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20 Sep
1/ [Thread]
Liberty's legal enablers
2/ Almost three years ago, Salen Churi and Brian Tochman were at a Koch brothers private retreat for donors when they announced they were launching Trust Ventures.
3/ The venture capital firm is backed by Koch Disruptive Technologies and invests in startups the Kochs can partner its lobbyists, politicians and policy experts with to influence legislation and expand profits. It's raised $100 million so far.
Read 99 tweets
5 Sep
#Voatz
“Massachusetts-based Voatz filed an amicus brief to the Supreme Court, arguing that only security researchers with clear permission should be authorized to probe systems for vulnerabilities.”
cyberscoop.com/voatz-cfaa-sup…
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25 Aug
“A se­nior Chi­nese gov­t of­fi­cial en­listed the help of (Elliott Broidy), a top fundrais­ing of­fi­cial at the RNC, to lobby the Trump ad­min­ in 2017 to re­turn a Chi­nese busi­ness­man liv­ing in the U.S. who has long been sought by Bei­jing...”
wsj.com/articles/new-d…
“It also said Broidy sought the help of then-AG Jeff Ses­sions, with a memo in­clud­ing con­tent drafted by Mr. Sun, tout­ing an “op­por­tu­nity for sig­nif­i­cantly in­creased” law-en­force­ment co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the U.S. and China if the U.S. de­ported Mr. Guo...”
The meet­ing in Shen­zhen was or­ches­trated by Jho Low.
Read 5 tweets
23 Aug
In their raid on Tobolski’s mayoral office in McCook — part of a broader September 2019 sweep of the southwest suburbs — agents...sought items related to a Latino Night at a McCook-owned sports facility known as the Max; Chicago Cubs spring training trips; heating...
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11 Aug
“Since 1937...Pennsylvania’s had strict rules about who can stand in polling stations & challenge the eligibility of voters....

In June, the RNC sued to ease those rules saying they imposed...limits on its ability to (monitor) the voting process...”
apnews.com/31fd62b679a433…
“Thanks to a federal court ruling that freed the party from restrictions — a result of tactics found to be aimed at minority voters — the GOP is mounting a broad effort to keep a close watch on who casts ballots.”
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“The GOP is recruiting 50,000 monitors...across 15 battleground states. Meanwhile, the party has filed, or intervened in, lawsuits challenging election rules across the country, including cases in battleground states like NV, WI and FL...”
Read 4 tweets
31 Jul
“Dowless was charged with two counts of felony obstruction of justice, perjury, solicitation to commit perjury, conspiracy to obstruct justice and illegal possession of absentee ballots...”
amp.newsobserver.com/news/politics-…
“His earlier charges include three counts of felonious obstruction of justice, two counts of conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice and two counts of possession of an absentee ballot.”
“Six of Dowless’ associates were also indicted and are expected to turn themselves in.“
Read 4 tweets
22 Jul
#OperationLegend
"The coordinated law enforcement initiative drew mixed reviews from residents when it was first launched earlier this month in Kansas City to combat a “sudden surge of violent crime.”
chicago.suntimes.com/2020/7/22/2133…
1/ "With tough federal sentencing rules, U.S. Attorney John Lausch said his message is shooters should “know that if they’re going to drive by a funeral home and shoot people there, that they’re likely going to face federal prosecution when we catch them.”
chicago.suntimes.com/2020/7/22/2133…
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19 Jul
"Unfortunately...a portion of the protesters turned violent. A number of individuals came w/ frozen water bottles, rocks, bottles, cans & other gear to throw at officers. People in the crowd also threw fireworks and other incendiary devices at police..."
nbcchicago.com/news/local/chi…
"ICE plans to hold its first-ever"citizens academy" in Chicago this fall to educate the public on the role of ICE officers, but activists and lawmakers are pushing back against the program, which they say is intended to intimidate immigrant communities."
usatoday.com/story/news/nat…
Read 4 tweets
17 Jul
Oh.
Feds file criminal charge against ComEd, implicate Mike Madigan
#Chicago
“In doing so, it is admitting it arranged jobs, subcontracts and pay-offs for associates of “a high-level elected official for the state of Illinois.” That person is identified as “Public Official A” in a press release that implicates House Speaker Michael Madigan.”
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12 Jul
1/ [Thread]
Marina Bay
2/ Two months ago, Temasek Holdings joined the Libra Association, the independent, not-for-profit Facebook created to oversee its Libra payment network.
3/ It was added to bring "legitimacy" to the project after Visa, MasterCard, Stripe, PayPal and others backed out.
bit.ly/30uTDvB
Read 74 tweets
17 May
“Top officials in the president’s political orbit say that Thiel has been absent from 2020 discussions, with one proclaiming the famous investor had “ghosted” Team Trump lately.” thedailybeast.com/billionaire-ma…
I wonder if Biden’s ever met Thiel? Or what he thinks of Palantir.
I took it as Thiel was potentially trying to create some space from Trump to endear Palantir to a potential new admin. Surely, he's got data models falling outta his ass about how the next election turns out. He just signed a massive deal w/ the govt. Doubt he wants to lose that.
Read 5 tweets
9 May
“Several security officials with executive branch experience said in interviews Friday that the White House has taken a lax and risky approach that, in their view, reflected Trump’s consistent efforts to minimize the threat from the virus.” washingtonpost.com/politics/trump…
“If he backtracks now, and starts wearing a mask, it will contradict the red meat he’s feeding to his base constantly. This is the first health crisis that has been politicized.”
“Normally the WH would defer to the medical unit on safety. They would defer to the Secret Service on security,” said one former Trump official. “But in this White House, everybody seems to be just doing their own thing.”
Read 7 tweets
7 May
#BradParscale
1/ "Par-scale, like golf and weigh yourself."
2/ Late 2015, Parscale pitches Kushner on Facebook. Kushner hires him. Parscale was never anything more than a hack web designer when he started with Trump.
bit.ly/2WcUVJ7
3/ Parscale says he sold Kushner on the idea of the Trump campaign using Facebook. And then—outta nowhere—Poof! They when the primaries.
Read 22 tweets
26 Apr
1/ Comscore's data deals
2/ Renaissance Technologies, the Long Island hedge fund where Robert Mercer made billions of dollars innovating algorithmic trades, has owned stock in Comscore for the last six years. Four months ago, it bought another 19%.
bit.ly/3bt31Sw
3/ The 2nd yr into that investment—and less than a month before the 2016 US presidential election—Mercer's Cambridge Analytica announced a deal w/ Comscore. It agreed to provide viewer data from 52,000 households for Cambridge to use for political ad buys.
bit.ly/39qNTVc
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21 Apr
“Palan­tir’s busi­ness is be­ing squeezed as corporate customers pare back spend­ing, lead­ing the Silicon Val­ley firm to draw up deep cost cuts and consider push­ing back further its long-awaited initial pub­lic of­fer­ing...” wsj.com/articles/peter…
“In ad­di­tion, some within Palantir are wary of gov­t requests to build de­tailed location-track­ing tools, which go against the lib­er­tar­ian ideals that Thiel pub­licly espouses...”
“The prod­ucts, which it first began build­ing for the U.K.’s National Health Ser­vice, have since been rolled out in more than a dozen coun­tries out­side the U.S., in­clud­ing Greece and some German states.”
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17 Apr
“News Corp operates like a political party, working closely with rightwing politicians to influence policy and elections and to destroy politicians who won’t agree to a partnership with the Murdochs...” amp.theguardian.com/australia-news…
“The journalist who leaked the book, A Bigger Picture, before its Monday release is the Australian’s national affairs editor, Simon Benson, who is identified by Turnbull as a key player in a secret alliance between Murdoch and the right wing of Australia’s Coalition government.”
“Turnbull says he discussed the “vicious personal partisanship” of the Australian and Sky News with Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch many times but they minimised it by claiming the outlets were not influential because they had small audiences.”
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10 Apr
Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia—son of late SCOTUS Justice Antonin Scalia—has "expressed concerns about unemployment insurance being too generous & used his department’s authority...to limit who qualifies for joblessness assistance..."
washingtonpost.com/business/2020/…
“The Labor Department chose the narrowest possible definition of who qualifies for pandemic unemployment assistance,” said Andrew Stettner, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation who has spent two decades working on unemployment programs.
It's almost like he wants it to happen.
“You could have massive civil unrest if these systems cannot get checks out the door. We’re talking about 20% unemployment, maybe even more,” Lindsey Graham said. “The application process is a nightmare. The state systems are failing.”
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9 Apr
“...most prominent targets are Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX), a freshman in a Houston-area district where the super PAC is planning to spend $3.1 million, and Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-N.Y.), whose Upstate NY district is targeted for $2.2M of fall spending.” washingtonpost.com/powerpost/eyei…
“The group is also making multimillion-dollar reservations in Philadelphia, where $6.5 million in spending could target Democratic Reps. Andy Kim (N.J.) and Susan Wild (Pa.) and protect Republican Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.) and Jeff Van Drew (N.J.)...
... as well as in Minneapolis, where $3.3 million could be spent against Minnesota Democratic Reps. Angie Craig, Collin C. Peterson and Dean Phillips.”
Read 4 tweets
8 Apr
“Virgin Islands AG Denise N. Rogers declared in court filings Tuesday that she is at an impasse w/ the estate of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein & asked that a Superior Court judge intervene & end the protection of the late sex offender’s associates.” amp.miamiherald.com/news/state/flo…
“...the Epstein estate and the AG have been negotiating a deal to have the liens lifted in exchange for trade-offs. These included: the appointment of Marci Hamilton, a noted advocate for victims of child sex-abuse, to the administration of the compensation fund;...
“...the setting aside of $50 million for victims who might opt out of the voluntary compensation fund to pursue separate litigation; and a pledge that no victim would have to release claims against a third party in exchange for receiving compensation.”
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6 Apr
"Approaching bankruptcy, Detroit disbanded most of its public health dept. & handed responsibilities to a private nonprofit. When the department reopened in 2014...its per capita budget was a fraction of other big cities’, to serve a needier population."
apnews.com/9960d22817a640…
“It was just chop, chop, chop,” Canady said. By the time she left in 2014, all the health educators, who teach people how to prevent disease, were gone.
"...the budget for the CDC...fell by 10% between fiscal year 2010-2019 after adjusting for inflation..."

"...federal funding to help state & local officials prepare for emergencies such as the coronavirus outbreak has fallen — from about $1B after 9/11 to under $650M last yr.
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