Thursday, November 2, 2017

Brutal NY Times Op-Ed: "The Plot Against America"

Mod: A New York Times op-ed piece that completely nails it. Yes, we certainly do live in interesting times.

The Plot Against America (The New York Times link): On Monday morning, after America learned that Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and Manafort’s lobbying partner, Rick Gates, had been indicted and turned themselves in to federal authorities, the president tried to distance himself from the unfolding scandal. “Sorry, but this is years ago, before Paul Manafort was part of the Trump campaign,” the president wrote in one tweet. A few minutes later, he added, in another, “Also, there is NO COLLUSION!”

At almost the exact same time, news broke suggesting that the F.B.I. has evidence of collusion. We learned that one of the Trump campaign’s foreign policy aides, George Papadopoulos, pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I. about his attempts to solicit compromising information on Hillary Clinton from the Russian government. Despite Trump’s hysterical denials and attempts at diversion, the question is no longer whether there was cooperation between Trump’s campaign and Russia, but how extensive it was.

In truth, that’s been clear for a while. If it’s sometimes hard to grasp the Trump campaign’s conspiracy against our democracy, it’s due less to lack of proof than to the impudent improbability of its B-movie plotline. Monday’s indictments offer evidence of things that Washington already knows but pretends to forget. Trump, more gangster than entrepreneur, has long surrounded himself with bottom-feeding scum, and for all his nationalist bluster, his campaign was a vehicle for Russian subversion.

We already knew that Manafort offered private briefings about the campaign to Oleg Deripaska, an oligarch close to President Vladimir Putin of Russia. The indictment accuses him of having been an unregistered foreign agent for another Putin-aligned oligarch, the former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych. Trump wasn’t paying Manafort, who reportedly sold himself to the candidate by offering to work free. But he intended to profit from his connection with the campaign, emailing an associate, “How do we use to get whole?” If there were no other evidence against Trump, we could conclude that he was grotesquely irresponsible in opening his campaign up to corrupt foreign infiltration.

But of course there is other evidence against Trump. His campaign was told that Russia wanted to help it, and it welcomed such help. On June 3, remember, the music publicist Rob Goldstone emailed Donald Trump Jr. to broker a Trump Tower meeting at which a Russian source would deliver “very high level and sensitive information” as “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.” Trump Jr. responded with delight: “If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.”

The guilty plea by Papadopoulos indicates what information Trump Jr. might have been expecting. An obscure figure in foreign policy circles, Papadopoulos was one of five people who Trump listed as foreign policy advisers during a Washington Post editorial board meeting last year. A court filing, whose truth Papadopoulos affirms, says that in April 2016, he met with a professor who he “understood to have substantial connections to Russian government officials.” The professor told him that Russians had “dirt” on Clinton, including “thousands of emails.” (The Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta had been hacked in March.)

In the following months, Papadopoulos and his supervisors emailed back and forth about plans for a campaign trip to Russia. According to the court filing, one campaign official emailed another, “We need someone to communicate that D.T. is not doing these trips.” D.T. clearly stood for Donald Trump. The email continued, “It should be someone low level in the campaign so as not to send any signal.”

Thanks to an August Washington Post story, we know that this email was sent by Manafort. Some have interpreted the exchange to mean that Manafort wanted a low-level person to decline the invitation, not to go to Russia. But the court filing also cites a “campaign supervisor” encouraging Papadopoulos and “another foreign policy adviser” to make the trip. Papadopoulos never went to Russia, but the foreign policy adviser Carter Page did.

So here’s where we are. Trump put Manafort, an accused money-launderer and unregistered foreign agent, in charge of his campaign. Under Manafort’s watch, the campaign made at least two attempts to get compromising information about Clinton from Russia. Russia, in turn, provided hacked Democratic emails to WikiLeaks.

Russia also ran a giant disinformation campaign against Clinton on social media and attempted to hack voting systems in at least 21 states. In response to Russia’s election meddling, Barack Obama’s administration imposed sanctions. Upon taking office, Trump reportedly made secret efforts to lift them. He fired the F.B.I. director James Comey to stop his investigation into “this Russia thing,” as he told Lester Holt. The day after the firing, he met with Russia’s foreign minister and its ambassador to America, and told them: “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”

We’ve had a year of recriminations over the Clinton campaign’s failings, but Trump clawed out his minority victory only with the aid of a foreign intelligence service. On Monday we finally got indictments, but it’s been obvious for a year that this presidency is a crime.

'I want to quit': Fox News employees say their network's Russia coverage was 'an embarrassment' (CNN link): Some employees at Fox News were left embarrassed and humiliated by their network's coverage of the latest revelations in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling, according to conversations CNN had with several individuals placed throughout the network.

On Monday, it was revealed that President Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort and another associate Rick Gates had been indicted by a grand jury on 12 counts, including conspiracy against the United States. Unsealed court records also revealed that another Trump associate, George Papadopoulos, had pleaded guilty to making a false statement to the FBI weeks ago.

The revelations jolted through the news media, and Fox News did cover it as its top story. But in contrast with CNN and MSNBC, which aired non-stop rolling coverage throughout the day, Fox News found plenty of time to cover other topics, like the NFL protests, North Korea, and tax reform.

Additionally, Fox News aired segments that questioned Mueller's credibility and many were framed around how Trump and his allies were responding to the news. On Fox News' homepage, the lead story at one point was focused on Trump slamming the indictment. Another lead story cited Manafort's lawyer, and asked, "Mueller's 'ridiculous' claims?"

"This kind of coverage does the viewer a huge disservice and further divides the country," one Fox News personality told CNN.

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67 comments:

  1. Trump and his ilk are the worst type of Americans; willing to be a traitor our country in order to make them selves richer and more powerful. Disgusting - which we could just ship them all off to Russia where they belong, forever. History is going to laugh at these fools, and any sucker who thinks otherwise... is just plain ignorant.

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  2. The more Donald Trump says there was no collusion between his campaign and Russia, the more it looks like there was collusion between his campaign and Russia.

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  3. Lock them all up.
    Not new and there was collusion.

    But, dt will get off the hooker roo because of the judges he has appointed.
    And, all of them are scum.

    BTW where in the hell are his taxes he promised.
    Unbelievable liar liar liar.

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  4. We are getting to a serious tipping point in America. We are either going to have an impeachment, or our democratic rules of checks and balances are going to be overthrown by this Putin wannabe. Serious serious times.

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  5. Trump Has Officially Become A National Joke As 72% Of America Is Embarrassed By His Behavior
    http://www.politicususa.com/2017/11/01/trump-officially-national-joke-72-america-embarrassed-behavior.html

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  6. Robert Mueller may have found his opening for arresting Jeff Sessions
    http://www.palmerreport.com/opinion/arrest-jeff-sessions-robert-mueller/5827/

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  7. Hillary Clinton
    I agree that we should investigate to see Lets investigate the following regarding Hillary Clinton:
    1. Deleting 33,000 emails.
    2. Destroying some of her mobile devices with a hammer.
    3. Her lawyers turning in other devices but without the SIM cards.
    4. Using bleachbit to wipe her server.
    5. Approving the sale of 20 percent of the US uranium reserves to Russia at the same time her husband received $500,000 from a Russian company for a speech and the Clinton Foundation receiving donations of 145 million from Russian government connected entities.
    6. How the Clintons personally made about 200 million dollars over the last 15 years while working in government jobs.
    7. How the Clinton foundation took in billions of dollars from foreign governments who received favors in return.
    8. Mishandling classified top secret emails.
    9. While she was under an FBI investigation, Attorney General Loretta Lynch tells FBI Director Comey to refer to the Clinton email investigation as a "matter" rather than an "investigation".
    10. Bill Clinton meeting on the tarmac for a private meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch just a few days before the FBI Director says she will not be prosecuted.
    11. Paying for the fake Russian dossier that was used as a pretext for unmasking and FISA warrants. This all may not seem suspicious but let's see what a Special Prosecutor does with that.

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    1. Who cares? What does this have to do with Trump being a traitor? Apples and oranges, nitwit. Even if your nonsense is true it in no way gets Putin's Pussy Grabber off the hook.

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    2. Hillary lost. Get over it!

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    3. 6:57, what words can reach you?

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    4. A great example of successful brainwashing, spitting out the attempts point by point to deflect attention from the real problems.
      Hopelessly and maybe permanently confused.

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    5. 7:33 - Your dyed and fried leader lost by 3 million votes. And because he has turned out to be a pawn illegally installed by the Russians, he is going to be arrested, impeached and imprisoned. Stop being a punk.

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    6. Your Russian inspired "whataboutisms" have been (1) debunked; (2) Hillary is not President; and (3) Hillary posses no danger to the U.S. unlike Putin's puppet.

      So which are you Comrade, (A) a Russian citizen or (B) a traitor?

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    7. Hillary was being investigated by FBI. Trump fired the investigator. Dumb till got rolled!

      Again

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    8. It's already been investigated! NOTHING THERE! How many times do you have to be told that? Bastard, this isn't about Hillary OR Bill! It's about the POS that is occupying the White House!

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    9. 6:57 must be a Russian troll. No American can possibly be that stupid.

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  8. Why the far right believes a US civil war will start on Saturday
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/01/far-right-conspiracy-theory-us-civil-war

    Saturday because that is when everyone is off work. I guess.

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  9. Putin's Revenge, a 2 part documentary on Frontline, connects all the dots:
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/putins-revenge/

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  10. Trump’s inner circle admits Mueller indictments mean it’s time to plan president’s endgame: report
    https://www.rawstory.com/2017/11/trumps-inner-circle-admits-mueller-indictments-mean-its-time-to-plan-presidents-endgame-report/

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  11. There are 'Nazis' in Congress, says former Republican leader John Boehner
    The former Speaker of the House unloads on his ex-colleagues
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/john-boehner-nazis-congress-republicans-trump-congress-interview-a8030026.html

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  12. Only fake patriots support Trump.

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    1. Trump supporters have no critical thinking skills. They are awash in impulses and dysfunctional emotions, just like Trump himself is.

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    2. Led around by their little red noses like sheep.

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  13. MAGA, soon the opioid drugs will be difficult for some of the commenters on this blog to hide from their physicians, and then their Trump paranoia will cease as their mental health issues are addressed.

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    1. MAGA = Many Are Getting Arrested.

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    2. In 8:29's world (his parents' basement) only white nationalist supporters of Putin and his U.S. Puppet Administration are sane.

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    3. Perhaps Rush Limbaugh can show everyone how to get copious amounts of opioids. He has the experience, doesn't he?

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    4. Rushbo is a recovering addict.

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  14. "Defenders of Status Quo" or are we going to give a real tax plan.
    Bigger paychecks, double standard tax deductions, repealing the death tax, pro growth, rebuild the middle class, transformational for everyone.

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    1. If you believe the crap Santa Trump is putting out that's your business. Everyone has the right to be a fool, and it is good to see you are taking advantage of that.

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    2. ‘Double standard’ is right

      Lemming

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    3. What "Cut Cut Cut: means:

      Cut Medicare
      Cut Medicaid
      Cut Social Security

      How many retired people are going to die because 8:46 doesn't want to pay his tax bills?

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  15. Since 1986 the tax code has not been reformed. Revitalize the American dream. Tax plan will will give the average American family additional $1,182 a year.

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    1. republicans have held majority of congress for the majority of years since before 1986.

      epic fail

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  16. Trump blaming Kushner for Mueller investigation
    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/358248-vanity-fair-trump-blaming-kushner-for-mueller-investigation

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  17. Evidence mounts that Jeff Sessions perjured himself under Al Franken questioning
    https://www.rawstory.com/2017/11/busted-evidence-mounts-that-jeff-sessions-perjured-himself-under-al-franken-questioning/

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    1. Anyone seen the new tax changes? California is getting hit hard. Looks like it really hits the middle class hard.

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  18. Robert Mercer just stepped down as the President of his hedge fund. I'm guessing he is one of the 4 sealed indictments that haven't been revealed yet. And I am guessing it is going to be opened today or tomorrow. As usual.... remember where you read it first. ;.)

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    1. Coincidence? I think not!

      Robert Mercer: I regret supporting Milo Yiannopoulos and I'm cutting off his funding
      http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/robert-mercer-i-regret-supporting-milo-yiannopoulos-and-im-cutting-off-his-funding/article/2639401

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    2. Poor Milo. He'd be lucky to get a job flipping burgers at Wendy's.

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  19. Is that comedian Al Franken still taking a paycheck from Congress? He will soont impersonating a soon to be out of work Congressional Democrat, as he is up for re election. No Joke.

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    1. Al Franken, Mark Dayton lead GOP challengers, poll says
      http://www.twincities.com/2013/10/30/al-franken-mark-dayton-lead-gop-challengers-poll-says/

      Trump is dragging the GOP down to a historic defeat in 2018.

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    2. ‘Soont’ indeed.

      Goon talking point regurgitation.

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    3. Soonter or later Sessions will realize just how dumb he is compared to that Harvard grad comedian Al Franken.

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    4. The Mean Elf will have a lot of time to mull it all over while he's at Guantanamo.

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  20. What a disgrace and it's true!

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  21. Trolls get trumped again!

    President Donald Trump’s “voter fraud” panel — which he formed to justify his completely unfounded claim that Hillary Clinton received three million “illegal” votes last November — has gone mysteriously silent.

    An editorial for the Kansas City Star notes that the panel, which is being led by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, has only met twice so far, and has had no meetings since September. Additionally, the panel’s website hasn’t provided any updates since August, and it has no future meetings scheduled.

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  22. Ex-Trump aide on Mueller indictment: Trump is 'f---ed'

    A former campaign aide to President Trump said the president is "f---ed" now that his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has been indicted.

    “Here’s what Manafort’s indictment tells me: Mueller is going to go over every financial dealing of Jared Kushner and the Trump Organization,” Sam Nunberg told Vanity Fair.

    “Trump is at 33 percent in Gallup. You can’t go any lower.”

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/358241-ex-trump-aide-on-mueller-indictment-trump-is-f-ked

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    1. Since almost all of the stuff in the indictment against Manafort occurred during the time Mueller was the FBI Director, makes you wonder what else he missed. Nice that he is getting a second chance. Can't wait for the other shoe to drop.

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    2. You are wildly misinformed.

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    3. 11:42...you are the misinformed one. Mueller was FBI Director from September 4, 2001- September 4, 2013. The activities that Manafort has been indicted for occurred primarily from 2002-2014. None of the "collusion" stuff is in an indictment yet. Things always work out better the second time around.

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    4. Umm, Trump waddled into the White House in 2017. But in 2016 Manafort was running the Russian wing of the Trump campaign. That was when the big time collusion (or, to use the politically incorrect term that I prefer, treason) occurred.

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    5. 12:48...yes, but there is no indictment for that (yet). Mueller is still cleaning up after all the stuff he didn't catch when he was supposed to be paying attention. Just sayin'....that swamp is bigger than you think.

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    6. The swamp isn't drained until Trumputin is dressed in an orange jumper and safely locked away in Guantanamo.

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    7. It really requires a collosal amount of idiocy to believe that every FBI director can possibly be aware of every crime occurring during their tenure.

      Idiotic talking point specifically designed to persuade idiots.

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  23. Russia-Financed Ad Linked Clinton and Satan
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/01/us/politics/facebook-google-twitter-russian-interference-hearings.html

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  24. Post-ABC poll: Most Americans approve of Trump-Russia probe, and nearly half think Trump committed a crime

    More than twice as many Americans approve as disapprove of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation of possible coordination between Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and the Russian government, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds, indicating that the conservative effort to discredit the probe has fallen flat as the case has progressed toward its first public charges.

    A 58 percent majority say they approve of Mueller’s handling of the investigation while 28 percent say they disapprove, the Post-ABC poll finds. People’s views depend in large part on their political leanings, but overall, Americans are generally inclined to trust Mueller and the case he has made so far.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/post-abc-poll-most-americans-approve-of-trump-russia-probe-and-nearly-half-think-trump-committed-a-crime/2017/11/02/9ccb3ccc-bfd6-11e7-97d9-bdab5a0ab381_story.html

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  25. Deaperate trolls trumped twice in a day:

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions reportedly now admits that he was aware of George Papadopoulos’s efforts to arrange meetings between the Trump campaign and Russia — a seemingly direct contradiction of sworn testimony he gave to the Senate.

    Sources tell NBC News that Sessions now remembers rejecting a proposal by Papadopoulos to set up a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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    1. Y'all best let me do some thinkin' 'bout that for a few months, y'hear?

      Oh, yeh, now I remember sompin' 'bout a meetin' with Ruskies to hep out a bit. Forgot all about it what with the fellas jokin' 'bout treason here and there most meetin's. All in good fun. Heck, y'all can't expect a guy to remember each and every one of em!

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  26. Triple troll trump! Another corrupt crony goes down!!!

    Former Trump campaign aide Sam Clovis, who has been swept up in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, has withdrawn from consideration to be the Department of Agriculture's chief scientist, according to a letter Clovis sent on Wednesday to President Donald Trump.

    Clovis had been under criticism for months for his lack of science credentials and, in recent days, for his role supervising George Papadopoulos, a Trump campaign foreign policy adviser who struck a plea deal on charges he lied to FBI investigators about his communications with Russia-linked contacts.



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  27. 2:31pm. Just proved the point that the pay for show me the diploma Harvard, will take any comic relief and push him through; very progressive of the school.

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    1. "pay for show me" Isn't it a bit late to be trolling from St. Petersburg?

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    2. The only comic relief I see here is the comrade's terrible English.

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  28. Actually, I find Al Franken to be an interesting, smart and well spoken man. Wasn't that wild about him on SNL, so was surprised that he seems to be so logical and well read. Not that my opinion means anything but so many of the politicians talk such BS most of the time that he seems refreshing.

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  29. Tattler, when did the blog start getting Russian hits?

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    1. The "Snowflake-In-Chief" post got linked on some Facebook pages, forwarded several thousand times, and went viral from there. Seems to have struck a chord out there. The Tattler might have a future in national muckraking. 12,000 hits since last evening.

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    2. 6:57 definitely a paid troll

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