Jim Geraghty of National Review and Chad Benson of Radio America are glad Facebook has uncovered and eliminated coordinated activity involving fake accounts that promote fringe political movements on both the far right and far left, thus debunking the idea that Russia wants to elect Republicans. They also fail to see why President Donald Trump keeps sticking his neck out for Paul Manafort, since the charges are separate from the Russia collusion investigation. And they discuss former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’ potential partnership with former John McCain presidential campaign adviser Steve Schmidt to mount a 2020 presidential run.

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  1. Eustace C. Scrubb Member
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    FWIW, my podcast today opened with a cheery, 30 second add for the wonders of Planned Parenthood. Has the Aryan Brotherhood bought airtime as well? (Can’t imagine anyone would have a problem with that considering the precedence set.)

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  2. J.D. Snapp Coolidge
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    When did y’all start getting so many ads breaking up the podcast? It’s almost like trying to watch a video on YouTube with 20 commercial breaks. :/ The spoken ones aren’t NEARLY so intrusive.

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  3. Fynxbell Member
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    What level of membership do I need to get rid all these new obnoxious commercials? Starting to be unlistenable if I need to stay near the machine to jump past them.

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  4. Taras Coolidge
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    Trump‘s criticism of the Paul Manafort prosecution echoes that of Alan Dershowitz. 

     As Dershowitz has put it on a number of occasions, the prosecutors are squeezing Manafort to go after Trump.  Now, when a defendant is squeezed this way — what is the threat, 320 years in prison for tax evasion? — he may “sing“, but like a man on the rack, he may also “compose“; i.e., tell the prosecutor/torturer exactly what he wants to hear. 

     Unlike Jim and Chad, Trump also understands that the general public does not clearly distinguish all these different legal cases.  If Manafort is convicted of anything, a lot of people, including but not limited to Trump haters, will think it proves Trump is guilty of something, even if they’re not sure what. 

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