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Good morning friends. I’ve been pretty much out of commission since yesterday but wanted to at least put some content up gradually through the day as I am able. There is plenty of Bernie news, single payer articles, a pretty good selection of youtube vids (if I had to say so myself), and of course the latest water protector/pipeline actions.
Starting the day off though with something a little different. Well if you think about it, its not too very different at all. As the pattern goes: ARTICLE CLAIMS RUSSIA HACKED U.S. > MAJOR MEDIA COVERAGE > Story slowly dies > Turns out Russia didnt do anything > no/to few corrections issued. MOA actually wrote about this not too very long ago in a post titled The Undeniable Pattern Of Russian Hacking>The Undeniable Pattern of Russian Hacking.
Earlier this summer, Dallas gained national attention when county officials claimed Russians tried to hack their voter registration rolls.
Tried but failed.
It was national news when the story broke last June. It was news again when the story re-surfaced on a network newscast just days ago. But emails obtained by WFAA indicate that the information coming from Dallas County officials and circulating around the country was wrong.
The headlines stem from an FBI visit to Dallas County officials in the fall of 2016, prior to the November presidential election.
Agents armed with a list of suspected Russian hackers that may have tried to penetrate Dallas County voter rolls.
For months, there was no word from county officials as to what became of that information, until this past June.
Then, suddenly, the story of a Russian hack attempt was confirmed to the entire North Texas media.
The confirmation was coming from Dallas County elections administrator Toni-Pippins Poole. Pippins-Poole told the news media that her IT department confirmed 17 attempts by Russians to hack into the Dallas County voter rolls.
It quickly became national news then and again just days ago on MSNBC.
But WFAA has obtained internal Dallas County emails indicating the Russian hack attempt likely never happened.
Now everything else will be in the comments. Would love to hear your opinions on this story though. First person to find a MSNBC retraction wins bonus mojo!
Also in this post:
*Where do Texas Democrats Stand on Single-Payer Health Care?
*Bernie Sanders Sets His Sights On The Foreign Policy Establishment
*How Bernie Sanders is cultivating California for 2020
*As Warren and Sanders Jockey for Support, One Takes a Road More Traveled
*Gun Stocks Surge as Trump Pushes to Ease Export Regulations for Assault Weapons
*Ohio increases fines to $2.3M against pipeline developer
After months and months of criticizing those who believe that the 24/7 focus on all things Russia by the Democratic party establishment instead of a substantive discussion of issues that actually touch on everyday lives (healthcare, jobs, clean water, police violence, and the other things that there was a big fight to put into the platform, etc..) the Party finally seems to be learning a little from its most recent losses.
Frustrated Democrats hoping to elevate their election fortunes have a resounding message for party leaders: Stop talking so much about Russia.
Democratic leaders have been beating the drum this year over the ongoing probes into the Trump administration’s potential ties to Moscow, taking every opportunity to highlight the saga and forcing floor votes designed to uncover any business dealings the president might have with Russian figures.
But rank-and-file Democrats say the Russia-Trump narrative is simply a non-issue with district voters, who are much more worried about bread-and-butter economic concerns like jobs, wages and the cost of education and healthcare.
In the wake of a string of special-election defeats, an increasing number of Democrats are calling for an adjustment in party messaging, one that swings the focus from Russia to the economy. The outcome of the 2018 elections, they say, hinges on how well the Democrats manage that shift.
“We can’t just talk about Russia because people back in Ohio aren’t really talking that much about Russia, about Putin, about Michael Flynn,” Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) told MSNBC Thursday. “They’re trying to figure out how they’re going to make the mortgage payment, how they’re going to pay for their kids to go to college, what their energy bill looks like.
The above statements (and others in the article) echo those made by prominent Bernie Sanders supporters for months, including Nina Turner who was applauded by Progressives but mocked by centrists for saying in May:
“we definitely have to deal with” allegations of Russian interference in the election, “it’s on the minds of American people, but if you want to know what people in Ohio—they want to know about jobs, they want to know about their children.” As for Russia, she said, “We are preoccupied with this, it’s not that this is not important, but every day Americans are being left behind because it’s Russia, Russia, Russia.”
Or even more simply put by Norman Solomon:
A party that makes itself more known as anti-Russian than pro-working-people has a problematic future.
Jimmy Dore on the topic:
More news/video/etc. in the comments.
Good morning everyone. Just throwing out a quick open discussion thread. As of 4:15 this morning, below is what I am seeing in the news in regards to the Sanders & The Democratic Platform. Discussion to comments of course can center on any and all topics.. just keep it civil (I’ll have a post up soon on what what means to me and thus the site itself).. and have a great day! In platform fight, Sanders loses on trade but wins on minimum wage Bernie Sanders’ campaign is declaring victory after striking deals with Hillary Clinton’s allies over climate change, … Continue reading →
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