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Two former CIA officials: Russia could not have micro-targeted US voters without assistance

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Former CIA Director Michael Hayden and former CIA official Michael Morell on Wednesday said Russia would have required assistance in order to micro-target U.S. voter districts, Bloomberg News reports.

“It is not intuitively obvious that they could have done this themselves,” Hayden said.

“They do not have the analytic capability to do that themselves,” Morell agreed.

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Their assessments come one day after CNN reported Russia operatives used ads that specifically targeted voters in Michigan and Wisconsin, two states that were instrumental to Donald Trump’s win in 2016.

The ads were emblematic of Russia’s highly sophisticated micro-targeting operation that allowed hackers to zero in on pivotal demographics in the United States.

Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and vice chairman Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), who are leading one of several investigations into Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election, largely endorsed the intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia sought to sway the outcome.

“There needs to be a more aggressive whole-of-government approach in terms of protecting our electoral system,” Warner said during a press conference Wednesday. “Remember, to make a change even in a national election doesn’t require penetration into 50 states.”

“You could pick two or three states in two or three jurisdictions and alter an election,” Warner explained.

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‘I’m entitled’: Kayleigh McEnany defends her 11 mail-in votes while calling it ‘fraud’ for the masses

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White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Thursday faced questions from Fox News about why she had voted by mail 11 times even though President Donald Trump has called absentee ballots a "scam."

McEnany was asked about her voting history after the Tampa Bay Times reported that she had used mail-in voting nearly a dozen times in recent years.

"So why is it OK for you to do it?" Fox News host Ed Henry asked McEnany. "I understand you are traveling, you're in a different city. But how can you really be assured that your votes were counted accurately but when other people do it, it's fraud."

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‘They want their civil war’: Far-right ‘boogaloo’ militants have embedded themselves in the George Floyd protests in Minneapolis

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Young, white men dressed in Hawaiian-style print shirts and body armor, and carrying high-powered rifles have been a notable feature at state capitols, lending an edgy and even sometimes insurrectionary tone to gatherings of conservatives angered by restrictions on businesses and church gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic.

Just as many states are reopening their economies — and taking the wind out of the conservative protests — the boogaloo movement found a new galvanizing cause: the protests in Minneapolis against the police killing of George Floyd.

A new iteration of the militia movement, boogaloo was born out of internet forums for gun enthusiasts that repurposed the 1984 movie Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo as a code for a second civil war, and then modified it into phrases like “big luau” to create an insular community for those in on the joke, with Hawaiian-style shirts functioning as an in-real-life identifier. Boogaloo gained currency as an internet meme over the summer of 2019, when it was adopted by white supremacists in the accelerationist tendency. In January, the movement made the leap from the internet to the streets when a group boogaloo-ers showed up at the Second Amendment rally in Richmond, Va.

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WATCH: Man holds black DoorDash driver at gunpoint for delivering food to an Arizona apartment complex

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A man in Mesa, Arizona, is facing assault and weapons charges after he allegedly held a delivery driver at gunpoint this Sunday, 12News reports.

Police say Valentino Tejeda pulled a gun on 24-year-old Dimitri Mills in the parking lot of Tejeda's apartment complex, and when Mills and his girlfriend tried to explain they were making a food delivery to a neighbor, Tejeda still insisted that Mills, who is black, was somehow a threat.

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