications
Since 1996 under Gingrich, the GOP has been using loaded, accusatory language to create negative propaganda to debase ordinary words.
They weaponized neutral terms such as "liberal", "progressive", "socialist", "taxes", "welfare", "regulation" into emotional dog-whistles. 1/
The famous 1996 GOPAC Memo, which Gingrich and others in the GOP crafted to give that year's GOP candidates tools to propagandize their campaigns, is loaded with the negative terminology to label their opponents, and positive terms for themselves. 2/ informationclearinghouse.info/article4443.htm
The GOP, like Cambridge Analytica, deliberately avoids facts & logic.
They use emotional manipulation via propaganda to "switch off" voters' skepticism & critical thinking.
That's why they try to co-opt terms like "patriot", "freedom", and "rights".
This is not new. #maga? 3/
In addition to being the destroyer of the free internet (TM), @AjitPaiFCC also met with Sinclair Broadcasting right after the inauguration and started removing restrictions that Sinclair wanted removed.
1/4 To understand why I & others think it's crucial to oppose Bernie Sanders' influence in the Democratic party, you have to understand this:
➥NYT Interactive: To Reclaim the House, Democrats Need to Flip 24 G.O.P. Seats. 25 Are in Clinton Territory. nytimes.com/interactive/20…
2/4 It's impossible for #BlueWave2018 to not #FlipTheHouse — except for one problem. We have a left-wing tea party running dozens/hundreds of candidates, some even posing as Dems while they hate the party, who are trying to primary and/or spoil elections of sitting Democrats
3/4 Some of fake candidates lack qualifications & can't win an election & are in the race to smear the Democrat. Some are now scorched-earth attacking power female Dems like Diane Feinstein, hoping to take out heavy hitters of the party. Some are genuine, but under-qualified.
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PARENTING RANT - When my 3 girls were in HS each one of them, freshman year, reached their limit (MY limit) forgetting things. "Mom, can you bring ___? Or I'll get marked down a grade." For each one there came a point when I said "No. Sucks to be you." Know what happened? THEY 1/
STOPPED FORGETTING THINGS. Maybe once or twice after that. And I mean WAY after that. And then I'd help them out. Because I knew they'd learned their lesson and were trying. But they had to learn that sometimes, LIFE JUST ISN'T FAIR AND IT SUCKS TO BE YOU. I quite *literally* 2/
said that to them. They didn't like it. I didn't like it. But I decided early on - and I, again, quite literally told them - "I won't always be there to save your little butt. Better you learn now when it's just a grade or missing a movie or something, than later when you 3/
What we have released thus far: 1. A dataset of a Russian commercial botnet with 134,000 accounts. This demonstrates our ability to ID botnets. 2. A dataset of those who follow Brad Parscale.
What is forthcoming: 3. A dataset of the botnets connected to Parscale.
We made a decision to delay, and stand by it.
What is the new timing? Before Sunday night.
We are not Trump. We make sure we get things right. We won’t release flawed data & bluff our way through.
We made a promise to tell you the truth, even when it undermines belief in us.
We intend to keep that promise.
The truth requires admitting failure. We failed to be on time.
We failed to generate a data set for which I could assure accuracy and comprehensiveness. I apologize without caveat.
But I would rather be late and right, than on time and wrong.
Cambridge Analytica admissions to @Channel4News undercover reporters confirm that Trump's campaign manager illegally coordinated with Make America Number 1 PAC just as this FBI complaint by @funder@TheDemCoalition alleged on November 16th, 2016.
Buzzfeed's @Bernstein caught Mercer and Bannon using the Glittering Steel LLC to fund political operatives working with Breitbart's disgraceful hatemonger Milo Yiannopolous in a batch of leaked emails...
Now that we're in the middle of Russia's pathetic and obvious full-scale assault on the 2018 Midterms, I thought it would be helpful to share noticeable characteristics of Russian trolls & get your thoughts & observations.
Characteristics of Russian Troll Accounts:
2) Russian trolls have a difficult time keeping up with the radical changes in American politics. They'll constantly default to outdated attacks on Hillary Clinton.
3) Russian troll accounts will often have odd punctuation errors: double periods, double commas, odd spacing between words and punctuation. The Cyrillic alphabet used in Russia doesn't translate well, in spite of their best efforts.
1/ When? At what point is it enough? Where is the line? How long do we wait? Are those currently in positions of leadership deaf, dumb & blind? What about those that were, but no longer are? Is everyone waiting for someone else to make the determination? #Resist#TheResistance
2/ If not everything that’s occurred since and including the entire 2016 election, up and down ballot, nation wide isn’t a crisis, what is? Is the American Govt involved with the very practices our Government was put in place to prevent? #Vote#FlipItBlue#BlueWave2018#VoteBlue
3/ Did the President not take an Oath? If the President doesn’t honor his Oath do we not have a Congress to check him? If Congress does not check him but is corrupted and derelict of duty as well, who protects America? The American people can keep them in check with their vote.
1/ Do not obey in advance. Do not acquiesce or conform to the new regime, offering to comply before compliance is required by law. Hitler's party consolidated power b/c too many citizens offered anticipatory obedience.
2/ Defend Institutions. Trump has aggressively sought to undermine all independent institution that opposes his admin, including the free press, the judiciary, DOJ, FBI, & #Mueller. Choose an institution you cherish and take its side.
Roger Stone's a dogged debater when you go off the topics he's interested in pushing. On May 1st, 2017 there was no Special Counsel and former FBI Director James @Comey wouldn't testify for two more days.
So I asked Stone first about his role in Trump's hiring of Paul Manafort.
Over the past few months, several scam accounts have popped up that call themselves #resistance. Some ask for #donations to help impeach Trump. Some sell shirts, phone cases, etc. And there are others that ask for money for various causes. THREAD 1 #scam#donate#con#PSA
Today, we have a happy ending, so let's all relax a bit and read up on a forgotten hero:
One of the reasons for #BlackHistoryMonth is that blacks are so often systematically erased from history, or simply forgotten in favor of their fairer-skinned counterparts. Today, we'll learn about Garrett Morgan, one of the greatest of the early 20th century.
Born in Kentucky in 1877, he was the son of former slaves, reared in the reconstruction South. Actually, he also had European and Native American ancestry too, though, as we will see, this did not stop him from facing widespread discrimination.