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‘Putin was playing to win’: Former Ambassador to Russia says ‘comprehensive’ 2016 election meddling succeeded

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Former Ambassador to the Russian Federation Michael McFaul detailed the “comprehensive” efforts by the Kremlin and Vladimir Putin to elect Donald Trump in the 2016 election.

“There have been multiple theories of what the Russians did with the Trump campaign,” MSNBC anchor Chuck Todd noted. “Some, that there was a big secret meeting with Trump and Putin who plotted this out.”

“Or, more realistically, it was some form of the spread offense by the Russians,” Todd continued. “It doesn’t seem as if it was one attempt, that it was 30 attempts. Is that fair?”

“Yeah, I like that metaphor, spread offense, for sure,” McFaul replied. “And over multiple years and multiple modalities of different kinds of things they did.”

“They reached out directly and offered up kompromat on the candidate but then they hacked, they stole data and published it, unprecedented with the DNC and [John] Podesta and then they had another operation on social media and then they had another operation going on with civil society as we would call it generally working directly the N.R.A. to create a backchannel,” he noted. “So it was a comprehensive strategy on multiple fronts trying to influence the outcome of the election.”

“I like the metaphor, I’ll use that Chuck,” the Stanford professor added.

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Todd put onscreen a graphic showing the nine Russians known to have had contacts with Trump associates.

‘MTP Daily’ graphic of the Russians in contact with Trump associates (screengrab)

“So I think it just underscores that this was comprehensive,” McFaul continued. “Putin was playing to win.”

“And I do believe, as we talked before, he was seeking to get revenge from what he believed was what Secretary [Hillary] Clinton did during his parliamentary election back in 2011 and he went on the offensive in 2016,” he concluded.

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Virginia Democrats are so fired up that the party chair had to scold them: ‘Sit down — be quiet’

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Democrats in Virginia are fired up as they gathered in Richmond for their annual gala dinner.

Political analysts believe the Democratic Party of Virginia has a good chance to win control of the state legislature in 2019's election, before setting their sights on the Commonwealth continuing its recent trend of voting Democratic in presidential elections.

Patrick Wilson, a political reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, attended the event.

He reported that Democrats were so "noisy" that it was hard to hear the speakers, which include presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

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‘Everyone knows what to expect’ at Trump’s Amway Center re-election kickoff

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Donald Trump considers himself a legendary salesman, but can he really sell America on giving him four more drama-filled years at the White House?

Tuesday, he'll make his big pitch.

The 2020 reelection kickoff rally is being held in Orlando, Florida and campaign operations chief Michael Glassner says the "historic" event "has already generated tens of thousands of ticketing requests."

There's little mystery about how the night will go down.

Expect Trump, the self-promoting hero of his ghost-written book "The Art of the Deal," to claim the US economy is richer, the military stronger, and the country more respected than ever in history.

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Florida man’s own family blasts him after he was arrested for racist threats: ‘This isn’t how we were raised’

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After a Florida man was arrested for trying to start a race war, a member of his own family slammed his values.

"A Florida man’s social media posts that threatened violence against African-Americans, Jews and homosexuals and that urged his followers to start a race war netted him a $1 million bond," the Miami Herald reported Saturday. "And then there’s another $100,000 bond he would have to pay to get out of Lee County Jail because of a weapons charge."

Joshua Leff, 40, is being held in the Lee County Jail.

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