The Daily Populous

Saturday August 26th, 2023 night edition

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Russian intelligence is operating a systematic program to launder pro-Kremlin propaganda through private relationships between Russian operatives and unwitting US and western targets, according to newly declassified US intelligence.

The campaigns have sometimes been effective at planting Russian narratives in the Western press, according to the intelligence.

Those claims eventually found their way into a television report on the far-right OANN in the United States, according to open-source materials provided by the official.

“At the end of the day, this unwitting target is disseminating Russian influence operation, Russian propaganda to their target public,” the US official said.

“Ultimately, a lot of these are unwitting people — they remain unaware who is essentially seeding these narratives.”.

In fact, the FSB directed his efforts and “almost certainly financed the project,” according to the declassified intelligence.

The US official declined to say whether Russia has used these same tactics to try to influence US elections. »

Community college is now free for Mass. residents 25 and older. Millions qualify

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Gov. Maura Healey wants to get the word out: Attending community college is now free for millions living in Massachusetts.

“Education is our calling card: It's a huge competitive advantage for Massachusetts,” Healey said during a launch event on the Wellesley campus of MassBay Community College Thursday.

Across the state’s 15 community colleges, the average four-year completion rate for students entering in 2017 was just over 28%. »

‘Rich Men North of Richmond’ Singer Oliver Anthony Slams Use of Song at Republican Debate: ‘I Wrote That Song About Those People’

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"I wrote that song about those people," he said, referring to the candidates featured on the debate.

They follow other statements in favor of diversity that had already upset his newly amassed conservative fan base.

The song made history by being the first single from an artist with no prior chart history ever to achieve that feat. »

Donald Trump Using Bail Bondsman Rings Alarm Bells About His Finances

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Former President Donald Trump arrives at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on August 24, 2023, in Atlanta, Georgia.

But according to various news reports, Trump used a bail bondsman for the payment.

On Thursday, Trump posted bail through Georgia local bondsman Charles Shaw of Foster Bail Bonds, whose clients have included politicians and rappers, including Gucci Mane and Rick Ross. »

75 Pittsburgh officers on leave after firing their weapons during hourslong standoff at eviction attempt

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At least 75 local law enforcement officers are being placed on leave in Pittsburgh after firing their weapons in an hourslong standoff with a man who shot at sheriff's deputies when they went to serve an eviction notice.

Mike Manko, a spokesman for the sheriff's office, confirmed in an email that 16 deputies were placed on administrative leave after the incident.

Forty-seven Pittsburgh police officers who fired their weapons were also on leave, the police department confirmed, as part of its policy. »