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Former Trump White House Chief of Staff’s Spouse ‘Appears to Have Filed Three False Voter Forms’: Report

The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler reports that on October 26, just days before the 2020 presidential election, Debra Meadows “appeared at the Macon County community building in Franklin, N.C., and filled out a one-stop voter application to cast an early ballot in the 2020 presidential election. She also dropped off an absentee ballot that she had requested for her husband, then the White House chief of staff, an election board official said.”

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The geopolitics of disinformation and cybersecurity in Europe

The free flow of information is a crucial tool to counter disinformation.

This article explores the link between disinformation and cybersecurity that could lead to different effects on society, in relation to the current events in Russia and Ukraine

When Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, nations across Europe rose to respond to the crisis, raising questions, not only about its consequences for the affected countries and beyond but also about various implications around disinformation and digital rights.

According to intelligence, Russia plans a massive false flag operation to ‘dehumanize’ Ukrainians and accuse Ukraine of alleged inhuman actions. Don’t trust fakes. Ukraine defends its land in a just and defensive war. Unlike Russia, we don’t target kindergartens and civilians.

Cindy Otis, a disinformation researcher and former CIA analyst interviewed by TIME, identifies one of the main tactics as disinformation in the battlefield that intimidates and demoralizes the Ukrainian military and civilian population. Russian propaganda has been especially widespread through Telegram, a popular messaging app that uses end-to-end encryption.

Meanwhile, Western countries continuously receive an immediate stream of information from a number of different sources, which may often create an information overload — inevitably, some of it is disinformation shared from one news outlet to another, either as deliberate media manipulation, or inadvertently.

On February 26, Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister for digital transformation, announced on Twitter the creation of an IT army for defense and counterattacks, calling “digital talents” to join the resistance effort.

There is an ongoing dilemma around disinformation, censorship, and freedom of expression, particularly as governments introduce regulation of social media in the interest of addressing false information. Platform companies have their own moderation policies, which have sometimes drawn criticism of restricting legitimate speech. While governments can take a direct role in promoting transparent content moderation online, there’s also a risk that some governments may label critical content as disinformation, thus limiting free speech.

“…the free flow of information is a critical element of freedom of expression and places a positive obligation on States to proactively put information of public interest in the public domain, and promote plural and diverse sources of information, including media freedom. It can be a valuable tool for countering disinformation.”

At the EU level, given that disinformation and misinformation represent an evolving threat, there are many initiatives against them highlighting, among other things, the need for cooperation, fact-checking, and building societal resilience and credible sources of information, especially in cyberspace.

Evidently, the rise of new technologies is heavily impacting aspects of modern-day life — the extent of this crisis still remains an open question. In the midst of the rapid growth of online information and disinformation, it’s important to foster a quality societal dialogue that aims to connect individuals, rather than isolate them from each other.

 

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‘Proudly Open-Faced Racist’: GOP’s CRT Attack on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson Blasted as ‘Nothing but Racism’

Apparently in conjunction with Republican Senators’ attacks, the Republican National Committee’s social media account on Twitter was accused of going all-in on racism.

That page was listed as a link in this racist tweet the RNC posted, a tweet so racist even conservatives are calling it racist.

CNN’s S.E. Cupp, a “practical conservative,” wrote: “They’ve got nothing. Nothing but racism.”

More responses:

Just say you’re racist.

No more dog whistles. Just unabashed bigotry.

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Watch: Tom Cotton Said He Had Just One Condition to Confirm Brett Kavanaugh – He Has Many More for Ketanji Brown Jackson

Kavanaugh did not smoke a pipe, although he did threaten Democrats. Cotton voted to confirm him anyway.

Fast forward to today.

Four years after his pipe-smoking demand Senator Cotton has expanded his list of conditions for supporting the nation’s first Black woman nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“I want to be clear about what would convince me to support any Supreme Court nominee,” Cotton on Monday told Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, a judge more qualified than any of the current justices when they were nominated to the nation’s highest court. “I’m looking for a justice who will uphold the Constitution, not use it to invent so-called rights.”

“I’m looking for a justice who understands the Constitution means what it says, and does not mean what it doesn’t say. Someone who understands that is not up to nine unaccountable, unelected politicians black robes decides on some new meaning of the constitution based on public opinion polling, or views of the legal elite,” Cotton, a Harvard Law School grad announced.

“I’m looking for a justice who realizes that a so-called ‘living Constitution’ really means that the Constitution is dead. Instead, we should have an enduring Constitution, as Justice Scalia contended.”

“I’m looking for a justice you understand there’s a process for updating the Constitution. And that process is by amending the Constitution. I will not support anyone who seeks to rewrite the Constitution from the bench rather than through our constitutional amendment process,” he added, apparently unaware that that is exactly what the conservative extremists are doing right now on issues like abortion and other civil rights.

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Far Right GOP Senator Falsely Claims Judge Jackson Called Bush and Rumsfeld ‘War Criminals’ – Doubles Down When Debunked

He doubled down later, even after the legal experts weighed in, debunking his allegation.

“I don’t know you well but I’ve been impressed by our interaction, and you’ve been gracious and charming,” Cornyn told Judge Jackson before attempting to malign her. “Why in the world would you call Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld and George W. Bush ‘war criminals’ in a legal filing?”

Judge Jackson looked confused upon hearing the accusation.

“It seems so out of character for you,” he added.

“Senator you may be, are you talking about habeas petitions that I –” Jackson responded.

“I’m talking about when you were representing a member of the Taliban, and the Dept. of Defense identified him as an intelligence officer of the Taliban and you referred to the Secretary of Defense and the sitting President of the United States as ‘war criminals,’” he charged. “Why would you do something like that – it seems so out of character.”

Judge Jackson replied, “Senator, I don’t remember that particular reference, and I was representing my clients and making arguments. I’d have to take a look at what you meant – I did not intend to disparage the President or the Secretary of Defense.”

Angered, Cornyn dispensed with the niceties.

“Well being a war criminal has huge ramifications, you could be subject to the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, hauled before that international tribunal and charged for war crimes, so it’s not a casual comment I would suggest.”

What is a “casual comment” made without much research is Cornyn’s accusation, which is false, according to legal experts.

University of Texas School of Law law professor Steve Vladeck, an expert on national security law and the prosecution of war crimes, explains, basically, that she did not call them “war criminals,” but cited their offices and in the complaint stated they had committed criminal acts of war.

Others just accepted as fact that Bush and (the late) Donald Rumsfeld are war criminals:

Two things can be true at the same time

Ketanji Brown Jackson never referred to George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld as “war criminals”

Also, George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld were war criminals

 

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Watch: GOP Senator Says Supreme Court Should Not Have Made Interracial Marriage Legal

Braun, who is not an attorney or legal scholar or expert, went on to say the Supreme court decided many other civil rights cases wrongly, including Roe v. Wade, which made abortion legal. He said those decisions should be left to the states.

When reminded that if he were to have his way, couples could find their marriages in effect in one state and not in another. He declared that the “beauty” of a federalist system.

“You can list a whole host of issues,” Braun told Dan Cardin of the NWI Times of Northwest Indiana. “When it comes down to whatever they are, I’m going to say they’re not going to all make you happy within a given state. But we’re better off having states manifest their points of view, rather than homogenizing it across the country as Roe v. Wade did.”

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REPORTER: "You would be okay with the Supreme Court leaving the issue of interracial marriage to the states?"

 

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The Chinese great translation movement: Exposing Chinese propaganda or spreading hate?

A movement to counteract Chinese online propaganda

与以往抹黑中国人的日常行为习惯不同,此次行动明确将所谓的中国人负面形象产生原因归咎于中国政府,[…] 通过抹黑中国人民来抹黑中国的政治体制,从而妄图达到在中国掀起“颜色革命”这一根本目标。

Different from other smear campaigns against Chinese people, this campaign blames the Chinese government for Chinese netizens’ negative behaviour… it smears the Chinese government by smearing Chinese people and its ultimate goal is to achieve a “Color Revolution” in China.

Apart from criticism from official Chinese outlets, some overseas Chinese netizens also expressed concern that translating hate speech on Chinese social media would fuel anti-Chinese sentiment among western societies. For example, Twitter user @jeeplakeside commented: 

追根究底所谓大翻译运动,只为了增加和传递仇恨,并无任何可进步意义。
内容携带私货,目标无差别仇视单一族群,产生后果受害种群不止华裔而是整个亚裔,可谓发起者初衷极其邪恶。

The goal of the so-called Great Translation Movement is to reinforce and distribute hate. It is not progressive, it has its own agenda and it targets a particular ethnic group. The consequence, however, would not be confined to Chinese but all Asian people. The initiator's idea is very evil. 

怎樣跟殭屍作戰呢?也許苦口婆心講道理也能讓有些殭屍幡然醒悟吧。但是,更重要的幫助它們解除巫師的魔咒。在各種傳說中,殭屍都害怕陽光。這就是為什麼俄羅斯、中國和北韓都要對網路實行嚴密封鎖的原因。

How to counteract the zombies? One may be able to convert a few of them by means of persuasion. But the best way is to remove their spells. Zombies are afraid of sunlight, that’s why Russia, China and North Korea imposed strict internet censorship.   

Cai Xia, a retired professor of the CCP Central Party School also supports the initiative:

I support the Great Translation Movement initiated by netizens. The translation not only exposes how the CCP dictatorship poisons its people with toxic ideology and twisted their thoughts and feelings, it also reminds governments and people from other countries to be aware of the CCP’s propaganda and spreading of disinformation – how it uses disinformation to distort the public opinions. In the face of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Xi’s power bloc helps Putin in his info-war […]

Some users suggested that the organizers of the Great Translation Movement should review and provide more context for the translations so as to prevent the spread of hatred against Chinese people.

Others believe that the translation efforts are creating a dilemma for Chinese censorship authorities. Namely, if it censors problematic content from the Little Pinks, they may lose some supporters; if the authorities ignore them, they are tacitly approving them.

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Watch Live: Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson Testifies on the Second Day of Her SCOTUS Confirmation Hearing

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on day two of her Supreme Court confirmation hearing, which begins at 9:00 AM ET. You can watch video below, or on C-SPAN on cable.

Watch day two live below:

 

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Watch: Durbin Destroys Hawley by Allowing Ketanji Brown Jackson to Respond to His Debunked Attack

At the opening of Tuesday’s Senate confirmation hearing Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin decimated Hawley’s attack with a litany of facts, but also by giving Judge Jackson the opportunity to speak to the allegations directly to the Senators and to the American people.

3/ The importance of Judge Jackson’s experience as a district judge is also on display here. She references victim impact statements from kids harmed when abused to produce pornography & explains how seriously she deals with defendants who produce/traffic as well as “lookers”

Watch Chairman Durbin confront the false allegations directly by using Senator Hawley’s own words, and Judge Jackson’s response:

 

 

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Trump-Loving Senate Candidate Faces Horrific Allegations of Beating His Children in New Court Documents

Newly revealed court documents show that Trump-loving Missouri Senate candidate Eric Greitens has been accused of physically abusing both his ex-wife and their children.

The Washington Post reports that Sheena Greitens leveled horrific allegations against her ex-husband in new court documents related to the couple’s custody battle over their two children.

“In early June 2018, I became afraid for my safety and that of our children at our home, which was fairly isolated, due to Eric’s unstable and coercive behavior,” Sheena Greitens alleged in the filing. “This behavior included physical violence toward our children, such as cuffing our then three-year-old son across the face at the dinner table in front of me and yanking him around by the hair.”

READ MORE: WATCH: Ted Cruz uses Supreme Court hearing to flip out on Democrats in breathless rant

Sheena Greitens also detailed an alleged incident in which one of her children came home with serious injuries after a visit with their father, as the child returned with “a swollen face, bleeding gums, and a loose tooth” that later had to be removed.

The Missouri Senate candidate told his wife that he and the child were merely “roughhousing” and that the injuries occurred by “accident,” according to court documents.

Greitens also claimed that her husband would repeatedly threaten to kill himself if she did not support him during the scandal that ended his tenure as Missouri governor.

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