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We’ve had the same debate over teen activism since the civil rights era.
For decades, we’ve been replaying the same absurd partisan debate over whether to take high school activism seriously.
The right is coming for the Parkland activists. First, we got the standard-issue accusations that the Florida kids who are walking out of school, tweeting, and organizing a march on Washington from their parents’ living rooms are professional protesters or brainwashed tools of the liberal establishment. Next, Ben Shapiro wrote a less conspiracy-minded, more ideologically complete articulation of right-wing objections to the young survivor-activists in the National Review. Kids, Shapiro argued, are not “fully rational actors. They’re not capable of exercising supreme responsibilities. And we shouldn’t be treating innocence as a political asset used to push the agenda of more sophisticated players.”
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2 days ago by rgl7194
Official Results of the 2018 Presidents & Executive Politics Presidential Greatness Survey
About the Survey
The 2018 Presidents & Executive Politics Presidential Greatness Survey was conducted online via Qualtrics from December 22, 2017 to January 16, 2018. Respondents were current and recent members of the Presidents & Executive Politics Section of the American Political Science Association, which is the foremost organization of social science experts in presidential politics. 320 respondents were invited to participate, and 170 usable responses were received, yielding a 53.1% response rate.1
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2 days ago by rgl7194
Trump Is the Worst President, Expert Ranking Survey Reveals on Presidents Day
On a scale of 0 to 100 for overall greatness, President Trump scored just over 12, coming in dead last among U.S. commanders-in-chief in an expert rankings survey released on Presidents Day.
The 2018 Presidents and Executive Politics Presidential Greatness Survey, which ranks presidents from best to worst, was based on responses from 170 current and recent members of a section of the American Political Science Association, an organization of social science experts.
Trump was a newcomer to the survey, which was conducted from December 22, 2017, to January 16 of this year, and prior to that in 2014.
trump  obama  POTUS  ranking  gov2.0 
2 days ago by rgl7194
Did Russia Affect the 2016 Election? It’s Now Undeniable | WIRED
FOR SOME TIME, there has been a conflation of issues—the hacking and leaking of illegally obtained information versus propaganda and disinformation; cyber-security issues and the hacking of elections systems versus information operations and information warfare; paid advertising versus coercive messaging or psychological operations—when discussing “Russian meddling” in the 2016 US elections. The refrain has become: “There is no evidence that Russian efforts changed any votes.”
But the bombshell 37-page indictment issued Friday by Robert Mueller against Russia’s Internet Research Agency and its leadership and affiliates provides considerable detail on the Russian information warfare targeting the American public during the elections. And this information makes it increasingly difficult to say that the Kremlin's effort to impact the American mind did not succeed.
crime  DOJ  FBI  gov2.0  legal  mueller  politics  russia  special_counsel  trump 
2 days ago by rgl7194
Russian Foreign Minister Calls Mueller Indictment ‘Blabber,’ Experts call it ‘Absolutely Damning’
Sergey Lavrov
Foreign Minister, Russia
“I have no response. You can publish anything, and we see those indictments multiplying, the statements multiplying. Until we see the facts, everything else is just blabber.”
Source: AP, February 17, 2018
The evidence presented in the indictment was sufficient to convince the Grand Jury
Russia’s foreign minister says the U.S. indictment of a group of Russians accused of an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 presidential election is “just blabber.”
crime  DOJ  FBI  gov2.0  legal  mueller  politics  russia  special_counsel  trump 
2 days ago by rgl7194
Many in Nation Tired of Explaining Things to Idiots | The New Yorker
MINNEAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report)—Many Americans are tired of explaining things to idiots, particularly when the things in question are so painfully obvious, a new poll indicates.
According to the poll, conducted by the University of Minnesota’s Opinion Research Institute, while millions have been vexed for some time by their failure to explain incredibly basic information to dolts, that frustration has now reached a breaking point.
Of the many obvious things that people are sick and tired of trying to get through the skulls of stupid people, the fact that climate change will cause catastrophic habitat destruction and devastating extinctions tops the list, with a majority saying that they will no longer bother trying to explain this to cretins.
gov2.0  guns  politics  statistics  satire 
2 days ago by rgl7194
Lefsetz Letter » Blog Archive » Student Gun Protests
Can’t start a fire without a spark
And all this time we were waiting for the musicians to lead.
Illustrating not only the vacuity of the “artists,” but the lack of impact of their wares.
In the sixties and seventies, even up into the eighties and nineties, the culture was driven by music.
And for the last twenty years it’s been driven by tech.
Now it’s driven by politics.
gov2.0  guns  politics  protest  schools  teenager  lefsetz 
2 days ago by rgl7194
The Past vs the Future – Om Malik
The student protests in the wake of the Florida shooting are a sign of something bigger. Bob Lefsetz says it is about the “frustration with the status quo, the youth of this country are fed up with the expedience of their elders, who’ve sold out to their pocketbooks.”I couldn’t agree more. As I tweeted last night, “the response to this tragic event encapsulates the great struggles of our time: old men hanging onto a past that does not exist & a new generation that is fighting for a future it wants to build.” I am betting on the future, and thus I am with the youth of the country., We need to build a world for them, not for those hesitant to embrace change.
gov2.0  guns  politics  protest  schools  teenager 
2 days ago by rgl7194
Florida Gun Control Protests in Photos - The Atlantic
A week after 17 people were murdered in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, teenagers across South Florida, in areas near Washington, D.C., and in other parts of the United States walked out of their classrooms to stage protests against the horror of school shootings and to advocate for gun law reforms. Student survivors of the attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School traveled to their state Capitol to attend a rally, meet with legislators, and urge them to do anything they can to make their lives safer. These teenagers are speaking clearly for themselves on social media, speaking loudly to the media, and they are speaking straight to those in power—challenging lawmakers to end the bloodshed with their “#NeverAgain” movement.
guns  gov2.0  politics  schools  protest  photography  in_focus  teenager 
3 days ago by rgl7194
Baylor Demotes President Kenneth Starr Over Handling of Sex Assault Cases - The New York Times
Kenneth W. Starr, the former independent counsel who delivered a report that served as the basis for President Bill Clinton’s impeachment in 1998, was removed as president of Baylor University on Thursday after an investigation found the university mishandled accusations of sexual assault against football players.
The university also fired the football coach, Art Briles, whose ascendant program brought in millions of dollars in revenue but was dogged by accusations of sexual assault committed by its players — an increasingly familiar combination in big-time college sports.
Mr. Starr was stripped of his title as university president but will remain Baylor’s chancellor and a professor at the law school. The chancellor position is “centered around development and religious liberty,” a regent said on a conference call Thursday afternoon, adding that Mr. Starr’s “operational responsibilities have been removed.”
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4 days ago by rgl7194
I Opposed Bill Clinton’s Impeachment and I Don’t Regret It
As liberal America has been engaged in a long-overdue outpouring of recrimination and rethinking about the impunity enjoyed by powerful men who sexually harass their subordinates, Bill Clinton’s misdeeds have naturally returned to the fore. “At the time I, like most Americans, was glad to see Clinton prevail and regarded the whole sordid matter as primarily the fault of congressional Republicans’ excessive scandal-mongering,” confesses Matthew Yglesias. “I think we got it wrong.” Asa Hutchinson, a Republican former member of the House and a fervent proponent of impeachment, appears in the New York Times to take a victory lap. “Some of the same people who dismissed the women who came forward” then, “it seems like they’re evaluating these issues differently now than they did during that time.”
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4 days ago by rgl7194
How Much Did Russian Interference Affect The 2016 Election? | FiveThirtyEight
It’s hard to say.
One of my least favorite questions is: “Did Russian interference cost Hillary Clinton the 2016 election?” The question is newly relevant because of special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russians on Friday on charges that they used a variety of shady techniques to discourage people from voting for Clinton and encourage them to vote for Donald Trump. That doesn’t necessarily make it any easier to answer, however. But here are my high-level thoughts in light of the indictment. (For more detail on these, listen to our emergency politics podcast.)
1. Russian interference is hard to measure because it wasn’t a discrete event.
You know what probably did cost Clinton the election? The letter that former FBI Director James Comey sent to Congress on Oct. 28, 2016, and the subsequent media firestorm over it. The impact is relatively easy to measure because it was the biggest news event in the final two weeks of the campaign, and we can compare polls conducted just before the Comey letter to the ones conducted just after it.1
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5 days ago by rgl7194
Seth Abramson on Twitter: "Mr. Trump, you told the Russians you'd be running for president in Moscow in November 2013—and indeed it was that declaration that led to the anti-U.S. campaign in early 2014. Cohen had made clear by mid-2013 you were running;
Mr. Trump, you told the Russians you'd be running for president in Moscow in November 2013—and indeed it was that declaration that led to the anti-U.S. campaign in early 2014. Cohen had made clear by mid-2013 you were running; you confirmed it to the Agalarovs and Yulya Alferova.
crime  DOJ  FBI  gov2.0  legal  mueller  politics  russia  special_counsel  trump  twitter 
5 days ago by rgl7194
Robert Mueller Has Trump Cornered | HuffPost
Special counsel Robert Mueller is methodically, brilliantly filling in pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. When complete, the puzzle will depict a president who is ripe ― overripe ― for impeachment.
Mueller’s indictment on Friday of Russia’s cyberwarfare against the 2016 election was a tactical and investigative masterstroke. President Donald Trump is now cornered. Mueller’s report makes a total liar out of Trump for his repeated claims that he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin when Putin says Russia had nothing to do with it, that the hacking could have been “some guy in New Jersey.”
The indictments do not quite connect the Russian operation to Putin personally, but that’s beside the point. No serious person believes that an operation as sensitive as deliberate disruption of the U.S. election could go forward without Putin’s full knowledge and support in a state as authoritarian as his.
Trump, having repeatedly denied Russian involvement, has now shifted gears and is insisting that the proper test of wrongdoing is “collusion.” But this is a straw man.
crime  DOJ  FBI  gov2.0  legal  mueller  politics  russia  special_counsel  trump 
5 days ago by rgl7194
Mueller's investigators just revealed that Manafort's deputy will plead guilty and turn state's witness
Slow and steady wins the race. Special Counsel Robert Mueller should have that slogan tattooed on his bicep since it’s been such a successful strategy for him as he tackles the intricacies of the twin investigations into Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election and the Trump campaign’s collusion and obstruction of justice.
After Friday’s big announcement of the indictment of 13 Russian nationals for their role in a massive propaganda campaign successfully designed to help Trump win the election, coupled with the news that new evidence has emerged about Paul Manafort’s fraudulent application for a $9.5 million mortgage, news leaked today that Manafort’s co-indicted conspirator Rick Gates will be pleading guilty to the fraud-related charges against him and turning state’s witness to testify against his former boss, according to an article in The Los Angeles Times today.
crime  DOJ  FBI  gov2.0  legal  mueller  politics  russia  special_counsel  trump 
5 days ago by rgl7194
Special Counsel indicts 13 people, Russian troll farm on conspiracy charges | Ars Technica
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says Russians conducted "information warfare."
On Friday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller released a 37-page indictment against the Internet Research Agency, a well-known Russian bot and troll factory, and named 13 Russians on charges of “conspiracy to defraud the United States,” wire fraud, and bank fraud, among others.
As he wrote:
Defendant ORGANIZATION had a strategic goal to sow discord in the US political system, including the 2016 US presidential election. Defendants posted derogatory information about a number of candidates, and by early to mid-2016, Defendants' operations included supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump (“Trump Campaign”) and disparaging Hillary Clinton. Defendants made various expenditures to carry out those activities, including buying political advertisements on social media in the names of US persons and entities. Defendants also staged political rallies inside the United States, and while posing as US grassroots entities and US persons, and without revealing their Russian identities and ORGANIZATION affiliation, solicited and compensated real U.S persons to promote or disparage candidates. Some Defendants, posing as US persons and without revealing their Russian association, communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump Campaign and with other political activists to seek to coordinate political activities.
crime  DOJ  FBI  gov2.0  legal  mueller  politics  russia  special_counsel  trump 
5 days ago by rgl7194
Mueller flips American who unwittingly sold bank info to Russian trolls | Ars Technica
Lawyer: Pinedo "had absolutely no knowledge" of buyers' identities or intentions.
On Friday, shortly after Department of Justice officials announced the indictment of 13 Russians accused of being involved in a multi-year effort to spread false information online surrounding the 2016 presidential campaign, the DOJ also announced the guilty plea of a California man, Richard "Ricky" Pinedo.
The Californian, who did not respond to Ars’ attempts to contact him, admitted selling bank information to the Russians accused of being part of the criminal conspiracy.
Pinedo—28, of Santa Paula, California northwest of Los Angeles—ran a website called Auction Essistance. That site appears to have been in operation for at least a few years, and it offered "services that will enable you to get back onto eBay or Amazon ranging from pre-made eBay & Paypal accounts or verification tools."
crime  DOJ  FBI  gov2.0  legal  mueller  politics  russia  special_counsel  trump 
5 days ago by rgl7194
A new study just revealed Al Franken fell victim to a coordinated foreign cybersmear campaign
Senator Al Franken’s (D-MIN) resignation from the U.S. Senate was fueled by, according to Newsweek, by “white nationalist provocateurs, a pair of fake news sites, an army of Twitter bots and other cyber tricks.”
It is unclear if the huge cyber effort to get the liberal Democratic Senator from Minnesota was paid for by Russia, alt-right Americans or the Japanese, but after radio personality Leeann Tweeden made her accusations against Franken and showed photos that seemed to suggest Franken molested her, a pair of Japanese-based websites created the day before and a number of Twitter bots splashed Tweeden’s outrageous story all over cyber-space and made it go viral. 
congress  franken  gov2.0  politics  sexism  alt-right  botnet  propaganda  social_media 
5 days ago by rgl7194
How an Alt-Right Bot Network Took Down Al Franken
White nationalist provocateurs, a pair of fake news sites, an army of Twitter bots and other cyber tricks helped derail Democratic Senator Al Franken last year, new research shows.
While everyone has been focused on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election to support Donald Trump, the Franken takedown originated in—and was propelled by—a strategic online campaign with digital tentacles reaching to, of all places, Japan. Analysts have now mapped out how Hooters pinup girl and lad-mag model Leeann Tweeden's initial accusation against Franken became effective propaganda after right-wing black ops master Roger Stone first hinted at the allegation.
A pair of Japan-based websites, created the day before Tweeden came forward, and a swarm of related Twitter bots made the Tweeden story go viral and then weaponized a liberal writer's criticism of Franken. The bot army—in tandem with prominent real, live members of the far right who have Twitter followers in the millions, such as Mike Cernovich—spewed thousands of posts, helping the #FrankenFondles hashtag and the "Franken is a groper" meme effectively silence the testimonies of eight former female staffers who defended the Minnesota Democrat before he resigned last year.  
congress  franken  gov2.0  politics  sexism  alt-right  botnet  propaganda  social_media 
5 days ago by rgl7194
Trump just called for due process for abusers. Kirsten Gillibrand's response is perfect
It looks like President Trump backed himself into a dangerous corner this morning with his tweet bemoaning the lack of due process for men facing sexual assault allegations.
Trump tweeted this morning after his callous comments yesterday responding to the news of the departure of Rob Porter, the White House Staff Secretary who left after the allegations of abuse made by both his ex-wives surfaced. In his remarks, he lamented Porter’s fate and wished him well without ever condemning domestic violence or even mentioning Porter’s victims at all.
His tweet this morning was even worse.
Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused – life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 10, 2018
trump  gov2.0  politics  sex  crime  twitter  gillibrand 
6 days ago by rgl7194

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