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Russian hackers tried to ‘disrupt’ presidential election in Dallas

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Russian hackers attempted to break into voter rolls in Dallas ahead of the presidential election but were unable to breach the computer system.

Elections officials in Dallas County, Texas, said hackers could have wreaked havoc on Election Day if they’d been able to manipulate or delete the database of 1.3 million registered voters, reported the Dallas News.

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security alerted local elections offices in October to look out for around 600 suspicious Internet Protocol addresses possibly linked to Russian hackers, county officials said.

The county found 17 of those IP addresses had tried to gain access to its servers, officials said, and federal authorities confirmed that at least some of those suspicious users were linked to Russia.

The number of unsuccessful attempts suggests the hackers “expected to disrupt” the county’s voting process, said Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price.

“If you disrupt the voter file, then when people are trying to validate at the polls, you got mass confusion,” Price said.

Russian hackers reportedly attempted to break into electoral systems in at least 39 states, a much more extensive attempt at interference than previously known.

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It’s not clear whether Russian hackers tried to break into elections systems in other Texas counties.


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Colbert names Trump’s siege on DC the ‘Tinyman Square’ incident

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It wasn't quite Tiananmen Square, where a still-unknown number of Chinese protesters were murdered by the government in 1989, but it was the closest thing President Donald Trump managed to score this week.

After watching the footage of the military tear gas, beat and shoot at protesters so Trump could march from the presidential bunker to St. John's Church for the cameras.

"It was like Tiananmen Square," Colbert deemed. "Except, in Trump's case, Tinyman Square."

Trump claimed on "The Fox & Friends" that no one was tear-gassed, so it's unclear what was stinging people's eyes and making them cough, choke and tear up. The Park Police released a statement saying it wasn't tear gas. While the moment was captured on video from dozens of different camera angles, one protester actually grabbed a canister of Oleoresins Capiscum, or "OC," the gas that was used.

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Vladimir Putin must love watching the US fall apart: columnist

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New Yorker columnist Susan Glasser made the astute observation that if Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted to destabilize the United States with the election of President Donald Trump, he's clearly achieved his objective.

It was reported in March that Russian intelligence services are working to incite violence using white supremacist groups to try and sow racial chaos in the United States ahead of the November election.

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Conservative columnist links all Republicans to the attack on Lafayette Square

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Monday afternoon, President Donald Trump decided to walk across Lafayette Square for a photo-op. To get there, however, it took an outright battle with mounted park police, police covered in body armor and rattled Secret Service members who had just rushed the president to the bunker several nights before. Armed with semi-automatic weapons and military gear, they staged a siege on Lafayette Square against unarmed hippies, woke whites and people of color, again, forced to fight for justice.

Writing for the Washington Post Wednesday, conservative columnist Max Boot attacked Attorney General Bill Barr, who accepted responsibility for demanding that demonstrators be tear-gassed, beaten and shot with rubber bullets. Like Bull Conor ordering fire hoses on students marching in Birmingham, Alabama, Barr's attack on Lafayette Square for a photo-op proved he is willing to do what it takes to stroke the fractured ego of a president forced to cower in a bunker.

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