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Open thread for night owls. Ghosh and Scott: Russia's election interference is Digital Marketing 101

Open thread for night owls. Ghosh and Scott: Russia's election interference is Digital Marketing 101

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Dipayan Ghosh and Ben Scott at The Atlantic write—Russia's Election Interference Is Digital Marketing 101: [...] Consider two things. First: While the Russians created fake accounts to pose as Americans on social media and buy ads, the technologies they deployed are all commonplace in the digital-marketing industry—this was no 007-style spycraft. Second: These days, Americans live in divisive, partisan information environments, chock-full of incendiary rhetoric. They have very low standards about the sources they accept as accurate, and yet aren’t great at parsing fact from fiction on the Internet. Even “digital natives”— young people most at home in an online information environment—have proven inept at judging credibility. In other words, when the Russians set out to poison American po
Lawrence O’Donnell Crushes The Fox News Obama/Trump Hypocrisy

Lawrence O’Donnell Crushes The Fox News Obama/Trump Hypocrisy

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Lawrence O’Donnell asked a question that exposed Fox as not a news organization when he asked what would Fox News do if Obama used the same language as Trump? Video: @Lawrence asks how would Fox News react if Obama acted like Trump? pic.twitter.com/s4l1iJxE0Z — Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) February 20, 2018 O’Donnell said, “The President […] The post Lawrence O’Donnell Crushes The Fox News Obama/Trump Hypocrisy appeared first on Politicus USA.
Presidential rankings are in! Political scientists rate Trump as the worst in history, Obama soars

Presidential rankings are in! Political scientists rate Trump as the worst in history, Obama soars

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Campaign Action A leading association of political scientists have released the data from their most recent survey and a ratings-obsessed Donald Trump is not going to be happy. They detailed their findings in the New York Times: Since our previous survey in 2014, some presidential legacies have soared (Barack Obama’s stock has climbed into the Top 10), while others have fallen (Andrew Jackson toppled to 15, out of the Top 10). And President Trump? Let’s say that, according to the 170 members of the American Political Science Association’s Presidents and Executive Politics section who filled out our survey, he has at least three years to improve on an ignominious debut. “Ignominious debut.” OUCH! Brutal. So where do they place Trump in the presidential rankings? Dead last. Ja
Virginia House backs Medicaid expansion, with a bad twist

Virginia House backs Medicaid expansion, with a bad twist

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Campaign Action The Virginia House has included a Medicaid expansion in its budget for the next year, though the Senate budget does not include it. That's problem No. 1—they're going to have to fight that one out. But there's a bigger problem. Under the House Appropriations plan, Medicaid eligibility would be extended to couples making about $16,000 per year and families of four making about $25,000 per year. Virginia would also seek a waiver from the Trump administration in order to institute a work requirement for many Medicaid beneficiaries. Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, has agreed to that provision and praised the expansion plan. Northam needs to do a little more digging before he signs off on that work requirement waiver. First of all, it's currently subject to litigation and
New data shows Republicans on verge of falling to third-party status in California

New data shows Republicans on verge of falling to third-party status in California

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On Friday, the office of California Secretary of State Alex Padilla posted updated voter registration statistics in advance of the state’s June 5 primary, and the data shows a continuation of the same bleak trend line for Golden State Republicans that we’ve written about in prior cycles: The GOP is simply hemorrhaging voters, both in raw numbers and as a percentage of registered voters. Overall, just over 4.8 million Californians are currently registered as Republicans, representing 25.4 percent of the total electorate. That’s a loss of almost half a million voters—and a huge drop from the party’s 36 percent share—since the end of 1997, the first year for which statistics are available. And that drop comes despite the fact that California’s population has jumped from 32.5 million to 39.3
The new smear campaign against students who survived the Parkland massacre

The new smear campaign against students who survived the Parkland massacre

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Students who survived the gun massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have emerged as powerful advocates of gun control and fierce critics of the NRA. Now they are being targeted by a right-wing smear campaign. David Hogg, a senior at the school, was one of the first to appear on national television and demand action. “We’re children. You guys are the adults. You need to take some action and play a role. Work together. Come over your politics and get something done,” Hogg said, looking directly into the camera. Hogg is now being targeted by Gateway Pundit, a far-right blog that has press credentials from the Trump White House. A post published on Monday by the site’s White House correspondent, Lucian Wintrich, features Hogg’s photo with the word “EXPO
Update: Henry Montgomery won his Supreme Court case—but not his freedom

Update: Henry Montgomery won his Supreme Court case—but not his freedom

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The Associated Press has reported that 71-year-old Henry Montgomery, whose appeal led the Supreme Court to ban mandatory sentences of life without parole for juveniles, has been denied parole. Montgomery has been incarcerated since age 17, when he shot sheriff’s deputy Charles Hurt.  A three-member panel from the state parole board voted 2 to 1 to keep Henry Montgomery imprisoned. The hearing was his first chance at freedom since his conviction decades ago. Montgomery now must wait another two years before he can request another parole hearing. A vote to free him would have had to be unanimous. Montgomery won the right to seek parole for himself and about 2,000 other people who were sentenced to life without parole for offenses committed as juveniles. All signs pointed to Montgomery h
Donald Trump Jr. is making a 'foreign policy' speech in India—in between selling condos

Donald Trump Jr. is making a 'foreign policy' speech in India—in between selling condos

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If you missed it when Donald Trump Jr. was made an official ambassador of the United States … you didn’t miss it. Because it didn’t happen. But that’s not stopping Son-of-Trump from delivering what is being billed as “a foreign policy speech” in the middle of a real estate trip. Indian newspapers have been running full-page, glossy advertisements hyping his arrival and the latest Trump Tower project under the headline: “Trump is here — Are you Invited?” The ads also invited home buyers to plunk down a booking fee (about $38,000) to “join Mr. Donald Trump Jr. for conversation and dinner.” Public relations executives working with the two local developers arranging the Trump dinner declined to give specifics about the event. Just how thoroughly is Trump Jr. mingling the business of the Tr