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Facebook Says Fake Russian Accounts Bought $100,00 in Ads–to Make Americans Hate Each Other

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Ah, finally it comes out.  So, will the American Media recognize and accept that they were the real pawns and influencers in this grand production played by Russia?

Facebook announced today that its internal investigation revealed fake Russian accounts bought at least $100,000 of political ads during the 2016 election season. But rather than push any particular candidate or position, the ads seemed designed to push us farther apart.

By now you’re familiar with the news. Whether President Donald Trump was involved or not, and whether they actually affected the vote or not, it’s very clear that Russian operatives took part in the 2016 U.S. presidential election in a number of ways, including hacking into the Democratic National Committee’s emails, according to FBI, CIA, and NSA investigations.

Stephanie Grace: In times of crisis, there’s no time to play politics with relief

We absolutely agree with Ms. Grace here.  However, keep it clean.  Don’t load it up with pork for other things.  Let’s not play – “Let’s Make A Deal.”  Now is not the time.  It is time to get the job done.

Harvey’s rains were still drenching Texas over the weekend, and people were still being pulled from flooded cars and homes. But already, politics was seeping into the official conversation.

First to speak was U.S. Rep. Peter King, a Republican from Long Island in New York, which took a blow from a storm named Sandy five years ago. On Twitter, King promised to vote for disaster aid for the areas decimated by the catastrophic flooding. But he also made sure to get in a dig at Texas U.S. Sen. and fellow Republican Ted Cruz.

“Ted Cruz & Texas cohorts voted vs NY/NJ aid after Sandy but I’ll vote 4 Harvey aid. NY wont abandon Texas. 1 bad turn doesnt deserve another,” he wrote in the first of several pointed tweets.

The squabbling was unseemly under the circumstances, but you can’t say it wasn’t timely.

Dollars, not ideas, decide who runs for office in Michigan

Yes, this is true in Michigan but it is true all over.  Money and the resulting power is what makes the world go ’round.  The more a person gives of their own money shows “commitment.” The greater the amount of money that is raised shows the “support” of others. If a campaign doesn’t have money it doesn’t have support and/or commitment.  That doesn’t however mean it can’t win.  Case in point:  Compare the amount of money (hard and soft) spent by the Clinton and Trump campaigns in 2016.

Can money buy an election? The answer is yes, but it isn’t a lock.

Kiva Detroit helps connect small business owners in the city with potential lenders If you follow state politics, you know that a number of candidates have been running for governor for months. Gretchen Whitmer and Abdul El-Sayed have each raised more than $1 million. Shri Thanedar, a previously unknown businessman, has dumped more than $3 million into his campaign for the Democratic nomination. Michigan […]