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Rod Rosenstein: Americans listed in Mueller indictment were ‘unwitting’ pawns in Russian meddling

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Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein said none of the Americans mentioned in the indictment of 13 foreign nationals were aware they were communicating with Russians about the presidential campaign.

The indictment shows Russian agents posed as Americans to conduct what they called “information warfare” against the U.S. by turning voters against certain candidates and sowing mistrust in political systems.

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Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators found those Russians communicated with “unwitting” Trump campaign officials and other political activists before and after the 2016 election.

Rosenstein explained that Russians helped organize competing rallies on the same day in New York City to both support President Donald Trump and protest him.

Three Russian companies were also named in the indictment.

Rosenstein said defendants purchased space on U.S. servers starting in 2014, set up a virtual private network and established hundreds of social media accounts using stolen or fictitious identities.

They purchased social media ads and promoted themes intended to help Hillary Clinton’s election opponents, including Trump, Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein.

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Rosenstein stressed the indictment did not show evidence that any of the Russian efforts were successful in shaping American voters’ views.

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The real DC showdown: Pelosi vs. Trump

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Love her or hate her, Nancy Pelosi is a classy, effective and persuasive Speaker.

Repeatedly through the Trump presidency, she has stepped up to offer just the right gesture, just the right opinion, just the right level of evenness or passion that proves effective in making the role of leadership believable.

Along the way, she manages to count votes, keep her caucus in line and stand up for a totally understandable and admirable bar of justice and American value, for the Constitution itself.

Her statements yesterday in outlining in measured tones the reasoning that Donald Trump’s actions have left “no choice” but moving forward towards impeachment were well-said, logical, and belied the emotion behind them.

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Trump’s tax cuts and tariffs have been even more disastrous than skeptics predicted: Paul Krugman

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In a column celebrating the first anniversary of Donald Trump declaring himself "Tariff Man," New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman attempted to explain the president's love of tariffs and noted that the negative economic impact in the past year has surpassed even the worst expectations.

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Trump’s undermining of efforts to fight Putin detailed in ex-CIA agent’s disturbing new column

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A recently retired CIA agent reveals that President Donald Trump was a "wild card" that prevented a full-scale effort to combat Russian aggression against the U.S. and its allies.

Marc Polymeropoulos, who retired from the agency in June, said in column posted at Just Security that the CIA issued an informal "call to arms" in the wake of Kremlin interference in the 2016 election, but those efforts were hampered by Trump's relationship with Russia's president Vladimir Putin.

"The Call to Arms required a whole-of-agency effort to counter the Kremlin," Polymeropoulos wrote. "It involved moving resources and personnel inside CIA. Most importantly, it required a change in mindset, similar to what occurred within the Intelligence Community after 9/11, that an 'all-hands-on-deck' approach was required."

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