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‘Buckle up’: Russia experts predict a full-on onslaught of Kremlin interference in 2020 election

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Former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report detailed a stunning scope of actions taken by the Russian government, or on their behalf, to sabotage the integrity of the 2016 presidential election — ranging from the troll farm at the Kremlin-backed Internet Research Agency disrupting social media, to Russian officials trying to get in contact with President Donald Trump’s campaign.

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But that could just be the beginning. On Thursday, Axios laid out how the United States is still vulnerable to an attack of the sort Russia perpetrated in 2016 — and how the attack could be even worse in 2020.

First, Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and several GOP state officials have obstructed any attempt to coordinate election integrity or cybersecurity efforts. Second, America is even more on edge now than it was in 2016, with Trump stoking fear and hatred on a daily basis, all of which would make the country vulnerable once again.

Experts debate what Russian President Vladimir Putin will do next — but many are worried.

Russian intelligence scholar Mark told Axios he expects Russia will seek “to escalate and magnify the inevitable divisions that become exacerbated in election times … these opportunities are likely to be plentiful.” Andrew Weiss, an authority on Russia at the Carnegie Endowment, said “I see no reason to expect that U.S./Western actions since 2016 have changed Moscow’s appetite for risk. Buckle up.” And Aric Toler, the lead researcher at European investigative group Bellingcat, suggested that Putin will simply do what he did before, with “a lot of ad hoc actors within and from outside the Russian government/security services with similar targets as in 2016.”

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After all, it worked last time.


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Accused child molester Roy Moore defends Brett Kavanaugh: ‘I too was the object of false allegations’

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Accused child molester Roy Moore on Wednesday came to the defense of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who has been accused of sexual assault.

Moore's remarks came after The New York Times published accounts from a new book, which found that two of Kavanaugh's accusers were credible.

In a statement to the press, Moore defended Kavanaugh on Wednesday.

"I too was the subject of false allegations, but unlike Justice Kavanaugh and others who have suffered the ire of the left, I filed suit against my accusers and their conspirators," Moore said. "For over two years, I have not seen nor been able to question any of those who went on national television tol tell their false stories just 32 days before the election in December 2017, and ironically I have been sued for defamation for merely denying their false and malicious accusations."

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Obama knocks Trump for cable watching and tweeting

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Trump’s violent rhetoric further illustrates what a weak coward he is: Yale psychiatrist

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On September 15th, President Donald Trump tweeted that America was "locked and loaded" to aid U.S. ally Saudi Arabia after reports surfaced that their oil supply was attacked.

"Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked," Trump tweeted. "There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!"

Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!

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