The first American to introduce two of the major players at the heart of a shocking Russian spy scandal has such deep ties to Moscow that he has doubted Barack Obama’s American citizenship in the course of demonstrating his affinity for Vladimir Putin. “As long as tweeted Tennessee attorney G. Kline Preston IV in 2013, “I propose Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin.” Two years later, at a rally featuring soon-to-be-President Donald Trump, Preston tweeted: “Donald Trump today in Nashville. He is a friend of Russia.” He wrote the message in Russian. In other words, at the very beginning of what appears to be an audacious geopolitical gambit to pivot the American right in Moscow’s direction is a birther who has explicitly stated a preference for Vladimir Putin to run the United States of America. He’s also something of a Confederate enthusiast, according to his Facebook activity. “ — Preston’s offline activities … [Read more...] about Pro-Confederate Birther Introduced Maria Butina’s Handler to NRA Chief
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TAIPEI, TAIWAN - A typhoon that swept over the Philippines Tuesday killed at least 10 people in a path of destruction that reached the capital Manila. But the country averted a larger-scale disaster, the likes of which often bedevil the impoverished country, due to stronger preparations including mass mobile phone alerts. The typhoon known internationally as Kammuri and called Tisoy in the Philippines reached the Bicol Peninsula southeast of Manila late Monday with wind speeds of up to 208 kilometers per hour, according to the British forecasting service Tropical Storm Risk. Philippine officials had warned citizens via mobile phone messaging and traditional broadcast media about the storm’s potential damage, people on the ground say. Local government offices urged evacuations and more than 200,000 complied, media reports from Manila said. Those offices also readied emergency meals for displaced families. Compared to past typhoons, “I think there is a greater emphasis … [Read more...] about How the Normally Hard-Hit Philippines Just Averted Major Typhoon Damage
Thousands of people in the UK have signed a petition that calls on streaming giant Netflix to end its plan to fight a democratically passed Georgia law that bans abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, generally at six or seven weeks of pregnancy.Right to Life UK launched the petition Sunday at CitizenGo, calling on Netflix users to cancel their subscriptions after the entertainment company said it would be working with the ACLU to fight the pro-life Georgia law and re-evaluating its production in Georgia entirely. Nearly 7000 people have committed to boycotting Netflix in response to Netflix’s commitment to funding a legal challenge to Georgia’s new abortion law. #BoycottNetflix #CancelNetflixhttps://t.co/arMIIZRHfn — Right To Life UK (@RightToLifeUK) June 4, 2019 Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, told Variety the company has “many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights … will be severely … [Read more...] about Netflix Faces Pro-Life Boycotts in U.S. and U.K.
Federal investigators believe Facebook’s servers contain a wealth of hard data that could shed light on the central question of American politics in 2017: Did Donald Trump’s campaign collude with the Russian government? But Facebook told The Daily Beast on Wednesday that “we aren't well placed to know if something like coordination occurred” between the Trump campaign and Russia. The social media giant then declined to commit to releasing information about Russian government-backed Facebook posts, groups, and paid advertisements to the users who encountered them. That means Facebook users may never know if they were targeted by foreign propaganda campaigns during the 2016 election, or if those campaigns are still filling up their newsfeeds today. Facebook’s comments come one week after the company confirmed it unknowingly sold 3,000 ads to a Russian propaganda farm. Facebook groups emanating from the St. Petersburg-based operation were outed by an … [Read more...] about Exclusive: Facebook Won’t Reveal if Russia Targeted You During the Election
TAIPEI - Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, a thorn in the side of China, saw her approval rating plunge to 24% about a year ago. Now the leader who continues to resist Beijing enjoys a more than 55% approval rating – a month before she stands for reelection. The 63-year-old law scholar made the comeback on tailwinds from the Hong Kong mass protests since June and support from the government of U.S. President Donald Trump as he resists China for his own reasons, people watching the election campaign say. The protests and Trump effectively confirm Tsai’s agenda of minimizing Beijing's influence over Taiwan, they say. “Tsai Ing-wen’s actions of rejecting mainland China, blocking mainland China and rejecting exchanges with mainland China have suddenly changed from being questioned by a lot of people to where some people think those actions might be safer in the short term,” said Huang Kwei-bo, vice dean of the international affairs college at National Chengchi … [Read more...] about Trump, Hong Kong Protests, Boost Taiwan President’s Approval Rating