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JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Chris Britt)

In other news, a federal judge has struck down the Trump regime's new rules for food stamps that would have prohibited states from waiving work requirements and possibly cutting 700,000 people from the rolls.

Meanwhile, Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she's done talking to the White House about stimulus after tomorrow. There's been zero progress with Senate Republicans who oppose any new stimulus.

Finally, six Russian military intelligence officers have been charged for hacking campaigns targeting a wide range of things.

The indictment accuses the defendants, all said to be officers in the Russian military agency known as the GRU, in hacks that prosecutors say were aimed at furthering the Kremlin’s geopolitical interests and as retribution against its perceived enemies.

They include attacks against Ukraine’s power grid; a hack-and-leak operation directed at the political party of French President Emmanuel Macron in the days leading up to the 2017 election; efforts to punish Olympics organizers who had banned Russian athletes for doping, and to impede an investigation into the suspected nerve-agent poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter.

The 50-page indictment, filed in federal court in Pittsburgh, also accuses the hackers of destroying malicious software in 2017 that crippled computers around the globe, including at a Pennsylvania hospital and a pharmaceutical company.

  • Draxiar

    When the Berlin Wall came down I was happy to see it. A couple of years later it looked to me like the dark cloud of the Cold War and nuclear destruction between The US and Russia was gone. Russia, it seemed, would embrace democracy and the combined effort between two former enemies would usher in a new era of peace to some degree. I was hopeful for sure! I even had a lapel pin of the Russian flag next to the American flag on my coat as a reflection of this hope.

    Today I still want peace with Russia and to see the people rise above their turbulent history. I also want the current government leaders (in all of their forms) to be the victim of a cyber attack so harsh they go back to using stone and chisels.

    • JMAshby

      Judging from the massive protests across Russia in recent months and years, it seems clear that a lot of their people feel the same way, but Putin’s regime has total authority and control of everything. People are disappeared off the street. Public figures are regularly assassinated. Their internet is tightly monitored and controlled. Their “elections” are a joke. Violence against minorities, especially LGBTQ people, is routine. Putin has absolute power.

      It’s really difficult to overthrow a dictatorship without violence and that’s why it’s so important to stop Trump next month.

      • Draxiar

        Regrettably, overthrowing a dictatorship has required violence. While we certainly have our problems here that will, hopefully, begin to be cleansed in this election, I do not envy the Russian citizens what they may have to do to create the country they, in all probability, want to have.