Trump, Putin, Milwaukee: 3 News Stories You Should Read Today – 7/16/2018
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In the category of: What would it take exactly to be treasonous?
The president repeatedly attacked the FBI, praised Putin as a ‘good competitor’ and refused to say Russia was accountable for fraying relations.
Hours before the day’s events, the president took to Twitter to blame the United States and the investigation of Russian interference — not the interference itself — for chilly relations between Washington and Moscow. It was an extraordinary attack from an American president on both his predecessor and American institutions upholding domestic law and order.
“Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!” Trump tweeted, deploying his favorite derogatory nickname for Mueller’s sprawling investigation.
That move — to blame the United States for poor relations, and to attack the investigation of election interference but not the interference itself — was welcomed by Russia.
In the category of: Stop and frisk is still against the law.
Milwaukee to Pay $3.4 Million to Settle Lawsuit Claiming Police Stop-And-Frisk Policy Targeted Black and Latinx Residents
Milwaukee has agreed to shell out a cool $3.4 million in order to settle a lawsuit which accuses its police department of unduly targeting black and Latinx residents for years through its stop-and-frisk policy.
The Milwaukee Common Council approved the settlement last week Tuesday, with Mayor Tom Barrett signing off on the agreement with the ACLU of Wisconsin on Friday.
“Ultimately we hope that these type of situations cease and desist,” Alderman Khalif Rainey said, according to the Associated Press.
The settlement will require more training for cops on stop and searches, as well as a reform of stop-and-frisk practices.
In the category of: Truth hurts.
In Helsinki, Trump’s true message to Putin will be: “Thank you.” And we have no idea what to do about it.
On July 27, 2016, Donald Trump mounted a podium in Doral, Florida, and issued a plea. “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.”
Trump was referring to the emails Hillary Clinton had deleted as irrelevant to her work at the State Department. That is to say, he was asking, straightforwardly and publicly, for Russian agents to break into Clinton’s computer systems, steal documents she had deleted, and release them to the public.
Apparently, the Russians listened. According to the indictments special counsel Robert Mueller revealed on Friday, that same day in 2016, Russian hackers attempted, for the first time, to hack into “email accounts at a domain hosted by a third-party provider and used by Clinton’s personal office.” They also “targeted seventy-six email addresses at the domain for the Clinton campaign.” To be clear, Russia’s campaign to interfere in the election was ongoing by July 2016; what Trump’s request seems to have done was focus their efforts on Clinton’s emails.
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