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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Senate Probers Say Russians Could Alter Voter Files In 2016

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

The Senate Intelligence Committee revealed Tuesday that Russian hackers — who are known to have penetrated at the electronic election systems of at least 18 states — were in a position to “alter or delete” voter registration data ahead of the 2016 election at least some states.

The report, released Tuesday night, does not say which states were vulnerable to this kind of manipulation; it only says that it occurred in a “small number of states.” And while it says that the hackers were “in a position” to carry out this tampering, it doesn’t say if there’s evidence that any registration files were altered.



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Rudy Giuliani Keeps Racking Up Potential Felony Charges Against Client Trump

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.com.

It was a head-scratcher when Rudy Giuliani was announced as  Trump’s new top defense attorney just a few weeks ago, while the White House struggles to contain mounting legal woes.

As a lawyer, Giuliani hadn’t practiced inside a courtroom in nearly three decades, and his background was as a prosecutor, not a defense attorney.

Turns out the skeptics were right.

It’s been two days since Giuliani’s scattershot interview on Fox News — where he conceded Trump paid back his attorney Michael Cohen for the $130,000 hush-money payment to Stormy Daniels in 2016 — and the White House is still reeling.…

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In The High Plains, Mutual Aid Saves Ranchers From Merciless Wildfires

Another spring, another season of catastrophic wildfires in the high plains. This year it was Oklahoma, where wind-driven flames consumed over 350,000 acres of pasture, killing thousands of cows, destroying barns, homes and fences. New York Times reporter Mitch Smith described the scene around Vici, OK (pop. 699), a ranching community in the western part of the state.
“The fire’s timing was especially cruel,” Smith explained. “coming in the midst of an extreme drought. Dead cows appear along roadsides, hooves pointed to the sky. Driveways lead to piles of rubble. When the wind blows, it smells a bit like a campfire.”
Last year it was Medicine Lodge, Kansas—400,000 acres ruined, an area larger than metropolitan New York and Chicago combined—and the largest prairie wildfire in Kansas history.

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