Election 2016

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House of Cards Taught Russian Trolls About American Politics

One way to better understand the American mindset

(Newser) - Members of the so-called "troll factory" that Russian President Vladimir Putin employed to influence the 2016 presidential election were required to watch House of Cards as part of their training in US politics, Yahoo reports. In a television interview broadcast Sunday by the independent Russian TV station Rain, a... More »

Election Fraud Staffer Busted for Child Porn

Ronald Williams II was working on Trump's Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity

(Newser) - Donald Trump's already controversial Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity took another hit this week when a man working on the commission was arrested on child pornography charges. Ronald Williams II, of Suitland, Md., was arrested late last week by Maryland State Police after they followed a tip indicating... More »

Bannon Emails: Pence Pick Is 'the Price We Pay'

He called Trump's vice presidential selection 'an unfortunate necessity'

(Newser) - Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon referred to Mike Pence as "an unfortunate necessity" during the 2016 presidential election. Responding to an email from former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos, who asked Bannon's thoughts on Pence on the day he was announced as Trump's running mate, Breitbart'... More »

Looks Like the Russians Took Advantage of Google, Too

Company finds 2016 election ads on YouTube, elsewhere, bought by Russians

(Newser) - In the tech world, Facebook and Twitter have taken the brunt of the criticism for allowing Russia to meddle in the 2016 election. Now, we can add Google to the list. The company conducted its own investigation and found that tens of thousands of dollars worth of ads bought by... More »

Russia Might've Favored Twitter for Election Meddling

Research suggests Russian-linked accounts are still sowing discord

(Newser) - Facebook is taking most of the flak regarding Russian social media influence during and after the 2016 presidential election, but Twitter might be more deserving. Citing research by the Alliance for Securing Democracy , the New York Times notes "there is evidence that Twitter may have been used even more... More »

Facebook Will Hand Over Russian Ads to Congress

Company says it wants to help with a 'full accounting'

(Newser) - Facebook is reversing course and will turn turn over to Congress copies of ads bought by Russians in the 2016 election. The company had previously balked on doing so over privacy concerns but has changed course after what Mark Zuckerberg called “an extensive legal and policy review," per... More »

Clinton Again Notes US Firm's Role in Tainted Kenya Vote

Cambridge Analytica is owned by Mercer family, Trump supporters

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton is clarifying: She doesn't intend to contest the 2016 election. The issue made headlines this week after Clinton told NPR that she wouldn't rule out challenging the legitimacy of the outcome if investigators prove Russia played a major role. In a followup talk with Mic , Clinton... More »

Clinton Won't Rule Out Challenging Election Validity

Although she tells NPR she doesn't think there's any avenue to do that

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton's latest interview to plug her memoir might be the most provocative yet. In response to a question, Clinton tells Terry Gross of NPR that she would not rule out challenging the legitimacy of the 2016 election because of Russian interference. However, Clinton adds that she doesn't... More »

Clinton Has 'No Doubt' Trump Team Helped Russians

'Putin wanted me to lose and wanted Trump to win'

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton blames a lot of people for her election loss in new book What Happened, including herself—and Vladimir Putin. She says that she is now "convinced" that there was collusion between members of President Trump's campaign team and Russians seeking to meddle in the election. "... More »

It's Becoming Clear: Facebook Gave Presidency to Trump

The evidence is stacking up, writes Washington Post media columnist

(Newser) - The idea that Facebook helped Donald Trump become president—an idea once dismissed by Mark Zuckerberg as "pretty crazy"—now looks anything but, writes media columnist Margaret Sullivan at the Washington Post . With the latest revelation that Facebook sold ads to a Russian "troll farm," it'... More »

$100K in Pre-Election Facebook Ads Tied to Russian 'Troll Farm'

Facebook says the ads promoted 'divisive' political views to voters

(Newser) - Facebook says a Russian "troll farm" appears to have spent $100,000 on 3,300 digital ads targeting American voters in the lead up to the 2016 presidential election, the Washington Post reports. While some of the ads expressly mentioned Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, the majority simply promoted... More »

Clinton: 'My Skin Crawled' When Trump Stood Behind Me

In memoir, she wonders if she should have said, 'Back up, creep'

(Newser) - MSNBC's Morning Joe has gotten an early excerpt from Hillary Clinton's upcoming memoir, and one snippet in particular is already making headlines everywhere from Axios to Breitbart . In it, Clinton recalls an Oct. 9 town-hall debate with Donald Trump during which he stood behind her as she spoke,... More »

Trump Jr. Admits Russian Offered Dirt on Clinton

Sources say it was only reason he agreed to meeting

(Newser) - Donald Trump Jr. has revealed the real reason for his meeting with a Russian lawyer last year: He says Natalia Veselnitskaya told him she had information that could help his father's campaign. In a statement Sunday, Trump Jr. said during the June 2016 meeting, the lawyer told him "... More »

Putin: In-Person Trump Not the Same as TV Trump

Russian president also thinks Trump accepted his election-interference denials

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin came away from his two-hour-plus meeting with President Trump Friday in Hamburg, Germany, with some definite impressions—notably, that the Trump we see on TV may not bear much similarity to the Trump behind the scenes, the Hill reports. "Trump on television very much differs from the... More »

Trump, Clinton Spar on Twitter

Hillary responds with another 'covfefe' dig

(Newser) - Time apparently does not heal all wounds. Former rivals Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton tussled on Twitter Wednesday evening, with President Trump referencing Clinton's comments at Recode's CodeCon earlier that day in which she pilloried the DNC and dished out blame for her 2016 loss to a few... More »

Hillary Clinton Dishes Out a Big Bowl of Blame

Says the media, Russia, DNC, and a 'very broad assumption' fueled her loss

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton spoke with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher at Recode's CodeCon on Wednesday, and she did not hold back. In Vox's view, she spared her campaign but heaped plenty of blame on others, including Russia, the media, and the DNC. "I get the nomination, I'm... More »

Biden: 'I Never Thought She Was a Great Candidate'

After dissing Clinton, the former VP made one clarification

(Newser) - Let it be known that Joe Biden doesn’t plan on letting President Trump get away with all the juicy soundbites this year. While speaking at a hedge fund conference in Las Vegas Thursday, CNN reports that Biden was asked when he knew Hillary Clinton was the right Democratic candidate... More »

Key Moments From the Sally Yates Hearing

After warning, it took 18 days to fire Flynn

(Newser) - Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates on Monday testified before a Senate subcommittee looking into the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russia, and analysts say she provided some key information about the departure of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn—and raised some new questions for the White House. A... More »

Comey: Huma Forwarded Classified Emails to Weiner

So he could print them out for her to present to Hillary Clinton

(Newser) - A day after Hillary Clinton blamed him in part for her election loss, FBI chief James Comey acknowledged to Congress that she might have a point: "It makes me mildly nauseous to think we might have had some impact on the election." But Comey defended his decision to... More »

Trump Up Late Railing on Hillary via Twitter

Tuesday night's tweets centered on James Comey and Clinton's 'many bad deeds'

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton spoke at a Women for Women event Tuesday and took "absolute personal responsibility" for mistakes that may have led to her 2016 election loss to Donald Trump, though she says her political demise was helped along by misogyny, Russia's WikiLeaks interference, and James Comey's ill-timed... More »

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