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The Daily BeastDec 11, 2018
Russia's Disinformation Chief Takes Fresh Aim at America
Photo Illustration by The Daily BeastST. PETERSBURG, Russia—This city's infamous "troll factory," the focus of one of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's indictments almost 10 months ago, is still out of bounds to journalists even if its efforts to swing the 2016 U.S. elections toward Donald Trump, or chaos, or both are now so well known that Russian state television jokes about them.

But the world is less familiar with another operation reportedly underwritten here by the very same buddy of President Vladimir Putin who allegedly funded the trolls at the Internet Research Agency. Often dubbed "Putin's chef" because of the enormous catering contracts on which he built his fortune, Yevgeny Prigozhin is the central figure in that Mueller indictment (PDF).

He is also the alleged money man behind the Federal News Agency, known by the Russian acronym FAN, which wages information war by other means, specifically by pretending to be a legitimate source of solid reporting.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

CNN PoliticsDec 11, 2018
Analysis: The foundation of Trump's coalition is cracking
Cracks have emerged in Donald Trump's hold on his core constituency of white working class voters, new data from the 2018 election reveals.

CNN PoliticsDec 11, 2018
CNN Poll: Approval ratings for Trump, Mueller fall
As Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election inches closer to the President, approval of Donald Trump's handling of the investigation has fallen, matching its all-time low in CNN polling. The findings, from a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS, come as half of Americans say they think it is likely that the Mueller investigation will implicate the president in wrongdoing.

CNN PoliticsDec 10, 2018
An insane amount of people turned out to vote in the midterm elections
President Donald Trump solved a problem that no other president before him could: Getting people to vote in a midterm election.

New York Times PoliticsDec 10, 2018
‘A Simple Private Transaction': Trump Lays Out a Defense in a Campaign-Finance Case
After prosecutors essentially named President Trump an unindicted co-conspirator with Michael D. Cohen, Mr. Trump insisted that payments to two women were not election-related spending.

CNN PoliticsDec 10, 2018
Trump says Cohen's guilty plea is like the Obama campaign's civil fine. There's no comparison, experts say.
President Donald Trump on Monday sought to downplay the campaign-finance crimes of his former attorney Michael Cohen by returning to a theme he's sounded before: Comparing Cohen's actions to a civil violation of federal election law by President Barack Obama's first campaign.
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