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Author: emptywheel's Marcy Wheeler

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emptywheel’s Marcy Wheeler unwinds the true story of the attack on democracy that is bringing the United States to the brink of fascism.
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Paul Manafort was in Spain in January 2017 when the “Trump dossier” was published. He was there to “re-establish” his relationship with Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch to whom he owed millions. When the former chairman of Trump’s 2016 campaign returned to the United States, he presented Republicans with a plan to discredit the entire Trump/Russia investigation.  In the second episode of Ball of Thread, Marcy Wheeler unwinds how the dossier collected by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele came together and blew up. She also reveals the untold story of Steele’s relationship with Deripaska and Deripaska’s absolutely brutal double-game.  Find out how Russian disinformation helped shape the stories about the dossier, blurring the Trump campaign’s relationship with the Kremlin and strategically polarizing the United States. Want to know more? Join the Ball of Thread Patreon for bonus episodes on breaking news and to ask your questions, which could be answered in a bonus Q&A episode coming soon. For as little as $1 a month, you can support us and help spread the word.    
You remember “Russia, if you’re listening” and the flood of social media disinformation. But you’ve never heard the strands of Putin’s attack on the 2016 election tied together like this.  Want to know more? Join https://www.patreon.com/BallofThread to ask your questions, which could be answered in a bonus Q&A episode coming soon. For as little as $1 a month, you can support us and help spread the word.
If there is an exact date when Americans should have known their democracy was doomed, it could be April 25, 2024. That’s when the Supreme Court entertained arguments that Donald Trump, as an ex-president, enjoys “absolute immunity” for his actions while in office.  The Republican-appointed men on the court made it clear that they not only wanted to delay the trial against Donald Trump related to his actions around January 6th, but at least three of them seemed eager to throw out the charges entirely. Marcy Wheeler explains how the arguments implicit in the questions from Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh reveal their terrifying view of the presidency’s powers, at least Republican presidents. Especially ones named Donald Trump. Want to know more? Join https://www.patreon.com/BallofThread to ask your questions, which could be answered in a bonus Q&A episode coming soon. For as little as $1 a month, you can support us and help spread the word.
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