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    Although I am not convinced that the Clintons are working with Russia, there is another spin on the topic that needs a separate thread.

    Most of us would consider FOX to be little more than state-run television, since much of their commentary differs little from Russian propaganda, and that fact is reinforced by the fact that Sean Hannity actually interviewed with RT about doing a show in Russia.

    Katie Couric said essentially the same thing on Monday night in Los Angeles . “Sometimes I watch Fox just to see how they’re covering things. And I don’t know why I’m shocked every time I watch it, but it’s just an alternate universe,” Couric said. “And it is crazy to me. And anyway, it just, it makes me crazy.”

    This is what she said about FOX viewers:

    “They’re getting affirmation not information. As a result, they are not actually understanding facts and truth,” Couric said of Fox viewers. “I mean, if you want to talk about fake news, that’s state-run television really.”

    https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/katie-couric-calls-fox-out-for-fake-news-072810677.html?utm_source=politics_fb&ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000013§ion=politics&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=hp_fb_pages&fbclid=IwAR2pZ6c6gZzvNviGzW3IDJPLSUMsl4QeOCBMNIMtkZ7etWo1hA6RrRtdzGY

    In January, Radio Sputnik, a propaganda arm of the Russian government, started broadcasting on three Kansas City-area radio stations during prime drive times, even sharing one frequency with a station rooted in the city’s historic jazz district.

    Critics in Kansas City called Radio Sputnik’s arrival an unabashed exploitation of American values and openness. Those behind the deal defended it as a matter of free speech, as well as a simple business transaction.

    Peter Schartel, the owner of Alpine Broadcasting Corporation of Liberty, Mo., the company airing Sputnik in Kansas City, said that he started the broadcasts on Jan. 1 both because he liked what he heard during a trial run last fall and because he was getting paid.

    The station that will be broadcasting Radio Sputnik, 104.7 FM, formerly broadcast jazz will now be broadcasting Alex Jones and Russian propaganda.

    Before Kansas City, Washington had been the only American city with Sputnik broadcasts — round the clock on one AM station and one FM station. Public disclosure forms show that the Russian government is paying more than $2 million over three years, starting in December 2017, for the Washington broadcasts.

    In Kansas City, the fee is $324,000 for three years, or $49.27 per hour, according to RM Broadcasting’s Foreign Agents Registration Act filing. Mr. Schartel said he gets $27.50 of that hourly rate.

    What was once Radio Moscow was reborn as Radio Sputnik in 2014. Mr. Putin backed the effort to create a central, state-run news organization — called Rossiya Segodnya, or Russia Today in English — designed to challenge the West’s global dominance on reporting news.

    In "Blowout", Rachel Maddow details why Russia's heavy dependence on the oil and gas industry eventually made it necessary to expand its propaganda network. You may remember that world sanctions on Russia (which hurt exports of its oil and gas) came about in 2014 - when Russia invaded Crimea.

    American intelligence agencies have concluded that Sputnik; its television sibling, RT; and other Russian-controlled media outlets were part of the Kremlin’s efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election in the United States, and could star in a repeat performance this year.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/13/us/russian-propaganda-radio.html?0p19G=3248

    Logic would tell you that the FCC should not approved the broadcast license of Radio Sputnik, but Ajit Pai was appointed by Trump to run the agency in January of 2017. Surprisingly, he was initially appointed by Barack Obama in May of 2012, at the recommendation of Moscow Mitch. Pai is a proponent of repealing net neutrality in the United States and, on December 14, 2017, voted with the majority of the FCC to reverse the decision to regulate the internet under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934.

    His bio is fairly lengthy, but it is worth noting that he relaxed some rules in order to make it easier for Sinclair Broadcasting to expand.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ajit_Pai

    In a way, Radio Sputnik brings us back to Roger Stone. The Russians are still attacking America, and Radio Sputnik is evidence that some of us appear to be welcoming them. It is vital to remember that Stone was apparently the link between the Trump campaign and the Russians feeding hacked emails to Wikileaks. Stone has plenty of information Trump does not want made public. Trump's determination to protect Stone might be seen as… a quid pro quo.

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    Yesterday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met in Munich with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in a meeting the American side tried to keep hidden. News about the meeting came from Russian journalists, one of whom said that U.S. officials had asked for no press conference, joint statements, or photographers at the meeting.

    Sounds a lot like Trump's meeting with Putin in Helsinki, doesn't it?

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    Wow, so what is anyone doing about this? Oh yes I'm sorry, I forgot that this country is now an dictatorship.
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    that guy in AZ Wrote:

    Yesterday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met in Munich with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in a meeting the American side tried to keep hidden. News about the meeting came from Russian journalists, one of whom said that U.S. officials had asked for no press conference, joint statements, or photographers at the meeting.

    Sounds a lot like Trump's meeting with Putin in Helsinki, doesn't it?

    Here's an update from Heather Cox Richardson:

    " On March 9, 2020, the Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov met Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and, according to the press release from the Russians, discussed “implementation of the arrangements reached by Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump during the summits in Helsinki in 2018 and Osaka in 2019.” There was virtually no coverage of this meeting in the United States; the only record I found was a readout from the Treasury Department, saying just that the meeting had happened. The Helsinki meeting is the one where Trump and Putin met for two hours alone with only their interpreters in the room. The Osaka meeting came just after Putin declared western liberalism obsolete.

    Perhaps this meeting was nothing. But, coming as it does in the midst of Russia’s oil war with Saudi Arabia, and alluding to the two-hour conference that so irregularly cut all the usual advisers and staff out of the room, it would sure be nice to know a bit more about it."

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    Like I wrote so many times; is n't time to make an enforceable document about the "limits" and "authority" of an President. For an country like this not to have something like this, then automatically it means the idiot we elect has no "limits". Wake up America demand that such is designed and "signed" into law. Amen
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    Yesterday, once again, the Senate Intelligence Committee reaffirmed that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to help elect Donald Trump president. The Senate Intelligence committee is chaired by North Carolina Republican Richard Burr, and the report released today was approved by the committee unanimously. It was the fourth volume in the intelligence committee’s review of Russian attacks on the 2016 election, and it was a “Review of the Intelligence Community Assessment with Additional Views.”

    The report supports the conclusion of the intelligence community that Russia worked to help Trump, and that partisan politics was not part of the driving force behind the FBI’s investigation of the Russian interference. The heavily-redacted report contradicts Trump’s frequent assertions that it was Ukraine, not Russia, that attacked America in 2016, and throws the weight of the Senate Intelligence Committee behind the intelligence community even as Trump calls FBI agents “human scum.”

    According to committee member Angus King (I-ME), the fifth volume from the committee will focus on “whether or not there was in fact some relationship between the Trump campaign and the Russians.” Also, Judge Reggie Walton, who is personally reviewing the unredacted Mueller Report to judge the good faith of Attorney General William Barr, whose redactions seem self-serving, got access to that report on Monday. We’ll see what he has to say about it. I have wondered if Trump’s angry rehashing of the probe lately has something to do with that review.

    If you have read the Mueller report, it's clear that the Trump campaign was eager to accept help from Russia. Mueller had trouble making a more concrete accusation due to the fact that key witnesses, and supporting documents, were mysteriously unavailable.