Trump on Trial: A Guide to the January 6 Hearings and the Question of Criminality

So the bar is frankly low for Republicans in order to get a foot back into power in Washington. There is no margin for error for the Democratic Party. So while we began the year talking about a Republican wave this year, it’s not as if Republicans need a wave.

Those most likely to visit fake news websites were the 10% of Americans who consumed the most conservative information. There was a very large difference (800%) in the consumption of fake news stories as related to total news consumption between Trump supporters (6%) and Clinton supporters (1%). In 2014, the Russian Government used disinformation via networks such as RT to create a counter-narrative after Russian-backed Ukrainian rebels shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. In 2016, NATO claimed it had seen a significant rise in Russian propaganda and fake news stories since the invasion of Crimea in 2014. Fake news stories originating from Russian government officials were also circulated internationally by Reuters news agency and published in the most popular news websites in the United States. Fake news has become increasingly prevalent over the last few years, with over 100 misleading articles and rumors spread regarding the 2016 United States presidential election alone.

But I also think that there is another blind spot for the Biden argument here, which actually relates back to what we were talking about before — the structures that govern the House and the gerrymandering that really controls those elections. And we should be clear that we’re really talking here about the Senate, not the House, because, of course, the Senate races are statewide races where you typically need that more broadly appealing candidate. House races, especially with gerrymandering, support more extreme candidates on both sides. And you’re saying [pii_email_342d2bb8c7c255ab62cf] that based on the power and the whims of Donald Trump, Republicans are sometimes getting Senate candidates that actually maybe look more like house. So for maybe 10, 20 years, Republicans have been further ahead of Democrats in terms of controlling state legislatures, and then in turn, being able to draw the House districts that govern the Congressional elections. And so those rules have oftentimes pointed folks who follow elections really closely to really expect Republicans to have a real built-in advantage when we think about these midterms.

Ron DeSantis has not said if he will run for president in 2024, but with approximately two years to go until the election, and with the caveat that about a zillion things can change between now and then, his candidacy appears to be a forgone conclusion. That prospect is exciting to a number of people—namely, his record-setting pack of billionaire donors—but, as it turns out, having the support of, say, Elon Musk does not mean someone should be president. In fact, it’s probably a good indication someone definitely should not be president, and when it comes to DeSantis, that is most certainly the case. On today’s episode, Astead W. Herndon, a political reporter and the host of our new podcast “The Run-Up,” offers a guide to the campaign.

It’s incredibly fascinating because for all of his talk about making Washington work, all of his legitimate legislative accomplishments that he’s been able to pull off, somewhat against the odds, he still, to your point, kicks off the Democratic midterm message with those things being secondary. Astead herndon— that he thinks the quality of candidates have hurt Republican chances in the Senate. And so Mitch McConnell and Democrats are in agreement that Republicans embracing Trumpism in these midterms might help Democrats succeed in places they thought they were going to have a tougher shot at. Let’s turn to that second area where Republicans may be doing themselves no favors, which is the nomination of so many Donald Trump acolytes who embrace election denialism.

This revelation outraged the Berlin opposition, whose CDU parliamentary group leader Burkard Dregger accused Geisel of “deliberately misleading Berliners” in order “to cover up its own inability to obtain protective equipment”. Deputy Secretary of State for EU Affairs Jori Arvonen said cyber-warfare, such as hybrid cyber-warfare intrusions into Finland from Russia and the Islamic State, became an increasing problem in 2016. Arvonen cited examples including online fake news, disinformation, and the “little green men” of the Russo-Ukrainian War. In the 21st century, both the impact of fake news and the use of the term became widespread. Yellow journalism peaked in the mid-1890s characterizing the sensationalist journalism that arose in the circulation war between Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World and William Randolph Hearst’s New York Journal.

Under existing law, “Any person who transmits or causes to be transmitted a message which he knows to be false or fabricated shall be guilty of an offense”. Fake news in India has led to violent incidents between castes and religions, interfering with public policies. It often spreads through the smartphone instant messenger WhatsApp, which had 200 million monthly active users in the country as of February 2017.