It's clear from the complaint that the Russian trolls latched onto the special counsel investigation led by Robert Mueller, which has dominated US politics for the past year. The instructions said: "Special prosecutor Mueller is a puppet of the establishment. List scandals that took place when Mueller headed the FBI. Direct attention to the listed examples." Other Kremlin-backed accounts on Twitter shared messages that encouraged Democrats and liberals to protest in the streets if Trump ever fired Mueller. These opposing messages highlight how the Russian trolls tried to inflame people on opposite sides of a major political issue.
The effort had an operating budget of $35 million, prosecutors say, and was allegedly funded by Russian oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin and his companies. Prigozhin has not responded to a criminal charge he faces from Mueller for funding the scheme before the 2016 election. "The conspiracy has a strategic goal, which continues to this day, to sow division and discord in the US political system, including by creating social and political polarization, undermining faith in democratic institutions, and influencing US elections, including the upcoming 2018 midterm election," the criminal complaint in the Eastern District of Virginia said Friday.
President Donald Trump's approval rating among active-duty military personnel has slipped over the last two years, leaving today's troops evenly split over whether they're happy with the commander in chief's job performance, according to the results of a new Military Times poll of active-duty service members.
T.I. just made a powerful enemy. The White House is enraged by a video the rapper posted on Twitter that shows a Melania Trump look-alike stripping in the Oval Office and is calling for a boycott of his music! The promo clip for his upcoming album, Dime Trap, shows footage of President Donald Trump flying away in a helicopter, and a Secret Service agent, played by Tip, relaxing in the Oval Office. A woman who looks just like the first lady strolls in, wearing nothing but the infamous, green "I REALLY DON'T CARE DO U?" jacket! The woman climbs on the desk and strips for Tip -- and yes, she's completely naked. They run off together and trash the White House, spray painting over Trump's portrait.
Over the past decade, Jared Kushner's family company has spent billions of dollars buying real estate. His personal stock investments have soared. His net worth has quintupled to almost $324 million. And yet, for several years running, Mr. Kushner -- President Trump's son-in-law and a senior White House adviser -- appears to have paid almost no federal income taxes, according to confidential financial documents reviewed by The New York Times. His low tax bills are the result of a common tax-minimizing maneuver that, year after year, generated millions of dollars in losses for Mr. Kushner, according to the documents. But the losses were only on paper -- Mr. Kushner and his company did not appear to actually lose any money. The losses were driven by depreciation, a tax benefit that lets real estate investors deduct a portion of the cost of their buildings from their taxable income every year.