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Russian trolls raked in big bucks in ad revenue from social media campaign to get Trump elected: report

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Russian trolls raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars by flooding U.S. social media with 2016 campaign propaganda.

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation confirmed findings by U.S. intelligence services that showed Kremlin-linked firms took part in a vast and coordinated campaign to tip the presidential election to Donald Trump, and a new analysis shows those companies profited financially from those efforts, reported NBC News.

Accounts linked to the Internet Research Agency generated up to nearly $1 million by pushing out false or misleading content, according to new research by cybersecurity firm Symantec, and they then used automated accounts to amplify their messages.

This carefully planned operation set up accounts pretending to be regional news outlets or political organizations in summer 2014, but mostly lay dormant until January 2015.

Symantec identified 123 main accounts and 3,713 automated accounts from data provided by Twitter, and the company found the propaganda was evenly split between pushing extremes on both the liberal and conservative political divide.

Some of the accounts pushed an ad to Twitter users who clicked on the link, which generated almost $1 million for one account, and smaller but still substantial sums for others.

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Celebrities and other figures — including Trump and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey — retweeted some of this Russian propaganda, and the most popular account gained 150,000 followers and generated more than 6 million retweets.

That account, @TEN_GOP, masqueraded as a Tennessee Republican group, and pushed pro-Russia messages, along with racist memes and right-wing conspiracy theories.

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Pentagon gives senators classified briefing on UFOs reported by the Navy

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While it might sound like something out of "The X-Files," Navy pilots have been seeing UFOs, and U.S. Senators now want to know what's happening.

According to Politico, three more senators met with Pentagon officials for a classified briefing Wednesday about encounters pilots are having with unidentified aircraft. It seems the Pentagon is getting more and more requests by officials with high clearances to figure out what's happening.

The crafts are, at their most basic, nothing more than "unidentified aircraft," and while it isn't likely they're little green men, there are some senators who might have concerns about whether these UFOs are actually a foreign adversary.

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Wall Street Journal issues blistering editorial asking Trump what the point is of a second term

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In a blistering editorial, the Wall Street Journal is asking President Donald Trump what the point of a second term is since he hasn't done anything in his first term.

During his rally in Orlando Tuesday, Trump repeated the same tired lines and same tired policies from 2016. The "Promises Made, Promises Kept" slogan shown over the crowd, yet the supporters didn't understand the irony.

"The most striking fact of his speech was how backward looking it was," the editorial board said. "Every incumbent needs to remind voters of his record, Mr. Trump more than most because the media are so hostile."

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‘Crosses a line’: New York Times publisher unleashes on Trump for accusing paper of ‘treason’

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On Wednesday, New York Times publisher A. G. Sulzberger wrote a blistering editorial in the Wall Street Journal, saying that President Donald Trump's latest attack on his paper "crosses a line."

First it was the "the failing New York Times." Then "fake news." Then "enemy of the people," wrote Sulzberger. "President Trump's escalating attacks on The New York Times have paralleled his broader barrage on American media. He's gone from misrepresenting our business, to assaulting our integrity, to demonizing our journalists with a phrase that’s been used by generations of demagogues. Now the president has escalated his attacks even further, accusing the Times of a crime so grave it is punishable by death.

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