American Democracy · Barack Obama · Donald Trump · Election 2016 · Election Integrity · Mitch McConnell · Republican Party · Russian Hacking Scandal · Vladimir Putin

A Question the GOP Must Answer: What Is Your Purpose?

The Washington Post today published a jawdropping background account of the Obama administration’s response to intelligence revelations that Russia had engaged in a cyberwarfare attack on America’s 2016 presidential election, including a specific directive from President Vladimir V. Putin to the operatives involved in the hacking operation. The Obama administration knew of this in early August… Continue reading A Question the GOP Must Answer: What Is Your Purpose?

Donald Trump · Election 2016 · James Comey · Jeff Sessions · rod rosenstein · Russian Hacking Scandal

Comey Interrupted, This Time Literally

This evening, as FBI director James Comey spoke at a bureau recruiting event in Los Angeles, a television news program behind him flashed the story: President Donald Trump had fired him. He laughed and dismissed it as a joke. But it wasn’t. He left the room and confirmed the dismissal via telephone with The White House.… Continue reading Comey Interrupted, This Time Literally

Election 2016 · James Comey · Political Coverage · Russian Hacking Scandal

Comey, Interrupted

An uncanny confluence of news stories emerged today concerning the impact of FBI Director James B. Comey’s letter to Congress concerning Hillary Clinton’s emails, reported publicly on October 28th, just 11 days before the Election Day last year. The political news day began with Comey’s vehement defense of his decision before the Senate Intelligence Committee.… Continue reading Comey, Interrupted

American Democracy · Barack Obama · Donald Trump · Election 2016 · Misinformation · Russian Hacking Scandal · Vladimir Putin

Democracy Hacked

Late Friday, President-Elect Donald Trump received a full briefing on the “influence campaign” directed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, that evolved into an unprecedented effort by Russian hackers to misinform voters and insert meddling information in the form of hacked emails into the national discussion, in order to denigrate Hillary Clinton’s campaign for Trump’s benefit. President… Continue reading Democracy Hacked

Election 2016 · Mitch McConnell · Russian Hacking Scandal · Vladimir Putin

From Russia… With Hacking

The CIA dropped a bomb on Friday. A big one. The Washington Post reported that a secret CIA memo concluded that Russia sought to influence the 2016 election by hacking the emails of the Democratic National Committee and the email server of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, and by passing the information to Wikileaks… Continue reading From Russia… With Hacking

Election 2016

Hacking Election 2016: This Might Actually Be a Thing

The Hill should have avoided the label “activists“–a loaded term that somewhat marginalizes their expertise, but it is notable that a group of computer scientists and legal experts is privately encouraging the Clinton campaign to challenge voting totals in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, the last of which still has not finalized its winner. New York… Continue reading Hacking Election 2016: This Might Actually Be a Thing