Watch Rachel Maddow and James Comey Have a Friendly Conversation About Russian Hookers (Video)

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Former FBI Director James Comey sat down with MSNBC host Rachel Maddow Thursday evening on her show that turned into a conversation about Russian hookers and golden showers.

“In your words, the president brought up the golden showers thing and said it really bothered him if his wife had any doubt about it. He then explained, as he did at our dinner, that he hadn’t stayed overnight in Russia during the Miss University trip,” said Maddow, sitting across from a stone-faced Comey.

“The president said he hookers thing is nonsense but that Putin had told him we have some of the most beautiful hookers in the world.”

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“He told you he had a personal conversation with President Putin about hookers?” Maddow finally asked.

“Yes,” said Comey.

Just hours before the interview, a series of Comey memos written during his last months as FBI director were provided to lawmakers on Capitol Hill. The real-time memorialization of his encounters with President Trump leaked to the media almost instantly and provided fresh material for Comey to weigh in on.

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Though the memos had been demanded by GOP representatives, the accounts from Comey align with his public statements since leaving the FBI and on his book tour.

After a stormy relationship, President Trump fired James Comey from his job at the FBI last year. The decision was in part due to Comey’s investigation of ties between Russia and the Trump presidential campaign. The effort to stem the probe backfired, however, and played a direct role in the decision by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint a special counsel.

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Stephen Colbert Asks James Comey Why Firing Surprised Him Given That Mob Bosses Don’t Like To Be Investigated

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Stephen Colbert wondered if fired FBI Director James Comey got fired by President Donald Trump and asked Comey so as he and Comey were drinking wine on Tuesday’s Late Show.
“If you felt you were working for a mob boss, were you surprised you got whacked? Cause that’s what they do.” Colbert said, which we guarantee is not how George Stephanopopulos put the question when he got first crack at interviewing Comey, who is on tour for his new book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth…

Russia’s Sputnik News Casually Imagines ‘Nuclear Explosion Outside White House’ (Video)

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On Tuesday, Russia’s English-language news agency Sputnik decided to treat viewers to a video simulation of what a nuclear explosion might look like in Washington, D.C.

Ground zero? The White House — which the Kremlin-backed news agency tagged in the tweet for good measure.

WATCH nuclear explosion outside @WhiteHouse modelled by experts https://t.co/JrMUCx0E4Z pic.twitter.com/cVlgdr6cBs

— Sputnik (@SputnikInt) April 17, 2018

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“What if a nuke, powered by five kilograms of highly enriched uranium, earlier acquired by terrorists , goes off near the White House?” asked an unbylined article which accompanied the tweet. “This question has bothered experts for a long time.”

Sputnik is owned by the Russian news service Rossiya Segodnya — which itself is controlled by the Russian government.

The article was based on a YouTube video uploaded by Science Magazine several days ago, which imagined the nightmarish scenario “modelled by experts.”

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While the article was a basic aggregation from Science Mag, it’s hard not to suspect a bit of typical Kremlin trolling in the story choice.

While President Donald Trump has gone out of his way to pursue friendly relations with Russia, the relationship has continued to sour throughout his presidency.

After a former Russian spy was the victim of a nerve agent attack in Britain earlier this month, Trump, in concert with several European allies, united to expel dozens of Russian diplomats. Russia — of course — has denied any involvement in the strike that nearly killed Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia.

The president has also clashed with Russia and his counterpart there, Vladimir Putin, over the recent chemical weapons attack in Syria. Trump called out the country in a tweet, accusing him of supporting Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad — a man he also called a “Gas Killing Animal.”

Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2018

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Russian Trolls Increase ‘2,000 Percent’ After Syrian Bombing, Says Pentagon

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The Russian trolls are racing out from under their digital bridges, the Pentagon warned on Saturday.

After the U.S., France and United Kingdom hit Syria with airstrikes late Friday night in response to a chemical weapons attack ordered by al-Assad against civilians, Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White said Russia has already started to beef up its misinformation game on social media.

“The Russian disinformation campaign has already begun,” said White during a press briefing. “There has been a 2,000 percent increase in Russian trolls in the last 24 hours. Therefore, we will keep you all abreast of the facts moving forward.”

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White did not say which platforms the trolls have been active on, but the Russian government has actively fostered the spreading of fake news. The Kremlin-linked Internet Research Agency spread misinformation before and after the 2016 U.S. election, leveraging both Facebook and Twitter to hit users.

The platforms have taken steps to weed out Russian trolls since then, with Facebook booting hundreds of IRA-tied accounts within the last two weeks. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told Congress last week it was one of his “greatest regrets” the social network was unable to block more trolls in 2016.

The airstrikes drew the ire of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has backed Syrian leader President Bashar al-Assad.

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“Russia condemns in the strongest possible terms the attack against Syria, where Russian military personnel are assisting the legitimate government in its counterterrorism efforts,” Putin said in the statement.

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Russia Responds To Syria Air Strikes: “We Are Being Threatened”

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A potential hot war between Russia and the coalition of the United States, Britain and France might have inched closer to reality tonight, as a strong statement was issued by the Russian Ambassador to the United States of America in reponse to tonight’s coalition air strikes on Syria.
Russia has vowed that an attack on Syria would not go unanswered, issuing several statements to that effect in the days before tonight’s bombing. Some Russian statements indicated that the…

Syria Air Strikes Get Mixed Reaction From Hollywood & Media

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Refresh For Updates: The early reactions to the announcement that the US is bombing Syria in retaliation for chemical weapons use against civilians show a mixed bag of Hollywood, politicians and media types. Reactions have been split so far, reflecting the narrow camps that divide the country.
Among the reactions so far:

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Donald Trump Announces Air Strikes On Syria, Calls Out Russia & Iran – Watch The Speech

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President Donald Trump went live across broadcast and cable news networks at 6:01 PT tonight to announce that he has authorized precision air strikes on targets in Syria.
“A short time ago, I ordered the United States Armed Forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad,” the president said in a nearly 8-minute address. Watch it above; the transcript is below.
Trump did not offer details…