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Robert Mueller indicts 12 Russians for DNC hacks ahead of the 2016 election

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Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein has announced new indictments in the special counsel probe of Trump campaign ties to Russia.

A federal grand jury has indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers on charges related to the hacking of the Democratic National Committee ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

The GRU officers, who are identified by name in the indictment, also allegedly hacked into state election websites to steal voter information.

The stolen data was then posted online by Guccifer 2.0 and DC Leaks, which investigators confirmed were fronts for Russian agents.

“The conspirators, posing as Guccifer 2.0, wrote to a person who was in regular contact with senior members of the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump,” the indictment says.

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One-time campaign adviser Roger Stone has admitted that he exchanged Twitter direct messages with someone associated with the Guccifer 2.0 account.

Rosenstein pointed out that no evidence showed the hacks had changed the outcome of the election, and he said U.S. law enforcement intends to apprehend the suspects.

The deputy attorney general said he briefed President Donald Trump about the impending indictments earlier this week.

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The ongoing criminal investigation has so far resulted in five guilty pleas and 20 indictments.

Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos have pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents and agreed to cooperate with the Mueller probe, and deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates also agreed to cooperate as part of a plea agreement.

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was jailed last month on witness tampering charges as he awaits trial on fraud, money laundering and other charges in connection with the probe.

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Mueller has also obtained indictments against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies related to the hacking of the Democratic National Committee.


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Jeffrey Epstein wasn’t even a competent investor: report

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There can be no doubt that high-powered hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein would rather the public know him for his prominence and success as an investor than for the allegations of child sex trafficking, for which he has now been indicted and faces life in prison. And there has for years been mystique surrounding Epstein's business — his wealth fund is so exclusive that it reportedly requires a billion dollars up front from clients.

But according to the Dow Jones' periodical Barron's, Epstein may not even be good at that.

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Jon Stewart blasts ‘abomination’ of Rand Paul trying to ‘balance the budget on the backs of’ 9/11 responders

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On Wednesday's edition of Fox News' "Special Report," comedian and activist Jon Stewart slammed Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) for blocking unanimous consent for a bill to support health care for 9/11 first responders.

"Pardon me if I'm not impressed in any way by Rand Paul's fiscal responsibility virtue signaling," said Stewart to anchor Bret Baier, who appeared on the show with first responder and activist John Feal.

He added that Paul's complaint, that the bill was unfunded, rings hollow given that he "added hundreds of billions of dollars to our deficit" with the GOP tax cuts for billionaires. He castigated Paul for trying to "balance the budget on the backs of the 9/11 first responder community."

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Republicans will never say that racism is ‘racism’ — basically because they’re racist

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Is there any expression of racism that Republicans will actually admit is racism? It's a question on a lot of progressive minds in the wake of Donald Trump demonizing female congresswomen of color with the "go back" canard that white nationalists and other assorted racists have long used to abuse anyone with heritage they dislike, whether that heritage is Jewish, Irish, Italian, African, Latin American or Muslim. Telling someone to "go back" is, in the ranks of racist statements, right up there with calling a person the N-word or some other rank slur. Yet, there still appears to be resistance among Republicans to admitting that is racism, which leads many on the left to wonder: If this doesn't count, then what could possibly count?

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