Russian Interference Open Thread: Sen. Claire McCaskill Earns A “Prize”

And I do believe Sen. McCaskill is canny enough to turn this attempt into a weapon against the perennially dissatisfied Never-Dem “true progressives” who bitch more about her than her Repub opponents:

The Russian intelligence agency behind the 2016 election cyberattacks targeted Sen. Claire McCaskill as she began her 2018 re-election campaign in earnest, a Daily Beast forensic analysis reveals. That makes the Missouri Democrat the first identified target of the Kremlin’s 2018 election interference.

McCaskill, who has been highly critical of Russia over the years, is widely considered to be among the most vulnerable Senate Democrats facing re-election this year as Republicans hope to hold their slim majority in the Senate. In 2016, President Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by almost 20 points in the senator’s home state of Missouri.

There’s no evidence to suggest that this particular attack was successful. Asked about the hack attempt by Russia’s GRU intelligence agency, McCaskill told The Daily Beast on Thursday that she wasn’t yet prepared to discuss it…

On Friday, Trump is scheduled to chair a meeting of the National Security Council on election vulnerabilities facing the midterm elections—amid persistent criticism, particularly after his Helsinki meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, that he isn’t taking Russian interference seriously…

McCaskill is one of 10 Senate Democrats facing re-election this year in states that Trump won in 2016. Her likely Republican challenger is Josh Hawley, who currently serves as the state’s attorney general. Outside groups and campaign committees have spent more than $15.5 million against McCaskill so far…

I also assume we can count on Hawley to make a bad situation worse for himself, yes?

Much more, including details of the hacking methods, at the link.

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    dmsilev says:

    So, I guess that Trump Tweet from like 2 days ago about how Russian hackers were going to try to help Democrats was wrong?

    I’m shocked.

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    Yarrow says:

    And I do believe Sen. McCaskill is canny enough to turn this attempt into a weapon against the perennially dissatisfied Never-Dem “true progressives” who bitch more about her than her Repub opponents

    She is so good at figuring out how to win in her state. If anyone can make this work for her, she can.

    In other Russia news:

    NEW: California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher met with alleged Russian agent Maria Butina in 2015, her emails reveal, fueling more questions about his longstanding Kremlin connections, ABC News' @ajdukakis reports— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) July 26, 2018

    Tick tock, Traitor Dana.

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    Baud says:

    I’ll be thrilled if she does it again.

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳 🌷 says:


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    BGinCHI says:

    Claire has been blessed with some truly terrible opposition.

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    Gozer says:


    Dana Rohrabacher

    Verified account

    Follow Follow @DanaRohrabacher
    Replying to @YoImSean
    @YoImSean If majority of people legally residing in Alaska want to be part of Russia then its OK with me

    10:23 PM – 1 Apr 2014

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    zhena gogolia says:


    Hi, stranger!

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    JMG says:

    “I;m the Senator Russia hates the worst” isn’t a bad campaign slogan. Neither is “why does Russia want my opponent to win?”

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    hueyplong says:

    @Gozer Dana feels that way about the people in his district as well.:

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    geg6 says:


    Oooo, love to see this idiot turning slowly on Mueller’s spit.

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    dexwood says:

    You could sell a ton of Tick, tock, motherfuckers t-shirts. Succinct, hopeful…

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    Duane says:

    McCaskill is our good Senator. She’s becoming more vocal and more effective. She called out Hatch on his bs, and did the same for Eichhert (sp?) of OMB recently. Hawley is a bad candidate, trying to act like a choirboy, instead of the glibertarian trump-humper he is.

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    Steeplejack says:


    Hey, get your facts straight. Trump later clarified that he said “Russian hackers were not going to try to help Democrats.” It was all over the media.

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    Roger Moore says:


    Claire has been blessed with some truly terrible opposition.

    Yeah, and she earned some of that terrible opposition by cleverly working the Republicans against themselves. She may not always toe the party line, but she’s a bare knuckle political brawler come election time, and the Democrats could use some more of that.

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    Duane says:

    @JMG: Why does Russia want my opponent to win is gonna leave a huge mark, hopefully a permanent scar.

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    Mary G says:

    @Roger Moore: Yeah, she doesn’t go high when they go low, she doesn’t bring a gun to a knife fight either. She donated to and bought ads for Todd Akin in his primary six years ago, if I remember correctly. And her yelling at Orrin Hatch in the healthcare committee that time had me cheering.

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    Platonailedit says:

    Claire McCaskill: "Russia continues to engage in cyber warfare … While this attack was not successful, it is outrageous that they think they can get away with this. I will not be intimidated. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, Putin is a thug and a bully."

    — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 26, 2018

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Platonailedit: That’s a great statement.

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    TenguPhule says:

    Trump on Thursday used a taxpayer-funded trip to Illinois to openly advocate for electing Republicans to Congress — blurring the line between official and political events in the heat of the midterm campaign season.

    “You’ve got to vote Republican, folks, you’ve got to vote Republican,” Trump said during the speech at a steel plant in Granite City, Ill., that had recently reopened. “Vote for these two congressmen; they know what we’re doing. They know what they’re doing. They’re tough, and they’re smart.”

    Trump didn’t name the lawmakers, but three Illinois Republicans accompanied him during his tour of the plant, according to the White House: Reps. Mike Bost, Rodney Davis and John Shimkus. Bost represents the district Trump traveled to on Thursday and has been one of the most fervent Republican supporters of the president’s tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

    White House spokesman Hogan Gidley told reporters on Air Force One that “there is no legal prohibition” on endorsing political candidates at official, taxpayer-funded events.

    I’m so old I remember when this was considered borderline impeachable.

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    gene108 says:


    Neither is “why does Russia want my opponent to win?”

    A question I wish journalists would ask, knowing Russia wants to weaken our international standing. Why is Russia so keen on electing Republicans? And therefore, are Republicans weaken our country?

    It is a pipe dream, but a boy has to dream.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    I honestly can’t remember if this is old news, or news we’ve all been assuming would break

    Ben Smith @ BuzzFeedBen
    Tad Devine cooperating w Mueller

    Bernie Sanders Adviser Is Assisting Special Counsel Investigation In Manafort Case

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    kindness says:

    Bless all the people who live in Missouri. I couldn’t do it. I have some friends there though. Claire is one of those Democrats you’d have to hold your nose and vote for because the Repub is worse. I hope she wins but she pisses me off way to often. Out here on the People’s Republic of California we have our own election issues. We have two Democrats running against each other on our ballot. Yea, I am NOT a fan of the whole top 2 thingy. Anyway, DiFi who I have always held my nose & voted for in the general now has actual competition. You wouldn’t believe how liberal she’s become. Quite a change. I am thrilled with Kamala, so that’s good. I can live with a moderate as my Democratic Senator. There is no reason for us to have a conservative one though. Bet DiFi wins, no matter what Bernie’s folk do.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @kindness: Cousins in Kansas and Missouri. I really don’t know how the sane ones can stay.

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    kindness says:

    @opiejeanne: There are good people everywhere. Some places just fewer & farther between.

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    Platonailedit says:

    Racist whiny pos pulls a temper tantrum.

    The founder and former chairman of Papa John’s has taken the company to court seeking access to documents related to his exit from the pizza chain.

    John Schnatter resigned earlier this month after apologising for using the N-word in a conference call.

    Lawyers for Mr Schnatter said they wanted to see the documents because of the “unexplained and heavy-handed way” that Papa John’s had treated him.

    Papa John’s said it was “saddened and disappointed” by the lawsuit.

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    TenguPhule says:

    An attorney for Brock Turner, the former Stanford University swimmer convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman in 2016, launched a bid to overturn his client’s convictions before a panel of skeptical appellate judges Tuesday, arguing that Turner never intended to have sexual intercourse with the woman. He just wanted “outercourse,” attorney Eric S. Multhaup told the court in a brief and in oral arguments.

    The distinction is central to Multhaup’s argument that Turner should not have been convicted of assault with intent to commit rape because, he claims, Turner’s clothes were on when two bicyclists saw him thrusting on top of the half-naked, unconscious woman. He argued that Turner was engaged only in “outercourse,” a “version of safe sex” with no “penile contact,” Multhaup explained, the Palo Alto Weekly reported.

    This may be the stupidest thing I’ve seen today.

    Is this lawyer trying to get himself disbarred for sheer incompetence?

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    Jim Parish says:

    @TenguPhule: No, no, you misunderstand: he’s displaying outcompetence.

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    Gretchen says:

    I just learned today that Hawley is in a field of 18 primary challengers. One of them is raffling off a 3 d printer that can make untraceable plastic guns because he doesn’t think Hawley is far right enough on guns.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @kindness: They’re good people and they probably know some good people, but I don’t think they’re staying in those places for the lovely climate. Their kids are bailing out of the two states.

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    feebog says:

    So, there were three candidates who Russian Intelligence attempted to hack. Who are the other two?

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Gretchen: Wow. What state is that?

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    Ian R says:

    Hawley must really think it’s his time. After all, Trump is trying to revive the Smoot Hawley tarrifs.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Jim Parish:

    No, no, you misunderstand: he’s displaying outcompetence.

    Where would you like your Internets delivered?

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    efgoldman says:


    What state is that?


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    piratedan says:

    and this is just the first that we’re hearing about, anyone want to take bets that the Dems actually won Wisconsin? Won the votes in Minnesota and Michigan? Congressional races?

    I’m also guessing that on one wants to lay bets that actual hacking is going on right now trying to work against all of the voter registration drives that have been in place?

    If the press had any nads nationally this would be the proof that was in the pudding and we’ll all get downed in the avalanche of everything else that is coming down the pike. Lets hope that some of our local juornos are up to the task….

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    burnspbesq says:


    Talk about being blessed with bad opponents … Feinstein gets DeLeon.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @zhena gogolia: Hi back. I’m around, just not doing much posting….

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    Nettoyeur says:

    @Mary G: don’t you mean “knife to a gun fight” ?

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    Eleven republicans have filed and seven Democrats (including Claire McCaskill). This is normal for Missouri.

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