1/12 Trump dissolved his voter fraud commission today. In its 6 months of existence, the commission accomplished basically nothing but caused a lot of controversy. I’ve been covering it from the beginning — let’s review it from start to finish.
2/ Trump formed the commission in March, after spending the start of his presidency asserting with no evidence that millions of people voted illegally. propublica.org/article/theres…
3/ The commission’s first action was in June, when it requested substantial amounts of voter information from every state. propublica.org/article/presid…
4/ Immediately, election experts saw red flags: You can’t find voter fraud in publicly available voter files. There is not enough information, and the matches are very messy. propublica.org/article/electi…
5/ States protested and lawsuits followed—some over worries about cyber security. Commission co-chair and KS SoS Kobach pledged to keep the data safe, but evidence from his own #CrossCheck program suggests he doesn’t know what that means.propublica.org/article/crossc…
6/ And that letter asking for the data? It was written by Kobach and two people who weren’t even on the commission yet, sparking internal concerns in the commission about who was really running the show.propublica.org/article/whos-r…
7/ Members of the commissioner were already worried about the letter. Then came the researcher (who commissioners say they didn’t know existed) who was arrested on child pornography charges.propublica.org/article/whos-r…
8/ One of the democratic commissioners — Matt Dunlap, the SoS of Maine — then sued the commission because he was being excluded from deliberations. It was one of several lawsuits the commission faced. propublica.org/article/trump-…
9/ Dunlap largely won his lawsuit — the judge ruled he’d been illegally excluded from meeting planning and from the writing of the letter.
10/ While similar commissions in the past have all received gov't email addresses, the Trump admin allowed this commission to use personal email—experts doubt the legality of that, and it’s been a headache during the many lawsuits faced by the commission. propublica.org/article/expert…
11/ The commissioners, as far as I can tell, were given no notice of the dissolution of this commission. Even Kobach told reporters only a few days ago that the commission would likely meet this month.
12/12/ According the statement today, Trump is asking DHS to review the material given to the commission by the states and determine what’s next. I’ll keep covering it.
Here's the correct link about the conflict that arose after a commission researcher was arrested on child pornography charges: propublica.org/article/confli…

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Sep 8, 2018
Instead of calling a spade a spade, let's all use meaningless terms like "Technological fragmentation" and "siloed fan-servicing media practices"
It will make us all sound Very Smart and distract from the fact that we have said nothing.
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Aug 27, 2018
I’m taking a break from Twitter for a couple of days. Even the most benign tweets - im sure even this one! - result in rage and insults. I engage here a *lot* bc I think it’s important for journalists to do so - to show that they are real people with real thoughts. But...
...im not sure how to strike a balance. This website is a way for me to talk to ppl who otherwise wouldn’t reach out. It’s a way to keep up with news from parts of the country im not in. But it’s not real life. And the daily contest to see who can be most outraged is exhausting.
Idk what the solution is or if there is one. I don’t expect twitter to ban everyone who is annoying. I’m not willing to mute notifications from ppl who don’t follow me or ignore my mentions. This is a two way platform - the point is a two way conversation. But honestly. HONESTLY.
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Aug 26, 2018
Me: Man, I'm behind and tomorrow is really going to be a hectic day. I should spend the evening getting ahead.

Also me: I have these potatoes. Gnocchi can't be that hard to make right.
Procrastination accomplished
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Aug 21, 2018
It’s great how I tweeted that a common plot point in movies is tired and men crawled out of the woodwork to remind me that movies are fictional which is something I never knew I guess
And like it’s totally weird that that one high profile example of a woman sleeping with her source you know of out of thousands of currently employed lady journalists invalidates my whole point I mean math is wild
Or like did you know that other jobs are sometimes subjected to tired, tropey writing as well? I guess if it’s happening to everyone no one is allowed to complain about it you lean something new about to world every day I am amazed.
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Aug 20, 2018
I welcome any producer wanting to depict a female journalist to spend some time with a real one. Maybe then America would realize female journalists are generally not egomaniacs teetering on the brink of a breakdown and sleeping with all of their sources. theatlantic.com/entertainment/…
Come on down! Pull up a seat next to my cubicle! Have some of my beef jerky and watch me call seven dozen election administrators — none of whom I am sleeping with — while wearing entirely normal clothing and drinking club soda instead of straight vodka.
tbh my favorite/most hated example of this is is in Trainwreck: Assigned a story on a topic she knows nothing about and doesn't bother to research, gets drunk and sleeps with the subject, gets fired, enters relationship with subject, gets article published in VANITY FAIR anyway.
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I’m just baffled as to 1) why she believes reporters are unable to protect victims, which we do every day and 2) why she believes a public event that admins *anyone* and that anyone could have posted anything on social media from protects the identity of victims.
This narrative that she and her supporters have set up - that the only closed events politicians have are fundraisers - is false. There are free, closed events and office hours for constituents.
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