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Russian meddling Wed, Feb 28, 2018
It's clear at this point that Russia meddled in America's 2016 presidential election, and that's mostly bad, but I don't think it's that big of a deal.  They meddled in the sense that they made some candidates look bad and used social media to emphasize political divisions.  That's what political action committees (PACs) do anyway.  This time it came from a foreign country instead of a corporation.  Big deal. 

It doesn't take away from the fact that Trump won the election through votes which filter through the Electoral College.  The dude won, and people (not me) like and support him.  It might be a slightly different story if Russia somehow hacked the voting machines or some sort of server infrastructure to make votes for other candidates count for Trump.  I don't think that's what happened, and it doesn't appear to be the case. 

A trickier issue is whether Trump or his minions colluded with the Russians to win the election.  The reason this is tricky is twofold:  (1) what exactly counts as collusion (and is there evidence) and (2) did they do it on purpose?  The evidence thing is being investigated at this time, but the intentionality of it is muddied by the fact that Trump and many of his allies are political novices who (I believe) literally do not know what they might have done might be illegal.  Ignorance isn't a valid excuse for a crime, but in this case it might actually be the truth.  So far many of the legal cases revolve around making false statements to law enforcement and in court, e.g. "I forgot I met with Russians before the election." #politics


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