Russia

Facebook hid Russian troll problem, hired GOP-linked firm to discredit critics: Report

Top executives at Facebook hid the extent of Russian interference on its platform during the 2016 election, and they hired a Republican-linked opposition-research firm to discredit the company's critics, a new report says. According to the New York Times, Facebook's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg,...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 8:23pm

Giuliani made secret trips to Russia, Ukraine, Armenia: report

Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's lawyer and longtime adviser, has made trips to Russia, Ukraine and Armenia that have increased in frequency since Trump's election and haven't been fully explained, a new report says. According to WNYC, the former New York City mayor has frequently...

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 4:19pm

Trump's cellphone tapped by China and Russia in massive spy breach

President Trump's personal iPhone conversations are being eavesdropped on by Chinese and Russian spies, which a former official is calling the largest White House data breach ever. In May, it was reported that Trump refused to give up his personal unsecured cellphone because it would be "...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 9:19pm

Russian TV rushes to defend Trump's private parts against Stormy Daniels' claims

Russian state TV has sprung to the defense of President Trump's genitals, defending them against aspersions cast by Stormy Daniels in her upcoming memoir. It was reported last week that Daniels, who claims to have had a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006 while he was married to Melania Trump...

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 2:32am

Many Russians backing 'NASA astronaut sabotaged the ISS' conspiracy theory

Will it turn into a case for the Space Force? Russians are spreading a conspiracy theory that a leak discovered aboard the International Space Station was purposely created by American astronauts. Ars Technica reports that the story has "spread like wildfire" in Russia this week. In...

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 7:37pm

Dana Loesch removes NRA from Twitter bio, firestorm of reaction tweets ensue

The NRA’s firebrand mouthpiece Dana Loesch has removed the gun rights organization from her Twitter bio, setting off a firestorm of reactions across the Twittersphere. Dana Loesch’s bio now reads: “Nationally syndicated radio host. Bestselling author. #2A advocate. Born for the...

Monday, July 23, 2018 - 10:08am

Here's what accused Russian agent Maria Butina asked Trump during a 2015 rally

Who is Maria Butina? The Russian national who was arrested Monday after infiltrating the National Rifle Association was called on by Donald Trump to ask him a question during a town hall in 2015. Maria Butina, a Washington, D.C.-based graduate student, is on video asking then-candidate Trump about...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 4:28pm

Is Russia a democracy?

In coverage of Russia's interference in the U.S. elections, the country is often called a threat to democracy. At the same time, the country holds presidential elections and citizens are represented by their own in their version of Congress. So what form of government is Russia, technically? Is...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 2:10pm

Did Russia hack the election?

In his Helsinki press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Trump seemed to let Russia off the hook for meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. During Monday's event, he said "I don't see any reason why it would be" when asked if Russia had...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 12:26pm

Russians bought 86 Trump properties — all in cash — totaling $109 million

People connected to Russia or former Soviet republics have paid cash for 86 Trump-branded properties, a total of $109 million, with many of them using shell companies, McClatchy has reported. President Trump once described those deals more modestly. "I have had dealings over the years where I...

Monday, June 25, 2018 - 4:24pm

Jill Stein is still spending $7 million in recount money: Report

Shortly after the stunning results of the 2016 presidential election, Green Party candidate Jill Stein raised more than $7 million — and liberal hopes — for a swing-state recount. Almost two years later, she's still spending the money, and her office stopped filing FEC reports nine...

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 5:46pm

Who is Arkady Babchenko?

On Tuesday, it was reported that Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, a frequent critic of the Kremlin, was found shot to death in his home in Kyiv, Ukraine. It looked like another suspicious death of a journalist in the region, where hundreds of journalists have been murdered since the '90s....

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 4:01pm

These routers could be affected by Russian malware VPNFilter

Russian hackers may have infected hundreds of thousands of routers with malware and the FBI is urging users to reboot their devices immediatelty.  The FBI released a statement urging owners of internet routers to reboot their devices because hundreds of thousands of home and office routers...

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 4:54pm

Trump has always denied pee pee tapes with this alibi. Flight logs prove he's lying

President Trump has denied he ever stayed in Moscow overnight, most notably to James Comey when he was director of the FBI. But flight records show he did, during the Miss Universe pageant in 2013. The logistics are key to the "Steele dossier," the collection of intelligence indicating...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 2:20pm

The man who predicted the fake news crisis says something much worse is coming

Right before the 2016 election, Aviv Ovadya tried to warn us that something was very wrong with information on the internet. Now he's trying again, and this time what he sees coming is worse. The MIT-educated engineer went on a crusade in mid-2016 to alert tech companies that the information...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 4:18pm

What is an arms race?

On Tuesday, President Trump made a call to Russian President Vladimir Putin to "congratulate" him on being the "winner" in the Russian presidential "elections," a move that drew criticism even from members of Trump's party. During a photo op in the afternoon, the...

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 4:08pm

Why was Russia banned from the Olympics?

It’s official: North Korea’s going to the 2018 Winter Olympics, which means a lot of people might be wondering, wait, why was Russia banned from Olympics? After all, they’re not (currently) threatening other countries with nuclear weapons and engaging in constant saber rattling...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 3:30pm

Trump administration turned down major anti-meddling pact with Russia: Report

Last summer, Russia approached the United States with a sweeping pact not to meddle in each other's domestic affairs, an offer the Trump administration declined, BuzzFeed News reported Friday. Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov made the offer in July, on the premise of...

Friday, December 8, 2017 - 5:26pm

Here is why Russia is not competing at the 2018 Olympics

Russian athletes competing in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea will not be able to represent their country.  On Tuesday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) suspended the Russian Olympic Committee due to the country's state-supported use of performance-...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 2:13pm

Trump campaign received email with subject line 'Kremlin Connection': Report

A National Rifle Association member sent an email to the Trump presidential campaign with the subject line "Kremlin Connection," saying he could arrange a back-channel meeting with Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin, the New York Times reported on Sunday. “Putin is deadly...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 1:26pm