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Friday, July 20, 2018

US Conservatives Linked To Major Fake News Site With Suspected Russian Ties

Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters.

 

major report from BuzzFeed News notes that Macedonian authorities, with the assistance of the FBI, are investigating multiple people in Macedonia involved with creating fake news sites, including an attorney who created one of the country’s first fake news sites, usapoliticstoday.com. The authorities are also looking into whether the attorney has any connections to the Russian government.

Here are some notable findings from the report and some context to them:

  • Investigators are examining whether Anna Bogacheva, a Russian official who was recently indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller for involvement in Russian interference during the 2016 election, was involved in creating the Macedonian sites.


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DHS Secretary Echoes Trump’s ‘Both Sides’ Gaffe On Charlottesville Violence

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

By David Badash / The New Civil Rights 

 

In a stunning interview, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen falsely suggests there are two sides to violent white supremacy, and is advocating for a “both sides” approach.

Just a few weeks before the one-year anniversary of the deadly “Unite the Right” rally of neo-Nazis, white supremacists, white nationalists, and other members of the dangerous “alt-right,” one of the top people in the federal government whose job it is to secure the “homeland” is protecting the very people who are attacking those who live here.

“I think what’s important about that conversation is, it’s not that one side is right, one side is wrong,” Secretary Nielsen told NBC News’ Peter Alexander Thursday afternoon, when asked specifically about the August 2017 Charlottesville rally that left one woman, Heather Heyer, dead.…

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Who Applauded Trump’s Helsinki Show? Neo-Nazi David Duke

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

 

Trump’s disastrous summit with Vladimir Putin has been panned by most Americans, but avowed racist and former Klansman David Duke is sticking up for his president.

In response to Trump siding with Putin over American law enforcement agencies like the FBI, he has even been criticized by some on Fox News and within the Republican Party.

Of course, both remain firmly in Trump’s corner, and in the case of congressional Republicans, they have made no substantive efforts to punish or condemn his un-American behavior.

By contrast, longtime hatemonger Duke is firmly in Trump’s corner, highlighting the type of person most drawn to Trump’s presidency.…

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