Tonight you will hear from the man President Donald Trump appointed as his 2020 re-election campaign manager. His name is Brad Parscale, and he got the job because - as we first reported in October - Parscale was the president's secret weapon in his 2016 run for the White House. 42-year-old Parscale was one of the campaign's top decision-makers, operating largely out of public view. He was hired to run the digital team, but over time he came to oversee advertising, data collection and much of the fund-raising. He says his main task was competing with the Clinton Campaign's huge advantage in money and tv ads. What he decided to do was turn to social media, most importantly to Facebook. "I understood early that Facebook was how Donald Trump was going to win. Twitter is how he talked to the people. Facebook was going to be how he won." Brad Parscale: I understood early that Facebook was how Donald Trump was going to win. Twitter is how he talked to the people. Facebook was going to … [Read more...] about Facebook “embeds,” Russia and the Trump campaign’s secret weapon
Russia and the election
The arrest of Bill Browder in Spain on a Russian warrant was a dramatic and unexpected development of great international controversy. He was released shortly afterwards amid confusing and conflicting accounts of what actually happened with many questions left unanswered. The detention of the financier, a prominent and persistent critic of Vladimir Putin, came within 24 hours of the reported killing of Arkady Babchenko, a dissident Russian journalist who had also been critical of the Kremlin’s policies, in Kiev. The death, it later transpired however, had been staged by the Ukrainian security forces to trap those allegedly planning to assassinate him. Despite their somewhat puzzling endings, the two incidents come at a time when relations between the West and Russia – as both sides keep saying – are in a state worse than during the Cold War. Putin’s government is blamed for interference in elections in the US, France and Germany and the Brexit and Catalan … [Read more...] about Babchenko and Browder’s bizarre tales, whatever the truth, will not help tensions between Russia and the West
Press play to listen to this article By FLORIAN EDERwith ZOYA SHEFTALOVICH Send tips here | Tweet @florianeder | Listen to today’s Playbook and view in your browser GOOD WEDNESDAY MORNING. You know how annoying this is: You’re sitting in your garden, enjoying one of the first sunny days in ages, trying to have a chat with a pal, but, well … “Why do they always go round and round when you want to talk?” That’s what Queen Elizabeth said, referring to a helicopter that dared disturb a conversation she was trying to hold with broadcaster David Attenborough, before she went on to joke: “Sounds like President Trump or President Obama.” Maxime Schlee has more. ON THE AGENDA TODAY GET OUT THE CHAMPAGNE: Here’s the update on consumer rights we promised you Tuesday: In what it defines as “mass harm situations,” the Commission wants consumers to claim rights not only individually, but also through collective … [Read more...] about POLITICO Brussels Playbook: Consumer joy — A Russian on Russia (and Syria) — Letter day
Europe Jonathan Marcus Diplomatic correspondent @Diplo1 on Twitter 1 April 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43581449 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Relations between Russia and the West are at a new low. But how should we describe the current situation?There's a lot of loose talk about a new "Cold War" - a … [Read more...] about Russia v the West: Is this a new Cold War?
The traded barbs, made at the Munich Security Conference, came a day after the United States indicted 13 Russians for running a secret campaign to sway the 2016 vote. "I am amazed that... the Russians come, send someone every year to basically refute the facts," US Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said. Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told the Munich attendees about the US charges: "So as long as we don't see facts, everything else is blabber." The indictments, which include the first charges laid by US special counsel Robert Mueller for election interference, detailed a stunning operation launched in 2014 in a bid to sow division and influence American politics "including the presidential election of 2016". Mueller alleges that by mid-2016, the campaign -- under the direction of Yevgeny Prigozhin, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin -- became focused on boosting Trump and demeaning his rivals including … [Read more...] about Russia and US trade barbs in Munich over election meddling claims