Fireproof and Fury

While analysts (and key players) are still trying to work through the broader meaning of the indictment of Russian trolls, team Mueller has charged another person with lying to the FBI, and CNN reports that Mueller’s interest in Kushner has grown to include foreign financing efforts.

+ “This careful approach makes it harder for Trump and his allies to attack Mueller’s investigation as a waste of time, a hoax, or a ‘witch hunt.'” Politico’s Renato Mariotti gets it right on the key part of the Mueller strategy: He just made himself harder to fire.

+ Tom Friedman: “President Trump is either totally compromised by the Russians or is a towering fool, or both, but either way he has shown himself unwilling or unable to defend America against a Russian campaign to divide and undermine our democracy.” And David Frum: America Is Under Attack and the President Doesn’t Care.

+ Evan Osnos: “At the heart of the Russian fraud is an essential, embarrassing insight into American life: large numbers of Americans are ill-equipped to assess the credibility of the things they read.”

+ “How does a ready-made toolbox for digital manipulation already exist? For that, we have the digital-advertising industry to thank.” The Atlantic: Russia’s Election Interference Is Digital Marketing 101.

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