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Friday, August 17, 2018

Trump Ally Made Suspect Money Transfers To Hack Hillary Emails

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

Peter Smith, a GOP operative, tried to obtain Hillary Clinton’s emails from believed to be Russian hackers during the 2016 campaign, according to a Wall Street Journal reportpublished in June 2017. This finding was especially significant because Smith appeared to have ties to Michael Flynn, an adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump who briefly became national security adviser.

While this thread in the Russia investigation has largely remained dormant since the initial reports, a new article from BuzzFeed on Friday breathed new life into the potentially crucial story. According to the report, Smith made “suspicious” money transfers in his effort to secure the emails:

Just a day after he finished a report suggesting he was working with Trump campaign officials, for example, he transferred $9,500 from an account he had set up to fund the email project to his personal account, later taking out more than $4,900 in cash.



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Facebook Shuts Down Suspected Russian Influence Network

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

Facebook has removed a network of accounts and pages it suspects were run by a Russian group, the company told lawmakers Tuesday.

As CNN reports, Facebook said more that 30 pages were removed, including at least one promoting a fake “Unite the Right” counter protest. “There was also an effort to amplify the ‘Abolish ICE’ message pushed by liberals,” CNN reports.

Facebook said the site “found evidence of some connections between these accounts” and those that created content to influence the 2016 presidential elections. “We know that Russians and other bad actors are going to continue to try to abuse our platform — before the midterms, probably during the midterms, after the midterms, and around other events and elections,” Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy Nathaniel Gleicher said earlier this month.…

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Trump Tariffs Impose $350M ‘Tax’ On Your Beer

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

 

Trump’s reckless choice to single-handedly launch an international trade war is about to make your beer more expensive.

According to an analysis by the Beer Institute, Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum will increase the annual cost of beer production in the U.S. by $347.7 million per year.

Those extra costs are very likely to be passed on to consumers — and beer producers accuse Trump of effectively imposing a new “tax” on beer.

“These tariffs on aluminum and on steel, we estimate, amount to a $350 million-dollar tax on beer brewers in the United States,” Beer Institute President and CEO Jim McGreevy noted Monday on MSNBC.…

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