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White supremacists are the big winners of bitcoin’s epic rally

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The cryptocurrency bitcoin rose over 1,400 percent after surging on Thursday above $17,000. And, according to Mic, that epic rally could wind up benefiting a group who’s otherwise faced a rough year in the web currency sector: Neo-Nazis.

In August, Apple Pay, PayPal and GoFundMe joined a chorus of tech companies cutting off known white supremacists after the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA. But bitcoin, which allows anonymous users to move currency, remains a viable avenue for neo-Nazis to transfer money without working through centralized banks. Richard Spencer once even referred to bitcoin as the “currency of the alt-right.”

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And, according to Mic, as the bitcoin price grows, so do their wallets.
To investigate bitcoin use among white supremacists, Mic analyzed the transactions revealed by the bot Twitter account @NeonaziWallets, “an automated feed of bitcoin transactions involving suspected neo-Nazi or alt-right extremist wallets.” The bot is able to gather information on suspected alt-righters because in order to accept donations, organizations and users have to publicize their bitcoin addresses.

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“The disadvantage [for neo-Nazis] is that I can see their transactions, I can see when they’re spending money, and given effort and investment of time, I could figure out who is donating to them also,” John Bambenek, the bot’s creator, told Mic.

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White supremacists have a vested interest in using the anonymous cryptocurrency, given the swift backlash from other companies following the Charlottesville rally. But with no end in sight for bitcoin’s meteoric rise, the resulting pile of cash will no-doubt assuage concerns over having those transactions identified.

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Two impeachment articles expected against President Trump: reports

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Democrats are expected to announce on Tuesday two articles of impeachment against Donald Trump, US media reported Monday evening, after laying out their case at a hearing against a president they branded a "clear and present danger" to national security.

The articles will focus on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, The Washington Post said, citing three official familiar with the matter.

It added that the full House of Representatives would vote on the articles next week, ahead of a trial in the Senate.

CNN said a third article on obstruction of justice was still being debated, and the network's sources cautioned that plans were still being finalized.

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Ambassador McFaul ‘shocked’ Trump invited Sergey Lavrov back to the Oval Office: ‘What are they thinking?’

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Former Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul repeatedly said he was shocked that President Donald Trump will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday.

McFaul was interviewed Monday evening by Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC "The Last Word," where he contrasted how Trump is treating the Russian government of President Vladimir Putin to the Ukrainian government of President Volodymyr Zelensky.

"Ambassador McFaul, I want to get your reaction to the Russian foreign minister meeting tomorrow at the White House, in the Oval Office, with President Trump," O'Donnell said. "That's his second time. President Zelinsky still hasn't gotten that meeting and Donald trump apparently, apparently may be voted articles of impeachment in committee this week because of his interactions with President Zelensky."

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House Judiciary to vote on Thursday to impeach Donald Trump: report

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Democrats are moving ahead with the impeachment of President Donald Trump following another day of testimony on Monday.

"House Democrats plan to unveil at least two articles of impeachment Tuesday, charging President Donald Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, according to multiple lawmakers and aides. The Judiciary Committee plans to vote on the articles on Thursday, setting up a vote on the House floor next week to make Trump the third president in history to be impeached," Politico reported Monday evening.

"Democratic leaders plan to formally announce the articles at a press conference Tuesday morning. Judiciary Committee Democrats intend to meet ahead of the announcement and review the articles," Politico reported. "The decision to move forward with specific impeachment charges is the most significant move yet for the year-old Democratic House majority, a legacy-defining moment for Speaker Nancy Pelosi that sets up a Senate trial for Trump in early 2020."

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