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Thursday, November 23, 2017
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These Russian Oligarchs Are Making Donald Trump Rich

During the many government investigations into whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government during the 2016 presidential elections, President Donald Trump has insisted he doesn’t have business dealings with Russia.

November 19, 2017
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Alleged Russian Gangster Met With Don Jr.

Allegations of collusion continued to pile up against Donald Trump Jr. this week, with the New York Times reporting Friday that the first son went to a May 2016 dinner attended by a top Russian official who was trying to set up a covert meeting with the campaign.

November 19, 2017
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Jared Kushner Isn’t Cooperating With Senators On Russia

The President’s son-in-law and trusted adviser Jared Kushner failed to provide Senate investigators with emails he was forwarded about WikiLeaks and an invitation to contact Russia through a “backdoor,” two senior lawmakers claim.

November 18, 2017
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Report: Trump Earned Millions In Panama Deals With Mob Ties

Robert Mueller has some new material to work with as he continues his investigation of the Trump administration’s ties to Russia. A new report shows that for 10 years, a Trump property in Panama City collected millions of dollars from the Russian mafia and Colombian drug cartels.

November 18, 2017

Donald Trump’s Strange Bro-mances With Duterte And Putin

Duterte, a self-styled “toughie” who boasts of personally killing many people and who likes to compare himself to Satan, has been on a murderous rampage since his election last year. In the name of eliminating drugs, he has unleashed a massive military assault across the country, not merely targeting dealers, but also anyone using drugs.

November 17, 2017
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Mueller Has Subpoenaed Documents Relating To Russia From The Trump Campaign: Report

The Wall Street Journal reports that a source has confirmed investigators under special counsel Robert Mueller subpoenaed the 2016 campaign of then-candidate Donald Trump for documents containing Russia-related keywords.

November 17, 2017

Go Ahead, Republicans. Investigate Hillary. Again.

Whenever the legal walls start closing in on Donald Trump, the president releases a bad rabbit on the political field, a creature invisible to all but the haters of Hillary Clinton. The most recent example is his attorney general’s call to “evaluate certain issues” regarding the sale of a majority stake in Uranium One and the Clinton Foundation.

November 16, 2017
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Is Fox News Running The Trump Justice Department?

“I don’t want to be Chicken Little, but, you know what, this is what happens in authoritarian countries like Turkey and Russia, that when a party takes power, they start criminally investigating their opponents,” CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin warned this morning.

November 15, 2017
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Top Senate Democrat Wants Donald Jr To Testify In Public

Not only does Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) want President Donald Trump’s son Don Jr. to testify, he wants the testimony to be public. During a discussion about who needed to be interviewed, Warner checked off two big names.

November 14, 2017

A Trove Of Leaked Documents Reveal How The Wealthy Stash Their Cash Overseas

“Here we are again with another leak and new revelations,” says Süddeutsche Zeitung correspondent Frederik Obermaier, one of the two reporters who received the Paradise Papers from an anonymous source. The leaks detail the massive sums of money parked in some 25,000 companies headquartered for tax reasons…

November 8, 2017
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Russians And Right-Wing Revive Pizzagate Fraud

A prominent fake news website whose Facebook page has been verified by Facebook and which has been accused by experts of being a Russian proxy has revived the debunked fake news conspiracy theory known as “Pizzagate” in a new article. The article has also been promoted by Michael Flynn Jr.

November 8, 2017
Russia

Donald Trump Jr. Hinted At Aid For Russian Lawyer

The Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. to provide political dirt on Democrats during the 2016 election said the president’s son offered a change in U.S. law “if we come to power”—but the Trump team promptly lost interest when the lawyer could not provide information incriminating Hillary Clinton.

November 8, 2017

Federal Judge Calls Indicted Trump Campaign Official Paul Manafort ‘Significant’ Flight Risk

A federal judge said Monday that President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman and another senior campaign aide posed “significant flight risks” a week after they were indicted on charges of fraud, money laundering and conspiracy that emerged from the special counsel investigation.

November 8, 2017

Report: Mueller Has Gathered Enough Evidence To Charge Michael Flynn And Son In Russia Probe

Federal investigators have gathered enough evidence to bring charges in their investigation of President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser and his son as part of the probe into Russia’s intervention in the 2016 election, according to multiple sources familiar with the investigation.

November 6, 2017
Trump, Putin

Russian Threat More Dangerous Than Overt Terrorism

Earlier this week, an Uzbek national named Sayfullo Saipov, apparently unhappy with his life here and radicalized by watching Islamic State group videos, allegedly plowed a rental truck into a busy bike path in Manhattan, mowing down as many cyclists and pedestrians as he could, killing eight and injuring at least a dozen more.

November 5, 2017
U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump's senior campaign adviser Paul Manafort (L) answers a question from a reporter as he walked into a reception with former Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, (C), at the Republican National Committee Spring Meeting at the Diplomat Resort in Hollywood, Florida, April 21, 2016. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

The Best Reporting On Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, And, Of Course, George Papadopoulos

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, his protégé Rick Gates and the less well-known Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos have all faced scrutiny before Monday. Here are our favorite stories on them.

November 5, 2017
Russia

Russian Propagandists Took A Page Out Of America’s Racist Political Playbook

By now, it’s common knowledge that Russian companies bought more than 3,000 ads on Facebook, along with countless posts across other platforms. Many, though certainly not all, of those ads featured racist and anti-immigrant messages. It’s impossible to quantify the impact those messages had on vote tallies.

November 5, 2017
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House Republicans Target Bob Mueller, FBI With Fox News’ Uranium One Smear

Taking their cues from Fox News host Sean Hannity, three Republican congressmen introduced a resolution in the House demanding special counsel Robert Mueller step down from his role of investigating possible collusion between associates of President Donald Trump and agents of the Russian government.

November 4, 2017
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Franken Rips Facebook Exec Over Russian Ad Buys

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) asked Facebook vice president and general counsel Colin Stretch how it was possible not to notice Russia’s political advertising purchases made with a foreign currency. “How did Facebook, which prides itself in connecting data points, somehow not make the connection that electoral ads paid for in rubles were coming from Russia?” Franken asked Stretch.

November 2, 2017
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6 Aspects Of Mueller’s Probe That Will Shake Trump’s White House

Despite denials by the White House and dismissive right-wing media coverage, special counsel Robert Mueller’s opening salvo—the indictments and a guilty plea—has stunned Washington for its aggressiveness, legal positioning and comprehensive strategy that suggests the Trump campaign and White House’s problems will only deepen.

November 2, 2017
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US Fake News Sites Transmit Russian Propaganda

On October 17, the Russian publication RBC published a report on the Internet Research Agency, a Russian firm tied to the Kremlin, and how it impacted the 2016 election via social media platforms. Included in that report were the usernames of multiple Twitter accounts that these operatives used, the most prominent being @TEN_GOP.

November 1, 2017

Pat Robertson: Trump Must Shut Down Mueller Probe

Pat Robertson, the 700 Club host who once suggested gay men living with HIV try to infect others through handshakes, went on a rambling monologue in defense of President Donald Trump that suggested he shut down investigations into the Russia scandal and dismiss special prosecutor Bob Mueller.

November 1, 2017
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Carter Page Says He’s “Probably” On Russia Emails With Guilty Trump Aide

Host Chris Hayes could hardly believe his ears as Carter Page, a controversial former campaign aide to President Donald Trump, admitted during an MSNBC interview that he’s “probably” on multiple email chains about Russia with George Papadopoulos, who pled guilty after lying to the FBI.

November 1, 2017