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Russian ‘Bot’ attacks jump on the Florida school shooting spotlight…

The Russian based  groups are constantly jumping into American and other countries events in an organized and coorinated effort to cause poltiucal friction…

“This is pretty typical for them, to hop on breaking news like this,” said Jonathon Morgan, chief executive of New Knowledge, a company that tracks online disinformation campaigns. “The bots focus on anything that is divisive for Americans. Almost systematically.”

One of the most divisive issues in the nation is how to handle guns, pitting Second Amendment advocates against proponents of gun control. And the messages from these automated accounts, or bots, were designed to widen the divide and make compromise even more difficult.

Any news event — no matter how tragic — has become fodder to spread inflammatory messages in what is believed to be a far-reaching Russian disinformation campaign. The disinformation comes in various forms: conspiracy videos on YouTube, fake interest groups on Facebook, and armies of bot accounts that can hijack a topic or discussion on Twitter.

Those automated Twitter accounts have been closely tracked by researchers. Last year, the Alliance for Securing Democracy, in conjunction with the German Marshall Fund, a public policy research group in Washington, created a website that tracks hundreds of Twitter accounts of human users and suspected bots that they have linked to a Russian influence campaign….

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In the end?…The NRA gets it’s way….

Politico is out witha piece which explains why the National Roiflle Association has been able to keep American l;awmakers from limiting the sale and purchase of handguns, rifles and assault rifles even as people with those guns have been killing people , adults and children  regularly….

It all comes down to something that is known to lawmakers across the nation….

Gun owners tend to be single issue voters….

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Why does the NRA always win, despite the repeated national traumas, and despite poll after poll showing a majority in favor of stronger gun control measures? It’s not the money. It’s because the NRA has built a movement that has convinced its followers that gun ownership is a way of life, central to one’s freedom and safety, that must be defended on a daily basis.

The gun control majority gets worked up only in the days after public mass shootings, even though such events accounted for only 71 of the 38,658annual gun fatalities in 2016. Then the news coverage shifts, political prospects for action diminish, and the majority gravitates to other political matters while guns continue to take lives in suicides, domestic violence incidents, other crimes and accidents every day.

Since the progressive political prism views campaign cash as the scourge of democracy, gun control proponents are quick to blame NRA donations for why Congress seems immune to public opinion. In a powerful speech last week in Florida, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School senior Emma Gonzalez excoriated “politicians who sit in their gilded House and Senate seats funded by the NRA telling us nothing could have been done to prevent this” and added, “To every politician who is taking donations from the NRA, shame on you.”

But it’s a mistake to attribute the NRA’s success entirely to its campaign spending. The dollar amount was considerable in 2016: $54.4 million. But that money was not spent on the entire Congress. Thirty million went to Donald Trump, the rest mainly to six Republican Senate candidates in competitive races, five of whom won. For most members of Congress, the amount of money they get from the NRA is a tiny percentage of their overall hauls. If money were the only reason for their gun rights stances, Michael Bloomberg could offer to double whatever the NRA gives them and flip their votes.

To beat the NRA at its own game, the gun control movement needs to better understand how the NRA has built an army of single-issue voters…..

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Worried…Conservative’s want Trump to pardon his way out of Mueller’s prying….

Wait?

Please reread what I just wrote as a header to this piece….

I took my cue from a Politico piece this morning….

The idea that people want Donald Trump , The President to pardon the guys who are charged with crimes BEFORE there are trials  and to re-pardon ANYBODY that could implicate Donald Trump’s wrong doing is just about the prime definition of ‘obstruction of justice’….

Let’s not beat around the bush here….

These people calling for this want to stop a criminal investigation by any means after and before the crooks and liars are brought to justice….

It HAS come to this….

There is something VERY WRONG with people who by their comments are admitting that a criminal enterprise that might have been at the to of the American government should just be allowed to walk away untouched?

After months of criticizing special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, President Donald Trump’s supporters are issuing increasingly bold calls for presidential pardons to limit the investigation’s impact.

“I think he should be pardoning anybody who’s been indicted and make it clear that anybody else who gets indicted would be pardoned immediately,” said Frederick Fleitz, a former CIA analyst and senior vice president at the conservative Center for Security Policy.

The pleas for mercy mainly extend to the four former Trump aides who have already been swept up in the Russia probe: former campaign manager Paul Manafort, former deputy campaign manager Rick Gates, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos. But they don’t stop there.

“It’s kind of cruel what’s going on right now and the president should put these defendants out of their misery,” said Larry Klayman, a conservative legal activist. “I think he should pardon everybody — and pardon himself.”

But many conservatives note that the new indictment shows no evidence of collusion between Trump associates and the Kremlin. That reinforces their view that Mueller’s real target, if any, should be Russian President Vladimir Putin — not Trump’s circle. “[H]ow long will the leftist witch hunt against @RealDonaldTrump continue,” the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., tweeted hours after the indictment’s release….

Trump’s lawyers and aides insist it’s premature to discuss even the possibility of pardons. “There have been no pardon discussions at the White House,” Ty Cobb, the White House attorney who leads the president’s official response to the Russia investigation,…

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Florida student shooting survivors announce national march against gun violence….

This is will be good to keep the story going…

It won’t change anything….

Republicans and some Democrats in support of keeping their guns and rifles will have comfort that few of those marching can actually vote….

And THAT is how the issue can be changed ….

Five survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida announced plans on Sunday for a nationwide march, as well as a demonstration in Washington to call for legislative action to prevent gun violence.

During a spate of TV appearances Sunday morning, students Jaclyn Corin, Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg, Cameron Kasky and Alex Wind unveiled plans to mobilize students to urge lawmakers to act in response to Wednesday’s fatal shooting in Parkland, Florida, that claimed the lives of 17 of their fellow classmates and school staffers.

“We’re marching because it’s not just schools. It’s movie theaters, it’s concerts, it’s nightclubs,” Wind told NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “This kind of stuff can’t just happen. You know, we are marching for our lives, we’re marching for the 17 lives we lost. And we’re marching for our children’s lives and our children’s children and their children.”

The national demonstration, set to take place March 24, will feature calls for lawmakers to take up legislative remedies to improve mental health and expand regulations on guns, the students said.

“I will not feel safe going back to school myself until reasonable mental health care legislation and gun control legislation is passed,” Hogg told NBC. “Because, at this point, it’s unacceptable.”

The students also issued a warning to lawmakers that continue to receive funding from the National Rifle Association…..

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Israel and Iran could be edging into a armed conflict…..

While America is egaged in Trumpism, and American troops in Syria ihave been in combat against Russian merc’s and Israeli has it’s head of state possibly looking at criminal charges …..

Israel and Iran has be involved with DIRECT combat skirmishes….

Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, attending a security conference with international leaders here in Munich, on Sunday brandished what he said was part of an Iranian drone shot down by Israel and warned that he was ready to go to war if Tehran continued to entrench itself in Syria….

Israel has long warned about the risk of conflict as Iranian forces and their allies, including Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant group, have dug in on Syrian territory and approached the boundary with the Israeli-held portion of the Golan Heights.

Israel has carried out scores of airstrikes in Syria in recent years, focusing largely on what it says are advanced weapons stores or convoys of weapons meant for Hezbollah, and it has also reportedly hit Syrian government facilities involved in weapons development and an Iranian base under construction in Syria.

“I’ve made clear in word and deed that Israel has red lines it will enforce,” Mr. Netanyahu said on Sunday. “Israel will continue to prevent Iran from establishing a permanent military presence in Syria. Israel will continue to act to prevent Iran from establishing another terror base from which to threaten Israel.”

The Munich conference provided Mr. Netanyahu with a timely opportunity to appear on the world stage in his preferred role as Israel’s security czar and chief guardian against Iran, just days after the Israeli police recommended that he be charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two corruption cases….

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Donald Trump continues to try to sell the Russian’s didn’t help him win nonsense…

It won’t work….

His efforts to tarnish the FBI, CIA, NSA and Dept. of Justice (He’s at this since the election) isn’t gonna change the minds of most of the American public and the rest of the world…(his view does stick with his true believers though)

Trying to throw the blame even on President Obama and Hillary Clinton is making him look even more desperate…And the more he mentions this?

The more ingrained in the media and public eye it is gonna be…

I’m sure that Mueller’s people have even MORE proof that Donald Trump got help that Hillary Clinton and the world had know idea to what extent….

The man is lucky this country has no ‘do over’ mechanism…..

President Trump, in a series of angry and defiant tweets on Sunday morning, sought to shift the blame to Democrats for Russia’s virtual war to meddle in the 2016 election, saying that President Barack Obama had not done enough to stop the interference and denying that he had ever suggested that Moscow might not have been involved.

Mr. Trump, who has said little to publicly acknowledge a threat to American democracy that even one of his top aides called “incontrovertible” on Saturday, asserted that the efforts to investigate and combat the Russian meddling had only given the Russians what they wanted, saying that “they are laughing their asses off in Moscow.”

“If it was the GOAL of Russia to create discord, disruption and chaos within the U.S. then, with all of the Committee Hearings, Investigations and Party hatred, they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams,” Mr. Trump wrote.

From his Florida estate, the president has spent the weekend stewing over news coverage of an indictment secured last week against more than a dozen Russians by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel leading an investigation into the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia.

The indictment says that while the Russians began their scheme in 2014 with the goal of undermining the American democratic system, they eventually shifted their focus to trying to help elect Mr. Trump and disparage his opponent, Hillary Clinton.

The president has repeatedly seized on the fact that the efforts started before he became a candidate, but has glossed over the conclusion that they evolved toward supporting his candidacy. The indictment does not assert any wrongdoing by the president or anyone affiliated with him.

In another tweet on Sunday, Mr. Trump, who has tried since the campaign to sow doubts about who was behind the election intrusions, said that he had “never said Russia did not meddle in the election,” quoting a comment he made in a 2016 presidential debate.

“I said ‘it may be Russia, or China or another country or group, or it may be a 400 pound genius sitting in bed and playing with his computer,” Mr. Trump wrote. “The Russian ‘hoax’ was that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia — it never did!”…..

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Mueller and Rosenstein play their cards masterfully…

The Robert Mueller Special Counsel Grand Jury handowns has  grabbed the media spotlight….

They pushed the Florida High School mass shooting out of the top of the news cycle….

The fact that Mueller’s indictments cemented the fact the Russians DID help Trump played great for Trump, who focused JUST on himself….

But the best part politically for Trump was Rob Rosenstein saying that Trump was in the clear from the Grand Jury action…

That accomplices something both Mueller and Rosenstein probably wanted….(seems they know how to play the ‘game’ also, eh?)

Breathing room….

They certainly KNOW that Donald Trump has issues tied to money and other things…

But by saying he’s in the clear now ?

They settled him down….

That and they reminded everyone that they were far from finished and that they certainly have bigger fish to fry…And means they need people to let them continue doing their job….

Question though?

The indictments are against Russians…

Trump likes and defends the Russians…

This was a good / bad thing, eh?

  • We’ve only been reading about [Mueller’s] interviews with Trump associates and White House officials — because these are the folks that Washington reporters talk to.
  • But Mueller has been picking apart complicated, secretive and well-funded Russian networks that could only have originated from the Kremlin.
  • Mueller’s indictments are not the work product of some frivolous fishing expedition to indict Trump, as some of Trump’s conservative allies have claimed….

  • It will now be even harder for Trump to fire Mueller. Capitol Hill already would have gone crazy if Trump tried that. But after Mueller has done such substantive work — even earning the lavish praise of Trump lawyer John Dowd — it’s impossible to imagine Trump getting away with firing him.
  • The fact that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein gave a press conference is significant. It was a major vote of confidence in the Mueller probe: This is Rosenstein saying he’s proud of this work, and fully supports it.
  • It’s also a notable show of independence by Rosenstein — a Heisman to the White House….

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Let’s face it….Donald Trump had help from the Russians…Open Thread for Feb. 18, 2018…

Anybody who believes Donald Trump’s wet dream that he A LONE crafted a win against Hillary Clinton needs to have their head examined…

Robert Mueller’s Grand Jury inducements of 13 Russians for working WQITH the Trump campaign is is the latest, but NOT the solo evidence of the ties to the Trump campaign from Russian interests dead set against Hillary Clinton becoming President….

Trump tweeted another bull shit counter to the idea that his win was  helped by a foreign power….

But he’s NEVER gonna get the feeling off his back that he somehow isn’t legit…

Trump’s lucky that this country doesn’t actually have a fool proof way to get rid of a crooked President…

….for the first time, Americans were shown in granular detail how Russian spies worked to sway the election in Trump’s favor, with everything from social media campaigns and ad buys to the organization of rallies and payments to demonstrators dressing up as Hillary Clinton in a cage….

Trump’s retreat into a defensive crouch was quick, as he posted on Twitter Friday afternoon: “Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President. The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong — no collusion!”

The White House also released a statement from press secretary Sarah Sanders that said there was “NO COLLUSION between the Trump campaign and Russia and that the outcome of the election was not changed or affected.”….

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Mueller isn’t fininished yet…

But by working this the way he HAS?

He give’s himself and Rosenstein a lifeline for now….

Will Rosenstein release ALL of Mueller’s final Report to the public?

The top House Intelligence Committee Democrat has come out  questioning if Donald Trump will seek to quash r from the public some to  all of the findings from the Mueller investigation…..

Mueller’s technical boss is Rob Rosenstein and Rep. Adam Schiff  (D-CA) is afraid that Trump might try to surpress anything negative about himself or information about his financial dealings that has been hidden from the public….

His co-chair on the committtee Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) is an unabashed supporter of Trump and has been continually working to undermine the Mueller investigation…

Earlier inquiries, including by Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr, who began investigating President Bill Clinton’s financial dealings but ultimately ended with a probe of the president’s affair with a White House intern, operated under a 1978 law. That law, which expired in 1999, allowed Starr to be independent of the Justice Department and gave him the authority to decide whether to release findings on his own.

Under current rules, Mueller’s recommendations must go to Rosenstein, who then has the authority to countermand those proposed actions. Mueller is reporting to Rosenstein because Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the probe.

Separate from criminal prosecutions being pursued by Mueller and his team, Schiff said he feared the special counsel’s office may have information “that we don’t have and we’ll be in possession of information that Bob Mueller may not have. The public should get all that information” pertaining to Russian involvement in the 2016 elections.

The House Intelligence Committee is one of three congressional panels investigating Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

Schiff also said he continues to worry that Trump may fire Rosenstein, and anyone who replaces him could end up restricting Mueller’s probe and how the findings can be made public….

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FBI didn’t follow protocol after tip about Florida High School shooting suspect….

The Trump supporters are gonna jump on this hard….

So will the media and families of those harmed in the Florida mass shooting….

The FBI has released a statement saying it did not follow protocol after receiving a tip in January on its public access line about Nikolas Cruz, who is suspected of killing 17 people at a South Florida high school:

“The caller provided information about Cruz’s gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting. Under established protocols, the information provided by the caller should have been assessed as a potential threat to life. The information then should have been forwarded to the FBI Miami field office, where appropriate investigative steps would have been taken.”

Mueller Grand Jury charges 13 Russians with conspiracy in connection with the 2016 Presidential Election…

There goes Donald Trump’s lame line that the Russian’s did NOT interfere  to him get elected….

It appears that Mueller & Co. are working grand juries to systematically probe the facts and take the legs out from Donald Trump and his Presidency….

I wonder if Trump received any of the money?

The office of special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday announced indictments against 13 Russian nationals and a trio of Russian entities on charges related to the Kremlin’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

Charges in the indictment include conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. The indictment alleges that some of the defendants were in communication with President Donald Trump’s campaign. The president has denied accusations that his campaign colluded in any way with the Russian government.

“Some defendants, posing as U.S. persons and without revealing their Russian association, communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump Campaign and with other political activists to seek to coordinate political activities,” the indictment said….

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Somewhere Hillary Clinton could be shaking her head and saying ‘life ain’t fair’….

Donald Trump gets a slapback form Mueller’s people…

One of many to come….

Is Donald Trump A Traitor?

A To The Point question that many do NOT want broght up in lieu of the Robert Mueller investigation of all things Trump….

…from the Intercept…..

I FIND IT hard to write about Donald Trump.

It is not that he is a complicated subject. Quite the opposite. It is that everything about him is so painfully obvious. He is a low-rent racist, a shameless misogynist, and an unbalanced narcissist. He is an unrelenting liar and a two-bit white identity demagogue. Lest anyone forget these things, he goes out of his way each day to remind us of them.

At the end of the day, he is certain to be left in the dustbin of history, alongside Father Coughlin and Gen. Edwin Walker. (Exactly – you don’t remember them, either.)

What more can I add?

Unfortunately, another word also describes him: president. The fact that such an unstable egomaniac occupies the White House is the greatest threat to the national security of the United States in modern history.

Which brings me to the only question about Donald Trump that I find really interesting: Is he a traitor?

Did he gain the presidency through collusion with Russian President Vladimir Putin?

One year after Trump took office, it is still unclear whether the president of the United States is an agent of a foreign power. Just step back and think about that for a moment.

The fact that such an unstable egomaniac occupies the White House is the greatest threat to U.S. national security in modern history.

His 2016 campaign is the subject of an ongoing federal inquiry that could determine whether Trump or people around him worked with Moscow to take control of the U.S. government. Americans must now live with the uncertainty of not knowing whether the president has the best interests of the United States or those of the Russian Federation at heart…..

U.S. law – 18 U.S. Code § 2381 – states that “[w]hoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere” is guilty of treason. …

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Note from the PDog….

The above linked piece gives an extensive lay out of information from an intelligence point of view of the extensive Russian program to throw the 2016 election AWAY from Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump….

The Russian effort WAS a success….

The effort to tie Trump to it from my read is NOT anything close to slam duck that would be needed to actually PROVE Trump participated in a treasonable way….Trump HAS tried to deny that the Russian’s did what we KNOW they did…That is NOT a crime…To stop the investigations would be for 99% of anyone the DOJ was going after…But the President of the United States gets a get out of jail free pass unlkike any other place…

It is my view that Robert Mueller’s best case against Donald Trump is going to be along the financial path….It has not been floated….But Mueller probably COULD charge Trump with financial indiscretions Civilly…..