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Igniting chaos in the 2020 election would be disturbingly easy for Russia: Ex-Facebook security chief

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Alex Stamos, former chief security officer for Facebook, said that despite Robert Mueller’s investigation, American elections are still vulnerable to attacks by Russia and other foreign adversaries — so much so that we could easily see a repeat of 2016 or worse.

“I think what we should be looking for first is for Americans to be manipulated and turned into patsies,” Stamos said, saying that new guidelines by social media platforms to ensure the authenticity of users wouldn’t be enough.

“What I would expect what the response would be for the Russians and for others,” he said, “is to try to support groups who are legitimately made of Americans who perhaps don’t know they’re being used to push Russian propaganda.”

“Our election infrastructure is run by 10,000 different local election authorities,” Stamos continued. “The idea that an IT guy in Miami-Dade or some county in Ohio can stand up against a colonel of the GRU, of Russian military intelligence by themselves, is just unacceptable.” He said without uniform standards for “all 10,000 of those authorities”, the system was exposed.

“If there’s an attack against our election, while it would be hard to change the final outcome, it would not be hard at all to throw the results into chaos and to convince many, many Americans the election had been stolen,” he said. “Perhaps permanently.”

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Republicans are ‘too cowardly’ to stand up for the morals they claim to have: Conservative columnist

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Conservative Washington Post writer Max Boot called out Republicans for being more than willing to compromise their moral and "family" values for President Donald Trump.

In a Wednesday column, Boot said that GOP "scruples have eroded faster than the polar ice cap." There's the matter of the "Access Hollywood" tape, the race-baiting, xenophobia and now there's the matter of Jeffrey Epstein. But it was just four lone members who were willing to denounce Trump's order to four Congresswomen of color to go back to the country they came from.

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Trump thinks impeachment is over after House vote

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Following a vote by the Democratic House to table an effort by Rep. Al Green (D-TX) to approve articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, the president gloatingly told reporters "that's the end of it," and mocked the resolution as a "ridiculous project."

"The House of Representatives rejecting a bid to launch impeachment proceedings against President Trump, and President Trump declaring victory," reported CNN's Erin Burnett. "Telling reporters seconds ago 'We've just received an overwhelming vote against impeachment, and that's the end of it.' He went on to call it the 'most ridiculous project.' Riding high now over how the whole saga over his racist tweets is playing out."

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This explains why Trump picked a fight with the four Congresswomen of color: analysis

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On one hand, President Donald Trump almost certainly chose to mark out Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) because of his own deep-seated racism.

But there is likely another reason he is doing it, wrote Aaron Blake of the Washington Post's "The Fix" on Wednesday: because his core voters hate them as much as he does.

Blake cited a new The Economist/YouGov poll of 2016 Trump voters' opinions on several politicians. "As you peruse it, it becomes clear that the conventional wisdom about why Trump picked these targets is right: They were ripe for motivating the GOP base ... All of them are better known among Republicans than Democrats, which suggests that a steady stream of coverage in conservative media has elevated them as potential Democratic bogeywomen. Trump is tilling fertile soil. And in fact, they might already be his most effective foils."

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