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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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yesterday 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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yesterday 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.
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yesterday 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.
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yesterday 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.
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yesterday 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.
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yesterday 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."
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yesterday by rgl7194
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Uber at crossroads, facing lawsuit, mounting criticism and growing rivals
Uber denies the allegations, but Silicon Valley analyst Brian Solis of the Altimeter Group believes the lawsuit could be an existential threat to the company.

"That represents a very significant challenge for Uber and could end up either killing the company or resulting in the type of payout that would significantly impact Uber's profits over time," Solis said.
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yesterday by briansolis

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