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Turning Point Action enlists teenagers in ‘troll farm’ spreading coordinated pro-Trump messaging – The Washington Post

Turning Point Action enlists teenagers in 'troll farm' spreading coordinated pro-Trump messaging - The Washington Post 1One tweet claimed coronavirus numbers were intentionally inflated, adding, “It’s hard to know what to believe.” Another warned, “Don’t trust Dr. Fauci.”

A Facebook comment argued that mail-in ballots “will lead to fraud for this election,” while an Instagram comment amplified the erroneous claim that 28 million ballots went missing in the past four elections.

The messages have been emanating in recent months from the accounts of young people in Arizona seemingly expressing their own views — standing up for President Trump in a battleground state and echoing talking points from his reelection campaign.

Far from representing a genuine social media groundswell, however, the posts are the product of a sprawling yet secretive campaign that experts say evades the guardrails put in place by social media companies to limit online disinformation of the sort used by Russia during the 2016 campaign.

Source: Turning Point Action enlists teenagers in ‘troll farm’ spreading coordinated pro-Trump messaging – The Washington Post

Scientists see downsides to top COVID-19 vaccines from Russia, China – Reuters

Scientists see downsides to top COVID-19 vaccines from Russia, China - Reuters 2TORONTO/CHICAGO (Reuters) – High-profile COVID-19 vaccines developed in Russia and China share a potential shortcoming: They are based on a common cold virus that many people have been exposed to, potentially limiting their effectiveness, some experts say.

CanSino Biologics’ vaccine, approved for military use in China, is a modified form of adenovirus type 5, or Ad5. The company is in talks to get emergency approval in several countries before completing large-scale trials, the Wall Street Journal reported last week.

A vaccine developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, approved in Russia earlier this month despite limited testing, is based on Ad5 and a second less common adenovirus.

Source: Scientists see downsides to top COVID-19 vaccines from Russia, China – Reuters

Mueller prosecutor says there are new revelations in Senate Russia report – Axios

Mueller prosecutor says there are new revelations in Senate Russia report - Axios 3Andrew Weissmann, one of the lead prosecutors on special counsel Robert Mueller’s team and the architect of the case against Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, said there is “definitely new information” in the final volume of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on 2016 Russian interference released Tuesday.Why it matters: It underscores the degree to which the 996-page report goes further than the Mueller investigation in some of its findings, as well as the explosive nature of some of the revelations about Manafort and other top Trump campaign officials.

What’s new: The bipartisan Senate report describes Manafort’s right-hand man Konstantin Kilimnik as a Russian intelligence officer. “That is much further than he was described publicly by the special counsel’s office,” Weissmann points out.

The committee, like Mueller, found that Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates passed sensitive internal campaign data and strategy to Kilimnik, but it could not determine with whom Kilimnik went on to share it or why he shared it.

The report also found that there was some evidence to suggest that Kilimnik was involved in the Russian operation to hack and leak Democratic emails — which Weissmann described as “substantial new information.” The section detailing that evidence is largely redacted.

Weissmann went on to note that the Senate report assesses that then-candidate Trump spoke with Roger Stone about WikiLeaks’ plans to release damaging information about Hillary Clinton on “multiple occasions” — despite Trump’s claims in written answers to Mueller that he “did not recall” discussing the topic with Stone.

Source: Mueller prosecutor says there are new revelations in Senate Russia report – Axios

Trump used 2014 tweet to allege Obama skipped his intelligence briefings | The Independent

Donald Trump hammered his predecessor, Barack Obama, routinely on Twitter – especially during the 44th president’s second term.

Since the former reality television show host became president himself, many of those tweets have been used by critics to suggest he is hypocritical.

That is the case yet again, this time amid questions about US intelligence reports earlier this year that Russia had placed bounties on the heads of American and coalition military forces in Afghanistan. If Taliban and Taliban-linked militias killed any, Russia would provide payouts, US officials have told multiple US media outlets.

Source: Trump used 2014 tweet to allege Obama skipped his intelligence briefings | The Independent

Coronavirus cases spike in populous countries, signaling more trouble ahead

Coronavirus cases spike in populous countries, signaling more trouble ahead 4New hot spots have emerged globally signaling more trouble ahead as cases have been spiking in several populous nations: from India to South Africa to Mexico.

Source: Coronavirus cases spike in populous countries, signaling more trouble ahead

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