Social media strategist – Inigo Tech http://inigo-tech.com/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 14:44:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://inigo-tech.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/favicon-18-150x150.png Social media strategist – Inigo Tech http://inigo-tech.com/ 32 32 There’s a growing shadow campaign to defend Joe Biden from House Republicans https://inigo-tech.com/theres-a-growing-shadow-campaign-to-defend-joe-biden-from-house-republicans/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 12:49:49 +0000 https://inigo-tech.com/theres-a-growing-shadow-campaign-to-defend-joe-biden-from-house-republicans/ WASHINGTON — As Republicans prepare to use their new House majority to probe the Biden administration and the business dealings of President Hunter’s son, Democrats are gathering a constellation of groups to respond. President Joe Biden hasn’t said whether he’s running for re-election, but the groups are designed to defend him and discredit the opposition […]]]>

WASHINGTON — As Republicans prepare to use their new House majority to probe the Biden administration and the business dealings of President Hunter’s son, Democrats are gathering a constellation of groups to respond.

President Joe Biden hasn’t said whether he’s running for re-election, but the groups are designed to defend him and discredit the opposition – including launching intense opposition research efforts on Republicans leading the charge. charge in Congress – ahead of a likely rematch with the former president. Donald Trump in 2024.

Three new “war rooms” have sprung up in the past two weeks to fight Republican House investigations, each backed by multimillion-dollar black money budgets and some of the Party’s best-known operatives. democrat. Meanwhile, the Democratic National Committee and major outside groups are already reorganizing to move from 2022 to 2024.

“It’s clear the White House has braced for the anticipated barrage of baseless investigations from House Republicans, and outside groups are a critical component,” said Adrienne Elrod, who helped lead Correct. the Record, which defended Hillary Clinton against congressional investigations before her 2016 presidential campaign was launched.

Every White House has faced congressional investigations. But the glut of well-funded groups shows the eagerness of Democratic donors to defend Biden — or at least stop Trump — and the recognition that the fight against public opinion is at least as important as the legal fight, because it will throw the basis for the next campaign.

“It’s important that the opposition doesn’t take over in defining a false narrative, and outside groups can help mitigate that,” Elrod added.

The White House itself has been preparing for the deluge of investigations for months, adding legal and public relations firepower to the Office of the White House Legal Counsel, who supports its efforts, and encourages federal agencies to take action. similar measures.

This summer, as it seemed likely that Republicans would win one or both houses of Congress, a small group of White House staffers began mapping out likely investigative angles, keeping a close eye on top Republican investigators, including the letters of inquiry they sent to federal agencies.

“There are a lot of constraints on the administration when responding to surveillance investigations — even ones that are completely bogus — but none apply to outside groups,” said Eric Schultz, a former spokesman for AFP. Obama in the White House who mingled daily with Republican congressional investigators. before President Barack Obama’s re-election bid in 2012.

For example, federal law prohibits government officials from engaging in politics. And the White House prefers to stay above the political fray, anyway. So outside groups can provide political and public relations support, especially in the absence of a Biden campaign, and can get into the mud on particularly sensitive issues like Hunter Biden.

Both sides insist they are just after the truth. But the politics of the situation are undeniable and thinly veiled.

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who is set to use his likely chairmanship of the Judiciary Committee to aggressively investigate alleged politicization of the Justice Department, told CPAC last month that the majority of the GOP would work to “frame the 2024 race.”

“These are fictional surveys. You can take Jordan’s word for it,” said Kyle Herrig, founder and executive director of one of the new war rooms, the Congressional Integrity Project, which is relaunching to counter investigations. “They don’t have a program that will help Americans. They only have one agenda and it is a political agenda.

The Congressional Integrity Project, which already has focus groups underway, promises to be as much on offense as it is defense. He plans to investigate lawmakers investigating Biden, many of whom hail from safe congressional districts and have never faced a tough election and the kind of opposition research and media scrutiny it does. leads.

“We will leave no stone unturned. No one has done the research that we have done on these investigators. People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones,” Herrig said. “We have a budget of several million dollars and we are equipping ourselves with a team of researchers and communicators.

Herrig’s group works with another, Courage for America, which has just launched. While the Congressional Integrity Project focuses on investigations, Courage for America focuses on legislation and figures from across the House GOP caucus.

Among other things, that means making incendiary freshman lawmakers famous. And that means highlighting and mobilizing opposition to GOP policies, such as a proposed nationwide abortion ban and potential cuts to Social Security and Medicare.

“The American people need to be introduced and educated about the extremist agenda of this new House and who these members are,” said Zac Petkanas, who was the Clinton campaign’s rapid response director and now runs a hall of war supported by Courage for America. . “This is a very dangerous new caucus and we’re going to be there every day to make sure people know that.”

With a seven-figure budget and backing from the Hub Project, a giant Democratic black money network, the group plans a robust operation including polling, paid advertising and social media campaigns, as well as research and traditional opposition communications.

The third group, Facts First, was started by David Brock, the self-proclaimed former “right-wing hitman” who later had a political conversion and used his talent as a fundraiser to start a series of groups that became key elements of the democratic infrastructure. . These include Media Matters and American Bridge, which he moved away from to launch Facts First.

Brock said an American Bridge donor had already pledged six figures to support Facts First, which he said would likely have a budget of $10 million over two years. Co-founders include former Republican Representative David Jolly, a Trump critic who has since left the party, and longtime Democratic strategist Maria Cardona.

Unlike the other two groups, in order to maintain its independence, Facts First decided not to formally approach the White House for its blessing, although return communications led it to believe the effort was welcome.

Brock, who also founded the pro-Clinton Correct the Record, said the experience taught him the new group needed to be more aggressive on social media and conduct more opinion research to understand how Americans view the controversy of the day.

“I believe that in the absence of a vigorous operation, like the one we are carrying out, I think it is difficult for President Biden to be reelected,” he said, before quickly adding that “it’s the Republicans who are really making this a political issue. We’re doing it in response.

Of the new groups, Brock appears to be working most closely with Hunter Biden and his legal team, led by entertainment attorney Kevin Morris.

Hunter Biden’s relationship, his struggles with drugs and alcohol, and corporate efforts to fund it all will certainly be at the center of Republican investigations. Republicans have long argued that Biden helped his son’s overseas business dealings – the claim was central to Trump’s first impeachment – but are still looking for evidence to prove it.

Brock recently traveled to Los Angeles to meet Hunter Biden and said he left reassured.

“I came out of this not nervous. I came out of this thinking that we will be able to show, over time, that this is a Republican fantasy story driven by many unreliable witnesses and false conspiracy theories,” he said. “For me, the main story here is of an addicted person who has mental health issues the kind you find in most families in America. … I also think it’s the story of Joe Biden as an empathetic father.

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Ex-Vox reporter mocked for claiming to be victim of ‘stolen value’ on Twitter https://inigo-tech.com/ex-vox-reporter-mocked-for-claiming-to-be-victim-of-stolen-value-on-twitter/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 03:02:59 +0000 https://inigo-tech.com/ex-vox-reporter-mocked-for-claiming-to-be-victim-of-stolen-value-on-twitter/ Former Vox reporter Aaron Rupar mocked Twitter on Thursday after comparing not getting credit for videos he tweeted to “stolen bravery”. According to the military website Home of Heroes, “‘Stolen Valor’ is a term applied to the phenomenon of people who falsely claim military awards or medals they have not earned, service they have not […]]]>

Former Vox reporter Aaron Rupar mocked Twitter on Thursday after comparing not getting credit for videos he tweeted to “stolen bravery”.

According to the military website Home of Heroes, “‘Stolen Valor’ is a term applied to the phenomenon of people who falsely claim military awards or medals they have not earned, service they have not performed, POW experiences that never happened, and others accounts of military actions that exist only in their minds.”

Rupar, now a freelance journalist, responded angrily when Mike Sington, a former NBCUniversal executive, tweeted a video of a Herschel Walker campaign speech.

Rupar pointed to Sington’s tweet and said, “This guy loves posting the exact same videos that others have already posted without any attribution. Rather dodgy and I’m not the only one who noticed.”

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Sington replied that the levity was unintentional and wondered how he could smooth things over: “Aaron, not trying to be sleazy. I thought the clip was from OAN, their logo is on it. Eager to learn, what should I have done differently?”

Rupar was not appeased and accused Sington of ripping out his video “for stolen bravery”.

He replied, “RT mine? I actually watched the speech, you lazily watched my video go viral and decided to scam it for stolen bravery. You do this all the time and people notice. .”

Rupar’s comparison earned him a “Community Rating” from Twitter. This is a form of reader-generated fact-checking. The memo clarified: “‘Stolen valor’ is a phrase that specifically refers to people claiming to be veterans to claim benefits…While potentially in bad taste, reposting third-party news snippets is qualitatively different. ”

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A veteran holds an American flag during the annual Veterans Day Parade on November 11, 2022 in New York City.

A veteran holds an American flag during the annual Veterans Day Parade on November 11, 2022 in New York City.
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Conservatives on Twitter scoffed at the comparison.

Viewer contributing editor Stephen Miller wrote: “Aaron Rupar likens sharing publicly edited music videos to ‘stolen bravery’.”

“Thank you for your service of…watching cable TV,” tweeted US Marine and Townhall writer Julio Rosas.

Digital strategist Greg Price joked, “As someone who also tweets clips, I wholeheartedly agree with you. It’s unpatriotic to post a clip after you’ve already posted it. We bravely get up in the morning, leave our families behind us and go into the trenches. to post things that we see on TV on social media and that has to be respected.”

Washington Examiner columnist T. Becket Adams wrote, “An incredible exchange. I honestly can’t say if it’s a bit or if Aaron genuinely believes it’s a form of ‘stolen value’ to share videos taken from a public address.”

“What does defending democracy look like, FOLKS,” wrote Federalist columnist Eddie Scarry.

“Every day this guy wakes up and makes a conscious decision to be the worst person on Twitter. He never fails,” said The Lafayette Co. President Ellen Carmichael.

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Illustrative photo. (REUTERS/Kacper Pempel)

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He added a joking image of Vietnam War veteran Lt. Dan (Gary Sinise) from the movie ‘Forrest Gump’, with the caption ‘I lost my legs cutting Newsmax interviews in 16’.

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Nasdaq and S&P 500 rise after another softer-than-expected inflation report https://inigo-tech.com/nasdaq-and-sp-500-rise-after-another-softer-than-expected-inflation-report/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 18:52:00 +0000 https://inigo-tech.com/nasdaq-and-sp-500-rise-after-another-softer-than-expected-inflation-report/ The S&P 500 rose on Tuesday after another report signaled that inflation could ease. The broad stock index rose 0.2%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite gained 0.8%. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was 126 points lower, or 0.4%. Major indexes traded their highs and the Dow Jones gave up a 450-point gain, after crude […]]]>

The S&P 500 rose on Tuesday after another report signaled that inflation could ease.

The broad stock index rose 0.2%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite gained 0.8%. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was 126 points lower, or 0.4%.

Major indexes traded their highs and the Dow Jones gave up a 450-point gain, after crude oil prices suddenly rose. Oil prices surged in afternoon trading, with West Texas Intermediate futures lately rising 2.8% to $88.30 a barrel.

Major averages initially rallied after the Producer Price Index, a measure of wholesale inflation, showed an increase of 0.2% for the month of October, against the consensus estimate of a 0.4% increase in the Dow Jones. The report comes after last week’s consumer price index data showed signs of easing inflationary pressures last month, triggering a strong recovery.

“The PPI reading certainly adds more fuel to the fire for those who think we might finally be on a downward trend in inflation,” said Mike Loewengart, head of model portfolio construction at Global Investment. Morgan Stanley office. “The market has embraced last week’s drop in consumption and today’s initial reaction appears to be more or less the same.”

The peak inflation narrative is gaining momentum, but the bar for a Fed pivot is still high, said Ross Mayfield, investment strategy analyst at Baird.

“There will be trepidation at the central bank given its concerns about credibility and its desire to avoid the mistakes of the 1970s (i.e. a stop and start policy that extended the inflationary period),” he said. “But the crumbs are already being laid for a deceleration in the pace of tightening heading into 2023.”

Stocks are higher for the third day of the past four and all major averages are on course for monthly gains. The Dow is up 3.2% for the month of November. The S&P and Nasdaq gained 3.6% and 4.1% respectively.

Elsewhere, retail stocks also lifted investor sentiment. Walmart shares jumped after the company beat Wall Street earnings and revenue estimates and boosted its full-year guidance. Home Depot also posted strong results, but held its guidance in place for the full year. Its shares rose slightly.

“Retail revenues are off to a good start and could serve to reinforce the broader narrative of consumer resilience and labor market stress,” Mayfield said. “Earnings are critically important from here…the pace and extent of earnings deceleration (or re-acceleration) should determine where stocks go next.”

Taiwan Semiconductor, Louisiana-Pacific and Paramount also jumped after regulatory filings showed Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway bought new positions in the former two and increased its stake in the latter.

Earnings season continues this week with retail reports from Target, Lowe’s, Bath and Body Works, Macy’s, Kohl’s and Foot Locker on deck.

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Democrat Marie Gluesenkamp Perez will defeat Republican Joe Kent in Washington’s 3rd District https://inigo-tech.com/democrat-marie-gluesenkamp-perez-will-defeat-republican-joe-kent-in-washingtons-3rd-district/ Sun, 13 Nov 2022 04:45:00 +0000 https://inigo-tech.com/democrat-marie-gluesenkamp-perez-will-defeat-republican-joe-kent-in-washingtons-3rd-district/ A tiny margin separates the two candidates in Nevada’s deciding Senate race, and a GOP strategist told CNN the mood inside Republican Adam Laxalt’s campaign was “awful.” Different factions in the Republican operation have started the internal blame game, taking it for granted that Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto will soon take the lead, the […]]]>

A tiny margin separates the two candidates in Nevada’s deciding Senate race, and a GOP strategist told CNN the mood inside Republican Adam Laxalt’s campaign was “awful.”

Different factions in the Republican operation have started the internal blame game, taking it for granted that Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto will soon take the lead, the strategist said. Asked by CNN to describe the current mood, the strategist said “shocked and depressed”.

Publicly, Laxalt laid out what he described as a “narrow” path to victory in a pair of tweets on Saturday.

On Friday night, Laxalt had a lead of just 862 votes over Cortez Masto. An early lead for the Republican eroded further on Friday as election workers counted and released the results of more ballots.

“Multiple days in a row, majority-counted ballots continue to break DEM margins higher than those we calculated,” Laxalt wrote. “It reduced our window of victory.”

In Clark County, Nevada’s largest, CNN estimates there are about 24,000 absentee ballots left to count, along with about 15,000 provisional ballots and ballots that need to be corrected.

Laxalt said the race would come down to those ballots, saying “if they continue to have a strong DEM, then (Cortez Masto) will pass us.”

If they’re from GOP-leaning precincts or weak Democratic-leaning areas, “then we can still win,” Laxalt said.

For its part, Cortez Masto’s campaign told CNN the team remains “confident” as they await further results.

The Laxalt campaign responds: Brian Freimuth, Laxalt’s press secretary, responded to CNN’s reports later Saturday, saying, “Our campaign team remains confident and hopeful, and any reporting to the contrary is inaccurate and from the wrong source.”

Why is this important: The Nevada Senate race has been deadlocked for months and could ultimately determine the balance of power in the upper house.

While CNN predicts Sen. Mark Kelly will win his race in Arizona, Democrats must win one more seat: Nevada or Georgia, which is heading to a runoff in December.

Republicans need 51 seats for majority control. The Democrats would have control in a 50-50 tie with Vice President Kamala Harris who would vote in the event of a tie.

See Laxalt’s tweets below:

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Why the art world is embracing WeChat – SURFACE https://inigo-tech.com/why-the-art-world-is-embracing-wechat-surface/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 17:56:21 +0000 https://inigo-tech.com/why-the-art-world-is-embracing-wechat-surface/ ART With more than a billion monthly users worldwide, art world institutions are flocking to China’s universal “super-app”, WeChat. But the country’s predilection for surveillance and censorship raises security concerns. BY RYAN WADDOUPS November 09, 2022 WeChat app. Photograph by Nikolas Kokovlis/Nurphoto via Getty Images … If you have a relationship with China, chances are […]]]>

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With more than a billion monthly users worldwide, art world institutions are flocking to China’s universal “super-app”, WeChat. But the country’s predilection for surveillance and censorship raises security concerns.

BY RYAN WADDOUPS

November 09, 2022

WeChat app. Photograph by Nikolas Kokovlis/Nurphoto via Getty Images

If you have a relationship with China, chances are you are on WeChat. With over 1 billion active monthly users, the world’s largest standalone mobile app combines instant messaging, social media, payments, news sources and search engines into an indispensable digital tool for millions of people in China. It’s so crucial for communication that when former President Trump considered banning Apple’s and Google’s app stores from distributing WeChat in 2020, some Chinese immigrants worried they wouldn’t know how to register with them. of their family. “It’s all about WeChat,” said Frances He, an Angeleno who uses the app to talk with her brother in China. USA today. “It’s the only way to communicate.”

For artists, galleries and museums, WeChat is becoming a crucial way to build an audience. Even before pandemic isolation forced the tech-averse art market to embrace virtual viewing rooms and NFTs, Blum & Poe, Perrotin and David Zwirner were experimenting with WeChat’s multiple features to connect with people. potential buyers. Dealers say the app was helpful in reaching deep-pocketed Gen Z and Millennial collectors — a hybrid generation dubbed “MZers” in South Korea — who were willing to test the waters of the retail market. art during the pandemic and have acquired a curiosity for contemporary art after exploring fashion drops and luxury collectibles.

“Oscar Murillo: Manifestation” at David Zwirner London. Image courtesy of David Zwirner

Most galleries use WeChat to send news announcements to their followers, but some are getting more creative. According to a ART news report, Swiss mega-gallery Hauser & Wirth broadcasts live exhibition tours and artist conversations. Videos of gallery tours featuring works by William Kentridge and Annie Leibovitz, for example, garnered 14,000 views each. David Zwirner discovered that WeChat features like live chat can help facilitate e-commerce. A virtual presentation of Oscar Murillo’s paintings has resonated with Chinese viewers, selling for up to $350,000 each. WeChat also allows galleries to obtain key demographic information about their followers, such as gender, age, and region.

During the pandemic, when galleries were closed and WeChat faced a ban in the United States, the American Alliance of Museums came to the app’s defense. The previous year, WeChat promoted virtual tours of nearly a dozen institutions, including the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, which saw a surge in visitation from Chinese tourists after reopening in 2019. Building a presence on networks like WeChat and TikTok is a boon for cultural institutions, but most lack the resources to experiment on the platforms. JiaJia Fei, a digital media strategist in the arts, cited “the unpredictability of whether or not content will be accessible in the future” as a potential pitfall for cash-strapped museums in the event of a prohibition.

Screenshots of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco’s mini-program on WeChat’s “Museum in the cloud” experience

China’s propensity for censorship and propaganda casts doubt on the feasibility of WeChat. As the app becomes more popular around the world, the global reach of Chinese surveillance methods is expanding. WeChat recently banned users who shared images of a pro-democracy protest in Beijing. Chinese tech companies store vast amounts of foreign user data, including millions of WeChat conversations, in a database connected to public security agencies. “The intent to keep people safe by building these systems goes away the minute you don’t secure them at all,” said Victor Gevers, co-founder of the nonprofit GDI Foundation, a data security collective open-source. NPR.

As the social media landscape shifts to a place where content is continually buried under impenetrable algorithms and users will soon be asked to pay to stay verified, exploring the possibilities of WeChat could be a strategic move to create a new audience. . “With all technology, it’s always up to each individual to choose their level of information sharing,” said Elena Soboleva, global head of online sales at David Zwirner. ART news. “The best thing to do is to be informed and aware of all applications.”

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Barrack’s acquittal is another blow to the DOJ’s crackdown on foreign influence https://inigo-tech.com/barracks-acquittal-is-another-blow-to-the-dojs-crackdown-on-foreign-influence/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 22:40:00 +0000 https://inigo-tech.com/barracks-acquittal-is-another-blow-to-the-dojs-crackdown-on-foreign-influence/ With Daniel Lipman FARA FRIDAY: Jurors today cleared the real estate investor and longtime friend of Trump Tom Barracks to illegally act as a foreign agent of the UAE, inflicting another stinging setback on the Justice Department in its efforts to crack down on illicit foreign influence campaigns that some foreign lobbying experts say could […]]]>

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FARA FRIDAY: Jurors today cleared the real estate investor and longtime friend of Trump Tom Barracks to illegally act as a foreign agent of the UAE, inflicting another stinging setback on the Justice Department in its efforts to crack down on illicit foreign influence campaigns that some foreign lobbying experts say could have an impact on how the department is using a relatively new approach to pursue such efforts.

– “There is no doubt that this is a huge defeat for the Department of Justice,” said Rob Kelnerlawyer to Covington and Burling who advises clients on FARA. Paired with the recent dismissal by a judge of a DOJ attempt to force another high-profile ally of the former president donald trump register as a foreign agent, Barrack’s acquittal “will force [DOJ] to go back to the drawing board and be considerably more selective about what business they choose to pursue,” Kelner predicted.

– Just three days into deliberations, the jury acquitted Barrack of charges of acting as an unregistered foreign agent of the UAE, as well as lying to investigators and obstructing their investigation. The jury also cleared Barrack’s former assistant Matthew Grimes charges of acting as an agent of the United Arab Emirates, following a nearly seven-week trial that saw testimony from two former members of Trump’s cabinet as well as Barrack himself.

– FARA experts who followed the case were not surprised by the verdict, noting that the case was part of a relatively new legal strategy that prosecutors have relied on in recent years and that the case from Barrack in particular relied heavily on circumstantial evidence in the form of reams of text messages and emails.

– As regular readers will recall, Barrack and Grimes were not charged with violating FARA, but rather the law known as Section 951, which has historically been used to prosecute espionage cases .

– The DOJ has increased its use of the law to bring cases outside of this context as part of its strengthening of overseas lobbying enforcement, and while pursuing 951 cases does not require intent deliberately breaking the law as a FARA criminal charge does, both statutes are considered vague and outdated by modern influence campaigns, leading to their lack of use by prosecutors until recently. .

– “These are flawed laws, as I think juries often recognize, and I don’t think it will be viable for the government to continue its campaign against foreign influence using these laws in the same way he has done for the past few years,” Kelner said.

Tom Spulaklawyer to King and Spalding who advises clients on FARA, agreed, noting that in general “it’s going to be difficult to prove an agency relationship in many situations.” This task becomes more difficult in political cases compared to a case where a government employee is tasked with stealing documents from a federal agency – imagery similar to that invoked by Barrack’s lawyers.

– “Today’s verdict will not diminish the Department’s commitment in future cases to fairly and even-handedly enforce laws designed to deter covert foreign influence on American policy,” a spokesperson said. of the DOJ.

— But the government might be forced to revise its approach in doing so. “I think the department viewed 951 as sort of an extension of FARA and a catch-all to bring about or try to continue foreign influence efforts,” matt sandersonlawyer to Caplin and Drysdale, said P.I. “I think what we learned today is that the scope of 951 may not be very different, or extend beyond FARA, so it might not not be as valuable a prosecution or enforcement tool as they originally thought.”

– He added that it is also possible that the FARA unit could focus – at least temporarily – on fruits within reach. This could mean more cases in which, unlike Barrack, an accused does not have long-standing ties to the region they are accused of working for, or in which prosecutors can point to the direct exchange of money by exchange of explicit instructions from a foreign government.

David Laufmanlawyer to Wiggin and Dana who previously oversaw FARA enforcement for the DOJ, cautioned against drawing sweeping conclusions about the future of FARA enforcement based on the DOJ’s recent legal setbacks.

– “I doubt that either of these results … will result in some sort of thematic shift in the priority or direction of enforcement,” he said, arguing that each case will be considered on its own merits. own merits, but that it is likely to go forward overseas lobbying cases will face even greater scrutiny internally before charges are brought.

Happy Friday and welcome to PI. Four days until election day. Inhale through your nose, exhale through your mouth. Then send the K Street gossip: [email protected]. And don’t forget to follow me on Twitter: @caitlinoprysko.

CONTINUATION OF FARA FRIDAY: One of several foreign influence bills introduced this fall could be slipped into annual defense policy legislation when lawmakers meet again after the election to finish the NDAA.

– The PAID OFF Act, which would prevent lobbyists representing clients in countries considered “foreign adversaries” from availing themselves of FARA’s trade and LDA exemptions, was included in the Director’s Amendment to the NDAA that the Senate will pass later this month.

– A source familiar with the negotiations told PI there had been pressure to include Sens’s measure. John Corny (R-Texas), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Sheldon White House (DR.I.), Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) and Deb Fisher (R-Neb.) in the final version of the bill for the conference, ensuring that the FARA measure would reach the president Joe Bidenoffice.

— The effort hit a speed bump in the House, where the president of the judiciary Jerry Nadler (DN.Y.) holds the measure. The two-party leaders of the House and Senate Foreign Relations Committees, as well as the Senate Judiciary Committee, all approved the wording, the source said, as did the senior Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).

– That leaves Nadler, the committee chairman, as the only recalcitrant to greenlight the FARA bill. Nadler’s office did not respond to requests for comment on his concerns about the measure.

MUSK’S TWITTER LAYOUTS INCLUDE PUBLIC POLICY TEAM:Elon Musk started shooting hundreds of Twitter employees on Friday, four days before the midterm elections, including key members of teams working on the US election and moderating content on the high profile social media platform,” POLITICSit is Samuel Stolton, Laura Kayali, Mark Scott, Rebecca Kern and Mohar Chatterjee report.

– “Half of Twitter’s public policy team has been removed”, including Michele Austin, the platform’s former director of public policy and elections in the United States and Canada. “Austin tweeted that she was responsible for helping to lead America’s 2022 Midterm Policy on the platform. “I was responsible for social impact work in both countries,” she said. tweeted in a thread Friday.”

— “Since buying Twitter last week, the tech billionaire has insisted that the company’s content moderation and misinformation policies remain in place, and has sought to appease advertisers who were nervous about about its promises to restore more freewheeling content to its news feed.”

— “Friday’s layoffs, however, appear to be fueling concerns among users and advertisers that Twitter is undermining its ability to keep tabs on who and what is appearing on its platform. And the across-the-board cuts come just when the company’s moderation systems should be mid-stream tested.

CORPORATE MONEY RESUMES THE FLOW TO ELECTION OPPONENTS: “After suspending donations to Republicans who voted against certifying the 2020 presidential election, a collection of PACs, including those from Amazon and caterpillarrestarted contributions ahead of midterm elections in which the GOP is favored to gain control of the House,” Roll Call’s Kate Ackley reports.

– “Most of the business and industry political action committees that announced breaks after the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol had already resumed giving to all lawmakers, including the 147 lawmakers who will opposed certification of two states’ electoral votes after the attack, Federal Election Commission filings show.

– “In total, business and trade group PACs donated more than $2.2 million to these 147 members in September and early October alone, according to a new analysis of FEC records by Accountable.us, shared first with CQ Roll Call. Since the Jan. 6 attack, corporate and industry PAC donations to these lawmakers have totaled more than $30 million, the group said.

– “The initial PAC freeze after Jan. 6, combined with a reduced number of in-person events due to the pandemic, resulted in lower donations from these vaults earlier in the election cycle. But by this fall, the fundraising scene was almost back to normal.

– The Independent Community Bankers of America hiring Kari Mitchum as Vice President of Payments Policy. She was previously product strategist at Federal Naval Credit Union.

Andy Morimoto is now Director of Climate Policy at Edelman World Council. He was until very recently director of research at the Paulson Institute.

Elsa Alvarado joined Bryson Gillette as Director of Public Affairs. She is currently Director of Strategic Communications in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs at the Pentagon.

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Hawks vs Knicks Predictions, Odds, Best Bets https://inigo-tech.com/hawks-vs-knicks-predictions-odds-best-bets/ Wed, 02 Nov 2022 10:32:00 +0000 https://inigo-tech.com/hawks-vs-knicks-predictions-odds-best-bets/ Head to Head: Atlanta Hawks vs. New York Knicks Atlanta Hawks Face-to-face New York Knicks Nate McMillan The head coach Tom Thibodeau 4-3 (4th East) Upright 3-3 (6th East) LLWW Form LLWW 115.0 (10th out of 30) Excluding Rtg 113.7 (13th out of 30) 115.8 (24th of 30) Def Rtg 111.6 (12th of 30) 100.9 […]]]>

Head to Head: Atlanta Hawks vs. New York Knicks

Atlanta Hawks Face-to-face New York Knicks
Nate McMillan The head coach Tom Thibodeau
4-3 (4th East) Upright 3-3 (6th East)
LLWW Form LLWW
115.0 (10th out of 30) Excluding Rtg 113.7 (13th out of 30)
115.8 (24th of 30) Def Rtg 111.6 (12th of 30)
100.9 (12th of 30) Rhythm 100.2 (16th of 30)

Leaders (per game)

T. Young (29.0) GPP J.Randle (18.3)
J.Collins (9.9) Roleplay J.Randle (9.3)
T. Young (9.7) APG J. Brunson (7.2)
D. Murray (2.0) GPS J. Brunson, J. Randle (1.3)
C. Capela, J. Collins (1.7) BPG Mr. Robinson (2.5)
O.Okongwu (.725)/T. Young (8.9) FG%/MGF M.Robinson (.679)/J. Brunson (7.0)
A. Griffin (.625)/T. Young (2.6) 15%/3 p.m. O. Toppin (.500)/E. Fournier (2.5)

injury report

Player Crew Date Status Information
Bogdan Bogdanovic Atlanta Hawks Oct 31, 2022 Day to day (knee) Bogdanovic did not play in Atlanta’s game on Monday, October 31.
Quentin Grimes New York Knicks Oct 31, 2022 Day to day (foot) Grimes did not play in New York’s game on Monday, Oct. 31.

ATL: Limit errors, protect the rim

The Atlanta Hawks are coming off a devastating loss in their last game, a loss to the Toronto Raptors. Not only did they struggle to create, but the Hawks failed to put up much of the resistance on the edge.

In their last game, the Hawks allowed opponents to shoot 55.2 percent from two points, with only three of those field goals coming from outside the paint. Coupled with their 18 turnovers, the Hawks set themselves up for failure.

The Knicks are a rim-loving team, ranking second in the league in two-point field goals made and attempted per game. If Atlanta can challenge the rim and compete on the glass, they’ll have a good chance of getting back to winning ways.

Hawks key player: (G) Trae Young

The Atlanta Hawks do like Trae Young. One of the league’s best talents at point guard, Young sets the tone for the Hawks’ offense. If they hope to beat the Knicks, Young will need to improve on what was a terrible outing for him in his last game.

Trae Young’s last game was nothing to write home about. In a loss to the Toronto Raptors, Young had 14 points, 10 assists and 10 turnovers on 3 of 13 shots from the field. He was 29 under in the game and was a key factor in the Hawks’ struggles.

Young has struggled with the length of the Toronto Raptors roster, a more traditional Knicks roster will welcome him. He needs to get off to a better start, as he opened the last game with 7 assists, but 4 of his 10 turnovers.

NYK: Knicks can’t let their defense falter

The New York Knicks entered this season aiming to reclaim their place among the top teams in the Eastern Conference. Although they have enjoyed a rather easy opening schedule, their defense looks much improved.

After an abysmal defensive year, the Knicks now hold their opponents to 42.9% from the field and 33.2% from three-pointers — good enough for second- and sixth-best in the NBA. The addition of Jalen Brunson has strengthened their game on both sides and helps contain their opponents at the point of attack.

They’ll need to be consistent against the Atlanta Hawks who aren’t the best three-point shooting team in the league, but their threat to shoot from all positions opens up their paint opportunities – seen through their 33.7 goals on the field at two points per game (first in the league).

Key Knicks player: (F) Julius Randle

The New York Knicks are at their best when they can establish a presence on the inside. Key to that game plan is forward Julius Randle, who has stepped back from his responsibilities this season in order for the Knicks to thrive as a team.

The use of Julius Randle still leads the team, but he focused on play as well as scoring. In his last game, a loss to the Cavaliers, Randle had 15 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals in 32 minutes of play.

Randle struggled to score against the Cavaliers’ big front field, but he’ll get little respite against the Hawks’ sixth-ranked blocking rate. If Randle can find his lineup early and stay effective, it will open up a lot more opportunities for the Knicks offensively.

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Will Twitter bring Donald Trump back now that Elon Musk owns it? https://inigo-tech.com/will-twitter-bring-donald-trump-back-now-that-elon-musk-owns-it/ Fri, 28 Oct 2022 10:25:52 +0000 https://inigo-tech.com/will-twitter-bring-donald-trump-back-now-that-elon-musk-owns-it/ Is Donald Trump back on Twitter? Now that Elon Musk is running Twitter, billionaire Tesla is likely to overturn a permanent ban on Trump for inciting violence during the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Musk has indicated he will allow Trump to return to the social media platform where the former president has more […]]]>

Is Donald Trump back on Twitter?

Now that Elon Musk is running Twitter, billionaire Tesla is likely to overturn a permanent ban on Trump for inciting violence during the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

Musk has indicated he will allow Trump to return to the social media platform where the former president has more than 88 million followers.

“It would be great to lift the permanent bans, except for spammy accounts and those that explicitly advocate violence,” Musk texted Parag Agrawal, then Twitter CEO, in April, according to court documents.

At a conference in May, Musk said, “I think it was wrong to ban Donald Trump, I think it was wrong.”

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Will Trump remain exclusively on Truth Social?

Trump said he would not return to Twitter even if prompted. Musk also said he thinks Trump will stay exclusively on Truth Social.

But Trump didn’t get the same resonance from his Truth Social app, which has a much more limited reach.

On Truth Social, Trump has 4.36 million followers, just 5% of those he had on Twitter.

Some people close to him think Trump will change his mind.

“I don’t see how you’re taking it away from Twitter,” Alyssa Farah, who worked in the Trump administration, said in a April tweet.

Come back? Will Elon Musk let Donald Trump return to Twitter? All signs point to yes.

“Banning Trump from Twitter didn’t end Trump’s voice”

The de-platforming of Trump and other figures on the political right has sparked outrage from conservatives who accuse Facebook and other major social media platforms of censorship and liberal bias.

“Banning Trump from Twitter hasn’t ended Trump’s voice. It will amplify it among the right and that’s why it’s morally wrong and downright stupid,” Musk said.

Jack Dorsey, former CEO of Twitter, agreed that Twitter should not have permanent bans. Trump’s ban, he said, was a “business decision” and “shouldn’t have been.”

Trump’s comeback could be risky for Twitter

A return to mainstream social media carries risks for Twitter and for democracy because it “would surely raise the temperature of our politics and dramatically increase the likelihood of political violence,” said Missouri State University communications professor Brian Ott. .

Trump continued to falsely claim that the 2020 election was stolen.

Former President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania in September

“It would be a colossal mistake for Twitter to reinstate Trump on its platform,” Ott said. “He was fired for good reason, namely for repeatedly violating their terms of service and for inciting violence.”

Advertisers also worried about Trump’s return to Twitter

Madison Avenue is also worried. Kieley Taylor, global head of partnerships at GroupM, a leading ad buying agency that represents blue-chip brands, told the Wall Street Journal that Trump’s return would be a red line for some brands.

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Ivanka Trump and Kim Kardashian denounce Kanye via PR dinner https://inigo-tech.com/ivanka-trump-and-kim-kardashian-denounce-kanye-via-pr-dinner/ Tue, 25 Oct 2022 21:08:09 +0000 https://inigo-tech.com/ivanka-trump-and-kim-kardashian-denounce-kanye-via-pr-dinner/ Photo: Evan Vucci/AP/Shutterstock If you were outrageously famous online and your ex launched into a messy, anti-Semitic public tirade, what would you do? If the first thought that came to mind was Quickly release a simple but heartfelt public statement that my ex-partner’s views do not represent my ownyou clearly need to spend some time […]]]>

Photo: Evan Vucci/AP/Shutterstock

If you were outrageously famous online and your ex launched into a messy, anti-Semitic public tirade, what would you do? If the first thought that came to mind was Quickly release a simple but heartfelt public statement that my ex-partner’s views do not represent my ownyou clearly need to spend some time familiarizing yourself with the teachings of Kris Jenner.

The right answer, judging by Kim Kardashian’s response to the controversy surrounding her ex-husband Kanye West (whose name is now Ye), is to say nothing for 18 days and then have dinner with Ivanka Trump, whose family was targeted in Ye’s tirade.

On Sunday night, Oct. 23, Kim and Ivanka spent three hours having dinner at the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The world learned about the memorable meal from a TMZ article the next morning, which called it “old friends reunited.” Could the pair have decided to catch up out of the blue? I suppose. The celebrity gossip site notes that Ivanka and Kim were “involved in the same circles growing up” and met at the White House on several occasions during Donald Trump’s administration. And since both women are entrepreneurs with birthdays in October, TMZ speculates that the dinner could have been “just a business meeting or a birthday party for one of the two.”

But TMZ’s post includes a telling clue from an unnamed source who knows all about the sensitive topics discussed at this private dinner for two:

A restaurant insider told us at one point Kim shared how deeply concerned she was about Kanye’s recent anti-Semitic statements, and how worried her children were hearing what he said – especially considering that they have Jewish cousins.

If this was just a publicity stunt, Ivanka was the perfect partner. While having dinner with Kim, Ivanka (who converted to Judaism when she married Jared Kushner) signaled that she didn’t hold Kim responsible for Ye’s anti-Semitic remarks, which led to several brands cutting ties with the artist – more recently, Adidas and Gap. Moreover, it shows that she and her family bear no grudges against Kim, although, as People explains, Ye attacked the Kushners on Instagram earlier this month:

Much of the comments centered on a since-deleted Instagram post in which West wrote “F— JOSH KUSHNER,” criticizing the younger Kushner for investing in his ex-wife Kim Kardashian’s SKIMS underwear line (an investment made by Kushner’s company Thrive Capital before the two announced their public split).

West added a message about Josh’s older brother, writing, “JARED HOLDING BACK TRUMP.”

Ye accused Jared of stifling the genius of Donald Trump in an interview with Tucker Carlson, per People:

“After talking to them and really sitting with Jared and sitting with Josh and finding out some other information, I thought, wow, maybe these guys would have really held Trump back and really been a manager [during the administration]West said. “They just love looking at me or looking at Trump like we’re so crazy and they’re the business people.”

West added that the Kushners were “not serving my son Trump the way we could have because, you know, Trump wanted nothing but the best for this country.”

Ye didn’t specifically go after Ivanka and actually proclaimed, at the end of his social media rant, “IVANKA IS FIRE,” but Parler accidentally leaked his private email address to hundreds of people when he announced that Ye was buying the site.

The Kivanka summit came as Kim faced mounting pressure to speak out after a hate group hung a banner above a Los Angeles freeway overpass on Saturday that read “Sound your horn if you know Kanye is right about the Jews.” (Many social media users have insisted that Kim should not be asked to respond to remarks from her ex, who has gone public about her struggles with bipolar disorder.)

For those unfamiliar with celebrity PR messages, Kim more clearly dismissed anti-Semitism in a social media post Monday, though she did not name Ye.

Does all of this sound like a rather convoluted way to denounce hate speech? Yes, but I know not to question the methods of the ultimate momager.

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Herrell and Vasquez present cases for NM CD2 voters in televised debate https://inigo-tech.com/herrell-and-vasquez-present-cases-for-nm-cd2-voters-in-televised-debate/ Sat, 22 Oct 2022 15:38:33 +0000 https://inigo-tech.com/herrell-and-vasquez-present-cases-for-nm-cd2-voters-in-televised-debate/ It was quick, polite, well prepared and flawless. The candidates exchanged blows but spoke in their time without interruption or interference. Then they shook hands and it was done. Candidates in the closely watched contest for Southern New Mexico’s seat in Congress gathered for a single half-hour debate, at 6:30 p.m. on a Friday night, […]]]>

It was quick, polite, well prepared and flawless. The candidates exchanged blows but spoke in their time without interruption or interference. Then they shook hands and it was done.

Candidates in the closely watched contest for Southern New Mexico’s seat in Congress gathered for a single half-hour debate, at 6:30 p.m. on a Friday night, taking turns answering questions and rebutting each other on KOB -TV.

And while there was no knockout blow, Republican incumbent Yvette Herrell kept Democratic challenger Gabriel “Gabe” Vasquez on the defensive in the face of social media posts being deleted and security forces order. He, in turn, criticized his first term in Congress and presented himself as an advocate for working-class families in southern New Mexico.

Democrats hope to reclaim the traditionally Republican district in the Nov. 8 election in a year when the GOP is expected to regain a majority in the House of Representatives. The district encompasses the entire southern border of New Mexico, the rural southwest corner of the state as well as the Las Cruces metropolitan area and part of the southeast oil and gas region, extending north to Albuquerque, including the South Valley and West side of town.

U.S. Representative Yvette Herrell, RN.M., speaks to the media during the Truth and Courage Rally Monday, Oct. 3, 2022 at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces.

Herrell is a real estate agent and former Alamogordo State legislator who was elected to Congress in 2020. Vasquez is a former Las Cruces City Councilman who is running for federal office for the first time.

In his opening statement, Herrell said, “We want a nation that has a strong economy, a secure nation, and we want to make sure that we live in a country that celebrates the Constitution.” She presented herself as an experienced representative attentive to the needs of urban and rural areas and argued that unified democratic control was holding back progress, saying: “One-party rule doesn’t work.”

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