October 8, 2017

Now you see it, now you don’t: Data in the Russian protests coverage

On Saturday, protests took place in around 80 Russian towns and cities. Some demonstrators protested against President Vladimir Putin’s potential candidacy in next year’s presidential election, while others protested in favor of opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s proposed candidacy. Some protesters carried Russian flags and signs that said, “Putin, go on pension!” and “Putin, retire!” They […]

September 17, 2017

The protests in Washington: When there’s no drama, add some

Multiple protests took place in the National Mall federal park in Washington, D.C. on Saturday. They included a “Juggalo” protest and concert, the “Mother of All Rallies,” a “White Supremacists Out of Washington!” march and a rally demanding action in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The “Juggalos” are fans of the rap band “Insane […]

September 6, 2017

What’s new in the Russia investigation? Congress came back from recess.

Investigations into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election continued as Congress returned from its August recess on Tuesday. The Senate Intelligence Committee, the House Intelligence Committee, the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Justice Department are all investigating the matter simultaneously. All four efforts are looking into whether members of President Donald Trump’s campaign […]

September 2, 2017

Are we headed for another Cold War? The slant says so.

On Thursday, the U.S. State Department ordered Russia to close three diplomatic facilities. The move was a response to a July decision by Russia to reduce the number of U.S. diplomatic staff there, which the U.S. called “unwarranted.” The order calls for the closure of the consulate and official residence in San Francisco, a chancery […]

July 28, 2017

The Russia sanctions: Bias here, there and everywhere

On Friday, the Russian Foreign Ministry released a statement announcing that, in response to sanctions approved by the U.S. Senate on Thursday, Russia would place restrictions on American facilities and diplomatic staff in Russia. In its statement, the ministry said the sanctions on Russia proposed by the U.S. Senate “violat[e] the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic […]

July 28, 2017

The spin, slant and logic of Donald Trump’s tweets

We’re doing something different this time. Instead of analyzing the news, we’re analyzing one key source of U.S. news: Donald Trump’s tweets. Not only does the president have about 34.7 million followers, his tweets influence the news cycle and are sometimes used as a platform for announcing new policy. A seemingly uncurated expression of his […]

July 25, 2017

Why is Trump tweeting about Sessions? Here’s what the slant says.

On Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump sent three tweets referencing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Hillary Clinton, and the Department of Justice’s (DOJ)  investigation into alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign team is being investigated for alleged coordination with Russian officials. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who had been a campaign […]

July 24, 2017

Kushner at the Senate: How one word can change how you view the Russia case

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, spoke on Monday before the Senate Intelligence Committee. The committee is investigating alleged Russian hacking and interference in the 2016 U.S. election, which Russia denies, and whether Trump campaign officials may have coordinated with Russia to do so. Prior to the closed-door session, Kushner publicly released […]

July 23, 2017

The Russia sanctions story: What happened to North Korea and Iran?

U.S. House leaders from both parties announced Saturday they had agreed on the draft of a bill that would impose sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea. The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the bill this Tuesday, according to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office. The bill would allow the U.S. to […]

July 21, 2017

Where implications fail: Trump, Mueller and the media

The New York Times and Washington Post reported on Thursday that President Donald Trump’s legal team is investigating whether members of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team have conflicts of interest. The newspapers cited “three people with knowledge” of the matter in their reports. On May 17, the Justice Department appointed Robert Mueller, a former […]