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If Carter Page’s career weren’t devoted to self-enrichment via deals with oligarchs and kleptocrats, I might feel some sympathy for him. After all, it seems like his every appearance in the media comes in the context of evidence for his lack of mental acuity. And, lo and behold, The Guardian reports that Page failed his dissertation defense […]
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Carter Page’s Dissertation

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On November 8, 2017
No, I’m absolutely not, as a friend recently called it, pulling a “Gorka” on Page. The abysmal quality of Gorka’s dissertation was directly relevant to his claims of expertise and his position at the White House. Besides, he used it as a cudgel against his detractors. Page may have called himself a scholar in his […]

The Feedback Loop of Derp

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On October 26, 2017

I got annoyed and tweeted a bit about the right-wing noise machine currently spinning up, and just plain spinning, over recent (and not recent) reporting on the Steele dossier. As public information c

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The Banality of Information Warfare

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On October 3, 2017
Elizabeth Dwoskin, Craig Timberg and Adam Entous report on new revelations about Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election. Russian operatives set up an array of misleading Web sites and social media pages to identify American voters susceptible to propaganda, then used a powerful Facebook tool to repeatedly send them messages designed to influence their […]
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  To add context to my post from yesterday about Trump and corruption, go read Seva Gunitsky’s commentary on Twitter. It’s occasioned by a letter that Democratic House Judiciary members sent to Jeff Sessions, which demands to know why the Department of Justice suddenly—and unexpectedly—settled a Russian money-laundering case. A very quick summary: Democratic congressmen on the House […]
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