Russia Has Americans’ Weaknesses All Figured Out

Jim Sciutto in the Atlantic –

Election interference is one front in Moscow’s larger campaign to undermine the U.S. without prompting a military response.

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Posted in Putin, Russia, United States, war

Deutsche Bank Staff Saw Suspicious Activity in Trump and Kushner Accounts

David Enrich of the New York Times –

Anti-money laundering specialists at Deutsche Bank recommended in 2016 and 2017 that multiple transactions involving legal entities controlled by Donald J. Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, be reported to a federal financial-crimes watchdog.

Executives at Deutsche Bank, which has lent billions of dollars to the Trump and Kushner companies, rejected their employees’ advice. The reports were never filed with the government.

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Posted in Controversial, Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, New York Times

Batters Are Getting Plunked At Historic Rates. But Why?

Michael Salfino of FiveThirtyEight –

It’s never been more dangerous to be a major league hitter.

Considering that MLB pitchers are throwing harder than at any time in recorded history, it’s safe to assume that getting hit by a baseball has never stung worse.

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Posted in Baseball, FiveThirtyEight

What’s happening at the U.S.-Mexico border in 6 charts

John Gramlich and Luis Noe-Bustamante of Pew Research –

Border Patrol agents apprehended 92,607 migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border in March, the highest monthly total since April 2007. In response to the influx of migrants, U.S. President Donald Trump recently threatened to shut down the border and cut off aid to three Central American nations where many U.S.-bound migrants originate: El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. (Trump has since delayed his proposal to shut down the border.)

As the debate over border security continues, here’s a look at how the recent flow of migrants compares with past migration patterns at the southwest border. All data are from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the federal agency tasked with patrolling the border.

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Posted in Border control, Donald Trump, Immigrants, Mexico, Pew Research

Would Democrats Really Face A Backlash If They Impeached Trump?

Perry Bacon Jr. of FivethirtyEight –

Some rank-and-file congressional Democrats favor starting impeachment proceedings against President Trump. Even Democrats who don’t favor impeachment, such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have suggested that Trump’s behavior could be impeachment-worthy, pointing to his administration’s refusal to comply with Congress’s requests for documents and testimony from key officials and the Mueller report’s references to potential obstruction of justice by the president. But Pelosi has downplayed the possibility of pursuing impeachment, hinting that such a move would hurt Democrats electorally.

Put simply, the impeachment of Bill Clinton hangs over everything — Republicans impeached Clinton in 1998, and voters rallied to his defense. Pelosi and other senior Democrats probably fear a similar backlash.

But are they right to?

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Posted in Congress, Controversial, Democrats, Donald Trump, Impeachment