JDRC Politics Podcast
Topics of Discussion
- Rob Porter Scandal
- FBI contradicted white house.
- Top Trump aides, seeking to explain their decision not to immediately take action against senior White House official who accused of abusing both his ex-wives, have repeatedly tried to obscure facts about what the White House knew about staff secretary Rob Porter and when they knew about the allegations.
- As of today, Porter has denied all the allegations against him.
- When Kristen Welker of NBC asks White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Sanders defends Porter in this clip.
- Colbie Holderness published a piece in the Washington Post on Monday with pictures of injuries she had allegedly received from Porter. She wrote “living in constant fear of Rob’s anger and being subjected to his degrading tirades for years chipped away at my independence and sense of self-worth. I walked away from that relationship a shell of the person I was when I went into it, but it took me a long time to realize the toll that his behavior was taking on me.” (Source: Rob Porter is my ex-husband. Here’s what you should know about abuse.)
- Florida Mass Shooting
- This is the eighth school shooting that caused deaths or injuries in just the first seven weeks of 2018. (Source: How many US school shootings have there been in 2018 so far?) Congress has refused to tighten restrictions on gun ownership, even after 20 children and six educators were massacred in 2012 in Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut.
- Conservative response focuses on mental health, but not gun control.
- President Donald Trump addresses nation after Florida school shooting
- In this weekend’s edition of the Wall Street Journal, a piece about the Florida school shooting by Peggy Noonan was featured in the Opinion section. It is called “The Parkland Massacre and the Air We Breathe: What’s gone wrong with our culture that produces such atrocities? It’s a very long list.” She claimed the legalization of most forms of abortion was among the causes for the rise in mental illness and school shootings.
- Hundreds protested the NRA’s support for gun ownership. (Play excerpt: ABC News: Hundreds protest outside NRA headquarters following Florida school shooting) The NRA Institute for Legal Action has lobbied the legislature for for pro-gun legislation since 1975. (Source: NRA-ILA: About)
- New immigration bill
- A much-anticipated bipartisan deal that would have paired a pathway to citizenship for nearly 2 million undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children with $25 billion in border security and some other measures failed to get the 60 votes necessary to advance legislation after furious White House opposition. The vote was 54-45.
- Special Counsel Issues Indictment Against 13 Russian Nationals Over 2016 Election
- 37 page indictment was filed United States District Court. (Read the full indictment at jdrcpolitics.com/indictment
- Mr. Robert Mueller said that the 13 individuals have conspired since 2014 to violate laws that prohibit foreigners from spending money to influence federal elections in the United States.
- This indictment charges that the foreigners falsely posed as American citizens, stole identities and otherwise engaged in fraud and deceit in an effort to influence the U.S. political process, most notably including the 2016 presidential race.
- Important: While the indictment does not directly accuse the Russian government of running the operation, American intelligence agencies including the FBI and CIA have said that Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized a what The New York Times is calling a “multipronged campaign to boost” to Trump’s political chances and damage to Hillary, especially at the time of the election. In addition, the indictment points out that the two Russian firms involved in financing it hold various Russian government contracts.
- According to sources, Russia is using “bots” to interfere with American Elections. These bots are apparently hiding behind multiple social media accounts, particularly Facebook and Twitter. (:
- The indictments’ main emphasis, however, is on the propaganda efforts of one Russian group in particular: the Internet Research Agency. That group’s operations — which included social media posts, online ads, and organization of rallies in the US — were, the indictment alleges, often (but not exclusively) aimed at denigrating Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy, and at supporting Donald Trump’s. (0:42)
- According to sources, Russia is using “bots” to interfere with American Elections. These bots are apparently hiding behind multiple social media accounts, particularly Facebook and Twitter. Play video here (Start 0:42)
- Trump has hitherto called Russian interference a hoax.
Sources: CNN, CasonVids, The New York Times,
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