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Kylie Brakeman

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Are you on Twitter? OK, but have you been on Twitter anytime during the past four or five years? You must have noticed the legions of Trump supporters whose style, avatars, and self-descriptions seem...redundant. As if they were pseuds, not people, cooked up by an Internet bucket-shop somewhere in Russia and dispatched here to simulate politically useful categories of human: suburban women, disgruntled Democrats, alienated people of color, patriotic veterans...

If this sounds eerily familiar, watch Kylie Brakeman -- comedian, comedy writer, and improv actor -- instantaneously and exhaustingly reproduce the panoply of Trump social media identities in well under a minute.

Or as she put it, "this is every trump bot account." She's hilarious and dead on. Just hit play.



Michael Flynn

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Reprinted with permission from Alternet

President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced a "full pardon" for his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, a key figure from the start of Russia investigation and the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Flynn had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 presidential transition. The reason for his lying was never fully explained. He also admitted to working as an unregistered foreign agent for Turkey while serving on the Trump campaign, work that included publishing a ghost-written op-ed in The Hill that argued for extraditing an American resident who is seen as an enemy of the Turkish government. After admitting to his crimes, Flynn attempted to recant and withdraw his guilty plea, an issue which had yet to be resolved by the courts.

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