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Source: NBC News

How Trump took advantage of Russian interference: Amplifying Wikileaks

Monday 21:52 GMT

Here’s how Trump talked about the Wikileaks disclosures in the final week before Election Day:. Trump insists he and his campaign didn't collude with Russia.

First Read is your briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter. WASHINGTON — Special counsel Robert Mueller's indictments on Friday focused only on the social media and grassroots components of Russia's interference campaign.

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Source: NBC News

Pennsylvania's high court issues a new congressional district map

Monday 23:42 GMT

Pennsylvania's high court issued a new congressional district map for the state's 2018 elections on its self-imposed deadline Monday, all but ensuring that Democratic prospects will improve in several seats and that Republican lawmakers challenge it in federal court.

The map of Pennsylvania's 18 congressional districts is to be in effect for the May 15 primary and substantially overhauls a congressional map widely viewed as among the nation's most gerrymandered.

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Source: ABC News

Facebook to verify ads with postcards after Russian meddling

Monday 21:52 GMT

Baffled in 2016 by Russian agents who bought ads to sway the U.S. presidential campaign, Facebook's global politics and government outreach director, Katie Harbath, told a meeting of the National Association of Secretaries of State in Washington on Saturday that the company would send postcards to potential buyers of political ads to confirm they reside in the U.S.. The recipient would then have to enter a code in Facebook to continue buying the ad.

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Source: Fox News

Pennsylvania Supreme Court issues new congressional map, which could benefit Dems

Monday 23:42 GMT

The map, approved in a 4-3 decision by the Democratic-majority state Supreme Court, is expected to give Democrats a better shot at winning seats in Philadelphia's heavily populated and moderate suburbs, where Republicans had held seats in bizarrely contorted districts, including one labeled "Goofy Kicking Donald Duck.". Republican lawmakers were expected to quickly challenge the map in federal court, arguing that legislatures and governors, not courts, have the constitutional responsibility to draw congressional maps.

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Source: Fox News

Republicans to use Pelosi against vulnerable Dems in midterm elections

Monday 21:52 GMT

Republicans are set to use the unpopularity of House Minority Speaker Nancy Pelosi to launch attacks on vulnerable Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections.

At the same time, Democrats may use the polarizing presidency of Donald Trump, whose election in 2016 energized the Democratic base that could potentially show up in troves at the ballot boxes during the midterm elections in November.

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Source: The Guradian

Homophobic video warns Russians of dangers of not voting

Monday 21:52 GMT

Russians who don’t vote in next month’s presidential elections risk seeing their country transformed into a gay-friendly state where people in their 50s are eligible for military conscription, a homophobic and xenophobic viral video has warned.

Meduza, an opposition website, accused the video’s producers of trying to scare Russians into voting by playing on widespread homophobia and xenophobia. Putin’s nominal rivals at the election include Pavel Grudinin, the leader of the Communist party, and Ksenia Sobchak, a liberal journalist who has spoken out in favour of LGBT rights.

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Source: New York Times

Trump Falsely Claims, ‘I Never Said Russia Did Not Meddle’

Monday 20:01 GMT

President Trump falsely claimed in an early Sunday morning tweet that he had never rejected the notion that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

In an interview with Time magazine that December, Mr. Trump, then the president-elect, rejected the notion of Russian interference, even as he entertained the possibility but then suggested other culprits:. After reports from The Times and The Washington Post that the intelligence communities concluded that Russia acted to aid Mr. Trump in December, Mr. Trump again disagreed.

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Source: CBS News

Transcript: Rep. Trey Gowdy on "Face the Nation," Feb. 18, 2018

Monday 18:12 GMT

Rep. Trey Gowdy, Republican of South Carolina, joined us to discuss what he would say to those students who are imploring Congress to act.

NANCY CORDES: Right now we turn to Congressman Trey Gowdy, the head of the House Oversight Committee who is in Greenville, South Carolina this morning. The following is a transcript of the interview with Gowdy that aired Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, on "Face the Nation."

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Source: CBS News

Rep. Trey Gowdy on Mueller indictments: "This is exactly what we wanted him to do"

Monday 18:12 GMT

Following the indictments of 13 Russian nationals for their involvement in meddling in the 2016 presidential election, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, says the charges tell Americans what some have known all along: "Russia is not our friend." "Russia has tried to subvert the fundamentals of our democracy.

This is exactly what we wanted him to do," said Gowdy on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday, referring to special counsel Robert Mueller.

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Source: New York Times

Meet Yevgeny Prigozhin, the Russian Oligarch Indicted in U.S. Election Interference

Saturday 16:21 GMT

Long before he was indicted by the United States in a case involving the troll factory that spearheaded Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 United States elections, Yevgeny V. Prigozhin emerged from prison just as the Soviet Union was collapsing and opened a hot-dog stand.

On Friday, Mr. Prigozhin was one of 13 Russians indicted by the United States special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, for interfering in the American election.

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Source: New York Times

Brazil Looks to Crack Down on Fake News Ahead of Bitter Election

Sunday 20:55 GMT

Worried that Brazilians will soon be flooded with fake news ahead of a critical presidential election, the country is setting out to crack down on organized efforts to intentionally mislead voters.

“It is necessary to consider which of these two principles must be sacrificed in the name of an election that is neutral and not tainted by deceitful news,” said Luiz Fux, a Supreme Court justice who recently assumed the presidency of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, the highest authority on election laws and regulations. “Sometimes the excessive concern with freedom of expression ends up violating a more important principle — the democratic principle.”

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Source: Common Domain

Corruption Currents: U.S. Charges Russians Over 2016 Election

Sunday 08:05 GMT

(AP). The U.S. Treasury secretary says he will soon issue new sanctions against Russia for interfering in the U.S. presidential election.

(Reuters). Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced indictments of 13 Russians and three Russian entities on charges of seeking to interfere in the U.S. electoral process. Three defendants were also charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, and five defendants with aggravated identity theft.

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Source: Fox News

Bus driver tries dragging off passenger, angered by electronic ticket

Sunday 17:15 GMT

A coach driver is facing the sack after he was filmed trying to drag a French woman off his vehicle by her legs - despite her having a valid ticket.

The driver was overheard telling her the ticket was invalid - despite them being valid if shown to the driver on electronic devices. But fast-thinking onlookers called the company's head office - and the driver was replaced when the coach pulled over in Birmingham.

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Source: Washington Post

State elections officials fret over cybersecurity threats

Sunday 22:44 GMT

State elections officials said Saturday that they want more information from federal officials to ensure they are protected from cybersecurity threats in light of evidence that foreign operatives plan to try to interfere in the midterm elections.

The frustrations were evident despite the fact that federal intelligence officials a day earlier had for the first time given a classified briefing to state officials about potential foreign threats on elections.

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Source: Global News

Chrystia Freeland: Canada must ‘take care of the homefront’ as Russia engages in cyber espionage

Saturday 16:21 GMT

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says her government is closely monitoring “the homefront” as alleged Russian interference in the American political process continues to make headlines south of the border.

“All of these meetings have involved briefings on the report and its findings, extensive question and answer sessions, and discussions about CSE’s cybersecurity advice and guidance.”


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