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I think this is getting to the point where Russia needs it's own thread.  I have been putting a lot of Russia stuff in other threads, but this is getting serious and deserves it's own topic.







In North Carolina, the NRA spent $6.2 million on the incumbent Republican Sen. Richard Burr, the most it has ever invested in a down-ballot race. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

The National Rifle Association took a historic gamble in 2016, and it paid off in a huge way.

The gun rights group placed multimillion-dollar bets on Donald Trump and six Republican Senate candidates locked in highly competitive races. It poured $50.2 million, or 96 percent of its total outside spending, into these races, and lost only one — an open seat in Nevada, vacated by the Democratic Minority Leader, Harry Reid. That race cost the NRA roughly $2.5 million.








The NRA told the Federal Election Commission it spent $55 million during the 2016 election cycle. But according to two insiders at the powerful gun lobby, the total was far greater. 

The group — which broke with longstanding practice Thursday by coming out in favor of a measure to clamp down on a device that can make rifles more deadly — has long been a major campaign contributor, particularly, in recent years, to Republicans. In 2016, the group’s reports filed with the Federal Election Commission showed it shelled out a record-setting $55 million combined on independent political spending and direct contributions to candidates in federal races.

But two NRA sources told McClatchy that the group spent even more — close to $70 million, and perhaps much more. One source, a prominent NRA committee member, told McClatchy in several interviews that the gun group’s chieftain Wayne LaPierre informed him of the higher number. And the second, a leading conservative with strong ties to the NRA, said he was told that the number was actually higher. Both sources requested anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose the information, which was not required to be public.


Their actions are far greater than trying to hack into our election computers.  
And....our President is complicit with it.
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If you remember, when Trump first started campaigning, he stated clearly that he was going to finance his own campaign so that he can prove he isn't affected by special interests.


I found it odd then that at one point, he changed.  He started accepting donations to his campaign.








As many Republican leaders abandon Donald Trump — and some donors ask for their money back — one deep-pocketed supporter has remained generous and steadfast: the National Rifle Association. 

The NRA is spending more than it ever has on elections this year — more than $36 million at last count, with another four weeks until Election Day, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. 

And Trump is by far the largest beneficiary, with the NRA spending more than $21 million to help him: $9.6 million on ads and other pro-Trump materials, and another $12 million attacking Hillary Clinton, whom the organization sees as a threat to nominate a Supreme Court justice seen as unsympathetic to gun rights.




If you think about it, this is after members of his campaign met with the Russians in the golden tower in NYC.  This is after Donald Trump Jr. emphatically denied any involvement with the Russians roughly a month after meeting with them himself.

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I posted this in the investigation thread and just now saw this thread so I'll double post it hear. 

Romney was right in 2012 - Russia was THE geopolitical enemy # 1.  Too bad both parties ignored him.




Mitt Romney announced Friday that he’s running for the U.S. Senate from Utah, and the timing on the same day as the Justice Department indictments of Russians for meddling in the U.S. presidential election was apt. Mr. Romney was right about the Russian threat in 2012, and Democrats who are now echoing him when it serves their political purposes against Donald Trump owe the former GOP presidential nominee an apology.

Start with Barack Obama, who derided Mr. Romney’s claim that Russia was a major U.S. geopolitical foe in the third presidential debate in 2012. “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because the Cold War’s been over for 20 years,” Mr. Obama said, to applause from the Democratic media establishment. In its endorsement of Mr. Obama, the Washington Post criticized Mr. Romney for “calling Russia America’s greatest foe” as an example of his lack of judgment.

Readers may recall that Mr. Romney made his comments about Russia after Mr. Obama was caught unaware talking on an open microphone with then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in March 2012:


“On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved, but it’s important to give me space,” Mr. Obama told Mr. Medvedev, the Vladimir Putin stand-in.

“Yeah, I understand,” Mr. Medvedev said.

Mr. Obama then said, “This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility.”

Mr. Medvedev: “I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.”

The “flexibility” after Mr. Obama’s election turned out to be Mr. Putin’s as he invaded and annexed Crimea, started a war to occupy the Donbas region in Ukraine, intervened to prop up Bashar Assad in Syria, covered for Assad’s use of chemical weapons, and helped North Korea evade United Nations sanctions.

Thanks to last week’s indictments, we also know that Mr. Putin’s attempt to meddle in U.S. elections began in 2014, long before Mr. Trump chose to run for President. That interference went unopposed, and as far as we can tell, unanticipated by Mr. Obama, his CIA Director John Brennan and his Director of National Intelligence James Clapper until nearly the end of Mr. Obama’s second term. They did nothing about it until after Hillary Clinton lost.

Now, suddenly, amid the Mueller probe of the 2016 presidential campaign, Democrats have become Russia hawks. Some of the more intemperate, like Rep. Jerry Nadler, are calling the Russia indictments the “equivalent” of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. Mr. Nadler is poised to lead the impeachment of Mr. Trump as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee if Democrats take the House in November.


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So last night Twitter made a mass 'block" of Russian bot accounts and others who show evidence of mechanical retweeting etc.  It's pretty interesting to see folks losing their mind because the people they followed disappeared or their number of followers decreased by 100.    


Of course it's "censorship" by the leftists.

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1 hour ago, NM11046 said:

So last night Twitter made a mass 'block" of Russian bot accounts and others who show evidence of mechanical retweeting etc.  It's pretty interesting to see folks losing their mind because the people they followed disappeared or their number of followers decreased by 100.    


Of course it's "censorship" by the leftists.

Very interesting.  Actions like this are very needed and the reaction to what people notice happening when these actions are taken are going to be very interesting.  

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I'm sure Mueller is digging elbows deep into this right now.




FBI investigating whether Russian money went to NRA to help Trump


The FBI is investigating whether a top Russian banker with ties to the Kremlin illegally funneled money to the National Rifle Association to help Donald Trump win the presidency, two sources familiar with the matter have told McClatchy.


FBI counterintelligence investigators have focused on the activities of Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of Russia’s central bank who is known for his close relationships with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and the NRA, the sources said.


Disclosure of the Torshin investigation signals a new dimension in the 18-month-old FBI probe of Russia’s interference. McClatchy reported a year ago that a multi-agency U.S. law enforcement and counterintelligence investigation into Russia’s intervention, begun even before the start of the 2016 general election campaign, initially included a focus on whether the Kremlin secretly helped fund efforts to boost Trump, but little has been said about that possibility in recent months.




The FBI that's investigating this is the same FBI The Donald keeps attacking.  His attacks are working among his base:




Most Republicans believe the FBI is “working to delegitimize Trump”


According to a Reuters/IPSOS poll released on Monday evening, a huge majority of Republicans — 73 percent — believed that “members of the FBI and Department of Justice are working to delegitimize Trump through politically motivated investigations.”


There’s no evidence so far of such a massive, sweeping conspiracy theory — not in the Nunes memo, not in text messages between FBI employees released to the public, not anywhere. But it’s a theme that’s been repeated again and again by the president, conservatives, and Fox News — and apparently, most Republicans have gotten the memo.


The Reuters poll isn’t a one-off. A SurveyMonkey poll released over the weekend found that only 38 percent of Republicans have a “favorable” view of the FBI, while a plurality, 47 percent, have an unfavorable view.


This is a striking decline in GOP views of the bureau: In 2015, per Reuters, a huge majority of Republicans — 84 percent — reported favorable views of the FBI. A Huffington Post poll released last week also found a large decline in Republican views of the FBI from 2015 to today.


This is discouraging, because it indicates that many Republican voters are willing to believe whatever Trump and House Republicans are saying, regardless of its connection to actual facts. And that says something very troubling about the health of American democracy.



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4 hours ago, BigRedBuster said:

Oh, this will probably be interesting for all the wrong reasons.  Trump will probably replace him now for such an action of insubordination.



Or Sessions is protecting Trump and team by having this report will conclude Trump and team weren't involved and/or little to no interference.

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