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Tom Steyer Buys Trump Campaign URL, Uses Site to Call President a ‘Fraud and Failure’

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Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer bought himself an early holiday gift on Monday. The hedge-fund billionaire purchased the domain name associated with President Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign, “Keep America Great.” 

The site, keepamericagreat.com, directs to a sales page for a $1 Steyer bumper sticker which reads, “Trump is a fraud and a failure,” in bold text.

“Trump’s campaign prides itself on hoarding websites of political opponents, but they forgot to pick up the URL for their signature re-election slogan, ‘Keep America Great,’” wrote the Steyer campaign in an emailed statement. 

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The president has long purchased the URLs of political opponents as a campaign tactic. In 2015, the Trump campaign bought JebBush.com and directed visitors instead to DonaldTrump.com. In October, Trump purchased todosconbiden.com, the name of former Vice President Joe Biden’s Latino outreach agenda. “Oops, Joe forgot about Latinos,” the site reads. “Joe is all talk.”

Steyer’s purchase comes at a time when the Democratic presidential field is receiving a new influx of cash. 

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg officially entered the race in late November with a promise to spend at least $100 million on anti-Trump ads, and Steyer has pledged another $50 million. Progressive advocacy groups like American Bridge and ACRONYM have also launched multi-million dollar campaigns in an attempt to match the president’s spending. 

ACRONYM has said they will spend $75 million over the next year in online campaigns which emphasize the president’s “broken promises” and his administration’s alleged “corruption.” American Bridge is spending $50 million on radio, television and digital ads in 80 counties that voted for former President Barack Obama in 2012 but switched to Trump in 2016. 

Priorities USA, meanwhile, has spent nearly $7 million on digital ads that target voters in Florida, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan. The ads specifically reference the president’s economic record. 

But Trump has a large cash advantage over his competitors in the 2020 election cycle. He has been collecting funds for his reelection campaign since the day he first stepped into the Oval Office in 2017 and has about $83 million on hand. He’s raised $165 million in total, according to recent filings. His closest financial competitor, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), has raised just under $74 million, for comparison. 

As a unit, Democrats have out-raised the president in the third quarter of 2019, bringing in over $190 million. Trump’s campaign raised about $43 million. 

Prior to launching his own presidential campaign, Steyer spent $120 million of his own money on a campaign to impeach Trump, causing the president to refer to him as “Wacky Tom Steyer,” on Twitter. “He comes off as a crazed & stumbling lunatic who should be running out of money pretty soon. As bad as their field is, if he is running for President, the Dems will eat him alive!” wrote Trump in 2018. 

In a November interview with Fortune, Steyer said that his business acumen and Washington-outsider status made him a perfect foil to President Trump.

“I’m not tied to the political system. I have a freedom. No one is telling me what to do,” he said. “[Trump] ran on something that really resonated with people, that the system is corrupt. His message was that the system doesn’t work for you, the system doesn’t care for you or even respect you and people responded to that. But it turns out he’s a huge swamp rat. I’m not.”

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Jets RB Bell (illness) misses practice again By Reuters

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New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell was sent home and missed his second consecutive day of practice due to illness.

His status for Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins is in doubt and he is listed as questionable on the injury report. With 589 rushing yards on 183 carries, Bell’s 3.2-yard average is a career low. His total of 55 catches ranks second on the Jets this season.

“I think I’ll have more information probably by (Saturday),” head coach Adam Gase said. “We’ll see how he feels. The biggest thing was get him checked out and get him out of the building so nobody else gets sick.”

Illness also has affected tight end Ryan Griffin and cornerback Maurice Canady this week, but they’re expected to play Sunday.

–Without a kicker, the New England Patriots are ready to welcome back Nick Folk if he can show he is recovered from an emergency appendectomy last week, according to an NFL Network report.

Folk was reportedly back at practice with the Patriots on Friday trying to show he is healthy enough to deliver in Sunday’s key game against the Kansas City Chiefs. But he remained a free agent at the start of the day.

After three games as the Patriots’ kicker, Folk was cut last week after his appendix procedure, with speculation that he would return when healthy. New England brought in Kai Forbath to kick against the Houston Texans on Sunday, but he was cut after going 1 of 1 on field goals and 1 of 2 on extra points in a 28-22 defeat.

–Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle has agreed to a three-year contract extension, the team announced.

Financial terms were not disclosed by the Colts, but NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported the extension is worth more than $21 million — plus incentives that boost the contract’s total to $24 million.

Doyle had six catches for 73 yards and a touchdown in the Colts’ 31-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. He has 36 receptions for 377 yards and four touchdowns in 12 games this season.

–Oakland Raiders right tackle Trent Brown has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans, the team announced.

Brown sustained a pectoral injury in last Sunday’s 40-9 loss to the Chiefs.

Brandon Parker will start in Brown’s place. He will be backed up by David Sharpe.

–San Francisco 49ers defensive end Dee Ford will be back in the lineup Sunday vs. the New Orleans Saints, head coach Kyle Shanahan said.

Ford has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury and was a limited participant in practice this week, but Shanahan said the six-year veteran was on pace to play this weekend in New Orleans.

–Chiefs running back Damien Williams (NYSE:) has been ruled out for Sunday’s road game against the New England Patriots.

Williams injured his ribs in Kansas City’s 24-17 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers in Mexico City on Nov. 18 and has not played since.

–Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford will miss his fifth straight game this Sunday when Detroit (3-8-1) visits the Minnesota Vikings (8-4).

The 31-year-old Stafford is still recovering from a back injury sustained during the Lions’ Week 9 loss at the Oakland Raiders.

–Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri and wide receiver T.Y. Hilton have been ruled out for Sunday’s road game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Vinatieri, who is dealing with an ailing knee, will miss his first game due to injury since 2009. Hilton is nursing a calf injury.

–Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen has been ruled out for Sunday’s road game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Olsen sustained a concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit by Washington Redskins defensive end Ryan Anderson in the third quarter of the Panthers’ 29-21 setback last Sunday.

–Field Level Media



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Russian operation believed to be ‘tied to’ leaked UK trade documents

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Reddit says a Russian disinformation operation appeared to be “tied to” the dissemination on its online discussion platform of classified UK-US trade documents that were used by the Labour party in its recent election campaigning.

The social media site said on Friday that it had examined the account that had first posted the leaked 451-page “dossier” of UK government documents and discovered a network of dozens of accounts that appeared to be manipulating its system in order to promote the post. 

According to the company, the group of accounts had “the same shared pattern” of behaviour as a disinformation campaign that used social media sites such as Facebook and Reddit, which researchers believe was directed by the Kremlin. Revealed in June, that campaign was dubbed “Secondary Infektion”.

“Suspect accounts on Reddit were recently reported to us, along with indicators from law enforcement, and we were able to confirm that they did indeed show a pattern of co-ordination,” Reddit said. 

“All of these accounts have the same shared pattern as the original Secondary Infektion group detected, causing us to believe that this was indeed tied to the original group.” 

The discovery is an embarrassment to Labour after party leader Jeremy Corbyn highlighted the papers at a press conference last month, saying they proved the NHS would be “up for sale” if Boris Johnson were to forge a post-Brexit trade deal with the US — claims that the UK prime minister denies. It is unclear how the documents first came to the attention of the Labour party. 

Friday’s statement comes amid rising public concern over the potential for foreign interference in the forthcoming general election, and as the UK government’s refusal to publish a report by its intelligence and security committee about possible Russian manipulation in the Brexit referendum has angered critics. 

Reddit said it was banning 61 accounts and one messaging thread under its “policies against vote manipulation and misuse of the platform”. 

The potential link to Secondary Infektion first came to light after researchers at US social media analysis group Graphika and Washington-based think-tank Atlantic Council published a report earlier this week saying the tactics first mirrored those used by the group. 

For example, the leaks were amplified elsewhere online on the exact same set of websites used by the Russian operation via a similar type of one-off “burner” accounts. They also made similar language errors, indicative of non-native language speakers, the report said. 

Secondary Infektion itself was first uncovered by Facebook, who linked it to Russia, and then examined by the Atlantic Council, who found that it had used fake accounts, forged documents and “dozens of online platforms” to spread stories that attacked western interests and unity.

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