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Facebook Let Russia Target African Americans. Now the NAACP Is Calling for a Boycott.

Good article...

On Tuesday, the NAACP launched a weeklong boycott of Facebook in response to two congressionally commissioned reports that illustrate how Russian trolls on the platform not only targeted people of color, but made stoking racial tensions one of their top priorities.

“Facebook’s engagement with partisan firms, its targeting of political opponents, the spread of misinformation and the utilization of Facebook for propaganda promoting disingenuous portrayals of the African American community is reprehensible,” NAACP president and CEO Derrick Johnson said in a statement. The organization also announced Monday it had returned a recent donation from the company.

read more at https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/12/russia-facebook-naacp-boycott/

After Propaganda, Conservative News Was the Most Popular Content Pushed by Russian Trolls

I think most here already knew this, but here are the entities...

The only bone I have to pick with the article is that there is a difference between propaganda and conservative 'news'.

read more at https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/12/russia-internet-research-agency-conservative-news/

This is not new, but no one seems to be able to answer this question about Giuliani

Did Rudy Giuliani register under FARA for his lobbying work for Turkey, before and after the election? Also Romania, Ukraine, Qatar, Columbia, Brazil and even Iran. It seems to me he's taking money from every tin-pot dictator in the world.


I really want to see this guy in a cell.

Aide from Trump's transition team charged today

Bijan Kian (Rafiekian) was charged today with illegally lobbying for Turkey. There are a couple of threads active on this sory, but nothing I've seen points out that this guy was an aide to Trump's transition team.



Edit* I guess he was just fetching coffee for the boys at Director of National Intelligence.

"Alexa, Drop a Bomb": Amazon Wants in on US Warfare

Amazon is seeking to build a global “brain” for the Pentagon called JEDI, a weapon of unprecedented surveillance and killing power, a profoundly aggressive weapon that should not be allowed to be created.

Amazon has built a vast, globally distributed data storage capacity and sophisticated artificial intelligence programs to propel its retail business that it hopes to use to win a $10 billion Pentagon contract to create the aforementioned “brain” that goes by the project name Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, a moniker obviously concocted to yield the Star Wars acronym — JEDI.

As of the October 12, 2018, deadline for submitting proposals for JEDI, Amazon is the betting favorite for the contract, which will go to just one bidder, in spite of protests by competitors, chief among them Microsoft and IBM. The Pentagon appears likely to select a winner for the contract in 2019.

We must confront capitalism or we will perish as a species. Hyperbolic? I don't believe so.

read more at https://truthout.org/articles/alexa-drop-a-bomb-amazon-wants-in-on-us-warfare/

Examining Exit Polls: How 2006 compared to 2018

Linking this story from DK as it has some interesting breakdowns on exit polls...


A section I found particularly interesting...
Religion in American Politics is really White Evangelical vs. Not

We use language to describe religion in politics casting those who are religious in broad terms as opposed to those who are not religious. However, these exit polls help to shed light on why we need to be more specific. While it was true in both 2006 and 2018 that those who attend religious services weekly are far more likely to vote Republican than those who never attend religious services, the most notable divide is white evangelical Christians versus everyone else. White evangelical Christians made up nearly the same amount of the electorate in both elections (24% vs 26%), yet the demographic got even more conservative. In 2006, this group voted for Republicans 70-28, while in 2018 it voted for Republicans 75-22, an eleven point shift in margin. Meanwhile, the category of “not white evangelical” got even bluer, from 60-38 D in 2006 to 66-32 D in 2018. Put next to each other, it might be the most clear way to define the country: one quarter of the country votes for Republicans 75-25 while the remaining three quarters of the country votes for Democrats 66-34. That result is enough to produce a healthy Dem win, but even in good GOP years, there is still a huge divide between these two groups, which is simply fascinating. Put more plainly, it’s a divide that doesn’t get talked about enough and it dwarfs all other religious divides in American politics.

White people got more Republican, but there’s also less of them

Young people are now even more Democratic leaning than they were in 2006

The electorate was more liberal- but also more conservative

Your views on the (current) President increasingly determined your vote for President
*my clarification

A lot of people were willing to ignore a good economy to punish the President’s party

Education is now a defining divide in American politics

The gender gap was bigger


The 2018 Midterm revealed many of the faultlines that our current politics are going to be fought along in the years going forward. Any of these trends can be interpreted as important but if I had to single out two as most important, I’d likely go with education and partisanship. Education is rather obvious because it has huge implications for the political map: urban/suburban communities and educated states/jurisdictions are moving towards Democrats, while rural areas and states/jurisdictions with low levels of education are moving towards Republicans. That vicious partition has real consequences for the way parties act both moving forward but also in the present, like how Wisconsin State House Speaker Robin Vos (R) seemed to believe that Milwaukee and Madison are not legitimate or meaningful communities since they overwhelmingly vote for Democrats in a recent comment. That type of rhetoric is likely to be amplified in the coming years as these divides continue to cement themselves. As for partisanship, it helps to explain what we’re seeing in the Senate and the House and helps to set expectations moving forward. Most notably, the days of Senate elections like 2008, where Democrats easily won races in South Dakota, Louisiana, and Arkansas despite losing decisively in those states at the presidential level, are long gone. Finally, I want to note that the point about the economy has important ramifications for 2020 and is not good news for President Trump, but that is a post for another day. For now, I hope I provided interesting enough data and analysis and I will see you again soon.

Rudy tries to clean up his 'nobody got killed' statement

On second thought…

Rudy Giuliani put his foot in his mouth this week when he told The Daily Beast that Michael Cohen’s crimes were, frankly, no big deal. “Nobody got killed, nobody got robbed… This was not a big crime,” he told the Beast in an interview on Wednesday.

On Friday, President Trump’s personal lawyer offered a “CORRECTION.”

CORRECTION: I didn’t say payments were not a big crime. I have said consistently that the Daniels and McDougall payments are not crimes and tweeted a great article yesterday making that point . If it isn’t a witch-hunt why are they pursuing a non-crime.

— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) December 14, 2018


Zinke used Thanksgiving to sneak a Koch adviser and party loyalist into key public information role

Of the people, by the people and for the people?

The secretary gave control of incoming Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to former Koch Industries adviser and longtime Zinke consigliere Dan Jorjani in an order dated November 20 but first uncovered Monday afternoon by the Center for Biological Diversity.

As Zinke’s management of the department drew scandalous scrutiny — like so many other Trump cabinet secretaries, Zinke appears to play fast and loose with ethics rules governing travel costs — Jorjani wrote to a colleague that Interior staffers’ primary responsibility is to protect Zinke from negative press. He will now be the central gatekeeper of the agency’s documents when journalists, watchdogs, and other citizens seek insight into the conduct of their government.

read more at https://thinkprogress.org/zinke-interior-koch-public-information-22c3baada9d6/

"I'm probably the most ethical person you ever met." - Rudy Giuliani

Don't break your computer screen DUers. Yeah, he actually said it.

President Donald Trump’s personal attorney was referred to as the leader of a “high-level U.S. delegation” by Bahrain’s state-run news agency on Tuesday, though Giuliani met with the country’s king as a representative of his personal business, not the United States. The New York Times flagged the meeting Wednesday.

Giuliani stressed in an interview with the paper that he made no representations on behalf of the United States, and that he makes clear in consulting contracts that he will not lobby the U.S. government. He was in Bahrain to pursue a consulting contract, the Times reported.

“I’m probably the most ethical person you ever met,” Giuliani told the Times. “I follow all the rules. I have no desire to trade on anything.”

He added: “I can guarantee you, whether they think the picture is valuable, there is nothing I’m going to do to help them other than what they pay me for.”

Now I have to clean up all the vomit from my keyboard...

read more at https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/bahrain-king-rudy-giuliani-meeting

After Slur Accusation, AOC Shoots Back: Conway's 'Engaged In A War On Facts'

The battle’s on.

After Kellyanne Conway accused Rep.-Elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — without mentioning her name — of tweeting a “slur” about White House chief of staff John Kelly and diminishing her intelligence on Fox News Tuesday, the soon-to-be congresswoman shot back, suggesting Conway has been “engaged in a war on facts” since President Trump took office.

Kellyanne Conway has been engaged in a War on Facts since Inauguration Day.

Leveraging those who belittle my capacity is exactly how I defeated a multi-generation, multi-million $ political machine. GOP is even weaker bc their bias has no self-control.https://t.co/QHA66XqInY

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) December 12, 2018

After Trump announced that Kelly would be leaving the White House at the end of the year, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that Kelly still owes an apology to Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL), whom he disparaged earlier this year. She called Kelly’s actions “cowardice,” which Conway interpreted as a slur before she suggested that Ocasio-Cortez “doesn’t seem to know much about anything.”

read at https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/ocasio-cortez-kellyanne-war-facts
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