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Russia has launched ‘a full-on attack on our 2020 elections’: Ex-FBI counterintelligence chief

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The former assistant director for counterintelligence at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) concluded that Russia has launched a “full-on attack” on American democracy to try and help President Donald Trump win the 2020 election.

Frank Figliuzzi was interviewed by Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC’s “The Last Word” about the bombshell New York Times report that Russia had hacked Burisma, the Ukrainian company at the center of far-right conspiracy theories about Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden.

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The host played a clip of House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff telling Rachel Maddow that he only learned of the Burisma attack by reading the newspaper — and had not been briefed by the U.S. intelligence community.

“Make no mistake, this is a full-on attack on our 2020 elections,” Figliuzzi declared.

“This should surprise no one, we were told this was going to happen and it is playing out,” he explained.

“The message here is that they can do this at will and they don’t expect any pushback or sanctions because of it,”

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Democratic debate drew record-breaking viewership – Trump’s State of the Union was ‘least viewed of his presidency’

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Wednesday night’s Democratic debate drew record-breaking viewership, making it the largest audience for a Democratic debate ever, according to CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter.

HUGE #'s for the #DemDebate last night. Looks like 19.7 million on NBC and MSNBC combined. Final # may fluctuate a bit, but it's a new record high for a Dem debate, beating last June's.

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The ‘pro-life swing voter’ some moderate Democrats chase is a myth

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A thing that I do not understand is why journalists assume that Democratic presidential candidates absolutely must respond to pro-life activists, or deal with The Abortion Problem. I sometimes think it's because they teach you in journalism school that every four years Swing Voters sprout from the earth like cicadas demanding propitiation. And if the Swing Voters are not sufficiently placated, all manner of hell will break loose, like Swing Voters clinging to God & guns or refusing to speak to responsible centrist journalists in Midwestern diners so the poor scribblers can't expense their rice pudding. Things happen!

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Michael Bloomberg falls flat as his fellow Democratic candidates pull out the knives at his debate debut

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It is said that one needs a pretty big ego to run for president, what with all the pomp on the one hand and all the politicking needed on the other.

Still, it has been bracing even to other politicians, even to all the Democratic presidential candidates, even to Donald Trump, to see the chutzpah of Mayor Mike Bloomberg to spend a reported $420 million to date for his late entry into the presidential sweepstakes to present a buffered and polished version of his own self to the field – to say nothing of earning himself seemingly substantial polling success.

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