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    It broke weeks ago and no one seemed to care. The reaction from the right was “Russians can give money to the NRA if they choose! Blah blah Hillary blah blah Obama blah pay-to-play...”

    The Russians are also using their social media bots/trolls to push pro-gun rhetoric and conspiracy theories after Parkland:

    https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018...ate-on-twitter

    Seriously, Twitter knows this is happening. They can stop it. They won’t. Why?

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    Exclusive: Mueller's interest in Kushner grows to include foreign financing efforts

    Special counsel Robert Mueller's interest in Jared Kushner has expanded beyond his contacts with Russia and now includes his efforts to secure financing for his company from foreign investors during the presidential transition, according to people familiar with the inquiry.

    This is the first indication that Mueller is exploring Kushner's discussions with potential non-Russian foreign investors, including in China.
    Ahhhh. That's the President's (presidents' ?) day news I need.

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    A Politico report out today highlights that the Trump administration is rolling back LGBT protections in healthcare and other areas. Remember when Pence assured out gay Olympian Adam Rippon last week that he’d never voted against gay people and was cheering for all Americans? Yeah, bullshit. But we already knew that.

    I expect this to continue. News about the Russia investigation pops up, Trump attacks another minority group to distract.

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    I thought I broke my afk jinx, but I just checked the news after a little break and everything is on fire.

    Mueller indicted someone else. Some lawyer who LIED to them. So technically it's not Russia or election related, but it's awesome. It's a strong message to everyone else contemplating lying. If you lie to the wrong people under the wrong circumstances, you will be found out and you will be going to jail... unless you flip on a bigger fish.

    Trump is attacking a woman for accusing him of groping her and Jr is liking tweets accusing the Parkland FL kids of making shit up.

    Buckle in, guys. I think it's going to be like this daily for a while.

    And it's not even lunch time/executive time.

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    Mueller didn't actually file an indictment today, it's an information filing. That means the person has already pleaded or agreed to cooperate. Alex Van Der Zwaan not only worked at a law firm with Paul Manafort's daughter, but he's also the son of German Khan. German Khan is a Ukranian-Russian oligarch who was the co-founder of Alfa Bank. Yes, the same Alfa Bank which came up after the election when it was discovered that Alfa Bank servers were communicating with servers at Spectrum Health (connected to the DeVos/Prince family) and Trump Tower. This is where Cambridge Analytica will probably come into play. Are you listening, @Pete!?

    If you need a refresher on what all that means, it's essentially this: https://teapainusa.wordpress.com/201...e-with-russia/

    More from CNN:

    These leaked records show that Alfa Bank servers repeatedly looked up the unique internet address of a particular Trump Organization computer server in the United States.

    In the computer world, it's the equivalent of looking up someone's phone number -- over and over again. While there isn't necessarily a phone call, it usually indicates an intention to communicate, according to several computer scientists.

    What puzzled them was why a Russian bank was repeatedly looking up the contact information for mail1.trump-email.com.

    Publicly available internet records show that address, which was registered to the Trump Organization, points to an IP address that lives on an otherwise dull machine operated by a company in the tiny rural town of Lititz, Pennsylvania.

    From May 4 until September 23, the Russian bank looked up the address to this Trump corporate server 2,820 times -- more lookups than the Trump server received from any other source.

    As noted, Alfa Bank alone represents 80% of the lookups, according to these leaked internet records.

    Far back in second place, with 714 such lookups, was a company called Spectrum Health.

    Spectrum is a medical facility chain led by Dick DeVos, the husband of Betsy DeVos, who was appointed by Trump as U.S. education secretary.

    Together, Alfa and Spectrum accounted for 99% of the lookups.
    Except they weren't just "lookups." The publicly available server logs show very long connection times, sometimes 30 minutes to an hour, between the servers, meaning they were probably transferring data. It's called DNS tunneling, which is "the ability to encode the data of other programs or protocols in DNS queries and responses." So it looks like computers are just querying each other, like shaking hands, but if you pay attention to the logs it's pretty obvious there was actual data passing through. It's going to be fun to figure out what was being transferred.

    Also, on Manafort's daughter... it's a long shot, but there is a "Person A" named in the information filing from Mueller's office today, and Alex Van Der Zwaan lied about having continued contact with them. A lot of people are speculating it's Manafort or Jared Kushner, but there's a very real possibility that it's Manafort's daughter, considering Van Der Zwaan worked at the same firm (though admittedly it's a huge firm). The thought is that Mueller may be using Manafort's daughter to squeeze Manafort into flipping on Trump.

    All of this information was probably obtained thanks to Rick Gates flipping last week. The information filing was dated last Friday, February 16, the same day it leaked that Gates had flipped.

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