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2018 State and Local Elections

The Right Fails To Unite. Wonkagenda For Mon., Aug. 13, 2018

DC unites against the right, Omarosa still clinging to 15 minutes of fame, and hackers find new ways to break voting machines. Your morning news brief.

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Russia

Russian Haxxors In Florida's Database, Killin' Ur Votz

Or maybe everything's fine. Let's assume everything's fine.

US Senator Bill Nelson of Florida is warning state election officials they need to up their computer security, because Russian hackers have already "penetrated" some of the state's voter registration systems. Election officials have responded by saying there's nothing to worry about, since they have no idea what Nelson means, and why is he picking on them, anyway?

Nelson seemed pretty darn sure about all that when he talked to the Tampa Bay Times Wednesday, telling the paper, "They have already penetrated certain counties in the state and they now have free rein to move about." The Times notes he'd made a similar comment at a campaign appearance Tuesday, but hadn't gone into any detail, adding, "That's classified."

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Tech

Will Kicking Alex Jones Off Of Social Media Backfire?!? Nope.

It's called 'means reduction,' and it works.

This week, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has found himself banned from nearly every possible social media outlet (except for Twitter) on the internet, following a particularly abhorrent outburst in which he actually mimed shooting Robert Mueller. For many outlets, this just went too far.

I am, usually, a free speech absolutist. Not even just as a matter of principle, but because I find that it tends to work better for me than the alternative. I abide by the "enough rope" and "sunshine is the best disinfectant" philosophy of people who say stupid ass shit. I win arguments with stupid men not by telling them to shut up, but by asking them questions until they want to disappear in a hole of regret and die or, at the very least, take a vow of silence. I'm fucking vicious and it is adorable.

That being said, I also believe that if you are hosting a lovely dinner party and some asshole starts being an asshole, you are within your rights to kick him the hell out, for the sake of the rest of your guests. I believe that you are allowed to set the terms for your own space. In fact, it seems as though this is one thing InfoWars actually agrees with me on.

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Post-Racial America

Charlie Don't Surf. Wonkagenda For Wed., Aug. 08, 2018

Democrats have a crazy good night at the polls, Trump's Mar-a-Lago members are secretly running the VA, and the Paul Manafort trial is a soap opera. Your morning news brief.

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2018 State and Local Elections

Manafort Trial Getting Hot In Here. Wonkagenda For Tues., Aug. 7, 2018

Paul Manafort's partner snitches, California burns, and Mike Pence has thoughts on impeachment. Your morning news brief!

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Tech

Alex Jones's Tree Of Liberty Being Watered By So Many Gay Frogs Right Now

BYE FELICIA BYE!

Breaking news about the death of the free press and the First Amendment and America itself. Or, you know, the opposite of all that.

It appears conspiracy jackhole Alex Jones is finally getting the free market treatment he so richly deserves, because everybody and their mom is deleting his podcasts and videos and pages from their internets. Even Facebook!

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Russia

Get Ready For Executive Time! Wonkagenda For Mon., Aug. 6, 2018

Trump's gonna be watching A LOT of tv, Don Jr. is dead to rights, and here comes more trade war! Your morning news brief!

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Russia

The 'Boring Subjects.' Wonkagenda For Fri., Aug. 3, 2018

Security officials warn of Russian fuckery, Trump says ignore 'boring subjects,' then mansplains Ivanka's apology. Your morning news brief!

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2018 State and Local Elections

Catfishing Illinois Republican Is Gross Creep Of The Day! (So Far)

Why, yes, he IS naked right now.

Chalk up another win for the Party of Family Values! Yesterday, Illinois state Rep. Nick Sauer resigned from the state lege after Politico reported a former girlfriend had turned Sauer in for posting nude photos of her on a fake Instagram account, and then having sexytime private chats with men who thought they were talking all sexy with her. Yes, shortly after the two of them had started seeing each other, and while he was also seeing other women behind her back. As Henry Kissinger famously stated, "Power is an aphrodisiac," which means maybe Sauer should also be investigated for war crimes.

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Russia

Paul Manafort: Wannabe Eurotrash Gigolo. Wonkagenda For Thurs., Aug 2, 2018

Paul Manafort has no fashion sense, Trump ShutDown will be great for ratings, and Trump rolls out the red carpet for Dinesh D'Souza. Your morning news brief.

Morning Wonketariat! Sorry we're late, we had backend problems. (THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID.) Here's some of the things we may be talking about today.

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Guns

Hey, What's Up With The 3D-Printed Guns?

Bad ideas: Already plentiful on the Internet

Thanks to the Trump administration's embrace of all things that fire projectiles, the era of untraceable plastic guns that can be fabricated with a 3-D printer is upon us. The latest plan -- Trump Department of Justice-approved! -- to make the blueprints available online has been temporarily put on hold by a federal judge, pending a court hearing next week. Not surprisingly, the law is trying to play catch-up with the technology, and that's a race the geeks and the gunhumpers tend to win.

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Science

Trump Admin Warns: Good Gas Mileage Might KILL YOU

Happily, climate change will protect you from polar bears

The Trump administration is getting ready to reveal its new plans for fuel economy, and they've got a heck of a fine argument, according to a draft of the plan obtained by the Associated Press. It's really quite simple: If cars get better mileage, people will decide to drive more, and that would cause more accidents, so Team Trump will keep fuel economy low to save lives. Yes, really, not even a shrug emoji in the draft.

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Russia

Florida, Man. Wonkagenda For Wed., Aug. 1, 2018

Facebook admits ongoing election fuckery (again), Trump encourages violence against media (again), baby jails are like 'summer camp' (again). Your morning news brief!

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Elections

Trump's YUGE Koch Problem. Wonkagenda For Tues., July 31, 2018

The Koch brothers jump off the Trump train, Rudy Giuliani's media blitz, and Julian Assange is about to be homeless (again). Your morning news brief.

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Post-Racial America

Reunited Families Finally Meet Some Real Americans

We're not crying, YOU'RE ... yeah, we're crying some too.

Now that the Trump administration has achieved its D+ grade in reuniting 2/3 of the families it tore apart with the family separation policy, what's next for the families who've been reunited? For a lot of them, it's going to be more limbo: waiting to find out whether they'll be deported, and if so, some parents will have to decide whether to ask for their children to be sent to family members here in the US to pursue an asylum claim alone. Other families who have requested asylum and have passed the "credible fear" test (the first stage of screening) are being released from detention, but have no idea how to get to their next stop in America. Fortunately, a small army of volunteers, advocacy groups, and companies has sprung up in to coordinate food, travel, and temporary housing for the asylum seekers across the country. There are far more Americans who hate what the Trump administration has done than support it, and they're doing all they can to tell asylum seekers they're welcome.

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Russia

Russians Tried To Hack Claire McCaskill. To Help Her, Probably!

Nice catch by heroes at ... Microsoft?

The universe has a funny way of creating ironic juxtapositions. Like for instance, just the other day, Donald Trump took to the Twitter to try to convince everyone Russia would probably try to get Democrats elected in the midterms because Trump is so very tough on Russia. It was therefore nearly mandatory for news to break yesterday that Russia tried to access email accounts from the office of Democrat Claire McCaskill, the US senator from Missouri. Irony achievement: unlocked. Fortunately, not so much any of her staff's emails, that we know of.

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