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At least 3 Russian groups and 13 Russian individuals indicted in Mueller’s investigation: report

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Deputy attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the indictments of 13 foreign individuals and three entities in the special counsel probe.

A federal court handed up indictments against 13 Russian individuals and three Russian entities in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Trump campaign ties to Russia.

The Russian nationals are “accused of violating U.S. criminal laws in order to interfere with U.S. elections and political processes.”

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President Donald Trump has disputed the widely shared view of U.S. law enforcement and intelligence services that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

The Russians named in the indictment are accused of posing as Americans on social media to influence American political discourse in an operation that started as early as 2014.

The indictment notes that the defendants were by mid-2016 “supporting the campaign of Donald Trump and disparaging Hillary Clinton,” sometimes posing as Bernie Sanders or Jill Stein supporters.

Court documents also list the names of Russians involved and extensively lists their efforts, as well as identifying many of the social media advertisement campaigns conducted by the Russians.

The indictment also shows the Russians posed as Americans to communicate with “unwitting individuals associated with the Trump Campaign” and other activists to coordinate their activities, including political rallies.

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‘You lost me’: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez graciously defuses confrontational question

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In an appearance on ABC's popular daytime talk show "The View" Wednesday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spoke about what she called a "disconnect" between centrist, establishment members of the Democratic Party and progressive lawmakers who have been viewed as agitators in the party.

Co-host Whoopi Goldberg said that while she had applauded Ocasio-Cortez's surprise victory in her 2018 primary against Wall Street-backed former Rep. Joe Crowley, she has since cooled on the lawmaker due to what she views as a dismissal of baby boomers' past activism. Ocasio-Cortez has pushed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to back a Green New Deal, called on her fellow Democrats to support Medicare for All, and criticized Democrats who take big-money donations from the financial, for-profit healthcare, and fossil fuel sectors.

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Security experts sound the alarm on Russian interference in the 2020 election: Their campaign is ‘underway’

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Cybersecurity experts have been warning that it isn’t a question of whether or not the Russian government under President Vladimir Putin will try to interfere in the United States’ 2020 election — it’s a question of how successful they will be and the ways in which they will make an attempt. Three security experts (Alex Finley, John Sipher and Asha Rangappa) address this concern in a February 19 article for Just Security, warning that troubling vulnerabilities remain in the United States’ election system.

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Trump ‘does have a tendency to lash out’: Texas Republican tells president to ‘temper’ his rabid impulses

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Republicans are concerned about President Donald Trump's rabid impulses and are urging self-discipline and constraint, two words that aren't typically associated with the president.

In a Politico report, Republican officials explained that they agree with the attorney general that Trump should calm down and let him handle things.

“The president does have a tendency to lash out, and I think in this case he would be well advised to try to temper that,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). “Because I think Bill Barr is his best path on seeing that justice is done in terms of all of these various investigations, including the counterintelligence investigation and the lead-up to the Mueller report.”

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