The 11 must-read moments from Trump campaign adviser Carter Page’s Russia testimony

The House Intelligence Committee on Monday released a transcript of its interview with Carter Page, a former campaign adviser for President Donald Trump, that reveals a man scrambling to stay on track.

Page’s testimony supports claims that he alerted other Trump staffers of his trip to Moscow during the election, confirmed some of the information in the infamous Steele dossier, and verified that he met with agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation on several occasions.

Page did not have a lawyer present with him during the interview as he decided to represent himself.

Here are some of the off-the-wall things that were said in the interview.

1) Page says he never met Trump

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2) Rep. Trey Gowdy has no idea what Page did for the Trump campaign

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3) Page insists he has never spoken with Trump—not even on Snapchat

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4) Page says campaign staffers approved his 2016 Russia trip

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5) Rep. Adam Schiff asks Page about him invoking the Fifth Amendment, which Page appears to not understand

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6) Page really doesn’t want his contact information made public

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7) Page says he sent a memo where a Russian government official express “strong support” for Trump

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8) Page says he is not “thoroughly convinced” Russia attempted to interfere in the 2016 election

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9) Gowdy asked Page if he was a “birther” when it came to Russian interference in the 2016 election

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10) Page says the allegations in the Steele dossier impacted the 2016 election more than Russia’s social media interference

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11) Page says campaign adviser Sam Clovis—who encouraged George Papadopoulos, a campaign adviser who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, to meet with Russian officials—asked him to sign a non-disclosure agreement

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You can read the entire transcript of Carter Page’s interview here.

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What’s all the panic about?

Bitcoin dropped to 16.5 k today. 16.5 k people … everyone is running around like their mane is on fire. I’ve only been on the HODL train for a little over a few months and this sub has persuaded me to expect and not worry about immerses like this. It’s only been a month for me and I’m not panicked, why is everyone else?

I was bracing for plunges down to 11 or 12 k. We’re up here poising around 17 k and behaving like the world is going to end.

Coinbase isn’t a big deal, BCH isn’t a big deal. Bitcoin has examined worse and continues to grow, I for one will be buying this immerse, because BCH isn’t the gold touchstone for Crypto Currency. Bitcoin is.

Edit: I slept on this, and realise this morning that maybe it isn’t all terror, it’s just calling a spade a spade. There isn’t necessarily a ton of panic selling, but principally calling Coinbase on their BS. Which, is a good thought. Here i am little regulation to hold them accountable, so their customers have to. I’ll still emphasizes not to panic and to keep on HODLing, but, we can also do that while calling out some shady business tactics.

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Sixty free teaches from Princeton on bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. Total day 13 hr 20 min. Connections in post.

This video series is available with a community and some works on Coursera . For extra creddit the professors wrote a volume to go with such courses. Free pre-release pdf ,~ ATAGEND Amazon hardcover and digital ,~ ATAGEND as well as Chinese ,~ ATAGEND and Japanese translations.

Enjoy 🙂

Intro to Crypto and Cryptocurrencies

1. 0 Welcome – 2 mins
1. 1 Cryptographic Hash Functions – 18 mins
1. 2 Hash Arrow and Data Structures – 8 mins
1. 3 Digital Signatures – 9 mins
1. 4 Public Keys as Identities – 5 mins
1. 5 A Simple Cryptocurrency – 14 mins

How Bitcoin Achieves Decentralization

2. 1 Centralization vs. Decentralization – 4 mins
2. 2 Distributed Conesensus – 13 mins
2. 3 Consensus Without Identity: the Blockchain – 17 mins
2. 4 Incentives and Proof of Work – 19 mins
2. 5 Putting It All Together – 18 mins

Mechanics of Bitcoin

3. 1 Bitcoin Transactions – 11 mins
3. 2 Bitcoin Scripts – 15 mins
3. 3 Applications of Bitcoin Scripts – 14 mins
3. 4 Bitcoin Blocks – 5 mins
3. 5 The Bitcoin Network – 18 mins
3. 6 Restraint& Improvements – 11 mins

How to Store and Use Bitcoin

4. 1 How to Store and Use Bitcoins – 6 mins
4. 2 Hot and Cold Storage – 13 mins
4. 3 Splitting and Sharing Keys – 11 mins
4. 4 Online Wallet and Exchanges – 19 mins
4. 5 Payment Assistance – 8 mins
4. 6 Transaction Fees – 5 mins
4. 7 Currency Exchange Markets – 16 mins

Bitcoin Mining

5. 1 The Undertaking of Bitcoin Miners – 10 mins
5. 2 Mining Hardware – 23 mins
5. 3 Energy Consumption& Ecology – 14 mins
5. 4 Mining Pools – 14 mins
5. 5 Quarrying Motivations and Strategies – 23 mins

Bitcoin and Anonymity

6. 1 Anonymity Basics – 26 mins
6. 2 How to De-anonymize Bitcoin – 18 mins
6. 3 Mingling – 21 mins
6. 4 Decentralized Mixing – 14 mins
6. 5 Zerocoin and Zerocash – 19 mins
6. 6 Tor and the Silk Road – 11 mins

Community, Politics, and Regulation

7. 1 Consensus in Bitcoin – 6 mins
7. 2 Bitcoin Core Software – 10 mins
7. 3 Stakeholders: Who’s in Charge – 9 mins
7. 4 Roots of Bitcoin – 9 mins
7. 5 Authorities Notice Bitcoin – 9 mins
7. 6 Anti Money-Laundering – 5 mins
7. 7 Regulation – 11 mins
7. 8 New York’s BitLicense Proposal – 10 mins

Alternative Mining Puzzles

8. 1 Critical Puzzle Requirements – 5 mins
8. 2 ASIC Resistant Puzzles – 13 mins
8. 3 Proof-of-useful-work – 9 mins
8. 4 Nonoutsourceable Puzzles – 7
8. 5 Proof-of-Stake “Virtual Mining” – 8 mins

Bitcoin as a Platform

9. 1 Bitcoin as an Append-Only Log – 16 mins
9. 2 Bitcoin as Smart Property – 16 mins
9. 3 Secure Multi-Party Lotteries in Bitcoin – 10 mins
9. 4 Bitcoin as Randomness Source – 18 mins
9. 5 Prediction Markets& Real-World Data Feeds – 23 mins

Altcoins and the Cryptocurrency Ecosystem

10. 1 Short Biography of Altcoins – 21 mins
10. 2 Interaction Between Bitcoin and Altcoins – 15 mins
10. 3 Lifecycle of an Altcoin – 15 mins
10. 4 Bitcoin-Backed Altcoins, “Side Chains” – 11 mins

The Fututre of Bitcoin?

11. 1 The Blockchain as a Vehicle for Decentralization – 14 mins
11. 2 Itinerary to Blockchain Integration – 28 mins
11. 3 What Can We Decentralize? – 24 mins
11. 4 When is Decentralization a Good Idea? – 16 mins

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Trump retweets Diamond and Silk, slams NFL protesters


President Donald Trump made time to tweet this Thanksgiving weekend.

On Thursday, he promoted a video on Twitter from pro-Trump YouTube stars Diamond and Silk intended as a guide for “how to reply when someone mentions the president at Thanksgiving.” The Black comedians were found to have been paid by the Trump campaign, despite Trump publicly denying that they were last year, and they’ve continued as media surrogates.

In their Thanksgiving video, the duo constructs a bit around a catch-all answer to political discord at the holiday table: “He’s Yo President.”

On Friday, Trump blasted the NFL for allowing player protests during the national anthem, revisiting a long-simmering culture war among American fans.

“Can you believe that the disrespect for our Country, our Flag, our Anthem continues without penalty to the players. The Commissioner has lost control of the hemorrhaging league. Players are the boss!” he tweeted. New York Giant Olivier Vernon took a knee prior to Thursday night’s game.

The league maintains it has no such plans to penalize players for kneeling.

Trump is at his Florida Mar-a-Lago resort on Friday and plans to play golf with Tiger Woods at the National Golf Club.

H/T the Hill

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